Daily Archive : Monday January 27, 2014


    Peter Breen

    March primary likely final word for these hopefuls

    The March primary election is the big show for a number of suburban incumbent state lawmakers who are facing challenges only from members of their own party. Three sitting Republicans and two Democrats have drawn primary challengers at a time when no one from the opposite party has signed up to run. So for some voters who have an opinion either way about their current representation, March 18 is...

    Libraries are adapting their collections, offerings and physical space to fit patrons’ needs. Lisle Library leaders say the library can be a “third space,” where people hang out when not at home or work. This area was converted to a “readers’ hub.”

    Lisle Library adapting to strengthen connections with patrons

    Local libraries connect patrons to an array of information, technology and learning resources. “If done right, a local library can be the heartbeat of a community,” said Janice Del Negro, associate professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest. And Director Shannon Halikias says that's the goal for Lisle Library as it...

    Rudi Baruch of Buffalo Grove signs cards for Olympians Gracie Gold and Jason Brown at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove.

    Friends send off Buffalo Grove-trained Olympians

    Figure skaters who train at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove are sending Gracie Gold and Jason Brown off to the Sochi Olympics with giant cards and their best wishes. Gold and Brown, who will compete for gold medals in ladies and men's figure skating, are well known at Twin Rinks.

    Nearly everyone will agree with what Aquascape in St. Charles has to say on its sign.

    Worst temperatures over; wind chill warning remains

    Unfortunately, this is one time meteorologists didn't get their predictions wrong. As expected, dangerously cold temperatures settled in Tuesday, as temperatures reached 15 below overnight with wind chills hovering around 27 degrees below zero.

    Hanover Park police will map crimes online beginning in March through a free website for residents. Along with the mapping site, the village’s officers will have access to analysis of their beats that will help them detect patterns of crime and develop patrol strategy.

    Hanover Park police rolling out online crime map

    With a few clicks of the keyboard, Hanover Park residents can get a digital look at crime in their neighborhood. The Hanover Park Police Department will begin mapping crimes online where users can track the location and time of incidents across the village or in parts of town. It’s the latest embrace of new technology as the department continues to build community relations after a string of four...

    Greg Zanis of Aurora offers a short prayer Tuesday morning after placing a cross at the scene of an accident that killed a tollway worker and injured a state trooper along I-88 in Aurora.

    Tollway worker killed in I-88 crash remembered as “loving father and husband”

    Authorities continue to investigate an Interstate 88 crash Monday night that killed Tollway worker Vincent Petrella of Wheeling and seriously injured Illinois State Trooper Douglas Balder. The two men were helping a disabled semitrailer truck about 9:45 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-88 when another semitrailer truck barreled into them.


    Glen Ellyn moves to address downtown traffic

    Glen Ellyn is considering a pedestrian and vehicular overpass or underpass in its central business district to address frequent traffic problems caused by passing trains. The village board on Monday approved an engineering agreement to conduct a feasibility study and to upgrade the existing Taylor Street pedestrian underpass.


    No injuries during aircraft evacuation at O'Hare

    Officials of Republic Airlines say no passengers were seriously injured when the pilot a flight from Washington, D.C., ordered an evacuation after the plane landed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The passengers left the plane via chutes.


    Barrington to buy new recording equipment for police

    The Barrington Polce Department will receive an upgrade to its interview rooms, including new HD cameras and new recording software. Barrington trustees unanimously approved the purchase at Monday night’s village board meeting.

    Steam rises from Lake Michigan Monday in Chicago. Below-zero high temperatures have returned to many parts of the Midwest bringing with it wind chills ranging from the negative teens to 40s and school cancellations.

    Deep freeze puts most Midwest routines on ice

    Parents brought kids to work or just stayed home because schools were closed, again. Office workers hailed cabs to ride a block — or less. And companies offering delivery services were inundated with business as Artic air blasted the central U.S. on Monday for the second time in weeks, disrupting the lives of even the hardiest Midwesterners.

    Documents leaked by former NSA contactor Edward Snowden suggest spy agencies have a powerful ally in Angry Birds and a host of other apps installed on smartphones across the globe.

    Report: Spies use smartphone apps to track people

    Documents leaked by former NSA contactor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in Angry Birds and a host of other apps installed on smartphones across the globe..


    Owner of Lisle hospice charged with health care fraud

    The owner of a Lisle-based hospice company is facing federal health care fraud charges. Prosecutors said Seth Gillman, 46 of Lincolnwood, falsely elevated the level of care for some hospice patients. Gillman faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

    The Peace Monument, also known as the Naval Monument or Civil War Sailors Monument, is seen on the grounds of the Capitol in Washington Monday. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama will give his State of the Union address, an annual rite of official Washington that for one night squeeze the three branches of government underneath the same roof for the speech.

    For Obama, an address focused on what’s achievable

    No longer about bold ambitions, this year’s State of the Union address will focus more on what’s actually achievable. For the White House, that dose of realism is aimed at avoiding a repeat of 2013, when a long list of unfulfilled policy goals — including gun control and an immigration overhaul — dragged President Barack Obama down like an anchor.


    Cubs seek permit to put sign at Wrigley Field

    The Chicago Cubs have asked the city’s permission to put a 650-square-foot sign at Wrigley Field that may partially block views of the field from the surrounding rooftop businesses.


    Woman to be extradited in murder case

    A 20-year-old Ohio woman is waiving extradition and will be returned to Illinois to face charges in the stabbing death of a Chicago teacher.


    Owner charged after dog dies in cold

    Authorities have charged a South suburban woman with misdemeanor animal cruelty after her dog was left outside during subzero temperatures and died of hypothermia.

    Des Plaines city leaders are backing the extension of a property tax break for the R.G. Smith Equipment Co., but some aldermen say they also want the company to make improvements to the exterior of its facility at 622 E. Northwest Highway.

    Des Plaines favors tax break for longtime business

    Des Plaines’ city council members are throwing their support behind a longtime local business getting a break on its property taxes, but at the same time some aldermen are requesting that the company make improvements to its property’s exterior. The council last week unanimously endorsed a Cook County Class 6b tax incentive renewal application for R.G. Smith Equipment Co., a truck...

