Daily Archive : Thursday March 20, 2014


    Efrain Perez

    Elgin father and daughter face drug charges

    A father and daughter from Elgin are facing drug charges after police were alerted by residents that drug sales might be taking place in the neighborhood. Efrain Perez, 59, and Tavia Perez, 29, both of the 1200 block of Bradley Circle, were arrested Wednesday after police executed a search warrant following a monthlong investigation in which undercover detectives purchased cocaine and heroin from...

    Stephan A. Russell

    Third man charged in connection to Bensenville slaying

    A third man now is being held in DuPage County on $2.5 million bond on charges related to the January murder of a Bensenville convenience store clerk. Stephen A. Russell, 20, of Chicago, was charged Thursday with four counts of harassing a family member of a witness and two counts of intimidation using physical harm.

    St. Charles Swim Team places first in state in the 11-12 boys 400 Free Relay. Pictured, center in blue shirts, are, first row, from left, Nick Vance and Henry Bliss; back row, Matthew Nagler and Nate Baxter.

    St. Charles Swim Team finishes second in the state

    On March 16-17, the St. Charles Swim Team placed second in the state at the 2014 ISI Age Group Championships held at University of Illinois at Chicago.

    The Listening Room is an intimate concert venue and also a place for aspiring artists to record their songs locally.

    Lakeside Legacy Foundation artist releases debut album

    The Lakeside Legacy Foundation is proud to be the home of the Listening Room, which is the host to countless concerts every month. Longtime resident art partner and musician Lori Gray Muligano of Music 4 Living has released her debut album titled “No More Waiting For Me.”


    Hanover Park resident tells of medical catastrophe, recovery

    Hanover Park resident Susan Ciacura will speak on how her family was altered by a medical catastrophe that occurred 25 years ago at 7:15 p.m. Monday, March 24, at Schaumburg Public Library, 13 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. It’s a story she manages to make fascinating, inspiring and surprisingly humorous in her talk, “A Life Derailed: Hope After a Medical Catastrophe.”

    Police continue to investigate the fatal shootings of a Palatine teenage boy and his father as a double homicide.

    Slayings stir bad memories at troubled Palatine apartments

    The murders this week of a father and son shot to death in their Palatine apartment have cast a shadow on an area the village took on more than a decade ago in hopes of reducing crime there. In the 1990s, the Baldwin Green apartment complex — where Luis Reynoso, 15, and Segundo Reynoso, his 38-year-old father, were gunned down early Wednesday — had a notorious reputation.

    Michael Madigan

    Madigan wants 3 percent added tax on millionaires

    House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, wants Illinoisans who make more than $1 million per year to pay another 3 percent in taxes on that income. “In a good year, I would be subject to this,” said Madigan, a lawyer.


    Illinois Senate approves prison chief

    The Illinois Senate has approved retaining the state's director of prisons. The Senate voted 37-18 to consent to Gov. Pat Quinn's appointment over complaints from Republicans about the performance of S.A. “Tony” Godinez.


    Bedbugs found at Thompson Center

    Officials say bedbugs were found at a downtown Chicago building where many state employees work. Illinois Department of Revenue spokeswoman Sue Hofer said Wednesday that the bugs were found in seven cubicles on a single floor of the James R. Thompson Center last week.


    State EPA refers pipeline leak to attorney general

    Illinois environmental regulators are asking Attorney General Lisa Madigan to take action against two pipeline companies over a petroleum leak near Kankakee. Houston-based Buckeye Partners says up to 1,500 gallons of petroleum might have spilled from two damaged pipelines in Limestone Township last week.

    Teachers picket in Streamwood last year to protest cuts to their pension benefits.

    Unions face big decision — how hard to back Quinn

    IFT Dan Montgomery talks about unions' tough choice in the fall between backing Pat Quinn or backing no one. Rauschenberger says he's maybe interested in the Farnham seat, but would be more likely to back someone younger. Steve Kim talks about his time as Dan Rutherford's running mate.

    Stacy Fiebelkorn

    Llama, alpaca taken from woman accused of cruelty

    A Kane County judge Thursday let authorities take a llama and an alpaca from an Elgin woman charged with animal cruelty and neglect. But she will retain ownership of horses and two goats, pending the outcome of her trial. Veterinarian Susan Brown testified that a baby alpaca, also called a cria, could have permanent skeletal damage, as well as other problems, from lack of food.


    West Chicago home heavily damaged by fire

    West Chicago firefighters responded to a fire in a single family home Thursday afternoon that started in the basement and quickly spread into the first floor and attic, authorities said. Crews from the West Chicago Fire Protection District were dispatched to the home in the 900 block of Gates Street at 5:08 p.m. for the report of a structure fire, according to a news release.

    In this March 16 satellite imagery, a floating object is seen at sea. 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.

    ’Best lead’ in plane search: 2 objects seen in sea

    Search planes joined a freighter early Friday to scan rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth after satellite images detected possible pieces from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean.


    Bullets found at Elgin middle school

    Two .22-caliber bullets were found Wednesday at Kimball Middle School in Elgin, officials said Thursday. A student found one bullet on the floor of the boys locker room about 3 p.m. Wednesday, at which time he brought it to a teacher. A subsequent search of the school yielded one more bullet.

    Officials announced Thursday that the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines will close by June, pending state approval.

    Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital to close

    Maryville Academy officials announced Thursday their plans to close the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines by June, citing heavy financial losses. The announcement comes in the midst of ongoing negotiations with a labor union representing nursing employees at the hospital, and just days after conclusion of a five-day strike by nurses protesting what they said are unsafe staffing...

    Fred Phelps Sr. displays one of his many infamous protest signs. Phelps, the fiery founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, a small Kansas church, who drew international condemnation for outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America’s tolerance for gay people, died Thursday. He was 84.

    Phelps tested free speech with anti-gay protests

    Fred Phelps did not care what you thought of his Westboro Baptist Church, nor did he care if you heard its message that society's tolerance for gay people is the root of all earthly evil. By the time you saw one of his outrageous and hate-filled signs — "You're Going to Hell" was among the more benign — you were already doomed.

    Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, center, who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three subordinates, was reprimanded and docked $20,000 in pay Thursday, avoiding jail time in one of the U.S. military’s most closely watched courts-martial.

    General spared prison in sexual misconduct case

    The Army general at the center of a sexual misconduct case that put the military justice system itself on trial was spared prison Thursday and sentenced to a reprimand and a $20,000 fine — a punishment legal experts, a women’s group and members of Congress decried as shockingly light.

    Arlington Heights police officer Michael McEvoy, who was shot while responding to a call last December, walks to the stage.

    Shot Arlington Hts. cop’s recovery ‘just a miracle’

    He walked to the podium, said two simple sentences and left. But Arlington Heights police officer Michael McEvoy was greeted with five standing ovations Thursday as he received the Officer of the Year award - from friends and colleagues overjoyed that he is still alive.

    Visitors from around the world and the state made their way to the hill covered in a variety of daffodils in Amador County, Calif.

    Spring forecast: Cool in North, still dry in West

    The first day of spring? Some people in Maine were shoveling 6 inches of new snow. And in Michigan, college students couldn’t even burn a snowman. Ok, so it was a fake snowman. But it was real snow that got in the way. For many Americans, it feels like winter is hanging on like a bad cold.


    Police ask lawmakers to protect youth funding

    Law enforcement officials from across Illinois are pushing to maintain early education and youth program funding as the state faces budget cuts next year.

    Keith Farnham

    Farnham had perfect 2014 attendance until Wednesday

    Former state Rep. Keith Farnham had a perfect attendance record at lawmakers’ Springfield sessions this year until Wednesday, the day he resigned his seat citing “serious health issues.” Days before, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations searched Farnham’s Elgin office and home, though authorities have not yet said what they...

    ProStart Team 6 members from left, Tayler Merkel, Madi Woltman and Gina Cirrincione work on their pasta dish during Elk Grove High School’s ProStart vs. Faculty Cook-off.

    Faculty wins cook-off at Elk Grove High School

    ProStart Culinary Arts students faced off against faculty and staff Thursday during the inaugural “ProStart vs. Faculty Cook-off” at Elk Grove High School. The competition is part of a yearlong course. “What this course does is prepare kids by special events such as this, along with catering events throughout the school year, and (making) box lunches for staff,” said...

