Daily Archive : Friday May 24, 2013



    New pools coming to Dist. 211 schools

    New pools will be coming to all five schools in District 211, making Conant swim coach Brian Drenth, among others, happy. Drenth said the 40-year-old pools are putting District 211 swim teams at a "competitive disadvantage."

    Trailers loaded with rental canoes and kayaks will be providing boat-less paddlers with convenient access to the Fox River for the Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Sunday, June 2. Preregistration ends at noon Wednesday, May 29.

    Paddling the Fox: ‘click here’ for your boat

    Renting a boat for the Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Sunday, June 2 couldn't be more convenient. It's actually easier than 1-2-3. All you have to do is show up. Register online, and with a click of your mouse, you're good to go. Your boats, paddles and life jackets will be waiting at the start area for you and your group.

    DuPage County friends Conrad Rask and Carol Davis won a $7.4 million Lotto jackpot in the April 29 drawing.

    DuPage County friends talk about their $7.4 million lottery win

    Carol Davis and Conrad Rask became good friends about a decade ago when they discovered they shared a common interest: playing the lottery. Davis got a call from Rask the morning after the April 29 Lotto drawing. "He called me at 7:20 in morning and said, You better sit down,' but he always says that," said Davis, who was driving to work. "He said,

    A worker looks at the collapsed portion of the Interstate 5 bridge at the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Wash. A truck carrying an oversize load struck the four-lane bridge on the major thoroughfare between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and two vehicles into the Skagit River below Thursday.

    1 in 12 Chicago area bridges deficient

    Fifteen bridges are in "critical" need of repair across the six-county Chicago metropolitan area, and nearly 300 more are considered structurally deficient, Illinois Department of Transportation records show in the wake of the Washington state bridge collapse.

    James Ealy 48, of Lake Villa sits next to his attorney, public defender Keith Grant, as the verdict is read and he is found guilty of first-degree murder in the strangulation of Mary Hutchison of Trevor, Wis., during a robbery at the Burger King in Lindenhurst on Nov. 27, 2006.

    Ealy guilty in killing of Lindenhurst Burger King manager

    James Ealy was found guilty Friday of the murder of his former boss during a 2006 robbery of the Lindenhurst Burger King. The jury delivered the verdict Friday after deliberating about three hours. Members of the victim's family welcomed the verdict. "The verdict won't bring (Hutchison) back, but it makes it so he won't murder anyone else," the victim's son said.

    Elizabeth Farwell, 18, of West Dundee talks with a classmate while they line up for the commencement ceremony.

    Images: Westminster Christian graduation
    Images from the Westminster Christian commencement ceremony Friday, May 24, 2013 in Elgin.

    Jodi Arias listens as the verdict for sentencing is read for her first degree murder conviction at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz., on Thursday, May 23, 2013. The jury in Jodi Arias’ trial was dismissed Thursday after failing to reach a unanimous decision on whether the woman they convicted of murdering her one-time boyfriend should be sentenced to life or death in a case that has captured headlines worldwide with its sex, lies, violence.

    Jury foreman says Arias testimony didn’t help her

    As jurors in Jodi Arias' murder trial filed one by one from the courtroom after a dramatic five months of gut-wrenching testimony and gruesome photographs, three women on the panel cried and one looked to the victim's family, mouthing the word, "Sorry." The silent gesture toward the loved ones of Travis Alexander offered a glimpse into what was likely a tense few days inside the deliberations...

    Jodi Arias listens Thursday as the verdict for sentencing is read for her first degree murder conviction at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. The jury failed to reach a verdict on the death penalty.

    Arias jury foreman: ‘We were stuck in the middle’

    Prosecutors now have the option to take the death penalty off the table and avoid a new penalty phase. The judge would then determine whether to sentence Arias to spend her entire life behind bars, or give her life with the possibility of release after 25 years.


    Police: ‘Thong Cape Scooter Man’ not breaking law

    A man known to ride through Madison, Wis., on a scooter — dressed in thong underwear and a cape — may be disturbing to schoolchildren. But police say the rider they call "Thong Cape Scooter Man" isn't breaking any laws.


    Family safe after fire in Glen Ellyn

    All residents of a Glen Ellyn home escaped safely Friday morning after a small fire broke out in a bedroom closet, authorities said. Firefighting crews responded to the structure fire on the 0 to 100 block of Sheffield Court at 7:26 a.m., according to the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company.


    Man impersonates Des Plaines cop, robs teen

    Des Plaines police are looking for a man who pretended to be a city cop and pulled over, handcuffed and robbed a 17-year-old girl on her way to Maine East High School in broad daylight.


    Quinn to unveil exhibit Saturday morning
    Gov. Quinn will be in Des Plaines and Chicago Saturday morning at events honoring Illinois men and women who gave their lives in service of the nation.

    Exterior of Sears Golf Mill store, Niles.

    Lampert loses $467 million on Sears stake

    Edward Lampert said in a statement Friday that the company's performance "has not been acceptable." Since the beginning of last year, Sears has sold stores and spun off smaller-format locations as Lampert puts an increased emphasis on the customer rewards program, saying the retailer's future is as a "membership company."

    Mahmoud Yassin

    Mt. Prospect police break up fencing operation

    What started with a shoplifting arrest last November in Mount Prospect has ended with charges against three people who police say were running a ring, buying and selling more than $100,000 in stolen property.


    Judge to hear Chicago school closings case

    Opponents of the Chicago Board of Education's decision to close 50 schools and programs will get their day in court.


    Mannheim Road work begins

    It's going to be a long year for drivers who use Mannheim Road -- a $60 million project to widen and rebuild Mannheim has begun between Irving Park Road and north of Higgins Road.


    County officials stands neutral on state pension reform proposals

    Kane County officials decided Friday to stay on the sideline on the state's pension debate. The major concern of county officials are problems with the solvency of the state possibly leading to the holding back funds that trickle to the county.

    Ashlyn Kelley, age eleven, who is in the fifth grade and was in the Plaza Towers elementary school when the Moore, Okla. tornado hit, ties stuffed animals Friday to the perimeter fence as a memorial to the seven students who died.

    Principal recounts tornado hitting Oklahoma school

    MOORE, Okla. — Teachers and students at Plaza Towers Elementary School hunkered down against the storm just as they had been taught in countless tornado drills, their principal said Friday, recounting how she walked the halls until the twister was on the doorstep, then announced on the intercom, “It’s here.”


    Democrats say they can keep school funding level

    House and Senate Democrats said Friday they've agreed on a proposed Illinois budget that avoids another cut to education funding and immediately pays bills owed to human services providers, including those who help the mentally ill, homeless and developmentally disabled.

    Jake Turoff, 3, of Geneva, enjoys the 10th anniversary of the Butterfly House at Peck Farm Park. It opened Friday with the release of 400 butterflies.

    Geneva Butterfly House opens for 10th beautiful season

    The Butterfly House at Peck Farm Park in Geneva opened for its 10th season Friday, with several hundred people eagerly helping to release monarchs, swallowtails and more.


    Lake Zurich Rotary fundraiser

    The Lake Zurich Rotary Club hosts its third annual Roll with Rotary bowling fundraiser at Brunswick Bowl on Route 12 in Deer Park on Friday, May 31.


    Parade today in Rolling Meadows
    The Rolling Meadows Memorial Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kirchoff Road and Meadow Drive. It will march west to the Carillon Tower for an 11:30 a.m. ceremony.

    Illinois Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, testifies during a House Committee hearing on concealed carry gun legislation at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday.

    State House approves concealed-carry plan opposed by Quinn

    Gun owners could carry concealed weapons in Illinois, the last state in the nation to prohibit it, under legislation that swept through the House Friday with the backing of the powerful Democratic speaker from Chicago, a city torn by violence despite what critics claim are the nation's toughest firearms restrictions.


    New principal in District 73

    The Hawthorn District 73 board of education on Friday approved the contract of James Tohme as the new principal for Hawthorn School of Dual Language.


    Buffalo Grove area teens team up against cancer

    The annual Relay for Life led by students from Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools will be held June 14 at Buffalo Grove High.


    Waukegan man identified as victim in Zion shooting

    Zion Police are investigating a shooting in a grocery store parking lot that took the life of a Waukegan man late Thursday. Police were called to the Aldi Foods parking lot in the 2800 block of Sheridan Road at 4:34 p.m. Thursday for a report of shots fired, officials announced. The victim was identified Friday as 23-year-old Mutassem Abdelaziz of Waukegan.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A man may have followed a 10-year-old girl in Wheeling as she walked to school around 8 a.m. May 9. She saw him following her as she was about to turn south on Fletcher Drive. Instead, she turned westbound on Anthony, speed walking and then running. The man crossed Anthony and sped up as she ran. She found a crossing guard in the area of Anthony and Schoenbeck Road and told her she was being...

    Rikki Himmelfarb and Matt Peota are former Stevenson High School students who are getting married.

    Stevenson teacher to officiate ex-students’ wedding

    A Stevenson High School teacher will officiate the wedding of two students who met in his class more than a decade ago. "In sociology I teach a lot about a concept called sociological mindfulness, which is realizing all the ways that each of us has an influence on the world, and this is a great example of that," Chris Salituro said.

    Michael Geist, right, shows 10th District Congressman Brad Schneider around the manufacturing lab at Wheeling High School.

    Spotlight on Wheeling High’s manufacturing lab

    Congressman Brad Schneider visited Wheeling High School's manufacturing lab on Friday, discussing the current state of manufacturing and how to address the growing lack of skilled workers with teachers, students, local manufacturers and industry leaders .


