Daily Archive : Sunday January 26, 2014


    Jen and Will Ortman of Arlington Heights, along with thousands of fellow suburban parents, were scrambling Sunday to make child care arrangements after another round of dangerously cold weather led to more school cancellations this week. Their sons, left to right, Nick, 9, Nate, 5, and Max, 9, don't seem to mind too much.

    Oh no, not another school closing, parents moan

    While students hoped for another few days off school this week due to the cold, many parents in the suburbs spent the weekend crossing their fingers that classes wouldn't be canceled again, throwing their work and child care plans into chaos. The kids' wishes won out Sunday as dozens of suburban school districts called off classes Monday. “It's kind of a nightmare for the parents,”...

    Handler Howard Gussis, a Grayslake native who recently moved to Wisconsin, shows Rugie, a bullmastif owned by Chris Davenport of Wildwood, at the Chain O´ Lakes Kennel Club dog show on Sunday at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake. The show was part of a three-day event that drew more than 1,440 dogs representing 120 breeds.

    Top dogs visit Lake County for Chain O' Lakes Kennel Club show

    Some of the Midwest's top canines showed their stuff Sunday during the Chain O' Lakes Kennel Club dog show held at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake. The show was part of a three-day event that brought more than 1,440 show dogs representing 120 breeds to Lake County.

    Kevin Finizio, of Addison, left, talks with Brandon Eger, of Big E Outfitters, at the 28th Annual Chicago Outdoor Sports Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features old fashioned ice harvesting, Siberian Husky demonstrations, ski jumping, and more cold weather.


    Whiteout conditons making travel dangerous

    With reports of white out conditions, large drifts and black ice coming in, law enforcement officials are urging people to stay off the roads, which are becoming increasingly dangerous. An arctic front has just gone through the suburbs, bringing with it some snow that will soon cease and cold temperatures that will continue to drop into Monday.


    Aurora police: TV falls, kills 4-year-old girl

    Police are investigating the death of a 4-year-old Aurora girl who had a television fall on her Sunday afternoon. According to a news release, the girl’s mother called police to an apartment on the 1200 block of Nantucket Avenue around 5:49 p.m. after a television fell off a stand onto her daughter.

    An SUV ventures past the St. Augusta, Minn., city limits sign in near white-out conditions Sunday afternoon. An unusual weather pattern driving bitterly cold air from the Arctic Circle south across a huge swath of the Midwest is expected to send temperatures plummeting Monday from Minneapolis to Louisville, Ky., the latest punch from a winter that is in some areas shaping up as one of the coldest on record.

    Midwest facing record-breaking cold wave

    A persistent weather pattern driving bitterly cold air south out of the Arctic will cause temperatures from Minnesota to Kentucky to plummet Monday, turning this winter into one of the coldest on record in some areas.

    The home of Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park, Md., is seen Sunday. Police say Aguilar carried out Saturday’s attack with a shotgun at a skateboard shop at the Mall of Columbia before killing himself.

    Mall gunman was avid skater, no criminal past

    The gunman who killed two people at a Maryland mall was a teenage skateboarding enthusiast who had no criminal record before he showed up at the shopping center armed with a shotgun, plenty of ammunition and a backpack filled with crude homemade explosives, authorities said Sunday.

    Cody Rakoncay, 7, of Lake Villa, with his mom, Ann, won a Blackhawks player bobblehead Sunday playing the puck drop game before a screening of the film “17 Seconds” at Classic Cinemas Theater in Elk Grove Village. The event, presented by the Daily Herald and the Blackhawks, also featured autograph signings and giveaways.

    '17 Seconds' screening gives Hawks fans a thrill

    A packed house at the Classic Cinemas Theater in Elk Grove Village on Sunday watched "17 Seconds," a documentary about the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup championship, during a special screening presented by the Blackhawks and the Daily Herald. In addition to the film, the event included appearances by Blackhawks officials and an autograph signing.

    Erick Munoz stands with an undated copy of a photograph of himself, left, with wife Marlise and their son Mateo, in Haltom City, Texas. Munoz’s attorneys said in a statement Wednesday that the fetus that Marlise Munoz is carrying has several “abnormalities,” including a deformation of the lower body parts that make it impossible to determine its gender.

    Family: Brain-dead Texas woman off life support

    A brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman’s body was removed from life support Sunday, as the hospital keeping her on machines against her family’s wishes acceded to a judge’s ruling that it was misapplying state law.

    Maggie Barcellano prepares dinner at her father’s house in Austin, Texas. Barcellano, who lives with her father, enrolled in the food stamps program to help save up for paramedic training while she works as a home health aide and raises her three-year-old daughter.

    The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans

    In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps — a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.

    Assemblyman Carl Heastie, a sponsor to raise New York state’s minimum wage, works in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol on Wednesday in Albany. Minimum wage proposals are getting a maximum push from Democrats in statehouses around the nation this year.

    Minimum wage bills pushed in at least 30 states

    Minimum-wage increase proposals are getting the maximum push from Democrats in statehouses in more than half of U.S. states, highlighting the politically potent income inequality issue this year. Lawmakers in at least 30 states are sponsoring or are expected to introduce wage hike measures, according to a national review by The Associated Press.


    Aurora crash victim identified

    An Aurora woman who died Saturday after her car was struck by an SUV has been identified as 81-year-old Anne Janicene.

    In this undated photo released by the Egyptian Defense Ministry, Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi consoles a man at a funeral for several military personnel who were killed when a helicopter crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, at an undisclosed location in Egypt.

