Daily Archive : Friday March 14, 2014


    Marlon Green

    Friend testifies she spent day with Matthew Nellesen after his dad’s murder

    An acquaintance of Matthew Nellessen said he phoned her one April morning in 2011 and asked for her help if he got in trouble with police. The call came at 8:45 a.m. April 14, 2011, Amanda Meinheit testified in the third day of Matthew Nellessen’s murder trial. Nellessen asked if she would bail him out if he got into trouble that day, Meinheit said. “It sounded like he was in a...


    Body might be former Des Plaines woman’s

    Indiana Department of Natural Resources authorities announced Friday that a body was discovered early that afternoon at the site where a former Des Plaines woman went missing in December.


    Condo unit catches fire in Des Plaines

    Firefighters battled a blaze Friday night in an unoccupied condominium under renovation in Des Plaines.

    James Robert Jones, 59. Authorities say Jones, who escaped federal custody more than three decades ago, was arrested Thursday, when he showed up for work in Pompano Beach, Fla.

    After 37 years on lam, killer caught by sophisticated software

    The marshals caught up with Jones on Thursday after using facial-recognition technology to match a Florida driver’s license he was issued in 1981 in Keith’s name with his old military photograph.Jones was arrested outside the Pompano Beach business where he worked.He admitted his real identity as he was being fingerprinted, and the prints confirmed it. He was being held without bail...

    Mallory Volocyk, 24, of Des Plaines holds a puppy named Alyssa at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park on Friday. She was looking around for a new dog.

    Pet Expo on tap at track this weekend

    The Chicagoland Pet Expo opened Friday and runs through Sunday at Arlington Park Racecourse in Arlington Heights. Put on by Tower Productions, the expo has more than 200 exhibitors, plus entertainment, demonstrations and the latest products and services.

    Two Secretary of State police officers walk in the hallway by state Rep. Keith Farnham’s Springfield office Friday afternoon.

    Elgin legislator’s home, office searched by federal officials

    Federal officials searched state Rep. Keith Farnham’s Elgin legislative office and home Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago said. Spokesman Randall Samborn said a search warrant was executed by officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations as part of an “ongoing investigation.”

    Sarah Giunchedi of Barrington gets in the Irish mood Friday at the fourth annual Barrington Celtic Fest even through she is Italian.

    Celtic Fest opens in Barrington

    The fourth annual Barrington Celtic Fest opened this afternoon. The event, which runs through Monday, features live music and DJs, including headline performer American English on Saturday. Other highlights include performances by Irish dancers and bagpipers, food and beverages, and guest appearances. A family-friendly day is planned for Sunday.

    Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, left, and Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez announced the seizure of 17 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $1.6 million, and $259,569 in cash at a news conference Friday at the sheriff’s office in St. Charles.

    Kane County bust nets $1.6 million in cocaine

    Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon and Sheriff Pat Perez announced Friday the seizure of $1.6 million worth of cocaine and more than $259,000 cash from an Aurora home Tuesday morning. Perez said it's the biggest cocaine arrest he can recall in Kane County during his 23 years of service.

    First-graders Briana Butler and Gavin Stanley race around the speed skating track during an Olympic event Friday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Lake Zurich.

    St. Francis de Sales Catholic School hosts its own Winter Olmpic competition

    The spirit of the Winter Olympics continues at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Lake Zurich. On Friday, the school held a Winter Olympics event featuring students in grades kindergarten through eight competing in five events.

    Sarah Gumm

    Lake County judge: Inmate can’t leave to jail to see dying father

    A woman charged with killing a 3-month-old child in Waukegan cannot leave the Lake County jail to visit her dying father at a Milwaukee veterans hospital, a Lake County judge ruled Friday.


    Boomers’ annual Easter egg hunt April 19

    The Schaumburg Boomers baseball team and mascot Coop are inviting families to come on out to the ballpark for the third annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg. The first egg hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m., with gates opening at 9:30 a.m.


    Cook County road projects announced

    Gov. Pat Quinn Friday announced capital investments of more than $18.3 million for road projects in Cook County, including work on Algonquin Road in Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Schaumburg and South Barrington.

    July 1 is time to switch over to Ventra for CTA and Pace passengers.

    Ventra switch coming July 1 for Pace, CTA riders

    Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority will officially transfer to Ventra, the new fare system July 1. Kinks that continued through the rollout of Ventra last fall and summer are worked out, officials promised.

    The remains of the pickup truck that was going the wrong way on Rand Road on Monday.

    Second man dies from injuries in wrong-way Arlington Hts. crash

    A second man has died from his injuries after the crash caused by a wrong-way driver in Arlington Heights on Monday. Anatoliy Elkind, 48 of Vernon Hills, died at 5:07 p.m. Wednesday,

    Sara Ross carries out the state championship trophy for the Montini Catholic High School girls basketball team during a pep rally Friday at the school. The team is celebrating its fourth state title in five years.

    Montini pep rally recognizes three state championship teams

    A pep rally for three state championship teams coupled with some long-awaited warm weather resulted in a perfect end to the week for students at Montini Catholic High School. The school’s gym was packed with students, parents and community members an hour before dismissal Friday to recognize the state champion poms, wrestling and girls basketball teams.


    Chicago area gets $128 million in flood funds

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs has awarded $128.3 million in funding to communities in the Chicago area for recovery efforts following severe storms and flooding that began on April 18, 2013. Cook County will receive $54.9 million; Chicago, $47.7 million; DuPage County, $18.9 million; and the state, $6.8 million. “Last April’s severe storms caused some of the worst...


    Handgun found near Streamwood High School

    A Streamwood High School student is in custody after police recovered a handgun just outside the grounds of the school in a residential area Friday, authorities said. The school was placed on lockdown for a time while the premises were searched.

    The iconic University of Illinois statue Alma Mater, created in 1929 by artist Lorado Taft, has been undergoing extensive repairs for water damage and corrosion.

    Alma Mater sculpture may return to U of I in April

    A famous bronze sculpture could return to the University of Illinois campus in Urbana next month after undergoing a $360,000 restoration, officials said. The 85-year-old Alma Mater statue of a robed woman flanked by figures celebrating “Learning” and “Labor” was removed for cleaning and restoration in August 2012.

    Neuqua Valley High School students Jamie Smith, Aaron Lauth, Matt Groenthal and Tom Brown present their marketing plan for custom T-shirt retailer Big Frog during a marketing competition Friday at the school in Naperville. The students impressed Big Frog’s Naperville owners and the company’s CEO, winning the contest and a $1,000 prize.

    Neuqua students pitch marketing ideas for T-shirt retailer

    Don’t be surprised if “#BigFrog50” shows up on social media and helps earn discounts at a Naperville custom T-shirt retailer. The slogan was one of several ideas Neuqua Valley High School students shared with custom T-shirt company Big Frog during a marketing competition Friday at the school. “It was very economical and it brought people into the store,” said...


    Quinn reappoints Scott as ICC chairman

    Gov. Pat Quinn has named Doug Scott to a second term as the Illinois Commerce Commission’s chairman. The Democratic governor said Friday that Scott helped Illinois become a leader in the use of renewable energy and saved consumers “hundreds of millions of dollars” in proposed utility rate hikes and consumer refunds.


    Pipeline leak near Kankakee under investigation

    Limestone Township Fire Chief Mike Whalen says hazardous materials teams responded around midnight Friday to calls of a strong odor and discovered petroleum leaking into a ditch that leads to the Kankakee River.


    Chicago truck company owner sentenced for fraud

    The owner of a Chicago trucking company certified as a minority-owned business has been sentenced to 17 months in prison.


    House passes measure to change GED testing

    A measure allowing high school testing companies other than GED Testing Services to operate in the state is advancing in the Illinois legislature. Lawmakers say a recent GED price increase from $50 to $120 strains low-income test takers.


    Northwestern launches $3.75B fundraising campaign

    Northwestern University is kicking off an ambitious $3.75 billion fundraising effor for a series of new buildings and renovations while also endowing professorships, creating scholarships and supporting research, among other plans.


    Suburban lawmaker seeks ban on Kratom

    Republican state Rep. Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst wants to ban Kratom, which comes from leaves in Thailand. Officials say in highly concentrated pill or powder form it is similar to opium.

    Chemyra Barnett

    Two charged with abusing 97-year-old woman

    Two women are accused of battering an elderly resident of a St. Charles nursing home, and capturing the event on video, according to St. Charles police.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Brock J. Reynolds, 26, of Carpentersville, was arrested Tuesday on drug and fleeing charges after police said he led them on a brief high-speed chase through a neighborhood while he had marijuana in his possession, according to a police report.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A Geneva man was charged with battery and cruelty to animals at 9:30 p.m. March 8 on a trail behind the houses in the 500 block of Edison Street, police said. Michael J. Conlee, 37, of the same block, is accused of punching a neighbor in a shoulder, knocking the person down, and of kicking a dog that he believed was going to bite him, according to a police report.

    Jenny Barry, local history librarian at the Cook Memorial Library, looks over some historical books inside the Ansel B. Cook House in Cook Park.

    Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society aims to preserve, share history

    The Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society aims to not only preserve local history but to also share that history with others. The historical society holds six meetings a year - three in the fall and three in the spring - and those meetings focus on a variety of topics.

    Fariq was contemplating marriage after having just graduated to the cockpit of a Boeing 777.

    10 facts on Malaysia plane disappearance

    The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has generated dozens of theories on where it is now, from the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea, and how it vanished. Here are 10 facts, including how far it could have flown and how much runway space it needs to land.

    Wayne Maier, 67, of Glen Ellyn enjoys his woodworking hobby, which always includes relaxing with a cup of coffee.

