Daily Archive : Thursday June 6, 2013


    Suzanne Colombe

    U-46 hires two new assistant superintendents

    Elgin Area School District U-46 will welcome two new assistant superintendents to the central office this summer. Suzanne Colombe will move from Bartlett High School principal to assistant superintendent for teaching and learning – the new chief academic officer. And Steve Burger will go from Liberty Elementary School principal to assistant superintendent of elementary schools, instruction...

    “Worm tea” bubbles and brews in the garage of Streamwood High School physical science teacher Greg Reiva. His students produce the organic liquid fertilizer, rich potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen, to feed the herbs and vegetables planted in his classroom greenhouse. Over the summer, he cares for the plants and maintains the worm farms that produce the fertilizer at his Algonquin home.

    Digging deeper: Science teacher’s wormy lesson yields results

    A few thousand worms wiggle through decomposed banana peels, vegetables, and scraps of bread, adding their own waste to a thick, black muck contained by layered plastic bins. Streamwood High School students in Greg Reiva’s physical science classes dig through the muck, but they're doing more than just getting dirty - they're learning about sustainable living.

    Rotaryfest in Elk Grove Village is the first big summer festival in the Northwest suburbs.

    Rotaryfest opens Wednesday in Elk Grove Village

    The 2013 Rotaryfest will feature lots of great food, carnival rides from Fantasy Amusement Co. and live entertainment by bands including 7th Heaven, CoverGurl, The Lounge Puppets, Serendipity, In Session and ARRA. The RotaryFest Hometown Parade will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15, from Elk Grove Boulevard at Tonne Road to the festival grounds in Lions Park. The parade theme is “Sports on the...

    Kevin Bickner, 16, of Wauconda has a tall, thin build that’s perfect for the sport of ski jumping.

    Wauconda teen among nation’s elite ski jumpers

    Imagine sliding down a ramp at 55 mph then being propelled forward high into the air, everything going quiet as your body almost weightlessly sails along until landing with a thud, your limbs heavy, your body solid again. That’s what ski jumping feels like, said 16-year-old Kevin Bickner of Wauconda, who after thousands of leaps since he was 9 years old is now one of the best young ski jumpers in...


    Tri-State section to close for repairs starting Saturday night

    Early birds and night owls will need alternative routes to the north Tri-State Tollway (I-294) this weekend. The Illinois tollway will close all northbound lanes near O'Hare for essential repairs to a beam hit by a truck this week.

    Lombard trustees voted Thursday night to change the land-use designation at Ken-Loch Golf Links. Instead of being coded as entirely open space, the course now is designated as primarily open space with up to 25 percent of its 31 acres available for a complementary use that facilitates preservation of the property.

    Lombard approves new land-use policy for golf course

    Lombard trustees voted Thursday night to approve a new land-use designation that allows development on up to 25 percent of the Ken-Loch Golf Links site but calls for the site to remain primarily open space, preferably as a golf course. The village's comprehensive plan will be updated to reflect the new designation, which says any possible development should complement the golf course or open...

    Alejandro Flores

    Priest who abused St. Charles boy paroled

    A Roman Catholic priest in West Chicago who was sentenced to prison for abusing a St. Charles boy has been released on parole. However, 40-year-old Alejandro Flores is now in federal custody and is en route to a detention center, where his immigration status will be determined. Flores could be deported to his native Bolivia.


    Police warn concealed-carry ban is still in effect

    Several Illinois law enforcement groups reiterated Thursday that the state’s current ban on concealed weapons remains in effect despite the legislature’s passage of a new law.

    Shawn Rieke yells as he prepares for the Vernon Hills High School graduation ceremony Thursday at the school.

    Images: Vernon Hills High School Graduation
    Vernon Hills High School held its commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 6 at the school.

    Melanie Bresler,18, and Scott Feldman,18, both of Buffalo Grove get their picture taken before their graduation by fellow classmate Kari Antman,18, of Buffalo Grove at the Stevenson High School Commencement Program at the Sears Centre on Thursday.

    Images: Stevenson High School Graduation
    Stevenson High School held its commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 6 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    James Eck walks toward his house during the construction of a sandbag wall in the flooded Big Bend neighborhood in Des Plaines in April. Some suburban counties qualified for more federal flood aid Thursday, but Cook County wasn’t among them.

    More federal flood help comes, but not for Cook County

    Local governments in some suburban counties will be eligible for federal money to cover most of their flooding costs after the federal government approved Thursday, but Cook County wasn’t among them.

    Firefighters Thursday view the aftermath of a building collapse in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, the building under demolition collapsed onto a neighboring thrift store, killing six people and injuring 14, including one who was pulled from the debris nearly 13 hours later.

    Philly officials look for cause of deadly collapse

    The search for victims of a building collapse that killed six people, including two Salvation Army workers, wound down Thursday amid mounting questions about whether the demolition company that was tearing down the structure caused the tragedy by cutting corners.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Faris Fink, Commissioner, Small Business and Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service, testifies on Capitol Hill Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing regarding IRS conference spending.

    IRS official apologizes for lavish CA conference

    An Internal Revenue Service official whose division staged a lavish $4.1 million training conference and who starred as Mr. Spock in a “Star Trek” parody shown at the 2010 gathering conceded to Congress on Thursday that taxpayer dollars were wasted in the episode.


    St. Charles police officers get new contract, raises

    St. Charles patrol officers inked a new contract with the city this week that will provide raises and step increases for the next four years. The deal will cost taxpayers more than $700,000.


    District 214 mourns longtime dean

    Two Northwest Suburban High Schools are mourning the loss of an administrator who died this week. Craig Kincaid, who worked as a dean at Buffalo Grove High School for 10 years and had just transferred this year to Wheeling High School, died on Tuesday.

    A man talks on the phone outside the U.S. Courthouse in Washington Thursday, where the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court resides. An order was granted by the court for the National Security Agency to secretly collect the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers.

    What you should know about NSA phone data program
    The government knows who you’re calling. Every day. Every call. Here’s what you need to know about the secret program and how it works:

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Britain’s Guardian newspaper says the National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a secret court order.

    Monumental phone-records monitoring is laid bare

    A leaked document has laid bare the monumental scope of the government’s surveillance of Americans’ phone records — hundreds of millions of calls — in the first hard evidence of a massive data collection program aimed at combating terrorism under powers granted by Congress after the 9/11 attacks.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, speak to journalists after attending the ballet in the Kremlin Palace in Moscow. The couple took the moment to announce they are divorcing after nearly 30 years of marriage.

    Putins attend ballet, then announce their divorce

    Vladimir Putin pulled off one of his most audacious pieces of stagecraft, attending a ballet with his rarely seen wife, then emerging smiling and announcing their 30-year marriage is over.


    Ball State trustees OK 2 percent tuition increase

    The Ball State University board of trustees has approved a 2 percent tuition increase for each of the next two years. The 20,000-student school says the increase approved Thursday is the lowest at Ball State in 37 years.


    Indiana University board approves tuition increase

    Most Indiana University students are facing an average 1.75 percent tuition increase each of the next two years under a plan approved by the school’s board of trustees.


    State Supreme Court temporarily moving to Chicago

    The Illinois Supreme Court will hear cases in Chicago this September while renovations are under way at its building in Springfield.


    School taxi driver charged with failing to disclose sex conviction

    A Skokie man who has worked as a taxi driver transporting children to and from school has been charged with failing to disclose a past sexual assault conviction on his driver application, according to Cook County prosecutors. Jean Juste, 57, also faces charges of being in a school zone as a convicted child sex offender after authorities say he was observed, in his capacity as a taxi driver,...

    Esther Williams

    Swimming champion, movie star Esther Williams dies

    Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91.Williams’s died early Thursday in her sleep, according to her longtime publicist Harlan Boll. Following in the footsteps of Sonja Henie, who went from skating champion to movie star, Williams became one of Hollywood’s biggest moneymakers,...


    Downstate prosecutor enacts immediate concealed carry

    Concealed carry legislation is pending before the Illinois governor, but the state’s attorney in Madison County says residents can start carrying weapons immediately.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 71-year-old Arlington Heights woman sent more than $28,000 to Poland at the request of a person she met through an online dating service on May 1. She exchanged text messages with the person, who purported to be a 63-year-old man, but never met him.


    Arlington Heights seeking ‘trashy’ art for Frontier Days

    One man’s trash may be another man’s art in Arlington Heights this summer. The village’s arts commission is hosting the 7th annual “Decorated Object Art Competition” to showcase the work of artists of all ages at the annual Frontier Days Festival. This year’s object is a wastebasket.

    An image provided by NASA from the Terra satellite shows Tropical Storm Andrea as it moves across the Gulf of Mexico and approaches Florida’s west coast Wednesday. Heavy rain poured across much of Florida on Thursday as the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season headed toward the state.

