Football Focus 2014

Daily Archive : Monday February 10, 2014

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    Republicans Ron Sandack, left, and Keith Matune, both of Downers Grove, are seeking the GOP nomination to represent the 81st state House District in the March 18 primary.

    Sandack, Matune tussle over state pension fixes

    State Rep. Ron Sandack says he voted for cuts approved in December to public pensions as an "incremental, solid first step" toward fixing a broken system. Now he has proposed a second step. But his opponent in the March 18 GOP primary, Keith Matune, says the proposal is "too little, too late."

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    A Metra train plows past the Arlington Heights station in subzero temperatures last month.

    Transit agencies on defensive at state hearing

    State lawmakers put transit leaders on the spot Monday with questions about Metra's handling of the polar vortex, the transition to Ventra, and an embarrassing report on inappropriate comments by RTA executives.

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    An Amur tiger plays in the snow at the Sedgwick County Zoo, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Wichita, Kan.

    Images: Weather around the world

    As much as we love to feel maligned by Mother Nature this winter, we’re not alone. The rest of the United States and world has been battling some weather extremes. Here are some photos of tough weather conditions elsewhere.

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    DeVry campuses will be open Tuesday

    DeVry University says all of its Chicago-area campuses will be open Tuesday after a threatening email prompted the school to close on Monday.

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    Dist. 304 to offer full-day kindergarten

    Geneva public school kindergartners will attend a full day of school this fall, unless their parents opt to put them in a half-day program, the school board decided Monday night.

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    Chicago is inching close to a record number of subzero lows for one season. The temperatures have been below zero 19 times in Chicago this winter. The record of 25 was set more than a century ago.

    Suburbs to be bitterly cold again as we close in on record

    The suburbs will be bitterly cold. Again. The National Weather Service says temperatures throughout the Chicago area will hover at about zero through Tuesday and the wind will make it feel a lot colder.

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    Hoffman Estates parks consider video gambling at golf course

    The Hoffman Estates Park District will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on whether it should allow video gambling in the clubhouse bar of the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. The suggestion already has drawn fire from a former park board president, who said it violates the purpose of a park district.

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    A new fire station for the Pingree Grove and Countryside Fire Protection District will be built on about 3 acres west of Reinking Road just north of Route 72, at the entrance of the Cambridge Lakes North subdivision.

    Pingree Grove fire station almost ready for bids

    Pingree Grove and Countryside Fire Protection District officials hope to break ground for a new fire station in April, according to the fire chief. The estimated $3.2 million station will be built on about 3 acres west of Reinking Road just north of Route 72, at the entrance of the Cambridge Lakes North subdivision, or Carrillon.

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    Water main fixed, but odd 'speed bump' remains in Palatine

    A broken water main that lifted a section of Northwest Highway in Palatine has been fixed, but the odd bump in the road it spawned might not be going away soon, according to the village's Public Works Department.

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    Mount Prospect officials this month enacted an ordinance barring the sale of electronic smoking devices to minors and prohibiting their possession by anyone under the age of 18. The village, however, did not ban adults from using them inside bars and restaurants.

    Mount Prospect bans e-cigarettes for minors

    The Mount Prospect village board has banned the sale of e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices to minors, and prohibited their possession by anyone under the age of 18. Village trustees, however, stopped short of following Chicago's precedent and their use by anyone inside a public building or business.

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    Memorials at scene of crash that killed Francisco Carranza and his daughter, Alyssa, in Round Lake Park. Police said Carranza drove in front of a Metra train at Route 134 and Porter Drive on Jan. 22. He had a blood alcohol level of .32 percent — four times the legal limit — when the wreck occurred, police said.

    Cops: Four times DUI limit in fatal crash with train

    Francisco Carranza's blood-alcohol content was four times the legal limit when he drove in front of a Metra commuter train in a crash that killed him and his 7-year-old daughter, Round Lake Park police said. Police Chief George Filenko said that detectives have established a timeline for when Carranza was believed to have started drinking alcohol at a Round Lake Beach restaurant, leading to the...

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    The intersection of Randall and Algonquin roads would get a continuous flow intersection as part of McHenry County's plan to widen Randall Road.

    County moving forward with widening project

    The McHenry County Board recently approved spending up to $15.9 million for the design phase of the Randall Road widening project.

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    Former “SNL” cast member Fred Armisen will reunite with Seth Meyers as the bandleader on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

    ‘SNL’ reunion: Armisen to lead Meyers’ ‘Late Night’ band

    Former "SNL" cast member Fred Armisen will be the bandleader on "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

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    Hoffman Estates might reduce seats on committees

    A decline in volunteers for Hoffman Estates’ appointed committees and commissions triggered the village board’s general administration committee Monday to recommend reducing the required number of members for several of them. “Several of these commissions we expanded over time because people wanted on, and then gradually people left,” Mayor Bill McLeod said.

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    Karen Sullivan

    New 204 superintendent shows ‘passion for the district’

    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 has chosen Karen Sullivan, an educator with a passion for helping improve student achievement and a character of integrity as its next superintendent, school board President Lori Price said Monday. The board on Monday night approved a three-year contract with Sullivan that gives the 33-year educator a base salary of $238,000 starting July 1, when Superintendent...

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    Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford speaks during a news conference in Schaumburg about sexual harassment accusations that have been made against him. He distributed documents he said refute the claims.

    Rutherford denies charges of sexual harassment

    As Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford faced explosive sexual harassment allegations that threaten to upend his campaign for governor, the Chenoa Republican forcefully rebutted the claims at a couple of events in Schaumburg. “This is a tough business. Illinois politics is hardball. People will say and do antyhing they want to,” Rutherford said when asked about the allegations by fellow...

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    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com Warrenville Police Chief Ray Turano, left honors Cpl. Steve Highland, center and Officer Amanda Varga, right, with the department’s Lifesaving Award during the public safety meeting at Warrenville City Hall on Monday. The two helped revive a 79-year-old man who was unconscious with no pulse after he suffered a heart attack on Oct. 17. .

    Warrenville police honored for saving heart attack patient

    Two members of the Warrenville Police department were honored Monday night with the department’s Lifesaving Award for their actions assisting a man who had suffered a heart attack. Corporal Steve Highland and Officer Amanda Varga helped save the life of a 79-year-old Warrenville man after he had a heart attack last Oct. 17, authorities said.

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    House catches fire in Naperville

    A fire in a Naperville home caused $40,000 in damage Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

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    U-46 launches first Science Olympiad

    Eight teams of Elgin Area School District U-46 middle school and high school students will get a chance to show off their science prowess in the district’s first Science Olympiad Feb. 22 at Abbott Middle School in Elgin. “Science Olympiad has been going on for about 30 years (nationally),” said Heather Rocen, U-46 K-12 science coach. “It’s starting to gain...

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    Dist. 57 reports progress after nine-hour session, more talks planned

    The Mount Prospect Elementary School District 57 board and its teachers union met for nearly nine hours Sunday and met again Monday in an effort to avoid a potential strike effecting more than 2,000 students. The board and the Mount Prospect Education Association issued a joint statement Monday morning saying progress was made during the latest round of talks and both sides are encouraged and...

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    Michelle Morrison

    Woman pleads guilty to forging letters to Alexian Brothers patients

    Former Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital employee Michelle Morrison, of Elk Grove Village, pleaded guilty to forgery Monday. Morrisson, 53, admitted taking confidential patient files, hospital stationery and letterhead and sending false letters to former patients. She was sentenced to 30 months probation in exchange for her plea.

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    Palatine police awarded Golden Spike

    The Palatine Police Department was awarded the Golden Spike award by the Union Pacific Railroad because of their initiatives to promote safety at railway crossings.

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    Bartlett students design winning fitness app

    A team of freshmen students in Bartlett High School’s Science, Engineering and Technology Academy earned state and Midwest regional honors in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Their winning concept Fittastick (pronounced Fit-tastic) is a fitness application that uses social media to motivate users to exercise and eat healthy. The students won a $5,000 grant to help enhance STEM...

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    $300,000 in metal stolen in Des Plaines

    Police are investigating the theft of an estimated $300,000 of copper alloy and brass from a Des Plaines business.

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    Lake Park High School District 108 is asking voters to fund the construction and operation of an aquatic facility that could be built at the school's east campus by August 2015. The facility would include a 25-yard, eight-lane competition pool and a smaller pool to be filled with warmer water for athlete rehabilitation and toddler swimming lessons.

    Latest pool push has Lake Park officials 'very optimistic'

    Lake Park High School swimming and diving coach Dan Witteveen has been wishing for a pool at the Roselle school for 17 years. Attempts to build an indoor swimming pool have failed over and over again during that time, but as the March 18 primary election approaches, Witteveen and other school officials say they are “very optimistic” the wait soon could be over.

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    Challenger Division in Lake Zurich:

    The Lake Zurich Baseball & Softball Association is starting a new program within the league — The Challenger Division — for boys and girls with special needs.

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    Tollway crash victims identified

    A Chicago man was identified Monday as one of the two people killed Sunday morning when their car slammed into a light pole on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) near Barrington Road in Hoffman Estates. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, David Xiao, 25, died of multiple injuries in the crash, along with Nguyen Knoi Nguyen Pham, also 25.

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    Aurelio Montano

    2nd life term for Aurora man who killed wife in 1990

    A 58-year-old former Aurora man was sentenced to another life term in prison Monday for the 1990 murder of his wife, Maria Guadalupe Montano, 35. Aurelio Montano was already serving a life sentence for killing two in 1996 in a drug deal gone bad. Prosecutors argued Montano thought his wife was cheating on him, so he strangled her, rolled up her body in a rug and buried it at a Naperville horse...

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    Ex-Blagojevich fundraiser sentenced to 2 years

    A longtime fundraiser for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. who was a figure in scandals that landed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich behind bars was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for health care fraud. The judge in Chicago sentenced Oak Brook resident Raghuveer Nayak, 59, for bribing doctors for referrals to surgery centers he owned — a case not directly related to Jackson and...

