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Daily Archive : Wednesday February 5, 2014

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    Attorney Aldo Botti speaks during the opening day of the termination hearing for his client, Carol Stream Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Joe Gilles, seated at right.

    Carol Stream firefighter's termination hearing postponed

    A termination hearing of a Carol Stream Fire Protection District battalion chief that began Wednesday was continued until Feb. 12 before opening arguments could be made and witnesses called. At issue is some 80 pages of documents attorneys for Battalion Chief Joseph Gilles are requesting from attorneys for Carol Stream Chief Richard Kolomay.

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    A nurse at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Lake Barrington died early Wednesday after being hit by a truck with an attached snowplow in a parking lot.

    Ingleside woman dies after being struck by truck in Advocate Good Shepherd parking lot

    A 51-year-old Ingleside woman was killed early Wednesday after being struck by a truck in a parking lot at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in unincorporated Lake County near Lake Barrington. The victim and driver of the truck were both hospital employees. It was snowing heavily with limited visibility when the fatal collision occurred, according to police.

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    Former Naperville City Councilman Richard Furstenau is pushing legislators to end a special “13th Payment” bonus program he benefits from that cost Illinois taxpayers more than $41 million in 2013.

    Retiree bonuses cost taxpayers millions

    Every July, thousands of Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensioners find a little something extra in their mailboxes in addition to their monthly pension check. In 2013, those little somethings added up to a big bill for taxpayers — $41,054,552. It’s called the “13th Payment,” and it’s essentially a bonus paid to retirees for simply living another year and outliving other retirees.

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    Although Wheeling's plans to re-establish its Southeast TIF aim primarily to boost development in the industrial area surrounding the Chicago Executive Airport, nearby residents fear the village could use it to condemn their properties. Village officials, however, say they have no intention of using eminent domain in homes.

    Residents, schools air concerns about Wheeling TIF plans

    School district representatives and Wheeling residents who may be impacted by the village's plans to re-establish a pair of Tax Increment Finance districts aired their concerns Tuesday at a public hearing. Their concerns ranged from lost revenues for schools, libraries and parks to fears the village would use the TIF as a means of condemning older homes.

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    Eugene Schlickman

    House honors former lawmaker from Arlington Heights

    The Illinois House today honored former state lawmaker and Arlington Heights trustee Eugene Schlickman, who died last month at age 84. Schlickman, known to friends as Gene, was remembered as a Republican who would break from his party and reach across the aisle in the name of good policy. He served in the Illinois House from 1964 until 1981, and for five years on the Arlington Heights before that.

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    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is searching for an outdoor venue where it can perform seasonal concerts in DuPage County. Four sites are being considered, including two owned by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District.

    Chicago Symphony considering DuPage forest preserve sites

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is searching for a permanent outdoor venue in DuPage County where it can perform summer concerts. Encouraged by the success of its performances last year at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, county officials say, the CSO has narrowed its list to four potential sites. But two of those sites are on land owned by the DuPage Forest Preserve District and that will pose...

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    No injuries in Cary basement fire

    No injuries were reported after a basement fire Wednesday night in Cary, authorities said. Cary firefighters responded to the home on the 300 block of East Sherwood Drive just after 6 p.m., and the fire was extinguished 15 minutes after firefighters arrived, according to the Cary Fire Protection District.

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    Gurnee homeowner’s association treasurer charged with theft

    A Gurnee homeowner’s association treasurer has been charged with stealing more than $10,000 from the organization’s bank accounts, police said Wednesday. Brian W. Moy, 59, who was treasurer of the Providence Village Homeowners Association, was charged with one felony count of theft over $10,000 in value but under $100,000 in value, according to Gurnee police.

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    Visitors on Thursday can get a sneak peek at the new Cleve Carney Art Gallery at the McAninch Arts Center on the College of DuPage's Glen Ellyn campus. The 1,850-square-foot gallery is part of the 14-month, $35 million MAC renovation and opens its doors from noon until 2 p.m. for a preview of its inaugural exhibition, “Selection of Artworks from the Cleve Carney Collection.”

    Cleve Carney Art Gallery opening at College of DuPage

    Visitors can get a sneak peek Thursday of the new Cleve Carney Art Gallery at the McAninch Arts Center on the College of DuPage's Glen Ellyn campus. The 1,850-square-foot gallery is part of the 14-month, $35 million MAC renovation and opens its doors from noon until 2 p.m. for a preview of its inaugural exhibition, “Selection of Artworks from the Cleve Carney Collection.”

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    Rich Carlson of Des Plaines said he was riding, and mostly pushing, his bike on a 6-mile trip for exercise on Golf Road on Thursday in Des Plaines.

    Another day, another set of winter delays

    Some flights at O'Hare and Midway are cancelled but many more are delayed as today's snowstorm winds down. But blowing snow continues to make car travel hazardous, with most of the state's highways are snow and ice covered, IDOT reports. Metra commuters, meanwhile, experienced morning delays of up to an hour.

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    A U.N. human rights committee denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for “systematically” adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, and urged it to open its files on the pedophiles and the bishops who concealed their crimes.

    Pope pressured to act on abuse after UN rebuke

    The Vatican “systematically” adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, a U.N. human rights committee said Wednesday, urging the Holy See to open its files on pedophiles and bishops who concealed their crimes.

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    Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, lashed out at the Affordable Care Act, saying, “Just yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office found that Obamacare will cost millions of Americans their jobs.”

    Fact check: Anti-Obamacare chorus is off key

    New estimates that President Barack Obama’s health care law will encourage millions of Americans to leave the workforce or reduce their work hours have touched off an I-told-you-so chorus from Republicans, who’ve claimed all along that the law will kill jobs. But some aren’t telling it straight.

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    Paula Ulreich

    Former Wheeling Township clerk Ulreich remembered for service, spirit

    Friends are remembering Paula Ulreich, the longtime former Wheeling Township Clerk and a dedicated volunteer in Arlington Heights, as a fun-loving and brave woman who gave much to many causes across the community. Ulreich, 69, died Wednesday morning after a battle with cancer. Her death comes just three days before she was to receive the Pam Stocking Heart of Gold award in Arlington Heights on...

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    Adam Bileck

    Wisconsin man pleads guilty to DUI in Hainesville crash

    A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty to being more than five times over the legal drinking limit when he plowed his vehicle into a Hainesville townhouse in October, sparking a fire that displaced three families. Adam R. Bileck, 32, of Kenosha, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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    Julie Falco, of Chicago, is a supporter of the new Illinois’ medical marijuana law who speaks openly about how she has used cannabis to control her pain from multiple sclerosis. As Illinois gets ready to launch its first medical cannabis program, draft regulations could bar medical marijuana users from gun ownership, even if the gun is a legally held firearm and the drug is recommended by a doctor. Falco says some Illinois patients say they will stay underground and use marijuana illegally rather than give up their firearms.

    Guns, medical marijuana collide in Illinois rules

    Guns and marijuana don’t mix, according to federal authorities, even if the gun is a legally held firearm and the drug is recommended by a doctor. That interpretation of federal law is turning up in Illinois’ draft medical marijuana regulations to the frustration of patients and caregivers.

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    In this undated photo provided by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond plays a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was on loan to him during a concert in Milwaukee. Police said Wednesday three people have been arrested in connection with the theft of the multi-million-dollar instrument.

    Mystery surrounds theft of Stradivarius violin

    Milwaukee police announced three arrests were made in the theft of a Stradivarius violin but that the instrument itself was not recovered. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announced someone was offering $100,000 for the instrument’s safe return.

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    Cook sheriff flags 240 concealed carry applications

    The Cook County Sheriff’s Office in the first month of processing has spent more than 2,000 hours reviewing between 8,000 and 9,000 applications under the state’s new concealed carry law, finding one applicant with 20 arrests and 14 certified firearms instructors with questionable backgrounds. The lowest rate of objections is to applications from Northwest Cook County.

