Daily Archive : Tuesday February 25, 2014


    Louis Rossi

    Louis Rossi selected as top cop in Gilberts

    Gilberts names new police chief, official vote expected next week.


    Retiree groups want pension lawsuits consolidated

    Efforts are underway to consolidate four lawsuits challenging Illinois’ new pension reform law, a move that could ultimately impact how the legislature chooses to act on other underfunded municipal retirement systems around the state. In recent weeks, lawyers for the four groups of state retirees that filed class-action lawsuits have asked the state Supreme Court to allow them to present...

    Nick Utech recently opened Second Chances Antiques and Resale on Randall Road in Lake in the Hills.

    Antiques and resale shop now open in Lake in the Hills

    Second Chances Antiques and Resale opened late last month, and already has a steady stream of customers stopping in frequently, looking for new finds and deals. The business is at 421 N. Randall Road in Lake in the Hills, in the spot formerly filled with Flat Squirrel Scooters. It is on the east side of Randall, just north of Acorn Drive.

    Buffalo Grove trustees this week refused to consider proposed changes to an economic incentive package created to land a Fresh Farms grocery store at the now vacant Cambridge Commons shopping center. The move could jeopardize plans to move the store into the location at Dundee and Buffalo Grove roads.

    Fresh Farms project in doubt after Buffalo Grove rejects changes to incentive plan

    Plans for a new Fresh Farms grocery store in Buffalo Grove's Cambridge Commons shopping center are in jeopardy after village officials Monday rejected the latest proposal for an economic incentive package for the business' developers. Village trustees, fed up with failures to meet deadlines under the agreement and what some called misrepresentation by representatives of the developer, refused to...

    This is one of the six decaying metal canisters filled with 1800s-era U.S. gold coins unearthed in California by two people who wish to remain anonymous. The value of the “Saddle Ridge Hoard” treasure trove is estimated at $10 million or more.

    Couple stumbles upon $10 million in rare coins

    A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition. Although the face value of the coins only adds up to about $27,000, some are so rare that experts say they could...

    Debra Fredricksen

    Search continues for missing Des Plaines woman

    After scouring an Evanston neighborhood for clues into the disappearance of a 61-year-old Des Plaines woman, police on Tuesday continued to work the phones, fielding tips from the public and talking to family members, who haven’t heard from their relative since Friday. A search group of family and volunteers spent much of the day Monday posting missing person fliers around the area where...


    Audit: Anti-violence program rife with problems

    A Chicago violence prevention program ordered by Gov. Pat Quinn was so hastily organized and sloppily executed that state auditors questioned 40 percent of the expenditures claimed by service providers, a report released Tuesday said, prompting Republican lawmakers to call for a criminal investigation.

    In this Jan. 16 photo, assault weapons and handguns are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield. In a questionnaire for The Associated Press, the four GOP candidates for governor, state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner disagree on whether assault-style weapons should be banned. They also disagree on whether to support a measure creating minimum prison sentences for gun crimes.

    GOP candidates for governor differ on gun laws

    As Illinois prepares to become the last state in the nation to issue concealed-carry gun permits, the four Republicans contending for Illinois governor express a range of differing views about additional gun issues facing the state, including a proposed ban on assault-style weapons and stricter gun-crime sentences. In a campaign questionnaire for The Associated Press, the four candidates —...


    Schaumburg buys 1,000 more tons of road salt

    Schaumburg trustees Tuesday paid the $221,456 bill for 1,000 additional tons of road salt recently received, and gave staff the authority to buy another 400 tons if needed for what’s hoped to be the final onslaught of winter in the next few weeks. Due to the transportation difficulties triggered by frozen rivers impeding barges, the cost of salt has gone up to $209 per ton from the $47 per...

    The four Republicans seeking their party’s nomination for the 11th Congressional District seat in the March 18 primary are: from upper left, Chris Balkema, Ian Bayne, Bert Miller and Darlene Senger.

    Budget cuts divide Republican hopefuls in the 11th district

    The four Republicans seeking their party's nomination in the March 18 primary for the 11th Congressional District seat have different ideas about what it will take to balance the federal budget.

    Highland Park High School’s marching band plays behind Olympic figure skater Jason Brown, who was welcomed home in a ceremony Tuesday. Brown won a bronze medal in team figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

    Olympian Jason Brown honored, thanks supporters at Highland Park High

    Figure skater Jason Brown’s enthusiasm that connected with spectators at the Sochi Winter Olympics was evident Tuesday when he stopped in his hometown of Highland Park for a elebration of his achievements. Brown, 19, who won a bronze medal in the team competition and placed ninth on the individual side in his Olympics debut, attended two pep assemblies before a combined 2,000 pupils at...

    A woman reacts at a memorial for the people killed in clashes with the police at Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of the country’s current unrest, Ukraine, Tuesday. The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday delayed the formation of a new government, reflecting political tensions and economic challenges following the ouster of the Russia-backed president.

    Pro-Russian rally in Crimea decries Kiev ‘bandits’

    Dozens of pro-Russian protesters rallied Tuesday in this Crimean Peninsula city, bitterly denouncing politicians in Kiev who are trying to form a new government, with some even calling for secession from Ukraine. A Russian lawmaker stoked their passions by promising that Moscow will protect them. “Russia, save us!” they chanted.

    President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai conduct a joint news conference in the White House Jan. 11, 2013. Obama has ordered the Pentagon to plan for a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year should the Afghan government refuse to sign a security agreement with the U.S., the White House said Tuesday.

    Obama tells Pentagon to plan for Afghan pullout

    In a blunt warning to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, President Barack Obama threatened on Tuesday to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year if a crucial security pact isn’t signed — and he ordered the Pentagon to accelerate planning for just that scenario. At the same time, in a rare phone call with Karzai, Obama indicated he was willing to wait his...

    First lady Michelle Obama and Food Network chef Rachel Ray discussing lunches with students in Clinton, Miss. Moving beyond the lunch line, new rules expected to be proposed by the White House and the Agriculture Department Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, would limit marketing of unhealthy foods in schools.

    Cut out junk food ads in schools, government says

    It’s not just about what America’s kids are getting in the lunch line. The Obama administration is moving to phase out junk food advertising on football scoreboards and elsewhere on school grounds — part of a broad effort to combat child obesity and create what Michelle Obama calls “a new norm” for today’s schoolchildren and future generations.


    Healthier Barrington Coalition shifts wellness survey online

    For the first time, a comprehensive wellness survey conducted by the Healthier Barrington Coalition is available online so every resident in the 60010 ZIP code can take part before the response period closes at the end of March. The survey asks Barrington-area residents their perceptions about the quality of local human services, as well as their access to them.


    Huntley High expansion work to begin in spring

    The first phase of a roughly $35 million facelift of Huntley High School should begin in April as crews start work on redesigning the main entrance, new school bus and student parking lots, and a new field house addition.

    Photo courtesy of Cook County Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle shows a interactive kiosk that the public can use to give opinions about a 25-year transportation plan.

    What are your transportation priorities? Tell Cook County

    Want less congestion on Route 14? Or fast public transit to O’Hare from Palatine? A way to safely walk or bike between home and work? You can offer your ideas to Cook County officials who are working on the first regional transportation plan in decades.

    The village of Huntley has changed dramatically in the past decade, and not just with a new welcome sign at Main Street and Route 47. The village ranked No. 1 on NerdWallet.com’s list of best places for homeownership in Illinois.

    Huntley best spot for homeownership, study says

    Homebuyers looking to plant roots in the suburbs may want to consider Huntley, which has been named the No. 1 place in the state for homeownership by a consumer finance website. “We’re really very honored,” said Vic Narusis, Huntley business recruitment coordinator. The village’s homeownership rate is 93.5 percent and it is among the fastest growing communities in the...


    Miller debuts first TV spot in 11th Congressional District race

    Hinsdale Republican Bert Miller has launched his first television commercial to help his bid to become the GOP nominee for the 11th Congressional District.


    Cardinal George to be honored at Palatine fundraiser Friday

    The Sisters of the Living Word will honor Cardinal Francis George for his 50th anniversary in the priesthood during the group’s annual fundraiser Friday. The event raises money for the Sisters of the Living Word’s local, regional and international programs.


    Elgin man gets 9 years for assaulting 14-year-old

    A tearful, 22-year-old Elgin man expressed remorse Tuesday following his guilty plea to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he met on Facebook last year. Diego Muro was sentenced by Cook County Judge Thomas Fecarotta to a total of 9 years in prison.


    Batavia schools considering more staff, building work

    The Batavia school board is considering increasing staff and picking up the pace on capital projects with the increase in taxes expected from the outlet mall in Aurora.


    Probation for Hanover Park men involved in banking scheme

    Two Hanover Park men - Benjamin Andrade, 21, and Antonio Rodriguez, 22, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft Tuesday. Both men received one year probation in exchange for pleading guilty to their involvement in a banking scheme in which a third codefendant set up fraudulent savings accounts.


    Palatine man sentenced to seven years for sexual assault

    Jose Juarez-Diaz, 50, of Palatine pleaded guilty Friday to criminal sexual assault of a minor child and was sentenced to seven years in prison. He must also register as a sex offender upon his release.

    Charles Oliver

    Sexual assault trial begins in Woodstock

    The first trial of a Woodstock man accused of raping and terrorizing eight women he met on Craigslist began Tuesday, with prosecutors showing a tape of Charles Oliver having sex with one of his accusers. Oliver, 45, was arrested in January 2013 is being held on $4 million bail. His defense attorneys each case to be tried separately.


    Hoffman Estates man pleads guilty to home invasion, sexual assault

    A 20-year-old Hoffman Estates man was sentenced to a total of 16 years Friday in exchange for his guilty pleas to a 2013 home invasion and sexual assault. Stephen Delgado must register as a sex offender upon his release.

    Marcia Martin

    Former Wheaton mayor’s wife remembered as talented artist, architect

    There were three main passions in Marcia Martin’s life, her two children say.

    Bike Bald, a Naperville group that raises money for children’s cancer and community causes, is selling “Pat Pradel Superhero” T-shirts to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Naperville Mayor George Pradel’s wife, Pat, who recently was diagnosed with stage four bone cancer.

    ‘Superhero’ shirts to honor Naperville’s Pat Pradel

    If spectators at Naperville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade are wearing something other than green garb this year, they might just be wearing superhero T-shirts. Local fundraising group Bike Bald is selling the shirts as a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Naperville Mayor George Pradel's wife, Pat Pradel. “To make her a superhero was the best news we...