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    Timothy L. Bartlett

    Huntley man gets 2 years for 4th DUI

    A 50-year-old Huntley man was sentenced to two years in prison last week after pleading guilty to his fourth DUI, this one in Elgin in May 2013. Timothy L. Bartlett also must pay nearly $2,000 in fines, but can have his sentenced halved for good behavior behind bars.

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    Healthy Lombard’s Fitness February Fair will be bigger, more interactive

    Organizers say this year’s Fitness February Fair in Lombard will be the biggest and most interactive yet. The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22, is sponsored by HYPERLINK "http://healthylombard.com/"Healthy Lombard, an organization that took root in 2009 to help fight childhood obesity.

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    11 men arrested in prostitution sting

    Eleven men are facing charges following an undercover police prostitution operation in Waukegan, police announced Monday.

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    Keith W. Davey

    Carol Stream man faces child porn charges

    A Carol Stream man is facing four felony counts of possession of child pornography following an undercover investigation, according to Wheaton police. Keith W. Davey, 49, was arrested Feb. 5 and booked at the Wheaton police department, police said in a news release.

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    Illinois uses The Onion to reach young uninsured

    Officials at the Illinois health insurance marketplace say they are launching ads aimed at young adults in the satirical online newspaper The Onion. Banner ads on The Onion website will depict a toy action figure with the words: “Man without health insurance is forced to sell action figures to pay medical bills.”

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    Mexico center opening in Chicago

    A new center opening in Chicago will be a hub for Midwesterners with ties to the central State of Mexico, Gov. Pat Quinn and visiting Mexican officials announced Monday.

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    Cailey Johns, 10, of St. Charles scratches a cat at the Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin. Gov. Pat Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka encourage residents to rescue a pet from a shelter.

    Quinn, Topinka tout shelter animals

    Gov. Pat Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka are encouraging Illinois residents to rescue a pet from a shelter this year. The Democrat and the Republican appeared together on Sunday at a Chicago “no-kill” shelter to promote pet adoption.

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    Joe Cantore

    Forest preserve hopefuls leery of changing land use law

    Both Republicans hoping to become president of the DuPage Forest Preserve District agree the county would get an economic and cultural boost if the Chicago Symphony Orchestra finds a permanent outdoor venue in DuPage for summer concerts. But they also share reservations about changing state law to allow the CSO to lease land from the district.

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    Police say they found apartment pot farm

    Police in Chicago say they’ve arrested a North Side man after finding more than $350,000 worth of marijuana plants in his apartment. Brian Mayhall, 39, has been charged with one felony count of production of cannabis plants and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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    Incumbent Sandra Pihos of Glen Ellyn, right, is being challenged in the 48th state House District by Peter Breen of Lombard in the March 18 Republican primary. The winner will advance to the November general election.

    Pihos, Breen disagree on pension reform

    Longtime 48th state House Rep. Sandra Pihos is standing by her decision to vote against a bill in December that made cuts to public pensions. But Lombard village board member Peter Breen, who is challenging Pihos in the March 18 Republican primary, said the bill was a constitutional “compromise measure” that was a good first step in pension reform.

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    Wauconda officials are considering adding signs that depict a ban on handguns at village hall and other municipal sites. Such signs already can be found throughout the suburbs, such as this one at the Kane County courthouse.

    Wauconda may further restruct firearms at village hall, other buildings

    Wauconda officials are considering taking additional steps to prevent employees and civilians from carrying concealed weapons at village hall and other municipal buildings.

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    1 dead after house fire in Wisconsin

    One person is dead after a fire house wire in Glendale.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the fire was reported Saturday night by a police officer who saw it while on patrol.

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    Officials investigate the scene of a multiple vehicle accident where 6 people were killed on the westbound Pomona Freeway in Diamond Bar, Calif. on Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 2013. Authorities say a wrong-way driver caused the pre-dawn crash that left six people dead.

    6 die in multi-car crash on S. California freeway

    A suspected drunk driver sped the wrong way on a Southern California freeway, causing a pre-dawn crash that killed six people, authorities said.

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    Victim in fatal Antioch crash identified

    A Waukegan resident was identified as the man killed in an Antioch crash Sunday morning, authorities said. Scott Bonke, 45, was identified by officials with the Lake County Coroner’s Office as the victim of the crash that left two others injured on Route 173.

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    More subpoenas to come in bridge probe

    More subpoenas are expected to be issued by a New Jersey legislative committee investigating a plot to create gridlock by blocking lanes near the George Washington Bridge. A person familiar with the committee’s plans tells The Associated Press that up to a dozen subpoenas could be issued after the panel meets Monday.

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    Ruling due on Holmes’ phone, other evidence issues

    Court officials are preparing to release a decision by the judge in the Colorado theater shooting case on whether prosecutors can show jurors the contents of defendant James Holmes’ cellphone, which included eerie self-portraits taken before the shootings.

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    Final attorney arguments in Nagin trial

    Federal prosecutors on Monday summed up their case for convicting former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin of corruption during his two terms as mayor — a period that included the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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    City will consider more sales tax to help pay for electricity

    The Batavia City Council is considering raising the city’s sales tax rate to help pay for the electricity it buys. The council will discuss the matter at its joint committees of the whole meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave.

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    Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December.

    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013

    Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December.

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    More than 3,000 birds were rescued in the three-county cockfighting takedown that began Saturday and ended Sunday in New York and resulted in nine felony arrests, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

    NY AG: 3,000 birds rescued in cockfighting bust

    New York’s attorney general says more than 3,000 birds were rescued in a three-county cockfighting takedown that resulted in nine felony arrests. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called this weekend’s bust the largest rescue of fighting roosters in New York history. He said at one event, 70 people were taken into custody.

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    Stephen Poloz, governor of the Bank of Canada, left, shakes hands with by Stephen Harper, Canada’s prime minister, right, while being welcomed into office in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

    Harper sees inevitable win on keystone with or without Obama

    As far as Stephen Harper is concerned, history and economics carry far more weight in Canada-U.S. relations than whoever happens to occupy the White House at a given moment. That’s why Canada’s prime minister remains relatively unperturbed about the drawn-out Keystone XL pipeline review, maintaining its approval is “inevitable.”

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    Norway’s Per Kristian Hunder takes a jump during freestyle skiing slopestyle training at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    5 things to know about Monday’s Olympics

    Fast five, Monday edition: Things you’ll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics. To start with, organizers are using volunteers to fill the many empty seats at some of the less popular events.

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    Richard Branson

    Branson says space venture to fly fare-paying passenger in 2014

    U.K. billionaire Richard Branson said his Virgin Galactic venture is on track to carry its first fare-paying passenger to the edge of space this year, and that he plans to take his family on a flight some time in 2014.

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    The DeVry University Campus in Addison is closed for an unknown security issue.

    DeVry closes campuses for unknown security issue

    DeVry Institute of Technology announced that all of its Chicago area camouses are closed Monday morning due to a security issue.

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    Carol Stream Park District considers firms to help with director search

    The Carol Stream Park District board appears close to hiring a search firm to find a new executive director. The park board is expected to meet Monday night in executive session. “I’m hoping we pick the firm we work with,” board President Tim Powers said.

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    An early morning fire gutted a downtown Mount Prospect restaurant Sunday, left several residents homeless and damaged neighboring businesses. No one was injured in the blaze, the cause of which is under investigation.

    Weekend in Review: Restaurant destroyed; no more school bake sales?

    What you may have missed over the weekend: Suburbs are Olympic ice skating hub; fire guts downtown Mt. Prospect restaurant; two killed in I-90 crash at Barrington Road; new federal rules could burn school bake sales; Carol Stream family sues over 2012 death; three Algonquin buildings face demolition; climbers tackle suburbs' tallest building; Cubs mixed messages causing a mess; and Blackhawks are...

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    Glen Ellyn artist Jean Griffin, who has exhibited her work locally and nationally, does her portraits of children as a benefit for Young Men’s Educational Network of Chicago.

    Show features Glen Ellyn artist Jean Griffin’s portraits of children

    By Susan Dibble


    Glen Ellyn artist Jeanie Griffin, whose work has been in five national juried shows, as well as many local shows and public buildings, has an exhibit of vivid pastel portraits of children at Windsor Park retirement community in Carol Stream. A reception will be on Feb. 11 and the exhibit continues through Feb. 28.

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    Dawn Patrol: Restaurant blaze; 2 dead in I-90 crash

    Fire guts downtown Mt. Prospect restaurant; two killed in I-90 crash in Hoffman Estates; one killed, two injured in Antioch crash; GOP governor candidates court Indian American group at forum; Arlington Heights honors its unsung heroes; Naperville-area legislators hosting Metra public hearing; Noah, Gibson go on offensive in Bulls' victory

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    Lake County candidates not enthusiastic about same-sex wedding business

    As Illinois caterers, photographers and other entrepreneurs prepare for the expansion of marriage to same-sex couples this summer, Republican candidates in two contested Lake County Board races said they're not interested in promoting the county as a destination for such events.

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    Manju Goel and Larry Kaifesh

    8th District seat continues to attract 'outsiders'

    Illinois' 8th U.S. Congressional District, occupying a big chunk of the Northwest and West suburbs,is about the same size as the rest of the state's districts, but unlike most others it has a history of drawing "outsiders" into its political campaigns. One expert says it's a result of the district being winnable for both major parties.

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    Safety advocates warn all that dashboards offer these days can be dangerously distracting. A U.S. Senate committee held a round table discussion last week entitled “Over-Connected and Behind the Wheel.”

    Experts: Connected cars bring dangerous distractions

    Nothing like a "connected car," where everything is so much safer — rearview cameras, blind spot spotters, and ways to talk without holding a cell phone. Not so fast, say experts, who argue we're deluding ourselves if we think hands-free is safe. “The more drivers are involved in nondriving tasks, the more we will see crashes go up,” said David Teater, a senior director with the...

