Daily Archive : Friday June 7, 2013



    Lombard relies on protocol for temporary leadership

    Lombard will be moving forward without an ordinance that spells out who will lead if Village President Keith Giagnorio is unavailable, but officials say a provision in Robert’s Rules of Order, which says governing bodies are to select a temporary chairman at the beginning of any meeting at which the usual chairman is absent, has them covered. “We pretty much worked together on that...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Michelle F. Drury, 31, of Aurora, was charged with driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s report. A deputy at a gas station at Galena Boulevard and Constitution Drive in Aurora spotted Drury about 2:31 a.m. Wednesday and recognized her as being intoxicated from a domestic incident earlier that night. At the domestic call, Drury was warned not to...

    Barista Michael Burkholder of Arcedium Coffeehouse in St. Charles is proud of his coffeehouse’s top eight finish in regional competition.

    St. Charles coffeehouse brews a winning cup

    The task of brewing coffee has gone “cutting edge” these days, and Dennis Walker now knows what the baristas at his Arcedium Coffeehouse in St. Charles have to do next. Walker, who owns the coffee shop along First Street, and barista Michael Burkholder spent last weekend at Coffee Fest 2013 at Navy Pier in Chicago. They were representing Arcedium in the central region of America’s Best Espresso...

    Muzammil Ali

    DuPage County academic team honorable mentions
    2012-2013 DuPage County academic team honorable mentions

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, center, and reality star Kristin Cavallari watch the Cubs play the White Sox in July 2011. Barrington native Cavallari tweeted Friday afternoon that the two had finally wed in Tennessee.

    Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari finally marry

    Finally. After years of on-again, off-again drama, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and reality starlet Kristin Cavallari have tied the knot. “Im officially Kristin Elizabeth Cutler!!!!!” the Barrington native tweeted Friday afternoon, alongside a shot of his and hers weddings bands.

    From left, J. Russell George, Inspector General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; Gregory Kutz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; Faris Fink, Commissioner, Small Business and Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service testify Thursday on Capitol Hill.

    IRS agents say Washington bosses directed targeting efforts

    Two agents in the IRS’s Cincinnati office say they believe their work was being closely monitored by higher-ups in Washington. One agent, Elizabeth Hofacre, complained to investigators that she was being micromanaged by Washington when she processed applications for tax-exempt status by tea party groups, according to a transcript of her interview with investigators.

    Libertyville High School graduate Stephanie Allen is surprised during the middle of the school’s graduation ceremony by her brother 2011 graduate, PFC David Allen who is stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas on Friday, June 7 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Images: Libertyville High School Graduation
    Libertyville High School held its commencement ceremony on Friday, June 7, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estate.

    Pace and the CTA are rolling out the Ventra fare system this year.

    Metra transition to universal fare not seamless

    Metra's got a lot of ground to cover to meet a 2015 deadline to integrate its fare system with Pace and the CTA's. But staff recommendations to hire consultants derailed at a Friday meeting.

    Los Angeles Police officers are shown detaining a man near a shooting at Santa Monica College Friday June 7, 2013 in Santa Monica, Calif. A gunman opened fire near Santa Monica College, police said, and several people are reported wounded. Witnesses say a man on a street corner fired shots at vehicles, including a bus. Santa Monica police Sgt. Rudy Flores says the shooter is believed to be among the wounded. (AP Photo/Tami Abdollah)

    Man kills 4 in Calif. before police shoot him dead

    A man with a semi-automatic rifle killed at least four people and wounded several others Friday as he carried out a deadly rampage across several blocks of a normally idyllic beachfront city. Police shot him dead in the Santa Monica College Library.


    Three new administrators hired at District 214

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 created three new administrative positions in a restructuring of how the district handles community engagement, outreach and grant writing. Board members said they hoped the restructuring would help raise the profile of District 214 nationwide. And with several top administrators retiring, district officials said, the district will save $50,000 to...


    Residents may return to Lisle apartments June 15

    Almost two months after flooding left residents at a Lisle apartment complex homeless, they will be able to return to their homes next weekend, officials announced Friday.


    Feast of SS. Crocifisso at Maryville this weekend

    The 17th annual Italian Feast of SS. Crocifisso will be Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, on the Maryville grounds, 1150 N. River Road, Des Plaines. The feast begins with Vespers at Marian Chapel at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by live music performed by Enzo Incandela. On Sunday, it begins with an Italian Mass at 12:30, followed by a procession accompanied by the Sicilian Band of Chicago, a...

    Benjamin M. Davidson

    Ex-Lake Forest High School theater manager accused of sex crimes

    A former theater manager at Lake Forest High School was arrested Friday on charges of having inappropriate relationships of a sexual nature with two female students. Benjamin M. Davidson, of North Chicago, is is charged with criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and child pornography.


    Man arrested in Hoffman Estates, charged with third DUI

    A Chicago man who has been convicted twice of driving under the influence of alcohol was charged with another DUI early Friday in Hoffman Estates. Juan Adame was also charged with driving on a suspended license. A Cook County judge set bail for Adame at $85,000 Friday.


    3 accused of murder, dumping body on expressway

    Three people have been charged in the shooting death of a 20-year-old Highland Park man whose body was found along the Edens Expressway.


    Authorities say mom admitted stabbing baby

    Cook County prosecutors say a Chicago woman admitted to killing her 5-month-old son by stabbing him dozens of times in a motel bathroom. Prosecutors say 21-year-old Kimberlynn Bolanos told investigators that she killed her son because she had premonitions something bad would happen to him and was afraid he’d be taken away because of her crack habit.

    House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension legislation, which Gov. Pat Quinn supports, passed in the House but failed in the Senate this spring.

    Quinn blames legislature for unresolved pension crisis

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he has spoken with House Speaker Michael Madigan and they plan to sit down Monday to discuss how to fix Illinois’ $97 billion pension crisis.


    Car fire spreads to Gurnee-area building

    A car fire extended into a building near Gurnee Friday morning and led to the rescue of someone who was inside, authorities said.


    1 arrested after Bensenville pepper spray attack

    One person was arrested Friday after using pepper spray on five individuals outside a nail salon in Bensenville, authorities said.

    Countryside firefighters maneuver through a smoke filled building during search and rescue training Friday morning at the former Pier 1 Imports building in Vernon Hills.

    Vacant building provides rare training opportunity

    The Countryside Fire Protection District and neighboring departments on Friday used the former Pier 1 building in Vernon Hills for a simulated fire and search and rescue. The building, to be demolished for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant, provided firefighers with a rare training opportunity.


    Quinn nominates Democratic politician for CTA board

    Gov. Pat Quinn named a Cook County Democratic politician and contributor to a $25,000-a-year Chicago Transit Authority Board post. Frank Zuccarelli's appointment requires Senate approval.

    Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Government recommends 4 years for Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Prosecutors Friday recommended four years in prison for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., following his guilty plea this year on criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. The government suggested an 18-month sentence for Jackson’s wife, Sandra, who pleaded guilty to filing false joint federal income tax returns that understated the couple’s...

    Photographers crowd around Microsoft Corp.’s next-generation Xbox One entertainment and gaming console system after it was officially revealed.

    Microsoft says used games will work on Xbox One

    Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One gaming console will be able to play used games, clearing up a worry among gamers and video game retailers such as GameStop, which trade in used games.


    St. Charles still pinning downtown hopes on partnership

    Funding for the Downtown St. Charles Partnership has been on shaky ground for several years as an increasing number of vacant storefronts drew the activities of the organization into the spotlight. But aldermen agreed this week to another six-figure deal with the organization.


    Show choir camp:

    Mundelein High School’s Sound and Lights show choirs will host a summer show choir camp for students entering grades 6, 7 and 8 next school year. The camp is June 17 through June 21, 9 a.m. to noon each day.

    The Housing Authority of Elgin plans to rehab Central Park Towers at 120 State St., and build a new mid-rise building next door.

    Elgin housing project gets tax credit approval

    The Housing Authority of Elgin is gearing up to move forward with a renovation and construction project after securing initial approval from its most crucial funding source. The Illinois Housing Development Authority gave the green light this week to the Elgin agency’s request for $1.5 million in low-income housing tax credits, which in turn will generate about $15 million in private equity...

    Don Hansen

    Hansen named new deputy police chief in Mundelein

    Mundelein police Cmdr. Don Hansen has been named the department’s newest deputy chief.

    The line of competitors advances to the starting line as racers enter the water one by one at Quarry Beach at last year’s Batavia Triathlon and Duathlon.

    Triathlon could snarl traffic in Batavia

    Batavia Triathlon and Duathlon is Sunday, and people driving through the city can expected snarled traffic at various times between 6 and 11:30 a.m.

    Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan delivers her Budget Address to the Legislature at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H. Hassan is signing a bill Friday that emancipates 14 slaves who petitioned for their freedom in 1779.

