Daily Archive : Monday March 24, 2014


    Deborah Conroy

    Lawmaker calls for end to 13th pension payment

    Villa Park Democratic state Rep. Deborah Conroy has proposed legislation that would eliminate the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund's controversial 13th payment. The 13th payment is a bonus paid to retirees using tax revenues from participating government agencies. In 2013, the bonus payment cost taxpayers more than $41 million statewide. The average payment is about $343, but can be as much as...

    A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests Monday on an escalator at the O’Hare Airport station after it derailed. More than 30 people were injured after the train “climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator,” according to Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago.

    Safety systems, operator scrutinized after CTA crash

    An automatic braking system like one scheduled to be installed by next year on some railroads might have helped stop a CTA train from derailing and flying onto an escalator at O’Hare International Airport Monday morning, investigators say. They’re also looking into why safety measures already in place did not prevent the crash, which injured 32 people. Meanwhile, a transit union...


    Body found in preserve near Rosemont

    A crew completing community service in a forrest preserve near Rosemont found the body of a man late Monday morning, Cook County officials said.

    Laura Van Der Snick of St. Charles is volunteering her time to help coordinate the care of animals like this malnourished horse.

    Volunteers: Animals in Kane neglect case should never go back to owner

    Animals being held by Kane County, while their owner is tried on charges of neglect and cruelty, are making some, but slow, progress in regaining their health, according to veterinarians and volunteers who have been caring for them. And some of the volunteers were outraged a judge refused last week to permanently take all the animals from the woman.

    Fire broke out Monday afternoon on the second floor of Midwest Motors in Lake Zurich.

    Fire breaks out at Lake Zurich’s Midwest Motors

    Firefighters are battling a blaze at Midwest Motors Inc. in Lake Zurich. The business is located on Route 22 at Courtland Drive, just west of Rand Road.

    Buffalo Grove resident Megan Bozek proudly displays the silver medal she won on the Winter Olympics hockey team in Sochi at the Buffalo Grove Park District meeting on Monday where she was honored for her achievements.

    Bozek honored in Buffalo Grove

    Olympic silver medalist and Buffalo Grove resident Megan Bozek was honored Monday night at the Buffalo Grove Park District board of commissioners meeting. “Because of her success on the hockey team we wanted to honor her accomplishments.” Dan Schimmel, executive-director for the Buffalo Grove Park District said.

    This is a view of the damage from Saturday’s mudslide near Oso, Wash. At least 14 people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle on Saturday. Several people also were critically injured, and about 30 homes were destroyed.

    14 dead in Washington mudslide; search continues

    The search for survivors of a deadly Washington state mudslide grew Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for as the death toll from the wall of trees, rocks and debris that swept through a rural community rose to at least 14. In the struggle to find loved ones, family members and neighbors used chain saws and their bare hands to dig through wreckage that was tangled by...

    Former President Jimmy Carter said he prefers the mail more than electronic messaging because it’s less likely the NSA will be monitoring what he wrote.

    Ex-President Carter fears U.S. monitoring

    Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that U.S. intelligence monitoring has run out of control since the 9/11 terror attacks, and he now hand-writes and mails sensitive letters to foreign and American leaders because he can’t trust his email or telephone to be secure.


    Ill. lawmaker proposes increase in gun penalties

    An Illinois lawmaker wants to increase penalties for gun owners who illegally carry firearms into schools. State Rep. Deborah Conroy is introducing a proposal that would make carrying guns into Illinois schools a felony. That includes pre-schools up to colleges and universities. Currently, first and second-time offenders are charged with a misdemeanor.


    ISU president’s departure surprises students

    The abrupt departure of Illinois State University’s president just seven months into his job surprises students on the school’s campus in Normal. The university’s governing board on Saturday accepted Timothy Flanagan’s resignation, effective immediately, and replaced him with Larry Dietz, the university’s vice president for student affairs. Dietz was the...


    Kirk won’t campaign for Oberweis’ US Senate bid

    Illinois’ Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he has no plans to campaign with the GOP state lawmaker hoping to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in November. On Election Night, Kirk said he’d support the GOP nominee. Still, he told reporters Monday he’s going to be “protecting his relationship” with Durbin

    Malcolm Brown

    Chicago man guilty in Carol Stream drug-induced homicide

    A Chicago man faces between six and 30 years in prison for delivering heroin that killed a Wheaton man in 2011 in a Carol Stream apartment. Judge Blanche Hill Fawell found Malcolm Brown, 25, guilty of drug-induced homicide Monday.

    Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks Monday during the press conference for the missing Malaysia Airline, MH370 at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Razak says new data show missing plane plunged into southern Indian Ocean.

    Officials: Missing plane went down in Indian Ocean

    After 17 days of desperation and doubt over the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the country’s officials said an analysis of satellite data points to a “heartbreaking” conclusion: Flight 370 met its end in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean, and none of those aboard survived. The somber announcement late Monday by Prime Minister Najib Razak left unresolved many more...

    Crews work to clean oil from the shore in Galveston, Texas, Monday after thousands of gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the major shipping channel after a barge ran into a ship Saturday.

    Coast Guard working to reopen shipping channel

    As workers in bright yellow suits picked quarter-sized “tar balls” out of the sand along Galveston Bay on Monday, strong incoming tides kept washing more ashore. Elsewhere, crews lined up miles of oil booms to keep oil away from the shoreline and bird habitats, two days after a collision in the Houston Ship Channel dumped as many as 170,000 gallons of oil from a barge into the water...

    President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, took part in a meeting of G7 world leaders in The Hague, Netherlands. The focus of the hurriedly scheduled meeting was to address the crisis in Ukraine.

    West seeks to isolate Russia over Ukraine dispute

    Seeking to isolate Russia, the U.S. and Western allies declared Monday they are indefinitely cutting Moscow out of a major international coalition and warned they stand ready to order tougher economic penalties if Vladimir Putin presses further into Ukraine. The moves came amid a flurry of diplomatic jockeying as the West grappled for ways to punish Russia for its annexation of the Crimean...

    A young Egyptian boy participates in a demonstration by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in the Maadi district of Cairo, Egypt. A court in southern Egyptian has convicted nearly 530 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, sentencing them to death on charges of murdering a policeman and attacking police.

    Egyptian court sentences nearly 530 to death

    An Egyptian court Monday sentenced to death nearly 530 suspected backers of ousted President Mohammed Morsi over a deadly attack on a police station, capping a swift, two-day mass trial in which defense attorneys were not allowed to present their case. It was the largest single batch of death sentences in the world in recent years, Amnesty International said. The U.S. State Department said it...

    Marmarie Kostelny, left, and DJ Tegeler, right, are separated by 10 votes in the GOP primary race for Kane County 16th Circuit Judge.

    Kane judge race ‘not over’ as absentee ballots come in

    A close race for a 16th Judicial Circuit judge seat has become even closer absentee and other ballots have arrived in Kane County. Geneva attorney D.J. Tegeler's 26-vote lead has shrunk to 10 over Judge Marmarie Kostelny for the GOP nomination. Neither side has conceded as a possible 45 ballots must be counted by April 1. "This is a great civics lesson if nothing else," Tegeler said. "Do you say...


    Elgin VFW offers free Skype

    Elgin VFW Post 1307 is now offering free Skype services, 24 hours a day, for anyone who wants to communicate with relatives in active duty stationed in the United States or abroad. Post senior vice commander Doc Sheehan the initiative is all about mental health for servicemen and women, and their families.

    Michael G. Huston

    Man shot in St. Charles Township break-in charged with burglary

    A 26-year-old St. Charles man who was shot in the side by a St. Charles Township man March 17 after authorities say he broke into a home has been charged with residential burglary. Michael G. Huston, who was hospitalized after the break-in, faces four to 15 years in prison if convicted.

    Jesse Alvarez

    88 years for 2009 attempted Aurora gang murder

    A 24-year-old Aurora gang member was sentenced Monday to 88 years in prison for attempted murder. Jesse Alvarez must serve 85 percent of the sentence for shooting a man believed to be a rival gang member in July 2009. The victim was shot twice in the leg and Alvarez was arrested a year later after an extensive investigation.