    Lazarus House volunteer Nona Koivula of St. Charles cuts watermelon Monday in preparation for lunch. “I’m trying to make it seem a little more like summer,” she said. She’s been volunteering three days a week at the shelter for almost two years. “I’m too old for the Army, so this is how I serve my community and my country.”

    Lazarus House has room for people to get warm

    Officials at Lazarus House in St. Charles says it's not taking in any more people trying to stay warm despite frigid weather.

    Daily Herald File Photo Once ice gets into a railroad switch, it’s time-consuming to dislodge it.

    Metra weathering latest polar episode

    Delays peppered Metra lines Monday but lowered expectations and fewer riders made the morning rush relatively uneventful compared to the first below-zero debacles Jan. 6.


    Carpentersville to handle some DUI cases with own prosecutor

    Carpentersville will soon be handling misdemeanor DUI cases with its own prosecutors, an action officials say frees up officer time and gives police more input during prosecution. “With the use of the local prosecutor, we get more control of the prosecution process,” Deputy Police Chief Michael Kilbourne said.

    Juventino Guzman

    Jail, restitution for Elgin man for false ‘slip and fall’ lawsuits

    A 53-year-old Elgin man was sentenced to four years probation, 180 days in jail and ordered to pay nearly $236,000 restitution after pleading guilty to filing a series of false "slip and fall" insurance claims. Juventino Garcia has five years to pay restitution or he could face prison. In one lawsuit, he was awarded $219,000.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Michael G. Espinoza, 44, of Joliet, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol — causing an accident, with a passenger younger than 16, at 2:27 a.m. Sunday at Batavia Avenue and Fabyan Parkway, according to a Batavia police report. He was also charged with failure to secure a child younger than 8 in a safety seat, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. His passenger,...


    Batavia schools consider online learning cooperative

    The Batavia school board Tuesday will decide whether to join an online and blended-learning cooperative with three other school districts. It will also learn what maintenance and construction work the district's building needs, including replacing the track at Batavia High School, as they are presented with the annual capital plan. Board members will also vote on whether to refund $31 million in...

    Antwann Hunt

    Police: Man left kids alone at home before robbing store

    A Chicago man has been charged with robbing a liquor store Saturday in Batavia. Antwann L. Hunt, 27, of the 1300 block of South Spaulding, was charged with armed robbery (no firearm), a Class X felony, according to police. He was also charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor child endangerment, Batavia police said.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Philip J. Motroni, 33, of the 12300 block of Rogers Road, Woodstock; and Amanda C. Graves, 26, of the 100 block of Woodland Court, Carpentersville, each face heroin-related charges after police found the drug and related items inside a Woodstock home on Rogers Road, police said Monday. The street value of the heroin was $100, police said.

    The former Dominick’s at 325 E. Palatine Road in Arlington Heights will become a Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market, company officials announced. It’s one of four suburban Dominick’s being taken over by Caputo. The others are in Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village and Northbrook.

    Joe Caputo & Sons acquires 4 former Dominick’s stores

    Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market is taking over recently shuttered Dominick’s store locations in Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village and Northbrook. The announcement of new store openings came via the company’s Facebook page.

    Doug Maxeiner

    Wauconda considering future of emergency dispatchers

    With the union contract for their emergency dispatchers long expired, Wauconda officials are investigating outsourcing the service, Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner confirmed Monday. The issue has been a hot topic on social media in recent days.


    Go fishing in Island Lake:

    The Island Lake Lions Club will hold an ice fishing derby on Feb. 8.


    Hawthorn Woods job openings:

    The village of Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center is seeking seasonal staff in the Aquatic Center and parks and recreation office for the 2014 swim season.


    Snowmobile show in Wauconda:

    The Wauconda Snowmobile Club will hold its sixth annual vintage snowmobile ride and show Sunday.


    District 128 meeting canceled:

    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled because of the cold weather, officials announced Monday.


    Glen Ellyn to consider changes to sign code

    Glen Ellyn’s village board will be asked to consider an update to the village sign code at tonight’s board meeting. The current code was adopted in 1993, with only a handful of amendments made since that time according to village records. Village staff believes many of the regulations are out of date and the format not user-friendly. The update hopes to provide a more business friendly code.


    Hoffman Estates man pleads guilty to molesting boy

    A Hoffman Estates man pleaded guilty to molesting a boy last year at Willow Creek Church in South Barrington. Robert Sobczak, 20, was sentenced to 24 months probation in exchange for his guilty plea to the class 2 felony.


    GiGi’s Playhouse gift shop to open Feb. 1

    Hugs & Mugs Gift Shop & Cafe, a storefront offering keepsake mugs and other gift items designed by adults with Down syndrome to support GiGi’s Playhouse, will host its official grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. The event will include remarks and a ribbon-cutting with Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod, as well as remarks from parents and participants, tours of the store and...


    DuPage forest preserves to be closed Tuesday

    Due to the extreme cold weather, the DuPage County Forest Preserve’s offices, educational centers and 60 forest preserves be closed on Tuesday.


    Buffalo Grove Pizza Fest postponed by frigid weather

    With Buffalo Grove High School closed Tuesday because of the frigid weather, the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove has rescheduled its Pizza Fest to Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the school. The event, which had been scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, will offer pizza connoisseurs an opportunity to sample some of the best Buffalo Grove has to offer.

    D. "Dewey" Pierotti

    Forest preserve won’t provide land for Darien project

    A developer who wants to build a multisports complex in Darien won’t receive land for the project from the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. Forest preserve President D. “Dewey” Pierotti Jr. said he is going to notify Darien that the district doesn’t want property it owns between Lemont and Oldfield roads transferred to developer Sam Zagorac. Pierotti already has drafted a letter that he...

    PADS guests James Banks Jr., left, Jerome Bishop and Christopher Thompson share a laugh while playing cards and keeping warm Monday morning at the shelter in North Chicago.

    Sheltering suburban homeless on frigid days

    Some played cards. Others rested. Some watched videos on laptop computers. They spent their time differently, but all of the homeless people who sought shelter at the PADS facility in North Chicago on Monday were warm, at least for the day.

    Naperville Mayor George Pradel tips his hat to the future site of Standard Market, a specialty grocery store and restaurant set to open in April. Pradel touted the new grocer during his State of the City address Monday in front of about 400 people at a Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.

