Daily Archive : Wednesday April 2, 2014


    Richard Haiman of Hanover Park waits for an order at the deli in the new Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Carol Stream.

    Piggly Wiggly opens in Carol Stream; Caputo's Fresh Market coming soon

    With the recent opening of a Piggly Wiggly and the anticipated opening of a new Caputo's in town, Carol Stream is hoping to get back to the number of grocery stores that it used to have. Piggly Wiggly is filling a spot left vacant by Family Foods and Caputo's will, in a way, fill the void left by Dominick's when it closed last year, village officials say.

    Sports Authority will replace the shuttered MC Sports at the southwest corner of Route 22 and Route 12 in Lake Zurich.

    Sports Authority filling MC Sports space off Rand Road in Lake Zurich

    One sporting goods retailer will replace another in a mall off Rand Road in Lake Zurich. Sports Authority plans to open in May, filling the spot vacated by MC Sports. Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton said Wednesday he was pleased to learn of Sports Authority's arrival in the Village Square mall. “Isn't that the life cycle of retail?” Poynton said. “You lose something and you...


    Lombard hosting spring blood drive at two locations

    The village of Lombard is hosting a spring blood drive at two locations on Wednesday, April 9. The first will take place from 9:30 to 1 p.m. at Yorktown Center, on the lower level near entrance #5. The second will take place from 1:30 to 7 p.m. at village hall.

    The city of Chicago partnered with Westfield shopping centers for the Terminal 5 upgrade, which includes a spa, restaurants and high-end retail shops.

    O'Hare to unveil international terminal overhaul

    Chicago's O'Hare Airport is preparing to unveil a $26 million overhaul of retail and dining options at its international terminal. The city of Chicago partnered with Westfield shopping centers for the Terminal 5 upgrade, which includes a spa, restaurants and high-end retail shops.


    Chicago man admits to sealing $1 million in electronics

    Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say a Chicago man has admitted stealing more than $1 million worth of iPhones and iPads from Verizon Wireless. Stephen Gunn used an elaborate scheme that involved misappropriating corporate purchasing accounts and diverting the shipments by bribing Federal Express drivers.


    Chicago library plans event for late mayor

    A Chicago Public Library is planning to commemorate the legacy of late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. The planned event will be held April 14 at the central library, which is named after Washington. It's a longstanding event billed as a way to celebrate Washington's contributions to Chicago and the city's history.


    State Police disqualify Bolingbrook firearms instructor

    Illinois State Police officials have disqualified a Bolingbrook firearms instructor and informed at least 327 applicants they will not receive a license to carry concealed weapons because of improper training.

    A proposed state law would allow Illinoisans to keep their driver's licenses after routine traffic stops.

    Bill would end driver's license forfeiture after traffic stops

    In Illinois, a traffic stop can cost you your driver's license, leaving you without the identification you need to get on a plane, check into a hotel, buy certain medicines and handle any number of common tasks that require an ID. A bill from a suburban Democrat would end that.

    Anna Moeller

    Moeller starts in Springfield after Farnham resignation

    New state Rep. Anna Moeller, an Elgin Democrat, started her work at the Capitol this week as lawmakers start their push toward finishing a budget by the end of May. Moeller's transition from her spot on the Elgin City Council to the Illinois House was brisk, coming less than two weeks after former Rep. Keith Farnham's resignation after federal agents raided his home and office.

    Larry LaGesse, prepares to pole vault in the backyard training center he built at his rural Chebanse, Ill., home.

    Illinois man wins national track title

    You might say Larry LaGesse vaulted from the farm fields east of Chebanse into the national track and field spotlight. The 66-year-old Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School product turned in a championship performance in his first National Masters Indoor Heptathlon, held in March at Carthage College in Wisconsin.


    IDNR says it's reforming coal mine permit process

    The Illinois Department of Resources says it's agreed to reform the way the agency handles coal mining permits. DNR Director Marc Miller and Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Tuesday that they've agreed on steps to strengthen regulations and improve transparency in the permitting process.

    The Illinois House passed a bill to ban smoking anywhere on public college campuses.

    Bill would ban smoking anywhere on state college campuses

    The Illinois House voted to ban smoking at all public universities, colleges and community colleges Wednesday. Smoking indoors has been illegal in Illinois for several years, but the campus proposal would ban smoking of any kind anywhere on the grounds

    Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer of New York, right, and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island discuss the Supreme Courtıs decision to strike down limits in federal law on the aggregate campaign contributions individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees, Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

    Supreme Court voids overall campaign donor limits

    The Supreme Court further loosened the reins on political giving Wednesday, ruling that big campaign donors can dole out money to as many candidates and political committees as they want as long as they abide by limits on contributions to each individual campaign. In a 5-4 vote won by conservative justices, the court struck down limits in federal law on the total amount of money a contributor can...


    Enrollment drop leads to staff cuts in District 220

    To accommodate for falling enrollment, 11 full-time teaching and 16.5 support staff positions will be eliminated next school year at Barrington Unit District 220 elementary schools, according to the district. Elementary grades have experienced a 14 percent drop since 2009.

    A police officer checks drivers’ IDs outside the main gate at Fort Hood, Texas, after a shooting Wednesday at the Army base. One person was killed and at least 14 injured in a shooting Wednesday at Fort Hood.

    4 dead, including gunman, 16 injured in Fort Hood shooting

    A soldier opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood in an attack that left four dead, including the shooter, and 16 injured, military officials said at a news conference. The shooter, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family, died of a self-inflicted wound, Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley said said. There is no indiciation that this was terrorism related at this time, officials said, but they...

    Fishermen look for boats to salvage that were damaged overnight in the port of Iquique, Chile, Wednesday. Chilean authorities discovered surprisingly light damage Wednesday from a magnitude-8.2 quake that struck in the Pacific Ocean Tuesday.

    USGS: 7.8 aftershock shakes Chile’s north coast

    The U.S. Geological Survey said late Wednesday that a powerful 7.8-magnitude aftershock rocked Chile’s northern coast, which was hit by a powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake the night before. It caused buildings to shake in the port of Iquique, which saw some damage from the big quake on Tuesday. There were no immediate reports of new damage or injuries.


    Regulators shut down trucking company involved in fatal crash

    Saying it’s an “imminent hazard to public safety,” federal regulators shut down the Naperville trucking company responsible for a semi involved in a fatal I-88 crash in January. A tollway worker from Wheeling was killed, and a state trooper from Oswego was injured.

    Osman Bahadarakhann

    Ex-W. Chicago youth ministry leader charged with sex abuse

    A former West Chicago youth ministry leader has been charged with sexually abusing two underage girls, county officials said. Osman Bahadarakhann, 23, of the 1200 block of Kings Circle, West Chicago, was charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse relating to the attacks that occurred in the fall of 2013 while he was a youth ministry leader at the Community Fellowship Church in...

    Corbin, a Chihuahua-Dachshund mix, disappeared from his home in Killeen, Texas, March 25 and was found four days later tied to a bench outside an animal shelter in Hamilton, Ohio.

    Dog escapes Texas backyard, somehow gets to Ohio
    A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a southwest Ohio animal shelter, and its owners have no idea how he traveled more than 1,000 miles in a few days.


    Bicyclist hit by car in Crystal Lake

    A bicyclist struck by a car Wednesday evening in Crystal Lake was flown to a nearby hospital from the scene. The crash happened at about 6 p.m. at the intersection of Ackman Road and Westport Ridge on the city’s southwest side.


    McHenry County seeks input on new development regulations

    McHenry County is seeking residents' input on its proposed Unified Development Ordinance that primarily consolidates and streamlines existing regulations on zoning, subdivision and signage in unincorporated areas. For property owners and developers who want to know what they can do or not do with their land, “all those regulations will now be in one place,” said Dennis Sandquist,...


    Naperville looking at ending pension for mayor’s job

    Naperville City Council members who recently declared themselves ineligible for pensions are poised to make that same change for the mayor's job. “They’re both part time, so in fairness, I think that would be the proper way of doing it ... to eliminate the IMRF portion of the package,” council member Steve Chirico said.

    Jose Loera

    History of abuse before Aurora woman’s slaying

    Despite a domestic abuse conviction that came with an order not to go near his estranged girlfriend, Jose Loera persisted. And despite a tumultuous history with Aurora nurse Heather Jacobi, Loera convinced a judge he should be allowed to have contact with her. A day later, she was dead. “It sounds like he was determined that he was going to get back into her life one way or the...


    Owner of scrap yard charged with vehicle theft

    The owner of a Chicago scrap yard was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle days after police discovered dozens of stolen autos on his property, authorities said.

    President Barack Obama is greeted by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as he arrives at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Air Force One Wednesday, on his way to attend Democratic National Committee events in Chicago.

    Obama visits Chicago, presses for higher minimum wage

    Pressing his economic case in an election year, President Barack Obama came to Michigan on Wednesday to praise the state’s ongoing effort to raise the minimum wage — and to accuse Republicans who oppose that step in Michigan and in Congress of standing in the way of prosperity for millions of Americans. He finished the day in Chicago to attend fundraisers.


    Hanover Township to host health screenings

    Hanover Township will offer health screenings from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 11 to test for heart defects, osteoporosis and other illnesses. Life Line Screening will conduct the tests for small fees at the township’s Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59, Bartlett.


    Meet U.S. Olympian Bozek at Special Olympics fundraiser

    U.S. Olympian Megan Bozek will meet and pose for pictures with fans Friday at a fundraiser in Buffalo Grove to benefit Special Olympics. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at the Continental Restaurant, 788 Buffalo Grove Road in Buffalo Grove.

    Michael Hopkins

    Astronaut to speak at U of I commencement

    Astronaut and University of Illinois graduate Michael Hopkins will deliver the commencement address at his alma mater’s spring graduation next month. Hopkins recently returned from a 166-day stay aboard the International Space Station.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Cody J. Anderson, 20, of Geneva, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without required lights at 9:10 p.m. Saturday at Brundige Road and Route 38 near Geneva, according to a sheriff’s report. A passenger, Kristof J. Brandli-Lennart, 18, of Geneva, was charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia, the report said.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Nancy Martinez, 21, of Elgin, was charged with unlawful use of a credit card after she attempted to buy gas using someone else’s Visa card March 22, court records show.


    Police officer charged in 95-year-old man’s death

    A South suburban police officer was charged Wednesday in the death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran who was shot repeatedly with a beanbag gun as officers attempted to take him into custody last year at an assisted living facility.


    Group says it has enough signatures for remapping referendum

    A group that wants to change the way Illinois draws its political districts says it has the signatures it needs to put a measure on the November ballot. That plan would amend the Illinois constitution to require legislative leaders to appoint an 11-person redistricting commission made up of state residents.

    The car which crashed into a pond near Algonquin Commons is pulled from the water Wednesday afternoon after first responders smashed the vehicle’s sunroof and pulled Paul Mellor, 57, of Algonquin, from the sinking car. Mellor was unconscious and not breathing when he was pulled from the car, officials said.

    57-year-old man went from parking lot into pond

    A 57-year-old man who was pulled through the sunroof of his car Wednesday morning just as it was sinking into a pond at Algonquin Commons, is listed in critical condition at an area hospital, authorities said.

