Daily Archive : Wednesday June 12, 2013


    The Advocate Condell Medical Center cartoon balloon makes its way through downtown Libertyville on Saturday during the Libertyville Days Parade.

    Libertyville Days Parade shines through rainy weather

    A yearly highlight of the Libertyville Days festival took place Saturday as its parade featuring marching bands, clowns and other attractions kicked off at 10 a.m. from the Metra commuter station on Milwaukee Avenue. The festival continues from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday .

    Lightning strikes near Wauconda High School Wednesday evening as storms roll into the Chicago area.

    Strong storms blow through suburbs

    Heavy storms brought large hail, strong winds and significant amounts of rain through the suburbs Wednesday evening, and severe weather warnings continued late into the night in some areas. A tornado watch remained in effect for Kane and McHenry counties until 11 p.m, while Cook, DuPage and Lake counties were under a severe thunderstorm watch until 1 a.m. Thursday.

    Juventino Guzman

    Police: Elgin man fakes ‘slip and fall’ injuries

    A 52-year-old man has been charged with insurance fraud after admitting to Elgin police that he filed a series of fake "slip and fall" lawsuits against fast food restaurants and grocery stores. Juventino Guzman, of Elgin, faces four to 15 years in prison and was paid $219,000 in one case, according to police.

    Andrew Grams talks with guests before offering a toast at a private event held at the Holiday Inn in Elgin announcing him as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s new music director on Wednesday. Grams, 35, is the fourth music director in ESO’s 63-year history and will make his debut during the 2013-14 season.

    ESO’s new music director introduced to community

    The Elgin Symphony Orchestra announces its pick for a new music director. Andrew Grams has appeared with orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., and the orchestras of Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, New Jersey and others.


    Berwyn man dies in Elk Grove factory accident

    A Berwyn man died in a factory accident in Elk Grove Village Tuesday morning, according to officials. The victim was identified as 47-year-old Oscar Pimentel.

    The former Country Squire restaurant in Grayslake is being torn down this week. There are no immediate plans for the property.

    Last link to a Lake County landmark severed with demolition of Country Squire

    The Country Squire restaurant, a favorite in Grayslake and Lake County for more than half a century, is being torn down. The local landmark was the site of many special events and the source of memories for generations. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, which bought the property last year, has adjacent facilities but no immediate plans for the site.

    Two former Island Lake police officers could get their jobs back Thursday.

    Two ex-cops who are Amrich allies could return to Island Lake police force

    Two former Island Lake police officers who campaigned for Mayor Charles Amrich this spring could get their jobs back Thursday. Wayne Schnell and Billy Dickerson left the department while Debbie Herrmann was mayor and while William McCorkle was chief. If they are reinstated, they will be the latest Amrich supporters to financially benefit from his administration.

    Robert Beeter

    Former Elgin deputy chief on unpaid leave from new chief post

    A former Elgin Deputy Police Chief accused of identity theft and official misconduct made his first appearance in Kane County court Wednesday. Robert Beeter, 51, who is now on unpaid administrative leave from his post as police chief in Stockon, Ill., could lose his pension if convicted of misconduct. Beeter is accused of repeatedly hacking into his mistress's husband's email and using a police...

    Gen. Keith Alexander testifies Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee to explain NSA surveillance programs.

    NSA director: Programs disrupted dozens of attacks
    The director of the National Security Agency vigorously defended once-secret surveillance programs as an effective tool in keeping America safe, telling Congress on Wednesday that the information collected disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks without offering details.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Sarah Murnaghan, left, whose efforts to qualify for an organ donation drew public debate over how donated lungs are allocated, received adult lungs in transplant surgery Wednesday.

    Kin: Pa. girl’s double-lung transplant a success

    A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose efforts to qualify for an organ donation spurred public debate over how organs are allocated has had a successful double-lung transplant.

    Terry Link

    Gambling companies question potential conflict of interest

    A coalition of video gambling companies is protesting legislation that they say could unfairly benefit the Waukegan-based slot machine maker WMS Industries Inc.

    DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin says the county will have a proposal ready within 10 days to try to lure the Cubs to the suburbs.

    DuPage County trying to land Chicago Cubs

    DuPage County is working quickly to develop a plan to bring the Chicago Cubs to the Western suburbs after being approached by an unnamed intermediary of the Ricketts family, county board Chairman Dan Cronin said. Cronin said Wednesday the county will “have something to propose within 10 days.” “We’d be thrilled and delighted if the Cubs wanted to move to DuPage,” he said. “We are going to make a...

    Ryan P. Marshall

    Elgin man charged with 12 Northwest suburban break-ins

    A Cook County judge set bail at $650,000 Wednesday for an Elgin man charged with multiple residential burglaries in Elgin and Schaumburg, prosecutors said. Ryan Marshall, 27, was already in custody in connections with robberies in Bartlett and Streamwood when he was arrested on the new charges, authorities said.


    Kirk faces heat over immigration vote

    Facing increased heat after voting against further debate of an immigration reform measure, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk reiterated Wednesday that he wants to see increased border security in any proposal he votes for.


    ECC Relay For Life honors, remembers those touched by cancer

    Elgin Communitiy College will hold its 11th Relay For Life fundraiser from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, the culmination of a year of fundraising for the American Cancer Society. About 200 walkers will participate with several hundred more people expected to take part in games and activities along the side of the track. An opening ceremony will start at 7 p.m. Friday in the Visual and...

    Steven Cole

    Mental fitness at issue for Arlington Heights man accused of killing dad

    Saying she wanted to "err on the side of caution," Cook County Judge Ellen Mandletor on Wednesday set a July 2 date for a hearing on defendant Steven Cole's mental fitness to stand trial. Cole, 42, is charged with murder in the 2011 stabbing death of his father Stuart Cole, 69, in the family's Arlington Heights home

    Authorities have identified the four family members killed Tuesday in an apparent murder-suicide near Darien.

    Grim details emerge on murder-suicide near Darien

    A Darien-area man may have been upset about his finances and losing his job when he opened fire on his family Tuesday, killing his wife and two daughters and then turning the gun on himself, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. David Andrus, 50, killed himself after fatally shooting his wife, Jeana, 48, and the couple’s two daughters, 22-year-old Jessica and 16-year-old Jennifer, inside their...

    Daily Herald File Photo Help is on hand for parents and caregivers daunted by complicated child safety seats.

    Trouble installing child seats? Get expert help

    If installing a child safety seat brings you and your significant other to the point of divorce, help is available. The Illinois tollway and Illinois State Police are offering free advice and help at events across the region including one Friday in Alsip.

    The Transportation for Illinois Coalition is recommending replacing the 19-cents-a-gallon fuel tax with a 10 percent levy that is tied to the price of gasoline.

    Group wants gas tax tied to price of fuel

    llinois transit advocates want to tie a tax on gasoline to the price at the pump as part of an aggressive fundraising effort to get a toehold on what they say are rapidly deteriorating roads, rails, and bridges.

