Daily Archive : Thursday February 27, 2014


    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Officer Steven Alcorn gets congratulations from his wife Larissa after being named Rookie of the Year during the Elgin Police Department annual awards ceremony Monday.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Olympians returning home, people plunging in frozen lakes for charity, and a sleepy owl.

    An agreement is in place for Harper College and Elgin Community College to jointly open the Education and Work Center at the Hanover Square shopping center in Hanover Park. The center, which official hope to open in the fall, aims to reduce unemployment in the area through classes and job counseling programs.

    ECC, Harper College partner on Hanover Park facility

    Elgin Community and Harper colleges have finally reached a deal on a new facility aimed at fighting unemployment in Hanover Park. Both schools will offer courses for students hoping to transition to community college. "One of our goals for a student walking in the doors is that, for them, they experience no difference," said Peggy Heinrich, an ECC dean.

    Republican gubernatorial candidates from left, state Sen. Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sen. Bill Brady debated Thursday in Chicago.

    Governor candidates sharpen attacks on eve of early voting

    With a few days to go before early voting starts in Illinois, state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady sharpened their attacks tonight at the first televised Chicago-area debate in the Republican primary race for governor. Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, pointed to his own legal experience, as well as Brady’s and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s business experience, to push back...


    2 hurt after car hits tree in Carpentersville

    A driver and passenger of a car had to be extricated from their vehicle after striking a tree Thursday night in Carpentersville, authorities said. First responders were called to the 400 block of Tulsa Ave. at 9:15 p.m. after the driver’s sedan left the roadway and struck a tree near the adjacent sidewalk, according to the Carpentersville Fire Department.


    Quinn redirects party campaign funds to charity

    Gov. Pat Quinn and state Sen. Mike Frerichs redirected campaign money to charities after it was revealed earlier this week that a Democratic county organization led by a state employee contributed to their campaigns.

    Pro-Russian demonstrators wave Russian and Crimean flags and shout slogans during a protest in front of a local government building in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, Thursday.

    Russian moves raise stakes in Ukraine conflict

    Dozens of armed men in military uniforms seized an airport in the capital of Ukraine’s strategic Crimea region early today, a report said. Witnesses told the Interfax news agency that the 50 or so men were wearing the same gear as the ones who seized government buildings in the city, Simferopol, on Thursday and raised the Russian flag.

    Keith Matune, left, is challenging incumbent Ron Sandack for the Republican nomination to represent the 81st state House District in the March 18 primary election.

    81st House candidates disagree on replacing income tax revenue

    As the 2011 Illinois income tax increase approaches its sunset date next year, both Republican candidates to represent the 81st state House District agree it should expire as planned. Where incumbent Ron Sandack and challenger Keith Matune differ is on how the state should make up for lost revenue assuming the individual income tax rate drops to 3.75 percent from 5 percent as is scheduled in 2015.


    S. Elgin woman accused of soliciting carjacking

    A South Elgin woman is charged with soliciting a carjacking with the intent to harm, authorities said. Michelle Leigh Bertoncini, 39, was charged Tuesday with two counts of solicitation for aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and two counts of solicitation for unlawful vehicular invasion, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

    President Barack Obama is introduced by Christian Champagne, 18, a senior at Hyde Park Career Academy in Chicago, before speaking about his new initiative to provide greater opportunities for young black and Hispanic men called ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Thursday at the White House.

    Obama plan aims to improve odds for minority boys

    In strong, often personal terms, President Barack Obama on Thursday called for vigorous efforts to reverse underachievement among young black and Hispanic males. He also cautioned young minority men not to repeat his own youthful mistakes in an unforgiving world. The president kicked off his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative from the White House East Room, appearing on stage...

    Manju Goel and Larry Kaifesh

    Deceptive website sparks fury in 8th Congressional primary

    Eighth Congressional District GOP hopeful Larry Kaifesh is calling foul on a deceptive website set up in his name by an Indian American SuperPAC that supports his rival in the March 18 primary, Manju Goel. Kaifesh is calling on his opponent to put a stop to the attacks posted on the website, as well as on related Facebook and Twitter accounts.


    Married man to become Maronite priest in US

    When Deacon Wissam Akiki is ordained as a Maronite Catholic priest Thursday night in St. Louis, he’s expected to have hundreds of supporters there for him, including his wife and daughter. For the first time in nearly a century, the Maronite Catholic Church in the United States is ordaining a married priest in a ceremony at the ornate St. Raymond’s Maronite Cathedral near downtown...

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart disputes a lawsuit’s claims that the conditions of the county jail are “tortuous.”

    Lawsuit alleges ‘sadistic violence’ at Cook County jail

    Guards at one of the nation’s largest jails systematically engage in “sadistic violence and brutality” against inmates, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed on Thursday. But an official responsible for overseeing the Cook County jail, Sheriff Tom Dart, told reporters the lawsuit was an exaggeration and, taken as a whole, was “a fictional account.”


    Buffalo Grove, Bartlett among country’s safest towns, according to research firm

    Bartlett and Buffalo Grove are among the 20 safest communities in the United States, according to a report issued recently by the community research firm Neighborhood Scout. The villages ranked 15th and 20th, respectively, on the firm’s "2014 Safest Cities in America" list.


    No one injured in Mount Prospect fire

    No one was injured Wednesday in a fire inside a multifamily residence on the 1100 block of north Boxwood Drive in Mount Prospect, authorities said. All residents of the building who were home at the time got out safely, alerted by smoke alarms.


    Two plead guilty in Hoffman Estates robbery

    Two teenagers charged with a September 2012 armed robbery in Hoffman Estates pleaded guilty Thursday and were sentenced to prison. Martin Jacobo, 16, of Schaumburg, and Erick Estrada, 16, of Hoffman Estates, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and were sentenced by Cook County Judge Thomas Fecarotta to seven and nine years in prison, respectively.


    Teams sought for Fox River Shiver:

    The Broken Oar on the Fox River in Port Barrington hosts its 2nd annual Fox River Shiver on Sunday, March 9, in which volunteers dress in costume and brave the icy river for a good cause.


    Schaumburg’s Twitter ride-along a success

    Schaumburg police Sgt. John Nebl considers last Friday’s Twitter ride-along with patrol Officer Ken Feeley to have been a success, and as representative of a typical day on the beat as he could have hoped for. Nebl served as narrator and cameraman via the village of Schaumburg’s Twitter account as Feeley went about all his normal duties.


    Northbound Route 43 to close:

    A bridge deck replacement project on northbound Route 43 over southbound Route 41 is scheduled to begin Monday, March 3, weather permitting. In order to complete the work, northbound Route 43 will be closed, along with the bridge structure carrying northbound Route 43 over southbound Route 41, until Aug. 15.


    Summer Jobs for Lake County Youth

    Friday is the deadline to apply to the Lake County Board’s Summer Youth Employment Program, which offers youths aged 14 to 18 (or 14-22 with an Individualized education plan) the opportunity for a paid, part-time work experience over the summer.


    Fundraiser to fight blindness:

    Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream in Crystal Lake hosts a FUNdraising Night on Sunday, March 2, to benefit Team Focus Foundation Fighting Blindness.


    Dist. 200 OKs issuing more than $9 million in bonds

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 will issue nearly $9.6 million in bonds to help pay for “critical” facility improvements. The school board agreed to issue the bonds Wednesday, with only member Jim Gambaiani voting no.

    Debra Fredricksen

    Search continues for missing Des Plaines woman

    Des Plaines police say their investigation into the disappearance of a 61-year-old woman is continuing, almost a week after she went missing. Debra Fredricksen was last seen in her car going through a McDonald’s drive-through in Morton Grove about noon on Feb. 21. Her car was located Saturday night near Dempster Street and the lakefront in Evanston.


    Carpentersville plans layoffs to offset budget deficit

    Carpentersville officials have announced villagewide layoffs to help plug a projected $400,000 deficit. The village intends to lay off two full-time firefighters, a part-time records clerk in the police department, a community service officer and a part-time ambulance billing clerk in the fire department, Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said Thursday. “At this time, this is all that I...

    Tom Cushing, a production expert at Fast Signs, cuts down a sheet of anti-Senate Bill 1062 signs that read “Open For Business To Everyone.”

    Republican factions split over Arizona bill

    Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of a bill allowing businesses to refuse service to gays exposed a fracture within the Republican Party between social conservatives and the GOP’s pro-business wing, a split that Democrats hope to turn into a midterm election campaign issue.


    Bartlett Park District staging retro radio show

    The Bartlett Park District will recreate a broadcast from the golden era of radio Friday night. And here's the twist: the audience can see actors using contraptions to make clever sound effects.


    Bartlett wins state grant for bike paths

    Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday that the village of Bartlett will receive a $36,800 state grant to build bike paths as part of a program encouraging green transportation and healthy living. “This investment will provide more opportunities for people to get out, get healthy and enjoy what Bartlett has to offer,” Quinn said.


    Barrington dancers performing at Gigi’s gala

    Dancers from Barrington-based Bataille Academie of the Danse will perform at the Gigi’s Playhouse 2014 International Gala at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook. Gigi’s Playhouse is a Hoffman Estates-based organization that runs Down syndrome Achievement Centers across the country.


