Daily Archive : Tuesday June 4, 2013



    Going to the fireworks show? Bring canned food

    If you’re going to see the Dundee Township Park District’s upcoming fireworks show, please be sure to bring a canned item with you to keep the FISH Food Pantry stocked with food all summer.

    Tilted Kilt in Elgin closed Monday amid lawsuits among the corporate headquarters and local owners.

    Tilted Kilt in Elgin closes after franchise lawsuit

    Tilted Kilt in Elgin closed its doors amid lawsuits between the corporation and its local owners. The Celtic-themed pub and eatery whose waitresses donned skimpy outfits was dark and empty on Tuesday, its front doors covered in white paper.


    Waukegan Park District to host fishing derby

    The Waukegan Park District’s annual fishing derby is Saturday, June 8, at Bevier Park.

    Mary Hennen, a biologist with the Field Museum of Natural History, bands the talon of a Peregrine falcon chick Monday at the Midwest Generation Waukegan Station. Two new falcon chicks were born for the 12th consecutive year in a man-made nest on roof of one of the buildings.

    Falcon chicks banded in Waukegan as parents swoop in

    Scientists on Monday collected and banded two Peregrine falcon chicks from a manmade shelter at the Waukegan Generating Station along Lake Michigan, and their parents, who've been breeding there since 2002, were not happy. “The defense of the adults is to swoop at you,” said biologist Mary Hennen. Video shows it happening.

    A law to post toll scofflaws’ names on a website is on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk.

    Tollway ‘website of shame’ targeting scofflaws gets boost

    A proposal that would put your name on a "website of shame" if you owe more than $1,000 in tollway fines is on Gov. Pat Quinn's desk. A spokesman said the governor hasn't said whether he'll sign it. The Illinois Tollway hasn’t taken a side, either.

    Lisa Madigan

    Quinn gets 30 more days on concealed carry proposal

    A federal court has increased the time Gov. Pat Quinn has to think over a plan to allow Illinoisans to carry concealed weapons, setting a new deadline of July 9. Lawmakers crafted the bipartisan compromise last week after fighting over concealed carry for years.

    Kirk Dillard

    Dillard plans announcement for governor this summer

    State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, is preparing an announcement for governor this summer. Dillard's pitch to voters is likely to include his time working as chief of staff to popular former Republican Govs. Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar. And he has highlighted before the potential value in having a Republican candidate from the suburbs, where the general election could be largely fought...

    The Westin Chicago North Shore, which opened in Wheeling in 2006, will get new owners soon. A group of investors from Ohio and Rhode Island have agreed to purchase the property for $60 million.

    Investment group pays $60 million for Wheeling Westin

    The Chicago Westin North Shore hotel, a jewel of Wheeling's redevelopment efforts, is being purchased for $60 million by a group that plans to spend another $5 to $6 million refurbishing it, according to a Chicago attorney representing the buyers.

    The Freedom Plaza proposal includes a 156,000-square-foot Embassy Suites Hotel with 168 rooms that would include a 13,000-square-foot ballroom and four free-standing restaurants.

    Freedom Plaza hotel, conference center plan gets Naperville approval

    Two years ago, Freedom Plaza and unanimous approval were not synonymous. Fast forward two years and a few major tweaks and everything has changed.Council members Tuesday voted 9-0 to approve a new Freedom Plaza proposal, which includes a 156,000-square-foot Embassy Suites Hotel with 168 rooms that would include a 13,000-square-foot ballroom, and four free-standing restaurants.

    Wauconda High School girls softball pitcher Kayla Wedl played in March in Rosemont's air-supported sports dome. A similar sports dome proposal has surfaced in Grayslake.

    Grayslake gives early OK to sports dome plan near CLC

    Grayslake trustees have agreed plans for a sports dome proposed near College of Lake County should continue to proceed through the village's approval process. At a meeting Tuesday night, the village board held an informal discussion on the concept plan from Power Alleys Sports Dome. It would be a 180,000-square-foot, air-supported dome on the south side of Washington Street near CLC's flagship...

    This artist’s rendering shows a new $739,000 gym to be built at 517 S. Union St. in Aurora to replace the aging facility used by the Jesse “The Law” Torres Boxing Club.

    New gym coming for Aurora boxing club

    A free after-school boxing program in Aurora is getting a new home right next to its aging location under a plan presented Tuesday to the city council. The Fox Valley Park District plans to start construction in the next couple weeks on a $739,000 gym for the Jesse “The Law” Torres Boxing Club at the Copley II Recreation Center at 517 N. Union St, spokesman Jeff Long said.

    Wauconda Police Chief Doug Larsson talks with Maria Weisbruch during the Wauconda village board meeting Tuesday night. Mayor Frank Bart wants to replace Larsson with Sgt. Patrick Yost.

    Public protests chief Larsson's removal in Wauconda

    More than 200 people filled a cafeteria at Wauconda High School on Tuesday night to support Police Chief Douglas Larsson and to voice outrage over his pending ouster by new Mayor Frank Bart. “We think this is a dramatic measure,” said local business owner Maria Weisbruch, one of the people behind a grass-roots “Keep the Chief” movement. “(He) is so important to this...

    Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee announced his retirement Tuesday after he came under fire for jokingly referring to “those damn Catholics” at Notre Dame and poking fun at the academic quality of other schools.

    Ohio State President Gee retires after Notre Dame jabs

    Ohio State University President Gordon Gee announced his retirement Tuesday after he came under fire for jokingly referring to “those damn Catholics” at Notre Dame and poking fun at the academic quality of other schools. “During my days away, I also spent some time in self-reflection,” Gee said. “And after much deliberation, I have decided it is now time for me to...


    Quinn won’t say if he’ll sign concealed carry

    Gov. Pat Quinn told reporters Tuesday that he’s reviewing the concealed-carry bill. The state constitution says he gets 60 days to decide, but he’s facing a Sunday deadline set by a federal appeals court.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS As Congress investigates the growing epidemic of sexual assaults within the military, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday to demand answers from top uniformed leaders. From right to left are: Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Brig. Gen. Richard C. Gross, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Judge Advocate General of the Army Lt. Gen. Dana K. Chipman, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, and Staff Judge Advocate to the Marine Corps Commandant Maj. Gen. Vaughn A. Ary.

    Senators blast military response to sex assaults
    U.S. senators dressed down senior military leaders Tuesday, led by female lawmakers, combat veterans and former prosecutors who insisted that sexual assault in the ranks has cost the services the trust and respect of the American people as well as the nation’s men and women in uniform.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Diane Belsom, with the Laurens County, S.C. Tea Party, testifies on Capitol Hill Tuesday before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing of organizations that say they were unfairly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service while seeking tax-exempt status.

