Daily Archive : Monday March 17, 2014


    Boy Scout Troop 13 with Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles has many Scouts who are Order of Arrow members.

    St. Charles Boy Scout Troop 13’s continued impact on Order of Arrow

    Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s Boy Scout Troop 13 in St. Charles continues to play a large part in the Order of Arrow. Currently, Troop 13 has 20 Boy Scouts and 21 Adult Leaders in the local Lowaneu Allanque Lodge 41 of the Order of the Arrow. Of those 41 Troop 13 members, there are 22 Ordeal, four Brotherhood, and five Vigil Arrowmen.

    A year after losing his foot, and nearly his life, when struck by a train in downtown Barrington, 12-year-old Dominic Syzmanski is adjusting to a new prosthetic foot and maintaining the good humor that helped him through his ordeal. “He's always stayed positive,” says his mother, Gayle Syzmanski.

    10 stories you might have missed this weekend

    10 stories you might have missed this weekend: Barrington boy says humor has helped him after he lost his foot a year ago when he was struck by a train; what's next for the Des Plaines Oasis; two "American Idol" alumni and newlyweds tackle "Josephy and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"; 17-year-olds are eligible to vote in Tuesday's primary; and this fantasy baseball league has been around for...

    The DuPage County members of the Daily Herald’s 2013-2014 Leadership Team have decided to work together on a community service project. The team members in the back row, from left to right, are Maggie O’Brien of Addison Trail, Aeriel Euhus of Wheaton North, Silas Ferrao of Naperville Central, Katie Mann of Wheaton Academy, Sienna Crosby of Glenbard North, and Maria McDaniel of Naperville North. The team members in the front row, from left to right, are Meg Maloney of Glenbard West, Alissa Whyte of Fenton, Austin Hansen of Naperville North, and Mary Doro of Downers Grove North.

    DuPage Leadership Team members give back to community

    Ten DuPage County high school students exemplifying volunteerism and community service met for the first time in December after being named to the Daily Herald’s 2013-2014 Leadership Team. They were together less than 30 minutes to take a photo for the newspaper.Still, that short meeting triggered something that hadn’t happened in the 12 years since the Daily Herald introduced its...


    U-46 teachers, parents: Don't make reading optional

    Elgin Area School District U-46 administrators are proposing changes to the reading program at the district's eight middle schools starting next school year that is worrying some parents. Only middle school students who need reading support would be placed in reading interventions or reading classes.

    If you have any trouble voting, you have the right to seek assistance.

    Voting today: Polling places, voters’ rights, online help

    As suburbanites head to the polls, here are a few things to know about the primary election and the election process. And find out where you can go online to get information.

    Brad Cauffman, chief financial officer for Naperville Unit District 203, reviews a proposal to keep $3 million in property tax revenue and use it to help repay a loan early. The school board decided Monday night to keep the taxes in an effort to save nearly $5 million in interest payments.

    Dist. 203 keeping $3 million in taxes to help repay loan

    The average homeowner in Naperville Unit District 203 will not be refunded about $95 in property taxes this year, giving the district about $3 million it will use to pay back a loan early, board members decided Monday night. Keeping the funding and putting it toward early repayment of a $10 million loan that’s set to cost the district a total of $17.29 million by 2028 could save nearly $5...

    Lake Zurich’s long-unfinished Somerset townhouse subdivision in the downtown area is drawing interest from a developer.

    Beleaguered Lake Zurich subdivision closer to completion?

    Preliminary plans to finish a downtown townhouse development were pitched to the Lake Zurich village board Monday night. Icon Building Group wants to complete the final 19 units for the Somerset townhouse subdivision near the village’s namesake lake. “We could build a townhome building in less than four months,” the developer said.


    Fire damages Lake Zurich home

    A fire damaged a two-story house in Lake Zurich Monday afternoon leaving it uninhabitable.

    Replacing separate RTA, Metra, Pace and CTA boards with one superagency appears to be the consensus of a state task force Monday.

    Merge transit agencies into one, task force members say

    Creating a single super-agency to oversee transit in the region appears to be the consensus of a state task force responsible for reforms at the RTA, Metra, Pace and CTA. “We need something bold in our governance structure,” former U.S. attorney and task force member Patrick Fitzgerald said.

    A man robs the First Merit Bank Monday afternoon in Elmhurst.

    Man robs Elmhurst bank

    A man robbed the First Merit Bank in Elmhurst Monday afternoon, police said.


    Man rescued from car in retention pond

    A good samaritan rescued a man whose car went into a Lincolnshire retention pond Monday evening.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS This man, Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is willing to give you $1 billion, and all you have to do is pick the winners of some college basketball games. Oh, and the odds against you picking all the winners in the NCAA men’s tournament, which begins this week, is about 9.2 quintillion-to-1.

    Can classes yield a billion-dollar bracket?

    So, about that billion dollars. Warren Buffett looks at his offer to pay $1 billion to anyone who fills out a perfect NCAA tournament bracket as nothing more than a matter of having the numbers in his favor. Mathematicians say he’s right. That’s still not stopping them from building a cottage industry by teaching bracket-fillers how to make the impossible seem possible — or a...

    U.S. Housing and Urban Development announced Monday it will provide nearly $64 million in additional disaster relief to help suburban Cook and DuPage County communities still recovering from last spring’s record storms that flooded areas across the region, including a portion of downtown Des Plaines.

    HUD awards Cook, DuPage counties another $64 million in flood relief

    Suburban Cook and DuPage counties will receive nearly $64 million in additional federal disaster relief to assist local communities still recovering from last spring’s record storms and flooding, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Monday.

    Elizabeth Morrow poses on her specially designed Yoga by Numbers mat that gives true yoga beginners a step-by-step roadmap to learn poses at their own pace.

    Yoga by Numbers works to bring poses to the people

    Combine Twister, paint-by-numbers and the ancient Hindu practice of breath control, meditation and poses, and you get Yoga by Numbers. The approach — complete with a numbered mat — was designed by a Boston woman whose own health scare inspired her to put yoga in reach for people with physical limitations, tight schedules or other roadblocks to traditional practice.

    Jesus E. Hernandez

    Elgin man pleads guilty to sex assault, gets 16 years

    A 39-year-old Elgin man was sentenced to 16 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to raping a woman after she stopped him from attacking a 10-year-old girl at his apartment in May 2012. Jesus E. Hernandez pleaded guilty right before a jury trial in Kane County was set to begin and must register as a sex offender for life.


    All-Elgin website will have a companion free app

    An Elgin company is working on building a website that will eventually have a companion mobile app for all things Elgin, from restaurant specials to community events and neighborhood organizations.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Nicholas Espinal of Batavia was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer, at 7:34 a.m. Friday at Suncast, 701 N. Kirk Road, according to a police report. Espinal was taken to Delnor Hospital. Two 48-year-old male officers received bumps to their heads, and scrapes and cuts, while trying to arrest Espinal.


    Fox Valley police reports
    [No Paragraph Style]NewsJavier Diaz, 42, of Hanover Park, was charged with obstructing identification after he gave police a false name and date of birth after he was identified as the driver of a vehicle that hit a pedestrian Sunday in the 800 block of North State Street, according to a police report. Diaz was also wanted on a Cook County warrant.


