Daily Archive : Friday February 7, 2014


    Hampshire High School's cheer team performs in the medium team category in preliminary rounds of IHSA state championships on Friday in Bloomington.

    Suburban cheerleading teams make cut

    The many local teams that journeyed to Bloomington Friday with high hopes in the state cheerleading competition were whittled to a smaller number of finalists in a long day of competition at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Preliminary results are in for all four divisions, and the competition will resume Saturday morning at 11.

    Bob Smith/rsmith@dailyherald.com Fire destroyed a house and two cars Friday night on the 1300 block of Lance Lane in Carol Stream. Witnesses said they saw flames shooting from the roof and back of the two-story Queen Anne-style house. The blaze caused extensive damage throughout the home and attached garage. At least one firefighter appeared to be injured while battling the blaze which was reported around 6:30 p.m.

    Carol Stream fire destroys home, cars

    Fire destroyed a house and two cars Friday night on the 1300 block of Lance Lane in Carol Stream.Witnesses said they saw flames shooting from the roof and back of the two-story Queen Anne-style house. The blaze caused extensive damage throughout the home and attached garage.

    Jose Garcia

    Mundelein man guilty of murder

    A 19-year-old Mundelein gang member was found guilty late Friday of killing a Zion teen because of the way he wore his hat. Jose Garcia now faces up to life in prison after a jury found him guilty on three counts of first-degree murder for killing 18-year-old Gabriel Gonzalez in the parking lot of the One Stop Food and Liquor store in Round Lake Beach March 10.

    COURTESY OF EDWARD MARSHALL Chicago Blackhawks alumni and other celebrities faced off Friday night in an outdoor hockey game in Rosemont’s entertainment district.

    Blackhawks alumni drop the puck in Rosemont

    Chicago Blackhawks alumni and other celebrities helped kick off the inaugural Winter Frost Face Off outdoor hockey series Friday in Rosemont’s entertainment district.

    Alexandra Wilson, 17, of Mount Prospect received the Rising Star Award from the Special Events Commission and Mayor Arlene Juracek at Friday’s Celestial Celebration banquet in Mount Prospect.

    Shining Stars glitter in Mt. Prospect

    Mount Prospect honored its Shining Stars on Friday night at the annual Celestial Celebration banquet.

    Grayslake North High School’s cheer team performs in the medium team category.

    Images: Competitive Cheerleading prelims, Northwest and Lake County
    Images of Northwest and Lake County teams at the IHSA Competitive Cheerleading preliminary round on Friday, February 7 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. The finals competition takes place Saturday.

    Neuqua Valley High School’s cheer team performs in the large team category.

    Images: Competitive Cheerleading prelims, DuPage County and Fox Valley
    Images of DuPage County and Fox Valley teams at the IHSA Competitive Cheerleading preliminary round on Friday, February 7 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. The finals competition takes place Saturday.

    Smoke in the building set off the fire alarms inside Batavia High School on Friday night. The building was evacuated, but people were let back in within about 45 minutes.

    Batavia High evacuated after furnace overheats

    Batavia High School was briefly evacuated Friday evening after the fire department responded to a report of smoke in the hallway, officials said. Batavia Fire Chief Chief Randy Deicke said crews were dispatched to the high school, 1201 Main St., after a fire alarm went off between 7:30 and 8 p.m. “We had an overheated furnace up in the ceiling area,” he said. “It overheated and caused some smoke...

    NATO summit protesters Brent Vincent Betterly, of Oakland Park, Fla., Jared Chase, of Keene, N.H., and Brian Church, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were convicted of arson on Friday.

    NATO protesters convicted of non-terrorism charges

    A jury acquitted three NATO summit protesters Friday of breaking Illinois’ rarely tested state terrorism law, a finding the defense said should dissuade Illinois or any other states from ever pressing such charges in a similar way against activists.


    State agencies propose rules for pot dispensaries

    Three state agencies have released proposed regulations for Illinois’ pilot medical marijuana program. The departments of Revenue, Agriculture and Financial and Professional Regulation posted draft rules online Friday to address how dispensaries and cultivation centers will be regulated and taxed.

    Kayden Powell was found alive Friday in a storage crate outside a gas station in eastern Iowa.

    Woman charged with abducting Wisconsin infant

    A woman who pretended to be pregnant stole her half-sister’s newborn boy from a Wisconsin home and left him in a storage crate outside an Iowa gas station in frigid temperatures as police closed in, according to court documents filed Friday.

    Boys look through binoculars Friday from a hill overlooking Sochi Olympic Park before the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

    A cultural guide to Sochi opening ceremony

    Wondering about some of the Russian culture featured Friday in the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics? Here’s a guide to the history, literature and art that made up a big part of the show.

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson holds up his New York subway card Friday after giving his first major address at the Wilson Center in Washington. The civil war in Syria has become a matter of U.S. homeland security over concerns about a small number of Americans who have gone to fight with Syrian rebels and returned home, Johnson said.

    US: Syria conflict a threat to homeland

    The U.S. fighters in Syria are recruited by extremists, indoctrinated and provided terror training, according to one of the officials briefed on the threat. More Americans are considering going over, the official said.

    The intersection of routes 120 and 12/59 is the focus of a proposed study.

    Traffic study topic of Tuesday open house in Volo

    Lake County officials will host an open house Tuesday regarding a proposed study of traffic needs focused on the intersection of Routes 12 and 120. “We also want to look at the whole area,” said Chuck Gleason, project manager for the Lake County Division of Transportation.


    Libertyville man dies while snorkeling

    Police in the Cayman Islands say a tourist from Libertyville has died while snorkeling in the British Caribbean territory. The man was identified as 64-year-old Richard Chaput.

    Sushmitha Suresh, of Aurora, poses for a photo at Metea Valley High School. Suresh, who performed in a Super Bowl commercial that features young women singing “America the Beautiful” in various languages, is fending off criticism about the Coca-Cola advertisement.

    Aurora teenager fends off Super Bowl ad criticism

    A suburban Chicago teenager who performed in a Super Bowl commercial that features young women singing “America the Beautiful” in various languages is fending off criticism about the Coca-Cola advertisement.

    A scene from one of two ofChevrolet’s ads that feature gay couples and families made to air during the Olympic opening ceremony on NBC.

    Chevy Olympic ads feature gay couples

    One ad, called “The New Us,” for the Chevrolet Traverse crossover SUV, shows quick shots of many different families, including a gay male couple with a son and a daughter. “While what it means to be a family hasn’t changed, what a family looks like has,” a voiceover states. “This is the new us.”


    Chicago man sentenced for Missouri rape

    A 30-year-old Chicago man has been given two life sentences for raping a southwest Missouri university student in 2009. A Greene County judge on Friday also ordered Charlie K. West to serve 15 years for kidnapping the woman.

    Three historic buildings on West Algonquin Road in Algonquin will be demolished within the next six months. They are part of the original business district and are in severe disrepair, documents show.

    3 historic buildings in Algonquin slated for demolition

    A portion of Algonquin’s original business district is about to meet the wrecking ball. Three historic, but crumbling buildings on West Algonquin Road that date back to the late 1800s will be demolished within the next six months, the village board decided this week in a 4 to 2 vote. Tuesday’s vote reversed a December decision from the historic commission, which voted unanimously to keep the Old...

    Maryn Iwanski points at Cookie Mouse as she listens to the story, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” by Laura Numeroff with her mom, Amy, Friday at the Town and Country Library in Elburn.

    Book character stars at Town and Country Library

    Cookie Mouse shows up to visit with about a dozen children Friday morning at the Town and Country Library in Elburn.


    Des Plaines settles suit with former deputy chief

    The city of Des Plaines has reached a $187,500 settlement with former Deputy Police Chief Richard Rozkuszka who claimed in a federal lawsuit that he was forced out of his job for speaking out about the cover-up of police misconduct. City Manager Mike Bartholomew on Friday said it was the opinion of the city’s insurance carrier to settle the suit, though he still called Rozkuszka’s complaint a...

    Jim Oberweis, left, and Doug Truax, right, are candidates in the race for U.S. Senate in the 2014 GOP primary.

    Republican Senate candidates Oberweis, Truax differ on Middle East

    While the primary election five weeks away, each Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is seeking to position himself as the one who could unseat Democratic incumbent Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin in November. During interviews with the Daily Herald editorial board, state Sen. Jim Oberweis and political newcomer Doug Truax disagreed on U.S. policy in the Middle East, but agreed in other areas.


    Visit Lake County honored:

    Visit Lake County this past week was honored for Best Social Media Marketing at the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The marketing group also won the award in 2009.


    Ice fishing derby:

    The Northern Illinois Conservation Club Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the Thirsty Turtle Beach Bar and Grill, 42273 N. Woodbine Ave., on Channel Lake near Antioch.

    Mudy Munoz-Salgado

    10-year prison sentence for 2012 Elgin hotel rape

    A 38-year-old Missouri man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for a November 2012 rape at an Elgin hotel. A jury in November 2013 convicted Mudy Munoz-Salgado, of Eldon, of sexual assault even though the victim did not testify. Salgado was in town for a construction project when he forced a Missouri woman, who had come to visit her boyfriend, into a hotel room. The boyfriend was one of...


    Teen Job Fair at Schaumburg Library Feb. 15

    Representatives from local companies interested in hiring teens will have applications and information available at the Teen Job Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Rasmussen Room of the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. No registration or fee is required.


    Hearts of Gold Gala:

    Lincolnshire residents are invited to attend the Riverside Foundation Auxiliary’s annual black-tie optional gala, “Hearts of Gold,” on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort.

    Linesman work to restore electrical power Friday in Downingtown, Pa.

    Utility crews chip away at eastern power outages

    Utility companies reported about 280,000 customers without power in Pennsylvania — most of them in the five-county Philadelphia area. In Maryland, service has been restored to all but about 16,000 homes and businesses.


    Flag disposal drop box:

    The Countryside Fire Protection District collects worn, faded and otherwise unserviceable U.S. flags and ensures their proper retirement according to law. Flags can be left in a drop box at the northwest corner of the fire headquarters, 600 Deerpath Drive, Vernon Hills.


    Grayslake Central teacher honored:

    A Grayslake Central High School teacher recently received an award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


    NIU to mark shooting anniversary with bell-ringing

    Northern Illinois University will mark next week’s sixth anniversary of a campus shooting that killed five students with a moment of reflection and a bell-ringing.


    Wisconsin residents help neighbors short on propane
    “I know everybody, and I’m watching my neighbors and friends suffer through this,” said Tom Oldenburg, who owns and operates Driftwood Sport and Fuel just off U.S. 141 in Amberg. “It’s hard.”

    Steve John, CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and tournament director of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament, stands beneath a photograph of Clint Eastwood Friday in Pebble Beach, Calif. John was choking on a piece of cheese at a volunteer party when Eastwood gave him the Heimlech maneuver.

    Clint Eastwood saves golf director from choking

    “I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes,” Eastwood said. “It looked bad.”

    A propane tank outside a home on the Standing Rock Reservation in Fort Yates, N.D.

    Propane shortage fuels Dakotas reservation crisis

    “We think she just fell asleep and died,” said her mother, Sara Dogskin, tears trickling from the corners of her eyes as she stared out the dining room window of her house just a few blocks from where her daughter died early Tuesday.Preliminary autopsy results released Friday did not identify a cause of death, but Sioux County Sheriff Frank Landeis said he believes Dogskin froze to death because...

    A glass bottle recovered on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, by biologist Warren N. Joyce of Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The bottle was among thousands dumped in the Atlantic Ocean between 1956 and 1972 as part of a program by Woods Hole oceanographer Dean Bumpus to study surface and bottom currents. About 10 percent of the 300,000 drift bottles have been found.

    Bottle released by scientist in 1956 found

    Warren Joyce said the bottle had been sand-blasted over about 75 percent of its surface. He could still read the words, “Break This Bottle,” so he pried off the rubber stopper. Inside, there was a note from Dean Bumpus explaining that the bottle was among many being released to study the ocean.


    Cook County GOP seeks election judges

    Cook County Republican Party officials are looking for 3,000 judges of election to work the polls during primary Election Day, March 18.

    Glenbard High School District 87 is asking voters in a March 18 referendum to approve borrowing $35 million as part of a $100 million facilities plan to improve its four high schools, including 88-year-old Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn.

    Glenbard Dist. 87 seeking taxpayer support for facilities plan

    Glenbard High School District 87 is asking taxpayers for approval to borrow $35 million to help fund $100 million in facilities repairs and improvements. Voters will see the referendum question on the March 18 primary ballot.

    Connie Shanahan

    County board candidate wants to eliminate recorder’s office

    A Republican Lake County board candidate believes the county recorder’s office should be eliminated and the staff’s work handled by the county clerk.

    David Hain, orchestra and choir director at Streamwood High School, has a knack for finding the hidden musical talent in his students. He is the Daily Herald's top teacher of the month.

    Streamwood High music teacher finds students' inner talent

    David Hain's colorful personality exudes an energy that resonates with his students. A Golden Apple Award finalist, Hain teaches guitar theory, music theory, choir and orchestra at Streamwood High School. He has a knack for bringing out the singer/musician in everyone, students say.


    California leaders announce ‘kill switch’ bill

    Officials in California have announced proposed legislation requiring smartphones to have a built-in “kill switch” to render stolen or lost devices inoperable.


