Daily Archive : Tuesday January 7, 2014



    2 Chinese ship breaks free of ice in Antarctica

    BEIJING — A Chinese icebreaker that became trapped last week after coming to the rescue of a Russian research ship stuck in heavy sea ice in Antarctica broke free on Tuesday, state media reported. The Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, reported becoming trapped on Friday, a day after its helicopter rescued 52 scientists, journalists and tourists on board the Russian Akademik Shokalskiy,...

    From left, Fabian Guerrero as Shrek, Elisabeth Coster as Princess Fiona and Jake Ziman as Donkey perform the leading roles in “Shrek the Musical,” which hits the stage at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora this weekend for four shows.

    ‘Shrek’ takes the stage at Fox Valley Park District

    Life doesn’t always go as planned — even in fairy tales. But a few detours and reroutes can make for an adventurous trip — as in the case of a hulking, green ogre named Shrek.

    A snowplow helps clear up a problem spot on the northbound side of Randall Road north of Royal Boulevard Tuesday morning in Elgin, as icy conditions forced the closure of Randall Road from Royal to Big Timber Road.

    Black ice an invisible winter danger for drivers

    The deaths of an Elgin woman and her dog after their vehicle plummeted from Route 53 onto Route 14 in Palatine Monday night represented the worst possible consequence of one of winter's least visible safety concerns — black ice. It's sometimes more easily identified as the cause of an accident after the fact, Cook County's John Yonan said . "It's hard to see when something is iced...


    No school Wednesday for some in Lake County

    Several Lake County school districts are getting an extra day off school on Wednesday although temperatures have risen above subzero levels. Schools either had to cancel or delay the start time for Wednesday due to busing issues.

    Geese making a home on the roof of old Dominick's building in Buffalo Grove soon won't be alone at the location. Buffalo Grove officials on Monday approved a liquor license for Garden Fresh Market, which plans to operate a grocery store there. The store could be open as soon as March, officials said.

    Buffalo Grove's grocery gain is Wheeling's loss

    Buffalo Grove is one step closer to getting a replacement for its former Dominick's store at Buffalo Grove and Dundee roads, but Wheeling will be losing one of its grocery stores as a result. Village trustees Monday granted a liquor license to Garden Fresh Market, which will operate at the 770 S. Buffalo Grove Road location. According to village officials, the store could ready for occupancy as...

    Salvador Perez

    Man accused of recording woman in Elmhurst Hospital washroom sentenced

    A Franklin Park man has been sentenced on charges he used a cellphone camera last May to videotape a woman in a restroom at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

    David Vernier of Evanston looks out for an incoming train at the Des Plaines Metra Station on Tuesday.

    Metra expects normal service today, but delays likely

    Metra service is expected to return to relative normalcy Wednesday, although passengers aren’t out of the woods yet. The predicted high of 14 degrees could still mean slower speeds and iced-up switches that halt trains. Riders are still advised to check Metra’s website before leaving home.


    Batavia considering ‘age-targeted’ neighborhood plan

    Batavia aldermen are i nterested in a proposal to build an age-targeted neighborhood, for people 55 and older, at McKee Street and Deerpath Road.

    An Elgin woman died Monday night when her pickup truck plunged off southbound Route 53 in Palatine and fell at least 20 feet to Northwest Highway below. Julie Allard was remembered Tuesday as a selfless and hardworking animal lover.

    Crash victim who died alongside beloved dog remembered as selfless animal lover

    An Elgin woman killed Monday night when she lost control of her pickup on ice and snow-covered Route 53 was remembered Tuesday for her selflessness, outgoing nature and love of animals. Julie Allard, 34, was on her way home from work at a Mount Prospect veterinary clinic when her vehicle plunged off southbound Route 53 in Palatine and fell at least 20 feet to Northwest Highway below.

    Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates asserts in a new memoir that President Barack Obama grew frustrated with U.S. policy in Afghanistan and that Vice President Joe Biden has been wrong on nearly every foreign policy and national security issue. He also accuses members of Congress of inquisition-like treatment of administration officials.

    Gates: Obama grew frustrated over Afghanistan

    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates asserts in a new memoir that President Barack Obama grew frustrated with U.S. policy in Afghanistan and that Vice President Joe Biden has been wrong on nearly every foreign policy and national security issue. He also accuses members of Congress of inquisition-like treatment of administration officials.

    Rescue personnel respond a house fire Tuesday evening on the 400 block of South Dunton in Arlington Heights.

    Officials: Construction may have caused Arlington Hts. fire

    Construction work may be to blame for a house fire Tuesday night in Arlington Heights, officials said.The Arlington Heights Fire Department responded to a call for a kitchen fire around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at a home on the 400 block of South Dunton Avenue, shift Cmdr. Bill Essling said.

    Syrians hold copies of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, during a demonstration to stop fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and rebels, in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian rebel groups battled one another Monday for control of the provincial capital.

    First batch of chemical weapons taken out of Syria

    The first batch of the most dangerous chemicals in Syria’s arsenal was loaded onto a Danish ship and taken out of the country Tuesday under tight security, an important milestone in the international operation to rid President Bashar Assad of the weapons by midyear.


    Carpentersville expected to OK fire union deal Wednesday

    The Carpentersville village board is scheduled to vote on a contract settlement for the full-time firefighters Wednesday, one officials say will finally put staffing issues between them to rest. “I think it’ll be a unanimous vote and I think the board is satisfied that this is a good deal for both sides, that we’re getting some of the things we need, that they’re getting some protection that they...

    Larry Jones

    South Elgin village administrator plans to retire

    After 13 years as South Elgin's village administrator, Larry Jones plans to retire before summer, and community development director Steve Super is expected to take over the position. Jones, whose contract ends April 30, said he had planned to leave last year, but agreed to stay on after former village president Jim Hansen — who died in November — was diagnosed with cancer.

    Blue, a peacock who lives at the Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo, escaped Tuesday and spent 90 minutes at the top of a nearby tree. He is now being treated at the zoo for frozen feet.

    Randall Oaks Zoo peacock escapes for 90 minutes

    A peacock that spent 90 minutes in the subzero weather after escaping from the Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo on Tuesday, is back at the zoo and recovering from frozen feet, an official said. “It was kind of a freakish accident and we just hope everything works out,” said Brian Mangiaracina,who runs the petting zoo.


    Grayslake library hosts Jutta & the Hi-Dukes

    Grayslake Area Public Library will host Jutta & the Hi-Dukes from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12. The concert is free and all ages are welcome. The Evanston-based band will go on an interactive musical tour of two continents, from hot Balkan-Gypsy grooves to transcendent medieval Danish songs to Dixieland dance tunes.


    Maine West offers students cardiac screenings

    Maine West High School will offer free cardiac screenings to students on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 as part of the Young Hearts for Life program.


    Elk Grove Rotary scholarships available

    The Elk Grove Rotary Club is inviting local high school seniors to apply for one of three scholarships for college. Scholarships are available to those who plan to attend a four-year college or university, two-year college, or vocational school.

    Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given $2.5 million to help Democrats defend their majority in the Senate.

    RNC starts negative ads in 40 media markets

    The Republican National Committee began running ads in 40 media markets Tuesday mostly targeting incumbent senators who supported President Barack Obama’s health care program. Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, meanwhile, gave $2.5 million to help Democrats defend their majority in the Senate.

    Anti-smoking measures have saved roughly 8 million U.S. lives since a landmark 1964 report linking smoking and disease, a study estimates, yet the nation’s top disease detective says dozens of other countries have surpassed U.S. efforts to stop many tobacco-related harms.

