Daily Archive : Tuesday March 4, 2014


    Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Chicago’s credit rating, citing the city’s unfunded pension liabilities.

    Moody’s downgrades Chicago’s rating over pensions

    Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Chicago’s credit rating, citing the city’s unfunded pension liabilities. The agency announced Tuesday it’s lowering the rating on $8.3 billion in debt from A3 to Baa1, putting it only three notches above junk-bond status.

    Deicke Home volunteer Tiffany Brownlie, center, plays cards with residents Jim Bosh and Eddie Doutlick. Officials at the home, which serves high-functioning adults with disabilities, originally feared it would have to close at the end of March. Now, they say, an outpouring of community support will keep it open at least until the end of July.

    Deicke Home raises money to stay open through July

    Five weeks ago, Executive Director Bruce Thompson feared the Deicke Home for adults with disabilities would be forced to close at the end of this month. Now, after an outpouring of community support, the Lombard home is expected to remain open until at least the end of July. “I'm cautiously optimistic about the future,” Thompson said. “(The fundraising) has really been better...

    Nurses at Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines could go on strike as early as Monday if their union and representatives of the facility are unable to come to terms on a labor contract. Their two main points of contention are salaries and staffing levels.

    Maryville hospital nurses could strike Monday, claim unfair labor practices

    Nurses at the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines could be on the picket lines as soon as Monday if an agreement isn’t reached with management over staffing levels and salaries, officials said. The nurses have filed an intent to strike notice, citing “unfair labor practices” by the hospital’s management. “If you don’t have adequate staff,...

    State Rep. Dennis Reboletti, an Elmhurst Republican, is one of the suburban lawmakers on a panel trying to come up with new ways to combat heroin use.

    Lawmakers want new heroin laws by summer

    State lawmakers want to approve a package of new laws this year to try to combat heroin addiction in the suburbs and around the state. A large panel of lawmakers met to talk about a path to approving new rules, saying they’ll take testimony in the coming months from people who have ideas.


    Northbrook rabbi who headed Lubavitch-Chabad of Illinois dies

    Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, the regional director of Lubavitch-Chabad of Illinois who helped to spur the growth of dozens of Chabad-Lubavitch centers in 21 cities across the state, died Tuesday in Chicago following routine surgery, a spokesman for the national headquarters of the Chabad movement said Tuesday night.

    A home on Glen Lane in Hoffman Estates was severely damaged by fire Tuesday evening. Much of the damage included a two-car garage that had two vehicles inside.

    Fire damages Hoffman Estates house

    The Hoffman Estates Fire Department battled a house fire in freezing conditions Tuesday night. The only injury at the blazeoin the 1100 block of Glen Lane was a minor one to a firefighter. The garage area of the house and the two cars inside it were severely damaged.


    Carpentersville firefighters upset with lay offs

    A routine agenda item in which Carpentersville officials paid off a significant amount of debt Tuesday, has deepened the divide between the fire department and village officials. Carpentersville officials announced their intention last week to lay off five employees, including two full-time firefighters, and to eliminate several positions as they work to close a projected $400,000 deficit in the...


    Proposed Wheeling senior housing would share garden with synagogue

    A senior residence being proposed for Dundee Road across from the Wheeling village hall would feature new concepts in programming and in cooperation with the synagogue next door.

    Manju Goel and Larry Kaifesh

    Cook GOP chair asks Goel to withdraw from 8th race

    Cook County Republican Chairman Aaron Del Mar on Tuesday called for 8th District congressional candidate Manju Goel to withdraw from the March 18 primary contest because of a deceptive website, Facebook page and Twitter account set up by a SuperPAC to discredit opponent Larry Kaifesh. The website and its related social media accounts, though paid for by the SuperPAC Indian Americans For Freedom,...


    Sugar Grove looking at increasing budget

    Sugar Grove village officials are discussing an increase of more than 3 percent in the general-fund budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, with the replacement of two big-ticket items for public works and possibley more money for salaries in the polcie department.

    Rhett Taylor

    Grayslake isn’t counting chickens in yards yet

    Grayslake village board members agreed Tuesday that more research is needed before they endorse a proposal that would allow backyard hens. Under the proposal discussed at a nonvoting committee session Tuesday night, single-family homeowners would be eligible to keep a maximum of six egg-laying hens in a pilot program. The chickens would stay in a 6 square foot coop at least 8 feet from...

    Wauconda Trustee John Barbini, second from right, talks about the 911 call center outsourcing proposal on Tuesday night.

    Wauconda trustees have questions about outsourcing dispatchers

    Wauconda’s trustees are in no rush to vote on a controversial proposal to outsource police dispatch service. For the first time since Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner gave a detailed presentation about the plan a week ago, the trustees on Tuesday publicly said more questions need to be answered before they can settle the issue.


    Woodstock police officer injured in car accident

    A Woodstock police officer injured in a three-car accidentat U.S. Route 14 and Dean Street Monday evening was treated and released after being flown to a Rockford Hospital. A 15-year-old driving with a learner's permit was ticketed for failure to yield when turning left, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's office.

    High school senior Rachel Canning, 18, is suing her parents for financial support and college tuition after she claims they threw her out of the home.

    N.J. teen suing parents won’t get immediate support

    A northern New Jersey honor student who has sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home had her initial request denied Tuesday by a judge who cautioned that the case could lead to a “potentially slippery slope” of claims by teenagers against their parents.

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

    GOP governor hopefuls talk social issues in debate

    The four Republicans running for Illinois governor delved into social issues during a televised debate Tuesday, a shift in the increasingly intense primary campaign that has focused largely on the state’s financial issues. All the candidates — state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, businessman Bruce Rauner and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford — said they would reinstate...

    Chiwetel Ejiofor potrayed Solomon Northup in the Oscar-winning movie “12 Years A Slave.” Northrup was a free black man sold into slavery.

    NY Times prints Northup correction 161 years later

    The New York Times has printed a correction for misspelling 161 years ago the name of a black man who was sold into slavery and whose memoirs were turned into the Oscar-winning movie “12 Years a Slave.” In a Jan. 20, 1853, article, the Times misspelled Solomon Northup’s surname as Northrop and as Northrup.

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office will side with same-sex couples who sue to get marriage licenses before June 1 and urged county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses now.

    Madigan urges issuing same-sex marriage licenses now

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office will side with same-sex couples who sue to get marriage licenses before June 1. A federal court decision allowed for same-sex marriages to begin in February in Cook County, ahead of the state law set to take effect June 1. Madigan’s decision could lead other counties to begin issuing marriage licenses before that date.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has served as the point person as the Obama administration attempts to implement the aprawling Affordable Care Act. HHS runs Medicare, Medicaid and the insurance expansion in Obama’s health overhaul law.

    Obama said to allow 2-year renewal of health plans
    Americans who kept health plans that didn’t comply with Obamacare requirements will be able to renew those policies for two more years, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Obama administration, which has been deliberating the issue since November, is expected Wednesday to announce the extension of the health plans, said the person.

    Printed copies of President Barack Obama’s proposed budget plan for fiscal year 2014 are prepared for binding at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington.

    Obama’s budget: Election-year themes to rally Dems

    President Barack Obama’s election-year budget seeks to rally fellow Democrats with new help for the working poor and fresh money for road-building, education and research. It also pulls back from controversial cuts to Social Security that had been designed to lure Republicans to the bargaining table. Otherwise, Tuesday’s $3.9 trillion submission for the 2015 budget year, which...

    A graduated income tax being debated for Illinois could push more of the total tax burden onto the suburbs, some say.

    Suburbs could pay more under graduated income tax

    A growing campaign for a graduated income tax in Illinois could push more of the total tax burden onto some areas of the suburbs, where median incomes far outpace state averages, critics say. But supporters argue middle-class Illinoisans, no matter where they live, could see a tax cut under the plan as they try to raise taxes on the wealthiest people. “My constituents are going to pay more...

    David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, poses with some of 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins, at his office in Santa Ana, Calif. A California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across the modern-day bonanza.

    California gold discovery spurs rush of theories

    Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot. One is that Jesse James’ gang deposited it in hopes of someday financing a second Civil War. Another postulates that the gold originally belonged to gentleman robber Black Bart, who wrote poetry when he...


    Kane sergeant cleared in shooting death of Batavia-area man

    No charges will be filed against a Kane County heriff's deputy who shot and killed a man in July near Batavia.

    Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson from Wyoming is among a group of Republicans who have come out in support of legalizing gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, arguing that allowing same-sex unions is consistent with the Western conservative values of freedom and liberty once championed by Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.

    Republican group shows support for gay marriage

    A group of Republicans has come out in support of legalizing gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, arguing that allowing same-sex unions is consistent with the Western conservative values of freedom and liberty once championed by Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.


    Hoffman Estates teen gets six years for robberies

    Hoffman Estates teen Cedric Pitts was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison after pleading guilty to a pair of armed robberies that occurred within days of each other last September in Hoffman Estates.


    Man pleads guilty to stealing tools in Elk Grove

    A Hillside man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing tools from an Elk Grove Village man and selling them at a Stone Park pawn shop. In exchange for Bernard Branch's guilty plea, a gudge sentenced him to four years in prison with a recommendation for drug counseling.