    Recycling drive planned in Maine Township

    Maine Township officials are encouraging residents to collect aluminum cans and bring them to a recycling event later this year, with proceeds to benefit the Maine Township Food Pantry. A “cash for cans” event in September will support the pantry, which, in addition to the regular food donations it receives, also relies on financial contributions in order to purchase more food.


    Save Buffalo Grove discusses flood plains

    Buffalo Grove officials and members of the group Save Buffalo Grove will meet from 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 2 to discuss flood plains and the impact of potential development on the Buffalo Grove Golf Course. The meeting “The Flood Plain on the Buffalo Grove Golf Course: Questions & Answers,” will take place at the Village Tavern and Grille, 48 Raupp Road, and feature Village Engineer...

    Educators Judy Bilitzki, left, and Pam Menzel, right, get their heads shaved during a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser Friday at Madison Elementary School in Wheaton.

    Wheaton school hosts St. Baldrick’s for 3 of their own

    Since taking on the role of principal, Tim Callahan had always thought about hosting a St. Baldrick’s event at Madison Elementary School in Wheaton. There were three reasons why this year was the right year to do it, he said. Kindergarten teacher Karen Baker, attendance secretary Kim Bestwina and kindergartner, Sophie Cho, are all battling cancer. “Everybody here has been looking...

    Jason Logsdon

    Beauty Salon Bandit gets 14 years for robbery spree

    DuPage County’s “Beauty Salon Bandit,” accused of “terrorizing” small salon businesses throughout the county, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. Jason Logsdon, 42, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to four counts of armed robbery for robbing four DuPage County businesses in late 2012 and early 2013.


    Mount Prospect water tower down for maintenance

    The water tower in downtown Mount Prospect is going to be drained, repainted and receive regular maintenance this spring, putting the nearby Evergreen public parking lot out of commission until the project wraps up in July, village officials announced Monday. According to a news release from the village, there will be no restrictions or limitations on water use while the tower is out of service.


    Brin to challenge for GOP chairman:

    Lake County Circuit Clerk Keith Brin on Monday announced his candidacy for chairman of the Lake County Republican Party.

    Bryce Marabella, 5, left, chases Oliver Allen, 8, with help from Mason Marabella, 8, in a game of “capture the flag” on Monday during Days Off From School Camp at the Libertyville Sports Complex. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade spent the first day of spring break playing games and various sports, including climbing the rock wall.

    A day off at the Libertyville Sports Complex

    Boys raced around the gym playing a game of “capture the flag” on Monday during Days Off From School Camp at the Libertyville Sports Complex.


    Hoffman Estates man pleads guilty to molesting woman

    A Hoffman Estates man pleaded guilty to molesting a woman who had passed out on his couch in May, 2013. Adam L. Jones was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $689 in fines in exchange for his guilty plea, court records show

    Nanci Koschman, speaking after Richard Vanecko pleaded guilty last month, filed a federal lawsuit Monday.

    Suit alleges officials conspired to cover up truth about Mt. Prospect man’s death

    The mother of a Mount Prospect man killed in 2004 during an altercation with former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew filed a federal lawsuit Monday morning accusing Chicago police, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office and others of conspiring to conduct a sham investigation into his death.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Joel Sosa, 20, of Maywood, was charged Sunday in connection with a residential burglary Dec. 29 on the 2200 block of Deerpath Drive in Elgin, according to a police report. Sosa’s fingerprints were recovered in the house, from which between $100 and $200 in change, a Dell tablet and a Sony camcorder were taken.

    Jane Delgado, president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, works in her office in Washington Monday. The nation’s largest minority group risks being left behind by President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Hispanics account for nearly one-third of the nation’s uninsured, but all signs indicate that they remain largely on the sidelines as the White House races to meet a goal of 6 million sign-ups with less than a week to enroll.

    Latinos being left behind in health care overhaul

    The nation’s largest minority group risks being left behind by President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Hispanics account for about one-third of the nation’s uninsured, but they seem to be staying on the on the sidelines as the White House races to meet a goal of 6 million sign-ups by March 31.

    A memorial stands Monday outside the home of Jeffrey Bronken’s family in Round Lake. Bronken died after the small airplane he piloted crashed near Tampa, Fla., last weekend. His daughter and her friend were injured and remain hospitalized.

    Round Lake teens still hospitalized; support shown for plane crash victims

    Two teenage girls from Round Lake remain hospitalized due to injuries suffered in a small-airplane crash near Tampa, Fla., last weekend.

    Schaumburg Police Chief James Lamkin

    Schaumburg launches new police unit to fight street crime

    After a year of tumultuous internal issues, the Schaumburg Police Department has launched a new special unit to proactively address street crime involving drugs and gangs. But Police Chief James Lamkin is quick to point out that the new Special Operations Tactical Unit is distinct from the Special Investigations Bureau disbanded in 2013 after three of its undercover officers were arrested on drug...


    Health insurance enrollment help in Lake County

    With the March 31 deadline for uninsured residents to enroll in Marketplace health insurance plans approaching, Enroll Lake County! is extending hours at several enrollment locations.


    MHS hosts student art show

    The works of Mundelein High School art students will be on display during a two-day art show Tuesday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 9.


    Easter Bunny at Gurnee Mills

    The Easter Bunny will be at Gurnee Mills mall from Wednesday, March 26, through Saturday, April 19, in the new full-price retail wing near Macy’s.


    Ride for ovarian cancer research

    Chicago’s first Ovarian Cancer Ride to Change the Future is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Midtown Athletic Club, 2211 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn.

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will deliver a budget address this week that could be the most crucial of his career, as he grapples with a critical decision about raising the tax burden in Illinois at the start of one of the most competitive political campaigns nationwide.

    Quinn budget speech to face election year scrutiny

    Gov. Pat Quinn will deliver a budget address this week that could be the most crucial of his career, as he grapples with a critical decision about raising the tax burden in Illinois at the start of one of the most competitive political campaigns nationwide.

    Authorities have identified the victim of an apartment fire Thursday night in Naperville as 39-year-old Cariene Jones, who was found unresponsive in a bedroom after the fire apparently was caused by unattended cooking in the kitchen.

    ‘Unattended cooking’ sparked fatal Naperville fire

    Unattended cooking has been identified as the cause of a Naperville apartment fire that killed a 39-year-old woman last Thursday night, authorities said. The fire began about 11:30 p.m. in a second-floor unit on the 100 block of Douglas Road, and it claimed the life of Cariene Jones, who was found unresponsive in a bedroom.

    Jessica Miller

    Cary couple charged in Elgin armed robbery

    A Cary couple already jailed for a Waukegan armed robbery was charged in connection with a similar robbery in Elgin, police said. Cordell J. Miller, 25, and his wife Jessica Miller, 28, both of the 400 block of Crest Drive in Cary, were charged in the robbery took place at about 7 p.m. March 6 at a dress shop on the 1200 block of Dundee Avenue in Elgin.

    A relative of Chinese passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines MH370 cries Monday after being told the latest update in Beijing, China. A new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday.

    Relatives sob as Malaysia confirms plane is lost

    Women shrieked and sobbed uncontrollably. Men and women held up their loved ones who were nearly collapsing. Their grief came pouring out after 17 days of waiting for some definitive word on the fate of their relatives aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.


    Elgin man’s death in January home invasion ruled a homicide

    The January death of a man injured in a home invasion in Elgin was ruled a homicide, officials said Monday morning. Carmelo Maldonado died from injuries sustained Jan. 7, coupled with a previous medical condition, Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said in a news release.

    Jay Marino

    Antioch Elementary District 34 hires new superintendent

    Antioch Elementary District 34 has hired a new superintendent. Jay Marino, who holds that post in the Dunlap district in Peoria, will take over for the 2014-15 school year for Greg Buchanan, who is leaving the district.

    A large grass fire broke out at the Metra tracks along Terry Drive near Lake Villa on Monday afternoon.

    Area departments fighting brush fire near Lake Villa

    Fire crews battle a brush fire along the Metra tracks along Terry Drive near Lake Villa on Monday afternoon. Flames have been seen by residents in the Venetian Village subdivision just west of Route 83. A Metra spokesman said the fire is not disrupting commuter service on the North Central line.

