Daily Archive : Tuesday March 11, 2014



    Wisconsin father honors late son with dog-education group

    After two pit bulls attacked and killed his son, a Wisconsin father has founded a nonprofit group to help further pet safety called Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education & Awareness.

    U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Gary Keist prepares to make a delivery to a home in Normal, Ill. Keist, 56, began as a letter carrier in 1978 and said this winter is the worst he’s ever worked because of the consistent pattern of snowfalls followed by bitterly cold temperatures with little or no break.

    Winter has meant injured mail carriers

    Among Bloomington-Normal area letter carriers alone, at least six have been injured in falls this winter in which injuries were severe enough to require medical treatment and time off work, said Bloomington Postmaster Mark Ford. Among injuries were a severe wrist fracture, torn knee ligaments, a torn rotator cuff and concussions, he said.

    Wheaton Warrenville South senior Hannah Burns takes advantage of a late school start to get a few photos of the snow on the Prairie Path in Warrenville on Wednesday. Although she wasn't looking forward to another snowfall, “I love it. It's beautiful”, she said.

    Snow moving out, cold moving in

    An overnight snowstorm has left between 1-inch and 6-inches on the ground, but the snowstorm is slowly moving out of the area while cold weather moves in. Officials said the heavy, wet snow, is forcing slow commute times throughout the area, and people are urged to slow down to avoid potential accidents.

    Fred Dornback of Elburn is the new Blackberry Township supervisor.

    Blackberry Township names new supervisor

    The BlackberryTownship board appointed Fred Dornback as its new supervisor. Dornback, the township's cemetery superintendent, ran unsuccessfully for the post as an independent last year.


    Proposed Geneva budget up 14 percent

    The proposed Geneva city budget calls for an increase in spending over this year's estimated spending, with expected increases in salaries, infrastructure work and the cost of purchasing electricity. But part of the bump is also due to a major project, the construction of a third level on the commuter parking deck, having been postponed from last year to this year.

    Joseph D. Accardi

    Probation for former Aurora cop who stole $9,000 from union

    A former Aurora police officer pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor even though he stole more than $9,000 from a police union. Joseph D. Accardi, 36, of Naperville, was sentenced to probation, 200 hours of community service, and resigned from his job after stealing from the Association of Professional Police Officers between May 2010 and May 2013. He also repaid the money.

    Authorities say it does not appear alcohol played a role in Monday's fatal five-car crash in Arlington Heights. Police say Stanley Ksiazek, 51, of Palatine was driving the wrong way on Rand Road when the crash occurred. He later died from his injuries.

    Alcohol not a factor in fatal Arlington Heights crash

    Arlington Heights police are still investigating what caused a Palatine man to speed in the wrong lanes of traffic on Rand Road, causing a five-vehicle accident Monday afternoon that ended his life and injured three others. Police say the preliminary investigation indicates alcohol was not a factor in the crash.


    Illinois insurance signups creeping toward goals

    Nearly 900 Illinois residents per day signed up for coverage on the health insurance marketplace last month, but the state must quicken that pace to reach a goal set by President Barack Obama's administration. Federal figures released Tuesday show 113,733 Illinois residents signed up for coverage during the first five months of the nation's new marketplace system.

    Stephen Bero

    Gurnee library executive director under fire

    Warren-Newport Library District board President Socrates Rivers outlined what he said have been several problems with the financial performance by the retiring executive director at a packed meeting Tuesday night. Stephen Bero, who's led the library for the past nine years, was placed in the spotlight by Rivers soon after several in the overflow crown of more than 100 spectators voiced support...

    Manju Goel

    Take website down, Goel tells SuperPAC

    Republican congressional hopeful Manju Goel released a statement Tuesday evening that she is now asking an Indian-American SuperPAC to take down a misleading website critical of her Republican opponent Larry Kaifesh, as it “too closely resembles his official campaign.”


    Video gambling recommended at Hoffman golf course

    The Hoffman Estates Park District’s Recreation Committee Tuesday voted 6-1 to recommend a one-year test of video gambling in the clubhouse bar of the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. The recommendation came after an additional month of soliciting comment via e-mail from members of the park district-owned country club.

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

    Brady hits Dillard over union backing

    State Sen. Bill Brady criticized state Sen. Kirk Dillard's union backing in the governor's race Tuesday, saying Dillard should “come clean about what kind of deal he cut” with Illinois' largest state workers union. Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, denied making any promises to union supporters, who added $400,000 to his campaign coffers Tuesday.

    The owners of a property near Glen Ellyn have filed a federal lawsuit against DuPage County in an effort to allow a gas station to be built on their land.

    Property owners sue DuPage to build gas station near Glen Ellyn

    A federal lawsuit alleges DuPage County committed an “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” act by refusing to let a gasoline station, convenience store and car wash be built near Glen Ellyn. The suit, filed Monday by Nebraska-based Buck's Inc. and the land owners, is asking the court to declare the project can proceed at the northeast corner of Butterfield Road and Route 53.

    Jim Oberweis, left, and Doug Truax, right, are candidates in the race for U.S. Senate.

    Truax blasts Oberweis over pre-primary Florida trip

    State Sen. Jim Oberweis is catching heat from his U.S. Senate opponent Doug Truax for being in Florida a week before Tuesday's primary election. Oberweis says he's in Florida to visit his wife and raise campaign money.

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

    Illinois GOP hopefuls address school ‘clout’ issue

    Three lawmakers seeking the Republican nomination for governor still are facing questions about their roles in a 5-year-old admissions scandal at the University of Illinois. state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard and Treasurer Dan Rutherford all were asked if they had “taken advantage of” the Category I list — often referred to as “the clout list” —...

    In this Nov. 25, 2013 file photo, Sen, Dick Durbin D-Ill., speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Dairy magnate and state Sen. Jim Oberweis and Doug Truax, a business owner from Downers Grove, are running for the Republican nomination in the March 18 primary for the right to take on Durbin in the November election.

    Primary for shot at Durbin poses dilemma for GOP

    One of the biggest dilemmas Illinois Republicans face in next week’s primary is choosing a candidate for a daunting effort to unseat Dick Durbin, the U.S. Senate’s second most powerful Democrat. Does a West Point graduate and business owner with little name recognition give them their best shot at beating the three-term senator? Or is it a dairy magnate and state senator who has run...

    Lee Dennis Mabry

    Police: Elgin fugitive arrested in Springfield

    An Elgin man who had been the subject of an extensive manhunt after federal narcotics charges were filed against him and four others was arrested Tuesday in Springfield, according to Elgin Police Cmdr. Dan O’Shea. Lee Dennis Mabry, 49, of Elgin, was charged with distributing cocaine after a joint investigation by an FBI-led task force and the Elgin Police Department, the Chicago FBI office...


    2 booked on drug charges in DuPage County

    Wheaton police announced the arrests of two men for felony delivery of a controlled substance.The Feb. 20 arrest of Roger A. Johnson, 24, of Warrenville and Larissa S. Pyykkonen, 20, of Wheaton, was made following an extensive undercover investigation by Wheaton police with assistance from Warrenville police

    Classmates of Emilio Perez decorated a rock outside Willowbrook High School and held a memorial service Monday in honor of the 17-year-old. Perez was struck and killed Saturday in a hit-and-run on I-88, near Joslin, Ill.

    Police still probing Villa Park teen’s hit-and-run death

    State police are continuing to search for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a Villa Park teen Saturday near Joslin, Ill. Authorities say 17-year-old Emilio A. Perez, a junior at Willowbrook High School, was struck by a vehicle between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. while walking along I-88 near mile marker 6.

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, accused the CIA Tuesday of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations that the agency used torture in terror investigations during the Bush administration.

    CIA accused: Senator sees torture probe meddling

    In an extraordinary public accusation, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee declared on Tuesday that the CIA interfered with and then tried to intimidate a congressional investigation into the agency’s possible use of torture in terror probes during the Bush administration. The CIA clandestinely removed documents and searched a computer network set up for lawmakers, said Sen.

    The terminus of Thorndale Avenue and York Road will be unrecognizable once the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway is built out to the airport.

    Elgin-O’Hare details emerging

    A tolling system that avoids charging fees at entrances and exits were among the new details of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway extension and western bypass laid out at an open house Tuesday. Initial plans calls for an all-electronic road that avoids tolls at entry or exit ramps.

    A board with messages for the passengers of missing the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 stands at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Tuesday.

    Malaysian military says missing jet changed course

    The missing Boeing 777 jetliner changed course over the sea, crossed Malaysia and reached the Strait of Malacca — hundreds of miles from its last position recorded by civilian authorities, Malaysian military officials said Tuesday, citing military radar data. The development added confusion and mystery into one of most puzzling aviation incidents of recent time, and it has raised questions...


    Kane Co. Board approves $1.9 million shooting range

    Kane County Sheriff's employees will get a new shooting range despite it costing twice as much as initially projected. The nearly $2 million range will open in October. Sheriff Pat Perez received support from the majority of the board despite some gripes about the price increase and the lack of an overall capital projects plan.