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars broke into a 2013 Mercedes GLK 350 between 8:35 and 9:50 p.m. May 21 in a restaurant lot at 798 W. Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights and stole a purse with wallet, two pairs of sunglasses, cosmetics bag, iPad, cash, checkbook and credit/debit cards. The credit card was used at a gas station in Maywood. Loss was estimated at $2,600.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two Carol Stream brothers were arrested around 8:30 p.m. May 16 at the Streamwood Walmart after police said they took two electronic items valued at $249, left the store without paying and tossed the items under vehicles in the Sams Club parking lot.


    Two drivers injured in Hawthorn Woods crash

    Two drivers were transported to the hospital following a two-vehicle collision Friday morning in Hawthorn Woods, authorities said. Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Hawley Street and Gilmer Road at 9:24 a.m., according to Lt. Jim Weber of the Countryside Fire Protection District.

    Claude Alexander Allen III

    Maryland slaying suspect is son of Bush White House official
    Police say they were called to the home around midnight by a man who said he had killed someone who had tried to break into his home. Officers who arrived determined that there had not been a break-in, and police say the younger Claude Allen, and the victim, 25-year-old Michael Phillip Harvey, knew each other. Harvey's body was found in woods outside the home.


    Indiana University proposes tuition increase

    Indiana University President Michael McRobbie is recommending tuition and fee increases of 1.75 percent for Indiana residents in each of the next two years at the school's Bloomington campus. Tuition and fees would increase 2.75 percent each year for non-Indiana residents.


    Quinn signs moratorium on online charter schools

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday signed legislation placing a one-year moratorium on any new online charter schools in Illinois districts outside of Chicago. A proposal for a virtual school by nonprofit Virtual Learning Solutions recently was rejected by 18 separate school districts in the Fox Valley and DuPage County.


    Madigan warns of charity scams after Oklahoma tornado

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan says people should use caution when donating money to help victims of the Oklahoma tornado. She says the public should be wary of charities that seem to have "sprung up overnight."


    Fox Valley police reports
    Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Carpentersville woman they say hit a man in the forehead with a bottle May 19 while the pair was driving in the 100 block of Bolz Road, police said.

    The semitrailer sits across the CN tracks after being hit by the CN freight train.

    Barrington: Crash raises urgency for changes at CN crossing

    Barrington officials say Thursday's rush-hour collision between a freight train and a semitrailer truck on Route 14 only strengthens their argument for a grade separation at the railroad crossing. "The traffic implications were unbelievable, even for the emergency responders," said Village President Karen Darch.


    Couple plead not guilty in boy’s death

    A West suburban couple accused in the death of their 1-year-old son have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges. Bryeon Hunter's body was recovered from the Des Plaines River last week.

    Detrick Grady

    Fellow worker charged in carnival rape in Carpentersville

    A Tennessee carnival worker has been accused of raping a fellow carnival worker in Carpentersville, police said Friday.


    Downstate clinic administered tainted injections

    Illinois health officials say they're investigating reports that five patients developed abscesses after receiving potentially contaminated steroid injections at a downstate clinic.


    State unveils math coursework for 6th-12th grades

    The package of coursework is aimed at reducing remedial math needs for college-bound students and making students better prepared for the workforce.

    President Barack Obama signs a bill Friday designating the Congressional Gold Medal commemorating the lives of the four young girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing of 1963, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Watching, from left are, Dr. Sharon Malone, wife of Attorney General Eric Holder; Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Terri Sewell, a Democratic sponsor of the bill.

    Obama signs honor for Birmingham bombing victims

    President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday to award Congress' highest civilian honor to four girls killed in an Alabama church bombing during the civil rights movement. He called it a tragic loss that "helped to trigger triumph and a more just and equal and fair America."


    Video shows student-school employee altercation

    Chicago Public Schools officials have suspended an employee of a high school on the city's South Side after seeing a video that appears to show the employee shoving a 16-year-old student down a flight of stairs.

    A man is seen sitting atop a car that fell into the Skagit River after the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge there minutes earlier Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Mount Vernon, Wash.

    Feds look for temporary fix after I-5 collapse

    Federal officials were searching the country for a possible temporary replacement for a bridge that collapsed along the crucial Interstate 5 corridor, but Washington Gov. Jay Inslee cautioned Friday that major disruptions will last for weeks, if not months.


    New emergency services leader appointed in Batavia

    The Batavia Emergency Services and Disaster Agency has a new leader, after the former one declined to be reappointed.

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denies allegations that he smokes crack cocaine as he speaks Friday to the media at Toronto City Hall.

    Mystery deepens: Toronto mayor denies he smokes crack

    Mayor Rob Ford was fired from his job as football coach at a Catholic high school on Wednesday for reasons unrelated to the scandal over the alleged crack video. Toronto Catholic District School Board spokesman John Yan said the decision to remove Ford as the head of Don Bosco Eagles Football program had to do with the comments the mayor made to the Sun TV Network in March that parents found...

    Construction of two relief sewers that will empty into Lombard’s Terrace View Pond and a pumping station to lower the water level is scheduled to begin in June as part of a $1.7 million stormwater management project.

    Terrace View pond project ready for construction in Lombard

    Construction is set to begin next month on a project to decrease flooding on the northwest side of Lombard as $1.7 million worth of long-awaited improvements will be made at Terrace View Pond. A pumping system will be installed to lower the pond's water level during dry conditions, increasing its capacity by 4.2 million gallons, and two relief sewers will be constructed between Crystal Avenue and...

    Photographers run for cover Friday following a suicide attack and ensuing gunbattle in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Taliban attack center of Kabul

    The attack, the second in the city in just over a week, also left four International Organization for Migration workers wounded including an Italian woman badly burned by a grenade. Thirteen police were wounded while all six attackers died in the assault, authorities said.


    Dist. 21 names new London School pirncipal
    Robert Gurney, the assistant principal of Cooper Middle School in Buffalo Grove, will become principal of London Middle School in Wheeling when school starts again this fall.

    An Israeli soldier drives a tank Wednesday to be parked on a training ground in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria.

    Syrian regime OKs peace talks amid skepticism

    Much about the conference remains up in the air, including the date, the agenda, the timetable and the participants. Officials have said it should be held in June.The U.S. is working to convince Syrian rebels to attend, and the Russians have been pressing Assad's regime to take part as well.


    Cary inks new contract with village administrator

    The Cary village board has awarded a new, four-year contract to village administrator Chris Clark, one that gives him a 3 percent pay bump and a $25 increase for his monthly car allowance.


    Wasco Baseball in grant contest focused on sportsmanship

    Wasco Baseball is talking about its commitment to sportsmanship, and would like the public to take part as well.

    Kevin Woodside

    Full-time school resource officers coming to all Gurnee districts

    An agreement has been reached placing full-time school resource police officers at Gurnee Elementary District 56 and Warren Township Hight School District 121. An agreement is coming for District 50, meaning all districts serving Gurnee will have full-time cops. "This is a good move," Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik said.

    Miele Account Manager Natasha Feldman showcases Miele washer and dryer energy efficient appliances at the Pacific Sales at the Best Buy store in Glendale, Calif.

    Durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April

    The April increase pushed total orders to $222.6 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis. That is 6.5 percent above the level of a year ago.Orders for transportation goods gained 8.1 percent, reflecting a 16.1 percent jump in demand for commercial aircraft and a 53.3 percent increase in orders for military aircraft. Orders for motor vehicles increased 1.9 percent.


    FDA warns of infections tied to Tennessee pharmacy

    "There's no indication at this time of meningitis or other life threatening infection," said Joseph Perz, a health-care epidemiologist helping to lead the CDC's investigation.The FDA recommends doctors stop using any sterile drugs distributed by the pharmacy immediately.

    James Sauter

    Fallen trooper honored at state Capitol

    The family and colleagues of James Sauter, 28, of Vernon Hills, gathered at the state Capitol Friday for a tribute in his honor. The state trooper was struck and killed on the side of the road March 28.

    Maggie Speaks, which plays rock and Top 40 music, will play at Geneva Commons June 30.

    Head to Geneva Commons for outdoor concerts

    Some popular favorites and fun newcomers are heading to the Randall Road corridor as part of the 11th annual summer concert series at Geneva Commons. The free series is set to begin at the outdoor mall on Wednesday, June 5, and continue throughout the month of June.

    This undated publicity photo released by Netflix shows Will Arnett, left, and Jason Bateman in a scene from “Arrested Development,” premiering May 26, 2013 on Netflix.

    Netflix looks to hook subscribers with ‘Arrested’

    Netflix CEO Reed Hastings isn't done disrupting things yet. He is spending more than $2 billion annually, including about $200 million to finance original programming that can be watched on traditional computers, smartphones, tablets, video game consoles and Internet-connected TVs.


    ‘Cops on the Rooftop’ supports Special Olympics

    Patrons of the Hawthorn Hills Shopping Center will be greeted by Vernon Hills police officers sitting on the roof of Dunkin' Donuts, 700 N. Milwaukee Ave., from 5 to 9 a.m. on Friday, May 31, to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics of Illinois. Those donating money for the cause will receive a coupon for a free doughnut or coffee.

    Mark Beeson

    Island Lake eying new IT firm, but Sciarrone objects

    Island Lake trustees have identified the firm they want to get the village's computer system running properly. Nearly all the board members want to hire Ryden Solutions, a Volo company, to be their information-technology experts, despite the firm's ties to the village's previous IT contractor.