    Moving Picture: Glen Ellyn passionate about woodworking

    Wayne Maier of Glen Ellyn has become an expert woodworker in his retirement years, crafting an impressive workworking shop in the addition to his home. He's made a host of new friends with his hobby, and he looks forward to the end of each project where he gets the payoff for his creativity.

    Cleo Keller, volunteer at the Naperville Area Humane Society, visits with one of the cats in the organization’s shelter on Diehl Road. Keller is one of the society’s founding members and has been volunteering for its entire 35-year history.

    ‘Whimsical’ sculpture to honor Naperville Humane Society founders

    A sculpture of a dog and a cat described as “whimsical,” is in the works to be installed near Centennial Beach and the Riverwalk in Naperville, honoring the efforts of two women who founded the Naperville Area Humane Society 35 years ago. "We decided it’s a good way to honor these ladies,” said longtime humane society member Gail Diedrichsen.

    Writers from various mediums will visit Libertyville High School for a week starting March 31.

    Authors, other scribes coming to Libertyville High for Writers Week

    Novelists, poets, a pair of comic-book writers and a musician will teach students about their crafts as part of Libertyville High School’s annual Writers Week.

    GOP precinct committeeman Larry Moretti knocks on doors in Addison, talking about Tuesday’s primary election.

    Some seats contested, others vacant as committeeman role evolves

    Committeemen, those political party footsoldiers, might seem old-fashioned in an age of millennials and social media. Many committeeman seats have no candidates in Tuesday's primary, though some others are hotly contested.


    Dist. 54 seeks community members for committee

    School District 54 is looking for community members, who would be interested in serving on its District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (DCAC) or its Advisory Council for District Initiatives (ACDI) beginning in the fall of 2014.

    Michael F. Maude

    Founder of Barrington housing charity dies

    Families across the Northwest suburbs may not recognize his name, but Michael Maude, Sr. was behind a Barrington-based agency that works behind the scenes to make transitional housing accessible for people in need of a place to stay. More than 20 years ago, its original board members named their organization the Michael Joseph Foundation after Maude and St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters.

    The Des Plaines Oasis was featured in a scene from the 1980 film, “The Blues Brothers.”

    5 things you may not know about Des Plaines Oasis

    The Des Plaines Oasis will shut down Sunday after 55 years. The demolition, which will cost $9.3 million, is necessary to make way for the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway extension and related bypass around O'Hare. Here are five interesting facts you may not have known about the oasis.

    Brianna L. Hagstrom

    Sheriff: 6-pound pot package delivered to Elgin

    A 33-year-old Elgin woman was arrested after authorities intercepted a packaage from California sent to her home containing nearly six pounds of marijuana. Brianna L. Hagstrom was being held on $125,000 bail and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

    Hanover Park trustees are scheduled to vote March 20 on a measure to ban electronic cigarettes to anyone younger than 18.

    Hanover Park to vote on electronic cigarette regulations

    Hanover Park is poised to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors under proposed restrictions. Officials fear the battery-powered devices will lead kids to pick up the conventional kind. "We need to find ways to make it less lucrative (and) less pretty," Mayor Rodney Craig said.

    Josť M. Cardenas

    Cops: Hoffman Estates man tried to kidnap woman

    A Hoffman Estates man has been accused of threatening an ex-girlfriend with a pellet gun and attempting to kidnap her Wednesday by dragging her out of her vehicle by the hair, Carpentersville police said Friday. Josť M. Cardenas, 22, of the 1800 block of Huntington Boulevard, was later charged with attempted kidnapping, unlawful restraint, aggravated battery and violation of an order of...

    Warsaw residents stage a picket in front of the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, to demand sanctions against Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his government for the military incursion in Ukraine’s Crimea region.

    After Crimea, wary Eastern Europe asks: Who’s next?

    Broken promises of help from the West. A tragic history of Russian invasion that goes back centuries. A painful awareness that conflicts in this volatile region are contagious. These are the factors that make nations across Eastern Europe watch events in Ukraine — and tremble. There is a palpable sense of fear that Russia, seemingly able to thumb its nose at Western powers at will, may...

    Progress toward redeveloping the Settler's Hill landfill had been somewhat stalled of late, but momentum picked up this week, Kane County Board Member Mike Donahue said.

    Settler's Hill redevelopment negotiations start again

    Public chastising of Waste Management officials for dragging their feet on plans to redevelop the former Settler's Hill landfill appear to have worked. Company officials came to the table this week with new promises of cooperation. Local residents may even see public access to the summit of the landfill by the end of the year.

    A police photograph of Oscar Pistorius standing on his bloodstained prosthetic legs and wearing shorts covered in blood, taken shortly after the athlete fatally shot his girlfriend, which was shown to the court in Pretoria, at his murder trial Friday, March 14, 2014.

    Pistorius was photographed in bloody prosthetics

    Police photographs of a bare-chested Oscar Pistorius standing in his garage on blood-stained prosthetic legs and wearing shorts covered in blood, taken shortly after the athlete fatally shot his girlfriend, were shown to the court at his murder trial Friday. Prosecutors displayed two photos on TV monitors in the courtroom.

    A person takes a photo of a damaged US Airways jet at the end of a runway at the Philadelphia International Airport, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. Airline officials said the flight was heading to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the pilot was forced to abort takeoff around 6:30 p.m., after the front landing gear failed. An airport spokeswoman said no injuries have been reported.

    Passengers from crippled Pa. plane arrive in Fla.

    Some passengers aboard a plane whose nose gear collapsed on a Philadelphia runway finally made it to South Florida early Friday. Officials say US Airways Flight 1702 was heading for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday when a tire on the front landing gear blew out, forcing the pilot to abort takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport.

    A woman writes a message on a banner for missing Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS) Flight 370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Malaysia, on Friday, March 14, 2014.

    Search for lost jet expands amid signs it flew on

    The search for the missing Malaysian jetliner expanded east and west on Friday after American officials said it was emitting signals to satellites for hours after its last contact with air traffic control nearly a week ago over the South China Sea. Malaysian officials insisted that investigators had yet to reach a definitive conclusion on what radar and satellite data showed, and said the search...

    Several weeks after mass protests ousted Russian-leaning President Viktor Yanukovych, hundreds of members of the radical ultranationalist group, the Right Sector, continue to patrol central streets and occupy buildings in Kiev.

    After Ukraine protest, radical group eyes power

    Shoppers in the center of Kiev were out of luck one recent afternoon: A clothing store and a cell phone shop were occupied by black-clad men in masks, and bulletproof vests. Several weeks after mass protests ousted Russian-leaning President Viktor Yanukovych, hundreds of members of the radical ultranationalist group, the Right Sector, continue to patrol central streets and occupy buildings in...

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to London on Friday to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a last-minute bid to stave off a new chapter in the East-West crisis over Ukraine.

    West readies sanctions on Russia after Crimea vote

    The top diplomats for Russia and the U.S. voiced pessimism Friday about negotiating an immediate end to the crisis in Ukraine or preventing its strategic Crimea region from voting this weekend to break off from the rest of the country.

    Daniela Gil, 6, cries Tuesday March 11, 2014 as a bus is moved at the privately run Tacoma Northwest Detention Center which houses U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees. Daniela and her family believed her dad, Guillermo Gil was aboard the bus to be deported to Mexico. Guillermo Gil lived in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant for 20 years before being detained in October of 2013.

    Under pressure, Obama vows to examine deportations

    With prospects for real immigration reform fading, President Barack Obama is yielding to pressure from some of his staunchest allies and looking for ways to act without Congress to ease the suffering caused by deportation. “It is clear that the pleas from the community got through to the president,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago.

    One of the U.S. Justice Department’s top concerns in allowing Washington and Colorado to move forward with plans to legalize and tax marijuana sales is seeing that the states keep criminals out of the industry. But the DOJ itself is refusing to let Washington run national background checks on those applying to run legal pot businesses, The Associated Press has learned, and those who have received the first legal pot licenses have done so without going through a national background check.

    AP: FBI balks at pot background checks

    The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that’s long been illegal under federal law.

    Indian forces expanded the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to the Bay of Bengal after evidence mounted the plane with 239 people on board may have flown long after controllers lost contact with it a week ago.

    A look at the types of signals a plane gives off

    The missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 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, according to a U.S. official briefed on the search for the jet. This raises the possibility that the plane may have flown far from the current search areas. A look at three types of signals planes give off,...

    In 1962, a Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation propeller plane like this one, chartered by the U.S. military failed to arrive in the Philippines en route to Vietnam.

    Mystery of missing jet recalls past disappearances

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is the latest example of a very rare event in aviation: a plane that vanishes. Since the dawn of the jet age in 1958, here are some other notable disappearances.

    Crews using heavy machinery work the site of a building explosion in New York, Friday, March 14, 2014. Using sound devices to probe for voices and telescopic cameras to peer into small spaces, workers searching a pile of rubble from a gas explosion in the East Harlem section of Manhattan, continued to treat it as a rescue operation.

    Rescuers continue searching rubble from NYC blast

    Using sound devices to probe for voices and telescopic cameras to peer into small spaces, workers searching a pile of rubble from a gas explosion in New York City continued to treat it Friday as a rescue operation, holding onto the possibility of finding survivors from a blast that brought down two apartment buildings and killed at least eight people. “We have to think of survivors and...

    An injured bald eagle found in Oak Lawn is expected to return to the wild next month after a veterinarian at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn removed a bullet from its wing.

    Injured bald eagle on way to recovery at Willowbrook Wildlife Center

    An injured bald eagle is another step closer to returning to flight and its native habitat, thanks to the team at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Dr. Jen Nevis, the center's staff veterinarian, recently performed surgery to remove a bullet, which broke the ulna bone of the eagle's right wing. Officials say an Oak Lawn resident found the injured bird in his back yard in late February.

