Daily Archive : Thursday January 23, 2014


    Sammy Silich of Long Grove at the Thousand Lakes Outposts booth during the Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show in Rosemont.

    Outdoor shows this weekend in Rosemont and Schaumburg

    Two major outdoor shows with many similar features continue through Sunday in Rosemont and Schaumburg. The Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Expo is in its second year at the Schaumburg Convention Center. The Chicago Outdoor Sports Show in Rosemont has many of the same features, along with some special events of its own.


    Volunteers sought for Volo Bog, Moraine Hills

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources at Volo Bog State Natural Area in Ingleside, Illinois and at Moraine Hills State Park & McHenry Dam in McHenry, Illinois, is seeking volunteers for several positions.

    Marklund has withdrawn an application to expand its school for children with autism in Bloomingdale but plans to make another attempt to get village approval for the project.

    Marklund takes step back from expansion plan

    Marklund is expected to make another attempt to sell Bloomingdale officials on a proposed building addition after the village’s plan commission recommended denial of project. The nonprofit organization has withdrawn an application to build a $4 million expansion of its school for children with autism.

    Emergency crews work at the scene of a massive pileup involving more than 40 vehicles, many of them semitrailers, along Interstate 94 Thursday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2014 near Michigan City, Ind. At least three were killed and more than 20 people were injured.

    Chicago man, his dog among 3 dead in massive I-94 pileup

    A couple from Michigan and a man from Chicago were killed in a massive pileup on a snowy Interstate 94 in northwest Indiana, authorities said Friday, as crews cleaned up after the 40-plus-vehicle wreck. More than 20 people were injured in the crush of semitrailers and mangled passenger vehicles Thursday afternoon on the eastbound stretch of I-94. Conditions very quickly changed from clear to...

    Alfredo Faries of Barrington bundles up Thursday morning at the Barrington Metra station.

    It’s not over yet: Colder weather coming next week

    If you think you’ve felt the coldest temperatures this winter season has to offer, unfortunately, weather forecasters say you could be wrong. Here come more bone-chillingly frigid temperatures, brisk wind chills and blowing and drifting snow. And it’s likely we’re still a ways away from breaking the back of winter. “I don’t think were done,” said Charles Mott,...


    Construction near on Moline-to-Chicago train line

    Transportation authorities say work on a passenger rail line connecting Moline with Chicago could begin this summer.

    Jason Elders

    West Dundee fires firefighter accused of beating up woman

    West Dundee officials have fired a part-time firefighter accused of beating up a woman at a Christmas party, Village Manager Joseph Cavallaro confirmed Thursday. Jason Elders, 39, was fired Wednesday. “The conduct was not what we expect of our employees, especially within public safety,” Cavallaro said.

    A train passes by railroad officials Thursday as they investigate a fatal crash involving a vehicle and Metra train at the Route 134 crossing in Round Lake Park. A man and his daughter were killed in the crash Wednesday evening.

    Police: Alcohol factor in fatal Round Lake Park train crash

    Police say alcohol was a factor in a crash that killed a man and his daughter when the vehicle they were riding in was struck by a Metra train on Route 134 in Round Lake Park on Wednesday night.


    Firefighters investigating O'Hare workers' symptoms

    Several workers at Chicago O'Hare International Airport complained Thursday night of a burning sensation in their throats, prompting the Chicago Fire Department to investigate their work area for the source of their symptoms.

    Naperville police and DuPage County authorities said Thursday afternoon they are continuing to investigate the “suspicious death” of a man found dead Wednesday morning inside a townhouse on Vail Court in the city's Estes Park subdivision.

    'Suspicious death' investigation continues in Naperville

    Naperville and DuPage County authorities are continuing to investigate the “suspicious death” of a man found dead Wednesday morning in a townhouse on Vail Court. The DuPage County coroner's office was conducting an autopsy Thursday but results were not immediately available.

    Susanne Atanus

    Congressional hopeful asked to quit over remarks on God and gay marriage

    Republican leaders called Thursday for Susanne Atanus to drop out of the GOP primary for the 9th Congressional District after she told the Daily Herald this winter's bitter weather is a sign that God is angry over abortions and same-sex marriage. “I'm not withdrawing from the race. I don't know why they are not standing behind me,” Atanus said. “They should talk to me...


    Wadsworth home destroyed in fire

    A large two-story home was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon in Wadsworth. Four fire departments were called in to battle the blaze, which was reported at 3:23 p.m., according to the Newport Township Fire Protection District.

    Clockwise from top left, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner are seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

    GOP candidates try to appeal to downstate voters

    The four Republican candidates for governor tried to woo downstate Illinois voters at the latest in a series of debates Thursday, pledging not to let the state be dominated by Chicago-area clout. The largely civil 90-minute debate in Peoria was a departure from a more combative forum last week in Mount Prospect, which Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner described as a “beat up Brucey” session.

    In 2004, the Rev. Victor Ivers said his philosophy remained unchanged in his more than 60 years of ministry. “I love God and serve people,” he said.

    Longtime Libertyville priest beloved by all

    At his last Mass before leaving St. Joseph Parish in Libertyville for a nursing facility, the Rev. Victor Ivers left worshippers with this challenge: “Who will fill my shoes?” Ivers died on Jan. 18, but his shoes and the challenge he made in 2007 endure.


    Freed inmates given innocence certificates

    Three people who served lengthy prison sentences in Illinois after confessing to murders they didn’t commit received certificates of innocence Thursday from a Cook County judge. The certificates qualify the three for compensation from the state.

    A police investigator looks over the frozen rubble after a fire destroyed a seniors residence in L’Isle-Verte, Que., Thursday. The fire trapped terrified residents, most of them dependent on wheelchairs and walkers and left three confirmed dead and 30 missing.

    Fire at Quebec senior home; 5 dead, 30 missing

    A fire raged through a seniors’ home in eastern Quebec on Thursday, trapping residents dependent on wheelchairs and walkers. Five died, about 30 were missing and Canada’s prime minister said there is little doubt the death toll will be high.

    Luis M. Villa-Silva

    Probation, jail for Carpentersville man’s DUI arrest while driving kids

    A 35-year-old Carpentersville man who was arrested last year for his fourth DUI with his two kids in the car pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced to 150 days in jail and two years of probation. Luis M. Villa Silva also must perform 200 hours of community service and alcohol treatment.

    Businessman Bruce Rauner, a Republican candidate for Illinois governor, says labor unions are scared of his platform.

    Illinois unions prepare attack on Rauner

    After months of owning the airwaves and raising millions more than his three GOP opponents in the campaign for Illinois governor, Bruce Rauner’s biggest test in the Republican primary may come not from his rivals but from the well-funded and politically powerful labor unions that traditionally side with Democrats.

    Norbert J. Maday

    New lawsuit filed in priest molestation case

    A new lawsuit filed Thursday alleging sexual abuse of children in the 1960s and `70s focuses on a now-defrocked priest referred to at length in documents released this week by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. Norbert J. Maday molested boys — sometimes in cars or motel swimming pools — when a priest at Chicago’s St. Leo Catholic Church and later at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church...

