Daily Archive : Monday January 13, 2014



    More than 61,000 Illinoisans have picked health plans

    More than 61,000 Illinois residents signed up for private insurance coverage in the first three months they were able to through the troubled HealthCare.gov website — 6,000 less than the federal government had projected, but evidence of the state's increasing progress in getting people to enroll.


    Man shot, killed in bathroom of Aurora restaurant

    A 22-year-old Aurora man died Monday night after being shot in the bathroom of an Aurora restaurant, police said. The shooting took place at about 7:35 p.m. in a restaurant in the 800 block of north Lake Street on Aurora’s west side.

    Illinois residents for the first time can apply for permits to carry concealed weapons.

    Lawmakers ready to tinker with concealed carry

    Just days after Illinois started accepting applications for concealed carry permits, lawmakers are putting forth all kinds of proposals to change the controversial law. For example, Rep. Deborah Conroy wants to raise fines for violators and Sen. Dan Kotowski wants to ban concealed weapons in churches.


    Barrington to share cost of senior bus

    Barrington trustees Monday voted to join with five other villages and two townships in sharing the local cost of the Pace Dial-A-Ride service for senior and handicapped riders which the entire Barrington area has been benefiting from for years. For the past five years, the local share of the approximately $100,000-per-year service has been paid for exclusively by the village of Lake Barrington,...

    Auditions for the sixth season of the NBC singing competition “The Voice” will take place this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Judges this season, which premieres Feb. 24, include, from left, Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton.

    'The Voice' auditions in Rosemont this weekend

    Aspiring singers will have a chance to audition for NBC’s The Voice this weekend in Rosemont. The show’s sixth season premieres Feb. 24.

    Arlington Heights public works employees Terry Koeppl, left, and Ken Tullar fill potholes on Tonne Road with asphalt Monday afternoon.

    Rocky roads! How to navigate pothole territory safely

    Who's the boss? You or that pothole? Plow through or swerve? Some of the worst injuries occur during head-on collisions, warns Kane County Sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler. It's second nature to swerve to avoid a pothole, but it could be a fatal decision. Here's the 411 on how to take control of the potholes that are popping up across the suburbs. Your car will thank you.

    The Willis Tower in downtown Chicago provides a backdrop to a huge mound of petroleum coke in a residential area on the Southeast Side.

    State plans to file emergency rules for 'petcoke'

    State officials unveiled proposed guidelines Monday for the handling and storage of petroleum coke in Illinois, a move that drew sharp criticism from business groups, who called it unnecessary, and residents, who said they didn't go far enough.

    St. Charles alderman got to see a condensed version of plans Monday night for this First Street redevelopment area in St. Charles.

    St. Charles developer: Downtown needs rentals, restaurants, not retail

    The developer of perhaps the most important project for downtown St. Charles told aldermen Monday more rental units and restaurants are the future, not retail.

    Paul Lewis, left, helps explain EYEsee's mission during a presentation at Northwestern University's Sheil Catholic Center. Founder, Janice Guzon, is front right, with fellow leaders Tristan Blus of North Barrington, back left, Tricia Aguilar of Des Plaines and Amy Sonnicksen of Hoffman Estates, back right.

    St. Viator senior helps carry EYEsee to new heights

    Started by high school students five years ago, EYEsee is the passion of St. Viator senior Paul Lewis. Through his innovation, now more than 100 local eye clinics are collecting used eyeglasses that EYEsee connects with missions in Third World countries.

    Nadya Suleman, better known as “Octomom,” stands outside her home in La Habra, Calif.

    ‘Octomom’ charged with welfare fraud

    Nadya Suleman, who gained fame as “Octomom” after giving birth to eight babies, has been charged with welfare fraud after failing to report $30,000 in earnings while she collected public assistance, authorities said Monday. If convicted, Suleman, who has a total of 14 children, could be sentenced to nearly six years in prison.


    Kaneland leaves online-learning cooperative venture

    Kaneland School District 302 is dropping out of a five-district group that was planning a cooperative for online and blended learning. “I can’t support it. ... I think we should look for other opportunities,” said board member Teresa Witt, because the district didn’t have the money “lying around.”


    Prospect Hts. approves sale of piece of arena land

    The Prospect Heights City Council agreed Monday to sell just over 2 acres and a 31,000-square-foot building it still owns from the failed arena project of the 1990s. Stery Trucking of Buffalo Grove has agreed to pay $1.5 million for the land and building at 31-33 E. Palatine Road.


    Aurora districts eyes STEM partnership school agreement

    Educators in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 are “energized” and “excited” about their potential participation in the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School set to open in August on the campus of Aurora University. “I’ve often heard we need to work together with other districts to make ourselves stronger,” District 204 Superintendent Kathy Birkett said. “This is an example of that.”


    Wheaton city council reviews plan to prepare for cuts in state funding

    Wheaton City Manager Don Rose shared a fiscal response plan Monday that informed city council members of what might need to be done should the state reduce the amount of revenues it shares with local governments. Currently, the city receives about $12.7 million each year from the state.


    Mundelein expects big interest in grant program

    Mundelein officials expect a proposed grant program for businesses in the village’s downtown area will be popular with local entrepreneurs and property owners.


    DuPage ballot questions seeking money for schools, pool, roads

    There will be just seven referendum questions on the March 18 primary ballot in DuPage County, which means most voters won’t be asked to approve any tax increases. Those who do face such questions, however, will decide whether they’re willing to dig deeper to pay for school building improvements, road repairs, an indoor swimming pool and fire protection. “It seems like we have...


    1 dead, 1 presumed dead after falling into icy river

    Authorities say one person died, another is presumed dead and a third was hospitalized after they fell into the icy Chicago River early Monday morning — a tragedy that started with a dropped cellphone.

    Rep. George Miller, left, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are seen in this photo from 2011. Miller, the top Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee and a longtime confidant of Pelosi, announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2014 after four decades in Congress.

    House unveils $1.01 trillion measure to fund government

    House and Senate appropriators on Monday agreed to a $1.01 trillion bipartisan bill to fund the U.S. government through Sept. 30, unveiling the measure days before funding for federal agencies is scheduled to lapse.

    Drew Peterson

    Drew Peterson’s lawyer sends in appeal

    Drew Peterson’s lawyer argues in an appeal mailed Monday to a regional appellate court that a judge and a defense attorney made critical errors during the trial that ended with the former Chicago-area policeman being convicted of killing an ex-wife, denying him a fair trial.

    Mikhail Kalashnikov shows a model of his world-famous AK-47 assault rifle at his home in the Ural Mountain city of Izhevsk in October 1997.

    AK-47 designer Kalashnikov wrote penitent letter

    In a regretful letter penned a few months before his death, Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, asked the head of the Russian Orthodox Church if he was to blame for the deaths of those killed by his weapon.


    2 hurt in Lake in the Hills fire

    Two people were injured in an early morning fire Monday at a Lake in the Hills home. The fire started at about 1:30 a.m. Monday on the 300 block of Chippewa Trail in Lake in the Hills, fire officials said in a release. Algonquin-Lake in the Hills firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the lower level of the raised ranch-style home. Two people escaped on their own but were injured and...

    Former Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano speaks with reporters at the federal building in Chicago on Friday after being sentenced to 10½ years in prison for corruption

    Ex-Chicago alderman gets more prison time for corruption

    Ambrosio Medrano was sentenced last week to 10½ years in prison for scheming to accept kickbacks. The conviction Medrano was sentenced for Monday involved him paying a bribe to hide an illegal deal to win Los Angeles County medical contracts.