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    Marquis K. Walker

    Probation for man who barged into St. Charles apartment

    A 25-year-old Bellwood man was issued two years of conditional discharge and spent 66 days in jail after being charged with forcing his way into a St. Charles residence in December armed with a knife. Marquis K. Walker pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony trespass in exchange for more severe charges of home invasion being dismissed by prosecutors.

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    West Dundee leaders this week opted to keep using red light cameras, like the one here at southbound Boncosky Road and Route 31.

    W. Dundee greenlights ongoing red light program

    Despite one camera being down and resulting in a big drop in catching scofflaws, West Dundee trustees have voted unanimously to continue its red-light camera program. Revenue from fines captured through the camera remained about the same from 2012 to 2013, but officials insist it isn’t about the money.““It’s about safety and just availability of data for investigations," Trustee Tom Price said.

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    Ignacio D. Rodriguez

    West Chicago man guilty of Hampshire car repair attack

    A 53-year-old West Chicago man faces up to five years in prison after his conviction this week for beating a Hampshire man last year after a car repair dispute. A Kane County jury convicted Ignacio D. Rodriguez of aggravated battery with great bodily harm, and he will be sentenced April 11.

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    Arlington Heights man pleads guilty to battery, possession

    A 20-year-old Arlington Heights man pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery and possession of a controlled substance, court records show. In exchange for his guilty plea, James Bushell was sentenced to probation, ordered to attend domestic violence counseling and fined more than $1,800.

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    Fourth-grader Adam Read hoists the book “Zombie Chasers #5: Nothing Left to Ooze” on Wednesday as he introduces the book’s author, John Kloepfer. Authors Tom Watson and Jenny Lee also presented at May Watts Elementary School in Naperville, where the authors led a pep rally-style assembly as part of the 13th annual Naperville READS program.

    Students cheer for books in Naperville READS pep rallies

    Pep rallies about reading came to several Naperville-area elementary schools Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the 13th annual Naperville READS program, which this year is highlighting 12 children’s authors. Students from May Watts and Steck elementary schools in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 heard Wednesday from authors Tom Watson, Jenny Lee and John Kloepfer during a presentation in which...

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    Jack Davenport wants to build a funeral home and crematory in Lake Zurich. Davenport Family Funeral Homes and Crematory has locations in Barrington, seen here, and Crystal Lake.

    Funeral home plan receives an early thumbs-up in Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich village board members have given preliminary support to a plan for a funeral home and crematory, allowing it to proceed through an approval process. Jack Davenport, who wants to expand the family business to Lake Zurich, says more families are opting for cremation.

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    Mount Prospect trustees passed a measure Tuesday that would, under some circumstances, allow the village’s animal control official to vacate a “vicious” animal finding against a resident’s dog. Under current regulations, any dog found to be vicious must be muzzled whenever outside its home or enclosure.

    Mount Prospect giving vicious dogs a shot at probation

    Dogs deemed vicious by Mount Prospect will have the opportunity for a second chance under a change in village regulations approved by trustees this week. “We have got some people who are looking to get their dog out of jail,” Village Manager Michael Janonis said.

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    New VHHS assistant principal:

    Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board members on Feb. 3 approved the hiring of Joseph O’Brien as the Vernon Hills High School assistant principal for curriculum and instruction.

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    Barrington Relay for Life meeting rescheduled

    Because of the snowy conditions, organizers were forced to cancel the Barrington Relay For Life chapter’s first team meeting of the year Wednesday. The meeting has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12. in room C271 of Barrington High School.

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    See a play at LHS:

    Libertyville High School will present “Ah, Wilderness!,” a play by American playwright Eugene O’Neill, on Friday and Saturday.

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    Baseball, softball registration:

    Registration for baseball and girls softball in the Lake Villa Township Baseball League is open.

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    Glen Ellyn launching ‘Move GE’ bike and active transportation initiative

    An initiative to create a bike and active transportation plan is gaining steam in Glen Ellyn. The village launched Move GE with an open house Wednesday night at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center and invited residents who couldn’t make it to take a brief online survey.

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    Hanover Park holds Coffee with the Board Feb. 8

    Hanover Park elected officials are inviting residents to attend Coffee with the Board Saturday, Feb. 8. The quarterly event is an opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns with Mayor Rodney Craig, the village clerk and the board of trustees.

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    Indian American GOP hosts gubernatorial forum

    All four Republican gubernatorial candidates will attend a forum organized by the Indian American Republican Organization from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at Ashyana Banquets, 1620 75th St. in Downers Grove. There will be a reception from 5 to 6 p.m., the forum itself from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and a buffet-style dinner from 7:30 p.m. onwards.

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    Hanover Twp. hosts presentation on heart health

    The Hanover Township Office of Community Health will host a presentation on heart-friendly recipes on Feb. 24. The free event, held in recognition of American Heart Month, also will offer tips on how to avoid salty foods.

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    Karen Schock, president of the Elgin Math and Science Charter School Initiative, talks to members of the Elgin Noon Rotary Club about the group’s charter school proposal. Group leaders will discuss their plans at a community forum Tuesday.

    Charter group wants to open kindergarten to 8th-grade school

    The Elgin Math and Science Charter School Initiative will conduct a community forum Tuesday at Gail Borden Public Library to answer questions about the group’s charter school proposal. “It’s going to be a presentation with more specifics about the school,” said Karen Schock, a retired U-46 teacher and president of the charter school initiative. “We want to really...

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    Rolling Meadows High School students Seamus Lenihan, left, and Kenny Garrison rehearse for their upcoming performance in “The Laramie Project.” The play tells the story of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student murdered in Wyoming 15 years ago.

    “The Laramie Project” brings lessons for students, audience at Rolling Meadows HS

    Some plays try to make audiences laugh, others try to make them cry, but the students and director behind the upcoming performances of “The Laramie Project” at Rolling Meadows High School say they hope to make audiences think. The play draws on hundreds of interviews and news reports to tell the story of the fatal beating of a 21-year-old gay Wyoming college student named Matthew...

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    Joe McMahon

    Kane County felonies down, child support collection up in 2013

    Felony cases and misdemeanor DUIs were down again in 2013 compared to 2012, according to an annual report from Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon's office. Child support collections have increased, and the deferred prosecution prosecution programs have a 75 percent success rate.

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    Bob Pearson, a Hampshire resident who won the Daily Herald’s Fittest Loser contest in 2011, was injured in a serious accident last fall and is recovering from a series of injuries. Because he and his wife are unable to work, the Hampshire community is raising money to support them. The next fundraiser is March 1.

    Hampshire church works to help injured man

    Zion United Methodist Church in Hampshire is organizing a charity dance and raffle March 1 to benefit the family of Bob Pearson. Pearson, winner of the Daily Herald’s 2011 Fittest Loser contest and a Hampshire resident, was involved in a serious automobile accident Oct. 26.

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    Residents of the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp wait to leave the camp, on the southern edge of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Over the past six days the U.N. continued to distribute food parcels in the Palestinian camp where activists say at least 85 people have died as a result of lack of food and medicine since mid-2013.

    UN report details impact of war on Syrian children

    Children in Syria have been tortured, maimed and sexually abused by President Bashar Assad’s forces and recruited for combat by the rebels fighting to topple him during the country’s nearly 3-year-old conflict, a new United Nations report said.

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    Rich Carlson of Des Plaines said he was riding, and mostly pushing, his bike on a 6-mile trip for exercise on Golf Road on Thursday in Des Plaines.

    Images: Wednesday Snow
    Overnight snow made for a long and messy commute for many in the suburbs trying to get to work on Wednesday.

