Daily Archive : Tuesday January 14, 2014


    Students from Clare Woods Academy recently painted wooden birdhouses to hang on a tree in Wheaton’s Martin Memorial Plaza, where they will be on display until early March.

    Clare Woods Academy students paint birdhouses for downtown Wheaton tree

    Students from Clare Woods Academy recently painted some wooden birdhouses and hung them on a tree in Wheaton’s Martin Memorial Plaza, where they will be on display until early March.


    Durbin: Fermi and Argonne labs fare well in budget proposal

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin Tuesday touted federal money for Fermilab in Batavia and Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont that’s included in a budget proposal before Congress. Durbin said the plan would send $797 million to an account in Fermilab’s Office of Science that provides for 90 percent of the lab’s funding. And the lab would get $169 million for other projects and building upgrades on the...

    Bruce Rauner

    Rauner joins GOP governor Daily Herald forum

    The four Republican candidates for governor plan to attend a Daily Herald and ABC 7 forum on business issues Thursday. Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner of Winnetka joined the lineup today. Previously, Rauner had declined to attend, but his campaign contacted the organizers to ask if he still could participate. State Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and...


    Judge gives Chicago 6 months to OK gun sales law

    The city of Chicago, which has fought for decades to keep guns out of the hands of its residents, now must craft an ordinance within 180 days that will allow gun stores to open there, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Edward E. Chang granted the city's request for the delay, a small victory for a city that has lost a series of recent legal battles in its efforts to keep guns out.


    Land of ‘beauty and fertility’ attracted Easterners here

    Like Maria in the recent revival of “The Sound of Music,” Daisy Daniels “began at the very beginning” when she wrote her history of Arlington Heights called “Prairieville, U.S.A.” She described the land it as a "vast expanse of prairie land mostly treeless except for groves of trees, like islands, which were found near creeks, rivers and lakes.”

    Mya Lyons

    Trial begins in death of Addison 9-year-old

    Trial began Tuesday for Richard Lyons, of Chicago, charged in the 2008 stabbing death of his 9-year-old daughter Mya Lyons, of Addison. Prosecutors painted Lyons, 45, as a manipulative killer who put on a “show” to divert suspicion from himself. Defense attorney Andrea Webber rejected that assertion, saying her client was not responsible for Mya's tragic death.

    Aurora police continue to investigate the Monday evening shooting death of a man inside the La Torta restaurant on the 800 block of North Lake Street.

    Aurora cops still probing two unrelated shooting deaths

    Aurora police on Tuesday were continuing to investigate a pair of unrelated homicides that took place within an hour of each other Monday night on the city's west side.


    Police tell 80-year old: stop shooting down icicles

    An 80-year-old Kane County man was asked by police to stop using a handgun to rid his house of icicles late last week, authorities said. Kane County Sheriff's Police responded to a call about gunfire on the 6N300 block of Essex Avenue in unincorporated Kane County at around 9 a.m. on Friday said spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler.


    Housing for disabled could come to Prospect Heights

    Co-presidents of a task force seeking housing in the suburbs for people with mental illness and other disabilities made their case to the Prospect Heights City Council this week. Although the group has had preliminary talks about a specific piece of property in the city, it is not committed to any site, said Hugh Brady, co-president of The North/Northwest Suburban Task Force On Supportive Housing...

    Sandra Lopez

    Inappropriate conduct by Lake County courthouse guards alleged

    The defense attorney for a Gurnee woman convicted of armed robbery inside a Park City mobile home in 1999 is requesting a new trial because two courthouse security guard trainees acted inappropriately during her October trial.

    Parents and others discuss the status of Davis Richmond School in St. Charles, at a workshop that will help develop a court-mandated school improvement plan.

    District 303 starts work on Davis Richmond school improvement plan

    Parents and others started working on a court-mandated school improvement plan Tuesday for Davis Richmond School, the subject of a controversial merger.

    Thirteen-year-old Kimberly Macias cries as she sees schoolmates at a vigil for the victims Tuesday in Roswell, N.M.

    Vigil draws hundreds after New Mexico shooting

    A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said.

    French President Francois Hollande’s complex personal life — and what it means to be the first lady in modern society — received a full airing as he answered questions for the first time since a tabloid reported he was having an affair with an actress.

    French president admits problems in personal life

    French President Francois Hollande conceded Tuesday that he is going through “painful moments” with his companion, who was hospitalized after a magazine reported that he is secretly having an affair with a movie actress.

    An Egyptian woman inks her finger after casting her vote at a polling station in Cairo Tuesday.

    Egypt vote lays bare sharp, post-coup divisions

    A referendum on a new constitution laid bare the sharp divisions in Egypt six months after the military removed the elected Islamist president, with pro-army voters lining up Tuesday outside polling stations, singing patriotic songs, kissing images of Egypt’s top officer and sharing upbeat hopes for their troubled nation.

    Leonardo DiCaprio appears as Jordan Belfort in a scene from “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Moviegoers in Dubai say they were disappointed by Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest film because it hadn’t gone far enough depicting its excesses.

    Quarter of ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ cut in Dubai

    About 45 minutes have been cut from the nearly 3-hour high-finance extravaganza “The Wolf of Wall Street” for Dubai audiences, or a quarter of the film, leaving many viewers disappointed and confused about the sequence of events.

    This April 12 file photo shows Tio Hardiman, then the director of the Chicago anti-violence group CeaseFire, in his office in Chicago. Illinois elections officials are expected to decide next week whether Hardiman can remain on the ballot to challenge Gov. Pat Quinn in the 2014 Democratic primary. The issue is whether lieutenant governor candidate Brunell Donald used her correct address on petitions. The Chicago woman says she’d recently moved, but didn’t change the address on her voter registration. Hardiman said Thursday he’s “ready to tackle all of the issues.”

    Quinn challenger Hardiman gets mixed ballot news

    State elections officials will consider conflicting recommendations later this week about the future of the Democratic ticket challenging Gov. Pat Quinn in March’s primary. Though a State Board of Elections hearing officer and the board’s attorney both found Tuesday that Tio Hardiman had submitted enough petition signatures to qualify for the March 18 ballot, they reached differing conclusions...


    District 214 announces meetings for capital project ideas

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 announced a slate of meetings to solicit community input on future capital projects.


    Bartlett debuts mobile app

    Bartlett officials have launched a new mobile app for smartphone and iPad users.


    Moylan holds public safety meeting

    State Rep. Marty Moylan will host a meeting of fire and police officals Jan. 23 in Des Plaines. Residents can voice their concerns about public safety and learn more about proposed bills during the meeting at the Democrat's constituent office.

    Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith, left, catches a pass as New Orleans Saints’ Keenan Lewis, right, defends in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 22.

    Judge: $765M might not cover NFL concussion claims

    A federal judge is slowing down the proposed $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, questioning if there’s enough money to cover 20,000 retired players. U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody denied preliminary approval of the plan on Tuesday because she’s worried the money could run out sooner than expected.

    A Metra train plows its way through the blowing snow as it zips by the Arlington Heights train station in subfreezing temperatures Jan. 6.

    Metra offers mea culpa as riders continue to face problems

    Metra continues to have problems this week, with weather-related repairs leaving some trains short of cars and some passengers standing in aisles for long commutes. Metra CEO Don Orsino talks about the latest operation challenges.


    Another Kane County hire, another round of questions

    Another new hire made by Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen went through the wringer again Tuesday as Don Biggs was named the new “Operations Staff Executive” Tuesday. The new position combines management of the Mill Creek SSA with a role as an in-house operations and constructions consultant. Biggs will be paid $106,000 as his base salary.