    The harsh winter has kept people from donating blood.

    Fire chief concerned about lack of blood donations

    Mundelein Fire Chief Tim Sashko was among a collection of officials from across the state Tuesday voicing a concern about the harsh winter causing a drop in blood donations. “Trauma and all the different things we need blood for don’t take a holiday and don’t care about whether it’s cold outside,” he said.

    Jennifer Laesch

    Laesch explains absence, commits to Kane Co. re-election

    Incumbent Jennifer Laesch of Aurora discloses she has had some personal issues that have kept her from some county votes, but she is committed to another four years on the Kane County Board if she wins re-election.

    The man police believe fatally stabbed a Streamwood gas station clerk last March is described as light-skinned, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall. Police on Tuesday released new surveillance video showing the man before and after the fatal robbery.

    Police release new surveillance footage of Streamwood murder suspect

    Streamwood police released new surveillance video of a man they believe stabbed and killed a gas station clerk nearly a year ago. Police Chief James Keegan acknowledged "too much time has elapsed since the brutal crime" that killed 24-year-old Anandkumar "Andy" Jaiswal.


    Wauconda talks pot:

    Wauconda’s plan commission and zoning board of appeals will host a public hearing Wednesday to discuss possible rules for medical marijuana growing facilities and retail shops.


    Town hall on underage drinking scheduled

    A town-hall meeting is scheduled in Park Ridge to address underage drinking and drug use, organizers said.


    Tobacco checks in Vernon Hills:

    A check last week of 14 establishments with tobacco licenses in Vernon Hills showed none sold tobacco to a minor, the eighth consecutive time that has occurred, police said.


    Palatine rejects new business on Rand Road

    Palatine council members went against the recommendation of the village zoning board Monday and rejected a bid to establish a new light industrial business near Rand and Lake Cook roads. The proposed business, called Merchants Metals, would have used a lot at 2234 N. Rand Road to operate a warehouse and distribution site for professional contractors and building material retailers.


    Pet vaccination clinic:

    The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center’s Animal Care and Control Program offers a pet vaccination clinic Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at Fremont Township Center, 22385 W. Highway 60, Mundelein.

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is slated to speak at Harper College’s commencement.

    Pritzker to give Harper College graduation speech

    Penny Pritzker, the Chicago billionaire and U.S. commerce secretary, will address Harper College students during commencement.


    Dog adoption event:

    Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue is hosting a pet adoption event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8 in the Dog Lounge Day Care and Spa at Pets General Store in Country Court Shopping Center, 432 Peterson Road, Libertyville.

    Andy DuRoss

    District 54 superintendent pleads guilty to reckless driving

    Saying he hopes to move on from his arrest last month on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of reckless driving.


    Hanover Township announces schedule for open gym program

    Hanover Township has announced the spring schedule for its open gym. Four schools will play host to a program designed to give kids a safe and free place to go after classes.


    Buffalo Grove may end court proceedings for some tickets

    Recipients of parking, non-moving traffic and ordinance violation tickets in Buffalo Grove could soon have their cases decided by a village hearing officer instead of a judge. Village trustees on Monday discussed taking violations currently handled by the Lake County circuit court system and funneling them instead through a village administrative adjudication process. Under the process, someone...

    Semitrailers fill a truck stop in West Memphis, Ark. Some motorists on the highway in eastern Arkansas were stranded overnight due to lingering icy conditions from a weekend winter storm. An Arkansas highway department spokesman said Tuesday that traffic can’t get moving consistently because of repeated accidents.

    Motorists stranded on icy eastern Arkansas roads

    Motorists were stranded overnight and into Tuesday on icy eastern Arkansas interstates, and the state was bringing fuel to people stuck so long that they ran out of gas, slowing efforts to make the roads passable. The icy conditions have lingered since a weekend storm that dumped a half a foot snow on the ground in parts of the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Some drivers said they’ve...

    Arlington Heights will begin its 2014-2015 budget process with a public meeting on Wednesday night at village hall.

    Arlington Hts. starts budget process with meeting Wednesday

    Arlington Heights is starting the budget process for fiscal year 2014-2015 on Wednesday, March 5 with the first in a series of public meetings. The village board will discuss each part of the budget over the course of four meetings throughout March before the new fiscal year begins on May 1. The proposed village budget of $154.55 million represents a 3.4 percent decrease from the current year.


    Strategic planning to be discussed at Hawthorn District 73 forum

    Vernon Hills-based Hawthorn Elementary District 73 will host a public forum Thursday to discuss a revised strategic plan and to get input on issues such as expanding the dual language program. This is part of a larger process involving an eventual reorganization.

    Garren Thomas Mims Sr., King of the Krewe of Zulu, rides his float during Mardi Gras day in New Orleans on Tuesday. The Zulu parade began on schedule, led by a New Orleans police vanguard on horseback that included Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

    Cold, gray day doesn’t stop Mardi Gras revelers

    Revelers endured winter temperatures and a chilling rain along parade routes Tuesday as New Orleans’ 2014 Carnival season neared a close.News: Die-hards, some in Mardi Gras costumes, braved the weather along the traditional St. Charles Avenue parade route and in the French Quarter. “We’ll drink, drink, drink until it gets drier,” said Dean Cook of New Orleans as he...

    Kenneth Jakubzak

    Itasca man wins $250,000 in the lottery

    An Itasca man is $250,000 richer after buying a winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket at a Bensenville convenience store. Kenneth Jakubzak, a 66-year-old currency trader, says he plans to use the money he won to pay for college for his two children.

    Daily Herald File Photo It’s curtains for the iconic glass structure that is the Illinois tollway’s Des Plaines oasis.

    Des Plaines oasis will close March 16

    Illinois tollway drivers have less than two weeks to grab coffee or a burger at the Des Plaines oasis.At 8 p.m. March 16, the agency will close the glass-framed structure that spans the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) in preparation for its demolition.

    The Lakeview Fitness Center in Vernon Hills.

    Vernon Hills Park District seeks grant for expansion

    The Vernon Hills Park District is applying for a state grant to to help build a gym and expand the pool at the Lakeview Fitness Center, the former Central Lake YMCA. "It's a different facility than it used to be," said park board President David Doerhoefer.

    Jose Rebollar-Vergara

    Attorney: Round Lake Park man is not a gang member

    The defense attorney for a man accused in the shooting death of a Zion teen outside of a Round Lake Beach minimart is trying to block prosecutors from identifying his client as a gang member. Jose Rebollar-Vergara, 25, of Round Lake Park, is not a gang member, and prosecutors should not be allowed to introduce evidence linking him to a gang, defense attorney Robert Ritacca said Tuesday.

    Deacon Larry Spohr and eighth-grader Abby Richter burn palm leaves during a ceremony Tuesday at St. Bede Catholic School in Ingleside. The Rev. Rodolfo Ramirez conducted the ritual in preparation for Ash Wednesday.

    St. Bede students help prepare for Ash Wednesday

    St. Bede Catholic School students watched palm leaves burn during a ceremony Tuesday in preparation for the start of the season of Lent.

    Students from St. Laurence Catholic School in Elgin have varying reactions to the flames and smoke as the Rev. Andrew Mulcahey burns palms Tuesday in preparation for Ash Wednesday.

    Elgin’s St. Laurence students take part in ceremony

    Students at St. Laurence Catholic School in Elgin watch the annual burning of the palms Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent.


    Proposed Batavia grocery co-op amping up effort

    Efforts to form a grocery cooperative in Batavia are picking up steam, with the election of a board of directors and the beginning of monthly meetings for interested parties.

    Angelo Pesce

    Fugitive apprehended in DuPage theft case

    Angelo Pesce spent years avoiding the 10-year prison sentence a DuPage County judge imposed on him for bilking an Aurora woman out of more than $93,000. That ended last week when the former Chicago man was apprehended in Michigan.

    Angela Smith

    West Aurora school trustee resigns

    The West Aurora school board needs a new member, after Angela Smith resigned Monday. Smith said responsibilities at her job were taking up more of ther time.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Two Lake in the Hills residents are accused of growing marijuana plants in their home. Alexandra Koza, 29, and Jeremy Christl, 31, both living in a home on the 600 block of Willow Street, have each been charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of cannabis, and unlawful production of cannabis sativa plants, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Hew A. Saber, 28, of Batavia, was charged with retail theft at 6:08 p.m. Monday at Kohl’s, 251 N. Randall Road, according to a police report.

    Elgin Lions Chuck Merrell and Ed Bates show off roses prior to their delivery. The club is conducting its 30th annual Rose Day sale.

    Elgin Lions to put proceeds of 30th Rose Day to good use

    The Elgin Lions Club is having their 30th annual Rose Day to fund their charitable works. They will be selling one dozen long-stemmed roses for $15 between now and April 7 for delivery on April 16-18. Club members will also be selling roses at Elgin train stations during this time.

    Huntley Outlet Center officials hope the new interchange at I-90 and Route 47 will attract retailers looking for space at the mall.