    Pradel: Naperville aiming to set bar higher

    The State of the City address Naperville Mayor George Pradel delivered Monday was part flashback and part forecast, highlighting accomplishments of a year Pradel called “outstanding,” and looking forward to another year of development, excitement and “setting the bar higher.” “We have a strong, stable foundation, great partnerships and a will to always improve the quality of life for all of our...


    Buffalo Grove grad found near ISU campus died from blood clot

    A 20-year-old Buffalo Grove High School graduate found unresponsive Saturday in her apartment near Illinois State University died from a blood clot in her pulmonary artery, according to an autopsy Monday. Katie Borenstein was pronounced dead about 6:15 p.m. Saturday at her home a mile from the university’s Normal campus, McLean County Coroner officials said.

    Two Downers Grove Republicans, incumbent Ron Sandack, left, and challenger Keith Matune, are seeking the GOP nomination for the 81st state House District seat in the March 18 GOP primary.

    Downers Grove Republicans trade barbs in 81st House race

    The race for the Republican nomination in the 81st state House district, which covers the Downers Grove and Naperville area, already is a bitter one with each candidate questioning his opposition’s character.

    Amaury Torralva

    Westmont man facing child porn charges

    A 24-year-old Westmont man is facing seven felony counts of child pornography following an undercover investigation, Wheaton police announced Monday. Amaury Torralva was arrested and charged on Jan. 22, police said in a news release.

    Lennie Skutnik, center front, the man who jumped into the Potomac River and saved one of the passengers aboard the Air Florida jetliner that crashed on Jan. 13, 1983, receives applause from first lady Nancy Reagan and his wife, second from left, after President Ronald Reagan made mention of the event in his State of the Union address Jan. 27, 1982.

    5 things to know about the State of the Union

    Five things to know about the State of the Union:

    President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington last week. The U.S. government is looking at ways to prevent anyone from spying on its own surveillance of Americans’ phone records.

    U.S. looks at ways to prevent spying on its spying
    The U.S. government is looking at ways to prevent anyone from spying on its own surveillance of Americans’ phone records. As the Obama administration considers shifting the collection of those records from the National Security Agency to requiring that they be stored at phone companies or elsewhere, it’s quietly funding research to prevent phone company employees or eavesdroppers from seeing who...


    More suburban schools call off Tuesday classes

    Some of the suburban school districts that took a wait-and-see approach on whether to cancel classes for a second day this week because of the dangerously cold weather have seen enough of tomorrow's forecast to make up their minds.

    President Ronald Reagan is applauded prior to making his State of the Union Address Jan. 25, 1983. Vice President George Bush is at left, and House Speaker of the House Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. is at right.

    A tired tradition? Defining the union in a word

    Is “strong” losing its strength? Presidents of both parties have long felt compelled to sum up the state of the union with a descriptive word or two in their State of the Union addresses. Mostly the same word. For many years now, “strong” has been the go-to adjective.

    An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheel chair after he was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013. They will be among the guests who will sit with first lady Michelle Obama Tuesday when President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address.

    Boston bomb survivors are guests at Obama speech

    Two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and an openly gay NBA player are among the guests who will sit with first lady Michelle Obama Tuesday when President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address.

    A homeless man pushes a shopping cart full of his belongings across an intersection in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. From the White House to the Vatican to business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, one issue keeps seizing the agenda: the growing gap between the very wealthy and everyone else.

    Wealth gap: A guide to what it is, why it matters

    From the White House to the Vatican to the business elite in Davos, Switzerland, one issue keeps seizing the agenda: the growing gap between the very wealthy and everyone else. It’s “the defining challenge of our time,” says President Barack Obama, who will spotlight the issue in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.


    Dist. 204 likely to remain in online learning consortium

    Naperville Unit District 203 and Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 have agreed to go forward with the second phase of planning for an online learning consortium, and on Monday night, board members in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 could decide to jump in with them.

    Sandra Lopez

    Hearing on new trial for Gurnee woman delayed

    A hearing was delayed Monday to determine if inappropriate conduct by two Lake County courthouse security guard trainees should result in a new trial for a Gurnee woman convicted of armed robbery of a mobile home.

    Bob Vargas, Member of VFS Post 2377, helps decorate valentines with St. Matthew School students for the Glendale Heights Valentines for Veterans program.

    Glendale Heights collecting valentines for veterans

    Do you remember how fun Valentine’s Day was in elementary school? You’d feel close to your classmates because — required or not — you’d each taken a moment to think a nice thought about each other. Now imagine you’re a hospitalized veteran. You’d be touched if one of those people — especially someone you didn’t know — sent a card or a note to thank you and to say they’re thinking of you. “The...

    What should the future hold for Metra's police force?

    What now for Metra police force?

    So what's next for Metra's police force? With lots of questions swirling, board members say they'll talk publicly about the fate of the beleaguered department, embarrassed by a critical report that spoke of an "antiquated" system.

    This rendering shows the retail units going up in the Oakridge Court shopping center in Algonquin.

    New businesses coming to Algonquin

    It’s not another bank, or an auto parts store, as some had worried. Many driving past the new building going up along Randall Road in Algonquin in front of JCPenney have been emailing, wondering what it would be. They were hoping for something new in the community.


    Villa Park cancels village board meeting

    Villa Park officials have canceled their regularly scheduled village board meeting on Monday night because of the extreme cold. Village officials said all agenda items will be moved to the board’s next scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at village hall.


    Wheeling cancels tonight’s village board meeting

    The scheduled Wheeling Village Board meeting for Monday night has been canceled due to the weather, officials said.

    The sundog over Interstate 90 in Arlington Heights Monday morning.

    Sundog lights up frigid suburban skies

    Did you know what a parhelion was before today? Not many of us did, but we quickly learned after pictures of Monday morning’s parhelion in suburban skies started appearing all over social media. Parhelion is the scientific name for sundog, which is when bright patches of light can be seen to the left or right of the sun — almost like a halo.

    Erick Munoz makes his way through cameras as he leaves a Fort Worth, Texas courtroom after a judge ruled that his wife and unborn child could be removed from life support.

    Brain-dead Texas woman taken off life support

    The public debate over the fate of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman and her fetus has ended quietly and privately. Marlise Munoz was removed from life support on Sunday after John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth complied with a Texas judge’s order.

