Daily Archive : Wednesday March 12, 2014



    St. Charles school bus hit by pellets

    An empty St. Charles school bus was hit by BBs or pellets Wednesday afternoon, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office said.

    College of Lake County board members racked up nearly $110,000 in expenses covered by taxpayers over the past two years, which prompted the board to restrict its reimbursement policy for the second time in six years.

    College of Lake County board spent $110,000 on travel, food over two years

    While the College of Lake County board has racked up nearly $110,000 in expenses over the past two years, it was a $128.87 bill for late night snacks that prompted trustees to tighten their spending policies recently. “Since I’ve been a board member, I’ve felt certain board members have forgotten we’re on taxpayers’ dollars and writing off more things than they...

    Rita and John Canning of Inverness greet guests during a reception before the announcement of the couple's $1 million gift to Harper College in Palatine. The gift will benefit the Rita and John Canning women's Program. , which” provides educational support, resources and the opportunity for a fresh start for single parents, displaced homemakers and others, many of whom are survivors of domestic violence,” according to a Harper College news release.

    Cannings donate $1 million to Harper College

    Rita and John Canning of Inverness are giving Harper College a $1 million gift, the first seven-figure donation in Harper's 47-year history and one that will benefit the Rita and John Canning Women's Program.

    Ellis Middle School secretary Cyndi Downey poses Thursday with Christian Acevedo, an eighth-grader at Kenyon Woods Middle School in South Elgin, who’s raising money for cancer research. Downey had her head shaved as part of the St. Baldrick’s event at the Elgin school. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation helps fund childhood cancer research.

    Ellis secretary shaves off hair for cancer fundraiser

    Ellis Middle School's office secretary had her hair shaved off Thursday morning in support of St. Baldrick's, which raises money for childhood cancer research. Cyndi Downey also did it to support Kenyon Woods eighth-grader Christian Acevedo.


    Dart’s challengers says sheriff’s department morale is low

    "Experience" is the word in the race for the Democratic nomination for Cook County Sheriff. Sheriff Tom Dart has run the department for eight years, but his three opponents all say the office needs a leader with hands-on experience in law enforcement.

    Colleen M. Boraca

    Colleen M. Boraca to head NIU Law’s new Health Advocacy Clinic

    Colleen M. Boraca has been named a clinical assistant professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law, where she will supervise and teach the law school’s new health advocacy clinic course, beginning this semester.


    Man convicted of running heroin ring

    A suburban man was convicted of operating a heroin sales ring for nearly six years and using the proceeds to buy jewelry, cars and suburban properties. David Price, 34, was living in Brookfield at the time of his arrest, but federal prosecutors said he had lived in homes in Lombard, Country Club Hills, Darien and Bolingbrook at various times while he ran the heroin distribution ring.


    Former Lake County prosecutor greeted by protesters

    Protesters objected to an award given to a former Lake County prosecutor Michael Waller Wednesday afternoon.

    George Nellessen

    Son was victim, not dad’s killer, his lawyers say

    The 22-year-old who authorities claim murdered his father in their Arlington Heights home nearly three years ago is not a killer, but an intended victim, his lawyers say. Attorneys for Matthew Nellessen outlined their defense Wednesday during opening statements in his trial on charges including first-degree murder in the April 2011 death of his widowed father, George Nellessen.


    US seeks 10-year term for TV pitchman Trudeau

    Prosecutors seeking 10 years in prison for TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau for bilking consumers via widely broadcast infomercials say he’s an “uncontrollable huckster.” Defense attorneys say the government goes too far in its portrayal of Trudeau, and he should get less than two years behind bars for a November criminal contempt conviction.


    Snow damages roof of N. Aurora Activity Center

    A heavy snowfall this year is partially to blame for damaging the roof of the North Aurora Activity Center, causing the center to be closed indefinitely Wednesday, officials said.

    Adler Park School third grader Chase Houser has his photo taken by his dad, Craig Houser, in front of his artwork at the Cook Park Library in Libertyville Wednesday evening. A reception was held for the Libertyville School District 70 ArtEffects exhibit which will be on display at the library through April 4.

    Cook Park Library hosts opening of ArtEffects D70 Art Show

    ArtEffects D70 Art Show opening reception was held Wednesday night with 125 pieces on display. The Libertyville Elementary District 70 show is on display through April 4 at the Cook Park Library in Libertyville.

    Philippine Air Force C-130 crew members continue their search and rescue mission over the South China Sea more than four days after a Malaysia Airlines jetliner went missing en route to Beijing. Authorities acknowledged Wednesday they didn’t know which direction the plane carrying 239 passengers was heading when it disappeared, vastly complicating efforts to find it.

    Report: Chinese site may show plane debris images

    Murky satellite images that a Chinese science and defense agency said may show debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner provided a fresh clue Thursday in the search for the plane, pointing searchers to a location nearer to the plane’s original flight path south of Vietnam. The revelation could provide searchers with a focus that has eluded them since the plane disappeared with...

    Emergency workers respond to the scene of an explosion and building collapse in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The explosion leveled two apartment buildings, and sent flames and billowing black smoke above the skyline.

    Gas blast destroys 2 NY buildings; 3 people dead

    A gas leak triggered an earthshaking explosion that flattened two apartment buildings on Wednesday, killing at least three people, injuring more than 60 and leaving nine missing. A tenant said residents had complained repeatedly in recent weeks about “unbearable” gas smells.

    Kermit the Frog kisses the hand of first lady Michelle Obama, during an event for children in military families in Washington Wednesday before a screening of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” movie as part of the Joining Forces initiative.

    First lady praises military children as ‘heroes’

    Touting them as “heroes” who are just as “strong and brave” as their parents, Michelle Obama is praising military children who often have to balance homework and caring for siblings with frequent changes of address.

    An Illinois State Police officer surveys a crash scene Wednesday morning at Route 47 and Kreutzer Road in Huntley.

    Crash on Rt. 47 in Huntley sends two to hospital

    A two-vehicle crash in Huntley involving an SUV and a semitrailer truck, sent two people to area hospitals and shut down Route 47 for five hours on Wednesday, authorities said. The intersection has a four-way stoplight, and police are trying to determine which driver had the right of way.

    President Barack Obama, right, and Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, met at the White House Wednesday. Obama sought to highlight ties with the former Soviet republic now caught in a diplomatic battle between East and West.

    Obama calls for a ‘rethinking’ on Crimea vote

    Counting down to a high-stakes Crimean referendum, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. would “completely reject” a vote opening the door for the strategic Ukrainian peninsula to join Russia if the election goes ahead on Sunday. Adding pressure on Russia, the Senate advanced a package of potentially tough economic sanctions against Moscow.

    Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a special election to the U.S. House in Florida Tuesday.

    Florida’s special election: beyond the talking points
    Republicans and Democrats had their talking points ready when the results of the special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District rolled in Tuesday night. Republicans hailed David Jolly’s victory over Democrat Alex Sink as a sign of a big year ahead. Democrats said they were well pleased, despite the loss. That’s the nature of special elections, which are fragile...

    Manju Goel and Larry Kaifesh

    Kaifesh video doesn’t support Goel’s ‘Hollywood mafia’ claim

    A video clip released Wednesday by 8th Congressional District GOP hopeful Manju Goel fails to back up her claim that her Republican primary opponent, Larry Kaifesh, used the term “Hollywood mafia” to describe his campaign funding sources. In the video, taken during a public forum shortly after Kaifesh entered the race last fall, he is asked by an audience member to describe how he...


    Final total for county raises revealed

    The last of Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen's raise proposals for senior staff came forward Wednesday. They met with the same praise and dissention as the previous six raises, setting the stage for one up or down vote on the new expenses next month.

    The consumer-grade USB Internet card on the left of the laptop is what Carpentersville’s IT department is looking to replace on police and fire department laptops with mobile gateways.

    Carpentersville police, fire vehicles could be hotspots on wheels

    A certain technology under consideration in Carpentersville would not only offer stronger Internet connections for laptops in squad cars and fire department vehicles, but also turn them into hot spots on wheels. The technology, called mobile gateways, is estimated to cost $31,000, a fee that includes equipment and installation, said IT Director Kevin Goethals. “It’s something I that...

    Robert Eatinger, the senior CIA lawyer accused by the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee of trying to intimidate the panel over its investigation into secret prisons and brutal interrogations of terrorism suspects, was himself involved in the controversial programs.

    White House told of CIA move against Senate aides

    The CIA’s director and its top lawyer told White House attorneys in advance about their plans to file an official criminal complaint accusing Senate Intelligence Committee aides of improperly obtaining secret agency documents, the White House confirmed Wednesday. Lawyers in the White House counsel’s office did not approve the CIA’s move to refer its complaint to the Justice...