    Attorneys for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, who is charged with sexual assault, said Tuesday that they have decided to try to renegotiate a plea bargain with a new set of military officials after the judge determined that the case may have been improperly influenced by political concerns.

    Judge’s decision is latest twist in Army sex case

    The trial of an Army general accused of sexual assault moved into uncharted legal territory Tuesday when the judge dismissed the jury to allow the defense time to hammer out a new plea deal with the military. While the highly unusual decision gives Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair a second chance to negotiate the dismissal of the most serious charges, he appears certain to face an inglorious end...

    Martin Oberman, the new chairman of Metra, met Tuesday with DuPage County Board members to share his vision for the agency.

    Metra talks funding, projects with DuPage officials

    Before a strategy can be developed to improve how mass transit is funded, Metra Chairman Martin Oberman says the six counties in the region must work in a unified way. “If we are going to have a fiscal strategy that is workable, we need to have as much support politically from our region as possible,” Oberman said after meeting Tuesday with members of the DuPage County’s...

    Allen R. Snyder

    McHenry man charged with DUI after 2 hit-and-run crashes

    A McHenry man faces several charges after he fled the scene of a pair of crashes on Route 120 in Lakemoor, and stopped only after a third crash in unincorporated McHenry County disabled his vehicle, police said Tuesday.


    Authorities mum about Sleepy Hollow fatal police shooting

    Two days after two Sleepy Hollow police officers shot and killed a man who lunged at them with a knife, authorities remain mum about the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Illinois State Police is investigating the matter — customary in any officer-involved shooting. Authorities are holding off on releasing the name of the deceased man until next of kin has been notified, state police...

    Self-defense expert Michael Theriault of The Brave Way LLC in Mundelein, teaches Vernon Hills High School students Kyle Whitney and Mallory Rose self-defense tactics.

    Vernon Hills High students get self-defense lessons

    Vernon Hills High School seniors will practice finger twists, throat strikes and other self-defense techniques in physical education classes this week.


    South Elgin looking at new land, special needs playground

    Buying land near a proposed extension of Bowes Road to Route 31 and building an all-inclusive playground are among the projects budgeted next fiscal year in South Elgin. The village board took a look at the proposed budget on Monday night.

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves as he departs his Chicago home March 15, 2012, for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges. On Tuesday, the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago said transcripts of FBI wiretaps not played at Blagojevich’s corruption trials will remain sealed. The court is still mulling its decision on the imprisoned former Illinois governor’s request to toss his convictions.

    Court: Unplayed Blagojevich tapes to stay sealed

    An appellate court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that transcripts of FBI wiretaps not played at Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trials would be part of the appellate record but would remain sealed, at least for now. The decisions by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals came as it continued to mull its decision on the imprisoned former Illinois governor’s 100-page appeal, which was filed...

    Barbara Bellar, left, and Elizabeth “Liz” Doody-Gorman.

    Accusations dominate 17th Cook County Board GOP primary

    The Northwest suburbs are miles away from the Southwest suburbs, but those who live in the 17th Cook County Board district are finding Orland Park-area politics all over their Republican primary. The home bases of both Republican candidates, Commissioner Liz Doody Gorman of Orland Park and Dr. Barbara Bellar of Burr Ridge, are far from Des Plaines, Rosemont and Elk Grove Village, at the opposite...


    Fox Valley police reports
    David L. Schaefer Jr., 42, of Elgin, was charged with retail theft Sunday after he took less than $300 worth of merchandise from Butera Market, 1 Clock Tower Plaza, according to court documents. His bail was set at $40,000 and his next court date is March 19.

    Brad Schneider

    Schneider pushes for unemployment benefits vote

    U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider Wednesday will push for a House vote on extending unemployment insurance benefits. The move would require signatures from a majority of members of Congress, so the Deerfield Democrat would need at least some Republican support in GOP-controlled Congress.


    Images of the Heartland:

    Artists 18 and older from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana are sought for a contest sponsored by the Lake County Heritage Farm Foundation, in cooperation with the Lake County Discovery Museum.


    Lake Zurich High hosts concert:

    Lake Zurich High School hosts the 8th annual Wind Ensemble Invitational Concert on Friday, March 14.


    Superintendent contract extended:

    Elected officials in Hawthorn Elementary District 73 have shown support for Superintendent Nick Brown by extending his contract for three years.


    Leprechaun Plunge is Saturday:

    Wauconda Boat hosts its fourth annual Leprechaun Plunge on Bangs Lake on Saturday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. The Plunge benefits Bangs Lake in Wauconda and the Wauconda Area Chamber’s scholarship program.


    U.S. Men’s Volleyball at Sears Centre June 20-21

    The Chicago area will give fans of men’s volleyball four opportunities to see the U.S. National Team in action this summer as it hosts two weekends of FIVB World League action. The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team will two matches against Bulgaria on June 20 and 21 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, one week after two matches against Serbia on June 13 and 14 at the University...

    Naperville police officer Chris Sherwin works a patrol shift in 2005 with his K-9 Sabek, a German shepherd who was his partner for nine years.

    Former Naperville K-9 officer patrolling ‘without my partner’

    Naperville police on Tuesday honored one of their own for his service with a K-9 named Sabek, the police dog involved in the largest methamphetamine bust in DuPage County, who recently retired from the force and died. “It’s a big change,” Sherwin said about the loss of Sabek, his K-9 partner. “You have somebody with you for nine years every day and then all of the...


    Schaumburg High School choir festival Thursday

    The Schaumburg High School Choir is presenting a choir festival at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Weimer Auditorium for Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 and Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54.

    Clotilde Espada

    Missing Hanover Park man found

    A missing 82-year-old Hanover Park man has been found, authorities said Tuesday. Clotilde Espada was last seen near Irving Park and Wise roads Tuesday morning. He is in good health and has been reunited with his family, according to Hanover Park police.

    Prospect Heights leaders are in talks to bring a weekly French Market, like the one here in Geneva, to the city later this year. Officials said the market is a more eclectic version of a traditional farmers market, featuring not just produce but items ranging from pottery to French linens.

    Prospect Heights considers adding French Market

    Prospect Heights leaders are in talks to bring a weekly French Market to the city later this year. Officials said the market is a more eclectic version of a traditional farmers market, featuring not just produce but items ranging from pottery to French linens. Mayor Nick Helmer sees the market as an amenity for residents. “I have been to the Wheaton market three times because I was...


    Lake County approves Peterson widening, other projects

    Contracts approved Tuesday by the Lake County Board will ensure there is plenty of road work under way when the weather improves. Topping the list is the $10.8 million widening of Peterson Road, which is considered an economic development corridor.

    Teachers in Hawthorn District 73 in technology training last summer. The district equipped 180 teachers with iPads this school year as part of a multiyear technology program.

    Tech fee to be charged next year in Hawthorn District 73

    Hawthorn District 73 has approved a $35 techology fee to be instituted in 2014-15. It is the first fee of its kind for the Vernon Hills-based elementary district.

    Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz, left, reads from a proclamation honoring members of the Palatine Emergency Management Agency including, from left to right, Cindy Wolta, Tom Smith, Linda Trilling and Bob Worthy. Smith is retiring after nine years as the group’s coordinator.

    Palatine honors emergency management leader, volunteers

    Outgoing Palatine Emergency Management Agency coordinator Tom Smith received a standing ovation Monday as he and his agency’s volunteers were commended for their work by the Palatine village council. A large gathering of Palatine residents clad in orange safety vests filled the council room as Mayor Jim Schwantz led the ceremony and heaped praise on the all-volunteer group.

    Mike Popp

    Indian Prairie administrator to head East Aurora schools

    A longtime administrator in Indian Prairie Unit District 204, Mike Popp, has been named superintendent of East Aurora School District 131. Popp, 48, is expected to begin work April 1 in East Aurora. The District 131 school board voted unanimously Monday to hire him after another candidate withdrew to stay in his home district.

    The Dundee Scottish Pipe Band plays as it passes in front of the Hotel Baker during the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown St. Charles.

    St. Patrick’s Day parade steps off at 2 p.m. Saturday

    St. Charles hosts its annual St. Patrick's Day parade at 2 p.m. Saturday downtown. John Wredling is the grand marshal. The World War II veteran equipped B-17 bombers for their missions. But locally, he's best known as the former superintendent of St. Charles Unit District 303.


    Arlington Hts. businesses pass on tradition of service

    When Wayne's Pizza co-owner Tony Gillig told the Daily Herald reporter recently that most of all, he enjoys “working with new people and teaching them the things that got us to where we are today,” it reminded Margery Frisbie of a familiar theme she encountered among Arlington Heightgs busiiness owners she interviewed.

    Oscar Pistorius, center, with unidentified men leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013.

