Daily Archive : Tuesday February 4, 2014



    District 220 approves technology fee increase

    The Barrington 220 board of education voted Tuesday to increase next year's technology fee by $50 to pay for the insurance costs of the new computer technology they will purchase as part of their digital age learning initiative.

    The Walgreens store in the Batavia Plaza on Wilson Street in downtown Batavia is looking to relocate next door to 122 W. Wilson.

    Batavia Walgreens vote planned for Feb. 17

    The four-year wait for a vote on a new Walgreens in downtown Batavia, including $1.143 million in financial incentives, may come as soon as Feb. 17.

    A snow plow clears the street in Hanover Park Saturday morning. State police are warning of slippery roads tonight and overnight.

    Winter storm advisory warns of blowing snow tonight

    A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon Wednesday for the suburban area and city of Chicago. Blowing snow is predicted with wind gusts of 20-25 mph. Snow may be heavy at times.

    David Koschman

    Vanecko report: No influence from former mayor, family, staff

    The long-awaited report from the special prosecutor appointed to look into the 2004 death of Mount Prospect resident David Koschman says that neither former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley nor his family, staff or security detail influenced or tried to influence the investigation. But the report points to “slight circumstantial evidence of wrongdoing.”


    No injuries reported in Batavia Panera electrical fire

    An electrical fire in the back of a restaurant near the kitchen evacuated a Panera restaurant in Batavia Tuesday evening. No injuries were reported.


    Rare disease traced to buffalo fish sold at Niles supermarket

    Shoppers who purchased a specific type of fish from a northwest suburban Niles supermarket are being warned by the Illinois Department of Public Health not to eat it, or risk getting a rare disease.Buffalo fish sold after Jan. 30 at Fresh Farms International Market, 5740 W. Touhy Avenue, have been linked to Haff disease, according to a health warning issued by the department on Tuesday.

    Jose Ricardo Orellana shows a photo of his son, Jose Salvador Alvarenga, when he was in his late twenties during an interview at his home in the village of Garita Palmera, El Salvador, Tuesday. The account of Alvarenga’s survival after more than 13 months in an open boat has proven a double miracle for his family, who lost touch with him years ago and thought he was dead. Alvarenga says he left Mexico in December 2012 for a day of shark fishing and ended up on the remote Marshall Islands.

    Sea survivor’s Salvadoran family thought he died

    A Salvadoran fisherman’s account of his survival after more than 13 months and about 6,500 miles in an open boat has proved a double miracle for his mother and father, who lost touch with him eight years ago and thought he was dead.

    Several million people will reduce their hours on the job or leave the workforce entirely because of incentives built into President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, is seen here, accompanied by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.

    Analysts say health care law means fewer on job

    Several million American workers will cut back their hours on the job or leave the nation’s workforce entirely because of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, congressional analysts said Tuesday, adding fresh fuel to the political fight over “Obamacare.”

    Nadezhda ìNadyaî Tolokonnikova and Maria ìMashaî Alyokhina, of the punk band Pussy Riot, hold a news conference Tuesday at Amnesty International’s New York headquarters.

    Pussy Riot members blast winter games in U.S. press conference

    Americans who will be at the Winter Olympics should look beyond the facilities created for the games and take a hard look at the host country itself, two members of the Russian protest punk band Pussy Riot said Tuesday.

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform Sunday during the halftime show of the Super Bowl in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Peppers mimed Super Bowl song

    Flea wrote on the band’s website that the opportunity was too big for the lifelong football fans to turn down. After internal debate, dubiously checking with fellow musicians and consulting with headliner Bruno Mars, they decided it was “a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it.”


    Police investigating armed robbery at Glen Ellyn Pharmacy

    An undetermined amount of money and pills were taken in an armed robbery on Tuesday at the Glen Ellyn Pharmacy, police said in a statement. No injuries were reported. Glen Ellyn police responded at about 5:30 p.m. to a report of an armed robberty at the pharmacy at 486 Roosevelt Road.


    County committee meets Wednesday:

    The Lake County Board’s public works and transportation committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the county government center in Waukegan to discuss sidewalk improvements in Lake Barrington, engineering work for upcoming road projects and other issues.


    Wine tasting fundraiser for Palatine Legion Auxiliary Feb. 9

    The Palatine American Legion Auxiliary Post 690 is holding a Wine is D’Vine Tasting fundraiser at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 at D’Vine Wine and Gifts, 724 East Dundee Road in Palatine. The event, which is open to the public, will raise funds for Legion Family Charities.

    Richard Bull, left, and the actress Alison Arngrim at a restaurant in Chicago. Bull played Nels Oleson and Arngrim played his daughter, Nellie Oleson, on the TV show, “Little House on the Prairie.”

    ‘Little House’ star Richard Bull dies
    A Motion Picture & Television Fund spokeswoman says actor Richard Bull of TV’s “Little House on the Prairie” has died.


    District 95 cuts registration fees:

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 has reduced the annual registration fees for all students for the 2014-15 academic season. The reductions vary according to grade level, but fees were cut an average $40 to $50 per student.


    Jason Brown watch party:

    Join the Highland Park Park District at Centennial Ice Arena on Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the official viewing party to watch Highland Park’s Jason Brown represent the U.S. in men’s figure skating in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.


    Voting by mail begins Feb. 6:

    Friday, Feb. 6, is the first day to submit a request for a ballot by mail. While Illinois law requires a separate request for ballot at each election prior to mailing a voter a ballot, voters may now complete an electronic request without signing a form.

    Darryel J. Garner

    Waukegan man pleads guilty to killing Park City cab driver

    A Waukegan man accused of killing a Park City cab driver in 2010 pleaded guilty to a single count of murder in Lake County court Tuesday. Darryel Garner, 42, will be sentenced on March 25. He faces a mandatory minimum of 45 years in prison.


    Federal trial against Lake sheriff's office starts

    A federal trial is under way involving a female Lake County sheriff's deputy who claims she has been subjected to sexual discrimination by her superiors.

    Creation Museum head Ken Ham, right, speaks Tuesday during a debate on evolution with TV’s “Science Guy” Bill Nye, at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky.

    Bill Nye defends evolution in debate

    PETERSBURG, Ky. — TV’s “Science Guy” Bill Nye and the leader of a Kentucky museum who believes in creationism debated a question Tuesday that has nagged humankind: “How did we get here?”

    Jim Durkin

    Illinois Republicans push to end lame-duck votes

    House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs Tuesday started pushing a proposal to end the lame-duck sessions of state lawmakers that sometime provide the setting for the approval of controversial legislation.


    Des Plaines council narrowly approves city attorney’s raise

    Des Plaines’ city attorney is getting a pay raise, though aldermen were split on how much it should be. Retroactive to Jan. 1, the law firm Holland & Knight will receive payment of $18,500 per month for retainer services, an increase from the old $14,000 rate. Three aldermen said at Monday’s city council meeting that the proposed $4,500 monthly increase was too costly.

    Adm. John M. Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, said Tuesday the Navy is investigating alleged cheating on tests by senior enlisted sailors training on naval nuclear reactors at Charleston, S.C.

    Navy probing alleged cheating on nuke reactor work

    The Navy said Tuesday it is investigating about 30 senior sailors linked to alleged cheating on tests meant to qualify them to train others to operate naval nuclear power reactors. Representing roughly one-fifth of the reactor training contingent, sidelining 30 may put a pinch on the Navy’s training program, senior officials said.

    Steve Kim

    Rutherford running mate says he doesn’t know details of allegations

    As unnamed allegations from one of his unnamed employees continues to dog Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s campaign for governor, his running mate says he’s been kept away from the details of the ongoing drama because he’s not part of the Republican’s government office.

    Quintin Mullen

    Aurora man, accomplice robbed two people, killed dog

    A 23-year-old man was convicted of breaking into a North Aurora residence in March 2013 and robbing two people. Quintin D. Mullen, of Aurora, faces a minimum 21-year prison term when sentenced in April by Judge Karen Simpson, who found him guilty in a bench trial Tuesday.


    Naperville sues smart grid online portal developer

    The city of Naperville is suing the company it hired to create the online energy management system for its $22 million smart grid initiative, seeking the return of nearly $800,000 in payments made to the company since late 2010. Calico Energy Inc. of Bellevue, Wash., failed to deliver a functional electronic "ePortal" system, the lawsuit alleges. “Calico was not performing as provided for in the...

    A drug addict prepares a needle to inject himself with heroin in front of a church in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles.

    New wave of heroin claims Hoffman and others

    News of the death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent heroin overdose seemed like an echo from the past, a blurry memory of a dangerous drug that dwelled in some dark recess of American culture. But heroin never really disappeared.

    New Lombard Village Manager Scott Niehaus took the reins on Jan. 21 after 10 years as village manager in Tinley Park.

    New village manager looking forward to keeping Lombard on ‘positive path’

    Scott Niehaus has ideas for how to move Lombard forward, but he compares his new role as village manager to that of a CEO working for a board of directors. “The village board sets the priorities. I don’t,” he said. In his first two weeks on the job, Niehaus has been busy familiarizing himself with the village and reviewing priorities the board during his job interview.


