Daily Archive : Monday March 10, 2014


    A traffic jam ensues at the tunnel led by Jace Sothen, during Tuesday’s “Wild About Trains” program at the Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich.

    Ela library program about trains a big hit with little engineers

    Nearly 20 children ages 3 to 5 showed they were “Wild About Trains” Tuesday when they participated in the Ela Area Public Library program in Lake Zurich.

    Laura VanDersnick of St. Charles carries a goat to a waiting trailer as volunteers and others remove animals Tuesday morning from a Hampshire farm.

    Animals moved from Hampshire farm

    More than 90 volunteers and Kane County and Elgin workers moved neglected animals Tuesday morning from a farm in Hampshire to undisclosed locations in Maple Park. "It just goes to show the commitment of this community when there is a need,"said Barbara Jeffers, executive director of the Kane County Health Department. An Elgin woman was charged last week with cruelty to animals and failure to...

    Rescue puppies play in the dog run at the Dog Patch in Naperville, which offers rescued dogs and cats for adoption. Animal welfare groups are hoping suburban communities follow Chicago's lead and ban the sale of dogs from for-profit breeders.

    Will Chicago's 'puppy mill' ban push business to the suburbs?

    Suburban animal welfare groups say they'll fight if Chicago pet store owners think they're going to move their puppy mill selling operations to the suburbs. Activists hope the suburbs will follow Chicago's lead in banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from for-profit breeders. “We're ready for the fight in the suburbs, there's no doubt,” said Cari Meyers, Puppy Mill Project's...


    5 injured in head-on crash in Aurora

    A woman and three children were injured Monday night when a vehicle struck them head-on, injuring the other driver as well and closing the Illinois Avenue Bridge , police said.

    The mangled remains of the pickup truck that was speeding the wrong way on Rand Road.

    Wrong way driver killed in 5-car Arlington Hts. crash

    Police continue to investigate why a Palatine man was speeding the wrong way on Rand Road Monday afternoon, causing an accident involving five vehicles that killed him and critically injured another driver. The man was pronounced dead at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge around 1 p.m., according to a news release.

    People hold a banner and candles during a candlelight vigil for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday,

    Stolen passports probed in Malaysian plane mystery

    Authorities questioned travel agents Monday at a beach resort in Thailand about two men who boarded the vanished Malaysia Airlines plane with stolen passports, part of a growing international investigation into what they were doing on the flight.News: Nearly three days after the Boeing 777 with 239 people on board disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, no debris has been seen in...

    Oscar Pistorius blows his nose after reaching for a bucket as he listened to cross questioning about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in his second week in court during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday.

    Pistorius vomits during graphic testimony

    Oscar Pistorius vomited in the dock and retched repeatedly and loudly at his murder trial Monday as he heard graphic details of the injuries sustained by the girlfriend he shot, including a head wound that was probably instantly fatal according to the pathologist who performed her autopsy.

    Historians believe they've unraveled the mystery of a cryptic note Lincoln penned that doesn't identify the recipient by name and has a section clipped out.

    Historians unravel mystery of cryptic Lincoln note

    The cryptic note penned by Abraham Lincoln identifies its recipient only as “my dear Sir” and has a small section carefully clipped out. Who was he writing to and why was a key piece of information later removed so meticulously?


    Kane County seeks public's help to move animals off Hampshire farm

    Kane County Animal Control is calling for volunteers to help it remove animals from a Hampshire farm Tuesday. They will be moved to a donated private facility in Maple Park, director Robert Sauceda said Monday. The animals were found without adequate food and water last week, as authorities investigated allegations of animal cruelty. Ten dead animals were found there, including a donkey, goats,...


    Mount Prospect family files racial harassment suit against neighbor

    A Mount Prospect family is suing a neighbor, accusing her of repeated incidents of racially motivated harassment over the past five years. The lawyer for Iris Howe and her family, who are black, said the neighbor’s verbal attacks began the day they arrived in Mount Prospect from the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago. The defendant hung up Monday when asked for comment on the allegations.


    Dist. 220, support staff ratify new contract

    After almost a full year of negotiations, the Barrington Area Unit District 220 board on Monday ratified a new contract for support staff that includes yearly 2 percent pay increases.

    Anne Marrin, Prospect Heights city administrator, is leaving March 26 to take a job in Fox Lake.

    Prospect Hts. administrator takes Fox Lake job

    Prospect Heights City Administrator Anne Marrin recently resigned to accepted a position in Fox Lake.

    Loveland Colorado Police released this photo on Monday of a man who is a person of interest in a burglary at where an iPad was taken. On Saturday, March 8, this photo appeared in the firm’s iCloud account.

    Police investigate possible selfie on stolen iPad

    Police are investigating whether a man who apparently snapped a selfie with an iPad reported as stolen from a Colorado gymnastics studio played a role in its disappearance. A picture of the dark-haired, bearded man with a cigarette clamped in his mouth appeared Saturday in Premier Gymnastics’ iCloud account, its collection of data stored on remote servers and available online.


    High school teacher charged with sex assault

    Bond was set at $250,000 for a Southwest suburban high school teacher accused of having a sexual encounter with a female student.

    The Larkin High School Poms team poses with the ceremonial $500 check they received Monday for getting the highest cumulative score earlier this month in the state competition in Peoria. The Monday event at the Elgin school was the regular winter sports awards ceremony, but the award from TeamDance Illinois was kept a secret from the team.

    Larkin High poms squad championship win a surprise

    Larkin High School’s poms squad got a surprise treat Monday night when the team learned it won TeamDance Illinois’ Grand Championship award.

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

    GOP governor candidates hit the road for final push

    With a week to go before the primary, the GOP candidates for governor are crisscrossing Illinois to make their final pitches to voters in person as their TV spots duel on the airwaves.

    A man waves a Russian flag during a pro Russian rally in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday. Many Russian-speakers in the region continue to protest against the new Ukrainian government following the overthrow of pro-Kremlin President Viktor Yanukovych.

    Russia preparing counterproposals over Ukraine

    Russia said Monday it is drafting counterproposals to a U.S. plan for a negotiated solution to the Ukraine crisis, denouncing the new Western-backed government as an unacceptable “fait accompli” and claiming that Russian-leaning parts of the country have been plunged into lawlessness. The Kremlin moves came as Russian forces strengthened their control over Crimea, less than a week...

    Bulls forward Joakim Noah, right, looks to pass after grabbing a rebound during overtime Sunday against the Miami Heat in Chicago. The Bulls won 95-88 in overtime.

    Weekend in Review: Cop dies; killer wins $451K in suit
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Sleepy Hollow police fatally shoot man; Wauconda police officer loses cancer fight; prosecutors say patricide driven by greed; Brown's Chicken killer wins $451, 000 in civil case; Mt. Prospect banquet hall closes unexpectedly; how term limits would shake up Springfield; Bulls beat Heat at home; and Hawks edge Sabers for the win.

    Rolando Ibarra

    Bolingbrook man charged in shooting

    A Bolingbrook man was charged with shooting another man following an altercation Sunday morning, police said.


    Police say Mundelein couple hosted teen drinking party

    A Mundelein couple have been issued social hosting violations after police raided an underage party at their house, authorities said.


    Kane County disability tax proposal still seeing opposition

    Advocates of a new tax that would provide up to $13 million for Kane County residents with development disabilities are trying to educate the public about exactly how the new tax would work. But just the idea of any additional property tax burden has been enough for the referendum to gain at least one notable opponent.

    Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, right, and Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, arrive for a Senate vote on military sexual assault legislation on Capitol Hill Monday.

    Senate OKs bill to combat military sexual assault

    The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill late Monday making big changes in the military justice system to deal with sexual assault, including scrapping the nearly century-old practice of using a “good soldier defense” to raise doubts that a crime has been committed.

    Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair leaves the courthouse with his lawyers Richard Scheff, left, and Ellen C. Brotman, following a day of motions at Fort Bragg, N.C., March 4. A military judge declined Monday to dismiss sexual assault charges against Sinclair.

