Daily Archive : Wednesday April 9, 2014


    It’s the classic tale of Sharks vs. Jets as Dundee-Crown High School students rehearse for “West Side Story” Monday in Carpentersville. The orchestra providing the musical score is made up completely of students.

    Four musicals take the stage at Fox Valley high schools

    Springtime is musical time at many high schools in the Fox Valley. This weekend is no exception, as at least four schools will present the culmination of many hours of hard work rehearsing and preparing for the show. What goes into putting together a high school musical, and what do audiences enjoy about them? We asked directors to share their thoughts.


    Granite City Brewery, hotel to neighbor Woodfield

    Construction will begin this summer on a Granite City Food and Brewery restaurant and Hampton Inn and Suites hotel that will open side-by-side next year just west of Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The paired-up developments will take over the former site of American Hardware, 801 Plaza Drive, which will be demolished soon.


    DuPage drug trafficking investigation nets first three arrests

    DuPage County prosecutors Wednesday announced the first three arrests of what they are calling a “larger, ongoing investigation into drug trafficking” throughout the county.The three men, whom drug agents have been secretly tracking and buying drugs from for months, were arrested late Tuesday during separate traffic stops in undisclosed locations.


    Puppy mill ban passes Cook County board

    Pets purchased from suburban Cook County pet stores can’t come from puppy mills anymore after the board of commissioners voted Wednesday to limit the resale of puppies and kittens.

    Jamie and Liz Schramm hold a photograph of John T. Nightingale, as they talk about their friend on their porch in Wauconda. Nightingale was shot to death by Wauconda police Monday after he refused to drop a handgun, authorities said.

    2 different portraits painted of man killed by police

    Friends are mourning the death of 36-year-old John T. Nightingale, who was shot by Wauconda police Monday. They called him generous and a good man. His ex-wife painted a very different picture. “He used to call me his second mom,” she said. “I loved him. I loved the man," Liz Schramm said.

    Scott Drury

    Suburban Democrat’s opposition kills millionaires tax

    A suburban Democrat’s opposition to House Speaker Michael Madigan’s so-called millionaire’s tax effectively kills the controversial proposal for now. State Rep. Scott Drury, a Highwood Democrat, said he won’t be voting for the proposal, which would add a 3 percent tax to yearly income more than $1 million and send the money to Illinois schools.

    A home at the corner of Grove and Harvard avenues was severely damaged Wednesday afternoon by a fire that started in the garage and spread to the attic in Barrington.

    Garage fire spreads inside Barrington home

    A fire that started in the garage of a Barrington home Wednesday afternoon spread inside, damaging the attic, fire officials said.


    Elgin votes to fill vacant council seat

    The city of Elgin will be seeking applications from people interested in filing a vacant seat on the city council, officials said. The decision was made during the executive, or closed, session portion of Wednesday night’s council meeting, Councilman John Prigge said.


    Officials: Fire started on grill, spread to second home

    A fire that possibly started in a grill Wednesday afternoon turned into an extra alarm blaze that damaged two homes along the Fox River in an unincorporated area near Crystal Lake, fire officials said.

    John Prigge

    Councilman did not want to settle Elgin lawsuit

    An Elgin council member says he disagreed with the city’s decision to settle a federal lawsuit earlier this year. Councilman John Prigge said he voted “no” in closed session in January when the city council decided to approve a settlement with Life Center Inc., operating as TLC Pregnancy Services, which filed the lawsuit in March 2013.


    Carjacking suspect charged in cohort’s death

    KANKAKEE, Ill. — A Kankakee teenager accused of carjacking has been charged as a juvenile with murder in connection with the death of an accomplice.

    Bobby Rush

    Rush says he’s being investigated by ethics group

    Congressman Bobby Rush says the Office of Congressional Ethics is targeting him with an investigation that he says is based on published reports questioning spending by his campaign fund and the handling of a $1 million grant.

    Daily Herald File Photo Track repairs will be ongoing on the BNSF Line from Monday until May 2.

    BNSF riders can expect some variety during track repairs

    Metra riders will experience some delays on the BNSF Line as the commuter railway undertakes track resurfacing the last two weeks of April

    The ship searching for the missing Malaysian jet has detected two more underwater signals that may be emanating from the aircraft’s black boxes, and the Australian official in charge of the search expressed hope Wednesday that the plane’s wreckage will soon be found.

    More pings raise hopes Flight 370 will be found

    After a navy ship heard more signals from deep in the Indian Ocean, the head of the search for the missing Malaysian jetliner said Wednesday he believes the hunt is closing in on the “final resting place” of Flight 370.

    Mother of the late Reeva Steenkamp, June Steenkamp, left, is comforted by family lawyer Dup de Bruyn, as they listen to cross questioning of Oscar Pistorius, in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

    Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead lover

    A shaken Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a gruesome photo of his slain girlfriend’s bloodied head on Wednesday, telling a prosecutor through tears, “I don’t have to look at a picture. I was there.”

    Parents and relatives leave a day care center with their children after a vehicle crashed into the center Wednesday in Winter Park, Fla. One child was killed and at least 14 other people were injured.

    1 child dead, 14 hurt in Florida day care crash

    A car smashed into an Orlando-area day care Wednesday, killing a girl and injuring 14 others, at least a dozen of them children, and authorities were searching for the driver of an SUV who they say started the crash, officials said.

    Michigan State forward Adreian Payne, right, hoists the net with Lacey Holsworth, who was battling cancer, after Michigan State defeated Michigan 69-55 in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis. The 8-year-old girl died at her St. Johns, Mich., home late Tuesday “with her mommy and daddy holding her in their arms.”

    8-year-old girl befriended by hoops star dies
    When Michigan State was fighting to stay afloat despite a succession of injuries to key players, Lacey Holsworth was there. When the team rebounded to win the Big Ten tournament, the 8-year-old from St. Johns, Mich., was there. And as the cold-shooting Spartans bowed out of the NCAA tournament at the hands of eventual champion Connecticut one win short of the Final Four, she was there. Now, Lacey...

    Parents and students embrace near Franklin Regional High School after more than a dozen students were stabbed by a knife-wielding suspect at the school Wednesday in Murrysville, Pa..

    Teen stabs 22 at Pittsburgh-area high school

    Flailing away with two kitchen knives, a 16-year-old boy with a “blank expression” stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an assistant principal tackled him. At least five students were critically wounded, including a boy whose liver was pierced by a knife thrust that narrowly missed his heart...

    Michael Madigan

    Investigation clears speaker of meddling in Metra jobs

    The state's legislative inspector general concluded Speaker Michael Madigan and Hispanic lawmakers did not violate any laws following claims of political pressure involving jobs at Metra this summer.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at a memorial ceremony for the Fort Hood shooting victims Wednesday at Fort Hood, Texas. The shooting rampage left four dead and more than a dozen injured.

    Obama offers solace to nation at Fort Hood

    President Barack Obama returned to the grieving Army post Wednesday where he first took on the job as the nation’s comforter five years ago, mourning with families and uniformed comrades of those killed during last week’s Fort Hood shooting spree. “We somehow bear what seems unbearable,” he declared.

    James P. Eaton, the suspected in the murder of 14-year-old Palatine resident Amber Creek in 1997, appeared in court at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center on Wednesday. He was ordered held on $500,000 cash bond.

    Prosecutor: Attack on Palatine girl was 'savage, brutal'

    A suburban man charged in the slaying of teenage girl from Palatine 17 years ago stared down at a courtroom table Wednesday as a Wisconsin prosecutor detailed the brutality of the killing and the need to keep him behind bars while he waits to stand trial. James Paul Eaton was ordered held Wednesday in the Racine County jail on $500,000 cash bond, during his first court appearance since his arrest...

    Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? You’re not alone, but you’re in the minority. With the tax filing deadline looming on April 15, a majority of Americans say completing a federal tax return is easy, according to a new poll. The photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.

    Poll: Most Americans say filing taxes easy

    Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? You’re not alone, but you’re in the minority. With the tax filing deadline looming next week, a majority of Americans say completing a federal tax return is easy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

    Topping Medicare’s list of highest paid physicians from it’s claims database was Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, whose relationship with Sen. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, made headlines last year after news broke that the lawmaker used the doctor’s personal jet for trips to the Dominican Republic.

    Top Medicare doctor paid $21 million in 2012

    A doctor who treats a degenerative eye disease in seniors was paid $21 million by Medicare in 2012, twice the amount received by the next ophthalmologist on a list of 880,000 medical providers released by the government. The data on the payments was given to the public for the first time today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    Jimmy E. Eaton, a Fremd High School graduate now living in Utah, was classmates with James P. Eaton, who faces a murder charge for the 1997 killing of a Palatine teen. News of James P. Eaton’s arrest caused Jimmy E. Eaton’s Facebook page to “blow up” in recent days.

    Classmate of murder suspect wants to end confusion about names

    Jimmy E. Eaton, a Palatine native who now lives in Utah, says his Facebook page "has blown up" since a former classmate was charged in connection with a 1997 murder. The reason is that the classmate has the same first and last names as Eaton. "It's been a little worrisome," he said.


    Pending deal would clear way for Settler’s Hill redevelopment

    Waste Management and Kane County officials could ink an agreement next month that will allow golf course improvements and work on a proposed cross country track at the old Setter’s Hill landfill to move forward. County board members viewed the pending agreement for the first time Wednesday.


    Dist. 207 buys back building it sold in 1980s

    Maine Township High School District 207 is buying back a building it sold in the 1980s for use as a district administration center and space for the district’s alternative school program. The $2.1 million purchase is being funded by proceeds of the previous sale of the same building and the sale of the former Maine North High School in 1981.

    Julie Morrison

    Democrat’s boat safety plans advance

    BoatSafety...6-8 inches.Julie Morrison gets her handful of Tony Borcia-related boat safety bills through the Senate.

    A group of DuPage County mayors visited the Illinois Capitol Wednesday to ask lawmakers for police officer and firefighter pension changes.

    DuPage mayors call for pension reform

    Mayors from DuPage County met in the state Capitol Wednesday to calling for changes to the retirement plans for police officers and firefighters a day after lawmakers approved pension changes for some Chicago city workers.

    Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes, left, and Village Manager Bill Dixon talk about Dixon’s impending retirement Wednesday morning at village hall.

    Longtime Arlington Hts. manager to retire in June

    After 21 years as the head of the Arlington Heights management team, Village Manager Bill Dixon announced on Wednesday that he will retire in late June. Dixon, 67, has been village manager since 1993 and has spent more than 40 years in municipal management.

    Paul Ruby, the founder of the Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, talks to his guests at a Concert for Cure benefit in 2010. The Ruby Foundation is merging with another Parkinson’s disease-related group, the Davis Phinney Foundation.

    Geneva Parkinson’s foundation to merge with Colorado effort

    The Paul Ruby Foundation of Geneva, devoted to research in to Parkinson's disease, has officially announced its merger with the Davis Phinney Foundation.


    Stable Chicago pensions ‘many years away,’ Fitch says

    A major credit rating agency says an overhaul of two Chicago pension plans would prevent them from becoming insolvent, but long-term sustainability is “many years away.” Fitch Ratings issued a statement Wednesday on the legislation approved Tuesday by the Illinois legislature.


    Cicero police looking for more victims in sex case

    Cicero police say a youth minister is facing charges for sexually assaulting at least six children — and they believe more victims may come forward.


    Quinn unveils road construction plan

    By Mike Riopell and Marni Pyke

    Gov. Pat Quinn unveiled the state’s annual road construction plan Wednesday, a proposal without many suburban headlines as the governor looks to ask lawmakers for a bigger building plan soon.


    Lombard library accepting food for fines

    Helen Plum Library patrons with outstanding fines will be granted amnesty if they drop off nonperishable food items for the Lombard-Villa Park food pantry at the circulation desk during National Library Week. The Food-for-Fines program will run from Sunday, April 13, to Saturday, April 19. Each item of nonperishable food that is donated will result in $1 in overdue fines being...


    Wheaton commission asks residents to join in Illinois Prairie Path Cleanup

    Everyone is invited to join Wheaton’s Environmental Improvement Commission from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 26, for the annual Illinois Prairie Path Cleanup. The group will meet, regardless of rain or shine, at W.W. Stevens Park, located at the corner of Lincoln and Western avenues in Wheaton.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole a yellow gold and diamond weddng ring and a GPS between 5 p.m. March 29 and 7:30 p.m. March 30 out of a 2011 Toyota RAV-4 on the 500 block of East Lincoln Street in Mount Prospect. Value was estimated at $5,150.


    Aurora park receives state grant

    Fox Valley Park District has receive a $400,000 state grant for the revitalization of Copley I park in downtown Aurora.


    Dempster joins WAYS board

    Attorney Kate Dempster has joined the board of Wayne/Winfield Area Youth Family Services.

