Daily Archive : Monday April 21, 2014


    Police search for drowning victims in the Fox River outside Camp Algonquin in 2008.

    History of drownings in the Fox River

    Sunday's drowning of a kayaker on the Fox River was the second death on the river this year. An especially tragic year was 2006, during which seven people drowned in five separate water accidents. In the Saturday accident one man was killed and another injured after kayaking near a dam in Geneva, authorities said. The two men who went over the dam were from a group of six friends from downstate...


    Palatine Rotary Club 50th anniversary reception May 6

    The Rotary Club of Palatine will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special reception Tuesday, May 6, from 5-7 p.m. at Cotillion Banquets, 360 S. Creekside Drive, Palatine. The club was incorporated on March 2, 1964, and to date has raised more than $600,000 for community projects and charities.

    Effective Thursday, May 1, CTA magnetic stripe fare cards will no longer be sold and customers must switch over to Ventra, the new fare system.

    Say goodbye to magnetic CTA cards starting May 1

    New deadlines are approaching for Pace and CTA riders as both agencies transition to a new fare system.

    Steven Cole

    23-year sentence for man who killed his dad in Arlington Heights

    A Cook County judge “reluctantly” agreed to a 23-year prison term in exchange for a guilty plea by Steven Cole in the 2011 stabbing murder of his father, Stuart, in the family’s Arlington Heights home. Judge Thomas Fecarotta imposed the sentence after hearing that prosecutors and a family member of the defendant and victim had agreed to the penalty. Cole could have been...

    Dinesh Sudhakar-Uckoo, 26, of Bloomington, died Saturday in a kayaking accident on the Fox River in Geneva.

    Geneva dam drowning victim identified

    The man who drowned Saturday at the Geneva dam has been identified as Dinesh Sudhakar-Uckoo of Bloomington. Uckoo was a member of the McLean County Indian Association, MCIA President Ajay Kalavala said Monday. Kalavala said Uckoo was single and is survived by his parents and a sister.

    Hezekiah Whitfield

    Second trial in Waukegan business owner's 1994 murder set for trial

    The 1994 murder of a Waukegan business owner goes to trial for a second time starting this week. Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of Hezekiah Whitfield of Chicago. Whitfield, 44, is accused of killing Fred Reckling, 71, of Libertyville, inside his Grand Appliance store in Waukegan.

    Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, right, and several other mayors and village presidents from across Illinois, including Mount Prospect's Arlene Juracek and Wheeling's Dean Argiris, holding the graphic at left, call for state lawmakers to overhaul local pension systems for police and fire departments during a news conference Monday in Chicago.

    Mayors push for Illinois pension cuts this year

    Suburban mayors joined counterparts from across the state Monday to reiterate their call for lawmakers to overhaul local police and fire pension systems to avoid strains on municipal budgets, but there were few signs the legislature would take up the issue anytime soon.

    John T. Nightingale

    Wauconda police officers cleared in fatal shooting

    Two Wauconda police officers have been cleared in an April 7 shooting that left one man dead, authorities announced Monday. The officers were justified in using deadly force because the man they shot, John T. Nightingale, was pointing a loaded handgun at them and refused to drop the weapon, said George Filenko, commander of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force.

    South Elgin Police Chief Christopher Merritt gives a Valor Award to police officer Roger Isham, right, as Kane County sheriff's deputy Raul Salinas holds his Monday night at the village board meeting. They responded separately to a house fire last year and together saved the life of a woman in a wheelchair who was trapped.

    South Elgin gives out police awards

    A South Elgin police officer and a Kane County sheriff's deputy were honored Monday night by the South Elgin Village Board for saving a woman's life during a house fire in January. Also, South Elgin police detective Brian Polkinghorn was named the village's Officer of the Year for his work ethic and mentoring of his peers. “It's nice to see other people recognized for acts of heroism like...

    A driver crashed through the front window of a Starbucks late Monday afternoon on Barrington Road in Schaumburg.

    Two customers injured when car plows into Schaumburg Starbucks

    Two Starbucks customers were injured and taken to a nearby hospital after a car crashed into a Schaumburg coffee shop Monday afternoon. The crash happened about 4:40 p.m. at the Starbucks at 181 N. Barrington Road. A driver, a 71-year-old woman from Streamwood, was attempting to park her white Chevy Malibu but accidentally hit the accelerator and drove through the front window, Schaumburg Lt.


    Wheaton makes changes to liquor law, issues licenses

    Liquor was the topic of four agenda items at the Wheaton City Council meeting Monday. The city council issued three licenses and made amendments to the both the outdoor special event liquor license and a license classification related to the manufacturing of beer for sale and consumption.


    Schaumburg budgeting for new village jobs

    Already embarking on an ambitious road improvement program while aiming for lower property taxes, Schaumburg trustees Monday also agreed in principle with administrators’ plans for several other service enhancements in the coming year. The village board unanimously recommended the staff’s proposed annual budget, which it plans to formally adopt tonight.


    New learning support system coming to early grades in Dist. 203

    The youngest elementary students in Naperville Unit District 203 will be supported in a new way beginning next school year. Administrators say the new method of helping students who are struggling to read or challenging learners who already understand classroom material will be more integrated, collaborative and flexible.“Our students will benefit from teachers’ and...

    Police stand guard at the scene where five children, all 15 or younger, were shot and wounded Sunday as they walked from a park in Chicago.

    Violent weekend leaves 8 dead in Chicago

    Eight people were killed and 44 injured — including five children who were wounded when someone opened fire from a vehicle as they played outside — in weekend shootings, police said Monday.


    Law firm’s clout fading at Chicago City Hall

    The long relationship the Chicago law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman had with city hall under former Mayor Richard M. Daley seems to have faded under Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Chicago taxpayers paid Katten Muchin $139,964 last year. The city paid Katten more than $6.9 million between 1998 and the day Daley left office in 2011.

    Vice President Joe Biden, left, is greeted upon arrival in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday. Biden will meet with Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk on Tuesday.

    U.S.: Russia has ‘days, not weeks’ to follow accord

    Russia has “days, not weeks” to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. Russia in turn accused authorities in Kiev of flagrantly violating the pact and declared their actions would not stand.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS This 1964 file photo from the World’s Fair in New York shows a views of the “Futurama 2” ride put together by General Motors.

    A look at predictions of the 1964 World’s Fair

    The New York World’s Fair of 1964 introduced 51 million visitors to a range of technological innovations and predictions during its run. Fifty years later, some of those ideas have turned out to be commonplace in our world. Others? Not so much.


    Fire at Lombard commercial building

    A fire early Monday morning did more than $250,000 to a Lombard commercial building, firefighters said.


    21 apply for Elgin council seat

    Twenty-one people have applied to fill a vacant seat on the Elgin City Council. The applicants are: Michael K. “Big Mike” DeBrocke, Barry Kevin DeLoncker Jr., Craig Dresang, Mitchell Esterino, Gary A. Fagan, Ana M. Gomez, Robert Grens, Herbert Gross, Jaime Hjelm, Mohammad “Mo” Iqbal, Michael Kahn, Alberto Lopez, Rosamaria D. Martinez, Maura Wood Maschinski, Fred H.

    The devastation in Utica the day after the April 20, 2004, tornado. Eight people were found dead in the wreckage throughout town..

    Utica residents observe 10th anniversary of tornado

    A powerful storm swept through Utica on April 20, 2004, caving in the century-old sandstone walls of the Milestone Tap restaurant and tavern. Eight people were found dead in the wreckage the following day, while nine others were found alive in the rubble.

    Joel Augustine

    Carol Stream molestation case headed to jury Tuesday

    The case against a Carol Stream registered sex offender accused of molesting two teenage girls will go to a DuPage County jury Tuesday morning. Both sides rested their case Friday in the trial of Joel Augustine. Closing arguments will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday before the case is sent to the jury.

    A 16-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui, on stretcher at center, is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii, Sunday. Officials say the boy is “lucky to be alive” and unharmed, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.

    Stowaway teen forces review of airport security

    A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport’s tarmac and climbed into a jetliner’s wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation’s airline fleet.

    Fox Valley area PWNAGE Robotics team students work on a robot at the FIRST Midwest Regional competition April 5 in Chicago. From left are, McKenna Haller of Metea Valley High School, Jose Torres of West Aurora High School, and Emil Broemmelsiek and Nick Bowgren, both of Batavia High School.

    Fox Valley area robotics team heads to world championship

    A team of 25 Fox Valley area high school students will compete in the FIRST Robotics World Finals this week in St. Louis. More than 2,700 teams made up of 68,000 high school students worldwide vied for a spot in the finals at regional, state and international competitions. The Fox Valley area team is among roughly 400 teams that qualified.

    Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., becomes emotional after winning the 118th Boston Marathon.

    In show of defiance, 32,000 run Boston Marathon

    Some ran to honor the dead and wounded. Others were out to prove something to the world about their sport, the city or their country. And some wanted to prove something to themselves. With the names of the victims scrawled on their bodies or their race bibs, more than 32,000 people ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday in a powerful show of defiance a year after the deadly bombing.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama cheer a little egg roller as they host the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House Monday.