    The Palatine Park District continues its aid efforts for the tornado ravaged community of Washington, Ill., with a fundraiser to purchase Trees for Washington. For details, visit palatineparks.org.

    Palatine Park District has started Trees for Washington

    On Nov. 17, 2013, a tornado ravaged the town of Washington, Ill. The destruction throughout the area was massive. Palatine Park District has been supporting relief efforts since just days after the tornado struck the town.

    Annelies Kamen, a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is interested in making art that appears as a system: “a set of symbols, indications, negations and constructions.”

    National Juried Art Exhibition opens at Harper for 37th year

    A juried art show has opened this week at Harper College, that not only drew nearly 500 entries from around the country, but has roots in the famous claims its roots in the Parisian studio Atelier 17, one of the most influential print workshops of the 20th century .


    Flood insurance rate spikes to ripple across Illinois

    In a western Illinois city that hustles out sandbags every time the Mississippi River acts up, Shawn McNett is among Quincy’s fortunate because he’s not required to have flood insurance for the three-story home he inherited years ago. But now that it’s up for sale, McNett frets. Buyers don’t want to take on the insurance tab that’s about to rise like the...


    Funeral to be held Monday for Chicago officer

    A large crowd of mourners is expected to attend a funeral for a Chicago police officer who was killed on his way home from work earlier this month.WLS-TV reports services will be held Monday morning in Forest Park for 42-year-old David Harris Jr.He was off duty when his car was hit by a vehicle involved in a high-speed police chase on March 14.


    Bid for short sentence for 1989 slayings rejected

    MUNCIE, Ind. — Prosecutors have rejected an effort by a woman seeking to effectively cut in half her 100-year prison sentence on two counts of murder from a 1989 attack in Muncie.Forty-nine-year-old Suzanne Rainey asked a Delaware County judge to modify her sentence, saying she regretted her crime and is suffering from cirrhosis.


    South Bend anti-blight drive off to slow start

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The city of South Bend is off to a slow start in its drive to repair or demolish 1,000 abandoned houses in 1,000 days.Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced the program in February 2013. In a little more than a year since then, city figures show about 90 houses have been repaired and 44 demolished.


    3 teams vying for $25K in Indiana ag competition

    INDIANAPOLIS — Students at three Indiana colleges are competing for $25,000 in a contest seeking the best campaign for promoting the state’s agriculture industry.Three teams of finalists from Huntington University, the University of Indianapolis and the University of Southern Indiana will make their presentations at the Statehouse on Monday.


    Body found left at Indianapolis apartment complex

    INDIANAPOLIS — Police say a woman’s body was found stuffed inside a wooden chest left next to a trash bin at an Indianapolis apartment complex.Lawrence police Capt. Gary Woodruff says investigators believe the woman was killed elsewhere and brought to the complex where a security guard found the chest Sunday.


    Indiana University Kokomo faculty to talk about life of Ryan White

    KOKOMO, Ind. — Two former Indiana University faculty members who’ve researched a school district’s decision to bar an Indiana teenager with AIDS from attending classes during the AIDS scare of the 1980s are holding a public seminar on their findings.


    Shawano County couple loses $2,000 in scam

    WITTENBERG, Wis. — Authorities are warning of a scam that targets grandparents after a Shawano County couple lost hundreds of dollars. Gordon and Agnes Schlender got a phone call recently telling them their grandson was in jail and that they needed to wire $2,000 to Florida. Agnes Schlender says they thought they were helping their grandson, but that wasn’t the case.


    3 children injured in crash, driver jailed

    CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — A River Falls man is behind bars and is suspected of driving drunk in a crash that injured three children in Chippewa County.


    Wisconsin DNR seeks frog call volunteers

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin wildlife officials are looking for frog listeners.The Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers willing to spend up to three hours listening to croaks at 10 wetland locations three times during the spring and summer.


    Tollway officials expect busy construction season

    Motorists can expect a busy year of construction along Illinois’ major roadways.


    Navy Pier construction project to start

    Parts of Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive will be closed for the day as the first phase of construction starts on a Navy Pier overpass with pedestrian and bike lanes. Chicago Department of Transportation officials say the right lane and shoulder of northbound upper Lake Shore Drive will be closed Monday.

    U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte leave after their joint statement in front of Rembrandt’s “The Nightwatch” at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Obama is attending the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, which will form the backdrop for an emergency meeting of Group of Seven leaders on Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

    Obama: Europe not East-West battleground

    President Barack Obama says that despite Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula away from Ukraine he does not view Europe as a battleground between the East and the West.

    Ukrainian border guards take a break Friday during a training session at a military camp in the village of Alekseyevka on the Ukrainian-Russian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed bills on Friday making Crimea part of Russia, completing the annexation from Ukraine.

    Ukraine orders troop pullout from Crimea

    Ukraine’s fledgling government ordered troops to withdraw from Crimea on Monday, ending days of wavering as Russian troops consolidate control over the peninsula. With the storming of at least three military facilities over the past three days alone, it wasn’t clear how many Ukrainian troops remained on the peninsula.


    Kirk set to introduce cybersecurity measure

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he’ll introduce an amendment this week that would create a new law enforcement partnership between the U.S. and the Ukraine.

    Cove School player Jackson Kozeny (23) of Northbrook battles SEAL North's Anthony Barajas (24) of Lombard for a rebound during the Chicago Area Alternative Education League basketball tournament Sunday at Forest View Education Center in Arlington Heights. It was the 36th year of tournament.

    Alternative schools gather for annual basketball tournament

    Students from alternative schools in the city and suburbs competed this weekend in their own version of the Big Dance — the Chicago Area Alternative Education League's annual basketball tournament. The event, Saturday and Sunday at Forest View Education Center in Arlington Heights, gave students from the participating CAAEL schools a chance to feel a sense of “normalcy,” coaches...


    Dawn Patrol: Blue Line derails at O’Hare; Crash survivors in hospital

    Round Lake girls still in hospital after plane crash; Ray Graham Association reopens Lombard community learning center; Buffalo Grove man’s bracket is perfect no more; historic Wheeling restaurant demolished; police say 19-year-old robbed woman at Algonquin Commons

    Investigators look at the wreckage of a small passenger plane which crashed early Saturday in Clearwater, Fla. Jeffrey Bronken, 53, of Round Lake was killed in the crash and Katherine Bronken, 15, and Keyana Linbo,15, were injured injured. According to the Clearwater Police Department, the aircraft came to a rest on the median of a six-lane street.

    10 stories you might have missed last weekend
    10 stories you may have missed over the weekend: Buffalo Grove man's NCAA billion-dollar bracket not perfect anymore; Woodstock man charged with stealing woman's purse; Stevenson High's basketball star accused of making crude gesture to fans; iconic Wheeling restaurant demolished; Round Lake teens recovering after plane crashed that killed pilot; U-46 retools gifted program; growing demand for...

    Chief Hank Clemmensen of the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District shows where ads will appear on the sides of a fire truck and ambulance.

    Palatine Rural fire district sells ad space on truck, ambulance

    Struggling with declining tax revenues, one suburban fire district has come up with a novel idea to boost its bottom line — selling ad space on its emergency vehicles. Palatine Rural Fire Protection District Chief Hank Clemmensen promises the ads will be in good taste. “It's not going to look like a race car."

    Interim RTA Executive Director Leanne Redden waits to board a Metra train to work at the Medinah station.

    Acting RTA chief aims for policy over politics

    It’s not the most optimal time to lead the Regional Transportation Authority. The RTA has drawn a growing number of critics, and a powerful state panel is wondering if the agency even needs to exist. But Leanne Redden, the RTA's new interim executive director and a resident of Schaumburg, says she’s up for the challenge.

    Arlington Heights middle-school students shake first lady Michelle Obama's hand as she enters the Garden of Virtue and Harmony in China.

    Suburban students meet first lady in China

    A trip to China can be a once in a lifetime experience for a middle school student. For the students at Thomas and South middle schools in Arlington Heights who began a 10-day trip to China on Tuesday, another once-in-a-lifetime experience was added — a chance to meet first lady Michelle Obama. The students met the first lady at the Summer Palace in Beijing on Saturday.

