Daily Archive : Monday June 10, 2013


    Dawn Fletcher Collins, executive director of the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce, plants her garden in honor of her mother, Audrey, who just died, at the After-Hours Networking Event Thursday celebrating a new community and school garden at Euclid Elementary School.

    Mount Prospect celebrates community garden

    River Trails Elementary School District 26, the River Trails Park District and the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce hosted an After-Hours Networking Event Thursday at the new community and school garden, El Jardin De Los Suenos (The Garden of Dreams). The event at Euclid Elementary School, 1211 N. Wheeling Road, celebrated the district’s newest “green” initiative.


    Wauconda wants to know what’s important to you

    Wauconda officials will host a community meeting today to discuss goals that are important to residents and business owners. The session is set for 10 a.m. at village hall, 101 N. Main St.

    Steve Lang of Mount Prospect has a Chicago Blackhawks tattoo on one leg and a tattoo honoring Boston Bruins player Bobby Orr on the other. Lang grew up in the Chicago area and says he has always been loyal to the Blackhawks, but as a kid he followed the Bruins closely and admired Orr.

    Despite Bruins ink, Mt. Prospect man is Hawks fan

    Any other time, it might not seem as bizarre, but with the Chicago Blackhawks about to face the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final, hockey fans who happen to take a glance at Steve Lang's legs in the next few days will certainly pause and take a second look. There they'll find tattoos representing both teams.


    Comcast launches new cloud-enabled X1 service today

    Comcast Corp., which has its Midwest headquarters in Schaumburg, launches its X1 Platform from Xfinity today in Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan. The X1 Platform includes voice commands; apps that let users listen to music on Pandora, track scores of multiple sports games or get weather or traffic updates; and the ability to watch four shows while recording a fifth.

    Villa Park Village President Deborah Bullwinkel applauds Willowbrook High School principal Dan Krause on being named Illinois Principal of the Year during a ceremony in May at the Villa Park school.

    'New day in Villa Park' for new Mayor Bullwinkel

    Villa Park's new Village President Deborah Bullwinkel leads a busy life balancing varied interests in traveling, running her own business and making Villa Park a better place -- interests she says do not so much compete as complement each other. Bullwinkel is excited to bring communication and leadership to a town that could be on the cusp of a new era. “It's a new day in Villa Park, it...

    Jerome Christian, an employee of $99PerRoom, paints a kitchen wall at one of two Little City group homes in Schaumburg that he and other volunteers helped renovate Monday. The effort was part of the real estate firm Koenig & Strey’s first Kindness Week.

    Volunteers rally to help Little City residents

    Instead of selling homes Monday, a group Schaumburg real estate agents renovated them. About 30 employees from the real estate company Koenig & Strey helped paint and landscape two Schaumburg homes where 16 developmentally disabled men live. The homes are supported and maintained by Palatine-based Little City. “This does so much to enhance the morale,” said Shawn Jeffers, executive director for...

    Peter Roskam

    Roskam: Anti-theft tech could save Medicare money

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam says the same technology that credit card companies use to protect their customers from theft could help scale back Medicare fraud. “It is outrageous that the federal government has this problem where they can't keep track of the money properly,” Roskam said.

    Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters Monday in Chicago after a meeting with Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton on the pension crisis. Quinn says he'll push lawmakers “night and day” to find a solution before a special legislative session begins on June 19.

    Quinn wants combination pension plan

    Gov. Pat Quinn proposed a middle route Monday between two rival plans holding up a solution to Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis, but it's unclear whether Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan will support it. “I think this is the time for the governor to step up, meet with Senate President Cullerton and individual senators and (support) the House pension proposal,”...

    Nearly 100 years after the Henry B. Smith freighter went down during a November storm in Lake Superior, a group of shipwreck hunters believes it has found the ship — and much of it is largely intact.

    100 years later, shipwreck found in Lake Superior

    Nearly 100 years after the Henry B. Smith freighter went down during a November storm in Lake Superior, a group of shipwreck hunters believes it has found the ship — and much of it is largely intact.


    Lost Lincoln document found at central Pa. college

    In losing a president, Lycoming College found a piece of its history.Retiring President James Douthat was cleaning out a closet in his office last week when he stumbled on a rather uncommon historical document that had been lost for years — a certificate signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 that named the college's founder a Civil War chaplain.

    Arlington Heights will join a class-action lawsuit with several other Illinois municipalities in an effort to recoup tax money lost when people book hotel rooms through outside travel websites. Other Illinois municipalities involved include Warrenville, Oak Brook Terrace, Rockford, Bedford Park, Willowbrook, Tinley Park, Burr Ridge, Orland Park, Orland Hills, Oak Lawn and Des Plaines.

    Arlington Heights to join online hotel tax lawsuit

    Arlington Heights will join a lawsuit with several other Illinois municipalities in an effort to recoup tax money lost when people book hotel rooms through outside travel websites. The Arlington Heights committee of the whole on Monday approved a legal agreement to join several other communities in a class-action lawsuit to recoup what could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars from online...

    Tim Stoeckel, senior project manager at Jones Lang LaSalle, gives Lisle officials, including Lisle Mayor Joe Broda, right, a tour Monday of the Universal Technical Institute construction site.

    Lisle officials get early look at future school

    Ductwork is exposed, walls are incomplete and dust and other construction debris still litter the floor inside Universal Technical Institute's future location in Lisle. But it's the promise of what the unfinished 185,000-square-foot structure will become that had Lisle officials excited Monday as they toured the site along Warrenville Road. “To go from having something that was lying...

    A gravel truck lies on its side along Route 173 near Fox Lake after it was involved in a fatal crash Monday morning.

    Antioch woman killed in crash

    An Antioch woman was killed early Monday when her white Subaru crossed the centerline on Route 173 near Fox Lake and slammed head-on into a gravel truck, authorities said.


    Addison Trail senior still critical after being hit by car

    An Addison Trail High School senior who was unable to attend graduation after he was struck by a vehicle in Chicago remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday. Police said no charges will be filed in the early Sunday accident that left 19-year-old Dylan Domek with severe injuries to his head and legs.


    Mundelein officials again looking at fixing Seavey ditch

    More than a decade after work to deepen part of the Seavey drainage ditch in Mundelein ended, village officials on Monday again debated whether the project should resume.


    Palatine delays vote on group home’s request to expand

    The same group home that faced resistance from neighbors before opening earlier this year in Palatine is back before the village council looking to expand. Neurorestorative wants to increase the number of patients it serves at 1158 N. Deer Ave. by one to a total of five adults with traumatic brain injuries.


    Crowd protests Barrington fire service split

    Barrington’s village board Monday night was deluged by a standing-room-only crowd of firefighters and residents angered by the planned split of the village fire department and Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District at the end of the year. Many in the crowd held yellow signs with slogans in black, like “We Support One Barrington Fire Department” and “Public Safety Should Be Public...


    North Aurora back to ComEd, for now

    North Aurora is dropping its electricity provider and going back to ComEd, at least through October, as ComEd prices are now cheaper.


    St. Charles to announce new alderman this week; finalists named

    Residents of the 3rd Ward in St. Charles have a new alderman, but city officials won’t release his or her identity until later this week. A task force of Mayor Ray Rogina, Aldermen Dan Stellato and William Turner, and City Administrator Brian Townsend narrowed the pool of 13 candidates to four finalists. The full city council then interviewed the finalists in closed-door meetings early Monday...


    Dist. 300 recognized with awards for financial reporting, planning

    School board members in Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300 stopped to recognize the work of the district’s finance department Monday evening. A team led by Chief Financial Officer Susan Harkin earned Dist. 300 a handful of awards for financial reporting and financial planning.

