Daily Archive : Friday January 10, 2014


    Several thousand people will visit the 132 booths at the annual All-Canada Show at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, which runs through Sunday.

    All-Canada Show continues Sunday at Pheasant Run

    Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts flocked to the Pheasant Run Mega Center in St. Charles Saturday to attend the All-Canada Show. The show, which started Thursday, continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to allcanadashow.com.

    Michelle Johnson

    Bail set for Palatine woman charged in friend’s drug death

    A Palatine woman is being held in Cook County Jail on $250,000 bail Saturday following charges that she is responsible for the drug-induced homicide of a 34-year-old man that occurred in May. Michelle Johnson, 40, appeared in bond court Saturday morning in Chicago to answer for the charges for the first time.

    Tilak Patel

    Carol Stream seventh-grader lived life despite health problems

    A serious heart condition never put a damper on Tilak Patel's winning smile, kind nature and passion for sports, several friends and family members said at the 13-year-old boy's funeral Friday morning. His resolve to smile and live his life to the fullest despite his health issues, was an inspiration to everyone who loved him. "Even though he was 13 years old, it seemed like he had 70 or 80 years...

    Crews clean up a chemical spill along the Elk River in Charleston, W.Va., which compromised the public water supply of eight counties on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.

    4 hospitalized in W.Va. after chemical spill

    A handful of people have been hospitalized and several hundred thousand remain without water after a chemical leaked from a storage tank in Charleston into the public water treatment system, state authorities said Saturday.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie traveled to Fort Lee to apologize in person to Mayor Mark Sokolich. A wounded Christie is working to move beyond the most challenging test of his political career, a traffic scandal that rocked his administration this week and threatens to tarnish his national image ahead of the next presidential contest.

    Chief official believed NJ lane closings illegal

    The September lane closings near the George Washington Bridge that caused huge traffic jams and now appear to have been politically orchestrated by a member of Gov. Chris Christie's administration and key allies violated federal law, a chief official said in an email ordering the lanes reopened.

    As a result of the past few days of snow and cold weather large icicles hang from homes in Elgin Wednesday.

    Hazardous weather alert: Watch for icy roads

    The National Weather Service has issued a “hazardous weather outlook” warning motorists and pedestrians of icy and wet conditions as rain continues to fall Saturday and the ground remains colder than the air. “Although temperatures are above freezing, the cold ground is leading to icy roads across portions of northern illinois."

    Lombard police are probing the death of a man they found Thursday inside a house on Hammerschmidt Avenue.

    Lombard man's wife charged with his murder

    The wife of a 53-year-old man found dead Thursday in a home on Hammerschmidt Avenue in Lombard has been charged with his murder. Anka Miscevic was charged late Friday with killing her husband, Zeljko Miscevic, according to a news release from DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin's office.


    Potholes pop up on I-90 near Rt. 47

    An Illinois Tollway spokesman reported that potholes suddenly developed along I-90 around the area of the Route 47 interchange about 10 p.m.


    Hoffman Estates home catches fire

    Hoffman Estates firefighters estimated damage at $50,000 from a fire to a ranch home Friday afternoon. Firefighters responded to a call on the 1400 block of Westbury Drive at 3:45 p.m. and located the fire in a rear bedroom. They had the blaze extinguished by 4:10 p.m.


    CTA train catches fire near Rosemont

    Chicago firefighters evacuated an inbound CTA train near Rosemont after the train caught fire. The eight-car train was carrying about 80 people at the time the fire was discovered. No one was injured.

    Deon Patrick

    Chicago man freed after 21 years

    A Chicago man who spent 21 years in prison for a double killing that he has long maintained he did not commit was released from prison Friday night after prosecutors decided to dismiss the charges against him.

    Bruce Rauner

    Minimum-wage controversy might sound familiar

    Controversy over Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner’s changing public comments about whether he wants to lower the Illinois minimum wage might sound familiar to those who follow Illinois politics. It arose in 2010 after a comment by state Sen. Bill Brady, one of Rauner’s opponents in this year’s primary election race.

    The house on the 100 block of South Hager Avenue in Barrington where the death of 7-month-old Mya Edwards was reported Wednesday afternoon.

    Health of dead baby’s twin ‘concerning’ fire chief says

    The surviving twin sister of a 7-month-old Barrington girl who was reported dead Wednesday was hospitalized herself after police and paramedics arrived, authorities said Friday. “I would say her physical status was concerning,” Barrington Fire Chief Jim Arie said.

    William Christopher Pettry

    Lake Villa Twp. man’s killer gets life sentence

    A Lake Villa Township man’s killer was sentenced to life in prison Friday in Florida. William Christopher Pettry, 42, was murdered by Matthew Hinson inside a Jacksonville pub Oct. 7, 2012.


    Aquatics manager appointed in Des Plaines

    Des Plaines Park District officials have appointed Matt Hartnett as the district’s new aquatics and youth programs manager. Hartnett will oversee management of the Iroquois and Chippewa neighborhood pools and the Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center during the summer, as well as district youth programs.

    Target in West Dundee will close in May the company announced Friday. It is closing seven other stores across the country.

    West Dundee Target closing

    Target in West Dundee will close in early May, a move one official said puts the village in a “difficult situation,” as it means a significant chunk of sales tax revenue will go up in smoke. “We were just getting used to the loss of Best Buy and this is another blow to the village’s finances,” village Finance Director Dave Danielson said. “We’re always waiting for the positive. It seems like we...

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is greeted by supporters Tuesday as he steps off his charter bus outside the Italian Village restaurant in Carbondale, Ill.

    Rauner promotes ‘average Joe’ image

    Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner’s challenge in crafting an “average Joe” image came into stark relief this week during his swing through 30 of the state’s southernmost communities. Rauner’s tour, dubbed the “Shake Up Express” by the campaign, brought him to restaurants, farm bureaus and local Republican organizations, but headlines about his shifting stance on the minimum wage took the...

    Namar Davis

    Shooting suspect held on $1 million bond

    A Chicago man accused of pointing a gun at a Bensenville police officer and pulling the trigger multiple times, before being shot himself, is being held on $1 million bond in DuPage County.

    Newly minted Elgin Police Sgt. Zachary McCorkle is congratulated by his wife Paula, who pinned on his new badge after he was promoted in a ceremony Friday at the police department.

    Nearly 20-year veteran McCorkle moves up in rank

    Zachary McCorkle, a nearly 20-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department, was promoted to sergeant Friday. McCorkle, 51, was assigned for almost 10 years to the Kane/Cook auto theft task force, where he was an inspector and worked high-level, multijurisdictional auto theft cases. He also was a field training officer for eight years.

    Rod Herbig, left, president of the Fox Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and member Mike Campagnolo talk to Aurora police officers and Annie Prosser, 15, who the officers saved last March from a car that had plunged into a frigid pond.

    Aurora cops honored for rescuing girl from frigid pond

    The Fox Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution on Friday recognized the heroics of seven Aurora police officers who last March pulled a girl to safety after the car in which she was riding plunged into a frigid pond.

    Joseph Seeberger of Portage, Mich., peers at his modern-day world record muskie, caught in 2012 with a live minnow and an 8-lb. test line. His muskie, which he caught while fishing for bass in Lake Bellaire, Mich., is on display at the Chicago Muskie Show at Harper College.

    Muskie show opens at Harper College
    Muskie lovers, unite. The annual Chicago Muskie Show is up and running at Harper College in Palatine. The three-day event opened Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday, with lectures, demonstrations, booths showcasing the latest gear, prize drawings and events that will teach your kids the basics of casting and retrieving.

    Third-graders Mario Babbo, left, Narayan Manthena and Max Poretto pose for a picture while exploring a giant map of Asia at Half Day School in Lincolnshire Friday. It is part of National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program and will remain at the school until Jan. 17.

    Giant map helps Lincolnshire students explore Asia

    The world’s largest map of Asia made a stop at Half Day School in Lincolnshire on Friday. The map is made possible by National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program and will remain at the school until Friday, Jan. 17.


    Woodlands speaker series continues:

    The second of four presentations in “The Resilient Woman Speaker Series” at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is Friday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the school, 760 East Westleigh Road, Lake Forest.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    David Michael Gonyea, 22, of Aurora, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis, at 2:06 p.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of East Main Street, St. Charles, according to a police report.

    Veterinarian Debra Rykoff, owner of 4 Life Animal Wellness Center in Hoffman Estates and founder of Fur Keeps Animal Rescue in Barrington Hills, has opened a low-cost clinic at 251 Center St. in Elgin.

