Daily Archive : Monday February 3, 2014


    “The Capones” co-star Madeline Santarelli, 35, died of cancer Monday.

    ‘The Capones’ star dies at age 35

    Madeline Santarelli, the 35-year-old co-star of the new suburban-based reality TV show, “The Capones,” died Monday of liver and lung cancer, according to the Reelz cable network and a longtime family friend.

    Jessica L. Silva

    Woman gets probation, monitoring for 3rd DUI in Elgin

    A 28-year-old Hoffman Estates woman was sentenced to 30 months probation and 90 days with an alcohol monitoring device after pleading guilty to her third DUI in Elgin last fall. Jessica L. Silva also must complete alcohol treatment, pay $3,600 in fines and costs and serve 13 days in jail. She could be resentenced to up to prison if she violates probation.

    Wheeling hopes re-establishing a Tax Increment Financing in an industrial part of the village helps spur redevelopment, but Wheeling Elementary District 21 officials oppose the plan, arguing that it will cost schools and taxpayers significantly.

    District 21 opposes Wheeling’s TIF plans, saying taxpayers will lose

    Re-establishing two Tax Increment Financing districts in Wheeling will hurt other taxing bodies, especially school districts, and increase tax bills for property taxpayers, officials in Wheeling Elementary School District 21 say. District officials plan to speak out against the village's TIF plans at a public hearing Tuesday.

    This is an artist's rendering of the proposed Brainerd Community Center in Libertyville.

    Brainerd tax hike proposal draws a skeptical crowd

    Voters who will decide whether to support a tax hike to convert the former Libertyville High School to a community center were mostly skeptical in the first town hall meeting on the matter. “There's no evident need,” said Jim Engdahl, who owns property in the downtown area. “If I was a farmer, I would say this deal was a pig in a poke.”


    U-46 superintendent to receive humanitarian award

    Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent José Torres to receive humanitarian award, and other education beat news.

    Palatine officials have approved a series of changes for the planned village hall renovation, including the addition of an outdoor plaza. The $12.9 million project is expected to begin late this summer and take about 12 months to complete.

    Palatine plans outdoor plaza as part of village hall renovations

    The Palatine village council on Monday approved a series of changes to the planned $12.9 million village hall renovation, including the addition of an outdoor plaza and the elimination of a “penthouse” for maintenance staff. the changes were made possible by the council's decision to elimiate plans to include an attached fire station.


    Arlington Hts. approves changed, new businesses

    The Arlington Heights Village Board approved plans for changes to an existing McDonald’s and a new Dunkin’ Donuts and foot massage business in town on Monday night.


    St. Charles already considering change to new liquor laws

    St. Charles aldermen may add some exceptions to the new liquor license rules they just approved last month. On special occasions, taverns with early closing times may be able to stay open until 2 a.m. But it's going to cost them.


    Des Plaines’ new garbage contract lowers rates, especially for seniors

    Senior citizens in Des Plaines will be getting a discount on the amount they pay for garbage collection — one part of a new 7-year waste hauling contract approved Monday by the city council. Under terms of the new contract, residents over the age of 65 will receive an 8 percent discount on garbage pick up — $15 per customer per month. All other residents in Des Plaines will pay $16.30 per...


    Geneva board inclined to all-day kindergarten

    The Geneva school board favors instituting full-day kindergarten, if ways can be found to cut the cost of doing so.


    Carol Stream takes steps to conserve salt supply

    As the area braces for today’s next round of snow, Carol Stream is taking measures to conserve its salt supply. The village board on Monday approved a recommendation to limit the streets salted. Streets to be salted will include main streets or collector streets, which are streets that function as a feeder from a region of limited traffic to a major highway or street. Streets that intersect with...

    This artist’s rendering shows the permanent French Market structure proposed for downtown Wheaton.

    Wheaton downtown plan approved, French Market license discussed

    The Wheaton City Council unanimously approved a long-term downtown revitalization plan Monday that includes $64 million worth of projects, including a permanent French Market structure. The council was asked to approve a new license for the French Market vendor Monday, but the discussion has been postponed until Feb. 18 due to concerns raised by one councilman about the license fee.

    Michael David Elliot, 40, who is serving life behind bars for murder in four 1993 deaths in Michigan, is at large after he escaped from a Michigan prison and abducted a woman who fled his grips when he stopped for gas in Indiana, authorities said Monday.

    Michigan escapee captured in Indiana

    A convicted killer who peeled a hole in two fences with his hands to escape from a Michigan prison before abducting a woman and fleeing to Indiana was captured Monday evening after a chase, authorities said.


    S. Elgin considers moratorium on medical marijuana

    While the Elgin City Council has approved regulations for businesses that grow or sell medical marijuana, the village of South Elgin is looking at imposing a one-year moratorium on issuing such permits. Illinois’ first medical marijuana law, which went into effect Jan. 1, says the state can have 22 growers and 60 dispensaries.


    Buffalo Grove hires firm for downtown study

    The Buffalo Grove village board on Monday night hired an engineering firm to study the Buffalo Grove Golf Course and determine the feasibility of the downtown project on what is now the village campus.


    U-46 to participate in national study on discipline

    Elgin Area School District U-46 is among 10 school districts selected to participate in a nationwide study about effective disciplinary alternatives to suspensions and expulsions, Superintendent Jose Torres told the school board Monday night. As part of the study, administrators will be reviewing the district’s disciplinary policies and looking at alternative strategies to traditional discipline...


    Unions, nonprofits want higher caregiver pay

    Union leaders and nonprofit groups are asking Gov. Pat Quinn to support an effort to increase wages for people who care for the developmentally disabled. The efforts comes on the heels of Quinn’s push to increase Illinois’ minimum wage, from its current $8.25 to $10 an hour, and is likely to be a divisive issue ahead of the November election.


    Apply for associate judgeship

    Applicants are sought to fill an associate judge vacancy in Lake County circuit court.


    Enroll Lake County! events

    Enroll Lake County! will help residents enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on Saturday, Feb. 15 in Antioch.


    Man says he ate birds, turtles in 13 months adrift

    It’s a story that almost defies belief: A man leaves Mexico in December 2012 for a day of shark fishing and ends up surviving 13 months on fish, birds and turtles before washing ashore on the remote Marshall Islands thousands of miles away.

    Pat Quinn

    Quinn wants extension on budget plan until after primary

    Gov. Pat Quinn plans to ask lawmakers to let him put off sending them his annual budget proposal until after the March 18 primary election. The Democrat is facing a tough budget year as the state’s 2011 tax hike is supposed to decrease halfway through, leaving Quinn and lawmakers with less money to work with.

    DuPage County Board District 6 candidates Kevin Wiley and Valerie Ann Bruggeman are two of the three candidates seeking their party’s nomination in the March 18 primary.

    DuPage Dist. 6 candidates: Stormwater fee needs more study

    Two of the three Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for a District 6 seat on the DuPage County Board say more research should be done before the board decides whether to implement a countywide stormwater utility fee.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sits in a studio during his radio program, “Ask the Governor” broadcast Monday. During the program, Christie took questions from callers for the first time in more than three weeks as his campaign looked for a way to pay for lawyers as a political payback scandal continues.

    Christie reiterates: No role in lane closures

    Gov. Chris Christie says he may have heard about traffic tie-ups in Fort Lee while they were going on last September, but it didn’t register with him as a major issue if he did. He says a news report several days after the lanes were reopened got his attention and he asked staffers to look into it.

    A vendor sells cotton candy at Safeco field during a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. A new study published Monday in the journal, JAMA Internal Medicine, says diets high in sugar are linked with increased risks for fatal heart disease, and it doesn’t take that much extra sugar to boost the risk.

    Sugar tied to fatal heart woes; soda’s a culprit

    Could too much sugar be deadly? The biggest study of its kind suggests the answer is yes, at least when it comes to fatal heart problems. It doesn’t take all that much extra sugar, hidden in many processed foods, to substantially raise the risk, the researchers found, and most Americans eat more than the safest amount.

    Bensenville residents Greg and Jennifer Bacon, with their sons, 3-year-old Dean, left, and 18-month-old Christopher, were featured in a Microsoft ad that aired Sunday night during the Super Bowl. The ad featured the birth of Dean as it was Skyped live to his dad more than 6,000 miles away at a military base in Iraq.

    Super Bowl ad features special moment for Bensenville family

    One of the most memorable and popular Super Bowl commercials Sunday featured a clip of a soldier in Iraq watching over Skype as his wife gives birth to their first child. That couple, Greg and Jennifer Bacon of Bensenville, gathered with their now 3½-year-old son, Dean, to watch their national television debut. “It still gets me when I see it,” he said. “It's something I'll...


    Autopsy results for Aurora crash victim

    A pedestrian who was killed after being struck by a car early Sunday morning in Aurora died of traumatic injuries, Kane County Coroner’s officials found in an autopsy Monday.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a ceremony Saturday to pass official hosting duties of next year’s Super Bowl to representatives from Arizona.