    Study: Tobacco control has saved millions of lives

    Anti-smoking measures have saved roughly 8 million U.S. lives since a landmark 1964 report linking smoking and disease, a study estimates, yet the nation’s top disease detective says dozens of other countries do a better job on several efforts to cut tobacco use.

    U.S. servicemen fold the American flag after it was lowered during the handover ceremony of a military base in Basra, Iraq, Dec. 1, 2011.

    Mideast tumult tests Obama approach in the region

    President Barack Obama is confronted with a recent burst of strength by al-Qaida that is chipping away at the remains of Mideast stability, testing his hands-off approach to conflicts in Iraq and Syria at the same time he pushes to keep thousands of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

    CORRECTS YEAR OF KILLING - FILE - This May 23, 2005 file photo released by Miss Universe shows Monica Spear, Miss Venezuela 2005, posing for a portrait ahead of the Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand. Venezuelan authorities say the soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela and her husband were shot and killed resisting a robbery after their car broke down. Prosecutors said in a statement that Monica Spear and Henry Thomas Berry were slain late Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 near Puerto Cabello, Venezuelaís main port. (AP Photo/Miss Universe Darren Decker, File)

    Ex-Miss Venezuela slain in highway robbery

    A former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband were shot and killed and their 5-year-old daughter wounded when they resisted robbers by locking themselves inside their car after tire punctures disabled it on an isolated stretch of highway, police said Tuesday.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Lashawn T. Smith, 52, of Chicago, was charged with obstructing identification around 4 a.m. Friday, according a sheriff’s report. Smith is accused of giving deputies false information after they responded to a stalled vehicle at Keslinger and Schneider roads near Elburn.


    Three new businesses coming to Des Plaines

    Three new businesses are coming to Des Plaines, while a fourth has plans for expansion. The city council this week formally approved conditional use permits for a new child care center, recycling center and wholesale goods establishment, while also indicating it would later approve of a car repair shop’s plans to sell vehicles.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Lake Zurich High School's band performed in a November home football game. Band members and chaperones whose return home from a performance in Madrid, Spain was delayed by weather are on the final leg of their journey.

    Lake Zurich band students still trying to get home

    More than 75 Lake Zurich High School band members trying to get home from a performance in Madrid, Spain are now well past the halfway mark in their quest. Lake Zurich Unit District 95 spokeswoman Jean Malek said the group flew out of Madrid on Tuesday morning, but only made it as far as John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.


    Moylan to meet residents in Des Plaines

    State Rep. Marty Moylan will host a coffee shop stop at the Oakton Arms Pavilion on Monday, Jan. 13, to provide constituents an opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns.


    Paris Market to open at Barrington’s Ice House Mall

    The new year has brought a new business to Barrington’s Ice House Mall on Applebee Street. The owner of The Paris Market Antiques is Tivoli Garden Antiques, formerly on Barrington’s Main Street, and it has joined with other collectors and dealers to offer an even larger selection.

    A pile of broken glass remains outside the main entrance to P.K. Bennett Jewelers in Mundelein Tuesday morning after burglars smashed the front door and several display cases before stealing merchandise inside the store. The store made headlines in recent days because of a New Year’s Day snow promotion.

    Burglars hit Mundelein jewelry store that offered Jan. 1 snow deal

    A Mundelein jewelry store that’s been in the news because of a failed snowfall promotion was burglarized Tuesday morning. A pair of thieves smashed the front door at P.K. Bennett Jewelers, 742 S. Butterfield Road, and then stole merchandise from inside the store. “It’s horrible,” co-owner Peggy Bennett said. “I’m just glad no one was here and no one was hurt.”


    Palatine man pleads guilty to resisting officer

    A Palatine man pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of resisting a police officer after a disturbance last month in Palatine. In exchange for the guilty plea, Andrew Castillo, 25, was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.

    A few boats remain on the piers at Lake Marie Camp in Antioch before its closing in fall 2012. The Lake County Forest Preserve District owns the property and rights to 45 piers at the site, but is considering selling some of those rights, which could be worth $3,000 to $10,000 apiece.

    Lake County Forest Preserve considers sale of pier rights

    Getting out on the water may only be a nice thought this time of year, but officials at the Lake County Forest Preserve District already are considering options for potentially valuable Chain O’ Lakes boating rights for future summers. The district acquired the rights to 45 piers at the Lake Marie Forest Preserve near Antioch when it purchased the former campground on the namesake lake in fall...


    Lake County weighing rules for pot businesses

    Lake County officials are considering holding a public hearing to discuss potential rules for local businesses that would grow and sell marijuana for medicinal uses. The cultivation and sale of medical marijuana became legal in Illinois on New Year’s Day.


    Forest Service seeks $6.3 million from man for wildfire

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The U.S. Forest Service wants to collect $6.3 million from a 77-year-old man the agency blames for causing a 2012 forest fire that threatened to burn into the town of Jackson.The Forest Service alleges James G. Anderson Jr. sparked the wildfire on Sept. 8, 2012, by burning twigs and paper in a rusted-out barrel at his son’s home and allowing the flames to get...


    Gilberts man files slander suit in condo board dispute

    A former president of a Gilberts condominium association has sued two neighbors, arguing they lied about him to force him out in a recall election in March 2013. Kevin Mallo seeks unspecified damages from Mary Beth Bajorek, who is now president of the association, and Michael Johnson, who denied he told any lies in the matter.


    1 dead, 3 injured in avalanche near Vail

    One person was killed and three others were injured Tuesday in an avalanche in the backcountry near Vail. The slide happened at around 11:30 a.m. in East Vail Chutes, an area between Vail Mountain and Vail Pass

    Ed Duffy

    Former Arlington Heights Trustee Ed Duffy dies

    Former Arlington Heights trustee and Arlington Park executive Ed Duffy, a longtime advocate of horse racing in Illinois, died Saturday. Duffy’s career included time with the Chicago Police Department, working for Gov. Jim Thompson and lobbying in Springfield.

    Arlington Heights firefighters on Tuesday afternoon attacked a fire from the rear porch of a home on the 1600 block of Yale Avenue.

    Arlington Hts. firefighters to residents: Kudos for clearing snow from hydrants

    Arlington Heights firefighters say putting out a house fire in frigid temperatures Tuesday afternoon was made easier because residents had cleared snow away from nearby hydrants, and firefighters were able to take breaks in a warming bus. “Everything moved slower between the snow in the yard, and getting ladders and hoses back to the side of the house. But the hydrants were dug out. Kudos to the...

    Elgin Police Officer Jeff Kendall diverts traffic from northbound Randall Road to eastbound Royal Boulevard Tuesday morning after icy conditions forced the closure of Randall Road from Royal to Big Timber Road.

    Still tough going in some parts of Kane County

    Despite being plowed, many roads in Kane County remained a bit dicey Tuesday.


    RNC starts negative ads in 40 media markets

    WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee began running ads in 40 media markets Tuesday mostly targeting incumbent senators who supported President Barack Obama’s health care program. Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, meanwhile, gave $2.5 million to help Democrats defend their majority in the Senate.The early action suggests Republicans see the...

    John Masi with Schaumburg Public Works Department pounds the street to break through to a broken water main at Algonquin and Meacham Roads on Tuesday in Schaumburg.

    Main break snarls traffic in Schaumburg, Arlington Hts.