    Suburban outlet malls fight to stay viable

    On outlet malls: “If the present climate were to continue and the migration to online shopping doesn’t hit a wall soon, we are going to see a continuing decline in the number of major shopping centers, and even secondary shopping centers, that are viable,” said George Rosenbaum, retail analyst. In the suburbs, Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora, Huntley Outlet Center and Gurnee...

    Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock on the second day of his trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday. He is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

    Once-calm witness cries at Pistorius murder trial

    For two days, the witness in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius kept her composure. Then, just as her testimony was about to finish, she broke down in tears at what she said was the memory of the screams she heard on the night that the double-amputee athlete fatally shot his girlfriend in his South African home. Michelle Burger, a neighbor of Pistorius who took the stand on the second day of a...

    Secretary of State John Kerry visits the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday. The Shrine of the Fallen, located on Institutska Street, honors the fallen Heroes of the “Heavenly Sotnya” (Hundred). Over the course of the EuroMaidan protests, almost 100 protesters were killed by police.

    U.S. prepares $1B aid package for troubled Ukraine

    In a somber show of U.S. support for Ukraine’s new leadership, Secretary of State John Kerry walked the streets Tuesday where more than 80 anti-government protesters were killed last month, and promised beseeching crowds that American aid is on the way. Kerry met in Ukraine with the new government’s acting president, prime minister, foreign minister and top parliamentary officials.

    President Vladimir Putin sought to ease tensions over Ukraine when he held a press conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow Tuesday.

    Putin brings down Crimea tensions; Kerry in Kiev

    Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis in his first comments since its president fled, saying Russia has no intention “to fight the Ukrainian people” but reserved the right to use force. As the Russian president held court Tuesday in his personal residence, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kiev’s fledgling government and Moscow agreed...


    ‘Hunger Games’ actors Thursday in Elgin

    Two cast members from the second installment of the blockbuster series “The Hunger Games” will make an appearance Thursday in occasion of the DVD and Blu-ray release of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”at Walmart Supercenter at 1100 S. Randall Road in Elgin.

    A male teenage employee was severely injured Sunday when his arm became tangled in ski lift machinery at Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park near Algonquin.

    Ski park reopens; Injured teen recovering in intensive care

    The Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park near Algonquin will reopen this afternoon two days after a 17-year-old employee was injured when his arm became tangled in the roller brush that cleans snow from a ski conveyor lift. The teen, a Jacobs High School student, is recovering in the intensive care unit at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.


    Continued sidewalk repairs approved by Wheaton city council

    The Wheaton City Council agreed Monday to budget about $50,000 more toward the city’s sidewalk replacement program for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    Long Grove officials want to charge the first property tax in the village's history to pay for repairs to deteriorating roads.

    Long Grove's proposed property tax facing bumpy road

    Long Grove finds itself in a tough spot: It doesn't have enough revenue to pay for deteriorating roads, leaders say. Trustees have decided to bite the bullet and seek voter approval March 18 to charge the first property tax in the village's nearly 60-year-old history. “It's a hot button for everyone in the community, but it's a much bigger picture than just the roads,” said opponent...


    Ky. to use outside counsel in gay-marriage case

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday that the state will hire outside attorneys to appeal a judge’s decision granting legal recognition to same-sex couples married in other states and countries after the attorney general announced that he would not pursue the case further.


    NJ student’s feud with her parents headed to court

    A northern New Jersey honor student is suing her parents for financial support and to force them to pay for her college. A judge in Morristown has scheduled a hearing Tuesday in the lawsuit filed by 18-year-old Rachel Canning.

    FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2013 file photo, Republican candidate for governor, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott smiles as he responds to a reporter's questions during a news conference in Dallas. In the nation’s first primary of the season, Texas politicians scramble to fill a void left by an extraordinary shakeup in state offices. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

    Eyes on GOP as Texas holds nation’s 1st primary

    Texas is holding the nation’s first primary election Tuesday with a political free-for-all in Republican races that could push the state further right, though Democrats are calling it the next big battleground on the electoral map. Republican Gov. Rick Perry has decided this would be his last of a record 14 years in office, and his looming exit has set off a scramble resulting in the most...


    Ex-magistrate censured in Messiah name change case

    A former Tennessee magistrate who changed a baby’s first name from Messiah to Martin was censured Monday. Lu Ann Ballew said at the time that Messiah was a title held only by Jesus Christ. Ballew’s attorneys have argued that she was acting in the child’s best interest because having the name Messiah could make his life difficult.

    Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, left, is scheduled to appear Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in a Fort Bragg courtroom on criminal charges that include physically forcing a female captain under his command to perform oral sex. The 51-year-old married father admits he carried on a three-year extramarital affair with the junior officer, but denies any physical abuse.

    Trial set to begin for general facing sex charges

    Once a rising star among the U.S. Army’s top battle commanders, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair is now fighting sexual assault charges that could land him life in a military prison if convicted. Sinclair, who was the deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne, was set to appear Tuesday in a Fort Bragg courtroom to face court martial on criminal charges that include physically forcing a female...


    Air Force Academy investigates possible cheating

    The Air Force Academy is investigating whether 40 freshman cadets cheated in a chemistry class. Academy officials said Monday some cadets possibly copied portions of a lab report assignment.

    The rock band Smash Mouth, best known for its late ‘90s hits, will headline Northwest Fourth Fest at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates Saturday, July 5. Village officials authorized a $35,000 contract for the band Monday.

    Hoffman Estates approves $35,000 contract for Smash Mouth

    Hoffman Estates trustees have approved a $35,000 contract for the internationally known rock band Smash Mouth to perform as the headline act at Northwest Fourth Fest on Saturday, July 5. The San Jose, Calif. band, whose songs include such late ‘90s hits as “Walkin’ on the Sun” and “All Star,” will receive the majority of the $50,000 budgeted for main...

    Snow plows are working overtime in many suburbs, including Arlington Heights, this winter.

    Rough winter costing Arlington Hts. more overtime, salt

    The extra snow and below-average temperatures are costing Arlington Heights more money than expected in salt and overtime costs. On Monday night, the village board approved additional salt purchases and a transfer of funds to accommodate extra Public Works overtime being spent to keep up with the weather.


    Des Plaines approves new firefighter contract

    Des Plaines firefighters will receive salary increases but have to pay more toward their health care costs, under terms of a new collective bargaining agreement approved Monday by the city council. Aldermen voted 7-1 to approve the four-year contract, which is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013.

    Indiana has chosen four teams to bid on building and operating the Indiana portion of the Illiana Expressway.

    Indiana picks 4 teams to bid for Illiana highway

    Indiana has chosen four teams to bid on building and operating the Indiana portion of the Illiana Expressway. The Indiana Department of Transportation said Monday the four can submit final bids when the state issues a formal request this summer.


    Buffalo Grove doctor, chiropractor, 4 others charged in health care fraud

    A physician and a chiropractor with offices in Buffalo Grove and several others have been indicted on charges they took part in a $2.98 million health care fraud scheme.The U.S. attorney’s office says chiropractor Igor Sher and Dr. Eguert Nagaj controlled three practices in Buffalo Grove. Igor Filatov was the billing manager for the practices.

    Illinois’ economic growth slowed in February and a University of Illinois economist says you can probably blame it on the weather.

    U. of Illinois: State economy slows in February

    Illinois’ economic growth slowed in February and a University of Illinois economist says you can probably blame it on the weather. The university said Monday that its monthly Flash Index dropped in February to 106.8 from 107.2 a month earlier. A reading above 100 indicates the economy is growing while anything below 100 indicates contraction.


    Dist. 203 could keep taxes for loan payment, facilities

    Naperville Unit District 203 school board members who are considering whether to keep or return to taxpayers about $3 million in property taxes heard more from administrators Monday about proposed uses for the funds. Plan A would be to keep the money and use it to help pay off early a loan the district took out in 2008. Plan B would be to keep the tax and use it to fund capital improvements to...

    A male teenage employee was severely injured Sunday when his arm became tangled in ski lift machinery at Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park in Algonquin.

    Dawn Patrol: Teen recovering after arm caught in ski lift machinery

    Texas man charged in 15-year-old Lisle rape. Huntley woman found in snow identified. Arlington Heights traffic stop leads to major meth bust. Snowboard park employee recovering from injury. Oberweis bristles at Truax attacks. Libertyville anticipates lots of road repairs. Waukegan teachers ready to strike. Pirri traded.

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

    State Rep. Sullivan dwarfing Bednar in campaign cash

    Incumbent state Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. has received more than $73,000 in large campaign contributions in the past month, dwarfing the take of his Republican primary challenger, Bob Bednar. Bednar criticized the sources of Sullivan's contributions, saying the bulk have come from special interests and big companies. “We're definitely a serious contender,” Bednar said.


    Beer, wine, liquor sales approved for Wheaton convenience stores

    Convenience stores in Wheaton will now have a chance to apply for a license to sell beer, wine and liquor, thanks to an ordinance amendment approved by the city council Monday night. The city council unanimously approved an amendment to the city’s liquor control ordinance that allows for the sale of alcohol in stores no less than 2,000 square feet. The portion of the store dedicated to...