Sports

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    Boys basketball scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    Wednedsay’s results*Class 4A Bartlett sectionalGlenbard North 77, Proviso East 74Glenbard North — Fleming 5 1-4 16, Fiduccia 4 4-5 15, Jackson 5 3-10 13, Holbert 4 2-2 11, Flanigan 7 3-7 18, Collier 1 0-0 2, Gasiorowski 1 0-0 2. Totals: 27 13-28 77.Proviso East — Span 0 0-0 0, J. Carter 6 0-0 15, Chisom 6 0-3 12, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Fisher 13 6-6 40, Moore 2 0-0 4, Smith 0 0-0 0, M. Carter 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, Williams 1 1-2 3, Funderwhite 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28 7-11 74.Glenbard North 30 6 15 26 —77Proviso East 20 11 18 25 —743-point baskets: GN: Fleming 5, Fiduccia 3, Holbert, Flanigan; PE: Fisher 8, J. Carter 3. Fouled out: GN: Jackson.Class 4A sectional semifinalsAt Lake ZurichFREMD 47, highland park 26Highland Park — Sutker 1 0-0 2, Lundevall 1 0-0 3, Krawitz 2 0-0 4, Norcia 1 1-2 4, Sachs 4 3-4 13, Beerman 0 0-0 0, Iden 0 0-0 0, Goshen 0 0-0 0, Wellek 0 0-0 0, Levin 0 0-0 0, Barrios 0 0-0 0, Stempel 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 4-8 26.Fremd — Williams 2 0-0 6, Ochoa 1 4-6 6, Carlson 6 1-2 13, Groot 2 1-1 5, Glassmann 1 2-4 4, Roundy 1 0-0 2, Peters 1 0-0 2, Cordell 3 0-1 6, Benka 1 0-0 2, Magnani 0 0-0 0, Weber 0 1-2 1, Cull 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-16 47.Highland Park 6 5 10 5 —26Fremd 8 16 3 20 —473-point baskets: HP: Sachs 2, Lundevall , Norcia; Fre” Williams 2. Fouled out: none.*at ElginSouth Elgin 71, Jacobs 66Jacobs— Mack 5 5-7 15, Boeckh 5 0-0 15, Orange 3 5-8 11, Canady 0 2-2 2, Murray 3 4-5 10, Krutwig 5 1-1 11, Peltier 1 0-0 2, Grant 0 0-2 0. Totals 22 17-25 66.South Elgin — Smith 6 2-5 14, McClure 4 0-0 12, Mahmudi 1 0-0 2, Wells 8 4-6 26, Amrhein 4 0-1 10, Hankinsw 1 2-2 4, Kamienski 1 0-0 3. Totals 25 8-14 71.Jacobs 9 13 22 22 —66South Elgin 15 22 16 18 —713-point baskets: J — Boeckh 5; SE — Wells 6, McClure 4, Amrhein 2, Kamienski.*Class 4A East Aurora sectionalGeneva 70, West Aurora 68Geneva — Temple 9 0-1 19, Cook 2 5-6 10, Navigato 8 4-5 23, Parrilli 4 2-2 11, Vollbrecht 2 2-3 4, Landi 1 1-2 3, Santacaterina 0 0-0 0, Durante 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 14-19 70.West Aurora — Dunn 2 0-1 5, Walker 5 8-8 19, Koth 3 6-6 12, Griffin 9 1-2 21, Williams 1 2-5 4, Wisley 1 0-0 2, Jensen 2 1-1 5. Totals 23 18-24 68.Geneva 17 20 12 21 —70West Aurora 20 14 17 17 —683-point baskets: G: Navigato 3, Temple, Cook, Parrilli; WA: Griffin 2, Dunn, Walker. Fouled out: G: none; WA: none.*Class 3A sectional semifinalsAt AntiochCARMEL 55, UPLIFT 46Carmel — Poyser 4 1-3 9, Kirby 5 5-5 16, Duff 0 3-4 3, George 8 0-3 16, Barr 2 2-2 6, Belser-Bailey 0 0-0 0, Bowen 2 1-2 5. Totals 21 12-19 55.Uplift — Suetan 3 0-0 7, Olagbegi 6 0-0 12, Roscoe 10 1-3 24, Fluckes 0 0-0 0, Wayatt 1 1-2 3, Wyatt 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 2-5 46.Carmel 15 14 14 12 —55Uplift 10 5 13 18 —463-point baskets: Car: Kirby; Up: Roscoe 3, Suetan.Fouled out: none.*

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    ScoreboardTo report scores:Coaches, please report all scores to the Daily Herald Cook County office by e-mailing prepsports@dailyherald.com, calling (847) 427-4430, or faxing results to (847) 427-4790.When faxing results, please make sure that results are legible, and include names and statistics for all teams involved.FootballAP pollsHere are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sports writers:Class 8ASchool W-L Pts Prv 1. Loyola (13) (2-0) 156 1 2. Stevenson (3) (2-0) 143 2 3. Glenbard West (2-0) 113 5 4. Edwardsville (1-1) 101 T3 5. Maine South (2-0) 98 6 6. Homewood-Flossmoor (1-1) 74 T3 7. Waubonsie Valley (2-0) 69 8 8. Oak Park-River Forest (2-0) 56 9 9. Naperville North (2-0) 27 1010. Bolingbrook (1-1) 12 NROthers receiving votes: Glenbard East 7, Hinsdale Central 6, Barrington 5, Naperville Central 5, Belleville East 3, Oswego 2, Benet 2, Fremd 1. Class 7ASchool W-L Pts Prv 1. Cary-Grove (9) (2-0) 153 1 2. Mt. Carmel (7) (1-1) 151 2 3. St. Rita (2-0) 126 4 4. Providence (2-0) 106 6 5. Lincoln-Way East (2-0) 85 5 6. Lake Zurich (1-1) 70 3 7. Geneva (2-0) 65 9 8. Batavia (1-1) 53 8 9. WW South (0-2) 18 710t. Addison Trail (2-0) 17 NR10t. Belleville West (1-1) 17 NROthers receiving votes: Hononegah 11, Downers North 4, Normal Community 3, Fenwick 1. Class 6ASchool W-L Pts Prv 1. Sacred Heart-Griffin (18) (2-0) 180 1 2. Nazareth (2-0) 157 4 3. Richards (1-1) 108 2 4. Champaign Centennial (2-0) 105 6 5. Belvidere North (2-0) 71 8 6t. East St. Louis (0-2) 65 5 6t. Rockford Boylan (1-1) 65 3 8. Kaneland (2-0) 60 10 9. Normal West (2-0) 53 NR10. Peoria Notre Dame (2-0) 51 NROthers receiving votes: Lake Forest 21, Lakes 13, Crete-Monee 11, Lincoln-Way West 9, Lincoln-Way North 7, Rock Island 4, Richwoods 4, Lemont 3, Prairie Ridge 1, DeKalb 1, Yorkville 1. Class 5ASchool W-L Pts Prv 1. Montini (14) (1-1) 173 1 2. Joliet Catholic (3) (1-1) 153 T2 3. Highland (1) (2-0) 131 T2 4. Washington (2-0) 117 4 5. Geneseo (2-0) 104 5 6. Marian Central (2-0) 103 6 7. Normal University (2-0) 70 7 8. Sycamore (1-1) 49 9 9. Peoria Central (2-0) 39 1010. Waterloo (2-0) 16 NROthers receiving votes: Morris 12, Rochelle 7, Decatur MacArthur 6, Metamora 4, Rich East 2, Centralia 2, Wheaton Academy 1, Taylorville 1. Class 4ASchool W-L Pts Prv 1. Rochester (16) (2-0) 169 1 2. Rockford Lutheran (1) (2-0) 153 2 3. Greenville (2-0) 104 8 4. Phillips (1-1) 103 3 5. Althoff Catholic (1-1) 89 4 6. Bishop McNamara (1-1) 73 5 7. Mt. Zion (2-0) 64 10 8. Rock Island Alleman (1-1) 48 9 9. Evergreen Park (2-0) 44 NR10. Breese Mater Dei (2-0) 24 NROthers receiving votes: Columbia 23, Coal City 12, Quincy Notre Dame 12, Manteno 6, Plano 5, Herrin 4, Bethalto Civic Memorial 1, Carterville 1. Class 3ASchool W-L Pts Prv 1. St. Joseph-Ogden (15) (2-0) 158 1 2. Tolono Unity (2-0) 139 2 3. Williamsville (2-0) 118 3 4. Wilmington (2-0) 109 4 5. Aurora Christian (1) (2-0) 94 6 6. Leo (2-0) 66 10 7. Mt. Carmel (2-0) 63 7 8. Monticello (2-0) 58 8 9. Carlinville (2-0) 37 910. Elmwood-Brimfield (1-1) 24 5Others receiving votes: Decatur St. Teresa 8, Erie-Prophetstown 2, New Berlin-Franklin 2, Nashville 2. Class 2ASchool W-L Pts Prv 1. Sterling Newman (18) (2-0) 180 1 2. Momence (2-0) 142 2 3. Rockridge (1-1) 123 4 4. Eastland-Pearl City (2-0) 115 5 5. Illini West (Carthage) (2-0) 86 T8 6. Mercer County (1-1) 74 6 7. Maroa-Forsyth (1-1) 56 3 8. Auburn (1-1) 52 10 9. Annawan Wethersfield (2-0) 51 NR10. Fieldcrest (2-0) 45 NROthers receiving votes: Tuscola 27, Bismarck-Henning 11, Hall 9, Athens 7, Villa Grove 5, Clifton Central 4, Downs Tri-Valley 2, Staunton 1. Class 1ASchool W-L Pts Prv 1. Lena-Winslow (16) (2-0) 168 1 2. Stockton (2-0) 147 2 3. Forreston (1) (2-0) 138 3

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    Is Mirotic ready to be a star for Bulls?