    Obamas host annual Easter Egg Roll

    President Barack Obama went 1-for-3 shooting basketballs at the White House Easter Egg Roll, an improvement over his 2013 performance, as he and first lady Michelle Obama applied a health and activity theme to the colorful annual springtime South Lawn ritual. Under sunny skies with mere wisps of clouds overhead Monday, the first lady was flanked by the president and an Easter bunny on the White...

    Jose Vergara-Rebollar

    Trial date set in Round Lake Beach murder

    A Round Lake Park man accused in the murder of a Zion teen will go on trial April 28 after he rejected a plea deal in Lake County court Monday. Jose Vergara-Rebollar is accused in the shooting death of 18-year-old Gabriel Gonzalez.


    Mumps cases on rise at UW-Madison

    University health officials are warning students about a rise in confirmed cases of mumps at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The school says one to two students are showing up daily at campus health clinics with possible symptoms of the contagious viral illness.

    Zachary Fardon

    U.S. prosecutor’s office in Chicago restructures

    One of the country’s busiest U.S. attorney’s offices has received a makeover under its new chief, including the creation of a violent crimes section that will focus on street-level violence in Chicago, though no new resources are being committed to any of the units, the office said Monday.

    St. Charles Park District employees Alex DeSimone, left, and John Kish guide Ruth Aizuss Migdal’s sculpture on to its base at Mount St. Mary Park Monday as part of the 9th annual Sculpture in the Park exhibit. The stainless steel piece is titled, “Here,” and weighs in at around 2.5 tons.

    More sculptures added to St. Charles park

    The new artwork is almost in place at Mount St. Mary Park in St. Charles for the latest Sculpture in the Park.


    Hoffman Estates hosts drug disposal day

    The Hoffman Estates Police Department and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will take your unwanted prescriptions and drugs, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the police station, 411 W. Higgins Road.


    Bears’ Tillman hosts bowling fundraiser in Rosemont

    Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman will host a celebrity bowling tournament in Rosemont June 12 to raise funds for his foundation. Since 2012, the event has raised more than $320,000 for the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation.

    Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes after completing the Boston Marathon in 3:49:03.

    Arlington Hts. mayor completes 10th Boston Marathon

    Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes finished his 10th Boston Marathon on Monday amid more security, and more emotion, than he’s seen before. He crossed the finish line in 3:49:03, not a personal best for the 57-year-old runner, but Hayes said he was glad to finish.


    Millions in road, water and sewer work in Libertyville budget

    Libertyville officials on Tuesday are expected to approve a $59.3 million budget, which calls for about $7 million or 13 percent more in spending than the current year. The general fund, which covers day-to-day expenses, is balanced with $25 million in revenues and $24.9 million in spending.

    Rep. David Harris

    No movement yet on transit reform report

    Lawmakers weighed in on reforms proposed by a state task force that wants to change how Metra, Pace and the CTA operate in the wake of a patronage scandal.

    Mario Booker

    Man gets 53 months in attempted kidnapping of Fenton student

    A Chicago man who grabbed and chased a 16-year-old girl as she walked to Fenton High School last April pleaded guilty and received a 53-month prison sentence. Mario Booker, 25, was sentenced after pleading guilty to aggravated battery in a public place.

    Colleen L. Bagley

    Probation for repeat Elgin prescription drug offender

    A 38-year-old Elgin woman who was arrested three times last year on felony prescription drug forgery and possession charges pleaded guilty Monday and got five years of probation. If Colleen Bagley fails to complete it, she could be sentenced anywhere from 5 to 16 year in prison. Bagley's sister-in-law, who has custody of her two children, said she believes significant prison time might be the...

    Jim Durkin

    Durkin says state can’t afford Obama library

    The top Republican in the Illinois House on Monday criticized majority Democrats’ plan to offer $100 million in taxpayer money to lure Barack Obama’s presidential library to Chicago.

    Daily Herald File Photo A broken rail means delays for Metra riders this afternoon.

    Broken rail equals commuter delays on BNSF line to Aurora

    Metra commuters on the BNSF Line can expect delays due to a broken rail at Union Station messing up rush-hour traffic.


    Feed My Starving Children seeks volunteers

    Feed My Starving Children, a Christian hunger relief organization invites volunteers of all ages to help pack meals for worldwide distribution. Volunteer meal-packers are needed from May through August at three locations: 742 E. Park Ave., Libertyville; 555 Exchange Court, Aurora; and, 1072 National Parkway, Schaumburg.


    Lake County water board meets

    The Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency board will meet Wednesday to discuss reconsidering Wauconda’s application for membership.


    Chemical waste collection in Lake County

    The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County hosts a household chemical waste collection event from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the Fox Lake streets department facility, 216 Washington Ave., Fox Lake.

    Samantha Smith

    Missing Gurnee teenager back home

    Gurnee police say a teenage girl who had been missing for a little more than a week is back with her family.


    Chicago men plead guilty to Elgin robbery

    Two Chicago men pleaded guilty Monday to robbing an Elgin electronics store last May. In exchange for guilty pleas to the class X felony, Antoine Adams, 39, and Ronaldo Crawford, 34, were sentenced to 15 years in prison. Each received credit for 299 days in custody.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn’s taxes show little change from year before

    Gov. Pat Quinn has released 2013 income tax returns showing he earned roughly the same as previous years and donated a little more to charity than in 2012.

    Richard J. Elrod

    Former Cook County sheriff dies at 80

    Former Cook County Sheriff Richard J. Elrod has died at age 80. Elrod served four consecutive terms as sheriff between 1970 and 1986 and was a Cook County circuit court judge from 1988 until his death.

    Cas Yovino, right, has her purse attack Sophia Barszcz on Monday during the “Eureka: Invent the Newest Fashion!” program at the Lake Villa District Library. Children made dresses, backpacks, shoes and other items out of recycled material including newspaper, plastic bottles and plastic bags.

    Students use recycled materials to create fashions at Lake Villa library

    Future inventors used recycled materials to make fashion outfits Monday during the “Eureka: Invent the Newest Fashion!” program at Lake Villa District Library.


    Woman’s body found in Kishwaukee River

    A kayaker found the woman’s body Sunday afternoon in the Kishwaukee Gorge Forest Preserve. The Winnebago County coroner’s Office on Monday identified her as 46-year-old Beverly Janet Gitzmaker.

    Frank Angiulo is the owner of Vapor Hut, with a new location on Algonquin Road just west of Randall Road in Algonquin. Angiulo says the oils he orders for use in the electronic cigarettes are superior in quality from his competitors. He said he enjoys educating customers on the product, and helping tobacco users quit their addiction through use of the new technology.

    E-cigarette store opens second location in Algonquin

    Frank Angiulo says he's already helped thousands of people along the path to quitting smoking since he opened his first Vapor Hut store less than six months ago in Crystal Lake. He said his second store in Algonquin has been so busy he's considering two other locations.

    Daily Herald file photoResidents who want to share their thoughts about the DuPage County Forest Preserve District but don’t have Internet access can pick up printed copies of a new public opinion survey at the district’s headquarters, 3S580 Naperville Road, Wheaton.

    DuPage forest preserve district developing strategic plan

    DuPage County Forest Preserve District officials are seeking public feedback for its strategic plan, which is being created to help the district establish its direction for the next three to five years. A public opinion survey has been posted online, and six community meetings have been scheduled.

    Miss Laura Keyes will portray Laura Ingalls Wilder at the Geneva Public Library’s Book & Bag It on May 7.

    Learn about Laura Ingalls Wilder at Book & Bag It

    Due to a family emergency, David Clark, Geneva Public Library's scheduled presenter for "Bringing Family History to Life: The Stories We Could Tell" on Wednesday, May 7 has had to cancel his appearance. The show will go on with a new presenter. They will be featuring Laura Keyes, a local librarian and researcher, in her program about Laura Ingalls Wilder.


    Batavia student fees could rise $75 to help pay for Chromebooks

    Students in Batavia schools would pay $75 a year more in registration fees, to help pay for outfitting them with Chromebook computers and other devices, under a plan the school board will consider Tuesday.

    Volunteers in yellow shirts help people gather free groceries in the basement of the First United Methodist Church on Love Elgin Day last September.

    Plenty to like about Love Elgin Day

    There is plenty to like about Love Elgin Day, which starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at five downtown area churches.

    A woman smoking a cigarette while sitting in her truck in Hayneville, Ala. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But as we get farther from our own bodies and the present, a new AP-GfK poll shows Americans have much more doubts in other concepts that scientists say are basic truth: global warming, evolution, and their largest question mark was in the Big Bang that created the universe.

    Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans

    While scientists believe the universe began with a Big Bang, most Americans put a big question mark on the concept, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. Yet when it comes to smoking causing cancer or that a genetic code determines who we are, the doubts disappear.

    Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, celebrates her win in the women’s division of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston.

    Images: 2014 Boston Marathon
    Images from the 2014 Boston Marathon.

    Conant High School teachers Denise Mitchell, left, and Linda Patino-Goergen, with some of the more than 100 glass plate images.

    Conant High School develops old glass-plate images of Schaumburg

    Students and teachers at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates recently applied their “old-fashioned” photo-developing skills to bring to life images from more than 110 years ago in neighboring Schaumburg. The pictures were preserved in recently rediscovered glass-plate negatives of local farmer and budding photographer Fred W. Pfingsten. “It's right at the time Schaumburg...

