Daily Archive : Thursday March 13, 2014


    Dancer Jasmine Getz of Sleepy Hollow, a student at Hampshire High School, practices at Faubourg School of Ballet in Hanover Park. In December, Jasmine became the first American to win a world title in her age group in pointe/ballet at the International Dance Organization's world championships held in Poland.

    Sleepy Hollow dancer moves from suburban studios to world stage

    Jasmine Getz trains 30 hours a week — almost a full-time job — with dedication comparable to that of any professional athlete. But watch the 15-year-old dancer gracefully take the stage, and her evocative and elegant movements make the whole thing seem simply effortless.

    Timothy S. Powell

    Lake County Board Dist. 6 candidates talk need for land

    Jeff Werfel and Timothy Powell, hopefuls for the GOP nomination for the Lake County board District 6 seat, say there is no immediate need for a referendum to replenish forest preserve land acquisition funds.

    Steve Caramelli

    Hanover Township trustees vying for Democratic committeeman

    The race for Hanover Township committeeman has one candidate taking aim at the other's loyalty to the party. Steve Caramelli will square off against Howard Krick in the March 18 primary election. Both are Hanover Township trustees.

    Matthew Nellessen

    Co-defendant says killing father wasn't part of plan

    Self-confessed Chicago gang member Marlon Green testified Thursday that he saw 22-year-old Matthew Nellessen strike his father George Nellessen in the head four or five times with a baseball bat and then stab him in the neck on April 12, 2011. Green, testifying in Matthew Nellessen's murder trial at the Rolling Meadows courthouse, said he agreed to help Matthew Nellessen get money from his...

    Manju Goel, left, and Larry Kaifesh, right, are Republican candidates for the 8th Congressional District.

    Indian-American group denies 'vote-buying' charge

    The founder of a nonprofit aimed at encouraging greater Indian-American participation in the electoral process is denying allegations that a recent effort to get people to early voting constituted illegal “vote-buying” or encouraged support for 8th Congressional District Republican candidate Manju Goel. The campaign of Goel's primary opponent, Larry Kaifesh, claims the actions are a...

    Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.

    Cadence Health in merger talks with Northwestern

    Officials at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in Chicago and Cadence Health, the parent of Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield and Delnor Hospital in Geneva, announced Thursday they are in merger discussions, which could lead to the formation of one of the largest hospital systems in the region. Cadence, formed in March 2011 as a result of the merger between Central DuPage and Delnor, has signed...


    Protesters object to award for former Lake County prosecutor

    Protesters objected to an award given to former Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Waller, saying the honor was “egregious” after four wrongful conviction cases his office handled. A group of protesters said they held a 20-minute news conference Wednesday outside Waukegan City Hall chambers, where Waller received the Lake County Bar Association’s Robert Jackson Award.

    One of the of hundreds of cards from local communities and from far away that arrived for the students at Washington's Central Intermediate School following the devastating tornado.

    Letters help Washington after tornado

    Handmade letters by the hundreds from local communities and from far away descended upon Washington Primary and Intermediate schools after the Nov. 17 tornado. The overwhelming encouragement of every card and letter needed a proper platform to be seen, and soon each one lined the walls of hallways throughout the schools.

    Susan Abrams

    Illinois Holocaust Museum announces new CEO

    The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center has a new chief executive. The museum announced Wednesday that Susan Abrams has been appointed to lead the center, located in the Chicago suburb of Skokie.

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

    GOP hopefuls for governor less fiery in debate

    The four Republican candidates for Illinois governor made their cases for becoming the party's nominee Thursday in their final televised primary debate — an evening that lacked the fiery exchanges of their previous meetings but was packed with more personal moments.

    Wauconda residents Sarah Stendebach, left, of Kendall Welton light candles and watch a procession of police and sheriff’s cars as they escort the body of Wauconda police officer Eric Schultz through downtown after a funeral was held at the Wauconda High School Thursday night. Schultz died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

    Procession honors Wauconda police officer Eric Schultz

    A Wauconda police officer who died last weekend after a long battle with cancer was honored with a law-enforcement procession through the village Thursday night.


    Planning, but no funding for flood projects this year in Arlington Hts.

    While Arlington Heights is moving toward decisions about a large and expensive plan to alleviate the village’s flooding problems, none of those fixes will show up financially in the 2014-2015 budget.


    Buffalo Grove police SUV in crash

    A Buffalo Grove police SUV was involved in a crash late Thursday afternoon when it was struck from behind by another vehicle, authorities said. The two-vehicle crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of Lake-Cook Road, just west of Raupp Boulevard, about 5:30 p.m., police and fire officials said.

    Organizer Maria Martinez chants slogans into a bullhorn Thursday as Rivers Casino workers, Chicago hospitality workers and other allies marched outside the Des Plaines casino, calling for better working conditions and the chance to join a union.

    Workers march outside of casino

    Some 100 Rivers Casino employees, Chicago-area hospitality workers and other union supporters marched outside of the Des Plaines casino Thursday, calling for better working conditions and the chance to join a union. Officials with UNITE HERE Local 1, which represents some 15,000 hospitality workers in the Chicago area, organized the march.

    An Indonesian Air Force officer draws a flight pattern flown earlier in a search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, during a post-mission briefing in Indonesia on Thursday.

    Missing plane sent signals to satellite for hours

    A Malaysia Airlines plane sent signals to a satellite for four hours after the aircraft went missing, an indication that it was still flying for hundreds of miles or more, a U.S. official briefed on the search said Thursday. Six days after the plane with 239 people aboard disappeared, Malaysian authorities expanded their search westward toward India, saying the aircraft may have flown for several...

    Sen. Jack Reed of Rhoden Island, center, confers with Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, right, and Robert Menendez of New Jersey on Capital Hill on Feb. 27. Reed, a leading bargainer in talks over extending unemployment benefits, said Thursday’s Senate agreement would “provide a little certainty to families, business and the markets that Congress is capable of coming together to do the right thing.”

    Senators reach deal extending jobless benefits

    Bipartisan Senate bargainers ended a long-running election-season standoff and struck a compromise renewing expired jobless benefits for five months for more than 2 million Americans who have been out of work the longest, the lawmakers said Thursday. Approval of the $9.7 billion measure seemed likely by the Democratic-led Senate when it returns in late March from a weeklong recess. That would...

    CIA Director John Brennan, seen here, and Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein are locked in a battle over how the CIA and Senate behaved while Senate staffers conducted an investigation into Bush-era harsh interrogation methods.

    CIA-Senate spat raises murky legal, policy issues

    A dispute between the CIA and the Senate that flared into public view this week has no obvious path toward criminal prosecution and may be better resolved through political compromise than in a court system leery of stepping into government quarrels, legal experts say.

    Oscar Pistorius places his head in his hands as he listens to the cross examination during his trial in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday. He is charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

    Photos show ‘trail of blood’ in Pistorius’ home

    Blood on the stairs, walls and furniture, a cocked 9 mm pistol, bloody towels, fallen wall tiles. Like pieces of an unfinished puzzle, the photos of the blood-splattered interior of Oscar Pistorius’ home gave a fragmented picture Thursday of his girlfriend’s violent end. One of the first police officers to arrive at the scene testified at the athlete’s murder trial that he...

    Truck drivers talk at the scene of an accident on the Ohio Turnpike, northeast of Clyde, Ohio, after more than 50 vehicles crashed, Wednesday.

    Northeast digs out from late winter storm

    A late-season storm dumped more than 2 feet of snow on parts of northern New England before finally tapering off Thursday to end a trek that dashed hopes of spring, caused deadly pileups in Ohio and left numbing cold in its wake. The heaviest snow from the storm that roared out of the Midwest was reported across the northern parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and western Maine with 26 inches...

    Former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker pleaded guilty in 2012 to a federal conspiracy charge after being accused of being involved in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl. Junker faces sentencing Thursday March 13, 2014 in federal court.

    Former Fiesta Bowl chief sentenced in scheme

    A former longtime Fiesta Bowl chief executive who acknowledged participating in an illegal campaign contribution scheme faces sentencing Thursday in federal court. John Junker pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal conspiracy charge after being accused of being involved in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit...


    New Round Lake Beach chief:

    A 22-year veteran of the force has been named the new police chief in Round Lake Beach.