    Over the weekend, Nikola Mirotic was named MVP of the Copa del Rey tournament in Spain. Is he ready to be a star player for the Bulls? We asked some Spanish basketball journalists for insight.

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    Canada’s Marie-Michele Gagnon makes a jump during the downhill portion of the women’s supercombined.

    Images: Monday at the Sochi Olympics
    Images of Monday at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, including Team USA vs. Switzerland in women's hockey, the women's supercombined, men's curling, speedskating, and much more.

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    Girls gymnastics scoreboard: Monday’s results
    Monday’s results*Conant sectionalteam scoresPrairie Ridge co-op 148.525, Fremd 147.675, Barrington 143.675, Prospect 142.925, Conant 140.325, Schaumburg 137.80.Automatic state qualifiersVault — 1. Underwood (PR co-op) 9.75, 2. Solka (PR co-op) 9.575, 3. Hasanov (Bar) 9.475, T4. Morgan (Bar) and Rafferty (EG) 9.45. Uneven bars — 1. Underwood (PR co-op) 9.55, 2. Johnston (RM) 9.4, 3. Hasanov (Bar) 9.35, 4. Plichta (Frd) 9.3, T5. Solka (PR co-op) and Neal (Frd) 9.175. Balance beam — 1. Underwood (PR co-op) 9.7, 2. Hasanov (Bar) 9.65, T3. Rafferty (EG) and Jensen (Frd) 9.525, T5. Plichta (Frd) and Larock (Pro) 9.5. Floor exercise — 1. Rafferty (EG) 9.6, 2. Radochonski (Frd) 9.525, 3. Hasanov (Bar) 9.475, 4. Jensen (Frd) 9.45, T5. Riedel (Jac) and Gonzalez (Pro) 9.4. All-around — 1. Underwood (PR co-op) 38.40, 2. Hasanov (Bar) 37.95, 3. Rafferty (EG) 37.60, 4. Jensen (Frd) 37.30, 5. Larock (Pro) 37.25.

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    Girls basketball scoreboard: Monday’s results
    Monday’s results*Streamwood 57, Addison Trail 29Streamwood — Miranda 2 1-2 6, Hawkins 0 1-3 1, Giwa 0 0-2 0, Foret 8 2-2 22, Jeremiah 0 1-2 1, Clark 1 0-0 2, Caldera 0 2-2 2, McGlone 9 5-6 23. Totals 20 12-19 57.Addison Trail — Ashley 2 0-0 4, Dziabis 4 1-3 9, Beltrano 1 0-0 2, Malagon 1 0-0 2, Arizi 2 0-0 4, Baumgartner 0 1-2 1, Pham 1 1-2 4, Graff 1 1-2 3. Totals 12 4-9 29.Streamwood 11 14 19 13 —57Addison Trail 9 4 5 11 —293-point baskets: S — Miranda, Foret 4; AT — Pham.*Burlington Central 57, Marengo 28Burlington C. — Ross 3 0-0 6, Rafferty 0 0-0 0, Holt 1 1-2 4, Ratzek 0 0-0 0, DeTamble 1 1-2 3, Collins 1 0-0 2, Cruz 2 0-1 5, Ciganek 0 0-0 0, Pryor 7 4-5 22, Colby 4 0-0 9, Gerke 3 0-0 6. Totals 22 6-10 57.Marengo — Martin 1 0-0 2, Tautges 0 0-0 0, Hoeske 0 0-0 0, Boettschneider 1 0-0 2, Hammortree 2 0-0 4, Turner 1 1-1 3, Grimscheid 2 0-2 4, Carlson 5 0-0 11, VanAcker 0 0-0 0, Morris 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 1-3 28.Burlington C. 15 15 13 14 —57Marengo 2 4 14 8 —283-point baskets: BC — Holt, Cruz, Pryor 4, Colby; M — Carlson.*hinsdale central 62, oak park-river forest 49Oak Park — Philosophos 1 0-0 2, Hoye 5 8-8 21, Waters 2 1-2 5, Shelton 2 2-2 6, Onyenso 2 0-2 4, Mullins 4 1-1 10, Coalson 0 2-2 2, Smith 0 0-0 0, Carraher 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 14-17 49.Hinsdale Central — Katich 2 2-4 6, Gurka 3 1-3 7, Bareck 2 0-0 6, Martinelli 3 3-3 10, Rush 5 4-6 16, Wasz 2 0-0 4, Burr 5 3-4 13. Totals 22 13-20 69.Oak Park 22 17 5 6 —49Hinsdale Central 18 22 9 13 —623-point baskets: OPRF: Mullins, Hoye (3). HC: Martinelli, Rush (2), Bareck (2).Fouled out: HC: Wasz.*Wheaton Warrenville South 61, West aurora 34West Aurora — Wiggins 2 0-0 6, T. Jacobsen 3 2-4 10, Zeitz 2 1-2 5, E. Jacobsen 2 0-0 5, Dejohnette 1 0-0 2, Skaggs 2 1-2 5, Malone 0 1-2 1, Williams 0 0-1 0, Frauenhoff 0 0-1 0. Totals 12 5-12 34.Wheaton Warrenville — Franke 1 0-0 2, Dansdill 3 1-2 7, Zappia 6 0-0 12, Linebarger 4 2-2 11, Waldron 9 1-2 19, Madigan 1 0-0 2, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Lessick 2 0-0 4, Gerwing 1 0-0 2, Michaud 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 4-6 61.West Aurora 7 5 11 11 —34Wheaton Warrenville 16 14 13 18 —613-point baskets: WA: E. Jacobsen, T. Jacobsen (2), Wiggins (2). WWS: Linebarger.Fouled out: None.*neuqua valley 74, larkin 41Larkin — Kyles 5 5-7 17, McGhee 2 2-2 8, Wahl 1 1-2 5, Washington 2 1-2 5, Casebeer 2 1-2 5, Lindsey 0 0-0 0, Chwee 0 0-0 0, Evans 0 0-0 0, Martinez 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 10-15 41.Neuqua Valley — Starks 2 1-1 6, Deveikis 2 0-0 4, Austin 0 1-2 1, J. Smith 2 0-0 4, M. Smith 2 0-0 4, Lazar 6 3-5 17, Rehal 0 0-2 0, Aguilar 1 2-3 5, Menendez 8 1-1 17, Keefer 1 0-0 2, McInerney 0 0-2 0, Cobb 2 0-0 4. Totals 29 12-22 74.Larkin 12 6 12 11 —41Neuqua Valley 19 20 15 20 —743-point baskets: L: Washington, McGhee (2), Kyles (2). NV: Starks, Aguilar, Lazar (2)Fouled out: None.*Benet 44, glenbard south 41Glenbard South — Brambora 0 1-2 1, Markovic 3 0-2 6, Smith 1 0-0 2, Bazigos 4 1-1 12, Ball 5 0-0 11, Bauman 4 1-3 9, LaPonte 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 3-8 41.Benet — Schramek 3 3-3 11, Stout 1 0-0 2, Doyle 7 1-3 15, Eshoo 3 5-7 11, Olson 2 0-0 5, McDermott 0 0-2 0, Bumpus 0 0-0 0, Martin 0 0-0 0, Morgan 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 9-15 44.Glenbard South 9 15 8 9 —41Benet 12 8 15 9 —443-point baskets: GS: Ball, Bazigos (3). B: Olson, Schramek (2).Fouled out: None.*Naperville North 46, Lake Park 33Naperville North — Pereira 2 5-8 10, Sharples 7 6-10 21, Pope 1 1-5 3, Cores 0 2-4 2, Freeman 2 0-0 4, Corbett 2 1-3 5, Fumagalli 0 0-0 0, Stapelton 0 1-2 1, Tuskey 0 0-2 0, Odekirk 0 0-0 0, Mullins 0 0-0 0, McClain 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 16-34 46.

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    Boys basketball scoreboard: Monday’s results
    Monday’s results*Wheaton Academy 63, Aurora Central Catholic 42Wheaton Academy: Smith 1 0-0 2, Ruggles 11 2-2 33, C. Fuzak 3 3-4 9, Behr 0 0-0 0, Burdett 0 0-0 0, B. Fuzak 1 0-0 2, Williams 1 2-4 4, Sandberg 0 0-0 0, Collins 1 0-0 2, Lindstedt 4 3-5 11, Robbins 0 0-1 0 Totals: 22 10-16 63ACC: Hollon 0 0-0 0, Faltz 1 0-1 2, Anger 2 1-2 5, Harreld 2 0-0 6, Schuetz 1 0-0 3, Babler 0 0-0 0, B. Czerak 3 4-4 10, Schaefer 1 0-0 2, Cowen 0 2-2 2, May 2 0-0 4, A. Czerak 2 0-0 5, Smith 1 0-0 3, Jones 0 0-2 0 Totals: 16 7-11 42 Wheaton Academy 17 20 14 12 —63ACC 9 13 13 7 —423-pointers: WA: Ruggles 9; ACC: Harreld 2, Schuetz, A. Czerak, Smith; fouled out: none *CARMEL 45, LAKES 41Carmel — Poyser 2 4-5 8, George 6 0-0 12, Kirby 2 2-2 6, Duff Jr. 4 3-4 11, Barr 2 1-1 5, Bowen 1 1-1 3, Belser-Bailey 0 0-0 0, Kelly 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 11-13 45.Lakes — Tomasiewicz 2 2-2 7, Hudson 5 1-2 12, Balliu 1 5-7 8, Milostan 2 0-0 5, Haviland 2 0-0 5, J. Monson 0 0-0 0, Jennrich 2 0-0 4. Totals 14 8-11 41.Carmel 8 11 12 14 —45Lakes 11 12 7 11 —413-point baskets: Car: None; Lks: Tomasiewicz, Hudson, Balliu, Milostan, Haviland.Fouled out: Balliu (Lks).*Fremd 49, Huntley 46 (OT)Fremd — Weber 1 0-0 3, Roundy 3 0-0 8, Glassman 2 5-6 9, Groot 0 1-3 1, Williams 2 3-4 7, Peters 0 0-0 0, Ochoa 3 1-2 7, Benka 2 0-0 5, Carlson 2 5-6 9, Cordell 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 15-21 49.Huntley — Jacobs 1 2-2 5, Spoeth 1 00 3, Bessey 2 1-5 5, Boesch 0 0-0 0, Slonka 1 2-2 5, Wicks 4 3-4 13, Egekeze 3 4-6 11, Gorney 1 1-2 4. Total 13 13-21 46.Fremd 4 22 9 6 8 —49Huntley 14 7 15 5 5 —463-point baskets: F — Weber, Roundy 2, Benka; H — Jacobs, Spoeth, Wicks 2, Slonka, Egekeze, Gorney.*Glenbrook nOrth 52, Maine W. 43Glenbrook N. — Keane 1 0-0 2, Liss 4 1-4 9, Werner 5 3-4 16, Lutz 2 3-4 13, Kim 1 0-0 3, Hamilton 2 2-2 7, Werhane 1 0-1 2. Totals 16 9-15 52.Maine West — Dones 2 1-2 5, Wessel 4 0-0 8, Ferraren 4 2-4 10, Acevedo 3 0-0 9, Sherman 3 3-8 9, Czerlonko 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 6-14 43.Glenbrook N. 7 11 17 17 —52Maine W. 8 12 5 18 —433-point baskets: GBN: Eerner 3, Lutz 2, Hamilton. MW: Acevedo 3.*

