Daily Archive : Monday February 24, 2014


    Elgin Area School District U-46 settled a 9-year-old discrimination lawsuit against the district for $2.5 million, officials said Monday.

    District U-46 settles discrimination case for $2.5 million

    Elgin Area School District U-46 settled a 9-year-old discrimination lawsuit against the district for $2.5 million, officials said Monday. The school board unanimously approved the settlement agreement Monday night in the case of McFadden vs. Board of Education for Illinois School District U-46. The settlement comes after seven months of negotiations between the parties since the July 11, 2013,...

    Harold Ramis, left, is perhaps best known for starring in the hit “Ghostbusters” with Bill Murray, center, and Dan Aykroyd. He also cowrote the film.

    Ramis: 'I didn't want to glorify the violence'

    At a New York press junket for “Ghostbusters,” Daily Herald movie critic Dann Gire asked star Bill Murray why Harold Ramis, who cowrote the screenplay with Dan Aykroyd, gave all the good lines to Murray and not himself. “That's just the kind of guy he is,” Murray said. That was in 1984. It was one of those moments that, for Gire, defined Ramis, who died Monday at his...


    Experts discuss government consolidation at Lisle forum

    Some experts say Illinois has a huge number of local governmental agencies because residents wanted the services those entities provide. But others point out it’s very difficult to eliminate a taxing body after it’s been established. “The public should have a say in regards to the function and form of their local government,” said Brian Costin, director of government...

    Community Unit District 300 will move its headquarters from Carpentersville, shown here, to an area near Jacobs High School, a move that frees up the current central office to house Oak Ridge School.

    District 300 headquarters moving to Algonquin

    After spending at least 25 years operating from Carpentersville, Community Unit District 300 is packing up and moving its central office to Algonquin. By a unanimous vote Monday night and amid criticism from three parents, the school board approved erecting a new administration building — estimated to cost between $5 million and $5.5 million — on property it owns near Jacobs High...

    Jim Scarpace, program director at Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment in Aurora, speaks Monday during a panel discussion in Naperville about heroin abuse and the drug, called Narcan or Naloxone, that can reverse the effects of an overdose.

    Leaders push for expansion of overdose-reversal drug

    As suburban communities look to battle the problem of heroin abuse on all fronts, health and law enforcement leaders say they’re working to build greater awareness of a drug that can counteract an overdose’s effects. “It absolutely brings someone back to life who is on the verge of death,” Karen Ayala, executive director of the DuPage County Health Department, said about...


    Dist. 128 meeting moved due to power outage

    A power outage at Vernon Hills High School caused District 128 to relocate its board meeting Monday night.

    Firefighters open the roof of a condominium on the 1600 block of Carlemont Drive in Crystal Lake as a fire spreads through the roof Monday afternoon.

    Fire at Crystal Lake condominium complex

    Crews from the Crystal Lake Fire Department as well as several surrounding municipalities are battling a condominium fire on Carlemont Drive Monday afternoon. There are no reports of any injuries.

    Dispatcher Joanne Schmoeller takes an emergency call at the Wauconda Police Department’s 911 center. The service could be outsourced to Lake Zurich.

    We answer your questions on Wauconda’s 911 outsourcing plan

    Wauconda officials and residents will gather Tuesday for a presentation about outsourcing 911 services to Lake Zurich. We'll try to answer some of the big questions.

    Millburn School and Community Garden is raising funds to increase the educational opportunities associated with the garden, including an outdoor classroom.

    Millburn hopes to grow its educational gardens

    Millburn School and Community Garden is raising funds to increase the educational opportunities associated with the garden to include an outdoor "classroom." Educators say gardening can improve test scores in math and other areas and promotes teamwork.

    Charles R. Oliver

    8 jurors chosen in Craigslist rape trial

    Eight jurors were selected Monday in the trial of a Woodstock man who is accused of raping women he met through Craigslist, according to the prosecutor’s office. The trial in McHenry County, anticipated to last through the week, is the first of eight expected trials for 45-year-old Charles R. Oliver.

    Palatine firefighters responded to a condominium fire Sunday morning at the Brentwood of Palatine Condominiums. Authorities on Monday said it appears the blaze started when items stored too closely to a space heater ignited.

    Palatine fire blamed on space heater

    Combustible items stored too close to a space heater sparked a fire Sunday morning that temporarily displaced 15 residents of a Palatine condominium building caused more than $100,000 in damages, fire officials said Monday.

    An interconnected tunnel in the city’s drainage system that infamous drug boss Joaquin Guzman Loera, “El Chapo” used to evade authorities is shown, in the city of Culiacan, Mexico. A day after troops narrowly missed infamous Guzman in Culiacan, one of his top aides was arrested. Officials said he told investigators that he picked up Guzman from a drainage pipe and helped him flee to Mazatlan but a wiretap being monitored by ICE agents in southern Arizona provided the final clue that led to the arrest.

    Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman charged in Mexico

    Mexican authorities have set in motion a legal process that makes it unlikely drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will soon face U.S. cases also pending against him. The Federal Judicial Council said the hemisphere’s most powerful drug lord had been formally charged under a 2009 Mexican indictment for cocaine trafficking, an action that could start put him on path for a...


    Cabdrivers robbed in Aurora at knife point

    Aurora police want help from the public in the search for a man or men who robbed two taxi drivers at knife point.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, is seen with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych at the Olympic reception hosted by the Russian President in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7. Now Yanukovych is on the run, and Putin is faced with a difficult question of how to react to events in Ukraine.

    Ukraine issues arrest warrant for missing leader

    With Viktor Yanukovych on the run, Ukraine’s interim government drew up a warrant Monday for the fugitive president’s arrest in the killing of anti-government protesters last week, while Russia issued its strongest condemnation yet of the new leaders in Kiev, deriding them as “Kalashnikov-toting people in black masks.”

    Actress Angelina Jolie generated headlines last year when she revealed she had a mastectomy to reduce her risk of inherited breast cancer. New research confirms that another kind of surgery, removing ovaries, is one of the most protective steps women who inherit faulty BRCA genes can take.

    Ovary removal aids high-risk women but at what age?

    For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35.

    John Egan of Austin, Texas otakes online quizzes partly because he’s curious about himself and also because he wonders how his answers will stack up against his friends’ answers on Facebook.

    ’Which (blank) are you?’ Online quizzes go viral

    A recent explosion of silly online personality quizzes, most of them created by the young social media mavens at Buzzfeed.com, has everybody talking about which state they really ought to be living in and which Harry Potter character they really are. Buzzfeed says the quizzes are smashing traffic records and generating more Facebook comment threads than any viral posts in the site’s...

    Harold Ramis from his Second City days.

    Chicago comedy great Harold Ramis dead at 69

    Harold Ramis, the bespectacled “Ghostbusters” sidekick to Bill Murray whose early grounding in live comedy led to blockbuster movies such as “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “Caddyshack” and “Groundhog Day,” died Monday at his Chicago area home. He was 69.


    District 57 ratifies, releases contract details

    Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 released details Monday of its newly ratified, four-year teachers’ contract, as well as a joint statement with the union expressing mutual satisfaction with the long-negotiated agreement. School board President Karen Nejdl said one point both sides agreed on and sought to rectify was that the district’s teachers have been among the lowest paid...


    Eight apply for Geneva council vacancy

    Eight people have applied to become the new Geneva 3rd Ward alderman. The replacement will fill the vacancy left by the departure of Dawn Vogelsberg, who quit in January to devote more time to her family, volunteer and work obligations.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined a five-year Pentagon budget Monday that would shrink Army forces to fewer than before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, while retiring older weapons including the U-2 spy plane and the A-10 attack aircraft.

    Hagel says military must shrink to face new era

    Looking beyond America’s post-9/11 wars, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing bases and reshaping forces to confront a “more volatile, more unpredictable” world with a more nimble military. The nation can afford a smaller military so long as it retains a technological edge and the agility to respond on...

    Jeffrey Sterner, Arlington Heights, charged in standoff with police received a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in the case.

    Arlington Heights man gets prison for discharging firearm

    An Arlington Heights man involved in a standoff with police lat May in a downtown Arlington Heights condominium, pleaded guilty to reckless discharge of a firearm Friday in Rolling Meadows. in exchange for Jeffrey T. Sterner's guilty plea to the class 4 felony, a Cook County judge sentenced the 38-year-old man to two years in prison.


    Geneva moms club changing name to reflect focus on all women

    The Mothers Club of Geneva is changing its name to the Geneva Women's Club to let people know you don't have to be a mom to participate.

    Paul Dombrowski, left, and Joe Serio are married in their Palatine home Saturday by the Rev. Laura McLeod, a friend of the couple.

    Same-sex weddings begin in Cook County

    Monday was the first day same-sex couples could get marriage licenses in the suburbs, but with the Cook County Clerk’s downtown office issuing licenses starting last Friday, the weddings have already begun. Clerk David Orr announced a federal ruling Friday that allowed his office to begin issuing marriage licenses sooner than the June 1 date set for the rest of Illinois. As of 3 p.m.