    Carol Stream upgrading its planning strategy

    Carol Stream has nearly tripled in population over the past 30 years, and for the first time in three decades the village is upgrading its comprehensive plan — a document municipalities use that contains goals, objectives and strategies for development.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A person, possibly a woman, is being sought in connection with the theft of a cart of electronic items at 11:57 a.m. Tuesday at Walmart, 801 N. Randall Road, Batavia police said. The person wheeled the cart out the doors, but abandoned it when store security workers approached.


    Village requested $120,000 refund from federal government

    More than $50,000 in federal refund checks for Pingree Grove and some of its police officers were stolen sometime last year, and are now being reissued and trickling into the village, officials said. Altogether, six officers had been paying erroneously into Social Security while also paying into the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund since the village’s police department was created in 2006,...

    Alejandro Garcia

    Atty: Boot camp likely for South Elgin man who accidentally shot brother

    A 29-year-old South Elgin man who accidentially shot his brother last year likely will be required to complete a six-month boot camp, his attorney said. Alejandro Garcia pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon Friday and was sentenced to five years in prison. The sentence also contains a judge's recommendation for boot camp, which Garcia's attorney, D.J. Tegeler, is confident his...

    Michigan City police and firefighters dig with shovels to rescue Nathan Woessner, who was trapped for more than three hours under about 11 feet of sand at the Mount Baldy dune in Indiana.

    Many anomalies found in sand dune that swallowed boy

    A ground-penetrating radar survey found dozens of anomalies in a large sand dune along the Lake Michigan shoreline in northern Indiana where an Illinois boy was buried under 11 feet of sand last summer, but scientists still aren’t sure what caused the dune to swallow the youngster.


    Following resignation, Kane Co. seeks new hires

    Kane County's experiment with creating a local social media community have been deemed successful enough to add two permanent jobs to the payroll. But the last person to serve in one of the those jobs recently quit while citing a hostile work environment created by county board Chairman Chris Lauzen.

    Deputy Attorney General James Cole testifies Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Examining Recommendations to Reform FISA Authorities. “If you’re looking for the needle in the haystack, you have to have the entire haystack to look through,” Cole has told Congress.

    NSA collecting less than 30 percent of call data, officials say

    The NSA collection program began without court or congressional approval after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks but was placed under court supervision in 2006 when American phone companies balked at providing the data solely at the request of the executive branch.Under the program, the NSA receives daily transfers of call “metadata” from several of the nation’s largest phone companies.


    Chicago police overtime cost about $103 million in 2013

    The city of Chicago spent more than $100 million on police overtime in 2013, including 107 officers who each collected more than $50,000 in overtime, according to a published report Friday.


    Quinn won’t debate Hardiman

    Gov. Pat Quinn won’t debate his lone Democratic challenger ahead of next month’s primary. Activist Tio Hardiman wrote Quinn a letter requesting debates ahead of March 18, saying the public “deserves a serious debate.”

    The 1926 silent film “The General” starring Buster Keaton will be shown Friday, March 7, at the Leela Arts Center in Des Plaines. The Silent Film Society of Chicago moved its three-day “Buster Keaton Weekend” there after the Des Plaines Theatre closed.

    Silent Film Society finds new spot for old films

    The Silent Film Society of Chicago is moving its “Buster Keaton Weekend” March 7-9 from the now-shuttered Des Plaines Theatre to a much smaller venue across the street. Three screenings of classic Keaton films will be shown at the Leela Arts Center, 620 Lee St., at the same dates and times originally scheduled, according to Dennis Wolkowicz, the society’s program director.


    Public hearings set on Illinois Medicaid proposal

    Two public hearings are scheduled on a proposal to restructure much of the Illinois Medicaid health care system for low-income and disabled patients. Hearings on the proposal, called a Medicaid demonstration waiver, will be held in Springfield on Feb. 14 and in Chicago on Feb. 20.

    Eruviel Avila, governor of the state of Mexico, will visit Illinois next week.

    Mexican officials, orchestra to visit Illinois

    The governor and Supreme Court president of a Mexican state and a 70-person orchestra are among officials from the country set to visit Illinois next week as part of a trip to encourage trade between the two entities, Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced Friday.


    Seven indicted on federal armed robbery charges

    Seven men indicted on federal armed robbery charges stemming from a string of robberies at mobile phone stores last year that spanned two states. Stores in Addison and Woodridge were among those targeted.


    Chicago man pleads guilty to Arlington Heights tire theft

    A Chicago man involved in the January 2013 theft of tires from an Arlington Heights Nissan dealership pleaded guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft Friday in Rolling Meadows. In exchange for Abel Villarreal-Garcia's plea to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft, a judge sentenced the 41-year-old to 40 days in Cook County Jail

    Passengers of private Turkish company Pegasus leave the plane Friday at the Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Official: Passenger tried to hijack plane to Sochi

    Authorities snuck onto the plane and subdued the suspected hijacker while the other 109 passengers were being evacuated, Huseyin Avni Mutlu, the Istanbul governor, told reporters at Sabiha Gokcen airport. The man was slightly injured during the struggle, but no weapons were used, he said. The man did not have a bomb on him, he said.

    Bill Foster

    Foster: Stop cutting heroin addiction help

    U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a Naperville Democrat, took to the House floor this week to criticize cuts to federal money used to fight heroin abuse in the same week award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from an apparent overdose this week.


    Arlington Heights man pleads guilty to sexual assault

    An Arlington Heights man who prosecutors say sexually abused teenage girls at his apartment in 2010 and 2011, pleaded guilty to the charges this week, court records show. Damien Deanda, 41, was sentenced to a total of 15 years in exchange for guilty pleas to three separate charges. He must complete at least 85% percent of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.

    One of the rings forming the Olympic Rings symbol fails to open Friday during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Russian TV shows doctored video of Olympic rings

    Konstantin Ernst, executive creative director of the opening ceremony, told reporters at a news conference that he called down to master control to tell them to go the practice footage when he realized what happened.“This is an open secret,” he said, referring to the use of the pre-recorded footage. The show’s artistic director George Tsypin said the malfunction was caused by a bad command from a...

    Dean McKenna

    Westmont man charged in Lisle armed robbery

    A 25-year-old Westmont man is facing felony charges in connection with an armed robbery last month at a Lisle grocery store. Dean McKenna, of 35 W. 66th St., has been charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, one count of battery and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is questioned by reporters in Toronto.

    Toronto mayor wants rainbow protest flag removed

    Some city halls across Canada raised the rainbow flag as the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics began in Sochi, Russia.“It’s not about someone’s sexual preference,” Ford said. “I do not agree with putting up the rainbow flag. We should put our Canadian flag up.”

    Bill Prim, left, and Andrew Zinke are running for McHenry County Sheriff in the March GOP primary.

    McHenry Co. sheriff candidates spar over morale, budget

    The two candidates running in the Republican primary for sheriff in McHenry County have spent more than 20 years each in law enforcement, but hold starkly different views on what the office needs. Andrew Zinke, 45, of Woodstock, is the current undersheriff; Bill Prim, 54, of Cary, is a retired Des Plaines police commander who works as a court security officer in Lake County.

    Quiver, shot with an arrow on Wednesday in Washington, Utah, is recovering after surgery.

    Utah cat survives after arrow shot through face

    A veterinarian who examined the cat tells The Spectrum an arrow had gone through the animal’s head, passed through its esophagus and then came out of its shoulder blades.

    Lake Barrington this week adopted regulations on where medical marijuana stores could be located.

    Lake Barrington sets limits on medical marijuana dispensaries

    The Lake Barrington village board this week voted to limit the location of any potential medical marijuana cultivation and distribution centers to a small industrial portion of town. The state medical marijuana law does not allow municipalities to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but gives them authority to regulate their location from a zoning standpoint.

    Don Orseno

    Lawmakers want Metra delays addressed

    Concerned about Metra's performance on frigid days this winter as well as other issues plaguing the agency, suburban lawmakers say they want to see changes at the country's second largest commuter rail system. “We want to make sure that the trains run on time and people aren't put out on cold platforms in subzero temperatures,” said state Rep. David Harris, an Arlington Heights...

    Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday at Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s Hospital a $68 million project to build a long-awaited full tollway interchange at Barrington Road and I-90 in Hoffman Estates.

    Quinn announces Barrington Rd. interchange funding

    Gov. Pat Quinn, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and many other elected and appointed officials were in Hoffman Estates Friday morning for the announcement of a $68 million funding plan for a long-awaited full interchange at Barrington Road and the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. “It’s going to happen!” village President Bill McLeod pronounced, as if in disbelief.


    Funeral set for Ingleside nurse

    A funeral will be held Sunday for a Lake County nurse who was fatally struck by a plow truck this week. he service for Diane Shogren, 51, of Ingleside, is set for 7 p.m. at Justen Funeral Home and Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry. It will be preceded by a visitation that will run from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private.

    Hersey High School head librarian Katie Alexander, center, discusses how students access their District 214 accounts to complete their homework assignments in a health class with health teacher Sharon Meintzer, left, and student teacher Sarah Rodriguez.

    Moving Picture: Hersey librarian leads digital way for school

    Katie Alexander, head librarian at John Hersey High School, doesn't spend much of her time between bookshelves or the front desk. These days a librarian is more of a technology guru, helping students navigate new technology to help with their school work. “We are a one-stop shop for all information, training, or tutoring,” said Alexander.

    Bob Bednar, left, and Ed Sullivan, right, are candidates in the race for 51st House in the 2014 GOP primary.

    Sullivan, Bednar lock horns in House District 51 GOP primary in Lake County

    Republican voters in a portion of Lake County will choose between a state representative who holds two elected jobs and a politically active challenger in next month's primary. House District 51 incumbent Ed Sullivan Jr. and Bob Bednar disagree on issues including same-sex marriage.


    Hanover Park police to use Tasers in pilot program

    Hanover Park police will carry Tasers under a one-year pilot program backed by village trustees Thursday night. The department will spend nearly $20,000 for nine of the devices and training. Officials expect cops will be armed with the weapons as early as June.


    Lombard saves money on salt, but faces high overtime costs

    This snowy winter, Lombard is one of a few lucky suburbs that has reported having surplus road salt. But just like other towns, the village can't avoid paying overtime to workers who have been busy clearing away the more than 46 inches of snow that have fallen this winter. As of Jan. 30, the public works department spent about $145,000 this winter in overtime expenses, seasonal worker expenses...

    A great horned owl at the Rock Springs Nature Center in Decatur.

    Owls not bright, but vicious at night

    The learned old owls living on the grounds of Harvard University are supposed to be so erudite they disdain “to-wit-to-woo” in favor of “to-wit-to-whom?” It's all part of a vigorous owl mythology fed by Disney movies such as “Bambi” that portray owls as these portly, wise and feathered academics of the forest. That's no doubt an easier sell with the movie...


    Tenn. girl, 5, dies from being forced to drink soda as punishment

    SURGIONSVILLE, Tenn. — An East Tennessee couple faces a murder charge, accused of forcing the man’s 5-year-old daughter to drink more than 2 liters of grape soda and water, causing her brain to swell and rupture, authorities said.

    Former Tampa Police captain Curtis Reeves, Jr., left, sits beside his defense attorney Richard Escobar during his bond reduction hearing at the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center in Dade City, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Reeves is accused of fatally shooting Chad Oulson, 43, and wounding his wife, Nicole, 33, during an argument over texting before a movie.

    Bail hearing continues in movie theater shooting

    Witnesses were expected to testify Friday for the second day in a bond hearing for a retired Tampa police captain accused of shooting another man in a movie theater during an argument over texting. Curtis Reeves, 71, is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of 43-year-old Chad Oulson. Reeves pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Pasco County Court.

    President Barack Obama is carrying out a presidential duty he hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to perform recently: signing into law a major piece of bipartisan legislation. Obama planned to sign a far-reaching farm bill Friday during a visit to Michigan State University.

    Obama signing farm bill trimming food stamps

    President Barack Obama is carrying out a presidential duty he hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to perform recently: signing into law a major piece of bipartisan legislation. Obama planned to sign a far-reaching farm bill Friday during a visit to Michigan State University.

    Shawn Atkins, currently in prison on theft charges, testifies in the trial of Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Atkins provided an eye witness account and the license tag of Dunn’s car to police. Dunn is accused in the shooting death of Jordan Davis, who was outside a store with friends in November 2012.

    Witnesses describe Fla. shooting over loud music

    Witnesses have recounted how a Florida man fired at an SUV outside a Jacksonville convenience store, killing a teen, following an argument over loud music. More witnesses and police officers will take the stand Friday in 47-year-old Michael Dunn’s first-degree murder trial for fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis in 2012.


    Fundraising to begin for Dixon’s Reagan statue
    Western Illinois officials will try to raise $200,000 to build a bronze statue of a young Ronald Reagan near the beach where he once worked as a lifeguard. The Dixon Telegraph reports the statue would be 7 feet fall and be installed in Lowell Park, where Reagan spent summers working as a lifeguard.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Chinese counterpart Xi — the leaders of the world’s second and third largest economies — are going to Sochi.

    Asia leaders join Sochi as Obama, others stay away

    When top Western leaders decided to stay away from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Winter Olympics, he wasn’t exactly left friendless: He has the heads of leading Asian nations and others to help show the world that not everyone is put off by his human rights record and the anti-gay law he championed. Unlike President Barack Obama, who declined to attend the Sochi Olympics, the leaders of...

    Sam Malambri spent more than 30 years teaching jazz to teenagers who called him the “Pied Piper of Palatine.”

