Daily Archive : Sunday April 6, 2014


    Entertainment legend Mickey Rooney is shown in this May 1987 file photo. According to The Associated Press, Monday, April 7, 2014, Rooney has died at age 93.

    Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dies at 93

    Actor Mickey Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday at his North Hollywood home. Smith said police took a report but indicated that there was nothing suspicious and it was not a police case and he had no additional details on the circumstances of...

    Amber Creek

    Conference on 1997 slaying of Palatine girl postponed

    A news conference to detail the arrest of an Illinois man suspected in the murder of a 14-year-old Palatine girl who went missing in 1997 has been postponed until Tuesday, Racine County (Wis.) authorities said this morning. The sheriff's office is going to discuss its breakthrough in the 17-year mystery surrounding the slaying of Amber Gail Creek, whose body was found Feb. 9, 1997, in the...

    A member of a Chinese search team uses an instrument to detect electronic pulses while searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on board a patrol vessel in the search area of the southern Indian Ocean Saturday.

    Official says ship detects possible transmission

    An Australian official overseeing the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane says underwater sounds picked up by equipment on an Australian navy ship are consistent with transmissions from black box recorders on a plane.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS In 1958, Mildred and Richard Loving married in Washington. After they returned to Virginia, police raided their home and arrested them. They avoided jail time by agreeing to leave Virginia — the only home they had known — for 25 years. The couple is seen in this file photo from 1965.

    Some hear race echoes in Virginia gay marriage ban

    To some people in Virginia, the fight over legalization of same-sex marriage echoes a decades-old battle over the state’s 1924 law banning marriage between white and black people. “You’re talking about pure prejudice as the basis of both laws,” argued Philip J. Hirschkop, who as a young lawyer in the 1960s represented an interracial couple that successfully challenged...

    Oscar Pistorius, right, followed by his sister Aimee, rear center, leaves court in Pretoria, South Africa, March 28. Pistorius is charged with the Valentines Day 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

    Pistorius to finally answer questions on shooting

    More than a year after he killed his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius is expected to finally answer questions about why he shot Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door when his murder trial resumes this week and his defense lawyers begin presenting the evidence they hope will save the Olympic athlete from going to prison for 25 years to life. Pistorius’ account that he killed Steenkamp by mistake...

    Microbiologist Ashley Sabol extracts Listeria bacteria for genome sequencing in a foodborne disease outbreak lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

    Experts decode germs’ DNA to fight food poisoning

    Chances are you’ve heard of mapping genes to diagnose rare diseases, predict your risk of cancer and tell your ancestry. But to uncover food poisonings? The nation’s disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses.

    Truvada, a drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV, is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms.

    Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug

    It’s the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms.

    Paul Baker, of Buffalo, N.Y., answers questions about his 1907 Multiphone coin-operated phonograph Sunday at the Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot-Machine & Jukebox Show at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Baker spent more than 700 hours restoring the mahogany music machine and was asking $135,000 for it.

    Antique phonograph stands out at St. Charles show

    It took 10 years for Paul Baker to restore his 107-year-old Multiphone coin-operated phonograph. It was the showstopper Sunday at the Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot-Machine & Jukebox Show at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

    Relatives of 3-year-old Zuzanna Bzdek of Woodridge, who was killed Friday in a murder-suicide, say they are grateful for all the support they’ve received from the community.

    Family moved by support after toddler’s tragic death

    Emanuel Szyszka said he's been stunned by the outpouring of support his family has received in the wake of the tragic death of his 3-year-old sister, Zuzanna Bzdek, who police said was killed by her father, Robert Bzdek, in a murder-suicide. Szyszka has started a fundraiser online to help with funeral expenses. "The reaction has boggled my mind," Szyszka said.

    Debra Fredricksen

    Body found in Evanston could be that of missing Des Plaines woman

    Des Plaines police are working with Evanston and Cook County authorities to determine whether a body discovered Sunday along Lake Michigan is that of a 61-year-old Des Plaines woman missing since late February. The body was found near Clark Sheridan Park, authorities said, and recovered by the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which is working with police to determine cause death and...

    Tia Greenfield leads a Tai Chi class, an ancient Chinese martial art turned into a healing art, on Sunday during the second annual Age Well DuPage at the College of DuPage. The event showed older residents how to stay physically, mentally and fiscally healthy as they age.

    Age Well DuPage event gives seniors tools for healthy living

    Hundreds of seniors and soon-to-be seniors from all over DuPage County gathered Sunday in Glen Ellyn to learn how to stay active, fit and healthy as they get older. The College of DuPage hosted the second annual Age Well DuPage event, which provided information about everything from how to navigate the federal Medicare program to the physical benefits of tai chi and gardening.

    Kathy Abad, a military wife, prays for the victims and families affected by the Fort Hood shooting during a memorial service at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday in Killeen, Texas.

    Near Fort Hood, church service honors fallen

    The church program pictured an empty road being enveloped by the dark clouds of a sweeping thunderstorm, and the service’s lesson was from Isaiah 35:4, “Be strong, fear not.” The preacher implored those gathered Sunday that they would find hope in God, but also acknowledged the question on everyone’s mind: Why Fort Hood — again?


    Fire destroys Warrenville home Sunday morning

    A house in Warrenville was destroyed early Sunday by a fire that investigators believe was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. No one was injured in the blaze, Warrenville authorities said.

    Franz Herder, chairman of the Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution’s Cemetery Marker Program, speaks during a ceremony Sunday dedicating historical markers for two Revolutionary War figures buried at Elk Grove Cemetery.