    Northbrook man sentenced 5 years for child porn

    A North suburban man who formerly worked as a police dispatcher and paramedic in Northbrook, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison for amassing a massive collection of child pornography. Daniel Berman, 49, of Northbrook and formerly of Buffalo Grove, pleaded guilty in July to receiving child pornography. Authorities said he admitted to collecting more than 100,000 illicit images...

    Harper College is remembering Donn Stansbury, one of the first employees ever hired by the school. The longtime Arlington Heights resident served as the first admissions director, and later, as vice president of student affairs.

    Harper College remembers administrator

    Harper College is mourning a longtime administrator who steered the Palatine campus through rapid growth. Donn Stansbury served as the first admissions director, and later, the vice president of student affairs. "He wasn't afraid to try new things," said Bonnie Henry, a former co-worker.

    Former Elgin Police Chief Lisa Womack has been placed on leave from the police department in Lakeland, Fla., where she is schedule to resign as chief on May 1.

    Ex-Elgin police chief put on leave in Florida

    Former Elgin Police Chief Lisa Womack, already scheduled to leave her chief’s job in Lakeland, Fla., now has been placed on administrative leave over a hiring matter involving a family member, a report states. Womack is scheduled to resign May 1. A report from a Florida state's attorney says Womack acted “beyond the scope of her authority” in allowing job applicants, including her nephew, to...


    Dist. 300 wants your opinion on future leader

    Community Unit District 300 leaders seek a superintendent whose main priorities are education and technology in the classroom — qualities they already have in outgoing Superintendent Michael Bregy. But the public might have a different vision for the next superintendent and both sides need to get on the same page. That's why district officials want the public to share their ideas at a focus group...


    St. Charles garage fire causes $30,000 in damage

    A garage fire caused an estimated $30,000 in damage Tuesday afternoon in St. Charles, officials said. No injuries were reported. Firefighters arrived at 4:12 p.m. and found heavy fire on the exterior of a garage on the 900 block of Jackson Avenue; the garage had been converted into a single-unit apartment building. The fire was out in about 15 minutes, authorities said.

    Jeffrey Craig

    West Aurora district names ex-Oswego principal superintendent

    The West Aurora school board chose a replacement Monday for Superintendent Jim Rydland, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Jeffrey Craig, who used to be the principal at Oswego East High School, will start a transition to the district this week.

    Dan Bridges

    West Aurora Dist. 129 settles sex abuse lawsuit

    A confidential settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a former West Aurora High School student who was sexually abused by a former band director. The girl, identified only as Jane Doe, sued District 129, Superintendent Jim Rydland and former principal Dan Bridges for failing to protect her and report suspected abuse to DCFS. The matter prompted the Kane County state's attorney's office...


    Mount Prospect man struck by car, hospitalized Monday

    Mount Prospect police are investigating a Monday crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian that sent a 71-year-old man to a hospital. Police responded at 4:27 p.m. Monday to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Algonquin Road west of the intersection with Route 83. Officers found the Mount Prospect man in the left turn lane of eastbound Algonquin Road, west of the intersection with...


    As other towns worry, Lombard reports abundant salt reserves

    While many other communities are facing a road salt dilemma this winter, the village of Lombard is reporting it still has 1,800 tons of salt in reserves.“We have enacted policies and procedures that have allowed the Village to maintain a healthy supply of salt and not be in a position to enter the seller’s market for salt all the while continuing to provide safe roadways,” Public Works Director...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars pried an entry door Jan. 22 at an apartment building clubhouse and leasing office, 500 E. Constitution, Palatine, and stole five flat-screen TVs, two computer monitors, two laptops, approximately $300 in petty cash, video games and controllers, a Blu-ray player, two netbook computers, and two video-game systems.


    Care workers seek higher wages in Springfield

    A group of workers who care for the mentally disabled converged on Springfield Tuesday to push for higher wages, dropping off 15,000 signed postcards in support of a pay raise at Gov. Pat Quinn’s office at the Capitol. Kim Zoeller, president of the DuPage County-based Ray Graham Association, said the state doesn’t provide enough money to pay the workers, leading to staff turnover as high as 50...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Brian S. Rafael, 31, of Elgin, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a blood alcohol concentration greater than .08, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis and driving too fast for conditions after authorities were called to Rafael’s vehicle in a ditch at 9:21 p.m. Jan. 24 near Fairway Drive and Lookout Lane near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Doris T. Donovan, 54, of Wayne, was charged with DUI and DUI with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 after a traffic stop at 7:29 p.m. Jan. 29 at Route 25 and Courier Road near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Facebook on Tuesday celebrated 10 years since Mark Zuckerberg created a website called Thefacebook.com to let his classmates find their friends online.

    Facebook barrels ahead on 10th anniversary

    It has been 10 years since a Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg created a website called Thefacebook.com to let his classmates find their friends online. Now Facebook has transformed how much of the world communicates.


    Unclaimed winning lottery ticket sold in Des Plaines

    Someone who bought a lottery ticket worth $162,500 in Des Plaines almost a year ago still hasn't claimed the winning prize — and time is running out, Illinois Lottery officials said. The winning ticket in the Feb. 21, 2013 Lucky Day Lotto drawing was purchased at the 7-Eleven store at 586 E. Oakton St. Players have one year from the original drawing date to claim their prize, officials said.


    Mt. Prospect warns of electricity solicitors

    Mount Prospect officials have asked residents to be wary of door-to-door and phone solicitors trying to convince people to switch from the village’s aggregate electricity supplier to an alternative supplier. The police department and village hall staff have received reports that some electricity suppliers are using “suspicious or coercive tactics,” according to a news release sent Tuesday.

    COURTESY COOK COUNTY CLERK Cook County Clerk David Orr congratulates Maine East High School students Andrea Garneata and Veronica Malesinski, the winners of a “Voting at 17” video contest.

    Maine East students win video contest promoting teen voting

    Maine East High School students Andrea Garneata and Veronica Malesinski won a video contest sponsored by the Cook County Clerk to draw attention to the change in the law allowing 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the November 2014 general election to register and vote in the March 18 primary. “Veronica and Andrea produced a wonderful video that conveys the excitement 17-year-olds have about getting...

    Thirteen lesson horses from Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton are expected to be retrained at a facility in Kirkland. Eight of them will get the training before Danada’s horse-riding program resumes in May.

    DuPage forest preserve horses to be retrained

    Horses used to provide riding lessons at Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton will be retrained to address behavioral problems with the animals. DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners on Tuesday agreed to hire On Eagle’s Wings Equine Center in Kirkland to retrain eight of Danada’s 16 lesson horses before the riding program at the district-owned center resumes in May.

    Jose Garcia

    Trial begins in Round Lake Beach shooting of Zion teen

    Prosecutors told a jury that 19-year-old Jose Garcia gunned down Gabriel Gonzalez, 18, outside of a Round Lake Beach minimart because the Zion teen disrespected Garcia's gang. However, defense attorneys claim Garcia is being blamed for the actions of another gang member, and that a co-defendant was actually the trigger man in the killing last March.

    Dave Savini

    Savini pleads guilty to Naperville DUI; other charges dropped

    CBS 2 Chicago investigative reporter Dave Savini pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving under the influence of alcohol in a plea deal that saw prosecutors drop the remaining misdemeanor charges, including battery, endangering the life of a child, and leaving the scene of a minor traffic accident. "There's no doubt about it, I made a mistake and used bad judgement to drive after drinking," Savini said.


    Fire near Algonquin requires morning, afternoon visits

    A faulty fireplace is to blame for a Tuesday morning fire that required two visits from the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, an official said. The chimney fire occurred at a house in the 1300 block of Kendall Avenue in unincorporated McHenry County at 6:32 a.m. Fire personnel returned several hours later to eliminate sparks left over from the first fire. “There was a little...

    A farmer takes advantage of dry weather to till a field in preparation for spring planting near England, Ark., last month. Congress has given its final approval to a sweeping five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for farmers.

    Senate sends farm bill to Obama

    Congress has given its final approval to a sweeping five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for farmers. Ending years of political battles, the Senate vote Tuesday sends the measure to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it.

    Richard Vanecko, right, a nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, arrives at court in Chicago for his arraignment on involuntary manslaughter charges on Dec. 10, 2012.

    Attorney on clout: In Chicago, no call required

    Lawyers for relatives of a man killed in 2004 after being punched by a nephew of then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley says there’s no doubt clout played a role in what they described as a shoddy, half-hearted initial investigation.

    State Sen. Kirk Dillard, state Sen. Bill Brady, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner line up at a debate for the GOP candidates for governor in Naperville.

    Taxes, not misconduct claims, top GOP governor debate in Naperville

    In the first public debate among Republican candidates for governor since allegations of misconduct were made against state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, all four hopefuls let that topic lie. They debated instead about taxes, jobs and business issues to roughly 250 members of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and the Valley Industrial Association gathered in Naperville.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin pets a snow leopard cub at the snow leopard sanctuary in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi Tuesday. Putin checked in Tuesday at a preserve for endangered snow leopards and visited a group of cubs born last summer in the mountains above the growing torrent of activity in Sochi for the Winter Games.