    Daily Herald file McDonald’s took over operation of restaurants at the Des Plaines Oasis in 1975.

    Images: Des Plaines Oasis over the years
    The Des Plaines Oasis is more than a pit stop. It’s been a place where people work and where politics play out. In recent years, it’s also been where many have welcomed home troops. Here are some images Daily Herald photographers shot over the years.


    Crash kills off-duty Chicago police officer

    An off-duty Chicago police officer died after his car was struck during a police chase on the city’s South Side. Police spokeswoman Amina Greer says the crash took place just before 1 a.m. on Friday.


    Indicted Indiana deputy allowed free from custody

    The defense lawyer for a central Indiana sheriff’s deputy facing federal charges of excessive force says the cases all involve people who were combative with police officers.


    Hit by potholes, Chicago expands road program

    The harsh winter has left many Chicago streets cracked and pockmarked with tire-busting potholes, so the city is expanding this year’s road-paving program.

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

    Illinois AG reviews 3,400 public-access issues

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her public access bureau handled more than 3,400 new issues involving open records and meetings in 2013.

    The federal Bureau of Prisons has allocated nearly $54 million to begin opening the Thomson Correctional Center in the northwest part of Illinois.

    Federal gov’t allocates $53.7M for Thomson prison
    The federal Bureau of Prisons has allocated nearly $54 million to begin opening the Thomson Correctional Center in the northwest part of Illinois.


    Accused armed robber arrested after Wisconsin jail visit

    A man accused of armed robbery in Allouez has been convicted, after sheriff’s deputies spotted his vehicle a short time later in the jail parking lot.


    Dawn Patrol: Procession for fallen Wauconda officer; hospital merger?

    Procession for fallen Wauconda police officer. Office Max to leave Naperville. Northwestern and Cadence plan merger. GOP governor candidates debate last time. Collision in Buffalo Grove involves police vehicle. Kane deputy clerk suspended. "Vote-buying" allegation in 8th District GOP race. Judge rejects Kane prosecutor request. Palatine man dies in Ohio crash. NU, Illini move on. Bulls win.

    Icicles hang from the cliffs on February 3 at the ice caves north of Bayfield, Wis.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of March 10.

    Republicans Joe Cantore, left, and Mary Lou Wehrli are hoping to become their party’s nominee for president of the DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission.

    Forest president candidates focus on their differences

    With days left before Tuesday’s primary, the two Republicans hoping to become the next president of the DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission are making their case for why they should be the GOP nominee. For candidate Mary Lou Wehrli, that involves stressing the differences between herself and her opponent, Joe Cantore.

    This artist’s rendering shows Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s renovated administrative campus on Schaumburg Road, with the new Early Childhood Center on the left and the expanded administration building on the right.

    Schaumburg OKs Dist. 54 Early Childhood Center

    With village of Schaumburg giving its approval this week, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 expects to start work next week converting its Rauch Center for Instruction and Technology into a new Early Childhood Center and expanding the administration building next door. The $19.5 million project will rely entirely upon existing reserves and be completed by the time early childhood classes...

    Carl Ball, left, and Tim Perry are chaplains with the Elgin Police Department. Perry is working on expanding the scope of the Northwest Corridor Chaplaincy Service to help place chaplains at police and fire departments across the suburbs.

    Elgin chaplain wants to expand model across suburbs

    Once upon a time, police chaplains were only called to deal with harrowing situations like notifying people of a loved one’s death. But Elgin’s volunteer police chaplains do a lot more than that, under a new “active chaplaincy” model that Senior Chaplain Tim Perry wants to expand elsewhere in the suburbs.

    Instead of gifts, Bill Schumann asked the nearly 250 guests at his 65th birthday celebration last Friday to bring donations to the Homeless Veterans Shelter in downtown Wheaton. He matched the donations, which totaled nearly $30,000. And the new total led to yet another big match.

    Veteran's birthday idea turns into $150,000 gift to comrades

    Instead of gifts, Bill Schumann asked the nearly 250 guests at his 65th birthday celebration last Friday to bring donations to the Homeless Veterans Shelter in downtown Wheaton. He promised to match all donations, which totaled nearly $30,000. “It took all the negative of turning 65 off my plate and turned it into a positive force for the community,” he said.

    Dan Proft

    DuPage County is a major GOP primary focus

    Campaign spending by conservative talk show host Dan Proft's Liberty Principles committee has exceeded $200,000 in two DuPage County Illinois House races, a huge number in races for seats at the Statehouse. Proft has been backing teacher Keith Matune of Downers Grove against state Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove and attorney Peter Breen of Lombard against state Rep. Sandra Pihos of Glen Ellyn.

    Erdenebileg Sambuunyam

    Sleepy Hollow police chief says shooting took toll on department

    Sleepy Hollow Police Chief James Linane told the Daily Herald Thursday how his officers are coping with the aftermath of the officer-involved fatal shooting last Sunday — a first for the village of 3,500 residents. The department has 12 officers, two of whom have been placed on paid leave since the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Buffalo Grove man, Erdenebileg Sambuunyam.

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

    Bellar, Gorman discuss flooding, economy in 17th county board district

    The 17th District may stretch more than 45 miles from the Northwest suburbs to the South suburbs, but the Republicans running in the primary for the Cook County Board seat said flooding problems and rebuilding the local economy are important to voters everywhere. Longtime Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman is facing challenger Barbara Bellar in the March 18 primary.


    Northwest suburbs approve new energy supplier for municipal aggregation

    Arlington Heights, along with several other Northwest suburban communities, has switched to a new energy supplier as part of the municipal electric aggregation program, village officials say. The village negotiated a three-year contract making Constellation Energy, which also will supply electricity to Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Wheeling and Long Grove.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A man stole keys to a foreclosed condominium on the 1200 block of East Washington Street in Des Plaines. He put an ad in a Polish newspaper offering to rent the condo for $475. A woman answered the ad Feb. 27 but refused to give him money until he proved that he owned the unit. He told her he needed to get the paperwork out of his car and left.


    Cook County changes women, minority program

    The Cook County Board approved changes to a program for businesses that are owned by women or minorities. The changes approved Wednesday are aimed at eliminating fraud in The Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises program.


    Mooseheart forward Makur Puou dunks against Unity during Class 1A state semifinal play at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday.

    Mooseheart makes it happen

    Mooseheart’s historic boys basketball season is going to end on the largest stage possible. The Ramblers used a strong second half to defeat Unity 74-61 on Friday at Peoria Carver Arena and move into Saturday’s IHSA Class 1A state championship game. Mooseheart sits 32 minutes from the school’s first team title.

    South Elgin's Darius Wells (25) stands alone on a corner of the court in the final 10 seconds as the realization that the season is about to come to an end sinks in during Friday's Class 4A Elgin sectional final.

    South Elgin battles, but Rockford Auburn prevails

    South Elgin thought it took Rockford Auburn's best shot when the Knights bolted ahead of the Storm 22-9 in the first quarter of Friday night's Elgin Class 4A sectional final. Turns out Auburn actually saved its best for last. But in between South Elgin sure did give the NIC-10 champions a run for their money. Auburn stared another potential South Elgin upset in the face and turned in a sizzling fourth quarter in overcoming the Storm 83-73 in front of a frenzied crowd estimated at 3,800 at Chesbrough Field House.


    Hossa hoping for game action soon

    There weren’t many players who were more excited about taking on the Penguins at Soldier Field on March 1, than Blackhawks veteran Marian Hossa. That’s why that first period hit he took from Craig Adams along the boards really hurt — in more ways than one. “I was looking forward to that game, so playing 4 minutes was definitely disappointing,” Hossa said.

    Michigan State guard/forward Branden Dawson (22) shoots over Northwestern forward Drew Crawford (1) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Northwestern no match for Michigan State, falls 67-51

    Drew Crawford walked off the court with 43 seconds left in his final Big Ten Tournament game to an ovation from fans and was embraced by Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. "I told him it's been an honor playing against his teams," Crawford said after Friday night's 67-51 loss to the No. 22 Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. "Michigan State's an unbelievable program. It means a lot that he's always respected me as a player. So it was nice to send it off that way."

    Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, top, talks to his team during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in Chicago, Friday, March 14, 2014. The Predators won 3-2.

    Quenneville losing patience with slow-starting Hawks

    A Lee Elia moment it wasn’t, thanks in part to a malfunctioning microphone, but even while speaking in hushed tones late Friday night, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville let it be known — loud and clear — that he is not a happy camper after another slow start by his team that resulted in a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators Friday night. “The first five to ten minutes weren’t bad, but it was tough to watch the last part of the first period,” Quenneville said. “That was as bad as we’ve probably played for any stretch all year.”


