Daily Archive : Friday April 11, 2014



    House near Wauconda catches fire

    A pile of burning brush may have caused a two-alarm fire Friday afternoon in an unincorporated area near Wauconda, fire officials said.

    COURTESY OF ABC7 CHICAGOPersonnel tend to an airplane off the runway at DuPage Airport on Friday.

    No injuries as plane leaves runway at DuPage Airport

    A plane skidded off the runway Friday afternoon at DuPage Airport in West Chicago. Authorities said the call came in about 4:10 p.m., but most fire department units were told they were no longer needed at the scene before they even arrived. No one was injured.

    The proposed $7 million cafeteria at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights would offer a college-style food court.

    Panel endorses St. Viator’s plans for $7 million cafeteria

    Plans for a new, nearly $7 million cafeteria at St. Viator High School were unanimously approved by the Arlington Heights Plan Commission this week. The current, 53-year-old cafeteria will begin to be torn down later this summer and the new building finished by August 2015.

    Cliff McIlvaine, who was sued by the city of St. Charles in an effort to get him to finish a project that he first pulled a permit for in 1975, stands on a landing between his original home to the left and new, super-insulated addition on the right, which he hopes to turn into a museum for his and his father’s inventions, along with city memorabilia.

    Another pact reached in decades-old St. Charles home project

    An agreement has been reached in an effort to have Cliff McIlvaine, who was first issued a permit for a construction project at his St. Charles home in 1975, to finish work this summer and eventually erect a storage facilty for vehicles and construction materials still on his property. McIlvaine could still be on the hook for about $64,000 in fines, plus attorney fees.

    Students look on as the Jesse White Tumblers perform Friday at Hillcrest Elementary School in Elgin.

    Jesse White Tumblers soar in Elgin

    Jesse White Tumblers make a stop at Hillcrest Elementary School in Elgin.


    No decision on charges in Barrington ‘sexting’ case

    Barrington police said Friday that their ongoing investigation of “sexting” among some Barrington middle school students is at too early a stage to determine whether criminal charges will be pursued.

    Work is either underway or still to come in the neighborhood around Rosemont’s Barry Recreational Center, including a new parking lot (above) and nearby mural, and a turf field just south of the rec center.

    Turf field will replace grass around Rosemont rec center

    The neighborhood around the Barry Recreational Center in Rosemont is about to be spruced up. The village received a $176,800 state grant last week that will help pay for an artificial field turf, a walking track and a picnic area at a 1.3-acre grass field next to the rec center building, 7128 Barry St.

    Metra officials hope ethics reforms will win back the public’s trust.

    Will patronage log put Metra on right track?

    Don't casually drop the name of your son as a prospective Metra conductor to a board director or it could end up on an official record, following ethics changes instituted Friday. The reforms are intended to deter political patronage but include everyone.


    Hoffman board invites you over for coffee

    The Hoffman Estates village board will host a “Coffee with the Board” at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19. This meet-and-greet will take place in the village hall council chambers at 1900 Hassell Road.

    Pace buses have been allowed to travel on the shoulder of I-55 since 2011.

    House gives Pace go-ahead to stay on I-55 shoulder

    The Illinois House approved a plan this week to permanently allow Pace buses to drive on the shoulder of I-55 in hopes of someday expanding it into more areas of the suburbs.

    Robert D. Wonderling

    Police: Antioch Township volunteer charged with battery

    A 67-year-old Antioch Township emergency services volunteer has been arrested for inappropriately touching a female member of the Antioch Rescue Squad, authorities said Friday. Robert Wonderling, of Lake Villa, was charged with misdemeanor battery, authorities said.

    Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and his Republican rival, Bruce Rauner, shake hands after they appeared together Friday during the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Association in Chicago. Association President Cinda Klickna, who moderated the event, stands between them.

    Quinn, Rauner spar on education

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner held little back in their first meeting of the 2014 campaign, with Rauner telling an influential teachers union that Quinn has broken his promises on issues from school funding to taxes, and the governor calling his opponent “the biggest threat to public education” in Illinois.


    New gas station to open in Des Plaines

    A new gas station is reopening where an old one closed in Des Plaines, at 680 N. Wolf Road.

    The official logo for the Boy Scouts of America Discovery Outpost coming to Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

    Boy Scout recruitment site coming to Woodfield

    The Boy Scouts of America is setting up shop on the busiest street it can find — Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. A recruitment center — the Boy Scouts of America Discovery Outpost — will open May 31 by the play area in the center of the mall, where all five councils serving the Chicago area hope to find new Scouts among the mall's estimated annual crowd of 28 million.

    June Steenkamp, center, mother of the late Reeva Steenkamp, listens in the public gallery, as state prosecutor Gerrie Nel questions Oscar Pistorius, in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, April 11, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013.

    Prosecutor: Pistorius' story doesn't add up

    The prosecutor cross-examining Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial Friday tried to shred his version of events on the night he shot and killed his girlfriend, saying they do not add up and go completely against how people would react in the situation the double-amputee Olympian has described. Instead, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the “only reasonable explanation” for what happened...


    Emergency preparedness class

    West chicago is offering a Community Emergency Reposnse Training class starting at the end of April.


    Naperville nonprofit Artful IMPACT! seeks cause for summer cabaret

    A Naperville-based nonprofit that works to make individuals, groups and businesses stronger through the arts is accepting applications from other nonprofits to receive potential charitable donations.

    Daily Herald File Photo Enjoy those three lanes while you can.

    This one’s going to hurt — One-mile lane closure on I-90 coming

    Where did that I-90 lane go? If you're traveling a stretch of the westbound Jane Addams between the Kennedy and Tri-State, that question will arise soon as the tollway embarks on a rebuild in a short but pivotal stretch.

    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, left, speaks with Prince Salman, the Saudi King’s brother and Riyadh Governor, right, before the King’s departure to United States, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Social challenges as Saudis draw throne’s future

    King Abdullah, on the throne for nearly a decade, is almost 90 and recently appeared in public with an oxygen tube. His half-brother Prince Salman, in his late 70s, is the crown prince, the designated successor. Abdullah has already outlived two other half-brothers who held the crown prince post.


    Kane County Board wants power to remove political appointees

    Kane County Board members want the authority to remove appointees to various local boards as well as hold them to a new code of conduct. Members of the county's legislative committee voiced support for pending state legislation that provides for such authority. It was spawned by a situation that arose last year with the Lake County Housing Authority.

    Champaign County judge Chase Leonhard, left, looks at state’s attorney David DeThorne while signing a order for home isolation for a tuberculosis patient during a proceeding Friday in Champaign.

    Judge orders ankle bracelet for patient with TB

    A judge in central Illinois has ordered an uncooperative patient with infectious tuberculosis to remain in his home and wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet to prevent the spread of disease. The ruling came during an unusual hearing Friday at the health department in Champaign.


    State Farm CEO says Bloomington will remain company’s home

    State Farm Insurance Co. CEO Ed Rust Jr. says the company’s plans to expand in Arizona, Texas and Georgia will not affect the company’s headquarters in Bloomington. The insurance company is Bloomington’s largest employer with about 15,000 jobs.

    A girl passes by on a bicycle Friday, in front a home damaged by an earthquake in Nagarote, Nicaragua.

    New quake shakes Nicaragua; nation on alert

    A magnitude-6.6 earthquake shook Nicaragua on Friday afternoon, sending people running frightened into the streets less than 24 hours after a magnitude-6.1 quake rattled the country, the United States Geological Survey said.

    Peter Valinskas

    Woodridge man accused of threatening cops with baseball bat

    A Woodridge man is accused of charging police officers with a baseball bat before they subdued him with a stun gun. Peter Valinskas, 31, called police on March 30 to warn them that he was “off his medication” and was destroying his family’s home, Assistant State’s Attorney Anne Therieau said. “When officers arrived, every single item made of glass in the home...


    Award nominations sought:

    Wauconda officials are seeking nominations for the 2014 Mayor’s Community Service Awards.


    Pet microchips, vaccinations offered:

    The Vernon Hills Police Department will host a pet vaccination and microchip clinic from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 26, in the police garage at 754 Lakeview Parkway.


    Donation provides lifesaving devices:

    The Libertyville police department recently was able to replace six Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) that were more than eight years old and add two additional units to the fleet as a result of a $10,000 donation.

    Matt Teske

    Ex-Geneva Library director resigns assistant post

    The former Geneva Public Library director, who stepped down to assistant director earlier this year, has quit.

    Doug Maxeiner

    Despite earlier setback, Wauconda water plans moving forward

    Wauconda’s renewed quest for Lake Michigan drinking water continues to sail forward through once-choppy waters. The Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency’s executive committee has agreed to send Wauconda’s request for membership to the agency’s board of directors for consideration.

    A copy of the Obamas’ federal tax form for the 2013 tax year.

    Obamas pay $98,169 in taxes on income of $481,098

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in taxes on $481,098 income last year, according to tax returns the White House released Friday. They paid an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4 percent.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A trespassing report was filed at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after a blanket, pillow and two chair cushions were found in a closet in a home for sale on the 7N300 block of Windsor Drive near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Elgin accepting applications for council seat

    The Elgin City Council is accepting applications to fill a vacant seat that expires in April 2015. Qualifications include being a registered voter, a resident of Elgin for at least one year, not owing taxes or other bills to the city, and not having been convicted of any “infamous crime,” bribery, perjury, or other felony.


    Judge makes ruling in Kankakee-area pipeline leak

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan says a Kankakee County judge has ordered two pipeline operators to help her office investigate a 1,500-gallon petroleum gas spill last month.


    Jail, probation for man wounded in 2012 North Aurora drug robbery

    One of two men wounded in a 2012 drug-related shooting in North Aurora pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to 160 days in jail and 18 months probation. Baldemar A. Aguilar, 25, also must pay $3,200 in fines and court costs.


    Employee charged with diverting $700,000 from firm

    A Chicago trading firm’s office manager is facing a federal wire fraud charge after authorities say he diverted more than $700,000 from the company’s dividends to buy land in Indiana.


    Chicago man pleads guilty in Zimbabwe case

    A 72-year-old Chicago man has pleaded guilty to illegally lobbying U.S. lawmakers to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe’s president and other members of his regime for a promise of $3.4 million. Prince Asiel Ben Israel entered his guilty plea Friday in federal court in Chicago.


