Daily Archive : Tuesday January 28, 2014


    Mike Riopell

    Follow Mike Riopell’s tweets during State of the Union speech

    Daily Herald State Government Editor will be tweeting about the State of the Union speech as it happens at 8 tonight. You can follow the tweets and other news feeds on President Barack Obama’s big speech.

    The Children of Uganda will bring their Tour of Light to Palatine’s Cutting Hall for a Feb. 4 performance. Most proceeds from the performance, which also will feature the Palatine Children’s Chorus and choir from St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights, will benefit orphaned and vulnerable children in the African nation.

    Children of Uganda’s Tour of Light comes to Palatine

    The Children of Uganda will bring their Tour of Light to Palatine’s Cutting Hall for a Feb. 4 performance. Most proceeds from the performance, which also will feature the Palatine Children’s Chorus and choir from St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights, will benefit orphaned and vulnerable children in the African nation.

    Barrington native Brian Dietzen, right, plays Jimmy Palmer on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS.”

    How Barrington native landed regular ‘NCIS’ role

    People might openly mock the 2003 American Idol-inspired movie “From Justin to Kelly,” but actor Brian Dietzen, a Barrington native, thinks of the film fondly. That’s because it was his big-screen acting debut, and a steppingstone that ultimately led Dietzen to his current job, as Jimmy Palmer on the hit CBS drama "NCIS."


    Elk Grove not skimping on salt

    By the time winter is over, Elk Grove Village will likely have used more salt on its local streets than ever before, village officials said Tuesday. And just to make sure the village’s public works crews can get through the rest of the winter, the village board voted Tuesday night to retroactively approve a $49,750 emergency purchase of 500 tons of salt.

    Rosario Telatorre, from right, Berta Telatorre and Veronica Gonzalez work on the mums at Leider Greenhouses and Garden Center in Buffalo Grove on Tuesday.

    Buffalo Grove's Leider greenhouse operation fends off subzero weather

    It was a delightful, sunny Tuesday at Aptakisic Road and Leider Lane in northern Buffalo Grove, where the temperature hit 75 degrees. At least that was the case in part of a mammoth indoor flower growing operation at Leider Greenhouses and Garden Center, where sweet aromas on a frigid winter's day seemed more like the Deep South when azaleas are blooming in the spring.

    Estefanía Garcia

    Local attendees give State of the Union mixed reviews

    The local attendees to Tuesday’s State of the Union address gave mixed reviews of the yearly speech. Estefanía Garcia, who works for the nonprofit Mano a Mano Family Resource Center in Round Lake Park, was a guest of Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and was happy to hear President Barack Obama mention wanting a new immigration law.

    Volunteer Alexis Romero, 16, of Lake in the Hills, helps Durryiah McFadden, 4, of Elgin, make a bead bracelet at the eighth annual Black History Family Festival at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.

    Elgin library hosts black history festival Saturday

    What were some of the contributions of black Americans in the military throughout history? Elgin area residents can find out first hand from former Tuskegee Airmen, the famed group of black World War II combat pilots, and other African American military veterans who will be special guests at the Ninth Annual Black History Family Festival Saturday at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. The...

    President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill Tuesday, as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen.

    Obama vows to flex presidential powers in speech

    Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress “whenever and wherever” necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor. He unveiled an array of modest executive actions that included increasing the minimum wage for some federal contract workers and making it easier for...


    Suburban members of Congress on State of the Union

    What suburban lawmakers said about the State of the Union address.

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington delivered the Republican response immediately after the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

    GOP focuses on empowering Americans, not government

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Tuesday offered a kinder, gentler vision of Republicans who are determined to empower Americans, not the government, and close the gap “between where you are and where you want to be.”

    President Barack Obama shakes hands as he leaves after giving the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday in Washington.

    Frustrated Obama’s risky strategy: Going it alone

    This wasn’t the presidency Barack Obama had in mind after winning his historic election five years ago. But it is the one he believes he has left. For the first time since taking office, Obama spoke to Congress on Tuesday from a clear position of confrontation, threatening to veto new Iran sanctions, warning against further moves against his health care law and demanding action on a series of...

    President Barack Obama is greeted as he arrives to give his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

    Fact check: Less than meets eye in Obama speech

    A look at some of the facts and political circumstances behind claims makde by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday, along with a glance at the Republican response.

    President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

    Reaction to Obama’s State of the Union address

    Reaction to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:

    First lady Michelle Obama, and others, applaud Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, as President Barack Obama acknowledges him during his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

    Highlights from Obama’s State of the Union address

    President Barack Obama urged Congress to help restore opportunity for Americans but pledged to take action himself Tuesday in his fifth State of the Union address before Congress. Some highlights from Obama’s economic and other proposals:

    Vincent Petrella

    Wheeling man remembered for work, devotion to family

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday labeled Vincent Petrella, the tollway worker from Wheeling killed while helping a stranded motorist, a hero. Those who knew Petrella from the time he was a boy said that's always been the case. "He was a hero just for the way he was with his family," friend Paul Capuano said. "He was a man's man who put family before anything else."

    Renato V. Velasquez of Hanover Park has been charged with driving while fatigued and other charges in the fatal I-88 crash.

    Trooper in I-88 crash to recover; truck driver charged

    A state trooper is expected to recover from injuries he suffered during a fiery crash along Interstate 88 that killed a tollway worker from Wheeling. And the driver of the semitrailer truck that hit his squad car is now facing a series of charges. State trooper Douglas J. Balder, 38, and Vincent Petrella, a 39-year-old maintenance worker, were helping a disabled truck when the other truck...

    DuPage County Forest Preserves, including Blackwell near Warrenville, were closed to the public Tuesday in response to dangerously cold temperatures.

    Frigid temperatures shutter DuPage forest preserves
    Visitors wishing to brave the elements to visit DuPage County forest preserves were out of luck Tuesday. Bone-chilling temperatures prompted officials to close all 60 DuPage preserves, along with the forest district’s offices and educational centers. A Tuesday forest preserve commission meeting and planning session also was canceled.

    Public works crews in Barrington have been busy thanks to an unusually cold and snowy winter. The village already has overspent its budget for snow removal costs, but officials hope a contingency fund will cover the remainder of the season.

    “Two winters in one” means snow costs well over budget in Barrington

    The abnormally brutal winter has forced the village of Barrington to spend more money on snow and ice removal already than it had planned for the whole season, and, as residents know all too well, spring is still likely far away. “We’re having two winters in one, basically,” Director of Public Works Mark Werksman told the village board.


    DeKalb police kill Malta man attacking family

    DeKalb police say an officer shot and killed a Malta man who was observed attacking family members with a knife at their home.


    Charges pending in Aurora vehicular arson

    Charges are pending against a woman who set her ex-boyfriend’s vehicle on fire while she was still inside, Aurora police said. Aurora police responded to a vehicle fire on the 1200 block of North Lake Street at 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release. When officers arrived, they found a vehicle engulfed in flames; the male owner was standing nearby unharmed.

    A monarch’s life is not all luxury and glamour. A report by British lawmakers into the finances of Queen Elizabeth II has exposed crumbling palaces and depleted coffers, and discovered that a royal reserve fund for emergencies is down to its last $1.6 million.

    UK lawmakers tell queen to cut costs, boost income

    Britain’s royal household needs to get a little more entrepreneurial, eye possible staff cuts and replace an ancient palace boiler, lawmakers say in a new report. The report published Tuesday on the finances of Queen Elizabeth II has exposed crumbling palaces and depleted coffers, and discovered that a royal reserve fund for emergencies is down to its last $1.6 million.