    Left to right, Patton School third graders Claire Hackmann, 8, Maddie O’Dell, 9, and Brooke Martin, 8, talk about their recent presentation before the Illinois State Legislature urging members to pass a bill outlawing puppy mills in Illinois.

    Arlington Heights girls’ puppy mill bill passes House

    A group of girls from Patton Elementary School in Arlington Heights are taking the state Legislature by storm. Just last week, Claire Hackmann, Maddie O’Dell and Brooke Martin, wrote to State Sen. Pam Althoff, who will be sponsoring a bill — originally written by State Rep. David Harris of Arlington Heights — before the Illinois State Senate. It has already passed the House.


    Former death row inmate details difficulties

    A former death row inmate whose wrongful murder conviction helped bring about the end of Illinois’ death penalty said life has recently been more difficult with renewed questions about his innocence. Anthony Porter spent 16 years on death row for the 1982 killings of two people, but the confession of another man,


    WWII ship group wants better Evansville dock

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The group that oversees a restored World War II ship wants a more visible location on the Ohio River as a condition for keeping it docked in Evansville.The LST-325 board is considering a proposal from Peoria, Ill., to move the troop landing ship there after its 10-year contract with Evansville expires.


    Noncriminal patients moved from Wisconsin prison

    Civil psychiatric patients have been discharged from a state-run mental health institute in Madison to free space for additional criminal patients, drawing criticism from law enforcement officials.

    Early 1900s in the living room of the Pfingsten Farm home in Schaumburg. Fred Pfingsten, in the foreground, also took the picture. The camera was set on a fixed object. Some flash powder was given a length of fuse, the room was darkened, camera shutter was opened, fuse was ignited, and Fred would then dash over and sit on the floor until flash powder was ignited. The camera shutter would then be closed.

    Images: Conant’s restoring Pfingsten pictures
    Linda Patino-Goergen, a teacher at Conant High School, and her photography club students developed glass plate negatives from about 1905 of scenes from the Schaumburg area's rural past.


    3 words for Dist. 94: Progressive, challenging, evolving

    Superintendent Doug Domeracki says there are three words that best describe Community High School District 94 in West Chicago: progressive, challenging and evolving.

    Jerry Nash, co-founder of the Lombard-based Prairie Food Co-op, leads a meeting at the Elmhurst Public Library. Prairie Food is one of at least four suburban co-ops that are in the planning stages.

    Food co-operatives hope to open soon in the suburbs

    Local food. Local ownership. Local gathering place. This is the vision hundreds of people living near Batavia, Elgin, Lombard and McHenry have for four separate food cooperatives they hope to turn into brick and mortar locations within the next two or three years. “It’s really so much more than a grocery store,” says Kathy Nash, co-founder of the Prairie Food Co-Op, which plans...

    The state of Illinois has announced $1.6 million for more than two dozen environmental and education projects aimed at helping to conserve the Lake Michigan shoreline.

    Money for Lake Michigan shoreline projects

    Associated Press

    The state of Illinois has announced $1.6 million for more than two dozen environmental and education projects aimed at helping to conserve the Lake Michigan shoreline.

    A proposed “exclusion list” designed to keep criminals away from the video gambling industry is prompting questions from those who want more protections to help problem gamblers.

    Video gambling exclusion list prompts questions

    A proposed “exclusion list” designed to keep criminals away from the video gambling industry is prompting questions from those who want more protections to help problem gamblers.


    Lawyer: No more appeals for ex-Dixon bookkeeper

    A former bookkeeper who stole almost $54 million from a Dixon has accepted she won’t be able to reduce her nearly 20-year prison term. That’s according to Rita Crundwell’s lawyer. He says the imprisoned former Dixon comptroller decided not to pursue other appeals options.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared this week “Divvy Week.” It’s part of a push to get more residents, commuters and tourists to rent the blue Divvy bikes from hundreds of docking stations across the city.

    Chicago promotes bike-share program

    With the arrival of warmer weather, the city of Chicago is promoting its bicycle-sharing program. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared this week “Divvy Week.” It’s part of a push to get more residents, commuters and tourists to rent the blue Divvy bikes from hundreds of docking stations across the city.

    A witness turned rescuer at the site of a deadly kayak accident in Geneva on Saturday said it was clear that the kayak’s two operators were struggling to control the vessel before it plunged over a low dam.

    Dawn Patrol: Witnesses help save man; Fox River dams ‘deadly’

    Witnesses, police help save Mount Prospect man after heart attack; Fox River low-head dams ‘notoriously deadly,’ expert says; shots fired in Elgin, no injuries reported; DuPage Leadership Team members volunteer at homeless shelter; Bulls fade in 4th, drop playoff opener; Hawks have uphill battle with Seabrook suspended

    Winter burn has been common in evergreens. Overall, however, experts say this year’s brutal winter won’t have lingering effects on suburban plants and wildlife.

    What to expect this spring after suburbs’ brutal winter

    Despite some stubborn spurts, the tough winter is pretty much in the rearview mirror. So, as we emerge from hibernation and head outdoors, what fallout will we find on nature from all of that extreme cold and heavy snow? Probably not as much as one might have thought.

    Board members of the Shared Harvest Co-Op of Elgin include, from left, Jennifer Shroder, Carol Rauschenberger, Brigitte Nobs and Mark Fry.

    Existing suburban food co-ops
    Green Tomato GroceryLocation: BataviaNumber of owners: 21Cost of share: $100 (must purchase 2 to vote)Incorporated: March 2013Projected opening: 2016Website: www.greentomato.coopContact: (630) 330-1218

    St. Louis Blues left wing Chris Porter (32) reacts after teammate Barret Jackman scored the game-winning goal in overtime past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford during Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Saturday in St. Louis. The Hawks who are down two games in the playoff series play the Blues tonight at 7:30.

    10 stories you may have missed
    10 stories you might have missed this weekend: Bystander talks about rescue of one of two kayakers caught in Fox River dam in Geneva; Blackhawks are in a tough spot for tonight's game; Algonquin teen has visited 163 national parks; Geneva woman dies in motorcycle accident; Gurnee police asking for public's help to find missing teen; and Naperville Unit District 203 gets feedback on proposed...

    Sue Gruner of Burlington crossed the finish line in last year's Boston Marathon just seconds before the first of two terrorist bombs exploded. Injuries kept her from returning for this year's race.

    Burlington runner recounts 'chaotic' Boston Marathon experience

    When Sue Gruner crossed the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, she had achieved a lifetime goal. In an instant, though, that sense of accomplishment became secondary. Within seconds of Gruner crossing the finish line, the first of two pressure cooker bombs went off on a day that some would say changed America, a day when a terrorist attack sent Boston, and the nation, into a state of...

    Which way to go? While heading to my car I noticed the in and out parking lot arrows at the Naperville Municipal Center and thought they made for a clean graphic monotone image. I held my camera over my head to get the most downward angle I could. While culling the images I decided to pick a frame where my feet showed, I thought it added something. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a lot of Easter activities, including several portrayals of Jesus, and several appearances of the Easter Bunny.


    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, shoots around Golden State Warriors forward David Lee during the first half in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Los Angeles, Monday, April 21, 2014.

    Clippers rout Warriors, even playoff series

    LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored a career playoff-high 35 points without a foul and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in routing the Golden State Warriors 138-98 Monday night to even their first-round series at a game apiece.Chris Paul added 12 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who started the game on a 14-4 run and kept on going, maintaining a sizeable double-digit lead through the final three quarters. They finished with a franchise record points for a playoff game. All the foul trouble that plagued Griffin and Paul in the Clippers’ four-point loss in Game 1 belonged to the Warriors this time. Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 24 points in the third quarter, when the Warriors never got closer than 25 points, while playing with four fouls. Klay Thompson finished with seven points — 15 under his average — and four fouls. Andre Iguodala, who fouled out of Game 1, and Jermaine O’Neal had four points and three fouls each.Game 3 is Thursday at Oakland.Los Angeles shot 57 percent, made 12 of 25 3-pointers, hit 32 of 35 free throws and owned a 25-13 edge in fastbreak points.The Clippers’ lead grew to a 37-point bulge early in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Matt Barnes, their only starter who played albeit briefly in the final period. He finished with 13 points. Danny Granger had 15 points before fouling out. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and nine rebounds. The teams with a history of bad blood between them jawed in the fourth, when Clippers Hedo Turkoglu and Glen Davis got into it with Marreese Speights of the Warriors. Davis and Speights were called for double technicals.The Warriors’ frustration boiled over with 42 seconds left when Jordan Crawford was called for a flagrant foul-1 for shoving Darren Collison who was bringing the ball upcourt.Griffin had 21 points in 20 minutes of the first half, one minute more than he played in the Clippers’ loss on Saturday. He fouled out of that game, when Paul was also in foul trouble and made several mistakes in the closing minutes after the Clippers rallied to tie the game late.The Clippers got off to a 14-4 start, similar to their 12-1 start of two days ago. This time, though, the referees’ whistles were blowing at the Warriors. Thompson, O’Neal and Iguodala all had three each by halftime, when they trailed 67-41. Golden State had 33 fouls to 22 for the Clippers.The Clippers outscored Golden State by 11 points in the opening quarter and by 15 in the second. Curry got double-teamed for the second straight game, and he struggled offensively, making just one basket and two free throws in the first half.The Clippers’ second unit grew the lead from 11 points to 21 in the second, helped by consecutive 3-pointers from Jamal Crawford, Turkoglu and Granger. The starters came back in and had just four baskets the rest of the quarter while hitting 9 of 11 free throws to stretch the lead at the break.Thompson got whistled for his fourth foul barely a minute into the third. David Lee, who had a double-double in Game 1, had 11 points.