    New low-cost vet clinic open in downtown Elgin

    Veterinarian Debra Rykoff opened a low-cost clinic for various services, including spaying and neutering, at 251 Center St. in Elgin. The clinic opened in early December after being in the works for about two years. “There is quite a released-cat issued in Elgin,” Debra Rykoff said. “When people lose their homes, they leave their animals, or drop them outside.”


    Virgin Galactic spaceship makes successful flight

    The company says the reusable space vehicle was carried by airplane to 46,000 feet Friday and then released. The craft used its rocket motor the rest of the way to reach its highest altitude to date.

    Alexian Brothers Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates suffered a power outage early Friday that forced the transfer of several patients to other hospitals.

    Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital loses power

    A power outage forced Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates to transport several patients to other locatons, including infant. Without working elevators, responders carried infants from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit down five flights of stairs with only flashlights guiding them. “The building was completely dark, and I just had this unsettling feeling,” the unit’s...

    Woodman’s in Carpentersville will start selling alcohol at 8 a.m. as of Jan. 19. Earlier this week the village board amended a 10 a.m. restriction on liquor sales at grocery stores and other outlets, sales can begin at 6 a.m.

    Carpentersville makes it easier to buy alcohol on Sundays

    If you want to buy a case of beer in Carpentersville on Sundays, you no longer have to wait until 10 a.m. This week, the village board amended that restriction to let people buy liquor after 6 a.m. The change is effective immediately. “I just thought it was a silly rule to have in place,” Trustee Kevin Rehberg said of the previous policy.


    Fox Lake pot, gun arrest:

    Daniel Castillo, 20, of the 35000 block of N. Watson Avenue in Ingleside, has been arrested and charged with possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon following his Jan. 8 arrest in Fox Lake, authorities said.


    Baseball, softball registration:

    Registration is open for the Lake Zurich Baseball and Softball Association.


    Police warn of burglars:

    Lake County sheriff’s police are warning homeowners to protect their property from burglars.

    Sarah Palin speaks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority 2013 conference in Washington.

    Palin says her new show won’t be overtly political

    The former Alaska governor is a Fox News Channel analyst and had a previous show on TLC about characters in her home state. She said that she’s “more excited about this (Sportsman Channel) project than I’ve been about many of the other projects I’ve done,” although she didn’t elaborate.

    Grant Gambaiani

    Naperville man sentenced to 34 years for molesting 10-year-old boy

    A Naperville man was sentenced Friday to 34 years in prison for molesting a 10-year-old boy left in his care. Grant Gambaiani, 30, must serve 85 percent of the prison term before being eligible for parole. The boy’s mother read an emotional victim-impact statement. “We opened our home and hearts to (Gambaiani). He victimized our son in the worst possible way and still refuses to acknowledge the...


    Round Lake-area book collection:

    A book collection drive by the Goddard Schools in Illinois, in collaboration with Bernie’s Book Bank, is ongoing in the Round Lake area.


    Kane coroner seeking advice from other coroners

    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell is convening a panel of other coroners to examine how his office operates and suggest improvements.

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio eats pizza with a fork Friday at Goodfellas Pizza in the Staten Island borough of New York.

    New mayor outrages pizza zealots

    Photos of a utensil-wielding de Blasio spread across Twitter and prompted mock outrage, some even calling for his impeachment.


    Quinn: FEMA appeal will focus on frigid weather

    Gov. Pat Quinn says his appeal over denied federal disaster aid will focus on cleanup difficulties during the recent bitter cold. The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Thursday Illinois’ request for $6.1 million in assistance to local governments recovering from deadly tornadoes in November.

    Officers investigate the death of an Antioch woman who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. A bill before the state legislature would require judges to explain their reason if they don’t impose electronic monitoring in cases where there is an order of protection.

    Slain Antioch woman’s daughter, state rep want tougher orders of protection

    State Rep. Wheeler is introducing legislation to require judges to document why they did or did not order an electronic monitoring device for violent criminals during a bail hearing. “This ludicrous piece of paper is not enough to protect people. If someone is out to hurt another person, they’re going to do it whether or not a piece of paper tells them they can’t,” Wheeler said.

    Former Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano speaks with reporters Friday at the federal building in Chicago after being sentenced to more than a decade in prison for scheming to pay bribes for medical contracts and for receiving kickbacks.

    Ex-Chicago alderman gets 10½ years for corruption

    A federal judge who on Friday sentenced a former Chicago alderman to 10½ years in prison for scheming to accept kickbacks invoked former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s name in saying that some politicians in Illinois aren’t getting the message that corrupt behavior ultimately carries a heavy price.


    Cold weather claims 2 more victims in Illinois

    The Cook County medical examiner’s office reported Friday that a 57-year-old woman died of hypothermia and cold exposure with alcohol consumption as a contributing factor. And in southern Illinois, a 46-year-old man likely died from the extreme cold earlier this week.


    Cop accused of stealing $20,000 from elderly man

    The Cook County sheriff’s office said Friday that Elmwood Park police officer John Wasilenko was charged with exploiting a senior and official misconduct after forging a check for $20,000.

    A bald eagle flies past the Arsenal Bridge while hunting fish earlier this week on the Mississippi River downstream of Lock and Dam 15 near Rock Island, Ill.

    Larger number of eagles spotted

    Bird watchers say there are more bald eagles frequenting the locks and dams along the Mississippi River in Illinois and Iowa this winter than in previous years.

    Recently planted corn grows is seen on a central Illinois farm field last May near Chandlerville, Ill.

    Falling prices could mean less corn in Illinois

    Falling corn prices and questions about ethanol demand could lead Illinois farmers to plant fewer acres of corn this year. Instead, farmers are likely to use some of that acreage to plant soybeans, said Patrick Kirchhofer, manager of the Peoria County Farm Bureau.


    3 more health insurers extend payment deadlines

    Giving Illinois customers more leeway, three more health insurance carriers extended payment deadlines Friday for people who signed up in the December rush for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Land of Lincoln Health extended its payment deadline to Jan. 31 for people already signed up for plans with coverage effective Jan. 1. Aetna customers now have until Jan. 14 to pay...

    Original painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

    Judge orders Renoir painting returned to museum

    A federal judge awarded ownership of a disputed Renoir painting to a Baltimore museum, citing “overwhelming evidence” that the painting had been stolen from the museum more than 60 years ago.The judge’s decision rejected the claims of a Virginia woman, Marcia “Martha” Fuqua, who maintained that she bought the painting at a flea market for $7.

    Dr. George Shapiro, former NY Giants Ottis Anderson, Harry Carson and Carl Nelson, with Dr. Peter Ferraro and former NY Jets Bruce Harper, left to right, celebrate the NFL Alumni Optimal Bowl & Wellness Challenge during closing bell ceremonies at the New York Stock Exchange Friday.

    Stocks rise as investors dismiss job report

    Market strategists blamed the bad jobs data on everything from the unseasonably cold weather in December to the fact that Thanksgiving came later than usual. Few believed the economic recovery is slowing down.Cautious investors took the data as a reason to retreat into safer investments.

    Jeff Wardle

    New principal, associate principal for Buffalo Grove High School

    Two veteran educators will be come the new principal and assistant principal at Buffalo Grove High School. Jeff Wardle, the math and science division head at John Hersey High School, will be the new BGHS principal, taking over for the retiring Carol Burlinski, who leaves in June. Jill Maraldo, director for innovative learning at Deerfield District 109, has been appointed Associate Principal for...


    Dist. 200 board weighs reinstating B teams

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education members, middle school principals and parents all agree it would be nice to reinstate B team sports that were cut four years ago, but there was debate Wednesday about whether it would be the best use of money right now.


    Bullet, water main break disrupt classes at Big Hollow Middle School

    Big Hollow Middle School in Ingleside was briefly locked down Thursday after a student found a bullet in a hallway, authorities said. And later in the day, students were sent home early after a water main broke in the school.

    Syrian citizens bury the bodies of victims who were killed Thursday by a car bomb at a mass grave, at al-Kaffat village in the central Hama province, Syria, on Friday. Rebel-on-rebel fighting between an al-Qaida-linked group and an array of more moderate and ultraconservative Islamists has killed nearly 500 people over the past week.

    500 reported killed in rebel infighting in Syria

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and another al-Qaida-linked group known as Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front, initially joined forces with moderate rebels fighting to oust Assad in a conflict that began in March 2011 as a popular uprising but morphed into a civil war.


    Mundelein High presents Thornton Wilder’s classic ‘Our Town’

    For its second show of the season called The Year of the Classics, Mundelein High School will present Thornton Wilder’s "Our Town."


