Daily Archive : Monday June 3, 2013


    The new Microsoft store features laptops called Ultrabooks, geared toward college-bound students.

    Microsoft Woodfield store emphasizes interactivity, customization

    Microsoft is opening its second suburban location, in Woodfield Mall, on Saturday and we got a preview Friday. The store is highly interactive and is focused on customer customization. “Microsoft is for the first time selling a lot of things," an analyst said, explaining its drive to open stores.


    Search for joy in the midst of life’s troubles

    The worries and fears of life’s problems can drag us down. Focusing on the problem only causes the worry and fear to intensify and stresses us. God tells us worry weakens us, and joy strengthens us. Searching for joy in the midst of life’s troubles always lightens our load, says columnist Annettee Budzban.

    Former Maine West High School soccer coach Michael Divincenzo arrives for court Monday. He declined to comment, but his attorney later said Divincenzo had no knowledge of reported hazing among his team's members.

    Former Maine West coach appears in court on hazing charge

    Former Maine West High School head varsity soccer coach Michael Divincenzo made his initial court appearance Monday on charges of hazing, battery and failure to report abuse. Though Divincenzo, 37, of Elk Grove Village did not speak at his hearing, his attorney Thomas Breen, later said, “You're gonna find out he's a very good coach, a very good person. He had nothing to do with whatever...


    Wheeling approves video gambling cafe

    The Wheeling village board on Monday approved on a 4-3 vote a controversial cafe that will serve beer and wine and have video gambling in the Fresh Farms Shopping Center at Milwaukee Avenue and Dundee Road. The plan commission twice voted against the cafe, saying it did not meet the requirements of a special use, especially that it did not belong in a residential neighborhood, which is just south...


    North Aurora investigating ‘Drano’ bombs

    North Aurora police are investigating several Drano bomb explosions that have taken place in the last week on the village’s west side. In most of the situations, the Drano bombs exploded outside of several residences in the middle of the night, police said.

    People should maintain eye contact with an angry goose and raise their arms to protect themselves.

    Playing angry birds, Illinois style

    Some wildlife experts say they're noticing an increase in feisty fowl across parts of Illinois, thanks to a delayed nesting season.Authorities say the long winter and spring floods washed out some nests, which means geese and other birds are getting a later-than-usual start laying eggs.

    Myers Place, a supportive housing development for people with mental illness, opening in Mount Prospect on Monday.

    Suburban apartments a breakthrough for people with disabilities

    With one permanent supportive housing complex open Monday in Mount Prospect, another on the way in Wheeling, one planned for Palatine, and more promised for other suburbs, advocates say there is a breakthrough for housing for people with disabilities in Illinois they hope will continue. Myers Place, which opened on Monday, became the first supportive housing development in the Northwest suburbs.

    Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel testifies on Capitol Hill Monday regarding a report that the IRS spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012.

    New IRS head says taxpayers no longer trust agency

    His agency under relentless fire, the new head of the Internal Revenue Service acknowledged to Congress on Monday that American taxpayers no longer trust the IRS amid a growing number of scandals — from the targeting of conservative political groups to lavish spending on employee conferences.

    The new, temporary sign signaling the opening of the Wise Boxer Pour House also signals the end of BlackFinn American Saloon in downtown Naperville.

    New name, new owner for Naperville’s BlackFinn

    The long-controversial BlackFinn American Saloon is no more in downtown Naperville.Naperville businessman and restaurateur Jim Bergeron, who also owns Jimmy’s Grill, confirmed he officially took over the restaurant at 16 W. Jefferson Ave. on May 28 and renamed it the Wise Boxer Pour House.


    Arlington Heights approves zoning changes for Hickory Kensington redevelopment

    The Arlington Heights village board on Monday approved zoning changes in line with a vision for redeveloping the Hickory Kensington area of town. The changes will allow for a mix of residential and commercial uses in the area, bounded by Northwest Highway, Dryden Avenue, Miner Street and Belmont Avenue, although it was originally developed as industrial space.

    Dunkin’ Donuts’ glazed donut breakfast sandwich. Even as fast-food chains tout their healthy offerings, they’re also coming up with fatty new treats to keep customers interested.

    Dunkin’ taking doughnut bacon sandwich national

    Even as fast-food chains tout their healthy offerings, they’re also coming up with fatty new treats to keep customers interested. Case in point: Dunkin’ Donuts is adding a doughnut breakfast sandwich to its national menu this week. The sandwich, which comes with fried eggs and bacon between a split glazed doughnut, will become a part of the permanent menu starting June 7, which the...

    Naperville Mayor George Pradel said the dragon statue in his front yard was removed early Saturday morning and thrown over a bridge toward the railroad tracks at Columbia Avenue and Plank Road. The dragon, called “Nighty-Knight” by artist Marilyn Dale, was auctioned in 2006 as part of a public art fundraiser for the Naperville United Way. “It was kind of personal for me,” Pradel said about the dragon, which carries a miniature statuette of the mayor himself in its left arm and a book called “Goodnight Naperville” in its right.

    Two charged as Pradel's dragon returns home

    A former Neuqua Valley High School wrestling standout and a current North Central College wrestler face a bevy of charges relating to allegations they stole the “Mystical Dragon” statue from Naperville Mayor George Pradel's lawn and threw it over the Columbia Street Bridge onto railroad tracks below.


    St. Charles moves ahead with sale of confiscated weapons

    Some St. Charles aldermen changed their minds about putting confiscated weapons back on the market Monday night, but they were not enough to prevent the sale from moving forward.

    Grayslake has revoked the business license of Kyoto Spa and Massage on Route 83, where police say two women were charged with prostitution.

    Grayslake cites prostitution in revoking Kyoto Spa and Massage's business license

    Grayslake has revoked the business license of Kyoto Spa and Massage on Route 83, where police say two women were charged with prostitution after an undercover operation. Village board trustees recently voted 4-0 in favor of revoking Kyoto Spa's license and leveling a $4,000 fine for “eight separate and distinct violations.”


    Edward to collect $2.2 million from District 203 levy

    Despite talks between Naperville Unit District 203, Edward Hospital and DuPage County Treasurer Gwen Henry, the entire $2.2 million owed to Edward, as a result of a 2012 change in state law, will come from the district's upcoming levy.

    Sen. Frank Lautenberg

    New Jersey Sen. Lautenberg dead at age 89

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a multimillionaire New Jersey businessman and liberal who was called out of retirement for a second tour of duty in Congress, has died at age 89.


    Campaign still going for Kane County developmental disabilities aid tax

    Show You Care Kane made its case Monday night to the Geneva City Council on why Kane County voters should agree to a property tax that would help provide more services for residents with developmental disabilities.


    Carol Stream awards 3 contracts

    Some village-owned properties in Carol Stream will be getting new roofs and tuck-pointing, but the way the construction contracts will be awarded is by “piggybacking” off a contract signed two years ago by Naperville, officials said. Naperville’s cooperative job order contract program is similar to a method governmental agencies use to jointly purchase products like vehicles and salt, in which...

    Ed Ritter

    Carpentersville to hold medical marijuana meeting

    Now that Illinois might become the latest state to legalize marijuana for medical use, Carpentersville leaders are meeting Tuesday to discuss what that means for the village. Village President Ed Ritter acknowledged he has mixed feelings about the state’s pending legislation, but said he’s willing to adapt.


    U-46 applying for help for increasing number of low-income students

    Three new elementary schools, three new middle schools and one new high school in Elgin Area School District U-46 are hoping for Title I schoolwide funds for next year, which would give them greater flexibility in addressing the needs of students in poverty. The school board approved the plans for each school Monday night.


    Palatine approves composting ordinance

    As composting becomes more widespread, more and more residents have approached the village of Palatine with questions, only to find no official ordinance in place. That changed Monday with the village council’s unanimous vote to put rules into place for the recycling of decaying organic matter.

    Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Robert Gorvett speaks to first responders in 2009. Gorvett is set to retire on June 30 after 38 years with the department.

    Hoffman Estates fire chief retiring after 38 years with department

    After nearly four decades with the department — and five years at the helm — Hoffman Estates Fire Chief Robert Gorvett is retiring. His last day is last day is June 30. Deputy Chief Jeffrey Jorian will serve as acting chief until the position is permanently filled.


    CeaseFire severing ties with executive director after arrest

    The anti-violence organization CeaseFire says it will not renew the contract of its executive director, who was charged with domestic violence for, authorities allege, punching and kicking his wife.


    Warrenville uses TIF to promote redevelopment

    A property that has stood vacant for years next to the Warrenville Public Library is expected to become the focus of redevelopment efforts now that the city has a new tax increment financing district. City council members on Monday night approved the creation of the TIF district to help rejuvenate the Civic Center near Butterfield and Batavia roads and the Old Town section near the confluence of...

    Former Chicago Alderman Ambrosio Medrano

    Ex-Chicago alderman’s corruption trial begins

    A former Chicago alderman who was convicted in one of the city’s most famous corruption cases was back in court on Monday to stand trial on federal bribery charges. Ambrosio Medrano and two businessmen were charged last year with felony charges of conspiring to commit bribery.

    Sean Parker, left, and Alexandra Lenas are seen in February 2012. The California Coastal Commission and Parker on Monday said they reached a $2.5 million settlement to pay for coastal conservation programs after the Napster co-founder built a large movie-set like wedding in an ecologically sensitive area of Big Sur without proper permits.

    Facebook mogul to pay $2.5M in settlement

    Facebook billionaire Sean Parker’s lavish, $10 million Big Sur wedding got even more expensive Monday. The California Coastal Commission and Parker said they have reached a $2.5 million settlement to pay for coastal conservation programs after the Napster co-founder built a large movie-set-like wedding site in an ecologically sensitive area of Big Sur without proper permits.