    234 years later, NH slaves are granted freedom

    The original petition was found in state archives nearly 30 years ago, but supporters pushed lawmakers to pass the bill this year in part to bring attention to an African-American burial ground in downtown Portsmouth, where the city is raising money to build a memorial park to commemorate the site. The remains of six African slaves were discovered at the site several years ago during routine...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars broke a north-side window at Village Cycle Sports, 1326 N. Rand Road, Prospect Heights, between 3:10 and 3:30 a.m. May 30 and stole several high-end bicycles. An alarm call alerted police.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a gray wolf on U.S. soil. The Obama administration on Friday, June 7 proposed lifting most of the remaining federal protections for gray wolves across the mainland states.

    Plan lifts Lower 48 wolf protections

    With Friday’s announcement, the administration signaled it’s ready to move on: The wolf has rebounded from near-extermination, balance has been restored to parts of the ecosystem, and hunters in some states already are free to shoot the animals under state oversight.But prominent scientists and dozens of lawmakers in Congress want more. They say protections for wolves need to remain in force so...

    This image provided by NASA shows a panoramic view from NASA’s Mars Exploration rover Opportunity of “Solander Point.”

    Mars rover driving to new spot

    Mission managers said Friday that the plan calls for arriving at its new destination — 1 1/2 miles to the south — by August so that the solar-powered rover can be in a favorable spot before the next Martian winter.

    Glen Ellyn resident Chris Clayton arranges a flag of flowers in honor of fallen FBI Special Agent Christopher Lorek, who died in a May 20 counterterrorism training exercise. Clayton is a neighbor of Lorek’s parents, Bill and Janet Lorek, as well as a good friend of his surviving brother, Jason.

    Glen Ellyn neighborhood honors fallen FBI agent

    The Glen Ellyn neighborhood where Christopher Lorek grew up will be adorned with flags and flowers this weekend as the fallen FBI special agent is memorialized in his hometown. The decorations include a display in front of Lorek’s parents’ home on Blackcherry Lane featuring a large American flag made of red and white gardenias and blue ground cover.

    Melissa Jones holds her newborn daughter, Mariah Faith Ross, on Friday in her room at Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago. Jones delivered the baby in the hospital driveway on Thursday.

    Mom gives birth in hospital driveway

    Melissa Jones got as far as the driveway at Prentice Women's Hospital on Thursday, but her daughter just wasn’t going to wait any longer to come into the world.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Alejandro M. Valdez, 19, of Huntley, was charged May 27 with retail theft and possession of marijuana, according to a police report.

    A girl receives communion during a mass for receiving the first communion at Catholic church in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesia’s president has accepted a statesmanship award ofrom a U.S. interfaith foundation that says it hopes to encourage him to promote freedom of worship and tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation.

    500 years later, theological debate still simmers

    Is God’s saving grace free to anyone who accepts Jesus, or did God predestine certain people for heaven and hell before the beginning of the world? That’s a 500-year-old question, but it is creating real divisions in 2013 in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

    Mimi Leveque, a freelance conservator, cleans Padihershef, a 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy at Mass General Hospital in Boston, on Friday.

    Boston hospital cleaning 2,500-year-old mummy

    A 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy came out of his coffin Friday to undergo cleaning and restoration at Massachusetts General Hospital. The mummy known as Padihershef has been on display at the third oldest general hospital in the United States since it received him as a gift from the city of Boston in 1823.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Two 19-year-olds from Geneva, John M. Donnelly, of the 1800 block of Keim Court and Andrew Carberry, of the 39W200 block of Forbes Drive, were cited on the 2200 block of West Fargo Boulevard for underage drinking at 1:07 a.m. Thursday, according to a police report.

    Illinois State University math professors Nerida Ellerton and Ken Clements confirmed two new pages to add to the math notebook believed to be the oldest surviving document written by Abraham Lincoln.

    New math pages suggest Lincoln had more education

    Two math-notebook pages recently authenticated as belonging to Abraham Lincoln suggest the 16th president, who was known to downplay his formal education, may have spent more time in school than usually thought.

    Under a proposal, wood, paper and food refuse could be burned to provide about 10 percent of the power necessary to operate Menard Correctional Center, a 3,600-inmate prison built in the 1870s.

    Old state prison could burn alternative fuel

    A 140-year-old Illinois prison housing some of the state’s toughest criminals could one day be home to a modern and ecologically friendly power generator. Officials are studying whether Menard Correctional Center in southwestern Illinois could be run by waste products from other prisons.

    Metra could extend service on the BNSF Line to Oswego, Montgomery and Yorkville.

    Metra expansion plan gains traction

    A proposal to expand Metra service on the BNSF Line to Oswego is gathering steam with the possibility of adding a stop in Yorkville. Metra board directors on Friday supported increasing a consulting contract by $439,631 for a total of $2.26 million to review the Yorkville option. The funding for the engineering study comes from a federal grant, earmarked in 2003 by former House Speaker Dennis...

    Gridiron Alliance board member Steve Herbst of Palatine is shown with his son, Jack. Herbst was one of three winners nationwide of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association’s “Local Hero” contest.

    Palatine man winner of wheelchair-accessible van

    Steve Herbst of Palatine was one of three winners across two nations announced Friday in the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association’s “Local Heroes” contest for awards of wheelchair-accessible vans. He is among the co-founders of the Gridiron Alliance — a not-for-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of catastrophically injured young athletes — along with Deacon Don...


    Sports physicals for Hawthorn students:

    Hawthorn Middle North in Vernon Hills will host a sports physical day from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 10


    Iron Girl in Lake Zurich:

    Lake Zurich's elected officials have approved an agreement so the village can host triathlons for three consecutive years that are part of a national series.


    Cook County authorities seize $200K in marijuana

    Two Chicago men are facing charges after Cook County deputies found 44 pounds of marijuana during an eviction this week on the city’s South Side.

    Forbes Hall dormitory will start coming down in the next couple of weeks.

    U of I tearing down Forbes Hall

    Crews will soon start demolishing a 55-year-old dormitory on the University of Illinois campus to make way for a new residence hall. In Forbes Hall’s place, the university plans to spend $80 million to build what’s being called Residence Hall No. 3. That price tag also includes future demolition of another older dorm.


    Vernon Hills commuter lot rehab:

    The village of Vernon Hills will be making improvements to the west (main) parking lot at the Metra commuter station on Route 45 beginning June 17 through June 29.


    Get help with flood aid:

    Lake County residents and business owners who suffered property damage during the April and May floods can get assistance applying for grants, loans and other federal aid Saturday at the Grant Township center near Fox Lake.

    Shannon Richardson, right, is led from the emergency room Friday at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas. Richardson made an initial appearance in a Texarkana courtroom after being charged with mailing a threatening communication to the president.

    Texas woman charged in Obama ricin threat

    U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Davilyn Walston says Richardson was arrested earlier in the day for mailing ricin-laced letters last month to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    The six trumpeter swan cygnets that were hatched at the zoo Wednesday swim with one of their parents.

    Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes 6 trumpeter swan cygnets

    Six trumpeter swan cygnets are the first of the endangered birds to hatch at the Lincoln Park Zoo since 2009.

    Associated Press/May 23, 2013 Trader Vincent Quinones, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading. Steady growth in hiring in May 2013 sent the stock market sharply higher on Friday.

    Stocks jump as jobs growth hits ‘Goldilocks’ number

    U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs in May, slightly more than the 170,000 forecast by economists, according to data provider FactSet. More people also began looking for work, another encouraging sign. The report gave a boost to stock market bulls, who expect the Fed to keep up its stimulus program as the U.S. economy continues to recover moderately.

    Pat Quinn

    Quinn renews online horse betting law

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday that renews online horse betting. Though the state law allowing the practice expired in late 2012, two companies that took bets from Illinois gamblers kept up the practice and the state will allow those companies to pay taxes on the revenues to avoid punishment. The bill also sends more than $23 million in casino revenue to the state's racing...


    Des Plaines awards $2.8 million roadwork contract

    The Des Plaines city council this week awarded a roughly $2.8 million contract for street and road improvements to be completed this year to the lowest bidder, Hillside-based Orange Crush.

    Associated Press/May 2, 2013 Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in Denver.

    Sotomayor gets another $1.9 million for memoir

    “My Beloved World, ”was first released in January and has been on the New York Times’ nonfiction best-seller list, including four weeks in the No. 1 spot.

    Colorful pipes network to send and receive water for cooling Google’s data center in The Dalles, Ore.

    Wait, there’s more: A domestic spying Q&A

    From the documents, it’s clear that the NSA receives data directly from the Internet companies. The information varies by company but includes emails, your social networking activity, the files you receive, even family photos.

