Daily Archive : Tuesday April 15, 2014


    Surrounded by members of the got robot? First Tech Challenge 5037 robotics team, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth drives a robot called the “Black Pearl” at the Elgin Technology Center Wednesday.

    Duckworth visits Elgin for app challenge

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth visited the Elgin Technology Center in downtown Elgin to promote the U.S. House Student App Challenge, which began Feb. 1. As part of the nationwide competition, students create and exhibit their software application for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. “It’s like driving a tank. Make it military and I will understand it,” Duckworth joked.

    State Sen. Dan Kotowski says the Illinois State Rifle Association is wrong to call an upcoming town hall meeting a “gun control recruitment meeting.”

    Kotowski: Rifle association not truthful about upcoming meeting

    The Illinois State Rifle Association is urging members to flood what it calls a gun control recruitment meeting Thursday being held in Roselle by Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski. Kotowski's flier for the meeting, though, says nothing about guns and he calls the group "reckless."

    Kara Colantuono gives Sarah Buhle of The Maids of DuPage County a hug as Aracelli Garcia, right, looks on, after they cleaned Colantuono's condo in Wheaton. The maid service is partnering with Cleaning for a Reason Foundation to provide free house cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment.

    Women with cancer receive free house cleanings from maid services

    The Maids of DuPage, along with some other local cleaning companies, are partnering with Cleaning for a Reason Foundation to provide free house cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment. “I feel so grateful there's this service because it helps relieve a lot of my stress,” said Kara Colantuono, who is receiving house cleanings while in treatment for breast cancer.

    Jack Roeser, founder of Otto Engineering in Carpentersville, encouraged Tea Party members to run for GOP precinct committeemen spots in an effort to take over the party from the inside Tuesday night in St. Charles.

    Illinois Tea Party members call for GOP mutiny

    A gathering of about 250 people plotted a GOP mutiny in St. Charles. The annual gathering served as a more of a rally to encourage Tea Party adherents to fill as many local Republican precinct committeemen slots as possible. “You want to know what you can do?” Jim Oberweis told the crowd. “Take over the Illinois Republican Party.”


    6 residents, 2 firefighters hurt in Chicago blaze

    Two Chicago firefighters and a police officer were among eight people injured when a fire engulfed a two-story frame building on the city’s South Side.

    Elgin’s Metra station would be among the stops when rail service between Chicago and Rockford starts next year.

    Will new Amtrak service to Rockford be a boon?

    Elgin leaders are expecting “unprecedented growth” in business with the anticipated Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago starting next year. Meanwhile, Huntley officials say the new rail line might help them obtain a long-envisioned commuter train service in town. “It’s important for the whole area to have sound infrastructure and transportation, and helps...

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

    Quinn, Rauner release donation totals

    Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner have filed their latest campaign reports with the state.Rauner on Tuesday announced he raised more than $9 million in the first three months of the year. Quinn said he raised $5 million in the first quarter, much of it from labor unions.

    South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, was sinking off the country’s southern coast today after sending a distress call, officials said.

    Hundreds rescued after ferry sinks off South Korea

    Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea’s southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. The ferry with 476 people including 325 high school students was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday...

    An SUV driven by an unlicensed Huntley teen crashed into two townhouses just before 4:45 p.m. Monday on the 10900 block of Cape Cod Lane, authorities said.

    Huntley teen who crashed SUV into townhouse is not licensed

    A 17-year-old Huntley resident who drove an SUV into two townhouses Monday afternoon was not licensed to drive, police said. The unidentified teen was charged late Tuesday with not having a valid driver’s license and failing to reduce his speed to avoid an accident.

    Workers harvest a Vidalia onion field in Lyons, Ga. One of Georgia’s most prominent growers of Vidalia asked a judge Tuesday to protect him from possible sanctions by state agriculture officials as he prepares to ship his crop to grocery stores ahead of the official start date imposed by a new regulation aimed at keeping unripe onions off the market.

    Georgia judge won’t stop new Vidalia onion rule

    A Georgia judge says the state agriculture commissioner can proceed with enforcing a new regulation aimed at stopping unripe Vidalia onions from reaching store shelves.

    Bobby Cruz

    Des Plaines pedophile sentenced to 50 years in prison

    A Des Plaines man convicted of molesting 11 children of friends, relatives and co-workers was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years in prison. Bobby Cruz, 34, photographed himself abusing the children ages 2 to 11, in places ranging from a friend’s home to a pumpkin patch and Great America.

    People photograph a banner reading “Boston Strong” Tuesday as it hangs at Rowes Wharf on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings in Boston.

    Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

    Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack. “This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong,” former Mayor Thomas Menino told an...

    Bob Rita

    Chicago-only casino option to face opposition

    The regionally divisive concept of expanding gambling only in Chicago is expected to be a central issue in hearings Wednesday as an Illinois lawmaker works to ready a gambling package for a vote this spring.

    An autonomous underwater vehicle is deployed Monday in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for the robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface less than half way through its first seabed hunt, authorities said on Tuesday.

    Robot sub returns to water after first try cut short

    A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet continued its second seabed search on Wednesday as up to 14 planes were to take to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris from the ill-fated airliner. The U.S. Navy’s Bluefin 21 submarine began its second 20-hour underwater mission on Tuesday after cutting short its first because the ocean waters...

    Families wait for news of loved ones at a hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday, following an explosion Monday that left at least 75 feared dead. That was followed Tuesday by the abduction of about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria,

    Violence surges from Islamic uprising in Nigeria

    Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital — a surge of violence that raised new doubts about the military’s ability to contain an Islamic uprising.


    Gambling proponent doesn’t have a favored plan

    The Democrat pushing for more gambling in Illinois says he’s not yet picked whether to push forward with a plan just for a Chicago casino or one that also would include slots at Arlington International Racecourse and a casino in Lake County. State Rep. Bob Rita, a Blue Island Democrat, met with the Daily Herald editorial board Tuesday in advance of today’s scheduled daylong House...


    Williams Street Rep season encompasses ’60s soap opera, Steve Jobs

    Williams Street Repertory, in residence at Crystal Lake's Raue Center for the Arts, announces its 2014-2015 season.

    Different strains of marijuana are displayed for sale at a Denver-based dispensary. A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

    Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers

    A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say. The young adults who volunteered for the study were not dependent on pot, nor did they show any marijuana-related problems.

    Dan Rutherford

    Rutherford wants sexual harassment suit dismissed

    Lawyers for Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by an ex-employee alleging sexual harassment and forced political work on state time.

    Elk Grove High School senior Yanni Gaglos celebrates after his key started the 2012 Fiat 500C he won Tuesday through the Operation Click program during a ceremony at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer. Students who took a pledge to wear their seat belts, drive sober and not text or talk on the phone while driving had a chance to win a car during the event.

    Safe driving pays off for pair of high school seniors

    Making a pledge to drive safe paid off for a couple of seniors at suburban high schools Tuesday. Elk Grove High School senior Yanni Gaglos and Ryan Carolan of Grayslake North High School each won a car after maintaining a yearlong promise to drive sober, not text from behind the wheel and wear their seatbelts.


    Del Mar, Cleveland will battle for Cook GOP post

    Cook County Republican Party Chairman Aaron Del Mar faces a challenge for the post from Chicago GOP vice chairman Chris Cleveland when the GOP meets Wednesday to pick its leader in Illinois’ biggest county.

    Adding another level to the parking garage on the west side of Milwaukee Avenue is being considered to provide more spaces in downtown Libertyville.

    Libertyville seeks options to ease downtown parking crunch

    With efforts to increase available parking on the east side of Milwaukee Avenue stymied, Libertyville officials have shifted their focus to the west side. Adding another level to a parking deck completed in 2009 is a possibility.

    Susan Strunk

    Palatine library director retiring in August

    The director of the Palatine Public Library District is retiring later this year, the library announced Tuesday. Susan Strunk, who has been at the library since July 2007, will retire in August, ending a 26-year career in libraries.


    Woodland Middle School performance:

    Woodland Middle School Drama Club presents its spring production of “Snow White” at 7:30 p.m., April 25, and 6 p.m., April 26, in the school cafeteria, 7000 Washington St., Gurnee.


    Lake Zurich dance recital:

    The village of Lake Zurich’s Park and Recreation annual “Dance Recital; Momentum” is set for Saturday, May 3, at the Lake Zurich Performing Arts Centre, 300 Church St., Lake Zurich.


    Police offer self-defense class:

    Vernon Hills police will host a women’s self-defense class from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at the department headquarters, 740 Lakeview Parkway.


    Fund for young crash victim:

    A fund has been established to assist a 9-year-old Vernon Hills girl who was the only survivor of a March 28 crash in Arizona that killed her parents and 16-year-old brother while the family was vacationing near the Grand Canyon.


    Palatine council OKs plans for four businesses

    Four businesses — a limousine service, a day spa, an optometry office and a dog groomer — had their petitions to establish themselves in Palatine or move to a new location within the village approved by the village council this week.


    No evidence of abuse by reinstated priest

    The Archdiocese of Chicago has returned a priest to active ministry after the Cook County sheriff’s office concluded there’s no evidence the man sexually abused a minor nearly 20 years ago.

    Students walk toward the Architecture Building on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign. A review of University of Illinois finances shows the school has brought in more money than it has spent since 2013. But it has put off more than a billion dollars in maintenance.

    Review shows U of I finances have improved

    The University of Illinois has brought in about $300 million a year more than it has spent since 2010 but has put off more than a billion dollars in maintenance, according to a new review of the schools’ finances.


    State House orders new audit of anti-violence funds

    Illinois lawmakers are seeking a new audit of anti-violence spending under Gov. Pat Quinn after a review in February found “pervasive” mismanagement in an earlier program.


    Chicago man gets 50 years for killing teenager

    A Chicago man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for shooting a 13-year-old boy to death at a South Side convenience store in 2008.

    Illinois is one of only six states in the country to ban teens from using equipment that emits ultraviolet radiation, including sun lamps and tanning booths.

    Tanning salons adjust to new Illinois law

    Illinois tanning salon owners have adapted to a law banning customers under 18 from tanning beds since the new policy was implemented about four months ago. Prom season is often a busy time for the salons, but some young clients have been disappointed they can’t use the tanning beds.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

    Kirk learns about Quincy stroke center

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has toured the stroke center at a hospital in Quincy in western Illinois. Kirk suffered a stroke more than two years ago.

    Chicago Sky player Elena Delle Donne, right, talks with St. Matthew preschool students from Emily Horbus, left, Caitlin Ruley and Sophia Krueger at the start of Tuesday’s Hoops for Health program in Hawthorn Woods.