    Danella Ceja-Brown gives a wave as she walks in for the Lake Park graduation at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Monday.

    Images: Lake Park High School Graduation
    Lake Park High School held its commencement ceremony on Monday, June 3, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Individual suburbs wouldn’t get to set their own rules for carrying a concealed firearm under the plan lawmakers have sent Gov. Pat Quinn. And suburban gun owners wouldn’t be allowed to carry loaded guns on public transit or in schools, parks and other places.

    Concealed carry plan sent to Gov. Quinn has a mixed bag of rules

    Where could you carry a concealed weapon under a law approved by legislators and sent to Gov. Pat Quinn? It's a mixed bag of rules in the suburbs.


    Shots fired outside Deerfield motel

    Deerfield police are investigating shots fired outside of a hotel this afternoon. At about 4:30 p.m. a witness reported seeing a person on foot who shot four times at a vehicle outside the Red Roof Inn, 340 S. Waukegan Road.

    “Taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court’s five-justice majority.

    Court rules police may take DNA swabs from arrestees

    A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that police may take DNA samples when booking those arrested for serious crimes, narrowly upholding a Maryland law and opening the door to more widespread collection of DNA by law enforcement.

    DAILY HERALD Dermatologists have long urged year-round sunscreen use but say too few people heed that advice. Now, there’s an added incentive.

    Sunscreen slows skin aging, if used often enough

    If worry about skin cancer doesn’t make you slather on sunscreen, maybe vanity will: New research provides some of the strongest evidence to date that near-daily sunscreen use can slow the aging of your skin.

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning

    Prosecutor: Manning dumped info into enemy hands

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning dumped hundreds of thousands of sensitive documents on to the Internet and into enemy hands, a prosecutor said Monday at the beginning of a trial for the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

    President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan listen Monday as Janelle Montano shares her story of dealing with mental health issues during opening of the White House mental health conference. The conference was organized as part of President Obama’s response to last year’s shooting massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

    Obama calls for end to mental illness stigma

    President Barack Obama called for a more robust national discussion on mental illness, saying the time had come to bring the issue “out of the shadows.” Speaking at the opening session of a White House conference on mental health, the president said his goal was to let people affected by these issues know they should not suffer in silence.


    Learn about scams, fraud in Lincolnshire

    The Lincolnshire Police Department will host a seminar on scams, fraud, and identity theft on Thursday, June 20.


    Arrest in Zion murder

    A North Chicago man is the third person charged with first-degree murder in the death of a man in an Aldi parking lot in Zion.


    Lake County alcohol violations

    Alcohol compliance checks by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office conducted at retail liquor establishments turned up five incidents of illegal sales of alcohol to a minor, officials said.

    This image taken from video in Union City, Okla., shows the vehicle that longtime storm chasers Tim Samaras, his son Paul and colleague Carl Young were killed in Friday when a powerful tornado hit near El Reno, Okla.

    Storm chasing critical, profitable and dangerous

    While most people take shelter when a tornado approaches, a growing throng heads for the prairies, be they scientists hoping to protect the public from a twister’s fury or amateurs armed with little more than a smartphone, a digital camera and a desire to sell 15 seconds of video to the nightly news.

    It’s back — a sampling of mosquitoes collected in Hillside tested positive for West Nile virus.

    West Nile virus found in local mosquitoes

    Bad news — mosquitoes in Cook County have tested positive for West Nile virus. Good news— the current cool and wet spell is inhospitable for the mosquitoes that carry the virus. But look for an onslaught of run-of-the mill mosquitoes when the weather warms up.

    Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller says it will take three to six months for the agency to adopt rules on “fracking.”

    Illinois agency must adopt ‘fracking’ rules, hire experts

    High-volume oil and gas extraction probably won’t begin in earnest in Illinois until next year because the state must first adopt rules and hire dozens of new employees to help regulate an industry eagerly pushing into new territory.


    44-year-old man dies in SUV crash in Elgin

    A 44-year-old man died early Monday after he crashed his SUV into a parked semitrailer on Elgin’s west side, police said.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Derek Thavonesiri, 20, of Carpentersville, was charged Monday with the manufacture and delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a police report.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    David E. Del Guidice, 19, of Geneva, was charged with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor at 5 a.m. May 27 in the 2500 block of Kaneville Road, according to a police report. He was also charged with leaving the scene of a property-damage accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.


    St. Joan of Arc students help teachers prepare for NASA microgravity experiements

    The students and teachers at St. Joan of Arc school in Lisle are taking science to new heights thanks to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, our Joan Broz says. The elementary and junior high school is one of only seven schools nationwide selected this year to participate in the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. This summer four St. Joan teachers will travel to Texas, where...

    Terry Haygood

    Man admits stealing tires from Arlington Hts. dealership

    A Chicago man pleaded guilty to stealing tires from an Arlington heights Nissan dealership Monday in the Rolling Meadows branch court. In exchange for Terry Haygood's plea to burglary, Cook County Judge Ellen Mandletort sentenced the 40-year-old to six years in prison.

    Images from the Maine East High School graduation on Sunday, June 2, 2013.

    Images: Maine East High School graduation
    Images from the Maine East High School graduation on Sunday, June 2, at the Rosemont Theatre.

    Images from Conant High School's graduation on Sunday, June 2.

    Images: Conant High School graduation
    Conant High School held its graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 2, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    State Rep. Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat, pauses to regain his composure as the gallery erupts in protest Friday after he announced he wouldn’t call the gay marriage bill on the House floor.

    Lawmakers apologize to gay marriage advocates

    Backers of a measure that would’ve legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois have written a letter to advocates saying it’s not the time for them “to splinter.”


    Chicago organizer who worked with Obama retires

    A Chicago community organizer who worked with a young Barack Obama, meeting with the now-president weekly in the 1980s when he worked on the city’s South Side, is retiring. Greg Galluzzo, 69, is in his final weeks with the Gamaliel Foundation


    Pet monkey bites boy during event

    A southwestern Illinois woman’s dog and monkey apparently are fast friends, so much so that the primate takes umbrage to anyone getting too close to the pooch, authorities say. A 6-year-old boy apparently learned that the hard way.


    Schaumburg helps protect private ash trees

    The village of Schaumburg has announced its ongoing participation in the Legacy Tree Project, a partnership with Valent Professional Products that offers homeowners help in protecting ash trees from the emerald ash borer.

    One woman was injured Monday after rolling her car on Route 12 in Wauconda.

    Minor injuries in Wauconda rollover accident

    A Schaumburg woman suffered minor injuries when she rolled her car on Route 12 in Wauconda, authorities said Monday.


    District 54 sets summer registration hours

    Parents of children who will be new students at Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 schools can register this summer at the district office, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Parents will need to provide a child’s original birth certificate, passport or visa, proof of residency and a few other documents. There is also a consumable materials fee of $50 per student.

    These marijuana plants were seized by Round Lake Park police on Friday from the second-story roof of an apartment and restaurant building on North Clifton Drive. Police said the plants apparently were placed on the roof to get sun and fresh air.

    Round Lake Park police: Pot plants on roof lead to arrests

    Marijuana plants placed on top of an apartment roof, apparently to accelerate growth, led to the arrests of a father and son, Round Lake Park police said. Police Chief George Filenko said a search warrant for the Clifton Drive apartment was obtained Friday after a confidential informant forwarded a photograph of roughly a dozen pot plants on the roof.

    John Harshey conducts the West Oak Middle School's Symphonic Band.

    West Oak Middle School band director up for Grammy Foundation award

    John Harshey is in his 27th year as band director at West Oak Middle School in Mundelein. While there has been plenty of state recognition for the program, Harshey also has been selected as a quarterfinalist for the music educator award, a new recognition presented by the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy.

    Keith Renfroe Jr.

    Kane County sued over Minnesota man's 2012 jail suicide

    The mother a 20-year-old from Minnesota who authorities say strangled himself at the Kane County jail after an arrest in May 2012 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sheriff Pat Perez and the county. Keith Renfroe Jr., who was in town staying with relatives, was arrested after police said he forced his way into a home in Gilberts and was hiding in the bathroom.

    Lou Nesslar has done volunteer work at the Shedd Aquarium for 10 years. “I’m working harder now than when I was working,” he says. “It’s unreal.”

    For 10 years, Lou Nesslar has devoted his time, talents to Shedd

    Lou Nesslar has been certifed as a scuba diver since 1960 and, for the last 10 years since retiring from his job as a TV producer, has volunteered at the Shedd Aquarium. At least two days a week, you'll find him at the Wild Reef feeding the fish, checking on their well-being, scrubbing and cleaning. He also uses his skills in building scenery and props for special projects at the Shedd. He finds...


    No one injured in Hanover Park fire Sunday night

    No one was injured in a chimney fire Sunday night in the 5800 block of Easton Court of Hanover Park, officials said. Residents safely evacuated the home by the time the fire department arrived on the scene and the fire was put out in about 20 minutes.


    No one injured in east side Algonquin fire

    Fire officials are investigating the cause of an early-morning fire that caused less than $10,000 damage to a house on the east side of Algonquin. No injuries were reported.

    Tiffany Fentry holds an iPad during a visit to her son Adorian, 8, at La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago, where he is recovering from severe burns. She's with her mother and Rolling Meadows firefighter Colin Barr.