    Friend: ‘Mad’ Pistorius shot gun out car sunroof

    Oscar Pistorius’ friend testified Tuesday that the Olympian twice fired guns in public in the six months before he killed his girlfriend, once without warning through the sunroof of a moving car following an angry altercation with a policeman who had handled Pistorius’ pistol. Darren Fresco said he asked Pistorius immediately after the sunroof shooting if he was “mad”...

    A man holds a banner that reads: “Boycott Illegal Referendum!” during a rally against the breakup of the country in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, Tuesday.

    Crimea’s parliament pushes for independence

    Crimea’s Parliament said Tuesday that if the public votes to become part of Russia, the peninsula will declare itself independent and propose becoming a Russian state. That could offer a way of de-escalating the standoff between Russia and the West. The vote in Crimea’s Parliament about Sunday’s referendum could give Moscow the option of saying there is no need for Crimea to...

    Michael O. Davis

    Police: Aurora man set fires over video game dispute

    A 28-year-old Aurora man is accused of starting several small fires Saturday after an apparent fight with his friend over a video game, police said. Michael O. Davis faces arson charges and was being held on $150,000 bail, according to police and court records. Jason McGlaun, 49, of Aurora, is charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

    Meghan Heinze

    Bail remains at $500,000 for woman accused of vandalizing multiple Lake County churches

    A Lake County judge decided not to change the bail set for a Gurnee woman accused of vandalizing 21 religious institutions last month. However, the attorney for Meghan Heinze said he'd like her bond reviewed after a psychological evaluation is conducted.


    Aurora man faces 6 felony DUI counts after head-on crash injures five

    A 39-year-old Aurora man faces six felony counts of DUI and numerous other charges in connection with two crashes he triggered Monday night, authorities said Tuesday. Four people, including three children, were seriously injured in one of the crashes. The suspect, Roy R. Lightfoot of the 500 block of Hammond Avenue, was being held under police guard Tuesday at an Aurora hospital, police spokesman...

    Lake Park High School District 108 is asking voters to fund the construction and operation of an aquatic facility that could be built at the school’s east campus by August 2015. Two ballot questions ask if voters will support a proposal to borrow $8.5 million to build the pool and a tax rate increase to bring in an additional $390,000 a year to operate it.

    Lake Park voters weighing pool questions on March ballot

    Voters in Lake Park High School District 108 will decide Tuesday whether the latest effort to build an indoor aquatic center at the Roselle school will be successful. Two referendum questions on the March 18 ballot ask if voters will support a proposal to borrow $8.5 million to build the pool and a tax rate increase to provide $390,000 a year to operate it. As Election Day nears, pool plans are...

    Steve Husak

    Lake Zurich turns to Buffalo Grove for new police chief

    Buffalo Grove Deputy Police Chief Steve Husak will be recommended to take over as Lake Zurich's top cop. Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton will seek village board ratification for his selection of Husak on Monday, March 17. Provided Husak receives the necessary support, he would be sworn in at the village board's April 7 session, according to an announcement Monday.


    Plan B in works if St. Charles' First Street plans flop

    St. Charles officials are beginning to consider another option if current plans for First Street fall through. SMN Development representatives were a no-show for a progress report due one month before aldermen will decide if the development team will be given any future opportunities for updates. The purchase agreement SMN Development has with the city for a 52-foot parcel along First Street...

    The sun rises behind the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, after Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of the devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.

    Democrats clock all-nighter with climate talk

    Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of the devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction. Addressing a nearly empty chamber and visitor gallery, more than two dozen speakers agreed with each other about the need to act on climate change. Naysayers — Republicans — largely stayed away, arguing hours earlier that...

    Katheryn Deprill posted this photo Facebook in an effort to find her birth mother. Deprill was abandoned in the bathroom of a Burger King restaurant in Allentown, Pa., when she was a few hours old.

    ‘Burger King baby’ now seeks birth mom on Facebook

    In 1986, a newborn wrapped in a red sweater was found abandoned in the bathroom of a fast-food restaurant. Nearly three decades later, the baby is all grown up and looking for her biological mother, and tens of thousands of people are trying to help. Katheryn Deprill began her quest on March 2 by posting a photo on her Facebook page. A week later, it’s been shared nearly 27,000 times by...

    In this undated Photo provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, defendant Suliman Abu Ghayth, left, gestures toward al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden, in a room somewhere in Afghanistan. Abu Ghayth, Bin Laden’s son-in-law, is being tried in New York for plotting to kill Americans by being a motivational speaker at al-Qaida training camps before the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Terror trial to hear more from shoe-bomb witness

    A British man who was supposed to take down an airplane with a shoe bomb in 2001 until he backed out of the conspiracy is set to resume testimony in the trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law with a description of what happened in the weeks after the terrorist attacks.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly and two-time campaign manager Bill Stepien are in court to try to persuade a judge not to force them to turn over text messages and other private communications.

    Former Christie aides to judge: Quash subpoenas

    Lawyers for two key figures in a political payback scandal ensnaring Gov. Chris Christie’s administration will go in court to try to persuade a judge not to force them to turn over text messages and other private communications to New Jersey legislators investigating the matter. Fired Christie staffer Bridget Kelly and two-time campaign manager Bill Stepien say complying with the subpoenas...

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced her office collected nearly $1 billion in revenue last year.

    Illinois attorney general collects nearly $1 billion

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced her office collected nearly $1 billion in revenue last year. Officials say that's a similar amount to yearly revenues brought in since Madigan took office.

    President Barack Obama is hamming it up online to promote his health care plan. Obama joked Tuesday with actor Zach Galifianakis, including poking fun at the poorly reviewed “Hangover Part III” during an interview on the website Funny or Die.

    Obama hams it up for health care on Funny or Die

    President Barack Obama is hamming it up online to promote his health care plan. Obama joked Tuesday with comedian Zach Galifianakis, including poking fun at the poorly reviewed “Hangover Part III” during an interview on the website Funny or Die. Galifianakis typically poses awkward questions to celebrity guests appearing on “Between Two Ferns,” and Obama was no...

    Members of the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office fly their search and rescue drone during a demonstration, in Brigham City, Utah. Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires.

    States wrestle with developing, restricting drones

    Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires. But privacy watchdogs are urging state legislatures to step in and head off any potential privacy violations. That tension is on display as more than 35 states consider drone legislation this year, according to the National Conference of State...

    Employees of a nursing home Tsutomu Sato, 34, left, and Yoko Katayama, 30, toss bouquets of flowers into the sea in remembrance of the 36 people who died in the home during the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami in Minamisoma Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Tuesday, March 11 2014.

    Japan marks 3rd anniversary of tsunami disasters

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to boost rebuilding efforts as the country marked the third anniversary Tuesday of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead, destroyed coastal communities and triggered a nuclear crisis. Japan has struggled to rebuild towns and villages and to clean up radiation from the meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.


    Visclosky keeps up pitch for South Shore funding

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky on Monday night issued a powerful call for local communities to ante up for the South Shore Line extension in the next three weeks so Northwest Indiana can take its rightful place in the global economy.


    ID thieves target school employees’ tax returns

    The Internal Revenue Service says someone has been trying to obtain income tax refunds that are owed to employees of a northwestern Indiana school district.


    State superintendent: education cuts ‘devastating’

    The head of the Illinois State Board of Education says proposed cuts in education funding could be “devastating” to school districts. State superintendent Christopher Koch’s comments were reported by the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers.


    Wisconsin Senate to vote on limiting voting

    In-person absentee voting would no longer be allowed on weekends in Wisconsin under a bill the Republican-controlled state Senate is scheduled to consider.


    Van production resuming at northern Indiana plant
    Associated PressMISHAWAKA, Ind. — AM General is restarting the production of specially designed vans for the disabled at its northern Indiana factory.


    Hearing set for daughter in $7M shoplifting case

    A federal judge in Chicago is set to decide whether a third alleged participant in a $7 million shoplifting case should remain in remain in jail ahead of her trial.


    Chicago to focus pothole crews on arterial streets

    Chicago streets are plagued by thousands of potholes after an especially brutal winter. A new effort is underway to fix the damage on the city’s major roadways.


    Authorities probe man’s drowning in Du Quoin lake
    Authorities say a man drowned and a woman was hospitalized after their boat capsized on a lake in the southern Illinois city of Du Quoin. Investigators say the accident happened shortly before 1:30 p.m. Monday on Du Quoin City Lake in Perry County.


    Dawn Patrol: Huge Elk Grove TIF district vote; Cemetery damaged

    Elk Grove to vote on massive TIF district today. Drunken driver damages Batavia cemetery. 5 injured in Aurora head-on crash. GOP governor hopefuls in the final push. Wauconda police honor fallen officer. Mount Prospect family files racial harassment lawsuit against neighbor. Bolingbrook man charged in shooting. Bulls' Noah comes into his own.

    The Metropolis Performing Arts Center is getting $250,000 from the village of Arlington Heights in its next budget, but village trustees warned the help might not keep coming.

