Daily Archive : Thursday April 17, 2014


    Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry will host a rummage sale on May 1-3.

    Tree of Life Church in McHenry sets big rummage sale

    The Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry, will have a rummage sale May 1-3. Among the items for sale are high quality furniture; china; art and decorative pieces; top caliber and clean clothing for men, women, and children; electronics, books, and like new toys.


    Boy, 15, pulled from pond in Crystal Lake is dead

    McHenry County Coroner officials said a 15-year-old boy pulled from a pond in unincorporated McHenry County near Crystal Lake is dead.

    Billy W. Moore Jr.

    Gurnee business owner accused in sexual assaults

    Gurnee Tire & Brake Inc. owner Billy W. Moore Jr. has been charged in sexual assaults against two women that date back 20 years, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Moore remains held on a $500,000 bail at the Lake County jail.

    Rich Wagner, owner of Rediscover Records in Elgin, said he hopes visitors during Saturday’s Record Store Day are reminded of how much fun it is to visit a record store and talk music with employees and fellow customers. “It’s a huge day — busy but fun,” he said.

    Record Store Day expected to rock in the suburbs

    The lines could start forming as early as 6 a.m. on Saturday as dozens of suburban music fans eagerly wait for their local record store to open. Such a sight would have been all but unthinkable a decade ago. But it happens every year now on the Saturday in April known as Record Store Day.


    Shuttle bus catches fire

    A shuttle bus caught fire inside a building Thursday night in an industrial area near Rosemont, authorities said. Firefighters from Rosemont, Schiller Park and Chicago responded about 9 p.m. to the business on the 9700 block of Foster Avenue.

    A woman offers prayer with candlelight for the missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, Thursday.

    Confused, chaotic scene described on sinking ferry

    A doomed ferry’s captain delayed evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official ordered preparations to abandon ship, raising more questions about whether quick action could have saved scores of passengers still missing today and feared dead, according to a transcript of the ship-to-shore exchange and interviews with a crewmember.


    30 horses escape stable near Wauconda

    A stampede of some 30 horses gave residents near Wauconda a surprise Thursday afternoon after the equines escaped from a nearby stable and ran down roads and front yards. Drivers contacted police about 4:20 p.m. after seeing horses running along Gossell Road, Garland Road and Virginia Lane in an unincorporated area near Wauconda.

    A woman offers prayer with candlelight for the missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, Thursday. More than 320 Danwon High School second-year students — mostly 16- and 17-year-olds — were aboard the ship.

    Grief in town of students missing in ferry sinking

    The most poignant reminders of what’s been lost here are the most ordinary. Desks in the classrooms of Danwon High School in Ansan, where dozens of students were missing and feared dead Thursday after a ferry disaster, are cluttered with textbooks, gym clothes, empty water bottles — small bits of ordinary school life now infused with heartbreak.

    State Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr.

    GOP lawmakers deny they voted to steer $100 million to Obama library

    Illinois House lawmakers moved Thursday to commit $100 million in state money to build President Barack Obama’s official library in Chicago over the objections of at least one suburban Republican lawmaker who says he and others were recorded as voting for it even though they weren't at the meeting.

    This image from a security video shows Walter Unbehaun robbing a bank in Niles in February 2013. The 73-year-old Unbehaun told investigators he intended to get caught so he could live his final years behind bars.

    Robber who was homesick for prison gets 3½ years

    An ex-con who spent most of his adult life in behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a Niles bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison.

    Daredevil Nik Wallenda

    Wallenda scouts Chicago sites for tightrope walk

    Daredevil Nik Wallenda is in Chicago scouting possible locations for a tightrope walk between two Windy City skyscrapers in the fall.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday. He claimed that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine as “nonsense,” but voiced hope for success of four-way talks on settling the crisis.

    Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.


    Small apartment fire in Des Plaines

    Firefighters extinguished a small kitchen fire Thursday morning at a Des Plaines apartment complex.


    Barrington man accused of drug trafficking

    A Barrington man was arrested on charges of drug trafficking after authorities seized six pounds of marijuana worth a street value of $27,000.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine as diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union gather for discussions in Geneva. Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.

    Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions — for now

    In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.News: Russia’s pledge to refrain from further provocative actions drew support but also a measure of skepticism from President Barack Obama.

    The 2014 Schaumburg Volunteer of the Year recipients from left, Adult Individual recipient Teri Dudasik; Organization recipients from the Schaumburg Professional Firefighters Benevolent Association, Jenna Werdell, Ryan Kelly and Jim Sheehan; and Youth recipients Sania Zaffar and Amanda Mytych.

    Schaumburg honors its invaluable volunteers

    After soldier Bryan Anderson lost both legs and his left hand to a bomb in Iraq in October 2005, he was overwhelmed by the goodwill of volunteers who physically and financially rebuilt his family’s Rolling Meadows home to make it accessible for him. After years of volunteerism of his own, he was the keynote speaker at Schaumburg’s Volunteer of the Year Awards Luncheon Thursday.

    Amari D. Hill

    Naperville man accused of selling heroin

    Authorities have accused a 19-year-old man of dealing heroin out of an apartment complex in Naperville. Police said Amari D. Hill transported heroin from the West Side of Chicago to the Naperville area.

    Stacy Fiebelkorn (far left) confers with her attorney, Alexis Costello, during an appearance before Kane County Associate Judge Elizabeth Flood at the Kane County Branch Court in St. Charles Thursday regarding a ruling on a gag order sought by Fiebelkorn’s attorney to stop comments outside of court by county officials. Fiebelkorn has been charged with animal cruelty and neglect, two misdemeanor charges which are still pending.

    Gag order placed in animal neglect case

    A Kane County judge Thursday ordered county animal control workers, sheriff's deputies and other investigators to refrain from speaking about the Stacy Fiebelkorn animal neglect and cruelty case, to preserve her right to a fair trial by jury.

    Javier Martinez-Lopez

    Rolling Meadows man admits molesting girl

    A 46-year-old Rolling Meadows man pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a young girl last year. In exchange for his guilty plea, Javier Martinez-Lopez was sentenced to three years in prison, court records show.

    Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, in 2011.

    Chelsea Clinton announces she’s pregnant

    Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year. The 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the announcement Thursday at the end of a Clinton Foundation event in New York on empowering girls. After the announcement, Bill Clinton weighed in on Twitter: “Excited to add a new...

    Illinois’ medical marijuana program is a four-year pilot project with some of the strictest regulations in the country.

    Illinois medical marijuana rules drop gun language

    Illinois regulators finalizing the state’s conditions for medical marijuana have removed a proposed rule that would have barred legal gun owners from becoming cannabis-using patients, a person close to the process told The Associated Press.

    Karen Yarbrough

    Cook County recorder’s hiring practices questioned

    Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough is facing questions about her decision to hire family members and others with political ties to her.


    Report: Chicago missed out on $2.2 million

    Chicago’s inspector general says the city has “resuscitated” what had been a scandal-plagued minority business program. But Inspector General Joseph Ferguson says in a Thursday report that the city missed an opportunity to share in a $2.2 million forfeiture judgment because it hasn’t designated his office as a law enforcement organization.


    Environmental groups sue to stop Illiana tollway

    Environmental groups are suing to try to stop a proposed $1.3 billion tollway linking northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. The Environmental Law & Policy Center announced Thursday that it filed the suit in Cook County circuit court on behalf of the Sierra Club and Openlands.


    High school finalists named for musical theater award

    Broadway in Chicago on Thuresday announced the 24 finalists for the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards.


    14-year-old boy recovering after Chicago shooting

    Chicago police are investigating after a 14-year-old was shot multiple times on the city’s far South Side.


    One fewer bus in proposed Geneva school budget

    The Geneva school district would sell back 26 buses, and buy 25 new, under a proposed 2014-15 transportation fund budget. And it may spend operations and maintenance fund money on bullet-resistant window film and a wall-mounted police alert system for Geneva High School.

    President Barack Obama

    Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama library

    Even though Chicago is where Barack Obama got his start in politics, first lady Michelle Obama grew up and the Obamas still call their hometown, state and local officials aren’t taking for granted that the Windy City will land the president’s official library. Illinois legislators advanced a plan Thursday to devote $100 million in state construction funds to bring the Obama...


    Town hall at Mundelein High:

    Mundelein High School will host a town hall-style discussion on May 8 about teen drug and alcohol use. The gathering will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, 1350 W. Hawley St.

    Kindergartners Cuyler Hart, right, and Devin Lee pretend to play trumpets Thursday as they watch the Justin and Liam Show during “Explore the Arts Day” at Laura B. Sprague School in Lincolnshire. Students participated in workshops that included dance, art, music and theater.

    Sprague School students explore the arts

    More than 600 students from Laura B. Sprague School spent Thursday afternoon printmaking, singing, drawing and hammering during “Explore the Arts Day.” Students in kindergarten to second grade tried their skills in workshops that included dance, art, music and theater.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Brian D. Weiss, 47, of Plato Township, was charged with aggravated DUI, DUI while license revoked, leaving the scene of a crash, improper display of a license plate and no insurance after his vehicle struck a utility pole at about 8:30 p.m. April 9 near Russell and Verona roads in Plato Township, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Wauconda High logo contest:

    Wauconda High School announces a contest open to students, staff and community members to design a logo to represent the school’s 100th anniversary.


    Veterans fair in Grayslake:

    Resources available to veterans will be the focus of an event Saturday, April 26, in Grayslake hosted by two Democratic politicians.


    Governor announces Lake, McHenry projects:

    Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday that $6.9 million in state taxpayers' money will be spent on bridge and road projects for Lake and McHenry counties.


    Barrington closes skateboard loophole

    Barrington officials closed a potential loophole in one of its village ordinances this week by redefining the word “skateboard.” At the request of the Barrington Police Department, the term “skateboard” was broadened by the village board to include longboards, which — as the name would suggest — are longer versions of the traditional skateboard.


    DuPage towns getting $2.6 million from state for road-related improvements

    Four road-related projects in DuPage County are in line for roughly $2.6 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday. The projects will be managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.


    Hanover Park police to hold ART meetings

    Hanover Park police are inviting residents to attend meetings next week with officers from their Area Response Teams. The community policing initiative has officers working six patrol beats, or ART areas, in the village.

    Michael Semkiu

    Janowick to replace Semkiu as Mt. Prospect police chief

    Mount Prospect Deputy Chief of Field Operations Timothy Janowick is in line to replace Chief Michael Semkiu, who will retire on June 17, Village Manager Michael Janonis announced Thursday.


    No injuries reported in Lombard fire

    No injuries were reported in a fire Wednesday night on the 2S400 block of Lloyd Avenue near Lombard.

    Susan Bielenda has been named the Lombard Woman of the Year.

    Nursery school director named Lombard Woman of the Year

    Susan Bielenda, director of the Cooperative Nursery School of Lombard, has been named the 2014 Lombard Woman of the Year by the Lombard Service League. She was surprised with the announcement during the league’s meeting on April 10. “It’s quite an honor to be thought of as someone who’s done a lot for the community,” she said.

    Mike Przybylski, 14, gets his head shaved Thursday by stylist Pam Meliksetyan of Legacy salon. spa during a St. Baldrick’s assembly at Grayslake Middle School.

    Grayslake Middle School students and staff shave heads, raise money to fight cancer

    About 40 Grayslake Middle School students and 10 staff and community members volunteered to have their heads shaved Thursday to raise money for the St. Baldricks Foundation to fight cancer. Participants were required to raise at least $35 to participate.

    Student David Loske, 16, and Tim Daugaard, 23, a volunteer chaperon, sort records to prepare them to be scanned Thursday at the Elgin YWCA. They were part of a group from Westminster Christian School in Elgin who were giving back to the community. More than 350 students, teachers, and volunteers worked at 20 locations during the second annual Give Back Day.

    Students, volunteers fan out to help in the community

    Students from Westminster Christian School in Elgin celebrated Give Back Day by working on various community service projects in the area Thursday.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A PlayStation4, 15 gold rings, eight gold necklaces, a diamond necklace and a diamond bracelet were taken from a home on the 300 block of Oakview Avenue near Aurora that was burglarized between 8:30 a.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Amber Kraus

    Plea deal expected in Grant High School teacher sex abuse case

    The case involving the former Grant High School teacher accused of having sex with a student most likely will be settled with a plea agreement before her scheduled May 2 trial, attorneys said Thursday.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole $10,117 between 2:30 and 2:57 p.m. April 4 in Des Plaines after the victim wrapped the money in a rubber band and placed it in his Jeep’s driver’s-side front door pocket. His assistant took the vehicle to get the car washed and the victim discovered the cash missing when the assistant brought the car back.

    Michael Masalski and Marjorie Branly still live in their mobile home outside Des Plaines, a year after a record flood caused extensive damage.

    Support rising for couple with flood-ravaged mobile home

    Unable to qualify for FEMA assistance after flood ravaged their mobile home a year ago, Michael Masalski and Marjorie Branly of Elk Grove Township are getting help from local salesman Dan Whalen, members of Lutheran Trinity churches and others intent on moving the couple into a new mobile home. “If it weren't for bad luck, they'd have no luck at all,” Whalen says.

    June Steenkamp, center, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, bows her head while listening to forensic evidence in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. One of Oscar Pistorius’ defense experts was grilled by the chief prosecutor for the second day Thursday, with forensic specialist Roger Dixon’s expertise and professionalism in conducting various tests regarding Reeva Steenkamp’s shooting death again sternly questioned.

    Pistorius trial: Prosecutor chides defense witness

    An expert witness for the defense at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius was supposed to help the athlete’s assertion that he killed his girlfriend by mistake last year, but he ended his testimony on Thursday amid blistering attacks on his credibility by a prosecutor who accused him of slipshod analysis and fuzzy explanations.

    This artist’s rendering provided by NASA shows an Earth-sized planet dubbed Kepler-186f orbiting a star 500 light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the planet may hold water on its surface and is the best candidate yet of a habitable planet in the ongoing search for an Earth twin.

    Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside...


    ‘Epidemic’ of heroin addiction facing state, house committee hears

    Members of the recently formed Illinois House Task Force on Heroin heard testimony in Arlington Heights Thursday morning about treatment and prevention for what has been called an epidemic sweeping the state. This was the second of four meetings being held around Illinois to get ideas for legislative fixes that might help stem the growing tide of heroin addiction, overdose and death in Illinois.

    Firefighters and other officials work the scene of an accident where two firetrucks answering a call collided en route to a fire in Monterrey Park, Calif. The collision sent one firetruck careening into a restaurant, leaving 15 people injured, including several firefighters.

    Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured

    Two firetrucks heading to a burning home collided Wednesday in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening into a restaurant and injuring 15 people, including six firefighters.

    Naperville Unit District 203 is using a building it bought in 2012 at 700-722 W. 5th Ave. for a transitional program for special needs students, a printing center, storage and bus parking. The district is considering potential future uses for the space as part of its facilities master planning process.

    District 203 considering uses for property on 5th Avenue

    Buses are parked near a brick commercial building in Naperville that once housed businesses like a women's workout facility and a catering company but actually is owned by Naperville Unit District 203. The district bought the property for $2.95 million in 2012 and now uses it for a variety of purposes, including overflow school bus parking, Superintendent Dan Bridges said. “We're looking at...

    Brian W. Hall

    Police: Waukegan man injures officers during fight

    A Waukegan man faces multiple battery and drug charges after injuring two police officers during a fight inside of an apartment early Wednesday morning, authorities said. In bond court, authorities said Brian W. Hall, 28, refused to cooperate with police investigating a domestic dispute, and attacked officers inside the kitchen. Hall is being held in Lake County jail on $250,000 bond.


    Elburn vet who sells cats sues to stop anonymous complaint websites

    An Elburn veterinarian who also sells ragdoll cats has sued to find out who created several websites and orchestrated a campaign that she says hurt her reputation. Jennifer A. Creed, owner of A+ Pet Vet and Dr. Jenn's Ragdolls, seeks unspecified damages for libel and defamation.


    Schaumburg Boomers ALS charity game May 12

    The Schaumburg Boomers will play a charity game against the Les Turner All-Stars at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 12 to benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s battle against Lou Gehrig’s disease.Tickets for the charity game are on sale now through the Boomers box office for a suggested donation of $10.


    Schaumburg mayor to lead bike to work event

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson will lead his village’s annual ride to work at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 16 to mark Bike to Work Week. The event focuses attention on cycling as a viable travel alternative while encouraging people to reduce automobile usage.


    Downtown Batavia water main replacement starts Monday

    Getting down Houston Street in downtown Batavia will be a little difficult next week, as the city replaces a water main along it. Water Street between Wilson Street and Houston will also get a new water main.


    Food tax funding film project, park work in Naperville

    Food and beverage tax revenue in Naperville is on its way to fund projects such as a suicide prevention film made by teens and improvements to a park and shooting range near downtown. The city council this week allocated $2 million in Special Events and Cultural Amenities fund. Two top new initiatives to be funded are a suicide prevention film called the Hope Defined project, and some aspects of...

    St. Charles Peace Corps volunteer Michael Dixon visits with two folk singers at a Ukrainian folk festival in Vinnytsia.

    St. Charles Peace Corps volunteer describes his time in Ukraine

    Most people in the Fox Valley know Mike Dixon for his commitment to historic preservation. The former St. Charles architect has been involved in several local historic restorations. So, it was a bit of a surprise when he decided to leave his firm at the age of 62 and join the Peace Corps. He was assigned to Ukraine, where he shared his knowledge of architecture and took more than 15,000...

    The Mount Tabor Number 1 reservoir in Portland, Ore. Portland officials said they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water for the second time in less than three years because someone urinated into a city reservoir. This time, 38 million gallons from a different reservoir at the same location will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act.

    Oregon reservoir to be flushed because of urinating teen

    The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen’s urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot — the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to keep its water pure. This time, water from a different reservoir at the same location will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act.

    Oklahomans for Equality gather at Tulsa International Airport with their signs for a send off celebration in support for the plaintiffs in the Oklahoma Marriage Equality lawsuit as they head to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Wednesday April 16, 2014.

    Oklahoma gay-marriage case before U.S. appeals court

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state’s voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

    The independent group Put Alaska First is airing a TV ad that praises Democratic Sen. Mark Begich for helping people obtain insurance even if they have “pre-existing conditions,” such as cancer. The ad doesn’t mention Obama or his health care law by name, but it focuses on one of the law’s most popular features.

    Defend ‘Obamacare’ unabashedly, some Democrats say

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it’s time to stop hiding from the president’s health care overhaul, even in this year’s toughest Senate elections. Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace “Obamacare,” the GOP’s favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet some pro-Democratic activists are doing...

    A pro-Russian militant holds a Molotov cocktail at the gates to a National Guard base early Thursday. Three pro-Russian militants died and 13 were wounded when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on the National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine’s interior minister said Thursday.

    3 protesters killed in attack on Ukrainian base

    The turmoil in Ukraine dominated the European landscape Thursday, as three protesters were killed in a clash in southern Ukraine, high-level talks were held in Geneva and Vladimir Putin weighed in on his neighbor’s future for hours from Moscow. Still, the constellation of events left the nation of 46 million no closer to solving its essential challenge: the confrontation pitting...

    A $3.5 million plan to renovate the Vernon Hills police station, which was built in 1992, has moved from the discussion stage as trustees tentatively agreed to pursue a contract to prepare bid specifications for the work.

    Vernon Hills trustees take next step in proposed $3.5 million police station remodel

    A potential $3.5 million renovation of the Vernon Hills police department headquarters has moved from the discussion stage as village officials informally have approved a contract for architectural services to take the work out to bid.

    In the days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the nation’s political leaders pledged resources and support for a city grappling with the first terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001. But nearly a year after homemade bombs ripped through the marathon’s finish line, there is little evidence of any lasting impact on the political world. Federal funding that helps cities prepare for terrorism may be cut. And state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that prompted a wave of government action.

    Little government response to bombing a year later

    A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that prompted waves of government action. “There was a great deal of concern right after this happened,” said Rep. William Keating, a Massachusetts Democrat. “Now,...

    European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif

    UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade

    Iran has converted most of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms as part of a deal with six world powers, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday. The development leaves Iran with substantially less of the 20-percent enriched uranium that it would need for a nuclear warhead.

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine as “nonsense,” but voiced hope for success of four-way talks on settling the crisis.

    Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.

    Phoenix International’s Chris Minor, right, and Curt Newport inspect an autonomous underwater vehicle Monday before it is deployed from ADV Ocean Shield in the search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for the robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said on Tuesday.

    Samples collected from oil slick not from plane

    Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft. The unmanned sub’s first two missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, but the Bluefin 21 finally managed to complete a...


    Report: April soil moisture level high in Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN — Illinois officials say the level of soil moisture is high across Illinois.The University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute said Wednesday soil moisture levels were measured on April 14 by the Illinois State Water Survey.


    2 ex-Cook County workers sentenced for bribery

    Two former Cook County Board of Review analysts convicted of federal conspiracy, bribery and fraud charges have been sentenced to prison.Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 50-year-old Thomas Hawkins was sentenced to two years in prison and 53-year-old John Racasi was sentenced to 18 months in prison.


    Hearing set in lawsuit filed against Rutherford

    Lawyers for Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford are expected to appear in court to ask a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a former employee.A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Edmund Michalowski accused Rutherford in January of sexual harassment and making him do political work while on state time.


    U of I setting presidential search committee

    URBANA — University of Illinois trustees will hold a special meeting Friday to name the 19 members of the search committee that will look for a new president.University President Robert Easter has said he plans to retire in June 2015. The university has said it hopes to have a replacement selected by January.


    Indianapolis police trained to give overdose drug

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis police and emergency responders are receiving training to deliver antidotes to overdoses of heroin and other narcotics. WISH-TV and WIBC-FM report Indianapolis emergency medical services crews this week are teaching Indianapolis police to deliver the lifesaving nasal spray.


    Evansville schools get physical fitness grant

    INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $385,000 grant to an Indiana school corporation to get its students more active and eating better.The department announced this week Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. is among 67 recipients nationwide receiving the grants. The school district was the only grant recipient in Indiana.


    Purdue researcher seeks to record 1 million sounds

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University researcher is on a mission to capture up to 1 million natural sounds around the globe next week for an Earth Day project.


    Students taken to hospital after smoking spice

    COLUMBUS, Ind. — Officials say central Indiana high school students were taken to a hospital after becoming ill from smoking the synthetic marijuana known as spice.


    Man sentenced to 20 years for 2011 Decatur slaying

    DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the shooting death of a teenager in Decatur.


    Teen canoeing on Milwaukee River is missing

    CEDARBURG, Wis. (AP) — Ozaukee (County sheriff’s deputies and others are searching the Milwaukee River for a teen who went missing while canoeing. Authorities say the 17-year-old Cedarburg boy last had contact with his mother about 8 p.m. Wednesday. Law enforcement personnel searched the river between Cedarburg and Grafton by air and by boat.


    Boy killed when hit by semi on NW Indiana street

    WHITING, Ind. — Police say an 11-year-old boy died after he was hit by a semitrailer on a busy city street in northwestern Indiana.


    Rutherford returns $30 million in unclaimed money

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois state Treasurer Dan Rutherford says his office has returned nearly $30 million in previously unclaimed property to 15,000 owners in the first three months of 2014. Rutherford credited the success of the “I-Cash” program to the employees who oversee it.


    Woman arrested after bringing gun to son’s school

    ANDERSON, Ind. — A woman arrested after taking a gun into a central Indiana school says she forgot she was carrying the weapon before meeting with the principal about a threat made against her son.Anderson police say 27-year-old Bonnie Trahan was arrested on a preliminary felony charge of possessing a firearm on school property after she left St. Mary’s School on Wednesday.


    Tollway gives $2M for DuPage wetlands restoration

    The Illinois Tollway has agreed to contribute $2 million toward the restoration of a more than half-mile section of creek running through the St. James Farm Forest Preserve. The preserve located west of Chicago in Warrenville is home to more than 100 acres of woodlands, prairies and wetlands.


    Van Hollen, Stepp promote drug take-back day

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Department of Natural Resources are teaming up to promote National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.


    Parkview to seek affiliation with Wabash hospital

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A not-for-profit health system that includes eight hospitals across northeastern Indiana has agreed to pursue an affiliation agreement with another hospital in the region.

    Arthur Manning was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison for the 2008 stabbing death of Naromi Mannery in St. Charles.

    Dawn Patrol: 25 years for St. Charles stabbing murder; GOP chairs picked

    25 years in St. Charles stabbing murder. Naperville company can put trucks back on the road. Cook GOP retains chairmanship. Kane County GOP selects new party chairman. Lake County picks new chairman. Party chairmen keep their seats in DuPage. Bulls draw Wizards first. Sox lose in 14.

    Applicants for concealed carry permits in Illinois have to complete 16 hours of training, and local law enforcement officials can object to people they believe shouldn’t be allowed to carry a gun.

    Gun owners criticize aspects of new concealed carry law

    An informational meeting held by Democratic state Rep. Elaine Nekritz in Wheeling Wednesday, which was intended to clarify some gray areas of Illinois’ new concealed carry law, largely focused on the criticisms of current gun owners who described themselves as responsible and law-abiding. James Hopkins came all the way from Antioch to share his thoughts before an audience of about 50 at the...

    Dan Kotowski

    Lawmakers clash over school funding with lower income tax

    The Illinois State Board of Education released numbers Wednesday showing how much state money most school districts could lose if lawmakers don’t renew the 2011 income tax hike. But Republicans say Democrats are proposing a doomsday budget scenario to try to raise support for higher taxes.

    First-place winner Patty Colabuono of Arlington Heights holds the original print of her photograph “Wood Nymph” during the annual Arts Unlimited reception and program Wednesday in Arlington Heights.

    Artists, writers shine in community contest

    Patty Colabuono has been taking photos since she was a child, and in recent years she has cultivated a market for the note cards she makes using her images of flowers. On Wednesday, she found a much larger audience for her work. Colabuono, of Arlington Heights, took first place in the visual art portion of the Daily Herald’s Community Art & Writing Contest for her photo “Wood...

    Barrie Komorski of unincorporated Kane County near East Dundee, and her dog, Roxi, were rescued from flooding outside her home along Fox River Drive last spring. Despite a crawl space beneath her home that was flooded and potentially damaged, and losing her unemployment benefits from a job she lost in 2012, Komorski has no plans to leave the flood-prone area.

    Flooding survivor near East Dundee isn't moving

    In the year since firefighters rescued Barrie Komorski and her dog from their flooded house near East Dundee, Komorski hasn't had the best of luck, as she lost her unemployment benefits and now struggles with her health. Yet Komorski hasn't lost her main symbol of independence, which is her home in a notorious flood plain. She has no plans to leave the place she's called home for 18 years.

    Debra Schulz of Lisle recalls last April 18 as a traumatizing experience of being rescued by boat from the flooded area around her apartment at the Towers at Four Lakes.

    Memories of Lisle flood ‘nightmare’ vivid a year later

    If the sound of rain ever was calming to Debra Schulz of Lisle, it sure isn’t now. It hasn’t been for the past year. Because a year ago today, Schulz and thousands across the region awoke to devastating flooding after an overnight storm poured more than seven inches of rain on areas of DuPage County. “Now, every time it rains, I undoubtedly will have another nightmare that...

    John Mellencamp performs in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2013. When Mellencamp caught wind of Wisconsin Gov. Soctt Walker playing “Small Town” during the recall campaign, his publicist sent Walker an email letting him know that Mellencamp supports collective bargaining and union rights.

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    Nick and Nan Gagliano of Algonquin load sand bags into a canoe to make it easier to get the to their home along the Fox River, seen in the background.

    Images: One year anniversary of spring 2013 floods
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    Behan powers Carmel victory

    Jenny Behan blasted her seventh home run of the season, doubled and drove in 4 runs, as Carmel Catholic’s softball team pounded host Marian Central 15-2 in a five-inning nonconference game Thursday.

    The Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews controls the puck as St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller and Jay Bouwmeester, left, defend during the third period in Game 1 on Thursday night.

    Tough one to lose for Blackhawks

    Rarely, rarely do you ever get to see Jonathan Toews as pumped up as he was Thursday morning.Sure, he still had that stoic, serious look he’s made famous since he came here as a kid, but you could just tell the Blackhawks captain sensed something big happening heading into Game 1 against St. Louis.


