Daily Archive : Monday April 14, 2014


    Jeff Bauman, who lost his lower legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, rests between occupational therapy sessions at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, May 8, 2013. Bauman went to the Boston Marathon to see his girlfriend run, but now his supporters are watching his plight to walk again after he lost his legs in the bombing. New York Times photographer Josh Haner was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.

    Images: Pulitzer Prize winners
    Photos of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners and their work.


    Drop notices sent to residents by mistake

    An “Confirmation of Drop” letter that was recently sent from ComEd to residents of several Northwest suburban communities that participate in electric aggregation was a mistake. It is causing confusion among residents and forcing each community to clarify the future of the program.


    Elgin Community College examines outsourcing custodial services

    The Elgin Community College administration is looking into outsourcing custodial services, which could mean the college potentially laying off roughly 98 full-time and part-time custodial employees. Dozens of custodial employees packed a recent ECC board of trustees meeting calling for the board to drop the idea of hiring an outside maintenance firm.


    Snow could make roads slick this morning

    Snow that slowed Monday night’s commute accumulated up to 2 inches in some areas, but it won’t stay long, meteorologists say. Roads could remain slick going into Tuesday morning’s commute, with temperatures overnight expecting to dip into the 20s. They’ll begin an upward climb into the 40s Tuesday, the 50s Wednesday and near 60s for the next week or so, Ratzer said.

    Kenneth J. Lopez

    Prospect Hts. names new city administrator

    The prospect Heights City Council Monday introduced Kenneth Lopez, who has considerable experience with smaller communities, as its new city administrator. Lopez has served in similar positions in Pingree Grove, Beach Park and Johnsburg and was director of economic development in North Aurora.


    Man shot in hand in Waukegan

    A man was shot in the hand Monday morning in Waukegan, police said.

    First responders rush to where two explosions occurred along the final stretch of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street.

    Timeline of events in the Boston Marathon bombing

    A timeline of events related to the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured 260 others on April 15, 2013. The suspects are Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police several days later, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is in jail awaiting trial.———


    Police: Boy brought loaded gun to Aurora school

    A 13-year-old boy who wanted to show off a gun to his friends brought the loaded weapon into an Aurora middle school Monday, police said.

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, is running for re-election against Repubican Bruce Rauner.

    Quinn tour highlights questions of taxes

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s tour of the state to push his program aimed at helping first-time homebuyers quickly turned political Monday as both he and his Republican gubernatorial opponent wasted no time highlighting likely recurring themes in the 2014 race: wealth and taxes.

    You may not need this all-purpose voodoo doll if you down a quick candy bar to prevent a fight with your spouse.

    Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

    A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That’s because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose.

    Michael Corbett

    Bartlett man sentenced in 2010 burglary

    A Bartlett man accused of breaking into an elderly woman’s house, exposing himself, and then punching her and knocking her down a flight of stairs was sentenced to prison Monday.

    Rescue workers work Monday to recover victims at the worst-ever bomb attack on Nigeria’s capital of Abuja. The attack killed at least 72 people.

    Blast at bus station in Nigerian capital kills 72

    Suspected Islamic militants struck in the heart of Nigeria on Monday with a massive rush-hour bomb blast at a bus station that killed at least 72 people and wounded 164 in the deadliest attack ever on the nation’s capital.

    A pro-Russian man places a Russian flag over a police station Monday during a mass storming in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka. Several government buildings has fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.

    Obama warns Putin after clashes turn deadly

    President Barack Obama warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of further consequence over Ukraine after clashes between pro-Russian separatists and government forces in the east of the country turned deadly. The two leaders discussed the Ukrainian crisis in a telephone call Monday.

    Frazier Glenn Cross is accused of killing three people Sunday outside of Jewish sites near Kansas City.

    Kansas shooting suspect had no record of violence

    There’s scant evidence the Army veteran and retired trucker with Ku Klux Klan links ever resorted to violence before Sunday, when authorities say he opened fire with a shotgun and pistol outside a Jewish community center and retirement complex near Kansas City. None of the three people killed turned out to be Jewish. But he made no secret of his hatred.

    Michaelene Roark, president of the Women’s Club of Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights, right, helps students from District 214 pick out prom dresses and shoes.

    Prom dress donations thrill girls from District 214

    More than 100 students from Northwest Suburban High School District 214 shopped for their prom dresses and accessories for free this week thanks to donations from the community. On Monday and Tuesday, girls from Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove, Wheeling and Buffalo Grove high schools are choosing from a selection of more than 400 donated prom dresses of all colors and sizes.

    Several municipal officials from DuPage County met with members of the Daily Herald’s editorial board Monday to make the case for reforming municipal police and fire pension systems. The officials, from left, were Mark Baloga, executive director of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, Roselle Mayor Gayle Smolinski, Hanover Park Village President Rodney Craig and Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully.

    DuPage mayors step up push for pension reform

    DuPage County mayors say they’ve already waited years for Illinois to address a growing crisis by reforming municipal police and fire pension systems so cities and villages can rein in costs. Now they want to see progress, especially since state lawmakers have approved a pension overhaul for some Chicago city workers. “Personally, I was patient until Mayor Rahm Emanuel went to...

    People react as an explosion goes off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. A year after the terror attack, some questions remain unanswered.

    Questions linger year after Boston Marathon bombs

    A year after twin pressure cooker bombs shattered the Boston Marathon and paralyzed the area for days, federal prosecutors say they have a trove of evidence ready to use against the surviving suspect, but many questions remain.


    Parent support groups forming in Naperville

    A Naperville-based nonprofit is helping parents find support through the formation of Conversation Circles to address issues of raising children in various stages of their lives. “We are here to build relationships and support so that parents learn that they don’t have to parent alone,” said Diane Overgard, project coordinator of ParentsMatter, which is offering Conversation...

    Michael Bregy

    District 300 close to naming next superintendent

    A decision on who will lead Community Unit District 300 could be taken in two weeks, a district official said Monday. The school board has narrowed its list of candidates for the superintendent’s job to two finalists. The board will interview the candidates a second time in closed session this week, said Joe Stevens, board vice president.

    Richard J. Vanecko

    Daley nephew released from jail

    A nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has been released from jail after serving a 60-day sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

    Ewan MacAskill, left, part of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for The Guardian US, the British newspaper’s American operation, holds an interview Monday in New York.

    Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

    The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The Pulitzer for breaking news was awarded to The Boston Globe for its “exhaustive and empathetic” coverage of the Boston...

    Onetsed Ruiz

    Wheeling man pleads guilty to battery

    A Wheeling man charged with molesting an 11-year-old boy in 2011, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of aggravated battery Monday. In exchange for his plea, Onetsed Ruiz, 25, was sentenced to two years in prison.


    Woodridge man among those charged with tax fraud

    Federal authorities announced indictments of seven Chicago area residents, including men from Woodridge, Dolton and Lockport, on charges of tax fraud.


    Residents in certain neighborhoods consulted on odd/even parking

    Residents of the NorthEast Neighborhood Association area and the Sunset Park neighborhood in Elgin will be asked if they want to try odd/event street parking as the city implements reduced parking fines down from $50 to $25.

    Bill Fleischli, vice president of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, explains his group’s opposition to raising the state fuel tax on Monday in Springfield.

    Gas station owners oppose fuel tax hike

    Increasing fuel taxes to pay for Illinois road construction will hurt businesses — and hit consumers at the pump, gas station owners said Monday. A transportation advocacy group wants to hike the motor fuel tax by 4 cents a gallon as a way to fund a new statewide road-building program that would replace a $31 billion, five-year program expiring this year.


    Des Plaines plans beer garden, ice cream socials with aldermen, in 2014

    Des Plaines’ special events commission has released its list of upcoming events, which for the first time includes a beer garden festival and ice cream socials throughout town. The commission "started the year with a much broader (event) list and I think the intention is for 2014 to do a bunch of things really well versus too many things really poorly,” said Mayor Matt Bogusz.


    Chicago man dies after falling down trash chute

    Authorities in Chicago say a 90-year-old man has died after falling down a trash chute on the Northwest Side.


    Lombard launches Welcome Home Veterans program

    Anyone wishing to give a big "Welcome Home" surprise to a Lombard resident serving in the military can now do so with help from the village. Residents who know of a returning veteran are encouraged to fill out a form at villageoflombard.org to schedule a welcome home celebration. Sgt. William Marks of the Lombard police department and the village's community relations committee will work with...


    Wheaton City Council denies Farnham Lane development

    For a second time, the Wheaton City Council has denied a subdivision proposal that would divide three lots into seven on Farnham Lane. “Change will come here. I don’t think this is the change we want now,” Mayor Michael Gresk said before the council voted 6-1 to deny the application.


    Hastings Lake nature open house:

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District is hosting a nature open house from 1 to 3:30 p.m., April 26 at the recently opened Hastings Lake Forest Preserve, 21155 W. Gelden Road, Lake Villa.


    Mundelein blood drive:

    Mundelein residents are invited to participate in the “Everyday Heroes Spring Blood Drive” on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mundelein Fire Station, #1 1000 N. Midlothian Road.