    Melinda Bush

    Democrats introduce bill to change school funding

    A group of Democratic lawmakers Wednesday introduced a long-awaited piece of legislation that would dramatically change the way schools are funded in Illinois for the first time since 1997. “Your ZIP code should not dictate your quality of education,” state Sen. Melinda Bush, a Grayslake Democrat, said.

    Elaine Nekritz

    Chicago pension fix gets quick committee approval

    Less than 48 hours after it was proposed, an Illinois House committee gave quick approval Wednesday to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to fix two underfunded Chicago pension systems in part by levying a massive property tax increase.

    Parents of children with epilepsy say consuming oil from the marijuana plant reduces seizures and doesn’t make children feel high.

    State Senate OKs plan to expand medical marijuana

    A proposal that would allow minors with epilepsy to use medical marijuana is moving through the Illinois legislature.

    Mount Prospect Village Manager Michael Janonis

    Mt. Prospect awards village manager with 5 percent raise

    Despite 22 years in his role as Mount Prospect’s village manager, Michael Janonis ranked in the bottom half among 20 peers in a recent compensation survey. The Mount Prospect village board set out to rectify that Tuesday when it voted Janonis a 5 percent raise that puts him in the thick of the top half of the 20 municipal leaders, bringing his salary from $175,950 to $184,747.


    DuPage Children’s Museum celebrates volunteers

    DuPage Children’s Museum will recognize the 858 volunteers who gave more than 23,000 hours of service to the museum in the past year during National Volunteer Week, which runs April 6 to 12.


    Park volunteers wanted
    Fox Valley Park District is seeking volunteers for its spring spruce-up day on April 26.


    Two Brothers’ releasing beer for Warrenville Fire anniversary

    Warrenville Fire Protection District is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and Two Brothers Brewing Company is helping with the celebration by hosting a release party of a special beer called Engine No. 1 from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave. in Warrenville.


    Gardening workshops
    The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is offering four gardening workshops in April.


    Electronics recycling event:

    The Waukegan Public Library’s Off the Grid team is hosting a free recycle event for paper and electronic waste from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 in the parking lot behind the library at Clayton Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.

    Our crazy weather continues. Monday’s warm temperatures meant Skyler Waclaw, 12 of Warrenville, could play a little basketball on Monday at Cerny Park in Warrenville. But the cold returned Tuesday. More rain and cold temperatures are expected this week.

    Strong storms, hail, flooding expected for Illinois

    The National Weather Service says tornadoes, strong winds and large hail could pound portions of southern and southwestern Illinois in the coming days. In the suburbs, we are expecting rain and cold, windy weather.

    Traffic lights on Washington Street in downtown Naperville operate out of sync Wednesday, but the city will be spending $800,000 as part of its five-year capital improvements plan to buy a new traffic management system to replace three separate systems that help control the signals along Washington Street.

    Naperville borrowing $17 million for fueling stations, other projects

    Naperville will borrow $17.3 million during the next 20 years to help pay for projects in its capital improvements plan that otherwise did not have a designated funding source, such as construction of a compressed natural gas fueling station, installation of LED bulbs in streetlights and addition of electric vehicle charging stations.

    An ongoing land use, zoning and boundary study in Prospect Heights is focusing on three parts of the city ripe for development, including the former HBSC offices on Sanders Road. City leaders earlier this year narrowly rejected a zoning change to allow 350 apartments on the site.

    Prospect Hts. expands study of Allstate property

    A land use, boundary and zoning study underway in Prospect Heights is focusing on three areas of the city with development potential, including the Allstate property that’s the site of an apartment proposal narrowly rejected by city leaders. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning gave the city a $100,000 grant for the study.

    Maurice Martin

    Naperville man pleads guilty to carjacking taxi

    Maurice Martin of Naperville pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated vehicular hijacking. He had been accused of stabbing a taxi driver and stealing the taxicab in July 2013 in Aurora.

    It’s time to purge. Algonquin residents can get rid of old furniture and other items cluttering up their homes when the village and Waste Management join forces for a Spring Cleanup — no stickers required.

    Algonquin helps residents declutter

    April is the month for spring cleaning in Algonquin, so if you’ve got a pile of furniture, grills, old clothes and toys, now’s your chance to purge. The village is offering a cleanup program for single-family homes and townhouses that receive residential refuse and recycling services.

    Delegates watch as former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 5, 2012, Since 2008, the number of people who call themselves middle class has fallen by a fifth, according to a survey in January 2014 by the Pew Research Center, from 53 percent to 44 percent.

    More Americans see middle class status slipping

    sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity. Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the painful realization that they're no longer part of it.

    Showing off some of the silent auction items from the 2013 Ball de Fleur, are, from left, Daniel McCormick, C.F.A., Provincial Immaculate Conception Province; Brother Paul Magner, Brother Tom Klein C.F.A., and Melanie Furlan, vice president of advancement, Alexian Brothers Foundation.

    Alexian Brothers annual gala built around 1893 Columbian Exposition

    The 2014 major fundraising gala of the Alexian Brothers Health Foundation will offer a rare entertainment value: a view of the museum’s acclaimed exhibit, “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair.” The Ball de Fleur will be held on Saturday, April 26 at the Field Museum in Chicago.


    Connect with God’s spirit on prayerful walks

    A good hearty walk is also a great time to open your spirit and let it connect with God’s Spirit, says columnist Annettee Budzban.


    Hanover Park police recognized for social media use

    The Hanover Park police department’s embrace of social media has attracted the attention of an international initiative that encourages law enforcement to use platforms like Facebook to prevent and solve crime. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has highlighted Hanover Park through its Center for Social Media.

    Steven Brewer

    Bloomingdale father sentenced to four years for squeezing infant

    A Bloomingdale father who squeezed his infant son so hard he broke the child’s ribs and leg in an effort to make him stop crying, was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison.


    FBI seizing artifacts at rural Indiana home

    FBI agents have surrounded a home in rural central Indiana to confiscate what the agency is calling artifacts.

    Proposed redevelopment plans for the Hickory-Kensington area in Arlington Heights include a mix of retail and commercial property. The village will host an public meeting Wednesday night on the project and a tax increment financing district intended to support it.

    Arlington Heights to hold meeting on TIF district proposal

    Arlington Heights will hold a public hearing Wednesday night to discuss plans and a timeline for the proposed new Tax Increment Financing district in the Hickory-Kensington area of town. The area — defined by Dryden Avenue to the east, Miner Street to the north, Belmont Avenue to the west and Northwest Highway to the south — is largely industrial, but has seen some redevelopment in...

    Todd Vandermyde, the powerful Illinois lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, said he was only exercising his rights as a citizen when he intervened to push legislation to loosen restrictions on transporting crossbows and enlisted the House Republican leader to tighten authority for police to enter private land.

    NRA lobbyist breaks Illinois law, helps change it

    The powerful lobbyist for the National Rifle Association is helping rewrite an Illinois law he broke.


    Northfield mother, son charged with stealing chain saws
    A mother and son from Northfield are charged in Michigan with being part of a chain saw theft ring.


    Wis. voters approve dozens of school referendums

    Wisconsin voters have approved dozens of school referendums for construction and, in some cases, to keep schools operating.

    Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville will offer three sessions of a weeklong summer camp for the first time this summer, as students entering sixth through 12th grades can join Camp Divergent, which will explore the five factions of society in the popular book series by Veronica Roth.

    Anderson’s offers Camp Divergent as first weeklong summer camp

    Anderson’s Bookshop of Naperville is making its first foray into the world of weeklong summer day camps this year, offering three sessions of Camp Divergent for students entering sixth through 12th grades. “‘Divergent’ I thought of right off the bat,” owner Becky Anderson said. “We’re focusing in on a book series that’s really popular with...

    Capt. Kellan Sams

    Grayslake man named club’s March hometown hero

    The Round Lake Area Exchange Club announced that U.S. Army Capt. Kellan Sams of Grayslake is the March hometown hero.

    A pillow for breast cancer patients donated by the Junior Girl Scout Troop of Lake Forest Country Day School to the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Breast Care Center.

    Lake Forest Girl Scouts make pillows for breast cancer patients

    The Girl Scouts Junior Troop of Lake Forest Country Day School visited the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Breast Care Center recently to donate pillows they made for breast cancer patients.


    Naperville raises electricity rates to fill deficit

    Naperville city council narrowly approved electric rate increases Tuesday night that will cause the average homeowner's bill to rise two years in a row beginning with an increase of $4.90 a month effective May 1. The 6 percent rate increase approved by a 5-4 vote will bring the monthly bill for the average residential customer in Naperville to $97.69, said Mark Curran, director of the city-owned...


    Four injured in Des Plaines crash

    Four people were taken to three area hospitals Wednesday morning after suffering minor injuries when a minivan and a car collided on Wolf Road just north of Jarvis Avenue in Des Plaines.

    A Silver Lining Foundation in Chicago has partnered with Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin to offer free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women. Pictured are Sandy Goldberg, left, founder of the foundation, and Dr. Patrick Para, the hospital’s medical director of medical imaging.

    Free mammograms with new Elgin partnership

    Elgin area women who are uninsured or underinsured can now get free mammograms and diagnostic testing thanks to a new partnership between a Chicago nonprofit and Presence St. Joseph Hospital. Sandy Goldberg, founder of A Silver Lining Foundation, said this is the organization’s 10th partnership with hospitals in the greater Chicago area — and the first in the Northwest suburbs...


    Electronic cigarette bill advances to state Senate

    The Illinois House approved legislation that’d require stores to keep electronic cigarettes behind the counter. The measure passed 113-0 on Tuesday and now heads to the Illinois Senate.


    Obama makes fundraising visit to Chicago

    President Barack Obama will be paying a visit to Chicago to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. The president’s visit Wednesday will follow an appearance in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he will deliver remarks at the University of Michigan concerning a boost to the national minimum wage.

    Wauconda officials took action Tuesday night in an effort to bring Lake Michigan water to the village.

    Wauconda officials take two more steps toward lake water

    Wauconda officials took action Tuesday night in an effort to bring Lake Michigan water to the village. Trustee John Barbini was among the elected officials who voiced satisfaction with the moves that were needed if lake water is to become a reality for Wauconda. “Life can be a very funny thing,” Barbini said. “It's not often second chances come along in life.”


    Carpentersville spares firefighter layoffs in budget

    The village board unanimously approved a $27.7 million budget Tuesday that spares two firefighters from losing their jobs, a move the union president called “a good sign, to say the least.” “We're looking at options that would be a give for both sides,” union President Lt. Rick Nieves said. “Obviously, the goal is to prevent these firefighters from being laid off,...


    2 young boys, woman shot on Chicago street

    Police are investigating a shooting that seriously injured two young boys and a woman as they walked along a street in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.


    Illinois woman, 24, convicted in dismemberment of husband

    A jury has convicted a 24-year-old central Illinois woman of murder for the dismemberment of her husband. Juatasha Denton-McCaster was convicted Tuesday evening after Sangamon County jurors spent more than seven hours deliberating.


    Markham man pleads guilty in NIU student death

    A Markham man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the fatal shooting of a Northern Illinois University student in 2011.