    Softball: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Glenbard North 3, St. Charles East 0Glenbard North 000 102 0 —3-7-0St. Charles East 000 000 0 —0-7-12B: GN: Campos.WP: Dopart; LP: Beno.*St. Charles North 9, Metea Valley 0Metea Valley 000 000 0 —0-5-1St. Charles North 135 000 X —9-13-02B: MV: Perna. SCN: Rabin, Goetz 2. WP: Rabin; LP: Titner.*Riverside-Brookfield 16, Fenton 12Fenton 041 032 2 —12-15-5Riverside-Brook. 410 425 X —16-16-22B: F: Paul, Wassmann. RB: Hoyd, O’Connell, Hastings 3. 3B: F: Pikul, Susmarski, Geraci. RB: Hoyd, O’Connell. HR: F: Susmarski. RB: Herrmann. WP: DiMonte; LP: Fritz.*Naperville North 7, Neuqua Valley 6Naperville North 000 601 0 —7-10-3Neuqua Valley 000 033 0 —6-12-32B: NV: Huebner. HR: NN: Solak, Vassar. NV: Hill. WP: Biesiada (2-0); LP: Bilgri (2-4).*Downers Grove North 12, Glenbard East 0Downers North 004 44 —12-14-1Glenbard East 000 00 —0-0-22B: DGN: Woitovich. HR: DGN: Woitovich, Honn. WP: Ryndak (8-0); LP: Slobodski.*Lisle 11, reed-Custer 8Lisle 100 000 73 —11-13-3Reed-Custeer 070 100 00 —8-12-52B: L: Krause, Daly, Carlson. RC: Wickey. WP: Stitt (2-1); LP: Wickey.*Downers Grove South 6, Naperville Central 2Naperville Cent. 011 000 0 —2-5-0Downers South 000 006 X —6-11-02B: NC: Gonzalez, DGS: Andree 2, Daly, Lea. 3B: NC: Doane. HR: DGS: Horton, LoBianco. WP: Hedgcock; LP: Hayes.*Batavia 17, Rosary 4Rosary 001 03 —4-5-4Batavia 352 7 —17-20-42B: B: Offutt 2; HR: B: Offutt.WP: A.Klemm ; LP: S. Willman*South Elgin 8, Prairie Ridge 2.*Huntley 12, Dundee-Crown 0 (5 Inns.)Huntley 202 62 -12-12-1Dundee-C. 000 00 -0-2-13B: H — Shields.WP: Spannraft; LP: Girard.*Jacobs 16, Johnsburg 5 (5 Inns.)Johnsburg 201 02 -5-7-2Jacobs 152 8x -16-16-22B: John — Post; Jac — Borg.HR: Jac — Lach 2, Belo, Borg.WP: Peters; LP: Post.*Crystal Lake South 7, Hampshire 6Hampshire 301 011 0 -6-7-1CL South 200 130 0 -7-7-12B: H — Dechant, Finn; CLS — Massie.3B: CLS — McLean 2.HR: H — Finn.WP: Burgard; LP: Widmeyer.*West Chicago 10, Streamwood 0 (6 Inns.)West Chicago 130 114 -10-11-0Streamwood 000 000 -0-3-3WP: Goldsmith; LP: Daley.*Burlington Central 8, Richmond-Burton 1Richmond-Burton 000 010 0 -1-3-3Burlington Central 222 011 x -8-9-12B: BC — Gaylord. WP: Kisch (4-2). *Cary-Grove 17, Woodstock North 1 (5 INN.) Cary-Grove 422 36 -17-18-0Woodstock North 010 00 -1-2-62B: C-G — Clemment, Isola, Pilz. HR: Semro.WP: Stanley.*ZION-BENTON 3, MUNDELEIN 2Mundelein 001 001 0 —2-6-4Zion-Benton 010 001 1 —3-9-12B: Mund: Fairweather.WP: Lenti; LP: Parney.*lake zurich 4, stevenson 3Lake Zurich 100 102 0 —4-4-1Stevenson 100 020 0 —3-7-22B: Stev: Yonkovic.HR: LZ: Schroeder.WP: Schneider; LP: Mankus; S: Rubiano.*wauconda 2, grant 0Grant 000 000 0 —0-0-1Wauconda 101 000 X —2-3-13B: Wedl 2.WP: Wedl; LP: Moran.*MCHENRY 3, GRAYSLAKE NORTH 0McHenry 000 110 1 —3-6-2Grayslake North 000 000 0 —0-2-22B: McH: Koppke, O’Donnell.WP: Koppke; LP: Littleton.*ANTIOCH 18, ROUND LAKE 3 (5 inn.)Antioch 044 0 (10) —18-18-1Round Lake 003 00—3-6-42B: Ant: Petersen, Hart, Foote, Stephens; RL: Bart.HR: Ant: Tyrell.WP: Cook; LP: Wagner.*CARMEL 15, MARIAN CENTRAL 2 (5 INN.)2B: Carm: Bartz 2, Behan, Felicelli.HR: Carm: Behan.WP: Dicara.*GRAYSLAKE C. 5, cRystal.lAKE c. 4 (10 INN.)Crystal Lake C. 000 301 000 0 —4 4-7-5Grayslake Lake C. 012 001 000 1 —5-13-12B: CLC: Iwamoto, Thomas; GC: WhiteWP: Brown; LP: Mahaffy.*Barrington 16, Hersey 5 (5 inn.) Hersey 000 05 — 5-10-2Barrington 550 6x —16-13-0


    Girls soccer: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*St. Francis 5, Montini 1St. Francis 3 2 —5Montini 1 0 —1Scoring — SF: Syron (Kasprak); VanThournout (Kasprak); Syron; Ravlin (Kasprak); VanThournout. M: McHugh (Bruscianelli). Goalkeepers — M: Johnston (9)*Benet 2, Plainfield South 0Benet 1 1 —2Plainfield South 0 0 —0Scoring — B: Baumann (Morefield); Elenteny (Morefield). Goalkeepers — B: Hlavin*Glenbard South 3, Fenton 0Scoring — GS: Miglio, Moore (Rausch); Mathews (Rausch). Goalkeepers — GS: Wescott (1). *Naperville Central 4, West Aurora 0Naperville Central 2 2 —4West Aurora 0 0 —0Scoring — NC: Stenmark (Rowan); Sisko (Dorgan); Joyce (Rowan); McGuire (Conforti). Goalkeepers — NC: Hershik (3), Roscoe (1). *Pepsico ShowdownWarren 1, Wheaton Warrenville South 0Buffalo Grove 2, Metea Valley 1 (2 OT)Buffalo Grove 1 0 0 1 —2Metea Valley 1 0 0 0 —1Scoring — BG: K. Zickert (UA); C. Zickert (K. Zickert). MV: Kentgen (Proszowski). Goalkeepers — BG: O’Connor (12). MV: Johnson (9)*Wheaton Academy 2, lane Tech 0Wheaton Academy 1 1 —2Lane Tech 0 0 —0Scoring — WA: DellaTorre; Lindsay (Pearson). *Kaneland 8, Rochelle 0Kaneland 4 4 —8Rochelle 0 0 —0Scoring — K: Olson (Jurcenko); Jurcenko, Jurcenko, Olson (Coia), Grams (Olson), Jurcenko (M. Ortiz), M. Ortiz (Powell), Colling (Briane) *Loyola 2, St. Charles North 0St. Charles N. 0 0 —0Loyola 1 1 —2Goalkeepers — SCN: Stitz (4 saves)*Aurora Central Catholic 2, Marian Central 1ACC 1 1 —2Marian 0 1 —1ACC scoring: Ramos (Sundberg); Sundberg (Mandarino)Goalkeepers — ACC: Mandarino (17 saves)ACC: 5-1-1, 2-1*Cary-Grove 8, Woodstock North 0*PepsiCo ShowdownNew Trier 1, Huntley 0Huntley 0 0 —0New Trier 1 0 —1Goalkeepers — H — Galason (9 saves). *Jacobs 1, Plainfield East 0Plainfield E. 0 0 —0Jacobs 0 1 —1Scoring — J — Blankenship (Surges).Goalkeepers — J — Foster (16 saves). *Plainfield North 5, Burlington Central 0Plainfield N. 1 4 —5Burlington C. 0 0 —0Goalkeepers — BC — Hilton (6 saves), Ciganek (7 saves), Plorin (7 saves). *Crystal Lake South 1, Woodstock 0CL South 1 0 —1Woodstock 0 0 —0Scoring — CLS — Minogue (Romano). Goalkeepers — CLS — Przybylski (4 saves). *Harvest Christian 3, Westminster Christian 0Westminster C. 0 0 —0Harvest C. 1 2 —3Scoring — HC — Doby (PK), Lockwood (PK), Burzlaff (Ellis). Goalkeepers — HC — Doby (5 saves); WC — Dutcher (6 saves). *Bartlett 2, Elgin 0Elgin 0 0 —0Bartlett 1 1 —2Scoring — B — Alba (UA), Videckis (Lyjak). Goalkeepers — E — Demel (6 saves); B — Jatczak (6 saves). *Geneva 8, Streamwood 1Scoring — S — Campos (Carroll). Goalkeepers — S — Carroll (12 saves). *Woodlands 6, Elgin Academy 0Elgin Academy 0 0 —0Woodlands 3 3 —6Goalkeepers — EA — Richetti (4 saves).*McHenry 5, Hampshire 0McHenry 2 3 —5Hampshire 0 0 —0Goalkeepers — H — Kienzler (17 saves). *GRANT 7, NORTH CHICAGO 0Grant 7 0 —7North Chicago 0 0 —0Grant — Nehila (Pecorini), Nehila (Richards), Nehila (Deligio), Pecorini (Deligio), Frazer, Velarde, Velarde (Kramer).Goalkeepers — Grt: Rodas (0 saves), Murray (2 saves).*VERNON HILLS 3, GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 0Vernon Hills 1 2 —3Grayslake Central 0 0 —0Vernon Hills — Andrea, Gramins, Bahlmann.Other score


    Girls water polo: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*St. Charles North 6, Lockport 6SCN: N. Guyett 3 goals, 3 steals; M. Guyett 2 goals, 1 assist.*MUNDELEIN 16, VERNON HILLS 4Mundelein 4 6 3 3 —16Vernon Hills 0 3 0 1 —4Mundelein — Boothe 7, Ward 3, Garcia 3, Murphy, Modi, UrmatVernon Hills — Schaffer, Wood, Levy, Cheng.JV: — Mundelein 14, Vernon Hills 3*STEVENSON 17, LIBERTYVILLE 2Stevenson 6 1 7 3 —17Libertyville 0 1 0 1 —2Stevenson — Gartenberg 7, Hotchkiss 2, Travetto 2, Kempers 2, Oliver, Newland, Spizzirri, Ploch. Libertyville — Joshi 2.Goalkeepers — Stev: Callen (11 saves).JV: — Stevenson 9, Libertyville 2*St. Viator invitationalpalatine 6, maine south 3Palatine 1 3 1 1 —6Maine South 1 1 0 1 —3Palatine — Chumbook 3, McHugh, Rasor, Anderson.Maine South — Zitkus 2, Zang.Goalkeepers — Pal: Butler (7 saves).*Other area resultsSchaumburg 12, Hinsdale SOuth 2Hinsdale South 1 0 1 0 —2Schaumburg 3 4 2 3 —12Hinsdale South — Guozdjan, KirinSchaumburg — Houts 2, Vezzetti 3, Lynch, Vasquez 4, Kasner, Gurbb.*


    Girls track: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Naperville North Gus Scott InvitationalTeam resultsCary-Grove 349; Naperville North 313; St. Charles east 274; Waubonsie Valley 2-9; Benet 186; Jacbos 152; Stagg 116; Romeoville 101Top Finishers3200 relay: Naperville North (Gibson, Griffin, Guppy, McDaniel) 9:33.68; Jacobs 9:45.16; St. Charles East 10:05.42; 400 relay: Waubonsie Valley (Moore, Post, Dwyer, Hughes) 50.04; St. Charles East 50;.44; Cary-Grove 51.25; 3200: Hamilton (NN) 11:17.73; Pendegrast (NN) 11:27.83; Arrick (SCE) 11:54.88; 110 high hurdles: Burk (CG) 15.32; Schulz (CG) 15.79; Robins (CG) 16.35; 100: Moore (WV) 12.88; Jobin (RV) 13.14; Abels (SCE) 13.17; Post (WV) 13.17; 800: Schulz (CG) 2:17.62; Wilson (WV) 2:19.00; Honea (SCE) 2:21.86; 800 relay: Waubonsie Valley (Moore, Post, Dwyer, Hughes) 1:45.29; St. Charles East 1:45.73; Cary-Grove 1:46.23; 400: Giuliano (Jac) 59.75; Adams (SCE) 1:01.20; Lauritsen (CG) 1:02.73; 300 int. hurdles: Schulz (CG) 44.83; Robins (CG) 48.00; McNichols (SCE) 48.19; 1600: VanVlierbergen (Jac) 4:56.94; Scull (SCE) 5:05.12; McDaniel (NN) 5:08.73; 200: Shead (SCE) 25.89; Moore (WV) 26.59; Abels (SCE) 26.89; 1600 relay: St. Charles East 4:03.75; Naperville North 4:13.95; Cary-Grove 4:18.01; Long jump: Furio (CG) 16-3.0; McDaniel (NN) 16-0.25; Munson (Ben) 15-1.0; High jump: Sternard (CG) 5-2; Mueller (NN) 5-2; Robins (CG) 5-0; Triple jump: Chmelik (SCE) 36-7.0; Pulliam (RV) 36-2.5; Mannix (Stg) 35-1.0; Shotput: Freeman (NN) 38-1.5; Wilson (WV) 35-2.0; Roehri (CG) 34-8.0; Discus: Hughes (WV) 133-01; Freeman (CG) 119-05; Wilson (WV) 110-06; Pole vault: Mueller (NN) 11-6; Kramer (CG) 8-6; Kresi (SCE) 8-6; Mishall (CG) 8-6.*Glenbard South Raider Inviteteam resultsLincoln-Way east 175; Glenbard South 112; Hersey 97; Montini 79; West Chicago 43; Rich East 35; Streamwood 22; Oak Lawn 16Individual results3200 relay: Streamwood 9:49.64; Lincoln Way East 10:05.79; Hersey 10:15.63; 400 relay: Streamwood 9:49.64; Hersey 10:05.79; Lincoln Way East 10:15.64; 3200: Sayner (WC) 12:09.88; Dertz (LWE) 12:23.63; Joncas (Her) 12:38.61; 110 high hurdles: Hill (GS) 15.78; Reese (GE) 17.24; Jackson (Her) 17.54; 100: Brown (LWE) 13.10; Pierre-Antoine (LWE) 13.35; Nauden (RE) 13.38; 800: Fisher (Mon) 2:23.00; Vogt (LWE) 2:27.41; Karl (LWE) 2:28.22; 800 relay: Lincoln way East 1:45.18; Glenbard South 1:49.79; Hersey 1:51.29; 400: Marias (LWE) 1:00.19; Jamrozek (Mon) 1:02.04; Carrillo (WC) 1:04.96; 300 int. hurdles: Hill (GS) 47.09; Salzbrunn (Mon) 48.27; Barrera (LWE) 51.33; 1600: Niedert (GS) 5:29.43; Arlasky (GS) 5:33.60; Hallerud (Mon) 5:33.90; 200: Brown (LWE) 26.52; Ayoola (LWE) 26.70; Fredrick (Her) 27.97; 1600 relay: Lincoln Way East 4:04.14; Glenbard South 4:07.75; Montini 4:15.72; Long jump: Pawlis (H) 15-5; McNamara (Mon) 14-10.25; King (WC) 14-7.0; High jump: Ayoola (LWE) 5-6; Junkroski (LWE) 5-2; Fisher (Mon) 4-10; Triple jump: Brambora (GS) 31-0.25; Fox (WC) 30-7.75; Nikelwicz (H) 30-0; Shotput: Dennis (RE) 36-0.5; Markusic (OL) 35-1.0; Walker (GS) 21-7.0; Discus: Woodley (Mon) 108-11; Ogonna (LWE) 104-10; Dennis (RE) 102-11; Pole vault: Hill (Her) 11-0; Junkorski (LWE) 11-0; Rumel (GS) 9-6.*Grayslake Cental inviteevents3,200 relay: Highland Park 10:38.90; 400 relay: Highland Park 51.20; 3,200: Girmscheid (GC) 12:37.61; 100 high hurdles: Schmitt (GC) 17.33; 100: Lane (HP) 12.52; 800: Schlebecker (Mund) 2:25.63 800 relay: Grayslake Central 1:49.09; 400: Horberg (HP) 1:01.08; 300 int.. hurdles: Schmitt (GC) 50.32; 1,600: Pine (HP) 5:39.02; 200: Lane (HP) 26.33; 1,600 relay: Mundelein 4:22.35; long jump: Kloss (GC) 15-11.5;high jump: Stanczykiewicz (Mund) 5-02; triple jump: Thorpe (HP) 33-11; shot put: Sledd (HP) 35-06; discus: Mondesir (GC) 98-10; pole vault: Schoeder (GC) 10-9.