    Larry Hampton

    Chicago man sentenced to 45 years for suburban crimes

    A Chicago man convicted last year of carjacking a Rosemont taxi and robbing a Des Plaines fast food restaurant, was sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison Wednesday in Skokie. Larry Hampton, 42, must complete at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

    House Speaker Michael Madigan is planning a new vote on his preferred pension plan, which would unilaterally impose pension changes on state workers and raise the retirement age.

    Madigan plans new vote on his pension plan

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is planning a fresh vote on his plan to overhaul the public-employee pension system, despite a request by the governor for compromise with the Senate.

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart sent a letter to Gov. Pat Quinn saying concealed-carry legislation approved by the legislature is unworkable.

    Dart calls concealed-carry bill ‘fatally flawed’

    The sheriff of Illinois’ most populous county believes a proposed concealed weapons law is “fatally flawed” because it all but guarantees that people who should not be allowed to have guns will be able to get them, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.


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    Districts 214 to hold school on Veterans Day

    In a move that may not be popular with local veterans or students, Northwest Suburban High School District 214 has decided to hold classes on Veterans Day, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.


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    Relay For Life events set for June 14 in Northwest suburbs

    Three Northwest suburban Relay For Life events benefiting the American Cancer Society will take place Friday, June 14.


    CLC admission event:

    College of Lake County hosts the “Connect to Your Future” admission event on Thursday, June 20, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., in Building C at the Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St.


    Hawthorn Woods gym show collection:

    The village of Hawthorn Woods and the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County are working together for second year in a row to collect used and gently worn gym shoes.


    Island Lake officials talk electronics:

    The Island Lake village board will discuss the use of electronic devices at meetings when it gathers at 7:30 p.m. today at village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave. The use of such equipment by board members and residents in the audience will be reviewed.


    Volo to flush water system:

    The village of Volo will be flushing all of the water systems during the week of June 17.


    Glen Ellyn preparing for $5 million in road repairs

    Nearly two miles of Glen Ellyn roads will undergo some $5 million worth of rehabilitation work this summer to fix deteriorating pavement and improve underground drainage systems. The roadway improvements on the north side of the village are scheduled to begin this month and be complete by Novemeber 1.


    Money missing from Round Lake Parkinson’s event

    Barb Stonecipher said it isn’t the amount of money that was taken from a charity event she helped organize that bothers her, it’s the principle. A little more than $100 in cash donations was taken at the “Stepping Out for Parkinson’s” event Sunday at Nippersink Forest Preserve in Round Lake, Stonecipher said.

    Daily Herald File Photo Metra is beefing up police presence on the train lines it operates.

    Metra ups police presence on trains

    More Metra police will be showing up to patrol some train lines in an effort to increase security. The extra law enforcement started in late May.

    Brian Stedronsky

    Ingleside man admits to selling fatal drugs to friend

    An Ingleside man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lake County court to selling a fatal dose of a potent pain medication to a friend. Brian Stedronsky, 32, of the 35000 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempted drug-induced homicide. He faces up to 10 years in prison.


    Sandy Hook vigil planned for Friday in Palatine

    Gun violence prevention groups from the Chicago area will be holding a vigil in Palatine Friday to commemorate the six-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the Palatine Metra Station, 137 W. Wood St. Attendees will read the names and honor the memories of those killed in the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at the Connecticut school.

    The Kildeer plan commission has unanimously recommended approval of a Chick-fil-A restaurant on Rand Road and Deer Park Boulevard subject to eight conditions.

    Kildeer plan commission recommends Chick-fil-A approval

    The Kildeer plan commission has unanimously recommended approval of a Chick-fil-A restaurant on Rand Road (Route 12) and Deer Park Boulevard subject to eight conditions. The store would be built on the former Muddy Paws shelter site site, where more than 30 dogs and other animals were found dead in late 2010.

    Daily Herald File Photo Commuters should expect delays today because of rainstorms.

    Metra: Be prepared for rain delays

    Expect the unexpected, Metra is cautioning commuters with heavy storms forecast for this afternoon and evening. The commuter rail agency advised passengers to expect delays and check for service alerts.


    Fabio to appear at Whole Foods in Schaumburg

    Fabio Lanzoni, romance icon and fitness guru, is appearing from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Whole Foods Market, 750 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg. President and founder of Healthy Planet Nutrition, Fabio will show off his line of protein products as well as meet and greet customers. An Italian actor, advertising spokesman and fashion model, he appeared on the covers of hundreds of romance...


    Elk Grove Village hosts shredding event

    The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County will conduct a document destruction and electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 22 at Elk Grove Village’s Fire Station No. 8, 1000 Oakton St.

    Dylan Domek

    Addison Trail rallying around ‘honorable’ senior

    For the fourth day, an Addison Trail High School senior who was hit by a car just hours before he was set to graduate remained in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. Dylan Domek, 19, of Addison, remained Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he's been since the accident early Sunday in Chicago.

    Madi Moore became pregnant with her son, Jack, while still in high school. She sought and received support from CareNet Pregnancy Services of DuPage.

    DuPage organization offers hope and support

    Not everyone cries tears of joy when the pregnancy test is positive. Instead of envisioning holding a precious little baby, sometimes all the mother can see is her own dreams for the future crashing all around her. And rather than looking forward to sharing her excitement with her family, she fears her own parents’ anger and disappointment in the news. When a teen or woman sees her pregnancy as a...


    Pill-based abortions resume in Wisconsin

    Women can now get medication-induced abortions at Wisconsin clinics after a Dane County judge blocked a recent state law from restricting that procedure.


    No bail for women accused in autistic boy’s death

    A suburban mother and caretaker planned for more than a week to kill a 14-year-old boy with severe autism, prosecutors said Wednesday at a bond hearing for the women, both charged with first-degree murder in the boy’s stabbing death.

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Fogel first came to prominence in academic circles in the 1960s, when he concluded that railroads weren’t as important to the nation’s economy as was widely believed.

    Nobel Prize-winning economist dies

    Robert W. Fogel, a University of Chicago economist whose study of the economics of slavery sparked a furious debate in academia and later helped garner him a Nobel prize, has died. He was 86.

    Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker says he will allow the county’s residents to carry guns in public.

    Another downstate prosecutor OKs concealed carry

    A second Illinois prosecutor has decided to let his county’s residents carry concealed weapons even as the governor weighs whether to allow it statewide, reflecting surging impatience among local law enforcement months after a federal court tossed out the state’s last-in-the-nation ban.


    Chicago man dies in Calumet River

    Authorities say one man died and another was rescued from the Calumet River on Chicago’s far South Side.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS A wild cheetah is seen wearing a Royal veterinary college collar in Northern Botswana. Scientists have long known that cheetahs are blazingly fast, but new research shows how it’s their acceleration and nimble zig-zagging that really leaves the rest of the animal world in the dust and scientists in awe.

