Daily Archive : Friday March 7, 2014



    Readers give advice about bombshell beauties

    My mother was movie-star gorgeous and let me know she was disappointed that I didn’t measure up. Eventually, I realized she was indeed both blessed and cursed.

    A woman wipes her tears after walking out of the reception center and holding area for family and friend of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, March 8, 2014. Search teams across Southeast Asia scrambled on Saturday to find a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 239 people on board that disappeared from air traffic control screens over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam early that morning.

    Oil slicks found in hunt for missing Malaysia jet

    Vietnamese air force planes on Saturday spotted two large oil slicks close to where a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 went missing earlier in the day, the first sign that the aircraft carrying 239 people had crashed. The air force planes were part of a multinational search operation launched after Flight MH370 fell off radar screens less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing...

    Kane County Animal Control Director Robert Sauceda pets a pregnant donkey Wednesday on a Hampshire farm, as animal control Warden Brianna Leland feeds hay to ponies and horses in one of the fields. Animal Control took over care of the animals Tuesday.

    Hampshire-area petting zoo loses license; 2 more dead goats found

    Kane County is continuing to take care of animals that were found without adequate food and water on a Hampshire farm, awaiting word from the state about whether the animals will be taken from their owner. Kane County Animal Control Director Robert Sauceda said the two animals were found in a 12-inch pile of straw, feces and urine. “It’s a mess,” he said Friday.

    A man with a gun runs along a street during a clash between opposition protesters and riot police near the Presidential office in Kiev, Ukraine. As questions circulate about who was behind the lethal snipers that sowed death and terror in Ukraine’s capital, doctors and others told the AP the similarity of bullets wounds suffered by opposition victims and police indicates the snipers were specifically trying to stoke tensions and spark a larger, angrier clash between opposition fighters and government security forces.

    Russia, Ukraine feud over sniper carnage

    Vladamir Putin has pushed the idea that the sniper shootings were ordered by opposition leaders, while Kremlin officials have pointed to a recording of a leaked phone call between Estonia’s foreign minister and the European Union’s foreign policy chief as evidence to back up that version.


    Daughter of ex-Obama pastor guilty in fraud scheme

    A federal jury on Friday convicted the daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of money laundering and making false statements in connection with the alleged misuse of a grant from the state of Illinois.

    Randall Scott Gilbert

    Teachers aide faces child porn charges

    A 34-year-old Hoffman Estates man who works as an aide at a school for special needs children in Palatine is charged with child pornography after authorities found numerous pornographic images of children on a computer Thursday. Police said Randall Scott Gilbert also exchanged "sexually explicit" online chats with underage girls in an attempt to meet them in person. Authorities said Gilbert...

    Pro-Putin demonstrators holds posters Friday reading “We Believe Putin!” as others gather toward to Red Square in Moscow.

    Russia in patriotic fervor over Crimea

    Russia was swept up in patriotic fervor Friday in anticipation of bringing Crimea back into its territory, with tens of thousands of people thronging Red Square chanting “Crimea is Russia!” as a parliamentary leader declared the peninsula would be welcomed as an “equal subject” of Russia.


    Robbery charges dismissed against teens

    A Cook County judge dismissed armed robbery charges against two 18-year-olds, court records show. Cook County Judge Jill Cerone Marisie found no probable cause to hold Gerardo Arreola, of Arlington Heights and Nathan Fakhouri, of Mount Prospect.


    Group talks Bangs Lake:

    Wauconda’s environmental committee will meet Wednesday to discuss a new no-wake area for Bangs Lake, managing water levels in the lake and other issues.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Bawner J. Lopez, 24, of Geneva, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of cannabis at 2:02 a.m. March 1 in the 300 block of East State Street, according to a police report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Amanda Leone, 29, of West Dundee, was arrested on charges of driving without a valid driver’s license during a Wednesday traffic stop, and later charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a police report.


    Bomb threat prompts search of plane from Chicago

    Authorities say they didn’t find anything suspicious on an American Airlines plane from Chicago that was searched after landing at Kansas City International Airport.


    Body found in Chicago drain pipe identified

    Chicago authorities have determined a woman’s body found in a drain pipe on the city’s South Side is that of a woman who was reported missing more than two years ago.


    Chicago teen struck and killed by commuter train

    A 17-year-old Chicago high school student was struck by a commuter train and killed on the city’s Northwest Side as he made his way to school Friday.


    Audit of Quinn program sent to authorities

    A scathing audit of an anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010 has been sent to law enforcement authorities.


    Woman killed when gun in donated clothes fires

    A woman working at a Chicago thrift store was killed when a gun that was in dropped-off clothing accidentally discharged, striking her in the chest.

    Jim Ryan

    Jim Ryan endorses Dillard

    State. Sen. Kirk Dillard won another major endorsement to be the Republican candidate for governor, this time from former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan.

    A lifeguard carries one of the three children rescued from a minivan that their mother, Ebony Wilkerson, drove into the Atlantic in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    Kids rescued from surf: ‘Mom tried to kill us’

    “Mom tried to kill us,” the children told told detectives, according to a charging affidavit. “Mom is crazy.”Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said the 32-year-old Wilkerson has been charged with three counts each of first-degree attempted murder and child abuse. She was in the custody of the sheriff’s office after being hospitalized for a mental evaluation...

    Stephen A. O’Dette

    Fox Lake man charged with possession of child pornography

    A Fox Lake man is held on $300,000 bail after being arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, authorities said Friday. Stephen A. O’Dette, 61, was arrested Thursday at his home.

    Andrew Cluff, 13, left, and Andy Merrill, 12, both of Libertyville, discuss computers Friday during a teen program called “Teen Tinkers and Minecraft” at Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville.

    Teens tinker with electronics, gadgets at library in Libertyville

    Andy Merrill, 12, and Andrew Cluff, 13, both of Libertyville, spent Friday connecting LEDs to a breadboard and a Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer. It was the second meeting of a new teen program called “Teen Tinkers and Minecraft” at Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville, where kids learn how technological things work.

    Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, speaks Thursday during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

    GOP pushes social issues at conservative showcase

    The ideological tug-of-war played out a few miles from Washington at the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservative activists, where most of the prospective 2016 Republican presidential field will have taken the stage by Saturday’s end of the three-day gathering.

    Workers pour concrete last year at Route 47 and I-90 in Huntley.

    Major road work ahead for Jane Addams

    Drivers can expect lane shifts on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) between Elgin and Rockford starting Monday as widening of the tollway continues. The change means eastbound traffic will shift to the right.

    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback talks during a news conference on Friday.

    Kansas high court: School funding unconstitutional

    Education advocates and attorneys for the parents and school districts saw the decision as a rebuke to the GOP-led state and in line with past court decisions that strongly and specifically laid out how much needed to be allocated to provide adequate education for every child.


    BC-US--Subway Fall-Blind Man, 2nd Ld-Writethru,433Blind man survives track fall as train arrives

    “I have used the word miracle before and I still can’t think of a different word,” said Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Paul Gonzales after viewing surveillance video of Thursday’s fall at a metro station in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood. “He could have fallen a different way and it would have ended a different...

    Tim Allen

    Winfield trustee avoids censure over Roosevelt Road email

    In a split decision, the Winfield Village Board concluded Thursday night that a trustee engaged in misconduct when he sent an email asking a local school board to share its views on how Roosevelt Road should be developed. But Trustee Tim Allen avoided a possible censure vote after his fellow board members decided the lengthy and often heated discussion they had about him was enough.


    MHS spring concert:

    The Mundelein High School instrumental music department will present its spring concert on Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St.


    Another forum on Brainerd proposal:

    Opponents of a proposal to convert the shuttered former Libertyville High School into a community center will host a town-hall style meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St.


    Hospital offers screening kits:

    As part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Northwestern Grayslake are providing free colorectal screening kits for community members.

    Naperville police Chief Bob Marshall should continue to collect his police pension while serving as the department’s chief, a DuPage County judge ruled Friday.

    Naperville police chief can continue to collect pension

    Naperville police Chief Robert Marshall should continue to collect his police pension while also earning his chief’s salary, a DuPage County judge ruled on Friday. The written ruling issued by Judge Paul M. Fullerton upholds an earlier decision by the Naperville Police Pension Board.

    U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, left, continues to lead Republican rival Robert Dold in fundraising ahead of their November rematch.

    Schneider leads Dold in 10th Congressional District fundraising

    U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider continues to lead Republican rival Robert Dold in fundraising ahead of their November rematch, new records show.

    Luis Villavicencio-Serna

    Addison murder conviction stands

    The murder conviction of a man found guilty in the drive-by shooting of an Addison teen in 2009 was upheld Friday by the Second District Appellate Court.

    Authorities escort Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, to a helicopter in Mexico City after his capture in Mazatlan.

    Reputed ‘El Chapo’ deputy now will go to trial in Chicago

    A reputed lieutenant of recently captured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman abruptly reversed his plans to plead guilty Friday to federal trafficking charges, a move made out of fear for the lives of his wife and children in Mexico, according to his attorney.


    New lottery game will fund MS research

    Proceeds from the newest Illinois Lottery game will be used to fund research into multiple sclerosis. The MS Project scratch-off tickets cost $2 and have cash instant prizes ranging from $2 to $20,000.

