Daily Archive : Friday April 4, 2014


    Joshua Smoron of Gurnee realizes he’s just taken second place in the championship round of the state competition of the National Geographic Bee, held Friday at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Gurnee, Oak Brook kids place 2nd, 3rd at state Geographic Bee

    Joshua Smoron, a seventh-grader from Gurnee, took second place at the Illinois Geographic Bee Friday. Of the 100 fifth- through eighth-graders who competed in the bee, more than 30 students were from the suburbs. “It’s just amazing what these kids know, and at such a young age,” said Michael Middleton, Illinois Geographic Bee coordinator.


    Hanover Township to hold 5K in Elgin

    Hanover Township's first 5K run-walk will step off in Elgin next month. Proceeds from the event will go toward a new program that connects residents with dental and medical services. After the race, township officials will give a tour of the Izaak Walton Center, a renovated facility that opened earlier this year in Elgin.


    Schaumburg Golf Club has limited opening Saturday

    Spring has finally arrived for golfers. Schaumburg Golf Club, the Schaumburg Park District’s 27-hole championship course, will have a limited opening on Saturday, April 5, when nine holes (the Players course) and the driving range will be open.


    Hoffman Estates to put on Civil War history program
    Hoffman Estates' Historical Sites Commission and the Hoffman Estates Museum will present “Discovering Our Civil War History” from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. April 12 at village hall.

    Spencer Trawin, 9, of Lindenhurst, left, takes a shot against goalie Ethan Neir, 13, of Libertyville on Friday in a practice area at the Chicago Blackhawks Roadwatch Party at the Libertyville Sports Complex.

    Fans watch and play at Hawks party

    A Chicago Blackhawks Roadwatch Party returned to the Libertyville Sports Complex on Friday for the fourth year in a row. Fans watched their team play the Columbus Blue Jackets on a big-screen TV.


    Caterer recalls meals served on British Airways

    A Chicago-based airline catering firm has announced the recall of 41 appetizer meals prepared for three British Airways flights that flew out of Miami.

    Rockland School third-grader Emily Coughlin holds Alvin, a peregrine falcon, during Friday’s visit from Craig Hendee of Old Mill Creek. Hendee is the director of the International Heritage Conservancy.

    Libertyville students help birds of prey

    Students at Rockland School in Libertyville built birdhouses and visited with a peregrine falcon Friday as part of an educational program to help birds of prey.

    Environmental cleanup of a portion of the former Kerr-McGee factory site in West Chicago still needs to be done — but won’t, according to West Chicago officials — unless the federal government provides the $15 million reimbursement it owes.

    West Chicago asks Congress for $15 million to clean up former Kerr-McGee site

    West Chicago officials are asking the federal government for a $15 million reimbursement that they say will allow a stalled environmental cleanup project at the former Kerr-McGee factory site to be completed. An environmental response trust hasn’t been able to complete the work because it hasn’t received additional federal funding since the stimulus program of 2009, West Chicago...


    Illinois Geographic Bee participants
    Students from across the suburbs participated in the Illinois State Geographic Bee on Friday at College of DuPage.

    Posters provide a before-and-after view of the renovated International Terminal 5 at O'Hare International Airport unveiled Friday.

    O'Hare unveils shops, eateries in International Terminal

    Travelers anticipating an eight-hour international flight now can nosh on something more sophisticated than a sandwich in plastic wrap while waiting at O'Hare International Airport. The Chicago Department of Aviation unveiled a makeover of its International Terminal 5 Friday that offers 24 new shops and restaurants as well as a more streamlined security checkpoint.

    Andrew Zint is blessed by Pope Benedict on a 2011 trip to Rome with his family

    Buffalo Grove High School grad loses fight with cancer
    A 19-year-old Buffalo Grove High School graduate lost his battle with cancer this week, but while Andrew Zint lived he inspired and touched a lot of people. “Students became very compassionate for what Andrew was going through and really rallied behind him,” says Robert Hartwig, associate principal. “He had a great sense of humor and attitude, and students really admired...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Thomas Bauer, 58, of the 1600 block of Seminole Lane in Carpentersville, was charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault after police said he pointed a gun at a solicitor March 29 and ordered him off his property.


    Judge dismisses lawsuit over drone strikes

    A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al-Qaida cleric.

    The car that crashed into a pond near Algonquin Commons is pulled from the water Wednesday afternoon after first responders smashed the vehicle’s sunroof and pulled the driver from the sinking car. The driver was unconscious and not breathing when he was pulled from the car.

    Algonquin man dies two days after being rescued from pond

    The 57-year-old Algonquin man who was rescued after driving his car into a pond earlier this week, died Friday, according to a spokeswoman at Advocate Sherman Hospital. Paul Mellor had been in critical condition as of about 10 a.m. Friday but died a few hours later.

    Fernando and Hillary Denava of Mount Prospect pose with 2-year-old son Maddox, who is braving his third Cubs home opener. “Well, the first one, he was in the womb,” Hillary says.

    Suburban fans find Opening Day at Wrigley plenty cool

    Friday’s Opening Day fans help the Cubs celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field with dreams of a modern championship team and a ballpark to match -- OK, maybe not a renovated ballpark or a championship just yet. “This is my fifth year for Opening Day,” Sonny Boyer says, shrugging off the cold. “It’s like my own personal holiday. Our Cubbies are worth...

    Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rabat, Morocco. The floundering Mideast peace process is at the verge of total collapse. A clearly distressed John Kerry says it’s “reality check time” and that “there are limits to the amount of time and effort that the U.S. can spend if the parties themselves are unable to take constructive steps.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

    Kerry: It’s ‘reality check’ time for Mideast talks

    With Mideast peace talks on the verge of collapse, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared Friday that “it’s reality check time” on whether an agreement can be reached anytime soon after decades of bitterness between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The U.S. will re-evaluate its role as mediator, he said.

    The investigation into a CTA Blue Line crash at O’Hare Station continues.

    CTA fires train operator in Blue Line crash, revises scheduling

    The woman who fell asleep at the controls of a CTA Blue Line train that catapulted into an escalator March 24 at O'Hare was fired Friday, the agency confirmed. Also on Friday, CTA officials announced new scheduling rules aimed at increasing rest time between shifts.

    FILE - This April 18, 2008, file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a gray wolf. A new population tally of gray wolves in the U.S. Northern Rockies shows their continued resilience under growing pressure from hunting, trapping and government-sponsored pack removals. State and federal agencies said Friday April 4, 2014, there were a minimum of 1,691 wolves at the end of 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gary Kramer, File)

    Rockies gray wolf numbers steady despite hunting

    Gray wolves in the U.S. Northern Rockies are showing resilience as states adopt increasingly aggressive tactics to drive down their numbers through hunting, trapping and government-sponsored pack removals.A minimum of 1,691 wolves roamed the six-state region at the end of 2013, according to figures released Friday by state and federal agencies

    Thomas Poynton

    Video gambling to get another look by Lake Zurich village board

    Although Lake Zurich prohibits video gambling in bars, restaurants and other places, the village board intends to reconsider that stance next week. Trustees are to discuss whether video gambling should be permitted in the village at a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

    A gravestone at Elk Grove Cemetery recognizes Revolutionary War veteran Eli Skinner. The Illinois Sons of the American Revolution plan to install a historical marker at the cemetery to recognize Skinner and another Revolutionary War figure, Aaron Miner, who is also buried there.

    Revolutionary War veterans to be honored Sunday in Elk Grove Village

    Organizers of the Illinois Sons of the American Revolution plan to install a historical marker Sunday at an Elk Grove Village cemetery recognizing two Revolutionary War figures buried there. It’s the group’s first such historical marker installation that launches a statewide project to post markers at cemeteries where Revolutionary War figures are buried.

    Elgin Community College graduate Corey Dillard speaks during Thursday’s ceremony honoring the late Florence B. Palmer, who established a foundation in 1999 to fund ECC’s annual poetry contest. Dillard is a previous Palmer Contest winner.