    Longtime Walter Sundling Junior High band director dies

    Sam Malambri, known to his Walter Sundling Junior High students as the "Pied Pieper of Palatine," has died. The Inverness man spent more than 30 years at the school as a band director and played gigs with some of the biggest names in jazz. “He always wanted to make people happy,” his daughter Julie Malambri said.


    Dawn Patrol: Reward in store clerk slaying; $1 million lottery winner

    Reward offered in Bensenville murder case. Lake County deputy awarded $750,000 in discrimination suit. Probation pitch in Antioch-area street race case. Fire damages Elgin home. Friends celebrate $1 million lottery ticket winnings. Auto show and Olympics start this weekend.

    A vest watch chain made from braided human hair is on display in a new exhibit titled “Fashion Accessories: In Vogue … and Out,” at the DuPage County Historical Museum in Wheaton. The chain belonged to Newton E. Matter, owner of the Wheaton Illinoisan Newspaper.

    Fashion accessories tell DuPage County’s story in new exhibit

    Wearing a ring made out of your deceased husband’s hair may seem creepy to people nowadays, but in the late 1800s it was a fashion trend that was found throughout the world, including in DuPage County. Items made from braided human hair and about 300 other accessories from the 1880s to 1990s are now on display at the DuPage Historical Museum’s new exhibit, “Fashion Accessories:...

    About 50 Davis and Richmond parents provided feedback to St. Charles Unit District 303 staffers about how to improve math education Thursday night.

    St. Charles parents learn new math is needed for grade-level centers

    St. Charles School District 303 officials ended their series of feedback sessions with parents of Davis and Richmond students Thursday night with a pledge to improve math achievement. Students at the grade level centers score far below their peers at other district schools.


    Events tied to fashion accessories exhibit
    There's a new exhibit at the DuPage County Historical Museum: Fashion Accessories: In Vogue... and Out (From Late 1800s through Modern Day).

    Various fruits sliced up and placed on top of a light box.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of February 3rd.


    Elgin’s Lavion Baldwin holds off Larkin’s Kendale McCullum as they charge for a loose ball Friday at Larkin.

    UEC history for Larkin

    Larkin guard Taylor Boley is a talented shooter known for his offense, but the senior made the defensive play of the game in the waning seconds of a 59-56 victory over rival Elgin on Friday and lifted the Larkin boys basketball program to new heights in the process. Host Larkin led 57-56 with seven ticks to play as Elgin inbounded the ball on its side of midcourt. The pass was triggered into Elgin leading scorer Isaiah Butler coming off a screen, guarded tightly by Larkin senior guard Kendale McCullum.


    Wheaton North defeats Lake Park

    Smiles were in good supply after the Wheaton North boys basketball team ended its team meeting after beating host Lake Park 65-52 on Friday night.

    Kalen Starkey of Glenbard West looks to take a shot against York Friday in Glen Ellyn.

    Defense keys York victory against Glenbard West

    York’s boys basketball team didn’t make a field goal in the second quarter, and then went scoreless for nearly four minutes to start the fourth quarter.No problem. Not when the Dukes played defense like their conference title hopes depended on it.Stifling defensive play helped keep York unbeaten in the West Suburban Silver Conference with Friday’s 51-38 victory over Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn.


    Carmel, Grayslake Central earn wins

    Carmel 48, St. Patrick 36: Jack George and Michael Barr each scored 14 points for the visiting Corsairs in the East Suburban Catholic Conference game.Chris Duff added 10 points for Carmel (19-6, 3-3).Grayslake Central 62, Crystal Lake Central 39: The Rams improved to 11-7 and 7-0 in the Fox Valley Fox Division.


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


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


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


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

    Metea Valley’s Mark Konkle (32), defends Hinsdale Central’s Chase Hamilton (30), right, during a 56-40 loss to the Red Devils in Hinsdale, Friday.

    Hinsdale Central snaps Metea Valley’s streak

    Realizing that Metea Valley was bringing a five-game winning streak by an average of 5 points per game while averaging 70 points a contest into Friday’s contest at Hinsdale Central, Red Devils coach Nick Latorre knew that a key for his team was not allowing the Mustangs to be in a position where they could tap into the confidence they had built up by winning tight games.


    Maine West wins thriller

    Trailing by 11 points with less than four minutes left, Maine West’s girls basketball team staged one of its biggest comeback of the season to get past host Deerfield 57-55 on Friday night. Senior Brittany Collins came up with a 3-point play with seven seconds left to give the Warriors the final margin of victory, capping one of the top games of her career. The St. Xavier recruit scored 37 points, one shy of her career high against Niles North, and grabbed 19 rebounds in the Central Suburban North game that left the Warriors tied for first with Maine East.

    St. Charles North’s Chase Gianacakos shoots over Batavia’s Ryan Olson in the second quarter on Friday in Batavia.

    St. Charles North sounds the alarm

    St. Charles North’s basketball team found a different way to win Friday night in Batavia. Both teams waited out a 48-minute delay in the first quarter after the sounding of a fire alarm resulted in an evacuation of the gymnasium. Down the stretch, the North Stars (13-7, 7-3) had just enough firepower to push past the Bulldogs, 48-42, in Upstate Eight Conference River Division action.

    St. Charles North’s Chase Gianacakos shoots over Batavia’s Ryan Olson in the second quarter on Friday in Batavia.

    St. Charles North sounds the alarm

    St. Charles North’s basketball team found a different way to win Friday night in Batavia. Both teams waited out a 48-minute delay in the first quarter after the sounding of a fire alarm resulted in an evacuation of the gymnasium. Down the stretch, the North Stars (13-7, 7-3) had just enough firepower to push past the Bulldogs, 48-42, in Upstate Eight Conference River Division action.


    IC earns share of Gold with triumph

    IC Catholic Prep did something title teams do. The Knights took Montini’s best shot and responded.


    Reed, Libertyville author win over Mundelein

    Libertyville’s boys basketball team was looking to snap a three-game losing streak Friday night. Done. And the much-needed win came against rival Mundelein, no less. Matt Reed’s 20 points led four players in double figures, as the Wildcats pulled away to win the North Suburban Lake Division contest 84-56.

    Stevenson’s Matt Johnson splits Zion-Benton’s Milik Yarbrough, left, and Fred Calvert during NSC Lake play Friday night at Stevenson.

    Full recovery for Stevenson against Z-B

    It could have been some bad fast food from earlier in the afternoon. “Or it might have been this morning’s breakfast,” Stevenson star guard Jalen Brunson said. “It might be the stomach flu. I just didn’t feel good the entire game.” But Brunson did his best on Friday night to ignore his weak stomach and guide Stevenson to an 81-63 North Suburban Conference victory over Zion-Benton in front of a standing-room-only crowd that included admirers such as Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and the entire coaching staff from the University of Illinois.


    West Chicago avenges loss to South Elgin

    It is one thing to say threes were absolutely wild for West Chicago in its 90-63 Upstate Eight Valley clinic of South Elgin Friday night. It’s another thing if you want to revise a TV show lyric and say “where the threes are theirs and theirs and Bibbs, Three’s Company, too.” It was more than a company of threes for the Wildcats, as John Konchar notched his first career triple-double of 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, the Wildcats were 11 of 22 from 3-point range and West Chicago (13-9, 5-6) scored 30 points in the third quarter rout where they shot 10 of 16.


    Vernon Hills to defend Prairie title

    Vernon Hills’ girls basketball team will defend its North Suburban Conference championship after holding off host Grant 59-46 in the two teams’ NSC Prairie Division finale Friday night. The Cougars (21-5) finished 10-2 in the NSC Prairie, tying Antioch for the championship. By virtue of beating the Sequoits twice in as many games, Vernon Hills will play in the conference championship for the third year in a row.


    Geneva handles Streamwood

    With three 6-foot-7 players on Geneva’s frontline, Streamwood had to pick its poison Friday: pack in its defense to defend the basket or try denying the Vikings’ stellar 3-point shooters. After giving up 44 points in the paint in a 66-47 loss to the Vikings in December, the Sabres chose the former option, hoping to mask their size disadvantage with no starter taller than 6-2.


    Droeske, Aurora Central beat Rosary at buzzer

    The latest girls basketball collision between neighborhood rivals Rosary and Aurora Central Catholic could not have had stranger plot twists.


    Lisle defeats Westmont

    A 10-0 run to start the second half switched the momentum for the Lisle boys basketball team as it was able to take down Interstate Eight Conference rival Westmont 67-62 on Friday at Westmont.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Westminster Christian 48, IMSA 37: The Warriors (12-10) defeated IMSA during first round action of the NAC Tournament. Robert Kleczynski led Westminster with 13 points, while Brad Barker scored 12 points. “Great job defensively. This is a pretty good win for us,” said Westminster Christian Coach Bruce Firchau.Burlington Central 58, Genoa-Kingston 49: The Rockets (16-6, 6-2) beat the Cogs during Big Northern East competition Friday. Sean Fitzgerald led all scorers with 19 points, including 5 3-pointers. Reed Hunnicutt finished with 11 points and James Raney scored 10 for the Rockets.Cary-Grove 47, Prairie Ridge 38: Jason Gregoire’s 25 points helped the Trojans (12-9, 5-3) defeat Prairie Ridge in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action. Tyler Szydlo also did well for Cary-Grove, scoring 13 points. Christian Life 65, Harvest Christian 62: Despite John Vislisel’s 30 points, the Lions (9-11) lost in the first round of the NAC Tournament. Noah Fox scored 19 points for the Lions.


    Borries, Antioch embrace share of Prairie title

    After capturing their 20th win and a share of the division championship — against the crosstown squad, no less — Antioch’s girls basketball team still had one obstacle in its path. Coach Tim Borries stood between his players and their locker room following the Sequoits’ 63-38 victory over visiting Lakes Friday night. Borries hugged each of his players and assistant coaches. A wide smile never left his face. Antioch (20-6) reached the 20-win mark for the first time this decade — Borries came up empty in his research to find the last Antioch team to post that many victories — and by finishing 10-2 in the North Suburban Prairie, the Sequoits earned a share of the division title with Vernon Hills. Since the NSC split into two divisions in 2000-01, Antioch had never won the NSC Prairie. By virtue of its sweep over the Sequoits, however, Vernon Hills will play in Wednesday’s conference championship game.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward 49, Guerin 33: The Green Wave (15-8) defeated Suburban Christian opponent Guerin during crossover action Friday. Cece Rapp led all scorers with 17 points, while Madelyn Spagnola finished with 11 points and Katie Swanson added 8 points. “Defense was real good and we were pleased with the way we were able to pressure Guerin,” said St. Edward Coach Michelle Dawson.Bartlett 49, Metea Valley 36: Bartlett beat Upstate Eight opponent Metea Valley during Valley Division competition. Ally Giampapa finished with 16 points for the Hawks. Kaitlin Brohan contributed 7 points, 5 steals, and 3 assists for Bartlett, while Lauren Janczak (8 points) and Elizabeth Arco (7) also played well. Burlington Central 71, North Boone 39: Samantha Pryor led the Rockets (19-4, 10-0) with 27 points, as Burlington Central clinched at least a tie for its second straight Big Northern East title. Shelby Holt had 11 points, while Alison Colby and Kayla Ross scored 9 points apiece for BC.Francis Parker 46, Elgin Academy 43: Susie Cain had a career-high 20 points as well as 11 rebounds and 3 steals as the Hilltoppers (4-14) fell just short in the Independent School League. Liz Huerta had a season-high 8 points for Elgin Academy.


    Benet plays strong

    Benet wore down Marist to win 52-35 in East Suburban Catholic Conference boys basketball competition on Friday in Chicago.

    Phoenix Coyotes' Mike Smith (41) makes a save on a rebound shot by Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period in an NHL hockey game, Friday Feb. 7, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    New center makes debut in Hawks 2-0 loss

    New center Peter Regin made his Blackhawks debut on Friday at Phoenix. Regin centered the second line for Brandon Saad and Kris Versteeg in a 2-0 loss to the Coyotes that made the Hawks 3-1-2 on their six-game road trip. The trade added to the Hawks’ depth and filled a need at center, although time will tell if Regin is the answer on the second line.


    Antony’s 3 stuns West Aurora

    Ryan Antony spent much of Naperville Central’s game at West Aurora Friday night setting up teammates with one nifty pass after another, but when it mattered most the senior point guard fired away.

    Maine West’s Jamal Sherman (30) has the ball stripped away on a drive to the basket as Deerfield’s Jordan Baum (24) defends Friday in Des Plaines.

    It all falls Deerfield’s way at Maine West

    Everything that could have gone right for the Deerfield Warriors, did. Everything that could have gone wrong for the Maine West Warriors, ditto. Following Deerfield’s 61-38 win over Maine West in Des Plaines, Deerfield coach Dan McKendrick found out that Maine East had upset Highland Park, leaving those two teams tied for the Central Suburban North lead at 7-1 as Deerfield improved to 15-5 overall. Maine West (9-11, 3-4) played their first of four games in the next five days and missed an opportunity to get back into the league race.


    Meadows seniors complete another unbeaten East run

    The most prolific senior class in Rolling Meadows girls basketball history went out in style on Senior Night.“We just told the kids this night was about them,” said Mustangs coach Ryan Kirkorsky. “We wanted them to have fun and play the right way.” The Mustangs were right on their game. Led by Jackie Kemph’s game-high 28 points and 25 points from senior Alexis Glasgow, the Mustangs led start to finish in a 73-47 triumph over visiting Hersey (22-4, 6-4) to complete their second straight undefeated Mid-Suburban East campaign.