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered immediate actions Thursday to define the depth of trouble inside the nation’s nuclear force, which has been rocked by disclosures about security lapses, poor discipline, weak morale and other problems that raise questions about nuclear security.

    Hagel ordering full review of nuclear force

    With public trust and safety at stake, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered immediate actions Thursday to define the depth of trouble inside the nation’s nuclear force, which has been rocked by disclosures about security lapses, poor discipline, weak morale and other problems that raise questions about nuclear security.

    Randy Overla

    Buffalo Grove man charged with soliciting sex from minor

    A 31-year-old Buffalo Grove man was arrested this week outside of a Berwyn high school where he thought he was meeting a 15-year-old girl to engage in sex acts, prosecutors said Thursday. Randy Overla was charged with traveling to meet a minor and indecent solicitation of a child, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, speaking at the Republican National Committee winter meeting Thursday, said the GOP needs to broaden its appeal and end its internal divisiveness.

    Huckabee: Democrats pitch women on birth control

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told fellow Republicans on Thursday that rival Democrats were trying to win over female voters by promising them free birth control and telling them “they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government.”


    Kane County unemployment program puts few back to work

    Numbers are in for how many unemployed people a program overseen by Kane County has successfully placed back into the workforce. They aren’t particularly good. Staffers blames the partial government shutdown, loss of stimulus funding and problems with state unemploymet offices.

    Former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden said via e-mail on Thursday that whistler-blower laws in the U.S. cannot preclude the possibility of him going to prison.

    Snowden: Whistle-blower law gaps preclude return to U.S.

    Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who exposed secret intelligence programs, said he won’t return to the U.S. because of gaps in federal whistle-blower laws that he said would leave him unprotected.


    District 95 preschool screening:

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 will offer a preschool screening on Friday, Feb. 7, for 3- and 4-year-old children for whom there may be concerns with gross or fine motor skills, speech-language, or conceptual development.


    Illinois Beach State Park grant:

    A $1.3 million grant for shoreline stabilization at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion was announced Thursday by Gov. Pat Quinn.

    Coaches and family friends are remembering Dora Betancourt as a kind, bubbly girl who loved cheerleading and sports.

    Mundelein murder victim, 11, recalled as bubbly girl

    Coaches and family friends are remembering 11-year-old Dora Betancourt as a kind, bubbly girl who loved cheerleading and sports. They’re also trying to comprehend the Mundelein fifth-grader’s violent death, which authorities say came Tuesday morning at the end of a kitchen knife wielded by her 14-year-old half-sister.

    A protester stands at a burning barricades between police and protesters in central Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday. Thick black smoke from burning tires engulfed parts of downtown Kiev as an ultimatum issued by the opposition to the president to call early election or face street rage was set to expire with no sign of a compromise on Thursday.

    Ukraine opposition urges continued cease-fire

    A top Ukrainian opposition leader on Thursday urged protesters to maintain a shaky cease-fire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed in clashes this week, but some in the crowd appeared defiant, jeering and chanting “revolution” and “shame.”


    Mundelein High hosts FAFSA workshop:

    Mundelein High School will host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid workshop on Monday, Feb. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Rooms A103 and A104, a news release stated.

    A fundraising Web page has been set up for the family of the murdered Mundelein girl to help offset funeral costs.

    Mundelein mom leads fundraising effort for family of murdered 11-year-old girl

    A Mundelein mom has started a fundraising effort to pay funeral expenses for an 11-year-old girl who was murdered Tuesday. "It's such a tragic story. It just really affected me," said Katie Henning, a mother of four.

    George Shipperley of Aurora is being inducted to the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame.

    Youth symphony conductor, painters, musicians to join Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame

    Six people _ including the conductor of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra _ will be inducted to the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame this spring, the organization announced Thursday.

    St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Lake Zurich has received a $200,000 grant to fund technology from the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation.

    Big donation for Lake Zurich Catholic school

    St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Lake Zurich has been awarded one of the largest grants in its history.

    Matthew R. Dupasquier

    Probation for summer 2013 Gilberts’ gun theft

    A 17-year-old was sentenced to two years probaton and 90 days electronic home monitoring after admitting to his role in a June 2013 burglary in Gilberts in which two guns were stolen. Matthew Dupasquier, of Gilberts, also must pay $3,400 in fines and court costs. A co-defendant, David Schaefer, 19, of Gilberts appeared briefly in Kane County court Thursday and is next due in court in late...

    The Life Center, Inc., sued the city of Elgin in federal court after the city shut down use of its mobile ultrasound unit in fall 2012. The two sides reached a settlement, with the city paying $280,000 of TLC’s legal fees and adjusting its zoning laws.

    Elgin settles federal lawsuit over mobile ultrasound unit use

    The city of Elgin has reached a settlement in a lawsuit by The Life Center, Inc. that allows the Christian group to provide free ultrasound services at two city locations. The city will pay $280,000 of TLC's attorney fees after the group sued in March 2013 when the city shut down TLC's mobile units in fall 2012.

    Sann Knipple

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    Naperville weighing liquor license for more movie theaters

    The AMC Showplace 16 theater in Naperville wants to begin selling alcohol, and some city council members seem willing to give it a shot. Others, however, said they are reluctant to bring booze into the family atmosphere that is a movie theater. A decision is expected next month, when the council is set to vote on the creation of a new type of liquor license for movie theaters.

    Cindy Brick

    Buffalo Grove honors firefighters, dispatcher for lifesaving efforts

    The Buffalo Grove village board this week honored the heroic cooperation between Buffalo Grove and Long Grove firefighters, as well as the expert coordination of a dispatcher from Northwest Central Dispatch System which allowed it to happen. Together, officials say, their teamwork saved a man’s life.


    U of I will consider pension-cut offsets

    University of Illinois President Robert Easter and other administrators will consider ways to help university employees make up for some of the money they will lose when state pension reforms begin June 1.


    Probation for Elk Grove man who fatally stabbed family dog

    An Elk Grove Village man pleaded guilty to animal cruelty recently. Court records show Andrew J. Maynard, 19, wassentenced to 24 months probation in exchange for pleading guilty to stabbing his family's dog in April 2013.


    Harper College offers belt-friendly cooking classes

    Harper College is introducing two new cooking classes devoted to all things quinoa. Aspiring chefs will tackle recipes that pair the nutrition-packed ingredient with some serious comfort food like mac and cheese. And call it the quinoa breakfast of champions: One course will focus just on brunch dishes.


    Lawmaker proposes ban on smoking in cars with kids

    An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would make it illegal to smoke in a car while a child is present. Chicago Democratic Sen. Ira Silverstein is sponsoring the measure, saying it’s aimed at protecting children from secondhand smoke.


    Channahon man dies in snowmobile accident

    Gregory J. Mosher, 29, of Channahon died late Wednesday after his snowmobile struck a tree.

    Lexie Kamerman was among those killed in a Taliban attack against a popular restaurant in Afghanistan last week.

    Hundreds mourn Chicago native killed in Kabul bombing

    Mourners gathered at Weinstein Funeral Home in Wilmette on Wednesday to remember 27-year-old Lexie Kamerman, who was one of 21 people who were killed last week during a suicide bombing and gun attack at a Kabul restaurant.