    This is a mockup of a Minuteman 3 nuclear missile used for training by missile maintenance crews at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. U.S. officials say the number of Air Force service members implicated in a nuclear-force cheating scandal has roughly doubled from the 34 initially cited by the Air Force.

    More implicated in nuke cheat probe

    The cheating scandal inside the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps is expanding, with the number of service members implicated by investigators now roughly double the 34 reported just a week ago, officials said Tuesday.


    Morris Turner, Wee Pals comic strip creator, dies

    Morris “Morrie” Turner, the creator of the “Wee Pals” comic strip and the first African American cartoonist to be syndicated nationally, has died. He was 90.


    Stradivarius violin stolen in Milwaukee

    The violin’s previous owners include virtuoso Giuseppe Tartini, who was known for his “Devil’s Trill” Sonata, and Polish violinist Karol Lipinski.


    Jimmy Carter writing book on women’s rights

    Jimmy Carter’s next book will be a defense of women’s rights and an attack against those who use religion to deny equality.


    Woman with children in the car charged with DUI

    A Wisconsin woman was arrested after being involved in a DUI crash on Sunday evening near Woodstock with two children in the car.


    Indiana House passes gay marriage ban

    Indiana lawmakers pressed ahead Tuesday with an effort to outlaw gay marriage under the state constitution, but the version that cleared the House wouldn’t be able to take effect until 2016 at the earliest because of a late change leaving open the possibility of same-sex civil unions someday.

    Lake Villa Elementary District 41 has a new boundary plan for the next school year after Pleviak Elementary School closes.

    Dist. OKs boundary changes for next year after Pleviak closes

    Nearly 400 Lake Villa children whose elementary school building will be shuttered in June now know where they will attend classes next school year, with approval of a new boundary agreement.


    Controversial welfare legislation advances in Indiana

    A contentious bill to screen welfare recipients for drug abuse and limit residents to buy only “nutritional” foods with food stamps is moving forward in Indiana. State representatives voted 71-22 in favor of the bill Tuesday.


    Learn about weather emergencies in Mundelein

    The Community Emergency Response Team of Fremont Township will present a public information session on weather emergencies focusing on winter-related situations from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein.


    Volunteer at Vernon Area library

    Volunteer opportunities are currently available in a variety of areas at the Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire.


    No injuries in Lake Forest house fire

    A fire at a Lake Forest home Tuesday prompted a call for assistance from 25 other departments.


    District 103 to offer preschool screenings

    Lincolnshire-Prairieview Elementary District 103 offers a winter preschool screening on Wednesday, Feb. 12, for 3- and 4-year-old children for whom there may be concerns about gross or fine motor skills, speech/language, or conceptual development.


    Electrical fire causes smoke damage in Batavia

    Batavia police responded to a fire at an apartment complex on Tuesday caused by moisture that had gathered on an unused electrical outlet.


    Man charged in son’s snowmobile death

    A Kankakee County man is free on $100,000 bond after being charged with DUI, child endangerment and leaving the scene after a snowmobile accident that left his 7-year-old son dead.

    Canadian National workers inspect the tracks at the Winchester Road crossing in Libertyville Tuesday morning. A freight train derailed causing Metra delays along the North Central line.

    Metra riders fed up with service disruptions

    A freight derailment that suspended trains on the North Central Service Tuesday was the last straw for some Metra riders after a month of delays and cancellations. "The most recent set of delays has served to shake my confidence in the whole system and consider using my car to commute every day," one rider said.


    Go Roma to close Deer Park location Saturday

    The Go Roma restaurant at Deer Park Town Center in Deer Park will close Saturday, Feb. 1, but all four of its other Chicago-area locations will remain open. “We are closing our Deer Park location, as the real estate company that owns and manages Deer Park Town Center is going in a new direction,” Fast Fresh Italian LLC Managing Partner Mike Christie said.


    Dist. 200 declares intent to issue $10 million in bonds

    The Wheaton Warrenville District 200 school board has adopted a resolution declaring irs intent to issue $10 million in non-referendum bonds to complete critical facilities projects this summer. If 10 percent of registered voters in the district’s jurisdiction sign a petition before Feb. 24, the action could go to referendum. The bonds are scheduled to be issued on Feb. 26. District officials...

    Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter is among the college athletes, many from the Northwestern football team, seeking to unionize.

    Northwestern athletes lead push for college player union

    Calling the NCAA a "dictatorship," a handful of Northwestern football players announced Tuesday they are forming the first labor union for college athletes — one they hope will eventually represent players nationwide. Quarterback Kain Colter detailed the College Athletes Players Association at a news conference in Chicago, flanked by leaders of United Steelworkers union, who are ending...

    Traffic inches along the connector of Interstate’s 75 and 85, as snow blankets Metro Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon. State transportation officials said a mass of commuters, hearing a forecast of snow, left downtown Atlanta at once and created gridlock in places.

    Winter storm causes wrecks, gridlock in the South

    A winter storm that would probably be no big deal in the North all but paralyzed the Deep South on Tuesday, bringing snow, ice and teeth-chattering cold, with temperatures in the teens in some places.

    Gov. Pat Quinn will deliver his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday at the Capitol in Springfield.

    5 things to know about Quinn’s State of the State speech

    Gov. Pat Quinn is set to give his annual State of the State speech Wednesday, the second time he has addressed state legislators and constitutional officers during an election year since taking office in 2009.


    Firm to choose between Illinois, Iowa for plant

    A decision could come within months on whether Cronus Chemical LLC will build a $1.1 billion fertilizer plant in Illinois or Iowa, company officials say.


    Barrington wins budgeting awards

    The people in charge of putting Barrington’s yearly budget together were presented with two awards this week recognizing the quality of their work. It is the ninth year in a row, and 12th overall, that the village has received the Distinguished Budget Award, and the 28th straight year the village has received the certificate of excellence.


    2 men convicted in Chicago boy’s death

    Two Chicago men have been convicted in the 2011 slaying of a 13-year-old boy who was gunned down while playing basketball in a park on the city’s South Side.


    Chicago sees drop in shootings of young people

    City of Chicago statistics show that the number of shooting incidents involving teenagers 16 years and younger fell 40 percent between 2012 and 2013.


    UIS to keep Prairie Stars nickname

    The Student Government Association conducted a survey last year that found 75 percent of respondents wanted to change the nickname. But the University of Illinois-Springfield is sticking with Prairie Stars.


    Former professor makes record donation to EIU

    The estate of a former Eastern Illinois University professor has donated $3.68 million to the school. It is the largest donation in EIU history.

    Fidel W. Garcia

    Elgin man gets probation, fine in storage locker pot bust

    A 32-year-old Elgin man received 2.5 years of probation and $7,800 in fines and court costs after pleading guilty to reduced marijuana possession charges. Fidel Garcia can be resentenced up to five years in prison if he violates probation. He originally faced up to seven years behind bars after authorities searched a storage locker in Elgin and found 2 pounds of marijuana.

    A coalition of public employee labor unions has filed suit over Illinois’ plan to cut retirement benefits.

    Labor unions sue over plan to cut pensions

    Labor unions filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to throw out Illinois’ new law aimed at eliminating a worst-in-the-nation pension shortfall, a long-anticipated move that could delay implementation of the landmark measure.