    IRS officials enjoyed luxury rooms at conference

    Already heavily criticized for targeting conservative groups, the Internal Revenue Service absorbed another blow Tuesday as new details emerged about senior officials enjoying luxury hotel rooms, free drinks and free food at a $4.1 million training conference. It was one of many expensive gatherings the agency held for employees over a three-year period.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS This aerial photo from a day afer the May 20 tornado shows the remains of houses in Moore, Okla. The Oklahoma City area has seen two of the extremely rare EF5 tornadoes in only 11 days. The tornado that hit El Reno had a record-breaking width of 2.6 miles. The one in Moore, a city about 25 miles away from El Reno, killed 24 people and caused widespread damage.

    Deadly Oklahoma tornado widest on record, rare EF5
    The deadly tornado that plowed through an area near Oklahoma City last week was even larger and more powerful than previously estimated — a record 2.6 miles wide with winds that reached nearly 300 mph, just shy of the strongest winds ever measured. The National Weather Service on Tuesday announced that the twister that hit El Reno was a top-of-the-scale EF5 twister.

    The shuttered Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant in Des Plaines’ downtown Metropolitan Square shopping center will make way for a Tap House Grill set to open this September. City officials on Monday granted the restaurant’s operators $80,000 in business incentives.

    Des Plaines offers $80,000 incentive to bring eatery to Metropolitan Square

    The Des Plaines City Council voted Monday to grant an $80,000 business development incentive to the Tap House Grill, which plans to take over the former Jimmy Buffett-themed Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant in Metropolitan Square. The money will help finance the remodeling of the nearly 6,700-square-foot building, estimated to cost more than $700,000, officials said.


    U-46 changes grading scale for failing students

    Middle and high school students in Elgin Area School District U-46 who don't do any work for an entire semester will still fail next year, but if a new grading policy is implemented, they will fail with a 50 percent, rather than a zero. The changes are set to take effect in the 2013-14 school year and have caused quite the controversy in recent weeks.


    Kane County court camera plan clears final hurdle

    The Illinois Supreme Court recently approved a plan for extended media coverage in the Kane County 16th Judicial Circuit. The plan will be similar to DuPage and other counties, with one video camera and a still camera that provide pool images to media outlets. Jury selection, sexual assault and child custody cases are banned. Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon favors the cameras. He...


    Police: Antioch woman left babies in locked car

    An Antioch woman is facing child endangerment charges after leaving her 4-month-old twins unattended inside a car at a store parking lot on Monday, police said. Antioch police were called to Wal-Mart, 475 E. Route 173, after a woman called the department saying she found a vehicle in the parking lot with two infants locked inside, according to a news release.

    Pat Quinn

    Quinn inclined to call special session on pensions

    Gov. Pat Quinn dangled the possibility Tuesday that he’ll call lawmakers back for a special session on Illinois’ nearly $100 billion pension crisis, but he pressed Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan to first agree on a fix.


    Quinn names staffer to head Board of Higher Education

    Gov. Pat Quinn has named one of his top advisers to serve as chair of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Lindsay Anderson is an attorney who served most recently as senior adviser to Quinn.

    Slone D. Wofford

    6-year sentence for Hoffman Estates carjacking

    A 19-year-old Hoffman Estates man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to using a pellet gun to hijack a motorist. A Cook County judge sentenced Slone D. Wofford to six years in exchange for his guilty plea to the class X felony of vehicular hijacking.


    Downtown Naperville to get police surge for summer

    The first phase of Naperville police Chief Robert Marshall’s summer-enforcement plan for the city’s downtown is about to take shape. As the school year ends, the department’s school resource officers, including one sergeant and eight officers, will be deployed to patrol downtown on foot, bicycle or in a squad.


    Naperville man gets 5 years for credit card fraud

    A Naperville man was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison and will have to pay more than $200,000 in restitution after being convicted in a credit card scam, U.S. Attorney Officials in Chicago said.


    Lawsuit calls hospital charity care law unconstitutional

    Two Illinois women have filed a lawsuit claiming a new definition of charity care for tax-exempt hospitals violates the state constitution.


    Carol Stream considers new comprehensive plan

    Carol Stream’s zoning code is so old that one of the retail uses allowed is haberdashery. For the less sophisticated, it’s a term for goods sold in a men’s clothing store — a retailer that was more commonly found in previous centuries. That’s just one of the wrinkles that a new village comprehensive plan could iron out, according to village officials, and why they’re asking a regional planning...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Fox blotter


    Committee to discuss election changes:

    The Lake County Board’s revenue, records and legislation committee is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the county government center in Waukegan.


    Kane riverboat grant committee to dole out $1.18 million

    The Kane County riverboat fund committee is recommending spending more than the $1 million it initially planned, when the county doles out grants from the riverboat fund this summer.

    Nurse practitioners Michele Knappe, left, and Julie Zimmer go over a patient’s chart Tuesday at Ingalls Family Care Center in Flossmoor. Illinois lawmakers this spring rebuffed a variety of proposals that would have given more authority to nurses ahead of a surge of patients newly insured under President Obama’s health law.

    Doctors block bids to expand nurse, dentist roles

    Nurses, dentists and psychologists asked the Illinois legislature this spring for more authority to make medical decisions with demand expected to surge under the federal health care law, but each time lawmakers sided with doctors and turned them down.

    State Sen. Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican, speaks at a news conference Tuesday in Chicago where the Chicago Republican Party announced it was launching a candidate recruitment program and advertising campaign in the Democratic-dominated city.

    GOP aiming to recruit more Chicago candidates

    The odds are historically against them, but Illinois’ beleaguered Republicans are looking to reverse their fortunes by recruiting help in the heart of enemy territory: Democratic Chicago.


    Kirk, Rush meet about Chicago gang problem

    Two lawmakers from Illinois who had expressed contrasting views on how to stem gang violence in Chicago sounded conciliatory after a Washington, D.C., meeting to discuss the issue.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe said, “Food waste is the single largest type of waste entering our landfills.

    Government works to reduce food waste
    Americans throw away more than a third of what they buy — that’s almost $400 a year per person, or more than an average month’s worth of groceries. In 2010, an estimated 133 billion pounds of food from U.S. retailers, restaurants, and homes was tossed.


    Danville turtle races scrapped after 49 years

    Organizers of the 49-year-old Turtle Reunion and Races in Danville have been told by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that they can no longer gather and have their usual dozens of turtles in one place out of concerns that disease could spread among the animals.

    This recently donated World War II-era truck will be on display Thursday, June 6, during Cantigny Park’s commemoration of the 69th anniversary of D-Day.

    Cantigny to mark 69th anniversary of D-Day

    Historic military vehicles, including a newly donated 2.5-ton GMC CCKW truck, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 6, to help commemorate the 69th anniversary of D-Day at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton.


    Indiana dog adopts puppies orphaned in Oklahoma

    A pregnant dog that was saved from a scheduled euthanasia at an Indiana shelter — only to have all of her puppies die — has come to the rescue of six orphaned puppies taken from an Oklahoma shelter affected by recent tornadoes.


    Lawyer: Ex-alderman never intended to bribe anyone

    A former Chicago alderman’s attorney has told jurors at a federal bribery trial in Chicago that his client never intended to bribe anyone. Ambrosio Medrano and two businessmen are accused of paying bribe money to an undercover agent posing as a sale representative.