    General’s court-martial thrown into jeopardy

    The sexual assault case against an Army general was thrown into jeopardy Monday when the judge said the military may have improperly pressed ahead with a trial to send a message about its determination to curb rape and other widespread misconduct. Judge Col. James Pohl refused to dismiss the charges against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair but offered the defense another chance to plea-bargain the...


    Displaced animal shelter closer to new home

    Wright-Way Rescue, a no-kill shelter that had to abandon its Niles location after a bus crashed into it last October, said Monday it’s on track to open its new Morton Grove adoption center in late spring.

    Eighth Congressional District Republican candidate Manju Goel Monday addresses questions regarding the campaign tactics used by an Indian-American SuperPAC that supports her candidacy. The SuperPAC has created a misleading website to attack her primary opponent, Larry Kaifesh.

    Goel defends SuperPAC’s misleading website

    Republican congressional hopeful Manju Goel called on an Indian-American SuperPAC Monday to tweak a misleading website critical of fellow Republican candidate Larry Kaifesh, but added she believes the site contains “factual information” that people need to know about her opponent. Her refusal to repudiate the site has led several GOP leaders to call for her withdrawal from the race.

    Vincenzo “Enzo” Petrella

    Family of tollway worker killed in I-88 crash sues

    The family of an Illinois tollway worker from Wheeling killed Jan. 27 when a truck hit him along the Reagan Tollway (I-88) near Aurora is suing the driver and the company he drove for, alleging their negligence is to blame for the fatal crash. The suit seeks in excess of $50,000 for the estate of Vincenzo “Enzo” Petrella, 39, who left behind a wife, 7-year-old daughter and...

    This is Jock VI, the new kitten who has taken up residence at Sir Winston Churchill’s former country home in southern England to honor a request made by the ex-prime minister and his family.

    New kitten moves to Churchill’s estate

    There is a new kitten at the Winston Churchill estate. The orange-colored cat is there to comply with the late British leader’s request that there always be a cat of that color living at Chartwell, his country home. Churchill also indicated that the cat should have white chest fur, white paws, and be named Jock.

    This photo provided by the University of Sussex, taken in April 2011, shows a wild elephant in Amboseli National Park in Kenya reacting to sound played by scientists in experiments that show they can distinguish between human languages and genders. Elephants are so clever they use their famed memory to be discriminating listeners of us humans.

    Elephants prove discerning listeners of us humans

    Dr. Seuss had it right: Horton really does hear a Who. Wild elephants can distinguish between human languages, and they can tell whether a voice comes from a man, woman or boy, a new study says. That’s what researchers found when they played recordings of people for elephants in Kenya. Scientists say this is an advanced thinking skill that other animals haven’t shown. It lets...

    Sleepy Hollow police shot and killed a man armed with a knife Sunday outside this home on the 1800 block of Maple Lane.

    Sleepy Hollow’s first fatal cop shooting, but not uncommon in suburbs

    The weekend killing of a Sleepy Hollow man shot by two police officers responding to a domestic disturbance was a first for the village, but not the suburbs. In the past 15 years, there have been at least 13 officer-involved fatal shootings in the suburbs, according to Daily Herald research.

    Wayne Gullickson of Batavia’s streets division cleans the area of debris after a family marker and two other headstones were damaged and a cypress tree was knocked over at West Side Cemetery by a car early Sunday morning. Gullickson and a co-worker chipped up the cypress earlier. Another tree was severely damaged and likely will be taken down.

    Police: Drunken driver damaged Batavia cemetery

    Once again, an out-of-control car has damaged headstones and landscaping at the West Side Cemetery off Route 31 in Batavia. Police said Algin Sanders, who has been charged with DUI, was driving a Pontiac G6 when it left the road and hit trees and three headstones. One tree was knocked down, and a second was so damaged it likely will have to be cut down, according to Batavia streets superintendent...


    Clerk’s spouse earned $146K from troubled program

    Tens of thousands of dollars earmarked for a Chicago anti-violence program that was launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010 — and has recently come under scrutiny — was paid to the husband of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.


    Killer sentenced to 50 years

    A reputed street gang member has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for his part in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old Chicago boy as he played basketball in a park.

    Bunting hangs on the front door of the Wauconda Police Department in honor of Eric Schultz, a Wauconda police officer who died Sunday after a seven-year battle with cancer.

    Wauconda police honors fallen officer

    Memorial bunting was hung over the front door at the Wauconda police station Monday to honor officer Eric Schultz, who died Sunday after a long fight with cancer.


    Quinn attends California fundraiser for re-election

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election campaign is getting an out-of-state boost. The Chicago Democrat flew to Los Angeles on Friday for a fundraiser attended by actors and others in the movie industry.


    Bad reputation costs state $80 million more

    Illinois wears a “scarlet letter” when it borrows money, denoting a woeful fiscal reputation that cost at least $80 million in additional interest charges over a five-year period, a study released Monday found.

    Branko Bogdanov

    Shoplifting suspect deemed a flight risk

    The head of a Northbrook family accused of stealing $7 million in goods in a decadelong, multistate shoplifting spree will stay in jail because he is a flight risk, a federal judge ruled Monday.


    Hoffman Estates seeks Barb Basl Award nominees

    The Village of Hoffman Estates Commission for Disabled Citizens is seeking nominations for the annual Barb Basl Community Recognition Award, which recognizes an outstanding resident, employee or student in the village who’s worked to overcome the challenges associated with a physical, mental and/or cognitive disability.


    Lake Forest joint concert:

    Lake Forest High School musicians and the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra partner to perform Grieg and Shostakovich on Sunday, March 16.


    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.


    Should Naperville Dist. 203 keep $3 million in tax revenues?

    A plan to keep $3 million in tax revenue that historically has been returned to property owners in Naperville Unit District 203 drew questions from the city’s business leaders Monday during a legislative committee meeting of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. Some chamber members questioned whether the district needs to keep the revenue, which it has refunded four out of the last...

    Alice J. Johnson, left, executive director of the Illinois Nurses Association, and nurse Candi Vanzandt discuss the union’s grievances Monday against Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines.

    Maryville nurses strike outside Des Plaines hospital

    Nurses from Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital ans their supporters walked picket lines outside the Des Plaines facility Monday, launching what’s expected to be a five-day strike in protest of what they call unsafe staffing levels and unfair labor practices by hospital management.

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 will go to the voters next week seeking permission to borrow $29 million for a high school expansion and renovations.

    Dist. 116 homeowners will pay more if $29 million OK’d

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 officials say they want to clarify any potential misconceptions about next week's ballot measure seeking voter approval to borrow $29 million for high school renovation and expansion.


    Wauconda talks website:

    The Wauconda village board’s communications committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the village’s website, a visitors guide and other issues.


    Mundelein Lights wins title:

    Mundelein High School’s all-female show choir, Mundelein Lights, was named grand champion in the unisex division at the 40th Luers Midwest Show Choir Invitational.

    Paul Magee

    Man sentenced to prison for Naperville assault

    An Oak Park man has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for brutally attacking a man last May in downtown Naperville. Paul Magee, 26, was found guilty in January of aggravated battery in connection with the May 19, 2013, beating of a 27-year-old man near the intersection of Benton Avenue and Washington Street. He was sentenced last week by a DuPage County judge.

    Doug Krieger

    Naperville businesses seek answers on electric rates

    Business leaders who often take on state or national topics through the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s legislative committee on Monday kept their focus closer to home as they quizzed city officials about proposed electric rate increases. “The chamber has been contacted by members about electric rates,” said Gensler, who leads the chamber's legislative committee.

    For most of Elgin High School’s existence, the school was simply known as the “Maroons” as shown in this 1971 yearbook picture. A committee is looking for a mascot that might tie in with these longtime school colors.