    Revolutionary War figures honored at Elk Grove Cemetery

    Since it formed in 1889, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has been on a mission to locate, record, and identify with a special bronze marker the grave sites of brave men and women who battled for independence during the Revolutionary War. That mission brought members of the society to Elk Grove Cemetery on Sunday, where they dedicated markers to two Revolutionary war...


    Walk for a cause in Lincolnshire

    Stevenson High School’s Best Buddies group will host a friendship walk at the Lincolnshire campus on Sunday, April 13.


    Schaumburg police campaign yields 72 tickets

    From March 13-17, Schaumburg police issued 11 speeding tickets, 11 tickets for cell phone use by driver, 6 for seatbelt violations, 18 for insurance violations and 26 for other moving and equipment violations. It was part of the St. Patrick’s Day campaign funded by the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program.


    Skowron to chair Mt. Prospect police/fire board

    Former Mount Prospect trustee Michaele Skowron, a member of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, has been appointed chairwoman of the board.


    Kane County’s ‘No Refusal’ event nets 10 DUI arrests

    The latest “No Refusal” event held the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day in Kane County netted 10 drunken driving arrests. Held from 11 p.m. March 15 through 3 a.m. March 16, 10 motorists were arrested and three refused to consent to chemical tests until authorities got a warrant. “From our perspective, it should reinforce the message that we are prepared to seek a...


    Lake County forest preserve improvements planned

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District board will meet Tuesday morning to discuss improvements at the Fox River Forest Preserve near Barrington and other issues.


    Woman fights off would-be abductor near Elgin hospital

    Elgin police are investigating the attempted abduction Friday night of a woman near Advocate Sherman Hospital. A woman reported that a man approached her while she was sitting in her vehicle in a parking lot, opened the door to the vehicle and began striking her in the head.


    Des Plaines Food Fight nets 3,338 pounds

    The Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce’s 12th annual “Food Fight” brought in 6,558 pounds of food for the Self-Help Pantry. The Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines won the challenge with 3,338 pounds of collected food.


    CLC hosts alcohol screenings

    The College of Lake County Health Center will conduct free, anonymous screenings for alcohol problems as part of National Alcohol Screening Day on Thursday, April 10.


    Young adult lit author to visit Elk Grove

    Neal Shusterman, author of "The Schwa Was Here" and other popular young adult literature, will visit Grove Junior High School in Elk Grove Village on Wednesday, April 9.


    Warren High hosts free arts festival

    Warren Township High School hosts an arts festival Thursday night.

    At the behest of business groups, congressional Republicans quietly sought and won a recent change in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul that expands coverage options under the law, a striking departure from their customary high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember the law.

    GOP seeks coverage choices in health law they hate

    At the prodding of business organizations, House Republicans quietly secured a recent change in President Barack Obama’s health law to expand coverage choices, a striking, one-of-a-kind departure from dozens of high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember it. Democrats describe the change involving small-business coverage options as a straightforward improvement of the type they are eager...

    An Afghan elections worker notes the serial numbers of ballot boxes at a warehouse Independent Elections Commission in Kabul Sunday. Trucks and donkeys loaded with ballot boxes made their way to counting centers on Sunday as Afghans and the international community sighed with relief that national elections were held without major violence despite a Taliban threat.

    Afghan election hailed as Taliban threat remains

    Afghans and the international community hailed its presidential election as a triumph of democracy over violence Sunday, despite complaints about ballot shortages and sporadic fraud after millions of people braved a Taliban threat to vote for a new president. But some cautioned against declaring a premature defeat of the Islamic militants.

    Janice Gosnell Franzen

    Christian Life editor, philanthropist dies at 92

    Family and friends are not only mourning the loss of Janice Gosnell Franzen, the longtime editor of Wheaton-based Christian Life Publications, but are heartbroken the 92-year-old philanthropist won't be able to enjoy the long-awaited launch of her autobiography “Be an Angel?” next week. Jay Renstrom, the son of one of Franzen's first-cousins, said the beloved lady's three passions in...

    Brandon Rohlwing of West Dundee leads the Gender and Diversity Inclusive Living Community dorm floor at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

    West Dundee native leads dorm with goal of inclusion

    Bullied as a kid growing up in West Dundee, Brandon Rohlwing thought about suicide. Now he is the leader of the new alternative gender floor of his dorm at Roosevelt University and a spokesman for a worldwide suicide-prevention group.

    Jennifer Maples, left, and Kristen Nevdal, senior assistant DuPage County public defenders, show off the many ties available, usually for defendants going on trial.

    When it comes to trial, clothes make the defendant

    While preparing clients for trial, one of the biggest issues facing DuPage County Public Defender Jeff York is often his client's wardrobe. “I usually will ask my client, 'If you're going to church with your grandmother, what would you wear?'” he said. That's when a special wardrobe closet at the public defender's office often comes into play.

    Phil Wahby, of St. Louis, an outreach coordinator with the STLHeroinHelp organization, waves to motorists during an anti-heroin rally in Belleville, Ill. Coroners from the Chicago area to St. Louis’ Illinois suburbs say heroin overdose deaths have spiked in recent years, given the relative cheapness, purity, potency and broad availability.

    Surging heroin deaths across Ill. draw alarm, ire

    Coroners from the suburbs, Chicago and across Illinois say heroin overdose deaths have spiked in recent years, given the relative cheapness, purity, potency and broad availability of the drug. “We have to firmly get out the message that heroin is a highly addictive drug that will kill you,” said Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County coroner.

    Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 3, 2014, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2015 for the Justice Department. Holder said the government needs to deal differently with the heroin epidemic than it did with the crack cocaine crisis decades ago.

    A look at heroin use, deaths in some U.S. states

    In Illinois, heroin’s impact is felt from the suburbs of Chicago to those near St. Louis. In DuPage County, the number of heroin deaths stayed in the 20s each year from 2007 through 2011, then rose to 43 in 2012 and 46 last year. Here's a look at numbers in all our states.

