Daily Archive : Wednesday March 19, 2014


    Lakemoor’s new village logo

    New logo in Lakemoor meant to dispel sleepy image

    Lakemoor has adopted a new motto and logo as part of a continuing effort to shake off its sleepy image. Lakemoor has a new logo and motto. “The intent is to have a very simple, clean corporate look — just enough to define we’re a lake community and keep the opportunities open,” said Matt Dabrowski, director of community and economic development.


    St. Charles Public Library closing March 24-28

    The St. Charles Public Library will be closed during its renovation project beginning Monday, March 24, to Friday, March 28. The library is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, March 29, at 9 a.m.

    A floating object is seen at sea next to the descriptor which was added by the source. Australia's government reported Thursday that the images show suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner floating in an area 1,550 miles southwest of Perth, Australia.

    Australia checking 2 objects in search for plane

    An air search in the southern Indian Ocean for possible objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane described as the “best lead” so far ended for the day without success Thursday but will resume in the morning, Australian rescue officials said. The four planes were checking to see if two large objects spotted in satellite imagery bobbing in the remote ocean were debris from Fight...

    State representative Keith Farnham speaks with local officials during a news conference at his Elgin office.

    Farnham resigns legislative seat after federal raid

    State Rep. Keith Farnham resigned his legislative seat today, just days after federal officials searched the Elgin Democrat's home and office. The letter to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan gave no reason for the resignation, but Farnham cited “serious health issues” in a statement. Farnham has said nothing about the search by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland...

    Police are investigating a double homicide at Baldwin Green Apartments in Palatine. Authorities say a 15-year-old boy and his father were found in an apartment early Wednesday morning with gunshot wounds.

    Police say shootings of Palatine father, son a double homicide

    A 15-year-old Palatine boy and his father were shot and killed early Wednesday morning on the village's northeast side in what police say they are investigating as a double homicide. Luis Reynoso and his 38-year-old father, Segundo Reynoso, were found with fatal gunshot wounds in an apartment shortly after midnight.


    Midway unveiling new passport control system

    Aviation and customs officials in Chicago are unveiling a new system at Midway International Airport meant to speed up passport control for travelers arriving from abroad.

    A United Airlines flight from Chicago to New Orleans made an emergency landing at the Jackson-Evers International Airport Monday night after the plane developed a mechanical problem.

    Chicago United flight makes emergency landing

    A United Airlines flight from Chicago to New Orleans made an emergency landing at the Jackson-Evers International Airport Monday night after the plane developed a mechanical problem.

    Chicago's two international airports landed at the bottom of the U.S. Transportation Department's ranking of on-time arrival and departures for January.

    Chicago airports rank low for on-time arrivals, departures

    Chicago's two international airports landed at the bottom of the U.S. Transportation Department's ranking of on-time arrival and departures for January. The Transportation Department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics released figures showing half of the flights in and out of O'Hare International and Midway International airports were late in January.

    In this March 14, 2013 file photo, Cardinal Francis George speaks during an interview at the North American College in Rome. A spokesperson for the Chicago Archdiocese said Cardinal Francis George is expected to be released from a hospital later this week.

    Cardinal George may leave hospital this week

    Cardinal Francis George, who informed parishioners earlier this month that his cancer had returned, may be released from the hospital soon after being admitted last week for treatment of dehydration and flu-like symptoms, the Archdiocese of Chicago said.

    The Lake County Hazmat team test an overturned semitrailer for chemical exposure due to corrosive cleaning materials that spilled inside at Route 60 and Butterfield Road in Vernon Hills. The Wednesday morning accident caused major traffic delays during morning rush hour.

    Truck trailer tips in Vernon Hills, snarles traffic on busy roads

    A section of two of central Lake County’s busiest roads was shut down for several hours Wednesday, snarling morning rush-hour motorists, after a truck’s trailer tipped over in Vernon Hills. Butterfield Road and Route 60 reopened by 2 p.m.

    Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez will retire in November, and he couldn't be happier about it.

    Farewells begin for Sheriff Pat Perez

    Retiring Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez started his goodbyes Wednesday at a local chamber of commerce luncheon.

    Stacy Fiebelkorn

    Elgin woman facing cruelty charges gives up some animals

    An Elgin woman has volunteered to give up her rabbits, poultry, some goats and other animals, but not her horses and donkeys, as a hearing on impoundment of the animals continues. Stacy Fiebelkorn faces charges of animal cruelty and failure to provide adequate care, after authorities found dead animals on properties in Maple Park and Hampshire.

    Frederick School Librarian Robert Depke licks chocolate cream pie from his face Wednesday during a student reward for participation in the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book program in Grayslake. Students who read 20 books this year had the honor of throwing pies.

    Splat. Flying pies a reading reward at Frederick School in Grayslake

    Frederick School students got a chance to throw chocolate cream pies at school librarian Robert Depke, and Assistant Principal Jodi Cinq-Mars, as a reward for participation in the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award program for fourth through eighth grade students in Illinois.

    A Chinese relative of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane cries as she holds a banner in front of journalists reading “We are against the Malaysian government for hiding the truth and delaying the rescue. Release our families unconditionally!” at a hotel in Sepang, Malaysia, Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

    Malaysia, FBI analyze missing pilot’s simulator

    The FBI joined forces with Malaysian authorities in analyzing deleted data on a flight simulator belonging to the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, while distraught relatives of the passengers unleashed their anger — wailing in frustration at 12 days of uncertainty.News: The anguish of relatives of the 239 people on Flight 370 boiled over Wednesday at a briefing near Kuala...

    Crimean self-defense forces scuffle with Ukrainian servicemen outside the Ukrainian Navy headquarters in Sevastopol, Crimea, Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

    Ukraine to hold military exercises with U.S.
    Russian forces seized military installations across the disputed Crimean Peninsula on Wednesday, prompting Ukraine’s security chief to announce his country will hold joint military exercises with the United States and Britain. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in Lithuania, trying to reassure nations along Russia’s borders who were terrified by the sight of an expansion-minded...


    Elgin-based lender sued by Illinois attorney general

    An Elgin-based short-term lender is being sued by the Illinois Attorney General for charging interest rates that can reach as much as 500 percent, according to a lawsuit. Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit in Cook County court Tuesday against CMK Investments Inc., which operates as All Credit Lenders based in Elgin, though the company operates storefronts across Illinois, Wisconsin and...


    Deep Purple, Josh Turner highlight Elgin concert series

    This summer, downtown Elgin will be home to a whole lot of music, including several well-known acts. Ron Onesti of Onesti Entertainment Corporation, who also is president and CEO of the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, told members of the Elgin City Council on Wednesday night that he’s again partnering with the Grand Victoria Casino and the city of Elgin for a Rock ‘n Roll Jackpot...

    In what has become an annual March Madness tradition at the White House, Obama filled out a bracket in a segment broadcast on ESPN Wednesday.

    Obama picks Michigan St. as men’s basketball champ

    President Barack Obama is picking Michigan State to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship over defending champion Louisville. In what has become an annual March Madness tradition at the White House, Obama filled out a bracket in a segment broadcast on ESPN Wednesday.

    Members of the Brainerd opposition group, Joe Bean, left, and Vera and Tom Butkovich, all of Libertyville, discuss why voters rejected a proposed tax hike to save the Brainerd building.

    With community center plan defeated by voters, demolition next for Brainerd building

    Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 plans to proceed with the demolition of the Brainerd building and Jackson Gym. Voters on Tuesday resoundingly nixed a tax hike to save Brainerd. "Those buildings don't serve a need the district has," said Superintendent Prentiss Lea.

    Don Kramer

    Williams concedes GOP Kane sheriff race to Kramer

    Kevin Williams conceded the Republican nomination for Kane County Sheriff Wednesday afternoon to Don Kramer, who was ahead by 371 votes, according to unofficial results. Williams spent the day investigating how many absentee ballots still had to be counted and realized it was impossible to close the gap. Kramer will face Democrat Willie Mayes Sr. Nov. 4 for the four-year post.

    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gives the keynote speech Wednesday at Judson University’s fourth annual World Leaders Forum in Elgin.

    Condoleezza Rice opens Judson World Leaders Forum

    “I always say that I’m a professor who took an eight-year detour in Washington,” former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told a packed crowd at Judson University Wednesday. Rice delivered the keynote speech at the university’s fourth annual World Leaders Forum. Rice, who teaches political science at Stanford University in California, spoke about her love for...

    Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and spokesman, took the witness stand on his own behalf Wednesday at his terrorism trial in New York, testifying that bin Laden asked him in 2001 to lecture to training camp recruits.

    Ex-al-Qaida spokesman recalls 9/11 with bin Laden

    In surprise testimony in a Manhattan courtroom Wednesday, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law recounted the night of the Sept. 11 attacks, when the al-Qaida leader sent a messenger to drive him into a mountainous area for a meeting inside a cave in Afghanistan. “Did you learn what happened? We are the ones who did it,” the son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, recalled bin Laden telling...


    Barrington District 220 will give iPads, laptops to all students

    Barrington Unit School District 220 has signed a contract with Apple that will provide iPads or laptop computers to most district students starting this fall, the school board announced this week. Board President Brian Battle said board members believe the program is worth the expense, which is $980,227 in the first year.

    Businessman Bruce Rauner, left, and his wife Diana celebrate with supporters after he won the GOP nomination for governor.