    Libertyville pageant applications:

    Applications are being accepted for contestants for the 2014 Miss, Junior Miss, and Little Miss Libertyville Queens pageant. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 20.

    Ernest R. Jenkins

    Authorities: Georgia man stole millions from Aon Hewitt

    A Georgia man who once worked for Lincolnshire-based Aon Hewitt is accused of stealing millions of dollars from the company, authorities said Monday.

    Sameera Samreen

    Addison mom gets 7 years for stabbing young son

    An Addison mother who stabbed her 3-year-old son in the neck “so they could die together” was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison.Sameera Samreen, 30, pleaded guilty in February to one count of aggravated battery of a child — who survived and is now living with a relative — in exchange for prosecutors capping their sentence recommendation at 15 years.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Christopher S. Lewis, 31, of Elgin, was charged Monday with forgery, resisting/obstructing a police officer and criminal trespass to land after he remained on Grand Victoria Casino property after being asked to leave, court records show.

    Robert Marshall

    New appeal in Naperville police chief pension case

    The benefits package for Naperville police Chief Robert Marshall remains in question nearly two years after he was named to the position. The Illinois attorney general’s office has filed an appeal seeking to stop Marshall from collecting a police pension while he also is being paid as chief. Filed April 4, the appeal follows a March 6 ruling by DuPage County Judge Paul Fullerton that...


    Soda tax prompted man to pull gun in store, police say

    Police accuse a Chicago man of pulling out a submachine gun in a convenience store because he didn’t want to pay a 22-cent tax on a two-liter bottle of soda.


    College student died of alcohol poisoning

    The Cook County medical examiner says a University of Chicago student found dead in his campus dorm room in February died of alcohol poisoning.

    McHenry County College Children’s Learning Center students Joshua Dalton, left, and Jaxton Michaels gaze up from the inside of the inflatable GeoSphere Monday on the Crystal Lake campus. Pointing out some of the Earth’s features to Jaxton is student teacher Jill Shadwell. Both Joshua and Jaxton are 4 years old and from Crystal Lake. Director Steve Jansen of The Geographic Society of Chicago taught the kids about how much water covers Earth, the rain forests and the relative size of mountains compared with the depths of the oceans.

    MCC students, visitors check out inflatable globe

    McHenry County College students, faculty and even much younger students got a geography lesson from inside the 20-foot inflatable GeoSphere Monday in Cystal Lake.

    Sheila Simon

    Simon, husband report $208,000 in Illinois income

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and her husband earned $208,000 during 2013 and paid $44,000 in state and federal taxes. The candidate for state comptroller released her tax return and a statement of financial interest Monday.

    Ray Hagen of Streamwood plays a chord harmonica during Monday’s meeting of the Harmelodian Club at Pottawatomie Community Center in St. Charles. The harmonica-playing club is part of the Adult Activity Center run by the park district and has been around about five years.

    Group gathers on Monday to play harmonica

    The Harmelodian Club meets at the Adult Activiy Center at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles.

    Musicians Walter Becker, left, and Donald Fagen of the band Steely Dan will play at the state fair on Aug. 15.

    Steely Dan to play Illinois State Fair

    Grammy Award-winning rock band Steely Dan will play this year’s Illinois State Fair on Aug. 15. The fair runs from Aug. 7 to 17 in Springfield. Other acts this year include country singers Jake Owen and Hunter Hayes, Florida Georgia Line and Boston.

    Richard V. Jinkens

    Police: Zion man had child pornography

    A Zion man has been seized on child pornograhy charges, according to the Lake County sheriff's office.


    IDOT changes work zone signs as speed limit climbs

    Illinois transportation officials are adding extra safety precautions to work zones around the state after the speed limit was increased to 70 mph on some highways. “When you’re going 70 mph, people don’t realize how far you travel and how quickly,” said Priscilla Tobias, the state safety engineer from the Illinois Department of Transportation.


    Wheeling High wins District 214 social media contest

    Wheeling High School is the winner of Northwest Suburban High School District 214’s “Get Social” Twitter competition, logging more than 7,600 combined new followers and retweets of original content during the two-week contest. The District’s Vanguard School, Forest View Alternative School and Newcomer Center for newly arrived non-English-speaking students competed...

    Willette T. Duncan

    Woman who kicked Naperville cop pleads guilty

    A Chicago woman who started her new year off on the wrong foot when she kicked a Naperville cop was sentenced Monday in DuPage County. Willette T. Duncan, 27, of Chicago pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated battery of a police officer and was admitted into the state’s attorney’s office’s pretrial diversion program for nonviolent first-time offenders.


    Woman charged in Kane County animal neglect case gives up goats

    Stacy Fiebelkorn Monday volunteered to give up ownership of two goats, the last of the 90-plus animals seized from her last month. With that, Kane County Circuit Court Associate Judge Elizabeth Flood agreed to close a forfeiture case brought against the Elgin woman.

    Edwin Y. Vega

    Two men charged in Elgin knife fight

    Two Elgin men are charged in connection to a knife attack on Sunday morning. Edwin Y. Vega, 21, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and Omar Monroy, 21, faces charges of cocaine possession. Both men are charged with mob action in the fight, in which a victim was cut on the hand fending off an attack with a pocket knife, police said.

    Pope Francis greets faithful at the end of the Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sunday.

    Pope poses for ‘selfies’ after Palm Sunday homily

    Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter’s Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for “selfies” with young people and also sipping tea passed to him from the crowd.

    Gianni Middona, 5, of Elburn holds an encouraging sign for Cimmy Nakum, 12, of Elburn, who finishes the 10th annual Dewey Dash race, held Sunday in downtown Elburn. According to a race results website, Cimmy took first place in her age division in the 5K.

    Elgin man finishes first in Elburn’s Dewey Dash

    An Elgin man was the top finisher in Elburn's Dewey Dash Race, held Sunday to benefit the Town and Country Public Library District.

    Kimberly Gotches of the Geneva Public Library shows the recycling number code on the bottom of a Styrofoam cup to Connor McInerney of Geneva Saturday at the library’s Earth Day booth at Peck Farm Park in Geneva.

    Earth Day comes early In Geneva

    Earth Day came early at Peck Family Farm in Geneva Saturday, where people browsed the Geneva Green Market, found rain barrels and compost bins for sale and took advantage of bike tuneups, free paper shredding, electronic recycling and more. Games and crafts entertained kids and the Chicago-based nonprofit Working Bikes collected old bicycles, sewing machines and wheelchairs for repairs and reuse.


    Unruly man charged after jet diverts to Nebraska

    A man removed from a California-bound Southwest Airlines flight is facing federal charges because he tried to open a door.News: Prosecutors charged 23-year-old Joshua Carl Lee Suggs Monday with interfering with the crew of the Chicago-to-Sacramento flight.


    Anti-violence event scheduled at Maine West

    Maine West High School will host a public program Wednesday that will spotlight the cause of curbing violence against women, officials said.


    Elk Grove hosts drug take-back April 26

    The public will be able to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications Saturday, April 26 at the Elk Grove Police Department.


    French dining in Hoffman Estates April 24

    Join Hoffman Estates’ Sister Cities Commission for its 17th annual French dining evening, “Soiree Culinaire — Discovering French Delicacies,” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at The Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre, 2401 W. Higgins Road. Enjoy the flavors of France prepared by Chef Patrick Guat from Hoffman Estates’ Sister City of Angouleme, France.

    Oscar Pistorius, right, accompanied by relatives arrives Monday at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa. He is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013.

    Pistorius accused of staging outbursts at trial

    Oscar Pistorius came under intense pressure Monday at his murder trial from the chief prosecutor, who dismissed his account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as a flimsy web of lies and accused the Olympian of staging emotional outbursts to mask difficulty in answering a barrage of probing questions.

    William L. Bush Jr.

    Elgin man charged with 5th DUI

    A 48-year-old Elgin man was charged Saturday with his fifth DUI and driving with a blood alcohol concentration more than three times the legal threshold. William L. Bush Jr. faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of aggravated DUI. He was being held at the Kane County jail on $25,000 bail.

    An income tax sign hangs in the window of Tax Pros USA in La Grange, Ky. The deadline for filing federal income tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service is Tuesday.

    April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

    The calendar shows April 15, and you haven’t even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don’t need to fret. If you’re due a refund — and about three-fourths of filers get refunds — April 15 isn’t much of a deadline at all.

    Marine biologist Wayne Brown holds a model of a humpback whale as he teaches students about whales during “The Underwater Adventure” program Monday at Butterfield School in Libertyville. Brown and his wife, Karen, use models and props to teach students about the habits of whales.

    Whales spring to life for students at Butterfield School in Libertyville

    Butterfield Elementary School students got an underwater lesson Monday as marine explorers Wayne and Karen Brown explained the world of whales during “The Ocean Adventure” presentation. The students learned about varieties of whales, whales’ eating habits, parts of a whale, swimming habits of whales and raising young whales.

    Marie Schaack, a 102-year old volunteer at JourneyCare in Barrington, loves to come to work every day.

    Don’t just sit on the couch, says 102-year-old volunteer

    Marie Schaak is not only one of the longest serving volunteers at JourneyCare in Barrington, she's the oldest. At 102 Schaack comes to work every week to help other volunteers mail out the agency’s bereavement letters. “It’s nice to get out of the house and be with a lot of nice people," Schaak says. "I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile.”