    CFC volunteers freshen the nesting sites on Baker’s Lake Island with discarded live Christmas trees from Barrington. Eighty to 100 trees were taken across the ice to the island.

    Caring in Action: CFC helps natural habitats to thrive

    Saving the natural habitat in the greater Barrington area has been Citizens for Conservation's mission for more than three decades. January's Caring in action feature highlights one of the foremost conservatory organizations in the suburbs - and the large vlunteer network it has to get things done.


    Dawn Patrol: Cold temps close schools; police investigate girl’s death

    Dawn Patrol: Schools closed today, tomorrow due to cold weather. Closings present headaches for parents, school districts. Police investigating death of 4-year-old Aurora girl. About 180 take part in Barrington snowshoe race. Suburban survivors of clergy sex abuse stress speaking up. Quinn’s big speech to focus on economy. Women ski jumpers thrilled at Olympic opportunities. ‘17 Seconds’...

    Moon Khan

    What happens when candidates switch parties?

    Until several months ago, Moon Khan was held up as the example of how diverse the Republcan Party has become in DuPage County. As the first Muslim elected to public office in DuPage, Khan championed GOP causes. But after a rocky meeting with former Congressman Joe Walsh, Kahn soured on the Republican party, and now is running as a Democrat in March for the DuPage County Board.

    Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore pose in the press room with their awards for best rap performance and best rap song, for “Thrift Shop,” best rap album for “The Heist” and best new artist at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday in Los Angeles.

    Weekend in Review: TV falls, kills child; counties grapple with concealed carry
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Aurora girl killed when TV falls on her, police say; Naperville man killed by new roommate after sex, prosecutor says; Former Bear clears way for Elgin's Little Angels; counties taking extra measures on concealed carry; 7 injured in rollover crash in Crystal Lake; Quinn preps for State of State address; big difference between juvenile adult courts; Daft...



    Perron scores 3 to lead Oilers past Canucks 4-2

    David Perron scored three goals as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Monday night.


    Kings beat Sharks 1-0 to snap 5-game skid

    Anze Kopitar broke a long scoreless drought for Los Angeles and Jonathan Quick earned his third shutout of the season to help the Kings snap a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks.


    Favors powers Jazz past depleted Kings, 106-99

    Derrick Favors had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Marvin Williams added 16 points and 11 rebounds to power the Utah Jazz past the depleted Sacramento Kings 106-99 on Monday night.

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) scores past Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday in Chicago.

    Bulls’ Butler battling through shooting slump

    Jimmy Butler's shot showed signs of life in Monday's loss to Minnesota, but he's been stuck in a miserable shooting slump this month. How much of that can be attributed to the turf toe injury suffered earlier this season?

    The Timberwolves’ Kevin Love is fouled by Bulls guard D.J. Augustin as Taj Gibson also defends during the second half Monday night. Love finished with 31 points.

    Bulls’ efforts amiss minus Noah

    Joakim Noah is best known for rebounds, defense and intensity. But the Bulls demonstrated Monday how valuable he’s become on offense in a 95-86 loss to Minnesota at the United Center.


    These Barrington programs are driven to succeed

    Fans of Barrington High School’s girls basketball and softball teams know their teams have been driven to win over the years. Now the Fillies are hoping to see that drive from their fans. The girls basketball and softball programs would like the help of the community. For the whole month of February, Marquardt of Barrington Buick-GMC (1421 S. Barrington Road in Barrington) will donate $50 to these programs for test driving any new Buick or GMC.


    Diebold end 13-year run at Harper

    After 13 seasons guiding the Harper College men’s soccer program, Jason Diebold stepped down from his post late last week. Under Diebold’s guidance the Hawks advanced to five NJCAA Region IV tournament championship games and advanced to the NJCAA national tournament in 2004 and 2005.

    Batavia’s Liza Fruendt drives to the basket against Geneva during Friday’s game at Geneva.

    Three kids, 10 years of Batavia basketball winding down for Fruendts

    Joel and Suzanne Fruendt remember the first time that then-Batavia basketball coach Jim Roberts dropped by their house.


    Glenbard North eyes 17th straight DVC championship

    Glenbard North is in a customary position entering the DuPage Valley Conference wrestling championship this weekend at Naperville Central.


    No. 9 Villanova tops Georgetown 65-60

    James Bell scored 16 points, and No. 9 Villanova prevailed in a messy, foul-plagued game of stops and starts Monday night for a 65-60 victory over Georgetown, the Hoyas’ fifth straight loss.


    Basketball: Fox Valley reschedules

    Most basketball games scheduled for Tuesday night in the Fox Valley have been postponed and some have been rescheduled, as schools prepare to be closed a second straight day due to the cold weather.


    MSL girls basketball slate moved to Wednesday

    A Tuesday without school in the Mid-Suburban League means the postponement of Tuesday’s scheduled events. In girls basketball, the full MSL slate has been postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday.


    Ogwumike leads No. 4 Stanford women over USC 86-59

    Chiney Ogwumike had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 4 Stanford to an 86-59 victory over Southern California on Monday night in a game between the Pac-12’s top teams.


    Tanguay scores winner and Avs beat Stars 4-3

    Alex Tanguay scored the winning goal early in the third period, and Semyon Varlamov made it stand up for the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.


    No. 23 Oklahoma beats No. 8 Oklahoma State 88-76

    Ryan Spangler had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds Monday night to help No. 23 Oklahoma defeat No. 8 Oklahoma State 88-76.

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) scores past Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday in Chicago.

    Love scores 31 as Timberwolves beat Bulls 95-86

    Kevin Love scored 31 points Monday night to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Chicago Bulls 95-86. Ronny Turiaf added 14 points off the bench for the Timberwolves, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Bulls and won for the fourth time in five games overall.

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots over Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 111-109.

    Durant does it again as Thunder rally past Hawks

    Kevin Durant scored 41 points, including the game-winning jumper with 1.5 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-109 Monday night for their eighth straight victory.


    Clippers end Grammy trip, rout Bucks 114-86

    Blake Griffin dominated the paint with 20 points, Jamal Crawford scored 25 and the Los Angeles Clippers ended their seven-game road trip with a 114-86 win Monday night over the Milwaukee Bucks.


