Daily Archive : Tuesday June 18, 2013


    Judith Brawka

    Kane reinforces courtroom policy on cellphones

    Kane County court officials are requiring that people completely power down their phones before entering a courtroom or risk that their phones be confiscated. Exceptions to this rule are licensed attorneys, media members and jurors waiting to be called. Chief Judge Judith Brawka said court officials wanted to be consistent and remind people of rules, especially now that extended media coverage...

    Carpentersville has decided its planning and zoning commission will outline restrictions for medical marijuana if Gov. Pat Quinn signs the bill to legalize it.

    Carpentersville plans for medical marijuana

    If and when Gov. Pat Quinn signs a bill that legalizes medical marijuana in Illinois, Carpentersville's planning and zoning commission will devise parameters for its use, sale and possible growth in the village, trustees decided Tuesday night. While the measure passed by a unanimous vote in Carpentersville, trustees Pat Schultz and Kevin Rehberg said that in their opinion, Illinois sees medical...

    Fountain Blue Banquets & Conference Center's outdoor tent in Des Plaines on June 18, 2013.

    Des Plaines council says banquet facility's outdoor tent must go

    In a surprising reversal of an earlier decision, the Des Plaines City Council Monday night denied an extension for a temporary conditional use permit that would have allowed the Fountain Blue banquet facility to continue operating its outdoor tent for 18 months. “I was for this, but this thing stinks," 4th Ward Alderman Dick Sayad said. "I'm not going to vote for this.”

    Naperville city councilmen indicated they are willing to provide a $7.5 million incentive package to developers of Freedom Plaza, which is slated to include an Embassy Suites hotel, a large-scale conference center and ballroom and four free-standing restaurants on Abriter Court north of Diehl Road.

    Naperville offering $7.5 million to Freedom Plaza developer

    Naperville city councilmen on Tuesday indicated they are willing to provide $7.5 million worth of incentives to the developer of a long-sought hotel and conference center planned for Freedom Plaza on the city's north side.


    Cary man charged in TCF Bank robberies

    A 26-year-old Cary man has been charged with robbing three banks in a 10-day span, authorities said Tuesday. Evan L. Hall, of the 100 block of River Drive, was formally charged Monday and remains in federal custody.

    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is abandoning its pursuit of Country Lakes Country Club after nearly 15 years of litigation.

    DuPage forest district abandons pursuit of Country Lakes

    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials ended a nearly 15-year legal battle Tuesday when they walked away from a property they still very much want to own. Commissioners voted unanimously to abandon efforts to forcibly acquire the 204-acre Country Lakes Country Club in northwest Naperville.

    Paul Gogo of South Elgin returns for another sandbag after flooding two months ago on the Fox River in South Elgin. “This is just brutal, it's never been like this” said Gogo, who had been up since the middle of the night April 18 working to protect his home on South River Street.

    Flood relief funds pour into Kane County

    It's not too late to apply for federal flood assistance stemming from the April rains. In fact, nearly $1 million has been paid out to nearly 1,000 Kane County residents so far.

    Dennis Rouleau, center, manager of Chicago Executive Airport, talks with Wheeling Village Manager Jon Sfondilis, left, and Jamie Abbott, assistant airport manager, at an event earlier this year. Abbott is taking over as acting manager while Rouleau is going on medical leave.

    Chicago Executive Airport manager taking health leave

    Dennis Rouleau, long-term manager of the Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling and Prospect Heights, will take a medical leave, with the question of his return still up in the air.

    Bailee, left, was reunited Tuesday with owner Mike Gerdes and fellow golden retriever Kismet.

    Lost Palatine Golden retriever back home

    Bailee, the golden retriever believed to be stolen after wandering from her family's Palatine-area home on Saturday, has been returned. Owner Mike Gerdes said a woman called him Tuesday afternoon after seeing the article in the Daily Herald and brought Bailee to his house shortly after.


    Speed limits lowered in parts of Bartlett

    Speed limit decreases are going into effect in parts of Bartlett. Between Devon Avenue and Route 59 the speed limit will drop from 45 to 40 miles per hour, between Western and Devon avenues the speed limit will drop from 40 to 35, and the speed limit on Struckman Boulevard between South Bartlett Road and Route 59 will drop from 35 to 30.

    The DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission has accepted a final report on the Danada Equestrian Center that found the need for some improvements, but no mistreatment of horses.

    DuPage forest preserve accepts final report on Danada horses

    Danada Equestrian Center’s horses are healthy and its volunteers deserve respect. DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners Tuesday formally accepted Commissioner Shannon Burns’ largely positive three-page report on the state of Danada after some volunteers had raised questions about the center’s care of horses.

    Zachary Fardon has been nominated to head the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago.

    Next U.S. attorney faces urgent dilemma

    Chicago’s next U.S. attorney faces a dilemma sprung from the twin evils bedeviling America’s third-largest city. Should he zero in on Illinois’ deep pool of political corruption with the resolve of his predecessor, who sent two governors to prison? Or should he devote even more resources to the gang- and drug-related violence that has claimed hundreds of lives, including in neighborhoods near...

    NATO solders wait for a helicopter after a ceremony at a military academy on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Afghan forces have taken over the lead from the U.S.-led NATO coalition for security nationwide, Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced in the significant milestone in the 12-year war.

    U.S., Taliban to start talks on ending Afghan war

    The Taliban and the U.S. said Tuesday they will hold talks on finding a political solution to ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan, as the international coalition formally handed over control of the country’s security to the Afghan army and police.

    Leandria Williams

    Probation for Elgin woman who tried to fake lottery win

    An Elgin woman who police say falsified documents in an attempt to claim a winning lottery ticket pleaded guilty to attempted theft, a class 2 felony. Leandria Williams, 19, was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a fine in exchange for her guilty plea, court records show.

    Wheeling trustees want the chance to vote on a municipal ordinance banning assault weapons, like these on display earlier this year in a gun shop in Pennsylvania.

    Wheeling will consider assault weapon ban

    A majority of the Wheeling Village Board asked this week for a chance to vote on an ordinance prohibiting assault weapons. Village Attorney James V. Ferolo said he will present trustees a draft similar to Cook County's ordinance by July 1. Trustee Kenneth Brady was the only member of the board who opposed having staff draft an ordinance.


    Schaumburg, tollway to host open house for Elgin-O’Hare Western Access

    The village of Schaumburg and Illinois Toll Highway Authority are sponsoring an Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Open House from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at the Schaumburg Regional Airport, 905 W. Irving Park Road.


    House speaker presses Quinn to sign concealed carry

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is urging Gov. Pat Quinn to sign legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns. The Chicago Democrat said Tuesday that a veto would be ineffective. The concealed carry legislation the General Assembly approved last month passed by votes large enough to override a gubernatorial veto.


    Motorcyclist injured in Vernon Hills crash

    A motorcyclist was injured in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon. Vernon Hills police and the Countryside Fire Protection District responded to the crash at 4:16 p.m. on the 200 block of Corporate Woods Parkway.


    DuPage to make pitch for more bus shelters

    To encourage people to use public transportation, DuPage officials want to add more bus shelters throughout the county. But first, they must make another attempt to sell municipalities on the idea.

    Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team survey an area in Oakland Township, Mich., Monday, June 17, 2013 where officials search for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. The search follows claims made in February by reputed Mafia captain Tony Zerilli, who told Detroit TV station WDIV that he knew where Hoffa was buried.

    Hoffa mystery still fascinates after 4 decades

    The latest possible resting place of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is an overgrown farm field where the normal calm of chirping crickets is being drowned out by a beeping backhoe, the chop of an overhead news helicopter and the bustle of reporters and onlookers.


    Catholic religious order opens abuse files

    A Roman Catholic religious order released an unusually candid report Tuesday outlining how its leaders failed for decades to stop sex abuse in its schools and other ministries. The Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, which spans 10 Midwestern states, asked experts in clergy sex abuse to provide a full accounting of abuse by examining all the order’s records. Advocates for victims said it...


    Man mauled by bear in Wisconsin

    A man who was attacked by a black bear in northwestern Wisconsin is recovering at a hospital in the Twin Cities. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the man was attacked while out in his yard near Shell Lake Monday about 9:30 p.m.

    From left, Deputy Attorney General James Cole; National Security Agency (NSA) Deputy Director Chris Inglis; NSA Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander; Deputy FBI Director Sean Joyce; and Robert Litt, general counsel to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; prepare to testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee hearing regarding NSA surveillance.

    NSA director says plot against Wall Street foiled

    The director of the National Security Agency said Tuesday the government’s sweeping surveillance programs have foiled some 50 terrorist plots worldwide, including one directed at the New York Stock Exchange, in a forceful defense of spy operations that was echoed by the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee.


    Indiana agency renews fight over gay youth group plates

    Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles extended its battle this week over specialty auto license plates for a group that counsels gay and lesbian youth, ordering an administrative law judge to review her findings that the agency improperly revoked the group’s specialty license plate last year.


    Key Chicago schools hearing won’t be delayed

    A federal judge is keeping the pressure on parties in a legal battle over the shuttering of Chicago public schools. Judge John Lee told parties during a Tuesday status hearing to be ready for a key July hearing that could halt the closings.


    Glenview man denies violating weapons export ban

    A Taiwanese businessman’s son has pleaded not guilty to charges he sought to help bypass a U.S. ban on the export of weapons machinery to North Korea.

    Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton (far left, in white shirt) joins Lake Zurich High School players and coaches Monday with the state championship trophy they won earlier this month. Poynton earlier read a village proclamation congratulating the team on its accomplishment.

    Lake Zurich board honors lacrosse state champs

    Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton and village trustees honored Lake Zurich High School's state-champion boys lacrosse team Monday with a proclamation noting the “pride and respect” the squad's title brought the community. It was the latest public celebration of the squad's championship season.

    Mario Casciaro

    Convict’s attorney asks for new trial in Johnsburg murder case

    The attorney for a man convicted of killing a Johnsburg teen is asking that a judge throw out the jury’s verdict and order a new trial. Mario Casciaro of Fox Lake was found guilty in February 2012 of first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Brian Carrick, who last was seen in 2002.


    Illinois Senate debates university pensions

    A pension reform proposal developed by a group of education experts has been debated in an Illinois senate committee. The six-step plan was developed by officials from the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University. The State University Retirement System would be fully funded by 2044.


    Quinn, lawmakers plan pension talks into July

    Unable to overcome a stalemate on the state’s $97 billion pension crisis, Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders are working on a new plan that involves forming a bipartisan committee this week and reconvening the legislature for an additional session in July.


    Elgin expecting visit from sister city delegation

    A delegation from Elgin’s sister city in Chile is expected to visit Elgin over the Fourth of July holiday, but it’s still unclear who would pay for its stay. Elgin Fire Lt. Robert Bedard said the delegation from Cauquenes would comprise up to seven people, including the future mayor and the regional superintendent of firefighters.


    U.S. Supreme Court grants Madigan more time on guns

    The U.S. Supreme Court is granting the Illinois attorney general more time to decide on an appeal over the carrying of concealed weapons. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the court decided Tuesday to extend the deadline to July 22.

    Jonathan Sprawka

    Former trustee fills vacant Lake Zurich board seat

    Jonathan Sprawka didn’t seek re-election to his Lake Zurich trustee seat in April, but he’s back on the village board. He'll fill the trustee post that Thomas Poynton vacated to become mayor. Poynton said he appointed Sprawka because he was the best of five strong applicants.


    Trial for monk accused of luring teens in Antioch pushed back

    The trial of a monk accused of trying to lure teenage girls into his car in Antioch has been pushed back to September. In the meantime, a Lake County prosecutor says monk Thomas Chmura, 57, has been compliant with court-ordered restrictions while free on bond.

    Diver Jim Nowka of Great Lakes Exploration Group inspects a wooden beam extending from the floor of Lake Michigan that experts believe may be part of the Griffin, a ship that sank in 1679. Crews are digging a pit at the base of the beam to see if it’s attached to a buried ship.

    Scientists: Timber in Lake Michigan centuries old

    A wooden beam embedded at the bottom of northern Lake Michigan appears to have been there for centuries, underwater archaeologists announced Tuesday, a crucial finding as crews dig toward what they hope is the carcass of a French ship that disappeared while exploring the Great Lakes in the 17th Century.


    Fire district makes new proposal to Barrington

    The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District is proposing a new model for continued cooperation with the Barrington Fire Department, rather than breaking off their contractual relationship completely at the end of the year. Under the proposal, the fire district would lease 18 firefighters from the village of Barrington for two years. These firefighters — roughly half the amount the...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Janet Tyner, 50, of South Elgin, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to reduce to speed and failure to wear a seat belt after authorities responded to a crash at 9:58 p.m. Thursday in the 44W600 block of Ellithorpe Road near Hampshire, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Janet Tyner, 50, of South Elgin, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to reduce to speed and failure to wear a seat belt after authorities responded to a crash at 9:58 p.m. Thursday in the 44W600 block of Ellithorpe Road near Hampshire, according to a sheriff’s report.

    The original Campton Township Town Hall was built in 1874 and is on the Kane County and National Register of Historic Places. It was renovated through a riverboat grant in 2011 and will be used for educational purposes. An open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 4N498 Town Hall Road, Campton Township.

    Historic Campton town hall open house planned for Saturday

    Campton Township officials will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the township's original town hall, 4N498 Town Hall Road, Campton Hills. The open house is the first since the township landed a $60,000 grant to repair the foundation and use the building, which was erected in 1874, for educational purposes.


    Trustees reject smoking ban for Buffalo Grove Days

    Buffalo Grove village trustees overwhelmingly rejected calls for a complete ban on smoking at the community’s Labor Day weekend festival, Buffalo Grove Days, but restrictions on smokers could be in place by the time this year’s edition kicks off Aug. 29. The push for the ban was led by Trustee Michael Terson, who raised concerns over how secondhand smoke could affect festival visitors.

    Two species of invasive Asian carp may be able to spawn in more Great Lakes tributaries than previously thought, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report on Tuesday.