    Rolling Meadows firefighters help 8-year-old burn victim

    Rolling Meadows firefighter Rick Acosta made a return visit to La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago last month, only to find a refreshing sight: an iPad charging next to a young patient's bed. It reassured Acosta that 8-year-old Adorian Fentry of Rolling Meadows was using the gift that he and members of Rolling Meadows Firefighters Local 3075 had purchased for him after coming to his rescue...

    Michael Axtell

    Man charged in girlfriend’s slaying rejects plea deal

    An Antioch Township man accused of murdering his longtime girlfriend rejected a plea agreement Monday that would have put him in prison for 20 years. Now, Michael Axtell, 41, is scheduled to go to trial later this month on first-degree murder charges in the death of Tammy Stone, 40, at their Antioch home in October, 2012.

    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, a California Republican listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rebuffing President Barack Obama’s latest plea, House Republicans would keep open the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by barring the administration from spending money to transfer terror suspects to the U.S. or a foreign country such as Yemen. The provisions dealing with the fate of the 166 prisoners are part of a defense policy bill drafted by McKeon. The chairman released the bill Monday, two days before Republicans and Democrats on the committee will vote on the measure.

    House GOP defense bill blocks Guantanamo closing

    Rebuffing President Barack Obama’s latest plea, House Republicans on Monday proposed keeping open the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by barring the administration from transferring its terror suspects to the United States or a foreign country such as Yemen. The provisions dealing with the fate of the remaining 166 prisoners are part of a defense policy bill drafted by Armed Services...

    Firefighters prepare bags Monday that appear to contain the remains of victims from a poultry processing plant that was engulfed by a fire in northeast China’s Jilin province’s Mishazi township. The massive fire broke out here early Monday, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing over a hundred people, reports and officials said.

    Fire kills 119 at poultry plant in northeast China

    A fire at a poultry plant in northeastern China trapped workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse, killing at least 119 in one of China’s worst industrial disasters in years despite recent work safety improvements. Several dozen other people were hurt in Monday’s blaze in Jilin province’s Mishazi township, which appeared to have been sparked by three early morning explosions, the official Xinhua...


    Pediatrician offers tips for summer safety

    "We love when we hear our young patients say they're playing outside, riding their bikes and swimming during summer break," said Anjali Rao, MD, a Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group pediatrician on the medical staff at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. But Rao says to make sure to keep these safety tips in mind to ensure a fun and safe summer for the whole family.


    Illinois crime commission wants anti-heroin task force
    The Illinois State Crime Commission is calling for a statewide anti-heroin task force. In a statement Sunday, the commission asked the Illinois attorney general to appoint the task force and give it broad investigative powers.

    It’s uncommon to see an American goldfinch, left, and pine siskin sharing the same feeder in late May. Siskins typically vacate this region in March or April.

    Though common, showy goldfinch sightings still thrill

    Our Jeff Reiter recently met a visitor from another country who was dazzled by the common American goldfinch. With their showy gold and black plumage, goldfinches can be found all over the country even by the most novice birders.

    A consultant hired by the Glen Ellyn village board and park district board has recommended solutions intended to reduce the probability of Lake Ellyn overflowing, which has occurred during major storms in recent years, flooding nearby homes.

    Flooding near Lake Ellyn still baffles Glen Ellyn officials

    Whenever there's a major storm in Glen Ellyn, residents downstream from Lake Ellyn say they brace for the worst. Several steps in recent years aimed at reducing flooding have come up short, leaving officials searching for more answers to solve the problem.


    Cops hunting Aurora bank robber

    Aurora police and the FBI are hunting for a man who implied he had a weapon while robbing a bank Sunday afternoon on the far east side of the city. Police said it was about 4:10 p.m. when the man entered the Jewel-Osco that houses a TCF Bank at 1157 N. Eola Road and demanded cash from a 21-year-old bank teller. He then took an undisclosed amount of money and ran out a vestibule on the south side...

    Over 1100 kindergarten, 1st and 2nd-graders perform a surprise song and dance number for retiring principal Chuck Lamb at Chesak Elementary School in Lake in the Hills Tuesday. A whole-school photo had been scheduled and the performace was a surprise that the kids had been working on with their P.E. teachers for the past few weeks.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features pleanty of end-of-the-school-year activities for students, and a lot of Cops on a Rooftop.


    No injuries in Lombard pizzeria fire

    No injuries were reported in a small fire about 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Michael’s Pizzeria, 21W051 Roosevelt Road, Lombard. Authorities said the fire, which caused less than $2,000 damage, started in the pizza oven’s kitchen hood system and was extinguished by the time they arrived.

    A Turkish woman takes a photo Monday of graffiti painted by protesters demanding Turkey prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan resign in Ankara, Turkey. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday again dismissed street protests against his rule as actions organized by extremists, qualified them as a temporary bleep, and angrily rejected comparisons with the Arab Spring uprisings. Appearing defensive and angry, and cutting a disconnected figure, he lashed out at reporters who asked whether the government had understood “the message” by protesters airing grievances or whether he would soften his tone.

    Turkish PM, president clash over reply to protests

    As riot police used tear gas against protesters for a fourth straight day in Istanbul, Turkey’s president and prime minister displayed wide differences Monday in their responses to those taking to the streets. One death was reported. Turkey has seen violent demonstrations since Friday, when police launched a pre-dawn raid against a peaceful sit-in protesting plans to cut down trees in Istanbul’s...

    Syrian citizens inspect the rubble of buildings that were damaged from a Syrian forces airstrike in the town of Qusair, near the Lebanon border, Homs province, Syria. Cut off for three weeks by a regime siege, doctors in the Syrian town of Qusair keep hundreds of wounded in storerooms and underground shop cellars, short on antibiotics and anesthesia, using unsterilized cloth for bandages and blowing air with pumps because there’s no oxygen canisters, amid relentless shelling and sniper fire. More than a dozen have died from untreated wounds and at least 300 others need immediate evacuation, one doctor says.

    Syrian doctor says 300 wounded trapped in Qusair

    At least 300 seriously wounded residents of an embattled Syrian town near the border with Lebanon need to be evacuated for medical treatment, a doctor told The Associated Press on Monday, as fighting in Qusair raged for the third straight week. Kasem Alzein, who coordinates treatment in several makeshift hospitals in Qusair, said the wounded are being treated in private homes after the town’s...


    Watch Vernon Hills High graduation live Thursday

    Watch a live broadcast of Vernon Hills High School’s graduation this Thursday at 7 p.m.. The ceremony will be held at the Vernon Hills High School gym. We will carry a live stream of the ceremony powered by High School Cube. Just come back to this article Thursday to see the event.

    A police officer offers directions to a driver leaving this heavily damaged supply yard for Cactus Drilling Company on State Highway 66 in El Reno, Okla.

    Worst storms over in East, South but more coming

    The remnants of a violent storm that claimed 13 lives in Oklahoma sent punishing winds and torrential downpours to northern New England and a tornado to South Carolina. And there could be more coming, though meteorologists say the worst is over. The National Weather Service said the work week could begin with storms bringing showers to the Northeast and mid-Atlantic and large hail and high winds...


    Dolton man charged with sex-trafficking of minor

    Authorities say a suburban Chicago man is being held on $1 million bond for allegedly attempting to force a juvenile girl into prostitution. The Cook County Sheriff’s Department says that 22-year-old Guillaume Thomas of Dolton was charged with involuntary sexual servitude of a minor and human trafficking.

    First-grader Kaiden Clinton puts his head against golden retriever Riley, 7, a therapy dog, during a reading session at North Side Primary Care Center .

    Service dogs help reading program

    Golden retrievers Amos, 3, and Riley, 7, were in seventh heaven May 21 at North Side Primary Center for kindergarten and first grade students. They lied on the floor, donned with blue bandanas and Therapy Dog vests and listened to small groups of school children read. And the children were more than happy to tackle the difficult task of reading to please their canine friends. “It’s fun because...

    Firefighters work on the scene of Sunday morning’s fire at Enzo & Lucia Italian restaurant, 343 Old McHenry Road, in downtown Long Grove. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

    Dawn Patrol: Downtown Long Grove fire, Hawks dominate Kings

    Dawn Patrol: Fire damages Long Grove restaurant, cancels graduation parties. Police investigate bomb threat at Palatine graduation. Rutherford announces run for Illinois governor. Barrington Hills changes labor attorney. Blackhawks take 2-0 series lead. Bears’ Rodriguez apologizes after arrest.


    FBI hate crime stats
    In the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, the victim of a hate crime may be an individual, a business, an institution, or society as a whole.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford leans out of the net to make a save against the Los Angeles Kings during game 2 of the NHL Western Conference finals at the United Center Sunday night in Chicago.

    Weekend in Review: Buffalo Grove’s new top cop; Hawks lead 2-0
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Schaumburg solider killed; Glen Ellyn family mourns elite FBI agent; Benet senior killed by lightning; Rosemont official new leader of Illinois GOP; fire damages Long Grove restaurant; Rutherford to run for governor; Cubs and Sox both lose; Blackhawks up 2-0 in series against Kings; and Bears' Rodriguez talks DUI arrest.

    Traffic backups on Route 120 near Hainesville won’t go away unless the state can obtain federal funding.

    Answers to your questions on bridges, merging and more

    Why oh why is traffic so backed up on Route 120? Is the tollway trying to confuse drivers with its merging signs? And, what's the protocol at railway crossings with turns? We'll answer those and other reader questions in this week's column.

    Balwant Singh Hansra, a member of the Sikh Religious Society gurdwara in Palatine, discusses the August shooting at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee in which six worshippers were killed. Today he is part of an effort to get federal authorities to track hate crimes against members of the Sikh community.

