Daily Archive : Sunday June 9, 2013



    Addison Trail senior critically injured hours before graduation

    Students from Addison Trail High School stood proudly in their caps and gowns exchanging smiles Sunday as they celebrated their graduation. But many went through the ceremony filled with concern for a classmate critically injured in Chicago just hours before he was to take part in graduation ceremonies. Nineteen-year-old Dylan Domek of Addison was struck by a car early Sunday morning while...

    Mundelein High School teacher Neil McCarthy teaches history in class.

    History’s facts, names secondary to analysis for Mundelein High’s McCarthy

    Mundelein High School history teacher Neil McCarthy’s classes resemble episodes of the public affairs show "The McLaughlin Group.” McCarthy doesn’t lecture so much as he hosts a conversation about history, current events and the patterns that link them.

    In this Dec. 4, 2012 file photo, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka speaks in Springfield, Ill. An unexpected windfall of $1.2 billion has given the state’s service providers a moment of relief. But those agencies still waiting on $5.8 billion in bills the state has not paid, and prospects for a more permanent solution are uncertain.

    Despite windfall, Illinois still to lag on bills

    The outlook for thousands of Illinois service providers became brighter after lawmakers dedicated a $1.2 billion windfall to addressing the state’s chronic unpaid bills problem, but some fear the positive trend could be short-lived. “For better or for worse we continue to have to manage in a crisis setting,” said Dan Schwick, vice president of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, one of the...


    Man extricated in 1-car accident

    Gurnee firefighters said they extricated a 22-year-old man from his car after a one-car accident Sunday morning. Firefighters said the accident occurred at 10:45 a.m. on northbound Route 41 just south of Route 120 in Park City.

    George Zimmerman, right, and attorney Don West, stand as the judge enters the courtroom in Seminole circuit court for a pretrial hearing, in Sanford, Fla., Saturday. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    Zimmerman’s defense a tightrope walk

    George Zimmerman’s lead attorney will be walking a fine line as he tries to convince jurors that his client didn’t murder Trayvon Martin: He needs to show why Zimmerman felt threatened by the African-American teenager while avoiding the appearance that either he or his client is racist.

    In this Dec. 18, 2012, courtroom sketch, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, center foreground with back showing, is seen sitting between members of His defense team during a hearing in Fort Hood, Texas. The Army psychiatrist’s trial was scheduled to begin last week.

    Suspect’s paralysis could slow Fort Hood trial

    The paralysis-related health problems of the Army psychologist charged with carrying out the deadly attack on Fort Hood could significantly slow the pace of his upcoming court-martial, including delays for stretch breaks and fewer daily hours for testimony.

    Students and faculty members of Santa Monica College comfort each other Sunday, two days after a shooting spree left six people dead, including the suspected gunman.

    Fifth victim dies from rampage in Santa Monica

    A woman who was critically wounded in the Santa Monica shooting spree died Sunday, bringing the total number of victims killed by the gunman to five. Marcela Franco, 26, died of her injuries at UCLA Medical Center, according to Santa Monica College spokeswoman Tricia Ramos.

    A worshipper weeps as she attends Mass at a Catholic church in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday. Churchgoers were urged to pray for former President Nelson Mandela, who has been hospitalized with a lung infection.

    South Africa: Family visits Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela received visits from family members on Sunday at a hospital where the former president and anti-apartheid leader was being treated for a recurring lung infection, while South Africans expressed their appreciation for a man widely regarded as the father of the nation.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has seen his poll number rise among independents and even Democrats, while many Republican remain cool to him.

    For Christie, long-term benefits may trump GOP gripes

    A series of unorthodox decisions by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie points to a simple political calculation for a potential presidential campaign: long-term gain beats short-term pain.

    This undated photo made available by Google shows backup tapes stored at a data center in Berkeley County, S.C.

    NSA claims know-how to ensure no illegal spying

    The supersecret agency with the power and legal authority to gather electronic communications worldwide to hunt U.S. adversaries says it has the technical know-how to ensure it’s not illegally spying on Americans.

    Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, who is also Tehran’s mayor, chant slogans, as they hold his posters, during a street campaign in Tehran Sunday.

    Few options for Iran’s reformists

    Despite four years of nonstop pressure, arrests and intimidation, Iran’s dissidents still find ways to show their resilience. But just a look at the sidewalks around Tehran’s Mellat Park shows how far Iran’s opposition has fallen as the country prepares for Friday’s presidential election.

    This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday. The Guardian identified Snowden as a source for its reports on intelligence programs after he asked the newspaper to do so on Sunday.

    Report: NSA contract worker is surveillance source

    A 29-year-old contractor who claims to have worked at the National Security Agency and the CIA allowed himself to be revealed Sunday as the source of disclosures about the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs, risking prosecution by the U.S. government.

    Images from the Christian Liberty Academy graduation on Sunday, June 9, in Arlington Heights.

    Images: Christian Liberty Academy Graduation
    Christian Liberty Academy held its graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 9, at the school in Arlington Heights.

    Images from the West Chicago High School graduation on Sunday, June 9 at North Central College in Naperville.

    Images: West Chicago High School Graduation
    West Chicago High School held its commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 9, at North Central College in Naperville.

    IMuzammil Ali speaks during the Willowbrook High School graduation on Sunday, June 9 at the school.

    Images: Willowbrook High School Graduation
    Willowbrook High School held its commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 9, at the school.

    Images from the Addison Trail High School graduation on Sunday, June 9 at the school.

    Images: Addison Trail High School Graduation
    Addison Trail High School held its commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 9, at the school.

    President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk at the Annenberg Retreat of the Sunnylands estate Saturday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Obama told reporters his meetings with Xi have been “terrific,” while saying it is critical the U.S. and China reach a “firm understanding” on cyber issues.

    Obama, Xi signal new start with walk in the desert

    It may not have been Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev’s Cold War walk by a frozen lake in Switzerland. But President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s 50-minute stroll through an estate in the California desert could mark a notable moment in the relationship between the heads of the world’s two largest economies.