    Governor’s race could be most expensive in history

    The populist political battle between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner could create a cauldron of political advertising for the next eight months, with the two candidates spending more money on the race than any in Illinois history.

    Des Plaines aldermen approved the purchase of a vertical exhaust ambulance, such as the one shown above, before they later voted to rescind it. This image was altered by the city to remove the name of the fire department.

    Des Plaines rescinds ambulance purchase in heated meeting

    Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz cast the deciding vote, breaking a 4-4 tie, officially rescinding the purchase of an ambulance with a vertical exhaust system. Fifth Ward Alderman Jim Brookman said he would ask the Office of the Illinois Attorney General for an opinion on the matter. “He (Bogusz) shouldn’t have the right to rescind what the council did, and in the meantime twist arms...

    Healthy Lombard founder Jay Wojcik speaks during the organization’s annual Fitness February Fair. Wojcik is in the running for a $30,000 grant that could be awarded to the nonprofit group by Health Mart Pharmacies.

    Healthy Lombard in the running for $30,000 grant

    Jay Wojcik is one of 15 finalists in Health Mart's "Champions of Care" challenge, which puts her in the running for a $30,000 grant that would go toward Healthy Lombard, an organization she started a few years ago to address childhood obesity. As a finalist, Wojcik has already received $1,000 to go toward the program, but now voting is open at healthmartcommunity.com to determine the grand prize...


    Treasurer candidate quits race

    A day after winning the Democratic Party nomination for Lake County treasurer, Cynthia Plouche has quit the race. A suburban Democratic Party leader confirmed Plouche’s decision to withdraw, citing professional conflicts. Plouche couldn’t be reached for comment.

    Roughly 57 percent of voters in Lake Park High School District 108 chose not to allow the district to borrow $8.5 million and raise taxes to bring in an additional $390,000 a year to build and operate an indoor aquatic center. This is the third time voters have failed to approve proposals that could have brought a pool to the Roselle school.

    Lake Park looking for options after voters deny pool

    Lake Park High School officials say they don’t know exactly what comes next in their long-running quest to build an indoor aquatic center, but the most pressing pool-related concern has shifted to finding a place for next year’s swimming and diving teams to practice and compete. “Everyone is heartbroken because we really felt we’d done a good job of getting the word...

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 supporters plan to discuss how to achieve a high school expansion and renovations. Voters on Tuesday rejected the district’s ballot measure that sought permission to borrow $29 million for the work.

    District 116 supporters to examine how to accomplish high school work

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 supporters plan to discuss how to accomplish a high school expansion and upgrades after voters refused to allow $29 million to be borrowed for the work. Unofficial totals from Tuesday’s election show the ballot measure was rejected 800-657.


    Maryville nurses and management return to the table Friday

    Negotiating teams for the management of the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines and a union representing nurse employees will be back at the negotiating table Friday to try to come to agreement on staffing levels and salaries. The discussions with a federal mediator, expected to be the 28th formal negotiating session since February 2013, follow a five-day strike March 10-14 to...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole items valued at $8,515 out of two apartments in Wheeling. They pried rear doors between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the apartments on the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Forums Court and stole a video camera, laptop computer, TV, camera, and jewelry out of one apartment and an iPad, laptop computer, video game unit, and DVD player out of the second apartment.

    Officials are setting aside $5,000 in the public works budget to remove this 36-year-old fountain from in front of the Carpentersville village hall. It would be replaced with a perennial garden. The alternative was spending between $29,000 and $66,000 to renovate the fountain, according to village officials.

    Carpentersville considers removing fountain

    A pitted and corroded fountain that closely resembles a wading pool and sits outside Carpentersville village hall, will likely be torn out and replaced with a perennial garden this year. "It’s time for the fountain to go," Village President Ed Ritter said. “Just put the garden in and be done with it.”

    Jo Beckwith

    Possible action against trustee draws another packed house to Gurnee library board

    Warren-Newport Public Library District’s board meeting Tuesday in Gurnee drew a packed house in support of an elected library trustee — one week after a large crowd vocally backed the agency’s executive director. Trustee Jo Beckwith received the support because of an agenda item that called for her to be censured. Her board colleagues didn't put the proposal to a vote.

    KidsMatter will sponsor its annual student job fair from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at North Central College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St., Naperville.

    Naperville student job fair aims to ‘connect every kid’ with employment

    Jordyn Saper of Naperville says her dad “kind of dragged” her to the KidsMatter Student Job Fair last year, but it worked out for the best. “I really only got called back by one job, but I accepted it and it worked out well,” Saper, 18, said on the eve of this year's job fair, scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 at the North Central College Residence...


    Stevenson board approves deal:

    The Stevenson High School District 125 board on Monday approved a plan to withdraw from the Special Education District of Lake County in 2015.


    Waukegan Park’s fitness expo:

    The Waukegan Park District’s second annual fitness expo is Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Field House Sports and Fitness Center.


    Wheeling won’t sign deal to share TIF funds with schools, parks

    Wheeling is willing to share excess funds from Tax Increment Financing districts with schools, libraries and parks boards, but will not sign a proposed agreement requiring them to do so, Village President Dean Argiris said. “We will distribute any surplus as we have in the past because it’s the right thing to do,” Argiris said, “but don’t hold a gun to my...


    Washington Street to close:

    Washington Street from Cedar Lake Road to Hainesville Road will be closed to through traffic for four months beginning at 6 a.m. March 31.


    Grayslake Central art show:

    Grayslake Central High School plans to host an art show next month. Officials said an opening reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24, for the annual student art show.

    John Nixon

    Antioch Rescue Squad dropped as ambulance provider in Antioch Township

    The Antioch Rescue Squad faces an uncertain future after the First Fire Protection District of Antioch announced it will not renew its emergency management service contract with the volunteer organization in May, cutting ties with the squad after 75 years.


    Roselle man held on child porn charges

    A Roselle man is being held in DuPage County jail, accused of possessing child pornography.Bond was set at $75,000 Wednesday for Robert Schmidt, 47, of the 500 block of East Granville in Roselle.


    Trickster Art Gallery celebrates new exhibits Saturday

    Trickster Art Gallery, the only Native American owned and operated art institution in Illinois, will open two new exhibitions and present Native performances from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 22. The evening will start with the opening of the new Native designed and installed children hands-on exhibition: “Walking Through Native Land.”

    Artis Yancey

    Waukegan City Clerk Artis Yancey dead at 54

    Waukegan City Clerk and former Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey died Wednesday morning, city officials said. Yancey was 54. “He was a very good and righteous man,” Mayor Wayne Motley said.

    Streamwood police say they’re investigating an anonymous tip that could identify the person responsible for the March 16, 2013 slaying of gas station clerk Anandkumar “Andy” Jaiswal during a robbery. Police are urging the tipster to contact the department again.

    Streamwood police investigating tip on murder suspect

    Streamwood police are investigating an anonymous tip that could help identify the man they believe fatally stabbed a gas station clerk a year ago, authorities said Wednesday. Using a pay phone early March 13, the tipster left information that “could be crucial to identifying” the killer of Anandkumar “Andy” Jaiswal.


    Rouleau resigns from Kildeer Countryside school board

    John Rouleau, a board member in Kildeer Countryside Elementary District 96, resigned on Tuesday, March 18, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. “John ... was discerning and thoughtful in making decisions that affect students, faculty, and the community,” said Board President Marc Tepper. The district is taking applications to fill the seat.

    June Steenkamp, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, left, sits with African National Congress Women’s League spokesperson Jackie Mofokeng, right, during Oscar Pistorius’ trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

    Expert says Steenkamp standing at 1st shot

    Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend was standing in a toilet cubicle and facing the closed door when she was hit in the right hip by the first of four bullets that he fired, a police ballistics expert testified Wednesday at the double-amputee runner’s murder trial.

    Jonathan Herath, 37, a music teacher and band director at Lakewood School, died earlier this month after battling an unknown aggressive infection that was compounded by kidney disease and previous cancer treatments. Herath had been at Lakewood for seven years and helped secure a $40,000 grant for instruments.

    District 300 music teacher remembered by faculty, students

    Jonathan Herath, the 37-year-old music teacher and band director who served as a role model for his students and secured $40,000 in instruments for the Carpentersville school in which he worked, died earlier this month after battling an unknown infection, a school official said. “He was just very dedicated, he was very dedicated to his family and his friends and just well loved,”...

    Igor Karlukov

    Palatine man pleads not guilty to attacking woman in Mundelein

    A Palatine man accused of using a fast-food delivery to attack a female acquaintance at her Mundelein apartment pleaded not guilty to charges of home invasion and aggravated stalking in Lake County court on Wednesday.

    Ed Sullivan Jr., right, won Tuesday’s GOP primary race for the 51st Illinois House District over challenger Bob Bednar.

    GOP candidates prevail despite gay marriage vote

    Suburban Republican lawmakers who voted in support of same-sex marriage were not penalized by conservative voters in their primary elections Tuesday. State Reps. Tom Cross of Oswego, Ed Sullivan of Mundelein and Ron Sandack of Downers Grove all won their primary bids.

    The Broken Oar on the Fox River in Port Barrington recently hosted its second Fox River Shiver event, in which brave volunteers jumped into icy water for charity.

    Fox River Shiver raises more than $10,000 for charity

    The Broken Oar on the Fox River in Port Barrington hosted its 2nd Annual Fox River Shiver on Sunday, March 9. Fearless, costume-clad volunteers gathered to brave the icy 32.5-degree waters and frigid air for charity.