    Busy Brains Children’s Museum has begun a fundraising campaign to convert this former car dealership in downtown Lake Villa into its permanent location. Here’s an artist rendering of the project.

    Lake Villa children’s museum has a home but needs funding

    Busy Brains Children's Museum was founded 10 years ago but has never had a permanent home. Organizers want to raise $3.5 million to revamp and install exhibits at a former car dealership in downtown Lake Villa for what would be the first children's museum in Lake County.

    Charles Bartels

    Bartels leads Lake County Board 10th District GOP candidates in fundraising, records show

    Of the three Republicans running for the Lake County Board District 10 seat, one has a commanding fundraising lead, state records show. Chuck Bartels received $28,169 in campaign contributions during the last quarter of 2013, according to a disclosure report filed this month.

    Donald Kramer

    Kane GOP sheriff hopefuls differ on jail suicide prevention

    Two Republican candidates for Kane County Sheriff have a different outlook on how suicides can be prevented at the county jail, where two inmates have killed themselves since May 2012. Kevin Williams and Don Kramer, both of Geneva, will square off on March 17 to see who will represent the GOP in the November general election.


    Wheeling Twp. Democrats hosting healthcare discussion

    Giovanni Gomez, regional coordinator with Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace, will be the featured speaker Wednesday night at the Wheeling Township Democrats monthly meeting. Gomez will discuss the Affordable Care Act including how to enroll, what the benefits are, some key dates to know and other important information, during the event at the Township Democrats Office, 1310 W. Northwest...


    Grant to fund new Naperville firefighters

    Staffing a fire department can be a challenging task of shifting numbers and hours and personnel, but the job got a bit easier for Naperville fire Chief Mark Puknaitis with the recent announcement of more than $1 million in grant funding to pay salaries and benefits over the next two years. “It’s important because it’s a million dollars and it’s something that is going to help us maintain our...

    Donald Kramer

    Kane County Sheriff candidates square off on issues

    In the upcoming primary election, two candidates are running for the Republican nomination for Kane County Sheriff. They are: Donald Kramer of Geneva, a police officer; and Kevin Williams of Geneva, lieutenant of community policing and crime prevention at the Kane County Sheriff’s office. The Daily Herald asked the candidates some questions about campaign issues. Here are their answers.


    Wheaton may allow alcohol sales at convenience stores

    Shoppers may soon be able to buy alcohol while picking up essentials at convenience stores in Wheaton. During a planning session Monday, the city council was asked to consider an amendment to the liquor code that would allow convenience stores to sell alcohol.

    This undated file photo shows Eliot Ness in Cleveland. Portrayed over the years by Kevin Costner and Robert Stack as an incorruptible hero, Ness’ legend is now at risk, with some claiming his role in taking out Chicago mobster Al Capone is as mythical as Mrs. OíLeary’s cow starting the Great Chicago Fire.

    Was Eliot Ness a hero or Hollywood-inspired myth?

    Nearly six decades after his death, famed Chicago crime-fighter Eliot Ness is still so admired that Illinois’ two U.S. senators want to name a federal building after him in Washington, D.C. But a Chicago alderman concludes Ness had about as much to do with putting the gangster behind bars as Mrs. O’Leary’s cow had to do with starting the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.


    Discounted cholesterol screening offered

    To commemorate National Heart Awareness Month, the Village of Arlington Heights is offering cholesterol screenings at a reduced cost from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, and Wednesday, Feb. 12. Please call (847) 368-5760 to make an appointment.

    A rendering of what Liberty Street could look like once revitalization plans are complete.

    Wheaton residents give their suggestions for downtown

    About 25 residents attended the last public hearing Monday on Wheaton's Downtown Strategic and Streetscape Plan before it's submitted to the city council for final approval next month. “I don't want to wait five years. I want to see it happen sooner,” one property owner said. “Now you just have to figure out how to fund it.”

    Judy Mulcahy restocks shelves at the Huntley Area Public Library, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

    Huntley area library marks 25 years

    From its modest beginnings in a red brick house in rural Kane County, the Huntley Area Public Library has grown from serving 3,000 patrons to 39,000 area residents in 25 years. “Huntley was a much different place than it is today,” said Leigh Ann Porsch, the library’s head of communications. The library will mark its silver anniversary with events each month starting with a fundraiser in February.

    Arlington Heights police say crime in the village reached historically low levels last year, and rates have fallen 45 percent over the last decade. They attribute the positive trend to their success in working with the community to determine needs and address them.

    Arlington Heights says crime rate historically low

    The amount of crime in Arlington Heights reached historically low levels in 2013, police say. According to the 2013 Uniform Crime Report, a compilation of crime statistics provided by the village to the FBI, Arlington Heights’ crime rate dropped 17 percent from 2012 to last year, and has fallen 45 percent over the past decade.

    Paisley Koskie, 3, uses Facetime at her home in Wichita, Kansas to chat with her cousin, who lives in Oklahoma. An increasing number of parents of toddlers are finding their tech-savvy 2- and 3-year-old kids are obsessed with selfies

    Toddlers love selfies: Parenting in a smartphone age

    Every so often, Brandi Koskie finds dozens of photos of her 3-year-old daughter, Paisley, on her smartphone — but they aren't ones Koskie has taken. There'll be 90 pictures, sideways, of the corner of her eye, her eyebrow,” said Koskie, who lives in Wichita, Kan. “She's just tapping her way right into my phone.” The photos illustrate a phenomenon familiar to many parents...

    It's not unheard of for the suburbs to get a winter visit from an arctic snowy owl, says Bob Andrini, president of Kane County Audubon, who took this photograph in 2011. But the majestic white owls have been spotted here in record numbers this year.

    Suburbs put out welcome mat for nature's arctic visitors

    The piles of snow and life-threatening windchills are boosting tourism for this area when it comes to snowy owls. The bird generally associated with the arctic has been spotted visiting our neck of the woods. “It's unprecedented,” says John Bates, associate curator of birds for The Field Museum in Chicago. “They've moved south in big numbers.”


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole furniture, decor and other items Jan. 16-21 out of a building under foreclosure on the 1500 block of Times Drive in Des Plaines. Value was estimated between $7,500 and $10,000.

    Lake Zurich officials are taking a cautious approach toward getting another electricity deal for residents and small commercial accounts.

    Lake Zurich cautious on next electricity deal

    While there have been noticeable savings for residents and small businesses receiving electricity from a provider other than ComEd, Lake Zurich officials say there are no guarantees for another, similar deal when the contract ends in July.

    Scientists say two of the deadliest pandemics in history were caused by strains of the same plague and warn new versions of the bacteria could spark future outbreaks. Researchers found tiny bits of DNA in the teeth of two German victims killed by the Justinian plague about 1,500 years ago. With those fragments, they reconstructed the genome of the oldest bacteria known.

    Scientists find ancient plague DNA in teeth

    Scientists say two of the deadliest pandemics in history were caused by strains of the same plague and warn that new versions of the bacteria could spark future outbreaks. Researchers found tiny bits of DNA in the teeth of two German victims killed by the Justinian plague about 1,500 years ago. With those fragments, they reconstructed the genome of the oldest bacteria known.

    In this undated photo provided by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), a drawing depicting how a hunter-gatherer who lived in Europe some 7,000 years ago who had blue eyes and dark skin, a combination that has largely disappeared from the continent in the millennia since, might have looked like according to scientists on Tuesday, Jan. 28. 2013.