    A Kane County Board member is pointing a finger at Waste Management for a lack of progress in redeveloping the old Settler’s Hill landfill.

    Kane board member: Waste Management reneging on Settler’s Hill

    A Kane County Board member is pointing a finger at Waste Management for a lack of progress in redeveloping the old Settler’s Hill landfill. “Waste Management has chosen to hold these efforts hostage while it attempts to exact amendments to the landfill operating agreement that are favorable to them but puts the taxpayers of Kane County at risk,” Mike Donahue wrote.

    Naperville Unit District 203 is looking to formalize IHSA guidelines on handling concussions for athletes, and it’s considering concussions’ effect on their studies, too.

    Dist. 203 schools reviewing concussion policy for athletes, academics

    Naperville Unit District 203 is likely to adopt a new policy on concussions and when student-athletes can return to practice and play. But one board member also is asking administrators to consider how students with concussions should be treated academically. “Something missing from this policy is there are significant academic impacts for students who are dealing with concussions,”...

    Bonding with one of the sled dogs, Jen Gaidjunas of Tower Lakes has learned to embrace winter. She even persuaded her older sister from Florida to endure a 100-degree temperature plunge by joining her on a Trailbound Trips pilgrimage to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

    Suburban women escape winter for a place even colder

    Nearly three dozen women escaped our never-ending winter of snow, cold and lousy commutes by embarking on a "Women's Getaway" to a place even colder and snowier. Thank goodness for dog sleds. “It's minus-30 degrees without the wind chill,” says Carol Ruhter, the 58-year-old Trailbound Trips founder from Barrington. “By the time we get off the bus, it's a balmy minus 17.”


    Elk Grove’s Scott Furlong, left, drives to the basket against Proviso East’s Tyler Chisom during Tuesday’s regional semifinal at Elk Grove.

    Proviso East gets past Elk Grove

    Not many people gave Elk Grove’s boys basketball team much of a chance of beating the second-seeded Pirates of Proviso East or even staying close. But in March Madness anything can happen. The Grenadiers gave it their best effort before succumbing to the Pirates 71-57 at the Elk Grove Class 4A regional semifinal.

    Kaneland's John Pruett (5) scores on a breakaway while fending off Glenbard South's John Marks (40) during Tuesday's regional action in Kaneland.

    David rallies Kaneland over Glenbard South

    Kaneland basketball coach Brian Johnson has seen 4-year varsity veteran Drew David make his share of clutch plays both on the football field and basketball court over the course of his high school athletic career.


    Regional semifinal wins for Zion-Benton, Vernon Hills

    Milik Yarbrough scored 17 points to lead the Zion-Benton past Rolling Meadows 62-47 in the semifinals of the Class 4A Rolling Meadows regional. Zion-Benton will meet the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between Palatine and St. Viator.Vernon Hills 61, Ridgewood 46: Vernon Hills advances to the Class 3A regional championship at Ridgewood.Lake Forest 62, Barrington 49: At Libertyville, Lake Forest got a regional semifinal win behind a game-high 24 points from Evan Boudreaux.Richmond-Burton 43, Lakes 37: Laked closes out its season at 13-16 with a loss in its Class 3A regional semifinal game at Richmond-Burton. Mike Tomasiewicz led the Eagles with 17 points.St. Patrick 51, Antioch 42: Host St. Patrick got by Antioch in Class 3A regional semifinal action.Gordon Tech 47, Wauconda 26: Points were tough to come by for Wauconda, which ended its season in a regional semifinal at St. Patrick.North Chicago 102, Elmwood Park 39: North Chicago cruised to the victory in a Class 3A regional semifinal at Grayslake Central.


    Travlos’ touch helps Lake Zurich turn back Prospect

    Mike Travlos went inside and outside to lead No. 7 Lake Zurich past No. 10 Prospect 52-48 on Tuesday night in the Class 4A regional boys basketball semifinals at Hersey in Arlington Heights. The Bears (19-12) will meet No. 2 Fremd (26-0) in Friday’s regional final.


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    Boys basketball scoreboard*Class 4A Plainfield East sectionalBolingbrook 73, Batavia 56Batavia — Knox 4 9-12 17, Piezcynski 0 0-0 0, Lovestrand 2 1-2 6, C. Coffey 2 0-0 6, M. Coffey 2 1-4 7, Peez 6 2-2 17, Schoessling 0 0-0 0, Olson 1 0-0 3 Alonzo 0 0-0 0, Roberts 0 0-0 0 Totals: 17 13-20Bolingbrook — Nixon 6 2-2 17, Davis 8 3-4 23, Williams 4 0-0 8, Redmond 1 1-2 4, Triplett 4 0-1 8, Torres 2 1-1 5, Thomas 1 0-0 2, Sams 1 0-0 2 Totals: 29 9-13 73Batavia 7 17 17 15 —56Bolingbrook 21 16 22 12 —733-pointers: B: Peez 3, C. Coffey 2, M. Coffey 2, Lovestrand, Olson; BRK: Davis 4, Nixon 3*At McHenrySTEVENSON 65, MCHENRY 38McHenry — Johnson 2 0-0 5, Bellich 1 0-0 3, Higgin 2 2-2 6, Postal 4 1-3 12, Freund 5 1-2 12, Lawrence 0 0-0 0, Lersch 0 0-0 0, Preston 0 0-0 0, Glosson 0 0-0 0, Kennedy 0 0-0 0, O’Connell 0 0-0 0, Trocki 0 0-0 0, O’Toole 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 4-6 38.Stevenson — Johnson 3 0-0 9, Morrissey 3 1-2 7, Nichols 1 0-0 2, Cashaw 10 0-0 20, Brunson 5 7-9 18, Smith 0 1-2 1, Rosenbaum 1 0-0 2, Newman 1 0-0 2, Dillon 0 0-0 0, Panitch 1 0-0 2, Hwang 0 0-0 0, Imus 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 9-13 65.McHenry 2 6 23 7 —38Stevenson 15 12 20 18 —653-point baskets: McH: Postal 3, Johnson, Bellich, Freund; Stev: Johnson 3, Brunson.Fouled out: none.*warren 59, deerfield 48Warren — Deere 4 1-1 10, Reams 0 0-0 0, Swane 5 0-0 10, Betori 0 4-4 4, Gillespie 7 7-8 26, Jokic 0 0-0 0, Cuevas 2 4-4 9, Schroeder 0 0-0 0, Moran 0 0-0 0, Gordon 0 0-0 0, Skinner 0 0-0 0, Mathieu 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 16-17 59.Deerfield — Fasianos 1 0-0 3, Alfieri 5 5-5 15, Lieb 5 6-6 16, Baum 0 0-0 0, Porter 3 0-0 8, Zwart 1 0-2 2, Lane 0 0-0 0, Kuznetsky 0 2-2 2, Ferdman 0 0-0 0, Burns 0 2-2 2, Gurvey 0 0-0 0, Boshes 0 0-0 0, Levy 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 15-17 48.Warren 18 7 12 22 —59Deerfield 12 6 17 13 —483-point baskets: Warr: Gillespie 5, Deere, Cuevas; Drfld: Porter 2, Fasianos.Fouled out: Warr: Jokic; Drfld: Fasianos.*At LibertyvilleHIGHLAND PARK 60, LIBERTYVILLE 50Highland Park — Beerman 1 0-1 3, Sachs 8 11-15 30, Norcia 3 4-4 12, Iden 0 2-6 2, Lunderall 2 2-2 7, Krawitz 2 2-2 6, Goshen 0 0-0 0, Sutker 0 0-0 0, Levin 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 21-30 60.Libertyville — Reed 1 0-0 3, Peterson 5 2-3 15, Lipp 6 1-2 15, Monken 2 0-0 5, Braun 1 0-0 2, Kimpler 1 1-1 3, Borcia 3 1-2 7, Vernasco 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 5-8 50.Highland Park 16 12 13 19 —60Libertyville 14 10 8 18 —503-point baskets: HP: Sachs 3, Norcia 2, Beerman, Lunderall; Lib: Peterson 3, Lipp 2, Reed, Monken.Fouled out: HP: Sutker.*LAKE FOREST 62, BARRINGTON 49Barrington — Orr 1 0-0 2, Lester 1 1-2 3, McAndrews 1 1-2 3, McDonald 0 0-0 0, Ivanauskas 2 0-0 5, Becker 0 0-0 0, Madrzyk 7 3-8 20, Bennett 3 4-7 10, Bart 0 2-2 2, Reinhard 0 0-0 0, Shechtman 0 0-0 0, Goldsmith 0 4-4 4, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 15-25 49.Lake Forest — Kauss 2 5-7 9, Bender 2 0-0 4, Traynor 1 5-8 8, Boudreaux 7 9-13 24, Karpas 1 0-0 3, Miller 6 0-2 14, Dent 0 0-0 0, Durrett 0 0-0 0, Vogrich 0 0-0 0, Roberts 0 0-0 0, Trkla 0 0-0 0, McMahon 0 0-0 0, Edwards 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 19-30 62.Barrington 4 9 11 25 —49Lake Forest 16 11 14 21 —623-point baskets: Barr: Madrzyk 3, Ivanauskas; LF: Miller 2, Traynor, Boudreaux, Karpas.Fouled out: Barr: Madrzyk.*Class 3A regional semifinalsAt Richmond-BurtonRICHMOND-BURTON 43, LAKES 37Lakes — Tomasiewicz 17.Richmond-Burton — Kaufman 17.Other game:Uplift 76, Chicago Senn 44*At St. PatrickGORDON TECH 47, WAUCONDA 26Wauconda — B. Malisheski 0 3-4 3, Lovelle 1 7-11 9, Sidlowski 1 2-2 4, Bulgarelli 2 1-1 5, K. Malisheski 0 0-0 0, Carlson 1 2-2 4, Petralia 0 0-0 0, Thomason 0 0-0 0, Latiolais 0 0-0 0, Lahrman 0 0-0 0. Totals 5 15-20 26.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Matt Gialamas, left, drives past Jelani McClain Jr., right of Naperville North during Class 4A regional boys basketball in Lemont on Tuesday.