    Girls track: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Glenbard North invitationalTeam resultsNaperville North 127; Glenbard North 95; Prospect 79; Huntley 52.5; Schaumburg 52; Rosary 35; Willowbrook 31.5; Lake Forest 24.*Individual Results4x800 relay: Willowbrook 9:48.60; Naperville North 9:53.20; Rosary 10:10.20; 4x160 relay: Glenbard North 1:25.7; Huntley 1:29.5; Prospect 1:31.9; 3200: Santiago (Pros) 10:59.6; McDaniel (NapN) 11:11.4; Hamilton (NapN) 11:28.1; 55 high hurdles: Spann (Sch) 8.5; Mason (MP) 8.7; Trambley (Hntl) 8.71; 55: Varr (GbdN) 7.3; Kirkland (NapN) 7.6; Aron (GbdN) 7.7; 800: Gutt (Sch) 2:26.2; Gibson (NapN) 2:26.6; Griffin (NapN) 2:30.0; 4x240 relay: Glenbard North 2:22.30; Huntley 2:25.60; Lake Forest 2:27.00; 400: Carr (GbdN) 1:00.7; Chao (NapN) 1:03.5; Hammer (Ros) 1:03.8; 1600: DeTurris (NapN) 5:20.3; Ronzone (Ros) 5:25.5; Pendergast (NapN) 5:28.9; 200: Spann (Sch) 26.6; Murphy (GbdN) 27.7; Sherwood (Pros) 27.9; 4x400 relay: Willowbrook 4:21.70; Huntley 4:25.10; Glenbard North 4:27.20; Long jump: Sherwood (Pros) 17-3.5; Wahrman (GbdN) 17-0.25; He (NapN) 15-5.75; High jump: Mueller (NapN) 5-6; Myzk (LF) 5-4; Skudlarek (Pros) 5-4; Triple jump: Wahrman (GbdN) 35-1.75; Eurich (Pros) 35-1.5; He (NNap) 34-2.25; Shotput: Reese (Pros) 41-0; Collins (GbdN) 36-8.5; Freeman (NapN) 35-3.25; Pole vault: Kampert (Hntl) 10-0; Mueller (NapN) 10-0; Lyman (Hntl) 9-6*York invitationalteam scoresPalatine 118, York 102, Whitney Young 95, Glenbard West 76, Oak Park 57, Mother McAuley 43.*individual placewinners3200 relay: Palatine 9:39.73; York 10:27.07; Mother McAuley 10:38.61; 300: Jelinek (York) 42.96; Iginia (Pal) 43.57; Simo (York) 44.72; 3200: Kieliezweski (Pal) 11:43.59; Mueller (York) 12:20.13; Purtillo (Pal) 12:22.25; 55 medium hurdles: Ataessian (WY) 9.05; Wilkerson (OP) 9.32; Underbhill (OP) 9.51; 55: Okiro (WY) 7.68; Martin (OP) 7.70; Gambol (GbdW) 7.88; 800: Graham (GbdW) 2:19.55; Cox (Pal) 2:24.83; Leonardo (MMC) 2:33.59; 800 relay: Whitney Young 1:48.45; York 1:49.25; Mother McAuley 1:51.17; 400: Tukes (WY) 1:06.66; Ahern (York) 1:07.15; Colliery (WY) 1:08.45; 1600: O’Brien (Pal) 5:13.47; Luczak (GbdW) 5:16.45; McPherson (Pal) 5:22.69; 200: Driver (MMC) 26.60; Gambol (GbdW) 27.11; Ataessien (WY) 27.41; 1600 relay: Whitney Young 4:17.46; York 4:17.83; Glenbard West 4:25.59; Long jump: Driver (MMC) 17-7.5; Proska (Pal) 16-2; Gambol (GbdW) 15-7; High jump: Thabuteay (Pal) 5-4; McGuffin (WY) 5-2; Nosek (Y) 5-2; Triple jump: Gambol (GbdW) 35-6.75; McGuffin (WY) 33-10; Heidrich (Pal) 33-8.25; Shotput: Harrell (York) 33-5; Ester (Pal) 32-4.5; Powers (Pal) 32-1; Pole vault: Waltz (York) 10-7; Underhill (OP) 9-9; Natalie (OP) 8-9; Lenzo (OP) 8-9.F/S: Glenbard West 112.5, York 106, Oak Park 96, Palatine 90.5, Whitney Young 53, Mother McAuley 25.*


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Class 4A sectional championshipAt Lake Zurichstevenson 63, fremd 48Fremd — Williams 1 3-4 5, Carlson 3 0-0 6, Ochoa 4 3-4 11, Groot 0 0-0 0, Glassmann 6 4-6 18, Cordell 0 0-0 0, Roundy 2 2-2 8, Peters 0 0-0 0, Weber 0 0-0 0, Schoffstall 0 0-0 0, Magnani 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 12-16-48.Stevenson — Brunson 9 6-9 27, Morrissey 1 2-2 4, Nichols 1 0-0 2, Johnson 2 2-3 6, Cashaw 5 9-9 20, Green 2 0-1 4, Newman 0 0-2 0, Rosenbaum 0 0-0 0, Dillon 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Panitch 0 0-0 0, Sanon 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 19-26 63.Fremd 13 8 10 17 —48Stevenson 12 15 16 20 —633-point baskets: Frm: Glassmann 2, Roundy 2; Stev: Brunson 3, Cashaw.*Class 4A Elgin sectionalRockford Auburn 83, South Elgin 73South Elgin — Smith 8 2-4 22, McClure 4 1-3 10, Mahmudi 1 1-2 4, Wells 9 3-3 23, Amrhein 1 0-0 3, Hankins 2 3-5 7, Kamienski 1 1-2 4. Totals 26 11-19 73.Rockford Auburn — Trammell 2 0-1 4, Bjorlie 1 0-0 3, Cobb 6 5-7 19, Pittman 8 2-2 18, Redd 0 0-1 0, Porter 3 9-14 16, Hoover 4 0-0 10, Minor 3 6-6 13. Totals 27 22-31 83.South Elgin 17 22 22 12 —73Rockford Auburn 24 16 18 25 —833-point baskets: SE — Smith 4, Wells 2, McClure, Mahmudi; RA — Cobb 2, Hoover 2, Bjorlie, Porter, Minor.*Class 4A East Aurora sectionalBenet 60, Geneva 41Geneva — Temple 2 0-0 6; Cook 3 2-4 10; Navigato 2 0-0 4; Parrilli 2 0-0 5; Vollbrecht 1 3-6 5; Santacaterina 0 0-0 0; Ladi 4 0-0 9; Kloubec 0 0-0 0; Dreyer 0 0-0 0; D’Amico 0 0-0 0; Moyer 0 0-0 0; Stahl 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 5-10 41.Benet — Pellettieri 1 0-0 3; Yesufu 2 4-5 8; Bonnett 3 0-0 9; Nelligan 5 1-2 12; O’Mara 9 6-9 24; Roemer 2 0-0 4; Sobolewski 0 0-0 0; Boyle 0 0-0 0; Kruzydym 0 0-0 0; Benson 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 11-16 60.Geneva 11 12 6 12 —41Benet 15 11 18 16 —603-point baskets: G: Temple 2, Cook 2, Parrilli, Landi. B: Bonnett 2, Nelligan, Pellettieri. Fouled out: G: Vollbrecht. FG%: G: 15-51 (29.4%). B: 22-35 (62.9%).*Class 4A Bartlett sectionalGlenbard North 84, Morton 81Glenbard North — Fleming 9 2-2 26, Fiducca 3 1-1 8, Jackson 4 2-4 10, Holbert 6 2-2 18, Flanigan 7 8-13 22, Collier 0 0-0 0, Gasiorowski 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 1522 84.Morton — Cannon 7 2-2 20, Townes 2 1-2 5, Perez 7 2-2 16, Simon 1 0-0 2, Carter 11 0-0 29, Dale 0 0-0 0, Belcaster 3 0-0 9. Totals: 31 5-6 81.Glenbard North 19 13 29 23 —84Morton 29 23 13 16 —813-point baskets: GN: Fleming 6, Holbert 4, Fiduccia. M: Carter 7, Cannon 4, Belcaster 3. Fouled out: none*Class 3A sectional finalsAt AntiochNORTH CHICAGO 79, CARMEL 70Carmel — Poyser 1 0-2 2, George 8 1-1 17, Barr 6 3-7 15, Kirby 5 2-2 13, Duff 5 6-8 17, Kelly 1 0-0 2, Bowen 1 0-0 2, McGrail 0 0-0 0, Belser-Bailey 0 0-0 0, Buck 1 0-0 2, Pabst 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 12-20 70.North Chicago — Shead 3 0-0 6, Amos-Mays 4 4-7 12, McCloud 7 3-3 19, Hall 7 11-16 25, Shelton 5 5-6 15, Henton 0 0-0 0, Mays 1 0-0 2, Zinnerman-Dixon 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 23-32 79.Carmel 14 23 15 18 —70North Chicago 16 18 27 18 —793-point baskets: Carm: Kirby, Duff; NC: McCloud 2Fouled out: Carm: Kirby.*IHSA state tournamentsAt Carver Arena, PeoriaCLASS 2A semifinalsNashville 62, PORTA Coop 43Bloomington Central Catholic 51, Providence St. Mel 45CLASS 1A semifinalsHeyworth 57, Sesser-Valler 51Mooseheart 74, Mendon Unity 61


    Fremd salutes a team worthy of admiration

    Both perfection and a nearly perfect season went by the wayside on Friday night in the Class 4A sectional final at Lake Zurich. Previously unbeaten Fremd had things rolling early but eventually fell to Stevenson 63-48. In acknowledgment of a superlative season, the raucous Fremd faithful cheered wildly for the seniors as coach Bob Widlowski substituted for them at the end of game. “They will look back at this with a good memory,” Widlowski said. “This hurts right now because they believed they could be successful.”


    Geneva can't find an answer for O'Mara

    From Quinten Payne to Kendall Stephens to even the last two weeks against Aaron Jordan and Jontrell Walker, finding a way to slow down an opponent's best player has been something of a trademark for Phil Ralston's Geneva Vikings.Taking the court Friday in the East Aurora sectional championship game, the Vikings got a look at another future Division I player, only unlike those stars above, this one does his damage in the paint. Benet's 6-foot-10 Sean O'Mara proved a matchup nightmare for Geneva, even with 6-7 sophomore Loudon Vollbrecht and 6-7 junior Mike Landi giving everything they had trying to contain him.

    Stevenson's Matt Johnson, holding plaque, and teammates celebrate winning the Class 4A sectional final over Fremd on Friday at Lake Zurich.