    Snowboarder Alex Deibold shows off his bronze medal as about 20 members of Team USA stopped at O’Hare International Airport Monday afternoon on their way home from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Team USA members stop in O’Hare

    Cheers and chants of “U-S-A!” erupted in Terminal 1 of O’Hare International Airport Monday afternoon as roughly 20 Olympic athletes from Team USA — including four medalist — came through Chicago on their way home from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. "It’s good to be home,” said silver medalist speed skater Eduardo “Eddy”...


    Des Plaines man pleads guilty to sexual assault

    A Des Plaines man pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a middle school students and was setnenced to four years in prison, court records show. Eduardo Contreras must also register as a sex offender upon his release.


    Fires near dryers cause damage in Lombard, Naperville

    A Lombard firefighter received minor injuries Monday morning while battling one of two unrelated fires that began in or around dryers in DuPage County. One of the fires caused major damage to a house in Lombard, the other caused minor damage at a college field house in Naperville.

    Officer Steve Alcorn is congratulated by his wife, Larissa, after being named the Elgin Police Department’s Rookie of the Year during the annual awards ceremony Monday.

    Elgin police gives honors for service

    If only he weren’t part of the honor guard, Elgin Police Officer Steve Alcorn would have not figured out ahead of time he was chosen Rookie of the Year. Alcorn spotted his wife and other relatives walk into the police department Monday afternoon, just before the yearly awards ceremony. He was among four department employees honored for their service to the department and the community.

    CTA riders head into the Rosemont station on the CTA Blue Line O’Hare Branch.

    CTA’s Blue Line work means station closings

    Expect weekend closures on sections of the CTA's Blue Line if you're heading into the city or O'Hare starting in March. It's part of a rehab of the Blue Line.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Christopher J. Sebastion, 21, of Aurora, was charged with retail theft at 12:55 a.m. Monday at Walmart, 801 N. Randall Road, according to a police report.


    Schaumburg Renaissance wins landscaping award

    The Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center has received a Gold Award for Excellence in Landscaping from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association. Sites are judged by professionals in the industry and the Gold Award is the highest possible honor.

    Donald Ratcliff

    Sentencing of former Wheaton College professor coming Tuesday

    A former Christian education professor at Wheaton College, convicted on aggravated child pornography charges, faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Tuesday. Donald Ratcliff, 62, was charged in March 2012 after Carol Stream police found more than 500 images of child pornography on at least three of his seven home computers and three DVDs containing videos, authorities said.


    Free film on plight of bees:

    The documentary, “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?” will be shown as part of a free program at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Road, Grayslake.


    Hospital hosts blood drive:

    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital hosts a blood drive on Wednesday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Prairie Room at the hospital, 450 West Highway 22 in Barrington.


    Library meeting canceled:

    Cook Memorial Public Library District officials have canceled a board meeting set for Tuesday in Skokie.


    Scholarships for environmental careers:

    The Friends of Volo Bog is offering two scholarships of $1,000 each for students interested in pursuing an environmental career.


    Palatine’s Little City hosts poker tourney March 7

    Poker and casino players can test their skills and luck while raising awareness and funds for hundreds of children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities at Little City’s “Seeing Hope Together” Poker Tournament & Casino Night on Friday, March 7 at The Montgomery Club in Chicago. Poker players will compete for the grand prize of a seat at...


    Hoffman Estates man guilty of abusing young girl

    Juan Tello-Martinez, 27, of Hoffman Estates, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a young girl. In exchange for his guilty plea, a Cook County judge sentenced him to three years in prison and ordered him to pay $689 in fines.


    SIU to ban most smoking

    Smokers at Southern Illinois University will be able to light up in only a few places on the Carbondale campus starting this summer, joining nearly 1,200 campuses nationwide that are essentially smoke-free.

    Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs Saturday by Mexican marines in Mexico City, Mexico.

    Mayor says Chicago will be ready for cartel leader

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city will be prepared for a just-captured cartel leader if he’s ever extradited to face trial in the nation’s third-largest city.

    Kenneth Conley

    Escapee to judge at sentencing: ‘Stick it’

    A bank robber who escaped from a high-rise Chicago lockup got an additional 3½ years in federal prison, but not without speaking his mind to the judge.

    The maximum-security Pontiac Correctional Center houses 2,000 inmates.

    Illinois lawmakers tour Pontiac prison

    Illinois lawmakers are getting a glimpse inside one of the state’s tougher prisons.


    Man jumps on top of Metra train in Chicago

    Metra officials said morning service was delayed Monday when a man climbed on top of a train in Chicago.


    Bar associations release judicial recommendations

    The Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association recently released evaluations of the candidates running in the March 18 primary election for vacancies on the Illinois Appellate Court and the Circuit Court of Cook County.

    Timothy S. Newberry

    4-year prison term for Carpentersville drug sale

    A 51-year-old West Dundee man was sentenced to four years in prison for selling Xanax pills to an undercover Carpentersville cop in May 2013. Timothy S. Newberry faced up to 10 years in prison because of his extensive criminal record.

    Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, shown with Roger Reupert, house manager for the Listening Room, recently performed to a sold-out crowd at the Crystal Lake venue.

    Rachael Barton performs to sold-out crowd at the Listening Room

    On Feb. 16, renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine performed to a sold-out crowd at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park's the Listening Room in Crystal Lake. Barton Pine typically performs to large crowds in auditoriums such as Chicago's Symphony Hall, yet this Sunday, local ticket holders experienced a rare intimate performance with the violinist.


    Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley receives national accreditation

    On Feb. 14, Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley was awarded accredited status by ProLiteracy. It has served central Kane County for 28 years helping adults read, write, speak, and understand English more effectively.

    This is Taco Bell’s waffle taco, which includes scrambled eggs, sausage and a side of syrup. It was the top seller during breakfast hours at the five Southern California restaurants where they were tested earlier this year.

    Taco Bell takes aim at McDonald’s with breakfast

    Taco Bell is readying for the launch of its national breakfast menu on March 27, with items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap designed to appeal to its fan base of younger men. And the chain says breakfast will be available until 11 a.m. — a half-hour later than McDonald’s offers its Egg McMuffins.

    Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity and one holds out a condom, as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda’s increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Uganda president signs harsh anti-gay law

    Uganda’s president on Monday signed an anti-gay bill that punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, a measure likely to send Uganda’s beleaguered gay community further underground as the police try to implement it amid fevered anti-gay sentiment across the country.

    Christopher C. Mentenick

    South Elgin man gets 3 years in prison for burglaries

    A former Sycamore and South Elgin man was sentenced to prison and two years probation after pleading guilty to two separate spates of car burglaries in Geneva and near St. Charles from last summer. Christopher Mentenick, 27, who also served prison time previously for burglaries in DeKalb, can be resentenced to up to seven years in prison if he violates probation. A co-defendant, Rebecca Olson, of...

    The crew of a 45 foot Coast Guard patrol boat runs through their pre-departure briefing in San Diego harbor in San Diego. With the drug war locking down land routes across Latin America and at the U.S. border, smugglers have been increasingly using large vessels to carry multi-ton loads of cocaine and marijuana hundreds of miles offshore where the lead federal agency with extensive law enforcement powers is the Coast Guard, a military service roughly the size of the New York Police Department.

    Seafaring drug smugglers challenging Coast Guard

    While security has tightened at the U.S. border, drug smugglers are increasingly turning to the high seas. The area where boats were seized off California and the northwest coast of Mexico tripled to a size comparable to the state of Montana during the 2013 fiscal year, which ended in September.

    Documentary filmmaker Steve James, left, with Dann Gire, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

    Ebert documentary filmmaker a ‘magician’

    The Sundance Film Festival and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library shared a headliner last week, when award-winning filmmaker Steve James came to Arlington Heights less than a month after his newest documentary, “Life Itself” — profiling legendary film critic Roger Ebert — debuted at Sundance.

    Eric Castillo.

    Jury selection begins in Lake County murder trial

    Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a Beach Park man accused of killing a Waukegan man and dumping his body in a forest preserve pond in 2011. Eric Castillo, 26, faces 12 counts of murder of varying degrees at trial this week in front of Judge George Bridges at the Lake County Courthouse.

    Debra Fredricksen

    Police searching in Evanston for missing Des Plaines woman

    Police are searching Evanston today for clues into the disappearance of a Des Plaines woman whose car was found there this weekend. Debra Fredricksen, 61, was reported missing by her husband Saturday night after several phone calls to her cellphone went unanswered.

    Washington House resident David Brinker, left, and staff member Trace Nelson share a moment during dinner.

    Wheaton's STARS raising funds to open two group homes

    Ask the four guys living at Washington House what they like about being there and they're likely to tell you everything — even the chores. “It's real good,” says Gary Brunette, a 55-year-old man with developmental disabilities. Washington House in Wheaton opened three years ago as the first home created by STARS Family Services for adults with intellectual disabilities. Two more...

    Pope Francis on Monday announced the first major overhaul of the Vatican's outdated and inefficient bureaucracy in a quarter-century, creating an economics secretariat to control all economic, administrative, personnel and procurement functions of the Holy See.

    Pope makes first overhaul of Vatican in 25 years

    Pope Francis on Monday announced the first major overhaul of the Vatican's outdated and inefficient bureaucracy in a quarter-century, creating an economics secretariat to control all economic, administrative, personnel and procurement functions of the Holy See.