    Heroin was a hidden scourge in the suburbs when the Daily Herald started a special series more than 10 years ago.

    Hidden no more: Heroin in suburbs

    What the Daily Herald addressed more than a decade ago as a “Hidden Scourge” is hidden no more. In the years since our first series of extensive reports on the effects of heroin on lives in the suburbs, the deadly addiction has grown relentlessly more visible.

    A drug addict prepares a needle to inject himself with heroin in front of a church in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February 2014 spotlighted the reality that heroin is no longer limited to the back alleys of American life. Once mainly a city phenomenon, the drug has spread to the country and suburbs.

    5 things to know about heroin use, getting help

    Long a scourge of the back alleys of American life, heroin is spreading across the country. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February only underscored a problem many American communities already were combating: the rising use of — and deaths from — heroin. Here are five things to know about this issue:1. Rising use in recent years

    In this Monday, May 6, 2013 file photo, a drug addict prepares a needle to inject himself with heroin in front of a church in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February 2014 spotlighted the reality that heroin is no longer limited to the back alleys of American life. Once mainly a city phenomenon, the drug has spread to the country and suburbs.

    Heroin across America: We're all paying

    The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman spotlighted the reality that heroin is no longer limited to the back alleys of American life. Once mainly a city phenomenon, the drug has spread — gripping postcard villages in Vermont, middle-class enclaves in suburban Chicago, the sleek urban core of Portland, Ore., and places in between and beyond.


    Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike (13) shoots against Connecticut center Kiah Stokes (41) during the second half of the semifinal game in the Final Four of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

    UConn women force battle of unbeatens

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Connecticut Huskies are back in a very familiar position, undefeated and playing for a national championship. They’ll be going for an unprecedented ninth national championship after Breanna Stewart scored 18 points and the Huskies advanced to another title game with a 75-56 win against Stanford on Sunday night.It wasn’t easy early, though the Huskies (39-0) did part and set up the highly anticipated championship showdown of undefeated teams.They will square off against Notre Dame, an 87-61 winner over Maryland, on Tuesday night in the title game. It will be the first women’s national title game between unbeaten teams.“It wouldn’t be any fun if you didn’t beat teams that were any good,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said of the matchup with Notre Dame. “I think women’s basketball needs rivalries like this, teams that aspire to be great and want to win championships.”The Huskies also won their 45th straight game after overcoming another sluggish start. Stewart, the Associated Press player of the year, missed her first four shots and UConn was up just 28-24 at halftime. But Connecticut settled down and put the Cardinal away in the second half, outscoring them 47-32. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis found her shooting stroke, scoring all of her 15 points in the second half.Bria Hartley added 13 points for UConn and Stefanie Dolson and Moriah Jefferson each finished with 10.Stanford (33-4) lost its third national semifinal since reaching the 2010 championship against UConn, which the Huskies also won. All-American Chiney Ogwumike finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Amber Orrange scored 16 points, and Lili Thompson had 12.Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer had promised the Cardinal wouldn’t go down easy, and her team never stopped competing.Thompson, a freshman, hit four of her first five shots for 10 quick points, helping the Cardinal get off to a good start early. The Cardinal led by as much as six a couple times, the last at 22-16 with 12:32 left when Mikaela Ruef banked in a jumper just before the shot clock expired with 5:39 to go. It was the third sluggish start for the Huskies, who missed shot after shot and had a couple tough shooting stretches in the first half. The first lasted more than 5 minutes and the second nearly 7 minutes. Then they finally got going.The Huskies scored 12 straight to finish the half on a 12-2 run. Kiah Stokes hit a free throw, then Hartley hit the Huskies’ lone 3 of the half with 4:42 left. Then Stewart got it going, hitting a jumper with 3:03 left after missing her first four shots. She finished the spurt stealing the ball from Thompson and finishing the fast break with a layup, drawing the foul for a three-point play and a 28-22 lead. Stanford at least got a jumper from Orrange with 1:38 left, but the Cardinal had the ball with the chance at the last shot and couldn’t connect when Taylor Greenfield’s 3-point attempt hit harmlessly off the rim.In the second half, it was all UConn.The Huskies hit four of their first five shots in starting the half with an 8-3 run. Ogwumike’s 3-pointer with 19:01 left making it 30-27 was as close as the Cardinal would get down the stretch as UConn pushed the lead to as much as 21 within the final minute to set up the Huskies’ next game.


    Former Saint signs 1-year deal with Bears

    The Bears on Sunday agreed to terms on a one-year contract with former Saints center Brian de la Puente, a three-year starter who was an unrestricted free agent. The 28-year-old former undrafted free agent is expected to back up 35-year-old starter Roberto Garza this season and could succeed him as the Bears' center of the future.

    Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce steals the ball from Philadelphia’s Jarvis Varnado on Saturday. If the Bulls face Brooklyn in the playoffs, Pierce may be guarding Joakim Noah due to the team’s three-guard starting lineup.

    Who will the Bulls face in playoffs?

    By winning their final five games of the regular season, the Bulls could get to 50 wins. They'll probably need to win out to have a chance to edge Toronto for the No. 3 playoff seed in the East. Both teams finish with relatively soft schedules.

    White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez throws out Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, April 6, 2014. The White Sox won 5-1.

    Sox offense looks exciting, but bullpen and defense must improve

    After a single week of play, we try to extrapolate a 162-game campaign because sometimes uncertainty is a little too difficult to handle. The truth is, there’s still a lot about the 2014 White Sox that we don’t know because of the arrival of new, young, unproven talent and it will be weeks or months before we have a clearer idea of this team’s identity.