    Dashawn Johnson

    Elgin man facing gun, drug charges

    Dashawn Johnson, a 20-year-old Elgin man with a varied criminal past, faces several felony charges after police executed a search warrant on an east side home Tuesday and found a gun, cocaine, marijuana and cash, police announced Wednesday. "I’m very happy with the gang unit’s work in taking another gun out of a drug dealer’s hands," Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda said in a...

    Bruce Rauner on the campaign trail before Tuesday’s primary.

    Rauner vs. Quinn: Seven issues where they will clash

    The matchup between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner sets up a long campaign to the November election between two candidates each trying to convince middle-class voters he is their champion. Here are seven key issues where they will clash.

    Alma Murdough and her daughter Cheryl Warner hold a photo of Murdough’s son, at her home in the Queens borough of New York. Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill, homeless former Marine arrested for sleeping in the roof landing of a New York City public housing project, died last month in a Rikers Island jail cell that officials say was at least 100 degrees when his body was discovered.

    AP: NYC inmate ‘baked to death’ in cell
    Jerome Murdough was just looking for a warm place to sleep on a chilly night last month when he curled up in an enclosed stairwell on the roof of a Harlem public housing project where he was arrested for trespassing. A week later, the mentally ill homeless man was found dead in a Rikers Island jail cell that four city officials say had overheated to at least 100 degrees, apparently because of...

    “Our policy is clear. We hurt those who hurt us,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of Israeli airstrikes on Syrian military posts early Wednesday, killing one soldier and wounding seven. The airstrikes came in retaliation for a roadside bombing a day earlier in the Golan Heights.

    Israeli airstrikes escalate tensions with Syria

    Israeli warplanes unleashed a series of airstrikes on Syrian military posts early Wednesday, killing one soldier and wounding seven in one of the most serious clashes between the countries in the past four decades. The airstrikes came in retaliation for a roadside bombing a day earlier in the Golan Heights that wounded four Israeli soldiers on patrol along the tense frontier with Syria.

    The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed the convictions of former nurse William Melchert-Dinkel, center, accused of encouraging two people whom he met online to kill themselves.

    Court reverses convictions in aiding-suicide case

    The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed the convictions of a former nurse accused of encouraging two people whom he met online to kill themselves. The court ruled Wednesday that the language in the state’s assisted-suicide law is unconstitutional when it comes to “encouraging” suicides. But it found the part of the law that bans “assisting” suicide is...

    Michael Smith, left, stands beside a Somerset County Sheriff deputy outside his home in Norridgewock, Maine. Officers armed with assault rifles descended on Smith’s home after members of a tree removal crew he’d told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun. The “gun” the tree crew had seen on Smith actually was a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach.

    Maine man’s ‘gun’ turns out to be a tattoo

    Police armed with assault rifles descended on a Maine man’s home after members of a tree removal crew he’d told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun. Turns out the “gun” the tree crew had seen on Michael Smith of Norridgewock was just a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach.

    Two tickets — one sold at a Sunoco convenience store on Florida’s Space Coast, the other at a liquor store southeast of Washington in La Plata, Md. — matched all six winning numbers in the Tuesday night drawing: 11, 19, 24, 33 and 51 with a Mega Ball of 7.

    2 winning tickets in $400M Mega Millions jackpot

    The holders of two lucky tickets purchased states apart awoke to good news Wednesday: They will split a $400 million Mega Millions jackpot, the sixth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The tickets — one sold at a Sunoco convenience store on Florida’s Space Coast, the other at a liquor store southeast of Washington in La Plata, Md. — matched all six winning numbers in the...


    Find courage in God to conquer obstacles

    Brave men and women know that courage is not a badge of honor worn on the outside of a uniform. It is an attitude of the heart that you refuse to let go of regardless of your feelings of fear.


    Ambulance stolen in NW Ind. chased into Chicago

    Police in northwestern Indiana say a man stole a private ambulance and led officers on a chase through several communities before he was caught in Chicago. Prompt Ambulance Services president Gary Miller says the ambulance was taken on Tuesday after the driver stopped at a dialysis clinic in Gary and left it to see whether a patient was ready.


    Chicago Police: Gang-related shootings down in ‘14

    Chicago police say gang-related shootings are on the decline, thanks to a targeted strategy to reduce violence. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Superintendent Garry McCarthy says there’ve been 188 “shooting incidents” in the city through March 14 this year. About 48 percent were gang-related.


    DNA on beer can leads to Wisconsin burglary suspect

    Drinking at the crime scene has apparently led to a burglary suspect in Beloit. A detective visited the 34-year-old Beloit man in the Rock County Jail earlier this month after DNA evidence was found on a discarded beer bottle and can left behind at the scene of two burglaries.

    Steven Spielberg

    Steven Spielberg to receive Lincoln award

    The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation is set to honor Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg. The foundation is scheduled to award the Lincoln Leadership Prize on Wednesday evening in Chicago.


    Deadly Seattle chopper crash has Illinois ties

    A news helicopter that crashed in Seattle, killing a pilot and another man on board, was owned by an Illinois company.The victims of Tuesday’s crash worked for Helicopters Inc., based in the St. Louis suburb of Cahokia. That business also owned the Eurocopter AS350 chopper.


    Historic Notre Dame windows to be sold at auction

    Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County plans to auction several pieces of University of Notre Dame history to help build a family home not far from campus. Two large, multi-paned windows and a section of a third window that were part of Notre Dame’s Main Building for more than a century will be sold at an online auction this spring,

    An office building is illuminated with LED lights displaying “Pray for MH370” next to Malaysia’s landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

    Missing plane boosts ethnic unity in Malaysia

    The baffling mystery over the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people on March 8 has united Malaysia, a nation of numerous ethnicities, as never before in recent memory. An interfaith ceremony held Tuesday would have been inconceivable 11 days ago in the country of 28 million people where religious differences and bigotry have often been on open display.

    Vice President Joe Biden gives a joint statement with Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite and Latvia’s President Andris Berzins at the Presidential palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

    Warning Russia, Biden says U.S. will defend allies
    Issuing an outright warning to Moscow, Vice President Joe Biden declared Wednesday the United States will respond to any aggression against its NATO allies, as Russia’s neighbors looked warily to the escalating crisis in nearby Ukraine.


    Dawn Patrol: Rauner sweeps suburbs; Oberweis gets U.S. Senate nod

    Rauner wins GOP nomination. Oberweis wins U.S. Senate nod. Kaifesh wins 8th Congressional District. Cross wins GOP state treasurer primary. Salata coming to Wheeling. Elgin to discuss ex-school building property repairs. White Sox GM optimistic for season.

    Steven Husak

    Lake Zurich village board approves new police chief

    Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton says the new police chief's attention to detail was a major factor in him landing the job. Poynton's recommendation to hire Steve Husak was confirmed by a 6-0 village board vote Monday night. Husak has been Buffalo Grove's deputy police chief.


    Training days for Lake County Medical Reserve Corps

    Training to volunteer for Lake County Medical Reserve Corps is March 20 and April 3.

    Anika Nims portrays Emma and Joey McCall as Jekyll rehearse for Geneva High School’s musical, “Jekyll & Hyde.”

    Musical thriller ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ comes to Geneva High School

    It’s all a facade. Or so the song goes when Geneva Community High School showcases “Jekyll & Hyde,” a musical thriller that exposes the good and evil sides of human nature.


    Man pleads guilty in stabbing death of niece

    A southern Illinois man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2013 stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece.

    The Regulus star in the Constellation Leo will disappear when a 45-mile-wide asteroid passes in front of it.

    Big asteroid will eclipse bright star

    Skywatchers, get ready to see a rare vanishing act — and don’t blink. In the wee hours of Thursday, a 45-mile-wide asteroid will eclipse the brightest star in the Constellation Leo. The asteroid is 163 Erigone in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The star briefly disappearing will be Regulus.

    An Evansville firefighter uses a ladder to try to quickly access the second floor of a burning apartment on W. Franklin Street near the N. Baker Avenue intersection in Evansville, Ind. Three people died and eight others were injured in the fire, which authorities are investigating as a possible arson.

    3 dead, several hurt in Indiana arson

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Authorities say a young child and two adults died in an Evansville apartment building fire that a man has admitted setting.The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday the fire killed 28-year-old Keri Jones, 28; her daughter, 3-year-old Jazmine Jones; and 76-year-old Donald Lankford. All three died of smoke inhalation.

    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., answers a question at a town-hall meeting Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Franklin, Wis. Ryan is kicking off four days of town hall meetings, discussing the national debt, health care and other issues.

    Paul Ryan says military cuts dangerous

    Congressman Paul Ryan said that he doesn’t think proposed cuts to the military are wise given the war in Syria and conflict in Ukraine. Ryan, who is mentioned frequently as a potential presidential candidate, said defense should be the federal government’s top priority and any further cuts in military spending would put the U.S. at a disadvantage in foreign affairs.



    Mike North Video: No Illinois College BB in Tourney
    With all the Illinois college basketball teams we have from DePaul to Northwestern to Bradley to Illinois, it’s disappointing none of them can make the NCAA tournament. Mike North thinks NU will be the first to get there.


    Lack makes 30 saves, Canucks beat Predators 2-0

    Eddie Lack made 30 saves, and Nicklas Jensen and Alex Edler scored 1:13 apart in the third period to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night.