    Malcolm Brown

    Judge to rule on Carol Stream drug induced homicide case

    A suspected Chicago drug dealer faces between six and 30 years in prison if he is found guilty Friday of supplying the heroin that killed a Wheaton man in 2011. DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell is expected to rule Friday whether Malcolm Brown, 25, sold the heroin that resulted in the overdose death of 38-year-old Stephen Briston, who was found dead in the bathroom of a Carol Stream...

    Addolfo Davis is serving a life sentence for a crime he committed when was in eighth grade

    Inmate’s lawyer hopeful for early release

    The attorney for a man whose lawsuit resulted in an Illinois Supreme Court decision to allow new hearings for those convicted of murder while juveniles says there’s evidence her client is rehabilitated and should be released from prison.


    Quinn shops at Gap to push minimum wage hike

    Gov. Pat Quinn is making his push to increase Illinois’ minimum wage by shopping at a Gap clothing store in downtown Chicago. The chain has instituted a policy of paying entry-level employees a higher minimum wage. Quinn wants Illinois’ rate to be at least $10 by year’s end.


    State Supreme Court ruling could mean early release

    Dozens of inmates serving life without parole in Illinois for murders they committed when they were juveniles were given a chance at freedom Thursday when the state Supreme Court granted them new sentencing hearings.

    George Ranney

    Metropolis Strategies will exit in May

    The civic group Metropolis Strategies will close its doors in May. "It was created as a temporary organization and it's gone on longer than we thought," senior executive Jim LaBelle said. Metropolis has tackled a number of regional issues ranging from transportation, the economy and justice.


    Kennedy, Reagan subjects of talk:

    Former journalist and United Press International bureau chief Scott Farris will speak about the presidencies of John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Stevenson Center on Democracy, 25200 N St. Mary’s Road, Mettawa.


    Genocide survivor visits Stevenson:

    A survivor of the 1994 Rwanda genocide spoke to Stevenson High School students about his experiences this week.

    Bill Prim

    Prim sure winner for GOP sheriff in McHenry Co.

    Despite having less name recognition in McHenry County, Bill Prim’s message of reforming the sheriff’s office resonated with voters, who chose him over Undersheriff Andrew Zinke in Tuesday’s GOP primary. Prim lead by only 98 votes on Tuesday, and there aren’t enough votes left to be counted to make up that difference, McHenry County Clerk Kathy Schultz said.


    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.


    Early music series at Byron Colby Barn:

    The 2013-14 Early Music Series at Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake closes with a 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23, performance by Rook.


    Court deals Illinois eavesdropping law final blow

    Illinois’ Supreme Court declared one of the nation’s toughest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, saying Thursday that the law was so overly broad that it would technically make the recording of screaming fans at a football game a crime.

    Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago. A documentary about the late film critic, titled “Life Itself,” will open the annual Ebertfest film festival in April.

    Ebert documentary to open critic’s film festival

    Roger Ebert’s film festival will open this year with a screening of a documentary about the late film critic. The annual festival will run from April 23-27 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Leonard B. Holling, 50, of Elgin, was charged with resisting a peace officer at 11:26 a.m. March 14 after deputies went to his residence to serve three felony warrants, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Actress Juliana Margulies, left, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listen before Clinton receives the American Jewish Congress’ lifetime achievement award on Wednesday in New York.

    Illinois honors Hillary Clinton with Lincoln award

    Former U.S. first lady and secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton is to receive “The Order of Lincoln” award in her home state of Illinois.


    Bill would waive hunting, fishing fees for seniors

    Legislation proposed by state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democraqt, woud waive hunting and fishing license fees for Illinois seniors. Fishing licenses typically cost $15 and hunting licenses cost $12.50. But residents who are 65 and older pay only half the price.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A resident of the 48W300 block of Welter Road near Maple Park reported to the sheriff’s office Wednesday that bill collectors had been calling about $6,668 in unauthorized charges that were made on an account between October 2009 and December 2009.

    Jalen Brunson high-fives students Thursday as the Stevenson High School boy's basketball team gets a send off to the IHSA Class 4A state championships that start Friday in Peoria. Also honored were the school's debate and scholastic bowl teams, which compete for state championships this weekend.

    Stevenson High teams get super state championship send off

    Students, teachers and family members lined the Forum at Stevenson High School to rally their boy's basketball, scholastic bowl and debate teams heading off to compete for state championships this weekend.


    Naperville still mulling electric rate increases

    Naperville electric rates are likely to increase two years in a row beginning May 1, but the city council has not made a final decision about just how much the increases will be. Council members discussed the proposed rate increases — 6 percent on May 1 and 7 percent May 1, 2014 — during a meeting Tuesday night but a vote is not scheduled until April 1.

    The Fox River Country Day School property in Elgin.

    Elgin charter school officials not discouraged with delay

    An official with the proposed Elgin charter school says the group is not discouraged by the delay in getting the Elgin City Council’s approval for a lease of the former Fox River Country Day School property. The city council Wednesday night postponed the vote because members were concerned about the city’s projected costs of repairing the buildings on the site at 1600 Dundee Ave.

    Mary McClellan defeated Nick Provenzano for the GOP nomination in the McHenry County clerk primary Tuesday.

    McClellan says hard work, meeting the people put her over the top

    Nick Provenzano, who lost the GOP nod for McHenry County clerk, can’t put his finger on why his name recognition and history in county politics weren’t enough to overcome what he called his opponent’s negative campaigning. Mary McClellan earned the victory, according to unofficial results.


    Wheeling Dems host congressional campaign leaders

    Wheeling Township Democrats will host representatives from the re-election campaigns of Congressmen Tammy Duckworth, Jan Schakowsky and Brad Schneider on Wednesday, March 26. “This is a great opportunity for voters to learn more about the issues at stake in the 2014 Congressional elections,” Democratic Committeeman Rob Nesvacil said.

    Cordelle Miller

    Cary residents charged in Waukegan armed robberies

    Waukegan police said Thursday they have arrested and charged two Cary residents in connection with armed robberies that occurred last week. Police said on March 11, S&D Mini Mart, on the 1100 block of Greenwood Avenue, was robbed of $100, and the next day, Supermercado Zapopan, on the 2000 block of Washington Street, was robbed of $300.


    Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg reach deal on subdivision

    News for digestsHoffman Estates trustees this week approved the use of their village’s right-of-way on Thacker Street for the placement of utilities serving a new 7-home Schaumburg subdivision. The subdivision, to be called Shannon Estates, will be located between Pleasant Street and Roselle Road near the Schaumburg Golf Club.

    Benjamin J. Black

    Heroin addict faces prison for death of Sycamore boy, 11

    A 29-year-old man faces up to 14 years in prison for a crash that killed Matthew Ranken, 11, of Sycamore, in February 2013 in Virgil Township. A judge heard testimony Thursday at a sentencing for Benjamin J. Black, of Sycamore, who pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI because he had heroin in his system when he caused a crash that killed the boy. The sentence will be announced next Wednesday.

    Jim Walsh Sr. accepts the Chairman’s Award from Lynne Nicklas-Linowski on behalf of the Daily Herald at the Northwest Suburban Association of Commerce and Industry dinner in 1999. Walsh, who spent four decades in the newspaper industry and retired as a vice president at the Daily Herald, died Thursday. He was 76.

    Former Daily Herald VP, newspaper advertising giant Walsh dies

    Jim Walsh Sr., a gregarious titan of the Chicago newspaper industry who evenly divided a 40-year advertising career between the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald, died Thursday at the age of 76. "He was a wonderful father and family man and friend. Everyone who knew Jim loved him,” said Daily Herald Chairman Emeritus Daniel E. Baumann.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses business leaders in Moscow on Thursday. Putin, facing the weakest economic outlook in four years and forecasts of surging capital outflows, is defying Western threats of sanctions and pressing ahead with plans to absorb Crimea, a predominantly Russian-speaking region that houses the Black Sea Fleet.

    U.S. officials, lawmakers sanctioned by Russia

    Russia slapped a travel ban Thursday on nine U.S. lawmakers and officials — the first retaliation against the United States for its sanctions against Russia for annexing Crimea. The Russian Foreign Ministry made the move minutes after President Barack Obama announced a new round of sanctions. The ministry said “the use of sanctions is a double-edged sword that will boomerang against...


    2014 festival guide: How to get your free listings in the Daily Herald
    It's time to submit your 2014 festival and summer event listings to the Daily Herald. It's fun, it's free, and it's for nonprofits. Submit your festivals, concert series, fairs, carnivals, outdoor fine arts fests, family bike rides. And best of all, you can update your listing later on with more details.