    DNA shows ancient hunter had blue eyes, dark skin

    A hunter-gatherer who lived in Europe some 7,000 years ago probably had blue eyes and dark skin, a combination that has largely disappeared from the continent in the millennia since, scientists said Tuesday. “We have the stereotype that blue eyes are found only in light-skinned people but that’s not necessarily the case,” lead researcher Carles Lalueza-Fox said.


    U.S. looks at ways to prevent spying on NSA spying

    As the Obama administration considers ending the storage of millions of phone records by the National Security Agency, the government is quietly funding research to prevent eavesdroppers from seeing whom the U.S. is spying on, The Associated Press has learned.

    Supporters of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych rally in central Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. The prime minister of protest-torn Ukraine submitted his resignation on Tuesday, saying he hoped the move would help bring peaceful resolution to the crisis that has gripped the country for two months. Mykola Azarov’s resignation would remove one of the figures most despised by the opposition. The placards read: “Stop Maidan”.

    Ukraine PM resigns as gov’t offers more concessions

    In back-to-back moves aimed at defusing Ukraine’s political crisis, the prime minister resigned Tuesday and parliament repealed anti-protest laws that had set off violent clashes between protesters and police. The twin moves were significant concessions to the anti-government protesters who have fought sporadically with police for the last 10 days after two months of peaceful around-the-clock...

    Egypt’s toppled President Mohammed Morsi stands inside a glass-encased metal cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Jan. 28. 2014. Morsi was separated from other defendants for the start of a new trial Tuesday over charges from prison breaks during the country’s 2011 revolution, state television reported.

    Ousted Egyptian leader defiant in second trial

    Egypt’s toppled President Mohammed Morsi stood alone in a soundproof glass-encased metal cage at the start of a new trial Tuesday wearing a white prison uniform, pacing and shouting angrily at the judge in apparent disbelief: “Who are you? Tell me!” Morsi is on trial with 130 others over charges related to the prison breaks at the height of the 18-day 2011 uprising against his predecessor Hosni...


    Marine calls retrial in Iraq killing ‘devastating’

    A Marine sergeant said he is devastated to learn that the corps will retry him on a twice-overturned murder conviction — the latest twist in a nearly decade-old Iraq war crime case. Lawrence Hutchins III is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday at Camp Pendleton in northern San Diego County, where he is now stationed.

    Death-row inmate Herbert Smulls is scheduled to die by injection one minute after midnight Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 for killing St. Louis County jeweler Stephen Honickman in 1991. Attorneys for Smulls are pressing on with concerns about Missouri’s execution drug, even as the state prepares for its third execution since November.

    States consider reviving old-fashioned executions

    With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.

    A police cruiser blocks the entrance to Standley Lake High School, where classes were canceled after an apparent suicide attempt by a student, in Westminster, Colo., Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Police say a 16-year-old boy was critically injured after setting himself on fire at the suburban Denver high school.

    After suicide by fire try, counselors offer help

    Classes were canceled but counselors will be available to students after a 16-year-old boy set himself on fire at a suburban Denver high school in an apparent suicide attempt. Investigators had combed through the school with bomb detection dogs as a precaution, and no devices were discovered, Westminster Police Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke said. “We don’t have any indication that there’s...


    Ohio guards: Inmate was urged to fake suffocation

    An attorney for a condemned Ohio inmate whose slow, gasping execution with a new drug combination renewed questions about the death penalty was temporarily suspended last week while officials investigated whether he had coached the condemned man to fake symptoms of suffocation.

    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, eats frozen yogurt as he tour the Mall in Columbia, Md, after the mall was reopened to the public on Monday Jan. 27, 2014. Three people died Saturday in a shooting at a mall in suburban Baltimore, including the presumed gunman.

    Maryland mall reopens with grief, more security

    The fountain inside the mall was littered with white flowers. The skateboard shop — the scene of the deadly weekend shooting — was boarded up, as if under construction. Outside the mall, a banner read: “Forever in Our Hearts.” As the Mall in Columbia reopened Monday and shoppers and workers tried to get back to normal, there were reminders of the carnage everywhere. Shoppers wiped away tears.

    Raylynn Bolt, 12, left, and Diana Tourdot, 14. Police said they found Bolt and Tourdot, apparently unharmed, in San Bernardino on Monday night, Jan. 27, 2014, about 15 miles from Tourdot’s home in Riverside, where they vanished from a sleepover Saturday.

    2 missing Calif. girls found, ‘appeared to be OK’

    A pair of missing girls set off a widespread and well-publicized search across Southern California, but it ended quietly as police found them within blocks of each other and close to their hometown. Police said they found Raylynn Bolt, 12, and Diana Tourdot, 14, in San Bernardino on Monday night, about 15 miles from Diana’s home in Riverside, where they vanished from a sleepover Saturday. They...

    Before Marlise Munoz, a pregnant brain-dead Texas woman was taken off life support over the weekend at the end of a long legal battle, her husband said he decided to name what would have been the couple’s second child. Erick Munoz said Monday, Jan. 27, he gave the 23-week-old fetus the name Nicole, the middle name of his late wife.

    Texas husband named brain-dead wife’s fetus

    Before a pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman was taken off life support over the weekend at the end of a long legal battle, her husband said he decided to name what would have been the couple’s second child. Erick Munoz said Monday he gave the 23-week-old fetus the name Nicole, the middle name of his late wife, Marlise Munoz.


    Dawn patrol: Tollway worker dies in I-88 crash; Cold weather continues

    Tollway worker killed, trooper injured in crash. More cold, more delays expected. Joe Caputo & Sons buys four Dominick’s. Buffalo Grove grad died from blood clot. Forest preserve won’t provide land for project. Elgin man guilty of insurance fraud. Des Plaines favors property tax breaks for longtime business. Bulls lose to Minnesota.

    Meals on Wheels volunteer Samuel Grimes, 88, shares a laugh with Robert McPheron, 71, of Des Plaines, after delivering his lunch during Monday's brutal cold.

    Cold won't stop 88-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteer

    Samuel Grimes plans to be on his Meals on Wheels route Tuesday morning, just like any other day, even though temperatures are expected to remain well below zero. Completing his deliveries in the extreme cold is possible -- and it's something the 88-year-old Des Plaines man's clients, like Penny Jaworski, are grateful for. "I appreciate it, especially in this kind of weather, that they can get...

    Estefania Garcia, who works for the nonprofit Mano a Mano Family Resource Center in Round Lake Park, will attend the State of the Union address as a guest of U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, a Deerfield Democrat.

    Lawmakers take sides via State of the Union guests

    While the spotlight will be on President Barack Obama today during the State of the Union Address, several suburban federal lawmakers have invited guestes reflecting their priorities on immigration and health care. “The State of the Union helps lay the road map and set the priorities for the upcoming year,” the Democrats said in a joint statement.


    Hoffman Estates readies to buy more road salt

    During yet another nominee for this winter’s worst week, Hoffman Estates trustees Monday authorized Village Manager Jim Norris to buy up to $60,000 of additional road salt if needed and available before the snow and ice end. Public Works Director Joseph Nebel said $60,000 should be able to buy about 1,000 more tons of salt — enough for between four to 10 snowfalls.


    The Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp, left, celebrates his goal against the Flames with teammate Duncan Keith during first period Tuesday in Calgary.

