Daily Archive : Wednesday February 19, 2014


    Jennifer Stahl

    Charges dismissed against Naperville woman in smart meter dispute

    Charges have been dismissed against one of two Naperville women who stood in the way of crews attempting to install wireless, electronic smart meters on their homes in January 2013. According to an agreement reached Tuesday, city officials agreed not to prosecute Jennifer Stahl of the 1400 block of Westglen Drive on two ordinance violation citations for interfering with a police officer and...

    From left, Allison Haynes, Lisa Haynes and John Haynes check out the ongoing demolition of 105 S. Main St. in downtown Mount Prospect. Lisa Haynes lives in one of the original Busse homes that once stood where the Continental Bakery is now.

    Fate of historic Mount Prospect building still up in the air

    The future of one of the oldest buildings in Mount Prospect is largely out of the village’s hands, officials said as demolition of the historical downtown structure ravaged by a Feb. 9 fire continues this week. “We don’t own the building, and so it is between the owner of the building and his insurance company and what he wants to do with it,” Village Manager Michael...

    Melissa Calusinski of Carpentersville

    Appellate court upholds day care murder conviction

    An Illinois appellate court upheld the conviction of Melissa Calusinski, the 27-year-old Carpentersville woman convicted of first degree murder of 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan at a now-closed Lincolnshire day care.


    Winning Powerball ticket sold in California

    Lottery officials say one ticket, sold in California, has matched all the winning numbers for the $425 million Powerball jackpot. The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 and a Powerball of 34.


    Dist. 200 community suggests ways to improve achievement

    Community members said Wednesday that they would like to provide more academic interventions and increase professional development in Wheaton Warrenville District 200 if funding were available. Those potential initatives were ranked during a group activity at the district’s second Engage200 session at Monroe Middle School. More than 300 people attended the session, which was focused on...

    The family of the late John Bruce of Arlington Heights won a $6.65 million judgment in its wrongful death suit against CAV International. The 64-year old United Airlines employee, shown in this memorial plaque which was presented to the family by United Airlines, died in Kuwait in October, 2009, while unloading cargo for the US military.

    Jury awards $6.65 million to family of suburban man killed in Kuwait

    A Cook County jury awarded the family of John Bruce, an Arlington Heights resident who died in Kuwait while unloading cargo for the U.S. military, a $6.5 million judgment in its wrongful-death suit against Bruce’s employer, military contractor CAV International Inc.

    Students in a second-grade class at Chesak Elementary School in Lake in the Hills had a nice surprise waiting for them Wednesday. Besides an audio message via Sochi from Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, each student received a hockey stick autographed by Kane, a McDonald’s Sochi Olympics jacket, a Happy Meal Sochi mascot, and a gift card.

    Second-graders get surprise message from Patrick Kane

    Hockey fans in a second-grade class at Chesak Elementary School in Lake in the Hills received an unexpected surprise Wednesday morning — a video message from Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane from Sochi where he representing the USA Men’s Olympic Hockey team. Kane was reponding to a Twitter message teacher Christy Gibbs sent on behalf of her students wishing him good luck.

    Benjamin Nitch

    Suburban men charged with damaging Trump Tower

    Three suburban men face felony charges alleging they opened a high-pressure water valve at the ritzy Trump Tower in Chicago, causing $700,000 in damage on Saturday after reportedly being refused service at a bar there.

    The U.S Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday it is warning airlines that terrorists could try to hide explosives in shoes. It’s the second time in less than three weeks that the government has issued a warning about possible attempts to smuggle explosives on a commercial jetliner.

    Homeland Security warns airlines of new threat

    The Homeland Security Department has warned airlines that terrorists could try to hide explosives in shoes. It’s the second time in less than three weeks that the government has issued a warning about possible attempts to smuggle explosives on a commercial jetliner.

    Members of the punk group Pussy Riot, including Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in the blue balaclava and Maria Alekhina in the pink balaclava, are attacked by Cossack militia in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday. The group had gathered in a downtown Sochi restaurant, about 21 miles from where the Winter Olympics are being held.

    Russian security forces attack Pussy Riot members
    Cossack militia attacked the Pussy Riot punk group with horsewhips on Wednesday as the group tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics. Six group members — five women and one man — donned their signature ski masks and were pulling out a guitar and microphone as at least 10 Cossacks and other security officials moved in. One Cossack appeared to use pepper spray,...

    An anti-government protester shooting fireworks from a homemade gun during clashes with riot police in Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of the country’s current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday.

    Ukraine president, protest leaders agree on truce

    Ukraine’s protest leaders and the president they aim to oust called a truce Wednesday, just hours after the military raised fears of a widespread crackdown with a vow to defeat “terrorists” responsible for seizing weapons and burning down buildings.

    Julie Morrison

    Proposal would give Olympians state tax break on winnings

    A suburban Democrat wants to make it easier for Jason Brown to skate through the upcoming tax season following his Olympic bronze win. State Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield is sponsoring legislation that would exempt Olympians from paying Illinois taxes on their awards.

    John S. Gates joined the RTA as chairman in summer 2013.

    Outspoken RTA chairman exiting in June

    The RTA's without a leader as mercurial chairman John S. Gates announces he won't seek re-election in June when his term expires. Gates' tenure will be marked by skirmishes with transit agencies and pointed criticisms of their failings.


    Oakton Community College raises tuition rate 16% over two years

    Tuition will be going up 16 percent at Oakton Community College over the next two years — partially the result of a decline in state funding support, officials said. The college’s board of trustees voted this week to approve tuition rate increases of $7.91 per credit hour for the 2014-15 school year and $8 per credit hour for the 2015-16 school year.


    Jazz study shows link between music, language

    Jazz musicians are famous for their musical conversations — one improvises a few bars and another plays an answer. Now research shows some of the brain’s language regions enable that musical back-and-forth much like a spoken conversation.

    Although the flu usually disproportionately affects the very old and the very young, this season 60 percent of those hospitalized for influenza have been age 18 to 64.

    H1N1 flu returns

    The H1N1 virus responsible for the 2009 global pandemic is back. State health officials from across the country say the resurgence is resulting in a dramatic rise in flu deaths in young and middle-aged adults and in children this season.

    Elaine Nekritz

    Proposal would let some four-time DUI offenders get driver’s licenses

    Local lawmakers are considering giving people with four DUIs a chance to get restricted drivers permits, changing the law that bans them from getting an Illinois license for life. State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat, won preliminary approval from a House committee Wednesday.


    Tollway aims for I-90 ‘smart corridor’

    Come 2016, drivers on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) should receive advance real-time information about blocked lanes, crashes and congestion via a series of electronic message signs.

    A Geneva report has determined that at least part of the Mill Race Inn complex dates back to 1846, and could possibly be preserved even if the rest of the complex is torn down.

    Report: Part of Mill Race Inn likely salvageable

    Can all or part of the former Mill Race Inn restaurant be registered as a historic place, and preserved? The Geneva Historic Preservation Commission is contemplating that question, but is holding offon expressing a desire until somebody announces plans to buy and develop the site.


    More raises proposed in Kane County

    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen revealed another segment of his plan to give raises to his highest-ranking employees Wednesday. Lauzen has asked for about $16,000 in raises for his direct employees so far. That total doesn't include about $500,000 in 2-percent raises for rank-and-file employees as well as the dividing of one director position into three jobs, which included a new hire and...

    Bob Hackett and Craig Bixler, who are among the race directors of the Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon, meet with Wednesday morning with representatives of charities that will be partnering with the marathon to offer guaranteed race registration in exchange for a donation. This year, 10 local charities and 16 national nonprofits are participating in the charity runner program.

    Naperville Marathon to open charity registration first

    Donating to charity could be the surest way to snag a spot in the second annual Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon, race directors said Wednesday. Registration for the Nov. 9 race through the charity runner program begins at 8 a.m. Monday in advance of the general signup period, which starts at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 8. “We want to give the charities as much exposure as we can prior to...

    Samantha Marinaro

    Elgin woman charged with East Dundee TV thefts

    A 24-year-old Elgin woman, just weeks after pleading guilty to felony theft, was arrested by East Dundee Police and charged with burglary and retail theft for two instances in March 2013. Samantha Marinaro was charged Saturday with stealing TVs from Walmart after authorities located a misplaced case file. She was being held on $30,000 bail and is due in court on Feb. 26.

    Keith Giagnorio

    Village president says Lombard is focused on ‘new beginnings’

    This year is all about new beginnings in Lombard, according to village president Keith Giagnorio. More than 40 new people are working for the village, including Giagnorio, three new village board members and a new village manage. Besides a new beginning with personnel, Giagnorio said he is looking forward to new development in the village, including a yet to be revealed major national retailer...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Cedric Powell, 40, of Aurora, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, no FOID card, possession of a controlled substance, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after a traffic stop at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday at Claim and Ohio streets near Aurora, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Pedro Cerritos Seriteno

    Man convicted of 2000 West Chicago sexual assault captured in Mexico

    A fugitive on the run from authorities since May 2008 has been captured in Mexico and returned to DuPage County. Pedro Cerritos Seriteno, 35, was tried in absentia in 2008, found guilty and sentenced to 14 years in prison for the 2000 sexual assault of a woman in West Chicago.

    Authorities released this surveillance photo of a possible suspect in graffiti attacks at two houses of worship.

    Hateful graffiti attacks on religious institutions investigated in Waukegan and Gurnee

    Religious and elected leaders on Wednesday denounced graffiti attacks on institutions in Waukegan and Gurnee. The most recent acts of vandalism involved an obscentity in red paint near the entrances of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Christian Church and the nearby Islamic Foundation North on O'Plaine Road in Waukegan.

    Wauconda resident Dirk Leahy talks to village officials during Tuesday’s crowded board meeting. Some people are upset Mayor Frank Bart didn’t move the meeting to available, larger space at Wauconda High School.

    Packed Wauconda board meeting leads to complaints

    Already under fire for a proposal to outsource police dispatch services, Wauconda Mayor Frank Bart is facing fresh criticism for not moving Tuesday night's crowded board meeting to a larger space at the local high school.


    Palatine, police officers approve new contract

    The Palatine Fraternal Order of Police and Village of Palatine have ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement that will increase officer pay by 3.9 percent in its first year. Palatine Village Manager Reid Ottensen said both sides worked together to come to a quick agreement.