    Des Plaines condo fire remains under investigation

    A fire at a 7-story Des Plaines condominium building Friday started near building materials in a unit that was undergoing renovation, authorities said Monday. An exact cause of the fire, which broke out at 5:19 p.m. at 555 S. River Road, is still being investigated.


    Six businesses join Des Plaines chamber

    The Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce and Industry board of directors has approved six new businesses for membership in the organization, officials announced.

    Television pitchman Kevin Trudeau

    TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau gets 10-year sentence

    A federal judge on Monday sentenced TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau to 10 years in prison for bilking consumers via infomercials for his best-selling weight loss book. U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman blasted the 50-year-old Trudeau, who has a mansion in Oak Brook with belongings yet to be auctioned off, before the sentencing, saying that for decades he “steadfastly attempted to cheat others...

    In this 2007 photo provided by Steffen Richter, the sun sets behind the BICEP2 telescope, foreground, and the South Pole Telescope in Antarctica. In the faint glowing remains of the Big Bang, scientists found “smoking gun” evidence that the universe began with a split-second of astonishingly rapid growth from a seed far smaller than an atom. To find a pattern of polarization in the faint light left over from the Big Bang, astronomers scanned about 2 percent of the sky for three years with the BICEP2 at the south pole, chosen for its very dry air to aid in the observations, said the leader of the collaboration, John Kovac of Harvard.

    Evidence spotted for universe’s early growth spurt

    The universe was born almost 14 billion years ago, exploding into existence in an event called the Big Bang. Now researchers say they’ve spotted evidence that a split-second later, the expansion of the cosmos began with a powerful jump-start. Experts called the discovery a major advance if confirmed by others.


    Man shot in Waukegan:

    Waukegan police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 53-year-old man, authorities announced Monday.


    Strike Three clinic gives back to player:

    Strike 3 Baseball will host an instructional clinci on March 29, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to a boy with stage four non-hodgkins lymphona.


    Humorist with free show at CLC:

    College of Lake County will host humorist Izzy Gesell on Friday, April 4.


    MHS board meets Tuesday:

    The Mundelein High School District 120 board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss summer school plans, employment issues and other matters.


    Open house on bike trail connection:

    An open house regarding the possible construction of a new trail near Route 137 and Butterfield Road is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Libertyville Township office at 359 Merrill Court in Libertyville.

    Schaumburg native Michelle Kelley will be a graduate student at the University of Cambridge in England after earning a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship valued at $50,000. She’s with her poster that won an award at the 2014 Midwest Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at the University of Chicago.

    Hoffman grad wins prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

    Schaumburg native Michelle Kelley still cannot wrap her head around it: She's one of only 40 students awarded a Cambridge Scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, valued at $50,000. And next year at this time she'll be in England, furthering her ambition for a career in physics.


    Dist. 54, Schaumburg parks multicultural fair April 5

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 and the Schaumburg Park District will present a multicultural fair from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg. The event’s theme is A Garden of Diversity — Celebrating Our Community’s Cultures.


    Schaumburg Boomers looking for host families

    The Schaumburg Boomers baseball team is searching for Northwest suburban families to become part of the club’s host family program, housing a player for the summer and getting free season tickets along with other great perks.

    Gary L. Harris

    St. Charles man faces prison for child porn, drug charges

    A 52-year-old St. Charles man will be sentenced in June after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography and felony marijuana charges. Gary L. Harris, who was arrested in October 2012 but has no previous offenses in Kane County, faces anywhere from probation to 14 years in prison when sentenced in June by Judge Karen Simpson.


    A Safe Place fundraiser:

    The Young Professional Board of A Safe Place invite you to the Spring Craft Beer Tasting event on April 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. at GreenTown Tavern, 110 S. Genesee St., Waukegan.

    Patricia Stober of Grayslake dresses in green Monday for the St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Libertyville Civic Center. The event featured a traditional Irish lunch of corned beef and cabbage and dancing to The Ron Barron Trio.

    Libertyville seniors party on St. Patrick’s Day

    The Libertyville Civic Center was filled with green as seniors dressed for a St. Patrick’s Day party Monday hosted by the Libertyville Senior Center. The party was held for 90 seniors who dressed up for the occasion with green party dresses, hats, beads and glasses.

    Katie Avery’s class at Neubert Elementary School in Algonquin creates their own hardcover books, thanks to a small grant Avery received for the project. Here she works with third-graders Haley DeRossett, left, and Jessica Gawrysiuk.

    Neubert School students writing own hardcover books

    A third-grade class at Neubert Elementary School in Algonquin will shine in the spotlight Friday as they sip tea, munch on snacks, autograph and discuss their books with the adoring public — their parents. The 22 students are writing and illustrating their own hardcover books thanks to their teacher, Katie Avery, who secured a $125 grant for the program. “Even though it’s a...

    Musician Peter Calo was joined in the Listening Room at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake by fellow musicians Cassandra Vohs-Demann, Roger Reupert, and Meg Thomas on March 7.

    Peter Calo performs to packed house in the Listening Room

    Peter Calo performed in the Listening Room at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park March 7 to a packed house in Crystal Lake. Calo is most known for his work with Carly Simon, Willie Nelson, and other famous musicians.


    Shop at Spring Book Sale at Fox River Grove library

    Plan ahead for those lazy summer afternoons by filling a few bags with some great reads at the Friends of Fox River Grove Memorial Library's Spring Book Sale Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26.


    Home intruder shot in St. Charles Township

    Kane County authorities are investigating a shooting that occurred in St. Charles Township Monday. The sheriff's office said a 43-year-old man shot a 26-year-old from St. Charles after he broke into a home on the 38W0-99 block of Mallard Lake Road. The intruder ran, was located a few blocks away and was treated at a Geneva hospital. Officials are investigating and no charges have been filed.


    Burlington Lioness annual spring raffle March 22

    Burlington Lioness Spring Raffle on Saturday, March 22, at Mott's Lounge, Burlington, starting at 7 p.m. to support Central High School scholarships to two graduating applicants. Great prizes for a greater cause!

    Doris Kay Weidner

    Doris K. Weidner, former Wauconda Township assessor, has died

    Doris K. Weidner, who oversaw Wauconda Township property assessments for 17 years until 2006, died Wednesday at JourneyCare Hospice Center in Barrington. She was 70.

    Charles Oliver

    Woodstock Craigslist rapist admits 2nd assault, faces 120 years in prison

    A 45-year-old Woodstock man who was convicted last month of sexually assaulting a woman he met on Craigslist in November 2012 for paid sex, pleaded guilty Monday to raping a Huntley woman in January 2013 who he also met on online. Charles Oliver faces anywhere from 20 to 120 years in prison when sentenced May 8. As part of the plea, prosecutors dismissed charges he attacked six other women.

    President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine Monday in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. The president imposed sanctions against Russian officials, including advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine.

    Obama announces sanctions against Russian officials

    In the most comprehensive sanctions against Russia since the end of the Cold War, President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine. Obama said he was moving to “increase the cost” to Russia, and he warned that more people could face financial...

    Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, seen here on March 4, admitted Monday to improper relationships with three subordinates and appeared to choke up as he told a judge that he’d failed the female captain who had leveled the most serious accusations against him.

    General chokes up as he details affair during plea
    An Army general who admitted to improper relationships with three subordinates appeared to choke up Monday as he told a judge that he’d failed the female captain who had leveled the most serious accusations against him. At his sentencing hearing, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair explained details of his three-year affair with the woman under his command for the first time publicly.