    Big 2nd-half run lifts Suns past Magic, 109-93

    Goran Dragic scored 18 points to lead a balanced Phoenix offense and the Suns used a big second-half run to beat the Orlando Magic 109-93 on Wednesday night.


    Spurs win 11th straight, 125-109 over LA Lakers

    Tony Parker scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs pulled away from the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, winning 125-109 for their 11th consecutive victory.


    Knicks open Jackson era with seventh straight win

    Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and the New York Knicks opened the Phil Jackson era by beating the Indiana Pacers 92-86 Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.


    Nets win 10th straight at home, top Bobcats 104-99

    With the Nets’ winning streak in jeopardy, Deron Williams scored 23 points, 11 in the final six minutes, to lead Brooklyn to a 104-99 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.


    Stamkos’ hat trick leads Lightning past Leafs 5-3

    Steven Stamkos had a natural hat trick and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Toronto 5-3 Wednesday night in a game that included a frightening injury to Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger.


    Love, Rubio lead T-wolves over Mavs, 123-122 in OT

    Kevin Love scored 35 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, Ricky Rubio had a triple-double and the Minnesota Timberwolves blew several leads before hanging on for a 123-122 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.


    Rondo’s 2 late baskets lift Celts over Heat 101-96

    Jeff Green’s 3-pointer broke a 94-94 tie with 2:32 left and Rajon Rondo hit two running baseline shots in the last two minutes as the Boston Celtics broke a five-game losing streak with a 101-96 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.


    Wheeler scores in OT and Jets beat Avalanche

    Blake Wheeler scored in overtime on a shot through the crowd to give the Winnipeg Jets a 5-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.


    Handzus reaches 1,000 games plateau

    You really couldn’t have blamed Michal Handzus if he wasn’t exactly thinking long-term about his career after his NHL debut with the Blues under then St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville. “We were playing Boston and ‘Q’ put me on the PK and we gave up 2 goals and I was like ‘Oh my God, this is not a good start,’” Handzus said. “But he obviously trusted me and things got better.”

    Bulls guard D.J. Augustin goes up for a shot in front of the 76ers’ Tony Wroten on Wednesday night. Augustin led the Bulls with 20 points.

    Bulls survive to extend 76ers’losing streak

    The Bulls got a scare in Philadelphia on Wednesday but managed to pull out a 102-94 victory behind 20 points by guard D.J. Augustin. The 76ers lost their 22nd consecutive game.


    Brooks scores 27 in Nuggets’ win over Pistons

    Aaron Brooks had 27 points and a career-high 17 assists to lead the Denver Nuggets past the Detroit Pistons 118-109 on Wednesday night for their fourth win in five games.


    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*MUNDELEIN 145.3, LIBERTYVILLE 127.7Vault — 1. McCarthy (Mund) 9.30, 2. Mueller (Mund) 9.10, 3. Burke (Lib) 9.0.Parallel Bars — 1. McCarthy (Mund) 9.30, 2. Pong (Lib) 8.80, 3. Petri (Mund) 8.40.Still Rings — 1. McCarthy (Mund) 8.50, 2. Mueller (Mund) , tie Pong (Lib) 8.40.Pommel Horse — 1. McCarthy (Mund) 9.00, 2. Swanson (Mund) 6.80, 3. Mueller (Mund) tie, Pong (Lib).6.70Horizontal Bar — 1. McCarthy 8.30, 2. Pong (Lib)) 6.20, 3. Petri (Mund) 5.90.Floor Exercise — 1. McCarthy (Mund) tie Pong (Lib) 9.10, 3. Mueller (Mund) 8.70.All-Around — 1. McCarthy (Mund) 53.50, 2. Pong (Lib) 47.90, 3. Mueller (Mund) 46.40.JV: — Mundelein 110.3, Libertyville 87.4*Glenbard West 144.9, Hinsdale Central 131.0Floor excercise: Diab (GW) 8.7; Zumbrook (GW) 7.9; Leahy (HC) 7.8. Pommel horse: Diab (GW) 8.2; Zumbrook (GW) 7.9; Schmidt (HC) 7.7. Still rings: Diab (GW) 8.8; Mandarino (GW) 8.5; Zumbrook (GW) 8.2. Vault: Zumbrook (GW) 9.2; Diab (GW) 9.2; Leahy (HC) 8.8. Parallel bars: Diab (GW) 9.2; Zumbrook (GW) 8.5; Samuta (GW) 8.3. Horizontal bar: Diab (GW) 7.0; Schmidt (HC) 6.3; Zumbrook (GW) 6.2. All-around: Diab (GW) 51.1; Zumbrook (GW) 47.9; Schmidt (HC) 45.0*Naperville North 130, Glenbard North 91.9Floor excercise: Okabe (NN) 9.4, Louise (NN) 8.3, Aruz (NN) 8.3; Pommel horse: Strejeck (NN) 6.1, Hodges (NN) 6.0, Louise (NN) 5.8; Still rings: Strejeck (NN) 8.4, Okabe (NN) 7.5, Louise (NN) 7.0; Vault: Louise (NN) 9.2, Okabe (NN) 8.7, Aruz (NN) 8.2; Parallel Bars: Louise (NN) 7.7, Hodges (NN) 7.4, Strejeck (NN) 7.0; Horizontal bar: Okabe (NN) 5.8, Louise (NN) 5.7, Meister (GN) 4.7; All-around: Louise (NN) 43.7, Meister (GN) 37.7.*


    Softball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*IC Catholic Prep 6, Illiana Christian 5IC Catholic Prep 105 00 —6-8-1Illiana Christian 100 40 —5-4-12B: ICC: Conenna. ILC: Witting. 3B: ILC: Bambino. HR: ICC: Salvi. WP: Conenna (1-0; LP: VanDerAa.


    Girls soccer: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*LIBERTVILLE 2, MCHENRY 1McHenry 0 1 —1Libertyville 0 2 —2Libertyville — Hollingsworth (Urbanski), Hollingsworth (Thompson).Goalkeepers — Lib: Erlandson (1 save), Janousek (5 saves).*NEW TRIER 6, STEVENSON 0New Trier 2 4 —6Stevenson 0 0 —0Tuesday’s result*GRAYSLAKE NORTH 5, ANTIOCH 0Antioch 0 0 —0Grayslake North 3 2 —5GN — O’Brien (Fish), Olson (Rodriguez), Johnson (McCue), Olson (Detweiler), McCue (Paez).Goalkeepers — GN: Davis (5 saves).*Wheaton Academy 0, West Aurora 0Goalkeepers — WhAc: McKee (5)*Montini 5, Westmont 0Westmont 0 0 —0Montini 2 3 —5Scoring — M: McHugh (Strzemepek); Bogdan (Bruscianell); Martinello (Kibbey); Strzempek; Sanchez (Kibbey). Goalkeepers — M: Johnson (2). *Schaumburg 1, West Chicago 0Schaumburg 1 0 —1West Chicago 0 0 —0Scoring — S: Tyler (Coombs). Goalkeepers — S. Ardagh (3). WC: Navejas (7)*


    Girls water polo: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Bremen 17, Hinsdale Central 7Bremen 6 4 5 2 —17Hinsdale Central 0 1 3 3 —7Scoring — HC: Gibson 3, Relias 1, Oakum 2, Greese 1. Goalkeepers — HC: Dunn (1)*Conant 16, barrington 10Conant 5 3 4 4 —16Barrington 3 4 3 0 —10Barrington — Gavars 8, Burrell, Hoffman.Barrington — Rosas 7, Skittone 4, Wooley 3, Claffey 2.*Palatine 9, Fremd 3Fremd 0 2 1 0 —3Palatine 1 3 2 3 —9Fremd — Barry 2, Younker.Palatine — Chumbook 5, Wojtas 3, Kincanon.Goalkeepers — Pal: Butler (14 saves).*Schaumburg 11, Hoffman Estates 4Hoffman Estates 1 1 1 1 —4Schaumburg 4 4 2 1 —11Schaumburg — Houts, Varga, Vezzetti, Vasquez 4, Kasner 3.Hoffman Estates — Alimet, Sullivan 3.*Wheeling 7, Prospect 5Wheeling 2 2 2 1 —7Prospect 3 1 0 1 —5Prospect — Neumann 2, McCallister 2, SchiavoneWheeling — Godlewski: 2, Sowa 2, Diaz 2, Richards.*Hersey 13, Rolling Meadows 2