    Wade Stafford lines up his throw during the Franklin Middle School’s second annual Dodgeball Madness tournament with proceeds going to a newly formed Ross K. MacNeill Foundation, or R33M. MacNeill was a fifth grader who died last year from brain cancer and would have been in 6th grade at Franklin Middle School in Wheaton this year.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features several school events, including science project judging, dodgeball and pie throwing for reading.


    When Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez won the American League Cy Young Award in 2010 with just 13 victories, it was a watershed moment for modern baseball analytics.

    Miles: Sabermetrics changing baseball’s numbers game

    With sabermetric baseball statistics all the rage these days, many of the "baseball-card" stats have been relegated to second-class status. Pitcher wins and RBI are two of them. Here's a closer look, by the numbers.

    Bears offensive right tackle Jordan Mills got a big payoff for starting all 16 games as a rookie last season.

    Bears’ Mills hits jackpot in bonus pay

    Bears offensive right tackle Jordan Mills made a killing in the NFL's performance-based pay program which awards bonus money to players who outperform their contracts. The fifth-round pick was awarded more than $320,000 on top of his $405,000 base salary after starting all 16 games.

    The Bulls’ Taj Gibson celebrates after his dunk off a rebound during the second half of Monday night’s victory over the Pacers.

    Bulls’ Gibson bounces back in a big way

    Taj Gibson scored 23 points to lead the Bulls to an 89-77 victory over Indiana on Monday at the United Center. Gibson successfully avenged a poor performance in the Bulls' loss Friday at Indianapolis. Kirk Hinrich added 18 points as the Bulls broke things open early in the third quarter.


    Pacers coach talks up Hibbert’s defense

    Joakim Noah seems to have all the momentum for defensive player of the year. Before Monday’s game, Indiana coach Frank Vogel made a pitch for his guy, center Roy Hibbert.


    Errors cost Grayslake Central

    Grayslake Central in Florida: Grayslake Central dropped its game on Monday in Florida to Sylvan Hills of Arkansas, 4-1. The Rams had 3 costly errors as pitcher Freddie Landers, making his first career start, allowed 2 earned runs over four innings. Over the weekend, Grayslake Central split its first two games, a 2-1 loss to Moon Area of Pennsylvania and then a 3-0 win over Elizabeth Forward of Kentucky. In the win, pitcher Justin Guryn fired a complete game no-hitter. The lefty struck out 10 batters and walked just two. “Justin really pounded the zone with first-pitch strikes and we played solid defense behind him,” Grayslake Central coach Troy Whalen said. It’s a great start to the season for him, without a doubt. No-hitters are special.”


    Libertyville wins twice in Florida

    In Florida, Libertyville’s softball team got two decisive wins Monday, defeating Opeka of Alabama 14-0 and Bleuah of Alabama 5-1.


    Softball: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Elizabeth Forward (Pa.) 6, St. Viator 5St. Viator 001 001 3 —5-9-4Elizabeth Forwad, Pa. 111 030 x —6-10-02B: SV: Hogan; WP: Turek LP: Hogan.*Trinity 5, Buffalo Grove 3Buffalo Grove 000 012 0 —3-6-2Trinity 100 040 0 —5-8-02B: BG: Carnes; Trin: Borawski 3B: Tri; Williams, ShereWP:Kelly; LP: Camardo.*LIBERTYVILLE 5, BEULAH, AL 1Beulah 000 100 0 —1-3-1Libertyville 020 111 x —5-10-12B: Lib: Katz.3B: Lib: Mooney.WP: Haraden.*LIBERTYVILLE 14, OPEKA, AL 0 (5 INN.)Opeka 000 00 —0-3-1Libertyville 407 3x —14-12-13B: Lib: Lauret, Alban.HR: Lib: AlbanWP: Alban.*At Rosemont DomeWarren 25, Huntley 4Warren 301 33(14) —25-15-0Huntley 100 210 —4-8-52B: Warr: Bonke, Vasen.WP: Wagner; LP: Spannraft.*


    Girls soccer: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*naperville central 1, whitney young 1Whitney Young 1 0 —1Naperville Central 0 1 —1Scoring — WY: Kraft; NC: McGuire (Joyce).Goalkeepers — NC: Hershik (7).*West Chicago 3, Bartlett 0West Chicago 1 2 —3Bartlett 0 0 —0Scoring — WC — Reitz, Vega, OglanianGoalkeepers — WC — Navejas (0 saves), Salazar (0 saves); B — Lozada (5 saves).*waubonsie valley 3, batavia 1Batavia 0 1 —1Waubonsie Valley 3 0 —3Scoring — B: Renfus (pk). WV: Brots; Kemmerling (Romano); Brots.*


    Girls water polo: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*hinsdale central 9, lockport 1Lockport 0 1 0 0 —1Hinsdale Central 1 1 3 4 —9Scoring — L: O’Neill. HC: Relias (3), DeBoer (2), Hawkins (2), Gates, Riedl.


    Boys volleyball: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Waubonsie Valley d. west aurora 19-16, 25-20, 25-13


    Girls badminton: Monday’s scoreboard
    Monday’s results*naperville north 9, hinsdale central 6Singles — No. 1: Jan (NN) d. Ricker 21-12, 21-14; No. 2: Hu (NN) d. Deschpande 21-10, 21-4; No. 3: McClary (HC) d. Bushey 21-12, 14-21, 21-10; No. 4: Ritter (HC) d. Tang 21-13, 21-11; No. 5: Wey (HC) d. C. Juang 21-12, 21-15; No. 6: Crandell (HC) d. S. Chen 19-21, 21-17, 23-21; No. 7: Zhao (NN) d. Huang 21-7, 21-15; No. 8: L. Juang d. Ballentine 25-23, 21-15; No. 9: Petzold (NN) d. Grayal-Puche 25-23, 21-15; No. 10: G. Chen (NN) d. Haan 21-8, 21-12.Doubles — No. 1: Jan/Hu (NN) d. McClary/Wey 17-21, 21-12, 21-19; No. 2: Ritter/Huang (HC) d. Bushey/Tang 21-14, 17-21, 21-14; No. 3: Ricker/Deschpande (HC) d. Zhao/ L. Juang 21-14, 18-21, 21-19; No. 4: C. Juang/S. Chen (NN) d. Ballentine/Grayal-Puche 21-12, 21-14; No. 5: Petzold/G. Chen (NN) d. Haan/Wang 21-12, 21-17.


    Baseball: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*At Orlando, FLSylvan Hills, ar 4, grayslake centaral 1LP: Landers.*at Rent One Ball Park (Marion, Ill)JACOBS 5, WARREN 3Jacobs 000 202 1 —5-9-1Warren 000 012 0 —3-6-02B: Jac: Coletti.3B: Warr: Gordon, Mahiem.WP: Hubner.*JACOBS 4, WAUCONDA 3 (9 inn.)Jacobs 000 300 001 —4-8-5Waucond 010 011 000 —3-5-12B: Jac: Vandewalker, Murray3B: Wauc: Meyer.WP: Jones; LP: Schrader.*At Orlando, FLSylvan Hills, ar 4, grayslake centaral 1LP: Landers.*at Rent One Ball Park (Marion, Ill)JACOBS 5, WARREN 3Jacobs 000 202 1 —5-9-1Warren 000 012 0 —3-6-02B: Jac: Coletti.3B: Warr: Gordon, Mahiem.WP: Hubner.*JACOBS 4, WAUCONDA 3 (9 inn.)Jacobs 000 300 001 —4-8-5Waucond 010 011 000 —3-5-12B: Jac: Vandewalker, Murray3B: Wauc: Meyer.WP: Jones; LP: Schrader.*Palatine 7, CL Central 6Palatine 140 100 1 —7-9-2CL Central 100 221 0 —6-7-12B: Pal: Gavin, Saltess, Macahon; 3B: Pal: Saltess.WP: Refka *wheeling 11, dwight englewood (NJ) 4Wheeling 610 220 0 —11-13-3Dwight Englewood 002 110 0 —4-4-33B: Whl: Spillane, Hubbard.2B: Whl: DeBlasio, Vollmer.WP: DeBlasio. LP: Ben.*

    Waubonsie Valley’s Michael Simmons, right, hits the ball as Adam Fitzgerald of West Aurora defends in boys volleyball action on Monday in Aurora.

