Daily Archive : Monday March 31, 2014



    District 15 reassigns Whiteley principal

    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 school board on Monday reassigned longtime Whiteley Elementary School principal Mary Szuch to a regular teaching position for the next school year. The move, approved unanimously by the board in a special session, was not made at Szuch's request, Superintendent Scott Thompson said.

    West Chicago-based Nordic Plow won the Up-and-Comer Award during the annual Chicago Innovation Awards. On Monday, the company joined other winners of the innovation awards to close the Nasdaq in New York City.

    W. Chicago firm honored for twist on snowplow

    A West Chicago-based company that makes a unique snowplow that attaches to passenger cars was among a list of Chicago-area companies that helped close the Nasdaq on Monday afternoon in New York. Richard Behan's invention is genius in its simplicity.“It’s basically like a shovel that the car is pushing,” he said.

    Workers repairthe escalator and surrounding area where a CTA commuter train crashed at O'Hare International Airport on Monday injuring 32 passengers.

    CTA reopens O'Hare station after derailment

    The Chicago Transit Authority station at O'Hare International Airport is reopen, nearly a week after the derailment of a Blue Line train. CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase says the station reopened mid-afternoon Sunday. Crews worked around the clock to restore service to the stop after an eight-car train derailed last Monday.

    Palatine Rural Fire Department Chief Hank Clemmensen walks away from a truck after it returned from a call in Palatine. Buried in the 514-page budget released is an increase for the loan program to help local fire departments buy trucks.

    Closer Look: Quinn's budget holds a few surprises

    Much of the focus of Gov. Pat Quinn's election-year budget address was on his proposal to make Illinois' temporary income tax permanent in order to avert cuts to education and other areas. But buried in the 514-page blueprint released by the governor's office Wednesday are several other less-publicized proposals revealing his priorities in the year ahead.

    Southbound traffic on Route 12 was slowed Monday morning after a truck carrying a piece of construction equipment got stuck under a railroad bridge near Ela Road in Lake Zurich.

    Stuck truck clogs traffic in Lake Zurich

    Traffic backed up late Monday morning on southbound Route 12 in Lake Zurich after a truck carrying a piece of equipment got stuck beneath a railroad overpass.

    A 77-year-old Schaumburg woman was killed Monday when the car she was riding in collided with an SUV at Irving Park Road and Mitchell Boulevard on the village’s south side. Two others were hospitalized after the collision, police said.

    77-year-old woman killed in Schaumburg crash

    A 77-year-old Schaumburg woman was killed and two other people were injured Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash on the south side of the village, police said. Police say Matalda Gallo was a passenger in a Chevy Malibu traveling east on Irving Park Road about 10:40 a.m. when it turned left on Mitchell Boulevard and was struck by a Chevy Tahoe that was westbound on Irving Park.

    Jose Loera

    Jealous ex held on $5 million bond in Aurora murder

    Bond was set at $5 million Monday afternoon for an Aurora man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in a fit of jealous rage. Jose Loera, 35, is charged with strangling Heather Jacobi, 32, with her own scarf late Friday or early Saturday. “While he was in her home he noticed (Jacobi) was receiving text messages and Facebook posts from men and he became enraged,” Assistant State's...

    Yuki Hirayama, 16

    3 from Vernon Hills family killed in Arizona crash

    Three members of a Vernon Hills family were killed Friday in Arizona when a pickup truck being chased by police crashed into their van, authorities said. The accident happened about 9 p.m. Friday on U.S. Route 160, about 90 miles north of Flagstaff, Ariz., police spokesman Raul Garcia said.

    Richard August

    Plea deal springs Lombard man from jail on child porn charge

    A 54-year-old Lombard man, jailed since early December on child pornography charges, will be released later today according to a plea deal struck with prosecutors. Richard August, of the 1300 block of Lore Lane, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of possession of child pornography.


    Drivers hit two Elgin house; dog killed

    Two homes in Elgin were red-tagged last weekend after they were hit by cars in two separate accidents, one of which killed a pet hound dog.

    Mike Mele of Mundelein grills flatbread pizza Monday before the White Sox’ first game of the season at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sox fans relish perfect past, hope for future, live in present

    White Sox fans kicked off the 2014 baseball season by reminiscing about past glories while considering the mediocre present just a means to a future success. “Build for the future,” says fan Patrick Nelson. “That’s what I’m excited about.”

    Adel Daoud

    Government appeals ruling to let defense see secret files

    A decision by a trial judge in Chicago to grant lawyers for a terrorism suspect unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records would be a “sea change” in how such sensitive documents are handled and would end up jeopardizing national security, U.S. government attorneys argue in a hard-hitting appeal filed on Monday.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS A front-end loader is driven past a wrecked car Monday near Darrington, Wash., in the debris field of the massive mudslide that hit the nearby community of Oso, Wash.

    More mudslide victims found as state seeks new aid

    Estimated financial losses from the deadly Washington mudslide that has killed at least 24 people have reached $10 million, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday in a letter asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration. In seeking additional federal help following one of the deadliest landslides in U.S. history, Inslee said about 30 families need assistance with housing, along with...

    Cora Vay, right, a customer service representative, explains a health insurance plan to Michael Carradine, second from left, who came with his mother, Natividad Martin, left, to sign up for health care, Monday in Sacramento, Calif. Carradine, 20, a student at California State University, Sacramento, was one of the dozens who came to a registration site hosted by the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, to sign up ahead of Monday’s midnight enrollment deadline.

    Deadline dash: Glitches slow health care sign-ups

    In a flood of last-minute sign-ups, hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to apply for health insurance Monday, but deadline day for President Barack Obama’s overhaul brought long, frustrating waits and a new spate of website ills. “This is like trying to find a parking spot at Wal-Mart on Dec. 23,” said Jason Stevenson, working with a Utah nonprofit group helping people...

    This is Orson Welles’ personal copy of a souvenir program from his classic 1941 film, “Citizen Kane,” which is among the legendary actor, director and scriptwriter’s items consigned by his daughter, Beatrice Welles, that will be offered in auction in New York City on April 26.

    Orson Welles’ camera, other items up for auction

    The youngest daughter of director and writer Orson Welles is giving film buffs a chance to buy some of his personal possessions, including a camera, scripts and photos from the set of "Citizen Kane."

    The CTA, Metra and Pace would merge and the Regional Transportation Authority would be eliminated under a recommendation by a task force appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

    Task force: Get rid of RTA, merge Metra, CTA and Pace

    A state transit reform task wants Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois to get rid of the Regional Transportation Authority and merge Metra, Pace and the CTA into a new superagency. “The RTA has got to go,” said civic leader George Ranney, who co-chaired the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force.


    Chicago panel approves $5.7 million settlement

    A Chicago City Council committee has approved a $5.7 million payment to a bicyclist who was paralyzed after he was hit by a falling tree limb.

    People who don’t have health insurance have until midnight Monday to enroll or else they’ll face federal tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act.

    Illinoisans encounter problems with health insurance signup

    Illinois residents who waited until the last day to sign up for health insurance poured into hospital lobbies and enrollment areas Monday, with some encountering the same kind of computer problems that greeted those who tried to be the first to participate back in October.

    Heather Britton at her home in Bay Village, Ohio. New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients’ diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good. Some patients, like Britton, have passed the five-year mark when some experts consider cure or prolonged remission a possibility.

    Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics

    New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients’ diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good. Doctors on Monday gave longer results from a landmark study showing that stomach-reducing operations are better than medications for treating “diabesity,” the deadly duo of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

    Frank Telewski, professor of plant biology at Michigan State University, examines a red maple tree that was damaged on the university campus in East Lansing, Mich., during a December 2013 ice storm. Telewski is taking part in a research program designed to help people plant and maintain trees in ways that would make them less vulnerable during storms.

    In ice-damaged towns, a difficult choice on trees

    A vicious ice storm that made Christmas week a nightmare from the Midwest to Maine shattered hundreds of trees at Michigan State University, where inch-thick layers of ice snapped thick limbs and trunks of stately towers that had stood for generations.


    Police: Woman ejected when motorcycle hits curb

    A 33-year-old woman was injured when she was ejected from the motorcycle she was driving Sunday afternoon at Route 25 and Fabyan Parkway, authorities said. Samantha Kannon of Brookfield was turning to head West on Fabyan Parkway from Route 25 about 4 p.m. Sunday when one of the two rear wheels of her 1993 Honda motorcycle hit the curb, Geneva police Cmdr. Eric Passarelli said.


    Baseball memorabilia wanted

    Baseball and softball memorabilia are wanted for a new exhibit at the Aurora Historical Society, titled “Play Ball, Aurora!” that will open May 23.


    Walsh to speak to Palatine Twp. GOP

    The Palatine Township Republican Organization will feature political commentator and former congressman Joe Walsh at their regular monthly meeting Saturday, April 5. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, starts at 9 a.m., with doors opening at 8:30 a.m., at the PTRO office, 839 N. Quentin Road, Palatine.

    Rafael P. Arellano

    Mount Prospect man charged after police chase

    A 25-year-old Mount Prospect man has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license and several other violations after he led police on a brief chase while driving in the wrong lanes of traffic through parts of West suburban Riverside early Sunday, police said.


    Palatine park district hosts adult egg hunt

    The Palatine Park District will host its 2nd annual Adult Flashlight Egg Scramble on Friday, April 11 at Falcon Park Recreation Center, 2195 N. Hicks Road, Palatine. Check in on the day of the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Flashlight Egg Hunt will begin at 8 p.m. The event will include an egg hunt in the dark, free raffle entry, and a souvenir photo with the bunny.