    What’s a ‘maroon?’ Elgin HS looks to adopt mascot

    So, just what’s a “Maroon? Well, it’s someone from Elgin High School — one of the oldest high schools in the state. In recent times, the idea of adopting a new mascot is gaining consideration. One of those at the forefront of the effort is Paul Pennington, the school’s athletic director and a 1991 graduate of Elgin High School.

    Incumbent Jack Cunningham, left, and Kane County Board member Mark Davoust face each other in the clerk’s race March 18.

    Kane County early voting steady, on pace for 2010

    The number of early votes cast in Kane County for the March 18 primary election neared 2,900 Monday and Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham expects the number to be near the 6,100 early ballots cast in the spring 2010 primary.

    College of DuPage students Ashley Stelmack of LaGrange Park and Corey Petric of Naperville forgoing wearing jackets or even long sleeves for Stelmack as the temperatures rise into the low 50s Monday.

    Enjoy warm while you can; snow is coming back

    Don’t put away those snowblowers yet. We hate to cast a cloud over today’s balmy temperatures in the suburbs, but another snowstorm is headed our way. But take heart. It could be worse: The record low for March was -12 in 1873.

    John Zaruba

    Another deputy suing DuPage County sheriff

    A longtime DuPage County sheriff’s deputy has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was denied a transfer because of his union activity and refusal to donate money to Sheriff John Zaruba’s political campaign fund. Sheriff’s deputy Peter Coolidge filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Zaruba, Chief Al Angus and DuPage County are named as defendants.

    Jim Britton, principal of Hoffman Estates High School and his wife, Tanya, at the Rotary gala.

    Rotary gala funds a variety of community projects

    The Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Rotary Club fundraiser Saturday night had a Mardi Gras theme but a serious purpose: Raise $75,000 to fund many worthwhile community projects - including the Blessings in a Backpack program at Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates high schools.


    Suburban Cook County voters set record
    A record number of suburban Cook County residents are registered to vote in the March 18 primary election, Cook County Clerk David Orr said Monday. Suburban Cook County now has 1,452,141 registered voters – nearly 13,000 voters more than the previous high set in 2010.


    Smoking materials blamed in Vernon Hills townhouse fire that injured one person

    Unextinguished smoking materials is the cause of an early morning fire at a four-unit Vernon Hills townhouse building that injured one person, authorities said Monday.

    Crested caracaras, like vultures, are readily attracted to fresh roadkill. This one is feeding on an American coot.

    Companion makes Florida birding trip memorable

    Our Jeff Reiter spent a day birding in inland Florida near Lake Okeechobee. Sure, he saw some 60 types of birds, including a few for his life list - enough excitement to make the day memorable for any birder. But the day will always be special for the birding partner who accompanied Reiter on his day trip.

    Jeri Atleson, left, and David Stolman are candidates in the race for Lake County Treasurer in the 2014 GOP primary.

    GOP treasurer candidates suggest changes to office

    The Republican candidates for Lake County treasurer suggested changes to the office in recent questionnaires for the Daily Herald.

    Shannon Brennan of Grayslake prepares to take a shot in the 12 Oaks Foundation’s “Hoops for Hope” 3-on-3 basketball tournament. This year’s tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, at Grayslake North High School.

    ‘Hoops for Hope’ basketball tournament fundraiser set for March 15-16

    The Grayslake-based 12 Oaks Foundation will hold its 4thannual "‘Hoops for Hope" 3-on-3 basketball tournament March 15 and 16 at Grayslake North High School.

    This photo of DeKalb Park District’s indoor, artificial turf facility illustrates what Huntley Park District would like to build, if voters approve the $18 million referendum question next week.

    Forum set on Huntley Park District referendum

    Huntley Park District officials are conducting an informational forum Tuesday on the March 18 ballot question seeking voter approval to borrow $18.75 million to build an indoor, artificial turf facility, and possibly buy and develop more land or upgrade existing park facilities. The forum will be from 7 to 8 p.m. at the park district’s Rec Center, 12015 Mill St.


    Naperville ends city council pension participation

    It's the end of the line for pension benefits for Naperville City Council members. Council members have deleted pensions from the list of benefits they receive. As of March 4, council members no longer are eligible to participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. “It's good policy that we no longer get pensions,” Grant Wehrli said. “It's just not right to receive an...

    Indonesian Navy pilots Maj. Bambang Edi Saputro, left, and 2nd Lt. TriLaksono check their map during a search operation for the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 over the waters bordering Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand near the Malacca straits Monday, March 10.

    What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet

    An extensive search has revealed no sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. What authorities say is known as of Monday evening: The Boeing 777 carrying 239 people lost contact over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam; there was no sign of trouble before it disappeared early Saturday, and no distress signal was sent.

    Philip Wood in front of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    U.S.-based firm’s workers on plane headed to meeting

    An Austin-based technology company says its 20 employees on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were en route to a business meeting in China.


    Pittsburgh-area woman was on missing flight
    A company official says a woman based in western Pennsylvania was among the 239 people aboard a Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared en route to Beijing over the weekend.


    Stolen passports show post-9/11 airline security flawed

    The discovery that two passengers boarded the missing Malaysian jet using stolen passports reveals flaws in the screening of air travelers that persist more than 12 years after security worldwide was strengthened in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

    The Wheaton Warrenville South High School speech team won the IHSA state championship last month for the first time since 2002.

    Wheaton Warrenville South speech team celebrates state championship

    Four years of extensive training and hard work paid off for seven seniors on the Wheaton Warrenville South High School speech team when they won the IHSA state championship last month. “We’ve had some really good teams the past couple of years, so that’s why this year winning was just a huge accomplishment,” said Head Coach Dave DeMarzo. “Our school has such a...


    Dawn Patrol: 2 Sleepy Hollow cops shoot, kill man outside home

    Sleepy Hollow police shoot, kill man they say was wielding knife. Family upset that Brown's Chicken killer awarded $451,000. Wauconda police officer loses battle with cancer. Trial to begin for Arlington Heights man charged in dad's murder. Snowboarders turn out in Algonquin to help injured Raging Buffalo Snow teen.

    The St. Francis High School Marching Band marched down Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom.

    St. Francis performing arts students travel to Disney

    In February, 121 students from St. Francis High School's band, choir and theater programs traveled ot Orlando, Florida to attend the Disney Performing Arts Workshop hosted and run by Disney professionals.


    14-month-old boy dead, Wisconsin mother in custody

    A mother has been arrested in the death of her 14-month-old son in Milwaukee. Police responded to a call from a concerned family member Sunday and found the mother semi-conscious at the home. WISN-TV reports the 36-year-old mother had apparently taken some pills. Her son was found dead at the scene.


    Teen accused in Chicago cabbie’s shooting death

    A Chicago teenager is being held on $2 million bond after being accused in last month’s shooting death of a taxi cab driver.


    Peoria man pleads guilty to Caterpillar theft
    A Peoria man was sentenced to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing pricy equipment from Caterpillar Inc.


    Victim of Wisconsin snowmobile crash was firefighter

    Authorities say a 20-year-old man killed in a snowmobile crash in northwestern Wisconsin was a firefighter.

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

    GOP gov candidates cite proudest accomplishment

    Each of the Republican contenders for governor got a chance to brag on a campaign questionnaire from The Associated Press, identifying what they think are their biggest accomplishments. The AP’s examination of their choices offers voters a glimpse into each one’s priorities and leadership as the March 18 primary election nears.

    Matthew Sim, 12, has been walking to Enders-Salk Elementary School on Barcliffe Lane because sidewalks are impassable in his Schaumburg neighborhood.

    Snow all over suburban sidewalks puts pedestrians in peril

    Thousands of pedestrians have experienced a winter not just of discontent but downright peril, thanks to record snowfalls and a laissez faire attitude toward shoveling sidewalks in the suburbs. “It’s very dangerous,” mom Toni Sim said. “Especially with people (driving) and doing their makeup, texting, checking Facebook. No one has time to shovel the snow and the village...