    Thirty-four-year-old Naperville resident Kristin McQueen, who is determined not to let a cancer diagnosis define her, is vying for a spot in the Kona Iroman competition in October. McQueen says running and her ability to fight cancer go hand in hand. “I love to race, and when I run or when I cycle — not so much when I swim — but when I do those things, I’m able to kind of escape cancer for a while,” she says.

    Cancer won’t keep Naperville woman from Ironman competition

    Training for triathlons helps Kristin McQueen forget about the cancer she’s been battling now for almost 10 years. “I love to race, and when I run or when I cycle - not so much when I swim - but when I do those things, I’m able to kind of escape cancer for a while,” she says in a 90-second video on Kona Inspired - a website where voters can send seven inspiring athletes to compete in the elite...

    Edward Snowden, 29, worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency and is the source of The Guardian’s disclosures about the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs, as the British newspaper reported Sunday.

    US spy programs raise ire both home and abroad

    The Obama administration faced fresh anger Monday at home and abroad over U.S. spy programs that track phone and Internet messages around the world in the hope of thwarting terrorist threats. But a senior intelligence official said there are no plans to end the secretive surveillance systems.

    Twenty-four sets of twins are fifth-graders at Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette. The school is attempting to break a Guinness World record for the amount of twins in one grade which is currently sixteen sets.

    Wilmette school boasts two dozen sets of twins

    Like a lot of kids, the two brothers from northern Illinois spent hours marveling at the weird and the wonderful in the Guinness Book of World Records — and wondering what they could do to get in it.Their friends tried endless pogo stick jumps. One practiced in the shower for an attempt at the loudest burp.Then, Luke and Ryan Novosel, 11-year-old twins from Wilmette, began counting up all...

    Maeve and Aidan Holmberg

    Images: 24 sets of twins
    Here are the 24 sets of twins in fifth grade at Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette.

    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. Jury selection begins Monday in the second-degree murder trial, which is expected to last about six weeks.

    Jury selection to begin for Zimmerman’s trial

    On the first day of his trial Monday, George Zimmerman got a look at some of the people who might decide whether he committed second-degree murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The first group of 100 potential jurors filled out questionnaires about themselves and their ability to serve on the jury as prosecutors and defense attorneys sought to find six objective members and...

    Demonstrators hold signs supporting Edward Snowden in New York’s Union Square Park Monday. Snowden, who says he worked as a contractor at the National Security Agency and the CIA, gave classified documents to reporters, making public two sweeping U.S. surveillance programs and touching off a national debate on privacy versus security.

    Leak highlights key role of private contractors

    The U.S. government monitors threats to national security with the help of nearly 500,000 people like Edward Snowden — employees of private firms who have access to the government’s most sensitive secrets.


    Maine East, South Elgin teachers honored by state
    Teachers from Maine East and South Elgin high Schools are among 36 statewide who will be honored at a luncheon Tuesday by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers.


    Charges unlikely for drunken teacher

    A fourth-grade teacher who passed out on a field trip and was later found to be legally drunk isn’t likely to face criminal charges, police said Monday. No one at the event called police on the 50-year-old teacher, and the other chaperones apparently thought she was having a medical issue, Janesville Deputy Police Chief John Olsen said.


    Lake County networking event:

    “Buy Lake County — Build Lake County,” a networking event to bring together representatives from businesses and government, is set for 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, in the Atrium at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.

    Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, left, credits Lombard Deputy Chief Pat Rollins with getting him to the Ryder Cup on time last fall. Rollins is going to be Sughar Grove’s new police chief.

    Sugar Grove has new police chief

    Sugar Grove has hired a new police chief, Pat Rollins. Rollins may be best known as the deputy chief in Lombard that made sure golfer Rory McIlroy made it to the Ryder Cup in time to play last year at Medinah Country Club.

    Riders head toward Pace buses lined up during the morning rush hour at the CTA Blue Line station on River Road in Rosemont.

    Pace hoping to set up Park and Ride at Sears Centre Arena

    In an effort to expand a bus route that runs from the Rosemont CTA Blue Line stop to Hoffman Estates, Pace is requesting the use of parking spaces at the Sears Centre Arena to serve suburban commuters heading to Chicago.

    Buffalo Grove High School is one of just three Northwest Suburban High School District 214 schools with its own pool, and that facility is closing for renovations. The lack of swimming opportunities has some district parents upset.

    District 214 parents ask for pools at more schools

    After Palatine-Schaumburg District 211 voted last month to spend $15 million on new swimming pools at all five of its high schools, some parents in neighboring Northwest Suburban High School District 214 are wondering why the same isn’t being done in their district. Only three out of six high schools in District 214 have swimming pools.


    Trucker charged in incident that damaged Sugar Grove bridge

    Sugar Grove police tracked down and charged a Nebraska truck driver with leaving the scene of an accident, after a truck struck a bridge on Route 47 in March.

    Daily Herald File Photo Getting freight trains through the region faster would benefit commerce and drivers.

    Funding holding up further fix for train gridlock

    Railroads want it. The government wants it. Drivers want it. But where's the money coming from to finish a $3.2 billion fix for train congestion in the region, a U.S. House panel wondered at a Monday hearing.


    Autistic boy stabbed to death with mom, caretaker nearby

    Police were investigating the stabbing death of a severely autistic 14-year-old boy whose body was found by relatives at his suburban apartment with his mother and a caretaker uninjured but disoriented nearby.


    Crystal Lake Dist. 47 superintendent resigns

    An acting superintendent is running Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 while the school board explores more permanent options. Superintendent Donn Mendoza, who was under contract to lead the district through June of 2016, stepped down last week. School board members accepted his resignation during a special meeting Thursday and then promoted Kathy Hinz, the assistant superintendent of student...


    Weekend shootings leave 6 injured in Champaign

    Community leaders from the north side of Champaign are calling for an end to violence as police look for suspects after a series of weekend shootings injured six men.


    Chicago police pass 3,000 mark in gun seizures

    At a Monday news conference where authorities displayed some of the confiscated guns, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the department continues to lead the nation in the number of gun seizures so far this year.


    Art Institute offers free tickets to military

    Military members have to provide an identification card for free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago. The free admission includes up to five family members.


    Chicago Public Schools releases 5-year plan

    Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Monday outlined the "Next Generation -- Chicago's Children" plan, which the district says will provide students with a “rigorous, well-rounded” instructional program.

    Edward Brubaker

    St. Charles man charged with slashing neighbor

    A 51-year-old man is accused of slashing a neighbor with a kitchen knife during a fight Saturday at a St. Charles apartment complex. Edward Brubaker is charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $30,000 bail. Brubaker, who has four felony burglary convictions on his record, faces anywhere from probation to five years in prison.


    Chicago announces summer reading program for kids

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says the mayor is teaming up with Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon to launch the annual “Rahm’s Readers” summer program.


    S. Illinois community likely to repeal gun requirement

    Leaders in the small southern Illinois community of Goreville are set to meet Monday to repeal an old village ordinance that requires residents to own a gun.


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    Hoffman Estates library branch closed Tuesday

    The Hoffman Estates branch of the Schaumburg Township Public Library will be closed on Tuesday, due to power being cut off as part of the Hassell Road reconstruction project. The branch, located at 1550 Hassell Road, will reopen on Wednesday.


    Household waste collection:

    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.


    Teachers to be honored Tuesday:

    Four Lake County teachers are among those educators who will be honored Tuesday by the Illinois State Board of Education and two state labor unions.