    Ryan Kalish hits a 2-run double during the sixth inning of the Cubs’ victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.

    Cubs make their hits count

    After scoring a grand total of 8 runs over their first five games, the Cubs came out swinging Sunday. They scored 4 runs in the first inning and 4 in the sixth to beat the Phillies at Wrigley Field.

    Ryan Kalish runs to third after hitting a triple during the first inning of a baseball game scoring Emilio Bonifacio against the Philadelphia Phillies in Chicago, Sunday, April 6, 2014.

    Two losses don’t affect Villanueva

    Pitcher Carlos Villanueva has been a go-along, get-along guy for the Cubs in his role as a swing man. He lost twice as a reliever last week in Pittsburgh, but he got rewarded with a victory in Sunday's 8-3 Cubs win over the Phillies.


    Wolves fall to Iowa in shootout

    The Chicago Wolves earned a point for the 24th time in their last 25 home games, but the Iowa Wild claimed a 4-3 shootout victory Sunday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.Center Pat Cannone scored 2 goals and Alexandre Bolduc notched the other for the Wolves (40-20-5-5), while goaltender Matt Climie stopped 29 shots in regulation and overtime and rejected 5 of 6 in the shootout. Iowa’s Dylan Labbe provided the shootout’s only goal in the sixth round.

    Notre Dame forward Taya Reimer embraces Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw during the second half of the semifinal game against Maryland in the Final Four of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Notre Dame won 87-61.

    Notre Dame women cruise into title game

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kayla McBride wouldn’t let Notre Dame’s pursuit of a perfect season end. The All-American senior guard had one of the most impressive games of her career in Sunday night’s national semifinal, scoring 28 points to lead Notre Dame to an 87-61 win over Maryland. She seemingly did whatever she wanted, shedding defenders with behind-the-back dribbles and quick cross-overs before scoring. She set the tone for Notre Dame and her Irish teammates followed her lead into Tuesday night’s championship game.The Irish (37-0) will play the winner of UConn and Stanford. It’s the third time in four years that Notre Dame has been in the title game. The Irish are looking for their first title since winning it all in 2001. Notre Dame played without senior Natalie Achonwa, who suffered a torn ACL in the regional final victory over Baylor. The entire team wore shirts in warmups with Achonwa’s No. 11 and the 6-foot-3 forward’s nickname “Ace” on the back. She helped her team warm up, passing the ball and offering words of encouragement. Muffet McGraw, who was The Associated Press coach of the year, was concerned coming into the game about her team’s ability to rebound against the bigger Terrapins without Achonwa. It proved to be no problem for the Irish, who dominated the Terrapins (28-7) on the boards. The Irish outrebounded the Terps 50-21, including a 19-4 advantage on the offensive end. It was the widest rebounding margin ever in a Final Four game shattering the previous mark of 19 set by Louisiana Tech in 1989. Maryland broke the national semifinals record for fewest rebounds in a game of 25 set by Minnesota in 2004. Notre Dame also befuddled Maryland on defense, forcing them into turnovers and poor shots with ever-changing defenses. Terps’ star Alyssa Thomas was constantly double-teamed and rarely got a good look at the basket. She finished with 14 points. Thomas ended her career as the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. She had waited four years to make the Final Four and her only trip was a short one. Coach Brenda Frese took her out with 1:33 left and the game well out of reach. Frese gave her star a long hug. This was Maryland’s first trip to the Final Four since winning the championship in 2006. The Terps were intent on crashing the party and ruining Notre Dame’s perfect season. For the first 12 minutes they were able to keep the game close with some hot shooting. They only trailed 23-21 before McBride and Notre Dame took control with a 10-0 run. McBride had the first five points hitting a layup and converting a nifty three-point play. Taya Reimer, who replaced Achonwa in the starting lineup, scored her first points of the game on a layup to cap the burst and make it 33-21. The teams traded baskets over the next few minutes and the Irish led 37-27 before closing the half by scoring 11 of the final 15 points, including a beautiful pass from Reimer to a cutting McBride for a layup — a play often run between Achonwa and McBride. The first half was similar to the first meeting in the regular season when the Irish jumped all over the Terrapins, taking a 22-point advantage before Maryland rallied. There was no comeback this time.McBride made sure of it, scoring from all over the court. She had five straight points, including a 3-pointer and a pullup jumper that made it 59-37 with 15:46 left. The Terrapins could only get really any closer the rest of the way. McBride, who also pulled down seven rebounds, was coming off one of her worst games of the season against Baylor in the regional final. In that contest, she picked up quick fouls and sat the bench for most of the first half. She finished with 11 points, going 2 for 9 from the field. She reached that point total midway through the first half.


    Hawks over the Teravainen hype?

    The hoopla surrounding 19-year-old center Teuvo Teravainen looks as if it has officially subsided, at least in the eyes of Blackhawks Joel Quenneville. Teravainen sat out his third straight game Sunday and hasn’t dressed in 6 of the 9 games since his arrival from Finland.

    The Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp, left, and Jeremy Morin celebrate after Sharp’s goal in the second period Sunday against the Blues at the United Center.

    Morin sparks Blackhawks to victory

    Jeremy Morin provided just the spark the Blackhawks needed with a goal and an assist in a 4-2 victory over the Blues Sunday afternoon at the United Center.

    Chicago Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith, left, Ben Smith, center, and Andrew Shaw celebrate after Smith’s empty net goal as St Louis Blues’ Alexander Pietrangelo, front, sits on the ice in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago on Sunday, April 6, 2014. The Blackhawks won 4-2.