    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.com Traffic Reporter Melissa McGurren hoists the trophy over head while talking with Kathy and Eric on her cellphone. With the help of thousands of texting teenagers, the Village of South Elgin won Eric and Kathy’s Suburban Madness Battle of the Burbs Contest hosted by 101.9 FM, The Mix. The village received the coveted trophy before school Wednesday at the South Elgin High School.

    South Elgin wins battle of the ‘burbs

    The Village of South Elgin won the Battle of the Burbs contest held by 101.9 (The Mix). Our students and staff played a pivotal role. South Elgin participated in 3 rounds before meeting Frankfort in the championship. There were 135,000 votes cast in the final round and 110,000 were cast by supporters of South Elgin.

    Gov. Pat Quinn must decide whether to indirectly sign off on a $750 million property tax hike for Chicago residents.

    Chicago pension deal creates quandary for Quinn

    The legislature’s approval of a plan to reduce Chicago’s multibillion-dollar pension shortfall is creating an election-year quandary for Gov. Pat Quinn, who must decide whether to indirectly sign off on a $750 million tax hike or risk derailing aid for a city in serious financial trouble.


    Arsonist sentenced to 90 years

    A Chicago man convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of a pregnant woman and her 7-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 90 years in prison. Jovan Djurdjlov started the deadly blaze in January 2009 that left 23-year-old Roxana Ocampo and 7-year-old Itzel Fernandez dead. Prosecutors say the fire was part of a gang feud.


    Buffalo Grove parks honored for financial reporting

    The Buffalo Grove Park District has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award honors excellence in the district’s comprehensive annual financial report.


    Little City documentary earns spot in prestigious film fest

    “Share My Kingdom,” a documentary film featuring the lives and art of three artists with disabilities who emerged out of the art studio at Palatine’s Little City, will be shown at the Athens International Film and Video Festival in Ohio next week. The hourlong film, which premiered at the Gene Siskel Film Center last October, provides a view into the compelling life histories...


    Teachers strike averted in Waukegan Unit District 60

    Waukegan Unit District 60 has reached a tentative contract settlement with its teachers, averting a threatened walkout that was set for next week.


    Catalytic converter thieves targeting Chevy Cavaliers

    Thieves skilled in cutting off catalytic converters have stolen several recently in the Northwest suburbs, and they seem to especially like the ones on Chevy Cavaliers.

    Traffic is stopped in both directions during construction on Peterson Road near Midlothian Road in Libertyville.

    Crews hustle on Peterson Road work

    Construction crews are out in force as work to widen Peterson Road in central Lake County began in earnest this week. “ We wanted to create a shovel-ready area for business and to move traffic,” said Diana O’Kelly, a Lake County Board member, who long has chaired its public works and transportation committee.


    Antioch teen admits to abusing young girl

    An Antioch man pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually assaulting a young girl. In exchange for his guilty plea, Sean P. Hayes, 18, was sentenced to 6 years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender upon his release.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Bria C. Blackwell, 21, of Jacksonville, Ill., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for a charge of endangering the life or health of a child on March 12 in Batavia, according to a police report.

    Ralph Dantino

    Park dock to be named after late Geneva alderman

    Ralph Dantino, the late Geneva alderman, was a strong supporter of public parks, serving many years on the Geneva Park District Foundation's board. He will be memorialized Saturday when the district names an educational feature at Peck Farm Park after him.

    The intersection of Lake-Cook Road and McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove, which has the distinction of having the most auto accidents of any corner in the village.

    Police name top crash intersections in Buffalo Grove

    Three of the top five accident-prone intersections in Buffalo Grove involve Lake-Cook Road, according to Buffalo Grove police. The village had 1,400 traffic crashes in 2013.

    Rahm Emanuel

    Chicago mayor promotes new infrastructure thinking

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will use a keynote address Thursday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to promote the idea of courting private investors to bankroll infrastructure projects in return for a share of the profits. “Everybody’s trying to think outside the traditional box while federal support is diminishing," he said.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Paul D. Reilly, 39, of Elgin, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic stop at 1:17 a.m. Tuesday at Randall Road and Middlecreek Lane near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Donna Pellar

    Longtime Dist. 207 board member resigns

    Longtime Maine Township High School District 207 board member Donna Pellar is stepping down because she is moving out of the district, officials said. Pellar, a retired educator, was elected to the board in 1995.

    Mike Noland

    Elgin Democrat wants drivers to keep their licenses

    The Illinois Senate Wednesday approved a plan to allow drivers to keep their licenses after minor traffic violations. State Sen. Noland, an Elgin Democrat, won approval for what he calls his “Sign and Drive” plan, which would allow drivers who are pulled over to sign a statement promising to pay the fine or show up in court.

    From left, Steve Harris, vice president of Data Center Development, Forsythe Data Centers; Bill Brennan, president and CEO of Forsythe Technology; and Al Weiss, president of Forsythe Data Centers, prepare to break ground Wednesday for the new 221,000-square-foot Forsythe Data Center in Elk Grove Village.

    Forsythe building $130 million data center in Elk Grove

    Skokie-based Forsythe Technology is spending about $130 million to build a 221,000-square-foot data center at Touhy Avenue and Busse Road in Elk Grove Village. Forsythe broke ground Wednesday and plans to have the building ready for occupancy early next year.

    A photo of Amber Creek from her 13th birthday

    Amber’s friend: 'I remember her being happy'

    While police describe Amber Creek as a chronic runaway and troubled young woman, that’s not the girl junior high school friend Heather Lowing remembers. Lowing struggles to make sense of how the smiling “girl in the birthday cake photo” who graduated 8th grade with her in June 1996 became this dark-haired, unhappy, ward of the state just six month later.


    Trustee could represent Wauconda:

    Wauconda Mayor Frank Bart has announced that Trustee Lincoln Knight will represent the village if Wauconda joins the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency.


    Job search workshop series:

    Lake County Workforce Development announces a new job search workshop series, “5 Steps to Your Next Job,” to be offered monthly.


    Multi-chamber family expo:

    The 4th Multi-Chamber Annual Spring Extreme Block Party Family Expo & Taste, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Libertyville Sports Complex, Peterson Road and Route 45.


    Driver cited in Antioch-area crash:

    A 22-year-old man was charged with improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after a crash on Route 59 near Antioch late Tuesday.

    Naperville North High School students pack high-protein meals Wednesday during the sixth annual student-led Food Fight event. Naperville Central junior Jared Prosapio, center, is leading student organizers in this year’s effort to pack 158,000 meals for starving people in other countries.

    ‘Food Fights’ at Naperville-area schools pack meals for needy countries

    Students from from Naperville Central, Naperville North, Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Valley and Yorkville high schools expect to pack 158,000 meals this week to help feed starving people in other countries. “I see there’s a struggle that needs to be worked with, and we need to do what we can do to help,” said Naperville Central junior Jared Prosapio, who is in charge of student...


    Arlington Heights man charged with sexual abuse

    Arlington Heights police charged a 65-year-old man with sexual abusing a young girl from August 2011 through August 2012. Gregorio Juarez Juarez was ordered held on $300,000 bail Wednesday.


    CLC to host alcohol screening:

    College of Lake County’s Health Center will host an alcohol screening day at 10 a.m. Thursday at its Grayslake flagship campus.


    Credit agency says state budget at ‘pivotal’ juncture

    nother major credit-rating house says the next 50 days of Illinois state budget-making will be “pivotal” to the state’s financial health. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services issued the statement Wednesday.


    Man found dead in state park fell to his death

    An autopsy shows a 40-year-old man whose body was found in a Kankakee-area state park fell to his death, plummeting more than 35 feet to the ground.


    Heroin meetings planned across Illinois

    A new Illinois House task force on heroin plans to hold several public hearings across the state this spring. The first will be April 15 in Chicago.

    The University of Illinois’ Alma Mater sculpture is set onto its base Wednesday in front of Altgeld Hall in Urbana.

    U of I’s Alma Mater back on campus

    The University of Illinois’ Alma Mater sculpture is back on campus after a year and a half of restoration work. The 85-year-old sculpture returned Wednesday morning, and crews used a crane to hoist it back on its pedestal on the corner of Wright and Green streets.


    Clerk charged with embezzling $741,000 in Chicago

    Federal prosecutors say a clerk for the Chicago Department of Transportation is charged with stealing more than $741,000 in permit fee money.


    Isabella area sewer work delayed to 2015

    The heavy snow cover of the just-past winter will prevent Mount Prospect from completing the Isabella area sewer improvement project this year, and instead it will be pushed to 2015, Mount Prospect Public Works Director Sean Dorsey told the village board this week.

    Buffalo Grove added Laura LoVerde into its “saved by the belt” club. She was honored for actions that saved both her and her 4-year-old daughter, Ava, in March.

    Buffalo Grove police honor ‘Saved by the Belt’ member

    Buffalo Grove police passed out kudos this week, starting with a mother who prevented injury to herself and her daughter by making sure both were buckled up when they were hit by a driver who ran a red light. Also, two officers were honored for writing more than 1,000 speeding citations apiece.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened that Russia’s state-owned gas company could ask Ukraine to pay for gas in advance, according to Russian state news agencies.

    Putin threatens to make Ukraine pay ahead for gas

    Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened Wednesday to start charging Ukraine in advance for vital gas supplies — a move that could sharply hurt his neighbor, which is already on the verge of bankruptcy. It was just the latest way Moscow is putting pressure on Ukraine since its pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from power in February after months of street protests.

    A house sits with windows boarded on Aug. 30, 2013, after the Elk Grove Village Police Department conducted a drug raid on the building Thursday. Such a drug raid is what inspired the village's crime-free rental housing policy.

    Elk Grove Village passes crime-free housing policy

    Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson says the impetus for the adoption of a crime free rental housing policy Tuesday by the village board came as he and other residents watched police conduct a raid on a suspected drug house on Aug. 29, 2013. “As long as this board is up here, we will never allow anyone to be afraid to walk on the streets here in Elk Grove Village,” he said.

    Jeffrey Halen

    Lake Zurich trustee concerned about spending on ‘big party’ fireworks

    Lake Zurich village board members have authorized spending $26,000 for a company to produce a Fourth of July fireworks show. However, Trustee Jeffrey Halen questioned whether the village can afford the expense before voting against the contract with Five Alarm Fireworks Co.

    Adé Williams

    Waukegan Symphony Orchestra celebrates 40th anniversary

    The Waukegan Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a performance at 4 p.m. on April 13 at Waukegan High School’s Trapp Auditorium, 2325 Brookside Ave.

    Kayla Hadfield, 7, daughter of Christopher and Eileen Hadfield of Algonquin, takes the stage at St. Mary’s Services’ fundraiser fashion show.

    St. Mary’s Services holds fashion show fundraiser

    On April 6, the children of St. Mary's Services were truly shining on the runway during the adoption agency's first children's fashion show in decades.

    Frank Bart

    Wauconda Mayor: I won't serve on water board

    Days after he was the target of scathing criticism from the leader of the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency board, Wauconda Mayor Frank Bart on Tuesday insisted he won't be the town's representative if it's invited to join the agency.

    Huntley soon will be demolishing the former Sawyer-Kelley mill at 11801 Main St., built in 1892 and originally owned by local businessmen W.G. Sawyer and John Kelley who helped develop Huntley.

    Huntley ready to launch downtown redevelopment

    Huntley is poised to tear down a 19th century mill in downtown once the village board gives final approval for the site’s redevelopment Thursday. A one-story, 5,400-square-foot, multi-tenant commercial building will take its place. “It’s really the first major construction or redevelopment of any site in the downtown area,” said Victor Narusis, Huntley business...

    Joseph Schmidt

    Round Lake Park man pleads not guilty to drug charges

    A Round Lake Park man accused of trying to sell pounds of marijuana from a package erroneously sent to him pleaded not guilty to drug charges in Lake County court. Joseph R. Schmidt, 34, faces up to seven years in prison if found guilty.


    Rolling Meadows rejects employee holiday cuts

    The first two items of employee benefit cuts and other cost savings proposed by Alderman Brad Judd of Rolling Meadows' Fourth Ward failed in 4-3 votes at Tuesday's city council meeting. Judd proposed a list of changes at a recent committee of the whole meeting that has unleashed heated council debate and calls for a return to civility among aldermen.

    Debra Fredricksen

    DNA testing may identify missing Des Plaines woman

    It could be several more days, or even weeks, before authorities can determine through DNA testing whether a body found Sunday along the shores of Lake Michigan in Evanston is that of a Des Plaines woman missing since late February, police said Wednesday.

    Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., flanked by Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, left, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill Wednesday curbing paycheck discrimination against women, an effort that even in defeat Democrats hoped would pay political dividends in this fall’s congressional elections.