    Associated Press/May 25, 2013 Members of the demining unit of Hezbollah raise up their hands as they shout slogans in support of pro-Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, during a rally commemorating “Liberation Day,” which marks the withdrawal of the Israeli army from southern Lebanon in 2000.

    Hezbollah in Syria fans Shiite-Sunni fires

    Fighters from the Shiite guerrilla group helped Syrian forces batter the rebel-held town of Qusair for three weeks until they finally overran it this week in a significant victory for Assad’s regime. Many Sunni hard-liners have taken Hezbollah’s intervention as a declaration of war by Shiites against Sunnis.

    Jeffrey Mytnik

    Des Plaines man charged with child solicitation

    A Des Plaines man has been charged with soliciting sex from an undercover Elmhurst police officer posing online as a 15-year-old girl, police said Friday. Jeffrey Mytnik, 28, of the 1700 block of East Forest Avenue, was arrested in May after investigators confronted him at an undisclosed location on the 800 block of North York Road in Elmhurst, according to a news release.


    Kindergartners practice reading with senior citizens

    Five-year-olds learning to read recently got some help from some experienced mentors. Residents of the Oak Hill Supportive Learning Community in Round Lake Beach read once a month with the children from the Early Education Center in Round Lake.


    Antioch set to open new aquatic center

    The new Antioch Aqua Center in Williams Park center is set to open Saturday, June 8.The new aquatic center will feature an L-shaped competition pool with six lap lanes and zero-depth entry, a whirlpool, 20-foot water slide and diving board.

    William G. Schwartz

    Former District 220 maintenance worker guilty of theft

    A former Barrington Unit District 220 maintenance worker charged with the theft of district funds in late 2010 has pleaded guilty. William G. Schwartz, of Burlington, Wis. falsely billed the district at least $100,000 through two fictitious parts vendors, authorities say.


    234 years later, NH slaves are granted freedom

    New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill she says addresses a deep source of shame and reaffirms the message that freedom is an inherent right.


    4 die in shooting in Mexico City neighborhood

    Two masked gunmen stormed into a gym yelling “everyone hit the floor” and opened fire, killing four people in a tough Mexico City neighborhood that is home to the area’s biggest black market, authorities said Friday.

    Amir Kawash

    Bartlett man charged in Glendale Heights burglaries

    A Bartlett man has been charged with breaking into three Glendale Heights homes and stealing electronics, police said Friday. Amir Kawash, 18, was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of residential burglary.


    Lombard may create term limits for advisory committees

    Looking to improve the efficiency and flow of ideas on the seven standing committees that advise the Lombard village board, Trustee Laura Fitzpatrick proposed implementing the same term limits on committee members that apply to elected officials. Voters approved trustee term limits by a 4-to-1 ratio in November. But there's some concern the move might cost the village valuable experience offered...

    Artist David Rogers works with a Morton Arboretum crew to set up one of the ants, part of his Big Bugs exhibition.

    Moving Picture: Big bugs invade Morton Arboretum

    Artist David Rogers has his much-larger-than-life bugs on display at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. His inspiration for the oversized creepy crawlies came from nature itself. “I started thinking about subject matter, and it came to me that the insect world is kind of like the hidden gardeners,” Rogers said, “I thought it would be interesting to do different members of the...

    New village board members in Winfield are expected to repeal a former board’s decision to rezone properties along Roosevelt Road.

    New Winfield board seeks to repeal Roosevelt rezoning

    A new voting bloc on Winfield’s village board is wasting little time before hitting the reset button on a controversial rezoning of properties along Roosevelt Road. Newly elected Village President Erik Spande and his three political allies — trustees Jack Bajor, James McCurdy and Phillip Mustes — on Thursday night directed village staff to draft an ordinance that would repeal a...

    This 1985 file photo shows Richard Ramirez, center, know as the Night Stalker, shows a pentagram on the palm of his hand in court. California corrections officials say convicted serial killer Ramirez, known as the Night Stalker, has died in prison.

    ‘Night Stalker’ serial killer Richard Ramirez dies

    Richard Ramirez, the notorious serial killer known as the Night Stalker, died early Friday in a hospital, a state official said. Ramirez, 53, “passed away this morning,” San Quentin State Prison spokesman Lt. Sam Robinson told The Associated Press. No other details were released. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Ramirez died of “natural causes.”

    President Barack Obama defended his government’s secret surveillance, saying Congress has repeatedly authorized the collection of America’s phone records and U.S. Internet use.

    Obama embracing some Bush-era anti-terror policies

    Five years into his presidency, Barack Obama presides over a national security apparatus that in many ways still resembles the one left behind by President George W. Bush. Drones are killing terrorism suspects, the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, holds “enemy combatants” and the government secretly collects telephone records of millions of Americans. This from a president who in...

    President Barack Obama gestures Friday during a statement in San Jose, Calif. Speaking about the NSA collecting of phone records, the president said ‘Nobody is listening to your telephone calls,’ just numbers and duration.

    Obama defends government surveillance programs

    President Barack Obama is defending his government’s secret surveillance, saying Congress has repeatedly authorized the collection of America’s phone records and U.S. Internet use. Speaking about the NSA collecting of phone records, the president said ‘Nobody is listening to your telephone calls,’ just numbers and duration.

    Marcella A. Bosnak

    Longtime St. Patrick School principal retiring

    Marcella A. Bosnak, the longtime principal of St. Patrick School in Wadsworth, is retiring at the end of the month. Her career will be celebrated Saturday with a special Mass.

    Exercise bicycles are seen Friday as smoke rises from fighting in Syria as seen from an observation point on Mt. Bental in the Golan Heights. Syrian rebels on Thursday briefly captured a crossing point along a cease-fire line with Israel in the contested Golan Heights.

    Syrian troops capture central villages

    Syrian troops, backed by Hezbollah fighters, pressed on with their offensive Friday in the country’s opposition heartland, taking two small villages near a strategic town that was captured by the government this week. Following Wednesday’s capture of Qusair, President Bashar Assad’s forces appear to have turned their sights to driving rebels from the country’s densely populated heartland,...

    Paul Jackson with CNN’s storm coverage team waits Friday to do a live shot under the Johnnie Mercer’s Pier in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Tropical Storm Andrea is bringing rain and wind to Carolinas, causing thousands to lose power and streams to swell. The storm was racing through South Carolina early Friday and was expected to move into eastern North Carolina by midday.

    Tropical Storm Andrea zipping up the East Coast

    After bringing rains, heavy winds and even tornadoes to parts of Florida, Tropical Storm Andrea moved quickly across south Georgia and was speeding through the Carolinas on Friday morning, promising sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacation getaways through the beginning of the weekend. Ben Nelson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, Fla., said Andrea was “moving at...

    A reporter makes a photograph Thursday of a makeshift memorial for Kimberly J. Finnegan near the scene of a building collapse in Philadelphia. Wednesday a building under demolition collapsed onto a neighboring thrift store, killing six people including Finnegan and injuring 14, including one who was pulled from the debris nearly 13 hours later.

    Fallout mounts in deadly Philadelphia building collapse

    PHILADELPHIA — Attorneys in a lawsuit over the deadly building collapse in Philadelphia will be able to bring in experts to examine the site.A judge’s order Friday allows for immediate videotaping and photographing of ongoing demolition work from a safe distance.


    Lack of interest ends Libertyville pageant streak

    Visitors to the annual Libertyville Days festival starting June 13 will have plenty of entertainment options, but one contest has been canceled due to lack of interest. For the first time in memory, the long-running Libertyville pageant will not be held. The annual quest for crowns for Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Libertyville has taken center stage on the steps of the Cook mansion for about...


    Garage sale for Roselle mom’s heart transplant

    St. Walter Music Ministry in Roselle is holding a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, at 715 Huntington Lane in Schaumburg to raise money for a heart transplant for Abigail Everhart, a Roselle mom. Everhart is waiting to be placed on the heart transplant list.


    Sheriff’s police: Missing woman found

    A 68-year-old mentally ill woman who had been missing since May 9 has been found, a Cook County Sheriff’s Police news release said Friday. Marcella Somerville, originally of South Carolina, was in Maine Township to visit her Glenview-based sister before she disasspeared.

    The 2012-2013 Daily Herald DuPage County Academic Team members pose for a photo at the College of DuPage. They include, from left to right: Danny Zhuang of Metea Valley High School, Jourdan Ewoldt of Glenbard East High School, Vassil Mladenov of Lake Park High School, Lucia Korpas of Naperville Central High School, Megan Knister of Hinsdale Central High School, Alex Liu of Neuqua Valley High School, Alana Osterling of Downers Grove North High School, Maria Anastasia Arianas of Fenton High School, Cassandra Crifase of Addison Trail High School, and Andrew Bean of Glenbard South High School.

    2012-2013 DuPage County Academic Team
    They are the among the best and brightest students at DuPage County's high schools. The ten members of the 2012-2013 DuPage County Academic Team have worked hard to get stellar grades and test scores not only to better themselves but to help improve the world around them. “I know my mission is to give everyone an equal chance to receive the most up-to-date medical treatments, regardless of...