    ‘Conversion therapy’ ban defeated in House

    Illinois lawmakers voted down a bill banning so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay youth. The measure sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy was defeated Thursday in the Illinois House on a 44-51 vote, although 22 members did not vote.


    Need seen for Illinois school protocols on concussions

    A survey of school nurses suggests most Illinois schools don’t have protocols for when to allow students who’ve suffered concussions back into the classroom. Researchers at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago reported their findings at a recent sports medicine conference.

    Cardinal Francis George says the Roman Catholic Church has told him it will begin searching for his successor because of his “uncertain” health as he undergoes chemotherapy.

    Church to seek successor for George

    Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago who is being treated for cancer, said Friday that the Roman Catholic Church has agreed to begin formally searching for his successor as head of the nation’s third-largest diocese. George spoke about his most recent bout with cancer while meeting with reporters to share his thoughts on the canonizations later this month of Popes John XXIII...


    Buffalo Grove hangs onto Aaa bond rating

    Moody’s Investor Services has confirmed Buffalo Grove’s Aaa bond rating for its existing general obligation debt. Moody’s was reviewing the village for a possible downgrade, but said the diversity of the community’s tax base, solid fiscal management and a favorable debt profile overcame its “elevated” pension liabilities.

    Most of Irish Fest takes place under a big heated tent.

    Mount Prospect Irish Fest is April 12

    The 2014 festival season kicks off in the Northwest suburbs with Irish Fest, from 2-11 p.m. Saturday, April 12 in downtown Mount Prospect. A huge heated tent in the Chase Bank parking lot, Emerson Street and Busse Avenue, will hose Celtic music, Irish food and beer.

    Marmarie Kostelny and D.J. Tegeler are separated by seven votes under unofficial results from the March 18 primary contest for the Republican nomination for a Kane County Circuit judge seat.

    Down by 7, Kostelny not conceding Kane County judge race

    Kane County Associate Judge Marmarie Kostelny has not conceded the March 18 election and likely will ask for an exploratory recount of 25 percent of precincts, her campaign manager said Thursday. Kostelny, who unofficial results show is trailing Geneva defense attorney D.J. Tegeler by seven votes, has five days after the Illinois State Board of Elections canvasses and certifies results on April...


    Rapper Chief Keef pleads not guilty to DUI

    Rap star Chief Keef pleaded not guilty to one count of driving under the influence of drugs in a Lake County courtroom early Friday. Keith Cozart, 18, of the 800 block of Happ Road in Northfield, remains free in lieu of $3,000 bond. His next court date is May 28.

    Matthew Bielecki

    Former Antioch-area firefighter pleads guilty to sex assault charges

    A former Antioch-area firefighter pleaded guilty in Lake County court to one count of sexual assaulting a teen he allegedly represented as a modeling manager. Matthew Bielecki, 44, of Antioch Township, was sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday.

    An ARC Disposal truck slows down for a speed hump on South See Gwun Avenue in Mount Prospect.

    Mount Prospect may swap speed humps with colored asphalt

    Mount Prospect may be getting over the hump in its approach to slowing traffic on South See Gwun Avenue. About eight years after installing seven speed humps to address concerns over speeding and excessive traffic, officials are considering a new approach - colored asphalt.

    Libertyville Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Weaver offers Libertyville High School students a look inside an ambulance Friday during Trauma Day at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

    Libertyville High students receive sobering message

    About 80 students from Libertyville High School participated in the “Trauma Day” event at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville on Friday. The goal of the first-time program was to show students the real-life consequences of drinking and driving. Students attended various stations that demonstrated what happens after a traffic accident.

    Mary Amici-Kozi works in the creative services department of the Gail Borden Public Library. Her daily workflow is much like her career path. It starts small and she makes it bigger with ideas and execution. Some of her 3-D displays can take weeks to complete.

    Moving Picture: Elgin library artist builds cityscape

    Mary Amici-Kozi doesn't get the spotlight much, but her work sure does. The graphic artist at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin creates displays both large and small that complement the themes or events happening in the library. “We are always changing, always coming up with new ideas,” she says. “You want to give as much as you can. You want to be as creative as you can.

    A new bathroom building installed at the Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve off Wadsworth Road features a patented technology designed to eliminate odors.

    Lake forest preserve invests in nose-friendly toilets

    Lake County Forest Preserve District officials want visitors to have a better experience when nature calls. The district will be replacing 10 toilet structures that are 20 or more years old with odor-reducing "evaporator" facilities at the Greenbelt, Half Day, Old School and Van Patten Woods forest preserves. “If it's functioning correctly, there's no smell inside whatsoever,”...


    Island Lake sets budget for fireworks at $17,700

    Despite concerns about the village's finances, Island Lake officials have agreed to spend up to $17,700 on a fireworks show this summer.

    Legislation that would ban police departments from issuing quotas on tickets has been approved in the Illinois Senate.

    Illinois Senate approves ban on ticket quotas
    Legislation that would ban police departments from issuing quotas on tickets has been approved in the Illinois Senate.The bill prevents any law enforcement agency from requiring officers to write a certain number of traffic citations within a specific time period. Police officers also couldn’t be evaluated on the number of citations they issue.

    Breaded and fried Asian carp at Dixon Seafoods in East Peoria, Ill.

    Asian carp could be rebranded as cuisine

    The swarms of Asian carp that infest the Illinois River may not want to hear this, but they’re good to eat. Clint Carter from Carter’s Fish Market in Springfield demonstrated that as he prepared a carp taste test on Tuesday at Dixon Seafood Shoppe, 1807 W. Main St. in East Peoria.

    Mayor Ruben Pineda presents the 2014 State of the City Address.

    Mayor Pineda highlights West Chicago’s successes

    Thoughtful planning and strategic foresight, plus a philosophy of living within its means, were credited as keys to the success of the city of West Chicago’s solid financial position as outlined by Mayor Ruben Pineda last week in his State of the City Address.


    Schaumburg to join drug task force it suggested

    Schaumburg police are planning to join Arlington Heights and Hanover Park on a new Northwest suburban drug task force whose June 1 creation was first suggested by Schaumburg. The formation of a Northwest Cook County arm of the 26-year-old North Central Narcotics Task Force is considered a significant step in the Schaumburg Police Department's reorganization of its own drug enforcement efforts,...

    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stand with outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, second from left, and his nominee to be her replacement, Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Friday, April 11, 2014, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

    Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor

    President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law's comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage. “Under Kathleen's leadership, her team at HHS turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done,” Obama said. “And the...


    Sebelius: Work at HHS is the ‘cause of my life’

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the government is making “tremendous progress” toward fixing what she called a broken health system. Sebelius commented Friday after President Barack Obama announced her resignation after five years in his Cabinet.

    Masked pro-Russian activists pass by a barricade as they guard a regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, April 11, 2014. Ukraine’s prime minister on Friday told leaders in the country’s restive east that he is committed to allowing regions to have more powers.

    Ukraine PM: regions should have more powers

    Ukraine’s prime minister on Friday told leaders in the country’s restive east that he is committed to allowing regions to have more powers, but left it unclear how his ideas differ from the demands of protesters now occupying government buildings or from Russia’s advocacy of federalization.

    Robert Corchado makes his initial court appearance Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Fla. Police say on Wednesday, Corchado, 28, crashed his Dodge Durango into a convertible, which in turn smashed into the KinderCare building and fled the scene. A girl was killed and 14 people were injured.

    No bail yet for man in deadly Fla. day care crash

    A man who authorities say drove an SUV that crashed into another vehicle, sending it spinning into a daycare center where a girl was killed and 14 people were injured, was ordered Friday to stay in jail until a judge can determine whether he is a flight risk. Robert Corchado, 28, will be held in jail until at least Monday when a judge will hear arguments on whether he can be released on bail,...

    Actor Tim Pigott-Smith plays Britain’s Prince Charles during in the play ‘King Charles III’ at the Almeida Theatre in London. The new play about Britain’s future king is getting rave reviews.

    ‘King Charles III’ puts British monarchy onstage

    A new play about Britain’s future king is getting rave reviews. Once it would have been theatrical treason. “King Charles III” imagines current heir Prince Charles taking the throne, with catastrophic results.

    President Barack Obama speaks at the LBJ Presidential Library, Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Austin, Texas, during the Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

    Obama to focus civil rights message on voting

    A day after hailing the Civil Rights Act as a lasting legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, President Barack Obama is using another civil rights forum to issue an election-year warning against erosion of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 law that helped pave Obama’s path in politics. On Friday, Obama was to address Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference...


    Carter, Dole wives to aid White House troop effort

    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are offering relief to millions of people who care for wounded service members and veterans. At the White House on Friday, the first lady and the wife of Vice President Joe Biden are announcing new steps by private and public sector organizations to help ease the heavy burden on what many say is a vital but largely invisible workforce. They are being joined by former...

    This was taken at a friends house near Apple Canyon Lake, Ill. This little bird flew into the window and was sitting stunned on the deck. It didn’t move for a few minutes, and I was able to get up close to take pictures.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of April 7.

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ducks as an object is thrown onstage during an address to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries during their annual convention at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Las Vegas.

    Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech

    Hillary Rodham Clinton ducked a thrown shoe, expressed surprise, cracked a couple of jokes that drew applause and continued her keynote speech on stage in front of a Las Vegas convention audience. Moments later, still in the stage spotlight, the former secretary of state reflected calmly on what she called “an atmosphere and attitude in politics” that she said rewards inflexibility...


    1 man dead in Milwaukee house fire

    Officials say one man has died in a house fire in Milwaukee. WTMJ-TV reports the fire started in a small cottage on the city’s north side about 11 p.m. Thursday. Firefighters removed the man from the house. He was taken to an area hospital and later pronounced dead.


    Rockford-to-Chicago train could run next year

    Authorities say restored daily passenger rail service between Rockford and Chicago could begin operating next year. WNIJ Radio reports the state of Illinois is contributing $223 million for the project.

    William Henry Harrison

    Home of nation’s 9th president acquires portrait

    The foundation that oversees the home where President William Henry Harrison lived as Indiana’s territorial governor now has a portrait painted just before his death on display.


    Chicago bike share system comes out of hibernation

    Chicago’s new bike sharing program survived its first winter in operation. Now that it’s spring, the program is bringing more of the bikes out of hibernation. Seven hundred bikes that had been put into winter storage are being re-deployed throughout the system of 300 docking stations.

    A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion is flown by Flt. Lt Tim McAlevey back, in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 over the Indian Ocean, Friday, April 11, 2014. Authorities are confident that signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are from the missing Malaysian jet’s black boxes, Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday, raising hopes they are close to solving one of aviation’s most perplexing mysteries.

