Daily Archive : Wednesday April 16, 2014


    Aaron Del Mar

    Del Mar easily retains Cook GOP chairmanship

    Aaron Del Mar easily maintained hold of his post as chairman of the Cook County Republican Party, receiving a solid endorsement from committeemen during Wednesday night's election. The Palatine Township Republican committeeman received 64.29 percent of the vote. “I look forward to working with all of my fellow Republicans to get Bruce Rauner elected in November," he said.

    DuPage Democratic Party Chairman Robert Peickert won his fourth term on Wednesday by defeating Bill Habel of Naperville during the party’s convention in Wheaton.

    Party chairmen keep their seats in DuPage

    Robert Peickert has overcome criticism from fellow Democrats and a lawsuit to secure his fourth 2-year term as chairman of the DuPage Democratic Party. The Elmhurst resident defeated Bill Habel of Naperville during the party’s convention at the Wheaton Community Center. “We face many (political) challenges here in DuPage,” Peickert said. “Working side by side, we can...


    U-46 bus crashes with two students aboard

    Two children and a bus driver were taken to the hospital as a precaution after a crash Wednesday afternoon near the Streamwood and Bartlett border, school officials said.

    Thomas Hartwell

    Kane Co. GOP selects Hartwell as new party chairman

    Kane County Republicans elected Tom Hartwell as their new party chairman Wednesday night, the third person to hold the gavel in as many conventions. “For too long, too much of our energy here in Kane County has been focused inward on our differences, both personal and philosophical, and not on our real task — taking our state and country back with the help of Republicans,...

    James P. Eaton, shown during a court appearance earlier this month, was ordered held over for trial Wednesday after a Wisconsin judge heard evidence linking him to the 1997 murder of Palatine teen Amber Creek.

    Judge orders Eaton held over for trial in Amber Creek slaying

    James Paul Eaton was ordered held over for trial Wednesday after a Wisconsin judge heard testimony linking the Palatine man to the murder of a suburban teen who went missing 17 years ago. Eaton, 36, faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in connection with the 1997 slaying of Amber Creek, a 14-year-old Palatine girl whose body was found in a Burlington, Wis.,...

    Lake County Republicans elected former Warren Township GOP Chairman Mike Amrozowicz as their new leader Wednesday night in Wadsworth.

    Lake County GOP chooses new leader

    Lake County’s Republican Party has a new leader. Former Warren Township GOP Chairman Mike Amrozowicz unseated Wauconda Township’s Bob Cook during the party’s biennial convention at the Midlane Golf Resort in Wadsworth.

    A policeman watches from behind a firetruck before a controlled detonation at the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday.

    Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

    The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday following his initial court appearance. Kevin "Kayvon" Edson, 25, was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital and ordered held on $100,000 bail.

    South Korean coast guard officers try Wednesday to rescue passengers from a ferry sinking in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul. The ferry carrying 475 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hourslong rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters.

    Fears rise for missing in S. Korea ferry sinking

    Fears rose Thursday for the fate of 287 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea. A coast guard official said the death toll was now confirmed at nine, but that is expected to rise sharply because the missing have now spent more than a day either trapped in the ferry or in the cold seawater.


    Naperville company can put trucks back on road

    The Naperville trucking company whose semi was involved in a fiery fatal crash earlier this year can put its trucks back on the road, a judge ruled Wednesday afternoon. The decision overturned an order by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration earlier this month to shut down DND International.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

    Kirk promotes stroke research funding, treatments

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Wednesday called for more funding for research to decrease the risk of strokes and to treat those who have them. The Republican from Highland Park, who suffered a stroke in January 2012, attended a round-table discussion at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with Chicago-area stroke researchers.


    UIC, faculty union reach agreement

    The head of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s faculty union says a tentative contract agreement has been reached with the school administration.


    Wife of man whose drowning was linked to swan sues

    The wife of a Villa Park man whose 2012 drowning was attributed to the actions of an aggressive swan has sued the man’s employer and the condominium complex where the swan was kept.

    Mario A. Williams

    Defense wants to tell of witnesses’ behavior in Elgin murder trial

    Defense attorneys argued that they should be allowed to introduce evidence of “aggressive and violent behavior” of Elgin shooting victim Nestor Alvarado and several surviving witnesses when Mario A. Williams and Ricky J. Moreno go on trial on murder charges in June. Cook County Assistant Public Defender Deana Binstock on Wednesday asked Cook County Judge Thomas Fecarotta to allow...

    A combat vehicle with pro-Russian gunman on top runs Wednesday through downtown Slovyansk. The troops on those vehicles wore green camouflage uniforms, had automatic weapons and grenade launchers and at least one had the St. George ribbon attached to his uniform, which has become a symbol of the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

    Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

    The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome. Responding to what it sees as Russia's aggression, NATO announced it was increasing its military presence along its eastern border, closest to Russia and Ukraine.

    A three month old white Bengal female tiger cub looks around her enclosure at the Buenos Aires Zoo, Argentina, Wednesday. Cleo, a captive Bengal white tiger at the zoo, gave birth to two females and one male white tiger cubs Jan. 16.

    Argentine zoo shows off white tiger triplets

    The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers — Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude. The two female cubs have prominent black stripes and tawny white coats, while the male is nearly pure white.


    Palatine Dist. 15 projects deficits

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will continue to operate at small deficits under the latest fiscal projections. Officials, though, say the district has turned a corner after making budget cuts to close an estimated $10 million shortfall three years ago. "We're on firm financial ground," Assistant Superintendent Mike Adamczyk said.

    Illinois racetracks are balking at a gambling proposal that would cut the number of slot machines to 600, but a competing plan wouldn’t have any.

    Arlington racetrack: Half the slots won’t cut it

    After years of pushing for slots machines at racetracks, some horse racing advocates are worried the smaller number proposed in a new plan won’t generate enough money. “All right, we’ll exist. Horse racing will exist with (600) machines. But we will not flourish. We will not flourish like other states,” said Bob Molaro, an industry lobbyist.

    Cliff McIlvaine’s home on Prairie Street in St. Charles.

    Decades-old St. Charles home plan moves forward; storage area next

    Cliff McIlvaine, a St. Charles man who first began a home addiiton project in 1975, finalized an agreement Wednesday with the city to wrap up the project this summer. He also plans to build a storage facility that will have an area larger than 600 square feet for construction materials and his inventions.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Cheryl L. Howe, 54, of Elgin, was charged Tuesday with six counts of manufactory/delivery of a substance containing cocaine, court records show.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Vehicles were scratched and gravel and dirt put in their gasoline ports, between noon Saturday and 7 a.m. Monday at Deluxe Cleaners, 102 S. Batavia Ave., police said.

    A third Chicago area Ditka’s Restaurant will open this summer at the Trackside Off-Track Betting facility on the grounds of Arlington International Racecourse. The full-service restaurant will include space for private dining and banquets, officials said.

    Ditka’s Restaurant opening at Arlington Trackside

    A third Chicago area location of Ditka's Restaurant will open in Arlington Heights this summer on the grounds of Arlington International Racecourse, officials said Wednesday. “I’m very happy to be involved with Arlington. They do things in a first-class manner,” Ditka said. “I can’t think of a better location than Trackside at Arlington."


    Stevenson sophomores honored:

    Stevenson High School sophomores Kaitlin Feely and Jonah Rawitz are among 24 students in the state nominated the third annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards.


    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.


    Spending cut in Lindenhurst budget:

    Lindenhurst officials this week approved a 2014-15 budget that cut operating spending by 4.2 percent.


    Home buy and sell seminar:

    A free no obligation Real Estate Home Buyer & Seller Seminar is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Golf Farm, 2100 Route 12, Wauconda.

    Arthur Manning

    Ex-carnival worker gets 25 years in 2008 St. Charles stabbing

    A former carnival worker was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday for the 2008 stabbing death of Naromi Mannery, 28. Arthur Manning, 62, was convicted of Mannery's death in 2009, but an appellate court reversed it. Manning, who told police in a taped statement that Mannery called him a racial slur and threw the first punch, was convicted again last December and faced up to 60 years in prison.

    Round Lake Area Exchange Club member Judy Armstrong talks to W.J. Murphy students about the replicas of historic documents featured in the Freedom Shrine dedicated Wednesday at the Round Lake Park school.

    Freedom Shrine of historic documents is dedicated at Murphy School

    W.J. Murphy Elementary School students watched the Freedom Shrine dedication of copies of historic documents Wednesday by the Round Lake Area Exchange Club. “The goal within the Exchange Club is to install Freedom Shrines throughout the community and public buildings, but especially in schools,” said Judy Armstrong, the club’s chairman for the Freedom Shrine.

    Joel Augustine

    Trial begins for Carol Stream man accused of molesting teen girls

    A registered sex offender from Carol Stream is standing trial this week on charges he molested two teenage girls, including one who was at his home for a sleepover. During Wednesday’s opening statements, Assistant State’s Attorney Ann Celine O’Hallaren said she intends to prove Joel Augustine, 36, routinely abused a now 16-year-old girl from the fall of 2009 until Oct. 11,...


    Durbin banks more than $6 million for re-election bid

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has banked more than $6 million for his 2014 re-election campaign. Durbin faces Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove in November. Durbin’s campaign released a summary Wednesday of its most recent campaign finance filing.

    This stop sign in the Warren Township complex just outside Gurnee has a light to warn drivers at night. Township officials this week voiced concern about pedestrian safety on the busy site, saying too many drivers are running stop signs.

    Warren Township frustrated with drivers ignoring stop signs

    Warren Township officials are trying to do something about what they say are too many drivers blowing off stop signs at the government complex just outside Gurnee. “I am telling you, it is just an accident waiting to happen,” Township Supervisor Suzanne Simpson said during a meeting this week.


    College readiness seminar in Hoffman Estates

    The Hoffman Estates Youth Commission will present a College Readiness Seminar and Scholarship Panel from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Hoffman Estates village hall, 1900 Hassell Road, to help residents understand and combat the ever-increasing costs of higher education. Learn about how families can get their children through college without any major out-of-pocket expenses or student...


    ‘Cupcakes for Autism’ at Conant H.S. April 26

    The Autism Society of Illinois is partnering with Conant High School’s student clubs for Cupcakes for Autism and Special Olympics, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the school, 700 E. Cougar Trail in Hoffman Estates. Cupcakes are $2 each or $20 for 12. There also will be free entertainment, crafts, face painting, a DJ for dancing, balloon artist, meet-and-greet with the band 7th...


    Bears’ Charles Tillman hosting bowling fundraiser in Rosemont

    Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is hosting a celebrity bowling tournament in Rosemont July 12 to raise funds for his foundation. The Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament will be held at Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports in Rosemont’s entertainment district. Since 2012, the event has raised more than $320,000 for the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation.


    Railroad updates in Wheaton will require lights, noise

    Union Pacific Railroad crews will be working during the day and night between Friday, April 25, and Sunday, April 27, to do some signal system updates at the College Avenue control point.

    Grant Muren

    Bail reduction denied in Naperville murder case

    Defense attorneys argued Wednesday that the $2 million bail for a 21-year-old man accused of killing his new Naperville roommate is oppressive and unreasonable because their client acted in self-defense. However, the bail will stand, as Grant Muren likely has a “problem with alcohol consumption” and poses a considerable threat to the public, DuPage County Circuit Judge Kathryn...

    Donald Schaefer

    Plea deal possible for man accused in Gurnee Youth Baseball theft

    The attorney for a man accused of stealing more than $80,000 from Gurnee Youth Baseball said he expects a plea deal in the case in the coming weeks. Donald Schaefer, 52, of the 17000 block of West Windslow Drive in unincorporated Lake County, was charged theft over $10,000 but under $100,000.


    Body found on Lake Michigan beach

    Authorities in western Michigan are working with police in surrounding states to identify a man’s body found on a remote Lake Michigan beach. The Muskegon Chronicle reports that an autopsy Wednesday has determined the dead man was black and had tattoos of a pyramid and a half-moon with a star across his left chest.


    Health benefits for future Naperville councils still uncertain

    The Naperville City Council has taken a step toward eliminating health insurance for council members and mayors as the debate about benefits for elected officials continues. A set of proposals could nearly double council salaries and remove health insurance benefits but allow members to purchase health insurance at full cost. “I think the best way is to wrap everything we receive into an...

    Douglas P. Haynes

    Lindenhurst man charged with possession of sawed-off shotgun

    A Lindenhurst man was charged with unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun after a traffic stop in Antioch. Douglas Haynes, 32, was also in possession of a controlled substance, police said.