    Manju Goel and Larry Kaifesh

    Campaign funding complaint filed against 8th District candidate

    A complaint filed this week with the Federal Election Commission accuses 8th Congressional District Republican candidate Manju Goel of illegally mixing the finances of her campaign committee with those of an Indian American SuperPAC and a private business owned by one of her leading supporters. Goel denies any wrongdoing.


    Vacant Schaumburg office building sold, new owner seeking tenant

    The 100,000-square-foot office building at 955 American Lane in Schaumburg — formerly occupied by Experian PLC before it consolidated operations into its second building next door — has been sold. The new owners are Oak Brook-based Franklin Partners LLC and Northbrook-based Bixby Bridge Capital LLC, which hopes to find a single tenant for the building.

    Northlight Theatre unveiled the first four plays of its 40th anniversary season Wednesday.

    Northlight announces partial season

    Northlight Theatre in Skokie announces the first selections for its 40th anniversary season.


    Marquette announces layoffs to trim costs

    Marquette University is eliminating 25 staff positions in a cost-cutting move, the university’s interim president said Wednesday. In a letter to faculty and staff, the Rev. Robert A. Wild said the cuts are part of an effort to create efficiencies so that a Marquette education will continue to be affordable.


    Two cited in underage tobacco sales

    The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has cited two employees of local businesses for selling tobacco products to minors during compliance checks, officials said in a news release.


    ‘Bully Be Gone’ presentation:

    Valerie Olson will bring the message of her nonprofit Bully Be Gone program to Friday’s Lake Zurich Rotary Club meeting.


    Firefighters backing St. Baldrick’s:

    Lincolnshire-Riverwoods and Wheeling firefighters union members are combining on a St. Baldrick's fundraiser March 22.


    School district hires air quality monitor

    A northern Illinois school district has hired a firm to monitor air quality at a school where dozens were sickened when an odor was released by a nearby landfill.


    Rauner, Kaifesh at Schaumburg GOP breakfast

    The Schaumburg Township Republican Organization will have three of its endorsed candidates as guest speakers during its next monthly breakfast, taking place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at Chandler’s Chophouse, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Attending and speaking will be STRO-endorsed candidates Bruce Rauner for Illinois governor, Larry Kaifesh for 8th District U.S. representative...


    Hanover Park chamber of commerce hosts concealed carry workshop

    Hanover Park police will help businesses navigate the state’s concealed carry law during a workshop Friday hosted by the Hanover Park Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Lt. Joseph Ciancio, as well as prosecutors from DuPage and Cook counties, will explain the do’s and don’ts of the law and answer questions from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Hanover Park police station, 2011 W. Lake St.


    State Senate panel passes ‘revenge porn’ bill

    A South suburban lawmaker’s effort to make what some call “revenge porn” illegal came one step closer to law on Wednesday after a Senate committee unanimously passed the bill.

    Brandon Brown

    Former Waukegan teacher has to wait until Thursday to hear fate

    A Lake County judge requested 24 hours to decide whether a former Waukegan gym teacher had sex with a former student before her 18th birthday. Testimony and closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday in the sexual assault trial of Brandon Brown, 31, of the 3000 block of Kathe Lane.

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton warns of a $3 billion budget gap next year. That includes a $1.6 billion revenue dip if the state’s temporary income tax increase expires.

    State Senate Republicans outline budget demands

    Illinois Senate Republicans gave Democrats a list of conditions Wednesday that must be met before they’ll sign off on a budget, an early signal of the tense negotiations ahead as lawmakers scramble to fill an anticipated $3 billion gap in state revenues.

    Carly Rousso, 19, of Highland Park, is charged with reckless homicide and four counts of aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound in a 2012 crash that killed a 5-year-old girl.

    Defense attorney wants plea deal in Highland Park huffing case

    The defense attorney for a Highland Park woman accused of huffing computer dust cleaner before driving into and killing a 5-year-old girl told a Lake County judge that prosecutors are unwilling to negotiate a plea deal with his client.

    Bob Bednar, left, and Ed Sullivan Jr., right, are candidates in the Republican primary March 18 in House District 51. Sullivan is the incumbent.

    Fremont Township GOP sides with challenger to veteran state legislator Ed Sullivan Jr.

    Longtime Fremont Township Assessor Ed Sullivan Jr. won't have the support of township Republican "foot soldiers" in his primary campaign to keep his state representative job. Committeemen are backing challenger Bob Bednar in the House District 51 GOP primary.

    Maria Semkiv, 66, gathers with others outside the Ukrainian embassy in Chicago on Wednesday to protest the deadly violence in the Ukraine capital of Kiev and call for a stronger response by the United States and the European Union.

    Chicago-area Ukrainians protest Kiev violence

    Chicago-area Ukrainians are calling for U.S. sanctions against the former Soviet Republic after deadly violence erupted in the capital of Kiev. About 100 people demonstrated outside the Ukrainian consulate in Chicago on Wednesday, carrying signs and flags and chanting “Obama Act Now!”

    Crew members work aboard the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama after the ship docked in the harbour of Mombasa, Kenya, in this Nov. 22, 2009 file photo. Police in the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles said Wednesday that two American security officers were found dead Tuesday in a cabin on the Maersk Alabama.

    2 U.S. security officers found dead in Seychelles

    Two American security officers have been found dead on a ship made famous when it was hijacked by Somali pirates, according to a statement on Wednesday by Seychelles police.

    William Quigley and Michele Naar-Obed hug outside the Federal Courthouse after Naar-Obed's husband, Greg Boertje-Obed and two others were sentenced for the role they played in a July 2012 break-in at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Knoxville, Tenn., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

    Weapons plant intrusion: Peace activists sentenced

    At sentencing for an 84-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who stole onto the grounds of the “Fort Knox of uranium,” the judge seemed to struggle with how harshly he should treat protesters who authorities say never posed any serious national security threat.

    Worried about water that was accumulating, Mike Hamlin, 26, of Schaumburg spent two hours Wednesday uncovering a sewer grate and clearing out the ice and snow where his driveway meets the street so that water from the melt would flow away.

    Suburbanites dig out storm drains as water threat builds

    Welcome warmth was creating its own hazards Wednesday in the suburbs, as melting snow and ice left water in unwanted places. Mike Hamlin, 26, of Schaumburg, took the opportunity to chip and shovel out the ice and snow by his driveway, as his house sits on the low end of the road and water was building up. “It was a couple of inches deep — deep enough to cover my foot,” he said...

    Police haven’t substantiated Miranda Barbour’s claims that she killed more than 20 people in four states before the killing she’s now charged with committing with her newlywed husband, a prosecutor said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

    Police can't verify Pa. wife's killing claims

    Police have yet to substantiate a 19-year-old woman’s claim that she killed more than 20 people in four states before the Pennsylvania murder she is now charged with committing.

    This composite image provided by NASA shows before and-after images taken by the Opportunity rover on Mars of a patch of ground taken on Dec. 26, 2013, left, and one of the same area on Jan. 8, 2014, that shows a rock shaped like a jelly doughnut. NASA on Friday said the rover Opportunity likely kicked up the rock into its field of view. Opportunity landed on Mars in 2004 and continues to explore.

    Jelly doughnut on Mars mystery solved

    No one had ever seen anything like it in the quarter-century of exploration on the surface of Mars. It appeared in front of the Opportunity rover as if it had fallen from the sky, and its resemblance to a jelly-filled doughnut stoked the media’s interest all the more. But the show’s over, folks.


    District 57 teachers union ratifies tentative deal

    Teachers in Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 ratified a tentative teachers contract this week with a unanimous vote, the Mount Prospect Education Association announced. The deal, reached after nearly a year of sometimes contentious negotiations, will be official when the District 57 school board approves it, which could happen later this week.


    Wheaton College to be judged by peers for accreditation

    Later this spring, a team of accreditors will visit the campus of Wheaton College. School President Philip Ryken says the accreditation process is Wheaton's public opportunity to demonstrate the quality of its academic programs to a jury of its peers.


    Juror: Most voted for murder in loud-music case

    A juror from the trial over a Florida teen’s death after a loud-music argument says most of the panel wanted a murder conviction and that race wasn’t a factor in deliberations.


    Pa. couple face prison after sons’ prayer deaths

    A Pennsylvania couple who believe in faith-healing face 20 years or more in prison in the death of a second child who died without seeing a doctor. Herbert and Catherine Schaible are being sentenced Wednesday in the death last year of their 8-month-old son, Brandon. At the time, they were under court orders to seek medical care for their children after their 2-year-old son, Kent, died of...


    Sheriff: Man killed by U.S. border agent hurled large rocks

    A man who was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent threw large rocks at the agent, including one about the size of a basketball, investigators said Wednesday.


    443 Soldiers mugging around empty casket sparks furor

    A group photograph showing soldiers clowning around an empty, flag-draped casket has sparked a furor on Facebook, in military chat rooms and other social media where people say it's disrespectful of veterans and those killed in action.


    Will County officers find more than 600 pot plants

    A Will County man is facing charges after authorities say they found hundreds of marijuana plants growing in a basement.

    Wednesday’s Powerball drawing carries an estimated $400 million jackpot. If no one matches all the numbers, the prize potential will grow before the next drawing on Saturday.

    5 things to know about the Powerball jackpot

    Wednesday’s Powerball drawing carries an estimated $400 million jackpot. If no one matches all the numbers, the prize potential will grow before the next drawing on Saturday. Here are five things you should know about Powerball payouts and your odds of winning.

    When Los Angeles police were investigating allegations of child abuse by a Roman Catholic priest in 1988, they asked for a list of altar boys at the last parish where the priest worked. Archbishop Roger Mahony told a subordinate not to give the list.

    Los Angeles bishop kept altar boy list from police

    When Los Angeles police were investigating allegations of child abuse by a Roman Catholic priest in 1988, they asked for a list of altar boys at the last parish where the priest worked. Archbishop Roger Mahony told a subordinate not to give the list, saying he didn’t want the boys to be scarred by the investigation and that he felt the altar boys were too old to be potential victims,...