    Jeweler supports autism awareness

    In recognition of April as World Autism Awareness Month, Breitling and Razny Jewelers in Addison is donating 20 percent of any Breitling timepiece with a blue dial to Els for Autism Foundation.

    Ken Chiakas of Des Plaines holds a picture of his daughter, Stephanie, who died of a heroin overdose last year when she was 17. He joined U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren Monday to talk about the next steps in the fight to help stamp out heroin use.

    Hultgren unveils proposed solutions to heroin problem

    Congressman Randy Hultgren unveiled a preliminary list of solutions for what federal, state and local leaders can do to address a growing problem with heroin use. The suggestions came from a recent brainstorming panel Hultgren hosted with more than 50 leaders involved in the drug war.


    Police investigate suspicious letter delivered to DuPage courthouse

    The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious letter that was received at the DuPage County Circuit Clerk’s Office Monday afternoon. According to a news release, an employee opened the letter around 1:15 p.m. and found an unknown substance enclosed with the correspondence.


    Glendale Heights club takes scholarship applications

    Glendale Heights Junior Woman's Club is taking applications for a $2,000 college scholarship.


    Oakbrook Terrace Historical Society seeks support

    Oakbrook Terrace Historical Society is seeking artifacts and financial donations now that it has an official home.


    Ash tree treatment beginning in Naperville

    Treatment of healthy parkway ash trees in Naperville is expected to begin in early April and continue through June as the city tries to save its 15,000 ashes from the emerald ash borer.


    See Harper College debate team prep for nationsl

    Before they head to this year’s national competition in Denver, the Harper College Speech and Debate team will give the public a preview at the annual Night Before Nationals performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the school’s Palatine campus. Twelve students will perform the pieces they plan to take to the Phi Ro Pi national tournament, where they placed fourth last year.


    Spring burns in Naperville

    Naperville Park District will conduct ground-level burns over the next several weeks.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Someone jumped on the hood of a vehicle in the 15N800 block of Pheasant Fields Lane near Hampshire between 9 p.m. March 22 and 3 p.m. March 23, denting it, along with four quarter panels and scratching it with a key, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A wedding ring set valued at $12,100 was stolen between 1 and 2:30 p.m. March 14 from a residence in the 37W500 block of Mills Court near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Male singers wanted
    The Chorus of DuPage holds a guest night for men who like to sing on April 8.


    Donate a formal dress, enter to win Yorktown prom prize giveaway

    Yorktown Center in Lombard is offering girls age 16 and older a chance to win an Ultimate Prom Prize Package if they donate gently used formal dresses, accessories and/or unopened makeup by Sunday, April 6. One raffle ticket will be awarded for each item donated.


    Blue lights shine for autism

    Naperville's Millennium Carillon is honoring World Autism Awareness Month by shining blue lights from April 1-13.


    WHS students headed to nationals:

    Thirty-two Wauconda High School students have qualified for a national Future Business Leaders of America competition, officials announced Monday.


    Antioch park commissioner sought:

    The village of Antioch is accepting resumes and letters of interest to fill a vacancy for park commission board member.


    Protecting birds is talk topic:

    Bird conservation is the topic of a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, of the Lake-to-Prairie Wild Ones at the Fremont Public Library, 1700 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. “The Future of Birds: Are Continuing Declines Inevitable?” will be presented by conservation activist Donnie Dann.


    Public housing waiting list:

    The Lake County Housing Authority will open its waiting list for public housing scattered sites on April 1.


    Lovell director to retire:

    The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center’s director, Patrick Sullivan, is retiring Wednesday, April 2.


    Fundraiser for Addison treatment center

    Serenity House Counseling Services will host their annual gala fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Empress Banquets, 200 E. Lake St., in Addison. Tickets are $100 and all proceeds will go toward the support of residential and outpatient treatment services for individuals recovering from substance use disorders. T


    Cook County judge says Malaysian plane court filing improper

    A Cook County judge has thrown out a civil action on behalf of a relative of a Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passenger, scolding the Chicago law firm involved for what she described as an improper filing.


    Huntley woman dies in Gilberts crash

    A Huntley woman was killed in a car crash Saturday in Gilberts, and two other people were injured, police said.

    James Dunne

    Prospect Hts. close to hiring new administrator

    Prospect Heights Police Chief James Dunne will serve as acting city administrator until a permanent candidate can be hired, Mayor Nick Helmer said Monday. City Administrator Anne Marrin recently resigned after more than three years in the job to take a similar position with the village of Fox Lake.

    Mark A. Clough

    Man faces prison for 2013 Elgin arson

    A 47-year-old South Elgin man faces possible prison time after pleading guilty to setting fire at an Elgin engineering firm in spring 2013. Mark A. Clough, faces anywhere from probation to seven years in prison when sentenced in May and also is being sued for nearly $48,000 in damages.

    A second beer festival is coming June 21 to the once-dry city of Wheaton. The inaugural Wheaton Ale Fest in 2011 is pictured here. BrewFest Partners hosted the ale fest for two years before it was taken over by the Wheaton Park District.

    Craft beer festival coming to Aurora, Wheaton

    A new festival coming to Aurora and Wheaton this summer will highlight craft beers, cheese and sausage from Wisconsin. The event will be held in Aurora’s River Edge Park on May 31 and at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton on June 21.

    Cardinal Francis George

    Cardinal George to travel to Rome

    Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George plans to travel to Rome for the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II next month.


    Panel reviewing rejected concealed carry permits

    Illinois State Police have processed about one-fifth of the objections filed by residents whose concealed carry permit applications have been denied.


    Tuition going up at WIU

    It will cost about 3 percent more to attend Western Illinois University this fall. The school’s board of trustees approved a 2.99 percent increase for undergraduate students and a 2.97 percent increase for graduate students. The increases affect tuition, fees and room and board.


    State to have less corn acreage, more beans

    The number of acres Illinois farmers devote to corn crops this year is expected to dip slightly amid growers’ plans to plant more soybeans statewide.


    Illinois cracking down on feral swine populations

    State officials have announced new rules about release, transportation and harvest of feral swine. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Monday that the new rules will deter people from bringing feral swine into Illinois to promote hunting them.


    Chicago man first to have gun-carry permit revoked

    A Chicago man is the first in Illinois to have his permit to carry a concealed weapon revoked. William P. O’Connell, 54, was arrested March 23 on suspicion of a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    Illinois has banned Sunday automobile sales since 1983. Violators can face a $1,500 fine.

    FTC says Sunday car sales ban bad for competition

    Federal regulators say Illinois’ longstanding ban on Sunday automobile sales isn’t good for competition and can be harmful to the marketplace. The Federal Trade Commission says the prohibition on Sunday automobile sales also makes it more difficult for drivers to shop around for the best deal.

    Sabrina Poulsen of Wheeling is at the controls of a space shuttle simulator aviation program that reinforces leadership, teamwork and decision-making while building realistic piloting skills.

    Local students laud learning experiences at Honeywell space camp

    Nine high school students from the North and West suburbs who attended a week-long camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., say it helped teach them leadership skills and how to work together with people from around the world. The camp also deepened their interest in pursuing careers in science. “By the first day, we were already a family,” said Sabrina Poulsen of...

    Erodq Vilza waits by a laptop as she tries sign her father-in-law up for health insurance before the Affordable Care Act deadline Monday in St. Louis. Many people looking for last-minute help enrolling at Cover Lemay, a St. Louis-area nonprofit, were slowed by technical problems with the government’s healthcare website.

    Q&A: Status update as health law marks a milestone

    Like so much about the government’s health care overhaul, Monday’s deadline to sign up for coverage in 2014 didn’t turn out quite as planned: Many people still are eligible for extensions that will let them enroll. It’s time for a status report as the law marks a milestone, although no one’s quite sure how to define success:

    Wauconda officials want to get drinking water from Lake Michigan.

    Wauconda, Volo could again partner on Lake Michigan water project

    Six months after a regional agency told Wauconda to look elsewhere for Lake Michigan drinking water, village trustees on Tuesday will consider a deal with neighboring Volo that could get their $50 million plan back on track and fix a very public blunder.

    Judson University sophomore Spencer Thomas and freshman Bethany Cooper finally get to enjoy some spring temperatures Monday as they relax near Tyler Creek between classes in Elgin. Both originally from Rockford, Thomas is a biology and pre-med student. Cooper is majoring in music performance.

    Monday weather provides preview of what’s ahead

    Students are Judson University were finally able to enjoy some spring temperatures on campus Monday, and even a bit of time to relax by Tyler Creek while soaking up some sunshine between classes.

    Self-defense activists perform military exercises at a military training ground outside Kiev, Ukraine, Monday. Ukrainian Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsa has said that the new Ukrainian government is not planning to lead Ukraine into NATO.

    Russia pulls back a battalion from Ukraine border

    Russia pulled back a battalion from along the Ukrainian border Monday in a maneuver that Ukraine called baffling. It also sent its prime minister to Crimea to promise quick funds to improve power supplies, water lines and education on the newly annexed peninsula.


    Elgin OK with cost of sending police leaders to conference

    Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall sent two top police department officials to attend the ICMA conference in his place, a move that cost the city nearly $7,100, more than any other town or county included in the Daily Herald analysis. “It has relevance — there’s over 300 sessions and all of them are about managing cities,” Stegall said.