    Clifford Bolden

    Carol Stream man gets 35 years for fatally stabbing wife

    A Carol Stream man was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to fatally stabbing his wife. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Clifford Bolden stabbed his wife, Hope Taylor, in the chest and face Oct. 19, 2011, after he returned to their apartment and found her putting his belongings into bags.


    Campaign finance lawsuit unlikely to affect 2014

    A lawsuit challenging Illinois’ caps on political donations is unlikely to be resolved before the 2014 elections. That means limits put in place after Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment will probably remain in place for the rest of this election season.

    Robert Easter, president of the University of Illinois, is retiring in June 2015 when his contract expires.

    U of I to create presidential search panel

    The University of Illinois hopes to have a new president selected by January, well ahead of the retirement of current President Robert Easter.

    Cardinal Francis George says his cancer “will most probably eventually be the cause of my death.”

    Cardinal George’s cancer returns

    Cardinal Francis George is starting another round of chemotherapy to address signs of cancer returning to the area around his right kidney, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Friday.During the next two months, he’ll receive a more aggressive chemotherapy drug than the one doctors used to fight his cancer in 2012.


    DCFS: Barrington parents neglected dead baby, twin

    A Department of Children and Family Services investigation has determined the parents of a 7-month-old Barrington girl reported dead Jan. 8 neglected that baby and her surviving twin sister. DCFS spokeswoman Karen Hawkins said the now nearly 10-month-old sister of the late Mya G. Edwards is in a foster home, though her parents retain supervised visitation rights.

    Oscar Pistorius, puts his hand to his face while listening to cross questioning about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday.

    Pistorius kept gun with him at all times, murder trial hears

    Paralympian gold medalist Oscar Pistorius kept a gun next to his bed and carried one with him whenever he could, a former girlfriend testified at his murder trial. Pistorius fired his weapon through an open car sunroof after an incident in which a policeman handled his firearm, Samantha Taylor said today in the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital.

    Cesar A. Gandarilla

    Aurora traffic stop nets 13.5 pounds of marijuana

    A 28-year-old Aurora man was arrested Thursday after police pulled him over for an expired registration and found about 13.5 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle. Cesar A. Gandarilla faces six to 30 years in prison on these charges and has seven previous marijuana-related arrests, including two felony convictions, court records show.


    Palatine man guilty of head-butting an officer

    A Palatine man was sentenced to three years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea to aggravated battery of a police officer following a domestic altercation last November. Jordan T. Nichols 30, received credit for 102 days in custody, court records show.


    Mt. Prospect OKs Walgreens liquor licenses

    Mount Prospect village board members this week approved a change in the liquor licenses for two Walgreens locations, at 1028 S. Elmhurst Road and 1701 E. Kensington Road. The change would allow them to add a fuller line of spirits to the list of wines and beers they already sell.


    Buffalo Grove modifies electric aggregation rules

    Buffalo Grove trustees this week amended the village’s plan of operation and governance for electric aggregation services provided to village residents to allow for competition from possible providers. As a result of increasing competition in the electric market, communities in the consortium that includes Buffalo Grove are exploring options with consultants and providers.


    Buffalo Grove may add stormwater fee

    Buffalo Grove is contemplating a stormwater utility fee. Public Works Director Mike Reynolds at the recent village board committee of the whole meeting, explained that, “Buffalo Grove and many communities in the Chicago area and statewide are experiencing increasing issues with flooding (and) drainage.”


    Hanover Township to host workshop for high school students

    Hanover Township is inviting students to a workshop on decision-making. Students from Bartlett, Elgin, South Elgin and Streamwood high schools are encouraged to participate in an interactive workshop Thursday, March 13. Teenagers will learn how to respond to tough situations and weigh the consequences of their choices, said Nicole De Falco, a member of the township Committee on Youth.


    Prospect Heights fire receives grant for protective equipment

    The Prospect Heights Fire Protection District announced this week that is has received a $26,000 grant from the Illinois State Fire Marshal to assist with the purchase of firefighting protective turnout gear. The district is in the process of replacing 55 sets of firefighting protective turnout gear, due to the fact that the current protective gear is approximately 10 years old and required to be...

    Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park will host a fundraiser Sunday for employee for P.J. O’Donnell, 17, who was injured last Sunday in an accident at the facility. The park was closed Monday and reopened Tuesday.

    Teen injured in Raging Buffalo work accident improving

    A fundraiser is planned Sunday at Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park near Algonquin for the 17-year-old employee who was injured when his arm got caught in the roller brush that cleans snow from a ski conveyor lift. According to a post on the Raging Buffalo Facebook page, the injured teen, P.J. O’Donnell, a Jacobs High School student, is out of the intensive care unit at Advocate...

    Wauconda High School’s football field will be replaced with artificial turf this year.

    District 118 planning nearly $14 million in projects

    Nearly $14 million in long-overdue improvements are coming to five Wauconda Unit District 118 campuses. The District 118 board on Thursday unanimously approved contracts with 15 companies for a wide variety of construction projects.


    Victim identified in fatal Aurora crash

    Aurora police have identified the 56-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a car Thursday morning while walking along Randall Road just south of Sullivan Road on the city’s west side. The victim, Frances E. Kuntz, whose last known address was on the 1800 block of Lilac Lane, suffered massive injuries as a result of the crash, police said. She died during surgery at an Aurora hospital.

    Adan Sandoval

    Probation, jail for man in Elgin knife fight that injured 3

    One of two Elgin men charged in a May 2013 knife fight and brawl that injured three in downtown Elgin recently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years probation after spending 286 days in jail. Adan Sandoval, 20, could be sent to prison for up to five years if he violates probation.

    Edward Hayes of Elgin bows his head during a prayer group at Vineyard Church of Elgin. Hayes was homeless and addicted to cocaine before members of the church and their breakfast ministry helped to get him into a rehab program. He’s been clean for three years and has volunteered at the church every day since.

    Moving Picture: Elgin man gives back to God and church

    Edward Hayes of Elgin has been on a long road to recovery from his drug addiction. But he firmly believes God kept pursuing him, leading him back to a better life. Now he helps clean after meals at Vineyard Church in Elgin, the very place where he got so much help from others, and from God. And he's trying to pay back what he has received. “As long as I wake up every morning, I will be here...

    Citizen advocate Claudia Rempala answers a call at the 311 Contact Center Monday morning in Elgin. Advocates are trained to handle all types of questions from the city’s residents.

    Elgin launches new 311 Contact Center

    Don’t call them operators. They are “citizen advocates,” embodying the city of Elgin’s new way of interacting with residents through its new 311 Contact Center. The system is about efficiency and integration of data across departments, allowing all information about each business or residential address to be bundled and accessed by all city staff.

    Students at Anne Fox School in Hanover Park sing a welcome to school song on the first day of school in 2011. Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 is notifying staffers potentially affected by the elimination of 76 positions next school year due to declining enrollment.

    District 54 could eliminate 76 positions

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 school board members Thursday discussed a recommended plan to eliminate 27 teaching positions and 49 support staff positions next school year due to projections of declining enrollment. The job reductions are expected to be mitigated to some extent by simultaneous retirements and resignations this summer, resulting in the vacating of 39.5 full-time...

    Michael P. Juhasz

    Bartlett man, 47, faces child porn charge

    A 47-year-old Bartlett man faces a felony child pornography charge after an investigation by Bartlett and Wheaton police. A Cook County judge set bail at $25,000 for Michael Juhasz.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole copper piping out of the kitchen and bathrooms between Jan. 30 and Feb. 24 in a foreclosed home on the 1700 block of Newcastle Lane in Hoffman Estates. Damage was estimated at $5,000.


    'Envision Elgin' participants told to dream big

    Imagine waving a magic wand and choosing where a new park or bridge should be built in the city of Elgin. Participants in the “Envision Elgin” planning meeting Thursday night were asked to do just that, coming up with a smorgasborad of ideas for improvements in residential and commercial neighborhoods, transportation, recreation, employment, and generally life as a whole in Elgin.

    The village of Hanover Park will spend more than $700,000 in tax increment financing dollars to renovate part of Hanover Square for a facility run by Elgin and Harper community colleges.

    Hanover Park, colleges join forces on project

    Hanover Park will sink more than $700,000 into a construction project for a new facility run by two community colleges. The village's investment was vital to bringing the Education and Work Center to a strip mall on Barrington Road, officials say. “Hopefully, this will just be a great model going forward for bringing programs to communities in a way that just makes sense for all of these...

    Jack Brown, labor foreman, checks out the deep end of the pool.

    $11 million Buffalo Grove High pool coming along

    Buffalo Grove High School is less than six months away from debuting its new $11 million swimming pool, the largest addition to a Northwest Suburban High School District 214 school in more than a decade. The new second-story seating area will have room for 500 spectators, bathrooms and a concessions area, said Ted Birren, director of operations. “There really isn't a bad seat in the...

    The anonymous nature of the app Yik Yak has sparked fears it can become a vehicle for harmful comments or bullying.

    Schools raise concerns about social app Yik Yak

    In the wake of concerns raised by city and suburban high schools, a new social-networking app that allows users to post comments anonymously has reportedly been shut down temporarily in the Chicago area. The makers of Yik Yak said that while the app is disabled they will look for ways to ensure it is not used in high schools or middle schools.