    St. Patrick School first graders Brianna Brincks, left, and Adrianna Villanueva, talk about thier ashes on their foreheads as they attended Ash Wednesday service at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Wadsworth. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent that culminates in Easter Sunday.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features the burning of the ashes and the application of the ashes for Ash Wednesday, as well as a few people enjoying the last of winter's white stuff.

    Peers in Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 praise dual-language teacher Sonia Esquivel for the enthusiasm she brings to the classroom, as well as her ability to kid young students interested in science and math.

    Top teacher: Sonia Esquivel combines dual language learning with adventures in rocketry

    Even while helping third- and fourth-graders at MacArthur International Spanish Academy in Hoffman Estates master both English and Spanish, Sonia Esquivel is awakening in them a lifelong appreciation for science, math and technology. “In so many ways, she’s exceptional,” Principal Danette Meyers said.



    Scouting East Aurora sectional: Geneva vs. West Aurora
    Here's a look at Wednesday's West Aurora vs. Geneva boys basketball sectional game.

    Prospect product Allison Walsh.

    Wheeling’s McClellan making it happen in PBL

    From preps, to college, to pros. Chris McClennan, the former Wheeling and Lewis University standout, has played at all three levels. And he is still succeeding. McClennan has had seven straight double-figures games for Bloomington in the Premier Basketball League.


    Bulls game day
    Bulls game day information.


    Griffin’s 37 points help Clippers beat Suns

    Blake Griffin scored 22 of his 37 points in the first quarter and made 14 of 16 shots before fouling out, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 112-105 on Monday night for their eighth straight victory.


    Islanders rally to top Canucks

    Matt Martin scored the winner in the Islanders’ seven-goal third period, and New York erased a three-goal deficit in the final frame to beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 on Monday night.


    Leafs top Ducks 3-1 in Carlyle’s return to Anaheim

    Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak each had a goal and two assists, and the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrated coach Randy Carlyle’s return to Anaheim with a 3-1 victory over the Ducks on Monday night.

    Bryan Bickell celebrates with Michal Handzus after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks in a game at the United Center earlier this season.

    Hawks confident Bickell will find his form

    Bryan Bickell’s up and down season continues. Bickell experienced another downer at Buffalo on Sunday, playing a team-low 7:22 on 11 shifts in the Blackhawks’ 2-1 win over the Sabres. The Hawks keep waiting for Bickell to be the difference-making player he was in the playoffs last spring. Tim Sasone has on Bickell as well as the hot streak for the Hawks' penalty killing unit.


    Noah only cares about next game

    With so many high-profile performances lately, Joakim Noah is becoming contender for defensive player of the year, first-team All-NBA, maybe even top five in the MVP voting. But Monday, he claimed rising stardom means nothing.

    Charlie Rose and Frank Toohey of York pull down a rebound during Benet at York.

    Scouting Bartlett: York vs. Morton
    Here's a look at Tuesday's Bartlett sectional matchup between Morton and York.

    Lake Park vs. Glenbard North last Friday in Class 4A regional final action at Leyden.

    Scouting Bartlett: Proviso East vs. Glenbard North

    Here's a look at Wednesday's Bartlett sectional semifinal matchup between Proviso East and Glenbard North.

    From the Benet Academy at York boys basketball game on Friday, Jan. 10.

    Scouting East Aurora: Benet vs. Hinsdale Central

    Scouting DuPage County Class 4A sectional semifinal boys basketball


    Duchene scores winner in OT as Avs beat Jets 3-2

    Matt Duchene scored 2:33 into overtime, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 33 shots to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.


    Korver, Millsap lead Hawks past Jazz

    Kyle Korver scored 26 points and Paul Millsap added 23 to help the Atlanta Hawks outlast the Utah Jazz 112-110 on Monday night and snap a six-game losing streak. Jeff Teague had 14 points and the Hawks used a late 16-4 run to end a 10-game road skid and salvage a win at the end of a gloomy six-game road trip.


    Glenbard North will stay in DVC — for now

    The Daily Herald has learned that Glenbard North officials notified the DuPage Valley Conference and the Upstate Eight Conference that it intends to remain in the DVC for at least the next two school years. In doing so, Glenbard North rejected the UEC’s invitation to join its league for the 2015-16 school year.


    Kings hold off Flames for 3-2 victory

    Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to their eighth straight win with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday.


    Vrbata scores in shootout; Coyotes top Bolts 4-3

    Radim Vrbata scored the lone shootout goal to lead the Phoenix Coyotes past the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Monday night. Vrbata beat Ben Bishop with a backhand. Mike Smith stopped all three Lightning shootout shots.


    Predators slip past Senators 4-3 in OT

    Seth Jones scored at 3:49 of overtime and the Nashville Predators defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3 Monday night.


    Crosby, Kunitz lead Penguins past Capitals 3-2

    Sidney Crosby was everywhere Monday night, from start to finish. All of 46 seconds into the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 3-2 victory over Alex Ovechkin’s struggling Washington Capitals, Crosby assisted on Chris Kunitz’s goal. Crosby finished with his 30th goal and two assists to raise his NHL-leading point total to 87, matching his uniform number.


    Stars’ C Peverley collapses on bench during game

    The game between Dallas and the Columbus Blue Jackets was called off in the first period after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.


    N. Illinois sneaks by Bowling Green 54-51 in OT

    Jordan Threloff split a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left in overtime for the games’ final point as seventh-seeded Northern Illinois beat No. 10 seed Bowling Green 54-51 in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament on Monday.


    Williams, Livingston lead Nets past Raptors

    Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston each scored 18 points and an ailing Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 101-97 victory over the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors on Monday night.


    Jefferson, Walker lead Bobcats past Nuggets 105-98

    Al Jefferson scored 26 points and Kemba Walker added 24 as the Charlotte Bobcats won their seventh straight game at home, defeating the Denver Nuggets 105-98 on Monday night.


    Knight leads Bucks past Magic 105-98

    Brandon Knight scored 24 points and sparked Milwaukee’s rousing rally from an 18-point deficit with a dunk to lead the Bucks to a 105-98 win Monday night over the Orlando Magic.


    Knicks send 76ers to 17th straight loss

    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points as the New York Knicks defeated Philadelphia 123-110 on Monday night, sending the 76ers to their 17th straight loss.


    Heat clinch playoff spot with win over Wizards

    LeBron James set the tone pregame. Dwyane Wade took over in the fourth quarter. And the Miami Heat got a win they desperately wanted. Wade scored 13 of his 22 points in the final period and led a critical 12-0 run down the stretch, James led all scorers with 23 points and the Heat clinched a playoff spot by beating the Washington Wizards 99-90 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

    Ore Arogundade

    St. Viator, Fremd gear up for Lake Zurich sectional

    Fremd and St. Viator have taken different routes to the Class 4A Lake Zurich boys basketball sectional semifinals, and both will get to soon show if their journeys include another victory or two.

    Jacobs’ Kenton Mack (1) goes to the hoop past Dundee-Crown’s Sam Buckley (4) and Connor Steinmetz (25) during the regional championship game Friday at Crystal Lake Central.