    Addiction experts: Cuts could hurt drug treatment

    Addiction experts say thousands of Illinois residents could lose drug treatment services if a temporary tax increase expires later next year. State Rep. Lou Lang has started a task force to look at legislative ways to help treatment systems.


    ComEd seeks rate hike for Smart Grid

    ComEd wants another rate increase to help offset the costs of modernizing Illinois’ electric grid. The company on Wednesday filed a rate request with the Illinois Commerce Commission, asking permission to collect an addition $275 million in delivery charges. The increase would cost residential customers about $3 per month extra starting in January 2015.


    Astellas to pay $7.3 million settlement

    The U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday that an Northbrook-based pharmaceutical company will pay $7.3 million to resolve allegations involving the marketing of the drug Mycamine.


    Lake Shore Drive reopened after suspicious package

    Police investigating a suspicious package on Chicago’s famed Lake Shore Drive have reopened the roadway. Police did not immediately say what was in the package.

    The Assemblymen Gospel Quartet will perform April 27 at a free picnic offered by Victory Rock Fellowship.

    Victory Rock Fellowship to host free community picnic, concert

    Victory Rock Fellowship will be hosting a free picnic and concert starting at 4 p.m. April 27. This picnic will be immediately followed up by a concert featuring the Assemblymen Gospel Quartet.

    Bill Nye, host of the Emmy-winning 1990s television show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” said he underestimated the impact of a February 2014 debate in Kentucky on evolution and creationism that drew a massive online audience.

    Nye underestimated evolution debate impact

    TV’s “Science Guy” Bill Nye said he underestimated the impact of a February debate in Kentucky on evolution and creationism that drew a massive online audience. Nye debated at The Creation Museum with its founder Ken Ham.

    At the recent 65th Annual FBLA State Competition, 32 Wauconda High School FBLA Chapter members qualified for national competition in Nashville.

    Wauconda FBLA shines at state competition

    The Wauconda High School FBLA Chapter was outstanding in the 65th Annual FBLA State Competition on March 28 and 29 in Springfield. Wauconda High School had 90 students compete and 71 came home with top 10 awards.

    Juan Carlos Hernandez, 39, of Naperville, receives the Fire Chief’s Award from Naperville Chief Mark Puknaitis for his efforts to help evacuate residents of an apartment building that caught fire March 20.

    Naperville man honored for evacuating burning building

    A Naperville man who entered a burning apartment building to attempt to put out the fire and help residents evacuate has been honored for his actions. Juan Carlos Hernandez, 39, banged on doors of the apartment building at 108 Douglas Street after it caught fire about 11:30 p.m. March 20. "My heart told me ‘you’ve got to help people save lives,’” Hernandez said.

    Joe Barkei of the Batavia Public Works Department removes snow drifts in January from Millview Drive that had covered the street parking.

    Winter blows Batavia snow removal budget for 2014

    Winter put a $239,000 beatdown on the Batavia budget for street department overtime, double time and contracts related to removing snow and ice, according to a report made to the city council Tuesday.

    Tyrone Readus

    Cops: Man arrested after trying to report drug dealer

    Tyrone Readus called an emergency dispatcher to report a man tried to sell marijuana to him, but Round Lake Park police said he and the accused dealer wound up being arrested.


    GLASA to host event to evaluate paralympic athletes for Team USA

    Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association announced today that it will be hosting a Gateway to Gold talent identification event on April 27 in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee.

    Robert Barnett

    Gold Medal Gala introduces literacy initiatives

    The Waukegan Public Library is celebrating its Institute of Museum and Library Services win with a Gold Medal Gala at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Glen Flora Country Club in Waukegan.

    Bartlett officials are expected to hire a consult to create a redevelopment plan for the downtown and study whether the area is eligible for another tax increment financing district.

    Bartlett to study downtown revelopment proposal

    Bartlett plans to hire a consultant to study whether the village can establish another tax increment financing district downtown. The last TIF district raised $20 million over more than two decades towards improvements to the downtown, but officials say there's still work to be done in the area.

    Rolling Meadows firefighters might have new homes if the city council goes through with plans to build two new stations.

    Rolling Meadows plans two new fire stations

    With a 4-3 vote the Rolling Meadows City Council reached a preliminary decision Tiesday to build two new fire stations -- starting with moving the downtown station to the east side of town near New Wilke and Central roads. Eventually the second station would also be moved under the scenario selected. “The majority of the community is going to be better off,” said Alderman Brad Judd of...


    Arlington Heights planning community bike ride

    Arlington Heights is planning its first community bike ride through the village's streets and bike paths this summer. The ride, tentatively scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14, will include a 12-mile route and a shorter, 2-mile or 3-mile route for families with small children.


    New life in spring reminds us of God’s resurrection power

    Watching creation emerge all around us gives us a glimpse of the awe and wonder of resurrection power available to change our hearts, minds, and lives.


    Schaumburg recycling event set for April 19

    To celebrate Earth Day, the village of Schaumburg Environmental Committee, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 and Schaumburg Township District Library are co-hosting their annual recycling event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the District 54 administration office, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. There is no cost to participate.

    Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square. A particularly jovial Francis hopped off his white, open-air car Wednesday to greet a group of fifth-graders and asked if any of them wanted to take a spin through the square. Francis picked 11-year-olds Livio Bastianelli and Davide Maria Bianchi.

    Pope gives a lift to 2 kids in St. Peter’s Square

    Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square. A particularly jovial Francis hopped off his white, open-air car Wednesday to greet a group of fifth-graders. Seemingly joking, Francis asked if any of them wanted to take a spin through the square. Francis picked 11-year-olds Livio Bastianelli and Davide Maria Bianchi and the two hopped...

    South Korean coast guard officers try to rescue passengers from a ferry sinking in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hourslong rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.

    Images: South Korean ferry sinks
    A ferry boat has sunk off the coast of South Korea. 164 passengers have been rescued but divers are searching the waters for the nearly 300 people wo are missing.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole the catalytic converter between March 27 and April 2 from five Chevrolet Cavaliers and a Pontiac Sunfire in parking lots on the 900 block of Ridge Square, 900 block of Jefferson Square, and 400 and 900 blocks of Perrie Drive, all in Elk Grove Village. Value was estimated at $3,500.

    Wearing an Iron Man costume, Max Vertin, 7, from Hastings, Neb., floats in a wind tunnel simulating free fall, during a day hosted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation at SkyVenture Colorado in Lone Tree, Colo., south of Denver, on Tuesday April 15, 2014. Vertin suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare disease affecting him and his two brothers, causing their muscles to slowly deteriorate.

    Boy gets his wish to fly like Iron Man

    Seven-year-old Max Vertin has a disease that is weakening his muscles, but not his imagination. Make-A-Wish Colorado says Max, who loves to pretend to fly like a superhero, soared Tuesday at an indoor sky diving facility near Denver called SkyVenture Colorado. The Nebraska boy donned a yellow-and-red Iron Man costume and red helmet and broad smile for his wind tunnel adventure.

    A group of people hold signs protesting the New York Police Department’s program of infiltrating and informing on Muslim communities during a rally near police headquarters in New York. The NYPD confirmed Tuesday it disbanded the special intelligence unit that monitored Muslim communities in New York and New Jersey.

    End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

    Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism threats, but they said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place.

    Some schools have banned leggings outright. Others have set limits. Haven Middle School in Evanston took what turned out to be a contentious stand: If you wear leggings, you need to have a shirt or skirt over them that reaches at least down to your fingertips.

    Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

    They’re called leggings — popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others. Younger girls often wear them as pants with little fuss. But as those same girls approach middle school, leggings have become a clothing accessory that’s increasingly controversial — and seemingly, the favorite new target of the school dress code.


    College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

    Sample questions for the new version of the college-entrance test were released on Wednesday by the College Board, which announced last month that the new test will include real-world applications and require more analysis. Students will also be asked to cite evidence to show their understanding of texts.

    An Illyushin Il-76 prepares to land at Perth International Airport, Australia, after a search mission Wednesday trying to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

    Sub makes 2nd dive to search for Malaysian plane

    As a robotic submarine dived into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person. The Bluefin 21 sub surfaced early for the second time in as many missions, this time after experiencing technical difficulties. It was sent back into the water after its data were...

    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the media Wednesday after an NATO Ambassadors Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels. NATO says it’s reinforcing its military presence on eastern border on sea, land and in the air.

    NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

    NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the alliance’s chief said Wednesday. Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO’s air policing aircraft will fly more sorties over the Baltic region and allied ships will deploy to the Baltic Sea, the eastern Mediterranean and elsewhere if...

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, speaks with reporters about gun control at the Capitol in Washington. A year after the Senate scuttled President Barack Obama’s drive for new firearms restrictions, congressional gun control supporters are significantly winnowing their 2014 legislative agenda. That’s because of a lack of Senate votes, opposition by the Republican-run House and Democratic worries about this November’s elections. Reid says he needs additional votes before revisiting a proposed expansion of gun sale background checks that the Senate derailed in April 2013.

    A year after background check defeat, modest goals

    WASHINGTON — Democratic worries about this November’s elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama’s effort to pass new curbs on firearms.


    Unclaimed remains of 3 veterans to be inurned

    INDIANAPOLIS — The unclaimed remains of veterans of the Civil War and both World Wars that were discovered in the vaults of a funeral home group will be inurned next week in a northeastern Indiana cemetery.


    Illinois strip club tax brings in less revenue

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials say a strip club tax has generated less than 40 percent of the money that was expected when the surcharge was approved.


    Document shredding days scheduled across Wisconsin

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau is hosting special events at three locations across the state where people can shred sensitive documents to prevent identity theft.There were more than 3,600 reported identity theft complaints in Wisconsin in 2013. Government documents or benefits were the most common type of identity theft, followed by credit card fraud.


    7 Wisconsin districts get $3.2M in federal grants

    MILWAUKEE — Seven Wisconsin school districts have been awarded a total of $3.2 million in federal grants to help them expand their nutrition and physical-education programs.


    Man admits igniting estranged wife’s apartment

    BENTON, Ill. — A southern Illinois man faces a July sentencing after pleading guilty to felony charges linked to his alleged attempt to kill his estranged wife in a fire.


    Prosecutors ask to use Smith statements at trial

    Prosecutors want to tell jurors about the alleged incriminating comments state Rep. Derrick Smith made to authorities as they questioned him about supposedly taking a bribe.


    $26M loan pool to rehab vacant rentals in Chicago

    Around a dozen private lenders have contributed to a $26 million loan pool that will finance the rehabilitation of vacant rental properties in Chicago.The program is meant to help neighborhoods recover from the recession and housing crisis, which hit parts of the city particularly hard. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the program Tuesday.


    Chicago announces drop in youth smoking rates

    New survey data show fewer Chicago high school students are smoking than ever before.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office released the city’s data on Tuesday, ahead of a national report expected in June from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


    Scammers using fake U.S. Postal Service emails

    SPRINGFIELD — Consumer advocates say scammers are using bogus U.S. Postal Service emails to steal personal information.


    Woman who used cocaine before crash avoids prison

    GREENFIELD, Ind. — A central Indiana woman is avoiding prison after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of cocaine when she caused a crash that killed her husband.A Hancock County judge on Tuesday ordered that 30-year-old Rebecca Garner of Greenfield serve four years on work release or home detention, followed by four years of probation.


    Baby born after deadly crash united with mother

    INDIANAPOLIS — A central Indiana woman who gave birth hours after she was badly hurt in a crash that killed her husband has been united with her daughter.Baby Autumn Sperry was released Tuesday from Riley Hospital for Children to her grandparents, who took her to the rehabilitation center where 22-year-old Rebecca Sperry is recovering from the April 6 crash.


    Fraternity misconduct investigated at Marquette

    MILWAUKEE — Marquette University officials have issued a warning to three fraternities following allegations of sexual misconduct. Student affairs assistant vice president Marya Leatherwood says the Delta Chi, Sigma Phi Delta and Triangle chapters are under notice. In addition Sigma Delta Phi has been warned about hazing.


    Purdue to dedicate bust of 2010 Nobel laureate

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A bronze sculpture of Purdue University’s most recent Nobel laureate will be unveiled this week alongside a sculpture of the school’s first Nobel Prize winner.


    Man killed in South Bend while possibly on bike

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Police in South Bend say a man was fatally shot in the head while possibly riding a bike on a city street.Officers investigating gunfire about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday found the man down on the street in a neighborhood on the city’s northwest side. A bicycle was found near the man.