    Wisconsin mother accused of trying to poison sons

    A Milwaukee mother is accused of trying to kill her two young sons with an overdose of medication. Twenty-six-year-old Fallon Thomas is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.


    Razor blades found at playground near Philly

    Police say razor blades were found duct-taped to playground equipment at a park near Philadelphia. A week ago, authorities in a western Illinois community found a dozen razor blades glued to playground equipment in an East Moline city park.


    Food supplier recalling 8,700 lbs of chicken

    A food supplier with operations in Oklahoma is recalling more than 8,700 pounds of frozen chicken products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens.


    Jail time for Wisconsin woman in concealing infant’s death

    A mother accused of wrapping her dead infant in a garbage bag and throwing it in a trash bin has been sentenced in Marathon County to seven months in jail.


    Returning summer employees leave few openings in Dundee Township

    Dundee Township’s summer employment picture will not change much from last year. The park district, the township’s largest summer employer, will hire a few more people, but many who worked at its swimming pools and on its golf courses last year will return.

    Just seven votes separate Marmarie Kostelny, left, and D.J. Tegeler in their primary race for a circuit court judge seat in Kane County.

    Dawn Patrol: Mundelein sex offender arrest; 7-vote margin in judge race

    Sex offender arrested in Mundelein. Judge candidates separated by 7 votes. Group pitches higher gas tax for better roads. Elgin man charged in two crimes. No injuries in Schaumburg fire. Suburban teens named Golden Apple Scholars. No rush to judgment on Abreu. Why facing Pacers might be Bulls' best bet.


    Dist. 203 changing learning support, assistant positions

    Administrators in Naperville Unit District 203 are changing the way students receive extra help and enrichment in kindergarten, first and second grades in an effort they say is designed to provide more flexible support. Beginning next school year, students in the district’s youngest three grades will no longer be pulled out of the classroom to meet one-on-one with an assistant for early...


    DuPage forest preserve fights encroachments

    For some homeowners, having property adjacent to a forest preserve isn’t enough. They decide to treat forest preserve land like its their own. So the DuPage County Forest Preserve District is doing what it can to take its land back.

    Camp Algonquin in McHenry County made Landmarks Illinois’ list of endangered places Tuesday.

    Camp Algonquin placed on endangered-places list

    Camp Algonquin, one of the few “fresh air” camps in the nation, may be a step closer to being saved. Conservationists are cheering the camp’s designation by Landmarks Illinois as one of Ten Most Endangered Historic Places. “It’s a good first step,” said Elizabeth Kessler, executive director of the McHenry County Conservation District, which oversees the...

    Sycamore Trails Elementary School students Yasmin Medrano, Nicollette Trusk and Priya Shah organize books into stacks by reading level and genre. The school helped collect more than 7,000 books for students in Ghana.

    U-46 elementary students send books to Ghana

    A sixth-grade pen pal project at a Bartlett elementary school turned into a humanitarian effort providing more than 7,000 books for children in Ghana. Students at Sycamore Trails Elementary School and members of the First Baptist Church of Elgin jointly collected the books, and the students also raised funds for their pen pals in Ghana. “We talked about how we can’t change the world,...

    Matt Fuller

    District 220 names administrators for laptop program

    The Barrington Unit School District 220 school board approved changes to a pair of district administrator positions Tuesday night in advance of the one-to-world laptop program that will put a computer in the hands of every Barrington High School student in the fall.

    Bailey the puppy has to learn to lie quietly while in class at Grayslake Central High School and not be a distraction.

    Puppy ready for her lessons at Grayslake Central

    At just 5 months old, Bailey has been receiving an education at Grayslake Central High School since January. Bailey is a black Labrador, her teacher is junior Abby Perkowitz, and the lesson is using the school environment as part of Bailey’s socialization training toward becoming a guide dog. “She learns how to act in crowds and she learns how to be invisible and sit there,”...

    This is the $2.2 million residence of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood in Atlanta. Gregory apologized for his spending and offered to put the home up for sale after Pope Francis permanently removed a German bishop for his lavish spending on a renovation project.

    Atlanta archbishop apologizes for posh residence

    Archbishop Wilton Gregory seems to have gotten the pope's message about modest living. Days after Pope Francis permanently removed a German bishop for his lavish spending on a new residence, the Atlanta archbishop apologized for building a $2.2 million mansion as his residence. He bowed to criticism from local parishioners and said he'd consider selling the new home in Buckhead, Atlanta's toniest...

    This July 2, 2009 photo shows Chicago disc jockey Frankie Knuckles. Known as the "Godfather of House Music, he was also a producer, having done work for artists including Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. The Cook County medical examiner said Knuckles died Monday, March 31, 2014, in Chicago. He was 59. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Brian Jackson) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

    House music legend Frankie Knuckles dead at 59

    Frankie Knuckles, a Grammy-winning Chicago disc jockey known as the “Godfather of House Music” who worked with artists including Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, has died at age 59.Knuckles died Monday in Chicago, the Cook County medical examiner said Tuesday. The medical examiner said a cause of death was not available.



    Final Four selections
    Final Four selections


    Astros down Yankees again, 3-1

    Dexter Fowler homered and tripled and Matt Dominguez added a home run late to help the Houston Astros take the opening series from the New York Yankees with a 3-1 win on Wednesday night.


    WW South wins duel with West Chicago

    Wheaton Warrenville South outlasted West Chicago 2-1 in a softball pitchers’ duel between the Tigers’ Maddie Briggs and the Wildcats’ Amy Goldsmith. Both pitchers are juniors and had 11 strikeouts each, but in the end Arianna Caldarone hit a long triple driving in the winning runs to give the Tigers the win in Game 1 of a nonconference doubleheader Wednesday at The Rosemont Dome.“This early in the year, I couldn’t more happy with how Maddie pitched today,” said Tigers coach Jeff Pawlak. “(West Chicago) has really good pitching. We know from last year with both their pitchers back. They’re a tough team. They got a lot of speed and nice power in the middle. I’m really proud how our girls competed today.”With one out in the sixth inning, the Tigers’ Catie Hohnstein singled. Pawlak went with Jen Mindock to pinch-hit for Brooke Wilson, and Mindock walked to put runners on first and second.“(Mindock’s) job was to get a bunt down,” Pawlak said. “It didn’t work out necessarily so quick. She had good plate discipline after that, she stayed off some tough pitches and she did her job and got to first base.”That set the stage for the game-winning triple, a solid drive to left field by Caldarone. “I was just basically focusing to shorten up my swing and just try to make contact,” Caldarone said. “(Goldsmith) kept throwing high, so I was trying to be was being smart in the box. We played together well as a team.”The Wildcats scored a run in the seventh inning. But with a runner in scoring position, Briggs (2-0) retired the next three batters, including the last two on strikeouts to end the rally.“This was a good game for us in pressure situations,” said Wildcats coach Kim Wallner. “I thought we put pressure on them at the end. We needed a hit here or there and we just didn’t execute very well.”The Wildcats are a young team with 10 juniors on a 13-player roster that includes two seniors and a sophomore. They could manage only four hits and had a tough time putting the bat on the ball.“I thought we were letting too many balls go by early on without swinging,” Wallner said. “We had too many non-swinging strikeouts.”The Wildcats won the second game 4-3 in 8 innings behind winning pitcher Jenna Foreman (2-0). Taylor Blair (0-1) was the losing pitching for the Tigers.The Tigers (2-1) were winning 3-2 after six innings, but the Wildcats (3-1) came back with a run in the seventh to tie the game and send it into the eighth inning.In the eighth inning leadoff hitter Hannah Gehlhaar singled, stole second, went to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a wild pitch to put the Tigers ahead. Foreman closed out the Tigers three up and three down to seal the win.


    North Central riding win streak

    Just two weeks into the season it is rare to see a game that is so crucial to the end of season standings. However, North Central’s softball team will square off Thursday against Illinois Wesleyan for first place in the CCIW.Both teams are ranked in the top 20 nationally and will play their first conference games against each other. For North Central (14-2) it will be a chance to prove that its early-season success wasn’t a fluke. The Cardinals are riding high on an 11-game win-streak and haven’t lost since the third day of the season when they fell to No. 2-ranked Tufts University. North Central has lifted in the rankings to No. 20 this week with a combination of lights-out pitching and gaudy offensive numbers. After sweeping a doubleheader on Tuesday against Beloit, North Central has scored 8 or more runs nine times. On the other side the Cardinals have held their opponents to 3 runs or less 12 times, including both of their losses. North Central’s hot play has helped propel coach Jim Kulawiak to elite heights. A doubleheader sweep on Saturday against Monmouth became Kulawiak’s 699th and 700th career victories. Only 12 other Division III coaches have reached that mark. The Cardinals entered the season as the slim favorite to win the conference, but the coaches poll vote was nearly a complete split. As they prepare for their doubleheader matchup against Illinois Wesleyan (13-2), they will look for their streak to continue and take hold of the conference standings.Elmhurst: Elmhurst’s Tiffany Potthast has been selected as the CCIW hitter of the week. The junior went 6-for-7 over three games, helping go undefeated on the week. Splitting her defensive time between pitching and the infield, Potthast has hit 3 triples, scored 4 runs and 5 RBI. In addition to her success at the plate she earned victories on the mound in two of the week’s games. Over 14 innings Potthast has allowed just 1 earned run.


    Brambora’s no-hitter paces Glenbard South

    DuPage County baseball


    St. Viator holds off Crystal Lake South

    Second-half strikes from Lauren Kohn and Megan McCollum warmed the hearts of the frozen faithful during a 2-1 St. Viator girls soccer victory over Crystal Lake South (0-2-1) Wednesday night at Morris Field in Arlington Heights.

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (19) will miss the final six games of the regular season, team officials said, but he is expected to be healthy when the playoffs begin.

    Toews will miss 6 games and return for playoffs

    Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville announced Wednesday that Hawks captain Jonathan Toews will not play in the final six games of the regular season while he recovers from a hit he took against Pittsburgh on Sunday. Toews, however, is expected to be ready to play when the NHL playoffs roll around. “He will be 100 percent for the playoffs,” Quenneville said.


    Hawks stand by decision not to retaliate after Toews hit

    The fact that the Blackhawks didn't react in a more physical manner to Brooks Orpik's hit on Jonathan Toews, which the NHL opted not to review, brought up quite the debate in the hockey world over the last 48 hours.

    Veteran forward Chris Rolfe, who was drafted by the Chicago Fire in 2005, has been traded to D.C. United.

    Fire trades veteran Rolfe to D.C. United

    There was always a lot for Chicago Fire fans to like about Chris Rolfe, which will make it that much harder for them to root against Rolfe now that he's playing for a conference rival. Orrin Schwarz explains why the Fire traded Rolfe to D.C. United for an undisclosed amount of allocation money.


    Union question looms as Northwestern practices

    When members of Northwestern's football team had the chance to sign union cards back in January, some players signed their names, others did not. Running back Venric Mark said Tuesday that he wondered if the ones who did realized the ramifications of the decision and where it would lead.

    Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson winds up during the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Jackson allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits in 5⅓ innings.

    Cubs battle deep into the night, only to lose

    You’ll have to get used to the Cubs playing a lot of tight, low-scoring games this season, given their decent pitching and an offense that will struggle to score runs. You also can get used to new manager Rick Renteria trotting out all kinds of different lineups. All such things were on display Wednesday night as the Cubs battled back and took the Pittsburgh Pirates deep into extra innings only to fall 4-3 in the 16th.