    Jean Grotberg: A life of music, teaching and politics

    Elizabeth Jean Grotberg's life was built around music and teaching in St. Charles. She shared her music with four first ladies, and was a favorite pianist of designer Oscar de la Renta at this charitable fundraisers.

    Naperville police released this sketch Thursday of a man suspected of burglarizing two homes Monday in south Naperville and trying to steal from a third.

    Naperville police seeking suspect in 2 burglaries

    Naperville police are looking for leads in two home burglaries and a residential burglary attempt they believe are related, authorities said Thursday. The two burglaries of jewelry and small electronics and the burglary attempt all took place during the day Monday within about a two-mile area south of 75th Street and west of Greene Valley Forest Preserve, police said.


    River Trails schools celebrate diversity with Heritage Fair

    River Trails Elementary District 26 will host its first Heritage Fair next week, an event designed to foster appreciation and understanding of the different cultural groups who call the district home. The event will include ethnic/global music, food and a presentation table that will allow district families to display and share items that represent their particular cultural backgrounds.


    Men from Elk Grove, Rosemont charged with drug crimes

    Two Northwest suburban men are facing drug charges after police discovered cocaine worth about $9,000 in their car this week in McHenry, authorities said.

    Lorenzo Tatone, left, talks to an Azusa, Calif., police officer who is advising him of a mandatory evacuation of a street considered especially at risk as the city makes preparations for possible flooding Thursday. Tatone says he plans to stay but his daughter and grandchild are leaving. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for 1,000 homes in Glendora and Azusa, two foothill suburbs east of Los Angeles, in advance of a powerful storm.

    California cities order evacuations ahead of storm

    California got some badly needed precipitation Thursday from a fast-moving storm that forecasters said would be followed by heavier rains and snow and the possibility of flooding and mud flows into communities near areas scarred by wildfires. Nevertheless, that’s still pretty good news for California which has been in a severe drought. However, that same storm heads next for the Midwest...


    Arlington Heights teacher named ‘Educator of the Year’

    Paul Solarz, a fifth-grade teacher at Westgate Elementary School in Arlington Heights, was named “Educator of the Year” by Illinois Computing Educator this week. Solarz uses technology throughout the day with his students for activities, including working collaboratively using Google Drive, engaging in mystery Skype sessions with outside guests, and posting reading discussions on...

    A bill proposed in the Illinois legislature by a state Sen. Dave Koehler, a Peoria Democrat, would require anyone to get a doctor’s prescription to buy any cold and flu drug with pseudoephedrine. The decongestant is an ingredient used to make methamphetamine.

    Bill would require prescription for cold meds

    egislation proposed by a state senator from Peoria would require anyone with a cold to get a doctor’s prescription to buy medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

    Jennifer Magiera of the Academy for Urban School Leadership in Chicago participates in a social networking discussion Thursday during the Illinois Computing Educators State Conference at Pheasant Run in St. Charles.

    Suburban educators converge on tech conference

    From students blogging book reports to using digital apps to create video and art projects, suburban educators shared how they are implementing the latest technologies in their classrooms at the Illinois Computing Educators State Conference Thursday.

    Some experts believe Illinois could bring in $500 million a year if it allowed online gambling.

    Online gambling could bring in revenue, Cullerton says

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says the state could get needed revenue by legalizing online gambling, but he acknowledged getting approval would be difficult.

    Thomson prison was finished in 2001 but never fully opened.

    Durbin, Bustos urge funding for Thomson prison

    Two members of Illinois congressional delegation are asking President Barack Obama to continue funding efforts to activate the Thomson Correctional Center in the northwest part of the state. Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Cheri Bustos sent the letter Thursday.


    Jury awards $2.5 million in Chicago State lawsuit

    A Cook County jury awarded $2.5 million to a former Chicago State University lawyer who claimed he was fired for reporting improprieties to the Illinois attorney general.


    Pollution panel weighing new rules for coal ash

    An Illinois pollution panel is gathering public input on proposed rules that would require stricter monitoring of groundwater near coal-ash ponds throughout the state.


    Geneva school district looks for formal plan for debt payment

    If the Geneva school board wants to keep debt payments level the next few years, it has several options for doing so, including extending the debt several more years.


    State Senate passes ‘revenge porn’ bill

    The Illinois Senate has approved a proposal making it illegal to display what some are calling “revenge porn.” The bill would make it a felony to post sexual material of another person on the Internet without their consent. It would be punishable by up to three years in jail and a $25,000 fine.


    Teachers boycotting test will be disciplined

    Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett says teachers who refuse to administer an annual standardized test next week will be disciplined. Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey is calling Byrd-Bennett’s stance “absurd and harmful.”


    Charter school, code changes on Elgin’s agenda Saturday

    Leasing property to a possible new charter school and implementing sweeping changes to the city’s code are on Saturday’s agenda for a marathon special meeting of the Elgin City Council’s committee of the whole. It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Drive.


    Dist. 73 board OKs 3-percent raises for administrators

    Administrators in Hawthorn Elementary District 73 will receive a 3-percent raise next year and a similar amount for a second year. Historically, these have been one-year contracts but the board wanted to "show a commitment to our administrators," school board President Jeff Bard said.

    Tuition at College of DuPage is scheduled to increase by $4 per credit hour in the fall.

    College of DuPage increases tuition, fees

    Tuition and fees will climb this fall at College of DuPage as officials work to address a projected gap between revenues and expenses. Board members at the Glen Ellyn-based community college recently voted to raise the cost of tuition by $4 per credit hour, to a total of $144 for in-district students. That amount includes fees.


    Part of Dist. 303 grade-level centers lawsuit dismissed

    A judge dismissed a portion of the ongoing litigation involving St. Charles Unit District 303's creation of two grade level centers Wednesday. This aspect of the case involved determining which of the parties is responsible for expenses incurred by the families who sued the district.


    Fox Valley police reports
    James M. Kaczmarek, 22, of Algonquin, was charged Wednesday with battery, according to a police report. The victim, who was driving a vehicle inside a parking garage at 95 Symphony Way, Elgin, said Kaczmarek ran into the path of the vehicle and punched the hood. The driver got out as Kaczmarek attempted to get in through the passenger door. The driver grabbed the back of Kaczmarek’s shirt,...


    Hundreds to brave icy waters at Palatine plunge

    Nearly 300 brave souls are set to brave the icy waters of Twin Lakes in Palatine for charity Sunday during the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. Dan Conley, area 18 director of Special Olympics Illinois, said the group hopes to raise more $105,000 at the event.

    Cook Memorial Public Library children services librarian Melissa Henderson reads the book “Can I Bring Woolly to the Library, Ms. Reeder” by Lois G. Grambling to students during Kindergarten Career Fair Day at Rockland School in Libertyville. Kindergartners learned about jobs from a librarian, a firefighter, a human resources director and a therapy dog handler.

    Libertyville kindergartners learn about careers

    Thirty-three kindergartners from the afternoon and morning classes at Rockland School in Libertyville listened to professionals who talked about their jobs during the annual Kindergarten Career Fair Day on Thursday.

    Frankie Rivera

    Five people charged in two Carpentersville home burglaries

    Carpentersville police on Tuesday arrested four men and one juvenile in two separate home burglaries. One was halted because of an alert neighbor who called police; another was solved through detective work by checking out an Elgin pawnshop for stolen goods.

    Erik S. Paxton

    Ex-Naperville YMCA worker gets 4 years for child porn

    A 26-year-old Aurora man and former Naperville YMCA worker pleaded guilty Thursday to child pornography possession and was sentenced to four year in prison. Erik S. Paxton, who has been held at the Kane County jail since his May 2012 arrest, also must register for life as a sex offender.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A home on the 3N700 block of Hawthorn Drive near St. Charles was broken into, causing $600 damage to a basement window and garage door, according to a sheriff’s report. The incident, in which nothing appeared to be stolen, was reported to police at 5 p.m. Monday.

    Widening the Jane Addams Tollway will require moving parts of a water main serving some northwest suburbs.

    Water pipe relocation will cost residents up to $73 million

    Northwest Cook County residents and business owners will need to come up with $73 million to move a water pipe serving Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village and other towns to make way for widening the Jane Addams Tollway. Possible payment options are raising rates or long-term borrowing.

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

    Tune in here for coverage of tonight's GOP governor debate
    Watch here at 7 p.m. today for coverage of the Illinois Republican governor candidates' debate. Daily Herald Political Editor Mike Riopell will keep you updated on Twitter during the debate @DHstatehouse, and we'll compile all that's on social media and publish it here on this page.


    Construction starts on training center at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital

    With the swing of sledgehammers, Elmhurst College and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare this week celebrated the start of construction on a state-of-the-art simulation learning facility to be located at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.


    St. Charles man sentenced in Vegas fraud scheme

    A St. Charles man and his out-of-state business partner received federal prison sentences for defrauding 125 investors out of roughly $6.6 million. Roderick Rieman, 69, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud. Prosecutors said Rieman and his partner lied to investors and misappropriated funds to make "Ponzi-type" payments to some investors.