    Workers with Elliot Construction Corp. prepare the splash pad area at the newly expanded Bartlett Aquatic Center. The center will open to the general public at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

    Newly expanded Bartlett Aquatic Center opens Saturday

    More than two years after residents passed a referendum funding its construction, the newly renovated and expanded Bartlett Aquatic Center will open this weekend. “It was the number one request on our community survey in 2007. The community wanted us to expand and improve it," Bartlett Park District Executive Director Rita Fletcher said.

    The city of Batavia takes great pride in the upkeep of its two cemeteries, Mayor Jeff Schielke says. West Batavia Cemetery, above, is on Batavia Avenue. East Batavia Cemetery on Washington Street.

    Batavia updating cemetery code to match state law on care, finances

    Batavia is tweaking its laws regarding the two cemeteries it runs, getting rid of outdated provisions and bringing it in line with new state laws. Such as the one that prohibits the sale of "perpetual care."

    Rita Angelini, with 3-year-old Gabriel Gonzalez.

    Creator of adaptive books for disabled children honors her daughter

    Parents of disabled children don't have time to go to the library, says Rita Angelini. But if they did, they'd find children's books to take home that the Prospect Heights woman has adapted especially for their children to read.


    Lake Villa District 41 school could close -- but which one?

    The Lake Villa Elementary District 41 board will consider closing one of its four elementary school campuses due to declining enrollment when it holds a special meeting Tuesday. Superintendent John Van Pelt declined to say which building is potentially on the chopping block.

    Gurnee’s red-light camera intersections include Hunt Club Road and Grand Avenue. The village is owed about $1.5 million in photo enforcement fines and has turned to a state agency’s program for assistance to collect the debt.

    Gurnee wants deadbeats to pay $1.5 milllion in red-light camera violation fines

    Gurnee has been stiffed on about $1.5 million in red-light camera violation fines and has turned to a state agency in the hope of getting money from the deadbeats. "Obviously, there are a lot (of outstanding tickets) hanging out there," Village Administrator Patrick Muetz said.

    Military boots are laid in tribute outside the Woolwich Barracks, in London, Friday, May 24, 2013, in response to the bloody attack on Wednesday when a British soldier was killed in the nearby street. London’s Metropolitan Police said more than 1,000 officers will be sent to potential trouble spots as Britain is bracing for any clashes with right-wing extremists and even possible copycat terror attacks after the brutal slaying of a young soldier.

    Britain braces for possible copycat attacks

    Britain is bracing for clashes with right-wing extremists and possible copycat terror attacks after the brutal slaying of a young soldier, whose grieving family spoke Friday of their loss. London police said more than 1,000 officers will be sent to potential trouble spots with armed response units. Most British police officers don't carry weapons.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, talks to Carla Pilla, of Seaside Heights, N.J., while Robert Hilton, left, executive director of the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, holds a sign, Friday, May 24, 2013, in Seaside Heights, N.J. Christie cut a ribbon to symbolically reopen the state’s shore for the summer season, seven months after being devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

    Jersey shore reopens for 1st post-Sandy summer

    New Jersey rolled out some of its big guns Friday to proclaim that the shore is back following Superstorm Sandy, using Gov. Chris Christie and the cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore" to tell a national audience the state is ready for summer fun.

    Jazmin Rodriguez, left, and her mother, LaTisha Garcia, right, looks on, in Moore, Okla., Thursday, May 23, 2013. Garcia carried her injured daughter away from a school that was hit by a tornado on Monday. The image of the moment has become one of the enduring images from the storm.

    Distraught mom becomes face of Oklahoma storm

    An Associated Press photographer captured the moment that became one of the enduring images from the Oklahoma tornado: LaTisha Garcis and her daughter, clutching each other, making their way to safety through a decimated neighborhood. "There were times I didn't think I was going to make it. But I did," Garcia, 28, recalled.

    Sherry Wells stands near the storm shelter where she took cover when a tornado destroyed her home on Monday May 20, 2013 in Moore, Okla. Wells said she and her husband won a lottery draw to receive a government-subsidized rebate to install the storm shelter. A contractor finished work on the concrete bunker beneath the slab of their garage about three weeks before the tornado hit.

    Safe room mandates remain rare in tornado states

    After living nearly 20 years in their one-story brick home, Sherry and Larry Wells finally won the lottery — for a state rebate on a home storm shelter, that is. A contractor finished installing the concrete bunker beneath the slab of their garage in early May. About three weeks later, the shelter saved their lives when a tornado that killed 24 people tore through their neighborhood.


    Some damage reported from 5.7 quake in N. Calif.

    An earthquake in far northeastern California did not injure anyone but did cause moderate damage, including to a water tank that supplies hundreds of homes with drinking water, local authorities said Friday. Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood said the magnitude-5.7 quake sent items tumbling from grocery store shelves and downed chimneys when it hit at 8:47 p.m. Thursday.


    18 hurt in shuttle bus crash near Atlanta airport

    Authorities say 18 people have been taken to the hospital following a crash between a hotel shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer near Atlanta's airport.

    Passengers disembark from Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709 bound for Manchester from Lahore, Pakistan, after it was diverted to Stansted Airport, north of London, England, Friday May 24, 2013. The passenger plane was diverted following an incident on board, and two men were arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft after an RAF Typhoon jet was scrambled to escort the passenger plane traveling from Pakistan to the UK, police said.

    UK-bound Pakistan plane diverted, 2 men arrested

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft after an incident on a plane flying from Pakistan to Britain, officials said, rattling the U.K. just days after a British soldier was killed on a London street in a suspected terror attack. A British security official said the situation did not appear to be terror-related

    Native trees and shrubs is the topic of the June 7 meeting of the Lake-to-Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones at Fremont Public Library.

    Learn the benefits of native trees and shrubs

    Join the Lake-to-Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones at 7 p.m. June 4, at the Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein, for the presentation of "Native Trees and Shrubs."

    President Barack Obama speaks at the commencement ceremony for the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Friday, May 24, 2013. The president urged new graduates to exhibit honor and courage in tackling incidents of sexual assault as they assume leadership positions in the military.

    Obama: Sexual assault threatens trust in military

    President Barack Obama says sexual assault threatens the "trust and discipline" that makes the U.S. military strong and respected. Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony, Obama urged new graduates to exhibit honor and courage in tackling incidents of sexual assault as they assume leadership positions in the military.

    Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed. The slaying of a British soldier in east London cast a spotlight on radical preachers that influenced Michael Adebolajo, the attacker seen in videos with bloody hands wielding a butcher knife. It also raised questions about the reach of the terrorist group al-Shabab, after a British government official said one of the two men tried to go to Somalia to train or fight with the group.

    London attack casts spotlight on radical preachers

    The slaying of a British soldier in southeast London cast a spotlight on radical preachers that influenced Michael Adebolajo, the attacker seen in videos with bloody hands holding a butcher knife. It also raised questions about the reach of the terrorist group al-Shabab, after a British government official said one of the two men tried to go to Somalia to train or fight with the group.


    Use library card to get Museum Adventure Pass

    Start a museum adventure with your Waukegan Public Library card. Cardholders can receive free admission to one of 17 exciting museums and cultural institutions throughout the Chicago area.

    Darlene Ruscitti

    Immigration advocates urge GOP to ‘remember November’
    In delivering hundreds of petition signatures to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's office this week, immigration reform supporters showed they won't be bashful about using last year's election results to try to lobby Republicans.

    Forecasting the changing nature of threats against the U.S. for years to come, President Barack Obama says “America is at a crossroads.” And so, too, is his presidency’s counterterrorism policy, which has long struggled to balance protecting the nation from terror attacks while upholding Americans’ rights.

    Obama balances threats against Americans’ rights

    Forecasting the changing nature of threats against the U.S. for years to come, President Barack Obama says "America is at a crossroads." And so, too, is his presidency's counterterrorism policy, which has long struggled to balance protecting the nation from terror attacks while upholding Americans' rights.


    Counting U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen

    The official U.S. figures of number of drone strikes and estimated deaths remain classified. But the New America Foundation says the CIA and the military have carried out an estimated 416 drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, resulting in 3,364 estimated deaths. The Associated Press also has reported a drone strike in Somalia in 2012 that killed one.


    Obama’s drone policy at a glance

    President Barack Obama defended the United States’ use of drone attacks as an important part of the U.S. counterterrorism policy on Thursday but signed new presidential policy guidelines to spell out for Congress and the public the standards that the U.S. will use before carrying out drone attacks.

    An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moonlit night.

    What’s a drone? How is US drone policy changing?

    President Barack Obama defended America's drone attacks as legal, effective and necessary in America's campaign to counter terrorism. He said he had signed new policy guidelines for the use of drones and said he wanted to find ways to allow additional oversight of the program. Some questions and answers about the program.

    An 8-foot sculpture of a chaparral has been installed on the College of DuPage campus in Glen Ellyn. The bronze depiction of the college’s mascot is the latest piece in the college’s marketing strategy.

    8-foot chaparral sculpture finds home at College of DuPage

    Students rushing to class at College of DuPage may have been in such a hurry that they missed it: an 8-foot bronze sculpture of a chaparral has been installed on the school's Glen Ellyn campus. The chaparral, also known as a roadrunner, isn't common to Illinois, but it has been the COD mascot since the school's founding in 1967 when students hustled to and from 40 various leased classroom sites...

    Kleinwachter, manager of the Conservation@Home program, educates the public about rain barrels and how to use them at the McDonald Farm in Naperville. Rain barrels are used to harvest and store rainwater.