    Boys volleyball: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Proviso east d. West Chicago 25-23, 25-22*Lake Park d. Naperville North 25-23, 25-18Lake Park — Krisik (22 assists, 5 digs, 3 kills); Moore (4 digs, 5 kills); Amore (6 digs); Fritsche (7 kills, 3 digs); Terry (8 kills, 7 digs); Yost (2 kills, 3 digs); Lovelace (4 digs).*Glenbard East d. Wheaton North 25-23, 25-17Glenbard East — Symonds (10 kills, 13 digs); Glover (6 kills); Wareham (4 kills); Soehren (1 ace, 12 assists); Fiebrandt (2 blocks); Eboli (1 block); Hurlburt (9 assists) Wheaton North — Bowen (25 assists); Clark (12 kills, 1 block); Mullinger (5 kills, 4 digs, 1 ace).*Glenbard West d. Leyden 25-15, 25-14Glenbard West — Garwood (10 assists, 1 dig, 1 kill, 6 aces); Bischoff (9 assists, 3 digs, 1 ace); Nagle (5 kills, 1 block, 1 dig); Blane (4 kills); Kotsakis (4 kills, 1 block); Scruggs (1 kill, 3 blocks, 1 dig); Smith (3 kills, 1 block 2 digs); Church (2 kills, 2 blocks); Montgomery (1 kill); Roberts (8 digs, 1 ace); Light (2 aces); Condon (3 digs).*Addison Trail d. Elgin 25-16, 25-18Addison Trail — Dickmann (9 kills); Chiaramonte (5 kills); Jackson (2 kills). *West Aurora d. Glenbard North 25-23, 27-25Glenbard North — Petock (10 digs, 16 assists); Fiduccia (12 assists, 4 kills); Gorzela (5 kils); Vegrzyn (4 blocks)*Benet d. Bartlett 25-19, 19-25, 25-21Benet — Schuessler (12 kills, 5 digs, 3 blocks, 1 ace); Kleiser (7 kills, 6 blocks); Metzger (7 kills, 2 blocks); Mazza (39 assists, 2 kills, 1 block); Martinez (5 kills, 7 digs, 1 block); Ladowski (7 digs).Bartlett — Gulczynski (17 kills, 3 aces, 3 digs); Stanisz (7 blocks, 3 kills); Cruz (14 asissts); Schmitz (10 assists, 2 digs); Butler (17 digs)*St. Francis d. St. Charles East 25-19, 25-20St. Francis — Jendryk (7 svc pts, 8 kills); Denny (5 svc pts, 5 kills); Shearer (6 svc pts, 4 kills); Churney (10 kills); Smith (21 assists).*South Elgin d. Geneva 25-23, 25-19South Elgin - Marotta (8 kills, 3 digs), Gibadlo (5 kills, 14 assists), Vedrine (6 digs).*Benet Academy d. Bartlett 25-19, 20-25, 25-21Bartlett - Gulczynski (17 kills, 3 aces, 3 digs), Stanisz (7 blocks, 3 kills), Cruz (14 assists), Schmitz (10 assists, 2 digs), Butler (17 digs).*Addison Trail d. Elgin 25-18, 25-16. Elgin - Paquin (4 kills, 4 digs), Michalik (5 kills), Hernandez (13 assists, 2 aces). *Lake County invitationalAt Vernon Hills/Antiochteam scoresAt Vernon HillsBlue PoolVernon Hills d. Libertyville 25-20, 25-23Vernon Hills d. Lake Zurich 25-22, 26-24Vernon Hills d. Carmel 25-17, 25-17Lake Zurich d. Carmel 25-16, 22-25, 15-12Lake Zurich d. Libertyville 17-25, 25-13, 15-13Carmel d. Libertyville 25-18, 25-22*Silver PoolDeerfield d. Highland Park 25-13, 25-18Deerfield d. Zion-Benton 25-20, 25-17Deerfield d. Grant 25-7, 25-18Zion-Benton d. Grant 25-11, 25-15Zion-Benton d. Highland Park 25-23, 25-23Highland Park d. Grant 25-18, 25-20*At AntiochCardinal PoolBarrington d. Lake Forest 25-20, 22-25, 15-11Barrington d. Antioch 25-11, 25-9Barrington d. Mundelein 25-17, 25-18Lake Forest d. Mundelein 25-17, 25-23Lake Forest d. Antioch 25-15, 25-16Mundelein d. Antioch 25-17, 25-15*At LakesWhite PoolLoyola d. Stevenson 25-22, 25-9Loyola d. Lakes 25-16, 25-19Loyola d. Waukegan 25-16, 25-13Lakes d. Waukegan 25-18, 25-13Lakes d. Stevenson 25-19, 17-25 15-11Stevenson d. Waukegan 24-14, 25-17*Other area resultshersey d. Rolling meadows 25-16, 25-15


    Boys track: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Naperville North Gus Scott InvitationalTeam resultsOak Park-River Forest 306; New Trier 295; Waubonsie Valley 281; Naperville North 281; Naperville North 279; Romeoville 220; Jacobs 182; Benet 98; Wheaton Academy 43Top Finishers3200 relay: New Trier 7:54.64; Jacobs 8:21.95; Naperville North 8:25.74; 400 relay: Naperville North (Lang, Brown, Milsap, Collier) 43.12; OPRF 43.12; Romeoville 44.03; 3200: Pecorin (NN) 9:31.83; Rosenkranz (NT) 9:32.63; Gshwedntner (NN) 9:35.53; 110 high hurdles: Kirkwood (WV) 15.39; Beard (NN) 15.40; Johnson (OPRF) 15.91; 100: Durns (WV) 11.13; Walker (Jac) 11.18; Collier (NN) 11.29; 800: Silverman (NT) 1:59.45; Loza (RV) 2:01.64; Godinez (Jac) 2:03.12; 800 relay: New Trier 1:31.68; Jacobs 1:31.80; Romeoville 1:33.58. 400: Wright-Madison (OPRF) 50.52; Ruff (WA) 50.67; Williams (WV) 51.18; 300 int. hurdles: Beard (NN) 41.01; Kirkwood (WV) 41.28Johnson (OPRF) 41.42; 1600: Cotsirilos (NT) 4:27,16; Trapp (NT) 4:28.94; Johnson (Jac) 4:33.34; 200: Walker (Jac) 22.40; Gunther (NT) 22.63; Durns (WV) 22.56; 1600 relay: Oak Park-River Forest 3:27.94; New Trier 3:32.70; Naperville North 3:35.27; Long jump: Travis (WV) 21-3.0; Heinz (NN) 20-11; Brown (OPRF) 20-2.5; High jump: Wright0Madison (OPRF) 6-4; Heinz (NN) 6-4; LaFond (RV) 6-0; Kirkwood (WV) 6-0; Triple jump: Martin (OPRF) 44-1.5; Pruitt (RV) 44-0.5; Travis (WV) 43-6.25; Shotput: Harris (WV) 54-1.5; Osinloye (RB) 51-5.5; Hubona (Ben) 48-9.5; Discus: Hubona (Ben) 163-06; Harris (WV) 163-01; Strahan (WV) 147-04; Pole vault: Wilkie (OPRF) 12-0; Welch (NN) 12-0; Shenouda-Coburn (OPRf) 12-0. *Fremd throws invitationalindividual placewinnersShotput: 1, Evans (Lake Park) 57-8. 2, Prestigiocomo (Lake Park) 51-5.5, 3. Riverdance (Fremd) 47-6, 4. Barbian (Libertyville) 47-4, 5. Siler (Aurora West) 46-10.5.Discus: 1. Prestigiocomo (Lake Park) 163-7, 2. Evans (Lake Park) 158-5, 3. Nunez (Joliet Catholic) 154-3, 4. Bellafiore (Hersey) 149-5, 5. Connor (Joliet Catholic) 146-6.*Stevenson relaysteam scoresBarrington 142, Huntley 113, Stevenson 92, Grant 80, Cary-Grove 62, Round Lake 45, Carmel 33, Grayslake North 27, Waukegan 24, Marian Central 22, Elgin Larkin 21.*INDIVIDUAL RESULTS3200 relay: 1. Barrington (8.08.9), 2. Grayslake North (8.15.7), 3. Stevenson (8.16.2); 400 relay: 1. Barrington (43.0), 2. Larkin (43.2), 3. Grant (43.5); 440 high hurdles relay: Barrinton (1.05.8), 2. Huntley (1.05.9), 3. Grant (1.07.4); 800 relay: 1. Barrington (1.29.8), 2. Huntley (1.31.8), 3. Stevenson (1.32.1); 1600: 1. Romig (Grant) 4.32.5, 2. Oh (Stevenson) 4.32.6, 3. Perkins (Barrington) 4.37.0; 1600 relay: 1. Barrington (3.24.7), 2. Huntley (3.25.7), 3. Cary-Grove (3.26.9); Long jump: Barrington (56-2.5), 2. Stevenson (54-8), 3. Huntley (52-4); High jump: 1. Grant (6-10), 2. Barrington (5-8), 3. Carmel (5-4); Triple jump: 1. Waukegan (115-8), 2. Stevenson (114-1.5), 3. Round Lake (112-2.5); Shotput: 1. Huntley (134-9.25), Cary-Grove (133-5), 3. Stevenson (131-4.5); Discus: 1. Cary-Grove (432-1.5), Huntley (426-2), 3. Stevenson (356-5).*


    Girls badminton: Thursday’s scoreboard
    Thursday’s results*Glenbard East 15, Wheaton North 10Singles — No. 1: Maxey (GE) d. Nair (WN) 21-12, 21-14; No. 2: Glowrik (GE) d. King (WN) 21-9, 21-10; No. 3: Kamiran (GE) d. Hacker (WN) 21-5, 21-2; No. 4: Sakrani (GE) d. Bichler (WN) 21-17, 21-15; No. 5: Czervonke (GE) d. Li (WN) 21-10, 21-6; No. 6: Srey (GE) d. Benson (WN) 21-7, 21-8; No. 7: Alfaro (GE) d. Burshtan (WN) 21-13, 21-9; No. 8: Raodger (GE) d. VanOss (WN) 21-13, 21-17; No. 9: Zimmerman (GE) d. Carlson (WN) 21-11, 21-7; No. 10: Lesavage (GE) d. Rietveld (WN) 21-6, 21-5.Doubles — No. 1: Czervonke/Sakrani (GE) d. Garcia/Li (WN) 21-6, 21-10; No. 2: Glowik/Kamran (GE) d. King/VanOss (WN) 21-13, 21-5; No. 3: Srey/Shranski (GE) d. Nair/Hacker (WN) 21-13, 21-15; No. 4: Lesavage/Maxey (GE) d. Bichler/Benson (WN) 21-14, 21-11; No. 5: Alfaro/Rodgers (GE) d. Sibon/Carlson (WN) 21-9, 21-7.*York 8, Hinsdale Central 7Singles — No. 1: FU (HC) d. Creed (Y) 21-18, 21-18; No. 2: Ricker (HC) d. Wilson (Y) 21-12, 21-12; No. 3: Wirth (Y) d. Dechpande (HC) 21-16, 18-21, 21-17; No. 4: Wey (HC) d. Bogolia (Y) 21-10, 21-13; No. 5: Spoolstra (Y) d. McClary (HC) 21-19, 21-18; No. 6: Frank (Y) d. Ritter (HC) 19-21, 21-17, 21-11; No. 7: Li (HC) d. Chamberlin (Y) 21-19, 14-21; No. 8: Crandell (HC) d. Spoolstra (Y) 21-19, 21-19; No. 9: Dierkshire (Y) d. Grjal-Puche (HC) 21-19, 21-17; No. 10: Ballentine (HC) d. Kayman (Y) 18-21, 21-18, 21-11.Doubles — No. 1: Spoolstra/Spoolstra (Y) d. Wey/McCarthy (HC) 21-15, 12-21, 21-16; No. 2: Wirth/Bogolia (Y) d. Huang/Ritter (HC) 26-24, 19-21, 21-15; No. 3: Ricker/Fu (HC) d. Chamberlin/Kleneck (Y) 21-15, 21-10; No. 4: Crred/Wilson (Y) d. Wang/Deschpande (HC) 21-13, 19-21, 21-10; No. 5: Kayman/Hassler (Y) d. Ballentine/Han (HC) 22-20, 21-18.*St. Charles East 14, Larkin 1*buffalo grove 13, prospect 2Singles — No.1: Schwartz (BG) d. Menich 21-15, 21-7; No.2: Walsh (Pros) d. Kolenchery 21-18, 21-18; No.3: Jambrone (BG) d Hrsh 21-11, 20-22, 25-23; No.4: Sommers (BG) d. Venturellia 21-11, 21-9; No.5: default; No.6: Fortman (BG) d. Dolsen-Gron 18-21, 21-15, 21-12; No.7: ; No.8: McClellan (BG) d. Saik 21-19, 21-17; No.9: Petersen (BG) d. Parzynski 21-13; No.10.Doubles — No.1: Walsh/Caporusso (Pros) d. Berns/Foretmann 21-14, 21-19; No.2: Sommers/Jamborne (BG) d. Hirsh/Venturelli 21-6, 21-13; No.3: Kolenchery/Schwartz (BG) d. Munich/Scacia 21-6, 21-10; No.4: Mayer/Appelt (BG) d. Dolsen-Gron/Dawson 21-12, 21-11; No.5: McClennan/Peterson (BG) d. Parzynski/Saiki 21-6, 21-12.*elk grove 11, wheeling 4Singles — No.1: Varahese (Whl) d. N.Patel 18-21, 21-13, 21-9; No.2: Dyadenko (Whl) d. Guzman 21-9, 21-10; No.3: Grinen (EG) d. Lee 21-15, 21-14; No.4: P.Patel (EG) d. Alvarez 21-16, 21-8; No.5: Januanita (EG) d. Tsogas 21-10, 21-6; No.6: Achanzar (EG) d. Diaz 21-9, 21-16; No.7: Marrese (EG) d. Reyes 21-19, 21-13; No.8: Soto (Whl) d.Lim 21-18, 21-16; No.9: Pindras (EG) d. Malysa 21-12, 21-14; No.10. Broms (Whl) d. Ro 18-21, 21-14, 21-11.Doubles — No.1: Grinen/Ro (EG) d. Lee/Dyadenko 21-11, 21-12; No.2: N.Patel/P.Patel (EG) d. Tsogas/Varahese 21-13, 21-5; No.3: Achanzar/Januanita (EG) d. Diaz/Alvarez) 21-9, 21-6; No.4: Pindras/Guzman (EG) d. Malysa/Soto 21-18, 21-6; No.5: Marrese/Lim (EG) d. Reyes/Broms 22-20, 21-17.*fremd 14. palatine 1Singles — No.1: Wu (Frm) d. Palmer 21-10, 21-12; No.2: Dollu (Frm) d. Diep 21-18, 21-17; No.3: S.Choi (Frm) d. Gudivada 18-21, 21-11, 21-16; No.4: Zhang (Frm) d. Hank 21-9, 21-9; No.5: Parng (Frm) d. Aquije 21-9, 21-11; No.6: Shah (Frm) d. Chon 21-16, 21-5; No.7: Mbi (Frm) d. Manint 21-9, 21-13; No.8: Battula (Frm) d. Jiminez 21-9, 21-10; No.9: Peng (Frm) d. Lorenzo 21-9, 21-1; No.10. A.Choi (Frm) d. Stevenson 21-17, 21-13.