    Jarrett Payton to speak at anti-bullying event

    Jarrett Payton will kick off a series of Maine Township-sponsored programs about bullying on March 12 with a lecture at Maine West High School. He will be joined by Camille Paddock, a 15-year-old who was bullied at age 9 due to hair loss from an autoimmune disease. She founded a nonprofit organization, Cam’s Dare to Be Different.

    Expanding the dog exercise area at the Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda is one of 10 projects that will be added to the forest preserve district’s capital improvement plan. Through grants and other work coming in under budget, district officials were able to free up about $1.7 million for the new projects.

    Grants, efficiencies free money for more Lake County forest preserve projects

    A bounty of short- and long-term projects have been added to the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s big picture plan for the next five years. Due to grants that were received or work bids that came in lower than expected, district officials were able to free nearly $1.7 million for 10 new or previously unfunded projects.

    Creative technologist Brett Doar, known as Hollywood’s “King of Creative Contraptions,” works with students from John W. Gates Elementary in Aurora to build a Rube Goldberg-inspired machine Tuesday at the DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville.

    Naperville museum becomes Hollywood contraption maker’s stage

    Brett Doar’s complex machines of pulleys and ramps and colorful parts have been featured in music videos and TV commercials, but on Tuesday, his newest stage was DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville. "We’re going to build a machine,” Doar told a group of about 50 students Tuesday morning. “I’m not sure where it’s going to end, but we’re...


    Carpentersville: Tell us how to spend $32,000

    What should Carpentersville do with its $32,000 chunk of video gambling revenues?Village officials have put that question to residents and will accept answers now through May 1. “(We’re) looking for residents to say, ‘Boy I always wish Carpentersville had blank,’” Village President Ed Ritter said.


    Cook Co. registers nearly 5,500 new suburban teen voters

    A high school voter registration effort led by Cook County Clerk David Orr netted nearly 5,500 suburban Cook County teen voters, including 3,423 17-year-olds eligible to register for the first time in Illinois. “The enthusiasm displayed by students, teachers and deputy registrar organizations was phenomenal,” Orr said.


    Bartlett police sergeant graduates from Northwestern University program

    Bartlett police Sgt. Scott Yarwood recently graduated from Northwestern University’s 10-week School of Police Staff and Command program held in North Aurora. Students in the program, which educates law enforcement officers on serving in management positions, are tested on a variety of subjects, including budgeting, human resources and applied statistics.


    District 41 registration:

    Lake Villa Elementary District 41 hosts kindergarten and new student registration at its four school buildings on March 13 for the 2014-15 school year.


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    Dance clinic at Mundelein HS

    sMundelein High School’s Orchesis Club will offer a youth dance clinic from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2 in the school auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St. The cost is $15 for new dancers or $10 for anyone who attended an earlier clinic during the current school year.


    Park district job fair:

    The Highland Park Park District is conducting its annual job fair at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Avenue West, on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


    MHS jazz concert:

    The Mundelein High School jazz bands will present their winter concert Thursday, Feb. 27, beginning at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium.


    Warren High fundraiser:

    Warren Township High School’s National Honor Society is partnering with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation on Thursday, March 20, to host a head-shaving event to raise money to help conquer childhood cancers.

    The Naperville Winter Wine Festival promises to pour a mix of 100 high-quality, high-profile typically winter wines.

    Naperville to pop the cork on first Winter Wine Festival

    Naperville’s Winter Wine Festival aims to chase away the chill with the city’s first international, high-end wine tasting. The fest, for those 21 and older, runs 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Hotel Arista at CityGate Centre, Route 59 near I-88. A portion of the festival proceeds will benefit DuPage PADS.

    The Illinois State Police say Illinois’ first concealed carry permits could be issued next week.

    First concealed carry permits could be issued next week

    Illinois State Police said the first permits allowing people to carry concealed handguns in public could be issued next week. “We’re looking to have approved licenses as early as the first week of March,” spokeswoman Monique Bond said.


    Woman gets 6 years for stealing drugs from suburban stores

    A Chicago woman whose convictions for retail theft and drug possession date back to 1994 pleaded guilty to stealing $3,600 worth of medication from pharmacies in Arlington Heights and South Barrington. Sharonda Booth, 47, pleaded guilty to continuing a financial crimes enterprise, court records show.

    Donald Ratcliff

    Ratcliff sentenced to 42 months on child porn charges

    A former Wheaton College professor whose computers, prosecutors said, were “virtually dripping with child porn” files, was sentenced Tuesday to 42 months in prison. 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.

    Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking in Washington Tuesday, said state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same sex-marriage if they don’t believe in them.

    Holder: Discriminatory laws don’t need defending

    State attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same-sex marriage if the laws discriminate in a way forbidden by the Constitution, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told his state counterparts Tuesday.

    The veterans bill vote could put Senate Republicans in the uncomfortable position of saying no to a politically powerful constituency during an election year. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the bill’s author, has gained the endorsement of myriad veterans groups to generate momentum for his bill, which the panel says would cost $21 billion over 10 years.

    Vets benefits bill should win initial Senate vote

    The Senate seemed ready Tuesday to vote preliminary approval of a sprawling Democratic bill expanding health, education and other benefits for veterans. But the election-year measure faced conservative opposition and an uncertain fate as Republicans try to make it smaller and find ways to pay for it.

    Eric Castillo

    Torture, murder trial begins for Beach Park man

    Eric Castillo, 26, of Beach Park, goes on trial today in the 2011 torture and murder of a David Campbell of Waukegan. Castillo is one of five people accused of killing Campbell and dumping his body in a pond near Barrington.


    Why electricity rates would go up in Batavia

    Batavia residents learn about why electricity rates are going to go up.


    Mundelein pharmacist sentenced to 7 years

    A pharmacist from Mundelein was sentenced to seven years in prison after a jury convicted him of health care fraud, obstruction of justice and identity theft. Prosecutors said Ronald Kielar, 76, falsified prescription records at a north side Chicago pharmacy owned by his ex-wife and pocketed roughly $1.7 million.

    A new winter “misery index” confirms what many Americans in the Midwest and East know in their all-too-chilled bones and snow-covered driveways: This has been one of the harshest winters of a lifetime. Detroit has been hardest hit, but Chicago, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Moline are also in the midst of their third most extreme winters in more than 60 years, according to a winter extremity index created by a National Weather Service meteorologist.

    New index confirms it: This winter is miserable

    A new winter “misery index” confirms what many Americans in the Midwest and East know in their all-too-chilled bones and snow-covered driveways: This has been one of the harshest winters of a lifetime. Detroit has been hardest hit, but Chicago, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Moline are also in the midst of their third most extreme winters in more than 60 years, according to a winter...

    Tony Jucha, left, and Matt Thompson, both of Lake Zurich, drink wine in an inflatable pool filled with frigid water Sunday during Fox Lake’s Polar Plunge at Lakefront Park. The ice on the lake was over two feet thick and could not be cut out this year, so the event’s more than 470 participants instead took to jumping into pools set up near the lake.

    The pool is just as cool at Fox Lake Polar Plunge

    With the Fox Lake’s ice 18-24 inches thick, participants at this year's Polar Plunge for Special Olympics were forced to dive into inflated pools filled with chilly water insteasd of into the lake Sunday. However, they discovered that a backyard pool can be just as cold as an ice hole in the middle of the lake.

    Officer Richard LaBarbera, left, and Officer Michael Angarola.

    Mt. Prospect honors its Officer of the Year

    Much good police work is conducted in obscurity. The public doesn’t often get to see the activity behind the scenes that leads to a major arrest and often, investigators have to maintain their secrecy. Which explains why, as Mount Prospect honored its Officer of the Year last week, the winner was identified only as “Investigator A” and one of the runners-up as...

    Marisa Burkhart, director of educational technology for Huntley School District 158, works with third-grader Alexa Brown, 9, on her tablet. Burkhart has been named the Illinois Computing Educators “Educator of the Year.”

    District 158 technology director earns educator award

    Seeing children's faces light up as they explore the world of education through technology is the best reward, said Marisa Burkhart, director of educational technology for Huntley School District 158. Burkhart's work implementing technology in the classroom and training teachers how to use it has earned her the 2014 Illinois Computing Educators “Educator of the Year” award.

    Following her students' moves as she learns the popular “Nae Nae” dance craze, music therapist Dalphne Sommario uses all kinds of music to reach teenage girls and young women with developmental disabilities at Maryville's Bartlett campus.

    Music therapy helps troubled teens connect

    A music therapist funded by a grant brings dancing and singing to girls with mental health issues, who are wards of the state and live on the Maryville campus in Bartlett. “Music is universal. It reaches everyone,” says Dalphne Sommario.


    Cutting Hall marks namesake’s birthday with March 1 open house

    The Palatine Park District will mark the 160th anniversary of the birth of Charles Cutting, namesake of the Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, this Saturday with an open house at the historic theater. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the theater, 150 E. Wood Street in Palatine. The open house will highlight recent renovations to the theater and...


    New Illinois lab to link companies with research

    The professor who’s helping lead a new digital manufacturing lab planned for Chicago says the facility will mean 50 to 70 jobs for the city but a wealth of potential innovation for companies involved.


    Family suing over southern Indiana deck collapse

    Many of the 24 family members who fell about 15 feet when a wooden deck collapsed have filed a lawsuit over the incident. Security camera video provided by the family shows the relatives gathering for a group photo when the deck’s supports give way, spilling them to the concrete below.

    Cook County Clerk David Orr, left, and Christopher Clark, counsel at Lambda Legal speak at a news conference just after a federal judge ruled gay couples in the Chicago area don’t have to wait until June to marry.

    80 same-sex couples get Illinois marriage licenses

    The Cook County clerk says so far his office has issued 80 marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Clerk David Orr’s office issued 46 licenses on Friday and 34 through 3 p.m. on Monday. A federal judge Friday ruled same-sex couples could immediately begin marrying and don’t have to wait until June 1. That’s when same-sex marriage takes effect in Illinois. The ruling only applies...

    Organ donation paperwork at Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis is the nation’s first free-standing organ retrieval center. Nearly all organ donors now are transported there from a region including parts of Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.

    Centralizing organ removal may benefit transplants

    For decades, surgeons have traveled to far-off hospitals to remove organs from brain-dead donors and then rushed back to transplant them. Now an experiment in the Midwest suggests there may be a better way: Bring the donors to the doctors instead. A study out Tuesday reports on liver transplants from the nation’s first free-standing organ retrieval center. Nearly all organ donors now are...