    Moving Picture: Conservation guru promotes land stewardship

    Jim Kleinwachter is one of those at McDonald Farm in Naperville who teaches programs designed to reinforce the foundation's mission to preserve open space and natural lands, protect rivers and watersheds and promote stewardship of the environment. "I was volunteering for the Conservation Foundation and eventually had an opportunity to take a staff position," Kleinwachter said, "and now I get to...

    Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) stops a shot by Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals last night. Even Toews’ frustration boiled over as he got angry and incurred penalties.

    Dawn Patrol: Hawks face elimination; concealed carry vote today?

    Hawks down 3-1 in series against Red Wings. Concealed-carry vote could come in House today. State Senate votes to ban cellphones while driving. Closing arguments in Lindenhurst Burger King trial. Route 14 closed for hours in Barrington. Mental exam sought for Roselle man in peacock case.

    Batavia High School students Ryan Pawlowski, left, and Andrew Martinez have created and built “The Wifflot,” a Wiffle ball field complete with a fence, scoreboard, outfield advertising and an American flag.

    Batavia entrepreneurs take 'Wifflot' to next level

    In the summer of 2010, two Batavia teens created a small Wiffle ball field off Hart Road in Batavia. “The Wifflot” is going to big leagues this summer. Andy Martinez and Ryan Pawlowski have used their love of the game and business acumen to take their regulation field to the next level. “I love it. I'll be honest,” Pawlowski said. “Looking out my bedroom window every...

    Plumber Ben Murillo, of Fountain Technologies, right, checks the repairs of the pipes under the pool at the Round Lake Area Park District Aquatic Center Thursday. The repairs have caused a delay in the center’s opening, which is not expected to be June 15.

    Round Lake pool weekend opening delayed due to broken pipe

    Round Lake Area Park District’s aquatic center won’t open as scheduled this weekend due to a broken pipe under the main pool, officials said. Park District Executive Director Bob Newport said the repairs are expected to cost about $50,000. He said there will be enough money in the district’s building repair fund to cover the tab. The anticipated opening date is June 15.


    Carpentersville close to approving park’s master plan

    Carpentersville village officials have finally received a blueprint filled with ideas on how to make Carpenter Park a better place to recreate. The question is how to pay for the ideas, ranging from a disc golf course to a gazebo, since there's a $400,000 price tag. “Dollars will drive the priorities of what gets done,” Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said.

    A sandhill crane at Volo Bog State Natural Area in Ingleside on May 10th.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of May19th.

    The Eyes to the Skies hot-air balloon festival in Lisle draws more than 150,000 people. This year’s event starts July 3 in Lisle Community Park.

    Poll Vault: What’s the best suburban festival?

    What’s your favorite suburban fest? Do you have a summer tradition of attending, for example, Eyes to the Skies in Lisle or Frontier Days in Arlington Heights? What’s the biggest draw for you: the food, the parades, the music or the rides?


    Dist. 214 discusses benefits of iPads in the classroom

    Next year nearly half the students in Northwest Suburban High School District 214 will have iPads to help them learn as the district enters the fourth year of a pilot program that officials said has been a success so far.


    Streamwood hears proposal for senior housing

    Streamwood could soon have new housing available for senior citizens, should a recent proposal to build a 140-unit independent and assisted living retirement community be approved by the village. Spectrum Retirement Communities is interested in opening a new facility on roughly 9 acres on the north side of Schaumburg Road, just west of Bartlett Road and the forest preserve.

    Don Bero

    Don Bero to earn $80,000 salary as Island Lake police chief

    The Island Lake village board on Thursday unanimously approved a proposal to pay Police Chief Don Bero $80,000 a year for his service.



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


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


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


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


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


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

    Lakes pitcher Justin Demand delivers during the Eagles’ 1-0 victory over Antioch in a Class 3A regional semifinal at Lakes on Friday.

    Demand, Lakes strike again

    Justin Demand's final fastball popped leather, and moments later from beyond the fence in center field came more sounds that were pleasant to the ears of Lakes. Snap, crackle, pop, sizzle. Pretty. Pretty appropriate. Demand's 16-strikeout performance against Antioch last month was worthy of fireworks, and Friday the Lakes lefty got them. Which he earned again. After Demand pitched No. 2 Lakes to a 1-0 win over No. 3 Antioch in the teams' Class 3A Lakes regional semifinal, a small fireworks show briefly took place. "Perfect timing," Lakes coach Ray Gialo said. "Somebody must have been looking out for us, I guess."

    Buffalo Grove’s Kelly Vandemerkt, back to camera, gets a hug from teammates as Buffalo Grove wins the Class 3A Mundelein girls soccer sectional final over Hersey on Friday.

    BG joins the Elite Eight

    There are just eight teams left in the Class 3A girls soccer state tournament — and Buffalo Grove is one of them. The Bison came away with a convincing 3-0 victory over Hersey on Friday night to capture the Mundelein sectional championship. They are now one win away from advancing into the state finals, which will be held next weekend at North Central College in Naperville. Next up for Pat Dudle's club is the Glenbrook South supersectional on Tuesday against Loyola, which defeated its crosstown rival New Trier 1-0 on Friday. Game time is 6 p.m.


    Turner times it right as VH tops BG

    Vernon Hills had to scratch and claw before coming away with a dramatic 32-30 win over Buffalo Grove in the decisive game three on boys volleyball sectional semifinal Friday at Antioch. It was the second win in a row for the comeback Cougars, who lost the first game, 21-25 but then won the second game 25-21. Vernon Hills, seeded fourth in the sectional and now 32-6, will return to Antioch to face No. 2 Deerfield at 7 p.m. on Tuesday for the sectional championship.


    After a battle, Deerfield closes out Barrington

    They say it's tough to beat the same team three times in one season. Boy, didn't Deerfield almost become Exhibit A. The No. 2 Warriors rolled Barrington twice during the regular season, but needed three games and a couple of extra volleys in game 3 to get a 25-15, 22-25, 26-24 victory over the Broncos in the Antioch sectional semifinal. Deerfield, which improves to 31-6, will take on Vernon Hills at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Antioch sectional final. Third-seeded Barrington closes out its season with a 28-9 record.


    Juskiewicz, Palatine roll into regional title berth

    Jarrod Juskiewicz pitched Palatine into the Class 4A regional championship round Friday.The Pirates senior held regional host Deerfield to 4 singles as Palatine rolled to a 7-0 decision.Palatine meets Glenbrook South with a regional title at stake. The game will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at Deerfield.The Palatine bats had plenty of support for Juskiewicz on Friday. Zach Serna went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, Bill Stewart hit a 3-run homer and Greg Grana had 2 hits.Juskiewicz (4-3) lowered his ERA to 2.26. He threw 57 of his 89 pitches for strikes, and struck out none while walking one as the Pirates committed only 1 error.Stewart’s home in the fourth inning put Palatine up 4-0. The Pirates (21-14-1) scored three more times in the top of the seventh to get some breathing room as a run scored on a wild pitch, Juskiewicz produced a sacrifice fly and Serna delivered an RBI double.New Trier 4, Leyden 3: The Trevians scored 2 runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to advance in the Von Steuben regional, played at Northeastern University.Kevin Duaire earned the victory for New Trier, which meets Niles West in Saturday’s 11 a.m. championship.Notre Dame 5, Lane 1: The Dons earned a spot in regional they’re hosting as Ryan Nikolich tossed a complete game for Notre Dame.Elk Grove (23-9) meets Notre Dame in regional championship play at 2 p.m. Saturday.


    Downers Grove South survives Naperville North comeback

    For a while it looked like Naperville North's boys volleyball team would complete a startling comeback.

    Chicago Cubs' David DeJesus (9) reacts after being forced out at second base by Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips in the fifth inning of a baseball game on Friday, May 24, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Cubs blow lead, lose 5th straight, 7-4 to Reds

    One awful pitch ended Scott Feldman's streak of solid starts and kept the Cubs in their downward spiral. Feldman hung a curve to Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan with two on and two outs and the pitcher on deck in the fourth inning. Hanigan connected for a three-run shot that put Cincinnati ahead to stay in a 7-4 victory on Friday night.

    St. Charles North’s Alex Gage (3) gets a leg up on Geneva forward Mary Landry (21) during the IHSA Girl’s 3A Sectional Soccer Tournament Friday at Hoffman Estates High School.

    St. Charles North holds off Geneva

    Kelly Manski just wanted to put the ball on net. She did much more than that. Manski, a senior forward, delivered the game's only goal off a free kick from 23 yards out early in the second half to help lift St. Charles North (19-3-1) to a 1-0 victory over Geneva (15-9-1) in Friday night's Class 3A girls sectional soccer championship played at Hoffman Estates.

    Lakes’ Evelyn Felipez competed in the 100- and 200-meter wheelchair races last weekend at the girls track and field state finals at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

    Roll model: Lakes’ Felipez medals downstate

    Evelyn Felipez remembers the first time she laid eyes upon the track at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium. "It was breathtaking," she said of last weekend's girls state track meet. "It was huge. It was a crazy experience." Felipez said she was excited to be surrounded by athletes and see the stands filled with fans. But when the Lakes High School freshman wheeled herself to the starting post, there was one thought and one goal: win. She did, and in the process made history. In the first wheelchair races hosted by IHSA, Felipez took home two medals, first in the 100-meter and second in the 200-meter races.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Andre Salmon celebrates winning a point against Neuqua Valley, during the Proviso West boys volleyball sectional semifinals.