    Sikhs seek federal support for tracking hate crimes

    In an effort that is winning bipartisan congressional support, the Chicago and suburban Sikh communities are calling for federal agencies to track hate crimes targeting their population. The effort by the newly formed American Sikh Congressional Caucus comes on the heels of the brutal beating of an elderly Sikh man in Fresno, Calif., in May and the shooting rampage last August in which six...

    From left, Alexis Shrepple of Carol Stream, Aubrey Martin of Wheaton, and Zachary Naylor of Wheaton perform as a trio at the Wheaton Academy graduation Sunday in West Chicago.

    Images: Wheaton Academy Graduation
    Wheaton Academy held its commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 2, at the school in West Chicago.

    Images from the Palatine High School graduation on Sunday, June 2, at the school.

    Images: Palatine High School Graduation
    Palatine High School held its commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 2, at the school.


    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings during game 2 of the NHL Western Conference finals at the United Center Sunday night in Chicago.

    Blackhawks know it will be tougher in L.A.

    The Blackhawks have yet to experience this postseason anything like the Staples Center at playoff time. The Kings are 7-0 this year in their “barn,” as Andrew Shaw likes to say, and have won 14 in a row going back two seasons. “It's going to be a hostile environment,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

    White Sox right fielder Alex Rios can only watch as fans attempt to catch a two-run home run hit by Seattle Mariners’ Raul Ibanez in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 3, 2013, in Seattle.

    Will Sox players get Hahn’s strong message?

    It’s not too early any more. Once the calendar hits June and two full months are in the books, numbers mean more. And the White Sox’ numbers are not adding up, specifically on offense. Before opening a three-game series at Seattle, the Sox were riding a six-game losing streak and batting .193 while scoring just 9 runs during the skid. The Mariners defeated the White Sox 4-2, making it 7 straight losses.


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


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

    Maggie O’Hara, Tess Bolger and Morgan Olszewski shed tears of joy after Barrington’s 8-3 victory over Warren in Class 4A supersectional action Monday.

    Barrington Fillies make it to state finals

    Erin Ward recently learned she just missed a perfect ACT score. On Monday night, the Barrington junior shortstop helped make sure her Fillies didn’t miss a trip to East Peoria for the Class 4A state finals. Ward came up with solid defense, including two nice plays in the final inning and she went 2-for-4 at the plate as the Fillies topped Warren 8-3 in their own Barrington supersectional at the Fields of Dreams.


    Early lead not enough for Cougars

    A 4-0 lead early in the game didn’t hold for the Kane County Cougars as they fell victim to a 10-4 defeat at the hands of the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Monday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

    White Sox slugger Adam Dunn sits in the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, June 3, 2013, in Seattle.

    White Sox drop 7th in a row

    SEATTLE — Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer and Joe Saunders pitched into the seventh inning to lead the Seattle Mariners over the slumping White Sox 4-2 on Monday night.The White Sox have lost seven straight games, their longest slide since dropping seven in a row in September 2011.Tom Wilhelmsen, who had blown three of his last four save opportunities, gave up a two-out RBI single to Adam Dunn in the ninth but earned his 13th save.Saunders (4-5) returned to his winning ways at Safeco Field, allowing one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings with one walk and five strikeouts. Saunders is 10-1 at the Mariners’ ballpark. The lone loss came in his previous home start against Texas on May 24, when he gave up eight runs in five innings. Chicago won its previous eight games in Seattle, but even the formerly friendly venue and a starting pitcher with a history of success against the Mariners couldn’t stop the losing streak.John Danks (0-2) allowed four runs — three earned — and seven hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one in his third start of the year. The loss snapped Danks’ seven-game winning streak against the Mariners in his last eight starts against Seattle, he was 7-0 with a 1.31 ERA.The Mariners took the lead for good in the third inning. With one out, Kyle Seager beat out a bunt single and Kendrys Morales drove him home with a double off the center-field wall. Ibanez capped the inning with his 10th home run.Ibanez fell behind 0-2 but kept fouling off pitches, working the count full and homering to right field on the 13th pitch to give the Mariners a 4-1 lead.Chicago opened the scoring in the second. Dayan Viciedo hit a bloop double to center and scored on Jeff Keppinger’s single.Seattle answered in the bottom half when Jesus Sucre’s RBI single tied it at 1.


    A lung-clearing win for Libertyville

    A breathtaking game had senior Kevin Calamari gasping for air. “I’m still not breathing,” the reliever joked after saving Libertyville’s 5-3 win over Maine South in a Class 4A supersectional at Aviators Stadium in Loves Park by pitching 3 scoreless innings. Calamari then survived a rugby scrum of euphoric Wildcats on the infield. Funny, in the Maine South fifth, the Hawks appeared on the verge of sucking the air out of Libertyville’s magical season.But after their second such mob celebration in as many games, the Wildcats are headed to state for the first time since 1976, when they finished second. Libertyville (27-11) will play St. Charles East (27-11), a 7-2 winner over Jacobs in Monday night’s second game at Aviators Stadium, at 5 p.m. Friday in a state semifinal at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.


    Bandy leads York into semifinals

    No York late heroics needed this time.Not the way Brooke Bandy was throwing.Two days after the Dukes stunned Trinity with a seventh-inning rally, Bandy struck out seven to pitch York past Sandburg 8-1 in Monday’s Class 4A Rosemont supersectional.York (23-14), advancing to its second appearance at state — the first came in 2003 — will play Minooka in a 5:30 p.m. Friday semifinal in East Peoria.Isabella Jaeger homered in the first for the Dukes, but Sandburg answered with a run in its half and it was 1-1 until the fourth.In that inning Abby Solem doubled off the fence in left, Sarah Milkowski singled and Gracie Sullivan broke the tie with a sacrifice fly. Taylor Pankau followed with an RBI single, making it 3-1. The Dukes added a run in the fifth on Solem’s RBI single, then broke it open in the seventh with an Angela Scalzitti RBI single and a Sullivan bases-loaded triple.


    Peloza powers Grayslake Central into state semis

    Perhaps Grayslake Central senior pitcher Kevin Peloza would benefit from some Ginkgo Biloba, a natural supplement used to enhance memory. “My memory is terrible,” Peloza said with a laugh when he was asked on Monday if he had ever before had a no-hitter. “I think I’ve had one before (in youth baseball). Well, maybe not. I’m not sure. I really don’t remember.” Chances are, Peloza, Ginkgo Biloba or not, won’t forget his latest, and possibly his first, no-hitter. It came in storybook fashion on one of the biggest possible stages for a high school pitcher.

    St. Charles East pitcher Matt Starai and first baseman Brian Sobieski hug in midair as teammate Sean Dunne approaches and Jacobs’ Jon Berndt reacts to grounding out to end the game Monday in the Class 4A supersectional at RiverHawks Stadium in Rockford. The Saints will advance to the state tournament this weekend.

    Starai, St. Charles East headed to state

    Jacobs hitters had been on a tear throughout the playoffs, but St. Charles East pitcher Matt Starai overmatched them in a 7-2 victory at the Class 4A supersectional at Aviators Stadium Monday evening. Starai (10-1) limited the Golden Eagles to 3 hits and St. Charles East capitalized on 3 Jacobs errors to qualify for the state finals for the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2004. “I felt pretty good. I tried not to do too much,” Starai said. “I just wanted to pitch my game and let it happen as it is. I know if I go out and do my best, I’ll give my team a chance to win and that’s all I really wanted to do.” Starai allowed 1 earned run, walked 1 and struck out 6 in a tidy 80-pitch outing.

    Glenbard South High School Hannah Taylor runs to second base at the Class 3A Girls Softball Super-sectional game against Fenwick High School on Monday, June 3, 2013 at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park. Glenbard South won 2-1 in 11 innings.

    Glenbard South’s latest trip to state is worth the wait

    When Hannah Taylor is involved, good things always seem to happen for Glenbard South. She didn’t mind waiting 11 innings for it to find her Monday. “I was like, ‘Let’s go another one,’” the Raiders senior said. “It’s do or die. This is it.” Taylor came home with the winning run on a Fenwick throwing error with two outs in the bottom of the 11th, and Glenbard South is going back to state after surviving a 2-1 marathon at Monday’s Class 3A Nazareth supersectional in LaGrange Park.

    The Saint Charles East Saints celebrate after winning the Class 4A super sectional in Rosemont Monday.

    St. Charles East topples Downers South

    St. Charles East waited nearly 20 years to get back to state, so what's one more hour? The Saints' Class 4A supersectional Monday at The Ballpark in Rosemont started about an hour late after Downers Grove South got caught in a traffic jam on I-294 caused by an accident near the Balmoral Road exit. St. Charles East stayed loose during the delay, then got back to business. The Saints scored four runs in the third inning and stayed ahead the rest of the way, beating the Mustangs 6-3 to advance to the Class 4A state semifinals Friday in East Peoria.


    Richards a key Game 2 loss for Kings

    Just minutes before Game 2, the surprise announcement was made: Kings center Mike Richards would be scratched from the lineup with an upper body injury.“You have to have the backup plan and be ready for it,” Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter said Monday. “It’s tough to lose a player at that time." The Kings adjusted but the Blackhawks won 4-2 to take a 2-0 series lead.