    High court allows disputed home search

    The Supreme Court has ruled that police may search a home without a warrant when two occupants disagree about allowing officers to enter, and the resident who refuses access is then arrested.


    Missouri readies for 4th execution in 4 months

    Missouri corrections officials say they will use a lethal drug provided by a new supplier in the state’s fourth execution in four months.


    Obama invites Boehner to White House meeting

    President Barack Obama has reached out to House Speaker John Boehner for a rare one-on-one meeting between the political rivals. The Democratic president and Republican speaker plan to meet privately in the Oval Office midday Tuesday.

    Sangamon Valley Beekeepers Association member Dave Pangrac shows an empty bee colony frame from one of his hives in his backyard in Decatur.

    Beekeepers battle colony collapse

    When beekeeper Dave Pangrac discovered that the thousands of honeybees from all five of his hives had disappeared in November, he experienced a mystery plaguing beekeepers and affecting $15 billion worth of crops in the nation. When he harvested honey in October, each of his hives housed between 20,000 and 30,000 bees. Three weeks later, about 30 bee carcasses were all that remained of his hives.

    Jessica Tomei holds her 4-year-old daughter, Sofia Jarvis, during a news conference at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Palo Alto, Calif. Sofia is one of a handful of California children who has been diagnosed with a rare polio-like syndrome that has left her arm paralyzed.

    Polio-like disease appears in California children

    An extremely rare, polio-like disease has appeared in more than a dozen California children within the past year, and each of them suffered paralysis to one or more arms or legs, Stanford University researchers say. But public health officials haven’t identified any common causes connecting the cases. The illness is still being investigated and appears to be very unusual, but doctors...

    A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country’s “200 top” homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay, one day after the President Yoweri Museveni enacted a harsh anti-gay law.

    Uganda tabloid prints list of ‘top’ homosexuals

    A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country’s “200 top” homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday’s signing of the bill by President Yoweri Museveni marked “a tragic day for Uganda...

    John Rabchuk, of the St. Charles River Corridor Foundation, presented a plan to the St. Charles City Council Monday night to put city residents and tourists on the river, around the river, over the river and in the river.

    New plan calls for white water rafting, floating gardens in Fox River

    White water rafting, a floating botanical garden and an NCAA-level rowing course may transform St. Charles' portion of the Fox River into an active tourist hub if a plan envisioned by a local foundation is embraced by taxing bodies. “The Fox (River) is an aesthetic wonder,” a presenter said. “And it’s our most underutilized asset. The river should be a centerpiece for...

    Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman against a wall after his arrest in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan, Mexico. Federal prosecutors in Chicago and across the U.S. are already jockeying over who will handle any case against drug kingpin Guzman, even though it’s far from clear whether he’ll ever be brought to the United States to face charges.

    U.S. prosecutors jockeying to try captured drug lord

    Federal prosecutors in Chicago and across the United States are jockeying over who will handle any case against drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, even though it’s far from clear whether he’ll ever be brought to this country to face charges. He had been dubbed “public enemy No. 1” in Chicago even before his arrest at a Mexican beach resort.

    Richard Welton

    Proposed park to honor former Gurnee mayor

    Plans were unveiled Monday night in Gurnee for a project that would honor the village's longest-serving mayor. Mayor Kristina Kovarik recommended that a long-vacant 1-acre site on Old Grand Avenue become the Richard A. Welton Village Plaza.


    Ill. gambling-expansion hearing reset for March 3

    An Illinois state lawmaker seeking public input about possibly expanding gambling in Illinois has rescheduled a suburban Chicago public hearing. State Rep. Robert Rita's spokesman, Ryan Keith, says the hearing at the Tinley Park Convention Center now will be at 6 p.m. March 3.


    Hearings to resume on college football union

    Federal hearings on an attempt by Northwestern University football players to form the nation's first college athletes' union are set to resume. Tuesday's National Labor Relations Board hearings restart in Chicago federal court after a three day break.

    The Barrington village board signed off on the Route 14 underpass project at its meeting Monday night.

    Barrington approves Route 14 underpass project

    The Route 14 underpass project designed to ease traffic along the CN Railway was approved Monday night by the Barrington village trustees. “Each public meeting helped to narrow the selection and identify issues that may not have already been addressed,” the village's Greg Summers said.

    Cowboy Troy, left, joins John Rich, this past Saturday for the inaugural performance by Big & Rich at Austin's Fuel Arena at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake.

    Country act hits the mark for Libertyville music promoter

    The promoter of the inaugural concert at Austin's Fuel Arena at the Lake County Fairgrounds, says the Big & Rich show this past Saturday exceeded expectations. Mark Khayat thinks this will boost chances for more acts moving foward. “I thought we would take it on the chin on this one. It exceeded my expectations,” said Khayat, owner of Austin's Saloon & Eatery in Libertyville.


    U. of Illinois may unify health institutions

    Next week University of Illinois trustees will consider a proposal to unify the school’s hospital, clinics and health-related academic efforts under one umbrella.


    Illinois gets federal grant for storm cleanup

    Illinois is getting a federal emergency grant to help pay for cleanup and recovery from last spring’s severe storms. The U.S. Department of Labor said Monday that a $647,000 grant is being awarded to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development.


    Illinois federal court to upload opinions for free

    There are now new ways to read thousands of Illinois court opinions for free. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is putting opinions online using the Federal Digital System.


    Wis. high court to hear voter ID arguments

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a pair of lawsuits challenging the state’s voter photo identification law. The NAACP’s Milwaukee branch and the League of Women voters have challenged the law separate actions.


    Jury convicts in Kenosha County homicide trial

    A jury in Kenosha County has convicted a man of beating and strangling a 26-year-old woman and leaving her body in a Somers cemetery.


    Fulton County crews search for missing boater

    Rescue crews are expected to return to the Spoon River as they search for a man whose boat likely capsized in western Illinois flood waters.


    Wisconsin mother sentenced for crash that killed her toddler

    A mother convicted in a traffic crash that killed her 2-year-old daughter has been sentenced in Bayfield County to prison time.


    Indiana House looks to restore business tax cut

    A panel of Indiana House lawmakers is set to consider a series of amendments that would overhaul the Senate-approved plan for cutting the state’s property tax on business equipment.


    FutureGen gets OK for Morgan County pipeline route

    Illinois regulators have given the FutureGen Alliance the go-ahead for a 30-mile carbon dioxide pipeline. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1fozwlz ) the pipeline would be buried at least four feet underground in northeast Morgan County. It’d be even deeper under farmland.


    Dawn Patrol: U-46 settles lawsuit; Dist. 300 to move headquarters

    U-46 settles discrimination case. District 300 will move its headquarters. Same-sex marriages begin in Cook County. DuPage forum discusses overdose-reversal drug. Blue line revamp means weekend station closings. Fire damages Crystal Lake condo complex. Sentencing for Wheaton College professor expected. Olympic athletes stop at O’Hare.

    Attorney Bob Galhotra, left, is challenging Democratic incumbent Don Harmon in the 39th state Senate District.

    Challenger takes issue with Harmon’s vote on pensions

    The Illinois Senate 39th District Democratic primary race betwen a longtime state senator and his challenger may center on a key vote taken by the incumbent on state pension reform. State Sen. Don Harmon was one of 30 senators to vote for pension reform legislation. His opponent, Bob Galhotra, is taking exception with that vote.


    Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro was packed with World Cup fans waiting for the start of the USA vs. Germany game on Thursday.

    World Cup postcard: great views vs. a boring game

    St. Viator soccer coach Mike Taylor shares another postcard from the World Cup in Brazil, where he witnessed spectacular views from the mountains that were countered by a boring 0-0 match between France and Ecuador.


    Johnsburg’s Fiedorowicz makes strong case at tight end

    After a successful career at Iowa, Johnsburg tight end C.J. Fiederowicz is preparing for the NFL draft in May, and he helped his cause with excellent workouts last week at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

    Rolling Meadows' Jackie Kemph, left, has her shot blocked on a drive to the basket by Hersey's Maggie Berigan during the Barrington sectional semifinals Tuesday.

    Rolling Meadows passes up Hersey

    This was something state-ranked Rolling Meadows had not seen over the past three years. The Mustangs were trailing a Mid-Suburban League team 36-20 with under a minute to go in the first half. No less, it was a Hersey team that had only lost four times in 29 games. A team that had already given Meadows its toughest MLS East test earlier in the season. But the Mustangs showed how tough they are, too, with a valiant second-half effort to propel them into Thursday's 7 p.m. championship of the Class 4A Barrington sectional. The top-seeded Mustangs made 20-of-24 free throws in the final 16 minutes to escape with a 63-56 triumph over No. 4 Hersey. Rolling Meadows (26-4) will face No. 2 Fremd (27-3) for the title.

    Batavia's Mackenzie Foster, left, Katie Weber, center, and Erin Bayram, right, embrace as they walk off the court after their 4A sectional semifinal win over Downers Grove North at Addison Trail High School in Addison on Tuesday, February 25.

    Frazier's late basket lifts Batavia past Downers North

    Nobody said making history would be easy, not even with a 13-point lead and five minutes left on the verge of the first sectional win in program history. That's where No. 3 seed Batavia found itself Tuesday night in the Class 4A Addison Trail sectional semifinals, leading No. 2 Downers Grove North 52-39 after Liza Fruendt swished her seventh 3-pointer of the game.

    Geneva's Janie McCloughan, center left, celebrates with teammate Bella Medina while encircled by the Vikings team after McCloughan made the winning free throw to beat Wheaton Warrenville South in the Class 4A sectional semifinals at Addison Trail on Tuesday.

    Geneva gets its revenge, stuns WW South

    Geneva junior Janie McCloughan had spent hours and hours preparing for this very moment, but that's not to say the pressure of the moment would be easy to overcome. With less than one second left to play in a tied contest with top-seeded Wheaton Warrenville South (28-4) on Tuesday, McCloughan followed up a miss by teammate Grace Loberg with a huge offensive rebound and was fouled while attempting a shot at the buzzer. So she confidently stepped to the free-throw line and missed her first shot. But when McCloughan swished the second one, and the Tigers couldn't follow with a winning shot in the final 0.8 seconds, the Vikings had a thrilling 55-54 defeat over the very same Wheaton Warrenville South program that had ended their season in the sectional semifinals the past two years.