    Blackhawks topple Blues 4-2

    The Blackhawks are taking a more direct approach to generating offense without injured star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.So far, it’s working.Rookie Jeremy Morin scored and set up Patrick Sharp’s go-ahead goal in the second period, and injury-depleted Chicago held on to defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at United Center for its third straight win.The Blackhawks ground out the victory despite playing without Toews’ powerful skating and Kane’s puck-handling skills for the third game. Forward Brandon Saad was a last-minute scratch.“We’ve simplified our game quite a bit,” said Sharp, who scored his team-leading 33rd goal. “We’re not trying to make as many plays offensively. We’re battling hard. “Usually when you battle hard individually and as a team, good things happen. We’ve raised our battle level lately, but we’re just keeping things simple. Getting pucks in, getting pucks out.”And some younger players, such as Morin, are getting more ice time and showing just how deep defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago is.“I’m just taking it day by day every time I’m in the lineup, trying to make the most of it,” Morin said. “We’re comfortable out there. “I’m just playing the game right now and letting things come.”Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith also scored for Chicago, which closed to one point behind Colorado for second place in the Central Division and home ice in the first round of the playoffs. The Blackhawks have three games left. The Avalanche, who host Pittsburgh on Sunday night, have five games left.Toews, Chicago’s captain, sat out his third game with an upper-body injury suffered last Sunday when he was drilled by Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik. Kane, who has resumed skating, missed his ninth with a lower-body injury suffered against the Blues on March 19.Toews and Kane are expected to return for the start of the playoffs.Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka connected for St. Louis, which lost its second straight and remained two points behind idle Boston for the NHL’s overall point lead and race for the Presidents’ Trophy.Both the Blues and Bruins have four games remaining.Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 21 saves and St. Louis’ Brian Elliott made 31.“We had moments where we did everything to ourselves and gave them opportunities really out of nothing,” Elliott said. “It’s a wake-up call right now and we’ve got to figure it out.”The Blues skated without two of their top forwards, including leading goal scorer Alexander Steen who missed his third game with an upper-body injury. Vladimir Tarasenko has been sidelined since mid-March with a hand injury.The Blues, who were shut out by Colorado on Saturday, have scored two goals or fewer in eight of their past 10 games.St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said his team is looking a “little bit tired” and needs to “find a way to re-energize” and start skating, buzzing and shooting again in the offensive zone. “Our offensive game is based on offensive energy,” Hitchcock said. “When we don’t have it, we don’t have near enough zone time. “We score by volume (of chances) and when we don’t get the volume we don’t score. The last couple of games we haven’t gotten the volume we normally get.”Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk agreed.“A lot of our offense comes when we’re grinding away down low,” he said. “When we’re shooting, there’s rebounds and we’re beating guys to pucks.”Chicago dominated territorially in the chippy first period and outshot the Blues 11-3, but trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes.

    Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop, right, celebrates with catcher John Baker after the Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 in a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, April 6, 2014.

    Kalish, Cubs rip Phillies 8-3

    Ryan Kalish hit a two-run double and an RBI triple and the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 on Sunday to avoid a sweep at Wrigley Field.Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva allowed a run in five innings in his first start and third outing of the season.A.J. Burnett, who signed a one-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies after he spent the last two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowed eight runs, four earned, in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out three but walked six.The Cubs scored four runs in the first and sixth innings.Kalish opened up the scoring with an RBI triple in the first. It was his first hit since Sept. 11, 2012, when he played for the Boston Red Sox. The Cubs extended their lead to 4-0 on sacrifice flies by Nate Schierholtz and Ryan Sweeney and Starlin Castro’s RBI double.The Cubs scored eight runs and were 4 for 40 with runners in scoring position in their previous five games.The Phillies scored a run on Chase Utley’s groundout in the fifth to cut the lead to 4-1. Manager Ryne Sandberg challenged the call that Utley was out at first, but the review confirmed it. Ryan Howard lined into an inning-ending double play.The Phillies went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position. They scored two runs off reliever Jose Veras in the ninth.The Cubs added four runs in the sixth. With runners on first and third, shortstop Jimmy Rollins fielded a grounder deflected by Burnett, but Rollins didn’t touch second base or throw to first as a run scored. Kalish then hit a two-run double and Anthony Rizzo added an RBI single.Villanueva made his first start after he pitched in relief in two extra-inning games against the Pirates. He allowed game-winning hits in both games.

    Chicago White Sox left fielder Adam Eaton (1) and right fielder Avisail Garcia (26) celebrate following a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, April 6, 2014. The White Sox won 5-1.

    Sale shuts down Royals, Sox win 5-1

    Chris Sale gave up four singles in eight scoreless innings as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Sunday. Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers each drove in a pair of runs as the White Sox won the series finale after dropping the first two games.

    Jordan Danks had a strong spring training with the White Sox, but his only ticket out of Triple-A ball is likely an injury to Dayan Viciedo or Alejandro De Aza.

    Some names Sox fans should follow this season

    The White Sox have their deepest minor-league system in years, and beat writer Scot Gregor looks at some key prospects that could help at the major-league level this season or in the near future.

    Joakim Noah passes the ball away from Bucks center Zaza Pachulia during the Bulls' win Friday. Noah is averaging a team-best 6.6 assists per game since Feb. 1.

    Despite all obstacles, Bulls just keep getting better

    With everything that has gone wrong for the Bulls, it's hard to believe they're headed for a better finish than last season. Two wins over the final six games will secure a better record than the 45-37 they posted a year ago. Here are a few reasons why it happened.



    Ex-McDonald's managers say they withheld workers' pay

    Two former store managers of Oak Brook-based McDonald's Corp., assisting with a campaign to raise pay for fast-food workers, said they helped withhold employees' wages at the restaurant chain after facing pressure to keep labor costs down.

    victims of a General Motors safety defects in small cars hold photos of their loved ones as they gather on the lawn on Capitol Hill in Washington last week. Families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than decade, and perhaps for covering them up.