    Man killed by train in Grayslake

    Grayslake Police say a 57-year-old Grayslake man was struck and killed by a train Monday. Police said they received a call that the man stepped in front of the northbound CN freight train at 8:12 a.m.

    Demetries Thorpe

    DNA evidence approved for man accused of killing Zion toddler

    A Lake County judge authorized a DNA swab of a Zion man accused of killing a 5-month-old boy last summer. Demetries Thorpe, 26, is facing life in prison for suffocating the child of his girlfriend, then putting the toddler into a duffle bag and into a Dumpster.

    A map showing what scientists believe the earth looked like 250 million years ago.

    Will continents reconnect again?

    Fifth-graders in Andrea Trela’s class at Hawthorn Elementary South in Vernon Hills asked, "In millions of years, will the world look like Pangea again?"


    Man dies after vehicle crushes him in garage near Rockford

    A northern Illinois man died after he was crushed by a vehicle he was repairing.


    Supporters of cancer drug bill not giving up hope

    Supporters of a bill that would make cancer drugs more affordable in Wisconsin are not giving up hope that the measure can still pass the Legislature this year.


    Wis. prosecutor clears officer in fatal shooting

    Prosecutors in western Wisconsin have cleared the police officer who shot and killed a 21-year-old man in October.


    Candidates out on last campaign day before primary

    Most Republican candidates running for Illinois governor are spending the last day before the primary election day traveling around the state.

    President Barack Obama imposed sanctions against Russian officials, including advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine.

    Obama announces sanctions against Russian officials

    In the most comprehensive sanctions against Russia since the end of the Cold War, President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine.

    A worker collects sun-dried cocoa beans to be put into into sacks for export in Guiglo, Ivory Coast. A large-scale study is being launched in 2014 to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

    Study to test ‘chocolate’ pills for heart health

    It won’t be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The pills are so packed with nutrients that you’d have to eat a gazillion candy bars to get the amount being tested in this study.

    The Wheaton Public Library may hire a consulting firm to do a community needs assessment and strategic planning project. A separate firm has already been hired to re-evaluate the interior layout of the library and create a vision for how the space can be better used in the future.

    Wheaton library to seek community input, create first strategic plan

    With the help of two consultant groups, the Wheaton Library is hoping to get a better understanding of the community’s needs and desires and create its first ever strategic plan. The library board will vote Monday to decide if the library will hire Turks Cap Consulting, LLC at a cost of $6,750 to do a community needs assessment and strategic planning project that is scheduled to be...


    CASA Lake County board elects two businesswomen

    CASA Lake County, a Vernon Hills-based nonprofit organization, expanded its board of directors with the election of businesswomen Noga Villalon and Joanna Lynn.


    Wisconsin proposal would require coroners be licensed

    Those who investigate deaths in Wisconsin could face tougher licensing restrictions under a proposal aimed at preventing missteps that might impede a criminal investigation.


    Indiana baseball death creates lifesaving legacy

    An 8-year-old eastern Indiana boy who was fatally injured when struck in the neck by a baseball is leaving a legacy of steps being taken to save the lives of others.


    Body of young girl found in suburban Chicago woods

    Investigators say an autopsy is expected on the remains of a young girl whose body was found this weekend in the woods near the Chicago suburb of Riverdale.


    $10M bond for crash that killed Chicago officer

    A suburban Chicago woman is being held on $10 million bond for a high-speed chase that ended in a crash that killed an off-duty Chicago police officer. The Chicago Sun-Times reports 31-year-old Shanell Terrell appeared in bond court Sunday.

    Jim Irsay

    Indianapolis Colts owner arrested for DWI

    Authorities say Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is in jail after being stopped for suspected drunken driving. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bryant Orem says Irsay was arrested Sunday night in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.

    In this photo provided by Ed Bachrach, authorities surround a vehicle on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Sunday.

    Charges pending for man after standoff in Chicago

    Charges are pending against a Georgia man who held police at bay for more than eight hours during a standoff on Chicago's iconic Lake Shore Drive. Police say Monday that the man is in custody, but his name hasn't been released.


    Woman, 53, found dead in Milwaukee driveway

    Milwaukee authorities say a 53-year-old woman has been found dead outside a home. A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report says a neighbor called the fire department Sunday about 9:30 a.m. The caller said there appeared to be a dead woman in the driveway of a nearby home.

    Benito Juarez

    Illinois governor declares Benito Juarez Day

    Gov. Pat Quinn has declared Friday as Benito Juarez Day in Illinois. Quinn’s office says in a statement that the governor is marking the 208th anniversary of the Mexican leader’s birth.


    Tainted sediment to be dredged from Ind. canal

    Work to remove an estimated 180,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the Indiana Harbor and Canal in East Chicago is scheduled to start next month.


    Injured Illinois farmer guides agriculture safety

    A former farmer who lost both of his legs in a hay baling accident more than 35 years ago now uses his experience to help others. Robert “Chip” Petrea is a principal research specialist at the University of Illinois focusing on agriculture safety and health. He studies why farm injuries happen and helps injured farmers adapt, The News-Gazette reported Sunday.


    Pekin entrepreneur profits from winter

    For most people in central Illinois, this winter has been a miserably cold and snowy experience, but for the young owner of one Pekin landscaping business, this winter has been a dream come true. Mitchell O'Shaughnessy turned 21 years old Feb. 25, and his business,

    A pedestrian finds it easier to walk on the road than the sidewalk along Hawley Street, just west of Route 45 in Mundelein, after a recent storm.

    Snow-blocked sidewalks upset suburbanites

    Readers are taking over the In Transit column today and they're steamed about snow removal on sidewalks. Why, they wonder, don't more of their neighbors help keep the walks clear? And why aren't towns helping out more? “We often find that kids cannot wait on the sidewalk as many of the corner bus stops are piled with snow,” Longtime Schaumburg school bus driver Dick Voegtle said.

    The wintry weather has made it tough to post campaign signs, with many planted in snow drifts or tossed around by high winds. The brutal winter has forced campaigns across the suburbs to adjust their tactics.

    Weather affecting primary election campaigns

    The awful winter weather that dogged the suburbs for months also made the campaign season for local candidates harder than usual as volunteers have had to hammer yard signs into frozen tundra and march through frigid and snowpacked conditions to knock on voters' doors.

    A migrant worker's family heads their way home near a construction site of a residential real estate project in a village on the outskirts of Beijing.

    China to raise urban residents to 60 pct by 2020
    China will build more railways and increase the number of small and medium-sized cities as it seeks to raise the proportion of urban residents in the population, which it sees as the country's next big engine for economic growth. The plans are contained in a 2014-2020 urbanization document unveiled Sunday by the State Council, China's Cabinet, that was reported by the official Xinhua News Agency.


    Dawn Patrol: Oasis closes; pedestrian killed by train

    Saying goodbye to the Des Plaines Oasis; Pedestrian killed by train in Palatine; No injuries after early-morning fire damages Geneva home; Hawks happy to have Hossa back; So what if Peppers picked Packers?

    Voters in Lake Park High School District 108 will decide Tuesday whether to fund the construction and operation of an aquatic facility that could be built at Lake Park High School's east campus by fall 2015.