    Australian PM confident sounds are from Flight 370

    Authorities are confident that signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are from the missing Malaysian jet’s black boxes, Australia’s prime minister said Friday, raising hopes they are close to solving one of aviation’s most perplexing mysteries. Tony Abbott said crews hunting for Flight 370 have zeroed in on a more targeted area in their search for the source of the sounds,...

    Massive flames engulf a tractor-trailer and a tour bus just after they collide on Interstate 5, Thursday April, 10, 2014, near Orland, Calif. At least 10 people were killed in the crash, authorities said.

    10 killed as truck, bus carrying students collide in CA

    A FedEx tractor-trailer crossed over a grassy median on a Northern California freeway and slammed into a bus carrying more than 40 high school students in an explosive crash that left 10 people dead, authorities said. In addition to the drivers, three adult chaperones and five teenage students were killed in the crash, according to the California Highway Patrol. The bus carried between 44 and 48...

    The Chicago Public Library is launching redesigned online services, including a new website and improved library catalog.

    Revised online services offered by Chicago library

    The Chicago Public Library is launching redesigned online services, including a new website and improved library catalog. The website was funded by a $1 million grant from the Chicago Public Library Foundation.


    Geneva residents voicing electricity cost complaints

    Genevans are starting to join Batavians in noticing, and complaining, about the rising cost of their electricity, due in part to the towns' use of electricity from the Prairie State Energy Campus.

    The Rozycki family got good and bad news after a story ran in the Daily Herald last week about their recovery from a fire that damaged their home. The bad news was that the health of Tucker, their beloved 14-year-old Welsh Pembroke Corgi, took a turn for the worst and had to be euthanized.

    Dawn Patrol: 6 years for 6th DUI; good, bad news for Schaumburg dogs

    Arlington Heights man gets 6 years for 6th DUI; good news, bad news for Schaumburg dogs helped after fire; Senate candidate Oberweis proposes gradual minimum wage increase; Amrich supporter gets Island Lake post; things looking up for Hawks' Ben Smith.

    Weber-Stephen Products is slated to more than double the size of its current facility on Oak Creek Parkway in Huntley by building a second, 757,120-square-foot global distribution headquarters nearby.

    Huntley could become distribution hub for Weber grills

    Huntley could soon become the global headquarters for the distribution of Weber grills. Weber's proposed 757,120-square-foot distribution center would be located on roughly 90 of those acres — fronting the I-90 Tollway and Freeman Road, just east of the Huntley Outlet Center. “We are looking to cement our presence here in Huntley, and in Illinois,” said Dean Duffy, executive...

    Latoya Baines

    Fitness evaluation ordered for 2012 Batavia murder suspect

    A fitness evaluation has been ordered for Latoya Baines, a Batavia woman accused of the spring 2012 stabbing death of her boyfriend because she thought he was cheating. The murder of Gerald J. Jackson was Batavia's first murder since 2004.

    A sign announces the impending arrival of Bristol Palace, the business that will replace the recently closed Bristol Court banquet hall in Mount Prospect.

    Closed Mount Prospect banquet hall has new owner

    Bristol Court banquets, a well-known celebration spot in Mount Prospect that closed abruptly last month, has a new owner, according to village officials. Monty’s Elegant Banquets of Bensenville has acquired the building at 828 E. Rand Road and will open a new banquet hall there called Bristol Palace, Mount Prospect Community Development Director Bill Cooney said.



    IOC official: Slopestyle injuries “unacceptable”

    Maybe Shaun White was right all along.An International Olympic Committee official charged with monitoring injury rates at the games says the new discipline of slopestyle produced an “unacceptably high” number of injuries in its debut at the Sochi Olympics and should be dropped in future if that doesn’t improve.

    Lake Zurich shortstop Danny Neises throws to first after forcing out Wauconda's Kevin Malisheski at second on a sequence started by Wauconda's Mitchell Sharkey on Friday at Lake Zurich.

    New look matches winning result at Lake Zurich

    Colton Wagner did more than just return to high school baseball for Lake Zurich after missing the entire regular season last year due to knee surgery. On Friday, he planted his spikes on what now resembles a section of baseball paradise. “It's gorgeous, especially compared to the chain-link fence that used to be behind home plate,” Wagner, a senior catcher, said of Lake Zurich's newly renovated diamond, which includes landscaping bricks behind home plate and new, adjoining, taut netting. “It actually looks like a baseball field, (like at) Libertyville and Stevenson. We're starting to fit in with the conference.” Prettier yet for Lake Zurich was its come-from-behind, 12-7 win over Wauconda in a North Suburban Conference crossover that marked the first game played on the Bears' new-look field.


    Girls track: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Prospect invitationalteam scoresWheaton Warrenville South 142, Prospect 133, Warren 94, Wheeling 76, Deerfield 59, Rolling Meadows 36, Elk Grove 15.*individual placewinners3200 relay (4x800): Wheeling 9:49.8; 400 relay (4x100): Warren :49.7; 4x400 relay: Warren 4:11; Throw 4x100: Deerfield :56.2; 800 relay (4x200): Wheaton Warrenville South 1:46.2; 800 medley relay: Warren 1:56.8; 4000 relay: Prospect 12:54.9; 4x1600 relay: Wheaton Warrenville South 22.01.6; 1600 medley relay: Wheaton Warrenville South 4:33.2; 4x300 hurdle relay: Wheaton Warrenville South 3:19.9; Shuttle hurdle relay: Prospect 1:09.1; Long jump relay: Prospect 49-11.25; High jump relay: Prospect 15’2”; Triple jump relay: Prospect 95-7; Shotput relay: Prospect 111-4; Discus relay: Prospect 345; Pole vault relay: Wheaton Warrenville South 27’6”.*


    Softball: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*St. Charles North 11, South Elgin 1 (6 INN.) St. Charles North 000 038 -11-15-3South Elgin 000 100 -1-5-32B: SCN: Waslawski, Goetz, Millett. 3B: SCN: Rabin, Howlett, Beal. HR: SE: Buddle. WP: Rabin (3-2); LP: Allen (2-2).*St. Charles East 18, Metea Valley 12 (8 inn)St. Charles East 100 070 46 —18-27-4Metea Valley 060 300 30 —12-21-52B: SCE: Cheatham 3, Peterburs 2, Latoria, Kolb, Meadows. MV: Perna, Jauch, Harrington; 3B: SCE: Collalti; WP: Latoria; LP: Titiner.*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 15, DUNDEE-CROWN 3Grayslake Central 200 071 5 —15-13-3Dundee-Crown 020 001 0 —3-10-52B: GC: Snyder, Strickland, Truskowski; D-C: Emerson, Moore.HR: GC: Heraty.WP: Radke; LP: Girard.*GRAYSLAKE NOTH 14, PRAIRIE RIDGE 14 (SUSP.)Grayslake North 0003 353 0 —Prairie Ridge 900 140 —*mundelein 11, highland park 0Highland Park 000 00 —0-0-1Mundelein 202 34 —11-15-12B: Mun: Petlak 2, Hemmer.3B: Mun: Diaz, DeVito.HR: Mun: Rosenow 2, Woodyard, Parney.WP: Hemmer.*LIBERTYVILLE 12, ROLLING MEADOWS 3Libertyville 232 220 1 —12-18-xRolling Meadows 200 000 1 —3-6-x2B: Lib: Dembinski.HR: Lib: Katz 2.WP: Alban; S:Haraden.*CARMEL 11, VERNON HILLS 0 (6 INN.)Carmel 021 314 —11-14-0Vernon Hills 000 000 —0-1-32B: Carm: Petrus.WP: Dicara; LP: Stern.*Bartlett 10, Larkin (6 inn.)Larkin 000 000 -0-1-3Bartlett 230 005 -10-13-02B: B — Schmidt.WP: Johnson (1-1); LP: Hansen.*Cary-Grove 16, Hampshire 6 (6 inn.)Hampshire 000 105 -6-10-2Cary-Grove 200 12(11) -16-13-12B: H — Finn, Hurst; C-G — Semro, Zasadil.3B: C-G — Plitz.HR: H — Dechant; C-G — Semro.WP: Adams (1-0); LP: Widmayer.*Crystal Lake South 10, Johnsburg 0Johnsburg 000 00 -0-3-2CL South 413 2x -10-10-02B: CLS — Terry, Perdakaris.3B: CLS — Woods.WP: Massie.*Streamwood 8, East Aurora 2Streamwood 004 300 1 -8-10-2East Aurora 000 200 0 -2-3-12B: S — Daley (2), Soto, Purcell.WP: Hedger; LP: Bee.*Crystal Lake Central 7, Huntley 6 (8 INN.) CL Central 000 010 51 -7-8-1Huntley 000 320 10 -6-9-52B: CLC — Letto; H — Trubuzio, Koss. HR: CLC — Frank. WP: Mahaffy; LP: Conklin.*St. Edward 6 Chicago Christian 5St. Edward 100 050 0 -6-5-1Chicago Christian 200 011 1 -5-9-02B: SE — Scully.HR: SE — Stratman. WP: Zdroik (3-2); LP: Gutierrez.*St. Charles North 11, South Elgin 1 (6 INN.) St. Charles North 000 038 -11-15-3South Elgin 000 100 -1-5-32B: SCN — Waslawski, Goetz, Millett.3B: SCN — Rabin, Howlett, Beal. HR: SE — Buddle. WP: Rabin (3-2); LP: Allen (2-2).*Burlington Central 9, Barrington 8Burlington C. 000 411 2 -9-13-6Barrington 000 110 6 -8-9-22B: BC —Kisch, Wiater. HR: BC — Kisch, Wiater, Harvey. WP: B. Gaylord (3-2); LP: Dolezal; SV: Kisch.*Grayslake Central 15, Dundee-Crown 3Grayslake C. 200 071 5 -15-13-3Dundee-Crown 020 001 0 -3-10-52B: GLC — Snyder, Strickland, Truskowski; D-C — Emerson, Moore. HR: GLC — Heraty.WP: Radke; LP: Girard.*Elgin 9, Prospect 2Elgin 400 112 1 -9-13-3Prospect 000 000 2 -2-6-12B: E — Bremer 2, Eckholm; P — Lecomte, Malczewski, Saenz. HR: E — Rago. WP: Rago (2-3); LP: Lenski.*Jacobs 6, Glenbrook South 2 (5 INN.) Glenbrook S. 000 20 -2-3-5Jacobs 221 1x -6-5-22B: J — Borg. WP: Peters. *Glenbard South 6, Wheaton North 0*Montini 10, Rosary 2Rosary 010 010 0 —2-8-0Montini 010 063 X —10-10-22B: M: Barrett. HR: M: Ross, Lezcano 2. WP: Trojnar; LP: Young.*DeKalb 8, Hinsdale Central 5Hinsdale Central 012 020 0 —5-10-3DeKalb 201 112 1 —8-12-22B: D: Newport. HC: Burr. HR: D: Kowalski. HC: Koffron. LP: Berlin.*