    Christie to speak in Chicago next week

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is taking questions next week at a prestigious Chicago economic group meeting during a fundraising trip to Illinois.

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, speaks at a news conference Friday in Chicago.

    Rutherford’s risk could define campaign

    Treasurer Dan Rutherford was gearing up to make a big splash in the Republican race for Illinois governor with his television ads set to hit the airwaves this week, but now one of the defining moments of his campaign may instead be allegations of misconduct that he made public himself.


    Arlington Hts. offering smoke detector checks in March

    Arlington Heights residents who want to have their batteries replaced in their smoke detectors in March can now sign up for a free check through “The Katie Project.” The community initiative kicked off in December following a fire that killed three women inside a home on Dunton Avenue where there was an inoperable smoke detector.


    Author Paul Tough to talk childhood success

    An author who writes about childhood issues such as what makes some children succeed and others fail will talk about his work at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Barrington High School Auditorium, 616 W. Main St., Barrington. Paul Tough’s new book “How Children Succeed: Grit Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character,” is about how he thinks nature and nurture are intertwined and explores how childhood...

    A Robbins police car is seen parked outside a home Monday where, police say, 43-year-old Michael Worsham shot and killed his wife and two of his children Sunday before he died of unknown causes.

    Police: South suburban man killed 3 family members

    A Robbins man shot and killed his wife and two of his children, even following his daughter outside where he shot her a second time and dragged her body back into the house, police said Monday.


    Chicago-area museum, zoo attendance slightly down

    The consortium called Museums in the Park released attendance numbers on Monday for 15 Chicago-area attractions. This year attendance was 14.7 million. That’s down 2.7 percent compared with the 15.1 million visitors recorded during 2012.

    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago, as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before he was to report to prison in Littleton, Colo.

    Blagojevich transcripts at issue in appeal

    Whether to unseal transcripts of FBI wiretaps that were not played at Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trials but that were submitted as part of his appeal became a point of contention Monday between prosecutors and the defense.

    Woodstock Willie is held up for the crowd by animal wrangler Mark Szafran as Willie disappointed the crowd of hundreds by seeing his shadow Sunday, which means six more weeks of winter.

    Weekend in Review: Ex-CEO’s deal still costing Metra; more winter coming?
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Ex-CEO's deal still costing Metra; suburbanites recall Beatlemania; Elgin residents fight ComEd's power line plans; Huntley trying to be next industrial hub; pedestrian killed in Aurora crash; six more weeks of winter, says Woodstock Willie; lighter year for Super Bowl ads; OT not working out well for Hawks; a Super future for the Bears, and what can...

    Chicago resident Daniel Taylor was exonerated after serving 20 years in prison for a double homicide he didn’t commit.

    Man cleared of 2 homicides sues Chicago, police

    A Chicago man released from prison last year after serving 20 years for a double homicide filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging that officers beat him into confessing to the crime and suppressed evidence that proved his innocence.


    Chicago approves borrowing $1.9 billion

    Chicago is entering the bond market since its bond rating was dropped. The Chicago City Council’s finance committee on Monday approved a $1 billion bond issue for Midway International Airport a $900 million general obligation bond.

    The cast of Powerhouse Productions’ “The Detention Club,” which will play at Schaumburg’s Prairie Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 22. Powerhouse Productions has presented a Black History Month performance annually since 1999.

    Black History Month show in Schaumburg to address bullying
    As it has annually since 1999, Schaumburg-based Powerhouse Productions will present an original play this month demonstrating the relevance of Black History Month, particularly for young people. This year’s presentation, “The Detention Club,” tackles the universal issue of bullying by relating it to inspirational chapters from American history, fourth-time writer-director Maurice Proffit said.


    Lake County retired teachers meeting

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Lambs Farm restaurant, Route 176 and I-94, near Libertyville.


    MHS preview concert

    The Mundelein High School Show Choirs, SoundFX, Lights and Sound, will perform their competition shows backed up by the Noise Band at a special preview concert Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium.


    Schaumburg Twp. assessor advises on tax bills

    First installment property tax bills for tax year 2013 arrived in the last week of January, according to Schaumburg Township Assessor John R. Lawson.Taxpayers should note the first installment tax bills will not reflect homeowner, senior or other exemptions, nor will they reflect successful assessment appeals that were filed for tax year 2013.

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 will go to voters next month seeking permission to borrow $29 million for a high school expansion and renovations to the current structure. Part of the proposal calls for 30 new classrooms at Round Lake High School.

    Dist. 116 depending on voters for Round Lake High expansion, renovations

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 will go to voters next month seeking permission to borrow $29 million for a high school expansion and renovations to the current structure.

    Jose R. Sosa

    Aurora man sentenced to 30 years for 2009 murder

    A 25-year-old Aurora man Monday pleaded guilty to a 2009 murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Jose R. Sosa is the fourth man to plead guilty in the shooting death of Donald Franklin, 38. Other defendants received sentences between 20 and 30 years in prison after pleading guilty.


    Motorist critically injured in Warrenville crash

    Warrenville police say a motorist was in critical condition Monday after suffering "a medical emergency" and hitting two vehicles.


    Cook County offers discount to spay or neuter pets

    Cook County will again partner with private veterinarians to offer discounted spay and neuter services for pets in February, which is National Spay and Neuter Month. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle cited the ease of the program which provides discounts of up to $40 per procedure and is available for up to two pets per household.

    Ileana Angulo of Round Lake Beach looks at artwork on display Monday at the Members Exhibition at the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Behind her is a wooden sculpture called “Banana and Apple” by Robert Andrus. The show features works by 85 artists.

    Members art exhibition on display at College of Lake County

    The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art at the College of Lake County in Grayslake features the Members Exhibition through Feb. 23. The show includes works by 85 artists and a wide variety of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and other media.

    Ellie DeFoy of Batavia gets the ice all to herself Monday as she skates at Depot Pond in Batavia.

    No obstacles for skater on Depot Pond

    Lots of sunshine and a lack of wind made skating enjoyable Monday at Depot Pond in Batavia.

    Money from a TIF extension was used to complete parking improvements, including a parking garage on the west side of Milwaukee Avenue to serve downtown Libertyville.

    Libertyville taxing bodies get payday from special financing district

    Libertyville is rebating more than $2 million to various entities as part of an agreement a few years ago that allowed the extension of a special taxing district to fund improvements downtown. Entities receive 70 pecent of the taxes that previously had been funneled into a special fund.

    Anka Miscevic

    Lombard woman pleads innocent in murder of husband

    A Lombard woman charged with murdering her husband last month by stabbing him in the chest and then striking him in the head with a baseball bat pleaded innocent Monday. She faces five counts of attempted first-degree murder.


    Technology keeps suburban students plugged in even when schools close

    Although most suburban students had four days of classes canceled in January because of frigid weather, that doesn’t mean they all got a break from doing their homework. Teachers have been using email, texting, iPad or phone apps, and class websites to keep in touch with students even when school is closed.

    St. Viator senior Bobby Gallant watches the action from his keyboard as the cast rehearses “Footloose” at Arlington Park.

    School closed, teens turn to Arlington Park for play rehearsal

    When St. Viator students found themselves faced with school closed for two days due to subzero weather, taking away dress rehearsal time before their sold-out opening of “Footloose,” instead of staying home, they found themselves an alternative rehearsal space at Arlington Park. “In the true spirit of ‘Footloose,’” Sarah Miklius wrote in a Facebook message to the cast, “we’re going against the...

    Huntley Police Officer Adam Dean is the village’s new juvenile specialist and a backup school resource officer for Huntley High School. Though overall crime in Huntley has gone down in recent years, there has been an uptick in juvenile crimes, officials said.

    Huntley’s new teen beat cop hopes to prevent juvenile crimes

    With a growing teen population, Huntley also is seeing an uptick in crimes committed by juveniles, police officials say. To combat the problem, the police department has assigned a new teen beat cop. “It’s all about how you connect and your approach,” said Officer Adam Dean, the police department’s new juvenile specialist. “Not only am I a disciplinarian, I could be...

    Roughly 500 residents who attended open houses about the Naperville Park District’s indoor activity center indicated they would like the facility to include basketball and volleyball courts, cardio equipment, dance studios, a walking track, a gymnastics room, an indoor playground, preschool classrooms, and space for crafts, parties and meetings. The park district plans to design the facility this year and begin construction next year in advance of a fall 2016 targeted opening date.

    Initial support strong for Naperville Park District activity center

    Early public support has been strong for almost everything the Naperville Park District is considering including in the indoor activity center it aims to open by fall 2016. Courts for basketball and volleyball, cardio equipment, dance studios, a walking and running track, a gymnastics room, an indoor playground, preschool classrooms and spaces for arts and crafts, birthday parties and meetings...