    Fremont kindergarten student Gian Naval Vales hovers over the gymnasium floor during a Getting Excited about Science assembly.

    Fremont Elementary School club gets students excited about science

    Fremont Elementary School students hovered over the gymnasium floor, water flew over head and their hair stood on end as part of a Getting Excited about Science assembly sponsored by the PTO.


    Carmel Catholic High to perform ‘Guys and Dolls’

    Carmel Catholic High School’s Fine Arts Department, under the direction of Denise Sebastiano, presents its spring musical, “Guys and Dolls.”

    Pleasant Grove Police investigate the scene Sunday where seven infant bodies were discovered and packaged in separate containers at a home in Pleasant Grove, Utah. According to the Pleasant Grove Police Department, seven dead infants were found in the former home of Megan Huntsman, 39. Huntsman was booked into jail on six counts of murder.

    Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

    Authorities say a Utah woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage. According to a probable cause statement released by police Monday, Megan Huntsman said that between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies at her home and that all but...

    Lurie Children’s pediatric asthma specialist Dr. Anne Singh examines patient Michael Pimentel, 14, of Lansing, Ill.

    Experts see incidents of asthma, allergies increasing

    “Why does asthma happen?” asked fifth-graders in Elise Diaz and Caroline Dicentio’s classes at Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth.


    Elgin gives more money to Boys and Girls Club

    The Elgin City Council’s committee of the whole decided last week how to disburse $200,000 in grants to local nonprofits by allowing a greater amount for the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin. The money comes from the city’s portion of Grand Victoria Casino revenues. The vote was postponed a couple of times earlier this year.

    Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, the Cincinnati civil rights attorney who has filed three gay marriage lawsuits in Ohio since June, said several gay couples who want to win the right to marry in Ohio have contacted him. He’s considering filing a new lawsuit on their behalf aimed at striking down Ohio’s gay marriage ban entirely.

    Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage

    A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, the latest court victory for gay rights supporters. Judge Timothy Black ruled that refusing to recognize gay marriage is a violation of constitutional rights and “unenforceable in all circumstances.” “The record before this court ... is staggeringly...


    Funeral held for slain 2-year-old in South Bend

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Mourners gathered for the funeral of a 2-year-old South Bend boy fatally shot while playing outside as police continued looking for those responsible for the gunfire.The funeral for John Swoveland Jr. was held Sunday at a South Bend funeral home.


    10 people rescued from fishing boats on river

    MARINETTE, Wis. — Authorities in eastern Wisconsin rescued 10 people — including three children — from four small fishing boats that became stranded in the rising waters of the Menominee River.Rescuers were called to the scene around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.


    Work to begin on innovative ramp in Fort Wayne

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation says construction of an innovative traffic interchange aimed at improving traffic flow is scheduled to begin Monday in Fort Wayne.


    Sen. Dick Durbin to discuss e-cigarette inquiry

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he plans to discuss a Congressional investigation into the marketing of electronic cigarettes. Durbin and Democratic U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman of California plan to talk about their findings at a Monday morning news conference in Washington.


    Frog researcher to attend lakes convention

    STEVENS POINT, Wis. — A California frog scientist is set to speak at the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention later this month.


    Sheriff: Woman brought cocaine into Illinois jail

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A Mississippi woman is facing charges for allegedly bringing cocaine into an Illinois county jail. Kelsey Elizabeth Lewis is a 24-year-old woman from Vicksburg, Miss. Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz says Lewis was charged Friday with bringing contraband into a penal institution and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.


    Humane Society offers discount on pit bulls

    MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Humane Society is offering discounts to those who want to adopt pit bulls or pit bull mixes.WISN-TV reports the Humane Society has an influx of pit bulls. The dogs are typically harder to place because of restrictions by landlords or insurance requirements.


    Electrical problem shuts down nuclear reactor

    MORRIS, Ill. — Damage to an electrical transformer caused one reactor to shut down automatically at a northern Illinois nuclear power plant over the weekend.Unit 2 at the Dresden Nuclear Station shut down Saturday morning, and it remained offline on Sunday as crews worked to fix the damage.Dresden spokesman Robert Osgood says the problem is on the non-nuclear side of the plant.


    2001 memo called death row decision ‘political’

    City of Chicago attorneys claimed in a 2001 memo that prosecutors’ decision to release one man from death row and charge another with murder was “political.”The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the memo was written after Anthony Porter sued the city for wrongful conviction.


    Illinois awards $52M for bike, walking paths

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois communities are set receive more than $52 million in federal funds to invest in local alternative transportation projects — including bike paths, walking trails, streetscape upgrades and historic preservation.


    UW flex offerings don’t fit a Walker return

    MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker wants to finish his college course work using a new flexible degree option through the University of Wisconsin System.One problem: There are no immediate plans to offer classes in the fields he’s interested in.


    Gary hotel eyesore demolition to begin soon

    GARY, Ind. — Gary officials say city residents soon will see the first outward signs toward the demolition of a 12-story hotel that once was a symbol of a northwestern Indiana city’s hopes for turnaround but instead became a constant reminder of its troubles.

    An El Monte High School student hangs a banner for senior Adrian Castro, outside El Monte High School in El Monte, Calif., Friday, April 11, 2014. Castro was killed when the Humboldt State University-bound bus he was on crashed in Orland on Thursday, an El Monte school official said. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Engaged pair, teen athlete among dead in bus crash

    Michael Myvett had spent years connecting to autistic children as a therapist, and now was playing chaperone to a different group of youth as he traveled from his Southern California home to Humboldt State, his alma mater. He was also a proud groom-to-be, traveling with Mattison Haywood, the fiancee he proposed to in Paris at Christmas. The couple would make it neither to the school nor their...

    The demolished remains of a FedEx truck are towed Friday into a CalTrans maintenance station in Willows, Calif. At least ten people were killed and dozens injured in the fiery crash on Thursday between a FedEx truck and a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California college.

    Feds revisit safety rules after California bus crash

    Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck that left 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students in Northern California. The truck driver veered across the Interstate 5 median, sideswiped a sedan and collided with the bus, leaving no tire marks to suggest he had applied his...

    Minds of Magik placed first at the South Elgin High School Talent show. Appearing magically inside a seemingly empty box is Trenton Williams, while his partner, Alec Dylo, reacts behind. Eighteen acts competed at South Elgin High School. Two acts were chosen to proceed to the finals for all five U-46 high schools, TalentFest 2014. This act has been to TalentFest before.

    Acts from U-46 schools to compete in TalentFest

    South Elgin High School's talent contest took place Thursday, April 10. The two top finishers from SEHS -- and the four other high schools in the district -- will advance to TalentFest 2014, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Hemmens in Elgin.

    Midwest Sports Academy is planning its first “Who’s Got Next” 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, set for July 18-19.

    Midwest Sports Academy to host basketball tourney

    Midwest Sports Academy invites teams of all ages and skill levels to participate in the first "Who's Got Next" 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament July 18-19.


    4 die, more than 30 hurt in Chicago weekend shootings

    Four people were shot and killed between Friday afternoon and Sunday night on the city’s South and West sides — the first a 17-year-old girl on the city’s South Side on Friday afternoon — and more than 30 were wounded.

    Jeni Rogers, a fifth-grade teacher at Prairie Elementary School in Naperville, is a serious educator who works first to build an emotional bond with her students. Walk into her classroom, Principal Tracy Dvorchak says, and you'll see kids learning in many different ways but, “inevitably there's laughter and joy.”

    After nearly three decades, teacher Jeni Rogers knows how to reach her students

    After nearly three decades in the classroom, Naperville teacher Jeni Rogers knows what makes kids tick. She believes in building emotional bonds with her students based on mutual caring, respect and trust. “In a lot of ways,” Principal Tracy Dvorchak says, “Jeni is the heart and soul of this school.” Here's how she does it ...


    1 dead, 6 hurt in weekend Illinois crash

    MINONK, Ill. — Authorities say one person died and six others were hurt during a weekend crash near the central Illinois community of Minonk.


    Cardinal tries to stay healthy during Holy Week

    Chicago’s archbishop says he’s taking steps to protect his health during Holy Week while he continues cancer treatment.Cardinal Francis George is undergoing chemotherapy. While celebrating Palm Sunday Mass, he told worshippers he won’t be able to greet parishioners at the door after the services as he normally does.

    Caitlin Cox, almost 3, walks with her parents Meghan and Jeff during a Juvenile Arthritis benefit walk organized by the St. Charles East High School student council Sunday at the school’s Sports Center. She was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis last September. They are from St. Charles.

    Dawn Patrol: Benefit for 2-year-old; Elgin driver smashes into house

    St. Charles East students help 2-year-old girl’s cause; Elgin driver charged after smashing into house; Arlington Hts. church recreates march into Jerusalem; Wood Dale egg hunt goes to the dogs; Hawks, Blues begin playoffs Thursday; Ramirez homer saves another White Sox bullpen mishap; Cubs drop 2 of 3 to Cardinals; Knicks snap Bulls’ winning streak

    Construction of the I-290 interchange with the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway extension begins. It's one of the year's big projects.