    Egypt set to have presidential elections first

    Egypt’s interim leader on Sunday said the country will pick a president before parliament, a widely expected change in a political transition plan as public support for army chief and July coup leader Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi grows stronger. But Egypt remains dangerously divided, as seen in clashes that killed at least 49 people a day earlier and militant attacks in the country’s restive Sinai...

    Cara Larson, 13, of Barrington competes in the Under 20 Women’s Class, jumps Sunday at the Norge International Ski Jumping Tournament in Fox River Grove. She belongs to the Norge Ski Club and has been jumping for six years.

    Women ski jumpers thrilled at Olympic opportunities

    More than 60 skiers took part Sunday in the 109th annual Norge International Ski Jump Tournament in Fox River Grove, but it was the nine women competitors who had extra motivation this year. For the first time, women ski jumpers will be competing for medals at next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, something long overdue according to some of the competitors at this weekend’s Norge event.

    Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Makdad gestures during a press briefing at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, when after two days of face-to-face peace talks a narrow and tentative agreement was reached for women and children trapped in a besieged Syrian city.

    Syria talks yield narrow deal, Assad ‘red line’

    Two days of face-to-face peace talks yielded a narrow and tentative agreement Sunday for women and children trapped in a besieged Syrian city, and the government said President Bashar Assad had no intention of giving up “the keys to Damascus.”

    Maria Metoki, 4, of Hoffman Estates moves an ice block down toward shore the “old fashioned way” with a long pike at Kline Creek Farm’s Ice Harvesting event Sunday in West Chicago. The event showed visitors how ice was harvested and stored in the late 19th century.

    Making ice, the old-fashioned way, in West Chicago

    Volunteers at Kline Creek Farm, an 1890s-era living-history farm in West Chicago, showed visitors Sunday how farmers of the day "harvested" ice for use in their homes. The demonstrators cut blocks of ice from a frozen lake and hauled them up to the farm's "ice house." Spectators got a chance to do some of the cutting themselves.


    New VHHS assistant principal appointed Monday

    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board will meet Monday to appoint a new assistant principal at Vernon Hills High.

    USS Monitor center director, David Krop, opens one of the closed tank containing one of the Dahlgren guns from the USS Monitor that is under conservation at the Mariners Museum in Newport News, Va. The turret is in the tank with the green tarp and the steam engine is in the large tank with the black tarp.

    USS Monitor work goes dark as dollars dwindle

    When the turret of the USS Monitor was hoisted from the ocean floor in 2002, the real heavy lifting was just beginning: conserving and restoring more than 200 tons of Civil War ironclad artifacts.The task went to The Mariners’ Museum. Now, diminishing federal dollars have darkened a lab containing the revolving turret and other large pieces.

    Known mostly as the lead blocker for Hall-of-Fame running back Walter Payton, Chicago Bear Roland Harper averaged 4 yards per carry for his career and scored 18 touchdowns.

    Former Payton blocker clears way for Elgin's Little Angels

    After an NFL career clearing the way for his Chicago Bears teammate Walter Payton, Roland Harper puts that same energy into helping his disabled son and other residents of Little Angels in Elgin. “I'm going to be there until he doesn't need me anymore," he says of Calvin, 30.


    Homeowner gets lawyer to help in battle with St. Charles

    The legal saga surrounding the city of St. Charles' effort to force Cliff McIlvaine to finish a decades-old construction project is entering its fourth year. And with it, a new push from McIlvaine to have the city leave him alone.


    Woodland dual language:

    Woodland Elementary District 50 hosts an informational meeting about the district’s dual language program for parents of students entering kindergarten in the fall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30.


    Career in teaching:

    College of Lake County hosts an information session for anyone considering a career in teaching on Thursday, Feb. 20.

    President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, gives his State of the Union address Feb. 12, 2013. He will deliver this year’s address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

    White House warns Obama could go around Congress

    President Barack Obama will work with Congress where he can and circumvent lawmakers where he must, his top advisers warned Sunday in previewing Tuesday’s State of the Union speech.

    Masked Ukrainian protesters wearing the Ukrainian National Assembly uniform prepare to carry a coffin with the body of Mikhail Zhiznevsky, 25, one of two protesters who died of gunshot wounds on Wednesday, in Kiev on Sunday.

    Killed protester mourned in Kiev amid crisis

    Thousands of Ukrainians chanted “Hero!” and sang the national anthem on Sunday, as a coffin carrying a protester who was killed in last week’s clashes with police was carried through the streets of the capital, underscoring the rising tensions in the country’s two-month political crisis.

    South Barrington resident Veronica Marmora prepares for Sunday’s fourth annual Frozen Zucchini Snowshoe Adventure in Barrington. About 180 people participated in the 5K race. The event is a fundraiser for Smart Farm, a local organization that promotes sustainable gardening and donates produce to food pantries.

    About 180 people turn out for snowshoe race in Barrington

    About 180 racers took on the snow and chilly temperatures Sunday morning at the Frozen Zucchini Snowshoe Adventure in Barrington. The event is a fundraiser for Smart Farm, a local organization that promotes sustainable gardening and donates produce to food pantries.

    Carmen Severino of Naperville says she was abused by a priest when she was a child at a Chicago South Side parish.

    Clergy sex abuse survivors stress speaking up

    Survivors of clergy sexual abuse say the trauma they suffered decades ago is something they still must deal with in their daily lives. Each person deals with the pain differently. But they all agree that talking about it helps the healing process. "It still is a journey," said priest sex abuse survivor Carmen Severino of Naperville. "But the more it comes out, the better it will be for those...