    Loss of heat, water affecting 66 Aurora condo units

    Aurora officials have declared 66 condominium units uninhabitable after this week’s severe weather left them without heat and water for several days. Officials fear some of the residents may be displaced for at least another week.


    Trial delayed in Round Lake Park drug-induced homicide

    The trial of a Round Lake Beach man charged with drug-induced homicide in the death of his friend has been postponed until March to give defense attorneys more time to review medical records. Michael Seelye, 31, faces 30 years in prison for supplying a fatal dose of heroin to Hector Quinones of Round Lake Park on May 12.

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner

    GOP candidate Rauner flips stance on minimum wage

    The rising issue of a minimum wage hike tripped up Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner on Thursday, as he declared his previous support for cutting Illinois' minimum wage a “mistake” and said he would now do the opposite: support raising it. The suburban Chicago venture capitalist's reversal on minimum wage came after a downstate candidate forum last month where he said...

    A rendering of the new “If I Could But Fly” sculpture that will be installed on St. Charles’ Bob Leonard Walkway this spring.

    Sculpture will complete St. Charles’ Bob Leonard Walkway

    A new $30,000 sculpture will be the final touch to St. Charles' popular Bob Leonard Walkway along the Fox River. “If I Could But Fly,” depicts a bronze, winged object. River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles member Joe Boyd said foundation members saw the sculpture as an appropriate finishing touch for the walkway because of the many years Leonard spent as a United Airlines pilot.

    Jimmy Palmer

    West Chicago man charged after removing children from school bus

    A West Chicago man, out on bond, faces a series of misdemeanor charges after officials say he recklessly removed two juveniles from a school bus Thursday afternoon.

    George Rowe jumps at the opportunity to talk about Elgin history. His passion for his hometown is evident as he moves through the three stories of the Elgin History Museum. As president of the Elgin Area Historical Society, it is his job to keep control of the 159-year-old landmark museum on the campus of Elgin Academy.

    George Rowe of Elgin is excited to share his hometown’s history

    George Rowe has a passion for history, particularly that of the city of Elgin where he lives. Working in Old Main, a historic building on the campus of Elgin Academy that houses the Elgin History Museum, Rowe is in charge of keeping Elgin's history alive for visitors to the Elgin Area Historical Society. And even with the thousands of pieces of history within its walls, Rowe can't belp but feel...


    As flu cases rise, hospitals tighten visitor policies

    Some area hospitals, seeing an influx of flu patients, have decided to change visitors policies for the duration of flu season. Others are taking a wait and see approach.

    The Obama administration intends to sign a contract with Dublin-based Accenture Plc to complete unfinished work on healthcare.gov and run the site,

    CGI group said to lose main Obamacare contract to Accenture

    CGI Group Inc., the company that built the main Obamacare website, will be replaced next month when its contract with the U.S. federal government expires, a person familiar with the decision said. The Obama administration intends to sign a contract with Dublin-based Accenture Plc to complete unfinished work on healthcare.gov and run the site, said the person, who asked not to be identified...

    Buffalo Grove officials are nearing a decision on whether to approve the first phase of the Weiland/Lake-Cook Road improvement project.

    Buffalo Grove closer to Weiland Road decision, cost likely a determining factor

    Buffalo Grove village trustees are one meeting away from approving the first stage of the Weiland/Lake-Cook Road improvement project, which could include a controversial realignment displacing residents from as many as seven homes. The homes would be lost to make way for the connector linking Weiland and Prairie roads, north of Aptakisic Road.

    Dave Habley

    Dave Habley, Stevenson’s first band director, has died

    A funeral will be held Saturday for Dave Habley, Stevenson High School’s first band director. Habley, 82, of Lake Zurich, died Monday at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Barrington.

    Susan Stuckey

    Dist. 203 principal remembered for hard work, happiness

    Students at Highlands Elementary School in Naperville described their principal, Susan Stuckey, as someone who wasn't just a principal, but a great friend to every student. Every time you'd walk past her, she had a smile on her face. Simply, she was “happiness in a bottle.” Those are some of the reflections students shared in an April 2012 YouTube video about Susan, who lost a 3 1/2...

    Big dogs and small dogs are separated in plans for a dog park in Melas Park in Mount Prospect.

    Arlington Hts., Mt. Prospect residents get in on dog park conversation

    Residents of both Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights said the preliminary plan for a shared dog park is a good start, but many still have questions about how the rules will be implemented. Plans for a dog park at Melas Park, 1400 W. Central Road, were shared with more than 50 community members. “I'm just thankful this is moving forward; it has been a long time coming,” Arlington...

    Grayslake village officials have ended a boil order for tap water that had been in effect since Wednesday. Officials recommended using bottled drinking water until the order was lifted.

    Water deemed safe, boil order lifted in Grayslake

    Grayslake residents and others in the village may return to using tap water after a boil order was lifted, officials announced Friday.

    Charles Amrich

    Island Lake officials reconsidering video gambling

    If a discussion Thursday night was any indication, Island Lake trustees are leaning toward repealing a ban on video gambling machines at bars and other businesses in town. Trustees and Mayor Charles Amrich are reconsidering the issue because the machines have been popping up in communities all around Island Lake. “Surely we want to try to help the businesses in town survive and...

    A culture of bad behavior and disrespect among athletes at U.S. military academies is one part of the continuing problem of sexual assaults at the schools, according to a new Defense Department report that comes in the wake of scandals that rocked teams at all three academies last year.

    Report: Sexism part of military academies’ culture

    Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, a Pentagon report finds, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults.

    Kari Hunt Dunn’s 9-year-old daughter tried to call 911 from the hotel room where she could hear her mother dying but didn’t know to dial 9 first. Hunt’s slaying in December, allegedly at the hands of her estranged husband, inspired her father, Hank Hunt, to launch a national push to require hotels and other businesses to do away with dialing 9 or anything else before calling 911.

    Dial 9 before 911? Hotel death prompts petition

    Hank Hunt’s granddaughter tried calling 911 from the East Texas hotel room where she could hear her mother dying, just as she was taught to do in an emergency. She didn’t know she had to dial 9 on the hotel phone first. Now Hunt has launched a national push to require hotels and other businesses to do away with dialing anything before calling 911.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with airmen of the 20th Air Force 90th Missile Wing during a trip to F.E. Warren Air Force Base on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Cheyenne, Wyo. It was the first time since 1982 that a defense secretary has visited the nuclear missile base.

    Drug probe undercuts Hagel pep talk to nuke force

    Moments before he launched a carefully planned pep talk to members of the Air Force’s nuclear missile force, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was undercut by yet another sign of trouble in their ranks: a drug probe of two missile officers.

    Indian activists shout slogans during a protest outside the U.S. consulate in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The arrest of an Indian consular Devyani Khobragade in New York, arrested and strip-searched for allegedly forcing her maid to toil for little pay, has sparked a diplomatic furor between the United States and India.

    India asks U.S. Embassy to remove 1 of its officers

    India asked the United States on Friday to withdraw a diplomat from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, the latest retaliation in a smoldering diplomatic dispute touched off by the arrest and strip search of an Indian diplomat in New York. The case has caused a serious rift between the United States and India, where officials have described the treatment of Devyani Khobragade, India’s deputy consul...


    Iraqi troops clash with al-Qaida militants in west

    Fierce clashes erupted Friday between Iraqi special forces and al-Qaida-linked militants in a village in the embattled western Anbar province, officials said.


    Activists: Nearly 500 dead in Syria rebel clashes

    Rebel-on-rebel fighting between an al-Qaida-linked group and an array of more moderate and ultraconservative Islamists has killed nearly 500 people over the past week in northern Syria, an activist group said Friday, in the most serious bout of violence among opponents of President Bashar Assad since the civil war began.

    Two women walk at Palisades Interstate Park as the sun sets over the George Washington Bridge, in Fort Lee, N.J. Many people have known little about Fort Lee until a political scandal centering on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enveloped the borough.

    NJ town caught in scandal loves, hates that bridge

    Until a political scandal centering on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enveloped Fort Lee, the town of 37,000 was just a blur of glass high-rises and brick Cape Cods on the other side of the guardrail for many drivers speeding — or crawling — across its landmark George Washington Bridge each day. But to residents the scandal is a reminder of how the bridge dictates the rhythm of everyday life —...

    Alfredo Rodriguez of Wheeling gets a flu shot from pharmacist Jeanie Kim on Thursday at a Walgreens in Wheeling.