    Steady Neuqua keeps on winning

    Neuqua Valley has a boring boys volleyball team. Delightfully, amazingly, successfully boring.

    Chicago White Sox's Jeff Keppinger (7) celebrates with Hector Gimenez (38) and Tyler Greene (1) after hitting the game-winning single against the Miami Marlins during the 11th inning of an interleague baseball game, Friday, May 24, 2013, in Chicago. The White Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    White Sox slip past Marlins 4-3 in 11 innings

    Jeff Keppinger drove in the winning run on a single in the 11th and John Danks was solid in his season debut and the White Sox beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Friday night.

    Kaneland’s Brandon Bishop crosses the finish line in the Class 2A 200-meter dash during the boys track and field state meet preliminaries in Charleston on Friday.

    Kaneland puts itself in good position

    Cahokia's runaway success in Friday's Class 2A preliminaries of the 119th boys state track meet did little to dampen Kaneland coach Eric Baron's spirits. "I don't think we have a shot at beating Cahokia. They're going to have to really blow up tomorrow," Baron said of the two-time defending state champs, who advanced an unheard-of 17 of 18 qualifiers into Saturday's finals at Eastern Illinois University. "But I think we're in the top three, we're right there," Baron said. "We'll come here and we'll do what we do. I told the boys, get as many into finals as we can and we were pretty close to what we thought we would get through today."


    Nutof, South Elgin shut down Glenbard N.

    South Elgin baseball victories tend to follow a formula: close games characterized by excellent starting pitching and just enough run support. The Storm adhered to that formula Friday in a 2-0 upset of No. 5 Glenbard North (19-12) in a Class 4A Wheaton North regional semifinal. No. 11 South Elgin (18-14) scored 2 first-inning runs and junior right-hander Ryan Nutof shut out the Panthers on 5 hits.

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Brenden Morrow (10) celebrates his first-period goal with teammate Jussi Jokinen (36) in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs series, Friday, May 24, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Penguins rip Ottawa 6-2, move to conference finals

    PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins expected desperation.Instead, the listless Ottawa Senators offered little more than resignation.Swarming the Senators from the opening faceoff, Pittsburgh roared to a 6-2 victory Friday night in Game 5 of the Eastern conference semifinals to take the best-of-seven series 4-1. James Neal picked up his first postseason hat trick as the Penguins capped a five-game onslaught against one of the NHL’s best defensive teams to stroll into the conference finals. Pittsburgh scored 22 goals in the series while ending Ottawa’s season for the third time in five years.“We gave them the respect they deserved and we came out and I think we surprised ourselves,” Neal said. “We played with a lot of speed and got it behind them and got to the net.”And more importantly, into the net. Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin and Brenden Morrow also scored, and Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves to help give top-seeded Pittsburgh a few days of rest before facing Boston or the New York Rangers in the conference finals.The Penguins will take the time off, but considering the way they’re rolling at the moment they wouldn’t mind if the next round started sooner rather than later.“We got to our game a lot,” Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. “The depth we showed, different guys chipping in. The whole way through we didn’t have many lulls where we lost momentum at any point.”Certainly not against the overmatched Senators. Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris scored for Ottawa and Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots, but the Senators simply couldn’t keep up.“I hope (the Penguins) don’t bill us for the clinic,” Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. “But they really showed the step you have to take to continue to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.”The Penguins anticipated taking Ottawa’s best shot as the Senators tried to extend their season for at least another 48 hours. It never happened. Not even close.Outskated, outshot and outworked from the opening faceoff, the Senators put up little resistance as Pittsburgh moved on to the conference finals for the first time since 2009, when the franchise won its third Stanley Cup.Two more rounds remain, ones that figure to pose a stiffer test than the one the Senators provided. Ottawa destroyed Montreal in the opening round but could never find its footing against Pittsburgh. The series lasted 327 minutes. The Senators led for all of 17.“We gave them too many freebie chances and you’re not going to beat a team like that when they get as many chances as they had,” Ottawa forward Jason Spezza said.The series win was the seventh for the Penguins under coach Dan Bylsma but the first deciding victory to come on home ice. Pittsburgh had gone 0-6 at home in potential series enders, something Bylsma’s players insisted was an anomaly.Pittsburgh made sure a trip to Canada for Game 6 wouldn’t be necessary, turning Ottawa forward Daniel Alfredsson into a prophet of sorts. The NHL’s longest-tenured captain said the Senators “probably” couldn’t rally to win the series after a 7-3 home loss in Game 4 on Wednesday night.Alfredsson clarified his remarks Thursday, insisting his team still had a chance.It didn’t take long for slim to turn into none, leaving the free agent to be pondering a future that could lead out of Ottawa or out of hockey altogether.“All I can say is it’s been a great year in terms of the group we’ve had, the adversity we’ve faced,” Alfredsson said. “We became a tight group and stuck together throughout.”Maybe, but the Senators hardly looked together while slogging through the game’s first 10 minutes, long enough for Morrow to pay immediate dividends in his return to the lineup.


    Barrington shuts down Rockford Boylan

    Barrington girls soccer coach Ryan Stengren realized to defeat Boylan Catholic the Fillies needed to contain Titans standout Abby Reed, who entered Friday night's sectional championship game with 49 goals. Mission accomplished. Barrington's stifling defense led by Aimee Pierce allowed the Indiana-bound senior only 1 shot on goal in the Fillies' 3-0 win over Boylan in the title game of the Class 4A Jacobs sectional. Barrington (17-4-1), which claimed its fifth straight sectional championship, advances to play in its own supersectional Tuesday against St. Charles North.

    Miami Marlins’ Adeiny Hechavarria, right, steals second as Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez cannot make a catch during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Friday, May 24, 2013, in Chicago.

    Beckham feels pain, delaying comeback

    Injured second baseman Gordon Beckham was intially hoping to come off the disabled list and rejoin the White Sox Friday night. But pain in his surgically repaired left wrist is going to keep Beckham off the field until at least Wednesday.

    From left to right, Blackhawks Michael Frolik (67), Bryan Bickell (29), Marian Hossa (81), Dave Bolland (36) and Patrick Sharp (10) watch from the bench during Thursday night’s Game 4 loss at Detroit. The Hawks are staying positive, knowing that a victory in Saturday night’s Game 5 at the United Center could be the start of turning the series around.

    Blackhawks just focused on winning Game 5

    The Blackhawks might trail the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 in the Western Conference semifinals after 3 straight losses, but they feel they still have a chance to win the series — a real good chance. Game 5 of the series is Saturday night at the United Center.


    Metea Valley upsets Hinsdale South

    DuPage baseball roundup

    Bartlett’s Jake Barrutia leaps up from a safe slide into home plate and celebrates leaving St. Charles North’s catcher Ryan Thomas behind in the fifth inning of the Class 4A regional game on Friday.

    Bartlett gets past Shah, St. Charles North

    St. Charles North pitcher Ankur Shah was dealing, but the Bartlett baseball team had good luck. The No. 7 seed Hawks got just 3 hits off Shah but only needed a fifth-inning run to defeat the No. 10 seed North Stars 1-0 in the Class 4A Bartlett regional semifinal on Friday. The Hawks (15-14) will seek their second straight regional title when they take on No. 18 seed Hoffman Estates, which upset No. 2 Batavia Thursday, in the championship game Saturday at noon. The winner advances to next week's St. Charles East sectional.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Tyler Hasper, left, is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walk-off home run for a 2-0 win against Hinsdale Central, during the Hinsdale Central Baseball Regional.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Hasper sends fastball flying

    Tyler Hasper just wanted to see a fastball. He took care of the rest. The Waubonsie Valley junior got the pitch he wanted and launched a 2-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Warriors a 2-0 victory over the host Red Devils in Friday's Class 4A Hinsdale Central regional semifinals.


    St. Charles North sweeps Wheaton North

    One more win and you'll see the entire St. Charles North boys volleyball team sporting mohawks.


    Waubonsie Valley’s Marbach marches into semifinals

    The state tournament has been something of a tennis education for Eric Marbach of Waubonsie Valley.


    Geneva rolls Glenbard West

    To say that the Geneva baseball team was ready for the playoffs to start would be an understatement.


    Semis elude Lin, Galvin

    The allure of getting to play their game before huge crowds on the final day of the boys tennis state tournament eluded both Vincent Lin and Mack Galvin on Friday at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. Lin (22-1), a sophomore, suffered his first defeat of the year to top seed Martin Joyce of Hinsdale Central in the quarterfinals. Galvin a freshman from Rolling Meadows, fell to 3-4 seed Jeremy Bush (29-4) of Stevenson in the fourth round, sending the two superb young players from the Mid-Suburban League into the backdraw.

    Antonio Shenault of Lake Park, second from left, clears the final hurdle in the Class 3A 110-meter high hurdles during the boys state track preliminaries in Charleston Friday.

    Preliminarily, a good day

    The pressure's on, but Lake Park's Antonio Shenault doesn't feel it ... much. In the preliminaries of the 119th boys state track meet Friday at Eastern Illinois University, the sophomore reached Saturday's finals of both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. It helped the three-time defending Class 3A champion Lancers send 11 qualifiers into Saturday's finals, four more than Lyons Twp. and O'Fallon and one more than 2012 runner-up Edwardsville. Wheaton North, Naperville Central and York each advanced four events.

    Cora Climo of Naperville North,left, and Sarah Laws of Waubonsie Valley move the ball during the Class 3A Bolingbrook girls soccer sectional final Friday.