    Gun-free zone signs appear at the Kane County Judicial Center. The state’s new concealed carry law prohibits anyone other than law enforcement officials from carrying concealed handguns in public buildings.

    Counties taking extra step on concealed carry

    Though state law now allows Illinois residents to carry concealed handguns in public, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties are considering banning non-law enforcement county employees from carrying concealed handguns while working outside of public buildings, even if they have a valid state permit. “Except for authorized people like security and sheriff’s department, employees will be...


    Carmel staffer to be honored:

    A Carmel Catholic High School minister will receive a distinguised service award from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s office of Catholic schools.


    Suburban schools begin announcing Monday, Tuesday closings

    With another blast of dangerously cold weather expected to descend upon the region overnight, some suburban school districts already are announcing that they’ll be closed Monday and, in at least one instance, Tuesday. Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 announced early this afternoon it would cancel classes both Monday and Tuesday because of the frigid forecast. Carpentersville-based...

    Dustin Aranda

    18-year-old charged in fatal Glenview crash

    A Des Plaines area man is facing DUI charges in a fatal crash in Glenview. Dustin Aranda, 18, was charged Thursday with aggravated driving under the influence causing death and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver after his car struck a 65-year-old pedestrian on Jan. 17. Aranda tested positive for THC and Benzodiazepine, police said.

    Sandra Bullock in a scene from “Gravity.” Alfonso Cuaron was awarded the top film honor from the Directors Guild of America for “Gravity” on Saturday night.

    Cuaron wins Directors Guild prize for ‘Gravity’

    Alfonso Cuaron was awarded the top film honor from the Directors Guild of America for “Gravity” on Saturday night. In the recent bustle of Hollywood shows, “Gravity,” David O. Russell’s con caper “American Hustle,” and Steve McQueen’s historical epic “12 Years a Slave” were competing in the tightest three-way Oscar race in years.


    Bolingbrook police seize $3 million in heroin

    The (Joliet) Herald-News reports the drugs were found in a 60-quart cooler that had about three kilograms of heroin inside.The three men were arrested Thursday in Bolingbrook.The trio included a 25-year-old from suburban Lindenhurst along with a 39-year-old and a 35-year-old from Joliet.

    Teacher Tracy Popescu, right, helps high school junior Carter Buono, 17, with a problem in an algebra II class at Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas.

    Texas drops algebra II mandate

    The state that started a trend by making high school students tackle algebra II is now abandoning the policy in a move praise by school districts for affording more flexibility. But some policy experts are nervous because nearly 20 states have followed Texas’ lead in requiring the vigorous course.

    Gov. Pat Quinn is preparing for his State of the State address on Wednesday. Quinn plans to address the state’s economic health and job creation, according to his spokeswoman Brooke Anderson.

    Quinn’s big speech to focus on economy

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address Wednesday gives the Democrat a pulpit to take some of the 2014 political attention back from the four Republican primary candidates for governor that have made their campaigns attacking him. A spokeswoman said Quinn will do some reflecting on the past but also put a focus on the economy and middle class. “It will be jobs, jobs and...

    Jennifer Rigler holds a mirror and watches as her son Andrew works with his therapist Mary Kochanski in their Bartlett home.

    Bartlett premature baby grows into 'little warrior'

    Jennifer and Larry Rigler supported families of sick kids even before the premature birth of their son thrust them into a world of medical jargon and sleepless nights. The Bartlett couple scaled 80 flights to the top of a Chicago skyscraper to raise funds for programs at a children's hospital, an event that repeats today. The inspiration from that helped them deal with their child's challenges.


    President checklist: Who's promoting and downplaying what

    This is a year of auditioning, positioning, networking and just plain hard work for people who are considering running for president in 2016. You could see them stirring in 2013 as they plugged holes in resumes, took preliminary steps to build potential campaign organizations and made carefully calibrated moves to get better known by Americans generally and key constituencies in particular.

    A surfer models a shark deterrent device, the Electronic Shark Defense System, in Honolulu on Dec. 17, 2013. A surge in shark attacks on Maui hasn’t stopped people from surfing and swimming in the warm ocean waters that surround this Hawaiian island. But it has spurred sales of devices that claim to keep sharks away by emitting an electric pulse.

    Anti-shark devices popular on Maui after attacks

    A surge in shark attacks on Maui over the past year, including two fatal ones, hasn’t stopped people from surfing and swimming in the warm ocean waters that surround the Hawaii island. But it has spurred sales of devices that claim to keep sharks away by emitting an electric pulse. “They just cannot make these things fast enough,” said Hawaiian Island Surf & Sport owner Dennis...

    Hillary Rodham Clinton

    A look at potential presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton

    WASHINGTON — A look at Hillary Rodham Clinton’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:Nondenial denial: “I haven’t made up my mind. I really have not. I will look carefully at what I think I can do and make that decision sometime next year.” — ABC, December 2013.

    Sen. Marco Rubio

    A look at potential presidential candidate Marco Rubio

    A look at Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “I’ll have to make a decision around this time next year about whether I’m interested in running for another office or re-election or becoming a private citizen.” Jan. 12, 2014, CBS.

    Vice President Joe Biden

    A look at potential presidential candidate Joe Biden

    WASHINGTON — A look at Vice President Joe Biden’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:Nondenial denial: “Oh, we’ll talk about that.” With a chuckle, to Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli in November 2013 when asked about running in 2016.

    Rep. Paul Ryan

    A look at potential presidential candidate Paul Ryan

    WASHINGTON — A look at Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

    A look at potential presidential candidate Bobby Jindal

    BATON ROUGE, La. — A look at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in 2016.” October 2013.