    Speed cameras outside Chicago? Not yet

    A downstate lawmaker is looking to allow cameras to catch speeders in school zones outside Chicago, where tickets from the controversial cameras are already leaving people upset.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars entered a home on the 1100 block of East Randville Drive in Palatine during the day Feb. 27 and stole a 60-inch TV, two laptop computers, $1,900 in cash, a digital camera, jewelry, and a video game unit and games.


    South Elgin neighborhood may gain distance from ComEd project

    South Elgin residents would see at least some trees saved from ComEd under a plan signed off on by some Kane County Board members Wednesday. The plan involves mitigating the impacts of new, more powerful, electrical towers that will come to South Elgin as part of ComEd’s Grand Prairie Parkway project.


    Report: Big bump in schools’ deficit spending, borrowing

    Nearly double the number of school districts are borrowing or dipping into reserves to fund operations than five years ago, per a state education board report released Wednesday. The number of school districts listed on the state's “financial watch” list rose from 45 last year to 49, while districts listed under “financial early warning” grew from 67 in 2013 to 72.

    Warren-Newport Library District board President Socrates Rivers with colleague Ron Friedman, left, after a five-hour meeting concludes in Gurnee late Tuesday. Retiring Executive Director Stephen Bero was the focus of the session.

    Trustee fails in effort to sideline boss at Gurnee’s Warren-Newport library

    As the five-hour board meeting inched toward midnight Wednesday, Warren-Newport Public Library District’s executive director finally learned whether he’d get to keep working until his retirement in July. A failed motion to place Stephen Bero on administrative leave means he's still at the Gurnee-based district.

    Rachel Canning, the New Jersey honor student who sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home, has reunited with her parents.

    Honor student who sued parents returns home

    The New Jersey honor student who sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home has reunited with them, and the family is now asking for privacy. Rachel Canning moved back in with her parents after speaking with her mother Tuesday, but without any promises of financial support or other consideration, according to lawyers for the teen and her parents.

    Sunstar Americas Inc.’s 302,000-square-foot North American headquarters is expected to bring 400 new jobs to Schaumburg. The building will sit north of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway east of Roselle Road.

    Schaumburg approves Sunstar Americas development pact

    Schaumburg officials have approved a redevelopment agreement for the Japanese firm Sunstar Americas Inc. to bring its North American headquarters and 400 new jobs to a site overlooking the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. Though the project first was announced last summer, the redevelopment agreement outlining its eligibility for $3.3 million of funding from a new Tax Increment Financing (TIF)...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Omar P. Zavala, 25, of Elgin, was charged Tuesday with manufacture/delivery and possession of between 50 grams and 300 grams of cannabis, and aggravated fleeing/eluding of a police officer, according to a police report.


    Public hearing on Meijer plan:

    A public hearing on the proposed redevelopment of a shopping center at Rollins Road opposite Hainesville Road is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday before the Round Lake Beach planning and zoning commission.


    Island Lake board meets:

    The Island Lake village board will meet tonight to discuss renewing the town’s electrical aggregation deal, buying computer equipment and other issues.


    Ela Road crossing to close:

    The Canadian National Railroad will close the railroad crossing at Ela Road at 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, for railroad crossing maintenance.


    Coffee with Yingling:

    House District 62 State Rep. Sam Yingling encourages constituents to share their thoughts about issues facing the state over coffee on Saturday, March 15, in Grayslake.


    Carpentersville may hire consultant to boost image

    A Carpentersville commission has approved spending $30,000 to hire a consultant they say would create recreational opportunities along the Fox River and improve the village’s image by rebranding it as a hometown on the Fox — moves officials hope would attract commercial investment.


    Schaumburg Community Scholarships now available

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson has announced the availability of the 21st Annual Community Scholarship in cooperation with Business and Career Services, Inc. A President’s Committee will select the scholarship winner(s). Applicants must be Schaumburg residents, authorized to work in the U.S., demonstrate financial need and be taking coursework at an approved Illinois educational institution.


    District 59 appoints principals, administrators

    Elk Grove Township School District 59 officials this week announced the appointments of six principals — the result of current principals moving into new roles, retiring or leaving the district.


    Schaumburg to get second Chick-fil-A in 2014

    Schaumburg trustees this week approved a second Chick-fil-A restaurant to be located on the former site of Zippy’s at 90 N. Barrington Road. The village’s first Chick-fil-A at 935 E. Golf Road — a short distance west of Woodfield Mall — opened in September 2011.

    The Cat in the Hat is cozy in a scarf and sweater as he stands outside Nichols Library in downtown Naperville. The sculpture is one of about 15 installed by the nonprofit Century Walk Corp that has been “yarn-bombed” this winter in a practice the group’s chairman Brand Bobosky called “nice and cheerful.”

    ‘Yarn-bombing’ decorates Naperville sculptures

    First came photo-bombing, now there’s yarn-bombing. The practice of adorning public art with knit scarves or sweaters has moved into Naperville this winter as about 15 sculptures installed by the nonprofit Century Walk Corp. are sporting yarn-based accessories, chairman Brand Bobosky said Wednesday. “It’s a gentle form of adorning our public art,” Bobosky said.


    Park Ridge woman to head Chicago area Girl Scouts

    Nancy Wright of Park Ridge will be CEO of the nation’s largest Girl Scout council beginning Monday, March 17. She will lead Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana with operations in 245 communities, nearly 25,000 adult volunteers and a professional staff. “Her vision for the future centers on ensuring that the council serves the contemporary needs and interests of...

    Frank DeSort is the Island Lake building inspector.

    Island Lake building inspector Frank DeSort to retire

    Longtime Island Lake building inspector Frank DeSort has announced plans to retire at the end of the year. DeSort, 64, has overseen the building-permit process in Island Lake since 1999.


    Northwest Celtic Fest returns to Hoffman Estates

    The third annual Northwest Celtic Fest, a celebration of Celtic heritage, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway in Hoffman Estates.

    Xin Chen

    2 accused of stealing at least $50,000 from area casinos

    Two men have been charged with stealing at least $50,000 from casinos in Elgin, Aurora and Joliet by using forged credit cards in March 2013. Xin Chen, 55, and Xueliang Li, 59, both of Flushing, N.Y., recently were indicted in Kane County. Both men served time in prison after pleading guilty to similar charges in Dearborn County in southwest Indiana.

    This home on the 1800 block of Maple Lane was the scene of a domestic dispute Sunday that ended with Sleepy Hollow police officers shooting Erdenebileg Sambuunyam of Buffalo Grove, who police said was armed with a knife outside the home.

    Sleepy Hollow police ID man shot in confrontation

    A 40-year-old man shot and killed Sunday by two Sleepy Hollow police officers has been identified as Erdenebileg Sambuunyam, the Kane County coroner’s office said Wednesday. It took authorities two days to notify Sambuunyam’s next of kin.

    Jonathon Villasana

    Vernon Hills man pleads guilty to lesser charge in murder-for-hire case

    A Vernon Hills man accused of hiring a person he thought was a hitman to kill the mother of a woman he injured in a motorcycle crash has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the case. Jonathan Villasana, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit home invasion Wednesday.

    Olympian Megan Bozek, left, shows her silver medal to senior Lora Khalfin, as Bozek met with students and teachers Wednesday at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The Stevenson graduate won the silver as a member of the U.S. women’s ice hockey team in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

    Olympian Megan Bozek returns to Stevenson High

    Olympic hockey player and Stevenson High School alumna Megan Bozek returned to her alma mater Wednesday for the first time since winning a silver medal in Sochi. Bozek, of Buffalo Grove, received a standing ovation from more than 100 students, teachers, coaches and administrators when she took the stage in an auditorium.

    The Rolling Meadows City Council turned down video gambling Tuesday on a tie 3-3 vote broken by Mayor Tom Rooney.

    Rolling Meadows rejects video gambling

    The Rolling Meadows City Council turned down video gambling Tuesday on a tie 3-3 vote broken by Mayor Tom Rooney. Alderman Mike Cannon of Ward 1 was absent, and two of the council members who voted in favor of allowing video gambling — Alderman Jim Larsen of Ward 7 and Alderman Brad Judd of Ward 4 — only seemed lukewarm toward the idea, saying if the measure came up for a second...