    Arlington Hts. trustees question but approve Metropolis funding

    After more than two hours of discussion and difficult questions, the Arlington Heights board approved the 2014-15 budget for Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, with nearly $250,000 in financial support from the village. “You will get my support this year, but if in future years you cannot continue to control spending and we don't see increased revenues, it will be questionable,” John...


    Lakemoor shifts misdemeanor cases to Lake County

    After 62 years, Lakemoor will be switching prosecution of its misdemeanor cases from McHenry to Lake County circuit court. A planned municipal complex on Route 120 in Lake County precipitated the move.

    In this logo design, the five-pointed star is composed of capital M’s to reflect Mundelein’s most prominent consonant.

    Mundelein closing in on new logo

    After a presentation by marketing consultants Monday night, Mundelein trustees closed in on a possible new logo for the century-old town, one that could feature a multicolored star next to the village’s name.

    This artist's rendering shows what a new senior living center in the former Hotel Bollero building in Palatine would look like.

    Former Palatine hotel to become senior apartments

    The building that once housed Hotel Bollero in Palatine will be turned into a senior living center with rental units for those 55 and older. David Friedman, the president of F&F Realty, said that the new facility would be for independent seniors and would have 118 units available for rent. The facility would provide residents, who must be older than 55 to apply for a unit, two meals a day.

    Kate Dolan is Mrs. Potts in the production of “Beauty and the Beast” opening Thursday at Harvest Christian Academy in Elgin.

    Harvest Christian Academy presents ‘Beauty and the Beast’

    "Beauty and the Beast" opens Thursday night at Harvest Christian Academy in Elgin.

    Decorations for St. Patrick’s Day are all over at Claddagh Irish Pub at 1702 Commons Drive in Geneva.

    Head to Claddagh in Geneva for St. Patrick’s Day celebration

    Amy Williams says plenty is going on at Claddagh restaurant in Geneva leading up to St. Patrick's Day.


    Chicago officer hit in face by ricocheting bullet

    A Chicago police officer has been released from the hospital after he was hit in the face by a ricocheting bullet.



    Best effort not quite enough for St. Viator

    For the second year in a row, Stevenson ended St. Viator's playoff hopes in the boys basketball state series. But the Lions made sure that this year they went down scratching and clawing. “They never stopped fighting,” said St. Viator coach Mike Howland, whose team fought back from a 22-point deficit in the third quarter to get as close as 7 points with a minute to play before succumbing 84-73 Tuesday at the Lake Zurich sectional.

    Huntley coach Marty Manning looks to his bench in the final two minutes of the Red Raiders' loss to Rockford Auburn.

    Rockford Auburn too much for Huntley

    The Rockford Auburn boys basketball team has put together another championship season with pressure defense and a deft 3-point shooting touch. Both were on display Tuesday night, much to Huntley's displeasure.The Knights pressured Huntley into 22 turnovers and hit 11 of 23 from 3-point range in beating the Red Raiders 61-49 in the semifinals of the Class 4A Elgin sectional at Chesbrough Field House.


    Loss doesn't diminsh what Huntley has accomplished

    Huntley knocked on that sectional door again Tuesday night. Unfortunately, Rockford Auburn answered. Again.For the third time in four seasons, the Red Raiders were ousted by the Knights in sectional play, this time 61-49 in a Class 4A semifinal at Elgin's venerable Chesbrough Field House.


    Wood roughed up after Lake’s error; Cubs fall 13-0

    Nolan Arenado and Kyle Parker each hit home runs and Jorge De La Rosa pitched three innings of two-hit ball Tuesday, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 13-0 win over the Cubs in front of a Cactus League-record 14,840 fans.


    Girls water polo: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*mundelein 13, palatine 11 (OT)Palatine 4 1 2 2 2—11Mundelein 2 3 2 2 4—13Palatine — Chumbrose 3, Wojtas 3, McHugh 2, Dvorska, Kincanon, Anderson.Mundelein — Garcia 8, Casili 2, Boothe, Dodd, Blake.JV — Palatine 11, Mundelein 5.*st. charles east 16, rolling meadows 10Rolling Meadows — Pletch 3, Feikes 3, Delporte 2, Renz, Holobud.Goalkeepers — RM: Zanocco (16 saves).JV — 17-5.*Vernon Hills 13, Elk Grove 6Vernon Hills — Wood 9, Ochoa 2, Levy, Yim.Goalkeepers — VH: Udesky (14 blocks).JV — Elk Grove 10, Vernon Hills 4.*Wheeling 19, Deerfield 3Deerfield — Roger 3Wheeling — Godlewski 10, Ropski 2, Sowa 4, Rozmus, Diaz, Isayeva.JV — Wheeling 5, Deerfield 4.*


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*Neuqua Valley 14, Barrington 5JV — Neuqua Valley 13, Barrington 3.*palatine 17, mundelein 14Mundelein 3 1 5 5 —14Palatine 4 5 3 4 —17Mundelein — Ward 3, Krauss 3, Westgate 3.Palatine — El Hoffi 7, Kleinfeldt 4, Kalev 4, Maior 2.Blocks — Mun: Angelbeck (5 blocks); Pal: White (7 blocks), Davis (2 blocks).


    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    *day’s results*Team scoresBuffalo Grove 134.8, Schaumburg 127.7, Addison Trail 124.6Event resultsFloor: 1. Cho (BG) 9.0, 2. Pauley (Sch) 8.9, 3. Reid (BG) 8.2. Pommel horse: 1. Cho (BG) 8.5, 2. Zyck (BG) 8.2, 3. Burns (BG) 7.2. Still rings: Palazzolo (AT) 7.4, 2. Gonzalez (Sch) and Siebert (BG) 7.3. Vault: Sigler (Sch) 9.0, 2. Reid (BG) 8.7, 3. Hardin (Sch) 8.7. Parallel bars: 1. Burns (BG) 7.7, 2. Sanchez (AT) and Cho (BG) 7.6. Horizontal bar: 1. Martinez (AT) and Reid (BG) 6.2, 3. Jankowski (AT), Hardin (Sch) and Cho (BG) 6.0.


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    Boys basketball scoreboard*Sectional semifinalsCLASS 4AClass 4A East Aurora sectionalBenet 61, Hinsdale Central 50Hinsdale Central — Rafferty 1 6-6 8, Bradshaw 4 0-0 9, Scales 0 0-0 0, Hamilton 5 1-2 12, Lillard 1 1-2 4, Bunting 0 0-0 0, White 1 0-0 2, Kiernan 2 0-0 6, Ives 3 0-0 9, Mulc 0 0-0 0, Hartzman 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 8-10 50.Benet — O’Mara 10 7-14 27, Pellettieri 6 4-4 22, Yesufu 0 0-0 0, Bonnett 1 0-0 2, Nelligan 2 3-4 8, Roemer 0 1-2 1, Sobolewski 0 0-0 0, Bensen 0 0-0 0, Conrad 0 0-0 0, Liszka 0 1-2 1, Ramatowski 0 0-0 0, Gerken 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 16-26 61.Hinsdale Central 13 14 6 17 —50Benet 14 13 15 19 —613-point baskets: HC: Ives 3, Kiernan 2, Bradshaw, Hamilton, Lillard; B: Pellettieri 6, Nelligan. Fouled out: None. *Class 4A Bartlett sectionalMorton 77, York 74 (OT)Morton — Cannon 4 2-4 14, Carter 7 15-20 35, Townes 0 0-1 0, Perez 3 6-13 12, Simon 1 0-0 2, Dale 3 0-0 7, Belcaster 2 1-2 7, Lopez 0 0-0 0York — Libert 0 0-0 0, Rose 3 3-4 10, Heinle 2 3-5 8, Toohey 4 6-7 14, Thomas 7 4-7 18, Roberts 7 0-0 17. Klos 3 0-0 7, Gasparich 0 0-0 0.Morton 17 7 21 6 17 7 12 -77York 13 10 7 21 17 7 9 -743-point baskets: M: Cannon 4, Belcaster 2, Carter, Dale. Y: Roberts 3, Rose, Heinle, Klos. Fouled out: Y: Toohey, Roberts, Thomas. *At Lake ZurichSTEVENSON 84, st. viator 73St. Viator — McNamara 5 2-3 15, Smart 7 2-3 17, Falotico 3 2-2 9, Arogundade 8 5-6 24, Martin 3 0-1 6, Grant 0 0-2 0, Muench 0 0-0 0, Cannella 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 11-17 73.Stevenson — Cashaw 4 7-7 16, Nichols 3 0-0 8, Johnson 4 3-4 14, Brunson 12 4-9 34, Morrissey 2 0-0 5, Green 2 2-5 6, No. 33 0 1-1 1. Totals 27 17-26 84.St. Viator 17 11 21 24 —73Stevenson 18 27 16 23 —843-point baskets: StV: McNamara 3, Arogundade 3, Smart, Falotico; Stev: Brunson 6, Johnson 3, Nichols 2, Cashaw, Morrissey.Fouled out: StV: Smart, Martin.*Class 1A NIU supersectionalMooseheart 59, Eastland 41Mooseheart: Okito 2 1-2 5, Odunewu 3 0-4 6, Deng 6 3-4 15, Puou 9 6-9 24, Nyang 0 0-0 0, Sanchez 0 0-0 0, Gordon 0 0-0 0, Kurowski 0 0-0 0, Tucker 0 0-0 0, Odunsi 1 6-8 9. Totals 21 16-27 59.Eastland: Shaner 6 0-0 14, Paulson 7 0-0 17, Hartman 0 0-0 0, Fink 0 0-0 0, Janssen 0 0-0 0, Barncord 0 0-0 0, Schaney 0 0-0 0, Hardy 0 0-0 0, Hayag 0 0-0 0, Haverland 1 5-6 7, Seferi 1 1-2 3, McLain 0 0-0 0, Reuscher 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 5-6 41.Mooseheart 12 9 18 20 —59Eastland 4 9 9 19 —413-point baskets: Mooseheart: Odunsi 1. Eastland: Shaner 2, Paulson 3, Seferi 1.*Class 3A Hampshire sectional semifinalrockford lutheran 76, Kaneland 61Rockford Lutheran — Robinson 7 3-6 17, Lawson 2 1-2 6, Kopelman 7 3-3 21, Kellen 6 2-3 19, Wieting 5 3-5 13, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Rhein 0 0-0 0, Milani 0 0-0 0, Buchanan 0 0-0 0, Funk 0 0-0 0, Brigham 0 0-0 0, McGirk 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 12-19 76.Kaneland — David 0 0-2 0, Pruett 5 4-9 15, T. Carlson 12 7-10 38, R. David 0 0-0 0, C. Carlson 1 0-0 2, Vaca 2 0-0 6, Van Bogaert 0 0-0 0, Fedderly 0 0-0 0, Douglas 0 0-0 0, Korpela 0 0-0 0, Przybylski 0 0-0 0, Barnes 0 0-2 0. Totals 20 11-23 61.Rockford Lutheran 19 7 31 19 —76Kaneland 16 21 11 13 —613-point baskets: RL: Kellen 5, Kopelman 4, Lawson; K: T. Carlson 7, Vaca 2, Pruett. Fouled out: RL: none; K: Pruett.*Class 4A Elgin sectionalRockford Auburn 61, Huntley 49Huntley— Jacobs 2 0-0 4, Park 0 0-0 0, Spoeth 0 0-0 0, Oslance 0 0-0 0, Bessey 3 2-3 8, Dion 0 0-0 0, Cruz 1 0-0 2, C. Boesch 1 1-1 3, Slonka 1 0-2 3, Shields 0 0-0 0, Wicks 4 4-4 13, Egekeze 6 3-4 15, Gorney 0 1-2 1, Janus 0 0-0 0, B. Boesch 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 11-16 49.