    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum

    A look at potential presidential candidate Rick Santorum

    WASHINGTON — A look at former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “A year from now, I’ll have to make that decision.” — Nov. 18, 2013. Is he open to running? “Sure.” Book: Yes, coming in 2014, “Blue Collar Conservatives.”

    Sen. Rand Paul

    A look at potential presidential candidate Rand Paul

    WASHINGTON — A look at Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: Americans want “for example, someone like myself” in 2016 if he chooses to run. — Fox News, Nov. 18. Says he will decide in coming year. Previously: “We’re thinking about growing the party. What comes after that, we’ll see.” June 17, Fox.

    Associated Press/Jan. 8, 2014 Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley

    A look at potential presidential candidate Martin O’Malley

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A look at Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks

    A look at potential presidential candidate Rick Perry

    AUSTIN, Texas — A look at Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “Second chances are what America has always been about.” ABC’s “This Week,” November 2013. Says he’ll decide in coming year. Book: Not since 2010.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

    A look at potential presidential candidate Chris Christie

    A look at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:Nondenial denial: “I am not going to declare tonight ... that I am or I’m not running for president.” — October 2013 governor’s debate. “I won’t make those decisions until I have to.” Book: Not yet, and it’s a conspicuous gap, but there’s time.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    A look at potential presidential candidate Andrew Cuomo

    ALBANY, N.Y. — A look at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:Nondenial denial: Concerning a presidential poll suggesting New Yorkers prefer Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., to him: “It said Chris Christie has better numbers for president than I do. Yeah, because he’s running for president, and I am not.” — November 2013.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

    A look at potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush

    A look at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:Nondenial denial: “There’s a time to make a decision. You shouldn’t make it too early, you shouldn’t make it too late. There’s a time. There’s a window. And this is not the time for me. This is the time to show a little self-restraint.” — November 2013, CNN.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

    A look at potential presidential candidate Scott Walker

    A look at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:

    Sen. Ted Cruz

    A look at potential presidential candidate Ted Cruz

    AUSTIN, Texas — A look at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “My focus is entirely on the U.S. Senate.” — May 2013, Dallas. Standard disclaimer when asked about running. Book: No.

    Sen. John McCain speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Arizona GOP censures McCain for ‘liberal’ record

    TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Republican Party has formally censured Sen. John McCain, citing a voting record that they say is insufficiently conservative.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel takes questions as he briefs reporters at the Pentagon in Washington.

    Hagel seeks root cause of nuke missile problems

    The ICBM force has shrunk by about half since its Cold War peak, with 450 Minuteman 3 missiles now stationed in underground silos spread across vast expanses of Montana, North Dakota and portions of Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. It’s not a growing business. The Obama administration is considering reducing to 400 missiles as it prepares to adhere by 2018 to limitations under the New START treaty...

    Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus presides Friday over the winter meeting in Washington.

    RNC showcased update, while losing image remains

    Alex Smith, 24, said Republicans can only gain back the edge they had with young voters they narrowly held in 2000 by updating the language and the tools that they use to reach her and her peers.“Channels and messages matter,” the Seton Hall University law school student and chairwoman of the College Republican National Committee said. “If you’re talking to younger voters on television, radio or...

    Illinois House Speaker W. Robert Blair II banging the gavel during the 78th General Assembly in 1978 in Springfield.

    Notable deaths last week

    A former Illinois lawmaker, an Israeili leader, a renowned celebrity agent and a conductor familiar to Chicago symphony fans are among the people of note who died this past week.


    Jets goalie Al Montoya, a native of Glenview, makes a save on a breakaway shot by the Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa during the first period Sunday night.

    ‘Bad habits’ getting to Toews, Blackhawks

    In their last game at the United Center until March 4, the Hawks squandered a lead and let the Winnipeg Jets score 3 third-period goals for a 3-1 win. It was the third straight loss for the Hawks, who open their road trip Tuesday at Calgary.

    The Jets’ Blake Wheeler shoots and scores past Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya and goalie Corey Crawford during Winnipeg’s 3-goal third period Sunday night.

    Blackhawks’ hangover no reason to panic

    The Blackhawks are struggling to find a reason to play right now, and it’s showing up in the standings with three straight defeats. Still, it’s no reason to panic and no one knows that better than Joel Quenneville.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah dunks against Charlotte’s Gerald Henderson during the second half of Saturday’s game. The Bulls won 89-87.

    With no all-star centers, does Bulls’ Noah have a shot?

    The center position was eliminated from NBA all-star voting, but what does that mean for Joakim Noah's chances to be chosen as an Eastern Conference reserve?


    Blackhawks’ Kane likes U.S. chances in Olympics

    The Blackhawks' Patrick Kane is concerned about safety in Russia for the tournament — but not enough to keep his family away. “You hear different things about it, so obviously you’re going to think about it, but at the end of the day, what can we really do about it?” Kane said. “It’s not our job to worry about that stuff. If something happens, it’s completely out of our control."