    LeBron James and the Miami Heat held off the Indiana Pacers 99-76 in Monday’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

    Miami Heat going to the Finals again

    MIAMI — Their season, their legacy, their reign atop the NBA was all at stake, and the Miami Heat responded to all of that in a manner befitting champions.With a blowout.It’s onto the NBA Finals for the Heat after they put away the Indiana Pacers, who saw their hopes of a storybook upset simply fall apart in a hurry. LeBron James scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds, ailing Dwyane Wade matched his postseason high with 21 points, and the Heat ran away from the Pacers 99-76 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday night.The Heat earned the right to play the San Antonio Spurs in a series that starts Thursday night in Miami. Miami led by as many as 28 points, a shocking amount for a series that had an aggregate score of Heat 569, Pacers 564 entering Monday night. The Heat actually trailed by six in the early going, were still down 21-19 after the first quarter and it was starting to look like it was going to be one of those down-to-the-wire nights.Not even close.James exited with 5:08 left, shaking retired soccer star David Beckham’s hand as he made his way to the Heat bench for a relatively subdued celebration. Not long afterward, security personnel started what’s become a familiar task in Miami surrounding the court and stretching out a yellow rope, preparing to hold people at bay for the looming on-court trophy presentation.More than a few people didn’t stick around to see the East title formally presented. After all, it’s an all-or-nothing season for the Heat and this trophy isn’t the one that will satisfy the Heat.Ray Allen added 10 points for Miami, which won its 78th game of the season, matching the 11th-best, single-season total in NBA history.Roy Hibbert scored 18 points for the Pacers, who got 14 from David West, 13 from George Hill and 10 from Lance Stephenson. All-Star Paul George was held to seven points on 2-for-9 shooting and fouled out early in the fourth quarter.


    Helpful Handzus focused on Blackhawks’ big goal

    Acquired near the trade deadline from San Jose as a depth center for a fourth-round draft pick, Michal Handzus finds himself in the middle of the second line between Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp. Handzus has 8 points in 14 playoff games and scored his second goal in the Hawks’ 4-2 win in Game 2 on Sunday.

    Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand celebrates his goal Monday in the first period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Bruins crush Penguins, take 2-0 lead

    PITTSBURGH — Brad Marchand scored twice during a four-goal first period and the Boston Bruins routed the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday night.David Krejci, Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk also scored for Boston, which hardly broke a sweat while going up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. Tuukka Rask kept Sidney Crosby and the rest of the NHL’s top offense in check once again, stopping 26 shots.Game 3 is Wednesday night in Boston.Brandon Sutter netted Pittsburgh’s lone goal. Tomas Vokoun gave up three first-period goals on 12 shots before being replaced by Marc-Andre Fleury.The move did little to blunt the momentum in what has quickly become a one-sided series. Boston held Pittsburgh’s top-ranked power play scoreless for the second straight game, and the Bruins looked like the team marked as the Stanley Cup favorites, not the star-laden Penguins. Boston insisted it was fortunate to escape Game 1 with a 3-0 victory, saying a couple of bounces could have changed the course of the game dramatically.The Penguins blamed their choppy play, including a rare fight by Evgeni Malkin, on an eight-day layoff, stressing there was no need to panic.Might be time to start now.The last 16 teams to go up 2-0 in the conference finals have advanced to the Cup finals. The Penguins managed to escape a 2-0 hole against the Bruins in 1991 on their way to the franchise’s first championship.These days Mario Lemieux is relegated to watching from the owner’s box. At the moment, the view isn’t pretty.Marchand took advantage of a sloppy play by Crosby to give Boston the lead just 28 seconds into the game. Crosby attempted to flip a bouncing puck back into Boston’s zone. Marchand casually flipped it out of the air, then streaked in on Vokoun before putting a wrist shot over Vokoun’s glove.The Bruins — and Marchand — were just getting started.Boston poured in two more goals to rattle the Stanley Cup favorites and end Vokoun’s run through the postseason. Not that Vokoun had much help from the guys in front of him. Kris Letang failed to clear the puck at the end of a Boston power play and Torey Krug kept it in and fired a slap shot at the net. Neither Vokoun, Letang or Paul Martin could grab it and Horton reached down and tapped it in between a sea of sticks to make it 2-0.Krejci’s eighth goal of the postseason pushed it to 3-0, though his shot was the easy part. Jaromir Jagr and Bergeron took care of the hard part, dismantling Pittsburgh’s defense with a series of slick passes that left the NHL’s leading playoff scorer all by his lonesome in front of the Pittsburgh net.The score put an abrupt end to Vokoun’s hot streak. The 36-year-old journeyman won six of his first seven starts after replacing a shaky Fleury in the opening series against the New York Islanders. He was hardly to blame for the loss in the opener against Boston, but Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma nodded at Fleury after Krejci’s goal.Fleury returned to a warm ovation and for a moment it gave Pittsburgh a jolt. Sutter snapped a wrist shot over Rask’s stick with 34 seconds left in the first period and the Penguins appeared to have life.Marchand quickly snuffed it out, rifling a shot over Fleury’s outstretched glove to restore Boston’s four-goal edge.That was more than enough. Way more.The Bruins allowed five goals in a game only three times all season. The Penguins never even came close to getting two as the NHL’s highest-scoring team had trouble getting out of its own way. Players collided, tripped over themselves and seemed unable to generate any kind of momentum.Of course, Boston had something to do with that. The Bruins squeezed away all the open ice Pittsburgh enjoyed while racing to the league’s second-best record. Boston blocked shots, poke-checked and pushed the Penguins all over the ice.


    Wauconda battles but falls short

    The Wauconda softball team may have fallen short of its ultimate goal — a trip to the state tournament — but the Bulldogs came away from Monday’s Class 3A Elgin supersectional at Judson University with one thing clearly in tact: their pride. Wauconda battled until the final out but in the end Sterling senior Stephanie Kester’s right arm and bat were too much for the Bulldogs. Kester tossed a 5-hitter and went 3-for-3 with a double and a long home run as the Golden Warriors punched their ticket to state with a 3-1 win in a snappy 1 hour, 8 minutes.


    St. Francis earns ride to state semifinals

    Taking advantage of every slip-up, the St. Francis baseball team played their way to the state semifinals.

    Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook pins Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams against the boards in the second period during Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Sunday at the United Center.

    Blackhawks can’t afford letdown now

    There is only one certain way for the Blackhawks to take care of business, and that’s play like they’re down, not ahead in the conference finals. Against Detroit, it’s when they played their best hockey, and they can’t let up now thinking this series is under control.


    Hendricks is a hit at Benedictine

    It was a banner season for onetime Carmel standout Tim Hendricks. The Benedictine University baseball player has been rewarded by being chosen a D3baseball.com 2013 second-team all-American from a list that included more than 800 nominations. Hendricks, who was named the Northern Athletics Conference Player of the Year, finished the season with a team-high .422 batting average, ranking among the national leaders most of the season. He also tallied 78 hits, 19 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs, 30 RBI and 18 steals. The 78 hits are second most in a single season in school history.


    A big spike in Tauchman’s production at Bradley

    Fremd graduate Mike Tauchman is one of 30 national finalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the top award for amateur baseball. Tauchman, who plays for Bradley, is the NCAA Division I statistical leader in batting average. The 2013 Joe Carter Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, Tauchman continues to lead the nation with a .425 batting average and ranks fifth with a .513 on-base percentage.

    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) reacts as the Blackhawks celebrate after scoring a goal during the second period in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Sunday.

    Murray: Quick still focus in Hawks/Kings series

    Troy Murray says L.A. goaltender Mike Quick in Game 2 wasn’t able to come up with the big saves that he normally makes, and thinks it might be a rallying point for the Kings to realize that they have to be better in front of him.

    So far, the Cubs have scored a solid hit with the deal that brought them Anthony Rizzo. A solid run-producer, Rizzo also has great fielding skills.

    Looking at hits and misses by Epstein, Hoyer

    One and one-third seasons into their regime, Cubs president Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer have had some hits and some big misses with their trade and free-agent acquisitions. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles takes a critical look.

    Novak Djokovic reacts Monday after defeating Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

    Djokovic rallies past Kohlschreiber at French Open

    Novak Djokovic overcame a slow start Monday at the French Open to reach his 16th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. After losing a set for the first time in the tournament, Djokovic became more aggressive, punctuating winners with lots of fist-pumping as he pulled away. He repeatedly escaped trouble with his serve, erasing 11 of the 13 break points he faced.

    The New York Knicks say Jason Kidd has decided to retire from the NBA after 19 seasons. His retirement Monday comes two days after fellow 40-year-old Grant Hill, with whom Kidd shared Rookie of the Year honors in 1995, announced his retirement.

    Jason Kidd retiring from NBA after 19 seasons

    Jason Kidd retired Monday from the NBA after 19 seasons, ending one of the greatest careers for a point guard in league history. Kidd won an NBA title and two Olympic gold medals, is second on the career list in assists and steals, and was a 10-time All-Star. But he struggled badly in the playoffs for the Knicks shortly after turning 40 and decided to walk away with two years and more than $6 million left on the deal he signed last summer.

    Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly responds to a question at a news conference in Batavia, N.Y., on Monday. Kelly says he has been diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw bone and will have surgery on Friday.

    Former Bills QB Kelly battling cancer

    BATAVIA, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly says he has been diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw bone and will have surgery on Friday.Kelly is suffering from squamous cell carcinoma, but he has recently undergone tests to show that the cancer is isolated in his jaw and has not spread to other parts of his body. “The past couple of weeks have been difficult for me,” Kelly said. “Because of the nature of social media, I thought it would be best to share with everyone what has been going on with my health.”

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts Saturday during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. Pacers won 91-77.

    For the Finals: Pacers, Heat meet in Game 7

    As the final horn in a Game 6 loss to the Indiana Pacers was sounding, LeBron James walked toward several of his Miami Heat teammates to shake some hands and share a couple of quick words. His message was clear: Get ready for Game 7.