    Cheetah’s acceleration power key to their success

    Everyone knows cheetahs are blazingly fast. Now new research illustrates how their acceleration and nimble zigzagging leave other animals in the dust and scientists in awe. Researchers first determined that cheetahs can run twice as fast as Olympian Usain Bolt on a straightaway.

    A new study from AAA finds that using voice commands to send text messages and emails from behind the wheel, which is marketed as a safer alternative for drivers, actually is more distracting and dangerous than simply talking on a cellphone.

    Voice-operated dashboard technology still risky

    Dashboard technology that lets drivers text and email with voice commands — marketed as a safer alternative — actually is more distracting than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found.


    Storm cancels tonight's Summertime Garden Workshop
    The "Summertime Garden Workshop and Cocktail Hour," scheduled for this evening has been postponed because of the impending storm. The new date is June 19.

    Bob Schillerstrom

    Schillerstrom exploring Illinois treasurer bid

    Former DuPage County Board Chairman Robert Schillerstrom announced today an exploratory bid for Illinois Treasurer. The Naperville Republican has organized a committee of 50 people, including former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Plano, to help him. He says he expects to make an announcement in the next few weeks on his candidacy.


    Schaumburg resolves dispute over church soccer field

    Schaumburg officials believe they’ve resolved a months-long dispute between St. Peter Lutheran Church and its neighbors about the use of the church’s field by a youth soccer club. The agreement requires the church to install landscape screening and prevents the portable lighting that had been the source of many neighborhood complaints.

    Legendary blues artist Buddy Guy is the headliner Saturday, June 15, for the second day of the annual Blues on the Fox festival in Aurora. The fest is being held this year at the new RiverEdge Park Music Garden.

    Blues ring in first season at RiverEdge in Aurora

    As the park designed to revitalize downtown Aurora’s Fox River waterfront comes to life, the festival that brings major blues artists to town is coming home. RiverEdge Park officially opens at 6 p.m. Friday, June 14, for the Blues on the Fox festival, featuring JJ Grey & Mofro opening for Dr. John. “I think it’s a perfect way to kick off what’s going to take place,”...


    Who’s coming to RiverEdge
    The Blues on the Fox festival will help open Aurora’s new RiverEdge Park this weekend, but here’s a look at some of the other entertainment coming to the venue this summer:


    RiverEdge amenities
    The Music Garden at RiverEdge Park offers what organizers are calling an “unconventional” concertgoing experience. Here is a look at some of the park’s amenities.

    Pope Francis holds his skullcap as he arrives in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

    Pope confirms ‘gay lobby’ at work at Vatican

    In private remarks to the leadership of a key Latin American church group, Pope Francis lamented that a “gay lobby” was at work at the Vatican. It was an apparent reference to allegations in the Italian media that blackmail was taking place within the Vatican against high-ranking prelates who are gay.

    A TV screen shows a news report on Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, at a restaurant in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Snowden dropped out of sight after checking out of a Hong Kong hotel on Monday.

    NSA leaker Snowden says he’s not avoiding justice

    The former CIA employee who leaked top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs said in a new interview in Hong Kong on Wednesday that he is not attempting to hide from justice here but hopes to use the city as a base to reveal wrongdoing.

    James “Whitey” Bulger, one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives, was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run. Opening arguments in Bulger’s trial begin Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in federal court in Boston.

    Feds: Bulger at center of murder, mayhem in Boston

    A federal prosecutor said in opening statements Wednesday at James “Whitey” Bulger’s racketeering trial that the reputed mobster was at the center of “murder and mayhem” in Boston for almost 30 years, while the defense attacked the credibility of the government’s star witnesses.


    Your heavenly Father is always there for you

    If for some reason your feeling lonely this Father’s Day, celebrate with our heavenly Father. Remember God is our ultimate father. He’s always present and willing to hear our prayers and converse with us, says columnist Annettee Budzban.


    Syria rebels kill 60 Shiites; missiles hit Lebanon

    Syrian rebels have attacked a village in the country’s east, killing dozens of local Shiites, activists said Wednesday, highlighting the increasingly sectarian nature of Syria’s more than two-year-old conflict. A Syrian government official denounced the attack, saying it was a “massacre” of civilians.

    Some thousands of Turkish lawyers hold a banner that reads “ we want justice “ as they march in support of anti-government protests in Ankara, Turkey, early Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in daylong clashes that lasted into the early hours Wednesday, battling protesters who have been occupying Istanbul’s central Taksim Square and its adjacent Gezi Park in the country’s most severe anti-government protests in decades.

    Lawyers rail at police response to Turkey protests

    Thousands of black-robed Turkish lawyers stormed out of their courthouses Wednesday, shouting about the rough treatment police dished out to their colleagues amid Turkey’s biggest anti-government protests in years. The rallies by clapping, chanting jurists added a new twist to the nearly two weeks of protests that started in Istanbul and spread to dozens of other Turkish cities.

    A balloon depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin behind barbed wire, reflects in glasses of an opposition protester during a protest rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Wednesday’s rally is in support of 27 people who face charges related to a protest that turned violent on the eve of Putin’s inauguration more than a year ago.

    Thousands of anti-Putin protesters march in Moscow

    Thousands of Russian opposition activists marched through Moscow on Wednesday, decrying President Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian rule and calling for the release of people they consider political prisoners.


    Some opposing logging plans for 2 Ind. forests

    Indiana officials have proposing additional logging in two state forests near Bloomington that could result in the cutting down of some 1,500 trees. Environmentalists oppose the plan for logging within the 2,700-acre back country areas of the Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood state forests, The Herald-Times reported.

    A young boy from Othandweni Community Center holds a placard wishing former South African President Nelson Mandela a prompt recovery outside his residence in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Mandela, remains in hospital for a fifth day. The 94-year-old icon was hospitalized on Saturday for a recurring lung infection.

    Mandela ‘responding better to treatment’

    Former President Nelson Mandela began responding better to treatment Wednesday morning for a recurring lung infection following “a difficult last few days,” South Africa’s president said. President Jacob Zuma told parliament that he is happy with the progress that the 94-year-old international icon is making following his hospitalization on Saturday.


    Corvettes featured at Cary Cruise Nigbht
    Daily Herald reportCorvettes will be the featured theme car at Cary Cruise Night from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. today in downtown Cary. Corvette owners are encouraged to bring their cars for judging. Trophies and ribbons will be awarded for first and second place winners.

    Before there was Edward Snowden and the leaking of an explosive court document showing widespread government eavesdropping, there was Mark Klein — a San Francisco telecommunications technician who alleged that AT&T was allowing government spies to siphon vast amounts of customer data without warrants.

    Lawsuits over government surveillance languish

    Before there was Edward Snowden and the leak of explosive documents showing widespread government surveillance, there was Mark Klein — a telecommunications technician who alleged that AT&T was allowing U.S. spies to siphon vast amounts of customer data without warrants. Klein’s launched dozens of consumer lawsuits in early 2006. That was seven years ago, and the warrantless collection continues,...