    Officials: Save Monarch butterfly, plant milkweed

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials are asking residents to help increase Monarch butterfly populations by planting and preserving milkweed. Scientists have noted the official state insect has been dwindling in numbers on its wintering grounds in Mexico since the 1990s.


    New conservation areas along waters open Friday

    INDIANAPOLIS — Almost 1,900 acres of land in conservation areas in southern and western Indiana are set to open to the public.The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the acreage along Sugar Creek and the Wabash and Muscatatuck (mus-CAT’-ah-tuk) Rivers will open Friday.

    Grayslake North High School senior Yanni Gaglos celebrates after his key started the 2012 Fiat 500C Tuesday through the Operation Click program during a ceremony at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer. Students were chosen from area high schools based on a list of requirements, grades, and pledges of safe driving who then were given a key for a chance to win the car.

    Dawn Patrol: Pedophile gets 50 years; safe driving gets two teens cars

    Des Plaines pedophile gets 50 years in prison. Huntley teen who crashed SUV doesn't have a license. Elk Grove, Grayslake North teens win cars for safe driving. Tea Party members in St. Charles call for GOP takeover. Elgin, Huntley see benefits to Amtrak service to Rockford.

    Geoff Deigan

    Prairie Crossing charter renewed but must diversify

    Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake was criticized for lacking student diversity before narrowly receiving approval to operate another five years from a state commission. Prairie Crossing's charter renewal came with two conditions in an effort to boost diversity. “When they first started this thing, a lot of people were kind of leery of this environmental thing,” one...

    A proposal to buy the Thomle Building at 2 E. Wilson St. from the city of Batavia has fallen through.

    Developer withdraws plan to buy Batavia building

    A proposal to take the Thomle Building off the City of Batavia's hands has fallen through. The would-be owners wanted to combine the riverside building with the one next door, but couldn't reach an agreement with the owner of that building, according to City Administrator Bill McGrath.

    Bill Palmer addresses his students in his Resources in Interpersonal Communications class at Barrington High School. Palmer dropped out of Barrington High 46 years ago and uses his experience to help his students avoid making the same mistake he did.

    Barrington High educator goes from dropout to teacher

    When Bill Palmer tells the at-risk students he teaches and counsels at Barrington High School that he understands where they are coming from, they should believe him — because when he was their age, he dropped out of Barrington High School. “I don't know if being a teacher anywhere else would have given me that same sense of belonging, meaning and purpose from helping young...

    Naperville City Council on Tuesday night approved a $1.8 million contract for the purchase of recycling carts to be delivered this summer. Residents will be able to choose one of three sizes of carts: 32-gallon, 65-gallon, left, or 95-gallon, right.

    Recycling carts coming to Naperville this summer

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    The fate of their jobs remains unknown, but Wauconda’s police dispatchers received 2-percent pay raises on Tuesday.

    Julian Perez of Roselle is seeking permission from Bloomingdale to open a gun range along Circle Avenue, just north of Lake Street.

    Bloomingdale gun range plan rejected by panel

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    In this photo provided by the Chicago Fire, Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee celebrates his goal during the second half of an MLS soccer game against the Montreal Impact, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 in Bridgeview, Ill. The Fire and Impact tied 2-2. (AP Photo/Chicago Fire, Brian Kersey)

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    Senior Alec Garwood and sophomore Paulie Bischoff are a shining example of Glenbard West boys volleyball teamwork.


    Softball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*St. Charles East 18, East Aurora 0St. Charles East 760 23 —18-18-0Home 000 000 0 —0-0-22B: SCE: Cheatham, Kolb, Meadows; 3B: SCE: Hupe, Cheatham; WP: Latoria; LP: .*wauconda 8, antioch 5Antioch 000 012 2 —5-8-2Wauconda 005 030 X —8-10-22B: Wauc: Wedl.3B: Ant: Skoog; Wauc: Ricci.HR: Ant: Tyrell; Wauc: Wedl.WP: Wedl; LP: Cook.*mundelein 8, lake forest 4Mundelein 121 004 0 —8-11-3Lake Forest 103 000 0 —4-1-12B: Mun: Zazas.3B: Mun: Diaz, DeVito.WP: Hemmer; LP: Dueringer.*WARREN 10, STEVENSON 0 (5 inn.)Stevenson 000 00 —0-4-2Warren 014 41 —10-15-02B: Stev: Morgan.HR: Warr: Scott 2, Hurd.WP: Wagner; LP: Peterson.*crystal lake central 8, grayslake north 3Crystal Lake Central 103 301 0 —8-13-0Grayslake North 002 001 0 —3-8-02B: CLC: Tuszynski, O’Keefe, Moore, Vaughn, Switalia. WP: O’Keefe; LP: Livengood.*LIBERTYVILLE 5, LAKE ZURICH 4Lake Zurich 001 101 1 —4-7-2Libertyville 002 003 0 —5-4-12B: LZ: Larson, Parsons. 3B: LZ: Schroeder; Lib: Katz.HR: LZ: Guercio.WP: Alban; LP: Schneider.*VERNON HILLS 16, NORTH CHICAGO 0 (5 INN.)North Chicago 000 00 —0-2-3Vernon Hills 444 4X —16-22-02B:VH: Cirone, Saliba. WP: Stern; LP: Collin.West Chicago 13, Larkin 0 *Neuqua Valley 15, Streamwood 0 (5 Inn.)Streamwood 000 00 -0-3-4Neuqua Valley 028 5x -15-14-02B: NV — O’Brien, Hill, Lange 3.HR: NV — Lange.WP: Catalano; LP: Hedger.*Jacobs 7, Crystal Lake South 6CL South 111 012 0 -6-10-1Jacobs 300 102 1 -7-8-42B: CLS — Kassel, Fater; J — Murray, Belo.3B: J — Belo.HR: J — Borg.WP: Peters; LP: Massie.*Hampshire 11, Woodstock North 0 (5 Inn.)Hampshire 902 00 -11-14-0Woodstock N. 000 00 -0-0-12B: H — Snider, Lapi, Sujet.3B: H — Finn, DeChant.WP: Widmayer; LP: Butler.*McHenry 11, Cary-Grove 2Cary-Grove 000 011 0 -2-9-1McHenry 123 023 x -11-15-2LP: Zasadil.*Montini 11, St. Edward 1 (5 Inn.)Montini 404 30 -11-18-1St. Edward 000 10 -1-4-32B: M — Bukovsky 3, Evans; STE — Scully.3B: M — Barrett.HR: M — Lezcano; STE — Zdroik.WP: Trojnar; LP: Zdroik.*PRairie Ridge 13, Huntley 3 (6 INN.) Huntley 200 100 -3-8-3Prairie Ridge 007 303 -13-15-12B: PR — Bowman, E. Doomis. HR: H — Spannraft. WP: Baker; LP: Spannraft.*St. Charles North 3, Bartlett 2 St. Charles N. 003 000 0 -3-5-2Bartlett 000 000 2 -2-9-32B: B — Haberstich.WP: Rabin; LP: Pagan.*Elgin 8, South Elgin 3 Elgin 313 010 0 -8-11-1South Elgin 201 000 0 -3-4-12B: SE — Buddle; E — Eckholm. HR: E — Bremer, Perryman. WP: Perryman (3-1); LP: Allen (2-5).*Addison Trail 11, Morton 10HR: Muell, Cooney, Marinelli. WP: Marinelli *Glenbard West 7, Hinsdale South 0Glenbard West 101 121 2 —7-14-1Hinsdale South 000 000 0 —0-2-4HR: GW: Terwilliger. LP: Kern. WP: Langtry. *Neuqua Valley 15, Streamwood 0Streamwood 000 00 —0-3-2Neuqua Valley 028 5X —15-15-02B: NV: Lange 3; O’Brien, Hill, Gale. HR: NV: Lange. WP: Catalano (2-1); LP: Hedger.*Montini 11, St. Edward 1Montini 404 30 —11-18-1St. Edward 000 10 —1-4-32B: M: Bukovsky 3, Eavns. SE: Scully. 3B: M: Barrett; HR: M: Lezcano. SE: Zroik. WP: Trojnar; LP: Zdroik.*Batavia 19, Metea Valley 5Batavia 302 122 9 —19-26-0Metea Valley 003 020 0 —5-12-32B: B: Rokos, Peercy 2, Zufan, Lovestrand, Galas 2, Cruz. MV: Perna. 3B: B: Galas. HR: MV: Leckinger. WP: Lovestrand; LP: Hall.*Downers Grove South 2, Wheaton Warrenville South 0Downers South 000 000 2 —2-7-1WW South 000 000 0 —0-1-1WP: Burisch (6-0); LP: Blair.*


    Girls track: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*team scoresWillowbrook 75, Hersey 69, Addison Trail 64, Schaumburg 60.Individual placewinners3200 relay: Willowbrook 9:56.7; Schaumburg 10:17.0; Hersey 10:21.6; 400 relay: Addison Trail 51.90; Schaumburg 55.78; Willowbrook 57.44; 3200: Falsey (Sch) 11:35.91; Bowes (Hers) 11:54.0; O’Connell (Sch) 12:13.22; 110 high hurdles: Kroll (AT) 16.84; Schonder (AT) 17.06; Morales (Hers) 17.50; 100: Smith (AT) 12.68; Kelly (Sch) 21.86; Frobel (Wbk) 13.12; 800: Kraces (Wbk) 2.27.0; Denicco (Wbk) 2.31.0; Fugiel (Hers) 2:36.0; 800 relay: Addison trail 1:47.8; Hersey 1:56.2; Willowbrook 2:03.20; 400: Burton (Wbk) 1:00.8; Banuelos (AT) 1:01.8; Pola (Sch) 1:04.8; 300 int. hurdles: Morales (Hers) 51.4; Kaepplinger (Hers) 53.6; Enescu (Wbk) 54.7; 1600: Gutt (Sch) 5:18.3; Jones (Wbk) 5:30.19; Lipewski (Sch) 5:43.4; 200: Kroll (AT) 26.4; Kelly (Sch) 27.4; Fotos (Hers) 28,7; 1600 relay: Willowbrook 4:10.2; Hersey 4:24.9; Schaumburg 4:25.3; Long jump: Kelly (Sch) 16-7.5; Paolis (Hers) 15-1.75; Schonder (AT) 14-6; High jump: Sparks (Wbk) 4-6; Villalobos (AT) 4-4; Hurtado (AT) 4-4; Triple jump: Smith (AT) 35-1; Ginacior (Hers) 30-3.25; Nikewicz (Hers) 3-0; Shotput: Stills (Wbk) 34-4.25; Legan (Sch) 34-3.5; Powell (Wbk) 33-9; Discus: Stills (Wbk) 111-1; Dennicio (Wbk) 103-2; Raterello (Hers) 91-6.*


    Girls soccer: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*wauconda 2, round lake 0Wauconda 0 2 —2Round Lake 0 0 —0Wauconda — Mantis, Guzik (Magiera).Goalkeepers — Wauc: Magiera (1 save).*ANTIOCH 1, VERNON HILLS 1Antioch 0 1 —1Vernon Hills 0 1 —1Scoring — Ant: Abbeduto; VH: Koczwara (Andrea).*LAKE PARK 2, MUNDELEIN 2Lake Park 0 2 —2Mundelein 2 0 —2Scoring — LP: Barnhisel-Tolemy, Adelman (Harris); Mund: Cancelli (Nambo), S. Carroll (Cancelli). Goalkeepers — LP: Thorne (8 saves); Mund: Nensel (4 saves).*Neuqua Valley 3, Bartlett 0Neuqua Valley 2 1 —3Bartlett 0 0 —0NV: Ciesiulka (Fullreide); Ciesla (Fullreide); Gareis (Georgeff). Goalkeepers — NV: Parrish (3). B: Lozada (15 saves). *Crystal Lake South 3, marian Central 0Crystal Lake South 3 0 —3Marian Central 0 0 —0Scoring — CLS — Massat (Gaede), Mraz (UA), Minogue (Miceli). Goalkeepers — CLS — Przybylski (3 saves). *Benet 4, Joliet Catholic 0Benet 2 2 —4Joliet Catholic 0 0 —0Scoring — B: Elder (Morefield); Hennessy (McCarthy); Morefield (Kaufman); McCarthy (Tsouchlos). Goalkeepers — B: Stopka*Buffalo Grove 2, Schaumburg 0Buffalo Grove 2 0 —2Schaumburg 0 0 —0Buffalo Grove — K.Zickert 2.Goalkeepers — Sch: Ardagh (10 saves); BG: O’Connor (2 saves).*conant 3, prospect 2Conant 2 1 —3Prospect 1 1 —2Conant — Wentzel 2, Celarek.*palatine 1, elk grove 0Elk Grove 0 0 —0Palatine 1 0 —1Palatine — Soukup (Iacullo, Fillian).Goalkeepers — EG: Solorio.*