    Scouting the Class 4A Elgin sectional

    Class 4A Elgin sectionalMatchups: Tuesday — Rockford Auburn (26-5) vs. Huntley (21-7), 7 p.m.; Wednesday — South Elgin (17-14) vs. Jacobs (18-13), 7 p.m.; Friday — Sectional championship, 7 p.m.How they got here: No. 2 Auburn defeated No. 3 Hononegah 61-45 and No. 1 Rockford Boylan 73-56 to win the Rockford Boylan regional.; No. 1 Huntley defeated No. 4 DeKalb 58-49 and No. 2 Rockford Jefferson 77-29 to win the Belvidere North regional.; No. 4 South Elgin defeated No. 5 Elgin 74-55, No. 1 Larkin 71-70 (OT) and No. 3 St. Charles East 76-62 to win the St. Charles North regional.; No. 3 Jacobs defeated No. 6 Crystal Lake Central 46-25, No. 2 Prairie Ridge 55-46 and No. 5 Dundee-Crown 43-33 to win the Crystal Lake Central regional.Auburn vs. Huntley: Styles clash in Tuesday’s semifinal between pressure-oriented NIC-10 champion Auburn and defense-centric Huntley, four-time champion of the Fox Valley Conference’s Valley Division. This is a rematch of a 2012 sectional semi at Dundee-Crown, which the Knights and future Wichita State star Fred Van Vleet won 62-48. Auburn is led by the guard tandem of Laytwan Porter and Antoine Pittman. Porter had 17 points and Pittman 10 in the regional title-game win over Boylan, a game in which the Knights forced 22 turnovers with their pressure defense, according to the Rockford Register-Star. That makes taking care of the ball a point of emphasis for Huntley. “The thing that gives me a little comfort is that in games when we know we have to limit turnovers and take care of the basketball, we’ve done that for the most part,” Huntley coach Marty Manning said. “I don’t think we can dictate the pace as far as making it a slowdown game because Auburn won’t let you. What we can do is take care of the basketball and get as many good shots as we can opposed to rushed shots.” Huntley is led by 6-foot-8 senior Amanze Egekeze. The Belmont commit is averaging 17.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. He gets to the free-throw line often (122 of 161). Other leaders for the Red Raiders include 6-4 senior forward Zach Gorney (11.6 ppg, 4 rpg) and 6-3 guard Riley Wicks (7.7 ppg). Wicks is a 33-percent 3-point shooter (27 of 81). Guard Kyle Slonka is a 45.5-percent 3-pointer shooter (31 of 68). Huntley scores 56.6 points per game, but the Red Raiders hang their hat on defense. They have limited opponents to 32.5 points per game during their 6-game winning streak, but there is still room for improvement, according to their coach. “I think that our defense has slipped,” Manning said. “It does not seem like we’re playing as hard or as tough on defense as we were two weeks ago. It’s something the guys have to address because Auburn will take advantage of that.”


    Scouting Class 3A Hampshire sectional: Kaneland vs. Rockford Lutheran
    Here's a look at Kaneland vs. Rockford Lutheran in the Class 3A Hampshire boys basketball sectional semifinals.

    Steve Gertz

    Gertz to become new Dundee-Crown athletic director

    The opportunity to work closer to home and spend more time with his family became a lure for Steve Gertz, and Dundee-Crown has reeled him in. Dundee-Crown announced Monday that Gertz will be the school’s new athletic director effective July 1. Gertz will take over for Dick Storm, D-C’s athletic director since 2001. Storm is retiring June 30.

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau believes that “every game is winnable. If we do the right things, we’re going to have a chance to win.”

    Will Bulls’ intensity have playoff payoff?

    If Sunday's overtime victory over Miami seemed familiar, it's because the Bulls have made a habit of gutty, intense home wins against the Heat. Can they turn that style of play into playoff success against the Heat?

    Right-hander Erik Johnson appears to have earned a spot in the White Sox rotation. “He does have a strong case,” said Sox manager Robin Ventura.

    Who will fill out White Sox’ rotation?

    The White Sox traded journeyman starter Zach Stewart to the Braves Monday, which indicates they are satisfied with their rotation depth. Halfway through spring training, Erik Johnson and Andre Rienzo look like they've earned the final two starting spots.


    UConn women rout Louisville 72-52 to win AAC title

    Breanna Stewart scored 20 points and top-ranked Connecticut beat No. 3 Louisville 72-52 on Monday night to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament.

    The Big Ten Experience is on the ground floor of the Big Ten conference’s sparkling new headquarters in Rosemont. The Big Ten Experience is not quite a hall of fame. It is an ode to the conference. Fans will be able to relive some of their favorite moments through a series of interactive exhibits touting its successes on the field and away from it when the museum opens in the spring or summer.

    Big Ten touts athletic, academic success

    In a room on the ground floor of its sparkling new headquarters, the Big Ten Conference is putting the final touches on its version of Cooperstown. It’s not quite a Hall of Fame. The Big Ten Experience is a shrine to the conference’s athletic and academic achievements. “This kind of exhibit exists in many of our campuses, and it allows us to create a zone for capturing the past and telling our story,” Commissioner Jim Delany said.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) drives during a caution at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday in Las Vegas.

    NASCAR must address dangers in qualifying format

    NASCAR would be hard-pressed to find many fans who don’t prefer the drama and intrigue of the new, knockout qualifying format over the old system of single-car runs. But the rules have created a wrinkle that drivers up and down the grid say is far too dangerous. Finding an immediate solution to what Brian Vickers called “the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done in racing” should be NASCAR’s only item on the agenda this week.

    Rolling Meadows’ Jenny Vliet, center, shares a laugh with teammate Jackie Kemph, center right, and others as they watch a highlight video during a pep assembly at the school on Monday.

    Rolling Meadows honors runner-up girls basketball team

    Rolling Meadows' girls basketball team presented its state runner-up trophy to school administrators on Monday for placement in the trophy case as part of an assembly to honor the team's second straight appearance in the Class 4A state championship game.

    Chicago White Sox’s Chris Sale throws during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Monday in Phoenix.

    Sale pitches solidly, White Sox Beat Brewers 6-3

    Chris Sale breezed into the fifth inning with two-hit ball shortly after being chosen the White Sox’s opening-day starter, and Chicago beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Monday.

    Chicago Cubs center fielder Ryan Kalish catches a fly ball hit by San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt during the first inning of a spring exhibition baseball game Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Cain perfect for 5 innings, but Cubs top Giants

    Matt Cain pitched five perfect innings for the San Francisco Giants on Monday, but the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 3-2 victory. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs’ opening-day starter, also had an effective outing. He gave up two runs in four innings and struck out five.

    Former Illinois star Rashard Mendenhall, here dragging the Packers’ Pat Lee into the end zone on an 8-yard touchdown run for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, has decided there are better things in life than “putting his body at risk for the sake of entertainment.”

    Applauding Mendenhall’s wise decision

    Rashard Mendenhall's retirement from the NFL at age 26 over concern for his overall health should indicate to people that the University of Illinois educates common sense into its students. “It’s disturbing that people are questioning my sanity for giving up the money,” Mendenhall wrote.

    Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett returns a fumble for a touchdown during a game against the Saints last season. The Seahawks announced Monday that Bennett had signed a multiyear deal with the team.

    Seahawks’ Bennett decides to stick with his NFL brothers

    Although they reportedly offered more money, the Bears lost out on defensive end Michael Bennett, a potential free agent who decided to re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks. Michael's brother, Bears tight end Martellus, tried to recruit his older brother to Chicago but was unsuccessful.

    Nebraska coach Tim Miles who tweets at halftime and high-fives students as he enters the arena has helped turn the Cornhuskers around and led the team to a victory against Wisconsin on Sunday in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska hired Miles because of his reputation for turning around moribund basketball programs. I

    Miles’ popularity soaring among Nebraska fans

    Men’s basketball is still relevant at Nebraska in March, the time of year when spring football typically dominates the sports conversation in the Cornhusker state. Instead, it’s all hoops, all the time right now and all eyes are on Tim Miles.

    The Bulls’ Joakim Noah has gone from a good NBA center to one of the best players in the game since the trade of Luol Deng to Cleveland.

    Noah’s rise gives Bulls much to consider

    Has Joakim Noah’s recent play convinced Bulls management that Carmelo Anthony is worth sacrificing players the Bulls would have never previously considered dumping in order to put Anthony, Noah and Derrick Rose together?

    Nebraska’s Terran Petteway (5) reacts after scoring in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday against Wisconsin in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska won 77-68. The Cornhuskers will more than likely find themselves in the March Madness hunt for the NCAA tourney title.