    Boys tennis: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Marmion 3, St. Francis 2Singles — No. 1: King (M) d. Kovatch (SF) 6-4, 6-3; No. 2: Weed (SF) d. Touhy (M) 5-7. 6-4. 6-2. Doubles — No. 1: Armbrust/Chacko (SF) d. Graft/Angstin (M) 7-6 6-3; No. 2: Hoss/Demoll (M) d. Dean/Eichenberger (SF) 6-2, 0-6, 6-1; No. 3: Vertin/Sweeney (M) d. Markalz/Kulisz (SF) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.*Glenbard East 4, West Aurora 3Singles — No. 1: Kuntzi (WA) d. Delawder (GE) 6-1, 6-3; No. 2: Isminger (WA) d. Alesia (GE) 6-1, 6-2; No. 3: Merluzzi (WA) d. Nawlobke (GE) 7-5, 6-2; No. 4: Roth (GE) d. La (WA) 6-3, 6-2.Doubles — No. 1: Nasti/Osburn (GE) d. Sewell/Spooner (WA) 6-2, 6-3; No. 2: Pascual/Kaylor (GE) d. Sittler/Espinosa (WA); 6-0, 6-1 No. 3: Fragoso/Ekstrom (GE) d. Rodriguez/McCarney (WA) 6-1, 6-1; No. 4: DiFino/Viatle (GE) d. WA 6-1, 6-4.*Wheaton warrenville South 5, wheaton North 2Singles: — No 1. McDonough (WWS) def. Ros (WN) 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Brink (WN) def. Ottolin (WWS) 6-0, 6-3; No. 3 Corse (WN) def. Anderson 6-1, 6-4; No. 4 Nielson (WWS) def. Hossu (WN) 6-3, 7-3. Doubles — No. 1 Orlove/Foley (WWS) defl Houlihan/ Wojtyna (WN) 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 Healy/Gilligan (WWS) def. Tron/Lindquist 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 Smith/Reynolds (WWS) def. Dama/Bass (WN) 6-3, 6-0.*Neuqua Valley 9, South Elgin 0Singles — No. 1: Meyers (NV) d. Valenez (SE) 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Keating (NV) d. Lee (SE) 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Dugar (NV) d. Tren (SE) 6-2, 6-0; No. 4: Rajendran (NV) d. Tragmany (SE) 6-0, 6-0.Doubles — No. 1: Iyer/Luburgh (NV) d. Norasith/Patel 6-4, 4-2; No. 2: Emory/Monovich (NV) d. Salwan/Do (SE) 6-0, 6-1; No. 3: Vanalsburg/Delgado (NV) d. Marzano/Nygen (SE) 6-0, 6-1; No. 4: Martinez/Sass (NV) d. SE 6-0, 6-1; No. 5: Williams/Mulcare (NV) d. Lainz/Salezar (SE) 6-2, 6-2.*Wheaton Academy 4, Marian Central catholic 1Singles — No. 1: Shin (MCC) d. Jones 6-4, 6-2; No. 2: Bell (WA) d. Daniels (MCC) 6-3, 6-1. Doubles — No. 1: Bertsche/Renn (WA) d. Rost/Herba (MCC) 6-2, 6-2; No. 2: Garrett/Hamm (WA) d. Lee/Rost 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; No. 3: Drury/Jones (WA) d. Casey/Betancourt (MCC) 6-0, 6-0.*Dundee-Crown 7, Woodstock North 0Singles - No. 1: Steifer (D-C) d. Plummer 6-0, 6-1; No. 2: Emerson (D-C) d. Quintero 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Rangel (D-C) d. Balleno 6-1, 6-0.Doubles - No. 1: Wagner/Spongerberg (D-C) d. Julian/Devore 6-0, 6-1; No. 2: Naber/Sarazine (D-C) d. Dort/Molve 6-1, 6-0; No. 3: Wurster/Arshad (D-C) d. Devare/Langrece 6-2, 6-0; No. 4: Austen/Simmons (D-C) d. Halland/Ford 6-0, 6-3.*Huntley 4, Hampshire 3Singles - No. 1: Hougland (Hamp) d. Zornow 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Ved (Hunt) d. Tulentino 6-3, 6-2; No. 3: Higa (Hamp) d. Hagn 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.Doubles - No. 1: Dahlberg/West (Hamp) d. Grabner/Frederick 6-3, 1-6, 6-2; No. 2: Smith/Simons (Hunt) d. Gara/Majeed 6-0, 6-1; No. 3: Michel/Andre (Hunt) d. Moser/Hernandez 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; No. 4: Downs/Navarro (Hunt) d. Steuber/Stuart 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.*Elgin Academy 5, Marengo 2Singles - No. 1: Palmer (EA) d. VanVoorhees 6-1, 6-2; No. 2: Hochreiter (EA) d. Opie 3-6, 6-4, 10-6; No. 3: Geudey (M) d. Rong 6-1, 6-3.Doubles - No. 1: Karsten/West (M) d. Tran/Xayasarn 7-5, 6-4; No. 2: Bisconti/Schaefer (EA) d. Courtney/Diedrick 7-6 (3), 6-2; No. 3: Phalen/Oriold (EA) d. Heinnen/Martin 6-3, 6-3; No. 4: Vargas/Handa (EA) d. Lockhart/Kengott 7-6 (4), 6-4. *Crystal Lake South 4, Cary-Grove 3Singles - No. 1: Thome (CLS) d. Maas 6-3, 6-4; No. 2: Randolph (CLS) d. Jensen 6-3, 6-3; No. 3: Sardjev (CLS) d. McDonough 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.Doubles - No. 1: Devlin/Baietto (CLS) d. Budreck/Butler 5-7, 6-4, 6-3; No. 2: Kedzior/Veret (C-G) d. Pacini/Souiers 6-1, 6-1; No. 3: Smith/Lamb (C-G) d. Dobek/Hanigan 6-1, 6-4; No. 4: Shershen/Cecchin (C-G) d. Braasch/Bochat 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).*DEERFIELD 8, CARMEL 0Singles — No. 1: Rosenblat (Dfld) d. Hunt 6-3, 6-3; No. 2: Roth (Dfld) d. Norek 7-6 (6), 6-4; No. 3: Klabjan (Dfld) d. Kappas 6-0, 6-0.


    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Conant invitationalteam scoresGlenbard West 151.15, Prospect 145.20, Buffalo Grove 137.85, Niles West 137.56, Conant 136.86, Libertyville 135.15, Naperville North 133.50, Palatine 133.10, Hoffman Estates 132.30, Schaumburg 130.60, Fremd 128.31, Niles North 124.51, Lincoln-Way 121.25.*individual placewinnersFloor excercise: 1. Andryushchenko (Pros) 9.50. 2. Diab (GbdW) 9.30. 3. Zumbrook (GbdW) 8.85.Pommel horse: 1. Andryushchenko (Pros) 9.30. 2. Diab (GbdW) 8.80. 3. La (NiW) 8.40.Still rings: 1. Andryushchenko (Pros) 9.50. 2. Mandarino (GbdW) 9.10. 3. Zumbrook (GbdW) 8.80.Vault: 1. Diab (GbdW) 9.30. 2. Andryushchenko (Pros) 9.10. 3. Zumbrook (GbdW) 9.075.Parallel bars: 1. Andryushchenko (Pros) 9.40. 2. Zumbrook (GbdW) 9.00, Cho (BG) 8.90.Horizontal bar: 1. Andryushchenko (Pros) 9.40. 2. Matz (NapN) 8.00. 3. Khan (NiW) 7.90.All-around: 1. Max Andryushchenko (Pros) 56.20. 2. Diab (GbdW) 52.45. 3. Nigam (Pal) 49.35.*Lake Park Inviteteam ResultsStevenson 148.66; Mundelein 138.9; Glenbard South 130.06; Glenbard East 120.8; Lake Park 109.5; Fenton 100.5Individual resultsFloor excercise: Boguslavsky (GS) 8.6; Krames (S) 8.5; Gilbert (S) 8.4. Pommel horse: McCarthy (M) 9.2; Gilbert (S) 9.0; Guth (S) 8.1. Still rings: Feltman-Frank (S) 8.6; Mueller (M) 8.5; Joens (LP) 7.4. Vault: Gilbert (S) 9.3; Klaber (S) 9.0; Krames (S) 8.9. Parallel bars: Gilbert (S) 8.9; Krames (S) 8.2; Klaber (S) 8.15. Horizontal bar: McCarthy (M) 9.1; Feltman-Frank (S) 8..6; Gilbert (S) 8.4. All-around: Boguslavsky (GS) 48.1; Mueller (M) 47.3; Petri (M) 45.25


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Hersey 16, Rolling Meadows 8


    Baseball: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Lakes 9, Fenton 2*York 5, Downers Grove South 4Downers South 110 110 000 —4-9-2York 120 000 001 —5-9-42B: DGS: May, Taylor 2. Y: Miner, O’Brien. HR: Y. Santos.WP: Sabatini; LP: Hamot.*Neuqua Valley 10, St. Charles East 9St. Charles East 002 304 0 —9-10-1Neuqua Valley 300 043 X —10-16-32B: NV: Riesner 2, Tesmond 2. WP: Vlk; LP: Vyzral.*Willowbrook 8, Oak park-River Forest 5Willowbrook 000 000 8 —8-11-2OPRF 103 100 0 —5-7-12B: OPRF: Rumero, Fish, Fitsgerold. HR: W: Johnson. OPRF: Gaines. WP: Roycroft. *Lake Park 9, Naperville Central 7Lake Park 043 000 02 —9-13-2Naperville Centr. 031 000 30 —7-11-32B: LP: Barlund. NC: Wegner. HR: NC: Daley. WP: Popp; LP: Petrungaro.*Montini 8, IC Catholic Prep 1Montini 401 300 0 —8-9-0IC Catholic Prep 000 001 0 —1-3-32B: M: Kline. 3B: M: Long. WP: Frontzak; *Glenbard West 9, Morton 3Morton 010 020 0 —3-8-2Glenbard West 311 310 X —9-13-22B: GW: Rudolph, Vogg. 3B: GW: Greeno, Vogg. WP: Crane*Wheaton Academy 7, Chicago Christian 5Wheaton Acad. 410 011 0 —7-9-3Chicago Christ. 001 102 1 —5-7-32B: WA: Albaugh, Sandberg CC: Bolhuis. HR: WA: Kram. CC: Novak. WP: Kram; LP: Novak.*West Chicago 6, Batavia 9Batavia 002 320 2 —9-12-3West Chicago 200 022 0 —6-11-62B: B: Piechota, Simoncelli 2. WC: Seidler. WP: Piechota LP: Gosbeth. *Naperville North 9, Glenbard North 8Naperville North 020 104 2 —9-10-3Glenbard North 101 042 0 —8-13-32B: NN: Krainz, Siebers. GN: Albin. HR: NN: Laurenzo. WP: Fitch; LP: Greenberg.*Waubonsie Valley 6, Geneva 5Geneva 000 110 3 —5-8-1Waubonsie Vall. 003 020 1 —6-11-22B: G: Montgomery. WV: Hasper, Howicz. WP: Drago; LP: O’Loughlin.*Wheaton North 13, Wheaton Warrenville South 3Wheaton North 014 031 4 —13-15-3WW South 101 010 0 —3-6-12B: WN: Scandora, Leander, Colangelo. WWS: Flores. WP: Robin; LP: Holmes.*Hinsdale Central 7, Leyden 1Leyden 001 000 0 —1-3-1Hinsdale Central 210 220 X —7-13-22B: HC: Haff, Bruns, Davis. WP: Teska.*Ridgewood 10, Timothy Christian 0Timothy Christian 000 00 —0-2-4Ridgewood 431 02 —10-11-0HR: R: Gibson. WP: Rzewnicki; LP: Miller.*West Aurora 3, glenbard East 0Glenbard East 000 000 0 —0-5-0West Aurora 000 012 X —3-8-22B: GE: Behrendt. WA: Walden. WP: Schliff; LP: .*St. Francis 8, Aurora Central 3St. Francis 101 030 3 —8-8-2Aurora Central 120 000 0 —3-3-33B: SF: Sullivan. WP: Hodgett (2-1); LP: Rahn.*Metea Valley 3, larkin 2Larkin 100 000 1 —2-4-1Metea Valley 003 000 X —3-5-12B: MV: Hanson WP: Szott*Kaneland 7, Rochelle 5Rochelle 100 103 0 —5-9-1Kaneland 113 002 X —7-8-2*Crystal LAke South 12, Woodstock North 1CL South 370 02 -12-12-0Woodstock N. 000 10 -0-5-32B: CLS — Bright (2).3B: CLS — Avelia.HR: CLS — Constantino.WP: Vollmert.*Huntley 8, Johnsburg 1Huntley 210 200 3 -8-9-2Johnsburg 001 000 0 -1-5-72B: H — Sullivan, Cantu, Altergott; J — Tylkowski.WP: Luecht; LP: Pritts.*Metea Valley 3, Larkin 2Larkin 100 000 1 -2-4-1Metea Valley 003 000 x -3-5-12B: L — Kalusa; MV — Hanson.WP: Szott; LP: Royse.*Cary-Grove 13, CL Lake Central 4 Cary-Grove 072 101 2 -13-13-3CL Central 003 000 1 -4-6-22B: C-G — Christakes, McGarrigle, Perkins (2).HR: C-G — Carone, Leach.WP: Hanselmann; LP: Hofman.*Jacobs 9, Grayslake North 0Jacobs 100 030 5 -9-13-1GL North 000 000 0 -0-0-23B: J — Murray.WP: Hubner; LP: Mikusa.*Marmion Academy 3, St. Edward 1Marmion 001 000 2 -3-6-1St. Edward 100 000 0 -1-3-22B: STE — Castoro.

    Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane, front, celebrates after scoring as St. Louis Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk skates in the background during the first period in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Kane braced for playoffs

    If Bryan Bickell had just one piece of advice for Patrick Kane concerning wearing a knee brace, what would it be?“The thing you want to do when you have a knee brace is get used to it and make it part of your element,” he said.That’s just what Kane has done, wearing it constantly during his extensive rehab and even sleeping with it on a few times.Now he'll wear it during the postseason as well.

    Cary Grove’s Morgan Schulz competes in the 100-meter hurdles during the Gus Scott Track and Field Invitational at Naperville North Thursday.

    Cary-Grove girls nab Gus Scott title

    Cary-Grove junior Morgan Schulz said one of her shins has been giving her trouble. We should all hope to do as well with our own health problems. Schulz won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, the 800-meter run and ran a split time of 24.97 seconds in her anchor leg of the Trojans’ victorious 800 relay, earning female athlete of the meet honors at Naperville North’s coed Gus Scott Invitational on Thursday.

    Backing up goaltender Ryan Miller, Blues center Maxim Lapierre blocks a shot that got past Miller in the first overtime during Game 1 between St. Louis and the Blackhawks on Thursday night.

    Blackhawks give away chance to steal Game 1

    The Blackhawks gave away a great opportunity to win Game 1 and bury a St. Louis team that wasn't feeling very good about themselves.

    St. Louis Blues’ Alexander Steen, left, is congratulated by teammates David Backes, center, and Steve Ott, right, after scoring the game-winning goal during the third overtime.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game One
    Images of game one of the NHL Playoff Series as the Chicago Blackhawks lost 4-3 in triple OT to the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Thursday.


    West Aurora’s Spagnola sets state record

    Emma Spagnola scripted a new chapter to her track and field adventure Thursday night at Downers Grove North. The West Aurora senior took only one attempt in the long jump, and the defending Class 3A girls champion in the event set the new outdoor state record with an effort of 18 feet, 9 inches.

    St. Louis Blues’ Alexander Steen (20) scores the game-winning goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) during the third overtime in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Blues top Hawks 4-3 in triple OT

    Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks on Thursday night. Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to cap the longest overtime game in franchise history.


    Buffalo Grove edges Metea Valley

    Girls soccerColleen Zickert scored the golden goal with an assist from her sister, Kelli, in the second overtime to help Buffalo Grove advance past host Metea Valley 2-1 in PepsiCo Showdown tournament play Thursday.Kelli Zickert scored an unassisted goal for the Bison in the first half, and Jenna Kentgen had a goal assisted by Alena Sidwell for Metea Valley in the first half.Buffalo Grove (13-0) will meet the winner of Thursday’s Lyons-Glenbrook South game in the tournament semifinals on Saturday.Hersey 2, Libertyville 0: Jessica Schmidt and Abby Wendell had the goals as the Huskies picked up a PepsiCo Showdown victory.Fremd 3, Schaumburg 2: The visiting Vikings got first-half goals from Jessica Kopec, Julia Leonard and Sarah Afterlak hold up for an MSL West win.Schaumburg trailed 3-0 at the half but challenged with second-half goals from Lexi Awdziejczyk and Sam Tyler.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale reacts to giving up a solo home run to Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Lester outduels hard-luck Sale in Sox loss

    The White Sox' bullpen couldn't hold down the Red Sox in the ninth inning of an eventual 3-1 loss at U.S. Cellular Field, but manager Robin Ventura credited Boston starter Jon Lester for having a big say in the outcome. “Once the no-hitters were out of the way, we had some chances and we didn’t get it done,”manager Robin Ventura said. “Jon was tough. He made it tough on everybody up there, and in the end he won that game.”


    Hat trick plus one for Lake Zurich’s Gelinas

    Meaghan Gelinas did one goal better than a hat trick. The senior midfielder scored all of her soccer team’s goals, as Lake Zurich blanked Fenwick 4-0 in a PepsiCo Showdown match Thursday.


    Everything coming together for St. Francis

    Tammy Syron and Taylor Von Thournout each scored twice and St. Francis rolled past Montini 5-1 during Thursday’s Suburban Christian Conference match in Lombard.


    Huntley comes up short vs. New Trier

    Huntley doesn’t meet New Trier too often, but when the two do meet it turns out to be more than a battle on the field. The Red Raiders have had the edge in a couple of previous meetings with the Trevians with a victory and a tie. But this time around an early goal in favor of No. 3 New Trier was enough to get past No. 6 Huntley in the quarterfinals of the PepsiCo girls soccer tournament in Winnetka on Thursday night.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    DuPage County baseball roundup


    Schaumburg’s Alt halts Prospect

    Paige Alt had a game to remember on the pitcher’s mound for Schaumburg’s softball team on Thursday. The Saxons’ sophomore fired a no-hitter, striking out eight of the 16 batters she faced in a 10-0 victory over visiting Prospect in 5 innings.


    Rollins hits all the right notes

    Pardon us if at least once in the following paragraphs we refer to St. Charles North volleyball player Jeff Rollins as first chair rather than starting setter.


    Advantage to WW South in DVC rivalry

    The Wheaton Warrenville South boys tennis team got an extra bonus in its first DuPage Valley Conference win of the season, beating cross-town rival Wheaton North 5-2.

    Conant’s John Raimondo dismounts from the horizontal bar at Conant on Thursday.

    Andryushchenko a welcome addition for Prospect

    Max Andryushchenko was a latecomer to Prospect’s gymnastics team. But that may be the last time that Andryushchenko will be last all year. Competing in just his third meet of the year at the 11th annual Ed Raymond Invitational at Conant in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, Andryushchenko, was spectacular, scoring a 56.10.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs 1, Plainfield East 0: Kyra Blankenship managed to score with 7 minutes left on the clock in a PepsiCo Showdown win. Talia Surges garnered the assist and Liz Foster accounted for 16 saves in net for Jacobs (3-7), which is 2-1 in tournament play. Plainfield North 5, Burlington Central 0: In the PepsiCo Showdown, the Rockets (3-3-1) were unable to score against another larger school but a trio of goaltenders — Ann Marie Hilton, Kim Plorin and Abby Ciganek — combined for 20 saves. Bartlett 2, Elgin 0: Mariela Alba and Kendra Videckis had goals for the Hawks (8-3-1, 1-2) in an Upstate Eight crossover win. Shelly Lyjak came away with an assist for Bartlett, which saw Tessa Jatczak stop 6 shots. Elgin (2-3, 0-2) goalkeeper Hannah Demel made 6 saves. Harvest Christian 3, Westminster Christian 0: Sydney Doby scored on a penalty kick and made 5 saves in the cage to help Harvest (4-1, 1-0) to a Northeastern Athletic win over the rival Warriors (4-2, 2-1). Morgan Lockwood scored on a penalty kick as well and Ellie Burzlaff scored on a feed from Aliyah Ellis. Savannah Dutcher made 6 saves for Westminster. Crystal Lake South 1, Woodstock 0: Brandie Minogue’s goal in the first half held up for the Gators (5-2-1) in Fox Valley Conference crossover play. Alex Romano had the assist and Jaclyn Przybylski secured 4 saves. Woodlands 6, Elgin Academy 0: Despite the loss, Kaleigh Richetti made 4 saves for the Hilltoppers (0-4), who trailed 3-0 at halftime. Geneva 8, Streamwood 1: Vanessa Campos scored the only Sabre goal off a Tawny Carroll assist, as Streamwood (2-7-1) fell in UEC River action. Keeper Hannah McGlone made 12 saves. McHenry 5, Hampshire 0: The Whip-Purs fell behind 2-0 at the half and couldn’t muster a comeback in a Fox Valley crossover loss. Kaila Kienzler collected 17 saves.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs 9, Grayslake North 0: Tim Hubner may have walked 6, but he struck out 9 and did not allow a hit for the Golden Eagles (10-4, 6-0) as they remain undefeated in the Fox Valley Conference. Ryan Dubs (1 IP, 1 BB, 0 H) finished the no-hitter after the game was ultimately decided in the first inning. Ben Murray added a triple and 2 RBI.Huntley 8, Johhsburg 1: With 2 runs in the top of the first, the Red Raiders (10-2-1, 5-0) took the lead and never looked back, earning an easy FVC win on the road. Brandon Altergott (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RS, 1 RBI) and Troy Cantu (2B, 2 RBI) paced an offense that was able to bang out 9 hits. Eric Luecht earned his fourth victory after pitching 6 innings, allowing 1 unearned run on 5 hits to go along with 10 strikeouts.Crystal Lake South 12, Woodstock North 1: After scoring 10 runs in the first 2 innings, the Gators (7-3, 4-2) cruised to a 5-inning FVC road win. John Constantino had a pair of hits, including a home run, and 3 RBI to lead the team while teammate Garrett Bright had 3 hits (2 doubles) and scored 3 times. Eric Vollmert earned his first win, going 5 innings, giving up just the 1 run on 5 hits and 4 strikeouts.Dundee-Crown 9, Woodstock 7: In a back-and-forth affair, the Chargers (6-6, 4-1) pulled ahead in the fifth and hung on for their third win in a row in FVC competition. Brett Johnson doubled and had 3 RBI and Tyler Lewan had 2 doubles, scored once and had an RBI. Lewan also earned the win, throwing 3 innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits, 5 strikeouts and a walk. Dan Denz picked up the save.Elgin 6, East Aurora 4: The Maroons (3-4, 1-4) snagged their first Upstate Eight Conference victory, surviving a comeback attempt from the Tomcats on the road. Ryan Sitter, Kiko Mari, Tom Sobeski and Mike Gonzales all doubled to lead the charge, with Mari going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. Clay White earned his first win, going 6 innings and giving up 7 hits and 4 runs (3 earned). Jon Nelson picked up the save after a perfect seventh.Metea Valley 3, Larkin 2: Brayden Royse pitched a gem but the Royals (4-6, 0-4) fell for the fourth straight time in the UEC as their offense could not get it going on the road. Royse threw 6 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walking 2 and striking out 7. Tyler Kalusa smashed a double and scored a run to lead the offense. Genoa-Kingston 5, Burlington Central 2: After tying the game in the bottom of the seventh, the Rockets (6-4, 2-1) were unable to hold serve, giving up 3 in the top of the eighth to fall for the first time in Big Northern East play. Reed Hunnicutt drove in the only runs for the Rockets, knocking in the tying run with a sacrifice fly. Jacob Schutta took the loss after allowing 3 runs on 4 hits.


    Christakes, Cary-Grove roll to easy win

    Dean Christakes seems the perfect leadoff for the Cary-Grove Trojans. He rarely strikes out, has a high on-base percentage and has some occasional power. All of Christakes’ offensive skills were on display during Cary-Grove’s 13-4 Fox Valley Conference win over Crystal Lake Central Thursday afternoon in Crystal Lake. Christakes, who went 3-for-5 with a double and 3 RBI, stole 2 bases and scored 2 runs as the Trojans pounded four Tiger pitchers for 14 hits.


    Crowley in command for Vernon Hills

    Pat Crowley provided Vernon Hills’ baseball team with its second complete-game performance in as many days. A day after Nick Newman dominated on the mound, Crowley led the way as the visiting Cougars blanked Antioch 8-0 in North Suburban Prairie Division action Thursday. Crowley (2-2) allowed 3 hits, struck out four and walked three.

    Barrington hurdler Parker Deloye competes in the high hurdles relay during the 43rd Annual Patriot Relays Thursday at Stevenson.