    Parker Brown, left, and Travis Lores join other members of the Lake Zurich High School lacrosse team in shaking hands with kids along the parade route Sunday during a rally at the school after their team won the Lacrosse Cup state championship.

    Lake Zurich lacrosse team celebrates state championship

    Players, families and community members took time to celebrate a dream that was 11 years in the making and finally came true — the Lake Zurich High School Boys Lacrosse team as state champions. The team’s motto “Dream Big, Work Hard,” was referenced by many of the players and coaches who spoke at a celebration of the team on Sunday, a gathering of more than 100 people at the high school field...

    Athletes run down the Naperville Riverwalk in the last half mile of the final leg of the Athleta Esprit de She Triathlon through downtown Naperville Sunday. The triathlon started at Centennial Beach with a half-mile swim, followed by a 14.2-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run.

    ‘Esprit de She’ draws 1,400 triathletes to Naperville

    Naperville’s Centennial Beach was filled with cheers, hugs and a few tears Sunday morning as hundreds congratulated the women who competed in the Athleta Esprit de She Triathlon. Roughly 1,400 athletes from all over the Midwest participated in the event, which features a half-mile swim, followed by a 14.2-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run.


    Free business needs workshop

    State Rep. Carol Sente hosts a free business needs workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 12, at the College of Lake County Southlake campus, near Milwaukee Avenue and Route 45, Vernon Hills.


    U.S. Supreme Court ruling bolsters ‘No Refusal’ efforts in Kane

    The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office will work with local police departments to have an anti-drunk driving “No Refusal” event July 3 and 4. It’s the third time law enforcement agencies have taken special steps on Independence Day to fight drunken drivers.


    Household waste collection in Wauconda

    A household hazardous waste collection is set for 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Wauconda High School, 555 N. Main St., Wauconda.


    Schaumburg Boomers to honor real-life superheroes

    Is there a superhero in your life who deserves recognition? Nominate a special person in your life for the Schaumburg Boomers My Superhero Contest, with winners recognized on Superhero Night Friday, June 21 at the game against the Lake Erie Crushers at Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg.


    Book sale at Cook Park Library

    The Friends of the Cook Memorial Public Library District hosts a summer book sale, June 21 to 23, at Cook Park Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

    Sen. Kelly Ayotte, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, said she will back the bipartisan overhaul of the nation’s immigration system, which she said is broken and needs to be fixed.

    Ayotte to back immigration overhaul

    Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte on Sunday said she would support the bipartisan immigration overhaul under debate in the Senate and criticized “the broken immigration system we have now” as “unworthy of a great nation.”

    Arthur Lovi is suing the Arlington Heights police for what he says was an illegal search of his home and seizing of three antique guns, including a double barrel musket that’s more than 100 years old.

    Arlington Heights man, police in dispute over confiscating his guns

    Were Arlington Heights police right to confiscate three antique weapons from an Arlington Heights man who told a therapist he wanted to harm the doctor who incorrectly diagnosed his wife? That's the heart of a lawsuit filed by 72-year-old Arthur Lovi, who says the police did not have the necessary evidence to take his guns and keep them for months. The police disagree.


    Suburban group takes aim at state charter school commission

    A suburban group wants to get rid of the Illinois State Charter School Commission, which they argue shouldn’t be able to overturn decisions made by local school districts. About 10 members of Northern Illinois Jobs With Justice met on Saturday morning at the St. Charles Public Library to kick off a campaign to repeal the legislation that created the commission in late 2011.

    This screenshot shows a website that posts booking photos from DuPage County and accepts money to remove them. The photo has been altered to protect the identity of the subject.

    Legislation targets mug shot-removal websites

    Websites that carry arrest booking photos would be banned from accepting money to remove them in Illinois under proposed legislation headed to Gov. Pat Quinn. Lawmakers say the measure aims to demonetize what they see as an “offensive” business model, which was the subject of a Daily Herald investigation in March.

    MyTeam Triumph President Brian Merkle of Naperville pushes Becca Tally across the finish line at Wheaton’s Run For The Stars 5K race Saturday. A group of 21 runners helped seven people with disabilities compete in the race.

    Runners’ personal bests come from helping others

    The times are a little slower and the burden a little heavier, but the mood is light and the spirit soars for the "angels" pushing children with disabilities during Wheaton's Run For The Stars 5-K.

    In this Jan. 10, 2011, photo, Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon delivers her inaugural speech in Springfield. Simon is urging Illinois communities to consider banning assault-style weapons before new legislation is signed that could prohibit local governments from doing so in the future. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn hasn’t said whether he will sign the proposal, which the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has given him until July 9 to enact.

    Simon: ‘Clock ticking’ on assault-weapons bans

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is urging Illinois communities to consider banning assault-style weapons before new legislation is signed that could prohibit local governments from doing so in the future. Simon said if the bill is signed into law as written, cities with so-called “home rule” decision-making authority would have just 10 days to prohibit assault-style weapons. “It’s...

    Kay Tobin Lahusen, right, and other demonstrators carry signs calling for protection of homosexuals from discrimination as they march in a picket line in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

    Gay-rights movement has made huge strides last 50 years

    The gay-rights movement may be on the cusp of momentous legal breakthroughs. Later this month, a Supreme Court ruling could lead to legalization of same-sex marriage in California, the most populous state, and there’s a good chance the court will require the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in all U.S. jurisdictions where they are legal — as of now, 12 states and Washington,...

    This undated photo made available by Google shows backup tapes stored at a data center in Berkeley County, S.C. It can, at first glance, seem a leap to draw a line between the way Americans share their private lives on Facebook or our search habits with Google and concerns about government surveillance. But surrendering privacy, whether to business or government, fundamentally shifts the balance of power from the watched to the watchers, experts say.

    NSA revelations force question: What do we want?

    NEW YORK (AP) — For more than a decade now, Americans have made peace with the uneasy knowledge that someone — government, business or both — might be watching.

    This undated photo provided by Facebook shows the server room at the company’s data center in Prineville, Ore.