    National Guard reservist Amanda Beets of Rockford, second from right, who suffered a stroke, is introduced at the fashion show with her parents, Ray and Lonnie Beets, left. Funds from the show were used by Salute Inc. in Palatine to buy her an adaptive bicycle.

    Student fashion show raises $18,000 for veterans

    In the fashion show produced last month by students from the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, models took to the runway escorted by Marines, wearing their dress uniforms. The event took place at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows and raised more than $18,000 for Salute Inc. in Palatine.

    Children’s music instructor Susan Nierman, of Mundelein, helped Kensho Beasley, 5, also of Mundelein, play a trumpet during “Ms. Sue’s Musical Petting Zoo!” program Thursday at the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein. Nierman introduced young children to a variety of musical instruments.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features kids' spring break activities, a gaggle of clowns, and Lake County seniors producing a cable television show.

    Dan Schimmel

    Buffalo Grove parks leader Schimmel retiring; deputy set to take over

    Buffalo Grove Park District Executive Director Dan Schimmel will retire at the end of the year, the district announced Monday, ending a nearly 24-year run with the district that included roles in the construction of the Buffalo Grove Fitness Center and Buffalo Grove Golf and Sports Center facilities. He will be replaced by the agency’s current deputy director, Ryan Risinger.


    Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office hosts victims’ rights event

    In honor of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 6-12, the Lake County State's Attorney's Office is hosting a Victims' Rights event April 10 at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus, Building C, auditorium, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

    A lunar eclipse, when the moon drops behind the Earth’s shadow and glows red, copper or even dark gray, can happen two times a year. The next eclipse can be viewed Tuesday, April 15.

    Different phases of the moon determine its size

    “Why is the moon more like a fingernail sometimes and sometimes it’s a circle moon?” asked a young patron at Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville.

    David Larson

    District 87 learns lessons from community’s yes vote

    After winning voter approval for a plan to fund $100 million in repairs and updates to its four high schools, Glenbard High School Distrit 87 is looking forward and planning for construction. But leaders also are looking back at the planning, the campaign and the vote.

    Director Diana Martinez is booking acts for the 2014-15 season at the recently renovated MAC Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Renovated MAC Center ready for full season of new acts

    Diana Martinez is energized about the future of the renovated McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. The director is now booking the 2014-2015 season, the first full season back in the MAC since it reopened this year after a 16-month renovation.

    Patient William Spence of Carpentersville, left, meets with Janet Lenz, director of the Shared Care program at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital’s heart failure clinic in Elgin, and Erin Coglianese, director of mechanical cardiac support at Loyola University Medical Center, during a recent visit at Presence Saint Joseph.

    Shared Care site helps patients at Elgin hospital

    Heart patient William Spence says that among all the difficult things he’s had to endure in the last couple years, one of the bright spots has been being able to get care close to home. Two years ago Spence, 59, of Carpentersville, got a new pacemaker after suffering major heart failure, and had a heart transplant on New Year’s Day.

    One passenger's photo reveals the aftermath of the March 24 Blue Line O'Hare Station shake-up. The crash has raised questions about systemic faults with CTA operations.

    Questions remain about Blue Line safety issues

    In light of last week's accident and others in the past, should commuters worry about traveling on the Blue Line? Experts and riders weigh in as the investigation into the O'Hare Station crash continues. The train operator has admitted to dozing off on the job twice — just before the crash and on Feb. 1 — but her union faults a culture of overtime.

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Senate torture report examines hunt for bin Laden

    A Senate investigation concludes waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to congressional aides and outside experts familiar with a still-secret, 6,200-page report. The finding could deepen the worst rift in years between lawmakers and the CIA.

    A 2,000 year-old Jewish burial box on display in Jerusalem Monday.

    11 ancient burial boxes recovered in Israel

    The Israeli Antiquities Authority unveiled 11 ancient burial boxes Monday that were seized by police who broke up an apparent attempt to illegally sell them. Officials say the boxes, or ossuaries, are 2,000 years old. Some are engraved with designs and even names, giving clues to their origin and contents.

    Baseball fans in Wrigley Field’s left field bleachers scramble for a batted ball during a Chicago Cubs baseball game in Chicago. Wrigley was the first ballpark where fans could keep foul balls.

    10 Things to Know about Wrigley Field

    The Cubs and the Phillies played the highest scoring game in Major League Baseball history, a 26-23 affair the Cubs won, at Wrigley on Aug. 25, 1922. The Phillies only used two pitchers the entire game.

    In this May 1, 2013 photo, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts speaks in Chicago about proposed renovations at Wrigley Field.

    In a century at Wrigley, innovations abound

    It’s hard to think of Wrigley Field as anything but a place of heartbreak — a place where fans wait, season after season, for an elusive World Series title that never comes. Yet in the century without a championship, the ballpark has been in first time and time again in changing the way America watches baseball.

    Chris Jankowski the architect of the GOP’s gerrymandering effort in Virginia in the Gallery of the Virginia House of Delegates at the Capitol in Richmond, Va.

    GOP has built-in advantage in fight for U.S. House

    Even if Democrats recruit great candidates, raise gobs of money and run smart campaigns, they face an uphill fight to retake control of the House in this year’s congressional elections, regardless of the political climate in November.

    A selfie Beverly Brignoni took at an unknown location. Brignoni was a young New Yorker seeking a less expensive way to enhance her appearance and she did what many other people are now doing: travel to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery. It went horribly wrong.

    Low-cost Dominican surgeries spark warnings by USAP

    Beverly Brignoni was a young New Yorker seeking a less expensive way to enhance her appearance and she did what many other people are now doing: travel to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery. It went horribly wrong.

    The 2013 cast of Improv Playhouse’s production of “The Gathering.”

    Improv Playhouse to perform ‘The Gathering’

    The Improv Playhouse will be producing "The Gathering," the late-Josephine Raciti Forsberg’s contemporary adaptation of the last hour of the Last Supper, directed by David Brian Stuart.


    No matter your situation in life, being content is key

    Carolyn Hax explains ther thoughts on people who are infertile vs. those who are longing for a partner in life.


    Illinois Democrats use redistricting to dominate

    Republican congressional candidate Bobby Schilling is running against two opponents in the November election - one an incumbent congresswoman and the other a map of electoral districts favoring Illinois Democrats.


    Ceremony provides military honors at Ill. cemetery

    A special ceremony will be held this week to recognize a dozen veterans who were buried in a central Illinois cemetery without military honors. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports Wednesday’s ceremony at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Clear Lake includes representatives from all four branches of the military.


    8-year-old boy struck and killed in Milwaukee

    A child has died after he was struck and killed in Milwaukee Police say the 8-year-old boy was crossing a north side street when he was hit about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Family and friends attend a candlelight vigil for Jeffrey and Katherine Bronken Sunday night at Heron View Park In Round Lake. The father and daughter were killed in a Florida small plane crash.

    Dawn Patrol: Vigil for plane crash victims, Moeller takes oath

    Round Lake dad, daughter remembered with vigil; Moeller takes oath of office in 43rd District; Batavia man reported missing in Japan found; fundraiser helps match vets with rescued pit bulls; Toews ‘day-to-day’ after Blackhawks loss; Sox’ Konerko ready for his final big-league go-round; Cubs’ Samardzija continues to learn on his baseball journey

    Addison resident Cynthia Brito talks to the crowd Sunday during the Coming Out of the Shadows rally in Bensenville, which called for an end to deportations of undocumented residents.

    Rally in Bensenville calls for end to deportations

    Dozens of people on Sunday attended a rally in Bensenville to call for an end to deportations in DuPage County and across the country. The third annual “Coming Out of the Shadows” event, organized by the DuPage County community group called Latin@ Youth Action League, included speeches by undocumented residents who proclaimed themselves “unafraid” and...

    A South Korean marine LVT-7 landing craft sail to shores Monday through a smoke screen during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing exercises called Ssangyong, part of the Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea. South Korea said North Korea has announced plans to conduct live-fire drills near the rivals’ disputed western sea boundary. The planned drills Monday come after an increase in threatening rhetoric from Pyongyang and a series of rocket and ballistic missile launches in an apparent protest against the annual military exercises by Seoul and Washington.

    Koreas trade fire; island residents in shelters

    North and South Korea fired artillery shells into each other’s waters Monday, a flare-up of animosity between the rivals that forced residents of five front-line South Korean islands to evacuate to shelters, South Korean officials said.

    Family and friends attend a candlelight vigil for Jeffrey and Katherine Bronken Sunday night at Heron View Park In Round Lake. The father and daughter were killed in a Florida small plane crash.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend
    What you have missed over the weekend: suburban officials explain costs associated with expensive confence; Elgin councilwoman sworn in as 43rd District representative; Toews injured in Blackhawks loss to Penguins; friends, family host vigil for Round Lake dad, daughter killed in plane crash; suburban homeowner dealing with rising flood insurance rates; and a woman and her granddaughter OK after...

    Jenn Licato, right, and Kristin Meek talk about neurofibromatosis, which affects about 2 million people worldwide and has no cure. The Arlington Heights mothers have bonded over their children’s diagnosis with the genetic disease.

    Arlington Heights moms raise money, awareness for rare kids’ disease

    Two Arlington Heights moms are working together to raise money and awareness to fight neurofibromatosis, a little-known disease affecting both their small children. “(Ben and Audrey) have a long way ahead of them, so if we can start some clinical trials now, maybe there can be new discoveries by the time they are older,” Kristin Meek said.