    Michael Seyller

    More charges for East Dundee cop

    Michael Seyller, the East Dundee police sergeant facing criminal charges in Carpentersville and Wisconsin, is now accused of violating an order of protection in Arlington Heights, officials confirmed Monday. The arrest involved “an illegal third-party communication involving juveniles.”


    Island Lake July 4 events:

    Personnel changes at Island Lake’s village hall won’t mean the demise of the town’s Independence Day celebration after all.

    The Glen Ellyn District 41 school board will vote Monday night on whether to reinstate copies of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” to eighth-grade classrooms at Hadley Junior High School.

    District 41 to decide fate of 'Wallflower' in eighth-grade classrooms

    Glen Ellyn District 41 school board members will decide Monday night whether to reinstate a controversial book removed from eighth grade classrooms in April. The board will consider two separate motions: whether to return “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” to Hadley Junior High School eighth grade classrooms as an independent reading option for students, and whether to approve updated...

    Mundelein High School teacher Neil McCarthy teaches history in class.

    Mundelein High's McCarthy blends history with today's issues

    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. Take a discussion about lead smelting in Peru from an AP World History class that occurred this past May. After the class read an...


    Geneva sued for fallen tree limb that caused house fire

    An insurance company is suing the city of Geneva for $650,000 in damages, claiming the city was negligent in failing to remove a tree after a fallen branch had landed on a home's power lines. The second time this occurred, the suit says, an electrical fire occurred at the house in August.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two Chicago men aound 2:43 p.m. June 9 on the 1600 block of North Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heighs and charged with felony retail theft. They are accused of taking liquor from Jewel, 440 E. Rand Road. Officer found 27 bottles of liquor valued at $847, reports said.

    People gather around the Maypole after it is ceremoniously raised during the 102nd annual Swedish Day Midsummer Festival at Good Templar Park in Geneva. This year, the festival will be Sunday, June 16, with the Maypole raising and dancing at noon.

    Dance around the Maypole at Geneva’s Midsummer Festival

    You don’t have to be Scandinavian to enjoy the 103rd annual Swedish Day Midsummer Festival, but it helps if you have a healthy appreciation for such traditions as Maypole raising, Swedish meatballs, folk music and dancing.

    Helen Bauer of Campton Hills demonstrates candle making during a previous 1840s Day at Garfield Farm Museum in La Fox. This year’s event is set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16.

    Lend a hand with farm chores at Garfield Farm’s 1840s Day

    On Sunday, June 16, from noon to 4 p.m., visitors can discover what life was like over 160 years ago during Garfield Farm Museum’s 1840s Day. The event offers children and adults the opportunity to learn about their rural heritage through guided tours and period demonstrations.


    Elk Grove village man accused of killing dog

    An Elk Grove Village man is being held on $50,000 bond on allegations he fatally stabbed a family dog earlier this year in a village park, according to authorities. Andrew J. Maynard, 18, of the 200 block of Victoria Lane, faces an aggravated cruelty to animal charge stemming from the April 21 stabbing.


    DuPage County Board to vote to end legal dispute with Islamic group

    More than two months after a federal judge overturned their rejection of a planned Islamic education facility near Naperville, DuPage County Board members are slated to vote Tuesday to issue a conditional-use permit for the project. The board also is expected to decide whether to pay an unspecified amount of money to administrators from the Irshad Learning Center.


    Round Lake District 116 school health clinic would offer contraceptives

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 will offer students contraception to prevent disease and pregnancy if a proposed health clinic is built at the system's high school. It's the latest move connected with the planned school-based health center that has been in the works since 2010.

    A tornado passes across south Oklahoma City May 20.

    Hurricanes and tornadoes are different, but powerful storms

    “What is the difference between a tornado and a hurricane?” asked students in Elise Diaz's fifth-grade class at Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth.


    3 teens from Central American get treatment at Barrington hospital

    Three teenagers from El Salvador will receive free medical treatment this week for their heart conditions at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, hospital officials announced Monday. "We anticipate these three children can be treated for their abnormal heart rhythms and hope to give them an opportunity to live a normal life,” Dr. Raymond Kawasaki said.

    Jason K. Werner

    Husband in obituary burglary spree gets 6-year term

    Jason Werner, the second of a heroin-addicted couple from Johnsburg that read newspaper obituarities to target and burglarize homes while victims were at wakes, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in prison. The wife of Werner, 27, received a nine-year term last week.

    Karen Schock of the Elgin Charter School Initiative talks to members of the Elgin Noon Rotary Club on April 15 at the Hickory Stick restaurant in Elgin. Also pictured are Kari White, center, and Krissy Palermo, right.

    Elgin group faces tough decisions creating charter school

    Members of the Elgin Math and Science Charter School Initiative have been working for more than a year and a half to research charter schools and their options for starting one in Elgin. Their vision is for a math and science-focused school for kindergarten through eighth grade.

    Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Station 2, next to Barrington Hills Village Hall, is one of two stations the fire district would keep if it breaks off its contract for service from the Barrington Fire Department at the end of the year.

    Many concerned by Barrington, fire district split

    There are few government obligations as basic as fire and ambulance service, and the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District has a delicate but all-important transition to make in how those services will be provided for a 48-square-mile area on Jan. 1. The success of the transition will affect residents in parts of Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Lake Barrington, Inverness and...


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    Kamil Abdulqadir Wais Mohammed sits on the steps of Paris court as he arrives at court to file a legal complaint Monday. Twenty victims of Saddam Hussein’s 1988 chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja are demanding a French judicial investigation into companies that supplied the materials. Halabja marked the deadliest chemical weapons attack against civilians.

    Victims of Saddam-era gas attack seek French probe

    Twenty victims of Saddam Hussein’s 1988 chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja requested a judicial investigation of French suppliers on Monday, saying executives knew what they were sending to the Iraqi dictator and bore some responsibility. An Iraqi official said the case serves as a warning to anyone who may still try to sell chemicals to tyrants, touching on a central concern...

    Nate Edelson, 39, a former student of Santa Monica College, dressed as a Fairly Angel, pets his dog Bull after putting heart-covered messages at a makeshift memorial at Santa Monica College Sunday in Santa Monica, Calif. A shooting rampage that resulted in six deaths ended at the campus on Friday.

    College reopens after Calif. rampage

    Santa Monica College has reopened under extra security in the wake of a gunman’s deadly rampage. Students returning Monday to the Southern California campus will be able to retrieve backpacks, cars and other property they left behind when they fled on Friday. The college also will have grief counselors available.

    A Bangladeshi worker leaves the site where a garment factory building collapsed in the Savar area on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, in late April. Bangladesh has suspended seven inspectors it accuses of negligence for renewing the licenses of garment factories in a building that collapsed in April, killing more than 1,100 people, a top Labor Ministry official said Monday.

    Bangladesh says 7 inspectors failed to check doomed factories

    Bangladesh has suspended seven inspectors it accuses of negligence for renewing the licenses of garment factories in a building that collapsed in April, killing more than 1,100 people, a top Labor Ministry official said Monday. The official said a ministry investigation found that the inspectors never even visited the five factories housed in the shabbily built eight-story Rana Plaza building. At...


    10 women, many in 90s, escape burning Calif. limo

    Authorities say 10 elderly women escaped unharmed when the limousine they were in burst into flames while idling in Northern California. The Sunday morning fire in Walnut Creek comes a little more than a month after five nurses were killed while trapped inside a burning limousine on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.


    Police: Handcuffed man stole Pa. police cruiser

    A Pennsylvania man has been accused of stealing a state police cruiser and leading officers on a chase — after he had been handcuffed. State police say the man somehow got free from his seat belt in the back of a police cruiser, got his cuffed hands in front of him and drove away.