    Schaumburg public works crews are on the scene today of a water main break that’s causing significant traffic delays along eastbound Algonquin Road. As of noon, it appeared fixing it would take hours yet because of the need to work around utility cables near the main break. In Arlington Heights, Euclid Avenue at Drury Lane was closed for about three hours this morning by a break.

    Associated Press/June 13, 2012 An Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jumps from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill., during a study on the fish’s population.

    Report doesn’t resolve debate over Great Lakes

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The debate over how to protect the Great Lakes from voracious Asian carp appeared no closer to settlement Tuesday following release of a federal report with options that could cost billions and require extensive re-engineering of Chicago’s busy waterway network.Wrapping up a study that began in 2009, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers put forward eight...

    Paul Magee

    Trial beginning in Naperville battery case

    A jury trial will begin Wednesday for an Oak Park man accused of brutally attacking a man in May in downtown Naperville. Paul Magee, 26, of the 900 block of South Humphrey, is charged with aggravated battery stemming from a May 19, 2013, incident.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Brian K. Pompa, 40, of Elgin, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving too fast for conditions after he crashed into a ditch at about 2:04 a.m. Sunday near Route 72 and Big Timber Road near Hampshire, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Dennis Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a team of USA basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Many of the players on Tuesday privately expressed second thoughts about going ahead because of an outpouring of criticism back home in the United States.

    Ex-NBA player says N. Korea game dwarfed by politics

    Former NBA star Charles D. Smith says he feels remorse for coming to Pyongyang with Dennis Rodman for a game on the North Korean leader’s birthday because the event has been dwarfed by politics and tainted by Rodman’s own comments. Smith and other former NBA players are scheduled to play with Rodman against a team of North Koreans on Wednesday that organizers say leader Kim Jong Un...


    Carol Stream lists Citizen of the Year nominees

    Eleven people have been nominated for Carol Stream’s Citizen of the Year awards — an annual recognition that honors xceptional volunteerism in the community.The awards have been presented since 1965 to volunteers who donate their time to a variety of causes.

    A Lake County Sheriff’s detective escaped injury Monday night when his unmarked car became stuck on snow near railroad tracks in Round Lake Park and was struck by an oncoming Metra train. The car was not so fortunate. No injuries were reported aboard the train.

    Police car hit by train, no one injured

    A Metra train struck an unmarked Lake County sheriff’s squad car in Round Lake Park late Monday, but no one was hurt, police said. A detective was driving the car across train tracks when the gates lowered, police said. When a van in front of the car stopped to turn, the detective swerved and got stuck in snow next to the tracks, police said.


    Mundelein High School to stage “Our Town”

    Mundelein High School will present a production of Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town” Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 in the auditorium of the school, 1350 W. Hawley St., Mundelein.


    Feeding America Applauds USDA Announcement Of TEFAP Bonus Purchases
    [No Paragraph Style]NewsFeeding America applauds the announcement by the USDA today that they intend to purchase $126.4 million worth of fruits and vegetables, including tart cherries, processed apples, cranberries, fresh tomatoes, wild blueberries, and raisins. Feeding America particularly welcomes this purchase as it is committed to providing an array of highly nutritious produce to the clients...


    Carol Stream discusses medical marijuana zoning changes

    If a medical marijuana dispensing organization comes to Carol Stream, it likely will be limited to the village’s business district. Staff members and trustees on Monday began discussing potential zoning changes to help regulate medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensing organizations in the event either locate in Carol Stream.

    Antoine D. Truesdell

    Police: East Dundee man planned to sell fake cocaine

    An East Dundee man was charged with trying to sell crushed Advil as powdered cocaine, according to police and court records. Antoine D. Truesdell, 22, was arrested Friday after Carpentersville police obtained a warrant to search him and his vehicle.

    Montego Suggs, shown during his September 2013 murder trial, lost his bid Tuesday to have his 105-year prison sentence reduced. A Lake County judge imposed the sentence last year after Suggs was convicted of the 2007 slaying of a Round Lake Park woman during a robbery. Suggs will likely appeal the sentence and conviction.

    Lake County judge upholds 105-year prison sentence in 2007 Waukegan murder

    A Lake County judge denied a motion Tuesday to reduce the 105-year prison sentence imposed on a Kenosha, Wis. man convicted late last year of murdering a Round Lake Park woman during a 2007 robbery. Montego Suggs, 30, received the sentence for the slaying at a Waukegan store, as well as the attempted murder of a store clerk during another holdup five days later.

    In a demonstration, a bucket is filled with beet juice at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Butler, Pa., maintenance facility, Monday. Because rock salt is largely ineffective below 16 degrees, road salt is mixed with additives, such as beet juice and cheese brine, to keep it working in temperatures as low as minus 25.

    In cold snap, recipe for roads goes beyond salt

    A splash of beet juice, a dollop of molasses, a squeeze of cheese brine. In the coldest weather, the recipe for safer roads often goes beyond the usual sprinkling of salt. Across the nation’s snow belt, transportation officials are in the market for cheap and environmentally friendly ways to make rock salt work better by keeping it on the roads longer and melting ice at lower temperatures.

    Roberto Tiro tries to jump-start his car Monday at the Aspen Ridge Apartments in West Chicago.

    ComEd: No major outages in the suburbs today

    Power is back on for people in the suburbs who were without electricity during the subzero cold snap, ComEd says. “We’re currently not seeing any significant outages as a result of the weather,” ComEd spokesman John Schoen said today. “We had a few scattered outages but really no more than we see in a normal day.”

    ASSOCIATED PRESS This image provided by NASA shows the piece of metal with the American flag on it is made of aluminum recovered from the site of the World Trade Center towers in New York City on Mars Rover Spirit that serves as a cable guard for Spiritís rock abrasion tool as well as a memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    Mars rover photographs featured at Smithsonian

    Ten years after NASA landed two rovers on Mars for a 90-day mission, one is still exploring, and the project has generated hundreds of thousands of images from the planet’s surface. Now the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is presenting more than 50 of the best photographs from the two rovers known as Spirit and Opportunity in an art exhibit curated by the scientists who have led the...

    This undated image made available by the European Space Agency and NASA on Tuesday shows galaxies in the Abell 2744 cluster, and blue galaxies behind it, distorted and amplified by gravitational lensing. The long-exposure image taken with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows some of the intrinsically faintest and youngest galaxies ever detected in visible light.

    Long shots: Galaxies from 13.2 billion years ago

    The Hubble Space Telescope has captured snapshots of never-before seen galaxies far, far away. Try 13.2 billion years ago. That’s so long ago and far away that Hubble was never supposed to see these clusters of baby stars.

    The Spirit of Detroit statue is shown covered in snow in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Michigan residents are preparing for diving temperatures as they dig out from more than 15 inches of snow in places.

    Polar freeze settles over US South, East

    Brutal, record-breaking cold descended on the East and South, sending the mercury plummeting Tuesday into the single digits and teens from Boston and New York to Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham — places where many people know almost nothing about freezing weather.

    Tyler E. White

    Geneva man facing heroin, Ecstasy charges applies for drug court

    A 22-year-old man who was arrested over the summer at a Geneva Starbucks after apparently shooting up in the coffee shop's restroom is applying to the Kane County Drug Rehabilitation Court. Tyler E. White, of Geneva, also was faciing Ecstasy charges at the time of his June arrest. He is due in court Feb. 4.

    The majesty of a bald eagle inspires anglers and birders alike. Observant fishermen can witness a variety of birdlife when enjoying their sport.