    Carol Stream OKs 3-year contract with firefighters union

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsCarol Stream firefighters will receive 2.5 percent annual increases in base pay under a new three-year contract. The agreement, which affects 46 firefighters in the Carol Stream Fire Protection District, is retroactive to June 1, 2013. Negotiations began in March 2013 to replace the previous contract that expired in May 2013. “It’s a good, fair...

    Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon

    Kane felony cases down 10 percent in 2013

    The number of felony cases charged in Kane County has declined for the sixth year in a row from the record set in 2007. Overall, felony cases were down 10.6 percent in 2013 compared to 2012. Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon credits partnerships between police and community groups, along with more after-school programs to provide options to gangs.


    Court delays case involving gun brought to golf tournament

    The case against an Indiana man accused of bringing a loaded weapon into a professional golf tournament in Lake Forest is on hold while defense attorneys and prosecutors continue to review gun charges. Mark Fedder, 48, of Oseola, Ind., is charged with a felony count of unlawful use of a weapon for entering the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest with a handgun in September.


    Winter Fest in Vernon Hills:

    The Vernon Hills Park District is hosting a Winter Fest event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Century Park North, 1001 Lakeview Parkway


    Electronic ballot request:

    Registered voters in Lake County are reminded that requirements to request a ballot by mail have changed. While Illinois law requires a separate request for ballot at each election prior to mailing a voter a ballot, voters may now complete an electronic request without signing a form.


    SHS singers going to Disney World:

    Seventy-three students from Stevenson High School’s advanced chorus and Patriot Singers will perform at Walt Disney World in Florida this week.

    Mitchell L. Hoffman

    Hoffman named circuit judge:

    Lake County Associate Judge Mitchell L. Hoffman as been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as Circuit Judge to fill the position held by Fred Foreman, who is retiring Jan. 20.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Zachary B. Mikulski, 22, of St. Charles, was charged with resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and less than 2.5 grams of marijuana, speeding, and improper passing after a traffic stop at 1:59 a.m. Sunday at Empire and Swanberg roads near Campton Hills, according to a sheriff’s report.

    The weather was too warm the past two years, but the inaugural Lake in the Hills Outdoor Pond Hockey Tournament was a success in 2011.

    Lake in the Hills hockey tourney on Wood Creek Lake threatened by thaw

    The recent thaw may hamper Lake in the Hills' annual pond ice hockey tournament planned for this Saturday. Organizers are monitoring temperatures before making a final decision Friday. Warm temperatures forced officials to cancel the event the past two years.


    Engineering course offerings expanding in Dist. 204

    Basic engineering classes will become a part of the middle school and high school curriculum next year for more students in Indian Prairie Unit District 204, as the district looks to expand a program of engineering-related offerings. Nearly 3,500 middle school and high school students already are taking engineering courses through Project Lead The Way, a nationwide pre-engineering curriculum the...

    Plemon T. El-Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in and around the Fox Valley aim to inspire

    A great leader deserves to be honored and remembered. Here’s where you can find Martin Luther King Jr. events in and around the Fox Valley.


    Search for former Des Plaines woman presumed drowned to take months

    The initial search area for a former Des Plaines woman believed to have drowned after she was swept away by the flooded White River in southwestern Indiana last month has been cleared, and the recovery effort is now expected to take a matter of months. The body of Cathryn McGill, 31, is now believed to be in the main channel of the White River, where searches will be periodic in the coming...

    Members of the Schaumburg Professional Firefighters Association’s Fighting Cancer Committee, from left: firefighter Eric Vitols; firefighter Michael Solberg; firefighter Jenna Werdell; American Cancer Society representatives; firefighter Don McCown and firefighter Kyle Marcussen.

    Schaumburg firefighters gear up for second Pink Tie Ball

    The Schaumburg Professional Firefighters Association, which raised $25,000 in 2013 to fund cancer research, isn’t resting on its laurels. Plans for the second Pink Tie Ball are in full swing, and tickets are presently on sale for the Oct. 18, 2014 event to be held at the Schaumburg Marriott.

    Rolling Meadows residents and city officials both seem to favor expanding Meacham Road from Emerson Avenue to Algonquin Road to three lanes, not five.

    Survey says Meacham Road residents support three lanes, not five

    Rolling Meadows staff says survey results show about 65 percent of residents near a controversial Meacham Road project support widening the country-style road to three lanes. The City Council may discuss the survey results at a Jan. 21 meeting. The Illinois Department of Transportation at one point recommended expanding the lane to as wide as five lanes, bringing adamant protests from area...

    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District might seek $215,000 in state grant money to help restore part of the exterior of Mayslake Hall in Oak Brook. The district is using the historic mansion as an educational center.

    Forest preserve may seek grant to help repair historic Oak Brook mansion

    A project identified as “the highest priority” for the continued restoration of Mayslake Hall in Oak Brook could proceed if the DuPage County Forest Preserve District secures a $215,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Forest preserve commissioners are slated to decide next week whether the district will apply for the money through the IDNR’s Illinois State Museums Capital...


    Warren hosts autism discussion

    Warren Township High School hosts a Parent Café on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., addressing the social scene for children with autism.


    Lake County jail becomes GED testing site to help inmates earn a diploma

    To make it easier for Lake County jail inmates to earn an educational diploma, the jail has been named as a registered general education development (GED) testing site by the College of Lake County.

    Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, front, walks out to update reporters after an argument between patrons over texting sparked a shooting that left one person dead and another injured in a Pasco County movie theater Monday Jan. 13, 2014, sheriff’s officials said.

    Man fatally shot at Fla. theater over texting

    An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater ended with a retired Tampa police captain fatally shooting a man sitting in front of him, authorities said. The former police captain, Curtis Reeves, 71, has been charged with second-degree murder.

    Shocked supporters of Kelly Thomas react Monday Jan. 13, 2014, in Santa Ana, Calif., after the ‘not guilty’ verdicts in his beating death outside the Santa Ana Courthouse. The Orange County panel found Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli not guilty of all charges — including manslaughter — in the 2011 death of Kelly Thomas. A surveillance video showed police pummeling and stun-gunning him.

    Emotions flow as Calif. police acquitted in death

    By the time all four verdicts were read clearing two California officers of killing a homeless man, people on both sides of the gallery were sobbing. In the audience, the mother of Kelly Thomas wept into a tissue as someone shouted, “No!” A collective gasp went up from the gallery. Former Officer Jay Cicinelli’s attorney pounded twice on the defense table, grabbing his client in a bear hug, as...

    Al Jones of the West Virginia department of General Services tests the water as he flushes the faucet and opens a rest room on the first floor of the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va.

    More in W.Va. cleared to use water after spill

    Downtown businesses and restaurants began to reopen after water was declared safe to drink in portions of West Virginia’s capital, but life has yet to return to normal for most of the 300,000 people who haven’t been able to use running water in the five days since a chemical spill. It could still be days before everyone in the Charleston metropolitan area is cleared to use water, though officials...

    A 1998 booking photo shows Thomas Ray Lippert. The University of Utah is investigating a complaint that Lippert, a convicted felon working at a fertility clinic, replaced a customer’s sperm with his own, fathering a girl 21 years ago.

    University investigates Utah clinic’s sperm mix-up

    The University of Utah is investigating a complaint that a convicted felon working at a fertility clinic replaced a customer’s sperm with his own, fathering a girl 21 years ago. The mother of the girl says she and her husband discovered a genetic mismatch in their daughter, and were able to trace her lineage with help from relatives of the now-deceased fertility clinic worker, Thomas Ray Lippert.


    Boehner: Need better enforcement of safety rules

    House Speaker John Boehner is suggesting that the Obama administration needs to do a better job of enforcing safety regulations designed to protect the public against disasters like the chemical spill into West Virginia’s drinking water supply.