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at the United Center, 7 p.m. MondayTV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN 1000-AMUpdate: Kevin Love will be an all-star starter, but the Timberwolves (21-22) are lagging behind in the Western Conference playoff hunt. Love is averaging 24.8 points and 13 rebounds. SG Kevin Martin is next on the scoring list with 19.6 ppg, while C Nikola Pekovic is one of the more underrated players in the league, averaging 18.4 points and 9.3 rebounds. PG Ricky Rubio is dishing out 8.3 assists but shooting just 35 percent from the field. Minnesota is the second-highest scoring team in the league at 106.8 ppg. The Bulls have won seven straight in the series.Next: San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday — Mike McGraw

    Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) takes Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) down after Toews' shot on goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Hawks give up 3 in third, lose to Jets 3-1

    Al Montoya made 34 saves, Andrew Ladd scored his 150th goal and the Winnipeg Jets rallied to beat the slumping Blackhawks 3-1 on Sunday night.Blake Wheeler had two third-period goals as Winnipeg won for the second straight day and improved to 6-1 under new coach Paul Maurice. They also averted a season sweep by the Blackhawks, who won each of the first three games between the teams.Chicago dominated the first two periods of its last home game before the Olympic break, but still went on to its third three-game losing streak of the season. The Stanley Cup champions open a seven-game trip Tuesday night in Calgary, and will not play again in Chicago until they take on Pittsburgh at Soldier Field on March 1.Brandon Bollig scored in the first for the Blackhawks, and Corey Crawford had 18 saves.Chicago led 1-0 before Wheeler sent a rebound over Crawford’s right glove at 8:16 of the third for his 20th goal. Marian Hossa then had a turnover deep in the Blackhawks’ end, and Ladd buried the open look against his former team for the tiebreaking goal at 12:53, drawing groans from the sellout crowd at the United Center.Wheeler added an empty-netter for his fourth goal in the last four games.Montoya was terrific while subbing for Ondrej Pavelec, who had started the last eight games for Winnipeg. The Chicago native shut down the Blackhawks after an early gaffe put the Jets into a 1-0 hole.Bollig got a slick pass from Ben Smith a little more than a minute into the game and skated behind the net for a wraparound as he fell to the ice. The shot went off Montoya’s stick and right pad for Bollig’s sixth goal at 1:21.The Blackhawks had several opportunities to add to the lead in the first, but Montoya was there each time. They outshot the Jets 18-2 in the period. Montoya used his right pad to stop Hossa on a breakaway with 12:05 left in the first, and then stayed in after he was shaken up on the resulting collision with the streaking forward. He also made a sprawling stop on Bollig at the end of the period.It was more of the same in the second, with Montoya stopping Patrick Kane on the right side of the net.The Jets had a chance to tie it with 6½ minutes left in the second, but Crawford used his right foot to kick away a shot by Bryan Little and Ladd’s rebound attempt went off Sheldon Brookbank’s left skate.The Blackhawks got Duncan Keith back after the defensemen missed Thursday night’s 2-1 loss at Minnesota due to an illness. But coach Joel Quenneville scratched forward Bryan Bickell, who has struggled since returning from a lower-body injury.NOTES: Kane played in his 500th NHL game. ... Winnipeg scratched C James Wright, D Zach Redmond and LW Eric Tangradi. ... Jets F Michael Frolik, a key contributor on Chicago’s title-winning team last season, was greeted with a round of applause when he was introduced with Winnipeg’s starting lineup.———Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap

    New York Rangers fans cheer during a pyrotechnics display after an outdoor NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Rangers won the game 7-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Rangers score 6 straight, top NJ in cold and snow

    After sun reflecting off the ice delayed the first hockey game at Yankee Stadium, the New York Rangers and pinstriped goalie Henrik Lundqvist beat the New Jersey Devils 7-3 in snow and cold Sunday.

    Nate Jones, who possesses a 100-mph fastball, will head to spring training as the favorite to replace the traded Addison Reed as the White Sox closer.

    Jones favorite to fill closer’s role

    Another SoxFest is in the books, and beat writer Scot Gregor wraps it up with a look at a possible closer controversy, thoughts from Hawk Harrelson and the appeal of new center fielder Adam Eaton.


    Wolves take bite out of Bulldogs

    The Chicago Wolves left Ontario with a pair of victories after they bagged their second win of the weekend with a 4-1 decision over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday at Copps Coliseum.Left wing Dmitrij Jaskin and defenseman Mark Cundari each had a goal and an assist, and right wing Tyler Shattock and defenseman Joel Edmundson both added goals for the Wolves.


    Former FSU QB Coker signs with Alabama

    Former Florida State quarterback Jake Coker is transferring to Alabama.Alabama coach Nick Saban announced Sunday that Coker has signed with the Crimson Tide.

    Indiana's Noah Vonleh (1) battles of a rebound against Illinois' Malcolm Hill (21) and Nnanna Egwu (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Illini lose 6th straight, fall to Hoosiers 56-46

    Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, leading Indiana past Illinois 56-46 on Sunday.The Hoosiers (13-7, 3-4) ended a two-game losing streak to split the season series.Illinois (13-8, 2-6) was led by Rayvonte Rice with 20 but lost its sixth straight. The Fighting Illini have not won since Jan. 4, and this one prevented them from taking their first lead in the Indiana series since 1975.

    In this photograph taken with a fisheye lens, snow is accumulated on the seats and on the field of MetLife Stadium as crews removed snow ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII following a snow storm, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be played between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2, will be the first NFL title game held outdoors in a city where it snows. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Frozen Big Apple on menu for Broncos, Seahawks

    An icy wind made its way through the Meadowlands, cut across the Hudson River and into frigid Manhattan. Looks like Mother Nature is taking seriously the NFL’s slogan for the upcoming Super Bowl: Best Served Cold.One week before kickoff, on the day the Broncos and Seahawks are arriving in the frozen Big Apple, Sunday brought a bit of a thaw. Temperatures actually reached the low 20s.