    Fourth-grader Andrea Shimp drops a household item into a donation bag Thursday as Longwood Elementary School in Naperville kicks off its 25th annual food drive for Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry.

    Naperville school’s food drive enters 25th year

    The longest-running school food drive for Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry in Naperville kicked off its 25th straight year Thursday as students at Longwood Elementary went home with grocery bags to be filled with donations. “While there are a lot of schools that participate both in (Naperville Unit District) 203 and (Indian Prairie Unit District) 204, this is definitely the longest-serving...

    June Johnson

    Schaumburg transportation director retiring

    Schaumburg’s Director of Transportation June Johnson announced her retirement Thursday, effective May 27. Johnson began her career as a traffic engineer with the village in 1993 in the planning department.

    Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, left, dashes through the aisles of Piggly Wiggly in Antioch with Lake County sheriff’s Sgt. Sara Balmes in a race to collect food for local pantries.

    Groceries fly off shelves as top cops compete to help food pantries

    Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and Undersheriff Ray Rose grabbed $2,321 and change in groceries from the aisles at the Piggly Wiggly in Antioch on Thursday to benefit local food pantries. “I’m tired, I was running out of breath, but in my heart, I’m glad we could help. It’s a good cause. It was fun,” said Rose, who fell $161.38 short of Curran.


    St. Patrick’s Day parade:

    The village of Lake Villa hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 15, at noon.


    Recycling event in Libertyville:

    The Green Living Fair recycling event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Libervyille Civic Center, 135 W. Church St.

    A new bill in the Illinois General Assembly would give Arlington International Racecourse half as many slot machines as previous proposals, plus a much larger state-owned casino in Chicago and casinos in Lake County and other locations.

    New gambling plan: Give Arlington half the slots

    A new plan to give Arlington International Racecourse slot machines would allow for half as many one-armed bandits as previous proposals, as well as provide for five new casinos in Lake County, Chicago and elsewhere.

    Mo Khan

    Two Democrats running in 20th House primary

    Democratic voters in Illinois’ 20th House District - Des Plaines, Rosemont, Park Ridge, Niles and the Northwest side of Chicago - will choose from two candidates Tuesday, both political newcomers. Mohammed “Mo” Khan, 28, of Park Ridge, an aide to Hillary Clinton during her presidential bid, is facing Niles resident Jerry Acciari, a retired Lincolnwood police lieutenant.


    Readers are leaders at Woodland:

    Woodland Elementary District 50's primary school will celebrate Readers are Leaders Day.

    Lombard’s public works department has received a significant number of phone calls this winter from residents concerned about the potholes on Grace Street, including these near Berkshire Avenue.

    Repairs on Lombard’s Grace Street may not begin until 2016

    Residents have kept the phone lines busy in Lombard this winter with complaints about potholes that have overtaken Grace Street. But officials say there’s not much more the village can do until it gains jurisdiction of the road from IDOT. “We certainly appreciate the community’s patience,” said Public Works Director Carl Goldsmith.


    New Dist. 57 board member brings business skills to post

    When Jennifer Kobus and her husband were in the market for a new home, there was only one area under consideration. "I wanted to live in District 57," Kobus said. Nine years later, the mother of three is a member of the school board, having been appointed to fill the vacancy created when Sann Knipple resigned.


    Bartlett History Museum recruiting recipes for cookbook

    The Bartlett History Museum has dived into the culinary world. OK, so you’re thinking: What in the world does a museum know about cooking? Maybe nothing. But Bartlett curators know something about collections.

    Christine Fredrick will take over as principal of District 200’s Pleasant Hill Elementary School next school year.

    New principals named at two Dist. 200 elementary schools

    New principals have been named at two of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200's elementary schools. On July 1, Christine Frederick will take over as principal of Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Winfield and Jeff Mitchem will begin working as principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Wheaton. Frederick currently works as a principal in a Plainfield elementary school and Mitchem is an assistant...


    Palatine man dies in massive Ohio pileup crash

    A Palatine man was one of three people who died Wednesday in a winter weather-related chain-reaction crash on the Ohio Turnpike, authorities said Thursday. Grzegorz A. Piwowarczyk, 42, was driving a commercial vehicle involved in the crash with as many as 16 vehicles in Sandusky County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

    Sheryl Gray

    District 56 assistant principal gets statewide honor

    An administrator at Gurnee Elementary District 56 has been recognized for her excellence with a statewide award.

    Dennis Anderson, left, and John Hosta are candidates in the race for the 14th Congressional District.

    Slow cash flow for 14th Congressional Dems

    A look at the money involved in the 14th Congressional District Democratic primary shows there's not much of it. That will be a problem for either Democrat who moves on to the November general election against Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren. Hultgren has a sizable fundraising lead.


    Northwest suburbs targeting DUI this weekend

    A number of Northwest suburban police departments and the Cook County sheriff’s office are conducting extra patrols this weekend targeting drunk drivers and seat belt law violators in conjunction with St. Patricks Day. Local departments that are participating in the federally funded program include Arlington Heights, Barrington, Elk Grove Village, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Uriel R. Castro-Castro, 24, of Elgin, was charged Tuesday with three counts of aggravated DUI, two counts of aggravated fleeing of a police officer, resisting/obstructing a police officer, criminal trespass to a residence and driving without a valid driver’s license, according to court records.

    Raul Jimenez

    Round Lake Park police: Armed gang member busted on weapon charges

    An armed reputed street gang member was seized Wednesday night in Round Lake as part of a continuing special operation, authorities said.

    Stacy Fiebelkorn

    Judge denies request for money for animal care in Kane neglect case

    Kane County Associate Judge Elizabeth Flood on Thursday declined a prosecutor’s request to have a woman facing charges of animal cruelty and neglect immediately put up $36,786 to pay for the county’s cost of caring for the animals.

    Jack Cunningham, left, and Mark Davoust are candidates in the race for Kane County clerk.

    Kane deputy clerk suspended for using county email for campaign

    A Kane County deputy clerk has been suspended for a week without pay after he sent an email from his work computer to a state official to correct a campaign contribution error. Jack Cunningham, who is seeking his fourth term as county clerk, maintained that deputy clerk Jeff Ward sent the email on his own time but still had to be reprimanded. Challenger Mark Davoust called the matter unacceptable...

    Samuel B. Jackson

    Buffalo Grove man facing kidnapping charges

    A Buffalo Grove man has waived extradition from Wisconsin and is being returned to Illinois to face charges in the kidnapping of an estranged girlfriend during an argument in Highland Park about 11 days ago.

    Dog owners will be able to buy memberships at Canine Commons starting in May.

    Mt. Prospect/Arlington Hts. dog park named 'Canine Commons'

    It's official! The name of the new dog park at Melas Park in Mount Prospect is Canine Commons. The nearly 2-acre dog park is a joint venture between Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights park districts and the grand opening will be in June.

    Looking like a big movie screen to the world of transportation, Greg Carranza of Elgin waits to take his wife to O’Hare who works at United Airlines.

    24 hours at the Des Plaines oasis

    Countless people have passed through the doors of the Des Plaines oasis since it opened in 1959. That will end when it closes Sunday. To help mark its closing, we’re republishing an article in which our staff spent 24 hours capturing all the stories of the lives touched by the oasis. The article, titled “Midnight (to midnight) at the Oasis Hundreds of stories walk through the Des...

    Martin Keller

    Kenosha man pleads not guilty in death of Lake Villa dog

    A Kenosha man accused in the beating death of a Lake Villa dog pleaded not guilty to charges of animal torture and aggravated animal cruelty in Lake County court Wednesday.

    Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Foreign Operations and Related Programs on Thursday. In his opening remarks he spoke about Ukraine and other current foreign relation issues.

    Kerry: US, EU will react if Crimea annexed

    Secretary of State John Kerry is warning Russia that it will face an immediate, “very serious series” of steps from the United States and Europe if it annexes Ukraine’s strategic Crimea region. Kerry told a Senate committee that Moscow should expect the U.S. and European Union to take measures against it on Monday should it accept and act on the expected results of this...

    Arlington Heights Village Hall is one of the busiest early voter sites in suburban Cook County.