    University of Illinois board Chairman Christopher Kennedy, left, speaks with university President Robert Easter before a meeting.

    U of I board re-elects Kennedy as chairman

    Christopher Kennedy will serve a sixth year as chairman of the University of Illinois board of trustees. Kennedy’s fellow trustees re-elected him Thursday during a meeting in Chicago.


    Illinois gives athletic director a raise

    University of Illinois trustees have raised Urbana-Champaign campus Athletic Director Mike Thomas’ base salary and extended his contract through August 2019.


    Hearing scheduled on gambling expansion

    The lawmaker seeking approval for expanded gambling in Illinois will conduct several hearings to get public input. Rep. Bob Rita, a Blue Island Democrat, said Thursday that the first hearing will be Jan. 28 at the Casino Queen riverboat casino in East St. Louis.


    Belleville has appetite for brat record

    Belleville doesn’t expect to be hotdogging it when the southwestern Illinois community celebrates its bicentennial. That’s because this 200th birthday blowout is all about the brat.


    Student performance selected as topic for next Engage200 session

    Student performance will be the topic of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200's next Engage200 session on Feb. 19. Tentatively, the topics for the Engage200 meetings in March, April and May will be programs and services, facilities and finance.


    Prison time for Elgin man who caused 2013 crash

    A 23-year-old Elgin man pleaded guilty to reckless driving resulting in a four-vehicle crash on July 21, 2013, court records show. Noe Aguilera was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $724 in fines in exchange for his guilty plea to the class 4 felony.


    Polish murder suspect deported
    Federal immigration authorities say they’ve deported a Polish murder suspect found living in the Chicago area. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says 25-year-old Pawel Wojciech Chrzanovski was turned over to Polish law enforcement authorities in Warsaw on Thursday.

    Sann Knipple

    Knipple resigns from Dist. 57 school board, search on for replacement

    sMount Prospect Elementary District 57 is on the hunt for a new school board member. A vacancy was created after Sann Knipple resigned her post on Jan. 16. In a letter she handed to the rest of the board, Knipple said she decided to resign because of growing obligations in her personal and professional lives.


    Boomers eighth fastest-growing baseball team

    The Schaumburg Boomers baseball team won not only the 2013 Frontier League championship and Organization of the Year award but also the distinction of being one of the Top 10 Fastest Growing Teams in professional baseball, according to research compiled by David Kronheim on numbertamer.com. Averaging 3,005 fans per game in 2013, the Boomers saw a 17.1 percent increase in total attendence from...

    Charles Brown

    Streamwood man charged with child pornography

    A 49-year-old Streamwood man, whose wife operates a day care business at their home, is facing child pornography charges. Authorities said Charles Brown, of the 300 block of Somerset Drive, had downloaded “numerous” videos and pictures depicting children engaged in sex acts. It is unclear if any of the children in the images were children he knows or his wife cared for.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 19-year-old Bartlett man was arrested around 9:41 p.m. Jan. 20 on the 200 block of South Oak Avenue and charged with criminal damage to property.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS A landslide trench and ridge east of Reelfoot Lake is seen near Obion County, Tenn., made by the New Madrid earthquakes in the early 1800s. U.S. Geological Survey scientists reported Thursday that the New Madrid fault zone is still active and could unleash future powerful earthquakes. The zone in the U.S. Midwest produced three strong quakes in 1811 and 1812.

    Study: New Madrid fault zone alive and active

    The New Madrid fault zone in the nation’s midsection is active and could spawn future large earthquakes, scientists reported Thursday. It’s “not dead yet,” said U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough, who was part of the study published online by the journal Science.


    District 200 moving ahead with online courses

    Students in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 will have an opportunity next school year to take online classes through a virtual learning consortium that district officials will form with at least two other area districts.


    Mt. Prospect likes its rating for road bonds

    Mount Prospect received a favorable interest rate — 2.35 percent — for the $6.5 million in bonds it sold Tuesday to address the backlog in road repairs. “That's about as low as we have seen,” said Finance Director David Erb.

    Newly approved tuition increases at the University of Illinois mean that four years of college on the flagship campus will top $100,000 for many students.

    4 years of UI tuition to top $100,000 for 1st time

    Newly approved tuition increases at the University of Illinois mean that four years of college on the flagship campus will top $100,000 for many students.

    A business owner at just 17, Breje Whitt plans to make a career in the music industry. The Elgin teen three months ago launched Diamond Cut Productions, a sound/lighting/DJ business, mostly with money he earned while performing with BarlowGirl, an acclaimed Christian rock band.

    Teen entrepeneur from Elgin takes on music industry

    At age 15, Breje Whitt was playing onstage with a nationally renowned Christian rock band. At 17, the Elgin teen started his own DJ, sound and lighting company. Where he goes next is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for sure — music is going to be his life. “Music is what I want to do, but I don’t know where it’s going to go,” said Breje, a senior at Westminster Christian School in Elgin.

    Century Tile and Supply Co. founders Frank Parks Sr., left, and Paul Spiewak in a 2002 photo.

    Century Tile mourns one of its founders
    The Century Tile company is mourning the loss of one of the company's founders, Paul Spiewak, who, with his friend Frank Parks Sr. started the business in 1947. The longtime Mount Prospect resident was 86.

    The Harry Semrow Golf Driving Range in Des Plaines is one of two sites being proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a flood storage reservoir, part of a larger flood control plan along the Des Plaines River.

    Des Plaines driving range eyed for flood reservoir

    Golfers at the Harry Semrow Golf Driving Range in Des Plaines could soon be launching golf balls onto an open field that doubles as a reservoir during local flooding. The driving range, a 37-acre site at Golf and Rand roads, was identified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a possible location for a reservoir as one alternative to constructing a reservoir at historic Didier Farms near...


    Kane officials exploring concealed carry on county property

    Three of the top officials in Kane County's justice system may not agree on what the concealed carry standards should be on county property. It will be a tough balancing act of safety and liability vs. Second Amendment rights. “Can they bring a gun on campus? Can they bring it to a work site? Concealed carry is the law, but we also have to look at liability," county board member Cristina...

    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com Alfredo Faries of Barrington bundles up at the Barrington Metra station Thursday morning.

    Wind chill warning over, but not the cold

    The National Weather Service’s Chicago office has issued a winter advisory overnight warning of blowing snow. The winter advisory through 4 a.m. Friday says wind gusts could create blowing and drifting snow that could reduce visibility in open areas. “Roads may be snow-covered and hazardous,” it says.

    The family of condemned prisoner Edgar Tamayo prays after receiving word that the scheduled execution of the Mexican national would proceed Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Huntsville, Texas. Tamayo was convicted of killing a Houston police officer 20 years ago.

    Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico

    A Mexican national has been executed in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment. Edgar Tamayo, 46, received a lethal injection Wednesday night for the January 1994 fatal shooting of Officer Guy Gaddis, 24.

    Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Ja'afari, points to a document during a press conference during the Syrian peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the meeting saying that the peace talks will face "formidable" challenges for Syria. Ban called on the Syrian government and the opposition trying to overthrow it to negotiate in good faith.(AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Salvatore Di Nolfi)

    Syrian govt says terrorism, not talks is priority

    Syria’s government says fighting terrorism — not peace talks — is its priority, dismissing the Western-backed opposition and any attempts at outside intervention. Thursday’s comments from Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem cast doubt on U.N. efforts this week to chart a path out of Syria’s civil war.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani listens to welcome remarks during a session of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.