    Lisle has approved a letter of intent with Naperville-based Marquette Companies for the sale and development of the old village hall site at Main Street and Burlington Avenue in downtown. The property has been vacant since 2003.

    Developer has plans for vacant downtown Lisle site

    More than a decade after Lisle demolished its old village hall, officials are hoping to sell the downtown property to a company that would construct a mix of apartments and retail space. Village board members this week approved a “letter of intent” to develop the former village hall site at Main Street and Burlington Avenue. “I want to see people downtown and I want to see...

    Naperville Park District is seeking up to $2.5 million in state grant money to help fund a proposed indoor activity center at Quincy Avenue and Fort Hill Drive.

    Naperville parks hopes state can help fund activity center

    Naperville Park District will apply for a state grant that could fund roughly 10 percent of the cost to build an indoor activity center at Quincy Avenue and Fort Hill Drive. The district is seeking up to $2.5 million from the Park and Recreation Construction program administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources after $25 million of available funding was announced in January, said...


    Illinois AG works on petroleum coke legislation

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie have worked together on new legislation regarding petroleum coke.


    Biden Illinois-bound to tout stimulus milestone

    Vice President Joe Biden is making an appearance in southwestern Illinois as he touts the merits of the federal stimulus package enacted five years ago.


    Snow blamed for roof collapse at Fort Wayne mall

    Officials are blaming the weight of snow for causing a corridor roof to collapse at a Fort Wayne shopping mall.The collapse that happened about 2 a.m. Tuesday at Glenbrook Square left debris and snow in a corridor near its Sears store and inside part of a restaurant.


    Foul play not suspected in SIU student’s death

    Carbondale police say they do not suspect foul play in the death of a Southern Illinois University student whose body was found in a wooded area near the school.


    Wisconsin man who killed family reports for jury duty

    A man who killed his wife and two young children 27 years ago has reported for jury duty in Milwaukee County.


    Dawn Patrol: Waucondans rally for 911 center; Official faces DUI charge

    Wauconda residents urge board to keep 911 center. Parents sue Dist. 25 over bus stop location. Dist. 54 superintendent charged with DUI. Gurnee woman gets 19 years for home invasion. Dillard defends teachers' union's support.

    American avocet was among several unexpected birds that helped the Great Jizz Masters set a new Illinois Big Day record in 2013. The team of six birders tallied 191 species on May 15.

    Big Days add excitement to the birding game

    Birding is a numbers game for those who wish to play it, says Words on Birds columnist Jeff Reiter. And Big Days, he says, are when birding and insanity come together.


    Bartlett considers plans for assisted-living facility

    Developers unveiled plans on Tuesday for an assisted-living facility in Bartlett, but village trustees are pushing for more details for their vision of a portion of the property along Route 59.


    Des Plaines to pay back IDOT for misusing grant

    The city of Des Plaines will pay the Illinois Department of Transportation $92,000 in a settlement over the police department’s misuse of grant funds for traffic enforcement programs. City Manager Mike Bartholomew said Tuesday an agreement was reached by both sides last week following six months of negotiations.


    Cops seek clues in attempted Naperville home burglary

    Naperville Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for an attempted burglary between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at a residence on the 3200 block of Mayflower Lane.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Iftekharuddin Khan, 38, of the 1600 block of Linden Avenue, Hanover Park, was arrested Feb. 13 and charged with sale of tobacco to a minor at 301 N. Hough St. in Barrington. His adjudication hearing is set for March 20.



    Jackson: Winter’s enduring test of time

    Changing the clocks ahead or back does nothing to soothe the pangs of an angler eager for winter to end and spring to arrive, says outdoors columnist Mike Jackson.


    Bears’ defensive line overhaul nearly complete

    At defensive end, the Bears have already experienced an extreme makeover since last season, but they're still working on upgrades at tackle, which may include an early-round draft pick.


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    Boys basketball scoreboard*Class 4A St. Charles North regionalSt. Charles East 65, St. Charles North 50SCE — Washington 3 1-4 7, Adduci 1 4-8 7, Gentry 4 2-4 12, Vyzral 7 2-4 17, Asquini 4 0-0 11, Mason 2 1-1 5, McQuillan 0 0-0 0, Clodi 1 2-2 5, Bronec 0 0-0 0, Settle 0 1-2 1, Champine 0 0-0 0, Manibog 0 0-0 0. 22 13-25 65.SCN — Goetz 5 0-0 11, Ludwig 1 2-2 5, Miller 1 2-4 4, Callaghan 6 0-1 15, Johnson 2 0-0 4, DeMoss 3 0-2 6, Cotter 1 0-0 2, Pozna 0 0-0 0, Davern 1 1-2 3, Gianacakos 0 0-0 0, Dunteman 0 0-0 0, Hedges 0 0-0 0. 20 5-11 50.St. Charles East 21 12 12 20 —65St. Charles North 11 9 11 19 —503-point baskets: SCE: Asquini 3, Gentry 2, Clodi, Adduci, Vyzral; SCN: Callaghan 3, Ludwig, Goetz.Rebounds: SCE: 37 (Vyzral 12); SCN: 35 (Callaghan 10).*Class 3A St. Joseph regionalTimothy Christian 53, Clemente 41*Class 3A Kaneland regionalMarmion 73, St. Francis 57Marmion — Sheehan 2 1-2 6; Esp 5 6-6 16; Maryanski 3 3-4 10; Glasgow 9 1-3 21; Bicknell 0 2-4 2; Friel 4 4-4 15; Fletcher 0 0-0 0; Murphy 0 2-2 2; Young 0 0-0 0; Pickard 0 0-0 0; Grahovec 0 1-2 1; Betzelos 0 0-0 0; Doroff 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 20-27 73.St. Francis — Prociuk 5 2-2 12; Sullivan 6 0-0 14; Blank 0 0-0 0; Hart 2 2-3 7; Bruan 7 7-12 21; Fabianski 0 0-0 0; Shaw 1 0-0 2; Kurtyka 0 0-0 0; French 0 0-0 0; Purdom 0 0-0 0; Fassnacht 0 0-0 0; Valdez 0 0-0 0; Murphy 0 1-2 1; Bobowski 0 1-2 1. Totals 21 12-19 57.Marmion 22 14 13 24 —73St. Francis 14 15 9 19 —573-point baskets: M: Friel 3, Glasgow 2, Maryanski. SF: Sullivan 2. Fouled out: SF: Hart.*Class 3A Genoa-Kingston regionalWheaton Academy 45, BUrlington Central 44Burlington Central — McCurdy 1 0-0 2, Hunnicutt 6 5-6 17, S. Fitzgerald 4 0-0 11, Rau 2 3-8 8, R. Fitzgerald 1 0-0 2, Ozburn 0 0-4 0, Schutta 1 2-4 4, Raney 0 00 0, Jochum 0 0-0 0, Moxness 0 0-0 0. TOTAL 15 10-22 44Wheaton Academy — Smith 1 3-4 5, Ruggles 0 0-0 0, Burdett 2 0-0 6, Behr 4 7-9 15, C. Fuzak 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Williams 2 6-6 10, B. Fuzak 2 0-1 5, Sandberg 1 0-0 2, Lindstedt 1 0-0 2. TOTAL 13 16-20 45Burlington Cent. 18 9 13 4 —44Wheaton Acad. 16 5 12 12 —453-point baskets: BC: S. Fitzgerald 3, Rau. WA: Burdett 2, B. Fuzak. Fouled out: None*Class 4A Plainfield East regionalGeneva 64, Plainfield East 58Plainfield East — Jordan 5 4-6 14, Ward 0 2-2 2, Novak 8 2-3 23, Smith 2 0-2 4, Goss 2 0-0 4, Claar 0 2-2 2, Wright 0 0-0 0, Esker 0 2-2 2, Reed 1 4-4 7. Totals: 18 16-21 58.Geneva — Cook 3 8-8 15, Temple 2 4-5 8, Parrilli 1 9-12 11, Navigato 7 0-0 18, Vollbrecht 2 1-2 5, Landi 3 1-1 7, Durante 0 0-0 0, Santacaterina 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 23-28 64.Plainfield East 7 18 15 18 —58Geneva 12 15 17 20 —643-point baskets: PE: Novak 5, Reed; G: Navigato 4, Cook. Fouled out: PE: Novak, Smith*Class 4A West Aurora regionalPlainfield NOrth 48, Neuqua Valley 46Plainfield North — Conway 5 2-5 12, Krieger 3 0-0 8, Nowak 2 2-2 8, Webster 1 0-0 2, Stumpe 7 3-3 18, Winston 0 0-0 0, Speas 0 0-0 0 Totals: 18 7-10 48Neuqua Valley — Robertson 6 0-0 13, George 3 1-2 8, Raridon 0 2-4 2, Piotrowski 2 1-1 5, Incaudo 4 3-4 11, Kedrowski 2 0-0 5, Eminger 1 0-0 2, Lendino 0 0-0 0, Tesmond 0 0-0 0 Totals: 18 7-11 46Plainfield North 10 6 10 22 —48Neuqua Valley 9 13 16 8 —463-point baskets: PN: Krieger 2, Nowak, Stumpe; NV: Robertson, George, Kedrowski. Fouled out: none*Class 4A Naperville Central regionalNaperville Central 74, Metea Valley 49Metea Valley — B. Oliver 3 5-6 11, Goldston 0 0-0 0, M. Oliver 3 4-11 11, Dodson 2 0-0 4, Konkle 3 3-6 9, Helwig 5 0-0 14, Kuehn 0 0-0 0, Schlosser 0 0-0 0, Edwards Jr. 0 0-0 0, Sfikas 0 0-0 0, Klepper 0 0-0 0, Hermann 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 12-23 49.

    Boston College’s Ryan Anderson, left, battles Syracuse’s Jerami Grant for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

    Down goes No. 1 Syracuse, 62-59 in OT to BC

    Jim Boeheim shrugged. It was nice while it lasted. “It’s been an unbelievable run of making unbelievable plays in the last six or seven minutes of games,” Boeheim said Wednesday night after No. 1 Syracuse lost 62-59 in overtime to Boston College, ending the Orange’s run at an unbeaten season. “I’ve never seen anything like it before. We’ve had a lot of good teams, but I don’t think we’ve had any teams that would’ve won all these games the way this team has. It’s remarkable what they’ve done.”

    Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet (23) scores between Loyola of Chicago guard Christian Thomas (32) Nick Osborne, behind and Jeff White during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Chicago. Wichita State won 88-74. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Wichita St stays unbeaten, tops Loyola 88-74

    Fred VanVleet scored 22 points on perfect shooting and No. 3 Wichita State beat Loyola 88-74 on Wednesday night to remain the last unbeaten team in major college basketball.


    Protect your investment in fishing gear ... or not

    If you embrace fishing as a wonderful sport, you may have a valued collection of rods and other assorted, related gear.Like my wife’s collection of shoes (which take up an entire closet), my personal fishing and hunting gear is an important part of my life.But the fact still remains that I sometimes act like a pack rat, holding on to tackle and rods all because of sentimental reasons.Now here’s my moment of being truthful and realistic.I will never claim the new stuff in my possession as well as the ancient treasure is anything close to objects art.All of this jib-jab and excuse making has taken center stage because my patient wife took a broom and garbage bag to the floor of our basement and tossed out anything showing signs of mold or decay.Fishing decay has to do with moldy conditions, especially with 50-year old tackle boxes that morphed into laboratories for growing potential medical miracles.I refuse to share with you what my wife called me regarding the condition of our finished basement.This is where I have my office and recording studio, as well as a wet bar that never gets used.She also complains about any collection of junk that has been scattered throughout the basement.Because I used to be extremely careless with my older fly rods (from the 1960s and 70s), as well as some of my favorite Fenwick and Garcia spinning rods, circa 1959-60, I often started a fishing season with more broken rod tips and chipped sections. The accompanying reels were in tenuous shape as well.I got tired of walking into a rod repair shop and ringing up a hefty bill.I must have had an epiphany some years back because I got smart and changed my ways with the care of my tackle.Graphite rods need to be carefully stored during the off-season. I’ll clarify.All rods should be carefully handled and put away in protective cloth bags or hard cases.Then I really got smart and perused through the pages of fishing catalogs until I found the accessory I thought would fill the bill. Actually, I previously had seen this simply made, particular accessory in some friends’ homes and garages.Several companies make rod racks one can attach to a basement or garage wall. So I bought a bunch of these neat-as-pin racks with a plan in mind to become a better shepherd of all my expensive tackle.The cartons of rod tracks sat in the garage for more than two years when, all of a sudden, my wife decided to clean that last outpost of mankind.Thank goodness my rods were in the corner of the basement as well as properly stored in the extra-long rod compartments of my fishing boat.I stopped her just as she was beginning to hoist the cartons into the jumbo garbage bins assigned to us by a very watchful village bureaucracy.• Contact Mike Jackson at angler88@comcast.net, catch his radio show 7-9 a.m. Sundays on WGCO 1590-AM (live-streamed at www.1590WCGO.com) and get more content at www.mikejacksonoutdoors.com.


    Jackson: How fly fishing keeps capturing converts

    It has been more than five decades since Mike Jackson first tried fly fishing, and the attraction is still there for “newbies” today.


    Outdoor notes: local fishing and Waukegan Harbor

    In his weekly outdoors notebook, Mike Jackson updates the dredging at Waukegan Harbor and offers an update on fishing hotspots.


    Will Bears try to fill cornerback need?

    Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman is 33, so it might be time for the Bears to draft a player who can eventually take the place of the two-time Pro Bowler.

    The Bears must still add a pass-rush presence on the defensive line, and Jared Allen would certainly help fill that need.

    Time for Bears to be in a rush

    Bears general manager Phil Emery is pleased with his acquisitions at the start of free agency, but there's much work still remaining, especially for a defense that last season was one of the worst in franchise history.


    Girls basketball scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    Girls basketball scoreboard*Class 3A Aurora Central Catholic regionalBurlington Central 43, St. Edward 35St. Edward — Gnan 0 0-0 0, Spagnola 3 1-2 9, Walschot 0 0-0 0, Ramos 1 0-0 2, Gredziekeski 1 0-0 3, Swanson 4 7-9 19, Scully 0 0-0 0, Castoro 0 0-0 0, Rapp 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 8-11 35.Burlington C. — Ross 0 2-6 2, Holt 1 2-2 5, DeTamble 0 0-0 0, Cruz 3 1-1 7, Pryor 6 4-4 19, Colny 3 4-6 10. Totals 13 13-19 43.St. Edward 13 10 7 5 —35Burlington C. 10 9 12 12 —433-point baskets: SE — Swanson 4, Spagnola 2, Gredziekeski. BC — Pryor 3, Holt.

    The 1988 PGA Championship winner, Jeff Sluman of Hinsdale, will headline the 31st Chicago Golf Show this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    Sluman returns for 31st Chicago Golf Show

    The 31st Chicago Golf Show makes its return to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont for a three-day run that begins on Friday, and the event will feature Jeff Sluman, the Champions Tour veteran from Hinsdale, along with more than 400 exhibitors. Len Ziehm has more in his golf column.


    Pet peeve: Wild critter on the prowl

    Here's another example of how not to treat a wild animal.


    Late-blooming Skarlis diversifies — with crappies

    Tommy Skarlis made his name as walleye tournament pro, but he's added to his repertoire with success in crappie tournaments lately.

    Gabrielle Rush

    Girls basketball: Week 11 MVP

    Hinsdale Central junior Gabrielle Rush has earned Daily Herald MVP honors for her recent girls basketball performances.

    Alec Goetz

    Boys basketball: Week 11 MVP

    St. Charles North senior guard Alex Goetz has earned Daily Herald MVP honors for his recent boys basketball performances.


    Conant clips Barrington

    The third time was the right time for Conant’s girls basketball team on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Lake Forest Class 4A regional. After losing a pair of Mid-Suburban West games to Barrington (40-39 and 49-36), the No. 10-seeded Cougars finally solved the No. 7 Fillies for a 45-44 triumph that put them into the championship game today against MSL champion and No. 2 Fremd at 7 p.m.


    Girls basketball scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    Here are the results of Wednesday's high school girls basketball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    Here are results from Wednesday's high school boys basketball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Bartlett ousts St. Charles North

    No one could accuse Bartlett’s girls basketball team of not staying aggressive Wednesday night.

    St. Viator’s Kelsey Trimble, middle, drives to the basket against Wauconda defenders Dani Sturm, left, and Jessie Wood during Wednesday’s game in Arlington Heights.

    St. Viator hits reset button, ousts Wauconda

    Trailing by as many as 10 points in the third quarter, Wauconda’s girls basketball team found new life late in the period and early in the fourth quarter. The No. 10-seeded Bulldogs rallied all the way to within 1 point with 6:34 left in the game. But St. Viator coach Christina Jost, using a timeout along the way, got her team settled down and the Lions were able to close out strong for a 59-47 victory in the semifinal of their own Class 3A regional in Arlington Heights.


    Neuqua Valley roars past Joliet West

    Neuqua Valley stepped on the gas pedal in the final three quarters of its Class 4A regional opener and never looked back. The No. 1-seeded Wildcats, facing the 16th-seeded Joliet West Tigers in the semifinal round of the Class 4A Plainfield South regional, forced their opponents into 10 first-quarter turnovers but only held a 15-13 lead after the first eight minutes. But the Tigers were held to just 20 points the rest of the way as the Wildcats’ forced 26 Joliet West turnovers on the night, leading to a 77-33 victory on Wednesday.

    Kaneland’s Kelly Wallner looks to pass around a block by Plano’s Jewel Hupe (13) and Clarisa Martinez in the second quarter of the Class 3A regional meet on Wednesday.

    Kaneland pays back Plano

    Any team loves an 8-0 run, but with the way Kaneland played defense Wednesday night at the Class 3A Plano regional, those 8 points felt like about 80 for the Reapers to overcome.

    Czech Republic defenseman Michal Rozsival pins USA forward Dustin Brown agains the glass during the second period of men's quarterfinal hockey game.

    Images: Winter Olympics, Wednesday, February 19th
    Images of Wednesday at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Highlights include a victory for Team USA men's hockey, bobsled, short program figure skating, and much more.


    West Aurora rolls Joliet Central

    Joliet Central hit the West Aurora girls basketball team with a 10-point unanswered run Wednesday night in Plainfield. But it would prove to be the only leads of the game for the Steelmen as the Blackhawks more than rebounded, accruing 40 points by halftime.

    Wheeling’s Deanna Kuzmanic, left, drives into Stevenson’s Janine Fajardo during Class 4A regional semifinal play at Waukegan on Wednesday.

    Color Wheeling a winner against Stevenson

    When deciding on colors for their braces, good friends Deanna Kuzmanic and Lani Greenberg went their own way. Greenberg picked a bright blue, because “that’s my favorite color.” And Kuzmanic went with green “to get some green in there for Alabama-Birmingham,” which is where she’ll be playing college basketball in two years. Green is a school color at UAB. On Wednesday night, Kuzmanic and Greenberg were much more on the same page, and even completely color-coded, as both made Stevenson see red. The Wheeling juniors combined for 25 points and 19 rebounds to help set the table for a huge regional upset. The Wildcats, seeded 12th in the Barrington sectional, cruised to a 52-35 victory over No. 5 Stevenson in the semifinals of the Waukegan regional.

    Bulls guard D.J. Augustin scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night against the Raptors, the team that released him in December.

    Butler, Bulls block Raptors 94-92

    D.J. Augustin scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and Jimmy Butler’s blocked shot in the final seconds Wednesday night secured a 94-92 victory over the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Bulls closed within a half-game of Toronto for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. “It was definitely high intensity tonight,” Noah told reporters after the game. “It felt like a playoff atmosphere.”


    Glenbard South opens with a rout

    The Glenbard South girls basketball team booked its ticket to the Class 3A St. Francis regional final with a 70-14 regional semifinal victory over the Orr Spartans on Wednesday.


    Brown leads Miami past Notre Dame 71-64

    Rion Brown scored 21 points to lead Miami to a 71-64 victory over Notre Dame on Wednesday night. The Hurricanes (13-13, 4-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) built a 15-point lead early in the second half and withstood a late Irish rally in the final 5 minutes. Notre Dame cut Miami’s lead to 65-64 on Demetrius Jackson’s layup with 22 seconds remaining.