    Deishaad Hamlin

    Bartlett man sentenced to 13 years on robbery, sexual assault charges

    A 19-year-old Bartlett man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to the predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and robbery, in two separate cases.


    Prosecutor: Woman turns down plea deal in Lincolnshire theft case

    A Glenview woman accused of stealing more than $250,000 from an elderly Lincolnshire man rejected a plea deal in Lake County court early Thursday. Theresa Lau, 44, faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty at trial of financial exploitation of an elderly person.

    Bartlett officials are considering the establishment of a new Tax Increment Financing district in the village’s downtown. Proponents say TIF districts provide a boost to economic development efforts.

    Bartlett officials weigh new TIF district downtown

    Bartlett economic development officials say the village’s downtown is ripe for another Tax Increment Financing district. The village’s economic development commission has been taking stock of the cosmetic needs downtown after more than five months of talks with business owners and Bartlett staff.


    Woodfield Mall hosts ‘Diaper Derby’ March 8

    Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg will host its first-ever Diaper Derby allowing Chicago-area babies to compete in a series of exciting crawling contests, with the winners moving on to the grand finale. The event will occur from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8 in the grand court inside the mall at Golf Road and Route 53.

    Dan Whittington

    Lombard students get chance to learn about local government

    High school students interested in learning more about local government have a unique opportunity this spring to see firsthand how the village of Lombard is run. The village’s new Youth Leadership Program will be held over three, 2-hour sessions at village hall on April 17, April 24 and May 1. It is open to any high school student living in Lombard.

    Work aimed at improving the water quality of Buffalo Creek will be among the major projects taken on this year by the Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team, according to a presentation to village leaders this week. The group also plans to conduct a third annual Green Fair in June.

    Buffalo Grove Green Fair, recycling programs returning

    Buffalo Grove will continue its popular holiday lights and electronics recycling programs this year, officials said this week during a presentation to the village board on the town's 2014 environmental plan. The plan also calls for restoration and cleanup at Rylko and Willow Stream parks, and a third annual “Green Fair” organized by the village's Environmental Action Team (EAT).


    Tips for dealing with a spouse who isn’t perfect

    If you've been married for even a little while you've probably discovered one or two things your spouse does that you'd really prefer they didn't. Some are minor, some are not. Our Ken Potts offers some advice for how to handle such challenges.

    Jaclyn Fowler is the winner of the 2014 Virginia M. Wagner Educational Grant from Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago.

    McHenry resident wins Soroptimist grant

    Jaclyn Fowler of McHenry won the Virginia Wagnenr Educational Grant from the Soroptimists. She will be recognized with check and certificate at the May awards ceremony.


    Sign up for NAMI’s Family-To-Family Education Program

    NAMI Kane County North will sponsor the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program specifically for families, caregivers and friends of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness.

    Lisle has approved a letter of intent with Naperville-based Marquette Companies for the sale and development of the old village hall site at Main Street and Burlington Avenue.

    Lisle trustees providing input on plans for downtown site

    With a company proposing a mix of apartments and retail space for the old village hall site in downtown Lisle, village trustees are trying to decide what they want to see in the plans and whether they're willing to offer incentives to make the project happen. “I think we are well on our way to moving this project forward,” Mayor Joe Broda said. “Overall, the consensus of the...

    Dispatchers at Los Angeles International Airport who received an emergency call seconds after the gunman opened fire in a passenger screening area last fall didn’t know where to send help because the airport’s communications system doesn’t identify locations of its emergency phones.

    AP: Phone system failed in LAX shooting

    A Los Angeles International Airport police dispatcher who received a call seconds after a gunman opened fire last year didn’t know where to send officers because no one was on the line and the airport communications system didn’t identify that the call was coming from a security checkpoint emergency phone, two officials told The Associated Press.

    Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivers his first State of the City address, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Detroit.

    Mayor Duggan: ‘The change in Detroit is real’
    In the nearly two months that Mike Duggan has been Detroit’s mayor, he’s met with President Barack Obama, public bus riders, city workers and anyone who will listen to his message that the city is changing — this time for the better.

    Kerry Kennedy testified at her drugged-driving trial Wednesday that she has no memory of swerving and hitting a tractor-trailer on a suburban New York highway and did not realize she was impaired when she got behind the wheel.

    Kennedy says she can’t remember wild NY drive

    Kerry Kennedy said she doesn’t remember anything that happened as she drove on a New York interstate one summer day in 2012 — swerving out of her lane, hitting a tractor-trailer and blowing a tire — because she accidentally took a sleeping pill before getting behind the wheel.


    13 workers exposed to radiation at New Mexico plant

    Thirteen workers at the nation’s underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced.

    50-year-old Fernando Gonzalez, known to U.S. authorities as “Ruben Campa”, a member of the “Cuban Five” spy ring, was released from the Federal Correctional Institution early Thursday after he completed his sentence.

    Another Cuban 5 spy released from US prison

    A second member of the “Cuban Five” spy ring was released Thursday from a U.S. prison after spending more than 15 years behind bars. The five men, who are hailed as heroes in Cuba, were convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the U.S. They were known as part of the “Wasp Network” sent by Fidel Castro to...


    3 dead, 3 injured in Hawaii plane crash

    A small plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from Hawaii’s Lanai Island, killing three people and leaving three others injured, authorities said Thursday.


    District 158 seeks to replace chief academic officer

    Huntley District 158 is searching for a new chief academic officer with the upcoming departure of Mike Moan, who is leaving the district after 17 years to become superintendent of Woodstock School District 200. Moan’s last day with District 158 is June 30.


    Businesses compete to help FISH Food Pantry

    No one is looking forward to the coming spring months more than Mary Graziano, president of the Carpentersville-based FISH Food Pantry.

    Paddlers of all ages and abilities will take to the Fox River on June 1, when the Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race returns for its 53rd year.

    Frozen now, but Fox River will be hoppin’ for Mid-Am Race

    For much of this winter, the Fox River has looked more like frozen tundra than a vibrant waterway; a cold, white sheen of snow-caked ice, crisscrossed by wayward snowmobile trails and skinny ski tracks. But the Fox will spring to life on the first Sunday in June as the Mid-America Canoe and Kayak Race returns for its 53rd year running.


    Indiana couple’s 2nd triplets doing well at home

    KOKOMO, Ind. — A central Indiana couple’s second set of triplets is doing well at home weeks after being born.The births of the triplet girls to Bill and Sarah Imbierowicz (IM’-broh-wits) of Kokomo comes about 18 months after their triplet sons were born. They also have a 3-year-old son.


    Seoul: North Korea fired short-range missiles into sea

    South Korea says North Korea has fired four suspected short-range missiles into its eastern waters. A Defense Ministry official said North Korea fired four projectiles believed to be short-range missiles with a range of more than about 125 miles into the waters off its east coast.

    JoAnn Osmond

    Lawmaker's proposal aimed at helping water skiers

    State Rep. JoAnn Osmond wants to protect water skiers and tubers after they've fallen into the water by requiring them to wave a flag when an individual is down.


    CUB says cold winter driving up natural gas prices

    The Citizens Utility Board is urging consumers to conserve energy and participate in efficiency programs offered by utilities as the cost of natural gas increases.


    Georgia man convicted in investment fraud scheme

    PEORIA — A Georgia man faces decades in prison after a federal jury in central Illinois convicted him in an investment fraud scheme. Kenneth W. Lewis was found guilty this week on four counts of wire fraud and 11 counts of money laundering.


    Vigil recalls 6 killed by Indianapolis house fire

    INDIANAPOLIS — Several dozen people gathered during a vigil outside the Indianapolis home where six family members were killed by a weekend fire, with many hugging and consoling relatives of the victims.Authorities say the fire killed 47-year-old Lionel Guerra, 33-year-old Brandy Mae Guerra and their four children, ages 6 to 14.


    Wisconsin warns about overcharges at American sale

    MADISON, Wis. — State regulators are advising consumers to pay attention to the price they’re charged if they shop at American TV & Appliance liquidation sales around Wisconsin.


    Cheese championship in Wisconsin to have 2,600 entries

    MADISON, Wis. — This year’s World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison will feature more than 2,600 entries from 22 nations.The event will be held March 18 and 19. There’ll be 2,615 entries in cheese and butter categories, a 5 percent increase from last year.


    Donation helps St. Norbert College

    DE PERE, Wis. (AP) — A donation from the estate of a Green Bay business leader is helping St. Norbert College start a new college of business.WLUK-TV reports the estate of Donald Schneider has donated $7 million to the De Pere school. The former CEO of Schneider National Inc. died in 2012.


    Data show charters expel students at high rate

    Newly released Chicago Public Schools data indicate charter school students are more likely to be expelled than students in traditional schools.


    Workplace safety conference planned in Peoria

    PEORIA — A daylong conference for workplace safety professionals will be held next week in Peoria.


    ‘Mein Kampf’ signed by Hitler up for auction in LA

    LOS ANGELES — Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is one of the most racist and heinous screeds in modern history, but officials say two rare early editions signed by him could go for more than $20,000 at an online auction on Thursday.