    Debbie Mossburg of Naperville has survived cancer as both a child and an adult, and now she is leading efforts to raise money to fight the diseases through the nonprofit Bike Bald, which organizes themed bike rides to support childhood cancer research and other community causes.

    Naperville survivor rides against childhood cancer

    Fellow cancer survivors and patients know Debbie Mossburg of Naperville “gets it.” The Naperville woman is trying to help others “get it” too, with the formation last fall of the nonprofit Bike Bald, which organizes themed biking events to raise money for childhood cancer research and other community causes. “Her experience as a cancer survivor gives her a unique...

    Wayne Schnell

    Politically connected cop paid to attend Island Lake meetings

    A politically connected, part-time Island Lake police officer is being paid specifically to attend village board meetings twice a month, prompting a dispute about the expense among officials.



    Softball: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*St. Charles East 14, Burlinton Central 4Burlington C. 102 01 -4-8-3STC East 411 44 -14-16-32B: BC — Gerke, Gaylord, Harnish; SCE —Collalti (2), Cheatham3B: SCE — HupeHR: SCE — CheathamWP: Beno; LP: Gaylord.*St. Edward 16, Rockford East 3St. Edward 129 04 -16-13-1Rockford East 010 20 -3-2-42B: STE — Scully (2), Zdroik, Stratman, Larson, ErnstHR: STE — Zdroik; RE — Shivley WP: Zdroik; LP: Wettwood.*riverside-brookfield 7, addison trail 6*glenbard east 7, hinsdale south 1Hinsdale South 100 000 0 —1-6-1Glenbard East 141 010 x —7-19-1HR: GE: West.WP: Hlavacek (7IP, 2H, 1R).*benet 8, neuqua valley 4Neuqua Valley 300 100 —4-11-5Benet 120 41x —8-17-12B: NV: Lange (2), Huebner, Hill; B: Punko, McGuire, Stoppelman, Abello; 3B: NV: Budds; HR: B: Rurka.WP: Stoppelman; LP: Bilgri.*downers Grove north 16, wheaton north 0 (game 1)Wheaton North —0-0-4Downers Grove North —16-14-12B: DN: Woitovich, Varsvergs; HR: DN: Ryndak.WP: Ryndak (5IP, 0H, 13K).*downers grove north 15, wheaton north 4 (Game 2)Wheaton North —4-4-3Downers Grove North —15-21-12B: DN: Ryndek (3), Varsvergs, Lusher, Honn; HR: DN: Ryndek.WP: Ramsden (6IP, 4R, 4H).*west chicago 3, willowbrook 2Willowbrook 000 000 2 —2-4-1West Chicago 002 010 x —3-7-12B:WC: Rich; WB: Schmidt. WP: Goldsmith (7IP, 16K, 1BB, 4H); LP: Telsor (7K, 2BB).*metea valley 11, plainfield north 8Metea Valley 311 420 0 —11-13-1Plainfield North 201 032 0 —8-11-52B: MV: L. Senese; PN: Vaughan, Willhalm, Fenza.HR: PN: Vaughan.WP: Hall; LP: Schmittel.*MUNDELEIN 4, WAUKEGAN 3Mundelein 000 013 0 —4-8-2Waukegan 300 000 0 —3-6-02B: Mund: Rosenow, Parney.3B: Mund: Mahar.WP: Parney.*at Melas Park (Mt. Prospect)Hersey 5, Glenbrook South 4 (9 inn.)At Melas Park in Mt. ProspectHersey 100 003 001 —5-15-1Glenbrook South 100 010 200 —4-6-02B: Hers: Anderskow, J. Schmiededer, Zaucha; WP: Denten; LP: Rossman.*at Rosemont Dome St. viator 8, Guerin Prep 0Guerin 000 000 0 —0-2-3Fenton 000 000 0 —8-12-12B: SV: T. Kaiser, K. Hackel, Hogan3B: SV: VanValkenburg, Hackel; HR: SV: Hogan, G. Kaiser WP: Hogan; LP: Quinlan.*Elk grove 18, fenton 2Elk Grove 413 127 —18-17-0Fenton 002 000 —2-4-32B: EG: Maher (3), Duffy, Masnica 3B: Fen: H. Wassmann; EG: PauscherWP: Eul LP: Fritz.*Maine West 13, Rolling Meadows 0Maine Visitor 300 208 —13-12-0Rolling Meadows 000 00 —0-3-62B: MW: Feldkamp, Herling; HR: MW Weber.WP: Feldkamp 4-for-4); LP: Hattory*


    Girls soccer: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*benet 2, oak park-river forest 0Benet 2 0 —2Oak Park-River Forest 0 0 —0Scoring — B: Elder (McCarthy), Elenteny (Gesior)Goalkeepers — B: Stopka.*


    Girls water polo: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Barrington 16, hoffman estates 9*hersey 23, Elk Grove 4Elk Grove 0 1 3 0 —4Hersey 4 7 3 9 —23Elk Grove — Hendren, Struk 2, LaurenHersey — Hoffman 4, Lippstreuer 2, Lutz 8, Lindholm 3, Karman, Surkin 4, Prostko 3, Rodrian 1*CONant 12, FREmd 7Conant 1 3 4 4 —12Fremd 2 0 2 3 —7Conant — Rosas 5, Skittone 4, Wooley 2, Weingart.Fremd — Taylor 2, Carlson 2, Degla 2, HoffmanGoalkeepers — *Palatine 13, Schaumburg 7Palatine 1 4 4 4 —13Schaumburg 1 2 1 3 —7Palatine — Chumbook 6, Seidl, Wojtas 6Schaumburg — Houts 4, Vasquez 2, Kasner*Rolling Meadows 16, Wheeling 4Wheeling — Godlewski 12, Diaz 2, Sowa, Isayeva.Meadows — Leudloff, Pletch, Renz, Feikos.*


    Boys volleyball: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Bolingbrook d. Imsa 25-18, 25-11IMSA — Moreno 4 blocks, 2 kills; Petesch 2 kills; Mangulabnon 2 kills*lakes d. carmel 25-22, 25-20Serving — Carm: May (2 aces), Kelly (2 aces), Zeman (1 ace); Attacking — Lks: Galat (9 kills), Solbrig (3 kills), Mathez (3 kills); Carm: Kelly (4 kills), Zeman (4 kills); Setting — Lks: Jewell (25 assists); Carm: Mehigan (12 assists); Digs — Lks: Solbrig 13, Galat 6, Jewell 4; Carm: Meadie 4; Blocks — Lks: Brodde 7, Battaglia 3, Solbrig 3, Jewell 3; Carm: Gadek 4.*MUNDELEIN D. WAUKEGAN 25, 16, 25-22Serving — Mund: Everding (2 aces); Attacking — Mund: Ramer (5 kills), Fiore (4 kills), Nelson (3 kills), Tkachuk (2 kills); Setting — Mund: Everding (11 assists), Fiore (1 assist); Digs — Mund: Langlie 5-6, Tkachuk 4-6, Lake 4-6, Nelson 4-6; Blocks — Mund: Ramer 3, Nelson 1, Everding 1, Fiore 1.


    Boys tennis: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*CARMEL 5, FENWICK 2Singles — No. 1: Hunt (Carm) d. Fitzpatrick 6-3, 7-5; No. 2: Norek (Carm) d. T. Reardon 6-1, 6-2; No. 3: M. Reardon (Fen) d. Kappes 8-6.Doubles — No. 1:Butler/Hendricks (Carm) d. Diherty/Sagastume 6-2, 7-5; No. 2: Cahil/Prabhu (Fen) d. Griffin/Verwijst 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; No. 3: Garrity/Hadjis (Carm) d. Donahue/Hausken 6-1, 4-6, 6-4; No. 4: Paulson/Ross (Carm) d. Hoffmeister/Tindem 6-2, 7-6 (4).


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Conant 10, Fremd 8Conant 2 3 4 1 —10Fremd 2 4 0 2 —8Conant — Schmitz, Morita, Grabowski 2, Wyeiser 5, LanererFremd — M. Stark, Starkey, Helsdingen 2, L. Stark, Nicholas, Assmann 2Palatine 25, Schaumburg 10Palatine 6 4 8 7 —25Schaumburg x x x x —10Palatine — El Hoffi 8, Kalev 5, Kleinfeldt 4, Schlaiss 3, Yurchasen 2, Maior, Mockus, BaranSchaumburg — Birriel 4