    Glenn Ericksen

    Arlington Heights fire chief leaving the department

    After almost four decades with Arlington Heights, Fire Chief Glenn Eriksen announced on Monday that he will be leaving the department next month to take a position with MABAS-Illinois, the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System.

    New Jersey Assemblymen John S. Wisniewski, center, Lou D. Greenwald, left, and incoming Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, all Democrats, address the media Monday in Trenton, N.J. Greenwald said an investigation into massive local traffic jams that has ensnared Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has grown into an abuse of power probe.

    N.J. Democrats intensify Christie scandal inquiry

    Democrats in New Jersey sharpened their aim at Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Monday, forming special legislative committees to explore the role politics played in traffic jams last fall and announcing that the investigation has grown into an abuse of power probe.

    French President Francois Hollande offers a rose to his companion Valerie Trierweiler back in May 2012. The woman considered France’s first lady was hospitalized after a report that Hollande is having an affair with an actress, her office said Sunday.

    France’s unpopular president hits new bump

    A sex scandal is the last thing France’s president needs. Three-quarters of the French already think Francois Hollande is doing a lousy job of running the world’s No. 5 economy. And now a big policy address Tuesday is sure to be overshadowed by personal troubles so awkward that even the famously blase French can’t ignore them.

    From right to left: Yuli Edelstein, speaker of Israel’s parliament; Israel’s President Shimon Peres; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara; and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attend the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in southern Israel Monday.

    Israel’s Sharon laid to rest in military funeral

    Ariel Sharon was laid to rest Monday at his ranch in southern Israel as the nation bid a final farewell to one of its most colorful and influential leaders — a man venerated by supporters as a warrior and statesman but reviled in the Arab world as a war criminal.

    Gary Cohen of the Health and Human Services Department says, “We think that more and more young people are going to sign up as time goes by.”

    More older Americans are signing up for health insurance

    It’s an older, costlier crowd that’s signing up so far for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to government figures released Monday. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from rising.

    Weeks of preparation paid off this weekend for Alisa Fallon of Des Plaines, who won her age group in the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick contest in Denver. Alisa, shown here at Soldier Field, was honored Sunday before a national television audience during the Denver Broncos playoff game.

    Des Plaines girl, 14, wins NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick contest

    Weeks of preparation paid off this weekend for Alisa Fallon of Des Plaines, who won her age group in the NFL's Punt, Pass and Kick contest in Denver. Alisa was honored Sunday before a national television audience.

    Al Jones of the West Virginia department of General Services flushes the water as he opens a rest room on the first floor of the State Capitol in Charleston, Va., Monday. Gov. Earl Tomblin announced that the water system is ready to be flushed by zones with safe drinking water after the chemical spill on Jan. 9.

    After spill, water ban lifted for part of W.Va.

    Safe tap water gushed from faucets and shower heads in West Virginia on Monday, a welcome sight and sound for a small fraction of the 300,000 people who have not been able to use running water since a chemical spill five days ago. It could still be days before everyone in the Charleston metropolitan area is cleared to use the water.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Anjelica E. Blair, 22, an Elgin resident, was charged with felony criminal damage to property this week, after police said she took a relative’s car Sunday and used it to repeatedly hit a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Lovell Street. Police reports also said Blair eventually got out of the relative’s car then threw a brick into another car’s windshield.


    Prospect Heights woman charged in hit-and-run

    A 27-year-old Prospect Heights woman is facing charges in connection with a hit-and-run crash that occurred Friday night in Des Plaines, authorities said. Karolina Maculewicz was charged this weekend with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident — both felonies, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

    John Dini

    Former Des Plaines alderman John Dini dies

    A former Des Plaines alderman known for community involvement ranging from little league baseball umpire to organizer in local Republican party politics has died. John Dini, 60, served as alderman of Des Plaines’ sixth ward from 1981 to 1985, and also served as the city’s director of emergency management in the 1980s and early 1990s.


    Probation for man charged in Elk Grove street racing death

    A Melrose Park man pleaded guilty to aggravated street racing that led to a fatal 2012 accident in Elk Grove Village, court records show. In exchange for Robert T. Wayzer’s guilty plea to the class four felony, the 27-year-old was sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to pay $689 in fines, court records show. The accident, which occurred shortly after midnight on Sept. 13, 2012 in the 1800...

    Jacob Fox

    Thrown cigarette butt leads to drug charges

    A passenger who threw a lit cigarette butt from a vehicle — an action now illegal in Illinois — resulted in multiple drug charges against the driver in Lake Villa, police said.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Mona A. Gabnay, 41, of Elburn, was charged with aggravated assault, obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest at 1:13 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Chestnut Street, Batavia, according to a police report.

    Nathan Rojas, left, and Evan Dunbar, both 7 and from Libertyville, play a game of “Chutes and Ladders” on Monday during an after-school program called Games Galore at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville.

    No electronics allowed at Libertyville after-school game program

    When you mention games to kids these days, they’d probably think of the electronic variety. But not at Rockland Elementary School’s after-school program called Games Galore.


    Mental health database checks for gun owners

    A state database unveiled Monday will collect information designed to keep people with mental health problems from having access to guns, just a week after residents began applying for licenses to carry concealed weapons in Illinois, the last state in the nation to allow it.

    John Blair, left, executive director of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office Intelligence Center, consults with officer John Slepski last week about a firearms background check Slepski is performing at the center.

    Local authorities overwhelmed by gun applications

    More than 1,000 requests for concealed carry gun permits are pouring in each day in the nation’s last state to allow the practice, sparking concerns among Illinois law enforcement officials that they might fall behind on weeding out applicants with a history of violence.


    5 apply to be GOP national committeeman

    Five men, including former DuPage County Board chairman Robert Schillerstrom, have applied to fill the Republican national committeeman post left open after Rich Williamson died last month.


    U of I considers 1.7 percent tuition increase

    University of Illinois trustees later this month will consider raising tuition 1.7 percent for next school year. The proposal would raise the cost of a year of tuition for in-state students to $12,036 in Urbana-Champaign, $10,584 in Chicago and $9,405 in Springfield.

    Across the suburbs last week, cars got stuck in snow and fishtailed on icy streets.

    Improve your winter driving IQ

    Marni's skid into a snowbank and subsequent tire blowout is your gain as experts talk about winter driving - dispensing advice and exposing myths. Plus, readers vent about rail crossings, free Ventra event and Midway traffic.

    Jason S. Elders

    Firefighter put on leave after being accused of hitting woman

    Jason Elders, of St. Charles, a part-time firefighter accused of beating up a woman at a Christmas party near St. Charles, has been placed on unpaid leave from the Carpentersville Fire Department, an official confirmed Monday. Elders is also a part-time firefighter in West Dundee.


    Chicago student dies in fall from San Diego cliff

    Authorities say a woman who attended the University of Illinois at Chicago fell to her death while posing for a photo on a beachside cliff in San Diego.

    Sister Mary Frances McLaughlin

    Carmel Catholic High School names interim president

    Carmel Catholic High School officials have named Sister Mary Frances McLaughlin as the Mundelein school’s interim president.


    Barrington Relay for Life Kickoff Jan. 16

    Relay For Life of Barrington will hold its 2014 Kickoff Party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Francesca’s Famiglia Restaurant, 100 E. Station St. in Barrington. Everyone in the greater Barrington area is invited to help start efforts to raise funds to find a cure for cancer through this year’s Relay For Life event. In 2013, the Barrington Relay raised $322,000 for the American Cancer Society and...