    Iran’s heavyweight absence hangs over Syria talks

    It’s the regional heavyweight that few want at the table, but without it any attempt to end the Syria war may be futile. Iran’s backing is crucial for President Bashar Assad’s hold on power — and for the Iranians, Syria is key to their aspirations of regional power.

    Five years into his presidency, the verdict on Obama is: nice guy, so-so president. A new AP-GfK Poll finds that less than a third of Americans consider Obama to be an above-average president. But nearly twice as many find him likable.

    Poll: People see Obama as nice guy, so-so president

    Nice guy, so-so president. Taking stock of President Barack Obama at the five-year mark in his term, less than a third of Americans consider him to be an above-average chief executive. Nearly twice as many find him likable.

    Associated Press A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency’s surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency’s bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans’ calling records, The Associated Press has learned.

    Government panel urges end to phone data spying

    A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency’s surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency’s bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans’ calling records, The Associated Press has learned.

    Associated Press File Photo Virginia Attorney General-elect Mark Herring has concluded that the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits challenging it, his office said Thursday Jan. 23, 2014.

    Va. AG: State gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    Following a seismic political shift in Virginia’s top elected offices, the new attorney general has concluded that the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits, his office said Thursday. Virginia, widely considered a battleground state in the nationwide fight to grant same-sex couples the right to wed, will instead side with the...


    Dawn Patrol: Naperville death investigated; wind chill warnings

    Metra train hits SUV, kills at least one. Naperville police investigating suspicious death. Wind chill warning remains in effect. Feeling unappreciated led to Mundelein stabbing, police say. Report rips Metra police department. Suburban woman charged with alligator abandonment. Blackhawks lose to Red Wings.

    State Sen. Bill Brady, a Republican candidate for governor, met Wednesday with the Daily Herald Editorial Board.

    Brady: School pay raises should have consequences

    Republican candidate for governor and state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington says local schools should pay for the state pension costs that result from the pay raises given to teachers. Brady’s idea wouldn’t have school districts pay toward retirement costs for teachers’ existing salaries or the state’s debt, but he said school boards should be responsible for the increased...

    Jonathon Guse, 15, greets Morgan, who fetches the newspaper every day at their home in Glen Ellyn.

    The dog days of winter can warm spirits

    During this winter of our discontent, the snow and cold have made it difficult to depend on everything from mail delivery to vacation flights. Then there is Morgan, who is as dependable as they come. There can be a foot of snow. The windchill can be well below zero. And Morgan still delivers the morning paper.

    Former Chicago Bears guard Kurt Becker, second from left, talked to state lawmakers about football tackling in 2011.

    IHSA could limit some football practice tackling

    As high school football players and other fans across Illinois get set to watch the Super Bowl, one suburban lawmaker is working with the Illinois High School Association to ban full-speed tackling during summer practices.

    Matt Teske

    Geneva library director steps down, cites health issue

    Geneva Public Library Director Matt Teske resigned Wednesday night, saying the job was not right for him now, as he is dealing with depression and anxiety. But then he was rehired, as assistant director, as the assistant director announced she will retire at the end of June. And the library board voted to hire an interim library director.


    COD aiming to promote recruitment, retention of black students

    The College of DuPage is launching an initiative officials say is specifically aimed at boosting enrollment, academic success and retention of black students. The announcement came as President Obama on Thursday kicks off a national campaign to encourage more low-income students to attend college.


    Elgin police start ‘party patrols’ in response to shootings

    Elgin police have instituted “party patrols” and are looking at other measures as a response to recent shootings that took place in connection with local parties. Officers working the midnight shift on weekends will be on the lookout for large, late-night gatherings of people to try to prevent trouble by patrolling the area.

    Katie Dutton, 9, right, and Ella Kozlowski, 10, both of Libertyville, build a roller coaster with pipe insulators and marbles Wednesday during the Science Explorers program at the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills.

    Coaster construction

    What can you build with pipe insulators and marbles? A roller coaster, of course. That’s what seven children in grades 4 through 6 did Wednesday at Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills.



    Streamwood rallies to beat St. Charles East

    It’s not how much you lead in a basketball game, it’s when you lead, and senior Hannah McGlone did everything in her power to make sure Streamwood led when it counted Thursday night at St. Charles East.

    Minnesota Wild's Matt Cooke, right center, is congratulated on his goal by Marco Scandella and Nate Prosser, right, as Chicago Blackhawks' Johnny Oduya, left, of Sweden, and Michal Rozsival, skate to their bench in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Wild hold off Blackhawks for 2-1 victory

    Last year, the Chicago Blackhawks gave the Minnesota Wild a quick exit from the playoffs. This year, the Wild are giving the defending Stanley Cup champions all they can handle. Jason Pominville and Matt Cooke scored first-period goals and Darcy Kuemper made 33 saves and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night.


    Wheaton North upsets WW South

    Wheaton Warrenville South rallied from a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit only to see Wheaton North win Thursday’s girls basketball game 57-55 on junior Emari Jones’ last-second basket.


    Bringing top-notch hoops to DuPage County

    If you listen closely you’ll hear the dog days of winter barking loud and proud. Hang in there, folks. Eyes on Five looks at some hoops to look forward to this weekend.

    Carmel’s 6-foot-10 center Jack George has helped Carmel to a 17-3 record and one of its best seasons in years.

    George’s success at Carmel well worth the weight

    For now, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will stay on the menu. But you get the feeling that the old, lovable staple is on a short leash with Jack George, Carmel's 6-foot-10 center.

    Austin Rogers

    Crystal Lake South’s Rogers out for season

    With all the hits Austin Rogers took as a quarterback for the Crystal Lake South football team this season, it comes as a shocker that the knee injury he suffered without any contact Wednesday night in the Gators’ overtime basketball win over Marian Central would be the one that would sideline him. “It was just a mini hop-step and everything went to pieces,” said Rogers, the Fox Valley area’s leading scorer at 23.3 points per game this season. “I never felt that pain (before) and it popped.”


    Willowbrook defeats Proviso East

    When this season started, Willowbrook sophomore Josie Zabran was not even on the varsity roster, but my how the times have changed.


    Metea Valley knocks off St. Charles East

    Metea Valley was able to take advantage of St. Charles East missing a key component to its offense. The Saints played Thursday night’s Upstate Eight Conference boys basketball crossover game without senior point guard Dom Adduci after he suffered a strained groin against St. Charles North on Saturday. The Mustangs capitalized, winning 82-73 as St. Charles East coach Patrick Woods thought it was best to keep Adduci sidelined in preparation for the stretch run in conference play.

    Baranon Farias, left, of West Aurora and Rick Marciniak of Naperville Central battle in the 152-pound match during the West Aurora at Naperville Central wrestling meet Thursday.

    Naperville Central defeats West Aurora

    Naperville Central wrestling coach Rob Porter considers his young team hard working and dedicated. But he said things haven’t always gone the Redhawks’ way this season.