    Florence Palmer honored for her contributions to ECC

    Elgin Community College honored the late Florence B. Palmer Thursday as a poetry wall on campus was dedicated to the longtime teacher and poet.

    Jose Rebollar-Vergara

    Defense scores court victory in Round Lake Beach shooting

    A Round Lake Park man charged in the murder of a Zion teen in a parking lot shooting scored a victory in court Thursday. Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes ruled the attorney for Jose Rebollar-Vergara will be allowed to introduce police interrogation testimony of a co-defendant who admitted to shooting and killing Gabriel Gonzalez, 18, last year.


    Ex-state manager fined for having employees do his homework

    A former Illinois Department of Employment Security manager has been fined for directing his co-workers to do his college homework for Benedictine University on taxpayer time. Clyde Redfield’s subordinates worried they’d be demoted or could lose their jobs if they refused comply with his requests for homework assistance.


    Stevenson to host film fest:

    The inaugural Stevenson High School Interregional Film Festival will be held April 11. Running from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lincolnshire school, it will feature movies made by high school students around the Chicago area,


    Route 21/137 work to resume:

    Weather permitting, construction activities will resume Monday, April 7, on the Route 21/137 project in Libertyville.

    Mya Lyons

    Dad sentenced to 60 years in Addison girl’s death

    A Chicago man convicted in the 2008 stabbing death of his 9-year-old daughter, Mya Lyons of Addison, was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison. Richard Lyons, 44, must complete the entire sentence, the maximum allowed under the law, before he is eligible for parole.

    Veterinarians Katie and Jeff Bloomberg, the owners of Schaumburg Veterinary Hospital, with their own dog Mojo.

    Fire victim praises heart of Schaumburg veterinarian

    Donna Rozycki, her daughter Katlyn Hanson and their three dogs have had a long road to recovery since they narrowly escaped the fire that consumed their Roselle home in 2012. After the firefighters who ensured they all got out of that house with their lives, Rozycki most credits veterinarian Jeffrey Bloomberg and his Schaumburg Veterinary Hospital for their ability to start getting their lives...


    Bill to obtain search warrant via video advances

    Legislation that would allow law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant through a videoconference is advancing in the state Capitol. Supporters say the measure is a practical one in a digital age.

    The federal Bureau of Prisons is hiring 15 workers for the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois. The job postings are on USAJobs.gov.

    Federal gov’t posts first jobs for Thomson prison

    The federal Bureau of Prisons is hiring more than a dozen workers for the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois.

    John Jaros, executive director of the Aurora Historical Society, chats with Laura Nicholson-Tom of Aurora about fashion styles of years past. This is one of the many exhibits on display at the museum.

    Moving Picture: A career cataloging Aurora history

    John Jaros has a passion for history. So much so that he studied it in college. But the Chicago native didn't know much about Aurora when a position opened up at the Aurora Historical Society, so Jaros became an eager student of the town's past. “Aurora is a big city all in itself,” said Jaros.

    Thomas Busby, finance director, Elk Grove Park District

    Excellence in financial reporting awarded to Elk Grove Park District

    The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Elk Grove Park District by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of the team’s home opener Friday.

    Illinois man, 100, heads to Wrigley for Cubs opener

    A central Illinois man will be among those helping Wrigley Field kick off its 100th anniversary celebration. One-hundred-year-old Louis Reinhart was asked to participate in Friday’s festivities during the Cubs home opener.


    Lisle volunteers say Peace Corps changed them

    A week set aside to inspire, recognize and encourage, National Volunteer Week is April 6 to 13. The week serves as a reminder that everyone can make a difference. President John F. Kennedy saw the opportunities when he challenged young Americans in 1961 to ask, “what you can do for your country?” Within weeks of his inauguration, Kennedy established the Peace Corps hopeful that...


    Blend of office, fitness, day care gets Naperville planners' OK

    A change to a Naperville development planned in 2006 that would bring a fitness and day care facility instead of several office buildings met approval from planning and zoning commission members Wednesday night. “This looks positively lovely to me,” commissioner Robert Williams said. “It's kind of switching one kind of project for another and this one is certainly not worse;...

    Bartlett High School seniors Joe Butler and Mike O’Malley sing “Run Away Baby” in harmony at a recent talent show at the HS in Bartlett. They will be performing at the Hemmens at TalentFest 2014.

    U-46 students to shine in fourth annual TalentFest

    Baton twirling. Dancing. Singing. Violin and ukelele playing. These are some of the acts that will be featured at TalentFest 2014, a showcase of some of the top high school talent in Elgin Area School District U-46. The competition will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Hemmens, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The public is invited. Tickets are $5 and available at hemmens.org.

    Finishing touches are underway at the new Qulinarnia restaurant, expected to open next week in Mount Prospect.

    Upscale Polish restaurant planned in Mount Prospect

    Mount Prospect trustees this week paved the way for what's being billed as a new upscale Polish restaurant in the Mount Prospect Commons shopping center. The board voted to grant a liquor license to husband and wife owners Agnieszka Janowska and Dariusz Zychowski and their Qulinarnia, at 1730 W. Golf Road.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A man stole two drills valued at more than $450 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. March 22 from Lowes, 990 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights. He fled in a black SUV. He was described as a white male, 30 years old, medium build and wearing a black hat, black jacket, jeans and brown work boots.


    Wire transfer error saves Mt. Prospect woman $55,000

    A 79-year-old Mount Prospect woman nearly lost $55,000 in a phone scam, but her money was saved when her wire transfer failed.


    Grayslake Historical Center hosts several programs this week

    Several public events, including a program on Grayslake postal history, will be held this week at the Grayslake Historical Center and Museum, 164 Hawley St., Grayslake.

    State Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, says he’ll likely step away from his business interests if elected to the U.S. Senate in November.

    Oberweis likely to leave dairy if he wins Senate seat

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove said if he wins the seat in November he likely would step aside from his personal business ventures. Oberweis, a state senator, said he doesn’t run his famous dairy on a day-to-day basis anyway.

    Nicholas C. Allen

    Batavia man, 22, sentenced for drug-induced homicide

    A Batavia man pleaded guilty Friday to drug-induced homicide, accused of supplying the heroin that killed Abby L. Nordmeyer last April. Nicholas C. Allen, 22, of the 300 block of North River Street, agreed to an eight-year prison sentence. He will have to serve at least 75 percent of the sentence. Nordmeyer, 24, who lived in South Elgin, died April 5, 2013, according to court records.

    David Northern

    New public housing to replace old Marion Jones complex in Lake County

    Public housing will take on a different look in North Chicago, Lake County officials announced Thursday. Marion Jones Townhomes will be demolished and 238 affordable homes will be built on the same site, with seniors and families targeted as occupants.


    Thieves break in to Chicago Saint Laurent store

    Thieves broke the glass window of an upscale designer store off Chicago’s Michigan Avenue shopping district, stealing high-end merchandise before running away. Police say Friday morning’s break in at Saint Laurent took place just before 3 a.m.


    Des Plaines aldermen dropped from suit alleging religious discrimination

    Five Des Plaines aldermen who voted last year against plans for a Bosnian Islamic center have been dropped as defendants in a lawsuit alleging they violated rights to religious freedom. A federal judge ruled that the aldermen are entitled to legislative immunity. The AIC will continue its lawsuit against the city, however.


    41-year-old Huntley woman dies in crash

    The woman killed in a single-car crash near Huntley Thursday evening has been identified as Cynthia L. Pauza, a 41-year-old from Huntley, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office. Police said Pauza’s car, a 2006 Chrysler 300, was westbound in the 16600 block of Church Road at 5:09 p.m. when it left the road, entered a ditch, crossed a driveway and hit two trees.