    New report: Asian carp eggs can incubate in more areas

    Two species of invasive Asian carp may be able to spawn in more Great Lakes tributaries than previously thought, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report on Tuesday. Researchers said they hope the new data will help predict where the fish could spawn if they make it from Chicago-area waterways into the Great Lakes, giving authorities a leg up in their fight to combat the hungry fish.


    District 203 expanding all-day kindergarten program

    Kindergarten will last longer next fall for more than 500 students in Naperville Unit District 203. Board members voted unanimously Monday to approve a 2013-14 budget that, among other things, provides funding to switch to all-day kindergarten at seven of the district's 14 elementary schools.

    Schaumburg police are circulating this computer-generated likeness of a strong-arm robbery suspect who reportedly stole a woman’s necklace outside a condominium building Monday night.

    Schaumburg police looking for strong-arm robber

    Schaumburg police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a strong-arm robbery that occurred Monday night. According to police, a Schaumburg woman was approaching the entrance of a condominium building on the 300 block of South Roselle Road at approximately 8:34 p.m. when two teenage boys approached. One of the teens grabbed a gold necklace from the woman’s neck and ran away.


    Learn about Waukegan corridor strategy at CMAP meeting

    The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning will host a public workshop regarding planning for the Washington Street commercial corridor in Waukegan from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at Toluca’s Restaurant, 1419 Washington St., Waukegan. CMAP has been working with city officials to help develop a plan for Washington Street’s commercial corridor.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Wood Dale man was arrested around 4:45 a. m. June 13 in Des Plaines and charged with battery and resisting arrest. According to police reports, the man repeatedly swore at the officers, verbally threatened them and chest-bumped and elbowed an officer. He struggled during the arrest and at the police department, reports added.


    Weigh in on RTA strategic plan

    The Regional Transportation Authority is hosting a public hearing from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at the Grayslake village hall, 10 S. Seymour Ave., on its proposed strategic plan. The RTA provides oversight, funding and planning for the Chicago Transit Authority bus and train, Metra commuter rail and PACE suburban bus.


    Lake County Sheriff’s sergeant nominated for MADD award

    Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Struck has been nominated for Mothers Against Drunk Driving Illinois Hero Award. Struck, who began his career with the sheriff’s office in 2001 and was promoted to sergeant in Sept. 2012, has made a total 418 driving under the influence arrests during his career, including 41 last year.


    Wheaton Academy grad backs leadership training program

    Brandon Ruggles is paying it forward — and backward. A member of Wheaton Academy’s Class of 2013, Ruggles is also a graduate of the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation’s training program. Based in Villa Grove, Colo., a goal of the 19-year-old foundation is to teach high school sophomore student-athletes, selected by their schools, positive decision-making that they can take home to positively...


    State Rep. Yingling extends office hours

    Hours at state Rep. Sam Yingling’s local office, 20 W. North St., Hainesville, will be extended to add more time one day per month over the summer. The Grayslake Democrat said full-time constituent service will be available until 7 p.m. the last Thursday of each month, beginning June 27.

    Col. Tom Cogdall of the United States Army was the guest speaker Friday at Flag Day ceremonies held at Veterans Park, 1300 N. Weiland Road, Buffalo Grove. More than 100 people attended.

    Buffalo Grove celebrates Flag Day

    Flag Day is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for the flag, its designers and makers. The flag is representative of independence and unity as a nation with a proud history. Buffalo Grove was among the places that held a Flag Day ceremony last Friday. The ceremony was held at Veterans Park, 1300 N. Weiland Road.

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods took more than two years to develop a process to make the thick, uneven slabs of turkey in its Carving Board line look like leftovers from a homemade meal rather than the cookie-cutter ovals typical of most lunchmeat.

    Food companies work to make it look natural

    Here's the latest goal for food makers: Perfect the art of imperfection. When stretching out the dough for its premium “Artisan Pizzas,” Domino's workers are instructed not to worry about making the rectangles too perfect: The pies are supposed to have a more rustic look. At Oak Brook-based McDonald's, the egg whites for the new breakfast sandwich called the Egg White Delight McMuffin...

    STEVE LUNDY/slundy@dailyherald.com, 2010 Joey Perrone and Sarah Krahnke, of Libertyville, munch down some sandwiches at the Out to Lunch event in Libertyville’s Cook Park.

    Food, music highlight ‘Out to Lunch’ in Libertyville

    Bring a blanket or lawn chair to downtown Libertyville’s Cook Park each Friday from June 21 through Aug. 16 for “Out to Lunch.”

    Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at House Judiciary Committee hearing to discuss the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act. Republicans in the House of Representatives on Tuesday make their most concerted effort of the year to change U.S. abortion law with legislation that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks.

    House takes up far-reaching anti-abortion bill

    House Republicans on Tuesday make their most concerted effort of the year to change federal abortion law with legislation that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks. The law would be a direct challenge to the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortions up to the time a fetus becomes viable. Fetal viability is generally considered to be at...

    Jackelin Alfaro, 4, in a T-shirt that reads “Don’t Deport my Dad” sits in the hall with family members outside the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The committee hearing will discuss the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act. The committee in the Republican-led House is preparing to cast its first votes on immigration this year, on a tough enforcement-focused measure that Democrats and immigrant groups are protesting loudly.

    House committee takes up tough immigration bill

    A key committee in the Republican-led House moved Tuesday toward approving a tough enforcement-focused immigration bill, over objections from Democrats and disruptions from protesters shouting “Shame, shame, shame!” Meanwhile in the Senate, a Republican lawmaker floated a compromise border security proposa.

    The cast of “iSing” rehearses “Life’s a Happy Song” led by Elizabeth McKay, front center.

    A new generation of directors leads CTE in ‘iSing’

    When Allison Cherry stepped onto the Children’s Theatre of Elgin stage in 1992 as a second-grader, she never dreamed that she would one day end up running the show. But 20 years later, Cherry, a 28-year-old teacher at Prairie View Grade School in Burlington, will direct "iSing: Sounds of a New Generation," which will be presented June 21-23 and June 28-30 at the Elgin Community College Arts...

    A military police officer uses pepper spray on a protester during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. Protesters massed in Brazilian cities Monday for another round of demonstrations voicing disgruntlement about life in the country.

    100K protesters flood Brazilian streets in protest

    Some of the biggest demonstrations since the end of Brazil’s 1964-85 dictatorship have broken out across this continent-sized country, uniting tens of thousands frustrated by poor transportation, health services, education and security despite a heavy tax burden. More than 100,000 people were in the streets Monday for largely peaceful protests, however some demonstrations were marred by vandalism...

    President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting.

    G-8 and beyond: The world according to Obama

    Laden with foreign challenges, President Barack Obama is welcoming Iran’s election results, taking the temperature of China’s new leader and acknowledging that nations routinely spy on each other, all the while navigating difficult terrain with allies and Russia over Syria. For Obama, the issues currently defining his presidency center on his international relations and, by extension, how he...

    Umm Satta grieves for her slain college student son, Sattar Jabbar, near Habib al-Asadi Shiite mosque in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside and near the Shiite mosque, Iraqi officials said. Most of the casualties were among students from a nearby Imam al-Sadiq University for Islamic Studies. Police officials said the university’s Shiite students usually perform their midday prayers in the targeted mosque.