    Angry families want GM prosecuted for defects

    WASHINGTON — The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for covering them up.“The only way the public is going to be protected from this negligence by companies is if there will ultimately be prison sentences,” said Leo Ruddy of Scranton, Pa., whose 21-year-old daughter Kelly was killed in 2010 when her Chevrolet Cobalt veered inexplicably off the highway and crashed. Family members attended hearings in Washington last week that stoked those sentiments. Lawmakers confronted GM CEO Mary Barra with what they said was evidence that, in 2006, a company employee intentionally tried to conceal the switch problem. And the head of the nation’s auto safety watchdog said GM withheld critical information that connected the failing switch to air bags that didn’t deploy in a crash. “I don’t see this as anything but criminal,” said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, a former state prosecutor.However, even if an employee or employees did conceal information, it’s uncertain whether they would be charged with a crime. Legal experts say it’s easier to prove wrongdoing by a corporation than by individuals. The internal documents that can be used to build a case against the company might be inadmissible as evidence against individuals. And it can be hard to prove that individuals knowingly made false statements.The Justice Department didn’t bring charges against any individuals last month when it closed a yearslong investigation of Toyota. GM has acknowledged that in 2004 and 2005, engineers submitted proposals to fix the switches in Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other small cars, but the fixes were never implemented. GM says upper management only became aware of the problem last year. A recall of the small cars, now up to 2.6 million vehicles, began in February. On Wednesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., accused one GM employee of a cover-up. Ray DeGiorgio, the lead switch engineer on the Cobalt, said in a deposition last year for a lawsuit against GM that he never approved a change to the ignition switch. But McCaskill produced a document from GM’s switch supplier that showed DeGiorgio signed off on a replacement, but with the same part number. Failing to change a part number makes the part harder to track.Appearing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” McCaskill said, “There is no reason to keep the same part number unless you’re trying to hide the fact that you’ve got a defective switch out there that in fact ended up killing a number of people on our highways.” Paul Rothstein, a Georgetown University law professor, wouldn’t speak specifically about DeGiorgio, but said someone “caught in a lie” could be more vulnerable to individual prosecution. Barra called the failure to change the part number “unacceptable.” She said the company has not yet fired any employees in connection with the recall. But she said if inappropriate decisions were made, GM will take action, including firing those involved.Barra said at the hearing that DeGiorgio still works at GM. The company declined to make him available for an interview. “If you can go to jail for insider trading and things like that, which is just making money, if you do something that caused a loss of life ... (the penalty) should be more than just a few dollars,” said Ken Rimer, whose stepdaughter died in a 2006 accident after a faulty switch prevented air bags from deploying.

    The economic and financial impact of global warming is complex and not well understood. In some scenarios there would be economic benefits for countries that get warmer and wetter and consequently more fertile agriculturally. Drier weather in some regions would result in sharply lower crop yields.

    Costs of climate change steep but tough to tally

    The economic and financial impact of global warming is complex and not well understood. Overall, changes in climate are expected to cause significant disruptions that also exact an economic toll. Here's an explanation of how, according to a 49-page summary from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which met in Yokohama near Tokyo this week.


    Citi Foundation to aid 10 U.S. cities

    The Citi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup Inc., will donate $50 million to improve youth employment opportunities in 10 large U.S. cities, the chairman of the organization told The Associated Press.

    FILE — In this Sept. 5, 2012, file photo, delegates watch as former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. 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. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

    Millenials hit hard; elder Americans recoup wealth

    The damage inflicted on U.S. households by the collapse of the housing market and recession wasn’t evenly distributed. Households headed by someone 40 years or younger have been the hardest hit. Net worth for older Americans has already recouped the losses.

    Ken Voorhees examines a board for defects while building a stairway for a customer in Lisbon, Maine. Voorhees, who is self-employed, signed up for health insurance with Maine Health Community Options. The nonprofit cooperative is capturing about 80 percent of the customers in the state seeking coverage under the health care law.

    Nonprofit insurers struggle with new health care

    A smorgasbord of options and lower prices for consumers were two of the chief selling points for President Barack Obama as he promoted his overhaul of the nation’s health insurance industry. But rather than promote competition, the co-ops and smaller nonprofits in some states have languished behind major insurers.


    High-speed trading advantage is noting new

    Many people were shocked by reports that some on Wall Street are trying to get what may be an unfair advantage by engaging in high-frequency trading. Please. Yes, markets can be rigged. But leveraging speed to exploit information asymmetries has been central to financial markets since their inception.


    U.S. vacation home sales jumped 30%

    Sales of U.S. vacation homes jumped 30 percent in 2013, while the share of investor purchases declined, the National Association of Realtors said.


    Tesla fights New Jersey fan on direct car sales

    Tesla Motors Inc. appealed New Jersey’s ban on direct auto sales, arguing that the decision thwarts the company’s mission of providing sustainable transportation and unfairly favors entrenched franchise dealers.

    A buss with a sign “$10.10”on a side arrives for a news conference in view of City Hall Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. Americans United for Change has a scheduled 11 state bus tour advocating for an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

    Minimum wage value falling but fairness is debated

    The federal minimum wage has been below what’s needed to keep a family of three out of poverty since 1980. It’s also well shy of the peak of its buying power almost half a century ago. Is the current $7.25 hourly minimum fair? Is now the time to raise it, and if so, by how much? There is no objective answer. It depends on the political slant of lawmakers or the views of economists being asked.


    Survey: U.S. companies added jobs in March

    A private survey shows that U.S. companies increased hiring at a healthy pace last month, suggesting that the jobs market is recovering from a brutal winter.

    Summer vacationers looking for a deal on hotel rooms in 2014 are going to have to search a little harder. The average cost of a room now stands at $110, up 4 percent from last year and 8 from two years ago, according to travel research company STR.