    Waubonsie Valley handles West Aurora

    The Waubonsie Valley boys volleyball team got its season off to a good start with a straight-set victory over a young West Aurora team Monday.


    Batavia can’t dig out of early hole at Waubonsie

    Postgame team meetings only lasted a few minutes after Monday’s Upstate Eight Conference girls soccer crossover between Batavia and Waubonsie Valley on the turf at Metea Valley in Aurora.

    Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) celebrates after his dunk off a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers Monday, March 24, 2014, in Chicago. The Bulls won 89-77.

    Gibson leads Bulls past Pacers

    Taj Gibson led five players in double figures with 23 points and the Bulls brushed off a poor offensive first half to rally for an 89-77 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night at United Center.Kirk Hinrich had 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting, Mike Dunleavy scored 13, Jimmy Butler 12 and Joakim Noah added 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Gibson, who was 9 for 15 from the field, also had eight rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench.The Bulls (40-31) pulled within two percentage points of Toronto (39-30) for third place in the Eastern Conference.The win also prevented Indiana from clinching the Central Division title on Chicago’s home court. The Pacers are looking to win consecutive division crowns for the second time since joining the NBA (1998-99 and 1999-2000). The Pacers, who were led by Paul George’s 21 points, have dropped three straight and six of eight on the road. They’ve lost four of five at the United Center, including both visits this season. The Pacers earned a 91-79 victory over the Bulls on Friday night at Indiana.With the NBA’s top two defensive teams on the court, points figured to come at a premium, and that certainly was the case in the first half.Neither team managed to score 20 in either of the first two quarters, and the Pacers took a 34-33 halftime lead when George Hill (12 first-half points) hit a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left.The Bulls were 14 of 44 (31.8 percent) from the field in the first half, including 1 for 10 on 3-pointers.Perhaps the most entertaining portion of the half came when the crowd got on Pacers center Roy Hibbert for an apparent flop, a hot topic between the teams in recent days.On the play, Hibbert was fouled by Noah as he was beginning to go up for a shot attempt. While there definitely was enough contact to warrant a foul, it appeared to be light. Hibbert, though, dropped to the court flailing as if he had been hit by a flagrant foul.After the replay was shown on the scoreboard, the crowd began to boo. Noah stood off to the side with a big grin on his face.Following Friday’s game in Indiana, Gibson accused the Pacers of flopping, and it was still the topic of conversation at the morning shootaround for both teams.“I mean, I haven’t taken a charge in probably four years,” Hibbert said at the shootaround. “He’s entitled to his opinion. I’m just going to go out there and play hard.”The Bulls finally got into an offensive rhythm in the third quarter, starting the second half with a 16-5 run to take a 49-39 lead. A few minutes later, Indiana had cut the lead to 55-49 and George had the ball on a fast break ahead of the field. Hinrich, though, caught him from behind and looked as if he was going to give an intentional foul. Instead, Hinrich stripped the ball and the Bulls headed in the opposite direction as George complained that he was fouled.The Bulls completed the four-point swing on Gibson’s dunk to make it 57-49 with just more than 4 minutes left in the third quarter.The Bulls took a 64-56 lead into the fourth after scoring 31 points in the third. They had balanced scoring in the quarter with Dunleavy and Hinrich each tallying seven points. Carlos Boozer, Butler and Gibson added five apiece.The Bulls were never seriously threatened in the fourth and held on for a relatively comfortable win.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs 5, Warren 3: The Golden Eagles were able to rise to the occasion late on Monday afternoon, scoring a pair in the sixth and adding insurance in the seventh against Warren at Rent One Ball Park in downstate Marion. Matt Kozlak had a pair of singles and a walk to go along with an RBI and a run scored, while teammates Tim Hubner had a 2-run single and Vince Coletti knocked in a pair with a double. Hubner also was able to pick up the win, pitching 5 innings, allowing 2 hits and a run while striking out 5 and walking 3.Jacobs 4, Wauconda 3 (9 Inn.): Despite committing 5 errors in the game, the Golden Eagles (3-0) were able to pick up a second win at Rent One Ball Park Monday afternoon thanks to a Ben Murray RBI double in the top of the ninth. Tyler Jones pitched the last 3 innings, giving up no runs on just 1 hit and striking out 3 to secure the victory. Danny Vandewalker smashed a double to plate a pair while Owen Oreskovich added an RBI in a 3-run fourth inning.Dundee-Crown 8, Quincy 6 (8 Inn.): The Chargers (1-0) were able pick up the victory thanks to a wild pitch in the top of the eighth inning, earning a nonconference victory at Quincy Monday. Riley Alvarado led the way with a pair of RBI with Nick Munson, Mark Waldron and Michael Cruise each driving one in as well, while Brett Johnson hit a pair of doubles and had an RBI. Chase Bloch pitched the last 2⅔ innings, surrendering 2 runs on 2 hits. He also struck out 2 and walked just 1.College baseballECC loses two: The Spartans (2-5) could not push a run across late in either game played in Myrtle Beach, S.C., falling to Fredrick College 2-1 and 5-4. Brandon Larkin-Guilfoyle had the lone RBI in Game 1 for the Spartans while Josh Perkins took the loss. The Spartan offense did markedly better in Game 2, with Matt Hickey, Jake Weede and Anthony Bragg all collecting RBI while Jake Bruhmann went 3-for-3 with an RBI and pair of doubles. John Circelli suffered the loss.

    White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana allowed only 1 hit over 5 scoreless innings Sunday against the Colorado Rockies.

    White Sox’ Quintana ‘excited’ about new contract

    Jose Quintana came from out of nowhere in 2012 and became a fixture in the White Sox' starting rotation. On Monday, the Colombian-born pitcher signed a five-year contract with the Sox that also includes two club options.

    The Blackhawks’ Sheldon Brookbank squares off with the Predators’ Rich Clune during Sunday’s game at the United Center.

    Carey wants to soak up all he can from Blackhawks

    With all the chatter about Teuvo Teravainen’s impending debut with the Blackhawks, another new arrival has gone under the radar a bit.That would be free agent center Matt Carey, whom the Hawks signed last week following a freshman season at St. Lawrence where he recorded 37 points in 38 games.


    Streamwood falls to Sycamore

    Sycamore 3, Streamwood 2: The Sabres (0-2) were unable to complete a late comeback attempt in the South Elgin Invitational, falling to Sycamore on Monday afternoon. Tawna Carroll paced the offense again for the Sabres, netting 2 goals to give her 5 on the young season. Nathalie Guidon finished with 5 saves in goal. Head coach Matt Polovin says that his team is starting to come together. “We still need to get together as a team on defense, but we’re starting to click offensively,” he said.


    Palatine edges CL Central

    Shane Devero’s run-scoring single in the top of the seventh inning helped Palatine pull out a 7-6 victory over host Crystal Lake Central in nonconference play Monday at Lippold Park.


    West Chicago blanks Bartlett

    West Chicago girls soccer coach Cesar Gomez hopes his young team can gain some confidence early this season to go along with the talent. Monday’s 3-0 victory over Bartlett at the South Elgin Invitational at Millennium Field in Streamwood could be a good start.

    Wauconda’s Kayla Wedl delivers a pitch during softball action against Hampshire Monday at The Dome in Rosemont.

    Wauconda sweeps away Hampshire

    It took a few innings in each game to get the bats going but once that happened, the Wauconda softball team showed Monday it’s ready to pick up where it left off last June. The Bulldogs, who lost to Sterling in a Class 3A supersectional at Judson University in Elgin last season, had big innings late in each game and used the stellar right arm of sophomore Kayla Wedl to do the rest in sweeping a season-opening doubleheader from Hampshire, 10-0 and 11-1, at The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont.


    Tournament wins for Round Lake, Grayslake C. and Grant

    Subfreezing temperatures didn’t seem bother Round Lake at all. The Panthers got warmed up enough to pull out a 2-1 victory in penalty kicks over Waukegan in the opening game of the sixth annual Grayslake Central girls soccer tournament in Grayslake on Monday morning. Host Grayslake Central and Grant also opened with tournament victories.