    State Rep. Ron Sandack, left, is advancing to the Nov. 4 general election seeking to retain his 81st House seat after winning a narrow victory over challenger Keith Matune in Tuesday’s primary election.

    Matune won’t challenge vote in ‘tough’ 81st House race

    Both Republican candidates for the 81st state House seat in the Downers Grove and Naperville area say the race they waged for their party’s nomination was “tough,” but both also say it’s over. Challenger Keith Matune, who lost by 153 votes, now has conceded the race and said he will not seek a recount of votes from any of the district’s precincts in DuPage and Will...

    Buffalo Grove will have a new provider of electricity come June, but it will still be transmitted to homes and businesses over transmission lines like these operated by ComEd.

    Electricity cost going up 17% in Buffalo Grove

    Buffalo Grove has locked in a new supplier for electrical aggregation for the next three years, with the price for power going up about 17 percent starting in June. Buffalo Grove didn’t opt for 100 percent renewable energy, though residents can choose that option at an additional 1.4 percent cost per kilowatt hour. “It was the lowest fixed-price we could obtain over the period,”...

    Bruce Rauner

    Rauner has support from some non-Republicans

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says he has the backing of some Illinois Democrats and independents. Speaking Thursday at a news conference in downtown Chicago, the Winnetka venture capitalist says he’s received support from more than 20 community leaders.

    Henry Laseke’s car was pulled from the pond near his Arlington Heights home in July 2013.

    Arlington Hts. drowning victim donated $400,000 to police, fire departments

    An Arlington Heights man who died last summer donated $200,000 each to the village’s fire and police departments in his will. Henry Laseke, who died after he mistakenly drove into a retention pond, had a long history in Arlington Hts. and no next of kin. “We really wish we could thank him in person,” said Finance Director Tom Kuehne.

    Jose E. Reyes

    Mental health test ordered for man accused in Mundelein kidnapping

    The defense attorney for a Chicago man accused of kidnapping and molesting a 3-year-old Mundelein girl questioned in court whether her client is fit to stand trial. A fitness evaluation was ordered for Jose Reyes, 28, of Chicago because defense attorney Catherine Hatch said he has been unwilling to cooperate in his own defense.

    Des Plaines resident Alisa Fallon was honored this week with a mayoral proclamation recognizing her achievement as winner of the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest. She is pictured with Mayor Matt Bogusz, right, and Fifth Ward Alderman Jim Brookman.

    Des Plaines honors NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick champ

    Des Plaines resident Alisa Fallon is being honored by her hometown for winning a contest that put her in the national spotlight earlier this year. The 14-year-old claimed first place in the NFL’s 52nd annual Punt, Pass and Kick contest in the 14- to 15-year-old girls category. She was one of only 10 winners from across the country.


    Bob Love, Luvabulls at new Dunkin’ Donuts

    Chicago Bulls Ambassador Bob Love, Benny the Bull and the Luvabulls will meet and greet guests from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the grand opening of the Dunkin’ Donuts at 2089 Barrington Road in Hoffman Estates. Mayor William McLeod and members of the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce will join the group for a ribbon-cutting at noon. Travel mugs will be given away to the first...


    Kitchen fire leaves Wheaton townhouse unit uninhabitable

    Residents of a Wheaton townhouse were forced to evacuate this morning after a fire started in the kitchen of one of the units, according to a news release. Firefighters responded around 7:45 a.m. to a fire at 1313 E. Loughborough Court, which is the address for a center unit in the four-unit townhouse, officials said.

    Donald Ratcliff

    Ex-Wheaton College prof's sentence lowered in child porn case

    A judge Wednesday sharply reduced an ex-Wheaton College professor's sentence for possessing child porn. Three overlooked videos, Judge John Kinsella said, were “disgusting” but not as egregious as a DVD he did view before sentencing Donald Ratcliff in February to 42 months in prison. The new sentence is 180 days in jail. “The contents of the DVDs were described to be the same...

    Robert Strauss, a former chairman of the Democratic Party and an ambassador to the Soviet Union, has died. Strauss’ law firm confirmed his death Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at age 95.

    Ex-Democratic Chairman Robert Strauss dies at 95

    Bob Strauss could work with anybody — Democrats and Republicans, Americans and Soviets, Israelis and Arabs. Playing the game and making the deal made his day. Of Strauss’ many accomplishments — earning a fortune in postwar investments, co-founding an international law firm, leading the Democratic Party, running one successful presidential campaign and surviving the loss of...

    Oscar Pistorius is selling the house where Reeva Steenkamp was killed to raise money for his legal bills, and has still never returned to the upscale villa since the day he shot his girlfriend in an upstairs bathroom over a year ago, the athlete’s lawyer said Thursday.

    Pistorius selling house where he shot Steenkamp

    Oscar Pistorius is selling the house where he killed Reeva Steenkamp to raise money for his legal bills, the athlete’s lawyer said Thursday. Pistorius has not returned to the upscale Pretoria villa since the day he shot his girlfriend in a bathroom over a year ago and “cannot contemplate ever returning to live there again,” lawyer Brian Webber said.

    In this courtroom sketch Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, right, testifies at his trial Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in New York, on charges he conspired to kill Americans and aid al-Qaida as a spokesman for the terrorist group.

    Al-Qaida spokesman recounts 9/11 aftermath

    Osama bin Laden’s hours in a dark Afghanistan cave the evening of the Sept. 11 attacks were brought to light when his son-in-law testified in his own defense at his terrorism trial, portraying the al-Qaida leader as worried and apprehensive as he contemplated how America would respond. The son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, said the al-Qaida leader asked him hours after the attacks what he...

    Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill, homeless former Marine arrested for sleeping in the roof landing of a New York City public housing project during one of the coldest recorded winters in city history, died last month in a Rikers Island jail cell that multiple city officials say was at least 100 degrees when his body was discovered.

    Death of NYC inmate in overheated cell probed

    Investigators are probing how a mentally ill, homeless New York City veteran died last month in a jail cell that city officials told The Associated Press had overheated to at least 100 degrees, apparently because of malfunctioning equipment.

    Doug Prade, a former Ohio police captain who has spent nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife’s killing, is headed back behind bars a day after an appeals court said a judge was wrong to release him about 14 months ago.

    Ohio ex-cop who was freed is sent back behind bars

    A former Ohio police captain who was freed after spending nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife’s killing is headed back behind bars a day after an appeals court said a judge was wrong to release him about 14 months ago.

    The zoo’s polar bear habitat will be expanded and updated with boulders for climbing and a cascading waterfall. Its landscaping will be modeled on the Arctic tundra.

    Chicago zoo announces penguin, polar bear plans

    Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is bringing back penguins in a planned $22 million renovation, but other animals are moving to make room for the update. Zoo officials announced the project Wednesday. Work is scheduled to begin in the fall with new exhibits opening in the spring or summer of 2016.

    Russian naval vessel bottles up Ukrainian ship Slavutich, left, at her mooring in Sevastopol, Crimea, on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

    Pro-Russian crowds seize 2 Ukrainian warships

    Pro-Russian crowds seized two Ukrainian warships Thursday and Ukraine said its troops were being threatened in Crimea as the European Union considered new sanctions against Russia for its annexation of the Black Sea peninsula. Tensions in the region remained high despite the release of a Ukrainian naval commander held by pro-Russian forces.

    The EU Commission president wants a two-day summit of European Union leaders to center on boosting the fledgling government in Kiev rather than focus exclusively on sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

    EU summit looks at boosting Kiev, punishing Russia

    The EU Commission president wants a two-day summit of European Union leaders to center on boosting the fledgling government in Ukraine, rather than focus exclusively on sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

    An Afghan Army soldier inspects bullet proof vests found after Taliban insurgents staged a multipronged attack on a police station in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, Thursday, March 20, 2014. Taliban insurgents staged the attack, using a suicide bomber and gunmen to lay siege to the station, government officials said. Two remotely detonated bombs also exploded nearby.

    Taliban attack against Afghan police kills 11

    A suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle near a police station in eastern Afghanistan while other Taliban insurgents stormed the building Thursday, killing 10 police officers and a civilian, officials said.


    Teen accused of gaining access to top of World Trade Center

    A 16-year-old boy bypassed security in the middle of the night and climbed a ladder to the spire of 1 World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, where he apparently took pictures, authorities said Thursday. The teen was arrested at 6 a.m. Sunday and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has instructed the Senate’s chief law enforcement officer to examine the Intelligence Committee’s computers amid an escalating fight between the CIA and lawmakers over access to secret documents about the agency’s interrogation tactics during the Bush administration.