    Girls water polo: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Hinsdale Central 7, Waubonsie Valley 5Waubonsie Valley 2 0 2 1 —5Hinsdale Central 1 1 2 3 —7Scoring — HC: Daboer 1, Relias 3, Gates 3. Goalkeepers — Dunn (10)*Hersey 13, Rolling Meadows 3Hersey 3 5 4 1 —13Rolling Meadows 3 0 0 1 2 — 3Hersey — Hoffman 2, Lippstreuer, Curtis 3, Lutz 2, Lindholm 2, Wenteslau, Rodian 1.Rolling Meadows — Pletch, Hollobod, Nilol.Goalkeepers — Hers: Curtis 3, RM: Zaducco 3.*palatine 13, fremd 3Palatine 2 4 4 3 —14Fremd 1 0 2 0 — 3Palatine — Chumbook 7, Wojtas 5 (3 assists), O’Brien.Fremd — Hoffman, Carlson, Younker.Goalkeepers — Pal: Butler (10 saves).*


    Boys volleyball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*LAKE ZURICH D. LAKE FOREST 25-23, 19-25, 25-23Serving — LZ: Bush 1 ace, Orchard 1 ace; Attacking — LZ: Savio 17 kills, Meyer 11 kills, Sweetwood 7 kills, Gaide 3 kills, Gilberton 2 kills; Setting — LZ: Bush 36 assists; Digs — LZ: Doherty 12, Savio 8, LoGalbo 7, Bush 6, Orchard 3; Blocks — LZ: Gaide 3, Bush 2, Gilberton.*vernon hills d. lakes 25-18, 25-14Serving — VH: Bennett 15-17 (4 aces), Heinz 7-7 (1 ace), Spiglanin 5-7 (1 ace); Attacking — VH: Heinz 16-18 (12 klils), Spiglanin 7-8 (5 kills), Turner 5-6 (4 kills), Small 3-3 (2 kills); Lks: Solbrig 8 kills, Galat 3 kills, Jewell 1 kill, Brodde 1 kill, Halberg 1 kill; Setting — Bennett 34-34 (19 assists); Lks: Jewell 12 assists; Digs — VH: Bennett 7, Weinberg 4, DeBoer 3; Blocks — VH: Small 3, Spiglanin 3, Turner 2; Lks: Solbrig 2.*STEVENSON D. NORTH CHICAGO 25-11, 25-18Serving — Stev: Maleski 7 aces, Wang 4 aces; Attacking — Stev: Herman 8 kills, Maleski 3 kills, Cliffer 2 kills, Kesner 2 kills, Leonard 2 kills, Maskalunas 2 kills; Setting — Stev: Creevy 10 assists, Wang 7 assists; Digs — Stev: Park 6, Leonard 3, Kesner 3, Creevy 2, Chang 2, Maleski 2; Blocks — Stev: Leonard 2.*zion-benton d. libertyville 22-25, 25-10, 32-30Attacking — Lib: Akers 20-24 (10 kills), Laska 12-14 (6 kills), McCormack 10-11 (4 kills), Spence 4-4 (3 kills), Feely 4-8 (2 kills), Hauser 5-6 (1 kill); Digs — Lib: Akers 13, Laska 2; Blocks — Lib: Feely 5, Hauser 3, Akers 3, Spence 3, McCormack 2.*mundelein d. grant 25-21, 25-15Serving —Mund: Everding 11-12 (2 aces), Nelson 12-12, Fiore 11-11; Grt: Lundman 7-7 (2 aces); Attacking —Mund: Fiore 8-9 (5 kills), Tkachuk 11-12 (4 kills), Nelson 10-15 (4 kills), Lake 11-13 (4 kills), Ramer 8-9 (4 kills), Everding 6-7 (3 kills); Grt: Lundman 21-22 (4 kills); Setting — Mund: Everding 52-53 (16 assists); Grt: Catinella 32-34 (6 assists); Digs — Mund: Langlie 15, Nelson 11, Everding 7, Fiore 6, Lake 6; Grt: Fischer 5, Castillo 5; Blocks — Mund: Ramer 3, Tkachuk 3, Fiore, Everding.*Westminster Christian d. St. Edward 25-22, 25-22. Westminster Christian — Hopp (4 kills), Logan (4 kills). *Glenbard West d. St. Patrick 25-13, 25-20Glenbard West — Garwood (12 assists, 2 digs, 1 kill, 1 ace); Bischoff (11 assists, 1 dig); Blane (6 kills, 1 dig); Nagle (5 kills, 1 block, 1 dig); Kotsakis (5 kills, 2 blocks); Scruggs (4 kills, 1 block); Smith (2 kills, 1 block); Roberts (5 digs, 1 ace); Roberts (5 digs, 1 ace).St. Patrick — Berg (6 kills, 4 blocks); Kolovitz (6 kills); Due (4 kills); Rosenbusch (15 assists); Kimsey (2 blocks). *Metea Valley d. St. Charles North 23-25, 25-20, 25-15Metea Valley — Miller (2 kills, 4 aces, 2 blocks, 36 assists, 12 digs); Wieland (14 kills, 1 block, 8 digs); Luckinbill (13 kills, 3 aces, 4 digs); Lopez (6 kills, 3 blocks); McKinney (4 kills, 2 blocks).*St. Francis d. Riverside-Brookfield 25-8, 25-14St. Francis — Jendryk (6 kills, 8 blocks); Churney (7 kills, 1 block); Denny (4 kills, 1 block); Smith(18 assists); .*Wheaton North d. Downers Grove North 25-19, 25-23wheaton North — Clark (9 kills); Mullinger (4 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig); Bowen (19 assists, 2 kills, 1 block, 2 digs, 1 ace); Bianco (9 digs, 3 assists). *Barrington d. Hoffman Estates 25-11, 25-16Attack: HE: Wrobel 2-4, Stacy 9-9 k, Lugo 7-9 k, Rodheim 7-8 3k, Ley 1-1, Girard 2-3 2k, Ehlers 1-3 k; Serving: HE: Orozco 6-6, Stacy 3-3, Lugo 6-6, Rodheim 2-2, Ley 2-2, Patel 4-6, Woo 1-2; Setting: HE: Wrobel 4-4, Stacy 7-7 2 ast, Patel 22-22 4 ast, Woo 3-3: Digs: HE: Orozco 6, Wrobel 2, Stacy 5, Lugo 4, Roheim, Ley 2, Patel 8, Woo.*


    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Wheaton Co-op 156.4, Glenbard North 111.8Floor excercise: Sansone (W) 9.5; Cooperman (W) 9.3; MacDonald (W) 9.0. Pommel horse: MacDonald (W) 8.8; Sansone (W) 8.2; Modransky (W) 6.9. Still rings: MacDonald (W) 9.2; Sansone (W) 8.9; Ritchie (W) 7.5. Vault: MacDonald (W) 9.7; Sansone (W) 9.6; Meister (GW) 8.0. Parallel bars: MacDonald (W) 9.3; Sansone (W) 9.0; Marston (W) 8.5. Horizontal bar: MacDonald (W) 9.3; Sansone (W) 8.7; Cooperman (W) 7.7. All-around: MacDonald (W) 55.3; Sansone (W) 53.9*fremd 134.4, palatine 131.5Floor excercise: 1. Patton (Frm) 8.9, 2. Nigam (Pal) 8.7. Pommel horse: 1. Classon (Frm) 8.0, 2. Barnd (Frm) 7.6. Still rings: 1. Nigam (Pal) 7.7, 2. Yim (Frm) 7.3. Vault: 1. Nigam (Pal) 8.8, 2. Patton (Frm) 8.7. Parallel bars: 1. Nigam (Pal) 8.6, 2. Classon (Frm) 8.3. Horizontal bar: 1. Nigam (Pal) 6.8, 2. Roth (Frm) 6.4. All-around: 1. Nigam (Pal) 46.9, 2. Roth (Frm) 40.1.*Team scoresSchaumburg 134.8, Prospect 128.1, Hoffman Estates 127.8Floor excercise: Halbisch (Hoff) 9.2, 2. Sigler (Sch) 9.1, 3. Johnson (Hoff) 9.0; Pommel horse: 1. Larock (Pros) 7.2, 2. Pasia (Sch) 6.7, 3. Hashim (Hoff) 6.3; Still rings: 1. Senderak (Sch) 6.8, 2. Gonzalez (Sch) and Hardin (Sch) 6.7; Vault: 1. Johnson (Hoff) 9.0, 2. Backus (Pros) 8.7, 3. Larock (Pros) and Sigler (Sch) 8.6; Parallel bars: 1. Backus (Pros) 8.5, 2. Rice (Sch) 8.2, 3. Larock (Pros) 8.1; Horizontal bar: 1. Hardin (Sch) 7.1, 2. Larock (Pros) 6.6, 3. Reid (Sch) 6.5; All-around: 1. Larock (Pros) 45.0, 2. Johnson (Hoff) 42.5, 3. Backus (Pros) 42.1.JV — Schaumburg 121.9, Hoffman Estates 115.0, Prospect 103.2F-S — Hoffman 82.8, Schaumburg 80.5, Prospect 72.1


    Girls badminton: Wednesday’s scoreboard
    Wednesday’s results*STEVENSON 15, PALATINE 0Singles — No.1: To (Stev) d. Palmer 21-16, 22-20; No.2: Chen (Stev) d. Diep 21-13, 21-13; No.3: Schroeder (Stev) d. Gudvada 21-16, 21-8; No.4: Lui (Stev) d. Hank 21-7, 21-16; No.5: Onishchenko (Stev) d. Aguije 21-17, 21-12; No.6: Ling (Stev) d. Chan 21-10, 21-8; No.7: Xia (Stev) d. Mcnint 21-11, 21-17; No.8: Shanmugas (Stev) d. Jiminez 21-11, 21-12; No.9: Hu (Stev) d. Lorenzo 16-21, 21-13, 21-19; No.10. Wang (Stev) d. Stevenson 21-11, 21-8.Doubles — No.1: Schroeder/Lui (Stev) d. Guduida/Hank 21-15, 21-13; No.2: Shanmugas/Chen (Stev) d. Aguije/Dipp 21-11, 21-6; No.3: Ling/Xia (Stev) d. Palmer/Chon 21-19, 21-6; No.4: To/Hu (Stev) d. Jiminez/Manint 21-14, 21-8; No.5: Wang/Onishchenko (Stev) d. Lorenzo/Stevenson 21-18, 23-21.*