    Ex-Cub pitcher Garza, Brewers reach 4-year deal

    Free agent pitcher and former Cub Matt Garza signed a four-year contract with Milwaukee on Sunday, strengthening the top of the rotation and boosting the Brewers’ hopes following a disappointing season.

    Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland kisses the trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday.

    Wawrinka upsets Nadal to win Australian Open men’s tennis final

    Stanislas Wawrinka capped an unlikely run to his first major tennis title with a four-set upset in the Australian Open men’s final over top-seeded Rafael Nadal, who had won all 12 of their previous matches.The eighth seed from Switzerland, won 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to deny Spain’s Nadal his 14th major crown. The 28-year-old, who beat defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the quarterfinals, is the first man to overcome the top two seeds at a Grand Slam since Sergi Bruguera at the 1993 French Open.Wawrinka, who has spent his career in the shadow of countryman Roger Federer, became just the second man since 2005 outside the group of Nadal, Federer, Britain’s Andy Murray and Djokovic to win a Grand Slam singles title. Last year Wawrinka was defeated by the Serbian in a five-hour fourth-round match after he was up 5-2 and serving for a two-set lead.“Last year, I had a crazy match, and I lost it, and I was crying a lot,” Wawrinka said after accepting the trophy from Pete Sampras. “This year, I don’t know if I’m dreaming or not but I’ll find out tomorrow morning.”Nadal, down a set and a service break, left the court for three minutes of treatment on his back before Wawrinka started serving with a 2-1 lead in the second.Wawrinka started strongly, and won the first two sets with aces, the second right down the middle. Nadal took the momentum in the third set with an early break. In the middle of the final set, they traded breaks before Wawrinka got another to go up 5-3 and to serve for the match.Making HistoryNadal, 27, who had never lost a set in his previous matches against Wawrinka, was trying to become the third man in tennis history -- along with Australians Roy Emerson and Rod Laver -- to win each of the four Grand Slam titles twice. No man had done it since the sport went professional in 1968.The Australian, French and U.S. opens, along with Wimbledon, make up the sport’s Grand Slam.Nadal’s 14th major title would have tied him with retired American Sampras for second place on the men’s singles list, trailing only Federer’s 17. By reaching his 19th Grand Slam final, Nadal joined Ivan Lendl in second place on the career list -- behind only Federer’s 24. Nadal missed last year’s event because of an injury.“You really deserved it today,” Nadal told Wawrinka after the match. “I wasn’t here last year, and I’m here this year and we tried really hard. I’m sorry it finished this way. I tried really really hard.”Wawrinka, who has six career titles compared to Nadal’s 61, will pass the 32-year-old Federer on the rankings list this week for the first time in a career that began in 2002.Passing FedererHe will rise to third on the ATP Tennis Tour with the victory. Federer, who has been the top-ranked player from Switzerland since 2001, will drop to No. 8 in the world.“He’s been knocking on the door for a couple years now,” Sampras told reporters before the semifinals when asked about Wawrinka. “He’s been in this situation a few times. He’s stepping through that door.”Wawrinka joined 2009 U.S. Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina as the only players outside Nadal, Djokovic Federer and Murray to win a Grand Slam title since Russia’s Marat Safin won the 2005 Australian Open.Wawrinka reached his first Grand Slam final by upsetting three-time defending champion Djokovic of Serbia -- the second seed this year -- in the quarterfinals, and beating No. 7 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the semifinals in Melbourne.The last time a player beat the top two seeds was at the 1993 French Open, when Bruguera beat Sampras in the quarterfinal and No. 2 Jim Courier in the final.‘A Bull’“He’s always been like a bull, a guy who is extremely strong, and he’s always had a great backhand,” seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe said in an interview before the final. “He’s learned from his mistakes and his past history, and that’s hard to do when you get into your late 20s.”


    Spectators view the historic 600-ton locomotive, Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014, Sunday in Covina, Calif.

    Big Boy locomotive begins California farewell tour Big Boy locomotive begins California farewell tour

    An enormous steam locomotive that has been entertaining train enthusiasts at a California museum for years began a trek of more than 1,200 miles on Sunday with the ultimate goal of putting the engine back on the nation’s rails.

    Ellen Kelly turns to a companion to help her decide as she tries on a Seattle Seahawks’ jersey at the team store in Seattle. Kelly was among a steady stream of customers making jersey, cap, sweatshirt and other Seahawks gear purchases. The same phenomenon could hold true when Super Bowl XLVIII fans converge on New York City.

    A Super Bowl economic boom for NYC? No so much...

    Will the snowy New York City area really reap an estimated $600 million economic boost from the Super Bowl? Probably not. Despite such lofty predictions, sports economists say the financial impact of the Super Bowl could be fall far below expectations.

    Florida might get chilly but is better than winters up north — and it’s better from a tax standpoint, too.

    On finance: Why Palm Beach beats out Greenwich

    Palm Beach, Florida, is a nice place to live and save money. The main reason is obvious. And it’s not the weather, although it sure is nicer down there in January than it is in Greenwich, Connecticut: “In Florida, there are no individual income taxes, no estate taxes and no capital gains taxes.”


    Helping a colleague who’s homeless, not hopeless

    A competent junior co-worker recently confided to me that he has been living out of his car since his lease ended a month ago. Do I have an obligation to say (or not say) something to someone at my organization?


    Career coach: Prepare before giving speech

    Anytime you have the opportunity to speak in public, it is extremely important that you take that opportunity very seriously. Public speaking is one of the most effective ways to build your personal brand and your reputation. Impress the audience and they will remember you in a positive manner.