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*palatine 13, schaumburg 9Palatine 3 3 4 3 —13Schaumburg 1 3 2 3 — 9Palatine — El Hoffi 8 (3 assists), Kleinfeldt 4, Kalev.Schaumburg — Borst 4, Walsh 2, Birriel, Pyde, SkiroockGoalkeepers — Pal: Davis (13 blocks); Sch: Bach (11 saves).*Other score:Conant 10, Fremd 9*


    Baseball: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Kaneland 7, DeKalb 2Kaneland 040 000 3 —7-8-0DeKalb 101 000 0 —2-3-4H: K: Laudont 2, Carlson 2; .RBI: K: Laudont 2WP: Holubecki (5 innings, 7 strikeouts)w; LP: Moen.*Marmion 3, Marian Central 2Marmion 030 000 0 —3-11-0Marian 000 002 0 —2-5-0H: M: Meyers 2, Carmody 2; RBI: M: Meyers, Eberth; WP: Troop (5 innings, 10 strikeouts).*VERNON HILLS 4, GRAYSLAKE NORTH 0Grayslake North 000 000 0 —0-3-1Vernon Hills 001 003 x —4-9-02B:VH: Earhart.3B: VH: McNamara.WP: Crowley; LP: McHugh; S: Newman.*WARREN 4, WAUCONDA 3Warren 121 000 0 —4-5-2Wauconda 000 210 0 —3-10-032B: Warr: Perne; Wauc: B. Malisheski, Lovelle, Nelson.3B: Warr: Dinter.WP: Perner.; LP: Nelson*GRANT 8, MCHENRY 3McHenry 101 100 0 —3-6-2Grant 402 101 x —8-8-22B: Grt: Lucas, Kusiak.HR: Grt: Noda, Lucas.WP: Stone.*CARMEL 2, LAKES 0Carmel 011 000 0 —2-4-0Lakes 000 000 0 —0-6-13B: Carm: Sefcik.WP: Coughlin; LP: Nuxoll.*ROUND LAKE 6, NORTH SHORE C.D. 5Round Lake —6-4-0North Shore C. D. —5-9-22B: RL: Young; NSCD: McCarren, Meyer, Gray.WP: Sanchez; LP: Rohrbach; S: Gibson.*Marengo 5, Larkin 4 (8 Inns.)Larkin 100 100 11 -4-8-2Marengo 021 000 02 -5-10-22B: L — McCracken, Royse; M — Kissack, Walsweer, Maney 2.WP: Sheahan; LP: Lenz.*Dundee-Crown 8, South Elgin 3South Elgin 001 101 0 -3-8-1Dundee-Crown 002 024 x -8-8-12B: SE — Toppel; D-C — Girard, Bloch 2, Lewan, Ray.WP: Alvarado; LP: Brown.*Geneva 5, Bartlett 3Bartlett 120 000 0 -3-6-1Geneva 000 113 x -5-4-22B: B — Euliano, Fanselow 2; G — Wassel.HR: G — Derr.WP: Reed; LP: Roberson.*Burlington Central 9, Harvard 0Harvard 000 000 0 -0-0-1Burlington C. 104 310 x -9-7-02B: BC — Gannon 2, Schuver.HR: BC — Schuver.WP: Schutta; LP: Peterson.*St. Edward 7, Aurora Central Catholic 5ACC 300 002 0 -5-5-3St. Edward 101 050 x -7-9-02B: ACC — Floritto, Czerak; STE — Tierney. WP: Tierney; LP: Bruss.*Richmond-Burton 4, Jacobs 1Richmond-B. 000 201 1 -4-8-1Jacobs 000 001 0 -1-6-03B: R-B — Tisl.HR: R-B — Dittmar; J — Murray.WP: Wells; LP: George.*Westminster Christian 8, Ottawa Marquette 5Marquette 013 000 1 -5-9-2Westminster C. 300 500 x -8-9-22B: OM — Norman, Hinkleman; WC — Merlak, Ruffolo, Weston.3B: WC — Angiulo.HR: OM — Killelea.WP: Ryan; LP: Morris; SV: Angiulo.*Oak park 11, downers grove north 1*montini 4, aurora christian 0Aurora Christian 000 000 0 —0-4-5Montini 002 110 x —4-5-22B: M: Stiener.WP: Frontzak; LP: Baksha.*wheaton warrenville south 7, west aurora 1West Aurora 100 000 0 —1-5-0Wheaton South 011 014 x —7-14-02B: WWS: Kelly (2), Giltz, Flores.3B: WWS: Ostrander.WP: Struebing; LP: Liebelt.*naperville central 8, glenbard east 1Glenbard East 000 100 0 —1-7-1Naperville Central 301 031 x —8-13-12B: GE: Mogavero; NC: Daley (2), McMillen, Clifford, Heatherly, Daley.WP: Maloney.*waubonsie valley 6, st. charles east 4St. Charles East 010 200 1 —4-5-3Waubonsie Valley 312 000 x —6-6-52B: SCE: Barry; WV: Vietri, Ellam.HR: WV: Marzano, Ellam.WP: Hasper; LP: Cook.*St. Francis 8, Wheaton academy 6Wheaton Academy 004 000 2 —6-8-3St. Francis 100 043 x —8-10-12B: WA: Albaugh.HR: WA: Johnson; SF: Prociuk, Kuzemka.WP: Kuzemka; LP: Valente.*downers grove south 9, willowbrook 7Downers South 600 012 0 —9-10-0Willowbrook 100 033 0 —7-12-12B: DGS: Taylor; W: Rothmund (2), Johnson.3B: DGS: Orienta, Engal.WP: Taylor; LP: Zunkel.*lisle 8, coal city 2Coal City 000 001 1 —2-7-3Lisle 701 000 x —8-8-1


    Softball: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*GRAYSLAKE C. 13, WOODSTOCk N. 3 (5 INN.)Woodstock North 200 01 —3-4-1Grayslake Central 235 3x —13-16-42B:GC: Truskowski. HR: GC: Brown 2, Radke 2, Frusolone , Heraty.WP: Radke; LP: Butler.*MUNDELEIN 6, LIBERTYVILLE 5Libertyville 301 010 0 —5-7-0Mundelein 010 020 3 —6-9-32B: Mund: DeVito, Rosenow, Fairweather.HR: Mund: Zazas, Rosenow.WP: Parney; LP: Alban.*WAUCONDA 5, VERNON HILLS 0Vernon Hills 000 000 0 —0-2-0Wauconda 230 000 x —5-10-02B: Wauc: Heck, Redmann.HR: Wauc: Redmann, McCarthy, Exline.WP: Wedl; LP: Stern.*LAKE ZURICH 8, WARREN 3Warren 201 000 0 —3-6-2Lake Zurich 501 020 x —8-5-02B: Warr: Scott; LZ: Guercio, Schroeder.HR: Warr: Scott; LZ: Giercio, M. Parsons.WP: Schneider; LP: Wagner.*zion-benon 16, stevenson 6 (6 inn.)Zion-Benton 122 01 (10) —16-15-1Stevenson 100 320 —6-5-42B: Stev: Yonkovic, Cortesi.WP: Lenzi; LP: Peterson.*LAKES 9, GRANT 7 (8 inn.)Lakes 012 012 12 —9-14-2Grant 100 002 40 —7-8-22B: Lks: M. Mang 2, C. Mang 2; Grt: Sanchen.HR: Lka: M. Mang, Perdue.WP: Dishinger; LP: Moran.*Larkin 14, East Aurora 0 (5 innings)*Cary-Grove 8, Crystal Lake South 6Cary-Grove 050 010 2 -8-9-1CL South 100 050 0 -6-6-12B: C-G — Praik, Deering; CLS — Woods, Terry, Massie.HR: CLS — Terry.WP: Stanley; LP: Massie.*Prairie Ridge 3, Jacobs 1Prairie Ridge 010 000 2 -3-6-3Jacobs 010 000 0 -1-5-12B: PR — Chapnick; J — Cummings.HR: PR — Drain.WP: Baker; LP: Peters.*Elgin 4, Metea Valley 1Metea Valley 000 001 0 -1-2-2Elgin 111 010 x -4-7-02B: E — Perryman 2. HR: MV — Perna.WP: Perryman (4-1); LP: Titiner (1-6).*Marengo 4, Burlington Central 2Burlington C. 000 110 0 -2-5-0Marengo 000 103 x -4-7-1HR: BC — Kisch; M — Kissack, Carlson, Dionne.WP: Dionne; LP: Gaylord.*Hampshire 20, Johnsburg 3 (6 Inns.)Hampshire 210 15(11) -20-19-0Johnsburg 002 001 -3-5-22B: H — Finn 2, Vanacker, Malecke, Hurst 2, Lapi, DeChant; J — Ward, Wilson.WP: Widmayer; LP: Post.*McHenry 11, Dundee-Crown 0 (5 inns.)McHenry 091 01 -11-14-0Dundee-C. 000 00 -0-2-12B: M — Koepke, Mareens 2, Mattson, Monssen 2, Wolsh.HR: M — Mattson.WP: Koepke; LP: Girard.*Bartlett 11, Batavia 1 (5 inns.)Bartlett 002 72 -11-13-1Batavia 000 10 -1-5-22B: Bart — Fornoff, Paul, S. Johnson.HR: Bart — A. Johnson.WP: Nowak (4-0); LP: Lovestrand.*Montini 5, Aurora central catholic 0Aurora Central 000 000 0 —0-3-1Montini 100 202 x —5-12-02B: ACC: Alfaro; M: Trojnar, Alexander, Sclafani.WP: Trojnar (6-2); LP: Miller.*waubonsie valley 4, plainfield central 0Plainfield Central 000 000 0 —0-6-1Waubonsie Valley 200 101 x —4-7-02B: WV: Lack, Sanchez.3B: PC: Bell; WV: Hohman.WP: Hohman; LP: Anderson.*elgin 4, metea valley 1Metea Valley 000 001 0 —1-2-2Elgin 111 010 x —4-7-02B: E: Perryman (2).HR: MV: Perna.WP: Perryman (4-1); LP: Titiner (1-6).*Rosary 9, wheaton academy 2Wheaton Academy 100 000 1 —2-3-1Rosary 050 004 x —9-12-22B: WA: Gagliano, Ridderhoff; R: Murray; R: Molenhouse, Murray, Flowers.WP: Young; LP: Ratliff.*lisle 13, coal city 3Coal City 011 10x x —3-3-2Lisle 407 2xx x —13-10-22B: CC: Emerson; L: Stitt (2), Coppin, Holub.WP: Stitt (4-1); LP: Aichele.*West aurora 11, glenbard east 3Glenbard East 003 000 0 —3-5-4West Aurora 231 005 x —11-8-12B: GE: West; WA: T. Podschweit, Beatus, Hunger.HR: WA: Jimenez.WP: Hayton; LP: Smith.*downers grove north 6, york 0Downers North 002 220 0 —6-11-1York 000 000 0 —0-3-3WP: Ryndak (9-0); LP: Bandy.*