    Baseball: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Burlington Central 9, Boyd County 2Boyd County 100 010 0 -2-8-1Burlington C. 250 200 x -9-11-22B: BOY — Crum; BC — Cynova, Smith, Bushy (2)WP: Gerke; LP: Hunt.*Cary-Grove 7, Fremd 6Fremd 300 030 0 -6-11-1Cary-Grove 000 001 6 -7-6-02B: F — Gura, Jetel (2); C-G — Split, Hartke, Carone WP: Franz. *Crystal Lake South 4, Richmond-Burton 1Richmond-Burton 000 000 1 -1-3-3CL South 000 103 x -4-4-12B: CLS — HetheringtonWP: Schingel; LP: Williams.*Streamwood 5, St. Edward 1St. Edward 100 000 0 -1-6-6Streamwood 001 040 0 -5-4-12B: STE — Koehring; STR — HamlinWP: Drwal; LP: Palmer.*Elgin 7, Buffalo Grove 6Elgin 101 500 -7-8-3Buffalo Grove 031 101 -6-7-22B: E — Sobeski; BG — FirsztWP: Nelson; LP: Hasek.*Dekalb 7, Hampshire 5Hampshire 000 004 1 -5-5-4DeKalb 000 430 0 -7-8-02B: H — Consigny; D — Harving, Crosby3B: H — FleisnerWP: Moan; LP: Brown.*Hoffman Estates 2, Huntley 2 (8 Inn.)Hoffman Estates 000 011 00 -2-8-1Huntley 000 101 00 -2-4-12B: HE — Bloom, Lewandowski.*metea valley 7, hinsdale central 6Metea Valley 112 102 0 —7-12-1Hinsdale Central 003 010 2 —6-13-12B: MV: Behnke (2).3B: MV: Lovely, Feely.WP: Nicolls (3IP, 6H, 3ER, 1BB, 2K); LP: Stephans (3IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 5K).*Willowbrook 14, glenbard east 2Willowbrook 403 223 x —14-14-1Glenbard East 000 020 x —2-4-22B: WB: Newling (2), Johnson; GE: Griffin.3B: WB: Rothmund.HR: Rothmund.WP: Case (2H, 11K).*IC Catholic prep 7, st. joe’s 3St. Joe’s 000 210 0 —3-3-2IC Catholic Prep 120 121 x —7-6-32B: IC: S. Brinkman (2). WP: C. Brinkman (6.1IP, 3H, 5K).*timothy christian 2, johnson central (KY) 0Timothy Christian 100 000 1 —2-9-0Johnson Central 000 000 0 —0-2-1WP: Wieringa (7IP, 5K, 2H).*wheaton north 2, Providence 1Providence 000 001 0 —1-5-2Wheaton North 010 010 x —2-5-32B: WN: Mannix. WP: Crane.*rolling meadows 2, york 1Rolling Meadows 200 000 0 —2-6-0York 000 000 1 —1-4-0*Lisle 12, IC Catholic Prep 2Lisle 200 604 0 —12-13-0 IC Catholic 200 000 x —2-4-22B: IC: Brinkman. WP: Swedie (5IP, 3H, 2ER, 6BB, 5K).*germantown 3, neuqua valley 1Neuqua Valley 100 000 0 —1-3-1Germantown 101 001 x —3-4-2*glenbard south 4, meade County (KY) 2Glenbard South 001 001 2 —4-3-1Meade County 100 010 0 —2-5-6WP: Yangas (7IP, 5H, 1ER, 3BB, 8K); LP: Wilson.*Disney World Orlandost. francis 12, fluvanna county (VA) 0Fluvanna County 000 00x x —0-3-2St. Francis 036 3xx x —12-13-02B: SF: Dama.3B: SF: Dama.WP: Sullivan (4IP, 7K, 0BB).*wheaton warrenville south 3, wheaton north 2Wheaton North 000 002 0 —2-4-4WW South 030 000 x —3-1-1*Hope 9, Christian Liberty 3Christian Liberty 000 300 0 —3-6-5Hope 502 010 0 —9-4-3*Glenbard North 4, Elk Grove 2Elk Grove 001 020 0 —2-7-2Glenbard North 211 000 x —4-7-22B: EG: Assimikopoulos 2, Bergbreiter. GN: Albin, Jasinski.WP: Crites LP: Lawson.*Rolling Meadows 2, York 1York 000 000 1 —1-4-0Meadows 200 000 x —2-6-02B: RM: Schurtz.WP: Schurtz.*Hoffman Estates 2, Huntley 2 (8 Inn.)Hoffman Estates 000 011 00 -2-8-1Huntley 000 101 00 -2-4-12B: HE — Bloom, Lewandowski.*at Heritage ParkProspect 11, Glenbrook North 1 (6)Glenbrook N. 000 001 0 —1-3-1Prospect 300 600 2 —11-10-12B: Pros: Karz, Miller.WP: Fedro*Grant 8, Barrinton 6 (6)Grant 111 032 —8-4-0Barrington 004 020 —6-8-42B: Barr: Yortun, Petersen, G: Noda; HR: G: Noda, Lucas Barr: Battle.WP: Lewis LP: Riahi.*STEVENSON 5, LOYOLA ACADEMY 0


    Mundelein rallies for victory

    Mundelein 4, Waukegan 3: Down 3-0 after one inning, Mundelein fought back to get its first win of the season in nonconference action. The Mustangs (1-2) got a triple out of Maggie Mahar and doubles out of Abbey Rosenow and Nicole Parney. Amanda Diaz added 2 hits for Mundelein. Parney was also the winning pitcher. She rolled up 7 strikeouts and gave up just 1 walk.


    Winners for Lake, Mundelein

    VolleyballLakes d. Carmel: Richard Galat rolled up 9 kills and 6 digs to lead Lakes to a 25-22, 25-20 sweep of Carmel. Setter Colton Jewell finished with 25 assists, 4 digs and 3 blocks for the Eagles while Dalton Solbrig and Dakota Mathez each had 3 kills. Avery Brodde led Lakes in blocks with seven. For Carmel (0-1), Matt Kelly and Kyle Zeman each had 4 kills while setter Drew Mehigan finished with 12 assists.Mundelein d. Waukegan: The Mustangs used a balanced offensive attack to sweep Waukegan 25-16, 25-22. Luke Ramer had 5 kills, Anthony Fiore added 4 kills and Sam Nelson finished with 3 kills. Ramer had a team-high 3 blocks while setter David Everding rolled up 11 assists.


    Grant powers past Barrington

    Ryan Noda and Simeon Lucas each belted home runs as Grant opened the season by defeating host Barrington 8-6 in nonconference action Monday.


    Schurtz, Meadows edge York

    The host Mustangs scored twice in the first inning, and starter Erik Schurtz kept Rolling Meadows out in front with a strong pitching performance in a 2-1 decision over York on Monday.


    Hogan’s heroic in Viator victory

    St. Viator’s softball team went indoors to play on Monday. And its senior pitcher Samantha Hogan went into the record books. Hogan struck out a school-record 15 batters in an 8-0 shutout over Guerin Prep at The Dome in Rosemont. She also had a day to remember at the plate, clubbing a home run and double with 2 RBI. Hogan finished with a 2-hitter as the Lions improved to 4-1 overall.

    Hersey’s Stephanie Surkin takes a shot against Elk Grove MSL East play on Monday at Olympic Pool in Arlington Heights.

    Palatine, Conant out front in MSL West

    Rachel Chumbook had 6 goals and Caroline Wojtas had 5 to propel Palatine in a 13-7 decision against Schaumburg on Monday in Mid-Suburban West play.Kim Butler had 10 saves in goal for the Pirates.Conant 12, Fremd 7: Carmen Rosas (5 goals), Angela Skittone (4) and Sam Wooley (2) led the scoring effort to help the Cougars past the Vikings in MSL West action.Maddie Demaret had 16 blocks and along with 3 steals. Skittone had 4 steals, and Rosas and Wooley had 3 each for the Cougars.Palatine and Conant remain unbeaten against MSL West foes at 3-0.Hersey 23, Elk Grove 4: Katie Lutz led the way with 8 goals as the Huskies powered to an MSL East triumph at Olympic Pool.Barrington 16, Hoffman Estates 9: The Fillies picked up their first MSL West win against the visiting Hawks.Wheeling 16, Rolling Meadows 4: Theresa Godlewski scored 12 times to keep the Wildcats tied with Hersey for the MSL East lead.


    Palatine rolls against Schaumburg

    Palatine erupted for 25 goals with Omar El Hoffi (8 goals), Kristiyan Kalev (5) and Wally Kleinfeldt (4) leading the way in a 25-10 victory over Mid-Suburban West foe Schaumburg in boys water polo on Monday.


    Glenbard South starts trip with win

    Here's a roundup of Monday's high school baseball involving teams from DuPage County.

    Notre Dame forward Ariel Braker holds a piece of the net Monday after an NCAA women’s regional final game at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame beat Baylor 88-69 to advance to the Final Four.

    Notre Dame returning to women’s Final Four

    Jewell Loyd scored 30 points and the unbeaten Irish beat Baylor 88-69 on Monday night in front of a raucous home crowd to earn their fourth straight trip to the Final Four.


    Metea Valley ready to go against Plainfield North

    It was not like the Metea Valley softball team had to wait a long time for Monday’s 11-8 season-opening road win at Plainfield North to start its season schedule.

    Bulls forward Taj Gibson, left, looks to pass the ball against Boston Celtics forward Chris Johnson, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Monday, March 31, 2014.

    Role reversal leads to another Bulls win

    For the second straight night, the Bulls had their hands full with the lowly Boston Celtics, but opened the fourth quarter with a 13-0 run and pulled away for a 94-80 victory on Monday at the United Center. Mike Dunleavy led the Bulls with 22 points, while Joakim Noah scored 19 and D.J. Augustin dished out 11 assists.

    Elk Grove coach Ken Grams is surrounded by players commemorating his 800th career softball coaching victory with special T-shirts after an 18-2, 6-inning triumph over host Fenton on Monday.

    Rolling right along, Elk Grove’s Grams gets win No. 800

    No more than 50 yards behind the backstop of Fenton’s softball field, Metra trains were quickly zipping by late Monday afternoon. Almost like the 34 seasons for Elk Grove softball coach Ken Grams, who was playing the host Bison in Bensenville as the Grens won 18-2 in six inning, giving the coach career victory no. 800.