    Naperville North follows Swift’s lead

    Since she was a young forward, Naperville North senior Zoe Swift has heard coaches tell her to follow shots. On Friday afternoon at the Class 3A Bolingbrook sectional final, it paid off. Twice. Twice a Naperville North shot hit the Waubonsie Valley crossbar, and twice Swift was on the spot to tap it into the Warriors' goal in the Huskies' 2-1 victory.

    Prospect’s Pat Costello throws in the Class 3A shot put during the boys track state meet preliminaries in Charleston on Friday.

    DeLoye, Barrington quickly get back on track downstate

    The disappointment that Barrington junior Parker Deloye felt after the high jump went away — quickly. All it took was two laps around the track by the members of the Broncos' 800-meter relay team, and all was well again with Deloye. During the prelims session of the Class 3A boys track and field state championships at Eastern Illinois University and O'Brien Field, Deloye missed the cut in the high jump but bounced back with a robust leadoff leg on the Broncos 800 relay. JP Brooks, Brendan Melynchuk and Scotty Miller joined him in a school record 1:28.64 to earn a spot in Saturdays' finals as the third overall seed. "This definitely makes up for earlier," Deloye said.

    Mike Magee of the New York Red Bulls ¬ ¬ Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

    Two days, two major trades for the Chicago Fire

    On Friday the Fire completed the long-rumored trade of the MLS rights to Robbie Rogers to Los Angeles, getting Long Grove native from the Galaxy in return, a source confirmed. The deal has not yet been announced officially, but the Galaxy has called a “player acquisition” press conference for Saturday. On Thursday the Fire reacquired central defender Bakary Soumare from Philadelphia for a second-round draft pick.

    Jake Gierlak of Jacobs leaves the starting block in the Class 3A 4x400-meter relay during the boys state track preliminaries in Charleston Friday.

    Images: Boys Track & Field State Prelims
    Images from prelims Friday at the IHSA Boys State Track and Field Meet at O'Brien Field on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.


    Harvey/Komarov save the day for Stevenson

    Third-set heroics from Colin Harvey and Andrew Komarov not only saved the day for themselves, but likely also a chance at a team trophy as Stevenson's top doubles team came all the way back to win a marathon three-setter and advance into Saturday's semifinals of the boys tennis state tournament. Harvey/Komarov (20-2) roared back from a 7-6 (4) first-set loss to Lake Forest's John Zordani/Scott Christian (27-2) to win the next two sets, the last in dramatic fashion on Friday. That helped ease the sting of a disappointing day of tennis for the Patriots, while at the same time pushing coach Tom Stanhope's team just ahead of Lake Forest (31-30) in the race for second place.


    Blackhawks’ Seabrook admits it’s been a struggle

    Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook played only 12 minutes and three seconds Thursday in Game 4 at Detroit and got 21 seconds of power-play time. "I don't really want to talk about that," Seabrook said Friday when asked about his lack of playing time.


    Book it: Fremd swipes regional title at St. Viator

    It was cops and robbers as Fremd edged St. Viator 1-0 Friday at the St. Viator regional in Arlington Heights. Fremd pitcher Jon Escobar handcuffed St. Viator while Austin Jetel stole home in the first inning as the Vikings (20-9) advanced to Saturday's regional title game against Buffalo Grove at 1 p.m.

    Jake Gierlak of Jacobs leaves the starting block in the Class 3A 4x400-meter relay during the boys track state meet preliminaries in Charleston on Friday.

    C-G’s Hurley sticks with it, makes shot and discus finals

    The pressure was off, as far as Cary-Grove sophomore Ricky Hurley was concerned. On his second throw during the shot put competition at the Class 3A session of the boys track and field state championships at Eastern Illinois University and O'Brien Field, Hurley launched the shot a personal-best 55-3.25 to secure a spot in Saturday's finals. His effort was the fifth-best toss of the preliminary round. He also advanced to Saturday's discus finals.

    Warren’s Martin Martinez competes in the Class 3A 1,600-meter run during the boys track state meet preliminaries in Charleston on Friday.

    Full-throated Fobbe puts it all together for Stevenson

    Stevenson senior Jordan Fobbe has added a lot to his shot put style over the last few weeks, and with everything he has added, the shot just keeps going farther. So in time for his first throw in the Class 3A shot put event in boys track and field state preliminaries at O'Brien Field on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, Fobbe added a loud grunt that has become ever-so-popular among shot put throwers. Whether it actually adds distance to the outcome remains up for debate, this much isn't: it worked on Friday for Fobbe. His first throw in the prelims was the best he has ever thrown the shot. The loud grunt was accompanied by an equally loud thud as the shot landed 56 feet, 7 inches from the ring. Another personal best throw marked an improvement of 10 feet over the last two weeks and a spot in the finals with the second-best toss from prelims.


    Thorson pitches Kaneland into regional finals

    One reason the high school baseball postseason can be so unpredictable is that even a heavy favorite can find itself in a tough game early in the tournament going up against the opponent's No. 1 pitcher. For Kaneland Friday, that meant getting Sandwich ace Jake Roehn, a hard-throwing righty who will be pitching Division I baseball at Ohio University next year. The Knights, though, were up to the challenge. They scored five runs in the second inning on a combination of a few hard hit balls, a little small ball and some shaky Sandwich defense, then watched Curtis Thorson do the rest.

    St. Charles East’s Jasper Koenen readies his backhand during sectional tennis action at St. Charles North High School.

    Dream day for St. Charles East’s Koenen

    Living the dream — that's what Jasper Koenen is doing. The affable junior from St. Charles East opened his second day at the boys tennis state tournament Friday with a stunning defeat of 5-8 seed Conrad Harron (Chicago U-High), then trumped that effort by shocking 3-4 seed Peter Tarwid of Lake Forest in straight sets. That effort put Koenen in today's semifinal against top seed Martin Joyce (Hinsdale Central) in a 9 a.m. breakfast special at host Hersey in Arlington Heights.


    End of the line for Schroeder, Hersey

    Outside hitter Kevin Schroeder has been a key contributor to all the good times the Hersey boys volleyball program has enjoyed over the last four years. Unfortunately for the senior and his teammates, the Huskies' season and Schroeder's exemplary prep career came to an end Friday night at the Niles West sectional. Hersey couldn't recapture the magic of Wednesday's regional title win over Glenbrook North as the Huskies fell to No. 3 seed Loyola 25-17, 25-20 in a sectional semifinal in Skokie.


    Stevenson makes most of chances, ousts Rolling Meadows

    Sixth-seeded Stevenson and No. 11 Rolling Meadows both took advantage of some miscues Friday afternoon in the Class 4A Carmel baseball regional. But the Patriots were able to make the most of their opportunities in the end as they overcame a late 5-4 deficit to pull out a 6-5 victory over the Mustangs in the semifinal round. Stevenson (19-11) will face No. 3 host Carmel Catholic (25-9) for the regional championship at 10 a.m. Saturday, while Rolling Meadows closed out its season with a 19-11 record.

    Kenny Perry tees off on the ninth hole during the second round of the 74th Senior PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club Friday, May 24, 2013, in St. Louis.

    Perry, Cochran share lead at Senior PGA Championship

    It's not unusual for the PGA to pair friends in the first two rounds of its tournaments. That's why Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran played together in the first two rounds of the 74th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.


    Report: Rush gives up final games at Allstate

    According to a published report, the Chicago Rush has played its last home game this season at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, and two home games in July will be moved elsewhere as the Arena Football League tries to control its costs since taking over the franchise.

    FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2008, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre reacts to a missed pass during the second half on an NFL football game against the San Fransisco 49ers in San Francisco. A lawsuit filed by two massage therapists who sued retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre over claims he sent racy text messages has been settled, a lawyer for the women said Friday, May 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

    NYC lawsuit alleging Favre sent racy texts settled

    A lawsuit filed by two massage therapists who sued retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre over claims he sent racy text messages has been settled, a lawyer for the women said Friday.

    While Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard has kept Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scoreless during the playoffs, he was helped in Game 4 when Toews was sent to the penalty box three times in the game.

    Hawks try to help Toews keep his cool

    In the second period of Game 4 on Thursday, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews' reached his boiling point after being sent to the penalty box for the third time in less than a 6-minute span. Toews talked about what happened, and the support he's received from his teammates.


    N. Carolina shocks Northwestern in lacrosse semis

    Kara Cannizzaro scored four goals in the second half to help third-seeded North Carolina beat two-time defending national champion Northwestern 11-4 on Friday in the NCAA women's lacrosse semifinals.


    Fire scouting report
    Chicago Fire at Real Salt Lake, 8 p.m. at Rio Tinto StadiumTV: Channel 50Scouting the Fire: The Fire (2-7-1, 7 points) has gone 277 minutes and more than a month since it last scored a goal, and it has been shut out 6 times this year. It has held the lead just 14 minutes out of 900 played. Right back Wells Thompson will be suspended for this match. Central defender Bakary Soumare could play in this match just two days after being traded to the Fire from Philadelphia.Scouting Real Salt Lake: Alvaro Saborio leads RSL (6-5-2, 20 points) with 3 goals, but watch out for mighty-mite Joao Plata. The 5-foot-2 forward leads the team with 4 assists and is very active. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando is one of the league’s best and a long-time Fire nemesis.Next:at Charlotte Eagles, 6 p.m. Wednesday in a U.S. Open Cup third-round match.— Orrin Schwarz

    Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, right, has plenty of confidence after three straight victories over the Blackhawks. The Hawks need a Game 5 win to avoid elimination.