    Suicide bombers target Baghdad mosque, killing 26

    Two suicide bombers targeted a Shiite mosque in Baghdad on Tuesday, one blowing himself up at a nearby checkpoint while the other slipped inside during prayers. The blasts killed 26 people, Iraqi officials said. The coordinated bombings were the latest in a string of attacks that has hit Iraq, reviving fears the country is headed back toward the widespread sectarian bloodshed that pushed it to...


    Bombing at Pakistani funeral kills 27

    A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of hundreds of mourners attending a funeral in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 27 people. Among those killed was a newly elected lawmaker who may have been the target, authorities said.


    Long-rumored gun found behind Pontiac prison wall

    Since the late 1990s, there's been a much-whispered rumor that a handgun was smuggled into Pontiac Correctional Center, a myth told behind the walls of the maximum-security prison. That changed last Thursday when, checking out yet another tip about the rumored handgun, prison workers cut through a concrete wall and found it.


    Divers troll Fox River for woman missing since '99

    Divers are searching a section of the Fox River, trying to find remains of a Chicago woman who vanished more than 14 years ago. The Northwest Herald says Cary police decided to search the water Monday after getting new information about the disappearance of Wendy M. Kimura. Authorities also searched property in the area this weekend.

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for another monthlong extension of time to decide whether to appeal a lower court order allowing citizens to carry concealed guns.

    Madigan seeks 2nd delay on Illinois gun plan

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for another monthlong extension of time to decide whether to appeal a lower court order allowing citizens to carry concealed guns. Documents filed late Friday but made public Monday indicate that the bid for a “second and final 30-day extension” would allow Madigan’s busy staff to continue researching the issues that could...

    Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Prosecutors: Jackson can get treatment in prison

    Federal prosecutors are refuting the contention by defense attorneys that Jesse Jackson Jr. should spend less time in prison because a lengthy sentence would cause his fragile mental health to deteriorate. In a court document filed Monday, they say the Bureau of Prisons has hundreds of mental health experts who can treat the former Illinois congressman for bipolar disorder and depression.

    Associated Press Rockford Police Officer Mike Jury stands with his bike at the entrance of the City Market in downtown Rockford.

    Rockford police officer cycles on

    ROCKFORD -- For Mike Jury, summer means a chance to try out a different set of wheels.Jury of Machesney Park is one of 16 Rockford police officers — out of more than 250 — on the department’s M3 unit, in which officers spend the warmer months patrolling Rockford on bicycles.


    Lyric Opera: Ticket sales up thanks to new patrons
    The Lyric Opera of Chicago says ticket sales were up during the most recent fiscal year, thanks in part to new fans. The opera says it sold 264,000 tickets during the year, a 15 percent increase from 2012. That helped the season’s overall ticket revenue climb more than 6 percent.

    The family-run roofing company Protech of Des Plaines converted their office into a Chicago Blackhawks shrine with Bille Marcum showing off his tickets to Games 5 and 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Will there be a Game 7?

    Dawn Patrol: Hawks lose Game 3; lowest score in U-46 now 50

    Hawks lose Game 3. U-46 makes the lowest possible scores in schools 50. Lake Zurich ends retirement participation. St. Charles welcomes new alderman, fire chief. Arlington Heights karaoke bar wants liquor license back. E. Dundee seeks payment on defaulted loan. Ex-Glenbard East student pleads not guilty in graduation plot.

    This postcard from a collection to be displayed this week at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church in Libertyville shows the village as it was in 1902

    'Through Another Lens' exhibit shows Libertyville of long ago

    A unique postcard exhibit of old-time Libertyville will be on display this week at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church. "Through Another Lens" showcases old postcards and photos depicting village scenes of 100 years ago. “It definitely came out of the congregation, a desire to integrate with the community,” said Sue Montgomery, a parish administrator.

    Blockbuster used to be as ubiquitous as Starbucks in the suburbs. Now, only this store in Carol Stream and a few others remain locally. Modern technology offers myriad ways to see movies, but loyal Blockbuster customers say there is something good about visiting the store to pick out a DVD.

    Blockbuster? Myspace? Blue mailbox? What year is this?

    I’m a newspaper columnist interviewing customers renting movies from a Blockbuster store in Carol Stream. Have I gone back in time? Perhaps my time-machine moment happened last week, when I rekindled my Myspace after reading a business story about the sale of the social networking website. I had forgotten all about Myspace, which launched as “a place for friends” in August 2003...

    First Sgt. James Hicks give tokens representing his Army unit to residents of Delnor Glen on Monday in St. Charles. Residents have been sending care packages to his Afghanistan-based unit.

    Soldier delivers thanks for long-distance care sent by retirees

    As 1st Sgt. James Hicks shook hands with the residents of Delnor Glen retirement community in St. Charles and passed out coins with his Army company’s slogan on them, he delivered a thank you for nine months of continued support. “You can’t go wrong with sending personal hygiene items to troops,” Hicks said. “Just going to the bathroom over there is a 100-yard hike.


    Des Plaines recognizes two cops with life saving awards

    The Des Plaines City Council Monday night recognized an Evanston police officer and a city cop for their quick thinking, which saved the lives of two residents. Evanston police Officer Sean O’Brien and Des Plaines police Officer Steven Dickson were presented with Life Saving Awards.



    Sox shouldn’t trade just to trade

    The White Sox are running out of time. And I don’t just mean time to get back in a division race, I mean time to remain a roster as currently constructed. That time is evaporating. As I’ve said before, I still think this team will remain basically as is by the time we get to September. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t witness the departure of a player or two that could boost a team preordained for a playoff run, and the White Sox have a few of those.

    White Sox’ Conor Gillaspie makes a futile dive for a sharp grounder off the bat of Minnesota Twins Ryan Doumit for a hit in the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Minneapolis. The Twins won 7-5. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Sox GM Hahn staying far away from panic button

    The White Sox lost to the Twins 7-5 Tuesday night and they continue to flounder in the AL Central cellar. Sox general manager Rick Hahn again says it is too early to start trading off players with value.

    Third base umpire John Tumpane, right, calls the out on Chicago White Sox’ Alejandro De Aza who was picked off third by Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

    Mauer, Doumit lead Twins over White Sox

    Ryan Doumit hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning, leading the Minnesota Twins over the Chicago White Sox 7-5 on Tuesday night.Joe Mauer homered and Trevor Plouffe had an RBI single in Minnesota’s four-run first inning off Dylan Axelrod.

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena leaps for a high bounce off the bat of St. Louis Cardinals’ Pete Kozma in the third inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

    Rizzo hoping day off kickstarts his bat
    After opening June with a .157 batting average and no home runs, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had a seat Tuesday night for the first time all season as the Cubs continued their series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

    The Cubs’ Ryan Sweeney, left, is congratulated by teammate Cody Ransom after hitting a two-run home run Tuesday night in St. Louis. The Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.

    Samardzija pitches Cubs past Cardinals 4-2

    Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ransom hit back-to-back homers in a four-run first inning and that was plenty for Jeff Samardzija, who pitched the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 Tuesday night.