    Suburbs face worst roadwork season in years

    The good, the bad and the ugly about construction season 2014. The good news is that 2015 will be much worse. The bad news is that I-90 will be ugly and work on the future Elgin O'Hare extension will slow traffic on existing highways. Keep calm and drive on.

    Andy Johnson, owner of Don's Dock in Des Plaines, sorts through his display case making room for cod loin, which people are buying instead of whitefish — a traditional Passover food that is not in stock because of the rough winter.

    Whitefish shortage getting in the way of traditional Passover meals

    Jewish families looking to cook traditional Passover meals this week may have a difficult time finding some of the ingredients, another lingering effect from the record-breaking cold winter. A shortage in whitefish, a staple in the Jewish dish of gefilte fish, has many stores scrambling, charging extra or suggesting alternatives to customers.

    Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, center, and assistant coach Jamie Kompon, left, watch the action in the final seconds of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. The Hawks will face the St. Louis blues in the first round of the playoffs, beginning Thursday.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend
    What you may have missed this weekend: Golf-ball sized hail did some damage in the suburbs; Elgin master mechanic creating replica of President Lincoln's funeral car; 65 years later Lombard man honored for his World War II service; Mount Prospect police looking for witnesses in scooter accident; animals in neglect case being placed in new homes; and a tight wedding ring was the first clue a...

    Displaced residents of Budge Drive in Jackson, Wyo., register with the American Red Cross on Thursday, as geologists study a hillside where the potential for a landslide called for an evacuation.

    Wyoming hillside not seeing accelerated movement

    An unstable hillside in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson shows movement, but the shifting is not accelerating. Incident spokeswoman Charlotte Reynolds says the situation hadn’t changed Sunday with geologists continuing to monitor the hill.

    Umpire Gordon Heinemann, of Villa Park, waits out the delay as storm clouds, lightning, and strong winds put a hold on the Dundee-Crown at Hampshire baseball game Saturday.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features images of unpredictable spring weather, a World War II vet finally getting his medals, and the Easter Bunny in a helicopter.



    John Jaso’s pinch-hit HR lifts A’s over Angels 3-2

    Pinch-hitter John Jaso came through with a two-run homer off closer Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.


    Warriors beat Wolves 130-120, secure 6th seed

    Stephen Curry had 32 points and 15 assists, and the reeling Golden State Warriors rallied from 19 points down in the first half to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-120 on Monday night.


    Mets beat D-backs 7-3 in series opener

    Lucas Duda had four hits and two RBIs, Zack Wheeler pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the New York Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3 on Monday night.


    Bulls release Shengelia, sign ex-Rockets forward

    The Bulls made another player move Monday and this one has more to do with the long-term future than the playoffs. They released forward Tornike “Toko” Shengelia and signed former Houston forward Greg Smith for the remainder of the season.


    Randolph scores 32, Grizzlies clinch playoff spot

    Zach Randolph scored 32 points and the Memphis Grizzlies clinched the final playoff berth in the Western Conference with a 97-91 victory over Phoenix that eliminated the Suns from postseason contention.The Grizzlies scored the last six points of an intense fourth quarter.

    Bulls guard Jimmer Fredette goes in for a layup past Orlando’s Andrew Nicholson during the second half Monday night. Fredette played 31 minutes and finished with 17 points.

    Bulls’ Fredette gets chance, doesn’t disappoint

    D.J. Augustin missed Monday's game to be at the birth of his son, which meant guard Jimmer Fredette finally got extended playing time. Fredette took advantage by scoring 17 points in 31 minutes as the Bulls beat Orlando 108-95 at the United Center.


    Girls water polo: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Fremd 12, Barrington 5Fremd — Hoffman 4, Barry 4, Carlson 2, Younker 2Barrington — Burell, Pallen, Gavars, Barringer, Latimer.Goalkeepers — F: Jeronimus (10 saves). B: Burrell (9 saves).*Palatine 14, Hoffman Estates 2Hoffman 0 1 0 1 —2Palatine 5 5 4 0 —14Hoffman — Sullivan, Bonney.Palatine — Chumbook 4, McHugh 4, Martinez 2, Seidl, Butler, Rasor, Mogensen.Goalkeepers — Pal: O’Brien (4 saves).*Prospect 12, Rolling Meadows 3Prospect — Neumann 3, Schiavone 3, McCallister 3, Younger, Vuong, Dix.*Conant 12, Schaumburg 6Schaumburg 2 0 2 2 —6Conant 3 4 2 3 —12Schaumburg — Vazquez 2, Grubb, B. Vazguez, Bukielski, Varga.Conant — Ca. Rosas 4, Skittone 3, Weingart 2, Wooley, Cl. Rosas, ClaffeyGoalkeepers — Con: Demaret (15 saves)*


    Girls soccer: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Harvest Christian 5, Elgin Academy 1Harvest 2 3 —5Elgin Academy 0 1 —1Scoring — HCA — Lockwood (Ellis), Burzlaff (Lockwood), Burzlaff (Lockwood), Lockwood (UA), Doby (Burzlaff).Goalkeepers — HCA — Doby (6 saves), Lockwood (2 saves).*Buffalo Grove 3, Barrington 2Buffalo Grove 2 1 —3Barrington 0 2 —2Scoring — BG: own goal, own goal, Ingham (K. Zickert). Barr: Fox, Szczesny (Muniz, Niro).Goalkeepers — BG: O’Connor. Barr: Luedtke.*Naperville North 2, glenbard east 0Naperville North 1 1 —2Glenbard East 0 0 —0Scoring — NN: Boswell, Svoboda.Goalkeepers — NN: Baenziger.*St. Charles east 3, glenbard north 0St. Charles East 2 1 —3Glenbard North 0 0 —0Scoring — Mollenhauer (Cunningham), Hilton (Cunningham), Hilton (Cunningham).


    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*glenbard south 132.9, fenton 105Floor excercise: 1. Garcia (F) 8.8; 2. Boguslavsky (GS) 8.4; 3. Brazys (F) 7.6.Pommel horse: 1. Boguslavsky (GS) 8.2; 2. Bihun (GS) 6.9; 3. McGovern (GS) 5.6; 3. Rahtjen 5.6.Still rings: 1. Boguslavsky (GS) 8.0; 2. McGovern (GS) 7.0; 3. Brazys (F) 6.7.Vault: 1. Boguslavsky (GS) 9.0; 2. Garcia (F) 8.2; 2. Scholl (GS) 8.2.Parallel bars: 1. McGovern (GS) 7.6; 2. Cimaglia (GS) 7.5; 3. Boguslavsky (GS) 7.3.Horizontal bar: 1. Boguslavsky (GS) 8.5; 2. McGovern (GS) 6.0; 3. Bihun (GS) 5.8.All-around: 1. Boguslavsky (GS) 49.4; 2. McGovern (GS) 41.5; 3. Garcia (F) 37.1.


    Boys volleyball: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*lake zurich d. grant 25-18, 25-18Serving — LZ: Bush 2 aces, Doherty 1 ace, Orchard 1 ace, Sweetwood 1 ace; Attacking — LZ: Meyer 11 kills, Gaide 6 kills, Sweetwood 6 kills, Steibel 3 kills, Bush 2 kills, Gilbertson 1 kill; Grt: Meier 4 kills, Kaye 2 kills; Setting — LZ: Bush 23 assists; Digs — LZ: Bush 6, Savio 5, Wojcik 2, Doherty 2, Gilberton, Orchard; Grt: Fischer; Blocks — LZ: Gilbertson 4, Gaide 3, Bush, Sweetwood; Grt: Kaye 3.JV: Lake Zurich d. Grant 25-9, 25-12Frosh: Lake Zurich d. Grant 25-12, 25-8*LAKE FOREST D. LAKES 25-7, 25-15Attacking — Lks: Galat 4 kills, Solbrig 2 kills, Brodde 2 kills; Setting — Lks: Jewel 11 assists; Digs — Lks: Galat 8.JV: Lake Forest d. Lakes 25-10, 25-20Frosh A: Lakes d. Lake Forest 25-21, 23-25, 25-21*Wheaton North d. st. charles east 23-25, 25-16, 28-26St. Charles East — Spicer (9 kills, 1 block); Yoder (4 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace).Wheaton North — Clark (11 kills, 4 blocks); Mullinger (7 kills, 1 ace); Bowen (5 kills, 4 blocks, 1 ace); Anderson (3 kills, 1 block); Kirschbaum (3 kills); Bedrossian (3 kills 1 block).*Buffalo Grove d. Elk Grove 25-19, 25-15BG leaders: Bulauski 6 kills, Shanahan 5 kills, Franz 5 kills, 2 blocks, Cruz 7 kills, Schnittker 12 assists, Weon 6 assists, Ruscitti 17 digs, Masciopinto 11 digs.*St. Viator d. Antioch 25-10, 25-14Attack: StV: Wolf 19-20 13 kills; Cieniawa 14-15 7 kills; Hogan 5-5 3 kills; Schiller 6-7 2 kills.Serving: StV: Schiller 11-12 3 aces; Cieniawa 7-8 2 aces; Drab 5-7 2 aces; Brunetti 8-9 2 aces.Setting: StV: Knox 29-30 13 assists; Brunetti 12-13 7 assists.Digs: StV: Wolf 9; Tun 7; Brunetti 4.*