    Cary-Grove knocks off Crystal Lake South

    With two previous losses to Crystal Lake South and an 11-point deficit early in the second quarter, Cary-Grove’s 2013-2014 girls basketball season seemed about over. But the determined Trojans proved the third time was indeed a charm. Outscoring the stunned second-seeded Gators 45-24 in the final three quarters, the third-seeded Trojans were able to come back and post a 57-45 win in semifinal action of the Class 4A Cary-Grove Regional Wednesday night.

    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com ¬ Mike Catalano of Lake Park plays again Fenton.

    Wheaton Academy bringing football back to campus

    As a Wheaton Academy football player, Head of School Gene Frost played right on campus, on the field next to Prince Crossing Road. For the first time since the Warriors program was mothballed in 1990, he’ll return to that spot as a football fan and ruler of the roost.


    St. Edward disposes of Rosary

    Most schools want nothing to do with Burlington Central, and for good reason. After reaching the Class 3A Elite Eight in 2013, the Rockets are 23-4, the top seed in their regional and have dominated nearly every opponent on their schedule behind a lethal offense and suffocating defense. But St. Edward isn’t one of the teams that fears Burlington Central and it’s easy to see why. The Green Wave are playing their best basketball of the season at just the right time, winning six straight games and eight of their last nine after getting starting center Cece Rapp back from injury.The most recent victory, a 60-36 romp over Rosary Wednesday, catapulted second-seeded St. Edward into a regional final showdown with the Rockets at noon Saturday at Aurora Central Catholic.


    Carmel rolls past Elmwood Park

    Carmel Catholic’s girls basketball team will get a chance to avenge a home loss to conference rival St. Viator on Friday night. Carmel, the No. 3 seed in the Class 3A Ridgewood sectional complex, opened the state tournament Wednesday night by rolling past No. 14 Elmwood Park 65-18 in a regional semifinal at St. Viator.

    Gordan Beckham celebrates in the White Sox’ dugout after scoring a run in a game against the Tigers late last season.

    Beckham running out of chances with White Sox?

    The White Sox have patiently waited for second baseman Gordon Beckham to live up to his enormous potential, but this season might be his final chance to ensure he remains on the South Side. If Beckham struggles again, Marcus Semien and Micah Johnson are waiting in the wings.

    Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney throws before the team’s first spring-training practice, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Cubs need Barney to boost his offense

    The biggest question surrounding Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney is whether his stellar defense is enough to offset a lack of productivity at the plate. With infielders coming up from the system, Barney's days as the Cubs' starter could be numbered.

    Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer (5) claims a rebound in front of Toronto Raptors' Patrick Patterson and Bulls' Joakim Noah during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Boozer scores 20 and Bulls beat Raptors 94-92

    Carlos Boozer scored 20 points, D.J. Augustin had 19 against his former team and the Bulls won their fourth straight game Wednesday night, edging the Toronto Raptors 94-92. Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points, Jimmy Butler had 16 and Taj Gibson fouled out with 10 as the Bulls won for the fifth time in six games and halted Toronto’s winning streak at three. Joakim Noah had eight points and 13 assists for the Bulls.

    Illinois guard Tracy Abrams (13) drives against Minnesota guard Daquein McNeil (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Minneapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Nunn helps Illinois shoot down Minnesota, 62-49

    Freshman guard Kendrick Nunn hit five 3-pointers and led Illinois with 19 points as the last-place Illini beat Minnesota 62-49 on Wednesday night, putting a damper on the Gophers’ hopes for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid.


    St. Edward downs Westmont

    St. Edward 67, Westmont 54: The Green Wave (20-7) jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they earned a nonconference road victory. Joe French led all scorers with 18 points while Davontae Elam and John Butzow added 15 and 12 points, respectively.

    Gracie Gold of the United States waits in the results area after completing her routine in the women's short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    To medal, Gold will likely need others to falter
    U.S. champion Gracie Gold is in striking distance of a medal with 68.63 points. But she will likely need a mistake from the leaders to move up to the podium.Gold turned out a clean free skate in the team event, and as she wrestled with frazzled nerves Wednesday, she wished she was doing her long program instead of her short,

    Gracie Gold of the United States waits in the results area after completing her routine in the women's short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Can U.S. women top Canada for hockey gold?

    Canada takes a 16-year Olympic winning streak into today's women's ice hockey final against the U.S. as it seeks a fourth consecutive gold medal. Canada hasn't lost in women's hockey at the Winter Games since 1998 in Nagano, Japan, and forwards Jayna Hefford, Hayley Wickenheiser and Caroline Ouellette can join former U.S. basketball player Lisa Leslie as the only female athletes to win gold in the same event in four straight Olympics.


    Franke marks WW South victory with big numbers

    Keeping Wheaton Warrenville South from scoring is one thing. Keeping Tigers senior Melinda Franke from getting the rebound is another. Franke did a lot of both Wednesday night in Lombard, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 57-32 Tigers victory over host Glenbard East in a Class 4A girls basketball regional semifinal.

    Burlington Central’s Samantha Pryor and Hampshire’s Tricia Dumoulin fight for the ball Wednesday at the Aurora Central Catholic regional semifinal.

    Burlington Central’s ‘D’ too much for Hampshire

    It may be an overused cliché at times, but there’s a reason it’s overused. It’s true. And if you don’t believe so, just ask the Hampshire girls basketball team. Defense wins. Burlington Central unleashed a smothering, stifling and relentless defense on the Whip-Purs Wednesday night in the first semifinal of the Class 3A Aurora Central Catholic regional and, coupled with the lights-out first half offense of sophomore standout Sam Pryor, the top-seeded Rockets cruised to a 59-35 win.

    Wheeling teammates celebrate after beating Stevenson .

    Images: Stevenson vs. Wheeling girls basketball
    The Stevenson Patriots and the Wheeling Wildcats compete in the Class 4A girls basketball regional semifinal Wednesday, February 19 in Waukegan.

    Julianna Wadsworth of Oswego East and Emily Kraft of Naperville Central dive for the ball.

    Images: Oswego East vs. Naperville Central girls basketball
    Oswego East vs. Naperville Central girls basketball at Class 4A Plainfield South regional semifinals in Plainfield.

    Images from the Plano vs. Kaneland Class 3A girls regional semifinal basketball game Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

    Images: Plano vs. Kaneland girls basketball
    Plano played Kaneland in a Class 3A girls regional semifinal in Plano Wednesday night.


    Scouting state wrestling / Fox Valley

    Here's a look at the wrestling state tourament from the perspective of nothern Fox Valley schools.

    Michael Sam gets a chance to show he belongs on an NFL roster when he participates in the scouting combine in Indianapolis this week.

    Special teams could be Sam’s ticket into NFL

    Michael Sam, better known as Openly Gay Michael Sam, is considered the headliner at this week's NFL Scouting Combine. Is there any reason he shouldn't come out looking good enough to play special teams in the league?

    DePaul guard Billy Garrett Jr. (5) shoots against Xavier guard Dee Davis (11) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Cincinnati. Xavier won 83-64. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Martin’s 22 lifts Xavier past DePaul 83-64

    Justin Martin scored 22 points and Dee Davis added 15 points and seven assists, lifting Xavier to an 83-64 victory over DePaul on Wednesday at Cintas Center. Semaj Christon contributed 15 points to help the Musketeers (18-8, 8-5) retain at least a share of third place in the Big East Conference.


    IHSA suspends Homewood-Flossmoor girls basketball coach, program

    The Illinois High School Association announced Wednesday that Homewood-Flossmoor girls basketball head coach Anthony Smith and his team have been suspended from the postseason.


    Scouting state wrestling / Northwest

    Here's a look at the wrestling state tournament, from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator and Maine West.

    Referees and coaches separate Northwestern's Nikola Cerina (45) and Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross during a second-half scuffle in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Cerina and Ross were both ejected from the game. Ohio State defeated Northwestern 76-60. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Northwestern falls to Ohio State 76-60 in chippy game

    LaQuinton Ross scored 16 points before being ejected after a scuffle, leading No. 24 Ohio State to a 76-60 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night.The fracas late in the game delayed play for several minutes while the officials deliberated penalties for the players. Northwestern’s Nikola Cerina also was ejected. The teams shot 10 free throws as a result of the shoving match.


    Scouting state wrestling / Lake County

    Here's a look at the wrestling state meet from the perspective of Lake County's participants.

    Burlington Central’s Samantha Pryor and Hampshire’s Tricia Dumoulin fight for the ball.

    Images: Burlington Central vs. Hampshire girls basketball
    Burlington Central played Hampshire in a Class 3A girls regional semifinal in Aurora Wednesday night.

    Outfielder Megan Wiggins will be returning for her fourth season with the Chicago Bandits. Voted MVP by the Bandits fans, Wiggins led the National Pro Fastpitch league in home runs for the second consecutive season and was voted Mizuno Player of the Year.

    Bandits re-sign slugger and MVP Wiggins

    The Chicago Bandits have re-signed outfielder Megan Wiggins for the 2014 season. Last season, Wiggins enjoyed the best summer of her professional career. She lead the league with 61 hits, while batting .433 on the season, with 11 home runs, 35 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .535.


    Bears sign free-agent cornerback Purdy

    The Bears signed free-agent cornerback Derricus Purdy Wednesday. As a senior at Texas Southern in 2012, the 6-foot, 190-pound Purdy had 1 interception and 4 pass breakups to go along with his 34 tackles. He was not selected in the 2013 draft.

    Gracie Gold of the United States competes in the women’s short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Gracie Gold 4th in skating short program

    SOCHI, Russia — Defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea won the short program at the Sochi Olympics, and Russia’s 15-year-old sensation Julia Lipnitskaia fell. American champion Gracie Gold was fourth, with countrywomen Ashley Wagner sixth and Polina Edmunds seventh. Japan’s Mao Asada had four major mistakes and plummeted to 16th.

    Canada forward Jonathan Toews congratulates Canada goaltender Carey Price Wednesday after Canada’s 2-1 win over Latvia during a men’s quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Canada holds off Latvia 2-1 in Olympic thriller

    Shea Weber scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 6:54 to play, and Canada survived an enormous scare from Latvia to advance to the Olympic men’s hockey semifinals with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.