    Game 3 on Monday night in Boston was anything but a game to remember for Blackhawks center Dave Bolland. “Yeah, one of those nights,” coach Joel Quenneville admitted. “Tough night.”

    Blackhawks’ Bolland looks to rebound from tough night

    Simply put, Game 3 on Monday night in Boston was anything but a game remember for Blackhawks center Dave Bolland. “Yeah, one of those nights,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville admitted. “Tough night.”

    Associated Press Honduras’ Jose Velasquez, rear, and United States’ Clint Dempsey battle for a ball during the World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday in Sandy, Utah. The United States defeated Honduras 1-0.

    US beats Honduras 1-0 in World Cup qualifying

    SANDY, Utah — Jozy Altidore scored a goal in his fourth consecutive international match, enough for the United States to edge Honduras 1-0 in a World Cup qualifying game Tuesday night.Before 20,250 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium, the Americans remained atop the six-team CONCACAF group. The United States (4-1-1) won three straight games this month, all since a 0-0 draw at Mexico gave it a boost toward the top.It has also shut out its last two opponents, Panama and Honduras.Honduras (2-3-1) was the last team to win at the United States in a World Cup qualifying match, back in 2001. The Americans have won or drawn 25 straight at home since then.The visitors made it difficult on the Americans for much of the game by slowing the pace before Altidore broke through. After several second-half near misses, the U.S. got its goal in the 73rd minute. Altidore took a cross from Fabian Johnson from near the end line and put it past goalkeeper Noel Valladares across the goalmouth inside the right post.It was Altidore’s ninth goal in a qualifier as he finally develops into the scoring threat the United States has hoped for.Both teams played physical soccer in the first half, leading to an emphasis on defense and a limited number of scoring chances on either side of the field. Just before the first period ended, though, Tim Howard was forced to make a difficult save when Andy Najar launched a running right footer from the right side of the box. Howard met the ball in the center of the box and deflected it outside the right post.Eddie Johnson had a chance in the 17th minute when he latched onto a cross from Fabian Johnson. His left-footed shot from the center of the box was knocked away by Valladares.When the U.S. stepped up the offensive pressure early in the second half, it put Honduras on its heels. Altidore had the finishing touch.He even appeared to score earlier in the half. Moments after Graham Zusi sent a free kick into a crowd of players just outside the 6-yard box in the 56th minute, only to see Brad Evans’ header go right into Valladares’ gloves, Altidore got behind the defense. Clint Dempsey sent a through ball ahead to Altidore, who was ruled offside and his score was negated.Valladares came up with another clutch save in the 69th minute. Zusi, who was particularly active all night after sitting out the win over Panama because of yellow card accumulation, sent a ball into Dempsey in the center of the box and he leaned into a point-blank header. The ball bounced off Valladares’ hands and Michael Bradley sent a follow-up shot too high.

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville believes his team can get out of the tough spot it finds itself in going into Game 4 at Boston.

    Blackhawks best at rink when on the brink

    Intellectually, there’s seems no path here, no reason to think the Blackhawks will handle a Bruins team that is perfectly constructed for the Stanley Cup Final. But the Hawks have tremendous heart and you simply can’t deny that they have won games this postseason when they appeared finished.

    A Boston Bruins fan wearing a bear costume stands with Blackhawks fan T.J. Budka, right, of Ayer, Mass., outside the spacious TD Garden in Boston. The old Boston Garden wasn't quite so spacious or friendly for visitors.

    Verdi: At old Boston Garden, rats and excessive heat had their place

    It is probably just as well that the visitors’ locker room in Boston is cramped, and not because the Blackhawks need a heightened sense of togetherness during this time of stress. Tiny is terrific preparation. When they attempt to tie the Stanley Cup Final in Game 4 at TD Garden Wednesday night, they surely will find the Boston Bruins in an intrusive mood again. Bob Verdi, the Blackhawks Team Historian and former newspaper scribe, takes a stroll down memory lane, detailing some colorful antics deployed at the old Boston Garden for visiting teams.

    Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron not only scored a goal against the Blackhawks in Game 3, he also won 24 of 28 faceoffs.

    Game 4 key: Hawks must do little things better

    Not taking advantage of two power play chances in the first period hurt the Blackhawks' chances in Game 3.Troy Murray says if the Hawks are to get back in this series, they must do better not only on the power play, but on faceoffs as well.

    Associated Press Right now, the Hawks losing home-ice advantage is the sports version of the Great Depression and if Jonathan Toews scores the winning goal to regain it Wednesday night, it’ll be like an economic recovery.

    Fans’ overreactions all part of playoff fun

    Sorry, Mr. Letter Writer, but emotional swings from positive to negative and back again are only natural when your team is playing for a championship. If the Blackhawks win tonight, all of their boobs will be brilliant once more.

    Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) protects the net in front of goalie Tuukka Rask as Bruins left wing Daniel Paille tries to get the puck from Duncan Keith in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Seidenberg was Boston’s most valuable defender in Game 3.

    Seidenberg gives Bruins everything they need

    Though he may not receive much publicity, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg’s play has been anything but overlooked in the Boston locker room.“He’s a warrior,” Brad Marchand said. “They’re the kind of guys that can go unnoticed, but they definitely don’t on our team.”

    Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville made a lot of moves in Game 3, but he couldn't always find the right answer to get past Boston's defense.

    More questions for Hawks as Game 4 looms

    There are so many unanswered questions from the Blackhawks’ 2-0 loss to the Bruins on Monday in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Tim Sassone says reporters got some answers to a few of the questions on Tuesday, but only the ones the Hawks felt like addressing.

    Against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, the Blackhawks power play unit is 0-for-11.

    Hawks look to end power play struggles

    The Blackhawks’ power play needs to become a factor in this Stanley Cup Final series, starting with Game 4 on Wednesday at TD Garden. The Hawks were 0-for-5 in their 2-0 loss to the Bruins in Game 3 and are 0-for-11 in the series. “We need our power play to be better,” defenseman Brent Seabrook said.


    Datsyuk, Red Wings agree on $22.5M, 3-year deal

    The Detroit Red Wings accomplished their No. 1 goal of the offseason Tuesday by agreeing to a $22.5 million, three-year deal with Pavel Datsyuk.

    Nick Price hasn’t competed on the Champions Tour since last August when he tore a legament in his left elbow. He’ll play in the 54-hole Encompass Championship this week.

    Price heads star-studded Encompass field

    Some of Nick Price’s best days in a Hall of Fame career on the PGA Tour came in Chicago, where he won back-to-back Western Opens at Cog Hill in 1993 and 1994. Price, who hasn’t competed on the 50-and-over circuit since last August when he suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow, will make his Champions Tour return comes at North Shore Country Club in Glenview for this week’s Encompass Championship. Eight former Western champions will be in the field for the 54-hole main event begins on Friday after a two-day pro-am team event. Len Ziehm has all the details in this report.

    Lake Zurich head baseball coach Gary Simon, shown here congratulating Sean Eder after a home run in 2011, will not return for a 14th season with the Bears.