    Jack Cunningham

    Kane County Clerk GOP hopefuls tout differing backgrounds

    Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham has had 12 years to learn the ins and outs of the clerk's office, as well as adapt to emerging technology. Cunningham says this gives him an advantage over his opponent, Mark Davoust, in the March 18 primary to see who will represent Republicans in the November election. Davoust, 55, of St. Charles, has served as a Kane County Board member for the last 10 years...

    Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Atlantis and Endeavor shuttles carried several experiments proposed by students into space, including ones intended to investigate the effects of microgravity on various organisms.

    Bugs, amphibians, other creatures — but no dogs — sent into space

    “Can dogs go into space?” asked a young patron attending the” Write-Away!” program at Vernon Area Public Library District in Lincolnshire.

    Jordan Troutman of Aurora treks through the snow toward the 10th green Sunday at Springbrook Golf Course in Naperville. Troutman was part a group maintaining a 28-year tradition of playing golf on Super Bowl Sunday regardless of the weather.

    Super Bowl golfing tradition continues in Naperville

    With temperatures in the teens and no less than 5 inches of fresh snow on the ground, a group of 11 golfers hit the links Sunday at Springbrook Golf Club in Naperville to keep a tradition nearly 30 years old. This Super Bowl Sunday golf outing began in 1986 when friends gathered to watch the Chicago Bears take on the New England Patriots and decided it would be a great idea to do some golfing...

    Police officers evacuate children from a Moscow school on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. An armed teenager burst into his Moscow school on Monday and killed a teacher and policeman before being taken into custody, investigators said.

    Student kills teacher, policeman in Moscow school

    A 10th-grade student with two rifles burst into his Moscow school on Monday, killing his geography teacher and a policeman in front of about 20 students, investigators said. His father played a key role in freeing those students before police stormed the classroom and took his son into custody, the city police chief said.

    Cuba starting pitcher Norge Ruiz pitches Sunday during the first inning of the Caribbean Series baseball game against Venezuela in Porlamar, Venezuela. Associated Press

    Cuba baseball team draws protests in Venezuela

    Cuba baseball team draws protests in VenezuelaPORLAMAR, Venezuela — Cuba’s return to a tournament of the Caribbean’s top baseball teams after a half-century absence is being met with protests in Venezuela.

    A stray dog walks outside the Ice Dome venue as preparations take place for the 2014 Winter Olympics Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. A pest control company which has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years told The Associated Press on Monday that it has a contract to exterminate more of the animals throughout the Olympics.

    Sochi city hall orders killing of stray dogs

    A pest control company that has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years told The Associated Press on Monday it has a contract to exterminate more of the animals throughout the Olympics.

    Workers unload stones in front of accommodation for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. According to the Sochi Olympic organizing committee, only six of the nine media hotels in the mountain area are fully operational. The accommodations for athletes, however, have not been affected by the problems.

    IOC: Hotel delays not affecting athlete families

    Family and friends of Olympic athletes have been unaffected by unfinished hotel rooms in the mountains near Sochi, an IOC official said Monday. Although the problem provoked embarrassment for local organizers over the weekend, Olympics Games executive director Gilbert Felli said rooms “will all be delivered” by the end of Wednesday.


    Man allegedly shot by Aaron Hernandez shot again

    A man who alleges he was shot in the face by former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in Florida was shot again, this time outside a Connecticut nightclub, where he then opened fire, police said Monday.


    Antioch Township blaze leaves woman homeless

    A house fire in Antioch Township early Sunday morning has left a woman homeless, authorities said. Antioch Fire Department Deputy Chief Chris Lienhardt said the woman was treated at an area hospital, but the extent of her injuries was unknown.

    In this photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian rebels fire their anti-aircraft gun Saturday at Syrian forces airplanes in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian government helicopters and warplanes unleashed a wave of airstrikes on more than a dozen opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, in a ferocious attack that killed at least 36 people, including 17 children, activists said. The AMC logo has been inserted in top right corner and the initials AMC appear on weapon.

    Al-Qaida breaks ties with group in Syria

    Al-Qaida broke off ties with one of its purported branches in Syria and distanced itself from the rebel infighting in that country’s civil war, according to a statement Monday. The announcement appeared to be an attempt by al-Qaida to put its house in order and reassert influence among rival Islamic groups that have turned against one another in Syria.

    Manuel Enrique Angel, 28, of El Salvador, made learning English his first priority upon arriving in Houston from his native El Salvador two years ago. He now speaks English clearly and deliberately and plans to apply for citizenship as soon as he becomes eligible later this year. He estimates it will take him up to eight months to save the money for the citizenship application.

    Republicans blame Obama for stalling immigration

    Republicans are starting to lay the blame on President Barack Obama if an overhaul of the nation’s broken immigration system fails to become law. The GOP’s emerging plan on immigration is to criticize Obama as an untrustworthy leader and his administration as an unreliable enforcer of any laws that might be passed.


    New Wisconsin permit for ‘fish stick’ habitats ready

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has created a new general permit for building so-called fish stick habitats.Fish stick habitats are fallen trees and branches anchored to the shore that provide shelter and feeding areas for a wide range of fish as well as nesting and sunning areas for birds, turtles and other animals above the water.


    Hearing scheduled for underage drinking bill

    MADISON, Wis. — A state Senate committee has scheduled a hearing on a bill that would give some immunity to underage drinkers who seek and obtain emergency assistance for themselves and others. The hearing scheduled for Wednesday comes after the measure ran into opposition during an Assembly hearing last year.


    Illinois man dies after snowmobile hits trees in Wisconsin

    HURLEY, Wis. — A 46-year-old Illinois man is dead after his snowmobile hit several trees in northern Wisconsin.Iron County Sheriff Tony Furyk says a group of people were traveling on a trail when the man’s snowmobile veered off and struck the trees in the Town of Mercer. Alcohol and speed are believed to have contributed to the crash. It was reported at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday.


    Madison alderman wants to curb pit bull population

    MADISON, Wis. — A Madison alderman wants to require all pit bulls over the age of five months to be spayed or neutered.Alderman John Strasser tells the Wisconsin State Journal the local overpopulation of pit bulls is putting stress on the Dane County Humane Society and the city’s animal services officers.


    Jimmy the Groundhog predicts more winter

    SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — Sun Prairie’s version of Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil is predicting more winter.Jimmy the Groundhog saw his shadow Sunday. And, according to legend, that means that there will be six more weeks of winter.


    Chicago man charged with torturing, killing rodent

    A Chicago man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges after he allegedly posted a video on YouTube that showed him torturing and killing a rat and a mouse.


    Traveling Vietnam Memorial to stop in Carbondale

    CARBONDALE — A traveling Vietnam Memorial will be on display in Carbondale for four days this September.Officials from the Shawnee Detachment No. 812 of the Marine Corps announced last week that an 80 percent-scale model of the Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on display from Sept. 11 through Sept. 14 on the SIU practice football field south of Saluki Stadium.


    1 man killed, another injured in Rockford shooting

    ROCKFORD — Police in Rockford are investigating an apparent double shooting that left one man dead and another severely injured.


    Springfield supermarkets expected to hire hundreds

    SPRINGFIELD — Springfield-area supermarkets are expected to hire hundreds of workers in the next few months, raising hopes that it will ease unemployment.The State Journal-Register in Springfield reports that there’ll be openings for full- and part-time positions for everything from checkout clerks to pharmacy technicians.


    Chicago police: Would-be car thief stuck in garage

    Chicago police say a man who tried to steal a woman’s car got a big surprise when she handed over the keys — then shut him inside her garage.The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 21-year-old Andre Bacon is charged with attempted vehicular hijacking and theft and was ordered held Sunday in lieu of $75,000 bail.


    Vectren customers can still comment on rate hikes

    INDIANAPOLIS — Vectren Corp.’s customers have only a few more weeks to tell state utility officials what they think of the company’s request for rate increases to pay for upgrading its gas distribution system.


    Northern Indiana teen to be sentenced in 2010 killing

    WARSAW, Ind. — A northern Indiana teenager previously sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty at age 12 to helping kill a friend’s stepfather is scheduled to get a new sentence.


    Indiana homeschool group says state intruding

    INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana homeschool group says a state commission acted improperly when it found the group discriminated against a student who was expelled after her family complained it didn’t provide for the girl’s food allergy at a dinner-dance.The state Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case Monday.


    Dawn Patrol: Pedestrian killed; cheer teams qualify for state

    Dawn Patrol: Pedestrian killed in downtown Aurora crash. Cheer teams step it up at sectionals. Six more weeks of winter, says groundhog. Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead. Suburbanites recall Beatlemania. Lighter year for Super Bowl ads. Seattle stomps Denver in Super Bowl.

    John Hosta, left, of Spring Grove, and Dennis Anderson, of Gurnee, are the Democratic candidates for congress in the 14th District.

    14th Congressional Dems say Obama’s health care law needs work

    Democratic contenders for the 14th Congressional District say they welcome Republican input on how to improve the Affordable Care Act, and pledge to reject cuts to Medicare. But they disagree on how much fraud exists in government-backed health care programs.