    Since 9/11, life — and surveillance — made easier

    Here are seven ways in which our world has become a less private place.

    A man stands on top of his car as it is flooded in Oklahoma City.

    After storm deaths, search on for perfect warning

    “There’s a great philosophical discussion about what constitutes the ideal lead time,” said Greg Carbin, a warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. “The more lead time the better, but the flip side of that is that accuracy and certainty in our predictions usually decrease with lead time.”

    Artist Larry Johnson in his LK Johnson Studio and gallery in Geneva with bronze piece titled, “Prayer Memorial for the Souls of Terezin.” Johnson retired from IBM and went back to what he studied in college — sculpting. His studio’s grand opening will be July 19-20.

    Geneva man rekindles his first passion: Art

    Dave Heun talks to Larry Johnson, who will open his own sculpting studio next month in Geneva. Now that he's retired from IBM, Johnson says he can go back to his first passion -- art.



    Original Six matchup good for a trip down memory lane

    For long-time Chicago hockey fans, the first Stanley Cup Finals between two members of the Original Six since 1979 might conjure childhood memories from when the Blackhawks were in that exclusive club.

    Miami Heat power forward Chris Andersen dunks the ball Sunday as San Antonio’s Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter look on during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

    Heat rout Spurs to even series

    MIAMI — Back with a blowout, and, no, the Miami Heat didn’t need to lean on LeBron to get it.Not when Mario Chalmers and everyone else came through.Chalmers led the charge, James broke out to finish it with a flurry and the Heat used a 33-5 run to blow away the San Antonio Spurs 103-84 on Sunday night to even the NBA Finals at one game apiece.James missed 10 of his first 13 shots and the Heat trailed by a point late in the third quarter before unleashing the lethal brand of basketball that led them to a franchise-record 66 wins this season.Chalmers finished with 19 points, and James had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while shooting only 7 of 17 from the field.“I know my shooters only need a little bit of room to get the shot off,” James said. “For me, I struggled offensively, but the shooters made some good shots.”The Heat made 10 of 19 3-pointers and got 13 points from Ray Allen, and 12 points and 10 rebounds from the previously slumping Chris Bosh.Danny Green made all six shots, including five 3-pointers, and scored 17 points for the Spurs. They host Game 3 on Tuesday night.Tony Parker had 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting for the Spurs, who were so precise in their 92-88 victory in Game 1 but threw the ball all over the white-surrounded court Sunday, committing 17 turnovers that led to 19 Miami points.“In the second half they just run us over,” the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili said. “We didn’t move the ball at all. Their pressure really got us on our heels.”Tim Duncan shot 3 of 13 and finished with nine points and 11 rebounds. James insisted he wouldn’t force himself to do more after he had a triple-double in Game 1 but never seized the opportunity to take control of the scoring as the game was slipping away from the Heat.He didn’t need to. Not with Chalmers making big shots, the Heat’s defense forcing the Spurs to look shaky all over the floor, and a barrage of second-half 3-pointers.James finally got some openings late, hanging from the rim an extra second not long after a sensational blocked shot freed him up for a fast break. The often-maligned Chalmers is frequently found in Heat highlights being yelled at by James or another Miami veteran. But he’s as cocky as any of the superstars in Miami, and he has the big-moment plays to back up his bravado, from a tying shot for Kansas in the 2008 NCAA championship game to his 25 points in Game 4 of last year’s finals.The point guard sparked the Heat late in the third, after San Antonio had taken a 62-61 lead. He converted two three-point plays, Allen and Mike Miller nailed 3-pointers, and James made only his third field goal of the game during a 14-3 finishing spurt that sent Miami to the fourth with a 75-65 advantage.They opened the fourth with nine straight points to make it 84-65, and capped the run at 94-67 when James made a 3-pointer, erasing any chance of their first two-game losing streak in five months.“We were just a little bit more active today,” Bosh said. “We really just made an emphasis to continue to try to corral them.”The Spurs had only four turnovers in Game 1, tying an NBA Finals record low. But they surpassed that total in the first quarter, Parker committing two of their five after not coughing it up once in the opener, and the Spurs looked more like the sloppy Indiana Pacers from Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals than the Spurs of Game 1. The unrecognizable play continued, Parker firing passes on the pick-and-roll right into a Heat player’s leg on multiple occasions and even getting yanked barely three minutes into the third quarter after his struggles continued. The Spurs responded with seven straight points without him to get back within one. But by the end of the period, it was Chalmers who was the best point guard on the floor.


    White Sox ‘blowing it up’ not a likely scenario

    The White Sox have played worse than what I believe them to be. That’s not to say the Sox are a great club, because I don’t think that’s true. However, I do think they’re better than what they’ve shown. Unfortunately, they haven’t shown us better — and the 60-game mark of the season has been surpassed. Therefore, what you want to know is: Are they going to blow it up and start over? This is a question that’s been asked repeatedly, and I’m fairly confident it won’t go away.


    Key internet stops provide wealth of data

    I am often asked how I go about my daily research during the baseball season.This week, I thought I would give you a quick primer on my favorite baseball websites. The internet isn’t my only source of information. Much of it comes from the Cubs’ media relations staff, MLB media guides and game notes. I also get lots of great material from conversations with uniformed personnel, front office members and other broadcasters. However, there are dozens of great websites that any baseball fan can look at to get much of the same information I find on a daily basis.

    Chicago Blackhawks players pose with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and the Western Conference Championship trophy as they win over Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in the second overtime period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

    Blackhawks know how big of an opportunity is at hand

    For a Blackhawks team that had a record-setting regular season which included winning the Presidents’ Trophy, it’s only fitting that they’ve met expectations and are going to the Stanley Cup Finals. But the Hawks still aren’t satisfied.


    Sky rookie Delle Donne delivers in clutch

    Elena Delle Donne dropped in two free throws to push the Sky to a 72-70 victory over the same Silver Stars, who handed the Sky its first loss Friday in San Antonio. Delle Donne finished with a career-high 23 points, including two 3-pointers as the Sky improved to 4-1 on the season. The 6-foot-5 forward says that standing at the line as a pro with the game on the line is a scenario that was years in the making.