    Alexa Bejarano, 5, of Aurora, runs to a yellow slice of color under the parachute activity at the annual Fitness Fun Fair for Kids at the Vaughn Athletic Center in Aurora on Saturday. The Bejarano family are members of the center and have been coming to the Fun Fair for the past three years.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features more winter weather woes, with lake ice so thick, even Darth Vader and Chewbacca couldn't break through it.

    Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner are seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2014.

    Governor candidates talk tolls, transit and airports

    Democrat or Republican — you both have dreams in common. Dreams of less traffic, cheaper tolls, public transit that works, no potholes ... the list goes on. Here's where the GOP governor candidates stand on transportation.

    Canada forward Jonathan Toews skates around the rink waving the Canadian flag after Canada beat Sweden 3-0 in the men's gold medal ice hockey game Sunday at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Toews will be back playing with the Blackhawks this week.

    Weekend in Review: New charges in murder; so long Sochi
    What you may have missed this weekend: Authorities say they're on the trail of gunman in Bensenville murder; Palatine remembers firefighters' sacrifies; why people hoard animals; Wheaton dad plans five-day 150-mile run so daughter can walk; St. Charles man charged with sex assault of hotel maid; fire displaces 15 in Palatine; Highland Park Olympian still smiling as Sochi Games close; back to work...


    STARS Family Services vital statistics
    Vital statistics about STARS Family Services, run by College Church in Wheaton.


    Polio-like illness a mystery in California

    A polio-like illness has afflicted a small number of children in California since 2012, causing severe weakness or rapid paralysis in one or more limbs. The Los Angeles Times reports that state public health officials have been investigating the illness since a doctor requested polio testing for a child with severe paralysis in 2012. Since then, similar cases have sporadically been reported...


    U.S.-South Korea begin war games as family reunions continue

    The U.S. and South Korea began annual military exercises -- denounced by the North as preparations for war -- that coincided with the first reunions of families separated by the Korean War in more than three years.The Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises began today as scheduled, U.S. Forces Korea spokesman Kim Yong Kyu said by phone.


    In real life, higher minimum wage doesn’t kill jobs

    Economists and government officials endlessly speculate on the impact of raising the $7.25 federal minimum wage. Most recently, a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour might cut employment by 500,000 workers.


    Security guard of Chicago rap artist shot to death

    A man found shot to death inside a burning home on Chicago’s South Side last week has been identified as the security guard of area rap artist Twista. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 31-year-old Danny Easterling had been shot in the throat and the chest after his body was pulled from the house early Friday.


    Exhibit explores NW Indiana soldiers in Civil War

    HAMMOND, Ind. — An exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond explores the draw of northwestern Indiana volunteers to fight for the Union in the Civil War.


    Dawn Patrol: Fires leave Palatine, Wheaton residents displaced

    No one injured in Palatine condo fire; fire leaves Wheaton home uninhabitable, residents escape safely; Prosecutor: We’re on trail of Bensenville murder suspect; Kane heroin overdose case appears headed to trial; Palatine remembers firefighters who made ‘supreme sacrifices’


    Mt. Prospect police and fire board chairman stepping down

    The chairman of Mount Prospect's Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is stepping down after next month's board meeting. George Busse, in delivering his commission's annual report to the village trustees this month, said he is satisfied that the board is in good hands and on the right track, although he is apprehensive about state intervention in local hiring practices.

    Most of the Republican candidates for Illinois governor have cited former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels as a role model.

    Why do Illinois Republicans look to Indiana’s Daniels?

    Trying to convince voters they can help fix Illinois’ deep fiscal woes, most of the Republican candidates for governor often look one state to the east and cite as a role model a man former President George W. Bush nicknamed “The Blade.” Winnetka business man Bruce Rauner in particular has called former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels “the best governor in the country," and...

    Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City, Saturday.

    Guzman not likely to be in US court soon

    After 13 years on the run, narrow escapes from the military, law enforcement and rivals, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is back in Mexican custody. Now starts what is likely to be a lengthy and complicated legal process to decide which country gets to try him first. In Mexico, Guzman is likely to face a host of charges related to his role as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, the...

    Vince Gaddis, professor of history at Benedictine University, says Vietnam “is emerging as an economic powerhouse.” Vietnam and its changing role in the world will be the subject of the next Global Studies Forum at Benedictine University, “Vietnam: Conflict, Continuity and Change,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Krasa Presentation Room on campus.

    Benedictine forum focuses on transformation of Vietnam

    The transformation of Vietnam and its budding role in the world economy will be the subject of the next Global Studies Forum at Benedictine University, “Vietnam: Conflict, Continuity and Change,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Jack Harris, professor of sociology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will be the featured speaker.



    Girls basketball scoreboard: Monday’s results
    Girls basketball scoreboard*Class 3A sectional semifinalsAt Ridgewood VERNON HILLS 66, NORTH CHICAGO 56North Chicago — Rodriguez 6 8-10 23, Garrett 1 0-0 3, Coleman 4 8-11 16, Collins 5 0-2 10, Means 0 0-0 0, Leonard 1 0-0 2, Strowder-Butler 1 0-0 2, Gordon 0 0-0 0, West 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 17-24 56.Vernon Hills — Smith 11 2-2 29, Webb 4 13-16 23, Firnbach 1 0-1 2, Koczwara 2 0-0 4, Lieberman 2 2-2 6, Meline 1 0-0 2, M. Bahlmann 0 0-0 0, Brettmann 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 17-23 66.North Chicago 11 17 17 11 —56Vernon Hills 16 9 21 20 —663-point baskets: NC: Rodriguez 3; VH: Smith 5, Webb 2.Fouled out: NC: Rodriguez.*CARMEL 59, ANTIOCH 46Antioch — Murillo 1 0-0 2, Gantz 0 1-3 1, Gallimore 9 3-8 22, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Zogran 1 0-0 3, Duehr 2 0-0 4, Amy Reiser 3 1-2 7, Ashley Reiser 0 1-4 1, Kelly 1 0-0 2, Keyes 0 2-2 2, Bohn 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 8-19 46Carmel — Kloss 6 4-4 18, Felicelli 5 3-3 13, Bitter 1 3-4 6, Lach 4 7-8 15, Gauthier 0 2-2 2, Svoboda 0 1-2 1, Casale 1 0-0 2 Yacono 0 0-0 0, Melillo 0 0-3 0. Totals: 17 20-26 59.Antioch 3 12 11 20 —46Carmel 12 16 20 11 —593-point baskets: Ant: P. Gallimore, Zogran; Carm: Kloss 2, Bitter.Fouled out: Ant: Zogran; Carm: Gauthier.*Class 3A Belvidere sectionalBurlington Central 42, Sycamore 28Rockford Lutheran 67, Woodstock 57burlington central 42, sycamore 28Burlington Central — Ross 3 0-0 7, Holt 0 0-0 0, Rafferty 0 0-0 0, Ratzek 0 0-0 0, DeTamble 2 1-2 5, Collins 0 1-2 1, Cruz 1 0-1 2, Pryor 3 5-5 13, Colby 4 1-1 9, Gerke 2 1-2 6. Totals 15 9-13 42.Sycamore — Goff 2 1-2 6, Picolotti 0 0-0 0, Kohler 0 0-0 0, Thornburg 0 0-0 0, Foresman 3 0-0 6, Berlinski 0 0-0 0, Hopkins 3 0-0 6, Moll 1 0-0 2, Gilbert 3 0-0 8, Aase 0 0-0 0, Russell 0 0-0 0, McGhee 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 1-2 28.Burlington C. 4 14 15 9 —42Sycamore 10 10 1 7 —283-point baskets: BC — Pryor 2, Ross; S — Gilbert 2, Goff.*Class 4A sectional semifinalat Maine EastNew Trier 57, Maine West 34Maine West — Ross 2 0-0 6, Liwag 2 0-0 4, Cortese 0 0-0 0, Adamek 0 0-0 0, Herling 1 1-2 3, Roycroft 2 0-0 6, Pociejewski 0 0-0 0, Collins 2 3-4 7, Huinker 4 0-0 8, Fox 0 0-0 0, Totals 13 4-6 34.New Trier — Ball 1 0-0 2, Czyzynski 1 4-4 6, Neahaus 1 1-2 4, Bosco 1 0-0 2, Boehm 10 2-2 22, Pedi 3 3-3 9, Gahlon 0 1-2 1, Schock 0 1-2 1, Stifle 0 0- 00, West 3 0-0 6. Totals 21 14-17 57.Maine West 7 12 4 11 —34New Trier 19 8 19 11 —573-point baskets: MW: Ross (2), Roycroft (2); NT: Neahaus.Fouled out: MW: Herling.*Class 2A Concordia University sectionalic catholic prep 40, seton academy 38IC Catholic — Radoha 3 1-2 8, Manion 5 0-2 10, Gaudio 2 0-0 4, Maloney 2 2-3 6, Vitek 3 4-5 10, Farmer 0 2-2 2. Totals 15 9-14 40.Seton — Hardeman 1 1-2 3, Cole 1 0-0 2, Boyd 1 0-2 3, E. Bailey 10 0-0 21, D. Bailye 2 1-2 7, Ford 0 2-2 2. Totals 15 48 38.IC Catholic 17 9 6 8 —40Seton 9 6 10 13 —383-point baskets: IC: Radoha. SA: D. Bailey (2), E. Bailey, Boyd.Fouled out: SA: Ford.*Class 4A Joliet Central SectionalNeuqua valley 54, benet 37Benet — E. Schramek 4 1-2 12, Eshoo 1-1 9, Doyle 2 0-1 5, Thomalla 2 0-0 5, Olson 1 0-2 2, Jaseckas 1 0-4 2, Hlavin 1 0-1 2, Bumus 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 2-11 37.Neuqua Valley — Moon 2 10-14 15, Lazar 5 1-5 11, N. Smith 4 0-3 10, Menendez 4 0-0 8, Starks 0 6-6 6, M. Smith 1 0-0 2, McInerney 1 0-0 2, Deveikis 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 17-28 54.Benet 8 9 6 14 —37Neuqua Valley 18 13 4 19 —543-point baskets: B: E. Schramek (3), Doyle, thomalla. NV: N. Smith (2), Moon. Fouled out: B: Doyle.*oswego 47, metea valley 42Metea Valley — Metea Valley: Logan 2 1-2 5, Lawrence 2 0-0 4, Clay 5 1-3 11, Cast 1 0-2 2, Voytell 7 3-7 20, Bobo 0 0-0 0, Parker 0 0-2 0. Totals 17 5-16 42.