    Rita Crundwell

    Former comptroller transferred to Minnesota prison

    Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell, sentenced this year for stealing nearly $54 million from her community, is now in prison in Minnesota.


    Wadsworth Road closure:

    The Canadian Pacific Railroad will close the railroad crossing on Wadsworth Road at 6 a.m. Monday, June 17 and will reopen to traffic the evening of Friday, June 21.


    Mobile Cook County animal clinic visits Des Plaines

    Mobile Cook County Animal and Rabies Control clinics will offer low-cost rabies vaccinations to Cook County residents at various locations throughout the county this summer, including July 31 at Jewel, 1500 Lee St., in Des Plaines. Clinic hours are 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.


    Decision on Pleviak future:

    Lak Villa Elementary District 41 Superintendent John Van Pelt said the board will make a decision on the future of Polumbi School on June 24.


    Smoke detector giveaway:

    The Lake County Coroner’s Office will give away smoke detectors at 9 a.m. Friday, June 7, at its office, 26 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Waukegan.


    Barrington Summer Wine Walk set for June 15

    Merchants in downtown Barrington will host a Summer Wine Walk from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15 to kick off the season by introducing shoppers and visitors to the village’s stores and restaurants. Nineteen shops and eight restaurants are participating in the event, which will include free wine tastings and treats.

    Christopher A. Perez

    Aurora man faces new DUI charge, 12 years after fatal DUI

    Aurora police early Monday arrested a 33-year-old man - who previously spent time in prison for a reckless homicide in 2001 - on charges of aggravated DUI, resisting arrest and fleeing and eluding. Christopher Perez, of Aurora, faces up to seven years in prison on the most serious charge. Perez was drunk when he flipped a covertible in 2001, killing his passenger, 54-year-old Willie Pryor of...

    Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces nearly five years in prison when he’s sentenced in July.

    Jackson’s lawyers want portion of document sealed

    Lawyers for convicted former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. are asking a judge to seal a portion of a sentencing document that’s set to be filed this week because it will contain “sensitive details” about his medical issues.

    Beatles George Harrison, left, and John Lennon sit aboard an airplane in Los Angeles before leaving for London in 1964. A year earlier, Harrison visited the southern Illinois town of Benton to visit his sister, Linda Harrison Caldwell.

    Downstate Benton to commemorate visit from George Harrison

    A half century ago, he was the Beatle in Benton. And soon the southern Illinois community will observe the anniversary of that visit by the Fab Four’s George Harrison.


    Quinn disappointed there was no vote on gay marriage

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s disappointed that the sponsor of a same-sex marriage bill didn’t call it for a vote before lawmakers adjourned for the summer. The Chicago Democrat told reporters Tuesday that even if there weren’t enough votes, it’s a democracy.

    The first Lake County property transaction, recorded in 1844.

    7 millionth document to be filed with Lake County

    The Lake County Recorder of Deeds office on Thursday is expecting to reach a milestone with the expected filing of the 7 millionth document. Electronic filing will be temporarily suspended so the document will be filed in person. "Of course, we'll waive the fee. We just want to make it fun and hopefully we won't scare the heck out of whoever walks in," said Mary Ellen Vanderventer, recorder of...

    Cook County authorities will collect DNA swabs from suspects charged with murder, home invasion and sex crimes.

    Cook County will collect DNA swabs at jail

    A day after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for police to take DNA swabs from anyone they arrest for serious crimes, officials in Chicago said they would start collecting thousands of swabs at one of the nation’s largest jails from murder suspects and those charged with home invasion and various sexual offenses.


    Homeless man charged after standoff with Des Plaines police

    Des Plaines police arrested a 52-year-old homeless man Monday after authorities say he called 911 from a public parking garage claiming he was armed with a military rifle then later approached responding officers armed a box cutter. Robert Roggatz faces felony charges of disorderly conduct and resisting a peace officer, police said.


    5 Aurora gang members who ignored lawsuit banned from hanging out

    In the year since the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office sued 35 Latin Kings in Aurora, injunctions have been issued against five gang members because they never responded to the lawsuit. “The injunction prohibits a whole range of activity,” said State’s Attorney Joe McMahon.

    On Saturday, June 8, the Bike Palatine Club will offer a cycling safety skills clinic for children, ages 5-10, at Ost Track.

    Palatine hosts Bike Safety Clinic and Ride on Saturday, June 8
    A Bicycle Safety Clinic and Ride is being offered from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8. The clinic is for beginning cyclists ages 5 to 10, with a parent in attendance, at Ost Track located behind the Community Center at 250 E. Wood St., Palatine.

    Siessourby Soma, 17, of Evanston, grabs the flag for her team, the World Dragons, to win the second heat of dragon boat races during a previous Pride of the Fox RiverFest in St. Charles. This year the festival will have dragon boat races starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9.

    New brand, added fun: City of St. Charles RiverFest

    New name, new activities, free admission. The City of St. Charles RiverFest, formerly known as Pride of the Fox RiverFest, opens Friday, June 7 and runs through Sunday, June 9 throughout downtown area and along the riverwalk. Highlights include two entertainment stages with live music, dragon boat racing, sand sculptures, a car show, a craft show, and a carnival.


    Glen Ellyn police probe fatal traffic accident

    A 49-year-old Lombard man has died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident last Friday in Glen Ellyn, authorities said Tuesday. The victim, Bruce Watson, was riding his motorcycle about 5:30 p.m. Friday on Main Street just north of St. Charles Road when he collided with a vehicle headed in the opposite direction, according to Glen Ellyn Deputy Police Chief Bill Holmer.


    Oak Brook attorney charged in mortgage fraud scheme

    An Oak Brook lawyer is among three men charged in connection with a federal mortgage fraud scheme. Prosecutors said Robert Lattas, 36, falsified mortgage information that resulted in five fraudulent residential loans totaling almost $1.5 million.


    Crabtree Nature Center hosts ‘biggest event ever’

    The Cook County Forest Preserve District is inviting families to “Explore the Forest” from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills.

    Zebras have stripes to help them blend into their surroundings in the wild.

    Zebra stripes serve as camouflage in the wild

    Students in Nancy Sullivan’s sixth-grade class at Frederick Nerge Elementary School, Roselle, asked, “Why do zebras have stripes and not horses since they are from the same animal family?”

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Army Pfc. Bradley Manning Was arrested in Iraq more than three years ago and charged in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

    Hacker who turned Manning in takes witness stand
    A one-time computer hacker who told authorities Pfc. Bradley Manning was giving information to WikiLeaks testified Tuesday the soldier never said he wanted to help the enemy during their online chats. Manning is on trial for giving hundreds of thousands of documents to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks.


    Rutherford to meet with Wheeling Republicans

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, who on Sunday officially announced he will be running for governor in 2014, will be the guest speaker at a Wheeling Township Republicans event starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at 909 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. Ruth O’Connell, GOP committeeman, invites the public to meet Rutherford.