    West Aurora honoring Ormond for 50 years of great calls

    In a compelling example of why we should listen to our parents, Neal Ormond was encouraged by his father to take up speech and debate in addition to athletics. The advice has paid off in a broadcasting career that since 1964 has seen Ormond call more than 1,500 West Aurora basketball games, over 450 football contests and more than 50 other miscellaneous events, sports and otherwise. He’s a mainstay at WBIG-1280 AM in Aurora.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Batavia 70, Larkin 40: Batavia was able to remain perfect on the season in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division at the expense of Larkin, which fell for the fourth time in its last five games. Playing at home for the first time in almost two weeks, the Royals (7-13, 2-6) were unable to generate their offense early and late, netting just 13 points in the first and fourth quarters combined. Senior Alyssa McGhee led the Royals with 13 points, including 3 3-pointers, all coming in the third quarter. Victoria Patterson added 11 points for the Royals, while Marlee Kyles put in 10. Geneva 68, Elgin 39: While not the result that was hoped for by Elgin, there was improvement by the Maroons (6-13, 1-4), who only scored 19 points combined the last two times when traveling to Geneva. “That’s the best we’ve played there, we just have to keep improving every game,” Maroons coach Dr. Nick Bumbales said. Junior Abby Pierre-Louis was able to take charge on offense, hitting 6 shots and leading all scorers with 15 points, but it was not enough to counter a balanced Vikings attack, which saw 12 different players score. Seniors Maggie Powers and Melanie Berg along with sophomore Alisha Panthier each added 6 points for the Maroons.


    Batavia defeats Waubonsie Valley/Metea Valley co-op

    There was a rescheduled Upstate Eight Conference girls gymnastics meet in Naperville on Thursday night, but in a lot of ways it was looked at as an extended practice, or a mock meet, for what lies ahead next Thursday — the UEC meet itself.


    Johnson’s pin puts Dundee-Crown past Huntley

    CJ Johnson, and Dundee-Crown saved their best for last. The Chargers came out on top in their Fox Valley Conference wrestling finale when their big senior recorded a pin in dramatic fashion on the last bout of the night to defeat rival Huntley (17-3-0, 3-3-0) 35-25 before a raucous Senior Night crowd Thursday night in Carpentersville.


    Burlington Central squeaks past N. Boone

    It wasn’t exactly Pack the Place, but the relatively few hardy souls who turned out on Rocket Hill on a frigid weeknight saw a pretty entertaining basketball game. In the end, Burlington Central held off North Boone, 72-70, in a Big Northern East boys thriller.

    Bartlett’s Ally Giampapa (23) shoots over Waubonsie Valley’s Rachael Pedersen (15) during Thursday’s game in Bartlett.

    Bartlett routs Waubonsie Valley

    The Bartlett girls basketball team missed its first nine shots Thursday night against Waubonsie Valley. No worries. The Hawks heated up after that, making 19 of 38 the rest of the way to come away with a dominating 56-25 win in Upstate Eight Valley action at Bartlett.


    Kasemets, Mundelein sink Vernon Hills

    Oakland University-bound Ayrton Kasemets sped to a pair of individual wins and swam on two victorious relays, as Mundelein’s boys swimming team cruised to a 128-51 win over visiting Vernon Hills on Thursday.

    Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka speaks during a press conference at the Rakuten Eagles’ stadium in Sendai, northeastern Japan, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Tanaka said he chose to play for the New York Yankees because they appreciated him the most. Speaking after agreeing a $155 million, seven-year deal with the Yankees, Tanaka said “they gave me the highest evaluation and are a world-famous team.”

    After a tough month, where do Cubs go from here?

    It's not been the greatest of times for the Cubs, whose most positive news lately has been the hiring of a team mascot. They lost out pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, stumbled through their fan convention and continued to be bogged down in a dispute with the neighboring rooftop owners. All that said, spring training starts in three weeks. So where does the team on the field go from here?

    Glenbard South’s Megan Smith and St. Francis’ Caroline Pins scramble for control of the ball during girls basketball at South.

    Ball, Bauman combine to pace Glenbard South

    With 12 points in the first quarter, you would have thought it would be Sydney Bauman who would have the game high for the Glenbard South girls basketball team against St. Francis. Instead it was teammate Tomei Ball who stole the show.


    Way, Stevenson bounce Warren

    Sophia Way scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and Stevenson’s girls basketball team recovered from a slow start to defeat visiting Warren 62-50 in North Suburban Lake Division action Thursday night.


    St. Francis showing respect for its past

    Among St. Francis coach Bob Ward’s many facets is a respect and appreciation for Illinois basketball history, taking special pride in local boys, and men, made good.


    South Elgin runs win streak to 6

    A six-game winning streak is a good reason for a basketball team to be happy. South Elgin is having a lot of fun after beating Metea Valley, 52-29, on Thursday night in Upstate Eight Valley Division girls action at South Elgin.

    Ohio State's Lenzelle Smith Jr., right, grabs a rebound against Illinois' Maverick Morgan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. ( AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

    Illini fall again, lose 62-55 to OSU

    LaQuinton Ross scored 18 points and Smith had 16 — and each added critical points down the stretch — to help No. 17 Ohio State end a four-game skid with a 62-55 win over Illinois on Thursday night.

    Derrick Rose was named to the U.S. national team Thursday, but Mike McGraw says there’s no way he should play in the 2014 World Championships this summer.

    Rose shouldn’t play on U.S. national team

    Despite missing the majority of two seasons, USA Basketball included Derrick Rose on the list of candidates for this year's World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Hopefully, Rose will put his personal recovery ahead of national team glory this summer and not try to participate.

    Hersey’s David Kuntz powers to a win in the 200 yard freestyle race against visting Rolling Meadows on Thursday.

    Hersey stays perfect, edges Rolling Meadows

    Hersey remains undefeated in Mid-Suburban East boys swimming and diving — this time, by just about the slimmest of margins. The Huskies won just enough close races to claim a 94-92 victory over Rolling Meadows at Olympic Pool in Arlington Heights on Thursday.

    Brian Johnson, a 1997 St. Edward graduate and now the head coach at Kaneland, will bring the Knights to his alma mater to battle the Green Wave on Tuesday.

    Kaneland’s Johnson excited to return to St. Edward

    A player from one of the most successful eras in St. Edward boys basketball history returns to his alma mater as a head coach on Tuesday when 1997 graduate Brian Johnson directs his Kaneland Knights against the Green Wave. Johnson played for coach Kevin Dix on the last two St. Edward teams to win sectional titles. He and teammates Muamer Karamovic, Jeff and Jason Hopkins, Brad Hartmann, Peter Aydt, Mark Murphy and Adam Bruhn won a Class A sectional in 1995-96. That team eventually fell to Mendota in the NIU supersectional at Evans Fieldhouse, 77-64.

    Glenbard South’s Jenna Brambora and St. Francis’s Danielle Ament struggle for control of the ball.

    Images: St. Francis at Glenbard South girls basketball
    Glenbard South hosted St. Francis Thursday, Jan. 23 for girls basketball in Glen Ellyn.

    Bartlett’s Elizabeth Arco grabs a rebound.

