Daily Archive : Tuesday March 25, 2014


    New county health rankings show a return to form for several of the collar counties. After some slippage last year, four local counties rated in the top 15. DuPage County rated particularly well.

    DuPage, Kane counties among healthiest in Illinois

    New county health rankings show a return to form for several of the collar counties. After some slippage last year, four local counties rated in the top 15. DuPage County rated particularly well. Karen Ayala, executive director of the DuPage County Health Department, pointed to efforts aimed at enrolling residents into affordable health care programs and a push to end heroin use in the county as...

    Don Harmon

    Harmon: Raise tax rates for incomes over $180,000

    Illinoisans who make more than $180,000 per year would see a an income tax hike under a plan offered Tuesday by a leading suburban Democrat.State Sen. Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, proposed eventual tax rates if lawmakers and voters decide to abandon the state’s flat income tax and create a system that taxes people who make more money at higher rates.

    Barbara Oilschlager

    CLC trustee defends more than $27,300 in expenses

    College of Lake County Trustee Barbara Oilschlager defends receiving more than $27,300 in reimbursements over two years, saying much of the tab stems from her fulfilling leadership roles in higher education that benefit the school.


    Sentinel Management CEO convicted of $500 million fraud

    A Northbrook man, CEO of the bankrupt Sentinel Management Group, has been convicted of defrauding more than 70 investors of $500 million.

    Tim Sassone, the Daily Herald’s longtime Blackhawks beat writer, died Tuesday.

    Colleagues, hockey world mourn Tim Sassone

    Tim Sassone’s colleagues saw him a pro’s pro in the journalism business, and readers who followed his coverage of the Blackhawks came to know him as “the Dean of Chicago Hockey Writers” who was passionate about the game he covered. Sassone, who spent 26 years covering the Blackhawks and the NHL for the Daily Herald, died Tuesday at the age of 58 after an extended...

    Convicted murder Patty Columbo goes before the parole board a the Dwight Correctional Center in 2001. She's seeking parole again this spring.

    Patty Columbo seeks parole for Elk Grove killings – again

    Suburban police officials Tuesday recalled the grisly details of Patty Columbo's “savage crimes against her family” and urged the parole board to keep her behind bars for the 1976 murders of her parents and brother in Elk Grove Village. “I cannot, and will not, simply forgive, excuse or forget these crimes, and the Illinois Prisoner Review Board should not as well,” said...

    Signs in front of O’Hare CTA station direct riders to take the shuttle buses after Monday’s train crash.

    Surveillance video shows CTA Blue Line crash

    In case of an emergency, a CTA train operator can push a red button to trigger powerful electromagnetic brakes that could have stopped the lead car of a Blue Line train from catapulting onto an escalator Monday at the O’Hare station.The fact that last resort wasn’t used reinforces concerns the train operator was dozing or points to a major mechanical failure, safety expert John...

    Danni Allen of Wheeling wins the grand prize on the 2012 season of “The Biggest Loser.”

    ‘Biggest Loser’ auditions in Itasca on April 19

    NBC’s reality series “The Biggest Loser” is launching a seven-city, cross-country search for new contestants and will be in Itasca for Chicago-area auditions on Saturday, April 19.

    The Mill Race Inn in Geneva in 2007. It closed in 2011.

    Shodeen buys Mill Race Inn in Geneva

    Shodeen Inc., a Geneva-based real estate management and development firm, has bought the Mill Race Inn restaurant. It hasn't announced plans for the site, but says it intends to keep the oldest, historically significant part of the building, a portion built in 1846.

    Gary King

    Taxes up, property values down in DuPage County

    DuPage County property owners again can expect to pay higher taxes on land that's worth less than it used to be. DuPage officials on Tuesday announced the average tax rate for the county's 384 taxing bodies increased 9.36 percent. Meanwhile, the overall value of land in DuPage — the other half of the tax equation — fell last year by 5.4 percent, to roughly $32.7 billion. As a result,...

    Windows are boarded up Tuesday morning following Monday's fire at Midwest Motors Inc. in Lake Zurich.

    Investigators pinpoint start of Midwest Motors fire

    Electrical equipment was found to be in the area where a blaze ignited at a high-end car business in Lake Zurich, officials said Tuesday. Firefighters were summoned to Midwest Motors Inc. about 5 p.m. Monday, where they found smoke and fire coming from the second story. Midwest Motors is west of Rand Road.


    EPA: Lake Michigan oil spill shouldn’t hurt suburbs' drinking water

    An oil spill Monday from the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind., does not appear to threaten Chicago's and its suburbs' drinking-water supply, according to an official from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “It’s in the lake, yes, but it’s not moving around freely. It’s been kind of contained because of the weather and of the geography of the lakefront there,” BP...

    Pallbearers Tuesday afternoon carry the casket containing Artis Yancey, former Waukegan police chief and Lake County coroner, from Mt. Sinai Institutional Baptist Church in North Chicago.

    Lake County official remembered as 'humble, caring'

    About 700 mourners said goodbye Tuesday to Artis Yancey, Waukegan city clerk and former Waukegan police chief and Lake County coroner. "Artis was a warrior for rightousness," said Anita Hanna, Waukegan Unit District 60 school board president.


    Transportation improvements recommended for Wauconda

    A pair of consultants recommended a slew of road and signal improvements for a busy stretch of Route 176 in Wauconda during a village board meeting Tuesday night.


    Programs, services focus of third Engage200 session

    Programs and services will be the focus Wednesday night when Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 holds its third Engage200 meeting. The community engagement session — one of six the district is holding to collect public input to help shape its future — will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Monroe Middle School, 1855 Manchester Road, Wheaton.


    Lint buildup in dryer causes Hoffman Estates fire

    A Hoffman Estates home was left uninhabitable Tuesday after fire broke out in a first-floor laundry/utility room and spread up into a second-floor bedroom, but no injuries were reported. Firefighters called to the residence in the 1700 block of Queensbury Circle at 11:20 a.m. arrived to find smoke coming from the roof vents of the two-story multifamily townhouse.

    Searchers look through debris from a deadly mudslide Tuesday in Oso, Wash. At least 16 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 homes were destroyed.

    More bodies recovered from Washington mudslide

    Rescuers slogging through muck and rain Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a massive mudslide instead recovered two bodies and believe they have located another eight, Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots said. The announcement put the official death toll at 16, with the possibility of 24 dead once the other bodies are confirmed.

    Ibragim Todashev was fatally shot when he became violent after he had agreed to give a statement about his involvement in a triple slaying in Massachusetts last May.

    Reports detail killing of bombing suspect’s friend

    Fearing imminent arrest in a triple slaying, Ibragim Todashev started acting suspiciously. His mood, once cooperative with investigators, became agitated. His eyes darted around his small apartment in Florida, as if he were looking for a weapon or a way out. Moments later he was dead.

    Delbert Cooper

    45-year sentence for 2011 Aurora murder over crack money

    A 33-year-old Aurora man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for strangling his 21-year-old girlfriend in December 2011 and hiding her body so he could get money for crack. Delbert Cooper argued self defense during his trial; prosecutors said he killed Renee Perry, got high and later checked himself into a hospital under a fake name claiming he was suicidal and homeless.

    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, right, honored female law enforcement leaders, including Aurora Police Department Commander Kristen Ziman as part of Women’s History Month.

    High-ranking female cops honored by Topinka

    Female law enforcement leaders — including ones from Pingree Grove, Aurora, Winfield and Hawthorn Woods — were honored by Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka as part of Women’s History Month.


    Honor for Schuler Scholars founder:

    A prestigious award has been announced for the Schuler Scholar Program founder.


    Foul play not suspected in Rosemont-area death

    Authorities say they do not suspect foul play in the death of a man found Monday morning in a forest preserve near Rosemont. The Cook County medical examiner’s office conducted an autopsy Tuesday, but said a final determination on cause of death will not come until further tests are conducted.