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    Students depart Larkin High School in Elgin at the end of classes Tuesday. Elgin Area School District U-46 is considering starting the school year a week earlier beginning this fall. The district is seeking public input online, and the school board will vote on the administration's recommendation at a future meeting.

    U-46 considers Aug. 13 start for next school year

    Elgin Area School District U-46 officials are considering starting the school year a week earlier, on Aug. 13, next school year and beyond. They are is seeking public input on the proposed calendars for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

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    Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, a former Southern California educator, was jailed on felony charges that could send her to prison for life after a former female student accused her of sexual abuse in a YouTube video that’s gained nearly a million views and prompted another girl to come forward.

    Police: Educator in YouTube case acknowledged sex

    In her first police interview after a YouTube video was posted accusing her of child sex abuse, a California educator acknowledged she had a sexual relationship with a young student, according to a newly released court filing.

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    Mich. fugitive sought since 1977 found in Calif.

    woman who escaped from a Michigan prison nearly 37 years ago has been found living under an alias in San Diego, police said Tuesday. Judy Lynn Hayman, 60, was being held in a San Diego County jail awaiting extradition to Michigan, where she escaped from a prison in Ypsilanti in 1977 while serving time for attempted larceny, San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

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    A civilian oversight board has determined that eight Los Angeles police officers violated department policy when they mistakenly opened fire on two women during the manhunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner. The Police Commission’s decision announced Tuesday leaves the question of disciplinary measures to Police Chief Charlie Beck.

    LAPD officers violated policy in manhunt shooting

    Eight Los Angeles police officers violated department policy when they mistakenly riddled a pickup truck with bullets, injuring two women, during a manhunt last year for cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner, a civilian oversight board announced Tuesday.

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    Angry over revelations of National Security Agency surveillance and frustrated with what they consider outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers around the nation are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to monitor and track citizens.

    States look to rein in government surveillance

    Angry over revelations of National Security Agency surveillance and frustrated with what they consider outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers around the nation are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to monitor and track citizens. Their efforts in at least 14 states are a direct message to the federal government: If you don’t take action to strengthen privacy, we will.

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    Syria misses interim chemical weapons deadline
    Syria’s government has missed another deadline for destroying its chemical weapons stockpile but still says it will meet a final deadline of June 30.

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    At her post at Isaac Fox Elementary School, Marie McBride was honored for 40 years as a Lake Zurich crossing guard.

    Lake Zurich honors 40-year crossing guard

    Marie McBride was honored Tuesday night for 40 years as a Lake Zurich crossing guard. She's now the longest-serving village employee. "I'm just doing my job,” McBride told the Daily Herald while at her post Tuesday outside Isaac Fox Elementary School on Lake Zurich's south side.

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    Dawn Patrol: Batavia vote on Walgreens? Naperville smart grid suit

    Batavia vote on Walgreens could come Feb. 17. Naperville sues smart grid developer. Rutherford running mate says he doesn't know details of allegations. Buffalo Grove Olympian gets first look at Sochi. Winter weather advisory through noon Wednesday.

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    Manju Goel and Larry Kaifesh

    8th District GOP hopefuls compare credentials

    8th Congressional District Republican candidates Larry Kaifesh and Manju Goel share many of the same takes on the issues facing the nation, so their contest for the GOP nomination and the right to take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth may come down to personal credentials.

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    Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner speaks to the Daily Herald editorial board.

    Rauner says he'll work with 'corrupt' legislature

    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Tuesday Illinois has a “corrupt legislature” but also said he'll invite lawmakers into the governor's mansion if elected to get to know them on a first-name basis and work with them. “I want to work with the legislature to drive results, and I'll be down there every day they're in session, Rauner said.

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    A new watchdog report indicates staffing levels of teachers, counselors and security at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles is so bad that it “potentially violates youths’ constitutional right to receive an education and adequate mental health treatment.” The condition comes after a doubling of the facility’s population as the result of the closure of the Joliet facility.

    Report: More inmates, more problems at IYC in St. Charles

    A new report by a local justice system watchdog says the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles is so poorly staffed that its juvenile residents have little chance of getting the education or counseling needed to rehabilitate them. “How you change the facility to adjust to the new population, that’s still a work in progress,” an official with the watchdog group said.

Sports

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    Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller (1), of Switzerland, deflects the puck as Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus (26), of the Czech Republic, skates past during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Hawks show Ducks why they're still team to beat

    The Blackhawks and Anaheim had the NHL's two best records and a combined 15 Olympians on the ice at Honda Center. Before all that world-class talent heads to Sochi this weekend, the Blackhawks demonstrated why they're still the team to beat when the NHL gets back to work in three short weeks. Corey Crawford made 29 saves in his first shutout of the season and the Hawks pulled within one point of Anaheim for the overall NHL lead with a 2-0 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday night.

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    Former Elgin standout Arie Williams expressed sadness Wednesday over the end of the Elgin Holiday Tournament.

    Elgin Holiday Tournament ends 39-year run

    Elgin High School on Wednesday announced the cancellation of its annual boys basketball holiday tournament, ending a 39-year tradition. Athletic director Paul Pennington cited financial losses and tepid response to 2014 contracts as the reasons for the event’s demise. “It was not financially responsible to continue,” Pennington said. “Hosting an event that large put a dent in our budget. To continue doing that next year would not be financially responsible.”

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    Coach Tom Thibodeau's consistent message might be dull and repetitive, but it works for the Bulls.

    Bulls' Thibodeau keeps it simple, effective

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can be a little dull -- no, make that repetitive -- in media interviews. But his consistent message seems to work for the Bulls, who can get crushed by a bad team one night and rebound with a strong performance the next.

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    Katie Claussner

    Girls basketball: Week 9 MVP

    St. Charles East junior guard Katie Claussner has earned Daily Herald MVP honors for her recent basketball performances.

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    Christian Negron

    Boys basketball: Week 9 MVP

    Larkin freshman Christian Negron has earned Daily Herald MVP honors for his recent basketball performances.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Collins (33 points) leads Maine West win

    Brittany Collins was a force for Maine West as the Warriors claimed a 57-47 victory over visiting Lake Zurich on Wednesday in nonconference play. Collins, a senior forward, pumped in a game-high 33 points, making 14 field goals and 5-for-8 at the foul line.

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    Grayslake Central’s Carson Sparkman, left, drives past Grayslake North’s Sidney Lovitsch Wednesday night at Grayslake Central.

    Tough win for Grayslake N.

    If she’s brave enough to throw her body in front of hard-struck soccer balls, it’s no wonder Grayslake Central junior Rachel Effa would stand in front of a charging Brittney Thibeaux. Thibeaux stands 6 feet. And is athletic. Effa is listed at 5-7. And has a bad knee. And yet late in Wednesday night’s Fox Valley Conference Fox Division showdown against visiting Grayslake North, Effa stepped in front Thibeaux. Effa, who had drawn a charge earlier in the game, was a tad late. Thibeaux scored, drew the foul, and when a frustrated Effa softly tossed the ball from a sitting position, the referee called a technical foul. Kendall Detweiler hit both free throws to complete a 5-point sequence with 40.5 seconds left, and Grayslake North escaped with a 34-31 win.

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    South Elgin’s Bridgette Williams, left, blocks a shot by Barrington’s Megan Talbot during Wednesday’s game at Barrington.

    Uveges coach-player tandem succeeds for South Elgin

    Serving as the South Elgin junior varsity girls basketball coach the past four seasons, John Uveges has never lost a game. He is now undefeated as a varsity coach, too. Filling in for head coach Tim Prendergast, Uveges guided the Storm to a 50-41 nonconference victory at Barrington on Wednesday night. It also gave Uveges the rare opportunity to coach his daughter Savanah in a varsity girls basketball game.