    Chicago Sky brings Hoops for Health program to Hawthorn Woods school

    Team members of the Chicago Sky WNBA team brought their Hoops for Health program to St. Matthew School in Hawthorn Woods on Tuesday. Students particpated in exercises, relays and learned about healthy eating.

    Open Door Clinic plans to move from its location downtown Elgin to a larger and more modern location sometime in the fall. A contract is pending to buy a facility near Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin, clinic officials said.

    Open Door Clinic wants to move to new Elgin location

    After 37 years in the historic Professional Building in downtown Elgin, Open Door Clinic is planning to move to a larger and more modern location sometime in the fall. A contract is pending to buy an 8,400-square-foot facility near Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin, said Stuart Grochowski, the clinic’s marketing coordinator. The current facility is less than 6,000 square feet.

    Kindergartners Sebastien Frason, left, and Matthew Bergst make spring baskets Tuesday at the Lindenhurst Early Childhood Center. Five hundred baskets will be distributed to less fortunate children through Lake County Housing Authority, area food pantries, PADS and other groups.

    Lindenhurst children make spring baskets for less fortunate

    Young children scurried around the room at the Lindenhurst Early Childhood Center to assemble spring baskets for Easter and Passover in the 11th annual effort to help the less fortunate.


    Nomination could double commission stipend for Amrich campaign supporter

    A politically connected Island Lake resident who last week was named to a paid position on the village's fire and police commission has been nominated to serve as its secretary, which would double her stipend for service, records show.


    Hoffman Estates Improvement Day April 26

    Hoffman Estates Village Improvement day returns this month. To prepare open spaces for spring enjoyment, the Hoffman Estates Sustainability Commission is sponsoring the event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26. The village has identified various parks and natural areas for cleanup.


    Get help with energy bills Saturday

    Des Plaines and Mount Prospect residents looking for help with their energy bills are invited to an energy fair Saturday at the Mount Prospect Public Library. Residents can apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and other energy assistance programs through the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, ComEd and Nicor Gas.

    This combination of May 7, 2013 and April 10, 2014 photos shows Kevin Brown placing a Teddy bear at a makeshift memorial near the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square, and people walking through the same square at lunchtime nearly a year later in Boston.

    Images: The Boston Marathon: Then and Now
    Images comparing Boston from the 2013 Marathon with Boston from recent weeks as the city prepares for the first anniversary of the bombings at the 2013 event.

    Road signs warn drivers of delays expected to begin Monday on Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora as the road is reduced to one lane in each direction under the BNSF railroad tracks between North Aurora Road and Glacier Park Avenue/Meridian Parkway.

    Route 59 lane closures set to be 'big deal' in Naperville, Aurora

    When the road work season starts in earnest Monday on Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora, drivers can expect delays that they'll have to “get used to.” Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction under the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks beginning Monday. “That's going to be a big deal because that particular road configuration is going to be in place until...

    Joseph Gonzalez

    Authorities want repeat sex offender committed after prison release

    The Illinois Attorney General's Office is seeking to have a 49-year-old Aurora man classified as a sexually violent person and detained indefinitely by the state's Department of Human Services. Joseph Gonzalez is set for release from prison at the end of April after an 18-year sentence from a 1998 Aurora rape.


    Bullying prevention program on tap in Maine Township

    Maine Township will host a workshop Thursday on bullying prevention, intervention and reconciliation, officials said.

    State prosecutor Gerrie Nel questions Oscar Pistorius Tuesday in court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

    Prosecutor accuses Pistorius at end of questioning

    Wrapping up five days of relentless cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial, the chief prosecutor insisted Tuesday that he intentionally shot his girlfriend to death after they argued and — in a final exchange — urged the Olympic athlete to take responsibility for the Valentine’s Day killing.

    The moon glows a red hue during a total lunar eclipse Tuesday, April 15, 2014, as seen from the Milwaukee area. Tuesday’s eclipse is the first of four total lunar eclipses that will take place between 2014 to 2015.

    Full lunar eclipse delights Americas, 1st of year

    Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse — at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies. The moon was eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow early Tuesday, beginning around 1 a.m. EDT for 5 ½ hours. For some, the moon appeared red-orange because of all the sunsets and sunrises shimmering from Earth, thus the name “blood moon."

    A man passes by the pro-Russian activist barricades Tuesday at a regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine. Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country.

    Ukraine: Military secures airport from attack

    In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces said they clashed Tuesday with about 30 armed gunmen at a small airport. The clash came hours after Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, had announced an “anti-terrorist operation” against the armed, pro-Russian insurgents who had seized control of numerous...

    Nyasha Mbawa

    Grandwood Park man pleads guilty to 2012 sexual assault of child

    A Grandwood Park man pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting a 7-year-old child in 2012. Nyasha Mbawa, 20, of the 36000 block of Grand Oaks Court, will be sentenced on June 18 to 13 to 30 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual assault.


    Parents can hear panel discuss college

    Everything you do (and don’t) want to know about your student going off to college will be discussed by a panel at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart.

    Townline Elementary School students Tony Segrero and Abigail Weiner play dununs, West African drums, as part of an Artful Learning in Action program. District 73 hopes that connecting the fine arts to learning will help students develop into analytical thinkers and team players, with higher academic achievement and an appreciation for cultural diversity.

    Townline students learn art of drumming

    Students in Townline Elementary School made rhythmic music using dununs, West African drums, as part of an artful learning project.


    District 220 parents have plenty to say about class sizes

    Around 30 parents voiced their concerns about projected class sizes at elementary schools in Barrington Unit District 220 during a school board meeting Monday afternoon. What was scheduled to be 15 minutes of public comment ended up dragging on for nearly two hours as parents, board members and administrators spoke — at times, over each other — about the issue.


    Ex-boyfriend’s actions speak loud and clear

    Ex-boyfriend broke up with her rather than talk about their problems. Now, he wants to work things out but won't break up with his current girlfriend. Carolyn Hax says hold on a minute.


    Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

    Republican Gov. Scott Walker, touting nearly $2 billion in tax cuts over the past three years and the addition of more than 100,000 jobs, officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across Wisconsin. Walker told about 200 supporters in Madison he deserves a second term because the state is better off now than when he took over nearly four years ago. He made no...

    Damaged buses are seen at the scene of an explosion at a bus park in Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, April. 14, 2014. The toll from the massive explosion in Nigeria’s capital rose to 75 dead Tuesday and is expected to grow.

    Minister: 75 dead in blast at Nigerian bus station

    The toll from a massive explosion at a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital rose to 75 dead Tuesday and is expected to grow. There has been no claim of responsibility for the rush-hour blast, though President Goodluck Jonathan is blaming the attack on Islamic extremists.

    With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations.

    Russia tests Obama’s ability to stop its advances

    With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations. Obama has vowed repeatedly to enact biting sanctions against Russia if the Kremlin tries to replicate its actions in Crimea elsewhere. Despite those warnings, Russian...


    Obama commutes sentence made longer by typo

    President Barack Obama is commuting the sentence of an inmate who got a longer prison sentence because of a typo. Ceasar Cantu of Katy, Texas, is serving 15 years for trafficking marijuana and money laundering. But the judge based the sentencing on a mistake in his pre-sentencing report that resulted in 3 1/2 years’ extra time.

    The village of Schaumburg is setting aside more money for roads in its next budget than it has in recent years.

    Schaumburg's budget boosts roadwork, lowers taxes

    While Schaumburg expects to be earning and spending only slightly more in the next budget year, the coming construction season is planned to be an especially big one for road maintenance. The village's $31 million capital improvement plan for 2014-15 is one of the largest of recent years, featuring $23 million for road repair and reconstruction.

    The Earth’s shadow renders the moon in a crimson hue during a total lunar eclipse behind the illuminated steeple of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in the town of Ashippun, Wis. Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

    Images: Total Lunar Eclipse
    The moon glowed a red hue early Tuesday morning during a total lunar eclipse The eclipse is the first of four total lunar eclipses that will take place between 2014 to 2015.


    Wis. man accused of killing wife takes witness stand

    MERRILL, Wis. — A Lincoln County man on trial for killing his wife and dumping her body in a swamp on Tuesday testified that he had nothing to do with her disappearance or death.


    Fatal shooting in Kenosha, 2 in custody

    KENOSHA, Wis. — Kenosha police are holding two men believed to be involved in a fatal shooting. The victim was driving a car that crashed into a house in Kenosha Monday about 10:30 p.m. The driver was found to have suffered a fatal gunshot.

    U.S. Attorney Berry Grissom, right, and Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, left, answer questions during a news conference in Overland Park, Kan., Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against white supremacist, Frazier Glenn Cross, who is accused in a shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City on Sunday.

    Suspect in Kansas shootings faces murder charges

    Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, as well as one...

    Campers at Santa Maria RV Park on Martin Bluff Road in Gautier, Miss., were flipped from possible straight line winds Monday, April 14, 2014, as storms rolled over the coast. As many as 30 campers were damaged from the storm.

    Storm topples RVs near Mississippi’s Gulf Coast

    A storm barreled through Mississippi Gulf Coast communities, damaging or destroying about a dozen RV trailers at one campground, downing trees and power lines and cutting electricity in some areas. Despite the destruction in the park, only two people were injured, neither seriously, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.


    U.S. consumer prices rose just 0.2 percent in March

    Lower U.S. gasoline prices kept consumer inflation in check last month, helping offset higher costs for food and clothing. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in March, after scant 0.1 percent increases the previous two months. Prices have risen just 1.5 percent year over year. That remains well below the Federal Reserve’s 2 percent target for...


    NATO chief wants more military cooperation with EU

    Due to the great uncertainty about what Russia may do next, NATO’s secretary general on Tuesday said the U.S.-led alliance and the European Union must cooperate more in the military realm. Anders Fogh Rasmussen came to Luxembourg to brief EU defense ministers on what NATO is doing to counteract what Western countries have denounced as a Russian campaign of pressure and intimidation against...

    Stephen Dean Gordon, 45, left, and Franc Cano, 27, were arrested Friday on suspicion of killing four women in Orange County, Calif. Anaheim police said detectives in Santa Ana and Anaheim launched a joint investigation after the naked body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found in the conveyor belt of a recycling plant last month. The probe led detectives to connect the men to her slaying, and the disappearance of three women who frequented a Santa Ana neighborhood known for drug dealing and prostitution.

    Police: Suspected killers wore GPS devices

    Two convicted sex offenders dutifully checked in with police every month and wore their GPS trackers around the clock — the rules of parole that are designed to tip off authorities if a freed felon backslides. Yet for at least two months last fall, authorities claim, Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon were raping and killing at least four women — and probably a fifth — in the...

    Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach, left, and police chief John Douglass meet residents Monday after speaking during the celebration of Passover Seder at Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kan.. The Seder feast celebrates the beginning of Passover. The retirement community was one of two scenes in a fatal shooting Sunday that left three dead.

    U.S. anti-Semitic attacks down before Kansas deaths

    A group monitoring anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. cautiously noted a sharp decline in such incidents less than two weeks before the fatal shootings over the weekend outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City. The contrast between the Anti-Defamation League’s 2013 audit and the Sunday attack that killed three people highlights what hate-group trackers say is a broader trend: more...

    Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, center, said the Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Colvin said Monday she has directed an immediate halt to the program while the agency does a review.

    People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

    The Social Security Administration had been participating in a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. On Monday, Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said she was suspending the program while the agency conducts a review.


    Trial begins in 2007 southern Illinois killing

    MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — A trial has begun for a man who’s accused of a slaying that took place more than seven years ago in southern Illinois.Opening statements began Monday in the case of 29-year-old Elijah Lacy, who’s charged with murder for the death of a Marion mother in 2007.


    Peoria school district lays off 200 workers

    PEORIA — Peoria’s school board has voted to lay off nearly 200 employees — mostly full- and part-time teachers.Education officials voted for the layoffs during a meeting on Monday.Dave Kinney is the school district’s interim comptroller.


    Indiana agencies approve deal for new I-69 section

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana officials have approved a deal with the private company that will finance and build the new section of Interstate 69 between Bloomington and Martinsville.


    More than 30 vehicles pile up on icy highway

    WAUWATOSA, Wis. — More than 30 vehicles piled up on an icy highway in Milwaukee County. Two trucks, two buses and other vehicles were involved in the crash on Highway 45 in Wauwatosa about 10:30 p.m. Monday. The sheriff’s department says only one person was injured.


    3 killed in I-65 backup from chemical tanker crash

    ROSELAWN, Ind. — State police say three people have been killed in a crash as traffic backed up on Interstate 65 from a chemical tanker rollover in rural northwestern Indiana.Cpl. Dan Becker says those killed were in a vehicle that drove into the rear of a stopped semitrailer early Tuesday near the town of Roselawn, some 30 miles south of Gary.


    FBI director to meet with reporters in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — The head of the FBI is scheduled to meet with reporters in Milwaukee, as part of his effort to visit all of the agency’s 56 field offices.


    Utility to start aerial power line inspections

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Northwestern Wisconsin residents might soon notice a helicopter cruising over their neighborhoods.Xcel Energy plans to start a six-day aerial inspection its transmission lines on April 21. Helicopter crews will look for defects, loose fittings and other potential problems that could cause outages.


    Chicago bike-share program breaks one-day record

    Chicago officials say the city’s bicycle-sharing program has set a single-day record.The city’s blue Divvy bikes were taken for almost 10,900 rides and pedaled more than 32,000 miles on Saturday, when temperatures climbed into the 70s. That bested the previous one-day record by 200 rides.


    Indiana to plant new trees along new US 31 route

    KOKOMO, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Transportation has agreed to plan nearly 300 trees along the new U.S. 31 bypass in Kokomo.The trees will replace others that were removed during the construction.


    Wrongful death suit filed in Northern Indiana hit-and-run

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The parents of a man killed in a hit-and-run accident while waving traffic away from another man who had just been fatally struck by a vehicle near South Bend have filed a lawsuit against the teenage driver charged with leaving the scene and his parents.

    Soccer in the snow: Barrington’s Maesyn Poidomani, right, moves the ball against Buffalo Grove during a varsity girls soccer match at Coach Tom Frederick Field last night in Barrington.

    Dawn Patrol: Snow will go away; Aurora boy brings gun to school

    Snow falls, not expected to stay. Aurora boy brought loaded gun to school. Georgia man stole millions from Aon Hewitt. DuPage mayors step up push for pension reforms. ECC examines outsourcing custodial services. ComEd sends drop notices in error. Bulls beat Magic.

    Kristina Kovarik

    Gurnee mayor addresses park plans to township

    Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik said she didn't mean to slight Warren Township government by keeping secret her plan to have a park named for the village's longest-serving elected official. Warren Township shares responsibility with the village and Gurnee Park District for what now is Richard A. Welton Plaza.


    St. Charles aldermen boot local, non-retail employer from downtown

    St. Charles aldermen gave a local employer of 150 people an eviction notice from a downtown office space Monday night because the company is not a retail business.


    Geneva schools may stretch out debt, to keep payments level

    The Geneva school board has decided it is officially open to stretching out the district's debt payment plan to keep the property taxes collected for debt level, even if it means ultimately paying more.

    Wood frogs appear to be making a comeback in Lake County.

    Frogs’ mating call is music to Lake County biologists

    An effort to reintroduce the wood frog into a Lake County forest preserve has met with success as the mating call was heard last week -- the first documented instance in about 25 years. “That was huge for us,” explained Allison Sacerdote, reintroduction biologist in the department of conservation at Lincoln Park Zoo. “That told us we had adults that survived to breeding...

    Beth Raseman, a Barrington White House board member, discusses details of the exterior of the house last November.

    Barrington’s ‘White House’ renovation plans move ahead

    Barrington’s plan to renovate the 116-year-old “White House” into a village cultural and community center took another step forward Monday night when the village board approved a $28,300 contract to a local engineering firm to design a new, more accessible entrance to the building.

    Author of a new book about mob murders, Harper College professor Wayne A. Johnson points to his grandfather Albert “Abby” Kelfstrom, who happened to be a witness in the background of this photograph taken in 1930 after a mob hit on Alfred “Jake” Lingle.

    Harper prof squeezes century of local mob hits into book

    What is it about the Chicago mob that still fascinates us? Harper College professor Wayne Johnson shares his thoughts in his new book detailing more than 1,400 mob hits since the 1920s. “You know what makes it so insidious? Their ability to get into places that affect every aspect of our lives,” says Johnson, who notes cases where politicians, judges and police officers cooperated...

    Brenda Zeck of Third Lake, from left, Sue Balthazor of Gurnee and Lisa Strong of Grayslake take a training run near Gurnee. All three ran the Boston Marathon last year, and Zeck and Balthazor will return to run it Monday.

    Suburban marathoners head to Boston with more purpose

    Shortly after running the Boston Marathon last year and scrambling away from the horrific scene at the finish line, Gurnee mom Sue Balthazor got to her hotel room and turned on the TV news. She watched coverage of the aftermath of the twin bomb explosions for only a few minutes before turning to her husband, Dave, and saying, “I have to come back next year.”


    FBI director visits Chicago after violent weekend

    FBI Director James Comey said during a visit to Chicago on Monday that his agency would consider doing more to help stem street-level violence in the nation’s third largest city, though he stopped short of offering specifics.

    Bill Iffrig, 78, lies on the ground as police officers react to a second explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. Iffrig, of Lake Stevens, Wash., was running his third Boston Marathon and near the finish line when he was knocked down by one of the two bomb blasts.

    Images: Boston Marathon bombing anniversary
    Tuesday, April 15th, marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. This gallery takes a look back at the day of the bombing and the search for the suspects.



    Clippers beat Nuggets 117-105 for record 57th win

    Blake Griffin scored 24 points while picking up his 16th technical, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Denver Nuggets 117-105 on Tuesday night for their franchise-record 57th victory of the season.


    Mets jump on struggling D-backs early in 9-0 win

    Kirk Nieuwenhuis had three hits and three RBIs in his season debut, Jenrry Mejia pitched five effective innings in a combined three-hitter and the New York Mets routed the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks 9-0 Tuesday night.


    Girls track: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*At Herseyteam scoresPalatine 75, Hersey 54, Rolling Meadows 48.5.individual placewiners3200 Relay: Palatine 9:44.9; 400 relay: Palatine 53.0; 3200: Sanchez (RM) 11:07.9; 100 high hurdles: Riedy (Pal) 17.0; 100: Proksa (Pal) 13.3; 800: Sanchez (RM) 2:29.0; 800 relay: Palatine 1:51.3; 400: Mickey (RM) 1:04.7; 300 low hurdles: Cunningham (Pal) 53.4; 1600: Buckstaff (Pal) 5:44.5; 200: Wynter (RM) 28.3; 1600 relay: Rolling Meadows 4:24.7; Long jump: Pawlis (Hers) 15-1; High jump: Thabateau (Pal) 5-0; Triple jump: Ignaciuk (Hers) 29-10; Shot put: Shewmon (RM) 34-3; Discus: Jones (Hers) 93-10; Pole vault: Hill (Hers) 10-0.*At Hoffman Estatesteam scoresProspect 73, Hoffman Estates 68, Fremd 45.individual placewiners3200 Relay: Hoffman Estates 10:36.2; 400 relay: Prospect 51.2; 3200: Getschmann (Pros) 11:49.5; 110 high hurdles: Mason (Pros) 15.4; 100: Dussard (HE) 13.1; 800: Santiago (Pros) 2:20.3; 800 relay: Hoffman Estates 1:50.3; 400: Mason (Pros) 68.2; 300 low hurdles: Regalado (HE) 51.2; 1600: S.Haile (HE) 5:33; 200: Williams (HE) 28.0; 1600 relay: Fremd 4:18; Long jump: Eurich (Pros) 15-4.25; High jump: Bryk (Frm) 5-0; Triple jump: Hennig (Pros) 31-11; Shotput: Oginni (HE) 44-1; Discus: Oginni (HE) 126-4; Pole vault: Kiepura (Pros) 8-6.*


    Softball: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 11, PRAIRIE RIDGE 7Grayslake Central 220 140 2 —11-12-1Prairie Ridge 130 300 0 —7-9-42B: GC: Brown, Brew; PR: Hempen, Didier.HR: GC: Curtis, Frusolone; PR: O’Keefe.WP: Brown; LP: Baker.*Cary-Grove 11, Grayslake North 1 (5 inn.)Grayslake C. 100 00 -1-2-2Cary-Grove 440 21 -11-11-12B: GLC — Switalla; C-G — Prank.3B: C-G — Semro.HR: C-G — Pilz, Purpura, Prank.WP: DeGroote; LP: Littleton.