    Wheaton’s proposed $88.8 million budget covers street light, signal repairs

    The Wheaton City Council is set to vote later this month on the proposed $88.8 million budget for 2014-15. The budget — which includes more spending on capital improvements like new building and technology security and updates to pedestrian bridges, streetlights and sidewalks — is balanced, with about $400,000 in excess revenues in all funds.

    A space-age tower, left, and a restored giant metal globe called the Unisphere, remain as original structures from the 1964 World’s Fair in the Queens borough of New York.

    Relics of NYC World’s Fair: Eyesores or icons?

    They were designed for the 1964 World’s Fair as sleek, space-age visions of the future: three towers topped by flying-saucer-like platforms, and a pavilion of pillars with a suspended, shimmering roof that was billed as the “Tent of Tomorrow.”


    Lombard turns down all proposals for new electricity rate

    To ensure competitive electricity rates for residents, the Lombard village board rejected all proposals for new rates that were received by various electricity suppliers Thursday afternoon. “The pricing that we received today does not show any savings in comparison to the projected ComEd rates,” said Village Manager Scott Niehaus. “We want to make sure that we have a lot of...


    Broken ATM at Maine bank spits out $37,000

    Police in Maine are investigating after a malfunctioning ATM at a bank spit out $37,000 in cash to man who requested $140. South Portland police tell WGME-TV that they responded to the TD Bank branch at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday after getting a call from a woman who said a man was spending an unusual amount of time at the ATM she was waiting to use.


    13 arrested in Milwaukee dogfighting investigation

    Law enforcement authorities broke up a dogfighting ring in Milwaukee that involved at least 23 dogs, and officers arrested 13 people Thursday in pre-dawn raids across the city, state and federal officials said.


    ISU closes farm tours after swine virus found

    Illinois State University has stopped public tours of its farm in Lexington after the swine virus spreading across much of the country was detected.


    Authorities: 63-year-old found dead at Indiana trash site

    Authorities say a 63-year-old man was found dead amid trash delivered to a central Indiana city facility. The Howard County coroner says the body of Elvin Miracle of Bunker Hill was spotted Thursday morning at Kokomo’s trash transfer station, where city garbage trucks dump out their loads.


    Peoria man sentenced to 40 years for wife’s death

    A 31-year-old central Illinois man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2013 shooting death of his wife.


    Caterpillar to hire more workers for new Ga. plant
    The Illinois-based Caterpillar company is planning to hire 100 more workers for its new manufacturing plant in northeast Georgia.Human Resources Manager Mike White said Caterpillar is seeking welders and assemblers and some other workers as it prepares to start manufacturing small tractors and add a second shift to build mini-hydraulic excavators.

    Metra commuter rail officials say about 450 non-union employees received pay increases this month averaging 8 percent.

    Metra raises pay of hundreds of non-union workers

    Metra commuter rail officials say about 450 non-union employees received pay increases this month averaging 8 percent in an effort to end a management exodus and keep salaries competitive in the industry.

    Buffalo Theatre Ensemble’s last production at College of DuPage was “Leading Ladies” in September. COD students have started an online petition to have the group return.

    COD students start petition to support theater group

    Last fall, the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble canceled the rest of its season for the current school year at College of DuPage. Now several students at the Glen Ellyn school say they fear the professional theater group that entertained audiences and influenced aspiring actors for 27 years isn’t coming back. So they’ve started an online petition calling for the ensemble’s return.

    The District 214 mobile app.

    District 214 launches mobile app

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 announced its new mobile app on Thursday night in what officials said is an effort to be more relevant to students, communicate better with parents and get information out to the community.

    Crews buried radioactive thorium at the Kerr-McGee site in West Chicago on March 6, 1990. A $5.15 billion settlement was reached Thursday to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites — including some in West Chicago.

    Dawn Patrol: Huge pollution settlement includes West Chicago

    Environmental settlement includes former West Chicago sites. Vallas doesn't want local schools to pay for pensions. 3 hurt in St. Charles-area rollover crash. Waukegan man sentenced to 59 years in jail. Algonquin car-in-pond victim in critical condition. Hawks and Cubs win, Sox lose.


    Dist. 54 improving buildings, language programs

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 board members Thursday approved $3.6 million in summer renovations and heard how the soundness of their language programs will be similarly improved this fall.

    In this 1943 photograph by Jack Delano, Clarence Dwight Averill takes a break from his job as a freight train conductor. The West Chicago man spent nearly 50 years working for the Chicago & Northwestern Railway.

    Photography exhibit shows suburban railroaders on the job

    A new photography exhibit opening Saturday in the Chicago History Museum features suburban railroaders who helped power a key industry during World War II. For the descendants of the workers, the images fill missing chapters in family history. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh, I see my father in him,'" said Marilyn Theobald, when she studied a photo of her grandad.

    Emily Guevara, 18 of East Aurora High School finds a prom dress she likes during Thursday’s “Prom Goes Green” event sponsored by USAgain at West Chicago Community High School.

    ‘Prom Goes Green’ at West Chicago dress giveaway

    At a West Chicago event that offered prom dresses Thursday in a kaleidoscope of colors, the focus was green -- a symbol of the recycling effort that made thousands of dresses available to students for free. “We believe events like this, like Prom Goes Green, are a great way to spread awareness of reuse and re-wear and recycle among high school students," said Rasham Grewal, marketing...

    Dog tries unsuccessfully to follow a ground squirrel in Angola, Indiana on August 26th, 2012.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of March 31.


    2 fishermen rescued from Wisconsin ice floe
    It was a close call for two fishermen who found themselves stranded on a patch of ice on a Dane County lake. Lee Shear and Dave Robinette ventured out on the ice of Mud Lake in McFarland Wednesday afternoon. But six hours later their path to shore had melted and there was water all around them.


    Not only is the Cubs’ Emilio Bonifacio hitting up a storm, he is playing some impressive defense. Here he grabs a drive in center field off the bat of the Phillies’ Ryan Howard in the seventh inning Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Who is this Bonifacio? Just a new guy who's already made history

    Emilio Bonificio was in the Cubs' starting lineup again Friday for the home opener. A nonroster man at spring training, Bonifacio collecgted 11 hits in the season-opening series at Pittsburgh. His speed and versatility mean he could see a lot of playing time.


    Softball: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*West Aurora 3, St. Charles East 2St. Charles East 100 010 0 —2-9-1West Aurora 000 002 1 —3-8-03B: WA: Podschueit. WP: Hayton; LP: Beno.*West Aurora 7, St. Charles East 2St. Charles East 110 000 0 —2-8-1West Aurora 210 013 x —7-8-02B: WA: Podschueit, Woyzer.HR: WA: Jimenez. WP: Beatus; LP: Latoria.*Burlington Central 11, West Chicago 7West Chicago 401 101 0 -7-8-2Burlington C. 140 060 x -11-12-32B: WC — Spellman; BC — Gerke (2)3B: WC — BraunHR: BC — Harnish, Gaylord, YoungWP: Kisch; LP: Goldsmith.*Bartlett 9, bourbon county (ky.) 0Bartlett 041 04 -9-8-0Bourbon Co. 000 00 -0-1-22B: B — Paul, PaganHR: B — PaganWP: Pagan*Willowbrook 15, Riverside-Brookfield 0HR: W: Ressinger, Dannenberg, Schmidt. WP: Pelsor (1-1)*St. Charles North 13, Montini 4St. Charles North 900 100 3 —13-17-2Montini 010 002 1 —4-10-22B: SCN: Goetz, Howlett, Brodner. 3B: SCN: Ginther, Howlett. WP: Haust; LP: Trojnar.*Glenbard West 2, Providence 1Glenbard West 000 001 1 —2-4-1Providence 000 001 0 —1-5-22B: P: Pych. HR: P: Brightmore. WP: Langtry; LP: Dennis.*Addison Trail 9, fenton 2Fenton 001 001 0 —2-4-7Addison Trail 050 220 X —9-9-32B: F: Wassman, Geraci. AT: Baumbartner. 3B: AT: Renc. WP: Marinelli; LP: Fritz.*Burlington Central 11, West Chicago 7West Chicago 401 101 0 —7-8-2Burlington Cent. 140 060 x —11-12-32B: WC: Spellman. BC: Gerke 2. 3B: WC: Braun. HR: BC: Harnish, Gaylord, Young. WP: Kisch; LP: Goldsmith.*Lockport 5, Neuqua Valley 0Lockport 010 040 0 —5-7-0Neuqua Valley 000 000 0 —0-6-1WP: Cielinski; LP: Bilgn.*Downers Grove North 2, Andrew 0Downers North 000 002 0 —2-5-1Andrew 000 000 0 —0-5-02B: DGN: Ryndak. WP: Ryndak. *Waubonsie Valley 3, Lake Park 2Waubonsie Vall. 000 210 0 —3-7-4Lake Park 010 010 0 —2-2-12B: WV: Pembrook. LP: Dallman. 3B: WV: Kurth, Lack. WP: Hohman; LP: Baumgart.*