    A new Starbucks sits across the street from the building, left, which once housed the Triple O’s bar in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston. Four decades after Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger first rose to power, “Southie” is not what it used to be. The once blue-collar, Irish-Catholic neighborhood, is now an ethnic melting pot that has been invaded by young urban professionals who have gentrified the area and smoothed out its once-rough edges.

    South Boston not same place Bulger once reigned

    As reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger goes on trial, his former stomping grounds in South Boston are sure to be the backdrop for much of the testimony. It was here that authorities say Bulger ran a criminal enterprise responsible for illegal gambling, loansharking, extortion and the deaths of 19 people in the 1970s and ’80s. Four decades after Bulger first rose to power, South Boston is no...

    Afghan security and intelligence official inspects wreckage at the site of a suicide attack near Kabul military airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. Seven heavily armed Taliban insurgents launched a pre-dawn attack near Afghanistan’s main airport Monday, apparently targeting NATO’s airport headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and at least one large bomb. Two Afghan civilians were wounded and all the attackers were killed after an hours-long battle.

    Afghan Taliban attack near Kabul airport

    Seven heavily armed Taliban fighters launched a pre-dawn attack near Afghanistan’s main airport Monday, apparently targeting NATO’s airport headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and at least one large bomb. Two Afghan civilians were wounded and all the attackers were killed after an hours-long battle. It was one of three attacks on state facilities in the morning by...

    Protesters cheer for motorcyclists who take part in a protest at the Taksim square in Istanbul, Sunday. In a series of increasingly belligerent speeches to cheering supporters Sunday, Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a verbal attack on the tens of thousands of anti-government protesters who flooded the streets for a 10th day, accusing them of creating an environment of terror.

    Turkish opposition leader criticizes prime minister

    Turkey’s opposition party leader accused the prime minister of escalating tensions and dragging the country “into the fire” as enduring anti-government protests that have led to three deaths entered their 11th day on Monday. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan headed a Cabinet meeting to discuss the protests, the first serious challenge to his 10-year rule. On Sunday he had made a series of fiery...


    EU, Merkel to raise NSA program with U.S. officials

    Senior European Union officials will question their American counterparts about previously undisclosed U.S. surveillance programs during a trans-Atlantic ministerial meeting in Dublin starting Thursday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will also raise the issue with President Barack Obama when he visits Berlin next week.

    The crowd listens to Handweavers Guild of America juror Laura Foster Nicholson during her gallery talk at the Small Expressions opening reception at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center. The St. Charles gallery will soon have a new address and entrance.

    New address and exhibit at Fine Line in St. Charles

    Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles is getting ready to unveil its brand new entrance and new address: 37W570 Bolcum Road. All the hard work, from the first spade of dirt to the final touches, has come to fruition. Come celebrate the completion of this major project at Fine Line from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 21, at a “Bricks & Brats" party.


    Math professors find work of teenage Lincoln

    If the discovery of some teenager’s math calculations written out nearly 200 years ago doesn’t seem too exciting, consider the student: Abraham Lincoln.The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that a page from what was called a ciphering book belonging to the 16-year-old Lincoln was recently determined to have been a missing “leaf” from his workbook

    Sean Benschop, center, with red jacket over his head, walks with investigators as he arrives at the Philadelphia Police Department’s Central Detectives Division Saturday in Center City Philadelphia. Benschop, the heavy equipment operator accused of being high on marijuana when a downtown building collapsed onto a thrift store, killing six people, turned himself in on Saturday to face charges in the deaths, police said.

    Philly council to announce probe of fatal collapse

    Philadelphia’s City Council is setting up a special investigative committee to conduct a wide-ranging investigation in the aftermath of the building collapse that killed six people and injured 13 last week. The downtown building was being demolished when it collapsed onto a neighboring Salvation Army Thrift Store on Wednesday, killing two employees and four customers.

    Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters from behind bars as he attends a hearing in his retrial on appeal in Cairo, Egypt.

    Retrial of Egypt’s Mubarak adjourned to July 6

    A Cairo court adjourned to July 6 the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak over charges of corruption and involvement in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ousted him.

    A view from the seating lawn at RiverEdge Park in Aurora takes in the Fox River, the performance stage, the lighting/sound tower and the concessions area. The $18.5 million Music Garden, which officials say closely mirrors original renderings designed beginning in 2007, hosts its grand opening June 14 during the first day of the 17th annual Blues on the Fox festival.

    RiverEdge Park completes longtime Aurora vision

    For Illinois' second-largest city, a fresh phase of riverfront land use dawns with the long-envisioned opening of RiverEdge Park, an $18.5 million public space and concert venue along the Fox River. “Not long ago, this was the location of a number of underused or crumbling industrial sites,” Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner said. “It was really my desire as I came in as mayor to begin...


    Dawn Patrol: Man injured on graduation day; Bears trade Carimi

    Addison Trail senior critically injured hours before graduation; Arlington Heights man, police in dispute over confiscating his guns; ‘Kinky Boots,’ Lauper win big at Tony Awards; Bears give up on Carimi, ship him to Bucs; Report: NSA contract worker is surveillance source

    Cyndi Lauper reacts after getting her award for best musical score for “Kinky Boots” in the press room at the 67th Annual Tony Awards, on Sunday, June 9, 2013 in New York.

    Weekend in Review: Addison teen hit by car; ‘Kinky’ takes Tonys
    What you may have missed this weekend: Addison teen struck by car hours before graduation; Arlington Hts. man sues police over gun seizure; lawmakers want to ban mug shot websites; suburban group targets charter school commission; Hawks prep for Bruins and finals; Bears give up Carimi; Sox beat the A's, and Cubs beat the Pirates.


    RiverEdge Park timeline
    RiverEdge Park timeline

    The stage at RiverEdge Park’s Music Garden in Aurora, called the John C. Dunham pavilion, while under construction in March 2012. Constructing the Music Garden cost $13.2 of the $18.5 million spent so far on RiverEdge Park, a development that aims to revitalize the downtown, riverfront and economy of the state’s second-largest city.

    Grants, construction manager build RiverEdge from ground up

    Aurora’s new downtown centerpiece, RiverEdge Park, needed someone to develop it from a vision into a tangible environment — a haven for music, festivals and gatherings. Enter R.C. Wegman Construction Company of Aurora.

    Cars wait for a freight train to pass at the former EJ&E tracks across Route 14 in Barrington. The smaller EJ&E was purchased by CN, which has resulted in more trains for some communities, less for others.

    Are you better off after CN/EJ&E merger?

    Five years ago, the protests were just warming up against the EJ&E merger with the Canadian National Railway. So who won or lost in the final analysis? Plus a former CN executive shares some behind-the-scenes takeaways.

    First graders Isaac Berski, left, and Mae Anderson, join classmates as they play with a parachute during Field Day Tuesday at Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a few end-of-the-school-year activities and beginning-of-the-summer activities as well.



    Orioles slosh past Angels 4-3

    Adam Jones homered and drove in three runs, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 Monday night in a game marred by rain. The teams played with wet baseballs on a muddy field and endured a delay of more than two hours before the final out was recorded shortly before midnight.

    Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle, former Chicago White Sox ace, sits in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, June 10, 2013, in Chicago. Buehrle returned to U.S. Cellular Field for the first time after leaving the White Sox at the end of the 2011 season.

    Buehrle gets a taste of home

    Mark Buehrle was back at home Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. But the White Sox' former standout starting pitcher did admit it felt strange to be sitting in the visitor's dugout.

    Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau gestures during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Miami.

    Thibs ‘very excited’ about assisting U.S. national team

    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was named one of three assistants Monday for the U.S. national team. Thibodeau will help Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzyewski of Duke at the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Spain and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.