    Tearjerker of an ending for Simon at Lake Zurich

    Gary Simon’s love of the game has always been transparent — and audible. Next spring, Lake Zurich’s third base coach’s box will be a little quieter, sadly. After 13 seasons as head coach of LZ’s Bears, Simon was told his contract would not be renewed.

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6), Chris Bosh (1) and the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan go after a loose ball Sunday during the second half at Game 5 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio. The Spurs won 114-104.

    5 things to watch for in Game 6 of NBA Finals

    Five things to watch for in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, as the San Antonio Spurs try to clinch their fifth title and end the Miami Heat’s reign on Tuesday night.

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura, far right, has watched his club struggle in the first half of the season, and Mike North wonders if Ventura has the right demeanor to turn this team around.

    Can Ventura turn this Sox team around?

    Mike North doesn't see much relief for Chicago White Sox fans in 2013. He thinks Rick Hahn just might be in deeper than he expected when he accepted the general manager job. And, North adds, maybe Robin Ventura doesn't have the type of personality to manage this particular team.


    HIP Athletic Club celebrates one year of weekly runs, walks

    Palatine’s roads and trails have seen more runners in recent months thanks to the efforts of the Hoffman Estates, Inverness & Palatine Athletic Club. The club’s first-year anniversary celebration will be held Saturday, June 22, following the regular 8 a.m. run in the eastern parking lot of Deer Grove East, on the Northwest corner of Hicks and Dundee roads.


    Boeing Company chairman and chief executive officer Jim McNerney speaks at a press conference at the Paris Air Show Tuesday. Boeing is starting work on a stretched-out version of its popular 787 Dreamliner jet, in the hope of reigniting interest in the aircraft after battery-related problems.

    Boeing nets orders for 102 stretch 787s

    Boeing Co. won major orders from five customers for a stretched-out version of its popular 787 Dreamliner jet at the Paris Air Show Tuesday, further evidence of a strengthening market for more expensive long-haul jets.

    U.S. stocks rose for a second day, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to its highest in June, as investors awaited the outcome of a Federal Reserve policy meeting for clues to the central bank’s plan for stimulus.

    Waiting for word from Bernanke, stocks move up

    U.S. stocks moved higher Tuesday, helped by news of a pickup in home building and low inflation. But the Federal Reserve loomed large, with investors trying to guess what the central bank will say Wednesday about how long it plans to keep stimulus programs in place. For many, the market was in a holding pattern as investors waited for Wednesday’s announcement.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to boost advertising sales from mobile devices, discussed potential partnerships with Samsung Electronics Co., according to the head of the South Korean company’s handset division.

    Facebook’s Zuckerberg meets Samsung to discuss partnerships

    Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to boost advertising sales from mobile devices, discussed potential partnerships with Samsung Electronics Co., according to the head of the South Korean company’s handset division.

    The scene of a crash in Bainbridge, Ga., where a 4-year-old boy was burned and died when a Jeep Grand Cherokee was struck from the rear by a Dodge Dakota pickup truck. Chrysler reversed itself and agreed Tuesday to recall 2.7 million older Jeep SUVs.

    Chrysler agrees to recall of Jeeps at risk of fire

    Chrysler avoided a showdown with government safety regulators Tuesday, agreeing to recall 2.7 million older Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs that could be at risk of a fuel tank fire.

    The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that two patients died three to four days after receiving an appropriate dose of the drug known as Zyprexa Relprevv.

    FDA investigates Zyprexa Relprevv patient deaths

    Federal regulators are investigating the deaths of two patients who received injections of a longer-lasting version of Eli Lilly’s antipsychotic Zyprexa. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the patients died three to four days after receiving an appropriate dose of the drug known as Zyprexa Relprevv.

    A menu board showing calorie counts hangs at a Starbucks in New York. The Seattle-based coffee chain says it will start posting calorie counts on menu boards nationwide next week, ahead of a federal regulation that would require it to do so.

    Wake-up call: Starbucks to post calorie counts

    Starbucks has a new way to wake up its customers: showing the calories in its drinks. The Seattle-based coffee chain says it will start posting calorie counts on menu boards nationwide next week, ahead of a federal regulation that would require it to do so.

    President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande attend a round table meeting of G-8 member countries at the G-8 Summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Tuesday.

    G-8 advances on Syrian peace talks, tax evasion

    President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other G-8 leaders took a united stance Tuesday on seeking a negotiated Syrian peace settlement to forge a “united, inclusive and democratic” government — but couldn’t agree on whether this means President Bashar Assad must go.


    United adds spending requirement for elite status

    United Airlines is making it a little harder to get a higher frequent-flier status. That status used to require flying 25,000 miles per year. Now, United is adding a requirement for at least $2,500 in spending, too, to qualify for status in its MileagePlus program.

    U.S. retail sales of video games, hardware and accessories declined 25 percent in May as demand for aging game consoles continued to fade and fewer new games launched compared with last year, according to market researcher NPD

    U.S. video game retail sales fall 25 percent in May

    U.S. retail sales of video games, hardware and accessories declined 25 percent in May as demand for aging game consoles continued to fade and fewer new games launched compared with last year, according to market researcher NPD Group. NPD said late Monday that total video game sales were $386.3 million, down from $517 million in May 2012.

    Construction is underway on the infrastructure of a multi-acre housing development in Zelienople, Pa. Builders stepped up home construction in May and applied for permits to build single-family homes at the fastest pace in five years.

    U.S. home construction rises 6.8 percent in May

    U.S. builders stepped up home construction in May and applied for permits to build single-family homes at the fastest pace in five years. The gains show housing remains a key source of growth for the economy. The overall pace of homes started rose 6.8 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 914,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That offset part of the 14.8 percent decline in April. May’s rate is still below March’s pace of more than 1 million — the fastest in five years.

    A crew works on a drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. .S. consumer prices rose slightly in May 2013, as higher energy costs were partly offset by cheaper food.

    U.S. consumer prices rise just 0.1 pct in May

    U.S. consumer prices rose slightly in May as higher energy costs were partly offset by cheaper food. The small increase comes after two straight declines, underscoring that American consumers are benefiting from mild inflation. The consumer price index ticked up a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent last month, only the second increase in seven months, the Labor Department said Tuesday.


    Follett launches $50 million venture fund

    Follett Corp. said it has created a venture capital fund focused on developing technologies to improve how educational materials are used and distributed.


    Sikich to expand into Wisconsin

    Sikich LLP said it will merge with Brookfield, Wis.-based public accounting and consulting firm Kolb+Co.


    Pernix Group gets U.S. Embassy project in Azerbaijan

    Pernix Group said its Pernix Serka Joint Venture group has been awarded a $6.5 million sole-source task order by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations for the design-build services FY13 Interagency Security Assessment Team Security Upgrades Project at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan.


    Konen Insurance to mark 50 years with open house

    Konen Insurance Inc., a family-owned business serving the Fox Valley area, welcomes customers, neighbors and friends to an open house making the company’s 50th anniversary.


    Advocate Good Shepherd cancer care earns accreditation

    The Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Center for Cancer Care received a 3 Year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

    Boeing Co. said its stretched 787 Dreamliner promises to match sales of the smallest variant, boosting the plane’s order tally as much as 60 percent, as it expanded its wide-body lineup to blunt an Airbus SAS challenge.