    Endo gets approval for long-acting testosterone
    Drugmaker Endo Pharmaceuticals announced Thursday that it received U.S. approval for its long-acting testosterone injection Aveed, which joins a crowded field of hormone-boosting drugs aimed at aging American men.


    Illinois unemployment rate 8.7 percent for January

    The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in January, down from the previous month’s revised rate of 8.9 percent.

    The Indiana State Health Department has given Skittles a clean bill of health.

    Lab tests show Skittles had no unusual chemicals

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Health Department has given Skittles a clean bill of health.The agency announced Thursday night that laboratory tests on packages of Original Skittles sold at a Richmond convenience store contain no unusual chemical substances. It says the candy contains no toxins and is safe to eat.

    State Farm raised homeowner insurance premiums an average of 4.9 percent this year.

    State Farm raises Illinois insurance rates

    Several years of severe weather is costing Illinois homeowners more for insurance through one major carrier. The Bloomington Pantagraph reports State Farm raised homeowner insurance premiums an average of 4.9 percent this year.

    Randy Hultgren

    Winfield’s Rep. Hultgren wants to permanently end web tax

    Winfield Republican U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren wants to extend a measure that currently prevents state and local governments from taxing Internet Hultgren is a sponsor of the proposal and says adding a tax would be harmful to economic growth and hinder Internet innovations. He says the Internet has become an essential tool for education, jobs and running businesses.


    Dawn Patrol: Dist. 54 scolds superintendent; All-Area girls teams

    Schaumburg District 54 reprimands its superintendent. Daily Herald All-Area girls teams announced, and big games tonight. Ex-Carol Stream cop pleads guilty to DUI, avoids jail time with apology. Fire destroys Ingleside house. One dead in Woodstock fire. 'Food Court Wars' winner gets ready for West Dundee site.

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

    Dillard begins TV ads in GOP governor race

    Public employee and teacher union support for state Sen. Kirk Dillard's campaign for governor has turned into TV ads with less than two weeks to go until the March 18 primary. The unions have given Dillard the campaign cash he's needed to air his own TV spot starting this week, and a third-party group that had been running an anyone-but-Bruce Rauner campaign in past weeks has now begun airing...


    GOP lt. governor candidates tackle big issues during debate

    The only televised debate for the four Republicans seeking the office of Illinois lieutenant governor delved Thursday into the candidates’ diverse backgrounds and the controversies surrounding them and their gubernatorial running mates.

    Revati Natesan, right, founder of Naperville-based ThinkGlobal Arts Foundation, again is working with children as the organization whose projects have included planting a peace tree along the Riverwalk now is bringing to the city a stage show highlighting world cultures through folk tales.

    Global folk tales showcase universal human experiences

    If one folk tale has the power to transcend generations and unite a culture, imagine the power of eight folk tales. “Within a space of two hours, (viewers) are going to go around the world and they are going to experience eight cultures with music, with dances, with stories,” said Revati Natesan, founder of the Think Global Arts Foundation, which is hosting "Around the World in 8...

    I have been experimenting on doing abstract landscape photography. I thought this almost came out looking like a Japanese woodblock print, but the photo was actually taken in Lisle.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of March 3.


    Democracy is not a spectator sport at Community High School District 94

    Not only during election season, but throughout the school year, students at Community High School District 94 in West Chicago are engaged in many activities through the Social Studies Division that prove democracy is not a spectator sport in the school, Superintendent Douglas Domeracki says.


    Fremd's Riley Glassmann holds up the championship plaque as the team celebrates its 58-44 victory over Lake Zurich.

    Images: Fremd vs. Lake Zurich boys basketball
    The Fremd High School boys basketball team won 58-44 over the Lake Zurich High School boys for the Class 4A Regional Championship on Friday, March 7th, in Arlington Heights.

    Stevenson celebrates in the locker room after topping Warren 79-59 in Class 4A regional final play at McHenry on Friday.

    Brunson, Stevenson pass up Warren

    Stevenson junior guard Jalen Brunson scored 15 of his 25 points after halftime, hitting five 3-pointers, as Stevenson pulled away in beating Warren 79-59 in Class 4A regional play at McHenry. Connor Cashaw also scored 25 points for the Patriots, while adding 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Brunson had 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals, as well.

    Burlington Central coach Mark Smith directs the Rockets Friday against Montini in the Class 3A state semifinals at Redbird Arena in Normal.

    Burlington Central nearly beat the odds

    Not many people gave Burlington Central much of a chance against Class 3A girls basketball power Montini in Friday's state semifinals, but the Rockets certainly showed they belong with the state's elite in a 34-26 loss at Redbird Arena.


    Girls basketball scoreboard: Friday’s results
    Girls basketball scoreboard*State tournamentAt Redbird Arena, NormalCLASS 4A Semifinalsrolling Meadows 51, geneva 43Rolling Meadows — Vliet 4 -2 11, Montanez 0 2-4 2, J.Kemph 4 4-4 13, Kay 0 1-2 1, Glasgow 4 8-10 18, A.Kemph 0 0-0 0, Shewmon 2 2-2 6. Totals 14 19-24 51.Geneva — McCloughan 3 2-2 8, Santos 0 2-2 2, Loberg 5 2-4 12, Novak 3 0-0 6, Seberger 5 0-0 12, Renyalds 1 0-0 2, Medina 0 0-0 0, Loebel 0 1-2 1, Williams 0 0-0 0, Dunn 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 7-10 43.Rolling Meadows 14 11 7 19 —51Geneva 13 6 15 9 —433-point baskets: RM: Vliet, J.Kemph, Glasgow 2; Gen: Seberger 2.Fouled out: Gen: Santos.*Other score:whitney young 60, chicago Heights Marian 20*CLASS 3A Semifinals*Montini 34, burlington Central 26Montini — Kuykendall 1 0-0 2, Ross 2 0-0 4, Bogdan 0 0-0 0, Karlis 2 5-5 10, Ston3 1 2-2 4, Castro 0 0-0 0, Bambule 2 2-3 6, Kunzer 0 0-0 0, Kerstein 3 0-0 8, Jakaitis 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 9-10 34.Burlington Central — Pryor 5 0-0 11, Colby 2 1-2 5, Ross 0 2-2 2, Holt 1 0-0 2, Cruz 1 0-0 3, DeTamble 0 0-0 0, Gerke 1 1-2 3. Totals 10 4-6 26.Montini 8 7 6 13 —34Burlington Central 7 5 10 4 —263-point baskets: Mont: Karlis, Kerstein 2; BrC: Pryor, Cruz.*Joliet Catholic 70, Quincy Notre Dame 59Quincy Notre Dame — Hugenberg 10 5-7 25, Marcolla 1 00 2, Gengenbacher 6 8-10 21, Obert 2 1-4 5, C.Foley 0 4-6 4, Humphrey 0 0-0 0, Hyer 1 0-0 2, M.Foley 0 0-0 0, Arnold 0 0-0 0, MaGee 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 18-27 59.Joliet Catholic — Lumpkin 7 -5 15, Battle 4 5-6 13, Walkker 5 5-8 15, C.Ekhomu 3 2-2 9, N.Ekhomu 6 3-9 16, Farrell 0 0-0 0, Weigt 0 0-0 0, Acosta 1 0-0 2, Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 16-30 70.Q-Notre Dame 10 21 13 15 —59Joliet Catholic 15 20 18 17 —703-point baskets: QND: Gengenbacher; JolC: C.Ekhomu, N.Ekhomu.Fouled out: QND: C.Foley; JolC: Lumpkin.*