    Grant High hall of fame:

    The deadline for nominating a Grant Community High School graduate for the Alumni Hall of Fame is Friday, May 2.


    Operation thins deadbeat warrants:

    A two-week operation recently resulted in the elimination of 21 dead beat parent warrants, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.


    Twenty acres consumed in Lake Villa Township fire

    Sparks from a grinding tool ignited vegetation that eventually consumed about 20 acres Tuesday in Lake Villa Township. Seven fire departments battled the blaze. No injuries or property damage were reported.

    Blackhawks writer Tim Sassone chats last summer with team President John F. McDonough when the Stanley Cup stopped by the Daily Herald.

    Longtime Blackhawks writer Tim Sassone dies

    It is with deep regret and sadness that we share the news that one of our longtime colleagues, Tim Sassone, passed away this morning after an extended illness. Tim was a fighter to the very end. He battled back from a stroke in 2012 to resume his full-time duties later that year after a remarkable recovery before being hospitalized on Monday. Tim leaves behind his wife, Christine, and their two...

    Michael Corbett

    Bartlett man to be sentenced in 2010, 2011 burglaries

    A Bartlett man accused of breaking into an elderly woman’s house, exposing himself, then punching her and knocking her down a flight of stairs plead guilty Tuesday to residential burglary. Michael Corbett, 47, of the 900 block of South Castlewood Lane, plead guilty in exchange for prosecutors dropping charges of home invasion and aggravated battery.


    Huntley to continue senior taxi service through year end

    Huntley will be extending its temporary taxi service for senior and disabled residents through the end of the year. The village board Thursday night is expected to approve an agreement with Route 47 Taxi Transportation for $10,000 to provide discounted rides for senior and disabled residents of Rutland and Hampshire townships.

    Written comments by the hundreds are being reviewed by Illinois officials who are revising proposed regulations for the state's new medical marijuana program.

    Public shows interest in Illinois medical marijuana

    Written comments by the hundreds are being reviewed by Illinois officials who are revising proposed regulations for the state's new medical marijuana program. The public comments range from declarations of marijuana's healing properties to rants against the tough requirements in the first draft of the rules.

    A massive air conditioning unit is positioned by Bill Wroblewski of Romeoville.

    ECC’s spring break construction

    Massive air conditioning units were removed from Elgin Community College buildings Monday, to be replaced with new units. The work, which consumed much of the space in a southwest parking lot, was done while students were on spring break.

    Dwayne K. Smith

    Man charged in North Aurora Craigslist-related robbery

    A North Aurora man faces a charge of armed robbery, accused of stealing a laptop computer from a person who had offered it for sale on craigslist.com. Dwayne K. Smith is already being held in the DuPage County jail on similar charges involving thefts that occurred in Glen Ellyn.

    State Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat, has shelved a plan to dissolve the Fox Waterway Agency for now.

    Link: Shelve Fox Waterway elimination plan for now

    State Sen. Terry Link said the idea to dissolve the Fox Waterway Agency needs more study but still could come up in the coming months. “Nothing dies down here,” Link said on the Illinois Senate floor.

    Jeffrey Fritsch

    Streamwood man charged with robbing Hanover Park Walgreens

    A Streamwood man faces felony charges after police said he robbed a Hanover Park Walgreens of prescription drugs Monday night. Jeffrey Fritsch, 56, of the 900 block of Elizabeth Drive, was charged with aggravated robbery, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest, police said.

    Darryel Garner

    Waukegan man sentenced to 47 years for killing cabdriver in 2010

    Tuesday’s sentencing for a Waukegan man charged with the 2010 murder of Park City cabdriver Patrick Foster began with a gut-wrenching audio recording of Foster’s 911 cellphone call, and concluded with 47-year prison sentence for shooter Darryel Garner. Two years longer than the 45-year mandatory minimum, Lake County Judge James K. Booras’ sentence was 13 years shy of the...

    Deborah Conroy

    Current retirees out of bill to end 13th pension payment

    A proposal to eliminate a controversial 13th annual pension payment for local government retirees was approved by a House committee Tuesday but only if current retirees weren’t included. State Rep. Deborah Conroy, an Elmhurst Democrat, won unanimous support to eliminate the payment on the condition she’d change the plan to allow current retirees to keep getting the extra payment.


    Schaumburg police seek information on apartment burglaries

    The Schaumburg Police Department has identified a burglary pattern targeting two separate apartment properties, one on the village’s east side the other in the north central part of town, during the last month. Police say the offender or offenders enter the main lobby door, sometimes using force, during daytime hours and then look for an apartment where nobody is home.

    Schaumburg police and a Cook County Sheriff’s K-9 unit search form suspects Tuesday morning after a home invasion in the 300 block of Pembroke Lane. A two-hour manhunt failed to locate a pair of suspects, who are now believed to be out of the area.

    Schaumburg home invasion leads to manhunt for suspects

    Schaumburg police conducted a two-hour manhunt this morning searching for a pair of suspects wanted in connection with a reported home invasion on the village’s west side. The suspects were not located and are believed to have fled the area.

    Oscar Pistorius reacts in the dock while listening to mobile phone evidence on exchanges of text messages between him as his girlfriend in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday. Pistorius is charged with the Valentines Day 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

    Pistorius expected to testify at his murder trial

    Oscar Pistorius will probably testify at his trial later this week, a defense attorney said Tuesday after prosecutors rested their case against the double-amputee runner who is accused of murder in his girlfriend’s death. In a rare public comment, Pistorius said he was going through “a tough time” as the case advanced.

    President Barack Obama looks on as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks at a press conference after the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday. Obama hailed a “fundamental shift” in international efforts to fight nuclear terrorism,

    Obama hails ‘fundamental shift’ on nuke security

    President Barack Obama hailed a “fundamental shift” in international efforts to fight nuclear terrorism as 35 countries pledged Tuesday to turn guidelines on nuclear security into national laws. At the close of a two-day summit, the group also agreed to open up their security procedures to independent review, a further step toward creating an international legal framework to thwart...

    An adult softball tournament early next month will be among the first uses of the Wheeling Park District’s new athletic complex in Heritage Park, built as part of a $38 million park renovation. The tourney will have to go on without beer sales, however. The Wheeling village board shot down a proposal this week to allow beer sales during the event.

    Wheeling nixes beer at softball tournament in renovated Heritage Park

    Responding to protests from residents, the Wheeling village board Monday rejected a request from the Wheeling Park District to sell beer at an upcoming event in the rebuilt Heritage Park. The village board voted 4-3 against granting a liquor license for the sale of beer at an adult softball tournament planned for the park April 4-6.


    Naperville Park District seeks volunteers to spruce up parks

    With spring officially arriving last week, we all look forward to the amazing transformation that will occur in our winter-weary landscape over the next month. As we go from snow on the ground to blossoms on the trees, the Naperville Park District is looking for community volunteers who are willing to put on rain boots, work gloves and warm jackets to help spruce up our parks.

    Lake County Discovery Museum educator Nicole Stocker asks the audience to make comparisons between a mastodon and a woolly mammoth Tuesday during the Mighty Mastodons program at Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich.

    Kids learn about Lake County's Ice Age inhabitants during program

    Around 45 kids ages 4 and up learned about animal life in Lake County more than 10,000 years ago during a Mighty Mastodons program Tuesday at the Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich.


    Get your listing in the Summer Fun Guide
    Are you a town, park district or organization putting on a spring or summer festival in the suburbs? Get your festivals, fairs, family bike rides, fine art shows, carnivals, concerts series or other family event into the Daily Herald Summer Fun guide, publishing May 11.