    Illinois and Northwestern will be playing in the Big Ten East Division beginning in 2014, and conference officials released the 2015 football schedule on Monday, with both schools opening up conference play on Oct. 3, 2015, when Northwestern hosts Minnesota and the Illini host Nebraska.

    Big Ten releases 2015 football schedule

    Big Ten officials announced the conference schedule for the 2015 football season today, which will consist of eight games for each of the Big Ten’s 14 teams before the conference moves to nine-game schedules in 2016.


    Who Can LeBron Blame if the Heat Lose?

    Mike North thinks LeBron James is setting up scapegoats if the Miami Heat happen to lose tonight. By using Cleveland comparisons, it looks like he is throwing his teammates under the bus.

    The Big Ten has given conference status to lacrosse for the 2014 men’s and women’s seasons. Northwestern, which has won seven national titles in women’s lacrosse, will welcome Maryland and Rutgers to the conference in 2014, and Michigan will be adding lacrosse for men’s and women’s play. On the men’s side, Johns University also will be included as a conference member in lacrosse only.

    Big Ten adds lacrosse to conference ledgers

    The Big Ten Conference announced Monday the adoption of men’s and women’s lacrosse as the conference’s 27th and 28th official sports beginning in the 2014-15 academic year.


    Mike Kastner leaves the unfinished lower half of a building acquired by his son Daniel’s company, 1977 Mopeds, a company that sells moped parts online. A measure of U.S. manufacturing fell in May to its lowest level since June 2009 as slumping overseas economies and weak business spending reduced new orders and production, the Institute for Supply Management reported Monday.

    Why bad news makes the stock market happy

    For now, bad news is good for the stock market. Investors judged that the latest weak economic reports will make it more likely that the Federal Reserve will continue to stimulate the economy and support a rally on Wall Street. On Monday, a measure of U.S. manufacturing fell in May to its lowest level since June 2009 as overseas economies slumped and weak business spending reduced new orders to factories.

    The Lombard village board is expected to vote Thursday to amend its comprehensive plan to clear the way for development of up to 25 percent of the Ken-Loch Golf Links.

    Lombard likely to change land-use designation for golf site

    If Lombard trustees stick to their previous votes, the village's comprehensive plan will be amended this week to give the green light for development on up to 25 percent of the Ken-Loch Golf Links site. The final vote on whether to accept allow construction on as much as a quarter of the property is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at village hall, 255 E. Wilson Ave.


    Fitch downgrades Illinois credit rating

    One of the three major ratings agencies has downgraded the value of Illinois state government credit. Fitch Ratings said Monday it would drop the Illinois rating from “A” to “A-” based on lawmakers' failure to enact a solution to the state's public-employee pension crisis. Illinois already has the lowest rating

    Packed planes should help the world’s airlines earn a $12.7 billion profit this year, as travel demand accelerates faster than the airlines add seats, according to a new prediction from a trade group.

    Airlines group raises industry profit estimate

    Packed planes should help the world’s airlines earn a $12.7 billion profit this year, as travel demand accelerates faster than the airlines add seats, according to a new prediction from a trade group.


    Microsoft store to open in Woodfield

    Microsoft will open a retail store in Woodfield on June 22, offering a variety of its well-known products. “Woodfield Mall continues to attract popular retailers that complement an incredible selection of stores,” said David Gott, general manager of Woodfield Mall.

    New signage should go up at Advocate Sherman Hospital on Randall Road in Elgin sometime this month. The hospital’s merger with Advocate Health Care was finalized last weekend.

    Sherman Health gets new name in Advocate Health Care merger

    A new name is now in effect at Sherman Health, which officially joined Advocate Health Care system, the largest healthcare system in the state. From now on, the Elgin-based hospital will be known as Advocate Sherman Hospital. The merger closed Saturday and full integration of the two systems is expected to be conclude within two years, according to a news release.

    A woman shops for produce in a Maumelle, Ark., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Supercenter store. The nation’s largest grocer and retailer announced steps Monday to improve the quality of its fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Wal-Mart aims to perk up produce sections

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which is working to keep its produce aisles fresh, announced steps to improve the quality of its fresh fruits and vegetables The nation’s largest grocer and retailer said Monday it is making more changes in its operations, training and sourcing as it looks to increase sales of bananas, lettuce and other produce and instill more confidence among shoppers looking for healthier choices.


    ARCT paying $1.45B for some GE Capital properties

    American Realty Capital will pay $1.45 billion to GE Capital for properties leased mostly to restaurant chains like KFC, Burger King and Wendy’s. The deal, which includes 986 net lease properties in 47 states, will help diversify its portfolio and reduce its reliance on its top 10 tenants.American Realty Capital Trust IV Inc. is a real estate investment trust owned by American Realty Capital Properties Inc.

    Mike Kastner leaves the unfinished lower half of a building acquired by his son Daniel’s company 1977 Mopeds, a company that sells moped parts online. A measure of U.S. manufacturing fell in May to its lowest level since June 2009 as slumping overseas economies and weak business spending reduced new orders and production, the Institute for Supply Management reported.

    U.S. manufacturing gauge sinks to June 2009 level

    A measure of U.S. manufacturing fell in May to its lowest level since June 2009 as slumping overseas economies and weak business spending reduced new orders and production.The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 49 last month from 50.7 in April. That’s the lowest level in nearly four years and the first time the index has dipped below 50 since November. A reading under 50 indicates contraction.


    China approves Penguin-Random House merger

    Two of the world’s largest publishers, Random House Inc. and Penguin Group, expect to complete a planned merger next month. Parent companies Bertelsmann and Pearson announced Monday that the merger had been cleared by anti-trust authorities in China, among the last countries to give approval. The new publishing house, Penguin Random House, will be 53 percent controlled by Bertelsmann and 47 percent by Pearson.


    Kraft Foods, Land O’Frost settle in patent lawsuit

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group announced it has reached a settlement with patent infringement lawsuit against Lansing-based Land O’Frost. Terms of the settlement were confidential, Kraft said in a release.


    Bridge Development renews two tenants in Elmhurst

    NAI Hiffman recently represented Bridge Development Partners in two lease renewals for a combined 14,903 square feet of office space at 501 West Lake Street in Elmhurst.


    Mediacom to boost HD channel offerings

    Ottawa-based cable television provider Mediacom said it plans to add 51 new high-definition channels to the cable television channel lineup in a five-county area of DeKalb, Kane, LaSalle, Livingston, and Ogle counties, effective June 6.The addition will boost the system’s available HD channels to 105, the company said.


    District 203 to continue tax talks with Edward

    Naperville Unit District 203 officials Monday night will again discuss their options for repaying more than $2.2 million to Edward Hospital. According to DuPage County Treasurer Gwen Henry, District 203 owes Edward $2,234,107.90 as a result of a new law that allows nonprofit hospitals to be exempt from local property taxes if they can show they have done charitable work equal to or more than the property taxes they would otherwise owe.

    In this photo taken June 1, 2013, on Mackinac Island, Mich., members of the Council of Great Lakes Governors discuss regional policies on trade and water quality. From left: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

    Gov. Quinn open to Great Lakes-Mississippi split

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's willing to consider placing barriers in Chicago-area waterways to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. Meeting Saturday with fellow governors from Great Lakes states, Quinn said separating the lakes from the Mississippi River watershed is the “ultimate solution” to prevent migration of Asian carp and other invasive species between the two systems.

    In this photo taken July 16, 2010, a scientist with the Hammond Bay Biological Station near Huron Beach, Mich., holds a female sea lamprey.

    U.S. poisons invasive Lake Michigan lamprey larvae

    Federal wildlife workers will go after one of the Great Lakes’ greatest invasive pests this week when they poison the larvae of sea lamprey in a stream feeding Lake Michigan. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans treatments for Tuesday through next Sunday in the Mitchell Creek stream bottom. The creek flows through Traverse City State Park before entering Grand Traverse Bay’s east arm. The park is in Grand Traverse County’s East Bay Township, east of Traverse City.


    Health care rules, small business strategic issues collide

    It’s time to focus on what employers must do under the new health care rules — Obamacare or, more correctly, the Affordable Care Act. “The rules are extremely complicated,” says Oak Park attorney and benefits sage Larry Grudzien. Not only are the rules complicated, but health coverage is beginning to drive business strategies.“There are three internal elements — finance, operations and human resources — that relate directly to the health coverage issue,” says Sharon Harder, president of C3 Advisors LLC, Wheaton. Finance is on Harder’s list thanks to uncertain benefit costs and possible penalties for not complying. Operations matters, she says, because employee head counts impact ACA requirements. HR is a factor “because businesses looking for qualified employees must offer benefits,” Harder says.Among the issues:Ÿ Businesses are required to offer coverage when workforce head counts reach 50, including full-time equivalents. Smaller businesses have options.Ÿ There’s a penalty — technically an excise tax — for not providing required coverage and another if the coverage provided is deemed not affordable.Ÿ Premiums almost certainly will rise, in part to pay for the cost of covering pre-existing conditions. Some premiums have soared 20 percent and more already this year.Ÿ If your favorite solution is to scuttle coverage and send employees to the Illinois Health Insurance Exchange for lower-cost coverage, you might talk with Grudzien first.“I’m advising clients to not send employees to the insurance exchange,” he says. “There will be ‘navigators’ there to help individuals find their way, but the navigators can’t talk about insurance. They’re not licensed.”Tim Lavin suggests that companies with grandfathered plans “may want to hold on” for a bit. Employees in grandfathered plans — basically, those that existed before ACA and have not changed — “don’t get all the (ACA-mandated) benefits, but premium increases have been lower on such plans,” says Lavin, president of The Lavin Insurance Agency, Schaumburg. “I’ve seen 30 percent increases” on non-grandfathered plans, Lavin says.Angela Holten, head of Holten Financial Group Inc., DeKalb, holds out hope that coverage in some situations could be less costly. “Suppose everyone in your group is in their late 50s and 60s — machine shop workers, for example.” It’s possible, she says, that exchange-based coverage may be less expensive — although, she said last month, “We haven’t seen rates yet.”Clearly, there are decisions business owners must make. Karen Codere, a Rosemont-based human resources consultant for Insperity Inc., a Houston, TX, company that offers benefit and other HR programs to businesses of all sizes, raises two questions: “What kind of employee do you want to retain? What kind of insurance will you provide” to retain those employees?Interesting questions.You may find some answers at the Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee Community College, Aurora, which is hosting a free ACA presentation by Harder June 28. The SBDC at Elgin Community College offers its own free ACA presentation June 25. A Daily Herald-Business Ledger Newsmakers’ Forum Thursday (June 6) includes an ACA discussion.Ÿ Jim Kendall welcomes comments at JKendall@121MarketingResources.com © 2013 121 Marketing Resources Inc.