    Naperville North defeats Wheaton Warrenville South

    Naperville North’s roster this season features a number of role players, including several sharp shooters that often put on shows in practice.


    Marmion defeats Glenbard South

    According to Marmion coach Ryan Paradise, his team is playing inspired basketball right now and that trend continued at Glenbard South Friday night.


    Neuqua Valley slows down Bartlett

    After a win against East Aurora on Thursday, snapping a four-game losing streak, the Bartlett boys basketball team was looking to get back to .500 in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division play. Unfortunately for the Hawks, another poor shooting night doomed them from the start. Valley leader Neuqua Valley led from start to finish, beating host Bartlett 65-50.


    Conant’s Ranallo takes charge — twice

    Conant’s senior night 61-37 boys varsity basketball win over Barrington was very emotional. For downstate Washington High School, that is. When the small town sustained critical damage during a tornado in November just before its Class 5A state semifinal football game against Springfield-Griffin, the story touched Conant point guard Joey Ranallo. Did it ever. Harnessing the same passion with which he breaks down an opposing team’s defense for the Cougars, he spearheaded a fundraising drive that culminated Friday night in a $15,000 donation to the downstate school, whose senior administrators were in attendance to receive the check. “We realized what was going on,” Ranallo said of the effort. “We wanted to connect.” And then Ranallo and the Cougars broke down the Broncos.


    Wolves fall short in Wild finish

    The Chicago Wolves watched two leads evaporate as they dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Iowa Wild in a back-and-forth Midwest Division battle at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday night.Right wing Sebastian Wannstrom, defenseman Taylor Chorney and right wing Adam Cracknell tallied for the Wolves (26-16-3-2), while goaltender Matt Climie (6-8-0) kicked out 18 shots.


    Scrumptious win for Ochoa, Fremd

    Matt Ochoa knows how to slice things. The Fremd senior, who works at the local Jewel deli when he is not in school or studying, scored 18 points to help the host Vikings deliver a 52-38 victory over crosstown rival Palatine on Friday. So the 6-foot-6 Ochoa, who did not play in the teams’ earlier meeting because of a concussion, was able to use his size on the low post to carve up Palatine.

    Metea Valley’s Mark Konkle defends Hinsdale Central’s Chase Hamilton, right, during a 56-40 loss to the Red Devils in Hinsdale.

    Images: Metea Valley at Hinsdale Central boys basketball
    Hinsdale Central hosted Metea Valley Friday, Feb. 7 for boys basketball.

    Creighton's Ethan Wragge (34) is hit by the elbow of DePaul's Brandon Young (20) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Creighton won 78-66. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Creighton too tough for DePaul in 78-66 win

    Doug McDermott scored 32 points — 11 during a 14-2 run after DePaul pulled within a point in the second half — and No. 12 Creighton beat the Blue Demons 78-66 on Friday night.The Bluejays (19-3, 9-1 Big East) have won 14 of their last 15 games. DePaul (10-14, 2-9) has lost six in a row.


    Burns, Hoffman Estates sink Schaumburg

    There’ll never be any Hack-a-Shaq technique employed against Sabren Burns. Not the way the Hoffman Estates senior shot free throws in crunch time Friday night against Schaumburg. A muscular 6-foot-6, Burns was the biggest player on the court, but showed a deft touch at the foul line in the fourth quarter. The senior made all 6 of his free throw attempts in the period and added three big rebounds down the stretch as the Hawks defeated the visiting Saxons 54-43.


    Huntley powers past Dundee-Crown

    Amanze Egekeze is, arguably, the best player in the Fox Valley Conference. But the Huntley Red Raiders’ machine flies on more than one engine. Egekeze, who scored only 4 points in the first half, tallied 14 in the second half but Huntley’s talented big man got plenty of help. Zach Gorney scored 16 points and Kyle Slonka canned 3 3-pointers as Huntley outmuscled Dundee-Crown 59-40 in FVC Valley Division action at Huntley Friday night.


    Award-winning finish as Prospect clinches MSL East tie

    Before Prospect boys basketball coach John Camardella was scheduled to receive the Village of Mount Prospect’s Champion for Youth Award on Friday after his team’s Mid-Suburban East game with Wheeling, Camardella’s Knights were presenting him with an equally special award – a share of another East division championship, for which the Knights own the tiebreaker. The varsity game started at 6:30 p.m. rather than the standard 7:30 p.m. so that Camardella could attend the 2014 Mount Prospect Celestial Celebration to receive his award. By the time he had to leave, his Knights (12-8, 7-1) had captured a 61-58 victory over Wheeling, extending the Wildcats’ losing streak to 8. “The story was the third quarter,” Camardella said.


    Measured effort carries Rolling Meadows

    Rolling Meadows’ steadily superior performance led to a 64-44 victory over host Hersey on Friday in Mid-Suburban East boys basketball. The Mustangs were able to ouscore the Huskies in each quarter, partly due to sheer effort. From the outset, Rolling Meadows seemed to have an edge with intensity.

    Images from the Elgin at Larkin boys basketball game Friday, February 7, 2014 in Elgin.

    Images: Elgin at Larkin boys basketball
    Elgin played Larkin Friday, Feb. 7 for boys basketball in Elgin.


    Hampshire heats it up vs. Grayslake North

    Fans inside the Hampshire gym Friday night didn’t need to worry about windchill warnings: the Whip-Purs were red hot. The Whips made 11 3-pointers — and just about everything else they threw at the rim — while downing Grayslake North, 89-78, in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division boys basketball action Friday night.

    Images from the St. Charles North at Batavia boys basketball game Friday, February 7, 2014 in Batavia.

    Images: St. Charles North at Batavia boys basketball
    St. Charles North played Batavia Friday, Feb. 7 for boys basketball.

    Photos from the York at Glenbard West boys basketball game Friday, Feb. 7 in Glen Ellyn.

    Images: York at Glenbard West boys basketball
    Glenbard West hosted York Friday, Feb. 7 for boys basketball in Glen Ellyn.


    Sox add Boggs to bullpen mix

    The White Sox signed right-handed relief pitcher Mitchell Boggs to a one-year, $1.1 million contract on Friday. After leading the National League with 34 holds pitching for the Cardinals in 2012, Boggs struggled last season.


    ECC tabs Ceh as women’s soccer coach

    Elgin Community College has named a recent player and a current student to be the head coach of its women’s soccer team.Rick Ceh, who played for the Spartans’ men’s team in 2013 and is currently studying for his Associate Degree in Applied Science at the school, will be the team’s new head coach.

    Stevenson’s Sam Panitch celebrates with Matt Morrissey, left, and Matt Johnson.

    Images: Stevenson vs. Zion-Benton boys basketball
    The Stevenson Patriots hosted the Zion-Benton Zee-Bees for boys basketball action on Friday, February 7 in Lincolnshire.


    South Elgin, Streamwood on collision course again

    If seeds hold, Fox Valley area girls basketball fans could be in for a treat come regional final Thursday in Class 3A and Class 4A. The IHSA released pairings for the postseason on Friday and in Class 4A, South Elgin and Streamwood could meet for the third straight year in a regional final, this time at Jacobs. The Sabres beat South Elgin last year before advancing to the sectional finals and falling to Huntley. In 2012, South Elgin beat Streamwood in the regional final before losing to Cary-Grove in the sectional semifinals.

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett (15) has the ball slapped away on a dunk attempt by Dallas Mavericks’ Vince Carter (25) as Devin Harris (20), Tristan Thompson (13), Jae Crowder, center rear, Samuel Dalembert (1) of Haiti and Luol Deng (9) of Sudan watch in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Dallas.

    Deng’s Cleveland countdown clock is ticking

    When Andrew Bynum addressed the media in Indianapolis on Friday, he talked about his old team, the Cleveland Cavaleirs, didn't promote positive energy. The Cavs just fired their GM and the new one will have his work cut out to keep Luol Deng from taking his talents elsewhere this summer.

    Jason Kradman

    Kradman in line to become Maine West’s football coach

    Jason Kradman will be Maine West’s next varsity football coach pending District 207 Board of Education approval. Kradman has been recommended for the job; the District 207 Board will take action on his appointment at a March 3 meeting.

    WNBA basketball player Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky has spent a lot of her offseason working with kids at clinics like this one held at Loyola University Chicago. While helping grow the Sky brand, Donne also has a new role as global ambassador for Special Olympics.

    No easy offseason for Sky’s Delle Donne

    Elena Delle Donne is extremely busy despite the fact that she's not playing overseas during the WNBA off-season.

    Vladislav Tretyak carries the torch during the opening ceremony.

    Russia kicks off Sochi Games with hope and hubris

    Music, dance and plenty of Russian bravado unleashed the ultimate achievement of Vladimir Putin’s Russia — a Winter Olympics to showcase the best athletes on ice and snow that the world has to offer. Just after the sun set over the Caucasus Mountains and along the seashore just outside Fisht Stadium in the wet-paint-fresh Olympic Park, Russian TV star Yana Churikova shouted to a pre-show crowd still taking their seats: “Welcome to the center of the universe!”

    Olympic gold medalist, and Naperville native, Evan Lysacek will be “wearing many hats” in Russia, and he might be more exhausted after these games than he was after competing four years ago. Lysacek is in Sochi working for NBC’s”Today Show” after injuries curtailed his attempt to make the U.S. team. At a men’s practice session Thursday, he rattled off the elements needed to contend for Olympic gold.

    Lysacek in Sochi: Speed wins

    Defending men’s figure skating champion and Naperville native Evan Lysacek says speed will decide who succeeds him as Olympic gold medalist. Lysacek is in Sochi working for NBC’s”Today Show” after injuries curtailed his attempt to make the U.S. team. At a men’s practice session Thursday, he rattled off the elements needed to contend for Olympic gold.

    In this May 16, 2013, photo, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig answers a question during a news conference at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York. Alex Rodriguez has accepted his season-long suspension from Major League Baseball, the longest penalty in the sport's history related to performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez withdrew his lawsuits against Major League Baseball, Selig and the players' association to overturn his season-long suspension on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. The notices of dismissal were filed in federal court in Manhattan. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Rodriguez accepts season-long suspension

    NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez accepted his season-long suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday, the longest penalty in the sport’s history related to performance-enhancing drugs.The decision came nearly four weeks after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz issued his decision largely upholding the penalty issued to the New York Yankees third baseman last summer by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.Rodriguez had repeatedly proclaimed his innocence and sued MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association in federal court to overturn the penalty.But 27 days after Horowitz’s decision, the three-time AL MVP withdrew the lawsuit and a previous action filed in October claiming MLB and Selig were engaged in a “witch hunt” against him. Rodriguez became the 14th and final player to accept a suspension following baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.“I think it’s a good move for him,” former Commissioner Fay Vincent said. “A-Rod had no chance legally, and the commissioner got his authority validated.”MLB issued low-key statement calling the decision to end the litigation “prudent.”“We believe that Mr. Rodriguez’s actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow major league players,” the sport said. “We share that desire.”Rodriguez had angered many of his fellow players by suing his own union in an attempt to avoid a suspension.“Alex Rodriguez has done the right thing by withdrawing his lawsuit,” the union said in a statement. “His decision to move forward is in everyone’s best interest.”After Horowitz issued his decision on Jan. 11, Rodriguez put out a defiant statement proclaiming “no player should have to go through what I have been dealing with” and promising “I am exhausting all options to ensure not only that I get justice, but that players’ contracts and rights are protected.”But a few hours after the Arizona Diamondbacks became the first team this year to start spring training workouts, and with the Yankees a week from opening camp, Rodriguez folded quietly.“We stand by the statements issued and have no further comment,” Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz said.Rodriguez will lose most of his $25 million salary — Horowitz ruled he is entitled to 21-183rds, $2,868,852.46. He will be 39 when he is eligible to return in a year, and he has incentive to play during the final three seasons of his contract. The Yankees owe him $21 million in 2015 and $20 million in each of the final two seasons of the record $275 million, 10-year deal.But the 14-time All-Star has been hobbled by injuries in recent years and has not played a full season since 2007.The timing of Rodriguez’s decision was set in motion by U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, who on Jan. 30 told the player’s lawyers to respond by Friday to arguments from MLB and the union that the case should be dismissed.

    Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin, second from left, hands the torch to Russian gymnast Alina Kabaeva, left, as Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, second from right, and Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva look on during the opening ceremony.

    Images: Winter Olympics, Friday, February 7th
    Images from the Sochi Olympic Games on Friday. Included are highlights from the opening ceremonies.

    Golden State Warriors' Jordan Crawford, center, fights for a loose ball against Taj Gibson, left, and D.J. Augustin of the bulls in Thursday's NBA game in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 102-87.

    TNT’s Barkley: Rose will never be MVP again

    Late Thursday night, after Golden State’s Stephen Curry blistered the Bulls for 34 points and handed them a 102-85 loss, the TNT studio crew discussed the future of the Bulls.

    Michelle Kwan is fitting in some time for political campaigning while she covers the Sochi Game by asking notable names to pose for a photo holding a pin supporting her husband for governor of Rhode Island. Clay Pell, a Democrat, announced his candidacy Jan. 27.

    SOCHI SCENE: Kwan’s Sochi stumping

    Michelle Kwan is fitting in some time for political campaigning while she covers the Sochi Games. The two-time Olympic figure skating medalist is asking notable names to pose for a photo holding a pin supporting her husband for governor of Rhode Island. Clay Pell, a Democrat, announced his candidacy Jan. 27.