    GOP derails gender pay gap bill in Senate

    Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill Wednesday curbing paycheck discrimination against women, an effort that even in defeat Democrats hoped would pay political dividends in this fall’s congressional elections. Wednesday’s vote was 53-44 to halt GOP tactics aimed at derailing the legislation, but that fell seven short of the 60 votes Democrats needed to prevail. The outcome...

    US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah pauses testifies before the Senate subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs on the agency’s secret ‘Cuban Twitter’, a social media network built to stir unrest in the communist island.

    U.S. penned political satire in secret Cuban Twitter

    Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like service in Cuba that the U.S. government secretly funded were overtly political, documents obtained by The Associated Press show, even though the Obama administration has said the program had a more-neutral purpose. The early messages poked fun at the Castro government and were created by a political satirist working for the social media project. Those...

    The Mummy of Tamut, a temple singer around 900 BC. Scientists at the British Museum have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing the skin, bones, internal organs, and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers. The results are going on display in an exhibition which sets eight of the museum’s mummies alongside detailed 3-D images of their insides.

    New technology unwraps mummies’ ancient mysteries

    The fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using new technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. Scientists have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, internal organs — and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers.

    Sailors from the frigate USS Vandegrift assist in the rescue of the Kaufman family with a sick infant on the ship’s small boat, as part of a joint U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard rescue effort.

    Family’s sailing trip with baby spurs debate

    All ended well for the Kaufman family after their sailboat broke down 900 miles off the Mexican coast while their 1-year-old daughter was covered in a rash, vomiting and suffering from diarrhea and a fever. But Charlotte and Eric Kaufman’s decision to sail around the world with their young daughters has struck a chord with parents — angering some who accuse them of endangering their...


    Do your best to keep your commitments

    God keeps his commitments to us and desires we do our best to keep ours too, columnist Annettee Budzban says.

    Constructing is to begin this year on the village of Lindenhurst's project to get water from Lake Michigan.

    Lindenhurst closer to switching to Lake Michigan water

    Lindenhurst has applied for a $16.4 mllion loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to lay the groundwork to bring Lake Michigan water to town. “This will fund the internal system improvements we need to make within Lindenhurst so we would be ready to connect to Lake Michigan water,” said Village Administrator Matt Formica.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Mayor: Chicago pension changes tough, but worth it

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says his plan to overhaul two city pension funds may be difficult to swallow, but will be worth it. The Illinois Legislature approved the measure Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Pat Quinn.

    The confessional box inside the dilapidated St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plainfield. The building was acquired by the village and minimally restored. It has attracted interest from potential business developers.

    Putting new faces on old churches

    The dilapidated St. Mary’s Catholic church on Lockport Street is a relic of Plainfield history. Built in 1836, originally as a Universalist church, the building more recently was home to Baci’s restaurant. When the restaurant closed, the building sat empty for two years before the village acquired the church, not wanting to lose the landmark in downtown Plainfield.


    Friend of Wisconsin woman found slain testifies in trial

    A close friend of a woman later found slain says the victim was determined to reconcile with her husband who is now on trial in Lincoln County for her death.


    Illinois man commits suicide days before murder trial

    CAHOKIA — Police say a 58-year-old southwestern Illinois man committed suicide, days before he was set to stand trial for the 2012 death of his wife. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Ovie Sumpter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


    Fake solicitors pose as sheriff’s deputies

    Barron County sheriff’s officials say someone posing as a member of the department is trying to scam money from unsuspecting citizens. The sheriff’s department says it received more than a dozen reports Tuesday afternoon of someone soliciting money on behalf of deputies for various programs, including drug abuse resistance education, or DARE.


    Wisconsin man accused of harassing NJ officials

    A Wisconsin man has been charged with threatening a New Jersey judge and 27 others in retaliation for a parking offense filed against his wife.


    Growth is seen in Illinois help-wanted ads

    Illinois businesses placed help-wanted ads online for truck drivers, registered nurses and retail supervisors in March. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state’s businesses placed more than 195,400 Internet ads seeking workers last month. More than 85 percent of the ads were looking for full-time workers.

    Racine County Sheriff Chris Schmaling yesterday announced the arrest of James P. Eaton in the 1997 murder of 14-year-old Palatine resident Amber Creek. Eaton will appear in court this morning.

    Dawn Patrol: Suspect in Palatine girl’s murder in court; bandit strikes again

    Palatine murder suspect due in court. Lawmakers approve GPS monitoring of suspects. Man accused in Zion murders faces life sentence in Virginia slaying. Hooded Bandit strikes again in Bensenville. First Clampton Hills clerk remembered. Cubs lose to Pirates.



    Experienced Hersey is measuring up

    It sure feels like the numbers are starting to favor Hersey’s boys water polo team. Though the Huskies are the defending Mid-Suburban League champs, one digital outlier has been dogging the program. Despite recent successes, Hersey has never finished a season with a winning record. After improving to 9-1 overall after a 19-10 victory over visiting Schaumburg on Wednesday, it’s safe to presume Hersey’s well on its way to a erasing the winning-record.


    Softball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Aurora Central Catholic 12, Aurora Christian 2*LAKE ZURICH 9, SCHAUMBURG 1Schaumburg 000 000 1 —1-5-1Lake Zurich 140 040 x —9-13-32B: LZ: Dawson, M. Parsons, Schroeder.WP: Malek.*WAUCONDA 4, cRYSTAL LAKE cENTRAL 1Wauconda 000 202 0 —4-8-2Crystal Lake C. 000 010 0 —1-5-13B: Wauc: Motley.WP: Wedl.*GRAYSLAKE NORTH 8, STEVENSON 6Stevenson 200 300 1 —6-9-1Grayslake North 020 600 x —8-14-02B: GN: Livengood 2, Vaughn 2, Gentile.3B: Stev: Koenigs.WP: Littleton; LP: Peterson.*mundelein 11, palatine 0Mundelein 144 02 —11-17-1Palatine 000 00 —0-3-42B: Mun: Petlak, Mahar, Zazas.3B: Mun: Parney.HR: Mun: Parney.WP: Parney; LP: Udini.*GLENBROOK SOUTH 12, VERNON HILLS 1 (5 INN.)Glenbrook South 012 72 —12-9-4Vernon Hills 000 01 —1-4-23B: VH: Cirone.WP: Rossmann; LP: Lum.*FREMD 14, GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 3 (5 INN.)Grayslake Central 000 03 —3-6-4Fremd 406 04 —14-10-32B: GC: Heraty; Fre: Weininski 2, Vangsvermaet.HR: Fre: Josten 2, Kaufman.WP: Josten; LP: Heraty.*Bartlett 5, Streamwood 0Bartlett 011 100 2 -5-6-2Streamwood 000 000 0 -0-3-22B: B — Nowak; S — Rodriguez.WP: Nowak (3-0); LP: Hedger (0-3).*SYcamore 9, Hampshire 8Sycamore 000 231 3 -9-10-2Hampshire 170 000 0 -8-13-42B: H — Finn 2, Lapi. LP: Widmayer.*Elgin 6, West Chicago 2West Chicago 100 010 0 -2-5-1Elgin 200 220 x -6-7-22B: E — Eckholm. HR: E — Bremer (2), Eckholm.WP: Perryman (2-1); LP: Goldsmith.*Metea Valley 13, Larkin 1 (5 INN.)Metea Valley (10)00 30 -13-9-2Larkin 100 00 -1-4-12B: MV — Perna.HR: MV — Arcivar.WP: Hall; LP: Hansen.*St. Francis 10, St. edward 0St. Francis 200 051 2 -10-13-0St. Edward 000 000 0 -0-4-22B: SE — Zdroik.HR: SF — Chapman. WP: Remus; LP: Zdroik (2-2).*St. Charles East 8, South Elgin 2South Elgin 000 001 1 -2-5-0St. Charles East 101 033 x -8-17-12B: SCE — Cheatham.3B: SE — Helton. WP: Beno; LP: Allen (2-1).*Belvidere 8, Crystal Lake South 5CL South 013 001 0 -5-8-4Belvidere 102 401 x -8-7-92B: CLS — Massie, Fater. LP: Burgard.*Willowbrook 12, Wheeling 12B: Wbk: Dannenberg, Pelsor, Sporer 2. HR: Wbk: Ressinger, Schmidt. WP: Dannenberg*Montini 7, Chicago Christian 1Chicago Christ. 000 000 1 —1-4-0Montini 101 230 X —7-11-02B: M: Trojnar. HR: CC: Kubik. WP: Trojnar; LP: Gutierrez.*St. Francis 10, St. Edward 0St. Francis 200 051 2 —10-12-0St. Edward 000 000 0 —0-4-22B: SE: Zdroik. HR: SF: Chapman. WP: Remus. LP: Zdroik*Naperville North 5, Glenbard South 4Naperville North 220 001 0 —5-10-0Glenbard South 000 004 0 —4-4-12B: NN: Budica. GS: Gerhardt. HR: NN: Solak, GS: Cattenhead. WP: Rechenmacher (1-0); LP: Carli.*Hinsdale Central 9, Leyden 8Hinsdale Central 100 602 0 —9-9-2Leyden 010 005 2 —8-9-32B: HC: Tracy, Doneske, Burt. L: Vega. 3B: : Duval. WP: Berlin; LP: Duval.*Wheaton Academy 15, Guerin Prep 3Wheaton Acad. 131 64 —15-9-0Guerin Prep 000 03 —3-7-8HR: WA: Ratliff. WP: Ridderhoff (2-0); LP: Quinlan.*York 8, Fenwick 4Fenwick 001 210 0 —4-10-1York 115 100 X —8-7-02B: Y: Milkowski. WP: Bandy*Naperville Central 18, Plainfield Central 4Naperville Cent. 013 303 8 —18-20-4Plainfield Centr. 010 012 0 —4-8-12B: NC: Gonzalez 2, Tassi, Nerger. PC: Schlattman, Egly. HR: NC: Hayes. WP: Kestas (1-0); LP: Godina.*Benet 15, Wheaton North 4Benet 360 400 2 —15-10-1Wheaton North 000 220 0 —4-8-12B: B: Panko, Abello. HR: B: York 3, Abello, Brown. WN: Thornton. WP: Stoppelman; LP: Mordacq.*Downers Grove South 3, Bolingbrook 2Bolingbrook 000 020 0 —2-7-3


    Girls track: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*At Benet Academyteam scoresBenet Acad. 109, Marian 46, St. Viator 31.*individual placewinners3200 relay: Benet 10:29.2; St. Viator 11:45.7; 400 relay: Benet 52.3; Marian 54.5; 3200: Silvinski (BAc) 12:18.4; McCabe (BAc) 12:39.4; Gradel (BAc) 12:40.7; 100 hurdles: Jones (BAc) 17.0; Girard (BAc) 19.0; Meeshaundra (Mar) 20.3; 100: Riedy (BAc) 13.5; Turner (BAc) 13.5; Lyne (BAc) 13.5; 800: Carroll (StV) 2:24.4; Strons (BAc) 2:33.6; Drab (StV) 2:36.0; 800 relay: Marian 1:57.0; St. Viator 2:01.4; 400: Carroll (StV) 63.7; Drab (StV) 66.9; Schorr (BAc) 68.4; 300 int. hurdles: Fundum (StV) 56.3; Zimmerman (BAc) 55.0; Meeshaundra (Mar) 56.0; 1600: DeSitter (BAc) 5:51.3; Chalkey (BAc) 5:52.1; Silwinski (BAc) 5:55.1; 200: Jones (BAc) 27.3; Meeshaundra (Mar) 28.2; Gabrielle (Mar) 29.1; 1600 relay: Benet 4:34.5; St. Viator 4:47.3; Long jump: Munson (BAc) 15-1.5; Donald (Mar) 14-8; McCordine (Mar) 14-5.5; High jump: Fletcher (Mar) 4-10; Poisson (M) 4-0; Cadman (BAc) 4-8; Triple jump: Zimmerman (BAc) 31-11.5; Gabrielle (Mar) 29-2; Kohler (BAc) 28-6; Pole vault: Munson (BAc) 7-6; Brunk (BAc) 7-0; Kapowski (StV) 6-6.*Tuesday’s results team scoresHoffman Estates 102, Buffalo Grove 39, Elk Grove 38.individual placewinners3200 Relay: Hersey 10:46.3; 400 relay: Hersey 52.1; 3200: Fugiel (HE) 12:04.3; 110 high hurdles: Jackson (HE) 17.4; 100: Bjankini (HE) 13.3; 800: Bower (HE) 2:34.3; 800 relay: Hoffman Estates 1:52.1; 400: Sewerynski (EG) 1:04.9; 300 int. hurdles: Morales (HE) 51.1; 1600: Manoj (EG) 5:46.1; 200: Rabs (BG) 27.5; 1600 relay: Buffalo Grove 4:39.8; Long jump: Pawlis (HE) 14”1; High jump: Hill (HE) 5’0; Triple jump: Nikelmcz (HE) 3”7; Shotput: Dolba (HE) 29”6; Discus: Tortovlleo (HE) 85’7; Pole vault: Hill (HE) 10”6.