    Noman Baig

    Northwest suburban academic team honorable mentions
    2012-2013 Northwest suburban academic team honorable mentions

    Laith Yasin

    Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions
    2012-2013 Fox Valley academic team honorable mentions

    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called the disclosure of an Internet surveillance program “reprehensible” Thursday and said it risks Americans’ security.

    U.S. declassifies phone program details after uproar

    The nation’s top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts were legal, limited in scope and necessary to detect terrorist threats. “The unauthorized disclosure of a top secret U.S. court document threatens potentially long-lasting and irreversible harm to our ability to identify and respond to the many threats facing our nation,”...

    The Washington Post and The Guardian reported Thursday, June 6, 2013, the existence of a program used by the NSA and FBI that scours the nation’s main Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, emails, documents and connection logs to help analysts track a person’s movements and contacts.

    Is Big Data turning government into ‘Big Brother?’

    With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials. It’s likely the Verizon phone records are being matched with an even broader set of data, said Forrester Research analyst Fatemeh Khatibloo. “My sense is they are looking for network...

    Sen. Dick Durbin toured neighborhoods in Elgin two years ago and talked to residents such as Jim Kelly who were dealing with foreclosures. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is working with Elgin, Carpentersville, East Dundee and West Dundee to identify future housing trends in the area and determine how to meet those needs. In Elgin, for example, many people have bought foreclosed homes and turned them into apartments, Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain said.

    Elgin, others look to chart housing needs

    Starting next week, the public will get to have its say on the types of housing they think would best suit Carpentersville, East Dundee, Elgin and West Dundee. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is working with the communities to develop a “Homes for a Changing Region plan, which aims to help city and village officials develop long-term housing plans. It will be one common...

    The Thor Guard lightning prediction system no longer will be used at five Glen Ellyn parks because of its increasing unreliability, but will remain in use at two other locations, officials said.

    Glen Ellyn discontinues lightning alert system at 5 parks

    The Glen Ellyn Park District has discontinued use of a lightning prediction system at five parks because of ongoing malfunctions and unpredictable readings, officials said. The Thor Guard system was installed at five locations in 2002 and another two locations in 2004, but has become increasingly unreliable, often sounding its airhorn alarms when there's no storm in sight.

    Emily Alessio

    2012-2013 Fox Valley Academic Team
    Imagine getting straight A's in every class, all four years of high school. Now combine that with leadership, extracurriculars, and a desire to apply one's knowledge in a way that benefits others, and you've got the kind of student who gets named to the Daily Herald's 2012-13 Fox Valley Academic Team. "Success is not about how much money we make or how many square feet our houses are, but rather...

    Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel, left, talks Thursday with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, right, accompanied by the committee’s ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, on Capitol Hill in Washington after he testified before the committee’s hearing regarding IRS conference spending.

    IRS workers say supervisors directed targeting

    Two Internal Revenue Service agents working in the agency’s Cincinnati office say higher-ups in Washington directed the targeting of conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status. One of the agents said her work processing the applications was closely supervised by a Washington lawyer in the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, according to a...

    Supporters of Chinese President Xi Jinping use fans to protect themselves from the sun Thursday while waiting for the arrival of President Xi in Indian Wells, Calif. President Barack Obama and Xi, seeking a fresh start to a complex relationship, are retreating to a sprawling desert estate for two days of talks on high-stakes issues, including cybersecurity and North Korea’s nuclear threats.

    Obama and Xi seek to build new ties during talks

    President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are retreating to a sprawling desert estate for two days of talks on high-stakes issues, including cybersecurity and North Korea’s nuclear threats. Obama’s efforts to press Xi to halt China’s alleged hacking against the U.S. could be overshadowed by revelations that Obama’s own administration has been secretly seizing phone records from...

    In this photo released Wednesday by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian soldiers loyal to President Bashar Assad stand on a truck full of aid supplies, in Qusair, Syria. Syrian troops and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies captured a strategic border town Wednesday after a grueling three-week battle, dealing a severe blow to rebels and opening the door for President Bashar Assad’s regime to seize back the country’s central heartland. The regime triumph in Qusair, which Assad’s forces had bombarded for months without success, demonstrates the potentially game-changing role of Hezbollah in Syria’s civil war.

    France studies how to track arms for Syrian rebels

    France’s government is investigating high-tech methods to prevent terrorists from using any weapons that Western governments send to Syrian rebels, such as gadgetry that tracks the movement of anti-aircraft missiles or shuts them down from a distance, officials say.

    Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui, left, Ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of Syria to Geneva, speaks Friday with Antonio Guterres, right, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, before a meeting for the launch of the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees and Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan at the World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

    United Nations seeks over $5B for Syria in biggest ever appeal

    Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — The United Nations launched its biggest humanitarian appeal ever Friday to help millions of Syrians suffering the effects of a conflict that has dragged on for more than two years with no end in sight.

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who led the way for local police across the country to take up immigration enforcement, is reconsidering his crackdowns — and other law enforcement officials who followed his lead are expected to eventually back away, too.

    Arizona sheriff Arpaio suspends immigration efforts

    Joe Arpaio, the sheriff for metropolitan Phoenix, has temporarily suspended all his immigration efforts after a federal judge concluded two weeks ago that the sheriff’s office had racially profiled Latinos in its patrols, Arpaio spokesman Brandon Jones told The Associated Press. The temporary suspension of Arpaio’s immigration enforcement efforts marked the first pause since the lawman launched...


    Motorola Mobility says it has settled with TiVo

    Motorola Mobility said Thursday that it has reached a settlement with digital video recording pioneer TiVo Inc. ahead of a patent trial that was to start in a Texas court next week."We're pleased that all parties involved have reached an agreement to resolve pending litigation," Motorola Mobility spokesman William Moss said Thursday in a statement.


    Indiana teen hurt by shotgun blast through floor
    C. Ind. teen hurt by shotgun blast through floorAVON, Ind. (AP) — Police say a 19-year-old man was handling a shotgun in a suburban Indianapolis home when it went off, firing a round through the floor and injuring a young woman who was in a basement bathroom.


    Jury deadlocks over Indiana mom’s guilt in deaths

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A second jury has failed to reach a verdict on child neglect charges against a northern Indiana woman in the car trunk deaths of her two young sons. The St. Joseph County jurors deadlocked Thursday evening in the trial of Jacqueline Wilk of New Carlisle for the same result as a February trial on the charges.


    Blacketor leaving school board, other terms up

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An eight-year veteran of the Indiana Board of Education is leaving at the end of her term this month.Jo Blacketor told The South Bend Tribune Wednesday that she will not ask Gov. Mike Pence to be reappointed to the board. Blacketor is one of five members whose terms expire at the end of this month.


    Gary to hold Clay’s funeral at convention center

    GARY, Ind. — The city of Gary is preparing for a funeral for former Mayor Rudy Clay.Gary spokeswoman Chelsea Whittington says visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT Tuesday at the city’s Genesis Convention Center. The funeral will be held there at 11 a.m. Wednesday.


    Northern Indiana animal sanctuary mourns death of lioness

    ALBION, Ind. (AP) — Staffers of a northern Indiana animal sanctuary are mourning the death of a lion that had lived there for nearly two decades.Black Pine Animal Sanctuary director Lori Gagen says the lioness named Nala was euthanized Wednesday after an examination found cancer had spread throughout her body.


    Carbon dioxide cartridge linked to Indiana blast

    FOUNTAINTOWN, Ind. — Police in central Indiana say an explosion that injured a 12-year-old boy came from a carbon dioxide cartridge loaded with gunpowder.


    Police: Hackers may have accessed credit cards used at theater

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Southwestern Illinois officials say hackers may have accessed thousands of credit card numbers used by people who bought tickets to Edwardsville’s Wildey Theatre.Investigators say as many as 6,000 credit cards were compromised.


    University of Wisconsin System regents to vote on pay-raise proposal

    MILWAUKEE — The regents of the University of Wisconsin System are expected to vote on a proposal that could eventually lead to pay raises for all UW System employees.The board of regents will vote when it wraps up its two-day meeting Friday in Milwaukee.


    Central Illinois man sentenced for animal cruelty

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — A central Illinois man was sentenced to 2½ years in prison after authorities say he starved more than 70 cats and dogs at his rural McLean County home.


    Coroner: Illinois man dies in mowing accident

    COULTERVILLE, Ill. — A southern Illinois coroner says a man operating a tractor was killed when the machine tumbled down an embankment and landed atop him.Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger says 65-year-old Jerry Scott died at the scene of the accident late Wednesday afternoon near Coulterville.


    Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick makes a leaping catch of a drive by the White Sox' Conor Gillaspie that ended the game Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    A's make Sale pay for one bad pitch

    Josh Donaldson's grand slam off Chris Sale in the sixth inning Friday night instantly erased a 3-0 deficit and lifted the surging Oakland A's to a 4-3 win over the slumping White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Danish intriguing draft pick for White Sox

    The White Sox were intrigued enough to use their second-round draft pick on Tyler Danish, a high school pitcher from Florida with an unusual delivery and unreal statistics in his senior season.


    Veterans know there’s no reason to celebrate yet

    Though merely two playoff seasons and a pair of first-round exits have passed, to the holdovers from the Stanley Cup squad it seems like a different career, which is why their postgame tone was somewhat muted Saturday night when the Hawks finally put away the Los Angeles Kings in double-overtime.


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


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

    Kings goalie Jonathan Quick waits after a goal by the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, in Los Angeles Thursday, June 6, 2013. The Blackhawks won 3-2.

    Kings coach Sutter not exactly a worry-wart

    While Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter doesn't put much stock in using the past as a motivation, like the Kings battling back from an 0-2 deficit against St. Louis in their quarterfinal series, or holding off the Sharks in Game 7, his players, like captain Dustin Brown, sure seem to see some value in a bit of desperation.

    Carmel’s Kathleen Felicelli makes an attempt at a groundball in action against St. Viator in April.

    Full speed ahead for Carmel’s Felicelli

    When it comes to competing, few athletes are more serious than Carmel Catholic's Kathleen Felicelli. A three-sport varsity athlete since her sophomore year, Felicelli is the Daily Herald’s Lake County female athlete of the year. She followed up her third season as a No. 1 doubles player for the tennis team by earning Daily Herald all-area and all-East Suburban Catholic Conference honors in both basketball and softball. She was a part of 20-win teams in the latter two sports.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane scores past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during the second period 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)

    Hawks need to come out with killer mentality in Game 5

    If the Blackhawks learned anything from the last round against Detroit, it's that no lead is safe — not even a 3-1 advantage in a series. That's why the Hawks are taking a guarded approach to Saturday's Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. The Hawks can close out the Kings with another win and return to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in four years, this time to play Boston, but they know Los Angeles won't go quietly.

    St. Charles East assistant coach Sarah Seward, left, embraces Olivia Lorenzini, after her 2-run game winning double in the bottom of the seventh inning defeats Barrington in the Class 4A state semifinals Friday.

    Lorenzini, St. Charles East steal the show

    Olivia Lorenzini stepped up in the biggest of moments on Friday, providing a 2-run double as St. Charles East stunned Barrington 3-2 in the Class 4A softball state semifinals in East Peoria.

    Libertyville’s Evan Skoug is greeted at the plate by his teammates after hitting a fourth-inning grand slam against St. Charles East during the Class 4A state baseball semifinals at Silver Cross Field in Joliet Friday.

    Libertyville slams St. Charles East

    St. Charles East respected Libertyville junior catcher Evan Skoug enough to walk him intentionally in his second at-bat Friday at the Class 4A state semifinals at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. Later in the game, the Saints didn't have that option, and Skoug made them pay as the Wildcats earned a 9-6 victory.

    Chicago Blackhawks' Michal Handzus, Marian Hossa, goalie Corey Crawford, and Niklas Hjalmarsson, fromleft, celebrate a 3-2 win 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)

    Hawks don’t want to go back to L.A.

    Sunny California is a destination the Blackhawks would rather not visit again this season.Up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series after splitting a pair of games on the Kings’ home ice, the Blackhawks can wrap up the Western Conference finals tonight with a win at the United Center.


    Jimenez whiffs 10 as Boomers win

    St. Charles native Danny Jimenez struck out 10 and did not walk a batter to lead the host Schaumburg Boomers to a 5-2 win over the Joliet Slammers on Friday night.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale, center, returns to the mound after giving up a grand slam to Oakland Athletics' Josh Donaldson, background right, as Yoenis Cespedes, background left, also heads home during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Friday, June 7, 2013, in Chicago. Also scoring on the play were Adam Rosales and Jed Lowrie. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    A’s slam door on Sox, win 4-3

    Josh Donaldson hit his first career grand slam, Josh Reddick made a homer-saving catch in the ninth inning, and the Oakland Athletics rallied from a three-run deficit Friday night for a 4-3 victory over Chris Sale and the White Sox.

    Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) celebrates with defenseman Duncan Keith (2) after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Sunday, June 2, 2013 in Chicago.

    No one happier than Keith about Game 4 win

    Duncan Keith missed Game 4 of this season’s Western Conference finals after receiving a one-game suspension for busting open Jeff Carter’s chin with a careless stick in Game 3.That his team prevailed without him was a great high and greater relief for the Blackhawks’ No. 1 defenseman, who will be back in uniform tonight for Game 5 at the United Center.

    CORRECTS BRUINS PLAYER AT RIGHT TO PATRICE BERGERON, INSTEAD OF JEFF ZATKOFF - Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron embraces goalie Tuukka Rask as Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates away after the Bruins won Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston, Friday, June 7, 2013. The Bruins won 1-0 and advanced to the Stanley Cup finals. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Bruins sweep Pens, could face Hawks next

    Adam McQuaid scored early in the third period, Tuukka Rask posted his second shutout of the series, and the Boston Bruins swept their way to the Stanley Cup finals with a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.


    Sky fall to Silver Stars 81-69

    Danielle Robinson had 18 points and seven assists and the San Antonio Silver Stars rolled to an 81-69 victory Friday night, handing heralded rookie Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky their first loss.Jia Perkins added 13 points to surpassing 3,000 career points, Danielle Adams had 13 points and DeLisha Milton-Jones added 10 for the Silver Stars (2-1), who led by 17 points in the second half.


    Scott, Escobar key Cougars past Bees

    Kane Count Cougars game report:Tayler Scott was sharp over 7 innings and received offensive support from his battery mate, Carlos Escobar, as the Kane County Cougars earned a 3-2 win over the Burlington Bees on Friday night at Community Field.Scott (3-2) allowed 2 runs while scattering 8 hits.


    York hits its first bump in state road

    Isabella Jaeger fielded the slow roller, then met Minooka’s Marissa Burns in a fierce collision along the first-base line. York’s sophomore first baseman got up after several minutes, but had to leave her position with a bloody nose. It was, yes, a bumpy day for the Dukes. A surprising run to the state tournament hit a detour Friday, Minooka rallying for 4 runs in the sixth inning to beat York 6-3 in a Class 4A semifinal at Eastside Centre.

    Bartlett senior Rachel Odolski will be one of 40 Fox Valley area senior softball players participating in the Tenth Annual Fehlman Memorial Senior All-Star Game Monday night at Judson University in Elgin. Game time is 6:30 p.m. with pregame ceremonies at 6 p.m.

    Fehlman Memorial has stood the test of time

    Monday’s Tenth annual Fehlman Memorial Senior All-Star Softball Game has plenty of special meaning for St. Edward graduate Lissa Fehlman. Fehlman played in one of the first editions of the game as a Green Wave senior. Much more importantly, the game, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Judson University, honors her father and brother. Dave Fehlman, who passed away late in the summer of 2007, is a past president of the Fox Valley Renegades travel softball organization and a longtime area youth softball supporter. The Renegades were the original host of the All-Star event, staging games at East Dundee’s Jockey Field. His son, Robbie Fehlman, was tragically killed by a motorist just after the family moved to Colorado late last summer. Robbie was 13.

    With a storm center on the East Coast, it could be a sloppy track for Orb and other contenders in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Meanwhile, Arlington International hosts four stakes races Saturday at the local track.

    Four stakes races on Arlington’s race card

    A quartet of stakes races plus the simulcast of the Grade I Belmont Stakes headline the Saturday card at Arlington International Racecourse.

    Left to right, St. Francis players Jason Sullivan, Jack Ciombor and Tim Zettinger celebrate their team’s victory over Grayslake Central during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday.

    St. Francis tackles tall task vs. Grayslake Central

    Playing small ball was St. Francis’s answer to the big problems Grayslake Central starter Jack Spicer presented, not the least of which was his intimidating 6-foot-6 frame. The Spartans pulled Spicer off the mound with a couple of bunts that would have been tough for any big pitcher to get to in Friday's Class 3A state semifinals. Tim Zettinger’s textbook bunt with one out set up a suicide squeeze that scored 2 runs in the fourth inning, and that wound up being a game-changer for St. Francis in a 6-3 victory over Grayslake Central.

    Libertyville’s Evan Skoug points to his teammates as he rounds third after hitting a fourth-inning grand slam.

    Images: St. Charles East vs. Libertyville State Semifinal Baseball
    Images of IHSA State Baseball at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday. Libertyville won 9-6 over St. Charles East in a Class 4A Semifinal matchup.The game's big blast was an Evan Skoug grand slam. Libertyville advances to play for the title Saturday.