    A stray dog sits near Olympic volunteers in Olympic Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    SOCHI SCENE: Stray dog danger

    Sochi’s stray dogs keep popping up in unwanted places, this time on the cross-country skiing track. In another incident that highlights the possibility of the uncontrolled animals interrupting an Olympic event, a dog was filmed by a Russian website barking at skiers at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon center during Thursday’s training session. As skiers turned their heads in surprise, the dog walked alongside the track while three security guards watched a few meters away.

    Russian dancers who will be performing at the opening ceremony pose with the Olympic rings as their friend photographs them, ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Sochi's opening show: Let Putin's games begin

    They're designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin.

    Marissa Castelli, center, and Simon Shnapir, right, wait for their results following the team pairs short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace Thursday during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Wagner, Marlie to skate US team short programs

    SOCHI, Russia — Hoping to climb out of a huge hole, the United States has turned to its world champions in the team competition at the Sochi Olympics. Meryl Davis and Charlie White will skate in the short dance team Saturday. Davis and White won the silver medal at the Vancouver Games and are two-time world champions. They are the Americans’ best hope for a figure skating medal in Sochi.Ashley Wagner will skate in the women’s short program for a U.S. team that’s in seventh place. Only five teams advance to the free skate after Saturday’s cutdown.Davis and White have expressed unbridled enthusiasm for the new team event, which is led by Russia with 19 points after Thursday’s opening action. The United States has 10 points, tied for fifth but seventh overall because of tiebreakers.“It’s something we are really excited to be a part of,” White said after qualifying for the U.S. team last month. “It is exciting for our sport. Really, figure skating is in the limelight during the Olympics, and for us to have an opportunity to share in even a bigger experience is amazing. “Obviously, getting to compete twice at the Olympics is something we are not going to take for granted.”Their top competition in the team short dance, as it has been for years, will be defending Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.Wagner barely made the U.S. team, selected ahead of Mirai Nagasu despite finishing behind Nagasu at last month’s nationals. She is a two-time U.S. champ who was fourth at the U.S. championships, but was added to the squad because of her strong international record.She will face a strong field that includes Mao Asada, the 2010 Olympic runner-up, Carolina Kostner of Italy, and Russia’s rising star, Julia Lipnitskaia.After the cutdown, the pairs free skate will be held Saturday night. The team competition ends Monday with the long programs in men’s, women’s and dance.The Americans fell behind Thursday when four-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott finished only seventh, crashing into the boards after falling on his opening quad jump. He could be replaced by Jason Brown, the U.S. runner-up, for the free skate.U.S. pairs champs Maria Castelli and Simon Shnapir were fifth among the pairs with a personal-best 64.25 points in an international event. They are expected to go in the free skate.


    Britain’s Pickering out of Olympics with injury

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Britain’s Craig Pickering has withdrawn from the bobsled competition at the Sochi Olympics with a back injury.Pickering, who also on Britain’s track team in the 2008 Beijing Games, injured his back on Feb. 2 while training in Germany. Pickering was also forced to miss the London Olympics with a back injury and said he’s “devastated to have suffered a similar fate” in the days leading up to the Winter Games.Coach Gary Anderson said the loss of Pickering, a push athlete for Great Britain-2, was a “big blow and I am personally devastated.”Anderson said the team is still deciding which athletes to have in its sleds for the two- and four-man competitions.


    Injured Austrian pulls out of slopestyle

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Austrian snowboarder Adrian Krainer withdrew from the Olympics after suffering an inch-long cut on his chin and hurting his heels during training Friday on the rugged slopestyle course.Krainer finished last in his Thursday qualifying heat at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. He needed a top-four finish in Saturday’s semifinals to reach the medal round. Earlier this week, Norway’s Torstein Horgmo broke his collarbone and American Shaun White withdrew from slopestyle, citing the danger of the course.After several accidents during training, the riders had fewer problems when competition opened Thursday. Canada’s Max Parrot scored a 97.5 to lead eight of the 29 men who scored in the 90s.

    Switzerland’s Gregor Deschwanden makes an attempt Friday during the men’s normal hill ski jumping training at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Stoch leads elite jumpers at normal hill training

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Already dominant in World Cup ski jumping this season, Kamil Stoch showed Friday why he’s a strong gold medal favorite at the Sochi Olympics.Under bright blue, sunny skies at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, Stoch had two firsts and a second-place finish in three training runs for Sunday night’s individual normal hill final.Stoch is trying to keep Poland in the forefront of Olympic ski jumping following the retirement of Adam Malysz, who won silver in both the normal and large hills at Vancouver in 2010.The men who finished around Malysz four years ago also performed well Friday.Gregor Schlierenzaur of Austria, who won bronze in both the normal and large hills at Vancouver, was second in the third training jump. Olympic gold medalist Simon Amman tied for sixth. Peter Prevc of Slovenia, second to Stoch in the World Cup standings this season, had three top-six finishes Friday.Stoch, who has four World Cup wins this season, finished second to Japan’s Taku Takeushi by just eight-tenths of a point in the opening training session Friday. He was then was three-tenths of a point ahead of Austria’s Thomas Diethart in the second. Stoch dominated the third run, finishing with 76.1 points to Schlierenzauer’s 72.9.In his first three runs Thursday, he finished 10th, 20th and 22nd. The improvement Friday prompted him to give the hill a nickname.“I called her a mean girl,” Stoch said. “She is not my best friend yet, but is becoming a good colleague.”The 32-year-old Amman, competing in what he says will be his last Winter Games, is bidding to win a record fifth Olympic gold. He had a busy day planned for Friday, when he was also serving as flag-bearer for Switzerland at the opening ceremonies later in the day.“I’ve been asked twice to do it but it was difficult to do, walking around for hours, not losing too much energy,” Amman said. “This is my fifth Olympic Games and I’m looking for something extra. It will be nice.”Thomas Morgenstern of Austria, who returned to jumping in Thursday night’s opening training runs after a nasty accident in practice in early January, didn’t practice Friday. Also taking a break were Japanese veteran Noriaki Kasai and Anders Jacobsen of Norway, who crashed while landing on his first jump Thursday.Absent as well Friday were the big crowds, with only a few dozen spectators sitting in the metal stands at the finishing area in the stadium.The men return to the normal hill Saturday evening for qualifying, with the top 10-ranked World Cup jumpers guaranteed a spot in the 50-man Sunday final. There will be two rounds in the final, with 30 advancing for a chance for medals in the second round.Women ski jumpers make their first appearance on the normal hill Saturday, followed by another training session Sunday before their historic first Olympic final Tuesday.


    Coach: Vetter to start Olympic opener for U.S. women

    SOCHI, Russia — Jesse Vetter will start in goal for the U.S. women’s hockey team when it opens the Olympics against Finland on Saturday.U.S. coach Katey Stone made the announcement on Friday after the team’s final practice before the Sochi Games begin.Vetter was a three-time NCAA champion at Wisconsin and the winner of the 2009 Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the top player in women’s college hockey. She went 3-1 with the U.S. Olympic team that won a silver medal in Vancouver in 2010.Backups Brianne McLaughlin and Molly Schaus were also on the U.S. team four years ago.


    American freestyler out with broken leg

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — American Heidi Kloser had to pull out of the Olympics after injuring her right leg during a training run before moguls qualifying.Kloser tore knee ligaments and broke her femur following a crash Thursday night, only moments before she was supposed to head to the starting gate. Kloser’s father, Mike, posting on his Facebook page, said Heidi asked him if he still considered her an Olympian even though she didn’t make it to the starting line in her first games. “We said, of course she is,” Mike Kloser wrote. The 21-year-old Kloser was fourth in the World Cup standings coming into the Olympics.

    Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter makes a turn Friday in a women’s downhill training run for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Swiss skier Suter leads women’s downhill training

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Fabienne Suter of Switzerland led the second women’s downhill training session Friday at the Olympics, which went off without problem after a key jump was shaved down.Suter clocked 1 minute, 42.70 seconds. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was second, 0.11 behind, and Anna Fenninger of Austria was third, 0.23 behind, although she missed some gates.Suter has won four World Cup races but only one of those was in downhill, in Bansko, Bulgaria, five years ago.After Thursday’s opening session was delayed and then rerun due to the height of the final jump, organizers cut it down to a minor bump.Defending overall World Cup champion Tina Maze was fifth and American teammates Stacey Cook and Julia Mancuso placed sixth and 10th, respectively.Current overall leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch was 11th.

    Matt Johnson, here driving to the basket against Lake Forest’s Jack Traynor, is showing toughness as he adapts to the loss of his mother and fits in with his new basketball family at Stevenson.

    Tough break won’t stop Stevenson’s tough-minded Johnson

    It makes Matthew Johnson happy to know that his basketball coach repeatedly uses the word “tough” to describe him. “Matt is just a tough-nosed kid and he gets after it,” Stevenson basketball coach Pat Ambrose said of his 5-foot-11 junior guard and third-leading scorer. “He gets the tough rebounds, he makes the tough shots, he’s all over the tough loose balls. “Whatever we ask him to do, whatever we need, he does it. His toughness is what I like most about him.”

    Bulls center Joakim Noah shouts after getting his second technical foul and was ejected from this game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday. Noah apologized and was later fined $15,000 by league officials.

    NBA brass went easy on Bulls’ Noah

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was fined $15,000 for his outburst on the court at NBA referees in Monday's game against Sacramento. Mike North says NBA commissioner Adam Silver went a little too easy on Noah, and he wonders if it will set off a chain of unpleasant behavior by other players.

    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler (4) tangle in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The Blackhawks won, 2-0. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Ten Blackhawks set for the Olympics
    Ten Blackhawks are participating in the Sochi Olympics. We take a look at them individually.

    Brian Hansen

    Illinois can cheer on some local Olympians

    Minus the 10 Blackhawks players on Olympic rosters, here’s a look at the other Olympians on Team USA with Illinois connections.

    After helping her United States team win two World Championships in hockey, Buffalo Grove native Megan Bozek will be trying to help them win a gold medal in Sochi.

    Next for Buffalo Grove hockey champion: Olympics

    While Tom and Patti Bozek will be in Sochi to watch their daughter Megan take part in the Opening Ceremony on Friday for the 2014 Winter Olympics, their daugther's journey began long ago, and evidence of her hockey prowess is scattered all throughout their Buffalo Grove home. From the puck-dented basement walls to trophies lining her bedroom, Megan's family offers a glimpse into her athletic achievements.

    Associated Press The Bulls’ Joakim Noah dribbles next to Golden State Warriors’ Jermaine O’Neal during the first half of the game Thursday in Oakland, Calif.

    Curry, Thompson lead Warriors past Bulls 102-87

    Stephen Curry had 34 points and nine assists, Klay Thompson scored 22 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors rallied from 16 down in the first half to beat the Chicago Bulls 102-87 on Thursday night.


    A sign for Fazio Mechanical Services Inc. at their location in Sharpsburg, Pa.

    Pennsylvania vendor may have been gateway to Target data

    “Like Target, we are a victim of a sophisticated cyberattack operation,” Ross Fazio, the company’s president and owner, said in a statement. Fazio’s company is cooperating with the Secret Service and Target to identify the possible cause of the breach, he said.

    The Expedia Inc. logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone. Expedia soared $9.31, or 14.3 percent on Friday, to $74.45,

    Stocks rebound to post gain for the week

    The market dug itself a hole at the start of the week, plunging more than 2 percent on Monday. The slide began with investor anxiety over an industry survey that found that manufacturing grew much more slowly in January than in December. Lackluster U.S. auto sales for January added to the bad news.The outlook began to brighten at midweek, with a survey of private businesses that showed companies added 175,000 jobs in January, roughly in line with average monthly gains the past two years.

    Hiring was surprisingly weak in January for a second straight month, likely renewing concern that the U.S. economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year.

    Weak jobs report offers hint of optimism

    Most economists say two weak hiring months won’t lead the Fed to halt its pullback on the stimulus. Fed policymakers will have February’s job report to consider when they next meet in March.Friday’s figures add to evidence that the economy is slowing in the first few months of the year after expanding at a robust 3.7 percent annual pace in the second half of 2013.

    Don Goodwin

    Every device you use touches a data center, and more are expected here

    Kukec's eBuzz column features the proliferation of data centers around the suburbs, due to the explosion of smartphones, tablets and other devices. You cannot touch a text or email without it going through a data center somewhere in the world.