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    Anneli Kawaoka of Naperville North on the Vault during the Naperville North girls gymnastics regional Thursday at Naperville North High School in Naperville,

    Naperville North answers regional question

    Gymnastics regionals can bring tears of joy and of sorry.Hit your routines and finish in the top five in an event and you qualify for sectionals individually and perhaps also help your team do so. Wobble too much or fall and you might be left wondering, “What could have been?” Naperville North doesn’t have to answer that question, nor did the Huskies shed any tears after they won Wednesday’s Naperville North regional with 138.3 points, finishing comfortably ahead of runner-up Oswego co-op’s 133.975.

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    Head Coach Larry McKeon offers suggestions during practice. The Naperville North Huskies football team takes to its field resplendent with a new Field Turf artificial playing surface for the first time this year on Wednesday, August 12.

    McKeon heads Naperville North hall class

    Retired four years now, former Naperville North football coach Larry McKeon voices a lament common among his peers. “It’s funny,” he said, “how after years of coaching you remember the losses more than you remember the victories.” That’s how coaches think, perfectionists that they are. The reality is great coaches such as McKeon are remembered as winners.

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    Huntley’s Jessica Brock scrambles for a loose ball with McHenry’s Gabby Schweitzer, left, and Mckayla Snedker in the first quarter on Wednesday in Huntley.

    First conference title since 2003 for Huntley

    When visiting girls basketball teams turn to face the flag in Huntley’s gymnasium during the national anthem, players can’t help but notice a certain banner hanging just to the right of Old Glory, one that commemorates the 2013 Red Raiders’ fourth-place finish in Class 4A. Though the banner might intimidate some visitors, it can also serve as motivation for ambitious challengers looking to test themselves against a state-caliber program. Visiting McHenry didn’t seem intimidated in Wednesday’s Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game when it cut Huntley’s 15-point halftime lead to 10 midway through the third quarter, but the Warriors could not keep pace for 32 minutes with the hungry Red Raiders, who clinched a share of the FVC Valley title with a 50-30 victory.

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    Rafferty in fine form; Prairie Ridge wins at Lake Park

    Elk Grove’s Amelia Rafferty started the season on the sidelines, but the Grenadiers senior came back with a vengeance. Rafferty injured her right hand in early November and did not return to the gym until late December, but she more than made up for lost time on Wednesday at the Lake Park regional. Rafferty was in a zone from start to finish in taking second place in the all-around (37.825). Prairie Ridge co-op was also locked in, securing the regional title with an impressive 148.375l points in Roselle.

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    Weisberg, Stevenson right on track at regional

    Alyssa Weisberg got about the business of defending her state balance beam championship on Wednesday night. The Stevenson junior knows it’s a different year, and a different challenge for her, as the state series gets started. Weisberg cleared her first test, winning the beam in regional action at Stevenson with a 9.4, and the Patriots are in line for a sectional appearance after finishing runner-up behind Glenbrook South on Wednesday at Stevenson.

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    Wheaton Warrenville South wins at West Aurora

    Wheaton Warrenville South girls basketball coach Rob Kroehnke has a simple philosophy he conveys to his players. “We talk about winning quarters,” Kroehnke said. “We had a great second quarter.” The Tigers held West Aurora to 4 points, scoring 15 unanswered points during the second quarter, and their ultimate 12-point differential in the period was the difference in a 53-41 victory Wednesday in Aurora.

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    John Curtis High School football coach J.T. Curtis watches as Malachi Dupre signs his letter of intent for LSU in the high school’s gym on Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

    Sad to say, but signing day matters to me

    Mike Imrem says the circus that has become national signing day in college football is disgusting. But yet he still woke up early and immediately tuned into it as if it mattered in the wide scope of world events?

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    Illinois State tops Northern Iowa 76-65

    Bobby Hunter scored 17 points and grabbed three rebounds as Illinois State defeated Northern Iowa 76-65 on Wednesday night.Daishon Knight had 15 points and four rebounds for the Redbirds (13-10, 6-5 Missouri Valley Conference). Zach Lofton came off the bench to score 14 with five rebounds and three assists and Jamaal Samuel added 10 points.

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    Rock Valley stops Harper

    It’s tough to beat a ranked conference foe on the road, but that was the task facing the Harper College men’s basketball team as the Hawks traveled to No. 5 Rock Valley College on Wednesday night. It turns out it was too tough a task, as Harper fell 89-66.

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    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 65, East Aurora 24: On Senior Night, Liz Arco had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Ally Giampapa added 11 points to lead the Hawks to an Upstate Eight Valley win. Lauren Janczak (15 points) and Kaitlin Brohan (10 points, 4 steals) also contributed for Bartlett (15-10, 8-3).Hampshire 58, Woodstock 36: Sara Finn and Emma Benoit each had 18 points to lead the Whip-Purs (9-13, 4-7) to a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division win. Tricia Dumoulin added 8 points for the winners.Cary-Grove 33, Jacobs 16: Sarah Kendeigh scored 10 points and Katie Barker added 8 to lead Cary-Grove (15-10, 6-5) in the FVC Valley. Talia Surges and Carly Sidor each had 4 points for Jacobs (5-19, 2-8).Harvest Christian 45, Keith 4: Kylee Knox had 13 points and Gabi Rodriguez added 11 points and 9 rebounds to lead Harvest (13-9, 7-2) in the Northeastern Athletic Conference.Prairie Ridge 55, Dundee-Crown 45: Jesenia Laboy had 19 points and Emily Michalski added 8 for Dundee-Crown (7-18, 2-9) in the FVC Valley.

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    Time to reflect on a contemplative endeavor

    Fishing has the unique ability to be both relaxing and a huge kick in the pants - frequently at the same time.

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    Even with Boozer, Bulls stick to plan

    The day after complaining about his fourth-quarter minutes, Carlos Boozer delivered some late-game help for the Chicago Bulls against the Phoenix Sun. He not only dropped in a hook shot with 1:43 remaining to put the Bulls ahead 95-89, he also got a hand up on defense and helped force a Markieff Morris miss on the other end. Don’t know if anyone is claiming coach Tom Thibodeau caved in to Boozer’s complaints, but Tuesday’s playing time was not out of character.

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    Harvest Christian defeats Keith

    Harvest Christian 60, Keith 38: John Vislisel had 24 points and 18 rebounds and Brett Comer added 14 points to lead the Lions in the Northeastern Athletic Conference. Noah Fox added 8 points for Harvest.

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    Images from the South Elgin vs. Barrington girls basketball game in Barrington Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

    Images: Barrington vs. South Elgin girls basketball
    Barrington played South Elgin on Wednesday, Feb. 5 for girls basketball

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    Images from the McHenry at Huntley girls basketball game Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in Huntley.

    Images: Huntley vs. McHenry girls basketball
    Huntley played McHenry on Wednesday, Feb. 5 for girls basketball

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    Green Bay defeats Illinois-Chicago 81-70

    Keifer Sykes scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds as Green Bay defeated Illinois-Chicago 81-70 Wednesday night in a matchup of the Horizon League’s first- and last-place teams.

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    Former star pitcher turned television analyst Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that he is battling cancer. The 47-year-old Schilling, who spent 20 years in the major leagues before retiring in 2009, divulged the news in a statement released through his employer, Bristol-based ESPN. It did not indicate what type of cancer Schilling has, when he was diagnosed or what his prognosis might be.

    Curt Schilling announces he has cancer

    Former star pitcher turned television analyst Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that he is battling cancer. The 47-year-old Schilling, who spent 20 years in the major leagues before retiring in 2009, divulged the news in a statement released through his employer, Bristol-based ESPN. It did not indicate what type of cancer Schilling has, when he was diagnosed or what his prognosis might be.