    Early voting for primary closes Saturday

    Early voting for the March 18 primary election ends at 5 p.m. Saturday — and Arlington Heights Village Hall is among the three busiest sites, the Cook County Clerk’s Office said Thursday. There are 42 suburban early voting sites, or voters can use the clerk’s downtown Chicago office.


    Schaumburg approves 7-home subdivision

    Schaumburg trustees this week approved a plan to replace two larger houses on Thacker Road between Roselle Road and Pleasant Drive with seven new, and smaller, single-family homes. But things aren’t quite that simple. Because Thacker forms part of the Hoffman Estates border, the proposed Shannon Estates subdivision now needs the permission of Hoffman Estates officials for the use of their...


    Libertyville officials say utility taxes still needed for budget uncertainties

    One of the utility taxes imposed in Libertyville four years ago was reduced but that and another tax enacted at the same time during the recession in 2009 have been extended by village officials for another year.

    Teddy Christiansen, 7, shares smiles and laughs with his mom, Jenny, as they watch the Funny Bones Improv show at Advocate Children's Hospital-Park Ridge.

    Advocate Children's Hospital-Park Ridge prescribes a funny regimen

    At home playing improv comedy clubs, some local comedians bring their humor to a new audience when they perform for sick children and their parents at Advocate Children's Hospital-Park Ridge. “Comedy can be a pain relief for kids,” says Laney Bremner, one of the hospital's 14 certified child life specialists.


    Dist. 200 moving ahead with $7.2 million in facility improvements

    The Wheaton Warrenville District 200 board of education agreed Wednesday to move forward with $7.2 million worth of facility improvements that are scheduled to be completed this summer. Approval of the work comes two weeks after the board issued nearly $10 million in bonds to be used for critical facility projects at 18 of the district’s 20 schools.

    Hospital volunteer Gertie Rogers, 84, places a newborn baby back into a bed in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

    Cuddlers soothe babies too sick, tiny to go home

    A volunteer slips her arms into a gauzy yellow hospital gown and approaches a medical crib holding a tiny newborn hooked up to noisy machines.“OK,” she says, with a smile. “Baby time.” That means cuddle time in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital.


    Interest on Illinois’ unpaid bills reached $318 million

    Interest payments on Illinois’ late bills cost the state $318 million last year — enough to cover the annual budget of the Illinois State Police. That’s according to a report by the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers.

    Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, who guided the state through a period of school busing to achieve integration in the 1970s, died early Thursday March 13, 2014. He was 85.

    Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew dies

    Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, who guided the state through a period of school busing to achieve integration in the 1970s, died early Thursday. He was 85.


    ACLU, gay couples seek Fla. marriage recognition

    Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force Florida to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.


    HandsOn seeks nominations for volunteer awards

    HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) invites nonprofit and community agencies to send award nominations for outstanding volunteers to be honored at the 2014 Impact Awards & Volunteer Recognition Breakfast on Wednesday, April 30, at the Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights.


    Learn how to stage your home at CCU seminar

    Consumers Credit Union is offering "Home Staging Basics From a Pro" Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the Holiday Inn - Gurnee.

    Residents interested in learning more about the Mundelein Police Department and how it operates are invited to participate in Mundelein’s Citizens Police Academy Wednesday, March 19.

    Learn how police officers work at academy

    Residents interested in learning more about the Mundelein Police Department and how it operates are invited to participate in Mundelein’s Citizens Police Academy.The next academy starts March 19.

    Rescuers working amid gusty winds, cold temperatures and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies Thursday from the rubble of two New York City apartment buildings, raising the death toll to at least seven.

    Searchers scour rubble after gas explosion kills 7

    Rescuers working amid gusty winds, cold temperatures and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies overnight from the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings, as the death toll rose Thursday to at least seven from a gas leak-triggered explosion that reduced the area to a pile of smashed bricks, splinters and mangled metal.

    A home is for sale in Glenview. Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose last week but remained close to historically low levels.

    Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.37 pct.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose last week but remained close to historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for the 30-year loan increased to 4.37 percent from 4.28 percent last week.


    Find out which flea protection is best for your feline

    Make sure to read the labels when choosing the right flea protection for your felines.

    Bystanders react after several people were struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas, at SXSW on Wednesday March 12, 2014. Police say two people were confirmed dead at the scene after a car drove through temporary barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck a crowd of pedestrians.

    Police: Driver kills 2 at South by Southwest fest

    A suspected drunken driver fleeing police crashed through barricades at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, slamming into a crowd outside a nightclub and killing a man and woman on a moped early Thursday, police said.

    Jesuit Priest and theologian Juan Carlos Scannone, who taught Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, Greek and literature. He nowadays teaches at the university of philosophy and theology at the Colegio Maximo, which is part of the company of the Jesuits.

    Survivors: Pope Francis saved many in dirty wars

    Gonzalo Mosca was a radical on the run in 1976. Hunted by Uruguay’s dictators, he fled to Argentina, where he narrowly escaped a military raid on his hideout. “I thought that they would kill me at any moment,” Mosca says. With nowhere else to turn, he called his brother, a Jesuit priest, who put him in touch with the man he credits with saving his life: Jorge Mario Bergoglio,...

    This is a screenshot of what Wayne resident Mike Seberger saw while searching through satellite images for the missing Malaysia Airline jet.

    Suburban man finds image resembling missing Malaysia Airlines jet

    Scrolling through satellite images of water and clouds in the Gulf of Thailand, Mike Seberger saw something that made him lean in and take a closer look at his computer screen. It looked like an airplane in the water, possibly the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. The 43-year-old Wayne resident tells how a crowdsourcing effort helped him join in the search.


    Former police chief indicted on fraud charges
    A former suburban Chicago police chief was indicted on federal fraud, money laundering and tax evasion charges in connection with a nonprofit organization established in 2005.


    Archery tournament to draw 873 Illinois students

    More than 800 Illinois students have qualified to compete in a state archery tournament this month in Springfield, an example of the growing popularity of the sport in schools.

    Some counties in Illinois are raising objections to legislation that would give the state Department of Agriculture the authority to regulate the locations of power-generating wind turbines.

    Some Illinois counties oppose wind-power bill

    Some counties in Illinois are raising objections to legislation that would give the state Department of Agriculture the authority to regulate the locations of power-generating wind turbines.


    Wis. bill would allow use of e-cigarettes indoors

    Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a bill that would let smokers use electronic cigarettes indoors. The bill is up for a committee vote Thursday and would need to pass both chambers before becoming law. Lawmakers are scheduled to work only two more days before the end of the session.


    NE Indiana man struck, killed while shoveling snow

    Police say a pickup struck and killed a man who was shoveling snow at the end of the driveway at his northeastern Indiana home.


    Missing Wisconsin child found safe in Indiana
    Milwaukee police say a child who vanished with his non-custodial mother has been found in Indiana. Authorities say the 24-year-old mother failed to return her 1-year-old daughter to social service workers.


    Social worker: Girl, 3, sparked fatal Chicago fire

    A family spokeswoman say a 3-year-old girl who died during a fire in a Chicago apartment building was playing with matches or a lighter. Social worker and family spokeswoman Schona Buranda told the Chicago Sun-Times that the girl was playing in a bedroom on Wednesday when a mattress caught fire.


    Wisconsin hostage standoff ends with arrest

    A gunman who broke into a home in Eau Claire and held five people hostage has been arrested following a long standoff. Police negotiators talked the gunman into releasing three children and two adults one by one. After seven hours, officers arrested the man about 8 p.m. Wednesday.


    Inmate who escaped from Mich. prison fights return from Indiana

    A convicted killer who was captured in northern Indiana after escaping from a Michigan prison is scheduled to appear before a judge for an extradition hearing.


    Illinois man gets 6 months in jobless benefits theft

    A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend six months in federal prison for stealing unemployment benefits. Thirty-one-year-old Mark A. Lewis of Swansea also was sentenced Wednesday to three years of post-prison supervised release during an appearance in an East St. Louis federal court.


    Illinois state police dedicate rest stop to fallen trooper

    Illinois officials will hold a dedication ceremony to officially rename a central Illinois rest stop after a state trooper who was killed during a crash in 2012.