    Stephanie Penick made this luau birthday cake for New York City advertising man Jerry Della Femina in the early 1970s.

    Columnist’s love of creative cake decorating comes full circle

    Stephanie Penick's love of cake decorating convinced her to start her own business years ago in New York City. Now, she says, she's come to fully appreciate Wilton Enterprises, a DuPage business that helped supply her needs and still plays a key role in cake decorating everywhere.

    During last year’s Grays Lake shoreline cleanup and treasure hunt, Annie Caliendo lands her paddle board so that her daughter, Hope, can have a turn. Hope found one of five treasure chests hidden around the lake as a prize for helping reduce trash.

    Look for treasure while cleaning Grays Lake shoreline

    The Grayslake Park District will host the Grays Lake shoreline cleanup and treasure hunt at Jones Island Park on Saturday, June 8.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius one of President Obama’s appointees using a secret email address, according to a review by the Associated Press.

    Top political appointees use secret email accounts

    Some of President Barack Obama’s political appointees, including the secretary for Health and Human Services, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press.The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have...


    ‘Rec-mobile’ set to visit Gurnee Park District sites

    The Gurnee Park District is adding wheels to its vast array of special events, programs and activities with its newest endeavor to support outdoor recreation throughout Gurnee.

    Carnival games will be one attraction at the Lake Villa Celebration of Summer this year.

    Auto show is a new attraction at annual Lake Villa Celebration of Summer

    It started in 2001 as part of Lake Villa’s monthly Centennial Year celebration with an evening of music at Lehmann Park on the banks of Cedar Lake in downtown Lake Villa, followed by a fireworks display. The Celebration of Summer festival has become an annual mainstay, scheduled this year on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8.

    The 16th annual Summer Concert Series in Carol Stream kicks off Thursday at the Ross Ferraro Town Center.

    Carol Stream summer concerts bring musical variety to Town Center

    Carol Stream’s 16th annual Summer in the Center concert series opens Thursday at the Ross Ferraro Town Center, with event organizers promising a lineup of 10 concerts that will please a variety of musical tastes. This year’s concert series will feature returning Town Center performers the Neverly Brothers and Pianoman with a schedule of performers making their first appearance at the Town Center.


    Judge accepts insanity plea in Colorado shooting case

    A judge on Tuesday accepted James Holmes’ plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, setting the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of the Colorado theater shooting suspect. The court clerk placed a written advisory of the ground rules of the plea before Holmes so he could examine it as Judge Carlos Samour Jr. read through all 18 points.

    Douglas Larsson

    Wauconda mayor recommending new police chief at Tuesday meeting

    Wauconda Mayor Frank Bart plans to present a recommendation for a new police chief at Tuesday night's village board meeting. Bart is nominating Sgt. Patrick Yost to take over as top cop Sept. 1, replacing Douglas Larsson.

    In this courtroom sketch, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning watches at left as his defense attorney, David Coombs, right, speaks in front of military judge Army Col. Denise Lind on the opening day of Manning's court martial in Fort Meade, Md., Monday.

    Bradley Manning generates more sympathy abroad

    It's rare for an American to generate more sympathy abroad than at home, but Bradley Manning and his trial are unique in a host of ways. With Manning's trial heating up in the United States, where he is accused of aiding the enemy by leaking classified material to WikiLeaks, his vocal supporters in Britain and Europe are once again rallying to his side.

    Foster grandparent Meda Miller reads with Lovejoy Elementary School second-grader Willow Bates, 8, in her Alton classroom.

    Volunteer, 96, wraps up another year

    As the school year ends at Lovejoy Elementary, a dedicated 96-year-old volunteer is contemplating whether to return next year to help in a classroom, as she has done since 2000. "I'm not sure," said Meda Miller, who said her declining eyesight is making it harder to read pupils' pencil-written papers. "I would miss (the children). It keeps you alert."

    Federal courts give Gov. Pat Quinn until Sunday to sign into law a bill allowing civilians to carry guns in public. But thousands of our state's residents already are licensed to carry guns throughout most of the nation — except Illinois — as nonresidents of Utah.

    Whether Illinois or Utah, concealed carry takes training

    As an Illinois resident, you can qualify for the Utah non-resident concealed carry weapons permit. Businesses charging money to help you get that permit say it will allow you to carry weapons in many states outside of this one. “It's like basic cable and adding the premium channels. Illinois will be basic cable,” explains Ron Farkas, a Utah-certified firearms instructor conducting...


    Des Plaines council lets Fountain Blue tent remain

    After hearing nearly two hours of residents' objections, the Des Plaines City Council on Monday night approved a conditional use permit allowing a controversial outdoor tent at the Fountain Blue banquet facility to remain open. The 5-3 vote Monday extends a temporary conditional use permit granted to the facility in January 2011 but that expired earlier this year.

    A new concealed carry law that awaits Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature has a variety of restrictions.

    Dawn Patrol: St. Charles to sell back guns; Pradel’s dragon statue OK

    St. Charles moves ahead with sale of weapons. Arrest in Naperville mayor’s stolen dragon statue. Carpentersville leaders to meet, discuss medical marijuana. Palatine approves composting ordinance. Dist. 203 to give back $2.2 million in taxes to Edward. North Aurora police investigate ‘Drano’ bombs. Blackhawks face the Kings tonight.


    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin shoves Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya during the first period of Game 3 on Tuesday night. The Kings won 3-1.

    Blackhawks suffer loss, take a beating

    If the Blackhawks didn’t think they were in a series before, they certainly know it now after suffering more than just a defeat Tuesday. They took a physical pounding from the Kings and absorbed a psychological hit, as more than a few passengers wanted nothing to do with a very large Los Angeles team.


    More moves ahead for Fire’s roster?

    What's next for the Fire roster after trading for Bakary Soumare and Mike Magee? Orrin Schwarz explores some options to consider.


    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from softball, baseball, volleyball and soccer.


    Neuqua Valley advance to state baseball semis

    CHAMPAIGN — Neuqua Valley baseball coach Robin Renner accepts that he may not have the best players in the state, but he may have something even better. He may just have the state's best team. The Wildcats will get the chance to prove it this weekend after Tuesday's 5-2 victory over Moline in the Class 4A University of Illinois supersectional.


    Boomers belt 3 homers, beat Rascals

    The Schaumburg Boomers collected 11 hits and set a franchise record with 8 for extra bases in a 10-8 road win over the River City Rascals on Tuesday night. The Boomers (10-7) scored 4 runs in the first inning — including a 2-run homer from Steve McQuaill (3 RBI) his third of the season. Gerard Hall (3 hits, 3 RBI) and Frank Pfister (3 RBI) also hit homers.

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro reacts to hitting a foul ball for an out against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning during an interleague baseball game Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif.

    Slumping Castro dropped to 7th in lineup

    With shortstop Starlin Castro mired in a 2-for-20 slump, Cubs manager Dale Sveum moved Castro from second in the batting order to seventh for Tuesday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels in the series opener at Anaheim. The Angels ultimately rallied to beat the Cubs 4-3.