    Girls soccer: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*IC CAtholic Prep 2, Aurora Central CAtholic 1IC Catholic Prep 2 0 —2Aurora Central Catholic 0 1 —1Scoring — ACC: SundburgGoalkeepers — ACC: Mandarino (15 saves).*St. Edward 3, St. Thomas More 0St. Edward 0 3 —3St. Thomas More 0 0 —0Scoring — SE — Gnan (PK), Gnan (Ramirez), Zeller (Ramirez). Goalkeepers — SE — Dykstra (3 saves).*Hinckley-Big Rock 4, Harvest Christian 0Hinckley-Big Rock 3 1 —4Harvest Christian 0 0 —0Goalkeepers — HC — Doby (12 saves).*Glenbard South 1, St. Francis 1Glenbard South 0 1 —1St. Francis 0 1 —1Scoring — GS: Miglio (Gray). SF: Syron. Goalkeepers — GS: Wescott (6)*buffalo grove 1, prospect 0Prospect 0 0 —0Buffalo Grove 0 1 —1Buffalo Grove — Groth (Busse).Goalkeepers — Pros: Rickett; BG: O’Connor.*conant 2, palatine 2Palatine 1 1 —2Conant 1 1 —2Conant — Mazurek, O’Keefe.*Elk Grove 2, Hoffman Estates 1Hoffman Estates 0 1 —1Elk Grove 2 0 —2Hoffman Estates — HE: Nagrant.Elk Grove — Slattery 2.Goalkeepers — HE: Van (7 saves); EG: Solorio (4 saves).*PRAIRIE RIDGE 2, WAUCONDA 0Wauconda 0 0 —0Prairie Ridge 1 1 —2Goalkeepers — Wauc: Magiera (7 saves).*Thursday’s resultGRANT 3, ROUND LAKE 0Grant 1 2 —3Round Lake 0 0 —0Scoring — Wilhelm (Nehila), Pecorini, Nehila (Pecorini).Goalkeepers — Grt: Rodas (2 saves).


    Girls water polo:Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*MUNDELEIN 10, BOONE (FL) 7Boone 3 1 1 2 —7Mundelein 5 3 2 0 —10Mundelein — Kozokar 4, Garcia 3, Ward 2, Boothe.*rolling meadows 18, deerfield 5Rolling Meadows — Delporte 2, Luedloff 5, Pletch, Holobud 3, Feikes 5, Nykol, Franton.Deerfield — Soffer 5.Goalkeepers — RM: Zanocco (22 saves).*st. viator 8, libertyville 4St. Viator — Coteus 3.Libertyville — Steizner 2.*wheeling 7, prospect 5Wheeling — Godlewski 6, Sowa.Prospect — Schavone 3, Vudng, McCallister.*


    Boys volleyball: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Marian Catholic TournamentSt. Charles North d. Homewood Flossmoor 25-13, 25-17Notre Dame d. St. Charles North 25-17, 27-26*Warren invitationalteam scoresPool ALincoln-Way East d. Maine South 25-21, 25-16Lincoln-Way East d. Young 25-14, 25-21Maine South d. Young 25-14, 25-21*Pool BNew Trier d. Grant 25-11, 25-14New Trier d. Providence 25-13, 25-20Providence d. Grant 25-17, 25-14*Pool CLincoln-Way North d. Hoffman Estates 25-11, 25-12Lincoln-Way North d. Stevenson 25-21, 25-15Stevenson d. Hoffman Estates 27-26, 25-17*Pool DBuffalo Grove d. Carmel 25-21, 25-17Buffalo Grove d. Wheaton North 26-27, 25-22, 15-8Wheaton North d. Carmel 25-16, 27-26*Pool EVernon Hills d. Niles North 25-23, 25-27, 15-10Vernon Hills d. Willowbrook 25-23, 25-16*Pool FWarren d. Evanston 25-22, 25-15Warren d. Palatine 25-13, 25-17Palatine d. Evanston 25-1, 25-15*Pool GProspect d. Oak Forest 25-20, 25-12Prospect d. Mundelein 25-20, 27-26Mundelein d. Oak Forest 25-21, 25-20*Pool HNiles West d. Lakes 25-20, 25-22Niles West d. Mehlville 25-17, 25-14Mehlville d. Lakes 25-18, 16-25, 15-7*


    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Hinsdale Central invitationalTeam resultsLyons Township 153.8; Downers Grove North 139.18; Glenbard West 137.95; Hinsdale Central 135.75; Willowbrook 133.0; York 132.46; Hinsdale South 128.7; Addison Trail 127.65; Leyden 123.7; Downers Grove South 116.85.*Individual placewinnersFloor excercise: Rediehs (LT) 9.4; Slaw (HS) 9.15; McCoy (LT) 9.1; Baird (DGS) 9.05; Sopcic (DGN) 9.0. Pommel horse: Rediehs (LT) 9.0; Mennemier (LT) 8.55; Barry (LT) 8.5; Sopcic (DGN) 8.35; Winstead (Wbk) 8.3. Still rings: Brethaver (DGN) 9.0; Sopcic (DGN) 8.9; Gallucci (LT) 8.8; Rediehs (LT) 8.6; Bielski (LT) 8.35. Vault: Zumbrook (GbdW) 9.3; Rediehs (LT) 9.2; Baird (DGS) 9.1; Leahy (HC) 8.8; Bach (Wbk) 8.75. Parallel bars: Rediehs (LT) 8.9; Janicki (LT) 8.65; Sopcic (DGN) 8.6; Zumbrook (GbdW) 8.45; Schmidt (HC) 8.4. Horizontal bar: Janciki (LT) 8.8; Baird (DGS) 8.2; Rediehs (LT) 7.8; Alsip (HS) 7.35; Schmidt (HC) 7.3. All-around: Rediehs (LT) 52.9; Sopcic (DGN) 50.1; Baird (DGS) 48.1; Schmidt (HC) 48.1; Bode (York) 47.05. *Mundelein invitationalteam scoresStevenson 158.15, Mundelein 152.95, Libertyville 139.75, Deerfield 139.0, Buffalo Grove 138.73.*individual placewinnersVault — 1.(T) McCarthy (Mund) 9.3, Guth (Stev) 9.3. Parallel Bars — 1. McCarthy (Mund) 8.9. Still Rings — 1. Pong (Lib) 9.2. Pommel Horse — 1. Gilbert (Stev) 9.4. Horizontal Bar — 1. Feltman-Frank (Stev) 9.7. Floor Exercise — 1. McCarthy (Mund) 9.5. All-Around — 1. McCarthy (Mund) 55.05, 2. Gilbert (Stev) 54.25, 3. Guth (Stev) 52.35.*


    Boys tennis: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Elgin Academy 5, St. Edward 0Singles - No. 1: Palmer (EA) d. Pohorff 6-1, 6-3; No. 2: Hochreiter (EA) d. Dominguez 6-0, 6-0.Doubles - No. 1: Romano/Bisconti (EA) d. Willman/High 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Tran/Xayasarn (EA) d. Brown/Shepley 6-0, 6-3; No. 3: Phalen/Oriold (EA) d. Yuen/Piton 6-2, 6-1.*York 8, Maine South 1Singles — No. 1: Peterson (Y) d. Bruno (MS) 6-2, 6-1; No. 2: Siljin (MS) d. Riddle (Y) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2; No. 3: Gough (Y) d. Spalinski 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; No. 4: Videcks (Y) d. Deater (MS) 6-0, 6-4.Doubles — No. 1: Fite/Hagan (Y) d. Wessel/Demke (MS) 6-0, 6-4; No. 2: Shostak/Kost (Y) d. Johnson/Miharik (MS) 6-0, 6-2; No. 3: Camp/Hagen (Y) d. Curry/Laily (MS) 6-1, 6-1; No. 4: Vogt/Licata (Y) d. Mullane/Gentile (MS) 6-3, 6-4; No. 5: Honeywell/Patterson (Y) d. Swick/Worech (MS) 6-0, 6-3.