    Cubs all abuzz about Blackhawks’ playoff run

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum and many teammates were basking Sunday in the glow of the Blackhawks' victory Sunday that sent them to the Stanley Cup Final. Sveum says it's good for his team to see a championship-caliber team in the same city.

    Duncan Keith celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Chicago.

    Keith has lots of respect for Kings’ Carter

    Duncan Keith spent a few extra seconds with Jeff Carter in the handshake line Saturday night, no doubt apologizing again for the high stick in Game 3. Keith was suspended for Game 4 for the incident.

    Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, the Bears’ first-round draft pick in 2011, was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reportedly for a sixth-round selection in 2014.

    Bears give up on Carimi, ship him to Bucs

    Former first-round pick Gabe Carimi, who was a major disappointment in his two injury-plagued seasons with the Bears, was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday for a sixth-round draft pick next year.

    Cubs starter Edwin Jackson won his second decision against 8 losses and lowered his ERA from 6.29 to 5.76 by giving up 4 hits and 1 run against the Pirates at Wrigley Field on Sunday.

    Cubs’ Jackson escapes ‘bubble’ for at least one game

    Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson enjoyed his best outing of the year in Sunday's 4-1 victory over the Pirates at Wrigley Field. He lasted 7 innings and gave up 4 hits, but more important, he said he went out and had fun.


    Red Stars blank Breakers

    After losing their first four games, the Chicago Red Stars captured their second straight victory and first at home Sunday by blanking the Boston Breakers 1-0, avenging a 4-1 defeat earlier this season. The Red Stars scored the only goal in the 26th minute when Julianne Sitch drove down the left sideline and slotted the ball to Lori Chalupny inside the box — and Chalupny beat goalie Ashley Phillips.

    The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate Saturday winning the NHL Western Conference Championship at the United Center in Chicago.

    Hawks' Game 5 was one for the ages

    If you're a Blackhawks fan, by now you've probably discussed Saturday night's epic Game 5 showdown with your friends, listened to all the call-in shows and read anything you could get your hands on about everything concerning this one. But this clash was so good, yeah, that good, that we thought it would be fitting to recap the 90-minute doozy in the words of those who were involved — the players and coaches.

    Starter Hector Santiago tips his hat to the fans after leaving the game in the seventh inning Sunday against the Athletics at U.S. Cellular Field. The 25-year-old lefty is 4-2 after earning the win, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits in 61⁄3 innings.

    Sox savor a couple wins after stormy stretch

    The White Sox "aren't out of the woods yet," according to Paul Konerko, but they were feeling pretty good about themselves Sunday after winning their second game in a row, a 4-2 decision over Oakland at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Buehrle back at the Cell, wearing Jays uniform

    A familiar face will be back at U.S. Cellular Field Monday night. Mark Buehrle, a popular starting pitcher for the White Sox from 2000-11, returns to the South Side with his new team, the Toronto Blue Jays. The Sox are planning a video tribute for the left-hander.


    Cougars fall to Kernels

    The Cedar Rapids Kernels parlayed a pair of 4-run innings into an 8-4 victory over the Kane County Cougars on Sunday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.


    Boomers get bounced by Slammers

    Game coverage of the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League:The Schaumburg Boomers suffered a 13-5 loss to the Joliet Slammers in the series finale on Sunday but still took two of three to win the series.

    Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, left, guards Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (18) during the first period of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston on Friday, June 7, 2013.

    A quick rundown on what Hawks fans can expect from Boston

    Meet the Boston Bruins. The Blackhawks’ opponent in the Stanley Cup Finals is big, fast, physical, can defend, is tough to beat at home and is on a roll, having swept the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals. The storylines with the Bruins are plentiful, starting with the fact it’s going to be the first Final between Original Six teams since 1979 when Montreal defeated the New York Rangers.

    Cubs’ Cody Ransom, front left, celebrates with teammate Anthony Rizzo after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Chicago.

    Ransom homer gives Cubs the win

    Ransom connected off reliever Justin Wilson (5-1) for his sixth home run of the season. Darwin Barney and Julio Borbon were on base after the Cubs were held hitless for 5 2-3 innings by Pirates starter Jeff Locke.Jackson (2-8) had his best and longest outing of the season, striking out eight in seven innings. He allowed four hits and a walk as the Cubs salvaged the finale of a three-game series. Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth for his seventh save in seven chances, completing a six-hitter.Chicago manufactured a game-tying run in the sixth before Dioner Navarro got the team’s first hit on a two-out single to left. Ransom’s alert baserunning led to the tying run. He went from first to third on an infield grounder and later scored on Scott Hairston’s sacrifice fly. Locke issued a leadoff walk to Ransom in the sixth. Pirates second baseman Neil Walker fielded Anthony Rizzo’s grounder in the hole and had to race to the bag to get the putout because first baseman Garrett Jones was out of position trying to field the ball. No one covered third on the play and Ransom took the extra base. After Alfonso Soriano walked, Hairston’s sacrifice fly to center made it 1-all.Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Andrew McCutcheon doubled and Jones followed with an RBI single. Locke was wild all game, walking a season-high seven while striking out six. He left with a one-hitter and the game tied at 1 after 100 pitches in 5 2-3 innings. Wilson allowed Ryan Sweeney’s single in the seventh, and pinch-hitter Borbon bunted into a force at second. Barney singled and Ransom followed with his three-run drive.The Pirates held the Cubs to two earned runs through the first 23 2-3 innings of the series.

    White Sox starting pitcher Hector Santiago pitches to the Oakland Athletics in Sunday’s first inning.