    Suburban health officials say get the flu shot

    It's not the common cold. The flu this year has been sending people across the suburbs to intensive care units, and some have even died. “I've seen some very sick adults,” Dr. Caroline Wolf of the DuPage Medical Group in Glen Ellyn said of patients she has seen this flu season. “Sicker than they ever thought they would be.”

    The village of Hanover Park purchased Hanover Square shopping center for $2.8 million in 2011.

    How Hanover Park plans to revive Barrington Road shopping center

    More than two years after buying an aging strip mall for $2.8 million, Hanover Park officials are ramping up their efforts to turn the property over to the private sector and turn it into a new village center.


    Dawn Patrol: DCFS investigates baby death; Carol Stream stabbing

    DCFS investigates parents of dead infant. Carol Stream resident stabbed. Police look for missing Streamwood man. Boil order in Grayslake. Elgin cafe rejected for video gambling. Elk Grove native leading U.S. figure skaters. Jeffrey makes Pro Bowl. DePaul edges Butler.

    Metra crews work to clean ice and snow jamming a signal Thursday.

    Iced-up switches a pain in the caboose, Metra says

    Ice caught in switches can mess up not just one Metra train but others down the tracks. After taking heat all this week for delays and cancellations, Metra officials get technical about switches and ice.

    A buck stands covered in snow in an Ingleside backyard on January 1st.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of January, 6th.



    Bulls sign Martin to 10-day contract

    The Bulls signed forward Cartier Martin to a 10-day contract on Friday. He was released by Atlanta a few days ago.

    Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders and Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer (5) go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. The Bulls won 81-72. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Bulls have a system, and they’re sticking to it

    After the latest low-scoring Bulls win, coach Tom Thibodeau was asked whether he cares if these games aren’t necessarily eye-catching. “You guys are into the aesthetics. I’m into the wins,” Thibodeau said.


    Friday’s wrestling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity boys wrestling results from Friday as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Friday’s girls gymnastics scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls gymnastics results from Friday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


    Friday’s boys swimming scoreboard
    Here are varsity boys swimming results from Friday's meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Friday’s boys basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Frisday's varsity boys basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Haas, Hersey edge Buffalo Grove

    Hersey 50, Buffalo Grove 43: Payton Haas had a team-best 14 points and Brandon Hatten scored 10 to help the host Huskies past Buffalo Grove in Mid-Suburban East play.Brandon Hatten contributed 10 points for Hersey (5-9).Senior guard Andrew Apel led the way with game-high 18 points for Buffalo Grove (5-9).Luther North 57, Christian Liberty 55: The host Chargers outscored their opponents 22-14 in the fourth quarter but still came up a bucket short in Northeastern Athletic Conference play.Sam Silva had a pair of 3’s and finished with a game-high 16 points, and Wes Swiderek had 12 points for Christian Liberty.


    Marmion holds off Aurora Christian

    Losing six straight games to tip off its 2013-14 boys basketball schedule, including an 0-5 record at the West Chicago Thanksgiving Classic, could have sent Marmion Academy into a season-long tailspin. Instead, the Cadets regrouped, fixed some problems on offense and defense and now have their sights set on the Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division title after winning six of their last nine games. Marmion continued its impressive turnaround Friday night with a 62-56 victory over Aurora Christian at Alumni Hall.

    St. Charles North’s Jack Callaghan (22) and Alec Goetz (1) celebrate after their win.

    St. Charles North shoots by Geneva

    If Jack Callaghan didn’t make a shot, the junior does enough other things to make him one of the most valuable players on the court for St. Charles North. So just imagine what a lift it is for the North Stars to see Callaghan hitting like he did Friday at Geneva.


    Cordes, Waubonsie Valley stop West Chicago

    Waubonsie Valley senior guard Jack Cordes had the daunting task Friday of primarily guarding West Chicago senior standout and good friend John Konchar, who averages about 30 points a game.


    Mundelein battles past LZ

    Mundelein led 26-24 at halftime and then exploded with an 18-4 third quarter to win 53-49 in a North Suburban Conference Lake Division game against Lake Zurich.


    West Aurora defeats Glenbard North

    It wasn’t artistic basketball but the West Aurora boys got the win they needed to stave off Glenbard North and take the early lead in the DuPage Valley Conference all by themselves.

    Conant’s Joe Ranallo goes after a loose ball between Schaumburg’s Brendan Parker and Marquis Woodard at Conant on Friday.

    Current Conant crop makes alums proud

    On Friday night at Conant, the Cougars welcomed back the 1993-1994 team that finished 27-3. That squad lost to LaGrange in the first round of the Elite Eight in Champaign. The current Cougars gave the alums something nice to remember them by. Motivated by the setting and visiting rival Schaumburg, Conant made quick work of the Saxons 48-32 to stay 1 game back of Fremd in the Mid-Suburban West race.


    Edwards, Lakes scramble past Grant

    TJ Edwards has missed 13 games for Lakes’ basketball team because of a knee injury. He returned to the court Friday night at Grant for the first time since the Mundelein Thanksgiving tournament, and the quarterback star delivered. Edwards started, scored 7 points and pulled down 6 rebounds playing about half the game, as Lakes defeated Grant 61-56 in North Suburban Prairie Division action.

    Warren defender Eric Gillespie is called for a foul against Lake Zurich forward Corey Helgeson on a breakaway to the basket on Friday at Warren in Gurnee.

    Gillespie, Warren find their groove

    By the time warm-ups were done, Eric Gillespie was more than just warm. The Warren guard was hot, feeling as if he could make any shot. In fact, Gillespie nearly did Friday night, hitting multiple shots, including fade-away 3-pointers, while falling to the ground and while sometimes even being fouled. “Some of those were tough to make,” Gillespie said. “It’s practice, I guess.” Gillespie scored a team-high 19 points on four 3-pointers to lead Warren to a 59-49 North Suburban Conference Lake Division victory over visiting Lake Zurich.

    Frank Toohey of York takes one to the net during the Benet at York boys basketball game Friday.

    Benet hangs tough at York

    Benet’s boys basketball team knew it was in for a tough game at York. It finally arrived in the second half. The Redwings broke out to a huge early lead and hung on late for Friday’s 61-56 nonconference victory over York in Elmhurst.


    Lennartz, Grayslake Central roll

    Alex Lennartz scored a career-high 20 points, and Grayslake Central’s boys basketball team remained undefeated in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division with a 73-40 win over visiting Crystal Lake Central on Friday night.Twelve players scored for the Rams, who improved to 7-7 and 4-0 in the FVC Fox. Grayslake Central led 24-15 after one quarter, 41-25 at halftime and 61-31 after three. Lennartz hit 8 shots from the floor and went 4 of 5 from the foul line.Matt Loeffl and Charlie Anderson scored 8 points apiece for the Rams.North Chicago 98, Round Lake 75: Karnell Wright led all scorers with 34 points, but the host Panthers dropped the North Suburban Prairie Division contest.Round Lake (3-12, 0-5) also received 13 points from Mateusz Lopez and 12 from Michael Green.North Chicago (13-1, 5-0) got 32 points from Jay Amos-Mays, 22 from Kurt Hall and 12 from Murray State-bound JayQuan McCloud.Carmel 62, Joliet Catholic 49: The Corsairs triumphed on the road to improve to 12-3 and 1-1 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.


    Maine West meets Maine East’s challenge

    First place was on the line in the Central Suburban North on Friday night in Des Plaines when Maine West hosted Maine East in girls basketball. The 26-time conference champion Warriors were playing a Blue Demons team that has never won a league crown but is off to its best start in 20 seasons. “I don’t think we were intimidated by that,” Warriors senior guard Erin Ross said of the Blue Demons’ 10-4 and 3-0 record entering the game. “If anything, it fueled us. We were intense and really wanted to win bad.” Ross sure helped fuel the Warriors, connecting for four 3-pointers, en route to a career high 16 points, as West pulled away in the second half to a 47-26 victory.


    Willowbrook falls to Downers South

    This week’s brutally cold weather was a late Christmas gift for high school students as they saw their holiday break extended by a couple of days. After watching his squad post a 56-36 victory over visiting Willowbrook in West Suburban Conference Gold Division action on Friday night, Downers Grove South coach Kris Olson admitted there might have been an ancillary benefit of the extended vacation for his team.

    Geneva’s Janie McCloughan drives to the basket against St. Charles North’s Abby Mackay-Zacker during Friday’s game.

    Geneva throttles St. Charles North

    Looking forward to some practice time after a hectic stretch of games over the holidays, that practice paid off in a big way for Geneva Friday night.