    You can expect big crowds at the annual Chicago Auto Show that runs from Saturday through Feb. 17.

    Pull over, ‘Speed Racer’: Futuristic models part of Chicago Auto Show

    Vroom. Vroom. Forget winter. Let's talk horsepower, powertrains, mpg. Let's talk about the Kia GT4 Stinger, the all-new Mustang and Ford's aluminum — yes, aluminum — F-150 truck. The Chicago Auto Show is back in town and you can win free tickets. Ford is using “military-grade” aluminum alloys on the F-150 that knock off 700 pounds, making for a more fuel-efficient truck.

    Gurnee resident William Shriver reads near artwork on the walls at Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee. Library officials are seeking proposals for a new commissioned piece and also are planning to display student artwork.

    Gurnee library planning to expand public art collection

    Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee is in the market for more public art, which officials believe will enhance a visitor’s experience and further its role as a place for culture. Five pieces were acquired and displayed for the first time at the O’Plaine Road library last year.

    The Republican candidates for DuPage County Board District 4 don’t agree on everything when it comes to the issue of consolidation. The three candidates are Ronald Almiron of Wheaton, left, Paula McGowen of Glen Ellyn and Grant Eckhoff of Wheaton.

    DuPage Dist. 4 candidates differ on consolidation

    While the three Republicans hoping to become the party’s nominee for a District 4 seat on the DuPage County Board agree local governments should become more efficient, they have differing views on how to make that happen.


    Pedestrian killed in downtown Aurora crash

    A pedestrian was killed early Sunday morning when struck by an SUV in downtown Aurora. Police said the unidentified victim, described as a Hispanic man in his late 30s or 40s, was walking southbound on Broadway Avenue (Route 25), just north of Spring Street, about 3:58 a.m. when the collision occurred. He was pronounced dead at the scene


    “This is probably No. 1 on my list, I think,” Bickell told reporters on Monday of the struggles he faced in January. “But there have been ups and downs through my career. I think anybody’s career it’s going to be like that, but to get through this one, hopefully I can start (Monday).”

    Bickell’s Blackhawks teammates stay in his corner

    Bryan Bickell’s teammates are pulling for the left winger to regain his confidence. The struggling Bickell returned to the Blackhawks’ lineup for Monday night’s game at Los Angeles against the Kings after being a healthy scratch in three of the last four contests. “It’s not easy for a guy like that,” captain Jonathan Toews told reporters in San Jose.

    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer expressed his frustration Monday over his lack of fourth-quarter playing time.

    Bulls’ Boozer frets, ejected Noah fumes in 29-point loss

    Carlos Boozer complained about sitting out so many fourth quarters Monday, before the Bulls battled Sacramento. Before this game he sat out the entire fourth quarter in seven of the previous eight. But does Boozer have a point? The numbers don't support his cause.


    Monday’s girls gymnastics scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls gymnastics results from Monday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


    Boys, girls River races take different turns

    One of the best things about sports is its unpredictability.

    South Elgin’s Laura McIntosh falls over Neuqua Valley’s Malia Smith Monday as they chase a loose ball in South Elgin.

    Crazy game, UEC Valley title to Neuqua Valley

    Of the many words that could be used to describe Neuqua Valley’s 65-61 girls basketball win at South Elgin Monday night, one is all that’s needed. Craziness. In a game that saw 47 fouls called, 71 free throws attempted, two bloody lips, three technical fouls and one coach ejection, the end result was the Wildcats claiming their second straight Upstate Eight Valley championship.

    Mundelein coach Nancy Toland, left, celebrates with McKenzie Kehr after her balance beam routine during regional gymnastics action Monday at Mundelein.

    Kehr, Mundelein take regional

    It had been 10 years since Mundelein’s girls gymnastics last won a regional — and there were plenty of witnesses to that achievement on hand Monday as the Mustangs hosted the first step of this year’s state series. Mundelein’s regional drought is over, and fittingly, members of that 2004 regional title-winning team were on hand to present the current Mustangs with their regional championship plaque. Mundelein won with 138.45, ahead of Glenbrook North (134.475), Wheeling (126.175) and Evanston (122.925) to earn a spot in next Thursday’s Niles North sectional.

    Wheaton Warrenville South’s Meghan Waldron moves the ball up the court.

    WW South looks sharp, claims DVC win

    Looking to “tidy things up” these next two weeks before the playoffs, Wheaton Warrenville South has some extra opportunities with makeup games sprinkled into the schedule.

    Barrington’s Molly Blanke competes on vault in Monday’s regional hosted by Barrington.

    Season-best score for regional champ Barrington

    Barrington is coming on strong. Just Friday, the Fillies’ girls gymnastics team hit its season-best mark (144.875) at the Mid-Suburban League meet. The Fillies blew past that mark on Monday while securing their first regional title since 2009 with an impressive 147.025 in their own gym. Sophomore Abby Hasanov led the charge by winning the all-around (38.225) and sweeping all four individual events.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 55, Wheeling 35: The Red Raiders (20-3) picked up their 20th win of the season and won their eighth straight in this nonconference victory. Sam Andrews led Huntley with 21 points and Ali Andrews added 19 to lead Huntley. Burlington Central 63, Genoa-Kingston 29: Thanks in part to a 32 point second quarter, the Rockets (17-4, 8-0) were able to cruise to victory on the road in this Big Northern Conference East game. Sam Pryor and Alison Colby both had 15 points on the night for the Rockets, who had every player on their roster play with 8 scoring at least once. Crossroads 29, Elgin Academy 23: Despite getting 10 points and 10 steals from junior Kaitlyn Pearson, the Hilltoppers fell to Crossroads in nonconference action.


    Georgetown takes down DePaul 71-59

    Markel Starks scored 26 points and Georgetown continued its mastery of DePaul, winning 71-59 on Monday at Allstate Arena.D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 17 and Jabril Trawick had 15 for the Hoyas, who were coming off a 64-60 upset win Saturday in New York over then-No. 7 Michigan State. That victory came after a stretch of five straight losses and defeats in the Hoyas’ last six of seven.Georgetown (13-9, 4-6 Big East) also prolonged its dominance of the Blue Demons, topping DePaul for the second time this season and 14th straight time overall. The 14 consecutive wins are the most for one Big East team against another, and DePaul hasn’t beaten Georgetown since Jan. 22, 1994.The Hoyas didn’t take their first lead until an Aaron Bowen 3-pointer with 14:43 remaining in the second half, but then took their first double-digit advantage with 6:26 left at 56-44, part of a 10-0 run. That was aided by DePaul’s shooting, which was 32.1 percent during the second half.Starks, Georgetown’s leading scorer who had 21 points during the Hoyas’ 61-54 win over DePaul on Dec. 31, went just 6 for 18 from the floor but hit three 3-pointers and 11 of 14 free throws. After shooting 4 for 24 in his previous two games, No. 2 scorer Smith-Rivera was 3 for 11 but 3 for 6 during the second half of a game the teams combined to attempt 67 free throws.Monday’s game was the start of a stretch of games for Georgetown mostly against teams struggling in conference play. On Saturday they face Butler, then after playing Providence, the Hoyas visit St. John’s and Seton Hall.The Hoyas got off to a slow start. DePaul took a 30-27 lead into the break and led by as much as nine, holding Georgetown to 30 percent shooting from the floor. That included the Hoyas making just one of their first 13 shots.Brandon Young led DePaul with 15 and Billy Garrett Jr. had 12 as the Blue Demons (10-13, 2-8) lost their fifth straight.DePaul’s R.J. Curington was named the Big East’s Rookie of the Week. He scored a career-high 22 points during the Blue Demons’ 77-72 loss Sunday to Providence, and had 10 against Georgetown.The Blue Demons were once again without leading scorer Cleveland Melvin due to suspension. Melvin, who came into Monday as the Big East’s seventh-leading scorer at 16.7 points per game, is suspended indefinitely and missed his third straight game.DePaul did get back guards Garrett (illness) and Charles McKinney (ankle) after each missed two games. Neither started, but Garrett entered with 17:06 left in the first half while McKinney checked in with 11:45 remaining.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Westminster Christian 52, Faith Lutheran 29: The Warriors (11-10) got 18 points from Sam Carani and 10 from Dillon Rejman in a nonconference win at home. “We had a great first half, raced out to a big lead and had a chance to play a lot of players,” Warriors coach Bruch Firchau said. Crossroads 72, Elgin Academy 51: Sophomore Dietrich Robinson scored 30 points for Elgin Academy in this nonconference loss.


    Buford, Way pace Stevenson victory

    Taylor Buford scored 16 points, Sophia Way added 15 and Stevenson’s girls basketball team netted a 65-47 nonconference win over host Grayslake Central Monday night. Stevenson (19-7) bolted to a 12-3 lead after one quarter and never looked back. The Patriots were up 27-17 at halftime and 44-34 after three.