    Baseball: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Batavia 19, East Aurora 1East Aurora 001 00 —3-6-4Batavia 880 3x —19-14-12B: EA: Ramos, Dieppa. 3B: B: Huizenga, Piechota.WP: Bleidorn; LP: Ramos.*MUNDELEIN 11, ANTIOCH 2 (5 inn.)Antioch 200 00 —2-4-4Mundelein 532 01 —11-10-12B: Mund: Hollander 2, Adams, Peterson.3B: Mund: Wiese.HR: Mund: Peterson.WP: O’Donghue; LP: Slywka.*WARREN 3, GRANT 0Grant 000 000 0 —0-5-1Warren 000 012 x —3-4-0HR: Warr: Dinter.WP: Gordon; LP: Murphey.*LIBERTYVILLE 7, ROUND LAKE 0Round Lake 000 000 0 —0-2-0Libertyville 300 310 x —7-8-12B: Lib: Townsend.3B: Lib: Govern, Skoug.WP: Murphy; LP: Sanchez.*CRYSTAL LAKE SOUTH 6, GRAYSLAKE NORTH 2Grayslake North 010 100 0 —2-3-3Crystal Lake South 000 006 x —6-7-42B: GN: Gentile.3B: CLS: Howaniec.HR: CLS: AvellaWP: Avella; LP: Petrillo.*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 7, CARY-GROVE 0Grayslake Central 100 030 3 —7-11-3Cary-Grove 000 000 0 —0-4-22B: GC: Landers, Dooley, Clark.HR: GC: Burba.WP: Guryn; LP: Hanselmann.*LAKES 10, ZION-BENTON 0 (6 inn.)Lakes 302 032 —10-12-2Zion-Benton 000 000 —0-3-42B: Lks: Sage.WP: Mackey.*VERNON HILLS 8, NORTHRIDGE PREP 5WP: Erchinger; S: Newman.*lake zurich 12, wauconda 7Wauconda 212 011 0 —7-10-3Lake Zurich 004 242 X —12-13-12B: Wauc: Shrader, Grobelny, K. Malisheski, B. Malisheski; LZ: Jones, Elrod.3B: LZ: Wagner.HR: Wauc: Lovelle, Peterson; LZ: Wagner.WP: Postilion; LP: Meyer.*Stevenson 19, North Chicago 0HR: Stev: Austin.*Jacobs 13, Johnsburg 4Johnsburg 201 001 0 -4-6-3Jacobs 300 802 x -13-11-12B: J — Brengman, Pritts; HDJ — Coletti, Murray (2), Vandewalker, Sargent.HR: J — Ridout.WP: Heiss; LP: Kordik.*Waubonsie Valley 6, Larkin 0Waubonsie V. 000 000 6 -6-7-0Larkin 000 000 0 -0-6-52B: WV — Wegner3B: L — J. LenzWP: Petersen; LP: Royse.*Metea Valley 10, Streamwood 0 (5 inn.)Metea Valley 142 30 -10-10-1Streamwood 000 00 -0-3-42B: MV — Szott.HR: MV — Fitzgerald.WP: Szott; LP: Caminitti.*Grayslake Central 7, Cary-Grove 0Grayslake C. 100 030 3 -7-11-4Cary-Grove 000 000 0 -0-4-42B: GLC — Clark, Landers.HR: GLC — Burba.WP: Guryn; LP: Hanselmann.*Crystal Lake South 6, Grayslake North 2Grayslake North 010 100 0 -2-3-3CL South 000 006 x -6-7-42B: GLN — Gentile.3B: CLS — Howaniec. HR: CLS — Avella. WP: Avella (1-0); LP: Petrillo.*Dundee-Crown 8, Crystal Lake Central 3CL Central 000 201 0 -3-4-2Dundee-Crown 010 052 0 -8-11-12B: CLC — Cormier 2, Gleason; D-C — Johnson, Waldron, Alvarado. WP: Birr; LP: A. Ludwig.*Schaumburg 13, Burlington Central 4Schaumburg 010 316 2 -13-9-3Burlington C. 003 010 0 -4-6-52B: S —Kiszkowski, Holden, Franz. WP: Beck; LP: Bushy.*South Elgin 12, Elgin 8South Elgin 503 030 1 -12-10-6Elgin 102 202 1 -8-12-62B: SE — Brown, Menken, Toppel; E — Valadez. 3B: E — Mari. WP: Lazopoulos (1-0); LP: Nelson (2-1).*St. Charles East 4, Bartlett 2Bartlett 010 001 0 -2-8-2St. Charles East 100 030 x -4-5-42B: SCE — B. Smith, Barry. WP: Regelbrugge; LP: Paris.*McHenry 5, Hampshire 1Hampshire 100 000 0 -1-9-2McHenry 002 030 x -5-6-42B: H — Gogoel, Kuhn; M — Weston, Lahrman. WP: Reiser; LP: Brown.*St. Charles North 4, Neuqua Valley 2Neuqua Valley 200 000 0 —2-10-0St. Charles North 300 100 0 —4-6-12B: SCN: Drawant 2, Coomes. WP: Wright; LP: Butler.*Geneva 13, West Chicago 7West Chicago 001 042 0 —7-9-3Geneva 113 701 X —13-15-22B: WC: Koester 2, Dall. LP: Solis.*Willowbrook 6, Addison Trail 1Addison Trail 000 010 0 —1-5-2Willowbrook 200 022 0 —6-8-1


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*st. viator 13, lake forest 4Lake Forest 0 1 3 0 — 4St. Viator 2 4 1 6 —13Lake Forest — St. Viator — Finn 4, Madaras 2, Sutton 2, Boyer, Crothers, Calderon, Eschboch, Resendez.*


    Wauconda falls; Grant blanks Round Lake

    Girls soccerPrairie Ridge 2, Wauconda 0: Ally Magiera made 7 saves in net for the Bulldogs (0-4-1).Grant 3, Round Lake 0: On Thursday night,Leah Nehila and Jenna Pecorini each had a goal and an assist for the visiting Bulldogs in the North Suburban Prairie Division match.Alyssa Wilhelm also scored for Grant (3-4), while Ana Rodas made 2 saves in net to record the shutout.

    Adam Eaton celebrates after scoring an eighth-inning run against Cleveland on Friday. Eaton, now batting .333, reached on a two-out drag bunt down the first-base line.

    White Sox 9, Indians 6

    The White Sox have the best offense in baseball so far, and they showed why in Friday night's 9-6 win over the Indians. Conor Gillaspie and Adam Eaton sparked the Sox' attack.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81), from the Czech Republic, skates with the puck as he defended by Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, April 11, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Hawks in coast mode, blanked by Caps 4-0

    The playoff-bound Blackhawks were coasting, and the out-of-it Washington Capitals were trying to act like a team that still had heart. The result was a late-season game with a preseason feel, noteworthy for Alex Ovechkin's NHL-leading 51st goal and a shutout from the goalie who was seemingly skittish about facing his former team earlier in the week. "We'll throw it in the garbage can," coach Joel Quenneville said.


    Dinter’s dinger helps Warren win

    Ben Dinter went 3-for-3 with a home run, and Wes Gordon pitched a complete-game shutout, as Warren’s baseball team defeated visiting Grant 3-0 in a North Suburban Conference crossover on Friday.


    Dundee-Crown rallies for victory

    The Dundee-Crown baseball team overcame a 2-1 deficit with a 5-run bottom of the fifth against Crystal Lake Central to win their Fox Valley Conference crossover 8-3 on Friday. The Chargers’ rally was keyed by 2-run doubles from Mark Waldron and Riley Alvarado.

    Cubs’ Mike Olt (30) scores on a single by Nate Schierholtz as St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina (4) waits for an off-target throw in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 11, 2014, in St. Louis.

    Castillo saves Cubs’ brutal bullpen

    Once again, a winning decision proved elusive for Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning Friday night at St. Louis, with Samardzija looking poised to gain his first victory of the seaon, but closer Jose Veras blew the save, sending the game in to extra innings.


    Barrington’s big rally fall short

    Barrington’s softball team scored 6 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning but fell short 9-8 to visiting Burlington Central at the Fields of Dreams on Friday.


    Mundelein’s Hemmer sews up first varsity win

    Jamie Hemmer made the most of her first varsity pitching start for Mundelein’s softball team. The junior right-hander pitched a five-inning no-hitter, and Abbey Rosenow hit a pair of home runs, as the Mustangs defeated visiting Highland Park 11-0 in a nonconference game Friday.

    Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) dunks against the during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago on Friday, April 11, 2014. The Bulls won 106-98. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Bulls 106, Pistons 98

    Despite trailing by 18 points at halftime and getting abused on the boards by Detroit center Andre Drummond, the Bulls rallied in the secodon half to post a 106-98 victory on Friday at the United Center. The win lifted the Bulls into third place in the Eastern Conference.


    Bowen, Wheaton N. measure up at Warren

    Taller than most of the hitters he sets, Wheaton North senior Hank Bowen looks like he should be a hitter, too. But the 6-foot-5 Bowen says that setters benefit as much from height as hitters do. “It gives you an advantage, being a tall setter,” Bowen said. “The timing in between sets, with our middles, it’s always right out of my hands into theirs. And then dumping down as opposed to up and over. That’s a big advantage, too.” Bowen certainly proved to be a tall task for Carmel on Friday night in the 24-team Blue Devil Invite at Warren High School. He rolled up 27 assists setting up a cast of tall hitters, including 6-foot-7 middle hitter Graham Clark and 6-foot-3 opposite hitter Joe Mullinger. They had 8 kills apiece as Wheaton North swept the Corsairs, 25-16, 27-26.


    Crafty Krejci gets the big outs for Naperville North

    Naperville North senior pitcher Kurt Krejci didn’t miss a ton of bats on Friday, but when he needed a tough out he got it.

    Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez forces out Cleveland Indians' David Murphy on a double play during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Chicago. The White Sox won 9-6. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Gillaspie leads White Sox past Indians 9-6

    Conor Gillaspie had a career-high four RBIs, leading Chris Sale and the White Sox to a 9-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.Sale (3-0) pitched five innings in his first win against Cleveland since May 1, 2012. The left-hander allowed three runs and six hits while throwing 105 pitches.


    Piotrowski powers Prospect

    Mike Piotrowski homered, drew 3 walks and drove in 4 runs to lead an explosive Prospect offense in a 13-9 victory over Maine West in nonconference baseball on Friday.Trey Compton had 2 triples for the visiting Knights, who finished with 11 hits. Jack Courtney, Patrick Donhonue and Piotrowski had 2 hits apiece, and Compton finished with 3 as Jim Kennedy and Nick Rodriguez split the pitching duties for Prospect (6-1-1).Maine West (2-5) also had a nice day at the plate, as Eric Outlaw doubled and drove in 2 runs in the Warriors’ 13-hit attack.Notre Dame 2, Fremd 1: The host Dons tied it with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and won it with another in the seventh in nonconference play.Anthony Douvris was sharp through 5 innings for Fremd (5-2), striking out nine and allow no runs on 4 hits.Naperville Central 5, Hoffman Estates 1: Glenn Kozlowski threw a complete game 2-hitter to earn the win for the Redhawks, who got 3 hits from Bob McMillen.Brad Demmon drove in a run, and Ethan Bloom and Keegan Mugerditchian had singles for the Hawks (3-3-1).Glenbrook South 9, Rolling Meadows 4: Erik Schurtz went 3-for-4 and Sean O’Brien was 2-for-3 with a walk, but the visiting Mustangs couldn’t match Glenbrook South’s run production in nonconference play.Alex Niecikowski suffered the loss, but only 3 of the 8 runs he allowed through 3⅓ innings were earned.Leyden 20, Proviso East 2 (5): Jacob Nunez finished 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored to lead the Eagles’ WSC Gold victory.