    Waubonsie Valley slips past Naperville North

    You’d expect nothing else from an eighth seed facing a ninth seed. That being said, you sure couldn’t see it coming from Waubonsie Valley and Naperville North on Tuesday. The Warriors held off a late and furious Naperville North rally to top the Huskies 46-44 in Tuesday’s Class 4A Lemont boys basketball regional semifinals. The victory sends No. 8 Waubonsie Valley (19-9) into Friday’s regional title game to face top-seeded Benet (20-7), an 81-36 winner over Lemont in Tuesday’s first semifinal game.

    South Elgin celebrates its win over Larkin Tuesday in the St. Charles North regional.

    South Elgin stuns Larkin

    Heroes are created in March. Heroes like workmanlike South Elgin forward Jake Amrhein. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound sophomore scored 4 of his 6 points in overtime as No. 4 South Elgin stunned No. 1 seed Larkin with a 71-70 victory in a St. Charles North sectional semifinal Tuesday.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com(5) John Konchar of West chicago takes a shot during the West Chicago vs. Glenbard North at the Class 4A Leyden boys basketball regional semifinals Tuesday.

    Glenbard North catches West Chicago

    Glenbard North overcame a strong start by West Chicago to win 51-48 in the Class 4A Leyden boys basketball regional semifinals on Tuesday in Franklin Park. Jeremiah Fleming and Kendall Holbert each scored 12 points for the Panthers. John Konchar had 22 in a losing effort for the Wildcats.


    Carmel gets it together, sinks Johnsburg

    Carmel Catholic boys basketball coach Tim Bowen was not happy with his Corsairs’ performance in their state tournament opener Tuesday night. The Corsairs won, nonetheless, pulling out a 55-43 decision over Johnsburg in a Class 3A regional semifinal at Ridgewood.


    Feel-good finish for Cuevas, Warren

    Dominic Cuevas’ minutes on the basketball court continue to increase as the Warren senior guard shows his left knee is healthy again. Tendinitis caused him to miss 13 straight games during the middle of the season. “It feels good, thank you,” Cuevas said. What felt great Tuesday night for Cuevas was Warren’s 59-48 win over Deerfield in the teams’ Class 4A regional semifinal at McHenry’s west campus. Cuevas came off the bench to score 9 points and grab 6 rebounds in his most productive performance since mid-December.

    The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, shooting over Bulls forwards Carlos Boozer (5) and Jimmy Butler (21) on Sunday at the United Center, is well aware of the buzz about someday soon playing for the Bulls.

    Anthony to Bulls? Follow the money

    The Bulls put on a nice show Sunday for potential free agent addition Carmelo Anthony. But something else happened in the blowout win over the Knicks that showed why such a move is unlikely.


    Jacobs outlasts Prairie Ridge

    It’s extremely rare after regional semifinal games to see opposing coaches address the winning team in their locker room. But there was a precedent for second-seeded Prairie Ridge coach Corky Card after Jacobs’ come-from-behind 55-46 Class 4A Crystal Lake Central win Tuesday night.


    Lake Park upsets Oak Park-River Forest

    Lake Park erased a double-digit halftime deficit and survived a number of tense moments during a topsy-turvy fourth quarter to beat third seeded Oak Park-River Forest 51-48 in the Class 4A Leyden regional semifinal at Franklin Park on Tuesday.

    Libertyville’s Jack Lipp, left, passes over Highland Park’s Max Goshen during Class 4A regional semifinal play at Libertyville on Tuesday.

    Sachs’ big game helps Highland Park sink Libertyville

    It seems ludicrous, but it did come up: Was Highland Park’s David Sachs going to score all his team’s points in the Giants’ matchup at Libertyville? Sachs opened up this regional semifinal with back-to-back 3-pointers. And with less than three minutes to play in the first quarter, the scoreboard could have read: Sachs 10, Libertyville 7. Sachs didn’t really slow down that much. The junior scored a career-high 30 points as the Giants (21-7) eliminated Libertyville 60-50 on Tuesday night. The Giants will meet Lake Forest for the regional crown Friday night. The Scouts ended Barrington’s season 62-49 in the first game of the night.


    Wetsminster Christian falls in sectional semifinal

    Westminster Christian was a March Madness casualty in a 44-43 loss to Chicagoland Jewish in a Class 1A Serena sectional semifinal Tuesday.


    Blackhawks add some more depth

    Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman never has been one to make a big splash on trade deadline day.The trade Bowman made Tuesday fit his profile.The Hawks acquired defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois from Phoenix for a second-round draft pick in 2014.Rundblad will join the Hawks, while Brisebois will report directly to Rockford.


    Wheaton College familiar with March

    Playing in March has become almost tradition for the Wheaton College men’s basketball team. For the third consecutive year and fourth in the last five years the Thunder will play in the Division III NCAA Tournament.


    Stevenson adjusts, stops McHenry

    Jalen Brunson endured a rare rough night shooting the basketball, but it was his Stevenson coach who delivered the loudest clang. After calling a timeout with three minutes gone in the second half of Tuesday night’s Class 4A McHenry regional semifinal between the Patriots and McHenry, an angry Pat Ambrose grabbed his players’ attention by slamming his clipboard. Maybe Stevenson’s coach had a bad vibe on a night that yielded a gigantic upset, as the state’s No. 1-ranked team, Curie, lost in overtime to DuSable. Top-seeded Stevenson responded to its coach’s outburst, as the Patriots went on to win 65-38, earning them a berth in Friday’s 7 p.m. regional final against Warren.


    Bank on it: Benko, Grayslake Central advance

    Grayslake Central’s boys basketball team had plenty of bounces go its way on Tuesday night. Michael Benko was just one of several Rams left in amazement after he took an inbound pass and tipped the ball off the glass for a basket in the third quarter. “We were supposed to have a screen in front of me,” said Benko, who dropped in 10 points and had 4 rebounds, “so I could get a lob there. But one of their guys got in front of me. I was able to get a little of my hand on it. I guess it went in. I went back to the bench and one of the coaches asked me if I called it. I said back to him, “I don’t have to — it’s my last name.’ ” Eighth-seeded Grayslake Central went on to knock off No. 9 Northside Prep 57-40 in a Class 3A regional semifinal. Top-seeded North Chicago rolled past No. 17 Elmwood Park 102-39 in the other semifinal at Grayslake Central. The Rams (16-11) will host the Warhawks (23-5) at 7 p.m. Friday in the regional final.


    Bolingbrook knocks out Batavia

    It was a fateful minute for the Batavia boys basketball team. After spotting third-seeded Bolingbrook a 16-point lead in the opening quarter, the Bulldogs were revitalized by five different players connecting from beyond the arc in the second quarter. But the Raiders seized command, restoring their game-long double-digit lead in the process, by ending the first half with the final 5 points.


    Hot-shooting Morton storms past Glenbard W.

    An impressive 3-point shooting performance wasn’t enough for the Glenbard West Hilltoppers as they fell 86-61 to the Morton Mustangs in the Class 4A Morton boys basketball regional semifinal on Tuesday.


    Conant ends Bartlett’s season

    After going into halftime down by just one point the Bartlett Hawks found themselves in a massive cold streak offensively in the second half. A cold streak that saw their season slip away as the Hawks lost 46-33 to the Conant Cougars in the Class 4A Morton regional semifinal Tuesday night.

    Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov makes a save on a shot by Blackhawks center Peter Regin during the second period Tuesday night.

    Looks like tight stretch run for Blackhawks

    With a quarter of the season left, the Blackhawks, St. Louis and Colorado all are involved in the scramble for the Central Division title. The Avalanche came to the United Center on Tuesday only 3 points behind the Hawks for second place. They left just 1 point down after a 4-2 win.


    Marian Central ousts Hampshire

    Marian Central boys basketball coach Curtis Price realized his defensive game plan had to be focused on stopping Hampshire standout senior guard Ryan Cork. Good plan. Guarded primarily by 5-foot-8 senior guard Derreck Caldez, Cork managed only 7 points, 2 in the first half as the third-seeded Hurricanes knocked off second-seeded Hampshire 62-61 in semifinal action of the Class 3A Woodstock regional Tuesday night.