    Streamwood’s Jelyn Hill goes to the hoop as Batavia’s Tyler Lovestrand, left, and Tucker Knox put on some pressure at Streamwood Friday.

    Energized Batavia cruises past Streamwood

    A couple of well-timed Coffey jolts invigorated the Batavia boys basketball team in a 69-46 victory over host Streamwood in the Upstate Eight River Friday.


    Lovelle looms large for Wauconda

    Joey Lovelle’s name is a perfect match for how coaches feel about the way he plays basketball. Especially when they watched the 5-foot-10 Wauconda senior in the final seconds of a tied North Suburban Prairie boys basketball game with visiting Vernon Hills on Friday night. The smallest player on the floor didn’t hesitate to take an open lane and drive into much taller traffic. And Lovelle didn’t shy away after his shot bounced off the rim. Lovelle grabbed the miss, was fouled with 2.9 seconds to play and made his first free throw to give the Bulldogs a 54-53 victory.


    Pruett-Carlson connection rescues Kaneland

    Kaneland had already dodged one bullet when Morris missed the front end of a bonus free-throw attempt to pad only its second lead of the game.


    Naperville North stifles Lake Park in second half

    For a young boys basketball team a little short on practices, Naperville North made for a rough opponent Friday night.


    Panthers look to bury memory of last playoff game

    Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis says he’ll never forget the sinking feeling in his stomach after Carolina’s last home playoff game in 2008. The final: Arizona 33, Carolina 13. But Davis said as painful as that memory is, it’s important the Panthers learn from that game and not allow history to repeat itself Sunday when they host the San Francisco 49ers.


    Cork’s standout effort lifts Hampshire

    With his head coach at home resting, Hampshire guard Ryan Cork refused to rest. Even during timeouts. Never mind the senior’s 21 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and flashy, behind-the-back, fourth-quarter assist in the Whip-Purs’ 64-60 win over host Grayslake North in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division thriller Friday night.

    Jeremy Abbott skates during the men’s short program Friday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

    Abbott wins men’s short program

    A spotless performance highlighted by three picture-perfect jumps gave figure skater Jeremy Abbott a short program victory Friday night at the U.S. Championships.


    Naperville Central outshoots WW South

    After Friday night’s 63-53 victory by the Naperville Central boys basketball team at Wheaton Warrenville South, talk was of a strong performance by the offense in two ways.


    Larkin cruises past Neuqua Valley

    In a game featuring the top two teams in the Upstate Eight Conference, Larkin came away with the convincing victory at Neuqua Valley Friday night. The Royals, leaders of the UEC River Division, led from start to finish against the Valley-leading Wildcats, winning 72-52 in the conference crossover.


    Postgame tussle tarnishes Z-B’s OT win against Stevenson

    Well, the key North Suburban Conference Lake Division contest between Zion-Benton and Stevenson certainly exceeded the hype. For two teams that hadn’t seen live game action in 24 days combined, they made up for it with four thrilling quarters and one extra overtime session. It all ended on a runner by Zion-Benton senior Fred Calvert with :09 seconds left, stinging the Patriots with their first loss of the year 70-69 in overtime. The great finish and fantastic game was marred by a skirmish between the two teams during the handshake line immediately following the contest. Coaches, players, and fans from both teams ended up in a melee that ended with both teams clearing the gym and Stevenson boarding its team buses without making comment.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 51, Metea Valley 48: The Hawks (10-6, 2-3) fought back from a 6-point deficit in the final 4 minutes for a come-from-behind Upstate Eight Valley win over the Mustangs. Ryan DiCanio led all scorers with 15 points but in the last stages Robbie Jimenez (9 points) nailed 2 clutch 3-pointers and Brian Triphahn (8 points) sank one as well to get Bartlett over the hump. South Elgin 90, East Aurora 66: For the second time this season, the Storm (10-6, 3-2) watched 3 players score at least 20 points each in a UEC Valley win. Darius Wells nailed 5 3-pointers to go with his game-high 23 points while Matt Smith (21 points) and Matt McClure (20 points) combined for 64 points to help South Elgin out of a 15-2 first quarter hole. Another contributor was the switch on defense from man-to-man to zone, which allowed the Storm to convert transition layups off turnovers and helped outscore the Tomcats 24-9 in the third quarter.Burlington Central 70, Richmond-Burton 46: In Big Northern East action, Sean Fitzgerald poured in a game-high 21 points on 6 3-pointers for the Rockets (11-4, 3-1) in their 24-point rout of the visiting Rockets (10-3). Duncan Ozburn scored 17 points and Jacob Schutta registered in double figures with 13 as BC outscored R-B 27-14 in the third quarter and by 17 in the second half. Harvest Christian 54, Alden-Hebron 42: Noah Fox (27 points) and John Vislisel (20 points) put on a shooting clinic as they combined for 47 points and each shot over 50 percent from the field to knock off Alden-Hebron in Northeastern Athletic Conference action. Dan Turpin added 10 rebounds and 6 steals in the winning effort.


    Right on time, Prospect produces against Palatine

    Prospect's seniors made the most of their final home meet as the Knights edged Palatine 102-84 on Friday.


    Elk Grove’s planning pays off

    Elk Grove boys basketball coach Anthony Furman knew returning Mid-Suburban League all-conference selection Jeremy Stephani would score his fair share of points for Wheeling on Friday night. So Furlong and the Grenadiers’ main objective was to not let anyone else hurt them. Mission accomplished. The Grens (9-5, 3-1) limited Stephani to 15 points while no other Wildcat player scored more than 6 points as Elk Grove came away with a 50-39 win in MSL East play on its home court.


    Adduci scores 40, St Charles E. routs Elgin

    Dom Adduci turned the St. Charles East gymnasium into his own personal playground Friday night. The senior guard poured in a career-high 40 points – 32 of those coming in the first half – to help lift the Saints (10-7, 4-2) to an 83-50 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory over visiting Elgin (5-11, 1-3).


    Frasco, Prospect hang on at Rolling Meadows

    Prospect counts on Bobby Frasco for offense, and the senior didn’t disappoint his teammates with a 25-point, 8-rebound performance against Rolling Meadows on Friday. What the Knights may not have counted on from the 6-4 guard was the blocked shot that turned away the host Mustangs’ attempt to win the Mid-Suburban East boys basketball game. When Frasco secured the ball after blocking Matt Dolan’s shot, he was fouled and sent to the line with 1.6 seconds remaining with his team leading 39-38. What occurred in the final ticks off the clock brought an unusual ending to a 43-38 Prospect win.


    Hoffman Estates finishes with flair at Palatine

    Hoffman Estates and Palatine played a close, tense, back and forth contest Friday night. Until six minutes remained in the fourth quarter, that is. Host Palatine had just grabbed a 35-33 lead and seemingly the momentum with 6:02 left in the game on a rebound and putback by senior Scott Fife. That’s when the Hawks took over. Hoffman Estates, led by two big 3-pointers from sophomore guard Jorden Thornton, went on an almost five-minute, 16-0 spurt to put the game away. The Pirates didn’t score again until Fife made another layup at the 1:05 mark as the visiting Hawks won 53-37.


    Fremd’s balance shows against Barrington

    A balanced offensive attack is what every coach at virtually every level of team sports dreams of. An opponent might have a star defense player or a great defensive scheme, but with balance and depth the offense can prevail in every circumstance. Fremd showed that kind of balance in a 61-40 Mid-Suburban League West victory over Barrington on Friday night in Palatine.

    Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer (5) goes after a rebound between Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova and Luke Ridnour (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Boozer leads Bulls to 81-72 win over Bucks

    Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 13 rebounds in his first game back from a right knee injury, Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 18 points and the Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 81-72 on Friday night.


    St. Viator makes the trip, falls at Marian

    St. Viator made the long trip to Chicago Heights on Friday to take on state-ranked and conference-rival Marian Catholic. Unfortunately for the Lions, they seem to have left their game back in Arlington Heights as St. Viator fell 72-56.


    Egezeke, Huntley charge past Dundee-Crown

    Amanze Egekeze saved his best for last.Egekeze scored 12 of his 16 points during the fourth and final quarter to help propel Huntley to a 55-39 win over Dundee-Crown in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball action in Carpentersville Friday night.


    Libertyville honors Eggert with decisive win

    There was not as much drama on the mat as expected, but it was still a big meet for the Libertyville wrestling program and coach Dale Eggert on Friday night against Warren. The Wildcats were very dominant as they recorded seven pins en route to an impressive 62-12 North Suburban Conference victory over the Blue Devils in this Lake Division dual meet. Libertyville (11-2, 4-0) also honored Eggert before the meet for capturing his 500th career victory last weekend in a triple-dual meet at Schaumburg. Now with a career record of 501-112-2 in his 27th season, Eggert ranks eighth in IHSA history for wins with a sparkling winning percentage of .820.