    Dundee-Crown turns the tables on Crystal Lake S.

    Losing two tough games to Crystal Lake South this season, Dundee-Crown was hoping to turn the tables on the Gators Monday night. Mission accomplished.Opening up a 13-point lead in the third quarter, the Chargers held off a valiant fourth quarter really by South in defeating the Gators 50-48 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division girls basketball action in Carpentersville.

    Neuqua Valley’s Najee Smith falls as South Elgin’s Nadia Yang defends.

    Images: South Elgin vs. Neuqua Valley girls basketball
    South Elgin played Neuqua Valley Monday, Feb. 3 for girls basketball.

    Glenbard North Wheaton Warrenville South in girls basketball action on Monday in Carol Stream.

    Images: Wheaton Warrenville South at Glenbard North girls basketball
    Glenbard North hosted Wheaton Warrenville South Monday, Feb. 3 for girls basketball.


    Wallace makes waves with selfless play

    Redshirt senior Kelly Wallace of the Northeastern women’s hockey team has been nominated for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. Since 1996, the prestigious award has been given annually to college hockey’s finest citizen, defined as someone who gives back to his or her community in the true humanitarian spirit. Wallace, of Libertyville, is one of 18 student-athletes (male and female) on the list. She is actively involved in community service initiatives at Northeastern and in the Greater Boston area.


    Ready for regionals

    Most area girls gymnastics teams begin the state series Tuesday or Wednesday. Neuqua Valley and Wheaton Warrenville co-op are hosting regionals on Tuesday. Naperville Central appears to be one of the favorites at Neuqua Valley, along with the Wildcats, while Wheaton Warrenville co-op and DeKalb/Sycamore co-op have been scoring around the 140 mark, so it could be very close.

    Notre Dame’s Tom Knight battles with Syracuse’s, from left, Trevor Cooney, Baye Moussa Kieta and Jerami Grant for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Syracuse won 61-55.

    No. 1 Syracuse beats Notre Dame 61-55

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Trevor Cooney scored a career-high 33 points, matching a school record with nine 3-pointers, and top-ranked Syracuse beat Notre Dame 61-55 on Monday night in another matchup of former Big East foes.Syracuse (22-0, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which moved to No. 1 this week after its scintillating 91-89 overtime victory over Duke on Saturday night, extended its school record for most consecutive wins to start a season. Notre Dame (12-11, 3-7) has lost seven of nine.Two days after one of the most emotional wins in Boeheim’s 38 years as head coach, Syracuse played its first game as the nation’s top team since the 2011-12 season. Two years ago, the Orange were unbeaten and ranked No. 1 when they went to South Bend, and Notre Dame upset them 67-58.It was the eighth time Notre Dame had beaten a No. 1 team and turned out to be Syracuse’s lone loss of the regular season. Cooney made sure there was no repeat, hitting five 3-pointers in the first half as the Orange gained a 13-point halftime advantage and barely held the Irish at bay in the second half.Cooney, 9 of 12 from long range, matched the record set by Gerry McNamara in the 2004 NCAA tournament and equaled by Andy Rautins in 2008 and James Southerland in 2012.Jerami Grant and C.J. Fair, who combined for 54 points against Duke, combined for just 15 as Fair struggled, shooting 2 of 13. Tyler Ennis finished with six points and eight assists.Garrick Sherman led Notre Dame with 16 points, Steve Vasturia had 13 and Pat Connaughton 11, while Eric Atkins had nine on 3-of-10 shooting.Notre Dame closed within 38-32 on a 3-pointer from Atkins with 14:19 to play, but Syracuse responded with seven straight points. Grant slammed home a dunk after his block on Sherman and Fair followed with a slam off a Grant miss. Cooney completed the run with his seventh 3-pointer, which tied his personal best. The Irish have four long-range threats in Atkins, Connaughton, Jackson and Vasturia, who had combined for 127 on the season entering the game, and Notre Dame’s long-range attack came alive in the second half after going 1 of 6 in the first 20 minutes.Two 3-pointers by Atkins, Vasturia’s three-point play and a slam dunk by Tom Knight moved the Irish back within 43-40 with 8:41 to go. Grant responded with a spinning drive through the lane and Cooney hit another 3. Grant then fed Cooney for a reverse layup and three-point play and Cooney hit his ninth 3 for a 54-44 lead with 4:14 to play.Notre Dame refused to wilt, pulling back to 54-49 on Connaughton’s three-point play at 2:52.Grant’s layup off a feed from Ennis and two free throws by Ennis boosted the lead back to eight, and the Orange made it interesting when Ennis and Fair each missed the front end of 1-and-1s in the final minute.Atkins missed a floater and Connaughton was off on a 3-point attack in the final seconds.Against the Syracuse zone, the 6-foot-11 Sherman was the focus of the Irish attack early, and he responded by hitting a pair of hooks and scoring seven of Notre Dame’s first 12 points.Syracuse attempted only four shots from behind the arc in its win over Duke, preferring to pound it inside. Not on this night, not with Cooney red-hot. He hit four straight 3-pointers in a span of just over six minutes to propel Syracuse to the lead.


    Hillner hauls in another soccer honor

    Arlington Heights resident Norm Hillner, already an Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Famer, is still racking up honors for his long career as the Lake Park boys soccer coach. Hillner recently received a Letter of Commendation from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America at their 67th Annual Awards Banquet in Philadelphia.

    The brilliant performance of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday is unquestionably the most overlooked aspect of the beating Seattle put on Denver, according to Barry Rozner, who points out: the scary part for the NFC is Seattle was the second-youngest Super Bowl-winning team ever and the Seahawks don’t have to pay Wilson for two more years.

    Defenses can dominate, but teams still need great QBs

    Brilliant defenses have won Super Bowls and brilliant offenses have won Super Bowls. It doesn’t change the simple fact that you must have a pass rush, running game and great QB to consistently win in the NFL.

    Purist Bears fans likely are shaking their heads as if they want nothing to do with outspoken Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman. But as Mike Imrem points out, it’s just like purist Bulls fans never would have accepted Dennis Rodman ... until he began helping them embark on winning three NBA titles.

    Sherman, play for the Bears? Never say never

    A lot of Bears' fans grew to really dislike Richard Sherman after his rant against an opponent on national television a couple weeks ago. But they would learn to love the Seattle cornerback if he came here as a free agent in a couple years, which is possible.

    This is a Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 file photo of boxer Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine attends an open training session in Moscow, Russia.Wladimir Klitschko will defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Australian challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, Germany, on April 26.

    Australia’s Leapai up next for Klitschko

    BERLIN — Wladimir Klitschko will defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Australian challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, Germany, on April 26.Klitschko’s management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighter’s 25th world championship fight.The 1.83-meter (6-foot) Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBO’s mandatory challenger. The 34-year-old, who was born in Samoa, has a 30-4-3 record with 24 knockouts since turning professional in 2004.Leapai says, “I’ll beat Wladimir and it won’t even be my toughest fight.”The 37-year-old Klitschko, who comfortably defeated Alexander Povetkin of Russia in Moscow last October, is 61-3 with 52 KOs.Klitschko’s older brother Vitali, the former WBC champion, stepped back from boxing to concentrate on politics in their native Ukraine.


    Syracuse is college basketball’s new No. 1

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse’s reward for winning one of the best college basketball games of the season was a spot on top of The Associated Press Top 25 poll.Combined with No. 1 Arizona’s first loss of the season last weekend, the Orange’s 91-89 overtime win over Duke on Saturday moved them up one spot to the top.Syracuse (21-0) received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel Monday, making the Orange the first unanimous No. 1 since Duke was for six weeks in 2010-11.“We’re happy to be No. 1,” coach Jim Boeheim said Monday, hours before the Orange met Notre Dame. “Obviously, it’s taken a lot of hard work. It’s an honor. We’ll try to keep playing well.”Syracuse, off to the best start in school history, is on top of the poll for the first time since a six-week run in 2011-12.This is the 15th week all-time Syracuse has been No. 1.Syracuse is the fourth team to hold the No. 1 ranking this season. Kentucky was on top for the preseason poll and one in the regular season while Michigan State was No. 1 for three weeks and Arizona, which lost to California hours after Syracuse beat Duke, for the last eight.Arizona (21-1) and Syracuse, which were 1-2 for the last eight weeks, switched spots this week.Florida, Wichita State, the only other unbeaten in Division I, and San Diego State remained third through fifth and were followed by Villanova, Cincinnati, Kansas, Michigan State and Michigan.Duke, which also won at Pittsburgh last week, was 11th, a jump of six spots from last week’s poll.No. 20 Virginia, No. 22 Connecticut and No. 23 Gonzaga returned to the rankings. They replaced Ohio State and Wisconsin, which both reached as high as No. 3 this season, and Massachusetts.The Duke-Syracuse game drew a Carrier Dome-record crowd of 35,446 and it was a record for wins between competing coaches with Boeheim at 941 with the victory and Mike Krzyzewski, the all-time leader with 973.Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon beat the buzzer in regulation with an off-balance 3-pointer that tied it at 78 and Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to lead the Orange in the first meeting between the schools as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.The teams meet again in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 22 which means a crowd of about 26,000 fewer people, but it could be just as good a game.“We don’t want to just settle on that one,” Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney said after the Duke game. “We want to keep moving and keep winning and keep playing well.”