    Tropical Storm Andrea bearing down on Florida coast

    The first named storm of the Atlantic season hammered Florida with rain, heavy winds, and tornadoes Thursday as it moved toward the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas, promising sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacation getaways through the beginning of the weekend.


    Public asked to weigh in on next two Batavia bridge sculptures

    It's time again for "art by committee," in the words of an ex-Batavia alderman. Sketches of the entries for the final two sculptures to be placed on the Wilson Street bridge are posted at the Batavia Government Center, awaiting the public's comments.


    Health Freedom Expo comes to Schaumburg

    The 9th annual Health Freedom Expo will take place this weekend, June 7-9, at the Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. The event features world-renowned doctors, health activists and experts discussing all things natural in the rapidly changing field of health.

    Geoff Deigan

    Ex-board member hired to lead Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake

    An environmental company founder who’s a former board member at Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake has been tabbed as its new executive director. Geoff Deigan, president and chief executive officer of WRD Environmental in Chicago, will take over for Nigel Whittington, who officially departs Tuesday.

    Jason Gallagher

    After resident tips, Lake in the Hills man arrested on drug charges

    A 32-year-old man faces felony drug charges after authorities raided his home in Lake in the Hills. Jason A. Gallagher is charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and other misdemeanors after police seized 125 grams of pot and 38 Valium pills.


    Track officials still hold out hope for slots

    Arlington Park officials are still hopeful the track will be awarded slot machines, even though lawmakers left Springfield last week without taking a vote on the latest version of the gambling expansion bill.


    Schaumburg Business Association Golf Classic July 17

    As part of the Schaumburg Business Association’s 12th annual Golf Classic on Wednesday, July 17, 500 numbered golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter over a putting green Schaumburg Golf Club at 401 N. Roselle Road. The lucky attendee whose numbered ball goes into the hole first will be the winner of the split the pot.

    Daniel Huber

    Guilty plea in 2012 Woodstock street racing deaths

    A 21-year-old Woodstock man who left the scene after two teens crashed into a pole and died while street racing last July has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced Aug. 9. Daniel L. Huber faces up to three years in prison on the felony charges for aggravated street racing, but more serious charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash were dropped.


    Chicago man charged in May 4 Palatine shooting

    Palatine police this week arrested a 19-year-old Chicago man on accusations he fired several shots last month toward a group of people standing outside a village apartment building. Freddy Robles, of the 2500 block of Oak Park Avenue, faces a charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm in connection with the May 4 shooting, police said Thursday.


    Paving scheduled at routes 21/137:

    Weather permitting, concrete paving is scheduled to begin Friday at 7 a.m. at the intersection of routes 21 and 137 in Libertyville.


    Good citizen Woodland students:

    Exchange Club of Gurnee has presented Young Citizenship Awards to some Woodland Elementary District 50 pupils.


    Father-son golf clinic:

    Local author Sedrik Newbern is sponsoring a father-son golf clinic from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 14 at Riverside Park, 870 Country Club Drive, Libertyville.


    Chamber thanks Young Entrepreneurs:

    Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce has issued a public thank-you to students in this year's Young Entrepreneurs Academy on their successful completion of the 30-week program and the launch of their new businesses.

    Jonylah Watkins

    Suspect in baby’s death denied bail again

    A judge says a reputed Chicago gang member accused in the shooting death of a 6-month-old girl must remain behind bars as he awaits trial on a first-degree murder charge.


    Rockford bishop: Sponsoring Boy Scouts still OK

    The head of the Catholic diocese in Rockford says parishes in his region can keep sponsoring Boy Scout troops after the scouting group’s national organization said it’d start allowing openly gay members.

    Gov. Pat Quinn released a statement Thursday blasting lawmakers for inaction on Illinois’ nearly $100 billion pension problem and saying lawmakers need to return to Springfield June 19.

    Quinn calls pension session after credit downgrade

    Whammed by Illinois’ second credit-rating downgrade this week because of the pension debacle, Gov. Pat Quinn moved swiftly Thursday to call lawmakers into a special session “to finish their job” after adjourning the spring session last week without a resolution. “Time and time again, failure to act by deadlines has resulted in the bond rating agencies lowering our credit rating, which hurts our...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Someone went into a large wooden area on the 45W900 block of Plank Road near Burlington and cut down a large, rotting tree and hauled the wood away, according to a sheriff’s report. The theft of more than $500 was reported at 8:22 a.m. Tuesday, the report said.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Joshua L. Allred, 22, of Aurora, was charged with aggravated battery to a victim over 60 and domestic battery at 7:40 p.m. Monday after an incident in the 500 block of Woodlyn near Aurora, according to a sheriff’s report. Allred is accused of punching a family member who confronted him because he was drinking all day, the report said.

    John H. White, second from left, who won a Pulitzer in 1982, and other former Sun-Times photographers high-five after about 150 supporters marched in front of the Chicago Sun-Times building in Chicago Thursday. The rally was organized by the Chicago Newspaper Guild in response to the paper cutting its photography staff.

    Fired Sun-Times photographers picket outside paper

    Former Chicago Sun-Times photographers and supporters protested outside the newspaper’s headquarters Thursday against layoffs of virtually all of the full-time photography staff. About 100 people chanted and carried signs that read “Save the photogs.”

    This still image taken from video shows what police believe is a “large feline” sitting in a tree at right in the Meacham Grove Forest Preserve near Bloomingdale.

    Video shows 'large feline' near Bloomingdale — or does it?

    Here kitty, kitty. Bloomingdale police released video footage this week showing what they believe is a large, unidentified feline perched in a tree at Meacham Grove Forest Preserve near Bloomingdale. DuPage County forest preserve officials aren't so sure. “There's no physical evidence, no track marks, no carcasses — nothing that would suggest there's anything there,” said...

    Robert Frisbie

    Round Lake man pleads not guilty to tying up robbery victim

    A Round Lake man accused of robbing and tying up a 79-year-old woman in her bathroom pleaded not guilty to aggravated kidnapping in Lake County court Thursday. Robert Frisbie, 34, of the 100 block of Orchard Street, faces up to 30 years in prison if found guilty of binding the victim during a January home invasion and robbery, said Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Matt DeMartini.

    Richard Osty

    Waukegan man gets 6 years for $760,000 investment scam

    A Waukegan man was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for his role in a homebuilding scam that cheated investors out of more than $760,000. Richard Osty, 72, also was ordered to pay back his victims in full after pleading guilty to a felony theft charge in DuPage County court. Prosecutors said the former securities broker took money from 15 investors in exchange for modular “green” homes...

    Anthony Wiley

    West Chicago man sentenced in heroin case

    A 40-year-old West Chicago man who was arrested earlier this year for trying to sell heroin has been sentenced to 6½ years in prison, authorities said. Anthony Wiley, of the 300 block of Jenice Court, was sentenced Thursday after entering a blind plea of guilty to one count of unlawful possession of heroin with intent to deliver.

    Chloe Kennebeck, 13, of Glen Ellyn is running a half marathon on behalf of her friend, Daniel Hess, and to raise money for research on inflammatory bowel diseases. Both have such a disease, though Daniel also suffers from autism and a rare genetic condition.

    Glen Ellyn girl overcomes challenges to run half marathon

    Chloe Kennebeck was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, but she hasn't let it get in her way. She's become an avid runner since completing a half marathon in California last year to raise research funds for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. And this Saturday, she'll be running in her second half marathon — this one on Chicago's lakefront — in tribute to a family...

    The suspect in a bank robbery Thursday in Lombard is believed to be the same man who robbed a bank Sunday in Aurora, according to FBI officials.

    Bank robber strikes again, this time in Lombard

    Authorities say the man who robbed a Lombard bank Thursday is likely the same one who robbed a similar facility Sunday in Aurora. The latest robbery occurred about noon at a TCF Bank inside the Jewel-Osco store at 1177 S. Main St., according to the FBI and Lombard police. FBI Special Agent Joan Hyde said investigators think the robbery is connected to the one that took place about 4:15 p.m.

    Barbara Adrianopoli

    Schaumburg library innovator Adrianopoli retiring

    She’s been a nun, a social worker and a special needs teacher, but Barbara Adrianopoli probably touched the greatest number of lives through her 34 years as director of extension services for the Schaumburg Township District Library. Adrianopoli will retire at the end of the month.

    A worker painstakingly removes the blue beads from the orange group as he lays down the surface for the new splash pad Wednesday at the Rolling Meadows pool complex.

    Rolling Meadows pool complex to open splash pad on June 15

    Rolling Meadow's Nelson Sports Complex Pool will host the grand opening of its new splash pad June 15. The splash pad will allow younger children and children with disabilities to play in the water with zero depth. "This benefits not only the community, but also the special needs community as well," said Christine Capra, the marketing supervisor for the Rolling Meadows Park District.

    Des Plaines residents impacted by severe weather like April’s floods could get help from the city sooner if aldermen approve a pending measure that would allow for permit fees to be waived immediately upon a disaster declaration from the mayor.