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Friday’s results
    Boys basketball scoreboard*CLASS 4AAt McHenrySTEVENSON 79, WARREN 59Warren — Deere 5 4-5 16, Reams 1 0-0 2, Swane 4 6-8 14, Betori 0 0-0 0, Gillespie 6 4-7 19, Cuevas 1 0-0 2, Jokic 2 0-0 6, Schroeder 0 0-0 0, Gordon 0 0-0 0, Mathieu 0 0-0 0, Luna 0 0-0 0, Skinner 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 14-20 59.Stevenson — Johnson 3 2-2 11, Morrissey 3 2-2 9, Nichols 1 0-0 2, Cashaw 8 6-7 25, Brunson 9 2-4 25, Green 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 1-2 3, Newman 2 0-0 4, Rosenbaum 0 0-0 0, Dillon 0 0-0 0, Hwang 0 0-0 0, Panitch 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 13-17 79.Warren 12 12 17 18 —59Stevenson 20 12 27 20 —793-point baskets: Warr: Gillespie 3, Deere 2, Jokic 2; Stev: Brunson 5, Johnson 3, Cashaw 3, Morrissey.Fouled out: none.*At LibertyvilleHIGHLAND PARK 48, LAKE FOREST 39Highland Park — Beerman 2 1-2 7, Sachs 4 8-10 16, Narcia 3 0-0 8, Iden 0 2-2 2, Sutter 2 1-3 5, Lundevall 0 5-6 5, Krawitz 2 1-2 5, Goshen 0 0-0 0, Barrios 0 0-0 0, Stempel 0 0-0 0, Wellek 0 0-0 0, Zisook 0 0-0 0, Levin 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 18-25 48.Lake Forest — Wolf 1 0-0 2, Bender 2 4-4 10, Traynor 0 2-2 2, Boudreaux 4 6-8 15, Karras 1 0-0 3, Miller 2 3-4 7, Kauss 0 0-0 0, Vogrich 0 0-0 0, Roberts 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 15-18 39.Highland Park 15 9 4 20 —48Lake Forest 6 10 8 15 —393-point baskets: HP: Narcia 2, Beerman 2; LF: Bender 2, Boudreaux, Karras.Fouled out: none.*At St. Charles NorthSouth Elgin 76, St. Charles East 62South Elgin — Smith 8 7-8 26, McClure 5 8-1 19, Wells 3 6-11 13, Amrhien 3 2-2 9, Hankins 4 0-0 8, Kamienski 0 0-0 0, Mahmudi 0 0-0 0, Lynch 0 0-0 0, Winsel 0 1-2 1, Howard 0 0-0 0 Cruz 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 24-34 76.St. Charles East — Washington 7 0-2 14, Adduci 4 3-4 13, Gentry 3 0-0 6, Vyzral 2 0-0 5, Asquini 3 1-2 8, McQuillan 3 1-2 5, Mason 0 0-0 0, Clodi 3 0-0 9, DiLeonardi 0 0-0 0, Champine 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 5-10 62.South Elgin 13 18 20 25 —76St. Charles East 17 18 19 8 —623-point baskets: SE — Smith 3, Amrhein, Wells, McClure; SCE — Clodi 3, Adduci 2, Vyzral, Asquini.Fouled out: SCE — Asquini, Adduci.*At Crystal Lake CentralJacobs 43, Dundee-Crown 33Dundee-Crown — Pochop 3 2-2 10, Dunner 4 1-2 9, Co. Parson 1 2-4 4, Buckley 0 0-0 0, Seals 0 0-0 0, Ca. Parson 0 0-0 0, Munson 1 0-0 3, Stewart 2 3-6 7, Steinmetz 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 8-14 33.Jacobs — Mack 3 1-2 8, Wolinski 0 0-0 0, Boeckh 1 2-2 5, Zakes 0 0-0 0, Oragne 5 3-6 14, Canady 0 0-0 0, Ross 0 0-0 0, Murray 0 0-0 0, Krutwig 4 4-6 12, Bindi 0 0-0 0, Peltier 2 0-0 4, Grant 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 10-16 43.Dundee-Crown 6 3 3 21 —33Jacobs 8 9 11 15 —433-point baskets: D-C — Pochop 2, Munson; J — Mack, Boeckh, Orange.*at BelvidereHuntley 77, Rockford Jefferson 29Jefferson — Rogers 0 0-0 0, Newble 0 0-0 0, Q. Smith 2 0-0 4, Upshaw 1 2-4 4, Young 2 3-4 8, Kyles 0 0-0 0, Minniefield 1 0-2 2, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Wells 2 0-0 4, C. Smith 2 0-0 4, Kluzak 0 0-0 0, Saleh 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 5-10 29.Huntley — Park 1 0-0 3, Jacobs 1 1-1 3, Spoeth 2 0-0 5, Oslance 0 0-0 0, Bessey 1 0-0 2, Dion 1 0-0 2, Cruz 0 0-0 0, C. Boesch 3 0-0 6, Slonka 0 2-2 2, Shields 1 0-0 2, Wicks 5 0-0 14, Egekeze 6 9-9 21, Gorney 3 4-5 11, Janus 1 2-2 4, B. Boesch 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 18-19 77.Jefferson 5 3 9 12 —29Huntley 26 17 21 13 —773-point baskets: RJ — Young, C. Smith; H — Wicks 4, Park, Spoeth, Gorney. *At Rolling Meadowsst. viator 81, zion-benton 64St. Viator — McNamara 0 0-0 0, Smart 10 8-8 33, Falatico 3 4-4,12, Arogunde 5 7-8 17, Martin 4 2-3 10, Grant 3 1-4 7, Cannella 0 0-0 0, O’Neill 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 22-27 81.Zion-Benton — Schofield 10 0-0 24, Young 0 0-0 0, Yarbrough 7 0-2 14, Curry 1 0-0 2, Moragne 3 0-0 6, Calvert 3 4-8 10, Wilson 1 0-0 2, Lay 0 1-2 1, Bakr 0 0-0 0, Ramirez 1 3-3 5. Totals: 26 8-15 64.

    Jeremiah Fleming of Glenbard North takes a shot over Marcus McDaniel of Lake Park during the Class 4A Leyden regional final Friday.

    Glenbard North tops Lake Park for regional title

    After all the years of hard work, Glenbard North was not about to let a few missed free throws block another chance at a regional championship. Of course the Panthers (22-5) would really have loved to make a few more of their foul shots Friday night against Lake Park in the championship game at the Class 4A Leyden regional, but they used great defense late to power them to a 48-44 victory and their first regional crown since 2002.

    Kaneland players including Drew David (4) and Ben Barnes (12) celebrate as they’re awarded the championship plaque after winning Friday’s regional title game in Maple Park.

    David, Kaneland beat Marmion at buzzer

    Kaneland’s Drew David was 2-of-12 from the floor when he took Tyler Carlson’s pass on the right wing, his toe on the 3-point line, two seconds from overtime. David wasn’t thinking of that.


    Just like tough-minded Roberts, Jacobs drew it up

    Jacobs boys basketball coach Jimmy Roberts had a goal in mind from the day he was hired last April, and he brought the blueprint to achieve it. The goal “since Day 1,” he said, was to win a regional championship. The blueprint was to instill toughness and a high competitive level within his players. And he wanted them to play basketball with passion. Less than 11 months later the Golden Eagles are regional champions for the first time since 2008, thanks to a stellar defensive effort throughout Friday’s 44-33 victory over rival Dundee-Crown in the Class 4A Crystal Lake Central regional title game.


    Timothy Christian falters vs. St. Joseph

    The Timothy Christian boys basketball team walked out of the locker room Friday night and back up the stairs into the St. Joseph gymnasium with understandably long faces after the Chargers prevailed 51-42 to win its own Class 3A regional title.


    Tall order? No big deal for St. Viator

    The shorter team from the smaller school came up big. St. Viator, playing with the energy, desire and fight that is personified in its coach (former Lion point guard Mike Howland,) somehow survived being outsized by Zion-Benton and came away with a convincing 81-64 victory to win the Rolling Meadows IHSA Class 4A boys basketball regional on Friday night. Next up? Last year’s state runner-up, Jalen Brunson and Stevenson at the Lake Zurich sectional on Tuesday night. But first, the Lions (23-5) will savor a win over a tall, talented team that features a college-size front line and Lake County’s leading scorer, Milik Yarbrough.

    Hinsdale Central’s Chase Hamilton lies on the floor after sinking the winning basket for a 53-51 regional boys basketball championship win over Naperville Central Friday night.

    Hinsdale Central buzzer-beater ousts Naperville Central

    There’s no doubt who earned the “right time, right place” award Friday night.It was Chase Hamilton, the Hinsdale Central senior guard huddled with teammates around a regional championship plaque. Hamilton’s offensive rebound and flipped-in putback at the buzzer gave the Red Devils a stunning 53-51 win over Naperville Central in the Class 4A Naperville Central regional final.


    Sycamore sends Wheaton Academy home

    A 3-point basket from Wheaton Academy at the third-quarter buzzer tied Friday’s Class 3A Genoa-Kingston regional championship at 45, but the Warriors could not get over the final hurdle of their season.


    South Elgin completes unlikely run to regional title

    With a starting lineup featuring 3 sophomores, the future appears to be bright for South Elgin’s basketball team. The future is also now. The fourth-seeded Storm (17-14) followed Tuesday’s Class 4A regional semifinal upset victory over top-seeded Larkin with a 76-62 win over third-seeded St. Charles East in Friday night’s regional championship at St. Charles North.


    Rolling Meadows eager for Young rematch

    Rolling Meadows will not be getting a rematch of last year's Class 4A girls basketball championship game when it fell by 1 point in the final second to Marian Catholic. Instead, the Mustangs will have a rematch of their Dec. 7 nonconference game against Whitney Young. The No. 1 Dolphins defeated No. 2 Marian Catholic 60-20 in Friday's second state semifinal on Friday night at Illinois State's Redbird Arena to set up Saturday's second meeting with much more at stake.

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Rolling Meadows' Jamie Berry celebrates with Katie Shewmon after the Mustangs topped Geneva in the Class 4A state semifinals in Normal on Friday.

    Rolling Meadows edges Geneva, returns to title game

    There was no masking the resolve with which the Rolling Meadows girls basketball team played with Friday. Especially senior Alexis Glasgow. Playing for the first time with a custom made mask protecting her nose, which she broke in the second quarter of Monday's supersectional win, Glasgow scored a game-high 18 points and hit 7 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter as the Mustangs downed Geneva, 51-43, in a Class 4A state semifinal at Redbird Arena.


    Maine West’s all-out effort takes Loyola down to wire

    Maine West took Loyola, one of the top ranked teams in the state, to the brink of elimination Friday night. The Warriors scored at the buzzer in regulation to send the regional final game into overtime, but ran out of gas in extra stanza.No. 1 seeded Loyola scored the first 8 points in OT to hold off No. 9 Maine West 70-64 to win the regional crown in Des Plaines on the Warriors’ home court.