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    Harris’ 19 lead No. 17 Virginia past Terps, 61-53

    Joe Harris scored 19 points and No. 17 Virginia stretched its winning streak to eight games by beating Maryland 61-53 on Monday night in the Terrapins’ last visit as an ACC rival.

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    Kansas State holds off No. 7 Kansas, 85-82 in OT

    Marcus Foster scored 20 points, including two free throws in the closing seconds of overtime, and Kansas State held on to beat No. 7 Kansas 85-82 on Monday night.

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    West Aurora’s Taylor Jacobsen moves past Meghan Waldron of Wheaton Warrenville South, right, to attempt a basket in girls basketball action on Monday in Wheaton.

    WW South clinches fourth straight DVC championship

    Claiming any part of four consecutive DuPage Valley Conference titles is mighty impressive, but the Wheaton Warrenville South girls basketball team does not want any part of sharing top honors this year.

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    DePaul says Melvin no longer enrolled

    DePaul star forward Cleveland Melvin is no longer enrolled in school or part of the basketball program. The school announced the split with the senior on Monday after suspending him last month for violating team rules.

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    Fremd’s Christine Radochonski dashes toward the vault during the Conant sectional Monday night.

    PR, Fremd go 1-2 at Conant

    Prairie Ridge co-op and Fremd were neck and neck from start to finish at the Conant sectional on Monday. But the Wolves capitalized on the vault, their final event, to spring ahead of the Vikings and secure their third consecutive sectional title with 148.525 points in Hoffman Estates. Fremd took second with 147.675 points, followed by Barrington (143.675) and Prospect (142.925). This much is known after the first of four sectionals: Prairie Ridge, which won a third-place trophy in 2012 and a second-place trophy last season, became the first of four automatic qualifiers to advance to the girls gymnastic state meet on Feb. 21 and 22 at Palatine High School.

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    Photos from the West Auroura at Wheaton Warrenville South girls basketball game Monday, Feb. 10.

    Images: West Aurora at Wheaton Warrenville South girls basketball
    Wheaton Warrenville South hosted West Aurora Monday, Feb. 10 for girls basketball in Wheaton.

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    Carmel’s Jack George, middle, drives on Lakes’ Mike Tomasiewicz, left, and Tramone Hudson on Monday night at Lakes.

    George, Carmel add to win total

    Foul trouble kept Carmel’s 6-foot-10 center Jack George out of most of the first half of Monday’s nonconference game at Lakes. He was bound and determined that it wouldn’t keep him from being a part of history. George kept himself on the floor and out of floor trouble after halftime and played a key role in helping the Corsairs pull out a 45-41 win over Lakes. The win is the 20th of the season for Carmel, which is in the midst of its best season in decades. In fact, the dry spell at Carmel has been so long that no one really knows for sure how long it’s been since the Corsairs last won 20 games in a season. George and his teammates do know, however, that at 20-6, they are now only 4 wins away from tying the highest all-time win total of 24 wins set in the early 1980s.

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    Fremd hangs on at Huntley

    Garrett Groot scored just 1 point in top-ranked Fremd’s 49-46 overtime victory at No. 11 Huntley Monday night, but his defense in the clutch propelled the Vikings to their 21st victory without a loss. The rescheduled nonconference game was tied 43-43 with 57 seconds left in regulation when the 5-foot-9 senior guard hounded Huntley (15-5) into a perimeter turnover that kept the Red Raiders from shooting for the lead. The contest was still knotted at 43 with 1:45 left in overtime when Groot made a perimeter steal and was immediately fouled. He split 2 free throws for his only point of the night and Fremd never trailed again. Senior Riley Glassmann sank 5 of 6 free throws in the final 1:09 and the Vikings survived a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds as the attempt by Huntley leading scorer Riley Wicks (13 points) did not fall.

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    Ruggles lights up Aurora Central Catholic

    A diamond merchant could have only wished he had products as flawless as Josh Ruggles was Monday night in Aurora for 23 minutes and 22 seconds.

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    Benet gets better of Glenbard South

    It’s the last week of the regular season for Class 3A and 4A girls basketball teams. Benet began the week off right with a 44-41 win at home Monday over Glenbard South that should help prepare both teams for the postseason.

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    Grayslake North wins seventh straight

    Kendall Detweiler scored 19 points, Brittney Thibeaux added 17 and Grayslake North stayed hot with a 54-48 nonconference win at Evanston on Monday night.

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    Associated Press Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford, center, Marcus Smart and Markel Brown(22) speak to the referee after Smart shoved a fan Saturday during a NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas.

    For many, fan behavior crosses line too often

    Administrators don’t want athletes taking matters into their own hands; yet, many players and coaches feel fans routinely cross the line with profanity-laced tirades, racial slurs and obscene gestures while those policies — typically threatening ejection — are rarely enforced.

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    Pacers roll past short-handed Nuggets 119-80

    David West scored 25 points and Roy Hibbert added 14 as the Indiana Pacers routed the short-handed Denver Nuggets 119-80 on Monday night.

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    Shaun White of the United States trains in the half pipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics Sunday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Half-pipe competition starts Tuesday.

    White says he’s antsy; thanks his fans

    Shaun White says he’s antsy about his upcoming chance to make history on the halfpipe and, in a shoutout to his fans, thanks them for supporting his decisions. The halfpipe contest is Tuesday, and White could become the seventh athlete to win three straight golds in an individual Winter Olympics sport.

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    Streamwood’s Rosner gets win No. 398

    Streamwood’s girls basketball team picked up head coach George Rosner’s 398th career win Monday night with a 57-29 nonconference win at Addison Trail.

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    DeShields leads No. 17 UNC past No. 3 Duke 89-78

    Freshman Diamond DeShields knew Cameron Indoor Stadium can be tough on visitors — especially those from hated rival North Carolina. She didn’t expect the Cameron Crazies would be this easy to tune out. DeShields scored a season-high 30 points in the 17th-ranked Tar Heels’ 89-78 upset of No. 3 Duke on Monday night.

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    West Virginia stomps No. 11 Iowa State 102-77

    It was tough to tell what Remi Dibo enjoyed more: being the centerpiece of West Virginia’s 3-point show against No. 11 Iowa State, or clamping down on Big 12 scoring leader Melvin Ejim. Dibo scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Mountaineers to a 102-77 victory Monday night, the Cyclones’ most lopsided loss of the season.

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    Green leads Celtics past Bucks 102-86

    Jeff Green scored 29 points and Kelly Olynyk added 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Boston Celtics pulled away from the Milwaukee Bucks in the fourth quarter of a 102-86 victory Monday night.

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    Howard leads Rockets past Timberwolves 107-89

    Dwight Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and the surging Houston Rockets used a fourth-quarter push to hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-89 Monday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

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    Bears GM lauds Sam’s courage

    Bears general manager Phil Emery praised Michael Sam and said Sam would be judged by his play on the field. “Michael stated with great poise and confidence who he is as a person and football player, and I have tremendous respect for him in the way he conveyed his thoughts and the courage it took to state them publicly,” Emery said in an email released Monday by the Bears.

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    Lowry scores 19 as Raptors beat Pelicans 108-101

    Kyle Lowry had 19 points and 12 assists, Patrick Patterson scored a season-high 22 and the Toronto Raptors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 108-101 on Monday night.

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    Pistons beat Spurs 109-100 in Loyer’s debut

    Brandon Jennings scored 21 points, and the Detroit Pistons beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-100 on Monday night in John Loyer’s first game as interim coach. Detroit abruptly fired Maurice Cheeks on Sunday after only 50 games as coach, but although they’ve been unimpressive for the most part this season, the Pistons have played better lately. The comfortable win over the Spurs was Detroit’s fifth in seven games.

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    Bartlett’s Ally Giampapa puts up a shot against Waubonsie Valley earlier this season.

    UEC, FVC crossovers take center stage this week

    As the regular season comes into the home stretch this week for Class 3A and Class 4A girls basketball teams, crossover matchups in the Upstate Eight and Fox Valley conferences will take center stage later in the week. Over the past couple of years, some coaches in each conference have expressed how they’d prefer to play an out-of-conference school in this final regular-season game but for now the crossovers remain.