    Ian Bunting (5) of Hinsdale Central and Sean O’Mara of Benet battle during Benet’s Class 4A sectional semifinal win at East Aurora Tuesday.

    Benet marches on

    Simply put, it was textbook Benet boys basketball. The Redwings continued their workmanlike playoff run with Tuesday’s 61-50 victory over Hinsdale Central in the Class 4A East Aurora sectional semifinals.

    DePaul players celebrate after they defeated St. John's 65-57 during an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the 2014 Big East women's basketball tournament in Rosemont, Ill., Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    DePaul tops St. John’s for Big East women’s title

    Brittany Hrynko scored 15 points and Megan Rogowski added 14 on Tuesday and No. 23 DePaul beat St. John’s 65-57 to capture its first Big East women’s tournament championship.Megan Podkowa had 12 points and Jasmine Penny added 11 as the host Blue Demons (27-6) won their seventh straight and earned the league’s automatic NCAA tournament berth.Aliyyah Handford scored 13 points and Briana Brown added 12 for the Red Storm (22-10), making their first Big East title game appearance since 1988.DePaul never trailed in the second half after taking a 30-29 lead just before halftime.It was the first women’s championship game for the realigned Big East since powerhouses Connecticut and Notre Dame departed last year for the American Athletic and Atlantic Coast conferences, respectively.The championship tournament was also held for the first time in Chicago after Connecticut hosted the past 10 years.DePaul also finished atop the regular season standings for the first time since joining in 2005-06.DePaul took an early 15-9 lead, but Handford scored five points in a 9-2 run that gave the Red Storm their first edge at 18-17 on a layup with 8:52 remaining.Hrynko answered with a 3-pointer for a 20-18 Blue Demons lead. Three players later combined on seven unanswered points to put St. John’s up 25-22 with 4:11 remaining.The lead changed hand twice more before DePaul took a 30-29 advantage into the half after Rogowski’s layup with 37 seconds left.DePaul led by seven points through the mid stages of the second half, including a 49-42 edge at the 9:57 mark on Rogowski’s layup off an inbound pass.The Red Storm closed the gap to four at 57-53 on Brown’s 3-pointer with 2:24 left. Rogowski followed with two free throws and Penny banked in a shot with 1:54 left for a 60-53 lead.Brown recovered a loose ball for a layup to cut the DePaul lead to 60-55 with 45 seconds to play, but Chanise Jenkins hit a pair of free throws two seconds later to restore a seven-point lead.Connecticut captured seven Big East tournament titles from 2005-12, plus last year’s NCAA championship. Notre Dame won the 2013 league tourney on the way to its third straight Final Four appearance.Both remained unbeaten after winning conference titles this week and are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 nationally.“They’re off the charts,” DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. “I never felt bad about what we achieved in the previous Big East. It was no disgrace to get to the semifinals in that league. If you could go to the final four of the old Big East, you could go to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.”Whether the new Big East produces a Final Four entry won’t be known until next month. But the current 10-team league — eight from the previous league plus Butler and Creighton — now features more balance and competitive play.Regular-season champion DePaul was 15-3 in conference play while runner-up St. John’s went 13-5.In Monday’s semifinals, St. John’s had to rally in the second half to force the first overtime then a second before beating Creighton. DePaul held off a late Marquette comeback and didn’t secure its win until hitting six free throws in the final minute.

    York’s Stanley Roberts, center, goes up for a basket against Morton in Class 4A boys sectional semifinal basketball at Bartlett High School Tuesday.

    Morton outlasts York in 3 OTs

    Greg Carter’s performance deserved his fans’ MVP chants. Carter dropped 35 points in Morton’s 77-74 triple-overtime win over the York Dukes in the Class 4A Bartlett boys basketball sectional semifinals on Tuesday night.

    Stevenson's Jalen Brunson, left, looks to pass over St. Viator's Ore Arogundade during the Class 4A sectional semifinal at Lake Zurich on Tuesday.

    A real crowd-pleaser for Stevenson

    Officials at Lake Zurich weren't counting fans one-by-one as they funneled seemingly non-stop into their school Wednesday night. It would have been too easy to lose track. Instead, they simply estimated that a standing-room-only crowd of 2,700 sandwiched into every possible open space to watch Stevenson take on St. Viator in a heated Class 4A sectional semifinal. Meanwhile, counting points one-by-one for Stevenson would have been pointless, too. Counting by twos often didn't work either. The Patriots were often operating in multiples of three in taking down St. Viator, 84-73.

    Kaneland’s John Pruett, left, watches as Tyler Carlson, far right, hugs teammate Cole Carlson (44) as he exits the court in the final seconds of the Class 3A sectional game vs. Rockford Lutheran at Hampshire HIgh School on Tuesday, March 11. All three are seniors.

    Rockford Lutheran overtakes Kaneland in 2nd half

    Kaneland senior forward Tyler Carlson reigned in the first half Tuesday, hitting Rockford Lutheran with 29 points. Then came a second-half deluge that knocked the Knights out of the playoffs. Countering an 11-point halftime deficit Rockford Lutheran turned up the defense, leading to a 50-point second half and a 76-61 Crusaders victory in this Class 3A Hampshire sectional semifinal.

    Spurs guard Tony Parker dribbles past the Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich during the first half Tuesday night at the United Center. San Antonio led 38-14 after one quarter.

    Ready or not? Bulls not against Spurs

    Two days after an emotional overtime victory over Miami, the Bulls were caught flat-footed against San Antonio. The Spurs sprinted to a 38-14 lead after one quarter and dominated Tuesday's game at the United Center. A late run by the Bulls made the final score a more respectable 104-96.


    North Chicago paces itself, stops St. Patrick

    The Division I-bound duo of Kurt Hall (Toledo) and JayQuan McCloud (Murray State) scored 20 and 16 points, respectively, as top-seeded North Chicago (24-5) advanced to Friday’s 7 p.m. sectional final against the winner of tonight’s game between No. 3 Carmel Catholic and No. 2 Uplift.

    York played Morton in Class 4A basketball sectional semifinal action at Bartlett High School, Tuesday, March 11.

    Images: York vs. Morton boys basketball
    York fell 74-77 in triple OT to Morton Tuesday, March 11 in class 4A boys basketball sectional semifinal action at Bartlett High School.