    Sheriff Tom Dart

    Dart to testify before congressional subcommittee

    Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart will testify March 26 at a congressional hearing on the nation's mental health system. The hearing, “Where Have All the Patients Gone? Examining the Psychiatric Bed Shortage” is being held by the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, part of the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

    Shirley Baumann

    A history lesson of little-known Naperville facts

    Public speaking isn't high on our Stephanie Penick's list of favorite things to do. But a recent speaking engagement led her to recall some of those who came before her and some little-known Naperville history.

    The Lady Queens celebrate their big win at the NCA Dallas championships.

    Lady Queens bring home gold from national cheerleading contest

    A new cheerleading team is turning heads in the competitive arena of all-star cheering. The Lady Queens, who practice at the new Illinois Allstars Gym in Addison, won the national title in their division at the National Cheerleaders Association championships in Dallas. “It’s the biggest cheerleading competition in the country with 1,200 teams and 25,000 athletes,” says their...

    Wheaton’s Jeanette Andrews demonstrates the art of illusion at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

    Wheaton magician Jeanette Andrews has spent her life honing her craft

    Jeanette Andrews, 24, has been performing magic shows since she was 4, but don't expect her to pull rabbits from a hat. Andrews says she draws on studies of philosophy, psychology and the art of creating to perform a very modern kind of magic that she hopes will provoke questions from audience members about their own perception about how things look and what they really are.

    2014 winner by Liv Bertaud of Copeland Manor School in Libertyville.

    Libertyville fifth-grader wins state poster contest

    Liv Bertaud, a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville, took first place is a statewide arts education poster contest. The winners recently were honored by the State Board of Education at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield.

    Round Lake Park police officer Waymon Vela was presented with the Chief’s Achievement Award.

    Round Lake Park police officers recognized at ceremony

    Six Round Lake Park police officers recently were recognized for their good work at a village board meeting.


    More than $110,000 raised for United Way at leadership event

    More than 100 Lake County business and community partners gathered for United Way of Lake County’s exclusive Premier Leadership Event at Halas Hall, raising over $110,000 for United Way’s work in preparing children to succeed in a changing world.

    Firefighters from Rutland-Dundee and West Dundee fire departments discuss the situation outside a home along Frontenac Drive in West Dundee Monday morning after a small explosion sent two plumbing contractors to the hospital with minor injuries.

    ‘Minor explosion’ injures plumbers in Dundee Township

    Two plumbers were injured when a propane tank they were using malfunctioned and caused a “minor explosion” at a Dundee Township home, authorities said. “Basically, it somehow caught fire in a minor explosion within that area, which sent both of the workers to the hospital with some burns and injuries,” Rutland Dundee Fire Protection District Chief Richard Thomas said.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars in Palatin epried the front door between 3:30 p.m March 10 and 6:30 p.m. March 11 at a home on the 1200 block of South Falcon Drive, ransacked bedroom dressers and stole a gold and platinum watch valued at $10,000.


    Wisconsin 5th-largest importer of smuggled smokes

    KENOSHA, Wis. — Wisconsin is the country’s fifth-largest importer of smuggled cigarettes, according to a report.


    Wisconsin appeals court upholds wind siting ruling

    MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin appeals court says state regulators didn’t have to produce a report on how wind turbines affect property values when they imposed siting standards.

    A family member, right, of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane is embraced Tuesday by a member of Special Assistance Team at a hotel in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Malaysia said Tuesday that it has narrowed the search for a downed jetliner to an area the size of Texas and Oklahoma in the southern Indian Ocean, while Australia said improved weather would allow the hunt for possible debris from the plane to resume.

    Satellite clue ends wild theories, hope for MH370

    Over an extraordinary 17 days and nights, until the moment Malaysia’s prime minister stepped to a lectern to deliver investigators’ sobering new findings, the fate of vanished Flight 370 hung on morbid conjecture and fragile hope. Many previous tragedies have transfixed us by revealing their power in cruel detail. But the disappearance of the Beijing-bound Boeing 777 without warning...

    Chinese relatives of passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 shout in protest as they march Tuesday toward the Malaysia embassy in Beijing, China. Furious over Malaysia’s handling of the lost jetliner a day after the country said the passengers must be dead, Chinese relatives of the missing marched Tuesday to the Malaysia Embassy, where they threw plastic water bottles, tried to rush the gate and chanted, “Liars!” The blue placard reads: “We won’t leave or ditch you, we will wait right here.”

    Chinese relatives of passengers protest at embassy

    Furious that Malaysia has declared their loved ones lost in a plane crash without physical evidence, Chinese relatives of the missing marched Tuesday to the Malaysian Embassy, where they threw plastic water bottles, tried to rush the gate and chanted, “Liars!” The Chinese government, meanwhile, demanded that Malaysia turn over the satellite data it used to conclude that Malaysia...

    James Amos

    Off-duty West Dundee fireman saves woman's life

    The rest of the world may call James Amos a hero, but the off-duty West Dundee firefighter who saved a woman's life in an Algonquin gym last week says he was just in the right place at the right time. "I just consider myself willing to do what it takes when the moment arises," said Amos, a West Dundee firefighter for almost 13 years.

    To help learn about spring’s best fruits and vegetables, Naperville Public Library has partnered with Whole Foods Naperville to present “Spring Greens.” Angela Dennison, the market’s healthy eating specialist, will prepare healthy samples of in-season foods during the program, which will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Whole Foods, 2607 W. 75th St., Naperville.

    Class touts benefits of in-season produce

    To help individuals learn about spring’s best fruits and vegetables, Naperville Public Library has partnered with Whole Foods Naperville to present the program Spring Greens.

    A supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi holds a poster, left, with Arabic that reads, “freedom to Waleed Abdel Aziz, fourth team, faculty of chemistry, geology,” during a demonstration Monday inside Cairo University in Egypt. A court in Egypt on Monday sentenced to death 529 supporters of Morsi on charges of murdering a policeman and attacking police, convicting them after only two sessions in one of the largest mass trials in the country in decades.

    Egypt to rule on Islamists’ mass trial on April 28

    An Egyptian judge says he will issue a verdict on April 28 in a new mass trial of 683 suspected Islamist supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi for murder and attempted murder after a single session boycotted by defense lawyers.


    Dawn patrol: Body found near Rosemont; Fire damages car dealership

    Man’s body found near Rosemont. Fire damages Lake Zurich car dealership. Safety systems, train operator under scrutiny in CTA crash. Kane County animal neglect case riles volunteers. Bozek honored by Buffalo Grove park board. Beauty salon bandit sentenced for robberies. Bulls beat the Pacers.

    A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O’Hare Airport station after it derailed early Monday in Chicago. 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.

    Expert: ‘Miracle’ no deaths in O’Hare CTA train crash

    A Chicago train driven by an apparently sleepy operator, which jumped its tracks and screeched up an escalator at O’Hare, could have caused untold death and destruction had the crash occurred during the day when the station is usually packed with travelers, a transportation expert said. “It is a miracle that nobody died,” said Joseph Schwieterman, a transportation expert at...

    A large number of volunteers turned out Monday in Oso, Wash., wanting to help with the search.

    How many missing from landslide?

    Three days after a huge landslide destroyed a small community in rural Washington state, authorities still had no firm idea how many people were missing, possibly buried in the tangled mess of mud, trees and debris. And the potential number keeps fluctuating wildly - first it was 18, then 108, then 176.

    A sailor was fatally shot at the world’s largest naval base late Monday, and security forces killed a male civilian suspect, base spokeswoman Terri Davis said.

    Navy: Sailor, civilian suspect killed at Virginia base

    Aboard a guided-missile destroyer docked at the world’s largest naval base, a sailor was fatally shot and security forces killed the lone suspect late Monday, according to the Navy. The suspect was a civilian who had access to be at Naval Station Norfolk, spokeswoman Terri David said early Tuesday. She said she couldn’t say whether he had permission to be on the USS Mahan, where the...