    Stevenson's starpower too much for Fremd

    It was all flashbulbs and fans, a kind of mini-paparazzi moment for Stevenson junior Matt Johnson following the Class 4A Lake Zurich sectional final against No. 2 seeded Fremd. Not for a moment did Johnson, who transferred to Stevenson from Batavia before the school year, think any of this was going to happen. “I knew they had some good players and all,” said Johnson who'd fashioned himself a selfie moment with the Stevenson fans, “but I didn't think of all this.” A couple of those good players had really good nights Friday night. The junior tandem of Jalen Brunson and Connor Cashaw were too much for the previously unbeaten Vikings to match. Brunson tallied a game-best 27 points and Cashaw went for 20 points and 10 rebounds to lift the top-seeded Patriots to a hard-fought 63-48 win over the previously unbeaten Vikings on Friday night.


    Wheaton College eliminated

    The Wheaton College men’s basketball team had its season ended on Friday night in an 81-71 loss to Dickinson College in the sectional semifinal of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

    Benet celebrates their big win after the Benet vs. Geneva Class 4A East Aurora boys basketball sectional final Friday.

    Benet pulls away from Geneva

    When the going got tough Friday in the Class 4A East Aurora sectional championship, the Benet Redwings tenderized Geneva inside and out. Leading 26-23 at halftime, No. 1 seed Benet began the third quarter on a 14-2 run and outscored the No. 6 Vikings 18-6 in the quarter. Given Benet's disruptive perimeter defenders in a man-to-man defense anchored by 6-foot-9 Xavier-bound Sean O'Mara, that margin essentially decided the outcome. Benet won 60-41, earning the Redwings' first sectional title since 2010 and denying Geneva its first sectional crown since 1963.

    Glenbard North’s Jeremiah Fleming hoists the Bartlett boys basketball sectional championship plaque following an 84-81 win over Morton Friday.

    Down 20, Glenbard North comes back to win

    Trailing at halftime of Friday night’s Class 4A Bartlett sectional final by 20 points, Glenbard North’s boys basketball players and coaches agreed on one thing: Victory was still within reach. The Panthers reached out in the second half and grabbed an 84-81 victory and their first sectional championship since 2002 with a stirring comeback.


    North Chicago's spurt sinks Carmel

    North Chicago used a quick 16-2 run late in the third quarter to turn the game around. The Warhawks went on to record a 79-70 victory over Carmel for the championship of the Class 3A Antioch sectional. North Chicago won its sixth sectional title in the last seven years.

    Glenbard North players celebrate.

    Images: Glenbard North vs. Morton boys basketball
    Glenbard North won 84-81 over Morton on Friday, March 14 at Bartlett High School for boys sectional final action.

    South Elgin's Darius Wells skies above the Rockford Auburn defense to score.

    Images : South Elgin vs. Rockford Auburn boys basketball
    South Elgin fell 83-73 to Rockford Auburn Friday night in the boys class 4A sectional title game in Elgin.

    Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw (65), left, controls the puck against Nashville Predators' Roman Josi (59) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, March 14, 2014. The Predators won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Hawks fall to Preds 3-2

    Roman Josi had three assists, Ryan Ellis scored in the third period, and the Nashville Predators beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday night for their third consecutive win.Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist also scored for Nashville, which has won two of three against Chicago this season. Shea Weber had two assists, and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves.

    Stevenson’s Matt Johnson, holding plaque, and Jalen Brunson, center, celebrate.

    Images: Stevenson vs. Fremd boys basketball
    The Stevenson Patriots won 63-48 over the Fremd Vikings in the Class 4A boys basketball sectional final in Lake Zurich on Friday.

    Benet played Geneva at East Aurora High School Friday, March 14, for a boys basketball secional final game.

    Images: Benet Academy vs. Geneva boys basketball
    Benet Academy won 60-41 over Geneva at East Aurora High School Friday, March 14, for a boys basketball secional final game.


    Gillaspie and Phegley homer for White Sox in tie

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Conor Gillaspie and Josh Phegley hit back-to-back homers for the White Sox on Friday in a 2-2 tie with the Cleveland Indians.The game was called after nine innings.Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin went five innings, his longest outing of the spring. He gave up four hits, including the two home runs with two outs in the fifth. Gillaspie, acquired by the White Sox last spring from the San Francisco Giants, took over at third base last year. The former first-round pick hit 13 homers last season, though he ended the season with a .245 average after batting .311 in April.“My goal was to not perceive so many game situations as super stressful. It can easily consume your life,” Gillaspie said before the game. “I don’t want to be like that. I spent too many years doing that.”Chicago’s Dylan Axelrod, making his first start of the spring, pitched three innings. He walked two, gave up two hits and walked none. David Cooper doubled and scored the Indians’ first run in the seventh, and drove in the tying run in the eighth with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly against Daniel Webb.STARTING TIMEIndians: Tomlin walked nobody and struck out five in throwing 66 pitches. He retired the first eight batters before Phegley doubled. He was so efficient that he went back to the bullpen and threw 10 more pitches.“I felt great,” Tomlin said. I felt like I was locating the ball well — fastball, cutter, changeup and curve. That was the main thing we wanted to execute today.”Tomlin had elbow surgery in 2012 and didn’t pitch last year until August. He made a couple of appearances with the major league club in September. But his arm is in good shape now, he said.Manager Terry Francona was also pleased with Tomlin’s overall performance.“His fastball was sharp, the breaking ball probably has a little bit more power to it than maybe in the past, which is a testament to his work ethic,” Francona said. “Coming back from surgery and having a better breaking ball. He did really well.”White Sox: Axelrod feels as if he’s in a familiar role this spring.“I always feel like I’m the guy who has to prove himself,” said the right-hander, signed by the White Sox out of the independent Frontier League. “I guess even now, I have a little more of the chip on my shoulder or something. I know I have to do the same thing I’ve always done and work real hard.”Erik Johnson, who is considered the favorite for the last spot in Chicago’s rotation, worked five innings in a minor league game.“I thought I could have worked ahead a lot more,” Johnson said. “The curveball could have been thrown for more strikes.”TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: Manager Robin Ventura said infielder Jeff Keppinger is not able to throw yet. Keppinger has been getting some at-bats at DH, but with Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko already having to share first base and DH, Keppinger’s limitations are potentially a concern. “It’s hard to set your roster,” Ventura said. “Once he gets healthy, we’ll have a better idea about that.” Abreu has had some ankle soreness, and played Friday with his ankles heavily taped. “It looked worse a few days ago. He looks better and is running better,” Ventura said. Abreu moved well in the field on Friday and doubled in three at-bats. ACES UPChicago’s Chris Sale is scheduled to start Saturday night against the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw.

    White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson, left, gets ready for batting practice Friday afternoon at the team’s spring training facility as manager Robin Ventura joins the discussion.

    Fewer strikeouts show White Sox connecting with coach

    The White Sox have cut their strikeout total way down this spring and that's a good sign for new hitting coach Todd Steverson. Since taking over for Jeff Manto, Steverson has talked endlessly about the importance of swinging at good pitches and making contact.

    FILE - In this 1971, file photo, New York Knicks' Phil Jackson poses for a photo. Jackson will be introduced as the newest member of the New York Knicks' front office Tuesday morning, according to a person familiar with the negotiations between the 11-time champion coach and the team. The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Friday, March 14, 2014, because the Knicks would only confirm that a "major announcement" involving team executives was scheduled. (AP Photo/File)

    Source: Jackson to be introduced by Knicks

    Phil Jackson won NBA titles as a player and a coach. He’ll now try winning as an executive.And this quest will take him back to where his career began.Jackson has agreed to run the New York Knicks’ front office and will be formally introduced by the team at a news conference at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday morning, a person familiar with the negotiations between the 11-time champion coach and the franchise told The Associated Press on Friday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Knicks would only confirm that a “major announcement” involving team executives was scheduled. Jackson also did not make any immediate public comment, but the move had been expected for several days — and was practically confirmed earlier this week by Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who said he had heard the Hall of Fame coach was “coming on board.”Jackson had been courted by clubs before, and fans in Los Angeles clamored for him to return to coaching not long after he left the Lakers after the 2010-11 season. He’s largely shunned limelight during this three-year break from work, during which he did things such as working on his health — arthritis pain hampered him toward the end of his coaching career — and released a book chronicling his basketball life.Denver coach Brian Shaw, who played for Jackson and has been an assistant under him as well, said Friday that he would not be surprised to see one of his mentors take on the challenge of rebuilding the Knicks.“I think he’s a basketball lifer, a basketball junkie,” Shaw said in Miami, where the Nuggets were playing the Heat. “I think that with all the success that he’s had, what he’s learned and his passion for the game, I think it gets boring when you do something like he’s done all his life and all of a sudden you’re kind of out of the mix. If he does do it, he’d be excited about the challenge of attacking the game from a different position.”Jackson played his first 10 NBA seasons with the Knicks — he was there for 11 actually, missing the 1969-70 championship season because of injury. Jackson was a key part of the 1972-73 team that won the NBA title, topping the Lakers.New York hasn’t won a championship since. Jackson has won 11 since, six with the Chicago Bulls and five more with the Lakers.Shaw has spoken with Jackson regularly during the season, saying that his former coach will sometimes call or text to ask if a play the Nuggets run was one that they used together during their triangle-offense days. But Shaw — who will likely be mentioned as a potential coaching candidate in New York if the Knicks decide to part ways with Mike Woodson — has kept his distance from Jackson during this will-he-or-won’t-he process.“I’ve kind of left him alone during this period of time because I know it’s a lot going on and certainly people are hitting him from every different direction,” Shaw said.Odds are, that won’t change anytime soon.Jackson’s arrival in New York will likely usher in a new era for the Knicks, who may miss the playoffs this season after winning 54 games a year ago. Even NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said earlier this week that he wanted to see Jackson back in the game, saying “the league needs him.”Apparently, the Knicks felt they needed him as well.New York could lose Anthony this summer through free agency, will likely look to upgrade their roster in several other areas, and Jackson will have to tackle all those issues — and plenty of others — even though the Knicks have spent about as freely as any team in recent years. And a playoff trip this year is hardly a certainty, with the Knicks currently on the outside of the postseason picture.