    In a Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter looks on from the dugout during their 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. Jeter has taken on-field batting practice for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short by injuries, on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Jeter hit with authority to all fields during a five-round, 39-swing session Monday at the Yankees’ minor league complex. Jeter also took grounders at shortstop for the first time this year, fielding 34 balls at his usual position.

    Derek Jeter hits on field for first time this year

    TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has taken on-field batting practice for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short by injuries.Jeter hit with authority to all fields during a five-round, 39-swing session Monday at the Yankees’ minor league complex. Jeter also took grounders at shortstop for the first time this year, fielding 34 balls at his usual position.“Everything is good so far, knock on word,” Jeter said.Jeter, who turns 40 in June, had hit in an indoor batting cage and fielded grounders on infield grass the previous two weeks. He was limited to 17 games last year after breaking an ankle during the 2012 playoffs.The Yankees captain is not worrying about those who doubt his ability to return from the severe injury.“My job is to be ready to play,” Jeter said. “I remember when I was 35, everyone said that was it. He can’t play anymore. End of my career. So, it’s really nothing different. Eventually, somebody is going to be right, you know what I mean? You’re going to run out of numbers.”Jeter broke his left ankle during the 2012 AL championship series. He played in just five spring training games last year and broke the ankle again in April during rehabilitation.“This offseason is like a normal offseason,” said Jeter, who was in a walking boot until early January last year. “I’m four months ahead of where I was last year. Last year, quite honestly, I want to forget about it.”Jeter missed the first 91 games of the 2013 season, then felt pain his right quadriceps when he returned July 11. He went back on the DL, returned July 28 for three games, then strained his right calf.Back in the lineup on Aug. 26, he played through Sept. 7, when he left for a pinch runner after singling against Boston. Four days later the Yankees said his season was over. Jeter wound up hitting .190 (12 for 63) with one homer and seven RBIs.Yankees pitchers, catcher and injured players start workouts Feb. 15. Jeter said he’ll remain at the minor league complex until the first fullsquad big league workout on Feb. 20.


    Mike North video: Manning fails to deliver
    Mike North still can’t figure out why, with a record of 11-12 in the playoffs, the media still tries to excuse Peyton Manning when he loses.


    U.S. stocks fell Monday, sending benchmark indexes to their biggest declines since June, as manufacturing in the world’s largest economy slowed more than estimated.

    After tough January, stocks extend slide

    For investors, February is starting out just as rough as January. U.S. stocks tumbled on Monday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 320 points after reports of sluggish U.S growth added to investor worries about the global economy. The slump follows the Dow’s worst January performance since 2009.

    It may be a few years off, but your car may soon be looking out for your safety.

    Car-to-car talk: Hey, look out for that collision!

    Your car might see a deadly crash coming even if you don’t, the government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they’re plunging toward peril. The action, still some years off, has “game-changing potential” to cut collisions, deaths and injuries, federal transportation officials said at a news conference on Monday.

    The Elgin Young Professionals Network will expand its offerings this year, as it wraps up its first mentor program. Among the participants are Elissa Kojzarek, right, of the United Way of Elgin, who is being mentored by Denise Raleigh of the Gail Borden Public Library.

    Elgin young professionals have a group of their own

    If you’re a young professional, have you ever felt uncomfortable at joining a networking group where everyone else is older and more experienced?That’s a familiar feeling for many, which is why the Elgin Young Professionals Network is a great place for young adults to reap the benefits of networking — minus the pressure, said board member Elissa Kojzarek.

    Lenovo Group Ltd. has turned to national security insiders to win U.S. approval to buy Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility phone unit, which is based in Libertyville, and International Business Machines Corp.’s low-end server business, people familiar with the two deals said.

    Lenovo said to turn to security insiders for deal approval

    Lenovo Group Ltd. has turned to national security insiders to win U.S. approval to buy Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility phone unit, which is based in Libertyville, and International Business Machines Corp.’s low-end server business, people familiar with the two deals said.

    Janet Yellen, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, takes the oath of office as chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington on Monday.

    Yellen sworn in as Fed chair, succeeding Bernanke

    Janet Yellen officially took over the leadership of the Federal Reserve on Monday — and along with it a delicate task: Unwinding the Fed’s extraordinary economic stimulus without spooking investors or slowing a still-subpar economy.

    U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month as factories cut back sharply on production, and new orders plunged.

    U.S. factories expanded at much slower pace in Jan.

    U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month as cold weather delayed shipments of raw materials and caused some factories to shut down.


    Europe on the hunt for ‘zombie banks’

    In Europe, the zombie hunt is on. Not for undead humans, that is, but zombie banks — the walking dead among lenders, too financially troubled to loan money to an economy that desperately needs investment, growth and jobs.

    Carol Buckantz

    Oak Brook chef aims to bring the farm to your table

    Kukec's People features Carol Buckantz, who turned an interest in her grandfather's restaurant and some cooking classes into a lifetime career as a chef. The Schaumburg resident recently became the executive chef at Oak Brook Hills Resort and aims to create new farm-to-table events.

    A pedestrian passes a pile of garbage strewed around trash cans outside a store in Naples, Italy, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. In Naples, the local youth unemployment rate in 2012 was 53.6 percent compared to a national average of 35.3 percent. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/BloombergBloomberg News

    $5M bond for Ohio suspect in 2 firefighter deaths

    An apartment building owner accused of setting a blaze that killed two Ohio firefighters has been ordered held on $5 million bond. Ray Abou-Arab appeared Monday in Toledo Municipal Court, where a judge set bond on aggravated murder and arson charges.

    Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, listens to testimony during a Senate Finance Committee hearing last fall. Congress suspended the debt limit in October as part of a deal to reopen the government after a partial shutdown. But the suspension ends on Friday.

    Lew urges quick action to raise debt ceiling

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says he will start using emergency measures after Feb. 7 to avoid a first-ever default on the national debt. He says he expects to exhaust those measures quickly. Lew said in a speech Monday that he expected to run out of maneuvering room by the end of this month.

    U.S. construction spending rose modestly in December, slowing from healthy gains a month earlier.

    December U.S. construction spending up 0.1 percent

    U.S. construction spending rose modestly in December, slowing from healthy gains a month earlier. The Commerce Department said Monday that construction spending increased a scant 0.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $930.5 billion, down from a revised 0.8 percent increase in November.

    Frigid temperatures and snowy weather generally kept buyers away from auto showrooms last month, with Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen all reporting declines from a year ago. But Chrysler, Nissan and Subaru dealers were smiling because sales ran counter to the thermometer and were up for all three brands.

    Ford, GM, Toyota fall with January temperatures

    Frigid temperatures and snowy weather generally kept buyers away from auto showrooms last month, with Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen all reporting declines from a year ago. But Chrysler, Nissan and Subaru dealers were smiling because sales ran counter to the thermometer and were up for all three brands.

    This year’s Super Bowl ads seemed to be upstaged by Joe Namath, at least on social media. When the football hero appeared on the field for the coin toss wearing a massive fur coat, Twitter and other sites buzzed with jokes. The reaction to most ads was much more muted.

    Sedate Super Bowl ads upstaged by a coat

    The Seattle Seahawks had a blowout victory Sunday night, but there was no big winner in the Super Bowl ad contest. The ads seemed to be upstaged by Joe Namath, at least on social media. When the football hero appeared on the field for the coin toss wearing a massive fur coat, Twitter and other sites buzzed with jokes. The reaction to most ads was much more muted.

    Hank Ebeling is the owner of H4 Training in Wheaton.

    Wheaton’s H4 Training aims to help others get in shape

    An interview with Hank Ebeling, owner of H4 Training in Wheaton. Q: Describe your business. What do you do? A: H4 Training is a personal training studio that focuses on individualized personal training programs done in a small group setting of two to four people. We don’t have endless cardio and weight machines like most gyms but instead focus on using dumbbells, kettlebells, TRX, and other functional training equipment with an open gym layout.Q: What made you start your business? A: H4 Training was started with the goal of opening a quality, high-end personal training studio that cares about its clients and their results, which I found to be lacking in the suburbs. Just like our tagline, the goal is to let people “experience fitness done right.” Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business? A: The most difficult part of opening a business is wearing all the hats at the beginning. As a new owner you are the head salesman, lead trainer, marketer and maintenance staff. As business grows, it becomes harder to balance all of these jobs as well as building the business. Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business? A: The thing I enjoy most is building something from the ground up and watching it grow and expand. The whole process of starting from scratch and putting my own stamp on the business and in the industry.Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? A: I have wanted to open my own training gym since I was in high school when I was an athlete and started getting into weight lifting and learning how it could make me better and improve my performance and physique. Q: What keeps you up at night? A: What keeps me up at night? The fear of failure is what drives me and my business. So not getting enough clients into the door is always on the back of my mind. Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be? A: Make goals for yourself and business. Putting goals on paper will help you reach them faster and keep you focused and on track.Ÿ Every Monday we feature a small suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact Kim Mikus at kmikus@dailyherald.com.