    Geneva stuns Bolingbrook with late rally

    The postseason drought is over for Geneva.


    Opportunistic Highland Park ousts Lake Forest

    Highland Park, the sixth seed in the Lake Zurich Sectional, pulled off the upset. The Giants (21-7) led from start to finish and beat the Scouts 48-39. Next Wednesday, the Giants will meet Fremd in Lake Zurich.

    Fremd’s Riley Glassmann holds up the championship plaque following Friday’s 58-44 victory over Lake Zurich in the regional championship game at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.

    Glassmann, Fremd too much for Lake Zurich

    Riley Glassmann and Fremd’s boys basketball team put on a shooting display against Lake Zurich on Friday night in the Hersey regional final in Arlington Heights. The Vikings senior was relentless from the field, converting 10 of 13 shots as Fremd rolled past the Bears 58-44.


    North Chicago stops Grayslake Central

    Alex Lennartz was one of several Grayslake Central seniors who didn’t want to their seasons come to and end on Friday night. Lennartz had been through a lot this year, including a broken nose and a concussion. He showed he could dish out shots, too, leading the Rams with 22 points and 10 rebounds — but it wasn’t enough for the Rams on this evening.Grayslake Central stayed close to North Chicago for three quarters before the top-seeded Warhawks prevailed over the No. 8 Rams 71-53 in Class 3A regional championship play in Grayslake.

    The Bulls’ Joakim Noah battles the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen for a rebound Friday at the United Center.

    Bulls blink first against Grizzlies

    A game against the full-strength Memphis Grizzlies brought together two teams that take pride in defense and rebounds. The Bulls ended up getting beat at their own game. They were dominated on the boards in the fourth quarter and scored just 2 points in the final 5:54 of an 85-77 loss to Memphis on Friday at the United Center.


    West Aurora wins 40th regional title

    West Aurora senior Jontrell Walker played his final game on his home court Friday night. The Blackhawks’ all-time leading scorer added 31 points to his total, and more importantly led his team to a 73-59 victory over Plainfield North in the Class 4A West Aurora regional championship game for the school’s 40th regional crown.


    You try being 10 places at once

    Any basketball fan can relate to my dilemma Friday night.


    Benet’s defense blankets Waubonsie Valley

    Benet arrived for Friday night’s Class 4A Lemont regional final hoping to prove it can play defense at a high level. Waubonsie Valley left Lemont thoroughly convinced the Redwings’ defense is more than good enough. Benet held the eighth-seeded Warriors to just 8 first-half points and won easily 57-33, earning the regional championship.


    George takes the lead, and Carmel tops Vernon Hills

    As a senior on the Carmel boys basketball team, Jack George is tasked with leading the team both on and off the court. That can often include light-hearted moments to break up the stress of a long basketball season. “I try to keep it light sometimes,” the 6-foot-10 George said, “but I wasn’t happy with the way we played (Tuesday night) and as a team I felt like we could have done a lot better.” So the normally chatty and affable George took time Friday night before the third-seeded Corsairs’ Class 3A regional title game at Ridgewood against No. 6 seed Vernon Hills to collect his thoughts and focus on the task at hand. The approach worked for George, and the Corsairs benefitted. George scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to lift Carmel to a 49-43 win over the Cougars, netting a second consecutive regional crown for the Corsairs.


    Offensive struggles costly as Morton tops Conant

    Missed shots and costly turnovers were Conant’s demise at Morton on Friday night. The Cougars had been hoping to advance to the Bartlett sectional, but those plans were dashed when the Cougars lost to the No. 4-seeded Mustangs in Class 4A regional final action in Cicero 36-24.

    Hinsdale Central players celebrate their regional boys basketball championship win over Naperville Central.

    Images: Hinsdale Central vs. Naperville Central boys basketball
    Hinsdale Central won 53-51 over Naperville Central Friday, March 7 at Naperville Central in Class 4A regional basketball final action.

    Stevenson players celebrate in the locker room after the game.

    Images: Stevenson vs. Warren boys basketball
    The Stevenson Patriots won 79-59 over the Warren Blue Devils in the Class 4A boys basketball regional final at McHenry West High School on Friday, March 7.

    Jacobs celebrates its win over Dundee-Crown in the Class 4A regional championship game Friday at Crystal Lake Central.

    There’s no stopping Jacobs against Dundee-Crown

    Jacobs junior Chrishawn Orange said the team’s motto is “Get stops, make shots.” The Golden Eagles got plenty of stops Friday night and made just enough shots to beat Dundee-Crown 43-33 in the Class 4A Crystal Lake Central regional championship game.


    Focused Huntley humbles Rockford Jefferson

    Anyone worried that Huntley’s boys basketball team wouldn’t be focused during its regional championship game against a makeshift Rockford Jefferson squad needn’t have worried. The Red Raiders came out razor sharp and never let up, coasting to a 77-29 victory and the title in the Class 4A Belvidere North regional on Friday. The Raiders will face Rockford Auburn on Tuesday in the Elgin sectional semifinals.

    Rolling Meadows’ Katie Shewmon celebrates with the rest of her teammates.

    Images: Rolling Meadows vs. Geneva 4A State Semifinal Girls Basketball
    Images of the IHSA Class 4A girls basketball semifinal game between Rolling Meadows and Geneva at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal on Friday. Rolling Meadows won 51-43.

    Images from the Kaneland vs. Marmion regional boys basketball title game Friday, March 7, 2014 in Maple Park.

    Images: Kaneland vs. Marmion Academy boys basketball
    Kaneland hosted and won 62-60 over Marmion in the boys basketball regional title game Friday night in Maple Park.


    Fremd’s Gorecki second in Class 4A showdown

    After Rolling Meadows advanced to the Class 4A state championship for the second year in a row, the ‘Queen of the Hill’ Class 4A 3-point showdown took center stage at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena. Ottawa senior Jasmin Bailey was at the top of her game, converting on 10 to edge Fremd junior Haley Gorecki by 1.

    Jacobs players celebrate.

    Images: Jacobs vs. Dundee-Crown boys basketball
    Dundee-Crown fell 43-33 to Jacobs for a Class 4A boys regional title game Friday night in Crystal Lake.

    Luis Valbuena has played plenty of third base for the Cubs the past two seasons but he is probably best suited for backup roles.

    These role players make things interesting

    The makeup of the Cubs' bench this year will depend on how the starting jobs shake out. If Mike Olt can step up and win the third-base job, that will allow manager Rick Renteria to use players such as Luis Valbuena, Donnie Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio as effective bench and utility players.

    Expected to be a left-handed force in the middle of the order after signing a four-year, $56 million contract following the 2010 season, Adam Dunn has instead become one of the most disappointing players in White Sox history.

    Three long years later, Dunn nearly done here

    It's been a long three years for Adam Dunn, and White Sox fans who have watched the designated hitter/first baseman struggle. Heading into his final season on the South Side, Dunn is now preparing to platoon at DH with Paul Konerko.

    Jeremiah Fleming of Glenbard North celebrates.

    Images: Lake Park vs. Glenbard North boys basketball
    Lake Park fell 48-44 to Glenbard North Friday, March 7 in a class 4A regional boys basketball final game at Leyden Twp. High School in Franklin Park.

    Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) shoots over Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Chicago. The Grizzlies won 85-77. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Bulls can’t stop Gasol, fall 85-77

    Marc Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies used their stout defense to beat the Bulls 85-77 Friday night. Mike Miller made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points as the Grizzlies closed out a three-game road trip with their third victory in four games. Zach Randolph added 10 points and 11 rebounds after missing Memphis’ previous game with the flu.


    Indiana State knocks off Loyola 75-62

    Jake Odum scored 18 points as second-seeded Indiana State knocked off No. 10 seed Loyola of Chicago 75-62 in a Missouri Valley Conference quarterfinal on Friday.

    Joakim Noah made it perfectly clear Friday that wants to talk about how the Bulls are doing right now, not about what might happen during the off-season.

    Noah wants to live in the now

    Joakim Noah didn't want to address a report that he gave New York's Carmelo Anthony an informal recruiting pitch during all-star weekend. Also, the thumb injury Noah suffered on Wednesday against Detroit was diagnosed as a sprain, not anything that requires surgery.


    Dunn plays starring role, Sox beat Reds

    Adam Dunn hit a pair of RBI singles and the White Sox beat a split squad of Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Friday.Dunn returned to the White Sox this week after attending the Academy Awards ceremony in California last weekend. He had a nonspeaking role in the Oscar-nominated “Dallas Buyers Club.”

    Captain Jonathan Toews celebrates his goal with Patrick Kane during the third period of the Hawks’ 6-1 victory over the Blue Jackets at the United Center on Thursday.

    After strong Olympics, Toews remains red hot

    Whoever gets to play with the Hawks captain Jonathan Toews should be considered the luckiest guy on the team. Toews is on a roll with 5 goals and an assist in the last three games. He has come back from the Olympics not only with a gold medal won with Canada, but with a game that is strong.

    Fresh off his best year, quarterback Josh McCown is a team leader who knows his role well — but he will not come back as cheaply as he did the past three seasons.

    Change can be good ... and inevitable in NFL

    The Bears have a lot of decisions to make on their own free agents before the market opens next Tuesday. So we take a quick look at the pros and cons of re-signing each Bears player who will be eligible for free agency. Today, offense and special teams.