    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)

    Sveum likes what he sees in top-pick Bryant

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum talked enthusiastically Friday of the team's No. 1 draft pick, third baseman Kris Bryant. Sveum said the University of San Diego's hitting mechanics should translate to success in the big leagues.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, right, blocks a shot by Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis during the third period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 6, 2013. the Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Hawks thriving thanks in large part to Bickell, Crawford

    Blackhawks broadcaster Troy Murray said the Blackhawks, behind a great effort from a depleted defensive corps, were able to do just enough to win Game 4, and now the Hawks have to come out blazing if they want to end the Western Conference finals tonight.

    Brad Zaumseil

    Zaumseil’s future is at Miami (Ohio)

    Barrington senior guard Brad Zaumseil has committed to a future in basketball at Miami (Ohio). The 6-foot all-Mid-Suburban League pick was a three-year starter at Barrington, and one of the most well-rounded players in the conference last season.

    Glenbard South’s Hannah Taylor connects with a two run home run in the 4th inning during the Class 3A state semifinal between Glenbard South and Tinley Park.

    In the clutch, it’s Taylor again for Glenbard South

    Hannah Taylor is as cool, calm and even-keeled as a teen-aged kid comes. When you’re this clutch, what’s to worry about? The author of the game-winning hit in last year’s championship game, Taylor was in the middle of things again Friday. The Glenbard South senior singled in the go-ahead run, then crushed a two-run homer as the Raiders moved closer to a repeat title by beating Tinley Park 5-1 in Friday’s Class 3A state semifinal at Eastside Centre.

    Neuqua Valley left fielder Josh Piotrowski catches a fly ball during the top of the seventh inning during the Class 4A state baseball semifinals against Mt. Carmel at Silver Cross Field in Joliet Friday.

    Neuqua Valley runs out of comebacks

    All through the postseason Neuqua Valley’s baseball team rallied to stay alive.The comeback Cats couldn’t do it again on Friday.Mt. Carmel put in an impressive effort all over the diamond while rolling to an 8-0 victory over Neuqua Valley in the Class 4A state semifinals at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

    St. Charles East assistant coach Sarah Seward, left, embraces Olivia Lorenzini, after her two-run game winning double in the bottom of the 7th inning.

    Images: St. Charles East vs.Barrington State Semifinal Softball
    Images of IHSA State Softball at EastSide Centre in East Peoria on Friday. St. Charles East scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 3-2 over Barrington in a Class 4A Semifinal matchup. St. Charles East advances to play in the title game Saturday.

    Chella Choi waves after her birdie on the 10th hole during the first round LPGA Championship golf championship, Friday, June 7, 20123, in Pittsford, N.Y. (AP Photo/Democrat & Chronicle, Shawn Dowd) MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    Choi shoots 67, leads LPGA Championship by a shot

    Not a late band of rain, a soggy course, nor those pesky orange flags could deter Chella Choi. Not with her father on the bag.The 22-year-old South Korean, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Morgan Pressel after the first round of the rain-delayed LPGA Championship.


    Favre takes some blame for Packers split

    Retired quarterback Brett Favre is taking some of the blame for his ugly departure from the Green Bay Packers.Favre told WGR 550-AM in Buffalo on Thursday that he was “at fault” in the breakup, though he says he feels like “both sides had a part in it.”

    Rolling Meadows’ Morgan Keller unleases a winning discus effort this spring in the York sectional meet.

    Keller a multi-tasking success story at Rolling Meadows

    You won’t find a lot of girls playing three sports these days.And if you do, you won’t find many as successful as Morgan Keller in her four years at Rolling Meadows High School.After playing underlevel volleyball as a freshman, Keller went on to earn 11 straight varsity letters competing at volleyball, basketball and track and field. Not to mention she made an impact every season.That's why Keller is the 2013 Cook County Daily Herald Female Athlete of the Year.

    Cubs starter Travis Wood talks to catcher Welington Castillo after the Pirates’ Russell Martin hit an RBI-double in the sixth inning Friday at Wrigley Field.

    High-quality Wood done in by low-quality offense

    The Cubs had a whole lot of nothing in their hands Friday in a 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. That included starting pitcher Travis Wood, who dropped to 5-4 with a solid ERA of 2.65.

    Neuqua Valley’s Drew Sterioti flips his helmet at the end of the fourth inning.

    Images: Neuqua Valley vs. Mt. Carmel State Semifinal Baseball
    Images of IHSA State Baseball at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday. Mt. Carmel won 8-0 over Neuqua Valley in a Class 4A Semifinal matchup.

    Chicago Cubs' Darwin Barney strikes out swinging to end the game the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, June 7, 2013, in Chicago. The Pirates won 2-0. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Liriano nasty, Cubs lose 2-0

    Francisco Liriano pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and the Pirates beat the Cubs 2-0 Friday for their major league-leading 10th shutout, matching Pittsburgh’s total for all of last season.

    Glenbard South’s Hannah Taylor connects with a two-run home run in the 4th inning.

    Images: Glenbard South vs. Tinley Park State Semifinal Softball
    Images of IHSA State Softball at EastSide Centre in East Peoria on Friday. Glenbard South won 5-1 over Tinley Park in a Class 3A Semifinal matchup. South advances to play for the title on Saturday.

    Jake Radel of St. Francis gets tagged out at the plate by Grayslake Central catcher Freddie Landers during the Class 3A state baseball semifinal at Silver Cross Field in Joliet Friday.

    Images: St. Francis vs.Grayslake Central State Semifinal Baseball
    Images of IHSA State Baseball at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday. St Francis won 6-3 over Grayslake Central in a Class 3A Semifinal matchup. St Francis advances to Saturday's title game.

    Rafael Nadal celebrates Friday after beating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in their semifinal match at the French Open at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Nadal won in five sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 9-7.

    Nadal outlasts Djokovic in epic French Open semifinal

    Rafael Nadal won an epic semifinal against Novak Djokovic at the French Open to remain the King of Clay — for another couple of days, at least. The seven-time champion twice let a lead slip away in the fourth set Friday, then came from behind in the fifth to beat the No. 1-ranked Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 9-7.


    Police in Vegas clear Canseco in sex assault case

    Police in Las Vegas have cleared former baseball slugger Jose Canseco after an investigation of a woman’s rape claim.

    Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, right, lays on the ice after being hit in the face with the stick of Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Spellman’s Scorecard: A whole lot of hard Hawks hockey

    Of course we're talking Blackhawks this week in Spellman's Scorecard. But as usual Mike is hitting to all fields - baseball, soccer, and we even get to a little horse racing.

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who was limited to 160 innings last season to protect his arm, was placed on the 15-day disabled list this week.

    Shutting down an ace doesn’t always work

    How does an organization know when to shut down its players? Mike North compares Stephen Strasburg's situation with Kerry Wood, Mark Prior and Derrick Rose. Is there really a fool-proof way to handle injuries or prevent them?


    Blackhawks show heart, show Kings what made of

    Not only did the Blackhawks overcome the loss of Duncan Keith, but they showed incredible heart and dominated the Kings in the third period for what might have been their best period of the playoffs.


    Sox fill need with shortstop pick

    The White Sox filled an obvious need with the 17th overall pick in Thursday's amateur draft. They selected Tim Anderson, an athletic shortstop from East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss.


    Scouting Class 4A softball: York vs. Minooka

    IHSA state softball semifinals: York vs. Minooka.



    Mediacom subscribers get more channels with network upgrade

    Mediacom cable subscribers in Elburn, Gilberts, Hampshire, Kaneville, Maple Park and Sugar Grove in Kane County and nearby counties can look forward to 51 additional high-definition channels, bringing the total to 105 after the company upgraded its network. Subscribers in McHenry County likely will see the additional channels beginning next week, said Mediacom spokeswoman Phyllis Peters.

    Power lines make their way over a freeway toward the San Onofre nuclear power plant Friday in San Onofre, Calif. The troubled power plant on the California coast is closing after an epic 16-month battle over whether the twin reactors could be safely restarted with millions of people living nearby.

    California utility to close troubled nuclear plant

    San Onofre, which opened in 1968, was capable of powering 1.4 million homes. California officials have said they can make it through the hot season without the plant as long as the summer is uneventful, but warned that wildfires or another disruption in supply could cause power shortages.

    Two fishermen lift their net in Lake Managua, near Managua, Nicaragua.

    Nicaragua fast-tracks huge project

    The government is trying to rush approval of a canal linking the Pacific to the Atlantic through the country’s congress in less than two weeks in a nation that doesn’t even yet have a paved road connecting the two oceans. And some congressmen are asking why there’s such a rush, calling for a cool head and a careful consideration of costs and benefits, both environmental and economic.

    A woman is reflected in a retail store’s window display in Baltimore. The Federal Reserve reported Friday how much consumers borrowed in April.