    Putin strokes leopard, wins IOC support

    Stroking a Persian leopard sprawled on his lap, tough-guy President Vladimir Putin showed his softer side Thursday as he prepared to welcome the world to his budget-busting Winter Olympics.


    Schaumburg schools lock down after police send mistaken emergency alert

    Schaumburg schools went on temporary lockdown Tuesday morning after the village’s police department mistakenly issued a message stating an emergency situation was occurring in the community. Police said the message inadvertently went out to school officials while the department was conducting a routine test of its emergency notification system.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a wallet between 4 and 4:27 p.m. Feb. 3 out of a purse under a customer’s chair at Armand’s Pizza, 70 N. Vail, Arlington Heights, and tried but failed to use a credit card in the wallet to make a $3,000 purchase at a Target in Schaumburg.

    Alexander Pera

    Former Lincolnshire restaurant employee pleads guilty to identity theft

    A Chicago man who stole identities from the Lincolnshire restaurant he managed in order to fund more than a dozen trips to Disney World pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft in Lake County court Tuesday. Alexander Pera, 26, was sentenced to 30 months probation and six months in jail as part of the negotiated plea Tuesday.


    Fire damages Aurora apartments

    An Aurora apartment fire Monday night displaced the residents of two units. The Aurora Fire Department responded at 6 p.m. to the blaze in a 20-unit building in the 200 block of North Oakhurst Drive.

    Nine language immersion rooms will feature Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mongolian, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese cultures and languages.

    North Central’s International Festival celebrates diverse cultures

    North Central College’s Office of International Programs will sponsor its 18th annual International Festival, a celebration of Naperville’s cultural diversity, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in Gregory Arena at Merner Field House, 450 S. Brainard St., Naperville.

    Lombard Park District’s Winter Carnival runs 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Knoll Recreation Center, 820 S. Finley Road, Lombard. Activities include carnival games, a balloon artist, snow painting, train rides, s’mores, hot cocoa, popcorn, arts and crafts. New this year, take silly or serious photos in front of the green screen and receive a photo to take home. Info: lombardparks.com or (630) 620-7322.

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    Two Republicans, incumbent Jeanne Ives and challenger Adam Johnson, are seeking their party’s nomination in the March 18 primary for the state’s 42nd District House seat.

    Two seeking GOP nod for 42nd District state House seat
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    An Oregon chub at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis, Ore. The tiny fish found only in Oregon has become the first fish in the country removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it no longer faces extinction. It was put on the endangered species list 21 years ago.

    AP: Changes sought for Endangered Species Act

    Republicans in Congress are calling for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act, but experts say broad changes to one of the nation’s cornerstone environmental laws are unlikely given the pervasive partisan divide in Washington, D.C. A group of 13 GOP lawmakers representing states across the U.S. planned to release a report Tuesday proposing alterations to the 40-year-old law, which protects...

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sits in a studio during his radio program, “Ask the Governor” broadcast on NJ 101.5, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Ewing, N.J. 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 says he sought answers on lane closures

    Gov. Chris Christie said he started asking staff members to get more details about traffic jams in the northern New Jersey town of Fort Lee last year soon after they were over and he heard they were a source of contention.

    Former Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson, front center, speaks in favor of the law banning same-sex marriage. A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Virginia’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

    Case challenging gay-marriage ban heard in Va.

    In a case that could give gay marriage its first foothold in the old Confederacy, a federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Virginia’s ban on gay marriage should be struck down — the position the state’s newly elected Democratic attorney general has endorsed, angering many Republican lawmakers.

    Escaped prisoner Michael David Elliot, a convicted killer who peeled a hole in two fences with his hands to escape from the Ionia Correctional Facility in western Michigan before abducting a woman and fleeing to Indiana, was captured Monday evening after a chase, authorities said.

    Guards, electric fences didn’t stop Mich. prison break

    A convicted killer who authorities say managed to evade guards and peel through two electrically charged fences to escape a Michigan prison was tripped up by transportation issues once on the outside. After losing the woman he abducted and ditching her Jeep, authorities say Michael David Elliot stole another vehicle. But a sheriff’s deputy quickly spotted the car on Monday evening and chased it,...

    Michael Page uses a snowblower to remove several inches of heavy, wet snow from the sidewalk in front of his Winchester, Va., home on Monday, Feb. 3, 2013. Winter storm Maximus swept through the area dumping snow in the area closing schools and government offices.

    Storm heads to Midwest as East Coast digs out

    Just as the East Coast dug out from a canopy of wet, heavy snow that again shut schools and emptied workplaces, another hit was expected to sock the Midwest. The National Weather Service said Monday’s storm, which brought 8 inches of snow to New York City, 3 to 9 inches to the Philadelphia area and up to 9 inches to central New Jersey, will be followed by a new storm in the Midwest on Tuesday.

    Joanne Kehoe, right, watches while her children, from left, Maria, Anthony and Veronica play with shaving cream on the kitchen table while trying to combat cabin fever, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Indianapolis.

    Cabin fever sets in amid relentless cold, snow

    Cabin fever is setting in for countless Americans as bitter cold, heavy snowfall and paralyzing ice storms keep pounding a large swath of the country. School districts across two-thirds of the U.S. are reporting higher than normal numbers of snow days. “A lot of people probably are going a little stir crazy,” said Alex Sosnowski of AccuWeather. “But if you look at the broad picture, this is...


    Dawn Patrol: S. Elgin medical marijuana delay? ‘Capones’ star dies

    S. Elgin considers moratorium on medical marijuana. Bensenville couple featured in Super Bowl ad. ‘The Capones’ star dies at 35. Quinn wants budget extension. Aurora man gets 30-year term for murder. Woman gets probation, monitoring for fourth DUI. Sherman play for the Bears?

    With sweat dripping off his nose, Igor Mikhno, 32, of Wheeling takes in the 210-degree heat of Chicago’s Sweatlodge old-world sauna.

    Sweatlodge’s ethnic melting pot offers escape from winter

    The polar vortex still has its grip on us, but one suburban man really knows how to thaw out by hitting the sweatlodge. “It’s kind of Russian tradition to go to sauna and go to cold water,” Wheeling resident Igor Mikhno, 32, says in his heavy Russian accent befitting the guy who came in from the cold. “I used to do this with my father in Belarus.”

    Republicans Jim Oberweis, left, and Doug Truax face each other in the 2014 primary election for U.S. Senate in Illinois.

    Truax’s suburban support key against Oberweis cash

    Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis’ decision to use at least a half-million dollars of his own money in his race for U.S. Senate means local support from GOP leaders is as important as ever to opponent Doug Truax.



    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Walther Christian 73, St. Edward 70: The Green Wave (16-6, 4-3) dropped their second-straight in a Suburban Christian Blue loss. Danny Favela led all scorers with 20 points while Nick Duffy and Joe French each chipped in 15 points for St. Edward. Gino Domel added 12 as well for the Wave.Hampshire 72, Crystal Lake Central 56: The Whip-Purs (8-11, 4-2) won their first game in 2 weeks due to some cancellations, dominating the Tigers in Fox Valley Conference Fox action. Matt Bridges led all scorers with 18 points while teammates Ryan Cork and Drew Doran scored 12 and 10 respectively.Harvest Christian 84, Westlake Christian 62: John Vislisel led the way with a team-high 21 points to go with 9 rebounds in the Lions’ nonconference win. Harvest (9-10) also received 19 points from Jake Adams while Brett Cramer notched 17 points.University 72, Elgin Academy 21: The Hilltoppers (2-11, 0-6) were unable to get their first conference win despite a team-high 10 points from Elliot Wittmeyer.

    Huntley's Jack Bessey chases the ball he just stole from Barrington's Austin Madrzyk late in the game Tuesday in Huntley.

    Huntley's Bessey just 'Super'

    Huntley freshman Jack Bessey put his obligation to his team ahead of a free ticket to the Super Bowl, which was fortunate for the Red Raiders in Tuesday's 54-52 win over the Barrington Broncos. A 6-foot-1 guard, Bessey was invited two weeks ago to attend Super Bowl XLVIII by his uncle and godfather, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider. Faced with the prospect of missing league-leading Huntley's conference game against Cary-Grove on Saturday night, he opted to stay in the Chicago suburbs and play basketball, only to see his game postponed due to snow.


    Defense keys Glenbard North victory

    Defense became contagious for Glenbard North’s boys basketball team.A blocked shot by a player on one possession led to a tipped pass by a teammate on the next. The Panthers became a machine in terms of creating turnovers Tuesday night.Breaking out to a big early lead, Glenbard North rolled to a 53-40 DuPage Valley Conference victory over rival Lake Park in Roselle.


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


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

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford goes airborne as he and right winger Marian Hossa block the goal against the Kings in the third period of Monday night’s 5-3 Hawks victory.

    Kings deliver Blackhawks loud wake-up call

    The Los Angeles Kings gave the Blackhawks a physical pounding Monday night, but as has been the case the last two seasons, the Hawks were able to overcome. It bodes well for a long playoff run.

    Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice (24) shoots over Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser (21) during Tuesday night’s game in Champaign. The Badgers beat the Illini 75-63.