    All-star shootout set for April 4 at College of Lake County

    The fifth annual Lake County Senior Shootout All-Star basketball game is set to go on Friday, April 4. Featuring the top high school senior boys and girls basketball players in Lake County, the game will take place on the campus of the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

    Andrea DiPrima

    DiPrima, NU get it going at the Ballpark

    Because permafrost kept Northwestern’s softball team from playing on its own diamond in Evanston, the Wildcats were grateful to have the opportunity to open its Big Ten schedule with Wisconsin in The Ballpark at Rosemont last weekend. For former Buffalo Grove standout Andrea DiPrima, it was a homecoming of sorts. DiPrima’s final game at the high school level came in a senior all-star game at the Chicago Bandits stadium in June of 2011. DiPrima made the most of her second opportunity on the artificial carpet in Rosemont as she went 2-for-3 with 1 run in the Wildcats’ 4-2 win on Friday. It was the second game of a twin bill. The Wildcats won the opener 8-6 in 8 innings as DiPrima also had a hit.

    DePaul's Megan Rogowski, left, blocks a shot by Duke's Tricia Liston (32) near DePaul's Brandi Harvey-Carr, right, during the first half of their second-round game in the NCAA basketball tournament in Durham, N.C., Monday, March 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)

    Whoa! DePaul women take down No. 2 Duke

    Megan Rogowski scored 22 points and Megan Podkowa added 18 to help DePaul upset Duke 74-65 on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.Brittany Hrynko added 14 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (29-6).


    St. Viator falls in Florida opener

    Playing at the ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla, St. Viator’s softball team lost its season opener 6-5 to Elizabeth Forward, Pa. The Lions’ offense was led by Kristen Hackel and Olivia Michalik, who each had 2 hits and drove in a run. Michalik also ended a threat by Elizabeth Forward by making long running catch with the bases loaded.


    Buffalo Grove answersthe bell but falls to Trinity

    It was an unusual early morning wake-up call for the defending Mid-Suburban League East softball champions on Monday. But the Buffalo Grove Bison didn’t mind the 8 a.m. starting time one bit. “It was great to get on the field,” said Bison coach Jamie Paul, whose team’s late comeback just fell short in a 5-3 loss to Trinity at the Rosemont Indoor Dome.

    Oscar Pistorius, cries in court as he listens to evidence being given in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 24, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Collingridge, Pool)

    Pistorius trial: Cell phone texts show tensions

    Ocar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp argued fiercely in the turbulent weeks before he killed her, and the athlete’s girlfriend told him she was sometimes scared by his behavior.

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell hugs designated hitter David Ortiz, right, in the dugout before a spring exhibition baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, Fla., Monday, March 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Ortiz says Boston is ‘place I want to be’

    David Ortiz wants to finish his career with the Boston Red Sox.“I love playing the game. I love being part of this organization, and knowing that you’re going to finish your career here,” the 38-year-old said Monday. ‘It’s something that’s a huge accomplishment.”

    Tiger Woods speaks during a news conference at the Newseum in Washington, Monday, March 24, 2014. Woods discussed a deal through 2017 for his tournament to be called the Quicken Loans National to be played at Congressional in Bethesda, Md., in June. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Woods: ‘Still too soon’ to know if fit for Masters

    Tiger Woods is not sure whether his ailing back will allow him to play in the Masters, which is two weeks away.“For Augusta, it’s actually still a little too soon, to be honest with you,” Woods said Monday at a news conference to announce that Quicken Loans is the new title sponsor of his golf tournament. “That’s kind of the frustrating thing about this.”

    Former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, left, and former pitcher Greg Maddux hold a Lou Gehrig bat during their orientation visit at the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, March 24, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y. They will be inducted to the hall in July. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Bobby Cox and Greg Maddux, together again

    Greg Maddux and Bobby Cox sat down together in the plaque gallery at the Baseball Hall of Fame, a sense of awe etched on their faces. Both had been here before, but this visit was entirely different.

    Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson comes off the court in the final seconds of the Patriots’ victory over Edwardsville in the Class 4A third-place game Saturday at Carver Arena.

    Adults need to do right thing in Brunson situation

    Whatever Jalen Brunson did or didn't do, it's incumbent upon the adults surrounding him to determine what it was and decide what should be done about it. If only the case were that uncomplicated.


    Mike North video: CBS takes NCAA tourney television coverage to new level
    CBS has elevated its game and made the NCAA tournament a must watch as opposed to the days when a viewer would miss a last second shot because the network switched to another game.


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers at the United Center, 7 p.m. MondayTV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN 1000-AMOutlook: After beating the Bulls on Friday, Indiana went down to Memphis and lost 82-71, shooting 36.5 percent and getting outrebounded 47-35. C Roy Hibbert had 4 points, 5 fouls and no rebounds in 21 minutes against the Grizzlies. Backup PF Luis Scola burned the Bulls for 19 points in Friday’s game. The Bulls could even the season series at 2-2 with a victory.Next: Portland Trail Blazers at the United Center, 7 p.m. Friday — Mike McGraw


    Rosemont is preparing to demolish four buildings in a former light industrial area south of Balmoral Avenue, with an eye toward retail development.

    Rosemont building demolitions could clear way for new retailers

    Rosemont is planning to demolish four remaining buildings in a former light industrial section of town, with the prospect of redeveloping the area for retail use. In total, the village has purchased and razed about a dozen buildings over the course of the last five years south of Balmoral Avenue on both sides of Pearl Street.

    U.S. stocks fell for a second day Monday as economic data signaled a slowdown in American manufacturing and some banks said Russia’s economy will enter a recession.

    Netflix and other tech stocks lead market lower

    A sell-off in technology stocks Monday pulled the broader market lower as investors unloaded some of the biggest names in the industry. Netflix fell 7 percent, Facebook fell 5 percent, and Google and Amazon.com each fell more than 2 percent.

    A volunteer health care worker recruits people to sign up for the new health care programs. As federal health officials are aggressively courting young adults to sign up for health insurance with celebrity endorsement and social media campaigns, they are also getting significant help from the very demographic they’re targeting.

    Q&A: Who can shop online for health coverage?

    The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they’re running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

    Chicago-based online delivery company GrubHub plans to raise up to approximately $177.9 million from its initial public offering, increasing the offering’s expected size from $100 million a month ago.

    GrubHub raises anticipated size of IPO to $178 million

    Chicago-based online delivery company GrubHub plans to raise up to approximately $177.9 million from its initial public offering, increasing the offering’s expected size from $100 million a month ago. GrubHub also disclosed in a regulatory filing on Monday that it anticipates selling about 7 million shares in the IPO, priced between $20 and $22 per share.

    Heads of State attend the opening session Monday of the Nuclear Summit in The Hague, the Netherlands.

    Japan-U.S. nuclear deal announced at Hague summit

    Japan will hand over to the United States more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a supply of highly enriched uranium — a victory for U.S. President Barack Obama’s efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world. “This is a very significant nuclear security pledge and activity,” U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told reporters in The Hague.

    Jack Durney, mayor of Hoquiam, Wash., stands on a hill on Monday overlooking his city, the Hoquiam River, and Grays Harbor. Because most of Hoquiam lies in the flood plain, Durney says possible increases in federal flood insurance rates would adversely affect many who live in his town. In the old logging port on an estuarine bay, the great majority of the 8,700 residents live in a flood hazard area.

    Flood insurance hikes still a peril

    This small, central Pennsylvania river town doesn’t have beach homes or boardwalks, but it shares more than a name with the famous stretch of New Jersey coastline 250 miles to the east. Both are among the thousands of places around the U.S. where people could face trouble in the years ahead because of the rising cost of government-mandated flood insurance.


    From 'incredibly awkward' to making more money

    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the GGOB: From 'incredibly awkward' to making more money.

    Nokia Corp. says the sale of its mobile phone unit to Microsoft will be delayed until next month because it is still waiting for approval from regulatory authorities in Asia.

    Nokia deal with Microsoft delayed until April

    Nokia Corp. says the sale of its mobile phone unit to Microsoft will be delayed until next month because it is still waiting for approval from regulatory authorities in Asia.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam talk about education reform during a forum in Nashville, Tenn. More than five years after governors from both major parties began a mostly quiet effort to set new standards in American schools, the so-called Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest that fuels division among Republicans. Bush hails Common Core as a way to improve student performance and, over the long term, competitiveness of American workers.