    Semro, Cary-Grove roll past Hampshire

    SoftballCary-Grove 16, Hampshire 6: The Trojans (4-2) exploded for 11 runs in the sixth inning which sealed a Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Lisa Semro smashed a homer and drove in 4 and while Grace Pilz (3-for-4, 3 RBI) tripled. Caitlyn Adams (1-0) pitched the sixth and only allowed 1 hit for the win. Peyton Dechant homered and drove in 4 RBI for the Whip-Purs (6-5) while Sara Finn and Becca Hurst each doubled. Elgin 9, Prospect 2: Kelly Bremer went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI in the Maroons’ nonconference win. Jessica Rago pitched a complete game 6-hitter with 2 earned runs, 2 strikeouts and 1 walk in the circle. At the plate, Rago (2-for-2, 3 RBI) homered for Elgin (4-5), who jumped out to a 4-0 first inning lead. Anna Eckholm (2-for-5, RBI) also doubled and both Melanie Berg and Jennah Perryman had 2 hits. Bartlett 10, Larkin 0: The Hawks (9-2, 3-0) continue to roll in UEC play, winning in 6 innings. Amy Johnson (1-1) went the distance and surrendered 1 hit while striking out 5 and walking 1 while Sarah Schmidt (2-for-3, 2B) and Lauren Janczak (2-for-4, RBI) led the offense. Sarah Hanson took the loss for the Royals (2-6), giving up 10 runs (8 earned) on 11 hits, while Sam Wahl picked up the Royals’ lone hit in the sixth. Streamwood 8, East Aurora 2: Thanks to a big day from Katie Purcell, the Sabres (1-3, 1-1) snagged their first victory of the year in a UEC tilt. Purcell had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 3 runs while Jessica Daley doubled twice. Kaitlyn Hedger (1-3) pitched a complete game, giving up 2 unearned runs on 3 hits and 12 strikeouts.St. Edward 6, Chicago Christian 5: The Green Wave (3-3, 2-1) survived a late charge by SCC foe Chicago Christian and got back to the .500 mark. Alison Stratman blasted a home run and drove in 2 RBI while Ryann Scully (2 RBI) doubled as well. Lindsay Zdroik (3-2) threw 5 innings, giving up 5 hits and 3 runs, while striking out 7 for the win. Crystal Lake South 10, Johnsburg 0: The Gators’ offense made quick work of the Skyhawks in 4 innings of FVC crossover action. Scoring 10 runs off 10 hits, Sam McLean (1-for-3) led CLS with 3 RBI. Kim Woods knocked in 2 RBI and Taylor Kassell, Jenica Terry, Amy Ciavarella and Caitlin Fater each had an RBI. Hailee Massie allowed 2 hits and struck out 7 in 3 innings pitched. Burlington Central 9, Barrington 8: The Rockets (6-3) survived a 6-run seventh by the Broncos and escaped with the nonconference win. Kelly Wiater and Emily Kisch each went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and 2 RBI. Tori Harvey’s only hit went over the fence and Brooke Gaylord (7 IP, 9H, 8R, 3 ER, 5 K, 5 BB) earned the win in the circle. Grayslake Central 15, Dundee-Crown 3: The Rams’ 7-run fifth broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Chargers a FVC crossover loss. Megan Emerson (3-for-4) and Amanda Moore (2-for-3) each doubled for the D-C.Jacobs 6, Glenbrook South 2: Alyssa Lach (1-for-3) drove in 2 RBI for the Golden Eagles (5-2), who won a nonconference game in 5 innings. Kelsey Cummins (2-for-3) and Emily Borg (2-for-3, double) both drove in an RBI.


    St. Edward wins in Urbana Invitational

    St. Edward 3, St. Thomas More 0: The Green Wave (6-1) began the Urbana Soccer Invitational on the right note with 2 goals from Chelsea Gnan. Alex Zeller also scored and Monica Ramirez notched 2 assists down in Champaign. Hinckley-Big Rock 4, Harvest Christian 0: The Lions (2-1) dropped their first game of the spring in nonconference action. Despite the loss, Sydney Doby recorded 12 saves in net.


    Offense (and errors) carry the day in South Elgin win

    South Elgin’s baseball team outlasted host Elgin 12-8 in an Upstate Eight crossover Friday, but it wasn’t pretty. Though the Storm and Maroons hammered 22 hits between them, they also committed 13 combined errors, 7 by Elgin (2-3, 0-3), which dropped its third straight since a 2-0 start.


    Crystal Lake Central catches up with Huntley

    If only high school girls softball games were 6 innings, Huntley would have earned a 5-1 win and freshman pitcher Kateri Conklin would have earned a victory. Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, games are 7 innings. Visiting Crystal Lake Central rallied for 5 runs in the seventh and 1 in the eighth for a come-from-behind 7-6 win in Fox Valley Conference crossover action in Huntley on Friday afternoon.


    Smith comes through again for St. Charles East

    St. Charles East’s baseball team had the right person in the batter’s box at the right time Friday afternoon. Senior cleanup hitter Ben Smith lashed a clutch 3-run double a few feet inside the left-field line to snap a 1-1 fifth-inning deadlock and the Saints (5-2, 2-1) held on for a 4-2 Upstate Eight Conference crossover triumph over Bartlett (2-4, 1-2) in St. Charles.

    Adam Eaton hits an RBI double against Cleveland during the third inning Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Eaton won’t stop headfirst slides into first

    While he knows it's dangerous strategy, White Sox leadoff man Adam Eaton said he'll continue sliding headfirst into first base, but he'll take calculated risks. here will be a time and a place where I’ll do it again, but it’s definitely going to be a calculated risk,” Eaton said. “When I dive in there, it’s going to be because of a high throw or it’s going to be something that’s extremely close."

    Prospect defender Danielle Hamzeloo passes the ball with Buffalo Grove forward Kelli Zickert trailing on Friday at Buffalo Grove.

    Buffalo Grove manages to edge Prospect

    Teams in the bottom half of the Mid-Suburban League girls soccer standings have given the top clubs plenty of trouble this week. After noticing Rolling Meadows had beaten Fremd, and Hoffman Estates nearly did likewise against Conant, it’s no wonder coach Pat Dudle had some concern when his No. 1-rated Bison welcomed divisional rival Prospect on Friday night at Grant Blaney Stadium. Something Dudle already knows, and it bears repeating: the MSL is one tough soccer conference. The visiting Knights (1-4-0) proved to be one tough group, taking the defending divisional champs to the brink until a remarkable game-winning strike from Skylar Groth in the 66th minute proved the difference in a 1-0 victory.


    Becker keys Harper turnaround

    After starting the season 2-6 on its opening road trip of the season, the Harper baseball team quickly turned around its fortunes.The Hawks had rattled off 10 straight wins to improve to 11-6 before dropping a dropping a 13-8 decision to Elgin Community College on Friday.Hawks third baseman Kurt Becker has been a catalyst for the Hawks’ recent success. The Palatine graduate was awarded NJCAA Division III National Player of the Week.The sophomore’s .544 batting average placed him fourth nationally, and his consistency from March 31 to April 6 impressed. Becker nearly matched his season batting average, hitting .545 (12-for-22), but was extra productive in generating offense as he homered, drove in 8 runs and scored 16 times.Becker has been a problem on the basepaths for opponents, too, and has swiped five bases.


    Wheaton Academy bats get last word

    It was a battle of the bats Friday at Wheaton Academy in a Suburban Christian Gold battle between the Warriors and Marian Central. Thanks to a key hit in the bottom of the seventh and a wild pitch, Wheaton Academy stayed undefeated with an 11-10 victory to advance to 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in the SCC Gold.


    St. Francis draws even with Glenbard South

    Although there are less than three weeks left in April, Friday night’s match against Glenbard South felt a lot like a season opener for St. Francis.


    Stevenson steps forward for big Bohl victory

    The Stevenson boys gymnastics team showed that it’s an elite squad Friday night at the Bob Bohl Invitational in Mundelein. The Patriots rolled to the championship of the powerful 17-team field with a season-high 158.15 points as they toppled the host Mustangs, who delivered their season high of 152.95.

    Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) dunks against the during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago on Friday, April 11, 2014. The Bulls won 106-98. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Boom! Down 18, Bulls rally to beat Pistons

    D.J. Augustin scored 24 points, Taj Gibson added 17, and the Bulls rallied from 18 down to beat the Detroit Pistons 106-98 for their seventh straight win on Friday night.Carlos Boozer finished with 18 points. Mike Dunleavy Jr. scored all of his 14 in the second half, and the Bulls kept their longest win streak of the season going.

    Joakim Noah became the eighth player in NBA history to record 400 assists in a season.

    Noah joins select group

    With his second assist of Friday’s game, Bulls center Joakim Noah became the eighth center in NBA history to collect 400 assists in a season. He joins Wilt Chamberlain, Sam Lacey, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Vlade Divac, Wes Unseld and Alvan Adams.


    Fremd accelerates, tops Lake Zurich in 8

    When the game was on the line, Fremd brought its game in Friday’s dramatic 2-1 triumph over visiting Lake Zurich. First, it was senior Kayla Kaufman delivering a two-out single up the middle in the bottom of the seventh to score pinch runner Katie Niersbach. That tied the game at 1-1 and the Vikes still had a runner on second base.

    St. Charles North’s Jack Dennis celebrates tagging out Neuqua Valley’s Zach Herdman at first base for their third out in the second inning on Friday, April 11.

    Wright, St. Charles N. pick off Neuqua Valley

    Neuqua Valley did a pretty good job getting on base against St. Charles North junior left-hander Cory Wright Friday in St. Charles. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Kansas State-bound Wright did an even better job picking them off.


    Montini’s Lezcano repeats 2-homer performance

    This is not a good time to pitch to Montini sophomore Emily Lezcano.


    Elk Grove rallies past Glenbard West

    It looks as if Glenbard West might have enough pieces to be successful this spring. The Hilltoppers just might have to work a little more on their puzzle.

    Scott Hoffmeister

    Burlington Central Hall of Fame induction Sunday

    Scott Hoffmeister is a bit modest when summing up his football career at Burlington Central High School. “I don’t even know if I would make the team by today’s standards,” the 1977 Central graduate said. His football coach at Central offered a more accurate take.

    South Elgin’s Demi Queen scoops up a grounder to throw out St. Charles North’s Erin Nemetz during the second inning at South Elgin on Friday.

    Buddle’s blast jolts St. Charles North into action

    A thunderous home run from South Elgin’s Alyssa Buddle’s woke up St. Charles North on Friday. The North Stars scored 11 runs and had 12 hits in 2 innings after falling behind 1-0 to defeat the Storm 11-1 in six innings. “That kind of fueled us,” St. Charles North’s Sabrina Rabin said. “I definitely think that was one of the motivators.” Buddle hit an 0-2 pitch from Rabin over the scoreboard in left-center to lead off the bottom of the fourth to give South Elgin (4-3, 1-2) the lead.