    Madhu Krishnamurthy

    Judson University to host health walk

    Judson University’s Health Education and Promotion class invites the Elgin community to join in the Every Body Walk! event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Lindner Tower, Classroom D, 1151 N. State St., Elgin. The event is part of Elgin’s March Into Health month, an annual program to promote physical activity in the community.

    Chuck Bartels, left, Cornelius Shanahan, and Terri Voss are candidates in the race for Lake County Board District 10 in the 2014 GOP primary.

    Three GOP hopefuls vie for District 10 seat

    The three Republicans running for the 10th District seat on the county board tried to set themselves apart from each other in recent questionnaires for the Daily Herald.


    Dawn Patrol: St. Charles school bus hit by pellets; murder trial continues

    Two accused in stealing from casinos. Final total for Kane County raises revealed. Record number of schools dipping into reserves. Speed cameras outside Chicago? Not yet. Kaifesh video doesn’t support ‘Hollywood mafia’ claim. Hawks fall to Avalanche.

    Glenda Miller and Jeffrey Thorsen are candidates in Tuesday’s GOP primary for McHenry County treasurer.

    Two MBAs in GOP race for McHenry County treasurer

    Voters in the Republican primary for McHenry County treasurer can pick between two MBAs whose bulk of experience lies either in government or the private sector. Glenda Miller, 58, of Harvard, is a Chemung Township Trustee who’s worked as chief deputy treasurer for 17 years, while Jeffrey Thorsen, 55, is a Crystal Lake councilman with 27 years of experience in banking.

    Elaine Modine, a former science teacher at Waubonsie Valley High School in Indian Prairie Unit District 204, says the district’s educational foundation helped support “things you think you’d never be able to do in the classroom.” The foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an event Friday, March 21, featuring the talents of students and alumni and the stories of teachers like Modine whose efforts benefitted from foundation grants.

    Indian Prairie celebrates stories of foundation’s support

    The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an event Friday, March 21, that will bring back prominent alumni for a who's who and showcase performances by nationally recognized music programs and other talented students.

    Susanne Atanus and David Earl Williams III.

    9th Congressional candidates differ on economy, minimum wage

    The Republican candidates for the 9th District congressional seat have very different ideas about how to fix the economy, giving voters two distinct choices in the March 18 primary election. Susanne Atanus is in favor of eliminating the stock indexes and raising the minimum wage, while David Earl Williams III supports lower taxes and keeping the minimum wage where it is.



    Girls water polo: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*fremd 18, rolling meadows 3Rolling Meadows — Feikes 2, Luedloff.Goalkeepers — RM: Zanocco (8 saves).*prospect 8, conant 6Conant 2 1 1 2 —6Prospect 1 3 1 3 —8Conant — Rosas 4, Skittone, Weingart.Prospect — Fulk, Schiavone 3, Neumann 2, Vuant.Goalkeepers — Con: Demaret (11 saves).*St. Charles North 19, Barrington 6St. Charles North — Guyett 6, Guyett 5, Quinn 5, Villa 3.Barrington — Gavars 5, Latimer 1.Goalkeepers — StCN: Foor 6; Bar: Burrell 2, Connors 5.*Late WednesdayHinsdale Central 16, Stagg 1Scoring — HC: DeBoer (3); Courtney (1); Glomb (2); Relias (5); Williams (1); Oakum (2).


    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Leyden 121.5, Lake Park 114.30Floor excercise: Anderson (Ley) 7.0; Joens (LP) 6.9; Kozoil (LP) 6.7. Pommel horse: Guinto (LP) 6.9; Geneva (Ley) 6.5; Vilchez (Ley) 6.3. Still rings: Ruelas (Ley) 7.2; Vilchez (Ley) 6.9; Joens (LP) 6.4. Vault: Reed (Ley) 8.0; Anderson (Ley) 8.0; Kozoil (LP) 7.7. Parallel bars: Joens (LP) 7.5; Vilchez (Ley) 7.4; Reed (Ley) 7.1. Horizontal bar: Vilchez (Ley) 6.4; Anderson (Ley) 6.4; Geneva (Ley) 6.2 All-around: Vilchez (Ley) 40.3; Joens (LP) 39.6

    Wearing a bandage over his right eye after taking 10 stitches, Bulls guard Mike Dunleavy drives to the basket against Houston’s Patrick Beverley in the second half Thursday night.

    Dunleavy, Bulls able to bounce back

    Mike Dunleavy scored 18 points in the third quarter after getting 10 stitches above his rigtht eye, leading the Bulls to a 111-87 victory over Houston. High-scoring Rockets guard James Harden matched a season-low by scoring just 8 points.

    Jimmy Glowacki of Glenbard South after his performance on the horse during the District 87 boys gymnastics meet Thursday at Glenbard North High School.

    Diab, Hilltoppers tops in District 87

    There’s no use debating who is the top boys gymnastics team in District 87 this spring. Glenbard West rolled past Glenbard South, Glenbard East and Glenbard North in Thursday night’s quad meet in Carol Stream, winning convincingly with 145 points. The Raiders were a distant runner-up with a 120.85 and followed by a 111.7 from the Rams and 93.6 by the host Panthers.

    Northwestern center Alex Olah (22) pumps his fists after making free throws in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. At right is Northwestern guard/forward Sanjay Lumpkin. Northwestern won 67-62. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    No. 11 seed Northwestern upsets Iowa, 67-62

    Tre Demps had 20 points, including four 3-pointers and Drew Crawford added 15 points and six assists to lead 11th-seeded Northwestern to a 67-62 victory over No. 6 Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Thursday night.The Wildcats (14-18) became the first 11th-seed to win in the Big Ten tournament.

    Houston Rockets forward Dwight Howard (12) and James Harden (13) walk back to the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago, Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Bulls won 111-87. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Dunleavy, Noah lead Bulls over Rockets 111-87

    Mike Dunleavy scored all of his 21 points in the second half, Joakim Noah flirted with another triple-double and the Bulls posted a 111-87 wire-to-wire victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.Noah finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in 34 minutes. He was headed for his fourth triple-double of the season, but sat down with about three minutes left because of the lopsided score.

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah celebrates after scoring a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Chicago on Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Rockets coach on defensive player of the year: Give it to Noah

    Even though his guy, Dwight Howard, is a three-time winner of the award, Houston coach Kevin McHale wasn't afraid to pick Joakim Noah for NBA's defensive player of the year.

    DePaul's Billy Garrett Jr. (5) and Greg Sequele (42) look on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Creighton in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference tournament on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Creighton won the game 84-62. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    McDermott scores 35, No. 14 Creighton routs DePaul

    Doug McDermott put on a dazzling shooting display in his Big East tournament debut, scoring a record 27 of his 35 points in the first half for No. 14 Creighton during an 84-62 victory over DePaul on Thursday night.The nation’s leadi

    Teuvo Teravainen, a winger from Finland, pulls on a Blackhawks cap after being chosen 18th overall in the first round of the NHL draft in 2012.

    Could be time for Hawks’ offense to get a boost

    With the Blackhawks now looking up at two teams in the Central Division and with an offense that is stagnant, the timing couldn’t be better to bring Teuvo Teravainen here from Finland. Tim Sassone offers his analysis.

    Glenbard North’s Kendall Holbert drives the ball through Proviso East’s Jevon Carter and Josh Smith during the Bartlett 4A sectional semifinal, Wednesday.

    Scouting the Class 4A Bartlett sectional final
    Scouting the Class 4A Bartlett sectional final #DHpreps

    (5) Ian bunting of Hinsdale Central and (45) Sean O’Mara of Benet work the net during the Benet vs. Hinsdale Central at Class 4A East Aurora boys basketball sectional semifinal Tuesday.

    Scouting the Class 4A East Aurora sectional final
    Scouting the Class 4A East Aurora sectional final #DHpreps


    Twenty years later, Conant’s ’93-94 team still stands tall

    Stories of past glory often get embellished. The tales get taller as the years pass. So, in January when Michael Tierney got ready for the 20-year reunion for the best Conant’s boys basketball team in school history, his wife reacted with some skepticism. The best team ever? She didn’t believe it. Tierney said his wife ultimately came around to understand this wasn’t just any team. The 1993-94 Cougars were state-ranked, won 27 games and are the only ones in school history to make the boys basketball Elite Eight.