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Monday’s results
    Boys basketball scoreboard*south elgin 84, east aurora 78South Elgin — Howard 0 0-0 0, Smith 4 4-8 14, McClure 6 5-7 19, Wells 8 2-2 20, Amrhein 3 0-1 6, Hankins 5 0-1 10, Lynch 0 0-0 0, Atkins 0 0-0 0, Kaminske 4 5-6 15. Totals 30 16-25 84.East Aurora — A. Smith 6 1-1 15, D. Smith 2 0-0 5, Davis 5 2-2 15, Pugh 1 2-2 5, Stewart 1 0-0 2, Clayborn 0 0-0 0, Franklin 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 7 4-4 18, Villezcas 7 0-1 19, Hernandez 2 0-0 4. Totals 30 9-10 78.South Elgin 20 14 22 28 —84East Aurora 20 17 24 17 —783-point baskets: SE – Smith 2, McClure 2, Wells 2, Kaminske 2; EA – Davis 3, A. Smith 2, D. Smith, Pugh.*st. francis 64, joliet catholic 42St. Francis — Brown 13, Prociuk 10, Sullivan 11.*Conant 65, Elk Grove 54Elk Grove — Alcazar 2 1-2 5, Melendez 4 6-8 16, Bianchini 4 0-0 10, O’Malley 2 2-2 6, Hadler 1 1-2 3, Furlong 4 1-3 10, Ingebrigtsen 1 2-3 4. Totals 18 13-20 54.Conant — Ranallo 3 66-6 13, Upchurch 2 0-0 6, McBride 3 9-11 15, Dolce 3 0-0 6, Sotos 3 0-0 6, Blaha 6 7-8 19. Totals 20 22-25 65.Elk Grove 9 14 21 10 —54Conant 14 21 12 18 —653-point baskets: EG: Melendez 2, Bianchini 2, Furlong. Con: Upchurch 2, Ranallo.*Barrington 62, Rolling Meadows 53Meadows — Schoessling 3 0-0 9, Kramp 4 1-2 18, Ungurean 3 0-0 6, Dolan 6 2-2 14, Metzger 1 1-3 3, Renz 1 1-1 3. Totals 18 5-8 53.Barrington — Jones 1 0-0 3, Weber 1 0-0 3, Lester 3 3-4 9, Ivanauskas 4 3-3 11, Madrzyk 1 0-1 2, Bennett 6 1-1 13, Bart 5 4-5 17, Goldsmith 1 2-2 4. Totals 22 13-16 62.Meadows 13 14 14 12 —53Barrington 15 19 14 14 —623-point baskets: RM: Kramp 3. Barr: Bart.*Class 2A Aurora Christian regionalWestmont 57, Lisle 54Westmont — LoGiurato 5 0-0 12, Doll 0 0-0 0, Pietrzak 1 1-2 3, Little 3 4-5 11, Kelly 3 7-8 14, Berg 5 1-4 11, Mott-Larson 0 1-2 1, Torrens 2 0-0 5. Totals 19 14-21 57.Lisle — Massura 6 2-3 18, Bielat 5 4-6 14, Glavanovits 1 0-0 2, Murray 3 1-2 7, Trussell 2 0-2 4, Hendzel 2 0-0 4, Huebner 0 0-0 0, Stitt 0 0-0 0, Kuliavas 2 0-0 5. Totals 21 7-13 54.Westmont 13 10 18 16 —57Lisle 15 10 9 20 —543-point baskets: W: LoGiurato (2), Little, Kelly, Torrens. L: Massura (4), Kuliavas. Fouled out: L: Hendzel, Murray.*


    Westmont turns the tables on Lisle

    Lisle boys basketball coach Mark LaScala took pride in the Lions’ rally. Westmont coach Craig Etheridge liked his team’s poise. In Monday’s Class 2A Aurora Christian regional quarterfinal Westmont used that poise and a couple John Kelly baskets to eliminate its top rival, 57-54.

    Maine West senior forward Brittany Collins splits New Trier defenders Jackie Welch, left, and Kathryn Pedi during Monday’s Class 4A sectional semifinal at Maine East.

    New Trier stops Maine West’s playoff run

    Sophomore Jeanne Boehm said she was nervous at the start of Monday’s Class 4A Maine East girls basketball sectional semifinal. By game’s end, it was the 6-foot-3 New Trier standout who helped calm the anxiety any Trevian fans had going into the game with No. 4 Maine West. Boehm scored a game-high 22 points with 3 blocked shots as top-seeded New Trier rolled past the Warriors 57-34 in Park Ridge. New Trier (26-4) will face Evanston (22-7) at 7 p.m. Thursday for the championship.

    Metea Valley’s Katie Lawrence goes for the rebound in action against Oswego in Class 4A sectional semifinal girls basketball on Monday in Joliet.

    Victory eludes Metea Valley

    Looking to make even more history, Metea Valley was eventually done in by missed free throws, even one by the opposition.


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena, 6:30 p. m. TuesdayTV: WGNRadio: ESPN 1000-AMOutlook: Atlanta ended an eight-game losing streak by beating New York on Saturday but is still in danger of dropping out of playoff position. Al Horford is out for the year, and PF Paul Millsap is not expected to play Tuesday because of a knee injury. That leaves PG Jeff Teague as the top scorer with 15.7 ppg. Kyle Korver’s 3-point streak is still intact at 124 straight games. The Bulls are 2-0 against Atlanta this season, winning twice at home.Next: Golden State Warriors at the United Center, 7 p.m. Wednesday — Mike McGraw


    Carmel tops Antioch, earns sectional final berth

    No meetings between the Vernon Hills Cougars and the Carmel Corsairs this year? No problem. That’s because the players from these two teams know each quite well. “We’ve been playing feeder basketball with Sydney (Smith) and Lauren (Webb) forever,” said Carmel guard Kathleen Felicelli. “We’ll watch film, but we know their moves.” It’s Carmel and Vernon Hills for all the marbles — or the sectional title, at least — come Thursday (7 p.m.) at Ridgewood High School. Antioch (23-7) took exactly one lead on Monday night (2-0), and that was it. Carmel was in control most of the way and ended Antioch’s best season ever, winning the Class 3A sectional semifinal 59-46.

    The Heat’s LeBron James, here dunking in front of the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka, figures to be on most basketball fans’ all-time NBA Mount Rushmore.

    Picking an NBA Mount Rushmore no easy task

    Picking an NBA Mount Rushmore does seem stupid and pointless at first. But narrowing the league’s all-time greats down to four heads carved into a mountain, it quickly becomes a perplexing brain-teaser. Here's one solution.

    The official Blackhawks Twitter account (@NHLBlackhawks) on Monday tweeted this picture of goalie Antti Raanta sporting a new mask with a familiar design — you might remember it from Eddie “The Eagle” Belfour’s goalie mask in the 1990s.

    Back to the great outdoors for Blackhawks

    Even though the Blackhawks lost to Detroit in their first outdoor game at Wrigley Field, it was a memory of a lifetime for most involved. On Saturday night, a whole new slew of memories are likely to be made when they host the Penguins at Soldier Field as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series.


    Watt believes instincts will serve him well in NFL

    Glenbard West's Chris Watt demonstrated his toughness and awareness in three years as a starting guard at Notre Dame, and now he's preparing for the NFL draft next month, looking forward to an opportunity to take his game to the highest level.


    Neuqua Valley stops Benet

    Two big story lines came out of Neuqua Valley’s 54-37 victory over Benet in the first semifinal Monday at the Joliet Central girls basketball sectional.


    Blackhawks’ Raanta excited about tribute to Belfour

    Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta will be sporting the coolest fashion statement Saturday night at Soldier Field: a tribute mask in honor of former Hawks goalie Eddie Belfour, complete with dual bald eagles on each side.