    Des Plaines to waive post-disaster permit fees

    When severe weather hits, affected Des Plaines residents and businesses shouldn’t have to wait for the city to reimburse fees for building permits to complete necessary repairs, 2nd Ward Alderman John Robinson said this week. “It’s a burden paying for the permits and reimbursing it back,” said Robinson.

    Bryan Woodyard

    Schaumburg cop charged with misconduct, resigns

    A Schaumburg police officer at the heart of two separate misconduct investigations has been charged with two felony counts of official misconduct alleging he improperly kept a .22-caliber revolver turned in by a resident for disposal. Bryan Woodyard, a seven-year member of the department, resigned Wednesday as a result of the investigation that was launched in late April after the allegations...

    Members of the Mount Prospect-based Sew Bee It quilting club work on one of the 10 “valor quilts” they’ll be giving to local veterans next week. Club members spent eight months preparing the quilts, which carry patriotic themes.

    Local group makes quilts to honor suburban veterans

    Suburban vets will be honored in a ceremony next week in Mount Prospect, but instead of medals, certificates or trophies, they’ll receive a more unusual recognition for their service: handmade quilts. "They have given up their loved ones to be away, and they’re just fighting for us to keep us safe,” said Ginny Curtis, a member of the Sew Bee It club that made the quilts.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS This Aug. 18, 2012, file photo shows newly-crowned Miss World Yu Wenxia, of China, after she won the Miss World 2012 beauty pageant in inner Mongolia, China.

    Indonesia axes bikinis for 2013 Miss World pageant
    Miss World has axed the famed bikinis from this year’s pageant in Indonesia, replacing the skimpy swimsuits with conservative beach sarongs amid mounting protests from hard-line Muslim groups, organizers said Thursday. All of the more than 130 contestants will be required to wear Bali’s traditional long sarongs instead of bikinis.

    Presentations on animals such as bats, snakes, chickens and goats will be offered during the fourth annual Aurora Green Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave. Last year’s animal exhibits included this great horned owl, seen perching on Lindsey Muth’s shoulder.

    Learn how to live a greener life at Aurora Green Fest

    Food is the focus of the fourth annual Aurora Green Fest. Organizers say visitors can see locally raised chickens and goats and learn about sustainable farming and organic gardening practices during the free event, which connects people to green businesses and resources in the Aurora area.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie named a longtime colleague, state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, to temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat Thursday that opened up this week after Frank Lautenberg's death.

    NJ attorney general named to fill U.S. Senate seat

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie named a longtime colleague, state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, to temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat Thursday that opened up this week after Frank Lautenberg's death.

    Tom Werenski, of Richmond Fisheries, releases tagged bluegills in Hoffman Estates Thursday for Saturday’s Community Fishing Derby. The lake was stocked with 50 catfish and 50 bluegills.

    Hoffman Estates Chamber hosts annual fishing derby

    The Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Community Fishing Derby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at South Ridge Lake, 1450 Freeman Road. About 100 fish sponsored by local businesses and released into the lake on Thursday morning are worth $10 to $100 if caught, with one worth a $1,000 gift card to Cabela’s. There will also be door prizes, goody bags, T-shirt...


    Weekends are the time to go at a more leisurely pace

    Our Ken Potts says it's important to carve out a little time for ourselves over the weekend -- time when we can set aside our to-do lists and simply recharge our batteries.


    Weather Service: Decatur storm included tornado

    The National Weather Service now says a strong storm that blew through the Decatur area last week included a tornado.According to The Herald & Review, the weather service confirmed Wednesday that the EF-1 tornado was the cause of a 2-mile-wide stretch of damage in Decatur. The Friday tornado's maximum winds were 90 mph. The tornado didn't injure anyone, but damaged a cemetery and buildings in the...


    Bartlett Learning Center hosts golf outing

    The Bartlett Learning Center is hosting a charity golf outing on Thursday, June 13, at the Bartlett Hills Golf Club, 800 W. Oneida Ave. The center provides educational and support services to children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.


    Grayslake District 46 could cut extracurriculars to save money

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 officials Wednesday night discussed after-school activities and related fees as part of an effort to reduce a projected budget deficit for the 2013-14 academic year.

    An artist's illustration of the skeleton of Archicebus achilles. The darkened bones represent the known bony elements of the skeleton found in China. Northern Illinois University professor Dan Gebo, of Elgin, was part of the international team that discovered the tiny, 55 million-year-old primate.

    Elgin man part of team that discovers rare fossil

    An Elgin anthropologist is part of a team of international researchers that discovered the unique fossil of a 55 million-year-old tiny primate from China. The discovery was published in today's issues of the science journal Nature. “It's pretty exciting,” said Northern Illinois University professor Dan Gebo. “A fossil like this comes around once in every 50 years, maybe 100...


    9-year-old boy shot and wounded in Chicago

    Police say a 9-year-old boy has been shot and critically wounded on Chicago’s South Side.Police spokesman Jose Estrada says the boy was shot once around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the city’s Park Manor neighborhood.He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition.Estrada had no other details and said the circumstances of the shooting were still under investigation.

    In this May 30, 2013 file photo provided by the Murnaghan family, Sarah Murnaghan, center, celebrates the 100th day of her stay in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with her father, Fran, left, and mother, Janet.

    Judge backs dying Pa. girl who needs new lungs

    A federal judge has temporarily allowed a dying 10-year-old girl to move up the adult waiting list for a lung transplant, though an expert has questioned the decision on medical and ethical grounds. "We are beyond thrilled," Janet Murnaghan, the girl's mother, told The Associated Press on Wednesday after U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson intervened in the case. "Obviously we still need a match."


    Horse slaughterhouse accuses U.S.DA of IRS tactics

    A southeastern New Mexico company's plans to convert a cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse has hit another roadblock, this time over an environmental dispute that the company's attorney blames on the Obama administration putting politics over policy.

    In this file photo trows of 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokees are lined up outside the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. Chrysler is refusing a request by U.S. safety regulators to recall about 2.7 million vehicles to fix fuel tanks that could leak and cause fires in rear-end collisions.The company says it's been asked by the government to recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007. But Chrysler says in a statement that the SUVs are safe and not defective.

    Chrysler to recall 630,000 SUVs worldwide

    Just two days after refusing a government request to recall 2.7 million older-model Jeeps, Chrysler has decided to do two other recalls totaling 630,000 vehicles worldwide.The automaker will recall more than 409,000 Jeep Patriot and Compass small SUVs across the globe from the 2010 and 2012 model years to fix air bag and seat-belt problems.

    Job seekers wait to speak with Patrice Tosi, of BluePay, second from left, during a career fair in Rolling Meadows. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 11,000 the last week of May 2013 to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, a level consistent with steady job growth.

    U.S. unemployment benefit applications fall to 346,000

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 11,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, a level consistent with steady job growth.The Labor Department said Thursday that applications dropped from 357,000 the previous week, which was revised up from an initially reported 354,000. The less volatile four-week average rose 4,500 to 352,500.


    Springfield signs agreement on high-speed rail

    Springfield and Sangamon County officials have announced an agreement with the state on design work for consolidating train traffic through Illinois’ capital city. The effort is part of high-speed rail development. The agreement made public Wednesday involves nearly $8.7 million to pay for half of the design work. The project would move rail traffic through the downtown core farther out to a...


    Officers: East Moline man squeezed cop’s testicles

    An East Moline man’s facing charges in Rock Island after authorities say he snatched a police officer’s gun and then grabbed and squeezed the officer’s testicles.The Rock Island Argus reports (http://bit.ly/18ZZcBa ) 60-year-old Edward White Johnson was arrested Tuesday afternoon.


    ICC rules Nicor Gas must pay $72M settlement

    The Illinois Commerce Commission has ruled that Nicor Gas must refund customers more than $72 million in a more than decade-old accounting scandal.The figure is $9 million more than Nicor Gas agreed to pay in a February 2012 settlement. The extra money comes after the Citizens Utility Board and Illinois Attorney General continued fighting the case.

    Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) skates in on Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick but is unable to score during the first period in Game 1 — a pattern Kane is hoping to break tonight.

    Dawn Patrol: Superman record; Arlington Heights church grilled

    Sears employees set Superman-costume record. Arlington Heights church faces angry neighbors. Rosemont mayor wants still more state money. DuPage County couple's house to become a cultural center. Drug arrest in Waukegan. It's baseball draft day. Duncan Keith out of tonight's Hawks game.

    Stephanie Penick made this cake in 1993 to celebrate the 95th birthday of Naper Settlement volunteer Helena Wackerlin.

    Penick to be honored for commitment to Naperville arts

    Stephanie Penick has been a lot of things to a lot of people: a creative writer for a New York City ad agency, a custom cake designer, a first-grade teacher for needy students in St. Thomas, a Daily Herald columnist, founder and publisher of Positively Naperville, and a wife to her husband, Jim, and mother to their three children. On Thursday, she becomes the third recipient of the annual Fair...