    Blackhawks center Michal Handzus, right, was 25 years old when he last played in a conference finals game. Now 36, he's playing a key role on the second line with the Blackhawks.

    Handzus filling a big role for Hawks

    After getting to the Eastern Conference finals with Philadelphia in 2004, Michal Handzus has another chance to reach the Stanley Cup Finals, this time with the Blackhawks. And while Handzus didn't expect to be playing on the second line when he joined the Hawks this season, head coach Joel Quenneville knew exactly what to expecit from the 36-year-old veteran.

    White Sox starter Jake Peavy left the game Tuesday at Seattle in the third inning because of discomfort in his left side. X-rays reportedly were negative, but he will have an MRI today.

    Sox' Peavy departs early in pain

    Not only did the Sox lose their eighth straight game — 7-4 to the Mariners in Seattle on Tuesday night — starting pitcher Jake Peavy had to make an early exit with rib pain in his left side. X-rays were reportedly negative, and there is no fracture. Peavy is scheduled to have an MRI Wednesday morning in Seattle.

    Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32), Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) and Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (8) watch the puck shot by Kings right wing Justin Williams gets by Hawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the first period of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

    Kings grab momentum from Blackhawks with Game 3 win

    Nobody needed to remind the Blackhawks that it's all about momentum in the playoffs, and it now sides with the Los Angeles Kings after their 3-1 victory in Game 3 on Tuesday night at Staples Center.

    Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) fights with Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) during the second period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles.

    Hawks lose Game 3 to Kings 3-1

    The Blackhawks faced a re-energized Los Angeles Kings in Tuesday night’s Game 3 loss. The Hawks, who skipped their morning skate, fell behind early with a goal from the Kings’ Justin Williams in the first period. And the home ice advantage didn’t stop there — even after the Hawks scored their own goal to make the score 2-1, the Kings answered with a late goal in the third period and a solid win.


    Coach Q, players lay out Hawks' strengths

    On this Blackhawks team, coach Joel Quenneville expects everybody to be able to play with everybody. “I think once you switch to another defense partner, there's a little difference,” Nick Leddy said. “But it's so easy playing with everybody. Everybody makes it super easy."

    Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner (25) grabs Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus (26), who pulls down Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) during a fight in the first period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Saturday in Chicago. Richards has been pulled from the Kings' lineup for Game 3.

    Kings' Mike Richards misses second playoff game

    If the yanking of Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick midway through Game 2 is storyline No. 1 in the Western Conference finals, then the Kings' Mike Richards missing his second consecutive start due to a suspected concussion is storyline 1A … and closing fast.

    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) smothers the puck during the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Los Angeles.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Kings, Game Three
    The Chicago Blackhawks lost 3-1 to the Los Angeles Kings in game three of the NHL Western Conference finals Tuesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bryan Bickell had the lone Blackhawks tally, a late-second period score.

    Kelly Sommers

    Harper athletes extend their sports careers

    Two Harper College volleyball players who formed a formidable attack over the last two seasons — Kelly Sommers and Sarah House — have made commitments to continue their playing careers.


    Doumit, Deduno lead Twins to 3-0 win over Royals

    Ryan Doumit homered and drove in a pair of runs Tuesday night, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 3-0 victory and the Kansas City Royals to their franchise-record 11th straight home loss.


    Orioles get 4-1 win to snap Astros’ winning streak

    Danny Valencia homered, Chris Tillman threw seven solid innings and the Baltimore Orioles ended Houston’s six-game winning streak with a 4-1 win over the Astros on Tuesday night.


    Mayberry’s slam lifts Phillies over Marlins in 11

    John Mayberry Jr. hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning after his tying shot in the 10th, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 Tuesday night.


    Simmons lifts Braves past Pirates in 10th, 5-4

    Andrelton Simmons hit a game-ending double off Mark Melancon in the 10th inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.


    Red Sox score season-best in 17-5 win over Rangers

    Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his first career home run and finished with three RBIs, and the Boston Red Sox set season highs for hits and runs in a 17-5 rout of the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.


    Tigers chase Moore early in 10-1 win over Rays

    Prince Fielder homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers handed Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore his first loss of the year with a 10-1 rout Tuesday night.


    Phelps, Teixeira lead Yankees over Indians 4-3

    David Phelps followed the worst start of his young career with his best, allowing a mere infield single in six shutout innings and getting home run help from Mark Teixeira as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 Tuesday night.

    Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) checks his throw to first as New York Mets’ Jordany Valdespin (1) is safe at second during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park Tuesday in Washington.

    Nationals come back late, beat Mets 3-2

    Steve Lombardozzi’s sacrifice fly in the ninth Tuesday night gave the Washington Nationals their first late-inning comeback win of the season, capping a two-run rally for a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets. The Nationals won for the first time this season when trailing after six innings. They snapped a two-game skid and moved back to .500 at 29-29.


    Tulowitzki’s homer rallies Rockies over Reds 5-4

    Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning — a call changed after the umpires initially ruled fan interference — and the Colorado Rockies held on for a 5-4 victory Tuesday night that ended their streak of six consecutive losses to the Cincinnati Reds.

    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall catches a pass during the Bears' NFL football practice Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Lake Forest, Ill. Marshall returned to the field after his rehabilitation from hip surgery.

    Bears' Marshall excited about new season

    Record-setting Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall returned to the practice field Tuesday for the first time since arthroscopic hip surgery in January and said, now that he's healthy, he might be able to top last year's franchise-best marks of 118 catches and 1,508 yards.

    The Bears' Evan Rodriguez talks with reporters Tuesday after practice in Lake Forest. Authorities say Rodriguez was ticketed for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane usage and was ticketed early Friday on Interstate 90, near downtown Chicago. The incident was the second encounter the 24-year-old Rodriguez has had with police this year. In March, Rodriguez was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer in Miami. Those charges were eventually dropped.

    Off-field issues like Rodriguez's put NFL teams in tough spot

    You think the Bears should cut Evan Rodriguez for his off-field transgressions? Please, stop it. This is the NFL and that's not how it works in professional football.

    Bears tight end/fullback Evan Rodriguez talks with reporters after the NFL football team’s practice Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Lake Forest, Ill. Authorities say Rodriguez was ticketed for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane usage and was ticketed early Friday on Interstate 90, near downtown Chicago.

    Bears’ Rodriguez apologizes; GM Emery disappointed

    Bears fullback-tight end Evan Rodriguez apologized after Tuesday's practice for his DUI arrest last week, while general manager Phil Emery said he was "extremely disappointed" by the second-year player's second arrest of the off-season.


    Girls soccer/Top 20
    Naperville North, Hinsdale Central and Barrington have the top three spots in the Daily Herald's final ranking of area girls soccer teams for the 2013 season.

    Jake Romano

    SportsCenter a highlight of Romano’s season

    One of the most popular segments on ESPN’s SportsCenter is the Plays of the Day. Earlier this season, Dundee-Crown graduate Jake Romano found himself in that very segment. Romano, a freshman outfielder at Division I Miami (Ohio), was featured after making a spectacular catch in the team’s game against Dayton. The play ranked fourth on the list of Top 10 Plays of the Day. “That was awesome,” said Romano. “I made the catch and I knew it was a great catch, but I didn’t know it was SportsCenter material.