    Expert sees ‘lots of opportunities’ for indie retailers

    “Independent retailers bring a heartbeat to our communities,” one Geneva expert tells Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall in his weekly column.

Life & Entertainment

    For the first time, Army Ranger protagonist William “B.J.” Blazkowitz is illustrated as a real person and not another action hero in “Wolfenstein: The New Order.”

    'Wolfenstein': 5 ways it's being reinvented

    In the upcoming video game “Wolfenstein: The New Order,” players will be doing only one thing — killing Nazis — but the creators at MachineGames, who have never before taken on a “Wolfenstein” game, have added several updates to make the 32-year-old first-person shooter franchise feel modern. “New Order” is celebrating the kamikaze style of the “Wolfenstein” series, which essentially launched the first-person shoot-'em-up genre, while reinventing it with a story line reminiscent of “Inglourious Basterds” and “Captain America.”

    The "Grave Digger" is featured again in The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam coming to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Monster Jam crushes the Allstate

    Monster Jam roars into the Allstate Arena this weekend, leaving crushed cars and mayhem in its wake. If you prefer vehicles that are more ... er, put together, check out the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Rosemont. Indie rockers The Damn Choir play Chicago's Hideout Friday night. And comedian David Alan Grier headlines Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase this weekend.

    A makeshift memorial sits outside the home of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday in his apartment of a suspected drug overdose.

    Philip Seymour Hoffman fans mourn, tout his talent

    He was only 46, busy as ever and secure in his standing as one of the world's greatest actors. There were no dissenters about the gifts and achievements of Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose death Sunday in New York brought a stunning halt to his extraordinary and unpredictable career.

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti announced he has signed another five-year contract, to extend his contract with the symphony through 2020.

    Muti to lead Chicago Symphony through 2020

    Maestro Riccardo Muti has extended his contract with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through 2020. Muti has been the symphony’s music director since 2010. On Monday, the orchestra and Muti announced he has signed another five-year contract. His first contract started in 2010 and runs until 2015. His new contract runs from 2015 to 2020.

    Syrniki, a sort-of cross between cheesecake and pancakes, can be served for breakfast, tea, a light meal or a snack.

    Winter Olympics are a fine excuse to explore Russian food

    Borscht, blini and vodka admittedly, those play a role in traditional Russian cuisine, but it's really so much broader than that, encompassing a variety of dumplings, pungent preserved vegetables, smoked and salted fish, and meats like wild game and crawfish. Not your traditional American fare to nosh while watching sports, but certainly fitting choices if you’re planning to watch the Winter Olympics, which are being held in Russia this year.

    Kelly Singer was unsuccessful in her online dating attempts until meeting her boyfriend Dean Tarkowski of Palatine.

    Love train travels along the Internet track

    Kelly Singer went to have a drink and first date with a man she met online, only to find him already hammered at 6 p.m. celebrating his divorce, which was finalized just that morning. Horror stories aside, thousands of genuine love connections have been made online in the last decade.


    Should she set record straight about leaked pregnancy news?

    Many years ago this woman had a good friend who shared the news of her pregnancy with her and one other girl, with instructions not to tell anyone else until after the first trimester. The news got out early and she was blamed and heavily criticized for it. They do not live in the same area anymore, so she does not want to be friends again, but she would like to finally set the record straight. Is that a good idea?

    Denise Vasi is one of the stars of VH1’s “Single Ladies,” which airs at 8 p.m. Mondays. The hourlong series focuses on three very fashionable women who are best friends dealing with the trials of dating and relationships.

    Despite critics, ‘Single Ladies’ gains viewers

    Actress LisaRaye McCoy has heard of some of the harsh reviews of her VH1 romantic comedy series, “Single Ladies,” that call the show’s script and acting subpar. But McCoy says numbers speak louder than words. “We proved them wrong and it has lasted,” said McCoy, who stars as Kiesha Green on the show, which airs Monday nights on VH1. The hourlong series is about three very fashionable women who are best friends dealing with the trials of dating and relationships. It also stars Denise Vasi (Raquel Lancaster) and Charity Shea (April Goldberg).

    “Ren and Stimpy” creator John Kricfalusi and contemporary artist Ben Jones have crafted videos to play during the 38 shows as Miley Cyrus prioritizes singing over dance routines in her new tour.

    Cyrus wants voice, not twerking, to be spotlighted

    Miley Cyrus wants you to concentrate on her voice — not her twerking — when she launches her tour next month. “Ren and Stimpy” creator John Kricfalusi and contemporary artist Ben Jones have crafted videos to play during the 38 shows as Cyrus prioritizes singing over dance routines. “When it’s such a visual show, I’m not going to get up there and dance because I’ve got to sing live,” Cyrus said.

    Director Woody Allen arrives at State Supreme Court in Manhattan, N.Y., in 1993 for a hearing in which he requested more liberal visitation rights with his children during his ongoing dispute with ex-lover Mia Farrow. Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Allen, Saturday, Feb. 1, claiming the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her.

    Woody Allen’s allies cast doubt on abuse claims

    Some of Woody Allen’s allies have come to his defense, casting doubt on renewed accusations by Dylan Farrow that she was sexually assaulted by her then-adoptive father when she was 7.Allen’s lawyer, studio and publicist weighed in on Farrow’s open letter, published online Saturday by The New York Times, in which she claimed that in 1992 at the family’s Connecticut home, Allen sexually assaulted her. Farrow didn’t specify Allen’s actions but described other abusive behavior. The movie director’s publicist, Leslee Dart, said in an email Sunday that Allen has read Farrow’s letter. Sunday, Sony Pictures Classics, which regularly distributes Allen’s films, urged caution in any rush to judgment.

    Philip Seymour Hoffman portrayed Truman Capote, a one-of-a-kind author sent to Kansas to pen an article about the brutal murder of a family in a small Kansas town that sent shock waves through the nation in “Capote.”

    5 great Philip Seymour Hoffman performances

    Philip Seymour Hoffman never met a loser he didn't have sympathy for. In a medium (movies) that prizes glamor and flash, he offered the opposite: untidy, imperfect, shy, awkward and eminently real people. Despite his outsized talent, he was relentlessly humble. Choosing five great performances from Hoffman's prolific but too-brief lifespan — ranging from his passionate rock critic Lester Bangs in “Almost Famous” to his nasty rich kid in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” — is an impossibility. He was good in everything.

    Beef a là bourguignon is a wonderful way to use up leftover red wine. Try the dish at Eddie Merlot’s in Lincolnshire or Warrenville or make their version at home; the recipe is at dailyherald.com/lifestyle/food.

    Good Wine: Don’t pour leftover wine down the drain, pour it into the pot

    There’s no need to unpack your crystal decanters to put leftover holiday wine to good use. Wine has been cooked into, spooned over and blended with other food items for millennia and will morph the simplest recipe into a satisfying mealtime treat.

    Beef Bourgeignon is a wonderful way to use up leftover red wine.