    Girls soccer: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*VERNON HILLS 4, GRAYSLAKE NORTH 2Vernon Hills 2 2 —4Grayslake North 1 1 —2Vernon Hills — Gramins, Lieberman (Favia), Lieberman (Koczwara), Koczwara (Lieberman).Grayslake North — O’Brien, O’Brien (McCue).Goalkeepers — VH: Resnick (3 saves); GN: Davis (5 saves).*Naperville Central 1, Geneva 1Naperville Central 1 0 —1Geneva 1 0 —1Scoring — NC: Hannan (Flynn). G: Tegge. Goalkeepers — NC: Hershik (10). G: Hauser (7)*barrington 3, prospect 0Barrington 0 3 —3Prospect 0 0 —Barrington — Szczesny (2), Calamari.Goalkeepers — Bar: Ludtke (5 saves). *buffalo grove 4, palatine 1Buffalo Grove 3 1 —4Palatine 0 1 —1Buffalo Grove — K.Zickert, Herzog (Ingham), K.Zickert (Groth).Palatine — Soukup.Goalkeepers — BG: O’Connor; Pal: Rhodes.*conant 3, hoffman estates 2Conant 2 1 —3Hoffman Estates 0 2 —2Conant — O’Keefe, Madonia, Mazurek.Hoffman Estates — Nagrant (Alanso), Nagrant (Sall)*rolling meadows 1, fremd 0Fremd 0 0 —0Rolling Meadows 1 0 —1Rolling Meadows — Collins (Ott).Goalkeepers — Frm: Lewandowski; RM: Nallon.*


    Girls water polo: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*MUNDELEIN 9, NEW TRIER 4New Trier 0 0 2 2 —4Mundelein 3 3 1 2 —9New Trier — Jodloman 3, Barrett.Mundelein — Boothe 6, Kozokar 2, Garcia 1.JV: — New Trier 12, Mundelein 2*Lyons Township 9, Hinsdale Central 3Lyons Township 0 5 4 0 —9Hinsdale Central 1 0 0 2 —3Scoring — LT: Hughes, Cohen 4, Dellman, Land 3. HC: DeBoer, Riedel, Oakum. *barrington 15, Elk Grove 6Elk Grove — Struk 4, Rosenhorn 2.Barrington — Gavars 6, Latimer 3, Potgieter 2, Rojas 2, Runtz, Stagnito.Goalkeepers — EG: Nieto (2 saves), Kuchar (7 saves); Bar: Barrell (6 saves).*conant 12, buffalo grove 3Buffalo Grove 1 0 1 1 — 3Conant 4 2 4 2 —12Buffalo Grove — Harris 2, Graziano.Conant — Ca.Rosas 5, Skittone 2, Cl.Rosas 2, Weingart 2.Goalkeepers — Con: Demaret (8 saves).*Hersey 13, Schaumburg 3Hersey 2 3 5 3 —13Schaumburg 0 1 0 2 — 3Hersey — Stuchowski, Hoffman 3, Lutz, Lindhom 3, Surkin 3, Rodrian. Schaumburg — Houts, Grubb 2.*palatine 5, Prospect 4Prospect 2 1 0 1 —4Palatine 2 0 2 1 —5Prospect — Neumann 2, Schiavone, McCallister.Palatine — Wojtas 2, Dvorska, Seidl, Kincanon.Goalkeepers — Pros: ; Pal: Butler (17 saves).*


    Boys volleyball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*VERNON HILLS D. LIBERTYVILLE 25-21, 25-13Serving — VH: Bennett (2 aces), Fraboni (1 ace), Spiglanin (1 ace); Attacking — VH: DeBoer (4 kills), Heinz (4 kills), Spiglanin (4 kills), Turner (4 kills); Lib: Hauser (4 kills), Akers (3 kills), McCormack (3 kills); Setting — VH: Levin (9 assists), Bennett (9 assists); Lib: Winiger (7 assists), Rill (5 assists); Digs — VH: Weinberg 6, Spiglanin 5; Lib: Sachs 7, Kharasch 4; Blocks — VH: Heinz 2, Turner 2; Lib: Hauser 4, Feely 2.*MUNDELEIN D. ANTIOCH 25-9, 25-21Serving — Mund: Everding (2 aces), Fiore (1 ace) ; Attacking — Mund: Nelson (5 kills), Ramer (4 kills); Ant: Mayer (5 kills); Setting — Mund: Everding (17 assists); Digs — Mund: Langlie 13-13, Sena 9-9; Ant: Gagnon 12; Blocks — Mund: Guzman 2; Ant: Mayer 4.*LAKE ZURICH D. STEVENSON 25-21, 25-18Serving — LZ: Sweetwwod (2 aces); Stev: Creevy (1 ace), Maskalunas (1 ace); Attacking — LZ: Bush (22 assists); Stev: Cliffer (6 kills), Maskalunas (3 kills), Herman (3 kills); Setting — LZ: Sweetwood 8, Meyer 7; Stev: Creevy (28 assists); Digs — LZ: Savio 11, Doherty, Sweetwood 3; Stev: Rzepecki 9, Park 6; Blocks — LZ: Carmody 2.JV: — Lake Zurich d. Stevenson 25-21, 27-25Frosh: Stevenson d. Lake Zurich 21-25, 25-19, 25-22*ZION-BENTON D. GRANT 25-17, 25-19Serving — Grt: SaLee (2 aces); Attacking — Grt: Lundman (7 kills); Setting — Grt: SaLee (13 assists); Blocks — Grt: Coronado 2.*WARREN D. LAKE FOREST 25-15, 24-25, 26-24Serving — Warr: White (4 aces), Holland (3 aces), Maad de Kok (2 aces); Attacking — Warr: Maan de Kok (5 kills), Holland (4 kills), Schultz (4 kills); Setting — Warr: Kouta (21 assist); Digs — Warr: Holland 7, Ceisel 6; Blocks — Warr: Bongratz 3, White 2.*LAKES D. NORTH CHICAGO 25-12, 25-22Attacking — Lks: Galat 7 kills, Solbrig 4 kills, Brodde 4 kills, Mathez 1 kill, Jewell 1 kill; Digs — Lks: Galat 4, Solbrig 4; Setting — Lks: Jewell 15 assists.*lake park d. schaumburg 23-25, 25-15, 25-11Attack: LP: Krisik 4 kills, Moore 11 kills, Burke 4 kills, Fritsche 7 kills, Terry 7 kills; Sch: Kolev 11 kills, Rios 6 kills, Nolan 7 kills. Setting: LP: Krisik 32 assists. Digs: LP: Krisik 10, Moore 4, Amore 13, Fritsche 9, Terry 5; Sch: Dietrick 7, Kolev 5, Knitter 5, Rios 5. Blocks: LP: Fritsche 2.*st. viator d. elk grove 25-21, 25-19Attack: StV: Wolf 16-21 (11 kills), Szelzynski 6-6 (6 kills), Cieniawa 11-11 (4 kills). Serving: StV: Cieniawa 11-13, Brunetti 8-10 (ace), Hogan 4-5 (ace), Wolf 7-7. Setting: StV: Brunetti 27-28 (15 assists); Knox 21-23 (9 assists). Digs: StV: Tun 9, Wolf 5, Cieniawa 4. Blocks: StV: Wolf 3, Szelzynski 2.*


    Boys track / Wednesday’s results
    Tuesday’s results*team scoresSchaumburg 73, Palatine 72, Hoffman Estates 37individual placewinners3200 Relay: Palatine 8:39.4; 400 relay: Schaumburg 41.9; 3200: Thomas (Hoff) 10:29.6; 110 high hurdles: Maslowski (Sch) 16.9; 100: Cornelius (P) 11.0; 800: Brown (P) 2:02.2; 800 relay: Schaumburg 1:28.2; 400: Crane (P) 52.4; 300 int. hurdles: Maslowski (Sch) 40.9; 1600: Bailon (P) 4:44.0; 200: Riley (Hoff) 23.1; 1600 relay: Palatine 3:46.6; Long jump: Smith (Sch) 21-5; High jump: Poklop (P) 6-2; Triple jump: Kelly (Sch) 43-11.5; Shot put: Phillips (Sch) 46-6; Discus: Clark (Hoff) 115-2; Pole vault: Ramini (Sch) 13-0.team scoresProspect 103, Rolling Meadows 40, Wheeling 34


    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Wheaton Co-op 158.7, Lake Park 115.6Floor excercise: Sansone (W) 9.4; MacDonald (W) 8.9; Szot (W) 8.7; Pommel horse: Sansone (W) 9.5; MacDonald (W) 8.6; Szot (W) 8.0; Still rings: MacDonald (W) 9.5; Sansone (W) 8.8; Ritchie (W) 8.0; Vault: MacDonald (W) 9.6; Sansone (W) 9.3; Szot (W) 9.1; Parallel bars: MacDonald (W) 9.4; Szot (W) 8.3; Marston (W) 8.3; Horizontal bar: MacDonald (W) 9.3; Sansone (W) 8.5; Peabody (W) 7.5. All-around: MacDonald (W) 55.3; Sansone (W) 53.7; Szot (W) 46.8*At Palatineteam scoresPalatine 129.8, Hoffman Estates 129.3, Hersey 126.0.*individual placewinnersFloor excercise: Johnson (HE) 8.9, Halblsch (HE) 8.7, Govertt (HE) 8.5. Pommel horse: Nigam (Pal) 6.7, Widelek (HE) 6.7, Paxdioch (Pal) 6.6. Still rings: Nigam (Pal) 8.3, Parelta (HE) 7.5, Ramos (Her) 7.2. Vault: Phelps (Her) 8.8, Cueve-Roberts (HE) 8.6, Haibsch (HE) 8.1. Parallel bars: Phelps (Her) 8.8, Vandermoot (Her) 7.9, Nigam (Pal) 7.9. Horizontal bar: Nigam (Pal) 6.9, Johnson (HE) 6.7, Cueve-Roberts (HE) 5.7. All-around: 1. Nigam (Pal) 47.400, 2. Johnson (HE) 42.500, 3. Phelps (Hers) 41.700.*schaumburg 135.200, conant 132.500Floor excercise: 1. Sigler (Sch) 8.8, 2. Hardin (Sch) 8.5, 3. Rossdeutcher (Con) 8.4. Pommel horse: 1. Rossdeutcher (Con) 8.2, 2. Cruz (Con) 7.0, 3. Szal (Sch) 6.8. Still rings: 1. Rossdeutcher (Con) 7.8, 2. Prill (Con) 7.4, 3. Senderak (Sch) 7.4. Vault: 1. Sigler (Sch) 9.2, 2. Reid (Sch) 8.8, 3. Rossdeutcher (Con) 8.7. Parallel bars: 1. Foerster (Sch) 8.4, 2. Rossdeutcher (Con) 8.2, 3. Rice (Sch) 8.0. Horizontal bar: 1. Rossdeutcher (Con) 7.2, 2. Rice (Sch) 6.9, 3. Hardin (Sch) 6.3. All-around: Rossdeutcher (Con) 48.50.*


    Girls badminton: Wednesday’s scoreboard
    Wednesday’s results*t.f. SOUTH 10, STEVENSON 8Singles — No. 1: Gomes (TFS) d. To 21-7, 21-4; No. 2: Breshok (TFS) d. Chen 21-10, 21-11; No. 3: Pasko (TFS) d. Schroeder 21-10, 21-9; No. 4: Lui (Stev) d. Walker 21-17, 21-19; No. 5: Crosby (TFS) d. Onishchenko 21-10, 21-6; No. 6: Arreolo (TFS) d. Ling 21-15, 21-18; No. 7: Rodriguez (TFS) d. Xia 21-19, 10-21, 21-16; No. 8: Se (Stev) d. Fisher 21-18, 21-17; No. 9: Hu (Stev) d. Colin 22-20, 21-19; No. 10. Wang (Stev) d. Powe 15-21, 21-18, 21-19; No. 11: Liu (stev) d. Ramierz 21-16, 21-16; No.12: Flores (TFS) d. Ecanow 21-16, 10-21, 21-8.Doubles — No. 1: Pasko/Breshok (TFS) d. Sakthi/Chen 21-11, 21-16; No. 2: Gomez/Walker (TFS) d. Schroeder/Lui 21-13, 21-15; No. 3: Rodriguez/Crosby (TFS) d. Xia/Lang 18-21, 21-18, 21-14; No. 4: To/Hu (Stev) d. Arreola/Colin 16-21 21-8, 21-13; No. 5: Onishchenko/Wang (Stev) Fisher/Ramierz 19-21, 21-112, 21-12; No. 6: Ecanow/Liu (Stev) d. Flores/Powe.15-21, 21-15, 21-10.*Willowbroook 15, leyden 0*Wheaton North 9, St. Charles east 6Singles — No. 1: Patel (SCE) d. Nair (WN) 21-19, 21-15; No. 2: King (WN) d. Larry (SCE) 21-6, 21-8; No. 3: Hacker (WN) d. Strahl (SCE) 21-13, 21-19; No. 4: Bichler (WN) d. Patzner (SCE) 21-13, 21-18; No. 5: Patel (SCE) d. Li (WN) 17-21, 21-12, 21-13; No. 6: Patel (SCE) d. Benson (WN) 21-14, 16-21, 21-10; No. 7: Burshtan (WN) d. Rhoads (SCE) 21-10, 21-18; No. 8: VanOss (WN) d. Sabbia (SCE) 21-16, 21-18; No. 9: Carlson (WN) d. Thakkar (SCE) 21-12, 21-12; No. 10: Rietveld (WN) d. Lloyd (SCE) 21-8, 21-15.Doubles — No. 1: Larry/Strahl (SCE) d. Garcia/Li (WN) 21-13, 11-21, 21-16; No. 2: Straumann/Patel (SCE) d. King/VanOss (WN) 13-21, 21-17, 21-18; No. 3: Nair/Hacker (WN) d. Patel/Patzner (SCE) 21-19, 21-14; No. 4: Bichler/Benson (WN) d. Doerr/Patel (SCE) 21-16, 21-8; No. 5: Farrow/Sheehan (SCE) d. Sibon/Carlson (WN) 21-9, 21-14.