    Birders and anglers have more in common than either might think

    Our Jeff Reiter frequently spends a lot of time thinking about birds. But lately he's been giving some thought to fish, too, and the many similarities between birders and anglers.


    Almost 1,200 flights canceled at Chicago airports

    Almost 1,200 flights have been canceled at Chicago’s two airports as a deep freeze lingers across the country. The city’s Department of Aviation says Tuesday that airlines have canceled about 1,000 flights at O’Hare International Airport.


    Chicago-bound Amtrak train stuck in Indianapolis

    A Chicago-bound Amtrak train has been stuck in Indianapolis for more than a day because tracks are closed thanks to heavy, blowing snow. An Amtrak spokesman says about 150 passengers are onboard the train that left Washington, D.C. Sunday. Some passengers have already gotten off the train, which is at an Indianapolis station. Others will be put up in hotel rooms.


    Chicago polar bear stays inside for polar vortex

    Bitter temperatures hammering Chicago were even too cold for a polar bear. The Lincoln Park Zoo says its bear Anana was kept inside Monday because of the record-low temperatures.

    An Illinois psychiatrist says the health risks associated with the frigid weather include depression for people already susceptible to it.

    Cold weather adds to depression risk for patients

    An Illinois psychiatrist says the health risks associated with the frigid weather include depression for people already susceptible to it. Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist Dr. Angelos Halaris says the letdown after the holidays and winter’s shorter daylight hours leave some people mentally and physically exhausted.

    Hospital Chaplain Dan Ocampo labels a box of clothing for shipment to the Philippines. The Adventist Midwest Health hospitals donated items in an effort to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

    Adventist hospitals gather supplies to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan

    Staff members from Adventist Midwest Health hospitals recently gathered items to assist victims of a November typhoon that landed in the Philippines. The collection was organized by Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Chaplain Dan Ocampo.

    Rockland teacher and Character Counts Committee member Dale List, far left, talk about how Libertyville School District 70 has benefited from the generosity of John Cortesi, president, CEO and owner of Sunset Foods Mart Inc., second from right. They are joined by District 70 Superintendent Guy Schumacher, third from left, and District 70 school board President Maryann Ovassapian.

    Sunset Foods owner wins character and leadership award

    Libertyville School District 70 is honoring John Cortesi, president, CEO and owner of Sunset Foods Mart Inc., with its 2013 Character & Leadership Award.

    Libertyville Parks Department employee Rosalio Ayala clears the ice rink at Bolander Park in Libertyville earlier this season.

    Pending park sale means Libertyville hockey rink may have to go

    The cold may be keeping skaters and hockey players temporarily off the ice at Bolander Park in Libertyville, but a group of residents is pushing the issue of saving the rink when the park is sold. “We just want it to go somewhere else,” said Audrey Glenn, whose family uses the free outdoor hockey rink that includes boards and lights. “I’m afraid if people don’t show their support it would quietly...

    Attorney Christopher Dolan, left, representing the family of Jahi McMath, gestures beside Omari Sealey, Jahi’s uncle, during a media conference Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in San Francisco. Dolan said Monday that a critical care team has delivered Jahi McMath to a new facility, but wouldn’t say where it was located. McMath, who had surgery for sleep apnea at Children’s Hospital Oakland and then had complications, was declared brain dead on Dec. 12, 2013. McMath left the hospital in a private ambulance shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Experts: Challenges remain for ‘brain dead’ teen

    The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery has achieved its goal of moving the girl to a new facility for long-term care, but medical experts say the ventilator she’s on will not work indefinitely. While the move ends what had been a very public and tense fight with the hospital, it also brings new challenges.

    Jerry Sandusky described his career and retirement from Penn State by video link as testimony began Tuesday in a hearing into whether he can get back the retirement benefits he lost after being convicted of child molestation.

    Sandusky tries to get his Penn State pension back

    Jerry Sandusky described his career and retirement from Penn State by video link as testimony began Tuesday in a hearing into whether he can get back the retirement benefits he lost after being convicted of child molestation. The proceeding at the headquarters of the State Employees’ Retirement System in Harrisburg involves the pension he earned while working for decades as a Penn State assistant...

    His agenda tattered by last year’s confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws.

    For Obama, Congress, a last grasp at immigration

    His agenda tattered by last year’s confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws. It will require a deft and careful use of his powers, combining a public campaign in the face of protests over his administration’s record number of deportations with quiet, behind-the-scenes outreach...

    Indian activists sit near the effigies representing the rapists as they mark the first anniversary of a young woman’s demise after the fatal gang rape in New Delhi, India. More than a year after the New Delhi gang rape, a 16-year-old girl died after being gang raped twice and set on fire by attackers in eastern India. Her death on New Year’s Eve in West Bengal raised awareness and outrage over chronic sexual violence in India and government failures to protect women.

    Indian political brawling shows rape a voter issue

    The 16-year-old reported that she had been gang raped, only to be raped again by the same men the next day and later threatened for going to the police in eastern India. By the time charges were filed more than two months later, she had been set on fire and died from her injuries. The girl’s death on New Year’s Eve in West Bengal came more than a year after a deadly gang rape in New Delhi raised...

    Commuters depart from Union Station with wind chills nearing minus 30 Fahrenheit on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Chicago.

    5 things to know about widespread chill

    We are not alone. Much of the country is grappling with this historic deep freeze. Here are five things to know about the polar vortex.

    One of the young volunteers, Ava Pietanza, helps keep the pups warm.

    Rescue dogs will be at adoption event in Mt. Prospect

    At an adoption event on Saturday at Dog Play Day Care, 301 W. Central Road in Mount Prospect, Elgin-based Rescue Warrior Corp will be showing many of the 40 puppies it rescued last weekend.


    Murray Center trial begins Tuesday

    A bench trial on a challenge to the state’s decision to close a southern Illinois center for the developmentally disabled is scheduled to begin in Chicago. U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen is set to begin hearing testimony on Tuesday at the Dirksen federal building.


    6 deaths reported in Illinois after snow, cold

    Authorities say at least six deaths have been reported in Illinois following snow and bitter cold. Will County coroner Patrick O’Neil says a 62-year-old and a 63-year-old, each from Joliet, died Sunday at Saint Joseph Medical Center. A 57-year-old from Bolingbrook died Saturday at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.


    13-year-old charged in killing of cousin

    Cook County prosecutors say a 13-year-old Chicago boy has been charged in the shooting death of his cousin as the victim slept. The Chicago Sun-Times reports authorities say the shooting occurred after the two may have argued over video games.


    Dawn Patrol: Metra expects delays again; Teamwork during tough weather

    Commuters should expect delays again. Using ingenuity and patience to survive deep freeze. Arlington Heights approves demolishing Nokia building. Residents concerned about Wheaton College dorm plan. Bulls trade Luol Deng. Addison native vies for Olympic spot. FSU wins BCS title.

    Tom, 53, spent Monday at The Wayside Center in Elgin. The center serves meals for the homeless, and they can sleep in the adjoining PADS shelter. On warmer days he sleeps in his 1998 SUV with his dog.

    Suburban groups work to help homeless survive dangerous cold

    For most of us, the extreme cold is a discomfort. For the homeless, it can be deadly. So in recent days, groups that aim to provide shelter and services to homeless people in the suburbs have boosted their efforts. “This is by far the coldest that anybody on staff can recollect, and it certainly can be the most dangerous,” said Joel Williams, who leads a Lake County shelter operation.

    With this snow and bitter cold, local cemeteries need to do a little extra to make sure burials still take place on time.