    Images: Waubonsie Valley vs. Bartlett girls basketball
    Bartlett hosted Waubonsie Valley in a girls basketball matchup Thursday night in Bartlett.


    Well-traveled Travlos tears it up for Lake Zurich

    The MVP award for the MLK tournament at Lake Zurich didn’t have to “Travlos” far. Junior guard Mike Travlos averaged nearly 20 points per game over the Bears’ five games. In the championship game against Carmel, Travlos hit 20 points on the head and was a big reason Lake Zurich was in the game late.

    Libertyville swimmers, from left, Matt Harrington, Bobby Snader, Atticus Rush, and Alex Snarski, set pool records at Libertyville in the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays last week. They’re after bigger goals in the coming weeks, including a top-three finish in the state meet.

    Libertyville swimmers planning to level up

    In the pool, Libertyville's Bobby Snader, Matt Harrington, Alex Snarski, Atticus Rush and Justin Fu are men among boys. They helped Libertyville achieve its highest finish ever at state last year, as the Wildcats placed fourth. The Wildcats, whose deep roster also includes speedsters Mark Boynton and Pat King, have expectations of winning a top-three trophy at state next month. Which doesn’t mean boys can’t be boys out of the water.


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    Bulls game day scouting report

    White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson makes a phone pitch at U.S. Cellular Field to a potential season ticket buyer.

    Hahn feels good about White Sox’ rotation

    After going a combined 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA with Class AA Birmingham and AAA Charlotte, and 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA with the White Sox in September, right-handed starting pitcher Erik Johnson is looking to build on the impressive performance this year.

    The instructional workshops drew big crowds during Demo Day at the PGA Merchandise Show this week at the Orange County National Golf Course in Winter Garden, Fla.

    Chicago companies well represented at PGA Merchandise Show

    The 61st annual PGA Merchandise Show, the biggest show in golf at the Orange County Convention Center in Orland, featured more than 1,000 golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world displaying their wares. Over 20 Chicago area companies had a big presence, as golf columnist Len Ziehm shares in this report.

    A worker rolls up mylar that protected a hockey rink at Dodger Stadium from daytime temperatures in the high 70s Fahrenheit, as preparations continue for the upcoming 2014 NHL Stadium Series hockey game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks will play outdoors at Dodger Stadium next Saturday, Jan. 25th. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    NHL icemakers say Dodger Stadium game will be cool

    Dan Craig and his crew have been at Dodger Stadium from dusk to dawn every night for the past week, patiently building a sheet of NHL-quality ice in the middle of the iconic baseball field. They're just about ready to drop the puck in sunny Southern California. The ice is solid, the fans have bought nearly every ticket, and the two local teams are eager for their historic showdown under the lights and stars. Only a few tweaks remain before the Los Angeles Kings face the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday in the NHL's first official outdoor game in a warm-weather climate.

    Former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent arrives at court for closing arguments in his intoxication manslaughter trial Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Waco, Texas. Lawyers wrapped up their closing arguments Tuesday morning before the case went to the jury for deliberations. Prosecutors accuse the former defensive tackle of drunkenly crashing his Mercedes near Dallas during a night out in December 2012, killing his good friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Mother of ex-Cowboy’s victim stands behind him

    As former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter and confronted with the possibility of spending up to 20 years in prison, the mother of the man he killed sat two rows behind him.


    Vikings’ Peterson has surgery on groin

    For the third straight offseason, Adrian Peterson will be recovering from surgery.The Minnesota Vikings said their star running back had an operation Thursday to repair his adductor muscle, which is part of the groin. The team said Peterson was expected to be fully recovered in about six weeks, giving him plenty of time to heal before offseason workouts get going.

    Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, right, smiles as he runs with his teammate and pitcher Manabu Mima in the morning workout at the Rakuten Golden Eagles' indoor training facility in Sendai, northeastern Japan, Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2014. The New York Yankees capped an offseason spending spree by agreeing Wednesday, Jan. 22 to a $155 million, seven-year contract with prized 25-year-old right-hander Tanaka. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

    Tanaka says Yankees wanted him most

    Masahiro Tanaka chose to play for the New York Yankees because they appreciated him the most among the many major league teams chasing the prized signature of the star Japanese pitcher.“They gave me the highest evaluation and are a world-famous team.” Tanaka said at a news Thursday after agreeing to a $155 million, seven-year deal with the Yankees.

    United States' Landon Donovan high fives young players who will attend a program coined "Sports for All', organized by the US consulate to give public school kids soccer and English lessons, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The US national soccer team is training in Sao Paulo to prepare for the World Cup tournament, which gets underway in June. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

    Donavan: U.S. never this experienced before Cup

    Landon Donovan says the United States will head to the World Cup with its most experienced group of players, giving the Americans a “real chance” to do well at this year’s tournament. As the U.S. finishes a week-and-a-half training camp in the host country, Donovan said American players have enough confidence and experience to confront more traditional World Cup teams heading into a first round that includes matches against Germany, Portugal and Ghana.

    Former Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni has been signed hired by the Chicago Bears to coach the defensive line.

    Bears add Pasqualoni, Herring to defensive staff

    The Bears announced the addition of defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni and linebackers coach Reggie Herring to Marc Trestman's staff Thursday morning. They replace Mike Phair and Tim Tibesar, who were fired on Jan. 12 after one of the worst defensive seasons in franchise history.

    Despite winning most of his games as a member of the Atlanta Braves, former Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux will not have a team logo displayed on his Baseball Hall of Fame plaque when his is inducted this summer. He said he didn't want to choose between the great fan bases of both teams.

    No team logo on HOF plaque for Maddux, La Russa

    Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa will not have any logos on the caps of their Hall of Fame plaques. The decision was announced Thursday by officials from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. According to HOF officials, Joe Torre’s plaque will have the logo of the New York Yankees. Plaques for Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox will have Atlanta Braves logos, and Frank Thomas will have the logo of the Chicago White Sox on his plaque.


    Mike North video: What does $100 million get you?
    Right now Chicago sports teams are overpaying for their high-priced talent. Between players like the Chicago Bears’ Julius Peppers, the Bulls’ Derrick Rose, and the Cubs’ Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, does it seem like a good return on the money being spent?


    Jon Harris leads Cleveland State past UIC 74-64

    Jon Harris had 18 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday night as Cleveland State beat Illinois-Chicago 74-64.Anton Grady scored four straight to put Cleveland State up 61-51 with 2:24 and the Vikings held on by making 10 of their final 14 free throws.


    Nicki Anderson, 52, of Naperville, will begin leading the membership of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 3, when she takes over as the organization's president and CEO.

    Naperville chamber chooses next CEO

    The next leader of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has 20 years of experience running a business in which she “inspired people” for a living. Now, Nicki Anderson says she will work to inspire at least 1,500 other area business operators and chamber members as the organization's president and CEO.

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s reported disappointing quarterly sales Thursday as fewer customers visited the world’s biggest hamburger chain.

    McDonald’s fighting to be ‘relevant’ to customers

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is losing customers, as the world’s biggest hamburger chain struggles to attract diners with its higher-priced sandwiches and new offerings like Mighty Wings. “We’ve lost some of our customer relevance,” CEO Don Thompson conceded Thursday on a call with analysts.