    San Antonio Spurs power forward Aron Baynes (16) shoots over Chicago Bulls center Nazr Mohammed (48) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Chicago. The San Antonio Spurs defeated The Chicago Bulls 104-96. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Bulls can’t complete comeback against Spurs

    Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 as the league-leading San Antonio Spurs beat the Bulls 104-96 on Tuesday night. Kawhi Leonard added 16 for San Antonio, which won its seventh straight and 10th in its last 11. The Bulls trailed 90-66 entering the fourth, but pulled to within eight late against San Antonio's reserves.


    Spurs’ Popovich ‘stunned’ by hand dealt to Thibs

    San Antonio had four players out with injuries when they lost to the Bulls on Jan. 29. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich admitted before Tuesday’s rematch there is no comparison between his lineup and what Tom Thibodeau has faced.

    St. Viator’s Mark Falotico, left, drives on Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson.

    Images: Stevenson vs. St. Viator boys basketball
    The Stevenson Patriots won 84-73 over the St. Viator Lions in Class 4A sectional semifinal boys basketball action in Lake Zurich on Tuesday, March 11.

    Kaneland’s John Pruett sits at the end of the bench watching the final seconds of the game.

    Images: Kaneland vs. Rockford Lutheran boys basketball
    Kaneland fell 61-76 to Rockford Lutheran in a 3A sectional semifinal basketball game Tuesday in Hampshire.

    Benet vs. Hinsdale Central in Class 4A sectional semifinal basketball action Tuesday, March 11 at East Aurora High School.

    Images: Benet Academy vs. Hinsdale Central boys basketball
    Benet Academy won 61-50 over Hinsdale Central Tuesday, March 11 in a Class 4 boys basketball sectional seminal game at East Aurora High School.

    Images from the Huntley vs. Rockford Auburn boys sectional semifinal basketball game Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Elgin.

    Images: Huntley vs. Rockford Auburn boys basketball
    Huntley fell to Rockford Auburn 61-49 in the sectional semifinal basketball game Tuesday in Elgin.

    Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston (99) has agreed to a five-year deal with the Chicago Bears. Houston had a career-high 6 sacks last season.

    Bears land DE Houston with five-year deal

    For the second straight year the Bears struck quickly in free agency, reaching a five-year, $35 million deal with ex-Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston that leaked just minutes after Tuesday’s 3 p.m. start of free agency. Houston, who had a career-high 6 sacks last season, will reportedly be paid $21 million over the first three years of the deal with $15 million guaranteed.The Bears were active on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with a safety (Ryan Mundy), a linebacker (D.J. Williams) and a special teams player (Jordan Senn).


    Looking back at one of area’s best girls basketball seasons

    The state of girls basketball arguably has never been better than it was this season for our local high school teams.

    With coach Marc Trestman, left, and his high-powered offense in place, it’s refreshing that general manager Phil Emery is able to finally concentrate on improving a Bears defense that was historically bad last season.

    Bears focus on D-line a nice change

    When the Bears eschewed defense last spring in favor of building an offense, they had to figure it would take years, not days, to put in place a group of players they could rely on to function in a 21st century offense. The fact that it happened so quickly only means that they can now get started on rebuilding the defense.

    Goalie Antti Raanta, who owns a win this season over the Avalanche, will make the start today in Denver.

    Hawks hope to make their points in stretch drive

    The Blackhawks travel to Denver to take on the Colorado Avalanche in a possible first-round playoff matchup Wednesday night. Points are precious down the stretch as teams battle for position. Antti Raanta starts in goal for the Hawks.

    Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham (15) watches his throw to first after forcing out Texas Rangers' Leonys Martin to start a double play in the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Abreu has 3 hits, Beckham homers to pace White Sox

    John Danks pitched four-hit ball for five innings and Jose Abreu went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, leading the White Sox to a 7-6 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. Danks, making his second start of the spring, struck out one and walked three as he continued his buildup to the regular season. Gordon Beckham hit a solo home run in support of Danks.

    FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) watches from the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. The Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Peppers on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    Eight-time Pro Bowler Peppers jettisoned

    To almost no one’s surprise the Bears cut ties with eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers on Tuesday, freeing up nearly $10 million under this year’s $133 million salary cap. Peppers would have counted $18.2 million against this year’s salary cap with a base of $13.9 million. Minus the $8.4 million the prorated portion of his signing bonus counts against the cap, the net difference for the Bears is $9.8 million.

    Alyssa Andersen, Aurora Christian

    Girls basketball: All-area team, Tri-Cities
    Presenting the 2013-14 Tri-Cities all-area girls basketball team.

    Dallas Seavey holds his lead dog Beatle after winning the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

    Dallas Seavey wins his second Iditarod dog race

    Dallas Seavey ran a blistering pace to rally from third place and win his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Tuesday in a record-breaking finish, after a sudden storm blew the front-runner out of the competition and kept another musher minutes away from her first win.

    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) is averaging 14.2 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game this season, just down slightly from his career averages of 16.7 ppg and 9.8 rpg.

    Overpaid Boozer adds a lot of value to the Bulls

    Carlos Boozer might seem overpaid at $15 million a year, but Mike North still sees his presence as invaluable to the Chicago Bulls and is satisfied with what Boozer does bring to the table.

    Geneva’s Morgan Seberger is lifted up by her father, Michael, as the Vikings celebrate their win over Rockford Boylan at Monday’s Class 4A supersectional game at Judson University in Elgin.

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


    West Dundee officials are working on a redevelopment agreement to rehab this section of downtown, on the southeast corner of First Street and Route 72.

    W. Dundee eyeing development for eastern gateway

    West Dundee is embarking on what one official dubbed a “needed injection of development” in the downtown that could bring two restaurants, an event venue, a store that sells packaged goods from one of the eateries, and more to southeast corner of Main and First streets.

    Looking for American-made parmesan cheese on the grocery aisle? If the European Union gets its way, you may not be able to find it. Also missing could be domestic asiago, feta and gorgonzola. As part of free trade talks, the European Union is expected to propose to ban the United States from using certain European cheese names if the cheese is made here. A package of Kraft parmesan cheese is seen here.

    Europe wants its Parmesan back, seeks name change

    Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test. As part of trade talks, the European Union wants to ban the use of European names like Parmesan, feta and Gruyere on cheese made in the United States.

    Stocks fell Tuesday, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed to a record last week, as commodity shares slumped with copper and oil prices amid concern over China’s economy.

    U.S. stocks end slightly lower for a second day

    Without any big economic news or blowout company earnings to respond to, investors found little to get excited about Tuesday and sent the stock market lower for the second day in a row. A few companies grabbed headlines for posting poor quarterly results or consummating long-running merger talks Tuesday. But the broader market barely budged for much of the day, then closed slightly lower.

    A congressional committee is investigating the way General Motors and a federal safety agency handled a deadly ignition switch problem in compact cars. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a large number of complaints about the problem during the past decade. But GM didn’t recall the 1.6 million cars worldwide until last month.

    House committee investigating GM recall

    A congressional committee is investigating the way General Motors and a federal safety agency handled a deadly ignition switch problem in compact cars. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a large number of complaints about the problem during the past decade. But GM didn’t recall the 1.6 million cars worldwide until last month.

    Brian Burke, president and CEO of Links Technology Solution, congratulates the 2014 state championship coed cheerleading squad from Conant High School on Tuesday. The team was honored by the Schaumburg Business Association during its monthly breakfast meeting.

    Schaumburg Business Association cheers on Conant cheerladers, Ala Carte

    For once it wasn’t the Conant High School cheerleading squad leading the chorus of applause Tuesday. The Schaumburg Business Association cheered on a pair of local success stories at its monthly breakfast meeting, including the coed Conant squad that won the state championship in last month’s IHSA competitive cheerleading finals.

    A takeover of Safeway Inc. at the industry’s lowest valuation in almost a decade may be the best that investors in the second-largest U.S. grocery chain can get.

    Safeway stuck with low valuation even as Kroger looms

    A takeover of Safeway Inc. at the industry’s lowest valuation in almost a decade may be the best that investors in the second-largest U.S. grocery chain can get.

    John Donahoe, President and CEO of eBay

    EBay CEO Donahoe’s total pay for 2013 sinks 53 pct.

    EBay Inc. CEO John J. Donahoe’s total compensation for 2013 plunged 53 percent compared with 2012, when the e-commerce company gave its leader more than $23 million in stock awards.

    A dock worker communicates on a walkie-talkie while a ship to shore crane loads containers onto a ship at the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City terminal, in Savannah, Ga. U.S. wholesale businesses in January suffered their steepest sales drop in nearly five years, yet they continued to increase their stockpiles.

    U.S. wholesaler sales fall 1.9 percent in January

    U.S. wholesale businesses in January suffered their steepest sales drop in nearly five years, yet they continued to increase their stockpiles. This suggests that companies expect the economy to roar back after experiencing an abrupt winter slowdown.