    President Barack Obama, right, meets Tuesday with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in The Hague, Netherlands.

    Obama meets Putin ally with Ukraine still in mind

    The thrust of his diplomatic efforts still focused on Ukraine, President Barack Obama met Tuesday with a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin as he continued his efforts to isolate Moscow over its incursion into Crimea.


    Chicago, Moscow sister-relationship at question

    A Chicago City Council committee plans to hear testimony about suspending Chicago’s sister city relationship with Moscow.


    St. Clair County bans open burning

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. — A southwestern Illinois county is barring outdoor burning until April 1 because of lingering dry and windy conditions.The Belleville News-Democrat reports St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern issued the directive after local firefighters responded to nearly 200 brush-related fires in March.


    Department of Agriculture seeking crop grant proposals

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for federal crop grants. Department officials say Illinois’ funding will come from the specialty crop block grant program in the new federal farm bill. Illinois has been receiving about $600,000 a year and using the funds to open new markets for locally-grown produce.


    Commission: Remove juveniles from sex registries

    SPRINGFIELD — A study says requiring juveniles to register as sex offenders impairs rehabilitation efforts for a crime that very few of them ever commit again.The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission’s report released Tuesday recommends removing offenders younger than 17 from sex registries that can negatively affect an offender for years.


    Indiana awards $11 million to afterschool programs

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is awarding more than $11 million to afterschool programs for students in poor or low-performing schools.


    Central Indiana bog makes comeback after drought

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A popular site to view wildlife in north central Indiana has made a comeback.WLFI-TV reports heavy snow over the winter has raised the water levels at Celery Bog in West Lafayette to where they were before the 2012 drought sent them plunging.


    Algae could provide weapon against invader mussels

    DETROIT — Scientists at Wayne State University are researching how algae might help disrupt reproduction of zebra and quagga mussels in the Great Lakes.


    Wisconsin offers income tax filing assistance

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers of a variety of resources it is offering to help as the deadline for filing income tax returns nears. The April 15 filing deadline is just three weeks away.


    DNR offers session on keeping wildlife wild

    HORICON, Wis. — Wisconsin wildlife officials are planning a talk on how to determine if animals need help or should be left alone.Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager Mandy Kamps will lead the session on April 2 at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center.


    Sex offender accused of groping man in Wisconsin mall

    MADISON, Wis. — Madison police say a 43-year-old convicted sex offender was arrested after he allegedly groped a man inside a mall restroom over the weekend.According to the police report, a 21-year-old Madison man told police had a casual conversation with the suspect before both entered the restroom at the East Towne Mall about 12:30 p.m. Saturday.


    Central Indiana man gets 2 years at home in hit-and-run death

    INDIANAPOLIS — A central Indiana man convicted in the hit-and-run death of a 63-year-old Indianapolis woman has been sentenced to two years of home detention.The Indianapolis Star reports Greg Hudson of Shelbyville was sentenced Friday after being found guilty of a charge of failure to stop at an accident causing death.


    Chippewa ask 7th Circuit to allow night deer hunt

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes have asked a federal appeals court to allow tribal hunters to shoot deer at night.


    Couple accused of neglect in Illinois man’s death

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. — A southwestern Illinois couple is accused of criminal neglect of a disabled person in the death of a blind man who authorities say weighed just 60 pounds.The Belleville News-Democrat reports that St. Clair County prosecutors charged 49-year-old Richard R. Young and 32-year-old Elizabeth Young of Belleville on Monday.


    Suburban school superintendents testify about assessments

    A group of suburban school superintendents are testifying today before the Illinois House Appropriations-Elementary and Secondary Education Committee about funding for state assessments and delaying the launch of a new standardized test. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test is expected to be taken by students in third through 11th grades next school year. Field...

    New storm sewers are being installed as part of $4.7 million in work at Hart Road and Sunset Drive in Round Lake. Officials say it’s the village’s single-largest infrastructure improvement project.

    Round Lake launches $4.7 million infrastructure project

    Round Lake's largest infrastructure improvement project is under way at Hart Road and Sunset Drive. It'll include reconstruction and widening of Hart, along with sidewalk installation in the area to improve pedestrian safety. Officials said the federal government’s Surface Transportation Program is covering 70 percent of the $4.7 million tab, with Round Lake paying the balance.

    An assortment of clowns bring cheer to patients in the Arden Courts of Northbrook, shaking hands and doing a few skits.

    World Clown Convention opens to suburban audience

    Clowning around isn't all fun and games, as more than 200 clowns from around the world gather this week in Northbrook for the World Clown Association's annual convention. Suburbanites can check out competitions pitting the world's heavyweights in makeup and acrobatics. "It's a great escape," said Bob Neil, a Des Plaines clown.


    In honor of his 25 years of covering the team, Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald was presented with a Blackhawks jersey in 2013 by broadcaster Eddie Olczyk, left, and hockey legend Denis Savard.

    Blackhawks pay tribute to Tim Sassone

    News of of longtime Daily Herald hockey writer Tim Sassone's passing Tuesday shook Patrick Sharp and the Blackhawks family as well. “It's a sad day,” Sharp said. “We like to consider Tim a friend of everybody's. He's been on the beat for a long time and we know how much he cares about the Blackhawks.

    Near the end of the regular season in 2013, in honor of his 25 years of covering the team, Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald was presented with a Blackhawks jersey by veteran broadcaster Pat Foley, left, and hockey legend Denis Savard. Sassone died Tuesday at the age of 58.

    A respected journalist, Sassone always made the right call

    With the death of Tim Sassone, both the Daily Herald and hockey lost a member of their respective families. He was a truly professional journalist that always did the right thing on the job.


    Girls badminton: Tuesday’s scoreboard
    Tuesday’s results*Willowbrook 12, Glenbard North 3Neuqua Valley 15, St. Charles East 0Glenbard West 13, Wheaton North 2


    Boys tennis: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*Neuqua Valley 16, Hinsdale Central 7Hinsdale Central 1 2 3 1 —7Neuqua Valley 5 4 5 2 —16Scoring — HS: Sauders 2, Pircon 2, Portland 2, Berger. NV: DePuy 3, Delesandro 2, Ivkovich 5, Delsignore 3, Becher, Salafatinos, Whaley. Goalkeepers — HS: Duggan. NV: Hedderman. *Maine East 11, St Charles East 7*St. Charles North 14, Hinsdale south 0St. Charles North 4 5 4 1 —14Hinsdale South 0 0 0 0 —0Scoring — SCN: Pretet 4, Traxler 4, Davis 2, Steele, Khan, Jabbar. Goalkeepers — SCN: Bawolek (13). *


    Baseball: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*At John A. Logan College, CartervilleVERNON HILLS 4, JACOBS 3 (8 inn.)Jacobs 020 100 00 —3-6-0Vernon Hills 010 011 01 —4-4-23B: VH: Goehrke.WP: Earhart.*At Orlando, Fla.GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 6, LEBANON 4WP: Clark.LAKE ZURICH 6, HAZLEWOOD 02B: LZ: Wagner.3B: LZ: Vanstedum.WP: Kornfeind.*Wheeling 19, Sidwell (D.C.) 0 (5 inn.) at Orlando*St. Viator 10, University (W.Va.) 0 at Myrtle Beach, N.C.*Cary-Grove 5, Murphysboro 1Murphysboro 000 001 0 -1-3-3Cary-Grove 022 001 x -5-8-02B: C-G — Splitt.3B: M — Harris; C-G — Wyatt, Mascarella. WP: Hanselmann; LP: Miller; S: Christakes. *Vernon Hills 4, Jacobs 3 (8 INN.) Jacobs 020 100 00 -3-6-0Vernon Hills 010 011 01 -4-4-23B: VH — Goehrke. WP: Earhart; LP: Garapolo. *Trinity Valley (TX) 11, Westminster Christian 8Wesminster C. 000 052 1 -8-8-4Trinity Valley 015 320 x -11-4-32B: WC — Mamrot*Monday’s late results Southwest Christian 9, Westminster Christian 7 (9 Inn.)Southwest 100 240 002 -9-10-1Westminster C. 001 501 000 -7-10-52B: SWC — Newlend, Thompson; WC — Mamrot.3B: SWC — Gieser.WP: Newland; LP: Schoemann.