    Boys tennis: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*LIBERTYVILLE 7, LAKES 0Singles — No. 1: VanDixhorn (Lib) d. Sievert 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Vittore (Lib) d. B. Thacker 6-1, 6-0; No. 3: Cao (Lib) d. K. Thacker 6-3, 6-3.Doubles — No. 1: Janczak/S. Daluga (Lib) d. Mueller/Pooley 6-1, 6-2; No. 2: Gasik/Chen (Lib) d. Burnett/Gajda 6-2, 6-0; No. 3: Papasotirion/Tasiopoulos (Lib) d. Navarro/Forbes 6-1, 6-2; No. 4: P. Daluga/J. Daluga (Lib) d. Nelson/Bradford 6-0, 6-1.*Glenbard East 5, Montini 0Singles — No. 1: Alesia (GE) d. Gowin (M) 6-2, 6-2; No. 2 : Nawloka (GE) d. Kowopacz (M) 6-1, 7-5. Doubles — No. 1: Nasti/Osburn (GE) d. Brady/Harte (M) 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Pascual/Kaylor (GE) d. Schubert/Gausslin (M) 6-1, 6-0; No. 3: Roth/Fragoso (GE) d. Nemeth/Bugalski (M) 6-1, 6-1.*Waubonsie Valley 6, Elgin 1Singles — No. 1: Kothori (WV) d. Hoskins (E) 6-2, 6-1; No. 2: Busche (WV) d. Choulakone (E) 6-1, 2-0 (def); No. 3: Akveri (WV) d. Jarmula (E) 6-0, 6-0.Doubles — No. 1: Khan/Hegal (E) d. Niehaus/O’Grady (WV) 6-3, 6-2; No. 2: Sema/Daniels (WV) d. Chai/Narayan (E) 6-0, 5-7, 6-4; No. 3: Lawless/Dhan (WV) d. Rakisnh/Lempa (E) 6-0, 6-0; No. 4: Chiu/Ashley (WV) d. Mondragon/Lavengo (E) 6-0, 6-1*Batavia 5, Wheaton North 4Singles — No. 1: Murat (B) def Brink (WN) 6-3, 6-1; No. 2: Corso (WN) def Swift (B) 6-3, 6-3; No. 3: Ros (WN) def Carr (B) 6-2, 6-2; No. 4: Hossu (WN) def Tamplin (B) 6-2, 6-1.Doubles — No. 1: Sterling/Maris (B) def Lindquist/Wojtyna (WN) 6-4, 6-0; No. 2: Lorden/Boyle (B) def Houlihan/Tran (WN) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1; No. 3: Nelson/Hinzy (B) def Dama / Bass (WN) 6-1, 6-3; No.4: Robinson/Malm (B) def Bailey/Anderson (WN) 6-2, 7-6(6); No. 5: Waterman/Hudson (WN) def Guillemot/Hudson (B) 6-2,4-6,(10-7).*LAKE ZURICH 6, SCHAUMBURG 1Singles — No. 1: Early (Sch) d. Brown 6-4, 6-2; No. 2: Kim (LZ) d. Shah 6-1, 6-0; No. 3: J. Nading (LZ) d. Corrado 6-1,6-2.Doubles — No. 1:Reitsch/Petrovic (LZ) d. Park/Patel 6-3, 6-0; No. 2: Guild/Guagnelli (LZ) d. Pamatmont /Lee 6-0, 6-3; No. 3: Miller/Ganoza (LZ) d. Courtney/Guevara 6-0, 6-2; No. 4: Z. Nading/Ewan (LZ) d. Desai/Shah 6-0, 6-3.*


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Hersey 19, Schaumburg 10Schaumburg 3 3 1 3 —10Hersey 4 5 6 4 —19Schaumburg — Birriel 7, Kovar, Borst 2.Hersey — Carroll 4, Reynolds 5, Vladimirov 4, O’Neil, Buffa 4.*palatine 18, prospect 12JV — Palatine 11, Prospect 0.*


    Baseball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Aurora Christian 15, Wilmington 5Wilmington 101 21 —5-8-1Aurora Christian (11)12 1X —15-11-0AC: Kernell 2-3, RBI; Wagner 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Baksha 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 runs; Barrett, 2-3, 3RBI, 3 runs*Kaneland 11, Plano 0Kaneland 412 022 —11-9-0Plano 000 000 —0-0-72B: K: Panico, HammermeisterWP: Hopkins (no-hitter, 6 Ks, 5 walks)*WARREN 11, ZION-BENTON 62B: Warr: Cuevas, Falish.3B: Warr: Dinter.WP: J. Nickell.*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 7, RICHMOND-BURTON 4Richmond-Burton 002 200 0 —4-7-3Grayslake Central 102 022 x —7-9-12B: GC: Dooley.WP: Dooley.*grant 13, round lake 3Round Lake 002 001 —3-7-3Grant 303 043 —13-9-22B: RL: Sanchez, Theobald; Grt: Torres, Zitkus, R. Mason.3B: Grt: Noda.HR: Grt: Noda.WP: Kusiak; LP: Newman.*lakes 12, vernon hills 0 (5 inn.)Vernon Hills 000 00 —0-2-4Lakes 018 3x —12-7-22B: Lks: Sisk, Morris.HR: Lks: Blasinski.WP: Slota; LP: Crowley.*MUNDELEIN 3, PRAIRIE RIDGE 2 (8 inn.)Prairie Ridge 000 110 00 —2-4-2Mundelein 000 110 01 —3-5-12B: Mund: Dolan.3B: PR: Thelander.WP: O’Donoghue; LP: McKinney.*CARMEL 6, CRYSTAL LAKE CENTAL 2Carmel 001 013 1 —6-8-3Crystal Lake Central 000 200 0 —2-2-42B: Carm: Kantor.WP: Coughlin.*LIBERTYVILLE 3, STEVENSON 0Libertyville 100 001 0 —3-8-3Stevenson 000 200 0 —0-2-42B: Lib: VanWagner; Stev: Joseph.WP: Townsend; LP: Austin.*LAKE ZURICH 6, LAKE FOREST 0Lake Zurich 103 020 0 —6-9-1Lake Forest 000 200 0 —0-2-52B: LZ: Wright.WP: Zoibi; LP: Keaton.Other scoreAntioch 33, North Chicago*Burlington Central 8, Marengo 4Burlington C. 300 100 4 -8-8-3Marengo 012 010 0 -4-9-52B: M — Vogel, Walsheer. WP: Schutta; LP: Vogel.*West Chicago 14, St. Edward 6St. Edward 211 200 0 -6-8-5West Chicago 067 001 x -14-12-12B: SE — T. Koehring. 3B: WC — Kordik 2, Dall, Michiels. HR: SE — Tierney. WP: Smothers; LP: Lara.*SYcamore 13, Hampshire 3Sycamore 400 225 0 -13-13-1Hampshire 000 012 0 -3-5-12B: S — Vinz 2, Haacker; H — Consigny, Schutt. WP: Weaver; LP: Rutkowski.*Glenbard South 7, Fenton 5Glenbard South 001 231 0 —7-9-2Fenton 000 002 3 —5-5-1WP: Brambora; LP: Pugliese.*West Chicago 14, St. Edward 5St. Edward 211 100 0 —5-8-5West Chicago 067 001 X —14-12-12B: SE: Koehring. WC: Kordik, Solis. 3B: WC: Kordik 2, Michiels. HR: SE: Tierney. WP: Smothers; LP: Lara.*Prospect 3, Glenbard East 2 (8 innings-tie)Prospect 000 120 00 —3-7-3Glenbard East 010 020 00 —3-8-12B: P: Wrede, Gerdes, Piotrowski, Donahue. GE: Allen, Griffin, Sebby, Shefske. HR: GE: Sebby*Naperville North 21, Waubonsie Valley 8Naperville North 12 5 4 0 0 —21-16-1Waubonsie Vall. 0 0 0 0 0 —8-10-42B: NN: Krainz, Khoury, Garon, Siebers. WV: Hasper, Vietri, Marzano. HR: NN: Laurenzo. WV: Marzano. WP: Leonard; LP: Bennema.*Lake Park 18, Glenbard West 5Lake Park 135 36 —18-16-1Glenbard West 003 02 —5-6-62B: LP: Oczkowski, Zimmerman, Schutz, Riggsbee, Schmuldt, Fowich, Fallico, Fuchs. GW: Martenson 2, Moriarty. WP: Schmuldt; LP: Moriarty.*Wheaton North 10, York 8Wheaton North 008 010 1 —10-8-2York 014 210 0 —8-11-32B: Y: Cirone, Peterson, Dvorak, Coughlin, Santos. 3B: WN: Scandora, Robin. HR: WN: Sells. WP: Cary; LP: Gilmartin.*Illiana Christian 6, Timothy Christian 1Illiana Christian 030 110 1 —6-7-0Timothy Christ. 000 100 0 —1-2-0HR: TC: Bieterman. LP: Miller.*Aurora Central Catholic 11, Lisle 8Aurora Cent. Cat. 050 060 0 —11-8-1Lisle 003 103 1 —8-8-52B: L: oard, Coppin 2, VanVolkenburg. HR: L: Coppin. WP: Canning ; LP: Swedie.*


    Fire trying to reignite fans' interest

    The Chicago Fire found itself on the pay-no-mind list the past few years, but it's got new people and a new plan in place to make the club the focus of Chicago soccer.


    Command performance from Conant

    Mid-Suburban West girls water polo leader Conant got another winning result Wednesday, topping Buffalo Grove 12-3 to remain unbeaten against MSL foes.


    Palatine powers past CL South

    Zach Serna homered and drove in 3 runs, and Matt Saltess doubled and drove in 3 more to help host Palatine past Crystal Lake South 11-6 in nonconference play Wednesday. Saltess finished 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored for the Pirates, who were outhit 12-10.


    Sweeney’s sweet swing lifts Barrington

    Sophomore Liz Sweeney came through in the clutch for the Barrington softball team on Wednesday at the Fields of Dreams. With a full count in the bottom of the sixth inning and runners on first and second, Sweeney delivered a base hit. An error on the play resulted in 2 runs scoring and they stood up for the Fillies (7-2) in a 4-3 decision over Marengo.


    Balanced Vernon Hills stops Libertyville

    Vernon Hills’ boys volleyball team used a balanced attack to defeat visiting Libertyville 25-21, 25-13 in the teams’ North Suburban Conference opener Wednesday night.

    Mike Olt gives the Cubs the lead for good with a 2-run homer in the fifth inning Wednesday night.

    Olt, Lake help blast Cubs to 7-5 win

    Mike Olt and Junior Lake stated their cases for playing time Wednesday night as they each blasted a home run to help the Cubs hold off the Pirates 7-5 at Wrigley Field on a good night to hit.

    The Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa scores against Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj during the final minute to send the game to overtime.

    Wild finish goes Blackhawks’ way

    It took quite a while for the Blackhawks and Canadiens to really kick it in Thursday night at the United Center — about 50 minutes or so to be exact — but when the two Original Six teams finally found their groove, it proved well worth the wait.

    Chicago White Sox Avisail Garcia (26) makes a diving catch on a drive to right by Colorado Rockies DJ LeMahieu during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

    Garcia hurt as White Sox fall 10-4 to Rockies

    Avisail Garcia nearly made a game-saving catch. Instead, the right fielder ended up with a jammed left shoulder. That's the way the afternoon went for the White Sox, who lost to the Colorado Rockies 10-4 on Wednesday. Garcia said his shoulder is aching after he left the game in the sixth inning. And while X-rays were negative for a fracture or a separation, he will undergo an MRI on Thursday as a precaution. "Hopefully, it is just a strain," Garcia said.