    Hawks need to create problems for Howard

    Blackhawks broadcaster Troy Murray says if the team is to salvage its season, it must get inside the head of Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. Howard is playing with a ton of confidence and the Hawks need to agitate him if they are to have any chance.

    Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) has improved his shooting touch every year, but Mike McGraw says Gibson needs to improve his demeanor with officials on the court.

    For now, Gibson remains Boozer’s backup

    Taj Gibson was re-signed mostly to be Carlos Boozer's replacement in another year or so. How well Gibson will do in that role is difficult to pin down based on current evidence.

    The Bears will honor former player and head coach Mike Ditka this season by retiring his No. 89 jersey.

    Bears to honor Ditka and retire No. 89

    Forty-seven years after he played his last game for the Bears as a Hall of Fame tight end, and 27 years after he coached the Chicago Bears to their only Super Bowl championship, the team will retire Mike Ditka's No. 89. As Bob LeGere points out, it's about time.

    The Chicago Bears will retire Mike Ditka's jersey number 89.

    Bears to retire Mike Ditka's jersey number

    The Chicago Bears will retire Mike Ditka's jersey number 89.Ditka confirmed earlier reports on ESPN Radio Friday morning. The jersey will be retired in December during a Monday Night Football game at Soldier Field.The former tight end last played for the Bears 47-years ago and also coached the team to its Super Bowl victory.

    Sergio Garcia has apologized for his "fried chicken" comment, and Tiger Woods called the remark hurtful and inappropriate, but also said it's time to move on.

    Has Urlacher really closed the door for good?

    Brian Urlacher says he's ready to move on in life, but Mike North thinks Urlacher’s NFL career might still have some legs if the right team and offer comes knocking. He acknowledges Urlacher’s last contract was deserved and believes the Bears made the right call.

    Forget the technicalities, it was appropriate that linebacker Brian Urlacher retired as a Bear.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Things won’t be the same for Bears

    Even on Memorial Day weekend, the Bears can still dominate the conversation, as the retirement of Brian Urlacher proved. But there's still much more to talk about and Spellman's Scorecard does just that this week.

    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) deflects a shot during the third period against the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Quick’s LA Kings put Sharks on brink with 3-0 win

    Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in his seventh career playoff shutout, and the Los Angeles Kings moved to the brink of their second straight trip to the Western Conference finals with a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 on Thursday night.


    Alt, Schaumburg power into regional final

    Schaumburg softball coach Ellen Stoddard had one message for her Saxons when they took the field for their own Class 4A regional semifinal game on Thursday. “We told them to ‘be intense and stayed relaxed’ ” she said. The Saxons took heed and were all on the same page. And the final page of the Schaumburg’s win came off the bat of freshman Paige Alt. Her second home run of her young career — and third 2-run homer of the game by the Saxons — made it 10-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game by the 10-run rule over No. 9 seed Elk Grove.


    Traders gather at a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday at the close of trading.

    Stocks barely budge; market ends week with loss

    The S&P 500, widely used by mutual funds as a proxy for the stock market, lost 1.1 percent for the week. It's still up 15.7 percent for the year.

    The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. No one answered the phone Friday at the IRS hotline for tax help.

    Furlough Friday: Unpaid day off for many in government

    Roughly 5 percent of the federal workforce — 115,000 people at six major agencies — were told not to show up as the government dealt with the continuing effects of the sequester spending cuts.

    Head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, reacts Thursday as she leaves a special court accompanied by a police officer in Paris.

    IMF chief named key witness in French payoff case
    Investigators opened an inquiry in 2011 into possible charges of "complicity to embezzlement of public funds" and "complicity to forgery." The probe may not result in a trial.

    Trader David O’Day works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday at the close of trading.

    Investors shift focus to growth stocks

    If investors believe that the economy will carry on improving, it makes sense for them to load up on the stocks of companies that will benefit most from accelerating growth. Banks tend to perform better in a strong economy because demand for loans increases as companies borrow more to expand.


    Feds pull plug on uranium plant, 1,000 jobs

    Last May, the plant faced closure until officials reached a deal that gave it a reprieve for another year. Under that deal, the plant enriched depleted uranium for Tennessee Valley Authority and Energy Northwest, a utility in Washington state.

    The AT&T logo is displayed on an AT&T Wireless retail store front. AT&T said it has completed its LTE 4G rollout in many Northwest suburbs.

    AT&T boosts LTE service in Northwest suburbs

    AT&T, which has its Midwest headquarters in Hoffman Estates, said it has completed its LTE rollout around many Northwest suburbs. That means AT&T customers here have more capacity on their mobile phones to upload more data, said AT&T spokeswoman Erin McGrath.Business and individual customers in Barrington, South Barrington, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Lake Zurich, Niles, Rolling Meadows, Wauconda, Kildeer, Wheeling, Palatine and Mount Prospect likely have seen the improved coverage in recent weeks.

    Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Hawaii.

    Summer travel forecast: Better, but no blowout

    The average hotel will cost $112.21, before taxes and any other add-on such as resort fees. That's up 4.4 percent from last year's $107.52, according to hotel research firm STR. Hotels are also expected to be slightly fuller, with occupancy rates climbing from 69.3 percent last summer to 70 percent this year.

    The Illinois Senate has approved a plan that would ban the use of cell phones while driving. Senators voted 34-20 Thursday, sending the bill to Gov. Pat Quinn.

    Illinois Senate OKs ban on cell phones while driving

    The Illinois Senate has approved a plan that would ban the use of cell phones while driving. Senators voted 34-20 Thursday, sending the bill to Gov. Pat Quinn. His spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message seeking comment. The House approved it in March. The proposal says drivers have to use hands-free devices or use speakerphone features for calls.

    Household products giant Procter & Gamble Co. is hoping its former CEO can work his magic once again.

    Procter & Gamble brings back A.G. Lafley as CEO

    Household products giant Procter & Gamble Co. is hoping its former CEO can work his magic once again.The Cincinnati company said late Thursday that former CEO A.G. Lafley, a 33-year industry veteran, is returning its top post. The surprise move comes as the world's largest consumer-products maker tries to spur growth in the face of stiff global

    An All Nippon Airways flight sits at Takamatsu airport in Takamatsu, western Japan,

    Japan’s ANA to resume Boeing 787 flights on Sunday

    Japan's All Nippon Airways, the launch customer for Boeing's 787 "Dreamliner," will resume commercial flights of the aircraft on Sunday, just over four months after the jets were grounded due to smoldering batteries. ANA said in a statement that it will run five commercial 787 flights in May, before regular, scheduled services begin on June 1. The first will be a commercial flight late Sunday from Chitose, on the northern island of Hokkaido, to Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

    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

    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 as people increasingly opt for foods they feel are fresh or healthy. Customers can now order egg whites in its breakfast sandwiches, for example.

    The swarming season for honey bees in the U.K. may be delayed about four weeks because of cooler than normal temperatures.

    U.K. Honey bee swarming season seen delayed after cool weather

    The swarming season for honey bees in the U.K. may be delayed about four weeks because of cooler than normal temperatures, the British Beekeepers Association said today in an online report. Winter losses are expected to be "bigger than ever," the Stoneleigh Park, England-based group said in the report. Swarming season is from April to July and the peak is from early May to mid-June, it said.


    Illinois temporarily halts transfers of disabled

    Illinois officials agreed Thursday to temporarily halt the movement of residents out of an institution for the developmentally disabled in the southern Illinois city of Centralia. At the request of U.S. Northern District Court Judge Ruben Castillo, the state agreed to stop the transfer of all but one resident out of Murray Developmental Center until a hearing next week on a temporary restraining order requested by residents' families.

    For a travel industry still stinging from the Great Recession, the best it can likely hope for is another summer of steady, but slow, recovery. The blockbuster crowds seen in 2007 have become a distant memory.

    Summer travel forecast: Better, but no blowout

    The forecast for summer travel, 2013: Partly sunny. Airlines, hotels and campgrounds are commanding higher rates and seeing more customers than a few summers ago, and luxury hotels are selling out. Local businessmen and state officials are optimistic. But for a travel industry still stinging from the Great Recession, the best it can likely hope for is another summer of steady, but slow, recovery. The blockbuster crowds seen in 2007 have become a distant memory.

    Donald Trump

    Loser in Trump civil case still thinks she ‘exposed him for what he is’

    An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost. Jurors 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 bait-and-switch scheme connected to condos in a Chicago skyscraper he built.

Life & Entertainment

    Director Alexander Payne, center, speaks as actors June Squibb, left, and Bruce Dern listen during a press conference for “Nebraska” at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, France.

    Cannes: Dern a leading man again in ‘Nebraska’

    "All during your career, you look for a certain kind of security from the people you're working with, people that believe you're talented, that you can do what you can do," says Bruce Dern, 76, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in 1978's "Coming Home."

    Actress Amanda Bynes, center, wearing sweats and a blonde wig, shields her face as she is escorted after a Manhattan criminal court appearance on Friday in New York.

    Actress Amanda Bynes accused of tossing bong out window

    Actress Amanda Bynes appeared disheveled in a long blond wig and sweats Friday in a criminal court where she was charged with reckless endangerment after police said she heaved a marijuana bong out of her Manhattan apartment building. The 27-year-old former child star was arrested Thursday evening, after building officials at her midtown apartment called police to complain she was rolling a joint and smoking pot in the lobby.

    Desiree Hartsock on “The Bachelorette” won’t say if she is engaged.