    Photo Meet-ups at Cook County forest preserves

    The Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting its second year of Photo Meet-ups designed for photographers of all skill levels, from beginners to experts. Each event will take place at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at one of the forest preserves’ nature centers.


    Seven Good Shepherd doctors named top in region

    Seven physicians from Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Lake Barrington were recognized among Chicago’s 2014 “Top Doctors” in the January issue of Chicago Magazine. They are Barry Altshuler, Mary B. Collins and Diane Fondriest in Pediatrics; Bonnie Bremer, Melinda Einfalt and Joseph Fojtik in Internal Medicine; and David Crandall in OB-GYN.


    Hanover Twp., Harbor Freight Tools to host job fair

    Hanover Township will host a hiring event Jan. 29 for Harbor Freight Tools, a retailer of auto and power tools. The California-based company is looking for more than 40 employees for its Hanover Park location, slated to open in spring 2014.


    Lake County aging forum

    The Lake County Legislative Forum on Aging and Disability is set for Friday, Jan. 17, starting with registration at 8:30 a.m., at the Libertyville Senior Center, 135 W. Church St., Libertyville, a news release stated.


    Rondout presentation on creating a digital culture

    Eric Salcedo, of the Illinois Attorney General’s office, will present Creating a Digital Culture within Our Communities, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the multipurpose room at Rondout Elementary School, 28593 North Bradley Road.


    Entrepreneur workshop for veterans

    A veterans entrepreneurship fair will be hold from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Computer Systems Institute Gurnee campus, 5330 Grand Ave.


    District 200 asking residents for input on schools’ future

    Residents with ideas about what the future should be like for Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200’s 20 schools and more than 13,000 students will get the chance to be heard this week during the first of six community engagement sessions. The initial session is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Monroe Middle School, 1855 Manchester Road, Wheaton. It’s part of the...


    Mt. Prospect hires consultant to help planning process

    Mount Prospect leaders will hold a pair of meetings in coming weeks to identify a new list of strategic goals for the village. As part of the process, the village has hired a professional facilitator to, in the words of Mayor Arlene Juracek, help yield an “actionable strategic plan.”

    Naperville Park District will hold three open houses in January to gather public input about what should be included in the indoor activity center it plans to build by fall 2016 at 1760 Quincy Avenue.

    Park district seeks activity center ideas from Naperville residents

    Residents who will use Naperville Park District’s indoor activity center of the future are invited to three open houses this month to share ideas about which amenities they would like the facility to include. Basketball courts, a walking track and a basic fitness center definitely will be included, but past that, the park district is open to suggestions for the $20 million facility to be built at...

    DuPage County Health Department officials say the hot tub has reopened at LA Fitness along Freedom Drive in Naperville. The tub was closed for roughly two months after two men who used the spa were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.

    Hot tub reopens at Naperville fitness club after Legionnaires’ scare

    The hot tub at a fitness club in Naperville has reopened after being closed for more than two months because of two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease. DuPage County Health Department officials on Oct. 23 shut down the hot tub at the LA Fitness along Freedom Drive in Naperville when they learned that two adult men who used the spa were diagnosed with the illness, which is a severe form of...

    Matthew Palma plays with Stephanie Dana-Schmidt during a play therapy session at school in West Palm Beach, Fla. Matthew attended play sessions as part of Primary Project, which screens 3,000 kindergarten and first-graders in Palm Beach County each year through a one-page assessment completed by teachers. Matthew’s mom says his confidence improved dramatically and the now fifth grader isnít afraid to talk to adults or raise his hand in class.

    Controversy plagues school mental health screening

    As stories about increasing school violence dominate headlines, experts say many teens are struggling with untreated mental illness. Yet, school officials around the country are themselves grappling with the best way to offer mental health services in a patchwork, underfunded system.

    Gibby’s Wine Den in Geneva is seeking submissions for its upcoming Bacchus Greets the Arts event. Artists who would like to display and sell their artwork can contact Gibby’s to participate in the March 14 event, which is in its eighth year.

    Adult ‘snow day’ at Gibby’s pairs wine with chocolate

    The kids had a snow day earlier this month -- now it's the adults' turn. Gibby’s Wine Den along Randall Road in Geneva has paired up with Graham's Chocolates to hold an “adult snow day” at 7 p.m. Feb. 1. The event will pair hand-dipped chocolates with fine wines.

    Naperville therapist Tammy Daniele wrote her children’s book, “I Love You Penelope Rose,” to help children whose parents are going through a divorce.

    Naperville therapist writes book to help kids experiencing parents’ divorce

    Tanny Daniele - a therapist, mediator, child specialist and parent coordinator in Naperville - has written a children's book, "I Love You Penelope Rose," for kids whose parents are3 going through divorce.


    Winter storm tab costs Illinois $14 million

    Last week’s bitter temperatures and snow cost the state of Illinois about $14 million. That’s according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Patti Thompson.The Illinois Department of Transportation’s costs accounted for much of the expenditure.

    Matthew Palma plays with Stephanie Dana-Schmidt during a play therapy session at school in West Palm Beach, Fla. Matthew attended play sessions as part of Primary Project, which screens 3,000 kindergarten and first-graders in Palm Beach County each year through a one-page assessment completed by teachers.

    Controversy plagues school mental health screening

    After his father was diagnosed with cancer, a 15-year-old Champaign, Ill., teen started skipping school, erupting in angry outbursts, yelling at teachers and punching holes in walls or retreating to his room paralyzed by an overwhelming sadness. When the teen’s assistant principal approached him a few months ago about seeking help for mental illness, the student initially declined, saying he...

    The Supreme Court cast doubt Monday on President Barack Obama's use of a provision of the Constitution to make temporary appointments to high-level positions over the objection of Senate Republicans.

    High court skeptical of Obama recess appointments

    The Supreme Court cast doubt Monday on President Barack Obama's use of a provision of the Constitution to make temporary appointments to high-level positions over the objection of Senate Republicans.

    Nicole R. Jacobsen

    Trial for former Mundelein-area teacher delayed again

    The trial of a Mundelein-area teacher accused of molesting a student in 2010 was again delayed in Lake County court Monday. Nicole Jacobsen, now 42, remains free on $50,000 bail after allegedly molesting a student at West Oak Middle School in Mundelein. The delay was requested to give authorities time to schedule a sex offender evaluation.

    The Swedish research team practices before the operations to transplant wombs at the Sahlgrenska Hospital in Goteborg, Sweden. Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant.

    Swedish doctors transplant wombs into 9 women

    Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant, the doctor in charge of the pioneering project has revealed.The women were born without a uterus or had it removed because of cervical cancer. Most are in their 30s and are part of the first major experiment to test whether it’s possible to transplant wombs into women so...

    Amid the initial wave of leaks by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials arranged closed-door briefings with lawmakers in a bid to contain the damage.

    Spy agencies, attorney fiercely defend surveillance programs revealed by Snowden

    Amid the initial wave of leaks by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials arranged closed-door briefings with lawmakers in a bid to contain the damage. As tensions rose in a session with members of the House of Representatives, Robert Litt, the intellignce community’s top lawyer, showed his pique:


    Dawn Patrol: Five people shot in Elgin; Cubby Bear North closes

    Dawn Patrol:Five shot in Elgin. Baby sugar glider stolen from S. Elgin pet shop. Leukemia foundation sponsors kids’ party in Addison. Cubby Bear reportedly closed in Lincolnshire. Items too close to water heater cause Aurora fire. Hossa helps Hawks beat Oilers. Bears fire 2 assistants, but Tucker will be back.