    White Sox catcher Josh Phegley, right, is greeted at the dugout after a solo home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin on Friday. The game ended in a tie, 2-2, after nine innings.

    Former Sox star Rowand admires Eaton’s hustle

    Former fan favorite Aaron Rowand was in White Sox camp Friday, and he had a chat with new center fielder Adam Eaton. Rowand says Eaton's all-out style of play should go over very well on the South Side.

    Chicago Bulls guard Mike Dunleavy, left, and Houston Rockets guard James Harden watch the ball after Dunleavy passed it during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Bulls’ ability to mininmize losing streaks crucial

    This week provided an extreme example of the Bulls' bounce-back ability, with a blowout win agianst Houston coming two days after an ugly loss to San Antonio. None of the the Bulls had a great explanation, though, for why losing streaks have been so rare.

    After testing the free-agency waters, Charles Tillman has agreed to a one-year contract to return to the Chicago Bears.

    Tillman happy for another year with Bears

    Despite talks with Tampa Bay and head coach Lovie Smith this week, Charles Tillman has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, team officials announced Friday. “Charles is one of the NFL’s great players and a true leader on and off the field and we’re happy he will be staying in Chicago,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said. “He remains the best in our game at forcing turnovers and always has brought a tough, physical presence to our secondary. Charles also has a special connection to the people and community across Chicago and we’re excited for that to continue.”

    Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy pets Hank the dog during practice last month in Phoenix.

    Hank the dog headed to new home in Milwaukee

    Hank, the bedraggled ball of fur who wandered into the Brewers’ spring training complex back on President’s Day looking for one more chance, will head to Milwaukee and his new home on Sunday.

    Ohio State guard Aaron Craft goes up for a shot against Nebraska on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis.

    No. 24 Ohio State comes back to beat Nebraska

    LaQuinton Ross had 26 points and 13 rebounds and No. 24 Ohio State rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to beat fourth-seeded Nebraska 71-67 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament.

    Illinois head coach John Groce walks off the court Friday after losing to Michigan in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis.

    No. 8 Michigan overcomes scare from Illinois 64-63

    Jordan Morgan scored on a layup with 7.9 seconds left, giving No. 8 Michigan a 64-63 victory over Illinois in Friday’s Big Ten tournament. The Illini had a chance to win on Tracy Abrams’ shot, but it bounced off the front of the rim as the final buzzer sounded.

    Harper College’s Tony Amarino has retired after 32 years of coaching basketball.

    Harper’s Amarino reflects on 32-year basketball coaching career

    After 32 years of coaching, Harper College men’s basketball coach Tony Amarino is calling it a career. “I thought it was the right thing to do,” Amarino said. “It was a good ride.” And a varied one. Amarino spent his early career coaching at the high school level — at Notre Dame in Niles, and at Morton. Then he had a sustained 15-season run at Morton College before being named the coach at Harper. “I thought we had some good runs at both schools,” said Amarino, who strolled the tartan court at Harper for seven season. “I loved my time at Harper.”


    Harper likes its baseball outlook

    After starting last year 4-12, the Harper College baseball team was able to turn things around en route to a 20-22 finish. Provided the fields ever return to playable form, Hawks coach Cliff Brown is hoping to see the trend continue.

    Mundelein’s Allie Boothe, holding the sectional championship plaque, gets hugs after the Mustangs beat Stevenson last season.

    Girls water polo: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at what to expect from the girls water polo teams in Lake County this spring.

    The Cubs expected to give Mike Olt some work at third base next week. Olt has played DH and first base this spring due to a sore shoulder, but the Cubs hope he can win the job at third.

    Cubs to give Olt a try at third next week

    The Cubs took a break Thursday and enoyed their first scheduled off-day of spring training. With the March 31 regular-season opener at Pittsburgh, fast approaching, things are beginning to take shape for the Cubs, and at least one thing appears to be breaking their way.

    The Scorecard says let’s hear it for former Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown and his finding a starting job and the riches that go with it down in Tampa Bay.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Closing the book on ill-fated campaign

    If only Opening Day in baseball were as cool as it used to be. Want to see how a real opening day is done? Check out NASCAR.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith was able to convinced Josh McCown to leave the Bears and join his offense.

    For Bears and McCown, it’s a lose-lose deal

    As Josh McCown leaves to go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike North thinks it’s a lose-lose for the Bucs and the Chicago Bears because Josh won’t have the success there he had here, and the Bears lost a solid backup QB.


    Boot camp devotee weighs in on her new life

    The washer and dryer are almost always running at Erin Pron’s house.And it’s not just because she’s constantly trying to keep up with the laundry from her 8-year-old twin daughters, Caitlin and Megan.Pron is doing her own laundry just as often, perhaps even more so. If she doesn’t, her closet will empty quickly.“I don’t have a very big wardrobe anymore,” said Pron, a 42-year-old work-from-home medical biller who lives in Lake Villa. “I’ve donated all of my old clothes, and I don’t want to spend a lot of money on new clothes when I’m still changing so much.”Pron has made a dramatic physical transformation over the last two years, and she’s still very much a work in progress.Once 330 pounds, the 5-foot-7 Pron has dropped 148 pounds in the last two years, and has moved down a jeans size each month, by eating right and participating in a new and popular fitness regimen that seems to have struck a chord with women.Pron, who says she wants to drop another 27 pounds to get to her goal weight of 155 pounds, is a faithful member at Real Results Fitness in Grayslake, a small and locally owned gym that specializes in group boot camp classes. Bootcamp classes at Real Results, where I met Erin and have dropped 18 pounds myself since mid-September, incorporate not only intense cardio work, but also weightlifting and mobility exercises.The regimen, which can include pushups, pullups, chin-ups, burpees and situps, just to name a few “favorites,” is different every day and is designed to push everyone from beginners to even more advanced members outside of their comfort zones. The beauty of these classes for women is the social aspect and the community feel.Classes last only one hour, so there’s not a lot of time for chitchat while you work. But when you keep working out and pushing yourself alongside the same people each morning or afternoon, friendships certainly develop. There’s definitely a sense of camaraderie and community that serves as a support system throughout your fitness journey.Members often chat after class, or “chat” with each other on the gym’s Facebook message boards about their workouts, overall fitness issues or life in general.With this approach, gone are the days of walking into the gym with anonymity, or down into your basement alone, and logging yet another monotonous workout on the treadmill in solitude. That’s a workout that becomes easy to skip.The environment and the variety in a boot camp setting keeps people coming back for more.“The social aspect is huge with women because boot camp gives them an environment that they look forward to going to, a second home of sorts,” said Dustin Martorano, a 1999 Warren High School graduate who is a certified trainer and the owner of Real Results Fitness. “It’s also about the accountability. You’re almost being held accountable by the other people in your class. I think it really works for a lot of women, and my mission is to help as many women in Lake County as I can to live a longer, happier, healthier life.”Of course, men are also welcome at Real Results, and my husband is one of many men who attends classes. But Pron says that one of the reasons she kept coming back during those tough, early days is that she never felt judged or uncomfortable around the guys, as she did at some of the less personal and big box coed gyms she had tried in the past.She never lasted at those gyms for more than a month or two, she said.


    A 3D printer, rear, and part of a printed canal house, foreground, are lit by the sunlight Thursday in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    Amsterdam canal house built with 3-D printer

    At the core of the project is a 20-foot-tall printer dubbed the Kamermaker, or “room-builder.” It’s a scaled-up version of the open-source home 3-D printer made by Ultimaker, popular with hobbyists.

    Trader Peter Tuchman works Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks end lower ahead of critical Ukraine vote

    “The market is still pretty close to all-time highs. I think that speaks volumes,” said Karyn Cavanaugh, a senior market strategist with ING U.S. Investment Management. “The market hasn’t been rattled severely by what’s been going on this week, therefore I think next week I’d probably expect a similar reaction.”

    Ore is driven to a processing plant earlier this week in a Caterpillar Inc. mining truck after being excavated from an open pit at Katanga Mining Ltd.’s KOV copper and cobalt mine in Kolwezi, Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Caterpillar weighs in on Ukraine standoff

    Caterpillar Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Oberhelman attended the signing of legislation at the White House to establish permanent normal trade relations with Russia in December 2012. The company has two main bases in Russia, a manufacturing plant in Tosno near St. Petersburg and an office in Moscow.

    After being greeted by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, center right, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves the House chamber Friday on Capitol Hill in Washington, where the Republican-controlled House voted for the 51st time in 26 months to neuter the nation’s health care law.

    New health insurance rights for same-sex couples

    The new HHS policy says that if an insurance company offers spousal coverage to heterosexual couples, it must also provide that benefit to same-sex couples who were legally married in a jurisdiction that recognizes marriage between people of the same sex.

    Empty shopping cart holders sit in the former Dominick’s parking lot in Buffalo Grove’s Chase Plaza on Lake-Cook Road. An unconfirmed report suggested that Elgin-based Butera Market will be converting it into a Piggly Wiggly.