    Iwakuma pitches Mariners to 3-2 win over Astros

    Hisashi Iwakuma allowed an unearned run in seven innings and the Seattle Mariners beat Houston 3-2 on Monday night, sending the Astros to their fifth straight defeat.


    D-backs rally for 5-4 win over Dodgers

    Willie Bloomquist put Arizona ahead with a bases-loaded, two-run infield single off Los Angeles closer Brandon League in a four-run ninth inning, helping the Diamondbacks rally for a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers on Monday night.

    Chicago White Sox's Adam Dunn hits an RBI single off Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Steve Delabar, scoring Alexei Ramirez, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 10, 2013, in Chicago.

    Sox heating up amid the weird weather

    The White Sox have already had one game postponed due to cold weather this season, and three more to rain. On Monday night, it was fog's turn to mess with the Sox. White Sox manager Robin Ventura and the Sox are likely to remember about the game — which was delayed for 1 hour and 10 minutes by fog — was they beat the Blue Jays 10-6 at U.S. Cellular Field. Not only did they put up double digit runs for the first time this season, Adam Dunn had a monster night.

    Chicago White Sox's Adam Dunn hits an RBI single off Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Steve Delabar, scoring Alexei Ramirez, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 10, 2013, in Chicago. Dunn would go on to hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning.

    Dunn hits 2 HRs to power White Sox 10-6 in fog

    Adam Dunn went 4 for 4 with two homers and five RBIs to overcome two home runs by Toronto's Jose Bautista and give the Chicago White Sox a 10-6 victory in a game delayed 1 hour, 10 minutes by fog Monday.


    Despite loss, Cubs looking to future

    The future of the Cubs is so much more pleasant to think about than the present. There's very little chance the Cubs will call up any of their hot prospects this year, but shortstop Javier Baez had quite a night Monday, with 4 home runs.


    Berkman, Rangers extend Tribe losing streak to 8

    Lance Berkman hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers beat Cleveland 6-3 Monday night to hand the Indians their eighth straight loss.

    Cincinnati Reds’ Brandon Phillips hits a grand slam against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, June 10, 2013, in Chicago.

    Phillips hits grand slam, drive in 6 to beat Cubs

    Brandon Phillips hit a grand slam and matched his career high with six RBIs, and the Cincinnati Reds extended their dominance over the Chicago Cubs with a 6-2 win Monday night in foggy conditions at Wrigley Field.

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, left, tags out Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen during Sunday's game in Chicago. Castro entered Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds in a horrible 3-for-38 slump.

    Castro gets chance to hit out of slump

    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro entered Monday night mired in a miserable 3-for-38 slump. But he said he does not want a day off, and manager Dale Sveum doesn't seem inclined to give him one.

    In this Dec. 17, 2012, file photo, then-New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow warms up before an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. Tim Tebow is joining the New England Patriots, according to a report by ESPN on Monday, June 10, 2013. The high-profile quarterback who spent one season mostly on the sidelines with the New York Jets is expected to attend the start of the Patriots three-day minicamp on Tuesday.

    AP Source: Tebow to sign with Patriots

    Quarterback Tim Tebow will be signing with the New England Patriots and joining their minicamp Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press. Even when Tebow signs with the team, there is no guarantee he will make the Patriots. One of the NFL's most polarizing players, Tebow spent a lost season in 2012 with the New York Jets, playing sparingly behind struggling starter Mark Sanchez.

    West All Star Randi Peterson of Huntley High School is congratulated by teammate Melanie Gajewski of Burlington Central after being named her team’s MVP Monday at the Tenth Annual Fehlman Memorial Senior All-Star softball game at Judson University. The game ended in a 4-4 tie.

    Fehlman Memorial standouts
    The Tenth Annual Fehlman Memorial Senior-All-Star Softball Game was played at Judson University Monday night, with the final score being a 4-4 tie. Randi Peterson of Huntley and Rachel Odolski of Bartlett were named MVPs of the game.


    Gallardo, Brewers beat Marlins 6-1 without Braun

    Even minus Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers’ lineup hardly skipped a beat. Jonathan Lucroy had four hits, Yovani Gallardo threw eight scoreless innings and Milwaukee beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 Monday night for its fourth consecutive victory.


    Guthrie, Perez leads Royals to 6th straight win

    Jeremy Guthrie pitched impressively into the seventh inning, Salvador Perez hit a two-run triple and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Monday night for their sixth straight victory.

    Patrick Shaw sends Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin into the Blackhawks bench during Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

    Tall task for Shaw

    Andrew Shaw is almost a foot shorter than Zdeno Chara, but the Blackhawks’ center is looking forward to mixing it up with the behemoth Boston defenseman in front of the net on the power play.This is a guy, remember, who tried to fight Nashville 6-foot-7 defenseman Hal Gill this season.Chara is two inches taller than Gill at 6-9.

    Golfer Adam Scott, of Australia, speaks at the 2013 U.S. Open golf tournament in Ardmore, Pa., Monday, June 10, 2013.

    Adam Scott comes to US Open as a major champion

    Adam Scott can understand why so many people thought he would have a hard time getting over his epic collapse in the British Open. In a decision that reshaped his career, Scott decided two years ago to play a limited schedule and practice smarter so that he would be ready for the biggest events. It's a strategy that's paid off with his Masters win." I've got my first major. And my sights are definitely set on trying to win more,” Scott said.

    Tiger Woods walks on the 18th green during practice for the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Monday, June 10, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa.

    Garcia, Woods shown shaking hands on green
    Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia shook hands Monday on the U.S. Open practice range at Merion. It was the first time they have seen each other since Garcia jokingly said at an awards dinner in England that he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open and “we will serve fried chicken.” Garcia apologized for the racially insensitive remark the next day at a news conference.

    Chicago Blackhawks pose with the Campbell Cup after beating the Los Angeles Kings Saturday for the NHL Western Conference Championship at the United Center in Chicago.

    Blackhawks have what it takes to beat Bruins

    After sailing through the regular season and the first round of the playoffs, the Blackhawks finally faced adversity and they have managed to overcome all manner of difficulty. That will serve them well in the Stanley Cup Final against Boston.

    Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (8) tangle during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Chicago.

    Blackhawks veterans dishing out advice

    Other then the core group from 2010, this year’s edition is a completely different squad. It's one that had a magical start to the season and wound up capturing the Presidents Trophy, and one that is now looking to return the Cup back to Chicago over the next two weeks or so.“Our mindset as a team is excited like we were back then. Expectations are comparable,” coach Joel Quenneville said.

    The Bears released fullback Evan Rodriguez on Monday morning. A fourth-round draft pick in 2012, Rodriguez played in 12 games last season.

    Bears release Evan Rodriguez after second arrest

    Fullback-tight end Evan Rodriguez is out with the Bears after his second arrest of the off-seasonless than two weeks ago. The 2012 fourth-round draft pick caught 4 passes for 21 yards last season but was arrested in Chicago for DUI at the end of May. Veteran fullback Tony Fiammetta was signed as a potential replacement.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com ¬ Dimitri Taylor of Montini runs with the ball during the Montini vs. St Francis football game Friday in Glen Ellyn.

    SCC Five joins Chicago Catholic League

    One of the oldest, most prestigious athletic conferences in Illinois just got more prestigious.

    Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane celebrates after scoring in double overtime to win Game 5 Saturday at the United Center in Chicago.

    How are you supporting the Hawks? The Daily Herald wants to see it

    We want to see your Blackhawks pride. Send us photos of your playoff beard, posing with the Stanley Cup or anything special you're doing to celebrate the Hawks' run to the Stanley Cup Finals. We also want to hear about any special superstitions you have.