    A baby sugar glider was stolen last week from Critters Pet Shop in South Elgin. The 2-month-old marsupial likely won’t survive without its mother because it hasn’t been weaned yet, a store employee says.

    Weekend in Review: Animal stolen from pet store; ‘Hustle’ tops Globes
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Friends say Lombard woman charged in husband's murder is delusional; baby marcupial stolen from South Elgin pet store; keep good eye on your pets - it's coyote season; Santas award lump of coal to Warner Bros.; Lake County juvenile justice center to expand; 'American Hustle' wins big at Golden Globes; Hawks win despite Kane's head-scratching goal; Bears...

    Darrell Echols

    Former actor, 22-year educator hired as Metea principal

    The man chosen to be the second principal at Metea Valley High School in Aurora began his career an actor, but for the past 22 years, Darrell Echols has played the role of educator. Echols, 49, is set to succeed retiring Metea principal Jim Schmid, pending Indian Prairie Unit District 204 school board approval Monday. “I’m about two things and that’s student learning and excellence,” Echols said.


    Wheeling’s Deanna Kuzmanic drives the lane for layup, splitting two Highland Park defenders. Kuzmanic commited to Alabama-Birmingham last month.

    Deanna Kuzmanic connects with coach Norton, Birmingham

    Deanna Kuzmanic always dreamed of playing basketball at the Division I level. But she never dreamed she’d do it in Alabama. At the University of Birmingham at Alabama to be exact. That’s the school which received a verbal commitment last month from the Wheeling junior standout guard. “When I was looking at colleges that interested me, no schools near Alabama even came across my mind,” said Kuzmanic, who scored the 1,000 points of her high school career ten days ago. “Honestly, I knew almost nothing about the University of Alabama at Birmingham before my recruiting process began.”

    Andrew Shaw looks to pass during a game against Minnesota in October. Shaw had a big night Sunday against Edmonton in a 5-3 Hawks victory.

    Shaw’s impressive night could lead to permanent promotion with Blackhawks

    Andrew Shaw has been his harshest critic lately. Not scoring on even a semi-regular basis, not being your usual feisty self will do that to a guy. Playing on the second line alongside Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad for the first time Sunday against Edmonton proved to be just the tonic.


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


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


    Nee, Wauconda edge Lakes

    Lauren Nee scored a game-high 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and Wauconda’s girls basketball team captured a 38-32 win over host Lakes in North Suburban Prairie Division action Monday night.Wauconda (8-6, 3-2) also received 12 points from Natalie Harding, who hit a pair of 3s. Nee and Amber Head grabbed 7 rebounds apiece, while Dani Sturm pulled down six. Nee dished out 2 assists, a well.Lakes (3-15, 1-4) was led by Ellie Haviland’s 12 points. Sam Ney scored 9 points, including a 3-pointer.

    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, left, battles Washington Wizards forward Nene during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Chicago.

    Bulls fail to reach .500 against Wizards

    The Bulls got off to a slow start and never recovered against Washington on Monday. The Wizards shot 52 percent from the field and snapped the Bulls' five-game win streak with a 102-88 victory at the United Center.


    Bulls’ Noah: Postgame comments just ‘how I feel’

    Joakim Noah gave a passionate talk about not giving up on this season adn playing hard for the common fan of Chicago. But he downplayed his role as a team leader among the Bulls.

    Wisconsin freshman Nigel Hayes, left, drives against Iowa’s Zach McCabe during the first half of the Jan. 5 game in Madison, Wis.

    Freshmen helping No. 3 Wisconsin roll

    Two talented freshmen have exceeded expectations for Wisconsin, quelling coach Bo Ryan’s preseason concerns by helping the undefeated Badgers climb to a No. 3 ranking. On a team that has just one senior in the rotation, freshmen Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig have come on to help the Badgers to a 16-0 start, the best in school history.

    Victoria Azarenka holds an ice pack to her face during a break in her first-round match against Johanna Larsson on Tuesday at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

    Azarenka, Federer advance as heat wave arrives in Australia

    Roger Federer kept his cool on a scorching second day at the Australian Open, starting his record 57th consecutive Grand Slam tournament with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory in his first match with Stefan Edberg as a coach. Two-time defending women’s champion Victoria Azarenka played the previous match on the center court at Melbourne Park and said it felt “pretty hot, like you’re dancing in a frying pan or something like that.”

    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com Lisle's Courtney O'Connell, left, goes after a loose ball with Seneca's Mallory Misener in girls basketball action on Monday in Lisle.

    Frustrating loss for Lisle

    With a pair of Interstate Eight Conference heavyweights squaring off Monday night, one school had a great chance to claim a statement victory.


    Teams lookng to impress for playoff seeding

    It’s never too early to look ahead to the playoffs.

    Geneva’s Grace Ginsberg competes on the balance beam against St. Charles co-op Monday in Geneva.

    Geneva keeps hitting new heights

    Geneva recognized seniors Dominique Brognia and Claire Scatterday during Monday’s crucial Upstate Eight Conference meet against St. Charles co-op. Its prized freshman, Claire Ginsberg, broke a school record. All in all, it was an unforgettable night for the Vikings, who used an incredibly good effort on beam to cruise past St. Charles co-op, 146.2 to 142.5.


    Two soccer stantouts among 2014 STC Harrison recipients
    Their names are Gary Cole, Chris Hagemann, Rod Osborne and Brian Rogers, and they’re the 2014 inductees to the St. Charles East Fighting Saints’ Hall of Fame. The Jodie Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award recipients will be honored prior to Saturday’s 6 p.m. boys basketball game between St. Charles North and St. Charles East.


    New pool a big deal for Glenbard North/East co-op

    One high school swimming program in DuPage County has taken a major step forward and another may have exciting news in the near future.

    The Cubs' new mascot, Clark the Cub visits Monday night with kids at Advocate Illinois Masonic's Pediatric Development Center.

    Big news! Cubs announce ... a mascot?

    The Cubs didn't announce the signing of a major player Monday, but they did say they' hired the first team mascot in modern team history. "Clark," described by the team's marketing department as "young, friendly Cub," will be a presence at Wrigley Field this year. Perhaps worried about negative fan reaction, team marketers say the mascot will not be overly obtrusive during games.

    Photos from the Seneca at Lisle girls basketball game Monday, Jan. 13.

    Images: Seneca at Lisle girls basketball
    Lisle High School hosted Seneca High School Monday, Jan. 13 for girls basketball.

    Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich drives between Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, and Nene, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Chicago.

    Bulls can’t conjure up a win at home

    John Wall and Nene had 19 points apiece, Trevor Ariza scored 16 and the Washington Wizards beat the Bulls 102-88 on Monday night at United Center.The Wizards led by 13 early in the fourth quarter and hung on after Chicago made one final push, snapping the Bulls’ five-game win streak.Nene scored eight points in the final period and Bradley Beal came on strong down the stretch to finish with 13. He hit a jumper and 3-pointer during a nine-point run that bumped Washington’s lead to 96-82 with about 3 minutes left after Chicago pulled within five.Wall scored four points during that spurt and had seven assists in the game.Ariza hit a trio of 3-pointers and the Wizards came away with the win after dropping five of seven. Carlos Boozer scored 19 for Chicago and Joakim Noah grabbed 16 rebounds, but with a chance to reach .500 for the first time since November, the Bulls came up short. They also lost for the first time since trading Luol Deng to Cleveland last week, after winning three without him.Washington had no trouble getting inside in the early going and shot 59 percent while building a 56-43 halftime lead.The Bulls jumped right back into it to start the third quarter, tightening their defense while scoring the first eight points.Boozer capped it with a finger roll after Beal missed an easy layup, making it a five-point game.The Bulls were within four when Trevor Booker scored and Ariza and Martell Webster hit consecutive 3-pointers to push Washington’s lead back to double digits at 73-61 with 2:49 left in the third. With Chicago offering little resistance, the Wizards had no trouble converting early on.They opened the game on an 8-0 run that Marcin Gortat punctuated with a hard, running dunk on Boozer and were up 36-21 early in the second after back-to-back jumpers by Beal.Ariza hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 11 in the first half. Wall added 10 points, including a driving layup and two free throws in the final 31 seconds of the second quarter.