    Mundelein senior pitcher Mitch Schulewitz captains the Daily Herald’s Lake County all-area baseball team.

    Schulewitz sure delivered for Mundelein

    Mitch Schulewitz, a powerful sidearm pitcher, cruised to a 10-1 record this spring and carried Mundelein to its second of back-to-back North Suburban Conference championships. He was 8-0 in league games and pitched shutouts in seven of them. The only run he allowed in NSC play was to Wauconda last month in the league title game, a 5-1 Mundelein win. His eye-popping domination of every team in the NSC Lake Division pushed Schulewitz to the top of the list of candidates for captain of the Daily Herald’s Lake County all-area baseball team.

    Kyle Balling

    Baseball: Lake County all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's all-area baseball team for Lake County.

    Sam Anderson

    Softball: Northwest all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's Northwest softball all-area team.

    Barrington catcher Ryan Lidge added an impressive power-hitting display to his already sharp defensive skill set for the Mid-Suburban West champs.

    Lidge, Dennis top all-area baseball team

    After thrilling finishes to their high school baseball careers, it is worth remembering the key moments that came at the beginning for Barrington's Ryan Lidge and Rolling Meadows' Matt Dennis. Those beginnings took the pair to today, and their introduction as co-captains of the Daily Herald's Northwest all-area baseball team.

    Chicago White Sox's Tyler Flowers left, is tagged out at home plate by Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, June 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Sox streaking — but in wrong direction

    The White Sox returned home from a brutal road trip Thursday and jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Oakland. But the surging A's rallied back and stuck the Sox with yet another loss, a 5-4 decision in 10 innings.

    With the second pick in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday, the Cubs selected San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant said he's ready to play in the big leagues right away.

    Cubs' draft pick Bryant comes with confidence

    While many thought the Cubs would go with a power pitcher in the amateur draft, they instead went with prolific-hitting third baseman Kris Bryant out of the University of San Diego. “I honestly think I can play in the big leagues now,” said the third baseman out of the University of San Diego shortly after the Cubs took him with the second overall pick. “I have that type of confidence in myself.”

    Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Penner, middle, celebrates his goal, in front ofChicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, right, and Sheldon Brookbank during the second period of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals in Los Angeles on Thursday.

    Keith’s absence created big challenge in Game 4

    Replacing suspended defenseman Duncan Keith was the biggest challenge of Game 4 for the Blackhawks. “Big loss for us, but you have to deal with it,” said Michal Rozsival, one of the defensemen coach Joel Quenneville was looking for to pick up some of the minutes Keith plays.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, right, celebrates his goal with Patrick Sharp during the third period against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Hossa’s goal puts Blackhawks closer to Stanley Cup Finals

    Marian Hossa scored what turned out to be the winning goal at 1:10 of the third period on a 2-on-1 with Michal Handzus as the Blackhawks rallied for a 3-2 victory at Staples Center. The Hawks lead the West finals 3-1 going back to Chicago for Game 5 on Saturday night.

    San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker makes the final shot of the game against the Miami Heat during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball game, Thursday in Miami. The Spurs defeated the Heat 92-88.

    Spurs rally to stun Heat in Game 1 of NBA Finals

    Tony Parker banked in a 16-footer with 5.2 seconds left for the last of his 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs stunned the Miami Heat 92-88 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

    Jonathan Toews celebates Bryan Bickell’s first-period goal past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Thursday.

    Bickell, Stalberg having completely different postseasons

    While Bryan Bickell has wowed the hockey world with his postseason performance and increased his chance of getting a big payday this off-season, Viktor Stalberg went into Game 4 of the Western Conference finals still in search of his first goal in his 14th game.

    Jacob May worked his way back to both the basketball court and baseball field for his senior year at Aurora Central Catholic.

    May works his way back at Aurora Central
    Little did Jacob May know his clock was ticking.


    Wheaton Academy picks Thornton as its interim coach

    Brad Thornton is coming home. The Cary-Grove and Wheaton College graduate has been hired as Wheaton Academy interim head football coach.

    Neuqua Valley pitcher Cody Coll will take the mound at 3 p.m. today in Joliet against Mt. Carmel.

    Scouting the Class 4A baseball finals

    Scout the Class 4A baseball semifinals: Neuqua Valley vs. Mt. Carmel

    Senior Stephanie Chitkowski and her Glenbard South teammates will take on Tinley Park at 10 a.m. Friday in a Class 3A softball semifinal.

    Scouting the Class 3A softball semifinals

    Scouting the Class 3A softball state semifinals: Glenbard South vs. Tinley Park.

    Huntley’s Amanze Egekeze rises up for a rebound next to teammate Bryce Only and Cary-Grove’s Dean Lee last season at Cary-Grove. Egekeze has committed to a collegiate future at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

    Huntley’s Egekeze commits to Belmont

    Huntley boys basketball standout Amanze Egekeze’s college recruitment concluded Thursday night when the senior-to-be verbally committed to Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Belmont, an Ohio Valley Conference school that has gained NCAA Tournament berths six of the past eight seasons, made an offer to the 6-foot-7 forward/center during an official campus visit last weekend. After three days of consideration, Egekeze phoned the Bruins’ staff Thursday evening to accept.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, right, celebrates his goal with Patrick Sharp during the third period against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Kings, Game Four
    The Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2 over the Los Angeles Kings in game four of the NHL Western Conference finals Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Blackhawks goals came from Bryan Bickell, Patrick Kane, and Marian Hossa. The Kings face elimination in game five at the United Center on Saturday night.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, right, celebrates his goal with Patrick Sharp during the third period against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Blackhawks surge past Kings, take 3-1 series lead

    Marian Hossa scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and the Blackhawks moved to the brink of the Stanley Cup finals with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. Patrick Kane tapped home the tying goal as Chicago rallied from a second-period deficit to snap the defending Stanley Cup champions' 15-game, home-winning streak since March.


    Boomers bop Rascals 8-2

    Riding the best outing by a starter this season, the Schaumburg Boomers bounced back to topple the River City Rascals 8-2 and win the road series Thursday night.


    Dumezich, Bandits shut out Racers 5-0

    Rookie pitcher Mel Dumezich tossed a complete, 4-hit shutout Thursday night in her Bandits debut, striking out seven. The Bandits’ offense was on fire in a 5-0 victory over the visiting Akron Racers.

    CORRECTS TO WHITE SOX HITTING COACH JEFF MANTO (31) NOT MANAGER ROBIN VENTURA (23) - Chicago White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto (31) congratulates Alexei Ramirez (10) after Ramirez scored on an Alex Rios single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Chicago, Thursday, June 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    As top Sox in 10, 5-4

    Adam Rosales hit a two-out homer in the top of the 10th inning, and the Oakland Athletics had a season high four home runs in a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Thursday night.

    Libertyville junior goalie Cole Blazer earned all-American honors in helping the Wildcats advance to the state Final Four this spring.

    Libertyville savors Final Four run

    When a road leading to the state Final Four got bumpy, Libertyville navigated it with a Blazer. Despite losing two-time all-American Kevin Verkler and fellow starting defender Graham Crawford due to late-season injuries, the Wildcats’ boys lacrosse team trucked within a victory of the Class-A state championship game. After beating Glenbrook North to earn its Final Four berth, Libertyville saw its season end last Thursday with an 11-4 loss to eventual state champion Loyola. Wildcats junior goalie Cole Blazer showed throughout the season why he along with teammates Verkler and A.J. Schmidt netted All-America honors. The trio led Libertyville to a 16-6 record (15-5 in state) and its first Final Four berth since 2004, when the Wildcats finished second.


    16-inning Sox game was one to remember

    The White Sox were back home Thursday, but they won't soon forget Wednesday's "weird, awkward" 7-5 win in 16 innings against the Mariners in Seattle.


    3A baseball: Grayslake Central’s state outlook

    Grayslake Central will start Jack Spicer in Friday's Class 3A state semifinal game against St. Francis, with ace Kevin Peloza in reserve for either the third-place game or championship game Saturday.


    4A baseball: Libertyville’s state outlook

    It's been 37 years since Libertyville last played in the final session of the high school baseball state tournament, so coach Jim Schurr is making sure the Wildcats make the most of the experience.

    Downers Grove North pitcher Elaine Heflin is the honorary captain of the DuPage County all-area softball team.

    Striking back at adversity

    Elaine Heflin had reason to cry or ask why. As dominant as her four years at Downers Grove North were, they were also marked by heartbreak and injury. She did not let it define her.


    Scouting the Class 3A baseball finals

    IHSA state baseball semifinals: St. Francis vs. Grayslake Central

    Derek Fivelson

    Fivelson to lead Conant baseball program

    Derek Fivelson has been named Conant’s baseball head coach, taking over for Jerry Song, who stepped down for personal reasons after 12 years as Cougars head coach.