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    All-American linebacker Michael Sam could become the first openly gay active player in the NFL next season. The Bears surely could find a home for him on their roster.

    Bears could make history with this draft pick

    Let it be the Bears. Why not? Why shouldn’t Michael Sam play here? Why shouldn’t we have a front-row seat for this social study? Sam is poised to become the first openly gay man to play in one of the United States’ four major team sports. For those of you wondering why this is a story at all, the word “first” explains it.

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    Images from the Carmel at Lakes boys basketball game on Monday, February 10 in Lake Villa.

    Images: Lakes vs. Carmel boys basketball
    The Lakes Eagles hosted the Carmel Corsairs for boys basketball action on Monday, February 10 in Lake Villa.

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    Coby joins Saint Xavier’s Hall of Fame

    Lissa Coby’s fondest memory as a Saint Xavier University soccer player was making it to the national tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. “Not only being a part of that team, but achieving the highest ranking SXU ever achieved for women’s soccer,” she said. “No. 8 in the country was amazing then and it still feels amazing knowing that I am forever a part of that legacy.” And on Feb. 1, Coby became a part of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

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    Jimmy Gavin

    Gavin’s winning story a study in perseverance

    Jimmy Gavin graduated from Prospect High School in June of 2010. His name never appeared on the high school sports pages because he never played varsity basketball for the Knights. But through perseverance and some personal guidance, Gavin is making a name for himself in Division II basketball. Coming off the bench as the sixth man, Gavin is the second-leading scorer (15.7 ppg, less than one of the team leader) for the Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers, who are currently ranked No. 20 in the country. Just this past Saturday, Gavin scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to help lead the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division-leaders (19-3, 12-1) past Rockhurst University 76-63 before 1,767 fans in the DeSimone Gymnasium.

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    U.S. bobsledder Lolo Jones fighting off cold, flu

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — American bobsledder Lolo Jones has gotten ill at the Sochi Olympics.Jones tweeted Monday that she was in a “quarantine room” in the village. U.S. bobsled spokeswoman Amanda Bird confirmed Jones exhibited cold and flu symptoms, and that the move was precautionary. Jones was back with teammates later Monday. “Single room was nice just wish I had one of those stray dogs to keep me company,” Jones tweeted, referring to the dogs who were spotted all over the Sochi area in the days before the Olympics opened. Jones and bobsled teammate Lauryn Williams are to become the ninth and 10th Americans to compete in both the summer and winter games. Jones is a two-time hurdler in the Summer Olympics, and will race with Jazmine Fenlator in USA-3 in Sochi.

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    Missouri senior defensive lineman Michael Sam says he is gay, and he could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.

    Michael Sam more than right man at right time

    From the utter depths of despair, the mind-numbing pain of childhood heartbreak, this extraordinary man, Michael Sam, has arrived and thrived and presented himself to the world. This can't be an accident. This can't be coincidence. There is a reason it is him and it is now.

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    Mike North video: Hahn doesn't rule out Sox as a contender
    Sox General manager Rick Hahn thinks we can consider the Chicago White Sox a contender. Mike North doesn't agree and recommends Sox fans stay home.

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    Former world champ Colas out of men's moguls

    Former moguls world champion Guilbaut Colas of France is out of the Olympics due to a knee injury.

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    Sochi organizers: Volunteers used to fill up seats

    SOCHI, Russia — Organizers of the Sochi Games on Monday confirmed that they are using volunteers to fill the seats at less popular events.Competitions at the games have so far varied from sell-outs at the ice-skating team event on Sunday to half-empty stands at biathlon.Alexandra Kosterina, a spokeswoman for the Sochi organizing committee, said volunteers are enrolled in a motivation program, which means some of them will be offered tickets to see competitions after hours. “If we see that there’s not a turnout and there are seats available, then yes, we might invite volunteers to join in,” Kosterina said.Security concerns in Sochi have been feeding expectations that the games will not attract enough international spectators and that athletes will be performing to empty seats.

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    IOC reprimands athletes for commemorating the dead

    SOCHI, Russia — The International Olympic Committee is reprimanding athletes for wearing items commemorating the dead.IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Monday the Olympic body sent a letter to the Norwegian Olympic Committee after its female cross-country skiers wore black armbands Saturday in honor of a teammate’s brother, who died on the eve of the Sochi Games.Adams did not give details of the IOC letter, saying that was “the end of the matter.”In other disciplines, the IOC banned helmet stickers in tribute to Canadian halfpipe skier Sarah Burke, who died after a crash in training two years ago. Adams said athletes should find “a better place” to express their grief.Australian snowboarder Torah Bright said in an Instagram post on Friday that the IOC has banned competitors from wearing stickers on their gear. The IOC considered it to be a “political protest,” Bright wrote.The IOC has strict rules against protests or propaganda during competitions, outlawing any demonstrations in Olympic venues. Although a commemoration of a dead athlete can hardly be considered a political protest, the IOC’s tough stance is often explained by fears that allowing someone to display non-Games-related messages on the gear would encourage others to use the games for their own gain.

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    SOCHI SCENE: ‘I am very famous,’ Plushenko’s wife says

    SOCHI, Russia — From her black handbag — Hermes, crocodile, “It’s a very simple and democratic brand,” she’ll have you know — the wife of Evgeni Plushenko fished out a banner and unfurled it.“My heart is with you!” it said in pink letters, below a photo of the happy couple canoodling, noses touching. Ahhh. Ain’t that sweet?Pink. The same color as Yana Rudkovskaya’s fur hat. “Chanel, winter collection,” she volunteered, even though you hadn’t asked. And the grey coat? “Louis Vuitton,” she replied. Really? So she undid the buttons and peeled it off, to show the label on the inside. How dare one doubt.All this was unfolding in the “mixed zone,” the pit (for lack of a better word) in the bowels of arenas and stadiums where reporters get to ask questions of Olympians and where Plushenko was holding court after leading Russia to its first gold in Sochi, in team skating.” It’s extremely unusual for partners to join the mixed-zone fun. But then again, Plushenko isn’t just anyone; in Russia, he’s practically royalty. And, lest we forget, “I am very famous. I am top three in Russian woman,” volunteered Rudkovskaya, a music producer. She fished out one of her two mobile phones to show a picture of their baby son posing — being posed, actually — with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. He’s Alexander, she said. “Like Alexander the Great. The best name for a man in Russia. It’s very strong, also very lucky.” Then she unclipped the black plastic cover off her iPhone. It has her husband’s likeness on it in white. “For you, little present,” she said, plopping it in the hand of this reporter, who proceeded to explain that he couldn’t accept gifts from people he covers. “No, no,” she said. “I have more.”Then, realizing that this reporter would not bend, she took it back and gave it instead to a Russian reporter. She yelped in delight.

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    Mancuso leads downhill run in Olympic super-combined

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Julia Mancuso showed yet again she’s a big-game player, racing into the lead of the downhill portion of the Olympic super-combined on Monday and setting herself up for yet another medal.The American skier sped down the 2.7-kilometer (1.69-mile) Rosa Khutor course in 1 minute, 42.68 seconds, 0.47 faster than second-place Lara Gut of Switzerland. The winner will be decided after a slalom run on an adjoining course later Monday.Mancuso has a best finish of seventh in World Cup races this season but owns three Olympic medals — including super-combined silver four years ago — and five world championships medals.She shrieked with delight while skiing across the finish area, stretching both arms up and twirling her right ski pole.“I just love being here at the Olympics. It’s so much fun. I get really energized,” said Mancuso, the most decorated American woman in Olympic Alpine skiing. “First race of the Olympics, so I was excited, and I really just focused on being aerodynamic and going for it.”Besides her super-combined silver, she won gold in giant slalom at the 2006 Turin Olympics and silver in downhill at the 2010 Vancouver Games.Before heading to her slalom run, Mancuso posted a tribute to her late grandfather on her Twitter account.“My grandpa is smiling down at me from heaven and saying I can be proud no matter what happens! This one’s for you Grandpa Denny:) (hash) discotime,” she wrote.Tina Maze of Slovenia was third fastest, 0.86 behind, and is typically stronger in slalom. Mancuso and Gut do not usually compete in World Cup slaloms.Defending Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany was fifth, trailing Mancuso by 1.04.Another pre-race favorite, Nicole Hosp of Austria, was eighth, 1.27 back, and slalom specialist Marie-Michele Gagnon of Canada had 2.71 to make up in 21st place.Racers skied in bright sunshine and under clear skies, though much of the course was in shadows cast by surrounding mountains and trees lining the course.Gut, starting No. 10, finally found the Olympic course to her liking after complaining last week it was too flat and not icy enough in training.Mancuso was the last of the top-ranked skiers to start, wearing No. 22. She was 0.23 ahead at the first time split, dropped 0.19 behind Gut at the second, then steadily built her lead toward the finish with aggressive, clean skiing.“I was just full of energy when I kicked out of the start, and the snow felt a little bit softer so it was easier to really drive into my ski,” Mancuso said.Despite underachieving during the grueling World Cup season, Mancuso showed flashes of true form in January with two seventh-place finishes in downhill and super-G at one of her favorite venues, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.“I knew that was going to happen with Julia,” said her friend and fellow racer Chemmy Alcott of Britain. “You just know it. You can just never expect anything less from her in the Olympics.”