    Baseball/Top 20
    Libertyville, St. Charles East and Neuqua Valley are the top 3 teams in the final Daily Herald baseball Top 20 of the season.


    Mike North video: White Sox Silently Sink

    The Chicago White Sox seem to lack focus and their complacency on and off the field has pushed them to the bottom of the pro sports teams of interest in Chicago behind the Chicago Fire. Jerry Reinsdorf might be right; his family should sell the team after he's gone.

    Joel Quenneville has a bit of Vince Lombardi in him, according to Daily Herald columnist Mike Imrem, showing the fortitude to make his players accountable in an era when that’s hardly ever easy.

    Hawks’ Quenneville showing what he’s made of

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville isn't Vince Lombardi but he is demonstrating during the NHL playoffs, like Tom Thibodeau has with the Bulls, that it's still all right to demand more of professional athletes. Last week Quenneville goosed Patrick Kane by calmly saying the winger is best with the puck and needs to want to have it. Kane responded with 4 goals in two games, including 3 in the clincher over the Kings.


    This image provided by Cox Communications shows a program guide for television set-top boxes to make it easier to find programs available live or on demand. ItÌs an important development for cable TV companies, as they face criticisms for providing hundreds of channels that customers donÌt watch. Making shows easier to find helps the companies justify all those channels.

    Cable operators buff up guides for Internet age

    After years of making money providing Internet service, cable TV companies are now tapping the power of the Internet to improve clunky program guides that are a relic of the 1990s.Over the past year or so, Comcast Corp., Cablevision Systems Corp. and other cable providers have introduced new program guides on television set-top boxes. These improved guides act more like websites, making it easier to find movies, live TV shows and on-demand video.

    Rosy Solis, left, and Nicole Denis help fill medical marijuana prescriptions at the Venice Beach Care Center medical marijuana dispensary in Venice, Calif.

    Medical marijuana raises questions for Illinois businesses

    If Gov. Pat Quinn signs recently passed legislation legalizing medical marijuana, some say it will raise serious questions on everything from the hiring and firing of job applicants to the use of a federally controlled and illegal substance in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices.


    DOC official quits after harassment investigations
    The deputy director for the Illinois Department of Corrections' southern district has resigned following investigations of sexual harassment. Ty J. Bates, who had been a deputy director since 2011, resigned Friday, according to Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer. Shaer said Bates was at the center of two recent investigations.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, talks with former Vice President Al Gore before giving the keynote address of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday in San Francisco.

    Music service, mobile software expected from Apple

    Apple is switching from its decade-long practice of naming its Mac operating system updates after big cats. Instead, it's paying homage to the geography of its home state.

    Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Xbox Marketing at Microsoft, discusses new games for the Xbox One on Monday in Los Angeles.

    Microsoft hypes next-gen Xbox One games at E3

    Microsoft has its head in the cloud with Xbox One. The company focused on how cloud computing will make games for its next-generation Xbox One console more immersive during its Monday presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry’s annual trade show.

    U.S. stocks declined, following the biggest two-day gain for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since January, as investors weighed S&P’s move to boost its outlook for America and Chinese data missed estimates.

    S&P upgrades U.S. outlook, but investors yawn

    The Standard & Poor’s ratings agency said Monday it’s getting more optimistic about the U.S. economy. But investors just yawned. Stocks budged higher when trading opened, shortly after the S&P agency raised its outlook for the U.S. government’s debt rating and credited “the strengths of the economy.” But the market spent most of the day flitting between small gains and losses.

    AT&T is adding a walkie-talkie-like application to the iPhone for its corporate customers, replicating a hallmark feature of the Nextel network, which is being shut down this summer.

    AT&T launches push-to-talk service for iPhone

    AT&T Inc. on Monday said it’s adding a walkie-talkie-like application to the iPhone for its corporate customers, replicating a hallmark feature of the Nextel network, which is being shut down this summer.

    All of the 14 company’s nominees were re-elected at the annual shareholders’ meeting Friday. But the dissent against leaders shows how the company continues to be distracted by concerns about its handling of bribery allegations that surfaced last year at its Mexican unit.

    Wal-Mart’s proxy vote shows dissent against execs

    Wal-Mart’s final shareholder vote for its board of directors showed another year of dissent against key executives and directors, including its CEO Mike Duke, as the company deals with the fallout from overseas bribery allegations. All of the 14 company’s nominees were re-elected at the annual shareholders’ meeting Friday. But the dissent against leaders shows how the company continues to be distracted by concerns about its handling of bribery allegations that surfaced last year at its Mexican unit.

    Amazon.com says it has expanded its grocery delivery service to Los Angeles and may add more markets in the future.

    Amazon expands grocery delivery to LA

    Amazon.com says it has expanded its grocery delivery service to Los Angeles and may add more markets in the future. The online retail giant has been testing Amazonfresh in Seattle for several years. It confirmed Monday that it is now offering it in Los Angeles on a trial basis as well. Grocers have tried for years to perfect the online grocery delivery service with mixed results. While there are a number of brands in the online grocery graveyard, companies such as Peapod, Safeway and FreshDirect are still giving it a go as shoppers do seem to appreciate the ease of the service.


    OfficeMax sets shareholders meeting to vote on merger

    OfficeMax Inc. has set July 10 meeting of shareholders to consider and vote on the company’s merger with Office Depot.


    Lincolnshire’s Aon Hewitt joins health care reform coalition

    Aon Hewitt said it is the first global consulting firm to become an active member of Catalyst for Payment Reform, an independent, nonprofit employer coalition pushing for better value in U.S. health care.


    Schaumburg-based Sagent issues recall of injection drug

    Schaumburg-based Sagent Pharmaceuticals has initiated a voluntary nationwide recall of three lots of Vecuronium Bromide for Injection 10mg, manufactured by Mustafa Nevzat Ilac Sanayii A.S. and distributed by Sagent.Sagent said it initiated the recall after the discovery of an elevated impurity result detected during routine quality testing. The elevated impurity result has the potential to result in prolonged neuromuscular blockade for critically ill patients with renal failure, the company said in a release.The company said it is not aware of any adverse patient events resulting from the use of this product and is continuing its diligent investigation of the situation.The lot numbers being recalled are: 11I30481A, 11I30721A and 11I32581A, which were distributed to hospitals, wholesalers and distributors nationwide from January 2012 through May 2012. Vecuronium Bromide for Injection is a neuromuscular blocking agent indicated as an adjunct to general anesthesia, to facilitate endotracheal intubation and to provide skeletal muscle relaxation during surgery or mechanical ventilation and is supplied in a glass vial.Sagent’s Distributor DDN is notifying Sagent’s distributors and customers by fax, email and certified mail and is arranging for return of all recalled product. Customers are instructed to examine their inventory immediately and to quarantine, discontinue distribution of and return all recalled lots of the product.Customers who may have further distributed this product have been requested to identify their customers and notify them at once of this product recall. The necessary form by which to document this information as well as other information regarding this recall is available at www.Sagentpharma.com.This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Any questions about returning unused product should be directed to the customer call center at (866) 625-1618 Monday through Friday. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Healthcare workers who have medical questions about Vecuronium bromide for Injection may contact Sagent Medical Affairs (866-625-1618, Option 3) Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.


    American, US Airways name post-merger leadership

    The new American Airlines will have more top executives from smaller US Airways than from the current American. The companies named eight senior executives on Monday, including five from US Airways and three from American parent AMR Corp. AMR and US Airways Group Inc. hope to complete their proposed merger this summer. The new team joins US Airways CEO Doug Parker, who will hold the same title after the merger. AMR CEO Tom Horton will serve briefly as chairman before exiting next year.