    Consumer borrowing up $11.1 billion in April

    A measure of credit card debt rose $682 million to $850 billion. While that’s only a modest gain, it follows a decline of $906 million for the category in March.

    The all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla was revealed Thursday night at a packed celebration inside Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

    Sporty new Corolla aimed at youthful buyers

    The car’s bold design is unusual for Toyota, which in the past made few changes to its cars with each update. But the new version is badly needed. The Corolla, with a reputation for sterling dependability, is still America’s No. 1 compact.

    The Ultra Foods under construction on Rand Road.

    Prospect Heights Ultra Foods may open by Oct. 1

    Construction on the Ultra Foods in Prospect Heights is moving forward, and officials anticipate an Oct. 1 opening, "We're very excited about getting them functioning and open. We want to bring life back to the shopping center," said Prospect Heights Director of Building and Zoning Steve Skiber.

    Jobseeker Anu Vatal of Chicago speaks with Patrice Tosi of BluePay, seated, during a career fair in Rolling Meadow. The government The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent from 7.5 percent in April.

    U.S. employers add 175K jobs, rate up to 7.6 percent

    The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, a gain that shows employers are hiring at a still-modest but steady pace. The economy “is creating jobs at a reasonable rate,” Chris Williamson, chief economist with the financial research firm Markit, said in a note to clients. But he said the Fed will want to see lower unemployment before it considers scaling back its $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program.

    President Barack Obama gestures Friday about the Affordable Care Act in San Jose, Calif.

    Obama pitching new health care law in California

    President Barack Obama is making a personal plea to Californians, Latinos and young people to sign up for coverage under the new health care law. Obama on Friday will use his visit to California to highlight how the state is implementing the Affordable Care Act. He also will discuss California’s collaboration with non-government groups to promote, primarily to Hispanics, the health care exchanges that are being created to help millions of now-uninsured consumers afford coverage, White House officials said.


    Sikich acquires consulting group from PKF Texas

    Naperville-based Sikich LLP announced it has acquired the Consulting Solutions group at Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C., a CPA and professional advisory firm. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.

    Duck Commander CEO and star of the reality television series Duck Dynasty, Willie Robertson speaks to the 6,000 domestic Walmart shareholders at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark., Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    Wal-Mart plans $15B more in stock buybacks

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it is planning $15 billion in stock buybacks.The program replaces the current $15 billion share repurchase program begun in 2011. About $712 million is left under that program, Chief Financial Officer Charles Holley says.


    Moody’s joins Fitch in downgrading Ill. credit

    A second major rating agency is downgrading Illinois’ credit worthiness. Moody’s Investors Service lowered the state’s $27 billion in outstanding bonded indebtedness Thursday to A3 from A2. The new rating’s three levels above junk status.

    Stock markets were volatile on Friday June 7, 2013 as investors awaited a key U.S. jobs report for clues on how much longer the Federal Reserve will keep providing stimulus to the world’s largest economy.

    Stocks rise after U.S. jobs report beats forecasts

    The stock market rose sharply in early trading Friday after the U.S. government reported that hiring picked up in May. U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs last month, slightly more than the 170,000 forecast by economists, according to data provider FactSet. The figure is consistent with steady hiring but less robust than the pace reported in the fall and winter.

    Apple Inc. is starting an iPhone trade-in program this month aimed at getting users to upgrade to the iPhone 5 and turn in older models, people with knowledge of the plans said.

    Apple expected to plan iPhone trade-in program

    Apple Inc. is starting an iPhone trade-in program this month aimed at getting users to upgrade to the iPhone 5 and turn in older models, people with knowledge of the plans said. Apple has teamed up with Brightstar Corp., a mobile-phone distributor, to run the exchange program, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Apple hasn’t publicly announced the plan.


    TiVo plunges after getting less than predicted in settlement
    TiVo Inc. plunged the most in three years after settling a patent dispute with Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility unit, Cisco Systems Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. for $490 million -- less than analysts had estimated.


    Berlin police break up topless protest

    Three topless protesters from feminist protest group Femen were dragged by police from outside the German chancellery Friday where they were pleading for Angela Merkel to push for the release of their fellow activists jailed in Tunisia.

    Jim Elsener, manager of business development for the Daily Herald Business Ledger, introduces the Newsmakers Forum panel at the Lisle/Naperville Hilton on Thursday.

    Prepare now to avoid Affordable Care Act benefits’ scrutiny later

    Businesses that get their employee health and retirement plans’ ducks in a row stand a better chance of surviving government scrutiny as the Affordable Care Act and other issues become reality in the years ahead, a panel of experts told suburban business leaders Thursday,

    Tortas Frontera, by celebrity check Rick Bayless, will be among the new dining spots coming to O'Hare International Airport.

    High-end dining at O'Hare international terminal

    The international terminal at Chicago's O'Hare airport is getting a food and shopping makeover. New restaurants include Big Bowl, with its Thai and Chinese menu, and celebrity chef Rick Bayless' Tortas Frontera.A gourmet chocolatier from Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood has also set up an outlet called Vosges (vohj) Haut-Chocalat. And there are new shops from companies like Swiss watchmaker Swatch.


    Ind. court wades into coal gas plant dispute

    The state Supreme Court has agreed to step into a dispute over the building of a $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant proposed for southwest Indiana.The court on Thursday agreed to hear Indiana Gasification LLC's appeal of an Indiana Court of Appeals ruling that invalidated a portion of the company's contract requiring the state to buy and resell the plant's synthetic natural gas for 30 years.


    Ivy Tech increases tuition more than 8 percent

    The trustees of financially strapped Ivy Tech Community College have approved raising tuition by $5 per credit hour each semester for the next two years amid efforts to close a $68 million budget shortfall.The more than 8 percent annual increase approved Thursday would increase the cost of a three-hour class by $15 in the fall and by $60 in the spring of 2015. Ivy Tech currently charges $111 per credit hour. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recommended no more than a 2 percent increase.


    NW Ind. city gets $331K from ex-mayor, allies

    The city of East Chicago received $331,000 from the state of Indiana on Thursday, a fraction of a $108 million judgment against former longtime Mayor Robert Pastrick and his co-defendants in a civil racketeering case known as "sidewalks for votes." Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and his predecessor who brought the racketeering case, Steve Carter, presented the money to current East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland and Council President Lenny Franciski. More than $145,000 was collected from Pastrick and $186,000 was from settlements and judgments paid by Pastrick's co-defendants.


    Vera Bradley CEO retiring after 6 years in job

    The CEO of Fort Wayne-based handbag maker Vera Bradley is retiring after six years leading the company.The company announced Michael Ray's decision on Wednesday as the company posted a 27 percent drop in net income and trimmed its yearly outlook.The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/10SETBr ) Ray said in a call with analysts that it was time for him to spend more time with his family and pursue interests outside the retail industry.


    Federal index ranks Wis. 49th in economic outlook

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's latest index ranks Wisconsin 49th in the nation for economic growth. The Reserve Bank's data is from its monthly state-by-state index of leading economic growth indicators. The report shows five states with contraction, including Wisconsin with an index rank of negative 0.74 percent. Economists caution against reading too much into data from a single month. The Philadelphia Fed's index relies heavily on the states' monthly employment report, which can change significantly. The data for the employment reports come from a survey of only about 3 percent of the state's employers.

Life & Entertainment


    Super handyman: Tips to fix common toilet problems

    Toilets may look very complicated, but the standard models really aren’t. Let us take some of the mystery out of how the average toilet does its thing. You’ll also need to know how to adjust these parts if they stop working correctly.


    Family doesn’t give as good as it gets from son

    Son says he gives and gives to help his family out, but when it is his turn to ask for financial assistance, they tell him no. He asks if he should cut ties, but Carolyn Hax says to stay generous and give them another chance.


    Jennifer Lopez brings ‘Fosters’ to ABC Family

    “The Fosters” is a study in unlikely bedfellows. The new ABC Family drama pairs mainstream star Jennifer Lopez and Peter Paige, who played bubbly Emmett in the cult favorite series “Queer as Folk,” as executive producers. It brings to television a rare depiction of a lesbian couple as heads of a household. And “The Fosters,” airing its second episode 8 p.m. Monday, combines a focus on the generally ignored lives of foster children with the challenges of an ethnically diverse home — a big reach for an hourlong series aimed at teenagers and young adults.

    Archie Comics has announced that Warner Bros. will produce a live-action film based on the comic’s characters, including Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead.

    Live-action Archie comics movie planned

    Archie’s old Riverdale gang is headed to the big screen. Warner Bros. will produce a live-action film based on the comic’s characters, including Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead, Archie Comics announced Thursday. It will be the first feature film for the 72-year-old comic.

    The Cyndi Lauper-scored “Kinky Boots,” based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear, is nominated for 13 Tony Award nominations. The awards will be broadcast on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9.