    Emma Degen

    Degen digs in as Stevenson’s girls track head coach

    Emma Degen, who has served as assistant girls track and field coach at Stevenson the past two seasons, has been promoted to head coach.


    Bandits ready for NPF season opener

    The Chicago Bandits launch the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch softball season Wednesday at home against the Akron Racers. Even though ace pitcher Monica Abbott, 2012 team home run leader Megan Wiggins, and newly acquired Japanese league stars Eri Yamada and Kazuki Watanabe won't be back from Japan until later this week, the team looks to start off aggressive and chase its third championship in six years.


    Area hopefuls fall short in U.S. Open sectional qualifying

    Len Ziehm has the latest on local hopefuls bidding for sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open, as well as pros and celebrities headed to the Encompass Championship later this month on the Champions Tour, and some big names added to the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic.

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James smiles during the post game news conference after defeating the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 in their NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals playoff series Monday night in Miami. The Heat defeated the Pacers 99-76 to advance to the NBA finals against the San Antonio Spurs.

    Spurs’ Leonard eyes matchup with LeBron

    Hours away from drawing the toughest defensive assignment of his two-year career with the San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard wasn’t feverishly taking mental notes of how to guard LeBron James. But he says, “It’s just a great challenge for me to try to help my team win by playing good defense on him.”

    Evan Lysacek, Naperville native and 2010 Olympic gold medal winner, will make his Grand Prix return to figure skating at Skate America in Detroit, Oct. 18-20.

    Oly champ Lysacek ready for Skate America return

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Olympic champion Evan Lysacek will return to competition for the first time since Vancouver at Skate America. The Naperville native had hoped to make his return there last year, only to be sidelined by a torn abdominal muscle. The injury required surgery. Though Skate America is Lysacek’s only Grand Prix event, it will give him a good idea of how he stacks up against the international competition.


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    BC-HKN--Competition Committee, 1st Ld-Writethru,856NHL: visors could be mandatory for new playersTORONTO (AP) — New NHL players might soon be forced to wear visors, and the rest might join that group in the not too distant future.The league's competition committee recommended on Tuesday that visors be mandatory for all players entering the league, beginning next season. The group also suggested that hybrid icing be tested during the 2013-14 preseason, as were shallower nets.Any changes must first be approved by the league's board of governors. That also includes a change that makes all four-minute, high-sticking penalties subject to video review.But the decision on visors was the biggest item. Former NHL defenseman Mathieu Schneider, special assistant to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, said a "clear majority" of players supported grandfathering visors. But he declined to say what percent of players voted in favor of the change in an internal survey.Five owners and five players reached a consensus to grandfather in mandatory visors, meaning that all current players will still have the choice but incoming players must continue to wear them as they have in junior, college and in Europe. "I think the biggest thing is that every player coming into the league has to have previously worn one," Schneider said. "We have 70-plus percent of the guys currently wearing them in the league. Overall, it's just been a change in attitude." The eye injury to New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal in March heated up the debate, even though 73 percent of players wore visors this season. "More guys put a visor on after the Staal injury," said Schneider, who didn't wear one during his career. "Every time there's an injury like that, I think you get any player that is playing with a visor starts to think about it, or has his mom calling him or his wife telling him or his kids telling him." Safety in other aspects of the game was discussed in a meeting at the NHL office in Toronto, including the implementation of hybrid icing. Tested in the American Hockey League during the NHL lockout, racing to an imaginary line across the faceoff dots instead of the puck won't be put into effect immediately but will be tested in all preseason games. "There are a lot of players that haven't played with it, may not fully understand it, and I think this will give them a better idea of what to expect," Schneider said.Rule 81.5 that allows for linesmen to waive off icing on "attainable" passes would be eliminated, as well. Among other changes, all of which must be approved by the board of governors and the union's executive committee before they go into effect, is the installation of nets that are four inches shallower but don't affect the size of the area between the goal posts and crossbar. Colin Campbell, the league's executive vice president and director of hockey operations, said these nets, which have been tested in research and development camps, are designed to create more offense by giving players more room to work in the offensive zone. NHL general managers voted in March to shrink some goaltending equipment, and rather than approve that change, the competition committee decided to form a subcommittee to look at alterations to all equipment, including gear worn by skaters.Schneider said that committee, which could include players, ex-players, general managers and even trainers, will get together "as soon as possible." Like helmets, visors could soon become commonplace. But Schneider said Tuesday there was no consideration given to making them mandatory immediately for all current players. "The question was asked in our survey, but it was a very small percentage of guys that thought that everyone should have to wear one," Schneider said.

    Switzerland’s Roger Federer returns the ball to France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Paris.

    Federer loses; Williams back in semis at French Open

    All in all, Roger Federer looked lost out there Tuesday against the sixth-seeded Tsonga, who pounded his way to a 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 victory over the 17-time Grand Slam champion in a 1-hour, 51-minute mismatch remarkable for its lopsidedness and brevity. While Federer quickly faced a big deficit Tuesday and never recovered, Serena Williams was able to get out of a much smaller spot of trouble and land in the semifinals of the French Open.

    After getting rained out on May 28, the White Sox and the Cubs will play a makeup game on July 8 at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox-Cubs makeup game set for July 8

    The May 28 game between Chicago White Sox and the Cubs that was postponed due to rain has been rescheduled for 7:10 p.m. July 8 at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford pulls on the head of Kings left wing Kyle Clifford and separates him from the Hawks' Jonathan Toews during the third period in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Sunday at the United Center.

    Hockey and fighting not so synonymous anymore

    Fighting is becoming increasingly endangered in the NHL, especially in the playoffs, so it was good to see a Blackhawk and a King wrestle each other onto the ice during the Western Conference finals.

    Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw celebrates his first-period goal against the Los Angeles Kings during Game 2 of the NHL Western Conference finals at the United Center Sunday night in Chicago.

    Small, quick Hawks too much for L.A. Kings

    After the Los Angeles Kings pulled star goalie Jonathan Quick on Sunday night, Mike North believes the Kings sealed their fate and won't be able to come back against the Hawks. Small and quick trumps big and slow in the NHL.


    Terry Savage

    Sun-Times cuts back on Savage, Steinberg

    The Chicago Sun-Times dropped Terry Savage's business column and reduced the frequency of Neil Steinberg's column. This follows on-going financial cutbacks at the Wrapports-owned media company.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. stocks fell, snapping a streak of 20 straight Tuesday gains for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, as economists predicted the Federal Reserve may reduce stimulus as soon as September.

    Stocks head lower on Fed stimulus worries

    The Federal Reserve guessing game threw the markets for another loop Tuesday. Comments from a Fed official raised expectations that the Fed could start easing off its support for the economy soon, sending the stock market sharply lower in the late afternoon. The market recovered in the last hour of trading to end with slight losses.