    Girls track: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*At LakesGRANT 87, LAKE 603,200 relay: Grant 10:17.8; 400 relay: Grant 52.7; 3,200: Espinosa (Lks) 12:02.4; 100 high hurdles: Sangster (Grt) 17.0; 100: B. Griesbaum (Lks) 12.4; 800: D. Griesbaum (Lks) 2:18.8; 800 relay: Grant 1:52.1; 400: Basala (Grt) 1:00.0; 300 int.. hurdles: Skinner (Lks) 52.1; 1,600: Schardt (Lks) 5:30.1; 200: B. Grioesbaum (Lks) 26.0; 1,600 relay: Grant 4:12.1;long jump: B. Griesbaum (Lks) 17-9; high jump: D. Griesbaum (Lks) 4-10; triple jump: Nozime (Grt) 32-9; shot put: Bickare (Grt) 37-7; discus: Darby (Grt) 111-8.5; pole vault: Tuley (Lks) 9-0.*GRANT 133, ROUND LAKE 133,200 relay: Grant 10.19.8; 400 relay: Grant 53.1; 3,200: Romig (Grt) 12:26.9; 100 high hurdles: Sangster (Grt) 17.0; 100: Basala (Grt) 12.9; 800: Drabek (Grt) 2:23.4; 800 relay: Grant 1:52.1; 400: Basala (Grt) 1:00.0; 300 int.. hurdles: Skinner (Grt) 52.1; 1,600: Romig (Grt) 5:36.9; 200: Nozime (Grt) 26.6; 1,600 relay: Grant 4:12.1; long jump: Rinda (Grt) 14-11; high jump: Schweinberg 4-8; triple jump: Nozime (Grt) 32-9; shot put: Bickare (Grt) 37-7; discus: Darby (Grt) 111.8.5; pole vault: Lolke (Grt) 8-6.*At Dundee-CrownDundee-Crown 88, Woodstock 86, Larkin 73200 relay: Dundee-Crown 10:53.54; 400 relay: Woodstock 53.33; 3200: Cassiere (D-C) 13:09; 110 high hurdles: Lawrence (D-C) 15.57; 100: Verbecck (W) 13.13; 800: Beattie (W) 2:25.4; 800 relay: Woodstock 1:53.83; 400: Lawrence (D-C) 1:04.23; 300 int. hurdles: Beattie (W) 49.34; 1600: Aguirre-Michel (D-C) 5:53.03; 200: Flynn (D-C) 27.89; 1600 relay: Woodstock 4:31.91; Long jump: Lawrence (D-C) 15-6; High jump: Michalski (D-C) 4-8; Triple jump: Mendezavica (W) 33-0; Shotput: Mosher (D-C) 29-4; Discus: Sewane (W) 100-3.5; Pole vault: Uidl (W) 8-0.*Saturday’s late resultsLuther North InviteTEAM SCORES1. Harvest Christian 101, 2. Mather 101, 3. North Shore Country Day 78, 4. Luther North 71, 5. Jones Prep 65, 6. IC Catholic 45, 7. Elgin Academy 27, 8. Steinmetz 13, 9. Schurz 11, 10. Westminster Christian 4, 11. CICS-Northtown 3, 12. Gordon Tech 3, 13. Regina 3, 14. Francis Parker 2, 15. Faith Lutheran 0, 16. Payton 0, 17. Guerin 0, 18. CICS_Ellison 0, 19. Little Village 0, 20. Taft, 21. Holy Trinity.INDIVIDUAL RESULTS3200 relay: Jones Prep 10:32.70, Mather (Nano, Khong, Odusola, Montenegro) 10:41.80, Steinmetz (Escalante, Morales, Garcia, Herrera) 11:27.00; 400 relay: Luther North (Allen, Armstrong, Mendez, Horne) 53.77, Mather (Williams, Jackson, Dejesus, Coleman) 54.50, IC Catholic 55.24; 3200: Muller (JONES) 12:00.40, Mora (JONES) 12:08.30, Robledo (MAT) 12:15.50; 110 high hurdles: Antonia (NSCD) 16.71, Du (MAT) 17.84, Knox (HC) 18.19; 100: Pearson (EA) 12.93, Hill (ICC) 13.48, Williams (LN) 13.58; 800: Richter (HC) 2:27.30, Rory (NSCD) 2:29.00, Eguia (ICC) 2:40.70; 800 relay: Luther North (Allen, Armstrong, Williams, Horne) 1:53.74, IC Catholic 1:53.59, Mather (Dawson, Johnson, Dejesus, Garcia) 2:01.79; 400: Ricther (HC) 1:04.99, Trejo (Schurz) 1:07.65, Valerie (NSCD) 1:08.49; 300 int. hurdles: Antonia (NSCD) 51.54, Armstrong (LN) 52.48, Du (MAT) 52.96; 1600: Rory (NSCD) 5:33.50, Robledo (MAT) 5:39.50, Lohman (JONES) 5:54.80; 200: Pearson (EA) 26.71, Hill (ICC) 28.19, Williams (LN) 28.38; 1600 relay: Mather (Du, Coleman, Nano, Odusola) 4:31.56, Luther North (Horne, Boone, Diaz, Armstrong) 4:36.33, Harvest Christian (Richter, Boldog, Hendricks, Rodriguez) 4:38.31; Long jump: Antonia (NSCD) 15-3.5, Stampley (JONES) 14-9, Pearson (EA) 14-5; High jump: Knox (HC) 4-10, Doby (HC) 4-8, Valenzuela (ICC) 4-4; Triple jump: Lieber (JONES) 30-6, Stampley (JONES 30-3, Dejesus (MAT) 30-0.25; Shotput: Schmaker (LN) 36-4.5, Doby (HC) 33-3.5, Kusora (MAT) 30-10; Discus: Doby (HC) 100-4, Schumaker (LN) 94-7.5, Kusora (MAT) 72-3.25.