    Wisconsin ends skid with 75-63 win over Illinois

    Sam Dekker and Ben Brust scored 16 points apiece Tuesday and Wisconsin ended a two-game losing streak with a 75-63 win at Illinois. Traevon Jackson and Nigel Hayes had 14 each for Wisconsin (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten). The loss extended the misery for Illinois (13-10, 2-8). The Illini have lost eight straight. That streak started with a 95-70 blowout by the Badgers in Madison on Jan. 8.


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


    Tuesday’s boys swimming scoreboard
    Here are varsity boys swimming results from Tuesday's meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    It all adds up for East champ Rolling Meadows

    Tuesday’s Mid-Suburban East girls basketball game at Rolling Meadows wasn’t the first time public address announcer Mike Concialdi pronounced the names of Mustangs’ seniors Jackie Kemph, Allie Kemph and Jenny Vliet. He’s also called their names in his advanced placement math class, where they all received As in the first semester. On this snowy night, Concialdi watched the Mustangs earn an A+ on the basketball floor. With a division title hanging in the balance, the Mustangs added a third straight East crown to their resume with a 65-35 clinching victory over visiting Prospect. Rolling Meadows (21-3, 9-0) will play at Fremd (21-3, 9-0), the MSL West winner, a week from today for the league championship.


    Kaneland can’t contain DeKalb duo

    On most nights, Kaneland coach Brian Johnson would expect a victory when his team puts up 70 points. However, the Knights ran into a sharpshooting DeKalb team Tuesday night. The host Barbs hit nearly 60 percent of their shots from the field, including a stellar 8-for-14 effort from 3-point range. Senior John Pruett tried to keep Kaneland in contention by tallying 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, but DeKalb held off a late surge to claim a 76-70 Northern Illinois Big XII East decision.


    Harris, Hersey seniors prevail

    Hersey senior Morgan Harris converted four 3-pointers and all four of her free throws for a game-high 16 points as the Huskies topped visiting Buffalo Grove 48-37 in Mid-Suburban East girls basketball on Tuesday.


    Felicelli, Kloss lead Carmel victory

    Kathleen Felicelli scored 17 points, Cassidy Kloss added 13 and Carmel Catholic’s girls basketball team cruised past host Waukegan 74-32 in nonconference action Tuesday night.Carmel (17-7) also received 8 points from Alexa Svoboda.New Trier 55, Libertyville 31: The visiting Trevians handed the Wildcats their fourth straight loss.Libertyville (8-16) was led in scoring by Rosie Lynch’s 9 points. The Wildcats trailed only 17-14 after one quarter and 27-21 at halftime.“We saw some great effort in the first half that allowed us to stay within striking distance,” Libertyville coach Greg Pedersen said.Grant 60, Wauconda 53: On Monday, Grant celebrated senior night by rallying from a 30-28 halftime deficit to capture the North Suburban Prairie victory.Seniors Kaylie Kanzler (18 points), Julia Sangster (8), Kaitlyn Wold (6) and Michelle Filip (4) combined for 36 points for the winning Bulldogs. Sophomore point guard Jasmine Sangster added 14 points for Grant (10-13, 6-5).Wauconda guard Lauren Nee led all scorers with 20 points, including six 3-pointers. Maddie Gaschler tallied 8 points for Wauconda (10-10, 5-6).

    (23) Bennett Fuzak of Wheaton Academy goes for a shot during the IC Catholic Prep at Wheaton Academy boys basketball game in West Chicago Tuesday.

    Wheaton Academy sizes up ICCP

    There could be only one winner, but Tuesday’s boys basketball crossover between the leaders of the Suburban Christian Conference Blue and Gold divisions made both Wheaton Academy and IC Catholic Prep better.


    Yarbrough’s milestone night helps Z-B to victory

    It was a record-setting night on multiple levels at Mundelein. Needing 30 points to catch former Deerfield star Ryan Hogan and become the all-time leading boys basketball scorer in Lake County history, Zion-Benton senior forward Milik Yarbrough scored 32 points to lead the Zee-Bees to a 70-64 win over the Mustangs in North Suburban Lake Division action Tuesday night.

    Bulls guard D.J. Augustin passes around the Suns’ Markieff Morris during the first half Tuesday night. Augustin finished with 18 points in the Bulls’ victory.

    Bulls focus on winning ways to top Suns

    The Bulls tend to run the opposite of common expectations. So we shouldn't be too surprised that after an awful loss in Sacramento, the Bulls knocked off the Phoenix Suns 101-92 behind big games by Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer.


    Doyle steals the show for Benet

    It may have been Senior Night at Benet on Monday, but the evening belonged to an underclassman.


    Marmion blows out Montini

    Montini coach Brian Opoka knew his Broncos could feel like Daniel in the lions’ den playing a senior-laden Marmion squad on the Cadets’ Senior Night Tuesday in Aurora. Opoka’s worst fears were realized right after the opening tip. After honoring their seven seniors before the game, the fired-up Cadets roared ahead 17-3 thanks to 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.


    Tempo works to Naperville North’s advantage

    Tuesday night’s 42-29 Naperville North win on its home court over Wheaton North was not about quantity.

    Chicago Bulls’ Carlos Boozer (5) shoots over Phoenix Suns’ Channing Frye (8) during Tuesday night’s game in Phoenix. The Bulls beat the Suns 101-92.

    Boozer powers Bulls to 101-92 win over Phoenix

    Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns 101-92 on Tuesday night. The Bulls shot 45 percent from the field and had five players score in double figures, bouncing back from an ugly 99-70 loss at Sacramento on Monday. The Bulls shot 28 percent and were outrebounded 53-30 against the Kings. One night later, it was a completely different story.


    St. Francis’ Ward earns 300th victory

    St. Francis boys basketball coach Bob Ward earned his 300th win with a 54-39 victory over Chicago Christian on Tuesday in Wheaton. “I’m fortunate to get a chance to coach again,” Ward said of his three seasons at St. Francis. “I took 11 years off there and wasn’t sure if I was ever gonna come back as a head coach and I came back to a great school and really good kids. I will tell you this, as an assistant or a head coach, this is my fifth school and I’ve been at five great schools. I mean really, really good schools.”

    Carmel assistant coach Nicole Stroup celebrates with Alyssa Legerreta after a vault during regional action Tuesday at Deerfield.

    Osowski, Carmel in command

    Anna Osowski led the way in the opening event for Carmel Catholic’s girls gymnastic team on Tuesday night. Osowski soared through her bar routine making one of her best moves, a “bail,” look easier than expected. She finished the nearly flawless routine and was awarded top honors with a 9.4. “I had a good performance,” said Oswowski of her move on the bars. “If you really stay tight and control your body, it’s pretty easy to do. You just have to stay with it. I have been doing it all season. The routine itself was probably one of my best routines. It was good that the team helped me at the end by cheering me on.” The rest of the Carmel Catholic competitors followed the lead of Osowski for a season-best score of 142.2 in claiming the Deerfield regional championship. Host Deerfield finished second (131.125), Warren was third (124.025) followed by Highland Park (122.575).

    Huntley's Amanze Egekeze and Barrington's Rapolas Ivanauskas fight for a loose ball.

    Images: Barrington at Huntley boys basketball
    Barrington played Huntley Tuesday, Feb. 4 for boys basketball


    Records fall as Snarski, Libertyville roll

    Alex Snarski was at it again for Libertyville’s swimming team Tuesday night. The Northwestern-bound senior set a third individual pool record this season with a 50.37 clocking in the 100-yard butterfly, easily breaking former Wildcat Stevie Wimmer’s 2010 record of 51.20, as Libertyville defeated Stevenson 102-84.


    Nichols helps another Stevenson win

    Stevenson’s boys basketball team makes opponents pay. With Jalen Brunson, who’s a big-money player. With “Cash” (Connor Cashaw). And, Tuesday night, with Nichols. “We got a bunch of great scorers on the team, so I’ve never really needed to score,” Patriots forward Parker Nichols said. “But when an opportunity comes, I’m willing to take a shot.” The 6-foot-5 junior took Stevenson’s first two shots against host Lake Zurich, made them both, including a 3-pointer to open the North Suburban Lake Division contest, and the Patriots never looked back en route to a 78-55 win.

    Wheaton Warrenville South’s Joe Metzger is swarmed by West Aurora’s Antwan Ahamd, left, and Tommy Koth, right, in the third quarter on Tuesday, February 4.

    West Aurora turns up pressure on WW South

    Wheaton Warrenville South scored 24 points in each half Tuesday night West Aurora. The host Blackhawks weren’t nearly as consistent. After a sluggish first half that sent them to their locker room trailing the DuPage Valley Conference matchup 24-21, the Blackhawks exploded for 47 points in the second half on their way to their eighth straight win, 68-48.


    Make it 5 straight West titles for Fremd

    In the always tough Mid-Suburban West, winning even back-to-back girls basketball titles is quite an achievement. Five in a row is nothing short of spectacular. That’s what Fremd accomplished Tuesday night, clinching its fifth consecutive division championship with a 64-38 victory over visiting Barrington.