    Sox win second straight over Oakland

    Alex Rios and Tyler Flowers homered, Hector Santiago pitched into the seventh inning and the White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field to salvage a split of their four-game series.The White Sox appear to be waking up after dropping 10 of 11 and falling into last place in the AL Central. They’ve won two in a row behind strong starts from Santiago (2-4) and John Danks, and their bats are showing some life as well.Flowers tied it 1-all in the third after Coco Crisp homered in the top half. The White Sox grabbed a 3-1 lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Conor Gillaspie and an RBI double by Gordon Beckham. Rios chased A.J. Griffin (5-5) with a solo homer in the eighth to make it 4-2. Santiago was simply superb after Danks and Addison Reed combined on a four-hitter Saturday, and the Athletics lost for the just their fifth time in 23 games.In and out of the rotation after opening the season in the bullpen, the left-hander got the call with Jake Peavy sidelined by a broken rib and delivered in a big way. Santiago allowed two runs — one earned and four hits while striking out six and walking three.He left to loud cheers with a two-run lead after walking Josh Reddick with one out in the seventh. Matt Lindstrom came on and gave up a bloop single to a pinch-hitter John Jaso before Adam Rosales grounded into a force. Matt Thornton then threw wildly to first on a pickoff attempt, allowing Reddick to score and pull Oakland within one, before Crisp popped out.Jesse Crain retired the side in the eighth, giving him 24 straight scoreless innings and 25 appearances in a row without allowing a run. Reed worked the ninth for his 19th save in 20 chances and his second in two days.Griffin allowed seven hits and struck out five while walking one, but Oakland managed only five hits at the plate.


    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 the Blackhawks postgame tone was somewhat muted Saturday night when the Hawks finally put away the Los Angeles Kings in double-overtime.


    In stock market terms, it’s been a disappointing year for BRICS, the emerging-market powerhouses that make up the cute acronym — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Almost all the major stock indexes are lower in the five countries. The market in the U.S., by contrast, is up 15 percent.

    When building a portfolio, are BRICS still a buy?

    Down, down, down. That’s the direction of stocks in the BRICS economies, which were investment darlings last year but now seem deadweights.

    Crystal Swift poses on her Fat Boy Harley-Davidson at her home in Charlotte, N.C. Harley is the top seller of motorcycles in its class in the U.S. and leads in sales among women, minorities and younger adults as well as the middle-aged men.

    Stripped-down Harley rebounds from recession

    Some motorcycle enthusiasts feared Keith Wandell might be the outsider who drove Harley-Davidson into the ground. Instead, he may be remembered as the guy who kept the motorcycle maker on the road.

    This year, Apple is expected to show off a simplified look on iPhones and iPads. If the speculation is correct, it would be the most radical design change since the iPhone made its debut in 2007.

    Music service, mobile software expected from Apple

    Apple is expected to reveal a digital radio service and changes to the software behind iPhones and iPads on Monday as the company opens its annual conference for software developers.

    In an effort to get customers to stick around and visit after the morning rush, Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. has set in motion one of the most radical store redesigns since the chain’s 1950 founding.

    Dunkin’ Donuts tries to spiff up pit-stop image

    The world’s largest donut chain has long sold itself as a pit stop. “America runs on Dunkin’,” goes the company’s slogan, and its customers typically stop in for a pre-work sugar-and- caffeine jolt and then split. Now, in an effort to get customers to stick around and visit after the morning rush, Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. has set in motion one of the most radical store redesigns since the chain’s 1950 founding.


    Fannie shares seen as worthless despite surge

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shares surged to five-year highs last week, giving them a combined market value of $48 billion, about the same as BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest money manager, and Starbucks Corp., the biggest coffee-shop operator.The securities have climbed eightfold this year as the U.S. housing recovery led the mortgage financiers to record profits and speculation grew they would repay the government after their 2008 bailout and be released from conservatorship. Under a new bipartisan bill being prepared by U.S. senators, the companies would be liquidated and the stock could be worthless. Higher- ranking preferred securities, whose buyers include billionaire hedge fund manager Paulson & Co. and Bruce Berkowitz’s Fairholme Capital Management, are also at risk from the legislation.“There is a giant disconnect between investors and Washington over whether there is any value,” Jaret Seiberg, an analyst at Guggenheim Securities LLC’s Washington Research Group, said in a telephone interview. “Washington can’t fathom there could be value and the investment community seems convinced that there is.”Trading in the preferred and common stock of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has jumped in recent months as speculation mounted the Obama administration or Congress would address the future of the $9.4 trillion mortgage-finance system. A bill being prepared by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker and Virginia Democrat Mark Warner would keep the government in the market, an outcome the world’s biggest bond investors including Pacific Investment Management Co. and AllianceBernstein LP say is necessary.‘Wild’ SpeculationFannie Mae and Freddie Mac surged in May from so-called penny stocks -- trading under $1 -- to an intraday high on May 29 of $5.44 for Fannie Mae, giving it a market capitalization of about $31.3 billion, and $5 for Freddie Mac, equal to $16 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Fannie Mae has since dropped to $2.24 and Freddie Mac to $2.18.“The speculation is wild,” Anton Schutz, president of Rochester, New York-based Mendon Capital Advisors Corp., said in a telephone interview. His firm has about $160 million under management and doesn’t own Fannie Mae shares. “I would never engage in owning any security like that, where the government makes the rules.”Preferred GainsFannie’s 8.25 percent of preferred stock has risen to $8.24 from 26 cents at the beginning of the year, as investors speculated the securities, which have a par value of $25, could be repaid. Berkowitz’s Fairholme Capital Management said this week it owns $2.4 billion par value of preferreds from the two companies and is ready to help with a restructuring.“Taxpayer dollars expended by the government during a time of national crisis will be fully repaid,” Fairholme said in the statement. “And equitable treatment of taxpaying shareholders, including community banks, insurance companies, and mutual funds holding preferred Stock, must be restored with dividends reinstated.”The bill in Congress, which would instead replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a new agency known as the Federal Mortgage Insurance Corp. that would bear any catastrophic losses on mortgage bonds after private investors or insurers get wiped out, faces a “long and very uncertain road towards passage,” according to Ed Mills and Paul Miller, analysts at FBR Capital Markets.While a draft says the U.S. could offer payments to common and junior preferred shareholders once the government is paid off on almost $190 billion of aid, Guggenheim’s Seiberg says the provision is being misread. Investors are assuming that payments the firms are now making from all their profits would be included in the calculation, he said.On Hook

    This undated product image provided by Toyota shows the company’s new Corolla revealed Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Santa Monica, Calif. The company hopes the new car will shed the old version’s low-cost image and attract new, younger buyers to its brand.