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    Boys basketball scoreboard*LAKE FOREST 64, ANTIOCH 31Lake Forest — Wolf 11, Bender 2, Traynor 2, Boudreaux 20, Karras 8, Vogrich 2, Miller 7, Wonham 4, Trkla 8. Antioch — Marsiglio 7, Abdellatif 2, Reiser 2, Bell 2, Corley 2, Gofron 3, Phillips 4, McCameron 2, Kovach 6, Powers 1. Lake Forest 16 18 16 14 —64Antioch 5 6 9 11 —313-point baskets: LF: Boudreaux 2, Karras 2, Wolf; Ant: Kovach 2, Marsiglio, Gofron.VERNON HILLS 71, WARREN 68Warren — Reams 2 0-0 4, Cuevas 1 3-3 6, Swane 3 1-3 7, Deere 10 0-0 23, Gillespie 6 1-2 16, Jokic 1 0-0 2, Betori 3 0-0 8, Schroeder 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 5-8 68.Vernon Hills — Manso 2 0-0 5, Levin 2 0-0 4, Turner 1 0-0 2, Nardini 7 6-6 24, Weaver 10 2-2 28, Boyer 0 0-0 0, Rattner 1 2-2 5, Mariella 1 0-0 3. Totals 24 10-10 71.Warren 25 14 12 71 —68Vernon Hills 22 19 18 12 —713-point baskets: Warr: Deere 3, Gillespie 3, Betori 2, Cuevas; VH: Weaver 6, Nardini 4, Manso, Rattner, Mariella.Fouled out: none.WOODSTOCK 61, GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 55Woodstock — Ferguson 1 0-0 3, Ammirati 2 2-2 7, Shook 0 4-4 4, Chonos 0 0-0 0, Cullum 2 1-2 5, Sutter 8 7-9 23, Kobley 5 2-2 13, Kubiak 2 2-3 6. Totals 20 18-22 61.Grayslake Central — Loeffl 0 1-2 1, Vargo 1 1-1 3, Mudd 3 2-2 8, Reed 5 1-2 12, Benko 1 0-0 2, Anderson 5 2-2 14, Lennartz 2 0-0 4, Llorens 0 0-0 0, Ruhlmann 2 0-0 5, Beckman 3 0-4 6. Totals 22 7-13 55.Woodstock 17 15 11 18 —61Grayslake Central 5 15 12 23 —553-point baskets: Wds: Ferguson, Ammirati, Kobley; GC: Anderson 2, Reed, Ruhlmann.Fouled out: none.ZION-BENTON 69, GRANT 52Zion-Benton — Young 1 4-7 7, Yarbrough 11 23- 25, Curry 1 5-8 7, Wilson 2 2-3 6, Bakr 1 2-4 5, Calvert 5 2-3 12, Morange 5 2-3 12, Ramirez 1 0-0 3. Totals 27 19-31 69.Grant — Malmberg 2 0-0 5, Noda 1 4-4 6, Dunning 5 0-1 10, Burns 6 2-4 18, Bald 3 1-2 7, Sadauskas 2 2-6 6, Montagno 0 0-0 0, Dillon 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 9-17 52.Zion-Benton 15 12 19 23 —69Grant 14 12 9 17 —523-point baskets: Z-B: Yarbrough, Bakr, Young, Ramirez; Grt: Burns 4, Malmberg.LAKE ZURICH 76, ROUND LAKE 46Lake Zurich — Travlos 18, Helgeson 8, McClaughry 8. Round Lake — K. Wright 13. Lake Zurich 23 19 13 21 —76Round Lake 15 9 6 16 —46WAUCONDA 86, MUNDELEIN 80 (OT)Wauconda — B. Malisheski 0 3-6 3, Lovelle 10 6-9 29, Sidlowski 7 3-6 17, Thomason 1 0-0 2, Latiolais 1 0-0 2, Bulgarelli 1 3-5 5, K. Malisheski 6 4-6 16, Carlson 3 4-6 10, Stanley 1 0-0 2 . Totals 30 23-38 86.Mundelein — Olson 7 0-0 20, Marcotte 1 0-0 2, Nelson 4 3-4 11, Lawrence 1 2-2 4, Filippo 2 3-4 8, Parola 5 0-0 13, Brune 3 2-2 8, Doby 0 0-4 0, J.T. Michalski 2 3-6 8, Blackman 3 0-0 6. Totals 28 13-22 80.Wauconda 16 14 22 21 13 —86Mundelein 14 25 16 18 7 —803-point baskets: Wauc: Lovelle 3; Mund: Olson 6, Parola 3, Filippo, J.T. Michalski.Fouled out: none.Grayslake North 52, Woodstock North 49Grayslake North — Buckels 16, Einloth 15.*At Class 1A Harvest Christian regionalHarvest Christian 70,Lombard College Prep 44Islamic Foundation 65, Elgin Academy 54*Harvest Christian 70, Lombard College Prep 44Lombard — Zolec 2 0-0 6, Syed 1 0-0 2, Siddiqui 6 8-9 20, Kiowas 2 1-2 5, Share 0 0-2 0, Ahmed 3 0-0 9, Maxzoor 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 9-13 44.Harvest Christian — Fox 4 2-2 10, Cramer 2 2-3 6, White 7 1-1 15, Heck 1 2-2 4, Turpin 1 0-0 2, Vislisel 15 3-7 33. Totals 30 10-15 70.Lombard 6 7 11 20 —44Harvest Christian 20 16 12 22 —703-point baskets: LCP — Zolec, Ahmed 3.*At Class 2A Aurora Christian regionalIC Catholic 74, Westmont 56Aurora Christian 58, St. Edward 42*Aurora Christian 58, St. edward 42


    Music soothes IC Catholic

    Although the IC Catholic Prep boys basketball team led by 6 points at halftime of Tuesday’s first Class 2A regional semifinal at Aurora Christian, coach T.J. Tyrrell knew his team was capable of better.


    Jacobs takes it to Dundee-Crown

    Rival Jacobs took the steam out of Dundee-Crown’s biggest boys basketball crowd of the season by opening the game on a 16-2 tear and never letting up throughout a 54-34 win in Carpentersville Tuesday.


    Wrestling scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    Wrestling scoreboard:*CLASS 3ATeam sectionalsAt Libertyvillehononegah 56, prospect 6106: Rader (RH) p. Lobomo :29; 113: Powers (RH) p. Pressing 2:58; 120: Rivera (Pros) d. Leppert 5-2; 126: Waterstreet (RH) d. Struczek 8-5; 132: Fausel (RH) d. Benway 13-1; 138: Silver (RH) p. S. Lobomo 1:57; 145: F. Silver (RH) t-fall Jasobr 4:19; 152: Mooney d. Zalapi 3-2 OT; 160: Benkovich (RH) p. Wroblewski 2:43; 170: Flower (RH) d. Megler 7-2; 182: DeMoss (RH) d. Strobel 15-6; 195: Wrede (Pros) d. Shahnkian 7-0; 220: Zulupi (RH) p. Ford 5:17; 285: Babcock (RH) d. Peek 8-2.*libertyville 31, barrington 20106: Locosio (Lib) dec. Cysewski 4-2; 113: Stathakis (Barr) tech fall Potts 16-5; 120: Patino (Barr) dec. Schilling 6-4; 126: Polakowski (Lib) tech fall Golec 23-8; 132: Conrad (Barr) tech fall Johnson 12-4; 138: Minwegan (Barr) dec. Brooks 6-4; 145: Andrews (Lib) dec. Boundy 3-2; 152: Blake (Barr) dec. Potts 8-3; 160: Smith (Barr) dec. Bast 5-2; 170: MacCallum (Lib) tech fall Cysewski 18-6; 182: Koziol (Lib) tech fall Rasmussen 16-8; 195: Dunsing (Lib) dec. Thompson 3-2; 220: Barbian (Lib) dec. Burrishofer 2-0; 285: McDermand (Lib) pinned Zender 0:30*At ConantConant 27, Glenbard North 26Oak Park-River Forest 40, Niles Notre Dame 27*Class 3A Marist dual-team sectionalMarmion 44, Mt. Carmel 18106:Thomas (MC) fft; 113: Bosco (MAR) maj. dec. Mulay 13-4; 120: Jaffke (MAR) maj. dec Reilly 9-1; 126: Cheloni (MAR) pinned Hoey 3:54; 132: Jimenez (MAR) pinned Hall 3:22; 138: Callahan (MAR) dec. Tucker 2-0; 145: Guzior (MC) dec. M. Ferraro 7-6; 152: Brill (MC) fft; 160: Carello (MAR) dec. Riojas 9-3; 170: N. Ferraro (MAR) dec.Worker 5-1; 182: Traxler (MAR) dec. Mickens 4-3; 195: Myers (MAR) pinned Ryan 5:25; 220: Warren (MAR) pinned Davis 4:14; 285: Reyes (MC) dec. Garza 2-1Class 2A Antioch dual team sectionalMontini 60, Westinghouse 12Class 1A Coal City dual team sectionalPlano 48, Lisle 28