    Reid asks for computer examination in CIA dispute

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has instructed the Senate’s chief law enforcement officer to examine the Intelligence Committee’s computers amid an escalating fight between the CIA and lawmakers over access to secret documents about the agency’s interrogation tactics during the Bush administration.

    Itzhak Perlman

    Perlman to make Chicago Civic Opera House debut

    Violinist Itzhak Perlman is set to appear on the stage of Chicago’s Civic Opera House for the first time. The Lyric Opera of Chicago announced Wednesday that Perlman is scheduled to perform April 6. He’ll be joined by pianist and frequent collaborator Rohan De Silva.


    2 dozen Chicago high schools to distribute condoms

    Two dozen Chicago public high schools will distribute condoms to students starting this fall under a pilot program designed to curb teen pregnancy and reduce incidents of sexually-transmitted diseases.

    Kevin Trudeau

    Trudeau technically not jailed; still behind bars

    A federal judge says TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau is officially no longer serving jail time for contempt in a civil case. Judge Robert Gettleman made that ruling Wednesday in Chicago. It’s in a civil case in which Trudeau has failed to pay a $37 million judgment, claiming he’s penniless. Gettleman has said he doesn’t believe Trudeau is broke.


    Fort Wayne horse rescue facing stable eviction

    Operators of a stable for neglected horses near Fort Wayne are scrambling to find homes for the animals because of an ownership dispute over the property.

    Three judges for the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest hold the champion, a Swiss Emmentaler.

    Swiss Emmentaler named world’s best cheese

    MADISON, Wis. — A Swiss Emmentaler has won the title of 2014 World Championship Cheese in Wisconsin.Cheesemaker Gerard Sinnesberger took top honors for his Original Schweizer Rohmilch Emmentaler, a large format, big wheel Swiss cheese.


    Police seek public’s help in unsolved 1984 killing

    The Illinois State Police is counting on publicity of the 30th anniversary of an unsolved southern Illinois killing to draw the public’s help in solving the case.

    This Feb. 26, 2014, photo shows the terminus of the 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline in Valdez, Alaska. The Exxon Valdez loaded up at the terminus and then ran aground near Bligh Reef in March 1989, spilling nearly 11 million gallons of crude in Prince William Sound.

    25 years later, Exxon Valdez spill effects linger

    Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, there was the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, at the time the nation’s largest oil spill. The 987-foot tanker, carrying 53 million gallons of crude, struck Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m. on March 24, 1989.

    Asian bighead carp swim in an exhibit at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

    Senators want faster action on stopping Asian carp

    Members of Congress stepped up pressure on the federal government this week for fast action to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes, but an official said Wednesday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was awaiting instructions from lawmakers on how to proceed and money to pay for it.

    U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider

    Schneider to speak at manufacturing expo

    U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider will speak at Oakton Community College’s Manufacturing Expo on Thursday. The event puts students into contact with local manufacturers so they can learn about career opportunities in those industries.

    Larry Kaifesh

    Will national Republicans support Kaifesh in 8th?

    After winning the Illinois 8th District GOP primary race, Larry Kaifesh is hopeful the National Republican Congressional Committee will financially help his bid to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Right now, Duckworth holds a funding edge of nearly $900,000.

    Peter Breen

    Breen, Sanguinetti likely hanging on to municipal seats — for now

    Peter Breen, a member of Lombard’s village board, and Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti, a member of the Wheaton City Council, both will be campaigning over the next eight months for offices in state government, but it appears unlikely either one will abandon their municipal seats in the meantime.

    The Bulls’ Carlos Boozer, right, battles for a rebound with the 76ers’ James Nunnally, center, and Jarvis Varnado during Wednesday night’s road game. The Bulls handed Philadelphia its 22nd straight loss.

    Dawn Patrol: Nellesen found guilty of murder; Rice speaks at Judson

    Matthew Nellessen guilty of murdering his father in Arlington Hts. Condoleezza Rice speaks at Judson. Nurses, Maryville going back to negotiating table. Elgin woman gives up some animals. Coach Q gets 700th win, but Kane suffers injury. Bulls beat 76ers.

    Arlington Heights downtown signage for the Discover Arlington campaign.

    Arlington Heights may focus on rebranding

    Arlington Heights may soon be discussing rebranding itself after several trustees expressed concerns with the effectiveness of the “Discover Arlington” campaign. In 2013 the Arlington Economic Alliance conducted a consumer research study that found that 70 percent of respondents were unfamiliar with the Discover Arlington campaign. “When (that many) people are not aware of...

    Tom Cullerton

    Cullerton may seek to lead DuPage Democrats

    The outcome of a precinct committeeman race decided by a small group of Democratic voters in Villa Park may help set the stage for a bigger fight over the party’s leadership in DuPage County. State Sen. Tom Cullerton says he’s considering whether to make a bid to become chairman of the countywide Democratic organization.

    Fidel Marquez, ComEd senior vice president of governmental and external affairs, met with the Daily Herald Editorial Board on Wednesday to discuss the utility's plan for a new transmission line it believes will save customers about $500 million over its first 15 years in operation. The line would pass through portions of DuPage and Kane counties.

    ComEd's new transmission line to save customers $500 million?

    Construction of a 345-kilovolt transmission line in northern Illinois would save ComEd customers about $500 million over the first 15 years, officials from the utility say. But one state economist has expressed doubts about ComEd's financial claims.

    Small but making a big statement, these blooms on a witch-hazel tree Wednesday are one of the traditional first signs of spring for Doris Taylor, manager of the plant clinic at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

    Officially, winter gives way to spring today

    “Come, gentle Spring! Ethereal mildness, come,” poet James Thompson of Scotland wrote in 1728. But the kilt-friendly, Scottish winter of 1727-28 was nothing compared to our long-underwear-required suburban winter of discontent in 2013-14.

    State Sen. Kirk Dillard talks with state Sens. Pam Althoff, a McHenry Republican, and Michael Connelly, a Lisle Republican, on the floor of the state Senate Wednesday.

    Dillard 'looking forward, not backward' after loss

    Kirk Dillard has some “what ifs” but says he has no regrets as he prepares to return to life as a private citizen. Dillard gambled his state Senate seat, which he's held since 1995, on a gubernatorial victory. He'll leave office in January. “To make the changes I wanted — I needed to be the governor,” the Hinsdale attorney said. “Like a Cubs fan — I've...


    Concussion policy OK sparks academics discussion in Dist. 203

    A policy that governs when student-athletes who suffer concussions can return to practice and play is officially on the books in Naperville Unit District 203. As specified in Illinois High School Association guidelines, students who suffer a concussion during a game cannot return unless cleared by a certified athletic trainer or a doctor. The policy applies to both high school and junior high...


    Elgin delays vote on leasing property to charter school

    The Elgin City Council postponed making a decision on leasing property to a proposed new charter school after balking at the city's projected costs. Elgin would have to spend about $1 million this year — mostly in repair costs for buildings the Elgin Charter School Initiative wants to lease on the property of the former Fox River Country Day School, 1600 Dundee Ave. “There's no frills...



    Second-place meet finish, but overall NSC title for Libertyville

    Libertyville coach Erik Rogers wasn’t complaining after his Wildcats finished second in the North Suburban Conference girls swimming and diving meet at Vernon Hills. His squad, after all, went 6-0 in NSC duals this season, and that was significant Saturday. While Lake Forest won the conference meet with 318 points, comfortably ahead of Libertyville (285), thanks to their runner-up finish, the Wildcats won the overall championship. It’s their first NSC title since title 1988.


    Errors pave way to Cougars’ win

    Kane County Cougars coverage:

    Daily Herald prep trading cards are back for 2014 and feature returning baseball and softball players in the Northwest suburbs.

    Images: Daily Herald Prep Trading Cards
    Images of Daily Herald high school baseball and softball virtual trading cards, featuring players for the 2014 season.

    Benet's Collin Pellettieri delivers the points on a steal from Glenbard North defense in the first half in the supersectional boys basketball at Hinsdale Central on Tuesday.

    Scouting the Class 4A semifinals: Benet vs. Edwardsville
    Scouting Class 4A semifinals: Benet vs. Edwardsville


    Class 4A boys basketball: Scouting Stevenson

    Previewing Friday's Class 4A state basketball semifinal between Stevenson and Whitney Young.