    Forensic investigator Johannes Vermeulen, with a cricket bat in hand, demonstrates on a mock-up toilet cubicle, with the door, background, how the door could have been broken down with the bat, during the trial of Oscar Pistorius in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

    Pistorius trial: Bullet-holed toilet door in court

    Kneeling, a South African police officer on Wednesday swung a cricket bat at a toilet door erected in the courtroom at Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, using two key pieces of evidence to partially re-enact the night the athlete killed his girlfriend by shooting her through the same door more than a year ago.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., faces reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, following a caucus lunch. Reid said that he stands behind Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., after she accused the CIA of undermining congressional oversight and the separation of powers under the Constitution. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Why CIA, senators still feuding over 9/11 secrets

    The festering dispute between the CIA and Senate investigators that exploded in public this week shows just how hard it can be to learn from the past and move on. Some questions and answers about how the Senate and the CIA got here and what happens next:


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars entered an unlocked business at 944 Elk Grove Town Center in Elk Grove Village between 8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 3 p.m. Feb. 25 and stole a compressor, light bulbs, metal food containers, plastic buckets and an ice cream freezer. Value was estimated at $4,000.


    Technology helping District 200 students achieve

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 leaders are meeting monthly with the community to discuss various facets of education, with the most recent Engage 200 topic looking at technology in the classroom. "As we have already begun to see, properly implemented technology in the educational environment can significantly improve student achievement," Superintendent Brian Harris said.

    Spring is around the corner near Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook.

    Images: Wednesday’s Snow
    A late-winter blanket of heavy, wet snow covered the suburbs on Wednesday.

    Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson has returned to his public duties less than a month after undergoing double-bypass heart surgery.

    Elk Grove village mayor returns to public duties after heart surgery

    Less than a month after undergoing serious heart surgery, Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson has returned to public business. The 54-year-old thanked his supporters during an emotional start to a village board meeting Tuesday night. "The outpouring I've received cannot be described," he said.

    Elk Grove Village is creating a TIF district in a 917-acre area of a sprawling business park next to the O'Hare International Airport.

    Elk Grove Village passes TIF district for business park

    Elk Grove Village officials have approved a sprawling TIF district that could generate nearly $900 million to help revitalize an aging business park. “We're trying to take the bold step to one, stop it from sliding any further, and two, make it stronger (and) more viable for the future,” Mayor Craig Johnson said Tuesday.

    Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, the day of his election. From his gestures to his simple sound bites to his emphasis that priests are called to serve, Pope Francis has endeared himself to the public, radically shifted the paradigm of the papacy and reminded the world that the church’s mission is one of mercy.

    Pope sees banner first year, but expectations high

    From his simple sound bites to his breaking of Vatican rules, Pope Francis has made being Catholic cool in his first year. He might not like his superstar status, but he certainly knows how to work a crowd and he has endeared himself to the public for looking out for the poor and radically shifting the church’s focus to mercy rather than moralizing. But not everyone is thrilled and...

    Sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik creates a sculpture depicting the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft on the beach in Puri, India, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Malaysia has asked for India’s assistance in searching for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner to widen the search to an area near the Andaman Sea, an Indian official said Wednesday.

    Malaysian response to missing plane under scrutiny

    Malaysian officials on Wednesday defended their handling of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Here are some discrepancies in statements they have made since the plane disappeared early Saturday with 239 people on board.

    Longmont Det. Joel Post talks on the phone outside the Bradley Sinclair station where a carjacking and police chase began Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Longmont, Colo. A man suspected of stealing an SUV in Colorado with a 4-year-old child inside and then carjacking two other vehicles is under arrest.

    Colo. carjacking suspect arrested after rush hour chase

    A man suspected of stealing an SUV with a 4-year-old boy inside and then carjacking two other vehicles was arrested Wednesday after police tracked him, and at times chased him, around the Denver area during morning rush hour. The pursuit ended after the suspect caused a multiple-car crash at an intersection in a silver sedan he had just taken. He ran off, crossing the parking lot of a business...


    Gavin Elementary District 37 considers creating all-day kindergarten program

    Gavin Elementary District 37 school officials will decide in the coming months whether to increase the length of a school day for kindergarten students, officials said. District administrators and board members are reviewing options to create an all-day program for 80 kindergarten students starting in September.

    Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and his wife, Dottie. In an interview broadcast Wednesday, March 12, 2014 on NBC’s “Today,” Dottie Sandusky says she “definitely” believes her husband is innocent despite his conviction of the sexual abuse of 10 boys. Jerry Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence.

    Sandusky’s wife: Victims manipulated over money

    The wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says she “definitely” believes her husband is innocent despite being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys and that the victims’ financial gain was at play. Dottie Sandusky said in an interview broadcast Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show that “there was nothing that went on because...


    Chicago Polar Plunge raises more than $1 million

    The annual Polar Plunge into Lake Michigan has broken its fundraising goals by raising more than $1 million for Special Olympics Chicago. Organizers announced Tuesday the event attracted a record number of participants who plunged into the icy lake.

    Authorities are investigating after $600,000 in checks and cash was stolen from a safe at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch, which has one of the largest congregations in the country.

    $600K taken from safe at Joel Osteen’s megachurch

    Authorities are investigating after $600,000 in checks and cash was stolen from a safe at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch, which has one of the largest congregations in the country. Police spokesman Kese Smith said Tuesday $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks were stolen from a safe sometime between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday.


    Man charged in shooting that injured Chicago cop

    A Chicago man is facing an attempted murder charge after authorities say he fired a gun that injured a police officer when a bullet ricocheted off a piece of wood.


    Woman dies after house fire in central Illinois

    A central Illinois woman died after a fire in a mobile home in the Peoria County community of Norwood.


    $2M bond for man accused of shooting 6 at Chicago party

    A Chicago man is being held on $2 million bond for a shooting that injured six people during a party on the city’s West Side. The Chicago Sun-Times reports 22-year-old Patrick Calhoun is charged with aggravated battery in connection with Sunday morning’s shootings.

    In a diplomatic dig at Russia, President Barack Obama is hosting the new Ukrainian prime minister at the White House, a high-profile gesture aimed at cementing the West’s allegiance to Ukraine’s fledgling government.

    Obama to host new Ukrainian PM at White House

    In a diplomatic dig at Russia, President Barack Obama is hosting the new Ukrainian prime minister at the White House, a high-profile gesture aimed at cementing the West’s allegiance to Ukraine’s fledgling government. The meeting Wednesday between Obama and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk comes as a pro-Russian area of Ukraine readies for a referendum Sunday to determine its future.


    Rights group: 5 seized at Crimea checkpoint freed
    Reporters Without Borders says two Ukrainian journalists and two activists who were abducted at a checkpoint in Crimea along with a driver have been freed.


    NATO sends 2 surveillance planes to Ukraine border

    NATO deployed two surveillance aircraft Wednesday to monitor Ukraine’s air space and Black Sea ship movements as Russia consolidated its military buildup in Crimea.


    Colorado triple slaying suspect is Indiana sex offender

    A man accused of killing a mother and her two young children and sexually assaulting her daughter in Colorado has a violent criminal past that includes child molestation and spans at least a decade.


    Illinois to sell hundreds of pieces of IDOT equipment

    The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to sell hundreds of piece of surplus heavy equipment on the state’s online auction site.


    ACLU agrees not to seek Wisconsin gay marriage injunction

    The plaintiffs in a lawsuit agreed Tuesday not to ask for a temporary halt to enforcement of Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage and asked a federal judge instead to expedite a decision on the overall case.

    Politicians, youth groups, volunteer organizations, bands, bagpipers and local businesses all are participating in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Naperville sponsored by West Suburban Irish. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St.

    Parade, race combine for St. Patrick’s weekend in Naperville

    Leprechauns and a local Irishman will lead the way during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Naperville as roughly 100 units of Celtic spirit march through the city’s downtown streets at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15. “I’m going to try to do something a little cute and try to get some leprechauns to march with me in the parade,” said Mike Reilly, parade grand...


    Pharmaceutical, subsidiary to pay $30 million

    Prosecutors say a pharmaceutical manufacturer and its subsidiary will pay nearly $30 million to U.S. and Illinois authorities. The payment is to resolve claims it improperly paid a Chicago physician to prescribe anti-psychotic medication.


    Asian carp eggs found in upper Mississippi in Wis.

    Scientists have found evidence that invasive Asian carp have spawned much farther north in the upper Mississippi River than previously recorded, the U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday.


    Dawn Patrol: Nasty morning snowfall; Gurnee library uproar

    Near-blizzard conditions this morning; take website down, Goel tells SuperPAC; video gambling recommended at Hoffman golf course; Gurnee library executive director under fire; Brady hits Dillard over union backing; Bulls not ready against Spurs

    Mary McClellan and Nick Provenzano are candidates for McHenry County clerk.

    County board members Provenzano, McClellan want to be clerk

    The Republican primary for McHenry County clerk pits two county board members who say they want to modernize the office. Nick Provenzano, 52, of McHenry, has served on the county board since 2002 and is the senior district representative for U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren. Mary McClellan, 49, of Holiday Hills, works as an attorney for Cook County state's attorney's office. She was elected to the county...