    Sporty new Corolla aimed at youthful buyers

    The Toyota Corolla, an aging, stodgy but reliable economy car, is getting a radical new look. The world’s largest automaker rolled out a new version of the compact Thursday night at a splashy event in Santa Monica, Calif., hoping to shed the old version’s low-cost image and attract new, younger buyers to its brand.

    Wan Long, 72, chairman of Shuanghui International, prepares himself before an interview in his office in Luohe, in central China’s Henan province. At an age when most Chinese executives are long retired, the country’s top hog butcher is taking on a daunting new job persuading Americans to allow him to complete China’s biggest takeover of a U.S. company.

    China’s top butcher tries to sell U.S. on takeover

    At an age when most Chinese executives are long retired, the country’s top hog butcher is taking on a daunting new job persuading Americans to allow him to complete China’s biggest takeover of a U.S. company. Facing anxiety over food safety scandals in China and complaints about Chinese cyber spying, 72-year-old chairman Wan Long has launched a charm offensive to reassure Americans they have nothing to fear and possibly much to gain from the tie-up.


    Career Coach: Don’t be a desperate job seeker

    Acting desperate has never been an attractive quality in dating relationships, and it’s certainly not attractive to potential employers, either. For jobseekers — especially new graduates who haven’t yet secured a position — emotions can run high and turn usually calm, collected candidates into needy, overeager individuals. It is that behavior that will keep them from landing a job.


    Understanding the SEC’s money-market reforms

    Money-market funds: You might know them as a safe place to park your cash and perhaps gather a tiny bit of interest in the process. But in Washington, D.C., money funds have been the subject of high drama since the 2008 financial crisis. At issue have been years-long efforts by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Wall Street’s cop, to reform the rules under which these funds operate—in order to avoid investor panics of the sort that occurred a few years ago. Those efforts have been dogged by opposition from the mutual fund industry.


    Work Advice: Freelance doesn’t mean free

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

    Engagement rings and wedding bands from online jewelers can cost more than 20 percent less, experts say. That’s because you’re not paying the extra overhead costs of traditional retailers. And online retailers, such as Blue Nile Inc. and James Allen, usually have more styles to choose from than their physical rivals.

    How to buy wedding and engagement rings online

    It’s wedding season. And the Internet can be a busy jewelry buyer’s best friend, if you know what to look for. Engagement rings and wedding bands from online jewelers can cost more than 20 percent less, experts say. That’s because you’re not paying the extra overhead costs of traditional retailers. And online retailers, such as Blue Nile Inc. and James Allen, usually have more styles to choose from than their physical rivals.


    IPad prices a sign of Japanese inflation

    Apple Inc.’s raising of iPad prices in Japan and a surprise increase in Tokyo consumer prices added to signs that monetary stimulus is starting to stoke inflation.

    Corn stalks grow in standing water Tuesday in a field near Colfax, Iowa. Many corn farmers in the Midwest are running out of time to plant — or replant — their crops after the soggy spring kept them out of the fields and, in some cases, washed away their seeds.

    Farmers face tough decisions from delayed planting

    It’s decision time for many Midwest corn farmers stuck in one of the wettest springs ever: Plant late in ground that’s been too wet, replant corn in muddy fields or collect crop insurance. “We’ve had as much rain in the last month and a half as we did last whole growing season,” said Kevin Rempp, 55, who farms in central Iowa near Montezuma.

    The uproar over the Internal Revenue Service’s heavy-handed treatment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status can be traced partly to when New York University Law School went into the noodle business.

    Conflicting laws, regulations feed IRS confusion

    The uproar over the Internal Revenue Service’s heavy-handed treatment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status can be traced partly to when New York University Law School went into the noodle business. The IRS’ attempt to enforce those contradictory laws with vague regulations has sown even more confusion, tax lawyers, former agency officials and others agree.

    Jeff Stibel, CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., says that many small business owners go about getting a loan all wrong.

    How small businesses can avoid loan rejection

    Thousands of stunned small business owners call Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. each week after they’re turned down for a loan. Jeff Stibel, CEO of the business credit reporting company has a message for them: Don’t blame the bank. Instead, he says, find out how you contributed to that rejection and start working to improve your company’s credit rating so next time, the answer will be “yes.”

    Swiss lawmakers in the lower house of parliament are demanding more information on what they called a “black box” agreement to allow the country’s banks to cooperate with the U.S. to end a tax evasion dispute.

    Swiss lawmakers want info on U.S. undeclared-accounts deal

    Swiss lawmakers in the lower house of parliament are demanding more information on what they called a “black box” agreement to allow the country’s banks to cooperate with the U.S. to end a tax evasion dispute.

Life & Entertainment


    Outdoor makeover contest Week 5: Dreaming of a fiesta fabulosa

    Tantalizing smells, cold drinks and voices raised in happy conversations. That is how I envision my backyard, as a relaxing outdoor living space, during out annual teaching department May fiesta.

    Calibrachoa flowers are perfect for containers as they trail over the edge.

    Art in the garden: Annual you should grow this year

    Iit’s nice to have a repertoire of plants they can count on to perform consistently, gardens and containers can begin to look a little predictable – each year just like the one before. This year, why not ‘plant outside the box’ with annuals that have been recently introduced or are often overlooked.

    SH13E144TREASURES May 20, 2013 -- This lovely multicolored pitcher was probably made in Bohemia circa 1900. (SHNS photo courtesy Joe Rosson and Helaine Fendelman / Treasures In Your Attic)

    Does glass pitcher reflect dollar signs for owner?

    Q. Enclosed are photographs of a glass pitcher that has three colors — yellow, clear and cobalt blue. Could you please give me information on when it was made and its worth? I believe it is Amberina. The condition is excellent with no chips. It is 4½ inches tall. It has a reed handle and polished pontil.