    Some early surprises from the Chicago River

    In his weekly outdoors column, Mike Jackson uncovers some surprising results while fishing the Chicago River.


    Softball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*South Elgin 5, Glenbard East 1Belvidere North 10, Larkin 0Glenbard North 13, Bartlett 1 (5 inns.)*Waubonsie Valley 1, Burlington Central 0Burlington C. 000 000 0 -0-1-0Waubonsie V. 000 000 1 -1-3-02B: BC — Harnish.WP: Hohman; LP: Kisch.*Burlington Central 5, Waubonsie Valley 0Burlington C. 000 130 1 -5-11-1Waubonsie V. 000 000 0 -0-3-2WP: Gaylord; LP: Kurth.*Huntley 11, Rolling Meadows (5 Innings)Rolling M. 010 00 -1-3-0Huntley 605 0x -11-11-12B: RM — Watson.HR: H — Shields.WP: Spannraft (2-2); LP: Hattory.*Elmwood Park 9, St. Edward 6Elmwood Park 100 006 2 -9-8-0St. Edward 121 020 0 -6-7-32B: STE — Scully 2, Theriault.3B: EP — Bitterman, Hooges; STE — Ernst .HR: EP — Gruber 2WP: Gruber; LP: Stapay (0-1).*Hoffman Estates 4, Streamwood 3Hoffman Estates 210 100 0 -4-5-1Streamwood 003 000 0 -3-4-22B: HE — Hendle; S — FilippoHR: HE — Hendle.WP: Osimowicz; LP: Hedger.*Richmond-Burton 10, Crystal Lake South 1Richmond-B. 001 304 2 -10-14-1CL South 000 010 0 -1-8-12B: R-B — Schwegel, Spohr.3B: R-B — Mell.HR: R-B — Dahlen.WP: Hayden; LP: Massie (0-1).*Oswego East 9, Elgin 5Elgin 200 000 3 -5-9-4Oswego East 301 005 x -9-9-12B: E — Eckholm, Perryman, Bremer 2, Rago; OE — Ippolito, Johnson, Klingbeil.3B: OE — Gaertaer.WP: O’Reilly; LP: Rago (0-2).*LAKE ZURICH 4, GRAYSLAKE NORTH 1Lake Zurich 010 011 1 —4-14-0Grayslake North 010 000 0 —1-4-22B: LZ: Guercio, Pettinger.HR: LZ: Larson.WP: Schneider; LP: Livengood.*FREMD 12, MUNDELEIN 9Fremd 200 640 0 —12-15-0Mundelein 111 600 0 —9-15-52B: Mund: Diaz 2, Zazas, Mahar, Woodyard.HR: Mund: DeVito.WP: Barnett; LP: Parney.*ANTIOCH 9, PALATINE 3Palatine 002 001 1 —3-6-3Antioch 413 010 x —9-12-32B: Pal: English; Ant: Keyes.3B: Ant: Pedersen, Skoog.WP: Wagner; LP: Boisvert.*WAUKEGAN 6, GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 5Waukegan 000 000 6 —6-7-2Grayslake Central 000 320 0 —5-7-32B: Wkgn: Cruz; GC: Curtis, Long.HR: GC: Heraty.WP: Thompson; LP: Brown.*GLENBROOK NORTH 10, STEVENSON 9Stevenson 033 201 0 —9-13-4Glenbrook North 001 231 3 —10-15-12B: Stev: O’Connor, Cortesi, Koenigs, Morgan, Trotter.HR: Stev: O’Connor, Cortesi.WP: Gruenberg; LP: Peterson.*LAKES 9, CARMEL 2Lakes 101 310 3 —9-14-0Carmel 000 200 0 —2-9-02B: Lks: Mang, Schaar; Carm: Abel.3B: Lks: Horner; Carm: Bartz.WP: Dishinger; LP: Petrus.*Waubonsie Valley 1, Burlington central 0Burlington Cent. 000 000 0 —0-1-0Waubonsie Vall. 000 000 1 —1-3-02B: BC: Harnish. WP: Hohman; LP: Kisch.*BUrlington Central 5, Waubonsie Valley 0Burlington Cent. 000 130 1 —5-11-1Waubonsie Vall. 000 000 0 —0-3-2WP: Gaylord; LP: Kurth.*Wheaton Warrenville South 2, West Chicago 1West Chicago 000 000 1 —1-4-0WW South 000 002 X —2-10-02B: WWS: Harkabus. 3B: WWS: Caldarone. WP: Briggs (2-0); LP: Goldsmith (1-1).*West Chicago 4, Wheaton Warrenville South 3West Chicago 010 001 11 —4-7-3WW South 011 001 00 —3-9-22B: WC: Wood. 3B: WWS: Graham. WP: Foreman; LP: Blair.*Lockport 4, Montini 0Montini 000 000 0 —0-0-4Lockport 100 003 X —4-6-12B: L: J. Arndt, H. Arndt. WP: Putman; LP: Trojnar.*South Elgin 5, Glenbard East 12B: SE: Koss; 3B: SE: Helton. WP: Allen; LP: Hlavcek.*Batavia 13, Glenbard North 1Glenbard North 1 0 0 0 0 —1Batavia 0 0 0 1 12 —132B: GN: Gramann, Roman; WP: Dopart. *St. Charles East 7, Lake Park 3St. Charles East 210 202 0 —7-14-1Lake Park 011 000 1 —3-7-12B: SCE: Stout. LP: Worchester; 3B: SCE: Collati. LP: Zepeda. WP: Latoria; LP: Sturino.*


    Girls soccer: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Aurora Central Catholic 2, Plano 0ACC: Sundberg (Ramos), Crabb (Sundberg)Keeper: Mandarino 2 saves*huntley 7, larkin 0Larkin 0 0 —0Huntley 3 4 —7Scoring — H – Zobott (assist Parks); Jakubowski (assist Constantino); Parks unassisted; Zobott unassisted; Jakubowski unassisted; Nordeen unassisted; Kaufman unassisted.Goalkeepers — H – Galason (0 saves); L – Vilagomez (19 saves).*Burlington Central 2, Rockford Christian 2Burlington C. 0 2 —2Rockford C. 1 1 —2Scoring — BC — Andrew (Ahrens), Andrew (Jayne).Goalkeepers — BC — Ciganek (5 saves).*ANTIOCH 3, ROUND LAKE 1Round Lake 0 1 —1Antioch 2 1 —3RL — Mejia.Antioch — Kelly (Abbeduto), Abbeduto, Abbeduto.Goalkeepers — RL: Devera (8 saves).*LAKES 6, ZION-BENTON 2Lakes 2 4 —6Zion-Benton 1 1 —2Lakes — D’Ambrose (Schmitt), D’Ambrose (Schmitt), J. Cipolla, Schmitt (Vancrey), D’Ambrose (Quaranta), Nitti (D’Ambrose).Goalkeepers — Lks: Jones (4 saves).*VERNON HILLS 4, GLENBROOK NORTH 1Glenbrook North 0 1 —1Vernon Hills 2 2 —4Vernon Hills — Gramins, Bahlmann (Koczwara), Koczwara (Guglielmi), Lieberman (Seal).*st. viator 2, crystal lake south 1Crystal Lake South 0 1 —1St. Viator 0 2 —2Crystal Lake South — Collard (UA).St. Viator — Kohn (M.McCollom), M.McCollum (Stanley).Goalkeepers — CLS: Przyvylski; StV: Raslawski.*Tuesday’s results ANTIOCH 3, JOHNSBURG 1Johnsburg 0 1 —1Antioch 2 1 —3Antioch — Fracek, Pope (Abbeduto), Helgesen (Pena).*lakes 9, north chicago 0North Chicago 0 0 —0Lakes 9 0 —9Lakes — D’Ambrose (J. Cipolla), Quaranta (D’Ambrose), J. Cipolla, Schmitt (J. Cipolla), D’Ambrose (Denman), Vancrey (PK), Haviland (Timmerman), Pighini (Boehm), Haviland (Farrell).Goalkeepers — Lks: Jones (0 saves).


    Girls water polo: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*conant 22, Hoffman Estates 3Conant 4 7 6 5 —22Hoffman Estates 1 0 1 1 — 3Conant — Ca.Rosas 6, Skittone 5, Weingart 4, Claffey 4, Wooley, Smigla, Fenlon.Hoffman Estates — Ouimet, Kasman Bonney.Goalkeepers — Con: Demaret (4 saves, 3 steals; He: Sullivan, Kasman.*hersey 6, wheeling 5Wheeling 1 2 1 1 —5Hersey 1 1 2 2 —6Wheeling — Richards, Godlewski 2, Sowa, Diaz.Hersey — Emmerling 2, Lutz 2, Karman, Furkin.*Palaine 24, Barrington 6Palatine 3 6 10 5 —24Barrington 2 0 2 2 — 6Palatine — Chumbook 11 goals (3 assists), Wojtas 9 goals (5 assists), McHugh 2 goals (4 assists), Gilsenan, Rasor.Barrington — Latimer 2, Potgieter 2, Gavars, BurrellGoalkeepers — Pal: Butler (8 saves); Bar: Connors (9 saves).*