    Adam Eaton gets tangled up with Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier at second during the White Sox home opener Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Smells like Sox spirit on South Side

    It was only the first of 162 games for the White Sox on Monday, but after piling up 99 losses last season a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in the opener was feeling pretty good.

    White Sox relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom, left, high fives Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura after getting the save in their 5-3 win during the White Sox home opener against the Minnesota twins Monday at US Cellular Field.

    For openers, Lindstrom makes Ventura look smart

    A day after getting word he's the White Sox' new closer, Matt Lindstrom pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's season opener against the Twins while earning his first save since April 14, 2011.

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, is fouled on the way to the basket by Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Monday, March 31, 2014. The Bulls won 94-80.

    Bulls sweep Celtics in home-and-home series

    Mike Dunleavy had 22 points to lead five Bulls in double figures and Chicago broke open a close game with 13 straight points at the start of the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 94-80 Monday night.Joakim Noah had 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Jimmy Butler added 18 points, Carlos Boozer 16 and Taj Gibson 14 points and 11 rebounds. Chicago swept the home-and-home series with the Celtics after posting a 107-102 victory in Boston on Sunday.The Celtics have lost 10 straight on the road to drop to 8-28 away from home. Their last road win was Feb. 10 at Milwaukee.Brandon Bass and Jerryd Bayless scored 18 points apiece for the Celtics.Rajon Rondo didn’t play Monday after having 17 points and 11 assists Sunday. He is still working his way back to full strength following reconstructive knee surgery and doesn’t play in back-to-back games.“They’ve played a lot without him,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game. “Rondo is unique because he’s an offense unto himself. He can make something out of nothing. Their strengths are a lot different when he’s not on the floor, but they’re very capable.”The Bulls led 25-24 at the end of the first quarter, but the Celtics rallied in the second to take a 50-48 lead at halftime. Bass led Boston in the second quarter, scoring eight points on 3-for-3 shooting in nine minutes.Bass and Bayless each had 10 first-half points to lead Boston, while Butler led the Bulls with 12 points.The Bulls jumped back on top at the start of the second half, taking a 59-55 lead with just under seven minutes and seemed on the verge of taking command. But the Celtics rallied again for a 63-60 lead a little past the halfway point of the third.Dunleavy then tied the game with a 3-pointer that began a streak of nine straight points as the Bulls took a 69-63 advantage with about two minutes to go.The lead was down to 71-70 entering the fourth quarter, but the Bulls went on a quick 9-0 run for a 80-70 lead with 9½ minutes to play before Celtics coach Brad Stevens called time out.The stoppage in play didn’t curb the Bulls’ momentum or end the run.Gibson scored on violent dunk off a nice feed from Butler to make it 82-70 and Noah capped the run of 13 straight with a post move for an 84-70 lead. Noah had six points during the run, including an 18-foot jumper before Boston’s timeout.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Cary-Grove 7, Fremd 6: Scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Trojans (2-2) completed the comeback after being down 6-0 going into the sixth. Wille Hartke, John Carone and Andrew Splitt each had a double and an RBI. Nick Franz got the pitching win in relief.Streamwood 5, St. Edward 1: The Green Wave (0-3) outhit the Sabres but could not drive in the runs, falling for the third time in a row. Jack Tierney picked up the lone RBI while Scott Palmer pitched 5 innings and gave up 5 runs, just 1 earned, for the loss. The Sabres (1-1) were led by Chad Caminitti (2-for-4, RBI). Kevin Drwal pitched 4 innings and struck out 4 to earn the win.Hoffman Estates 2, Huntley 2 (8 inn.): After bringing the game even in the sixth, the Red Raiders (1-1-1) walked away with a tie after the game was called due to darkness. Jon Nugent singled in the tying run in the sixth while a trio of Red Raider pitchers, including starter Eric Luecht, struck out 7 in 8 innings.Crystal Lake South 4, Richmond-Burton 1: Matt Schingel struck out 8 in 5 innings of work to pick up the victory for the Gators (2-0). Though they only had 4 hits, the Gators used 3 Rocket errors to their advantage. Paul Willie had South’s only RBI.Burlington Central 9, Boyd County 2: Playing in Myrtle Beach, S. C., the Rockets (2-0) were able to get solid pitching and smash 4 extra-base hits. Bryan Cynova (2-for-3, RBI, 2B, 2RS) and Brendan Bushy (2-for-2, 2 2B, RBI) led the offense while Danny Gerke struck out 4 and gave up 2 runs in 5 innings of work to earn the win.Elgin 7, Buffalo Grove 6: The Maroons were led offensively by Kiko Mari (2-for-4, 3 RBI) in their season opener. Jon Nelson pitched the final 3 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits with 3 strikeouts to earn the win.DeKalb 7, Hampshire 5: The Whip-Purs (0-1) scored 5 runs in the last two innings but could not complete the comeback in their first game of the season. Jayson Fliesner sparked the offense with an RBI triple while RJ Consigny stroked a double. Andrew Brown (0-1) took the loss.


    Cary-Grove grad Freeman sets Missouri Valley shot put record

    Cary-Grove brethren Josh Freeman had another record-breaking shot-put throw for the Southern Illinois University men’s track and field team — this time at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic. Freeman, who broke and reset his own indoor shot-put record during the indoor season (63-9), once again broke SIU throws coach John Smith’s 30-year-old outdoor record (62-3 ½) with a winning throw of 62-8¾.Freeman’s throw also is the all-time best in Missouri Valley Conference history.

    Grayslake Central’s Jay Hoffmann slides safely into home under the tag of Round Lake pitcher Alex Gibson after a wild pitch in the third inning during on Monday at Grayslake Central.

    Grayslake Central absorbs victory over Round Lake

    An old-fashioned beanball war in Grayslake? Well, not quite, despite the home-standing Rams of Grayslake Central getting hit five 5 different times by the Round Lake pitching staff. “I have too much respect for coach Ed Adamson to think they were throwing at our guys,’’ said Central baseball coach Troy Whalen. “And actually, I’m glad they plunked us because we weren’t hitting.” Among the beaned was Central leadoff hitter, Freddie Landers. After 3 at-bats, he’d reached base via one walk and two hit-by-pitches. OK, opening day baseball in the state of Illinois wasn’t the prettiest of ballgames. Central, which played four games at Disney World in Orlando, beat the Panthers, who were playing their first game of the season, 12-4.


    Hersey’s Fendley nets IBCA recognition

    For the second time in four years, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association has recognized Hersey’s Mary Fendley. The Huskies girls basketball coach has been voted an IBCA co-coach of the year. Her team enjoyed a 25-5 season with all its losses coming to two teams — Class AA state-runnerup Rolling Meadows and Mid-Suburban League runner-up Prospect.

    Anthony Mack

    Libertville’s Mack goes on the attack for Grinnell

    The bat of Grinnell College’s Anthony Mack sure warmed up in sunny Florida. So much so that Mack was named NCAA Division III National Hitter of the Week by a panel of D-III members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The sophomore shortstop from Libertyville turned in some impressive numbers during the Pioneers’ spring games in Florida.

    First base umpire Bob Davidson, right, and home plate umpire John Hirschbeck talk over headsets as a pickoff safe call at first base is reviewed in the 10th inning Monday in Pittsburgh. The safe call was overturned, and the Cubs’ Emilio Bonifacio was ruled out.

    Replays don’t go Cubs’ way

    The Cubs wound up 0-for-3 in replay challenges during last Saturday’s spring exhibition finale in Phoenix. They also lost a pair of decisions in Monday’s regular-season opener in a 1-0 loss to the Pirates as Major League Baseball begins its first season of expanded replay.

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko waves to the crowd during Monday’s introductions at the White Sox home opener against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.

    An Opening Day win to soothe the White Sox soul

    The White Sox believe this reload will happen quickly, and they couldn’t have asked for better signals Monday afternoon, already looking smarter, faster and more sure-handed than during a miserable 2013 season.

    The Cubs’ Emilio Bonifacio is caught in a rundown between third and home by Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon during the eighth inning Monday in Pittsburgh. Bonifacio was tagged out, but not before teammate Starlin Castro advanced to second on the play. The Pirates won 1-0 in ten innings.

    Epstein hoping Cubs spring a surprise or two

    In a city where rain is often the norm, the sun could not have been shining any more brightly Monday at PNC Park. Cubs President Theo Epstein was in an equally sunny mood before the team he has built went out and lost 1-0 in 10 innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Neil Walker hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the 10th against Cubs reliever Carlos Villanueva.

    Alejandro De Aza points to the ball after hitting a 2-run home run off Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco during the second inning of Chicago’s victory Monday.

    Hahn resembles GM of old

    Rick "Trader" Hahn is remaking the White Sox the way previous general managers have done successfully. That includes Frank "Trader" Lane all the way in the early 1950s.

    Defensive end Jared Allen laughs during a news conference to introduce him as a Bear on Monday in Lake Forest. Allen leads the league with 128½ sacks since entering the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick in 2004.

    Allen says plenty of gas left in his tank

    Five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen is confident that he and the Bears are a good fit, and he's anxious to prove that his elite level of play hasn't diminished. One of the NFL's all-time sacks leaders, Allen was one of the marquee names in free agency this year, and he approached the market carefully until the Bears' situation resulted in a win-win situation for both parties.