    Girls badminton: Wednesday’s scoreboard
    Wednesday’s results*Wheaton North 9, Oswego 6Singles — No. 1: Blount (O) d. Nair (WN) 21-10, 9-21, 21-14; No. 2: Lewis (O) d. Garcia 14-21, 21-14, 21-8; No. 3: King (WN) d. Meurer 21-13, 21-17; No. 4: Hacker (WN) d. Toolych (WN) 21-10, 21-13; No. 5: Benstine (O) d. Bichler (WN) 21-19, 17-21, 21-16; No. 6: Bonie (O) d. Li (WN) 12-21, 21-9, 21-15; No. 7: Benson (WN) d. Bossler 21-19, 21-14; No. 8: Novak (O) d. VanOss (WN) 18-21, 21-14, 21-19; No. 9: Carlson (WN) d. Jakubawski (O) 21-15, 21-18; No. 10: Rietveld (WN) d. Nickerson (O) 21-16, 21-16.Doubles — No. 1: Garcia/Li (WN) d. Meurer/Tadych (O) 21-10, 21-13; No. 2: VanOss/King (WN) d. Bonie/Ulaute (O) 21-19, 21-15; No. 3: Hacker/Nair (WN) d. Blant/Novak (O) 21-10, 21-13; No. 4: Lewis/Bossler (O) d. Bichler/Benson (WN) 21-19, 21-8; No. 5: Sibon/Carlson (WN) d. Bennett/Snodgrass (O) 21-17, 21-16.*Hinsdale Central 6, Willowbrook 2Singles — No. 1: Fu (HC) d. Wendt (W) 21-11, 21-6; No. 2: Ricker (HC) d. Hinman (W) 21-12, 18-21, 22-10; No. 3: Crantell (HC) d. Planz (W) 21-15, 21-14; No. 4: Bimber (W) d. Haan (HC) 21-13, 21-18.Doubles — No. 1: McClary/Way (HC) d. Kielminski/Arnold (W) 21-10, 21-13; No. 2: Ritter/Deschpahde (HC) d. Johnson/Martinez (W) 21-13, 22-20; No. 3: Grajal-Puche/Claffy (HC) d. Paul/Turner (W) 23-21, 21-17; No. 4: Keley/Patel (W) d. Ballantine/Wang (HC) 21-18, 21-19.*Hinsdale Central 8, Andrew 0Singles — No. 1: Fu (HC) d. Glotz (A) 18-21, 21-14, 21-9; No. 2: Rickar (HC) d. Przekwas (A) 21-10, 21-17; No. 3: Crandell (HC) d. Chrzanowska (A) 17-21, 21-15, 21-17; No. 4: Haan (HC) d. McKernan (A) 21-14, 21-13.Doubles — No. 1: McClary/Way (HC) d. Vinoti/Bernardi (A) 21-8, 11-21, 21-15; No. 2: Ritter/Deschpante (HC) d. Bednarczyk/Kolchan (A) 21-16, 21-14; No. 3: Grajal-Puche/Claffy (HC) d. Daly/Daly (A) 21-17, 21-7; No. 4: Wang/Ballentine (HC) d. Shedden/Straute (A) 21-17, 21-14.*Hinsdale Central 5, Downers Grove North 3Singles — No. 1: Fu (HC) d. Pooler (DGN) 21-10, 21-17; No. 2: Ricker (HC) d. Jordan (DGN) 21-16, 21-9; No. 3: Crantell (HC) d. Schubert (DGN) 21-16, 21-16; No. 4: Haan (HC) d. Gadonski (DGN) 21-12, 21-18.Doubles — No. 1: McClary/Way (HC) d. Stallker/McConaughy (DGN) 21-19,21-14; No. 2:Lu/Koppenpu (DGN) 21-18, 21-14 ; No. 3: Taylor/Garcia (DGN) d. Garjal-Pucje/Claffy (HC) 21-13, 22-20; No. 4: Majauskas/Woo (DGN) d. Ballentine/Wang (HC) 21-16, 21-12.*Naperville North 15, St. Charles East 0Singles — No. 1: Jan (NN) d. Patel 21-7, 21-3; No. 2: Hiu (NN) d. Patzner (SCE) 21-11, 21-7; No. 3: Bushnell (NN) d. Larry 21-11, 21-17; No. 4: Tang (NN) d. Strahl (SCE) 21-12, 21-17; No. 5: Chen (NN) d. Patel (SCE) 21-9, 21-9; No. 6: Jiang (NN) d. Patel (SCE) 21-12, 21-16; No. 7: Zhan (NN) d. Rhoads (SCE) 21-8, 21-6; No. 8: Diang (NN) d. Straumann (SCE) 21-16, 21-11; No. 9: Petzold (NN) d. Thakkar 21-2, 21-4; No. 10: Chen (NN) d. Lloyd (SCE) 21-3, 21-5.Doubles — No. 1: Hiu/Jan (NN) d. Strahl/Larry (SCE) 21-6, 21-5; No. 2: Zhas/Jiang (NN) d. Patel/Straumann (SCE) 21-3, 21-11; No. 3: Bushnell/Tang (NN) d. Patzner/Patel (SCE) 18-21, 21-19, 21-10; No. 4: Jiang/Chen (NN) d. Doerr/ Patel (SCE) 21-6, 21-8; No. 5: Petzold/Chen (NN) d. Farrow/Sheehan (SCE) 21-10, 21-5.*Buffalo Grove 17, Deerfield 1


    Boys track: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Fox Valley Indoor Conference MeetAt Dundee-CrownTEAM SCORES1. Jacobs 105, 2. Huntley 88, 3. Grayslake Central 86, 4. Crystal Lake Central 82, 5. Dundee-Crown 49, 6. McHenry 47, 7. Crystal Lake South 36, 8. Cary-Grove 35, 9. Johnsburg 26, 10. Prairie-Ridge 24, 11. Grayslake North 23, 12. Hampshire 16, 13. Woodstock North 6, 14. Woodstock 1.INDIVIDUAL RESULTS3200 relay: 1. Crystal Lake South 8:29.12, 2. Jacobs 8:29.15, 3. Grayslake Central 8:32.77; 400 relay: 1. Dundee-Crown 1:16.52, 2. Jacobs 1:17.96, 3. Huntley 1:18.66; 3200: 1. Pitner (CLC) 9:58.21, 2. Conroy (Hunt) 10:00.14, 3. Pajak (PR) 10:03.40; 55 high hurdles: 1. Bell (Hunt) 8.09, 2. Blankenship (JB) 8.14, 3. Wiggins (GLC) 8.17; 55: 1. Booker (GLN) 6.62, 2. Walker (Jac) 6.63, 3. Boos (Hunt) 6.79; 800: 1. Amato (CLC) 2:04.93, 2. Godinez (Jac) 2:07.29, 3. Albrecht 2:09.52; 400: 1. Rodgers (Jac) 54.24, 2. Benhart (CLC) 55.11, 3. Wolter (C-G) 55.17; 55 int. hurdles: 1. Wiggins (GLC) 7.93, 2. Saxon (C-G) 7.94, 3. Bell (Hunt) 7.97; 1600: 1. Smith (Hunt) 4:36.64, 2. Pitner (CLC) 4:38.26, 3. Johnson (Jac) 4:38.83; 200: 1. Walker (Jac) 24.24, 2. Boos (Hunt) 24.38, 3. White (D-C) 24.69; 1600 relay: 1. Crystal Lake Central 3:41.87, 2. Jacobs 3:42.30, 3. McHenry 3:43.13; Long jump: 1. Quick (GLC) 20-0.25, 2. Tolentino (D-C) 19-6, 3. Johnson (McH) 19-6; High jump: 1. Postal (McH) 6-4, 2. Bowen (Hamp) 5-11, 3. Gosell (GLC) 5-11; Triple jump: 1. Adams (GLC) 42-7.5, 2. Anyu (Jac) 40-3, 3. Ali (GLC) 40-1.5; Shotput: 1. Hurley (C-G) 57-0.5, 2. Hedge (CLS) 54-10.5, 3. Behning (PR) 47-5.5; Pole vault: 1. Amato (CLC) 12-0, 2. Mugler (CLC) 11-6, 3. Lindquist (Jac) 11-0.


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Barrington 12 Conant 5*Schaumburg 13, Hoffman Estates 2Hoffman 0 2 0 0 —2Schaumburg 4 3 3 3 —13Hoffman — Garibay 2.Schaumburg — Birriel 6, Zielinski 2, Borst 2, Walsh, Pyde, Olivares.Goalkeepers — Sch: Bach (11 saves).*palatine 17 fremd 8Fremd 1 2 4 1 —8Palatine 7 1 5 4 —17Fremd — Starkey, Helsdingen, Stark 4, Assmann, Choi, Palatine — El Hoffi 7, Kalev 3, Maior 1, Kleinfeldt 5, Jakin.*Hersey 15, Rolling Meadows 5Meadows 1 2 0 2 —5Hersey 2 4 3 1 —15Hersey — Vladimirov 5 *


    Randolph, Gasol lead Grizzlies past Jazz, 96-86

    Each time the Utah Jazz threatened Memphis’ lead, the Grizzlies responded with defensive stops. Utah’s second-half effort pulled the Jazz even in the fourth before Memphis clamped down its defense and beat the Jazz 96-86 on Wednesday night.


    DeRozan leads Raptors past Pelicans 107-100

    DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points, Greivis Vasquez finished with 14, and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game skid with a resilient 107-100 victory over the Pelicans on Wednesday night.

    The Blackhawks’ Ben Smith (28) celebrates with teammate Marian Hossa after scoring during the third period to make it 4-0 over the Blues on Wednesday night.

    Hawks’ bright night darkened by Kane injury

    There were plenty of reasons to celebrate the Blackhawks' 4-0 victory over the Blues. But there was one big rreason to worry as well: the loss of Patrick Kane to injury.

    Associated Press Tennessee guard Josh Richardson (1) drives between Iowa guard Mike Gesell (10) and center Adam Woodbury (34) in the second half of a first-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.

    Vols rally in OT to beat Iowa at First Four

    Jarnell Stokes dominated inside as Tennessee finally caught up in the closing minutes of regulation, and then opened overtime with a three-point play that got the Volunteers headed to a 78-65 victory over Iowa on Wednesday night in the NCAA’s First Four.


    Libertyville opens with win against McHenry

    Mia Hollingsworth scored twice in the second half, as Libertyville’s girls soccer team and new head coach Andy Bitta opened the season with a 2-1 win over visiting McHenry on Wednesday night.