    Latest ‘Bachelorette’ won’t say if she’s engaged

    ABC's newest "Bachelorette," Desiree Hartsock, says it's not hard to keep the details of her experience on the show a secret from her friends. "Ironically, I'm kind of a private person anyway, so my friends know not to ask," she said in a recent interview. Hartsock has some experience with the matter, although her last reality TV romance ended in heartbreak.

    Steve and Jennifer Dee of Long Grove entertain their daughters Taylor and Mackenzie at Alley 64 in Palatine.

    Palatine's Alley 64 revs up the menu with Harley-themed atmosphere

    Palatine's Alley 64 touts cold beer and warm service — and delivers on both counts. And as summer revs up, both are welcome draws for this biker-themed bar on Rand Road that also boasts a strong menu to boot. It's very casual with outdoor seating available in good weather. The bar also sponsors theme nights, like car shows on Wednesday and bike night Thursday.

    Simon Helberg, left, Jim Parsons, and Johnny Galecki on CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” was TV’s top comedy.

    CBS up, ‘Idol’ down as traditional TV season ends

    NEW YORK — CBS strengthened its dominance over the television industry this year at the same time that the unprecedented reign of "American Idol" came to a close. For the 10th time in 11 years, CBS was the nation's most-watched network, the Nielsen company said Thursday. CBS' margin of victory was wider than any other network in 24 years and it won among 18- to 49-year-old viewers, a group coveted by advertisers, for the first time in 21 years.

    Main Beach in East Hampton, N.Y., is number one on the 2013 list of Top 10 Beaches produced annually by coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach.”

    N.Y.’s Main Beach tops annual survey

    This may be hard to believe in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but an annual list of the best beaches in the country has a New York beach ranked No. 1. Less surprisingly, that beach is in East Hampton, the vacation playground for the rich and famous. In an announcement that coincides annually with the unofficial start of summer, coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman on Friday released the 23rd version of his Top 10 Beach List, placing Main Beach in East Hampton at the top.

    A kindly diner owner (Amy Malouf, center) plays matchmaker for Amanda Bloom's bookish Kitty and Greg Foster's awkward Matt in the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre production of the musical revue "Five Course Love."

    Metropolis' 'Five Course Love' serves up lukewarm laughs

    Metropolis Performing Arts Centre subscribers are certainly familiar with the relationship revue. In fact, these lighthearted romps — which typically clock in at 90 minutes or less — have become the bread and butter of the Arlington Heights theater's season. The latest of these pleasantly innocuous confections is “Five Course Love,” a lukewarm effort by composer/lyricist/book writer Gregg Coffin that unfolds as a series of vignettes chronicling romantic assignations taking place at several restaurants.

    The Morton Arboretum in Lisle is going buggy this summer with larger-than-life insects on display through September.

    Summer attractions help keep suburban kids from getting antsy

    Dread hearing your kids whine "I'm bored" this summer? Well, we have five new family-friendly attractions -- everything from a laser-light show to a new concert venue -- that will keep families busy over the next few months.


    Options for removing lawn to create gardening bed

    How can I remove a large section of lawn that I want to turn into a garden bed?

    “Little Green” by Walter Mosley

    Easy Rawlins returns in ‘Little Green’

    From the moment he first appeared in "Devil in a Blue Dress" in 1990, Easy Rawlins was an instant favorite. So the disappointment was palpable when the black private detective drove his car off a cliff at the conclusion of "Blonde Faith," the eleventh novel in the series. But now Easy is back in "Little Green," where we find him awakening from a two-monthlong coma to discover, as usual, that people he cares about need his help.

    “Excuse My French” by French Montana

    French Montana debuts with enjoyable album

    On his debut album, "Excuse My French," French Montana lives up to the hype mostly generated by his mentors Diddy and Rick Ross, who executive-produced his project. The Moroccan-born, Bronx, N.Y.-raised rapper isn't much of a lyricist, but Montana has a way of appropriately delivering simple words with a calm bravado and then inserting his infectious ad-lib, the word "haan," at the perfect time.

    “Here’s Willy Moon” by Willy Moon

    Willy Moon impresses with debut album

    Willy Moon will soon be gyrating his way into your music collection. Fact. His distinct features, tall frame, fancy footwork, dapper suits and infectious 1960s pop grooves make this New Zealander hard to miss. The 23-year-old’s self-produced debut album, “Here’s Willy Moon,” is sharp and slick, much like Moon himself.


    Night life events: Join the dance party at Hitz

    There’s a DJ dance party this Saturday at Hitz Pizza and Sports Bar in Mundelein and even hotter daily drink specials. Or celebrate the summer season with new daily drink specials at Tuscany in Oak Brook.


    The nation’s housing: For seniors, a break on mortgages

    Here's a heads-up for the growing ranks of seniors whose post-retirement monthly incomes aren't sufficient to qualify for a mortgage under today's tough underwriting standards: Thanks to a rule change by the largest players in the home loan business, you may be able to use imputed income from your 401(k), IRA and other retirement assets to qualify for the loan you want.

    These homes on Whalen Court are typical of those in North Aurora’s Orchard Crossing neighborhood.

    Orchard Crossing in North Aurora offers convenient seclusion

    Two of the original homeowners in North Aurora’s Orchard Crossing neighborhood, Rebecca and Nolan Bello, selected the subdivision because it was far enough away from everything, yet close enough to everything, Rebecca Bello said. Situated on Orchard Road north of I-88, Orchard Crossing was constructed between 1998 and 2001 during a period of rapid real estate development in North Aurora.


    About real estate: Homeowners, others soon may qualify for free credit scores

    A proposal in Congress would let consumers get a free copy of their credit score, just as they can order a "freebie" of their credit report today.


    Home inspector: Buyer questions honesty of home inspector

    Q. Our home inspector missed or covered up a serious plumbing problem. He reported that the toilet was loosely attached to the floor and recommended further evaluation by a licensed plumber. But he said this did not appear to be a major problem. After moving in, we discovered that there was a major leak in the toilet drainpipe, and our plumber quoted $900 for the repair.


    Super handyman: Keeping mosquitoes at bay

    In many parts of the country, mosquitoes can be a real problem. They can cause diseases like West Nile virus and are just a real nuisance. We have some great tips that you can try to keep the population of mosquitoes, and other pests, down to a minimum.



    Editorial: Endangered animals are needed for our health, well-being

    A Daily Herald editorial outlines the reasons residents should be concerned that two suburban counties have the highest number of endangered species in Illinois.

    Illinois Republican leader Tom Cross

    Medicaid not getting the scrutiny it needs

    Guest columnist Tom Cross, Illinois House Republican leader: We need to be aggressive in both enacting and implementing reforms to our Medicaid program. Being lax has led our state to massive shortfalls and raises serious questions about the fiscal stability of the program.

    Illinois Republican leader Tom Cross

    Medicaid not getting the scrutiny it needs

    Guest columnist Tom Cross, Illinois House Republican leader: We need to be aggressive in both enacting and implementing reforms to our Medicaid program. Being lax has led our state to massive shortfalls and raises serious questions about the fiscal stability of the program.


    Fire split was unnecessary, unfortunate
    A letter to the editor:


    Promoting business will ease our debts
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: The only thing that makes sense is to foster a business environment that promotes innovation, manufacturing, sales growth and the resulting profits to pay for these debts we have created. Workers pay taxes and taxes fund our government. When government expenses overwhelm our taxpayer-produced revenues we fall into the role of a gigantic debtor.


    We’re well-equipped for war on terrorism
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The debate goes on about the Boston terrorists. I have always said, America is like the United Nations. Go to any city and you will find people from all around the world living together and getting along. And this makes America unique among nations — it's a country made up of immigrants, where everyone has a chance to succeed.


    IRS should have live people on the phone
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Since my refund is way overdue, I have called the IRS 10 times to find out the problem and never got a real live person. All you get is an automatic message that transfers you to another automatic message that repeats the message that the return was received and is being processed (probably by someone in India).


    Don’t tamper with Belleau Woods
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Hooray, and a big thank you to Edna E. Heatherington of Glen Ellyn for speaking up on the Daily Herald "Your Opinion, Your Views" page in the Monday, May 20 issue. I am in absolute, total agreement with everything Edna speaks about regarding St. Francis attempting to acquire DuPage County Forest Preserve land for a parking lot and/or a football field.


    Graffiti artists should refine talents
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Our car is stopped at the railroad crossing. The gates are down, lights flashing, bells ringing. Here comes a train. This time it is not a passenger train but a very long freight train. We'll have to wait about five minutes.


    Do pols represent you or the NRA?
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Those senators who voted against the bill expanding background checks for gun purchases are telling us that they are satisfied with the way things are now. The occasional massacre of innocents in schools, theatres, stores, parades and businesses is OK, so long as the NRA and gun fanatics (since most gun owners would not mind common sense gun control) can do whatever they wish however they want.


    Why tear up roads at the same time?
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: I am writing in response to the article concerning "Road Projects Begin in West Dundee" and comments by Illinois Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Jae Miller. The intersection of Route 72 and Randall Road has been torn up for more than one year and with no work being done during the winter. IDOT says this project has another six months of work.


    Fair share? Only if you work for it
    A Huntley letter to the editor: On May 15, Bob Lambert wrote a hate-filled letter critical of the great American Ronald Reagan. This Lower Middle Class wasn't created by him and didn't exist in American until the Marxists came here from Europe and couldn't stand the fact that everyone here, with a measure of intelligence, aspired to be rich.


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