    Boys tennis: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*WAUCONDA 6, MARengo 1Singles — No. 1: Tyler (Wauc) d. VanVoorhees 6-1, 6-1; No. 2: Patel (Wauc) d. Opie 6-0, 6-1; No. 3: Briones (Wauc) d. Geuder 6-0, 6-1.Doubles — No. 1: Karsen/West (Mar) d. Schuetz/Heck 6-7, 6-3, 10-6; No. 2: Mattaliano/Caudle (Wauc) d. Diedrick/Courtney 6-2, 6-0; No. 3: Carroll/Carillo (Wauc) d. Heimen/Martin 6-0, 6-0; No. 4: Galves/Brannick (Wauc) d. Schmitt/Kengott 6-2, 6-4.*STEVENSON 7, LAKES 0Singles — No. 1: Bush (Stev) d. Severt 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Harvey (Stev) d. B. Thacker 6-1, 6-0; No. 3: Weisberg (Stev) d. K. Thacker 6-0, 6-0. Doubles — No. 1: Harvey/Komarov (Stev) d. Pooley/Mueller 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Maryniuk/Cheng (Stev) d. Burnett/Gajda 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Jaworski/Viswanathan (Stev) d. Forbes/Navarro 6-0, 6-0; No. 4: Pan/Kny (Stev) d. Nelson/Bradford 6-0, 6-0.*CARMEL 8, MUNDELEIN 0Singles — No. 1: Norek (Carm) d. Nicholson 6-2, 6-1; No. 2: Kappas (Carm) d. Neumann 6-1, 6-3; No. 3: Hadji (Carm) d. Dumblauskas 6-0, 6-0.Doubles — No. 1: Butler/Hendricks (Carm) d. Choubal/Butler 6-3, 6-2; No. 2: Zamaitis/Colbert (Carm) d. Koehler/Cornejo 6-2, 6-0; No. 3: Griffin/Verwijst (Carm) d. Turner/Chaichitatorn 6-0, 6-1; No. 4: Garrity/Paulson (Carm) d. Ko/Beltran 6-3, 4-6, 10-6*WARREN 6, YORK 3Singles — No. 1: Peterson (Yrk) d. Skradski 6-3, 6-0; No. 2: Riddle (Yrk) d. Ashley 6-3, 6-1; No. 3: Anant (Warr) d. Gongh 1-6, 6-2, 14-12; No. 4: Ghosh (Warr) d. Brasko 6-0, 6-2. Doubles — No. 1: Gudeman/Westerberg (Warr) d. Fite/Hagen 6-1, 6-3; No. 2: Seiler/Shah (Warr) d. Shostak/Kost 6-4, 6-1; No. 3: Camp/Molayal (Yrk) d. Cash/Danos 6-2, 7-6 (10-8); No. 4: Adamski/Topolewski (Warr) d. Patterson/Honeywell 6-4, 6-2; No. 5: Schindler/Haevers (Warr) d. Videckis/Doan 7-5, 6-4.*grayslake north 4, MCHENRY 3Singles — No. 1: M. Kizhakkadthu (GN) d. Condon 6-0, 2-6, 6-4; No. 2: J. Kizhakkadthu (GN) d. Panek 6-1, 6-0; No. 3: Forman (GN) d. McCann 6-3, 6-1. Doubles — No. 1: Higgen/Maher (McH) d. Z. Harmon/P. Harmon 6-2, 6-0; No. 2: Korstanje/Phillips (McH) d. Rice/Wonsil 2-6, 7-5, 6-3; No. 3: Gill/Lean (McH) d. Kottmer/Geary 7-6 (7-3), 6-4; No. 4: Sinclair/Gackle (GN) d. Kottke/Greve 7-5, 6-2.*Timothy Christian 5, Willowbrook 2Singles — No. 1: DeHaan (TC) d. Moore (W) 6-1, 6-2; No. 2: Rhiner (TC) d. Summers (W) 6-3, 6-2; No. 3: Martinez (W) d. Wells 7-6.Doubles — No. 1: Silvia/Hays (TC) d. Mares/Siddy (W) 6-4, 6-0; No. 2: DeVries/Psimoulis (TC) d. Draws/D’Allessandra (W) 6-2, 6-4; No. 3: VanderBrug/Veneva (TC) d. Labedi/Raza (W) 6-3, 6-0; No. 4: Johnson/Pauletti (W) d. Ditchfield/Kok (TC) 6-4, 6-4.*Glenbard East 5, Schaumburg 2Singles — No. 1: Early (S) d. Delawder (GE) 6-1, 6-2; No. 2: Alesia (GE) d. Cerado (S) 7-5, 6-2; No. 3: Nawloka (GE) d. Avila (S) 6-1, 6-1Doubles — No. 1: Nasti/Osburn (GE) d. Park/Patel (S) 6-0, 6-4; No. 2: Pascual/Kaylor (GE) d. Panatant, Shah (S) 7-6, 6-2; No. 3: Roth/Fragoso (GE) d. Lee/Su (S) 7-5, 6-3; No. 4: Gueara/Courtney (S) d. DiFino/Ekstrand (GE) 7-6, 2-6, 6-3.*St. Francis 4, Wheaton North 3Singles — No. 1: Kovatch (SF) d. Ros (WN) 6-2, 6-; No. 2: Chacko (SF) d. Brink (WN) 6-3, 6-3; No. 3: Corso (WN) d. Eichenberger (SF) 7-5, 6-2; No. 4: Hossu (WN) d. Thomas (SF) 6-1, 6-2. Doubles — No. 1: Armbrust/Dean (SF) d. Houlihan/Wojtyna (WN) 6-3, 6-3; No. 2: Markelz/Kulisz (SF) d. Lindquist/Tran (WN) 6-1, 0-6, 6-2; No. 3: Bass/Dama (WN) d. Wood/Lane (SF) 6-1, 6-4*Glenbard South 4, St. Viator 3Singles — No. 1: Borst (SV) d. Meade (GS) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1; No. 2: Neubauer (SV) d. Ciechowski (GS) 6-4, 6-4; No. 3: Trimarco (GS) d. Jodoin (SV) 6-1, 6-2. Doubles — No. 1: Abue/Nottoli (SV) d. Panjwani/Schwarz 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; No. 2: (GS) Harrington/Uvodich (GS) d. Madden/Jones (SV) 6-4, 6-1; No. 2: Gano/Choksi (GS) d. Stewart/Home (SV) 6-0. 6-2. No. 4: GS wins by forfeit. *


    Baseball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Kaneland 3, Rochelle 0Rochelle 000 000 0 —0-1-5Kaneland 030 000 X —3-4-22B: K: Carlson.WP: Holubecki (2-1, 5 IP, 1H, 4W, 10K); LP: Joyce.Kaneland: 4-3, 1-0*GRAYSLAKE NORTH 8, PRAIRIE RIDGE 7 Prairie Ridge 000 151 0 —7-8-1Grayslake North 300 320 X —8-6-22B: GN: Zalewski; PR: Slack, Beurisch. HR: GN: Petrillo.WP: McHugh; LP: Burris.*MUNDELEIN 1, WARREN 0Mundelein 001 000 0 —1Warren 000 000 0 —02B: Mund: Parola. WP: Turner; LP: Hill.*WAUCONDA 6, ROUND LAKE 3Round Lake 000 300 0 —3-5-4Wauconda 006 000 X —6-6-22B: Wauc: Lovelle. WP: Peterson; LP: Newman.*LIBERTYVILLE 5, LAKE FOREST 4Libertyville 002 210 0 —5-6-2Lake Forest 020 002 0 —4-11-32B: Lib: Skoug; LF: Kauss, JR Reimer. WP: Barton; S: Grant; LP: Keaton.*LAKE ZURICH 12, ZION-BENTON 1 (5 INN.)Zion-Benton 001 00 —1-4-2Lake Zurich 542 1X —12-11-12B: LZ: Neises, Wagner, Vanstedum; Z-B: Ramirez.HR: LZ: Wagner.WP: Zoibi; LP: Zaremba.*GRANT 20, NORTH CHICAGO 0 (5 inn.)North Chicago 000 00 —0-1-4Grant 776 0X —20-12-0WP: Stone.*VERNON HILLS 5, ANTIOCH 12B: VH: Freibrun.WP: Newman; LP: Stava.*Huntley 12, Crystal Lake Central 2 (5 Inn.)Huntley 303 24 -12-13-1CL Central 000 02 -2-5-32B: H — Sullivan 4, Symbal.3B: H — Altergott.WP: Costantino.*Lisle 6, Westminster Christian 5Wesminster C. 200 111 0 -5-8-1Lisle 200 001 3 -6-9-12B: WC — Angiulo, Mueller; L — Coppin.WP: Loncosole; LP: DeHaan.*St. Edward 14, WALther Christian 3 (5 Inn.)St. Edward 319 01 -14-14-1Walther C. 003 00 -3-4-22B: STE — Tomaka, Koehring, LaFrenz, Costello. WP: Tierney; LP: Eichort.*Crystal Lake South 2, Woodstock 1CL South 001 010 0 -2-4-1Woodstock 100 000 0 -1-2-1WP: Smith; LP: Ferguson.*Jacobs 3, Hampshire 2Hampshire 000 001 1 -2-3-2Jacobs 001 000 2 -3-5-52B: J — Kale.WP: Jemmi; LP: Crinigan.*Bartlett 11, Elgin 3Elgin 300 000 0 -3-7-5Bartlett 051 221 x -11-14-22B: B — Wick, Pfaender, Zilinsky.3B: B — Barrutia.HR: E — White, Mari; B — Euliano.WP: VanDyke; LP: Mari.*Streamwood 7, West Chicago 5Streamwood 000 005 2 -7-6-3West Chicago 300 020 0 -5-3-22B: S — Hamin, Caminitti, Sojda; WC — Michiels.WP: Drawl.*Montini 6, Wheaton Academy 4Wheaton Acad. 102 010 0 —4-7-3Montini 020 022 X —6-8-22B: M: Hennessy. WP: Quick; LP: Ebeling.*Glenbard North 6, Naperville North 0Naperville North 000 000 0 —0-1-2Glenbard North 010 104 X —6-8-0HR: GN: Krippinger. WP: Albin; LP: Leonard.*York 5, Simeon 4Simeon 200 010 0 —4-9-0York 140 000 X —5-4-1WP: Miner; SV: Dvorak.*Waubonsie Valley 5, Benet 2Waubonsie Vall. 000 050 0 —5-8-1Benet 001 100 0 —2-6-02B: WV: Marzano 2. HR: B: Boyle. WP: Hasper; LP: Powers.*Marmion Academy 1, St. francis 0Marmion 001 000 0 —1-7-1St. Francis 000 000 0 —0-1-1WP: Troop (2-0); LP: Sullivan (3-1).*St. Charles East 2, Metea Valley 1Metea Valley 000 001 0 —1-3-0St. Charles East 002 000 X —2-6-3LP: Custer.*Naperville Central 10, Lake Park 3Lake Park 010 200 0 —3-7-1Naperville North 405 001 X —10-14-22B: LP: Gallina, Ockowski, Schulz. NC: Daley, Clifford, McMillen. WP: Maloney; LP: Rapshus.*Ridgewood 14, Timothy Christian 1Ridgewood 1 0 3 10 0 —14-13-3Timothy Christian 1 0 0 0 0 —1-3-6WP: Castrejon; LP: Wieringa.*Glenbard West 18, Proviso West 5Glenbard West 030 200 7 —18-13-3Proviso West 003 200 0 —5-1-42B: GW: Domask, Refer, Vogg.*Lisle 6, Westminster Christian 5Westminster Ch. 200 111 0 —5-7-2Lisle 200 000 3 —6-9-1


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Palatine 16, Fremd 7Fremd 1 4 2 0 — 7Palatine 7 5 2 2 —16Fremd — Stark 5.Palatine — Kleinfeldt 6, El Hoffi 5, Kalev 5, Goalkeepers — Pal: White (11 blocks).*schaumburg 18, hoffman estates 6Schaumburg 5 3 4 6 —18Hoffman Estates 4 1 1 0 — 6Schaumburg — Birriel 4, Borst, Pyde, Skiroock, Zielinski 3, Petritis 2.Hoffman Estates — Phee 2Goalkeepers — Sch: Bach (14 saves); *Other scores:Barrington 10, Conant 9Buffalo Grove 14, Elk Grove 7*

    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, left, tags out Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo who was attempting to steal second base during the fourth inning of Game 2 of an interleague baseball doubleheader on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Forget cold, Cubs cooled by Tanaka, Pineda

    The Cubs came up empty again in the Bronx — twice. After being overpowered by Masahiro Tanaka in the opener of a split doubleheader, the Cubs had little success against Michael Pineda, dropping the nightcap 2-0 on a bitterly cold Wednesday night and being shut out twice in the same day for the first time in more than 50 years.


    Savio, Meyer lead Lake Zurich’s attack

    Michael Savio slammed 17 kills, and Nick Meyer added 11, as Lake Zurich’s boys volleyball team remained undefeated in the North Suburban Conference with a 25-23, 19-25, 25-23 win over host Lake Forest Wednesday night.


    What’s with all teams from Chicago?

    The Blues are the new worthy divisional rivals to the Blackhawks. The question is why any team in any division in any sport should be considered a worthy rival to any team from Chicago, the major-market capital of the Midwest.

    The Blackhawks’ Bryan Bickell engineered an impressive postseason performance last year and is ready to rise to the challenge when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin today in St. Louis.

    Bickell revved up for postseason rush

    After a postseason to remember last year, Bryan Bickell knows exactly what Blackhawks fans are expecting from him this time around.More of the same.


    A sudden chill in the hot spring fishing

    The spring fishing warm-up took a few steps back with the chilly wintry conditions early this week.


    Guides can be great, but not all are created equal

    Guides can be a great way to help you learn a new body of water and refine and improve your fishing techniques. But not all guides, as experience has shown, are created equal.

    The Bobcats’ Al Jefferson strips the ball from the Bulls’ Joakim Noah during the second half of Wednesday night’s regular-season finale. The Bulls finished 48-34 with the loss.

    Bulls draw Wizards to open playoffs

    The Bulls played their regulars heavy minutes, but lost their regular season finale at Charlotte on Wednesday, falling 91-86 in overtime. The Bulls landed in the No. 4 seed and will face Washington in the first round of the playoffs, beginning Sunday at the United Center.