    Softball scoreboard: Wednesday, March 29, results
    *Softball scoreboard: Wednesday, March 29, results*Buffalo Grove resultsGame 5Admiral Farragut (FL) 17, buffalo grove 7Buffalo Grove 003 220 — 7-9-2Admiral Farragut 055 052 —17-7-52B: BG: K.Fontanetta. LP: DePhillips. *Game 6buffalo Grove 21, dalton (NY) 6Buffalo Grove (10)38 —21-6-4Dalton ( 1)32 — 6-3-62B: BG: K.Fontanetta, Beiersdorf. WP: M.Fontanetta.*Game 7Academy of the Lakes (FL) 7, Buffalo Grove 0Lecanto 110 014 0 —7-8-1Buffalo Grove 000 000 0 —0-2-3LP: DePhillips.*Other area resultsconant 14, wheaton north 1 (5 inn)Conant 050 81 —14-17-1Wheato North 001 00 — 1- 2-32B: Con: Bihun, Meier. HR: Con: Pasbrig, Bihun, WhN: Gerry.WP: Carlucci; LP: Gorzak.*hoffman estates 7, streamwood 4Streamwood 000 302 2 —7-9-1Hoffman Estates 000 000 4 —4-6-32B: Strm: Daley, Roncone, Dietrich, Cardinal. HR: Strm: Crocilla; HE: Golliher 2. WP: Crocilla; LP: Golliher.*At Orlando, FLWILLOUGHBY SOUTH (OH) 7, GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 5Grayslake Central 000 013 1 —5-0-3Willoughby South 120 022 x —7-9 32B: GC: Smigielski, Radke; WS: Jesberger.HR: GC:mRadke; WS:nFrizell, Jesberger.WP: Fawcett; LP: Radke.*At FloridaBLOOMER (wi), 5, GRAYSLAKE NORTH 2Bloomer 202 100 0 —5-6-2Grayslake North 001 001 0 —2-11-22B: Bloo: DeForest; GN: Conrad, Moats.WP: Pache; LP: Garrett.*WW South 6, Batavia 5WW South 002 021 1 -6-11-2Batavia 120 000 2 -5-9-22B: WWS — Shattuck 2; Schnack; 3B: B — Lisberg, Lovestrand, Galas; WP: Shattuck; LP: Waldron.*Batavia 9, WW South 7WW South 050 101 0 -7-12-1Batavia 300 042 x -9-13-52B: WWS — Shattuck, Vlach; B — Bendoraitis 2; 3B: B — Lisberg, Galas; WP: Theis; LP: Bresingham.*Huntley 7, DeKalb 3Huntley 400 003 0 -7-9-6DeKalb 101 100 0 -3-4-32B: H — Pacana; D ­— Warner; WP: Giese (3-0); LP: Warner.*Kaneland 10, Manchester (Myrtle Beach) 4Manchester 010 120 0 -4-7-3Kaneland 410 032 x -10-15-12B: K — Wheatley; HR: K — Wheatley; WP: Erickson.*Joliet Central 20, East Aurora 4Joliet Central 700 410 8 -20-12-0East Aurora 100 030 0 -4-1-13B: EA — Bahena; LP: Bahena.*Nazareth 6, Aurora Central 0Aurora Central 000 000 0 -0-3-1Nazareth 000 041 x -6-13-02B: N — Gipson, Zalewski, Barnes; 3B: N — Zuro; WP: Zuro; LP: Brown.*Bartlett 13, Glenbard North 3Bartlett 121 305 1 —13-19-4Glenbard North 200 010 0 —3-6-42B: B. Linnartz, Ulaszek. GN: Anderson, Melchioore. HR: G: Zamora. WP: Ulaszek (2-0); LP: Scheitler (0-1).*Bloom 7, Fenton 6Fenton 004 000 2 —6-8-1Bloom 020 020 3 —7-6-22B: B: Ruske, Valomone, Wien. WP: Ruske; LP: Spizzirri.*Marysville (OH) 18, IC Catholic Prep 4 (Game 1)Marysville 428 40 —18-10-5IC Catholic Prep 120 01 —4-8-102B: M: Russell. IC: Mahnke. 3B: M: Freeland. WP: Shroyer; LP: Falduto.*IC Catholic prep 5, Granville (OH) 4 (Game 2)IC Catholic Prep 000 220 1 —5-12-1Granville 101 010 1 —4-7-12B: IC: Mahnke, Murrillo. G: Ehlers. 3B: G: Fisher. WP: Faber-Cournane; LP: Brown.*Oak Park-River Forest 6, Waubonsie Valley 0 (Game 1)Waubonsie Vall. 000 000 0 —0-1-3OPRF 015 000 X —6-9-02B: OPRF: Girardot. 3B: OPRF: Harris. HR: OPRF: Babbington. WP: Harris; LP: Morris.*Oak Park-River Forest 15, Waubonsie Valley 8 (Game 2)Waubonsie Vall. 402 200 0 —8-12-3OPRF 461 004 X —15-14-42B: WV: Morris. OPRF: Nelson. HR: OPRF: Babbington. WP: Divello; LP: Olson.*Plainfield North 11, West Chicago 0 (Game 1)West Chicago 000 00 —0-1-2Plainfield North 413 3X —11-7-02B: WC: Hernandez. PN: Kruzel, Piven, Shaughnessey. WP: Kruzel; LP: Zentner.*Plainfield North 16, West Chicago 1 (Game 2)West Chicago 100 00 —1-1-9


    Girls soccer scoreboard: Wednesday, March 29, results
    *Girls soccer scoreboard: Wednesday, March 29, results*Huntley InviteJacobs 4, Harlem 0Harlem 0 0 —0Jacobs 0 4 —4Scoring: J — Anderson, Kowalski, Belo, Gottardo.*Huntley 3, Hononegah,1Hononegah 1 0 —1Huntley 2 1 —3Scoring: HON — Jacobi (UA); HUN — Xanos (UA), Vasconez (Scholer), Owens (UA); Goalkeepers: HON — Nicosia (5 saves); HUN — Brown (6 saves). *OthersAurora Central 4, Plano 0Plano 0 0 —0Aurora Central 3 1 —4Scoring: ACC — Cortino (Dudziak), LoPresti (Dudziak), Canning (LoPresti), LoPresti (Canning); Goalkeepers: ACC — Montalbano (3 saves). *


    Baseball scoreboard: Wednesday, March 29, results
    High school baseball results from games of Wednesday, March 29


    Girls track: Thursday, April 21 scoreboard
    High school girls track and field results from meets of Thursday, April 21.