    South Elgin graduate Becca Smith, now a sophomore at Loyola University in Chicago, had a career-high 25 points Sunday in a win over Missouri State.

    South Elgin grad Smith picks up her game at Loyola

    South Elgin graduate Becca Smith had a little coming out party recently. Smith, now a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard on the Division I Loyola University-Chicago women’s basketball team, exploded for a career-best 25 points in the Ramblers’ 63-61 Missouri Valley Conference victory over Missouri State on Sunday.

    Dundee-Crown’s Lauren Lococo (12) looks to find a way around Burlington Central’s Sam Pryor during the Charger Classic at D-C.

    Big Tuesday night on tap in Fox Valley

    It may not qualify as “rivalry night” across the board but it most definitely is an interesting and busy Tuesday around the Fox Valley in girls basketball. There are two rivalry games on tap — Bartlett at Streamwood and Dundee-Crown at Jacobs — as well as three other games that should draw some fan interest, one of which could have some conference implications to it.

    San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers watches from the sidelines in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s playoff loss to the Denver Broncos.

    Chargers’ playoff loss a microcosm of season

    The San Diego Chargers can feel good about overachieving and making it to the divisional playoffs when hardly anyone thought they’d make the postseason under rookie coach Mike McCoy. They also go into the offseason kicking themselves a bit over lost opportunities.

    Ilya Kovalchuk walked away from the New Jersey Devils — and $77 million — to play back home in Russia.

    Former NHL star has no regrets about walking away from millions

    Ilya Kovalchuk took his talents — a rare blend of skill, speed and strength — home to Russia last summer. nd it doesn’t sound as if Kovalchuk has any regrets about his abrupt retirement from the NHL. The 30-year-old Kovalchuk likes life in Russia, where he can spend more time with his family while playing for SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League.

    Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly talks with reporters as he and his teammates clean out their lockers on Monday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

    Panthers think they’re on verge of something special

    One day after the getting bounced from the NFL playoffs, the Carolina Panthers turned their attention to doing something no other team in franchise history has done: reach the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.

    Saints quarterback Drew Brees runs off the field during the second quarter of Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the Seahawks in Seattle.

    Brees says he’ll be flexible to help Saints win

    After leading the Saints to a fourth playoff appearance in five seasons, Drew Brees expressed confidence in the direction of his team and, perhaps more importantly, showed a willingness to listen to contract proposals if the team needs his help getting under the NFL’s salary cap.

    The White Sox on Monday signed left fielder Dayan Viciedo to a one-year contract.

    White Sox sign Viciedo to 1-year deal

    The White Sox avoided salary arbitration with Dayan Viciedo on Monday, agreeing to a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the left fielder.

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) stands with his team during the closing minutes of Saturday’s playoff loss to the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.

    Luck sees bright future after playoff loss

    QB Andrew Luck heads into the offseason with a bit of optimism. The Colts, he figures, are off to a good start. If he can clean things up in the postseason, well, the future looks even brighter for one of the league’s youngest teams.

    Quarterback Tom Brady runs off the field after the Patriots routed the Colts in Saturday’s playoff game in Foxborough, Mass.

    Brady embraces underdog role in AFC title game

    It’s been seven years since the Patriots were underdogs in a postseason game. So Tom Brady isn’t wasting a chance to embrace that role now. If that motivational tactic is good enough for the star quarterback, it’s good enough for his teammates.

    Guard Nik Stauskas has emerged as perhaps Michigan’s best all-around player.

    Stauskas handling more responsibility at Michigan

    Sophomore Nik Stauskas is averaging a team-high 17.4 points per game, and he leads the Wolverines in assists. He is shooting 46 percent from 3-point range and has shown an ability to get to the basket that is resulting in more trips to the free throw line.

    Tom Thibodeau directs his team against the Charlotte Bobcats during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. The Bulls won 103-97.

    ?Bulls can’t afford to lose Thibodeau Bulls are playing with fire

    The Bulls relationship with Tom Thibodeau is so strained that it's desitned to end sooner than later. There's one significant reason, among many, that they'll miss him more than he'll miss them.

    Although he beat the Seahawks in San Francisco, the 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick have struggled on their last two road trips to Seattle,committing seven turnovers en route to being outscored 71-16 in those games.

    49ers gear up for tough trip to hostile Seattle

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers have conquered the bitter cold of Green Bay and the travails of a cross-country flight to Carolina. Now they face their toughest test yet to get back to the Super Bowl: the deafening noise of Seattle’s 12th man home crowd and that swarming Seahawks defense that thoroughly shut down the reigning NFC champion Niners in Week 2.“Our team has been in a lot of good primers, been through a lot of situations, been through tough environments, whether it be weather or opposing stadiums,” coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. “This team has been in a lot of situations. Been everywhere, man. Just like something from a Johnny Cash song, ‘We’ve been everywhere man.’”In what has emerged as arguably the NFL’s best rivalry, San Francisco is on an impressive roll riding an eight-game winning streak as it returns to the Pacific Northwest for Sunday’s NFC title game — the 49ers’ third in as many years.It’s the trip everyone has envisioned for months now since it became clear Seattle would win the NFC West and secure the No. 1 seed.“Long story short: They know us, we know them,” linebacker NaVorro Bowman said. “We got to go there. We all know the history. But this is the Super Bowl. Everything is on the line. That says it all. We’re ready. That’s all it comes down to.”The 49ers (14-4) have committed seven turnovers and been outscored 71-16 in their last two trips to Seattle, including an embarrassing 29-3 defeat in September.The memory of those visits stings. Yet a lot has changed in four months since San Francisco last traveled some 800 miles up the Pacific Coast to face its archrival, such as the 49ers’ 19-17 victory against the Seahawks last month at Candlestick Park. That game showed this team it can go back to Seattle this time and leave with a different result even if it thunders and rains all afternoon.“Oh, man, this is everything. We’ve worked hard,” linebacker Ahmad Brooks said. “Now we need to capitalize on what we’ve been doing all year.”Be prepared from some high-octane trash talking from both sides — and even from that raucous, tremor-causing home crowd. Seattle’s secondary loves to chirp, and 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin has been talking after the play at any chance in recent weeks.“It’s playoff football. It gets chippy between two great teams,” right guard Alex Boone said. “I wouldn’t expect anything less.” Kaepernick improved to 4-1 in the postseason — 3-0 on the road — with Sunday’s 23-10 victory at Carolina, and Harbaugh became the first coach since the NFL’s 1970 merger to lead his team to the NFC title game in each of his first three years.Kaepernick will look to bounce back from a forgettable September performance at CenturyLink Field.San Francisco lost two fumbles and Kaepernick threw three interceptions in Week 2. On Dec. 23, 2012, a 42-13 Seattle home win, Kaepernick had an interception and the Niners lost a fumble.“We’re a different team than we were the first time we played them up there,” Kaepernick said. “We have a lot of key playmakers back and we’re ready to go.”Three of those are Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. The addition of Crabtree to the mix since his Dec. 1 return from a six-month recovery from Achilles tendon surgery has changed San Francisco’s offense and passing game. Frank Gore’s ability to run the 49ers right back to a second straight Super Bowl will play a big part in the outcome Sunday, too. He rushed for 84 yards on 17 carries facing a Carolina front seven among the best in football, but was held to 16 yards on nine carries at Seattle on Sept. 15.Safety Donte Whitner speaks of the need to “take it away from them” in Seattle, where the Seahawks opened as 3-point favorites and the line moved to 3½ points Monday.

    Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal cries as he holds the trophy for world player of the year at the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

    Ronaldo named world’s best soccer player

    Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t hide how much it meant to him, finally being voted the world’s best soccer player again.

    Ken Whisenhunt was San Diego’s offensive coordinator this season.

    Titans hire Whisenhunt as new coach

    The Tennessee Titans have wrapped up their coaching search by hiring San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach. Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith says he looks forward to seeing Whisenhunt’s vision of building the Titans into a consistent winner a reality.


    Brust a big part of Badgers’ success

    Ben Brust has helped the country’s No. 4 ranked Division I basketball team make school history. The Wisconsin guard, a former standout for Mundelein, scored a team-high 18 points when the Badgers defeated No. 23 Illinois 95-70 last Wednesday. That win gave Wisconsin a 16-0 record, its best start in school history. Brust is easily the Badgers’ leaders in 3-point baskets. He has 46 (next closest on the team is 21) heading into Tuesday’s game at Indiana.

    Indiana’s Luke Fischer grabs the ball from Syracuse’s Dajuan Coleman during the second half of the Dec. 3 game in Syracuse, N.Y.

    Fischer transfers from Indiana to Marquette

    Center Luke Fischer, who played in 13 games off the bench as a freshman this season for Indiana, has transferred to Marquette.

    Brian VanGorder

    Notre Dame hires defensive coordinator

    Veteran NFL and college coach Brian VanGorder was officially hired as the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame on Monday after spending the past season as linebacker coach for the New York Jets.

    NCAA President Mark Emmert

    Paying athletes a stipend ‘less threatening’ to NCAA members

    NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday that providing a stipend to student-athletes seems less threatening to the schools that earlier knocked down a proposal to increase the value of a scholarship to cover the full cost of attendance. “It seems to be a much less controversial notion today than it was 18 months ago,” Emmert said of the stipend proposal.

    Stevenson senior winger Jared Projansky recently became the Patriots’ all-time leading goal scorer.

    Stevenson’s Projansky takes pro-active approach to scoring

    Jared Projansky skated into the Stevenson history books Dec. 14 with an awe-inspiring, eye-popping, record-setting show as the host Patriots blanked Barrington 8-0 at the Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove. The senior scored at 4:32 of the first period, the 86th goal of his two-year career, breaking the Stevenson record held by Greg Rachke (2007-2010). Projansky finished the game with 5 goals and added 3 assists, giving him 168 career points, surpassing Rachke’s school record of 161. And Projansky is now 5 assists away from the Stevenson career assists record, held by Grady Suerth.

    This artist’s rendering provided Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, by the Chicago Cubs shows Clark, a new mascot being introduced on Monday for the first time in team history. The team will officially introduce Clark during a visit with children at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Centerís Pediatric Developmental Center in Chicago. The team plans on having Clark greet fans at Wrigley Field before and during games.

    Cubs unveil first mascot: Clark

    The Cubs are introducing a mascot for the first time in the team’s long history. Drawings released by the Cubs on Monday show a young bear wearing a Cubs jersey and a backward blue baseball cap. The mascot is named Clark; the team plays at Wrigley Field, located at Clark and Addison streets on the North Side.

    This Oct. 1, 2013, file photo shows New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez arrivng at the offices of Major League Baseball in New York. Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players’ union Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was “clear and convincing evidence” he used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport’s drug investigation.

    A-Rod sues MLB, wants drug ban overturned

    Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players’ union Monday, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was “clear and convincing evidence” he used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport’s drug investigation.


    Mike North video: A-Rod should just go away
    Tony Bosch’s revelations about Alex Rodriguez are so damaging, Mike North wishes A-Rod would just accept his punishment and go away.


    A Southwest Airlines flight that was scheduled to arrive Sunday at Branson Airport in southwest Missouri instead landed at an airport 7 miles north — with a runway about half the size of the intended destination.

    Pilots grounded after landing at wrong airport

    The pilots of a Southwest Airlines flight that originated at Chicago's Midway Airport and mistakenly landed at the wrong Missouri airport were grounded Monday, less than a day after they touched down at a small airfield that gave them only half as much room as normal to stop the jet.

    This Jan. 23, 2013, file photo shows a poor air quality sign is posted over a highway in Salt Lake City. A new government report released Jan. 13, 2014, says energy-related carbon dioxide pollution increased slightly in 2013 after declining for several years in a row.

    U.S. carbon pollution up 2 percent in 2013

    Energy-related carbon dioxide pollution grew by 2 percent last year after declining several years in a row, a government report said Monday. The increase was largely due to a small boost in coal consumption by the electric power industry, according to the study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    U.S. stocks fell Monday, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index toward its biggest loss in two months, amid concern over valuations after benchmark indexes rallied to all-time highs in 2013.

    Stocks slump the most in two months on Wall Street

    The stock market had its worst day of the year so far, extending a January slump. Stocks dropped Monday as falling oil prices pushed down energy stocks. The prospect of the Federal Reserve further cutting back on its economic stimulus also weighed on the market.

    Host Jacob Soboroff is seen on the set of “YouTube Nation,” a five-minute program that will post weekdays at 8 p.m. Central Time starting Tuesday.

    What’s on YouTube? ‘YouTube Nation’ lets you know

    How do you cope with an exploding world of YouTube video? Starting Tuesday, you can get help by visiting “YouTube Nation.” The video-sharing website has teamed with DreamWorks Animation to create this daily highlight reel of brand-new, trending and yet-to-be-discovered content.

    The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 debuts at media previews during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Monday. The Corvette Stingray received the car of the year award.

    Chevy sweep: Corvette, Silverado take show awards

    General Motors’ Chevrolet brand swept the North American Car of the Year and North American Truck/Utility of the Year on Monday, giving the resurgent Detroit automaker another boost at the beginning of the Motor City’s annual auto show.

    Deerfield-based Beam, the maker of Jim Beam and Marker’s Mark alcohol brands, has agreed to be acquired by Japan’s Suntory Holdings Ltd. for approximately $13.62 billion.

    Deerfield-based spirits maker Beam for $13.62 billion

    Deerfield-based Beam, the maker of classic American liquors such as Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, has agreed to be purchased by a Japanese company in a $13.62 billion deal that would create the third largest global premium spirits business.


    Tyson Foods recalls 33,000 pounds of chicken product

    Tyson Foods is recalling nearly 34,000 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products that may be contaminated with a strain of salmonella.The U.S. Department of Agriculture saidin a news release the product was not sold in retail stores. It was produced on Oct. 11 and shipped nationwide for institutional use.

    Tony Colatorti, owner of Cucina Bella in Algonquin.