    Petroleum coke, or petcoke, is watered down where it is stored along the Calumet River on Chicago’s Southeast Side.

    Pollution board rejects emergency petcoke regulations

    An Illinois pollution panel on Thursday rejected proposed emergency rules to control piles of petroleum coke along Chicago shipping channels, saying Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency failed to prove there was an imminent threat to public health and safety.

    U.S. stocks fell, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling to a one-month low, after a gauge of China’s manufacturing contracted and investors analyzed corporate earnings.

    U.S. stocks fall on worries over Chinese economy

    U.S. stocks fell broadly Thursday after a report from China added to growing signs that the world’s second-largest economy is slowing. The selling spared few companies, even those reporting solid earnings.

    This product image released by Ralph Lauren shows American hockey player Zach Parise wearing the official uniform for Team USA to be worn at the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.

    Lauren unveils Olympic uniforms — made in USA

    Designer Ralph Lauren’s new Olympic opening ceremony uniform has lots of stars and stripes. It has lots of red, white and blue. And most importantly, it has a Made in America label.

    This is an experimental natural gas locomotive. The diesel locomotives that became freight railroads’ workhorse after World War II could be replaced in the next few years by units like this that burn a mix of natural gas and diesel.

    Natural gas locomotives may prove cheaper, cleaner

    The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas — a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.

    The parent of United Airlines says fourth-quarter net income totaled $140 million as more passengers flew, and paid more for their tickets. The airline’s fuel bill also shrank.

    United Airlines has 4Q profit of $140 million

    The parent of Chicago-based United Airlines said Thursday that it earned $140 million in the fourth quarter, as more passengers flew and paid more for their tickets. The airline’s fuel bill also shrank. Its shares fell, though, after a disappointing prediction for revenue growth in the current quarter.

    A 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet sold for $8.8 million Jan. 17 at the RM Auction at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.

    Two 1958 Ferraris lead auctions up 11% as bidders prize rarities

    Two 1958 Ferrari convertibles captured the top prices at a week of classic car auctions in Arizona that raised $248.6 million, an 11 percent advance on the equivalent events last year, according to Hagerty, a U.S.-based classic car price database.

    Beam Inc., based in Deerfield, was sued over its proposed $16 billion takeover by Suntory Holdings Ltd. by an investor who said the transaction is being driven by the company's largest shareholder, hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman.

    Beam sued by investor pension fund over planned takeover

    Beam Inc., based in Deerfield, was sued over its proposed $16 billion takeover by Suntory Holdings Ltd. by an investor who said the transaction is being driven by the company's largest shareholder, hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman. The NECA-IBEW Pension Trust Fund filed the suit Wednesday Cook County Circuit County, saying the proposed transaction is the product of a “hopefully flawed process.”

    Deerfield-based Baxter International Inc., a maker of dialysis products, reported fourth-quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates on demand for hemophilia therapies.

    Baxter profit beats analyst estimates on hemophilia products

    Deerfieldo-based Baxter International Inc., a maker of dialysis products, reported fourth-quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates on demand for hemophilia therapies. Fourth-quarter earnings, excluding one-time items, of $1.26 a share beat by 1 cent the average of 15 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

    A closely watched survey says the nation’s uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under Obama’s health care law got under way. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The rate declined across major groups.

    Poll finds drop in uninsured rate

    The nation’s uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care law got under way, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The rate declined across major groups.

    Chicago-based United Airlines says it has found a way to keep 688 flight attendants it had planned to furlough. The airline says it will offer all of them jobs in its Continental unit. The two airlines merged in 2010 and both fly under the United name, but they still have separate flight crews.

    United offers jobs to furloughed flight attendants

    Chicago-based United Airlines says it has found a way to keep 688 flight attendants it had planned to furlough. The airline says it will offer all of them jobs in its Continental unit. The two airlines merged in 2010 and both fly under the United name, but they still have separate flight crews.

    Tesla Motors has announced a $121,000 sticker price for its Model S electric sedan in China, and called it a “big risk” because the company could charge twice as much.

    Tesla announces China price for cars

    Tesla Motors has announced a $121,000 sticker price for its Model S electric sedan in China, and called it a “big risk” because the company could charge twice as much. The fledgling U.S. automaker said Thursday it will add only unavoidable taxes and shipping charges to its U.S. price of $81,000.

    Crews search for Asian carp in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in Lockport, Ill.

    Feds to discuss Asian carp plan in Traverse City

    Federal officials are continuing a series of public meetings to discuss options for keeping invasive species such as Asian carp from moving between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the White House Council on Environmental Quality will host the latest session Thursday in Traverse City.

    Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings soared six-fold as the Internet video service added another 2.3 million U.S. subscribers to burnish its status as one of the world’s most popular entertainment outlets.

    Netflix adds 2.3M more US subscribers in banner 4Q

    Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings soared six-fold as the Internet video service added another 2.3 million U.S. subscribers to burnish its status as one of the world’s most popular entertainment outlets. The financial results announced Wednesday topped analyst estimates, and Netflix basked in Wall Street’s adulation. The company’s stock surged $58.57, or more than 17 percent, to $392.30 in extended trading.


    Wet fall and cold weather create propane shortage

    Wet fall weather and the recent cold spells have combined to put a pinch on Illinois’ propane supplies, causing distribution problems across the state. Propane distributors have traveled as far as Mississippi and Kansas to keep up with demand, the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reported.


    Illinois Medicaid pursues housing as health care

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration has a plan for bringing in an additional $3.2 billion in federal funds over five years to help pay for an expansion of supportive housing and other changes to the state’s health care system for the poor and disabled. State officials outlined the plan — it’s called a Medicaid waiver proposal — Wednesday at a legislative committee hearing in Chicago.


    Online ads show rise in available jobs in Illinois

    The Illinois Department of Employment Security says online advertising for jobs in Illinois was up almost 10 percent in December from a year earlier. The department said Wednesday that 215,000 job openings were advertised in December. That’s up by 19,000 from December 2012. The department says 92 percent of the jobs advertised last month were full time.

Life & Entertainment

    The Emcee (Stephen Schellhardt, top), Sally Bowles (Megan Sikora, bottom, center) and the dancers at the Kit Kat Klub sing the opening number “Willkommen” in the musical “Cabaret” at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

    Marriott's 'Cabaret' packs a dramatic punch

    "Cabaret" is a seedy and ultimately sad tale in Marriott Theatre's fine production of the eight-time Tony Award-winning musical set in Berlin during the rise of the Nazi Party.

    Twenty-five Marvel superheroes and villains star in “Marvel Universe LIVE!,” coming to Rosemont’s Allstate Arena and Chicago’s United Center in September 2015.

    Tickets for 2015 ‘Marvel Universe LIVE!’ going on sale Monday
    Tickets for the 2015 "Marvel Universe Live!" shows at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont and Chicago's United Center go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27.

    Kate Fry's tour-de-force performance in the titular role is one of many reasons to see director Kimberly Senior's revival of “Hedda Gabler” at Writers Theatre in Glencoe.