    Girls track: Saturday, March 19 scoreboard
    *Saturday’s results*Mid-Suburban League meetAt North Central College, Naperville team resultsProspect 105.25, Barrington 81.25, Fremd 52.75, Wheeling 49, Schaumburg 41, Hoffman Estates 40, Palatine 38.25, Hersey 16.5, Buffalo Grove 13, Elk Grove 12, Conant 11, Rolling Meadows 5.*individual results3200 Relay: 1. Schaumburg (Marasco, Vaccaro, Kubinski, Schackelton) 9:35.41, 2. Palatine 9:39.70, 3. Barrington 9:41.62. 800 relay: 1. Barrington (McLaurin, Capel, Filley, Horak) 1:48.28, 2. Prospect 1:48.30, 3. Fremd 1:48.46. 3200: 1. Biddle (HE) 11:07.32, 2. Bowes (Hers) 11:35.39, 3. Davis (Con) 11:41.92. 55 hurdles: 1. Mason (Pros) 8.46, 2. Selep (Pros) 8.8, 3. Rinella (Pal) 8.95. 55 dash: 1. Carr (BG) 7.28, 2. Mason (Pros) 7.33, 3. Henderson (Pal) 7.55. 800: 1. Finegan (Frm) 2:18.88, 2. Stegmeier (EG) 2:19.74, 3. Varela (Frm) 2:21.99. 400: 1. Knight (Whl) 59.57, 2. Bonney (HE) 1:01.49, 3. Leon (Whl) 1:02.26. 1600: 1. Wilson (Pros) 5:04.53, 2. Long (Bar) 5:05.70, 3. O’Brien (Pal) 5:05.78. 200: 1. Filley (Bar) 27.58, 2. Jackson (HE) 27.74, 3. Kelly (Sch) 27.86. 1600 relay: 1. Barrington (Capel, Piotrowski, Cossio, McLaurin) 4:02.03, 2. Fremd 4:05.03, 3. Schaumburg 4:14.18. Long jump: 1. Kenziera (Pros) 17-07.5, 2. Kelly (Sch) 17-02.5, 3. Nguyen (Whl) 16-4.5. High jump: 1. Skudlarek (Pros) 5-08, 2. Cossio (Bar) 5-01, 3. Capel (Bar) 4-11. Triple jump: 1. McLaurin (Bar) 37-06.25, 2. Bryk (Frm) 35-02.5, 3. Kenziera (Pros) 33-07.5. Shotput: 1. Vasey (Whl) 38-11, 2. Bowens (Sch) 38-08.5, 3. Roman (Pros) 36-08. Pole vault: 1. Stone (Pros) 10-0, 2. Selep (Pros) 9-06, 3. Gadbois (Bar) 9-0.*Upstate Eight Indoor MeetTEAM SCORES1. Batavia 118.5, 2. West Aurora 108.5, 3. Geneva 84.5 4. St. Charles North 82.5, 5. St. Charles East 82, 6. Glenbard East 45, 7. South Elgin 23, 8. Bartlett 17, 9. West Chicago 11, 10. Larkin 5, 11. Streamwood 4, 12. East Aurora 2. *INDIVIDUAL RESULTS3200 relay: 1. Batavia (A. Bobosky, Andrews, D. Bobosky, Golden) 10:19.01, 2. St. Charles North (Galvan, Olshever, Bonelli, Fiandaca) 10:19.59, 2. St. Charles East (Willging, Davidson, Kacmar, Scull) 10:27.22; 3200: 1. Altmayer (G) 10:51.20, 2. Roman (B) 10:58.66, 3. Stephens (B) 11:33.86 ; 55: 1. Schlaman (B) 7.34, 2. Rayford (WA) 7.43, 2. Ortiz (B) 7.43;800: 1. Ernst (SCN) 2:21.01, 2. Strohaker (SCE) 2:21.72, 3. Golden (B) 2:23.67; 800 relay: 1. West Aurora (Skokan, Munos, Rodgers, Andrews) 1:48.97, 2. Geneva (Ukaobasi, Malovany, Perozek, Wigdahl) 1:52.27, 3. St. Charles East (Altman, Garcia, Glas, Rowland); 400: 1. Rayford (WA) 58.55, 2. McClendon (WA) 1:02.60, 3. Edmondson (B) 1:02.71;55 hurdles: 1. Narup (B) 8.80, 2. Andrews (WA) 8.87, 3. Glas (SCE) 8.99; 1600: 1. Altmayer (G) 5:01.49, 2. Ernst (SCN) 5:05.37, 3. Roman (B) 5:07.39; 200: 1. Ortiz (B) 25.79, 2. Schlaman (B) 25.85, 3. Rayford (WA) 26.25; 1600 relay: 1. West Aurora (McClendon, Munos, Rodgers, Rayford) 4:09.49, 2. St. Charles East (Strohaker, Jackson, McNichols, Williams), 3. Batavia (Edmondson, A. Bobosky, D. Bobosky, Golden) 4:14.70; Long jump: 1. Schilb (SCN) 18-00.50, 2. Andrews (WA) 16-00.25, 3. Walters (SCN) 15-06.25; High jump: 1. Hoh (GN) 5-02, 2. Higgins (G) 5-02, 3. Munos (WA) 5-00, 3. Callahan (G); Triple jump: 1. Schilb (SCN) 39-00, 2. Perozek (G) 35-06, 3. Andrews (WA) 35-00.25; Shotput: 1. Williams (SE) 33-11, 2. Hunt (WA) 32-09, 3. Andersen (SCE) 32-08; Pole vault: 1. Gift (SCE) 10-03, 2. Gier (SCE) 10-00, 3. Stay (SCN) 9-06.*GCAC Indoor ChampionshipsTeam results1. Loyola Academy 127, 2. St. Ignatius 84, 3. Rosary 65, 4. Providence 59, 5. Mother McAuley 57.5, 6. Trinity 57, 7. Montini 43.5, 8. Fenwick 37, 9. DeLaSalle 26, 10. Seton Academy 8, 10. Resurrection 8, 12. St. Joseph 4.*Individual results


    South Elgin makes Petersen proud

    Nothing seems to faze senior guard Darius Wells and the South Elgin boys basketball team during this dream postseason run to the Sweet Sixteen in Class 4A, not even the loss of their head coach.

    Jacobs' Ben Murray and Kenton Mack, foreground, leave the court as South Elgin begins to celebrate its 71-66 win Wednesday in the Class 4A Elgin sectional semifinal.

    South Elgin protects lead, holds off Jacobs

    Leading by 15 points at halftime, the South Elgin boys basketball team gave up a lot to Jacobs in the second half of Wednesday's Class 4A Elgin sectional semifinal. But the Storm never gave up the most important thing — the lead.South Elgin weathered every comeback Jacobs attempted and used 13 3-pointers to help the cause in a 71-66 win that vaults the Storm into the program's first sectional championship game.


    Girls water polo: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*STEVENSON 21, MAINE SOUTH 1Maine South 1 0 0 0 —1Stevenson 5 6 5 5 —21Maine South — Molloy.Stevenson — Travetto 10, Gartenberg 5, Oliver, Kempers, Hoang, Spizzirri, Kotlyar, Newland.Goalkeepers — MS: Bender (8 saves); Stev: Callen (14 saves).*Wheeling 15, Hoffman Estates 1Hoffman — BonneyWheeling — Godlewski 6, Ropski 3, Sowa 5, Diaz.*Palatine 15, Buffalo Grove 1Palatine 5 2 6 2 —15Buffalo Grove 0 0 1 0 —1Palatine — Chumbook 6, Wojtas 4, Anderson 2, Dvorska, Seidl, Kincanon.Buffalo Grove — Harris.Goalkeepers — Pal: Butler (11 saves).*Schaumburg 15, Elk Grove 4Schaumburg 7 3 2 3 —15Elk Grove 0 1 2 1 —4Schaumburg — Vasquez 3, Houts 2, Vezzeti 2, Lynch, Kasner 2, Grubb 2, Bukielski 2*


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Schaumburg 22, Elk Grove 5 Sch: Bach 11 saves, Birriel 6 goalsBarrington 10, Hersey 8Prospect 10, Conant 8*Palatine 21, Buffalo Grove 3Buffalo Grove 10 5 3 3 —21Palatine 1 0 1 1 —3BG — Augustyn 2, Lotzer.Palatine — Kleinfeldt 8, El Hoffi 6, Schlaiss 3, Kalev 3, Maior, YurchesenGoalkeepers — Pal: White (11 saves, 2 assists, 2 steals)*Fremd 23, ROlling Meadows 4Rolling Meadows 0 1 2 1 —4Fremd 5 8 3 7 —23Rolling Meadows — Delporto, Grant 2, SheeleFremd — Anderson 4, Jordan, Rutkowski, DePau 2, Won Suk Choi, Helsdingen 3, Wojdaszewicz, Goodsite, Assmann 9Goalkeepers — Fremd: Goedken 13*

    Georgetown guard Markel Starks drives past DePaul guard Charles McKinney during the second half of a Big East tournament game Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

    DePaul surprises Georgetown in Big East tourney

    Billy Garrett Jr. scored 17 points, including the clinching free throws, and DePaul surprised Georgetown 60-56 on Wednesday night for only its second Big East tournament victory. DePaul will play tonight in the quarterfinals against second-seeded Creighton, ranked No. 14 in the nation.

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker makes a touchdown catch against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers during the Dec. 1 game in Kansas City, Mo. Decker set career highs with 87 catches and 1,288 yards receiving to go along with 11 touchdowns last season.

    Decker signs with Jets

    The New York Jets have agreed to terms with former Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, considered by many the top free agent at his position.

    Glenbard North celebrates after defeating Proviso East in the Class 4A Bartlett sectional semifinal Wednesday.

    Glenbard North shoots into sectional final

    Glenbard North’s boys basketball team answered a gut shot with a dagger. After Proviso East’s Kalin Fisher knocked down his eighth 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to tie the game, Jeremiah Fleming’s running 3-pointer put the Panthers ahead to stay at 77-74. The Pirates called timeout with 2.4 seconds left, but Glenbard North’s Chip Flanigan stripped the ball from Fisher as he went up for another game-tying 3-pointer. The manic final half minute resulted in Glenbard North’s 77-74 victory over Proviso East in Wednesday’s Class 4A Bartlett sectional semifinals.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.comImages from the West Aurora vs. Geneva sectional semifinal boys basketball game Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Aurora.

    Bloodied Parrilli becomes Geneva's hero

    On one hand, East Aurora High School is becoming a painful place for Geneva senior Chris Parrilli and his nose to play basketball. On the other, Parrilli — and every Geneva basketball follower on hand Wednesday night — will remember East Aurora High School quite fondly for the sweetest moment of his career and one of the best in the school's long history.