    E-buzz: Snowplow service expands here
    ByteGrid Holdings LLC acquired a data center in Aurora. BladeRoom USA is building a new data center in Mount Prospect.They’re among more data centers expected to open this year worldwide to provide more storage and services for companies that help you operate your smartphone, tablet and other device.“Every single device you touch has to touch a data center somewhere in the world,” said Tom Roberts, president of AFCOM and chairman of Data Center World.Without those data centers, you may not have the ability to text or email like you do now. In addition to ByteGrid and BladeRoom, several other companies are in the data center mix, including AT&T, which has 38 data centers worldwide, including two in the Chicago and suburban area.“We have seen a huge growth in data center industry and we’re not going to see it end any time soon,” Roberts said.It’s difficult to know the exact number of data centers because companies that own and operate under tight security them keep them private, Roberts said.The Cheltenham, England-based BladeRoom has been building data centers for nearly 4 years throughout Europe, Africa and elsewhere. It plans to make Mount Prospect its U.S. headquarters, and it will house the company’s 31st data center. The Mount Prospect site, expected to open in early March, will initially employ 12 people and be used as a model for other future U.S. data centers, said Barnaby Smith, managing director of BladeRoom USA.Like most data center operators, BladeRoom declined to identify its clients, but it expects to be working with banks, manufacturers, wholesalers and government offices, Smith said.In addition, ByteGrid owns and operates data centers in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Cleveland, Ohio. Its acquisition of one in Aurora is its first in this market, said Don Goodwin, executive vice president of sales and marketing based in McLean, Va.ByteGrid purchased the data center from CNA Financial Corp, the commercial insurance writer headquartered in Chicago. CNA originally built the facility in 2007 and will continue to occupy about 30 percent of the facility by remaining as its primary tenant under a long-term lease.ByteGrid is converting the facility into a multi-tenant data center and connecting with telecommunication and fiber carriers to serve business, government and other customers. The site employs about 20 people, Goodwin said.“We’re making some changes to the building and getting it ready to expand,” he said.They aim to attract customers from the Naperville area and those outside the area wishing to have a presence in the Chicago-Naperville region, Goodwin said.ByteGrid is also targeting other properties to buy, he said.“Our transaction with CNA is a common entry into this new market,” Goodwin said.Surfing: DeFilippis Financial Group in Wheaton launched its redesigned website at www.defilippisfinancial.com that now allows clients to quickly find essential tax and financial information. In addition, the new site is more interactive and offers the opportunity for clients to make appointments, confirm appointments, sign up for events and access important forms and documents. Ÿ William Mahoney of Syracuse, N.Y., and co-founder of PLOWZ.com, said the online service has enlisted about 70 plow operators to start its service today in the Chicago and suburban area. A downloadable app allows you to summon a PLOWZ snowplow and charge your credit card. Users put in their home address, a description of their driveway and tap to request a snowplow. The closest PLOWZ driver will receive the request and add it to their route to complete. Once the job is finished, the driver will snap a picture of the cleared driveway and upload it for the user to see.


    Pa. vendor confirms link to Target data probe

    Minneapolis-based Target isn’t commenting on reports that a Pittsburgh-area heating and refrigeration company is being investigated as the possible portal through which computer hackers stole credit card numbers from 40 million of the store’s customers.


    Stocks move higher after unemployment rate falls

    The U.S. stock market is moving higher in early trading after the government reported a decline in the unemployment rate last month. Earnings gains from several U.S. companies including Expedia also drove the market higher early Friday. The market had its best day of the year the day before.

    Chobani Greek Yogurt at the Chobani plant in South Edmeston, N.Y.

    Yogurt spat throws off routines of U.S. Olympians

    U.S. Olympians will have to make do without the team’s official yogurt — depriving them of a source of protein and potentially disturbing their daily routines as they prepare for the biggest competition of their lives. Some 5,000 cups of Greek yogurt from Team USA sponsor Chobani isn’t getting to Sochi because of a customs dispute with Russia.

    Deerfield-based Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, said Thursday that it will close a Philadelphia bakery by 2015 as part of a plan to restructure its supply chain and save money.

    Deerfield-based Mondelez to close Philadelphia bakery

    Deerfield-based Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, said Thursday that it will close a Philadelphia bakery by 2015 as part of a plan to restructure its supply chain and save money. The Deerfield, Ill.-based snack food maker said the closing will affect about 350 employees. The Philadelphia bakery makes a variety of cookies and crackers under the Nabisco brand. Mondelez said it will now make most of its cookies and crackers at its bakeries in Fair Lawn, N.J., and Richmond, Va. It plans to invest more than $130 million in those two bakeries. The company, which also makes Cheese Nips crackers, Chips Ahoy cookies and Trident gum, employs more than 110,000 workers around the world. In 2012, Mondelez split from food maker Kraft Foods Group Inc. to focus on its snack business. Kraft kept grocery brands such as Oscar Mayer, Miracle Whip and A1 Steak Sauce.

    Job seekers sign in before meeting prospective employers during a career fair at a hotel in Dallas. The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined 20,000 last week to 331,000, suggesting that Americans are facing fewer layoffs and better job prospects.

    Applications for U.S. jobless benefits fall to 331,000

    The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined 20,000 last week to 331,000, suggesting that Americans are facing fewer layoffs and better job prospects. The Labor Department said the four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked up 250 to 334,000. That remains near pre-recession levels and serves as evidence that job losses have waned.

    Apple has reportedly repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financials and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors.

    Apple said to take $14B bite of stock via buyback

    Apple has reportedly repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financials and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors. Its shares are up more than 9 percent in premarket trading Friday.


    Glenview’s Illinois Tool Works sells packaging unit for $3.2B
    Glenview-based Illinois Tool Works is selling its packaging division to The Carlyle Group for $3.2 billion and plans to use the money to buy back shares. Carlyle says the packaging division has 88 manufacturing sites on six continents. Carlyle said in the announcement on Thursday that it will run the packaging group as a stand-alone company.


    OSHA cites Palatine plating company for alleged violations

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing to fine a suburban Chicago company $155,000 for alleged safety violations. OSHA said Wednesday it cited Palatine-based Arlington Plating Co. for repeat violations that included lack of machine guards and exposed openings on electrical boxes following an August 2013 inspection.

Life & Entertainment

    Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, replacement windows come in many colors and can even simulate the look of real wood.

    Vinyl replacement windows put technology to work for you

    One of the first areas of a house to deteriorate from age are the windows. Rotting wood frames or corroding metal frames and hardware are virtually unavoidable in the Midwest climate. The continuous change of seasons with extremes of heat and cold accelerate the deterioration process.

    Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams and her fiance Darren Le Gallo arrive at a wake for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in New York. Hoffman died Sunday of a suspected drug overdose in his New York apartment.

    Hoffman’s funeral to be like the actor — private

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, who fiercely protected his private life, will be mourned behind closed doors. A private funeral for the actor will be held Friday for 400 people at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan. It’s the same church that hosted the funerals of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lena Horne and Aaliyah.

    The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, that it had received information for a possible vandalism case against Bieber from sheriff’s investigators. Prosecutors will have final say on whether a case against the pop singer is filed.

    Prosecutors consider vandalism case against Bieber

    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators have presented evidence to prosecutors for a possible felony vandalism case against Justin Bieber.The pop star has been under investigation since eggs were thrown at his neighbor’s home last month, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage.Detectives searched Bieber’s home looking for surveillance footage or other evidence Jan. 14.The district attorney’s office said Thursday that it has received the case. If prosecutors decide to move forward, it could result in Bieber’s most serious criminal charges yet. The 19-year-old has been charged with misdemeanor offenses in Miami and Toronto in recent weeks. But prosecutors in California have rejected three previous cases against Bieber that accused him of reckless driving, attacking a paparazzo and spitting on a neighbor.


    Bordeaux Cup cultivating wine collectors of tomorrow

    The Left Bank Bordeaux Cup is an international wine competition designed to promote knowledge of Bordeaux among what its organizers call “the world’s future elite” at top universities, business and law schools. A wine region whose top products have become inaccessible to all but the richest collectors wants the collectors of tomorrow to be dreaming of the best today.

    Some gins are taking on a whole new hue, with subtle smells and tastes added to the mix, too.

    Gins are turning up in darker shades

    If you spend time in liquor stores — as I do, even when they call and beg my family to come for me — you’ll have noticed that more and more gins seem to be going on vacation, traveling to exotic barrels and coming back with a tan. That’s right: gin isn’t always white anymore.

    John McGinty, foreground, plays Billy, a deaf young man whose recent immersion in the Deaf community causes a schism in his family, including older brother Dan (Steve Haggard, background), in Nina Raine's “Tribes,” running at Steppenwolf Theatre. Discounted tickets are available for Chicago Theatre Week.

    Second Chicago Theatre Week celebrates city, suburban productions

    With a national and international reputation as a theater center, it hardly seems necessary that Chicago devote a week to celebrating theater. In fact, “every night in Chicago is a theater festival,” says Eileen LaCario, vice-president of Broadway in Chicago, citing the 100 productions that take place every week, on average, in the city and suburbs. Which, says LaCario, is all the more reason to commemorate it during the second annual Chicago Theatre Week.

    When dogs are playing, snarling and teeth bared usually indicates play is getting too rough, too intense. Problems tend to arise because not everyone recognizes that safe dog play requires human guidance.

    Dog play: When is the roughhousing too rough?

    Going to the dog park has become something dog owners think they almost have to do. “Our society has gone from thinking dog play is fun to thinking dog play is vital,” says Robin Bennett, co-author of “Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety and Fun.” But not all dogs are suited to this kind of play, experts say — and even if yours seems to be having a good time, you need to watch closely and keep connected with your dog.

    Monuments Man James Rorimer, with notepad, supervises American GI’s hand-carrying paintings down the steps of the castle in Neuschwanstein, Germany, in May 1945. The Monuments Men worked to save cultural treasures during World War II.

    European sites, art tell tales of Monuments Men

    From a fairy tale-inspiring castle in the Bavarian Alps to a serene sculpture of Mary and Jesus by Michelangelo tucked away in a Belgian church, sites and works of art across Europe can give travelers a glimpse of the heroic work done by the group depicted in the new movie “The Monuments Men.” The group’s mission was to save cultural treasures during World War II. And just like the group’s previously unsung accomplishments, many of the places and objects they saved have been “hidden in plain sight” for decades, said Robert Edsel.

    Paul McCartney performs on CBS’ “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles.”

    CBS salutes the Beatles on 50th anniversary of Sullivan show

    On Feb. 9, 1964, the British invaded America in a way that made pop-culture history. Four lads from Liverpool gave their first U.S. television performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and exactly 50 years later — same hour, same night, same network — the event will be recalled in the CBS special “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles” on Sunday, Feb. 9.

    You can take control of Chris Pratt’s “The Lego Movie” avatar in the new video game based on this week’s theatrical release. Pratt and his wife, Anna Faris, had fun at the movie’s premiere Feb. 1 in Los Angeles.

    Another way to play with Legos

    “The Lego Movie,” a new 3-D animated feature from the makers of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “21 Jump Street,” arrives in theaters today with an impressive roster of vocal talents and a lot of positive buzz. It was only a matter of time before the Danish toy would hit the silver screen — Lego has expanded far beyond its line of colorful construction blocks to include video games, direct-to-video movies, retail stores, theme parks and attractions like the Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg.

    Josep Font, creative director of DelPozo, works with his team during a model casting in New York. He takes pride in his attention to couture-level detail.

    Spanish fashion brand DelPozo getting attention

    Luxury fashion can sometimes look like a fast-food business, Josep Font says, with items that are mass-produced and mediocre quality despite high prices. The creative director of the Spanish fashion brand DelPozo works hard to avoid that: He takes pride in his attention to couture-level detail, delicate embroidery, craftsmanship, and in distancing himself from what he calls the made-in-China luxury brands found in cities around the world.

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of Keb’ Mo’s self-titled debut. Since then, the respected bluesman has put out a number of other albums and won three Grammys.

    Keb’ Mo’ goes acoustic for DuPage concert

    A lot can change in 20 years, but inspiration still comes easy for Kevin Moore. “I love music and I love life and I love telling stories,” the Grammy-winning bluesman, better known as Keb’ Mo’, said in a recent interview. Moore’s performance Saturday at College of DuPage catches the renowned singer-songwriter in a reflective mood. This year marks the 20th anniversary of his self-titled debut under the nickname Keb’ Mo’ — a critically acclaimed album that started him on a path to become one of today’s most respected roots musicians.

    Jessie Mueller, a veteran of suburban stages, now stars as Carole King in “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theater.

    Suburban native playing Carole King on Broadway

    The meeting between the two women was brief but full of emotion. Broadway actress Jessie Mueller met singer-songwriter Carole King only once last fall, but both sides came away happier — the actress with implicit approval to play King, and King pleased with the way things were going. Well-known to audiences at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook and Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Evanston native Mueller had been playing King for years as she helped develop the Broadway-bound “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

    “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour” plays the Oriental Theatre in Chicago at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

    Theater events: See Alton Brown in action at the Oriental

    TV personality and “Iron Chef” host Alton Brown brings his combination standup comedy, talk and food show “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour” to Chicago's Oriental Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 8. Other shows opening this week in Chicago include The Hypocrites' "Into The Woods" at Mercury Theater Chicago; First Floor Theater's "The Reckoning of Kit and Little Boots" inspired by Kit Marlowe and the Roman emperor Caligula; and LiveWire's "Assistance" about the price we pay for corporate success.


    Homes can create high-tech safety net for elderly

    As more baby boomers enter retirement, many may see their homes get a high-tech makeover. The Department of Veterans Affairs, which was one of the first in the country to roll out a broad tele-health program that used videoconferencing and smart monitors, has seen a dramatic improvement since it was launched in 2003.


    Give your kitchen faucet new life

    Last week we talked about simple, quick and inexpensive things you can do to upgrade your kitchen. One of the things we suggested was to replace your kitchen faucet. It really can be fairly easy to do. Here are the steps you need to follow for that simple and quick replacement.


    Debt-ridden homeowners can pose dilemmas for grown children

    It’s especially sad when older people face foreclosure of a longtime home. It also can force some tough decisions upon their grown children, too.


    New bureau uncovers problems with loan servicers

    Got problems with the company that services your home mortgage — the one that collects your payments, keeps track of your escrow account and lets you know when you’re late?


    Remodeling project abandoned by unlicensed contractor

    Q. We hired a contractor to remodel our home, but we didn’t know that he was not licensed. When the project was about 90 percent completed, he disappeared. What do you think we should do?