    DuPage County ballot features facility questions

    From a proposed indoor swimming pool at Lake Park High School to a plan to make numerous improvements to Glenbard High School District 87's schools, DuPage County primary voters will be asked Tuesday to weigh in on several ballot questions.

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

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features some St. Patrick's events, some St. Baldrick's events, and more shoveling snow.


    Wauconda police collecting unwanted medications

    Wauconda officials, the Wauconda Police Department and the Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation have launched a pill disposal and collection program.



    Boys water polo scoreboard: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Hersey 16, Buffalo Grove 6BG 1 2 2 1 —6Hersey 4 9 3 5 —16BG — Hausfeld 3, Augustyn, Boukas, Lotzer.Hersey — Carroll 5, Vladimirov, O’Neil, Reynolds, Hale 4, Buffa, Prush 2.Barrington 11, Fremd 8Palatine 16, Hoffman Estates 6Palatine 4 8 2 2 —16Hoffman Estates 1 1 1 3 —6Palatine — Kleinfeldt 5, El Hoffi 4, Yurchesen 2, Kalev 2, Davis, Carter-Buckman, Maior.Hoffman — Goalkeepers — Pal: White (5 blocks).Schaumburg 9, Conant 8 (OT)Schaumburg 3 3 2 0 1 —9Conant 2 4 1 1 0 —8Schaumburg — Birriel, game-winner in OT.Goalkeepers — Sch: Bach 9 saves.St. Patrick 16, St. Viator 5


    Girls soccer: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Bartlett 2, Schaumburg 1Schaumburg 0 1 -1Bartlett 1 1 -2Scoring: B — Alba (Dombrowski), Alba (UA). Sch: Waterloo (Awdziejczyk).Goalkeepers: B — Lozada (7 saves). Sch: Ardagh (6 saves).*Conant 3, Crystal Lake South 0. Crystal Lake South 0 0 —0Conant 1 2 —3Conant— Mazquek 2, DizonnoGoalies - Anderson 5*Barrington 0, naperville north 0Barrington 0 0 0—0Naperville North 0 0 0—0Scoring — NoneGoalkeepers — NN: Baenziger.*


    Girls water polo: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Palatine 24, Hoffman Estates 5Palatine 6 7 6 5 —24Hoffman Estates 1 1 2 1 —5Palatine — Chumbook 9, Wojtas 3, Anderson 3, McHugh 3, Rasor 2, Seidl 2, Gilsenan, Mogensen.Hoffman — Sullivan 2, Dorband, Bonney, ElkinsGoalkeepers — Pal: Butler (10 saves).*Prospect 14, Rolling Meadows 2Prospect 5 6 0 1 —14Meadows 0 o 1 1 —4Prospect — Schiavone 4, Neumann 4, McCallister 2, Chamberlain 2, Fulk 1, Younger 1.Meadows — Leudloff, Tranton.*Conant 14, Schaumburg 7Schaumburg 2 2 2 1 —7Conant 5 4 1 4 —14Schaumburg — Vasquez 4, Kasner 2, Vezzetti.Conant — Rosas 7, Claffey 2, Fenlon, Weingart 2, Skittone 2.Goalkeepers — Con: Demaret (15 saves).*Mundelein 14, York 6*glenbrook north 15, hinsdale central 5Hinsdale Central 1 2 0 2 —5Glenbrook North 4 2 3 6 —15Scoring — HC: Gates; Deboer; Relias (3).Goalkeepers — HC: Dunn (10).*MAINE SOUTH 14, VERNON HILLS 12Vernon Hills — goals: Wood 7, Ochoa 3, Levy, Cheng; assists: Ochoa 3; steals: Ochoa 7.Goalkeepers — VH: Udesky (10 blocks).JV: — Maine South 11, Vernon Hills 2


    Girls badminton: Monday’s scoreboard
    Monday’s results*Maine East 8, Rolling Meadows 7Singles — No.1: Yousif (ME) d. Cantieri 21-18, 13-21, 21-19; No.2: Chirayath (ME) d. Sukhbaatar 21-15, 21-9; No.3: Sajan (ME) d. Gallagher 22-20, 21-19; No.4: Glikberg (ME) d. Mrstik 21-9, 20-22, 21-17; No.5: Shah (ME) d. Shah 21-13, 22-20; No.6: Poduch (RM) d. Antar 21-10, 21-15; No.7: Hemm (RM) d. Deeja 21-14, 19-21, 21-16 ; No.8: Bucolt (RM) d. Chaus 22-20, 21-5 ; No.9: Areno (ME) d. Roldan 21-7, 22-20; No.10. Song (RM) d. Majka 21-17, 23-21.Doubles — No.1: Chirayath/Sajan (ME) d. Cantieri/Sukhbaatar 21-17, 17-21, 21-18; No.2: Gallagher/Poduch (RM) d. Deeja/Yousif 21-17, 18-21, 21-17; No.3: Bucolt/Hemm (RM) d. Shah/Antar 21-12, 21-7; No.4: Glikberg/Areno (ME) d. Mrstik/Shah 21-19, 21-15; No.5: Roldan/Song (RM) d. Majka/Chaus 21-17, 21-19.*Willowbrook 13, wheaton warrenville south 2

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant goes to the basket past the Bulls’ Taj Gibson on his way to 35 points Monday night at the United Center.

    Durant, Thunder roll down on Bulls

    On the final night of the Elite Opponent Homestand, the Bulls again discovered there is still a pretty large gap between their team and the best of the Western Conference. Kevin Durant scored 35 points to lead Oklahoma City to a 97-85 win at the United Center on Monday.

    Naperville North’s Abbie Boswell, left, heads the ball away from Jackie Batliner of Barrington in girls soccer action on Monday in Naperville.

    Naperville North, Barrington battle to draw

    Naperville North and Barrington have only practiced outside a few times this spring, but that didn’t stop the two squads from opening the season on Monday night in Naperville.

    Now with the Brewers, starting pitcher Matt Garza is at it again, taking shots at the Cubs’ front office.

    Cubs not likely to miss Garza

    On his fifth team in eight years, Matt Garza kept his streak alive of trashing his former clubs when he took a jab at Cubs ownership and Theo Epstein.


    Former Denver cornerback headed to New York

    The Giants continue to be a player in free agency, signing cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, formerly with Denver.

    The Packers’ James Jones scores a touchdown against the Bears last season.

    Raiders sign former Green Bay receiver

    The Oakland Raiders added a veteran presence to their young receiving group by signing free agent James Jones to a three-year contract Monday.


    Ronaldo and Romario go at it again in Brazil

    In the latest chapter of a spat between past Brazil soccer greats, Ronaldo is publicly criticizing Romario for making another attack on him, this time over an alleged broken promise to provide free World Cup tickets for people with disabilities.


    U.S. to play Czech Republic in Sept. 3 exhibition

    The United States will take on the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague in its first match after the World Cup.

    Notre Dame players celebrate winning the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament earlier this month.

    Notre Dame, UConn on collision course in women’s tourney

    All season there has been a buzz around women’s basketball about UConn and Notre Dame. Now the stage is set for the former Big East rivals to meet in a historic national championship game.

    Michigan State forward Adreian Payne, left, cuts the net with Lacey Holsworth, who is battling cancer, after the Spartans defeated Michigan 69-55 in the Big Ten tournament title game Sunday in Indianapolis.