    10 things to know today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. PROTESTERS TRYING TO SHUT DOWN CENTRAL BANGKOKTheir efforts peaceful so far could last weeks as they campaign to overthrow the democratically elected prime minister. THAILAND-POLITICS2. STATE MEMORIAL, FUNERAL FOR SHARONThe late prime minister is remembered as...


    Extend: Cost a concern
    Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the dates design and construction could begin on a potential south extension of the Naperville RiverwalkA plan to extend the boundary of Naperville’s downtown Riverwalk farther south could be approved later this month, but lengthening the path is not exactly right around the corner.


    Dist. 204 inches closer to hiring next superintendent

    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 is inching closer to choosing its next superintendent, as the search firm the district hired has finished accepting applications for the position and is working to narrow the field of candidates. The district has been searching since September, when board members hired Ray and Associates, Inc., of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to find a successor to retiring Superintendent...


    State law sparks union, partisan debate in Kane County

    In another somewhat rare issue that will pit Democrats against Republicans on the Kane County Forest Preserve Commission, there is a move to oppose a change to the state's prevailing wage law. The change would broaden the number and type of workers receiving the prevailing wage and, opponents argue, disqualify a number of small, local contractors from being so-called “responsible...

    Displaced people arrive by river barge from Bor, some of the thousands who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor by boat across the White Nile. A military spokesman in South Sudan said that 200 people fleeing warfare elsewhere in the country died after a boat that was carrying mostly women and children sank while crossing the Nile River in Upper Nile State.

    200 dead in S. Sudan after boat fleeing war sinks

    ome 200 people fleeing warfare died after a boat crossing the Nile River sank, a South Sudanese military official said Tuesday, as fighting between rebels and government forces moved closer to the national capital.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will propose extending the public school calendar and lengthening the school day in a speech he hopes will help him rebound from an apparent political payback scheme that threatens to damage his second term and could cut short any ambitions to run for president.

    Christie proposing longer school day amid scandal

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will propose extending the public school calendar and lengthening the school day in a speech he hopes will help him rebound from an apparent political payback scheme that threatens to damage his second term and could cut short any ambitions to run for president.

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesman confirmed Monday that he had signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act on Jan. 7, providing penalties of up to 14 years in jail for a gay marriage and up to 10 years’ imprisonment for membership or encouragement of gay club, societies and organizations.

    Dozens arrested for being gay in north Nigeria
    Local and international groups fighting AIDS warned on Tuesday that a new Nigerian law criminalizing same-sex marriage and gay organizations will jeopardize the fight against the deadly disease. Human rights activists reported that dozens of gay men were being arrested in northern Nigeria in an apparent response to the law.


    Pandemonium after explosion in north Nigeria city

    A car bomb exploded at a military post in a commercial area in a northeastern Nigerian city on Tuesday, causing pandemonium with blood-spattered bystanders running away and vehicles colliding as drivers rushed to flee.


    COD playing host to February career fair

    College of DuPage will sponsor its second annual Career Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Student Resource Center Room 2000, on the College’s main campus in Glen Ellyn.


    Lake Park fundraiser to benefit 2008 alum

    The Lake Park Band Auxiliary will sponsor a benefit Thursday, Jan. 16, for a 2008 alum who suffers from an extremely rare and debilitating kidney disease.

    Ronald O'Neal

    U-46 to rename school to honor 1st black principal

    The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board Monday night voted to rename Sheridan Elementary School in Elgin in honor of the late Ronald O'Neal, the district's first black principal and administrator. O'Neal served as Sheridan's principal from 1970 to 1974.

    Having always wanted to work in a doctor's office, single mom Lindsay Beckman went back to school last January. After completing a fast-track course at Computer Systems Institute in Elgin, the 26-year-old Hanover Park woman now works as a medical assistant at Northwest Suburban Urology Associates in Elk Grove Village.

    Single mom uses education to turn life around in a year

    As a single mom who would bring her young daughters to her job at a pest-control company, Lindsay Beckman of Hanover Park imagined a better life. She went back to school, got the training she needed and now has her dream job in a medical office. In this economy, lots of adults are turning to trade schools in the hopes of finding paths to new careers.

    Bill Brady

    3 governor candidates to talk business at Daily Herald forum

    A week after the minimum wage emerged as a hot issue in the Republican primary for Illinois governor, three of the four candidates will talk about business policy at a forum hosted by the Daily Herald and ABC 7 Thursday.


    Dawn Patrol: 2 die in Aurora shootings; Arlington Hts. fire chief leaving

    Two people dead after separate Aurora shootings. Arlington Heights fire chief leaving department. Former Des Plaines Alderman dies. Prospect Heights sells arena site. Des Plaines girl, 14, wins NFL’s Punt, Pass, Kick contest. Thrown cigarette butt leads to drug charges. Cubs announce new mascot. Imrem: Bulls relationship with Thibodeau will end.


    Woman shot, killed in Aurora

    A 22-year-old woman was shot and killed Monday night on Aurora’s west side. The woman was shot after a domestic-related argument at about 8:25 p.m. on the 500 block of Charles Street, police said in a release.



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

    Dundee-Crown's Kayla Lawernce passes the ball under pressure from Jacobs' Maggie Grady .

    Images: Dundee-Crown vs. Jacobs girls basketball


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


    Naperville Central changes its mindset, claims victory

    Naperivlle Central’s boys basketball team discovered the perfect remedy for a tough loss. The Redhawks got right back on the court. Three days after suffering a heartbreaking DuPage Valley Conference defeat, host Naperville Central bounced back in a 52-42 victory over future DVC foe Waubonsie Valley in Tuesday’s nonconference action.

    Ben Smith says his confidence has soared since he has received regular ice time on the line with Marcus Kruger and Brandon Bollig.

    Hawks’ Smith has become a hit

    After sitting for seven of the first 13 games to start the season, Ben Smith has quietly become a staple in the Blackhawks’ lineup.

    The Blackhawks’ Nick Leddy (8) and Ryan O’Reilly of the Avalanche crash into goalie Corey Crawford during the first period Tuesday at the United Center.

    Hawks fend off angry Avalanche until overtime

    Following Tuesday’s morning skate, Blackhawks captain Jonthan Toews made the call.The subject: the Colorado Avalanche, whose last visit to the United Center resulted in a 7-2 shellacking at the hands of the Hawks in late December. “We know they’re not going to be happy about that one,” Toews predicted. “They’ve been sitting here in Chicago for a few days, so we know they’re going to be ticked off and ready to go.” That they were.

    Liza Fruendt, Batavia girls basketball

    Fruendt sets Batavia career scoring record

    Move over, Katie Issel — make room for Liza Fruendt. During a 4-year high school girls basketball career filled with notable accomplishments at Batavia, Fruendt reached another milestone Tuesday night as she became the school’s all-time leading scorer during the Bulldogs’ 63-41 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory over St. Charles East (9-10, 3-3) in St. Charles. Fruendt, who finished with a game-high 30 points, tied Issel’s school mark of 1,593 points on a pull-up jumper with 1:34 left in the first half — part of her 13-point second quarter that enabled Batavia (13-5, 5-0) to grab a 37-27 halftime advantage.


    Glenbard South roars past Downers Grove North

    Glenbard South didn’t let a slow start keep it from clinching a big nonconference boys basketball victory Tuesday night.


    Aurora Christian defeats St. Francis

    Many factors contributed to the Aurora Christian boys basketball team’s 58-48 win at St. Francis on Tuesday night. And put respect for their opponent near the top of that list as well.