    Girls basketball scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    Girls basketball scoreboard*At Classs 4A Crystal Lake South sectionalHuntley 49, South Elgin 32Rockford Boylan 64, Prairie Ridge 57*Huntley 49, South Elgin 32Huntley — Clausen 0 4-6 4, Barreto 1 0-0 2, Brown 0 0-0 0, Renkosik 0 0-0 0, Brock 0 1-2 1, Zornow 2 0-1 4, S. Andrews 6 6-6 21, Zobott 0 2-2 2, A. Andrews 5 4-8 15. Totals 14 17-29 49.South Elgin — Uveges 3 1-2 7, Tracy 1 2-2 4, D. Kelleher 1 0-0 2, Ford 0 0-0 0, McIntosh 0 0-0 0, Fahey 0 0-0 0, Miller 2 0-3 4, Williams 0 0-0 0, M. Kelleher 2 2-4 6, Yang 3 2-3 9. Totals 12 7-14 32.Huntley 7 11 16 15 —49South Elgin 5 15 3 9 —323-point baskets: SE — Yang; H — S. Andrews 3, A. Andrews 1.*Rockford Boylan 64, PRairie Ridge 57Rockford Boylan — Schiro 0 0-0 0, Seward 4 2-2 12, Zimmerman 3 2-3 9, Blassage 6 7-7 20, Petit 0 0-0 0, Crouch 4 2-4 10, Stull 5 0-0 13. Totals 22 13-16 64.Prairie Ridge — LeBeau 5 2-2 16, Kilhofer 0 0-0 0, Klendworth 3 0-0 8, Clark 6 0-0 13,Voel-Pel 2 2-2 6, Drain 7 0-3 14. Totals 23 4-7 57.Rockford Boylan 20 15 14 15 —64Prairie Ridge 13 11 14 19 —573-point baskets: PR — LeBeau 4, Klendworth 2, Clark; B — Stull 3, Seward 2,Zimmerman, Blassage.*Class 4A Addison Trail sectionalGeneva 55, Wheaton Warrenville South 54Geneva — Novak 1 2-2 4, Seberger 5 0-0 15, McCloughan 0 3-4 3, Santos 3 0-0 8, Loberg 7 6-8 20, Dunn 0 0-0 0, Loebel 2 0-0 5. Totals — 18 11-14 55. Wheaton Warrenville South — Franke 2 4-7 8, Dansdill 6 0-0 13, Zappia 5 0-0 10, Linebarger 1 0-0 2, Waldron 4 11-12 19, Lessick 0 0-0 0, Madigan 1 0-0 2. Totals — 19 15-19 54.Geneva 12 20 8 15 —55WW South 6 16 20 12 —543-point baskets: G: Seberger (5), Santos (2), Loebel; WWS: Dansdill. Fouled out: none.*Batavia 57, Downers Grove North 52Batavia — Fruendt 10 4-5 31, Orman 2 0-0 5, S. Bayram 0 0-0 0, E. Bayram 0 0-2 0, Frazier 8 5-5 21, Foster 0 0-0 0, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Koch 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 9-12 57.Downers Grove North — Costello 8 0-0 19, Porcelli 2 0-1 5, Honn 0 0-2 0, Green 6 0-0 17, Winters 3 3-4 9, Farnsworth 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 3-7 52.Batavia 18 9 19 11 —57Downers North 20 11 6 15 —523-point baskets: B: Fruendt 7, Orman; DGN: Green 5, Costello 3, Porcelli*Class 3A Glenbard South sectionalMontini 70, Nazareth 44Nazareth — Cahill 3 2-3 11, M.C. Harrington 0 0-0 0, Love 0 0-0 0, Raimondi 1 7-8 9, Cross 2 4-7 8, M. Harrington 1 4-4 6, Kennedy 1 4-4 6, Shannon 0 1-2 1, Newman 0 1-2 1, Gragnani 0 0-0 0, Bartodziej 2 0-0 5, Tapia 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 19-26 44.Montini — Bogdan 0 0-0 0, Karlis 2 0-2 6, Stone 4 1-1 12, Kuykendall 1 3-4 5, Ross 5 2-6 13, Kerstein 1 0-0 3, Kunzer 0 0-0 0, Bambule 4 0-0 10, Jakaitis 3 5-6 11, Castro 0 0-0 0, Wallace 1 0-0 2, Oppenheimer 0 2-2 2, Cochrane 1 2-2 4, O’Day 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 17-25 70.Nazareth 13 7 7 17 —44Montini 14 9 24 23 —703-point baskets: N: Cahill 3, Bartodziej, Kennedy. M: Stone 3, Karlis 2, Bambule 2, Ross, Kerstein. Fouled out: none*Marshall 57, Glenbard South 46Marshall — Sauders 1 0-1 2, Robers 0 0-0 0, Russell 0 0-0 0, Redmond 8 0-1 16, Khammarath 4 0-1 8, Mack 3 6-11 12, Clark 6 2-2 19. Glenbard South — Brambora 3 0-1 6, Markovic 2 2-2 7, Bazigos 1 3-3 6, Ball 5 0-0 11, Bauman 7 1-2 15, Smith 0 1-2 1, LaPonte 0 0-0 0. Marshall 13 11 14 19 —57Glenbard South 16 11 8 11 —453-point baskets: M: Clark 5. GS: Markovic, Bazigos, Ball. Fouled out: GS: Ball*Sectional semifinalsAt BarringtonRolling Meadows 63, Hersey 56Rolling Meadows — J.Kemph 3 9-10 15, Glasgow 4 4-5 13, Kay 1 2-2 5, Vliet 8 6-8 22, Montanez 2 4-6 8, A.Kemph 0 0-0 0, Shewmon 0 0-2 0. Totals 16 24-32 63.Hersey — Harris 8 4-5 22, Gritt 5 1-3 13, Korff 4 0-0 8, Berigan 3 0-0 6, Weyhrich 0 0-0 0, Vainisi 3 0-0 7. Totals 23 5-8 56.

    Buffalo Grove’s Maddy Callahan, left, takes a shot in front of Fremd defender Erica Simios during the Class 4A sectional semifinal at Barrington on Tuesday.

    Fremd’s finish bounces Buffalo Grove

    Eleventh-seeded Buffalo Grove was playing another superb postseason girls basketball game on Tuesday night. The upstart Bison were keeping state-ranked and No. 2 seed Fremd in check right down to the final minutes of the Class 4A Barrington sectional semifinal game on Tuesday night. It was a one-possession game with Fremd leading by 3 points under three minutes to go. But that’s not exactly a good thing for opposing teams, as the Vikings finally shook free for a 47-38 triumph. “This team has done a really good job at taking care of the basketball down the stretch and making free throws,” said Fremd coach Dave Yates. “They are real comfortable with that now.”


    Aurora Christian ousts St. Edward

    Turnabout is fair play. Ten days ago, Aurora Christian’s basketball team let a 49-43 third-quarter lead slip away during an eventual 70-62 regular-season loss to St. Edward.The Eagles (16-11) turned the tables on the Green Wave (20-9) at the right time Tuesday night. Aurora Christian outscored second-seeded St. Edward 22-7 in the fourth quarter en route to a 58-42 Class 2A regional semifinal victory in Aurora.


    VanderBrug drops in 30 again

    No matter how sluggish that in-between week may be, Timothy Christian’s boys basketball team still has Connor VanderBrug to lean on. Behind the senior forward’s third straight 30-point performance, the Trojans overcame a sleepy first half to eventually pull away in Tuesday’s 59-44 nonconference victory over Chicago Christian in Elmhurst.


    Blackhawks’ Quenneville as Olympic coach?

    Ladies and gentlemen, the new coach of Team Canada’s Olympic hockey team … Joel Quenneville?“Yeah, it’d be great,” Quenneville said when asked if he’d like to coach in the Olympics.


    UIC takes down Milwaukee 80-58

    Kelsey Barlow scored 23 points and Illinois-Chicago snapped a 17-game losing streak, earning its first conference victory with an 80-58 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday.


    Lovelle helps Wauconda snap skid

    Wauconda’s boys basketball team snapped its season-worst losing streak Tuesday night, but it wasn’t easy. Joey Lovelle scored a career-high 29 points, as the host Bulldogs outlasted Mundelein 86-80 in overtime. With the North Suburban Conference crossover win, Wauconda improved to 14-13. The Bulldogs had lost their last six games.

    Claire Jakaitis of Montini takes a shot as Mary Clare Harrington of Nazareth attempts to block it during the Class 3A Glenbard South girls basketball sectional semifinal Tuesday in Glen Ellyn.

    Montini stays calm, blows out Nazareth

    It takes more than a good half of girls basketball to throw a scare into Montini. “It’s happened a lot,” Montini senior Kateri Stone said. “I think because we’re seniors now it helps that we’ve been in this situation before. So it’s our responsibility to keep everyone calm and then slowly turn the game around.” Nazareth’s good first half at the Class 3A Glenbard South sectional semifinals only served to remind the top-seeded Broncos they can’t take anyone for granted. The Broncos’ strong second half gave them a 70-44 victory Tuesday night in Glen Ellyn.


    Harvest Christian wins regional opener

    Harvest Christian 70, Lombard College Prep 44: John Vislisel poured in a double-double of 33 points and 13 rebounds to help the No. 2 Lions (15-13) advance to tonight’s Class 1A Harvest Christian regional semifinal against No. 3 Islamic Foundation at 8 p.m. Austin White added 15 points and Noah Fox chipped in 10 for the Lions. Islamic Foundation 65, Elgin Academy 54: In another Class 1A Harvest Christian regional game, behind 35 points from Hassan Shuipaj, the No. 3 Chargers eliminated the sixth-seeded Hilltoppers (2-17) from postseason action. Dietrich Robinson also put up 35 points in a losing cause for Elgin Academy.

    Sydney Bauman of Glenbard South goes for a rebound against Marshall Tuesday night in Glen Ellyn.

    Marshall eliminates Glenbard South for Gaters’ 999th win

    Marshall girls basketball coach Dorothy Gaters wasn’t even sure if she was going to play Arkiarra Clark in the Class 3A Glenbard South sectional semifinals, but the decision to play the freshman really paid off.


    Weaver’s must-see performance powers Vernon Hills

    Of all the games Matt Weaver’s mother, Susan, to miss — wouldn’t you know it? — this had to be the one. Where’s the justice? “My mom’s at work,” Weaver said. “It’s all right. I’ll show her the film.” She might want to kick back with some popcorn and enjoy. Her son enjoyed the best game of his varsity basketball career Tuesday night, scoring 28 points on a remarkable 10-of-11 shooting, as Vernon Hills held off visiting Warren 71-68 in a North Suburban Conference crossover, which was also the regular-season finale for both squads.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah pulls down a rebound in the second half Tuesday night. Noah finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds in the Bulls’ victory.

    Bulls want win, get win over Hawks

    Mike Dunleavy played all but nine seconds against Atlanta on Tuesday. He scored a team-high 22 points, leading the Bulls to a 107-103 road win. Joakim Noah added 20 points and 12 rebounds.


    Boylan too much for Prairie Ridge

    Rob Baker said it best. “Boylan has great players who can score on every spot on the floor,” said the Prairie Ridge coach. “They can knock down shots from anywhere. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 15-footer, 17-footer or 20-footer they have five kids on the floor who can make shots. I am proud of my kids. They didn’t quit.” Boylan was too much for the Wolves and advanced to the Class 4A Crystal Lake South sectional final with a 64-57 win Tuesday night.