    McKaila Hays

    Hays, Versluys reach milestones in Westminster win

    It was a night of milestones and records Tuesday for the Westminster Christian girls basketball team. And, the Warriors notched an impressive come-from-behind win to boot. Senior McKaila Hays became just the third Westminster girl in program history to reach 1,000 career points, sophomore Maddie Verluys scored a school-record 32 points and Westminster registered its 20th win of the season in defeating St. Francis 68-60 in a nonconference game in Elgin.Trailing 33-24 at halftime and then 43-24 after St. Francis senior Caroline Pins hit a 3-pointer with 6:10 left in the third quarter, Westminster (20-3) looked to be on the verge of its second straight loss.

    Prospect’s Maddie Larock competes on the balance beam during Tuesday’s regional meet at Prospect.

    Prospect forces the issue

    Prospect’s girls gymnastic team was a force on Tuesday night. A night after Barrington made a strong postseason opening statement by hitting 147.025 in its regional, the Knights followed suit at the regional meet they hosted. Prospect delivered a season-best score of 146.625 in securing its sixth consecutive regional title and placing a firm foot forward in the quest to qualify for its first state meet.


    Larkin avoids South Elgin upset bid

    The Larkin boys basketball team certainly feels lucky to get out of South Elgin on Tuesday night with a victory. The Royals nearly blew a 16-point lead by turning the ball over 11 times in the fourth quarter and allowing the Storm to score 30 points in the quarter, but held on for a 74-72 Upstate Eight crossover victory.


    Dundee-Crown knocks off Cary-Grove

    Lance Huber and his Dundee-Crown Chargers could finally crack a smile. Breaking a 6-game losing streak and winning for the first time in 2014 and in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division play, D-C hung on for a 46-45 boys basketball win over Cary-Grove Tuesday night in Carpentersville.


    Noda’s critical plays carry Grant

    You might think Steve Dunning’s career as a critic might be in danger. After all, you can’t give every play a full five stars. The senior was rating the first-half plays of teammate Ryan Noda after Grant (11-9, 5-3) led from start to finish and beat host Wauconda 59-48 in North Suburban Prairie play Tuesday night.


    Poor shooting fells Burlington Central

    Burlington Central’s shooting woes finally caught up with the Rockets. They shot just 30 percent from the field and 58 percent from the free-throw line in a 61-54 Big Northern East loss at Marengo Tuesday night. The loss knocked Central (15-6, 5-2) out of a first-place tie in the division.


    Fast start propels Jacobs past McHenry

    Jacobs didn’t crash and burn once it cooled off after a torrid shooting start in Tuesday night’s Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball game against McHenry. The Golden Eagles turned missed shots into extra opportunities as they crashed the offensive boards and burned the Warriors for 13 extra-chance points. And that proved to be a big difference as Jacobs moved into sole possession of second place in the division with a 57-47 victory at McHenry’s West Campus.


    Wolves handle Comets 4-2

    Ten former Chicago Wolves returned to the Allstate Arena with the Utica Comets on Tuesday morning, but the current Wolves did not give them a warm welcome. The Wolves topped the Comets 4-2 in front of 11,488 enthusiastic students at the School-Day Game to earn their 10th victory in their last 11 home games.

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah shouts after getting his second technical foul and was ejected from the game in the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings on Monday. The Kings won 99-70.

    Ejection tirade costs Bulls’ Noah $15,000

    Joakim Noah will pay a price for his profane tirade against three NBA officials after he was ejected during the 99-70 loss in Sacramento late Monday night. The Bulls’ all-star center has been fined $15,000 for verbally abusing the officials after his ejection. The decision was handed down by Rod Thorn, president of NBA Basketball Operations.


    Glenbard South clinches share of MSC

    For just more than a half Tuesday night, it looked like the Metro Suburban Conference girls basketball race might just go down to the wire this season.


    Harvest Christian’s Knox reaches 1,000 points

    Harvest Christian 63, Westlake 38: Junior Kylee Knox eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career in the Lions’ (13-9) nonconference win at home. Knox poured in 32 points on 14 field goals, including 3 3-pointers. She also had 4 assists. “She played a great game; it was a huge honor for her,” Lions coach Kelly Friestad said. “She’s done so well for us the past three years, it was great to get to see her accomplish this and how her teammates rallied around her.” Larkin 59, Addison Trail 28: Behind a stellar defense, the Royals (9-15) were able to pick up the nonconference road victory. Victoria Patterson led all scorers with 19 points while freshman Marlee Kyles netted 13. Forward Rachel Martinez also scored 11 for the Royals.St. Edward 48, Hinckley-Big Rock 30: Freshman Madelyn Spagnola scored a game-high 17 points in the Green Wave’s nonconference win. Cecile Rapp registered in double figures as well with 10 points. St. Edward (14-8) received some good defense, holding the Royals to just 12 points at the half.Batavia 71, Elgin 28: Down two starters, the Maroons (6-18, 1-9) fell behind early in this Upstate Eight River home loss. Anna Eckholm scored a team-high 10 points for the Maroons. Burlington Central 63, Marengo 19: The Rockets (18-4, 9-0) were able to stay perfect in the Big Northern East, winning at home thanks to a trio of sophomores. Sam Pryor led all scorers with 12 points while Kayla Ross and Rebecca Gerke each finished with 11.

    Images from the Wheaton Warrenville South at West Aurora boys basketball game Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in Aurora.

    Images: Wheaton Warrenville South at West Aurora boys basketball
    Wheaton Warrenville South played West Aurora Tuesday, Feb. 4 for boys basketball

    Photos from the Downers Grove North at Glenbard West girls basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 4.

    Images: Downers Grove North at Glenbard West girls basketball
    Glenbard West hosted Downers Grove North Tuesday, Feb. 4 for girls basketball


    Decisively, BG edges out Maine West

    Buffalo Grove didn’t hesitate, Maine West did, and that was the difference Tuesday night as the host Bison edged the Warriors 64-62. With BG trailing by 1 with less than 30 seconds to play, Buffalo Grove’s Kyle Calcagno found himself wide open from 14 feet out. The senior immediately pumped the ball through the hoop to put the Bison up 63-62.

    Will the Seattle Seahawks be lofting the Lombardi Trophy again and again this decade, or be like the 1985 Bears decades later regretting what might have been?

    Seahawks could learn something from ’85 Bears

    Much of the chatter surrounding the 2013 Seahawks this week sounds familiar. They can only hope they fulfill their potential of repeating as champions and even becoming a dynasty better than the '85 Bears did.

    IC Catholic Prep at Wheaton Academy boys basketball

    Images: IC catholic Prep at Wheaton Academy boys basketball
    Wheaton Academy hosted IC Catholic Prep Tuesday, Feb. 4 in West Chicago for boys basketball.

    U.S. women's hockey team member Megan Bozek, a Stevenson High School grad, has arrived in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympics. Team USA will open play on Saturday against Finland. These rings are outside the village where many of the athletes will stay during the games in Sochi, a resort village along the Black Sea.

    Images from Sochi as BG Olympian arrives

    With the Opening Ceremonies just two days away, Buffalo Grove Olympian Megan Bozek is getting her first look at the host city of Sochi, Russia, and she sent images to her family and friends to document her safe arrival. Bozek is a member of the U.S. women's hockey team, which is favored to contend for a medal at the 2014 Games.

    KemperSports management will soon take over operations at Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton, bringing 16 Chicago area courses under the KemperSports umbrella. Cantigny will celebrate its 25th year this season.

    KemperSports ready to run Cantigny Golf Club

    Despite the snow and cold, there has been plenty of activity on the Chicago area golf scene, and Len Ziehm has updates on some key pros moving to new courses as well as KemperSports taking over management of Cantigny.


    Blackhawks game day
    Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center, 9 p.m. WednesdayTV: Channel 9Radio: WGN 720-AMThe skinny: The Ducks have lost two in a row and three of their last five games at home after a 20-0-2 start. These are the two highest-scoring teams in the Western Conference with the Hawks sitting on 205 goals and the Ducks 191. Anaheim’s injury report includes Sheldon Souray (wrist surgery), backup goalie Viktor Fasth (lower body), Nick Bonino (upper body) and Mark Fistric (lower body). Corey Crawford is expected to start in goal for the Hawks, who have gained at least 1 point in the first four games on their six-game road trip.Next: Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena, 8 p.m. Friday.— Tim Sassone

    Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane (88) scored twice against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) on Monday. After each goal, Kane raised an arm and pointed to the heavens to honor his grandfather, who had passed away.

    Emotional Kane honors grandfather with big night

    Patrick Kane had such a special relationship with his grandfather that it was fitting Kane would honor the man he called “one of my great friends” on the day he died with one of his best games of the season. Kane had 2 goals and an assist in the Blackhawks’ 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, pointing to the heavens after both of his goals in a tribute to his grandfather, Donald Kane. Kane broke down in tears after the game when talking about his grandfather.

    Hungary's Milan Szabo passes by Olympic rings as he trains in the Cross Country stadium of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    More than half Americans plan to follow Olympics

    Just over half of Americans surveyed plan to watch or follow the Winter Olympics, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll, and one-third of respondents say they have only a little or no confidence about Russia’s ability to safeguard safety at the Sochi Games that start this week.

    FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2013, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward watches his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the National League division baseball series in Los Angeles. Heyward and the Braves agreed Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, to a $13.3 million, two-year contract that avoided arbitration. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

    Heyward, Braves agree to $13.3M, 2-year contract

    Jason Heyward is happy he can report to spring training without having to worry about salary arbitration.He’s even happier he also won’t have to worry about the business side of the game next season.Heyward and the Atlanta Braves agreed Tuesday to a $13.3 million, two-year contract that avoided arbitration.

    Surrounded by a lifetime of hockey memories, Kenny McCudden, the skating and skills coach for the Chicago Wolves, has more memories coming his way as he heads to Sochi to help the U.S. women's Olympic team go for a medal this month.

    Wolves' McCudden helping USA women chase gold

    Kenny McCudden has worked with hockey players from mites to the pros. This week, he takes off on a dream trip to Sochi, Russia, with the U.S. women's Olympic hockey team. McCudden, the skating and skills coach for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, works in the same role for the U.S. women's team.

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, here holding up the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XLVIII, had 2 touchdown passes and no interceptions in the game.

    Lots of options for Super Bowl MVP choice

    Even though Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcom Smith had a great game, Mike North thinks if Peyton Manning had posted a victory with the same numbers as Russell Wilson, he would have been chosen MVP over a defensive player. Wilson and Percy Harvin deserved strong consideration for the MVP award, North says.

    United States goalie Jessie Vetter, left, makes a save in front of teammate Megan Bozek (9) and Canada's Jayna Hefford in a Four Nations Cup women's hockey game last November. The U.S. team, with Buffalo Grove native Bozek, opens its Olympic play on Saturday.

    USA Women’s Hockey built around a strong bond

    The U.S. women's Olympic hockey team heads to Sochi this week as a medal favorite. Skating instructor Kenny McCudden sizes up the squad, and he's hoping the color of any medal will be gold.


    A piece of ‘Miracle’ history headed to Sochi

    When instructor Kenny McCudden travels to Sochi for the Winter Olympics this week, he'll be taking something special along with him: the lapel pin worn by "Miracle on Ice" defenseman from the 1980 Olympics.

    Grant’s Christian Kanzler, left, wins the 106-pound final match against Antioch’s Briley Schultz Saturday.

    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 boys basketball, gymnastics and wrestling.


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center, 8 p.m. TuesdayTV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN 1000-AMUpdate: The Suns (29-18) lost at the United Center in January but are on a hot streak. They’ve won five in a row, all against Eastern Conference opponents. PG Goran Dragic is making a push to be Kobe Bryant’s all-star replacement, averaging 20 points and 6.1 assists on the season. SF Gerald Green is a candidate for most improved player, averaging 13.9 points. The Suns are sixth in the league in scoring at 104.9 ppg. The Bulls have won four straight in Phoenix, the last two coming in overtime.Next: Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena, 9:30 p.m. Thursday — Mike McGraw


    Dave Whiteside of Mount Prospect tries out the Smoked Beef Brisket sandwich at Todds BBQ inside the new Lake Zurich Mariano’s grocery store that opened Tuesday.

    Mariano’s launches with new offerings in Lake Zurich

    Mariano's Fresh Market made its latest launch in the suburbs Tuesday with a new store at Route 22 and Quentin Road in Lake Zurich. The store will have new offerings including a new specialty olive oil and vinegar shop, only available at the Lake Zurich location. "At Mariano’s Lake Zurich, customers will get a truly unique experience tailored to individual needs,” Bob Mariano, Roundy’s chairman and CEO said in a statement.

    A currency trader works at the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. Emerging market worries have helped drive U.S. stocks’ disappointing performances so far this year.

    Bargain-hunting drives slight gains for U.S. stocks

    Investors went hunting for bargains a day after U.S. stocks racked up the biggest losses in more than seven months. The buying helped lift major stock indexes out of the red on Tuesday. Prices of U.S. government bonds fell.

    Jack Ablin

    Investment expert: Good year ahead

    The rough winter has taken a toll on business profits and has even contributed to stock market volatility, said Jack Ablin, executive vice president and chief investment officer for BMO Private Bank in Chicago. Ablin plans to talk about the markets, the housing market and other economic outlook issues Thursday during an event at Harper College in Palatine.

    Microsoft announced Tuesday that Satya Nadella will replace Steve Ballmer as its new CEO. Nadella will become only the third leader in the software giant’s 38-year history.

    Microsoft names cloud computing chief as next CEO

    Microsoft has named Satya Nadella, an executive in charge of the company’s small, but growing business of delivering software and services over the Internet its new CEO. Company founder Bill Gates is leaving the chairman role for a new role as technology adviser.

    Lawmakers are betting that government-backed private farm insurance will be better than the program being replaced: a direct-payment system that distributed $5 billion a year based on acreage. Supporters of the change say payouts based on losses is more cost-effective and targets farmers in need.

    Senators to vote on farm law that keeps their benefits secret

    Crop insurers successfully lobbied to keep several proposals out of the farm bill set to pass the U.S. Congress today -- such as a requirement that would have forced farmer-lawmakers to disclose benefits they receive. Negotiators left out of the almost $1 trillion bill a House measure to require members of Congress and the president’s cabinet to report what they receive in crop insurance aid.

    The Food and Drug Administration’s new ad campaign features yellow teeth to show the costs associated with cigarette smoking.

    FDA launching anti-smoking campaign aimed at youth

    The Food and Drug Administration is using ads that depict yellow teeth and wrinkled skin to show the nation’s at-risk youth the costs associated with cigarette smoking. The federal agency said Tuesday it is launching a $115 million multimedia education campaign called “The Real Cost” that’s aimed at stopping teenagers from smoking and encouraging them to quit.

    A sign outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Freed by a recent legal deal with government lawyers, major technology firms released new data Monday on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information for secret national security investigations.

    Internet firms release data on NSA requests

    Major technology firms have released new data on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government for secret national security investigations, resulting in the collection of data on thousands of Americans. That release came after the companies were freed by a recent legal deal with government lawyers.

    This Feb. 22, 2012 photo shows CNN’s John King before the Republican presidential candidates debate in Mesa, Ariz. High-speed Internet services represent the fastest growing and most profitable line of business for cable companies. Last year, providing Internet access was 12 percent more profitable for Time Warner Cable than providing TV packages, despite taking in a third less revenue. Time Warner Cable has so far resisted Charter’s overtures, but Charter has vowed to take the bid directly to shareholders if needed.

    Cable merger future-proofs against Internet’s rise

    When you buy a TV, sales clerks often pitch you on “future proofing” your set. Turns out, buying a cable TV company relies largely on the same principle. Charter Communications Inc.’s $38 billion bid to take over the much-larger Time Warner Cable Inc. is an attempt to future-proof its business by getting its foot in the door of millions more homes wired for Internet service.

    Two men fish in the water in front of a Google barge on Treasure Island in San Francisco. A state agency says Google must move its mystery barge from a construction site on an island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay because the permits are not in order.

    Google told to move San Francisco ‘mystery’ barge

    Google does not have the proper permits for a mystery barge at a construction site on an island in San Francisco Bay, a state official said, and must move the floating, four-story building that drew wide attention and fueled weeks of speculation when it was erected last fall. “It needs to move,” Larry Goldzband, executive director of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, said Monday.

    Hof Haus, a Chicago-based family meat products company, is undergoing a major expansion in Chicago.

    Meat products company expands in Chicago
    Hof Haus, a Chicago-based family meat products company, is undergoing a major expansion in Chicago. Gov. Pat Quinn and officials from John Hofmeister and Son Inc. announced the $9.6 million expansion Monday in Chicago.


    Toyota profit up 5-fold on weak yen, good sales

    TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. reported a more than fivefold jump in its quarterly profit Tuesday and raised its earnings forecast, crediting a weak yen and strong sales. Toyota’s profit for the October-December quarter totaled a better-than-expected 525.4 billion yen ($5.2 billion), up dramatically from 99.9 billion yen a year earlier. Quarterly sales jumped 24 percent to 6.585 trillion yen ($64.2 billion). Analysts polled by FactSet had expected a 437 billion yen ($4.3 billion) quarterly profit. Toyota, the world’s top selling automaker for the last two years straight, raised its profit and sales forecasts for the fiscal year ending March. The upbeat outlook underlines a continuing recovery at Toyota, whose production was battered by a tsunami and earthquake in March 2011 in northeastern Japan.Sales also suffered over anti-Japanese sentiment that flared up in China, a key growth market, in 2012. Before such woes, Toyota’s brand image had been devastated by a massive recall crisis, which began in late 2009, mostly in North America, for defects spanning brakes, gas pedals, floor mats and other problems. The maker of the Prius hybrid, Lexus luxury models and the Camry sedan now projects a fiscal year profit of 1.9 trillion yen ($18.8 billion), a doubling of profit compared with the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2013, and a company record. Its previous annual profit forecast was 1.67 trillion yen ($16.5 billion). “Our upwardly revised forecast is due to progress in our recent profit improvement activities through cost reduction and marketing efforts, in addition to the change in our assumption of foreign exchange rates,” Managing Officer Takuo Sasaki said in a statement.The company had previously expected the dollar to average 81 yen, but it’s now expecting 100 yen. The dollar was trading at about 101 yen Tuesday. A weak yen is beneficial for Japanese exporters such as Toyota by boosting the value of its overseas sales.Toyota logged a 260 billion yen ($2.6 billion) profit perk from foreign exchange rate effects during the latest quarter. The automaker raised its full year sales forecast to 25.5 trillion yen ($252 billion) from 25 trillion yen ($248 billion). That would represent a 16 percent rise from the previous fiscal year’s sales at 22.06 trillion yen. It kept unchanged its global vehicle sales forecast for the fiscal year through March at 10.1 million vehicles, which would be the first time any automaker reaches the 10 million milestone in annual sales.For the quarter just ended, Toyota sold more vehicles compared with a year earlier in every key region, including the U.S., Europe, Japan and the rest of Asia.