    The team from Canada CAN-1, piloted by Kaillie Humphries with brakeman Heather Moyse, speed down the track Wednesday in their final run during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The team won the gold medal.

    Canada rallies past US for women’s bobsled gold

    The Canadians won their second straight gold medal in women’s Olympic bobsled, rallying in the final two heats Wednesday night to beat the American duo of Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams in USA-1 by 0.10 seconds. Humphries and Moyse finished a full second ahead of Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans in USA-2, the bronze winners.

    USA defenseman Ryan Suter celebrates a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic Wednesday with goaltender Jonathan Quick after the men's quarterfinal hockey game in Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    U.S. men advance to semifinal showdown with Canadians

    Phil Kessel scored his team-high fifth goal of the Sochi Games as the U.S. men's hockey team defeated the Czech Republic 5-2 tonight to set up a semifinal showdown against three-time defending champion Canada. James van Riemsdyk, Dustin Brown, David Backes and Zach Parise also had goals for the Americans, who have outscored opponents 20-6 while winning all four of their games at the Olympics as they seek their first gold medal since 1998.


    Bjoerndalen sets record with Norway’s relay win

    In a fitting way to mark becoming the most decorated Winter Olympian ever, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen ensured his record 13th medal was gold Wednesday when he helped Norway win the first Olympic mixed relay in biathlon. Bjoerndalen broke the total medals record he previously shared with retired cross-country skiing great Bjoern Daehlie, and also matched fellow Norwegian’s mark of eight golds. Bjoerndalen won gold earlier at the Sochi Olympics in the men’s sprint biathlon.

    Canada’s Jill Officer releases the rock during the women’s curling semifinal game against Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Canada, Sweden advance to women’s curling finals

    Canada’s curlers gathered in a circle, hoisted their brooms into the air and jumped for joy. Sweden’s players linked arms in a huddle and squeezed tight as their tears flowed. After surviving tense semifinal games that sent emotions soaring at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi, Canada and Sweden will play for the gold medal in women’s curling for the second straight Winter Games.

    United States’ Bode Miller is joined by his wife Morgan after he finished the second run in the men’s giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Bode Miller out of slalom after tweaking left knee

    Bode Miller’s Sochi Olympics are over, one race earlier than he had hoped. Given that he’ll be 40 by the time the 2018 Games roll around, the American’s Olympic career might very well be done, too. Miller will skip the last event on the Alpine schedule, the slalom, after tweaking his surgically repaired left knee while finishing 20th in Wednesday’s giant slalom with a two-run time of 2 minutes, 47.82 seconds, more than 2 seconds slower than gold medalist Ted Ligety.


    Mike North Video: Dempster says family before $13M
    Former Chicago Cub Ryan Dempster turned down $13 million dollars to play this season with the Boston Red Sox because he wants to spend more time with his family. Here’s one athlete who actually means it.

    Russia defenseman Andrei Markov, left, and forward Pavel Datsyuk react after Russia lost 3-1 to Finland in a men’s quarterfinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics Wednesday.

    Russia knocked out of Olympic hockey by Finns, 3-1

    Finland eliminated Russia from the Olympic men’s hockey tournament with a 3-1 victory Wednesday, putting a stunning end to the Russians’ enormous expectations at home. Teemu Selanne scored an early goal and Tuukka Rask made 37 saves as Finland crushed the Russians’ dreams of winning hockey gold medals in front of their own fans.

    Gold medal winner Ted Ligety of the United States skis Wednesday during the second run of the men’s giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Ligety dominates for gold in Olympic giant slalom

    Ted Ligety won the giant slalom at the Sochi Games with a dominating performance Wednesday, becoming the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing. Leading after the first run, Ligety sped down the Rosa Khutor course in a two-leg combined time of 2 minutes, 45.29 seconds.

    Russia’s Vic Wild celebrates Wednesday as he crosses the line to win the gold medal in the men’s snowboard parallel giant slalom final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    U.S. expat Wild wins men’s parallel giant slalom

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — The husband and wife team of Vic Wild and Alena Zavarzina are both heading home with Olympic medals.Wild rolled to victory in men’s snowboarding parallel giant slalom, ripping past Nevin Galmarini in the second run of the finals to win gold for his adopted country of Russia. Zan Kosir of Slovenia took the bronze.Wild’s triumph came just minutes after his wife raced to bronze in the women’s event.Patrizia Kummer gave Switzerland its sixth gold medal in Sochi when Japan’s Tomoka Takeuchi lost an edge halfway through the second run of the final. Zavarzina had little trouble in the consolation final, beating Ina Meschik by nearly a second to win bronze.Wild grew up in White Salmon, Wash., but applied for Russian citizenship after marrying Zavarzina in 2011.

    United States skier Ted Ligety celebrates Wednesday after winning the gold medal in the men’s giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    5 things to know Wednesday about the Sochi Olympics

    SOCHI, Russia — Fast five, Wednesday edition: Five things you’ll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics.Ligety SplitTed Ligety won the giant slalom at the Sochi Games with a dominating performance Wednesday, becoming the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing. Ligety finished his two runs in 2 minutes, 45.29 seconds. His first gold came in combined at the 2006 Turin Games as a 21-year-old. The only other American to win two Olympic golds in Alpine skiing was Andrea Mead Lawrence, in the 1952 Oslo Games.Bubka SpeaksSergei Bubka, the pole vault great who heads the Ukrainian Olympic Committee, is urging both sides in Ukraine’s political crisis to lay down their weapons and halt the violence that is bringing the country to “the brink of catastrophe.” Bubka issued his call after clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters left at least 25 people dead and 240 injured in Kiev, the worst violence in the country’s post-Soviet history.Wild Win Vic Wild of Russia won Olympic gold in men’s snowboard parallel giant slalom. It’s Russia’s sixth gold medal of the Sochi Games.Women’s Hockey ClashThe women’s hockey game everyone has been waiting for has nearly arrived. Canada and the United States, the two teams that have dominated international play, will face off in the gold medal game on Thursday. It’s the fourth time in five Olympics the two teams will meet for the championship. Canada defenseman Jocelyne Larocque says it’s going to be “just another game.”Medal MoversNorway won two gold medals and a silver on Tuesday to be the biggest medal mover of the day, jumping to second behind Germany in the overall medal standings through 67 of 98 events. All of Norway’s 18 medals in Sochi are in snow sports.


    IOC rejects Ukraine request to wear black armbands

    SOCHI, Russia — Ukraine’s Olympic Committee says the IOC has rejected a request for its athletes at the Sochi Games to wear black armbands honoring those who died in violent protests in Kiev.The committee says on its website it wants to “share deep pain over the loss of fellow countrymen” and wear armbands as an “expression of sorrow and sympathy.” The committee says the IOC replied that this was “impossible according to the Olympic Charter.” The IOC reprimanded Norwegian cross-country skiers earlier in the games for wearing black armbands in tribute to an athlete’s brother.The violence in Ukraine between riot police and protesters has left at least 25 people dead and 241 injured. The Ukrainian delegation in Sochi is led by Sergei Bubka, the Olympic pole vault great who has urged both sides to lay down their weapons.


    Unrest ‘worried’ 1st Venezuelan Olympic skier

    As he prepared to become Venezuela’s first Alpine skier at an Olympics, Antonio Jose Pardo Andretta had plenty on his mind about the unrest back home. Hundreds of students in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas have spent the past week alternating between peaceful daytime protests and nighttime battles with police.

    Spain’s Alex Puente Tasias slides down the course after crashing Wednesday during the first run of the men’s giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    SOCHI SCENE: Many crashes in men’s giant slalom

    SOCHI, Russia — With 109 listed starters in men’s giant slalom, there are bound to be lots of crashes. The slow-mo replay folks are having a field day.Only 79 competitors finished their qualifying run Wednesday. Most of the others fell, sometimes in comical fashion, losing skis or their poles down the course and momentarily doing their best to try to salvage a hopeless run. At one point, Antonio Pardo of Venezuela fell on his side and lost his skis, then pounded his hands into the snow in frustration — all replayed in slow motion to live audiences.Here’s a sequence of photos by the AP’s Charles Krupa of Andorra’s Joan Verdu Sanchez taking a spill.

    Sweden forward Loui Eriksson shoots and scores against Slovenia goaltender Robert Kristan in the third period of a men’s ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Sweden won 5-0 to advance to the semifinals. (AP Photo/Martin Rose, Pool)

    Sweden tops Slovenia 5-0, advances to hockey semifinals

    Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves for his second shutout of the Sochi Games and Carl Hagelin scored twice, helping Sweden rout upstart Slovenia 5-0 Wednesday to advance into Olympic hockey semifinals. The 2006 Olympic champions will face the winner of the Russia-Finland game Friday for a spot in the gold-medal game.

    A gondola passes a stand of trees Wednesday after an overnight dusting of snow near the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    SOCHI SCENE: White peaks

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Some days during the Winter Olympics, snow has been relatively sparse on the mountains above Sochi. Not Wednesday. AP photographer Andy Wong captures these images of white peaks near Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.


    SOCHI SCENE: Sochi heats up

    SOCHI, Russia — For an Olympics that was expected to be volatile from a political and security standpoint, the first 10 days of the Sochi Games were surprisingly quiet. Russian officials took pains to try to eliminate distractions, secure the city and keep the focus on the games themselves, and they were largely successful at first. But over the last few days, a handful of demonstrations and confrontations have started to bubble to the surface to upset the tranquility that had been firmly established. Russian punk group Pussy Riot created a big stir on Tuesday when two members were detained and then ran through the streets of Sochi being chased by cameras after they were released. On Monday, Vladimir Luxuria, an Italian gay rights activist, walked through Olympic Park shouting “gay is OK” before she was eventually escorted from the grounds. And it may not be over. Word started to trickle out that Pussy Riot had more plans for demonstrations in store.“To be honest, we don’t have a day-to-day discussion on who may or may not want to do a demonstration in the park,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams says. “What I would say is, if they did, it would be wholly inappropriate.”