    How to save money on your summer vacation hotels

    Summer vacationers looking for deals on hotel rooms are going to have to search a little harder. The average cost of a room now stands at $110, up 4 percent from last year and 8 percent from two years ago. But that doesn’t mean that hotel stays need to break the bank. Here are some tips to save on your family’s summer lodging.


    Former JPMorgan and UBS bankers plan to start London hedge fund

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s former global head of equity finance and three other bankers have started a London hedge-fund firm, as they try to profit from Europe’s economic recovery.


    Schlafly beer trademark flap headed to trial
    A family dispute between a prominent conservative activist in St. Louis and her beer-making nephew is headed to federal trademark court. Phyllis Schlafly opposes her nephew Tom’s efforts to trademark the name “Schlafly.”

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    Like it or not, sometimes you just have to go on the road.

    What to do about traveler's diarrhea

    Flying would take a good 15 hours, but the parents knew their four kids were hardy adventurers and the whole family was looking forward to the trip-of-a-lifetime to China. The children were fully vaccinated, but mom and dad were also hoping to avoid any cases of dreaded travelers' diarrhea which would really put a damper on their grand plans.

    Neil Perry, and from left, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry, of the musical group The Band Perry, arrive at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday in Las Vegas. The band opened the show with a performance of “Chainsaw.”

    Images: ACM Awards
    The stars of country music hit the red carpet for the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas.

    Host Blake Shelton presents the single record of the year award to his wife, Miranda Lambert, at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards .

    Strait, Urban and Lambert win big at ACMs

    George Strait won his second entertainer of the year — 25 years after he won his first — and Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban teamed up to earn top honors Sunday night at a jam-packed Academy of Country Music Awards that had a little something for everyone.

    This image released by Marvel shows Robert Redford, left, and Chris Evans in a scene from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which broke an April box office record with a $96 million debut.

    ‘Captain America’ sequel bows with $96 million

    Continuing the success of their superhero franchise, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has set a record as the biggest domestic April release ever. The Disney sequel debuted with $96.2 million topping the previous record holder, 2011’s “Fast Five,” which opened with $86.2 million.

    Roots artist Chris Vallillo, pictured, joins folk musician Bucky Halker for a concert hosted by the Lake County Folk Club on Sunday, April 6.

    Sunday picks: Roots rocker plays In-Laws in Gurnee

    Folk musician Bucky Halker joins roots artist Chris Vallillo in a concert of folk music at the In-Laws Restaurant. Morton Grove native and comedian Jeff Garlin returns this weekend for a series of shows at Zanies. See what happens when furry Elmo gets his hands on Abby Cadabby's magic wand in “Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing” at the Sears Centre Arena.

    “Remember Me” by Sage The Gemini

    Sage the Gemini imparts minimalist vibe

    There is a distinct old school West Coast vibe to rapper Sage the Gemini’s first album “Remember Me.” Minimalist beat structures blend with an assured lyrical approach to make this debut memorable indeed.

    “This Is Your Life,” by Ronnie James Dio

    2 horns up for Dio tribute album

    One of the greatest heavy metal vocalists, Ronnie James Dio left an indelible mark on the genre through his work with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his solo career. The tribute album “Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life” brings some of the biggest names in metal to honor Dio, who died in 2010 of stomach cancer.

    Edushape’s Textured Toy Blocks are washable, textured foam blocks that come in a variety of sizes and colors so young children can practice a range of early building and designing skills.

    New building toys go beyond the old wooden block

    Building and construction toys have been a fixture in playrooms since, well, forever, and there are several reasons for their enduring appeal. “Directions aren’t necessary, no rules or instructions are needed. Children are just provided space to grow,” says Judith Ellis, founder and chairwoman of the Toy Design department at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. “Construction toys empower children. They offer a child a chance to be adventurous — to ask, ‘what if,’ to think abstractly, developing creative intelligence. Building develops strategic thinking. It provides visionary perspective and it increases attention spans,” Ellis says.

    Charles Dance orchestrates more than anyone realizes from behind the scenes in “Game of Thrones.” The fourth season premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. on HBO.

    Legendary stars play ‘Game of Thrones’ in-laws

    Like every “Game of Thrones” fan, Charles Dance was gobsmacked by last season’s next-to-last installment. That episode, “Red Wedding,” made good on its title with a massacre staged by the bride’s father, Lord Walder Frey, who meant to settle a score with his hall of guests, and did. “I got quite a shock!” says Dance.

    Singers Brandon Boyd, left, and Michelle Williams, right, perform at the “Jesus Christ Superstar” arena spectacular press performance Friday in New York.

    Star-studded ‘Superstar’ to tour North America

    The 1970s rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon. The musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the last days of Jesus will start a 54-city tour in New Orleans on June 9. It will star punk legend John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon as King Herod, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas and JC Chasez of ‘N Sync as Pontius Pilate. Ben Forster, the winner of the U.K.’s prime-time contest show “Superstar,” will play the son of God.

    Americans spend more than $1 billion on “brain fitness.”

    Playing the brain training game

    Improvements in vocabulary, better big-picture thinking and greater empathy rank among upsides to the aging brain. But it’s worries about the downsides that are compelling Americans to spend more than $1 billion on “brain fitness,” a number that will continue to rise dramatically, according to market research firm SharpBrains.

    Tourists take photos outside of the seaside D-Day Museum (Musee du Debarquement) in Arromanches, France. Arromanches is one of several beaches on the coast of Normandy likely to see an influx of tourists for the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2014.