    Montini head coach Jason Nichols raises his arms in victory as the game winds down against Burlington Central Friday in the Class 3A state girls basketball semifinals at Redbird Arena in Normal.

    Montini overcomes Burlington Central

    Just when it looked like last year was going to happen to the Montini girls basketball team again, senior Kateri Stone, sophomore Lea Kerstein and the top-ranked Broncos stepped up and avoided what would have been a monumental upset. Trailing unranked Burlington Central by three points with 3:36 left to play in the game, Stone stole a pass and made an uncontested layup, then Kerstein gave Montini the lead for good with a 3-pointer 38 seconds later as the Broncos came from behind to beat the Rockets, 34-26, in the first Class 3A state semifinal at Redbird Arena.


    Soler triples in win; Jackson struggles in loss for Cubs

    TEMPE, ARIZ. — Los Angeles Angels lefty Hector Santiago kept up his push for a starting spot, pitching four shutout innings Friday in a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in a split-squad game.In his second spring start, Santiago allowed only one hit and struck out five. He hasn’t permitted an earned run in 6⅔ innings this spring.Cubs prospect Jorge Soler hit a go-ahead triple in the ninth. Luis Valbuena doubled and scored in the seventh.Chicago starter James McDonald worked two scoreless innings.Angels slugging prospect C.J. Cron, who hit a tying, three-run homer in the ninth on Thursday, delivered an RBI single in the eighth.Indians 7, Cubs 2:In the other split squad game, Edwin Jackson allowed three runs and four hits in three innings for the Cubs while Carlos Carrasco struck out six of the 12 batters he faced in leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-2 win in Mesa.Jackson, coming off a subpar first year of a four-year, $52 million contract, hit two batters and struck out two.Mike Aviles hit a first-inning homer, givng the Indians a quick 2-0 lead after Nyjer Morgan opened the game with a single off Jackson.Carrasco was strong in his first start and third appearance. He gave up three hits and two runs — none earned — in three innings. He did not walk a battter.Indians reserve outfielder Ryan Raburn left in the third inning with a bruised left knee after running into the right field wall chasing Kris Bryant’s home run in the second. The Indians said the injury is not expected to be serious.


    Gamecocks’ Martin apologizes for harsh language

    Suspended South Carolina coach Frank Martin apologized to fans for his harsh words aimed at Gamecocks point guard Duane Notice in the loss to No. 1 Florida this week. “I can’t do anything other than apologize,” Martin said Friday in a press conference to address the suspension.

    Duke's Jabari Parker reacts after being called for his fourth foul, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C., Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Wake Forest won 82-72. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Duke’s Parker faces tough stay-or-go decision

    This could be it for Jabari Parker at Duke.His final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium could come Saturday night when No. 4 Duke hosts rival North Carolina — if the freshman phenom jumps to the NBA after the season, as most outsiders always assumed he would do. But Parker insists he still hasn’t made up his mind.“If I feel like there are things I could improve on or things I left, like during the season, then I will probably come back,” Parker said.


    Huskers’ Pelini receives 1-year contract extension

    Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has received a one-year contract extension through February 2019.Athletic department spokeswoman Chris Anderson on Friday confirmed the extension, which was first reported by CBSSports.com. Anderson said terms were not immediately available for release.

    Patrick Reed hits from the 16th tee during the second round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament Friday, March 7, 2014, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    James Driscoll leads Puerto Rico Open

    James Driscoll matched the Puerto Rico Open record with a 9-under 63 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round.Playing in wind gusting to 20 mph after morning rain at Trump International, Driscoll had an eagle and seven birdies in his bogey-free round. He had a 12-under 132 total.

    Wichita State's Cleanthony Early (11) dunks against Evansville in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference men's tournament, Friday, March 7, 2014 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

    Wichita State perfect at 32-0 after beating Evansville

    No. 2 Wichita State is still perfect. Calm and collected, too, in a 32nd straight win.The top-seeded Shockers stayed unbeaten with an 80-58 romp over Evansville in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley tournament Friday.

    DePaul’s Chanise Jenkins will help lead the Blue Demons in this weekend’s Big East Conference Tournament, which tips off Saturday.

    For DePaul’s Jenkins, communication remains key

    DePaul point guard Chanise Jenkins learned from her deaf sister to be a good communicator on and off the court.


    Rockford Jefferson coach, 5 players suspended by IHSA

    The Illinois High School Association announced today head coach Todd Brannan and five players from the Rockford Jefferson boys basketball team will be suspended for the team’s Class 4A regional final tonight against Huntley at Belvidere North High School.

    Montini player Kelsey Bogdan celebrates with Rainey Kuykendall as Lea Kerstein and Kaylee Bambule join in on the fun.

    Images: Burlington Central vs. Montini 3A State Semifinal Girls Basketball
    Images of the IHSA Class 3A girls basketball semifinal game between Montini and Burlington Central at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal on Friday. Montini won 34-26.

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly believe he should be paid as much as Jay Cutler.

    Bears let Hester go, but what about Tillman?

    With Chicago Bears kickoff return specialist Devin Hester gone, will the Bears be able to sign star cornerback Charles Tillman? Mike North sure hopes so.

    Would Duke freshman sensation Jabari Parker’s stay with the Blue Devils be a lot longer if the system was a lot more equitable? Maybe it’s time to find out.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: A way to keep stars in college

    How do you keep kids from leaving college too soon to join the NBA? Show em' the money.


    Bristol Court Banquets in Mount Prospect is believed to have been closed Tuesday. Its phone number and website are no longer working.

    Bristol Court Banquets in Mt. Prospect closes

    Bristol Court Banquet Hall in Mount Prospect closed unexpectedly this week, leaving future brides and grooms and others who planned an event there scrambling. “I didn’t know anything until I got a call Wednesday from someone trying to reach them,” said Dawn Fletcher Collins of the chamber of commerce. “We’ve heard from some people who no longer have a venue for their event or wedding.”

    A board above the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number for the S&P 500 Index. The Standard & Poor’s 500 managed a small gain, enough to set its latest record high.

    Stocks mixed as Ukraine tensions fester

    Investors focused on the tensions in Ukraine, where the region of Crimea was preparing for a referendum on whether to split away and become part of Russia. It was enough of a reason to sell into the weekend and to offset optimism over a pickup in hiring by U.S. employers last month.

    The credit card industry is trying to make transactions more secure.

    Credit industry headed for cards with chips

    Visa and MasterCard are forming a group that’s intended to help the retail and banking industries come together on more-secure credit card payments.

    Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc., exits after speaking Friday at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

    Snowden, Assange top bill at Texas tech gathering

    It’s clear that online privacy and government surveillance is on top of the technology set’s mind this year. Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who appears Monday, faces felony charges in the U.S. after revealing the agency’s mass surveillance program by leaking thousands of classified documents to media outlets. He is living under temporary asylum in Russia, which has no extradition treaty with the U.S.

    Several wind turbines produce electricity east of Paxton, Ill.

    Illinois commended for renewable energy

    Illinois has more cities providing 100 percent renewable energy than any other state, which has reduced pollution by the equivalent of removing a million cars from the road over the past few years, according to a report released Friday by national and state environmental groups.


    Amcol becomes hot commodity as takeover war escalates

    Traders are betting the hottest bidding war of 2014 isn’t over, even after Hoffman Estates-basaed Amcol International Corp. lured its sixth increased offer in three weeks.Minerals Technologies Inc. yesterday boosted its bid to $45.75 a share for the maker of clay used in everything from kitty litter and anti-aging skin cream to oil drilling. That topped French mineral producer Imerys SA’s latest proposal by 50 cents. No other U.S. takeover target valued at more than $1 billion has seen more public bidding activity this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Amcol closed yesterday at $46.75, a sign some investors expect the battle to escalate.Buying Amcol, the producer of bentonite, would give Imerys a stronger U.S. presence. The $7.1 billion company has room to sweeten its offer to about $48.70, according to Albert Fried & Co. For Minerals Technologies, Amcol would boost sales growth and help it expand into other materials, said CJS Securities Inc., which estimated the $1.9 billion company could bid about $50 if needed.Imerys and Minerals Technologies are “nickeling and diming each other to try and be the last man standing,” Todd Vencil, a Richmond, Virginia-based analyst at Sterne Agee Group Inc., said in a phone interview. “It’s driven by these two companies’ need to either find growth or be able to bring some of their own strengths to bear.”Representatives for Paris-based Imerys and New York-based Minerals Technologies declined to comment.Sweetened OffersImerys said on Feb. 12 that it had agreed to buy Amcol for $41 a share, or about $1.6 billion including net debt. Minerals Technologies has since countered Imerys four times and removed financial contingencies. Imerys has raised its offer twice since the initial agreement and hasn’t responded to the latest Minerals Technologies bid, which is 1.1 percent higher than the French company’s March 4 proposal for $45.25.While Amcol’s board hasn’t changed its recommendation to sell to Imerys, it said yesterday that Minerals Technologies’ latest proposal is superior to the French company’s. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Imerys has four business days to match Minerals Technologies’ bid. A representative for Amcol declined to comment further.Small Increases“This is a unique situation where they’re only raising by 25 or 50 cents at a time,” Daniel Rizzo, a New York-based analyst at Sidoti & Co., said in a phone interview. “It’s not like Minerals Technologies is blowing them away with this much higher offer. They’re only up 50 cents. That’s not going to make anybody walk away in my opinion.”The only other U.S. targets of similar or larger size to attract multiple bids this year were Time Warner Cable Inc. and Riverbed Technology Inc., according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Imerys’s stock has climbed 4.1 percent since the takeover agreement was announced, including a 1.8 percent rally on March 5, the day after its last increased bid. Shares of Minerals Technologies are up 2.3 percent since Feb. 13, the last trading day before it offered $42 for Amcol.Today, Imerys fell 3.9 percent to 64.76 euros. Minerals Technologies advanced 0.4 percent to $54.28 at 11:40 a.m. New York time, while Amcol dropped 0.2 percent to $46.66.Amcol would increase Imerys’s revenue by about 20 percent and bolster its U.S. presence, according to Arnaud Palliez, a Paris-based analyst at Raymond James Financial Inc. He estimated total cost savings and revenue benefits of about $70 million.