    Brutally cold weather can complicate things, even for the dead

    The arctic cold doesn't just mess with the living. Snow and subzero temperatures make it difficult for the dead to be buried. If shoveling your front walk seems impossible in Monday’s 16-degrees-below-zero chill, imagine how difficult this weather can be for gravediggers.

    Flood waters from the Des Plaines River invade Old Grand Avenue in downtown Gurnee. The Lake County Forest Preserve District may invest $1.4 million to help fund an estimated $58 million in projects aimed at restoring natural habitats and reducing flooding along the river.

    $1.4M investment could yield bounty of projects in Lake County

    The work may not begin for awhile, but a contingent of Lake County Forest Preserve District officials are supporting a plan to invest $1.4 million of local taxpayer money to get an estimated $58 million in projects intended to address flooding and water quality issues along the Des Plaines River.


    Craig Brueske is predicting St. Charles North senior Erik Miller will clear 6-10 and take second place in the state high jump this spring.

    Predicting big things for Tri-Cities teams in 2014

    It is that time again. Good, bad or in-between, it is time to write my annual predictions column.


    Tuesday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Tuesday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Balanced Hersey stretches streak to eight

    The Hersey girls basketball team extended the area’s longest winning streak to eight games with a 65-39 victory over visiting Conant on Tuesday night at the Ken Carter Gymnasium.Freshman Claire Gritt (18 points), senior Morgan Harris (14) and junior Annie Korff (11) all reached double figures. They went into the game tied as the Huskies’ leading scorers, each averaging 12.7 points per game. “Our balance has been amazing,” said Hersey coach Mary Fendley, whose team (15-1) had five different players taking a leading-scorer role before Christmas.

    Prospect’s Taylor Will goes up for a shot as time expires to end the third quarter as Palatine defender Maria Charlier closes in during Tuesday’s game. If the basket had counted, it would have given Will 1,001 career points.

    Defense does it for Prospect

    While a Prospect offensive individual milestone was on the brink at the Jean Walker Field House on Tuesday night, it was defense that had Knights girls basketball coach Ashley Graham smiling after the game. Prospect came up with a 47-32 victory over Palatine in a Mid-Suburban League crossover contest where the hosts’ junior guard Taylor Will was looking to make history. She needed 19 points going into the game to become the sixth Knight to reach 1,000 in a career.

    The Bulls’ Taj Gibson goes up to defend a shot by the Suns’ Gerald Green on Tuesday night at the United Center. The Bulls won 92-87.

    Bulls carry on, win with strong defense

    Luol Deng's locker stall at completely empty, but the Bulls pulled together their shorthanded lineup and managed to beat Phoenix 92-87 on Tuesday at the United Center. The Bulls won for the sixth time in their last eight games, even with Deng moving on in a trade to Cleveland.

    Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio holds the 100th Rose Bowl championship trophy at a basketball game between Michigan State and Ohio State on Tuesday in East Lansing, Mich.

    Dantonio says Spartans have closed gap with elite

    Michigan State finished No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll for its highest ranking since being No. 2 in 1966, prompting coach Mark Dantonio to dub his program one of the elites.

    Michigan State’s Branden Dawson lays the ball up as Ohio State’s Shanon Scott (3), Aaron Craft (4), and LaQuinton Ross, right, and Michigan State’s Gavin Schilling watch during the first half Tuesday in East Lansing, Mich.

    No. 5 Michigan State beats No. 3 Ohio State in OT

    Keith Appling made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 5 Michigan State beat No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 in overtime Tuesday night after blowing a 17-point lead in the second half.


    Illinois, Kansas to play football in 2023, 2024

    The Illini and Jayhawks announced the home-and-home series on Tuesday. The last time the two schools played each other in football was in 1968.

    The Memphis Grizzlies’ Jerryd Bayless (7) drives past Phoenix Suns’ Gerald Green during the first half of a game last week in Phoenix. The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Courtney Lee and have sent Bayless to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team trade that also includes the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Grizzlies, Thunder, Celtics pull off 3-team trade

    The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Courtney Lee and have sent guard Jerryd Bayless to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team trade that also includes the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Bobby Petrino speaks during a news conference in Fayetteville, Ark., after he was injured in a motorcycle accident. He was dismissed as Arkansas’ head football coach for a “pattern of misleading behavior” about the accident, in which he claimed to be alone before revealing that his mistress was a passenger.

    Source: Petrino interviews for Louisville job

    Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino talked to Louisville on Tuesday about its top job. Petrino interviewed with Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Jurich is looking for a replacement for Charlie Strong, who took the Texas job over the weekend.

    North Carolina State forward Kyle Washington (32) posts up with Notre Dame guard Austin Burgett in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in South Bend, Ind.

    Warren scores 17 in NC State 77-70 win over Irish

    T.J. Warren scored 17 points and North Carolina State outscored Notre Dame 23-9 at the free-throw line to beat the Fighting Irish 77-70 Tuesday night.


    Creighton too tough for DePaul, wins 81-62

    Doug McDermott scored 19 points Tuesday and played after an injury scare to his left shoulder, keeping Creighton unbeaten in the Big East with a 81-62 win over DePaul.

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) shoots over Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Gibson leads Bulls past Suns 92-87

    Taj Gibson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns 92-87 on Tuesday night in their first game after parting with Luol Deng in a trade. Joakim Noah added 14 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Bulls to their sixth win in eight games. D.J. Augustin and Jimmy Butler each scored 13. Tony Snell added 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers during an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter that extended the lead to 13.


    Green Bay overwhelms Chicago State 98-62

    Keifer Sykes and Alec Brown combined for 41 points as Green Bay overwhelmed Chicago State 98-62 Tuesday night.Sykes had 21 points and Brown 20. Greg Mays contributed 19 and Carrington Love added 10 for Green Bay (12-3). Chicago State (6-9) suffered its first loss at home this season.


    UIC falls to Youngstown State 75-62

    Kendrick Perry scored 23 points Tuesday and Youngstown State beat Illinois-Chicago 75-62 for it first Horizon League win of the season.The lead changed hands 13 times before Kamren Belin hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Youngstown State (10-8, 1-2) a 37-36 halftime lead.

    Grant guard Ryan Noda dribbles around Antioch’s A.J. Marsiglio last season.

    Noda plans to have a ball at Cincinnati

    Ryan Noda is excelling for Grant's boys basketball team this winter, but his future is on the baseball team at the University of Cincinnati.

    Burlington Central’s Samantha Pryor works against Maine South during the Dundee-Crown Charger Classic.

    Time to get these conference races restarted

    While the teenagers who play girls basketball around the Fox Valley may have been happy about a couple extra days off school, coaches surely were champing at the bit the last two days to get the season restarted. But Mother Nature took care of that. And even though I was missing all the subzero cold while vacationing in Florida, I too am anxious to get the second half of the season going, because the first half has provided enough excitement to lead us to believe the 2014 portion of the campaign is going to be an interesting one.

    Teammates Patrick Sharp (10) and Jonathan Toews will play for Team Canada in next month’s Olympic Games in Sochi along with Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. While Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford didn’t make the Canada’s roster, a total of 10 Blackhawks will be heading to Sochi for Olympic duty.

    Sharp thrilled to join 10 Hawks in Sochi

    Patrick Sharp is going to Sochi for the Olympics, but Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford are not. Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith were among the 25 players named to the Canadian Olympic team on Tuesday. In total, 10 Blackhawks have been named to Olympic rosters for the 2014 games next month. Meanwhile, Nikolai Khabibulin underwent shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the regular season.

    Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau will have to find a way to replace Luol Deng after the Bulls traded him to Cleveland in a salary dump move in exchange for the injured Andrew Bynum and conditional draft picks.

    Bulls join Chicago’s rebuilding craze

    The Bulls traded Luol Deng to Cleveland, plunging them deeper into the fantasy camp that Chicago sports have become. Everything is about hope for a better tomorrow.

    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2013 file photo, Chicago Bulls' Luol Deng (9) drives on Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee in an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. The Cavaliers acquired Deng, a two-time All-Star small forward, from the Chicago Bulls early Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, for enigmatic center Andrew Bynum and future draft choices. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, file)

    Answers, insight to your Deng questions

    The Bulls traded away their leading scorer late Monday night and the player they got in return will be waived. So why did they think sending Luol Deng to Cleveland was the right decision for the future of trhe franchise?

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Greg Maddux will find out Wednesday if he's first-ballot inductee in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Maddux, Thomas looking good to HOF voters

    After pitching a shutout last year, the Baseball Writers Association of America could elect up to four members to the Hall of Fame, with the announcement scheduled for Wednesday. Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine and Craig Biggio are the front-runners, and "exit polls" give all four a shot at getting in this year.

    Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin will miss four to five months after having shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

    Khabibulin out 4-5 months after surgery

    Although Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will miss four to five months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, general manager Stan Bowman said Khabibulin may be able to return this season. Tim Sassone has more in today's Blackhawks notebook.


    UTEP: 3 basketball players involved in betting

    UTEP said Tuesday it has kicked three players off the basketball team after they bet on at least one sporting event. The university’s executive vice president, Richard Adauto, said officials in December received information that players may have been betting on games. The school contacted the FBI, and two players were suspended.

    John Androus chases down a loose ball against Vernon Hills during his senior season at Lakes.

    Androus wrapping up fine career at Luther

    Former Lakes three-sport standout John Androus, who chose to play basketball in college, is playing his final season as Luther. Last month, the 6-foot-5 forward was named the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Athlete of the Week. During that week, he averaged 21.5 points and 11.0 rebounds as Luther posted wins over Martin Luther (83-69) and Northwestern-St. Paul (78-63).


    Hersey’s Fuerst has a thirst for achievement

    Toward the end of his junior boys volleyball season at Hersey, Mike Fuerst’s teammate mentioned there was an opening on his club team. Fuerst, whose interest in the sport began peaking at an early age when he was having fun learning the game, decided to join that club team. It turns out he was part of a team that made it to the nationals in Reno, Nevada. At those championships, college coaches noticed the skills of the middle blocker. Many liked what they saw and Fuerst liked what he saw in a school out east. The Hersey senior recently made a verbal commitment to play at the Division I level for Princeton University.

    While Carlos Boozer says he was surprised to hear that the Bulls traded Luol Deng, right, he also said he understands the business side of the NBA.

    Surprised by trade, Bulls already miss Deng

    The Bulls found the news of Luol Deng being traded to Cleveland difficult to digest on Tuesday morning, but know they have to finish the season. Deng ranks fourth on the Bulls' all-time scoring list, behind Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Bob Love. “We all were very surprised,” Carlos Boozer said. “Obviously we know it was a move to give the team some flexibility. On a personal level, we love Luol. His presence has already been missed this morning.”

    Lindsey Vonn will miss the Sochi Olympics because of a right knee injury, leaving the Winter Games without one of its biggest stars. The 29-year-old American won two medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, including a gold in the downhill. She is also a four-time overall World Cup champion and the biggest name in Alpine skiing.

    Injured Lindsey Vonn skipping Sochi Olympics

    Lindsey Vonn will miss the Sochi Olympics because of a right knee injury, leaving the Winter Games without one of its biggest stars. The 29-year-old from Vail, Colo., announced her decision Tuesday, exactly one month before the opening ceremony in Russia.

    Blackhawks fans should have more to celebrate in 2014, but the rest of Chicago's pro franchises likely won't come close to any championship.

    What does 2014 hold for Chicago Sports fans?

    The 2014 Chicago sports horizon looks best for the Chicago Blackhawks, who look like they will repeat this year. It isn’t quite as rosy for the rest of our teams as Mike North looks ahead.

    Burlington Central’s Sam Pryor reaches for a rebound against Maine South Monday in the consolation game at the 31st Annual Charger Classic girls basketball tournament at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring the best from girls basketball, wrestling and boys basketball.


    Trader Joe’s, a neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages ranging from the everyday to the exotic, announced it’s coming to Schaumburg.

    Trader Joe’s announces plans to open in Schaumburg

    Trader Joe's announced plans to open a new store in Schaumburg in 2015. The store will be in the Woodfield Village Green shopping center at Golf and Meacham roads.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, left, and Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, right, walk together at the Capitol as lawmakers return from holiday recess on their way to scheduled votes, in Washington Monday.

    Jobless bill clears hurdle in bipartisan surprise

    Election-year legislation to revive expired federal jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an early hurdle on Tuesday, offering a hint of bipartisan compromise in Congress and a glimmer of hope to the long-term jobless and their families.

    Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, is seen during a television news interview on Capitol Hill.

    Lawmakers put finishing touches on spending bill

    Funding for implementing the new health care law and other sticking points remain, but negotiators reported significant progress Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September.

    Stocks rose Tuesday, snapping a three-day retreat, as hospital and health-insurance stocks rallied ahead of Friday’s employment report and the start of fourth- quarter earnings season this week.

    Stocks rally, breaking a three-day slump

    Stocks rallied Tuesday, ending a slump that had ushered in the New Year. The Standard and Poor’s 500 index climbed the most in three weeks, led by gains for health care stocks. UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer, and Johnson & Johnson both climbed on recommendations for brokerage firms.

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods says some customers may not be able to find Velveeta products over the next few weeks but didn’t give any reasons for the apparent shortage.

    Cheesy shortage: Kraft says Velveeta running low

    Playoff parties may have one fewer dip option this year. Northfield-based Kraft Foods says some customers may not be able to find Velveeta cheese over the next few weeks. A representative for the company, Jody Moore, didn’t give any reasons for the apparent shortage, saying only that they happen from time to time given the “nature of manufacturing.”

    Prospect Heights Mayor Nicholas Helmer, center, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Ultra Foods Tuesday morning.

    Ultra Foods opens in Prospect Heights

    Prospect Heights celebrated the grand opening of Ultra Foods Tuesday morning, the new full service grocery at 1241 N. Rand Road. Ultra Foods spent about $13 million to remodel the 87,000-square-foot store. “Ultra is a class operation, and this store will be a showcase,” said Mayor Nick Helmer, who cut the ribbon that opened the store.


    Travelers spend night on 3 snowbound Amtrak trains on way to Chicago

    Hundreds of Amtrak passengers who spent the night onboard three trains stranded in snow in northern Illinois have begun to arrive in Chicago, rail line officials said Tuesday morning. The trains — The Southwest Chief from Los Angeles, the Illinois Zephyr from Quincy and the California Zephyr from the San Francisco Bay area — got stuck after 3 p.m. Monday in blowing, drifting snow and ice that Magliari said made the tracks impassable.