    Bayeux boasts D-Day history, ancient tapestry

    There’s a digital clock on display outside the visitors center in the charming Normandy town of Bayeux — but it doesn’t tell the time. It’s counting down the days until the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June. But World War II-related tourism comprises only part of the attraction of Normandy, a region rich in history and natural beauty, not to mention the famous Bayeux Tapestry. The countryside also features quaint cities and centuries-old châteaus, as well as apple farms and windswept coastlines. Bayeux, about three hours by bus from Paris, is a great place to start.


    In-flight entertainment rises to a whole new level

    If you were lucky enough to be on a certain Virgin-Australia flight from Brisbane to Sydney recently, you would have boarded to the chorus from the musical, “The Lion King.” And it wouldn’t have been piped in music or a bunch of spring break juniors singing off key. It would have been the actual cast from the production playing in Sydney. Talk about taking in-flight entertainment up a notch.

    Jamie Bell stars as a member of a Revolutionary War spy ring in AMC’s new drama “Turn.”

    AMC’s ‘Turn’ dramatizes Revolutionary War spy ring

    The new AMC drama “Turn” shines an overdue light on the members of the Culper Ring, young Americans who find themselves part of an espionage network destined to help the Continentals beat their British oppressors during the Revolutionary War. It premieres Sunday.

    Thomas Middleditch and Josh Brener play programmers trying to make their mark in the tech world in HBO's “Silicon Valley.”

    HBO, Mike Judge team up for a comic look at 'Silicon Valley'

    Before he created “Beavis and Butt-Head” and “King of the Hill,” Mike Judge worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley. “It's a lot of anti-social introverted people thrown together,” he says. “A lot of these guys would not fit in another workplace.” But together, they make a humorous gang of nerds in hoodies, who spend their days writing code in hopes of becoming the newest startup millionaires. And that's the premise behind “Silicon Valley,” the new HBO comedy he has made with Alec Berg that premieres April 6.

    Finell’s Grip Band Tray comes in black or white with colored bands.

    No need to choose between style and utility with these kitchen gadgets

    Every year the International Home + Housewares Show puts thousands of new products on display, and retailers and the press scramble to find ones you’ll want to see and maybe buy. Here are creations that provide you with great-looking ways to make your home function better.

    When an aging relative is downsizing into a new home, some of their furniture can be repurposed. An armoire can be used to store bed linens, pillows and memory books.

    Preparing space for senior relatives

    Retrofitting a space for an aging relative is a delicate task. Remember that your mother or father has spent a lifetime as an independent soul. Most parents are uncomfortable with their children seemingly taking over their life.


    Milsek polish superb at cleaning, protecting wood

    Q. I just read your recommendations for Milsek as the best wood cleaner for cleaning greasy kitchen cabinets. That is what I am trying to do with mine — get the old grease off them. I am not planning on repainting — just cleaning.


    Screen tips for the front door

    I like to have some natural ventilation in the spring and fall and more light from the front door, but I don’t like how a screen door looks. What other methods are there to add screening to the door?

    Mount Vernon’s restored “New Room” is the result of 14 months of research and renovation at George Washington’s home.

    The old luster of Mount Vernon’s ‘new room’

    The public is betting the forst look of a 14-month, $600,000 restoration of Mount Vernon, President George Washington's estate


    In a June 2012 photo, a heroin pouch lays next to a sidewalk on Chicago’s Homan Avenue. Some states, including Illinois, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. In Cook County, the state’s most-populous county, the medical examiner’s office says heroin in 2013 accounted for 224 deaths, or 60 percent of the 377 total opiate-linked deaths.

    Editorial: The relentless threat of heroin addiction
    A Daily Herald editorial warns of the relentless nature of heroin addiction and the tenacious response that is needed to combat it


    7 million reasons not to repeal the ACA

    Columnist Gene Lyons: So it turns out that millions of people dealt with the Affordable Care Act enrollment cutoff pretty much the way they habitually deal with the April 15 income tax filing deadline: procrastinating until the last minute to ensure maximum stress and standing in line.


    ‘Un-American’ Kochs undeserving as targets

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular “demon of the right” has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David. Who? Exactly. Though cable and online news junkies know the names, the vast majority of Americans probably have no idea who the Kochs are. They’re about to find out.


    Are Catholic reforms truly happening?
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: So, after we have all tried to stay “faithful” and proclaimed “that is the past, the pope is making changes!” the Italian bishops reiterate to the world that they don’t have to inform authorities if they suspect a child is sexually abused


    ‘Too much traffic’ at gun ranges a lame excuse
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: What other lame excuses can the anti-gun fanatics come up with? If I had the money, I’d develop one of the thousands of vacant properties in one of the thousands of empty business centers, away from homes, schools, churches, etc. I’d build or update an existing property with a modern, safe, soundproofed range, and with more than enough parking and adequate traffic control to satisfy those afraid that an “increase in gun owner’s traffic” (during regular business hours) will disrupt their own driving schedules that also contribute to “too much traffic.”


    Things to consider on unionized athletes
    A Spring Grove letter to the editor: Looks like the “semi-professional” college athletes will soon get their chance to join a union. This may open up a few ways to also solve many other fiscal problems.


    Critics overdo privacy concerns
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: Why is everyone getting bent out of shape over their privacy rights?


    Pay teachers, let trustees buy snacks
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: Thank you, Bob Johnson, for your letter regarding the importance of community colleges. You failed to explain, though, what trustees do that requires so much training that a single trustee should be reimbursed in two years what my husband, an adjunct professor with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, earns in a year.


    Put efforts into stopping real waste
    An Elgin letter to the editor: It is interesting to observe as a new concept is proposed, gathers support, and becomes written as proposed legislation. However, sometimes this process is just wrong, no matter how many jump on the bandwagon. I am referring to the attempt to squash the 13th check received by IMRF retirees.


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