    Arlington Heights officials this week approved plans for a new 50s-themed restaurant called Circa 57 in the former Grand Station space in the village’s downtown. Owners hope to have at least a portion of the new eatery open by August.

    Circa 57 opening this summer in Arlington Heights

    Suburban diners soon will be able to travel back to a simpler time while eating out in Arlington Heights as Circa 57, a 1950s-themed restaurant, prepares to open downtown later this summer. The Arlington Heights village board Monday approved plans for owners Anthony and Kimberly Priola to renovate the former People’s Bank, the second phase of what will be a large restaurant also inhabiting the former Grand Station eatery at 101 W. Campbell St.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS The new comedy film, The Internship,” is a nearly two-hour showcase for Google’s idealistic culture and for a product line that’s becoming deeply ingrained in people’s technology-dependent lives. The movie stars Owen Wilson, right, and Vince Vaughn.

    ’Internship’ film focuses on Google’s good side

    This scene isn’t in the movie, but it might have been fitting if “The Internship” had ended with stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson wearing ruby red shoes while clicking their heels and dreamily whispering, “There’s no place like Google; there’s no place like Google.”

    A crane removes a container from a ship at the Port of Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore. The U.S. trade deficit widened in April, as demand for foreign cars, cell phones and other imported goods outpaced growth in U.S. exports.

    U.S. trade deficit up 8.5 percent to $40.3 billion

    The U.S. trade deficit widened in April, as demand for foreign cars, cell phones and other imported goods outpaced growth in U.S. exports. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade gap rose 8.5 percent in April from March to $40.3 billion. Exports increased 1.2 percent to $187.4 billion, the second-highest level on record. Companies sold more telecommunications equipment, industrial machinery and airplane parts, while U.S.-made autos and auto parts also rose to an all-time high of $12.8 billion.

    U.S. home prices soared 12.1 percent in April from a year earlier, the biggest gain since February 2006, as more buyers competed for fewer homes.

    U.S. home prices jumped in April by most in 7 years

    U.S. home prices soared 12.1 percent in April from a year earlier, the biggest gain since February 2006, as more buyers competed for fewer homes. Real estate data provider CoreLogic says prices rose in April from the previous April in 48 states. Price also rose 3.2 percent in April from March, much better than the previous month-to-month gain of 1.9 percent.

    Car buyers were lured by low interest rates and Memorial Day sales. Overall, U.S. consumers bought 1.4 million vehicles in May, up 8 percent from the same month a year ago, according to Autodata Corp.

    U.S. auto sales roar back in May, led by pickups

    Full-size pickups once again dominated U.S. auto sales in May, as small businesses — increasingly confident in the economy — raced to replace the aging pickups they held on to during the recession. Car buyers, too, were lured by low interest rates and Memorial Day sales. Overall, U.S. consumers bought 1.4 million vehicles in May, up 8 percent from the same month a year ago, according to Autodata Corp.

Life & Entertainment

    Filmmaker Ken Burns and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddartha Mukherjee are collaborating for a film based on Mukherjee's book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.”

    Ken Burns to collaborate on cancer documentary

    Two prominent television figures whose lives were significantly altered by the cancer deaths of loved ones are helping turn a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on the history of the disease into a six-hour documentary. Filmmaker Ken Burns announced Tuesday that he's collaborating with Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” for a film based on the book. The documentary, spread over three nights, is scheduled to air on PBS in spring 2015.


    Wiggles 'Taking Off' for Rosemont
    Tickets for The Wggles' "Taking Off!" tour, coming to the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 21, go on sale to the public at noon Saturday, June 8.


    Are nutritional labels coming to alcoholic drinks?

    Alcoholic beverages soon could have nutritional labels like those on food packaging, but only if the producers want to put them there.

    Jenna Dewan-Tatum gave birth to a baby girl Friday, May 31, in London, where her husband, Channing Tatum, is filming the movie “Jupiter Ascending.”

    Channing Tatum, wife Jenna have a baby girl

    Channing Tatum will be juggling acting with diaper duty: He and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum have a daughter to dote on. Everly Tatum was born last Friday in London, where her father is filming the movie “Jupiter Ascending.” The birth was announced on separate websites for both parents with the message “Welcome to the World!”

    Fresh cherries brighten up a summer salad.

    Eat right, live well: Cherries brighten summer menus

    Toby Smithson offers tips on working healthful fruits into your summer menus, upping your nutruition in a sweet and tasty way.

    Carrie Underwood will pay tribute to the victims of the recent deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma in her appearance on the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5. Underwood will perform her new single “See You Again,” recasting it as a somber memorial with the aid of two dozen choir members from Nashville’s Christ Church.

    Underwood to lend voice to tornado relief on CMTs

    Carrie Underwood will pay tribute to the victims of the recent deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma when she appears at the CMT Music Awards Wednesday. Underwood will perform her new single “See You Again,” recasting it as a somber memorial with the aid of two dozen choir members from Nashville’s Christ Church. “The choir, I’ve never done that before and they just kind of take it to a whole ethereal place,” Underwood said Monday night following rehearsal.

    If you're looking for Rose Palma check the kitchen first. This Glen Ellyn octogenarian prepares pasta for high school football players and bakes dozens of coffee cakes every month to share with Milton Township committee members.

    Cook of the Week: Cooking keeps octogenarian young

    When we finally caught up with Rose Palma, a busy octogenarian from Glen Ellyn, she was just putting the finishing touches on 20 coffee cakes. "I do this once a month!" says Rose, who thinks nothing of whipping up food for a crowd and has been doing so for more than six decades, with no plans to let up any time soon.

    Fireworks will again explode over the skies of Wheeling to mark Independence Day this year. Village officials announced Monday they will hold a celebration July 3 outside village hall.

    Wheeling bringing back fireworks, Independence Day celebration

    Heritage Park construction won’t deprive Wheeling of a Fourth of July celebration this year. On July 3 the village will sponsor a party near village hall, south of Dundee Road, to celebrate the nation’s independence, Village President Dean Argiris announced Monday night. Attractions will include a fireworks show and live music.

    The Lumineers, from left, Wesley Schultz, Neyla Pekarek and Jeremiah Fraites, will headline a Lollapalooza aftershow at the Vic Theatre in Chicago Friday, Aug. 2.

    Lumineers, Matt & Kim to headline Lollapalooza aftershows
    Lollapalooza three-day tickets are all sold out, but the aftershows are just springing to life. Today the musical behemoth announced the official lineup for bands performing sets in smaller, more intimate venues after the main festivities have died down.

    Fresh cherries brighten up a summer salad.

    Root ’n’ Cherry Salad
    Roots 'n' Cherry Salad

    Kristen Toomey, a Villa Park resident, will perform at the Chicago Women's Funny Festival.

    Chicago's Funny Festival celebrates women in comedy

    Villa Park resident Kristin Toomey said she's performed stand-up in all kinds of places — even state prisons. “It was fun; they were a great crowd,” she said. Laughing connects people, she said. That's one reason why she loves comedy and also why she will perform with 400 other women at the second annual Chicago Women's Funny Festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, at Chicago's Stage 773.