    Patterson’s shot lifts Raptors over Nets, 104-103

    Patrick Patterson stole Deron Williams’ inbounds pass and made the go-ahead jumper with 6 seconds left, and the Toronto Raptors stopped a five-game winning streak by the Brooklyn Nets for the second time this month with a 104-103 victory Monday night.


    Fleury, Penguins beat Sabres 3-0

    Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots for his fourth shutout and Chris Kunitz and Deryk Engelland scored second-period goals, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 Monday night.


    Parker leads No. 17 Duke by No. 18 Pitt 80-65

    Jabari Parker scored 21 points, reserve guard Andre Dawkins added 20 and No. 17 Duke pulled away from No. 18 Pittsburgh 80-65 on Monday night.


    No. 19 Purdue takes down Illinois 80-68
    Courtney Moses led a balanced scoring attack with 22 points as No. 19 Purdue beat Illinois for the sixth consecutive time, 80-68 on Monday.

    Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw, center, huddles with her team during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday against Maryland in College Park, Md. Notre Dame won 87-83.

    No. 2 Notre Dame women defeat No. 8 Maryland 87-83

    Notre Dame had just won a close game on the road to remain unbeaten, yet Irish coach Muffet McGraw wore a disgusted look on her face. That’s because second-ranked Notre Dame lost a 22-point lead and had to scramble to salvage an 87-83 win over No. 8 Maryland on Monday night.


    Suns lead all the way in 124-113 win over 76ers

    Gerald Green scored 30 points and Goran Dragic had 24 to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 124-113 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.


    Eric, Jordan Staal lift Hurricanes over Columbus

    Jordan Staal scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:55 remaining to help the Carolina Hurricanes rally for a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.


    Bruins pull away from Islanders in 6-3 win

    The line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith combined for three goals and six assists to lead the Boston Bruins to a seesaw 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Monday night.


    Blackhawks game day
    Blackhawks game day

    New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin (3) and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) defend Bulls center Joakim Noah on a rebound in a game earlier this season.

    Carmelo sure would add fun to the Bulls

    There should be no debate over whether to pursue Carmelo Anthony if he becomes a free agent. Of course the Bulls should try to acquire him, for entertainment purposes if no other reason. Rename the team the "Chimelo Bulls" if that's what it takes to land him.

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews says the team has to “get rid of bad habits and get rid of them fast.”

    Things don’t get any easier for Hawks out west

    Saddled with a three-game losing streak, the Blackhawks must head out on a six-game road trip that leads into the two-week Olympic break. It starts Tuesday in Calgary, where the Hawks will look to pick up the pieces. “We know what we need to do on the upcoming road trip,” winger Kris Versteeg said. “We had a good road trip earlier in the year, and we’re going to need a good one coming up here, too. We’re going to have to go into Calgary and play (ticked) off, I guess.”

    Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn speaks during the baseball team's SoxFest annual fan convention Friday in Chicago. Hahn says it's going to take some time to get some of the less experienced players ready, but “we want to see progress.”

    White Sox believe they're on right track

    To contend in 2014, the White Sox would need all newly-arrived players to contribute in a big way, and it's just unfair to expect inexperienced talent like Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia and Matt Davidson to carry the team. The Sox have made major improvements, but finishing .500 would be a monumental achievement after last year's 99-loss season.


    Loyola earns No. 1 volleyball ranking

    After two impressive road wins over the weekend, Loyola’s men’s volleyball program earned its first No. 1 ranking in program history. The Ramblers, who were ranked No. 2 last week, defeated Sacred Heart on Friday and No. 13 Harvard on Saturday as No. 1 ranked Pepperdine lost Friday to No. 5 Long Beach State.

    In this Jan. 23 photo, Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure poses with his wife, Gerri, in their home in Charlotte, N.C. DeLamielleure is convinced that he, like many former professional football players, suffers from a concussion-related brain disease CTE brought on by the many head blows and concussions experienced during his 13 year NFL career.

    Ex-NFL players fear dementia based on unproven tests

    NFL Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure is sure he has the devastating brain disease CTE — even though the strongest scientific evidence says it can only be diagnosed in the dead. He is certain because researchers trying to develop a test for CTE have essentially told him so, based on preliminary and unproven results. To the 62-year-old DeLamielleure, the results are reassuring, offering a potential explanation for his sudden anger, depression and sleeplessness.

    Meryl Davis and Charlie White compete during the ice dance free skate Jan. 11 at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

    U.S. skating team in good shape for new event at Sochi

    That was the U.S. figure skating haul, if you want to call it that, from the last Winter Olympics. Sounds about right for the Sochi Games, too, but only because of the addition of the team event. As a nation, the United States is in solid shape for the new team event. Although South Korea, Japan, Germany, China and Russia all have top contenders in the various competitions, across the board only the Americans, Canadians and perhaps the Russians are deep.

    A zamboni crosses the ice at Iceberg Skating Palace at the 2014 Winter Olympics Saturday in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics begin Feb. 7.

    NHL won’t commit to Olympics beyond Sochi Games

    The NHL has not decided whether to let its players participate in the Olympics beyond this year, meaning the Sochi Games could be the finale for dozens of players. League officials are not sure freezing their league for two-plus weeks in the middle of the season is good for business — especially when the Olympics are not in the U.S. or Canada.

    Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning, right, and Wes Welker arrive at Newark Liberty International Airport for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday in Newark, N.J.

    Broncos, Seahawks hit frozen Big Apple

    Leave it to Peyton Manning to put everything in perspective. “The Super Bowl is a big deal,” the Broncos’ record-setting quarterback said Sunday after his team arrived in a frozen Big Apple — well, across the icy Hudson River in New Jersey, actually.

    Bob Frisk, here accepting his very own Paddock Cup trophy during a ceremony to honor his 50th anniversary with the Daily Herald in 2008, will be honored again on Friday at Prospect. He’s been selected as as inaugural choice for the IHSA’s Distinguished Media Service award.

    Frisk takes IHSA spotlight for distinguished service

    During his long career at the Daily Herald, Bob Frisk had the opportunity to honor many area athletes and coaches through columns, stories and even serving as master of ceremonies at banquets. The tables will be turned Friday in the Jean Walker Field House at Prospect High School. Frisk will be the honoree. It’s only three days until the former assistant managing editor/sports for the Daily Herald receives his award as one of the inaugural recipients of the Illinois High School Association’s Distinguished Media Service Award.