    DePaul tops Seton Hall 65-60

    Brandon Young had a team-high 19 points, including four in the final minute and a half, as DePaul snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 65-60 victory over Seton Hall Tuesday night.Billy Garrett Jr. and Durrell McDonald had 15 points apiece and Sandi Marcius added 10 as the Blue Demons (11-18, 3-13 Big East) won for the first time since Jan. 14, a 77-75 victory against St. John’s, with all the losses coming in-conference.Fuquan Edwin had a game-high 21 points to lead Seton Hall (14-14, 5-10). Edwin has led the Pirates in scoring in four straight games.The game was decided at the line, where DePaul went 17 of 18 and Seton Hall made just 5 of 11.Seton Hall posted an 86-69 victory in the first meeting between the teams Jan. 25 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

    Wichita State guard Ron Baker (31) pushes down the court past the defense of Bradley guard Ka’Darryl Bell (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Carver Arena, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Peoria, Ill. (AP Photo/ Stephen Haas)

    With 69-49 win over Bradley, Wich St. goes 30-0

    PEORIA, — Ron Baker scored 15 points to lead four Wichita State players in double figures and the second-ranked Shockers became the first Division I team to reach 30-0 in the regular season with a 69-49 victory over Bradley on Tuesday night.Wichita State is the 11th team to reach 30-0, the previous 10 all hitting the 30-win mark during postseason play. The last team to reach 30-0 was UNLV in 1990-91. The Runnin’ Rebels went 34-0 that season before losing to Duke in the national semifinals.The Shockers (30-0, 17-0 Missouri Valley Conference) has one more regular-season game, at home Saturday against Missouri State. The last team to finish a regular season unbeaten was Saint Joseph’s in 2003-04 at 27-0. The next season, Illinois got to 29-0 before losing its regular-season finale at Ohio State.A barrage of 3-pointers early in the second half broke it open for Wichita State, which beat Bradley (12-18, 7-10) for the 10th straight time and second this season.After Bradley trimmed a 10-point halftime deficit to eight, Shockers point guard Fred VanVleet made consecutive 3s for a 14-point lead, the visitors’ largest to that point. By the 12:50 mark, Cleanthony Early had added a 3-pointer and Baker made two 3s off screens for a 50-32 lead.Wichita State finished the game 11 of 21 from beyond the arc, with four players making two or more. Bradley was 4 of 14.Tyshon Pickett finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds for Bradley after nearly reaching a double-double in the first half with 10 points and nine rebounds. Pickett was just 5-of-20 from the field and leading scorer Walt Lemon Jr. was 6 for 20 and had 18 points.Miserable shooting prevented Bradley from mounting much of a threat. The Braves were at 25 percent (11 for 44) through 30 minutes and finished 16 for 59 (27.1 percent).Bradley was playing host to its highest-ranked opponent since 1982, when then-No. 2 Wichita State lost 55-47 to the Braves who went on to win the NIT.The Shockers led 35-25 at halftime after holding the Braves to 8-of-34 shooting (23.5 percent).The game was a matchup of the top two defensive teams in the conference, though Wichita State (60.8 points per game) leads Bradley (65.5) comfortably. Offensively, Wichita State is also the MVC’s best (75.8) while Bradley (63.8) is last.The No. 2 ranking equals the highest ranking in Wichita State history, matching the 1981-82 team.


    Christian Liberty meets regional challenge

    Two things had to go right for Christian Liberty on Tuesday night in Grace Gymnasium. First, the Chargers had to devise away to stop one of the state’s leading scorers, Randy Hewitt. And second, Christian Liberty needed to get off to a quick start. Missions accomplished. The Chargers broke out to a 13-8 lead after one quarter and 34-16 at halftime to put away the No. 6-seeded Griffins 67-41. The Class 1A regional win puts the No. 3 Chargers against the No. 2-seeded Ida Crown Aces from Chicago in a Thursday matchup.


    Wicks, Huntley roll on senior night

    Riley Wicks was in a bit of a shooting slump, so the Huntley senior sought out a little help. “I went to the gym with my dad the other day,” he said. “He’s probably my best critic and helps me with my shot a lot of the time. I don’t know why I don’t use him more.” Whatever the elder Wicks said worked. Riley Wicks hit 4 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 14 points as the Red Raiders celebrated senior night by routing Crystal Lake South, 55-28, in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball action Tuesday night.


    Loyola falls to Missouri State, 72-56

    Christian Kirk scored 16 points and Keith Pickens 14 as Missouri State defeated Loyola 72-56 Tuesday night to stake out — for the moment — sole possession of third place in the Missouri Valley Conference, which begins its post-season tournament next week.


    Libertyville makes Elite Eight

    With such a proud wrestling history, there have been plenty of great seasons at Libertyville. This one has to rank among the very best. The Wildcats are heading to the 3A dual-team state tournament after defeating Barrington 31-20 Tuesday in sectional action. The raucous crowd at Libertyville can follow their favorite team to U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington for a state quarterfinal matchup against Rockton Hononegah at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Indians (26-3-0) advanced to the tournament for the first time since 2005 after handling Prospect 56-6.

    Images from the Rolling Meadows vs. Hersey IHSA Class 4A sectional semifinal girls basketball game on Tuesday, February 25 in Barrington.

    Images: Rolling Meadows vs. Hersey girls basketball
    Rolling Meadows played Hersey in an IHSA Class 4A sectional semifinal in girls basketball on Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Barrington.


    Third-quarter run sparks Glenbard S. past Elgin

    The Glenbard South boys basketball came out off the locker room after halftime Tuesday night ready to forget about a lackluster first half. Elgin coach Mike Sitter said his team didn’t come out for the final two quarters and play with much of an effort. The Raiders scored 8 points in a 9-second span in the third quarter during a 16-0 run that turned a 9-point deficit into a 7-point lead. Glenbard South led by at least 4 the rest of the way in a 74-65 victory at Chesbrough Field House in Elgin.

    Buffalo Grove’s Maddie Welter, middle, gets between Fremd’s Grace Twrek, left, and Erin Lenahan for a rebound.

    Images: Fremd vs. Buffalo Grove girls basketball
    Fremd played Buffalo Grove in an IHSA Class 4A sectional semifinal in girls basketball on Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Barrington.

    Batavia’s Mackenzie Foster, left, Katie Weber, center, and Erin Bayram, right, embrace as they walk off the court .

    Images: Batavia vs. Downers Grove North girls basketball
    Batavia played Downers Grove North in a girls sectional semifinal matchup Tuesday night in Addison.

    Huntley’s Sam Andrews, right, battles with South Elgin’s Kennede Miller for control of the ball Tuesday night during the Class 4A Crystal Lake South sectional semifinals.

    Big second half puts Huntley over South Elgin

    When it comes to crunchtime, especially in the state tournament, seniors tend to shine. Just like Huntley’s Sam Andrews did Tuesday night. The Red Raiders’ veteran leader hit 2 key 3-pointers in the third quarter, one to give her team the lead for good and the other to extend the advantage, as Huntley went on to down South Elgin 49-32 in the first semifinal of the Class 4A Crystal Lake South girls basketball sectional.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.comMontini's Derrick Curry, left, wrestles against Westinghouse's Robert Howleit at 195 pounds during team sectional wrestling at Antioch High School Tuesday night.

    Montini win worth the trip

    Imagine for a moment the two bus rides. For Chicago Westinghouse it measured 54 miles one way to Antioch High School. So that gave that team plenty of time to reflect on its mission. Simply knock out that team from Lombard and earn a trip to Bloomington for the team wrestling state meet.

    Atlanta Hawks power forward Elton Brand (42) and Chicago Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy (34) battle for control on a jump ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Dunleavy has 22, Bulls hold off Hawks, 107-103

    Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points, Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Bulls held off the Atlanta Hawks 107-103 on Tuesday night.Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, and Kirk Hinrich scored 14 points, including six free throws in the final 44 seconds. The Bulls have won six of seven.


    Hearings on college football union end

    Hearings on Northwestern football players’ bid to form the nation’s first union for college athletes have concluded with three former players testifying for the university.

    Glenbard South played Marshall at Glenbard South Tuesday, Feb. 25 in a Class 3A girls basketball sectional semifinal game.

    Images: Marshall at Glenbard South girls basketball
    Glenbard South played Marshall at Glenbard South Tuesday, Feb. 25 in a Class 3A girls basketball sectional semifinal game.


    Marmion earns another downstate voyage

    Mt. Carmel wrestling coach John Kading knew the odds were not in favor of the Caravan in its Class 3A sectional dual against Marmion on Tuesday night at Marist. “We were hoping to win the coin toss, which we did,” Kading said.Not much else went right for Mt. Carmel the rest of the night in Chicago. Marmion won 10 of the 12 contested matches and cruised into the Elite Eight for the third time in the last five years with a 44-18 victory. The Cadets (13-3), the defending state runners-up, will face Plainfield Central, which turned back Moline at LaSalle-Peru, Saturday morning in Bloomington.

    Lakes’ Sam Callahan, left, wrestles against Harvard’s Christian Kramer at 145 pounds during team sectional wrestling at Antioch on Tuesday.

    Fate frowns on Lakes as Harvard advances

    Lakes can chalk this one up to the “it just wasn’t meant to be” category as the Eagles met Harvard in the Class 2A Antioch dual team wrestling sectional Tuesday night. Starting the meet at 132 pounds, the Hornets jumped out to a commanding 33-9 lead after eight matches on the way to a 57-12 victory over Lakes. With the outcome decided, the Eagles chose to forfeit the last four bouts, which certainly wasn’t their game plan headed into the meet. Harvard (22-5) advanced to the Elite Eight quarterfinals at 11 a.m. Saturday against Oak Forest at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. After winning its first regional in school history, Lakes closed out the 2013-14 season with an 18-7 record.

    Glenbard South played Nazareth at Glenbard South Tuesday, Feb. 25 in a Class 3A girls basketball sectional semifinal game.

    Images: Montini vs. Nazareth girls basketball
    Montini played Nazareth at Glenbard South Tuesday, Feb. 25 in a Class 3A girls basketball sectional semifinal game.

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has a few words on the sideline during Sunday’s loss to the Heat at Miami.

    Thibodeau situation sounds like Harbaugh’s

    There are myriad similarities between Jim Harbaugh's situation with the 49ers and Tom Thibodeau's with the Bulls. Is either destined to finish out his current contract with his current team?

    Peter Regin

    Regin next to center for Blackhawks’ Kane

    If there’s one negative that’s always brought up about the current edition of the Blackhawks — and recent past editions as well for that matter — it’s that they lack a true No. 2 center to play alongside Patrick Kane.Coach Joel Quenneville isn’t buying it.

    Geneva’s Janie McCloughan, center bottom left, is tacked by her teammates after a Vikings win over Wheaton Warrenville South. McCloughan made the winning free throw to bring the team to victory.

    Images: Geneva vs. Wheaton Warrenville South girls basketball
    Geneva played Wheaton Warrenville South in a girls sectional semifinal matchup Tuesday night in Addison.