    Conant’s Joe Ranallo goes after a loose ball with Schaumburg’s Brendan Parker and Marquis Woodard.

    Images: Conant vs. Schaumburg, boys basketball
    The Conant High School boys basketball team hosted the Schaumburg High School boys on Friday, January 10th, in Hoffman Estates.


    Conant comeback clips Schaumburg

    A major comeback by Conant helped stun a packed senior night crowd on Friday at Schaumburg as the Cougars stayed alive in their hunt for a Mid-Suburban West wrestling title. The Cougars (12-0-0, 3-0-0) overcame a 24-0 deficit to come away with a heart-pounding 36-27 victory after scoring the final 30 points of the meet.


    Willowbrook will take the win

    When the West Suburban Gold girls champion is decided, style points won’t be a factor. That made it easier for Willowbrook coach Terry Harrell to laugh off an uneven performance in his Warriors’ 61-42 victory Friday night against visiting Downers Grove South.


    Blackhawks game day
    Blackhawks vs. Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, 6 p.m. SaturdayTV: Channel 9Radio: WGN-AM 720The skinny: The Canadiens (25-15-5) are coming off a 3-1 loss to Philadelphia during which Olympic defenseman P.K. Subban was benched. Subban got the last spot on Team Canada’s defense over Brent Seabrook. Forward Alex Galchenyuk is out for six weeks with a broken hand. Enforcer George Parros is questionable with a concussion.Next: Edmonton Oilers at the United Center, 6 p.m. Sunday.— Tim Sassone


    Harvest Christian stops Hebron

    Harvest Christian 47, Alden-Hebron 42: The Lions (7-6) improved to 4-1 in the Northeastern Athletic Conference with a road win over the Giants behind Kylee Knox’s 21 points, 7 steals and 4 assists. Rachel Oostdyk added 11 points and Alex Rayappa chipped in 6 points and 6 rebounds.


    Favela comes up big for St. Edward

    Danny Favela originally wasn’t excited about coming off the bench for the St. Edward boys basketball team. The junior has begun to enjoy it. Favela scored 16 points and had 9 rebounds Friday night to help the Green Wave to a 56-48 Suburban Christian victory over Marian Central in Elgin.


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats at the United Center, 7 p.m. SaturdayTV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN 1000-AMUpdate: The Bobcats have cooled down lately, losing six of seven games heading into Friday’s matchup in Minnesota. PG Kemba Walker is the leading scorer at 18.4 ppg, followed by PF Al Jefferson (17.0) and SG Gerald Henderson (15.4). Under first-year coach Steve Clifford, Charlotte ranks third in th league in scoring defense, behind Indiana and the Bulls. In the only previous meeting this season, the Bulls won 86-81 at the United Center on Nov. 18.Next: Washington Wizards at the United Center, 7 p.m. Monday— Mike McGraw


    Patterson, Larkin hold off Elgin

    Larkin girls basketball coach Ruben Flores has been looking for some senior leadership. The Royals got just that Friday night from Victoria Patterson. Patterson’s senior leadership was central to Larkin snapping a four-game losing streak against crosstown rival Elgin, beating the Maroons 41-38 in an Elgin City Classic game played at Elgin Academy.

    Charlie Rose and Frank Toohey of York pull down a rebound.

    Images: Benet at York boys basketball
    York High School hosted Benet Academy of Lisle for boys basketball Friday, Jan. 10.

    St. Charles North’s Jake Ludwig splits a trio of Geneva defenders.

    Images: St. Charles North vs. Geneva boys basketball
    Geneva hosted St. Charles North in a boys basketball matchup Friday night in Geneva.

    Images from the Batavia vs. Streamwood boys basketball game Friday, January 10, 2014.

    Images: Batavia vs. Streamwood boys basketball
    Streamwood hosted Batavia in a boys basketball matchup Friday night in Streamwood.

    Images from the Lake Zurich at Warren boys basketball game on Friday, January 10 in Gurnee.

    Images: Warren vs. Lake Zurich boys basketball
    The Warren Blue Devils hosted the Lake Zurich Bears for boys basketball action on Friday, January 10 in Gurnee.

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson leaves the field after last year’s loss to Atlanta in the playoffs.

    Expectations high for Seahawks at home against Saints

    The Seahawks' chance at making amends for what happened in last season’s playoffs arrives Saturday when they host New Orleans in the NFC divisional playoff. But this year the Seahawks aren’t the upstarts with little pressure and limited expectations.

    USC fired football coach Lane Kiffin after the Trojans lost to Arizona State 62-41 on Sept. 28.

    Kiffin joins Alabama as offensive coordinator

    Alabama hired former Southern California coach Lane Kiffin on Friday as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Kiffin returns to the Southeastern Conference after head coaching stints with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, Alabama rival Tennessee and the Trojans.


    Penn State set for Saturday’s ‘major announcement’

    Penn State’s search for a new football coach might be over. Penn State said Friday that President Rodney Erickson and athletic director Dave Joyner will make a “major announcement” at Beaver Stadium on Saturday and invited reporters who cover the football team to attend.

    Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White react as the scores are posted Friday for their short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

    Davis, White win short dance at U.S. championships

    Meryl Davis and Charlie White broke their own record with 80.69 points to open a big lead Friday, well on their way to a sixth straight national title in ice dancing.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Sunday, Jan., 5, 2014. San Jose won 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Hawks’ Crawford at home in his pads

    Corey Crawford returns to where it all started for him on Saturday when the Blackhawks play at Montreal. Crawford wasn’t even a goaltender until he was 9 and watched Patrick Roy win a few Stanley Cups. He was converted from a forward on the spot. “He definitely was an influence,” Crawford said. “He was the man. Everyone around Montreal idolized him a lot."


    NFL: 2 players violated concussion protocol

    Two players violated league concussion protocol during last weekend’s wild-card games, according to a letter sent by the NFL’s head, neck and spine committee chairmen to all team doctors and trainers.

    AP10ThingsToSee - Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman, second right, walks with North Korea's Sports Ministry Vice Minister Son Kwang Ho, third right, upon his arrival at the international airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Rodman took a team of former NBA players on a trip for an exhibition game on Kim Jong Un's birthday, Wednesday, Jan. 8. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon, File)

    Agent: Rodman did not accept North Korean money

    Dennis Rodman’s agent says the former NBA star did not take any payment from the North Korean government during his trip this week to the country.

    FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2013 file photo, New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) watches from the bench in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Foxborough, Mass. Gostkowski sings on the sideline when he's getting ready to kick. On Saturday night, ,Jan. 11, 2014, he could be in full voice and in position to beat the Indianapolis Colts. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

    Gostkowski, Vinatieri get kicks in playoff

    Stephen Gostkowski sings on the sideline when he prepares to kick. Then he tries a field goal that could win a big game for the New England Patriots.“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” might be appropriate Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts with a spot in the AFC championship game at stake.

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass at practice for the football team's NFL playoff game against the San Diego Chargers at the Broncos training facility in Englewood, Colo., on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

    Broncos back a year after playoff pratfall at home

    Philip Rivers likes to say the San Diego Chargers have been in playoff mode since last month, scrapping just to squeak into the postseason party.Wesley Woodyard would like him to know the Denver Broncos have been in the pressure cooker ever since their playoff pratfall a year ago when they lost at home in double-overtime to underdog Baltimore.

    Candace Parker, the Sparks superstar who picked up MVP trophies for the WNBA regular season and the 2013 all-star game, no doubt is eager to hear if WNBA President Laurel Richie can secure a buyer for the Los Angeles franchise.

    Can WNBA survive without L.A. Sparks?

    It's jarring that the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA closed its doors last week, but past history says that might not spell doom for the league, as Patricia Babcock McGraw explains in today's Women's Watch column.

    Taking some time off the play clock would give Peyton Manning less time to audible and drive some NFL fans crazy with his histrionics.

    Hot idea to tone Manning’s pre-snap craziness down

    From the problem with Peyton Manning to the old days of Sportsman's Park, Spellman's Scorecard keeps it chilly.

    Former Houston Astros player Craig Biggio fell two votes short of getting into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Hall of Fame voters missed out on Biggio

    While Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on their first try into the hallowed shrine, Mike North says Craig Biggio should have been included with the three all-stars.


    The FLIR ONE thermal imager for the iPhone is demonstrated Thursday at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The imager attaches to the back of an iPhone 5 or 5s and translates heat data into color images on the phone’s screen.