    Stevenson guard Jalen Brunson heads to the basket during Tuesday's supersectional at NIU.

    Stevenson, Benet help provide the perfect predictive challenge

    Picking the winners in the state championships is never easy, which made last year's 8-for-8 effort so remarkable. Selecting a champ this year will be tougher, but Marty Maciaszek is again willing to give it a go as Stevenson and Benet take aim at a Class 4A boys basketball state title.

    San Diego State’s Matt Shrigley drives to the basket against New Mexico State’s Renaldo Dixon during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Thursday in Spokane, Wash.

    SDSU outlasts New Mexico State 73-69 in OT

    “March Madness?” How ‘bout “The Longest Day?”San Diego State made a bit of history late Thursday night, pulling out a 73-69 victory over New Mexico State in the record-setting fourth overtime game of Day 1 of the NCAA tournament. Xavier Thames scored the first basket of overtime and made three of four free throws at the end of the extra session to help the fourth-seeded Aztecs (30-4) advance.

    Louisville forward Luke Hancock blocks a shot by Manhattan forward Ashton Pankey during an NCAA tournament game Thursday in Orlando, Fla.

    Louisville comes alive late, beats Manhattan 71-64

    Now everyone knows why Louisville coach Rick Pitino wanted nothing to do with Manhattan. Luke Hancock hit two huge 3-pointers in the final 1:19 to help Louisville finally shake free from tenacious Manhattan, 71-64 in the NCAA tournament Thursday night. The defending national champions were down 58-55 with less than 4 minutes remaining.

    Waubonsie hockey players display the Combined Division state championship trophy after a 3-0 victory over Glenbard on Thursday at the United Center.

    Stobart, Waubonsie savor season-ending highlight

    Tommy Stobart, a senior at Waubonsie Valley, has had a season filled with highlight-reel goals. But it was a goal he was errantly credited with on Thursday night at the United Center that he always will remember. Stobart said it was, in reality, senior Michael O’Hara (Waubonsie Valley) who scored for the co-op Waubsonie Warriors with 7.3 seconds remaining in the first period. O’Hara’s momentum-swinging, game-winning goal helped Waubonsie defeat Glenbard 3-0 for the state championship in the Combined Division. This was Waubonsie’s first hockey state championship, and the team finished the season 42-11-2. Glenbard ends its season 32-19-4.

    Players on the North Dakota State bench stand and cheer as their team takes the lead against Oklahoma in overtime during a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014. North Dakota State won 80-75 in overtime. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    NDSU stuns Oklahoma, as 12 seeds continue run

    Saul Phillips ran over to the fans in green and yellow, threw his arms in the air and screamed at the top of his lungs.No one could hear the excitable North Dakota State coach. There was too much noise from the Bison celebrating the biggest win in school history. Lawrence Alexander hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to force overtime and freshman Carlin Dupree scored four points in the final 75 seconds as No. 12 seed North Dakota State knocked off Oklahoma 80-75 Thursday night.


    UConn outlasts Saint Joseph’s in 89-81 OT thriller

    Turns out, Jim Calhoun left Connecticut in good hands.With Calhoun watching from the stands, the Huskies continued their winning NCAA tournament tradition thanks to a hold-over player in senior guard Shabazz Napier and a new coach, Kevin Ollie.Napier shook off several misses — including a 3-point attempt at the second-half buzzer — to score nine of his 24 points in overtime in UConn’s 89-81 win over Saint Joseph’s in the second round of the tournament on Thursday night.

    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.comSaMya Hunt of West Aurora competes in the Shot Put during DuPage Valley Conference girls indoor track meet at North Central College.

    West Aurora edges Naperville C. in DVC indoor meet

    Kyla Walton was not about to overanalyze her situation.

    Stevenson’s Erin Kempers puts a shot on goal in the first quarter Thursday against visiting Oak Park.

    Stevenson edges out Oak Park

    Melissa Gartenberg scored 6 goals, and Stevenson’s girls water polo team stayed undefeated by edging visiting Oak Park 9-8 Thursday night.


    Stevenson’s win is Heffernan’s first

    Katy Karabetsos scored in the 23rd minute directly off a corner kick in the first half, as Stevenson’s girls soccer team edged Maine South 1-0 for Kevin Heffernan’s first win as the Patriots’ head coach.


    Addison Trail overcomes Willowbrook

    Injuries and obligations elsewhere left Addison Trail and Willowbrook nowhere near full strength during Thursday’s West Suburban Gold boys gymnastics meet in Addison. What it did do is make things rather interesting as the Blazers had to finish strong on high bar and parallel bars to edge Willowbrook 118.5 to 116.6.

    Vito Andriola will leave Dundee-Crown to become the new head football coach at Grant.

    Fired-up Andriola takes over at Grant

    Fired up, with all the enthusiasm of a young football coach, which is the way he’s always been, wide-eyed Vito Andriola can’t wait to get started at Grant. Truth be told, however, the well-traveled coach does snooze.

    South Elgin’s Savanah Uveges shoots to score her second goal against Hoffman Estates Thursday at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

    Uveges, South Elgin trip up Hoffman

    South Elgin’s Savanah Uveges is Nebraska-bound in a couple of months. But before shes leaves the state of Illinois on scholarship, she’s determined to see the Storm’s girls soccer team make a few celebratory pit-stops in this year’s IHSA playoffs. The Storm showed the severity in which they want to do so in their 4-1 nonconference win over Hoffman Estates at Millennium Field in Streamwood Thursday,

    Michigan State's Adreian Payne, right, shoots over Delaware's Barnett Harris in the second half during the second round of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014. Michigan State won 93-78. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Payne scores 41, Michigan State tops Delaware 93-78

    There was the barrage of 3-pointers, the left-handed spin move, the steady work in the post, the can’t-miss free throw shooting. Pick a skill and Adreian Payne has it. The 6-foot-10 senior put everything on display Thursday in a career-high, 41-point performance that helped Michigan State look every bit a March Madness favorite as the fourth-seeded Spartans beat Delaware 93-78.


    Wootton moves on to Vikings

    Ex-Bears unrestricted free agent Corey Wootton signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night, meaning the Bears' top three three defensive ends on opening day last season will all be in different places for 2014.


    St. Edward rolls in season opener

    Allison Kruk and Chelsea Gnan each had hat trick as St. Edward opened its girls soccer season with an 11-1 win over Elgin Academy Thursday at Olympic Park in Schaumburg.


    Pats, Mustangs renew rivalry

    Many boys gymnastics seasons have come and gone, but the head-to-head battle between Stevenson and Mundelein is one rivalry that just won’t go away.


    Boys gymnastics: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look a the boys gymnastics season from the perspective of team in Lake County.


    Conant edges St. Charles North in tough early test

    There will likely come a time when Conant and St. Charles North will meet on a much bigger stage, with more at stake. But for now, Conant will gladly celebrate a 3-2 victory for a day or two. Two of the best girls soccer programs in the state put on a quality 80-minute show Thursday night in Hoffman Estates, with junior Leah Celarek’s double the difference as Conant improved to 2-0-0 in a hard-fought contest.

    St. Charles North’s Collin Bawolek makes a lunging save of a Lockport shot during water polo action Thursday in St. Charles.

    St. Charles North fails to finish vs. Lockport

    The season is still young but as far as St. Charles North boys water polo coach Chris Cloy is concerned, watching his team suffer narrow defeats is getting a little old.

    Coach Matt Walsh talks to Schaumburg’s Kyle Bolger during sectional semifinal play against Oak Park-River Forest in 2012.

    Walsh steps down after five-year run at Schaumburg

    When Matt Walsh took over the Schaumburg boys basketball program five years ago, there were concerns that the program might not reach the heights it had reached in previous years. Walsh made sure the tradition continued, winning three Mid-Suburban League West titles, two outright MSL titles along with three regional championships. He also built a family atmosphere for the Saxons. But the needs of his family at home became greater and with that, Walsh resigned as head basketball coach at Schaumburg on Thursday. He will remain as a teacher in the school.


    Metea Valley falls to Lincoln-Way West

    As this year’s Metea Valley girls water polo team gains more experience, the Mustangs may just be a tough team to beat in tight matches.


    Neuqua Valley downs Waubonsie

    A strong start helped Neuqua Valley take a 14-9 boys water polo victory Thursday at Waubonsie Valley.