    Report suggests Piggly Wiggly coming to Buffalo Grove

    The former Dominick’s on Lake-Cook Road in Buffalo Grove will be converted by Elgin-based Butera Market into a Piggly Wiggly, a website affiliated with Crain’s Chicago Business reported Friday, citing unnamed real estate sources. Dominick’s and Butera Market officials were silent on the matter Friday, while Buffalo Grove Deputy Village Manager Jenny Maltas said she’d neither seen nor heard any evidence of such a transaction.

    A house in Toms River, N.J., being elevated in a neighborhood flooded by Superstorm Sandy. A bill passed by Congress scales back drastic increases in flood insurance rates in places including the Jersey shore.

    Obama to sign relief from flood insurance hikes

    The hard-fought 2012 rewrite of the federal flood insurance program was aimed at weaning hundreds of thousands of homeowners off of subsidized rates and required extensive updating of the flood maps used to set premiums. But its implementation stirred anxiety among many homeowners along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and in flood plains, many of whom are threatened with unaffordable rate increases.

    Muslim men leave a mosque after Friday prayers, just down the road of the home of Fariq Abdul Hamid, co-pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370.

    Missing jet’s pilots had firm community ties

    Pilots Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53, and Fariq Abdul Hamid were described as respectable, community-minded men. Fariq has drawn the greatest scrutiny after the revelation that in 2011, he and another pilot invited two women boarding their aircraft to sit in the cockpit for a flight from Phuket, Thailand, to Kuala Lumpur.

    A woman walks past the missing Malaysia Airlines co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid’s house in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, March 14, 2014.

    Missing jet pilots had firm community, family ties

    The pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet were a middle-aged family man passionate enough about flying to build his own simulator and a 27-year-old contemplating marriage who had just graduated to the cockpit of the Boeing 777. As speculation intensified Friday that the plane might have been hijacked by a person or people with aviation skills, a picture began to emerge of the two men whose actions will be a focus of the investigation.

    Kathryn and Ken List have launched a Wheaton-based business that helps people check on others through phone calls and text message alerts.

    Wheaton couple offers phone message service with twist

    Kukec's eBuzz column features a couple who launched a Wheaton-based business that uses web and telephony technology so family members, churches or other organizations can look in on aging parents or other shut-ins.

    Debate over a powerful new painkiller, Zohydro, ratcheted up Thursday as the head of the Food and Drug Administration defended the drug’s approval and a West Virginia Senator responded with a bill to force it off the market.

    FDA chief defends Zohydro as criticism intensifies

    Debate over a powerful new painkiller ratcheted up Thursday as the head of the Food and Drug Administration defended the drug’s approval and a West Virginia Senator responded with a bill to force it off the market.

    A state lawmaker who’s trying to expand legalized gambling in Illinois is offering the General Assembly two choices

    Gambling plan offers Illinois lawmakers a choice
    A state lawmaker who’s trying to expand legalized gambling in Illinois is offering the General Assembly two choices, including one plan that would create a mega-casino in Chicago but nothing else in the state.


    U.S. ponders drug testing in foreign aircraft shops

    Aviation regulators say they’re considering rules that would require alcohol and drug testing for people who work on U.S. airline planes in foreign maintenance and repair shops. The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that it is seeking public comments.


    Obama to sign relief from flood insurance hikes

    President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bipartisan bill relieving homeowners living in flood-prone neighborhoods from big increases in their insurance bills.

    Bernard Madoff

    Jury deliberations near in Madoff worker trial

    Jurors in the first criminal trial to result from Bernard Madoff’s epic fraud may soon start weighing whether five of his former employees were his conspirators or his dupes.


    Jobless rates fall in most Illinois metro areas

    The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment dropped in January in 11 of Illinois’ 12 metro areas, but most areas lost jobs. The department said Thursday the jobless rate increased only in the Danville area. Unemployment rose to 12.5 percent in Danville from 11.9 percent a year earlier.


    Chicago regulations require enclosure of ‘petcoke’ piles

    Chicago health officials say huge mounds of petroleum coke along the Calumet River must be enclosed within two years to ease health and environmental concerns.


    9 charged with defrauding $200,000 in Illinois benefits

    Nine Illinois residents are facing charges of collecting thousands of dollars in fraudulent unemployment benefits. Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced the charges Thursday


    Early Illinois tax filers collecting their refunds

    More than 2.3 million Illinois taxpayers have already filed their income tax returns, with more than half getting refunds. The Illinois Department of Revenue announced Thursday that $524 million in refunds have been paid to early filers.

Life & Entertainment

    A variety of well-known Irish beers, including one dyed green, are available at Claddagh Irish Pub in Geneva.

    Suburban pubs offer Irish options beyond green beer

    For Irish pubs, St. Patrick's Day means Irish music and corned beef washed down with green beer — or a pint of Guinness. Here is a sampling of suburban venues and how they are celebrating the “luck of the Irish.”

    Even pups get into the spirit at Naperville’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

    Show St. Pat’s pride at local parades

    St. Patrick’s Day falls on Monday, but you can enjoy parades today and Sunday throughout the suburbs and Chicago.

    John Mahoney and Penny Slusher co-star in Northlight Theatre's world premiere of Christian O'Reilly's “Chapatti” in Skokie. The play is a co-production with the Galway Arts Festival in Ireland.

    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with plays, parades and plenty of Irish music

    St. Patrick's Day doesn't officially roll around until Monday, but there's no need to wait when you can celebrate all weekend long with Irish plays, lively parades, high-stepping dancers and a whole lot more in the suburbs and Chicago.

    U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio, a crew member of the International Space Station, will serve as an onboard correspondent for a National Geographic special called “Live From Space,” airing Friday, March 14 on the National Geographic Channel.

    Up, up and away for a live TV special from space

    National Geographic Channel is targeting a subject that’s literally over our heads, bringing it down to Earth in an ambitious two-hour special. Airing Friday at 7 p.m. Chicago time, “Live From Space” will originate from the International Space Station with American astronaut Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata, who’s Japanese, as onboard correspondents.

    TV personality Tom Bergeron is leaving “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at the end of next season, but William Shatner is not quitting Twitter. The two became linked when Bergeron announced on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, that he would step down as host of the show next year.

    Shatner’s Twitter exit a joke with pal Bergeron

    Tom Bergeron is leaving “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at the end of next season, but William Shatner is not quitting Twitter. The two became linked when Bergeron announced this week that he would step down as host of the show next year. That prompted Shatner to tweet that he was inspired by Bergeron to tweet no more. But that was only a shared joke with his pal Bergeron.

    Lady Gaga performs at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest Music Festival on Thursday March 13, 2014.

    Lady Gaga at SXSW: sausages, vomit and inspiration

    Lady Gaga kicked off 24 hours in the spotlight at South By Southwest in typically memorable fashion. The pop provocateur began her appearance at Stubb’s BBQ on Thursday night during the annual music festival and conference by roasting herself on a spit like a gutted pig as her dancers basted her with barbecue brushes — and then things got really weird.

    In this circa 1945 photo, Associated Press reporter Bob Thomas, right, plays poker with legendary comedians Bud Abbott, left, and Lou Costello, during an interview. Thomas died of age-related illnesses Friday, March 14, 2014 at his Encino, Calif., home. He was 92.

    Bob Thomas, dean of Hollywood reporters, dies

    Bob Thomas, the longtime Associated Press writer and dean of Hollywood reporters who covered a record 66 Oscar ceremonies, reported on the biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, and filed AP’s bulletin that Robert F. Kennedy had been shot, died Friday. He was 92. A room filled with his interview subjects would have made for the most glittering of ceremonies: Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Groucho Marx and Marlon Brando, Walt Disney and Fred Astaire.


    Workers win trial over pay for putting on gear

    ZEELAND, Mich. — A jury says a Michigan meatpacker violated federal law by not paying workers for putting on and taking off safety wear.The case involves two dozen people who worked at a former Sara Lee Corp. factory near Zeeland, 25 miles west of Grand Rapids. Attorney Matt Turner says the company ought to have paid the workers for putting on and taking off boots and equipment, before and after their shifts.A jury in Grand Rapids federal court ruled in favor of the workers last week, although a financial award hasn’t been determined. Downers Grove-based Sara Lee spun off Hillshire Brands in 2012, and the Chicago-based company now owns the factory.Hillshire spokesman Matthew Pakula says the company isn’t commenting because the case is in court.

    Yes, there is a Downton Abbey wine.

    TV shows get into the wine biz

    Mr. Carson, bring me my wine! And you, too, Mr. Spock. In what is perhaps the strongest evidence yet of wine’s power to unite, fans of upper-crusty period drama “Downton Abbey,” sci-fi classic “Star Trek” and the proudly down home show “Duck Dynasty” can all buy wines bottled under license to their favorite show.

    A Samurai suit of armor is on display at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. The museum is hosting the exhibit “Samurai: Armor From the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection,” which features more than 140 works.

    Samurai collection spawns museum, touring exhibit

    Gabriel Barbier-Mueller bought his first samurai armor about 20 years ago from an antiques dealer in Paris, sparking a fascination that helped him create one of the most significant private collections in the world related to the Japanese warriors. Part of the collection — now numbering in the hundreds — is on an international tour that opened recently at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Spring flowering bulbs can be cut back after they bloom, but premature pruning will see them return with fewer and smaller blossoms. That includes tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, alliums and specialty varieties.

    Don’t prune too early, and other bulb-growing tips

    Veteran bulb growers have learned to put patience ahead of pruning in helping their perennials bloom season after season. They’re in no rush to remove the unsightly leaves and stems of these botanical storehouses, which need time after flowering to renew their growth cycle. “We consider the foliage of the bulbs the ‘recharging batteries,’” said Becky Heath, president and chief executive officer of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs at Gloucester, Va. “If they aren’t recharged, the flowers won’t bloom again.”