    St. Charles East state preview


    School’s out — just in time for preparation season to begin

    The end of the school year marks a time to get refreshed for some - and a time to get refocused for others.

    The Barrington Broncos are the Bob Frisk Paddock Cup winners, and the Fremd Vikings are the Bob Frisk Paddock Trophy winners. The awards are a measure of all-around athletic success in the Mid-Suburban League.

    Fremd’s girls, Barrington’s boys take Frisk/Paddock honors

    There were no major surprises in the battles for varsity sports supremacy in the Mid-Suburban League for the 2012-13 school year. The usual suspects jockeyed for No. 1 in girls and boys sports throughout the fall, winter and spring seasons, and the two races were as close at the wire as a photo finish in the 100-meter dash. Fremd’s program won the Bob Frisk Paddock Trophy for girls for the fifth straight year, and Barrington edged defending champion Fremd for the Bob Frisk Paddock Cup for boys. Palatine and Prospect came in a solid 3-4 in both competitions.

    FILE - In this April 16, 2013 file photo, San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant makes the throw to first after fielding a ground ball during a college baseball game against UC-Santa Barbara in San Diego. The Houston Astros have the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft for the second straight year, with the team considering several players to take No. 1, including San Diego's Bryant. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

    With seccond pick, Cubs take 3B slugger Bryant

    With the No. 2 pick in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday, the Cubs selected Kris Bryant, who led Division I college players with 31 home runs this season. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound junior is a Golden Spikes finalist and Collegiate Baseball magazine’s national player of year who also was leading the nation with 66 walks, 80 runs scored and an .820 slugging percentage.

    Barrington softball coach Perry Peterson hits groundballs during infield warm-ups before the Fillies’ sectional final victory over New Trier.

    Barrington hopes to make history downstate

    Since the IHSA softball state tournament began in 1976, teams from the Mid-Suburban League have won 14 games in the state finals. The majority of those belong to Barrington. The Fillies have won eight, and would love to add two more this weekend. That would make them the first IHSA girls team sport to win a state championship at Barrington High School. The 2007 and 2008 Class 4A state runners-up will try to win one more than those back-to-back banner seasons. The Fillies (35-1) will start that quest when they meet St. Charles East (31-5) in Friday’s 3 p.m. semifinal at the Eastside Center.


    One more starring role for MSL seniors

    The seniors come out Monday night to take one final curtain call. Although the official IHSA softball season will be history, there is another showcase event remaining on the 2013 schedule. This one is for fun and some division bragging rights. The 21st annual Mid-Suburban League Senior All-Star Game will take center stage on Monday at 7 p.m. at Barrington High School’s Field of Dreams.

    South Elgin senior Kara Rodriguez is the Daily Herald’s Female Athlete of the Year for the Fox Valley. A three-sport athlete, she will be a cheerleader at Division I North Texas.

    South Elgin’s Rodriguez created many memories

    South Elgin senior Kara Rodriguez aspires to work in the broadcast communications industry when she graduates from college because, she says, she likes to create things. Rodriguez created an awful lot of memories during her four years as a three-sport athlete at South Elgin High School, although some of them came with pain and an ultimate restructuring of what she once thought would be her athletic future.From the time she started playing sports as a little girl, Rodriguez’s dream was to play college softball. But on a fateful day in South Elgin’s gym during the football season of her junior year — one of the prime times for softball recruiting — one slip and a millisecond later while doing a cheer routine changed things. She tore an ACL, missed that recruiting season for softball, and with it what many thought could be a Division I scholarship offer.

    Stephanie Smith

    Hampshire grad Smith excited for opportunity at NIU

    Stephanie Smith has always had a goal to become a Division I head women’s basketball coach. Earlier this week, Smith’s career took another step in that direction when Northern Illinois University coach Kathi Bennett named Smith the Huskies’ new director of women’s basketball operations. Smith, a 2000 Hampshire graduate and a two-time Daily Herald Fox Valley all-area captain when she played for the Whip-Purs (1998-99 and 1999-2000), went on to play four years at NIU and she couldn’t be happier to be taking the position she’s been offered by Bennett.

    Barrington softball coach Perry Peterson hits ground balls during infield warm-ups before the Fillies’ sectional final victory over New Trier.

    St. Charles East prepared for powerful Barrington

    Just how surprising is it that St. Charles East is making its first appearance in the state softball semifinals Friday in East Peoria?

    FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2012, file photo, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, left, gives a play to quarterback Everett Golson during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Purdue in South Bend, Ind. Golson's high school coach says he believes the quarterback will learn from being suspended by Notre Dame for the fall semester. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

    Kelly says Rees will start for Notre Dame in 2013

    Tommy Rees is Notre Dame’s starting quarterback again.After telling reporters last week there would be a three-way competition in August to replace suspended starter Everett Golson, coach Brian Kelly disclosed at a Grand Valley State University event in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Wednesday night that the job belongs to Rees.


    Rodriguez to ‘monitor’ MLB drug investigation

    Alex Rodriguez says he plans to keep tabs on developments in Major League Baseball’s latest drug investigation — the one where his name keeps popping up along with several other stars.


    South Elgin names Petersen new boys basketball coach

    Matt Petersen became the second coach in the South Elgin boys basketball program’s short history Thursday when his hiring was announced by the school. Petersen, 31, is a 1999 graduate of Spring Valley Hall, where he played on two teams that finished second in the state. He spent the last 10 years as a high school boys and women’s college basketball assistant coach. Petersen replaces Chaz Taft, who directed the Storm to a 91-106 record in seven seasons since the program’s inception. Taft accepted the same position at Waubonsie Valley High School in April. South Elgin finished 5-23 in 2012-13.


    Tri-Cities All-Area girls soccer team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's Tri-Cities girls soccer all-area team.


    Softball: Tri-Cities all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's Tri-Cities girls softball all-area team.


    Baseball: Tri-Cities all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's Tri-Cities all-area baseball team.

    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com ¬ Christa Szalach of Naperville North gets a hug from teammate Cora Climo (15) after her goal in the first half against Naperville Central in Class 3A Waubonsie Valley sectional semifinal girls soccer Tuesday in Aurora.

    Naperville North’s Szalach leader of a talented pack

    Sometimes the team with the most talent loses. In the rare case of Naperville North — without question the most talented high school soccer team assembled in Illinois — it got better as the season progressed and culminated with a Class 3A championship last Saturday at North Central College. One look at the Huskies’ roster and name after name stand out as the Huskies truly boast a collection of superstars, many of whom will play at the next level. One such player, senior Christa Szalach, exemplified what it means to be a leader. She dominated the midfield all season, helping the Huskies to an undefeated 22-0-2 season, which ended with 17 straight victories.

    Alex Coyne from Neuqua Valley High School in the gym at the Naperville school.

    Spreading the action around

    The Neuqua Valley boys volleyball players surprised almost everyone with their outstanding recently completed season. That is, everyone but themselves.


    Looking back at the best of the best

    A few months ago, it seemed like the school year would never end. Now here we are fast approaching the second weekend of June, looking at the 2012-2013 school year from the rearview mirror. That is, with the exception of St. Charles East’s baseball and softball teams, who are very much alive and well heading into today’s Class 4A state semifinals — both just 2 victories away from earning state championships.

    Stevenson senior Brad Tiller captains the Daily Herald’s Lake County boys volleyball all-area team.

    Tiller makes his final season at Stevenson a real thriller

    Stevenson senior Brad Tiller delivered an all-state performance in his final season of high school volleyball, and he's earned another postseason honor: Captain of the Daily Herald's Lake County all-area team.

    Warren senior outfielder Megan Sowa captains the Daily Herald’s Lake County all-area softball team.

    Singular sensation Sowa ready for the next stage

    She has yet to swing at a college pitch, and hitter extraordinaire Megan Sowa is already 1-for-1. One request. One request granted. Jersey No. 1 for Warren’s softball team each of the last three seasons, the senior center fielder will keep the skinny digit on her back when she heads to Drake University to play Division I softball next year. “At Drake, I’m going to be (No.) 1, too,” Sowa said. She wore her favorite number well for the Blue Devils. From the No. 1 spot in the batting order, she was the catalyst for a team that was, for the most part, the No. 1 team in Lake County for most of the season. With the lefty-hitting Sowa batting a team-leading .513 with a hefty 27 extra-base hits, Warren won 27 games before bowing to the host school in the Class 4A Barrington supersectional. A three-time all-area player who last season set a school record with 65 hits, Sowa captains the Daily Herald’s Lake County all-area team this spring.

    Jenny Behan

    Softball: Lake County all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's Lake County girls softball all-area team.

    Meegan Johnston captains the Daily Herald’s Lake County girls soccer all-area team.