    White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia can’t catch up to a double by Oakland’s Daric Barton on Tuesday. Garcia has impressed at least one major-league scout, who says, “He’s got a chance to be one of those players that can do it all.”

    MLB scout breaks down 4 key players

    A major-league scout says the White Sox have a right to be optimistic about the future, particularly with the additions of first baseman Jose Abreu, center fielder Adam Eaton, third baseman Matt Davidson and right fielder Avisail Garcia.

    The Blackhawks will be without Patrick Kane for about three weeks after he suffered a leg injury Wednesday against the Blues at the United Center.

    Hawks circle wagons after ‘huge loss’ of Kane

    Fresh off hearing the news that his top scorer was expected to miss about three weeks after suffering an apparent knee injury, it was no surprise that Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wasn’t exactly in a celebratory mood despite a big 4-0 victory over the Blues on Wednesday.“He’s a special player,” Quenneville said. “It’s definitely a huge loss."

    Mike Fields announced Monday he is stepping down as St. Charles East football coach after five years.

    Fields makes sure his focus remains family

    From the perspective of a reporter who happily dealt with St. Charles East football coach Mike Fields, the sense was consideration for his kids was a priority. Sometimes, it seemed, at the expense of his own.


    Fenton grad gets Elmhurst job

    The search lasted just more than a month but Elmhurst College has found its next football coach, Ron Planz, a former assistant coach at Minnesota State University.

    Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) and center Patric Young (4) talk on the court during the second half in a second-round game against Albany in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Albany, Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    Top-seeded Florida pulls away, beats Albany 67-55

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Billy Donovan’s bench came up big, bailing out top-seeded Florida in a tight game against what was supposed to be an overmatched opponent.Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, most of them on dunks, and the Gators used a second-half surge to beat No. 16 seed Albany 67-55 in the NCAA tournament Thursday.The Gators (33-2) showed some vulnerability, though, while extending their school-record winning streak to 27 games.Donovan’s team sleepwalked through the first half, swapping the lead back and forth with the pesky Great Danes, but Florida’s bench provided a much-needed spark.Finney-Smith, the Southeastern Conference’s sixth man of the year, was 6-of-10 shooting and tough to handle in the post. Freshman guard Kasey Hill, who wasn’t sure he would be able to play because of turf toe, chipped in 10 points off the bench and was dynamic on the open floor.Patric Young finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, his first double-double of the season. Casey Prather (16 points) and Scottie Wilbekin (10) also reached double figures for Florida, which will play ninth-seeded Pittsburgh in the South Region on Saturday.DJ Evans led Albany (19-15) with 21 points and seven rebounds. He set the tone for the Great Danes early, but couldn’t do enough to pull off the most elusive enough in college basketball.Florida’s win made No. 1 seeds 117-0 against 16 seeds since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.But this one was far from a lopsided affair.The first half couldn’t have gone much better for Albany, which was back on the court less than 48 hours after the program’s first NCAA tournament win. The Great Danes, who beat Mount St. Mary’s in the First Four in Daytona, Ohio, made 10 of their first 15 shots and hung with Florida.Albany did an impressive job breaking Florida’s press. And coach Will Brown had a clear game plan on defense: Don’t let Michael Frazier II get any clean looks from 3-point range, beg Prather to take jumpers and sag in the post on center Young.The Gators took the bait — for a while.Frazier was scoreless in the first half, Prather turned into a jump shooter and Young was missing early on.But Donovan adjusted, like he’s done so many other times this season, and got Florida rolling. Wilbekin started driving and dishing, creating easy baskets for Young and Finney-Smith at the rim. Finney-Smith had six consecutive points that seemed to get the SEC champs going, and Prather followed with a three-point play.Florida’s final 10 baskets of the first half were in the paint.Still, Donovan was livid at halftime and ripped his players for a lack of defense.They responded with a 9-0 run early — spearheaded by defense — in the second half that turned out to be the difference. Young started it with a three-point play. Hill followed with a driving layup and then added two free throws after a turnover. Will Yeguete got another steal, and Finney-Smith’s emphatic dunk capped the spurt.It was exactly what Florida needed.The Gators pretty much held on from there, making enough post plays and free throws to keep Albany at bay. For Florida, the NCAA tournament has been the goal all season. But as the wins mounted, they turned their attention toward winning a national title.They’ve looked capable much of the season, becoming the first team in SEC history to finish the regular season 18-0 and then won SEC tournament by pulling out tight games against fellow NCAA tournament teams Tennessee and Kentucky.But their performance Thursday left Donovan and many bracket managers shaking their heads.

    Associated Press Indiana Pacers’ Paul George, right, pushes past New York Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire during the first half at Madison Square Garden.

    Pacers' fast start a thing of the past

    The last time the Bulls faced Indiana, the Pacers came into the United Center with a 9-0 record and lost 110-94 back on Nov. 16. Indiana kept on rolling for a while, but hit a lull in the last five weeks. Are new teammates to blame?

    Syracuse's Baye-Moussa Keita, left, blocks a shot by Western Michigan's Connar Tava during the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

    Syracuse defense rises, Orange beat WMU 77-53

    Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney was mired in a shooting slump, and his woes coincided with a late-season swoon by the Orange. Say goodbye to both.Cooney scored 18 points, fellow guard Tyler Ennis had 16, and the Orange defense clamped down in a 77-53 victory over Western Michigan on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.


    Oregon tops BYU 87-68 in NCAA tournament

    This was one sweet homecoming for Elgin Cook. The rest of the Oregon Ducks made themselves at home, too.Backed by a vocal group of family and friends, Cook scored a career-high 23 points to power the seventh-seeded Ducks to an 87-68 victory over No. 10 seed BYU in the NCAA tournament on Thursday.


    Softball: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the high school softball season ahead from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Leyde, Maine West and Christian Liberty.


    Softball: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the high school softball season ahead from the perspective of teams in the North Suburban Conference plus Grayslake North, Grayslake Central and Carmel.

    South Elgin senior Paige Allen was a part of a regional title team last season.

    Dome will be home to games next week

    While a couple of Fox Valley area softball teams will travel south to get some games in during spring break next week, others will head to Rosemont and the Dome at The Ballpark to start their seasons.

    Dundee-Crown returns starting pitcher Vince Damato to the diamond this season.

    Baseball: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the 2014 baseball season in the Fox Valley.

    St. Edward's Jack Tierney taps his helmet with teammate Michael Castoro during a regional game against Aurora Christian last year.

    Area baseball teams point the compass south

    So the high school baseball season started in Illinois on Monday? Get out of town. No, seriously. If teams expect to play baseball games anytime soon, getting out of town and away from the frozen tundra of northern Illinois is a virtual must.


    Baseball: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the high school baseball season ahead from the perspective of teams in the North Suburban Conference plus Grayslake North, Grayslake Central and Carmel.

    Lakes softball coach Bill Hamill is ready for the softball season after suffering a heart scare last summer.

    Hamill happy to get going again with Lakes

    A heart condition will keep Lakes coach Bill Hamill mindful of strenuous activities, but he's thrilled to be leading the Eagles on the softball diamond this spring.

    Former Carmel baseball coach Chuck Gandolfi is now Lake Zurich's coach.

    Gandolfi gets back in the game at Lake Zurich

    Former Carmel baseball coach Chuck Gandolfi, who won 554 games in 21 years for the Corsairs, is back in the game. He is the new head coach at Lake Zurich, which opens the baseball season, along with all the other baseball teams in the state of Illinois, next week.

    Harvard’s Siyani Chambers, right, leaps into the arms of teammate Brandyn Curry after the team beat Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014. Harvard won 61-57. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    No. 12 Harvard takes down No. 12 Cincinnati

    Those kids from Harvard are getting a passing grade when it comes to the first game of the NCAA tournament. Ask New Mexico last year. Ask Cincinnati now. Siyani Chambers scored 11 points, including five straight in the final two minutes, and 12th-seeded Harvard won its second NCAA tournament game in history, upsetting Cincinnati 61-57 Thursday.

    Fremd's Leigh Farina rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Elk Grove.