    Stevenson’s Parker Nichols reacts after getting called for a charge during the Class 4A sectional semifinal at Lake Zurich on Tuesday.

    Class 4A boys basketball: Scouting the Lake Zurich sectional

    Here's a look at Friday's 7 p.m. sectional championship game at Lake Zurich featuring Fremd (28-0) and Stevenson (29-1).

    Carmel’s Billy Kirby drives to the basket against Uplift at Antioch on Wednesday night.

    Class 3A boys basketball: Scouting the Antioch sectional

    Here's a look at Friday's 7 p.m. Antioch sectional final between Carmel Catholic (25-8) and North Chicago (24-5).


    Defense keys Mooseheart’s state berth

    It’s been a year in the making, with twists on and off the basketball court, but Mooseheart’s boys basketball team is downstate.

    The Larkin High School baseball diamond remains under a cover of snow Wednesday.

    As winter lingers, spring teams trying to be patient

    There isn’t much humor to be found in the vile winter weather that has continued to badger the area despite the calendar turning to early spring. Luckily, area high school athletic coaches are taking the foul forecasts in stride as they employ creative ways to get their players and teams ready for the upcoming season despite combinations of cold temperatures, snow, rain and wet grounds threatening to push game schedules back to April. The baseball, softball and girls soccer seasons are scheduled to begin Monday.


    Prep players take coach’s role in feeder league tourney

    It’s not exactly a rematch of the Class 3A Ridgewood sectional final, but some Vernon Hills and Carmel Catholic girls basketball players will have a rematch of sorts Sunday. They won’t be playing against each other on the court, however. Rather, they’ll be facing off as coaches. The Northern Illinois Girls Feeder Basketball Association is holding its year-end tournament at the Libertyville Sports Complex this week. It will conclude with the eighth-grade all-star teams playing at 6 p.m. Sunday.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler scrambles while chased by Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young last September. Young signed a three-year deal worth $9 million to play for the Bears.

    Bears sign ex-Lions defensive end Young

    The Bears added another unrestricted free agent defensive end on Thursday, signing former Detroit Lions player Willie Young to a three-year, $9 million deal. The 28-year-old Young had 48 quarterback pressures last year but just 3 sacks. He has just 6 career sacks in four seasons. The Bears also signed journeyman wide receiver Domenik Hixon, who played last season for Carolina.


    Can journeyman Hixon find spot on Bears roster?

    Unrestricted free agent wide receiver Domenik Hixon must prove himself to earn a spot on the Bears' roster, but he brings experience, good size and special teams value, where he will get a chyance to fill the void left by Devin Hester's departure.


    Blackhawks game day
    Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators at the United Center, 7 p.m. FridayTV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: WGN-AM 720The skinny: Nashville is last in the Central Division with just 66 points. Pekka Rinne, who missed most of the season with hip surgery, is expected to start against Corey Crawford. The Hawks are still without right wing Marian Hossa (upper body).Next: Detroit Red Wings at the United Center, 6:30 p.m. Sunday— Tim Sassone

    Chicago Fire forward Quincy Amarikwa reacts as he checks the scoreboard during the second half of an MLS match against Chivas USA at Toyota Park in Bridgeview last March. The Fire lost 4-1.

    Fire’s Yallop hardly enamored with season-opening loss

    Fire coach Frank Yallop admitted Thursday he was disappointed in his team’s performance Sunday in a 3-2 loss at Chivas USA.

    South Elgin senior Matt Smith (15) drives to the basket during the Storm’s 71-66 Class 4A sectional semifinal win over Jacobs Wednesday at Elgin’s Chesbrough Field House. South Elgin takes on Rockford Auburn Friday in the sectional championship game.

    South Elgin’s ready for its next challenge

    None of the 16 teams still alive in the Class 4A boys basketball tournament offer a more compelling back story than South Elgin. Among the first teams statewide to send a shock wave through this year’s bracket, South Elgin (18-14) was a game above .500 when it upset Upstate Eight River champion and No. 1 seed Larkin in a regional semifinal, 71-70 in overtime.A subsequent victory over St. Charles East earned the eighth-year program its second regional title.

    Chicago White Sox's Jose Quintana throws before an exhibition spring baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Trout, Angels rough up Quintana, White Sox

    Mike Trout got three more hits, lifting his spring average to .444, and the Los Angeles Angels roughed up Jose Quintana in an 8-6 win over the White Sox on Thursday.Quintana gave up seven runs on six hits and three walks in three innings, and his exhibition ERA climbed to 16.50. He was 9-7 with a 3.51 ERA last season.


    In NFL, Revis, Sproles, Smith, Harrison, Tuck on move

    Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles found landing spots in the Northeast. Now Steve Smith and James Harrison look for new NFL homes.Revis’ stay in Tampa Bay was short, and he might not be in New England much longer. After less than a year as a Buccaneer, he was cut Wednesday and officially agreed to terms with the Patriots on Thursday — but only on a one-year deal, albeit worth about $12 million.

    Rutgers guard Myles Mack (4) leaves the court after his team's 92-31 loss to Louisville in an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    No, that’s not a misprint: Louisville routs Rutgers 92-31

    Eddie Jordan’s first season at Rutgers finally is over, and fifth-ranked Louisville gave his Scarlet Knights a last reminder of how much work they face building the Big Ten-bound program. Rutgers not only had its worst scoring performance of the season but since 1982 in being routed 92-31 by Louisville on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.

    Illinois guard Tracy Abrams looks to pass against Indiana’s Evan Gordon Thursday during the first half in the first round of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis.

    Abrams leads Illinois past Indiana in Big Ten tourney

    Tracy Abrams’ second half Thursday was as good as any game he had during the Big Ten season. Illinois’ junior guard scored 17 of his season-high 25 points in the second half, including a game-clinching run in the No. 9-seeded Illini’s 64-54 win over No. 8 seed Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.


    Mike North video: Jeter, Woods and Manning
    The media loves to pound a topic and Mike North thinks by the end of the year, we will be tired of three stories- Derek Jeter's retirement, Tiger Woods' injuries, and Peyton Manning being the greatest quarterback of all time.

    Josh McCown was signed by Tampa Bay on Wednesday to a two-year, $10 million contract.

    McCown gets well-deserved payday

    It's a shame the Bears had to lose QB Josh McCown, but you have to be happy for a good man who's cashed in big in Tampa. Having been picked up off a high-school football field where he was coaching kids, McCown is now a very wealthy man after Tampa Bay signed him Wednesday to a two-year, $10 million contract.