    Boeing in Airbus challenge sees 60% order gain on larger 787

    Boeing Co. said its stretched 787 Dreamliner promises to match sales of the smallest variant, boosting the plane’s order tally as much as 60 percent, as it expanded its wide-body lineup to blunt an Airbus SAS challenge. The 787-10 is in “great demand,” Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney said in a Bloomberg Television interview today at the Paris Air Show, where United Airlines agreed to buy 20 of the jets and Air Lease Corp. ordered 30.


    Legislature's special session to cost $40K a day

    The Illinois Legislature's special session will cost about $40,000 a day, which includes a $111 daily payment to lawmakers to defray the cost of food and lodging while they work in the state capitol. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/19flNHI ) the per diem payment is on top of the $67,000 base salary lawmakers earn for their legislative work. Others earn more for leadership roles and mileage.

    Pritzker pavilion at Millenium Park will have a screen that will function like a big TV and connect the pavilion with free culture, sports and entertainment from around the world.

    Chicago park gets huge-format entertainment screen

    There is a new attraction in Chicago’s famous Millennium Park. It is called “The Screen.” The 40-foot wide, 22.5-foot tall piece in the downtown park is made up of LED lights. Millennium Park chairwoman Donna LaPietra says the screen will function like a big TV and connect the pavilion with free culture, sports and entertainment from around the world.

    Aprotester attends a rally after a House Committee hearing on oil drilling, “fracking” legislation at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield in May.

    Colleges plan training for gas drilling jobs

    Two colleges in southern Illinois have announced a cooperative agreement to provide training in the emerging field of high-volume oil and gas drilling. Officials from Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg and Rend Lake College in Ina announced the plan Monday after Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law establishing rules companies must follow during hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

    The economy is looking healthier in the eyes of small business owners, according to a survey released Tuesday. The Citibank Small Business Pulse shows that 48 percent of owners rate business conditions as good or excellent.

    Economy looking healthier to small business owners

    The economy is looking healthier in the eyes of small business owners, according to a survey released Tuesday. The Citibank Small Business Pulse shows that 48 percent of owners rate business conditions as good or excellent. That’s up from 43 percent a year ago, and twice the 24 percent of three years ago, when the bank began conducting the survey. The number of owners who see business conditions as poor fell to 14 percent, the lowest since the survey’s inception.

    Sprint is suing to stop Dish Network’s buyout of wireless data network operator Clearwire. The nation’s third-largest cellphone carrier said the proposed deal violates the rights of Sprint and other Clearwire shareholders.

    Sprint sues to stop Dish Clearwire buyout

    Sprint is suing to stop Dish Network’s buyout of wireless data network operator Clearwire. The nation’s third-largest cellphone carrier said the proposed deal violates the rights of Sprint and other Clearwire shareholders.Dish has offered to pay $4.40 per share for Clearwire, which has recommended that its shareholders approve the offer. That reverses its earlier stance in support of a takeover bid by Sprint, its majority shareholder.

Life & Entertainment

    The clematis vine should be monitored to ensure it trains properly on its supports.

    Shearing hedges in June helps them grow

    June is a good month to shear your formal hedges. Pruning hedges in June will help create a denser hedge. There likely will be more growth, so plan on shearing again in July.

    Joel and Ellie feel the most like real people while trying to survive 20 years after a pandemic in America in Sony's “The Last of Us.”

    Humanity abides in 'The Last of Us'

    Pop culture has shown us so many apocalypses that we all know what the real problem is going to be: man. But what's different about "The Last of Us" is that it gives us a few people to care about. The protagonist is Joel, a bitter, cynical smuggler. His assignment is to deliver Ellie, a spunky 14-year-old girl, to a faction somewhere in the West. The two gradually warm up to each other, and Ellie isn't as defenseless as she first appears.

    Juice from broiled lemons adds unique flavor notes to a margarita.

    Sweet Broiled Lemon Margarita

    Miss Utah Marissa Powell walks the runway during the introductions of the Miss USA 2013 pageant.

    Miss Utah USA takes 2nd stab at question

    After a bumbling response during pageant finals on Sunday, Miss Utah USA took a second stab at the interview question that launched her to brief Internet infamy. Marissa Powell appeared Tuesday morning on NBC’s “The Today Show” to talk about her fumble during the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas.

    New Trier High School graduate Katie Chang, right, joins co-stars Israel Broussard and Claire Vivien in director Sofia Coppola's “The Bling Ring.”

    New Trier grad breaks into mansion for Sofia Coppola film

    To prepare for her role as the larcenous leader of “The Bling Ring,” Winnetka's Katie Chang received an unusual assignment from her director, Sofia Coppola. Chang would lead her co-stars on an actual break-in of a Hollywood mansion to steal a specific set of items. “A week before the shooting began, Sofia had us break into the house of someone she knew,” the New Trier grad said.

    “The Wack Album” by The Lonely Island

    Lonely Island whack it out of the park

    The Lonely Island pull another magic trick out of the fun box — and it’s their third studio record, “The Wack Album.” The Weird Al Yankoviches of the 21st century tackle sexual etiquette, double standards, general stupidity and wardrobe malfunctions with the help of Solange, Ed Norton, Pharrell, Too $hort, Kristen Wiig and Robyn, among many others.

    American English, a celebrated Beatles tribute band, opens Naper Nights this weekend at Naper Settlement.

    Best bets: Rock on at Naper Nights this weekend

    Naper Nights return this weekend at Naper Settlement with rock tribute bands American English (playing music of the Beatles on Friday) and Heartache Tonight (playing music of The Eagles on Saturday) in Naperville. Fans of comic books, cartoons and graphic novels won't want to miss Mighty Con at Pheasant Run in St. Charles. Plus, the Filipino Kingz of Comedy takes the stage at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Anthony Warp and Tara Chavez of Lombard cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks during the Stanley Cup Finals at Overtime Bar & Grill in Lombard.

    Lombard sports bar scores with craft beer, food and — yes — bacon night

    Since opening in December, Overtime Bar & Grill on Roosevelt Road in Lombard has been bringing in sports fans with its multitude of TVs and keeping them there with a great selection of craft beers and food that goes well beyond your usual sports bar fare. Add in quirky events like bacon night, and Overtime is proving to be a hangout even when nothing exciting is on TV.


    Including Grandma in the wedding is right thing to do

    Daughter's upcoming nuptials will be somewhat religious, which angers grandma. Should she not be invited to avoid family drama, or should she be allowed to attend despite her objections.

    Chopped Turkey Club Salad with Basil Balsamic Dressing

    Nourish: Classic club sandwich gets the salad treatment

    This Chopped Turkey Club Salad was inspired by a favorite sandwich. You get to enjoy a classic flavor combination, skip the bread and cut way back on the bacon. The basil-balsamic dressing is lighter than a mayonnaise-based spread.