    Images from the Elk Grove vs. Proviso East boys regional basketball game at Elk Grove on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

    Images: Elk Grove vs. Proviso East boys basketball
    Elk Grove lost 71-57 to Proviso East Tuesday, March 4 for a boys basketball regional semifinal playoff game.


    Dones, Maine West step up

    Senior Anthony Dones and his Maine West teammates faced a season-changing moment midway through the third quarter of Tuesday’s regional semifinal in Des Plaines. Thanks to a 21-6 run to start the second half by Lincoln Park, the Warriors’ big halftime lead was gone, and so was the momentum as West trailed by 5. Then after a timeout, Dones hit possibly the two biggest shots of his career. Both times with a hand in his face, the senior nailed two long 3-pointers to give West the advantage as the Warriors took a 57-56 lead over stunned Lincoln Park. West went on to a 79-77 victory as they held off a late Lincoln Park rally to survive.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save on a shot by Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) as Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) watches during Tuesday night’s match at the United Center.

    Avalanche gets big 4-2 win over Blackhawks

    Tyson Barrie scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 7:10 left in the third period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Tuesday night for their third straight win. The Avalanche reached the 40-victory mark faster than any team in franchise history. More importantly, they moved within one point of Chicago for second in the Central Division.


    Barrington, Rolling Meadows bow out

    Lake Forest’s Evan Boudreaux scored a game-high 24 points to help the Scouts past Barrington 62-49 in Class 4A regional semifinal play Tuesday at Libertyville.Lake Forest, which meets Highland Park in Friday’s regional final, outscored Barrington 16-4 in the first quarter to take command.The Broncos (12-18) got a team-best 20 points, including three 3’s, from Austin Madrzyk.Zion-Benton 62, Rolling Meadows 47: The host Mustangs (12-14) saw their season come to an end the in the regional semifinal round as Milik Yarbrough scored a game-high 17 points to lead Z-B.The Zee-Bees will meet the winner of Wednesday’s 7 p.m. contest between Palatine and St. Viator in Friday’s regional championship game.

    Naperville North’s Jelani McClain Jr., right, grabs a loose ball in midcourt from Nick Karkazis, left, of Waubonsie Valley.

    Images: Naperville North vs. Waubonsie Valley boys basketball.
    Naperville North played Waubonsie Valley at Class 4A Lemont regional boys basketball action Tuesday, March 4.

    Libertyville’s Ben Kimpler tries to wrestle away the ball from Highland Park’s Hallvard Lundevall.

    Images: Libertyville vs. Highland Park boys basketball
    The Libertyville Wildcats faced the Highland Park Giants in Class 4A regional semifinal boys basketball action on Tuesday, March 4 in Libertyville.


    Munson, Dundee-Crown upset top-seeded Cary-Grove

    Nick Munson enjoys the feeling when it seems like everything he shoots is going to go into the basket. The Dundee-Crown senior felt that way early Tuesday evening. Munson hit his first six shots, including five 3-pointers, helping the Chargers surprise No. 1 seed Cary-Grove, 47-41, in the Class 4A Crystal Lake Central regional semifinals.


    Huntley find the range, wins regional opener

    Huntley struggled mightily on offense in the first half of its regional opener against DeKalb. But in the second half, things started to fall into place — like shots. The top-seeded Red Raiders (20-7) made 12 of 16 field goals and 15 of 17 free throws in the second half to pull away from the Barbs and win 58-45 in the semifinals of the Class 4A Belvidere North regional.

    West Chicago played Glenbard North in a Class 4A boys basketball regional semifinal game Tuesday, March 4 at Leyden Twp. High School in Franklin Park.

    Images: West Chicago vs. Glenbard North boys basketball
    West Chicago played Glenbard North at Leyden High School in Franklin Park Tuesday, March 4 for a Class 4A Leyden boys basketball regional semifinal playoff game.


    Flexibly, Fremd handles Hersey

    Nothing seems to faze Fremd. Doesn’t matter how the opponent wants to play — physical, fast, slowdown, or combinations thereof. The Vikings showed Tuesday night they’re ready for any style in the Class 4A boys basketball state, pretty much coasting to a 64-42 win over host Hersey in the regional semifinal.

    South Elgin celebrates their win Tuesday in the St. Charles North regional game against the Larkin Royals.

    Images: Larkin vs. South Elgin boys basketball
    Larkin played South Elgn in a regional boys basketball matchup Tuesday night in St. Charles.

    Images from the Kaneland vs. Glenbard South boys basketball regional game Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

    Images: Kaneland vs. Glenbard South boys basketball
    Kaneland won 81-70 over Glenbard South Tuesday, March 4 for a boys basketball regional semifinal playoff game.

    St. Charles East's Dom Adduci has been a 3-year standout for the Saints who hopes to keep his career going when they play St. Charles North on Wednesday night.

    St. Charles East's Adduci reflects on 'time of his life'

    Like any other high school senior basketball player in the state, Dom Adduci hopes his prep career doesn't end this week. Adduci wants a few more chances to put on his St. Charles East uniform.

    Ted Lilly pitched in 15 major-league seasons, including with the Cubs from 2007 through July 2010, with a record of 130-113 and an ERA of 4.14. Lilly on Tuesday was named a special assistant to Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer and president Theo Epstein.

    Lilly rejoins Cubs in special assistant’s role

    The Cubs are bringing back a familiar face. They announced Tuesday that they have hired former left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly to be a special assistant to general manager Jed Hoyer and team president Theo Epstein. Lilly brought a hard-nosed approach to his 15-year major-league career.

    Images from the Barrington vs. Lake Forest regional boys basketball game on Tuesday night

    Images: Lake Forest vs. Barrington boys basketball
    The Lake Forest Scouts faced the Barrington Broncos in Class 4A regional semifinal boys basketball action on Tuesday, March 4 in Libertyville.

    Rolling Meadows players gather around Alexis Glasgow as she receives the supersectional trophy after the Mustangs topped New Trier 60-43 in the Class 4A supersectional game at Hoffman Estates on Monday. Glasgow suffered a broken nose in the game but has been cleared to play in Friday’s state semifinal against Geneva.

    Meadows’ Glasgow cleared for state tournament participation

    Less than 24 hours after suffering a game-ending broken nose midway through the second quarter on Monday night, Alexis Glasgow was in the Rolling Meadows gymnasium practicing with her teammates on Tuesday afternoon. Glasgow awoke prior to 6 a.m. for X-rays and was later cleared to play for Friday’s Class 4A state semifinal against Geneva at 6:30 p.m. She suffered the injury when hit by an elbow with 3:27 left in the second quarter. The state-ranked Mustangs were leading New Trier 27-13 at the time and went on to win the Hoffman Estates supersectional 60-43. Glasgow, who plans to have the nose set next Tuesday, was at practice getting use to wearing a mask to protect her face.

    Adam Dunn was the victim of some good-natured ribbing from his White Sox teammates Tuesday upon his return from the Academy Awards, and maybe there was a purpose to that ribbing.

    Maybe White Sox just showing Dunn their support

    Making fun of Adam Dunn's failings shouldn't be fun for White Sox fans anymore. Hearing that teammates laughed with him instead of at him when he returned from the Oscars was encouraging for the 2014 season.


    VH’s Rowland leads Towson to league title

    Former Vernon Hills standout swimmer Melanie Rowland was the Colonial Athletic Association swimming scholar-athlete of the year in 2013. Now, as senior for Towson University, she is still making big waves. In the 2014 CAA swimming championships at the University of Maryland swimming complex, Rowland and her teammates won the team title over James Madison University. Rowland won the 200 butterfly in 1:56.36, setting a CAA record in the event and putting her in position to receive an NCAA championship invitation. She also was part of the winning and conference record-setting 800 freestyle relay which was clocked in an NCAA consideration time of 7:11.56.

    Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is one of the team’s many big-time prospects at spring camp this year.

    Cubs must know which can’t-miss will miss

    The Cubs’ farm system is loaded, but the key is being able to scout your own players, evaluate honestly without falling in love, and then figuring out before anyone else does which ones will make it, and which ones won’t.

    Michael Jordan did his best in his brief attempt to play baseball for a living before going back to the Bulls to repeat his three-peat.

    Memories of MJ, the baseball player

    White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor was in Sarasota, Fla., 20 years ago when Michael Jordan made the switch from basketball legend to baseball rookie. From the massive media coverage to the botched autograph attempts to Jordan's ultimate inability to hit, the memories are still fresh.


    Leonard loves opportunity to join Butler soccer program

    Palatine resident Eric Leonard will be studying in a new state this fall. It has put him in a very satisfying state of mind. The Fremd soccer standout has signed a letter to play for Butler University in Indianapolis. “Attending Butler is a dream come true,” said Leonard, a two-time all-conference selection. “I can not wait to be a part of an academic institution with a great coaching staff, a team of skilled and hardworking players and a top engineering program.” Leonard is one off five freshmen recruits along with one transfer who will join the roster of Bulldogs coach Paul Snape next fall. The six newcomers represent four different states and the Republic of Cyprus. Leonard plans on majoring at Biomedical Engineering at Butler.