    Mowery & Schoenfeld merge with Wolowicki and Associates

    Lincolnshire-based Mowery & Schoenfeld announced Tuesday it has merged with the certified public accounting firm Wolowicki and Associates and the combined CPA firm will continue operations under Mowery & Schoenfeld LLC name.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co., already beset by other costly legal woes, has agreed to pay $1.7 billion to settle criminal charges accusing the bank of ignoring obvious warning signs of Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, federal authorities said Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

    JPMorgan settles Madoff fraud claims for $1.7B

    JPMorgan Chase & Co., already beset by other costly legal woes, has agreed to pay $1.7 billion to settle criminal charges that the bank ignored obvious warning signs of Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, federal authorities said Tuesday. The $1.7 billion represents the largest ever forfeiture by a U.S. bank and the largest Department of Justice penalty for a Bank Secrecy Act violation, the government said.


    VIPAR Heavy Duty acquires Power Heavy Duty

    Aftermarket truck parts distributor VIPAR Heavy Duty announced it has acquired distributor network Power Heavy Duty, based in Pearland, Texas. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.


    U.S. Bancorp acquires Charter One operations

    U.S. Bancorp said it will acquire the Chicago branch banking operations of the Charter One Bank franchise owned by RBS Citizens Financial Group.


    Northwest Community Credit Union marks 75 years

    Northwest Community Credit Union, based in Morton Grove, is celebrating its 75th year in business.


    ID Global to move headquarters to Chicago

    Hinsdale-based ID Global Corp. announced it will relocate its headquarters to the Chicago Loop this month.


    Chill: Abt cancels all its deliveries
    The historical below-zero temperatures Monday sent business owners and executives into high gear as they decided the best strategy on whether to remain open yet ensure the safety of its workers.Heavy snowfalls often provide a clear choice, but the frigid temperatures resulted in more difficult decisions that sparked meetings among some executives to develop a game plan for the day.Zurich North America, a global insurance company in Schaumburg, closed Monday. Executive Mary Gardner was at the helm of the corporate crisis management team and led 4 a.m. conference calls making sure thousands of employees in the Midwest received notification of office closings and early dismissals, said spokeswoman Jennifer Nowacki. She added that the company’s mantra is “Prepared. Informed. Resilient.”“With historic cold temperatures in our subzero city today, Mary and her team are working to make sure employees are safe by closing Zurich’s offices in the Midwest,” Nowacki said. The Schaumburg Business Association closed Monday but plans to reopen Tuesday. The business group also canceled its legislative forum meeting with the superintendents of school districts 211 and 54 Monday, said SBA Director Kaili Harding.The weather also forced Abt Electronics in Glenview to cancel about 700 deliveries on 120 trucks Monday, said company spokesman David Viggiano. “This is the first time in ABT’s 78 year history that an entire day of deliveries will be canceled due to cold weather,” Viggiano said. Abt canceled delivery only four times in the past, but those were all due to snow, Viggiano said.The NPD Group, a research and consulting firm in Rosemont, closed its offices Monday and employees were asked to work from home, said company spokeswoman Kim McLynn.“We’ve been able to carry on meetings by conference calls and Webex,” McLynn said. “I have noticed a lot of out of office notices from other companies in the area.” While the company’s headquarters is in Port Washington, N.Y., its Rosemont office has 125 local employees, she said.“Because we’re a satellite office and often hold virtual meetings, we’re all set up to conduct business as usual,” McLynn said. “Also, the nature of our work, consumer research, doesn’t require most of the employees to be physically present.”Between 30 and 40 companies that are part of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago said they closed Monday, beginning much of their planning on Sunday, said President and CEO M. Bernadette Patton. The association found that one company decided to close through Tuesday at noon; four others were physically open but offered lenient exceptions for excused absences; and one organization had out-of-town customers already positioned for an early meeting Monday and staffed it with a minimal workforce. “Most companies don’t have closure policies for such a specific reason as snow or frigid temps, but nearly all have a defined process for assessing situations like those we are facing today to determine the best course of action,” Patton said. “Some companies determined their action early yesterday (Sunday) but others waited until the early evening newscasts when more information about city/regional services and transportation was available.”AT&T, which has its Midwest headquarters in Hoffman Estates, said many stores remained open on Monday with regular hours. However, some were closed or hours were shortened due to the weather conditions, said AT&T spokeswoman Mollie West.Spring Hill Mall was open for most of the day, but managers decided to close the West Dundee center by 6 p.m. However, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Carson’s and Sears remained open.


    Federal judge: Chicago ban on gun sales unconstitutional

    A federal judge has potentially opened a new market to gun dealers after ruling as unconstitutional Chicago ordinances that aim to reduce gun violence by banning their sale within the city's limits. U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said Monday that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it's also obligated to protect constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

    Goodyear’s captive human resources chief, Bernard Glesser, right, and the firm’s production manager Michel Dheilly, sit in the Goodyear plant in Amiens, northern France, Tuesday.

    Captive Goodyear bosses holed up at French site

    Two Goodyear bosses held captive by workers spent the night inside a factory in northern France that the company wants to close.The plant, which Goodyear has tried to sell or shutter for five years, has become an emblem of France’s labor issues, and the seizure Monday morning of the two managers — the plant’s director and human resources chief — resurrected the once-common practice of boss-napping.


    Eurozone inflation dips further below target

    Inflation across the eurozone dipped further below target in December, official figures showed Tuesday, in a development that may ratchet up the pressure on the European Central Bank to ease monetary policy in coming months.

    Intel CEO Brian Krzanich talks about materials used to make Intel microprocessors during a keynote address at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Monday.

    Intel says its processors are now ‘conflict-free’

    Intel Corp., the world’s largest maker of computer processors, says its processors are now free of minerals from mines held by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It’s the first major U.S. technology company to make such a claim about its products.

Life & Entertainment

    Want to eat healthier this year? Make sure half your plate is filled with fruits and vegetables.

    12 months of fitness

    Four fitness experts provide a plan on how to make incremental changes throughout 2014 with the year-end goal of losing 20 to 25 pounds and becoming stronger physically and mentally with the help of exercise, meditation and nutrition changes.


    Allstate Arena to host ‘Stars on Ice’
    The upcoming "Stars On Ice" tour will likely feature newly minted medalists from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and it comes to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday, May 3. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, Jan. 13.

    According to Sasha Pieterse, who plays Alison in ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” says things aren’t all rose in Rosewood, Penn.

    ‘Pretty Little Liars’’ Alison is alive! Now what?

    “Pretty Little Liars” has hooked viewers with the twists and turns of four friends who are repeatedly tormented and tricked in their fictional town after their queen bee best friend Alison DiLaurentis is murdered. That’s why many fans were shocked in the show’s annual Halloween episode when it was revealed that Alison was alive and had been in hiding this whole time. The series resumes its fourth season at 7 p.m.Tuesday, and actress Sasha Pieterse, who plays Alison, says even though “the girls find a little bit of satisfaction” in new episodes, all isn’t roses in Rosewood, Penn.

    Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” has called the film “a biography of a scumbag.”

    Hedonistic high of ‘Wolf’ provokes debate

    “The Wolf of Wall Street” has turned into easily the most debated film in an award season otherwise lacking much controversy, aside from some scattered fact-bending concerns. Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have been on damage control in recent days, defending their film as a thought-provoking portrait of decadence run amok. Nearly every film critic and countless moviegoers have weighed in on the morality of “The Wolf of Wall Street”: whether the film enjoys Jordan Belfort’s hedonistic high a little too much, or if tapping into the thrill of self-indulgence is actually the point.

    Elizabeth Morgan, right, teaches cooking classes for adults with special needs, like her sister, Moira, through the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association.