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    Junior forward Matt Johnson is from Batavia and now plays at Stevenson. He will return to Batavia on Saturday with Stevenson in a matchup against Benet at the Jim and Sylvia Roberts Night of Hoops.

    Batavia’s Night of Hoops will be bigger than ever

    After honoring retired boys basketball coach Jim Roberts at the 2013 Batavia Night of Hoops and renaming it after the Hall of Fame coach and his wife the question was, what to do for an encore. The answer is more basketball.

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    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena, 9:30 p.m. ThursdayTV: WGN, TNTRadio: ESPN 1000-AMUpdate: A few weeks ago, Golden State (29-20) went on a 10-game winning streak but has been treading water since then and just lost at home to Charotte by 16 points Tuesday. The main guys are playing well, with all-star starter Stephen Curry averaging 24.3 points, PF David Lee at 18.9 and SG Klay Thompson at 18.5. Free-agent addition Andre Iguodala is averaging 9.6 points, lowest since his rookie season. The Bulls have gone 3-10 in Oakland since 1999 but won there last year 113-95, two days after losing to Sacramento by 42 points.Next: Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center, 2:30 p.m. Sunday — Mike McGraw

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    Schaumburg’s Stacey Smith will take his game to Western Illinois, where he’s projected as a wideout and/or return specialist.

    Schaumburg’s Smith feels right at home at Western Illinois

    Stacey Smith has always been about family. And the Daily Herald’s Northwest all-area football team captain wanted to make sure he had that family feeling when he chose a college. Smith said he found that comfort level when he chose Western Illinois to continue his playing career. Smith also had offers from Southern Illinois, North Dakota State and Eastern Michigan.

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    Shaun White of the United States takes a jump during a Snowboard Slopestyle training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics. White said Wednesday, Feb. 5, that he is pulling out of the Olympic slopestyle contest to focus solely on winning a third straight gold medal on the halfpipe.

    Shaun White jams wrist, nixes Olympic slopestyle

    Shaun White jammed his wrist on one jump and watched the world’s best snowboarders join him in tumbling down the supersized, super-scary Olympic slopestyle course. Quickly, his choice became clear: Time to step away from the danger, and give himself a better chance in the halfpipe, an event he knows he can win.

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    Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey announced Wednesday that his 2014 recruiting class includes 31 players from 11 states.

    NIU Huskies load up on defensive recruits

    After a second consecutive 12-win season, Northern Illinois head football coach Rod Carey came away with 31 recruits for its 2014 class. Drawing from 11 states, NIU’s list includes 15 defensive players, 14 offensive players and two specialists. NIU added nine recruits from Illinois, seven from Wisconsin and five from Florida to lead the class.

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    Peppers highlights Michigan’s 2014 class

    Michigan introduced a 2014 recruiting class of 16 players, a group ranked 27th in the nation by Scout.com as of Wednesday afternoon. The best signee is defensive back Jabrill Peppers of Paramus, N.J., who received a five-star ranking from Scout.

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    Wisconsin boosts athleticism at WR, DB

    Coach Gary Andersen’s first recruiting class following a full year in the Big Ten netted Wisconsin more brawn along the offensive line and an injection of speed and athleticism at receiver and defensive back.

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    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says the offensive line “really stands out” in this year’s signing class.

    Purdue loads up on size in new recruiting class

    Coach Darrell Hazell is trying to change the image of Purdue football. He spent all offseason searching for more size, more toughness and more leadership.

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    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says the offensive line “really stands out” in this year’s signing class.

    Notre Dame signs 23, 11 for defensive front

    Notre Dame added depth on national signing day where it was most needed: along the defensive front seven and the offensive line. “You’re winning up front, and building that depth in the front seven and the offensive line really stands out in this class, and then having some really good players across the board for us,” coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday.

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    Jeff Jones, a running back from Minneapolis Washburn, puts on a Minnesota cap while his grandmother Doris Jones applauds, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Minneapolis. Jones upheld his verbal commitment to the program by announcing his decision Wednesday on national signing day to join the Gophers football team. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Richard Sennott) ST. PAUL OUT MINNEAPOLIS-AREA TV OUT MAGS OUT

    Minneapolis RB tops Minnesota’s 2014 class

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The highlight of Minnesota's latest recruiting class is a hometown kid: running back Jeff Jones.Jones upheld his verbal commitment to the program by announcing his decision Wednesday on national signing day to join the Gophers. He held a news conference at Minneapolis Washburn, the same high school that produced standout defensive tackle and potential NFL first-round draft pick Ra'Shede Hageman.Jones was also considering Iowa State. Considered the best college recruit in Minnesota, Jones was ranked in the top 100 nationally by two major services, Rivals.com and Scout.com.His decision gives the 2014 group a big boost. Both Rivals and Scout ranked Minnesota's class 49th nationally, the highest under coach Jerry Kill.

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    Montez Sweat of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., announces he will play football for Michigan State on Wednesday.

    Michigan St. assembles top 25 recruiting class

    Michigan State introduced a football recruiting class Wednesday ranked among the nation’s best, building on a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl victory.

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    Ohio State stocks up with several top linebackers

    Seeking reinforcements at several thin spots — principally linebacker and offensive line — Urban Meyer got pretty much what he wanted. The third-year Ohio State coach announced he had locked up 23 players on Wednesday, the first day for signing national letters of intent.

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    Penn State football coach James Franklin celebrates the announcement of a recruit committing to the school during national signing day Wednesday in State College, Pa.

    Franklin secures first class at Penn State

    James Franklin made the most of the little time he had to complete his first recruiting class at Penn State. Hired Jan. 11 to take over the sanction-riddled program after Bill O’Brien left for the NFL’s Houston Texans, Franklin signed 20 recruits on Wednesday — 11 on offense, nine on defense — to complement five others who enrolled at Penn State in January.

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    Analysts like Nebraska’s lineman recruits

    Nebraska coach Bo Pelini signed 24 football players to letters of intent Wednesday, with analysts saying the strengths of the class are the offensive and defensive linemen.

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    Scheel, Wiegers highlight Iowa signing class

    Iowa announced a 19-player signing day class Wednesday highlighted by quarterback Tyler Wiegers and an instate star set to switch to receiver.

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    Hoosiers add 26 football players on signing day

    Kevin Wilson keeps raising the bar. On Wednesday, the Hoosiers coach signed 21 new players to go with the five he corralled earlier this year and came up a recruiting class that may go down as better than last year’s.

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    Illinois head coach Tim Beckman hopes to improve a defense that was among the Big Ten’s worst last season.

    Illinois adds class heavy on defense, receivers

    The Illinois signing class isn’t particularly big at 18 players. And packed with primarily two- and three-star recruits, it isn’t highly rated. But second-year head coach Tim Beckman said Wednesday he hopes a group heavy on defense and receivers and peppered with junior college transfers will fill some of the holes on a team that went 4-8 in 2013.

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    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insists that the program remains in good shape after such a disappointing 2013 season.

    Northwestern lands 15 players

    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald sounded almost giddy as he looked toward the future and unveiled the latest recruiting class. The Wildcats officially added 15 players Wednesday on national signing day as they try to pick themselves up from a disappointing season, including quarterback Clayton Thorson of Wheaton.

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    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, center, waves to fans during the Super Bowl champions parade on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Seattle erupts during Seahawks Super Bowl parade

    Tens of thousands of notoriously loud Seahawks fans are cranking up the noise, as they cheer, chant and go berserk during a parade to celebrate the franchise's first Super Bowl victory. The mood in downtown Seattle was electrifying, as the parade featuring the Super Bowl champions got underway Wednesday near the Space Needle.