    Chris Shkyria, co-owner of Lawn Doctor of Northern Illinois is growing his franchise.

    Lawn Doctor spreading its roots in the suburbs

    We talk to the franchise owner of Lawn Doctor of Northern Illinois, a company that provides professional lawn care services to residential and commercial landscapes. The Lake County franchise is expanding.

    Garry and Yvonne Losey

    Adventist couple handle life, death spectrum

    Kukec's People features Yvonne Losey, who deals with birth, while her husband Lt. Col. Garry Losey deals with death. And they wouldn’t consider doing anything else. Yvonne is the director of the birth center at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, serving mothers and babies at the very start of their lives. Garry, a Seventh Day Adventist pastor, is stationed at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del.

Life & Entertainment

    With Matt Smith leaving "Doctor Who," The TARDIS’ helm is wide open to possibilities.

    Who will be the next ‘Doctor Who’?

    The BBC says Matt Smith is stepping down from the lead role in long-running sci-fi series “Doctor Who,” spurring intense speculation about his replacement. Smith, who took over the role from David Tennant in 2010, said playing the Doctor had been “the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke.”

    “The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America’s Future” by Michael Levi

    New book gives balanced view of energy debates

    In recent years, the seemingly dry subjects of oil and gas drilling and renewable energy have become fodder for Hollywood movies, celebrity concerts and protests outside the White House. Michael Levi’s “The Power Surge” is a welcome relief to debates over energy. With an eye for detail, Levi makes the case for a more realistic scenario: renewable energy and fossil fuels are set to share the stage for decades to come.


    What’s in season?
    Marg Duer, market manager for the Palatine Farmers’ Market, shares her list of seasonal items. Here are some items that you may see a lot of during those months. Some items are in season longer and appear multiple times.

    In this undated file image originally released by Gawker.com shows Joe Muto, Gawker’s Fox Mole.

    Fox News ‘mole’ resurfaces with book

    NEW YORK — Joe Muto has dealt with losing his job, losing his reputation and losing friends. The low point for the former Fox News Channel “mole” came three weeks ago, when he needed to be escorted from a holding cell in handcuffs to use the bathroom.The ex-producer at Fox is still dealing with his spectacular flameout of April 2012. Muto, who worked on Bill O’Reilly’s prime-time show, began writing an anonymous column for the Gawker website about what it was like for a liberal to work at Fox. His bosses blew his cover and fired him within 24 hours.Muto did get a book deal out of the experience, though, and “An Atheist in the Foxhole” (Dutton) is being released Tuesday.He also got a criminal record. In an agreement with the Manhattan district attorney, Muto pleaded guilty May 9 to two misdemeanors — attempted unlawful duplication of computer material and attempted criminal possession of computer material. He had copied two Fox outtakes to prove to Gawker that he worked there, and the website posted them. One showed Newt Gingrich’s wife primping her husband’s hair before an interview. Sean Hannity and Mitt Romney chatted about horses in the other.The videos were what enabled Fox to identify Muto as the mole; their investigators found that someone with his computer sign-on was the only one to look at them recently in the network’s archive.Muto was sentenced to 10 days of court-ordered community service and 200 hours of private service that he will fulfill by working with a literacy organization in Brooklyn. He was fined $1,000 and ordered to give to charity the $5,000 that Gawker had paid him.He’s already joined a work crew cleaning trash in city parks three times. At one, he compared crimes with fellow workers — one had gotten drunk and stolen a cab for a joyride, another had punched a cop. They couldn’t quite understand why Muto was there for making a copy of a Gingrich clip.“I don’t want to give the impression that I’m being railroaded by the system,” Muto said. “I did something very stupid and I suppose it’s right that I paid for it.”But John Cook, editor-in-chief of Gawker, called the sentence “preposterous” and suggested Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. was trying to curry favor with Fox and its powerful chairman, Roger Ailes. A spokeswoman for Vance’s office declined comment. Fox representatives didn’t return phone or email requests to talk about Muto.Muto’s short-lived tenure as the Fox “mole” wasn’t particularly well thought-out in the first place. After eight years at Fox, his first job out of Notre Dame, Muto had decided to leave. He said Fox had gotten more conservative since President Barack Obama’s election, and he was growing more uncomfortable feeling the disconnect with his own politics.He wanted a job at Gawker and met with its editors, who suggested maybe he could write for them before leaving Fox.The mole was born. It died before making any shocking revelations; Muto spent most of the only column he wrote prior to detection criticizing a Fox-related website. He bears no ill will toward Gawker, which paid for his defense against felony charges of computer tampering.“I have enough self-awareness to realize that I pretty much made an ass of myself last year,” he said. “It was weird, because I would be able to step back from it and say, `Wow, this guy is really ruining his life here. What is he doing?’ Then I’d be like, `Oh, wait. That’s me!”’Muto realizes his career in cable news is over. Besides writing his book, he’s done some freelance work in reality TV since then. He’s found many people don’t even remember the incident, which may bode well for future employment, if not book sales.

    “Spitfire,” the latest release by LeAnn Rimes

    LeAnn Rimes’ ‘Spitfire’ aptly named

    LeAnn Rimes has appeared in tabloid headlines more often than the record charts the last few years. But don’t fault her music: Her last three albums have featured the best work of her career, and the new “Spitfire” tops them all. “Spitfire” finds Rimes emerging as a mature artist whose songwriting ability is catching up with her vocal talent.

    Sisters Kathleen Cecil, left, and Annie Gruber, with brother Eugene Powers behind, celebrate at the closing ceremonies of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in June 2009. Family members formed team Team KA-POW and have helped raise more than $650,000 in eight years for the Avon Walk. Kathleen lost her battle with breast cancer last spring, and Annie is still fighting the disease.

    Cancer studies provide new hope for survivors

    As local cancer survivors, friends and family celebrate each day of life, they point to ongoing cancer prevention research, which they hope will lead to a cancer-free tomorrow. It's the promise of lifesaving discovery and new prevention findings that led suburban resident Sandy Lake, 54, to enroll recently as a participant in the American Cancer Society's next landmark Cancer Prevention Study 3.

    It’s a girl for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

    Kim Kardashian says she’s having a girl

    Kanye West can pass down that leather skirt to his future child: He and Kim Kardashian are expecting a daughter. The big reveal of the baby’s sex came Sunday night on Kardashian’s E! reality show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

    The Guardian newspaper published an interview Monday in which Michael Douglas blamed HPV for his cancer that was diagnosed in 2010. The newspaper also quoted doctors who were skeptical about his claim.

    Michael Douglas blames HPV for throat cancer

    Actor Michael Douglas says that his throat cancer was caused by the human papillomavirus he contracted from previous sexual contact he had with women. The Guardian newspaper published an interview Monday in which Douglas blamed this for the grave malady that was diagnosed in 2010.

    Singer-actress Pia Zadora, 61, has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and coercion after a disturbance at her Las Vegas home.

    Actress Pia Zadora arrested on domestic battery

    Singer-actress Pia Zadora has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and coercion after a disturbance at her Las Vegas home. The 61-year-old Zadora was booked Saturday into the Clark County Detention Center and released after posting $4,000 bail.

    Tisa Berset checks out her new hand at Westcoast Brace & Limb in Temple Terrace, Fla.

    Young woman struggles to adapt to bionic limb

    Tisa Berset stares at her new hand, willing it to open. “Concentrate,” the doctor says, watching over her shoulder. “Like we practiced.” A year ago, all of Berset’s fingers were amputated at the knuckles. What remains of her right hand is now strapped inside a silicone glove. It’s a prosthetic device billed as the best on the planet. She groans. “It’s harder than you think.”

    Walter Barrera at the end of a 20-mile training run. Barrera was addicted to crack and crystal meth for years. These days he traded that addiction for another: long-distance running.

    Running helps drug addict turn his life around

    Despite the cold, rainy morning, Walter Barrera gets ready for a run. A few years ago, Barrera was addicted to drugs. He used crystal methamphetamine, and then he discovered crack cocaine. He was homeless for a time, and then he was a thief. He lived in darkness until one morning in 2010, when he went for a run. Barrera believes it was that experience, when he needed a break after only one block, that he replaced drugs with running.


    Early treatment helps dyslexic children succeed in school

    My first-grader was just diagnosed with dyslexia. Can you tell me more about it? Will my daughter outgrow it, or will she always struggle with it?