    Boys volleyball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*GLENBROOK SOUTH D. STEVENSON 25-14, 25-11Serving — Stev: Chang (1 ace); Attacking — Stev: Herman (4 kills), Maleski (1 kill), Cliffer (1 kill); Setting — Stev: Creevy (5 assists), Wang (2 assists); Digs — Stev: Park 9, Chang 6, Maskalunas 3, Wang 3; Blocks — Stev: Maskalunas 1, Leonard 1, Chang 1.JV: — Glenbrook South d. Stevenson 25-19, 27-25Frosh A: — Stevenson d. Glenbrook South 27-29, 25-19, 25-19.Frosh B: — Stevenson d. Glenbrook South 25-23, 25-15*HERSEY D. LIBERTYVILLE 25-27, 25-29, 25-16Serving — Her: Wesolowski 13-13, Migus 12-13; Lib: Akers 8-8; Attacking — Her: Migus (12 kills), Fuerst (10 kills); Lib: Akers (8 kills), Laska (7 kills); Setting — Her: Torvik (27 assists), Wesolowski (11 assists); Lib: Winiger (16 assists ), Rill (10 assists); Digs — Her: Christacos 19, Migus 13; Lib: Sachs 15, Akers 6, Laska 3; Blocks — Her: Fierst 2, Saeed 2, Migus2; Lib: Feely 2, McCormack 2.*LAKE ZURICH D. WARREN 25-14, 17-25, 25-19Serving — LZ: Doherty (1 ace); Attacking — LZ: Carmody (10 kills), Steibel (7 kills); Setting — LZ: Bush (28 assists); Digs — LZ: Savio 9, Bush 7; Blocks — LZ: Carmody 1, Gilbertson 1.JV: — Lake Zurich d. Warren 23-25, 25-17, 25-16.*West Chicago d. Fenton 27-25, 25-27, 25-22West Chicago — Benes (4 kills); Bruce (6 kills); Thiede (5 kills, 5 blocks); Finlon (2 aces, 3 blocks); Quiroz (2 aces).Fenton — Lopez (4 kills); Lewandowski (3 kills, 2 aces); Rivera (3 kills); Gonzalez (3 aces); Maan (10 blocks).*barrington d. wheeling 25-11, 15-16Attack: Bar: Glader 4 kills, Carroll 3 kills, Wright 3 kills; Whl: Kais 5 kills, Castillo kills, Schultz kill, Rybak kill; Serving: Bar: Glader 2 aces; Whl: Stephani 2-2, Kapadia 3-2 2a, Salgado 1-1, Kais 0-2, Castillo 2-3, Shultz 4-6, Rybak 5-5; Setting: Bar: Ricchetti 12 assists, Soifer 3 assists: Whl: Stehani 4-4, Kapadia 25-28 8 assists; Digs: Bar: Ricchetti 5, Nenn 4; Blocks: Bar: Carroll 2, Frey.*Buffalo Grove d. Fremd 25-8, 25-17Attack: Frm: Vandon 2 kills, Kent 2 kills, Scott kill; Serving: Frm: Kurka 4-4, Scott 3-3, Larson 4-6; Setting: Frm: Amador 25-31 6 assists: Serve receive: Frm: Scott 17-18, Kurka 9-10; Digs: Frm: Scott 5, Kurka 5, Zimmerman 4; Blocks: Frm: Scott 2, Vandon 2, Kent.*hersey d. libertyville 25-27, 25-19, 25-16Attack: Hers: Migs 12 kills, Fuerst 10 kills, Coniglio 5 kills, Aguilar 5 kills, Saeed 3 kills, Torvik 3 kills, Mueller 2 kills; Serving: Hers: Wesolowski 13-13, Castro 5-5, Migus 12-13; Setting: Hers: Torvik 27 asists, Wesolowski 11 assists; Serve receive: Frm: Scott 17-18, Kurka 9-10; Digs: Hers: Christacos 19, Migus 13, Wesolowski 8; Blocks: Hers: Fuerst 2, Saeed 2, Torvik, Coniglio, Migus 2.*


    Girls badminton: Wednesday’s scoreboard
    Wednesday’s results*


    Boys tennis: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Cary-Grove 7, Woodstock NorthSingles - No. 1: Maas (C-G) d. Plummer 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Jensen (C-G) d. Eisinger 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: McDonough (C-G) d. Pankow 6-0, 6-0.Doubles - No. 1: Smith/Budreck (C-G) d. Julian/Helland 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Kedzior/Venet (C-G) d. Dort/Molve 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Lamb/Butler (C-G) d. Devare/Langreck 6-0, 6-0; No. 4: Shershen/Cecchin (C-G) d. Quintero/Balleno 6-0, 6-0.*LIBERTYVILLE 7, VERNON HILLS 0Singles — No. 1:VanDixhorn (Lib) d. Knuer 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Tsorotiotis (Lib) d. Lau 6-0, 6-1; No. 3: Vittore (Lib) d. Kurzenberger 6-1, 6-2.Doubles — No. 1: S. Daluga/Janczak (Lib) d. Lunkov/Pak 6-4, 6-1; No. 2: Chen/Gasick (Lib) d. Han/Namburi 6-2, 6-2; No. 3: Cao/Tasiopoulos (Lib) d. Kim/Zhang 6-2, 6-2 No. 4: J. Daluga/P. Daluga (Lib) d. Gaidamak/Barnett-Bishop 6-1, 6-3.*WAUCONDA 5, ZION-BENTON 2Singles — No. 1: Tyler (Wauc) d. Mitchell 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Patel (Wauc) d. Stickleman 6-1, 6-2; No. 3: Briones (Wauc) d. Johann 6-1, 6-2.Doubles — No. 1:Gerardo/Graham (Z-B) d. Caudle/Heck) 6-4, 6-4; No. 2: Austin/Jairius (Z-B) d. Schuetz/Mattaliano 6-2, 3-6, 10-7; No. 3: Brannick/Mues (Wauc) d. Garrett/Caleb 7-5, 3-6 10-7; No. 4: Carillo/Galve (Wauc) d. Karl/Austin 2-6, 6-2, 10-7.


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*fremd 14, schaumburg 11Fremd 3 4 3 4 —14Schaumburg 1 3 4 3 —11Fremd — Stark 3, Helsdingen 2, Nicholas, Assman.Schaumburg — Borst 2, Pyde, Couston, Skiroock, Kovar, Birriel.*Palatine 16, Barrington 10Barrington 4 2 3 1 —10Palatine 4 3 5 4 —16Barrington — Cogswell 2, Hogan, Lehman, Mathias, Lesniak 4, Miseyka.Palatine — El Hoffi 4, Kalev 8, Kleinfeldt 3, Baran.Goalkeepers — Bar: Fish. Pal: White.*Other score:Prospect 11, Elk Grove 6*


    Baseball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Joliet Catholic 7, Marmion 4Marmion: Troop 2-3, 3 RBI, Simon DO, RBI*St. Charles North 4, Rosemark, Tenn. 3Rosemark 000 003 0 -3-7-0St. Charles N. 100 000 3 -4-8-2*Larkin 7, Belvidere North 1Larkin 102 103 0 -7-6-4Belvidere North 000 100 0 -1-2-32B: L — Lenz (2), Bond. WP: King; LP: Hursh.*Elk Grove 9, Bartlett 1Elk Grove 062 100 0 -9-10-1Bartlett 000 100 0 -1-2-32B: EG — Assimakopoulos, Rivera. WP: Arbov; LP: Wick.*Prospect 7, Cary-Grove 4 Prospect 400 300 0 -7-6-2Cary-Grove 000 012 1 -4-9-32B: P — Flahaven. WP: Smith; LP: Kauss.*Hampshire 10, Westminster Christian 3Hampshire 330 300 1 -10-10-2Westminster Christian 001 200 0 -3-7-82B: H — Consigny; WC —Merlak. WP: Rutkowski; LP: Rasmussen.*St. Edward 3, Westmont 3 St. Edward 001 110 0 -3-13-1Westmont 003 000 0 -3-6-12B: W — Franczak.*Dundee-Crown 12, Buffalo Grove 2Dundee-Crown 101 172 0 -12-9-4Buffalo Grove 100 100 0 -2-0-72B: D-C — Gutierrez 3B: D-C — Bloch.HR: D-C — Girard. WP: Lewan; LP: Murphy.*Carmel 8, Huntley 2Huntley 001 010 0 -2-2-4Carmel 160 100 x -8-6-2WP: Sefcik; LP: Mills (0-1).*Streamwood 9, Hoffman Estates 2Streamwood 420 100 1 -9-8-2Hoffman Estates 001 100 0 -2-8-12B: S — Campbell, Caminitti. WP: Caminitti (1-0); LP: Conway.*Powell County (S.C) 5, Burlington Central 1Powell County 104 000 0 -5-2-0Burlington Central 000 001 0 -1-4-42B: PC — Knox. 3B: BC — Cynova. WP: Mullins; LP: Bushy.*GRANT 4, HONONEGAH 1Hononegh 1 000 0 —1-2-2Grant 004 000 x —4-4-02B: Grt: Lucas.WP: Stone.*MCHENRY 10, ANTIOCH 62B: Ant: Muskat; McH: Borst, Lahman, Granneman.3B: McH: Lykins.*STEVENSON 6, PALATINE 3Stevenson 101 200 2 —6-10-4Palatine 102 000 0 —3-2-12B: Stev: Black.WP: Austin; LP: Gavin.*Carmel 8, Huntley 2Huntley 001 010 0 —2-2-4Carmel 160 100 x —8-6-2WP: Sefcik; LP: Mills.*MUNDELEIN 8, WHEELING 1Wheeling 100 000 0 —1-3-3Mundelein 013 040 x —8-10-32B: Whl: Cooney; Mun: Peterson 2.3B: Whl: Spillane.WP: O’Donoghue; LP: DeBlasio.*Middleboro (KY) 3, Timothy CHristian 2Timothy Christ. 000 002 0 —2-8-2Middleboro 110 010 X —3-2-2LP: Miller.*Waubonsie Valley 4, Naperville Central 0Waubonsie Vall. 010 001 2 —4-5-0Naperville Cent. 000 000 0 —0-4-02B: WV: Vietri. WP: Bennema; LP: Daley.*IC Catholic Prep 12, Perspectives 1Perspectives 100 00 —1-3-4IC Catholic Prep 516 0X —12-6-03B: IC: Brinkman. WP: Faut; LP: Adebiraye.*St. Francis 8, Shiocton (WIs) 0St. Francis 040 121 0 —8-10-0Shiocton 000 000 0 —0-2-42B: SF: Connolly. HR: SF: Sullivan. WP: O’Keefe*St. Francis 15, Elgin 2 St. Francis 016 224 —15-14-2Elgin 200 000 —2-4-33B: SF: Jackson. HR: SF: Dama, Capobianco. WP: Connolly; LP: Wiedemann.*Liberty Union (OHio) 11, Wheaton Academy 4Liberty Union 244 001 0 —11-9-1Wheaton Acad. 202 000 0 —4-8-52B: LU: McIvich, Bossu. WA: Lindstedt. WP: Rutnum; LP: Moses.*Wheaton Academy 5, Joba Academy (FLa.) 3Joba Academy 200 100 0 —3-7-1Wheaton Acad. 010 220 X —5-9-22B: WA: Kram. WP: Kram. *North Oldham 8, Wheaton North 3Wheaton North 100 010 1 —3-3-3North Oldham 006 020 X —8-9-12B: WN: Mannix. HR: WN: Muto. LP: Mannix.*Wheaton North 5, Glenbard West 4Glenbard West 000 000 31 —4-9-2Wheaton North 100 020 02 —5-9-12B: WN: Muto, Sells. 3B: GW: Martenson. WN: Slivinski. WP: Cary; LP: Nielsen.*South Oldham 2, Glenbard West 0Glenbard West 000 000 0 —0-2-4South Oldham 001 001 0 —2-5-02B: GW: Vogg. LP: Floyd.*Schaumburg 4, Glenbard North 3


    Nyquist scores to help Red Wings beat Bruins 3-2

    Gustav Nyquist broke a tie with 7:12 left in the third period on his only shot of the game, and the Detroit Red Wings held on to beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night.


    Parker, Duncan lead Spurs past Warriors 111-90

    Tony Parker had 18 points and eight assists and Duncan had 15 points and eight rebounds and San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 111-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, extending the Spurs’ franchise record winning streak to 19 games.


    Faried leads Nuggets’ 137-107 rout of Pelicans

    Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 34 points and added 13 rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 137-107 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.


    Choo bases-loaded walk, Texas 4-3 win over Philly

    Shin-Soo Choo drew a bases-loaded, game-ending walk against Jonathan Papelbon as the Texas Rangers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Wednesday to clinch the season-opening series.


    Gay, McCallum lead Kings past Lakers, 107-102

    Rudy Gay scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Ray McCallum had 27 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-102 on Wednesday night.