    It takes more to diversify than investing abroad

    Why buy foreign stocks? One of the main reasons commonly offered is that foreign stocks make a portfolio more balanced. That’s because of a concept called diversification: Foreign stocks can rise when U.S. stocks fall — and vice versa — and the difference in performance can help stabilize a portfolio.

    Broderick Alexander, 48, sits in his apartment on Chicago’s west side. Alexander lived on the streets for more than two years, but since 2005, he’s slept in his own apartment. A case manager visits him once a month, helping him set goals. Knowing he has a safe place to return at night helps Alexander focus on taking his medications and staying out of the emergency room.

    Illinois Medicaid pursues housing as health care

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration is making a pitch seeking more federal dollars for an experiment with housing as health care. Federal rules don’t allow states to use federal Medicaid money for housing. But states can seek permission to try new approaches through what’s called a demonstration waiver.

    The June bracelet tracks a user's sun exposure and syncs with an app on iDevices via Bluetooth to monitor UV intensity, recommend appropriate SPF, give skincare advice based on how much time a user spends in the sun, and even give warnings when a user has caught too many rays.

    Is a wearable bracelet that measures your sun exposure actually useful?

    The June bracelet is unusually attractive piece of tech that actually looks like statement jewelry. But it really only does one thing: It measures sun exposure. It's a single-use device that syncs to a single-use app.

    Humin is part of a growing trend of apps and services attempting to use context and anticipation to better serve users. For example, Google Now will give you the best route home for your daily commute just as you’re leaving your office. Amazon.com has a patent for “anticipatory shipping,” in which the delivery process is initiated before actual sales.

    Humin: The app for human connections

    Humin is essentially a re-imagined address book for your smartphone that aims to enrich human connections by presenting relevant information at the perfect time. Open Humin in Houston and you’ll see different information than if you were in Chicago.

    New research finds that the more money people make, the more they value it.

    Study: Money is addictive

    There's a fundamental principle in economics that applies to food, clothing and even all those shiny tech gadgets that start with the letter “i”: The more of them we have, the less we value them. New research finds that the more money people make, the more they value it.

    Since coming onto the scene about a decade ago, Amazon has rapidly turned from an online bookseller into a tentacular behemoth that sells anything and everything cheaper than the companies that produce it, laying waste to everyone else’s profit margins.

    Retail in the age of Amazon: Virtual shopping replaces reality

    Since coming onto the scene about a decade ago, Amazon has rapidly turned from an online bookseller into a tentacular behemoth that sells anything and everything cheaper than the companies that produce it, laying waste to everyone else’s profit margins. And there's no end in sight as more people turn to the Internet to shop.

    Under pressure from credit card companies, major banks and retailers have begun to roll out chipless cards, which carry a computer chip and advanced security software that keeps the customer’s account number and other details invisible, even if crooks manage to steal records from a store or bank.

    Chipless credit cards lure global fraudsters

    U.S. banks and retailers, a decade behind in deploying the secure, high-tech credit cards used elsewhere in the world, may take years longer to switch to a system that all but eliminates common types of fraud.


    Performance cars often need winter tires

    Q. My granddaughter’s 2011 Ford Focus SES has traction control and good tire tread. When trying to get out of her driveway, the car’s tires just spin on the ice we have had lately.

Life & Entertainment

    Ringo Starr arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday in Los Angeles. The Beatles were being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Images: Grammy Awards
    Music's biggest stars turn out for the Grammys on Sunday in Los Angeles.


    The party of her dreams? It’s pure fiction

    Q. When I was married four years ago, a shocking number of people did not understand the etiquette of being invited to a formal event. Some people showed up in jeans (yes) when the invite clearly stated “cocktail attire.” Some people showed up without having RSVP’d.

    Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore accept the award for best new artist at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday in Los Angeles.

    Grammys good to Daft Punk, Macklemore, Lorde

    Daft Punk's electronic-funk grooves have won big at the Grammys. The French electronic duo's “Random Access Memories” won album of the year and their infectious hit, “Get Lucky,” won record of the year at the awards show. The song features Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. Daft Punk, who sports helmets in public, won four awards, as did Pharrell Williams and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

    This image released by Universal Pictures shows Ice Cube, left, and Kevin Hart in a scene from “Ride Along,” which claimed the box office crown for the second week in a row.

    'Ride Along' runs over 'I, Frankenstein'

    The Kevin Hart comedy “Ride Along” continued to speed through a typically quiet box-office frame, while the monster thriller “I, Frankenstein” couldn't be roused from the dead. Universal's buddy cop comedy “Ride Along,” co-starring Ice Cube, cruised to the top of the box office again, taking in $21.2 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film last week set a January debut record, with $48.6 million over the three-day holiday weekend.

    This artist rendering shows the planned thrill ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, which will be part of the new Harry Potter area called Diagon Alley.

    New Harry Potter ride, shops for Universal Orlando

    The new Harry Potter area opening at Universal Orlando Resort this summer, called Diagon Alley, will offer fans a new thrill ride themed on Gringotts bank from the Harry Potter book series, along with more than a half-dozen eateries and shops selling souvenirs like wands.

    The Upper Barracca Gardens in Valletta overlook the Grand Harbor. Malta successfully fought off attackers in two sieges, one in 1565 and another during World War II.

    Remote Mediterranean island Malta steeped in history

    Little-known Malta sits in the middle of the Mediterranean, about 50 miles south of Sicily, 200 north of Libya. Just 122 square miles, this archipelago of five islands — three inhabited — is full of history, much of it involving the series of invaders who sought to control this strategic spot.