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    Sven Kramer ‘likely’ to skip 1,500 and focus on 10K

    SOCHI, Russia — Sven Kramer is so intent on atoning for the blunder that cost him the 10,000-meter speedskating title four years ago that he will likely skip a shot at gold in the 1,500 to concentrate exclusively on the long-distance event. The Dutchman, who already won the 5,000 during the opening weekend of the Olympics, said Monday the middle distance would “likely” be too much of a distraction during his preparation for the longer race on Feb. 18. At the 2010 Vancouver Games, he was on his way to the gold medal when coach Gerard Kemkers sent him into the wrong lane on a crossover. The error, which defied belief, brought a disqualification. It unsettled his confidence and instead of the three gold medals he was favored to win, he came home with only the 5,000. So he is all focus now at the Adler Arena. Kramer said that even if Kemkers said he was strong enough to take the 1,500 gold as well, it didn’t matter. “Even if I would win it, it is the 10,000 I want,” he said. And with an overwhelming victory in the 5,000 on Saturday, he is again as much the favorite to win the 10,000 than he was four years ago. The 1,500 is much more an explosion of speed with more aggressive strides and sometimes flailing arms compared with rhythmic dance with arms on the back in the long-distance events. The middle-distance event is also a wide-open race where Kramer would be an outsider for gold, even if his form in Sochi is impressive. Shani Davis of the United States, Denis Yuskov of Russia and Dutch teammate Koen Verweij are among the favorites. With such an impressive pedigree that has already made him one of the greatest skaters, Kramer is not skating for silver or bronze anymore. “Many people will say I am mad, but in the end, it is winning that counts.” He also feared that in case he did win a medal over the middle distance, the ceremonial commitments over two days that come with this would upset his preparations for the 10,000, which is three days after the 1,500. “It is the 10K I want to win,” he said. “That is why I came here.” And if that is successful, he also is favored to lead the Netherlands to gold in the team pursuit.

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    Give Cubs a gold medal for Pride Parade decision

    Some issues at the Winter Olympics are bigger than the medal count. As indicated by the Cubs, of all people, the United States didn't have to go all the way to Russia to come out on top in one of the most important.

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    Collin Brubaker, 25, of Algonquin, skates with Alissandra Aronow earlier this year during the ice dancing short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Brubaker and his older brother Rockne train with several other elite skaters now competing at the Olympics.

    Skating Algonquin brothers train with Sochi's elite

    Rockne and Collin Brubaker of Algonquin train with an elite group of ice skaters now competing in the Sochi Olympics. So if anyone can talk ice dancing and pairs skating with authority, it's the Brubaker brothers, who recently competed at the U.S. Nationals and have been on the circuit for years.

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    Gracie Gold trains at Center Ice of DuPage in Glen Ellyn in February 2012 as one of her coaches, Oleg Epstein, looks on.

    Suburban rinks, coaches polished Gracie Gold

    Gracie Gold, chasing an Olympic medal in figure skating to match her name, made her mark at suburban rinks for her jumps, her smiles and her dog, Yoshi. The 18-year-old U.S. national champion skated at area rinks for about five years. And while the music, glittery costumes and crowds make elite ice skating one of the most glamorous sports, getting to this level means spending a lot of time at the same rinks where three-year-olds stagger across the ice.

Business

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    Sakura Japanese Restaurant in Mount Prospect was deemed by authorities to be a total loss after a fire there early Sunday morning.

    Long haul ahead for Mt. Prospect businesses after fire

    Sakura Japanese Restuarant reopned not more than two months ago, following a renovation project that updated the decor of the 36-year-old downtown Mount Prospect eatery. And just last week, owner and head chef Greg Kim was working on updating the menu, as part of his plan to make sure Sakura a "modern Japenese restaurant." Now, he says those plans are ruined after fire tore through the restaurant early Sunday and left it a total loss.

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    McDonald’s says bad weather hurt its U.S. sales performance in January, representing another setback as the fast-food chain fights to fend off rivals and get its menu right.

    McDonald’s US sales chilled by January weather

    McDonald’s says bad weather hurt its U.S. sales performance in January, representing another setback as the fast-food chain fights to fend off rivals and get its menu right. The world’s biggest hamburger chain says sales fell 3.3 percent at established U.S. locations last month.

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    In this combo made from file photos, packages of Kraft American cheese singles at a store in Chicago, top, and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bars at a store in London are shown.

    Kraft Singles to lose artificial preservatives

    Kraft is removing artificial preservatives from its most popular individually wrapped cheese slices, in the latest sign that companies are tweaking their recipes as food labels come under greater scrutiny.

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    Job seekers line up to meet a prospective employer at a career fair at a hotel in Dallas. Two straight weak job reports have raised doubts about economists’ predictions of breakout growth in 2014.

    Economy may be stuck in slow lane for long run

    Associated Press


    In the 4 years since the Great Recession ended, millions of Americans who have gone without jobs or raises have found themselves wondering something about the economic recovery: Is this as good as it gets? It increasingly looks that way.

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    In this Jan. 13, 2014 file photo, Southwest Airlines Flight 4013 sits at the M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport in Hollister, Mo. On nearly 150 flights, U.S. commercial air carriers have either landed at the wrong airport or started to land and realized their mistake in time, according to a search by The Associated Press of government safety databases and media reports since the early 1990s.

    Pilots often head to wrong airports, reports show

    Do you know the way to San Jose? Quite a few airline pilots apparently don't.On at least 150 flights, including one involving a Southwest Airlines jet last month in Missouri and a jumbo cargo plane last fall in Kansas, U.S. commercial air carriers have either landed at the wrong airport or started to land and realized their mistake in time

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    Hasbro 4Q performance slips, hurt by charges
    PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Hasbro’s fourth-quarter net income edged down slightly, hurt by some charges during the critical holiday selling period.The November and December holiday season is important because companies can make 40 percent or more of their annual revenue then. Hasbro’s shares fell in early premarket trading.Its sales of toys in the boys’ category dropped 16 percent in the quarter. Preschool sales dipped 1 percent. There was strength in the girls’ category, which reported a 19 percent sales increase. Sales of games climbed 2 percent.Hasbro Inc.’s brands include My Little Pony, Transformers and Monopoly.Last month rival Mattel Inc.’s fourth-quarter results missed analysts’ estimates as sales of toys like Barbie and Fisher-Price preschool items dropped.For the period ended Dec. 29, Hasbro earned $129.8 million, or 98 cents per share. That compares with $130.3 million, or 99 cents per share, a year ago.Excluding restructuring charges, pension costs and product-related charges, as well as a benefit related to a legal settlement, earnings were $1.12 per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected earnings of $1.21 per share.Revenue for the Pawtucket, R.I., company was basically flat at $1.28 billion. Analysts expected revenue of $1.3 billion.Hasbro said its full-year net income fell 15 percent to $286.2 million, or $2.17 per share, from $336 million, or $2.55 per share, in the previous year. Adjusted earnings were $2.83 per share.Annual revenue dipped to $4.08 billion from $4.09 billion.Hasbro also announced Monday that it is raising its quarterly dividend by 8 percent to 43 cents per share from 40 cents per share. The dividend will be paid on May 15 to shareholders of record on May 1. The company’s stock shed $1.52, or 3 percent, to $48.57 in premarket trading about 2 hours ahead of the market open.

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    When it comes to things like estate taxes, the federal recognition of same-sex marriage will help legally married gay and lesbian couples. That was the issue in the Supreme Court decision in the case of Edith Windsor, who had to pay estate taxes after her lesbian spouse died.

    What to expect when filing taxes this year

    New for income taxes in 2013: All taxpayers will have a harder time taking medical deductions, wealthier Americans could see higher taxes and legally wed same-sex couples may find the true meaning of the marriage penalty.

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    Personal exemptions are worth $3,900 on your 2013 federal income taxes.

    Key numbers to know for filing 2013 tax returns

    Numbers to know when filing your 2013 tax returns, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Each personal or dependent exemption is worth $3,900.

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    Associated Press Shows a 2013 1040-ES IRS Estimated Tax form at H & R Block tax preparation office in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles. “The United States income tax is a pay-as-you-go tax, which means that tax must be paid as you earn or receive your income during the year,” the IRS says. “You can either do this through withholding or by making estimated tax payments.” (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Children not necessary for earned income credit

    You might want to consider filing a tax return this year even if you don’t meet the required income levels. You could be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit,.

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    Chris Younglove, owner of $START_URL$Younglove Insurance Inc.;http://agents.allstate.com/christopher-younglove-south-elgin-il.html$STOP_URL$in Elgin.

    Allstate Insurance agency grows in Elgin

    An interview with Chris Younglove, owner of Younglove Insurance Inc.in Elgin. Q: Describe your business. What do you do?A: Here at Allstate we service our current and future customers with any insurance need they may have, including property, casualty, life, and business.Q: What made you start your business? A: While I was in college and in the mortgage business for the last five years I always enjoyed working with people and giving back to the community. With that in mind I figured there was no better way to do so than properly insuring what matters most to everyone, themselves and their valuables.Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business?A: The most difficult obstacle that I have come across thus far has been trying to juggle my work-life balance. But I know at the end of the day, with all great success comes with great sacrifices.Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business? A: What I enjoy most about operating my own business is the freedom Allstate gives me to operate the way I feel best fits my community. For instance, we have a lot of great events coming in 2014, one being our grand opening event that will be happening in late April. At this event we would like to invite the community out, hopefully enjoy the sun, food, drinks, and a most importantly a great way to meet your new local insurance agency.Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? A: I think for the most part there isn’t a ton of people who grow up picturing themselves being an insurance agent, at least I know I didn’t. For a brief time, just like every other kid in America, wanted to be the next Michael Jordan. Unfortunately, I found out that wasn’t going to come true after I got cut from my 4th grade basketball team, where almost everyone makes the team. After that I became your typical kid who wanted to be a policeman or firefighter, someone who could make a difference in the world by protecting people but never had the courage to follow through with it. What I didn’t realize till later in life was that being an insurance agent would actually allow me to do just that by protecting people from a completely different disaster. Not having the right insurance when you need it most.Q: What keeps you up at night?A: What keeps me up at night in my time of being an Allstate agent is how important it is to be properly insured and that when the unfortunate happens, how important it is to have the right people there helping you when you need it most.Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be? A: I think I would have to give two tips, first being to make sure they find someone in the industry that could be a mentor to them. One thing I have been very fortunate with is that Allstate and other Allstate agents have been there for me at any moment that I needed them. With that being said, my second tip would be, even though I have only been in business for a short time, I can tell you first hand that time flies by as I already feel like I have been in the business for years. You cannot stress about the little things. If you do things the right way, it will all fall into place.ź We feature a small suburban business every Monday. We want to hear about yours. Contact Kim Mikus at kmikus@dailyherald.com.