    Reds break record slump, beat Cardinals 1-0 in 9th

    J.J. Hoover (1-0) pitched out of a threat in the ninth, getting Matt Adams on a called third strike with two runners aboard. The NL Central rivals waited 2 hours, 40 minutes to get started. They wanted to get the game in because heavy rain was forecast for Thursday afternoon when they conclude their series.


    Rockies hold on for 6-5 win over Marlins

    Jordan Pacheco and the Colorado Rockies finally broke out the bats. Pacheco had three hits and drove in a run for the Rockies, who beat the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Wednesday night.


    D’Ambrose sets pace for Lakes

    Nicole D’Ambrose’s hot start to the soccer season continued Wednesday night, as the junior scored 3 goals in Lakes’ 6-2 win over host Zion-Benton.


    Stone, Grant handle Rockton

    Andrew Stone worked 5 innings for his first win of the season, and Grant’s baseball team defeated Rockton Hononegah 4-1 Wednesday for its third win in as many games this week.

    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) goes up for a dunk in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday in Atlanta. The Bulls won 105-92.

    High praise for Augustin

    D.J. Augustin scored 23 points, soliciting major praise from coach Tom Thibodeau, in the Bulls' 105-92 victory in Atlanta on Wednesday. The Bulls kept pace with Toronto and gained a game in the battle for home-court advantage in the first round.


    Hersey wins key MSL East matchup

    Hersey improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Mid-Suburban East after claiming a 6-5 victory over Wheeling, which was unbeaten in the division entering Wednesday’s matchup. Katie Lutz and Katelyn Emmerling each had 2 goals for the Huskies.


    Palatine passes Barrington’s test

    Palatine meet a strong challenge from a vastly improved Barrington team to take the early lead in Mid-Suburban West boys water polo with a 16-10 victory.

    Elk Grove’s Taylor Leach delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s game against Glenbrook South.

    Fremd still fired-up at the plate

    It’s been cold the last two days for softball, but Fremd’s bats have been hot. The visiting Vikings outhit Mundelein 16-15 in a 12-9 victory on Wednesday that gave them their second win in as many days after belting 12 hits on Tuesday at Carmel.


    LZ remains unbeaten

    McKenna Larson homered and Olivia Schneider struck out 10 batters, as Lake Zurich’s softball team stayed undefeated with a 4-1 win over host Grayslake North on Wednesday.

    Leury Garcia celebrates with his White Sox teammates after scoring the winning run Wednesday on a wild pitch.

    Wild White Sox win in more ways than one

    The White Sox didn't play a clean game Wednesday like they did in Monday's season opener, but they were just as satisfied after rallying from a 6-4 deficit in the ninth and beating the Twins 7-6 in 11 innings.

    Wisconsin ‘s Frank Kaminsky reacts after making a three-point basket during the second half in a regional final NCAA college basketball tournament game against Arizona on March 29 in Anaheim, Calif.

    Big names like Kaminsky keep leaving Illinois

    Frank Kaminsky, a product of Benet Academy in Lisle, has helped Wisconsin into the Final Four. That's as good an explanation as any for the sorry state of college basketball in the state of Illinois.

    Mundelein’s Dillon O’Donoghue pitches against Wheeling on Wednesday at Mundelein.

    Mundelein fields a winner against Wheeling

    Mundelein’s top-notch baseball program finally has a top-notch field, so temperatures barely about freezing Wednesday weren’t about to deny the Mustangs the chance to finally play a game on it. Gray skies and 3 uncharacteristic errors aside, Mundelein had a memorable day, defeating Wheeling 8-1 as starting pitcher Dillon O’Donoghue and three relievers combined on a 3-hitter.


    Larkin handles Belvidere North with help from Royse

    Larkin senior pitcher Brayden Royse epitomized the term “veteran poise” in a gutty relief appearance in a 7-1 win at Belvidere North Wednesday.


    Huntley dominates Larkin

    Outshooting Larkin 31-0, Huntley was able to overpower the Royals 7-0 in opening round play of the Huntley girls soccer invitational Wednesday night.


    Ladd nets winner in Jets’ 2-1 SO win over Coyotes

    Andrew Ladd scored in regulation and in the second round of the shootout, and Ondrej Pavelec stopped Antoine Vermette’s attempt to send the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.


    Conant’s Wachal watches one leave the park

    Alissa Wachal rehearsed her home run swing in a scrimmage on the Conant softball diamond Tuesday. The junior right fielder made it count for real on Wednesday when the Cougars opened their season with a 11-1 victory over visiting Wheaton North in six innings. “She hit one over the fence in our scrimmage against the junior varsity on Tuesday,” said Cougars veteran coach CathyAnn Smith. “I said to her then ‘I think we’re going to see a lot of this from you.’ ” It sure didn’t take long to see it. Wachal hit a towering solo blast that easily cleared the center field fence with two outs in the bottom of the fifth which extended the Cougars lead to 8-1.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com St. Charles North’s Sabrina Rabin pitches in the game vs. Schaumburg on Wednesday, April 2.

    St. Charles North wins with defense this time

    One day after a wild 18-11 season-opening victory over Plainfield Central, St. Charles North’s softball team discovered another way to win Wednesday afternoon. Senior Sabrina Rabin (2-0) pitched a 4-hit complete game and received solid defensive support from her teammates during the North Stars’ 3-0 nonconference triumph over Schaumburg (0-1) in St. Charles.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Dundee-Crown pitchers Tyler Lewan and Riley Alvarado combined on a six-inning no-hitter Wednesday as the Chargers notched a 12-2 nonconference baseball victory at Buffalo Grove.


    Buehrle, Bautista help Jays beat Rays 3-0

    Mark Buehrle allowed four hits over 8 2- innings, Jose Bautista homered twice, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Wednesday night.


    Gio Gonzalez homers, pitches Nats past Mets 5-1

    Gio Gonzalez homered in his first start for the second straight season and pitched three-hit ball to lead the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 5-1 Wednesday night.


    Napoli’s 4 RBIs lead Red Sox over Orioles 6-2

    Mike Napoli homered and drove in four runs, John Lackey allowed three hits in six innings and the Boston Red Sox spoiled the Baltimore debut of Ubaldo Jimenez by beating the Orioles 6-2 Wednesday night.


    Bailey has goal, assist again in Isles’ 2-1 win

    Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist for the second straight night, and the New York Islanders earned back-to-back victories with a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.


    Heat stay atop East, beat Bucks 96-77

    LeBron James was his typical effective self on Wednesday night. He led Miami with 17 points, and the Heat stayed atop the Eastern Conference with a wire-to-wire 96-77 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.


    Knicks rout Nets 110-81, extend late-season surge

    J.R. Smith had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Carmelo Anthony added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the city rival Brooklyn Nets 110-81 Wednesday night to extend a late-season playoff push.


    DeRozan leads Raptors past Rockets 107-103

    DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points, Jonas Valanciunas and Greivis Vasquez each had 15 and the Toronto Raptors won their seventh straight home meeting with Houston, beating the Rockets 107-103 on Wednesday night.


    George, West lead Pacers past Pistons 101-94

    Paul George had 27 points and 13 rebounds, David West scored 15 points and the Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game skid with a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.


    Waiters scores 26 as Cavs beat Magic 119-98

    Dion Waiters scored 26 points, Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson had 20 each, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic 119-98 on Wednesday night.

    Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) shoots in front of Chicago Bulls guard Tony Snell (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday in Atlanta.

    Augustin leads Bulls past slumping Hawks 105-92

    D.J. Augustin scored 23 points and the Chicago Bulls held off slumping Atlanta for a 105-92 victory Wednesday night, bumping the Hawks out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with two weeks left in the season.


    Jefferson leads Bobcats past 76ers, 123-93

    Al Jefferson had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 123-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Gary Neal scored 15 points to help the Bobcats inch closer to a playoff berth.


    Wizards top Celtics 118-92 to clinch playoff berth

    The Washington Wizards are in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, clinching an Eastern Conference berth Wednesday night with a 118-92 win over the Boston Celtics.


    Depth helps St. Charles East past Lake Park

    The St. Charles East softball team finished second in state last season and is an area power again this spring. The Saints want to keep the good times going and coach Kelly Horan said a key to that is having effective team depth and that was evident in Wednesday afternoon’s 7-4 win over Lake Park at The Rosemont Dome.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    A roundup of Wednesday's softball games in the Fox Valley.

    White Sox’s Adam Dunn receives congratulations at the dugout after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday in Chicago. The White Sox won 7-6 in 11 innings.

    Eaton blames himself for drop

    Adam Eaton appeared to make a routine catch in the seventh inning Wednesday, but the White Sox' center fielder was charged with an error after Twins manager Ron Gardenhire asked for a video review.

    In this Sept. 21, 2013, file photo, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2), wears APU for “All Players United” on wrist tape as he scores a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Maine in Evanston. The five-member regulatory board that will ultimately decide if Northwestern University football players can unionize has itself been in the middle of a firestorm.

    Agency sets date for Northwestern players union vote

    A federal agency says a date has been set for Northwestern football players to vote on authorizing a union to represent them in collective bargaining with the university. A spokesman for the National Labor Relations Board confirmed Wednesday that the vote is scheduled for April 25.

    West Chicago’s Gyula Finlon reacts to a point against Fenton during volleyball action.

    West Chicago outlasts Fenton

    lThe West Chicago boys volleyball team narrowly picked up its fourth victory of the season with a win over the Fenton Bison in three sets. After taking the first set with a 27-25 win, the Wildcats dropped the second 27-25 but came from behind to take the third 25-22.

    Kane County outfielder Shawon Dunston Jr., whose father played for the Cubs, has earned a spot on the Cougars roster.

    Cougars counting on speed, pitching this season

    After experiencing one of the harshest winters in recent history, suburban baseball fans will be happy to hear these two words spoken next week at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark — play ball. The Cougars open the Midwest League season on the road Thursday, with their home opener next Tuesday.


    WIndy City Warriors keep rolling

    The Windy City Warriors are, as usual, on a roll. Coming off its ninth IHSA state championship in 10 years on March 15, the wheelchair basketball team makes its annual trip this week to the National Wheelchair Basketball National Tournament, Thursday through Saturday at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville.


    For a change, Waubonsie Valley off to quick start

    Waubonsie Valley’s baseball program isn’t known for its quick starts to the season. Zack Bennema and his teammates are quickly changing that reputation. Behind Bennema’s 4-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks, the Warriors stayed unbeaten with Wednesday’s 4-0 win at Naperville Central.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Shannon Hohman delivers a pitch against Burlington Central during softball action in Rosemont Wednesday.

    Hohman on her game for Waubonsie Valley

    Shannon Hohman likes her Waubonsie Valley softball teammates, but she had pitched to them quite enough. So on Wednesday, the Warriors’ junior right-hander finally got to pitch to a different team, and her first outing of the season was a resounding success. Hohman, who committed to Miami (Ohio) at the end of the 2013 summer season, fired a 1-hitter with 14 strikeouts and her teammates scratched out a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Burlington Central, 1-0, in the first game of a nonconference doubleheader at The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont. Burlington Central used a 3-hitter from senior lefty Brooke Gaylord to come back and win the second game, 3-0, and avoid an 0-3 start for the first time since 2006.

    Chicago White Sox’s Leury Garcia (28) celebrates with teammate Adam Eaton after scoring to end a baseball game in the 11th inning on Wednesday in Chicago. The White Sox won 7-6.