    Girls soccer: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*Streamwood 3, Larkin 2Larkin 1 1 —2Streamwood 1 2 —3Scoring — L — Shee (Bridgers), Nunez (Bridgers); S — Blanco 2, Carroll. Goalkeepers — S — McGlone (3 saves). *Crystal Lake South 2, Grayslake North 1Grayslake North 0 1 —1CL South 0 2 —2Scoring — CLS — Minogue (Collard), Collard (UA). Goalkeepers — CLS — Przybylski (4 saves). *Westminster Christian 2, Christian Life 0Westmisnter C. 1 1 —2Christian Life 0 0 —0Scoring — WC — Meschewski (Vanden Bos), Pedersen (Vanden Bos). Goalkeepers — WC — Dutcher (1 save).*Woodstock 3, Dundee-Crown 0Woodstock 2 1 —3Dunee-Crown 0 0 —0Goalkeepers — D-C — Miranda (7 saves).*Bartlett 3, Downers Grove South 2Downers Grove So. 0 2 —2Bartlett 2 1 —3Scoring — B — Videckis (Dombrowski), Videckis (PK), Lyjak (Noesen). Goalkeepers — B — Lozada (11 saves). *Cary-Grove 5, Hampshire 0Hampshire 0 0 —0Cary-Grove 3 2 —5Scoring — C-G — C. Petersen (Michie), Phillips (Baily), Phillips (UA), Michie (Sobieszczyk). Goalkeepers — C-G — Olsen, Miyuskovich; H — Kochanski (8 saves). *Montini 7, Guerin Prep 1Montini 4 3 —7Guerin Prep 0 1 —1Scoring — M: Strzempek (Bruscianelli); Sanchez (Bruscianelli); Kiddey; Sanchez (Bruscianelli); Strzempek; Strzempek (Kiddey); McHugh (Lenc). Goalkeepers — M: Johnston (15). *Metea Valley 3, Lake Forest 1Metea Valley 2 1 —3Lake Forest 0 1 —1Scoring — MV: Proszowski (McCoy); Kentgen (PK); Kentgen (Sowell). Goalkeepers — MV: Ahern (8); Johnson (1). LF: Revenaugh (7). *Glenbard South 3, Timothy Christian 0Scoring — GS: Moore (Miglio); Miglio (Benner); Miglio. Goalkeepers — GS: Wescott (3). *Elmwood Park 3, Fenton 5Scoring — F: Guarino (3); Rojas (1); Moran (1). *wheeling 2, round lake 1Wheeling 1 1 —2Round Lake 1 0 —1Wheeling — NA, RL own goal.Scoring — RL: Rodriguez.Goalkeepers — RL: Devera (6 saves).*PepsiCo Showdownbuffalo grove 5, warren 1Warren 1 0 —1Buffalo Grove 1 4 —5Warren — Schwede (Parker).Buffalo Grove — C.Zickert (Kowalski), Ingham (K.Zickert), Topalis (Guercio), Kovach (K.Zickert), K.Zickert (Gardner).Goalkeepers — War: Carrano (6 saves); BG: O’Connor (7 saves).*Wheaton Academy 4, Marian Catholic 0Wheaton Academy 3 1 —4Marian Catholic 0 0 —0Scoring — WA: Smith (Pearson); Pearson (Smith); Song (Pearson); Smith (Grant). Goalkeepers — MC: Sieracki (19). McKee (2). *Maine South 3, Burlington Central 0*Lyons 1, Libertyville 0 (PKs)*Huntley 2, Lake Zurich 0Huntley 0 2 —2Lake Zurich 0 0 —0Scoring — H — Bessey (Maraviglia), Constantino (UA). Goalkeepers — H — Galason (4 saves). *St. Charles North 1, Hersey 0Scoring — SCN: Walter (Durocher).Goalkeepers — SCN: Stitz (8 saves)


    Boys volleyball: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*St. Charles North d. Bartlett 18-25, 25-17, 25-15. South Elgin d. St. Charles East 20-25, 25-20, 25-18.*West Chicago d. Larkin 25-20, 17-25, 25-14Larkin — Tapia (11 kills) Vyleta (4 kills), Hernandez (18 assists, 1 ace).*Metea Valley D. Streamwood 25-13, 28-30, 25-19Streamwood — Exline (14 kills, 2 aces), Lewy (21 digs, 14 kills, 3 aces), Blancas (27 assists). *Downers Grove North d. York 25-23, 26-24*Metea Valley d. Streamwood 25-13, 28-30, 25-19Metea Valley — Miller (2 aces, 34 assists, 11 digs); Wieland (12 kills, 8 digs); Lopez (8 kills, 2 aces, 3 digs); Marzaki (10 digs); Luckinbill (8 kills, 7 digs).*Wheaton Warrenville South d. Naperville North 25-21, 25-23WW South — Wilkox (15 kills, 4 blocks); Meyer (11 kills, 2 blocks); Carpio (28 assists, 3 blocks); Knorr (3 kills, 4 digs, 1 block); Loar (4 blocks).Naperville North — Hafen (5 kills), Figge (5 kills). *West Chicago d. larkin 25-20, 17-25, 25-14West Chicago — Pinkevich (8 kills, 9 digs); Bruce (8 kills); Rodriguez (7 kills); Quiroz (24 assists); Flores (12 digs).*Geneva d. Neuqua Valley 20-25, 25-20, 25-18Neuqua Valley — Lauth (34 assists); Neace (12 kills); McKissick (6 kills, 1 block).*Lake Park d. Wheaton North 21-25, 25-22, 25-14Lake Park — Krisik (5 aces, 4 kills, 1 block, 16 digs, 26 assists); Moore (2 aces, 5 kills, 1 block); Amore (14 digs); Fritsche (8 kills, 2 blocks, 10 digs); Terry (12 kills, 1 block); Yost (4 aces, 6 kills, 4 digs).Wheaton North — Anderson (5 kills, 6 blocks, 4 digs, 1 ace); Mullinger (7 kills, 2 blocks, 9 digs): Clark (4 kills, 6 blocks); Johnson (11 digs, 1 ace). *Addison Trail d. Morton 27-25, 28-26Addison Trail — Chiaramonte (12 kills); Dickmann (8 kills, 14 digs); Parisi (14 digs); Nelms (8 blocks); Grygo (24 assists, 10 digs).*Glenbard East d. Glenbard North 25-18, 25-17Glenbard East — Glover (8 kills, 3 blocks); N. Symonds (6 kills); B. Symonds (1 ace, 25 digs); Hurlburt (11 assists, 5 digs); Soehren (9 assists, 5 digs).*barrington d. conant 25-22, 25-20Attack: Bar: Castagna 9 kills, Hana 5 kills, Amato 4 kills; Con: Openchowski 4 kills, Pyun 5 kills, Lejman 4 kills. Serving: Bar: Nenn 1 ace, Soifer 1 ace; Con: Wozniak 1 ace. Setting: Bar: Soifer 24 assists: Con: Levitt 6 assists, Lejman 4 assists. Digs: Bar: Amato 5, Nenn 4; Con: Openchowski 6, Wozniak 7, Pyun 10, Lejman 5, Tomuta 11, Levitt 6. Blocks: Bar: Singh.*Hoffman Estates d. Fremd 25-19, 17-25, 25-22Attack: Frm: Scott 7k, Larson 5k, Park 4k; HE: Wrobel 3-6, Stacy 6k, Lugo 8k, Rodheim 11k, Girard 5k, Ehlers 2k. Serving: Frm: Larson 13-14 2a, Chon 11-12 2a, Scott 7-8 ace; HE: Orozco 7-7, Stacy 6-9, Lugo 19-19 2a, Rodheim 10-10, Patel 7-8. Setting: Frm: Zimmerman 62-66 20 assists; HE: Stacy 23-26 6 assists, Patel 22-26 13 assists. Serve receive: Frm: Kurka 21-23, Scott 18-19, Chon 12-13. Digs: Frm: Chon 9, Kurka 10, Scott 5; HE: Orozco 17, WRobel 3, Stacy 10, Lugo 9, Ley 3, Patel 4. Blocks: Frm: Vandon 4, Kent 3; HE: Wrobel, Lugo 2, Rodheim 2, Girard 4, Woo 2.*rolling meadows d. wheeling25-16, 25-26Attack: RM: Wojcik 14-16 9 kills, Srnak 12-13 6 kills; Whl: Stephani Flores 2k, Kais 5k, Castillo 4k, Shultz 5k. Serving: RM: Murphy 2 aces; Whl: Stephani 3-4, Kapadia 5-5, Zacarias 8-8 a, Carvajal 0-1, Kais 6-6, Castillo 3-5, Shlultz 7-8, Rybak 2-2. Setting: RM: Reese 24-25 (11 assists), Avellaneda 24-28 (8 assists); Whl: Stedphani 1-1, Kapadia 50-54 18 assists, Zacarias 1-1, Kais 1-1, Castillo 3-4 assists, Shultz 0-1. Digs: RM: Murphy 12, Cruz 6; Whl: Stephani 18, Kapadia, Cacarias 10, Salgado 11, Kais 10, Castillo 4, Shlutz 3, Rybak 7. Blocks: RM: Avellaneda, Glasgow; Whl: Kais, Castillo.*Schamburg d. PalatineAttack: Sch: Rios 7 kills, Nolan 4 kills; Serving: Sch: Dietrich 7-7, Knitter 9-9, Nolan 13-13 3 aces; Setting: Sch: Thomas 18 assists: Digs: Sch: Dietrich 6.*


    Boys track: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*At Conantteam scoresConant 90.5, Wheeling 43.5, Elk Grove 42.individual placewinners3200 Relay: Elk Grove 8:57.8; 400 relay: Elk Grove 47.6; 3200: Frinter (EG) 10:23; 110 high hurdles: Ifianayi (EG) 17.1; 100: Okpa (Con) 11:47; 800: Dammeier (Whl) 2:06.9; 800 relay: Conant 1:45.02; 400: Shintaku (Con) 55.58; 300 int. hurdles: Almodovar (Con) 42.4; 1600: Sultan (Con) 4:36.6; 200: Okpa (Con) 23.2; 1600 relay: Conant 3:43.4.*At Palatineteam scoresPalatine 59, Hersey 52.5, Rolling Meadows 46.5.individual placewiners3200 Relay: Palatine 8:40.3; 400 relay: (all disqualified); 3200: Vonderlepee (Hers) 9:49.4; 100 high hurdles: Mattucci (RM) 11.5; 800: Rodriguez (Hers) 2:00.73; 800 relay: Rolling Meadows 1:38.0; 400: Cornelius (Pal) 52.7; 300 int. hurdles: Comda (Hers) 42.9; 1600: Brown (Pal) 4:32.6; 200: Falotico (Pal) 23.9; 1600 relay: Hersey 3:39.9; Long jump: Monckton (Hers) 19-1; High jump: Prille (RM) 5-7; Triple jump: Devona (RM) 38-6; Shot put: Kelly (Pal) 43-8; Discus: Bellafiore (Hers) 151; Pole vault: LaRocca (Pal) 12-3.*