    The Black Walnut Trails neighborhood in Sugar Grove is located just south of I-88 near Bliss and Denny roads.

    Black Walnut Trails in neighborhood spotlight

    Fifteen years ago when Marguerite and Rich Ledone drove to Sugar Grove to check out the real estate, they found a lot in a nice quiet cul-de-sac in Black Walnut Trails. Today the couple enjoys life in the subdivision.


    Voters leave a polling place set up at Cotton Creek School in Island Lake. Daily Herald file photo/Paul Valade

    Editorial: Schools needed as polling places

    Allowing schools to opt out of serving as polling places would be too harmful to the voting process, a Daily Herald editorial says.

    Adrienne Holloway

    Benefits of girls athletics far reaching

    Guest columnist Adrienne M. Holloway: There she was, standing on the first-place podium in the All-Around category for her age level at the Bravo Gymnastics meet. Her face beaming with pride, my eyes brimming with tears, both of us acknowledging all the hard work — the 25-plus hours a week in the gym, the homework being done on the road and the many nights of icing aching joints — that brought her to this moment.


    Football safety a St. Raphael top priority
    I am the vice president of football at St. Raphael’s School in Naperville. On behalf of the 1,300 kids who play in our program (one of the largest youth football programs in the country), I wanted to offer my comments on the recent article by Jamie Sotonoff regarding safety concerns in youth football.As a 52-year organization, St. Raphael Football offers football as a vehicle to teach life lessons to its young players. There are rules and penalties. You win and lose as a team. You get dirty/muddy on rainy days and you sweat on the hot days. Our football program teaches teamwork and it builds long-lasting friendships and a sense of community. Most importantly, kids learn to give 100 percent and to never give up.We have three key principles in St. Raphael’s: be safe, have fun and learn to play fundamentally sound football.We encourage kids to play many sports. We do not believe at specializing at the early ages.Safety of our youth players is extremely important to us. We have been teaching proper tackling techniques for decades and are a part of Heads Up football this year. We work with the local high school varsity coaches, and have done this for over a decade.Recently, St. Raphael’s held our annual coaches clinic at Benet Academy. We had 70 of our volunteer football coaches in attendance for this three-hour-plus clinic. It specifically addressed all aspects of coaching and proper tackling techniques. Head coaches from Naperville Central, Naperville North, Benet, Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley were in attendance. Sean Drendel from NNHS taught the tackling segment.We have on-site certified trainers at every football game and at our larger practice sites. We take safety very seriously.Paul J. O’TooleNaperville


    Sold down the river in Oakwood Hills
    An Island Lake letter to the editor: The elected politicians showed their colors at the Oakwood Hills meeting supposedly held to discuss the “invasion” of a highly controversial natural gas project in the little, quiet town of approximately 2,000.


    Letter writer should not blame Durbin
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Dick Stack’s letter to the editor on July 20 unfairly and inaccurately places the blame for the current border crisis on Senator Dick Durbin and his role in the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” proposal for immigration reform.


    Letting government think for us
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Never in my 74 years did I ever imagine my country being as it is today. Congress has become irrelevant because of the massive unconstitutional executive orders Obama has originated. The Senate has become a rubber stamp for the White House.


    Benghazi truth must come to light
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: There has been a lot of talk lately regarding the Benghazi tragedy. The Republicans want honest answers and the Democrats want to ignore it.


    Accept science of global warming
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: If I have learned anything from my experience with discussing and working on global warming campaigns, you can’t convince a “denier” that climate change is happening and that humans are significant contributors through burning of fossil fuels.


    Enslaved in Obama’s totalitarian rule
    An Elgin letter to the editor: It seems that throughout history that when the middle class does well freedom flourishes. But since President Barack Obama has become president his actions show a tendency, in my opinion, to destroy the middle class.


    Getting job done with a personal touch
    A Crystal Lake letter to the editor: It is was great enthusiasm that I write my endorsement for Bob Miller for Algonquin Highway Commissioner.


    Treatment, not jail, is always the goal
    An Elgin letter to the editor: NAMI Kane County North wishes to extend our gratitude to the Elgin Police Department, Chief Jeff Swaboda, Sgt. Robert Plak, Officer Kevin Kamenjarin for their commitment to Crisis Intervention Training.


    Proven leader, committed to county
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: I believe that our next McHenry County State’s Attorney should be a highly experienced attorney, a proven leader and a person committed to McHenry County.


    Only 1 candidate has these qualifications
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: I have known Dan Wilbrandt for about three years. I have worked with Dan for that entire time and have grown to call him a personal friend.


    Deserves your trust with excellent record
    A McHenry letter to the editor: As a citizen of McHenry County, I would like to recommend Tom Wilbeck to the voters in District 1 in the upcoming primary election for a seat on the McHenry County Board. Not only has he been a long time resident of McHenry County, 24 years, but has been a proven leader in the fight against taxation and wasteful spending.


    Writer’s pension math problem
    A Roselle letter to the editor: Greg Stimpson writes on May 30 that teachers don’t really contribute enough to cover their own pensions, implying they share the blame for the current pension problems.


    Waiting for EPA, NASA to improve
    A Big Rock letter to the editor: “The CDC, Environmental Protection agency and NASA all confirm that climate change is occurring and has disastrous consequences. Pretty reputable sources, wouldn’t you say?” This from a recent letter in the FencePost. Reputable? Are we sure about that?


    The money doesn’t grow on trees
    A Naperville letter to the editor: In considering the quandary faced by Governor Rauner and the Republicans over the budget in Springfield, I’m reminded by a comment made by my dad years ago, “How do you run against Santa Claus?”


    Private affluence, public decay
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Our American democracy needs a relative equal level of wealth distribution so that the profit makers share their success with the working people who make that profit possible. Roughly before 1950, the highest paid owner/manager of a company didn’t consider it fair if he took home a salary more than 12 times the wage of his lowest employee.


    Motto: ‘Love for all, hatred for none’
    A Lisle letter to the editor: The Prophet Muhammad never acted in violence when he did not agree with someone else’s speech. He championed freedom of speech. Yet, two alleged members of ISIS attempted a massacre in the name of Islam in Garland, Texas. Fortunately, they were killed by brave law enforcement officers before they could cause serious damage.


    Different view of what’s unpatriotic
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: Mark Anderson’s recent letter has me scratching my head. After stripping away the usual liberal name calling and hate speech there isn’t a lot left. Apparently calling awareness to any issue that “challenges the security, sovereignty or domestic tranquillity of our beloved nation” is unpatriotic.


    Shorten community college terms
    A Lisle letter to the editor: Illinois Community College trustee terms of office, outside Chicago, were originally set at four years. Those terms were later lengthened by the legislature to six years, reportedly to encourage candidates to run while needing to face re-election less often than other local officials.


    Religious education in high schools?
    A Winfield letter to the editor: There is so much debate, even hatred and violence over religion. Maybe if everyone understood each others religions more, that understanding might create some common ground and result in more tolerance.


    How about some dignity and respect?
    A Woodstock letter to the editor: Let us imagine what would happen if every police confrontation at a traffic stop would begin with the officer saying, “Sir (Madam), I will treat you with dignity and respect and I will appreciate you doing the same.”


    Way too much worry on drone regulation
    A Roselle letter to the editor: Regarding an April 14 posting in the opinion section, let’s get one thing clear, a 55-pound drone would be a commercial device. Its cost would be in the tens of thousands of dollars. This is not something that your neighbor is playing with. Are you really worried about Amazon peeping over your fence?


    Thanks, Gilberts, for saving me $5 million
    A Gilberts letter to the editor: I would like to thank the residents of Gilberts, at least all who exercised their voting right by overwhelmingly rejecting the referendum to set up $5 million in bonds to provide service and more choices for Internet providers by forming Network Gilberts.


    Rauner’s misguided idea of ‘work’
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: Does anyone else see how Governor Rauner values work in our society? He has scoured the country to find highly qualified advisers, according to his explanations. These advisers are “idea” people.


    Most against Longmeadow plan
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: I am a citizen of Kane County in Dundee Township and I oppose this destructive Longmeadow Parkway toll bridge. County board Chairman Chris Lauzen better figure out most of his constituents don’t want this.


    Iran pact ignores lessons of history
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Sometimes we have to believe that bad people are honest or we will perish in their onslaught.


    Rauner’s doing this because we’re broke
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Let me see if I got this figured out. Governor Rauner is slowing and stopping state grants/funds for park district projects. This is terrible, awful, cruel, un-American, however, I deeply suspect he is doing this because Illinois is broke. Illinois is number one on the deadbeat list. We owe everybody about everything. Here is a plan.


    Let the bigots just go out of business
    A Campton Hills letter to the editor: Why do many so-called religious people camouflage bigotry? Why does a business owner care about anything but whether customer pays or not? It’s good business to serve everyone.


    Herald missed point in fire board vote
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: I am disappointed that the Daily Herald recommended a “no” vote on the referendum to elect the trustees of the Warrenville Fire Protection District. I believe that the Herald’s reasons miss the point.


    Support Fox River fire district vote
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: At the special community meeting held March 11, River Bend Community Group of St. Charles Township voted to endorse the referendum being put forth by Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District to increase property taxes to support the district.


    Residents should choose fire trustees
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: I am writing this letter to encourage the residents of the Warrenville Fire Protection District to vote yes on the upcoming referendum in the April election. The referendum asks if residents should vote to elect the trustees of the Warrenville Fire Protection District.


    Time to change good ol’ boy politics
    An Aurora letter to the editor: East Dundee voters are about to make a decision that will affect their municipality’s future for decades. The village trustees that will be elected April 7 will make important financial decisions that will impact every taxpayer in the village. Candidates’ positions on fiscal issues should be carefully reviewed.


    Candidates work hard, have vision
    A Geneva letter to the editor: We are writing to express our strong support for Kelly Nowak and Mary Stith to remain on the Geneva District 304 School Board. We have been fortunate to get to know both of these candidates on a personal level through her involvement in many school activities.


    Combo county, forest preserve bad idea
    In 2002 DuPage County residents were thrilled that the “fox was no longer be watching the hen house” when the county board and the forest preserve district became two separate governing entities. Now a DuPage legislator has submitted a bill (HB3099) to recombine them, she says, to support Rauner’s interest in consolidating government.


    Expert manipulator, astute politician
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Please do not re-elect Bob Getz to the Elgin Community College District 509 board of trustees. I have served with Bob Getz throughout his twelve years as a trustee. Bob Getz is a very personable individual, an expert manipulator, an astute politician, and a tremendous campaigner. But Bob Getz is a terrible trustee.


    Proof prevailing wage a good deal
    An Aurora letter to the editor: On March 6 in Elgin, Governor Bruce Rauner said of his income state tax proposal, “Any local loss of revenues would be offset by reforming prevailing wage laws, which can increase costs by 25 percent.” This couldn’t be further from the truth.


    Candidate hard-working, dedicated
    A North Aurora letter to the editor: Please join me in voting to re-elect North Aurora Trustee Mark Guethle on Tuesday, April 7.


    Someone has to give in budget stalemate
    A Roselle letter to the editor: In trying to balance the state budget, there seems to be many problems. Businesses don’t want to pay any more taxes, threaten to move out of state if they don’t get what they want.


    Jeb Bush should align with brother
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The Daily Herald recently reported that Jeb Bush in his talk to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs was being somewhat overtly critical of his older brother, former President George W. Bush, and Jeb declared that he is his own man. I have no idea why Jeb would not want to align himself with his brother inasmuch as George W. taught us many profound things.


    An outstanding ‘can do’ candidate
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Granted, we live in St. Charles and cannot vote in Geneva’s upcoming school board election. However, it has long been our custom to support outstanding “can do” people for positions in our neighboring communities, no matter what the venue.


    Too complicated for the masses
    A Woodstock letter to the editor: Can it be said that for every idiotic comment to emanate from the mouths of the two official spokesmen for our U.S. State Department there will be an even more idiotic comment?


    Lotto winner’s record not the story
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: Shame on you, Daily Herald. Why did you have to tell the world about Mr. Davila’s record? His record is not the story. He was the big lottery winner. Rejoice with him.


    ECC trustee all about the attention
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: Candidates’ statements in the Daily Herald are interesting. What a candidate believes about himself or herself is not necessarily the truth. Understandably, reporters do not always have time to verify information. This point became clear to me in your article, “ECC board candidates discuss college’s future.”


    Don’t repeat mistake replacing Breuder
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The front page of the Feb. 21 Daily Herald features an article detailing 10 major complaints that COD’s 306 full time faculty members had with President Robert Breuder’s leadership as far back as last September. The report also called for Breuder’s immediate resignation.


    Save the trees at LeRoy Oaks preserve
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I was extremely appalled and saddened to learn of the current restoration plan at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve after talking with a naturalist at the Creek Bend Nature Center the other day. I walk my dog there at least three times per week and am aware of what’s going on at that property.


    Don’t rush to judge in NC killings
    A Plainfield letter to the editor: When the tragic news of the killing of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill broke, a lot of speculations were being thrown out. Some Muslims said that the killer was a hateful terrorist,


    Cohen gives ‘medieval’ bad name
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: Richard Cohen, riding the Democrat bandwagon, devoted his recent column to complaining about Scott Walker’s cowardice for refusing to answer a question about his views on the theory of evolution. Of course, what the Democrat intellectuals want Walker to admit is that he opposes it, an opinion which Cohen, the journalist, describes as “medieval.”