    Softball: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*At Rosemont DomeBartlett 13, Joliet West 3Joliet West 003 000 x -3-4-4Bartlett 405 301 x -13-10-22B: B — Haberstich, Pagan, Nowak.3B: B — Morales, Paul.WP: Pagan.*Bartlett 10, Plainfield Central 9Bartlett 012 000 7 -10-12-2Plainfield Central 800 001 0 -9-11-42B: B — Morales, Paul, Hickey.3B: B — Janczak; PC — Franceschani, Schlattman, ManginoWP: Nowak; LP: Daly.*At Orlando, Fla.GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 8, WISCONSIN LUTHERAN 1WP: Brown.*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 9, BEULAH (AL)2B: GC: Frusolone.WP: Heraty.*LIBERTYVILLE 18, SIDWELL (D.C.) 0 (4 inn.)Libertyville (12)42 0 —18-15-1Sidwell 000 0 —0-1-72B: Lib: Stevens. 3B: Lib: Oberman. WP: Haraden.*Libertyville 18, sidwell (d.c.) 3 (4 inn.)Libertyville 665 1 —18-19-3Sidwell 300 0 —3-3-32B: Lib: Dembinski 4, Katz, Alban. 3B: Lib: Alban.WP: Mooney.*Lake Zurich 10, Hoffman Estates 5Hoffman Estates 130 000 1 — 5- 3-1Lake Zurich 412 201 x —10-13-22B: LZ: Parson (2), Schneider (2); 3B: LZ: Schroeder, Guercio. WP: Schneider; LP: Allan.*St. viator 17, Beluah (ALa) 4St. Viator 333 107 —17-14-5Beluah 011 110 — 4- 5-52B: StV: Hogan 2, Hackel 2, T.Kaiser, G.Kaiser. WP: Harris.*


    Girls soccer: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*Benet 1, Nazareth 0Benet 0 1 —1Nazareth 0 0 —0Scoring — B: Hennessy (Morefield). Goalkeepers — B: Stopka. *St. Charles NOrth 1, Neuqua Valley 0Scoring — SCN: Macchia (O’Leary). Goalkeepers — SCN: Stitz (3). *ChampionshipGRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 1, GRANT 0Grant 0 0 —0Grayslake Central 1 0 —1Grayslake Central — Werfel (Gomez).Goalkeepers — Grt: Rodas (4 saves); GC: Effa (4 saves).*grant 3, round lake 0Grant 1 2 —3Round Lake 0 0 —0Grant — Frazer, Allen, Frazer.Goalkeepers — Grt: Rodas (2 saves); RL: Devera (10 saves).*grayslake central 3, waukegan 0Waukegan 0 0 —0Grayslake Central 1 2 —3Grayslake Central — Werfel, Smith (Sparkman), Garbett.Goalkeepers — Wauk: Hurtado (8 saves); GC: Effa (1 save).*hersey 1, cary-grove 0Cary-Grove 0 0 —0Hersey 1 0 —1Hersey — Gierman (UA).Goalkeepers — CG: Olsen; Hers: Harris.*


    Girls water polo: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*St. Charles North 18, Hinsdale South 6SCN 6 5 5 2 —18Hinsdale S. 2 0 2 2 —6Scoring — SCN: N. Guyett 9 goals, 1 assist, 4 steals; Veto 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 steals; Villa 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 steals; M. Guyett 3 goals, 5 assists, 5 steals; Difigrio 1 goal, 3 steals; Katie 3 goals, 3 assists, 2 steals; Foor 6 saves, 2 assists


    Boys volleyball: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*Streamwood d. West Chicago 25-22, 25-18West Chicago — Benes (9 kills); Bruce (4 kills); Quiroz (15 assists); Studder (10 kills).*Waubonsie Valley d. Joliet West 25-22, 25-12Waubonsie Valley — Simmons (14 kills); Lindon (14 assts); Salmon (13 digs).*Metea Valley d. Hinsdale Central 25-23, 25-20Hinsdale Central — Regnery (6 kills, 1 ace), Thompson (5 kills), Kelly (2 kills, 1 ace), Maday (2 kills), Zeeb (2 kills, 1 ace).Metea Valley — Lopez (10 kills), Smith (6 kills, 1 ace), Luckinbill (9 kills, 4 aces), Larmer (2 kills), McKinney (3 kills), Miller (4 kills, 18 assists).*Glenbard West d. Hinsdale South 25-8, 25-15Glenbard West — Garwood (7 assists, 1 ace, 3 digs); Bischoff (10 assists, 1 ace, 2 digs); Blane (5 kills, 1 block, 2 dig); Kotsakis (5 kills, 1 block); Smith (2 kills, 4 blocks); Scruggs (2 kills, 4 blocks); Nagle (3 kills, 3 blocks); Myers (2 blocks, 1 ace); Roberts (8 digs); Dednond (3 digs); Condon (2 digs).*

    Teuvo Teravainen, the Blackhawks’ prospect everybody has been waiting to see, skates past the Stars’ Shawn Horcoff on Tuesday night. It was Teravainen’s NHL debut.

    Blackhawks fans finally get a look at Teravainen

    Ewseveryone who was at the United Center Tuesday night knew that only two things mattered: that the Blackhawks won and that Teuvo Teravainen finally made his debut.Check and check.


    Mellinger, Rahn leading Wheaton College

    Early-season baseball is difficult and often inconsistent. The Wheaton College baseball team experienced some of that with early-season road trips but seems to have found its groove and is now riding a six-game winning streak.


    Perfect finish for Libertyville

    Libertyville’s softball team was loving Florida this week. Thanks to a doubleheader sweep of Sidwell (D.C.) Tuesday, the Wildcats finished 5-0 on their trip to the ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando.


    Grayslake C. leaves Orlando with a ‘W’

    Grayslake Central’s baseball team shined in its final game in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday. Facing undefeated Lebanon, which was the state runner-up in Missouri last year, the Rams pulled out a 6-4 win.


    Slow start doesn’t stop Metea Valley

    After a poor pass led to a Metea Valley hitting error midway through the match opener, visiting Hinsdale Central looked prime for a win in its season opener.


    St. Charles N. beats cold, Neuqua

    Cold weather and wet fields forced countless cancellations on Tuesday. It also resulted in a night that Lauren Macchia will never forget.


    Conrad enjoys special season coaching at Benet

    How often have you asked someone if he or she enjoyed the weekend upon your arrival at work on a Monday morning? It would be difficult to find somebody who enjoyed the weekend any more than Kevin Conrad. The longtime St. Charles resident virtually hit the trifecta this past weekend in Peoria.

    Geneva’s Melanie Burkhardt hits a backhand Tuesday against Metea Valley during a quad hosted by West Aurora.

    West Aurora wins its badminton quad

    There was no blood in the four badminton doubles matches between Geneva and West Aurora. That meant the schools’ final match of the Blackhawks’ quadrangular would be decided by the eight singles combatants Tuesday evening in Aurora.

    Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (91) falls to the ice between Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) and Marian Hossa (81) during Tuesday night’s game at the United Center.