    New iPhone case lets you see heat

    FLIR Systems Inc. is launching its first consumer product, an iPhone jacket that contains a heat camera. Temperature differences show up in different colors on the screen. For instance, you can set it to show hotter things in yellow, medium-hot in red and cold in purple.


    Judge delays counterfeiters’ sentencing

    A federal judge in Chicago has agreed to delay sentencing of three men in one of the largest counterfeit-documentation schemes of its kind. The Chicago-based operation generated about $3 million in annual sales of fake Social Security cards, driver’s licenses and other documents. It also involved a murder in Mexico.

    This TV publicity image released by ABC shows Eric Stonestreet, as Cameron, right, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell in a scene from the comedy “Modern Family.” While Fox broadcasts over the airwaves, if customers drop their pay-TV service and use Aereo, broadcasters would lose some of that revenue.

    Court to rule on television over Internet service

    Aereo’s service starts at $8 a month and currently covers New York, Boston, Houston and Atlanta, among others. Subscribers get about two dozen local over-the-air stations, plus the Bloomberg TV financial channel.

    President Barack Obama listens Friday to Andres Cruz, left, as he has lunch with five young people at The Coupe restaurant in the Columbia Heights section of Washington. The five are spearheading creative outreach efforts to connect with and help enroll young consumers through the Marketplaces or are interested in getting more involved with these efforts.

    GOP House targets health care law; 67 Dems join in

    Among the House Democrats who voted with the GOP were Senate candidates Bruce Braley of Iowa, Gary Peters of Michigan and Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii. Democrats high on the GOP’s target list such as Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York and Nick Rahall of West Virginia also backed the measure.


    Buffalo Grove to limit medical marijuana dispensers to industrial district

    Buffalo Grove trustees will limit medical marijuana cultivation and dispensing businesses to the Industrial district at the southeast corner of Aptakisic Road and Barclay Boulevard, they decided Jan. 9. No such businesses have applied to open up shop in Buffalo Grove as of yet.

    D Hangout Bar and Grill at 550 S. McLean Blvd. in Elgin will have its grand opening Friday, said owner Mike Deol of Streamwood, a former professional wrestler who went by the name Killer Khalsa Sing.

    New Elgin sports, piano bar opens Friday

    D Hangout Bar and Grill is set to have its grand opening Friday after securing approval for a sports bar and piano bar on different floors. The eatery at 550 S. McLean Blvd. was formerly Streets of Chicago and Dieterle's Restaurant Lounge. It had been vacant since 2011.

    Target said Friday that personal information — including phone numbers and email and mailing addresses — was stolen from as many as 70 million customers in its pre-Christmas data breach. That was substantially more customers than Target had previously said were affected.

    Target: Data breach caught up to 70M customers

    Target said Friday that personal information — including phone numbers and email and mailing addresses — was stolen from as many as 70 million customers in its pre-Christmas data breach. That was substantially more customers than Target had previously said were affected. The chain also indicated its sales have been hurt by the breach.

    White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures to a display about job numbers during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington.

    U.S. employers added a scant 74,000 jobs in December

    Healthy U.S. economic growth in the second half of last year has raised expectations that 2013 ended with a fifth straight month of solid hiring. Economists predict that employers added 196,000 jobs last month, according to a survey by FactSet. That would be nearly as strong as November’s robust gain of 203,000. The unemployment rate is forecast to remain at a five-year low of 7 percent.

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp.'s shares plummeted in after-hours trading Thursday after the beleaguered retailer said it expects a hefty loss for the fourth quarter and full year as sales during the critical holiday season dropped sharply.

    Sears sales slump during holiday season

    It was an ugly holiday season for Sears. Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp.'s shares plummeted in after-hours trading Thursday after the beleaguered retailer said it expects a hefty loss for the fourth quarter and full year as sales during the critical holiday season dropped sharply.

    Commuters board the “Triumphant”, a catamaran serving as a ferry for Google employees in Redwood City, Calif. Google workers commuting from San Francisco to the company's Mountain View campus can now make the trip on an 83-foot, Wi-Fi-equipped catamaran.

    Google launches private ferry service for workers

    Google workers commuting from San Francisco to the company's Mountain View campus can now make the trip on an 83-foot, Wi-Fi-equipped catamaran. The San Jose Mercury News reported Wednesday that Google has launched a free ferry service from San Francisco's ferry terminal to the Port of Redwood City, where employees can hop a private bus to work.

    Personal computer sales sank even further during the holiday shopping season, capping the steepest annual decline in PC shipments since desktop and laptop machines began to appear on people’s wish lists decades ago.

    PCs cap worst-ever sales year with another 4Q drop

    Personal computer sales sank even further during the holiday shopping season, capping the steepest annual decline in PC shipments since desktop and laptop machines began to appear on people’s wish lists decades ago. The fourth-quarter numbers released Thursday by the research firms Gartner Inc. and International Data Corp. serve as the latest testament to the growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers.

    Neil Hunt, Netflix’s chief product officer, demonstrates ultra high definition streaming of a ìHouse of Cardsî trailer on a Sony TV on the sidelines of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    Netflix app to stream 4K on new TVs immediately

    Netflix says video streaming of its programming in ultra-high definition will work for buyers of new UHD sets from Sony, LG, Samsung, Vizio and others upon purchase. That’s because Ultra HD models from those makers will include the Netflix app and chips that decode signals in the so-called High Efficiency Video Coding standard, or HEVC.

    WAshington Gov. Jay Inslee

    Washington governor bemoans corporate incentive competitions

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday he wishes states weren’t in constant competition to provide financial incentives in order secure jobs from big companies.Inslee said he would like to see a national agreement to make that sort of state subsidy escalation illegal. His comments come just two months after Washington approved perhaps the largest corporate tax break in U.S. history — valued at nearly $9 billion — to persuade Boeing Co. to build a new airplane in the state.The Democratic governor likened the state competition to international subsidies prohibited by the World Trade Organization.So, while Washington state may have protection from subsidy competition from France, “we don’t have protection against Texas or Utah,” Inslee said.Chicago-based Boeing recently explored bids from 22 states that wanted to secure the thousands of jobs that would come with production of the 777X. The company has promised to build the plane in the Puget Sound region after getting extended tax breaks from state lawmakers and concessions from union workers.Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday that the company used the state “to some extent” as leverage during the company’s negotiations in Washington state, where much of Boeing’s production already takes place.Machinists in the Puget Sound agreed last week to move away from traditional pensions in order to secure the long-term work on the 777X. A Republican lawmaker in Washington state is now proposing that elected officials vote to surrender their pensions as well. Inslee said he didn’t see any fiscal reason to do away with pensions for public workers, since the state pension system is stable.Inslee also said the machinists were in a difficult position, facing the prospect of jobs going elsewhere if they didn’t agree to the company’s demands.“I don’t think anyone should say this is OK or acceptable or fair or beneficial or happy,” Inslee said. “It was just a fact of economic life, and the machinists decided their destiny.”House Minority Leader Dan Kristiansen, meanwhile, said lawmakers need to look at whether pensions are the best option for the state, questioning why the private sector has steadily moved away from those types of retirement plans.

Life & Entertainment

    Hercules (Kellan Lutz) runs into trouble in the already-troubled “The Legend of Hercules.”

    ‘Hercules’ epic a true fail

    When two similarly-themed movies come out in quick succession, it’s usually better to be the first one out of the gate. But there’s good news for Brett Ratner, the director behind “Hercules,” which comes out in July. It’s hard to imagine that the summer blockbuster could be worse than “The Legend of Hercules,” which should fade quickly into obscurity as so many January releases do.

    A Manhattan judge on Friday ruled that the bong-toss case against Amanda Bynes will be dismissed if she stays out of trouble for six months and goes to counseling.

    Amanda Bynes’ bong-toss case in N.Y. to be dismissed

    The bong-tossing case against Amanda Bynes will be dismissed if the actress stays out of trouble for six months and goes to counseling twice a week, a judge ruled Friday. Bynes was charged in New York City last spring with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession after building managers called police because they said she was smoking pot in the lobby of her Manhattan apartment. When officers entered her 36th-floor apartment, they said they saw her heave a bong out the window.

    Juan Pablo Galavis, star of the 18th edition of “The Bachelor” airing Mondays on ABC, is the show’s first Latin bachelor.