    Geneva's Chris Parrilli, facing, hugs teammate Pace Temple after making the game-winning shot in the Vikings' 70-68 win over West Aurora Wednesday night at East Aurora.

    Geneva knocks out West Aurora

    Chris Parrilli literally made a basket for the ages. The Geneva senior guard's 8-foot fadeaway from the right side with less than four seconds to play gave the Vikings a 70-68 victory over West Aurora at Wednesday's Class 4A East Aurora sectional semifinal.

    This 145-pound tarpon caught in Costa Rica certainly was a big challenge for Mike Seeling to land and control.

    Seeling: A world-class angler, journalist and friend

    Mike Seeling made his mark as a journalist and angler, and managed quite a friendship with Daily Herald outdoors writer Mike Jackson. It turns out he was world-class in all areas. Seeling gave the Daily Herald 43 years of his professional life before retiring in 2007 from his position as director of photography. He was 67. We shared a lifetime of fun in the great outdoors. So, yes, I’m mourning the loss of a great pal.

    Carmel’s Michael Barr celebrates after the Corsairs’ win over Uplift in the Class 3A sectional semifinal at Antioch.

    Achievements keep coming for sectional finalist Carmel

    The list was already long. And on Wednesday, it got even longer. The Carmel boys basketball team added yet again to its season of “first-evers,” “record-setters” and “drought-breakers” with a 55-46 victory over Uplift in the semifinals of the Class 3A Antioch sectional semifinal. Not only did the Corsairs earn an opportunity to play in Friday’s sectional title game and win their first sectional championship since 1985, they also notched their 25th win of the season, a school record. “We’ve piled on so many things this year. What a great accomplishment for the boys,” said Carmel coach Tim Bowen, whose team is now 25-8. “It’s so cool.”

    From left, Fremd starters including Matt Ochoa, Garrett Groot, Xavier Williams, Riley Glassmann and Ben Carlson cheer after a basket near the end of during Wednesday's Class 4A sectional semifinal victory over Highland Park at Lake Zurich.

    Fantastic Four gives Fremd more in 28th win

    Fremd's 'Fantastic Four' don't sit idly on the bench, waiting to be summoned. Instead, they stare intently at the action taking place on the court, waiting to fly from their cushioned chairs to the hardwood court. And when Jalon Roundy, Thomas Cordell, Conner Peters and Patrick Benka get the call from coach Bob Widlowski, they jump at the opportunity to turn any little play into a big one for Fremd. The group did just that on Wednesday night, entering the game one at a time, late in the first quarter and into the second quarter. And once on the floor, they gave the Vikings the spark they needed to help Fremd stay unbeaten and roll past Highland Park 47-26 at the Lake Zurich Class 4A sectional.

    Fremd's Riley Glassmann, right, lets out a yell as teammate Xavier Williams comes over to celebrate after forcing a five-seconds call against Highland Park during Wednesday's Class 4A sectional semifinal at at Lake Zurich.

    Fremd passes Highland Park's test

    No wonder his next stop is the Ivy League. On a head-scratching night at Lake Zurich, considering he struggled finding the net as much as Highland Park, Fremd senior Riley Glassmann still found a way to help his team pass its Class 4A sectional-semifinal test. “D” sufficed for the “A” student. “Anyone is willing to do whatever it takes to win,” Fremd center Ben Carlson said. For Carlson's Cornell University-bound teammate Glassmann, that meant playing defense and finding his open teammates. Glassmann's team-first approach helped explain how Fremd won 47-26, despite its season-long scoring leader shooting just 1 of 10 from the floor.

    Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta looks back after giving up a goal to Matt Duchene of the Avalanche in the second period Wednesday in Denver.

    Raanta, Hawks come up short

    In what might have been the biggest game of the season for the Blackhawks until now, Corey Crawford didn’t start in goal at Colorado.Antti Raanta got the surprise start from Hawks coach Joel Quenneville, who pointed to Raanta’s win over the Avalanche earlier this season and Crawford’s 3 losses.Raanta was good early but couldn’t sustain his solid play as the Hawks lost 3-2 to the Avalanche on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.The loss dropped the Hawks into third place in the Central Division, 1 point behind Colorado. The Hawks are 5 points behind first-place St. Louis.

    Images from the Jacobs vs. South Elgin boys sectional semifinal game Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Elgin.

    Images: South Elgin vs. Jacobs boys basketball
    South Elgin won 71-66 over Jacobs Wednesday night for a boys sectional semifinal at Elgin.

    Left to right, Fremd starters including Matt Ochoa, Garrett Groot, Xavier Williams, Riley Glassmann and Ben Carlson cheer.

    Images: Fremd vs. Highland Park boys basketball
    The Fremd High School boys basketball team won 47-26 over the Highland Park High School boys in the class 4A sectional semifinals Wednesday at Lake Zurich High School.

    Carmel’s Nickai Poyser celebrates.

    Images: Carmel vs. Uplift boys basketball
    Carmel won 55-46 over Uplift in the Antioch Class 3A boys basketball sectional semifinal on Wednesday.

    Geneva’s Christopher Parrilli, facing, hugs teammate Pace Temple after the game.

    Images: West Aurora vs. Geneva boys basketball
    West Aurora fell 70-68 to Geneva Wednesday night for a boys sectional semifinal at East Aurora.


    IHSA suspends South Elgin coach

    South Elgin boys basketball coach Matt Petersen was suspended by the IHSA for the remainder of the season on Tuesday due to the Storm playing more games during the regular season than IHSA rules allow.

    Glenbard North players celebrate.

    Images: Glenbard North vs. Proviso East boys basketball
    Glenbard North won 77-74 over Proviso East Wednesday, March 12, at Bartlett High School for sectional semifinal basketball action.

    White Sox third baseman Jeff Keppinger has experienced right shoulder pain this spring and may be placed on the disabled list.

    White Sox’ Keppinger likely headed to disabled list

    A major disappointment last year, White Sox infielder Jeff Keppinger is off to a bad start this season as well. A "tight" shoulder has hampered Keppinger all spring and he is likely to be on the disabled list when the regular season opens on March 31.

    Carmelo Anthony spoke briefly Wednesday about the pending arrival of Phil Jackson to run the New York Knicks’ basketball operation.

    Bulls coach Thibodeau making no promises about Fredette

    Guard Jimmer Fredette had his longest run since joining the Bulls on Tuesday against San Antonio, scoring 5 points in eight minutes. Now that he's had a chance to get acclimated here, should Fredette start playing more?

    Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston talks about his Batman earrings after an NFL football news conference where he was introduced as the newest member of the team Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Lake Forest, Ill.

    Bears love Houston’s versatility

    Former Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston, the Bears' big catch on the opening day of free agency, was signed for $35 million on the same day the team cut eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers. Houston is not the same player as Peppers, but he is expected to be one of the keys to the defensive rebuilding that general manager Phil Emery is undertaking. Former Giants safety Ryan Mundy, who was signed within minutes of Houston, could also be a major player in the new defense.

    Michael Kolzow of Naperville Central moves the ball through the Naperville North defense during football action on Friday at North Central College.

    Naperville Central’s Kolzow makes his best catch yet

    Catching 9 touchdown passes as a receiver and intercepting 3 others as a defensive back for the Class 8A state football champions last fall, Naperville Central junior Michael Kolzow was often at the right place at the right time. His timing was never better than one early morning, Feb. 24, when Kolzow may have saved a man’s life.

    Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston smiles after being introduced as the newest member of the team during a news conference Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Lake Forest, ill.

    Roaring start ... but can Houston help Bears slaughter competition?

    Everyone associated with the Bears was excited about this week's flurry of free-agent signings. The question is whether the new players will help win a championship or simply be bodies to fill out the roster.

    Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard (12) goes up to shoot as Portland Trail Blazers’ Robin Lopez defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Case could be made Noah is NBA’s best center

    Three or four years ago, no one would have imagined this argument taking place: Who is the best center in the NBA, Dwight Howard or Joakim Noah? One game isn’t going to settle the argument, but those two players will match up Thursday at the United Center when Houston visits town.


    White Sox fall to Giants, 3-2

    Tim Lincecum pitched 4⅓ effective innings, and the Giants rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday.Lincecum walked a batter and struck out three. Chicago’s first two runs came in the fifth inning, and the White Sox took a 3-2 lead in the seventh.