    Talk to sisters openly, honestly about fiance slight

    It really bothers me that whenever I talk to my sisters who live in other cities, they never ask about my fiance. Obviously, they do not approve of our relationship. Carolyn Hax says give them a chance to explain before passing judgments.

    “... Like Clockwork” by Queens of the Stone Age

    QOTSA goes for the jugular on sixth album

    Opening to the sound of breaking glass and riddled with lascivious intent throughout, Queens of the Stone Age’s new album “... Like Clockwork” is the soundtrack to the B movie of your dreams. In the six years since the release of the band’s critically acclaimed “Era Vulgaris,” Queens founder Josh Homme has moonlighted with the Eagles of Death Metal and super group Them Crooked Vultures. Now, the California native sounds energized back in his day job.

    The Filipino singer Charice, who played the role of an exchange student in “Glee,” has come out in an emotional TV interview in which she apologized to her mother and brother.

    Charice comes out as lesbian, apologizes to family

    Charice Pempengco, a Filipino singer who played an exchange student in “Glee,” says she’s a lesbian and has apologized to her family in an emotional TV interview. The 21-year-old said on Sunday’s talk show on ABS-CBN TV that she wants to apologize to those who do not understand and cannot accept her. She mentioned her mother and brother. “I don’t know what the problem with that is because for me, that isn’t a problem,” Charice said, adding: “To all those who will accept me, thank you very, very much.”

    The Discovery Channel will air “Mile Wide Tornado: Stormchasers Tribute” in a tribute to Carl Young, left, and Tim Samaras, who died in Oklahoma Friday.

    Discovery to air special honoring 3 storm chasers

    Discovery Channel says it will honor three veteran storm chasers who died in Oklahoma with a special airing this week. The program, “Mile Wide Tornado: Stormchasers Tribute,” will feature scenes of Tim Samaras, his son Paul and Carl Young from the former series “Stormchasers.” It airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

    See Dragon Boat Racing at RiverFest in St. Charles.

    Best bets: It's off to the dragon boat races in St. Charles

    The City of St. Charles RiverFest returns for its 31st edition this weekend complete with dragon boat races, dancing and even a “Fox Hunt” jewelry competition. Comedian Brian Regan continues his Improv Comedy Showcase engagement Friday in Schaumburg. State Street Dance Studio presents its ballet version of the famed Cervantes tale “Don Quixote” Sunday at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

    “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics” by Daniel James Brown

    Story of 1936 rowing team's quest for gold captivates

    Before March Madness and the Super Bowl, the sports that mattered to most Americans included boxing, horse racing and collegiate rowing. The greatest eight-oar crew may have been the scrappy underdogs from the University of Washington who won the 1936 championship and the gold medal in the 1936 Olympics. Meet author Daniel James Brown Friday at Anderson's in Naperville when he talks about "The Boys in the Boat."

    The rhythm of combat quickly gets predictable: walk into a room, find cover, then blast away at waves of faceless troops in “Fuse.”

    EA’s sci-fi shooter ‘Fuse’ lacks spark

    If you discovered an energy source as potent as Fuse — a combination of alien and human technology that promises unlimited power — how would you use it? In the new game "Fuse," you use it to kill other people. Each of the four protagonists has a different Fuse-based weapon that, when combined, leads to some spectacular mayhem. Unfortunately, that's about the most exciting element of this rather mundane title.

    Rose Palma bakes between 18 and 20 coffee cakes each month to take to Milton Township meetings.

    Rose’s Fruit-filled Coffee Cake
    Fruit-filled Coffee Cake: Rose Palma

    Biscotti is one of Rose Palma’s favorite things to bake.

    Double Chocolate Orange Biscotti
    Double Chocolate Orange Biscotti: Rose Palma


    Rose’s Famous Meatballs
    Rose's Famous Meatballsi: Rose Palma

    Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, a native of Arlington Heights, returns home for a week's worth of shows at Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont.

    Arlington Hts. native makes it big with observational comedy

    Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, a native of Arligton Heights, finds humor in everyday things, like going to the grocery store or talking with his old-school Italian parents. His funny take on things has made him one of the hottest comedians in the country right now. “It didn't happen at a fast rate. I didn't see an immediate change in my life. It's been marathon-like rather than a sprint,” he said.



    Editorial: All suburbs hurt by Island Lake’s missed opportunity

    A Daily Herald editorial says Mayor Charles Amrich's failure to change the tone of politics in Island Lake has a collateral effect on people's view of local government everywhere.

    Byron York

    Identifying the real number of border crossings

    Columnist Byron York: A new report from the Council on Foreign Relations could have a significant effect on the conversation — and cast real doubt on whether the government’s border security statistics are reliable. If the report is correct, more illegal immigrants are making it past U.S. authorities than officials say.

    Pat Devaney

    Openness crucial in Barrington fire district talks

    Guest columnist Pat Devaney: The most important question in the proposed consolidation of services by the fire district and the village is how might the creation of separate fire services threaten public safety in the village of Barrington?


    Let’s bring the troops home now
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: We killed the head of the snake; let the president say “mission accomplished.” Let’s bring the troops now and save thousands of lives. Why wait for just before the midterm elections?


    Sewage a threat to Lake Michigan water
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Since 2007, more than 21 billion gallons of sewage and dirty wastewater have been dumped into our beautiful Lake Michigan, polluting the water that the people, including me, cherish and treasure. The lake we can proudly call our own is becoming more of a hazard than a benefit.


    Be wary of costs of new a downtown
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: The proposed development of a “downtown” for Buffalo Grove includes a theater. What do we in Buffalo Grove know that they don’t know in Arlington Heights? The financial difficulties of the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights are well documented.


    Government causing end to middle class
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: The latest pension plan has been shot down. In my opinion, any plan that is going to cost the taxpayers one more dime on their tax bill is outrageous. I live in a tiny house and my tax bill is over $6,000. This is unacceptable.


    Gas prices reflect our complacency
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: I read Marni Pyke’s article regarding the current (ridiculous) gas pricing. It can tried to be explained away to the cows come home, but the reality is we are being taken. The prices have been all over the place the last couple of months climbing as much as 35 to 40 cents. overnight. And, this is ridiculous.


    Consolidation bill a bipartisan effort
    A DuPage County letter to the editor: Two years ago, DuPage County embarked on a mission to reduce the size, scope, and cost of local government. After achieving some initial success to share services among local agencies, we realized that additional legislative authority was necessary to achieve our true mission — the consolidation of inefficient, smaller units of government.


    NRA represents millions of voters
    A West chicago letter to the editor: In her recent letter, Linda Dickey gets it all wrong. First, she refers to “gun fanatics” and says most gun owners wouldn’t mind “common sense” gun control. “Common sense” would dictate that if gun crime is plummeting as gun ownership is sky rocketing, perhaps guns aren’t the problem.


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