    Common Core spawns widespread political fights

    More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce leads establishment voices — such as possible presidential contender Jeb Bush — who hail the standards as a way to improve student performance and, over the long term, competitiveness of American workers.

    A trickle of water left in the Rio Grande is pushed downstream by the wind near the chile growing community of Hatch, N.M. Top climate scientists are gathering in Japan this week to finish up a report on the impact of global warming. And they say if you think climate change is only faced by some far-off polar bear decades from now, well, you’re mistaken. They say the dangers of a warming Earth are immediate and human. While it doesn’t say these events were caused by climate change, the report mentions droughts in northern Mexico and south-central United States, as showing how vulnerable people are to these weather extremes.

    Big climate report: Warming is big risk for people

    If you think of climate change as a hazard for some far-off polar bears years from now, you’re mistaken. That’s the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact of global warming. In fact, they will say, the dangers of a warming Earth are immediate and very human.


    Asia stocks rise on stimulus hopes; Europe down

    Asian stock markets were boosted Monday by expectations of economic stimulus in China after manufacturing continued to weaken in March. European shares fell after a eurozone manufacturing survey reinforced expectations of a slow recovery.


    Survey: Economists see U.S. growth pickup this year

    With the pace of U.S. economic growth seen speeding up later this year and next, many business economists expect the Federal Reserve to end its bond purchases this fall or even earlier. The consensus of the 48 economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics is that bad weather cut first-quarter growth to a weak annual rate of 1.9 percent, but that growth could exceed 3 percent by year’s end.

    1961 Chevrolet Apache

    Saved from the scrap heap

    Mike Keegan really didn’t want his 1961 Chevrolet Apache pickup. The Barrington man thoroughly loves classics, but the gearhead already had more than enough four-wheeled projects to keep his hands full.

    Rhonda Morkes Dehn of Morkes Chocolates.

    Morkes Chocolates continues to pour its family tradition
    We talk with Rhonda Morkes Dehn, owner of Morkes Chocolates that started in Chicago and now has two suburban locations.

    Back row, from left: Christopher Hebel, Christiana Hebel, Joshua Crow, Delaney Jung, Ryan Jung, Connor Jung. Front row: Randy Crow, Yvonne Crow, Delmar Maassel, Desiree Jung, Bob Jung. Not pictured is Rory Hebel.

    Generations run Volo’s Fish Lake, while generations have returned

    Kukec's People features Volo's Fish Lake Resort and how five generations have kept it moving ahead for 75 years.

Life & Entertainment


    Tickets for Johnny Mathis, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas going on sale
    Some might think it too early to start planning holiday-season concerts in March, but tickets are sure to move fast for two upcoming December shows at the Rosemont Theatre. Tickets for the Rosemont Theatre engagements of Johnny Mathis on Saturday, Dec. 6, and Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis on Saturday, Dec. 20, go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, March 28.

    Three Dog Night will play old favorites for fans Friday, March 28, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    Weekend picks: Three Dog Night to rock Arcada

    If you love 1970s hits like “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Black and White” and others by Three Dog Night, then don’t miss their concert at the Arcada Theatre. This year’s International Vintage Poster Fair carries the theme of Ideas and Innovation: A Century of Vintage Posters this weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center. Switch off the lights to conserve energy and enjoy family activities in the dark at the sixth annual Earth Hour celebration at the Eastside Community Center in Batavia.

    Terry, left, and Kelsey Burck enjoy their recently completed Palatine living room, courtest of the Room for Living makeover contest.

    Contest winners revitalize homes with room makeovers

    The Room for Living contest winners enjoy new furniture, new lighting, new flooring and a fresh coat of paint.

    This red and gray roof replaced a storm-damaged black one at Carol and Ray Knoff’s home in Vinton, Iowa. The colors are more typical of the original roofs on Victorian homes.

    Color combinations raise the roof on style

    When a 2011 storm destroyed their black shingle roof, Carol and Ray Knoff of Vinton, Iowa, opted to replace it with a roof in vintage Victorian colors: a clay-like red and gray. Victorian homes typically had red slate roofs, which weathered gray over time, so the blend worked, says Carol Knoff.

    Stacy Keibler and new husband Jared Pobre are expecting their first child together, Keibler’s publicist Pearl Servat confirmed Monday.

    Stacy Keibler says she’s pregnant with 1st child

    Stacy Keibler and her husband, Jared Pobre, are expecting their first child together. Her publicist, Pearl Servat, confirmed the news Monday. People magazine was the first to report the pregnancy.

    Elgin resident Milan Shah is the brains behind the Film App Festival debuting Saturday, March 29 at the Hemmens Cultural Center.

    Film App Festival on Saturday at Hemmens in Elgin

    Elgin resident Milan Shah, 41, a computer programmer who owns the company Virtual Scribe, came up with the Film App Festival debuting Saturday at the Hemmens Cultural Center. The festival has two components: a film festival on Saturday and a companion app that will debut the same day.

    Dave Brockie, frontman for the heavy metal band GWAR, has been found dead in his Richmond, Va., home at age 50.

    GWAR frontman Brockie found dead in Virginia home

    Dave Brockie, who as “Oderus Urungus” fronted the alien-costumed heavy metal band GWAR during graphic and fake-blood-soaked stage shows for more than three decades, has died. He was 50. Officers were called to Brockie’s home Sunday evening and found the singer dead inside the home, Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh said Monday. Detectives don’t suspect foul play at this time, and the medical examiner’s office will determine cause of death, Waugh said.

    “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)” from Elton John is quite impressive.

    Elton John’s best album sounds better than ever

    It’s time to dig yet again into the Elton John archives. Ten years have passed since the release of the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.” Happily, the four-CD, one-DVD set to commemorate the album’s 40th anniversary is more than mere record-label recycling. Included are a CD of “GBYBR” songs covered by contemporary artists, two discs of a 1973 concert with John and his band in top form, a handsome 100-page hardcover book and a DVD of a long out-of-print 1973 documentary by the British filmmaker Bryan Forbes.

    A Michigan judge has dismissed an arrest warrant that had been issued for Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker.

    Arrest warrant for singer Anita Baker is dismissed

    A Michigan judge has dismissed an arrest warrant that had been issued for Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker. A Wayne County Circuit judge had signed off on the warrant last week. It was sought by the lawyer for a company that says Baker owes it $15,000 for work done on her Grosse Pointe home.

    A damaged New York Fire Department truck is part of the collection of artifacts for the National September 11 Museum. The long-awaited museum dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks will open to the public at the World Trade Center site on May 21, officials announced Monday, March 24.

    NYC museum dedicated to 9/11 victims opens May 21

    A New York City museum dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks will open to the public May 21. The opening will follow a May 15 ceremony and a six-day dedication period. Officials announced the dates Monday. During the dedication period, the museum at the World Trade Center site will be open around the clock for 9/11 family members and rescue and recovery workers.

    Paul Rudd, left, with host Jimmy Fallon during an interview on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in New York. One month in, and NBC’s generational trade of Jay Leno for Jimmy Fallon at the “Tonight” show is succeeding beyond the dreams of network honchos.

    Jimmy Fallon off to fast start on ‘Tonight’

    One month in and NBC’s generational trade of Jay Leno for Jimmy Fallon at the “Tonight” show is succeeding beyond the dreams of network honchos. Fallon’s fast start is clear in television ratings and even more so in social media metrics.


    Is it OK to date your friend’s ex?

    A friend forwarded to me the online-dating profile of a former boyfriend of mine, and asked if that was him. She said they had spoken on the phone and were to meet in person. Apparently she was trying to feel out what I thought about it.I said I couldn’t tell her what to do, but I’m sure she knew I was upset. I would never do that to a friend, and I feel that if she is my friend, then she would not contact him. What do you think?

    Viewers of “The Good Wife” were gobsmacked by the sudden, unexpected death of its dashing attorney, Will Gardner (Josh Charles), on Sunday’s episode of the CBS legal drama.