    Cucina Bella owner holds a passion for restaurant industry

    An interview with Tony Colatorti, owner of Cucina Bella in Algonquin.Q: Describe what you do. A: I own and operate an Italian family fine dining restaurant.Q: What made you start your business? A: After being in the fast food business I wanted to own my own full service restaurant. I had many family recipes that have been passed down over generations that I wanted to share with everyone. Q: Tell us a little bit about your background.A: I started at age 15 working for Luke’s Beef in Arlington Heights. Eight years later I decided I wanted to own my own Luke’s Beef. I went on to not only own and operate one but to owning 8 Luke’s Beef stands throughout Lake County Illinois.Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business? A: Surviving the recession was my most difficult obstacle in running my business. I didn’t sleep or eat much and didn’t see many paychecks but I was determined to get through it and wasn’t going to allow closing my business as an option. My passion for my business is what essentially kept my focus and determined to get through this. I also knew that I had twenty families counting on their job each day and I wasn’t about to let them down.Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business?A: There are many things I enjoy about running my business, first and foremost my customers. Seeing my customers enjoying themselves and coming back week after week, bringing their friends and family in the restaurant is what really makes me happy. Also my staff, having a good strong team makes coming to work enjoyable. Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? A: No, growing up I always wanted to be a police officer. It was my childhood dream. Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be? A: Be ready to work eighty plus hours a week. The restaurant business is not an easy business at all. I haven’t had a New Year’s Eve off in nine years and Valentine’s day “forget about it.” In this type of business you must make many sacrifices working holidays, spending little or no time with family and friends, and taking a small vacation after 5 plus years.Ÿ Every Monday we feature a small, suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact Kim Mikus at kmikus@dailyherald.com.


    Angel group founders share insights, investment criteria

    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall interviews the three co-founders of Naperville-based West Suburban Angels (WSA). The owners share tips.

    Aileen Parks

    Online purse-making business gets celebrity attention

    Kukec's People features Aileen Parks of Lake in the Hills, who has turned a hobby into a business that now reaches celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival, the Primetime Emmys, the Wendy Williams Show and, last weekend, the Golden Globe Awards. Parks hand crafts and custom designs clutch purses for her online business, HYPERLINK "http://www.etsy.com/shop/girlbyaileen"Girl by Aileen.

    John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers of Airbus, left, and Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier, arrive for the annual news conference in Toulouse, southwestern France, Monday.

    Airbus logs record 2013, but still behind Boeing

    After tallying a record number of airplane orders and deliveries last year, Airbus is admittedly facing a high bar in 2014. The European aerospace conglomerate said Monday it delivered 626 planes last year, a company record but still 22 fewer than U.S. rival Chicago-based Boeing Co. The companies, which split the global market for commercial planes, enjoyed a banner year as airlines gobbled up their offerings to renew or build their fleets, cut fuel costs and plan for continued growth in travel.

Life & Entertainment

    Mary Lynn Rajskub, left, and Kiefer Sutherland take part on the panel for “24: Live Another Day” at the FOX Winter 2014 TCA, on Monday at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif.

    '24' returns in May with 12-episode run on Fox

    Jack Bauer is back, and he's on the run in London. Kiefer Sutherland returns as the intrepid counter-terrorist in a 12-episode run of “24: Live Another Day,” debuting with a two-hour show May 5 on Fox. It will take up its regular one-hour slot starting May 12. “I'm about as anxious and wound up as I've been in a long time,” Sutherland said Monday at the Television Critics Association winter meeting.

    Fox's post-Super Bowl party will include Prince making a guest appearance on the comedy “New Girl.”

    Prince to appear on 'New Girl'

    Fox's post-Super Bowl party will include Prince making a guest appearance on the comedy “New Girl.”

    Draw neighbors out of winter hibernation with Soup Night. Purchase bowls at a thrift store or ask neighbors to bring their own.

    Bring people together over a pot, or two, of soup

    One of the first rules of Soup Night is that it's not formal. No table to set or silver to polish. It’s just soup. Guests come as they are and stay for as long as they can. The idea is to reconnect with neighbors and friends and build on those connections. “We didn’t know anyone on the block. We handed out invitations and wanted to see who would show up,” Kate Allen or Aurora recalls. “Five people showed up that first night, but little by little every week it start to catch on. It was cool to see neighbors coming in.”

    Low-fat cream cheese is the surprise ingredient that thickens this Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.

    Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice Soup
    Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup


    Pumpkin Curry Soup
    Pumpkin Curry Soup

    Storey Publishing Edamame Corn Chowder is a hearty offering for Soup Night or any night. Make it vegetarian by using vegetable broth and skipping the bacon.

    Edamame Corn Chowder
    Edmame Corn Chowder

    Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler brought the funny to the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards as they again shared hosting duties.

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: Golden as Globes hosts

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took the gold again. For a second year, these funny ladies were the most-est as co-hosts of NBC's Golden Globes party. Fey explained their return engagement by noting, “This is Hollywood, and if something kind of works they'll just keep doing it until everybody hates it.” Not these returnees, who again presided with seeming effortless sass and hardly a joke off-target.

    Bruce Springsteen’s “High Hopes” album features a collection of covers and leftovers from the last decade.

    Bruce Springsteen explores covers, leftovers

    Bruce Springsteen albums are most often well-constructed, cohesive statements, but “High Hopes” is something different — a collection of covers and leftovers from the last decade or so. As such, it feels like a musical tag sale, albeit one in a very nice neighborhood. Springsteen credits Tom Morello as his muse here, and his snarling, squealing guitar does more than anything to tie everything together. Their duet on a ferocious version of the two decade-old song, “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” is clearly the album’s high point.

    OutKast — Andre Benjamin, right, and Big Boi — is extending their comeback to more than 40 festival dates in 2014.

    OutKast announces more than 40 festival dates

    OutKast’s 20th anniversary comeback is being extended to more than 40 festival dates in 2014. The Grammy Award-winning rap duo announced across its newly launched social media platforms Monday morning that it will play the dates, but not where.


    Strep bacteria can cause a variety of symptoms

    The little girl came in first with vaginal itching, redness and discharge, while her 9-year-old brother followed, complaining of a sore throat. Though number three wasn’t on my schedule, mom asked me to take a look at their brother, who was very crabby and had a mysterious fine pink rash on his torso. It turned out that these children were all exhibiting interesting manifestations of the same common Group A streptococcus bacteria: strep vaginitis, strep throat, and a scarlet fever rash.

    Crews create ?the ultimate escape? out of whatever they find on the land in the new National Geographic Channel reality show ?Building Wild.?

    National Geographic show takes building to extremes

    In National Geographic Channel's new show "Building Wild," builders take a parcel of land in either Vermont or upstate New York and use what's on it — be it woods, apparent junk or, even, remnants of an old ski lift — to create what the show's makers call “the ultimate escape,” a cabin in the wild where one can get away from it all. And it all happens in the span of five days.

    Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o stunned in an orange-red silk column gown with a cape from the Ralph Lauren Collection at the Golden Globes.

    Five to talk about from Golden Globes red carpet

    Let the glam games begin! The Golden Globes marked the start of red carpet season for Hollywood and we’ve got five stars to talk about, though no hot trends surfaced Sunday night around those big dinner tables where the booze flowed and the party vibe was more casual than Oscar or Emmy or Grammy. “What I think you’re seeing is a lack of trends. People are really shooting for individuality,” mused Hal Rubenstein, editor at large for InStyle magazine. “There’s not one color that dominated, not one silhouette, one mood, one neckline.”

    This 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline was brought home to Illinois by Jack Leonard of Tinley Park, a mechanic who previously worked on the automobile.

    Custom Rides Car Show and Expo heats up the winter

    Our surefire cure to heat things up over a long, cold winter is to gather around some vintage and custom iron. We found plenty of hot vehicles to huddle around at the 2014 Custom Rides Car Show and Expo earlier this month at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Justin Bieber has been named as a suspect in a misdemeanor vandalism and assault crime report for allegedly throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home in their gated Calabasas neighborhood Thursday.