    Girls soccer: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*Elgin 2, Hampshire 1Elgin 0 2 —2Hampshire 0 1 —1Scoring — E — Garcia (Delgado), Santiago (PK); H — Maze (Higa).Goalkeepers — E — Demel (20 saves); H — Kienzler (7 saves), Kochanski (6 saves).*benet 3, wheaton academy 0Benet 3 0 —3Wheaton Academy 0 0 —0Scoring — B: Elder (Kaufman), Elder (Elenteny), Morefield.Goalkeepers — B: Hlavin.*WW South 2, Naperville Central 1, OTNaperville Central 1 0 —1WW South 0 1 1—2Scoring — NC: Joyce. WWS: Holmes (Jakuszewski), Fank. *buffalo grove 8, wheeling 0Wheeling 0 0 —0Buffalo Grove 4 4 —8Buffalo Grove — K.Zickert (Kovach), Ingham (Kovach), Coole (K.Zickert), Cole (Topalis), Cole (Herzog), Cole (Gerhart), Stejskal (UA), Topalis (Kovach).Goalkeepers — Whl: Valencia; BG: O’Connor.*conant 2, schaumburg 1Schaumburg 0 1 —1Conant 2 0 —2Conant — O’Keefe (Wentzel), Madonia (Mazurek)Goalkeepers — Con: Anderson (t saves).*hersey 2, hoffman estates 0Hoffman Estates 0 0 —0Hersey 2 0 —0Hersey — Gierman (UA), Korff (Gierman).Goalkeepers — Hers: Harris (4 saves).*palatine 2, fremd 0Palatine 1 1 —2Fremd 0 0 —0Palatine — Radtke (UA), Soukup (Raymond).Goalkeepers — Pal: Rhodes; Frm: Lewandowski, Stone.*prospect 2, elk grove 0Prospect 0 2 —2Elk Grove 0 0 —0Prospect — Welk (Pettenuzzo), Welk (Novak).*


    Girls water polo: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*barrington 11, hoffman estates 4Hoffman Estates — Quimet, Sullivan, Dorband, Garcia.Barrington — Latimer 5, Gavars 4, Pallan, RojasGoalkeepers — HE: Kasman (10 saves); Bar: Connors (8 saves), Burrell (2 saves).*conant 11, fremd 10 (2OT)Conant 4 2 3 0 1 1—11Fremd 1 2 3 3 0 1—10Conant — Ca.Rosas 5, Skittone 2, Fenlon 2, Weingart 2.Fremd — Decanio 5, Barry 2, Hoffman 2, Carlson.Goalkeepers — Con: Demaret (9 saves, 3 steals), Frm: Jeronimus.*palatine 13, schaumburg 3Schaumburg 2 0 1 0 — 3Palatine 3 3 5 2 —13Schaumburg — Vasquez 2, Lynch.Palatine — Wojtas 7 (4 assists), Chumbook 2 (2 assists), Rasor 2 (3 assists), Dvorska, O’Brien.Goalkeepers — Pal: Butler (12 saves).*


    Boys track: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*At Lake ZurichLAKE ZURICH 94, NORTH CHICAGO 32400 relay: North Chicgo 47.88; 110 high hurdles: Fitzgerald (LZ) 16.57; 100: Rowell (NC) 11.43; 800: Ejupi 2:24.7;800 relay: North Chicago 1:41; 400: Wright (LZ) 53.57; 300 int.. hurdles: fitzgeral (LZ) 47.50; 1,600: Witt (LZ) 5:23.4;200: Rowell (NC) 23.87; long jump: Swanson (LZ) 17-9;high jump: Patton (NC) 5-6; triple jump: Khan (LZ) 37-5.5; shot put: McLain (LZ) 41-2; discus: Pacyga (LZ) 131-11; pole vault: Peters (LZ) 6-6.*At AntiochVHHS 73, Antioch 713200m relay: (VH) 8:21.2, 400m relay: (VH) 45.; 3200: Webber (VH) 10:09.5; 110 high hurdles: Lopes (Ant) 16.9; 100: Clark (VH) 11.4; 800: Whitney (VH) 2:02.7; 800 relay: (VH) 1:40.6; 400: Mohrdieck (VH) 53.4; 300 int.. hurdles Anghel (Ant 43.9; 1600: Smith (VH) 4:45.3; 200: Clark (VH) 23.1; 1600 relay (Ant) 3:35.1; shot put: Erchinger (VH) 42-11.5; discus: Taylor (Ant) 140-8; long lump; Agnew (VH) 17-0.2; triple jump; Etayen (Ant) 35-0; high hump; Agnew (VH) 6-0; pole vault Horton (Ant) 12-0.*VHHS 87, Wauconda 573200 relay: (VH) 8:21.2; 400 relay (VH 45.7); 3200: Webber (VH) 10:09.5; 110 high hurdles: Klein (Wauc) 16.7; 100: Clark (VH) 11.4; 800: Whitney (VH) 2:02.7; 800 relay: (VH) 1:40.; 400: Theel (Wauc) 52.2; 300 int.. hurdles: Payne (Wauc) 44.9; 1600: Smith (VH) 4:45.; 200: Clark (VH) 23.1; 1600 relay (VH) 3:38.7; shot put: Erchinger (VH) 42-11.5; discus: Fugle (Wauc) 125-4; long jump: Agnew (VH) 17-0.25; triple jump: Buechner (Wauc) 34-3; high jump: Agnew (VH) 6-0; pole vault; Jaskowski (VH) 8-6.*Antioch 99, Wauconda 473200 relay: (Ant) 8:31; 400 relay (Ant) 45.7; 3200: Besson (Ant) 10:19.5; 110 high hurdles: Klein (Wauc) 16.7; 100: Lonski (Ant) 11.5; 800: Marsiglio (Ant) 2:04.5; 800 relay: (Ant) 1:42.1; 400: Theel (Wauc) 52.2; 300 int.. hurdles: Anghel (Ant) 43.9; 1600: Besson (Ant) 4:51.2; 200: Lonski (Ant) 23.8, 1600 relay (Ant 3:35.1; shot put: Zeien (Ant)41-5.5; discus : Taylor (Ant) 140-8; long jump:Dickson (Ant) 16-7.25; triple jump; Buechner (Wauc) 34-3; high jump ; Thomason (Wauc) 5-8; pole vault; Horton (Ant) 12-0.*At GrantGRANT 74, LAKES 723,200 relay: Lakes 8:22.1; 400 relay: Grant 43.0; 3,200: Burchardt (Lks) 9:43.2; 110 high hurdles: Wells (Grt) 14.3; 100: Hertz (Lsk) 10.6; 800 Hatton (Grt) 2:02.8; 800 relay: Grant 1:30.5; 400: Hertz (Lks) 49.7; 300 int.. hurdles: Boyer (Lks) 42.0; 1,600: Burchard (Lks) 4:34.3; 200: Hertz (Lks) 22.0; 1,600 relay: Lakes 3:29.1; long jump: Wells (Grt) 22-11.7; high jump: Wells (Grt) 6-8; triple jump: Miller (Grt) 39-3.5; shot put: Bychowski (Grt) 50-5; discus: Muller (Lks) 149-10; pole vault: Jazo (Lks) 12-6.*GRANT 137, ROUND LAKE 83,200 relay: Grant 8:25.0; 400 relay: Grant 43.0; 3,200: Romig 9:53.6; 110 high hurdles: Wells (Grt) 14.3; 100: Wells (Grt) 10.8; 800 Hatton (Grt) 2:02.8; 800 relay: Grant 1:30.5; 400: DeVito (Grt) 54.8; 300 int.. hurdles: Brudgidge (Grt) 42-72; 1,600: Romig (Grt) 4:38.5; 200: Wells (Grt) 22.4; 1,600 relay: Grt: 3:41.2; long jump: Wells (Grt) 22-11.7; high jump: Wells (Grt) 6-8; triple jump: Lopes (RL) 40-2; shot put: Bychowski (Grt) 50-5; discus: Mullen (Lks) 149-10; pole vault: Peterson (Grt) 12-0.*LAKES 130, ROUND LAKE 153,200 relay: Lakes 8:22.1; 400 relay: Lakes 44.2; 3,200: Burchardt (Lks) 9:43.2; 110 high hurdles: Boyer (Lks) 15.2; 100: Hertz (Lsk) 10.6; 800: Zimmerman (Lks) 2:08.6; 800 relay: Lakes 1:31.6; 400: Hertz (Lks) 49.7; 300 int.. hurdles: Boyer (Lks) 42.0; 1,600: Burchard (Lks) 4:34.3; 200: Hertz (Lks) 22.0; 1,600 relay: Lakes 3:29.1; long jump: Ruiz (Lks) 21-6.5; high jump: Hudson (Lks) 6-2; triple jump: Lopez (RL) 40-2); shot put: Mullen (Lks) 48-9; discus: Mullen (Lks) 149-10; pole vault: Jazo (Lks) 12-6.*St. Charles North 126, Bartlett 67, West Chicago 39, Elgin 333200: 1. Childs (E) 10:45.1; 2. Kyla (SCN) 10:45.3; 3. Virsen (WC) 11:15.0;400 relay: 1. St. Charles North 45.2; 2. Bartlett 46.4; 3. Elgin 47.8;