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    Wednedsay’s results*Class 4A Bartlett sectionalGlenbard North 77, Proviso East 74Glenbard North — Fleming 5 1-4 16, Fiduccia 4 4-5 15, Jackson 5 3-10 13, Holbert 4 2-2 11, Flanigan 7 3-7 18, Collier 1 0-0 2, Gasiorowski 1 0-0 2. Totals: 27 13-28 77.Proviso East — Span 0 0-0 0, J. Carter 6 0-0 15, Chisom 6 0-3 12, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Fisher 13 6-6 40, Moore 2 0-0 4, Smith 0 0-0 0, M. Carter 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, Williams 1 1-2 3, Funderwhite 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28 7-11 74.Glenbard North 30 6 15 26 —77Proviso East 20 11 18 25 —743-point baskets: GN: Fleming 5, Fiduccia 3, Holbert, Flanigan; PE: Fisher 8, J. Carter 3. Fouled out: GN: Jackson.Class 4A sectional semifinalsAt Lake ZurichFREMD 47, highland park 26Highland Park — Sutker 1 0-0 2, Lundevall 1 0-0 3, Krawitz 2 0-0 4, Norcia 1 1-2 4, Sachs 4 3-4 13, Beerman 0 0-0 0, Iden 0 0-0 0, Goshen 0 0-0 0, Wellek 0 0-0 0, Levin 0 0-0 0, Barrios 0 0-0 0, Stempel 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 4-8 26.Fremd — Williams 2 0-0 6, Ochoa 1 4-6 6, Carlson 6 1-2 13, Groot 2 1-1 5, Glassmann 1 2-4 4, Roundy 1 0-0 2, Peters 1 0-0 2, Cordell 3 0-1 6, Benka 1 0-0 2, Magnani 0 0-0 0, Weber 0 1-2 1, Cull 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-16 47.Highland Park 6 5 10 5 —26Fremd 8 16 3 20 —473-point baskets: HP: Sachs 2, Lundevall , Norcia; Fre” Williams 2. Fouled out: none.*at ElginSouth Elgin 71, Jacobs 66Jacobs— Mack 5 5-7 15, Boeckh 5 0-0 15, Orange 3 5-8 11, Canady 0 2-2 2, Murray 3 4-5 10, Krutwig 5 1-1 11, Peltier 1 0-0 2, Grant 0 0-2 0. Totals 22 17-25 66.South Elgin — Smith 6 2-5 14, McClure 4 0-0 12, Mahmudi 1 0-0 2, Wells 8 4-6 26, Amrhein 4 0-1 10, Hankinsw 1 2-2 4, Kamienski 1 0-0 3. Totals 25 8-14 71.Jacobs 9 13 22 22 —66South Elgin 15 22 16 18 —713-point baskets: J — Boeckh 5; SE — Wells 6, McClure 4, Amrhein 2, Kamienski.*Class 4A East Aurora sectionalGeneva 70, West Aurora 68Geneva — Temple 9 0-1 19, Cook 2 5-6 10, Navigato 8 4-5 23, Parrilli 4 2-2 11, Vollbrecht 2 2-3 4, Landi 1 1-2 3, Santacaterina 0 0-0 0, Durante 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 14-19 70.West Aurora — Dunn 2 0-1 5, Walker 5 8-8 19, Koth 3 6-6 12, Griffin 9 1-2 21, Williams 1 2-5 4, Wisley 1 0-0 2, Jensen 2 1-1 5. Totals 23 18-24 68.Geneva 17 20 12 21 —70West Aurora 20 14 17 17 —683-point baskets: G: Navigato 3, Temple, Cook, Parrilli; WA: Griffin 2, Dunn, Walker. Fouled out: G: none; WA: none.*Class 3A sectional semifinalsAt AntiochCARMEL 55, UPLIFT 46Carmel — Poyser 4 1-3 9, Kirby 5 5-5 16, Duff 0 3-4 3, George 8 0-3 16, Barr 2 2-2 6, Belser-Bailey 0 0-0 0, Bowen 2 1-2 5. Totals 21 12-19 55.Uplift — Suetan 3 0-0 7, Olagbegi 6 0-0 12, Roscoe 10 1-3 24, Fluckes 0 0-0 0, Wayatt 1 1-2 3, Wyatt 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 2-5 46.Carmel 15 14 14 12 —55Uplift 10 5 13 18 —463-point baskets: Car: Kirby; Up: Roscoe 3, Suetan.Fouled out: none.*


    Jennifer Connelly, left, and Russell Crowe appear in a scene from “Noah.” After sparking controversy among conservative Christians in the U.S., officials across parts of the Muslim world say they do not expect the Hollywood film Noah will be shown in local theaters because it depicts a prophet and could offend cinemagoers.

    ’Noah’ will not debut in much of Muslim world

    Officials across much of the Muslim world said Thursday that the upcoming big-budget Hollywood film “Noah” featuring Russell Crowe as the ark-building prophet will not be shown in local theaters because it could offend viewers. The decision comes after the film sparked controversy among conservative Christians in the U.S., which prompted Paramount Pictures to add a disclaimer to its marketing material saying that “artistic license has been taken” in telling the story.

    The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont will undergo a $2.5 million renovation funded by the facility's concessions vendor, Aramark Sports and Entertainment Services. Aramark also received an extension on its contract to provide concessions running through 2029.

    Rosemont convention center to receive $2.5 million in upgrades

    Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center will undergo some $2.5 million in improvements funded by the facility's concessions vendor. The village board this week approved amendments to agreements in which Aramark Sports and Entertainment Services will provide the funds to upgrade the north ballroom, a pedestrian walkway and concession areas throughout the facility.

    Under pressure to move before year’s end, Illinois lawmakers balked at acting on tax incentives aimed at keeping several large companies in the state. The Senate approved breaks for Archer Daniels Midland, OfficeMax/Office Depot and another company, but the House adjourned on Dec. 3 after passing landmark pension reform, essentially kicking the incentives decision down the road.

    Office Max to begin move out of Naperville in April

    Office Max plans to begin moving 1,600 jobs out of Illinois next month, with some positions permanently eliminated — a move that comes months after Illinois lawmakers declined to give the company the millions in tax breaks it requested from the state. The company, which recently merged with Florida-based Office Depot, will begin the process of permanently closing its Naperville operations in April.

    The Technology Center supports the complete innovation life cycle, from new ideas to product design, prototyping, testing and validation.

    Littelfuse to open center in Mount Prospect

    Instead of Chicago taking suburban jobs, Mount Prospect will welcome about 40 engineers from Chicago-based Littelfuse Inc. who will create innovative products for inside vehicles as well as smartphones and other mobile devices. Littelfuse, formerly headquartered in Des Plaines, returns in part to the suburbs at its new Technology Center, 1400 E. Business Center Drive.

    Wal-Mart employee Richard Wilson, 27, outside the store where he works in Chicago.

    Low-wage jobs unexpectedly a way of life for many

    For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job. The workers benefited, and so did lower-wage retailers such as Wal-Mart: When its staffers left for better-paying jobs, they could spend more at its stores.

    Several lawsuits being filed against McDonald’s say the fast-food chain engages in a variety of practices to avoid paying workers what they’re owed. A McDonald’s Big Mac sandwich is seen here.

    McDonald’s hit by lawsuits over worker pay

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of illegal practices to avoid paying them what they’re owed. The suits in California, Michigan and New York come amid growing attention on the country’s wealth disparities. While the type of violations outlined in the suits aren’t specific to Oak Brook-based McDonald’s, lawyers said they targeted the company because it’s an industry leader.

    Protesters demonstrating in opposition to the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline Monday block the door to the federal building in Philadelphia. The protestors said the pipeline would contribute to global warming.

    Former Obama adviser: Build Keystone XL pipeline

    President Barack Obama’s former national security adviser said Thursday that Obama should approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message that “international bullies” can’t use energy security as a weapon. The comments by retired Gen. James Jones came as Democrats grappled with the election-year dilemma that the pipeline poses for them.

    Tom Schlafly, co-founder of the brewery which produces the Schlafly brand of beers in Maplewood, Mo., has been in a trademark dispute with his aunt, conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, over whether Schlafly is primarily a last name or a commercial brand that deserves legal protection.

    Phyllis Schlafly family in beer trademark dispute

    To many older Americans, the Schlafly name is most closely associated with Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative commentator known for her campaign to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. A younger generation knows Schlafly as the brand of an up-and-coming St. Louis brewery co-founded by Schlafly’s nephew. Now the federal agency that oversees trademarks is being asked to wade into a dispute within the prominent family.


    Cook County tightens rules for contractors

    The Cook County Board on Thursday approved revisions to the county’s procurement code that will strengthen future participation of minority- and women-owned businesses, and crack down on fraudulent activity, a statement said. “These changes will enhance our ability to hold contractors who skirt the law accountable, while giving worthy M/WBEs greater opportunities to do business with Cook County,” President Toni Preckwinkle said.

    Vietnam’s Finance Minister Dinh Tien Dung, second from right, visits the trading post of specialist Jason Hardzewicz on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday. Stocks fell, erasing this year’s gains for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as weaker- than-forecast data from China and tension in Ukraine overshadowed reports showing an improving American economy.

    Dow posts fourth loss in row as stocks slide

    The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 200 points Thursday, its biggest decline in six weeks. The pullback came as investors reacted to discouraging economic reports from China and intensifying tensions in Ukraine.

    President Barack Obama seeks changes in overtime rules that will make millions of workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay for their extra work.

    Obama signs memo to strengthen overtime pay rules

    President Barack Obama has signed a presidential memorandum directing the Department of Labor to devise new overtime rules to make more workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay. The memorandum is one of the most far-reaching executive actions by the president this year. New rules would likely not take effect until 2015.

    Job seekers line up to meet prospective employers at a career fair at a hotel in Dallas.