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    Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman sits next to manager Frank Wren while discussing his new deal with the baseball team, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Atlanta. Freeman said Wednesday his $135 million, eight-year deal shows he should simply continue on his current path to becoming one of the best first basemen. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, David Tulis) GWINNETT OUT MARIETTA OUT LOCAL TV OUT (WXIA, WGCL, FOX 5)

    Freeman humbled by biggest deal in Braves’ history

    Freddie Freeman says he won’t try to change to prove he deserves the biggest contract in Atlanta Braves’ history.“I’m going to go out there and just keep trying to get better,” he said Wednesday, a day after his $135 million, eight-year deal was finalized.

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    FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2013, file phot, a CBS sideline camera operator prepares for an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills in Pittsburgh. The NFL says CBS will televise eight of its Thursday night games next season. The leagues says the contract is for one year, and they have an option to extend it for 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    NFL awards Thursday contract to CBS

    The NFL has decided to shift eight of its Thursday night games to a broadcast network, and announced Wednesday that CBS won the bid to showcase more of television’s hottest property.CBS will air the games during the first eight weeks of the season with its top broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, simulcasting them with the NFL Network.

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    FILE - In this June 4, 2007, file photo, tennis champion Billie Jean King is introduced during a town hall conversation hosted by the group Women for Hillary in New York. King will not attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia because her mother is ill. King, chosen in December to help lead the U.S. delegation to the Sochi Games, has been outspoken in her opposition to Russia's anti-gay law and had planned to attend ice hockey and figure skating events and meet U.S. athletes during her three-day visit to the games. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

    Billie Jean King won’t attend Sochi opening

    Billie Jean King will not attend Friday’s opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia because her mother is ill. King, who was selected to help lead the U.S. delegation to the Games, has been outspoken in her opposition to Russia’s anti-gay law. She also planned to attend ice hockey and figure skating events and meet U.S. athletes during her three-day visit to the games.

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    Mexico skier Hubertus Von Hohenlohe wearing his Marachi speed suit. Von Hohenlohe certainly won’t be hard to miss on the slopes at the Sochi Games. The 55-year-old German prince will be the one wearing a flamboyant Mariachi speed suit as he competes for Mexico. Born in Mexico City, he’s royalty because of his family’s blood line.

    Five eye-raising story lines out of Sochi Olympics

    The simple, most basic premise of the Olympics is to bring the athletes of the world together. And in Sochi, those athletes are truly coming from all parts of the world — whether their homeland is a winter wonderland or not. So here’s a look at five of the eye-raising story lines about these Olympics.

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    Associated Press Winston Watts, the driver for JAM-1 of Jamaica, and his bobsled teammates were unable to practice because the Jamaican team equipment and luggage did not arrive in Sochi.

    Jamaican bobsledders’ equipment lost with luggage en route to Sochi

    Jamaica’s beloved bobsled team had to raise money just to get to Russia. Now they’ve arrived at the Sochi Games — but without their equipment. The carefree Jamaicans were unable to make their first practice runs Wednesday because their luggage, with the runners for their two-man sled as well as all their sliding gear, was missing.

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    Henry toughs out injury, lifts Naperville C.

    Naperville Central senior Vanessa Henry wasn’t going to let an ankle injury get in the way of her final girls gymnastics regional.

Business

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    Walgreen, the nation's biggest drugstore operator, said sales at stores open at least a year grew 2.9 percent for the month, mostly because revenue from pharmacy departments improved.

    Walgreen's sales metric beats estimates

    Deerfield-based Walgreen said Wednesday that a key sales measurement posted a solid gain in January. The nation's biggest drugstore operator said sales at stores open at least a year grew 2.9 percent for the month, mostly because revenue from pharmacy departments improved.

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    U.S. stocks fell Wednesday, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to its third loss in four days, as a private report showing companies added fewer jobs than forecast overshadowed acceleration in service industries.

    U.S. stocks end down slightly, but cut losses

    Wall Street took a step backward Wednesday. Then a tiny step forward. Then back. The tentative dance amounted to little change for major U.S. stock indexes, which ended the day just below their prior day’s levels.

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    The former Dominick’s grocery store on Route 176 at Route 12 in Wauconda.

    Wauconda commissions study fill vacant Dominick’s site

    Seeking to fill a long-vacant supermarket space, Wauconda trustees have commissioned a retail and market study.

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    DAILY HERALD/Steve Lundy A lawsuit claims Abbott, which marketed Androgel from 2010 through 2012, and prescription drug-maker AbbVie concealed knowledge the drug had a “serious propensity” to harm.

    Abbott Labs sued by men claiming AndroGel harms

    North Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie Inc., the company it spun off last year, hid the dangers of using the testosterone replacement drug AndroGel, five men claimed in lawsuits. Their complaints, filed in the federal court in Chicago Tuesday, came four days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will re-examine the safety of testosterone replacement drugs.

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    The Deerfield-based liquor company Beam, which is being acquired by Japanese beverage company Suntory Holdings Ltd. in a $13.62 billion deal, said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter net income declined 19 percent, hurt partly from higher income taxes and a charge.

    Beam 4Q adj. profit, revenue top Street’s view

    The Deerfield-based liquor company Beam, which is being acquired by Japanese beverage company Suntory Holdings Ltd. in a $13.62 billion deal, said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter net income declined 19 percent, hurt partly from higher income taxes and a charge.Its adjusted results and revenue topped analysts’ estimates.Beam Inc., which makes classic American whiskeys Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark and other spirits, agreed to the Suntory acquisition last month. Suntory will pay $83.50 per share. The companies put the transaction’s value at about $16 billion, including debt. Beam said Wednesday that the deal is still on track to close in the second quarter.For the three months ended Dec. 31, Beam earned $90.3 million, or 55 cents per share, down from $110.9 million, or 69 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding the impairment of a trade name in Spain and other items, income from continuing operations was 77 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet forecast 72 cents per share.Income taxes jumped to $31 million from $5.7 million. Revenue, excluding excise taxes, rose 4 percent to $739.5 million from $709.2 million. Wall Street expected $734.3 million.Full-year net income fell 6 percent to $362.5 million, or $2.22 per share, from $385.2 million, or $2.40 per share, in the prior year.Adjusted income from continuing operations was $2.63 per share.Annual revenue, excluding excise taxes, climbed 4 percent to $2.55 billion from $2.46 billion.Beam’s stock shed 6 cents to $83.09 in morning trading.

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    CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care.

    CVS Caremark plans to stop tobacco products sales

    CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care. The nation’s second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1, a move that will cost about $2 billion in annual revenue but won’t affect its 2014 earnings forecast.

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    Amy Sabani (from left), Amber Kariolich and Sarah Seckinger, Sunday at Boone County Family Restaurant in Caledonia. Each received a $5,000 tip from a customer on Saturday.

    Woman gives 3 Illinois waitresses $5,000 each

    ROCKFORD — Three waitresses at an Illinois restaurant say they could only stare in disbelief when a woman over the weekend handed them each a $5,000 check.The owner of the Boone County Family Restaurant in Caledonia, Matt Nebiu, said business was slow Saturday when the customer handed checks to 25-year-old Amy Sabani, 23-year-old Sarah Seckinger and 28-year-old Amber Kariolich.Sabani told the Rockford Register Star that she first thought her check was for $500. But on closer inspection she saw its actual value and refused to take it. Sabani said the woman told the waitresses to use the money for school and “everything else in life.”Seckinger says a last semester to earn her associate degree in criminal justice was too expensive, but she will now return to school.

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    Missouri's attorney general has asked a federal court to strike down a California law regulating the living conditions of chickens, setting up a cross-country battle that pits new animal protections against the economic interests of Midwestern farmers.

    Missouri AG challenges California egg law

    Missouri's attorney general has asked a federal court to strike down a California law regulating the living conditions of chickens, setting up a cross-country battle that pits new animal protections against the economic interests of Midwestern farmers. The lawsuit by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster takes aim at a California law set to take effect in 2015 that prohibits eggs from being sold there if they come from hens raised in cages that don't comply with California's new size and space requirements.