    Submitted photo Futsal is a natural fit for the specially finished courts at Main Street Sports Center in Lake Zurich.

    Futsal making an impact on Main Street

    If you enjoy indoor sports, Main Street Sports Center certainly has a lot to offer. The indoor sports venue recently opened in Lake Zurich at the corner of Route 22 and Main Street. The facility has been completely outfitted with new accessories, new fields and courts throughout. It features four large fields with state-of-the-art rubber infill turf and a large hard-surface court. The indoor turf fields are great for almost any sport, especially soccer and lacrosse. But they’re also available for flag football, cross-training and baseball. The hard-surface court is specially finished for Futsal, an increasingly popular sport. But it can also be used for basketball or other training purposes.


    Mike North video: Tiger Woods Implodes
    Probably the second best golfer of all time imploded yesterday at Torrey Pines with 7 straight bogeys. Mike North says he will never break Jack Nicklaus’s record.


    Glenbard North showing interest in Upstate Eight

    The Daily Herald has learned that Glenbard North, answering a letter of inquiry from the Upstate Eight Conference, responded with an interest in investigating leaving the DuPage Valley Conference for the UEC in the 2015-16 school year.

    Jose Abreu, one of the White Sox’ promising young stars, attended SoxFest over the weekend.

    Cubs vs. White Sox: Which team will be less unbearable?

    Baseball's local convention season concluded Sunday without much conventional wisdom having been dispensed. All that's left before the actual season begins is making a logical conclusion as to whether the Cubs or White Sox will be less unbearable this summer.


    FILE - In this March 16, 2012 file photo, a Nissan Leaf tops off it’s battery in Central Point, Ore., at one of the charging stations along Interstate 5. If you didn’t take advantage of a wide array of tax credits and deductions last year, it looks like you’ll be out of luck in 2014. Tax credits for certain electric cars though continue into 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File)

    Wide array of tax breaks expired at end of 2013

    WASHINGTON -- Consider yourself forewarned.If you didn’t take advantage of a wide array of tax credits and deductions last year, it looks like you’ll be out of luck in 2014.The Congressional Research Service says there are dozens of expiring “tax extenders.” Most -- but not all -- had been put in place or given new life as part of legislation passed by Congress at the end of 2012 to avert the fiscal cliff of automatic tax increases and spending cuts.While the Bush-era tax cuts were made permanent, a wide array of deductions and credits were given short lifespans.“The provisions that are scheduled to expire in 2013 are diverse in purpose, including provisions for individuals, businesses, the charitable sector, energy, community assistance, and disaster relief,” CRS said in a report to Congress.Think education, energy and state sales tax. Also, mortgage forgiveness and insurance, and a wide array of other tax breaks. “You’ve got all these regularly expiring provisions,” said Mark Luscombe, principal tax analyst for CCH. “Congress seems to always get around to renewing them at least retroactively,” he said. But there’s no guarantee.There are a variety of reasons why Congress passes temporary, rather than permanent, tax provisions. It gives lawmakers a chance to see how they work -- and affect the overall budget, according to CRS. “Temporary tax provisions may be also used to provide relief during times of economic weakness or following a natural disaster,” CRS said. “Congress may also choose to enact temporary provisions for budgetary reasons.”Among the tax credits and deductions that expired last Dec. 31 affecting individuals:Education• Students or their parents will no longer be able to take a maximum $4,000 deduction for tuition and required fees to attend an institution of higher education. In some cases, related expenses had included activity fees, books, supplies and equipment -- but not room and board, transportation or sports, according to the Internal Revenue Service.Although the tuition and fees deduction expired, there will still be other education-related tax breaks available for students and their parents during the 2014 tax year, including a deduction for interest paid on student loans and the American Opportunity and lifetime learning credits.• Unless Congress acts, elementary, middle school and high school teachers will no longer be able to take a $250 deduction for school supplies paid out of pocket. According to CRS, this deduction has been on the books since 2002.State and local sales taxTaxpayers had temporarily been given the choice of deducting state and local sales taxes instead of state and local income taxes. This had been particularly beneficial for taxpayers who lived in states like Florida, Nevada and Texas without an income tax, and for those who made a purchase significant in value.“Folks aren’t going to see it anymore,” said Craig Richards, managing partner and director of tax services at Fiduciary Trust.HousingIn an attempt to help people who lost their homes during the housing crisis or who owed more on the home than its value, Congress had passed legislation that allowed homeowners to exclude up to $2 million in mortgage forgiveness from taxable income. That tax break was not extended beyond 2013.Nina Olson, the national taxpayer advocate, says there’s an important exception -- taxpayer insolvency. If the taxpayer is insolvent -- defined on the taxpayer advocate’s website as “when a taxpayer’s total debt exceeds his or her total assets” -- the mortgage writeoff would not be considered taxable income, she said

    A man talks on a mobile phone inside his tricycle cart loaded with goods near under-construction residential buildings in Changsha, in China’s Hunan province. U.S. investors are being hit with new worries from overseas just as the economy at home appears to be strengthening.

    Stocks fall worldwide on emerging-market fears

    Shaky economies and plunging currencies in the developing world fueled a global sell-off in stocks Monday as fearful investors pushed prices lower across Asia and Europe, but many of the drops were not as steep as last week.


    Career Education gets attorneys general inquiries

    Shares of Schaumburg-based Career Education and Education Management fell Monday after the for-profit education companies said that they had received inquiries from 12 states related to their business practices.

    The Royal Caribbean International’s Explorer of the Seas docked at Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands, Sunday.

    Caribbean cruise ended after outbreak of illness

    The Royal Caribbean cruise line on Sunday ended a ship’s 10-day trip in the Caribbean early after hundreds of passengers and crew members were sickened with a gastrointestinal illness. The Miami-based company made the announcement a few hours after officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded the Explorer of the Seas during its U.S. Virgin Islands port call to investigate the illness and evaluate the outbreak response.

    Last week, the New York Times reported that venerable Dow Jones Industrial Average component Coca-Cola Co. was awakening to the impact of climate change on its business.

    Global warming is about market share, not science

    Last week, the New York Times reported that venerable Dow Jones Industrial Average component Coca-Cola Co. was awakening to the impact of climate change on its business. The increase in unpredictable weather, droughts, floods and other climate-related events was disrupting the company's product supply. Some of their “essential ingredients” are now under threat.