    Applications for jobless aid dip to 3-month low

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, a sign the job market is picking up after a winter slump.

    An industry spokesman says Americans spent an all-time high of $55.7 billion on their pets in 2013 and will creep close to spending $60 billion this year.

    Americans spend $56 billion on pets

    An industry spokesman says Americans spent an all-time high of $55.7 billion on their pets in 2013 and will creep close to spending $60 billion this year. Bob Vetere of the American Pet Products Association told buyers and exhibitors at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla., Thursday that food accounted for $21.6 billion of the spending.

    Shoppers check out the sale at an ALDO store in the Mall at Robinson, in Robinson Township, Pa. U.S. retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture.

    U.S. retail sales rebounded 0.3 percent in February

    U.S. retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture. The Commerce Department said Thursday that seasonally-adjusted retail sales rose 0.3 percent in February. Spending had fallen 0.6 percent in January,

    An Amazon.com package awaits delivery from UPS in Palo Alto, Calif. Amazon is raising the price of its popular Prime membership to $99 per year, an increase of $20.

    Amazon hikes Prime membership to $99 per year

    Amazon is raising the price of its popular Prime membership to $99 per year, an increase of $20. It’s the first price increase since the online retailer introduced its Prime membership program, which includes two-day free shipping on many products, in 2005.

    Graco’s Argos 70 Elite child seat are among models being recalled.

    Graco adds more than 403,000 child seats to recall

    Graco Children’s Products has added more than 403,000 child seats to last month’s recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles.But the added seats won’t end a dispute with the U.S. government’s road safety watchdog.

    Pfizer Inc. says its blockbuster vaccine against pneumonia, blood and other infections met its goal of preventing illness in vulnerable elderly patients in a huge study required by U.S. regulators.

    Study: Pfizer vaccine cuts pneumonia in elderly

    Pfizer Inc. says its blockbuster vaccine against pneumonia, blood and other infections met its goal of preventing illness in vulnerable elderly patients in a huge study required by U.S. regulators.


    New Shell CEO: reducing U.S. investment by 20 pct.

    Shell’s Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden says the company will cut capital spending in the U.S. by 20 percent in 2014 after setbacks in its shale gas operations and in Alaska.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.comThe awards on display at the Daily Herald Business Ledger AABE awards Wednesday March 12, at Medinah Banquets in Addison.

    Suburban businesses honored for being ‘extraordinary’

    Twenty two suburban businesses and organizations were recognized Wednesday for being extraordinary in what they do during the 2014 Annual Awards for Business Excellence, sponsored by the Daily Herald Business Ledger.

Life & Entertainment


    'Jeopardy' champ Chu unseated after 12-day run

    “Jeopardy” champ Arthur Chu, who won big money while taking heat for his renegade style, has been defeated. Chu came in third place with zero dollars on Wednesday's edition of the syndicated game show. He had reigned for 12 days. His total winnings were $297,200.

    Gustave (Ralph Fiennes, left) introduces Zero (Tony Revolori) to the world of “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

    Fiennes registers fine comic performance in Anderson’s latest

    One of the many surprises in Wes Anderson’s rich, layered and quirkily entertaining new film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” is the emergence of a new comic actor, one with impeccable timing and just the right mix of gravitas and utter zaniness: Ralph Fiennes. You might not immediately think the man who played an evil war criminal in “Schindler’s List,” a violent Coriolanus, and oh yes, Voldemort, would be a natural in comedy. But he proves a deft, daft partner to Anderson in this, their first collaboration.

    Jay Z and Kanye West joined forces Wednesday night, March 12, 2014, during SXSW in Austin, Texas.

    Kanye, Jay Z steal the show in SXSW performance

    Samsung got its money’s worth from Jay Z and Kanye West. Two of rap’s top stars combined for a powerful, hit-filled two-hour show Wednesday night and Thursday morning during South By Southwest, allowing Samsung to steal some of iTunes’ luster at the annual music conference and festival.


    Judge Judy files suit against Connecticut lawyer

    Television’s Judge Judy filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Connecticut personal-injury lawyer, alleging that he used her image without authorization in advertisements that falsely suggested she had endorsed his firm.

    Veronica (Kristen Bell) lends a hand when an ex-boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring) is suspected of murder in the film “Veronica Mars.”

    TV sleuth back in fine form in film version of 'Mars'

    Canceled by the CW in 2007, the cult-fave mystery series “Veronica Mars” completed its third season with an open-ended episode. Revived for the big screen, the gumshoe drama finds its title character, nine years later, insisting that she's in a mellower frame of mind, no longer the angry, crime-solving teen who thrills to danger. As if.

    Mechanic and race driver Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) heads to California for a high-stakes race in “Need for Speed.”

    High-octane action fuels ‘Need for Speed’

    It takes a lot for a film based on a video game to impress a crowd these days, given the dazzling advancements in gaming technology. But “Need for Speed,” based on the hit EA Entertainment racing game that’s sold 150 million units, could now drive some of that success toward the box office. Starring “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul, “Need for Speed” is fiercely entertaining, loaded with beautiful cars, winding roads and racers in leather coats.

    “Rise of An Empire” is the latest from Young Money.

    Lil Wayne, others score on Young Money album

    Lil Wayne isn’t just the founder of Young Money Cash Money Billionaires, he’s the rap squad’s captain, too. And on “Rise of an Empire,” Weezy plays his role well, anchoring a winning compilation from the camp, and making up for last year’s lackluster “I Am Not a Human Being II.” “All y’all that lashed out, I’ll come see what that’s ’bout, but you don’t need to call the fireman, to put a (expletive) match out,” Wayne rhymes on “Moment,” his singular solo contribution to the group’s latest release.

    Barking is one of the biggest causes of feuds in neighborhoods across America.

    Barking can bite at relationships among neighbors

    Many neighborhood feuds in the U.S. are caused by barking and parking. When it comes to barking, animal trainers say dogs are usually bored, scared or anxious, so they shouldn’t be blamed for fights that involve their masters. Incessant barking has stirred neighborhood violence and bred an industry of shock and sound devices decried as hurtful by some but hailed as solutions by their makers. Ultimately, owners need to take responsibility for devoting enough time to pet care, experts say. They urge people to get to the root of the problem.

    Set designer Anna Louizos has created a website to sell items from Broadway online, like this miniature proposal for the touring production of “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.”

    New website sells items from Broadway set designers

    If one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, that’s definitely true on Broadway. Set designer Anna Louizos has sadly watched wonderful costumes, props, models, sketches and designs from adored productions get tossed in the trash when shows close. Now, she's doing something about it: Louizos has launched Broadway Design Exchange, a website that allows designers to sell some of their work online instead of having it end up as landfill.

    This product image released by Rogue Ales of Newport, Ore., shows a bottle of the company's Santa's Private Reserve. Rogue Aleís annual holiday offering is a double-hopped red ale made with hops and barley from the breweryís own farm. The brewery and distillery founded in 1988 even malted the grain in the beer themselves. The result is a two-time World Beer Championship gold medal-winning amber beer with a roasted caramel malt flavor and a hoppy pine finish. (AP Photo/Rogue Ales)

    Hops are now something to shout about

    “Just the kiss of the hops.” In its World War II-era advertising, Schlitz tried to entice drinkers by promising the barest hint of the bitter herb in its beer. A slogan like that would leave modern craft beer drinkers cold. They don’t want a peck on the cheek; they crave intimacy. Heck, some devotees would walk a hop vine down the aisle if the law allowed. To no one’s great surprise, the market research group IRI recently announced that India pale ale has become the top-selling craft beer style.

    If you didn't drink that bottle of Huber's Hugo Gruner Veltliner back in 2007, uncork it now. Austrian Gruner Veltliner ages quite well.

    Austria’s Gruner Veltliner is among the world’s great whites

    Fans of Austri'a Gruner Veltliner want us to rank it with the top white wines of the world as much because of its longevity as its quality. Wine writer Dave McIntrye agrees that the wine ages well, yet still prefers to enjoy it in its youth.