    IHS plans $1.4 billion acquisition of RL Polk

    Business information and analytics firm IHS says it will spend $1.4 billion to buy the privately held R.L. Polk, which operates vehicle history report provider Carfax. IHS Inc. says the deal will help it build its stake in the automotive industry. It says Polk’s businesses will complement existing IHS Automotive products and open up large adjacent markets.


    Mcdonald’s may store sales rise as dollar menu fuels U.S. growth

    McDonald’s Corp., the world’s largest restaurant chain, said sales at stores open at least 13 months rose 2.6 percent last month as the Dollar Menu and breakfast items helped drive the U.S. business.Analysts projected a 1.9 percent increase, the average of 17 estimates compiled by Consensus Metrix. Same-store sales in the U.S. advanced 2.4 percent, the Oak Brook-based company said today in a statement. Analysts estimated a 2.1 percent gain.


    Boeing schedules 787 dreamliner pair for paris air show

    A pair of superefficient 787 Dreamliners will be the featured Boeing products on display at the Paris Air Show, which begins June 17 at the Le Bourget exhibition center. One 787 will perform daily flying displays from Monday through Friday, while the other - a Qatar Airways 787 - will be on static display.

    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka speaks in Springfield. An unexpected windfall of $1.2 billion has given the stateís 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. The windfall has helped lower the state’s debt to social service groups, charities and businesses, but only to $5.8 billion from $8.5 billion in April. Providers still expect a difficult road ahead, with some fearing it may take another windfall next year to keep the state’s debts from growing once again.

    Courtesy of Dolphin Rose Chicago Dylan Jordan & Lacey Whittington on location for Dylan's music video, "I Love You Sha La La" Jordan's song that ended up being gifted to this past year's Oscar Nominee.

    Libertyville entrepreneur brings TV and music experience to the table

    An interview with Dylan Jordan, owner of Dolphin Rose Chicago with locations in Libertyville and Glenview.Q: Describe your business. What do you do? A: Dolphin Rose grows small, medium and the occasional large businesses through our extensive media relationships and creative capabilities. Our specialty is taking a new or established company in need of greater name recognition or sales and taking them to a completely new level. The Dolphin Rose team provides hands-on, comprehensive service in both the creative and public relations industries. Dolphin Rose clients discover that our services are “transformative” as one client recently suggested, providing the notoriety and call to action they desire.Q: What made you start your business?A: The television station I was with was sold, so I decided to strike out on my own. One of the reasons my clients like our services so much is this: They know I can also relate to their business challenges and goals, being that Dolphin Rose is also a small business! Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running a small business?A: All companies go through an ebb and flow, the secret is to wait out the ebbs, because usually the upside is right around the corner.Q: What areas do you service?A: We can service any area or region in Chicago, the North Shore or anywhere else for that matter. All I need is a computer and a telephone/mobile and we’re good to go!Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?A: I had two dreams on my career wish list. I wanted to be a professional football player & I wanted to sing professionally. While my dream of playing for the Bear’s didn’t come to fruition, I’ve had an exciting music career around my media business.Q: What keeps you up at night?A: My puppy, Treasure.Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be?A: Never give up on your dreams: Always know that even though inevitably there will be challenges, when one door closes, usually another door opens that’s bigger and better. Never, ever give up! If you keep the faith and do great work, your clients will maintain their loyalty. The vast majority of Dolphin Rose’s clients have been with us from 10 to 23 years! — Kim MikusŸ Every Monday we feature a small, suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact Business Writer Kim Mikus at kmikus@dailyherald.com.


    Guide’s transition to digital may be example for others

    The first 10,000 copies of Oaklee’s Family Guide were distributed along the Arlington Heights Memorial Day parade route by Nancy Stevens and a handful of other PTA moms (and their families) who helped found the publication. That was 1999. Today 500,000 print copies are distributed, free, at 1,000 locations in the west, northwest and north suburbs, and in Chicago.

Life & Entertainment

    Prince Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London Thursday. Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II’s husband was later admitted to a London hospital for an exploratory operation. The palace said the operation on 91-year-old Prince Philip will come after “abdominal investigations,” but did not elaborate.

    Prince Philip spends 92nd birthday in hospital
    Queen Elizabeth II visited her husband, Prince Philip, at a London hospital on Monday, where he was spending his 92nd birthday recovering from abdominal surgery. Philip was “comfortable and in good spirits,” Buckingham Palace officials said, but he will need about two months of convalescence following the surgery. Details of his condition were not released.


    Adding up a 1960s Pontiac 2+2 collection

    The power of a muscle car, yet enough size for four people to enjoy the drive. Add it all up and the sum is exactly what this Pontiac brand had going for it during the mid-1960s. They called it the 2+2 and the math makes sense to Arnold Boris of Kildeer, one area enthusiast who loves these full-sized cruisers.

    Vivian Campbell, left, of rock group Def Leppard revealed that he has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and has been in chemotherapy for two months, with four months to go.

    Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell says he has cancer

    Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell says he is being treated for cancer. In a statement Monday, the 50-year-old says he has Hodgkin lymphoma and has been in chemotherapy for two months, with four months of treatment remaining.

    Two days after his 49th birthday, Mike Murray committed suicide. Murray's red pickup is still a reminder of him for daughter, Sam, 21, and his wife, Becky.

    Baby boomers killing themselves at an alarming rate. Why?

    It has long held true that elderly people have higher suicide rates than the overall population. But numbers released in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a dramatic spike in suicides among middle-aged people, with the highest increases among men in their 50s. Boomers had higher suicide rates than earlier generations; the confluence of that with the fact that they are now beginning to grow old has experts worried.

    Boston Market has removed the salt shakers from the tables in their restaurants nationwide.

    Study shakes up efforts to cut back salt

    A surprising new report questions efforts to get Americans to sharply cut back on salt, saying getting to super-low levels may not be worth the struggle. Make no mistake: Most Americans eat way too much, not just from salt shakers but because of sodium hidden inside processed foods and restaurant meals. The new report stresses that, overall, the nation needs to ease back on the sodium for better heart health.


    HPV a growing cause of upper throat cancer

    Actor Michael Douglas’ comments about throat cancer have thrown a spotlight on cancer risks from a sexually spread virus. The virus, HPV, is best known for causing cervical cancer. But experts say it also is a growing cause of certain types of oral cancer, those in the upper throat — specifically at the base of the tongue and in the tonsils. Studies suggest that HPV can be blamed for 60 percent to 80 percent of those cancers.


    4 intestinal bugs linked to childhood diarrhea, study finds

    Four intestinal bugs are responsible for nearly half of all cases of childhood diarrhea, which kills about 800,000 children around the world each year. That’s the main finding of a three-year project designed to give researchers and public health officials a clearer picture of a condition responsible for about 10 percent of deaths of children younger than 5.

    The need to stretch before exercising depends on the individual.

    Clearing up 10 myths about fitness

    Muscle can turn into fat, lifting weights makes you look like Arnold, and a thousand crunches a day will give you a six-pack. Yes, fitness myths are many, and they are persistent — like mosquitoes on a late-summer night. "People are always engaging in wishful thinking that they can transform their body with minimal effort,” says Shirley Archer, fitness educator. So, let's take a moment to clear up some of the most common fitness myths.


    Study: Fewer doctors counseling overweight patients

    Americans are fatter than ever, but fewer of their primary care physicians are warning them of the dangers of being overweight, a new study shows. Researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine analyzed data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey for the years 2007 and 2008 — the most recent available data — and for two years a decade earlier, 1995 and 1996.

    Wearing a bike helmet may help keep you safer in case of a crash or a tumble.