    Boys volleyball: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*MUNDELEIN D. WHEELING 25-22, 25-17Serving — Mund: Langlie (1 ace), Everding (1 ace), Tkachuk (1 ace); Attacking — Mund: Ramer (7 kills), Everding (5 kills); Setting — Mund: Everding (15 assists); Digs — Mund: LAnglie 8-8, Everding 7-8; Blocks — Mund: Fiore 2, Guzman 1, Tkachuk 1.JV: — Mundelein d. Wheeling 25-19, 19-25, 25-17Frosh A: — Mundelein d. Wheeling 25-22, 25-18*warren d. buffalo grove 25-13, 23 -25, 25-18Serving — Warr: Schultz (2 aces); Attacking —Warr: Holland (9 kills), White (7 kills); Setting — Warr: Kouta (31 assists); Blocks — Warr: Kouta 5, Maan de Kok 5, Bongratz 5.*DEERFIELD D. LAKES 25-16, 25-23Attacking — Lk: Galat (9 kills), Solbrig (5 kills); Setting — Lks: Jewell (11 assists); Digs — Lks: Solbrif 4, Galat 3, Halberg 3; Blocks — Lks: Halberg 2, Solbrig 1.*St. Francis d. St. Charles North 25-12, 25-21St. Francis — Jendryk (10 kills, 3 blocks); Smith (23 assists); Denny (3 kills); Churney (6 kills); Durawski (3 kills); Shearer (2 kills).St. Charles North — Bujko (3 kills, 3 blocks); Rollins (13 assists); Cook (6 digs); Connor (2 kills, 2 blocks).*Conant d. Larkin 25-17, 25-21.Attack: Con: Openchowski 3 kills, Wozniak 2 kills, Pyun 2 kills, Lejman 3 kills, Azararrooz 2 kills). Serving: Con: Openchowski 3 aces, Pyun. Setting: Con: Armando 5 assists, Lejman 4 assists. Digs: Con: Openchowski 13, Tomuta 14, Pyun 7, Lejman 6, Armando 5. Blocks: Con: Lejman 2, Azararrooz.*Palatine d. hoffman Estates 25-19, 19-25, 25-15Attack: Pal: Kendzior, 12k, Cambell 7k, Pitts 6k; HE: Wrobel 5-6, Stacy 23-25 6 k, Lugo 22-28 22-24 10k, Rodheim 9-11 5k, Girard 3-3, Ehlers 10-10 3k. Serving: HE: Orozco 11-11, Stacy 9-10, Lugo 8-10,Rodhjeim 7-7, H. Patel 11-12 a, Woo 6-6. Setting: Pal: Boldog 32 assists; HE: Wrobel 1-1, Stacy 17-20 8 assists, Rodheim 3-3, H.Patel 49-52 14 assists. Digs: Pal: Obernesser 14; HE: Orozco 15, Wrobel 2, Stacy 11, Rodheim 14, K. Patel 3, H. Patel 5, Wook 6, Ehlers. Blocks: Pal: Cambell 3; HE: Lugo, Rodheim.*mundelein d. Wheeling 25-22, 25-11Attack: Whl: Flores, Kais, Castillo 5 kills, Shultz 5 kills. Serving: Whl: Stephani 5-6, Kapadia 6-6, Zacarias 5-5, Carvajal 0-1, Kais 7-7, Castillo 6-7, Shultz 7-9 ace. Setting: Whl: Kapadia 56-60 19 assists, Stephani 4-4, Cacarias 5-5, Caravjal 1-1, Castillo 2-2. Digs: Whl: Stephani 21, Kapadia 8, Cacarias 6, Flores 2, Calgado 5, Carvajal 2, Kais, Shultz. Blocks: Whl: Cacarias 2, Castillo, Shultz 3.*Other score:Warren d. Buffalo Grove 25-13, 23-25, 25-18*


    Girls badminton: Monday’s scoreboard
    Monday’s results*Glenbard West 14, Leyden 1*STEVENSON 10, FREMD 5Singles — No. 1: Wu (Fre) d. To 21-18, 21-11; No. 2: Chen (Stev) d. Mbi 21-14, 21-18 ; No. 3: Schrieder (Stev) d. Doll 15-21, 21-17, 21-8; No. 4: Choi (Fre) d. Lui 21-9, 19-21, 21-17; No. 5: Onishchenko (Stev) d. Zhang 21-18, 21-14; No. 6: Parng (Fre) d. Ling 22-20, 21-8; No. 7: Shah (Fre) d. Xia 13-21, 21-16, 21-18; No. 8: Shanmugasandaram (Stev) d. Battula 22-120, 21-16; No. 9: Hu (Stev) d. Peng 21-18, 21-116; No. 10. Wang (Stev) d. Choi 23-21, 21-15, 21-11.Doubles — No. 1: S. Choi/Parng (Fre) d. Lui/Schroeder 21-9, 20-22, 21-18; No. 2: Chen/ Shanmugasandaram (Stev) d. Zhang/Shah 24-22, 21-16; No. 3: Ling/Xia (Stev) d. Wu/Doll 22-10, 21-14, 21-18 ; No. 4: To/Hu (Stev) d.Mbi/Battula 13-21, 21-18, 21-15; No. 5: Wang/Onishchenko (Stev) d. A. Choi/Peng 21-9, 21-13.


    Boys tennis: Monday’s results
    *Monday’s results*LAKE FOREST 7, VERNON HILLS 0Singles — No. 1:Campbell (LF) d. Knier 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Kasbeen (LF) d. Lau 6-0, 6-1; No. 3: Hough (LF) d. Kurzenberger 6-0, 6-0.Doubles — No. 1: Lake Forest d. Dobrik/Lunkov 6-1, 7-5; No. 2: Lake Forest d. Han/Namburi 6-1, 6-3; No. 3: Lake Forest d. Kim/Zhang 6-0, 6-2; No. 4: Lake Forest d. Guillaume/Barnett-Bishop 6-0, 6-0.;*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 7, LAKES 0Singles — No. 1: Tolention (GC) d. Sievert 6-2, 6-3; No. 2: Glennon (GC) d. B. Thacker 6-0, 6-3; No. 3: Zafor (GC) d. B. Thacker .Doubles — No. 1: Knight/Hutchins (GC) d. Pooley/Mueller 6-3, 6-0; No. 2: Dignadice/Patricelli (GC) d. Burnett/Gajda 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Paruthooli/Corrigan (GC) d. V\Navarro/Forbes 6-1, 6-2; No. 4: Hornung/Mock (GC) d. Nelson/Bradford 6-1, 6-1*maine south 6, schaumburg 1Singles — No.1: Bruno (MS) d. J.Shah 6-1, 6-1; No.2: Salgia (MS) d. Cordova 6-1, 6-2; No.3: Spalinski (MS) d. Desai 6-0, 6-0.Doubles — No.1: Wesselmeyer/Demize (MS) d. Park/Patel 6-7, 6-4, 10-7; No.2: Johnson/Muglene (MS) d. Panartanit/Lee 6-0, 6-3; No.3: Guevara/Courtney (Sch) d. Curry/Faith 6-4, 7-5; No.4 Mirabella/Gentile (MS) d. Avila/A.Shah 7-6(2), 6-2.*

    The Cubs’ Mike Olt, left, celebrates with manager Rick Renteria, right, in Saturday’s game against the Reds. Although Renteria has exuded eternal optimism — a needed trait for anybody involved with the Cubs — he has exhibited a couple of flash points.

    Cubs’ Renteria knows when to ‘raise the tone’

    Three weeks into the baseball season, wer're getting glimpses into the personality of Cubs manager Rick Renteria. An upbeat guy by nature, Renteria has had to "raise the tone" at times to get a message or two across to the team.

    Dallas Stars’ Alex Goligoski (33) helps goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) of Finland clear the puck away from the net during the second period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series game against the Anaheim Ducks, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Dallas.

    Stars shutout Ducks in Game 3

    DALLAS — Kari Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his first career postseason victory, and the Dallas Stars beat Anaheim 3-0 Monday night in their first home playoff game in six years.Dallas captain Jamie Benn skated out of the penalty box to score late in the first period, and 19-year-old rookie Valeri Nichushkin added a goal for the Stars in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series. The top-seeded Ducks won each of the first two games at home, both one-goal results.Game 4 is Wednesday night.Lehtonen, who held up through five Anaheim power plays, had a kick save near the end of one of those in the final minute of the first period. That came right before Benn came out of the penalty box and skated toward the other end for the winning goal.

    Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews pressures St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller during game 3 of the NHL first-round Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago Monday night.

    Powerful line, powerful results for Hawks

    In a series where not enough had been working for his hockey team, Joel Quenneville borrowed from last year’s Stanley Cup championship manual Monday night. He went back to something that worked so splendidly. The Blackhawks coach started Jonathan Toews and flanked his captain with struggling Bryan Bickell on his left and Patrick Kane on his right.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) celebrates with Brandon Bollig (52) and Ben Smith after the Blackhawks’ 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series game Monday, April 21, 2014, in Chicago.