    Caterpillar’s fourth-quarter net income rose compared with results weighed down by a large impairment charge a year ago. Its performance topped Wall Street’s view.

    Caterpillar 4Q results top analysts’ expectations

    Caterpillar’s fourth-quarter net income rose compared with results weighed down by a large impairment charge a year ago. Its performance topped Wall Street’s view. The Peoria-based company’s board approved a new $10 billion buyback. Caterpillar also provided a 2014 forecast above analysts’ estimates.

    Oscar Albuquerque, left, and Tony DiJohn handle the day-to-day operations at the new Main Street Sports Center in Lake Zurich.

    Main Street Sports Center opens in Lake Zurich

    The former manager from Kits Sports Complex has moved down the street to launch Main Street Sports Center, a community based, family friendly sports center offering youth classes, birthday parties, field rentals, baseball tunnels, fitness classes and futsal leagues.


    Business-owning Baby Boomers should keep some lists

    The last of the Baby Boomers will hit 50 this year, which means the first of that generation are nearing 70. No buckets are necessary, but if you’re a Boomer who owns a business, there are some lists you should be keeping. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the issue.

    COURTESY OF WINGS WINGS CEO Rebecca Darr with husband, Joe.

    Darr wants to spread WINGS nationwide to help domestic abuse victims

    Kukec's People features Rebecca Darr, who helps countless victims of domestic abuse through WINGS, is in the midst of expanding the shelter in Chicago and plans to go national in a couple of years.

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    Short and Sweet Review: Phantom of the Opera

    Short and Sweet critic for the day, Terri Penas of Bartlett, discusses her reaction to Phantom of the Opera in an interview with host, Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago.

    Bradley Cooper will star in “The Elephant Man” on Broadway this fall.

    Bradley Cooper coming to Broadway this fall

    Bradley Cooper, not too long ago crowned “sexiest man alive” by People magazine, is coming to Broadway in an ugly role. Producers said recently that the “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle” actor will star in “The Elephant Man” this fall. It’s about a disfigured man in Victorian London whose own inner goodness forces people to reevaluate their notions of beauty. It will be directed Scott Ellis and co-star Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola.

    Guy Fieri places a slice of the mac and cheese burger on a plate for comedian Judy Gold at Guy's American Kitchen and Bar during a tour of premier places to get Super Bowl grub in New York.

    Four hours, four Super Bowl meals with Guy Fieri

    With Food Network star Guy Fieri and comedian Judy Gold as his guides, Associated Press Food Editor J.M. Hirsch set out to find the best spots for Super Bowl-style grub in Manhattan. What he got was a laugh track, a profanity-spewing rabbi, enough X-rated commentary to render much of the evening's dialogue unquotable, and such gluttonous portions of high-fat food that by the end at least one of the trio was vomiting.

    One of the highlights of the 56th annual Grammy Awards was the performance of “Same Love” by Macklemore, left, Mary Lambert, Madonna, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah, and which also featured dozens of couples exchanging vows.

    Brilliant, baffling moments at the Grammys

    A teenager from New Zealand and two French “robots” shall lead them. What makes music special is its seeming randomness, of magic moments coming from where you'd least expect them. Sunday night's Grammy Awards proved that. In a room filled with music history and industry powerhouses, Lorde and Daft Punk took major awards. And there were other moments, too — some moving, some boring, some baffling, some just plain fun.

    Greg Mullavey, left, and Andi Potamkin star in “The Soap Myth” by Jeff Cohen. A recording of the play will become available for streaming and download across the globe on Monday, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    Holocaust play ‘The Soap Myth’ goes digital

    In the spring of 2012, as the off-Broadway run of the Holocaust play “The Soap Myth” was winding down, its director wasn’t ready to let go. Arnold Mittelman, who also is the producing artistic director of the National Jewish Theater, felt “more had to be done with the material because of the power and impact it was having.” So Mittelman decided to film it. The recording will become available for streaming and download across the globe on Monday, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    Winners for Best Record of the Year with “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk celebrate their award onstage at the 56th Grammy Awards Sunday.

    Daft Punk: Who knew they were French?

    They’re helmeted, mute and mysterious, and they’re suddenly the pride of France. Duo Daft Punk is doing something no other French music group has ever done: Bringing home five Grammy Awards.

    “The View” announced Monday that Rosie O’Donnell will be a guest on the daytime gabfest on Feb. 7.

    Rosie O’Donnell coming back to ‘View’ as guest

    Proving nothing is impossible in the world of daytime television, Rosie O’Donnell is coming back to “The View,” at least for a day. The show announced Monday that O’Donnell will be a guest on the daytime gabfest on Feb. 7.


    Sun exposure may help reduce high blood pressure

    High blood pressure is one of the most common medical conditions worldwide. It is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. Research over the past 20 years suggests that high blood pressure may be, in part, responsive to the sunlight. That is to say that regular sun exposure may help to reduce high blood pressure by stimulating the skin to reduce a compound called nitric oxide.


    Partner with your physician to manage your meds

    Q: I’m in my 70s. Like many women my age, I’m on several medications. Should I be actively managing them? Or can I leave that to my doctor?

    Trashon Meyer, Jamera Herndon, Moneií Brooks and Marjae Lynch run from the “Cookie Monster” during recess at their school in Washington.

    The importance of recess: What kids learn on the playground

    Recess has taken a beating in recent years. Because of shrinking budgets and ever-increasing academic demands, playground time in many school districts has dwindled, seen as a frivolous luxury. In some places, recess has been cut altogether, despite endorsements from the American Academy of Pediatrics and studies showing that recess not only improves children's fitness, but benefits their social-emotional growth and academic performance.But 14 public and charter schools in Washington, D.C. have overhauled recess dramatically to make playtime a priority. Each of those schools has a Playworks coach who helps facilitate playground activities.

    Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper) had a lot in common with his best-known creation, British spy James Bond. The writer’s life inspired the BBC America miniseries “Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond.”

    BBC America revisits the life of 007’s creator in ‘Fleming’

    If you know the name James Bond, you likely know the name Ian Fleming, too. All the “official” movies about Agent 007 note his creator, the novelist whose experiences as a World War II naval intelligence officer informed the spy’s adventures. The writer's story is being revisited in the BBC America miniseries “Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond,” which starts a weekly run Jan. 29.