    Revelations of massive government collections of Americans’ phone and email records have reinvigorated an odd-couple political alliance of the far left and right. “This is a marginal national security group within our party,” Graham said of those who call the government snooping unwarranted or unconstitutional. “I just don’t see how anybody gets elected as a Republican” by running to the “left of Obama on national security,” said Graham, one of the Senate’s most hawkish members.

    NSA debate pits far left, right against the middle

    Revelations of massive government collections of Americans’ phone and email records have reinvigorated an odd-couple political alliance of the far left and right. A number of Democratic civil liberties activists, along with libertarian-leaning Republicans, say the government actions are too broad and don’t adequately protect citizens’ privacy. But this unlikely coalition might have trouble doing...

    Ariel Castro, who is accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to hundreds of charges, including rape and kidnapping.

    Ariel Castro pleads not guilty in Ohio kidnap case

    A man accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade pleaded not guilty Wednesday to hundreds of charges, including rape and kidnapping. Ariel Castro is charged with kidnapping the three women and keeping them — sometimes restrained in chains — along with a 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of them.

    Bacteria levels in Woods Creek Lake at Indian Trail Beach in Lake in the Hills were so high last year that the beach should have been closed for 10 days, but because of lag times in testing the beach was closed for only eight days.

    How you could swim in filth at suburban beaches

    Due to a lag in the time it takes the state to test water samples, beachgoers may be frolicking in filth. Illinois Department of Public Health officials said it can take as much as two days for test results on water samples with dangerously high bacteria levels to be discovered. “That's one of the flaws in the system,” said Melaney Arnold, IDPH spokeswoman.

    Workers fit the South lion called “standing in an attitude of defiance” with an oversized Chicago Blackhawks helmet before the teams 2010 Stanley Cup victory.

    Lions at Art Institute to wear Blackhawks helmets

    The lions outside the Art Institute of Chicago are about to join thousands of Blackhawks fans in wearing the National Hockey League team’s colors. In a news release, the museum says the two massive bronze lions will sport Blackhawks gear Wednesday, the day of the first Stanley Cup finals game between the hometown team and the Boston Bruins. The museum says the helmets are “custom-made,” which...

    Illinois’ secretary of state is encouraging Chicago Blackhawks fans to buy commemorative team license plates that support Illinois schools.

    Jesse White promotes Blackhawks license plates

    Illinois’ secretary of state is encouraging Chicago Blackhawks fans to buy commemorative team license plates that support Illinois schools. Jesse White made the suggestion hours before the Blackhawks open the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night in Chicago against the Boston Bruins.


    Dawn Patrol: 4 found dead near Darien; strong storms tonight

    4 people dead in apparent murder-suicide. Strong storms expected today. Schaumburg man skips stalking trial. Naperville city council compensation packages top $238,000. Truck driver cited by Barrington police in May crash. Blackhawks fan sports tats of both teams.

    The Elgin Symphony Orchestra picked Andrew Grams, 35, to serve as music director starting July 1.

    Elgin Symphony Orchestra picks new music director

    A new era is about to begin for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, which picked a young, internationally renowned conductor to serve as only the fourth music director in its 63-year history. Andrew Grams, 35 and a native of Maryland, signed a three-year contract that begins July 1, the Daily Herald has learned. He will make his debut during the 2013-14 season's opening weekend on Oct. 5 and 6.


    Steel Beam announces 2013-2014 season

    Steel Beam Theatre announces its 13th season


    Arlington Heights commits potential slots revenue to affordable housing

    Although legislation allowing slots at Arlington Park remains mired in the General Assembly, Arlington Heights already is planning how it will spend some of the revenue gambling expansion could produce. The village board’s committee of the whole this week approved a draft ordinance that would create a Housing Trust Fund, which will work with developers and nonprofits to provide money and...

    Lincoln School on Route 176 in Mundelein was built in 1894 as a two-room country school. Hawthorn District 73 may lease an addition on the northeast side in the coming school year.

    Shuttered Mundelein school may see new life

    A portion of Lincoln School, closed two years ago by Mundelein District 75 as part of budget reductions, may again house children this fall. Neighboring Hawthorn District 73 wants to lease about half the building for pre-kindergarten and early childhood programs beginning this fall.

    Former South African President, Nelson Mandela, in a jovial mood at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005 where he met with the winner and runner-up of the local “ Idols” competition.

    Images: Nelson Mandela Through The Years
    Images of the South African icon Nelson Mandela though the years. Mandela began his rise in South Africa as a controversial protester against the racial segregation Apartheid policy of the Nationalist government. Found guilty of conspiracy and sabotage, he was imprisoned for 27 years before his release in 1990 and then was voted president in 1994 in the country's first general election.

    Don Theobald, 85, the magician clown who regularly appeared on “Bozo’s Circus” doing “T-Bone’s Magic Circus,” shows Jeannette Breslin a card trick while teaching a magic class at Victory Centre of River Woods, the assisted living facility where he lives, in Melrose Park.

    Don Theobald, who performed on ‘Bozo’s Circus’ made magic his life

    Magician and clown Don Theobald, who performed "T-Bone's Magic Circus" over a 27-year span on "Bozo's Circus," still attracts an audience at age 85. He teaches magic tricks and clowning to residents in his supportive living community, the Victory Centre at River Woods in Melrose Park. “We get some good crowds,” he said. “They really enjoy it.”


    Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw, second from left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring the winning goal during the third overtime period of Game 1 in their NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series against the Boston Bruins, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Chicago.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Bruins, Game One
    The Chicago Blackhawks won 4-3 over the Boston Bruins Wednesday in a triple-overtime contest in game one of the Stanley Cup finals at the United Center. Andrew Shaw scored the game winner at the stroke of midnight.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane knocks Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron to the ice in the first period Wednesday night.

    Hawks come out hitting, and it pays off

    This Stanley Cup Finals, billed as battle between the big, bad Bruins and the speedy, skilled Blackhawks, started off with quite a bang — and probably to some's surprise, it was the Hawks who were doing the heavy hitting.


    Leffler dies after accident in dirt car event

    NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway.The 37-year-old Leffler, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Series, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said.

    FILE - In this April 13, 2007, file photo, then-New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd reacts during an NBA basketball game in East Rutherford, N.J. The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their coach Wednesday, June 12, 2013, bringing the former star back to the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

    Nets hire Jason Kidd as coach

    The Brooklyn Nets have hired Jason Kidd as their coach, bringing the former star back to the franchise.