    In this Dc. 16, 2012, photo, Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin (71) stands on the sidelines during the Dolphins’ NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Miami. Martin, the offensive tackle at the center of the Dolphins’ bullying scandal, has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers. The Dolphins announced the deal Tuesday night, March 11, 2014, on the first day of NFL free agency. Martin’s move cross country brings him back to the Bay Area to be reunited with his former Stanford coach, Jim Harbaugh. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Martin on familiar ground with 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh

    While there were doubts whether any team would give Jonathan Martin another chance, the NFL coach who knows him best considered it an easy call. San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh once sat in Martin’s living room to recruit him, coached him for three years at Stanford and developed Martin into an All-American and a second-round draft pick, then stood by him from afar as Martin accused a Miami teammate of bullying last year.

    FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant watches from the sideline during first-half NBA basketball game action against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto. Bryant won't be back on the court for the Lakers this season. The Lakers said Bryant was examined by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo, who determined that the left knee injury that has kept Bryant out of the lineup still hasn't healed. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn, File)

    Kobe Bryant won’t be coming back this season

    Kobe Bryant won’t be back on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. Bryant expressed only mild frustration Wednesday after the official announcement of the long-expected decision to shut him down for the year. Bryant’s broken bone in his left knee still hasn’t healed enough for weight-bearing exercise.

    Bears quarterback Josh McCown fires a pass against the Dallas Cowboys last season. McCown is leaving the Bears after signing a two-year deal with Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    QB McCown agrees to 2-year deal with Buccaneers

    Free agent quarterback Josh McCown has agreed to terms of a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a move that reunites him with coach Lovie Smith. A career backup, the 12th-year pro is coming off the best season of his career with Chicago.


    Mike North video: Jackson should pass on Knicks job
    Phil Jackson would give the New York Knicks some much needed credibility, but Mike North thinks he should pass on the job because his strength is coaching superstars, not rebuilding a franchise.

    Mooseheart players pose with the supersectional plaque Tuesday night in DeKalb after earning the school’s first trip to the state tournament this weekend in Peoria.

    Mooseheart earns 1st trip to state

    In the trophy cases at Mooseheart’s stadium-fieldhouse complex, there are a number of plaques, cups and assorted trophies from various successes over the school’s athletic history. What you will not find is a team trophy from IHSA competition. Staff will have to clear space for such a prize, as the Ramblers head this weekend to the IHSA Class 1A boys basketball finals. They earned that trip thanks to a wire-to-wire, 59-41 Tuesday victory over Eastland at the NIU Convocation Center.

    Former Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson is expected to decide by the end of the week on whether to take on the task of rebuilding the New York Knicks.

    An Act III for Phil Jackson? Good for him

    Retirement must get as old as a retiree, which explains why Phil Jackson would even consider returning to the NBA to work for goofball Knicks' owner James Dolan. Jackson must not be content writing books, having a relatively younger woman like Jeanie Buss in his life and sitting around pontificating on social subjects over various social-media platforms.


    John Melaniphy Jr.

    Melaniphy brothers die within weeks of each other

    John Melaniphy II, a well known retail analyst, and his brother Mel Melaniphy, an equally respected commercial real estate experts in the suburbs, both died within weeks of each other.

    President Barack Obama, left, with the help of store employee Susan Panariello, right, shops at the GAP clothing store in Manhattan during his unannounced visit Tuesday in New York. Obama used the visit to talk about raising the minimum hourly wage standards and applauded the GAP, who earlier in the year announced it was raising minimum wage for its employees.

    Official: Obama to push for more overtime pay

    President Barack Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers, a White House official said. The directive is meant to help salaried workers, such as fast-food shift supervisors or convenience store managers, who may be expected to work more than 40 hours a week without receiving overtime pay.

    Starbucks will soon permit customers to leave a tip with its mobile payment app, which raises the question — how often do people tip their baristas?

    50 cents, $1 or $2? Starbucks adding digital tips

    Starbucks will soon let customers leave tips with its mobile payment app, which raises the question — how often do people tip their baristas? The coffee chain says the mobile tipping option, which it announced more than a year ago, will be available on its updated app for iPhones starting March 19. The rollout comes as the company's app has surged in popularity, with roughly one out of every 10 purchases now made with a mobile device.

    Stocks erased losses Wednesday, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index had its biggest decline in a week yesterday, as investors watched developments in Ukraine and weighed prospects for global economic growth.

    U.S. stocks finish mostly higher after a weak start

    For much of Wednesday, the U.S. stock market appeared to be headed for its third decline in three days.News: By late afternoon, the market began to slowly pare its losses as investors bought up oil refiners, mining companies and technology stocks. The push was enough to nudge the Standard & Poor’s 500 index into the green by half a point. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite also finished higher.

    Susan Abrams

    Holocaust museum names new CEO

    The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center has appointed Susan L. Abrams as chief executive officer, it announced Wednesday. Currently the chief operating officer of JCC Chicago, “Susan’s breadth of professional experience and passion for education make her the right person to lead the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center into its next decade of growth,” said J.B. Pritzker, chairman of the museum’s board of trustees.

    President Barack Obama greets cashier Sonia Del Gatto at a GAP clothing store in Manhattan during his unannounced shopping visit, Tuesday. The White House is launching a campaign to promote a host of economic issues facing women, a key voting bloc in this year’s midterm election.

    White House promotes economic issues facing women

    The White House is launching a campaign to promote a host of economic issues facing women, a key voting bloc in this year’s midterm election. Obama is hosting at least 10 Democratic female lawmakers at the White House Wednesday as his Council of Economic Advisers issues a report decrying a gender wage gap.

    Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles was purchased Tuesday by Saint Charles Resort, LLC.

    Pheasant Run Resort rescued from foreclosure

    St. Charles' iconic Pheasant Run resort will have new owners and management by the end of this month. The Hostmark Hospitality Group, based in Schaumburg, will acquire the resort through foreclosure. The change in ownership will be the first time in the resort's 50-year history that the property hasn't had ties to the McArdle family. No major immediate changes are planned to the amenities of resort, but the management group will embark on $5 million worth of modernization.

    General Motors is offering free loaner cars to owners of compacts that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect.

    GM to offer loaner cars, cash to small-car owners

    General Motors is offering free loaner cars to owners of compacts that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect. The company also will offer a $500 cash allowance to owners who want to buy or lease a new GM vehicle.

    The RTA has sued American Airlines over the manner in which the air carrier purchases its fuel from a rural Illinois office to avoid paying higher taxes in Chicago.

    RTA sues American Airlines alleging tax-evading fuel purchases

    The agency that oversees public transportation in Chicago is suing American Airlines for falsely claiming to buy “vast amounts of jet fuel” from a small office in a rural community to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in taxes in the nation's third-largest city, where the actual work is done.

    Looking for American-made parmesan cheese on the grocery aisle, such as this one from Northfield-based Kraft Foods? If the European Union gets its way, you may not be able to find it.

    Europe makes a stink about American cheese names

    Errico Auricchio produced cheese with his family in Italy until he brought his trade to the United States more than 30 years ago. Now, the European Union is saying his cheese isn't authentic enough to carry a European name. The EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States. The argument is that the American-made cheeses are shadows of the original European varieties.


    FDA approves electric headband to prevent migraine

    The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved a nerve-stimulating headband as the first medical device to prevent migraine headaches. Agency officials said the device provides a new option for patients who cannot tolerate migraine medications.


    Airlines lower forecast for record 2014 profit

    The global airlines industry has lowered its profit forecast for 2014 due to rising jet fuel prices, but says Venezuela’s financial policy, Ukraine’s political upheaval and a vanished Malaysian jetliner add to the uncertainty in its outlook.


    Power wholesaler Edison Mission clears bankruptcy

    A federal bankruptcy judge in Chicago has given power wholesaler Edison Mission Energy the go-ahead to emerge from bankruptcy by selling most of its assets to NRG Energy Inc. for $2.6 billion.

Life & Entertainment

    Six of auteur Wes Anderson's eight films are available from the premium home video distributor, The Criterion Collection.

    'Grand Budapest' director's films shine on Blu-ray

    "Grand Budapest Hotel" director Wes Anderson's films are known for their wit and color, and premium video distributor Criterion presents them at their very best on Blu-ray.


    Many local resources available to help new gardeners

    Q. I am a relatively new gardener. Are there groups or clubs you can recommend to learn more about gardening?

    Dynamic Frames’ Lil Davinci Art Gallery frame set includes four frames that open from the front so parents can easily change out their children’s artwork. The frames can hold 50 pieces of artwork so they also help to store and preserve the masterpieces.

    Kids’ art adds personal touch

    It’s a conundrum many parents face: what to do with the steady flow of drawings, paintings and collages that children bring home from school and camp? Which are the keepers and how can you display them creatively?

    A herbaceous sauce makes roasted potatoes the perfect side for a St. Patrick’s Day meal.