    Lisa Unger’s novels all explore the theme of family and how it shapes who we become as individuals. Her latest, “In the Blood,” examines the life of Lana Granger, a person with many secrets.

    ‘In the Blood’ is intriguing thriller

    Lisa Unger’s novels all explore the theme of family and how it shapes people’s lives. Her latest, “In the Blood,” examines the life of Lana Granger, a person with many secrets. Granger appears to be running away from a traumatic event in her past. She’s found college life to be rewarding, and is about to graduate. She needs extra money, and learns of an opportunity to baby-sit a young boy named Luke (who has secrets of his own).

    Paulina Kadzielawska, founder and general manager of Pure Juice, says the Arlington Heights cafe offers 3-, 5-, and 7-day juice cleanse packages.

    Reboot to healthy eating: Trying a juice cleanse

    Proponents say juice cleanses can help rebuild your immune system, boost your energy levels, allow your body time to renew and repair itself, help you lose weight, and get you started on healthier eating routine. So, one journalist decides to try a three-day juice cleanse, where she consumes nothing but fresh juice.

    Tobogganing may not seem like much of a workout, but take a few trips back up that hill, and you’ll understand just how good this activity is for you.

    Your health: Try these winter workouts
    You can still get exercise outside in the cold this winter. Try tobogganing or slip on a pair of snowshoes. Snowshoeing can burn anywhere between 400 and 1,000 calories an hour. Now that’s a great reason to bundle up and enjoy the scenery.

    1969 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird

    Wait for a rare ’69 Firebird is over

    Scott Shaffer was in high school when the 1969 Pontiac Firebird was first released, and he became immediately mesmerized. “My first thought was, ‘I’m going to own one,’ ” the Long Grove resident said. Some 40 years later, he now does.

    Executive producer/correspondent Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, executive producer Jerry Weintraub, and correspondent and actor Ian Somerhalder participate in the “Years of Living Dangerously” panel discussion at the Showtime Winter 2014 TCA Press Tour recently. The producers of the upcoming Showtime series on global warming say it is crucial to get both celebrities and Republicans involved in the project.

    Showtime climate change series travels globe

    Producers of a Showtime series on global warming due this spring said recently it was crucial to get celebrities and Republicans involved to spread the stories beyond people who already believe it's an important issue. The series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” begins April 13. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican who was in Pasadena to promote the series, is among the celebrities who travel to different sites to illustrate the impact of climate change. Matt Damon, Jessica Alba and Don Cheadle also participate.

    Hollywood producer Chris Moore, center, is producing a Pittsburgh-based reality TV series, “The Chair.” The show will chronicle the efforts of two young directors as they make separate movies from the same script.

    New Pa. reality series focuses on director's chair

    What happens when two young movie directors make different films from the same script? Who knows, but Hollywood producer Chris Moore intends to find out with his new Pittsburgh-based reality TV series, “The Chair.” The show will likely air this fall, in hourly episodes chronicling the efforts as two young directors make separate movies from the same script.

    Shannon McCormick, left, serves a tomato to her 4-year-old daughter Sophie Chapman at their home in Gahanna, Ohio. Although not fond of tomatoes, McCormick keeps that fact from her daughter, who loves them.

    Parents’ white lies are a time-honored tradition

    Kids, parents are people, too. Remember that when you’re older and learn of all the little things yours hid from you for the greater good or their pleasure alone. Absent serious crimes and misdemeanors, you’ll live to tell about it. “I’ve been hiding Twinkies under the front car seat since my first kid was in diapers,” said Genevieve West, a stay-at-home mom of three in Portland, Ore.



    The ideological state of the union

    Columnist Michael Gerson: For President Obama, the state of the political union ... could be better.


    What about the unborn ‘women’?
    A Barrington letter to the editor: On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Obama said, “Every woman should have the right to make her own choices about her body and her health.” I was just wondering if “every woman” would include the unborn woman, just as well as her mother.


    Break state’s ‘parasitic loop’ with unions
    A Grayslak letter to the editor: How many Illinois citizens know that Illinois governors Rod Blagojevich (currently in jail) and Pat Quinn have forced mothers who stay at home to care for their disabled children to join SEIU and become state employees against their will?


    Community, workers stepped up in storms
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: The recent “polar vortex,” multiple snow and ice storms, and ongoing winter weather mess has made the first few weeks of the New Year challenging, at best. In light of all of this, I wish to publicly thank Mundelein residents for their cooperation during all of the recent challenging storm events. Thanks to them, our public works crew was able to complete all of their zones with minimal disruption and zero accidents involving village vehicles during the snow and ice control operations.


    Keep Illinois from becoming ‘next Detroit’
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Thanks for the report about the pension crisis on the front page of the Jan. 21 Daily Herald. Illinois citizens need to understand that the pension and deficit crisis are still getting worse. We must pass our financial concerns about Illinois to the politicians running for office in 2014.


    Remarks about God were misconstrued
    A Niles letter to the editor: Words were misconstrued from my interview with the Daily Herald when put in print. As a candidate for Congress in the 9th District,


    Bernanke set good example for all
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: As Fed chairman Ben Bernanke’s term comes to an end on Jan. 31, we should pause to remember the great work he performed at the head of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors. Bernanke’s aggressive and creative monetary stimulus policies prevented the Great Recession of 2008-09 from becoming a second great depression. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude.


    Threat to water is ever present
    A Warr3enville letter to the editor: Two weeks from now we may forget all about the water poisoning situation in West Virginia. It has already waned from the news. But will the people whose water supply was affected forget?


    Illinois looking less appealing for physicians
    A letter to the editor: Illinois ranked near the bottom of the country at 45th place with a D on the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians’ state-by-state report card on America’s emergency care environment, a striking decline from the 27th place showing and grade C it earned in 2009 on the same report.


    Wonder how long it took mom to die
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: The article in the Jan. 17 edition of the Daily Herald about the state of Ohio’s use of new compounds in exacting the death penalty on a felon got my blood boiling.


    Proud to say I’m from Carpentersville
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: I want to express my gratitude to all the wonderful folks in Carpentersville who responded to my call for help. Due to the freeze, something ruptured in the garage and it seemed that torrents of water were threatening to flood the garage.


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