    IC Catholic earns trip to Normal

    The biggest offensive play IC Catholic Prep made Monday night in the Class 2A girls basketball supersectional at Concordia University didn’t even result in the ball crossing midcourt.

    Vernon Hills’ Sydney Smith, front, moves past North Chicago’s Zyaire Strowder-Butler during Class 3A sectional semifinal play Monday at Ridgewood High School.

    This one adds up to a regulation win for Vernon Hills

    Always the math teacher, coach Paul Brettner figured since his Vernon Hills girls basketball team and North Chicago averaged two overtime periods in two regular-season games, a third contest would yield a similar result. “I figured that’s where we were headed,” Brettner said. Considering how clutch Sydney Smith and Lauren Webb have been in their four-year varsity careers, it figures that Vernon Hills is headed to another Class 3A sectional final. Behind Smith’s game-high 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals, 3 blocks and 3 assists and Webb’s 23 points and 5 boards, top-seeded Vernon Hills outlasted No. 4 North Chicago 66-56 at Ridgewood in another tightly contested battle between the two North Suburban Conference Prairie Division squads. Vernon Hills (25-5) will seek its third sectional championship in a row Thursday at 7 p.m. when it faces No. 3 Carmel (23-8) at Ridgewood.


    South Elgin trips up East Aurora

    With shots falling through the net on both sides and the crowd roaring, one could have easily thought the varsity players were the ones on the floor of Ernie Kivisto Memorial Gymnasium. But it was just the JV players, with South Elgin hitting a last second 3-pointer to win it, setting the stage for what would be an entertaining night of basketball on both ends of the court. Spoiling senior night for East Aurora, the Storm’s varsity was able to come back and hit just enough free throws down the stretch to take out Upstate Eight Valley foe East Aurora 84-78 on Monday night in Aurora.


    Burks, Favors lead Jazz to 110-98 win over Celtics

    Alec Burks scored 21 points, Derrick Favors had 20 in his return from a hip injury and the Utah Jazz beat the Boston Celtics 110-98 on Monday night.


    No. 5 Kansas beats Oklahoma 83-75 for Big 12 title

    Naadir Tharpe had 19 points to lead five Kansas players in double figures, and the fifth-ranked Jayhawks held off Oklahoma 83-75 on Monday night to wrap up a share of their 10th consecutive Big 12 championship.

    Photos from the Metea Valley vs. Oswego girls basketball at Joliet Central High School Monday, Feb. 24.

    Images: Metea Valley vs. Oswego girls basketball
    Metea Valley played Oswego in girls basketball for Class 4A Joliet Central sectional semifinal action on Monday, Feb. 24.

    Burlington Central’s Aly DeTamble steals a pass intended for Sycamore’s Lauren Goff Monday in the Class 3A Belvidere sectional.

    Defense lifts Burlington Central again

    The third-quarter blitz did it again for the Burlington Central girls basketball team. Trailing Sycamore 20-18 at halftime Monday night the Rockets, just as they did in Saturday’s regional championship win over St. Edward, turned it up a few notches to start the second half, leaving the stunned Spartans in their dust. Junior Aly DeTamble, pressed into a starting role due to Shelby Holt’s illness, and steady sophomore Kayla Ross spearheaded a defense that didn’t allow Sycamore to get the ball across half-court on five straight possessions. The result was a 10-0 run that catapulted the Rockets to a 42-28 win in the semifinals of the Class 3A Belvidere sectional.


    Crawford leads Clippers past Pelicans 123-110

    Jamal Crawford hit seven 3s on his way to 24 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-110 on Monday night.

    Florida State defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine Monday in Indianapolis.

    Florida State’s Jernigan could be just what Bears need

    The Bears could find themselves desperate for a difference-making defensive lineman when they use the 14th overall pick in the draft on May 8, and Florida State's Timmy Jernigan sounds like he might be exactly what they need.

    Neuqua Valley’s Myia Starks, left, takes the ball around Morgan Thomalia of Benet Academy.

    Images: Neuqua Valley vs. Benet Academy girls basketball
    Neuqua Valley vs. Benet at Class 4A Joliet Central girls basketball sectional semifinals Monday, Feb. 24.

    Maine West guard Abbey Herling, left, battles New Trier guard Megan Neuhaus for a loose ball.

    Images: Maine West vs. New Trier girls basketball
    Maine West faced New Trier for girls basketball action in Monday's Class 4A Maine East sectional semifinal game in Park Ridge.


    Warriors clamp down on Pistons in 104-96 win

    Stephen Curry had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors clamped down on the Detroit Pistons in the second half of a 104-96 victory Monday night.


    Mavs beat Knicks on Nowitzki’s lucky-bounce jumper

    Dirk Nowitzki’s 19-foot jumper bounced up and then fell in as time expired, giving the Dallas Mavericks a 110-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.


    Mayo, Bucks send Sixers to 11th straight loss

    O.J. Mayo made seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 20, and the Milwaukee Bucks placed seven players in double figures in a 130-110 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers, who lost their 11th straight game on Monday night.


    Sims scores 38 as No. 6 Baylor beats Oklahoma

    Odyssey Sims scored 38 points and Nina Davis added 28 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 6 Baylor beat Oklahoma 96-89 on Monday night.

    Burlington Central’s Samantha Pryor grabs a rebound.

    Images: Burlington Central vs. Sycamore girls basketball
    Burlington Central played Sycamore in the Class 3A girls sectional semifinal basketball game in Belvidere Monday night.


    IHSA bars three 3A teams from postseason

    The Illinois High School Association has announced that Bogan High School, Hyde Park and Uplift High Schools, all in Chicago, have violated IHSA rules that limit the number of regular-season boys basketball games and tournaments teams can play. As a result, those three teams have been removed from the upcoming Class 3A boys basketball playoffs.

    Vernon Hills’ Sydney Smith, front, moves past North Chicago’s Zyaire Strowder-Butler .

    Images: Vernon Hills vs. North Chicago girls basketball
    The Vernon Hills Cougars faced the North Chicago Warhawks for girls basketball action at Monday's Ridgewood High School Class 3A sectional semifinal game in Norridge.


    Harper hits the road for Region IV playoff game

    Fans of the Harper College women’s basketball team may only get one last look reigning Region IV player of the week, Hawks sophomore Monica Hinderer. The Hawks (3-23) received the sixth seed in the NJCAA regional tournament bracketing, meaning they’ll travel to Madison, Wis., for a first-round game against third-seeded Madison College (19-9) on Tuesday.


    No. 16 Cornhuskers topple No. 8 Lady Lions 94-74

    Tear’a Laudermill scored 22 of her career-high 27 points and made six of her seven 3-pointers in the first half, and No. 16 Nebraska defeated eighth-ranked Penn State 94-74 to stay alive in the Big Ten race on Monday night.


    No. 21 Michigan State rolls past Minnesota 75-61

    Tori Jankoska scored 16 of her 21 points in the first half, including four 3-pointers, as No. 21 Michigan State beat Minnesota 75-61 on Monday.


    No. 4 Syracuse beats Maryland 57-55 to end skid

    No. 4 Syracuse blew most of a 12-point lead in the last 8 minutes and used one final defensive stop to squeeze past Maryland 57-55 on Monday night and end a two-game losing streak.

    A.J. Pierzynski, who hit 17 home runs with Texas last season, agreed to a one-year, $8.25 million deal with the Red Sox in the off-season.

    Pierzynski happy with decision to join defending champs

    Many White Sox fans are still unhappy that A.J. Pierzynski was not retained after the 2012 season. Still going strong at the age of 37, Pierzynski is preparing for his first season with the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

    Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez fields grounders during a spring training baseball practice, Saturday in Phoenix.

    Ramirez, Garza not far from Chicago

    Ex-Cubs are all over the spring-training landscape, both in Arizona and Florida. Several have made news in the past week, including former Cubs pitching ace Ryan Demspter, slugging third baseman Aramis Ramirez and onetime top draft pick Tyler Colvin.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr., center, celebrates in Victory Lane with teammate Jimmie Johnson, left, and team owner Rick Hendrick, right, after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    Earnhardt’s Daytona 500 win lifts ‘heavy weight’

    There was a moment late in the Daytona 500 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a moment to catch his breath. It was clearly his race to lose and the tension ran thick through Junior Nation, all the way into his car. It had been 10 years since he won his first 500, and after three runner-up finishes the last four seasons in a race that had caused his family so much heartache and joy, the moment was overwhelming. “It’s a big race and you want to win it so badly, and your team wants to win so badly,” he said afterward.

    Volunteers prepare to carry the silver medals onto the ice to present to Sweden after the men’s gold medal ice hockey game Sunday at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The NHL is thinking about abandoning the Olympics, which has hosted the world’s best since 1988.

    Canada’s Olympic hockey win could be NHL farewell

    The NHL is thinking seriously about abandoning the Olympics, which has hosted the world’s best since 1998. For all the excitement, attention and phenomenal hockey in Sochi, several owners still seethe at their multimillion-dollar investments playing for free — and sometimes getting injured — while their arenas sit empty for three weeks in February. But most players believe nothing can replace the Olympics.