    White Sox top Twins 7-6 on balk, 2 wild pitches

    Leury Garcia reached a bunt single in the 11th inning and came home on a balk and a pair of wild pitches by Samuel Deduno, giving Chicago White Sox a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.


    Johnson homer lifts Braves over Brewers 1-0

    Making his Braves’ debut, Aaron Harang matched Matt Garza’s no-hit bid into the seventh inning Wednesday, when Chris Johnson homered with two outs and sent the Braves to a 1-0 victory.


    Kinsler’s hit lifts Tigers over Royals 2-1 in 10

    The Detroit Tigers eventually won 2-1 on Ian Kinsler’s single in the bottom of the inning. Kinsler also hit a solo homer in the fourth, helping Detroit win despite a blown save by new closer Joe Nathan. Max Scherzer pitched eight scoreless innings for the Tigers.


    Kazmir leads Athletics past Indians 6-1

    Scott Kazmir shut out his former team into the eighth inning in his Oakland debut, and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 6-1 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.

    Carmel sophomore football player Sean Foster reads to second-graders at Freemont Elementary School in Mundelein. Foster’s sister, Rylan, is sitting next to him.

    Classy move, as Carmel’s Foster gets accustomed to the spotlight

    Carmel's Sean Foster stumbled a bit at first but ultimately made the right read as he entertained a group of second-graders in his sister's class. The football standout needs to get used to being the focal point as colleges are lining up to take a look at his skills.


    Davis, Geneva stymie Hinsdale Central

    Throwing first-pitch strikes is one of the most important things a pitcher can do. Geneva junior Garrett Davis (1-0) consistently worked ahead of the hitters throughout a solid 6-inning start and helped his own cause with a pair of base hits and an RBI during the Vikings’ 6-0 nonconference baseball triumph over Hinsdale Central (2-3) Wednesday morning at Lee Pfund Field in Carol Stream.


    Boys volleyball / Scouting Northwest

    Here's what to expect from the boys volleyball programs in the Mid-Suburban League plus Leyden, Maine West and St. Viator this spring.

    St. Viator’s Ethan Wolf, right, tries to get the ball past Barrington’s Mike Amato on Tuesday.

    Wolf, St. Viator hungry for more success

    Last season, St Viator enjoyed its best-ever campaign in boys volleyball, and Ethan Wolf was one of the big reasons why. In his first year on varsity as a junior, Wolf led the Lions to a 24-win season. This year, he and his teammates have their sights set even higher.


    Jennifer Morehead

    Website aims to make your moves seamless

    Moving from one home to another can be a very stressful process. A suburban woman is working to change all that. A website launched in May 2012 was founded by CEO Jennifer Morehead of Winnetka with two partners and they aim to help people with all aspects of an upcoming move.


    Claire's Stores names Beatrice Lafon as CEO

    Claire's Stores Inc. has named an insider to serve as the new CEO of the Chicago-based jewelry and accessories company following the resignation of its current chief executive. The retailer said Tuesday that James Fielding has resigned and will be replaced by Beatrice Lafon, president of its business in Europe.

    The order will include 33 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

    Air Canada completes deal for 61 Boeing jets

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. said Tuesday that Air Canada has finalized an order for 61 planes that carry a list price of $6.5 billion and will bring a change to the carrier's fleet of Airbus single-aisle jets. Financial terms were not disclosed. Airlines routinely get discounts when buying planes.

    Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has won an early round in its legal battle against an iPhone keyboard made by a startup co-founded by “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest.

    BlackBerry wins ruling against iPhone keyboard

    Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has won an early round in its legal battle against an iPhone keyboard made by a startup co-founded by “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest.

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra fielded pointed questions and accusations from U.S. senators again Wednesday, with one saying GM had a “culture of cover-up” and another predicting it may face criminal liability.

    Lawmakers accuse GM of possible criminal cover-up

    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill accused General Motors of a potentially criminal cover-up of its defective ignition switches and fumed at the lack of answers from its new CEO during a second day of hearings Wednesday into why GM waited a decade to recall cars with the deadly flaw.

    Relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 leave after a closed door meeting by the government at a hotel in Bangi, Malaysia, Wednesday.

    Malaysian police: Jet mystery may never be solved

    A police investigation may never determine the reason why the Malaysia Airlines jetliner disappeared, and search planes scouring the India Ocean for any sign of its wreckage aren't certain to find anything either, officials said Wednesday.

    Noel Biderman, chief executive of Avid Life Media Inc., which operates AshleyMadison.com., by a hotel room window overlooking the Imperial Palace grounds during a photo session in Tokyo.

    Adultery site big in Japan where marriage reigns

    Ashley Madison, the world's biggest online hookup site for married people, works only when monogamy is the rule on the surface but, deep inside, couples want to cheat. That's why it is scoring big in Japan. The nation that prides itself on conformity and proper appearances reached a million users in eight and a half months, the fastest pace among any of the 37 countries where the adultery site operates.

    West Dundee leaders are responding to Target’s closure by looking at several new ways to generate new revenue for the village through taxes and fees. The closure is to blame for the village’s roughly $300,000 deficit in the new budget.

    West Dundee eyes new taxes, fees to make up for Target loss

    West Dundee trustees are reviewing a combination of ways to plug an estimated $300,000 budget deficit as they plan for life without Target, one of the village’s largest generators of sales tax. Those options include imposing a 1 percent tax on food and beverages, a 2-cents per gallon gasoline tax and charging residents for refuse collection services. "I don't know if the board will take any of the options that were presented," Village President Chris Nelson said.

    U.S. stocks rose a fourth day on Wednesday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index extending a record, as data showing companies added to payrolls last month fueled optimism on growth in the economy.

    S&P 500 notches another record after hiring report

    Stocks closed higher for a fourth straight day on Wednesday after a report on hiring provided another encouraging sign that the economy is emerging from its winter slump. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at a record high for the eighth time this year. The Dow Jones industrial average also rose above its record closing level during trading, but fell back and finished just short of its first all-time high of the year.

    Benjamin Ripstein, owner of Midwest Motors Inc. in Lake Zurich, with high-end luxury cars Wednesday in a temporary location on Oakwood Road. A fire last week forced him out of his building on Cortland Drive on the village’s west side.

    Lake Zurich helps find temporary space for high-end automobile business hit by fire

    A high-end car business in Lake Zurich forced from its building due to a fire is expected to be fully operational in a temporary location Friday. Midwest Motors Inc. owner Benjamin Ripstein credited Mayor Thomas Poynton and other village officials for quickly assisting him after last week's blaze.

    Fred Foreman

    Retired Lake County chief judge Fred Foreman returns to private practice

    Retired Lake County Chief Judge Fred Foreman has returned to his former law practice at Freeborn and Peters in Chicago, the firm announced Wednesday. Foreman said the job is a part-time consulting position.

    Prospect Heights is moving forward with plans for a $1 million expansion of its public works facility at 401 Piper Lane. The work, expected to be complete by the end of the year, will include additional parking space for city vehicles and a conference room.

    Prospect Hts. planning $1 million public works expansion

    The Prospect Heights City Council this week hired a Deerfield architectural firm to draw plans for a $1 million addition to the city’s public works garage at 401 Piper Lane. Green Associates’ $75,800 bid was the lowest of three firms that sought the project, which will include the addition of space for eight cars, a lunchroom and a conference room.

    Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Chicago will get a wet welcome at Atlantic City International Airport.

    United to launch Atlantic City flights

    Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Chicago will get a wet welcome at Atlantic City International Airport. A water cannon will salute the airline's inaugural flight on Tuesday and political leaders will be on hand to welcome passengers.

    A fan system blowing through a flight chamber creates the conditions for indoor sky diving, and instructors at iFly facilities like the one likely coming to Naperville help people start flying from the ground up.

    iFly facilities nearing completion in Rosemont, Naperville

    Visitors to two new businesses in Rosemont and Naperville will soon be able to fly — if but for a moment, and with the help of some high-powered fans. Construction on the two iFly indoor sky diving facilities — each one about 7,000 square feet with nearly 50-foot-high wind tunnels — is nearing completion. “We have numerous patents on the technology,” Stuart Wallock, the chief marketing officer, said.


    Judge tosses man’s claim of ownership of Facebook

    A federal judge has officially closed the book on a New York man’s multibillion-dollar lawsuit claiming half-ownership of Facebook.Judge Richard Arcara has granted Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg’s motion to dismiss Paul Ceglia’s lawsuit.


    Samsung: Patents developed by Google engineers

    Samsung fired back at Apple’s accusations of patent theft Tuesday, saying the South Korean tech giant didn’t write any of the Android software on its smartphones and tablets, Google did. “Not one of the accused features on this phone was designed, much less copied, by anyone at Samsung,” Samsung attorney Peter Quinn said.


    It’s not too late to get health coverage

    It’s not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law’s big enrollment deadline. Millions may be eligible for a second chance to sign up for subsidized insurance this year.

    The Jeep Grand Cherokee are among those being recalled.

    Chrysler recalling 870,000 SUVs for brake defect

    Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs because corrosion may make the vehicles’ brakes harder to use.Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from the 2011 through 2014 model years are involved.


    Courts question law leaving pensions unprotected

    New rulings against Catholic hospital chains on both coasts and Downers Grove-based Advocate Health Care, have intensified a faceoff between religiously affiliated employers and workers who are alarmed by the companies’ efforts to avoid insuring or funding their pensions.


    NW Indiana factory site may lure Illinois company

    Officials in northwestern Indiana say a nearly $70 million project is planned at an abandoned factory site where a manufacturer might move operations from suburban Chicago. East Chicago officials say several new industrial buildings are planned for the former Union Tank Car Co. property.

    The FBI is looking into the practices of high-frequency stock trading firms, adding to the scrutiny that is being placed on the practice.

    FBI investigates high-speed stock traders

    The FBI is looking into the practices of high-frequency stock trading firms, adding to the scrutiny that is being placed on the practice. Brokerage firms use high-frequency trading to get a jump on their competitors. Powerful computers analyze market information and then execute buy and sell orders for stocks within a fraction of a second.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reaped a $3.3 billion gain last year by exercising stock options.

    Facebook CEO reaps $3.3B gain from stock options

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reaped a $3.3 billion gain last year by exercising stock options in the social networking company that he founded in a Harvard University dorm room.The windfall saddled Zuckerberg with a huge tax bill, even though he limited his Facebook salary to just $1, according to regulatory documents filed Monday.It marks the second straight year that Zuckerberg has realized a huge gain on the holding that he has accumulated in Facebook Inc. since he started the company in 2004. In 2012, Zuckerberg made $2.3 billion off his stock options.Zuckerberg, 29, now has exhausted his supply of stock options after exercising 60 million of them last year a price of 6 cents per share. He then sold 41.35 million shares for $55.05 apiece in December, primarily to pay for his tax bill on the gains.Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, also donated 18 million Facebook shares to a Silicon Valley nonprofit. The December gift, then valued at nearly $1 billion, landed the couple at the top of The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual list of the most generous Americans. Even after selling and donating so much Facebook stock, Zuckerberg still owns 426.3 million Facebook shares currently worth $25.7 billion. The stock has more than doubled in value during the past year as Zuckerberg fulfilled his promise to sell more ads on the smartphones and tablet computers that bring in most of the traffic to Facebook’s social networking service.The Menlo Park, Calif., company now gets more than half of its ad revenue from mobile devices, up from 23 percent at the beginning of last year.Like many company founders who have gotten wealthy off their early stakes, Zuckerberg asked Facebook to limit his annual salary to $1 annually. Besides that token sum, Zuckerberg also received perquisites valued at $653,164. All but $3,000 of that amount went toward Zuckerberg’s bills for personal travel on chartered jets.Excluding stock option gains, Zuckerberg’s total compensation last year plunged 67 percent from nearly $2 million in 2012.The Associated Press formula calculates an executive’s total compensation during the last fiscal year by adding salary, bonuses, perks, above-market interest that the company pays on deferred compensation and the estimated value of stock and stock options awarded during the year. The AP formula does not count changes in the present value of pensions, a benefit that Facebook and most other technology companies don’t provide.