    Pick Six: A half-dozen to watch on the bubble

    When the NCAA selection committee draws up the brackets next Sunday, it’s hard to imagine the Nebraska Cornhuskers will be on the outside looking in. But Pittsburgh, Oregon, Arkansas, Florida State, Gonzaga and Witchita State are also part of the NCAA tourney talk.

    John Androus

    Lakes’ Androus nets all-league acclaim at Luther

    Lakes High School’s fans saw plenty of shots fall through the hoop by former standout John Androus, the school’s all-time scoring leader.Androus left Luther fans with those same memories.The 6-foot-5 senior led the team with 487 points this winter and was recently named a first team all-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection.Androus finished the season ranked fifth in scoring (18.7), second in rebounding (8.6), second in field goal percentage (56.2 percent, 86 of 153) and fourth in assists (2.93).It’s the third time he has been recognized on the all-conference team. In 2011-12 he was a second team selection and in 2012-13 he was named the league’s defensive player of the year. He helped lead the Norse to the IIAC Tournament championship game as Luther completed the season with a 17-11 record.Women’s tennisAugustana sophomore Aileen MacDonald (Mundelein) has a 12-6 mark while seeing time most often at No. 4 singles.The Vikings, now 15-1 on the year, were second in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships. They were a perfect 11-0 in dual meets in the fall, including a 6-3 win over eventual conference champion Wheaton.LacrosseThrough three games, junior Ty Benson (Libertyville) is tied for third at Augustana (1-2) with 5 ground balls. The Vikings are scheduled to play their home opener at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Dubuque at Thorson-Lucken Field. On Saturday, they host Concordia (Wis.) at 1 p.m. in their Midwest Lacrosse Conference opener.Women’s track Illinois junior Britten Petrey (Schaumburg) finished 13th in the Big Ten Conference meet running a personal best of 4:55.39 in the mile at Geneva, Ohio on March 1. • Illinois State sophomore Haley Goers (Hoffman Estates) finished sixth in the mile at the Missouri Valley Conference meet and finished 11th in the 3,000 meters, running a personal best time of 9:54.36 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.• North Central senior Nora Ferguson (Schaumburg) finished second in the 800 meters, third in the mile and seventh in the 5,000-meter at the CCIW Conference meet in Bloomington, Ill.Men’s track Eastern Illinois senior Pablo Ramirez (Conant) finished first in the 5,000-meter and fourth in the 3,000-meter at the Ohio Valley Conference meet in Nashville, Tenn. • Missouri sophomore Tyler Schneider (Conant) finished tenth in the 3,000-meter in 8:15.59 and 13th in the 5,000-meter at the SEC Conference meet held at Texas A&M University.• Missouri sophomore Dan Roe (Buffalo Grove) finished 12th in the 5,000-meter with a personal best of 14:32.37.• North Central junior Travis Morrison (Schaumburg) finished 2nd in the 3,000-meter with a personal best time of 8:21.89 at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Conference meet in Bloomington, Ill.• Augustana sophomore Ethan Koch (Prospect) took fourth place in the 3000-meter (8:49.23) at the Stevens Point Open in Wisconsin.Men’s swimmingRose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Matt Schulstad (Buffalo Grove High) received all conference honors at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships by winning the 200 butterfly (1:51:48) and placing third in the 100 butterfly (50:49).Schulstad broke the school’s record in the 200 fly with his preliminary swim time of 1:51.37. His 800 freestyle relay team came in second and set a school record with a time of 6:54:94. His 400 freestyle relay team placed second with a time of 3:06:61. Schulstad also placed fourth in the 200-individual medley (1:55:35). The Rose-Hulman Men’s team placed second overall in the championship, which is the best the team has finished at the CCIW.Women’s tennis


    Mike North video: Bulls can get past Pacers
    The Chicago Bulls seem to be playing better basketball without the injured Derrick Rose and the recently traded Luol Deng, and Mike North sees them easily getting past the Indians Pacers and maybe even the Miami Heat.


    Does the Big Mac sandwich, seen here, and the rest of the McDonald’s menu have the same appeal as they once did. A key sales figure dropped in the U.S. again in February 2014, as the world’s biggest hamburger chain struggles to beat back competition and adapt to changing eating habits.

    McDonald’s game plan to win back customers

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is fighting to hold onto customers amid intensifying competition. At a time when chains like Chipotle and smaller players like Five Guys Burgers and Fries are growing, here are a few strategies McDonald’s Corp. is focusing on:

    McDonald’s Corp., the world’s largest restaurant chain, posted fourth-quarter profit that was little changed from a year earlier as U.S. same-store sales fell amid shaky consumer confidence and increased competition.

    McDonald’s struggles worsened by snow

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is fighting to hold onto customers in the U.S. — and all that snow didn’t help. The world’s biggest hamburger chain said Monday that sales fell 1.4 percent at established U.S. locations. It blamed the harsh winter weather, but conceded that “challenging industry dynamics” also played a role.

    Minerals Technologies Inc. agreed to acquire Hoffman Estates-based clay-products maker Amcol International Corp. for $1.49 billion.

    Hoffman Estates’ Amcol acquired for $1.49 billion

    Minerals Technologies Inc. agreed to acquire Hoffman Estates-based clay-products maker Amcol International Corp. for $1.49 billion, ending a monthlong bidding war with France’s Imerys SA. Minerals Technologies will pay $45.75 a share, the New York-based company and Amcol said today in a joint statement. The deal is expected to close in the first half.

    Hundreds of drilling pipes are stacked at a rail center in Gardendale, Texas. America’s plan to use more natural gas to run power plants, make chemicals, drive vehicles and heat homes has been called into question by 2014’s very tough winter.

    Natural gas industry struggles to keep promises

    America’s plan to use more natural gas to run power plants, make chemicals, drive vehicles and heat homes may not go as smoothly as expected. There’s plenty of natural gas in the ground, everyone seems to agree. But the harsh weather this winter shows there are obstacles to producing it, and more pipelines have to be built.


    Black Twitter flexing muscles on and offline

    Black Twitter occupies a small corner of the social media giant where an unabashedly black spin on life gets served up 140 characters at a time. Black Twitter holds court on pretty much everything from President Barack Obama to the latest TV reality show antics. But Black Twitter can also turn activist quickly. When it does, things happen — like the cancellation of a book deal for a juror in the George Zimmerman trial, or the demise of Zimmerman’s subsequent attempt to star at celebrity boxing.

    Stocks slid Monday, pulling the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index down from a record, as a slowdown in Chinese exports fueled concern about global economic growth.

    Stocks end slightly lower on China growth worries

    Stocks drifted to a slightly lower finish Monday as investors sifted through a blend of discouraging economic data from China and Japan as well as ongoing uncertainty over Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. Major market indexes pared their losses as the day drew to a close, aided by some high-flying stocks, including Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Chiquita Brands International and Southwest Airlines.

    Democratic Senate candidates are gambling they can turn voters against two obscure billionaire brothers who are funding attacks on them and the president’s health care law. Democrats are denouncing Charles and David Koch two of world’s richest people. Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch is seen here.

    Senate Democrats aim ire at rich, obscure brothers

    Democratic Senate candidates, facing withering criticism on the national health care law, are gambling they can turn voters against two billionaire brothers funding the attacks — even if few Americans would recognize the pair on the street. In an accelerating counteroffensive stretching from the Senate chamber to Alaska, Democrats are denouncing Charles and David Koch, the key figures behind millions of dollars in conservative TV ads hammering Democratic candidates and their ties to President Barack Obama.

    Elk Grove Village officials are considering a Tax Increment Financing district to spur redevelopment of the village’s aging business park.

    Elk Grove Village board to vote on massive TIF district Tuesday

    Elk Grove Village trustees will vote Tuesday on creation of a special taxing district that could generate nearly $900 million to help pay for redevelopment projects in a large portion of the village’s sprawling business park. The proposed Tax Increment Financing district is needed, village officials say, to revitalize an aging industrial park where property values are declining and occupancy rates have dropped.