    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*Glenbard West 146.3, York 132.1Floor excercise: Diab (GW) 8.9; Samuta (GW) 8.7; Bode (Y) 8.4. Pommel horse: Bode (Y) 8.2; Diab (GW) 7.9; Samuta (GW). Still rings: Mandarino (GW) 8.7; Zumbrook (GW) 8.2; Diab (GW) 8.1. Vault: Diab (GW) 9.1; Zumbrook (GW) 9.0; Bode (Y) 8.9; Parallel bars: Zumbrook (GW) 8.3; Diab (GW) 8.2; Simpson (Y) 8.2. Horizontal bar: Bode (Y) 8.3; Diab (GW) 7.7; Samuta (GW) 7.3. All-around: Diab (GW) 49.9; Bode (Y) 49.8; Simpson (Y) 45.0*buffalo grove 139.300, hersey 132.300Floor excercise: 1. Pauley (BG) 8.6, 2.(T) Cho (BG) 8.3, Phelph (Hers) 8.2, Vandermoot (Hers) 8.3. Pommel horse: 1. Scislowski (BG) 8.4, 2. Burns (BG) 8.3, 3. Cho (BG) 7.3. Still rings: 1. Siebert (BG) 7.8, 2. Gutierrez (BG) 7.5, 3. Ramos (Hers) 7.4. Vault: 1. Cho (BG) 8.8, 2. Swanson (Hers) 8.7, 3. Phelps (Hers) 8.6. Parallel bars: 1.(T) Cho (BG) 8.3, Burns (BG) 8.3, 3. Yonan (BG) 8.2. Horizontal bar: 1. Pauley (BG) 6.4, 2.(T) Pollina (BG) 6.2, Phelps (Hers) 6.2. All-around: Phelps (Hers) 42.50.*


    Girls badminton: Monday’s scoreboard
    Monday’s results*buffalo grove 15, elk grove 0Singles — No.1: Schwartz (BG) d. N.Patel 21-14, 21-15; No.2: Kolenchery (BG) d. Marquardt 21-10, 21-8; No.3: Jambrone (BG) d. Grinen 21-10, 21-10; No.4: Sommers (BG) d. P.Patel 21-11, 21-4; No.5: Applet (BG) d. Januanita 21-12, 21-5; No.6: Berns (BG) d. Achanzar 21-3, 21-9; No.7: Fortman (BG) d. Marrese 21-14, 21-8; No.8: Mayer (BG) d. Lim 21-11, 21-9; No.9: McClellan (BG) d. Pindras 21-12, 21-11; No.10-: Peterson (BG) d. Ro 21-11, 21-10.Doubles — No.1: Berns/Fortman (BG0 d. Marquardt/Grinen 21-18, 21-12; No.2: Sommers/Jambrone (BG) d. N.Patel/Achanzar 21-13, 21-11; No.3: Kollenchery/Schwartz (BG) d. P.Patel/Januanita 21-5, 21-13; No.4 Mayer/Applet (BG) d. Marrese/Lim 21-7, 21-6; No.5: McClellan/Peterson (BG) d. Ro/Pindras 21-6, 21-11.*Fremd 15, Hoffman Estates 0Singles — No.1: Wu (Frm) d. Lim 21-11, 21-8; No.2: Dollu (Frm) d. Fatima 21-10, 21-16; No.3: S.Choi (Frm) d. Ballazhi 21-10, 21-14; No.4: Zhang (Frm) d. Shruti 21-6, 21-5; No.5: Parng (Frm) d. Saba 21-10, 21-5; No.6: Shah (Frm) d. Sumran 21-12, 18-21, 21-14; No.7: M.B.I (Frm) d. Kim 21-12, 21-16 ; No.8: Battula (Frm) d. Wnek 21-11, 21-14 ; No.9: Deng (Frm) d. Roshni 21-11, 21-19; No.10. A.Choi (Frm) d. Arce 21-15, 21-12.Doubles — No.1: Choi/Parng (Frm) d. Lim/Fatima d. 21-8, 21-11; No.2: Zhang/Shah (Frm) d. Ballazhi/Patel 21-16, 21-15; No.3: Wu/Dollv (Frm) d. Paya/Haryani 21-12, 21-12; No.4: Mbi/Battula (Frm) d. Kim/Winek 21-10, 21-16; No.5: Choi/Peng (Frm) d. Arce/Patel 17-21, 21-9, 21-16.*Prospect 8, hersey 7Singles — No.1: Menich (Pros) d. Pisano 21-19, 21-15; No.2: Walsh (Pros) d. Salt 21-13, 21-12; No.3: Anderson (Hers) d. Petrovova 21-10, 21-16; No.4: Venturello (Pros) d. Jolowiec 21-18, 21-16; No.5: Hersey wins by default ; No.6: Yang (Her) d. Scaccita 21-10, 21-9; No.7: DoLsnen-Groth (Pros) d. Bowkley 21-14, 21-12; No.8: Steinweg (Hers) d. Dowson 21-14, 21-13; No.9: Lee (Hers) d. Lavrensaiki 21-18, 21-14; No.10. Kowalski (Hers) d. Parzyask 21-13, 21-9.Doubles — No.1: Walsh/Caporusso (Pros) d. Yang/Salt 21-19, 17-21, 21-12; No.2: Norling/Jalowiec (Hers) d. Petrouvona/Venturelli 21-15, 20-20,18-21; No.3: Menich/Scaccia (Pros) d. Anderson/Pisano 21-11, 18-21, 21-18; No.4: Dosen-Groth/Dawson (Pros) d. Lee/Steinweg 21-18, 21-19; No.5: Saiki/Parzynski (Pros) d. Kowalski/Bowkley 21-19, 21-18.*Wheeling 10, Rolliing Meadows 5Singles — No.1: Vaghese (Whl) d. Cantiori (Whl) 21-19, 21-19; No.2: Dydenko (Whl) d. Sukhbaatar 21-11, 21-14; No.3: Lee (Whl) d. Gallagher 21-6, 21-16; No.4: Mrstik (RM) d. Alverez 21-20, 21-14, 21-19; No.5: Qazi (Whl) d. Poduch 21-13, 21-16; No.6: Diaz-Hablich (Whl) d. Shah 21-16, 21-8; No.7: Hemm (RM) d. Reyes 18-21, 21-8, 21-10; No.8: Soo (Whl) d. Bucolt 24-22, 19-21, 21-19; No.9: Malysa (Whl) d. Roldan 21-17, 21-17; No.10. Broms (Whl) d. Song 21-10, 22-20.Doubles — No.1: Catiori/Sukhbaator (RM) d. Lee/Dydenko 21-12, 21-11; No.2: Gallagher/Poduch (RM) d. Qazi/Vaghese 21-16, 16-21, 21-14; No.3: Hemm/Bucolt (RM) d. Alverez/Diaz-Bablich 15-1, 21-13; No.4: Malysa/Soto (Whl) d. Mrstik/Shah 21-1, 21-13; No.5: Reyes/Broms (Whl) d. Roldan/Song 21-12, 22-20.*


    Boys tennis: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*grayslake central 7, johnsburg 0Singles — No. 1: Tolentino (GC) d. DeStephano 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Glennon (GC) d. Moore 6-1, 6-4; No. 3: Zador (GC) d. Wolter 6-2, 6-3.Doubles — No. 1: Knight/Hutchins (GC) d. Nikolai/Schmidt 6-1, 3-6, 6-3; No. 2: Patricelli/Dignadice (GC) d. Nusser/Wilson 6-2, 6-1; No. 3: Corrigan/Parutholli (GC) d. Petersonn/Mackenzie 6-3, 6-3; No. 4: Mock/Hornug (GC) d. Nykaza/Lay 6-3, 6-3.*MARIAN CATHOLIC 4, CARMEL 3Singles — No. 1: Scheffers (MC) d. Hunt 6-4, 6-1; No. 2: Murday (MC) d. Norek 7-6 (4), 6-2; No. 3: Kapas (Car) d. Braccio 6-4, 6-3.Doubles — No. 1: Lamb/Roche (MC) d. Butler/Hendricks 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; No. 2: Kwok/Helsel (MC) 6-3, 6-4; No. 3: Griffin/Verwjist (Car) d. Pinkus/Lavwelle 6-2 ,6-0; No. 4: Hadjis/Ross (Car) Vittori/Anderson 6-0, 6-1.*Crystal Lake South 5, Hampshire 2Singles - No. 1: Hougland (H) d. Thome 6-1, 7-6 (2); No. 2: Randolph (CLS) d. Tolentino 6-0, 7-6 (4); No. 3: Sardjev (CLS) d. Higa 6-2, 6-2.Doubles - No. 1: Dahlberg/West (H) d. Devin/Baieto 6-2, 6-2; No. 2: Pacini/Squiers (CLS) d. Majeed/Gara 6-2, 6-3; No. 3: Dobok/Hanigan (CLS) d. Moser/Stuart 6-1, 6-2; No. 4: Bochat/Bochat (CLS) d. Steuber/Fairwood 6-1, 6-2.*Huntley 6, Dundee-Crown 1Singles - No. 1: Stiefer (D-C) d. Zornow 6-1, 6-1; No. 2: Ved (H) d. Emerson 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; No. 3: Hagn (H) d. Rangel 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2.Doubles - No. 1: Grabner/Frederick (H) d. Spangenberg/Wagner 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5); No. 2: Smith/Simons (H) d. Sarrazine/Nauber 6-4, 6-4; No. 3: Michel/Andre (H) d. Wurster/Arshad 7-6 (3), 7-5; No. 4: Downs/Navarro (H) d. Villagainez/Austen 6-2, 6-2.*Palatine 7, Elk Grove 0Singles — No.1: Chon (Pal) d. Chirstoforov 4-3; No.2: Scovic (Pal) d. Barotta 6-0, 6-2; No.3: Puttarat (Pal) d. Cheg 6-2, 6-2.Doubles — No.1: Pichler/Moslemain (Pal) d. Lim/Hunsaher 6-0, 6-1; No.2: L. Barsella/D. Barsella (Pal) d. Kim/Semke 6-4, 6-2; No.3: Klein/Surrell (Pal) d. Patel/Specher 6-0, 6-1; No.4 Majeed/Joseph (Pal) d. An/Modevch 6-2, 6-1.*schaumburg 4, wheeling 3Singles — No.1: Early (Sch) d. Yelveri 6-3, 6-1 ; No.2: Yakabovich (Whl) d. Shah 6-1, 6-1; No.3: Irazoque (Whl) d. Coreno 6-3, 6-0.Doubles — No.1: Victor/Razin (Whl) d. Park/Patel 6-3, 6-2; No.2: Pawatmat/Lee (Sch) d. Lee/Remigoso 6-3, 6-4; No.3: Guevara/Courtney (Sch) d. Tint/Kryuchkov 7-5, 2-6, 6-3; No.4 Ariton/Avila (Sch) d. Pate./Nellutla 6-1, 7-5.*


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*Naperville North 13, Neuqua Valley 8Naperville North 4 5 1 3 —13Neuqua Valley 3 2 1 2 —8Scoring — NN: McClure (4); Roberts (2); Tomashek (2); Cassano (2); Nash; Duin; Chapman. NV: DePuy, Ivkovich (3); Shatinsky (2); Delesandro (2). *


    Baseball: Tuesday’s results
    *Tuesday’s results*Johnsburg 8, Cary-Grove 1Johnsburg 003 000 5 -8-10-1Cary-Grove 000 000 1 -1-7-52B: C-G — Perkins.HR: J — Kordik.WP: Ridout; LP: Splitt.