    Noda, Grant handle Antioch

    Ryan Noda led three players in double figures with 15 points, and Grant’s boys basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 67-48 win over host Antioch in North Suburban Prairie Division action Tuesday night.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Montini 77, St. Edward 43: Facing the top-ranked Class 3A team in the state, the Green Wave (11-7, 3-2) had trouble scoring early in both halves, dropping a Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division game on the road. Katie Swanson led the Wave with 12 points while Katie Castoro added 10.Sycamore 47, Hampshire 29: Scoring a season-low 29 points, the Whip-Purs (7-10) have now dropped 6 of their last 7 after starting the season 5-2 thanks to this nonconference loss on the road. Tricia Dumoulin, who hit 3 3-pointers for 9 points on the night, led all Whip-Purs on the floor, while teammate Emma Benoit had just 4 points but was able to bring down 7 rebounds. As a team, Hampshire turned the ball over a total of 20 times.Women’s basketballECC 75, Oakton Community College 29: The Spartans rolled over Oakton Community College, going up by 26 at the half, and never looking back in their win at the Events Center in Elgin. Jen Dumoulin scored a game-high 23 points, netting 17 of those in the second half to keep up the dominate offensive night for the Spartans. Alexa Diaz and Sarah Nelson both were able to get into double figures for ECC, scoring 16 and 10 points respectively.


    Cary-Grove comes back to beat Dundee-Crown

    The Cary-Grove boys basketball players have spent the last three weeks rallying, so playing eight more minutes of catch-up hardly fazed them Tuesday night. Trailing visiting Dundee-Crown by 5 points through three quarters, the Trojans sank all 5 field goal attempts and 5 of 7 free throws in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Chargers 16-5 to register a 44-38 victory in the Fox Valley Conferece Valley Division.


    Grayslake North rolls at Woodstock North

    Brittney Thibeaux and Kendall Detweiler combined for 33 points, and Grayslake North’s girls basketball team stayed hot Tuesday night with a 57-38 road win against Woodstock North.

    Lakes’ Ethan Sage drives through a crowd to the hoop against Wauconda on Tuesday night at Lakes.

    Lakes shoots past Wauconda

    Havilands have ... game. If nothing else, father and son demonstrated Tuesday night at Lakes why “shooting is contagious” is an axiom. While Benett Haviland may have been finished scoring for the night after his 6 points helped fuel a second-quarter rally for Lakes’ basketball team during its 53-40 win over Wauconda in the teams’ North Suburban Prairie Division contest, his dad was just getting warmed up. He showed off a between-the-leg dribble and then the old Haviland shot. Dean Haviland, a former basketball star for Antioch, hit a halfcourt shot during a halftime contest, netting him a car stereo compliments of Premium Sound and Security in Antioch.


    Bartlett bears down, sinks Streamwood

    With Bartlett precariously hanging on to a 39-37 lead after a Streamwood rally, Hawks girls basketball coach Denise Sarna delivered a simple message in the team huddle before the fourth quarter began: Clamp down on defense. Sarna’s players clearly took her words to heart. Bartlett held its district rival to 3-for-14 shooting, contested shot after shot and forced 5 turnovers in the final eight minutes to break the game open in a 56-46 victory Tuesday night in Streamwood.


    Youth no excuse for Wheaton College

    Youth and inexperience in Division III basketball are often synonyms for rebuilding.

    Dundee-Crown’s Kayla Lawernce is forced to pass the ball under the basket by the defense of Jacobs’ Maggie Grady Tuesday in Algonquin.

    Free throws lift Jacobs over Dundee-Crown

    Jacobs usually shoots plenty of free throws in practice. Good thing. All that practice paid off as the Golden Eagles’ free-throw prowess helped them hold off Dundee-Crown, 64-53, in a hard-fought Fox Valley Conference Valley Division girls basketball matchup Tuesday night at the Eagles’ Nest in Algonquin. Carly Sidor led the Eagles’ parade to the foul line, making 7 of 8 in the fourth quarter. In all, Jacobs made 18 of 21 free throws in the final 8 minutes, and 25 of 31 for the game.


    St. Charles North holds off Bartlett

    Tom Poulin was simply pleased to get a win. “Tuesday night, finals week — those are excuses,” the St. Charles North boys basketball coach said after the North Stars’ posted a 44-36 Upstate Eight Conference crossover victory over Bartlett. “We’re not going to make excuses.”


    Tough night for Fenton

    Fenton guard Tina Guarino is one of two seniors on the team and Tuesday marked the last visit to Riverside-Brookfield, next door to the Brookfield Zoo.

    Fenton’s Johnny Geraci, left, has the ball knocked loose by Maine West’s Matt Acevedo during Tuesday’s game in Des Plaines.

    Acevedo steps up, helps Maine W. past Fenton

    Already short-handed on the bench,Maine West has also lost leading scorer Joel Ferraren to knee tendinitis for the time being. For the Warriors, it was ‘next man up’ against visiting Fenton in nonconference play Tuesday in Des Plaines. Junior Matt Acevedo helped ignite a first-quarter run that gave Maine West a 21-12 lead, and the Warriors went on to beat the winless Bison 70-34. Rag Patel started in place of Ferraren and did a commendable job, scoring 12 points. Jamal Sherman added 10 points and Josh Redd had 9.


    Westminster routs Hebron

    Westminster Christian 63, Alden-Hebron 21: For the first time since Thanksgiving, the Warriors (8-8, 3-2) were fully healthy and it showed as Sam Carani and Robert Kleczynski each registered 15 points in a Northeastern Athletic Conference blowout. Nine players scored at least 2 points for Westminster, including Paul Ellerbush, a transfer who was ruled eligible Tuesday. Ellerbush scored 6 points.


    South Elgin has just enough to topple Burlington Central

    South Elgin girls basketball coach Tim Prendergast doesn’t look at Mackie Kelleher as a freshman anymore. And the 6-foot-2 varsity rookie didn’t play like a freshman Tuesday night. Kelleher scored a game-high 15 points and the Storm held off a late Burlington Central rally to beat the Rockets 47-45 in a nonconference game at South Elgin.


    Gillespie, Deere help Warren stay hot vs. Maine S.

    When rising Warren star Eric Gillespie hit one of those NBA-range 3-pointers midway through the second quarter on Tuesday night, Maine South coach Tony Lavorato, Jr. had seen enough. He called timeout and did some major league screaming at his Hawks. “I just wanted them to play like the good team they are,’’ Lavorato said. His high-volume speech got through as Warren (10-6) never scored again before halftime. In a back-and-forth game at Warren, the streaking Blue Devils won their fifth game in a row, 48-43, and dealt just the third loss of the season to the visiting Hawks.

    Kaneland’s Connor Fedderly passes the ball while tumbling down with Marmion Academy’s Matt Fletcher in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, January 14.

    Carlson, Kaneland win another in final seconds

    Something about pressure shots that turns Ty Carlson cool as a cucumber. Four nights after his buzzer-beater beat Morris, Carlson calmly sank a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds left giving Kaneland a 49-47 victory Tuesday night at Marmion.


    Wheaton North flies past Metea Valley

    Wheaton North’s Chrissy Baird didn’t expect an easy win for Wheaton North on Tuesday night at Metea Valley, but she was not at all surprised to see the Falcons play well.

    Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (4) celebrates his winning goal in overtime as Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson skates away in an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Hawks fall again in OT, 3-2 to Avalanche

    Tyson Barrie scored his second goal of the game on a power play at 4:09 of overtime, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 on Tuesday night.With Jonathan Toews off for hooking, Barrie beat Corey Crawford with a one-timer from the left circle after taking a cross-ice pass from Matt Duchene to give Colorado its second straight win


    Huntley salvages win over Crystal Lake South

    Huntley sophomore standout Ali Andrews was saddled with foul trouble most of the night. The Red Raiders connected on only 5-of-15 from the free throw line for 33 percent. But despite all the adversity and obstacles, the Raiders were able to eke out a 54-51 win over upset-minded Crystal Lake South in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division girls basketball matchup in Crystal Lake Tuesday night.