    Claes, Barrington sprint to Patriot Relays victory

    Griffin Claes led off Barrington's 400 and 800 relay teams to season-best performances, and Barrington won 10 of the 17 events to win its fifth Patriot Relays title in the last six years on Thursday at Stevenson. The Broncos finished with 142 points to 113 for second-place Huntley. The host Patriots (92), Grant (80) and Cary-Grove (62) rounded out the top five teams.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs 16, Johnsburg 5: Alyssa Lach was 4-for-4 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI as Jacobs rolled to a Fox Valley Conference crossover win Thursday. Taylor Belo also went 3-for-3 with a home run and 3 RBI for the Golden Eagles (10-2, 3-1) while Emily Borg was 2-for-2 with a homer, double and 2 RBI. Sarah Murray, Katie Borchert and Courtney Cotugno also drove in runs for the winners, while Kelsey Peters allowed 3 earned runs, 7 hits and had 4 strikeouts and no walks to pick up the win.Burlington Central 8, Richmond 1: The host Rockets scored 6 runs in the first three innings and cruised to a Big Northern East win. Kassidy Gaylord (3-for-4, 2 doubles, RBI) and Courtni Neubauer (2-for-4, 2 HRs) led the offense for Central (7-5, 3-0). Emily Kisch tossed a 3-hitter with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks for the win.Huntley 12, Dundee-Crown 0: Haley Spannraft tossed a 5-inning 2-hitter and Jessica Shields went 2-for-2 with a triple ands 3 RBI to lead Huntley to a win in the FVC Valley. Brittany Koss and Taylor Stone each had 2 hits and 2 stolen bases for the Red Raiders (5-5, 1-1). Lauren Girard took the loss for Dundee-Crown (0-3, 0-2).South Elgin 8, Prairie Ridge 2: Cassidy Westlund was 3-for-4 with 2 home runs and Sam Helton went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI as the Storm (6-5) won in nonconference action. Demi Queen (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Taylor Ford (2-for-3, 2 RBI) also contributed while Karli Dobler went 5 innings allowing 5 hits to pick up the win.Cary-Grove 17, Woodstock North 1: Lisa Semro was 3-for-3 with a home run and 5 RBI to lead the Trojans (6-3, 3-2) to a FVC Valley win. Amy Clemment (3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI), Caityln Adams (2-for-3, 2 RBI), Jamie Deering (2-for-3), Brianne Prank (2-for-4), Grace Pilz (2B, RBI), Kristi Isola (2B), Sarah Kendeigh (RBI), Caroline Zasadil (2 RBI) and Sarah Purpura (RBI) each contributed for Cary-Grove and Lauren Stanley allowed just 2 hits with 5 strikeouts in her first appearance of the spring in the circle.CL South 7, Hampshire 6: Sam McLean drove home Erin Yazel with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Gators (5-4, 2-1) to a FVC crossover win. McLean was 3-for-3 with 2 triples and 3 RBI for Crystal Lake South while Hailee Massie (2B, RBI) and Taylor Kassel (RBI) also contributed. Samantha Burgard picked up the win. Sara Finn (2-for-3, HR, 2B, RBI), Haley Widmayer (2B, RBI), Peyton DeChant (3-for-4, 2B, RBI) and Becca Hurst (2-for-4, 3 RBI) led the Whip-Purs (7-6, 2-2). Widmayer was the losing pitcher.West Chicago 10, Streamwood 0: Streamwood (1-5, 1-4) managed just 3 hits in this Upstate Eight crossover loss. Jessica Daley took the loss for the Sabres.

    St. Charles North’s Matt Ernst in first singles match vs. St. Charles North on Thursday, April 17.

    Third-set tiebreak lifts St. Charles North over rival

    St. Charles North coach Sean Masoncup and St. Charles East coach Rob Livermore believed their boys tennis teams were evenly matched going into Thursday’s crosstown clash at East. Little did they realize just how even they would be.


    Downers South catches up to Naperville Central

    Someone in the press box said “heart of the order” as the Downers Grove South softball team headed to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against visiting Naperville Central. Whether it was just stating a fact or expressing a premonition, the Mustangs’ Nos. 2, 3 and 4 hitters came through big time. With the Redhawks leading 2-0, the trio started a rally and when it was over, Downers South had collected 6 runs on 7 hits and preserved their undefeated record with a 6-2 victory.


    DeLaurentis’ 1-hitter lifts Barrington

    Anthony DeLaurentis allowed just 1 hit as host Barrington produced a 10-0, 6-inning victory over Buffalo Grove in a Mid-Suburban League divisional baseball crossover Thursday.

    The work ethic of center Joakim Noah and the rest of the Bulls could carry them deep into the playoffs.

    Can Bulls’ balanced style succeed in playoffs?

    The Bulls survived some regular-season setbacks, but their balanced offense and lack of a star doesn't necessarily bode well for the playoffs. Television analysts Jeff Van Gundy, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber and Dennis Scott weighed in on the Bulls' playoff chances.


    Sox pen undergoes revamp

    The White Sox' bullpen has been terrible over the first three weeks of the season. The Sox made a change on Thursday, designating left-hander Donnie Veal for assignment. More changes figure to be made in the future.


    Scott, Fremd claim big bounce-back win vs. Palatine

    Fremd senior Sharief Scott gave the Vikings their confidence back Thursday night against visiting Palatine. His teammates took it from there. With Scott excelling from the service line, Fremd shook off a lopsided, error-filled first set loss to Vikings and came back for an electrifying 12-25, 25-19, 26-24 Mid-Suburban West victory over the Pirates.


    Hard work helps out Hoffman Estates

    There’s no secret as far as the Hoffman Estates softball players are concerned as to why the Hawks own a winning record after nine games this spring. “We’ve been working really hard,” said senior catcher Kaileen Hendle. “Our coaches (Lindsey Hamma and Kevin Mallon) keep telling us to work hard and we’re going to be better than past years. It all starts with effort.” The Hawks showed that effort in their Mid-Suburban League home opener on Thursday as sophomore Tracy Osimowicz threw a 4-hitter and improved her record to 3-1 with a 4-2 victory over visiting Wheeling.


    Solak slam lifts Naperville North

    Naperville North coach Jerry Kedziora was surprised to find himself in a scoreless game in the fourth inning, but he was not so surprised to eventually see runs come in bunches. After a wild 15-14 loss to Benet on Wednesday, the hot-hitting Huskies were in the middle of a pitcher’s duel the next day before busting out for six runs in the fourth inning at Neuqua Valley and then holding on for a thrilling 7-6 defeat of the Wildcats.


    Wauconda’s Wedl in fine form with no-hitter

    Wauconda's Kayla Wedl struck out 16 batters, including the side in the second, fourth and seventh, with a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over Grant on Thursday.

    Lakes outfielder Ethan Sage, left, works with 15-year-old Matthew Kramer, who has Downs Syndrome, during PE class Thursday. Sage helped to start a Big Buddies program at Lakes High School that works with special needs male students to help them fit in at school.

    Sage, Kramer quickly become best buds at Lakes

    Lakes junior Ethan Sage is busy starring in three sports, but he's not too busy to be a great buddy to a special student at his school.


    Loyola downs St. Charles North in PepsiCo semifinals

    Loyola’s impressive spring campaign continued as they secured their place in semifinals of the PepsiCo Showdown on Thursday evening with a 2-0 victory over visiting St. Charles North (7-2-0) at the Munz Athletic Campus in Glenview.


    Montini remains unbeaten

    Montini’s baseball team kept it going on Thursday. The Broncos remained the lone unbeaten in DuPage County by pulling away to an 8-1 Suburban Christian Conference crossover victory over IC Catholic Prep on the Field Turf at Elmhurst’s Plunkett Park.

    Bartlett’s Myles Zilinsky (8) and Mike Wick (1) do a helmet high five after Wick scored during Thursday’s game against Streamwood in Bartlett.

    Curtis on the mark for Bartlett

    Bartlett center fielder Mike Wick had a great view of the strong 6 innings teammate Alex Curtis pitched against Streamwood in Thursday’s 8-1 Upstate Eight crossover win. “He was humming,” assured Wick, the team’s fleet-footed center fielder. “He was just throwing strikes, which is all we ask him to do, and he was getting outs for us.” One day after ace Doug VanDyke threw 5 solid innings in a win over Elgin, Curtis pitched Bartlett (4-4, 3-2) to its second straight win. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound right-hander limited Streamwood (4-6, 2-3) to 1 unearned run on 3 hits in 6 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

    Chicago Cubs' Ryan Kalish flips his bat after striking out during the fifth inning of Game 2 of an interleague baseball doubleheader against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Both Cubs, Reds need to get going on offense

    The Cubs' offense of late has looked like something out of the dead-ball era. As has been the case in recent years, they've struggled with team on-base percentage. The Cincinnati Reds come to Wrigley Field this weekend, and they've been having OBP problems of their own at the leadoff spot.


    Marmion walks past St. Edward

    Jake Esp finally won the battle of Jakes. Marmion’s Esp breezed through the bottom of the seventh inning after St. Edward starter Jake Lafrenz walked in 2 runs in the top half as the Cadets downed the Green Wave 3-1 in Suburban Christian Conference baseball action at Wing Park in Elgin Thursday.

    Carmelo Anthony, left, passes the ball past the Bulls’ D.J. Augustin in their game on April 13. Anthony talked about his NBA future Thursday and made it quite clear he wants to play for a winning team next season.

    Knicks’ Anthony: It’s about winning

    Carmelo Anthony talked about his uncertain future after an exit interview in New York on Thursday. Meanwhile, ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy thinks the Bulls did the rigth thing by losing to Charlotte.


    Cary-Grove making its depth count

    The Cary-Grove girls track team’s strong depth was on full display recently. The Trojans won the eight-team Buffalo Grove invitational last weekend and also competed well in a Fox Valley Conference triangular with Woodstock North and Huntley before running in the Gus Scott Invitational at Naperville North Thursday night.

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall listens to head coach Randy Wittman in a game against the Heat on April 14. Wall is averaging a team-best 19.3 points and 8.8 assists per game.

    Know the opponent

    The Washington Wizards have not been to the playoffs since 2008. Here's a closer look at the personnel of the Bulls' first-round playoff opponent.


    Nutof’s effort helps South Elgin down St. Charles North

    Ryan Nutof finally got a chance to finish a game Thursday. The South Elgin senior found himself in some trouble in the top of the seventh but fought through it to earn a complete-game victory in the Storm’s 3-2 Upstate Eight crossover win over St. Charles North.


    Pardun in place as Hersey’s head coach

    The defensive coordinator from last year’s playoff-qualifying football team at Hersey will have the program’s top job this fall. Joe Pardun has been named the seventh football head coach in Hersey history. He follows Dragan Teonic, who finished 17-20 over four years and led the program to a Class 7A playoff appearance last fall.

    Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school’s appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes essentially are employees of the university and therefore have the right to unionize, bargain collectively and even strike.

    War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight

    Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school's appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes essentially are employees of the university and therefore have the right to unionize, bargain collectively and even strike.

    The city of Aurora plans a ceremony to honor University of Connecticut champion basketball player Ryan Boatright. The welcome-home ceremony is planned for Saturday at the Paramount Theatre. Boatright is a member of the Huskies team that won the NCAA tournament over Kentucky last week. He's a graduate of East Aurora High School.

    Aurora to honor UConn's Boatright

    The city of Aurora plans a ceremony to honor University of Connecticut champion basketball player Ryan Boatright. The welcome-home ceremony is planned for Saturday at the Paramount Theatre. Boatright is a member of the Huskies team that won the NCAA tournament over Kentucky last week. He's a graduate of East Aurora High School.

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig hits a single off San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner during the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The Dodgers won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Dodgers’ Puig focuses on baseball despite issues

    Yasiel Puig believes he has the support from his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and the club to help him keep his focus on baseball despite challenges off the field.Puig returned to the starting lineup in right field for Thursday’s series finale against the Giants amid reports that smugglers who helped him defect from Cuba had threatened his life.

    St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie (74) tries to get up with help from a trainer but can't after being injured during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Blues Oshie ruled out for tonight

    The St. Louis Blues have ruled out forward T.J. Oshie for their playoff opener against the Blackhawks, but Vladimir Tarasenko is set to return after missing 15 games with a broken thumb.Coach Ken Hitchcock also says forward Patrik Berglund will not play in Game 1 on Thursday night. He had no update on Oshie, who missed practice Wednesday.

    FILE - In this March 16, 2014 file photo, Duke’s Jabari Parker (1) drives past Virginia’s London Perrantes (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Parker is entering the NBA draft, and there’s a strong chance he’ll be the No. 1 pick. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

    Duke, Simeon star Parker to enter NBA draft

    Duke freshman Jabari Parker is entering the NBA draft, and there’s a strong chance he’ll be the No. 1 pick.The 6-foot-8 All-American forward was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP.


    Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail

    Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has been released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show the 37-year-old McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released Thursday morning.


    Mike North video: Can the Bulls win the East?
    Since January, the Chicago Bulls have been playing the best ball in the East Division. Mike North wants to know how far can they go in the playoffs.

    Linesman Matt MacPherson (83), breaks a up a scuffle between Chicago Blackhawks' Michal Handzus (26) and St. Louis Blues' Steve Ott (29) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Wednesday, March, 19, 2014. Chicago won 4-0. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    For Hawks and Blues, history always matters

    Inseparable if not intimate, the Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues shall renew spring snarls when they commence the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday night. This will mark the 11th postseason series between these spirited rivals — but the first since 2002 — and it occurs earlier than expected.

    Chicago White Sox second baseman Leury Garcia pitches in relief during the 14th inning against the Boston Red Sox Thursday in Chicago. The Red Sox won 6-4.

    Pitching blows it for White Sox in 14 innings

    Before most games, the White Sox take batting practice. They might want to switch that up for a while. As Wednesday night’s 6-4 loss to the Red Sox in 14 innings at U.S. Cellular Field painfully showed, how about a little pitching practice? Hold it specifically for the bullpen, which desperately needs some strike practice.


    Mount Prospect officials this week approved plans for new signs at the Randhurst Village shopping center. Randhurst's owners say the signs, two of which will include animated video boards, are meant to attract more shoppers to the center's interior.

    Randhurst hopes new signs draw more shoppers to center's interior

    Randhurst Village is giving its signage a boost as it tries to entice more traffic into the center's interior. The Mount Prospect village board this week approved a request from Casto Lifestyle Properties, the shopping center's owner, for new electronic signs, as well as signage that more prominently displays Randhurst's tenant mix.

    J.R. Hutson with daughter Alexis at the Village Tavern & Grill in Schaumburg.

    NoWait apps offer suburban restaurant guests a pager-free experience

    Guests at the Village Tavern & Grill in Schaumburg, and other suburban restaurants, are notified on their smartphone with a prerecorded phone call or text when it's their turn to be seated. The new system, called NoWait, also allows guests to roam as far as they want and not worry about being in range for the notification. Guests also can respond to say they are on their way. “We changed to NoWait because of the freedom it gives our guests,” said Village Tavern owner J.R. Hutson.

    A vacant storefront at 7104 Mannheim Road in Rosemont will soon be home to The Donut Drop, a new bakery specializing in doughnuts.

    'The Donut Drop' coming to Rosemont shopping center

    Doughnut lovers in the Rosemont area will soon have a new store at which to indulge, whether they're set on an old-fashioned favorite, or have a taste for something new and trendy. The Donut Drop, a self-proclaimed mom and pop bakery, is coming to a vacant storefront in a strip mall at 7104 Mannheim Road.