    Cook of the Week: Sisters don't let disability get in the way of kitchen adventures

    Elizabeth Morgan loves making meals in the kitchen of her parents' Naperville home with her younger sister, Moira, at her side making the salad. “You have never had or seen a more perfect salad,” says Elizabeth. The sisters recently added the roles of teacher and student to their relationship. Elizabeth just wrapped her first session teaching Cooking 101, offered by the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association. And Moira, 20, who has Down syndrome was among her students.

    Bahian-spiced Chicken and Beans with Yuca Mash brings a taste of Brazil to your table.

    From the food editor: Brazilian flavors tapped as 2014 food trend

    With all this snow on the ground, Food Editor Deborah Pankey finds herself daydreaming about warmer climes, sandy beaches and tropical fare. She may not be able to escape to Brazil anytime soon, but a taste of the country is as close as her kitchen.


    Rigatoni Con Pepperoni
    Rigatoni con Pepperoni: Elizabeth Morgan

    Brandon Victor Dixon plays Berry Gordy and Valisia LeKae stars as Diana Ross in “Motown: The Musical.” LeKae has had to take a break from the show after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in late 2013.

    After cancer diagnosis, Broadway star fights back

    Valisia LeKae has a New Year's resolution that has nothing to do with weight loss, money or watching less TV. “I will be cancer-free in 2014,” she's vowed. The budding Broadway star who played Diana Ross in the hit show “Motown the Musical” was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in late 2013. She went through surgery and this week endured the first of six planned rounds of chemotherapy. The 34-year-old had to pull out of the musical and refocus her life on beating the disease, something she's done with grace and wit.

    A woman and her husband smile while looking at a belly painting depicting their family.

    Belly blessings: Artist paints hopes on mothers-to-be

    A few brushstrokes on the round, swollen skintone canvas, and soon a colorful painting appears. As a precious memory of their pregnancy, mothers-to-be are lifting their shirts for artists to paint a cute picture on their bellies, as a blessing for safe delivery and the healthy growth of their baby. Artist Tomoka Tome, 26, is one such artist. Tome has painted the bellies of more than 300 pregnant women so far.

    Showgirls get ready backstage for the opening number of “Jubilee!” at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The campy Las Vegas show with over-the-top costumes, chorus boys and showgirls will close on Jan. 30 for a complete makeover. The show is expected to reopen in March under the direction of Frank Gatson Jr.

    Old-school Vegas show ‘Jubilee!’ to be revamped

    “Jubilee!” — the campy Las Vegas show with elaborate sequined costumes, chorus boys and, of course, showgirls — will close on Jan. 30 for a complete makeover. The show at Bally’s Las Vegas hotel-casino is expected to reopen with a more contemporary feel in March, under the direction of Frank Gatson Jr. The show opened in 1981 under the direction of choreographer Donn Arden, an old-school showman credited with helping invent the Las Vegas showgirl.

    Full of brown rice, okra and black eyed peas, Hoppin’ John is a healthy meal choice all year long.

    Eat right, live well: Black eyed peas for health all year long

    January presents the perfect time start making healthy eating choices. Hoppin’ John is a traditional Southern dish that is served on New Years Day, but it's a nutritional winner all year long.

    Full of brown rice, okra and black eyed peas, Hoppin’ John is a healthy meal choice all year long.

    Vegetarian Hoppin’ John with Okra
    Vegetarian Hoppin' John

    Bahian-Spiced Chicken and Beans with Yuca Mash brings a taste of Brazil to your table.

    Bahian-Spiced Chicken and Beans with Yuca Mash
    Banian-spiced Chicken and Beans with Yuca Mash

    Actress/model Francine Locke was born in Park Ridge, but also lived in Barrington, Niles, Arlington Heights and Highland Park.

    No more risky business for suburban star of 'Stand Your Ground'

    Park Ridge native Francine Locke stars in a fact-based movie, “Stand Your Ground,” opening Jan. 17. It's a far cry from her debut as the “Shower Girl” in the 1983 Chicago-set “Risky Business,” a film she omitted from her resume and never told anyone about for years. “I was naive,” she said. “They told me that only my face would be seen. When I finally saw the movie, I couldn't believe it.”

    Elizabeth Morgan and her sister Moira like their empanadas filled with Nutella and marshmallows or sautéed apples.

    Empanadas aka Hand Pies
    Empanadas: Elizabeth Morgan

    Keith Urban brings his Light the Fuse Tour to the United Center Friday.

    Music notes: Keith Urban to light up the United Center

    For those who prefer more pop with their twang, Keith Urban is playing at the United Center Friday. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks brings his witty alt-country songs to Arlington Heights Friday, too.

    The 2014 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series will make a stop at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11-12.

    Best bets: Bull riders tough it out at Allstate

    See which competitors can hold on the longest when the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series returns this weekend at Rosemont's Allstate Arena. Sitcom star Harry Anderson shows off his magic and standup comedy skills this weekend at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. Celebrate the recent 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first chart-topping hit with the tribute band American English this weekend at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

    The CIA memoir “Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA” by John Rizzo reveals what nobody stopped to ask during the interrogation debate.

    Should we? CIA memoir reveals what wasn’t asked

    There is a moment in John Rizzo’s new memoir when the longtime CIA lawyer has the chance to change history. It is March 2002, and Rizzo has just been briefed on the agency’s proposals for interrogating suspected terrorists. Rizzo realizes that, on his own say-so, he can end the discussion right there. With the stroke of a pen, Rizzo, the CIA’s acting general counsel, could kill the program before it starts. “It would have been a relatively easy thing to do, actually,” he writes in "Company Man."



    Editorial: Island Lake’s promise to cut legal costs

    A Daily Herald editorial congratulates Island Lake for cutting the suburbs' legal costs -- a positive change that is saving money we hope can be used to pay for much-needed improvements to roads, sidewalks and parks.


    Snowden demonstrates double-think on importance of leaks

    Columnist Gene Lyons: Moscow has always been hard on idealists. So it’s no surprise to find the world-renowned civil libertarian Edward Snowden feeling shaky midway through his first Russian winter. In a televised Christmas message recorded by Britain’s Channel 4, Snowden waxed alternately as grandiose and apocalyptic as a Dostoevski character.


    Use of phrase was insensitive
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: My comment is regarding the “Twisting in the wind” article from the Jan. 4 Sports section regarding the defensive staff for the Bears. Did anyone else find this headline at least a little insensitive and/or offensive?


    Check out this fact on global warming
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Another instance of selective reporting of the news is the nature of the trip a group of people took to the Antarctic. The Southern Hemisphere is in its warm or “summer” season now. The part left out of the “news” is that these guys are a bunch of global warming proponents/supporters. How do you get stuck in the ice during the summer? Must be caused by global warming!


    Perhaps they’ll next outlaw pedestrians
    A Lombard letter to the editor: A recent Daily Herald article stated that there was an increase in railway/road crossing collisions in Illinois, up 9.5 percent from 2012. That can only mean one thing.


    Residents ‘cool’ to idea of toll bridge?
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: When I moved here, I supported the Longmeadow Parkway project. But now, I am wondering if this will be a government boondoggle: If you work during the week (250 days/year), that is $750 in tolls added to your family budget, just to cross the river back-and-forth.


    Editorial: Island Lake’s promise to cut legal costs
    A Daily Herald editorial congratulates Island Lake for cutting the suburbs' legal costs -- a positive change that is saving money we hope can be used to pay for much-needed improvements to roads, sidewalks and parks.


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