    Euro hits highest level against dollar since 2011

    The euro has struck its highest level against the dollar for nearly two and a half years in the wake of the European Central Bank’s decision not to cut interest rates further. At one point Friday, the currency, which is used by 18 European Union countries, rose to $1.3917, its highest rate since it touched $1.4170 in October 2011.

    Customer Anna Board, left, checks out in the cosmetics section of a Walgreen Co. store in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Walgreen traders focus on upside after 16% stock rally
    Signs of improving customer traffic and prospects that a tighter supply chain will pay off in higher profits are bolstering bullish options in Walgreen Co. The price of calls that pay out if the stock gains 10 percent reached the highest level in six years compared with puts conveying the right to sell the shares, signaling an increase in bets that the stock will rise.

    Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto

    Man said to create bitcoin denies it

    Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto said Thursday that he is not the creator of bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world’s most popular digital currency came to be. The denial came after Newsweek published a 4,500-word cover story claiming Nakamoto is the person who wrote the computer code underpinnings of bitcoin.

    Shipping containers prepare to be loaded and unloaded at the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City terminal, in Savannah, Ga. The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in January as a rise in imports of oil and other foreign goods offset a solid increase in exports.

    U.S. trade deficit rose to $39.1 billion in January

    The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in January as a rise in imports of oil and other foreign goods offset a solid increase in exports.The trade deficit increased to $39.1 billion, up 0.3 percent from December’s revised $39 billion deficit, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

    Job seekers line up to sign in before meeting prospective employers at a career fair at a hotel in Dallas. U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, likely renewing hopes that the economy will accelerate this year.

    U.S. employers add 175,000 jobs despite harsh weather

    U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, likely renewing hopes that the economy will accelerate this year.The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 175,000 jobs, up from 129,000 in January.

    Safeway, former owner of area Dominick’s supermarkets, has agreed to be acquired by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management, the owner of several supermarket chains, including Jewel-Osco.

    Jewel-Osco parent Cerberus to buy Safeway

    Safeway, former owner of area Dominick’s supermarkets, has agreed to be acquired by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management, the owner of several supermarket chains, including Jewel-Osco.

    The Texas Giant roller coaster in Texas.

    Roller coaster builder blames Texas Six Flags for death

    The German manufacturer of a roller coaster from which a woman fell to her death is blaming Six Flags for the accident. Gerstlauer Amusement Rides filed court papers Thursday related to the lawsuit the woman’s family has brought against it and Six Flags after her death last year.

    The Google barge in a channel near the Port of Stockton.

    5 things to know about Google’s mystery barge

    A Google barge built with recycled shipping containers proved its seaworthiness Thursday as it cruised from the San Francisco Bay to Stockton. But many other details about the odd-looking vessel remain a mystery.

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. said Thursday it is freezing the traditional defined-benefit pensions for 68,000 nonunion employees - including managers and executives - starting in 2016.

    Boeing freezing nonunion workers’ pensions in 2016

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. said Thursday it is freezing the traditional defined-benefit pensions for 68,000 nonunion employees - including managers and executives - starting in 2016.

    Taxi drivers say emerging web firms, which allow passengers to hail rides with the swipe of a smartphone, are avoiding costly requirements that they and other commercial drivers are forced to follow.

    Taxis, limos upset over rules for tech competition

    Frustrated and angry, more than 100 cabbies pulled up outside the Colorado Statehouse early this legislative session to protest tech startups known as ridesharing services. The taxi drivers say the emerging firms, which allow passengers to hail rides with the swipe of a smartphone, are avoiding costly requirements that they and other commercial drivers are forced to follow.

Life & Entertainment

    In this modern, Italian-style shelf unit, we see how books, small photo albums, tiny objects and picture frames can create one huge wall of rhythm.

    Organize your clutter into a thing of beauty

    Be committed to the fact that in a small home, you must periodically and consistently organize. Maybe it is simply organized chaos, but if a viewer cannot move past the initial impression of too much clutter, no matter what you do, the space will be unattractive.

    A soft wall color delivers some contrast between the kitchen walls and white cabinets. When a stranger walks into this space for the first time, the final impression will still be that the kitchen is white.

    Warm up a white room with variations in shade, materials

    This seems to be the year of white. While I understand the serenity and calm that a fresh white scheme offers, the creative challenge is how to avoid a potentially boring interior.

    If you will be having guests over for the holidays sleeping in an open room, consider lightweight portable screens for temporary privacy.

    Getting ready for the winter holidays

    It is an appropriate time of year to begin preparations for winter holidays. No need for a sizzling email to complain that it is too early for decorations! That’s not what I’m thinking about. Rather, I’m mulling over sleeping arrangements in your guest room or favorite vacation spot, not decorating ideas.


    Picking the right shade is key when choosing color

    If you read each article, you start to like and dislike every color you’ve ever used, and you might even question your sanity. Is there such a thing as the right color?

    Photo Credit: JDesign

    Unite your indoor, outdoor summer spaces

    Whether your primary focus is on the interior room or the outdoor area, the main take-away is that the two spaces are connected in both style and function.


    Don’t be afraid to make a design statement in the foyer

    Entry halls are the perfect spots for interior design packed with WOW. Often homeowners are afraid of making a statement for fear of getting it wrong. Designers are more courageous and can deliver foyers with a punch. The ingredients are the walls, the furniture, the lighting fixtures, the flooring and, of course, a mirror or some art or even both.


    Broad strokes about color: Selecting the perfect shade for your room

    Color is the most powerful tool a decorator or designer has in their bag of tricks. Sometimes changing just the background color of your walls is enough to make your room look like it has had a complete overhaul.


    Go ahead, downsize and embrace your new life

    Many empty-nesters, divorcees and widowers are dumbfounded at the inevitable conversation about downsizing and starting all over again. Sure enough, as when you were first starting out, there are things you might not be aware of when looking for a smaller space. It is very important to be able to imagine how you will be living in your new place.

    Shhhh! This home “library” puts up a good front but hides a witty secret — it’s all a charming fake.

    In-laws coming? Decorating tricks, quick!

    Q. I’m embarrassed to ask this question (don’t print my name!): What’s the quickest way to fill up a room? We’ve just moved into our first house-house, and my in-laws (who helped us afford it) are coming East to visit for Thanksgiving.

    Film composer John Williams just earned his 49th Academy Award nomination, for “The Book Thief.”

    Still the maestro of the movies

    John Williams, certainly the most popular and arguably the most important film composer of all time, is still going at age 82. Here are five essential (yet unheralded) pieces by the man who just got his 49th Oscar nomination.

    Remodel before a fall so you can age-in-place in comfort.

    Tips on how to age in your own place

    As the baby boomer generation continues to age, changes in interior design and real estate are also palpable. While some couples, widows and divorcees decide to downsize or move in with a relative due to empty nest syndrome, many do not.

    Predictable? Maybe, but blue and white is always right for celebrating a room down by the seashore.

    Avoid cliches ‘like the plague?’ Not always

    Q. We are doing over our beach place and trying to avoid the usual clichés: the blue and white color scheme, starfish, wicker, etc. The trouble is, we can’t think of another style that really works for the beach. What do you suggest?

    Asking a friend to rearrange your living room can be a fun way to see your treasured possessions in a whole new light.

    Ask a friend to rearrange your rooms to banish the blahs

    I tell you, one of these days I am going to burst. Why does my housekeeper think she is an interior designer?

    A summer cleaning and organizing spurt can calm and refresh you.

    Organize and simplify: a great summer purge

    Your surroundings, believe it or not, can have a profound impact on your outlook and performance. Much like a spring-cleaning or a fall-dusting, a summertime cleaning and organizing of your surroundings can aid in giving your life a sense of calm and perspective.

    Use your stairwell to show off artwork or family photos. A dark paint color and a bold stair runner tie the design together.

    Make stairway a focal point, not just a functional one

    There is an air of elegance to multistoried homes. Even if they are diminutive in size, their stance is that of a grand home.


    Transitional interiors can meld couple’s tastes

    In cases where the architecture plays second fiddle to the furnishings, especially condominiums, interior designers will often be the proponents of transitional interiors.

    Bold artwork can enliven an otherwise forgettable entry.

    Treat outdoor space with as much care as interior decor

    When we think of the outdoors, visions of sun, flowers, lawns and rocking chairs begin to appear. Why is it then that most outdoor spaces such as porches, balconies and loggias are left to chance and often turn out like the front porch of “Sanford and Son”?