    Good news: The speaker being introduced is you

    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall talks to two experts about their thoughts on successful speech giving.

    Angie De Christopher

    GlenOaks Hospital carpenter builds career

    Angie De Christopher has always felt that being a carpenter was a natural path for her. But being the only woman on a work crew, especially when constructing commercial buildings over the years, often brought different reactions. “Sometimes it’s been tough, because I felt like I always had to prove myself,” said De Christopher, 45, of Burr Ridge. “But once they saw I could hold my own, I was accepted,” she said.

    Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming, according to new ridership numbers.

    Public transit systems with big ridership gains

    Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming, according to new ridership numbers. Public transit passengers took nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013 — the highest total since 1956.

    Chiquita has combined with Dublin-based Fyffes to become the world’s top banana company.

    Chiquita combines with Fyffes to be top banana

    Chiquita has combined with Dublin-based Fyffes to become the world’s top banana company. The stock-for-stock transaction announced Monday creates a global banana and fresh produce company with $4.6 billion in annual revenues.


    Comcast challenging Disney’s hold on tourism trade

    Comcast Corp. is stepping outside its core business of telecommunications and investing hundreds of millions of dollars in California and Florida theme parks in an effort to boost revenue and profits. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that recent moves by the Philadelphia-based, cable-TV company represent a challenge to the Walt Disney Co.’s tourism business in Orlando.

    1967 Chevy Caprice

    1967 Caprice wagon is just what the doctor ordered

    A pediatrician in Arkansas ordered this 1967 Chevrolet Caprice station wagon to haul his children and trailer home on family vacations. It know belongs to Arnold and Barb Boris of Kildeer.


    Hand & Stone franchise expands in Carol Stream

    An interview with Mike Lieske, co-owner of Hand & Stone in Carol Stream.Q: Describe your business. A: Hand and Stone is a spa offering massage, facial and hair removal services. We offer services in Carol Stream in the Heritage Plaza Shopping center located at the corner of Army Trail and County Farm Road. Q: What made you start your business?A: After early retirement from IBM. I researched various industries and businesses and eventually focused on the growing health and wellness industry. Additional evaluation led me to the Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa franchise. I saw the opportunity to be an early part of their growing success and an early developer of this market. Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business? A: As I told our CEO, Todd Leff when I first visited him in the spring as I was evaluating the Hand and Stone franchise. There are a lot of moving pieces to this business. Little did I know how true that was. I would not say these have been obstacles but everything from location selection, lease negotiation, vendor selection, attention to all the details in the build out, IT deployment, development of marketing campaigns and most importantly selection and training of our staff have been very challenging and rewarding. Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young?A: I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and have always wanted to develop my own business. The specific industry (health and wellness) and specific business (Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa) have given me that opportunity. Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be? A: Enjoy the journey.From Todd Leff, CEO of Hand & Stone: Q: What are the development and growth goals? A: With Carol Stream opening we now have three locations in the Chicago area. We plan to open three more locations there in the next 6 months, all of which are under construction or development.Nationally, we opened 45 new locations in 2013 and plan to open another 55 in the US and Canada in 2014. Q: How does the business plan to achieve these goals? A: We select markets for growth based on a strategic plan. Our goal is to become the largest chain in each of the markets we operate in but we will not open in every market. We recruit experienced business people as franchisees and then seek out the best retail locations in the market.Q: How many jobs does each location bring? A: Each location will start with approximately 15 staff members but then grow to 25 as the location becomes more developed.Q: What key characteristics do you look for in a franchisee? A: We look for experienced business people who have great people skills. Our franchisees must be able to motivate staff and also have a fine attention to detail on the customer service side so we assure ourselves we are delivering the highest level consumer experience. • Every Monday we feature a local, small business. We want to hear about yours. Contact us at kmikus@dailyherald.com.

Life & Entertainment

    Comedian Tommy Johnagin performs at Zanies locations in Chicago and Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: 'Last Comic' finalist Tommy Johnagin in town

    Comedian Tommy Johnagin draws from his personal life for his standup at Zanies this weekend. Casting Crowns teams up with Laura Story and the band For King and Country for an evening of contemporary Christian music at the Sears Centre Arena. And zombie fans won't want to miss the Walker Stalker Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    New research from the University of Southern California indicates that consuming high levels of animal proteins could be detrimental to a person’s health.

    Your health: Is a cheeseburger or a cigarette worse?
    Could a diet rich in meat and cheese be just as deadly as smoking cigarettes? New research from the University of Southern California indicates that consuming high levels of animal proteins could be detrimental to a person’s health, according to a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, FOX News reports.

    These seven trainers are the driving force behind the 2014 Fittest Loser contestants. Seated, Michelle Amsden, left, and Lindsay Vigna. Standing, from left, Brad Parotto, Brodie Medlock, Joshua Steckler, Steve Amsden and Wade Merrill.

    A trainer's eye view of our Fittest Loser contestants

    It might've been close to impossible for the members of the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge to imagine reaching their fitness goals without the steady guidance of the personal trainers they've been paired with at Push Fitness in Schaumburg. Here, they offer a sneak peek behind the scenes of the one-on-one time spent with the clients that each hopes will emerge as this year's Fittest Loser.

    Walnuts and pecans flavor Annie Overboe's Nutty Oat Cookies.

    Baking secrets: Reducing sugar doesn’t diminish cookie’s appeal

    In the baking world, few desserts provide the wide range of culinary possibilities available in the cookie. Easy to make and serve, this compact delight gives bakers endless opportunities for creativity. Today Annie Overboe bakes up a nutty reduced-sugar cookie that doesn't lack flavor.

    Walnuts and pecans flavor Annie Overboe's Nutty Oat Cookies.

    Nutty Oat Cookies
    Nutty Oatmeal Cookies: Annie Overboe

    Country singer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville after heart surgery over the weekend.

    Singer Mel Tillis recovering from heart surgery

    Country Music Hall of Fame singer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville after heart surgery over the weekend. According to a statement from his daughter, Pam Tillis, the 81-year-old singer required a “routine heart procedure,” but is expected to make a full recovery.

    Elaine Stritch stars in “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.” At 89, Stritch, as funny and irascible as ever, returned to New York to celebrate the opening, delighting Broadway fans who have missed her. The documentary film premiered in New York City Friday.

    Elaine Stritch returns to really 'tell the truth'

    Elaine Stritch just loves the documentary about her. Adores it, actually. There's just one thing she'd change. “Someone asked me, 'How did you like the film, Elaine?”' the actress said late last week. “I said I loved it, I just wish I wasn't in it.”

    Rick Ross’ latest release is “Mastermind.”

    Rick Ross is good on new album, not great

    All of the songs on Rick Ross’ sixth album are built with strong production and the rapper’s normal shoot-from-the-hip approach. However, the performer is unable to move the needle on “Mastermind” like he did on previous releases, including 2012’s top-notch “God Forgives, I Don’t.” Ross’ 16-track set doesn’t transcend his message as a man of growth, wanting to expect more out of life than money, women and luxury cars.

    “Slow Me Down” is the latest release from Sara Evans.

    Sara Evans’ new album is worth the wait

    The cover of Sara Evans’ new album depicts her in front of a giant clock above the title “Slow Me Down” — an ironic statement for a country star releasing only her second album in nine years. But taking her time benefits Evans in one way: “Slow Me Down” ranks with such past gems as 2005’s “Real Fine Place” and 2000’s “Born to Fly,” two of Evans’s best, and most successful, albums.


    Retrain your taste buds to reduce sugar in your diet

    Q: I’d like to cut down on the amount of sugar in my diet. Any suggestions?

    Dan Reynolds and Imagine Dragons set a record the week of Feb. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the anthemic rock jam, “Radioactive,” which has spent 77 weeks, and counting, on the chart. The band headlines Allstate Arena on Thursday, March 13.