    Carmel’s Johnston grows into leading role

    Starting out young in soccer really can lead to lofty achievement in the sport. And by ‘young,’ we mean very young. “I started playing soccer out of diapers,” said Carmel Catholic standout Meegan Johnston. “I still have the fake ball with beads in it. I even have a picture of it with my dad (Neil) — and I had his shin guards on.” Many years after that very early start, Johnston assembled the kind of season that seems like the fulfillment of destiny. The Corsairs senior finished with 27 goals and 6 assists, helping Carmel to a 19-2 record and an appearance in the Class 3A sectional semifinals. The postseason accolades reflect how others gauged her skills. The forward/midfielder earned all-state honors, and she’s the Daily Herald’s choice to captain the Lake County all-area team.

    Vanesa Abad

    Girls soccer: Lake County all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald all-area girls soccer team for Lake County.

    Blake Burton

    Boys volleyball: Lake County all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's Lake County boys volleyball all-area team.


    Numbers add up for Huntley’s Skonieczny

    Huntley junior Mark Skonieczny’s highly successful baseball season was all in the numbers. The first number anyone should associate with the 17-year-old Algonquin resident is five, representative of the five tools he worked long hours to develop. Skonieczny (pronounced Skuh-nez-nee) does it all. He hits for average, hits for power, possesses great speed, has above-average arm strength and is an excellent defender behind the plate or in right field. That explains why the University of Illinois coaching staff monitored his progress through months of summer and fall showcases before offering a scholarship in January he gladly accepted.

    Kelly Bremer

    Softball: Fox Valley all-area team

    Presenting the Daily Herald's all-area softball team for the Fox Valley.

    St. Edward’s Corey Lepoudre, right, relaxes with teammate Allison Kruk while teammates take photos after their Class 1A sectional title game win over Willows Academy. Lepoudre is the honorary captain of the 2013 Fox Valley all-area team for girls soccer.

    Lepoudre one tough customer for St. Edward

    At halftime of St Edward’s 3-1 Class 1A supersectional loss to Francis Parker on May 21, Green Wave girls soccer coach Tim Brieger had the unenviable task of telling junior midfielder Corey Lepoudre she was out for the second half because calf cramps throughout the first 40 minutes essentially left her on one leg. “I told her after the first half, ‘you’re done,’ ” said Brieger, which Lepoudre countered, “’Nah, nah, give me a minute, give me a minute,’” she said. “I can go, I can go.” Brieger eventually caved and Lepoudre returned when a key opportunity arrived in the 73rd minute on a left-side free kick the Green Wave so desperately needed, facing a 2-1 deficit. Although her shot from about 19 yards out never developed in front of the net and St. Edward lost in the Elite Eight for the second-straight year, it wasn’t what ultimately removed Lepoudre from the field. With a little under 5 minutes remaining in the game, the junior’s infamous cramps flared up once more and Lepoudre fell to the Concordia University turf in agony.


    Hall stands tall for Crystal Lake South

    It doesn’t take a clairvoyant to guess which Major League pitcher 145-pound Crystal Lake South senior pitcher Tyler Hall modeled himself after growing up. “Greg Maddux,” the mentally mature-for-his-age 6-footer said without blinking. “He wasn’t overpowering, but he had a way of throwing strikes and getting around certain hitters. I think I get everything out of my body for being 145 pounds.”

    South Elgin junior Alyssa Buddle is the honorary captain of the Daily Herald’s Fox Valley all-area team.

    South Elgin’s Buddle the consummate leader

    For the most part, high school softball coaches call pitches, or have one of their assistants do it. Unless they have an elite catcher who has the knowledge to call her own game. South Elgin coach Jason Schaal has had that luxury for three years with junior Alyssa Buddle.

    Blake Alexander

    Baseball: Fox Valley all-area team

    Presenting the Daily Herald's Fox Valley all-area baseball team.


    Rabin does it all for St. Charles North

    If there was one thing more futile than trying to predict the weather during this “spring” softball season, it was watching St. Charles North opponents try to throw out Sabrina Rabin stealing second or third base. Time and time again Rabin would get herself on base. Time and time again the pitcher would fire a nice high outside pitch to the next batter, an ideal pitch for the catcher to throw a runner out. And in 36 attempts trying to do that against Rabin, the speedy junior slid in safely 35 times, well ahead of even a perfect throw from the catcher and tag from the shortstop.


    St. Charles North’s Gage fights for everything she’s got

    If you think you’re going to be able to keep up with the number of times Alex Gage uses the word “fight” when she’s talking about girls soccer — you are going to need a supercomputer to keep up.


    Coffey keys Batavia’s ride up River standings

    The quarterback on the football team. The leading scorer on the basketball team. The top hitter for the baseball team. Three of the most demanding roles for a high school athlete. At 99 percent of the schools in this era of specialization, that’s three different players staring in those three different spots. At Batavia, it’s Micah Coffey.

    Keisha Clousing of Wheaton Warrenville South during the No. 1 singles match Thursday.

    On the road again for the last time this school year

    A listing of the top 10 moments in DuPage County girls sports from the expiring school year could have easily included double that many as area teams and individuals excelled at the highest levels.

    Lake Park’s Christian Taugner will play at Brown University next season.

    Leaving a legacy built to last

    Christian Taugner sure knows how to cement a legacy. In one day — one game against East Aurora — the Lake Park senior pitcher put his stamp on the program by becoming its career leader in victories. Adding to the history, he also broke his own record for strikeouts in a game with 15 and threw a no-hitter. In simpler terms, he became the greatest pitcher in Lake Park history.

    Stephanie Abello

    Softball: DuPage County all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's DuPage County all-area softball team.

    Rachele Armand

    Girls soccer: DuPage County all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's DuPage County girls soccer all-area team.

    Jon Chiczewski

    Boys volleyball: DuPage County all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's DuPage County boys volleyball all-area team.

    Lake Bachar

    Baseball: DuPage County all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's DuPage County all-area baseball team.

    Waubonsie Valley graduate had a great deal of success on the track for Arizona State University this spring.

    Emptying the email folder can take awhile

    Last column of 2012-13, last time we salute some local graduates’ college achievements. Please be seated, this will take awhile ...

    Barrington’s Loren Krzysko is the most prolific power hitter in the history of the Mid-Suburban League. She has 42 career homers — and counting — as the Fillies enter Friday’s Class 4A state semifinal game against St. Charles East.

    Powerful finish for Barrington’s Krzysko

    This spring, Barrington senior softball standout Loren Krzysko had 59 hits, 17 doubles, 2 triples and school records of 53 runs and 55 RBI. She put herself in the IHSA state record books by walloping 41 home runs in her four-year varsity career, including 18 this spring. Along with her .492 batting average and fine glove at third base, Krzysko had some impressive credentials behind her on the way to being named captain of the Daily Herald’s Northwest all-area softball team.

    Mia Calamari

    Girls soccer: Northwest all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's all-area girls soccer team for the Northwest region.

    Barrington’s Molly Pfeiffer, at right battling all-area selection Jessica Kovach of Buffalo Grove in last weekend’s Class 3A third-place game, captains the Daily Herald’s Northwest girls soccer all-area team this spring.

    Pfeiffer’s a perfect fit at Barrington

    Barrington senior Molly Pfeiffer wore the coveted No. 10 jersey for four standout years in the girls soccer programs, and she recently added another to the long list of postseason honors she's won: Captain of the Daily Herald's Northwest all-area team.

    Sam Beutler

    Baseball: Northwest all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's all-area baseball team for the Northwest region.

    Tri-Cities All-Area Team Captains for Spring 2013 are Alex Gage, Micah Coffey, and Sabrina Rabin.

    Images: Daily Herald Spring All-Area Team Captains
    Images of the 2013 Spring Daily Herald All-Area Team Captains in baseball, softball, volleyball, and girls soccer.

    Miami’s LeBron James goes through drills during practice Wednesday in Miami. The Heat hosts the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight on ABC.

    Back in NBA Finals, James can get back at Spurs

    Before reaching the top of basketball, LeBron James was run over by the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs swept James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2007 NBA Finals, so long ago that the winning game plan focused on exploiting James’ weaknesses. Those are nearly impossible to find now, and James essentially warned the Spurs that they shouldn’t bother looking.

    Serena Williams serves Thursday against Italy’s Sara Errani, defeating Errani in two sets 6-0, 6-1, in their semifinal match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

    Sharapova to play Serena Williams in French final

    As Maria Sharapova celebrated her return to the French Open final, she let loose one last scream — this one a happy holler. Serena Williams won more quietly and quickly, and she’ll play Sharapova for the title Saturday. Defending champion Sharapova overcame 11 double-faults and won a semifinal shriekfest against Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Williams then advanced to her first French Open final since 2002 by dispatching of Sara Errani with 46 minutes of astounding power and precision, 6-0, 6-1.


    Mike North video: Kane Needs to Get Hot

    Mike north expects the Chicago Blackhawks to win tonight when they play the Los Angeles Kings. He hopes that if Patrick Kane can go onside more and play like a superstar, he can help the Hawks go up 3-1.

    Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) leaps as he celebrates his game-winning goal with teammate Brad Marchandd (63) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second overtime period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals, in Boston, early Thursday, June 6, 2013. The Bruins won 2-1, and take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Bruins top Penguins in 2OT to take 3-0 lead

    BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron scored 15:19 into the second overtime to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins and a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night.The victory put Boston in control of the best-of-seven series and a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup finals in Game 4 on Friday night at home.Tuukka Rask stopped 53 shots for the Bruins.Tomas Vokoun made 38 saves for the Penguins one game after he was yanked from the net after giving up three quick goals in the first period.David Krejci also scored for Boston.Chris Kunitz scored Pittsburgh’s only goal.That left it 1-1 after two periods, and it stayed that way through two more. But 4:41 before the second overtime would expire, Brad Marchand grabbed the puck along the left-wing boards and centered it, where Bergeron redirected it past Vokoun and into the net.That set off a celebration in Boston — the first for the Bruins at home this series after they won the first two games of the series in Pittsburgh 3-0 and 6-1. It is the first time all season that Pittsburgh has lost three consecutive games.The good news for the Penguins: The last of three teams to blow a 3-0 lead in an NHL playoff series was Boston, which lost four in a row to Philadelphia in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals.After two Boston blowouts, the Penguins matched the Bruins and even outshot them 39-25 in regulation — including a third period in which Pittsburgh held a 14-4 advantage despite two Boston power plays. The Bruins didn’t muster a shot in the final 7½ minutes of regulation.But the Bruins had the better chances in overtime, including Nathan Horton’s breakaway that Vokoun turned aside just 2:21 in, and another shot by Horton that went off the right post with 12:25 on the clock.Pittsburgh forced Rask to make a save with 5 minutes left in the first OT, when Craig Adams tried to poke home a rebound.The Bruins scored just 102 seconds into the game when Krejci circled around the net and took a slap shot that caromed in off Pittsburgh defenseman Matt Niskanen. But the Penguins tied it in the second — the first time in the series, other than 0-0, that they have been even — when Kunitz one-timed a pass from Paul Martin over Rask’s right shoulder.Pittsburgh went 0-for-6 on power plays. Boston was 0-for-5.NOTES: Boston is 4-1 in playoff overtime this year. Pittsburgh is 2-2. ... Bruins F Gregory Campbell blocked a shot with his midsection on a power play late in the second period. He remained on the ice for a few seconds before struggling to his feet, then limped around for more than 30 seconds before Boston could clear the zone and he could get off the ice. Fans chanted his name. ... The Bruins honored Richard “Dic” Donohue as an honorary banner captain before the game. Donohue is a transit police officer who was shot during the Boston Marathon bomber manhunt. ... Penguins F Jarome Iginla, a key trade-deadline acquisition who turned down a deal to the Bruins, was dropped to the third line. ... Krejci leads the playoffs in scoring with nine goals and 12 assists. ... Pittsburgh had won its last six games in Boston, all in the regular season.



    Ameren can’t transfer pollution waiver to Dynegy

    Ameren Corp. cannot transfer permission to delay pollution controls at five coal-fired plants to a company that has agreed to buy them, the Illinois Pollution Control Board said Thursday. Houston-based Dynegy Inc. announced in March that it would acquire Ameren’s five Illinois coal plants. But it also wanted to assume a pollution-control waiver that gave Ameren a five-year delay in installing soot-control equipment required by state rules.

    7-Eleven closed its store in the 3000 block of Wakefield Drive in Carpentersville May 30 due to poor sales, according to a company official. Carpentersville hopes to keep using the building as a convenience store, and is in talks to bring in another retailer. This particular 7-Eleven had been in Carpentersville for 41 years. The other store on Route 25 remains open.

    Poor sales result in closing of convenience store

    People in Carpentersville thirsting for a Slurpee at 7-Eleven will now have to patronize the store on Route 25. That’s because 7-Eleven corporate authorities have closed the store on Route 68 due to declining sales, a 7-Eleven spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

    U.S. stocks rose, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index erasing earlier losses to snap a two-day losing streak, as investors weighed the Federal Reserve’s stimulus plans before a report on employment growth tomorrow.

    Stock market ends choppy day with modest gains

    A bouncy ride on Wall Street ended with a modest gain Thursday. The stock market broke a two-day losing streak as traders reacted to news from Europe and looked ahead to the government’s monthly employment report.

    An Egg McMuffin after midnight? What’s the world coming to?

    McD’s mixes breakfast and burgers — for night owls

    McDonald’s is taking a small step toward offering breakfast items outside of its usual breakfast hours — at least if you’re a night owl.Starting this month, the hamburger chain says participating 24-hour restaurants will offer an “After Midnight” menu that includes some breakfast favorites. Customers also will be able to mix items to create “Midnight Value Meals,” with either fries or hash browns as their sides, McDonald’s says in a statement.


    AP survey: Economists see no stock market bubble

    WASHINGTON — A debate is raging among investors and analysts: Has the Federal Reserve inflated a stock market bubble by driving interest rates to record lows?The answer, according to economists surveyed by The Associated Press: No.Three-quarters of the economists say stocks, which are at their lowest point in a month but are up 19 percent since November, aren’t overvalued. Many point to strong corporate profits as justifying the surge in stock prices, which have more than doubled since bottoming in 2009.The economists expect many consumers to respond to their increased stock wealth by spending more in coming months. Higher spending would help sustain and perhaps accelerate growth.The economists think growth is slowing to around a 2 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter from a 2.4 percent rate last quarter. The key reasons: Federal spending cuts, higher taxes and economic weakness in Europe and elsewhere.But they say U.S. economic growth should increase in the second half of this year and speed up next year. Besides the stock market gains, steady job growth and surging home prices will likely fuel more spending. They forecast that growth will reach 2.8 percent in 2014 as hiring accelerates and consumer confidence — now at a five-year high — improves further. If they’re accurate, that would be the fastest growth since 2005.“A bubble is an extreme thing, when the market loses all contact with reality,” says Bill Cheney, chief economist at John Hancock Financial Services. “I don’t think we’re near anything like that.”Most of the nearly three dozen economists surveyed by the AP say the Fed’s policies have helped boost stock prices. The Fed has been buying $85 billion in bonds each month to try to keep loan costs at record lows and encourage borrowing and spending. The super-low rates have led some investors to shift money out of low-yielding bonds and savings accounts and into stocks, thereby boosting stock prices.In recent weeks, stock and bond investors have been rattled by speculation that the Fed will start to scale back its bond purchases later this year. Once it does, interest rates would likely creep up. Some investors could sell stocks and buy higher-yielding bonds. Stock prices could fall.For now, broad measures of stock prices remain in line with historic norms, given the strength of company profits, the economists say. The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index, relative to expected corporate earnings, is only about half its level of late 1999. That was a few months before the dot-com frenzy fizzled and punctured a stock-market bubble.Jerry Webman, chief economist at OppenheimerFunds, notes that in most bubbles, stocks or other assets are significantly overvalued. Investors typically invent reasons to explain that fact away. In the late 1990s, for example, “We were talking about `the new economy,’ `this is all different now’ and so on.” But “people aren’t saying that about stocks now,” Webman says. The AP survey collected the views of private, corporate and academic economists on a range of issues. Among their views:— Housing will deliver the biggest boost to the U.S. economy this year — more than will higher stock prices or the Fed’s low-rate policies. Higher home values and sales and increased construction have helped restore household wealth, generated jobs, boosted spending on home furnishings and other goods and services and strengthened banks as mortgage defaults have declined. It’s also a big reason pickup truck sales have jumped: Busier contractors and landscapers buy more trucks.


    Caterpillar charity donates $19 million to Oak Brook group

    Caterpillar Inc.'s philanthropic arm is donating more than $19 million to a suburban Chicago organization that fights poverty in 22 countries.Oak Brook-based Opportunity International announced in a news release on Thursday that it will use part of the money from the Caterpillar Foundation to make small business loans and provide financial training in sub-Saharan Africa. The rest of the money will be used in Indonesia, Brazil, India, China and the Philippines. The nonprofit group says the money should help it provide services to 16.7 million people.


    Aldermen OK changes to Chicago parking meter deal

    Chicago's City Council has approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to tweak the much-maligned deal that privatized the city's 36,000 parking meters.On Wednesday, the City Council voted 39-11 to accept the changes Emanuel proposed to the harshly criticized deal made by then-Mayor Richard Daley and approved by the council. Emanuel has said his changes could save taxpayers more than $1 billion over the next 71 years of the contract.


    Quinn offers temporary assistance to hospital

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the state will provide emergency assistance that will allow Chicago's Roseland Community Hospital to remain open while it develops a turnaround plan.In a statement Wednesday, Quinn said $350,000 in assistance comes with several conditions.