    Michigan State star forges bond with ailing girl

    No kid is a bigger fan of Michigan State's Adreian Payne than 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth. The cancer-stricken girl quickly befriended Payne when she met him during one of her hospital stays two years ago, and their relationship has become a feel-good story.

    VCU head coach Shaka Smart talks to his team Sunday during the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament at the Barclays Center in New York.

    Smart defends Atlanta 10 Conference

    Shaka Smart isn’t amused by people taking shots at the strength of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Virginia Commonwealth coach said on Monday the A-10 needs to apologize to no one for getting six teams in the NCAA tournament, including five at-large bids, because they all earned the right to be included.

    Associated Press Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, left, goes to the basket past Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball Monday, March 17, 2014, in Chicago.

    Durant leads Thunder past Bulls

    Kevin Durant finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Bulls 97-85 on Monday night at United Center.Russell Westbrook added 17 points after sitting out the previous day to rest his surgically repaired knee, and the Thunder rebounded from their most lopsided loss of the season.They went on a 13-point run after the Bulls scored eight straight early in the fourth to cut the lead to one and pulled this one out after falling by 23 at home to Dallas on Sunday.Durant ran his streak of games with 25 or more points to 32, the longest in the NBA since Michael Jordan did it in 40 in a row during the 1986-87 season. He also chipped in with five assists.Chicago’s Joakim Noah, who’s been hearing “MVP!” chants lately, shot 2 of 8 but finished with nine points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

    Stevenson guard Matt Morrissey lays the ball up against Fremd during the Patriots’ victory in Friday’s Lake Zurich sectional championship game.

    Scouting the Class 4A NIU supersectional

    Here's a look at Tuesday night's Class 4A NIU supersectional matchup between Stevenson (30-1) and Rockford Auburn (28-5).

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has the ball stripped from him by Bulls guard D.J. Augustin during the first half of Monday’s game at the United Center.

    Durant happy for Augustin’s success

    Kevin Durant might owe a small portion of his NBA success to D.J. Augustin. The two have been friends since they arrived at Texas as freshmen in 2006. Durant talked about the relationship before Monday's game against the Bulls.


    Bartlett opens with win over Schaumburg

    Even with temperatures hovering below freezing, the Bartlett girls soccer team was able to open the season Monday night at Millennium Field and the Hawks came away with a 2-1 nonconference win over Schaumburg.

    Grant Surprenant

    Palatine grad Surprenant excelling at Illini West

    Grant Suprenant, a former all-conference basketball player at Palatine, is still enjoying success at the high school level - now as a coach. In only his second season as the Illini West High School girls basketball coach, Suprenant guided the Chargers to a 28-3 record and a Class 2A regional championship. For his efforts, Suprenant earned the 2013-2014 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association District 16 “Co-Coach of the Year.”


    Naperville Central gets started in 2nd half

    It took the entire first half to shake the rust off from a nine-month layoff, but Naperville Central prevailed in its season opener Monday evening. Behind a pair of second-half goals from senior midfielder Grace Orndorff, the Redhawks pulled away with a 2-0 shutout over nonconference opponent Oak Park-River Forest.

    Benet guard Collin Pellettieri will guide the Redwings against Glenbard North on Tuesday night.

    Scouting the Class 4A Hinsdale Central supersectional
    Scouting Tuesday's Class 4A Hinsdale Central supersectional game between Benet and Glenbard North.


    Kazmir scratched from Cubs game

    PHOENIX — The Oakland Athletics scratched left-hander Scott Kazmir from their spring game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday due to left triceps stiffness.Brandon Moss and Nick Punto then had two hits apiece as Oakland went on to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs’ split-squad.Kazmir’s injury isn’t believed to be serious, but he did see an orthopedist. Manager Bob Melvin said he will wait to see how Kazmir looks Tuesday before deciding when he’ll pitch again.It was part of a difficult day for Oakland, which lost pitcher Jarrod Parker for the season. The promising right-hander will have elbow ligament replacement surgery next week after an MRI in Florida determined the need for the operation.“Obviously in this situation, the first thing is you feel bad for Jarrod,” assistant general manager David Forst said. “He worked hard this offseason after having some struggles at the end of the year and was hoping to be at the top of the rotation this year.”Parker had a 10.61 ERA in three spring training starts.Cubs starting pitcher James McDonald threw two pitches and had to leave with right shoulder soreness. McDonald’s second pitch to Coco Crisp sailed over Crisp’s head to the backstop, prompting a visit from manager Rick Renteria and a trainer.“He was shaking his arm so we went out there just to talk to him, and he just felt like his arm wasn’t feeling right,” Renteria said. “So we’re not taking any chances.”Joe Savery, who had made five relief appearances without a start this spring, took Kazmir’s place and shut out the Cubs on two hits in two innings. He struck out five and walked one.Melvin said Savery is in the mix to make the major league club as a reliever.The injury to Parker means the A’s rotation appears set for opening day, with Kazmir (if his injury is not serious), Sonny Gray, Jesse Chavez, Dan Straily and Tommy Milone.Moss scored two runs against the Cubs, and Punto had two RBIs.McDonald’s spring ERA is 12.71. He has eight walks and no strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings. Renteria wouldn’t address the chance that McDonald won’t be in the club’s starting rotation, saying he wants to make sure McDonald is OK first.


    Jackson leads Cubs to split-squad win over Angels

    MESA, Ariz. — Edwin Jackson threw four scoreless innings and Darnell McDonald had two hits, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in a split-squad game on Monday.Jackson allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six.“It was one of those (outings) where you come out and pitch when you don’t necessarily have your best stuff,” he said. “I had to throw a lot of pitches for strikes and fortunate enough to get out of some jams early.“It’s the time now when you can really work on pitch selection, stretch the innings and now worry about the results.”Jackson struck out Carlos Pena with the bases loaded to end the first inning.Joe Blanton pitched 5 1-3 innings for Los Angeles and was charged with three runs and four hits. The veteran right-hander has pitched well since moving from the first-base side of the pitching rubber to the third-base side before his last spring start.Chicago scored three times with two out in the third. Emilio Bonifacio drove in McDonald with a triple, and then scored on Ryan Roberts’ double. Anthony Rizzo singled in Roberts.Jackson was making his first spring start since March 7. He had a minor-league outing in between his Cactus League starts, and feels he is on schedule.“I’m pretty close,” he said. “The main thing is being comfortable, being able to go out have a steady rhythm every time. I’ve been working on having the hitters put the ball in play and I’ve been able to do that.” Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro said he thinks he will be ready for the season opener a day after running sprints at about 80 percent and taking some ground balls. He is expected to run the bases on Tuesday.He has been hampered by a hamstring injury.“I’m not too worried about Starlin, to be honest with you,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “His demeanor is pretty positive, pretty upbeat, and I think he’s trying to get himself ready for the season.”