    Are bike helmets a no-brainer for cyclists?

    Mandatory helmet laws might seem like a no-brainer. Yet when the medical journal BMJ polled its readers in 2011, 68 percent of the respondents opposed mandatory helmet laws. Proponents of helmet laws say that they reduce injuries. But evidence for this claim remains mixed.

    Marla Dansky looks out onto a patio garden while receiving chemotherapy at the Duke University Cancer Center. Dansky was diagnosed with breast cancer in March. After also testing positive for a BRCA1 gene mutation, she has elected to have a double mastectomy.

    Genetic tests pose opportunites, dilemmas for patients

    The strong link between the BRCA1 gene and cancer, as well as the option to sidestep much of the risk through elective surgery, grabbed headlines recently when actress Angelina Jolie made public her decision to undergo a double mastectomy. But the procedure isn’t only available to movie stars. More than a third of women who test positive for BRCA1 are choosing preventative surgeries — largely because the gene mutation raises the typical 10 percent risk of female breast cancer to something closer to 80 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute.

    Men can improve many aspects of their health by exercising later in life.

    Your health: Shape up men
    Learn all the ways men can ward off poor health by exercising later in life. Also, find out which town is near the top of a list of fittest cities in the U.s.


    Distractions increase surgeons’ potential for mistakes, study finds

    Just how much attention your surgeon pays to tasks in the operating room can be affected by a number of distractions, recent research suggests. Researchers at the University of Kentucky Medical Center set up a test using 15 surgeons with one to 30 years of experience. Their ability to understand and repeat words was checked under four conditions: quiet; noise filtered through a surgical mask; and operating-room background noise both with and without music. Subjects were tested both while they were engaged in a surgical task and when they were not.

    Teaching kids about healthy foods at a young age will stick with them into adulthood.

    Variety in diet, avoiding processed foods can benefit kids

    As a general rule, try to give your kids as much food variety as possible. This ensures a wide array of nutrients and minimizes their chances of getting burned out on a particular food. Think of getting variety within each of the three macronutrient groups — protein, fats and carbohydrates. Along with variety, pick foods that are the most nutritious. Nutrient-dense foods will give your kids more of the things they need and keep them satisfied longer.


    Treating blood pressure requires finding right medication

    There are many different drugs for blood pressure and they work in different ways. Finding which one will work best for you may involve a process of trial-and-error. But in the end, you'll be rewarded with a medication that offers the best blood pressure control with the fewest side effects.



    Tax dollars for Obama fundraising?
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: With the scandals of “Fast and Furious,” Benghazi, the IRS and The Associated Press, why as taxpayers are we all paying for President Obama to fly around the country with the sole purpose of fundraising for the Democrat Party?


    Pension system must be fair to taxpayers
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Really? A retired teacher, Beverly Lopatka, will receive nearly $400,000 in 2013? And the state of Illinois has no money, is unable to pay its bills, is in tremendous debt, and we taxpayers are expected to come up with the money to help them. How could a retired teacher be receiving money from three different state retirement funds?


    Skipping payments has to stop
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: As a near 23-year state employee nearing retirement, I am closely watching the Illinois Senate and House for some sort of reasonable compromise to our huge deficit. However, where was all this attention to the problem when it was being created by skipping numerous payments into the retirement fund?


    Two versions of Christianity
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Well, once again the Boy Scouts have stuck their foot in it. In trying to please all, they have only pleased none but themselves. Allowing gay boys and not gay Scout leaders is pretty stupid. In an attempt to justify their dislike of gays and lesbians they have quoted the Bible as their reason.


    No union meetings during school year
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Could it be any more obvious that the unions do not put students first? Our school year is short enough. Given the number of breaks, holidays and days devoted to testing, each day of actual learning is critical. To take days away from students’ education to attend a union conference is really difficult for me to wrap my head around.


    BSA ‘compromise’ is offensive
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I was a member of the Boy Scouts of America from 1940 to 1944. The question of sexual orientation was a nonissue. Not ever did it occur to me that the Scout promise to be “morally straight” had any connotation of sexual orientation. Now, the BSA appears to be obsessed, and their recent “compromise” decision regarding the matter is odious.


    Much was gained with prescription bill
    A letter to the editor: State legislators deserve great credit for taking on an important mental health issue in the just-completed spring session. While our bill, licensing specially trained psychologists to prescribe medications for mental disorders, passed out of the Senate on April 25, it did not advance through the House. We have many reasons, however, to be encouraged by the significant gains that we made.


    Government should come clean
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Day by day, the eruption of scandals locally and in Washington is getting worse. Today’s news topics include freedom of the press and search and seizure, historical revisionism and cover-up, book-reading lists and corruption, and let’s throw in equal protection under the law.


    What’s taking so long for Rt. 53 extension?
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: My wife and I in June completed a 1,700-mile round trip to southern Georgia paying from $3.15 to $3.25 a gallon for gasoline, except in Indiana where higher prices still were lower than those in Illinois.


    Support for letters on grid, guns
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Kudos to Chris Curtis, CEO of Schneider Electric, and John Estey, executive chairman of S7C Electric, for their brief but, I believe, effective article on the Smart Grid.


    Does church really need more parking?
    Letter to the editor: Sandra Hoffman says there must be a better way for Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights to find parking for its parishioners than by tearing down houses and trees to expand its lot.


    Barrington choir rocked Carnegie
    Letter to the editor: Don Killian was thrilled by the Barrington High School choir's performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. "I’ve never been so proud to listen and see this fine young and artistic group perform in that great historic venue," he writes.


    Signage would help at railroad crossings
    Letter to the editor: The recent collision of a train and truck at Route 14 in Barrington was avoidable, says John Nelson of Barrington.


    Pay attention when making a right turn
    Letter to the editor: Larry Schneider of Buffalo Grove throws the rule book at drivers in his home town.


    Board put business ahead of residents
    Letter to the editor: Mary Papantos says the Wheeling village board chose the needs of a business over the needs of residents when it granted a special use permit for a business that sells alcohol and has gaming.


    Dems argue for, against uniformity
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: A bill is moving through Springfield to ban handheld cellphones for drivers throughout the state just like Chicago’s law. Chicago Democrats argue that cellphone laws are not uniform throughout the state and that makes it difficult for people driving through different towns. It’s a safety issue to have a uniform law.


    Benghazi is an impeachable offense
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The charge of high crimes and misdemeanors covers allegations of misconduct peculiar to officials, such as perjury of oath, abuse of authority, bribery, intimidation, misuse of assets, failure to supervise, dereliction of duty.


    Church needs to show love, not hate
    Church needs to show love, not hate@$ID/[No paragraph style]:Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Crystal Lake refuses to host Boy Scouts because of the Scouts decision to include homosexual boy scouts in their program. As a religious leader, the Church must be applauded for their stance of shunning homosexual children, excluding them from their property.Hate homosexuality is the lesson here, shun their sin, after all God does make mistakes here and there and some sins must be avoided at all costs. Protect the purity of heterosexuals. Hate, fear, shun and exclude. Not on my property will gay scouts trod ... Oops! Wasn’t it Jesus that preached love, inclusion, understanding and acceptance of differences. Maybe Jesus and his teachings about unconditional love are not part of this particular church?Marty KlemenzElgin


    Village must change course on ash trees
    Letter to the editor: Christine Sacks says Arlington Hts. is handling the ash borer problem all wrong, and the ramifications of their mistakes will last for at least 25 years.


    Give residents more access to D211 pools
    Letter to the editor: Chris Ellis of Palatine says with all the removations going on to the District 211 pools, he thinks the paying public ought to have more access to them in nonschool hours.


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