    Switzerland’s Patrizia Kummer celebrates Wednesday after winning the gold medal in the women’s snowboard parallel giant slalom final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Kummer wins gold in women’s parallel giant slalom

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland has won gold in women’s snowboarding parallel giant slalom.Kummer cruised to victory when Tomoka Takeuchi of Japan missed a gate midway through the second run of the finals.Alena Zavarzina of Russia won bronze just minutes before her husband, former American racer Vic Wild, now competing for Russia, captured gold in the men’s event.Kummer’s run gave Switzerland its sixth gold medal in Sochi, tied with the United State and the Netherlands for the third-most in the games.



    Car club calendar
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many car lovers and clubs devoted to models ranging from the Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. Here's a 2014 list of local car clubs, cruise nights, car shows and swap meets, as well as several local motorcycle groups.

    Margaret Lee

    Oakton president announces retirement

    Since being appointed president of Oakton Community College in 1995, Margaret Lee has had many tasks, including oversight of academics at campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie, multimillion budgets, and teachers and staff who contribute to the education of an estimated 46,000 credit and noncredit students. But Lee, who announced this week her plans to retire in June 2015, has never strayed far from the classroom. And she still counts herself as one of those students seeking to continue her education.

    Facebook, the world’s largest social network, agreed to acquire mobile-messaging application startup WhatsApp Inc. for $19 billion in cash and stock. The deal translates to roughly 9 percent of Facebook’s market value.

    Facebook buying messaging app WhatsApp for $19B

    Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for up to $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company’s largest acquisition.

    Infant formula maker Glenview-based Mead Johnson Nutrition said its Chinese subsidiary may have violated U.S. and local laws, including anti-bribery statutes.

    Mead Johnson warns of possible violations in China

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsNEW YORK — Infant formula maker Glenview-based Mead Johnson Nutrition said its Chinese subsidiary may have violated U.S. and local laws, including anti-bribery statutes.Mead Johnson said in October that the Securities and Exchange Commission was looking into its business practices in China and said it was also conducting its own investigation.

    Stocks fell Wednesday, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose to within one point of a record close, as the International Monetary Fund warned of risks to global growth and Federal Reserve indicated stimulus cuts will likely continue.

    Stocks slip as Fed rate talk spooks some investors

    Stocks fell Wednesday as investors were left uneasy by news that Federal Reserve policymakers were willing to start raising short-term interest rates sooner than previously expected.

    The former Sports Authority at 211 W. Rand in Mount Prospect will become Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, a new grocery chain that announced it's coming to several suburbs.

    Fresh Thyme Markets adding suburban stores

    Fresh Thyme is adding more grocery stores in the suburbs. Besides a previously announced one in Mount Prospect, it said Wednesday it will add more to Deerfield, Downers Grove and Naperville. The heart of Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets' 28,000 square foot stores will be bountiful produce, including locally sourced and organic fruits and vegetables.


    Hacking trial: Blair offered to advise Murdoch

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered to work as an unofficial adviser to Rupert Murdoch as revelations of illegal phone hacking engulfed the mogul’s media empire, according to an email made public Wednesday at the trial of several former Murdoch lieutenants.

    President Barack Obama waves to reporters as he boards Marine One helicopter to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for his trip to Mexico.

    Obama’s N. American agenda hits congressional drag

    President Barack Obama heads into a summit with Mexican and Canadian leaders eager to engage on issues of trade and other neighbor-to-neighbor interests even as Congress is placing a drag on some of his top cross-border agenda items. The president will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Wednesday in Mexico for the North American Leaders’ Summit with a full agenda, covering commerce among the three North American Free Trade Agreement partners, immigration, energy and security.

    Mortgage applications in the U.S. dropped last week as fewer Americans bought homes and refinanced properties.

    Mortgage applications fell last week as rates increased

    Mortgage applications in the U.S. dropped last week as fewer Americans bought homes and refinanced properties. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index decreased 4.1 percent in the period ended Feb. 14, the Washington-based trade group reported today. The purchase gauge fell 6.3 percent, taking it to the lowest level since September 2011. The refinance measure declined 2.7 percent.

    Google Inc.’s new investment arm has $300 million in fresh capital to put to work this year and is starting the dealmaking with its first foray into Web education.

    Google capital lands $300 million and leaps into web educationc

    Google Inc.’s new investment arm has $300 million in fresh capital to put to work this year and is starting the dealmaking with its first foray into Web education.

    Pope Francis penned a new missive on the injustices of poverty Wednesday amid indications he is eyeing a major overhaul of the Vatican’s financial house by creating a finance ministry to better serve the church.

    Pope talks poverty, eyes finance branch overhaul

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis penned a new missive on the injustices of poverty Wednesday amid indications he is eyeing a major overhaul of the Vatican’s financial house by creating a finance ministry to better serve the church.Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, a key adviser in Francis’ Group of Eight cardinal cabinet, told the French Catholic newspaper La Croix that creating a “finance secretariat” was needed to better organize the Vatican’s diverse financial departments.He said a cardinal would probably head it, assisted by a permanent advisory body of lay experts.The development came as Francis and his “G8” cardinals ended their third and final day of meetings to hear proposals for reform by experts who have been studying the Vatican’s financial institutions since last summer.Francis was elected with a mandate to reform the antiquated and inefficient Vatican bureaucracy to make it more responsive to the needs of the 21st-century church and to help, rather than hinder, bishops trying to spread the faith. He has paid special attention to the scandal-marred Vatican bank, long accused by Italian authorities of being an off-shore tax haven for well-connected Italians, and the half-dozen independent Vatican finance offices that do everything from managing the money-making Vatican Museums to administering the Holy See’s vast real estate holdings.Francis has called for his church to be particularly attentive to the needs of the poor, and has railed against the injustices of the global capitalist system. On Wednesday, Italian daily Corriere della Sera published the preface Francis wrote for a book by his chief doctrine czar on the mission of the church: “Poor for the Poor.”While money can help people achieve goals, “money and economic power can be a means to distance people from one another, confining them to an egocentric and egotistical plane,” Francis wrote.

    An employee uses a forklift truck to prepare pallets of SodaStream products for export at the SodaStream International Ltd. factory in Mishor Adumim, near Jerusalem, IsraelWednesday.

    Coca-Cola giving Sodastream International a hand in scaring short sellers.

    Since Coca-Cola agreed Feb. 5 to buy a 10 percent stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., a company developing a make-your-own, single-serve product similar to SodaStream’s, short interest on the stock has fallen.

    A Car2Go vehicle is parked in central Berlin Wednesday. The service, operated by Mercedes-Benz and Smart car manufacturer Daimler launched a new intercity service recently.

    German car sales drop, industry bets on sharing

    Germans, once a nation of ardent automobile enthusiasts, are not buying cars as much as they used to. Instead, they’re sharing them. The country has become the world’s biggest user of one-way car sharing plans, where people can find a vehicle using their smartphone, drive it across town and leave it there without having to return it to a central base.

    Coca-Cola says its profit fell in the fourth quarter as it sold less soda in North America.

    Coca-Cola’s profit slips as US soda sales flag

    Coca-Cola says its profit fell in the fourth quarter as it sold less soda in North America. The maker of Sprite, Powerade and Vitaminwater water says global sales volume rose 1 percent, helped by stronger overseas results.

    President Barack Obama says having a more fuel-efficient truck fleet will boost the economy and help combat climate change.

    Obama to talk up benefits of fuel-efficient trucks

    President Barack Obama says having a more fuel-efficient truck fleet will boost the economy and help combat climate change. Obama on Tuesday was to visit a Washington-area distribution center for Safeway stores to announce the newest steps he plans to take on his own to bolster the economy when he thinks Congress isn’t doing its job.

Life & Entertainment

    Boldly-flavored Pan-Glazed Chicken with Kale and Basil will please all our your taste buds without excessive fat, sugar or salt.

    Pan-Glazed Chicken with Kale and Basil
    Pan-Glazed Chicken with Kale and Basil

    Olive oil, honey and walnuts work together for a quick savory appetizer.

    Roman Bruschetta
    Roman Bruschetta: Chef John O'Connor

    Chef Joseph O'Connor creates new menu items and trains staff for Mariano's grocery stores.

    Chef considers trying everything an occupational responsibility

    The title Executive Chef Meal Solutions at Roundy's Supermarkets Inc. doesn't begin to describe what Joseph O'Connor does for a living. In the last 3˝ years, this graduate of Naperville North High School and the Culinary Institute of America has been charged with developing new menu items — from made-to-order pizza and slow-cooked barbecued ribs to ready-made soups and items on the hot bar (like the divine mac and cheese) — for the expanding chain of Mariano's grocery stores.

    Most home cooks are stingy with salt and their food is not necessarily better for it.

    Where to start when a recipe says ‘salt to taste’

    The next time you’re looking to stir things up, ask food-savvy friends what happens when they are directed to “season with salt to taste.” Seemingly noncontroversial, the topic is as loaded as a baked potato at a steakhouse chain. Everybody’s got an opinion.

    “Music Speaks” is the debut album from “American Idol” winner Candice Glover.

    Glover shows promise on post-‘Idol’ debut

    Candice Glover originally planned to release her debut two months after she won “American Idol” last May. She postponed it — twice. Time is definitely on her side though: “Music Speaks” is one of the better “Idol” debuts. Glover, to no one’s surprise, is a vocal powerhouse on the 12-track set, which is full of pop ballads and R&B numbers that fit together nicely.

    Cee Lo Green announced Wednesday on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” that he won’t be coming back as a coach on the NBC talent competition series “The Voice.”

    Cee Lo Green: I’m not returning to ‘The Voice’

    Cee Lo Green says he’s quitting as a coach on “The Voice.” The singer-songwriter-actor announced on Wednesday’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show” that he won’t be coming back “at all.” He already was taking a break from the sixth season of the NBC talent competition, which begins airing Monday.

    iTunes is putting its stamp on South by Southwest, piggybacking on the annual event hosted by the city of Austin, Texas, with its own music festival.

    iTunes launching music festival at SXSW

    iTunes is putting its stamp on South by Southwest, piggybacking on the annual event with its own music festival. The company said Wednesday it will debut its popular iTunes Festival, a free concert series held in London for the past seven years. While the London version is a 30-day event, the U.S. festival will feature five nights of rock, country, pop and hip-hop at South by Southwest, an international showcase for music, film and interactive projects to be held next month in Austin, Texas.