    White Sox rough up Lohse in 9-0 win over Brewers

    PHOENIX — Matt Davidson hit two doubles, drove in a pair of runs and scored and Josh Richmond hit a pinch-hit homer as the Chicago White Sox roughed up Kyle Lohse and the Milwaukee Brewers 9-0 on Monday.Lohse, scuffled in his third Cactus League start, allowing five runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out two. Lohse’s troubles came in the fourth, when he walked Adam Dunn to open the inning, then hit Dayan Viciedo with a pitch before walking Jordan Danks to load the bases.Davidson followed with a two-run double and scored on Hector Gimenez’s sacrifice fly to left.“I thought he was good until he fell apart,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “He was a little frustrated and just got a little out of whack mechanically.”White Sox starter Felipe Paulino had his best effort of the spring, striking out four while scattering three walks and two hits over five scoreless innings.“He looked good,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He threw fairly well. I just thought he was getting ahead. When you feel like you can throw strikes and you throw that hard, it’s a little bit easier on you.”Richmond’s homer came in the seventh off Brewers closer Jim Henderson.Hector Gimenez had struggled so far this spring, posting a 9.72 ERA in three Cactus League starts — but looked good in his fourth spring outing. He held Milwaukee scoreless over five innings.“I feel like every time coming here (we) see everything coming together right now,” he said. “I think I improved today. Just to come in here, just throw five innings, that’s what we’re looking for. We’re looking to go deep in the game. We’re working on stuff today, it’s a little rough sometimes, but in the end just to put those zeroes on the board is great. I feel great with how everything is coming together right now.”


    White Sox victims of bad timing — again

    The Tigers are beginning to suffer dinks and dents to their American League Central dynasty. The door is opening slightly for a challenger. Unfortunately for the White Sox, they aren't ready to be that team.

    Coach Joel Quenneville will pick up career win No. 700 on Tuesday night if the Blackhawks can get past the Flyers in Philadelphia.

    Blackhawks’ Quenneville one win from milestone

    Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville can accumulate career win No. 700 on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Only Scotty Bowman and Al Arbour have won 700 or more games, and Quenneville has no illusions about possibly catching Bowman some day.

    Matt Davidson

    Timing is everything for White Sox 3B Davidson

    The White Sox are still trying to decide if 22-year-old third baseman Matt Davidson is ready to break camp on the 25-man roster. But sooner or later, look for the newcomer to become a fixture in the Sox' lineup.

    White Sox closer Addison Reed, right, celebrates with catcher Tyler Flowers after defeating the Minnesota Twins 5-4 in a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.

    Just being ready a big deal for Sox’ Flowers

    After a miserable 2013 season, Tyler Flowers said his right shoulder is feeling good again thanks to surgery, and he appreciates the White Sox naming him the No. 1 catcher.


    Blackhawks game day
    Blackhawks at Philadelphia Flyers scouting report

    Burlington Central graduate Chris Wesson picks up yardage against Byron during a 2003 playoff team. That Rockets’ team, which advanced to the Class 4A state quarterfinals and finished 11-1, will be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on April 13.

    ’03 football team, 5 individuals head to Burlington Central Hall

    The most successful football playoff team in school history, as well as five individuals, will be inducted into the Burlington Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 13. The 2003 Rockets’ football team that finished the season 11-1 will be the first football team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.


    Mike North Video: Losing Peppers is Bears gain
    As the Green Bay Packers acquire Julius Peppers from the Chicago Bears, Mike North isn’t too worried since his better days are behind him especially at $17 million a year.

    Kelly Wallace

    Wallace finishing standout college hockey career with flair

    Kelly Wallace, a forward for Northeastern’s women’s hockey team in Boston, is wrapping up her career in style. The native of Libertyville has been selected to the Hockey East second team of all stars. Wallace, the leading scorer for Northeastern with 31 points, has pieced together a career season in her final year on Huntington Ave.

    Coaches Tom Izzo, left, of Michigan State and Bo Ryan of Wisconsin are going to help Mike Imrem win a billion dollars, as the story goes.

    A billion reasons to get excited for the tournament

    You know that contest worth $1 billion for a perfect NCAA Tournament bracket? Don't bother entering. The odds are astronomical against you because I'm a shoo-in to win it.


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at the United Center, 7 p.m. MondayTV: Comcast SportsNet / ESPNRadio: ESPN 1000-AMOutlook: This just in — Kevin Durant is good. Heading into Sunday’s game against Dallas, the OKC star led the league at 31.8 ppg and had scored at least 25 points in 31 straight games. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he might rest PG Russell Westbrook in some back-to-backs, so there’s a chance he won’t face the Bulls. Westbrook (21.5 points, 7.1 assists) is coming back from one surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee and two setbacks. PF Serge Ibaka is averaging 15.2 ppg, with backup PG Reggie Jackson at 13.2. Newcomer Caron Butler is averaging 10.7. The Bulls lost at OKC 107-95 on Dec. 19.Next: Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center, 6 p.m. Wednesday — Mike McGraw


    The premiere edition of Chicago Football, focusing on the Chicago Bears' preparations for the 2014 NFL Draft and local players likely to be selected, hits newsstands in early April.

    Daily Herald, Shaw launching “Chicago Football” magazine

    The Daily Herald and Shaw Media are teaming to launch a new magazine and website focusing on all levels of football in the Chicago area, and featuring the expert analysis of Hub Arkush, former Pro Football Weekly writer Kevin Fishbain, Daily Herald Chicago Bears beat writer Bob LeGere and fantasy football columnist John Dietz. The first edition of Chicago Football will publish in early April.

    Kermit the Frog brought good luck to the New York Stock Exchange, where he rang the opening bell on Monday, to promote the newest Muppets movie. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose, rebounding from its worst week since January, as data showing a gain in industrial production boosted optimism over the economy and investors watched developments in Ukraine.

    U.S. stocks jump as worries over Crimea vote fade

    Investors were able to put aside the ongoing political turmoil in Ukraine on Monday to focus on a bit of good news on the U.S. economy. Stocks ended sharply higher, helped by a report that showed factory output rebounded last month.

    General Motors is recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles, including SUVs, vans and Cadillacs, for defective air bags and other problems. The recalls announced Monday include the Chevrolet Traverse from the 2009-2013 model years.

    Another GM recall: 1.18 million SUVs

    General Motors is recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles, including SUVs, vans and Cadillacs, for defective air bags and other problems. The new recalls come as GM faces multiple investigations over its handling of a recall of more than 1.6 million small cars for defective ignition switches.


    Addison commodities clerk convicted of fraud

    A former clerk at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange was convicted of commodities fraud after a four-day bench trial. The judge ruled that Nicole M. Graziano, 33, of Addison, manipulated trades to profit more than $200,000 for herself and to the detriment of public customers. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine at sentencing slated for June 25.

    A builder works on the the roof of a new home under construction in Wilmette.

    Homebuilder confidence edges higher in March

    U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the housing market edged higher this month, reflecting improved demand for new homes as the traditional spring home-selling season ramps up. But the outlook for sales of single-family homes over the next six months dimmed slightly as builders continue to grapple with a shortage of skilled workers, ready-to-build land and rising building materials costs.


    Unemployment rates drop in 43 states in January

    Unemployment rates fell in 43 U.S. states in January as more Americans began looking for work and most quickly found jobs. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose in just one state — Iowa — where the rate increased to 4.3 percent from 4.2 percent.

    Wind turbines are silhouetted by the setting sun as they produce electricity near Beaumont, Kan.

    Wind power line proposal irks some Midwest farmers

    The windy plains of Kansas could be a treasure trove in the nation's effort to harness clean energy. But a major proposal to move wind-generated electricity east from Kansas is meeting opposition from farmers who don't want high-power transmission lines on their land.

    Jeff Arnett, the master distiller at the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn., tests the aroma of whiskey at the distillery.