    Westminster hangs on to top Larkin

    Tuesday night’s game is the type of game good teams need to find a way to win. That’s exactly what the Westminster Christian girls basketball team did against Larkin. The Warriors needed to hit 7 free throws in the final 33 seconds to earn a 54-51 victory over the host Royals in an Elgin City Classic matchup.

    Photos from the Maine West vs. Fenton boys basketball game on Tuesday, January 14th, in Des Plaines.

    Images: Maine West vs. Fenton, boys basketball
    The Maine West High School boys basketball team hosted Fenton High School Tuesday, January 14th, in Des Plaines.

    Images from the Wauconda at Lakes boys basketball game on Tuesday, January 14 in Lake Villa.

    Images: Lakes vs. Wauconda boys basketball
    The Lakes Eagles hosted the Wauconda Bulldogs for boys basketball action on Tuesday, January 14 in Lake Villa.


    Garrett scores 21, DePaul beats St. John’s 77-75

    Billy Garrett Jr. scored 21 points, and DePaul won its second straight, beating St. John’s 77-75 on Tuesday night.The Blue Demons (10-8, 2-3) blew a seven-point lead in the second half but pulled it out in the closing minutes to come away with back-to-back Big East wins for the first time in five years.


    Southern Illinois rallies past Northern Iowa 68-66

    Desmar Jackson hit a go-ahead jumper with six seconds left and blocked the ensuing layup attempt to complete Southern Illinois’ 68-66 come-from-behind victory over Northern Iowa Tuesday night.

    Photos from the Waubonsie Valley at Naperville Central boys basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 14 in Naperville.

    Images: Waubonsie Valley at Naperville Central boys basketball
    Naperville Central hosted Waubonsie Valley Tuesday, Jan. 14 for boys basketball.

    Images from the Kaneland vs. Marmion Academy boys basketball game Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

    Images: Kaneland vs. Marmion Academy boys basketball

    Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker (15) and Indiana guard Evan Gordon (10) fight for control of the basketball in the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Bloomington, Ind. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

    Hoosiers upset No. 3 Wisconsin 75-72

    Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 25 points Tuesday night, leading Indiana to a stunning 75-72 upset over previously unbeaten Wisconsin.The third-ranked Badgers (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) were trying to become the first team ever to win 13 straight games over the Hoosiers (12-5, 2-2).

    Clark, the first mascot for the Chicago Cubs, hugs children during his debut at Advocate Illinois Masonicís Pediatric Developmental Center in Chicago.

    Cubs’ mascot lets cynics swing for the fences

    The Cubs hung a pinata from Wrigley Field's upper deck, all but begging for cynical, skeptical, sarcastic swings to be taken. So here are some observations concerning the decision to employ a team mascot named Clark. For one thing, why Clark instead of Addison?

    A pass gets away from Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener (80) under pressure from New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins (91) during the second half of an AFC divisional NFL playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Patriots secondary set for rematch with Manning
    The Denver Broncos tried to beat the New England Patriots less than two months ago by running the ball. It didn’t work.With a Super Bowl berth at stake in Sunday’s rematch, Peyton Manning figures to have a better day.“We’ll have to be on top of our game,” Patriots safety Steve Gregory said.


    VanGorder focuses on evaluating Irish players

    New Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said Tuesday he won’t decide on what type of defensive scheme he plans to run until he has time to evaluate the talent the Fighting Irish have.

    Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice (24) shoots between Northwestern's Drew Crawford (1) and guard JerShon Cobb (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Northwestern won 49-43. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

    Illinois’ Rice questionable for Purdue game

    Illinois coach John Groce says isn’t sure yet whether Rayvonte Rice will be able to play Wednesday against Purdue and if he does play how effective he’ll be.

    Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau talks to his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. The Mavericks won 105-83. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Rampant Bulls rumor mill requires some clarity

    As the Bulls continue their quest to squeak into the playoffs with a depleted roster, this is a good time to examine the rumors and speculation surrounding the team. Is coach Tom Thibodeau already have one foot in New York?


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Orlando Magic at the Amway Center, 6 p.m. WednesdayTV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN 1000-AMUpdate: The Magic (10-28) has lost eight in a row and, for now, qualifies as Milwaukee’s top competition for league’s worst team. SG Arron Afflalo, the top scorer at 20.8 ppg, has missed the past two games with an ankle injury, but could return to face the Bulls. C Nikola Vucevic has missed four games with a concussion and his status is unclear. SF Victor Oladipo (13.1 points) probably ranks second in the rookie of the year race behind Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams. The Bulls have won six in a row in Orlando and beat the Magic at the United Center 83-82 on Dec. 16.Next: Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, 6 p.m. Friday— Mike McGraw

    Cubs president Theo Epstein got a lot of questions from the media when he attended his first Cubs Convention in 2012. On Saturday, he'll face some serious questions from fans as well during the 2014 Cubs Convention.

    Will Cubs fans bring the heat at convention?

    The Cubs begin their run-up to spring training with a busy week. After kicking off the week by introducing a mascot, they get down to serious business with a rookie mini-camp for minor-leaguers followed by their caravan and fan convention. This looks like another losing season, and fans are likely to have some serious questions for the team's brass.

    Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, fires the puck on goal after getting past Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51), of Finland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Face of hockey, Ovechkin faces pressure in Sochi

    There’s been an open season on Russia leading up to the Sochi Games, and that clearly strikes a nerve with Alex Ovechkin.For hockey fans, he will be the face of his nation at next month’s Winter Olympics. He has been called, at various times in his career, the greatest player in his sport, and he has three Most Valuable Player trophies from the NHL to help drive home that point.

    San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh watches the scoreboard against the Carolina Panthersduring the first half of a divisional playoff NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Harbaugh leads 49ers back to NFC championship

    Jim Harbaugh has been at his emotional best — or, to some, worst — with his cartoon-like faces and quirky sideline antics in leading San Francisco back to the NFC championship game for the third time in as many years since taking over as 49ers head coach in January 2011. On Davis’ TD during Sunday’s 23-10 win at Carolina, Harbaugh ran well onto the field during the play.


    Lions hire ex-Colts coach Jim Caldwell

    The Detroit Lions wanted to replace Jim Schwartz with someone with experience as a head coach.The Lions landed one, though he appears to be Plan B.The team said Tuesday that Jim Caldwell has been hired as the new coach and will be introduced at a news conference Wednesday. San Diego Chargers assistant and former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was seemingly Detroit’s top choice, but he chose to take the head coaching job at Tennessee on Monday night.

    Bears head coach Marc Trestman, right, and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker have a lot of issues to fix before next season begins.

    Bears couldn’t make tough call on Tucker

    Bears head coach Marc Trestman fires two of his defensive coaches, and he leaves Mel Tucker in place as the head of the defense. Mike North says Tim Tibesar and Mike Phair are nothing more than scapegoats for a defense with lots of issues.

    Prospect’s Haley Will, left, steals the ball from Palatine’s Morgan Radtke during Tuesday’s game.

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


    Prospect musters up a victory over Mundelein

    Two days after a visit from Rolling Meadows, another team with the nickname of Mustangs arrived at the Jean Walker Field House on Monday night for a nonconference girls basketball game. “It was funny,” said Knights senior guard-forward Mallory Gonzalez. “We were watching film (of Mundelein, Monday’s opponent) and we said ‘OK, they’re the Mustangs, too.’ ” These Mustangs were one of the hottest teams from Lake County, coming into the contest with six straight wins and an 11-5 record. But the Knights, coming off a 69-50 loss to Meadows, were up to this test which happened to come on finals week at school. Leading 21-13 at the break, thanks to a 6-0 run in the final 1:35, Prospect pulled away with a 22-5 run to start the second half and won 51-27 for their 15th win in 18 games.