    Scouting the Class 4A Barrington girls basketball sectional

    Preview of Barrington Class 4A girls basketball sectional featurng top-seeded Rolling Meadows, No. 2 Fremd, No. 4 Hersey and No. 11 Buffalo Grove.

    In this May 25, 2011 file photo, Florida Marlins’ Scott Cousins, top, collides with San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey on a fly ball during the 12th inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. Cousins was safe for the go ahead run. A new rule, 7.13, was adopted by MLB and the players’ association on a one-year experimental basis, the sides said Monday. The umpire crew chief can use the new video-review system to determine whether the rule was violated.

    MLB collision rule leaves open exceptions

    Rather than ban home plate collisions outright, Major League Baseball and its players adopted a rule limiting them this season. In what both sides said was a one-year experiment, the rule allows collisions if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runner’s direct path to home plate, and if the catcher goes into the basepath to field a throw to the plate.


    Wood’s work impressive in and out of the classroom

    Local cross country fans know of the running ability of former Class 3A Lake Forest regional champion Kevin Wood. But the former Stevenson star is also talented in the classroom. Now a junior at Middlebury College (Vermont), Wood was one of 228 men to earn a 2013 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Award.

    Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, right, is congratulated by fans after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game Sunday in Los Angeles. Brooklyn won 108-102.

    Collins finds a welcoming home in Nets locker room

    Jason Collins signed a 10-day contract, one of the toughest deals in sports because it gives non-superstars almost no time to impress their coaches and teammates in hopes of sticking around. With this group, Collins did that long ago: The Brooklyn Nets locker room is filled with former teammates who have already accepted the league’s first openly gay player and his on-court habits. “Guys already know what to know to expect from me. It’s like, OK, he’s not going to magically have a 40-inch vertical (leap) and shoot 3s,” Collins said.


    Dual-team sectional preview / Northwest

    Here's a look at Tuesday's dual-team wrestling sectionals in Class 3A, from the perspective on Conant, Barrington and Prospect.


    Batavia, Geneva aiming for sectional surprises

    Back on a cold November night in 2006, Batavia and Geneva met in the Class 6A football semifinals with a berth in the state championship game on the line. It certainly was a memorable night — not just for the Bulldogs’ win and first trip to state but the size of the crowd and electric atmosphere at Burgess Field — and now the school’s two girls basketball programs are each a win away from perhaps the biggest game in the rivalry since.

    Austin Berry, who won Rookie of the Year honors with the Chicago Fire in 2012, is now a member of the Philadelphia Union. Fire officials made the trade to get under the salary cap.

    Fire trades Berry to Philadelphia

    The Chicago Fire on Monday announced it has traded third-year center back Austin Berry to the Philadelphia Union.


    Mike North video: Daytona delay ends in victory for Earnhardt
    The Daytona 500 , won by Dale Earnhardt Jr., should have been called off till Monday because of the 6 hour rain delay so fans and TV viewers could have seen the end of the race.


    Victoria and Fred Skeppstrom

    From ER to digital photo booths, couple says ‘cheese’ at events

    Kukec's People features Fred and Victoria Skeppstrom of Wilmette, who own a local franchise of TapSnap, a new digitized photo booth that allows smiling clients to dress up the photo, e-mail it to themselves or others, or post it on Facebook.

    Smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont. Colstrip is kind of plant called on by President Barack Obama’s climate change plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

    Supreme Court seems divided in climate case

    The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The justices took on a small, complicated piece of the politically charged issue of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in an extended argument that included references to Dunkin’ Donuts stores, football games and light bulbs.

    Doris Christopher, CEO and founder of the Pampered Chef

    Pampered Chef restructures, lays off workers

    Addison-based Pampered Chef, whcih is owned by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, said Monday it has restructured its local office and warehouse.

    Netflix Inc. has agreed to pay for more-direct access to Comcast Corp.’s broadband network to improve speed and reliability for its video-streaming customers, according to three people familiar with the matter.

    Getting a clearer picture on Netflix-Comcast deal

    Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to households, the first deal the online video streaming service has reached with an internet service provider. Here’s a closer look at what this shift means for subscribers to Netflix and high-speed Internet services:

    U.S. stocks gained Monday, putting the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index within 1 percent of its record, as investors bet that the economy can withstand the slowing down of the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying program.

    Stocks end higher but fall short of record high

    The stock market ended higher Monday, but a late fade kept it from closing at an all-time high. The market marched broadly higher most of the day, helped by optimism about the economy and more corporate mergers, only to slowly lose momentum in the final half hour of trading.

    WhatsApp, the popular messaging service for smartphones that’s being acquired by Facebook, will soon be offering a voice service.

    WhatsApp to add voice to messaging service

    WhatsApp, the popular messaging service for smartphones that’s being acquired by Facebook, will soon be offering a voice service.


    Media consortium inks agreement with Google

    The Local Media Consortium, a national alliance of local media outlets that includes the Daily Herald Media Group, has entered a three-year agreement with Google that will provide consortium members with Google’s search and ad-serving technology.

    1959 Pontiac Bonneville convertible

    1959 Pontiac Bonneville convertible is better than a perfect match

    Each day in 1959 when a much younger Ron Rufo left his family's home in downtown Chicago, he was greeted with a smile-inducing sight: his neighbor's new Pontiac Catalina. This passion for Pontiacs never left him and in 1998 his well-trained eyes locked onto another example: this time a 1959 Bonneville convertible.


    Glenview’s SurePayroll wins 6 sales, customer service awards

    Glenview-based SurePayroll, a provider of online payroll services to small business nationwide, received six internationally recognized Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.


    Lincolnshire’s Zebra Technologies, Kit Check to partner

    Lincolnshire-based Zebra Technologies announced a strategic partnership with Kit Check, a provider of automated hospital pharmacy kit processing software, that will integrate devices used in Kit Check’s solution into Zebra’s Zatar platform.


    Mundelein-based Medline signs procedure tray deal

    Medline Industries in Mundelein said it has been selected by the Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center, a member-driven, member-owned health care supply network associated with VHA’s Upper Midwest region, as its exclusive provider of custom procedure trays.


    WSPN announces 2014 Philanthropy Awards honorees
    The Wheaton-based West Suburban Philanthropic Network announced the 2014 honorees to be feted at the 12th Annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.

    Visitors walk outside the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday.

    Many new phones coming, but Samsung hogs limelight

    Sony unveiled a new waterproof phone that can take ultra-high-definition video. Nokia introduced three Android smartphones aimed at emerging markets. And Lenovo announced one with an all-glass exterior. Yet most of the attention will be on Samsung, which on Monday evening is expected to announce a successor to its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone.


    Boeing machinists union in St. Louis approves contract extension

    Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837 have approved a long-term contract extension intended to better position Chicago-based Boeing to compete for work that’s critical to its St. Louis site’s future.The company’s contract with the more than 2,300 represented workers now expires in July, 2022. It was to have expired in January, 2015.“We welcome today’s ratification,” said Boeing St. Louis site executive Bill Schnettgoecke. “Not only does it better position us to compete, but it also ensures that our highly-skilled IAM-represented employees, those with us today and in the future, are appropriately compensated for their important work. Our collective commitment to providing customers with affordable, innovative solutions should be clear to everyone.”Within 30 days, eligible members will receive an $8,000 signing bonus. They will also receive general wage increases in 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2022, along with lump-sum payments in 2017, 2019, and 2021.Also, as of Jan. 1, 2016, members will transition to earning future retirement benefits in the company’s 401(k) defined contribution savings plan, while keeping the previously accrued value in their traditional pension plan.


    3-D printers make human tissue in push to create livers

    3-D printing used to construct everything from art to toys to spare parts for the space station may one day produce human organs at a hospital near you. The 20-year-old technology uses liquid materials that become hard as they print out three-dimensional objects in layers, based on a digital model.


    Feeling isolated? Peer groups provide support

    Small business columnist Jim Kendall takes a look at peer groups where noncompeting business owners gather to share insights and experiences.


    NABE economists divided over pace of Fed tapering

    Business economists are almost equally divided over whether the Federal Reserve will pare back bond purchases at the current pace through year’s end or take a small breather to let the economy recover further.

    The website for Maryland’s online health care exchange. House Republicans intent on highlighting the woes of President Barack Obama’s health care law need to look no further than their own back yards, some of which are traditionally liberal strongholds.