    Girls badminton: Monday’s scoreboard
    Monday’s results*glenbard west 11, hoffman estates 4*wheaton north 8, addison trail 7Singles — No. 1: Mell (AT) d. Nair 14-21, 21-13, 21-17; No. 2: Lombardo (AT) d. King 21-8, 21-11; No. 3: Hacker (WN) d. Ortega 21-3, 21-19; No. 4: Bichler (WN) d. Gonzalez 21-14, 21-15; No. 5: Garcia (WN) d. Fleming 21-12, 21-17; No. 6: Rodriguez (AT) d. Benson 23-21, 21-13; No. 7: Burshtan (WN) d. Kaczowka 12-21, 21-12, 21-15; No. 8: Schneider (AT) d. VanOss 22-20, 10-21, 21-19; No. 9: Schnelter (AT) d. Carlson 21-14, 21-11; No. 10: Falash (AT) d. Rietveld 21-11, 21-14.Doubles — No. 1: Garcia/Li (WN) d. Fleming/Lombardo 22-20, 21-19; No. 2: King/VanOss (WN) d. Ortega/Rodriguez 21-17, 17-21, 21-8; No. 3: Nair/Hacker (WN) d. Gonzalez/Schneider 21-17, 21-11; No. 4: Bichler/Benson (WN) d. Mell/Schnelter 18-21, 24-22, 21-14; No. 5: Kaczowka/Falash (AT) d. Sibon/Carlson 21-16, 10-21, 21-16.*Schaumburg 13, Conant 2Singles — No.1: Blackem (Sch) d. Patel 18-21, 21-8, 21-18; No.2: Chen (Sch) d. Singh 21-12, 21-14; No.3: Lee (Sch) d. Leung 21-16, 21-8; No.4: Tai (Sch) d. Chum 21-11, 21-14; No.5: Daniel (Sch) d Knipp 21-13, 21-8; No.6: McClure (Con) d. Addanki 21-16, 21-8; No.7: Schorish (Sch) d. Shope 21-19, 21-18; No.8: Patel (Sch) d. Siewsrichol 21-8, 21-17; No.9: Addaski (Sch) d. Packard 21-14, 21-13; No.10. Lynn (Sch) d. Lii 21-15, 21-13.Doubles — No.1: Tai/Daniel (Sch) d. Sigh/Leung 21-11, 21-11; No.2: Chen/Lee (Sch) d. Knipp/Patgel 21-11, 21-8; No.3: Bheem/Addanki (Sch) d. Shope/Packard 21-15, 21-0; No.4: McClure/Siewsrichsl (Con) d. Patel/Schorsch 21-18, 21-11; No.5: Lynn/Addanki (Sch) d. Lii/Chum 21-16, 21-16.*


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Fremd 14 barrington 12Barrington 2 3 2 2 —12Fremd 4 3 3 4 —14Fremd — M. Stark 2, Starkey, Helsdingen, L. Stark 6, Nicholas, Assmann 3.Barrington — Cogswell 2, Mathias 2, Lesniak, Miseyka 7.*Conant 14, Schaumburg 9Conant 5 2 3 4 —14Schaumburg 1 2 4 2 —9Conant — Schmitz 9Schaumburg — Borst, Birriel, Kovar, Petritis 2.*Hersey 7, Buffalo Grove 4Hersey leading scorer — Carroll 4.*Palatine 21, Hoffman Estates 9Palatine 9 4 5 3 —21Hoffman Estates 1 3 1 4 —9*


    Lake Forest tops Lakes
    Boys volleyballLake Forest d. Lakes: Lakes lost in straight games to Lake Forest, 25-7, 25-15 as Richard Galat had 8 digs and 4 kills. Teammate Colton Jewel had 11 assists.St. Viator d. Antioch: St. Viator got a 25-10, 25-14 sweep over Antioch to get its tenth win of the year. The Lions are now 10-3.


    Hoffman, Barry pace Fremd victory

    Emma Hoffman and Samantha Barry both finished with 4 goals to help Fremd past Barrington 12-5 in Mid-Suburban West girls water polo Monday.


    Schmitz leads Conant victory

    Junior Connor Schmitz scored a game-high 9 goals to help Conant past host Schaumburg 14-9 on Monday in a Mid-Suburban West boys water polo matchup.


    Welke gets the call at Harper

    The Harper College men’s basketball program has a new leader, as Justin Welke has been announced as the Hawks’ new head coach. He follows Tony Amarino, who retired following last season to cap a distinguished career.


    Young scores 43 to lead Lakers past Jazz, 119-104

    Nick Young scored a season-high 43 points and helped the Los Angeles Lakers snap a seven-game losing streak with a 119-104 victory Monday night against the Utah Jazz.


    Mariners add run on replay, beat Rangers 7-1

    Mike Zunino homered an inning before adding an RBI single in Seattle’s strange six-run outburst that included three Texas Rangers errors and a replay reversal that gave the Mariners a run in their 7-1 victory Monday night.


    Uggla hits grand slam in 9th, Braves beat Phillies

    Dan Uggla hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the ninth inning Monday night that lifted the Atlanta Braves to a wild 9-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.


    Lynn, Cardinals snap Brewers’ 9-game win streak

    The Milwaukee Brewers’ nine-game winning streak was snapped Monday night when Lance Lynn struck out 11 in seven innings and Jon Jay hit a three-run homer for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-0 victory.


    Good start lifts Wheaton North

    Yes, the Wheaton North boys volleyball team was completely dominant in Game 2 of Monday’s 23-25, 25-16 and 28-26 home win over St. Charles East. But coach John Noe said the key to the victory was the Falcons getting off to a good start.

    Naperville North’s Morgan Krause and Glenbard East’s Alex Ruffer chase down the ball, through heavy snow, during the Huskies 2-0 win over the Rams in Lombard Monday.

    Naperville North shows it can win in snow

    It’s easy to see why Abbie Boswell is one of the top offensive threats in the state. The Naperville North junior striker, who had 27 goals last season, needed just 82 seconds to find the net in Monday’s DuPage Valley Conference girls soccer match at Glenbard East.


    Nats hand Marlins 8th straight loss, 9-2

    Jordan Zimmermann bounced back from the shortest start of his career to pitch seven innings and lead the Washington Nationals to a 9-2 win over the Miami Marlins, who endured their eighth loss in a row. Bryce Harper had two doubles and an RBI triple for Washington. He has batted .520 over his past seven games to boost his average to .348.


    Rockets down Spurs 104-98

    Chandler Parsons scored 21 points and Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones added 20 apiece to lift the Houston Rockets to a 104-98 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.

    Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy, left, is guarded by Orlando Magic forward Andrew Nicholson, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday in Chicago. The Bulls won the game 108-95.

    Dunleavy leads Bulls to 108-95 win over Magic

    Joakim Noah had 18 points and 10 rebounds and eight assists, Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points and the Chicago Bulls pulled away late for a 108-95 victory over the Orlando Magic Monday night.

    The girls soccer teams from Harvest Christian Academy and Elgin Academy gather for a photo after their game in Elgin Monday, played through a mid-April snow. Harvest won 5-1.

    Just call St. Edward’s Brieger ‘traveling man’

    St. Edward girls soccer coach Tim Brieger pulled his best P.J. White this past weekend as far as traveling is concern. Back in November White, St. Edward’s Athletic Director and head boys basketball coach, had the uncanny task of coaching in two different places on the same day — helping Batavia win its first state football championship as an assistant coach in DeKalb, then catching a ride to Elgin to coach his Green Wave basketball team to a Westminster Christian tournament championship the same night.Brieger was in Champaign coaching the Green Wave in the Urbana Invite Saturday but had to come back to the Marriott Hotel in Hoffman Estates for the St. Edward Tidal Wave banquet, where he accepted the Gregory the Great Award for Excellence in Education, which is in dedication to Catholic education and values.


    St. Charles East takes, and keeps, the lead

    St. Charles East overcame the weather and Glenbard North on the road Monday evening.

    Wheaton North’s Chico Jackson competes in the Long Jump during Wheaton North’s 29th Annual Best 4 Invite.

    Wheaton North’s Jackson no longer surprising rivals

    Wheaton North sophomore Chico Jackson is now a known quantity.


    Chen sharp as Orioles beat Archer and Rays 7-1

    Wei-Yin Chen took a four-hitter into the seventh inning and the Baltimore Orioles got their offense back on track against Chris Archer in a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.


    Raptors set franchise mark with 48th win

    Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points, Kyle Lowry had 24 and the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record with their 48th win, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 110-100 on Monday night.


    Carter-Williams leads 76ers past Celtics, 113-108

    Michael Carter-Williams had 21 points and 14 rebounds, Tony Wroten scored 20 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics 113-108 Monday night.


    Douglas-Roberts lefts Bobcats past Hawks 95-93

    Chris Douglas-Roberts dribbled into the lane and sank a short jumper as time expired, and the Charlotte Bobcats overcame a 15-point deficit in the final period to beat the Atlanta Hawks 95-93 on Monday night.