    Wheaton Academy’s Jamie Netzley drives the ball past West Aurora’s Yulissa Espino in the first half on Wednesday, March 19.

    West Aurora, Wheaton Academy open with scoreless tie

    It was freshman on freshman. Wheaton Academy forward Gretchen Pearson was within striking distance against West Aurora keeper Bailey Ziman with a half-minute to play Wednesday afternoon. Pearson hit a high-arching shot from about 18 yards out, but her fellow ninth-grader brushed the shot aside. Wheaton Academy had one final opportunity, only to see the shot sail over the West Aurora goal with five seconds to play. Time expired moments later, and the two teams had to settle for a 0-0 draw in Aurora in the Blackhawks’ home opener to their girls soccer season.

    Huntley’s Brennen Bell comes over the last obstacle on his way to a meet record time in the 55-meter high hurdles Wednesday at the Fox Valley Conference boys indoor track meet at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville.

    Jacobs, Cary-Grove’s Hurley shine at FVC meet

    It is almost scary how good Ricky Hurley could be by the time the outdoor track and field season wraps up in late May. The Cary-Grove junior, despite 3 scratches in 6 throws, claimed his second consecutive Fox Valley Conference indoor shot put championship with a heave of 57.05 Wednesday during the conference meet at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville.


    Team effort paces Naperville North

    The Naperville North boys gymnastics team shared the wealth during Wednesday’s DuPage Valley Conference dual meet against Glenbard North in Carol Stream. Yudai Okabe, Liam Strejcek and Brandon Louise each won two events apiece as the Huskies cruised past the Panthers, 130 to 91.9.

    Libertyville’s Alex Pong competes on the floor exercise during boys gymnastics action Wednesday night at Mundelein.

    Mundelein showing promise

    The boys gymnastics season is just getting started, but Mundelein is showing that it will once again be a team to be reckoned with this spring. The Mustangs were impressive in their own gym Wednesday night, rolling to a 145.3 to 127.7 Independent Conference victory over Libertyville.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues in Chicago. The Blackhawks would go on to win 4-0.

    Blackhawks’ Kane hurt in win over Blues

    Corey Crawford stopped 23 shots for his second shutout this season, backstopping the Blackhawks to a physical 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night that gave Chicago coach Joel Quenneville his 700th NHL win. It was a costly victory for the Blackhawks, though. Leading scorer Patrick Kane left the game at 7:56 of the second period. Kane is expected to miss about three weeks, Quenneville said.


    Palatine powers past Fremd

    Omar El Hoffi scored a game-high 7 goals and Wally Kleinfeldt had 5 to help Palatine past 17-8 in Mid-Suburban West boys water polo action on Wednesday.

    Fremd’s Nicole Degla leads a fastbreak during Wednesday’s water polo game at Palatine.

    Palatine, Conant earn MSL West wins

    Palatine and Conant each earned victories over two of the Mid-Suburban West’s recent girls water polo powers on Wednesday.

    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com Schaumburg’s Julia Morales and West Chicago’s Katie Reitz work for control of the ball during varsity girls soccer in West Chicago Wednesday night.

    Young Schaumburg blanks West Chicago

    Schaumburg coach Greg Charvat concedes that his team is young and still getting to know one another. With six sophomores and two freshmen on the varsity roster, Charvat stressed to his team the importance of improvement and building on each contest. After a 2-1 loss to Bartlett in the season opener Monday night, the Saxons rebounded with a 1-0 victory at West Chicago on Wednesday, beating the team that knocked them out of the regional last season.


    Danforth the right fit for coaches’ hall of fame

    Jim Danforth says his background is not “prototypical” of a Hall of Fame resume. But what’s right is right.

    The White Sox optioned catcher Josh Phegley, left, to Class AAA Charlotte on Wednesday. Tyler Flowers was named the starting catcher earlier this week.

    White Sox send Phegley packing to the minor leagues

    With just 10 spring training games to play, the White Sox reduced their roster to 38 players with six moves before Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

    Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice (24) takes the ball to the hoop against Boston University forward Travis Robinson (24)during the second half of their NCAA mens NIT college basketball game Wednesday in Boston. Illinois defeated Boston University 66-62 in a come-from-behind victory late in the second half advancing to the second round of the NIT Tournament.

    Rice scores 28, Illinois rallies past BU in NIT
    Rayvonte Rice scored seven straight points late in the game and finished with 28, rallying Illinois past Boston University 66-62 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

    Chicago Bulls’ Taj Gibson (22) hangs on the rim after dunking the ball against Philadelphia 76ers’ Jarvis Varnado (40) and Byron Mullens (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday in Philadelphia.

    Bulls hand 76ers their 22nd straight loss

    D.J Augustin scored 20 points and Taj Gibson had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 102-94 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night, handing the 76ers their 22nd straight loss.

    Ron Coomer

    Sounds like a good fit in Cubs booth

    At first listen, Ron Coomer passed the ear test. The sample is small, but it sounded like he will be a nice complement to Pat Hughes.


    Bandits announce scholarship program

    The Chicago Bandits announced Wednesday theirs plans for the new Scholar Athlete of the Week program sponsored by TransNational Bankcard in Rosemont. “We are very excited about the launch of the Scholar Athlete Program,” said Bandits General Manager Aaron M. Moore. “We had a lot of success in the past with our Team of the Week program, and we feel like this is an even greater opportunity to recognize athletes in our sport and area."

    Texas Southern forward D’Angelo Scott (15) goes up for a rebound against Cal Poly guard Jamal Johnson (24) in the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.

    Cal Poly ekes out first round win

    Chris Eversley scored 19 points and Cal Poly avoided its 20th loss of the season and won its first NCAA tournament game with an 81-69 victory over Texas Southern on Wednesday night in the First Four.


    Harper’s Amarino named N4C coach of the year

    One week after retiring, from coaching baskeball, Harper’s Tony Amarino was name North Central Community College Conference Coach of the Year. In his final season Amarino lead the Hawks to a 17-14 record and the No. 3 seed in the NJCAA Region IV tournament.

    This Monday photo taken in Chicago, shows U.S. Cellular Field, home to the Chicago White Sox baseball team, as members of head groundskeeper Roger Bossard’s crew work to ready the field for opening day after one of the most brutal winters the city has ever seen. Brossard described the unusual conditions including 30 inches of permafrost, and having to remove 400 tons of snow from the playing field, as the perfect storm.

    Before opening day, ballparks rush to thaw fields

    In all his years as a groundskeeper for the Chicago White Sox, Roger Bossard has never faced anything quite like this. The snow that piled up at U.S. Cellular Field could be dealt with easily enough. It’s Chicago, after all. But the frost in the ground can be measured in feet, not inches. To ready the field for the first pitch, Bossard is overseeing an effort akin to blowing a gigantic hair dryer under a tarp to pump hot air onto the field and thaw it out.


    Pujols, Trout lead Angels over White Sox
    Albert Pujols doubled twice, Mike Trout hit a solo homer and the Los Angeles Angles beat the Chicago White Sox 14-10 Wednesday. Jordan Danks hit his fifth homer of spring training for the White Sox. Matt Davidson hit a three-run shot and Adam Eaton doubled twice to raise his average to .343.

    Registration is now under way for the Chicago Marathon. The race will be held Sunday, Oct. 12, with a cap of 45,000 runners.

    Registration opens for 2014 Chicago Marathon

    After a two-week postponement, registration for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon opened at noon at chicagomarathon.com. The 37th annual event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 12, and 45,000 participants are expected to enter the race.

    Craig Brueske called Geneva guard Pace Temple one of the most underrated players he saw this year.

    Time to award the best of a banner boys basketball season

    Area boys basketball fans had plenty to cheer about this season. Geneva (25-6), West Aurora (24-5), Kaneland (18-10), St. Charles East (18-12) and St. Charles North (16-10) combined for a 101-43 record (.701 winning percentage) and 3 regional championships. Led by Nate Navigato and Chris Parrilli, the Vikings were the epitome of true team basketball as they captured their first regional title since 1963 with a come-from-behind 66-63 victory over Bolingbrook. Here’s a recap of the 2013-14 season:

    Former Bears kick returner Devin Hester reportedly is asking NFL teams to pay him $4 million for his services.

    Report: Hester seeking $4 million contract

    Former Bears return specialist Devin Hester, the NFL's all-time leader in combined punt and kickoff-return touchdowns, may be pricing himself out of the market. Meanwhile, the Bears and speacial teams standout Sherrick McManis agreed to terms on a one-year contract Wednesday morning. Bob LeGere has the details in this report.


    Fields steps down at St. Charles East

    St. Charles East football coach Mike Fields has decided to resign from his position due to family considerations, the school announced Tuesday in a news release.


    Elk Grove youth service awards given May 13

    Leaders of youth service groups in Elk Grove Village are encouraged to register their groups now for the Community Character Coalition youth awards coming in May.

    The Kane County Cougars will opening their minor league baseball season on April 3 on the road, with the home opener on April 8 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

    Cougars release 2014 baseball broadcast schedule

    Kane County Cougars officials have announced the team’s 2014 radio broadcast schedule, and Aurora-based WBIG 1280-AM will again carry nearly every Cougars minor league baseball game this season.

    Alexei Ramirez has been playing shortstop for the White Sox since 2009, but will he even still be with the team by the end of this season?

    New White Sox lineup taking shape

    By the end of this season, the White Sox may have an entirely new infield.

    Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell, left, and the Philadelphia Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds fight Tuesday during the third period in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 3-2 in overtime.

    Flyers score with seconds left in OT to top Hawks

    PHILADELPHIA — Flyers coach Craig Berube was already getting ready for a shootout. “I honestly was ready to pull out my lineup card,” he said.Claude Giroux made sure it wasn’t needed.Giroux scored at 4:55 of overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Tuesday night.Giroux received a pass from defenseman Mark Streit and carried the puck over the blue line before letting a shot go from just above the right faceoff circle, beating Antti Raanta high to the blocker side.“I went on the ice with maybe 15 seconds, 20 seconds, so I knew there wasn’t a lot of time,” Giroux said. “I was just trying to shoot as hard as I could to net. I didn’t really aim, to be honest. I just shot it on net.”The Hawks opened an offense-filled first period with 2 goals just 3:51 into the game.The first came when Andrew Shaw chipped a loose puck near the crease over goalie Ray Emery (23 saves) — the result of a Brayden Schenn turnover at the other end.Less than 90 seconds later, Duncan Keith, the wide-open recipient of a pass from Jonathan Toews, overpowered Emery with a slap shot from the top of the slot.But the Flyers rebounded thanks to 2 goals from Hartnell, one set up by Giroux and the other by the Blackhawks.Following an exciting opening period, the pace slowed in the second, when neither team scored.“It seems like the endings here have been pretty amazing,” said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, whose team won the Stanley Cup in Game 6 in OT at Wells Fargo Center in 2010. “Tough ending, but a pretty entertaining game … a pretty intense game.”A victory would have given Quenneville the 700th win of his career. His total of 699 is the most among active coaches and the third-most all time, behind only Al Arbour (782) and Blackhawks senior adviser of hockey operations Scotty Bowman.But rather than pull out a win for their coach, the Blackhawks extended a 10-game, regular-season losing streak in Philadelphia, dating to Nov. 9, 1996.Quenneville will try again for No. 700 tonight when the Hawks returns home to host the St. Louis Blues, whom the Blackhawks trail for first place in the Central Division by 8 points.“Obviously, it will be a huge game for us,” Quenneville said. “It’ll be exciting for us to get to play these guys. I see our team responding and being excited.“Maybe we can chip away and try to catch them (for the division lead), but right now it doesn’t look so hot.”


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center, 6 p.m. WednesdayTV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN 1000-AMOutlook: The 76ers (15-52) have made an art form of tanking for lottery chances. Not only have they lost 21 games in a row, they’ve gone 3-31 since Jan. 6. With Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes traded away, PF Thaddeus Young (18.7 ppg) and rookie PG Michael Carter-Williams (16.8) are the top scorers. The Sixers are the league’s worst defensive team, giving up 110.7 points. Way back on Nov. 2, the Bulls lost at Philadelphia 107-104. The Sixers were 3-0 at the time.Next: Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 6 p.m. Friday— Mike McGraw


    Jackson intends to keep Anthony with Knicks

    When Phil Jackson was introduced as the New York Knicks team president on Tuesday, he made some very pro-Carmelo Anthony statements. Chicago has been rumored as a potential destination for the high-scoring forward.

    Henry Melton

    Melton opts to sign with Cowboys

    Former Bears Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year deal with an option Tuesday night. Melton made $8.45 million last season as the Bears' "franchise" player but suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee in Week Three.

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant has the ball stripped by Bulls guard D.J. Augustin during Monday’s game. Durant and Augustin have been friends since playing together at Texas.

    What did Bulls learn from tough homestand?

    After playing most of the NBA's best teams during a six-game homestand, the level of competition for the Bulls will drop to another extreme at Philadelphia, which has lost 21 straight games. What did they learn from playing elite competition?


    A Toyota Camry is shown after it crashed as it exited Interstate 80 in Wendover, Utah, in this Nov. 5, 2010 file photo. Police suspect problems with the Camry’s accelerator or floor mat caused the crash that left two people dead and two others injured.

    Toyota payment could be glimpse into GM’s future

    General Motors, beware. Wednesday’s announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a glimpse into your future. It’s also a warning to anyone selling cars in the U.S.: Although the federal government’s road-safety watchdog doesn’t have big fangs, the Justice Department does.

    This undated file photo provided by Lee Palmer shows Lux, a 22-pound Himalayan cat that attacked a seven-month old baby. Cats don't become ferocious felines that turn on their families for no reason, says cat behavior expert Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's “My Cat from Hell”, who is heading to Portland soon to work with Lux.

    Cat whisperer heading to Oregon after attack

    The large cat that attacked a baby and trapped an Oregon family in a bedroom touched off an Internet uproar that worries Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's “My Cat from Hell.” Cats don't become ferocious felines that turn on their families for no reason, says the cat behavior expert, who is heading to Portland soon to work with the 4-year-old part-Himalayan pet named Lux. Galaxy will film the visit for his show's fifth season, which kicks off April 26.

    A television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s first news conference, in Washington on Wednesday. Stocks fell for the first time in three days as Yellen said the central bank’s stimulus program could end this fall and benchmark interest rates could rise six months later.

    Higher interest rates talk spooks stocks

    Higher interest rates are coming. And they are coming sooner than you think. That’s the message investors took away from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday. In response, they sent stocks and gold prices lower and bond yields sharply higher.

    In this Nov. 5, 2010 photo released by the Utah Highway Patrol, a Toyota Camry is shown after it crashed as it exited Interstate 80 in Wendover, Utah. Police suspect problems with the Camry’s accelerator or floor mat caused the crash that left two people dead and two others injured.

    Toyota to pay $1.2 billion to settle criminal probe

    Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an investigation by the U.S. government, admitting that it hid information about defects that caused Toyota and Lexus vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly and resulted in injuries and deaths. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the penalty is the largest of its kind ever imposed on an auto company. The four-year criminal investigation focused on whether Toyota promptly reported the problems related to unintended acceleration.

    Russian flag waves next to a local parliament building bearing the Crimea regional emblem, as workers install a new sign on the building, reading “State council of Crimean Republic”, in Simferopol, Crimea, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Russian parliament is due to approve Crimean appeal to join the Russia Federation on Thursday.

    What annexing Crimea will cost Russia’s government

    Despite the pebble beaches and cliff-hanging castles that made Crimea famous as a Soviet resort hub, the Black Sea peninsula has long been a corruption-riddled backwater in economic terms. The Kremlin, which decided to take the region from Ukraine after its residents voted in a referendum to join Russia, has begun calculating exactly what it will cost to support Crimea’s shambolic economy — which one Russian minister described as “no better than Palestine.”

    The nation’s four biggest banks slashed billions of dollars from mortgages and other debts, enough to satisfy their obligations under a national mortgage settlement that stemmed from so-called robo-signing.

    Monitor: Big banks satisfy mortgage settlement

    The nation’s four biggest banks slashed billions of dollars from mortgages and other debts, enough to satisfy their obligations under a national mortgage settlement that stemmed from so-called robo-signing.

    A woman pushes her baby cart in front of the messages board for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Wednesday.

    First insurance payments made for missing plane

    German insurance company Allianz says it has made initial payments in connection with the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. Allianz’s global head of communication Hugo Kidston confirmed Wednesday that the Munich-based insurer and “other co-reinsurers of Malaysia Airlines aviation hull and liability policy have made initial payments.”

    The new one pound coin.

    Royal mint unveils new pound coin

    After 30 years of work, the pound coin is ready for a makeover. The Royal Mint announced plans Wednesday to replace the weighty flat piece with a 12-sided coin made with two separate metals. It resembles a “threepenny bit” — a coin that circulated in Britain from 1937-1971.

    Dr. Willie Underwood, a urologic oncologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, examining patient Richard Waldrop at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in Buffalo, N.Y.

    Health law concerns for cancer centers

    Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new health care law may be disappointed to learn that some the nation’s best cancer hospitals are off-limits. An Associated Press survey found examples coast to coast. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is excluded by five out of eight insurers in Washington state’s insurance exchange.


    NCH rehab office moves to Mount Prospect

    The Northwest Community Healthcare Physical Rehabilitation Services office in north Arlington Heights has relocated to the NCH Health Center at 199 W. Rand Road, Mount Prospect.

Life & Entertainment

    Cinnamon and cayenne pepper perk up chocolate brownies; the sweet ganache frosting counteracts the heat.

    Cinnamon Chile Brownies
    Cinnamon Chile Brownies:Penny Kazmier

    AP Photo/Lee Reich This flamboyant red orchid cactus is easy to grow and attractive year-round.

    Orchid cacti are easy to grow, beautiful in bloom

    The biggest problem with growing orchid cacti is figuring out just what they are.

    Cactus Zone's pork platter pairs pork tenderloin topped with pineapple salsa, right, with slow-cooked pork called cochinita pibil.

    Cactus Zone a bright spot for crafty, casual Mexican

    Cactus Zone opened a little over a year ago by veteran restaurant owner Kishwore Gangwani and has a well-rounded menu of small and large plates served up in the a well-appointed dining room. Restaurant critic Carolyn Walkup gives us a taste.


    ‘Anne Frank,’ ‘Doubt’ part of Writers new season
    As work begins on Writers Theatre’s new home, officials from the Glencoe theater announced Wednesday the three plays of their new season. The productions will be split between the 50-seat Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., and the Glencoe United Church, 263 Park Ave.

    Instructor Eva Kaneva helps 4-year-old Tess Tiedge of Arlington Heights with her swimming at the Chicago Swim School in Arlington Heights.