    South Elgin’s Savanah Uveges pushes through the defense of Huntley’s Bethany Zornow and Jessica Brock in the Class 4A Crystal Lake South sectional game Tuesday.

    Images: South Elgin vs. Huntley girls basketball
    South Elgin played Huntley in a girls sectional semifinal matchup Tuesday night in Crystal Lake.


    Familiar foes Glassmann, Frasco meet in MSL title game

    Fremd’s Riley Glassmann and Prospect’s Bobby Frasco were interchangeable parts last summer. Now the pair have their own positions while guiding their respective high school teams to the Mid Suburban boys basketball title game Wednesday at Fremd. Glassmann, who is averaging 17.8 points this year, and Frasco, who is 16.1, both played together on the same AAU team last summer.

    Alejandro De Aza, right, and Dayan Viciedo may platoon in left field for the White Sox this season.

    Viciedo, De Aza may share duties

    Dayan Viciedo is back as the White Sox' starting left fielder after a disappointing 2013 season that was hampered by injuries. Viciedo appears to have some competition for playing time from Alejandro De Aza, who lost his starting job in center field to newcomer Adam Eaton.

    Junior Lake is expected to start in left field for the Cubs this season.

    Cubs hope Lake can build on solid debut

    It's taken some getting used to not thinking of Alfonso Soriano as the Cubs' left fielder. But Soriano has been gone since his trade to the Yankees last summer, and Junior Lake now owns the starting job in left field for the Cubs.


    Collins gets positive feedback upon return to NBA

    Jason Collins has received support from everyone from his teammates to Billie Jean King since becoming the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the United States’ four major professional leagues.


    Butler out again for Bulls tonight
    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler is missing his second straight game with bruised ribs.Rookie Tony Snell is starting instead of Butler for Tuesday night’s game at Atlanta.

    The Cubs will honor Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday with 10 decade-specific homestand celebrations this season.

    Cubs going retro with Wrigley celebrations

    To help celebrate 100 years of baseball at Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs will host 10 decade-specific homestands and offer unique promotional items, retro food and beverage options, throwback uniforms and entertainment this season. Single-game tickets for all Cubs games go on sale at 10 a.m. March 7.

    As part of their promotional schedule in the regular season, the Chicago White Sox will offer fans a Chris Sale Bobblehead on May 24.

    White Sox release 2014 promotional schedule

    The Chicago White Sox promotional schedule for the 2014 season. will feature 13 Family Sundays and 20 fireworks nights (includes every Friday night home game starting April 25 and July 4 Independence Day fireworks). Team officials announced the schedule Tuesday and said the Family Sunday promotion will cover all 13 Sunday home games.

    This collision at home plate in 2011 would now be subject to a new rule. The 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.

    What’s next for baseball? Aprons as chest protectors?

    Another element of sports manhood is being tampered with as baseball experiments with further regulating home-plate collisions. What's next, putting aprons on catchers instead of chest protectors?


    Fitzgerald fits for St. Francis

    Securing former Marist offensive coordinator Mike Fitzgerald as new St. Francis head varsity football coach, St. Francis athletic director Dan Hardwick believes they’ve got a like-minded individual.

    Plenty of NFL team appear intereted in talking with quarterback Josh McCown (12), who can sign once free agency begins March 1.

    Odds not looking favorable for McCown’s return

    After a good year as a backup quarterback for the Chicago Bears, it looks like there is plenty of interest by other NFL teams in Josh McCown, including Tampa Bay’s new coach, Lovie Smith. Mike North shares his thoughts in today's column.

    South Elgin's Savanah Uveges falls on Jacobs' Alyssa Lach during Tuesday's regional semifinal game in Algonquin.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring boys basketball, state gymnastics, girls basketball, state wrestling and swimming.


    Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights

    Northwest Community doctors join Illinois Health Partners network

    Northwest Community Healthcare's Physician Hospital Organization announced Tuesday that it will join Illinois Health Partners, a network of doctors that includes physicians from DuPage Medical Group, Elmhurst Hospital and Edward Hospital.The move, effective March 1, creates a network of more than 1,800 physicians across the suburbs.

    President Barack Obama, speaking Tuesday at the White House, announced a new Pentagon and private-sector partnership aimed at beefing up advanced manufacturing technology in the U.S. The partnerships are a pair of Defense Department-led “innovation institutes,” one in Chicago and the other in Detroit.

    Obama announces new Midwest manufacturing hubs

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes to boost advanced high-tech manufacturing, with the eventual goal of creating jobs that have been lost to global competition. As part of his year-old promise to expand public-private manufacturing partnerships across the country, Obama announced a new center in his hometown of Chicago and the other hub near Detroit.

    Mark Karpeles, chief executive officer of Tibanne Co., right, speaks to an employee in the office operating the Mt.Gox K.K. bitcoin exchange in Tokyo, Japan, in April 2013. Bitcoin digital currency, which carries the unofficial ticker symbol of BTC, was unveiled in 2009 by an unidentified programmer, or group of programmers, under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. Supply is capped at 21 million Bitcoins and managed by a software algorithm embedded into the digital currency’s design, rather than a monetary authority such as a central bank.

    Collapse of exchange spells trouble for bitcoin

    The sudden disappearance of one of the largest bitcoin exchanges only adds to the mystery and mistrust surrounding the virtual currency, which was just beginning to gain legitimacy beyond the technology enthusiasts and adventurous investors who created it.

    Stocks fell Tuesday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 failing to break a record for a second day, after data showed slower growth in home prices and a drop in consumer confidence.

    Stocks end lower after an up-and-down day

    Stocks were unable to find any momentum on Tuesday. The market drifted between gains and losses throughout the day, then headed steadily lower in the last hour of trading.

    These are bitcoin tokens. The website of a major bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, went offline Tuesday amid reports it suffered a debilitating theft, a new setback for efforts to gain legitimacy for the virtual currency.

    What’s a bitcoin? A look at the digital currency

    Early Tuesday, the world’s most established exchange for bitcoin disappeared from the Internet, sending the price of the virtual currency tumbling and prompting fears that the world’s biggest experiment in electronic cash could soon be strangled by fraud or regulation. Here’s an explanation of what bitcoins are, how exchanges work, and why the demise of the Mt. Gox exchange, means many people may have lost a lot of money.

    After years of bickering, Netflix and Comcast are finally working together to provide their subscribers with a more enjoyable experience when they’re watching movies and old television shows over high-speed Internet connections.

    How the Netflix-Comcast deal benefits consumers

    When Netflix agreed to pay to stream its movies to Comcast customers without infuriating delays, it essentially yielded to monopolistic extortion. Comcast, which has just agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable, will soon be the biggest Internet service provider in the U.S., and stuttering video transmission to its clients is not an option for Netflix.

    Pedestrians walk past the display window of a store in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, U.S. Consumer confidence in the U.S. fell more than forecast in February as Americans grew more pessimistic about the outlook for the economy and employment.

    Consumer confidence in U.S. fell more than forecast in February

    Consumer confidence in the U.S. fell more than forecast in February as Americans grew more pessimistic about the outlook for the economy and employment. The Conference Board’s index decreased to 78.1 from a revised 79.4 in January that was weaker than initially estimated, the New York-based private research group reported today.


    Boeing said to struggle to sell $1.1 billion of early 787s

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. is struggling to find buyers for 11 of its earliest 787 Dreamliners valued at $1.1 billion after two airlines dropped orders for the holdover models from the jet’s troubled birth, people briefed on the plans said.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation’s struggling honeybees under a program to be announced Tuesday.

    USDA spending $3M to feed honeybees in Midwest

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation’s struggling honeybees under a program to be announced Tuesday.

    Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey in London as the phone hacking trial continues Tuesday.

    Rebekah Brooks: I felt ‘horror’ at Dowler hacking

    Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks said Tuesday that she never sanctioned phone hacking, and was horrified when she learned the tabloid had targeted the cellphone of a missing teenager.

    U.S. home prices fell for the second straight month in December as brutally cold weather, tight supply and higher costs slowed sales.

    U.S. home prices dip for second straight month

    U.S. home prices fell for the second straight month in December as brutally cold weather, tight supply and higher costs slowed sales. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index declined 0.1 percent from November to December, matching the previous month’s decline.


    Conversant’s appeal grows with focus on online ad tech

    Conversant Inc. is gaining appeal as a takeover target after the company formerly known as ValueClick Inc. sold website businesses to focus on digital-advertising technology.


    T-Mobile’s losses mount as No.4 carriers pushes subscriber gains

    T-Mobile US Inc., the fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier, reported a net loss for a third consecutive quarter as subscriber gains, driven by its cheaper service plans, resulted in higher costs. The net loss for the fourth quarter totaled $20 million, the Bellevue, Washington-based company said today in a filing.


    Home Depot profit tops estimates as housing rebound spurs sales

    Home Depot Inc., the largest U.S. home-improvement chain, posted fourth-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates as a rebound in housing continued to spur spending on renovations.

Life & Entertainment

    Only a small fraction of Army women say they’d like to move into one of the newly opening combat jobs, but those few who do, say they want a job that takes them right into the heart of battle, according to preliminary results from a survey of the service’s nearly 170,000 women.

    AP: Few Army women want combat jobs

    Only a small fraction of Army women say they’d like to move into one of the newly opening combat jobs, but those few who do say they want a job that takes them right into the heart of battle, according to preliminary results from a survey of the service’s nearly 170,000 women. That survey and others across the Army, publicly disclosed for the first time to The Associated Press, also revealed that soldiers of both genders are nervous about women entering combat jobs but say they are determined to do it fairly.

    The party band Trash Martini headlines at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville.

    Weekend picks: Trash Martini rocks Mickey Finn's

    The party band Trash Martini headlines Friday at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville. See 20 running model railroads at the High Wheeler Train Show at Harper College in Palatine. And the Meltin' Blues Weekend brings all kinds of musical entertainment to downtown Long Grove.

    The way chef Alex Stupak describes it, he dreamed of having a restaurant by the age of 30, but he didn’t want just any restaurant. He wanted to make sure he pushed himself creatively.

    Former Chicago pastry chef turns to savory cuisine for challenge

    Alex Stupak was 27 when he said his biological clock started ticking. But that’s jumping ahead. First, you need to get better acquainted with this once avant-garde pastry chef who felt he could better express himself creatively through high-end tacos.

    Sharon Kennedy of Wauconda considers herself an everyday kind of cook, pulling recipes from newspapers, TV shows and her trusty Betty Crocker cookbooks.