    GOP intent on highlighting health care woes

    Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans intent on highlighting the woes of President Barack Obama’s health care law need to look no further than their own back yards, some of which are traditionally liberal strongholds.Maryland’s online health care exchange has been plagued by computer glitches since its rollout last year, reflected in abysmal enrollment numbers well below projections through January. The state’s lone Republican in Congress, Rep. Andy Harris, has asked the inspector general of the federal Health and Human Services Department to investigate.In Oregon, the online portal has struggled to sign up a single individual, and Republican Rep. Greg Walden recently sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office pressing for an inquiry. Officials in both states insist they are working to fix the problems.“Everybody’s pointing fingers at everyone else, so we have no idea why this went wrong,” Harris, who was an anesthesiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 30 years, said in a recent interview.Unified in their opposition to the law, Republicans have been relentless in focusing on its problems, from complaints of canceled policies to higher insurance premiums and Obama’s unilateral decision to delay for two years the requirement that small businesses cover employees.The GOP effort has intensified this election year as Republicans look to capitalize on dissatisfaction with the law, turning voter dismay into November victories. The ill effect of “Obamacare” is the GOP’s constant refrain.Nearly 3.3 million Americans have enrolled through the federal and state marketplaces as the federal online site worked out the problems of its disastrous rollout, a recent sign of promise for the 4-year-old law. A silver lining for Democrats in the recent enrollment numbers is the actual sign-ups exceeding projected totals in New Hampshire, North Carolina, Michigan and Colorado, according to the January figures. Three of those states have Senate Democrats who voted for the law and now face re-election — Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire and Mark Udall in Colorado.In Michigan, Democratic Rep. Gary Peters is trying to win the open seat currently held by retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin. But local woes have provided fodder for some Republicans, like Harris and Walden, as the GOP looks to maintain its steady drumbeat of criticism.Maryland is one of 14 states that chose to run its own exchange, but it has been beset by technological problems, reports of ignored warnings before its start Oct. 1 and a price tag that could exceed $250 million in state and federal dollars. Even Democratic officials have raised the possibility of perhaps abandoning the state operation and switching to the federal online site to sign up individuals. In the meantime, Harris and Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., two members of the House Appropriations Committee, wrote to HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson on Feb. 12 requesting an investigation “into the flagrant waste and abuse of taxpayer monies that were spent and are continuing to be spent for the creation of the Maryland health insurance exchange and online marketplace.” As of January, the most recent enrollment numbers show Maryland signed up 29,059, far fewer than its target of 93,000. In Oregon, the state exchange website known as Cover Oregon is still plagued with problems, with individuals unable to compare policies and sign up. More than $300 million in federal grants to the state have gone to the website and its future is in doubt.Walden, who chairs the committee to elect Republicans to the House, along with Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter Feb. 12 to the GAO seeking an investigation.


    Microsoft targets cheaper phones for global internet growth

    Microsoft Corp., under new Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, will accelerate a push into mobile software, joining forces with hardware manufacturers and Qualcomm Inc. to develop cheaper phones for emerging markets.


    Sorry about earnings, where’s my bonus?

    HSBC is paying for performance. No, kidding, it’s paying for something else. After “missing its targets for cost efficiency and return on equity last year, as it reported a 10 per cent year-on-year fall in pre-tax profits in the three months to December,” HSBC also “became the first bank to say it would seek the necessary shareholder approval to lift the new EU bonus cap from 100 per cent of its top executives’ salary to 200 per cent.”


    Russian Zuckerberg gets boost from Facebook ceo’s Wwhatsapp deal

    After Facebook Inc. announced last week that it’s buying WhatsApp for $19 billion, a competing messaging application backed by Pavel Durov, creator of Russia’s largest social network, saw the number of people signing up to use the service quadruple.


    LG to offer its first smartwatch this year

    LG Electronics Inc. said it will launch a computerized wristwatch later this year, entering a nascent market where Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Corp. and smaller companies such as Pebble are already jostling for dominance. Park Jong-seok, president of LG’s mobile communications division, said early smartwatch models failed to demonstrate why consumers should buy them.


    Madoff’s ex-secretary plans to testify at NY trial

    Imprisoned Ponzi king Bernard Madoff’s longtime secretary plans to defend herself from the witness stand at her trial on charges she aided the historic fraud, her lawyer says.


    Twin sisters continue to improve Elgin Books And Coffee
    An interview with twin sisters Herminda Spencer and Glorinda Theofanis, owners of Elgin Books And Coffee in Elgin.Q: Describe your business. What do you do? A: Our business is called “Elgin Books And Coffee.” Our inventory includes a large selection of used books, bookends, art work and more. We also offer espresso drinks, coffee, snacks and cold drinks in a cozy cafe area with free Wi-Fi in historic downtown Elgin. Our address is 66 S. Grove Ave. We back up to the newly constructed River Walk Promenade. The store was opened by sisters Glorinda Theofanis and Herminda Spencer in 2005 and recently moved to our present location. Q: What made you start your business? A: The reason for opening the store was a passion for books and the desire to be part of the community with the product that brings a wide range of people with an array of interests together. We attract young and old as well as artists, musicians, technicians, politician and more.Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business? A: The most difficult obstacle has been building a customer base which is sufficient to run the operation and knowing what additional products will attract new customers. Also, cost control has been another issue with prices going up all around us.Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business? A: What we enjoy most about our business is meeting a wide range of people from all over the world especially our Fox River area.Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?A: We never pictured ourselves specifically owning a bookstore. But we did have a strong interest in retail, people and books so Elgin Books was born.Q: What keeps you up at night? A: What keeps us up at night is how to keep our business growing with new innovations and ideas.Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be? A: Our one tip to a rookie business owner is work in the field of the area that you are planning to open your business and get a grasp of potential problems and ups and downs. Then decide if that is the way you would like to go. Also, if your business will be retail, make sure you are a people person and keep smiling.• Every Monday we feature a small, suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact Kim Mikus at kmikus@dailyherald.com.

Life & Entertainment

    Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are calling it quits.

    Robin Thicke, Paula Patton ending marriage

    Robin Thicke and Paula Patton are calling it quits. A representative for the actress confirmed Monday that she and the singer are ending their nine-year marriage.

    Introducing the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge contestants: from left, Chris Kalamatas, Cheryl Seibert, John Bohanek, Allie Monroe and Tim Lange.

    Ready for a change: Meet our Fittest Loser contestants

    Out of more than 200 applicants, five Daily Herald readers emerged as finalists in the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge. They are Chris Kalamatas of Lake in the Hills; Cheryl Seibert of Joliet; John Bohanek of South Elgin; Allie Monroe of Schaumburg; and Tim Lange of Algonquin. These five contestants have tried it all — dieting on their own; formal weight loss programs; and trying to squeeze in a little exercise. Now, as part of the Fittest Loser Challenge, sponsored by the Daily Herald and Push Fitness in Schaumburg, they are excited about making future plans for what they expect will be new bodies and new lives in the weeks to come.

    Chris Kalamatas

    Fittest Loser Challenge 2014 stats
    The 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge kicks off this week. Meet the five contestants.

    From left, Team Black, Lisa Jones Townsel and Joshua Steckler; Team Green, Chris Kalamatas and Brodie Medlock; Team Purple, Cheryl Seibert and Lindsay Vigna; Team Pink, John Bohanek and Michelle Amsden; Team Red, Allie Monroe and Wade Merrill; Team Blue, Tim Lange and Steve Amsden; and Brad Parotto, boot camp instructor and run club organizer.

    Fittest Loser trainers ready to work with contestants

    The drive behind this year's Fittest Loser Challenge contestants can be found in the seven personal trainers from Push Fitness in Schaumburg. Each of the competitors will be fueled with nutrition advice, guided through rigorous workouts and encouraged over the next 12 weeks by these highly skilled fitness experts.

    Mike Gordon has created a much more accessible and radio-friendly record with “Overstep.”

    Phish’s Gordon creates accessible sound

    When Mike Gordon steps away from his day job playing bass for mega jam band Phish, he tends to get even more experimental and weird than normal, which is saying a lot. But on “Overstep,” his fourth solo album not counting two collaborations with Leo Kottke, Gordon creates a much more accessible and radio-friendly record. That’s not to say it’s boring, because it’s not, or predictable, because it isn’t.


    Dan Aykroyd mourns passing of friend, Harold Ramis
    Actor Dan Aykroyd is mourning the passing of his friend Harold Ramis. Ramis died of complications from an autoimmune inflammatory disease on Monday morning in his suburban Chicago home.

    Women prisoners in the Cook County Jail await the arrival of lawyer Billy Flynn in the national tour of “Chicago.” The hit Kander and Ebb musical returns to the Windy City at the Bank of America Theatre from Tuesday, Feb. 25, through Sunday, March 2.

    Ron Orbach returns to Chicago — for ‘Chicago’

    When the national tour of the 1996 Broadway revival of “Chicago” returns to the Bank of America Theatre Tuesday, Feb. 25, there will be a lot of familiar faces in the cast. Among them will be Ron Orbach, who previously played fame-seeking killer Roxie Hart's husband Amos on tour and on Broadway as far back as 1997. In fact, Orbach won a Jeff Award for his “Chicago” performance.

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is in the early stages of looking at whether it can make breakfast available later in the day.

    McDonald’s eyes extending breakfast hours

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is in the early stages of looking at whether it can make breakfast available later in the day. Fans of the Egg McMuffin and Sausage Biscuit have long wanted the option to get breakfast at McDonald’s after 10:30 a.m. But offering both the breakfast and lunch menu was consi

    Lisa Jones Townsel will be covering the competition while participating alongside the contestants.

    Reporter joins Fittest Loser Challenge

    The 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge kicks off this week. Meet Lisa Jones Townsel, a writer covering the competition while participating alongside the contestants.

    Police say Sam Worthington was arrested Sunday in New York City on charges of punching a photographer after the man kicked Worthington’s girlfriend in the shin. The Australian actor was released on a desk appearance ticket and is due back in court on Feb. 26.