    NASCAR owner Gene Haas granted F1 license

    NASCAR owner Gene Haas said Friday he has been granted a license from Formula One’s governing body to start a U.S.-based entry in the global series, perhaps as early as next season.Haas received documents from the FIA on Thursday and the organization confirmed the application had been approved.

    Manny Pacquiao, left, and Timothy Bradley pose for photos following after the weigh-in for Saturday’s WBO welterweight championship boxing match, Friday, April 11, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

    Bradley, Pacquiao look for decisive win in rematch

    Timothy Bradley never imagined he would have to avenge a victory.When the welterweight champion defeated Manny Pacquiao two years ago on two injured feet, he thought for an instant that he had reached the pinnacle of boxing. He hadn’t even left the MGM Grand Garden ring before learning that practically nobody agreed with the two judges who gave him that split decision.

    Bubba Watson celebrates after a birdie on the 14th green during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 11, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Bubba Watson goes on birdie spree at the Masters

    Bubba Watson likes the way he looks in green. He wants to get that color back in his wardrobe. Watson surged to the Masters lead with a spree of birdies on the back side Friday, positioning him for a weekend run at his second green jacket in three years. "I'm trying to get the jacket back," Watson said. "I want that feeling again."

    FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2013 file photo, Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham watches from the sidelines during the team’s first NCAA college football practice of the season in Columbia, Mo. Green-Beckham has been dismissed from the football program at the University of Missouri. The decision was made by head coach Gary Pinkel, in conjunction with Director of Athletics Mike Alden. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson,File)

    Missouri dismisses star WR Green-Beckham from team

    Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, once heralded as the No. 1 recruit in the nation, has been kicked off the team.The move was announced Friday, a day after police in Columbia, Mo., said no charges would be filed in a suspected burglary involving the player because of reluctant witnesses fearing retaliation.

    FILe - In this March 3, 2014 file photo, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson speaks to the media after the opening day of spring football practice in South Bend, Ind. Golson admits to being a bit jittery at the first day of spring practice last month after being suspended from school last fall for academic impropriety. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, James Brosher, File)

    Irish’s Golson eager to return to field for spring game

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson admits to being jittery at the first spring practice last month after being suspended from school last fall for academic impropriety. Returning to the field was a big moment for him.

    FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2012 file photo, Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt throws against Savannah State during an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla. Illinois head coach Tim Beckman says he's in no hurry to name a starting quarterback and that the competition between the three potential candidates to succeed Nathan Scheelhaase is wide open. Lunt brings a skill set and a pedigree that the Illini haven't seen in a while. The tall, strong-armed quarterback sat out last season after transferring from Oklahoma State. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

    Illini won't name QB, but eyes are on Lunt

    Illinois coach Tim Beckman is in no hurry to name a starting quarterback, insisting that the competition to succeed Nathan Scheelhaase is wide open. But when the Illini wrap up spring football with the Orange and Blue game Saturday, a lot of eyes will be on No. 12, the quarterback many assume will emerge as the starter. At 6-foot-5, Wes Lunt looks the part. He has the arm and pedigree — one not seen at Illinois in a while — to match.

    Residents play soccer at the Nova Holanda, part of the Mare slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 30, 2014. The Mare complex of slums, home to about 130,000 people and located near the international airport, is the latest area targeted for the government's "pacification" program, which sees officers move in, push out drug gangs and set up permanent police posts. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    Rio mayor says workers must make up lost time

    More than 2,000 workers at Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic venues remained on strike Friday, and the city’s mayor warned that the workers will have to make up for lost time.


    Blackhawks’ air of confidence has this believer convinced

    I’ve got a feeling about these Blackhawks.And I think they do, too.There seems to be quite an air of confidence about them lately, like they not only think, they know they can do it again.And there’s no way I’m going to doubt them.

    Former University of Illinois standout Sean Harrington is one of the guest coaches at Midwest Sports Academy's summer basketball camp. Champaign News-Gazette

    Former Illini and NIU stars to headline Midwest Sports Academy Summer Basketball Camp

    Ex-University of Illinois standout Sean Harrington and former Northern Illinois University letterwinner Stephanie Smith will make special guest appearances at this year’s Midwest Sports Academy Summer Basketball Camp.

    Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson and Whitney Young’s Jahlil Okafor, right, talk after Whitney Young’s victory in the Class 4A state semifinal at Carver Arena in Peoria. Okafor, the No. 1 player in the nation, will play for Duke next season.

    Colleges in Illinois losing the hoops race

    Illinois colleges are failing to convince the best Chicago area basketball stars to play for them, and Mike North wonders when it will change. Will schools here always be doormats?


    Carmel rallies past Palatine

    Sophomore Joe Santoro continues to swing a hot bat for Carmel Catholic’s baseball team, which staged a huge seventh-inning rally Thursday to post another victory. Santoro homered, doubled twice and finished 4-for-4 with 3 RBI to lead Carmel to a 9-8 win over visiting Palatine in nonconference action.


    Specialist Anthony Rinaldi works at his post Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks fall on jitters over earnings, tech rout

    “Earnings are going to come in on the sloppy side,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital. “The market needs to correct,” he added, referring to sharp downturn in stocks.

    A technician works on a computer Monday while testing servers at the Facebook Inc. hardware labs in Menlo Park, Calif.

    Heartbleed could harm a variety of systems

    “I think this is very concerning for many people,” says Darren Hayes, professor of security and computer forensics at Pace University. “It’s going to keep security professionals very busy over the coming weeks and months. Customers need to make sure they’re getting the answers they need.”


    Authors Guild asks court to rule against Google

    The Guild asked the court to hold Google liable and to return the case to the lower court for remedies. Its lawsuit sought $750 for each of the more than 20 million copyright books that Google has already copied.


    Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

    The oil and gas drilling boom targets widely different rock formations around the nation, so the Ohio findings may not have much relevance to other areas other than perhaps influencing public perception of fracking’s safety. The types of quakes connected to the industry are generally small and not easily felt, but the idea of human activity causing the earth to shake often doesn’t sit well.

    DuPage Medical Group building in Wheaton opens Monday. The 40,000-square-foot facility at 150 E. Willow Ave will offer family medicine, internal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology.

    DuPage Medical Group building opens Monday in Wheaton

    A new DuPage Medical Group building is set to open Monday in downtown Wheaton. The 40,000-square-foot facility at 150 E. Willow Ave will offer family medicine, internal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, a physical and occupational therapy suite and a center for patients with chronic conditions. "It's a lot more convenient for (patients), whereas before, they had to go to multiple locations to get services," said Chief Operating Officer Dennis Fine.

    Craig Duchossois is the CEO of The Duchossois Group which is buying four Oak Brook Buildings.

    Duchossois spends about $18m on 4 Oak Brook buildings

    Duchossois Real Estate LLC has purchased four buildings in Oak Brook to as develop corporate office space. Duchossois finalized two transactions on March 31. One deal includes three buildings on Windsor Road for a total of about $10.2 million. The second deal is the former Follett building on Swift Road purchased for about $7.7 million. Follett, a college bookstore and an online educational firm, has moved to Westchester.

    Megan McCarthy-Cook of Hoffman Estates looks for clothes at Deer Park's Coldwater Creek store in this file photo. The Deer Park store, and others owned by Coldwater Creek, will be closing due to the company's bankruptcy.

    Coldwater Creek stores to close

    Sandpoint, Idaho-based Coldwater Creek Inc. said Friday it has file for voluntary Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., and plans to close all of its stores, including those in Deer Park, South Barrington, Geneva and Naperville.

    Subway says an ingredient dubbed the “yoga mat” chemical will be entirely phased out of its bread by the week of April 14, 2014. The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity since a food blogger petitioned the chain to remove the ingredient.

    Subway: ‘Yoga mat’ chemical almost out of bread

    Subway says an ingredient dubbed the “yoga mat” chemical will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week. The ingredient, azodicarbonamide, is approved by the FDA for use as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner. It can be found in a wide variety products, including those served at McDonald’s and Starbucks and breads sold in supermarkets. But the petition gained attention after it noted the chemical was also used to make yoga mats.

    JPMorgan Chase, the country’s biggest bank by assets, says its first-quarter earnings fell.

    JPMorgan’s first-quarter profit falls

    JPMorgan Chase, the country’s biggest bank by assets, says its first-quarter earnings fell. The bank made $4.8 billion in the first quarter, after stripping out payments to preferred stockholders. That was down 20 percent from the same period a year earlier, when it made $6.1 billion.

    A viewer looks through an early prototype of Google’s futuristic Internet-connected glasses. The specs are said to give you directions, let you video chat, shop and do everything else you now need a handheld gadget to accomplish.

    Google to sell Glass to bigger pool of consumers

    A lot more people are about to get a chance to own the Internet-connected eyewear known as Google Glass, the hottest accessory in geek fashion. Google will sell the “Explorer” version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an online order for the device beginning at 9 a.m. PDT April 15. The product will cost $1,500, the same price that Google Inc. has charged for Glass since sales of the device began last year.


    At a glance: How to avoid tax refund fraud

    As the April 15 tax filing deadline approaches, tax refund fraud is a growing problem. Here are tips from the federal government on how to avoid becoming a victim, and how to respond if you have become one.———TO PROTECT AGAINST IDENTITY THEFT—Don’t carry your Social Security card or documents that show your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.—Don’t give a business your Social Security number just because someone asks. Give it only when required.—Check your credit report every 12 months.—Secure personal information in your home.—Protect your personal computers by using firewalls and anti-spam/virus software, updating security patches and changing passwords for Internet accounts.—Don’t give personal information over the phone, through the mail or online unless you have initiated the contact or you are sure you know who you are dealing with.IF YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE A VICTIM—If you receive a notice from the IRS and you suspect your identity has been used fraudulently, respond immediately by calling the number on the notice.—If you did not receive an IRS notice but believe you’ve been a victim, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490, extension 245.—Report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.ftc.gov or the FTC Identity Theft hotline at 877-438-4338.—File a report with the local police.—Contact the fraud departments of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax - www.equifax.com, 800-525-6285; Experian - www.experian.com, 888-397-3742; TransUnion - www.transunion.com, 800-680-7289.—Close any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.

    Jeff Prosapio, director of project management for Marquette Companies of Naperville, says the Randall Highlands apartment community in North Aurora is one of the company's recent development efforts that completed a stalled project another developer couldn't finish.