    Who will win at Sunday's Tony Awards?

    The great comedian W.C. Fields is credited with the line, “Never work with children or animals.” He would have had trouble on Broadway this season.There were kids at every turn. But now that it’s Tony Awards time, it’s the moment for the adults to shine. No kids or pets were nominated, so only grown-ups will emerge victorious on the Sunday night awards show on CBS. Here are some predictions of who will win and who should win.

    Honoree Mel Brooks addresses the audience during the American Film Institute’s 41st Lifetime Achievement Award Gala at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday in Los Angeles.

    Scorsese, De Niro honor Mel Brooks at AFI tribute

    Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman never worked with Mel Brooks, and the Oscar winners came to a ceremony in his honor to let him know they resent it. Brooks received the American Film Institute’s 41st Life Achievement Award on Thursday, and Freeman and De Niro were among a galaxy of stars who paid tribute to the man behind “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and “The Producers.” Martin Short opened the program with a song-and-dance routine set to a medley of melodies from Brooks’ films. “The word genius is used a lot in Hollywood, so I might as well call Mel one,” Short said.

    Kenny Loggins headlines the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Sunday.

    Music notes: Arcada welcomes Nazareth, Kenny Loggins

    Classic rock and pop will be alive in St. Charles this weekend, as two big names stop at the Arcada Theatre. First up is Scottish heavy-metal band Nazareth on Friday and then Kenny Loggins performs there on Sunday.

    Curious Traveler is one of many shandies building a popular market among beer drinkers.

    Life handed beermaker lemons; he made shandy

    Shandy has traditionally been a cocktail of beer and lemonade. (In Europe, where the drink is most popular, “lemonade” is a carbonated soft drink similar to 7-Up or Sprite, not the sweetened citrus juice that kids sell at roadside stands in the summer.) But shandies are growing in popularity in the U.S. ... just in time for summer.

    Nate Burger, left, plays the lying Dorante and LaShawn Banks plays his ever-truthful servant Cliton in David Ives' adaptation of Pierre Corneille's 17th century farce “The Liar,” running through July 28, at Writers' Theatre.

    Writers' delectable 'Liar' a comedy worth savoring

    Don't go looking for a lesson in “The Liar.” You won't find one. What you will find in Writers' Theatre's production of this sly revival is a funny comedy of manners about a man unable to tell the truth.

    Russell Brand is one of the big names headed to town for the TBS Just for Laughs Chicago. He will be at the Chicago Theatre June 12.

    Just for Laughs Chicago delivers 100 shows, six days of comedy

    Come Tuesday, it'll be all smiles around Chicago for awhile. That's when the fifth annual TBS Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival kicks off, featuring nearly 200 performers in 100 shows at eight venues across Chicago. Some of comedy's biggest names will perform, including Bill Maher, Seth Meyers, Russell Brand and Bob Newhart. And there are suburban natives as well hitting the stage over the course of the fest.

    “It’s the thing I’ve been missing my whole career, the feeling of being able to sit around with a guitar and have people know each other’s songs,” Sheryl Crow says of living in Nashville.

    Sheryl Crow undergoes a country conversion

    For a couple of months now, Sheryl Crow has been loading her two young boys aboard a bus and taking off on a tour of country music radio stations around the country. She’s visited with DJs and programming directors, played a few songs live, then hopped back on the bus to do it again a few hours down the road. It reminds her, fittingly, of a scene from “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” the life story of Loretta Lynn."It’s the most organic thing I’ve done in years,” she says. She has a single, “Easy,” on country radio and will release her first country-oriented album, “Feels Like Home,” on Sept. 10. Crow recently spoke with The Associated Press about her new album and her life in Nashville.


    Seller annoyed over buyer’s repair list

    Q. The people who are buying our house hired a home inspector and then hit us with a long list of repair demands. Nothing major, I guess, just petty things. Is this normal for buyers to make so many demands after a home inspection?

    Former Giordano Dance Chicago dancer Anthony Raimondi is a dance captain and a “swing,” understudying nine roles, in the national tour of “West Side Story,” which returns to Chicago at the Oriental Theatre.

    ‘West Side Story’ keeps former Chicago dancer on his toes

    When it comes to dance as an art form, Brooklyn native and former Giordano Dance Chicago performer Anthony Raimondi has “always wanted to do a little bit of everything.” That’s exactly what Raimondi, 24, is doing as a company member of the national tour of “West Side Story.” A touring version of the 2009 Broadway revival returns to Chicago in a non-Equity production for an eight-performance run at the Oriental Theatre.


    Local theater: A throwback to the '60s

    Its retro week in suburban theater. A 1960s inspired musical revue opens at Fox Valley Repertory while Drury Lane Theatre revives a 1962 French farce and recent Broadway hit.

    Woodbridge South in Elgin is a relatively new subdivision, with homes built in the mid-1990s.

    Woodbridge South offers affordable homes, great location

    A family-friendly neighborhood with affordable homes, excellent schools and easy access to the Randall Road corridor and the new Stearns Road extension make Woodbridge South in Elgin a popular place to settle and raise a family.


    Homeowner growls about neighbor after getting a dog bite

    Dog bites account for more than one-third of the money that insurers pay out each year in liability claims. Smart pet owners try to settle claims over a misbehaving pooch quickly.


    FHA’s interest fee on retired mortgages under fire

    Pressured by consumer protection regulators, the Federal Housing Administration is expected to end one of its most controversial practices: Charging borrowers interest on their home mortgages for weeks after they’ve paid off the entire principal balance.


    The Academic Team medallion, featuring the likeness of Stuart R. Paddock Jr., is won by each member.

    Editorial: For Academic Team, it’s about more than grades

    The students represented by today's 2012-13 Daily Herald Academic Team aren't just smart kids. They are living examples of the payoffs of hard work and a determination to make a difference in their worlds, a Daily Heral editorial says.


    Let’s get ‘smart grid’ up and running

    Guest columnists Chris Curtis and John Estey: Illinois residents and businesses lose billions of dollars each year due to outages. Having a smarter grid will dramatically shrink that number, giving a tangible payback to Illinois customers.


    In praise of ‘good guys’ carrying guns
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: With Arizona being a legal concealed carry state, I have often thought there may be a bad guy packing in the ballpark, in a restaurant, in a store, or stopped next to us at a traffic signal. Then I take dubious comfort thinking for every bad guy packing there may be 20 good guys also armed.


    Thortons an eyesore? Hindsight is 20/20
    A Fox Lake letter to the editor: It seemed like not so long ago during campaign season that Thortons Gas Station was such a hot-button issue.


    No outrage, only excuses from Obama
    A Huntley letter to the editor: A letter to the editor complained that Bush does not deserve a presidential library, citing the wars. My question, does LBJ deserve his? His judgment cost 58,000 lives and the cost the same in today’s dollars. What will be the legacy of the coming Obama library?


    Time overdue to repeal Roe v. Wade
    A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: According to your April 30 article, there are numerous acts of violence in our country each year. Just to repeat a few: homicides kill more than 16,000, more than 38,000 die from suicide, and about 32,000 die in traffic accidents.


    Budget cuts new excuse for Benghazi
    Budget cuts new excuse for Benghazi In an effort to turn the blame for Benghazi onto Republicans, the Democrats have begun to try to use budget cuts. If the Democrats would just listen to the Congressional hearings, they would know that budget cuts had nothing to do with the murders of four brave Americans on Sept 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. Charlene Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security, stated under oath during Congressional hearings that budget cuts were not to blame for the lack of security in Benghazi. As a matter of fact, in answer to a request for additional security by our late ambassador in March 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered a withdrawal of security elements to proceed as planned thereby reducing security.The questions that still remain unanswered by this administration after nine months are: Who doctored the talking points of the CIA, who gave the order to stand down when Lt. Col. Gibson and his team were boarding a plane in Tripoli (405 miles from Benghazi) to help the last two Americans fighting for their lives and where was President Obama during the time when Americans were dying.When has our country’s motto changed from “no man left behind” to “you’re on your own.”Gail RoseHuntley


    Who funded Obama visit to Chicago?
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The president recently came to Chicago on Air Force One to raise funds for the Democratic Party. It was estimated by the press that he raised over $500,000. I wonder who funded the trip? Was it the Democratic Party? If they did they lost money because with the expense of the jumbo jet and the president’s security it would far exceed the monies raised.


    GOP, not IRS, should be audited
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The Inspector General who conducted the audit of the IRS unit, whose job it is to review not-for-profit applications for validity, concluded in his audit report how difficult it is to discern a social welfare organization from a political advocacy group.


    Dillard’s no friend of public workers
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: On May 29, Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale was one of 16 state senators who voted in favor of SB1. The bill, cobbled together by Mike Madigan, blatantly disregarded the Illinois Constitution.


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