    Nowak takes charge as Bartlett blanks Streamwood

    Bartlett’s softball team continued to find the winning formula when the Hawks traveled to Streamwood for an Upstate Eight Conference crossover matchup on Wednesday. Alyssa Nowak tossed a complete game, allowing 4 hits and walking 2 to go with 3 strikeouts, and the Hawks produced 5 runs on 6 hits to shut out the Sabres in a 5-0 victory.


    Lakes puts it all together, gets first win

    Chase Slota dominated on the mound, Justin Blasinski homered, and Lakes’ baseball team earned its first win of the season Wednesday. The Eagles won the North Suburban Prairie Division game 12-0 over visiting Vernon Hills in five innings, as the junior right-hander Slota allowed only 2 hits in a complete-game effort. It was his first start of the season.

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) wrestles the ball away from Minnesota Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The Bulls won 102-87. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Noah’s fourth triple double propels Bulls’ 6th straight win

    Joakim Noah picked up his fourth triple-double of the season on Wednesday, with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. His performance, and some strong outside shooting. led the Bulls to a 102-87 victory at Minnesota on Wednesday.

    Vernon Hills’ Natalina Mariduena, left, and Grayslake North’s Meghan McCue go up for a header Wednesday night at Grayslake North.

    Vernon Hill scores a win against Grayslake North

    Finding the back of the net is becoming an expectation for Vernon Hills’ girls soccer team, and why not? The Cougars have scored 12 goals over their last four games and are unbeaten in that stretch. Haley Lieberman knocked in two and assisted on another during a 4-goal outburst for the Cougars on Wednesday night, and Kaitlin Gramins and Katherine Koczwara had the other two goals. That was more than enough for Vernon Hills to bounce host Grayslake North 4-2 in a nonconference match in Grayslake.


    Grayslake North rallies by Stevenson

    Nikki Livengood went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, Jessica Vaughn also doubled twice, and Grayslake North’s softball team rallied for an 8-6 win over visiting Stevenson in nonconference action Wednesday. Stevenson (2-8) led 5-2 before Grayslake North scored 6 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.


    Team Josten provides power, pitching in Fremd win

    After remarkable back-to-back games with 3 doubles against Mundelein and Resurrection, junior Julie Josten still managed to outdo herself on Wednesday. The Fremd third baseman belted her first two home runs of the season, the second a walk-off grand slam that gave Fremd a 14-3 six-inning victory over visiting Grayslake Central in Palatine.

    Chicago Cubs' Mike Olt right, celebrates with Anthony Rizzo at home plate after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Chicago, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Hammel strong again, Cubs beat Pirates 7-5

    Jason Hammel threw seven strong innings, Anthony Rizzo had four hits, and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Wednesday night despite allowing five solo home runs. Signed to a one-year, $6 million contract over the offseason, Hammel (2-0) won his Cubs debut when he beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh. He got off to another good start in this one, retiring the first 12 batters until Pedro Alvarez's first homer of the game tied it to start the fifth. Hammel allowed three runs and three hits — all solo homers — while striking out six. Mike Olt and Junior Lake hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth against Wandy Rodriguez (0-2).


    On command and in demand, Noda delivers for Grant

    The home run wasn’t necessarily Ruthian. Nor was it a called shot. Or was it, Ryan Noda? “Yes and no,” the senior left-handed slugger said with a smile after his 3-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Grant a 13-3 win over visiting Round Lake in a North Suburban Prairie Division game Wednesday. “Mostly, I just wanted to hit the ball hard.”


    Metea Valley hits hard, and often, at Larkin

    Metea Valley made sure in the first inning that Larkin had absolutely no chance to win. Scoring 10 runs during their first at bats, the visiting Mustangs romped to a 13-1 over the hosts Royals in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover game shortened to five innings because of the 10-run rule.


    Burlington Central handles Marengo

    Burlington Central 8, Marengo 4: The Rockets collected 8 hits and capitalized on 5 Marengo errors to double up the Indians in the Big Northern East. Winning pitcher Jacob Schutta allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits and a walk and struck out 5 in 6⅓ innings. Parker Boron earned the save. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Boron struck out one hitter before he induced a game-ending flyball to right field. Tanner Smith, Mike Lee, Bryan Cynova and Danny Gerke each drove in 2 runs for Central (7-1, 2-0).West Chicago 14, St. Edward 6: Jack Tierney went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and Tighe Koehring doubled and drove in a run, but St. Edward was outhit 12-8 and committed 5 errors in this nonconference loss. Alex Lara took the loss for the Green Wave (1-7-1). Palatine 11, Crystal Lake South 6: Michael Avella went 3-for-3 with a double and scored twice and the Gators outhit the Pirates 12-10, but 7 errors led to 6 unearned runs in this nonconference loss. Starting pitcher Dakota Siwula took the loss for CL South (4-3) Sycamore 13, Hampshire 3: A 4-run first inning and a 5-run sixth powered the Spartans past host Hampshire in nonconference play. Brandon Bowen finished 2-for-3 and RJ Consigny and Tyler Schutt doubled for Hampshire (2-6). Starting pitcher Kyle Rutkowski took the loss.


    Elgin’s Bremer goes deep twice in victory

    Elgin 6, West Chicago 2: Kelly Bremer (2-for-3, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored) went home run crazy as she belted 2 of the Maroons’ 3 homers in an Upstate Eight win. Anna Eckholm (2-for-3, RBI) also went yard for Elgin (3-5, 2-0) and Jessica Rago (1-for-3) added 2 RBI. Jennah Perryman (2-1) pitched a complete game and was allowed 2 earned runs on 5 hits, 3 walks and 12 strikeouts, including 6 in the final 3 innings. Sycamore 9, Hampshire 8: A commanding 8-run lead for the Whip-Purs was erased late during a stunning, nonconference loss to the Spartans. Sycamore scored 6 runs in the middle innings but rallied for 3 in the seventh after being down 8-0 after 2 innings. Hampshire managed 13 hits and Sara Finn went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles while Ellie Lapi was 2-for-4 with a double. Belvidere 8, Crystal Lake South 5: The Gators held a 4-3 lead after 3 innings but Belvidere rallied for 4 in the fourth to give CLS a nonconference loss. Hailee Massie (2-for-4, RBI) lined a double and Kim Woods was 2-for-4 at the plate. St. Francis 10, St. Edward 0: The Green Wave (2-3, 1-1) were outhit 13-4 in a Suburban Christian Blue loss. Lindsay Zdroik (2-for-3) reached on a double and Emily Stapay and Devyn Ernst both singled.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    DuPage County baseball roundup.

    Umpire Jeff Nelson and Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria argue a call during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Chicago. Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria was ejected from the game following the argument. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 7-6. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Renteria explains ejection: All about having vested interest

    One day after picking up his first ejection as manager of the Cubs, Rick Renteria said all he was trying to do was protect his players. Renteria added that all parties, including the umpires, have a vested interest in the game.

    Rolling Meadows’ Mary Collins, left, celebrates her first-half goal with teammates including Natalie D’Souza (16) during Wednesday’s home game with Fremd.

    Rolling Meadows comes of age

    Rolling Meadows and coach Mike Drenth have paid the price early this season for having such a young varsity roster. But Wednesday night, Drenth and his team cashed in for a big win. Mary Collins’ header at 30 minutes held up the rest of the way for the Mustangs (1-4-0, 1-1-0), who got their first victory of the season by topping visiting Fremd 1-0.

    Barrington first baseman Jake Coon is flanked by pitcher Anthony DeLaurentis and catcher Jake Petersen as he shows the umpire the ball he caught in foul territory off the bat of Jacobs Matt Kozlak for the first out of the third inning as Jacobs watches from the dugout Wednesday in Algonquin.

    Bounce-back win for Barrington at Jacobs

    The Barrington baseball team remembers, of course.Proud teams like the Broncos don’t forget getting bounced from the IHSA state tournament the way host Jacobs drummed them out in a Class 4A regional title game last May, 9-3. That’s why Wednesday’s rematch in Algonquin had an edge to it, more than a typical April nonconference game. “We were out to get these guys — not in a mean way — but we really wanted to win,” Barrington senior Shane Yorton said. “You could feel it,” said Jacobs coach Jamie Murray, whose team won a sectional title last season. “It really had a regional feel to it.” Jacobs scored 3 runs in the bottom of the third, but Barrington responded with 4 runs in the fourth. That lead held up, thanks to a 6-inning performance by winning pitcher Anthony DeLaurentis (2-1) before he gave way to Daniel Kubiuk, who pitched a perfect seventh to notch the save. The win improved Barrington to 9-3. Jacobs slipped to 7-3.


    Will Blues or Avs claim West’s top spot?

    Blackhawks vs. Blues in the opening round of the playoffs? Suddenly that’s not as far-fetched a scenario as it might have seemed just, say, a week ago thanks to the surging Avalanche.

    Patrick Sharp set up Marian Hossa's tying goal in the final minute of regulation and then scored the game-winner 43 seconds into overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. Jeremy Morin also scored in the Blackhawks' fourth straight win overall, and their first in overtime this season after seven losses.

    Sharp helps Hawks to first OT win of season

    Patrick Sharp set up Marian Hossa's tying goal in the final minute of regulation and then scored the game-winner 43 seconds into overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.Jeremy Morin also scored in the Blackhawks' fourth straight win overall, and their first in overtime this season after seven losses.

    Chicago Bulls guard D.J. Augustin (14) drives against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved, left, of Russia, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Augustin, Noah lead Bulls over Wolves, 102-87

    D.J. Augustin scored 21 points and Joakim Noah posted his league-leading fourth triple-double of the season, leading the Bulls to a 102-87 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Noah had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to move into a tie with Indiana’s Lance Stephenson for the most triple-doubles in the NBA this season.


    St. Charles East takes right approach against South Elgin

    It may not have seemed like much at the time but Olivia Cheatham’s plate approach in the first inning helped set the tone for St. Charles East’s softball team Wednesday afternoon.

    Neuqua Valley’s Jenny Budds beats the tag from Batavia’s Elyse Burns.

    Neuqua Valley quiets Batavia’s bats

    Batavia pitchers Alyssa Klemm and Rachael Lovestrand held Neuqua Valley to one run over the final five innings Wednesday in Batavia, but by then the Wildcats had given their pitcher Kristin Catalano all the offense she would need. The Wildcats scored two runs in both of the first two innings while Catalano struck out three and allowed just one walk and four hits in her complete-game 5-1 victory.


    Naperville North bats put up some big numbers

    With one inning of offensive brilliance, Naperville North’s baseball team erased four games of frustration.The Huskies scored 12 runs in their first trip to the plate and rolled to a 21-8 five-inning win over Waubonsie Valley in Wednesday’s nonconference matchup in Aurora.


    York hits 3 home runs in Benet’s bounce-back win

    The Benet softball team was in a mood to put its first loss of the season behind it in a big way on Wednesday.

    Glenbard East’s Krystian Nowloka keeps an eye on the ball during a match against Montini’s Brian Konopacz during boys varsity tennis in Lombard.

    Glenbard East doubles cause Montini trouble

    A quick sweep in doubles set the tone for the Glenbard East boys tennis team, and two grind-out singles matches earned the Rams a 5-0 home victory over the Montini Broncos on Wednesday.


    Family business calls Tink from Wheaton Academy

    There have been personnel changes aplenty at Wheaton Academy over the past couple of years. None have been as interesting and even heartwarming as the imminent departure of Andrew Tink.


    Savio’s the man of the moment for Lake Zurich

    All in all it was a pretty good night for Lake Zurich senior volleyball player Michael Savio. He got his date for the prom and also got a pancake during the main show. And Savio and his teammates beat visiting Stevenson. Savio’s night started when he asked his “best friend” Kristen McCowan to the prom. Savio brought the flowers and let the public address announcer do the rest. And the sweet pancake? “I mis-read the ball at first,’’ Savio said. “I could see that that they were going for a tip. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get there so I laid out for the pancake.” Lake Zurich’s third win of the season was sweet. Brent Sweetwood led the Bears’ attack with 8 kills and rising setter Pat Bush added 28 assists in the 25-21, 25-18 win.


    So, here’s the story: Every fishing trip is an adventure

    Fishing is fun, but the best part just may be the stories that come from it, and Mike Jackson explains in his weekly outdoors column.

    Los Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton (32) beats the throw to Houston Astros catcher Carlos Corporan (22) for score during the first inning during a MLB America League baseball game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Houston. The Los Angeles Angels defeated the Houston Astros 9-1. (AP Photo/ The Courier, Jason Fochtman)

    Hamilton out 6-to-8 weeks with torn thumb ligament

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks because of a torn ligament in his left thumb.The 2010 AL MVP was injured during Tuesday night’s game against Seattle during a headfirst slide into first base in the seventh inning. He remained in the game but struggled with throwing balls and gripping his bat.