    Area swim schools
    Swimming schools featured here are privately owned. Goldfish Swim School Goldfish Swim School is a franchise operation started in 2006 in Birmingham, Mich., by Jenny and Chris McCuiston. Each location is independently owned and operated.Goldfish Swim School St. CharlesAlex Tyler, franchise owner3455 Legacy Blvd.St. Charles, IL 60174(630) 584-3474goldfishswimschool.comOther independent suburban Goldfish schools are located in Naperville and Burr Ridge.FOSS Swim School FOSS Swim School, based in Blaine, Minn., was established in 1993 by Jon and Susan Foss. Each location is owned by the corporate office.FOSS Swim School Highland ParkAndy Jones, site director1927 Skokie Valley RoadHighland Park, IL 60035(847) 266-3677fossswimschool.comFOSS has an additional location in Libertyville.Chicago Swim School Chicago Swim School, founded in 2006 by Buffy Folise and Rob Jacobsen, has a single location in Arlington Heights.Chicago Swim School2020 E. Northwest Hwy.Arlington Heights, IL 60004(847) 870-7946chicagoswimschool.com

    Ke$ha’s representative confirmed Friday that the singer checked out of rehab for an eating disorder.

    Singer Ke$ha out of rehab for eating disorder

    Ke$ha is out of rehab for an eating disorder. Ke$ha posted on Twitter that’s she’s “happy to be back!” She writes: “Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music.”

    The 1980s-inspired musical “Rock of Ages” returns to Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre.

    Theater events: ‘Rock of Ages’ returns to Chicago

    "Rock of Ages" returns to Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre. Plus, Buzz22 Chicago premieres Laura Jacqmin's latest; Goodman presents the Chicago-area premiere of David Ive's "Venus in Fur"; Steve Scott directs American Blues Theater's "American Myth"; and InFusion Theatre recounts the journeyy home of a U.S. Marine captain in "Ithaka" this week in Chicago-area theater.

    First lady Michelle Obama is working with Epicurious and the Departments of Education and Agriculture on a third nationwide recipe contest to promote healthy eating among kids.

    First lady to host 3rd kids’ recipe challenge

    Michelle Obama is working again with Epicurious and the departments of Education and Agriculture on a third nationwide recipe contest to promote healthy eating among kids. Eight- to 12-year-olds from all 50 states and six U.S. territories are invited to submit an original recipe for a healthy, affordable and tasty lunch.

    When in need, the embassy is a friend indeed. The expansive U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, is recognized as one of the greenest buildings in Africa.

    When in need, the embassy is a friend indeed

    U.S. Embassy officers don’t wear capes or silly tights, but on more than one occasion, they’ve come to Steve Nelson’s rescue. In March 2012, the Indiana missionary was living in Bamako, Mali, when gun-toting rebels attacked the West African country in an attempted military coup. The American tracked the perilous situation through text messages released by the U.S. Embassy. During a lull in the fighting, he drove to safety, crossing the border into Senegal. “It’s important to stay in touch with the embassy,” Nelson said from behind a glass divider in an embassy private room. “We need their help, and they’re there for us.”

    A bowl of awa-zenzai, an on top of steamed awa millet, is served at a restaurant in Tokyo.

    A taste of ramen (and other traditional Japanese cuisine)

    Washoku, traditional Japanese cuisine, has been registered on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The registration is believed to be in recognition that Japanese dishes, including sushi, tempura and sukiyaki, are being served at restaurants throughout the world. However, popular Japanese dishes in foreign countries are generally limited to dishes served at Japanese restaurants.

    Lindy Peters taps a beer at Brewstirs in Roselle.

    Roselle's Brewstirs spotlights bar food basics

    New owners took over Diamond Lil's space in Roselle's Town Center last January and have been working to try to improve the space's image to fit with the area's redevelopment. While it's still a neighborhood bar, Brewstirs is expanding its base with an upgraded food and drink menu. And the friendly service makes everyone feel at home.

    First-time surfer Donna Lawlor of New York successfully navigates the waves at Playa Guiones in Nosara, Costa Rica. Nosara is a scenic coastal region with a variety of outdoor recreation activities for visitors.

    Surfing, riding, fishing: Playing on Costa Rica’s Guiones beach

    A vacation to escape the cold led us to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, where we went surfing, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing and even visited a dry tropical forest. Our extended family of seven, ranging in age from 17 to 55 years old, ranked it one of the best vacations ever. The consistent surf and long breaks on Guiones’ 3-mile beach make it one of the most popular surfing beaches around, and it’s stunningly beautiful besides.

    Violinist turned prizefighter Joe Bonaparte (Nate Santana) falls for tough cookie Lorna (Nina O’Keefe) in Griffin Theatre’s revival of “Golden Boy,” Clifford Odets’ 1937 drama about a man torn by his desire for acclaim and security and his love of music.

    Stellar cast makes Griffin revival ‘Golden’

    Keep your eye on Nate Santana, the star of Griffin Theatre’s muscular yet heartfelt revival of “Golden Boy,” Clifford Odets’ 1937 drama about a talented young musician and aspiring prizefighter who must choose between the concert hall and the boxing ring. His intense, marvelously authentic performance as a man who sacrifices his art (and soul) for security and fame, suggests a champion in the making. Santana, whose Chicago-area credits include First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook, heads up director Jonathan Berry’s large cast comprised of first-rate character actors, including Nina O’Keefe, who delivers a knockout performance as the quintessential tough cookie.

    Jennifer Nettles, singer for the country-pop duo Sugarland, will perform in Chicago next week to support her first solo album, “That Girl.”

    Jennifer Nettles going solo in Chicago concert

    Country-pop star Jennifer Nettles visits the Chicago Theatre next week for the first time as a solo artist. Nettles, half of the Grammy-winning country duo Sugarland, said she's excited to perform for fans the more "intimate" songs on her debut solo album, "That Girl."


    Nettles talks about Sugarland’s offbeat ‘Glue’ video

    Jennifer Nettles, the lead singer of country-pop band Sugarland who's now on a solo tour, chats about the surprising video for the band's infectious single "Stuck Like Glue."

    Poppy seeds erupt from the pods left behind after the petals fall away.

    The poppy seed, that spectacular speck

    The 2006 edition of “Joy of Cooking,” in a recipe for seed cake, refers to “bygone days of antimacassars and aspidistra plants, when seeds were used instead of extracts.”


    On homeownership tax breaks, change is in the air

    You may have seen reports about a major tax reform proposal floated by Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. But you probably didn’t see the grisly list of long-standing home real estate tax benefits that would be eliminated or sharply reduced under Camp’s plan.


    Get an inexpensive, customized look for your blinds

    Blinds offer a variety of design options for homeowners, plus privacy and energy efficiency. They can be expensive, but if you can purchase standard sizes and cut them to fit your windows, you can get that customized look for a lot less. Here’s how to do it.


    Builder didn’t install insulation in unusual floor

    Q. Our custom home was built about 10 years ago, and we recently discovered a major construction defect. The architecture is unusual, with the second story being cantilevered past the outer walls of the first story.


    Selling ‘as is’ often a poor choice for homeowners

    Making major repairs to a home before selling can be costly and time-consuming, but it’s usually cheaper — and safer — than marketing the property in “as is” condition.

    Toll Brothers presents a memorable master suite in the Harvard, part of its Masters Collection of single-family estate homes at Bowes Creek Country Club in Elgin.

    Master suites grow in stature and style

    Today’s great master suite is all about luxury and comfort — a private sanctuary that pampers and pleases the eye. Do you want an elegant, romantic space or a casual, charming spot?


    A November 2012 photo shows Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, left, and Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin on Capitol Hill. Their wins helped bring the number of women in the Senate to a record 20.

    Editorial: More voices of women needed in office

    A Daily Herald editorial says there are good reasons to work toward increasing the ranks of women in elected office.

    Madeleine Doubek

    Still time for courage, specifics in governor's race

    Guest columnist Madeleine Doubek: There are no profiles in courage in the Illinois governor race. I'm not surprised and I probably should know better than to be disappointed, but I am. The level of discourse and detail in this all-important race is about an inch deep.


    Trade proposal needs some time
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I am writing regarding a recent column by Cokie and Steve Roberts regarding their opinion that Sen. Harry Reid was a coward because he is refusing to allow fast-track approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement being worked out between the State Department and corporate lobby groups.


    IEA helped create problem it wants fixed
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: As the state has to dump more money into sustaining these bloated pensions there is less money for funding education. Obviously the wealthier districts are able to afford the salary spikes while the poorer districts cannot afford to dole out these “end-of-career” rewards.


    Respect the history, prepare for the future
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Libertyville is an appealing place to raise a family. The unique dichotomy of old and new is what sets this town apart. The proposed Brainerd Community Center is a perfect example of this unique dichotomy.


    We need a real reformer as governor
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: I can’t believe the Herald thinks Kirk Dillard is the person to lead our state out of our fiscal mess.


    Be skeptical about dissolving water agency
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: I’ve been boating and fishing on the Chain for 40 years and had my reservations when the agency was formed and starting to charge user sticker fees. It has become clear as the years passed that the funds stay where they belong and I see on every visit that the money is well spent


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