Life & Entertainment

    18-year-old Nikki Maas of Lisle sings the Beatles, “Oh Darling.”

    Auditions under way for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent

    Suburban Chicago's Got Talent auditions opened Thursday with singers, instrumentalists, comics and more, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. “I’ve been very pleased with the level of talent we’ve seen so far,” said Charlie Beck, Metropolis executive director and one of three SCGT judges. “This is shaping up to be another strong competition.”

    Nick and Billy (Owen Wilson, left, and Vince Vaughn) compete against much-younger interns for a job at Google in “The Internship.”

    Vaughn/Wilson chemistry optimizes comic 'Internship'

    “The Internship” bumbles out of the gate with a screenplay given to frequent dumbness and several 1980s pop culture references, mostly to do with Jennifer Beals' onstage shower in “Flashdance.” But give it time. “The Internship” eventually warms up with some big-hearted good will and affable chemistry between its two main stars, who make their performances appear to be totally improvised.

    John Oliver will host “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central starting Monday. He will substitute-anchor for eight weeks of new shows before Jon Stewart’s return on Sept. 3.

    Fill-in host John Oliver to keep the news fake, funny

    Since 2006, John Oliver has proved his mettle as a phony journalist on “The Daily Show.” Serving in numerous “reporting” roles on the spoof newscast, but chiefly as senior British correspondent, the Birmingham, England-born Oliver is schoolboyish, poker-faced and emphatic in explaining America to itself. Recently Oliver said a simple “yes” to his boss, Jon Stewart, who means to take the summer off to make a feature film and asked Oliver to fill in for him at the “Daily Show” anchor desk.

    Sandy (Jason Bateman) travels to Florida to stop Diana (Melissa McCarthy) from continuing to steal his identity in “Identity Thief.”

    'Identity Thief' makes a run for DVD

    The box-office hit “Identity Thief” pairs Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman in a comedy that works largely because of its stars. It's now out on DVD.

    Paris Jackson, daughter of the late pop icon Michael Jackson, is physically fine after being taken to a hospital early Wednesday, an attorney for Jackson’s mother said. Perry Sanders Jr. writes in a statement that Paris Jackson is getting appropriate medical attention and the family is seeking privacy.

    Paris Jackson now in all-too-familiar spotlight

    Until he died in 2009, Michael Jackson was fiercely protective of his children. But Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson stepped onto a world stage without masks when they appeared at the King of Pop’s memorial. Since Jackson’s death, Paris has become the most visible of his kids. But on Wednesday, Paris became a trending tabloid topic all too familiar for the Jackson family after she was rushed to a hospital for unspecified reasons.

    Carrie Underwood, left, accepts the award for video of the year for “Blown Away” at the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn. Kenny Rogers presented her with the award.

    Carrie Underwood takes video of year at CMT Awards

    Carrie Underwood’s awesome week got off to a roaring start at the CMT Music Awards. Underwood won top honor video of the year Tuesday night for “Blown Away,” capping the evening with an emotional tribute to Oklahoma tornado victims before taking the fan-voted award for the second year in a row. Miranda Lambert and Florida Georgia Line were the night’s top winners with two awards apiece.

    Two teenage mob assassins (Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan) take an extra job so they can afford new dresses in the problematic black comedy "Violet and Daisy."

    'Violet and Daisy' clever but lacking in hit power

    Dann reviews three new movies: the black comedy “Violet and Daisy” involving two teenage mob assassins, the corporate espionage drama “The East” and the coming-of-age comic drama “The Kings of Summer.” Dann also responds to a reader's spirited defense of J.J. Abrams' ambitious, special effects-stuffed reboot sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and supplies the regular weekly dose of Reel Life film notes.

    James (Ethan Hawke) watches the horror unfold outside his home in “The Purge.”

    Thriller ‘Purge’ verges on hokey

    Director James DeMonaco gets sole credit for writing “The Purge,” yet this derivative home-invasion thriller/political treatise/domestic horror-tale-combo bears the signs of being designed and executed by committee. The minimally thrilling “Purge” constantly falls back on cheap horror shocks to keep us on edge. (A character even pops up behind a refrigerator door, a favorite genre cliché.)


    Night life events: TGIF at Geneva’s Gibby’s Wine Bar

    Jump start the weekend with Fridays@5 at Gibby’s Wine Bar in Geneva. Every Friday, enjoy a revolving menu of wines by the glass that run $8 to $12 or craft brews that are priced $4 to $7. Yeehaw, it’s girls’ night out country-style at Maverick’s Country Nightclub in Mundelein every Wednesday.

    Atoms For Peace — Nigel Godrich, left, Joey Waronker, Thom Yorke, Mauro Refosco and Flea — are currently in rehearsals for the band’s 27-date tour, which begins in July in Europe and stops in Chicago on Oct. 2.

    Thom Yorke readies tour with Atoms For Peace

    Southern California has been good for Thom Yorke. It’s the home base for his 4-year-old band Atoms For Peace, which includes bassist Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead producer and multi-instrumentalist Nigel Godrich, Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco and drummer Joey Waronker. This collection of artists are now in rehearsals for an upcoming tour, which includes a stop at Chicago's UIC Pavilion on Oct. 2.

    “Quarter to Six,” the latest release by The Idan Raichel Project

    Idan Raichel Project builds global unity

    The idea that one could create a cohesive album by pulling together unique voices singing in different languages and from different musical traditions would seem daunting. Yet this challenge is what Israeli keyboardist and composer Idan Raichel has embraced and brought to blossom. On “Quarter to Six,” Raichel has composed 16 songs, collaborating at times with his partners, giving the body cohesion.

    Lauren Conrad signs copies of her new book, “Infamous,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

    Book notes: Anderson’s in Naperville hosts Lauren Conrad
    Actress, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author Lauren Conrad signs copies of her new book, “Infamous,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. Best-selling author Judy Blume attends a screening of the film adaptation of her 1981 young afult novel "Tiger Eyes" at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Tivioll Theatre in Downers Grove.

    Bartender Jackie Elizondo pours a beer at Warren's Ale House in Wheaton.

    Warren's in Wheaton a gathering spot for beer lovers

    Since opening in January, Warren's Ale House has been bringing in big crowds of people looking for a place to watch sports with a craft beer and a good meal. With the opening of their patio and more beer-focused events in the works, the bar — located at 51 Town Square in Wheaton — is poised to become a real destination this summer.



    Editorial: Removing the stigma of mental illness

    Now that an apartment building for people with mental illness is opening in Mount Prospect and another is on its way to approval in Wheeling, it's time fears and prejudices give way to understanding and compassion, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Nothing changes in letters section
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: First off, I love the new format of the Opinion page. It’s just too bad there really isn’t an opinion from readers that we haven’t already heard. The perfect example of this is the June 9 commentaries with the headlines “Our leaders cannot be trusted” (GOP rant) and “GOP’s self-interest harming country” (Democratic rant).


    Sadly, letter evoked a hateful response
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: I have to say, Richard Franke’s letter of May 10 is the ugliest letter I have seen in the Daily Herald. But aside from the personal attack on my opinions, it is not hate that I feel for the Republican politics, it is fear.


    Daughters need female role models
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: I’ve always been puzzled by people who argue that I should view same-sex and heterosexual marriage as equally natural and entitled to the same rights and protections under the law. Even more baffling to me is the belief that children aren’t impacted by the values and marital sex life patterns modeled by their parents.


    Climate change must be slowed
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Historic climate change has occurred due to understandable causes, such as atmospheric or solar changes. Average global temperatures have increased more than 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the past century and the correlation is to the industrial age and deforestation. It does not seem like a lot, and is even welcome in our climate, but it shifts the ecosystem out of balance with serious consequences.


    Give grads the gift of democracy
    A Glenview letter to the editor: As the celebrations begin, why not give a new graduate a gift that will last for years to come; why not encourage them to register to vote?


    Newspapers need pros in photography
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: This is one more instance of ease of technology trumping professional preparation and skill. Credibility is superseded by accessibility.


    Diminishing stature of the presidency
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: What a sad, sad day in American history, when we have the president and his secretary of state deliberately lying to the American public. And, of course, I’m talking about the Benghazi disaster.


    Benghazi not the result of funding
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: It’s unbelievable how people just drink the Obama/Clinton Kool-Aid about situations as important as Benghazi. Some claim reduced funding by the GOP was the cause for the deaths of our Ambassador and three others. Really, have you not been following the hearings?


    Ex-IRS boss is owed an apology
    An Elgin letter to the editor: A few words in defense of Ms. Lerner of the IRS: She had a job which could not possibly have been done right. Ms. Lerner was to oversee the IRS administration of applications for 501(c)(4) federal tax exemptions provided to “Social Welfare Organizations.”


    Another case for term limits
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Everyone must realize that to keep elected representatives from leading the country and state downhill to financial ruin, we and they have to face up to the urgent need for term limits.


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