    Rosary’s Anna Sheen heads the ball away from the Royals’ goal with West Aurora’s Yulissa Espino ready to fight for it in the first half on Wednesday, April 16.

    Kaneland wins West Aurora invite

    Even before it took the field on Wednesday against East Aurora, Kaneland’s girls soccer team knew it had sealed the West Aurora Invitational title. The Knights refused to relax against the Tomcats. Eight different players scored goals in an 8-1 victory that raised their record to 6-1.


    Promising MSL start for Malczewski, Prospect

    Prospect’s softball team started out its Mid-Suburban League schedule on Wednesday in Mt. Prospect with a 2-0 shutout over defending conference champion Barrington. Sophomore Delilah Malczewski (3-0) threw a 2-hitter with 4 strikeouts and no walks. She faced 23 batters and got 10 on ground outs.


    NSC Prairie wins for Wauconda, Antioch

    Girls soccerWauconda 2, Round Lake 0: Lauren Mantis and Diane Guzik scored in the second half, as the visiting Bulldogs pulled out their North Suburban Prairie opener for their first win of the season.Keeper Ally Magiera notched the shutout and earned the assist on Guzik’s goal, as well.Wauconda improved to 1-4-1.Antioch 1, Vernon Hills 1: Mikayla Abbeduto scored unassisted for Antioch (5-2-1, 2-0-1), which remained undefeated in North Suburban Prairie play.Katherine Koczwara scored for Vernon Hills (3-2-2), with Amy Andrea earning the assist.


    Turner, Mundelein top Warren

    Adam Turner dominated on the mound for Mundelein’s baseball team Wednesday. The senior right-hander pitched a complete-game shutout with 11 strikeouts, as the Mustangs pulled out a 1-0 win over visiting Warren in their North Suburban Lake Division opener.


    Milestone win for Wolves’ Anderson

    The Chicago Wolves clinched home-ice advantage for the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs with a 4-3 shootout victory over Iowa on Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Arena as John Anderson earned his 700th regular-season win as a head coach.


    Still early, but White Sox showing good signs

    Young White Sox right-hander Erik Johnson needed a shot of confidence after opening the season with two subpar starts. Johnson got it with a strong outing against the Boston red Sox.


    Cougars rally for 6-2 win

    It’s a good thing the Cougars played nine innings Wednesday because they might not have captured their seventh straight win. After playing three straight seven-inning contests due to a rain-shortened game and a doubleheader, the Cougars (10-3) came from behind in the top of the ninth inning against the Hot Rods (2-10) for a 6-2 win at Bowling Green Ballpark on Wednesday.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    DuPage County baseball


    Scott swats, and Warren wins

    Megan Scott had herself a day Wednesday. Warren’s senior slugger hit 2 home runs — her third and fourth of the season — along with a double and drove in 6 runs, as the Blue Devils defeated visiting Stevenson 10-0 in a North Suburban Lake Division game that ended in the fifth inning.


    Adelman, Lake Park earn tie at Mundelein

    Not many times do you get a second chance to score a game-tying goal. Emily Adelman beat the odds and made it happen on Wednesday, bringing Lake Park back from a 2-goal deficit as the Lancers earned a 2-2 tie against host Mundelein in a nonconference match.


    Soukup’s quick strike helps Palatine sink Elk Grove

    A lightning-quick strike from Carolyn Soukup was the difference in a 1-0 victory for Palatine on Wednesday against visiting Elk Grove in Mid-Suburban League girls soccer.


    Palatine keeping pace in West race

    Palatine senior Rachel Chumbook scored 7 goals and junior Caroline Wojtas had 5 with 3 assists as the Pirates topped Fremd 13-3 on Wednesday to stay 1 game off the Mid-Suburban League lead in girls water polo.


    Palatine powers ahead

    Wally Kleinfeldt (6 goals) and Omar El Hoffi (5) led the Palatine offense, and both drew 3 exclusions as the Pirates came closer to wrapping up a Mid-Suburban West championship with a 16-7 victory over Fremd on Wednesday.


    Naperville Central blows past Lake Park

    Naperville Central opened its DuPage Valley Conference title defense in convincing fashion on Wednesday. Six Redhawks finished with multiple hits and senior pitcher Pat Maloney went the distance and struck out seven batters during a 10-3 victory over Lake Park in the conference opener for both teams.

    Dan Dillard

    Connections work for Jakubowski

    An interesting journey, Wheaton Warrenville South football coach Ron Muhitch called it — Tigers senior kicking specialist Evan Jakubowski’s preferred walk-on spot with Syracuse University’s football team.

    Glenbard North’s Jim Krippinger is congratulated by his teammates after hit a home run during his team’s 6-0 win over Naperville North at home Wednesday.

    Glenbard North’s Albin nearly perfect

    Glenbard North senior pitcher Matt Albin went through his normal routine in between innings, just putting on his jacket and sitting in the corner of the dugout. The building nerves were the only thing different about the day.Albin took a perfect game into the seventh inning before allowing Naperville North’s only hit in Wednesday’s DuPage Valley Conference opener, a 6-0 victory for the Panthers in Carol Stream.


    Glenbard South uses small ball to beat Willowbrook

    With the wind blowing hard in from the south, it was not a time to be swinging for the fence during Wednesday’s Glenbard South at Willowbrook softball game.The Raiders made the right adjustments, however, and went home with an 8-0 nonconference victory to move to 3-3.


    Sweet-swinging Schaumburg handles Elk Grove

    Trying to prevent Elk Grove from becoming the first Mid-Suburban League team to reach double-digit wins this season, Schaumburg used double-digit hits to accomplish the feat. The Saxons outhit the Grens 11-6 en route to 8-4 victory in the teams’ MSL softball openers on Wednesday. “We came out hitting right away,” said Saxons leadoff batter Elaine Walker who started the game with a single to center which led to 5 runs in the first inning for the visitors.

    Fremd’s Mack Rosman delivers during Wednesday’s game against host Conant. He allowed 2 hits in 8 innings as Fremd prevailed 3-1 in 9 innings.

    Fremd outlasts Conant in pitchers’ showcase

    The pitching and wind kept hitters in check Wednesday. But for a brief moment both relented, and that allowed Fremd to come away with 3-1, 9-inning thriller over Conant in the MSL West opener for both baseball teams in Hoffman Estates.


    Marmion’s Troop tosses another gem

    Facing hard-throwing Marmion pitcher Alex Troop on an 80-degree day when the wind is blowing out would be tough enough. Try facing Troop on a 45-degree day with a howling wind blowing straight in from center field and you have a better understanding of what St. Francis’ baseball team was up against Wednesday afternoon in Wheaton. The senior left-hander fired a masterful 1-hit complete game during the Cadets’ 1-0 Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division victory over the host Spartans (8-5, 3-1).


    Bartlett scores 11 unanswered to beat Elgin

    The Elgin baseball team struck first via the home run against Bartlett ace Doug VanDyke Wednesday, but the host Hawks struck far more often in an 11-3 Upstate Eight crossover win.

    Lakes’ Nick Halberg, left, spikes one at Vernon Hills’ Lem Turner and Tyler Small during their game Wednesday at Lakes.

    Heinz a hit as Vernon Hills outscores Lakes

    Just for fun, let’s compare those powerful hitters from both Lakes’ and Vernon Hills’ boys volleyball teams. That’s Dalton Solbrig, or D-Train, for the Eagles of Lakes. And that’s Michael Heinz for Vernon Hills. “Dalton is a very creative hitter,’’ Heinz said. “He’s able to hit it to the 10-foot line and he can hit around the setter.” Heinz may have dished out some compliments on Wednesday night but he was also handing out some punishment. His 12 kills were key in Vernon Hills’ 25-18, 25-14 NSC win.


    Waubonsie Valley edges Geneva again

    Waubonsie Valley’s 6-5 win over Geneva Wednesday marked the third straight year the Warriors beat the Vikings by a run in their Upstate Eight Conference crossover matchup.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs 3, Hampshire 2: Call it a balk-off for the Golden Eagles (9-4, 5-0), who rallied for 2 runs in the seventh on an error and a balk to steal one from the Whip-Purs (2-9, 0-6) in Fox Valley Conference action. After the Whips tied it in the sixth and managed to take a 2-1 lead in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Michael Merchut, Jacobs watched Ben Murray come across for the tying run and Jake Jemmi scored the final run. Grant Kale led Jacobs with 2 hits. Hampshire scored 2 runs on 3 hits, including an RBI and a hit from Dillion Kuhn. Huntley 12, Crystal Lake Central 2: Matt Sullivan’s magic number was 4 as the Huntley slugger went 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored, 4 doubles and 4 RBI in a Fox Valley Conference win that was capped after 5 innings. Brandon Altergott and Dillon Dell’Aquila both went 2-for-3 and Tommy Kirikopoulos and Mark Skonieczny each had an RBI for the Red Raiders. Crystal Lake South 2, Woodstock 1: Josh Smith pitched 6 innings, allowed 2 hits, struck out 4, walked as many and gave up no earned runs to lead the Gators (6-3, 3-2) to a FVC win. Michael Danca earned his first save of the year and Michael Avella went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. St. Edward 14, Walther Christian 3: The Green Wave raced out to a 4-run lead after two innings, but a 9-run third was what cashed it in for the Suburban Christian win in 5 innings. Jake LaFrenz led St. Edward (2-8-1, 2-2) with 3 hits and 3 runs scored while he, Tyler Tomaka (2-for-2, 2 RBI), Tighe Koehring (2 RBI) and Patrick Costello each doubled. Ryan Nudd also went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. Jack Tierney (3H, 3BB, 1 ER, 1K) picked up the win in 3 innings pitched. Streamwood 7, West Chicago 5: Back-to-back RBI doubles from Kevin Sojda and Chad Caminitti in the seventh pushed the Sabres (4-5, 2-2) past the Wildcats in a come-from-behind Upstate Eight win. Caminitti had a perfect afternoon with a 4-for-4, 3 RBI day, while Eric Hamlin also doubled as Streamwood battled back from a 5-0 deficit with 5 in the sixth and 2 in the seventh. Lisle 6, Westminster Christian 5: The Warriors (3-10) walked into the seventh with a 2-run lead but came out of it with a nonconference loss as Lisle walked off with 3 in the bottom of the frame. Frank Angiulo went 3-for-3 with a double in the loss, while Adam Greene delivered 2 RBI. Jarrett Mueller doubled for the Warriors.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Hampshire 11, Woodstock North 0: Haley Widmayer pitched a 5-inning no-hitter in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division win. She allowed just 3 walks and struck out 8 in the process. The Hampshire (7-5, 2-0) offense pounded out 9 runs in the first inning and totaled 14 hits, including 3 each from Sara Finn and Peyton DeChant (2 RBI), who both tripled. Becca Hurst went 2-for-2 with an RBI and Widmayer went 1-for-3 at the plate with 3 RBI. Aly Snider, Ellie Lapi and Brittany Sujet each doubled for the Whip-Purs. McHenry 11, Cary-Grove 2: McHenry jumped out to a 6-run third inning lead and never trailed in a commanding FVC Valley win. The Trojans (5-3, 1-1) strung out 9 hits as Amy Clemment went 3-for-4 (RBI) and Jamie Deering and Grace Pilz added 2 hits each. Prairie Ridge 13, Huntley 3: The Wolves taxed Huntley (4-5, 0-1) with a 7-spot in the third and the Red Raiders’ (4-5, 0-1) offense couldn’t muster more than 1 run in a 6-inning FVC Valley loss. Haley Spannraft went 2-for-3 with a homer and 2 RBI for Huntley. Spannraft was charged with the loss. Elgin 8, South Elgin 3: Kelly Bremer went 4-for-5 with a homer and 5 RBI to help keep the Maroons (5-5, 3-0) undefeated in the Upstate Eight Conference. Bremer’s 9-consecutive hit streak was snapped in the seventh inning on a fly out to left. Jennah Perryman (3-1) turned in a complete game allowing 3 runs, 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 11. She also had a 2-run homer and 2 RBI. Anna Eckholm (double) and Sabrina Stockman each belted out 2 hits. Sam Helton had 2 RBI for South Elgin (5-5, 1-3). Neuqua Valley 15, Streamwood 0: Despite Jessica Daley, Kaitlyn Hedger and Melissa Malcolm each getting 1 hit, the Sabres (1-4, 1-3) could not survive a flurry of runs scored in a 5-inning Upstate Eight Conference thrashing. The Sabres were outhit 14-3 and Neuqua broke it open with an 8-run third inning. West Chicago 13, Larkin 0: Holly Zdroik and Jordan Dick each had 1 hit for the Royals, but West Chicago scored 8 in the first for the Upstate Eight Conference win. Montini 11, St. Edward 1: Lindsay Zdroik (2-for-2) had a home run for the Green Wave (3-4, 2-2) in the Suburban Christian. Ryann Scully added a double. Zdroik was the losing pitcher.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Neuqua Valley 3, Bartlett 0: The Hawks (7-2-2, 1-2) fell behind 2-0 in the first half in an Upstate Eight loss at Millennium Field. Amanda Lozada had 15 saves in goal for Bartlett. Crystal Lake South 3, Marian Central 0: Three different Gators (4-2-1) scored in a nonconference win over the Hurricanes. Liz Massat, Taylor Mraz and Brandie Minogue all scored goals in the first half while Alyssa Gaede and Bianca Miceli chipped in with assists. Jaclyn Przybylski had 3 saves in goal.