    'Almost Human' made of strong parts that don't fit

    Writer/director/photographer Joe Begos loves campy, exploitation midnight movies, maniac massacres, sci-fi films and graphic horror tales so much, he stuffed a whole bunch of them into his feature film debut “Almost Human.” Look carefully and you'll notice not-so-subtle references to a kajillion other genre films. It's a bloody valentine to the low-budget shockers of the sort that once flooded the screen at New York's seedy Liberty Theater on 42nd Street.

    The real star of the documentary “Particle Fever” is the most expensive scientific experiment created: a super collider for smashing protons together.

    'Particle' science makes for a doc that feels like a film

    You don't normally think of documentaries as being material for a film franchise, but the smart and ultimately suspenseful “Particle Fever” certainly qualifies. It possesses a wonderful mystery — the search for the elusive “god particle” by physicists — and a benign rivalry between two scientific factions — the theorists and the experimentalists — amid the backdrop of what appears to be the greatest 007 movie set ever built.



    Editorial: The sad trajectory of accommodation
    A Daily Herald editorial calls on another suburban park district to keep video gambling machines out of its country club.


    Christie avoids hard truths in speech to conservatives

    Columnist Byron York: Chris Christie began his much-awaited remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington recently with an anecdote that seemed to portend some tough talk for his fellow Republicans.


    We need candidate who’ll fix Springfield
    An Antioch letter to the editor: The state is a mess, yet I don’t understand why people don’t want to shake things up.


    Time to stop rewarding failure
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: For the past seven years, the BCC has attempted to fundraise and seek donations for the renovation. They have failed and are now asking the tax payers of Libertyville to pay for their failure.


    Brainerd upgrade will boost Libertyville
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: The proposal to repurpose the Brainerd High School Building into a civic/performing arts centre is an example of the right idea at the right time.


    County board needs savvy budgeting skills
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Terri Voss is clearly the best choice to represent the 10th District (Hawthorn Woods and Mundelein) on the Lake County Board. As mayor of Mundelein and a former village trustee, I’ve worked closely with Terri Voss and can attest to her dedication and commitment to our community. As an 11-year veteran on our village board, she has clearly distinguished herself as an elected official and deserves a promotion to the Lake County Board.


    Team can get Illinois back on track
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: There are a great many people chasing after the “new kid on the campaign block.” To borrow a slogan from a recent presidential campaign, Mr. Bruce Rauner is a candidate who is “a blank canvas on which we can paint our hopes.” He is making campaign pledges that will never see the light of day, let alone pass the supermajority Democrat-controlled state legislature.


    School upgrade good for community
    A Hainesville letter to the editor: I’m a retired senior citizen on a fixed income. I’ve never had children or grandchildren in Round Lake Area District 116 schools, but I’m still going to vote “yes” for the addition to Round Lake High School,


    Experience, commitment best for county board
    A Hawthorn Woods letter to the editor: Every now and then a successful, qualified individual chooses to turn their life upside down and become a candidate for political office. They don’t have to do it. We all know it isn’t an easy path. But they are moved by a desire to improve the lives of those around them.


    GOP needs legislator’s return to office
    A Barrington letter to the editor: For the Illinois GOP to regain the prominence it once held, we must return Ed Sullivan Jr. to Springfield in 2014. Sullivan has admirably represented the 51st House District since 2003. Though I do not agree with him on every issue, Sullivan has proved to be a thoughtful conservative leader who analyzes bills carefully before voting.


    Why is union support seen as a negative?
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a candidate for the Illinois Republican gubernatorial nomination, has received the endorsement of AFSME, a large public employee union. Dillard was grilled at a recent debate about his allegiance to unions.


    Judge candidate has right demeanor for job
    A Chicago letter to the editor: As the Democratic primary approaches, voters should know about a candidate for Circuit Court Judge in the 11th Judicial Subcircuit, Scott Michael Kozicki. Scott is a dedicated and diligent lawyer, and he will make an even better judge.


    Let ‘rookies’ have a chance in Springfield
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Your March 8 front page article, “If state had term limits,” paints a picture that if we had term limits now, we would not have the benefit of longtime office holders in Springfield, as though that is a bad thing. For many of us, that is a good thing. The longtime office holders have screwed up this state so badly that we need to replace them. They need to go away so that they cannot continue to ruin this state.


    Candidate will bring vision and new ideas
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: In the Bible, although not popular and rarely quoted in public today, Jesus said, “By their fruits you will know them.” That’s why I am supporting Peter Breen.


    League supports Glenbard vote
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: The League of Women Voters strongly encourages all registered voters to go to the polls and exercise their right to vote in the March 18 General Primary Election.


    Defender of 1st Amendment? Hardly.
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Peter Breen is running in the Republican primary next Tuesday to replace Sandy Pihos as my Illinois representative in the 48th District. Breen is vice president and senior counsel for the Thomas More Society, which he claims champions First Amendment rights.


    ‘Veterans’ in the worst sense
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Senator Terry Link’s response to Republican candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner’s push for eight year term limits is “Do you want a baseball team to come out with 25 rookies?”


    Pool of dubious benefit to residents
    A Roselle letter to the editor: As Lake Park District 108 voters head to the polls, keep the following facts in mind when deciding how to vote on the two pool referendums: The estimated pool cost over the 10-year bond term is $15,800,000.


    This resident votes ‘yes’ — twice
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: I am disappointed to receive a letter from Ed Levato in an envelope from the DuPage County Republican Central Committee containing his personal recommendation on a sample ballot to vote “No” for the Community Aquatic Center at Lake Park High School.


    Best of all, this won’t raise taxes
    An Oak Brook letter to theeditor: The Construction Industry Service Corporation strongly endorses passage of the Glenbard High School District 87 zero-tax-rate-increase bond referendum that will appear on the Tuesday, March 18 ballot.


    Hardworking judge deserves election
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I had the privilege to have worked with Judge Jim Hallock as an associate judge for 13 years. During that time he routinely covered the overflow court calls, assigned himself the most holiday/weekend bond calls and successfully presided over several of the busiest court dockets in the circuit.


    Jokes about pot hardly funny
    A Woodstock letter to the editor: Bad cigarette nicotine, good marijuana THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), that’s our liberal media.


    Common sense values in Springfield
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: I am writing to show my support for Steve Andersson. When electing people to public office, it is important that they represent our values. Steve is a conservative. He is pro-life.


    Wrong way to help those in need
    Wrong way to help those in needI encourage the taxpayers of Kane County to vote “No” for the tax increase petition titled “Show You Care Kane.” This new tax levy would generate roughly $16 million for the Association for Individual Development and help create another 400 bureaucrats within Kane County. This same group got defeated in McHenry County trying to levy a tax increase in that county. Now they are in Kane County trying to do the same thing.The Association for Individual Development already receives grant money from the state each year so this extra money that is generated would be on top of what is already received from the taxpayers. Another issue is that the services provide by this group could be used to help other people outside of Kane County. So in theory, the Kane County taxpayers would be subsidizing all services that are provided to other counties citizens.According to their annual report the total amount of public support and revenue in 2012 was $22.5, an increase of roughly $2.5 million over 2011. The AID is asking to increase their budget by 71 percent over their last year’s budget. That is a huge increase. There are numerous other nonprofits that would be extremely happy to see their budget increases by 71 percent.This is a bad deal for the taxpayers of Kane County. There are other ways to help the citizens that AID is trying to help but this is not the way to do it.Shane NowakElgin


    Legislative maps need to be fair
    A Cary letter to the editor: With the primary election right around the corner, much discussion is focusing on term limits here in Illinois. I believe the true answer to the term limits question involves fairly drawing the legislative maps, and I know Dan Rutherford agrees with me on this important issue.


    Candidate shouldn’t wear the uniform
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I recently received a political mailing from Don Kramer for Kane County Sheriff. It was a well composed piece. But I have a problem with it.


    Running just to satisfy his ego
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Billionaire Bruce Rauner is spending millions of dollars to buy the Republican nomination for Illinois governor. But, you need more than money and attack ads to win an election. You have to have a plan to fix the budget and reform the pension mess that doesn’t just penalize the people who have paid in to retirement.


    Candidates don’t offer specifics
    A Geneva letter to the editor: As an immigrant who became a citizen of this great country so I could vote, I am appalled by the lack of respect that the current principal candidates for governor have for that privilege. Voters should be given specific choices for their decisions.


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