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    Administration drills down to find the uninsured
    Uninsured Americans are still procrastinating about President Barack Obama’s health care law. With fewer than 60 days left to enroll, can the administration find the millions of customers needed to sustain new insurance markets?

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    Ill. House votes to delay Quinn’s budget address

    The Illinois House has approved Gov. Pat Quinn’s request for more time before he delivers his annual budget address despite objections from Republicans. Lawmakers voted 62-48 Tuesday to pass the measure moving the annual budget speech from Feb. 19 to March 26. That puts the speech after the March 18 primary election.

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    U.S. Rep. introduces app competition for district

    An Illinois congressman wants to spark education in his district through an app competition. U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren on Tuesday announced the competition designed to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math. He says sparking students’ interest in these fields is important for the nation.

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    Ex-conductor sues Illinois railroad over racial harassment

    Ex-conductor sues Illinois railroad over racial harassment It also alleges that a co-worker attacked Perry in November 2012 by holding him down in a break room and cutting off his dreadlocks. “I was victimized, I was assaulted and harassed,” Perry said during a news conference. “This was a hate crime. I was targeted!”

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    Lisa Madigan

    Illinois Attorney Generalto testify in on data breaches

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is set to testify about data breaches during a visit to Washington. Madigan’s office says the Chicago Democrat is scheduled to testify Wednesday morning before a House committee on Capitol Hill.She plans to speak about a growing number of data breaches that she says have affected consumers nationwide and prompted multiple investigations into how businesses are protecting consumers. A data breach is the sharing of information that is supposed to be secure and confidential. Madigan says she plans to detail the role Illinois and other states have in responding to data breaches and the steps the private sector and government can take to prevent them.

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    Illinois research council awards grants for agricultural research

    The Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council is awarding $2.6 million in grants to help farmers maximize harvest yields. Illinois Department of Agriculture spokesman Jeff Squibb said in an emailed statement that there are 15 total projects. The idea is to look at the efficient use of nutrients while protecting the environment.

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    Google is offering new and “far-reaching” concessions to the European Union’s antitrust watchdog that are likely to be enough to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches.

    Google closes in on deal in EU antitrust case

    Google is offering new and “far-reaching” concessions to the European Union’s antitrust watchdog that are likely to be enough to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, the EU said Wednesday. EU Antitrust Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said that he’s “strongly convinced” the new proposals sufficiently address the competition concerns, marking a major milestone in the three-year-old case.

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    Decatur-based agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. reported a 26.7 percent decline in its fourth-quarter earnings Tuesday on costs from its thwarted takeover of Australian grain handler GrainCorp.

    Decatur’s Archer Daniels 4Q takes hit from blocked buyout

    Decatur-based agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. reported a 26.7 percent decline in its fourth-quarter earnings Tuesday on costs from its thwarted takeover of Australian grain handler GrainCorp. CEO Patricia Woertz said the company’s corn business benefited from lower costs while its agricultural services business was impacted by “slow farmer-selling of corn and challenges in international merchandising.”

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    Chicago Board of Trade owner says 4Q profit rose 16 percent

    CME Group, the parent company of the Chicago Board of Trade and other exchanges, said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter net income rose 16 percent, as trading volumes in futures contracts increased. Net income rose to $193.1 million, or 58 cents per share, for the three months that ended on Dec. 2013, from $166.8 million, or 50 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.

Life & Entertainment

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    Friends need lesson in how to handle crisis

    Q. I am 23. About a year ago I was diagnosed with what turned out to be a non-life-threatening cancer. During surgery and radiation, I was lucky enough to have a wonderful significant other and the care of my family. I’m healthy now.Throughout that time, I (or my family) sent infrequent update emails to friends and our extended family letting them know what was going on. At one point, I announced that I was ready for visitors and phone calls. I heard from a few people, but not at all from some friends I would have expected to hear from. Since for some people I was the first to go through an illness this serious, I understand that people didn’t know how to react or what to say. Though my feelings were hurt at the time, this isn’t something I am choosing to hold grudges over.But now, as I’m re-emerging, friends will say things along the lines of, “Sorry I wasn’t in touch more, but I knew you were well taken care of,” and I don’t know how to respond. I’m not angry, but I don’t want them to think that if another friend were to ask for visitors during an illness, it’s OK to just not reply. How do I respond when friends say things like this?Healthy but ConfusedA. First of all, congratulations, both on your health and on not holding grudges.Second: Welcome to the weirdness of crisis, where your besties can vanish while casual pals surprise and sustain you.Now that you’re feeling better on both counts, you have an impulse to make people more crisis-friendly by educating them. I understand that. It’s not your responsibility, though at least, it’s not your job to change the way anyone responds to some friend’s future illness.It is your job, as a friend, to be a friend, which includes: sharing your feelings, and giving those close to you a chance to give you what you want and need.If you look at it that way, then I think you’ll answer your own question on how to respond to your friends’ excuses. To mere acquaintances or those whose absence didn’t rattle you, you give the hey-no-worries treatment. Give yourself permission not to get involved in their need to kid themselves.With friends whose absence did rattle you, deploy the truth as a matter of friendship: “I was well cared for, yes, but I missed you and was hurt you didn’t come.”If they take it as a guilt trip, then assure them that’s not your intent. Explain that you understand you were the “first pancake,” the one to spring a serious illness on an unprepared group of friends. Assure them you’re not upset or holding a grudge, you just didn’t want to give them some shallow, insincere “Hey, no worries!” when, in fact, it did matter to you.The results could be awkward. Or, the ensuing conversation could bring you closer to these select few friends than before (while the heroic, once-casual pal reverts to casual). That’s just the way these things go, so, speak for yourself and see where that takes you.You have this at your back, at least: Whatever your friends serve up, you’ll have already have weathered much worse.• Email Carolyn at tellmewashpost.com, follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carolyn.hax or chat with her online at noon Eastern time each Friday at www.washingtonpost.com.(c) 2014, Washington Post Writers Group

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    Four people were taken into custody on drug charges after police investigating the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman executed search warrants at several New York City apartments, two people with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday.

    Officials: NY suspect had Hoffman’s cell number

    At least one of four people taken into custody on drug charges during an investigation of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s suspected fatal heroin overdose had the actor’s cellphone number, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

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    Healthy haddock that doesn’t taste healthy

    We all know that baked white fish is a fast and healthy way to get dinner on the table, particular during this annual time of dietary vow renewal. What isn’t always quite so clear is how to prepare that white fish without adding tons of fat and calories or rendering it a tasteless hunk of protein.

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    The Beer Market in Schaumburg's beer paddle allows a bit of sampling.

    Schaumburg's Beer Market taps brews from around world

    Serious beer fans are quickly adopting The Beer Market in Schaumburg as a favorite watering hole. Since the place opened in late fall, word has spread of its impressive collection of 500 craft beers, 50 of which are on tap. The welcome new arrival joins two Illinois siblings in Vernon Hills and Bolingbrook.

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    Wine abounds with labels that range from sweet to saucy for Valentine’s Day enjoyment.

    From sweet to sassy, a valentine wine selection

    All wine pairs well with romance. But some bottles really wear their hearts on their labels. Whether you’re interested in the Birds & bees sweet red wine or want to cut straight to the chase with some Simply Naked chardonnay, bottles abound with labels that range from sweet to saucy.

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    Mark Pike, 32, of Fredericksburg, Va., tastes his dish for the second annual Meal Ready-To-Eat/MRE cook-off Saturday at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va.