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James stretches during the NBA basketball team's practice on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in San Antonio. The Heat are scheduled to face the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of their NBA Finals basketball series on Thursday. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago)

    James: ‘Something has to give’ in Game 4 of finals

    Game 4 of the NBA Finals will tell more about the Miami Heat than a 66-win regular season ever could.Any questions about LeBron James and the Heat were supposed to have been answered by now. He was too good to be taken out of games, his teammates too talented to go through long stretches where they weren’t contributing.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Blackhawks fans are all red as they make their way into the United Center before Wednesday night's game one of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins.

    Hawks revel in rock-star status

    If you look at the popularity of the Blackhawks now, it’s hard to think back to the mid-2000s when the United Center was half empty for games and the NHL was basically off the sports map around town.Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith remembers because he lived it.“It’s changed quite a bit, especially the last five or six years,” Keith said. “Two Stanley Cup Finals now. Before, I would come in here and sit up in the stands if you weren’t playing in an exhibition game and nobody cared or knew who you were.


    Sox sign top draft pick to minor-league contract

    The White Sox signed first-round draft pick Tim Anderson to a minor-league contract on Wednesday. Anderson, who received a $2.164 million signing bonus, will begin his pro career at Advanced Rookie Bristol.


    Garza: ‘I’m not doing what I’m supposed to do’

    Cubs pitcher Matt Garza gave an interesting answer to why he struggled Tuesday night: He hasn't thrown enough to catcher Welington Castillo. Garza has pitched to Castillo every start this season, and manager Dale Sveum wasn't buying the reasoning.

    Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro reacts after striking out against the Cincinnati Reds during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

    In rebuild mode, Cubs can’t keep up with Reds

    The Cincinnati Reds won their 12th straight game at Wrigley Field in a 2-1 victory Wednesday. That's a record by a Cubs opponent at Wrigley. The Cubs are slipping farther and farther away from the good teams in the NL Central.


    New DT Ellis eager to contribute

    Veteran defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft, believes the Bears' attacking style of defense is a perfect fit for his style of play.

    Newly re-acquired wideout Devin Aromashodu runs a pass route during Bears minicamp.

    Trestman admires Quenneville’s success with Hawks

    Bears coach and hockey fan Marc Trestman believes his team can learn a lot from the Blackhawks' success this season.

    Fred Couples has committed to competing in the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship, June 21-23, at North Shore Country Club in Glenview.

    Strong Encompass field includes Couples, Lehman

    Everything’s coming together for next week’s Encompass Championship — June 21-23 — at North Shore Country Club in Glenview.Fred Couples and Tom Lehman have formally entered the first Champions Tour stop in Chicago since 2002, assuring the event one of the strongest fields on the 50-and-over circuit. The 81 starters include all of the top 10 on the circuit’s season money list and 28 of the top 30.


    Happily, the big lake’s demise has been greatly exaggerated

    In spite of dire predictions about the future of sportfishing in Lake Michigan, the big lake is more than holding her own. Quality opportunities for perch, smallmouth bass and even walleye await those who are willing to give it a try.

    Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro reacts after striking out against the Cincinnati Reds during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

    Reds win record 12th straight at Wrigley, 2-1

    Mike Leake combined with Aroldis Chapman on a three-hitter and Todd Frazier hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning against Travis Wood, leading the Cincinnati Reds over the Cubs 2-1 Wednesday for their record 12th straight win at Wrigley Field.

    The 2013 NHL Stanley Cup log is seen between the sweaters of the Boston Bruins and the Blackhawks Tuesday in Chicago. The first game of the Stanley Cup is Wednesday at the United Center.

    New history for Hawks, Bruins rivalry

    Al Secord is a neutral zone observer. He lives near Dallas, has been a first officer with American Airlines for 15 years and plays hockey only on a recreational basis. But he is invested in the Stanley Cup Final between two of his former employers, the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. “It will be a great series,” Secord said. “Two really passionate hockey cities. I enjoyed my time in Boston and loved Chicago. I’ll be watching.”


    Mike North video: Finally, another major: The U.S. Open
    .Mike North predicts the U.S. Open will be a scorer’s paradise this week at Menon Golf Course. the weather is rough but he looks for Dustin JOhnson and Tiger Woods to compete.

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews accepts, but doesn’t touch, the Campbell Cup after defeating the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday for the NHL Western Conference Championship at the United Center.

    Blackhawks fans, get ready for the parade

    I was not quite accurate when I predicted the Blackhawks would beat the Los Angeles Kings in six games. Actually it only took five games to put them away, partially because Patrick Kane got his groove back.


    Blackhawks for Dummies v3.0

    Last time we talked Hawks 101, it was three years ago and the Blackhawks were in the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Since we won the Stanley Cup in 2010, the Hawks have been hot and our hockey IQ isn't quite as rusty. The Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup Finals tonight in Game 1 against the Boston Bruins. If we win, it'll be the fifth Stanley Cup in the franchise's 87-year history.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford responds to a question during a news conference for the Stanley Cup Final hockey series against the Boston Bruins Tuesday.

    Rask, Crawford take center stage in Stanley Cup

    For all the talk about the Conn Smythe award, Tuukka Rask just wants to win after he played a supporting role when Tim Thomas led the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup two years ago.Same for Corey Crawford, who was watching from the stands when the Chicago Blackhawks won the title in Philadelphia in 2010.Sure, it’s nice to win a championship. It’s a lot sweeter when you’re on the ice at the very end.“Once you’ve seen it, and not being on the ice, I think everybody would like to have that chance someday,” Rask said. “For me, it came pretty early after our win and I’m just trying to make the most out of it and enjoy myself.”Rask and Crawford will be in the spotlight when the Bruins take on the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night, with each goalie hoping to continue what already has been an exemplary postseason.The rise of each player is a testament to the patience and steady approach of the Bruins and Blackhawks, and it’s no coincidence that each team is seeking to become the first franchise with two Stanley Cups in the salary cap era.After a slow and steady climb, Rask and Crawford have been the best goaltenders in the league during this year’s playoffs. Crawford leads the NHL with a 1.74 goals-against average, just ahead of Rask (1.75 GAA).“A lot of people had questions on Corey. He’s really been progressing every year,” said Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, one of Crawford’s biggest supporters over the years.“He’s a guy we’ve had in our organization since we drafted him. We’ve taken our time allowing him to improve year after year. He’s finally made it to the NHL, established himself as the No. 1 goaltender.” While Chicago drafted Crawford in the second round a decade ago, Rask was a first-round selection for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2005. Boston got him in a trade for goalie Andrew Raycroft a year later.General manager Peter Chiarelli, who officially took over the team a couple weeks after the Rask deal, said it’s his understanding that the Bruins decided they wanted Rask instead of center Jiri Tlusty in the deal.“There was a lot of discussion at both ends about it,” Chiarelli said. “It was decided that it would be Rask from Boston’s end. I think they tried to come back and maybe flip that, consider the other guy, who is a good player in Carolina now. Eventually they said no and the deal was done.”It certainly worked out for the Bruins.Rask took over after Thomas decided to take a year off. Once the 26-year-old Finn got off to a great start, the mercurial Thomas was traded to the New York Islanders.The 6-foot-2 Rask helped the Bruins finish second in the Northeast Division, then raised his game to another level in the playoffs. He shut down high-scoring Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference finals, allowing just two goals and recording a .985 save percentage in a sweep.The impressive performance included 53 saves in Game 3, giving Patrice Bergeron enough time to net the winning goal in the second overtime of a 2-1 victory.“He’s been arguably our best player this far,” Boston forward Milan Lucic said after the Bruins arrived in Chicago on Tuesday, “and I hope he can keep it up.”Antti Niemi, another Finnish goalie who is good friends with Rask, was in net when the Blackhawks won the title in 2010. But he signed with San Jose in the ensuing offseason while Chicago worked through salary cap issues.The Blackhawks then signed Marty Turco to start in goal, and planned to have Crawford serve as the backup. Those plans eventually fell apart and Crawford earned the starting nod. He won at least 30 games in each of his first two seasons in a regular role, and then went 19-5 with a career-best 1.94 GAA this year.

    Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara stands nearly 7 feet tall on skates and will be a huge obstacle for the Blackhawks to overcome in the Stanley Cup Finals.

    Hawks vs. Bruins pit NHL’s best

    It’s a clash of the titans in the Stanley Cup Finals.The Blackhawks vs. the Bruins.Boston with its size and brawn against the speed and skill of the Hawks.The Bruins play physical, but so can the Hawks.Both teams defend and have similar experience. Boston won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and the Hawks won it in 2010.Both teams roll out four lines and get production from all four. Both teams have stars and can skate.It’s clear from the first three rounds of the playoffs that these are the two best teams in the NHL.

    A year ago, the Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa was reeling from a severe, career-threatening concussion he suffered in the playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes. He says he is “back to normal” and will be playing in the Stanley Cup Finals for the fourth time in six years.

    Hossa thankful he’s ‘back to normal’

    More than an NHL season was in jeopardy. So too might have been the career of a likely Hall-of-Fame player.Concussions severe enough to warrant exiting the ice on a stretcher provide that kind of threat.“You think about those things,” Marian Hossa said Tuesday. “You got so much time on your hands that you start thinking about different things. It crossed my mind. But I knew when I was getting better, that was a good sign. I took my time, and I got back to normal.”

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford has won 12 playoff games after going 19-5-5 with a 1.94 goals-against average during the regular season. He has outplayed the Wings’ Jimmy Howard and the Kings’ Jonathan Quick. Tuukka Rask of the Bruins is next.

    Doubters be gone: Crawford answers his critics

    Can we please put the Blackhawks’ so-called goalie controversy to rest?What else does Corey Crawford have to do to be considered the No. 1 guy?The Hawks are in the Stanley Cup Finals against Boston, and Crawford has put them there. He’ll likely win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP if the Hawks win the Cup.

    The Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano watches his sacrifice fly against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lost 12-2.

    Reds rout Cubs 12-2

    Xavier Paul hit a three-run home run, Joey Votto added a two-run shot and the Cincinnati Reds roughed up Matt Garza and the Chicago Cubs 12-2 on Tuesday night.Tony Cingrani (3-0), filling in for the injured Johnny Cueto, pitched seven strong innings as Cincinnati extended its franchise-best winning streak at Wrigley Field to 11 games. Cingrani, from Chicago’s South Suburbs, allowed two runs and four hits, while striking out five and allowing one walk.


    U.S. stocks fell, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting its first three-day losing streak this year, as investors weighed prospects for economic growth and the pace of Federal Reserve stimulus measures.

    Stocks slide on Wall Street; Dow below 15,000

    Video-game shops, restaurants and retailers led the stock market lower Wednesday. Without any good news to drive the market up, investors grappled with the question hanging over financial markets: When will the Federal Reserve and other central banks pull back their economic stimulus programs?

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Tom Furlong, Facebook’s vice president of Site Operations, left, and Joel Kjellgren, Data Centre manager, speak at a news conference at Facebook’s new server farm in Lulea, Sweden, Wednesday. Facebook on Wednesday started processing data through its first server farm outside the United States, on the edge of the Arctic Circle in Sweden.

    Facebook introduces hashtags

    Facebook is introducing hashtags, the number signs used on Twitter, Instagram and other services to identify topics being discussed and allow users to search for them. Facebook Inc. said in a blog post Wednesday that users will be able to click a hashtag to see a feed of discussions about a particular topic.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Global demand for oil, gas, coal and nuclear power grew at a slower pace last year due to weak economic growth, recession and increased efficiency, energy company BP said Wednesday.

    BP: Global demand for energy slows
    Global demand for oil, gas, coal and nuclear power grew at a slower pace last year due to weak economic growth, recession and increased efficiency, energy company BP said Wednesday. In an annual review of the world energy market, BP PLC said growth in energy consumption slowed to 1.8 percent from 2.4 percent in 2011.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS In this June 27, 2012, photo, ESPN coordinating producer Phil Orlins shows a 3-D camera set up used by ESPN 3-D Network coverage at the ESPN X-Games held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. ESPN will stop broadcasting in 3-D by the end of the year, the network said Wednesday.

    ESPN to kill 3-D broadcasts by end of year

    ESPN will stop broadcasting in 3-D by the end of the year, the network said Wednesday, dealing a major blow to a technology that was launched with great fanfare but has been limping along for years.

    Carin Stutz

    Cosi CEO resigns, administrative workforce cut

    The restaurant operator, Deerfield-based Cosi. says its president and CEO Carin Stutz has resigned and appointed Executive Chairman Stephen Edwards as her successor.Cosi also announced late Tuesday that it is cutting its administrative workforce, which will result in annual savings of about $1 million. Cosi did not specify how many jobs are being eliminated.


    Allstate Roadside Services to cover all GM vehicles

    General Motors has expanded its agreement with Allstate Roadside Services to cover all eligible GM vehicles with roadside assistance services. Allstate Roadside Services was awarded the GM medium duty truck business in 2009. The new agreement will cover all eligible GM vehicles in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with a full range of roadside assistance services.


    Schaumburg company named small businsess exporter of year

    The U.S. Small Business Administration selected Schaumburg’s Quality Float Works Inc. as Illinois’ Small Business Exporter of the Year. Each year, SBA’s Illinois District Office honors small businesses and small business advocates for contributions to Illinois’ economy and society. Applicants compete in their respective categories among other small business entrepreneurs and small business champions throughout SBA’s Region V area which included Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.