    Button batteries can pose health hazard to young children

    The small silver disc fell out of the back of the electronic toy and lay nestled in the carpet. While his parents didn’t notice it from their vantage point 5 and 6 feet up, the shiny object did catch the eye of their ever-inquisitive 3-year-old who promptly popped the button battery in his mouth and swallowed. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but after he told his parents what he had done, the boy’s impulsive ingestion sent the family on a trip to the local emergency department. Thankfully, his chest X-ray was clear of any foreign body, so the battery was not in the esophagus.

    “You have to stay relevant in EACH decade,” says mega-impresario Simon Cowell of the many reality talent shows he’s had a hand in.

    ‘Got Talent’ boss Cowell: A talent for relevance

    So what’s new on TV? The new season of “America’s Got Talent” starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday. New judges include former Spice Girl Mel B. and supermodel/personality Heidi Klum, who are joining forces with Howie Mandel and Howard Stern. The roots of this NBC variety competition are steeped in TV antiquity. And Simon Cowell has done his part to resurrect both the variety show and talent competition genres.


    Patch offers hope for managing peanut allergies

    Parents love peanut butter for its simplicity; kids love it for its taste. Yet many children are excluded from eating it for health reasons. Managing peanut allergies comes down to avoidance and injectable epinephrine. The avoidance method could one day have an alternative. The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is participating in a worldwide study attempting to desensitize participants allergic to peanuts through wearing a patch containing a peanut protein.


    Yoga for breast cancer survivors
    Breast cancer survivors have had a new way to improve their health through a free Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors class offered two days a week.

    Choosing the right sunglasses can protect your eyes against serious sun damage.

    Your Health: Sunglasses are more than fashion statement

    Sunlight, specifically ultraviolet radiation, has been linked to several eye conditions, including cataracts and early onset age-related macular degeneration. It’s hard to avoid the sun, but it is easy to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses.

    More people are drinking tea because of its health benefits.

    Tea steeped in healthy benefits

    In the latte-obsessed United States, tea is gaining ground as scientists and the public learn more about its benefits. A growing body of research suggests that the world’s second-most-consumed beverage — only water is more popular — helps prevent cardiovascular disease, burn calories and ward off some types of cancer.

    New research is challenging medical guidelines that say people with a heart-zapping defibrillator in their chests should avoid intense sports like basketball and soccer in favor of golf or bowling. Increasingly, teens and younger adults receive these implants, people who may be more active and fit but have some underlying heart abnormality that puts them at risk of an arrhythmia.

    Sports may be OK for athletes with heart-zapping devices

    New research is challenging medical guidelines that say people with a heart-zapping device in their chests should avoid intense sports like basketball and soccer in favor of golf or bowling. Lots of patients ignore that take-it-easy advice and stay in the game, and the new findings suggest vigorous exercise may be safe for many of them after all.


    Mom’s obesity surgery may break cycle in kids

    Obese mothers tend to have kids who become obese. Now provocative research suggests weight-loss surgery may help break that unhealthy cycle in an unexpected way — by affecting how their children’s genes behave. In a first-of-a-kind study, Canadian researchers tested children born to obese women, plus their brothers and sisters who were conceived after the mother had obesity surgery. Youngsters born after mom lost lots of weight were slimmer than their siblings. They also had fewer risk factors for diabetes or heart disease later in life.

    A patient is nursed in the hospice at the AIDS Care Training and Support Initiative at White River Junction, South Africa. The center, partly funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief supports the development of a community-based palliative care unit, which provides care, education and training for staff and community caregivers, volunteer counseling and testing facilities.

    After a decade, global AIDS program at a crossroads

    The decade-old law that transformed the battle against HIV and AIDS in developing countries is at a crossroads. The dream of future generations freed from epidemic is running up against an era of economic recovery and harsh budget cuts. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief grew out of an unlikely partnership between President George W. Bush and lawmakers led by the Congressional Black Caucus. It has come to represent what Washington can do when it puts politics aside — and what America can do to make the world a better place.


    Specialty physicals lure execs to scans some doctors doubt

    Standard physicals are, well, pretty standard. During a visit geared more toward detecting disease than preventing it, your doctor makes you cough and checks your numbers. If there’s an abnormality — your blood pressure has spiked or your liver enzymes are elevated — it’s your schedule that suffers as you’re shuttled between specialists. There’s an alternative, loosely known as the executive health checkup. Participants in these programs spend $2,500 and up to receive daylong, state-of-the-art examinations administered by top U.S. hospitals


    Water-saving tips will help plants reach potential

    Q. What tips can you provide me for conserving water in the garden?



    We can’t pick and choose rights
    An Ivanhoe letter to the editor: Valuing one fundamental freedom while neglecting or disparaging another is myopic and ultimately hopeless.


    Senate immigration plan needs support
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: Bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate would mean 11 million hardworking immigrants would get a shot at the American dream — at citizenship.


    Evaluation needed if speed bill OK’d
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: We encourage IDOT to evaluate the interstate highway system to determine if any changes are needed prior to posting a higher speed limit. If enacted, annual speed surveys and accident analysis reports should be made available to the legislature and public to determine if the small incremental trucker time saving, which is the intent of this law, is worth the risk to all motorists.


    Stop the subsidies to profitable Big Ag
    A Chicago letter to the editor: How is it possible that we are wasting tax dollars during a budget crunch and subsidizing junk food during a childhood obesity epidemic? It’s simple: Big Ag’s lobbyists are fighting hard to keep the gravy train flowing.


    Gay marriage is about freedom
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: I feel assured, knowing it will happen here in Illinois eventually. Meanwhile, we wait patiently. We wait to dance at the wedding of our youngest son. We wait to someday officially call David our son-in-law.


    Don’t tamper with origin of marriage
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: People who support traditional marriage understand that, when studied fully, biblical teachings from both the Old Testament and the New consistently define marriage as a lifetime covenant between a man and a woman. It is by the audacity of imperfect humanity that we suggest we can redefine marriage to something other than its divine origin.


    Skip the pools, give taxpayers a refund
    Letter to the editor: Roman Golash calls on District 211 to abandon its plans for five new pools at the main high schools, saying taxpayers could use a refund, instead.


    Food drive benefits township pantry
    Letter to the editor: Schaumburg Township Supervisor Mary Wroblewski says the annual Postal Carriers/Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 11 collected more than 10,300 pounds of groceries to the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry.


    Elk Grove Vill. does Memorial Day right
    Letter to the editor: Frank and Mardell Schumacher say the annual Elk Grove Village Memorial Day ceremony is the best around, and shouldn't be missed.


    Should stop paving until flooding solved
    Letter to the editor: Ed OHare of Arlington Heights says all major paving projects should be put on hold, like the Orchard Evangelical Free Church's plans, untilk the village has solved the flooding problems.


    Parking lot has no benefit to village
    Letter to the editor: Joanne Engstrom ofArlington Heights wants the village of Arlington Heights to prevent Orchard Evangelical Free Church from tearing down 8 homes to expand its parking lot.


    Church can put 8 houses to better use
    Letter to the editor: Mark Hellner suggests there may be a better use for those 8 houses that Orchard Free Evangelical Church intends to raze for parking. "That act, of course, is to donate (the houses) to people in need of housing," he writes.


    Let’s push voting age back to 21
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: In its May 30 editorial, the Daily Herald calls for allowing 17-year-olds to vote. The reasoning: "An earlier voting age will engage 17-year-olds in the process and jump-start lifelong voting habits." The exact same thing could be said for 16-, 15- and 14-year-olds.


    Focus, instead, on the pot growers?
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: The Daily Herald has recently published several articles about the legalization of medical marijuana in good ol' "Pay-to-play," Illinois. The articles, for the most part, have focused on the patients' needs and the controls provided through strict physician oversight.


    Anyone accountable in Batavia fiasco?
    A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: The article on May 25 in the Daily Herald recounted a direct infringement on that teacher's rights and now he is up for pending discipline for telling his students about their 5th Amendment right not to incriminate themselves. This was about a survey on drugs, alcohol and tobacco use; the survey had the student's name printed on it.


    Batavia teacher right to protect students
    Batavia teacher right to protect studentsThese are very difficult economic times. People are struggling with maintaining employment, suffering emotional challenges and restraining from “making waves” in order to hold onto job and benefit security. Every now and then, someone stands up and says, “Whoa” or makes an attempt to help others without taking steps for anonymity or self preservation.The May 29 Daily Herald article about Batavia High School teacher John Dryden presents such a situation. The article states that the teachers were not advised of the content for presenting a survey, which appears to have been mandatory. Teachers must not march to the lyrics of Pink Floyd, processing mindlessly their students into robotized nonhuman, non-thinking adults. Our country was formed by courageous individuals who sacrificed greatly for the rights placed in the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.I hope the board rethinks the processing of any such future survey. Review and discussion of content and intent should include all the teachers and parents. Good intentions are not an excuse for a bad scenario. Dryden was correct to take the last minute stand to protect his students and their rights.It appears he was not given option to do otherwise. This was an opportunity for a teacher to give real life lessons to his young adults, preparing them for real life. Dryden taught his students more that day than he could have imagined.Standing up against a wrong or defending those who cannot defend themselves is what we all hope to witness or personally do. The Batavia School Board and its committee for this survey took a short cut right through logic, privacy and personal security in the name of a good intention. John Dryden stands tall. We are lucky to have our “first responders” wherever and whenever they move into action.Linda J. StuartSt. Charles


    Des Plaines drive breaks own record
    Letter to the editor: Debra Walusiak of the Self Help Closet and Pantry in Des Plaines says the recent postal carriers food drive netted a record amount of donations.


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