    Blackhawks top Stars, move closer to playoff berth

    Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith each had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Kris Versteeg and Marian Hossa also scored for Chicago, which needs just one more point to clinch a playoff berth for the sixth straight season. Patrick Sharp added two assists to help Chicago finish 4-1 against Dallas in the Central Division rivals’ regular-season series.

    Lake Zurich’s Brittney Pettinger slides safely into home as Hoffman Estates catcher Kaileen Hendle takes the late throw during softball action Tuesday in Rosemont.

    LZ leaves town with victory over Hoffman Estates

    The Lake Zurich softball team plans to leave for Tennessee at 8 a.m. Wednesday to play four games in three days. Thanks to the comforts of the The Dome at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the Bears will make the trip with a 1-0 record. They won their season opener 10-5 over Hoffman Estates on Tuesday morning as senior southpaw Olivia Schneider got the win and also provided some pop with her bat.


    Streamwood opens with win

    Streamwood d. West Chicago: The Sabres (1-0) notched their first win of the season in 2 sets, 25-22, 25-18. Jonah Exline led the way with 7 kills, while Anthony Berrios managed 6 kills, 4 blocks and 2 aces and Quinn Enno notched 4 kills and 2 blocks.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Larkin Hanselmann, Connor Kraus and Dean Christakes combined to allow just 3 hits Tuesday as the Cary-Grove baseball team opened the season with a 5-1 win over Murphysboro at Rent One Ballpark in downstate Marion.Wyatt Mascarella had a triple and 2 RBI for the Trojans and Christakes also drove in a run.Trinity Valley (TX) 11, Westminster Christian 8: Giving up only 4 hits is typically a recipe for success, but the Warriors (0-2) found out that committing 4 errors and walking 9 batters can quickly sour that success as they dropped their second straight in Texas on Tuesday. Tyler Mamrot went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI for Westminster.Vernon Hills 4, Jacobs 3 (8 inn.): The Golden Eagles (2-1) watched a 3-1 lead squander in the later innings and the Cougars walked off on an RBI triple to center to give Jacobs its first blemish of the young season. Danny Vandewalker reached on 2 hits and both Ben Murray and Daniel Tenayuca had RBI for the Golden Eagles. Monday’s late resultsSouthwest Christian 9, Westminster Christian 7 (9 inn.): Despite scoring in the bottom of the sixth to tie it at 7, the Warriors could not rally a second time, falling as the home team with the game being held at Texas Christian University Monday night. Tyler Mamrot led the Warriors’ offense with 2 hits, including a double, and a pair of RBI while teammate Ian Merlak had an RBI single in a 5-run fourth. Tyler Schoemann was saddled with the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning.College baseballFredrick College 12, ECC 1: The trip out East has not been kind to the Spartans (2-6) as they lost the series finale at Myrtle Beach, S. C., Tuesday afternoon. With the Spartans only mustering 3 hits, Sean Reszotko plated the only run by grounding into a fielders choice in the fourth inning. David Palmer suffered the loss.


    Spillane tosses 1-hitter as Wheeling cruises

    Wheeling improved to 2-0 with a 19-0 victory over Sidwell of Washington, D.C., on Monday at Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.


    Viator gets first win

    The St. Viator softball team not only got to enjoy the weather in Florida but the Lions enjoyed their first win of the season on Tuesday. Behind a 5-hitter from junior Krystal Harris, St. Viator posted a 17-4 victory over Beluah High School (Ala.) at the ESPN Sports Complex.

    Grant’s Nina Deligio (4) chases down the loose ball with Grayslake Central’s Carson Sparkman during Tuesday’s soccer game in Grayslake.

    Grayslake Central heating up in a hurry

    The weather was a bit chilly for Grayslake Central’s girls soccer team, but the Rams finished their tournament feeling warm and fuzzy. Emily Werfel scored the game’s only goal, as Grayslake Central edged Grant 1-0 Tuesday for its second win of the day. The defense also came up big for the Rams in their sixth annual tournament, which had each of the four teams play three games in two days.


    Gierman, Hersey edge Cary-Grove, improve to 4-0

    It was weather for football — not futbol — but nonetheless, Hersey’s girls soccer team beat the frigid conditions and visiting Cary-Grove on Tuesday afternoon to run its early record to a spotless 4-0-0. The Huskies used an early strike from its all-state midfielder Lauren Gierman and some stingy defense to earn a 1-0 win with their third shutout of the season.

    Bartlett’s Holly Pagan, left, greets pitcher Alyssa Nowak as she comes off the field after recording the final out in their comeback win against Plainfield Central during softball action Tuesday in Rosemont.

    Bartlett comes back to complete sweep

    There’s one thing that’s pretty clear about the Bartlett softball team this season, whether it be in a dome or outdoors — if outdoors ever happens. The Hawks can hit. After scoring 13 runs on 10 hits in a 13-3 win over Joliet West, Bartlett dug itself an 8-0 hole in the first inning against Plainfield Central before coming back to beat the Wildcats 10-9 Tuesday at The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont.

    Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez avoids the slide of Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado (28) after relaying to first to complete a double play on Justin Morneau in the fourth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Nicasio holds White Sox hitless for 5

    Juan Nicasio held the White Sox hitless for five innings and Jordan Pacheco homered, helping the Colorado Rockies to a 4-1 victory on Tuesday.

    This recent photo provided by Jill Kelly shows Jim Kelly, left, with his daughter, Camryn. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to undergo surgery following the return of oral cancer. His wife, Jill, says the cancer is aggressive and starting to spread. The 54-year-old former Buffalo Bills star is being treated in New York City. Brother Dan Kelly tells The Associated Press on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, that doctors are leaning toward surgery on Thursday or perhaps April 1. (AP Photo/Jill Kelly)

    Bills great Jim Kelly expects more cancer surgery

    Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to have surgery again following the recurrence of cancer that his wife described as aggressive and “starting to spread.” Doctors for the 54-year-old former Buffalo Bills star are leaning toward surgery Thursday or perhaps April 1 at a New York City hospital, brother Dan Kelly told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

    In this March 13, 2014 photo, Dusty Baker carries a bag of greens he just cut while walking through the yard at his home in Granite Bay, Calif. While his former players and fellow managers are busy preparing for opening day, Baker is busy tending to his crops, planning his next plantings and minding his vineyard and the several hybrid fruit trees that border it. Out of uniform for the first time since taking 2007 off between managerial jobs with the Cubs and Reds, Baker is not slowing down much from his pressure-packed days in the dugout. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    With a season on-deck, Dusty Baker’s garden grows

    Dusty Baker looks at his overgrown collard greens and heads to the shed for his scissors. It’s time for an impromptu harvest in his garden. While his former players and fellow managers are preparing for opening day, Baker is busy tending to his crops, planning his summer vegetables and minding his vineyard and fruit trees.

    The Angels’ Collin Cowgill is caught stealing as Micah Johnson makes the play during a game earlier this spring. Johnson scored 131 runs in 131 games last season for three different minor-league teams.

    Speedy Johnson hoping to break camp with Sox

    The White Sox' farm system has vastly improved the past few years, and prospects like second baseman Micah Johnson have helped brighten the future on the South Side.

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) celebrates the Bulls' expanding lead on the Indiana Pacers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 24, 2014, in Chicago. The Bulls won 89-77. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Noah should have defensive player of the year award locked up

    Indiana coach Frank Vogel made a credible plea for center Roy Hibbert as NBA defensive player of the year before the Pacers lost to the Bulls on Monday. Hibbert has been fading lately. A couple of Bulls, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson might be in better position to win awards after this season.


    Bulls’ Hinrich hitting the target

    Over the years, Bulls fans have gotten used to the idea that Kirk Hinrich is not an exceptional spot-up shooter. He's made an interesting transformation this season, though, displayed in Monday's win over Indiana.