    Girls soccer: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*NEW TRIER 3, LAKE ZURICH 1New Trier 2 1 —3Lake Zurich 1 0 —1New Trier — Cahill (Maday), Maday (Mulford), Cahill (Frei).Lake Zurich — Radecki (Ufheil).Goalkeepers — NT: Kaufman (5 saves); LZ: Daleske (5 saves).*Oswego 2, West Chicago 1Oswego 1 1 —2West Chicago 0 2 —1Scoring — O: Kraft, Mockenhaupt. WC: Gonzalez. Goalkeepers — WC: Navejas. *Barrinton 5, Palatine 0Barrington 2 3 —5Palatine 0 0 —0Scoring — Bar: Poidomani, Avers, Szczesny 2, Muniz.*buffalo grove 3, hoffman estates 0Hoffman Estates 0 0 —0Buffalo Grove 3 0 —3Buffalo Grove — Kovach (Groth), Groth, Topalis (C.Zickert).Goalkeepers — HE: Van; BG: O’Connor.*hersey 1, conant 0Hersey 0 1 —1Conant 0 0 —0Hersey — Knauss (UA).Goalkeepers — Hers: Harris; Con: Anderson.*prospect 7, wheeling 0Prospect 5 2 —7Wheeling 0 0 —0Prospect — Kowalczuk 3, LaCost 2, Welk, Cwidak; assists: Brooks, Maggos, Kowalczuk, Marfilius, Kobler, LaCost, Welk.Goalkeepers — Pros: Rickett (2 saves), Tomko (1 save); Whl: Valencia (12 saves).*schaumburg 2, rolling meadows 0Rolling Meadows 0 0 —0Schaumburg 1 1 —2Schaumburg — Reinhart (Kim), Awdziejczyk (Reinhart).Goalkeepers — RM: Nallon (4 saves); Sch: Ardagh (2 saves).*


    Girls water polo:Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*hersey 14, barrington 3Hersey 5 4 4 1 —14Barrington 1 0 2 0 — 3Hersey — Lippspreuer 4, Lindholm 3, Hoffman 2, Surkin 2, Emmerling, Lutz, Curtis.Barrington — Potgieter 2, Pallan.Goalkeepers — Hers: Curtis (5 saves), Cunningham (3 saves); Bar: Burrell (9 saves).*palatine 12, vernon hills 2Palatine 6 1 5 0 —11Vernon Hills 0 1 0 1 — 2Palatine — Chumbook 5 (2 assists), Wojtas 4 (2 assists), Dvorska, Gilsman, Seidl.Vernon Hills — Wood, Cheng.Goalkeepers — Pal: Butler (12 saves); VH: Udesky (6 blocks).*


    Boys volleyball: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Westminster Christian d. Cornerstone 25-20, 21-25, 25-22.Westminster - Swing (11 kills), Hopp (4 kills, 6 aces), Alex Wojcik (10 digs).*Wheaton Warrenville South invitationalteam scoresPool ALincoln-Way East d. Naperville Noth 25-17, 25-21Lincoln-Way East d. Desmet 25-17, 25-14Desmet d. Naperville North 25-18, 25-19*Pool DNaperville Central d. Glenbrook North 28-26, 21-25, 25-20Glenbrook North d. Metea Valley 25-14, 15-25, 25-18Naperville Central d. Metea Valley 23-25, 25-20, 25-20*Pool CBrother Rice d. Marist 25-11, 25-18Brother Rice d. Darby 25-17, 25-10Darby d. Marist 25-27, 26-24, 25-10*Pool FLake Park d. Minooka 25-20, 25-20Lake Park d. Moeller 25-17, 27-25Moeller d. Minooka 25-23, 25-22*Naperville Central d. Metea Valley 23-25, 25-20, 25-20Metea Valley — Luckinbill (15 kills, 1 ace); Wieland (6 kills, 1 block); Lopez (4 kills); Miller (3 kills, 28 assists, 2 blocks, 1 ace); McKinney (2 kills, 1 block); Vannemreddy (1 kill, Bryce Smith 1 kill). Naperville Central — Chiczewski (10 kills, 1 block); Burton (6 kills, 1 ace); Mazurek (5 kills); Wesolowski (5 kills); Timmerberg (4 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace); Trembacki (18 assists, 1 ace); Prazak (10 assists, 1 kill); Beck (2 kills, 3 blocks); Chang (4 assists); Duwelius (1 kill, 1 assist). *Other area resultsHersey d. vernon Hills 25-23, 16-25, 25-17Attack: Hers: Migus 9 kills, Fuerst 6 kills, Torvic 5 kills, coniglio 5 kills, Messer kill; VH: DeBoer 8-12 (4 kills), Heinz 26-29 (9 kills), Small 5-5 (4 kills), Spiglanin 15-23 (5 kills), Turney 14-15 (9 kills); Serving: VH: DeBoer 11-13 (1 ace), Fraboni 4-4, Heinz 8-9, Opitz 5-9 (2 aces), Spiglanin 12-15 (3 aces), Weinberg 7-8; Setting: VH: Levin 26-26 (9 assists), Bennet 40-41 (19 assists): Digs: VH: DeBoer 7, Heinz 6, Levin 4, Spiglanin 10, Weinberg 6, Bennet 2; Blocks: Hersey Fuerst 2; VH: Spiglanin, Turner 7, Bennet.*


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*hersey 10, St. Viator 9 (OT)*Other scoresFenwick 13, New Trier 8Fenwick 13, Mundelein 4*