    California mulls how to regulate ‘driverless cars’
    California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is wading into the complex question of how to regulate the use of cars that rely on computers — not people — to drive them.


    U.S. employers posted more open jobs in January

    U.S. employers advertised slightly more jobs in January than in December, a sign that hiring should remain steady in coming months. The Labor Department says employers posted 3.9 million job openings, up 1.5 percent from December.

    After years of delays, a plan to build 54 single-family homes at Arlington Market in the area of Dryden Place and Kensington Road in Arlington Heights is back on track. Developers met last week with Arlington Heights plan commissioners and now are awaiting village board approval.

    Arlington Market homes plan back on track

    A plan to build 54 single-family homes in Arlington Heights is back on track, almost eight years after it won village approval. Arlington Market, a development near the intersection of Dryden Place and Kensington Road, first was proposed as a multiuse development including condos, homes and retail space.

    Grass carp

    A new carp villain threatens the Great Lakes

    Plant-gorging grass carp probably could survive in all of the Great Lakes, and if they become established, the fish that's native to Asia might significantly damage the environment, scientists said Monday. The fight to prevent Asian carp from reaching the inland seas has focused primarily on bighead and silver carp, which eat huge amounts of plankton, the foundation of aquatic food chains.

    Customers and staff mingle in the Henley Vaporium in New York.

    E-cigarettes: fresh air or smoke and mirrors?

    On the edge of the SoHo neighborhood downtown, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help — but no booze. Instead, the proprietors are peddling e-cigarettes, along with bottles of liquid nicotine ready to be plucked from behind a wooden bar and turned into flavorful vapor for a lung hit with a kick that is intended to simulate traditional smoking.

    Pedestrians walks through a shopping street in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, JapanIn. its World Economic Outlook, The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development forecasts global growth of 3.6 percent this year, from an estimated 2.7 percent in 2013.

    Global growth forecast to remain sluggish

    Global growth is likely to remain sluggish as a slowdown in the developing world undercuts gains in Europe and the United States, a leading international economic body warned Tuesday. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said one-off factors like the harsh winter weather in North America and the U.S.

    Kolin Burges, right, and another Mt. Gox customer hold placards while protesting outside a building housing the headquarters of Mt. Gox and its parent company Tibanne Co. in Tokyo, Japan.

    Japanese bitcoin exchange files US bankruptcy case

    The collapse of Japan’s Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange is spilling into U.S. bankruptcy court as the company scrambles for legal cover after losing digital currency valued at $473 million.

    United Airlines canceled 23,000 flights due to weather in January and February. About 90 percent were on its United Express regional service.

    Flight cancelations take a toll on airline revenue

    Airlines are still tallying up the damage from this winter’s storms, but solid demand for travel means they are likely to weather the rocky start to 2014 in good shape. Reports from some of the airlines point to higher average prices, and executives say spring bookings look strong.

    Jerry Hampton, left, grabs a wrench from Brian Ward while doing maintenance at Emery Air Inc., in Rockford on the engine of a plane brought in from Columbia, Ill.

    After Boeing bid, Rockford targets high-tech jobs

    As the city of Rockford attempted to rebuild its long-struggling economy a few years ago, officials found promise in a humming aerospace sector that had sprung up where other manufacturing had faltered.

    Fred Robinson and Jose Hernandez of Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich produce small-batch bourbon and gin in their artisan business. This shrink-wrapped bottle of bourbon is ready to be labeled.

    Suburban bourbon boom part of growing trend

    Small batches of gin, bourbon and other spirits are leading a business growth spurt in Illinois. Copper Fiddle Distillery's planned debut in Lake Zurich this week is the latest example of expansion in the small-scale production of hard liquor. “I think the first thing (with small distilleries), as with craft beer, it's an expansion of tastes, an expansion of your palate,” American Craft Distillers Association Executive Director Penn Jensen said.

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    Ice, mold and a lazy contractor cause some major problems

    Q: I have a two-story home in the Pittsburgh area that was built in 1998. In 2012, we had a new roof installed due to a severe hailstorm. In December 2012, when I went into the attic to get my Christmas decorations, I noticed that the entire roof on one side was damp, black and covered with mold.

    “Reflections” is the most recent release by Don Williams.

    Don Williams continues solid second act

    Don Williams is on a roll, once again. After talk of retirement — he even embarked on a farewell tour in 2006 — the Country Music Hall of Fame member suddenly is busy again, releasing his second album in the last two years with “Reflections.” If anything, the new collection is an even better reminder of Williams’ special gifts than 2012’s comeback album, “And So It Goes.”

    “Oxymoron” is the latest release by Schoolboy Q.

    ScHoolboy Q spins dark tale on ‘Oxymoron’

    ScHoolboy Q’s major label debut plays out like an unsettling 21st-century film noir. “Oxymoron” is all vice and poor decisions, filled with classic noir elements like unredeemable characters in desperate circumstances, an anti-hero whose compass never quite finds true north and a pervasive sense of menace. Lots and lots of menace. It’s a harrowing vision that plays out in a bleak dystopian Los Angeles.


    Needy boyfriend needs a few boundaries

    Needy high school school boyfriend wants to spend every minute with her, but she has other priorities besides him. Carolyn Hax says stand up for yourself and set some boundaries.

    Kanye West is headed to Austin, Texas, for South By Southwest, which has slipped into hyperdrive as the music portion of the annual conference and festival opens this week.

    South By Southwest overstuffed with music goodies

    South By Southwest and the surrounding unaffiliated hoopla have slipped into hyperdrive as the music portion of the annual conference and festival opens this week. Kanye West and Jay Z have announced they’re headed to Austin, Texas, the cherry on top of a gloriously all-over-the-place gathering that also will feature Lady Gaga as a keynote speaker, Lil Wayne as an interview subject and 2,000 other acts vying for attention in the midst of the frenzy.

    The motion picture soundtrack for “Divergent” ends up a mixed bag of tracks.

    ‘Divergent’ soundtrack is uneven

    The latest dystopian young adult big-screen adaptation, “Divergent,” has high expectations for the box office, though its soundtrack offers an uneven bag of tracks. The film, highlighted by teenage angst overwrought by societal structure, could translate into a group of edgy, resonating songs, but the reality is that few rise up to the challenge.

    “Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure” plays the Rosemont Theatre from Friday through Monday, March 14-17.

    Best bets: Sophia and Jake romp at the Rosemont Theatre

    If your kids love animated cable shows like “Sophia the First” and “Jake and the Neverland Pirates,” then see the characters onstage in “Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure” this weekend at the Rosemont Theatre. 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 Friday.

    Keith Richards has a deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for a picture story called “Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar.” The book will come out this fall and will include illustrations by Richards’ daughter, Theodora Richards.

    Keith Richards picture book out this fall

    Keith Richards is writing a children’s book. He really is. The Rolling Stone who came to define the adults-only lifestyle of rock has a deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for a picture story called “Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar.”

    Get your Irish on with a tall glass of St. Patrick's Day juice.

    Fuel your day with produce-packed juices and smoothies

    Carrie Bush has celebrated plenty of St. Patrick's Days with green beer, but when the holiday rolls around this year she'll start the day with a green beverage of a different sort in her glass. Bush, 39, a mother of four kids ages 7 to 13, will start her day with a green smoothie.

    “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have upped the raunch factor in the new video game “South Park: The Stick of Truth.”

    Raunchy new 'South Park' game is sweet

    Remember when “South Park” debuted on Comedy Central in 1997? Remember how shocking the cursing, toilet humor and black comedy seemed? Take that level of shock and multiply it by, oh, 20 and you'll have some idea of what you should expect from “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” the new video game written by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Like its cable TV counterpart, “The Stick of Truth” gleefully tackles issues like gun control, racism, sexism and pedophilia. If you're not a “South Park” fan, by all means avoid it. Even if you're a fan, there are moments that will make you say “ick” — even as you're laughing at the game's audacity.

    George Saunders gives a speech after winning the Folio Prize Monday in London.

    George Saunders wins Folio Prize for literature

    American writer George Saunders won the 40,000 pound ($67,000) Folio Prize for literature on Monday with his humorous and disturbing short-story collection “Tenth of December.” The chair of the judging panel, poet Lavinia Greenlaw, said Saunders’ “darkly playful” stories explore “the human self under ordinary and extraordinary pressure.”

    Media mogul Ted Turner says he’s bouncing back from appendicitis surgery.

    Ted Turner recovering from appendicitis surgery

    Media mogul Ted Turner says he’s bouncing back from surgery and is looking forward to getting back to business as usual. In a statement released Monday, Turner thanked well-wishers for support while he was hospitalized in Argentina late last week for appendicitis.

    A Casbah chair in weather resistant rattan that comes in a variety of bright hues like orange, yellow and purple. Outdoor spaces are a good place to play with more vibrant colors than we might use indoors.