    Imagine Dragons talk success ahead of Allstate show

    Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds has been enjoying rock stardom from a relevantly sane place. Despite recently winning a Grammy, reaching double platinum status with its debut album and having three international hits, some folks still wonder who — or what — the band is. “People are still saying, 'Who are Imagine Dragons? Like, why do I keep hearing this name?'” Reynolds said. Fans can find out for themselves at the band's Thursday, March 13, show at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Tate (Jake McLaughlin) tries to protect Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), who harbors special powers she can’t completely control, in NBC’s new drama “Believe.”

    NBC wants viewers to ‘Believe’ in Abrams’ latest

    One theme that runs through much of J.J. Abrams’ work as a writer and producer is family, from the ad hoc families of the college students on “Felicity” and the castaways of “Lost” to the father-daughter drama of “Alias” and the father-son drama of “Fringe.” Expect more of the same when Abrams’ latest project, “Believe,” premieres Monday, March 10, on NBC.


    Fittest Loser stats: Week 3
    Here are the stats for week 3 of the Fittest Loser challenge.


    Lisa’s trainer talks
    Joshua Steckler, Lisa's trainer, weighs in on her work so far in the Fittest Loser competition.

    Lisa Townsel and Joshua Steckler

    More determined than ever, but feeling the burn
    This past Friday’s workout was particularly intense, writes Our Fittest Loser Lisa Jones Townsel. "Each time I completed a set or circuit, sweat would pool and trickle down fast and hard. My heart rate far surpassed the normal levels, but I was still going strong," she says.

    Jill Micklow, Wellness Specialist at Assurance, demonstrates an at-work breathing technique for relaxation.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Breathe, relax

    Each week, Assurance will be sending a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Breathe. Count. Repeat with 4-7-8 Breathing Technique

    Benjamin Stockham took to his character Marcus quickly in filming the new NBC sitcom “About a Boy.”

    About a boy who plays the boy on new NBC sitcom

    It wasn’t hard for Benjamin Stockham to figure out his role as Marcus, the title character of NBC’s new sitcom “About a Boy.” “It was pretty obvious from the script that he was kind of a nerd,” said Ben during a recent chat. “Well, not a nerd. Sorry. Kind of an ODDITY.” And an interesting oddity, Ben hastened to add.

    Prinova “Whey to Go” team members show off the gold stars they received for their 5-pound weight loss.

    Corporate, park district teams get creative with workouts, diets

    Our 23 corporate and 13 park district teams take the Fittest Loser Community Challenge seriously. During the first weeks of the competition, these groups have rallied together to get their bodies, minds and spirits into shape. And, they gladly share their tips with others along the way. Take a look at a few ways they have motivated each other to strive for better health.

    This electron microscope image shows an H9 T cell, blue, infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), yellow. Research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV.

    Studies show big promise for HIV prevention drug

    Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV.


    Supplements to lose weight remain unproven by studies

    There are many dietary supplements that claim either directly or indirectly to be able to increase metabolism or reduce weight. Over the past month several of my patients have asked about a trendy, new dietary supplement advertised as an appetite suppressant, Garcinia Cambodia.



    Note about election letters
    Friday, March 14, is the last day we will publish letters regarding candidates or issues in the March 18 primary.


    How you can help stop opiate abuse
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The ongoing opiate epidemic is destroying our community. Please take a look at the list below for steps you can take to be a part of the solution to this devastating problem.


    Meth bust highlights flaws in legislation
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The massive meth bust reported in the Herald March 4 (“$1.75 million in meth found during traffic stop”) would seem to call into question the potential effectiveness of the Illinois Senate bill that would require a doctor’s prescription for any drug containing pseudoephedrine, which is a raw material for making meth.


    Unpaid internships abuse young people
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: There needs to be some public discussion and changes made regarding the abuse of internships these days. While we point fingers at unfair labor practices in other countries and poor minimum wage in our own, a young adult with eight years of education behind him or her is regularly being required to serve “internships.”


    Graduated income tax fairest way to go
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Your March 5 cover story on the fight for a graduated income tax amendment posed the question in a misleading way, given that poor and middle class residents are already taxed at an effectively higher rate under our current structure. Your headline could have just as easily read, “Will suburbanites pay less with a graduated income tax?”


    Opponent’s claims untrue in 8th District race
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: As many have seen in their mailboxes recently, Manju Goel and Indian Americans for Freedom have made baseless attacks against Larry Kaifesh in the 8th Congressional District race. Instead of talking about issues important to our country, they have confused voters about Col. Kaifesh’s positions.


    Eliot Ness deserving of building honor
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The Herald reported that some Chicago aldermen oppose a plan to name a federal building in Washington, D.C., after one-time Chicago Prohibition agent Eliot Ness. The aldermen’s contention is that Ness had no role in the jailing of gang lord Al Capone for tax evasion.


    Obama continues to lead from behind
    A Palatine letter to the editor: With Putin’s blessing, Iran continues its march to nuclear weapons, Russian ships are in Cuba for the first time in years, the Middle East and Africa are embroiled in violence, al-Qaida continues to call and work toward our destruction, and Mr. Obama and his clueless Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announce that our military must be cut.


    Ukraine should split peacefully
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Ukraine, the land of 46 million people, is broke — economically and emotionally. Unfortunately, with no financial and economic strength, Ukraine is torn between east and west.


    West should not trust Ukrainian political party
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: I have been watching the unrest in Ukraine, with great foreboding. Especially ominous is the rising power of Svoboda, the Ukrainian Nationalist Party with its leader Oleh Tyahnybok and their choice of hero - Stepan Bandera - the brutal Nazi collaborator who in 1943, with his Nazi-trained Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA and OUN-B) units, slaughtered an estimated 500,000 Polish men, women, children.


    Mundelein trustee is right for County Board
    An Ivanhoe letter to the editor: Terri Voss will best continue the legacy of Lake County Board member Diana O’Kelly.


    Island Lake getting back on right track
    An Island Lake letter to the editor: Finally — getting back to honesty in Island Lake — in particular, the police pension fund.


    Libertyville needs community center
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: As voters mull the possibility of a Brainerd Community Center, I hope they will consider the impact a renovated Brainerd would have on the performance arts in our area.


    Brainerd plan unfocused, unneeded
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: If the village trustees had presented me with a plan to create a needed, requested performing arts center in Libertyville, I would have expected to see the building cost, projected income and expense numbers that the village stood behind and a justification for the project.


    Laws don’t address self-responsibility
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Regarding your article about dietitians getting “free” education from chip makers, etc. Why does this surprise anyone? This is how our system operates.


    A fair-minded dispenser of justice
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I am proud to add my enthusiastic endorsement for the judicial candidacy of Judge James C. Hallock. His many years on the bench have shown him to be a wide, fair-minded dispenser of justice whose gravitas wins the respect of all.


    Despite media bias, Olympics were great
    A Winfield letter to the editor: The Olympics are over. Russia did a fabulous job, despite the fact that our media was so unfair. The opening was so great, and so was the closing.


    Teachers might want to rethink their vote
    Teachers might want to rethink their voteIt is a travesty that the teachers may lose part of their pensions. The teachers paid money into a fund that was being managed by the state legislature and should have been available as promised. However, the state legislature took money out of the pension funds to pay for other programs and initiatives. However, the teachers made their beds because the teachers unions and the teachers themselves have consistently over the years campaigned for, voted for, and elected the very people who have been stealing the money from their funds.They can’t continue vote these same people into office and expect a different result. Perhaps it is time that they give greater thought as to which candidates and which party they should back in this election. That provides the best chance to have a change for the better.John NollNaperville


    Would be funny if it weren’t so sad
    This would be funny if it weren’t so sadRepublicans are fond of saying that the best way to stimulate the economy is by seeing to it that people have more money in their pockets to spend.Funny how they only seem to say this when they’re talking about cutting taxes for the wealthy. When it comes to putting more money in people’s pockets by paying them a living wage, or even just paying them a minimum wage properly adjusted for inflation, they’re opposed to it. Funny, that is, if it wasn’t so sad.Daniel WelchLombard


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