    This could be Pirri’s last shot with Hawks

    This could be Brandon Pirri’s last real shot to make a positive impression with the Blackhawks. Pirri, recalled from Rockford on Monday, centered the second line for Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg in Tuesday’s game against Calgary that opened the Hawks’ six-game road trip. And with Pirri coming up on the end of his entry-level contract, this could be the biggest audition of his career. Once Pirri is off his entry-level deal he will lose his waiver exemption, meaning he would need to clear waivers to go back and forth to Rockford.

    Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon passes the ball during Tuesday night’s game against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Virginia beat the Irish 68-53.

    Brogdon leads Virginia to 68-53 win over Irish

    Malcolm Brogdon had 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Virginia forced Notre Dame into making a season-high 20 turnovers Tuesday as the Cavaliers beat the Fighting Irish 68-53 for their fourth straight victory. Brogdon, who scored in double figures for the eighth straight game, hit his first five shots as the Cavaliers raced to a 20-point lead in the first 15 minutes. After the Irish cut the lead to 10 points at halftime, the Cavaliers opened the second half with an 18-5 run to put the game away.

    Jake Hurcombe

    Lakes’ Rowells earns coach of the year honor

    Lakes’ Kurt Rowells has been selected by his peers and the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association as its 2013 Class 2A track and field boys coach of the year.

    This is the kind of hustle Rosary coach Jessie Wilcox has come to expect from Rachel Choice, right, diving for a loose ball against Aurora Central Catholic’s Natalie Droeske.

    Wilcox pleased with Rosary’s senior leadership

    Rosary entered the season relying on its starters to play heavy minutes, a situation that didn’t get easier when the Royals lost leading scorer Megan Conlin in their ninth game to a season-ending knee injury.

    Head Coach Ted Monken addresses players on the first day of practice for Metea Valley High School’s first varsity football squad.

    Monken ready for a new challenge

    Ted Monken is a walking, football-coaching, comeback machine.

    Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early (11) and Evan Wessel (3) go up for a rebound against Loyola during Tuesday night’s game in Wichita, Kan.

    No. 4 Wichita State beats Loyola 57-45

    Cleanthony Early scored 23 points, including 12 of the 21 Wichita State scored in the second half, to help the fourth-ranked Shockers stay unbeaten with a 57-45 victory over Loyola Tuesday night. Wichita State (22-0, 9-0 Missouri Valley Conference) saw a 22-point second-half lead trimmed to nine in the game’s final minutes but hung on to extend school records for winning streak and start to a season. The Shockers shot 23 percent (6 of 26) in the second half.


    Blackhawks game day
    Blackhawks game day

    The Seattle Seahawks’ Golden Tate wears Google glasses — and a camera on his cap’s bill — during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Newark, N.J.

    Sights and sounds of the Big Apple Super Bowl

    The NFL is doing its best to get New Yorkers pumped up about hosting the Super Bowl for the first time, though it is sure to cause some major traffic jams. The city is blocking off a 13-block stretch of Broadway for four days, beginning at noon today, for a series of fan-related events around Times Square. There will be a 60-foot-long toboggan ride, autograph sessions with NFL players, a 10-minute film showing on the facade of Macy’s, a spot to get pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and nightly concerts culminating with a show by Blondie on Saturday.

    Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning answers a question during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Newark, N.J.

    Manning declines to talk ‘legacy’ at Media Day

    Peyton Manning is not interested in talking about where his career stands in football history. Not right now, anyway. Not when he’s still playing. And certainly not less than a week from playing in the Super Bowl for the Denver Broncos.


    For J.B. Holmes, the elbow is connected to the brain

    J.B. Holmes made another return from surgery at San Diego, this time with far less fanfare. Then again, tennis elbow doesn’t sound nearly as bad as brain surgery. What kept Holmes off the PGA Tour for the longest spell of his career was surgery on his left elbow. He had not played in nearly a year — a 78 to miss the cut in the Honda Classic last March — but is finally feeling as healthy as he has been in four years.


    Cleveland State dominates Eastern Illinois 82-68

    Bryn Forbes scored 25 points Tuesday night and Cleveland State beat Eastern Illinois 82-68, notching the 150th win for coach Gary Waters, making him the winningest coach in CSU program history.Trey Lewis scored 17 and grabbed nine rebounds, and Anton Grady scored 10 for Cleveland State (14-9) in its final nonconference game of the season. The Vikings outshot the Panthers 50 percent to 44.9 percent, and out-rebounded them 34-26.

    The Cavaliers’ Luol Deng said that he and Joakim Noah “weren’t so nice to each other on the court if one of us didn’t play hard” when they were Bulls teammates.

    Deng dishes a bit on Bulls experience

    While dishing out some tough love to his new Cleveland Cavaliers teammates, Luol Deng shared some insight about how things worked with the Bulls. The Cavs had a frustraing home loss to Phoenix on Sunday, but have improved since adding Deng.


    Bulls game day
    Bulls game day scouting report

    Former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman of Veritas Golf is the force behind the new center-shafted Cure, the RX1 model (bottom) and RX2 (top), which was named the Top New Product this week by PGA.com. The RX1 retails for $199. The RX2 goes for $269 at golf shops and at CurePutters.com.

    New putters steal the show in Orlando

    The 61st PGA Merchandise Show was just like all the previous 60 such stagings with the latest and greatest products for golfers display at the Orange County Convention Center. This year, though, there seemed to be an abundance of unusual new putters. Golf columnist Len Ziehm has all the details on the new models to check out.

    Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter is a spokesman for a proposed labor union that would like to represent college football players in their dealings with the NCAA.

    NU players organize to shine light on broken system

    University administrators have only themselves to blame for Northwestern football players petitioning to have a union represent them. The problem isn't that these athletes aren't paid. It's that so much more is being asked of them.

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer (13) knocks the ball away from Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Chicago.

    Gibson: Nobody’s on our bandwagon right now

    The Bulls have gone 4-10 against Western Conference opponents this season. So heading West for the six-game, ice show road trip seems like a daunting task. But these westerm trips have been unpredictable in the past for the Bulls.

    Burlington Central and junior Alison Colby will return to the court for the first time since Jan. 18 on Friday when the Rockets play at Richmond-Burton.

    Playing to the weather is never easy

    In his early coaching days Mark Smith used to worry about the inactivity that comes with winter weather canceling school, practices and games. But now the Burlington Central girls basketball coach realizes everyone’s in the same boat. “No one has an advantage and there’s not much you can do about it,” Smith, who is also the former boys coach at St. Charles North, said Tuesday. “We’ll just pick it up (Wednesday) and move on.”

    Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman laughs as he speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks play the Denver Broncos in the NFL football Super Bowl on Feb. 2. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Richard Sherman is downright charming on media day

    Not surprisingly, Richard Sherman couldn’t wait to start talking.Even before his allotted hour began at Super Bowl media day, Seattle’s polarizing cornerback began answering questions from a podium set up in the middle of a hockey arena in downtown Newark. By the time the official clock began on the Seahawks’ session Tuesday, Sherman was already on question No. 6.

    Jeremy Krug changes a sign as the Seattle Seahawks get ready to start their media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Seahawks star Lynch walks out of media day

    Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch made an early exit at Super Bowl media day, then returned to Tuesday’s session just in time to possibly avoid a hefty fine from the NFL.The running back, wearing a hood and dark sunglasses, abruptly left the required session at the Prudential Center, walking out after 6½ minutes.

    FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2012, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Doug Fister reacts after being hit in the head on a hit by San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco during the second inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series in San Francisco. Major League Baseball has approved a protective cap for pitchers, hoping to reduce the effects of being hit in the head by line drives. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    MLB OKs protective cap for pitchers, fit for camp

    Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season.Major League Baseball has approved a protective cap for pitchers, hoping to reduce the damage from line drives to head that have brought some terrifying and bloody scenes in the last few years.

    Tiger Woods watches his approach shot on the second hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in San Diego. Woods bogeyed the hole. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Woods says he’s not far off his game

    Tiger Woods doesn’t sound too worried over matching his worst score in America on a course where he had won eight times.“I wouldn’t read anything into what happened Saturday at Torrey Pines,” Woods said Tuesday after an 18-hole exhibition for past winners of the Dubai Desert Classic.Woods was the defending champion at the Farmers Insurance Open when he sent seven straight holes making bogey or worse - including consecutive double bogeys for the first time in more than two years, on his way to a 79 as he missed the 54-hole cut.

    Montini’s Rainey Kuykendall, top, controls the ball over Bolingbrook’s Daija Hurks during Monday’s 24th annual McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook High School.

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

    While he spends much of his time evaluating talent, Ken Williams, the executive vice president of baseball operations for the White Sox, also has final say in key decisions with Sox GM Rick Hahn.

    Williams still in charge of the White Sox

    Mike North always knew Executive Vice President of baseball operations for the Chicago White Sox Kenny Williams was the man in charge, even when the Sox led us to believe GM Rick Hahn was the man making the decisions.


    David’s Bridal senior vice president Michele von Plato, right, arranges a dress on a plus-size mannequin in New York. David’s Bridal, the nation’s largest bridal chain, started changing its fit mannequins used to create gowns to reflect the average body.

    Mannequins get a makeover to look more realistic

    The one-size-fits-all mannequin is getting a much-needed makeover. Wings Beachwear’s mannequins in Miami sport flower tattoos like some of the women who shop there. The mannequins at American Apparel’s downtown New York City store have pubic hair peeking through their lingerie. And at David’s Bridal, mannequins soon will get thicker waists, saggier breasts and back fat to mimic a more realistic shape.

    Democratic state Rep. Bob Rita of Blue Island

    Gambling expansion forum generates little compromise

    A state lawmaker hoping compromise will propel his push to expand Illinois gambling got little showing of it during a public hearing Tuesday, when a casino and the notoriously poor city it benefits argued against the plan a nearby struggling racetrack desperately wants passed.

    Apple’s roster of devices is hitting a sales ceiling, underscoring why it’s crucial for Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook to deliver the company’s first new products since 2010 to revive growth.

    Pressure mounts for Apple to expand its horizons

    Apple reshaped technology and society when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone seven years ago. Now, the trend-setting company is losing ground to rivals that offer what Apple has stubbornly refused to make: smartphones with lower prices and larger screens than the iPhone. The void in Apple’s lineup is a major reason why the company’s quarterly revenue may be about to fall for the first time in more than a decade.

    U.S. stocks rose Tuesday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounding from its worst slump since June, as earnings at companies from Pfizer Inc. to D.R. Horton Inc. topped estimates and consumer confidence increased ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting.

    Stocks rise on Wall Street after 3 days of losses

    Investors’ jitters over emerging markets faded on Tuesday and U.S. stocks rose for the first time in four days. Global stock markets stabilized after three turbulent days when investors grew worried about growth in China and other developing economies.


    Cancer Centers moving HQ from Schaumburg to Florida

    Cancer Treatment Centers of America says it plans to move its corporate headquarters from Schaumburg to Florida. The company and Florida Gov. Rick Scott put out a news release Tuesday. They say Cancer Centers made the decision to leave Schaumburg for Boca Raton, Fla., based on Florida’s “favorable business climate.” The company also cited quality of life issues.


    Consumer confidence highest since August

    U.S. consumer confidence has risen to its highest point since August on the strength of a brighter view of the job market and business conditions. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday its consumer confidence index rose to 80.7 this month from a December reading of 77.5. It was the second consecutive strong gain.

    KemperSports of Northbrook has been selected to manage Cantigny Golf in Wheaton.

    Northbrook’s KemperSports to manage Cantigny Golf

    Northbrook-based KemperSports has been selected to manage Cantigny Golf in Wheaton.Owned by the Cantigny Foundation, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundations, the 27-hole golf course is widely recognized as one of the finest public courses in the Chicago area.

    Associated Press Debbie Jurcak, a mother of three, carries her 4-year-old daughter Ella off the school bus after preschool outside their apartment in Aurora. Jurcak, 43, was among many Americans who lost unemployment benefits in late December. On the verge of eviction, she and her husband sought the help of faith-based organizations to help them pay rent.

    Long-term unemployment — an Aurora mom's story

    In Aurora, down the road from an emergency food pantry where a small crowd waits for the chance to gather free groceries, there is a church sign that reads: “If you need help, ask God. If you don't, thank God.” Debbie Jurcak, one of those in line, will tell you that it is indeed divine help — or, anyway, faith-based organizations — that she and her family have relied on in recent weeks. Late last month, the federal government ended her unemployment benefits, six months after she was laid off from an administrative job.


    Siemens profit beats estimates amid infrastructure demand

    Siemens AG, Europe’s largest engineering company, reported fiscal first-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates as profitability at the infrastructure unit more than doubled. Income from continuing operations jumped 21 percent to $1.9 billion in the three months through December, the Munich-based company said in a statement today.


    Comcast gains video subscribers in 4Q

    Comcast Corp. added 43,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter — the first quarterly gain in six and a half years — as the nation’s top cable TV company said that uptake of its X1 set-top box helped it retain customers and boost video-on-demand spending.


    Ford 4Q profit beats forecasts; revenue up 4 pct.

    Ford Motor Co. enjoyed one of the best years in its history in 2013, but the celebration won’t last long. Ford has already warned that profits will be down this year as it launches a record 23 vehicles and builds seven plants around the world. It’s anticipating 13 weeks of down time — up from five in 2013 — at its two U.S. pickup truck plants to prepare for the launch of a new aluminum-clad F-150.


    Apple’s 1Q results highlight need for new products

    It’s going to take more than brisk sales of the iPhone and iPad to convince investors that Apple still has the magic touch. Wall Street’s nagging doubts about Apple’s further growth prospects were magnified late Monday with the release of the company’s results for a three-month period that encompassed the holiday shopping season.


    American Airlines posts $2 billion loss on charges

    American Airlines reported a $2 billion loss for the fourth quarter because of $2.4 billion in special charges, mostly related to its bankruptcy reorganization and merger with US Airways.


    U.S. home prices dipped in Nov. on colder weather

    U.S. home prices fell slightly in November as colder weather slowed buying, ending nine straight months of price gains. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index slipped 0.1 percent from October to November, partly reversing the previous monthly increase of 0.2 percent. But the index is not adjusted for seasonal variations, so the monthly decline partly reflects slower buying in the late fall as temperatures drop.

    Orders for durable goods fell 4.3 percent in December compared with November, when orders had risen 2.6 percent, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The weakness was led by a big 17.5 percent drop in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.

    U.S. durable goods orders drop 4.3 percent

    Businesses cut back sharply on their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in December with a key category that signals business investment plans falling by the biggest amount in five months. Orders for durable goods fell 4.3 percent in December compared with November, when orders had risen 2.6 percent, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.