    Patio furniture goes bolder, brighter

    Earthy hues that blend into the landscape tend to dominate the outdoor furniture market. Understated woods, metals and cushions are easy-to-incorporate, neutral elements. But outdoor spaces offer the chance to be more adventurous than we are inclined to be indoors. Are bolder balconies and peppier patios on your redecorating radar?

    Charles Kraft says he rediscovered what it means to bring family and friends together around the table.

    Cook of the Week: Cary dad rediscovers the joy of cooking

    Charles Kraft, of Cary, admits he is something of a hybrid. “I'm half Italian and half German; it depends of what mood you catch me in as to how I behave … I can be a task master and the life of the party!” he laughs. It is this unique combination that drives his style of cooking. “I've got the German engineering side that needs to be efficient, but also the Italian side that thinks of cooking as art and a way to care for people. Everything I do is an exercise in creativity; the two sides are finally coming together — both the creative side and the analytical side.”

    Whole Slow Juicer

    Food editor gives juicer, blenders a whirl

    Do you really need special equipment for mixing up green smoothies and making veggie-based juices? Food Editor Deborah Pankey tested a few options and shares this report.


    Jolly Green Smoothie
    Jolly Green Smoothie

    Electrolyte-rich coconut water makes a Refresh Smoothie a good pre-workout snack.

    Refresh Smoothie
    Refresh Smoothie


    Giant Juice
    Giant Juice

    Basil plays off lemon and pineapple in the Green Goods Juice.

    Good Greens Juice
    Good Greens Juice

    A variety of vegetables go into Charles Kraft’s version of gumbo.

    Uncle Charlie’s Lose’Yanna Mud Soop
    Uncle Charlie's Lose;Yanna Mud Soup: Charles Kraft

    Grapes and kale add color to this Powerhouse Green Smoothie.

    Powerhouse Green Smoothie
    Powerhouse Green Smoothie

    Get your Irish on with a tall glass of St. Patrick’s Day Juice.

    St. Patrick’s Day Juice
    St. Patric's Day Juice


    Green Flaxy
    Green Flaxy


    Crockpot Chicken Stew
    Crockpot Chicken Stew: Charles Kraft

    Zane Holtz, left, is Richie Gecko and D.J. Cotrona as Seth Gecko star as bank robbers in “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” premiering at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, on El Rey.

    Rodriguez gives it to viewers straight with El Rey

    TV could be rocked by another game changer. Say hello to Robert Rodriguez, a prolific, much-admired filmmaker, who has recently launched TV network El Rey. Here’s a channel spawned by a demonstrated, multifaceted auteur. The revolution, if that’s how it turns out, could be sparked by El Rey’s first scripted original, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

    A small rosemary “tree” sits on a windowsill and provides beauty, fragrance and flavoring for the kitchen despite the snowy background.

    How to turn a rosemary bush into a tree

    Picture a little rosemary tree at your kitchen window, standing there upright and green as if in defiance to the wintry scene beyond the panes. This little tree offers more than decoration and winter cheer. Pass your hand lightly over the leaves, close your eyes, and the scent will carry you to a sunbaked Mediterranean hillside, the plant's native habitat. Here's how to make one.

    Gurnee native Amanda Majeski plays a scheming would-be empress in Lyric Opera of Chicago's “La Clemenza di Tito.”

    Gurnee native hits high note as international opera star

    Gurnee native Amanda Majeski was rejected when when auditioned for a musical program at Carmel High Schoolin Mundelein. But now, the Northwestern University grad stars in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Mozart's “La Clemenza di Tito” through March 23. ”It's all so bizarre,” she said. “I grew up watching the Bulls play, watching the Bears and stuff. My parents loved athletics.”

    McKinze Cook, co-owner of Portland, Ore., food cart Kargi Gogo, delivers a customer’s order at the Georgian food cart.

    Go for the food: Portland food carts cross borders

    The many accolades earned by chefs in Portland, Ore., are rooted in what the land offers. That’s especially true with the city’s bustling food cart scene, which has become an incubator for great restaurants. Whether inspired by Norwegian comfort food, Peace Corps missions to the Republic of Georgia, or Thai “chaos in a bowl,” the menus reinvigorate and challenge both customer and chef to think harder and dream bigger.

    Bruce DeSilva based “Providence Rag” on the actual case of Craig Price, known as the “Warwick Slasher.”

    Liam Mulligan is on the case in ‘Providence Rag’

    Bruce DeSilva uses his journalistic background to elevate “Providence Rag,” the third entry in his award-winning series to feature reporter Liam Mulligan. The brutal murder of two women and their children over the course of several years rocks a community in Rhode Island in the early 1990s. Though his background is sports, Mulligan gets pulled in to assist with the coverage. After a second murder, he begins to suspect that a teenage boy is the killer. He convinces a cop to investigate and soon after, Kwame Diggs is behind bars.

    Technicians in Penn Medicine’s Clinical Cell and Vaccine Production Facility in Philadelphia hold up a bag of modified T cells genetically modified to resist HIV infection.

    Gene therapy seems safe, may help control HIV

    Scientists have modified genes in the blood cells of HIV patients to help them resist the AIDS virus, and say the treatment seems safe and promising. The results give hope that this approach might one day free at least some people from needing medicines to keep HIV under control, a form of cure.



    Editorial: One town’s idea to cure ‘mathphobia’

    A first-year event in Mundelein has caught our attention because government, schools and businesses collaborated to stage a contest that organizers hope will build interest among kids in math, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    History’s repeating acts

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Pardon the cliché — I think we have come upon a teachable moment. I am referring to the crisis in Ukraine and not just what it teaches us about the future but also what it teaches us about the past. Vladimir Putin has turned us all into Neville Chamberlain. The umbrella, please.

    Mark Garrity

    Businesses need a fairer Illinois income tax

    Guest columnists Mark Garrity and Steven Purduski: Illinois’ antiquated tax system also unfairly takes money out of the pockets of some of our best customers: lower- and middle-income families. Illinois’ small businesses would benefit greatly from lower tax rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes.


    The consequences of a retreating America

    Columnist Michael Gerson: With the facts on the ground now established in Crimea — several thousand facts in the form of Russian troops — the question becomes: Will sustained economic, political and military isolation of Russia work? Will it reverse Vladimir Putin’s adventurism and deter future aggression?


    Near tragedy points to driving danger
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The story in the Herald on March 1 about Kerry Kennedy brought back what happened to me four years ago. I was visiting my sister in Tinley Park, and just before I left to come home I mistakenly took a sleeping pill instead of a pill for high cholesterol but I figured it would not affect me before I got home.


    Postal retirees don’t get free health benefits
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I enjoy reading the letters in the Daily Herald, and I can usually distinguish facts from rants of people who don’t have all the facts, but I had to respond to a Feb. 27 letter by Nick Herman. He said postal workers get great pensions and free health insurance.


    Abortion proposal protects women, babies
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Thank God for conscientious lawmakers like Illinois state Rep. Tom Morrison of Palatine, who is introducing legislation to make abortion clinics safer for pregnant women who feel they have no choice but to end the life beginning within them. He wants to be sure the doctor is available while the women and teenage girls are in recovery, in case of complications.


    Illinois needs leaders who listen
    A letter to the editor: Recent times have proven to be very difficult for the average citizen to navigate. Extreme weather, tragically misguided financial situations, failing banks, schools and religious institutions disturb the daily routine and trouble the slumber of night.


    Term limits needed for lawmakers
    A letter to the editor: I am not necessarily a supporter of Bruce Rauner as he seeks the Governor's position in Illinois for 2014. I do, however, endorse strongly his recommendation to limit terms in the Illinois legislature.


    Find other way to finance pool
    A Roselle letter to the editor: I believe most residents in the area who provide tax dollars to Lake Park High School support a swimming pool. I have for many years. The concern I have is how to pay for the pool. I have voted no to increased taxes to pay for the pool each time a referendum is presented to the taxpayers.


    Candidate is not phoning it in
    Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: State Rep. Sandra Pihos has served House District 48 well, and has given much to her community. She has sponsored many events for community members, including events and fairs for veterans and seniors, summer reading programs for children, neighborhood meetings and coffees, informational open houses, and more.


    Need to change direction in a hurry
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I want to commend Alexander Lee for the great letter he wrote regarding the “Land of Opportunism.” It was extremely well written and outlined perfectly the general malaise that has become our country.


    Candidate never voted Republican
    An Elgin letter to the editor Allow me to get the record straight. Republican candidate, 8th Congressional District, Manju Goel and her special interest SuperPAC, Indian Americans for Freedom, have taken her campaign against Larry Kaeifesh straight into the gutter.


    Candidate will probe state budget
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: As a long time member of our community who cares about our future, I want my representative to support my values. Steve Andersson is that person. I know him to be honest, intelligent, thoughtful, persuasive and effective.


    2 strong candidates in judges’ races
    A Yorkville letter to the editor: I strongly support Judge James C. Hallock and Judge Marmarie J. Kostelny for their selection to their respective Circuit Court Judge positions. Both judges went through a rigorous vetting process when they became associate judges.


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