    Rentals, mixed-use projects revive old suburban locations

    Redevelopment efforts across the nation are focusing on vacant and underused properties in suburban areas, and one Naperville company is putting the strategy to work with developments in Algonquin, North Aurora, Naperville and Lisle. “We look for areas that are extraordinary locations, but perhaps are obsolete,” said Nick Ryan, CEO of Marquette Companies.

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    “Field of Dreams”: Best baseball movie ever, or best baseball movie ever? Yes.

    Football? Nah, Costner's best on the baseball field

    It has been almost 30 years since Kevin Costner first appeared on film fans' radars. But today brings the theatrical release of “Draft Day,” an Ivan Reitman comedy/feature-length NFL commercial that puts Costner back in the genre in which he seems to be most comfortable: the sports movie.


    Financial obligations make her leery of relationship

    Q. I finished my undergrad a year ago, have a good job, and consider myself financially stable. My boyfriend is finishing his master’s and will graduate with $200,000 in student debt. I don’t want to break up with him, but, the way I see it, he’d have to throw massive amounts of money into his loans, and what I make would support us. I would end up resenting him for that. Should I break it off?

    Announced Thursday, Stephen Colbert, left, will be ending the “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central to take over as host of the “Late Show” on CBS when host David Letterman retires next year.

    Colbert hosting ‘Late Show’ raises questions, hope

    With the announcement that Stephen Colbert will be the new host of CBS’ “Late Show,” his fans likely feel a clash of emotions. For nine years on “The Colbert Report,” he has reigned as the founding father of Colbert Nation. He has done it all behind a mask — the mask of “Stephen Colbert,” a pompous, clueless conservative pundit. He will leave “Stephen Colbert” behind when he heads to CBS sometime in 2015, taking over for the retiring David Letterman. But in lieu of “Stephen Colbert,” who will Colbert offer up to his audience instead?

    Hall of Fame Inductee of Nirvana, Dave Grohl speaks at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday in New York.

    Nirvana, Kiss and the E Street Band join rock hall

    Kiss, Nirvana and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band have been ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Barclays Center. They were joined Thursday by duo Hall & Oates, British rocker Peter Gabriel, 1970s folkie Cat Stevens and the absent Linda Ronstadt. Nirvana was the emotional centerpiece.


    Flooring trends, like popular decor, are always evolving
    Though not always top of mind when designing or renovating, there is no question that the single biggest visual element in a home is the floor. Flooring sets the mood of a room and ties a space together. For this reason, putting your floor to work as a warm visual element is paramount.

    Efficiency experts Frank (Michael Dailey, left) and Lillian (Laura Sturm, second from left) apply their productivity theories to their family in “Cheaper by the Dozen,” running through May 18 at Fox Valley Repertory in St. Charles. Playing the children are, from left, Kelsey Sante, Josh Greiveldinger, Grace Etzkorn, Rachel Becker, Keaton Jens, Erika Denker, Ewan Parker-Eaton, Nathan Castagna and Keira Denker.

    Key performances help redeem FVR's 'Cheaper by the Dozen'

    To clear up any confusion, the only thing Fox Valley Repertory's production of the family comedy “Cheaper by the Dozen” has in common with the 2003 Steve Martin-Bonnie Hunt film is its title, and the number of children to which the title refers. Fox Valley Rep's version is Christopher Sergel's original adaptation of the 1948 memoir by Frank Gilbreth Jr. and and his sister Ernestine Gilbreth Carey about growing up as two of the 12 children belonging to efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth, and his psychologist wife Lillian Gilbreth.

    Peach brandy from George Washington’s reconstructed distillery at Mount Vernon is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before.

    Peach brandy, like George Washington made it

    It was history, not advertising, that got me interested in the peach brandy coming out of George Washington’s reconstructed distillery at Mount Vernon in Virginia. Hugely popular in Colonial times, peach brandy was one of the products made at Washington’s original distillery. But it had virtually disappeared until quite recently, when a few craft distillers started bringing it back.

    A dozen municipal beaches stretch out along 9 miles of coast in Tel Aviv, Israel, offering ample space for relaxing in the soft sand and dipping in the warm Mediterranean waters. Access is free and some offer extra amenities such as beach volleyball courts and outdoor exercise equipment.

    Tel Aviv: 5 free things for visitors to do

    As a city regularly ranked the most expensive in the Middle East, you are going to have a hard time enjoying Tel Aviv’s plethora of hopping clubs, swanky bars and mouthwatering restaurants without making a major dent in your wallet. But if you are ready to pack a lunch, use your legs and lose yourself in the seaside city’s urban vibe, you’ll find there is still plenty to take in without shelling out a shekel.

    Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward star as “David and Bathsheba.”

    Commanding epics: 10 big-screen Bible tales

    With Passover and Easter right around the corner, and “Noah” showing across the country, here are 10 commanding biblical movies for your consideration.

    The new book, “Locally Brewed: Portraits of Craft Brewers from America’s Heartland,” visits a number of Midwestern breweries, including Two Brothers in Warrenville. Pictured is Jason Ebel, one of the owners.

    New book taps into local craft breweries

    When Chicago resident Anna Blessing was doing research for her book, “Locally Grown: Portraits of Artisinal Farms from America’s Heartland,” she discovered that Midwestern chefs weren’t the only ones taking advantage of local produce. So she went on to write “Locally Brewed: Portraits of Craft Brewers from America’s Heartland.” The book uses photos and interviews to profiles 20 Midwestern breweries, including several in Chicago and the suburbs.


    Theater events: ‘Gathering’ a contemporary Last Supper

    Clockwise Theatre presents the world premiere of "A Thin Line," and Improv Playhouse remounts its seasonal offering "The Gathering," this week in suburban theater.

    Growing up near Port-au-Prince, “music was all over the house; all over the street; all over Haiti,” inspiring singer BelO to pursue a career performing.

    Singer BelO, inspired by his roots in Haiti

    An artwork’s title can be an affirmation. For BelO, the Haitian singer and guitarist known for his catchy reggae- and world beat-influenced music and for his dedication to social issues, the title of his fourth album, “Natif Natal,” serves just that function. “‘Natif Natal’ is a way for me to say that my sound has changed a little bit, but I’m still Haitian,” the musician says.


    Start spring cleaning outside your home with the gutters

    In some parts of the country, rain isn’t a problem — but in others, too much of it has been a real problem. Guttering around your home is your best defense against too much rain, as it should channel the water away from your home’s exterior.


    Restoration of home-related tax benefits gets complicated

    Renewal of important expired federal tax benefits for homeowners took a major step forward last week, but the route to final congressional approval is beginning to look longer — and potentially bumpier — than previously expected.


    Items homeowners should never buy at a yard sale

    Spring has sprung, but savvy people won’t purchase many household items available at the mushrooming number of yard sales that bloom this time of year.


    Buyers experience substandard repairs

    Q. When we bought our house, our home inspector found a list of defects, and we submitted a request for repairs to the sellers. The sellers hired a contractor to make the repairs. When he was finished, we got a copy of his $5,700 receipt stating that the repair work was completed. Since moving in, we found that five of the windows were not replaced.

    An open floor plan with high ceilings makes the South Haven a popular choice at Henning Estates in Huntley.

    The spacious South Haven takes full advantage of views

    The South Haven model shines at Henning Estates where luxury ranch homes sit on large homesites in the beautiful Huntley countryside. Henning Estates by Rock Creek Homes features 103 homesites on 110 acres with each house backing to mature woods, scenic wetlands or tall grass prairie.


    A Wheaton resident clears his driveway in early January. He and others would be out doing the same many more times before spring came.

    Editorial: What we learned for all we suffered

    A Daily Herald editorial reflects on the lessons of the Worst. Winter. Ever.


    Illinois tax system unjustly serves the wealthy

    A column by suburban faith leaders: We, as faith leaders who serve and oversee congregations throughout suburban Chicago, speak with a united voice in support of a Fair Tax, with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes. God’s call for justice compels us to work for change to Springfield’s unjust tax and budgeting process, a system that hurts families in middle- and low-income communities across Illinois.


    Common Core not a liberal agenda
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I would ask Nancy Thorner, who wrote the bizarre letter about the Common Core testing, to please look at the website of this test program.


    School bus proposal dangerous to children
    A letter to the editor: The Illinois Senate is considering legislation that will put thousands of schoolchildren at risk, increase traffic congestion and harm the environment. House Bill 5967 would radically alter the formula that guarantees yellow bus service for all students living at least 1½ miles from school. Under HB 5967, the minimum distance would increase to 2 miles,


    Step up enforcement of new cell phone law
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: I am not running for governor, have no intention to ever run for governor and I never want to be the governor. But I can resolve the financial crisis in Illinois with one very simple solution. Enforce the hands-free cellphone laws and increase the fine to $500 per instance.


    Can savings be found in insurance program?
    A Palatine letter to the editor: We had our state income tax increased, supposedly to fund some part of the government and Blago’s child insurance program. Here comes the sunset — maybe, or maybe not. Or, now tax the rich. That is always popular.


    Know which party controls each of the branches
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: I often read letters from readers who mistakenly assert that the Democrats control, or have controlled, all three branches of government. The facts are these: Since January 2009, the Republicans have abused Senate rules and insist on a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority for all legislation and nominations.


    Dillard should blame crossovers, not polls
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I have always believed that state Sen. Kirk Dillard is a good man and would have been a definite improvement over Gov. Pat Quinn for the state of Illinois. However, his letter on April 1 causes me to reassess his capabilities.


    GMO labeling needed for healthy eating
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Did you know one in three adults is obese? I believe this is because of the increased production of genetically modified foods or GMOs and the false facts the news provides us about these products.


    In praise of volunteers for elderly
    A Waukegan letter to the editor: This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week (April 6-12).


    More scrutiny for Kochs, Roskam
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Kathleen Parker’s “un-American” Kochs undeserving ...” etc. recent column is so biased, it’s frightening. First she states that no one likes the Koch brothers because they are rich. She neglected to mention what they stand for and in actuality perhaps they are not liked for their views, regardless of their bank accounts. A real reporter might actually take that into account.


    TPA deal skirts Congress, public
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I’m referring to your April 4 Guest Column by Henrik Fogh Rasmussen. In that column Mr. Rasmussen, an international trade economist, argues that Congress grant Trade Promotion Authority to the administration.


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