    Tiger Woods, here chipping to the 13th green at Augusta National last spring, may have to skip the Masters due to a sore back.

    Letting Hester go didn’t make the Bears better

    The Atlanta Falcon fans are thrilled to have former Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester on their NFL roster, and Mike North knows why they are so excited. Losing Hester, he says, didn't make the Bears better.

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has hinted that 19-year-old prospect Teuvo Teravainen will make his NHL debut Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars at the United Center.

    Teravainen's debut should wake up Hawks fans

    Please get Teuvo Teravainen in the lineup sooner than later. Something has to wake up the Blackhawks' 82-game waiting game for the playoffs to start. Hard-core Hawks fans continue to fill the United Center and sustain TV ratings, but casual observers are biding their time for next month to arrive.


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    Judge refuses to release Darren Sharper from jail

    A judge in Los Angeles has again refused to release former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper from jail.Sharper is awaiting trial in Los Angeles after pleading not guilty to charges that he raped and drugged two women last year.

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

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring boys supersectional and state basketball, gymnastics, water polo, track and soccer.


    Demonstrators participate Tuesday in a rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington as the court heard oral arguments in the challenges of President Barack Obama's health care law requirement that businesses provide their female employees with health insurance that includes access to contraceptives. Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

    Birth control rule seems to divide Supreme Court

    Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans.

    President Barack Obama said Tuesday that intelligence officials have presented him with “workable” changes to data collections by the National Security Agency that have raised objections in the U.S. and abroad over the reach of government surveillance.

    Obama to propose ending NSA's phone call sweep

    To assuage privacy concerns, the White House and some lawmakers are pushing forward with changes to a surveillance program that would leave the bulk storage of millions of Americans' telephone records in the hands of phone companies, even though they are convinced the information now held by the government is protected and question whether the changes would actually do more to protect privacy.

    Stocks on Tuesday advanced for the first time in three days as commodity and health-care shares rallied and economic data showed consumer confidence at a six-year high.

    Stocks move higher on Wall Street; Sonic gains

    Stocks got a lift Tuesday as health care companies bounced back after a heavy sell-off. Biotechnology stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose for the first time in five days after a sharp sell-off that was prompted by complaints from lawmakers over the cost of certain drugs. Merck and Boston Scientific were among the companies that rose.

    Professional athletes frequently get traded to other teams, but San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is about to be the first ever to be traded like a stock.

    Risky IPO seeks new way to trade star athletes

    Professional athletes frequently get traded to other teams, but San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is about to be the first ever to be traded like a stock.

    Edward Lampert, who engineered the merger of Kmart Holding Corp. and Sears, Roebuck & Co. in 2005, has presided over 28 straight quarterly sales declines.

    Lampert stops buying Sears IOUs as cash burns

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. has relied on controlling shareholder Edward Lampert for years to help fund its operations. Now the billionaire is cutting out a form of lending he’s provided since 2010 to the owner of its namesake retail chain and Kmart.

    Walgreens Corporate Campus Headquarters sign in Deerfield.

    Walgreen 2Q profit slips on tough comparison

    Deerfield-based Walgreen’s fiscal second quarter earnings slipped from a year ago as the nation’s largest drugstore chain reaped a smaller benefit from generic drugs and took a $60 million hit due to rough winter weather. But the company’s underlying performance impressed investors, and its shares rose, approaching the all-time high that they reached last month.

    Stockholders of Deerfield-based spirits company Beam Inc. formally approved the $16 billion acquisition by Japan’s Suntory Holdings.

    Beam stockholders OK acquisition by Suntory

    Stockholders of Deerfield-based spirits company Beam Inc. formally approved the $16 billion acquisition by Japan’s Suntory Holdings.

    Malaysia’s acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein answers a reporter’s questions Tuesday during a news conference for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. China demanded that Malaysia turn over the satellite data used to conclude that a Malaysia Airlines jetliner had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, killing everyone on board, as gale-force winds and heavy rain on Tuesday halted the search for remains of the plane.

    Novel analysis helped narrow Malaysian jet search

    Investigators are closer to solving an international aviation mystery thanks to a British communications satellite and classroom physics. An analysis of faint signals sent from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to an Inmarsat satellite led officials to conclude the plane crashed in a remote area of the southern Indian Ocean. More precise information about the plane’s position when it sent the last signals is helping authorities refine the search being undertaken by planes and ships in seas 1,550 miles southwest of Perth, Australia.

    George Perez, a former programmer at Bernard L. Madoff Investments Securities LLC, right, exits federal court in New York on Monday. Five former aides to Bernard Madoff who spent decades working for his firm were found guilty of helping run the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, a $17.5 billion fraud exposed by the 2008 financial crisis. Perez, along with fellow programmer Jerome O’Hara is accused of automating the scam as it grew rapidly in the 1990s.

    Jury nixes Madoff claim he was alone

    Imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff’s claim that he carried out a nearly $20 billion fraud by himself has been firmly rejected by a jury that convicted five of his former top employees of all charges that they aided his crimes. The verdict Monday in federal court in Manhattan means more than a dozen people have either pleaded guilty or been convicted of charges related to a mammoth fraud Madoff engineered for decades before the economy’s 2008 collapse exposed it for the record Ponzi scheme it was.


    Asian stocks muted, European markets gain

    Asian stock markets were muted Tuesday with little news to excite investors, but European shares and U.S. futures were mostly higher. In early European trading, Britain’s FTSE 100 was up 0.8 percent at 6,571.0 and Germany’s DAX rose 0.8 percent at 9,258.50. France’s CAC-40 climbed 0.9 percent at 4,314.48.

    About half of all payday loans are made to people who extend the loans so many times they end up paying more in fees than the original amount they borrowed, a report by a federal watchdog has found.

    Report: Payday loans can cost borrowers much

    About half of all payday loans are made to people who extend the loans so many times they end up paying more in fees than the original amount they borrowed, a report by a federal watchdog has found.


    Effort seeks to train workers for manufacturing jobs

    Educators, nonprofit leaders and business officials have joined forces to launch an initiative focused on helping unemployed and underemployed residents get manufacturing jobs in the suburbs.The so-called Metro West Manufacturing Workforce Collaborative is hoping to train and find jobs for between 100 and 150 people every year. It's the brainchild of DuPage United, a civic advocacy group comprised of local clergy and nonprofit representatives.

Life & Entertainment


    Short & Sweet critic Ellen Ferrera reviews Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, hosted by Diana Martinez

    Short and Sweet Critic for the day, Ellen Ferrera of Villa Parks, shares her perspective on Broadway in Chicago's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with host, Diana Martinez.


    Orange Dream Cookies
    Cook of the Week Christine Crabtree makes her Orange Dream Cookies using orange cake mix. Recipe works well with lemon cake mix, too.

    Renowned opera tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform Dec. 13 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Andrea Bocelli to perform in Rosemont

    Famed tenor Andrea Bocelli will make only six stops on his North American tour this year, and Rosemont will be one of them. Bocelli will perform at the Allstate Arena at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, April 7.

    DJ Robert DeLong performs on the first day of Lollapalooza in 2013 at Grant Park in Chicago.

    Lollapalooza lineup to be announced Wednesday

    Early bird, 3-day passes for Lollapalooza sold out in minutes Tuesday morning, and demand remains high for regular 3-day passes, which cost $25 more and also go on sale today. The Lollapalooza website was bogged down Tuesday morning as music lovers grab up tickets to Chicago’s popular summer music festival Aug. 1-3.


    Whose problem is it that wife won’t go out? Yours or hers?

    His wife has no close friends, while he has many casual ones and goes out quite often, leaving her at home. He feels this is a problem and worries about her being a homebody. Carolyn Hax asks, is it really her problem or his?