    Subtle performances permeate Writers' brilliant 'Hedda Gabler'

    A synopsis of Henrik Ibsen's 19th-century drama “Hedda Gabler” reads like the plot from a 20th-century network soap opera. Hedda — the aloof, urbane daughter of a distinguished general is resignedly married to Jørgen Tesman, an eager academic named in line for a university appointment. Like those daytime dramas that once riveted millions of viewers, Ibsen's artfully ambiguous examination of a woman desperate to break free from society's constraints, who empowers herself by manipulating others (classic daytime diva demeanor), is irresistible.

    Dean McDermott, husband of actress Tori Spelling, has entered rehab for an unspecified treatment, his publicist Jill Fritzo confirms.

    Actor Dean McDermott enters rehab

    Tori Spelling’s husband, Dean McDermott, has entered rehab, his publicist, Jill Fritzo, confirmed Thursday. The 47-year-old actor said he’s being treated for “some health and personal issues.”

    This police booking mug made available by the Miami Dade County Corrections Department shows pop star Justin Bieber on Thursday. Bieber and singer Khalil were arrested on charges of allegedly drag-racing on a Miami Beach Street.

    Pop star Justin Bieber exits jail after DUI arrest

    A sober-looking Justin Bieber was released from jail Thursday following his arrest on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest. Police say they stopped the 19-year-old pop star while he was drag-racing down a Miami Beach street before dawn.

    Neil Patrick Harris was named as Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals 2014 Man of the Year on Thursday.

    Neil Patrick Harris earns Hasty Pudding award

    Neil Patrick Harris has been named man of the year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. The Emmy Award-winning actor, who made his name on television as child doctor “Doogie Howser M.D.” and is more recently known for his role as the womanizing Barney in “How I Met Your Mother” will be given his pudding pot following a parade through Harvard Square and a roast scheduled for Feb. 7.

    Felicity Jones' nuanced performance practically steals the period drama "The Invisible Woman," the story of Charles Dickens' secret love life.

    'Invisible Woman' tells tale of Dickens' loves

    Ralph Fiennes' impeccably mounted period drama “The Invisible Woman” is a tidy and immersive look at the secret romantic life of British novelist Charles Dickens. It's a movie that should have garnered more Academy award nominations than its single nod for Michael O'Connor's impressive costume design.

    Cheddar is the most popular cheese in America and shines on a grilled cheese sandwich.

    Move over Mom: Shredded cheddar key to ‘grate’ grilled cheese sandwich

    I don't know anyone who does not like cheese. Pretty much everyone in my family likes cheese, and especially grilled cheese sandwiches. Clifton Fadiman, an American author and editor, once described cheese as “milk's leap into immortality."

    Mathias Austin, left, plays Arles, and Andrew Pond plays Thurston, radio hosts at a radio station that serves as the voice of “Greater Tuna,” a small-town satire running at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.

    Metropolis serves up small-town satire in ‘Greater Tuna’

    One thing about the stars of Metropolis Performing Arts Centre’s “Greater Tuna,” they work hard. They do. They do. The versatile Mathias Austin and Andrew Pond play 20 characters, including a yappy canine, in this satirical slice of small-town life set in fictional Tuna, Texas, the state’s third smallest burg. It’s a town where the winning American heritage essay is titled “Human Rights: Why Bother?” Where a citizens committee wants to remove from the school library Alex Haley’s “Roots” because it tells only “one side of the slavery issue.” And where a local Klansman vows to keep the town safe, for the right kind of people.


    Music notes: Tantric plays Barrington’s Penny Road Pub
    It's a good week for fans of hard guitar-driven rock. First, Tantric makes a stop at Penny Road Pub in Barrington on Saturday, and then on Thursday, the Screaming Females and White Mystery perform at the Hideout in Chicago.

    Kids lose body heat faster than adults, so they should be bundled properly in jackets, hats and gloves. And yes, we do lose more heat through our heads, so a hat is important.

    Should you make your child wear a heavy coat?

    Are we over-bundling our kids when we stuff them into those big parkas? How warm need a coat be? And what’s the science behind those temperature ratings on many kids’ jackets?

    Peggy Sawyer (Laura Savage) catches the eye of Broadway singer/dancer Billy Lawlor (Tyler Hanes) in Paramount Theatre’s revival of “42nd Street.”

    Paramount’s ‘42nd Street’ a dance-filled delight

    “Musical comedy,” declares blustery Broadway director Julian Marsh in “42nd Street,” are “the most glorious words in the English language.” And Paramount Theatre’s revival of that Tony Award-winning musical will no doubt have you nodding in agreement. That's because Paramount’s “42nd Street” is glorious indeed — a tuneful, dance-filled delight that wows from its high-octane opening number to its glitzy, glamorous finale.

    Dan Dye, a student at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, plays on the Windy City Warriors wheelchair basketball team.

    Wheelchair basketball helps player fly

    “I really think that basketball has not only changed, but saved, Dan’s life,” says Peggy Dye. According to Peggy, her 16-year-old son Dan is a completely different person after joining a wheelchair basketball team three years ago. Dan was born with semi-fibular hemimelia, a condition where a child is born with part or all of the fibula missing. So typical sports are not something in which he was ever able to participate. That is until he found wheelchair basketball.

    Disney star Vanessa Hudgens goes for broke as a battered, shattered homeless runaway in the survival drama "Gimme Shelter."

    Vanessa Hudgens shines in bleak ‘Gimme Shelter’

    In “Gimme Shelter,” former Disney star Vanessa Hudgens’ committed, passionate performance as a battered runaway shines above everything else in director Ron Krauss’ strained drama about family, pregnancy and abortion. Its fuzzy narrative, spoon-fed morals, intrusively mopey songs and complete omission of realistic street language give it the perfect credentials to be a Lifetime cable film.

    You’re never too old to enjoy a warm, gooey grilled cheese sandwich.

    “Grate” Grilled Cheese Sandwich
    Grilled Cheese Sandwich



    Editorial: Fill the video gambling licensing gap quickly

    A Daily Herald editorial calls on lawmakers to quickly resolve a gap in video gambling regulations that allows unlicensed dealers into the process.


    Pass the chips and get ready for the Big Day

    Columnis Jim Slusher: And so we embark on a brief interlude of hype, swagger and ridicule leading to a crescendo of cheers and excitement. Super Bowl fever? Sure. That, too.


    Easy answer to question of mayor’s timing

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The question du jour is, why did Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer wait so long to step forward and level her corruption charges at Chris Christie?


    Pharmacists’ tale: This is progress?
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: The computer, which led ultimately to the end of being a druggist as I knew it. Choice 1, retail: strapped to counter standing in front of computer. Choice 2, mail order: strapped to chair in front of two computer screens where you never see or touch a drug.


    Term limits would curb the corruption
    A Palatine letter to the editor: On Jan. 18 the Daily Herald had an article on a recent Mount Prospect city meeting where the leaders discussed challenges ahead due to not getting money from the state that by law they should be receiving. Because this loss of state funding is affecting our local services, the incompetence, corruption and cronyism of our state government is now hitting close to home.


    Clintons show it’s OK to lie
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I never cease to be amazed at the support for Hillary Clinton for president. She is a professional liar who has ridden Bill’s coattails and never accomplished anything on her own.


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