    U.S. vehicle recalls hit 9-year high in 2013

    Automakers recalled 21.9 million cars and trucks in the U.S. last year, a nine-year high. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says automakers initiated 632 separate vehicle recalls in 2013, up 9 percent from the prior year. Companies are saving money by using more common parts. But that can force them to recall many more vehicles when something goes wrong.

    BP PLC’s fourth-quarter profits fell 30 percent as the asset sales that it has pursued to compensate victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster reduced production.

    Asset sales weigh on BP’s Q4 earnings

    BP PLC’s fourth-quarter profits fell 30 percent as the asset sales that it has pursued to compensate victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster reduced production. The company said Tuesday that net income slid to $1.04 billion from $1.49 billion in the same quarter the year before. A number of factors were behind the decline, with lower production levels in the wake of the asset sales a key factor.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sits in a studio during his radio program, “Ask the Governor” broadcast on NJ 101.5, Monday.

    Motorola Solutions CEO to moderate Christie talk in Chicago

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is take questions next week at a prestigious Chicago economic group meeting during a fundraising trip to Illinois. Group representatives told The Associated Press about the trip Monday. Christie is to speak to the Economic Club of Chicago at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 11, and is expected to field questions moderated by a chief executive of Motorola Solutions, Inc.

    Southwest Airlines says it will start nonstop flights from Dallas to Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington and 11 other cities this fall, when federal limits on the airline’s home airport end.

    Southwest to add routes to Chicago, 14 other cities

    DALLAS — Southwest Airlines says it will start nonstop flights from Dallas to Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington and 11 other cities this fall, when federal limits on the airline’s home airport end.The new service pits the onetime scrappy underdog in head-to-head competition with American and maybe Delta for passengers traveling to and from Dallas.Southwest announced Monday that it will fly from Love Field to five cities starting Oct. 13 and 10 more on Nov. 2.Those routes are currently off-limits to Southwest’s Boeing 737 jets because of a 1980 law designed to protect nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Under the Wright Amendment, as the law was called, planes bigger than 56 seats could only fly from Love Field to other cities in Texas and a few nearby states.Southwest expects to add nearly 20 flights a day, to 146 daily departures in November, from Love Field, the airline’s eighth-busiest airport.“It will mean the opportunity to grow and add airplanes and add jobs,” CEO Gary Kelly said. He said the additional flying wouldn’t affect earnings through 2015.With the new long-haul routes, Southwest will compete against similar service from American Airlines Group Inc. at nearby DFW Airport.Southwest’s toughest competition, however, might come from Delta Air Lines Inc., which is already selling tickets for flights in late 2014 from Love Field to New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Detroit.There’s just one hitch: Delta doesn’t know if it will have any gates at Love Field. American has two gates but agreed to give them up to settle a government lawsuit against its merger with US Airways. Delta, which is leasing the gates, wants to buy them from American, but so does Southwest, and other airlines could enter the bidding. The U.S. Justice Department has said that the gates shouldn’t go to so-called legacy carriers such as Delta and United, but Delta points out that Southwest already controls 16 of the 20 gates at Love Field.On Oct. 13, Southwest will start flying from Dallas to Chicago; Baltimore; Denver; Las Vegas; and Orlando, Fla. On Nov. 2, it will add New York’s LaGuardia Airport; Washington’s Reagan National Airport; Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Ana, Calif.; Atlanta; Nashville; Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Fla.; and Phoenix.The fight over Love Field is a big part of the history of Southwest Airlines, which began as a Texas-only carrier. Herb Kelleher, the airline’s co-founder and a lawyer who personally fought some of the legal battles, attended Monday’s announcement at the airport.“It just proves that being patient pays off,” he said. “Only had to wait for 40 years.”———Follow David Koenig at http://www.twitter.com/airlinewriter

    A man walks in front of a Panasonic showroom in Tokyo Tuesday.

    Shift in business focus boosts Panasonic earnings
    Profit rose 20 percent at Panasonic Corp. in the October-December quarter as growth in businesses such as smart home systems offset its long struggling TV and appliance divisions. The Japanese manufacturing giant on Tuesday reported net income of 73.7 billion yen ($728 million), up from 61.3 billion yen a year earlier.

    Associated Press Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance, displays his personal bank card as he leads a hearing on the recent incidents of mass credit card fraud in Washington Monday.

    Target data breach pits banks against retailers

    Banks and big retailers are locked in a debate over the breach of consumer data that gripped Target Corp. during the holiday season. At issue: Which industry bears more responsibility for protecting consumers’ personal information?The retailers’ argument: Banks must upgrade the security technology for the credit and debit cards they issue.


    Heidrick & Struggles names new CEO

    Executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. said Monday that it named Tracy Wolstencroft as its president and chief executive officer. Wolstencroft, 55, also joined Heidrick’s board. He replaces Jory Marino, the company’s interim CEO, who will remain with the company in a leadership role. Wolstencroft previously spent 25 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., serving as a partner from 1994 to 2010.

Life & Entertainment

    A woman unfolds a picture of Philip Seymour Hoffman at a makeshift memorial in front of the building where his body was found, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday in his apartment of a suspected drug overdose.

    NY police: Hoffman’s heroin didn’t have additive

    Heroin recovered at Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment after he was found there dead with a syringe in his arm has tested negative for the powerful additive fentanyl, a police official said Tuesday.

    Tony Aiello of Elgin focuses his creative culinary juices on sauces, like the burgundy and balsamic reduction, at right, he makes for steak and pasta.

    Cook of the Week: Elgin dad hits the sauce
    Growing up around an Italian table, Tony Aiello remembers his dad’s homemade sausage, fresh ravioli, gnocchi and his family’s special sauce. Tony thinks it was that sauce that has influenced his fascination to create the perfect sauce for each dish he puts on his own table.


    Enabling ex-girlfriend is bad for mental health of both

    Despite being treated poorly by ex-girlfriend, he still comforts her when she is having a bad time. Carolyn Hax says to stop enabling her so she can get the mental health care she needs.

    Unwilling to follow others in their move west as soil turned fallow, George Washington employed techniques at Mount Vernon that today would be called sustainable. Vegetables were of special importance to George Washington; pictured at right is the kitchen garden at his Mount Vernon estate.

    Early presidents understood benefits of sustainable gardening

    Four of this country’s early presidents would probably be members of environmental groups today. All were dedicated gardeners, committed to caring for the soil by returning nutrients to it so that it would continue to bear fruit and by rotating crops to prevent depletion of the earth.

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, shares pizza and soda with host Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Monday in New York.

    NYC mayor makes debut on ‘The Daily Show’

    Bill de Blasio took part in a New York City political rite of passage Monday, appearing on a late-night talk show to tout his record and poke fun at a few gaffes that have provided fodder for comics during his first month as mayor. De Blasio was a guest on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” where host Jon Stewart tweaked the mayor for his handling of a recent snow storm and his use of a knife and fork to eat pizza.

    R&B singer Chris Brown arrives at a Los Angeles Superior Court for a probation review hearing on Monday. The judge rejected a prosecutor’s request during the hearing to have Brown sent to jail over the misdemeanor assault case filed last year in Washington, D.C.

    Judge says Chris Brown should remain in treatment

    A judge turned down a prosecutor’s motion Monday to send Chris Brown to jail, citing the R&B singer’s continued good behavior and progress in a rehabilitation program. Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said probation officials reported that Brown is making good progress in treatment and must remain in the program unless he is given permission by the court or his probation officer.

    Olivia Newton-John announced a headlining residency Tuesday at the Donny and Marie Showroom at The Flamingo in Las Vegas, starting April 8.

    Olivia Newton-John to begin Vegas show at Flamingo

    “Grease” star Olivia Newton-John is headed to Las Vegas. The 65-year-old singer and actress announced a headlining residency Tuesday. She will perform 45 shows at the Donny and Marie Showroom at The Flamingo, starting April 8. Dates are scheduled through the summer.

    Poles are divided between praise and condemnation of Pope John Paul II’s personal secretary Stanislaw Dziwisz over publishing the beloved pontiff’s personal notes against his last will and testament.

    Hero or traitor? Pope’s aide in Polish controversy

    Poles are divided between praise and condemnation of John Paul II’s secretary for publishing the late pope’s personal notes — against his last will and testament. John Paul ordered the notes burned after his death and put his trusted confidant, the Rev. Stanislaw Dziwisz, in charge of the task. To everyone’s surprise, Dziwisz said recently that he is having them published. The book — “Very Much in God’s Hands. Personal Notes 1962-2003” — comes out in Poland on Wednesday.