    Heat lose 114-93 to Wizards; Pacers get top seed

    The Miami Heat opted for rest for LeBron James and Chris Bosh over the pursuit of the Eastern Conference’s top seed, and the Washington Wizards capitalized in a 114-93 breeze of a game Monday night that clinched the No. 1 seed for the Indiana Pacers.

    Patrick Kane, left, and Jonathan Toews, celebrating a Toews goal last month, are excited to help the Blackhawks begin their defense of the Stanley Cup.

    They’re back: Toews, Kane ready to go

    Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have gotten used to the lonely life of injury rehab in the NHL the past few weeks, but all that’s about to change when the full squad gathers for practice Tuesday, and for the dynamic duo, it can’t happen soon enough.


    Sound advice is always welcome

    Some advice dispensed outside the world of sports sure sounded like a message that could be of use to athletes and the sports journalists that comment on them.

    Barrington’s Maesyn Poidomani, right, advances the ball against Buffalo Grove during Monday’s matchup at Barrington.

    Cool outcome for Buffalo Grove

    Buffalo Grove underlined its status as the top girls soccer team in the Mid-Suburban League this season — to date, anyway — after defeating host Barrington 3-2 Monday evening in the snow and cold. The Bison (10-0-0, 4-0-0) join the Fillies (5-1-2, 4-1-0) atop the MSL standings with 12 points after sending the Fillies to their first loss of the season.

    If he has anything left, former Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson might be an option for the White Sox' rotation. The Sox signed Hanson to a minor-league contract last week.

    White Sox keeping pitching options open

    The White Sox' pitching staff has struggled over the first two weeks of the season, but don't look for any big-name additions. Instead, GM Rick Hahn has taken fliers on pitchers like Tommy Hanson, Javy Guerra and Frank Francisco, who might get calls in the future.

    Jordan Spieth made a run Sunday at the Masters, displaying guts on the course that is unfathomable for someone his age.

    Spieth doesn’t need to be next Tiger Woods

    Jordan Spieth isn’t going to be a great player. He’s already a great player. But he’s also been called “the next Tiger Woods,’’ a title impossible to live up to.

    Pedro Strop gets congratulations from Cubs manager Rick Renteria after earning a save against the Pirates on April 9. Beat writer Bruce Miles thinks the Cubs should abandon conventional baseball wisdom and utilize a different approach to the closer’s role.

    Closer by committee? Cubs ought to give it a shot

    With the season only 12 games old, the Cubs already have a crisis at the closer's spot, with veteran Jose Veras having lost the job, at least for now. Daily Herald Cubs reporter Bruce Miles says if there's one team a closer-by committee system suits, it's the 2014 Cubs.

    Grant’s Mitch Meier, left and Lake Zurich’s Pat Bush meet at the net Monday at Grant.

    Bush, Lake Zurich branching out

    His setting skills would lead one to believe that Lake Zurich senior Pat Bush was off to play college volleyball somewhere. What we have in Mr. Bush is a realist. No Division I team offered him a scholarship, so he’s moved on to another plan. In the meantime, he’s quite content to lead the best Lake Zurich team in recent seasons. On Monday night, Bush dished out 23 assists in Fox Lake. He also led off the serving for Bears (5-4, 3-0) with eight straight points. No, the Bears didn’t really blow out host Grant. But a pair of 25-18 victories helped the Bears stay unbeaten in NSC play.

    The White Sox, thanks to some great hitting by Alexei Ramirez, right, and several other players are leading the league in runs scored and runs batting in. The Sox pitching staff, however, is second to last in ERA.

    Hard to recall a White Sox team starting like this

    This brand of White Sox baseball is something fans haven’t seen in quite some time. While the timely hitting is hard to believe, so are the struggles by the pitching staff, says Chris Rongey.


    Softball: Top 20 rankings
    Undefeated Libertyville, at 12-0 and off to its best start in 20 years, is the new No. 1 team in the Daily Herald's Top 20 softball rankings.

    Bubba Watson, speaks during a press conference wearing his green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday in Augusta, Ga.

    Green jacket and golden moment for Bubba Watson

    For all the crazy stunts Bubba Watson does for fun, the green jacket was off limits.After he won the Masters for the first time in 2012, he was amazed by the attention the green jacket brought. No other piece of clothing in golf gets that kind of reaction. But that was the extent of it. Watson spoke about his year with the green jacket a week before returning to Augusta National to claim another one. “I left it in the closet,” he said. “Right or wrong, out of respect for the tournament and what it means, I didn’t take it out too much. Didn’t let my friends see it. Didn’t let them touch it. It’s a coveted trophy. It’s a big deal. And I know what kind of hard work it takes to get it.”

    In this March 18 photo, Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews skates during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, in Philadelphia. The Blackhawks expect to have Toews and Patrick Kane in the lineup when they play at St. Louis on Thursday after each had long layoffs to heal injuries.

    10 things to watch when NHL playoffs start

    Here’s a look at 10 things to watch when the NHL playoffs begin Wednesday with a new format, some stars returning from injuries and renewed rivalries:

    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Bob Bowman, the swimmer’s longtime coach, told The Associated Press on Mondaythat Phelps is entered in three events — the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly at his first meet since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

    Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said Monday that he has no problem with how his teammates responded when he was injured in a game against Pittsburgh. “That was a clean hit,” Toews said. “We moved on.”

    Toews content with team’s response to Orpik’s hit

    Finally we get to hear from the man who was on the wrong end of a Brooks Orpik hit that fateful Sunday night in Pittsburgh. Mike Spellman shares what Jonathan Toews had to say about the hit, and how his teammates responded.

    Vernon Hills grad Melanie Rowland is finishing a standout collegiate performance as a student-athlete at Towson University.

    Rowland finishing strong at Towson

    Not only has Melanie Rowland closed out her swimming career in strong fashion at Towson University, but she has done the same in the classroom. For the second consecutive year, the Vernon Hills High School graduate was named the Colonial Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award winner for women’s swimming.


    Mike North video: Brewers on a roll
    The Chicago teams are doing OK right now, but no one expected the Milwaukee Brewers to be on a nine-game winning streak. Is this just a fluke, or are the Brewers for real?


    Bulls game day
    Bulls game day


    Ilona Orshansky, owner of Brooklyn Vaper, uses a vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in her shop in New York. It is projected total U.S. e-cigarette sales could reach $1.5 billion this year.

    Lawmakers charge e-cigarettes target youth

    E-cigarette makers aim to hook youth on their products using music festivals, free samples and candy-flavored versions, Democratic lawmakers charge. The findings, in a survey released Monday by members of Congress, should prod U.S. regulators to curb the industry, the lawmakers said. While e-cigarettes currently are unregulated, the Food and Drug Administration is working on a plan that would extend its tobacco oversight to the products.

    DETROIT — General Motors is replacing the executives in charge of communications and human resources as it struggles with a string of embarrassing recalls that have led to congressional hearings and federal investigations. Communications chief Selim Bingol and human resources head Melissa Howell are leaving the company to pursue other interests, the company said Monday in a statement.

    GM replacing communications, human resources heads

    General Motors is replacing the executives in charge of communications and human resources as it struggles with a string of embarrassing recalls that have led to congressional hearings and federal investigations. Communications chief Selim Bingol and human resources head Melissa Howell are leaving the company to pursue other interests, the company said Monday in a statement.

    Executives and guests of La Quinta Holdings applaud the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on April 9, in honor of the company’s IPO.

    Is hot market for IPOs cooling?

    A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors. IPOs are having their best start to a year since 2000. Eighty-nine companies have raised $19 billion through sales of new stock so far in 2014, according to Dealogic. But demand for more offerings depends largely on the health of the broader market, and after last week’s sell-off, the clamor from buyers may quiet down.

    U.S. stocks rebounded Monday from the worst weekly losses in two years, weathering a selloff at the start of the final hour, after data showed retail sales increased the most since 2012 and Citigroup Inc. earnings unexpectedly rose.

    U.S. stocks recover some ground on retail sales gain

    U.S. stocks mounted a modest rally on Monday, helping investors recover some of the ground lost after a rough finish last week.Investors were bracing for another round of discouraging earnings and a third consecutive loss for the stock market. But the market pushed higher from the get-go Monday, receiving a boost from solid earnings from Citigroup and a strong pickup in retail sales last month.

    Walgreen Co. is under pressure from some investors to move its headquarters to Europe from Deerfield.

    Report: Walgreen pressured to move HQ to Europe

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. was under pressure by a group of shareholders to relocate its headquarters to Europe to take advantage of tax breaks, the Financial Times reported Monday.

    Australian ship HMAS Perth sails into position to retrieve a red object spotted by the RNZAF plane during the search for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of western Australia on Sunday. The hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner continued to focus Monday on a search for weakening radio signals from deep beneath the waves despite mounting evidence that the batteries in the plane’s all-important black boxes may finally have died.

    Robotic submarine deployed in search for Malaysian plane

    Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysian airliner after failing for six days to detect any signals believed to be from its black boxes. Meanwhile, officials were investigating an oil slick about3.4 miles from the area where the last underwater sounds were detected, said Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating the search off Australia’s west coast.