    1,000-plus hogs died in central Indiana farm fire

    CUTLER, Ind. — Authorities say more than 1,000 hogs were killed by a fire that swept through barns on a central Indiana farm.The fire broke out Wednesday at the farm near the Carroll County community of Cutler, damaging three of the farm’s four hog barns.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shows the way to his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych during a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Moscow on Wednesday granted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych protection “on the territory of Russia,” shortly after the fugitive leader sought help from the Kremlin, according to an official quoted by Russian news agencies.

    Russia grants protection for Ukrainian president

    Moscow on Wednesday granted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych protection “on the territory of Russia,” shortly after the fugitive leader sought help from the Kremlin, according to an official quoted by Russian news agencies. Meanwhile, a respected Russian news organization reported that Yanukovych was seen in a Moscow hotel and was now staying in a Kremlin sanatorium just...


    UK immigration up sharply in year to September

    LONDON — Official figures show some 212,000 more migrants moved into Britain than left in the 12 months that ended in September, with the number of Romanians and Bulgarians increasing dramatically.The net migration figure represents an increase over the previous 12 months when some 154,000 more people arrived than left.


    Indiana House backs study of teen sexual assaults

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House is backing a plan to study the number of teen sexual assaults and rapes in the state.House members voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of the measure sought by Democratic Rep. Christina Hale of Indianapolis. Hale has spent much of the session trying to raise awareness about the large number of sexual assaults in the state.


    Senator’s poison control center bill clears hurdle

    A state senator’s effort to keep the Illinois Poison Center open has cleared a key hurdle. Oak Park Democrat Don Harmon’s legislation passed from a state government committee Wednesday and now heads to the full chamber for consideration.


    Author says Japan’s 1995 war apology should stand

    Former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said Thursday that the landmark 1995 war apology carrying his name is an international pledge that Japan must not change, amid speculation that the current conservative leaders want to revise it.


    Extreme temps hamper school firefighting efforts

    RACINE, Wis. — Firefighters worked in temperatures hovering around zero as they battled a fire at a Racine school. Authorities say the fire at Mitchell Elementary and Middle School started about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. WTMJ-TV reports police responded to an alarm at the school, discovered smoke and called the fire department.


    Blast hits Qatari capital of Doha, killing 9

    An apparent gas explosion Thursday at a restaurant near a filling station in the Qatari capital killed nine people and wounded dozens of others, according to emergency services officials in the energy-rich Gulf nation.


    Dawn Patrol: Lawmakers look at soda tax; Mundelein ready to buy land

    Legislators look at soda tax, energy drink ban. Mundelein ready to cut checks for land. Mount Prospect bakery finds temporary home. Bartlett man admits to attemtped robbery. Gilberts names new police chief. Blackhawks' Olympians back at work. Bulls blow out Golden State.

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    Gurnee's Warren-Newport library board prepares to seek new director

    Board members at Warren-Newport Public Library District in Gurnee are forming a plan to find a new executive director who would start in the summer. Executive Director Stephen Bero plans to retire July 31.

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

    GOP candidates have much to lose — and gain — from televised debate

    Is it Bruce Rauner's debate to lose Thursday on ABC or the other candidates' to win? The first Chicago televised showdown between the GOP gubernatorial hopefuls could be a turning point for one of the four. “People should tune in because it's Rauner's to lose,” said Sharon Alter, professor emeritus of history and political science at Harper College.

    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.comPothole near intersection of Euclid Avenue and Hicks Road in Rolling Meadows.

    Where are the worst potholes in the suburbs?
    We asked our own Daily Herald staff to find the worst potholes in the suburbs. They didn't disappoint.

    This photograph of Cubs pitcher Mark Prior signing autographs at the Just Ducky Too store in Naperville in 2004 was the only photo taken before media members were told they couldn’t cover the event. The night, and Prior’s career, went downhill after that.

    Decade ago, everything seemed ducky for Prior and Cubs

    Ten years ago, Sports Illustrated picked the Cubs to win the World Series, in part because of the dominant pitching of 18-game winner Mark Prior. But Prior had an incident at the Just Ducky Too gift store in Naperville and didn't win 18 games throughout the rest of his career. In the world of Cubs curses, the duck earns a spot.



    Montini makes it 10 straight sectional titles

    Montini was ready to celebrate the No. 10 Thursday night in Glen Ellyn. That was 10 as in 10 consecutive girls basketball sectional championships, earned by the 10 3-pointers the Broncos dropped on Marshall in a dominating 54-31 Class 3A playoff victory at Glenbard South.

    Burlington Central celebrates its 55-41 win over Rockford Lutheran Thursday in the Class 3A sectional championship at Belvidere.

    Back to the Elite Eight for Burlington Central

    No third-quarter blitz was needed this time. Trailing at halftime in its previous two games, the Burlington Central girls basketball team was determined to play a complete 32 minutes Thursday night when the Rockets faced Rockford Lutheran for the Class 3A sectional championship here at Melvin Brown Gymnasium. They did just that, controlling the game from start to finish in a 55-41 win.


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Thursday’s results
    Boys basketball scoreboard*Montini 68, Chicago Christian 46Montini — M. Brachmann (21 pts); Mooney (18 pts)*Upstate Eight Championships West Chicago 89, St. Charles North 82West Chicago — Konchar 14 13-17 45; Henke 3 4-6 10; Orr 0 0- 00; Doell 2 0-0 4; Bibbs 6 2-2 18; Lomibao 4 0-0 10; Mitchell 1 0-0 2; Thakkar 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 19-25 89.St. Charles North — Goetz 11 2-2 29; Ludwig 9 9-13 28; Miller 1 1-2 5; Callaghan 7 0-0 16; Johnson 1 0-0 2; Cotter0 1-2 1; DeMoss 0 0-0 0; Pozna 0 0-0 0; Didier 0 0-0 0; Davern 0 0-0 0; Gianacakos 0 0-0 0; McCarthy 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 13-19 82.West Chicago 23 23 19 25 —89St. Charles North 12 20 18 32 —823-point baskets: WC: Konchar 4, Bibbs 4, Lomibao 2. SCN: Goetz 5, Ludwig, Miller. Fouled out: SCN: DeMoss.*Class 1A Christian Liberty regional semifinalida crown 59, christian liberty acad. 48Christian Liberty Acad. — Daniel 0 0-0 0, Silva 2 4-4 8, Swiderek 7 1-4 19, Weiss 2 2-2 6, Cunningham 3 0-1 6, Aikawa 0 0-0 0, Kemper 3 0-0 9. Totals 17 7-11 48.Ida Crown — Pinchot 2 7-9 11, Grant 1 0-0 3, Kolom 6 2-3 17, Bokor 5 5-5 15, Oliff 2 5-6 9, Rubin 0 0-0 0, Well 0 0-0 0, Frank 1 0-0 2, Berger 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 21-25 59.CLA 10 9 4 25 —48Ida Crown 15 11 14 19 —593-point baskets: CLA: Swiderek 4, Kemper 3; IdaC: Grant, Kolom.Fouled out: CLA: Weiss.*Johnsburg 56, Crystal Lake South 43*Upstate Eight crossovers Elgin 55, Bartlett 53Bartlett — Wantroba 2 0-0 5, Busch 1 0-2 3, DiCanio 6 2-3 17, C. Pauletti 2 1-3 6, Jimenez 5 0-1 12, T. Pauletti 0 1-2 1, Anderson 1 0-0 3, Hasenberg 1 4-4 6. Total: 18 8-14 53.Elgin — Douglas 0 10-10 10, Harper 0 3-4 3, Butler 2 6-8 11, Sanders 4 0-0 9, Sitter 3 2-2 10, Baldwin 3 0-0 7, Mari 2 1-2 5. Total: 14 22-27 55.Bartlett 8 13 11 21 —53Elgin 13 15 6 21 —553-point baskets: B — Wantroba, Busch, DiCanio 3, C. Pauletti, Jimenez 2, Anderson; E — Butler, Sanders, Sitter 2, Baldwin.Fouled out: B — T. Pauletti.*South Elgin 71, Batavia 59South Elgin — Wells 12 0-0 32, Amrhein 1 0-2 2, Kaminski 0 1-2 1, Hankins 5 1-3 11, Mamudi 0 1-2 1, Smith 2 0-0 5, McClure 2 3-4 8, Howard 1 0-0 3, Lynch 0 0-0 0, Atkins 2 0-0 4, Winsel 0 0-1 0, Cruz 0 0-1 0, Genz 2 0-1 4. Totals 27 6-16 71.Batavia — Knox 7 4-5 18, Pieczynski 2 0-0 5, C Coffey 1 5-6 8, M Coffey 2 4-7 9, Lovestrand 1 5-5 7, Astra 0 0-0 0, Olson 3 0-0 6, Alonzo 0 0-0 0, Roberts 0 0-0 0, Schoessling 3 0-0 6, Bala 0 0-0 0, Eberhart 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 18-23 59.South Elgin 14 25 15 17 —71Batavia 13 13 10 23 —593-point baskets: SE — Wells 8, Smith, McClure, Howard; B — Pieczynski, C Coffey, M. Coffey.Fouled out: SE — Hankins.*East Aurora 67, Streamwood 63East Aurora — Smith 6 1-2 15, Davis 2 0-0 6, Pugh 4 5-6 16, Stewart 0 1-2 1, Reynolds 1 3-4 5, Villezcas 5 4-4 15, Hernandez 4 1-4 19. Totals 22 15-22 67.Streamwood — Hill 2 3-4 7, Siewart 7 3-6 18, Allen 5 0-0 11, McGlone 1 1-2 3, Seger 2 1-3 6, Berrios 3 0-0 7, Cordone 0 1-2 1, Harris 5 0-4 10. Totals 25 9-21 63.East Aurora 19 11 24 13 —67Streamwood 16 18 17 12 —633-point baskets: EA — Smith 2, Davis 2, Pugh, Villezcas; S — Siewart, Allen, Seger, Berrios.Fouled out: S — Harris.*

    Carmel Catholic's Kathleen Fellcelli (12) and Paige Gauthier (15) celebrate their victory over Vernon Hills in the Class 3A sectional final at Ridgewood High School on Thursday.