    From left, TJ Torba, Brad Baumruck and Shane Gustafson, on the ice at the United Center to work the Combined Division championship game.

    Gustafson makes most of big chance at the UC

    Shane Gustafson, a senior three-year varsity forward for the Crystal Lake South hockey team, was planning to attend the state championship games with a friend on March 20 played at the United Center. Until he was asked to officiate the combined division game.

    St. Viator’s David Kellner is among the leaders for Team Illinois in this weekend’s American Showcase tournament in Pittsburgh.

    Projansky, Kellner lead Illinois into Showcase

    Jared Projansky and David Kellner battled all season for the scoring title in the prestigious Suburban Hockey League. Projansky, a senior at Stevenson, finished with 22 goals, 30 assists, and his 52 points was the most in the nine-team league. Kellner, a senior at St. Viator, finished with 16 goals and a league-high 32 assists – and his 48 points were second-most in the league. Projansky and Kellner are again battling for bragging rights, but this time as teammates, as this dynamic duo leads Team Illinois into the annual America’s Showcase tournament, held April 10-14 in Pittsburgh.

    The Chicago Bears and quarterback Jay Cutler will face the Super Bowl champion Seahawks in Seattle for their third preseason game of the 2014 season. The Bears will open the preseason at home against Philadelphia.

    Bears preseason slate: Eagles, Jags, Seahawks, Browns

    The Chicago Bears will open the 2014 NFL preseason with home games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars, followed by road games against the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns.

    Northwestern’s Trevor Siemian says it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators.

    Northwestern QB says union push was rushed, wrong

    Northwestern’s Trevor Siemian says it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators.

    Tom Thibodeau will help coach Team USA in an exhibition game against Brazil in August, and there’s a possibility that Derrick Rose will make the team and play.

    USA Basketball to play Brazil at United Center

    If Derrick Rose doesn’t make it back on the court for the playoffs, Bulls fans may get another chance to see him play at the United Center before next season. USA Basketball announced an exhibition between Team USA and Brazil Aug. 16 at the UC. Tom Thibodeau will be there as an assistant coach, and Derrick Rose has said he’d like to play in the World Cup this summer if he’s healthy.

    Kane County Cougars center fielder Jake Hannemann is safe at second base from Fort Wayne TinCaps' Josh VanMeter in the second inning.

    Images: Kane County Cougars Home Opening Night
    Images of home Opening Night for the Kane County Cougars as they won 4-3 over Fort Wayne in extra innings at Cougars Stadium in Geneva Tuesday night.


    Warren beats Mundelein

    The softball was flying out at Mundelein Tuesday. Both the host Mustangs and Warren hit 4 home runs, and in the end it was the visiting Blue Devils who won the North Suburban Lake Division opener 13-9 in eight innings.



    Elgin panel delays decision on downtown bar

    The Elgin liquor control commission on Wednesday took no action against a downtown bar accused of liquor code violations and will meet again to continue the hearing next month. Earlier on Wednesday, Kane County Judge David Akemann denied the Gasthaus Zur Linde bar’s request for a temporary restraining order to delay the hearing.

    An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery.

    ’Heartbleed’ bug causes major security headache

    A confounding computer bug called “Heartbleed” is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.

    U.S. stocks rallied Wednesday, with technology shares gaining the most in two months, as minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last meeting eased concern about the timing of future interest-rate increases.

    U.S. stocks rally on Fed minutes, earnings news

    Once again, it was the Federal Reserve to the rescue for the stock market. Major U.S. indexes rose broadly Wednesday, helped by a report out of the nation’s central bank that showed Fed policymakers want to be absolutely certain the U.S. economy had recovered before starting to raise interest rates.

    Panera Bread Co. CEO Ron Shaich ssaid the chain is planning to overhaul its “mosh pit” ordering system at its roughly 1,500 locations nationwide in a project called Panera 2.0. It’s a push that entails letting customers order online or with their mobile devices to have their food ready to go at a certain time. In restaurants, they’ll be able to place their orders at kiosks.

    Panera CEO looks to fix ‘mosh pit’ ordering system

    Panera CEO Ron Shaich realizes that ordering at his chain can be chaotic. First, the bakery cafe's customers are given a buzzer that lets them know when their food is ready. Then they get into a "mosh pit" to fight for their food. Next they play a game he calls "Find Your Food" — collecting a sandwich in one place, drinks in another and condiments in yet another. Now, the St. Louis-based company is planning to overhaul the way people order in a project called "Panera 2.0"

    As Twitter looks to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, the company is introducing a redesign of profile pages that includes bigger photos, more user controls and a distinct resemblance to Facebook.

    Twitter tweaks website to attract new users

    As Twitter looks to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, the company is introducing a redesign of profile pages that includes bigger photos, more user controls and a distinct resemblance to Facebook. “Moment by moment, your Twitter profile shows the world who you are,” the company wrote in a blog post Tuesday. “Starting today, it will be even easier (and, we think, more fun) to express yourself through a new and improved Web profile.”As part of changes coming in the next few weeks, users who access Twitter via the Web will notice larger photos on their profile pages. Besides profile photos on the left corner of the page, the redesign includes a large banner photo that resembles the big rectangular cover photos on Facebook pages. Users will be able to “pin” one of their tweets to the top of the page to give others an idea of the topics they like to tweet about. In addition, tweets that receive the most interest from other users will appear slightly larger.The more visual look is an attempt to attract people who may be intimidated by Twitter’s onslaught of text filled with quirky acronyms, at-symbols and hashtags. The changes come at a time when Facebook is adding features to its site that are Twitter-like, highlighting the way the two companies are jockeying for people’s time and advertisers’ dollars. Is Twitter saying a picture is worth 140 characters? Perhaps not. The new profiles don’t apply to Twitter’s mobile app, which is a more popular way to access the service than the website. Mobile is also where Twitter earns most of its money. EMarketer expects about 77 percent of Twitter’s estimated $1.1 billion in advertising revenue to come from mobile this year. Even so, Twitter has acknowledged that it needs to reach a bigger audience. CEO Dick Costolo described the effort in broad terms during the company’s February earnings call with analysts.“By bringing the content of Twitter forward and pushing the scaffolding of the language of Twitter to the background,” Costolo said, “we can increase high quality interactions and make it more likely that new or casual users will find the service as indispensable as our existing core users do.” Costolo also promised more visually engaging content, of which the profile page redesign is just one example. Last fall, the company decided to make users’ feeds more visual by including previews from Twitter photos and Vine videos. Twitter’s first-quarter tally of users signaled that growth is slowing on the service. The company added just 9 million new monthly users in the fourth quarter, only 1 million of which came from the U.S. It added an average of 16 million new accounts in each of the first three quarters of 2013. Twitter said in February that it had 241 million users at the end of 2013. By comparison, Facebook boasts some 1.23 billion users, while WhatsApp, the messaging service Facebook is buying for $19 billion, said it had 400 million active monthly users last December.Twitter has not yet reported its first-quarter financial results, so it’s hard to tell if the slowdown is a sign of trouble or just a blip. EMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson said in a recent report that Twitter’s user base “may be growing more slowly than expected, but the social service has steadily increased its ad revenue and shown that its ads can drive engagement and interaction.”Noah Elkin, executive editor at eMarketer, said advertisers “love the engagement they get on Twitter.” That said, he added that the company is still under pressure to grow. The redesigned profile page, Elkin said, will likely have a “relatively minimal impact” on Twitter’s advertising revenue, “unless and until” the company brings the new look to its mobile app.

    Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, U.S., Europe and other places.

    Toyota recalls 1.8 million vehicles in U.S.

    Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S. for various safety problems, including air bags that may fail to deploy. The Japanese automaker announced the U.S. recall Wednesday as part of a broader recall of 6.39 million vehicles — and 27 Toyota models — globally.


    Gogo expands Wi-Fi deal with Air Canada

    Itasca-based Commercial airline Wi-Fi provider Gogo said it plans on rolling out Wi-Fi on Air Canada’s entire North American fleet in May. The agreement also provides for future type-testing of Gogo satellite solutions for Wi-Fi on international flights. The international trials will take place in 2015.


    Crystal Lake chamber names new president

    Mary Margaret Maule has been named president of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, effective April 14.


    3 dozen possibly ill with Norovirus on cruise ship

    Officials say more than three dozen people are possibly ill with the highly contagious Norovirus while onboard a cruise ship sailing to ports in California.

    Marlboro cigarettes on display in a CVS store in Pittsburgh. Major retailers will be paying close attention to the sales numbers after CVS Caremark pulls tobacco from its shelves by October.

    CVS goes cold turkey; may pressure rivals, or not

    It has long been gospel among retailers that tobacco pulls so much business into stores, with smokers also picking up water, gum or a bag of chips, that dumping it would be a sales killer. However, with pressure from anti-smoking forces growing, tobacco use waning and now a national drugstore chain jettisoning cigarettes for good, is this calculus starting to crack?

    Matzo and kosher wine maker Manischewitz has been sold, just in time for the Passover Seder meal.

    Matzo maker Manischewitz sold to investment firm

    Matzo and kosher wine maker Manischewitz has been sold, just in time for the Passover Seder meal. Sankaty Advisors, an arm of private equity firm Bain Capital, bought the company from a group including investment firm Harbinger. The price was not disclosed.

    Method’s non-aerosol air freshener.

    Target ups game on organic, sustainable products

    Target is upping the game on organic and sustainable products. The nation’s second-largest discounter has hand-selected 17 of the leading natural, organic and sustainable brands that already sell to its stores and has challenged them to come up with new products or new twists.

    A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.

    GM missed deadline for faulty switch data

    A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter to GM on Tuesday that the company already owes $28,000 in fines, and they will accrue at $7,000 per day until it provides all the requested information.

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh

    Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court

    So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world’s largest smartphone makers isn’t about stolen ideas. It’s getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has become increasingly frustrated during the first few days of the trial pitting Apple against Samsung.

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    See the recipe for this Grilled Flatbread with Hummus & Mixed Veggies and more pizzas on the grill on Page 4.

    Grilled Flatbread with Hummus & Mixed Veggies
    Grilled Flatbread with Hummus & Mixed Veggies


    Working wet soil can damage it for years

    Q. I want to get outside and start gardening. However, my neighbor says the soil is too wet and I should wait. Why should I wait, and how can I tell when the soil is ready?

    Quinta de Soalhiero's 2011 Alvarinho from Vinho Verde, Portugal is Mary Ross' choice for wine of the week

    Good wine: Vinho Verde’s bubbly personality easy to warm up to

    There’s good reason for Vinho Verde’s popularity. The wines are light, bright and crystal clean. They are easy on the pocketbook, retailing from less than $10 to about $20. They are easy to enjoy too, whether from a wineglass or in a poolside stadium mug complete with ice and straw.

    Spatchcocking a whole chicken (cutting out the backbone and roasting the bird flat), makes it cook more quickly.

    A matzo-stuffed chicken for any time comfort food

    Admittedly, most of us don’t have the time to prepare a stuffed turkey on a weeknight. But why not try a chicken? The beauty of a roasted chicken is that aside from about 15 minutes prep, nearly all of the time is hands off.

    Orange Cinnamon Coconut Pudding is a Puerto Rican-inspired treat that’s perfect for spring suppers.

    A quick, easy coconut pudding perfect for Easter

    Tembleque is a Puerto Rican pudding made from coconut milk and cornstarch. The pudding was sweet without being cloying, and thick without being chewy. J.M. Hirsch gives us his take on the treat.

    Adding chopped mushrooms to ground beef raises the nutrition profile and lowers the per-portion cost of these Mushroom Tacos with Salsa Verde.

    Mushroom Tacos with Salsa Verde
    Mushrooms beef up tacos raising the dish's nutrition profile and lowering its per-plate cost.

    bd’s Mongolian Grill is debuting new drinks.

    Night life events: bd’s Mongolian rolls out new drinks
    bd’s Mongolian Grill rolls out five new drinks; the Thirsty Whale Bar has some new cocktails to sample; watch the Blackhawks at the Snuggery Schaumburg.


    Auditions and art shows
    Auditions and artist calls starting Friday, April 11, 2014, in Chicago and the suburbs.

    James Hellwig, better known as The Ultimate Warrior, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014. He was 54. Hellwig was one of pro wrestling’s biggest stars in the late 1980s.

    Former pro wrestler Ultimate Warrior dies at 54

    James Hellwig, better known as former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, has died, the WWE said. He was 54. Scottsdale, Ariz., police said he collapsed while walking with his wife to their car at a hotel, and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Hellwig was one of pro wrestling’s biggest stars in the late 1980s. He beat Hulk Hogan in a memorable match at Wrestlemania in 1990.