    Flexible Farina a force for Fremd

    Fremd softball fans have watched Leigh Farina start at shortstop for the past two years. But since starting the game at the age of five, the versatile senior has been everywhere on the field, minus only the pitcher's mound. “You can play Leigh anywhere,” said Fremd coach Jim Weaver of the senior all-stater, a two-time all-area selection. “You would be very sound defensively if you had nine Leigh Farinas in the field.” And there aren't many better in the batter's box, either. Batting No. 2 as a sophomore, Farina hit .443 with 44 runs, 51 hits, 35 RBI, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 5 homers and stole 9 bases. The numbers only got better as a junior. Farina hit .495 with 23 extra base hits. But that wasn't enough. “I'm trying to get over .500 this season,” said Farina, who will be trying to do it from the No. 3 spot in the order for the second straight season.

    Wisconsin guard Ben Brust (1) celebrates after scoring a three pointer during the second half of a second-round game against the American in the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Mundelein-native Brust helps Wisconsin shred American 75-35

    Playing the first two tournament games close to home was a goal all year, and Wisconsin players fed off the energy to extinguish any upset hopes of 15th-seeded American. Mundelein native Ben Brust scored 17 points and the No. 2 seed devastated the Eagles with a 22-5 run to close the first half in a 75-35 victory Thursday in Milwaukee, barely 90 minutes from their campus in Madison.


    Softball: Top 20 rankings
    Barrington, St. Charles North and St. Charles East are the top 3 teams in the preseason Top 20 rankings of area softball teams.

    Huntley junior Haley Spannraft is one of the top returning pitchers in the area.

    Softball: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the 2014 Fox Valley softball season.

    Above: Abby Howlett, who committed to Northern Illinois, is one of nine starters back at St. Charles North while both Rosary’s Emma Molenhouse (running) and West Aurora’s Taylor Podshweit pictured below are key returnees for their respective schools.

    Scouting Tri-Cities area softball

    Scouting the softball season ahead from the perspective of teams in the Tri-Cities area.

    Junior Quincy Kellett already has 56 goals in her first two seasons at Rosary.

    Scouting Tri-Cities area soccer

    Here's a look at the girls soccer season ahead from the perspective of teamsin the Tri-Cities area.

    Aurora Central’s Hunter Fiorito, sliding, and Marmion’s Josh Meyers both return for two teams headed into the final season of the Suburban Christian Conference.

    Scouting Tri-Cities area baseball

    Here's a look at the baseball season ahead from the perspective of teams in the Tri-Cities area.


    Softball: Scouting DuPage County

    Here's a look at the softball season ahead from the perspective of teams in DuPage County.


    Baseball: Scouting DuPage County

    Here's a look at the high school baseball season ahead from the perspective of teams in DuPage County.


    Baseball: Top 20 rankings
    Libertyville, Carmel and Batavia are the top 3 teams in the preseason Top 20 rankings of high school baseball teams in the Daily Herald area.


    Baseball: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the high school baseball season ahead from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Leyde, Maine West and Christian Liberty.

    Pittsburgh forwards Jamel Artis (1) and Michael Young (2) celebrate their team's 77-48 victory over Colorado in a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    Zanna scores 18, Pittsburgh routs Colorado 77-48

    Talib Zanna helped Pittsburgh jump out to a huge lead and the Panthers cruised the rest of the way.Zanna scored 16 of his 18 points in the opening half and Pitt built a 28-point advantage on the way to a 77-48 rout of Colorado in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

    Dayton's Vee Sanford, center, puts up a shot against Ohio State during a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Robert Kirkham) TV OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; BATAVIA DAILY NEWS OUT; DUNKIRK OBSERVER OUT; JAMESTOWN POST-JOURNAL OUT; LOCKPORT UNION-SUN JOURNAL OUT; NIAGARA GAZETTE OUT; OLEAN TIMES-HERALD OUT; SALAMANCA PRESS OUT; TONAWANDA NEWS OUT

    Boom! Dayton stuns Ohio State, 60-59

    Dayton is re-configuring the college basketball map in Ohio.It no longer runs through Columbus after Vee Sanford’s layup with 3.8 seconds left secured 11th-seeded Dayton’s 60-59 victory over sixth-seeded Ohio State in the second round of the of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.“I guess they called us the little brother, or whatever,” Flyers guard Jordan Sibert said. “We can’t be called that anymore.”

    Former Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester has agreed to a three-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

    Hester agrees to 3-year deal with Falcons

    Former Bears return specialist Devin Hester, the NFL's all-time leader in combined kick-return touchdowns (kickoffs and punts) and a three-time Pro Bowl pick, agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.


    Adam Brotman, right, Starbucks chief digital officer, talks about the company’s mobile apps and the use of pre-paid Starbucks cards, Wednesday at Starbucks’ annual shareholders meeting in Seattle.

    Starbucks to roll out beer, wine to more cafes

    Starbucks plans to turn more of its cafes into a destination for beer and wine in the evenings. The coffee company says it is looking to expand alcohol sales to "thousands of select stores" over the next several years, although it didn't provide details on an exact timeline.

    A garbage bin sits full of bubble gum, at Yankee Stadium, in New York. U.S. gum sales tumbled 11 percent over the past four years.

    Chew on this: Gum loses its pop

    Gum seems as appealing as that sticky wad on the bottom of a shoe these days. It's not that Americans still don't ever enjoy a stick of Trident or Orbit, the two most popular brands. They just aren't as crazy about chomping away on the stuff as they once were, with U.S. sales tumbling 11 percent over the past four years.

    Stocks on Thursday rose for the third time this week as reports on leading indicators and regional manufacturing fueled optimism in the economy, overshadowing concern that interest rates may rise in the middle of next year.

    Better news on the U.S. economy drives stocks higher

    The stock market got a bounce on the first day of spring.News: Signs that the U.S. economy is emerging from a winter chill drove major stock indexes higher Thursday. Investors were encouraged by an increase in manufacturing and a rise in a key index of economic indicators.


    Urgent Care Association unveils accreditation program

    The Urgent Care Association of America, based in Naperville, announced the creation of a national accreditation and certification program for the urgent care industry.


    Naperville’s Grid Connect lands High-Flying rights

    Naperville-based Grid Connect, a distributor and manufacturer of networking technology, has been named the exclusive North American distributor of High-Flying products, a line of low power Wi-Fi modules that enable devices to connect to the Internet.


    AbbVie to test Humira for treatment of fingernal psoriasis

    North Chicago-based AbbVie has started testing to evaluate the use of Humira as a treatment for fingernail psoriasis in patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis, an area of unmet need.


    Court tosses $1.2 billion judgment against J&J

    The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit challenging the drugmaker’s marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

    Tango has accumulated 200 million users in just four years since the debut of its mobile messaging service.

    Alibaba investment gives Tango a reason to dance

    Tango is joining the conga line of mobile messaging services that have turned into hot commodities as more people use them to communicate and share photos, music and other content. China’s Alibaba Group is making the latest big bet on the trend with a $215 million investment in Tango and its 200 million registered users.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on billionaires to pay taxes at home amid fears that a new wave of western sanctions against the country over the annexation of Crimea may hit businessmen.

    Putin calls on billionaires to pay taxes in Russia

    MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on billionaires to pay taxes at home amid fears that a new wave of western sanctions against the country over the annexation of Crimea may hit businessmen.At a meeting Thursday with Russia’s richest men in Moscow, Putin said businesses “ought to register on Russian territory and pay taxes in our motherland.” The call has come in the wake of Western threats to impose another round of sanctions.On Monday, the U.S. and the European Union announced sanctions against a limited number of individuals they say were involved in the unlawful referendum in Crimea over joining Russia. Most of those targeted, however, were not businessmen but political figureheads, who mocked the sanctions and said they had no assets abroad that were at risk.

    Air travel in Asia is surging as the middle class gets bigger, discount airlines proliferate and business ties with the rest of the world deepen.

    Jet mystery unfolds as Asian air travel booms

    The transfixing mystery of the Malaysia Airlines jet that went missing with 239 people on board has unfolded in a region where air travel is undergoing supercharged growth after decades of being beyond the reach of most people. Air travel in Asia is surging as the middle class gets bigger, discount airlines proliferate and business ties with the rest of the world deepen.


    Applications for jobless aid rose slightly

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, which is close to pre-recession levels and suggests a stable job market.

    A line of Boeing 787 jets on the floor nearing completion at the company’s production plant in Everett, Wash.

    FAA says Boeing 787’s design, manufacture safe

    Chicago-based Boeing’s design and manufacture of its cutting-edge 787 jetliner is safe despite the many problems encountered since the plane’s rollout, including a fire that forced a redesign of the its batteries, according to a report issued jointly Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration and the aircraft maker.

    Shares of Arlington Heights-based Paylocity surged 41 percent in their first day of trading on the Nasdaq.