    Alexei Ramirez celebrates after scoring the winning run from second base on a throwing error by Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts in the ninth inning.

    White Sox continue to find ways to win

    The White Sox got a big effort out of struggling starting pitcher Erik Johnson, and they scratched out a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night at forsty U.S. Cellular Field.

    Chicago White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez celebrates after scoring the game winning run off a throwing error by Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts as A.J. Pierzynski watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday in Chicago. The White Sox won 2-1.

    White Sox slip past Red Sox 2-1 on error in 9th

    Alexei Ramirez scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a throwing error and the Chicago White Sox edged the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on a frigid Tuesday night.


    Bautista, Lawrie lift Blue Jays over Twins 9-3

    Jose Bautista had three hits and an RBI, and Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Tuesday night.


    Tough loss for Grayslake North

    Girls soccerCrystal Lake South 2, Grayslake North 1: Sophomore Meghan McCue scored the Knights’ only goal, assisted by freshman Morgan Lyon, in the second half of the Fox Valley Conference game.The host Gators scored the game-winning goal with about 23 minutes left. It was a 0-0 match at the half.“The first half both teams created a couple of chances, but Crystal Lake South began to have the majority of possession and we started to back off defensively, giving them too much space to operate,” Grayslake North coach Adam DeCaluwe said. “While we were still scoreless at halftime, we knew we had to step up the pressure we were attempting to put CLS under in order to start having an offensive impact on the game.”After Grayslake North (4-4) fell behind, McCue evened the score when she received a pass from Lyon, turned, took on her defender and beat the keeper with a left-footed shot.DeCaluwe noted the strong play of McCue (3 shots on target), freshman Sydney Paez (2 shots on target), Chelsea Olson and Kendall Detweiler.Wheeling 2, Round Lake 1: Izzy Rodriguez scored for the Panthers, who were tied 1-1 with the Wildcats at halftime of the nonconference match.Round Lake keeper Jordan Devera made 6 saves.

    Buffalo Grove’s Allie Ingham, left, high-fives Kelli Zickert after her goal in the first half during their game against Warren on Tuesday at Buffalo Grove.

    Collective effort helps Buffalo Grove past Warren

    Kelli Zickert can turn a soccer game around, but she’s not the only threat on Buffalo Grove’s team. Zickert stepped her game up and got help from her teammates during a 4-goal outburst in the second half Tuesday night. Their efforts allowed the top-seeded Bison to beat unseeded Warren 5-1 in the Round of 16 in the PepsiCo tournament in Buffalo Grove.


    Tested Benedictine playing well

    It’s no surprise that baseball teams in the northern states can be at a disadvantage against teams from the south. In its early season games in Florida, Benedictine’s baseball team found that out first-hand. However, now that they have returned to Illinois, the Eagles are hitting their stride.


    Lake Park win goes according to form

    For their first season in the DuPage Valley Conference, senior Jeff Yost and his Lake Park boys volleyball teammates have been consistently successful in the most precarious way.

    With surgery on his left shoulder complete, White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia now faces six-months of rehab in order to be ready for the start of the 2015 spring training.

    Pierzynski questions Konerko’s inaction

    A.J. Pierzynski was back at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday night with his new team, the Boston Red Sox. Pierzynski said it was strange not seeing Paul Konerko's name in the White Sox' starting lineup.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 3, Downers Grove South 2: Kendra Videckis continued her scoring tear with 2 goals in the first half of a nonconference win for the Hawks (7-2-1) at Millennium Field. Videckis scored in the first minute off an assist from Josie Dombrowski and on a penalty kick 4 minutes later. Shelly Lyjak added cushion with 7 minutes remaining off a feed by Jenna Noesen. Amada Lozada had 11 saves in protecting the net. Streamwood 3, Larkin 2: The Sabres (2-6-1, 1-1) managed to outscore the Royals 2-1 in the second half to break a tie at the half for the Upstate Eight River win. Freshman Alondra Blanco finished with 2 goals while Tawny Carroll had 1 goal and 1 assist. Hannah McGlone managed an assist and 3 saves in the cage while Larkin (1-5, 0-2) saw goals turned in from Vina Shee and Stephanie Nunez. Jaci Bridgers had both assists for the Royals. Crystal Lake South 2, Grayslake North 1: In Fox Valley Conference crossover action, it was all Audrey Collard and Brandie Minogue for the Gators (3-2-1), as Collard had a goal and an assist and Minogue had the other goal in the win. CLS keeper Jaclyn Przybyski recorded 4 saves.Westminster 2, Christian Life 0: Liz Meschewski and Alexa Pedersen both had goals which lifted the Warriors (4-1) to a 2-0 start in Northeastern Athletic Conference. Lindsey Vanden Bos had both assists and Savannah Dutcher had 1 save in net for Westminster, which is out to its best start in 4 years. Woodstock 3, Dundee-Crown 0: The Chargers (2-3-1) played well in both the first 10 and last 10 minutes of a FVC crossover loss, but the middle 60 was all Woodstock. The Blue Streaks scored 3 goals in that span and held a 2-0 lead at the half. Isabel Miranda had 7 saves for D-C in the loss.


    Royals down Astros 4-2

    Rookie Yordano Ventura threw seven solid innings for first major league win to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.


    Grayslake Central ices Prairie Ridge

    Cold weather, hot bats. Theresa Curtis and Juliana Frusolone homered, and Grayslake Central’s softball team pounded out 12 hits in an 11-7 win over host Prairie Ridge in Fox Valley Conference action Tuesday.


    Field day for Prospect at Hoffman Estates triangular

    When it come to field events, Prospect sure knows how to excel. Last year, the Knights scored 70 points in that category to earn their second consecutive Mid-Suburban League title. Tuesday night at Hoffman Estates, the Knights had to overcome the loss of some key performers in the field events. Junior Catherine Sherwood, the defending MSL triple jump and long jump champion, and sophomore Jes Skudlarek, the defending high jump champion, took a break from their respective field events. Senior Erin Reese, who hit a jaw dropping 150-0 in the discus last Friday at the Prospect relays, scratched on her four attempts. But no worries, the Knights still got it done in the field. They flexed their depth by edging the host Hawks 73-68 in a MSL triangular. Fremd took third with 45 points on a chilly evening.


    Cards pitching shuts down Brewers again 6-1

    Shelby Miller struck out seven and allowed three hits over six innings, and Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 win Tuesday night over the Milwaukee Brewers.


    Leake’s HR leads Reds over Pirates 7-5 for split

    Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole’s winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.


    Unique inspiration heps South Elgin beat St. Charles East

    After his team had committed a less-than-stellar 19 unforced errors that led to a first-set loss and an 11-6 second-set deficit against St. Charles East Tuesday, South Elgin coach Adam Plach burned his third timeout of the match. In the huddle, Plach turned to an unlikely source to inspire his players: the comic strip character Pogo.


    Marlins snap 8-game skid by beating Nats 11-2

    Giancarlo Stanton tied a career high with five RBIs, including a three-run homer off Stephen Strasburg, and the Miami Marlins broke an eight-game losing streak by beating the Washington Nationals 11-2 Tuesday night.


    St. Charles North tops Bartlett in 3

    St. Charles North has a decidedly different look to its boys volleyball program this spring.

    Naperville North’s Jack Rothmund, left, battles Wheaton Warrenville South’s Jerry Loar, right, during boys volleyball action.

    WW South draws first blood in rivalry with Naperville N.

    Senior Jared Wilcox said the Wheaton Warrenville South boys volleyball team has a friendly rivalry with Naperville North as many of the players on each team also play club volleyball together.


    Knicks pound Nets again as Anthony sits

    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points and the New York Knicks, playing without the injured Carmelo Anthony, beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-98 on Tuesday night to win the season series between city rivals.


    McClure, Naperville North overcome Neuqua Valley

    Naperville North center Drake McClure likes drawing ejections and then looking on as his teammates take advantage of the ensuing scoring opportunities.


    Fielder ends HR drought, Rangers beat M’s 5-0

    Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 Tuesday night.

    Cary-Grove’s Carli Petersen collides with Hampshire goalkeeper Catherine Kochanski Tuesday in Cary. Petersen had two goals in the first half.

    Cary-Grove hot on a cold night

    In weather conditions better suited for polar bears, the Cary-Grove offense sizzled. Scoring twice in the first 17 minutes of the game, the Trojans were able to cruise past Hampshire 5-0 in Fox Valley Conference crossover girls soccer action at Cary-Grove’s Al Bohrer Field Tuesday night.


    Huntley shuts out Lake Zurich for Pepsi win

    Huntley’s Sam Bessey was surprised to see herself so wide open Tuesday. The junior was one-on-one against Lake Zurich goalkeeper Eleanor Daleske and scored with 11:45 remaining in the first half and the Red Raiders scored again 80 seconds later to beat the Bears, 2-0, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pepsi Showdown.

    Hersey’s Peter Wesolowski leaps to set the ball against Prospect during Tuesday’s match in Mount Prospect.

    Hersey grades out well in MSL East showdown

    The Hersey boys volleyball team passed its toughest test of the season Tuesday night with nothing short of an A-plus. The visiting Huskies took sole possession of first place in the Mid-Suburban East with an impressive 25-13, 25-13 victory over Prospect at Jean Walker Field House.


    Pirates beat Reds 8-7 in suspended game

    After all those home runs and an overnight delay, it was settled by a single. Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin’s single in the seventh inning on Tuesday, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates an 8-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the completion of a game that spanned two days and 10 home runs.