    Eddie Merlot’s Beef Bourguignon
    2 pounds beef short ribs1 tablespoon salt and pepper1 ounce canola oil1 ounce olive oil½ pound carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped¼ pound celery, coarsely chopped¾ pound white onions, peeled and coarsely chopped¾ tablespoon minced garlic¼ cup tomato paste2 bay leaves3 sprigs fresh thyme2½ sprigs fresh parsley1½ sprigs fresh rosemary½ quart beef stockBeef Bourguignon Base1½ teaspoons olive oil1/8 pound bacon, large diced6 ounces carrots, peeled and ½-inch dice1 cups diced yellow onion¾ teaspoons minced garlic1 ounce brandy1 cups red Burgundy wine½ cup beef stock½ pound veal demi-glace1½ teaspoons tomato paste¼ teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped½ bay leaf½ ounce clarified butter½ ounce all-purpose flour4 ounces roasted mushrooms¾ teaspoons salt and pepper mixFor servingGarlic mashing potatoesFresh snipped chivesFor the beef: Heat oven to 300 degrees.Trim short ribs of and excess fat and silver skin. Season the short ribs on all sides with the salt and pepper. In a large sauté pan, heat the canola oil over high heat. Working in batches, sear the short ribs in the oil until golden brown on all sides. Remove the short ribs from the pan and place on a sheet tray.In a large roasting pan, gently heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots and celery and sauté for 2 minutes or until just cooked. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Place the short ribs in the pan on top of the vegetables. Cover the pan with parchment paper first and then wrap tightly with foil. Place pan in oven and cook 5 hours or until short ribs are tender. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the ribs to cool in the liquid completely. Carefully remove the ribs from the braising liquid and place in a separate pan. Strain the braising liquid into a saucepan and reduce by 50 percent. Remove the liquid from heat and cool completely. Store the short ribs in the strained braising liquid. Once cooled, cut into 1-ounce portions.For the base: In a large sauce pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook for 5 minutes or until crispy. Remove the cooked bacon pieces from the pot and keep the drippings in the pot.Add the carrots and onions. Cook the carrots and onions for 10-15 minutes or until caramelized. Add the garlic and the brandy and continue to cook for 1 minute. Add the wine, beef stock, demi-glace, tomato paste, thyme, and bay leaves to the pot. Decrease the heat to medium/low and simmer the stew for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking and burning.In a small sauté pan, combine the butter and flour over medium heat. Using a whisk, combine the 2 ingredients together to make a roux. Whisk the roux into the simmering stew and stir all ingredients to combine. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and transfer the stew to a large container and place in an ice bath to cool. Store in refrigerator.To assemble: In a sauté pan, place braised short rib pieces and 1 cup prepared Bordelaise sauce (red wine sauce) and turn to medium high heat and bring sauce to a simmer then place in preheated 350 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes. Once short rib meat is hot, add Bourguignon base to saute pan with short rib meat. Place back on burner on low heat, if needed and spoon base over short ribs until completely hot coating short ribs. Do not reduce at all, only get hot. Pour the hot beef bourguignon mixture evenly into six to eight large shallow bowls. Make a crown with the short ribs leaving the center room for the mashed potatoes. Spoon garlic mashed potatoes in the center of the bourguignon base and short ribs in a nice mound. Sprinkle the chives over the mashed potatoes. Serves six to eight.

    Disney’s “Frozen,” with Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff, and Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, won the top animation honors at the 41st Annie Awards.

    ‘Frozen’ ices out competition at Annie Awards

    Disney’s “Frozen” topped the animation honors at the 41st Annie Awards, taking home five trophies, including best animated feature. The 3-D film, about a magically icy princess and her sister, won best directing for Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee at Saturday night’s Annies, which are presented by the International Animated Film Society.


    Boost your energy with good diet and exercise

    Q: Do energy-boosting foods and beverages work? Are they safe?

    Danai Gurira hunts down invaders to their camp as Michonne in a scene from “The Walking Dead,” which resumes episodes from its fourth season on Feb. 9.

    Growing up in Africa impacts ‘Walking Dead’ actor

    Growing up in Zimbabwe and visiting South Africa as a young woman helped forge Danai Gurira’s passion for producing theater in Africa. As a young girl, she saw how females could be placed at the margins of society. As a college student, she saw the power of artistic expression in South Africa, where creative people had been using theater and other art forms to fight Apartheid. “These sorts of experiences seeped into my soul,” said Gurira, a 35-year-old playwright and Michonne on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

    Peter Scolari, left, and his wife, actress Tracy Shayne, portray baseball legend Yogi Berra and his wife, Carmen, in “Bronx Bombers,” which examines the rich history of the New York Yankees.

    Newlyweds tackle playing Yankee icons on Broadway

    After marrying this summer, Peter Scolari and Tracy Shayne skipped the honeymoon to somewhere exotic like Fiji or the Seychelles. They’ve gone nowhere. The two veteran actors chose Broadway stage work over sandy beaches and these days find themselves backstage in the Circle in the Square Theatre. They are sharing a stage for the first time — in the role of husband and wife — in “Bronx Bombers,” which examines the rich history of the New York Yankees.

    Pink bougainvillea flowers decorate the narrow alleys of Frigiliana. One of Spain’s “pueblos blancos,” or white villages, the ancient town sits high above the Mediterranean coast.

    Discovering the splendor of Spain’s pueblos blancos

    A driving tour to Andalusia’s pueblos blancos, or white villages, is a highlight of any trip to Spain — as long as you don’t try to drive through them. (Note to self: Learn to drive a stick shift so you are not saddled with giant vehicles with automatic transmission.) During two trips in late January and early June, I took a few days off from the big stars of the region — the stunning cities of Seville, Cordoba, and Granada — to roam the countryside. I explored seven pueblos blancos: Some are hidden in fog-shrouded mountain valleys, others look out to the Mediterranean, others still rule the farmland from atop rocky hilltops.


    Joint inflammation can cause chest wall pain

    Able to get up on the exam table, but obviously not feeling her best, the high school student tried to be helpful when explaining her symptoms. She was somewhat congested, but her main complaint was chest pain. It was diagnosed as costochondritis, a common condition accounting for about 14 percent of adolescent chest pain.

    Warring parents who fail to resolve their disagreements are putting their children’s mental and physical health at risk, according to new research

    Your health: Parents who fight risk harming kids
    Warring parents who fail to resolve their disagreements are putting their children’s mental and physical health at risk, according to new research, Sky News reports. Experts claim exposure to family feuds can cause physical problems in youngsters such as headaches, stomach pains and reduced growth.

    “The Wife, The Maid, and the Mistress” by Ariel Lawhon revisits the disappearance of New York State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater in 1930, which led to tabloid headlines and much gossip.

    Novel revives famed case of missing judge

    The disappearance of New York State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater in 1930 led to tabloid headlines and gossip about underworld ties that made his vanishing act the most compelling mystery of the era. Ariel Lawhon, a Nashville, Tenn., writer, is the latest to bring Crater and his lively cast of cohorts back to life for another shot at solving this epic whodunit. Her telling of the Crater story is a gripping, fast-paced noir novel, “The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress.”

    1957 Ford Thunderbird

    Thunderbird owner bucks family tradition

    By all accounts, Dan Renda of Bartlett shouldn’t be driving his 1957 Ford Thunderbird — let alone loving it as much as he does. His family has always been a died-in-the-wool, GM-only clan.

    “Mood Wings,” a butterfly-shaped set of wires attached to a sensor and worn on a wristband, beat at different rates depending on the wearer’s stress level.

    Feeling mad? New devices can sense your mood and tell — or even text — others

    Researchers are developing tech devices that can detect and help us cope with our sometimes hidden emotions. While these gadgets are prototypes that probably won’t go beyond the novelty stage, they represent the kind of machines that, by helping people become more tuned in to their emotions, could allow them to be more self-aware and develop strategies to improve their lives.



    All those concealed guns may change things
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: Not if but when carrying concealed weapons becomes an everyday occurrence, has anyone given a thought to its effect on the human condition, concerning the social ability of the people of Illinois, or the lack, thereof?


    Responsible gun owners can carry
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: If you read or listen to the news, I don’t know how you can be opposed to concealed carry. Don’t good people who have orders of protection or work and live in dangerous neighborhoods have the right to protect themselves?


    Time for thoughtful, responsible voting
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury.


    Not looking forward to Weiland speedway
    Letter to the editor: Joseph Json of Buffalo Grove is not happy about the decision to expand the Weiland Road intersection. "Thank you Buffalo Grove village trustees (except for Mr. Stein) for selling the community down the river," he writes.


    Support Lietzow for GOP committeeman
    Letter to the editor: Beth Dill says Scott Lietzow is the kind of young, dynamic leader Elk Grove Township needs, and if he is elected the township GOP committeeman he will energize the local Republican party.


    ‘The children need to be heard’ in D57
    Letter to the editor: Denise Mortellaro complains that the Mount Prospect District 57 school board did not allow her to finish her tribute to the teaching staff at a recent board meeting, and cut off her daughter, too.


    Bad publicity could kill veteran museum
    Letter to the editor: Fred Hossfeld, a Korean conflict veteran from Streamwood says all Joe Cantafio has been trying to do is get the Veterans Museum up and running in Hoffman Estates, but that recent bad publicity could destroy a very worthwhile project.


    Support lawmakers who fought pension bill
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I hope retirees and members of all the educational and state labor professional organizations convince their leadership to withhold all endorsements and financial contributions for any candidate for the office of governor in Illinois. Presently there are no worthwhile or deserving candidates for this office.


    Why don’t we just make Obama king?
    A Naperville letter to the editor: After listening to President Obama’s State of the Union address, I was convinced that he is being impeded by Congress from instituting the changes he wants to make for our country. To facilitate his ability to make these changes it has become evident that we need to eliminate both houses of Congress and the Supreme Court. President Obama can then unilaterally institute anything he deems is good for the country without interference or opposition.


    Show other side in same-sex union issue
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: In the article “Married with the eyes of God,” the assumption is that the reader already knows why a church or denomination would not perform a same-sex wedding. I’m not sure that’s always obvious, especially in our pluralistic culture.


    Don’t ask God to legitimize demands
    An Elgin letter to the editor: There’s always a little statement in the upper left-hand corner of the Herald’s opinion page that reads, “Our aim: To fear God, tell the truth and make money.” After seeing your front page for Sunday, Jan. 19, I’m wondering which God you’re talking about.


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