    Lach's key as Carmel ousts Vernon Hills

    Carmel Catholic senior Leah Lach explained how her team does so well at the free throw line, especially in the fourth quarter. “We shoot 100 free throws in practice,'' Lach said. “We are trying to make 100 percent. And if we don't hit at least 80 percent, we are running.” Lach had no points heading to the fourth quarter of Thursday's sectional final game at Ridgewood High School. And then she drilled 6 straight free throws. Her effort helped Carmel stay firmly on the playoff track, as the Corsairs earned their first sectional championship appearance in the program's history. Carmel led from start to finish and beat top seed Vernon Hills 47-33, ending the storied high school careers of standout Sydney Smith and Lauren Webb.

    Geneva holds up the sectional plaque as it celebrates a 48-24 win over Batavia in the Class 4A Addison Trail sectional title game in Addison on Thursday.

    Geneva's patience pays off

    Sometimes a coach's greatest attribute is patience. Due to an assortment of injuries and other variables, Geneva girls basketball coach Sarah Meadows has seemingly waited all year to put a complete roster full of players on the floor. Judging from the Vikings' 48-24 Class 4A sectional championship victory over Batavia Thursday night at Addison Trail, that patience definitely has paid off.


    Free throws lift Elgin over Bartlett

    Bartlett was in trouble as soon as the Elgin boys basketball team reached the bonus with 6:49 left in a tied game. Unhappy with his team’s shot selection early in the third quarter, Elgin coach Mike Sitter made use of the 5 quick fouls whistled against Bartlett by switching to a delay offense. Soon thereafter, Bartlett committed its seventh foul by reaching in against Elgin senior post Ryan Sitter on the perimeter. He calmly sank 2 free throws to give the Maroons the lead for good. Sophomore Desmond Douglas was likewise fouled on the perimeter on Elgin’s next possession and drained a pair of foul shots that staked the Maroons to a 4-point cushion. On and on it went.


    Girls basketball scoreboard: Thursday’s results
    Girls basketball scoreboard*Class 4A sectional championshipat Addison TrailGeneva 48, Batavia 24Batavia 24Orman 1 3-4 5, Fruendt 3 4-7 10, S. Bayram 0 0-0 0, Frazier 4 0-1 8, E. Bayram 0 0-0 0, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Foster 0 1-4 1, Weber 0 0-0 0, Erickson 0 0-0 0. 8 8-16 24.Geneva 48Loebel 0 2-4 2, Seberger 3 2-2 11, McCloughan 5 2-2 12, Santos 2 2-3 6, Loberg 4 5-7 13, Williams 0 0-0 0, Novak 1 2-2 4, Dunn 0 0-0 0, Rogers 0 0-0 0, Medina 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 0 0-0 0, Burke 0 0-0 0, Finch 0 0-0 0, Grady 0 0-0 0. 15 15-20 48.Batavia 4 7 6 7 —24Geneva 6 10 16 16 —483-point baskets: B: None; G: Seberger 3.Rebounds: B: 32 (Frazier 8); G: 40 (Loberg 11).Fouled out: None.*Class 4A Joliet Central sectionalneuqua Valley 54, Oswego 52Oswego — O’Neill 4 1-1 12, Campbell 3 3-5 9, Wilder 4 3-5 13, Sinnott 3 1-2 8, Nelson 3 3-5 9, Klingbeil 0 1-2 1, Annala 0 0-0 0, Fischer 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 12-20 52.Neuqua Valley — Starks 2 1-2 5, N. Smith 5 1-3 12, M. Smith 1 5-5 7, Lazar 5 0-2 13, Menendez 4 1-3 9, Moon 0 8-11, Keefer 0 0-0 0, McInerney 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 16-27 54.Oswego 11 14 13 14 —52Neuqua Valley 17 14 11 12 —543-point baskets: O: O’Neill 3, Wilder 2, Sinnott; NV: Lazar 3, N. Smith. Fouled out: O: O’Neill.*Class 3A Glenbard South sectionalMontini 54, Marshall 31Marshall — Sauders 0 2-2 2, Russell 3 2-4 8, Redmond 2 2-4 6, Khammarath 1 1-4 4, Mack 1 4-8 6, Clark 2 0-0 5, Roberts 0 0-0 0. Totals: 9 11-22 31. Montini — Bogdan 0 0-0 0, Karlis 2 0-0 6, Stone 5 3-4 17, Kuykendall 2 0-0 4, Ross 2 3-4 7, Kerstein 3 0-0 9, Jakaitis 2 0-1 4, Kunzer 1 0-2 2, Bambule 1 0-0 3, Castro 0 0-0 0, Wallace 0 0-0 0, Cochrane 1 0-0 2, O’Day 0 0-0 0, Oppenheimer 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 6-11 54.Marshall 8 7 5 11 —31Montini 16 14 11 13 —543-point baskets: Ma: Khammarath, Clark. Mo: Stone 4, Kerstein 3, Karlis 2, Bambule. Fouled out: none.*At Class 3A Belvidere sectionalBurlington Central 55, Rockford Lutheran 41Rockford Lutheran — Koehler 1 0-0 3, Kerestes 8 1-2 20, McGirk 1 2-2 4, Strawbridge 0 0-2 0, Milani 2 0-0 4, Woollacott 3 4-4 10, Guse 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 7-10 41.Burlington Central — Ross 2 2-4 6, Holt 6 2-4 18, DeTamble 1 0-0 2, Cruz 0 0-0 0, Pryor 2 6-6 10, Colby 6 2-4 15, Gerke 2 0-0 4. Totals 19 12-18 55.Rockford Lutheran 9 12 13 7 —41Burlington Central 13 16 12 14 —553-point baskets: RL — Kerestes 3, Koehler; BC — Holt 4, Colby.Fouled out: BC — Colby.*At Class 4A Crystal Lake South sectionalRockford Boylan 54, Huntley 39Rockford Boylan — Schiro 0 1-2 1, Steward 5 0-0 13, Zimmerman 0 2-3 2, Blassage 7 2-4 16, Pettit 0 2-2 2, Horvat 2 0-0 4, Crouch 3 2-4 8, Stull 3 0-0 8. Totals 20 9-12 54.Huntley — Barreto 4 0-0 10, Renkosik 1 0-0 2, Zornow 1 0-0 2, S. Andrews 1 11-16 13, A. Andrews 4 3-4 12. Totals 12 14-20 39.Rockford Boylan 13 5 23 13 —54Huntley 4 10 11 14 —393-point baskets: RB — Steward 3, Stull 2; H — Barreto 2, A. Andrews.Fouled out: RB — Stull.*CLASS 4ABarrington sectional championshiprolling meadows 57, fremd 53 (OT)Fremd — Gorecki 7 5-6 21, Lewis 4 5-6 13, LaBarge 3 0-0 9, Simios 0 1-2 1, Hopkins 2 2-4 6, Tworek 1 1-2 3. Totals 17 14-20 53.Rolling Meadows — .J. Kemph 8 4-6 20, Kay 2 0-0 6,Vliet 2 0-0 5, Glasgow 5 8-10 19, Montanez 1 5-6 7, Shewmon 0 0-0 0, A. Kemph 0 0-2 0; Totals 18 17-25 57 Fremd 10 11 11 16 5—53Rolling Meadows 16 4 13 15 9—573-point baskets: Frd: LaBarge (3), Gorecki (2); RM: Kay (2), Glasgow, Vliet.Fouled out: None.*Class 3A sectional finalAt RidgewoodCARMEL 47, VERNON HILLS 35Carmel — Kloss 3 0-0 6, Felicelli 6 3-4 17, Bitter 1 5-8 8, Lach 0 6-6 6, Gauthier 1 0-0 2, Svoboda 4 0-0 8, Melillo 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 14-18 47.


    Konchar’s 45 lifts West Chicago over St. Charles North

    West Chicago’s John Konchar got a kick out of St. Charles North’s gymnasium. “I’ve never played in this gym, but I like it,” said the Wildcats’ 6-foot-4 senior swingman. What’s not to like after Konchar scored 45 points Thursday to establish a new program record of 1,491 points and lead West Chicago to an 89-82 win over the North Stars in the fourth-place game of the Upstate Eight Conference crossover series.