    Buffalo Grove’s Teagan Hutchings, left drives on Deerfield’s Jesse Holloway on Monday night in Buffalo Grove.

    Welter, Buffalo Grove shoot past Deerfield

    Coming off a loss on Saturday to Hersey in which it converted six 3-pointers, Buffalo Grove’s girls basketball team made seven of them Monday and posted a 60-43 victory over visiting Deerfield in the nonconference game.


    Wheeling preps for Hall of Fame foursome

    If you want to see the latest inductees for the Wheeling Sports Hall of Fame, the school’s gymnasium on Saturday night is the place to be. At halftime of the Wildcats’ boys basketball game with visiting Prospect, the four latest selections will be introduced to the crowd. The game begins at 6 p.m. and a reception will follow.



    Acco expects 2013 results to top Street’s view

    Lake Zurich-based Acco Brands anticipates its 2013 revenue will decline, but still beat Wall Street’s expectations. Adjusted earnings are also forecast to top analysts’ estimates.

    Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski is seen flanked by Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Sen. Charles Schumer of New York. Top congressional negotiators released a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year.

    Huge budget bill aims to show Congress’ mettle

    A chastened Congress is putting aside the crisis-driven budget battles of the past three years, embracing a $1.1 trillion spending bill that restores or smooths the sharpest edges of the automatic cuts imposed as a result of its own dysfunction.

    H. Ty Warner, center, the Oak Brook billionaire who created Beanie Babies, leaves federal court after being sentenced Tuesday in Chicago. Warner was given two years of probation, but no prison time, for tax evasion on $25 million in income he had stashed away in Swiss bank accounts.

    Beanie Babies maker avoids prison for tax evasion

    The billionaire businessman behind Beanie Babies learned Tuesday he won’t go to prison for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities, and the judge who gave him two years’ probation instead went to great lengths to praise his charitable giving. Oak Brook resident H. Ty Warner issued a brief apology before he was sentenced in Chicago federal court.

    Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans’ phone records to help the NSA’s surveillance programs. They’re worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do.

    Spy court judge slams proposed privacy advocate

    The U.S. judiciary told Congress on Tuesday it opposes the idea of having an independent privacy advocate on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, while members of Congress lauded the idea at a Capitol Hill hearing.

    On the Side Restaurant and Catering in downtown Elgin closed Tuesday after being in business for about a year. It was owned by Tom Creighton of East Dundee.

    Elgin’s On the Side closes after a year

    What seemed like a popular eatery in downtown Elgin closed abruptly Tuesday after being in business for a little more than a year. Tom Creighton, owner of On the Side Restaurant and Catering at 74 S. Grove Ave., said the business just wasn’t making a profit. “It’s kind of like a slow leak in a pipe. We’ve been cash negative, and at some point you have to decide, ‘Is it going to get much better?'” he said.

    U.S. stocks rose Wednesday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its biggest gain of the year, as better-than-forecast retail sales and corporate merger activity signaled confidence in the economy.

    Stocks bounce back a day after big loss

    The good followed the bad for the stock market on Tuesday. One day after logging its worst performance of the year, the stock market bounced back with its best day of 2014. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed more than 1 percent and erased most of its loss from a day earlier.

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson delivers his annual state-of-the-village address and preview of the year ahead at the Schaumburg Business Association’s monthly breakfast meeting Tuesday. Larson was optimistic about the year ahead.

    Schaumburg mayor sees a booming 2014 ahead

    For the first time since the Great Recession, Schaumburg’s plans for the year ahead almost make it seem that the debilitating economic downturn never happened. In his annual state-of-the-village presentation Tuesday, Mayor Al Larson previewed a 2014 all about new restaurants, residential subdivisions, car dealerships, corporate headquarters, hotels, entertainment venues and tollway interchanges.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Battery problems resurfaced on Boeing’s 787, like the plane shown here, on Tuesday, after gas was discovered coming out of a battery on a plane parked in Tokyo.

    Boeing confirms new 787 battery incident

    Battery problems resurfaced on Chicago-based Boeing’s 787 on Tuesday, after gas was discovered coming out of a battery on a plane parked in Tokyo.

    Basketball legend turned entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson tours the Sports Museum of America in New York in this 2012 file photo.

    EquiTrust plans offices for Chicago, to add 200 workers

    EquiTrust Life Insurance Co., connected to Hall of Fame basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson, is opening new offices in downtown Chicago that will help create 200 jobs and could employ hundreds more in years to come.

    Jerry Zeft, 70, explores his new home in the John C. Anderson apartments, an affordable housing complex aimed at gay seniors.

    Affordable housing for gay seniors opens in Pa.

    Jerry Zeft was so excited to move into his new apartment that he slept on an air mattress for nearly a week while he waited for his bed and other belongings to catch up with him. No matter that he’s 70 years old. Zeft had landed a coveted spot in a new affordable housing complex for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. Only two other U.S. cities have similar developments.

    A man and woman carry shopping bags as they cross the street in San Francisco. Americans bought more clothing in December, clicked frequently at online retailers and paid higher gas prices.

    U.S. retail sales inch up, but holiday spending weak

    Americans bought more clothing in December, clicked frequently at online retailers and paid higher gas prices. They cut back on cars and almost everywhere else, providing a lackluster end to the holiday shopping season.Retail sales rose just 0.2 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

    A fan holds up a weather-related sign during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers, in Green Bay, Wis. Fox Sports will use this weekend's NFC title game in Seattle between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seahawks to test an infrared camera that will show how players' body temperatures change throughout the game.

    Fox Sports tests weather gadgets for Super Bowl

    Fox Sports has a few weather-related tricks up its sleeve for next month's Super Bowl telecast, and the network plans to test them out before the Feb. 2 game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., which will be the first played in a cold-weather climate.

    Penny Pritzker

    Downers Grove, Schaumburg corporate reps to join trade mission

    Executives of two Illinois companies are joining the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on her first trade mission. Chicagoan Penny Pritzker says she'll be traveling to Mexico in early February, with representatives from 17 different companies.

    The Village of West Dundee has been hit hard with two of its largest tax generators leaving town. Best Buy, far left, closed in 2012. Target is slated to close in May.

    Filling West Dundee's Target vacancy might not be easy

    With Target's pending departure from West Dundee, securing another retailer may not be as easy as some people think, since Target, which owns the building it occupies, might not want a similar operation taking its place. West Dundee leaders hope to avoid that situation by having a conversation with the corporation, Village Manager Joseph Cavallaro said. “Target may not be willing,” Cavallaro warned, noting that the corporation runs three other stores nearby in Algonquin, Elgin and Hoffman Estates.

    Bottles of bourbon in a display case at the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown , Ky.

    Bourbon truly American, despite foreign ties

    Kentucky bourbon remains authentically American, whiskey insiders maintain — even when some of its distillers answer to foreign companies. The planned $13.62 billion acquisition of the owner of Deerfield-base Jim Beam and Maker's Mark by a Japanese company adds two more classic brands to the lineup of bourbon staples tied to foreign-based parent companies.

    Nita Ness, 58, talks about her unemployment status at her home in Colorado Springs, Colo. Ness, who lost her job as a civilian contractor at Peterson Air Force Base in August 2012 and just received her final check from the unemployment office. She said “Iím registered as a Republican, but if they continue to use this not extending our [aid] Iím probably changing to Democrat.”

    GOP constituents also depend on jobless aid

    When federal emergency unemployment benefits expired last month, the effects ran deep in a Colorado county marked by two exit ramps off Interstate 25 — one leading to the conservative religious group Focus on the Family, the other to the Fort Carson Army post. Hardly a liberal bastion, El Paso County has the largest number of people in the state who lost unemployment benefits, and many aren’t happy about it.