    ABC’s Latin ‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo Galavis is a hit

    Fans curious to find out if there’s any drama this season on ABC's “The Bachelor” aren’t alone. Its latest star, Juan Pablo Galavis, says he’s interested to see what happened among the women when he wasn’t around. The 32-year-old former pro soccer player competed for the affection of Hartsock last summer on “The Bachelorette.” He had very little airtime before getting sent home. Still, he made such an impression with viewers that ABC decided to make him “The Bachelor.”

    Andre Benjamin, right, and Big Boi are reuniting to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, ending a half-decade hiatus for one of hip-hop’s most popular and important acts.

    OutKast to head Coachella with Muse, Arcade Fire

    Rap duo OutKast will headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, ending a half-decade hiatus for one of hip-hop’s most popular and important acts. OutKast joins Arcade Fire and Muse as headliners for the festival that plays over two weekends in Indio, Calif. Other acts scheduled include Pharrell Williams, Beck, Queens of the Stone Age and Lorde. The reunited The Replacements will also appear.

    Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network said Thursday that it has ordered a Tyler Perry drama, “Single Moms Club,” that will premiere this fall.

    OWN orders another Tyler Perry series

    Producer Tyler Perry will soon have a fourth series on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. OWN said Thursday it has ordered a Perry drama, “Single Moms Club,” that will premiere this fall. It’s about a group of mothers who create a support group after being brought together by an incident at their children’s school.

    HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” starring Steve Buscemi, will end after a fifth season this fall.

    HBO: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ ending in fall

    HBO says its drama “Boardwalk Empire” will end after a fifth season this fall. The series stars Steve Buscemi as “Nucky” Thompson, the backroom dealer of Prohibition-era Atlantic City. The show won five Emmy awards in September.

    This artist rending provided by the Audubon Nature Institute shows the proposed layout of the Audubon Species Survival Center in New Orleans. The planned 1,000-acre range on New Orleans' west bank will serve as a haven for antelope and bird species that aren't breeding as well as zookeepers would like, giving some of the animals a chance to roam in herds that zoos don't have space for.

    1,000-acre range to be home for declining species

    A planned 1,000-acre range on New Orleans' west bank will serve as a haven for antelope and bird species that aren't breeding as well as zookeepers would like, giving some of the animals a chance to roam in herds that zoos don't have space for. Groundbreaking on the project is set to begin Wednesday.

    Shoppers browse before the Tet holiday at the Bolsa Little Saigon store in Westminster, Calif. Thousands of miles from their homeland and generations on, Vietnamese-Americans celebrate Lunar New Year with traditions passed down from ancestors. They dole out red envelopes filled with fresh minted bills to herald good fortune and visit friends and family _ despite demanding work schedules and the busy pace of life in the United States.

    California's Little Saigon to mark Lunar New Year

    The flowering tree outside Tong Le's house in Southern California sprouts but one tiny yellow blossom in early winter. But by the time the Vietnamese community of Little Saigon readies for the Lunar New Year at the end of January, the branches of the hoa mai tree will brim with the yellow flowers that are ubiquitous during the annual celebration known as Tet.


    Theater events: Paramount stages ‘42nd Street’

    Paramount Theatre revives the taptastic musical "42nd Street"; Metropolis presents the darkly comic two-hander "Greater Tuna"; and Fox Valley Rep stages the very popular "Nunsense" this week in suburban theater.


    Swear words used like assault weapons in ‘Wolf’

    Dann answers a reader’s concerns about the record number of swear words in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Plus, he previews some upcoming movie events in the area.

    Owner David Pedersen draws a root beer at Tavern on 60.

    Tavern on 60 brings new game plan to Mundelein locale

    Tavern on 60 is hardly the first bar/restaurant to try to make a go of its Mundelein location, on Townline Road near Route 83. But with well-known local restaurant owner Phil Gilardi, owner of Philly G’s in Vernon Hills, and partner Dave Pedersen now calling the plays, this sports bar is getting back in the game.

    A steaming-hot dish of sweet potato noodles, carrots, mushrooms and onions comes drenched in a spicy sauce at Crazy Noodle restaurant in Memphis, Tenn.

    Korean noodle shop helps Memphis break character

    This Mississippi River city is proud of its barbecue, its fried chicken, its soul food. When told that there’s a place in Memphis that makes standout Korean food like soups and noodle dishes with meat and seafood, some may scoff. But Crazy Noodle is real, and it might be proof that people in Southern cities like Memphis are welcoming the cuisine of immigrant communities.

    The new Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park in New York is claiming to be the tallest single-use hotel building in North America.

    NYC Marriott claims tallest hotel in North America

    A new Marriott in New York City is claiming to be the tallest single-use hotel building in North America. The Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park is 750 feet high, according to Marriott spokeswoman Nina Herrera-Davila. The hotel opened Dec. 29 at 1717 Broadway at 54th Street. It’s 68 stories tall, with 378 rooms in the Courtyard hotel and 261 suites in the Residence Inn.

    Music director Andrew Grams will be on the podium for seven concerts during the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s 65th season.

    ESO announces concerts for 65th season

    Music director Andrew Grams believes the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season — to be announced at this weekend’s concerts at Schaumburg’s Prairie Center and Elgin’s Hemmens Cultural Center — will provide a beacon of light for his direction of the orchestra heading into his second year at the helm.

    Dallas is a city that likes to do things big, like this outdoor longhorn steer sculpture in downtown, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to sell the ranch to have a good time here.

    Dallas: 5 free things from arts to Dealey Plaza

    Dallas is a city that likes to do things big, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to sell the ranch to have a good time here. With an arts district that has hit its stride in the last several years, a soaring new bridge over the Trinity River and a new park created over a downtown freeway, there are plenty of things to see and do for free in the city known for its glittering skyline, well-heeled locals, and, of course, as the home of television’s scheming oil-rich Ewing family in the long-running series “Dallas.”

    “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd is based on the life of Sarah Grimke, a 19th-century abolitionist from an affluent plantation-owning family in North Carolina.

    New novel follows lives of slave, unwilling owner

    Meet Handful, 10 years old, a sewing prodigy and a slave. Meet Sarah, 11 years old, a voracious reader and Handful’s unwitting owner. They are the stars and alternating narrators of Sue Monk Kidd’s new novel, “The Invention of Wings.” This time, Kidd bases the novel on the life of Sarah Grimke, a 19th-century abolitionist from an affluent plantation-owning family in North Carolina.

    Director Peter Berg, left, actor Mark Wahlberg and former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in New York. In the age of the superhero, the movies’ most reliable real-life hero has been the Navy SEAL. “Lone Survivor” is the latest in a string of films, including “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Act of Valor” to honor the Navy’s special operations force with as much faithfulness as the filmmakers could muster.

    'Lone Survivor’ a brutal tribute to Navy SEALs

    Marcus Luttrell, the former Navy SEAL whose deadly mission in Afghanistan has been turned into the film “Lone Survivor,” strides into a hotel room for an interview, trailed by his service dog, Mr. Rigby. The tall, hulking, goateed Navy Cross recipient greets a journalist with a rock-hard grip, and nods to director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg, who plays him in the film. This is clearly not what he wants to be doing.

    The Trails neighborhood in Roselle has a homeowner’s association that maintains three parks, a clubhouse and swimming pool.

    The Trails in Roselle focus of neighborhood profile

    When Lee Ann Lucas came upon The Trails in Roselle 32 years ago, its scenic beauty and contemporary California look appealed to her. “I liked the way the subdivision looked; it wasn’t boring,” Lucas said.


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    Editorial: Expanding our view of college prep

    A Daily Herald editorial says today's students must look beyond the ACT in preparing for college.


    Trust is a pillar on which government stands

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Trust is essential to our political system and our way of life. The belief that people and institutions will do what they say they will do is the coin of the realm in our society.


    Something was wrong with this picture
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: This photo shows a man crossing the railroad tracks while the gates on both sides of him are down. I believe this is illegal.


    President interferes too much with religion
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I am 83 years old and have lived through many presidents, but the current president I can’t call my president because of the fact we can’t believe what he says and he’s always blaming others for his mistakes and cover-ups.


    Where did state tax hike money go?
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: Many, many kudos to the Daily Herald for its series of editorials about the corrupt manner this State allows voting districts to be manipulated. Realistically there are only two political parties in this country and each thrives on or for power. Neither party does what is good for the people.


    NRA blinded by its passion for guns
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: I read with amusement the NRA member’s condemnation of the excellent political cartoon that accurately describes the feelings of the majority of our citizenry toward the NRA. He says the five million NRA members are “reasonable, caring law-abiding citizens who want personal protection for themselves and their families and the same for everyone.” He also says police do their best, but “cannot be on the spot in every case when needed.”


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