    Q likes balance of Hawks lines

    The return of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to practice Tuesday wasn’t the only change for the Blackhawks.Coach Joel Quenneville did some shuffling of the lines as well, putting Brandon Saad and Kris Versteeg with Toews on the top line and placing Kane alongside Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell on the third line.

    The Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson poses in this 1952 file photo. It was Jackie Robinson Day on Tuesday in the major leagues, the 67th anniversary marking the end of the game’s racial barrier.

    This issue not as simple as black and white

    Major League Baseball isn't to blame for the dwindling number of blacks on its rosters. However, for the good of everyone involved, club owners continue to search for ways to reverse the trend.

    Marian Hossa does things on the ice that still amaze even those who see him every day, his Blackhawks teammates and coaches say.

    Hossa continues to amaze even Blackhawks teammates

    Marian Hossa, who recently hit the 30-goal mark for the eighth time in his career and who was among league-leaders in takeaways with 75 in 72 games this season, may not be the first name that comes to mind when Blackhawks stars are mentioned, but ask anyone on the team, and they’ll tell you just how special big No. 81 really is.


    Cary-Grove rolls to FVC win

    Cary-Grove 11, Grayslake Central 1: After going up 8-1 by the end of the second inning, the Trojans (5-2, 1-0) cruised to an easy victory at home in Fox Valley Conference action. Brianne Prank and Grace Pilz each blasted homers and picked up 3 RBI, with Sarah Purpura also homering. Amanda DeGroote threw 4 solid innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits and 4 strikeouts for the win.


    Johnsburg drops Cary-Grove

    Johnsburg 8, Cary-Grove 1: The Trojans (7-6, 2-3) committed 5 errors and were only able to scratch out 1 run Tuesday in a Fox Valley Conference loss. With the lone RBI, Matt Sutherland led the offense while teammate Jimmy Perkins chipped in with a double. Andrew Splitt took the loss after tossing 6 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) to go along with 5 strikeouts.

    If Blues goalie Ryan Miller isn’t brilliant, St. Louis will have a hard time scoring enough to match the Blackhawks’ offense.

    Blackhawks have to flip switch faster this time

    With all due respect to the Blues, who were the best team in hockey for a couple months earlier this season, the Blackhawks are better off facing slumping St. Louis right now than red-hot Colorado in the first round.

    Chicago Bulls guard Jimmer Fredette (32) goes in for a lay-up past Orlando Magic forward Andrew Nicholson (44) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday in Chicago. The Bulls won the game 108-95.

    Fredette just happy to play in present

    Given his first chance at significant playing time since joining the Bulls on March 2, guard Jimmer Fredette rose to the occasion with 17 points in Monday's win over Orlando. Fredette is doing his best to follow coach Tom Thibodea's defensive plan.

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) drives against Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Friday. The Bulls won 106-98.

    Road to playoffs? Bulls never backed down

    Joakim Noah was bummed to hear it was snowing outside after Monday's win over Orlando. But that's a minor detail compared to the adversity the Bulls endured early this season. Noah talked about some reasons why the Bulls made the best of it.


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena, 6 p.m. WednesdayTV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN 1000-AMOutlook: While the Bulls have survived through some bad breaks, how many people predicted Charlotte to make the playoffs this season? The Bobcats are in and could move up to the No. 6 seed by winning this game while Washington loses to Boston. Center Al Jefferson has been the spark for Charlotte, averaging 22 points and 10. 8 rebounds. PG Kemba Walker is at 17.6 ppg and SG Gerald Henderson 14.1. The Bulls are 3-0 against Charlotte this season.Next: Game 1 of playoffs at the United Center, TBD — Mike McGraw


    Most area courses battling winter damage

    Chicago golfers beware. In most years virtually all Chicago courses are in full swing by the time the Masters tournament tees off in April. This year that wasn’t the case, and that’s not all. The Midwest Golf Course Superintendents Assn. is conducting a survey of its courses this week and executive director Luke Cella doesn’t expect the results to be encouraging.


    Team Illinois celebrates repeat Showcase triumph

    David Kellner ended his hockey career in perfect fashion Monday morning in Pittsburgh, scoring a goal and adding an assist as Team Illinois won its second consecutive championship in the annual America’s Hockey Showcase.

    The Cubs will face New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (above) in Game 1 of a doubleheader in Yankee stadium on Wednesday. The game was postponed due to bad weather. Josh Hammel will pitch for the Cubs in Game 1.

    Cubs-Yankees to play doubleheader Wednesday

    The New York Yankees didn’t wait around all day. Seeing continued bad weather in the forecast, they postponed Tuesday night’s scheduled interleague game against the Cubs at Yankee Stadium. The two teams will make it up Wednesday afternoon as part of a day-night doubleheader. Game 1 begins at 12:05 CDT while the second game gets under way at the regularly scheduled time of 6:05. Bruce Miles has more in this Cubs notebook.


    Bears waive defensive end Ozougwu

    The Chicago Bears waived defensive end Cheta Ozougwu on Tuesday. Ozougwu appeared in nine games over two seasons (2012-13) with the Bears, recording four tackles. Ozougwu, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive lineman from Rice, also had one sack, one tackle for a loss and one forced fumble for the Bears. He recorded five special teams tackles.

    Mike Steinhaus

    Dundee-Crown names Steinhaus new football coach

    Dundee-Crown has picked one of its all-time great athletes to lead the football program. Mike Steinhaus, a 2003 graduate and a 2013 inductee to the school’s athletic hall of fame, has been named head coach, the school announced Tuesday. He succeeds Vito Andriola, who left the position last month for the same job at Grant.Mikey Steinhaus, a former all-area standout at Dundee-Crown, has been named to succeed Vito Andriola as the Chargers' new head football coach, the school announced on Tuesday morning.

    Both Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and Cleveland forward Luol Deng were nominated for a community service award, which was awarded Tuesday to Deng.

    Cleveland’s Deng wins NBA citizenship award

    Former Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, now with the Cleveland Cavaliers, is the winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, which is given to the player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.


    Illini football to face Buckeyes under the lights

    Illinois says its Nov. 1 football game this fall at Ohio State will be played at night. The university said Tuesday that the game will be played at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

    Now 84 years old, Arnold Palmer still commands attention whenever he steps on a golf course, as he did at last week’s Masters Tournament at Augusta National.

    Looking back on a childhood hero — Arnold Palmer

    Mike North sees Tiger Woods hitting the opening honorary shot at the Masters someday just like Arnold Palmer, North's childhood hero, did during this year’s Masters.


    Pirates, Reds hit 10 HRs before game is suspended

    Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back homers twice, and the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds combined for 10 homers in only six innings Monday night before rain forced a suspension with the score tied 7-all.


    Evans, Pelicans stun Thunder 101-89

    Tyreke Evans scored a career-high 41 points to go with nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped an eight-game skid by shocking the playoff-bound Thunder 101-89 on Monday night.

    Burlington Central’s Keegan Whitmer clears the bar in the pole vault Thursday at the Huntley boys track invitational.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring volleyball, softball, water polo, baseball, soccer and track.


    Stocks rose a second day on Tuesday, after equities posted the worst week since 2012, as earnings from Coca-Cola Co. and Johnson & Johnson overwhelmed concerns that tensions in Ukraine are worsening.

    U.S. stock markets rebounds after choppy day

    A stock market swoon turned into a comeback Tuesday. Stocks managed a late-afternoon rebound for the second time in two days as investors seemed to brush off a report of lower confidence among homebuilders and simmering tensions in the Ukraine.

    Zebra Technologies in Lincolnshire.

    Motorola Solutions shrinks, while Zebra grows

    Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions Inc. continues to chip away at its legendary status by selling its Enterprise unit to Lincolnshire’s Zebra Technologies for about $3.45 billion. While Zebra continues to pick up steam, building its radio-frequency identification and specialty Internet-related products, Motorola shrinks both in workforce and focus.

    Maureen Bryant

    Cadence names new president of Delnor Hospital

    Winfield-based Cadence Health has named Maureen Bryant president of Delnor Hospital in Geneva, and executive vice president of Cadence Health.

    Tuesday, April 15, is the federal tax filing deadline for most Americans.

    5 things to know about Tax Day

    The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears, as well as six giant red flags that could get you audited by the IRS.


    MFRI sees 34 precent sales gain in 2013

    MFRI, Inc. said net sales for 2013 rose 34 percent as a result of growth in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.


    Allstate sells Sterling Collision Centers

    Allstate said it will sell its Sterling Collision Centers business to Service King Collision Repair Centers. Terms of the transaction were not announced.


    Sears names leader for home services business
    Sears Holdings Corp. said Arun Arora will join the company as senior vice president and president, Home Services.

    Johnson & Johnson’s first-quarter profit rose 8 percent, because of restrained costs and a big jump in prescription drug sales. The world’s biggest maker of health care products easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its earnings outlook, driving up its shares to a new high for the year.

    J&J Q1 net up 8 percent on sales jump, lower costs

    Johnson & Johnson’s first-quarter profit rose 8 percent, because of restrained costs and a big jump in prescription drug sales. The world’s biggest maker of health care products easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its earnings outlook, driving up its shares to a new high for the year.


    German company starts gas deliveries to Ukraine

    German utility company RWE said Tuesday it has started sending natural gas to Ukraine, a move that could support the country if Russia acts on its threat to cut off supplies because of a massive debt for past deliveries. The reverse-flow deliveries from Germany via Poland are largely symbolic for the moment, but could be ramped up to provide about a fifth of the country’s gas needs.

    Coca-Cola sold more drinks in the first quarter, but it wasn’t because of soda. The world’s biggest beverage maker said Tuesday that its global sales volume for soda fell for first time in at least a decade. The drop was offset by stronger sales of noncarbonated drinks such as juice, and overall volume rose 2 percent.

    Coca-Cola sells more drinks but soda dips

    Coca-Cola sold more drinks in the first quarter, but it wasn’t because of soda. The world’s biggest beverage maker said Tuesday that its global sales volume for soda fell for first time in at least a decade. The drop was offset by stronger sales of noncarbonated drinks such as juice, and overall volume rose 2 percent.


    Yellen says Fed examining additional bank rules

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says recent initiatives by the Fed and other regulators to help banks make it through periods of financial stress are important, but they may still need to be strengthened. Yellen believes current rules governing how much capital banks must hold in case of losses do not address all threats. She said that the Federal Reserve staff is actively considering what additional measures may be needed.