    Keeping yourself in mind during family woes

    Q. My husband and I are returning to my hometown for a celebration where we will see many people who haven’t seen me since I graduated from high school. I’m dreading the expected question “Do you have any children?”

    Actor Neil Patrick Harris, left, and Mike Tyson perform during the opening number Sunday at the 67th Annual Tony Awards in New York.

    'Kinky Boots,' Lauper win big at Tony Awards

    The feel-good musical “Kinky Boots,” with songs by pop star and Broadway newcomer Cyndi Lauper, won six 2013 Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical, best score and best leading man. “I want to thank Harvey Fierstein for calling me up. I'm so glad I was done with the dishes and answered the phone,” Lauper said.

    Actor Neil Patrick Harris, left, and Mike Tyson perform on stage during the opening number at the 67th Annual Tony Awards, on Sunday, June 9, 2013 in New York.

    Images: The Tony Awards
    The feel-good musical “Kinky Boots,” with songs by pop star and Broadway newcomer Cyndi Lauper, won six 2013 Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical, best score and best leading man.

    A Walt Disney World guest swipes his key card while playing the “Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom” game at the Magic Kingdom theme park.

    Disney World amps up interactivity

    The Disney universe is populated by a countless array of heroes and villains. Think Simba and Scar, Peter Pan and Captain Hook, Cruella De Vil and the 101 Dalmatians. The Mouse House is taking it a step further these days, affording Walt Disney World visitors not only the opportunity to see their favorite characters, but also to interact with them in new and unique ways.

    An empty train for the GateKeeper roller coast has a test run above a new main entrance area at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. The coaster will turn riders upside down six times.

    Summer ushers in new attractions at theme parks

    If there's ever been a summer to visit a theme park, this is it. High-speed wooden roller coasters? Thrilling, sense-assaulting rides? Penguins? Yes, yes and most definitely. In Orlando alone, four of the area's big parks — Disney, Universal, Legoland and SeaWorld — have opened new attractions. Cedar Point in Ohio unveiled a new roller coaster a few weeks ago and in Las Vegas, a $50 million water park debuted on Memorial Day weekend.

    This film image released by Universal Pictures shows Ethan Hawke in a scene from “The Purge,” which came in at No. 1 at the box office this weekend. The horror film outperformed expectations with its $36.4 million haul.

    ‘The Purge’ topples ‘Fast 6’ at box office

    The suspense thriller “The Purge” topped the weekend box office with a shocking $36.4 million that doubled industry expectations, according to studio estimates Sunday. Audiences starved for a horror option flocked to the micro-budget Universal film starring Ethan Hawke. “The Purge” was made for relative peanuts — just $3 million — making it an extremely lucrative release for Universal..“Never did we expect it to open at this level,” said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal.

    Kenny Loggins headlines the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Sunday, June 9.

    Sunday picks: Your choice: Loggins, Baez or Pitbull

    Get out and enjoy a concert: Kenny Loggins performs his big 1970s and '80s hits like “Footloose,” “Danny's Song” and more Sunday at the Arcada in St. Charles. Or enjoy the folk/rock stylings of Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls on a double-bill at Ravinia. On the other end of the spectrum, rapper-producer Pitbull and bad-girl popster Ke$ha share a bill at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

    English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, left, and drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots secretly recorded their upcoming album, “Wise Up Ghost.”

    Elvis Costello and The Roots team up on new album

    When Elvis Costello and The Roots teamed up for a new album, they knew their pairing was unlikely and unconventional, so they secretly recorded music without the approval of their record labels. “We did it without a label or deadline pressure,” said Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson as he sat next to Costello. “This absolutely was a passion project.” They began recording “Wise Up Ghost,” which will be released Sept. 17, two years ago. It’s a moody, 12-track album that features both new songs and others borrowed from Costello’s catalog.

    Dr. John will perform at this year’s Blues on the Fox at the RiverEdge Park Music Garden in Aurora.

    On the road: Aurora opens RiverEdge with Blues on the Fox

    It’s time for the grand opening of the RiverEdge Park Music Garden in downtown Aurora, and what better way to do it than Aurora’s 17th Annual Blues on the Fox festival. The Friends of the Chicago River and the Chicago Botanic Garden offer a chance to canoe along with a biologist onthe lakes of the garden. Also, the Family Fun Festival returns to Millennium Park with all kinds of interactive activities and musical games for kids of all ages.


    Using appliances in Europe can be a power struggle

    While most of Europe now has a common currency, they’ve yet to develop a common current. The United States operates appliances on a 110 voltage. So does Canada, Mexico and most of Latin America. Most of Europe uses a 210 voltage. So cross the pond and you may be shocked — literally — when you plug your 110-voltage hairdryer into their outlet. Your dryer will heat up like it’s on steroids and then, “pop.” It will probably never heat again.


    Air conditioner tips to reduce electric bills

    Q. I am trying to run my central air conditioner less to save electricity. Would using a portable air conditioner use less electricity? Does one have to be vented outdoors through a window?

    Iowa bluestone and boxwood are prominent in the landscaping of the Barrington Hills home.

    New home holds many delights for garden faire visitor

    The chicken coop — rearmored after sad experience with mink, foxes and raccoons — nestles under the trees, including the ones holding the children's treehouse. Along with the swimming pool, bocce ball court and sledding hill, they draw the headlines at a Barrington Hills estate open for the 13th Annual Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire. After all, who can resist a family of growing chicks complete with dad the rooster and the whimsy of a sign: “Hot Chicks Live Here.”

    Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Ariz., temporarily closed after the “Kitchen Nightmares” episode aired. The episode drew more than a million viewers on YouTube, and restaurateur Amy Bouzaglo’s vitriolic rants became popular fodder on Twitter and Facebook.

    Bad behavior on reality TV a path to fame

    These days, head butting, table flipping, belly slapping, hair pulling, smack talking and other behavior generally considered impolite have become a tested strategy for reality TV fame, as seen in the proliferation of such shows as “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” “Basketball Wives” and the “Real Housewives” franchise.