    Sam Worthington arrested in NYC

    Police say actor Sam Worthington has been arrested in New York City for punching a photographer after the man kicked Worthington’s girlfriend in the shin. The 37-year-old “Avatar” actor was arrested on an assault charge following the incident at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Greenwich Village.

    CNN said Sunday that the prime-time talk show “Piers Morgan Live” is coming to an end and that the show’s final airdate has yet to be determined.

    CNN says Piers Morgan’s talk show is ending

    CNN’s prime-time talk show “Piers Morgan Live” is coming to an end, the news channel said Sunday. Morgan, who succeeded Larry King in the 8 p.m. time slot three years ago, was drawing lackluster ratings. In contrast, King had a 25-year run on CNN. The airdate for Morgan’s last show has yet to be determined, CNN said in a statement.

    Jennifer Senior explores what it means to be a parent in “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.”

    Book explains why parenting is 'all joy,' 'no fun'

    Parenting is a life-changing, meaning-infusing, deeply profound experience. It is also, day by day, a huge drag. “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood” by Jennifer Senior seeks to explain this contradiction — and mostly succeeds. The book grew out of a much-discussed cover article that Senior wrote for New York magazine, where she is a contributing editor, that highlighted studies showing that parents are not as happy as their childless peers. The book is more nuanced, digging below the surface of those findings.


    Regular exercise helps prevent episodes of back pain

    Q: I’m recovering from an episode of low back pain. How quickly (or slowly) should I resume my normal activities? I don’t want to reinjure my back.

    “I try to keep my regimen — rest, water, eat well, workout — so that when this is all over, I don’t experience a total hangover,” says Lupita Nyong’o.

    Lupita Nyong’o is Hollywood’s new fixation

    Lupita Nyong’o is preparing herself for normalcy. After the frenzy that’s followed her gripping performance in “12 Years a Slave,” she wants to be ready for life back home in New York. “I try to keep my regimen ... so that when this is all over, I don’t experience a total hangover,” she says. Before playing slave Patsey in Steve McQueen’s brutal tale of a free black man kidnapped into slavery in the 19th-century South, Nyong’o was virtually unknown. Now, as a supporting actress Oscar nominee, she’s become a breakout star.

    Actor Patrick Duffy rehearses a scene for TNT’s “Dallas” during production at Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas.

    J.R. still a presence as 3rd ‘Dallas’ season opens

    J.R. Ewing is gone, but his presence still looms large on “Dallas” — along with the influence of the actor who made the conniving oilman one of television’s most beloved characters. The third season of the reboot of the classic series, which premieres at 8 p.m. Monday on TNT, marks the first full season without Larry Hagman, who died of complications from cancer in November 2012 at age 81. But cast members say the memory and schemes of his character — who was shot to death in the second season to coincide with Hagman’s death — live on.

    Office desks harbor hundreds of times more bacteria per square inch than do the toilet seats in those same buildings, according to University of Arizona research. Be sure to wipe down your keyboard.

    Your health: Exposing the top germiest public places
    What are some of the germiest hotspots you encounter in your daily life? Here are common culprits and what you can do to avoid sickness.

    Assurance colleagues Jennifer Jungers and Suzi Stephens get in the wellness spirit by doing a “walking lunch” at nearby Busse Woods in Schaumburg.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week

    Each week, Assurance will be sending a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The first Tip of the Week: Get moving in 4 easy steps.


    Teen’s stiff neck complaints could be from posture at desk

    The high school junior woke with a sore, stiff neck, a complaint which tends to worry parents and pediatricians alike. Experts at the National Institutes of Health note on MedlinePlus that day-to-day activities are often the source of the muscle strain causing neck pain.

    Holly Krawisz of Schaumburg, who is participating in the Schaumburg Park District’s Unrepentant Thinners team, has taken up soccer.

    Community groups join the challenge

    Community and corporate groups are joining the Fittest Loser Challenge as well. For the second year, the Daily Herald is sponsoring the Fittest Loser Community Challenge. Twenty-three corporate teams and 13 park district teams are working to improve their fitness and lose weight. Last year, the winning community team — the Schaumburg Park District — lost 15 percent of its collective weight. This year’s teams are just as motivated.

    Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) isn’t afraid to show her muscle on FX’s Cold War thriller “The Americans,” which enters its second season Wednesday, Feb. 26. The show is placed in a cultural moment when it felt like the world could blow up at any moment.

    What lies ahead for FX’s ‘The Americans’ during season 2?

    Nothing about FX's “The Americans,” which returns Wednesday, is as it should be. Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) live in a peaceful neighborhood in suburban Virginia, and they’re at war with the FBI agent across the street. The heroes are in the KBG; the enemy is the United States. “The Americans” is a marriage story dressed up as a spy flick, with espionage work, and all the secrecy and deception it entails, standing in for the issues we grapple with in real relationships.



    Endorsement: ‘Yes’ on Winfield sales tax

    The Daily Herald recommends voting yes on Winfield's request to increase the village sales tax.


    Endorsement: ‘Yes’ to Oakbrook Terrace fire district

    The Daily Herald recommends voting yes on the Oakbrook Terrace Fire Protection District tax request.


    Endorsement: ‘Yes’ to Lake Park pool

    The Daily Herald recommends voting yes on both propositions to fund a community pool for Lake Park District 108.


    Endorsement: ‘Yes’ to Glenbard 87

    The Daily Herald recommends voting yes on the Glenbard High School District 87 tax request.

    Suzanne Hart

    Endorsements: Maher, Hart for Will County Board

    The Daily Herald endorses Chuck Maher and Suzanne Hart in the GOP primary for two available District 11 seats on the DuPage County Board.

    Joseph Cantore

    Cantore for DuPage Forest Preserve District president

    The Daily Herald endorses Joseph Cantore in the Republican primary for president of the DuPage Forest Preserve District.


    Big Oil’s greed made gas prices jump again
    A letter to the editor: It is truly incredible that the American public would sit idly by without a whimper while an oligarchy of oil executives plunders our pockets. Perhaps my fellow citizens who drive expensive SUV’s and foreign cars do not take umbrage to the recent 25-cent-a-gallon gas hike over a 24-hour period, but my commute to work just took a big hit.


    Traffic camera fines not put to good use
    Letter to the editor: Robert Garrett of Schaumburg says that if Elk Grove Village really wanted to improve the safety of the intersections where it put red-light cameras, they would have used the fines to redesign the intersections to make them permanently safer.


    ‘Early release’ is at expense of D15 kids
    Letter to the editor: Sandy Wiles of Palatine says that as District 15 administrators and teachers congratulate themselves on how well the Friday "early release" program is going, it's the students who are really losing out.


    Meacham backups due to stoplight
    Letter to the editor: John Pirog says the backups on Meacham Road won't be solved with a third lane, but by re-timing the stoplight at Old Plum Grove Road.


    New track in D15 is a foolish expense
    Letter to the editor: Kenneth Milowski is surprised and disappointed by the District 15 board's decision to install a new track at a junior high school.


    Thanks to those who toil through winter
    Letter to the editor: As this long, cold, snowy winter drags on we should all give our special thanks to the Mount Prospect Public Works Department for helping us get around in this polar experience, writes Carol Tortorello.


    Considers remark in wake of fire tasteless
    Letter to the editor: In the wake of the fire that destroyed a historic building in downtown Mount Prospect, Charlotte O'Donnell takes issue with a remark by the village manager and the Daily Herald for printing it.


    30-foot net won’t cut it at golf course
    Letter to the editor: Robert Kawalek is mystified how the Mount Prospect Park District can plan to build a new driving range with only 30-foot netting, after insisting it needed 75-foot nets.


    A great neighbor comes to the rescue
    Letter to the editor: Heartfelt thanks from an Elk Grove Village couple to their thoughtful neighbor.


    Mark Trail needs to clean up act a bit
    Mark Trail needs to clean up act a bitI feel compelled to write to you on behalf of the comic strip, Mark Trail. I have been a reader of Mark Trail for about a year now. Although I have enjoyed reading the strip both weekdays and weekends, I am concerned about the sometimes negative and violent nature of the Mark Trail comic strip.The creator of Mark Trail does a wonderful job on Sundays informing both adults and children alike about various animal and nature facts. During the week, however, I have noticed that some of the strips tend to depict fighting, guns, and the usage of inappropriate language. I feel that Mr. Elrod needs to take into consideration the contradictory message he sends to his readers, especially children. If we want to strive to make our world a better place, we need to keep it clean and fun all week long.Dianne PartipiloAurora


    Hats off to our mail carriers
    A Gilberts leter to the editor: Hats off to all mailmen who walk for hours in this extremely cold and snowy weather. All mailmen in the suburbs walk their route no matter how extremely cold or snowy it is.


    Don’t throw baby out with lake water
    A Huntley letter to the editor: State Rep. Terry Link’s proposal to dissolve the Fox Waterway Agency to save money is much like a person who proposes to burn their wallet so they cannot spend the money that is in it. Obviously, there are alternatives that are more effective.


    Retiring Sweeney backs Niewiardowski
    Letter to the editor: Current Elk Grove Township Republican Committeeman Mike Sweeney says Art Niewiardowski is the best candidate to replace him.


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