    The Bulls' Joakim Noah, left, and Carlos Boozer, center, react after Charlotte Bobcats' Luke Ridnour, right, was called for a foul during Wednesday night's game in Charlotte. The Bulls lost 91-86 in overtime, and they'll play either Brooklyn or Washington in the first playoffs round.

    Bulls fall to Charlotte in OT; to face Wizards Sunday

    Kemba Walker scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to help the Charlotte Bobcats defeat the Bulls 91-86 Wednesday night and finish the season with eight wins in their final nine games. Al Jefferson added 10 points and 18 rebounds for Charlotte, and Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 13 points after being held scoreless for the first three quarters. The Bulls will play the Washington Wizards in the first round of the playoffs, which start Sunday.


    Jacobs squeaks past Crystal Lake South

    Alyssa Lach was determined to score the game-winning run. Lach, who led off the seventh inning for Jacobs with a walk, scored from second when Emily Borg reached on an error to give the Golden Eagles an exhilarating 7-6 win over Crystal Lake South in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division softball action in Algonquin Wednesday afternoon.

    Tight battles for the pucks like this one between the Blackhawks’ Marcus Kruger, right, and the Blues’ David Backes start anew in Thursday night’s series opener.

    Blackhawks prepare to get physical

    About the only thing that seems a lock heading into Game 1 is the Blues will bring the bang with their big bodies. It’s what they do. It’s what made them one of the league’s elite teams for most of the season.“Absolutely,” Quenneville said. “When you look at the way they play, and how they play and the consistency of that being a key part of their game. They’re a physical team, we know that.”


    Larkin showing resiliency

    The Larkin boys’ track team put on its iron man shoes recently. “I was really impressed with a number of our kids running three and four events at the Conant Relays with very little recovery time between events,” said Larkin coach Nate Williams. The quartet of Jarelle Shipp, Dante Bonds, Alex O’Claire and Keiren McKenzie each had numerous top 3 relay finishes at Conant. The Larkin 1,600 relay team recently won the Huntley invitational title with a 3:30.5 time.

    St. Charles North pitcher Sabrina Rabin against Bartlett Wednesday in Bartlett.

    Rabin, St. Charles North hold off Bartlett

    Pitching out of jam after jam, St. Charles North ace Sabrina Rabin was able to help her North Stars squad hang on at Bartlett in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover softball game on Wednesday.With two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the seventh and the North Stars leading 3-0, Rabin issued her only walk of the game to Dana Paul and Kayla Haberstich followed with her fourth hit of the day, an RBI double to the center field fence.An RBI single by Alex Morales and a single from Holly Pagan put the tying run in scoring position and the winning run on, but Rabin induced a groundout to earn a 3-2 win. That out did draw an argument from Bartlett coach Jim Wolfsmith as North (6-4, 2-2) first baseman Abby Howlett had to stretch for a throw from third baseman Erin Nemetz, but the call stood.“This is a great win,” said North Stars’ coach Tom Poulin. “Bartlett’s as good as it gets in the conference, and it’s been a while since we’ve beat them on their field.”The Hawks (9-3, 3-1) tallied 9 hits in the game and were retired in order only once, but Rabin came through under pressure.Bartlett stranded 10 runners in the game, half of which were in scoring position, and Rabin pitched out of her first jam in the first inning. Paul and Haberstich had back-to-back singles with one out when Rabin got 2 of her 5 strikeouts.“I was ok with the pressure,” Rabin said. “I know that my defense is there to back me up, and I just had to focus on making my pitches.”In comparison, the North Stars had just 4 hits off Pagan as she went the distance striking out 7 and walking 3. North scored all of its runs in the third with some help from 2 Bartlett errors.“Holly pitched a great game,” Wolfsmith said. “She pitched a dominant game. Unfortunately we had one rough inning when we didn’t back her up, and in my estimation all three runs were unearned.”Andrea Beal led off the top of the third by reaching on an error and then stole second, and Rabin followed with a hard shot liner to left field for an RBI single. That ball did get past the Bartlett left fielder for a two-base error putting Rabin at third base.Kaitlyn Waslawski drove Rabin in on a bunt single and she stole second. Waslawski advanced to third on a Mickey Goetz fielder’s choice for the first out of the frame, and a Howlett fielder’s choice brought Waslawski in for the third run.“Against a tough pitcher like (Pagan), you’ve got to take advantage of your opportunities,” Poulin said. “We did that in the third.”


    Tangellamudi quickly making a name for himself at Warren

    His name isn’t one that will just roll off the tongue, and it may take some time before he is a household name at Warren. But senior Nitin Tangellamudi is making a name for himself early in the boys track season for the Blue Devils.

    When the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks get together on the ice, it’s always a physical game, as Andrew Shaw can attest from their Oct. 9, 2013, game in St. Louis.

    Playoff perspective: The view from St. Louis

    Iit is fitting that the Blues and Blackhawks are meeting in the first round, says MoundCitySports.com hockey writer Dave Luecking. It sticks in the Blues’ craw that their biggest rival has won two Cups, and has done so with many ex-Blues on board — coach Joel Quenneville, assistants Mike Kitchen and Jamie Kompon, center Michal Handzus, and exec Scotty Bowman, who led the Blues to three Stanley Cup Finals (no wins) then raised the Cup 13 times with other teams. Plus, Brandon Bollig, who grew up Blues fan and is the first St. Louisan with his name etched into the silver trophy.

    Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to forensic evidence being given in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Gianluigi Guercia, Pool)

    Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

    Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete’s shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned.

    FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs ahead of San Francisco 49ers defenders Demarcus Dobbs (83) and NaVorro Bowman (53) on a touchdown reception in an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. The New York Jets signed the former Titans running back Wednesday, April 16, a little over a week after he was officially released by Tennessee on April 7. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

    Jets sign former Titans RB Chris Johnson

    Always fast on the field, Chris Johnson found a new job pretty quickly, too.The New York Jets signed the former Titans running back Wednesday, a little over a week after he was officially released by Tennessee on April 7.

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Shawn Kelley delivers in the ninth inning of the Yankees’ 3-0 shutout of the Chicago Cubs in the first game of a day-night interleague baseball doubleheader at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Tanaka cools Cubs’ bats in Yankees’ 3-0 win

    Masahiro Tanaka allowed two bunt hits in eight dominant innings on a frigid Wednesday, Carlos Beltran homered for the third straight game and New York welcomed the Cubs to the current Yankee Stadium with a 3-0 victory in the opener of Wednesday’s day-night doubleheader.


    Mike North video: Is baseball instant replay working?
    Mike North thinks baseball instant replay should go away. It is slowing down the game even more, and so far the calls haven’t been very accurate.


    Wisconsin DNR stocking 316,000 trout statewide

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is working to stock 316,000 trout across the state ahead of inland fishing season opener next month.More than 100,000 trout will be stocked in urban fishing waters, small lakes and ponds. The rest will go into waters where the habitat is marginal and there’s no natural reproduction.DNR officials say lingering ice cover on lakes is delaying some of the stocking, but they still expect to get all the fish in the water by the May 3 season opener. A complete list of water bodies in line for fish is available on the DNR’s website.


    UIC to officially open new baseball stadium

    Officials from the University of Illinois at Chicago are preparing to officially unveil the school’s new baseball stadium this week.Festivities are planned for Thursday at the $10 million Curtis Granderson Stadium, named for former the New York Mets outfielder and three-time Major League Baseball all-star.Granderson is a former UIC student who contributed $5 million toward the stadium, the largest gift in UIC athletics history.UIC officials say the venue will be the new home for the university’s Flames baseball team, and will be used by more than 38 Chicago youth organizations.After an afternoon grand opening event, Granderson will throw out the first pitch to kick off opening weekend — a three-game series against Wright State.


    Longtime Illini gymnastics coach earns honor

    CHAMPAIGN — The former head of the Illini men’s gymnastics team has been named to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.The University of Illinois says Yoshi Haynasaki will be inducted into the hall on Aug. 22 in Pittsburgh. He was the school’s head gymnastics coach for 33 seasons. During that time Haynasaki won six Big Ten titles and was named Big Ten Coach of the Year four times. He’s also been personal coach to Olympic athletes.Haynasaki won two NCAA all-around titles as a gymnast at the University of Washington in 1970 and 1971.


    A decade ago, airlines paid just $1.42 a gallon for fuel, when adjusted for inflation. Last year, they paid an average of $3.03 a gallon, and fuel now accounts for more than a third of airlines’ expenses.

    Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

    Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business. In the past six years, airlines have overhauled the way they operate to adjust to this new reality.

    Stocks rose Wednesday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index capping its best three-day rally in two months, as Yahoo earnings topped estimates and industrial production gained more than forecast.

    U.S. stocks close higher for third day in a row

    Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data. Major U.S. stock indexes notched their third day of gains in a row. Yahoo and Delta Air Lines were among the companies posting big gains. The gains were broad; for every stock that declined, nearly four rose.


    Cosi relocating from Deerfield to Boston

    Officials with the Cosi sandwich chain say the suburban Chicago company is relocating its headquarters to Boston. Crain’s Chicago Business reports the Deerfield-based restaurant company announced its move Wednesday during a conference call with investors.

    Workers man the Motorola smartphone plant in Fort Worth, Texas. U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January.

    U.S. factory output extended solid gains in March

    U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products.

    U.S. home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction.

    U.S. home building up in March after frigid winter

    U.S home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction.

    Ford Motor Company CEO and President Bill Ford introduces the 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. “If you don’t like this car, you don’t like cars,” said Ford, whose first car was an electric green 1975 Mustang.

    Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang

    Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with a limited-edition model and a display atop the Empire State Building. At the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, the company revealed the 50 Year Limited Edition. The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honoring the year when the Mustang first went on sale.

    The rear of the 2015 Toyota Camry. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof.

    Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover

    Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation. The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled Tuesday at the New York Auto Show, is longer and wider, with a more aggressive design. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof.

    North Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories’ first-quarter net income tumbled 31 percent on unfavorable currency exchanges and a supplier recall that lowered sales of its baby formula. Still, the company beat most expectations and shares edged higher in early trading Wednesday.

    Recall hurts Abbott, but still tops expectations

    North Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories’ first-quarter net income tumbled 31 percent on unfavorable currency exchanges and a supplier recall that lowered sales of its baby formula. Still, the company beat most expectations and shares edged higher in early trading Wednesday.

    Anton Siluanov, Russia’s finance minister, speaks Wednesday during a conference in Moscow. The ruble dropped and Russian stocks traded lower after U.S. lawmakers passed a bill authorizing additional sanctions against Russian officials and the Finance Ministry said it plans to resume currency purchases.

    Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil

    Russia’s economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country, a government minister said Wednesday. Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told parliament that growth was only 0.8 percent in the first quarter — far short of the ministry’s earlier prediction of 2.5 percent — because of “the acute international situation of the past two months” as well as “serious capital flight.”


    World shares rise, shrug off slower China growth

    World stock markets rose Wednesday as China’s slowdown in the first quarter was less severe than expected. Germany’s DAX rose 0.6 percent to 9,234.84 and France’s CAC 40 added 0.8 percent to 4,378.67. Britain’s FTSE 100 climbed 0.6 percent to 6,578.19. Wall Street looked headed for an upbeat start, with Dow Jones and S&P 500 futures were both 0.4 percent higher.


    Oil nears $105 as conflict in east Ukraine deepens

    The price of oil approached $105 a barrel Wednesday as concerns grew over the crisis in Ukraine, which took military action against separatists in its east. Gains were temporarily tempered by slower Chinese growth. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was up $1.04 at $104.79 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the Nymex contract closed 30 cents lower.