    Equipment on display at the Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria. Caterpillar Inc. manufactures heavy equipment that bulldozes, digs, lifts and performs other tasks at construction and mining sites.

    New Caterpillar center pulls its weight with visitors

    Here’s a place where the word caterpillar does not refer to fuzzy little insects. The new Caterpillar Visitors Center is all about the roaring black-and-yellow machines that dig and lift at massive construction and mining sites. The company opened a nearly 50,000-square-foot visitors center last fall, investing more than $52 million dollars in the center and the Peoria Riverfront Museum nearby.

    Former Secret Service Agent Sean King (Jon Tenney) finds a new career as a private detective in TNT’s new crime drama “King & Maxwell,” premiering Monday, June 10.

    Jon Tenney continues TNT run with ‘King & Maxwell’

    Clearly, TNT loves Jon Tenney. And the feeling is mutual, since the actor has worked for the cable network for the better part of the past decade. On Monday, he launches a new crime drama, “King & Maxwell.”


    Ceiling fans are designed for constant cooling

    Q. My neighbors leave early in the morning and come home between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. They have room air conditioners and ceiling fans, which they run for hours so fast that the noise jumps out. Could running ceiling fans full speed cause a fire, or make them spin out or dangle? It would take only a few minutes to turn on the air conditioners when they get home.

    A built-in soap dispenser can be a nice addition to any kitchen sink.

    Soap dispenser can ‘clean up’ the look of your kitchen

    Q. I would like to add a soap dispenser to my stainless-steel kitchen sink, but my husband says that we don’t have a hole in the sink rim for him to install one. Is it possible to drill the proper hole needed for a soap dispenser in our existing sink?


    When a home sits closed with no heating or cooling

    Q. I recently purchased an older home that sat all winter without the water or electricity. Now that I’m trying to get things working again, I’m having trouble with the older windows not opening, some sink faucets that have hot water but not cold, and doors that close on their own.


    Should CD player draw power when vehicle is off?

    In our May 26 column, we were trying to help a reader with a Mustang whose car battery often went dead. One of our readers has experienced the same problem and shared the following information with us about the CD player.

    The prefab component of this 3,851-square-foot house in Austin, Texas, is the structurally insulated panels used for its building envelope.

    What’s fabulous about prefab housing

    Author Sheri Koones is on a mission to educate American homeowners about home building. Koones’ last four books have zeroed in on prefabricated, factory-built housing. For more than 100 years, this type of housing has been promoted by designers and entrepreneurs who have touted its efficiency, speed and affordability, but with limited success.

    Pedestrians walk along Broadway in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Saratoga Springs' racetrack is still going strong as it marks its 150th anniversary this summer.

    Saratoga marks 150 years of thoroughbred racing

    Mineral springs, gambling and horses. In this world-famous thoroughbred racing hotbed, the four-legged stars who have drawn people here since the bloodiest days of the Civil War actually took third billing coming out of the 19th-century tourism starting gate, trailing the resort spas and the casinos that offered visitors a diversion in between the taking of the waters. It may have started out trailing the field, but “the Sport of Kings” soon took the lead and still reigns supreme in Saratoga 150 years after the first thoroughbred races were held Aug. 3, 1863.



    Editorial: Time for answers in privacy debate

    Questions about the Patriot Act have been asked for more than a decade, yet new revelations on how the government is using its powers demand we finally get answers, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Scrambling to find a ‘victim’ for our weekly radio spot

    Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Valley news director, details his first appearance on the weekly interview of Daily Herald staff on WBBM radio. It was a can't-miss topic: the 131 high school students the newspaper honored for their academic prowess.


    Fido and the family’s vacation by train

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Four House members have proposed the Pets on Trains Act of 2013 to allow people to travel with their domestic pets. The act would require that Amtrak devote at least one car for kenneled pets for passengers traveling less than 750 miles. The bill’s sponsors have focused primarily on the family and humane concerns, earning the support of the Humane Society of the United States.


    Our top leaders cannot be trusted
    A Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Our nation’s attorney general has spent more time testifying before Congress then he does in his own office. The investigation subjects have been numerous and varied, but his basic defense has been similar in just about all the cases — that is, he didn’t know anything about it nor did he have anything to do with it.


    GOP’s self-interest harming country
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Remember when “GOP” meant “Grand Old Party and not “Gut Obama’s Programs”? Republican politicians used to care about this country and not their own political careers and wealthy supporters.


    Academic freedom is the issue
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Evolutionists usually claim that the evidence for evolution is in a field which is not their field of expertise. Matthew Lowry (5/29), as a physicist, follows that pattern.


    Respond to insult with peace
    A Green Oaks letter to the editor: Recently, Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee blatantly attacked Catholicism by declaring that “those ... Catholics” can’t be trusted, without critical reaction from the public and media.


    Dock legislators’ pay 75 percent
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: Our Illinois General Assembly has been debating for more than two years how to close a government-employee pension shortfall. Gov. Quinn once again is trying to bring together legislative leaders following the close of their Spring Session to push forward on an overhaul.


    State rep went back on his word
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Tim Schmitz, our Illinois House Representative, told his constituents he would vote for SJR 27 — the bill which asks for an amendment to repeal “Citizens United,” the Supreme Court ruling which said that corporations are people, money is speech, and which allows unlimited dark money to flow into politicians’ pockets from corporations, unions and individuals.


    Author’s bias should have been revealed
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: On May 31, you published a “guest view” by Michael Saltsman, who looks nice and young, for a piece entitled “The Summer of Teenagers’ Discontent.” I read it about halfway through, until he started using fuzzy non sequitur logic to justify his position of not raising the minimum wage, and I looked to find out who he is.


    Township’s dubious 16.2 percent raises
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Anyone who has been following DuPage politics is aware of the bad blood between Milton Township Assessor Bob Earl and the township elected officials. The situation had seemed to resolve itself with the last election — the will of the people who voted in a new township assessor.


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