    Jack Daniel's opposes changing Tenn. whiskey law

    If it isn't fermented in Tennessee from mash of at least 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels, filtered through maple charcoal and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof, it isn't Tennessee whiskey. So says a year-old law that resembles almost to the letter the process used to make Jack Daniel's, the world's best-known Tennessee whiskey.


    Eurozone inflation in surprise fall to 0.7 percent

    Pressure on the European Central Bank to do more to prevent prices from falling in the 18-country eurozone ratcheted up Monday after figures showed inflation across the region unexpectedly fell in February to its lowest level since October.

    Red Mango Frozen Yogurt and Smoothies opened earlier this winter in Hoffman Estates.

    Red Mango serving in Hoffman Estates
    We talk with Mark Bousman, co-owner of Red Mango Frozen Yogurt and Smoothies that opened recently in Hoffman Estates


    The Great Game of Business is a game you might want to play

    The Great Game of Business really isn’t a game. Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the principles developed by Jack Stack in a desperate (and successful) attempt to turn around a failing International Harvester remanufacturing facility.

Life & Entertainment

    Fashion designer L’Wren Scott was found dead Monday in Manhattan.

    Company owned by L’Wren Scott in debt

    The company owned by fashion designer L’Wren Scott, who died Monday of an apparent suicide, was heavily in debt at the time it filed its most recent accounts. Meanwhile, concert organizers said the Rolling Stones had canceled a gig scheduled for Wednesday in Perth, Australia. There was no immediate word on future dates on their tour.

    R&B singer Chris Brown spent the weekend in a downtown Los Angeles lockup after a judge ordered him to be arrested on charges of violating the rules and regulations of his treatment.

    Judge orders Chris Brown to remain in jail

    Chris Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said Monday he was told the singer made troubling comments in rehab about being good at using guns and knives. Brown, 24, was arrested on Friday after he was dismissed from a Malibu facility where he was receiving treatment for anger management, substance abuse and issues related to bipolar disorder.

    Mark (Andrew M. Mueller), left front, and Roger (Adam Michaels) lead the ensemble in the title number “Rent” at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. The production runs through Sunday, April 6.

    Paramount’s ‘Rent’ pays off artistically in Aurora

    The late Jonathan Larson’s once-hip 1996 rock musical “Rent” is a period piece of sorts. That doesn’t mean that Paramount Theatre’s passionate and gritty production in Aurora is old hat, however, or that the issues don’t still resonate. A loudly amplified “Rent” maintains its edge — and can alienate more conservative audiences with its interwoven relationships of struggling artists, gay and straight.


    Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies at 64

    Scott Asheton, drummer for the influential punk rock band the Stooges, has died. He was 64. Publicist Michele Adler confirmed that Asheton died Saturday. No other details were available.

    Tim Newell stars as comedian and Waukegan native Jack Benny in “Mr. Benny,” coming to Clockwise Theatre Jan. 30, 2015.

    Piven Workshop, Waukegan theater partner for classes
    Waukegan’s Clockwise Theatre is bulking up its stage offerings, as well as announcing a partnership with the well-known Piven Theatre Workshop. The partnership with Piven, an Evanston-based theater and training center, will begin in the fall. Clockwise will hold after-school classes provided by Piven, whose alums include Jeremy Piven (son of the founders), John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis, Jeff Garlin, Kate Walsh and Aidan Quinn.


    There are services to help seniors stay independent

    Q: My mother lives alone. She refuses to consider assisted living and insists on remaining in her home. Are there services that can help my mother remain independent in her own home?

    Savannah Guthrie has gotten married, and she used the occasion to announce she’s expecting her first child.

    ‘Today’ host Savannah Guthrie married, expecting

    “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie has gotten married, and she used the occasion to announce she’s expecting her first child. Guthrie, 42, and Mike Feldman, a 45-year-old communications strategist, tied the knot Saturday near her hometown of Tucson, Ariz. It was there she told her guests she’s four months pregnant.

    “Bone Deep” is the latest in the Doc Ford series by Randy Wayne White.

    ‘Bone Deep’ not among White’s stronger offerings

    Doc Ford, a secret agent masquerading as a Florida marine biologist, returns in Randy Wayne White's thriller "Bone Deep," which explores the secret world of relic hunters who illegally dig mammoth ivory, Indian artifacts and other prehistoric treasures from the depths of South Florida’s limestone deposits. The story begins when a Native American named Duncan Fallsdown enlists Doc and his mystical, pot-smoking pal Tomlinson in a quest to recover artifacts that belong to his tribe. Soon, the three find themselves face to face with relentless treasure seekers who will stop at nothing, including murder.


    Music education pays off in other areas

    Multiple scientific studies show a strong association between music participation and positive neurological, educational, and social outcomes.

    This 2011 photo shows talk-show host Oprah Winfrey reacting after a street outside her Harpo Studios in Chicago was proclaimed “Oprah Winfrey Way” during a ceremony with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, left, and Bobby Ware, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation. Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the studio will remain on the property for another two years.

    Oprah Winfrey to sell Harpo Studios in Chicago

    Oprah Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the studio will remain on the property for another two years. Winfrey filmed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start the Oprah Winfrey Network on cable.

    Schoolboy Q performs during the SXSW Music Festival Friday in Austin, Texas.

    Corporate capital, a new SXSW paradigm

    Rapper ScHoolboy Q had a great time at his first South By Southwest a few years ago, but found himself getting angry this year as he played a series of shows at the annual music conference and festival. Everywhere he turned, his fans were standing outside venues festooned with corporate branding, unable to enter because they didn’t have a formal invite. “I don’t ever want to come back unless they change it to where the fans are in," he said as he prepared for a show Saturday.

    Actor Chris Pine, center, arrives at a courthouse in Ashburton, New Zealand, Monday. Pine pleaded guilty in the New Zealand court to drunken-driving charges.

    Actor Chris Pine pleads guilty to DUI

    Hollywood actor Chris Pine, known for playing Captain Kirk in the “Star Trek” movies, has pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court to drunken-driving charges. The 33-year-old was fined $93 New Zealand dollars ($79) and had his New Zealand driver’s license suspended for six months during a hearing Monday at the Ashburton District Court.

    This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows Sherman, voiced by Max Charles, right, and Mr. Peabody, voiced by Ty Burell, in a scene from “Mr Peabody & Sherman,” which earned more than $20 million and the top spot at the box office.

    'Peabody & Sherman' tops box office

    Though Disney's “Need for Speed” was expected to take the No. 1 position at the box office, DreamWorks' “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” took the lead, with the action film in third place. The animated movie, about the adventures of a genius dog and the human son he adopted, earned $21.2 million, according to studio estimates released Sunday. Debuting last weekend at No. 2, the 3-D kiddie-jaunt features voices from “Modern Family” stars Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter.

    Actress and singer Jennifer Holliday, best known for her Tony-winning performance as Effie in the original Broadway production of “Dreamgirls,” released her first solo album in two decades.

    Original ‘Dreamgirls’ star makes return to music

    With her first solo album in two decades, Jennifer Holliday is on the comeback trail. But the singer, best known for her Tony-winning performance as Effie in the original Broadway production of “Dreamgirls” and the iconic rendition of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” wasn’t always sure she wanted her career resurrected. The spotlight had been difficult for her: She has dealt with clinical depression, multiple sclerosis, went blind for three months, filed for bankruptcy and attempted to commit suicide on her 30th birthday. She was dropped by her label when her weight went up to 400 pounds. “It was devastating for me as an artist and human being,” said Holliday.