    Intrepid cooks try working magic with military rations

    Amateur chef John Crist reached into the box and blindly pulled out his secret ingredients — two Department of Defense field rations, otherwise known as “Meals, Ready-to-Eat,” or MREs. He examined the packages. He smirked. “Sloppy Joe filling,” he said. “And boneless pork rib.” The rib, Crist noted, was imitation pork. “Only the best.” Bon appetit and oorah!

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    Baked Haddock with Pineapple-Mint Salsa
    Baked Haddock with Pineapple-Mint Salsa

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    Photographs, maps and records from the real corps of soldiers known as “Monuments Men” who were tasked with protecting European cultural sites and recovering looted art during World War II are going on display in Washington, many for the first time. This is the rescuing of Michelangelo's Madonna and Child in Altaussee, Austria.

    Real 'Monuments Men' records go on display in D.C.

    When art historians saw Paris fall to the Nazis in World War II, they immediately realized Europe's vast monuments, art, cathedrals and architecture were at risk and began mobilizing to protect such treasures. Now for the first time, photographs, maps, correspondence and records — including lists of art amassed by Adolf Hitler and other Nazi leaders — from the corps of soldiers known as “monuments men” are going on display at the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and the National Archives.

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    Fresh chorizo boosts the flavor and color of potato hash.

    Chorizo, sweet potatoes create flavorful hash

    Complex doesn’t mean difficult: Here, sweet potatoes and fresh chorizo bring flavor, color and complexity with very little effort. The key here is to buy flavorful, fresh chorizo. Also, when you’re peeling the sweet potatoes, peel all the way down to the bright orange flesh.

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    Roasted Russet and Sweet Potato Hash With Chorizo

    Roasted Russet and Sweet Potato Hash With Chorizo
    Roasted Russet and Sweet Potato and Chorizo Hash

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    Dining events: Naperville gets That Burger Joint
    That Burger Join joines the Naperville dining scene; Pizzeria da Nella Cucina Napoletana opens in Carol Stream; Schaumburg's Snuggery serving up some Chandler’s Chophouse favorites.

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    Night life events: Tap House opens in Des Plaines
    Tap House Grill opens its ninth establishment in Des Plaines; Niche offers a specialty wheat wine ale; get a taste of RA Sushi’s sushi-making competition Sunday.

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    Lemon Syrniki
    LEMON SYRNIKI

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    Sbiten
    Sbiten

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    Shortly before Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis, she gave away some of her toys to non-Jewish neighborhood girlfriend Toosje Kupers for safekeeping. The toys have now been recovered and Anne’s tin of marbles will go on display for the first time Wednesday at an art gallery in Rotterdam, the Anne Frank House Museum says.

    Marbles that belonged to Anne Frank re-discovered

    Shortly before Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis, she gave some of her toys to a non-Jewish girlfriend who lived in the building next door. The Anne Frank House Museum says the toys have now been recovered and Anne’s tin of marbles will go on display Wednesday at the Kunsthal art gallery in Rotterdam. The neighbor, Toosje Kupers, kept the marbles along with a tea set and a book. It was only when Kupers, 83, was moving last year that she thought to mention the marbles to the museum.

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    Robin Cook has written a thought-provoking story in “Cell.”

    Smartphone app makes diagnosis in ‘Cell’

    Robin Cook has been entertaining medical thriller fans for decades, but he does much more with his latest novel, “Cell.” The story begins when a company gives prospective investors some exciting news: It has a smartphone app called iDoc that could replace primary-care physicians. Then several of iDoc’s patients die.

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    Mama Cass, a tank-born female Octopus briareus, 8 months old, displays the magnificent web of this species. Denise Whatley of Atlanta, Ga., teaches her octopuses that if they come to one corner of the tank, they’ll get attention, and if they go to another spot, she’ll take her hand out of the tank.

    A demanding pet with 8 legs and personality

    When Nancy King got a pet octopus, she made a serious commitment: She wouldn’t spend a night away from her home in Dallas the entire time she had it. “I had decided it would be an experiment in whether I could have a relationship with an octopus,” she says. “I sat with her every day and spent time with her, and I got rewarded for that.” Rewarded how? In fact, octopuses can be very interactive, and show evidence of a surprising degree of intelligence — even what seems like mischief-making.

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    Jay Leno interviewed Barack Obama in 2009, which was the first interview with a sitting president, on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”

    Leno: 2nd ‘Tonight’ exit is quits for late-night

    Jay Leno, as affably efficient backstage as he is in front of the camera, avoids waxing poetic about his 22-year “Tonight Show” run that draws to a close Thursday. Instead, he relies on numbers to tell the story. Leno’s tenure is second only to Johnny Carson’s 30 years; “Tonight” was No. 1 among viewers when he took it over and will be when he hands it off to Jimmy Fallon; he’ll have taped more shows than any predecessor, Carson included, with the final and 4,610th one.

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    Frozen spinach

    Ask the nutitionist: Learn to recognize your hunger cues

    Karen Collins answers readers' questions about learning to read your body's hunger cues and fresh vs. frozen spinach.

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    Classic beef stroganoff morphs into a burger for easier eating while watching the Olympics.

    Olympics on TV? Watch and nosh a healthy burger

    With the Olympics in Russia looming, Sara Moulton thought it might be fun to turn instead to a classic of Russian cuisine, namely, beef stroganoff. A rich dish with a noble birthright (scholars disagree about which particular Count Stroganov the dish is named for), beef stroganoff was a staple at America’s tonier restaurants during the '60s and '70s.

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    Classic beef stroganoff morphs into a burger for easier eating while watching the Olympics.

    Beef Stroganov Burgers
    Beef Stoganov Burgers

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    Dark cocoa and black beans make this Valentine’s Day brownie good for your sweetheart and your sweetheart’s heart.

    Eat right, live well: Chocolate good for your sweetheart and your heart

    As we mark Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month in February, Tony Smithson reminds us that we no longer have to feel guilty about eating a chocolate truffle or brownie. That’s right, chocolate can be good for your sweetheart and for your heart.

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    Dark cocoa and black beans make this Valentine’s Day brownie a good choice for your sweetheart and your sweetheart’s heart.

    Dr. Janet’s Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts
    Dr. Janet’s Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts

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    In a March 5, 2006, file photo, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses with the Oscar he won for Best Actor for in "Capote." AP Photo

    Editorial: The tragic lesson in Hoffman’s death
    Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's death reminds us that heroin addiction is an onging battle and a war being waged locally as well, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Isolationism’s high price

    Columnist Michael Gerson: This being the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, I have plunged into several books on the subject, most of them relating to what started it, and I have come up with the following conclusion: mustaches. Most of Europe’s leaders had either a mustache or a beard — the German kaiser, the jejune Wilhelm II, had the most resplendent mustache of them all, “fixed into place every morning by his personal barber,” Margaret McMillan tells us in her new history of the road to war. This confirms what I always thought: The Germans started the war.

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    A mood swing on immigration

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The Republican Party faces an existential question: Can it make the transition to a more welcoming position on immigration without tearing itself apart or further alienating Latinos by the tenor of its internal debate? The journey is necessary, perilous, and always easier to delay than begin.

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    No public support for Brainerd fantasy
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: It’s time to quit chasing the Brainerd dream.

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    Flat tax is no simple answer
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: This is in response to the Jan. 24 letter by Joseph Carroll about a flat tax and a “fair” tax system. Mr. Carroll stated he believes the current graduated tax system punishes successful people. I have heard many people talk about a flat tax. But what does it mean?

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    IEA president’s salary comparison was faulty
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: In the Jan. 26 edition of the Daily Herald, Illinois Education Association President Cinda Klickna had a half-page advertisement titled, “The Ingredients for Better Schools.” In it Ms. Klickna states that there are “ ... core areas that directly impact our classrooms.” Ms. Klickna goes on to say, “These include teacher preparation, salaries, and funding.” As usual this is just another plea for more taxpayer money.

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