    “The Truth,” by Ledisi

    Ledisi wows with latest album

    Despite multiple Grammy nominations, being one of Michelle Obama’s faves and having a voice that is among the most beautiful you will hear today, Ledisi still hovers far below the radar of music’s mainstream listeners. Her latest studio album, “The Truth,” probably isn’t going to change that, but it should: It’s a gem that deserves to be heard. Ledisi’s voice is a multifaceted jewel that gives the album much of its sparkle: She’s bold but never brash, scats without overtrilling and can curl your toes with the bending of a single note. Even when she’s giving someone the emotional heave-ho, as on “Like This,” you’ll be more mesmerized by her performance than the pathos of the situation: If only all relationships could end with a Ledisi soundtrack.

    “Carter Girl,” Carlene Carter

    Carlene Carter leans on family ties

    Carlene Carter proves just how personal, and powerful, a tribute album can be with “Carter Girl.” The album focuses solely on songs with family ties as she retools classics by country music pioneers the Carter Family, the Carter Sisters, her mother June Carter Cash and her stepfather Johnny Cash.

    “L’Amour,” by Juan Diego Florez

    Tenors Florez, Brownlee offer new albums

    For more than a decade, Peruvian Juan Diego Florez and American Lawrence Brownlee have been the world’s leading bel canto tenors, thrilling audiences with their high notes and technical agility in operas by Rossini, Donizetti and other early 19th century composers. Now in their early 40s, they have released new albums that show them in elegant form and offer a chance to savor the differences between the two light-voiced marvels.

    New Zealand singer Lorde is among the top contenders at next month’s Billboard Music Awards.

    Lorde, Imagine Dragons lead Billboard nominations

    Newcomers Lorde and Imagine Dragons are the top contenders at next month’s Billboard Music Awards. The breakthrough acts are finalists in 12 categories, thanks to Lorde’s Grammy-winning multiplatinum hit “Royals” and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” also a multiplatinum Grammy winner.

    Journey’s lead vocalist Arnel Pineda, center, said he’s been putting together an album of his own compositions in his own voice that he plans to release in 2014.

    Pineda plans solo album, but not leaving Journey

    Arnel Pineda says he’s been putting together an album of his own compositions in his own voice to release this year, but he quashed rumors that he’s gearing up to leave the American rock band Journey. The Filipino singer and Journey lead vocalist said he will stay as long as the band needs him. Pineda also dismissed talk of a possible band reunion with former lead singer Steve Perry.

    Scott Eyman gives evenhanded treatment of complicated subjects in “John Wayne: The Life and Legend.”

    New John Wayne biography hits target dead center

    Scott Eyman presents John Wayne as what he really was — a generally good-natured actor and filmmaker who created and maintained a persona that Americans took to heart in "John Wayne: The Life and Legend." It didn't happen overnight or by accident. Wayne worked hard to learn his craft, developed a keen understanding of the movie business and became wildly successful at selling his product.

    Police say an autopsy on Peaches Geldof was inconclusive. She was found dead at her home in England Monday.

    Peaches Geldof autopsy inconclusive

    Police say an autopsy on Peaches Geldof was inconclusive and toxicology tests will be conducted in an attempt to determine what killed the 25-year-old celebrity. Geldof was found dead at her home in southeast England on Monday.

    Michael Cera will star with Kieran Culkin in Kenneth Lonergan’s play “This is Our Youth,” which will play Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre this summer before moving to Broadway in the fall.

    Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin to star on Steppenwolf stage

    Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin are slated to star together on Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan’s play “This is Our Youth.” But not before stopping in Chicago first. Lonergan said Tuesday that Cera and Culkin will bring the play to Broadway in the fall after a stop this summer at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. All three will be making their Broadway debuts.

    Greg Poehler arrives at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. Poehler is the star and executive producer of “Welcome to Sweden,” Thursdays on NBC. His sister, actress Amy Poehler, is also executive producer on the show. The series premieres July 10.

    Amy Poehler and brother Greg team on new comedy

    Another Poehler sibling is bringing his comedy to television. Greg Poehler, whose sister Amy stars on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” stars in “Welcome to Sweden,” debuting July 10 on the same network.

    Natalie Dormer, left, and Diana Rigg star in “Game of Thrones.” HBO announced that the show, which just began its fourth season Sunday, was renewed for two more seasons.

    HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ renewed for 2 more seasons

    “Game of Thrones” rules. On the heels of its explosive fourth season premiere, HBO has renewed the epic fantasy series for two more years. The network promised more “dazzling storytelling” in those fifth and sixth seasons.

    Orange-Cinnamon Coconut Pudding

    Orange-Cinnamon Coconut Pudding — Tembleque
    Orange-Cinnamon Coconut Pudding is a quick, easy dessert for Easter, spring entertaining

    Passover gives home cooks an excuse to try their hand at making traditional Jewish candy called ingberlach.

    Ingberlach: A Jewish homemade candy for Passover

    Passover gives us an excuse to make a simple candy that is delicious and requires little fuss. And you don’t need to celebrate Passover to appreciate it. Ingberlach is a traditional Jewish candy flavored with ginger and honey.

    Scallions add an oniony counterpoint to the mushrooms in Mushroom and Scallion Lo Mein.

    An oniony kick balances mushrooms in lo mein

    The scallions are an oniony counterpoint to the mushrooms here, and a modest amount of soy sauce and sesame oil give the dish a light Asian taste without drowning the mushrooms’ flavor.You’ll need a large pan for this; I use a shallow 13-inch braiser. If you don’t have a big enough pan, cook the mushroom-scallion mixture in two batches.Note that the vegetables can be prepped and refrigerated several hours in advance.

    Mushroom and Scallion Lo Mein

    Mushroom and Scallion Lo Mein
    Scallions add an oniony counterpoint to the mushrooms in Mushroom and Scallion Lo Mein.

    Spring vegetables give matzo ball soup a fresh, seasonal taste.

    A matzo ball soup fit for a weeknight dinner

    A careful selection of vegetables — enough to flavor the broth and provide substance, yet not compete with the matzo balls — and a small amount of chicken give matzo ball soup a rich change-up without losing its identity.

    Spring Matzo Ball Soup works for a weeknight meal.

    Spring Matzo Ball Soup
    Spring Matzo Ball Soup gets a seasonal makeover.

    Crisp green beans, fresh artichokes and toasted hazelnuts make a salad that even carnivores will envy.

    I’ll always have Paris — and this salad

    Few things are as gratifying to a restaurant-loving vegetarian as seeing a whole table of food obsessives unable to talk about any dish other than the one you ordered. When I sat with the inimitable Patricia Wells and friends at brasserie Lazare in Paris, it was a salad of haricots verts, artichokes and hazelnuts that stole the show.

    Roasted chicken with fresh herb sauce is a simple, yet elegant entree for spring feasts.

    A healthy roast bird to help welcome spring

    Our spring feasts — often centered around Passover and Easter — typically call for a center-of-the-plate star like brisket or lamb. Of course they’re delicious, but both can seriously ramp up the fat and calories in a meal that tends to put the groan into groaning board even before the main course is served. Try chicken, roasted with the skin on, but then removed before plating. Delicious!

    Herb Matzo-Stuffed Roasted Chicken

    Herbed Matzo-Stuffed Roast Chicken
    Herb Matzo-Stuffed Chicken can be the centerpiece of a weeknight meal or a Passover feast.

    Simple Roast Chicken with Fresh Herb Sauce

    Simple Roast Chicken with Fresh Herb Sauce
    Roast Chicken with Fresh Herb Sauce is good entree for a spring holidays like Passover and Easter.

    Hazelnuts and cinnamon and clove spice up ingberlach, a honey-based candy for Passover.

    Spiced Hazelnut Ingberlach
    Spiced Hazelnut Ingberlach is Jewish candy that you can make at home for Passover


    Green Bean, Artichoke and Hazelnut Salad
    Green Bean, Artichoke and Hazelnut Salad will remind you of warm spring Paris days.

    LongHorn Steakhouse recently added these bone-in lamb chops to the chef’s showcase menu. It comes served with horseradish-whipped mashed potatoes and wilted spinach for $19.99.

    Dining events: LongHorn ushers in spring menu

    LongHorn Steakhouse recently welcomed several new additions to the menu like the crispy artichoke harvest appetizer, roasted golden beets and blueberry lemon butter cake. Also, Ricky B’s Prime Burger House, a concept by the owners of Chicago Chop House, recently opened at Woodfield Mall.

    A yellowing young leaf, though its veins remain green, indicates that this plant is hungry for iron. Plants do tell us when they are hungry — with poor or distorted growth, and with leaf discolorations. Test your soil every few years.

    Know what is or isn’t in your soil

    If plants could squeal like hungry pigs, we gardeners would pay more attention to their fertilizer needs. But plants do tell us when they are hungry — with poor or distorted growth and with leaf discolorations. Why wait for your plants to become so desperate? Test your soil every few years.

    Popcorn cupcakes by Terri Edmunds of Naperville.

    Moving from Challenge contestant to cupcake baker

    In this week's column, Deborah Pankey catches up with 2012 Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Terri Edmunds, tells you when and where you can catch up with Carla Hall from "The Chew" and gives you the 411 on an edible book contest at Harper College in Palatine.

    A woman watches the crowd during the grand reopening of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, April 5. The balcony, outside Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel, is the site where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

    National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis reopens

    One of the first exhibits visitors see at the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis displays statues of shackled and branded black men, sitting in a line with knees near their chins, on the deck of a creaking slave ship headed across an ocean. The powerful, visceral exhibit sets the tone for an evocative, newly immersive museum experience that chronicles the history of the civil rights struggle in America. The main section of the museum reopened April 5.

    It’s like you’re on vacation when you go jet ski racing in “Kinect Sports Rivals.”

    ‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ a moving experience

    “Kinect Sports Rivals,” a stylish collection of virtual athletic pursuits crafted by veteran game maker Rare, hopes to compel Xbox One owners to use Kinect for more than just navigating menus. The game itself is composed of six activities: Jet Ski racing, bowling, rock climbing, tennis, target shooting and soccer. For better or worse, the quasi-futuristic sports depicted in “Rivals” more closely resemble those weird sports the Enterprise crew would play in the holodeck on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” For example, rock climbing features electrical obstacles and soccer has holograms.

    Pharrell Williams, left, and Hans Zimmer created such a collaborative atmosphere on the soundtrack for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” that changes were introduced to the movie itself. The film releases May 2, 2014.

    Pharrell Williams, Zimmer create ‘Spidey’ opera

    Director Marc Webb and famed composer Hans Zimmer assembled a supergroup of influential recording artists, including the “Happy” chart topper Pharrell Williams, for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The hope was that everyone working together would spark creativity, but Zimmer had no idea how far that creativity would go until Williams took a walk around the block. “We wrote an opera. So, who would’ve thunk it?” Zimmer said.

    Alt-rock band Eleventh Dream Day, led by Northbrook native Rick Rizzo, will perform at the Hideout in Chicago on Sunday.

    Music notes: Eleventh Dream Day playing Hideout Sundays

    The golden age of pop comes alive again this weekend in St. Charles, when Little Anthony & the Imperials and Paul Revere & the Raiders perform at separate concerts at the Arcada Theatre.



    Editorial: The rewards of persistence in a cold case

    A Daily Herald editorial praises law enforcement for not giving up on the case of Amber Creek or Palatine, brutally murdered 17 years ago. A Palatine man was charged Tuesday in the crime.


    Rumsfeld’s battle with truth

    Columnist Richard Cohen: There is a moment, a mere moment, when Donald Rumsfeld’s eyes well up and he chokes a bit. This comes in Errol Morris’ documentary “The Unknown Known,” in which Rumsfeld mentions visiting the wounded of the Iraq War.


    When facts become casualties

    Columnists Steve and Cokie Roberts: It’s shocking -- and revealing -- when a senior lawmaker thinks he can wield more influence running a radio show than a major congressional committee.


    Equity lacking in state championships
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: Non-boundary schools have won a disproportionate amount of state titles the past 35 years as part of the IHSA. While comprising less than 20 percent of the membership they have won a much larger percentage of all championships, especially in the last 10 years.


    GOP becoming party of selfishness
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Suppose one supports radical cuts in food stamps to veterans, children, unemployed, minorities, etc. while maintaining farm subsidies to General Electric — exactly which of the Ten Commandments are you following? Thou shalt maintain maximum selfishness?


    Look at motives of Keystone opponents
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: More jobs here, reduced energy costs for the world, a deterrent to a KGB thug, helping our trade balance — so why not do it?


    Common Core standards dangerous
    A Lake Bluff letter to the ediitor: Illinois must op out of Common Core for the sake of children.


    Confront problems on military bases
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Another shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Can’t this administration and Congress get the problem that’s happening on our military bases?


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