    ‘Good Wife’ leaves viewers shocked, bereaved

    Viewers of “The Good Wife” were gobsmacked by the sudden, unexpected death of its dashing attorney, Will Gardner, on Sunday’s episode of the CBS legal drama. Gardner, a prominent character portrayed by Josh Charles since the series’ debut five seasons ago, was gunned down in a Chicago courtroom by his unhinged client. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward. Once the episode had aired, Twitter lit up with astonished, sorrowful and even irate posts.

    Producers of “After Midnight” said that “American Idol” and Grammy Award winner Fantasia Barrino will return to the musical in May.

    Fantasia Barrino to return to ‘After Midnight’

    Sad you missed Fantasia Barrino on Broadway in “After Midnight”? Well, good news: She can’t stay away. Producers of the show said recently that the “American Idol” and Grammy Award winner will return in May to the musical celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem. She will have a four-week stint, from May 13-June 8.

    Sarah Bump, marketing events coordinator, and other Assurance employees enjoy a few, fun bursts of aerobic exertion outside of their cubicles in Schaumburg.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: 60 seconds of fitness

    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: 60-second fitness moves.

    The five-part series, “The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama,” airs over two nights on PBS.

    PBS airs five-part ‘Story of the Jews’

    Telling the story of the Jews is such an impossible task, it sounds like a routine Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks cooked up. The five-part series “The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama,” though, is completely legitimate and scans further back than a mere couple of millennia.

    Roundabout Theatre Company said Thursday that Cynthia Nixon, who starred in the Tom Stoppard play “The Real Thing” when it first came to Broadway in 1984, will come back this fall in a revival with Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

    Nixon to get a second bite of ‘The Real Thing’

    Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon is ready for another shot of “The Real Thing.” Roundabout Theatre Company said Thursday that Nixon, who starred in the Tom Stoppard play when it first came to Broadway in 1984, will come back this fall in a revival with Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

    Cheryl Seibert says it's her legs that hurt the most, along with lots of other parts.

    Feeling the burn: Contestants' sore muscles are a badge of honor

    Two words, no three, describe a common bond between the contestants of the Fittest Loser Challenge during week 5: sore, sore muscles. While their bodies have become more accustomed to the stress related to pulling dead weights, pushing slightly lighter ones, running past their comfort zone and using their body weight to challenge themselves further, the results have been more than a few aches and pains. “Some pain during strength training, that's normal,” says Dr. Anthony M. Auriemma, medical director of Alexian Brothers Weight Loss Solutions with offices in Schaumburg and Bartlett.

    Lisa Townsel is sore, but she’s pushing through the pain.

    Pressing on, despite aches and pains

    Boy, did I have a lot of rickety parts when I started the Fittest Loser Challenge. Now, five weeks into the Challenge, things are slowly improving. I am a bit stronger, I’m not as rickety and I have come to live with a multiplicity of surprise sore spots.

    Lutheran Life Communities’ Wellness Warriors member Amanda Seilheimer does circuits with a trainer twice a week, cardio and group fitness classes in her quest to get into better shape.

    Teams move out of their comfort zones

    The 23 corporate and 13 park district teams vying in the Fittest Loser Community Challenge banded together in no uncertain terms to propel their individual teams to greater success as they devised realistic, workable plans to drop pounds and gain more energy.

    Jillian Michaels brings her motivational live tour, “Maximize Your Life,” to the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on Wednesday, April 9.

    ‘Biggest Loser’ guru seeks to inspire

    Few fitness personalities have skyrocketed to such celebrity status as Jillian Michaels, the female trainer extraordinaire known for her rock-hard abs and in-your-face rants on NBC’s reality weight loss show “The Biggest Loser.” Last year, Michaels added to her brand and launched a multicity motivational live tour to the mix, called “Maximize Your Life.” When she arrives at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on Wednesday, April 9, she will be close to completing her monthlong tour schedule.

    A diet of fried foods may result in more weight gain for those at genetic risk of obesity, a new study shows.

    Your health: Impact of fried food depends on genes
    A diet full of fried foods isn’t good for anyone, but it may result in more weight gain for people at a high genetic risk for obesity, a new study suggests, USA Today reports. The study, published in the journal BMJ, is the latest evidence that life isn’t fair when it comes to navigating a world of french fries and soda — because some people are genetically predisposed to become fatter than others indulging in the same bad habits.

    Jeff Perry, Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn in a scene from “Scandal.”

    Second thoughts on TV’s second-screen experience

    Whatever happened to watching TV alone? Just me and my TV. No multiscreen experience. No smartphone or tablet horning in on the action. With my hands, excused from any laptop obligations, free to reach for my snacks and hoist a brew. I mean me, chilling out, in pleasant isolation.



    Close loopholes for state, fed revenue
    A Crystal Lake letter to the editor: Long-needed revenue for federal and state public need should be obtained through adequate fair, thus progressive, taxes, meaning the ability to pay. Over 30 years, except for three, insufficient revenue has been mandated for running the nation.


    Bob Dold cannot vote for himself
    A Rount Lake letter to the editor: During the March 2014 Primary when GOP Congressional candidate Bob Dold went into the voting booth, he could not cast a ballot for himself. Why? Because Bob Dold does not live in the district that he is campaigning and desiring to represent.


    Respond to survey to improve health programs
    A letter to the editor: From February through April, health insurers conduct a survey called the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS), which is mailed to select people with health insurance, including those enrolled in an individual plan, an employer-sponsored plan and Medicare. Responding to the survey by mail or phone is one way you can become part of the broader effort to improve our nation’s health care system.


    Quinn didn’t play it straight on disaster relief
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The November 2013 tornadoes were unexpected and caused terrible damage; however, with few exceptions, the structural damage done to homes and businesses was covered by insurance. Gov. Pat Quinn requested, and received, a Major Presidential Disaster Declaration for the heavily impacted counties, including downstate Washington, so individual homeowner and business victims without adequate insurance could receive federal disaster assistance.


    Use logic, reason — not attacks on writers
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Mr. Prescott, just because you disagree with me doesn’t mean I think you’re “stupid.” It means we have different suggestions for attaining the same societal goals. If educated citizens of a free republic happen to disagree on certain issues, is that necessarily a bad thing?


    Bring the pooper scooper on walks, people
    Letter to the editor: Hope Woody of Des Plaines points out it's no fun to take your dog for a walk when you are dodging dog poop left behind by other walkers.


    Visit ‘Cupcakes and Cookies for College’
    Letter to the editor: Mike Baker invites everybody to "Cupcakes and Cookies for College," a fundraiser in May to support children and adults with develop[mental disabilities.


    Congrats to all for reversing climate change
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: To reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming, President Obama and the Democrats have, among many other things, shut down coal mines, curtailed oil and gas drilling, littered our landscape with bird-killing wind turbines, and pumped hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars into unworkable “green” industries, most of which went belly-up.


    Cutting fossil fuel usage is morally right
    A letter to the editor: Reduce, recycle, reuse — but reduce is the most important. Sound hard? It’s more about others, our kids and their kids, and in honor of our ancestors and all they did for us. We are already doing a lot, but more of us can do more. It’s a moral, ethical imperative.


    ‘Pollution’ a term for campaign rhetoric
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: It remains to be demonstrated that there is a “global pollution problem” for a number of reasons. The most formidable may be mammoth ignorance about our planet. One thing we do know is that the Earth is not, nor has it ever been, in some “pristine” state.


    Health woes. We’re not making this up.
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: We’re from varying levels of American society. We’re lawyers and retirees and small business owners. We have families that depend on us and we have been paying for our health insurance just like we pay for our car insurance and home insurance.


    Taxpayers should choose income tax
    A DuPage County letter to the editor: “One size fits all” rarely works with clothes, and it doesn’t work with income taxes. Local chapters of the League of Women Voters in DuPage County were pleased to see front page coverage of the graduated income tax issue by the Daily Herald on March 5. We would like to offer further clarification.


    Farnham successor should be pro-life
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: Now that Keith Farnham’s 43rd district seat is open, I have only one suggestion in regards to replacing him. Please choose a pro-life candidate. Farnham and his Republican predecessor, Ruth Munson, were both pro-choice; they only differed on whether or not government should pay for it.


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