    U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles in February as sales rebounded by the largest amount in nine months.

    U.S. businesses increased stockpiles 0.4 percent

    U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles in February as sales rebounded by the largest amount in nine months. Stockpiles increased 0.4 percent in February following a similar 0.4 percent increase in January, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Sales rose 0.8 percent in February, bouncing back after a 1.1 percent sales decline in January that was blamed on the harsh weather that month.


    U.S. stocks open higher on retail sales increase

    U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday following news that U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months. Citigroup also turned in better-than-expected quarterly results, helping cheer investors anticipating a sluggish earnings season.

    Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was up 69 cents at $104.43 a barrel at 0813 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 34 cents Friday to close at close at $103.74.

    Oil price seesaws near $104 amid Ukraine tensions

    The price of crude oil was volatile around $104 a barrel on Monday amid escalating tensions in Ukraine. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was down 11 cents to $103.63 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Earlier Monday, the contract climbed as high as $104.55.

    The Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales rose 1.1 percent in March, the best showing since September 2012. The government also revised February to a 0.7 percent gain, more than double its previous estimate. Sales had fallen in January and December.

    U.S. retail sales up strong 1.1 percent in March

    U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products. The Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales rose 1.1 percent in March, the best showing since September 2012.

    Trader Patrick Casey works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange earlier this month. Global stock markets fell Monday amid renewed concerns about the crisis in Ukraine and forecasts of lower American corporate profits.

    World stocks drop on Ukraine jitters, U.S. earnings

    Global stock markets fell Monday amid renewed concerns about the crisis in Ukraine and forecasts of lower American corporate profits. Investor sentiment was hit after Ukraine’s government said Sunday it was sending troops to try to quash a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian and Western officials have accused Moscow of instigating the protests, saying the events echoed those in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia last month.

    Carlos Tavares, chief executive officer of PSA Peugeot Citroen says Europe’s second-largest carmaker will cut its lineup by almost half and turn the Citroen unit’s DS badge into a separate premium brand in a bid to return the automotive division to profitability.

    New Peugeot boss pledges return to profit by 2018

    PARIS — Loss-making French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it aims to return to profitability by 2018 by reducing the number of models and relying on its recent rescue by Chinese investors and the French state.New CEO Carlos Tavares, who took over Peugeot Citroen last month after the company’s second-straight year of multi-billion-euro losses, says the maker of the Peugeot 208 and Citroen C3 will achieve a 2 percent operating margin in its automotive division by 2018. Last year, the division’s operating margin was -2.9 percent. Peugeot Citroen has struggled to adapt to the shrinking European car market, with vehicle sales falling 5.4 percent last year in a global market that grew 4.2 percent. In February, Peugeot received a 3-billion-euro ($4.1 billion) lifeline from China’s Dongfeng and the French state.

    Miller’s Dog ‘N Suds drive-in in Ingleside hosts a ‘50s-style cruise night on Saturdays during warmer months, starting May 24.

    Going to a Cruise Night? Here’s what you need to know

    When the summer sun is out, there are dozens of fine cruise nights and car shows to sample in the Chicago area. Few events can compare to the one-of-a-kind experience of gazing at rows of classic cars.

    Owner Bill Kaiser cuts the ribbon at Lee Donuts with Mayor Terry Weppler. From left, Bill’s wife Francine Kaiser, MainStreet Libertyville Executive Director Pam Hume and GLMV Executive Director Ray Mullen looking on.

    Business owner left behind Wall Street for Libertyville streets

    Kukec's People features Bill Kaiser, who was a broker for 36 years, owning William S. Kaiser Corp. since 1978, which then morphed into Zap Futures Inc. when he introduced electronic trading in 1994. He had 24 brokers and 12 support staff and even did live 5-minute reports from the Mercantile Exchange daily for CNBC. Now, he owns two family-oriented businesses in Libertyville. What made him change?


    The Millennials are coming. Will we be ready?

    More than preceding generations, maybe even more than the Baby Boomers, Millennials will impact how we manage our businesses. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the topic.

    Philip Ruben is a partner at Ruben Firsel & Ross in Bannockburn.

    Law firm addresses hot trend — multifamily housing boom

    Q What’s new at your company? A: In 2013 we installed a new document management system which allows our attorneys immediate access to all our client flies, including all documents and emails, helping streamline client services. Now if a client needs immediate assistance, any of our attorneys can help service that client and have all the information at their fingertips. Q: Do you plan to hire any additional staff or make any significant capital investments in your company in the next year?A: We’ve been adding new staff every year, and we’re keeping the momentum going into 2014. To that end, our plan is to hire two new attorneys. Q: What will your company’s main challenges be in the next year?A: The main challenge will be to manage the growth of our company, specifically adding new attorneys, and continuing the excellent service we provide for our clients. We also hope the commercial Real Estate market stays strong.Q: What’s the hottest trend in your industry?A: The hottest trend in real estate is the multifamily housing boom. Some legal issues faced in these developments are common to other types of commercial projects, but often have a unique twist in the residential rental context. On the corporate end, raising capital for new business ventures including real estate is on the upswing.Q: If you had one tip to give to a rookie CEO, what would it be?A: Rule No. 1: Make sure you’re properly capitalized.Q: Do you have a business mantra?A: Our clients’ needs come first.Q: From a business outlook, who do you look up to?A: I think it’s important to have your own “intellectual” board of directors. For me there have been several managing partners of other firms that have mentored me who I still look up to and ask for advice. Q: What is one interesting fact about you or your company that most people may not know? A: Having worked in large corporate firms and seeing the pros and cons, we made the conscious choice to maintain a simple and streamlined boutique structure that allows us the flexibility to personalize service for each of our clients. One of my partners is a former client and we utilize his experiences to assist us in managing our client services. Q: What do you like to do in your free time?A: I love spending time with my daughters, my girlfriend, playing golf, going to sporting events, reading a good mystery novel, and listening to live music. Q: What book is on your nightstand?A: “Command Authority” by Tom Clancy.Q: What keeps you up at night?A: Thinking about new ways we can grow the business, maintaining excellent client service, and meeting tomorrow’s deadlines.Q: What was your first paying job?A: I worked as a bagger for the National Tea grocery store when I was 14 years old. That was a perfect first lesson in the values of customer service and work ethic. Q: If you could put your company name on a sports venue, which one would you choose?A: I’d have to go with the United Center, I’m a big Blackhawks and Bulls fan.• Every Monday we feature a suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact us at kmikus@dailyherald.com.

Life & Entertainment

    Poi Dog Pondering plays on the same bill with Matthew Santos at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, April 18.

    Weekend picks: Poi Dog Pondering plays the Paramount

    The eclectic Hawaiian band Poi Dog Pondering plays the same bill with Matthew Santos Friday at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. See the 1971 feature film “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” at the Ogden 6 Theatre in Naperville. And Modern Day Romeos plays an intimate set of rock and blues at Austin's Fuel Room in Libertyville, all this weekend in the suburbs

    “Frog Music” is the latest from Emma Donoghue.

    ‘Frog Music’ explores unsolved murder from 1876

    In 1876 in San Francisco, amid a heat wave and smallpox epidemic, an idiosyncratic frog-catching, pants-wearing, bicycle-riding woman is fatally shot through the window of a railroad boardinghouse. This real-life unsolved murder is the basis of Emma Donoghue’s new novel, “Frog Music.” The story is told through Blanche Beunon, a burlesque dancer who is in the same room when her friend Jenny Bonnet is killed.

    Sweet potato-stuffed spiral ham is a beautiful and delicious way to celebrate Easter.

    We stuff Turkey Day birds, so why not Easter hams?

    Stuffed ham? It’s not a crazy as it sounds. And it’s much easier than you think. The trick is to use a spiral-cut ham. All those slices are the perfect place to insert a bit of flavor and color to your ham.

    Sweet potato-stuffed spiral ham is a beautiful and delicious way to celebrate Easter.

    Glazed Sweet Potato-Stuffed Ham
    Sweet Potato Stuffed Ham can be the centerpiece of the Easter feast

    Billy Bob Thornton stars as a ruthless drifter in “Fargo,” a 10-episode FX series based on the Coen brothers' movie.

    Return to 'Fargo': FX series channels Coen brothers' film

    The trick to riffing on something familiar is to retain the flavor of the original, but still do something distinctive enough to attract new fans. Such is the case with “Fargo,” the new 10-episode series from writer Noah Hawley premiering Tuesday, April 15, on FX. It takes its title, setting and tone from the 1996 black comedy/crime thriller written by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. And it features film stars Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman.

    Steve Rogers (Christ Evans) reluctantly teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to purge SHIELD of traitors in the super hero thriller “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The superhero sequel held off another sequel “Rio 2” to keep the No. 1 spot with a more than $40 million box office haul.

    With $41.4M, ‘Captain America’ holds off ‘Rio 2’

    “Captain America” continued to flex its Marvel muscle at the global box office, as “The Winter Soldier” took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas. With a global cumulative total of nearly $477 million, “The Winter Soldier” has (in two weeks domestically, three weeks internationally) easily surpassed the $370 million total of “The First Avenger.”