    Consider the reasons for abortion
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: Mary Ann Cronauer’s opinion Feb. 2 regarding alternatives to abortion, never mentions the reasons for abortion. She never mentions those pregnancies from incest, rape or a fetus developing without a brain.


    Build Keystone through Canada
    A Huntley letter to the editor: I just read the piece about how we need the Keystone pipeline. What I have read is that the jobs created is overstated and that the oil is for overseas, mainly China.


    Millionaire wasting our tax dollars?
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: In the Daily Herald, Gov. Rauner complained about Gov. Quinn spending excessive moneys on state workers. Associated Press has found that annual salaries in Rauner’s top ten employees exceed comparable aides in the Quinn administration by over $380,000 per year.


    Sad state of the Republican message
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The state of the Republican message delivered by Sen. Joni Ernst following President Obama’s State of the Union was sad. The best Republican leadership would provide the nation was their most inexperienced senator delivering a vacuous message suggesting it’s OK for kids to grow up with plastic bags on their feet.


    Time for U.S. to mind own business
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: Lately I hear things like “G.W. Bush was a good president” and he would know how to take care of Isis. Well, it was his policies that created Isis.


    Spend U.S. dollars at home, not NATO
    An Elgin letter to the editor: It’s bad enough that we are paying nearly 75 percent of NATO’s budget while the European countries reduce their defense budgets. But now, instead of making meaningful reductions in the cost of underwriting the Europeans, we’re going to retain 67,000 military personnel already stationed there and add a squadron of F-35 fighter jets.


    Use every effort to stop Obama
    An Elgin letter to the editor: In the Opinion section of Jan. 12, Richard Olhava wrote a great letter explaining the direction that Obama is changing the country, as he promised. The eight steps that you listed are well underway.


    Putin: Man of the year, 2014
    An Aurora letter to the editor: Vladimir Putin, is my choice for Man of the Year, 2014. To my mind his greatest achievement is surviving the onslaught of the World’s Four Horsemen. They are the Globalist Cartel, the U.S. Congress, Isreal and the Zionist-controlled all major American media and news outlets.


    Terrorists broke Islamic principles
    A Plainfield letter to the editor: The Charlie Hebdo attack just came to an end after a two day manhunt and a hostage situation. The lengths the two Kouachi brothers went to for escape was noticeably disturbing. They robbed a gas station, stole a car, and hid in a warehouse.


    Embracing a ‘culture of death’
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: In recent years, President Obama stated that the United States is not a Christian nation. Sadly, at least based on lifestyles of many who call themselves Christian and those who don’t, he has a point.


    Read Constitution, editorial staff
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: After reading the Daily Herald editorial regarding immigration on Sunday, Nov. 23, it is not the first time I have questioned whether anyone on the editorial staff has ever once read the Constitution of the United States, or the Bill of Rights.


    Global warming stays with new president
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Because a low-level functionary in the current federal government made insulting remarks about the U.S. electorate, then global warming does not exist. Such is the, to be charitable, less-than-rigorous logic used by Martin Uttich in his letter of Nov. 15.


    Build it, but they might not come
    A Geneva letter to the editor: Now if Kane County candidate for board John Martin is elected to office, he will support his predecessor’s plan in voting to approve the new large scale cross country track site and new parking lot at Settler’s Hill.


    Wary of being part of library district
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The homeowners in Plato Township and the surrounding area should be aware of a referendum vote that will be on the November ballot regarding access to the Gail Borden Library for approximately 870 households in the area.


    Is Hultgren afraid of his constituents?
    A Genebva letter to the editor: The League of Women Voters was turned down by Representative Randy Hultgren for debate. Like the Republican National Party, is he afraid to face his constituents?


    Decision made to be politically correct
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Did you know that the Washington Redskins football team no longer exists? Wait, you might say, I just saw them play the other night. Let me explain.


    Praise teachers for enduring heat
    An Elburn letter to the editor: Sept. 5 was back to school night at Thompson Middle School. Parents were to follow there child’s class schedule. Each class lasted nine minutes. The teachers and staff deserve a medal. Mind you this was in the evening, however some classrooms were extremely hot.


    These sinners cast the first stone
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Marriage in the United States is first and foremost a legal process and second it can be a religious rite; but one does not have to be married in a church to be legally married but one does need a marriage license issued from the state to be legally married.


    Writer got it wrong on taxes
    A Wayne letter to the editor: Mr. Barry Fredrick’s assertion in the Sept. 13 Daily Herald that “no employment taxes are assessed for any earnings above that figure (the $117,000 maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security payroll tax for tax year 2014)” is factually incorrect. The amount of earnings subject to the Medicare payroll tax (1.45 percent) is not capped.


    Burlington Fall Fest a success
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: Foreign Wars Post 8043 and Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank its members, Hampshire/Burlington and surrounding area community for the cooperation and financial support of the recent successful fundraiser to benefit Hampshire and Burlington Central high schools scholarship program and other veterans programs.


    Government can’t just assess blame
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Blaming everyone else has become the standard line in today’s politics. Today’s politicians see companies relocating their businesses for more favorable environments and they immediately blame the businesses for being “traitors” and “unpatriotic.”


    All must play a role in stopping abuse
    After the Ray Rice story broke, three Fox News hosts joked that Rice’s victim should “learn to take the stairs.” Others questioned why Palmer continued to stay with her abuser.We want to put the responsibility on the victim of domestic violence because it’s easier for us. Questioning why a person stays with or returns to their partner after a violent incident has never helped a single victim of abuse. Joking about what a person should have done to avoid being beaten has never helped. Placing responsibility for “sending the right message” onto the victim of a violent crime has never helped. What helps is to have meaningful consequences for violent behavior. What helps is to call out the right person, the one whose violence is the problem. What helps is to offer ongoing resources and support to the people we expect to pack up their children and restart their lives on a moment’s notice — something most of us cannot imagine doing. What helps is to grapple with the acceptance of violence and bias that pervades our culture and to work on changing it. What helps is to recognize and honor the strength that is required to survive in a violent home and to trust that survivors of abuse know exactly what they must do to stay safe, even when it doesn’t make immediate sense to us. It’s not simplistic, it’s not easy and it can’t be done alone.By not judging victims, by showing support when they need it most and by talking about the prevalence of abuse in each one of our communities ... only then can we begin to solve the problem of domestic violence. We are all impacted by it and we all must play a role in trying to stop it.Amy MilliganWheatonDirector of Counseling & AdvocacyFamily Shelter Service


    Enough of the second chances
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: Mike Imren’s article on Roger Goodell was with good intent, however, does he really think anything is going to permanently change if Goodell departs? I feel Goodell should be gone and a long time ago.


    U of I made right call on Salaita
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I have been closely following the developments concerning the potential hiring of Steven Salaita by the University of Illinois. His public vulgar, inflammatory and anti-semetic remarks aimed at the people of Israel and its leaders on Twitter are completely unacceptable.


    Durbin a strong foe of gangs with guns
    A Cary letter to the editor: A recent letter to the editor blasted Senator Durbin for ignoring gang violence in Chicago (“Solve gang violence first, Sen. Durbin,” Aug. 7). I couldn’t disagree more.


    We benefit from BK- Horton’s merger
    A Geneva letter to the editor: The newly announced merger between Burger King and Tim Hortons will surely bring out the “Boo Birds” on the federal corporate tax rate. So at the risk of being too logical, let’s see what we really know about the deal, and alleviate misinformation from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.


    Who already pays highest tax rate?
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: I keep hearing Republicans say that income tax rates should be flat, that everybody should be paying the same income tax rate. Then they ignore the employment tax rate and say SSA taxes on employment earnings should remain capped, at $117,000 in 2014.


    Quinn, mow lawns — after election
    A Naperville letter to the editor: During his latest grass cutting ad the governor stated that he balanced the budget. That is great news. Illinois is out of debt and everything is great again.


    Is Rauner message really good for us?
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Mr. Rauner’s new commercial emphasizes how hard he would be on the “special interests.” You know who those special interests are, don’t you? The policemen, firemen, teachers, public employees, workers represented by unions. In other words, a good portion of Illinois’ middle class.


    Batavia saddled with dirty coal plant?
    A Batavia letter to the editor: I am writing to strongly urge Batavia’s City Council to request a state attorney general investigation of Prairie State Energy Campus.


    GOP not sole source of Obama’s woes
    A Campton Hills letter to the editor: At the invitation of Ms. Judy Arenas (Aug. 20 Your Views), I Googled the above to find the source(s) of information to support her allegation that Republican legislators met that evening to pledge to “bring Congress to a standstill regardless of how much it would hurt the American economy by pledging to obstruct and block President Obama on all legislation.”


    Ryan’s tax cuts are hypocritical
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Paul Ryan’s newest budget marks the seventh time he has tried to ram his anti-middle class and environment budget through Congress. Why would he strangle the middle class when the average income for 90 percent of workers is now at 1966 rates?


    Competent or a ‘thank you’ job?
    A Huntley letter to the editor: I do not know whether Bruce Rauner would be a so-so, good or great governor but this I do know. I would rather have one that is very wealthy to support getting his message out (campaigning) rather than one that has to rely on big donations.


    Schools should require uniforms
    A Gilberts letter to the editor: The dispute of enforcing school uniforms in public schools has been an argument for quite some time. I believe that all public schools should enforce school uniforms, or a strong dress code.


    Entitled to things you didn’t earn?
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: I am one of the 99 percent. However, unlike many of the 99 percent who write letters to this column, I don’t think the government owes me anything. I am perfectly content to earn my living; it feels good.


    Let kids make school choice
    A Lombard letter to the editor: So much has been published about charter schools and parents choosing to send their children to these schools. It is not the parents who should be deciding.


    Calculate your tax rate for pol’s plan
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: State Senator Don Harmon has filed an amendment to the Illinois Constitution which, if passed, would produce the stable and sustainable revenue required to provide critical public and social services in Illinois, including education, public safety and health care.


    Dialogue needed on funding education
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The editorial on April 1 addressed the issue of our terribly unfair funding of education. The title is “A useful debate that can’t be renewed.” It almost suggests that we should ignore the inequity of our present system of putting the funding on the property tax.


    Does trophy hunting square with religion?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Pastor Keith Gomez, a bow hunter, has lined the atrium of his Baptist Church with the heads of 226 animals, (Daily Herald, Thursday, April 10). An animal shot with an arrow is seldom killed outright, and before it finally dies will suffer much pain, just as you or I would.


    A great melting pot that is the U.S.
    An Aurora letter to the editor: Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Indian, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Syria, Vietnam. I can’t believe that through my lifetime I have met people from each of these countries.


    Total disrespect to president’s office
    Total disrespect to president’s officeIn answer to the letter submitted to the Daily Herald on Feb. 24 by Mike O’Brien of Prospect Heights.He is totally misinformed. President Obama has used the executive option way less than Bush or Reagan. To equate President Obama with the likes of Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin is not only wrong but totally disrespectful to the office of the President of the United States.Ted PacutBloomingdale


    Higher minimum wage short on virtue
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: David Borris’ letter of Feb. 22 categorically extols the virtues of a higher minimum wage. Let us address each of them.


    College football union walks fine line
    An Aurora letter to the editor: I have been following the Northwestern football players wanting to be classified employees of the university. I feel they are walking a tight line here.


    Editorial missed mark on corporate taxes
    A Barrington Hills letter to the editor: Your Feb. 2 editorial on Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposal to cut corporate taxes shows that the speaker continues to do great harm to Illinois while getting public endorsements like yours, which is a shame.


    Beware the knives in your drawer
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I am appalled at the number of knife stabbings that have been reported in the media over the last several weeks. It is obvious that we need strong legislation to control knives. I suggest that we require all knives to have a serial number inscribed on the handles.


    Founders’ statements show religious beliefs
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Defending historical record is a good thing. Rewriting it as Michael Lee did in his Feb. 2 letter, “Founders didn’t make a Christian nation,” not so much.


    Power of nature as grief therapy
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Re: The porch lights left on Jan. 24/25 To show compassion for the Betancourt family. I awakened at 12:10 a.m. and as far as I had perspective to see out, the porch lights and some yard lights were on. Wish all eyes might have seen the panorama.


    Men just aren’t what they used to be
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: When I was growing up I worked and associated with the “old timers.” These men fought wars to win. Yes, they drank because of the misery and suffering they witnessed, but an honest day at work wasn’t unknown to them. When giving their word, they kept it. They also smoked cigars and chased women.


    Battle of the plows on Walden Drive
    A Palatine letter to the editor: As another pile of snow settled, and the welcome sound of village snowplows were heard clearing our street. Then came our association’s plow to do some 30 driveways on the street. Before he was done, the village plows arrived again, and snow was blown into half of the driveways when it could have been blown in another direction.


    Clout a factor in Daley nephew’s case
    An Inverness letter to the editor: On Jan. 31, Richard J. Vanecko, nephew of the former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter of David Koschman 10 years ago. This plea deal conveniently comes less than a month before Vanecko would have been tried in court and 10 years after Koschman’s death.


    Comparing NJ, Atlanta was absurd
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I was so amused and astonished by D.O. Lipensky’s Feb. 4 letter, comparing the traffic jams in Atlanta and New Jersey, that I felt a response was in order. Regarding Atlanta, Mr. Lipensky states that “they were still towing cars out of the snow banks a week later.” Seriously?


    Consider extending Christmas giving
    A Downers Grove letter to the editor: I’m writing to thank Downers Grove residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. Through their efforts, we were able to collect 1,499 shoe boxes — filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items — for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.


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