    Eatery offers soup for price of day’s temperature

    A Chicago-area restaurant group serving older people is offering soup for a price that equals the high Fahrenheit temperature of the day.Mather LifeWays, which operates three Mather’s restaurants in Norwood Park, Portage Park and Chatham, will be selling soup based on the temperature through Feb. 28.Spokeswoman Lori Keenan says with the temperature dipping to 5 degree below zero on Monday, the restaurants were paying customers a nickel to eat their soup. She said the customers were surprised getting the coin, with about a quarter of them giving it back.Evanston-based Mather LifeWays is nonprofit organization that offers programs and residences for older adults. Keenan says the soup program is designed to give older adults a place to go where they won’t be pressured to leave after a certain amount of time has elapsed.


    United’s ExpressJet hires 6 flight instructors

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Six Middle Tennessee State University flight instructors have been hired by ExpressJet Airlines. ExpressJet, which bills itself as the world’s largest regional airline, is based in College Park, Ga., and operates as a United Express partner from United’s Newark hub. United, which has headquarters in Chicago, is part of Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc.All of the new instructors graduated from the university’s nationally ranked aerospace program and were hired after completing the same-day interview process. They are Patrick Brightman of Cordova, Tenn.; Leland Waite of Meridan, Idaho; Alex Neal of Sweetwater, Tenn.; Jarred Timok of Glen Allen, Va.; Justin Forbess of Munford, Tenn.; and Ethan Rawdon of Hohenwald, Tenn.ExpressJet, which bills itself as the world’s largest regional airline, is based in College Park, Ga., and operates as a United Express partner from United’s Newark hub. United, which has headquarters in Chicago, is part of United Continental Holdings Inc.

    Chicago’s Midway International Airport has set a record for the number of passengers traveling through the facility.

    Chicago’s Midway airport sets passenger record

    Chicago’s Midway International Airport has set a record for the number of passengers traveling through the facility. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday more than 20 million passengers traveled through Midway in 2013. That’s the highest number in the airport’s 86-year history. Emanuel calls Midway “a vital part of our city’s strong transportation network.”

    Associated Press Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and his Republican counterpart, Sen. Mark Kirk, said in a joint statement Monday they’ve introduced legislation to make the calculations fairer. Currently, they say the formulation disadvantage Illinois.

    Durbin, Kirk want changes in disaster-aid formula

    Illinois lawmakers want the federal government to change its formula for determining how much aid communities struck by natural disasters can receive. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and his Republican counterpart, Sen. Mark Kirk, said in a joint statement Monday they’ve introduced legislation to make the calculations fairer. Currently, they say the formulation disadvantage Illinois.

Life & Entertainment

    Short ribs seasoned with star anise and cinnamon braise for 12 hours before being plated for diners at Guildhall in Glencoe.

    Celebrated chef crafts gilded plates at Guildhall

    Guildhall has proved itself a hands-down favorite among local dining-out devotees ever since its debut in March 2013 in downtown Glencoe. And as word gets around, patrons from the North Shore and beyond are beating a path to the door of this 150-seat American bistro. Thomas Witom recently dined there and confirmed that the buzz is justified.

    Creator and executive producer Marc Cherry is making programs for cable networks now. Once often content to air reruns, cable networks are busy establishing themselves as creators.

    Dramas illustrate rapid change in television

    Creators of two of the most indelible dramas on network television last decade, “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives,” are making programs for cable networks now, and they speak with the zeal of the happily converted. “Now that we’re all here together, we can definitively agree that cable is far superior to network,” said Damon Lindelof, who worked on ABC’s “Lost” and is making a similarly complex new program for HBO, “The Leftovers.” There's a changing balance of power happening with regard to dramas. There are 180 scripted original series on cable this year, up from 22 in 2002, said John Landgraf, FX network chief. Services like Netflix are jumping in, too.

    Folk singer Pete Seeger performed “When the Saints Go Marching In” with the Saint Rose Chamber Singers during commencement ceremonies for the College of St. Rose at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, N.Y. in 2003. The American troubadour, folk singer and activist died Monday at age 94.

    Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in N.Y.

    Pete Seeger, the banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage, died Monday at the age of 94. With his lanky frame, use-worn banjo and full white beard, Seeger was an iconic figure in folk music who outlived his peers. He performed with the great minstrel Woody Guthrie in his younger days and wrote or co-wrote “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.”


    Hard to tell if boyfriend’s lies are minor or serious problem

    She found out her boyfriend lied about a weekend get-away. He says he did it to spare her feeling, she's not sure what to think. Carolyn Hax says youth may be playing a part in the lies, but only time will tell.

    Daily Herald Food Editor Deborah Pankey combined two football favorites — potato skins and nachos — into one tasty treat.

    Super snacks for Super Bowl noshing as close as your pantry

    The folks at the Northern Illinois Food Bank invited Food Editor Deborah Pankey and 2013 Cook of the Year Dan Rich to their Geneva warehouse the other day and challenged them to cook up football friendly foods using commonly donated items like canned tuna, peanut butter, potatoes and beans. Here are their recipes.

    2013 Cook of the Year Dan Rich pays homage to the Super Bowl host city with his beef- and potato-filled New York Knishes.

    New York Knishes
    New York Knishes: Dan Rich

    Dan Rich, of Elgin, showed people attending the Daily Herald’s Super Snacks for the Super Bowl event at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, how to make Smoked White Bean Hummus. The recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes.

    Smoked White Bean Hummus
    Smoked White Bean Hummus: Dan Rich


    Mediterranean Tuna Turnovers
    Mediterranean Tuna Turnovers: Deborah Pankey

    Football-shaped crispy cereal treats will please fans of all ages and on both sides of the field.

    Peanutty Cereal Snacks
    Peanutty Cereal Bites: Deborah Pankey

    Loaded Nacho Potato Skins are one example of how common food pantry items can be turned into snacks for a Super Bowl bash.

    Loaded Nacho Potato Skins
    Loaded Nacho Potato Skins

    Dan Rich’s meatballs made from beef and chicken and simmered in a sweet-and-sour sauce are a winning dish for a Super Bowl party.

    Milwaukee Iron Spiced Sweet and Sour Meatballs
    Milwaukee Iron Spice Sweet and Sour Meatballs: Dan Rich

    Dave Attell is set to perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Weekend picks: Dave Attell plays the Improv

    Dave Attell, host of Comedy Central's "Insomniac," brings his stand-up comedy to Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase for a weekend of gigs. Sears Centre Arena plays home to the Professional Championship Bullriders World Tour. And Local Natives make an appearance at Wheaton College's Edman Chapel.

    “The Capones,” a new reality TV series about the suburban family that runs Capone's Restaurant & Pizzeria in Lombard, debuts today on Reelz.

    Lombard restaurant family in reality TV's 'The Capones'

    A reality TV series based on the family who runs Capone's Restaurant & Pizzeria in Lombard will make its TV debut tonight. “The Capones” centers on the Capone family – related to legendary gangster Al Capone – and their lives inside and outside the restaurant. “Their personalities are just off the charts insane,” said Curtis Leopardo, the Barrington native who produced the show with his wife, Cara.

    Four years after their last album, The Autumn Defense released “Fifth.”

    Wilco bandmates produce tight pop

    When not rocking out with Wilco, multi-instrumentalists John Stirratt and Patrick Sansone dish out smooth ’70s-sounding pop as the Autumn Defense. Their latest and fifth release, the appropriately titled “Fifth,” comes four years after their last effort. The wait was worth it.