    McAllister, Indians beat White Sox 5-4

    Zach McAllister pitched two shutout innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox 5-4 on Tuesday.McAllister gave up one hit and one walk. He has yet to allowed a run in four innings of Cactus League work.Jose Abreu, the top prospect in the White Sox organization, hit a two-run double and walked. It was his first hit of the spring through three games.


    Justin Ruggiano powers Cubs to 6-4 win over A’s

    Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run homer and an RBI double, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-4 win Tuesday over an Oakland Athletics split-squad. Cubs infielder Mike Olt connected for a two-run shot in a three-run eighth that broke a 3-all tie. Left-hander Tommy Milone, competing for a spot in the A’s rotation, gave up three runs and five hits, including Ruggiano’s homer, in three innings.


    Replay review in Rangers-Angels confirms call

    An instant replay review in the exhibition game between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels has confirmed the umpire’s call.J.B. Shuck of the Angels made a headfirst dive into second base on a stolen base try in the seventh inning Tuesday and was ruled safe by umpire Adrian Segal.

    Javier Baez can’t come up with a ball hit by Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain on Sunday. Baez could be a mid-season call-up, but Mike Imrem wishes the Cubs would just let him begin the season with the big club.

    Baez should start season with big club

    Cubs' prospect Javier Baez hit a home run in the Cactus League on Monday. Surely the fan clamor for him to start the season in the major leagues instead of the minors will heat up again.


    South Elgin’s pressure too much for Elgin

    The Elgin boys basketball team practiced for days how to deal with the 2-2-1 press it expected to see from South Elgin at some point in Monday’s Class 4A St. Charles North regional opener, but the Maroons still couldn’t handle it once the Storm increased the pressure. No. 4 South Elgin — a team surrendering an average of 72 points per game — created 16 second-half turnovers, mostly via its 2-2-1 press, to rally from a 6-point halftime deficit and win 74-55.

    Since Derrick Rose earned the NBA MVP trophy three years ago, he has undergone two knee surgeries. Mike North calls Rose’s $17 million a year contract an albatross around the Bulls’ necks.

    Injuries have reduced D-Rose’s role to a bobblehead promotion

    As I was watching the Bulls game the other night, announcer Neil Funk read a spot for Derrick Rose bobblehead night — scheduled on March 24. The promotional night was brought up on Twitter, with some good-natured joking and ribbing — including tweets like, “Will Rose be wearing a Team USA jersey?” Or, “Will the bobblehead be in street clothes?”

    Libertyville's Matt Harrington celebrates his second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly at Saturday's IHSA state swimming meet in Evanston.

    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 swimming, team wrestling and girls basketball.


    U.S. stocks rose Tuesday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounding to a record after its biggest loss in a month, as comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled the Ukraine crisis won’t immediately escalate.

    Stocks surge as tensions ease in Ukraine

    Relieved investors sent stocks sharply higher on Tuesday after Russia pulled troops back from the border of Ukraine. The rally pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index to an all-time high, erasing steep losses from Monday, when investors feared that the confrontation between Russia and Ukraine would escalate or even lead to a war.

    Passengers wait at a United Airlines gate to board a flight in separate numbered lanes at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. In February, United Airlines installed new bag sizers at airports and emailed its frequent fliers, reminding them of their carry-on size rules.

    Carry-on crackdown: United enforces bag size limit

    United Airlines is getting tough on passengers with oversized carry-on bags, even sending some of them back to the ticket counter to check their luggage for a fee. The Chicago-based airline has started a push to better enforce rules restricting the size of carry-on bags — an effort that will include instructing workers at security checkpoint entrances to eyeball passengers for bags that are too big.

    RadioShack plans to close up to 1,100 of its underperforming stores in the U.S. and reported a wider loss for its fourth quarter as traffic slowed during the critical holiday season.

    RadioShack closing 1,100 stores as troubles grow

    There will soon be about 1,100 fewer places to buy batteries. RadioShack said Tuesday that it plans to close up to 1,100 stores, or about a fifth of its U.S. locations. The news came as the retailer reported a wider quarterly loss after a disappointing holiday season. Its stock tumbled 16 percent in afternoon trading.News: CEO Joseph Magnacca said the closings would leave the company with more than 4,000 U.S. stores. That’s still far more than Best Buy, which has roughly 1,400 U.S. locations, and makes RadioShack stores nearly as common as Wal-Mart.


    Dish gains web rights to Disney TV shows in multiyear agreement

    Dish Network Corp. reached a groundbreaking agreement to carry Walt Disney Co. programming, gaining rights to offer Disney, ABC and ESPN shows over the Web in addition to its satellite pay-TV service. The multiyear deal, which also ends legal standoff between the companies over Dish’s AutoHop ad-skipping technology, is the first between Disney and a pay-TV provider to include so-called over-the-top program rights.


    Poor Dart sales prompt 325 Illinois plant layoffs
    Poor sales of the new Dodge Dart have pushed Chrysler to temporarily lay off 325 employees at the northern Illinois assembly plant that produces the compact sedans.Chrysler Group LLC confirmed the layoffs at its Belvidere plant on Monday, hours after releasing February sales figures showing a 37 percent decline for the Dart.


    Detroit to pay $77 million in accord with UBS, Merrill Lynch

    Detroit agreed to pay $77.6 million to UBS AG and Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch unit to end interest-rate swaps that have cost taxpayers more than $200 million since 2009, according to a court filing in the city’s bankruptcy.

    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is back on top of the list of the world’s richest people after a four-year hiatus.

    Gates back on top of Forbes’ billionaire rankings

    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is back on top of the list of the world’s richest people after a four-year hiatus. Forbes magazine announced its ranking of the world’s billionaires Monday. Gates, who led the list for 15 of the past 20 years, won the spot back from Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu, who had topped the list for the past four years.


    Skype CEO, marketing officer out at Microsoft

    Microsoft says former Skype CEO Tony Bates and Chief Marketing Officer Tami Reller are leaving the company. New CEO Satya Nadella announced the news in a blog post Monday. It’s his first big move since he took over from outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer last month.


    Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars

    Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple’s iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva.


    Comcast to buy ad tech firm FreeWheel for $320 million

    Comcast is buying online ad technology firm FreeWheel Media for about $320 million in a move that supports both its media content and cable businesses. That’s according to a person familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal isn’t final.


    Report: Illinois electric deregulation saved $37 billion

    Electric deregulation has saved Illinois customers as much as $37 billion over the past 16 years, a report released Monday said. Commissioned by four business groups, the report says the average household has paid $3,600 less overall — or about $240 annually — than if the average annual electricity rates had stayed the same as they were before the 1998 deregulation.

Life & Entertainment


    Keep your front-loading washer in tip-top shape

    Front-loading washing machines are the new thing these days. They can be more energy-efficient to use, but they do require a little more maintenance than the old top-loaders. Here are some things you should do on a regular basis to keep that pretty new washer in good shape.


    Stay cool this summer with these tips

    Is it hot enough for you yet? Most of us are sweating like cartoon characters these days. Your air conditioner also is working to beat the heat and running up your utility bills every month. But, if you will try a few of these heat-busting tips, you can be more comfortable and save money on your bills every month.


    Painting is easier when you plan ahead

    Painting a room can be done fairly easily. It just takes a little planning, minor prep work and a day or so of labor. It’s a great way to upgrade a room on a budget. Here’s a basic plan you can follow to help you get started:

    Miley Cyrus and her Bangerz Tour will invade the Allstate Arena Friday.

    Weekend picks: Miley Cyrus rocks the Allstate

    See if Miley Cyrus is worth all of the tabloid ink spilled in person when she brings her Bangerz Tour with Icona Pop tonight to the Allstate Arena. Comedian Cristela Alonzo draws from her Latina upbringing for a stand-up comedy routine at Zanies in Rosemont. If you love comedian Charlie Murphy from TV's “Chappelle's Show,” then don't miss his set this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. “Glee” star and Broadway veteran Matthew Morrison performs at the 34th Annual Trustee Benefit and Gala Saturday at Dominican University's Lund Auditorium in River Forest.

    Olympic gold medalist ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis will compete against, instead of with, each other on the newest season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” which begins March 17.

    Ice dancers, Drew Carey on ABC’s ‘Dancing’

    Olympic ice dancing gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis will try a less slick surface and new partners as contestants in the next edition of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” ABC said Tuesday that game show host Drew Carey, actor Billy Dee Williams and long distance swimmer Diana Nyad will also be on the show, which begins a new season on March 17.

    “10,000 Towns” is the latest release by The Eli Young Band.

    Eli Young Band delivers thoughtful album

    The Eli Young Band continues to provide a smart, relevant antidote to all the male country acts focusing on clichés about the attractions of backwoods America. On “10,000 Towns,” the four-piece band from Denton, Texas, shines by focusing on insightful songs about how young men and women relate with each other.

    Teresa and Joe Giudice, from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” leave federal court in Newark, N.J., on Tuesday. They each pleaded guilty to several counts including bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and failing to pay taxes.

    ‘Housewives’ couple plead guilty to fraud in N.J.