    Elgin’s Reza Khan returns a serve during the Upstate Eight River meet last season.

    Boys tennis: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the boys tennis season in the Fox Valley.

    The Blackhawks’ Sheldon Brookbank (17) celebrates with teammates as he returns to the bench after scoring in the second period of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh,

    Who will step up with Kane, Toews out?

    Losers of four of their last five. Without Patrick Kane until the playoffs. And now potentially without captain Jonathan Toews for at least the short term after suffering an injury Sunday night in Pittsburgh … These certainly aren’t great times for the Blackhawks.

    Chicago White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza high fives teammates on the bench after his second homer of the game.

    Images: Chicago White Sox Opening Day vs. Minnesota Twins
    Images of Opening Day for the Chicago White Sox as they won 5-3 over the Minnesota Twins at US Cellular Field in Chicago. Alejandro De Aza homered twice for the Sox.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Images: Chicago Cubs Opening Day vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
    Images of a ten-inning 1-0 Opening Day loss for the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park in Pittsburgh against the Pirates.

    St. Charles East pitcher Haley Beno fields a bunt and fires to first to throw out Burlington Central’s Kelly Wiater during Monday’s game in St. Charles.

    New year, same result for St. Charles East

    St. Charles East picked up right where it left off last June. And, in a way, so did Burlington Central. For the Saints that was a good thing. St. Charles East, the 2013 Class 4A state runner-up, pounded out 16 hits and dominated the Rockets in a 14-4 win in five innings Monday afternoon in a nonconference softball game in St. Charles. It was the season opener for both teams, as well as their first action of any kind on a full field.

    Alejandro De Aza points to the ball after hitting a two-run home run off Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco, also scoring Jose Abreu, during the second inning of an Opening Day game Monday in Chicago.

    De Aza hits 2 homers as Sox win opener

    Alejandro De Aza hit two homers, and Jose Abreu had two hits in his major league debut to back Chris Sale and lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-3 season-opening victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday. Sale got the win, pitching five-hit ball into the eighth. Paul Konerko got a loud ovation before what was likely his final opener, although he wasn’t in the lineup.


    Acosta, Batavia strike down Kaneland

    Batavia was supposed to play Sycamore Monday morning to open what promises to be a banner spring for the school’s baseball team.


    Metal detectors create long lines for Sox opener

    Fans arriving at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday were greeted by long lines and metal detectors when they tried to enter the stadium to watch the Chicago White Sox take on the Minnesota Twins on opening day. Major League Baseball has told its 30 teams they must implement security screening for fans by 2015, either with hand-held metal detection or walk-through magnetometers.

    The Pirates’ Neil Walker rounds the bases after hitting the game-winning home run while Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo walks off the field Monday in the season opener in Pittsburgh.

    Cubs lose opener on 10th-inning HR

    Neil Walker homered off Carlos Villanueva leading off the 10th inning Monday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates benefited from an overturned to call to beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on opening day Monday. Emilio Bonifacio went 4 for 5 for Chicago, but the Cubs were 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position and wasted a fine start by Jeff Samardzija, who scattered five hits over seven innings.


    Video: Opening Day for the Sox brings new experiences

    Although the White Sox featured a starting lineup with several new faces — including Cuban slugger Jose Abreu — spring also made its Chicago debut with temperatures in the 60s for Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday. Check out the video of Sox fans who headed to the Cell for their team's first home game.

    Benet played Neuqua Valley Monday, March 31 in indoor softball action in Rosemont. Benet’s Emily York, left, high fives Shannon Mills in the second inning after she scored.

    Benet powers up to beat Neuqua Valley

    The Benet softball team fought back from some early struggles to beat the Neuqua Valley Wildcats 8-4 in six innings at the Dome in Rosemont on Monday.

    Hinsdale Central’s Matt Muellner looks to his third base coach after doubling home the eventual game winning runs during a 7-4 home opener win over Metea Valley.

    Metea Valley falls to Hinsdale Central in opener

    Technically, maybe you can’t quite call them shutdown innings. For Hinsdale Central’s baseball team, though, all that mattered were the zeros. The Red Devils rallied for a 7-4 home win over Metea Valley on Monday, holding off a flurry of opportunities for the Mustangs in the final two frames.

    The White Sox began rebuilding last July with the acquisition of right fielder Avisail Garcia.

    2014 will not be dull for Cubs, White Sox

    Neither the Cubs nor White Sox have much hope of finishing .500 or playing games in October, but there’s no shortage of interesting and important stories on both sides of town in 2014.

    Is it possible that current Little League shortstops will reach the big leagues before Javier Baez does? That’s just one of many questions heading into the 2014 baseball season.

    So many baseball questions, so few answers

    Baseball questions without answers, incluiding will the Cubs and White Sox be so unseasonably cold by June that we'll wish we were back in February shoveling snow?


    Abbey Trobe

    Wadsworth animal lover helps aging pets groom in place

    Kukec's People features Abbey Trobe, perhaps Lake County's first mobile pet groomer. She has taken a lifelong love of pets on the road, especially to accommodate aging pets so they can get their spa treatments.

    Bob Mariano of Inverness and CEO of the growing Mariano's grocery store chain at the new Northfield store on March 6, 2014.

    How Mariano's CEO created his grocery empire

    Bob Mariano of Inverness walked around the newly converted Mariano's grocery store in Northfield like a proud father. He looked at the colorful produce section, admired the European-style floral department and studied changes made to the former Dominick's store. Mariano, a former Dominick's executive, has returned to his former stomping grounds to offer customers a new choice, branded after himself, under parent company, Milwaukee-based Roundy's Inc.

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra addressing the media during a roundtable meeting with journalists in Detroit.

    GM, safety agency face Congress over recalls

    If GM knew it had a problem, why wasn’t something done to fix it? News: Congress will seek the answer to that question and others this week as it presses General Motors CEO Mary Barra and federal regulators about their handling of a safety defect in the Chevrolet Cobalt and other small cars. GM has recalled 2.6 million cars for a faulty ignition switch, which it links to 13 deaths.

    Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, spoke at the 2014 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference (NICRC) in Chicago Monday.

    Yellen: Job market needs low rates ‘for some time’

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear Monday that she thinks the still-subpar U.S. job market will continue to need the help of low interest rates “for some time.” Yellen’s remarks signaled that even after the Fed phases out its monthly bond purchases later this year, it has no plans to raise a key short-term rate anytime soon.

    Stocks climbed Monday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index posting a fifth quarterly gain, as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled continued monetary support and tensions appeared to ease in Ukraine.

    U.S. stocks close out a meager first-quarter gain

    If 2013 was a year where the stock market went straight up, 2014 has started off as a year where the stock market moves sideways. There was plenty for investors to worry about in the first three months of the year, from tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine and the winter storms that froze the U.S. economy in January and February. As a result, investors focused their attention on buying and holding “safe” investments, such as bonds, dividend-paying stocks, and gold.

    The U.S. Transportation Department issued a long-delayed rule that will require automakers to build rear-view cameras into new cars by May 2018.

    U.S. to require rear-view cameras in all new vehicles by 2018

    The U.S. Transportation Department issued a long-delayed rule that will require automakers to build rear-view cameras into new cars by May 2018.Gentex Corp., the Zeeland, Michigan-based maker of rear- view visibility systems, rose as much as 3.5 percent, the biggest intraday rise since December.

    The Obama administration’s health care website stumbled, falling out of service for nearly four hours on deadline day for new sign-ups.

    Health care website stumbles on last day

    The Obama administration’s health care website stumbled, falling out of service for nearly four hours on deadline day for new sign-ups. Visitors to HealthCare.gov on Monday morning saw messages that the site was down for maintenance. At times the visitors were also directed to a virtual waiting room.

    A buss with a sign “$10.10”on the side arrives for a news conference in view of City Hall in Philadelphia. Americans United for Change has a scheduled 11 state bus tour advocating for an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

    Politicians, experts split over fair minimum wage

    The federal minimum wage has left three-person families below the poverty level since 1980. It’s also well shy of the peak of its buying power almost half a century ago. Is the current $7.25 hourly minimum fair? Is now the time to raise it, and, if so, by how much?


    Business owners become social media marketing believers

    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the topic that social media could be one of your business’ most effective marketing tools.

    Rhea Lana’s of West Chicagoland based in Addison is a resale concept franchise.

    Seasonal resale chain grows in popularity
    We interview the owner of a seasonal children’s consignment sale company that is part of a fast growing, award winning franchise founded by Rhea Lana Riner about 17 years ago in her living room.

Life & Entertainment

    “Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing” plays the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates for seven shows between Friday, April 4, through Sunday, April 6.

    Weekend picks: Elmo's in trouble in 'Sesame Street Live'

    See what happens when furry Elmo gets his hands on Abby Cadabby's magic wand in “Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing” at the Sears Centre Arena. Pop-punk rockers Against Me! will make a stop at Durty Nellie's in Palatine Friday. And you can sample plenty of fine wines and brews at DiCarlo's Spring Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival in Mundelein.

    Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor share their lives in “How I Met Your Mother.” The series opened with kids on a couch impatiently listening to narrator Bob Saget, as Ted circa 2030, explains how their parents met.

    ‘Mother’ of all endings for CBS sitcom?