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    Patrick Callan

    DuPage Realtor of year traces roots back to Iowa farm

    Kukec's People features Realtor Pat Callan, managing broker and owner of Realty Executives Premiere in Wheaton, who has been in the industry for about 40 years and remains active with his professional associations here and nationwide. His extensive work in the profession led to achieving the Realtor of the Year from the Illinois Association of Realtors. He'll accept the award April 2 at a banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield. And it all began with a farm in Iowa.

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    Sorting iPads, Google Voice, tablets, ransomware, Windows 8

    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall asks the experts about Sorting iPads, Google Voice, tablets, ransomware, Windows 8.

Life & Entertainment

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    Joe Jencks performs in a Lake County Folk Club-sponsored concert in Gurnee.

    Weekend picks: Joe Jencks jams at In-Laws

    Singer Joe Jencks headlines a folk concert at the In-Laws Restaurant in Gurnee. Broadway dynamo Bernadette Peters croons for a set of romantic standards at the Genesee Theatre Friday night. Spotlight Youth Theater presents "Peter Pan" at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. And Justin Timberlake will melt the United Center with his "20/20 Experience World Tour" Sunday night.

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    Brownies are the perfect vehicle for enjoying the rich flavors of dark chocolate cocoa powder.

    Baking Secrets: Dark cocoa powder holds key to decadent brownies
    Annie Overboe believes achieving simple elegance in desserts challenges chefs to bring their A game to the bake shop. She gets her game on by createing classic brownies pumped up with dark cocoa powder and brown sugar.

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    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comAnnie Overboe's dark chocolate brownies.

    Dark Chocolate Brownies
    Dark Chocolate Brownies: Annie Overboe

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    Classie, a miniature pinscher, competes with other dogs in the Toy group during the 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show Monday in New York. Classie, won the toy group.

    Westminster dog show begins

    A bloodhound is on the trail at America's top dog show. A crowd pleaser at 135 pounds, Nathan won the hound group at the Westminster Kennel Club on Monday night. “He's a kissing hound,” handler Heather Helmer said.

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    Husband doesn’t want to attend his son’s wedding

    Husband draws line in sand about traveling to California for adopted son's wedding and a bike ride for AIDS following the ceremony.

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    Eric Church, “The Outsiders”

    Eric Church returns with rich new album

    Eric Church is developing two separate and distinct personalities that seem to wrestle each other in a glorious battle royal on his fourth and best album, “The Outsiders.” There’s that guy Chief, with the hat and sunglasses and the love of rock ‘n’ roll, whiskey, stubborn streaks and fistfights. And then there’s the version of Church who wins (or loses) the girl, stirs moments of universal reverie and tickles the funny bone with program director-wooing hits that appeal to country music’s bedrock fan base.

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    Ray Benzino, left, says reports were overblown about a massive brawl that included “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” cast members during a recent filming of the VH1 reality show.

    ‘Love & Hip Hop’ star says brawl was overblown


    Reality star Benzino says reports were overblown about a massive brawl that included “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” cast members during a recent filming of the VH1 reality show. Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, said in an interview Friday that what happened was an “isolated” matter. He said the argument late Wednesday night started between his former girlfriend Karlie Redd and his fiance, Althea Hart. It came during the opening of a new nightclub in downtown Atlanta, owned by Benzino and Stevie J, the Grammy-winning record producer who also stars on the hit reality show.

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    To feel what you touch, that's the holy grail for artificial limbs. In a step toward that goal, European researchers created a robotic hand that let an amputee feel differences between a bottle, a baseball and a mandarin orange.

    Experiment adds sense of touch to artificial hand

    To feel what you touch — that's the holy grail for artificial limbs. In a step toward that goal, European researchers created a robotic hand that let an amputee feel differences between a bottle, a baseball and a mandarin orange. “It was just amazing,” said Dennis Aabo Sorensen of Aalborg, Denmark, who lost his left hand in a fireworks accident a decade ago and volunteered to pilot-test the new prosthetic. “It was the closest I have had to feeling like a normal hand.”

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    Kale has plenty of anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer phytonutrients while only yielding around 35 calories per cup.

    Strengthen your diet with ‘superfoods’

    Superfoods are wholesome, real foods that happen to pack a big punch. Strengthen your diet by including these superfoods on a consistent basis.

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    Sydney Morton, left, plays Forence Ballard, Valisia LeKae is Diana Ross and Ariana DeBose portrays Mary Wilson of The Supremes in “Motown: The Musical,” performing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York. Producers of “Motown the Musical” said Thursday that the show’s national tour will play Detroit’s Fisher Theatre.

    ‘Motown the Musical’ tour to reach Detroit

    The musical about the Motown sound is going home. Producers of “Motown the Musical” said Thursday that the show’s national tour will play Detroit’s Fisher Theatre for four weeks in October and November.

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    Three filmmakers nominated separately for this year’s Oscar for best feature documentary credit film professor Robb Moss for inspiring them to greatness.

    Oscar-nominee filmmakers credit Harvard professor

    Behind the spotlight on this year’s Oscar nominees for best feature documentary is a soft-spoken and camera-shy film professor at Harvard who taught three of the directors in the 1990s, encouraging their work and inspiring them to greatness. Rob Moss, who has taught at Harvard for 25 years, says he’s not surprised that Jehane Noujaim, Joshua Oppenheimer and Richard Rowley, all 39, have achieved individual acclaim. All three credit Moss with helping them develop their vision — but he says humbly that he doesn’t know what he did to inspire them. “It was not something I planned or set out to do,” Moss said.

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    “Salute” by Little Mix

    Little Mix offers soulful pop on ‘Salute’

    The sophomore album from British group-in-a-box Little Mix is a pleasing blend of soulful pop. “Salute” picks up for this generation where the Spice Girls, and later the Pussycat Dolls, left off with the all-female group’s spunky girl-power sound.

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    Why norovirus is such a menace

    Norovirus is all around you. And it is sickening more people than ever. It is a wondrous pathogen that should fascinate, disgust and frighten you in equal measure.

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    Stephen Amell, who stars as Oliver Queen on The CW show “Arrow,” hopes that the show can one day be considered one of the best superhero television shows of all time.

    Why ‘Arrow’ is such a hit with fans

    “Arrow” is a certified hit, of course, but just how does the superhero show do it? Midway through its second season, The CW show — based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, naturally — continues winning over fans with a combination of attention to detail, respect for source material, and a cast that has made converts of even the toughest experts among the comic-book nerdoscenti. Leading “Arrow’s” flight to success has been Canadian actor Stephen Amell, who stars as Oliver Queen/the Green Arrow.

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    A new study shows that men forget more than women and that men are just as forgetful whether they are 30 or 60 years old.

    Your health: Study shows men are more forgetful
    Are you afraid your husband or boyfriend is going to forget about Valentine’s Day? If so, a new study says your concerns may not be unfounded.

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    Jan Lafleur, 82, rides a conveyor belt up a hill on Jan. 31, at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pa. before sliding back down the slope on a snow tube.

    Elderly retirees find fun as first-time snow tubers

    Since breaking her hip a year ago, Margaret Hartwell, 76, has gone through many forms of rehabilitation therapy. But until recently, blasting down an icy slope at 30 miles an hour in a giant inner tube had not been one of them.

Discuss

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    ‘13th Payment’ used only to counter inflation
    A letter to the editor: Jake Griffin’s Feb. 5 story characterized a retirement benefit paid by IMRF as a “bonus.” It also implied this money was squandered and paid to former government employees when it could be used for other purposes. Untrue on both counts.

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    Quinn deserves the criticism, not Rauner
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: I’ve been a Republican volunteer for years and am so excited about Bruce Rauner’s candidacy for governor; he’s a businessman who has started and run a company, made his money the old-fashioned way by working for it, knows how to manage and lead and is not beholden to anyone, especially the government unions.

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    A strong first term for Duckworth
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Fortunately, if you like your U.S. congressional representative, you can keep her. Finally, after two years of Joe Walsh and his obstructionism, we got someone who listens and cares about her constituents.

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    Attitudes of wealthy harm our democracy
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Certain powerful Americans feel that those with extreme wealth have earned it through initiative and hard work. At the same time, they believe that those working every day at much lower wages are less deserving.

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    ACA is working for people already
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Those who have delayed signing up for the ACA (Obamacare) are taking a risky gamble with their health and finances. Nothing better exemplifies this than the story told by President Obama during his State of the Union address.

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    Foster a culture of life, not death
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Attorney General Eric Holder is wrong to request the death penalty for surviving Boston Marathon bomber suspect, 20 year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The two reasons generally given — involvement in terrorism and heinousness of the crime — are spurious.

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    If you like your president, you can ...
    A McHenry letter to the editor: Liberals exist in a fantasy world, somehow convinced that just one more mindless government program will make life fair. Conservatives deal with reality, seeking to reduce the horrific waste, widespread fraud rampant throughout obscenely obese bureaucracy.

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    Bus drivers are amazing this year
    An Elburn letter to the editor: Thank you to all District 303 bus drivers and bus drivers in all the other districts. We have had a very unusual winter, schools have had to make the tough decision to close schools or leave them open; not everyone is happy when schools are closed.

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    In reality, we are our brothers’ keepers
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: ‘Tis fitting that we cherish the memory of Pete Seeger on the day The State of the Union speech called for a raise in the minimum wage. For four decades now American workers have experienced wage stagnation. Unemployment is still a plague; middle class buying power down. The wealthy have enjoyed reaping 90 percent of the profits from the economic recovery happening on the President’s watch.

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