    A “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star and her husband face prison time after they pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal fraud charges for concealing income and lying during bankruptcy proceedings. In contrast to their often raucous on-screen personas, Teresa and Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice stood solemnly in front of U.S. Magistrate Esther Salas in Newark, speaking in barely audible tones as they admitted engaging in financial fraud.

    Justin Bieber, right, gestures to a police officer while under arrest at the Miami Beach police station in Miami Beach, Fla., on Jan. 23. A South Florida judge has ordered the release of remaining police video of Justin Bieber after his January arrest with sensitive portions blacked out to protect his privacy.

    Judge: Release Bieber video with some blackouts

    A South Florida judge has ordered the release of remaining police video of Justin Bieber after his January arrest with sensitive portions blacked out to protect his privacy. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said Tuesday that two of the five video clips depict the singer’s genitalia during a urine test for drugs. Altfield agreed with lawyers for Bieber, who turned 20 Saturday, that the video’s airing would be an invasion of privacy that outweighed the public’s right to know.


    Readers offer their advice on death, communication and family

    Readers offer their advice while Carolyn Hax takes time off.

    Roc Nation and Kanye West’s label announced Monday that Roc Nation will work alongside West’s production house, DONDA, on managing the Grammy-winning superstar’s music endeavors.

    Jay Z’s Roc Nation to manage Kanye West

    His throne continues to build: Jay Z’s Roc Nation will now manage Kanye West. The management company and West’s label announced Monday that Roc Nation will work alongside West’s production house, DONDA, on managing the Grammy-winning superstar’s music endeavors.

    Costumes from the hit British television drama “Downton Abbey” are now on display in a new exhibit at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Del.

    ‘Downton Abbey’ costumes on display at Delaware museum

    Officials at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware say an exhibit of costumes from the hit British television drama “Downton Abbey” could turn out to be the most popular in history of the former du Pont family country estate. The exhibit, which opened recently and runs through January 2015, will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the design and creation of the period fashions that are a focal point of the television show and a comparison of country house life in Britain and the United States.

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

    Boost flavor so you can 'Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right'

    The theme this year for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' National Nutrition Month information and education campaign -- Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right -- is a perfect fit for Toby Smithson's column. Surveys show time and time again that people choose food based on its taste and flavor. She will prove there are plenty of healthy food choices that allow us to enjoy the taste of eating right.

    The major story missions are well-constructed in Square Enix’s “Thief.”

    ‘Thief’ delivers some unpolished gems

    Video games are filled with scenarios where the only solution is to blast your way out. That’s why I have a soft spot for “stealth” games. In 1998, Eidos Interactive’s “Thief: The Dark Project” introduced the idea that light is your enemy and darkness your friend. The Eidos Montreal studio is now trying to reclaim that legacy with “Thief,” a game whose bright spots are sometimes overshadowed by thoughtless design and technical shortcomings. The protagonist, Garrett, is a jaded master thief in a fog-drenched city (called “the City”) that looks like Victorian London.

    “English Oceans” is the latest release by Drive-By Truckers.

    Strong storytelling from Drive-By Truckers

    The often-prolific roots rockers Drive-By Truckers took a four-year break from the studio before recording “English Oceans,” and the stockpile of songs pays off throughout the band’s 12th album. Stripping away the R&B influences and musical explorations of their last few albums, DBT focuses on guitars and a garage-band stomp on the new album — which also adds to the collection’s consistency.

    The SC Wahoo comprises avocado purée, smoked fingerlings with a cilantro slaw and crispy plantains at the Admiral in Asheville, N.C.

    Go for the food: The Admiral in Asheville, N.C.

    In downtown Asheville, good restaurants are as handsomely conspicuous as the artsy boutiques that give the Blue Ridge Mountain mecca its trendy, vibrant flair. Across the French Broad River, in West Asheville? Not so much. But West Asheville has blossomed, and the Admiral has morphed from a neighborhood tavern into a destination restaurant, but it still feels like a wonderfully hidden gem.


    Great Balls of Bacon
    Great Balls of Bacon: Todd Clement and Ryan Cunningham

    Todd Clement and Ryan Cunningham developed the Sweet and Spicy Piggy Pearwich.

    Sweet and Spicy Piggy Pearwich
    Sweet and Spicy Piggy Pearwich: Todd Clement and Ryan Cunningham

    Todd Clement, left, and Ryan Cunningham show off their Sweet and Spicy Piggy Pearwich that earned them second place in their first Bacon Takedown in 2012.

    Cook of the Week: Buddies build culinary connections with bacon

    Bacon’s delicious destiny extends beyond the breakfast table, as Todd Clement of Woodstock and Ryan Cunningham of Algonquin learned on the competition circuit. “I never thought much beyond cooking with bacon beyond making some spicy bacon,” said Todd. But then he heard about Hormel’s Bacon Takedown amatuer cooking competition and the wheels started turning. He and Ryan discovered just how versatile the salty meat can be while they worked up recipes for contest. Today they share their winning recipes.

    Dancer, model and actress Tiffany Panhilason grew up in Elk Grove Village.

    Elk Grove model, dancer making acting her priority

    Tiffany Panhilason could brag to Hollywood casting directors about how she’s toured the world as a dancer, performed with stars like Justin Timberlake and Pharrell, and modeled for national ad campaigns. Instead, when she goes to auditions, she emphasizes her acting talent. “I don’t look at it as, ‘I’m a dancer and I hope they take me seriously.’ I go in thinking, ‘I’m an actress.’” said the Elk Grove High School alumna.

    Hunker down for Symphony Kabobs at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille in Oak Brook.

    Impressive Perry’s a prime experience in Oak Brook

    Perry's Steakhouse & Grille is a masculine, modern — not to mention, expansive — option tucked within Oakbrook Center. From its impressive wine wall to its dining room with kitchen views and outdoor patio off the swanky lounge, this one’s a looker, and it has a price point to match. Steaks and chops really are the main thrust, and prime-aged beef is the obvious draw. Fortunately, it does not disappoint.

    Dierks Bentley recently released a new album, “Riser.”

    Album shows Dierks Bentley’s split personality

    Dierks Bentley bought a plane, but it was no country star vanity purchase. The singer long ago earned his pilot’s license but thought he had no use for it as he chased his music dreams. One day, though, he realized that if he could fly to some of his gigs instead of stepping on a bus, he’d get an extra day at home. “Since the kids came around, it’s just this push and pull to cut corners ... trying to get home faster,” Bentley said. That push and pull is at the heart of Bentley’s new album, “Riser,” out recently.

    Street artist Jay Shells installs a hip-hop themed banner at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. Shells was painting one day when he caught the name of a nearby intersection cited in a hip-hop song he’d been playing. How cool would it be, he thought, if someone would put up signs all over town referencing the places mentioned by Nas, Mos Def, Jeru, Kanye and others?

    Rap lyric project takes art from street to gallery

    Artist Jay Shells was in his New York City studio last year, painting while listening to rapper Big L, when some lyrics booming through the room grabbed his attention: “On 139 and Lenox Ave, there’s a big park. And if you’re soft, don’t go through it when it gets dark.” Shells, 34, knew that park. That’s when he got an idea to take Big L’s words, put them on an official-looking city street sign and hang it at that very intersection. A year later, Shells has put up dozens of carefully drawn, hand-screened signs in New York and Los Angeles, celebrating rap through the words of Jay Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg and pretty much anyone else who’d ever busted a rhyme about a particular place and time.



    Editorial: Act now, but thoughtfully, on pipeline payback plan

    A Daily Herald editorial says officials should have no time to waste, but do have time to think, as they determine how to pay a surprise $73 million bill to move a water pipeline that's in the way of tollway expansion.


    Mexicans’ skepticism fuels legend of El Chapo

    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Before we talk of extradition, shouldn’t we make sure that the man in custody in Mexico is really Joaquin Guzman? A lot of Mexicans don’t believe he is.


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    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: Don't vote for candidate with two elected positions.


    Freedom from religion wasn’t the intent
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Emily Davis’ letter of Feb. 18 responds to Mr. James Finnegan’s letter on abortion. She states that his “religious beliefs remain a personal value system, and they do not trump the rest of the country’s right to freedom from religion”


    All have role in teaching next generation
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: One of the worst things that this country has ever done is to abolish the draft. If nothing else, it taught people that there were others in this country that you needed to learn to live with, work with and yes depend on for your very life at times and by golly they might not even look like you. We have only managed to raise a generation or two that believe their responsibility to society ends at their doorstep.


    Suddenly, bus driver ‘ain’t so special’
    A Fox River Grove letter to the editor: Hello, Governor Quinn, President Obama and Dick Durbin. I am a part time school bus driver in Illinois. I earn $15-plus per hour wage with no health insurance privileges.


    Dist. 87 vote simple investment decision
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I am voting yes on the March 18 referendum that would allow Glenbard High School District 87 to make vital repairs and facility improvements at all four of our high schools.


    Judge candidate fair and decisive
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Having worked as an administrative assistant in the legal field for most of my career, I have had the opportunity to meet many attorneys and judges. Among those with whom I have become acquainted is the Honorable James C. Hallock.


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