    The Crispy Tuna Roll is a standout on the menu at Hayashi Japanese Restaurant in Gurnee.

    Gurnee sushi, Japanese eatery Hayashi a favorite

    Hayashi offers a mix of hot and cold appetizers, sushi dinners and cooked entrees, combination plates and bento boxes, and fish-free food for pickier eaters. The bar is well-stocked with a standard wine list, 11 types of sake, plum wine, Ramune pop (an unique Asian soda with a marble in the bottle's neck) and three Japanese beers (Sapporo, Asahi and Kirin Ichiban).

    Ben Blascoe, left, and Ben Calhoun will perform with their Christian rock band, Citizen Way, on the ice Saturday at “Faith and Fellowship Night” after the Chicago Wolves hockey game at Allstate Arena.

    Suburban Christian band ascends to the big time

    After a decade of making music, Citizen Way, a Christian rock band with close ties to Judson University in Elgin, is finally enjoying the spotlight. The band will play Saturday at Allstate Arena during the first postgame concert in the Chicago Wolves' 20-year history. “As Christians and followers of Christ, we genuinely believe that this is God's calling in our lives through the talents he's given us,” Ben Blascoe said.

    If your child has seven or more bouts of recurring tonsillitis in a year, or five to six bouts each year for two years, national AAO-HNS guidelines issued in 2011 indicate tonsillectomy may be advised.

    What parents should know before ­– and after – a tonsillectomy

    Today nearly half a million children under the age of 15 have their tonsils removed each year, making the procedure the second most common reason for care in children's hospitals. However, experts say the surgical procedure used to treat childhood sleep apnea and chronic, debilitating throat infections isn't necessarily a risk-free endeavor.


    Night life events: Pinstripes hosts Bell's beer dinner

    Pinstripes joins up with the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Bell's Brewery for a four-course beer dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Say hi to Blackhawks players Kris Versteeg and Brandon Saad at February's edition of Blackhawks Live at Old Town Pour House in Oak Brook from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24.

    Phantogram recently released “Voices.”

    Phantogram reaches next level on ‘Voices’

    The so-called “sophomore slump” is something most artists aim to avoid but somehow manage to hit with precision. Not so with Phantogram. The New York-based duo, whose songs blend deep and defined throbbing foundations with swirling but dirgelike grooves that float and careen around in a whirl of melody, has safely hopped over that trap with “Voices,” its new 11-track album.

    Dr. Henry Heimlich, who is known for developing the Heimlich maneuver that has been used to clear obstructions from the windpipes of choking victims around the world for four decades, has just released his memoir.

    94-year-old Heimlich maneuver namesake pens memoir

    The Cincinnati surgeon who wrote the book on saving choking victims through his namesake Heimlich maneuver has now penned a new book: his memoir. Dr. Henry Heimlich’s views on how the maneuver should be used and on other innovations he has created or proposed have put him at odds with some in the health field. But he hopes his recently published memoir will preserve the technique that has cleared obstructions from windpipes of choking victims around the world for four decades and made his name a household word.

    Built in late 1957, Havana’s Capri, which has recently been refurbished, enjoyed a brief but madcap run as one of the flashiest mob joints of the time.

    Havana mob hotel Capri reopens after renovation

    In its heyday, Havana’s Capri hotel and casino was the playground of men known as The Blade and The Fat Butcher. Havana’s hedonistic mob-and-movie-star days came to an end with Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution, and the hotel drifted into a long, slow decline. But now the Capri is back in business after being closed more than a decade ago. Its rebirth is part of Cuba’s latest bid to trade on its colorful pre-Communist past and attract tourist dollars to fund its socialist present.

    A generous layer of whipped cream tops German chocolate pie made with a recipe from the famous Blue Bonnet Cafe.

    Culinary Adventures: Penny gives tip of the hat to Blue Bonnet Cafe’s German chocolate pie

    Just outside Austin, Texas, in the town of Marble Falls, sits the famous Blue Bonnet Café. With its homestyle menu and delicious pies, this 80-plus-year-old eatery made Penny Kazmier feel like she was visiting grandma’s house, where the food was always plentiful and something was always in the oven.

    A generous layer of whipped cream tops German chocolate pie made with a recipe from the famous Blue Bonnet Cafe.

    Blue Bonnet Cafe’s German Chocolate Pie
    Blue Bonnet German Chocolate Pie


    Extra-Virgin Vodka Martini
    Extra-Virgin Vodka Martini: Chef John O'Connor

    Patience Bloom recently released the memoir “Romance is My Day Job.”

    Romance novel editor tells of finding love

    Patience Bloom works for a publishing house that’s best known for its steamy romances with happy endings. In “Romance is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last,” the bashful book editor chronicles her personal experiences from awkward prep school days, reckless college years and unsuccessful online dating to finally finding her “happily ever after” in her 40s.

    “Titanfall,” set for release March 11 on Xbox One and PC and March 25 on Xbox 360, is aiming to shake things up with a mix of new gameplay elements.

    ‘Titanfall’: 5 ways it’s unlike other shooters

    The Titans are coming — and they’re dropping something new on gamers. “Titanfall,” the much-anticipated sci-fi shoot-’em-up from Respawn Entertainment set for release March 11 on Xbox One and PC and March 25 on Xbox 360, is aiming to shake up a genre that’s long been dominated by military franchises like “Call of Duty” and “Battlefield” with a mix of new gameplay elements.


    Old-man winter describes this dad to a T

    This winter, I turned into that old guy who tells stories about the past. It sure has been a fun winter, hasn’t it? It seems like every day we are dealing with either a heavy snowstorm, or freakishly cold weather.


    ‘Nice’ game produces real results in bonding

    Recently, my daughters warmed my heart, honoring my request to play the Nice Game. In this game, each person takes a turn saying something nice about every person in the room.



    Endorsement: No, for now, on special needs panel

    The Daily Herald says no to the Show You Care referendum until more questions have solid answers.

    Mo Khan

    Endorsements: Khan for House Dist. 20, Democrat

    The Daily Herald endorses Mohamed "Mo" Khan of Park Ridge in the Democratic primary for the 20th House seat.

    Daniel Brinkman

    House District 45: Brinkman

    The Daily Herald endorses Daniel Brinkman in the race for the Republican nomination for House District 45.

    Ed Sullivan Jr., Republican candidate for 51st state House District

    Endorsement: No recommendation in House District 51

    The Daily Herald makes no endorsement in the race between incumbent Ed Sullivan and challenger Bob Bednar for the Republican nomination in Illinois House District 51.

    Keith Wheeler

    Editorial: Wheeler for House District 50, GOP
    The Daily Herald endorses Keith Wheeler for the Republican nomination for House District 50.

    Kathleen Willis

    Endorsement: Willis in House District 77

    The Daily Herald endorses Kathleen Willis for the Democratic nomination for state representative from the 77th District.

    Nick Provenzano, Republican candidate for McHenry County clerk.

    Endorsement: Provenzano for McHenry County clerk, GOP

    The Daily Herald endorses Nick Provenzano for the Republican nomination for McHenry County clerk.


    For McHenry sheriff, GOP: Zinke

    The Daily Herald endorses Andrew Zinke for the Republican nomination for McHenry County sheriff.

    Jeffrey Thorsen, Republican candidate for McHenry County treasurer.

    Editorial: For McHenry treasurer, GOP: Thorsen

    The Daily Herald endorses Jeffrey Thorsen for the Republican nomination for McHenry County treasurer.

    Steven Andersson

    Endorsement: Andersson in House District 65

    The Daily Herald endorses Steve Andersson in the Republican primary for the 65th House District.

    Jason Patt, democratic candidate for Lake County sheriff.

    Editorial: For Democratic Lake County sheriff: Patt

    The Daily Herald endorses Jason Patt for Lake County Sheriff in the March 18 Democratic primary.

    David Stolman

    Editorial: GOP for county treasurer: Stolman

    The Daily Herald endorses David Stolman for Lake County treasurer in the Republican primary.


    In Syria, limited options

    Columnist Richard Cohen: The Obama Doctrine in Syria does not seem to be working. The country has fallen apart. Matters have gone from bad to worse. The secretary of state suggests that things are so bad that Barack Obama has asked for “options.” Three years into the war and the president wants a plan.


    A GOP plan to repair Obamacare, not repeal it

    Columnist Byron York: There’s no doubt the vast majority of Republicans in Congress would repeal Obamacare if they could. Most GOP “alternative” bills begin with a clause to repeal the Affordable Care Act before proceeding to outline new policies to put in its place.


    Check the evidence on treating neck pain
    A letter to the editor: The article “Consider safety of chiropractors’ vigorous neck manipulations” by Susan Berger in the Jan. 20 edition describes disturbing patient stories that would concern anyone considering chiropractic care. But since similar stories can be told by patients having adverse events from any medication, surgical procedure, or other intervention used in treating neck pain, examining the evidence becomes crucial.


    Make the commitment to focus while driving
    A letter to the editor: “Drop it and drive.” Chances are, at some point, you’ve uttered a phrase like that after witnessing someone on the road talking, texting or surfing the Web on a cellphone while driving. Statistics confirm what most drivers know, but many continue to ignore: distracted driving is dangerous and deadly.


    Consider women’s right to health care first
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: This is in response to Kathleen Parker’s Feb. 9 column, “Practice what you preach, Mr. President.” It still amazes me that any thinking Catholic (or any other religious) can come up with such convoluted “thinking”, that the mandate for employers to provide basic health care for women is denying employers’ religious rights.


    Beware of Obama taking matters into own hands
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: I could not believe I heard an American president state that if the Congress will not cooperate, he will have to do what needs to be done. He can’t wait on them while they squabble. Really. And the American people sleep.


    Slavery was definitely in the Constitution
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: I wish to answer Mr. Bulicek's question from Your Views “Why do liberals hate Fox News?”


    The Daily Herald announces a campaign to build communities

    The Daily Herald plans to host several Chicago Community Trust "On the Table" conversations around the suburbs — all aimed at generating ideas to improve our communities.


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