    Wood Dale company to display powertrain systems

    Clean technology engine supplier Power Solutions International, of Wood Dale, will present its newest fuel-flexible powertrain systems at the upcoming 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo.The company will showcase its 4.8-liter, 6.0-liter, and 8.8-liter power systems as well as a new clean-fuel delivery truck. The truck is part of a pilot program on which PSI is collaborating with a national grocery-delivery fleet.The ACT Expo is the largest gathering of clean-vehicle stakeholders in the U.S. and will run from June 24-27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. PSI will be showcasing its new cleantech products at booth 331.“Corporate, municipal and delivery fleets are moving toward alternative fuels, due to environmental regulations, high compliance costs and volatile fuel prices,” said Jeremy Lessaris, Director of Marketing at PSI. “ACT Expo is the perfect place for us to present the fuel-flexible powertrain solutions that fleets are seeking.”With the addition of the new 4.8-liter and 6.0-liter power systems, PSI is accelerating its entrance into the on-highway market, which began last year with the launch of its 8.8-liter engine.In March, PSI announced a multiyear supply agreement with General Motors for the use of its 4.8-liter and 6.0-liter engines and associated transmissions for medium-duty truck and bus powertrain solutions. With the addition of these GM products, PSI now offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive product lines for certified alternative-fuel Class-4 through Class-8 on-highway powertrains.


    Lincolnshire’s Sysmex America honored for excellence

    Sysmex America was named a winner of the eighth annual Pinnacle Award presented by the Premier health care alliance.


    Warrenvllle design firm rebrands to Gerard

    Warreneville’s Gerard Design, an award-winning strategic branding and integrated marketing communications agency in Warrenville, is shortening its name to “Gerard,” with a tagline that emphasizes its branding and marketing expertise, as well as the comprehensive range of services that it offers.


    First American Bank to acquire PNA Bank

    Elk Grove Village-based First American Bank said it has signed an agreement to acquire PNA Bank. Terms of the transaction were not announced. First American Bank and PNA Bank anticipate prompt regulatory and court approvals. Upon completion of the transaction, First American Bank will add PNA’s two branches in Niles and Chicago to its 49 branch network located throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.


    Crystal Lake engineer group makes top 500 list
    Baxter & Woodman, Inc. Consulting Engineers has achieved a ranking of 357 on the Engineering News Record 2013 Top 500 Design Firm Listing.


    Rockford's Frontier Airlines ending year-round Denver service
    Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines is ending its year-round service between Rockford and Denver. The Denver-based airline says the route has brought in good business in the summers, but not the rest of the year. The change to summer-only service goes into effect Sept. 7.


    India’s Apollo Tyres to buy Cooper Tire for $2.22 billion India’s Apollo Tyres to buy Cooper Tire for $2.22 billion

    India’s Apollo Tyres Ltd. is buying Ohio’s Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. for about $2.22 billion.Apollo says the combined company will be one of the world’s largest tire makers, with a strong presence across four continents and combined 2012 sales of $6.6 billion.

    Boeing Co. raised its 20-year forecast for commercial jet demand by 3.8 percent as air traffic outstrips global economic growth and airlines refresh their fleets with $4.8 trillion in new planes.

    Boeing raises 20-year jet forecast 3.8% With no bubble seen
    Boeing Co. raised its 20-year forecast for commercial jet demand by 3.8 percent as air traffic outstrips global economic growth and airlines refresh their fleets with $4.8 trillion in new planes. Airliner sales will total 35,280 new jets during the next two decades, compared with a 2012 projection of 34,000 planes, Boeing said today in Paris before next week’s Paris Air Show.

    A Japanese carrier’s Dreamliner had engine trouble before takeoff Wednesday, a day after a rival airline had a problem on another 787 plane.

    Japanese carrier’s Boeing 787 has engine problem

    A Japanese carrier’s Dreamliner had engine trouble before takeoff Wednesday, a day after a rival airline had a problem on another 787 plane. Neither problem was with the lithium-ion batteries that were overheating and resulted in the Boeing Co. aircraft being grounded for four months. The 787s returned to commercial service last month with their batteries now encased to prevent overheating from spreading.

Life & Entertainment

    The bright yellow flowers of marsh marigolds brighten a moist area.

    Art in the garden: Some plants thrive in moist soils

    Well-drained soil is critical for healthy plant growth of many plants, and quite often gardeners grieve over the loss of plants planted in poorly drained areas of their landscapes.

    Enjoy foods from all corners of the globe, like Brazilian sirloin, rice balls, fish and chips, watermelon salad and chocolate mousse, at Indulge Buffet at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.

    Casino hits dining jackpot with Indulge Show Kitchen Buffet

    Even if you're not a betting person, dining at the renewed Indulge Show Kitchen Buffet at the Grand Victoria Casino is well worth a gamble. Recently upgraded, the buffet features more choices than a multi-line slot machine. From woodburning-oven pizza to Brazilian bouillabaisse, the buffet now offers some 150 choices at any one time.

    Dr. John will perform Friday, June 14, at this year's Blues on the Fox at the RiverEdge Park Music Garden in Aurora.

    Weekend picks: Dr. John opens Blues on the Fox at RiverEdge

    Dr. John headlines the first night of Blues on the Fox at the new RiverEdge Park in Aurora. Seth Meyers, Bob Newhart, Bill Maher, Al Madrigal and many more jokesters will perform as part of the fifth annual TBS Just for Laughs comedy festival in Chicago through the weekend. Marvel at the competitions in heavy sports, Highland dancing and even frozen haggis tossing at the 27th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games in Itasca.

    Urban Brewery sells a one-gallon Brewery in a Box kit that’s a good option for apartment dwellers and those with limited beer making space.

    Beer gear for Father’s Day

    Humorist Dave Barry has said, “the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. The wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” These days, beer-making and beer-drinking is having a moment. Get your did into the action with some of these Father’s Day gift ideas.

    Shady Lane riesling from Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula

    National dining trends reveal alcohol industry needs hasty makeover

    Mary Ross was among those who converged on the 94th annual National Restaurant Show in Chicago last month. She brings us a report on what wine trends hospitality experts expect we'll see in the near future.

    Coconut flour turned out to be the right gluten-free flour to make Toll House-style cookies without any off-putting taste.

    Baking secrets: Chocolate chip cookies get a gluten-free makeover

    When I headed down to the National Restaurant Association show at Chicago’s McCormick Place last month, I had one goal in mind: to learn more about new baking alternatives, specifically gluten-free and other allergen options.

    Erinn Hayes, left, Blaise Miller, Julia Stiles, David Cross, America Ferrera and Jeff Grace in a scene from “It’s a Disaster.” This summer, a handful of films led by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s “This Is the End,” are putting a humorous twist on the well-worn genre of the world ending.

    A comic spin on the end of the world

    The Earth has been coming to an end with comic frequency. We’ve seen tsunamis sweep the oceans (“2012”), the world freeze over (“The Day After Tomorrow”) and a rogue planet bear down (“Melancholia”). So many have been patrolling a desolate Earth — Will Smith (“After Earth”), Tom Cruise (“Oblivion”), a cute cleanup robot (“WALL-E”) — that even the post-apocalyptic world is getting crowded. But now, months after the Mayans predicted the end of the world, comedians are having the last laugh — or at least, a Last Days laugh.