    Swim schools keep it cool to keep little ones afloat

    Your children enjoy the pool, so they should love swimming lessons, right? That’s not always necessarily the case. Maybe the instructors are mean, the water is too deep, or the most common complaint, the water is just too cold. Fear not. Some swim schools cater to those fears while promoting water safety.

    Self-described cat person Betty (Penny Slusher) brings a smile to the face of grieving dog-lover Dan (John Mahoney) in Christian O’Reilly’s “Chapatti,” in its world premiere at Northlight Theatre.

    John Mahoney, Penny Slusher a well-matched duo in ‘Chapatti’

    Even the most ardent animal lovers recognize that all the love and affection pets provide sometimes isn’t enough. Humans need more, as evidenced by Dan (John Mahoney) and Betty (Penny Slusher), the good-hearted yet desperately lonely pet owners in “Chapatti,” Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly’s two-hander about late-in-life love playing the Northlight Theatre in Skokie.

    “Kiss Me Once” is the latest release from Kylie Minogue.

    Minogue’s album goes way past 1st base

    The latest offering from pop goddess Kylie Minogue is like a narcotic disco dream, slightly confused about the time-space continuum, yet very delightful. With her 12th studio album — her first after signing with Jay Z’s Roc Nation management — Minogue attempts to keep her crown in the dance kingdom — and succeeds — when she’s not trying too hard to upgrade to today’s trends.

    Justin Bieber claimed after a shaky sobriety test following his Jan. 23 arrest that he was suffering from a hairline fracture in his right foot and made condescending comments about enjoying his wealth, according to a Miami Beach police document released Tuesday

    Police: Bieber claimed foot fracture in Florida

    Justin Bieber claimed after a shaky sobriety test in Florida that he was suffering from a hairline fracture in his right foot and made condescending comments to officers, according to a Miami Beach police document released Tuesday. The police summary of Bieber’s performance on various sobriety tests following his Jan. 23 arrest shows that the pop singer told officers he had injured his foot skateboarding three months earlier. The officer had noted that Bieber appeared to sway and have leg tremors during one of the tests, and also winced as if in pain.

    The Rolling Stones have called off their tour dates in Australia and New Zealand following the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend and designer L’Wren Scott on Monday.

    Stones call off tour after L’Wren Scott’s death

    The Rolling Stones have called off tour dates in Australia and New Zealand following the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott. The iconic band said in a statement Tuesday they “are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their tour.

    Macarons played the role of cover girl on the March 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Living.

    Rose Raspberry French Macarons
    French Macarons

    Don’t like grapefruit? Try it with a salty companion, like olives.

    Grapefruit Salad with Green Olive Paste
    Grapefruit Salad with Green Olive Paste

    Like many housekeeping tasks, regular cleaning can help avoid bigger cleanup work later on. “It doesn’t have to be as difficult of a job as it sounds,” said Better Homes & Gardens Senior Editor Amy Panos. “The easier you can make it on yourself, the more likely you are to do it.”

    Tips for keeping walls, woodwork clean

    Walls can get dirty before you know it — from a splatter of spaghetti dinner to the crayon artistry of a roaming toddler to fingers simply reaching for a light switch. Like many housekeeping tasks, regular cleaning can help avoid bigger cleanup work later on. “It doesn’t have to be as difficult of a job as it sounds,” said Amy Panos, senior editor at Better Homes and Gardens.


    Apps for kids teach math, reading, science

    If you have an iPad, your child probably loves playing games on it. It’s important for you to realize that iPad apps don’t have to be just a fun way to entertain your child. Apps can be entertaining while helping your child learn something new. Here are three education apps that will teach your child about math, reading and science.

    Great Wolf Lodge is one of several area indoor waterparks that splash plenty of wet winter fun.

    Ways to warm up at Lake Erie Shores & Islands

    Maybe it's because we've had record breaking cold in Chicago this winter, but I'm ready to consider going anywhere that my family and I can have fun without freezing. Lake Erie Shores & Islands in Ohio, a little more than four hours from Chicago, has plenty of ways to warm up. Here are a few things I discovered we can do that would appeal to everyone in our family.

    New sherry producers are hoping to appeal to a younger audience.

    Sherry gaining younger fan base

    Americans have a stereotyped idea of sherry. It features Grandma, content in her rocking chair, sipping cream sherry to pass time until dinner. Today, producers are getting away from that middle ground and concentrating either on the very dry sherries or the sweet variety in the hopes of gaining a younger fan base.

    Barrington native Catherine Cooper of Bon Macaron Chicago fell in love with the French treats years ago in Paris.

    Fashionable French macarons the darlings of the dessert tray

    It's a sandwich cookie like no other. French macarons — not macaroons — are light, crunchy and oh so chic this season. Barrington native Catherine Cooper celebrates one year of Bon Macaron, a specialty company that hand-crafts macarons exclusively. She sells the delightful pastries at a handful of Chicago shops and makes special orders for individuals and events. See what all the the fuss is about.

    Don Mauer’s healthier version of a boxed skillet meal uses lean ground beef and low-sodium broth.

    Lean and Lovin’ it: Don thinks outside the box to create a healthy cheeseburger macaroni

    After the reading the ingredient list on a box of Hamburger Helper Don Mauer decides to create a skillet cheeseburger burger macaroni that not only is lower in sodium and sugar, but that also tastes like an actual cheeseburger instead of macaroni and cheese with ground beef tossed in.


    Jour du Macaron
    Support Autism Speaks at Bon Macaron Chicago's Jour du Macaron celebration.

    Grapefruit tastes much better if you pair it with salty ingredients, like olives.

    Discover the right way to do grapefruit

    Grapefruit is not impossible to eat; everyone is just eating it incorrectly. The traditional way of eating grapefruit — by cutting it across the equator and digging out tiny morsels of flesh with the half-serrated utensil known as a grapefruit spoon — is one of the most frustrating experiences known to man.

    Producer Cameron Mackintosh is busy with a new Broadway version of “Les Miserables.”

    Cameron Mackintosh credo: ‘It will be done right’

    By all rights, Cameron Mackintosh should be on a beach right now. The British producer behind such megahits as “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Miss Saigon” has every right to be enjoying warm breezes. Instead, he’s in New York, tinkering with a new version of “Les Miserables” that opens on Broadway this month. Mackintosh, one of the richest men in the world, keeps finding himself in the strange position of returning to former triumphs, stripping them down and then building them up again.

    Don Mauer’s healthier version of a boxed skillet meal uses lean ground beef and low-sodium broth.

    Don’s Skillet Cheeseburger Macaroni
    Cheeseburger Macaroni

    Harlan Coben delivers another outstanding look at the truth behind the facade with “Missing You.”

    Coben is at his best with ‘Missing You’

    Harlan Coben, master of the suburban thriller, delivers another outstanding look at the truth behind the facade with “Missing You.” While New York police Detective Kat Donovan investigates the man she once loved, she learns from her boss that the imprisoned hit man responsible for killing her father is dying. And that's just the beginning.

    Reel Big Fish, a ska-punk band, headlines Durty Nellie’s in Palatine on Sunday, March 23.

    Music notes: Ska-punk Reel Big Fish hit Durty Nellie’s

    Ska-punk band Reel Big Fish will bring its high-energy live act to Palatine this weekend with a show at Durty Nellie's.

    Courageous Bakery offers waffles on its new weekend brunch menu.

    Dining events: Courageous Bakery serving up delicious breakfast

    Courageous Bakery now serves weekend brunch; Niche Restaurant is closing down temporarily to welcome a brand new executive chef; Mickey Finn’s Brewery honored by Zagat.



    Editorial: Celebrate sunshine laws that keep government in the light

    A Daily Herald editorial says that Sunshine Week is just as important to you as it is to those who deliver the news.


    The charter conspirators

    Columnist Richard Cohen: In the war between the rich and the poor, I’m enlisting on the side of the underdog — the rich. What a drubbing they’ve been taking! Across the nation, but particularly in cities such as New York and Washington, the rich are incessantly accused of being slyly manipulative and self-serving. For instance, they support charter schools.


    Where Congress falls short, and where it doesn’t

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Congress, I said, does some things fairly well. Its members for the most part want to serve their constituents and the country. They may be ambitious — it’s hard to be a successful politician if you’re not — but they’re not motivated primarily by personal interest.


    The time for labeling GMO food is now
    A letter to the editor: Illinois Public Interest Research Group recently launched a campaign outside Jewel-Osco headquarters in Itasca, calling on the grocery store chain to label its store-brand products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The movement has already generated the support of 40 local and national groups including Chicago and suburban schools, restaurants and grocery stores, and has generated over 1,000 petition signatures from Jewel-Osco customers.


    Satire in letter perhaps too subtle
    An Inverness letter to the editor: Upon reading James Pajcic’s Fencepost letter (“Make a ‘living wage’ truly livable,” March 1) advocating that Illinois raise its minimum wage to “what I call The American Wage, $50 an hour” as a cure for all our economic ills, my first impulse was to fire up my iPad and write a stinging rebuttal.


    Putin proves Romney was right
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: When do you suppose Romney will get apologies from ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Obama, etc for his warning about the danger of Putin’s Russia?


    Keep CLC board expenses in context
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: As Walter Cronkite once said, “In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.” To that regard, this letter is intended to augment your recent article on the College of Lake County (CLC) board of trustees’ expenditures.


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