    Wells shoots South Elgin past Batavia

    A nasty bout of the flu forced Darius Wells to miss South Elgin’s boys basketball practice on Monday and a half-day of school on Tuesday. Perhaps that’s why the senior guard turned in a Michael Jordan-esque performance Tuesday night at Batavia. In a game reminiscent of the former Chicago Bulls star’s 38-point effort while battling the flu to beat the Utah Jazz in the 1997 NBA Finals, Wells fought through his 48-hour illness to pour in 32 points, including a career-best eight 3-pointers, and propel the Storm to a 71-59 victory over the Bulldogs in the Upstate Eight Conference sixth-place crossover game.


    East Aurora downs Streamwood

    East Aurora 67, Streamwood 63: The Tomcats (7-19) managed to sneak past the Sabres (2-27) in an Upstate Eight crossover battle in Streamwood behind 16 points from Delvion Pugh and 15 points each from Adrian Smith and Jonathan Villezcas. East Aurora used a 24-17 third quarter to reclaim the lead where Pugh and Smith combined for 18 points. Streamwood, which led at the half by 4, was paced by Jacob Siewert’s 18 points.


    Loebel’s return making major impact for Geneva

    Michaela Loebel might have had the worst seat in the house when Geneva played Batavia last month, having to sit in street clothes on the Vikings’ bench while Liza Fruendt scored 51 points in the Bulldogs’ second straight win over Geneva. What a difference it makes for Geneva to have Loebel back on the court. She got her first start since returning from a knee injury Thursday night in the Class 4A Addison Trail sectional championship game, and the senior played a large role in holding Fruendt to 10 points — 15 below her average — in the Vikings’ 48-24 victory.

    Rolling Meadows’ Jackie Kemph is picked up by teammate Jenny Vliet as Fremd’s players walk off the floor Thursday after the Barrington sectional championship game.

    Limelight favors Rolling Meadows

    Another classic battle between the state-ranked Rolling Meadows and Fremd girls basketball teams was staged at the Barrington Field House on Thursday night. And the big crowd got its money’s worth with some extra drama in the Class 4A sectional final. Just before the curtain dropped, Northwestern recruit Alexis Glasgow found the spotlight in overtime where she scored 7 of Meadows’ 9 points to seal a 57-53 thriller. Next show time for the Mustangs (27-4) will be 8 p.m. on Monday when they face New Trier (27-4) in Hoffman Estates supersectional.


    Lake Zurich hope for another home game

    Most teams bid a fond farewell to their home court on the day of their last regular season home game. Lake Zurich instead circled the calendar and has been aiming for a return in a couple of weeks. The Bears are in the unique position of hosting Lake County’s Class 4A sectional from March 11 to March 14. For most of the last 10 years, that job had been held by either Waukegan or Barrington.

    (24) Bryce Menendez of Neuqua can’t hold back the smiles after the big win during the Neuqua Valley vs. Oswego Class 4A Joliet Central girls basketball sectional final Thursday. She was bing hugged by (20) Niki Lazar (21) Kiran Rehal and (32) Gwen Berglind.

    Neuqua Valley survives Oswego

    Oswego’s 3-point shots were falling late and Neuqua Valley couldn’t get enough free throws to fall, so the Wildcats really needed a stop. Fortunately for the top-seeded Wildcats, Niki Lazar and Bryce Menendez were there to deliver one final stop to hold off No. 3-seeded Oswego 54-52 in the championship game of the Class 4A Joliet Central sectional Thursday night.


    Daniels eager to take Christian Liberty football to the next level

    There is no question Dave Daniels still has plenty of drive for coaching football at age 55. Daniels is finally getting his start at leading a high school program at a time when a lot of head coaches are crossing or nearing the finish line. His drive to succeed is going to be crucial, since Daniels is taking over a Christian Liberty program that is still in relative infancy.

    Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee arrived at Chicago Fire preseason training camp in Arizon on Wednesday night, team officials said.

    Magee arrives at Fire training camp

    Forward Mike Magee arrived at Chicago Fire preseason training camp in Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday night, Fire officials announced.

    Huntley’s Samantha Andrews wipes away tears while sitting between teammates Kelli Rubino, left, and Rachel Zobott after the Red Raiders’ loss to Rockford Boylan in the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South High School Thursday.

    Boylan’s second half does in Huntley

    Most coaches believe the start of third quarter is crucial to victory. That was certainly the case Thursday night in Crystal Lake. Nursing a slim 18-14 lead at halftime, Rockford Boylan’s girls basketball team outscored Huntley 15-3 to start the second half, which propelled the Titans to a 54-39 win over the Red Raiders in the championship game of the Class 4A Crystal Lake South sectional.


    Nebraska women hold off Illini 72-65

    Jordan Hooper, a Nebraska native and lone senior on the roster, scored 29 points on Senior Night as the No. 16 Cornhuskers held off Illinois 72-65 Thursday for their ninth-straight win. Tear’a Laudermill added 15 points, Emily Cady had 10 points with 12 rebounds and Rachel Theriot had 10 assists for the Cornhuskers (22-5, 12-3 Big Ten).


    Christian Liberty bows out in Class 1A

    Christian Liberty boys basketball bowed out of the Class 1A postseason on Thursday, losing to Ida Crown 59-48 at Grace Gym in Arlington Heights in a regional semifinal matchup. But the Chargers didn’t go down without a fight.

    Huntley’s Bethany Zornow looks to shoot over a block by Rockford Boylan’s Allie Zimmerman in the fourth quarter .

    Images: Huntley vs. Rockford Boylan girls basketball
    Huntley fell 54-39 to Rockford Boylan in the girls Class 4A sectional basketball title game Thursday night in Crystal Lake.

    The Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa (81) and Jonathan Toews move the puck up the ice during the first period Thursday against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York.

    Rotten result in Big Apple for Blackhawks

    For the most part, the Blackhawks looked like a team that hadn’t played in almost three weeks Thursday night. Appearing ragged for most of the night coming out of the Olympic break, the Hawks lost 2-1 to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, failing to solve backup goalie Cam Talbot. Talbot made 31 saves, none bigger than the left-pad stop he made on Patrick Kane in the waning seconds.Peter Regin scored with 12 seconds left for the Hawks, who won the faceoff — then almost tied it up. Marian Hossa’s pass to Kane was anticipated perfectly by Talbot.

    Geneva players hold up the sectional trophy as they celebrate.

    Images: Batavia vs. Geneva girls basketball
    Batavia fell 48-24 to Geneva Thursday, Feb. 27 for the girls basketball sectional final action at Addison Trail High School in Addison.

    Neuqua Valley played Oswego in Class 4A sectional final girls basketball action at Joliet Central Thursday, Feb. 27.

    Images: Neuqua Valley vs. Oswego girls basketball
    Neuqua Valley won 54-52 over Oswego in the Class 4A Joliet Central girls basketball sectional final.

    Rolling Meadows’ Ashley Montanez, right, Jackie Kemph, and Alexis Glasgow, left, celebrate their win over Fremd .

    Images: Fremd vs. Rolling Meadows girls basketball
    Fremd fell 57-53 in OT to Rolling Meadows for the girls sectional basketball title Thursday night in Barrington.

    Carmel’s Kathleen Fellcelli and Paige Gauthier (15) celebrate their victory over Vernon Hills.

    Images: Vernon Hills vs. Carmel girls basketball
    The Vernon Hills Cougars fell 47-35 to the Carmel Corsairs in the Class 3A Ridgewood sectional final girls basketball game Thursday, February 27 in Norridge.


    Harper wrestlers making national trip

    Every junior college wrestler’s goal was to make it to Spokane, Wash., on the first weekend in March. And despite dropping out of this week’s NJCAA wrestling poll, ten Harper College wrestlers made that voyage and are competing in the national championships, which conclude Saturday at the Spokane Convention Center. Four Hawks are nationally ranked in their weight classes. At 184 pounds, No. 7 sophomore Mike Romanelli has the highest ranking for the Hawks.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and center Jonathan Toews (19) move the puck down the ice during Thursday night’s match against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks lost 2-1.

    Hawks lose first game back after Olympics 2-1

    Cam Talbot, subbing for resting Olympian Henrik Lundqvist, stopped 31 shots, and Derick Brassard and Rick Nash scored as the New York Rangers returned from the Sochi break with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

    Coach Q would love to go for the gold someday

    OK, so, if Hawks coach Joel Quenneville can’t be the head coach of Team Canada, at least the guy should have a spot behind the bench in some capacity, right?More than deserves it.

    Waived Thursday by Sacramento, guard Jimmer Fredette could soon be wearing a Bulls uniform if he clears waivers, according to Mike McGraw.

    Will Bulls be adding to offense?

    Evidence suggests the Bulls will make a play for guard Jimmer Fredette, who was officially released by Sacramento on Thursday. First, he needs to clear waivers during the next 48 hours.