    Baseball: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Aurora Christian 11, Marian Central Catholic 10Aurora Christian 101 023 4—11-16-5Marian Central 003 403 0 —10-9-52B: AC: Baksha, Brown, Barrett.WP: Barrett*St. Charles North 10, Mayfield 0 (5 inn)Mayfield 000 00 —0-2-0St. Charles North 001 81 —10-7-1RBI: SCN: Drawant 3, Legare 2, Kuczek 2, Dennis, Coomes.*Archbishop Moeller (OH) 8, Kaneland 4Kaneland 202 000 0 —4-3-3Archbishop Moeller 010 502 x —8-5-1WP: Vodd; LP: Holubecki.*Cary-Grove 6, Boylan 1Boylan 100 000 0 -1-3-1Cary-Grove 200 022 x -6-7-12B: C-G — SplittWP: Hanselmann; LP: Arteaga.*huntley 1, conant 0Conant 000 000 0 —0-1-1Huntley 001 000 x —1-4-22B: Hntl: Symbal. WP: Costantino; LP: Downey; Sv: Kalish.*Glenbard South 6, Johnson Central (KY) 2Johnson Central 000 110 0 —2-7-2Glenbard South 110 103 X —6-7-32B: GS: McGimspey. HR: GS: Paprota. WP: Cornwell; LP: Blanton.*Batavia 8, Naperville North 0Batavia 100 302 2 —8-8-0Naperville North 000 000 0 —0-5-42B: B: Coffey. WP: Piechota; LP: Brennan.*St. Francis 12, St. Joseph 3St. Francis 004 053 0 —12-11-1St. Joseph 000 120 0 —3-6-02B: SF: Kuzemka, Ciombor, Sullivan, Whelton. WP: Radel*O’Fallon 9, Glenbard east 5Glenbard East 000 000 5 —5-6-0O’Fallon 211 410 X —9-10-12B: GE: Griffin. *Barrington 9, Prairie Ridge 8Prarie Ridge 001 110 4 —8- 5-2Barrington 700 200 0 —9-11-22B: Bar: Coon, Yorton; 3B: Bar: Kubiuk; HR: PR: Pecoraro.WP: Stefan; LP: Thune.*buffalo grove 8, glenbrook north 8Buffalo Grove 201 032 x —8-8-5Glenbrook North 320 030 x —8-5-3Pitchers: BG: D’Onofrio, Van Wazer; GbkN: Burnside.*libertyville 12, palatine 2Libertyville 040 023 3 —12-13-1Palatine 000 002 0 — 2- 5-32B: Pal: Orlando.3B: Lib: Skoug, Simpson.WP: Townsend; LP: Breytenbach.*Notre Dame 5, elk grove 4Notre Dame 000 220 1 —5-11-0Elk Grove 012 100 0 —4- 7-02B: ND: Ferri 2, Ferri, Segovia, Surdo; EG: Bergbreiter 2.3B: ND: Norton. WP: Sator; LP: Rivera.*Carmel 5, Lake Forest 4Visitor 000 000 0 —0-0-0Home 000 000 0 —0-0-02B: Car: Sefcik; 3B: Car: Kantor. WP: McClellan; LP: Reimer.*Thursday’s late results IC Catholic Prep 13, Northridge 0Northridge 000 00 —0-0-2IC Catholic Prep 024 7X —13-4-02B: IC: Sutton. WP: Brinkman (2-0); LP:McCarthy.

    The Bulls’ Joakim Noah fires an outlet pass under pressure from Zaza Pachulia of the Bucks on Friday night at the United Center.

    Gibson sums it up: A win is a win

    The Bulls got off to a quick start and finished the job against Milwaukee on Friday at the United Center, but it was no work of art. The Bulls shot just 36.9 percent from the field and let a 22-point lead slip to down to 8 during a six-minute span of the fourth quarter before winning 102-90.


    Naperville Central strikes gold

    Naperville Central overcame a slow start against Metea Valley during Friday’s Tiger Classic boys volleyball tournament at Wheaton Warrenville South. After dropping the first game the Redwings put things together offensively en route to a 23-25, 25-20, 25-20 win over the Mustangs. Combined with that win and a victory against Glenbrook North earlier in the day, the Redwings finished pool play with a 2-0 record and advanced to Saturday’s gold division bracket.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com Oswego’s Taylor Bailey, left, battles West Chicago’s Kayla Kirkwood, right, during girls soccer action in West Chicago.

    Early Oswego goal stuns West Chicago

    Despite giving up four unanswered goals in the second half against St. Charles East on Thursday, West Chicago went into Friday night’s nonconference match against Oswego feeling pretty good. It took just 51 seconds before the Wildcats were feeling lousy. Oswego junior forward Kesley Kraft scored in the opening minute and the Panthers edged the Wildcats 2-1.


    Libertyville warms to the task against Buffalo Grove

    No matter what the climate holds, these Wildcats just keep roaring. After fashioning a 5-0 record in the 80-degree Florida weather 10 days ago, Libertyville’s softball team was equally impressive with temperatures in the low 40s on Friday. Playing their first game this season in Illinois, the Wildcats surged past visiting Buffalo Grove 14-3 in five innings.


    Lake Zurich scores, but New Trier scores more

    The effort and intensity stood out for Lake Zurich’s girls soccer team Friday night. The Bears tallied a first-half goal against powerful New Trier in the cold and wind. But the Trevians recovered and went on to win the nonconference match 3-1. New Trier had not allowed a goal this season.


    Addison Trail gets the big hits to defeat Fenton

    The Addison Trail softball team’s 9-2 win over Fenton at The Rosemont Dome on Friday afternoon was a story of a team that made its own opportunities and took advantage of the opportunities given it.

    Streamwood graduate Marcus Lewis, now a senior at Eastern Kentucky University, won the Denny’s College Dunk Contest Thursday in Dallas.

    Streamwood grad Lewis wins College Dunk Contest

    Streamwood graduate Marcus Lewis was already known as one of the flashiest dunkers the Fox Valley area has produced, but his reputation as a dunk artist just went national


    Huntley hands hard-luck loss to Conant’s Downey

    Conant’s Luke Downey tossed a gem on Friday, but he got left out in the cold as host Huntley earned a 1-0 victory in nonconference play.Downey allowed just 4 hits, only one of them for extra bases, a double, in 6 innings.But the Red Raiders’ pitching was even stingier.Nick Costantino pitched 4 innings for Huntley and allowed the only Conant hit of the day (to Anthony Forte). Jake Ciskowski (2 innings) and Adam Kalish (1 inning) shared in the shutout.Notre Dame 5, Elk Grove 4: Sam Ferri’s line-drive single off the pitcher’s glove provided the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as Notre Dame prevailed in a rematch two program who met in a regional final last spring.Elk Grove led a 3-0 lead after 3 innings, but Notre Dame scored 2 runs in both the fourth and fifth to tie it at 4-4.Johnny Assimakopoulos and Josh Bergbreiter had a pair of hits and Matt Wary drove in a run for Elk Grove.Adnan Sator earned the win with 3⅔ scoreless relief innings. The Kansas commit scattered 3 hits, struck out two and allowed no walks.Adam O’Malley suffered the loss. Daryl Rivera allowed 2 runs in 4 innings for the Grens (2-2).Libertyville 12, Palatine 2: Nolan Gavin had a pair of hits and drove in both Palatine runs, but visiting Libertyville did too much damage with its own bats in a nonconference victory. Chris Macahon and Matt Saltess each had a hit and scored, and Nick Orlando doubled for the Pirates.Buffalo Grove 8, Glenbrook North 8: The Bison scored twice in the top of the sixth inning to force a deadlock before play was suspended. Brendon Murphy had 3 hits and drove in 2 runs for Buffalo Grove. Dan Levato had 2 hits and 1 RBI, and Jeremy Firszt doubled for the Bison (0-2-1).Barrington 9, Prairie Ridge 8: The hosts Broncos were able to weather a 4-run rally in the top of the seventh by the visiting Wolves to pick up a nonconference victory. The Broncos outhit PR 11-5 and got a triple from Daniel Kubiuk.

    Hersey’s Jessica Schmidt and Conant’s Drew Wentzel struggle for control of the ball in the first period Friday at Conant.

    Knauss connects, lifts Hersey at Conant

    It took nearly 80 minutes, but in the end Hersey took control of its Mid-Suburban League girls soccer opener Friday night in Hoffman Estates. With overtime nearing, a strike from Kayla Knauss helped the Huskies earn a 1-0 victory over Conant in a key early match between two of the best soccer clubs in the league.


    Skoug produces as Libertyville rolls

    BaseballLibertyville 12, Palatine 2: Evan Skoug had 3 hits, including a triple, and 4 RBI, as the host Wildcats won the nonconference game.Mitchell Townsend pitched 5 shutout innings for the win, striking out 12 while allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk. He aided his own cause with a pair of hits and 3 RBI.Jimmy Govern sparked Libertyville at the top of the order, going 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored and an RBI. Nick Rossetti had a single and 2 RBI, and Conor Simpson contributed a triple.