    Shakira recently released the somewhat tepid “Shakira.”

    Shakira’s new album should be much better

    Shakira’s domination in America has dwindled since she became a hip-swiveling goddess of festive pop hits like “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” “Shakira,” her tenth album, features the 37-year-old taking a back seat as lead songwriter and producer, and that doesn’t come off as a wise move.

    Robbie Rivera, left, Frank Margini, David Gaffke, Ashley Vargas and Brandon Swan at Complete Bridal Salon in East Dundee will be the subjects of a new reality show, “Best in Bridal,” airing on a new network launching July 7.

    East Dundee bridal salon headed for reality TV

    David Gaffke, owner of an East Dundee bridal salon, complained the reality show “Say Yes to the Dress” was out of touch with reality as evidenced by the pricey gowns on the show. Now, the owner of Complete Bridal Salon and his all-male staff are getting their own show. “We're not pretty, we won't have the chandeliers, but you're paying 45 percent cheaper than retail and we're not paid a commission,” Gaffke said.

    David Cassidy was sentenced by a Los Angeles judge on Monday to serve 90 days in rehab and five years on informal probation on a drunken driving case filed after the 1970s heartthrob’s arrest earlier this year.

    David Cassidy sentenced to rehab in DUI case

    A judge has sentenced 1970s teen heartthrob David Cassidy to three months in rehab and five years of probation in a drunken driving case. Cassidy’s attorney, Steven Graff Levine, entered an open plea to a Los Angeles judge Monday, admitting that he was driving under the influence when he was arrested in January after making an illegal turn.

    Kalamata olives and feta cheese go into Cook of the Week Christine Crabtree’s Greek Bruschetta.

    Greek Bruschetta
    Kalamata olives and feta cheese go into Cook of the Week Christine Crabtree’s Greek Bruschetta.

    Beef, rice and onion go into the filling for Christine Crabtree’s stuffed peppers and tomatoes.

    Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes
    Beef, rice and onion go into the filling for Cook of the Week Christine Crabtree’s Greek Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes.

    David Rosenfelt recently released “Without Warning.”

    ‘Without Warning’ is one of Rosenfelt’s best

    A hurricane and the collapse of a dam start a cascade of terrible events in “Without Warning,” David Rosenfelt’s latest twisted thriller. Police Chief Jake Robbins, who has a tumultuous relationship with the press, is forced to work with newspaper editor Katie Sanford. They dated in high school, but married other people. Jake and Katie must put aside their differences and work together to stop a killer.

    Try the grilled Caribbean arctic char for dinner as part of Weber Grill’s meatless menu available through April 17.

    Dining events: Weber Grill serves up Lenten menu

    Available through April 17, Weber Grill’s Lenten lunch menu includes the blackened catfish sandwich and the wood-fired crabcake sandwich. Or try the grilled Caribbean arctic char with a citrus marinade or the blackened catfish with Tabasco butter sauce.

    Christine Crabtree shows off a fresh batch of her orange dream cookies in her Winfield kitchen.

    Cook of the Week: Winfield mom follows Greek genes to feed people

    Chris Crabtree was raised in a home where cooking was an enthusiastic pursuit of her Greek father and grandmother, but she didn’t really start to enjoy cooking until she got married. “Cooking was something my husband and I enjoyed doing together — and still do, 26 years later.”

    Driveway sealants preserve the look of the driveway and can make the surface durable and impervious to stains.

    Sealing a driveway will extend its life

    Installing an asphalt or a concrete driveway can be an expensive undertaking. To preserve the fresh, new look of the driveway, have the driveway sealed and then routinely seal it to keep it looking pristine.

    Deslin Rowe, a superpowered rabble-rouser, can absorb the powers of other so-called “conduits” in “inFamous: Second Son.”

    ‘inFamous: Second Son’ makes Seattle super

    Ah, Seattle, home of a thousand coffee shops, almost as many tech startups and the loudest fans in the NFL. Also, gangs of armed drug dealers, an oppressive paramilitary presence and a handful of superpowered rabble-rousers. Deslin Rowe, the star of “infamous: Second Son,” is one of those malcontents. He’s on the run from the Department of Unified Protection, a government agency that’s understandably twitchy around mutants, given the apocalyptic meltdown unleashed in 2011’s “inFamous 2.” Deslin has his own score to settle with the DUP, so Seattleites had better hold onto their lattes.

    “A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism” comes from historian Patrick Allitt.

    Allitt’s new book reviews U.S. environmental history

    According to “A Climate of Crisis,” climate change and other pressing environmental concerns will be, instead of disasters, problems handily managed by America’s capitalism and technological know-how. That’s bound to be a hard sell on any of the shorelines that regularly disappear under projections of rising sea levels. The thing to keep in mind when reading “A Climate of Crisis” is that the author, Patrick Allitt, is not a climatologist or any kind of scientist. Allitt is a historian.

    Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and the Girls Scouts recently declared a campaign to “Ban Bossy,” complete with Beyoncé, Jane Lynch and Condoleezza Rice on video. But the effort is also being questioned on a variety of fronts, including its focus on a word that not everyone considers damaging, and for encouraging a behavior that not everybody believes equals leadership skill, as Ban Bossy advocates.

    Some question Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign

    Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and the Girl Scouts recently declared a campaign to “Ban Bossy,” complete with Beyoncé, Jane Lynch and Condoleezza Rice on video, a website full of tips and thousands of fans who pledged to stamp out that B word for girls. But the effort is also being questioned on a variety of fronts, including its focus on a word that not everyone considers damaging, and for encouraging a behavior that not everybody believes equals leadership, as Ban Bossy contends.

    Brunnera Sea Heart sprouts blue flowers in the spring but it is known for its unique foliage.

    New perennials to try this year

    Spring awakens the hearts of gardeners. We can’t wait to get our hands dirty, to plant and nurture and to gaze upon fresh foliage and early spring blooms. What new perennials will our independent garden centers offer for us to add to our borders?


    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Antioch Fire Department and Rescue Squad at 835 Holbeck Drive in Antioch.

    Editorial: Lessons in agency’s bid to regain trust

    The Antioch Rescue Squad's uncertain future should be a lesson to any group -- government and otherwise -- that loses sight of the right way to conduct itself in the community and breaches the public's trust.


    For the pope, it’s primarily about the soul

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: This week’s meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope. In anticipation of the meeting, everyone seems to want a piece of the pope.


    President leading us to a social state
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: [In response to Hank D’Ambrosio’s, March 18 letter, yes, there are those of us who do care what is happening to our country. Also, our leader is embracing the teachings of the late Saul Alinsky, a socialist and community organizer.


    Use facts when citing Obama ‘scandals’
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: In his letter on March 18, Mr. Hank D’Ambrosio lambastes President Obama for the IRS, Benghazi and, most laughably, the credit downgrade of the U.S. While I vehemently disagree with a number of the president’s policies, my disagreements are based on actual facts.


    Business principles apply to government too
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: This note is in response to those who feel you cannot run government as a business. I believe you folks are missing the point, which is fiscal responsibility. If you run a business in a manner that is not fiscally responsible, your business will surely be bankrupt in a short while.


    When life begins is the real question
    A Big Rock letter to the editor: In John Morgan’s March 18 letter, he says, “Pregnancy is supposed to be a wonderful experience, not a punishment for having sex.” True, but as intimate and wonderful an experience as sex is, it should never, ever be treated as mere recreational activity."


    Data breaches hurt everyone in system
    A Naperville letter to the editor: A Feb. 21 letter from the Illinois Retail Merchants Assn. addressed the role of financial institutions regarding data breaches, as well as a possible “solution.” The Illinois Credit Union League feels obligated to dispute these claims in the hopes that all parties in the electronic payments system can move past futile finger-pointing and work together to improve security and protect our customers.


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