    IHSA Board reinstates Class 3A boys teams after appeal

    Following an appeal Thursday afternoon, the Illinois High School Association’s Board of Directors reinstated three Class 3A boys basketball programs who’d been ruled ineligible for the upcoming postseason. Uplift, Hyde Park and Bogan, all in Chicago, will participate in their sectional complexes in games they were originally scheduled to play. Uplift is the No. 2 seed in the Antioch sectional; Hyde Park and Bogan will compete in the Chicago Vocational sectional.

    Grayslake Central’s Malcolm Reed doesn’t mind being a vocal leader for a Rams team which won the Fox Valley’s Fox Division championship this season.

    Seriously, Grayslake Central’s Reed is having fun

    Grayslake Central point guard Malcolm Reed, thanks to an unlikely source, has opened up more and is communicating better in leading the Rams to a worst to first transformation.

    The Warriors’ Harrison Barnes has the ball stripped away by the Bulls’ Taj Gibson (22) as Joakim Noah (13) defends Wednesday at the United Center.

    Scalabrine still a favorite of Bulls fans

    The Golden State coaching staff is loaded with former Bulls and two of them made theri presence felt during Wednesday's game at the United Center. Fans chanted for Brian Scalabrine late in the contest, while Pete Myers picked up a technical foul in the third quarter. Joakim Noah offered thoughts on both men after the contest.


    Seniors set for state meet finale

    There's every reason to expect seniors to step up in the boys swimming state meet at Evanston starting on Friday.


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center, 7:30 p.m. FridayTV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN 1000-AMOutlook: The Bulls turned the tables against Golden State on Wednesday, avenging an earlier defeat. Now they’ll try to do the same to the Mavs, who pounded the Bulls 105-83 at the UC on Dec. 28. The Mavericks (36-23) have won 10 of their last 12 games. Dirk Nowitzki (21.6 ppg) injured his right shoulder early in Wednesday’s win over New Orleans, but returned to the game and played well. SG Monta Ellis is second on the team with 19.0 ppg, while veterans Vince Carter, Jose Calderon and Shawn Marion are averaging double figures.Next: New York Knicks on Sunday at the United Center, noon— Mike McGraw

    Michael Sam

    Why Michael Sam matters

    There’s more than enough proof of contempt for anyone that is different, that bigotry is alive and well and festering in the homes of millions of Americans. That’s not going away any time soon -- and that is precisely why we are talking about Michael Sam and Jason Collins, just as we still talk about Jackie Robinson.

    Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija pitched two shutout innings during the Cubs’ opener in their new Arizona stadium Thursday, but they still lost to the Diamondbacks 5-2.

    Cubs lose to Diamondbacks in opener at new park

    Jeff Samardzija pitched two shutout innings before an overflow crowd in the Chicago Cubs’ opener at their new stadium, a 5-2 loss to an Arizona Diamondbacks split-squad on Thursday. The crowd of 14,486 at the new stadium at Riverview Park set a Cactus League record.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will get to work with center Roberto Garza (63) next season. Garza agreed to a one-year contract with the Bears for $1.5 million, according to sources.

    Bears, Garza agree to 1-year deal for $1.5 million

    The Bears re-signed 13-year veteran center Roberto Garza to a one-year contract, thereby keeping intact an offensive line that started the same five players in all 16 games last season and showed noticeable improvement over the previous season in almost every category. Garza's leadership helped the O-line assimilate rookies Kyle Long and Jordan Mills while finisnhing No. 4 in fewest sacks allowed..


    Mike North Video: Ready for Cubs/Sox baseball?
    As baseball and spring hopefully approach, are you encouraged by the White Sox with Tyler Flowers, Jose Abreu and the thought of Robin Ventura or the Cubs with Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo?

    USA forward Patrick Kane reacts after missing a penalty shot against Finland during the Sochi Olympics bronze-medal game.

    Blackhawks begin sprint for Stanley Cup

    Now begins the NHL Sprint Cup, a torturous 22 games in 45 days for the Blackhawks. Joel Quenneville is tasked with trying to keep the Hawks near the top of the Western Conference, but knowing he can’t burn out his players before the postseason, a concern much greater than their place in the standings.


    Those “Nutrition Facts” labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.

    New food labels aim to make healthy shopping easy

    Ice cream lovers beware: The government knows you’re unlikely to stop after half a cup. News: New nutrition labels proposed Thursday for many popular foods, including ice cream, aim to more accurately reflect what people actually eat. And the proposal would make calorie counts on labels more prominent, too, reflecting that nutritionists now focus more on calories than fat. For the first time, labels also would be required to list any sugars that are added by manufacturers.


    Report: UK spies intercept webcam pics, nudity

    Britain’s signals intelligence division is stealing screenshots from hundreds of thousands of innocent Yahoo users’ webcam videos, according to the Guardian newspaper, which also reported that the years-long operation has swept up a huge haul of intimate photographs.

    U.S. stocks rose Thursday, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a record, as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank may change its strategy for reducing asset purchases should the economy weaken.

    S&P 500 index closes at a record high

    After knocking on the door all week, the stock market logged a record on Thursday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index had moved above its previous all-time high on numerous occasions this week, only to fade in afternoon trading. On Thursday, the index stayed higher after getting a boost from strong earnings reported by a number of U.S. companies including the drugmaker Mylan and several retailers.

    Velocent Systems Inc. of Naperville had an exhibit booth at the Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona, Spain.

    Suburban tech companies, others on world stage

    Kukec's eBuzz column features sububan tech companies displaying their products and services for the first time in Barcelona, Spain, during the Mobile World Congress. They were part of a delegation of 15 companies hosted by the state.

    Sears Holdings Corp., the retailer run by hedge fund manager Edward Lampert, said Thursday its fourth-quarter loss narrowed to $358 million as it sold assets and trimmed costs.

    Sears 4Q loss narrows as it lowers expenses

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. reported a hefty loss in the fourth-quarter on a 14 percent sales drop, as the beleaguered retailer continues to struggle to bring shoppers into its stores. But shares rose 5 percent in midday trading as the operator of Kmart and Sears stores narrowed its loss versus a year ago. It is also seeing rare sales growth this month.

    In addition to its traditional menu, McDonald’s is testing offering tablets on which people can tap out their orders, including what bun, patty, cheese and toppings they want on their burgers.

    McDonald’s to expand ‘build your own burger’ test

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s plans to expand a test this year that lets people order customized burgers. The world’s biggest hamburger chain began testing the waters of personalized orders last year with a “build-your-own burger” concept at a location in California. In addition to its traditional menu, the restaurant in Laguna Niguel offers tablets on which people can tap out the bun, patty, cheese and toppings they want on their burgers.

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen listens on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, as she testifies before the Senate Banking Committee to deliver the semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress. Yellen noted that some recent economic data have pointed to weaker-than-expected gains in consumer spending and job growth. She said the Fed will be watching to see whether the slowdown proves only a temporary blip caused by severe winter weather.

    Yellen: Fed monitoring recent weaker economic data

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen noted Thursday that some recent economic data have pointed to weaker-than-expected gains in consumer spending and job growth. She said the Fed will be watching to see whether the slowdown proves only a temporary blip caused by severe winter weather. Yellen told the Senate Banking Committee that the Fed will be alert to upcoming data to make sure that the economy keeps strengthening.

    The former Rosebud Old World Italian restaurant in Schaumburg has officially become “Chicago Prime Italian,” its new owner announced Thursday. The restaurant is owned by a co-owner of Chicago Prime Steakhouse, also in Schaumburg.

    Former Rosebud restaurant in Schaumburg gets familiar new name

    The former Rosebud Old World Italian restaurant in Schaumburg has officially become “Chicago Prime Italian,” its new owner announced Thursday. If the name sounds familiar, that’s probably because Chicago Prime Italian’s owner, Andy-John Kalkounos, co-owns Chicago Prime Steakhouse in Schaumburg with his father. Kalkounos said the new restaurant will be operated in similar fashion to the steakhouse.


    Palatine’s Business of the Year relocating in village

    The Palatine Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year is relocating to a bigger storefront in the village. D'Vine Wine and Gifts will reopen in a shopping center along Northwest Highway by the end of next month.

    A graphite core sample drilled near Graphite Creek in Alaska.

    Graphite mining increasing to meet tech needs

    ear apart an electric car’s rechargeable battery and you’ll find a mineral normally associated with No. 2 pencils. It’s graphite. And experts say the promise of expanded uses for “pencil lead” in lithium-ion batteries — used in cars, cellphones and tablet computers — as well as a decrease in supply from China has helped touch off the largest wave of mining projects in decades.


    Kohl’s 4Q profit falls, but tops Street’s view

    Kohl’s said Thursday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income fell 12 percent, hurt by one less week in the period and a drop in a key sales barometer. But its earnings still topped analysts’ estimates while revenue matched Wall Street’s view.

    FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, shoppers walk toward the parking lot at a Best Buy store in Hialeah, Fla. On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, Best Buy reports quarterly earnings. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

    Best Buy returns to profit in 4th quarter

    Best Buy returned to a profit in the fourth quarter and topped Wall Street expectations as it cut costs to offset declining sales. The specialty electronics retailer says it gained market share during the quarter and shares jumped 7 percent in morning trading Thursday. Best Buy has been dealing with increased competition from online stores, notably Amazon.com, and discounters like Wal-Mart.