    Herbaceous sauce dressed up potatoes for St. Patrick’s Day

    St. Patrick’s Day is taken seriously in Chicago. And it’s a great excuse for an all-day party in cold and dreary March. over the eyars Elizabeth Karmel has created various recipes for getting in the mood, including a flank steak marinated in Guinness. But this year, she decided to focus on that other staple of the Irish diet, the potato.

    Chris Pine has been charged with drunken driving in New Zealand.

    Actor Chris Pine charged with DUI in New Zealand

    Hollywood actor Chris Pine, known for playing Captain Kirk in the “Star Trek” movies, has been charged with drunken driving in New Zealand. The 33-year-old American is due to make his first court appearance in the case on Monday, court officials said Wednesday.

    Hall of Fame inductee Jay Leno speaks onstage at the 2014 Television Academy Hall of Fame on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    Leno, Murdoch among TV Hall of Fame inductees

    Bill Maher took advantage of pal Jay Leno’s Television Academy Hall of Fame induction to offer a spirited attack on what Maher called undeserved “bad publicity” for the former “Tonight Show” host. Introducing Leno at Tuesday night’s ceremony, Maher said his behavior never warranted the brickbats tossed at him over Conan O’Brien’s short-lived tenure as “Tonight Show” host. The other inductees into the Hall of Fame included media baron Rupert Murdoch; Julia Louis-Dreyfus; prolific writer-producer David E. Kelley (“Boston Legal,” “The Practice,” “Ally McBeal”); and former ABC executive Brandon Stoddard, who shepherded breakthrough shows including “Roots.”

    A herbaceous sauce makes roasted potatoes the perfect side for a St. Patrick’s Day meal.

    Roasted Green Potatoes
    Roasted "Green" Potatoes

    Pharrell Williams, seen here performing at The Night that Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, just released his sophomore solo album, “G I R L,” which features the Oscar-nominated hit, “Happy.”

    Hitmaker Pharrell selects his producing faves

    Who hasn't Pharrell produced for? The hitmaker's Rolodex includes pop heavyweights from Beyonce to Justin Timberlake, maestros like Hans Zimmer and Heitor Pereira, and wildcards such as Daft Punk and Scissor Sisters. The 40-year-old said his diverse background heavily aided in the making of “G I R L,” his funky new album released last week.

    In one of her two trial gardens at her home in Santa Cruz, Calif., seed catalog owner Renee Shepherd evaluates a new Dutch variety of Brussels sprouts.

    Shepherd selects seeds with the home gardener in mind

    Renee Shepherd owns a seed company geared to (and cherished by) home gardeners. When I was in Northern California recently, I asked if I could come by for a chat.

    A felt shamrock craft provides a pretty way to wear some green. “Once you know how to make these shamrocks then when we get to spring you can make them in different colors and have a bouquet of flowers,” says Marianne Canada, host of HGTV.com’s Weekday Crafternoon.

    Simple crafts for St. Patrick’s Day

    From leprechaun beards to shamrock hats, a few simple crafts can turn you from a spectator into a participant at a St. Patrick’s Day parade or party. “Kids especially like something they can wave, and to join in on the festivities,” says Joy Howard, associate editor of FamilyFun magazine.

    They’ve crushed it: Good-quality ingredients and attractive packaging help sell the store brands.

    At Aldi: The good, the bad and the meh

    A recent opening of the newest Washington area Aldi provided just the impetus Bonnie Benwick needed to check out the grocery store for the first time. She tells us the good, the bad and the meh about products at the low-cost food chain

    Tuscany celebrates Pi Day with $3.14 pizzas, like this Margherita version, available for lunch.

    Dining events: Go Pi with Tuscany’s $3.14 pizza

    Celebrate national Pi Day during lunch Friday, March 14, with special pizzas priced at $3.14 at Tuscany in Oak Brook or Wheeling. Load that baked potato up at Q-BBQ where they’re celebrating one of BBQ’s favorite side dishes through March.

    Solomillo en Tostada features beef tenderloin medallions over crostini with sun-dried tomatoes, topped with piquillo peppers and manchego cheese at Macarena Tapas in St. Charles.

    Big things happening on small plates at Macarena Tapas in St. Charles

    There’s something about Spanish tapas that can turn a disciplined diner into the proverbial kid given free rein in a candy store. That's certainly the way critic Thomas Witon felt during a recent visit to the hit parade of enticing dishes sampled at the recently opened Macarena Tapas in St. Charles.

    An Evening with Leon Redbone is at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    Metropolis adds Leon Redbone, other shows

    New shows have been announced for the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    They’ve crushed it: Good-quality ingredients and attractive packaging help sell the store brands.

    How store’s private labels went from cheap goods to premium products

    The President’s Choice line represents one turning point in the annals of “American Hustle”-era store brands. When people were discoing in printed polyester, cartons of commodity-type foods were wallflowers in plain white, with simple black lettering. Once retailers began to offer options that undercut name-brand prices and emulated the flavor profile and even the look of name brands, cost-conscious shoppers opened up to them.

    Leprechaun Lemonade

    From the Food Editor: Going green, a kid-friendly route

    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with kid-friendly Leprechaun Lemonade. Deborah Pankey also tells you how to meet "Whole Grain Mornings" author Megan Gordon and gives you the scoop on Quaker's new Warm and Crunchy Granola.


    Night life events: March Madness specials at Rack House, Wickets
    Arlington Heights' Rack House Kitchen and Tavern celebrates basketball this month; cheer on your March Madness teams at Wickets Bar and Grill in Schaumburg; Mullen’s hosts teacher appreciation Thursdays in Lisle.

    Folk musician Gordon Lightfoot is playing at the Genessee Theatre on Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m.

    Music notes: Lovato, Lightfoot visit the suburbs

    Pop stars from the past and today will be performing in the suburbs this weekend. Demi Lovato brings her contemporary dance-pop to Rosemont, while legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot makes a stop in St. Charles.



    Endorsement: No Republican endorsed in 8th Congressional District
    The Daily Herald rescinds its endorsement of Manju Goel for the 8th Congressional District.


    Editorial: Overdose-reversal drug a must-have

    A Daily Herald editorial urges all law enforcement agencies in the suburbs to take steps necessary to have available and use a heroin overdose-reversal drug when necessary.


    New SAT don’t care ‘bout no fancy words

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier? This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Recently announced “improvements” to the test are designed, say board officials, to better gauge what students actually study and learn in high school. Shouldn’t take too long. Thus, the new SAT will take less time and consist of multiple-choice questions as follows: (a) yes; (b) no; (c) maybe; (d) none of the above.


    Praise for story about courthouse ministry
    A Palatine letter to the editor: A big thank-you for a story of how Christ-following congregations express the love of God in personal and practical ways (“Volunteers give spiritual help at DuPage courthouse,” Feb. 28). It was refreshing to read an article that simply allowed the story to tell itself.


    Unanswered questions on global warming
    A Palatine letter to the editor: In a recent speech, Secretary of State John Kerry said that climate change, caused by fossil fuels, is the “worlds largest weapon of mass destruction” and mocked those who did not agree as “people who insist the earth is flat.” He also stated that President Obama is championing this cause with him. He further states that “everyone in every country must take responsibility for this problem and act immediately.”


    Blame Democrats for making Illinois undesirable
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Did you know that the population of Illinois doubled between 1900 and 1970? Did you know that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the beloved IRS, between 1992 and 2010 Illinois ranked as the third-worst state for net loss of population to other states? Only California and New York were worse.


    Brainerd building served its purpose
    A letter to the editor: The Brainerd building was in deplorable condition when I was a student there during the 1954-55 school year and has continued to deteriorate due to deferred maintenance since then.


    Health care job scare not here yet
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I remember not too long ago, Republicans were gnashing their teeth trying to convince Americans that when the Affordable Care Act became law, people would lose their full-time jobs and be relegated to working only part time. The most recent job report pretty much debunked that theory.


    Time to require minimum-wage hike
    A letter to the editor: Increase the Minimum Wage. Since it’s apparent that many employers actually pay minimum wage and won’t increase their employee’s pay on their own and provide a living wage to their valued employees, it is time to require it.


    How to fix Illinois’ 2 biggest problems?
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I have read almost everything printed in two different newspapers about our four Republican and two Democratic candidates for governor of Illinois. I have seen numerous television ads, debates and many television news reports.


    Teachers will abandon Dillard
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Mr. Dillard has to be campaigning in a fog. Should he win the Republican nomination for governor, the unions will abandon him like he has the plague.


    Restore honor and dignity to office
    A Union letter to the editor: Some local politicians and political insiders are supporting the political insider candidate for McHenry County Sheriff. There’s nothing inherently wrong with garnering such support, and I personally have a great deal of respect for some of the people on that list.


    The guy unions and Democrats fear
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: So, Kirk Dillard wants us to think he will govern differently than the democrats that get union support. Really?


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