    Prairie Ridge stops Barrington’s home streak

    Prairie Ridge’s softball team ended Barrington’s 15-game winning streak at the Fields of Dreams with a 5-2 victory over the Fillies on Friday.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Cary-Grove 6, Boylan 1: After surrendering one run in the first inning, the Trojans’ (4-3) Larkin Hanselmann shut the door the rest of the way, going the distance at home in nonconference action. While he struck out 8 while, allowing 5 walks and 3 hits as well, Hanselmann was supported on offense by Dean Christakes, who had a pair of singles and an RBI.Huntley 1, Conant 0: Three pitchers combined for a 1-hit shutout for the Red Raiders (3-2-1) at home in a nonconference win. Nick Costantino (4 IP, 1 H, 5 BB, 6 Ks) got his first win of the year. Brandon Altergott scored the only run of the game off a Matt Sullivan single in the third inning.College BaseballMadison College 9, ECC 6: The Spartans’ (4-9) comeback effort fell short, despite scoring 4 runs in the last two innings. Ryan Thomas (2B, RBI) and Brian Sobieski (2-for-5, RBI) led the way for the Spartans. Josh Loynachan took the loss after allowing 6 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits with 6 strikeouts.


    Bartlett, Burlington C. notch wins

    The Bartlett softball team Friday got everything it lacked earlier in the week, and with it won its first game of the Play It Again Sports Tournament in Clarksville, Tenn. Senior Holly Pagan fired a 1-hitter with 7 strikeouts and 1 walk and added a 2-for-3 day at the plate with a home run, double and 2 RBI as the Hawks (3-1) downed previously unbeaten Bourbon County (Ky.) 9-0.

    Chicago Blackhawks' Peter Regin, right, of Denmark, celebrates their goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammates Ben Smith, left, and Bryan Bickell during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, April 4, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blackhawks defeated the Blue Jackets 4-3. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Wow! Smith's goal with 3.7 seconds left lifts Hawks

    Ben Smith tapped in a rebound with 3.7 seconds left on a wild scrum to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. With time running out, Duncan Keith threw the puck on net and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky blocked it with his arm but it popped out of his reach. While he and two teammates scrambled to get to the loose puck, Smith got a stick on it and pushed it into the net.

    Elgin’s Ryan Sitter fields a grounder before firing to first for an out against Hoffman Estates last season. The Maroons are scheduled to host St. Edward at 11 a.m. Saturday.

    Hampshire, Woodstock N. team up to fight cancer

    The Hampshire baseball program will host the most colorful game of the regular season on May 17, when the Whip-Purs and Woodstock North join forces to benefit the Let’s Strike Out Cancer project.


    McCaughn steps down at Crystal Lake South

    The time commitment coaches have to make in today’s world also takes time away from their family life, and Crystal Lake South girls basketball coach Kyle McCaughn has decided his family has to take priority. After 13 years as the Gators’ head coach and 20 years in the program, McCaughn stepped down on Friday.

    Cubs reliever Wesley Wright reacts after giving up a 2-run homer in the eighth inning Friday.

    Cubs get chilly reception on Opening Day

    Starlin Castro was booed twice, once for a misplay in the field and again after hitting into a double play, a surprisingly impatient response to what everyone knows will be another rough season amid a lengthy, but necessary rebuilding process.

    Tom Ricketts

    Ricketts’ only option is to stay the course

    Circumstances must have conspired to suck the excitement out of the Cubs' home opener for Tom Ricketts. Still, the club chairman is in too deep at this point to make too many more concessions concerning the blueplrint to renovate Wrigley Field.


    Brewer a possibility to return to Bulls

    After releasing rookie Erik Murphy, the Bulls will probably wait a few days before adding one or more players. The current Bulls are well aware that adding ex-Bull Ronnie Brewer is a possibility.

    White Sox closer Nate Jones, shown here pitching an exhibition game last week in Birmingham, has a hip strain that has landed him on the 15-day disabled list.

    Hip strain lands Jones on 15-day disabled list

    As expected, White Sox relief pitcher Nate Jones landed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a left hip strain. Jake Petricka was called up from Class AAA Charlotte to take his roster spot. In other injury news, Gordon Beckham was a late lineup scratch at AA Birmingham.

    Round Lake senior Chris Washington plans to continue his football career and education at North Park University.

    Washington aims to start winning with North Park

    Round Lake football standout Chris Washington is hoping to be part of North Park's impressive turnaround next fall.

    Kansas City Royals’ Billy Butler, left, scores on a wild pitch thrown by White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson (45) during the fifth inning of Friday’s home opener in Kansas City, Mo.

    Royals rough up Johnson, Sox lose 7-5

    Alex Gordon drove in three runs and Jeremy Guthrie pitched effectively into the sixth inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the White Sox 7-5 in their home opener Friday. The Royals jumped on White Sox rookie right-hander Erik Johnson for six hits and four runs in the first two innings. Johnson retired only 14 of the 28 batters he faced, yielding seven runs on 10 hits, three walks and a hit batter to take the loss.


    Harper’s Messner moves on to Chicago State

    It has been a busy post-high school athletic career for former Harper volleyball player Alex Messner. After her Fremd career was over, the 6-3 middle blocker committed to DePauw University before transferring to Harper. In 2013, Messner was an all North Central Community College Conference selection for Harper, finishing second in the conference in both digs (474) and kills (346). And now Messner is one of four new players joining the program at Chicago State, where she received a full academic scholarship and is studying criminal justice.

    St. Charles East’s Olivia Cheatham leaps safety onto second base before West Aurora’s Taylor Podschweit can get the ball in her mitt in the fifth inning on Friday, April 4. Cheatham would score a run for the Saints within a few minutes.

    West Aurora surprises St. Charles East

    If West Aurora was looking to build momentum heading into its 2014 spring season, the Blackhawks couldn’t have asked for much more than they got sweeping a doubleheader Friday at St. Charles East. Spotting the defending Class 4A state runners-up a 2-0 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth, West Aurora scratched out two runs to tie it, threw out the go-ahead run at the plate in the top of the seventh, then plated the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh for a 3-2 victory.

    Cubs' Hall of Famers, from left, Billy WIlliams, Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins, and Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg prepare to toss out ceremonial first pitches.

    Images: Chicago Cubs Home Opening Day vs. Philadelphia Phillies
    Images of a home Opening Day 7-2 loss for the Chicago Cubs against Ryne Sandberg and the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The afternoon game began Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary celebration.


    Ricketts reveals revenue plans for renovations

    Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts confirmed Friday his family may look at additional investors to help with the costs of ballpark renovations. Ricketts said any such investors would not have say-so in the running of the team.

    The Cubs’ Ryan Sweeney heads back to the dugout after striking out in the seventh inning Friday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have a team batting average of .201 after four games.

    Cubs attack woefully offensive

    Even though the Cubs' home opener was played in frosty conditions, the wind was blowiing out at Wrigley Field. But only the Phillies could take advantage as they wrecked the Cubs' home opener by beating the hosts 7-2. The Cubs' offense has struggled out of the gate, and it looks like it will continue to do so.

    Notre Dame injured forward Natalie Achonwa, right, arrives with teammates for the NCAA women’s Final Four.

    Irish resiliency again being tested

    Notre Dame will look to answer another big question at the Final Four. Can the Irish play without their injured senior leader, Natalie Achonwa?

    South Elgin’s Dalton Garland competes in the high jump at the Upstate Eight Conference indoor meet in Batavia last month.

    Hampshire girls eager for more success

    The Hampshire girls track team had a successful 2013 outdoor season, winning the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division championship. A year later, the Whip-Purs want more. And based on their performances at the Illinois Prep Top Times indoor state meet in Bloomington, they mean business.

    Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey tackles Jacksonville wide receiver Justin Blackmon during an October game in Denver. Bailey will play for New Orleans next season.

    Saints agree to terms with Champ Bailey

    Champ Bailey will get to chase a Pro Bowl record and another Super Bowl appearance with the New Orleans Saints. The veteran cornerback agreed to a two-year contract with the Saints on Friday.


    Union says other college teams in play

    Players from other universities have expressed interest in forming unions in the wake of the landmark decision last week involving the Northwestern football team, a union organizer said Friday.