    Freddie Mac posts $8.6B profit in 4Q

    Mortgage giant Freddie Mac posted net income of $8.6 billion for the October through December period, its ninth straight profitable quarter. Earnings were boosted by the continued rise in home prices, which reduced the amounts the company had to set aside to cover losses on mortgages.


    IMF ‘ready to respond’ to Ukraine’s aid bid

    The International Monetary Fund says it is “ready to respond” to Ukraine’s bid for financial assistance.

    American businesses ordered fewer durable manufactured goods in January, cutting demand for planes, autos and machines. But a key category that reflects business investment rebounded on the strength of demand for electronics and fabricated metals.

    Orders for US durable goods fell 1% in January

    American businesses ordered fewer durable manufactured goods in January, cutting demand for planes, autos and machines. But a key category that reflects business investment rebounded on the strength of demand for electronics and fabricated metals.

    The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, though the broader trend in applications remained stable.

    Applications for US jobless benefits rise to 348K

    The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, though the broader trend in applications remained stable. Applications are a rough proxy for layoffs. The average is not far above pre-recession levels, a sign companies are laying off few workers.


    House GOP fights IRS limits on political groups

    Fighting back against what they call unfair targeting of conservatives, House Republicans on Wednesday voted to delay efforts by the Obama administration to further restrict political activities of groups claiming tax-exempt status.


    New signs in Elk Grove business park

    New traffic signs — including “Stop,” “Yield” and “No Parking” — are being installed in Elk Grove Village’s business park. The fabrication and installation of about 340 signs represents the third and final phase of a sign enhancement project within the business park.

Life & Entertainment

    Country singer Carrie Underwood is one of the stars who will perform at Ravinia this summer.

    Ravinia lineup includes Carrie Underwood, James Taylor

    Performers ranging from country star Carrie Underwood to opera legend Patricia Racette will take the stage at Ravinia this summer. The North Shore outdoor concert venue unveiled its 130-event lineup Thursday for this year's season, running June 5 through Sept. 14. Music acts will include Carrie Underwood, James Taylor, Train, John Legend, Heart, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Darius Rucker, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sarah McLachlan, Buddy Guy, Hall & Oates, Counting Crows, and Five for Fighting.


    Dunn’s heading to Academy Awards

    White Sox slugger Adam Dunn says he will attend this year’s Academy Awards.Dunn said Thursday that he met with manager Robin Ventura and general manager Rick Hahn. The schedule has been worked out and Dunn says he’ll be attending the Oscars with the contingent from the Matthew McConaughey film “Dallas Buyers Club.”

    Roxie Hart (Bianca Marroquin) delights in all her publicity for murdering her departing lover in the national tour of “Chicago.” Former “Seinfeld” star John O'Hurley returns as slick, money-loving lawyer Billy Flynn.

    'Chicago' embraces its seductive charm

    "Chicago" is still a sexy knockout despite its age and familiarity. The national tour of the smash hit 1996 Broadway musical revival returns to the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago through Sunday, March 2.

    This Jan. 23, 2014, video frame grab released by the Miami Beach Police Department shows singer Justin Bieber, center, walking unsteadily during a sobriety test at the police station in Miami Beach, Fla. The Miami-Dade county prosecutors released about 10 hours of video, Wednesday. Bieber pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an invalid license.

    More Justin Bieber jail video may stay under wraps

    Justin Bieber’s wobbly walk during a jailhouse sobriety test isn’t the only thing police video captured after his January arrest on driving under the influence and other charges, but it’s not clear if the remaining clips will see the light of day. Bieber’s attorneys raised no objections to the roughly 10 hours of video released Wednesday following public records requests by The Associated Press and other news organizations. They have argued to a judge, however, that police video of the 19-year-old pop singer urinating into a cup for a drug test is an out-of-bounds invasion of his privacy.


    Israel donates Anne Frank books to Tokyo libraries

    The Israeli Embassy is donating 300 Anne Frank-related books to Tokyo public libraries to replace those that have been vandalized.

    A German officer (Thomas Kretschmann), right, falls for a Russian beauty (Yanina Studilina) in the Russian film “Stalingrad.”

    Epic Russian battle gets blockbuster treatment

    Big screen. Big effects. Big budget. Big box office. It’s clear that Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk was going for something, well, big, with “Stalingrad,” the first-ever Russian film in IMAX 3D. And in a sense, that’s perfectly apt, because it would be hard to overstate how large the Battle of Stalingrad looms in the Russian psyche.

    The Romans torment Jesus (Diogo Morgado) in “Son of God.”

    ‘Son of God’ simplistic, dramatically inert

    Is it possible to love Jesus and not like “Son of God”? That’s the slightly discomfiting question some viewers might face upon seeing the feature film, presented by producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett as a condensed form of their 2013 History Channel miniseries, “The Bible.” Such bold repurposing (and monetizing) may strike some observers as the ultimate in, you should pardon the expression, chutzpah. But “Son of God” is nothing if not sincere in its earnest retelling of Jesus’ life.

    Genevieve de Gaulle-Anthonioz, a former resistance fighter and niece of late French President Charles de Gaulle, will be inducted into Paris’ renowned Pantheon next year.

    France’s Pantheon opens to all (selfies welcome)

    Days after announcing that two women who fought with the French Resistance during World War II will be interred at the Pantheon, the government on Tuesday announced that the faces of thousands of ordinary people will be on show in a huge art installation there.

    An air marshal (Liam Neeson) must thwart a plot to kill fellow passengers in “Non-Stop.”

    Not-so-friendly skies: ‘Non-Stop’ a fast-paced ride

    Made for the multiplex, “Non-Stop” is a middlebrow murder mystery with a lot of “Airport” DNA in its genes. Still, Liam Neeson lends the effort a gravitas that makes it, at least by the standards of gimmicky thrillers, a perfectly entertaining antidote to all the Important Films that have been filling up your pre-Oscar-night to-do list.

    Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps hold up to bubbly drinks whether for Oscar night or any special night.

    Teriyaki chicken wraps for an easy Oscar party

    Whether you'll be hosting a crowd or watching solo, Oscar night calls for dinner with a bit of panache.Associated Press Food Editor J.M. Hirsch started with bubbles and worked backward to end up with Asian-style chicken lettuce wraps.

    Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young), left, and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) are back in the thick of things when ABC’s “Scandal” returns Thursday, March 6.

    Bellamy Young thrives in ‘Scandal’ love triangle

    Of all the fans of “Scandal,” none seems more gung-ho than Bellamy Young. But unlike most fans, Young isn’t watching from a distance. Instead, she’s in the thick of this steamy political thriller about a Beltway-based crisis manager (Kerry Washington) who is desperately in love with the nation’s chief executive (Tony Goldwyn). Young plays the third corner of this White House love triangle, first lady Mellie Grant. After two months’ hiatus, “Scandal” is returning at 9 p.m. Thursday on ABC.

    Each of these anti-gravity goat cheese phyllo bites is fairly low in calories — no more than 15 calories per shell.

    Party-perfect light-as-air souffles for the Oscars

    What to serve at this year’s Oscar party? Sara Moulton had no clear idea about the right dish until she glanced at a list of the movies in contention. “Gravity” was the one that jumped out at her. Hence, her light-as-air phyllo bites.

    In 2011 Jeremy Lakaszcyck of Boston started putting shaming videos of Maymo on YouTube but behaviorists insist dogs lack shame. The guilty look, head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing.

    Behaviorists: Dogs feel no shame despite the look

    The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting “Shame on you!” because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it doesn’t know what your rant is about. Behaviorists insist dogs lack shame. The guilty look — head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy — is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier.



    Editorial: Look behind the campaign cash

    Big-money donors wield a lot of power in elections. Yet, it takes only a small effort to make an educated decision, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    The return of the unseen

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Each of the GPS satellites that allow me to navigate to a new restaurant carries an atomic clock that needs to be accurate in order to triangulate the speed and position of my moving car. But there are a couple of problems.


    Get ready for a huge loss of tax money
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Can the government handle the Affordable Care Act without losing money, that is, without taxpayer support? Answer: The U.S. Postal Service lost $740 million in third quarter of 2013, according to Bloomberg News.


    Duckworth shines bright in first term
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: Ms. Duckworth’s record over the last 18 months is exceptional for a first term, especially considering the House is controlled by Republicans.


    CPA needed on McHenry County Board
    A Bull Valley letter to the editor: It’s hard to believe that there is not one CPA on the McHenry County Board, much less one with 25 years of experience. Knowing this fact, plus looking at the rest of Nancy Gonsiorek’s record in our community, makes her someone we need on our county board.


    Land of opportunity now of opportunism
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: Will no one liberate me from my job? I find myself, as the government suggests, “locked” in it. In sub-zero-degree weather, I trudge and drive through ice and snow, carrying people’s mail. Fifty, 60 hours a week,


    Brainerd center will continue to drain coffers
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: If this referendum passes, the $15 million taxpayers will pay for the construction will be just the start of the bill. We’ll be hit with taxes to support losses every year after it opens. Vote “no” on the Libertyville referendum.


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