    Neighbor accuses Justin Bieber of egging home

    Sheriff’s deputies are investigating Justin Bieber for yet another dispute with a neighbor that could land him in court. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says Bieber has been named as a suspect in a misdemeanor vandalism and assault crime report for allegedly throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home in their gated Calabasas neighborhood Thursday evening.

    Taylor Kitsch, left, plays Michael Murphy, Mark Wahlberg is Marcus Luttrell, Ben Foster plays Matt “Axe” Axelson and Emile Hirsch is Danny Dietz in “Lone Survivor,” which topped this weekend’s box office.

    ‘Lone Survivor’ seals top spot at box office

    “Lone Survivor” triumphed at the weekend box office. The patriotic Navy SEAL drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster smashed expectations to earn $38.5 million domestically in its first weekend in wide release, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Universal film directed by “Friday Night Lights” and “Battleship” filmmaker Peter Berg is based on Marcus Luttrell’s memoir about a dangerous mission his Navy SEAL team embarked on in Afghanistan in 2005.

    A new study shows that taking a month off from drinking alcohol has health benefits for moderate drinkers.

    Your health: Quitting alcohol for a month shows health benefits
    A study finds that giving up alcohol for a month makes you thinner, fitter and helps you sleep.


    Advancing age, blocked nasal passages affect sense of taste
    Q: I’ve lost my sense of taste within the past few months. I take medicine for high blood pressure — could that be the reason?

    Henry Schleiff, left, Group President; Tamron Hall, host of “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall”: Sharon Scott, Executive Vice President of NBC News’ Peacock Productions; and Alicia Kozakiewica, Internet Safety & Awareness Advocate and Founder of the Alicia Project, speak during the Discovery Communications TCA Panel Thursday at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. NBC’s Hall says her work on the series “Deadline Crime” is partly motivated by the feeling that she failed her sister, who was murdered in 2004.

    Sister’s murder drives MSNBC’s Hall

    MSNBC’s Tamron Hall says her anchoring a crime series for Investigation Discovery is partly motivated by the feeling that she failed her sister, who was murdered in 2004 in what remains an unsolved crime.

    Look for cues, such as yawning or rubbing eyes, when setting a bedtime for your child.

    Why your toddler won’t sleep: Body clock may be to blame

    “Just one more story, please?” “I need a glass of water.” “Mom, I can’t sleep!” When youngsters continually struggle to fall asleep at night, new research suggests maybe their body clock doesn’t match their bedtime. The ultimate goal is to help reset a delayed sleep clock so that young children can settle down more easily, she said. Hint: It seems to have a lot to do with light.

    Kody Brown, center, poses with his wives — Robyn, left, Christine, Meri and Janelle — for TLC’s reality series “Sister Wives.” When the polygamous family learned in December 2013 that a federal judge in Utah struck down key parts of the state’s polygamy laws, Brown and his four wives said they cried and felt deeply emotional.

    ‘Sister Wives’ family humbled by polygamy ruling

    There was no fist-pumping or wild celebrations by the polygamous family that stars in the TLC reality TV show “Sister Wives” when a federal judge in Utah struck down key parts of the state’s polygamy laws. In an interview with The Associated Press, Kody Brown and his four wives said they felt humbled and cried when they heard in mid-December the judge ruled in their favor in a lawsuit they brought against Utah in July 2011 after they fled the state for Las Vegas under the threat of prosecution.

    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.



    Editorial: An election system set up to help incumbents

    A Daily Herald editorial argues that election rules should make it easy for candidates to get on the ballot, not unnecessarily hard.


    Follow these tips for injury-free shoveling
    A Crestwood letter to the editor: I want to let local readers know to be careful while shoveling snow. Also, if you have a history of heart problems, consult a family physician before shoveling. Heavy snow requires immense upper body exertion, which when combined with the blood-vessel constriction caused by cold air can cause a cardiovascular event. If you have any coronary disease, do not shovel.


    It wasn’t just weather than killed peacock
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The incident reported in the article from Jan. 9 regarding the peacock that escaped into the cold and later died of its injuries is referred to by park district director Tom Mammoser as “ ... the harsh realities of what this kind of weather can do.”


    Coyote on sidewalk had nowhere to go
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Today, like yesterday, just about noon down the snow-covered sidewalk across our street, a scrawny dog scurried. It didn’t look like your ordinary dog that stopped every so often to sniff.


    Candidates can win without vote majorities
    A Wilmette letter to the editor: There is a problem with primaries that needs even more attention. Maybe there are exceptions somewhere in our country, but if you have a primary with at least three candidates, someone can win the primary without getting a majority of the vote. This is simply wrong.


    Columnist’s ego too big for print?
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: While reading Jim Slusher’s column on Dec. 26, I was struck by his frequent use of “I,” “I’m” or “I’ll” (36 times) and “my” (six times). Could a reader draw any conclusions from this? Does the word “ego” or its derivatives come to mind?


    U.S. should make a deal with Snowden
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I’m in agreement with Richard Cohen that the U.S. should make a deal with Snowden. What I’m not understanding is why people don’t use the word “whistleblower” in reference to his behavior.


    Durbin no help to tornado victims
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I just heard that FEMA is not giving aid to the tornado stricken areas in Illinois. This should not come as a surprise because shortly after Dick Durbin walked through Harrisonburg with his entourage last year, FEMA turned them down.


    Expand concern for fair districts
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I’ve read your editorials lately on “fixing” Illinois political mapping. Unfortunately, you refer only to the boundaries for the House and Senate legislative districts in Illinois. I believe that at our Lake County level, we have the same issues.


    Take a look at third alternative to ACA
    A Big Rock letter to the editor: A recent letter writer tells us, “I don’t understand the joy some of your readers are expressing because the Affordable Care Act got off to a rocky start.” If there was “joy” expressed, I missed it. Please elaborate with specific and accurate quotes.


    Pro-marriage efforts certainly not fizzling
    A letter to the editor: Marriage redefinition didn’t a month ago and still doesn’t have the support that the dominant media want you to believe it does. It is evident in the fact that Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) had to twist arms to get SB 10 to pass in his chamber and by the fact that a good number of Chicago Democrats are running as pro-marriage Democrats.


    Store manager starts her new year off right
    Letter to the editor: Lois Hansen relates a story of a small kindness by the Jewel store manager that really started her new year off right.


    Be a good neighbor to walkers, runners
    Letter to the editor: Mark Stastny implores his neighbors to clear their walks of snow after a storm. "Have you noticed footprints in the snow?" he asks. "Those tracks are from people like me who stay active and walk, run or walk their pets, no matter the cold and the conditions."


    Meacham Road vote should favor us, not them
    Letter to the editor: Becky Booth challenges the Rolling Meadows city council to do the right thing for their hometown when they vote on the Meacham Road project Jan. 14.


    Thank you, all you shovelers out there!
    Letter to the editor: A grateful Paula Matzek of Mount Prospect writes to express gratitude for the homeowners, businesses, municipalities, and agencies who have been shoveling their sidewalks following recent snowfalls.


    Township grateful for contributions
    Letter to the editor: "Barrington Township is grateful to the many contributors to our Food Pantry and the giving of other items to those in need during the holiday season," writes Gene Dawson, supervisor of Barrington Township.


    Madigan a prime example of ‘political class’
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Madigan and his flunkies will fund the unfunded portion of the pension system by reducing the benefits of current and retired teachers, the very working people who dutifully and in full good faith are paying out, or have paid out, week after week over their careers to fund the funded part of the system!


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