    Paylocity climbs in its 1st day on the Nasdaq

    NEW YORK — Shares of Arlington Heights-based Paylocity surged 41 percent in their first day of trading on the Nasdaq.The cloud-based software provider’s initial public offering raised nearly $120 million, with 7 million shares pricing for $17 each. That was above the projected range of $14 to $16 per share. The company had initially expected about 6.7 million shares in the IPO, according to a regulatory filing.Paylocity Holding Corp. offered 5 million shares, while about 2 million shares came from the selling stockholders. Paylocity won’t receive any proceeds from those shares.The company plans to use its share of the funds, about $85 million, to pay off debt and for working capital.Trading under the “PCTY” ticker symbol, Paylocity’s stock climbed $7.04 to end at $24.04 Wednesday.

Life & Entertainment

    Experts agree that parents must monitor their child’s social media activity, not just for their safety, but for their professional future.

    You found your child’s secret social media account. Now what?

    You think you’re doing a good job of supervising your child’s social media use, and then all of a sudden, you stumble upon it. A secret social media account. The content might be innocent. But maybe it contains inappropriate photos and videos, mean comments or personal information. Now what do you do? Force your child to delete the account? Take away their devices as punishment? Or shrug it off and give them a warning?


    Book notes: ‘Kill Fee’ author stops at the Book Stall
    “Kill Fee” author Owen Laukkanen discusses and signs copies of his new crime fiction title at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka.

    Especially on summer nights, people gather at Pack Square Park in Asheville, N.C., near the county courthouse, left, and City Hall on the right. The park is a popular place to stroll or hang out, with live music events on some summer Saturdays and an interactive water fountain.

    5 free things in artsy Asheville, N.C.

    This gem of a city tucked in the Blue Ridge foothills of western North Carolina, Asheville attracts artists, musicians, foodies, outdoor enthusiasts and a fair share of modern-day hippies, all lured by the beautiful setting and open-minded vibe.

    Actor Jason Bateman breaks out as a director with his new movie “Bad Words.”

    Reel life: Bateman breaks out as 'Words' director

    Time to play Five Questions with Jason Bateman, the popular and critically acclaimed actor now making his directorial debut with “Bad Words,” opening this weekend. Then Dann goes after Hollywood screenwriters for murdering the English language.

    Guy Trilby (director Jason Bateman) engages in some unsportsmanlike behavior in “Bad Words.”

    'Bad Words' is cringe-inducingly hilarious

    If you've seen the poster for “Bad Words,” starring and directed by Jason Bateman, you'll see a sneer on Bateman's face. It's truly nasty. More than most movie posters, this image sets a perfect tone for the film, much of which really IS that nasty. And funny. Very, very funny.


    Woman tells a sordid tale in 'Nymphomaniac Vol. 1'

    Controversial director Lars von Trier promoted his adult art house film “Nymphomaniac Vol. 1” by creating posters from photographs of his actors captured during moments of sexual ecstasy. That's probably more gratification than most others will gain from von Trier's Debbie Downer of a drama, a mad, brave but self-indulgent merger of hard-core sexual imagery with artistic pretense.

    Roy Orbison’s three sons are all musicians but never really got to play music with their dad — until now. Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex Orbison have helped create a new song by their father that will appear on the 25th anniversary reissue and expansion of Orbison’s final album, “Mystery Girl” that is being re-released on May 20.

    3 sons unite to create new Roy Orbison song

    Roy Orbison’s three sons are all musicians but never really got to play music with their dad — until now. Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex Orbison have helped create a new song by their father that will appear on the 25th anniversary reissue and expansion of Orbison’s final album, “Mystery Girl.” They found an old vocal track for a song called “The Way is Love” originally recorded on a boombox and were able to reclaim it using technology that had to be created to accomplish the work. They then added new instrumentation with the help of another son of a music legend, co-producer John Carter Cash.

    Netflix says it’s reuniting Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for a new comedy series called “Grace and Frankie.”

    Fonda and Tomlin to reteam for a Netflix sitcom

    Netflix says it’s reuniting Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for a new comedy series. The online TV network will launch “Grace and Frankie” starring Fonda and Tomlin as long-time foes who come together when their husbands desert them after falling in love.

    Actor-comedian Billy Crystal has agreed to star in a new television series where he’s paired with Josh Gad in a story about two comics in a generational clash. The series, “The Comedians,” is set to air on the FX network in 2015.

    FX network orders comedy starring Billy Crystal

    Billy Crystal has agreed to star in a new television series in which he’s paired with Josh Gad in a story about two comics in a generational clash. The series is called “The Comedians.” It’s set to air on the FX network next year.

    The death of fashion designer L’Wren Scott, the longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, was suicide, the New York City medical examiner’s office said Wednesday.

    Death of designer L’Wren Scott ruled a suicide

    The death of fashion designer L’Wren Scott, the longtime girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, was suicide, the New York City medical examiner’s office said Wednesday. The Stones canceled their seven-date tour of Australia and New Zealand in the wake of Scott’s death. Jagger called Scott his “lover and best friend” in a Facebook tribute and said he was struggling to come to grips with her death.

    Experts agree that parents must monitor their child's social media activity, not just for their safety, but for their professional future.

    You found your child's secret social media account. Now what?

    You think you're doing a good job of supervising your child's social media use, and then all of a sudden, you stumble upon it. A secret social media account. The content might be innocent. But maybe it contains inappropriate photos and videos, mean comments or personal information. Now what do you do? Force your child to delete the account? Take away their devices as punishment? Or shrug it off and give them a warning?

    Tris (Shailene Woodley), right, and her friend (Zoe Kravitz) leap for their lives from a Chicago el train in Neil Burger's “Divergent,” based on the novel by Barrington author Veronica Roth.

    Futuristic 'Divergent' action-packed, but suspense-starved tale of Chicago on the edge

    “Divergent” propels us into a future world of teen angst and hormonally inspired romance where body, emotion and character are constantly pushed to the breaking point while telling its action-packed tale pitting the individual against a dehumanizing collective. Yet, Neil Burger directs it with near joyless disinterest, only occasionally lifting the story out of its blandly generic milieu.

    Constantine, a criminal Kermit the frog look-alike, takes over the Muppets World Tour in “Muppets Most Wanted.”

    These ‘Muppets’ not wanted all that much

    At 112 minutes, “Muppets Most Wanted” runs too long and no amount of “surprise” cameos by Tony Bennett, Usher, Celine Deon, Frank Langella, Ty Burrell, and others can abate the feeling we’re being strung along. So much of “Muppets Most Wanted” has been repurposed from earlier Muppet films that it undermines what few new, fun songs and comic situations actually make it to the silver screen.



    Editorial: No denying, Illinois faces real, defining choice
    A Daily Herald editorial says the coming election will fundamentally shape Illinois' future and voters will have a real choice in determining how that happens.


    Another object lesson in the problems with political polls

    Columnist Jim Slusher: In sports, the common epithet when the lesser of two seemingly unevenly matched opponents wins or very nearly wins is “that’s why they play the game.” In politics, the sentiment is the same, it’s just a different arena: “That’s why they hold elections.”


    Being Vladimir Putin

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Although the recent rollout of sanctions on members of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, viewed as weak, were followed by a Russian market rally, stronger sanctions could be more damaging. Then again, it may be that Putin doesn’t really care. His interest isn’t in today’s markets but in tomorrow’s empire.


    Why the delay on jobless benefits?
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: This is regarding the article in The Washington Post on Sen. Jack Reed’s proposal to reinstate the unemployment of millions who were cut off in December.


    Gun problems will diminish with love
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: What do we think we’re doing? The way to kill a good guy with a gun is to arm a lot of bad guys with guns. That is uncommon common sense.


    Carbon tax remedy for Earth’s ‘fever’
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: As I lie in bed with a 102 fever, I cannot help but think of our Earth. If I feel this immobilized after a 4-degree F rise in my body temperature, how does the Earth feel? It has risen 1.3 degrees C (2 degrees F) and is on its way to 4-5 degrees C by the end of the century.


    All-day kindergarten a great investment
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Recently the board of education of Benjamin School District 25 voted to extend full-day kindergarten to all students who want it. The board also decided that they would not charge monthly tuition for this program, as other districts do.


    Great spot for Elgin charter school
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I support the use of the beautiful former Fox River Grove Country Day School property for the proposed Elgin Math and Science Charter School and Elgin Academy for international student housing.


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