    Marinated and grilled chicken makes a simple chicken Caesar salad spectacular.

    Nourish: Doing up chicken Ceasar salad right

    You’ll regularly find chicken Caesar salads, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find them all done well. Common flaws include too much dressing and clunky pieces of chicken. Stephanie Witt Sedgwick starts her's with a roasted-garlic marinade flavors chicken cutlets that are then grilled and cut into bite-size pieces.


    Soledad O’Brien joining HBO’s ‘Real Sports’

    Soledad O’Brien is joining fellow “Today” show alum Bryant Gumbel at HBO’s “Real Sports.” HBO said Wednesday that O’Brien will be a reporter on the monthly magazine show, which is anchored by Gumbel. Her first story, due this month, is about war veterans who use martial arts to help cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

    James Franco, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson wonder what's down in the basement in the Armageddon horror comedy “This Is The End.”

    'End' a freakishly gross, shockingly funny end-of-days horror comedy

    “This is the End” makes for an absurd, fantastic end-of-days thriller stuffed with so many jaw-dropping scenes that you may not be able to chew food for a while. In this breathlessly inventive, freakishly gross and shockingly funny ensemble comedy, an all-star cast shows no vanity or shame in unleashing often vulgar sequences erupting with quick wit and precision-executed physical comedy.


    Studies show kefir, yogurt and strawberries may boost your overall health

    Karen Collins answers questions about the benefits of kefir v. yogurt and phytochemicals in strawberries.


    Dining events: Retro Bistro celebrates with prix-fixe menu

    Retro Bistro celebrates 23 years with a special prix-fixe menu; Chef Amaury’s puts together a vegan dinner to savor; Renaissance Schaumburg’s sponsors a bridle, beef and brew day with horse-racing experts.


    Taste test: Vegetarian burgers

    Six Washington Post staffers, two of them vegetarian, recently blind-tasted 37 veggie burgers and scored them from 1 to 10. Few burgers got more than a 6 or a 7 from any single taster, and many got much lower scores. In general, the tasters weren’t happy with the whole lot. But if you want to throw some veggie patties on the grill and don’t have time to make your own, here are some brands that might work with the right condiments and buns.

    Spinach and onion blended into ground turkey give this burger a Greek flare.

    Greek-Style Turkey Burgers with Pepperoncini Sauce

    Sara Moulton blends spinach, oregano and feta into ground meat to give her turkey burgers a Greek flare.

    Turkey burgers really can be juicy and flavorful

    For winning turkey burgers, start by buying a small package of turkey tenderloins, the flap of meat that lies just under the breast. As little as a 1 1/2 pounds of turkey tenderloins can be ground to produce six burgers. Cut the tenderloins into 1-inch cubes and freeze them for 30 minutes. Pop them in a food processor and pulse until they achieve a medium-grind consistency.

    Marinated and grilled chicken makes a simple chicken Caesar salad spectacular.

    Garlic-Oregano Chicken Caesar Salad
    Garlic-Oregano Chicken Caesar Salad

    Tom Davies samples a Yao Ming Family Cabernet Sauvignon wine during an auction Napa Valley at Raymond Vineyard in St. Helena, Calif. Might your dad want to try a bottle from the NBA star’s winery for Father’s Day?

    For Father’s Day, a pairing for every patriarch

    Forget the tie. Think bespoke booze for Father’s Day, specifically a beverage tailor-made to suit the hobbies father knows best. Whether your dad is the type of guy who likes to putt or is happiest when merely puttering we’ve got a few suggestions to help you pick out that perfect bottle.

    When it comes to creating a great burger, the less-is-more philosophy yields delicious results.

    The secret to a great burger? Less is more!

    So what makes a great burger? According to chef Elizabeth Karmel there are a few simple rules, the most important being that less really is more -- the less you add to your ground beef, the less you handle the meat when mixing it, and the less you flip it while grilling, the better burger you get in the end.

    Club House Burgers with Buttered Buns is sure to become a backyard favorite this summer.

    Club House Burger With Buttered Bun

    Demi Lovato’s fourth album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

    Demi Lovato’s latest aims for love on the Top 40

    Before achieving back-to-back radio hits with “Give Your Heart a Break” and “Heart Attack,” Demi Lovato wondered why she had yet to find her breakthrough on the radio. So, Lovato went into the studio and recorded songs crafted perfectly for Top 40 radio. “Demi,” her fourth album, debuted recently at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. And she's headlining the B96 Pepsi Summer Bash Saturday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

    Coconut flour turned out to be the right gluten-free flour to make Toll House-style cookies without any off-putting taste.

    Hold the Gluten Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Hold-the-Gluten Chocolate Chip Cookies: Annie Overboe


    Frugal living: Making potato pancakes and regrowing green onions

    Sara Noel answers readers' questions about regrowing green onions, making potato pancakes and non-meat sources of protein.


    Music notes: Marion Meadows infuses Montrose Room with smooth jazz

    Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows performs in Rosemont on Saturday, June 15, and alt-rock band AM Taxi, which has roots in the suburbs, will take the stage Saturday at Chicago's Beat Kitchen. And don't miss the Spring Awakening music festival at Soldier Field all weekend.



    Editorial: Blackhawks a unifying force for region

    When a team does well in sports, it has the potential to unify a commnity, just as the Blackhawks are doing by reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    A power of conviction

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Samantha Power is only beginning to earn her elevation. She does not have a resume that allows for a quiet, anonymous Senate confirmation. As an anti-genocide activist and writer, she made a career of inflicting discomfort on public officials. Congress may enjoy the turnabout. Power has been an opinionated, occasionally intemperate, journalist and academic, who has left a long paper trail on controversial topics. She is also superb choice.


    A dog-bites-man story

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Edward Snowden is ridiculously cinematic. He is not paranoiac; he is merely narcissistic. He jettisoned a girlfriend, a career and, undoubtedly, his personal freedom to expose programs that were known to our elected officials and could have been deduced by anyone who has ever Googled anything. History will not record him as “one of America’s most consequential whistle-blowers.” History is more likely to forget him.


    Ashamed to be from Illinois
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Things are pretty bad when you are in Europe and when people there find out that you are from Illinois they laugh at you because your governors are in prison making license plates.


    Support housing for mentally ill
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Won’t you join me in advocating for the needs of those with mental illness by lending your vocal support to this proposed project in Palatine through both letter writing to Palatine council members and attendance at the June 18 meeting of the plan commission? Let us support housing for everyone.


    Fire service is about safety, not politics
    A Barrington letter to the editor: My family chose Barrington as our home for many good reasons. We have great schools, magnificent neighborhoods and terrific village services. Now I’m led to believe that our village fire department may well be dismantled without an opportunity for me to express my family’s opinions.


    Give Mandela the peace he deserves
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The man is 94 years old. The greatest gift his nation can give him is peace. South Africa should revere him, always remember him, but let him die in peace and dignity.


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