    Connecticut huddles on the floor during practice Friday in Dallas.

    Final Four preview: UConn vs. Florida

    The last time Florida lost there were still 23 shopping days until Christmas. The Gators have won every game since that loss at Connecticut on Dec. 2. The teams meet again Saturday in the Final Four. They both have changed and they both have stayed the same.

    Wisconsin guard Ben Brust dunks during practice Friday in Dallas.

    Final Four preview: Wisconsin vs. Kentucky

    Kentucky has a coach labeled a renegade, a rotating stable of McDonald’s All-Americans and sky high expectations every year. Wisconsin has a coach who has stayed firmly in one state for three decades, a lineup filled with juniors and seniors and an aw-shucks attitude about its first trip to the Final Four in more than a decade. They meet Saturday in the national semifinals.

    Chicago Cubs Justin Ruggiano reacts after striking out against the Philadelphia Phillies during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Friday, April 4, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Phils spoil Cubs home opener with 7-2 win

    Chase Utley hit a two-run homer and an RBI single, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cubs 7-2 on Friday in the opener of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary season.John Mayberry Jr. also had a two-run drive for his fourth career pinch-hit homer as Philadelphia bounced back after dropping the last two games of its opening series in Texas.

    FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file photo, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) gets past Indianapolis Colts defenders Antoine Bethea (41) and Cory Redding (90) for a 7-yard touchdown in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans have told Chris Johnson they are releasing him after six seasons to avoid paying the $8 million the running back is due in pay in 2014, and the final three seasons left on the $53.5 million contract he signed in September 2011. The Titans announced Johnson has been told he will be released Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)

    Titans tell Chris Johnson he’ll be released today

    The CJ2K era is over in Tennessee, just the latest step by the Titans in their franchise makeover.The Titans told Chris Johnson they are releasing him Friday after six seasons to avoid paying $8 million the running back is due in 2014, along with the final three seasons left on the $53.5 million contract he signed in September 2011. His release comes before the Titans start their offseason program Monday with new coach Ken Whisenhunt.

    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.comMark Maroon of Aurora, takes a picture of his brother-in-law Ross Fisette, Flat Stanley style before the Chicago Cubs opening day game against Philadephia Phillies Friday April 4, 2014, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Fisette will be retiring from the Air Force this year and his family was getting pictures of his Flat Stanley style picture all over the place.

    For openers, Wrigley Field ready to party

    After 100 years, Wrigley Field certainly shows its age, but that doesn’t mean the iconic ballpark doesn’t enjoy a good party. With cool temperatures and strong winds, the Cubs opened the 100th season of Wrigley hosting one of their former icons, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg and his Philadelphia Phillies for a 1:20 p.m. game.

    Mike Gulczynski and his parents, Mike Sr., and Jackie, admire the banner created for the jersey retirement ceremony of Mike’s brother Lenny Thursday at Bartlett High School. Lenny was a 2007 grad who died while serving in Iraq.

    Bartlett ensures Lenny Gulczynski will never be forgotten

    A jersey retirement ceremony at the high school level is a rarity, but so are men like 2007 Bartlett graduate Lenny Gulczynski. His alma mater honored the late Pfc. Gulczynski on Thursday by retiring his No. 15 prior to the boys volleyball match against the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a contest dominated by Lenny’s 6-foot-5 “little” brother, Mike, Jr.

    The Cubs’ Mike Olt rounds third after hitting a solo home run off Pirates starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, back left, in the second inning Thursday in Pittsbuurgh.

    Positive starts for Cubs, White Sox — for different reasons

    Even though the Chicago Cubs are 1-2 on the season, Mike North sees some promise. And except for poor attendance for the Chicago White Sox, their 2-1 record also looks encouraging.


    Flight Lieutenant Stephen Graham monitors a TAC station onboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion during search operations for wreckage and debris of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, near the coast of Western Australia, Friday, April 4, 2014. Ten military planes, four civil jets and nine ships will assist in the search today of 217,000 square kilometers, 1700kms north west of Perth.(AP Photo/Nick Perry/Pool)

    Desperate hunt is on for Flight 370 ‘black boxes’

    Four weeks after the Malaysia Airlines jet vanished, two ships deployed sound locators Friday in the southern Indian Ocean in a desperate attempt to find the plane’s flight recorders before their signal beacons fall silent.


    Mexico ends bid to revive Mexicana airline

    A Mexican judge has ordered an end to efforts to revive moribund Mexicana airlines through bankruptcy proceedings, saying no credible new investor has expressed interest in the carrier.Before it stopped flying in 2010 because of financial problems, Mexicana was among the world’s oldest continually operating airlines.


    Mozilla CEO resignation raises free-speech issues

    The resignation of Mozilla's CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley's strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region's foundation.

    The U.S. economy has reached a milestone: It has finally regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession. Yet it took a painfully slow six years, and unemployment remains stubbornly high at 6.7 percent. The comeback figures were contained in a government report Friday that showed a solid if unspectacular month of job growth in March.

    U.S. finally regains the jobs lost in the recession

    The U.S. economy has reached a milestone: It has finally regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession. Yet it took a painfully slow six years, and unemployment remains stubbornly high at 6.7 percent. The comeback figures were contained in a government report Friday that showed a solid if unspectacular month of job growth in March.

    Chicago-based GrubHub Inc. makes money by taking a percentage of each online food order.

    Wall Street orders up GrubHub in market debut

    Wall Street has a major craving for takeout. Investors sent shares of GrubHub Inc. up nearly 40 percent Friday following an initial public offering that valued the online food ordering service at more than $2 billion.

    Jim Haertel sits at the desk of Frederick Pabst, who started the Pabst Brewery in 1884, in Milwaukee. He bought the company’s former administrative building and another one in 2001. He supports an effort to try to raise money to bring the company’s headquarters back to Milwaukee.

    Milwaukee group wants to buy Pabst Blue Ribbon

    Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

    Specialist Christopher Culhane works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, April 4, 2014. Technology stocks fell sharply in afternoon trading Friday, bringing the broader market lower. Mixed signals in the government’s monthly jobs report left investors with little reason to cheer. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Tech stocks, once highfliers, drop; Nasdaq sinks

    A slump in Internet and other technology stocks pulled the broader market lower Friday, as traders turned on the same companies they flocked to earlier this year. Google, Netflix and other pillars of the Internet economy took a beating.

    The Mount Prospect Village Hall

    Mt. Prospect extends its vision to 2020

    Mount Prospect has a new 2020 vision, one that hopes to foster “a climate for innovation and entrepreneurship” for business, as well as sustaining “a balance between preservation, revitalization and growth” in the area of development.

    Bill Geheren, center, and Travis Wittmeyer, right, host a Huntley Community Radio show, “2 Dudes and a Dog,” that streams online at 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Michael Geheren, front, has worked as an executive producer.

    Huntley radio station seeks funds to broadcast on local FM

    Huntley Community Radio organizers are seeking to raise roughly $45,000 to purchase and build the equipment necessary to broadcast on local FM radio. The Federal Communications Commission has granted the radio station a construction permit, which is the first step toward obtaining a license to operate a low-powered station on FM radio, according to the station’s GoFundMe fundraising website.


    Old Second Bancorp sets stock offering price at $4.40

    Aurora-based Old Second Bancorp set a price of $4.40 per share for its public offering of 13.5 million shares of common stock.


    Gallagher acquires New Zealand-based agency

    Itasca-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Mike Henry Insurance Brokers Limited headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


    LanzaTech to relocate global HQ to Skokie

    LanzaTech, a company founded in New Zealand with U.S. operations in Roselle, will establish its global headquarters at a new facility in Skokie, Gov. Pat Quinn announced.

    A limited “house rules” edition of the popular Monopoly board game.

    Hasbro picks 5 ‘house rules’ for new Monopoly set

    No rent collection while in jail, double the dough for landing on Go and clean out Free Parking if your luck takes you there are among five made-up Monopoly rules Facebook fans voted in for future editions of the board game.