    Cook of the Week: Former camp cook turns to Betty Crocker for recipes, advice

    There was a time when Sharon Kennedy thought nothing of cooking for 150 people. For 11 years, she was the kitchen director for a Girl Scout day camp. Every summer, she planned meals for the girls and taught them to cook over an open fire. Now, she mainly cooks for herself and her husband in their Wauconda home.


    Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken
    Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken: Sharon Kennedy

    Sharon Kennedy combines just three ingredients into a salty-sweet snack.

    Turtle Pretzels
    Pretzel Turtles: Sharon Kennedy

    Sharon Kennedy tweaked a Betty Crocker recipe to come up with a version of Hungarian goulash her family loves.

    Hungarian Goulash
    Hungarian Goulash: Sharon Kennedy

    The 13 songs on Beck’s “Morning Phase” are complex tapestries.

    Beck mixes orchestral magic on new album

    It’s hard to put a finger on Beck. He can steer into many moods, as he has in the two decades since he had a breakthrough with the commercial success of “Mellow Gold.” On “Morning Phase,” his first studio album in six years, Beck takes us to an intimate, gray landscape that is haunting and beautiful.

    Curious to try farro? The whole grain adds nutty, chewy texture to kale and butternut squash soup.

    Lean and lovin’ it: Don Mauer ferrets out the truth about farro

    It all started on a really cold day this winter when I spied a recipe for a farro, kale and butternut squash soup on the online food magazine Relish. It wasn’t the recipe that caught my eye as much as the deliciously colorful picture. Yet another glance at the ingredient list and I almost turned the page. I wasn't so sure about kale, but I'm glad I didn't pass on this recipe.

    Jimmy Kimmel and wife Molly McNearney are expecting their first child together, his rep confirmed Monday.

    Baby on the way for Jimmy Kimmel and new wife

    immy Fallon may be the late night host with a new show, but Jimmy Kimmel has reason to celebrate, too. Kimmel and his wife Molly McNearney are expecting their first child together, his rep Lewis Kay confirmed Monday.

    Host Seth Meyers smiles during the premiere of “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on Monday in New York.

    New host Seth Meyers lands at NBC’s ‘Late Night’

    The monologue jokes were mostly thin and the host seemed stiff delivering them.But jokes about the Winter Olympics that already felt irrelevant, and a few opening-night butterflies for the guy voicing them, could be excused. Soon enough, Seth Meyers seemed to gain control of his inaugural edition of “Late Night.” Part of his subsequent comfort level had to be explained by his savvy choice of guests: Amy Poehler and Vice President Joe Biden.

    Jimmy Fallon said Monday on Twitter that he would join Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago’s Polar Plunge Sunday.

    Jimmy Fallon to swim Polar Plunge in Chicago

    Jimmy Fallon is getting ready to do the Polar Plunge, Chicago-style with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The new host of “The Tonight Show” said Monday on Twitter that he would join Emanuel for the frigid swim on Sunday in Lake Michigan. His decision came after Emanuel said he would appear on “The Tonight Show” if Fallon joined him for the event benefiting Special Olympics.


    Dining events: Schaumburg welcomes upscale Zeal

    Chef Vincent Pecora recently opened Zeal, an upscale yet casual restaurant in Schaumburg. Listen to modern rock covers performed by Tony Sheehan while you dine at Chooch’s Pizzeria at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1.

    Garlicky Kale, Squash and Farro Soup

    Garlicky Kale, Squash and Farro Soup
    Garlicky Kale, Squash and Farro Soup

    Musician Sammy Hagar holds a bottle of his Beach Bar Rum, and a mojito made with the rum, during a recent interview in Miami.

    Rock star Hagar talks rum and coffee-table book

    One is a rock star and the other a rock star chef, but Sammy Hagar and Emeril Lagasse have a shared passion for food and music. “He loves music as much as I love cooking,” Hagar said before giving a weekend concert at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, where he teamed up with Lagasse for a night of classic guitar tunes and rum. Hagar, known as the “Red Rocker” and lead singer of the band Van Halen, sold his part of the Cabo Wabo Tequila company not long ago and turned his attention to rum. Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum is made in Hawaii, where Hagar has a home.

    Costume designer Michael Wilkinson ’s costumes for the film “American Hustle” are on display during the FIDM Museum’s 22nd annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit in Los Angeles.

    Nominated costumes get museum treatment in L.A.

    The burgundy velour suit Christian Bale finished with an ascot stands next to the slinky, leopard-print gown worn by Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle.” Five of the flashy, low-cut dresses worn by Amy Adams occupy extra-small mannequins beside them. These Oscar-nominated costumes are among the stars of FIDM Museum’s 22nd annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit, which features outfits from all five Oscar contenders this year: “American Hustle,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The Great Gatsby,” “The Invisible Woman” and “The Grandmaster.” The free exhibit, on view until April 26, also features dozens of designs from other popular films, including “Man of Steel” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”


    Project tackles low-income word gap

    Rhode Island’s capital city has begun an effort to boost language skills in children from low-income families by equipping them with audio recorders that count every word they hear.


    Teens report more stress than adults, with school to blame

    U.S. teenagers report feeling more stressed-out than adults do, with school being a main cause, according to a new survey for the American Psychological Assocation.

    Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck’s new book “Vibrant Living” offers a 21-day plan for transforming yourself.

    A cheerleader’s rules for living

    Molly Shattuck used to cheer for the Baltimore Ravens. Now she wants to cheer for you. In her new book, “Vibrant Living” ($25, Hilton, mollyshattuck.com), Shattuck lays out a 21-day plan to help you “transform your body, burst with energy and live your life with purpose.”

    Glen Ellyn native Caryn Capotosto visits the Sundance Film Festival where the documentary “20 Feet From Stardom” premiered in 2013.

    Glenbard West grad ‘20 Feet’ from Oscar documentary stardom

    Glen Ellyn native Caren Capotosto said, “I seriously think the filming of the first reality show ‘Yearbook’ at Glenbard West High School when I was a freshman may have subconsciously stuck with me.” Sunday, Capotosto will find out if her movie, “20 Feet From Stardom,” will win the Academy Award for Best Documentary. She served as the associate producer on the project, about backup singers.

    “Riser” is the seventh album from Dierks Bentley.

    Dierks Bentley continues creative approach

    Contemporary country singer Dierks Bentley has changed producers for “Riser,” his seventh album, and the results play up a long-held U2 influence. The chiming guitars and slow-boiling melodies add a simmering passion to Bentley’s distinctive vocal and writing style, while the lyrics and subtle instrumental touches tie it to country music. Working with producer Ross Copperman, Bentley’s ambitious reach comes charging back in such new gems as the spiritual “Here on Earth” and the personal statements of “I Hold On” and “Damn These Dreams.”

    Ellen DeGeneres is returning as host at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, after making her Oscar debut in 2007. She’s had a close hand in the writing process, Neil Meron said.

    Expect an Oscars filled with music, heroes, Ellen

    With less than a week to go before the Academy Awards, the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood is on lockdown. Guards stand at every door, and handlers with walkie-talkies keep a close eye on any visitors. Neil Meron, who is producing the Oscar show for the second time with partner Craig Zadan, hopes a careful blend of secrecy and teasing — topped with some of the tightest races in recent Oscar memory — makes the 86th Academy Awards a lure that viewers can’t resist. “The Oscars is like sports,” he said, sitting in host Ellen DeGeneres’ empty dressing room. “It is sports to lots and lots of people, because you don’t know who’s going to win."

    “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” isn’t a breeze, it’s actually pretty hard, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

    Donkey Kong stumbles in ‘Tropical Freeze’

    Donkey Kong: He jumps. He punches. He swings on vines and swims with sharks. He wears a monogrammed necktie. He’s kind of boring. Still, “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” provides all the action that fans of the big galoot are probably looking for. Right from the start, though, players expecting a laid-back island vibe will discover that “Tropical Freeze” is hard.

    Legendary jazz performer Ramsey Lewis will lead a musical tribute to Nat King Cole at North Central College Friday.

    Music notes: Ramsey Lewis leads Nat King Cole tribute

    Ramsey Lewis leads a trbiute to pop-jazz artist Nat King Cole; DuPage County rock favorite Lucky Boys Confusion will play a "hometown" show this weekend in Palatine; and power-pop legend Marshall Crenshaw is performing this weekend as part of a double bill with acclaimed roots-rockers the Bottle Rockets in Chicago.


    Daily Herald file photo/Steve Lundy Boaters enjoy the Fox River near Port Barrington.

    Editorial: Not so fast on Fox water agency dissolution

    Efforts to reduce redundant governments deserve applause, but a Daily Herald editorial urges caution on a bill to dissolve the Fox Waterway Agency.


    An outbreak of sanity

    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Reports by presidential commissions are often like those statues that dominate public squares in Washington: massive in size, but opaque in origin and quickly obscured by a thick layer of grime. But one commission presented a report last month that reflects an unusual amount of bipartisan cooperation and good sense. It deserves far more attention than it’s received so far.


    An alternative to the imperial presidency

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: The march toward presidential unilateralism, whether the president is a Democrat or a Republican, dangerously undercuts our constitutional system. Before we give up on the separation of powers, let’s try strengthening Congress.


    Columnist wrong about deficit declining
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Donna Brazile’s Feb. 11 column, “The good news that you probably never heard,” wrongly claims that “the fact is the deficit has been falling steadily since 2009” and suggests President Obama has cut the budget deficit by over half.


    Treasures of humanity contributed by gays
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Did the spectators in Sochi and television audience around the world witness the Russians paying homage to Pyotr Alexeyevich, anglicized Peter the Great, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky in their opening ceremony?


    Hockey headline was overstated
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I question your use of the headline “Heartbreak” in describing our women’s Olympic hockey team’s loss in the gold medal game with Canada. It was a disappointment, perhaps, but not a “heartbreak.”


    Stop to thank our service people
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Just a thought. Next time you’re in your local supermarket, hardware store, department store, gas station or restaurant and you see a soldier in uniform or a veteran wearing a hat showing what conflict there were in, take the time to walk over and shake their hand, pat them on the hack and thank them for their service.


    God’s love is not in some hearts
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The Bible reader who interprets that God wishes us to murder people of a homosexual nature really must read the Ten Commandments which actually state something about not killing others.


    Find solutions instead of shouting
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I have often been forced to defend Obamacare because it tries to do the right thing. Specifically, it requires insurance companies to cover everyone fairly, such as people with pre-existing conditions.


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