    Philip Seymour Hoffman suffered from a chronic medical condition that required ongoing treatment. An admitted drug addict who first sought professional help more than two decades ago, Hoffman apparently succumbed to his illness with an overdose despite a return to rehab last March.

    Hoffman among thousands of addiction victims

    Philip Seymour Hoffman suffered from a chronic medical condition that required ongoing treatment. An admitted drug addict who first sought professional help more than two decades ago, Hoffman apparently succumbed to his illness with an overdose despite a return to rehab last March. His death, which came after a long period of sobriety, “epitomizes the tragedy of drug addiction in our society,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

    J-roll, St. Charles and Inky sushi, served at Wok'n Fire, South Barrington.

    Wok'n Fire trying to establish itself as sushi destination

    Wok'n Fire in the Arboretum of South Barrington is the lastest suburban eatery in this restaurant group. The restaurant is trying to heat things up with their signature sushi rolls and crafty cocktails, but some uneven dishes and service bumps keep things from getting too hot.

    The Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition on an enlarged track was a big hit with the kids at a previous edition of the Chicago Auto Show.

    Best bets: Chicago Auto Show rolls into McCormick Place

    North America's largest auto show is the Chicago Auto Show, which returns for its 106th edition this year starting this weekend at McCormick Place in Chicago. Or head to MB Financial Park in Rosemont to catch the Winter Frost Face Off Classic hockey matchup featuring select alumni from the Chicago Blackhawks Friday. While you're in Rosemont, don't miss the Progressive International Motorcycle Show this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

    Artist Allan West works in his studio in the Yanaka neighborhood of Tokyo. Only nine stores remain in Japan that sell the traditional pigments West paints with, four of which are in Yanaka.

    Sample quiet rhythms of Tokyo neighborhood Yanaka

    The typical visitor to Tokyo envisions a futuristic city of skyscraper canyons and electronic gadgets, but in the eastern part of the city, an older way of life persists. “In Yanaka, you have the history, the tradition, the temples,” says Allan West, who’s lived there for more than 30 years, but “without any of the self-consciousness you have in Kyoto,” a city known for cultural preservation. Yanaka is one of a trio of neighborhoods called Yanesen after their first syllables (Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi). They are part of the shitamachi or old downtown district of Tokyo.

    With Valentine’s Day coming up, thoughts naturally turn to chocolate. Chocolate mint peppermint is a chocolate-y alternative.

    These plants are the next best thing to chocolate

    With Valentine’s Day coming up, thoughts naturally turn to chocolate. How nice it would be for gardeners to give their beloved a living, growing, chocolate expression of affection. Alas, chocolate, native to steamy equatorial lowlands, is not usually productive when grown as a houseplant. Even if you could get the football-sized pods dangling from the trunk of a chocolate tree, fairly intricate processing is needed before you’d have something worth sinking your teeth into. But there are some chocolate-y alternatives.

    Beatles tribute band American English will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the ECC Arts Center in Elgin.

    Music notes: American English fetes 50 years of Beatles

    Fifty years since their famous appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," the Beatles are as beloved as ever. Suburban fans will have the opportunity to celebrate that landmark TV appearance with Beatles-themed shows in Elgin and St. Charles this weekend.

    “Tru Colors” is the latest release by Wayne Marshall.

    Wayne Marshall’s ‘Tru Colors’ delivers

    Some 10 years after the release of “Marshall Law,” Jamaican reggae artist Wayne Marshall has released “Tru Colors,” a diverse 13-track collection under the supervision of Damian Marley on the Ghetto Youths International label. Written mostly by Marshall, the long-awaited record covers a broad range of topics and showcases collaborations with veteran dancehall artists Assassin, Bounty Killer, Tarrus Riley and Capleton.

    People gathered for mass inside Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Buffalo, N.Y., during a Mass mob. Borrowed from the idea of flash mobs, Mass mobs encourage crowds to attend Mass at a specified church on a certain day to fill pews, lift spirits and help financially some of the city’s oldest but often sparsely attended churches.

    Mass mobs fill pews, lift prayers at N.Y. churches

    You’ve heard of flash mobs? Behold the Mass mob. Playing off the idea of using social media to summon crowds for parties or mischief, mobs of Buffalo-area Roman Catholics have been filling pews and lifting spirits at some of the city’s original, now often sparsely attended, churches. It works this way: On a given Sunday, participants attend Mass en masse at a church they’ve picked in an online vote and promoted through Facebook and Twitter. Visitors experience the architecture, heritage and spirit of the aging houses of worship and the churches once again see the numbers they were built for, along with a helpful bump in donations when the collection baskets are passed.

    Elgin native Courtney Reed plays Jasmine to Adam Jacobs' “Aladdin” in the Broadway musical inspired by the Disney film.

    'Aladdin' role on Broadway opens whole new world for Elgin native

    Six months after graduating from the Theatre Conservatory of the Chicago College at Roosevelt University, Elgin native Courtney Reed stood on 42nd Street about to go into her first rehearsal as a cast member in the Broadway musical “Mamma Mia.” Now, she will star as Jasmine in the Broadway launch of the musical “Aladdin” Feb. 26. “I still can't believe this!” she said of her good fortune.


    Go for the food: One spice shop, too many choices

    Kalustyan’s in New York City is an exceedingly difficult place to shop, a jam-packed warren of rooms and uncomfortably tight passages, the navigation of which will require sucking in your gut to squeeze past the too many clerks. The other customers with their giant parcels and lingering ways will annoy you. The sometimes haphazard, sometimes obsessive-compulsive order to the shelves will confound you. None of that will matter. Because the moment you step into this Indian/Middle Eastern spice and specialty food shop nestled into a row of like-minded stores on Lexington Avenue, you’ll immediately begin the calculations of how much you can buy or carry.


    Tony’s Cranberry Wine Reduction
    Tony’s Cranberry Wine Reduction: Tony Aiello

    Tony Aiello infuses fresh rosemary in a red-wine sauce he serves with steak, vegetables and pasta.

    Steak and Pasta Stir Fry with Burgundy and Balsamic Reduction
    Steak and Pasta Stirfry with Balsamic Reduction: Tony Aiello

    Dark Chocolate Hearts will make your valentine weak in the knees.

    From the Food Editor: Don’t break my heart, vote for my sushi roll

    Calling all sushi fans. Food Editor Deborah Pankey has created a signature roll and you can try it Sunday, Feb. 9, at the "Foodies Show Heart" charity competition at RA Sushi in Lombard. Not a sushi fan? Find out what she thinks of Dark Chocolate Hearts from Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates.



    Editorial: Elected board members should plug in with their colleagues

    At a time when government information, dialogue and accountability should be enhanced with technology, two school board members in Lake County are going old school. A Daily Herald editorial urges them, and elected officials with similar ideas, to think again.


    Hard knocks of pro football

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: President Obama’s imaginary son is back in town and this time he can’t play football. Dad says so. And Mom probably would, too.


    Why educate international students and have them leave?

    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal focuses on one particularly “dumb” element of our immigration system, which makes it very hard for graduates of our universities to stay and work here, to build businesses and create jobs.


    Let’s adopt a graduated tax rate
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: In response to a Jan. 24 letter about graduated tax rates, I cannot disagree more with Joseph Carroll’s view of helping “those without,” those barely living day-to-day on $10,000 to $25,000 a year. His view is to tax everyone the same! These are “our” people, and I for one don’t mind helping those in need.


    Unbiased newspapers keep democracy strong
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Just read the Jan. 20 diatribe against the Daily Herald’s choice of front-page news from Richard Francke. My suggestion to Mr. Francke would be to stop watching the fake reality show known as “Fox News.” I’m sure that’s where he gets all his misinformation, as suggested by all the partisan rhetoric encompassed in his vitriolic excoriation of this newspaper.


    Quinn’s toxic tax-and-spend policies
    Quinn’s toxic tax-and-spend policiesI see our intrepid governor is busy patting himself on the back in his state of the state address. Perhaps he was so busy doing that, he missed a significant event; the Cancer Treatment Centers of America joining Home Depot in moving its headquarters out of Illinois, taking jobs with them. And these aren’t the first nor will be the last to leave.I’m sure he sees no connection between that and his toxic tax and spend policies. He probably also turns a blind eye to the effect of “wealth redistribution” plans. He probably can’t associate that with Illinois’ terrible credit rating.Time for you to go, governor, and take the president with you.Terry TallianWood Dale


    Judge candidate gets to heart of issue
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I have known Judge Marmarie Kostelny for many years, first meeting her when we both attended DePaul Law School. When she was appointed associate judge, I knew that she would excel. She brings a common-sense approach to case management.


    Heartwarming story, even in this weather
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: The frigid weather couldn’t prevent my heart from warming while reading about Samuel Grimes, the 88-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteer who so generously volunteers his time delivering food in these subzero temperatures. What an amazing and generous man.


    N.J. scandal of note only to media
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: There are traffic jams and then there are Democratic traffic jams. The first are ones that were experienced in Atlanta, Ga. It was more than a mere traffic jam. People could not free their vehicles for over 14 hours. Some were walking to nearby stores for food. You didn’t know that? That is because it wasn’t a Democratic traffic jam, as was the George Washington Bridge Catastrophe.


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