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    Plant cool-season annual flowers, such as these pansies, in early April to add color to your garden.

    Protect your crab apple tree now

    If you have a crab apple tree that gets apple scab, it is time to begin spraying it with fungicide if you wish to try to control the disease. On a tree with apple scab, the leaves become covered with black spots and fall off in late summer.

    Monica L. Patton appears in a “Lion King”-inspired send off for Uganda-bound missionaries Elder Price (David Larsen) and Elder Cunningham (Cody Jamison Strand) in one of two national tours of the hit musical “The Book of Mormon.” The adults-only Broadway show returns to Chicago's Bank of America Theatre Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.

    'Book of Mormon' announces Chicago return

    "The Book of Mormon" is making a brief touring return to Chicago in 2015 for an 11-week run at the Bank of America Theatre. The nine-time Tony Award-winning musical previously played Chicago for a 43-week engagement at the same theater starting in late 2012.

    Nico Osteria in Chicago is chef Paul Kahan's newest venture as one of the owners of One Off Hospitality. In 2013 Kahan shared the James Beard Award for best chef with New York's David Chang, the man behind the Momofuko restaurants.

    Chicago chef Paul Kahan prefers to focus on family

    Paul Kahan is one of the most award-winning chefs in America, but don't go looking for him on television. In fact, the former computer scientist turned last year's James Beard Award winner for best chef shies away from the spotlight almost entirely. Instead, he chooses to focus on his family and the handful of Chicago restaurants he runs with his partners — nationally known eateries like Blackbird, avec and The Publican.

    House guacamole is made to order at Zapatista restaurant in Naperville.

    Naperville's Zapatista does Mexican right

    Zapatista in Naperville is far from humdrum. This stylish establishment, which debuted in January 2013, raises the bar a notch with its well-conceived and well-executed menu focused on traditional regional Mexican fare.

    Goan-style Mussels

    Goan-Style Mussels
    Goan-Style Mussels

    Goan-Style Mussels, inspired by Madhur Jaffrey, can be on the table in 35 minutes.

    Indian mussels on the table in 35 minutes

    Long before there were takeout tikkas and 15-minute Indian recipes online, Madhur Jaffrey was making the food of her native country accessible for English and American home cooks. This dish, rooted in the small western India state of Goa, predates the grocery-store availability of curry paste.

    The George Foreman moves from the kitchen counter to the apartment balcony with its Indoor-Outdoor electric grill. It comes with a removable stand, and the removable cooking grate is large enough to hold 15 servings. $99. Available now on QVC; at brick and mortar stores later this year.

    New kitchen gadgets cater to those who want to be plugged in or unplugged

    Deborah Pankey visited some 2,100 exhibitors from 45 countries at the recent International Home and Housewares Show held at McCormick Place. Whether you want to be plugged in or unplugged, she says there's a new product for you.

    This handout image provide by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows, from left, a current food nutrition label, a proposed label and an alternate label. Revamped food nutrition labels would change serving sizes for popular items like ice cream and sodas, make calories listing more prominent, and, for the first time, list any sugars that were added by the manufacturer. The overhaul of the omnipresent 20 year-old label comes as science has shifted. (AP Photo/FDA)

    Ask the Nutritionist

    Just what does "other carbohydrates" on a nutrition label mean? Karen Collins fills us in and tells us how to get calcium in a vegetarian diet.


    Welcome spring with crepes

    Give up on thinness as your ultimate goal when you’re making crepes, and worry more about whether it will have enough body to hold your filling of choice.


    Buckwheat Crepes with Peas, Leeks and Gruyere
    The best French crepes are the savory ones, which remain as underappreciated on these shores. Known as galettes, these savory crepes are made from a buckwheat flour batter, which offers a pleasantly nutty flavor. Try these crepes with peas, leeks and Gruyere.

    Coconut oil and applesauce improve the nutrition profile of Almond Joy Bundt Cake.

    Almond Joy Bundt Cake
    Coconut oil and applesauce improve the nutrition profile of Don Mauer's Almond Joy Bundt Cake. Recent research has shown coconut oil isn't the villain it was made out to be so Don gives it a try in chocolate bundt cake.

    Coconut oil and applesauce improve the nutrition profile of Almond Joy Bundt Cake.

    Lean and lovin’ it: Coconut oil spread a healthier butter alternative

    Back in the day Don Mauer saw coconut oil as the poster child for bad fat because of its high content of saturated fat. More recent research has shown it's not the villain it was made out to be so Don gives it a try in chocolate bundt cake.


    Dining events: LX Pizza Char Grill opens in Bloomingdale
    LX Pizza Char Grill Restaurant opens in Bloomingdale; Shakou Sushi in Libertyville honored by Open Table;Flavors The Buffet opens in Joliet.

    Martha Plimpton appears as Brooke Wyeth in the Old Vic Theatre production of “Other Desert Cites” in London.

    Plimpton making West End debut

    Martha Plimpton is an American in London, grappling with all that ails the United States. The Emmy Award-winning star of TV sitcom “Raising Hope” — whose theater credits include being an ensemble member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre — is making her West End stage debut in Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities.” It’s an excoriating family drama about a clan of Reaganesque California Republicans.

    Singer Miranda Lambert will release her fifth album, “Platinum,” on June 3.

    Miranda Lambert’s upcoming album her most ambitious yet

    The good news? Miranda Lambert has completed her much-anticipated fifth album. The bad news? You have to wait until June 3 for “Platinum,” a full two years and eight months since her last LP. “From the day you kinda go I need to start looking for songs and writing songs, it feels like no matter how much time you have, you’re rushed,” Lambert said. “And so I didn’t want to rush it at all."

    Hearty and fresh Spring Corn Soup with Asparagus fits the menu for cool spring nights.

    Hearty, yet fresh soup fit for cool spring nights

    Looking for a healthy dinner option for warms days and cool night? How about a quick and easy soup that is jammed with fresh vegetables and comes together in about 30 minutes.

    US writer Veronica Roth arrives at the European film premiere of Divergent, in Leicester Square, London, Sunday March 30, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

    ‘Divergent’ a dual hit at box office, bookstores

    It’s good news for novelist Veronica Roth: “Divergent” is a hit at the box office and a blockbuster at book stores. A spokeswoman for HarperCollins Children’s Books said Tuesday that the young adult series set in a dystopian future has been selling 500,000 copies a week over the past three weeks.


    Brown’s lawyer asks judge to block jail transfer

    LOS ANGELES — Chris Brown’s attorney has asked a Los Angeles judge to block an order that would transfer the jailed R&B singer to Washington, D.C., for his upcoming misdemeanor assault trial.Brown is being held without bail and is due to go on trial on April 17 in Washington on the assault charge.Last week, a judge in Washington authorized U.S. marshals to transport Brown from Los Angeles for the trial.The Grammy-winning singer’s lawyer Mark Geragos filed a motion Tuesday asking a judge to block that order and instead release Brown to his custody just before the trial date.His motion states that Brown would lose the ability to confer with Geragos and prepare for the trial if he is transferred by marshals.A hearing has been scheduled for Thursday on the motion.

    Spring Corn Soup with Asparagus

    Spring Corn Soup with Asparagus
    Spring Corn Soup with Asparagus is perfect for cool spring nights.

    Snowdrops can tolerate a bit of frost. The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe has had these small bulbs as early as late February.

    Prepare for success with sharp tools, animal repellents

    A Chicago Botanic Garden horticulturist tells you what to do in the garden this month.



    Some lessons in looking out for taxpayers
    A Daily Herald editorial says a newspapers role is not simply to expose questionable spending, bad behavior and corruption. It’s also important to shine a light on those who do the right thing, with the hope that others follow suit.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Edgar had it right on tax reform

    Guest columnist Gov. Pat Quinn: In 1997, Republican Gov. Jim Edgar proposed a thoughtful, responsible plan to change the way Illinois schools are funded by raising the income tax and reducing the property tax burden. Edgar strongly believed the best way to fund education was through the income tax - and he was right.


    The shame of General Motors

    Columnist Richard Cohen: We now learn from both The Washington Post and The New York Times that GM was aware it had a problem, yet it responded not just with engineers but with lawyers as well. Claimants were threatened with countersuits, and in one case, GM lawyers argued that the new General Motors that had come out of bankruptcy was not responsible for what the old GM had done. Two of the suits were settled confidentially, which meant that the public was not informed — and neither were the people still obliviously driving Cobalts and other GM models.


    Democrats in a jam over Obamacare

    Columnist Byron York: When it comes to Obamacare, many Democrats take comfort in polls showing a small majority of voters, or at least a plurality, oppose repealing the Affordable Care Act. To them, that proves the Republicans’ do-away-with-it position is out of sync with voters as this November’s midterm elections approach.


    Thanks for efforts regarding Brainerd
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: On behalf of all those who made itsanobrainerd.com effective, we thank you for your contributions and your support at the polls.


    Civic lessons critical for students
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: I believe the idea of civic lessons is crucial to improve politics, especially in Illinois. Not only will civic lessons teach people how the government works, they will make the population better voters as a whole.


    Focus on IMRF payment program is misplaced
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: The IMRF 13th payment program was approved by the General Assembly in 1992. Now there is a bill to repeal this negotiated benefit. Why pick on this minor benefit?


    Support term limits, new maps for Illinois
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I just read that because of our second-highest property tax, our estate tax and our fifth-highest gas tax in the nation, Illinois is the second-worst state for retirees behind only New Jersey. One would think that with all this revenue, Illinois would at least be able to provide good services and be fiscally sound, but we are not.


    Legislation on Turkey shows state ‘for sale’
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: With the many serious problems facing the state of Illinois, it is refreshing to see that the Illinois House recently tackled one of the most pressing issues facing our state by unanimously passing legislation to create a Task Force on Turkish and Illinois Relations.


    GM should have acted responsibly
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Every day we get new, unsettling information about General Motors’ “Heavy Keychain Recall.” Recently, we learned that GM may have known about the defective ignition switch since 2001, not 2004, as previously reported.


    Kane County living within its means
    A Kane County letter to the editor: We are trying to make it clear through the traditional press that any raises given any Kane County employees, including nine managers of 1,250 employees, will come from savings gained in other areas. We should really celebrate that these raises will not cost you one cent more.


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