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    Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey, right) reunites with brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as HBO's “Game of Thrones” returns for its fourth season.

    See more of your favorite 'Game of Thrones' stars

    "Game of Thrones" Season 4 begins Sunday on HBO, but hardcore fans want more. Sean will tell you how can meet some "GoT" actors later this month.

    David Letterman, host of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” announced his retirement during Thursday's taping. Although no specific date was announced he told the audience that he will leave his desk sometime in 2015.

    Letterman's departure will reshape late-night

    Jimmy Fallon's fast start replacing Jay Leno on the “Tonight” show the past two months had a secondary effect: David Letterman suddenly seemed old. The Top 10 list, the ironic detachment, even the set at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Time doesn't stop for comedy legends, or superstars of any sort. Letterman, who announced Thursday that he will retire from late-night television sometime in 2015, had to feel it. CBS now faces the challenge of moving on in a reordered late-night world at a time the two Jimmys — NBC's Fallon and ABC's Kimmel — have a significant head start.


    Theater events: Jeff Garlin heads to Rosemont

    Jeff Garlin headlines Zanies in Rosemont; Steel Beam Theatre revives the country-tinged musical "The Spitfire Grill"; and BET hosts its 9th annual Black Playwright's Festival.

    Dress up your dog — or not — for Palatine's Hound Egg Hunt.

    Ready for an egg-cellent adventure?

    Easter wouldn't be the same without the traditional egg hunt or a visit from the Bunny. But have you ever tried searching for Easter eggs in the dark? Or under water? Or skating with the Easter Bunny on ice? If you're in the mood for something a little different this year, check below for our list of Easter-themed events happening across the suburbs that offer a unique twist.

    Melanie Keller plays a young woman seeking assistance from a collectibles expert played by Tyler Rich in First Folio Theatre's world premiere of Joseph Zettelmaier's dramedy “Salvage.”

    First Folio's 'Salvage' examines what we hold dear

    During intermission opening night of First Folio Theatre's world premiere of Joseph Zettelmaier's “Salvage,” not everyone raced for refreshments and the restrooms. Instead, some audience members stood at the edge of the stage examining designer Angela Weber Miller and props master Cassy Schillo's meticulously realized set. While Traffic's “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” played quietly, they peered and pointed at the 1960s and 1970s action figures, games and tchotchkes on display in Hidden Treasures Collectibles, the lovingly maintained Detroit memorabilia shop where this gentle dramedy unfolds.

    Inn at Little Washington farmer Joneve Murphy will take a farm tour of Europe and Asia.

    Inn’s farmer ready to explore new fields

    For three years, Joneve Murphy has been growing food for a living at the whim of chef Patrick O’Connell, a gig that comes with a steady paycheck, praise and plenty of microgreens. Yet this summer, the farmer is leaving her dream job at the Inn at Little Washington in Washingon, Va. (which is hiring another farmer), to live another dream: She’ll spend a year satisfying her wanderlust and curiosity about foreign farming methods.

    Take advantage of “Spring Getaway Rates” offered by the seven Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels through June 30, including the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista.

    On the road: Take advantage of Disney's getaway specials

    Disney hotels are offering getaway specials. Closer to home, Chicago's Hotel Monaco has tax-break specials. Hotel Lincoln hosts Moonshine + Monet, a bring-your-own-moonshine painting class.

    Celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe promotes her second book, “Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour,” in New York.

    Relax, Rachel Zoe is not judging your outfit

    If you happen to spot celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe out and about, do not worry. She’s not judging you. The woman responsible for dressing the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Sofia Vergara and Jennifer Garner swears when she’s “off the clock” so to speak, she’s not a fashion cop.

    Giving red wine a little air improves the flavor. But what about adding a pinch of salt? Or running it through a blender?

    Salting wine? Scientist advises giving it a try

    Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft’s former chief strategist and chief technology officer, has a tip to make a glass of red wine taste better: Add a pinch of salt. Myhrvold — who holds degrees in mathematics, geophysics and space physics from UCLA, a doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics and a master’s degree in mathematical economics from Princeton — made the discovery after a few glasses of wine at a dinner.


    Lovely old lamps can be dangerous

    An old lamp may look beautiful, but it can be dangerous. Rewiring it to make it safer is fairly easy in most cases. Here is how to do it, and a few extra tips you can try, too:

    Houses near the intersection of Staffire Drive and Warwick Lane are typical of those found in Schaumburg’s Weathersfield West neighborhood.

    Weathersfield West in focus of neighborhood profile

    Weathersfield West in Schaumburg is a unique neighborhood because it features many large California ranches with a lot of floor space, large rooms and good-size yards, said Mike Machlet, real estate broker with RE/MAX Destiny. “Residences are semi-custom tract homes with brick and cedar exteriors and are very well constructed by Alfred Campanelli.”

    You can watch a game upstairs at D Hangout Bar and Grill in Elgin, or mellow out in a separate piano bar.

    Elgin’s D Hangout boasts two bars in one

    D Hangout Bar and Grill, which took over Streets of Chicago’s long-empty space on Elgin’s McLean Boulevard in January, is effectively two bars in one. With a sports bar upstairs and a piano bar in the basement, you can easily transition from watching the game to relaxing with some live music, all while enjoying the same friendly service.


    An Army veteran in Tennessee helps place 1,892 flags representing veterans and service members who have died by suicide to date in 2014.

    Editorial: Veterans’ needs cannot be ignored
    Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan need much help when they get home and groups like Palatine-based Salute, Inc. need financial assistance from the general public to provide that help, a Daily Herald editorial says.

    Henrik Rasmussen

    International trade will promote growth in Illinois

    Guest columnist Henrik Rasmussen: In order to bring the ongoing negotiations to a successful conclusion, President Obama needs Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress. TPA lays out U.S. negotiating objectives and sets up legislative procedures to ensure a vote by Congress on trade agreements.


    Replace those who will favor tyranny
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Vladimir Putin will not wait for another Reagan. He may help create the next Reagan, but he will not wait, and he knows that possibility is still 2½ years away. That’s why Crimea is only an appetizer. President Obama is the lamb the ravenous wolf has been waiting for.


    IRS targeting emphasized conservatives
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: Patti Siwicki writes on March 26 about the IRS scandal and claims that the IRS targeted 85 “Tea Party” and “Patriot” groups and that according to the inspector general’s report, the IRS targeted 202 “Occupy” and “progressive” groups. This is a truly a miss statement of the facts.


    New salary plan for federal reps
    An Elgin letter to the editor: It’s time to suggest some things to make our elected representatives more representative.


    These three don’t need to own guns
    These three don’t need to own gunsThree of the most outspoken opponents of you and I owning a gun are Obama, Bloomberg and Mayor Emanuel.Now can you name three people that have gun toting armed guards around them all the time?Robert ChmelaElgin


    Obama’s got it under control?
    Obama’s got it under control?Gleaned from the news: A shipload of Syrian made surface-to-surface rockets en route from Iran to Gaza, intercepted by the Israelis.North Korea test fired four short-range ballistic missiles and deployed a new multiple-rocket launcher that fired four missiles with enough range to reach American and South Korea bases near Seoul.Moscow said Russia plans to use military bases in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua for its navy and to refuel strategic bombers. This after, three months ago, Secretary Kerry announcing in Washington that “the era of the Monroe Doctrine is over.” The next day a Russian spy ship slipped into Havana harbor.China announced a 12.2 percent increase in military budget within 24 hours of the Obama administration proposing a decline in U.S. defense spending.At the same time, President Obama went to Connecticut and Boston for a Democratic fundraiser. And then the weekend to Florida to golf.Nothing to worry about.Don BuckWheaton


    Same-sex kiss photo was not necessary
    An Addison letter to the editor: Recently, your newspaper played a front page picture of a same-sex couple exchanging an explicit sensuous kiss. I found this disturbing because it is not normal.


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