    Firm nears takeover of Indiana Limestone Co.
    Associated PressBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An investment firm is the only bidder to take over a southern Indiana company that supplied limestone to the Empire State Building, the Pentagon and other iconic buildings.A bankruptcy court auction for Indiana Limestone Co. set for Monday was called off after only a subsidiary of suburban Chicago firm Wynnchurch Capital expressed interest in bidding.The Herald-Times reports the firm is now in line to buy the limestone company’s assets for $26 million. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in February and notified state officials it would lay off 166 workers from its Bloomington operations and Oolitic (oo-LIH’-tihk) headquarters.Indiana Limestone president Duffe Elkins says the business is expected to reopen and rehire workers after the new ownership takes charge.

Life & Entertainment


    Neighbor upset with agent’s low-cost deal

    Q. One of my neighbors is quite elderly and he and his wife (who has Alzheimer’s disease) moved across the country to live near relatives. He listed his move-in condition house with another neighbor at about $20,000 below market value. An agent in that firm bought it immediately, and she is renting it out.

    Annie Overboe's Greek Dinner Rolls are lower in gluten than traditional dinner rolls; Greek yogurt gives them structure.

    Baking secrets: Exploring the 'whys' behind gluten sensitivity

    Over the last year Annie Overboe has made it her mission to visit conventions and expos featuring gluten-free and allergen-free foods. Today she looks beyond delicious gluten-free recipes and explores the "why" behind the recent increase in the number of people experiencing gluten sensitivity.

    Juan Gabriel has postponed three California shows after being hospitalized in Las Vegas with pneumonia.

    Mexican singer Juan Gabriel hospitalized in Vegas

    Mexican musical icon Juan Gabriel has been hospitalized in Las Vegas with pneumonia, postponing three California shows this week that were part of the top-selling artist’s “Volver” tour. The 64-year-old singer was rushed to intensive care Monday morning after waking up with a fever and congestion, according to a statement issued Tuesday.

    Greek Dinner Rolls are lower in gluten and fat than traditional dinner rolls.

    Greek Yogurt Dinner Rolls
    Greek Yogurt Dinner Rolls have a lower gluten content without losing structure.

    Christina Hernandez of Elgin decorates butter cookies for customers of her FanCThatEvents cookie shop on Etsy.com.

    Cook of the Week: Elgin lunch lady balances nutrition, treats

    As the manager of food services for an Elgin school district, Cook of the Week Christina Hernandez is responsible for more than 20,000 meals a day for children. Blame it on her job, but Christina is also very concerned about nutrition. “Working at the schools has really opened my eyes and has influenced me in my cooking at home." In her free time, this avid vegetable gardener also enjoys baking butter cookies and cakes for friends and family.


    Critic for the day, Joseph Billquist, discusses Peter and the Starcatcher with host Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago

    Short & Sweet guest critic Joseph Billquist shares his perspective on Peter and the Starcatcher with Broadway in Chicago host  Diana Martinez.

    Swiss Colony and Jelly Belly teamed up to offer palate-pleasing petits fours.

    Jelly Belly petits fours perfect for any celebration

    Two iconic brands from north of the Illinois border have joined forces to create an incredible treat — and it doesn’t even involve cheese. The dessert experts at The Swiss Colony teamed up with the flavorful folks at Jelly Belly to develop a quartet of bite-sized mini cakes — aka petits fours — that will make your mouth sing, says food editor Deborah Pankey. She also shares a unique twist on egg salad.

    Michael Strahan has made good on reports that he is joining “Good Morning America” by paying a visit to the ABC breakfast show on Tuesday.

    Strahan’s ‘GMA’ side job confirmed with his visit

    Michael Strahan has made good on reports that he’s joining “Good Morning America” by paying a visit to the ABC breakfast show on Tuesday. The former football star and current co-host with Kelly Ripa of “Live With Kelly and Michael” got a red-carpet welcome from the “GMA” team.


    Dining events: Extreme deals for Gibsons’ 25th

    Celebrate Gibsons’ silver anniversary with $25 steaks all day Monday, April 21, at the restaurant’s three locations. For one day only, all steaks on the menu cost $25.

    Lawrence O’Donnell, host of “The Last Word” on MSNBC, was injured with his brother Michael in a taxi accident on Saturday while vacationing out of the country.

    MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell injured in car accident

    MSNBC says its host Lawrence O’Donnell was injured with his brother Michael in a taxi accident Saturday while vacationing out of the country. The network didn’t specify where the accident occurred.

    Andy Coulson, former News of the World editor and former aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, said under oath Tuesday that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid.

    Coulson: ‘Didn’t know about tabloid phone hacking’

    Prime Minister David Cameron’s former communications chief said under oath Tuesday that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid. Andy Coulson was asked by his lawyer in court whether he was “ever party to or in agreement with phone hacking at the News of the World.” Coulson answered: “No, I was not.”

    James Carville and Mary Matalin recently wrote “Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home.”

    ‘Love & War’: Unlikely story of love and politics

    “Love & War” is the unlikely love story of one of America’s best-known power couples and how their marriage has survived despite their sharply different political views. The subtitle of the book by Mary Matalin and James Carville is “Twenty years, three presidents, two daughters and one Louisiana home.” That offers a hint of the pressures and rewards faced by the couple with a quirky charisma and two of the nation’s best political minds.

    Today there’s a finish for decoupaging nearly anything to nearly any surface, from fabric and wood and glass to metals.

    It’s still a mod, mod, mod, Mod-Podged world

    Mod Podge — long used for decoupage crafts — has morphed in recent years. Now there’s a glue-and-sealer product for virtually every surface, from fabric and wood to glass and metals. Other decoupage brands exist, as well. And decoupage crafts? Projects run the gamut, including purses, high-heeled shoes, backpacks, scratched furniture, glass vases, dishware, canvases, planters — even bicycles.

    Campers drinking wine on a “glamping” — glamour camping — expedition on the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River. Glamping is one of a number of made-up words that are used in the travel industry to describe niche vacations, such as staycation, bleisure (business and leisure) and honeyteering (volunteering on a honeymoon).

    Staycation or bleisure? Travel loves made-up words

    Hotels advertise “bleisure” packages. The Thai Tourism Authority is promoting “honeyteering.” And a Mississippi TV anchor told advocates of gay equality to “go on gaycation.” Whatever you’re doing on vacation, chances are there’s a made-up word to describe it. Combine honeymoon and volunteering, you get honeyteering. Combine business and leisure, you get bleisure. Add glamour to a camping trip with wine, steak and scented candles, and you’re glamping. Lexicographers call these blended words portmanteaus.

    Christina Hernandez of Elgin sells decorated butter cookies through her FanCThatEvents cookie shop on Etsy.com.

    Butter Cookies
    Cook of the Week Christina Hernandez's makes fabulous butter cookies

    Comedian and actor Jon Huck of Warrenville has appeared in dozens of commercials, including Rocksmith's “Guitar Baby” video, which has close to 5 million views on YouTube.

    Warrenville comedian makes a career in TV commercials

    Comedian Jon Huck of Warrenville built a career being funny on stage and on camera. His wild-haired yet average guy style has landed him roles in movies and dozens of TV commercials. One of his most popular videos, the "Guitar Baby" ad for Rocksmith, has close to 5 million views on YouTube. “Commercials aren't about skill. They're about a look," he said.

    Several Cirque du Soleil artists, including aerialist Igor Zaripov, are into CrossFit workouts.

    CrossFit joins the circus

    Cirque du Soleil has been working on a couple new moves: squats and dead lifts. Those exercises aren’t as flashy as most of the mind-blowing tricks the circus troupe is renowned for. But they’re awesome for strength conditioning, says Allister Booth, head coach for the company’s “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour,” which is touring in 21 U.S. cities. They also figure prominently in CrossFit, which has become Cirque du Soleil’s new exercise obsession.

    “Beauty Is ...” is the final studio recording from the late Ray Price.

    Ray Price caps career with stirring last album

    The late Ray Price titled his final studio recording “Beauty Is ...” after an opening duet with Vince Gill that draws on the axiom about the eye of the beholder. Music is similarly subjective, but it would be hard to imagine anyone not recognizing the sublime beauty of the late Ray Price’s singing: He owned one of the richest voices and most emotionally expressive styles in country music history.

    Richard Dreyfuss feels more passionate about politics than acting these days.

    Dreyfuss loves acting, but his passion is politics

    Politically, Richard Dreyfuss describes himself as “intensely pre-partisan, and even more intensely anti-shmuck.” The 66-year-old Oscar winner almost immediately injected politics into an interview with The Associated Press, calling for a “civil strike” in support of the United States Constitution. As you’ve probably guessed, Dreyfuss is even more passionate about politics than he is about acting these days. He still takes roles, but he doesn’t feel the same fire as before.

    A 52-foot replica of an acoustic guitar is part of a new section of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn. Educational exhibits are part of the $100 million expansion.

    Country Music Museum grows to match genre

    The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is no longer bursting at the seams, thanks to a $100 million expansion that has more than doubled its space. The museum will unveil the final part of the expansion Tuesday, including two new exhibit galleries and more room to display collections of recordings, artifacts and photographs.



    Editorial: In the aftermath of terrorism, not fear but solidarity

    A Daily Herald editorial says that while every town could be a target for terrorism, every town also has the potential to be "Boston strong" in the face of it.


    The healing in Rwanda

    Columnist Michael Gerson: At the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, the most moving moments were unplanned. In the audience at Amahoro Stadium, first one woman, then another, then dozens in turn, cried out in uncontrollable anguish and had to be escorted from the ceremony. They were overwhelmed by memory. In their screams you could hear the screams of two decades ago.


    Boston: Close call that day made her a runner
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: On April 15, 2013, I was sitting alone on a curb on Boylston Street waiting for the amazing participants of the Boston Marathon to run past me and cross the finish line. I had gone out to Boston to watch my friend complete the race. I had a great spot right before the finish line, and for hours I cheered with strangers who became my friends that day.


    Boston: Student’s sax captured mood of the day
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I returned from class at Boston’s Berklee College of Music on April 15, 2013, and entered my dorm room when my roommate asked if I had heard any explosions. Thinking about my day, I said to him that it could be the loud construction downstairs.


    Boston: Fear, then relief, after finding group member
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I sat in the noisy family reunite area, about a block from the finish line, waiting for the other Palatine runners. I heard the first explosion, naively wondering if a transformer blew up. The second explosion occurred seconds later, and this usually noisy area was eerily silent.


    Boston: Runner going back to reflect on the good
    A Third Lake letter to the editor: I had finished my 4th Boston Marathon about 20 minutes before the first bomb went off. What was supposed to be a joyous occasion turned into an event that has forever changed me.


    Boston: A wish for a safe marathon this year
    A Lombard letter to the editor: It’s been a year since the Boston Marathon tragedy took place. As Muslims, what have we done to speak up against these acts of terrorism?


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