    Smart Farm of Barrington will hold its Fourth Annual 5k Frozen Zucchini Adventure at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Jewel Tea Pavilion in Citizens Park, Barrington.

    Sunday picks: Can you beat the Frozen Zucchini 5K?

    Get moving with The Smart Farm of Barrington's annual Frozen Zucchini 5K Snowshoe Adventure. John Heffron plays Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase for a weekend of gigs. ANd the nine-voice male ensemble Cantus perform works from the Renaissance to the 21st century in a concert at the CLC's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake.


    Tips for helping children survive their parents' broken marriage

    Divorces are hard on parents but even harder on their children. Our Ken Potts offers some tips for how to help kids pull through.

    Bruno Mars, whose latest album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” is nominated for four honors at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, will headline the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on June 20.

    Before Super Bowl, Bruno Mars heads to Grammys

    Bruno Mars said instead of writing songs for other singers, he wants to collaborate organically with others — much like on his latest album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” which is nominated for four honors at Sunday’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. His sophomore effort, released in late 2012, features Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Diplo and Paul Epworth. The album’s lead single and No. 1 hit, “Locked Out of Heaven,” is nominated for song and record of the year.

    Jamal Shah, left, and an assistant vaccinate a one-month-old infant against polio on Jan. 3, in the Akora Khattak region of northwest Pakistan.

    Persuading reluctant Pakistanis to trust polio vaccine

    In the tribal badlands of Pakistan’s northwest, where Pakistani soldiers and American drones target Taliban insurgents, a parallel war is being waged over a crippling virus that endures in only three places in the world. Last year, 83 new polio cases were reported in Pakistan, more than in either Afghanistan or Nigeria, the other countries where it is endemic.But aggressive efforts to combat the virus are being hampered by a surge of attacks attributed to Islamist extremists.

    McKenzie Funk explores the true cost of adapting to climate change in “Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming.”

    ‘Windfall’ explores the business of climate change

    Apparently, if you look at climate change the right way, it looks like money instead of disaster — if you’re looking at it from a corporate boardroom, for example, and not, say, coastal Bangladesh. Journalist McKenzie Funk spent six years traveling the world to report “Windfall,” his account of how governments and corporations — many of whom heavily contribute to the problem of global warming but balk at mandates to cut greenhouse gas emissions — are confronting climate change with engineering, money and lawyers.

    Daft Punk — Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo — has five Grammy nominations, including album of the year for “Random Access Memories” and record of the year for “Get Lucky.”

    Grammy predictions: Macklemore? Kendrick? Lorde?

    Kendrick Lamar vs. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Lorde vs. Katy Perry. “Get Lucky” vs. “Blurred Lines” a.k.a. Pharrell vs. Pharrell. There are so many tough choices this year at the Grammy Awards, where Jay Z is the top nominee with nine, but may not be the favorite to take the most trophies when the show airs live at 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS from The Staples Center in Los Angeles.


    Cabinet cleaner can be removed after a few days

    Q. You have spoken many times in your column about Milsek cleaner and what a great product it is. My daughter and her husband plan to paint their cabinets. I am sure the cabinets need to be cleaned before they can be painted. I bought a bottle of Milsek for them. I know it will shine cabinets, but will it also clean them in preparation for painting?

    Metal flanges available at hardware stores can be used to make an industrial-style bookcase.

    Rough, industrial look is now chic

    Industrial-style furniture has become more popular, and different companies have begun offering variations on the theme: rustic, sturdy shelving units and tables made from planks of wood and plumbing parts. But you can also make your own at a fraction of the cost.


    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com A snowplow makes its way down Garfield Avenue in Libertyville.

    Editorial: The lengthy winter of our discontent
    A Daily Herald editorial reflects (bitterly) on the trials of this year's extreme winter, with some suggestions for those working in the cold who deserve all our thanks.


    Our complex president

    Columnist Michael Gerson: There have always been two, not entirely consistent, elements of Barack Obama’s powerful political appeal: his aspirational ambition and his personal sense of complexity and limits.


    Jobless percentage hides the real numbers
    A Palatine letter to the editor: The unemployment numbers came out for December and miraculously the rate went down to 6.7 percent. I say miraculously because how does unemployment go down when only 74,000 jobs were added? No doubt that number will be revised like it always has been.


    U.S. was established on Christian principles
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I beg to differ with George Blinick’s comment that “the only group that has never waged war on another who disagreed with them religiously are atheists.” Not true. I can think of an overwhelmingly Christian group of people who have never gone to war over religion — the American people.


    Probe opponents to gambling regulation
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: The Daily Herald needs to start shining the spotlight on the purveyors of corruption in this state. And it needs to start investigating if in fact the state has an attorney general.


    Elementary teachers deserve support
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: My kids have received and continue to receive a top-notch education at Diamond Lake School.


    Efficient murder at reasonable price
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: The folks with bloodlust in their hearts supporting state sponsored murder known legally as the “death penalty” had a tough last week. They injected two new lethal drugs into their Ohio murder victim, Dennis McGuire, which were substituted for pentobarbital, no longer available because the manufacturer forbids its use in state sponsored murder.


    Elgin downtown woes no secret
    An Elgin letter to the editor: So the Tower Building is leaking tenants, restaurants are closing and nobody knows why. Let’s take a look at some possible answers.


    Not offended by all-Spanish flyer
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I read with interest the Jan. 18 letter from the Elgin resident who was offended by receiving his bank’s all Spanish flyer. I had a similar experience with my own bank as I could not read nor understand a word of their flyer.


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