    In its final episode on Monday, the CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother” finally revealed the mystery contained in its title and then ended with a twist designed to reward longtime fans. Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas say they knew the plot for the final episode when the series premiered nine years ago. Success kept them stringing along the story, even though part of Monday’s finale was filmed in 2006 for fear that the teen-aged actors who played Ted’s children would become unrecognizable.

    Yanni performs music from his latest album “Yanni Voices” at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Yanni to perform at Sears Centre
    Composer-pianist Yanni will perform at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, on Sept. 6. Tickets go on sale next week.

    TV personality and fashion designer Nicole Richie at the launch of SK Planet’s Styletag fashion app at Henri Bendel in New York. Richie’s “#CandidlyNicole,” based on her popular AOL web series, is coming to VH1 and will feature 8 new episodes premiering July 17.

    Nicole Richie bringing popular Web series to VH1

    Nicole Richie’s Twitter feed has launched her return to television. The 32-year-old former reality TV star-turned-designer, who is also an author and actress, is heading to VH1. "#CandidlyNicole" is based on her popular AOL Web series, which was adapted from her Twitter feed, made up of her musings about everything from parenting to pop culture to random observations.

    Gai Scott, right, of Randolph. Mass., stands during an arraignment Monday in Plymouth, Mass. Scott was arraigned on charges in the shooting of his uncle and reality TV star Benzino, who was shot Saturday during a funeral procession.

    Nephew faces charges in reality TV star’s shooting

    A Massachusetts man is due to be arraigned Monday on assault charges in the shooting of his uncle, reality TV star Benzino.

    ABC’s top-rated “Good Morning America” has suffered its second personnel defection in four months, with news anchor Josh Elliott telling the network on Sunday that he’s leaving for a job at NBC Sports.

    ABC’s Josh Elliott leaving show for NBC Sports

    ABC’s top-rated “Good Morning America” has suffered its second personnel defection in four months, with news anchor Josh Elliott telling the network on Sunday that he’s leaving for a job at NBC Sports.

    Actor Johnny Depp, with a diamond ring on his left hand, attends a promotional event for his new movie “Transcendence” in Beijing, China, Monday.

    It’s official: Johnny Depp is engaged

    Johnny Depp showed off a diamond engagement ring that he called a “chick’s ring” on Monday — indirectly confirming rumors of his engagement to actress Amber Heard.

    Fans will say goodbye to “How I Met Your Mother” on Monday. Part of the CBS sitcom’s allure was the chemistry of its cast: Robin (Cobie Smulders), Lily (Alyson Hannigan) Marshall (Jason Segel), Ted (Josh Radnor) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris).

    Legen-dary: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ wraps long run

    "How I Met Your Mother" wraps up its nine-season run Monday. But how it concludes was never the point. All along it was about the journey.


    Vitamin D may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease

    Alzheimer’s disease is possibly the most serious medical condition facing our country today. It is one of the leading causes of death and we have no effective medications. Therefore, it seems that prevention would be the best approach to take for this debilitating illness. Fortunately vitamin D may play an important role in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.


    Mindfulness meditation strives for living in the moment

    Q: I’ve heard a lot about “mindfulness meditation.” Does it really help relieve stress and anxiety?

    Trainer Steve Amsden makes sure Fittest Loser Tim Lange works hard in the gym.

    Fittest Loser halfway point: re-evaluating and recommitting

    It's the halfway mark of the Fittest Loser Challenge, the numbers on the scale were disappointing and the contestants know they have to dig deep to find what it takes to hang in there. But, on the plus side, the results of the past six weeks have far exceeded their expectations.

    Lisa Townsel battles an emotional attachment to food and a discouraging week on the scale.

    Emotional eating affects the scale

    Week 6 was a deafening wake-up call for Our Fittest Loser. In her words: This has been a week of resisting temptation, especially because it was my sons' spring break. It’s a battle I thought I was winning until the scale tipped two pounds higher than last week. Good grief.

    Members of JourneyCare Team Mojo took part in the recent St. Paddy’s Day run/walk.

    Community teams reach pivotal point in their journey

    Week 6 marks a pivotal point for many of the corporate and community partners participating in the Fittest Loser Community Challenge. While they are all determined to see this contest through to the end, some have faced a few challenges mingled with their successes at this halfway mark.

    John Volk

    The fight of his life: Libertyville man recovers from brain tumor

    John Volk, a newly married Libertyville man was diagnosed with an extremely rare brain tumor at the prime of his life.

    Eileen Bergan, client services coordinator, works her triceps with a few dips in Assurance’s Penthouse.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Don’t sit. Just Dip

    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Don’t sit. Just Dip.

    Experts say allergy season is coming early this year.

    Your health: Experts say allergy season will be bad
    It’s that time of year again — allergy season, which is striking about two weeks earlier than usual and packing a stronger-than-usual pollen punch.

    Single Kate (Zoe Lister Jones), left, spends time with newly engaged couple Lowell (Rick Donald) and Jules (Brooklyn Decker) in CBS’ new sitcom “Friends With Better Lives.”

    Old premise gets fresh treatment in new CBS sitcom

    Right after one group of friends signs off, new friends will be introduced ... by a former writer-producer of “Friends,” no less. Immediately following the series finale of CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” Monday, March 31, the network will debut the sitcom “Friends With Better Lives.” The premise of longtime acquaintances in amusing situations — mainly revolving around their differing relationship levels — may seem familiar, but it’s served up by a fresh ensemble cast merging established TV faces and relative newcomers.

    Actress Jennifer Aniston attends the premiere for “Life of Crime” on day 10 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

    Aniston says she won’t let tabloids steal her joy

    Despite spending nearly half her life under the glare of the cameras, Jennifer Aniston admits she’s still not used to baggage that comes with it, from paparazzi to the tabloid headlines. “All that stuff, it’s toxic,” says the actress. “It never gets un-jarring, but you do have to not let it imprison you, which is possible too.”

    Designer Linda Navara and homeowner Maureen Willenborg in the newly redesigned kitchen in Arlington Heights.

    Kitchen renovation adds space, improves traffic flow

    Maureen Willenborg of Arlington Heights badly wanted to revamp her old kitchen. Tired of trying to squeeze into the snug space, she was ready to make a change.

    Many of today’s homeowners are willing to cut back in other areas in order to afford their dream bathroom.

    Luxurious bathroom is this decade’s ‘it’ room

    Bathrooms have gone quite literally from an unmentionable to the most visited and celebrated room in some homes.



    Finding fewer reasons to stay in Illinois
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: Even the dumbest animal understands “You don’t bite the hand that feeds you!” So raising taxes of million dollar owners of businesses and top executives of big companies won’t hurt the middle class?


    Think about detrimental effects, too
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: As I follow the coverage, it seems to me that the news media do not present the views of many women who have become concerned about the detrimental health effects of hormonal birth control and others with deeply held convictions about the sanctity of human life.


    It all might come down to one justice
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Since the advent of the nomination by George H.W. Bush and approval by the Senate of Clarence Thomas for Supreme Court justice, the court has swung decisively conservative. It’s been more than 24 years in the fold.


    State charter school commission is needed
    A letter to the editor: Charter schools allow parents the ability to choose an appropriate educational setting for their child by judging the merit of the educational institution, classroom setting and academic performance. They are very popular in Illinois and around the country because they offer opportunity.


    Use the market to minimize climate change
    A letter to the editor: As the Herald reported, relased of a major report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was pending (“Big climate report: Warming is big risk for people,” Mar. 24). The IPCC is not an advocacy group, political party or well-funded trade society like most of its attackers. It’s a collection of the world’s top climate scientists who are working, without pay, purely out of a sense of duty to the public.


    Kirk’s strange pledge for Durbin
    The Daily Herald reported recently that Republican Mark Kirk, the current U.S. senator from Illinois, will not campaign for fellow Republican Jim Oberweis, who seeks to unseat the current Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. He wants to preserve his relationship with Durbin, Kirk said.I do not see why campaigning for Oberweis should affect a friendship with Durbin. That’s just politics. It’s not personal. Perhaps, Kirk’s comments mean that it really is personal.Does Kirk feel offended when Durbin stumps for Democrats? Kirk claimed he does not want to be involved in a “partisan jihad” against Durbin. Is this a matter of principle — that partisan jihads have no place in politics? But, Democrats wage jihad against Republicans everyday. Is Kirk simply confused? Durbin wrote a letter to the IRS asking it examine (harass) conservative organizations. Didn’t that offend Kirk and have an effect on his relationship with Durbin? I guess not.Kirk needs to understand that the future of Dick Durbin and others like him in politics is dim. It is no coincidence that the very same Democratic Party organization in Illinois which put Obama into office, put 93 million able-bodied Americans out of work, created a socialized health care scheme which most persons hate, and which made U.S. foreign policy an international laughing stock, also gave Illinois one of the worst economies in the nation.Kirk should be concerned with his relationship with Jim Oberweis.George KocanWarrenville


    Catering to a few segments of society
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: Our recent abysmally low voter turn out in the state of Illinois and nation wide might be viewed as a wake up call rather than that of a surprise. It is most likely that John Q. Public is simply tiring of the same old political pap akin to that once delivered by the carnival medicine men shows of an earlier America.


    Misunderstanding on pension money
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I believe there are still a lot of people in Illinois that don’t understand whose money pays for the government union pensions in our state.


    Increase legal smoking age to 21
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Here’s a question to get you thinking: Why is the legal drinking age 21 but legal age to purchase tobacco is 18? Both long-term health effects of alcohol consumption and the use of tobacco are publicly exposed.


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