    Bank of America posts loss, hurt by legal expenses

    Bank of America said Wednesday that it swung to a loss in the first quarter, hurt by $6 billion in legal expenses. The Charlotte, N.C., bank reported a loss applicable to common shareholders of $514 million. That’s compares with earnings of $1.11 billion a year earlier. The loss amounted to 5 cents a share. A year earlier, the bank earned 10 cents a share.

    This is the city of Springfield’s City Water, Light & Power’s coal-fired power station complex in Sangamon County. A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

    Court upholds EPA emission standards

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins.

Life & Entertainment

    The donut hole parfait with nutella sauce is a specialty of Taco in a Bag at the Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee.

    Time out! restaurant guide
    Looking for someplace good to eat? Here's a list of restaurants recently reviewed in the Daily Herald. To recommend a restaurant to be reviewed, email food@dailyherald.com.


    The face of autism: Parents want patience, understanding

    I asked parents what they wished other people knew about autism. Two themes emerged: the constant need to educate people on what autism looks like and the request for people to exercise patience when encountering or working with a person with autism.


    Whose voice is it anyway

    Before my mom died, she said things like, “I will always be a part of you” and “You’ll always have me in your heart.” I couldn’t imagine then what it would be like to not have her here anymore, but my relationships with my daughters help me to understand what she meant when she said those things.

    Jett Kroyman, 6 months, of Genoa, models a FuzziBunz Pocket Diaper.

    Parents turning to cloth diapers to save money, environment

    Cloth diapers have grown in popularity in recent years as parents are looking for cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and healthier options to diaper their children.

    "Eat Well and Stay Slim" by Michel Guerard

    Light Mayonnaise

    Don Mauer likes the Light Mayonnaise from Michel Guerard's new book “Eat Well and Stay Slim: The Essential Cuisine Minceur."

    As pretty as it is delicious — the Salmon Ceviche at Hokkaido Sushi, Hibachi Steak House and Lounge in Oakbrook Terrace.

    From sushi to hibachi, Hokkaido gets it right

    Hokkaido Sushi, Hibachi Steak House & Lounge in Oakbrook Terrace is celebrating its grand opening. Part of a chain, this newly built location offers unfussy Japanese dining in a contemporary setting. Don't miss the koi pond and the Salmon Ceviche.

    Get the day off to a bright start with lemony breakfast buns.

    Lemony sticky buns brighten Easter morning

    Maybe it’s the bright color. Maybe it’s the fresh, vibrant taste. Whatever the reason, Easter has become inextricably linked to lemon. So we decided to do a refresh of the conventional breakfast cinnamon bun, infusing it with lemony goodness three different ways.

    This June 17, 2003 file photo shows British rock band AC/DC, from left, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young, and Cliff Williams performing on stage during a concert in Munich, southern Germany. Malcolm Young of AC/DC is taking a break from the band to focus on his health. The band posted on its Facebook page Wednesday that the 61-year-old guitarist is halting from the band “due to ill health” after 40 years.

    Ailing Malcolm Young taking break from AC/DC

    Malcolm Young of AC/DC is taking a break from the band to focus on his health. The announcement saying the 61-year-old guitarist is in “ill health” was posted on the band’s Facebook page Wednesday. No details were provided.

    This 2012 file photo shows singer-songwriter Neil Young posing for a portrait at The Carlyle hotel in New York. Young has raised more than $6 million through a Kickstarter campaign to fund his digital music project PonoMusic. Kickstarter closed the campaign Tuesday after raising 6.2 million through 18,000 supporters. The campaign is the third most funded project for Kickstarter.

    Young raises $6M in Kickstarter campaign for Pono

    Neil Young has raised more than $6 million through a Kickstarter campaign to fund the singer-songwriter’s digital music project PonoMusic.

    Debby Ryan, left, and Jillian Rose Reed star in “Acting With the Frenemy,” a new episode of “Jessie,” that airs Friday, April 27, on the Disney Channel.

    Disney Channel’s ‘Jessie’ breaks romantic ground

    The title character of television’s “Jessie” heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: toward the altar. Disney Channel executive Adam Bonnett says it’s the first time a lead character on the children’s TV channel has become engaged.

    Co-host Jenny McCarthy shows off her ring after she announced her engagement to fiance Donnie Wahlberg on the daytime series “The View” Wednesday.

    Jenny McCarthy announces engagement on ‘The View’

    Jenny McCarthy had big news to share Wednesday on “The View”: She’s engaged to Donnie Wahlberg. McCarthy raised her hidden left hand from behind the desk, revealing an engagement ring.

    Mom (Deirdre O’Connell), center, and her daughters Meesh (Caroline Neff), left, and Manda (Zoe Perry) face a dire future as their suburban life (literally) crumbles around them in Mona Mansour’s “The Way West” in its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre.

    ‘Way West’ depicts tarnished lives in the Golden State

    “The Way West” by Mona Mansour is an ambitious play examining irresponsible dreamers and the failed American dream. Director Amy Morton’s fast, fiercely acted production at Steppenwolf Theatre has several potent moments. Unfortunately, the footing for “The Way West” isn’t all that sound.

    Miley Cyrus had to canceled a second concert set for Wednesday after being hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.

    Miley Cyrus still hospitalized, cancels 2nd show

    Miley Cyrus is canceling another concert and remains hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. A representative for the 21-year-old says in a statement that Cyrus is canceling her Wednesday performance at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.


    Growing old together: Even teens have ‘good old days’

    Changes in the lineup for Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live sparks ponderings about life and how it never stays the same.

    Sonja Burpo (Kelly Reilly), Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear) and their son Colton (Connor Corum) try to confirm the boy's story he visited heaven in “Heaven is for Real.”

    'Heaven'-sent drama moving but flawed look at the afterlife

    Instead of harnessing viewers' imaginations to create the mystery and awe of the afterlife in “Heaven is for Real,” Randall Wallace serves up literal, less powerful special-effects. An obtrusive, shouting score sabotages the magic of the story with force-fed music that doesn't trust the cast to communicate emotional truth. But they do anyway, especially Greg Kinnear as minister Todd Burpo.

    When the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival festival debuts Wednesday night, it will present not just 80-plus feature films, but an “Innovation Week” that seems designed to capture some of the tech energy of SXSW, but in New York.

    At Tribeca, movies are only part of the story

    The Tribeca Film Festival is now a teenager. And like most teens, its eyes are on a lot of screens. The 13th annual New York festival, which debuts Wednesday night, will present not just 80-plus feature films, but also an “Innovation Week” that seems designed to capture some of the tech energy of South By Southwest. The festival will, for the second year, feature a category called Storyscapes, with transmedia exhibits that use multimedia techniques to tell stories. Video games, too, will be mixed in with the 11th annual Games for Change festival.

    Grilled Lamb With Leeks and Potatoes starts with a boneless cut and is the right amount to feed a family of five or six.

    Boneless leg of lamb a good family dinner option

    A whole leg of lamb is way too much for my family, so I’ve been happy to discover boneless leg of lamb steaks at the supermarket. The best are evenly cut slabs similar to beef steaks, but any cut of boneless leg of lamb will work. I season the lamb and grill it.

    Grilled Lamb with Leeks and Potatoes

    Grilled Lamb with Leeks and Potatoes
    Grilled Lamb with Leeks and Potatoes statrts with a boneless leg of lamb, a cut that can easily feed a family of four with leftovers.

    “Eat Well and Stay Slim” by Michel Guerard

    Lean and lovin’ it: Michel Guerard’s lightened recipes are worth a taste

    Michel Guerard, 81-year-old chef and cookbook author frequently is described as a driving force behind France’s nouvelle cuisine. “Eat Well and Stay Slim: The Essential Cuisine Minceur” (April 2014) is Guerard's newest effort that shows home cooks how to create ethereal sauces without butter or cream, mix up low-calorie mayonnaise and so much more.

    Welcome Citrus Pinenut Broccoli Slaw to the Easter table.

    Shining the spotlight on Easter side dishes

    If Thanksgiving is all about the sides, Easter is all about the main. Alison Ladman decided Easter side dishes deserve more respect, so she created this assortment of dishes to liven up your holiday offerings.

    Adults can enjoy Easter treats in the form of these fun drinks.

    Sweet pairings for grown-up Easter treats

    Easter candy is dandy. But Easter candy paired with booze? Now that’s something to put a spring in your step. The spirited Michelle Locke asked wine and spirits connoisseurs to come up with something adults can sip on while the youngsters hunt for sugary splendors in the grass.

    Clothes shopping for plus-size teens can be frustrating in general, but shopping for a dream prom dress can be a tear-inducing, hair-pulling morass of bad design and few options — especially for girls who want a dress that hugs the body instead of tenting it.

    Prom dress shopping can be perilous for plus-size girls

    Maria Giorno has nothing against long gowns with high waists and flowing fabric — dresses that are designed to camouflage curves on plus size women. But the New Jersey high school senior had no interest in buying a loosefitting style for her senior prom, even though it was all she could find in a size 16 or so at nearby stores. So many stores, Giorno said, “never have anything that’s a little more sexy or a little form-fitting, or anything like that for my age.” Shopping for a dream prom dress for plus-size teens can be a tear-inducing, hair-pulling morass of bad design and few options.

    “Tarpaper Sky” is the latest release from Rodney Crowell.

    Rodney Crowell in fine form on new album

    At 63, Rodney Crowell’s ready to cross over. On “Frankie Please,” a highlight on his new album, "Tarpaper Sky," the Nashville singer-songwriter tosses out rhymes like some prolific young rapper: “Your p’s and q’s and don’t and do’s are all the news to light my fuse.”

    “The Smithsonian Book of Air & Space Trivia”, edited by Amy Pastan, is filled with all sorts of aviation nuggets.

    Bone up on aviation history with Smithsonian book

    Who discovered the planet Uranus in 1781? Don’t feel bad if the name William Herschel, a British musician and telescope builder, doesn’t come to mind in a snap. Only those with out-of-this-world interests could possibly score well in answering the questions posed in “The Smithsonian Book of Air & Space Trivia.”

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

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

    By Alison Ladman

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

    Butter-Spiced Skillet Peas just might steal the spotlight at your Easter feast.

    Butter-Spiced Skillet Peas
    Butter-Spiced Skillet Peas will change the way you think about peas.

    Welcome Citrus Pinenut Broccoli Slaw to the Easter table.

    Citrus-Pinenut Broccoli Slaw
    Citrus-Pinenut Broccoli Slaw is a welcome addition to the spring table.

    Ratatouille Cakes are a star in their own right.

    Ratatouille Cakes
    Add RATATOUILLE CAKES to your Easter menu.

    Sticky Lemony Breakfast Buns will brighten up any morning.

    Sticky Lemony Breakfast Buns
    Lemony Sticky Buns



    Politics of scare tactics unproductive

    A Daily Herald editorial says the state rifle association's truth-bending tactics to protect gun rights are problematic on several levels.


    Rand Paul’s amateur hour

    Columnist Richard Cohen: What has Rand Paul ever done? Oh, sure, he’s a member of the U.S. Senate, but only a freshman, and it’s the only political office he has ever held. He’s an ophthalmologist, a father, a husband and the son of Ron Paul, who used to run for president. So now it is son Rand who is doing so. Aside from family tradition, the question is why?


    Let’s stop meddling in other nations’ affairs
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Don’t meddle in Russian affairs. Ukraine has been part of Russia for my entire life. When are we going to stop meddling in other countries’ affairs and work on our own country?Our servicemen and women are being bounced around from one country to another. It’s enough to make anyone crazy.


    With concealed carry, all must be cautious
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I could not agree more with Your Views friend Fran Puchli on March 17. She writes of her concerns of the implementation of concealed carry of firearms here in Illinois.What a step backward!


    Stats show ‘genocide’ in abortion of black babies
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: In New York City there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) than were born (24,758) in 2013, according to the city’s health department. The number of black and Hispanic babies aborted was 73 percent of the abortions in 2012 in New York City.


    SOP to just make things up
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: I read with amazement Judy Olsen’s April 9 letter. “This administration and our commander-in-chief doesn’t like the military so they are downsizing and taking away funding to help and protect this brave and voluntary military,” she decries...


    Go on the offense against Asian carp
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: I was pleased to read the article, “Asian carp as quality cuisine: Illinois River fisherman see markets.” Up to now, natural resource officials have bemoaned the Asian carp threat and hunkered down defensively spending lots of taxpayer money on electric fences, which may not even work.


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