    The Fittest Loser contestants meet at Push Fitness in Schaumburg every Saturday morning with boot camp instructor Brad Parotto. This week a variety of exercises were on the agenda including squat jumps.

    Pushing it: Contestants take on boot camp challenge together

    With a third of the Fittest Loser Challenge now behind them, the five contestants assess what has to be one of the most challenging components of the 12-week fitness and nutrition competition: weekly boot camp. While each member works with a personal trainer three times a week one-on-one and also on their own, it is only on Saturdays that they are all together for boot camp. As the name implies, boot camp is a tough all-body workout that requires supersized tenacity and an even bigger dose of teamwork.

    A stylish new headband keeps the sweat at bay as Lisa Townsel lifts a 35-pound barbell.

    Boot camp blues: Surviving brutal workouts

    Last Friday night I had a dream that each day leading up to Saturday boot camp I had eaten a square of chocolate toffee, and it was going to show as a gain on the scale during weigh-in. Well, I ate no chocolate, toffee or candy at all, and I did scoot out of the 190s, right into the 180s, without much fanfare. I also got through tough workouts and the dreaded Saturday morning boot camp.

    Every boot camp at Push Fitness in Schaumburg ends with the weekly weigh-in. Trainer Brad Parotto checks the numbers as John Bohanek weighs in — after four weeks he is down 29 pounds.

    Fittest Loser: By the numbers
    Fittest Loser contestants weigh in for the week.

    Wendy Schmidt, center, Fittest Loser Corporate Challenge team member from Team Data Mart Direct in Bloomingdale, works out under the direction of Andra Shrader, left, at the Biggest Loser Resort.

    Community teams take fitness routines to the next level

    Community Challenge members are busily making strides to seriously lose weight and gain more confidence and know-how in the process. They are trying a variety of exercises to stay active.

    Jill Micklow takes time to stretch her body and mind at Assurance’s Schaumburg office.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: The Cubicle Shuffle

    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: At-your-desk stretches and strengthening moves.

    Dr. Audra Deveikis, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, Calif., was involved in the treatment of a baby born with the AIDS virus, who may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment — in this instance, four hours after birth.

    Doctors hope for cure in a 2nd baby born with HIV

    A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment — in this instance, four hours after birth.

    1967 Pontiac Ventura

    Pontiac Ventura’s psychedelic days are done

    Jim Lindberg’s 1967 Pontiac Ventura may look factory fresh now but much of its life has been drastically different. Back in the 1960s, the Ventura was customized at Dave Puhl’s House of Kustoms in Palatine.

    The Improvised Star Trek comedy troupe will perform at the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival. Members include Nick Wagner, Irene Marquette, Sean Kelley, Matt Young, Griffen Eckstein, Mary Cait Walthall and Chris Rathjen.

    Comedy festival embraces 'nerd culture'

    Fran Hoepfner may be new to the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival this year, but she has proudly considered herself a nerd since she was a teenager. The Mount Prospect native will be hosting the festival's stand-up comedian showcase, hoping to connect with the audience's passion for Vulcans, Hobbits and everything in between.

    There are dozens of computer-controlled foot soldiers whose presence imbues “Titanfall” with the feeling of an epic war.

    ‘Titanfall’ a beauty and a beast of a game

    “Titanfall” is the ambitious inaugural game from Respawn Entertainment, a studio that includes developers who worked on the landmark “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” series. It’s clear after spending a few days clashing with Titans that they’ve changed the game again, refreshing the static shoot-’em-up genre with this fabulously fluid sci-fi shooter. There are so many different ways to play as either a free-running pilot on the ground or inside a lumbering Titan that it’s always entertaining, no matter if you’re a shooter newbie or hard-core “Halo” and “Call of Duty” devotee.

    “Loco De Amor” is unlike the Juanes fans know.

    Juanes strikes new territory on new album

    Much like love itself, Juanes’ new album “Loco de Amor” is deceptive. At first glance, the pop-flavored album seems as upbeat and sweet as a teenage crush. For longtime fans of the Colombian rocker, the sound is unlike the Juanes we know. But on a deeper dive, the album shows itself to be something else. Under the radio-friendly hooks and major chord progressions, there is Juanes’ powerful voice reaching new corners.

    Recent research finds that football helmets, which have been designed largely to prevent skull fractures and brain contusions, aren’t all that effective against concussion.

    Your health: Are football helmets failing our kids?
    A study to be presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology next month compares 10 of the most widely used football helmets in drop tests designed to measure the kinds of forces that are most likely to result in concussion. The latest research finds that football helmets, which have been designed largely to prevent skull fractures and brain contusions, aren’t all that effective against concussion.


    GOP governor candidates from left, State Sen. Bill Brady, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner, and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford. The campaign is one of dozens of state, county and congressional races in which voters get their final chance on Tuesday to select their party's candidate.

    A summary of Daily Herald primary endorsements

    Election Day arrives Tuesday, March 18, in the primaries to select party candidates for county, legislative, congressional and statewide constitutional offices. Here is a summary of the Daily Herald's recommendations in contested races in the suburban region. If you wish, you may print out these recommendations and take them into the polls with you for reference.


    Hiring policy makes U-46 legally vulnerable
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: It is hard to put into words the direction the Elgin Area School District U-46 is going. The dust has barely settled since last year’s comment from board member Tracy O’Neal Ellis at a meeting I attended that “students need teachers who look more like them.”


    Lead paint problem can be managed
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The March 2 article on lead paint by James Fuller was interesting and very true. As an Illinois licensed Lead Risk Assessor, I encounter these situations on a regular basis.


    Era of concealed carry is scary
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: I’ve always been of the opinion that people who have guns kill people -- with those guns.


    City doesn’t need new fire stations
    Letter to the editor: Arlene Toman says the city of Rolling Meadows must be feeling rich if it can afford to build two new fire stations instead of modify the ones it already has.


    City needs a new electrical inspector
    Letter to the editor: Grace Reiland of Rolling Meadows thinks that before the city builds two new fire stations it should fill the vacant position of electrical inspector.


    Dist. 62 Foundation benefit a big success
    Letter to the editor: On Feb. 21, the School District 62 Foundation Board hosted a benefit dinner at Café la Cave in Des Plaines. On behalf of the children in the District 62 schools, the Foundation board members would like to thank all of the community members, businesses, local officials, teachers and parents who supported this fundraising effort.


    Couple grateful to wonderful neighbors
    Letter to the editor: Wally and MaryBeth Geibel are immensely greateful to their Arlington Heights neighbors for taking care of their sidewalks through every one of the many snows this winter.


    Another troubling suit against sheriff
    A Winfield Township letter to the editor: I just finished reading the March 11 very troubling article regarding another discrimination lawsuit against Sheriff John Zaruba. How can the county board continue to allow this type of behavior to continue?


    IRS didn’t scrutinize just Tea Party types
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Your March 6, Business Section, Page 1, states that “Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that improperly singled out Tea Party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny ...”


    Congrats; we’ve reached bottom
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: Let’s do the moral limbo. How low can you go? Let’s initially set the bar at the molestation/rape of a child. Considered by many to be the most despicable of crimes. Surely we can’t go lower.


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