    Chopped Turkey Club Salad With Basil Balsamic Dressing

    Chopped Turkey Club Salad With Basil Balsamic Dressing
    Chopped Turkey Club Salad with Basil Balsamic Dressing

    “Born Sinner” by J. Cole

    J. Cole is superb on sophomore album

    J. Cole continues to live up to the hype he initially got from rap great Jay-Z, delivering an assortment of quality songs on his sophomore album, “Born Sinner.” Like his 2011 debut album, the 28-year-old primarily produces his new offering with some help from No I.D. and Elite. Cole shows improvement as a producer and lyricist, spitting rhymes with honesty and clarity throughout the 16 tracks, which include two entertaining skits and two interludes.

    English food writer, journalist and broadcaster, Nigella Lawson. British police say they are investigating after a newspaper published photos of Nigella Lawson’s husband Charles Saatchi with his hands around the celebrity chef’s throat. The Sunday People newspaper ran pictures of what it said was the couple’s violent argument at a London restaurant on June 9, 2013.

    Saatchi admits assault on wife Nigella Lawson

    Prominent British art collector Charles Saatchi has admitted assault and accepted a police caution after published photos showed him grasping the throat of his wife, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.

    Los Angeles police say Justin Bieber struck a pedestrian with his car in Hollywood, but there was no crime and the injuries aren’t life-threatening.

    Bieber behind wheel as car hits man in Hollywood

    Los Angeles police say Justin Bieber struck a pedestrian with his car in Hollywood, but there was no crime and the injuries aren’t life-threatening. Lt. Craig Valenzuela says Bieber’s car collided with someone — possibly a photographer — at 11:45 p.m. Monday in the 8800 block of Sunset Boulevard.

    Jay-Z is teaming up with Samsung to release his new album, unveiling a three-minute commercial during the NBA Finals and announcing a deal that will give the music to 1 million users of Galaxy mobile phones. The new album, called “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” will be free for the first 1 million android phone owners who download an app for the album.

    With Samsung, Jay-Z’s business continues to boom

    He really is more than a businessman. Jay-Z’s partnership with Samsung for his new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” is another sign of how musicians are finding new ways to push, sell and promote their music, and how the multiplatinum performer — who famously rapped “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man” — continues to leverage his enduring popularity into a successful brand. Jay-Z will give his new album to 1 million users of Galaxy mobile phones on July 4, three days before the album’s official release date. The 43-year-old broke the news about his twelfth album in a three-minute commercial during the NBA Finals.

    Singer Katy Perry on the July 2013 cover of Vogue magazine.

    Katy Perry talks Russell Brand, John Mayer

    Katy Perry “goes there” with Vogue about two of her high-profile relationships in the magazine’s July cover story. The singer says of ex-husband Russell Brand that she “was in love with him when I married him” in 2010. She adds that she hasn’t heard from the comedian since Brand sent her a text on New Year’s Eve 2011 saying he wanted a divorce, about 14 months later.

    Bernard Sahlins, co-founder of The Second City, poses with actors during an opening night party in Chicago. Sahlins, who nurtured the early careers of many of the earliest stars of “Saturday Night Live,” died Sunday at the age of 90. In the back row are: Rick Hall, Richard Kind, Harry Murphy, Craig Taylor, Jim Fay and Fred Kaz. In the front row are: Joyce Sloane, Bonnie Hunt, Sahlins, Maureen Kelly and Dan Castellaneta.

    Second City alumni remember Bernie Sahlins

    Comedy fans know the names — John Belushi, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Joan Rivers — but before those famous faces graced Hollywood movies or the “Saturday Night Live” stage they were discovered by Bernie Sahlins, co-founder of The Second City. Alumni of the Chicago comedy club spent Monday remembering Sahlins, who died Sunday at age 90, as an innovator who along with business partners Howard Alk and Paul Sills opened the theater in December 1959. It quickly gained national attention and helped establish Chicago as a vibrant comedy town.

    Give her a bushel of fruit, some sugar and Sure-Jell, and Trudy Van Slooten will cook up a batch of jam.

    Cook of the week: Retired teacher pursues fruitful passion

    For Trudy Van Slooten of Hinsdale the opening of the farmers market is particularly welcome and it means one thing: time to make the jam. Trudy, who has been making jam for 25 years, ensures us it is not an elaborate undertaking. “Most people think it's so hard but it's not!”


    Blueberry Banana Bread
    Banana Blueberry Bread: Trudy Von Slooten

    Trudy Van Slooten enjoys making fresh jam. She recommends topping jars of peach and strawberry jam with paraffin wax.

    Raspberry Jam
    Raspberry Jam: Trudy Van Slooten

    “Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns” by Lauren Weisberger

    The devil in the details of ‘Revenge Wears Prada’

    Who said fashion is all about the next new thing? Author Lauren Weisberger revisits her over-the-top characters from “The Devil Wears Prada,” including top magazine editor and ice queen Miranda Priestly, 10 years later in her latest novel, “Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns.” It turns out, other than a few fleeting trends that clearly define the setting as 2013, things haven’t changed all that much.


    Raspberry Delights
    Raspberry Delights: Trudy Van Slooten



    Editorial: Lawmakers, seize this chance for redemption on pensions

    A Daily Herald editorial urges lawmakers to take the rare chance for redemption they will be given Wednesday and accomplish meaningful pension reform.


    Crisis of faith in government

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Do not be concerned about that giddiness you feel. You are not having a nervous breakdown but are suffering a symptom commonly associated with recognition that the absurd has beco


    Data mining a dangerous practice
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Do I trust the government? Absolutely not! Neither should you.


    Pension alternative is no distraction
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Does it not make you proud to be part of the Chicago political process and loving the Democratic way of running our state? It’s no wonder so many people are leaving.


    Our state’s in a sorry state
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Does it not make you proud to be part of the Chicago political process and loving the Democratic way of running our state? It’s no wonder so many people are leaving.


    Obamacare full of costly surprises
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: The Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, now realizes that Obamacare will cost much more than anticipated, so she is trying to convince private sector CEOs to voluntarily contribute money to offset the tremendous cost. It won’t happen.

    Jan Schakowsky Democrat candidate for 9th District U.S. Representative.

    Avoid reckless cuts to needy
    An Evanston letter to the editor: At age 28, Lori never thought she would become too sick to work. But she did.


    Big brother is not on pay phones
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Why did the government opt to spend tens of millions on free cellphones? Because they can be tracked. Pay phones at one time were everywhere. The myth is that cellphones simply killed them off through the process of natural selection.


    Can’t kick this can down road any more
    A Huntley letter to the editor: After years of executive and legislative leaders “kicking the pension can down the road” Illinois is now facing almost $100 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.


    NSA snooping leads to no good
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: Our civil rights have been violated yet again. NSA snooping since the Bush days makes me so upset. You can’t tell me that this really leads to any good for our country. This organization and the presidents involved even to the lowest data workers have committed civil rights and treason.


    O’Hare ‘engine’ needs overhaul
    A Bensenville letter to the editor: Hundreds of homes and businesses in my town and neighboring Elk Grove Village were demolished to make way for the much ballyhooed expansion of O’Hare Airport. Now we hear that O’Hare ranks dead last in on-time departures.


    Disappointed in lack of Flag Day coverage
    A Downers Grove letter to the editor: I am very disappointed that your newspaper had absolutely nothing referring to Flag Day on June 14.


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