    Weibo Corporation Chairman Charles Chao, center, is joined by company CFO Herman Yu, left, and Xiaoyin Zhang, of Goldman Sachs, as the Weibo’s IPO begins trading, at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York, Thursday. Weibo provides a Twitter-like service that allows users to post up to 140 Chinese characters to share with others. Weibo has 61.4 million average daily active users, according to its filing with the SEC.

    Stock market ends higher as earnings pour in

    A batch of U.S. company earnings drove stocks mostly higher on Thursday. The major stock indexes shifted between small gains and losses ahead of their scheduled close for Good Friday. The gains kept the indexes ahead for the week, though the remained down for the month.

    A worker measures wood paneling while working on a custom houseboat at a manufacturing facility in Columbia, Ky. This week’s decline in applications for unemployment benefits was a sign employers held the line on firings last week even as cold weather slowed industries from manufacturing to housing.

    Illinois unemployment drops to 5-year-low

    State officials say unemployment in Illinois dropped in March to 8.4 percent. That’s its lowest level since 2009. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that March unemployment was down from 8.7 percent in February. But the department noted that new-job creation was still down for the month by about 3,200 jobs. That’s a drop of less than 1 percent.

    Maribeth Barrett is the owner of a new confectionery called Kilwins in downtown Wheaton. The store opened Saturday at 100 N. Hale St. Four other businesses are expected to open on nearby streets in the coming months.

    New chocolate shop opens, more business coming to downtown Wheaton

    A new chocolate and ice cream shop opened Saturday in downtown Wheaton, and at least four new businesses will be moving in on the surrounding streets in the coming months, says Downtown Wheaton Association Executive Director Paula Barrington. Kilwins Chocolate and Ice Cream Shop opened Saturday at 100 N. Hale St. In addition, a Subway and educational toy store are expected to open on Front Street and a yoga studio and pizzeria are moving in on Liberty Drive.

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is introducing a new money transfer service that it says will cut fees for customers by up to 50 percent compared with similar services.

    Wal-Mart joins Ria for money transfer service

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is introducing a new money transfer service that it says will cut fees for customers by up to 50 percent compared with similar services. The service, which will be available April 24, allows its customers to transfer up to $900 to and from more than 4,000 Wal-Mart stores in the United States.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins.

    Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27 pct
    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.27 percent from 4.34 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.33 percent from 3.38 percent.

    PepsiCo reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit as the company slashed costs and sold more snacks around the world. The company, which makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and Tropicana, said global snack volume rose 2 percent in the period.

    PepsiCo’s profit rises on snack sales, cost cuts

    PepsiCo reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit as the company slashed costs and sold more snacks around the world. The company, which makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and Tropicana, said global snack volume rose 2 percent in the period. Global beverage volume was even from a year ago, including in its closely watched North American drinks unit.

    Toy maker Mattel says weak sales of Barbie and markdowns to clear out excess inventory left over from a sluggish holiday season led to an unexpected first-quarter loss.

    Weak Barbie sales weigh on Mattel 1Q

    Toy maker Mattel says weak sales of Barbie and markdowns to clear out excess inventory left over from a sluggish holiday season led to an unexpected first-quarter loss. Toy makers are facing a weak environment globally due to the uncertain economy and popularity of electronic gadgets.

    Mexican food chain Chipotle’s first-quarter net income rose 8 percent as higher costs offset a sales surge as more customers bought its burritos and other fare.

    Chipotle sales surge as it draws more customers

    Mexican food chain Chipotle’s first-quarter net income rose 8 percent as higher costs offset a sales surge as more customers bought its burritos and other fare. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.’ popularity has grown because people see it as being a step up from traditional fast-food chains such as Burger King and Wendy’s. The chain’s “Food with Integrity” slogan is intended to underscore the higher quality of its ingredients.

    UnitedHealth Group’s first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as funding cuts to a key product and costs imposed by the health care overhaul dented the health insurer’s performance.

    UnitedHealth’s 1Q profit tumbles 8 percent

    UnitedHealth Group’s first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as funding cuts to a key product and costs imposed by the health care overhaul dented the health insurer’s performance.

    FILE — In This March 23, 2010, file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems, the company announced Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

    Google not immune to challenges of mobile transition

    Google Inc. isn’t immune to setbacks caused by the global shift to mobile computing. Costs are rising and Google said yesterday that revenue was $12.2 billion in the first quarter, another stumble as the company missed a projection by analysts for $12.3 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Google’s audience is migrating to smartphones, where the company gets less ad money for marketing spots than on desktops and tablets.

    Goldman Sachs’ earnings fell in the first quarter as bond trading slumped, but the results still came in well ahead of what investors were expecting.

    Goldman’s income falls 11 percent, still beats expectations

    Goldman Sachs’ earnings fell in the first quarter as bond trading slumped, but the results still came in well ahead of what investors were expecting.

    General Electric posted lower first-quarter net income than a year ago because last year’s results included the sale of NBC Universal. But the company said its industrial divisions performed well and the economic environment was “positive.”

    GE 1Q earnings fall, outlook strong

    General Electric posted lower first-quarter net income than a year ago because last year’s results included the sale of NBC Universal. But the company said its industrial divisions performed well and the economic environment was “positive.”

    Investment bank Morgan Stanley said Thursday that its first-quarter income rose 18 percent from a year ago, helped by higher earnings in its trading and merger and acquisitions advisory businesses.

    Morgan Stanley’s income rose 18 percent

    Investment bank Morgan Stanley said Thursday that its first-quarter income rose 18 percent from a year ago, helped by higher earnings in its trading and merger and acquisitions advisory businesses. Morgan Stanley earned $1.4 billion, up from $1.2 billion in the same period a year ago. The figures exclude accounting adjustments related to the value of the bank’s debt.

    The harsh winter didn’t keep Union Pacific railroad from delivering 14 percent higher quarterly profit as it hauled more agricultural, industrial and coal shipments.

    Union Pacific railroad’s 1Q profit up 14 percent

    The harsh winter didn’t keep Union Pacific railroad from delivering 14 percent higher quarterly profit as it hauled more agricultural, industrial and coal shipments.

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.

    Applications for US jobless aid edge up to 304,000

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The current level of claims suggests that employers are holding on to their workers with the expectation of stronger economic growth ahead.

    Western Pennsylvania is getting a “two-fer” when President Barack Obama visits and brings his vice president, Scranton-born Joe Biden. Obama and Biden are heading to a community college in Oakdale on Wednesday to talk about matching skills-training to jobs that are in demand.

    Obama, Biden to announce $600 million for jobs grant

    Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs. They were making the announcement Wednesday at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in the western Pennsylvania borough of Oakdale.

Life & Entertainment

    Porsha Williams of TV’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” faces a battery charge after fellow cast member Kenya Moore told police she was attacked during filming of the show.

    ‘Real Housewives’ TV star faces battery charge

    Porsha Williams of the Bravo network’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” is facing a charge of battery after fellow cast member Kenya Moore told police she was attacked during filming of the show. Williams plans to contest the charge and file aggravated assault charges against Moore, her attorney said.

    A man who claims he was sexually abused by “X-Men” franchise director Bryan Singer said Thursday that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and does not know why charges were never pursued. Egan sued Singer in Hawaii on Wednesday and is seeking more than $75,000 on each of four accusations: intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, assault and invasion of privacy.

    Man details abuse claims against ‘X-Men’ director

    A man who claims he was sexually abused by “X-Men” franchise director Bryan Singer said Thursday that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and he does not know why charges were never pursued. With his voice occasionally wavering, Michael Egan III described abuse he said began when he was 15 years old at the hands of Singer and others. Singer’s attorney Marty Singer wrote in a statement after Egan’s remarks that the accusations were “completely fabricated.”

    Allison Semmes, a Chicago native, stars as Diana Ross in the North American tour of “Motown the Musical” at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago.

    Chicago actress steps into Diana Ross' heels in 'Motown the Musical'

    Actress Allison Semmes is a Chicagoan through and through, but she has largely built her theater career away from the Windy City. Now, however, she is returning home in a big way by starring as legendary singer Diana Ross in the national tour of “Motown The Musical” at Chicago's Oriental Theatre.

    Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) comments on the future in the science-fiction thriller “Transcendence.”

    'Transcendence' sputters as science-fiction thriller

    "Transcendence” recycles old technophobic plots and stock sci-fi characters in a sometimes silly thriller short on thrills and convincing human connections. Wally Pfister's movie squanders an opportunity to capitalize on the suspenseful suspicion of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” then fails to bring fresh ideas to the ongoing debate over what exactly constitutes humanity in the future.

    Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play bohemian vampires stuck in depressed Detroit in Jim Jarmusch's “Only Lovers Left Alive.”

    'Left Alive' a deliberate, focused vampire affair

    At some point in “Only Lovers Left Alive” — indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's chilled take on the vampire genre — the constant, overt comparisons of drug addiction and blood food become obvious and slightly tiresome. The inventive twist on the undead immortals is that reclusive rock musician Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and his cosmopolitan wife Eve (Tilda Swinton) remain madly in love after centuries of cautious survival.


    Colin Firth fascinating in redemptive 'Railway Man'

    The payoff for patient moviegoers observing Jonathan Teplitzky's restrained, fact-based drama “The Railway Man” is nothing less than a cinematic act of grace.


    Theater events: Musical ‘Sleeping Beauty’ opens at Drury Lane

    Drury Lane Theatre's young adults series continues with a musical version of "Sleeping Beauty"; TimeLine presents the Chicago-area premiere of the musical "Juno," based on "Juno and the Paycock"; and Shattered Globe concludes its season with Sally Nemeth's "Mill Fire" this week in Chicago-area theater.

    Will Arnett filed for divorce from Any Poehler on April 8 in Los Angeles Superior Court, more than 18 months after the pair announced they were separating and ending their nine-year marriage.

    Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler

    Court records show Will Arnett has filed for divorce from Amy Poehler more than 18 months after the comedians announced their separation. Arnett filed a divorce petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on April 8 citing irreconcilable differences.

    On Wednesday, Jay Z announced the two-day Made in America Festival is coming to Los Angeles over Labor Day weekend.

    Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to L.A.

    The Budweiser Made in America music festival is coming to Los Angeles, but who is performing and how the city will manage the two-day concert are still mysteries. Jay Z and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti held a news conference Wednesday to announce the music festival, which is planned for Labor Day weekend and will be held simultaneously with one in Philadelphia.


    Night life events: Wine Knows hosts Beer Summit
    It’s an organic beer throwdown at this month’s Beer Summit from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Wine Knows in Grayslake. Learn about all kinds of beer at this structured yet casual monthly gathering. Get a taste of Emmett’s Brewing Company at a brewmaster dinner Thursday, April 24. Sample beers at a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    Sky shares a moment with one of her cubs in “Bears.”

    John C. Reilly brings personality to ‘Bears’

    For the past several years, Disneynature has marked Earth Day by releasing a documentary celebrating Mother Nature. “Bears” is the studio’s latest nature doc with a twist. It’s more reality show than peer-reviewed research, and like any reality show, the creators have endowed their subjects with moxie, personality and drama.

    Greg Kinnear, star of the new faith-based drama “Heaven is for Real,” is enjoying a year of diverse acting challenges.

    Trial and error lead to Kinnear's career

    Greg Kinnear, star of the new movie “Heaven is for Real,” grew up in Indiana, and he said, “The Midwest is funnier than people on the coasts. They get it, you know? It's those cold winters, man. Keeps them inside and keeps them thinking! I know it sounds like a silly generalization, but I do think there's a warmth and a real sense of community when I come back to this part of the country.”


    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com\ Michelle VanDuynhoven gives her husband, John, a letter to mail at the bottom of the steps to their home on Stonegate Circle in Lincolnshire on April 20, 2013. John said there was no water in their house because they rebuilt it higher up in 2010.

    Editorial: $200 million later, flood still hurts

    A Daily Herald editorial looks at the devastation from the floods of April 17-18 and the people still suffering its effects a full year later.


    Going up: The need for honest analysis of issues

    Columnist Jim Slusher: One of the functions of the Daily Herald Editorial Board is to host representatives of a wide range of special interests for background about public policy questions. These meetings are invaluable for providing facts and arguments that go into the formation of our editorial positions. But they have a troubling side.


    Erasing the race card

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe. The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens.


    Ride share programs need regulation
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Ride share has been a service under the radar. It started out as private individuals getting together to “share rides.” It soon became another taxi service with none of those regulations of regular taxi services.


    Business is what drives prosperity
    A Palatine letter to the editor: This is in response to Dave Troland’s piece on April 3 that it’s not prudent to run a state like a business. Really? Then how should it be run? Because as of now it hasn’t been, and look at the mess Illinois is in.


    Watch parents cash in on aborted sea journey
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: On April 9, the Coast Guard, Navy and California National Guard announced that they will not charge Eric and Charlotte Kaufman for their dramatic evacuation at sea, despite the folly for taking two toddlers on a sailboat trip around the world. Did they think their children could travel at sea on a lengthy journey and never get sick?


    Helping with smiles on their faces
    Helping with smiles on their facesI should let you know about a group of students at Fenton High School in Bensenville. These students have been coming to help at PADS at the Wood Dale Community Church in Wood Dale since December 2013. Holy Ghost Church sponsors PADS (overnight) every second Friday of the month from September through May. I contacted the Director of Community Relations and Community Service, Terri Wood, in November asking her if she could help us with getting students to help at the 5:45 a.m. shift on Saturday mornings. Ms. Wood posted my information so the students could see it and sign up. Three students — Mirna Gutierrez, Sucely Guiterrez and Brandon Limon — showed up on Dec. 14. Their first time at PADS was a very snowy day. After helping with the clean up inside, they went outside to shovel snow so our guests could leave. They never questioned anything asked of them and always had a smile on their faces.The students returned in February. Although I had mistakenly told the director our date was Feb. 8 (our church was not sponsoring PADS), the students and Heily Gutierrez were able to stay and help the sponsor church. I was afraid we would not be able to get them for our sponsor time, but I was wrong. The next weekend Mirna Gutierrez, Sucely Gutierrez, Brandon Limon, Heily Guiterrez, Brian Garduno and Irene Chavez) showed up. They worked well together.In March, the students showed up again. They were such a welcome sight. Many of our regular volunteers were either sick or had other commitments. The students worked even harder that morning, and still with smiles on their faces.Our church has been blessed with the help these students provide. They are wonderful examples of DuPage County’s finest young men and women. Mary Beth KurpielBensenville


    All for sale to the highest bidder
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The Supreme Court’s disastrous decision on Citizens United in 2010 and now McCutcheon vs FEC on April 2 will make the lives of the Koch brothers and Sheldon Edelson easier and more profitable, while the lives of the rest of society will be squelched ... in the voting booth, in Congress and in state houses all over the country.


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