    Slugs are ravenous plant eaters that leave behind slimy trails of destruction. Remove any debris that gives them a place to hide during the day, to prevent their pattern of coming out to feed at night.

    Prevent a garden slugfest with baits, upkeep

    Slugs and snails are ravenous plant eaters that leave behind slimy trails of destruction as they glide through nurseries and lawns, farm fields and gardens. Remedies abound, but prevention is an effective way to start. “Remove any debris from the garden,” said James Dill, a pest management specialist with University of Maine Extension. “Straw, boards, leaves and stuff like that. They provide the perfect hiding places for slugs in the daytime. Then they come out at night and do their damaging thing.” Slugs are essentially snails without shells, Dill said. “Sizes and colors are all over the map but both can be very destructive.”

    “My Life in Middlemarch” by Rebecca Mead is partly a memoir and also a minibiography of the great Victorian writer George Eliot.

    A writer devoted to George Eliot and ‘Middlemarch’

    In 2011, Rebecca Mead wrote about her love for George Eliot's "Middlemarch" for The New Yorker, and now that essay has grown into a book, “My Life in Middlemarch.” It’s partly a memoir — Mead describes her early life growing up in provincial England (like Eliot), aspiring to “metropolitan pre-eminence” (like Eliot) and eventually becoming a successful journalist and writer (like Eliot).It’s also a minibiography of the great Victorian writer, who was born Mary Ann Evans but adopted a male pen name to distinguish her work from what she called “silly novels by lady novelists.”

    Tourists line up to view Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The natural wonder has been dubbed the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

    Experience Hawaii the easy way: By cruise ship

    A great way to sample the many wonders of the Hawaiian Islands without the hassles of island-hopping by plane — like going through security and carting your luggage on each flight — is to instead take a cruise. My wife and I did just that when we escaped the winter cold to sail with friends on Pride of America, a classy Norwegian Cruise Line ship that sails year-round from Honolulu. We embarked from Honolulu, Oahu, and traveled to the ports of Kahului, Maui; Hilo and Kailua-Kona, also known as Hawaii’s Big Island; and Nawiliwili, Kauai, before returning to Honolulu. We filled the fabulous seven-day cruise with sightseeing, shopping and snorkeling.

    The phrase “Where you are” takes on new meaning in Chang-Rae Lee’s “On Such A Full Sea.”

    Chang-rae Lee’s latest novel doesn’t disappoint

    Inside the confines of B-Mor, a strictly regimented labor colony populated by the descendants of immigrant workers from Asia, the story of 16-year-old Fan carries the weight of legend. As recounted by the people of B-Mor, Fan’s journey outside the walls of her community, an adventure rife with peril and opportunity, travails and triumphs, has the feel of a myth told and retold over generations. Fan’s quest also serves as the vehicle for Chang-rae Lee’s latest exploration of identity and personhood, of assimilation and cultural shifts, of love, loneliness and betrayal. Unlike Lee’s previous novels, which mined real events and personal experiences to burrow into those themes, his latest, “On Such a Full Sea,” is set in a dystopian future about 150 years from now.

    The Professional Championship Bullriders World Tour Finale VIII comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

    Best bets: Bullriders test their mettle at Sears Centre

    See daring men and women brave bucking bulls at the Professional Championship Bullriders World Tour Finale VIII, which also features country star Tracy Lawrence, this weekend at Hoffman Estates' Sears Centre. Bundle up for ice-sculpting displays, snowman contests, ice skating and more at an Inaugural Winter Carnival Friday in Hawthorn Woods. Help out in the creation of “Broadway's Next H!T Musical” with this interactive and improvised musical comedy show Saturday at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre.

    Jenny Chapman would rather craft her own “bubble button bib” necklace than buy it at a store.

    A bib for adults to craft and wear

    Who knew that a bib would get so much adult wear? The bib necklace — often giant, sometimes sparkly — started hanging around a lot of necks a few years ago, and it’s still here. Of course, some women would rather craft than buy theirs. From buttons to lace, here are a few examples.

    When the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was moved 15 years ago, the stones were left behind at an erosion-prone spot on the Atlantic. Hatteras Island residents want the stones moved to the lighthouse so that they are publicly visible year-round and better protected from erosion. But the decision rests with the National Park Service, and so far there is no indication that the stones will be moved.

    Hatteras Lighthouse foundation stones threatened

    When the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was moved 15 years ago, the massive stones that held up the famous beacon were left behind at the erosion-prone spot on the Atlantic. A nonprofit group paid to have the stones engraved with the names of the 83 light keepers, and the stones were then placed in a circle that became a popular spot for weddings and other events. But as erosion continues to threaten the area and sand from storms such as Isabel and Sandy covers the stones, Hatteras Island residents now want the stones moved to the lighthouse.


    Italian Sausage and Peppers
    Sausage and Peppers: Theresa Zagnoli

    Theresa Zagnoli and her son Joe, 10, top a simple arugula salad with spicy shrimp for a quick and healthy meal.

    Spicy Shrimp and Arugula Salad
    Shrimp and Arugula Salad: Theresa Zagnoli and her son Joe, 10, top a simple arugula salad with spicy shrimp for a quick and healthy meal.


    Best Meat Sauce Ever
    Best Meat Sauce Ever: Theresa Zagnoli


    million_3ne081702JL Photo0161698 Lewnard C02-19XX The number 7 horse, Beat Hollow, with jockey Jerry Bailey, emerges from the pack at the finish of the 2002 Arlington Million, Saturday, at Arlington Park.

    Editorial: Act now to give horse racing some breathing room

    A Daily Herald editorial says lawmakers should act immediately on a bill providing some breathing room in which to determine whether and how online betting fits into the horse racing industry.


    Uncle Sugar goes to town

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: We know what Mike Huckabee meant. Sort of. Kind of. But, really? Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate, talk-show host and erstwhile Baptist preacher, was trying to demythologize the alleged Republican “war on women” so brilliantly defined by Democrats in 2012.


    U.S. mayors forced to innovate

    Columnist Donna Brazile: I recently came across more proof that lawmakers blocking progress are weakening the institution of Congress.


    Founders didn’t create a ‘Christian nation’
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and Yemen are all Muslim nations founded on Muslim principles. We are certainly different from those nations in that we do not profess to be a Christian nation, and believing that the United States is a Christian nation is wrong thinking and not in accordance with the facts.


    ‘Gotcha’ cameras reason to stay clear of Palatine
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: This is a state program, but Palatine opted into it and their coffers are surely being filled with money from these hefty fines.


    Some clarifications of stories needed
    A Palatine letter to the editor: On Jan. 19 a large picture on the front page of the Daily Herald showed two men planning their wedding with a clergyman. There was also a picture and an article inside. The headline read “Married with the eyes of God.” God doesn’t have eyes — he is a spirit.


    Asian carp proposal not foolproof
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Of all the stupid plans out there, the idea of making a lake to halt the invasion of the Asian carp has got to take first place.


    Article shilling for Clinton run in ‘16
    A Huntley letter to the editor: Regarding the Jan. 13 article, “Survey: Policies lost touch with changing American families.” Did your paper know that the collaborator of the survey, the Center for American Progress, is connected to the national Democratic Party?


    Christie ‘scandal’ just a media frenzy
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: James D. Cook spent most of his letter telling us that the late President Nixon should have repented and Gov. Christieto see the light and follow the wisdom of the Coleridge Poem, etc. Near the end of his letter he puts in an “if” Gov. Christy did it.


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