    People meet at a lounge of the Youku headquarters in Beijing, China. In China, pirate DVDs in stores and on the street were traditionally the fastest way to get access to a film, and cheaper than going to the theater. A few years ago, piracy also dominated online. Today, Chinaís major video streaming sites have deals with Hollywood studios and others and are filled with licensed content.

    China video sites confident public will pay

    When media studies student Liu Zhiqi settles down to watch a movie or TV drama at the home of the San Francisco family she lodges with, she misses the convenience of downloading content for free like in China. For Liu, an on-demand streaming service such as Netflix isn’t worth the $7.99 a month subscription. “As a Chinese, I am not used to paying to watch TV,” said Liu, 20, from Jiangmen city in southern Guangdong province. “Instead I watch free websites.”

    The Nest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm at the company’s offices, in Palo Alto, Calif.

    Google says it will buy Nest Labs for $3.2 billion

    Google will pay $3.2 billion to buy Nest Labs, which develops high-tech versions of devices like thermostats and smoke detectors, in its second-largest acquisition ever. The search engine operator was an early investor in Nest Labs. It says the company’s Nest Learning Thermostat has been a “consistent best-seller.” The thermostat, which retails for $249, is designed to learn how inhabitants like their homes to be heated and cooled.


    Springfield airport makes $5.3M in improvements

    Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport underwent $5.3 million in improvements last year. Springfield Airport Authority Chairman Frank Vala said Monday that the upgrades were necessary to maintain a “safe, modern and user friendly facility for all airport users.”


    Obama to press jobs agenda with executive actions

    Ready to put an economic spotlight on his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is picking up the pace of his jobs message and making a case that, even against a divided Congress, he can still be relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery.

    JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, says it returned to a profit in the fourth quarter. The bank said it had net income of $5.3 billion in the last three months of 2013, compared with a profit of $5.7 billion in the same period a year earlier.

    JPMorgan returns to a profit in fourth quarter

    JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, says it returned to a profit in the fourth quarter. The bank said it had net income of $5.3 billion in the last three months of 2013, compared with a profit of $5.7 billion in the same period a year earlier.

Life & Entertainment


    It’s OK to be alone while you’re healing

    Q. My husband committed suicide a year ago and it’s been absolutely horrifying, not only for me but for my 8-year-old son as well.Recently, I have been trying to date and mingle due to my son’s worry I will be alone. I’m 30 and feel as though I’m doing something wrong. When I took my vows, I meant them, so I feel like I’m cheating or being unfaithful to my husband. He chose to do what he did, so should I be feeling this guilt when on a date? Please help.

    Bill Wohlken grew up in Hoffman Estates and is a vice president of post production at Focus Features in Los Angeles.

    Hoffman Estates native now a Hollywood VP

    Bill Wohlken didn’t spend much his time at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Hoffman Estates dreaming of becoming a Hollywood post-production supervisor as he actually did. He began as a production assistant on “Hollywood Squares.” Double Stuf Oreos for Rosanne Barr, a bra for Salt-N-Pepa, Jack Daniels for Bill Mahr. "It was outrageous! Super fun!”

    Actor Jon Heder is set to host special screenings of the cult hit film “Napoleon Dynamite” at the Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in Woodridge and at the Hollywood Palms in Naperville over the weekend.

    Weekend picks: Jon Heder hosts 'Napoleon' screenings

    Jon Heder signs autographs and presents screenings of his cult film "Napoleon Dynamite" at Hollywood Blvd. and Hollywood Palms this weekend. The Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show pulls into Chicago's McCormick Place. The Lake County Folk Club presents folk artist Michael Peter Smith in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the In-Laws Restaurant in Gurnee.

    Beverly Hills police say they’re investigating Kanye West for misdemeanor battery after a man accused the rapper of attacking him.

    Police investigate Kanye West for possible battery

    Beverly Hills police say they’re investigating Kanye West for misdemeanor battery after a man accused the rapper of attacking him. Sgt. George DeMarois says several witnesses identified West as being involved in an altercation around 12:15 p.m. Monday at an office on Wilshire Boulevard. The rapper had left the premises by the time officers arrived.

    Luke Bryan announced today that he will be playing three stadium shows this summer. He stops at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Aug. 31.

    Luke Bryan heading to Soldier Field Aug. 31

    Three years ago, Luke Bryan was a promising down-bill opening act. This summer he’ll join the touring elite with three stadium dates planned as part of his That’s My Kinda Night Tour. He's making a stop at Soldier Field in Chicago on Aug. 31, with special guest Dierks Bentley, it was announced Tuesday.

    Kanye West has filed a New York lawsuit to stop production of “Coinye West” bitcoins that he says unjustly cash in on his fame.

    Kanye West sues in N.Y. over ‘Coinya West’ bitcoins

    Kanye West has filed a New York lawsuit to stop production of “Coinye West” bitcoins that he says unjustly cash in on his fame. The rapper’s lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. It seeks to stop companies and individuals that have not yet been identified from exchanging the digital currency.

    Sheriff’s deputies are investigating Justin Bieber for yet another neighborly dispute that could land him in court. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said 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.

    Detectives search Bieber home in vandalism case

    The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department searched Justin Bieber’s home for evidence in an egg-tossing vandalism case involving the pop star. Bieber was at the home when nearly a dozen deputies served the warrant Tuesday morning and he was being cooperative with investigators, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Deputies are investigating Bieber, 19, for allegedly throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home on Thursday evening and damaging its exterior.

    Jennifer Nettles is striking out on her own with her first solo album, “That Girl.”

    Jennifer Nettles strips down sound on solo debut

    As lead singer in the contemporary country duo Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles and partner Kristian Bush kept growing increasingly experimental over four albums. For her first solo album, “That Girl,” Nettles takes a different tact, stripping her songs to their basics — both sonically and emotionally.


    Dating guy who dumped friend is just wrong

    Reader wants permission to date guy who dumped her friend after they met on a double date. Carolyn Hax says there is no way that is OK.

    Judges Keith Urban, left, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. discuss the newest season of “American Idol” at the FOX Winter 2014 TCA on Monday, Jan. 13.

    Producers: ‘American Idol’ making changes

    The producers of “American Idol” said Monday that the show’s new season will include changes to freshen it, including expanded song choices for contestants. After tending toward a fair amount of golden oldies, the show’s song list will add more current songs that the young contestants can relate to, executive producer Per Blankens said.

    Lana Kane, left, voice of Aisha Tyler, and Sterling Archer, voice of H. Jon Benjamin, star in season 5 of “Archer.”

    No pregnant pause for ‘Archer’ star Tyler

    Aisha Tyler is a jack of many trades: actress, author, game-show host, talk-show panelist, podcast proprietor. And the “Archer” leading lady says she wants to “add more jobs to that list.” The series finally had its season-five debut Monday night.

    “The River & The Thread” is the latest release by Rosanne Cash.

    Rosanne Cash explores her Southern roots

    The songs on “The River & The Thread” rock like a cradle, and the rhythm rings true while Rosanne Cash explores her roots. The mesmerizing musical journey takes her to Arkansas, the Mississippi Delta and the Gulf Coast as Cash encounters the ghosts of Robert Johnson, Emmett Till, a.m. radio and her Civil War ancestors. There’s also the repeated tug of Memphis, where Cash was born around the time her father cut his first record.

    Humble celery stars in this crunchy salad. Add a lemon vinaigrette, thin ribbons of real Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and the add-ins of your choice to tailor the dish to your taste.

    Start with celery for a healthy, crunchy salad

    Elizabeth Karmel bets celery sales spike in January, when everyone is attempting a healthy makeover of their diet. Yes, she likes to snack on raw sticks, but she says there's another delicious way to enjoy celery — as the base for a have-it-your-way salad.