    Actors Aaron Paul, left, and Scott Mescudi in a scene from “Need for Speed.” A Ford Mustang has a starring role in the film, much like 1968's classic “Bullitt,” director Scott Waugh said.

    Classic car chases film better with classic cars

    Making a successful jump from pixels to pavement is a daunting task. Yet Scott Waugh, director of "Need for Speed," is a classic car buff who drives a 1970 Chevelle. He's the right guy to bring the popular video game series to the motion picture screen.

    Joseph (Ace Young), right, wins over Pharaoh (Ryan Williams) in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” coming to Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre.

    Theater events: Former 'Idol' contestants star in 'Joseph'

    "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" returns with a pair of former "American Idol" contestants in the leads at the Cadillac Palace Theatre starting Tuesday, March 18. Plus, Blair Thomas & Company debut a new puppet show inspired by Edward Gorey's works, and funny nerds take over Stage 773, this week in Chicago theater.

    Noel (Tosin Morohunfola), left, a struggling young man and new father, confesses to his mother (Jacqueline Williams) about what he’s done in a moment of desperation in Marcus Gardley’s “The Gospel of Lovingkindness,” in its world premiere at Victory Gardens Theater.

    ‘Gospel’ a wrenching portrait of violence and loss

    “The Gospel of Lovingkindness” doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know about gun violence. Marcus Gardley’s elegiac drama — in a superbly acted world premiere at Victory Gardens Theater — examines the tragedy of a Chicago teen cut down in his prime. It shows us the after effects: the family’s profound grief; the community’s well-intentioned concern; and the politicians’ knee-jerk response.

    Children play in a park near the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Mobile, Ala. The church is among the free attractions in Mobile.

    Mobile, Ala.: 5 free things for visitors

    Mobile is that “other” city on the northern Gulf Coast, the one that sometimes gets lost between the beaches of the Florida Panhandle and the nonstop party of New Orleans. Local promoters call it “secretly awesome.” With a quaint downtown that’s situated on Mobile Bay and framed by huge oak trees with gnarly branches, Mobile and the surrounding area offer visitors a variety of free activities.

    “Stone Cold” by C.J. Box is the 14th installment in the Joe Pickett series.

    Pickett investigates crimes in Black Hills

    Many Americans aren’t that familiar with Wyoming, except perhaps for Yellowstone National Park. In C.J. Box’s thrillers, the Cowboy State is a featured character and you get to know its thickly forested mountains, its windy plains and its frontierlike towns. In “Stone Cold,” the latest installment in the Joe Pickett series (Joe being a game warden who finds trouble as easily as a grizzly finds grubs), Box takes readers to one of the most remote places of his beloved home state: the northeast corner that has been bypassed by the economy as well as many travelers. Pickett is sent by the governor on an undercover mission to fictional Medicine Wheel County.


    Here’s how to keep your drawers in tiptop shape

    Do you have problems with your drawers? Of course, we’re talking about the ones you keep kitchen utensils and clothes in. Drawers may have appeared not to change much through the years, but inside, the mechanics have. Here are suggestions and tips to keep your drawers operating smoothly, and how to fix them if they are not!


    Some states don’t follow daylight-saving time

    Federal law allows states to eschew changes in moving their clocks ahead as spring begins or setting them back in the fall.


    Economy, owners benefit from rebound in home equity

    The economy may be growing at a frustratingly slow pace, but one piece of it is booming: American homeowners’ equity holdings — the market value of their houses minus their mortgage debts — soared by nearly $2.1 trillion last year to $10 trillion.


    Home inspector did not inspect attic

    Q. We bought our home seven months ago and recently found cracked roof rafters in the attic. The warranty company denied our claim because the roof framing is over-spanned, and they said this should have been reported by our home inspector. They also found evidence of foundation settlement and suggested further evaluation of the structure.

    A dramatic, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace draws your attention in the family room of the Hudson, a model home for the Oaks at Churchill Club in Oswego.

    Interior designers, model homes showcase decor trends

    Outfitted in current colors, furnishings and styles, model homes must look good, feel good and fit the buyer’s lifestyle. Local builders want visitors to be inspired when they walk through their Chicago-area models and to envision themselves living there.



    Editorial: Board members’ duty to set example on spending controls

    In these times of steeply growing costs for taxpayers and college students, the College of Lake County trustees need to set a far better example of frugality with public funds, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    The SAT isn’t perfect, but it serves its purpose

    Columnist Gene Lyons: They’re revising the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) again, and you know what that means. More weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. More complaints about the unfairness of life and of American society.


    Referendum addresses human need
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: A Daily Herald article earlier this week discusses the political side of the Show You Care Kane referendum. What it did not highlight is the human side of the story — the real need addressed by the referendum.


    Lietzow’s intentions are alarming
    Letter to the editor: Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek is not happy with committeeman candidate Scott Lietzow's mailing that she says suggests he wants to involve the committeeman's office in local elections.


    Long Grove, don’t be fooled by letter
    Letter the editor: Lisa Schultz Phillips says Long Grove's reasons for proposing a small road tax don't add up.


    Vote no on road tax in Long Grove
    Letter to the editor: Marica Marshall of Long Grove United urges fellow residents in Long Grove to vote "no" on the roads tax Tuesday. "In our opinion, Long Grove is fiscally sound with $4.2 million in reserves in the bank," she writes.


    Lietzow is a chance to change direction
    Letter to the editor: Neal Underwood of Arlington Hts. says Republicans in Elk Grove Township have a chance to revitalize their local organization by electing Scott Lietzow as Republican Committeeman.


    Vote for experience in judge race
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I take voting for judges seriously and want to vote for the best people by checking their past experience. I am proud to have the opportunity in my area (13th Judicial Subcircuit) to vote for John Curry for Cook County judge.


    Disconnect seen in stance on unions
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner has come out strongly and often against public employee unions, especially unions and organizations that support teachers. Mr. Rauner made news in the past when he used money and clout to have his daughter enrolled in an elite public high school.


    Ask GOP candidates about ties to lobby group
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: There is a good reason that the four GOP candidates for Illinois governor have not been very specific as to their proposals if they win the governor’s race. They would be unlikely to win if the voters knew their goals.


    Government isn’t a business
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: I would like to remind those voters who might be tempted to vote for a candidate who wants to run the government like a business that government is not a business. As a great Republican president reminded us, it is “Government of the People, by the People and for the People” — not of, by or for business.


    Business experience won’t assure government success
    A letter to the editor: Every so often voters are wooed by businessmen entering politics because they want to “run government like a business.” The appeal of this to sentient taxpayers weary of the exponential growth of government debt, spending and taxes is seductive, but rarely satisfied.


    Elect treasurer who can keep promises
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Hardly a week goes by where I don’t read a letter to the editor complaining about property taxes being too high - for good reason. They are too high, especially here in Lake County.


    Taxpayers should not support regional venue
    A letter to the editor: In all the discussions I have heard and read about concerning the prospect of issuing over $11 million in bonds to rebuild the Brainerd School. no one has mentioned another aspect of the SaveBrainerd Foundation plan that was revealed in their glossy vision mailing.


    Get rid of tax-and-spend incumbent
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Peter Breen is running against a six-term incumbent in the GOP primary on March 18. He is campaigning on pension reform, fiscal responsibility and the idea that reigning in Illinois’ hemorrhagic spending habits will be good for the people of Illinois.


    Candidate’s record of lowering taxes
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: In an election that has multiple people running for the same position, it can be hard to find what differences there are between the candidates. All of the candidates in the 65th House District are conservative, but one stands out above the rest, Steve Andersson.


    Reputation for honesty strong in career
    I am supporting Steve Andersson for state representative for the 65th District in the Republican primary. Steve has earned a reputation for honesty and integrity during his career. His temperament and desire to solve the problem, rather than placing blame, are the reasons we need him.I have known Steve personally for many years and I am asking you not only to vote for Steve, but to encourage your family and friends to do so as well.Joe Stanton Geneva


    Watch out for union influence in election
    Watch out for union influence in electionPeople have historically not bothered to vote in primaries. This one is very important, since the Republican candidate for governor is being chosen. You can bet the unions will have every single member getting out to vote in the Republican primary in hopes of defeating Bruce Rauner, as the unions are scared stiff of his message.Also, in the age old tradition of sneaky politics, there is a referendum on the ballot in Kane County to create yet another taxing body (as if we don’t already have too many). Are your taxes high enough yet? Mine surely are.It is paramount that everyone get out vote on March 18, you know the big money unions and the wannabe bureaucrats will be out there in force. Larry SchultzPingree Grove


    Do due diligence on the candidates
    An Elgin letter to the editor: This is regarding the March 12 article, “County board members Provenzano, McClellan want to be clerk” For those of you choosing a GOP nominee for McHenry County clerk, I would suggest you be cautious.


    Candidate all about humility
    Candidate all about humilityI believe true leadership comes with humility and compromise. That is why I am supporting Steve Andersson for state representative. I enjoy working with Steve. He is highly competent and a conservative consensus builder. Steve will work with our elected officials to build these consensuses for the betterment of our community. This is why just about every mayor in the 65th House District has endorsed Steve. This is the type of leadership that is desperately needed in Springfield. Mike HamiltonSt. Charles


    Grab Dem ballots, independents
    A Huntley letter to the editor: There is nothing compelling about the 2014 GOP gubernatorial candidates that could cause independents to grab Republican primary ballots.

    Cheryl Axley and the late Carl Hansen

    Axley urges GOP to vote for Lietzow
    Letter to the editor: Cheryl Axley, the former Elk Grove Township Republican committeeman and state senator, is urging fellow Republicans to vote for Scott Lietzow Tuesday for township GOP committeeman.


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