    Allison Janney, left, as Bonnie and Anna Faris as Christy face some weighty issues in the season finale of “Mom,” which airs at 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, on CBS.

    Chuck Lorre’s sitcom ‘Mom’ adopts serious tone

    A pregnant teenager, the daughter of an unmarried mother and granddaughter of another, is repeating family history. Does she decide to keep her baby and do her immature best to raise it, or choose adoption for her offspring? That quandary anchors the season finale of CBS’ “Mom” (8:30 p.m. Monday) a freshman sitcom that has balanced punch lines and pathos in tackling alcoholism, cancer, broken families and other weighty themes, which are the bread-and-butter of “Mom,” starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney.

    Carol Leifer's book “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying,” a memoir about work lessons she's learned, was published Tuesday by Quirk Books.

    Comedian offers serious guide to career success

    Comedian and writer Carol Leifer has something serious to say in her new book, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying.” Why listen to a comic? First, it's important to remember that with show business, the accent is on “business.” If Leifer could make it in that unforgiving industry, she may be able to help others make it anywhere.

    Ellen Page, who plays Shadowcat in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” presents a clip from the movie onstage at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

    MTV Movie Awards big Hollywood studio plug-fest

    Last year, the MTV Movie Awards moved up its broadcast date from June to April to incorporate a summer movie plug-fest. Sunday night’s show cemented that change as clips from anticipated blockbusters debuted at the madcap ceremony. Now in its 22nd year, the MTV Movie Awards show has become an important event for Hollywood studios. And, oh yes, there were some awards, too.


    Steps to support brain health, improve overall wellness

    Brain health is an often overlooked aspect of fitness but has a major impact on the overall well-being of the body. Many times brain health is only addressed once there are known issues. Fortunately, many of the healthy steps we recommend for the well-being of the body will also support healthy brain function.


    Keeping blood vessels healthy is best way to prevent stroke

    Q: My father’s doctor wants him to have an ultrasound of his carotid artery. What is the carotid artery? What will the doctor be looking for?

    Michelle Amsden tells John Bohanek what to do and he does it. The strategy seems to be working for them. In eight weeks Bohanek has lost more than 50 pounds.

    Trainers laud competitors’ determination, work

    With just a month or so to go, the personal trainers at Push Fitness in Schaumburg are amping up their programs, devising new ways to motivate their Fittest Loser contestants and setting the stage for an all-out competition down to the wire. But most admit that their jobs are pretty simple, as their Fittest Loser challengers have success in their view; passion in their bones; and they are not about to give up, or give out.

    A 2012 Urban Institute study of 500 primary-care doctors found that 30 percent of those aged 35 to 49 planned to leave their practices within five years. The rate jumped to 52 percent for those older than 50.

    Primary-care doctors are facing burnout

    Physician stress has always been a fact of life. But anecdotal reports and studies suggest a significant and rising level of discontent in recent years, especially among primary-care doctors who serve at the front lines of medicine and play a critical role in coordinating patient care.

    Never repeat a diet plan that hasn’t worked for you in the past.

    Your health: Peapod partners with Weight Watchers
    Peapod and Weight Watchers have launched a new partnership to help Chicago-area customers reach their weight loss goals at the office and at home. Peapod.com’s built-in sorting tool called NutriFilter helps shoppers make choices according to Weight Watchers’ Points Plus program and other nutritional needs.

    Mount Prospect Park District’s MPPDeterminators’ team members, from left, Marni, Stephanie and Christina, say their endurance has improved to the point where they’re able to run further and exercise longer than ever before.

    Community groups see highs and lows

    There are 23 corporate and 13 park district teams competing in the Fittest Loser Community Challenge, and they are working feverishly to meet their goals. With just four weeks to go, these energetic groups continue to experience some incredible highs and a few disappointing lows. Nevertheless, they press on.

    Jill Micklow, Wellness Specialist at Assurance, demonstrates an at-work yoga pose that works your mind and your arms.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Arm candy

    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Arm candy.

    In the weight loss tug-of-war, Joshua Steckler is winning Lisa Townsel over to the healthy side.

    Fittest Loser Challenge: Making positive changes

    Tired of making cyclical mistakes, freelance writer and substitute teacher Lisa Jones Townsel continues to make the big and small changes needed to see the results she wants.

    “The Collector of Dying Breaths” by M.J. Rose is certainly original.

    M.J. Rose’s latest novel is breathtaking

    M.J. Rose’s “The Collector of Dying Breaths” combines fascinating history, torrid romance and a compelling mystery into a marvelous package that will entice fans of Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon. In 1573, an apprentice to a perfumer grants the dying wish of his teacher and poisons him to speed his passing so he won’t suffer a slow and lingering death.

    Actor and director James Franco poses for photographers on the red carpet for the screening of the film “Child Of God” at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.

    James Franco not nervous about Broadway debut

    James Franco insists he’s not been nervous at all about making his Broadway debut, not even before his first night in front of more than a thousand people. “Sounds like I’m bragging. I just wasn’t,” says the actor, writer and student. “I’ve learned that if you work with people that you trust, that you depend on, then you just flow with it.”



    Obama doing what’s best for country
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Hatred is an ugly thing. And when we read of the hundreds of hate groups in the U.S., we are terribly saddened. The bulk of them are directed toward our first African-American president. They wish he would just disappear. But they do not comprehend the damage they are doing to themselves and their country.


    Distracted drivers are what’s truly scary
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: In reference to Fran Puchli’s era of scary (“Era of concealed carry is scary,” March 17), Fran, there are many other areas of our society that are more scary than concealed carry. One big area is driving on the road.


    Ask these questions of Obamacare opponents
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The president recently announced the final numbers for enrollment in the insurance plans that came as the result of the Affordable Care Act — 7,1 million enrollees. This does not include those under age 26 who now have coverage on their parents’ health care plan, the people who have enrolled under their individual states’ new health care plans or the people who now have coverage under Medicaid.


    A lot of spending with little gained
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The president took a victory lap because his administration is now estimating that 7.1 million people have signed up for Obamacare and they have reached their goal. Maybe?


    Law will help prevent car backover deaths
    A letter to the editor: Consumers have won a landmark victory: Starting in 2018 all new vehicles will be required to enable drivers to see what is directly behind them. This will save two lives each week. The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act — signed into law in 2008 — required increased rear visibility for American vehicles.


    Combine school districts to save taxpayers money
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: While it is difficult to be sympathetic to the property tax appeal by Medinah Country Club (Daily Herald, March 26), it is even more difficult to be sympathetic to the two school districts affected by this. Lake Park High School District 108 complains that it would lose $127,577. Yet, according to ISBE data, this district had no problem with doling out $309,000 in “retirement enhancements” to their retiring employees in 2012. One teacher alone received a $49,000 salary spike.


    Listen to voices of 7 million Americans
    A letter to the editor: [The numbers tell the story, but who is listening? The millions who have signed up are telling the politicians we needed this. Still there are the politicians who will keep fighting to keep Americans from decent and sometimes life-changing insurance. Pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps are a thing of the past.


    How many will actually pay their premiums?
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: As expected, the administration did not provide the number of actual paying customers which could be 4 million, 5 million, 6 million — no one knows. Nor did they provide the number of annual Medicaid customers who are part of that 7.1 million and pay nothing to support Obamacare.


    Retirees are entitled to ‘13th payment’
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I was an elementary school secretary and am very aggravated that the IMRF pension plan is being attacked. It is the only pension plan I know of in Illinois that is solvent, and now there are those who are jealous and want to destroy it. Nobody is getting richer by this plan. Those who get a thousand-dollar 13th check are those who had a large salary when they were working. I’ll bet the people who are complaining are getting a lot more than that. The annual increase on my monthly pension check is about 83 cents.


    State representative should step down
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia remarked that all minorities are “over on this side” ... then added, “wait, wait, we have a half,” referring to Rep. John Anthony, a Republican who is black with Puerto Rican ancestry. In an age where we pass laws, hold diversity training, courts assist with quotas and busing to address institutional racism, we strive to teach skin color is not the test of one’s worth or ability.


    Dear Bruce Rauner: We need a hero
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Dear Bruce Rauner: I applaud you for taking on the worst run, most corrupt state in the union. You have got to be a strong man physically and emotionally.


    Term limits just a ploy to elect Rauner
    Term limits just a ploy to elect RaunerMany readers have probably signed a petition recently for a term limits amendment to the Illinois Constitution. Did you know the person circulating the petition is being compensated to do so and is not part of a grass-roots movement? This is a purely political ploy to elect a millionaire governor.More importantly, imposing term limits on elected officials is not the way “the republic, for which we stand” is supposed to operate. Term limits allow citizens to be lazy and shirk their civic responsibility. It is up to every citizen to be engaged in the political process, to question candidates’ positions, to become informed on the issues and to vote in every election, including primaries and local elections. After the election, citizens should make their voices heard. They should let their representatives (city council members, state legislators and U.S. Senators and Representatives) know whether they support or oppose pending legislation. If their elected officials do not respond appropriately, citizens should vote them out of office. Do your civic duty, do your due diligence, and if a term limits amendment shows up on the ballot in November, vote “No!”Diane NiesmanWheaton


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