    The humble celery stalk — high in fiber and low in calories — provides the foundation for this crunchy salad. Add a lemon vinaigrette, thin ribbons of real Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and the add-ins of your choice to tailor the dish to your taste.

    Have-It-Your-Way Celery Salad
    HAve-It-Your-Way Celery Salad

    The Opal apple was discovered in Europe in 1999 and has been grown in Washington State since 2010. The apple has yellow skin and a sweet flavor. Because of its composition, it naturally resists oxidation.

    From the Food Editor: Are all apples created equal?

    Food Editor Deborah Pankey compares apples to apples and touts a new glass that accentuates the taste and mouth feel of Coke.

    In “The New Democrats and the Return to Power” by Al From, he recounts how he helped remake a Democratic Party more than two decades ago that was at a low point after Democratic nominee Walter Mondale lost 49 states to Ronald Reagan in 1984.

    Al From recounts rebuilding of Democratic Party

    Al From’s “The New Democrats and the Return to Power” tells the important story of how a political party in trouble can reinvent itself and regain power. The book is particularly timely because the Republican Party’s leadership has set a goal of broadening its appeal after losing the last two presidential elections. And the Democrats will need to look closely at their political direction after President Barack Obama, with his unique coalition of supporters, leaves the White House.

    President Barack Obama bows as he and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a ruby-colored chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown, gets ready to dance at the Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington. Michelle Obama’s fashion is making history again, at least for the next year, as her second inaugural gown will be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution.

    Michelle Obama’s 2nd gown lent to Smithsonian

    Michelle Obama’s fashion is making history again, at least for the next year, as her second inaugural gown will be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution. Before it’s stowed away for a future presidential library, Obama’s ruby-colored chiffon gown made by designer Jason Wu is being lent to the National Museum of American History for a year to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Smithsonian’s first ladies exhibition. The dress will be paired with Obama’s shoes designed by Jimmy Choo and will go on display beginning Tuesday.

    At night, the ice castles at the base of the Loon Mountain ski resort in Lincoln, N.H., are lit by color-changing LED lights embedded in the ice.

    Ice castles become tourist attractions in 3 states

    Farming is tough during a New Hampshire winter — unless you’re growing icicles. At the base of Loon Mountain in Lincoln, an ice castle not unlike the frosty palace in the Disney movie “Frozen” is rising from the ground, one icicle at a time. It’s one of three ice castles being built by the same company — the others are in Breckinridge, Colo., and Midway, Utah — this winter. Brent Christensen, who now lives in Hawaii, started his Ice Castles company a few years ago after spending several winters building elaborate slides and ice towers for his kids in his backyard in Utah.


    Dijon Mustard and Balsamic Vinaigrette
    Dijon Mustard and Balsamic Vinaigrette

    It’s all about technique for Elliott Papineau. The Glen Ellyn dad lets technique and ingredients guide his meal planning.

    Cook of the Week: Practice makes perfect for Glen Ellyn analyst

    It may be because he is an equity analyst by profession, but Cook of the Week Elliott Papineau of Glen Ellyn, has a different approach to cooking. To Elliott, it is all about technique and the ratios, “Cooking and baking use a lot of math and science. Once you know the fundamentals it opens you up to something new,” he says.

    Elliott Papineau’s Sour Seeded Rye Bread

    Sour Seeded Rye Bread
    breads: Elliott Papineau

    Elliott Papineau serves carrots, hot and cold, in the same dish.

    Hot/Cold Carrots
    Hot/Cold Carrots: Elliott Papineau

    Elliott Papineau tops beans with pickled onions and toasty croutons for a dish he calls Last Harvest Beans.

    Last Harvest Beans
    Last Harvest Beans: Elliott Papineau

    E.L. Doctorow’s “Andrew’s Brain” by E.L. Doctorow focuses on a cognitive scientist with a guilty soul.

    E.L. Doctorow explores mind of brain scientist

    The narrator of E.L. Doctorow’s latest novel, “Andrew’s Brain,” is a cognitive scientist with a guilty soul. He blames himself for every bad thing that has happened to him in his lifetime, and that’s a lot. Andrew’s litany of failure and loss unspools in a series of conversations with an unnamed interlocutor, almost certainly a psychotherapist, over an unspecified time period, in largely unidentified settings, and in a variety of modes, including letters, phone calls and face to face.

    “Discover the Dinosaurs” returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont from Friday through Monday, Jan. 17-20.

    Best bets: Discover the Dinosaurs for yourself in Rosemont

    More than 40 animatronic prehistoric dinosaur replicas return with the interactive Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit this weekend at Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. New this year are rides, miniature golf and inflatables. Actor Jon Heder will sign autographs and host screenings of the cult indie film “Napoleon Dynamite” this weekend at Hollywood Blvd. Cinema in Woodridge and Hollywood Palms in Naperville. Dog sled demonstrations, ice sculpting and other wintry activities are part of Frosty Fest at Gurnee's Viking Park.


    Lean and lovin’ it: Xanthan gum key to lean salad dressing

    For many of my “less-than-lean” years a wide wedge of iceberg lettuce drenched with Thousand Island dressing was a favorite salad. Later, I learned that a 2-tablespoon serving of that dressing delivered 111 calories and 10.5 fat grams. Two tablespoons of any dressing barely covered the tip of that iceberg. No wonder I was less than lean.



    Editorial: Think safety to narrow jurisdiction gaps

    A Daily Herald editorial says state and local governments must work together to ensure safety in unincorporated areas.


    Unequal incomes is not the real problem here

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: This may be one of the most brilliant turns of phrase yet. Not one single American, gun to head (figuratively speaking), would say, “I’m for inequality” or “inequality is good.” But is inequality what we’re really talking about?


    GOP has it right on jobless benefits
    An Inverness letter to the editor: As so often happens in politics, the Democrats’ characterization of the need for the 12th federal extension of unemployment benefits since the recession’s onset in 2008 as an “emergency” does violence to the plain meaning of the word. Webster’s headline definition of the word is “an unexpected and usually dangerous situation that calls for immediate action.”


    Base your beliefs on sound evidence
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Why do people who have an ax to grind against a political party or other entity tend to close their minds to any ideas except their own opinions? Are they’re afraid they may be wrong?


    Service people still dying abroad
    An Addison letter to the editor: Every week the TV show, “This Week With George Stenopoulos,” acknowledges the deaths of our military killed in Afghanistan. This past Jan. 5, three men were named. Their ages were 27, 28 and 22.


    Love your kids? Push for drug tests
    Love your kids? Push for drug testsIn the Jan 9 edition of the Daily Herald, you reported that Naperville School District 203 has backed away from drug testing students as a condition for participation in extra curricular activities. As counterpoint to that, the same day PBS News Hour ran an interview with the governor of Vermont who is instituting a major effort to address the “heroin epidemic” in his state and every state. The Herald has reported multiple times in the recent past on the rise in heroin overdoses here in DuPage County.While I commend the District 203 school board for even discussing the problem, it looks as if one of two things has happened: 1) they have decided to bury their heads in the sand and avoid the expense and hassle of making a stronger stand than the programs they already use or 2) they are knuckling under to pressure from parents who are insulted (despite evidence such as the local rise in overdose deaths) at the thought that their little darlings would be involved in something so gauche.Parents: if you love your kids, push your school boards to have robust programs of education, prevention and intervention, including drug testing for participation in extra curricular activities. Kids care about theirsports, clubs and organizations and that, hopefully, will be one more deterrent to using drugs.Considering the alternative, these steps are a small price to pay.Steve SmithAurora


    Christie’s minions know Shakespeare
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: His minions take political revenge by shutting down Fort Lee, N.J., and blocking the busiest bridge in the world, and yet the governor of New Jersey knows nothing about it? Shakespeare never saw Fort Lee, but he could explain.


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