    Blackhawks blank Blues in Game 3

    Corey Crawford made 34 saves in his third career postseason shutout, and the Blackhawks got back into their playoff series with the St. Louis Blues with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night.Jonathan Toews and Marcus Kruger scored as the defending Stanley Cup champions bounced back after a pair of overtime losses in St. Louis. Toews’ 21st postseason goal was only the second score by a Blackhawks forward in the series.Ryan Miller shook off another slow start and finished with 23 saves, but Toews’ shot at 4:10 of the first went through the goaltender’s legs and was costly.It was quite a turnaround for Crawford, who was upset with his play after Saturday’s 4-3 loss. Barret Jackman’s winning goal in Game 2 went through Crawford, prompting the goaltender to say he had to play better for Chicago to win.Just two days later, he came up with one of the best games of his career.Crawford seemed to be in the right place at the right time all night, drawing chants of “Co-rey! Co-rey from the capacity crowd at the United Center. He was helped by a sound performance by Duncan Keith and the rest of the Blackhawks’ defensemen, who stepped up while playing without the suspended Brent Seabrook.The Blues, who scored tying goals late in regulation in each of the first two games, pulled Miller with 57 seconds left, but the Blackhawks held on. Kruger stuffed home an empty-netter in the final seconds.Game 4 is Wednesday night.Each team was without a key contributor after Seabrook wiped out Blues center David Backes with a big hit in Game 2. The five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for Seabrook led to Vladimir Tarasenko’s tying power-play goal with 6.4 seconds left.Seabrook was suspended for three games by the NHL, putting Sheldon Brookbank in the lineup for the first time in the series. Playing with Keith, Brookbank turned in a solid performance in his 19th career playoff game.While Backes was held out with an upper-body injury, center Patrik Berglund returned for the Blues after missing three games with an upper-body injury. Berglund, who had 14 goals and 18 assists this season, skated behind the net for a nice wraparound opportunity in the first period, but was turned away by Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy.Seabrook’s hit on Backes, and at least one knee-on-knee blow by Bryan Bickell, increased the tension between Central Division rivals. But Game 3 was surprisingly civil, with each team wary of another penalty that could swing the series. There was a lot of chirping from each side, and that was about it.Looking for a spark, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville put Toews, Patrick Kane and Bickell on the same line for the start of Game 3. The trio had a lot of success in the Blackhawks’ run to the title last year.The move worked.Toews connected from the top of the left point in the first, beating Miller with a shot that might have deflected off the stick of Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Bickell also created a couple of quality chances with some slick passing.

    Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews drives on St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller during game 3 of the NHL first-round Stanley Cup playoffs Monday night in Chicago.

    Blackhawks walk tightrope again in victory

    The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 2-0 at the UC Monday night, cutting the series deficit to 2-1, but they never displayed the energy that was such a hallmark of their courageous performance throughout the 2013 Stanley Cup run. What they did was score early and pretty much go into a shell for the rest of the game.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save during game 3 of the NHL first-round Stanley Cup playoffs Monday night in Chicago. He made 34 saves in the victory.

    Crawford sensational in Hawks’ 2-0 victory

    In the most crucial game to date, Corey Crawford came up with his biggest performance to date, stopping all 34 shots he faced, many in spectacular fashion, to lead the Hawks to a 2-0 victory over St. Louis and cut the Blues’ lead in the series to a much more manageable 2-1 advantage.


    Time is right for Nelson, St. Francis’ new track

    Managing St. Francis’ first home track and field meet in the school’s 57 years, run on a surface dedicated in his name, stirred swirling emotions in the Spartans’ 26-year head coach, Scott Nelson.

    Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood watches his three-run home run Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. Wood also pitched 7 innings, allowing 6 hits and 1 run.

    Cubs’ Wood gets it done on the mound, the plate

    Travis Wood did it all for the Cubs Monday night. He pitched 7 solid innings of 1-run ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. Wood also helped himself with the bat, hitting a 3-run homer in the second and an RBI double in the fourth.


    Quagliano connects, and Wheeling wins

    Wheeling senior Katie Quagliano hit and pitch her team to victory on Monday at Heritage Park in Wheeling. Quagliano belted a two-out, bases-loaded double in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead over visiting Prospect. Nikki Mikosz, Christina Ambrose (2-for-3) and Alexa Fishman scored on Quagliano’s big hit. Anne Janulis’s RBI groundout in the sixth got home Lauren Hart (triple) for Wheeling’s final run in the 4-2 triumph.

    Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger, Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad celebrate Kruger’s late goal.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game Three
    Images of game three of the NHL Playoff Series as the Chicago Blackhawks won 2-0 over the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on Monday.


    Mundelein handles Wheeling

    Mundelein got a 25-22, 25-17 sweep over Wheeling thanks in part to 7 kills by Luke Ramer and 5 kills and 4 kills respectively by David Everding and Roman Tkachuk. Everding also had 15 assists.

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (9) celebrates with teammate guard Mike Conley, left, in overtime of Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 21, 2014. Memphis won 111-105 in overtime. Grizzlies’ center Marc Gasol (33) and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) and center Kendrick Perkins (5) are at rear.

    Grizzlies tie up series with Thunder

    Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the host Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 in overtime on Monday night and tie their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.Mike Conley added 19 points and 12 assists for the Grizzlies.Randolph’s layup with 26 seconds left in overtime put the Grizzlies up by 2. Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka traveled, giving the ball back to the Grizzlies. Courtney Lee made 2 free throws for Memphis to make it a 4-point game. Durant missed a 3-pointer and Randolph made two free throws with nine seconds left to put the game out of reach.A Kendrick Perkins putback at the buzzer forced OT for the Thunder moments after a 4-point play by Kevin Durant sliced a 5-point lead to 1.


    Wedl in command for Wauconda

    Kayla Wedl has been rolling up the K’s lately. The Wauconda pitcher has 47 strikeouts in her last three games, including 14 in a 5-0 win Monday over Vernon Hills. Wedl, who did not allow a walk, raised her pitching record to 10-0. The Bulldogs are now 13-1 on the season.


    Stone, Noda power Grant victory

    Andrew Stone moved to 4-0 on the mound for Grant by pitching five innings and striking out two batters, and Ryan Noda had 2 hits, including a 2-run home run, as the Bulldogs topped McHenry 8-3 on Monday.

    White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo, right, high-fives teammates Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie after their 3-1 win Monday over the Detroit Tigers.

    Sox win game, lose Sale

    The White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 Monday night at Comerica Park, but ace starter Chris Sale is on the 15-day disabled list with a "flexor mass strain" in his left arm.


    WW South tops Naperville C. in OT

    It took Wheaton Warrenville South nearly 70 minutes to finally score against Naperville Central during Monday’s DuPage Valley Conference match in Wheaton.


    Dolezal leads Barrington’s charge

    Barrington’s battery was fully charged to start the week against Fremd. Fillies junior pitcher Keenan Dolezal struck out a 13 batters and her freshman catcher Rachel Krzysko blasted the game-winning RBI with her fourth homer of the season as host Barrington won the Mid-Suburban West softball game 5-1 at the Fields of Dreams on Monday.

    New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was fired Monday.

    Woodson’s out — and Kerr could be in — as Knicks coach

    Phil Jackson fired Mike Woodson and the Knicks entire coaching staff on Monday, and former Bull Steve Kerr repeatedly has been mentioned as top candidate to become the next head coach.


    Benet wins ninth straight

    It’s hard to find a flaw in the Benet girls soccer team. The Redwings won their ninth straight game with a 3-0 victory against a Wheaton Academy team that was riding a three-game winning streak.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Palatine’s Michelle Raymond, right, battles Fremd’s Jessica Kopec for possession on Monday at Hale Hildebrandt Field.

    Palatine powers past Fremd for Kinsella Cup win

    Morgan Radtke and Carolyn Soukup combined with a stout Palatine defense to help the Pirates sink host Fremd to win the annual crosstown soccer match between rival girls soccer programs 2-0 on Monday. The Pirates’ win means Palatine has won the coveted Kinsella Cup for the second time in the last three seasons.


    Elgin defeats Hampshire

    Elgin 2, Hampshire 1: The Maroons (3-3) turned up the offense in the second half as they defeated the Whip-Purs in nonconference action. Nancy Garcia scored the Maroons’ first goal off a feed from Gabby Delgado while Marceci Santiago recorded the game-winning goal on a penalty kick. Lexi Maze scored the Whips’ lone goal on an assist from Kaila Higa. Hannah Demel turned away 20 shots for the winners while Kaila Kienzler (7 saves) and Catherine Kochanski (6 saves) split time in goal for Hampshire.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Cary-Grove 8, Crystal Lake South 6: The Trojans (7-5, 2-1) scored 3 in the top of the seventh to steal away a win on the road in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action. Jamie Deering had a double with a pair of RBI to power the offense. Lauren Stanley came on in relief and left with the win, going 3 innings giving up just 1 hit and 1 run. For the Gators, Hailee Massie had a double and 3 RBI while teammate Jenica Terry smashed a solo homer. Massie also took the loss in relief, giving up 2 runs without allowing a hit.McHenry 11, Dundee-Crown 0: Mustering only 2 hits in the game, the Chargers were unable to generate much of anything, falling in the FVC Valley. Lauren Mercado and Mallory Schilf each had a single, the only hits for the Chargers. Lauren Girard took the loss.Hampshire 20, Johnsburg 3: Nine of the 19 Whip-Pur hits went for extra bases as they jumped all over Johnsburg to stay perfect in the FVC Fox. All but two of Hampshire’s (10-7, 3-0) starters had a hit with Becca Hurst (2 2Bs, 4 RBI, 2 RS) and Sara Finn (4-for-5, 2 2Bs, 3 RBI, 2 RS) leading the way. Haley Widmayer fired 5 innings of 4 hit ball, giving up 2 runs and striking out 8.Bartlett 11, Batavia 1: Scoring 7 runs in the top of the fourth, the Hawks (10-4, 4-2) cruised to an easy victory over Upstate Eight Conference foe Batavia on the road. Amy Johnson crushed a 2-run home run for her only hit, while teammate Alex Morales had 3 singles and 2 RBI. Aylssa Nowak improved her record to 4-0 as she pitched a complete game, giving up only 1 run on 5 hits.Larkin 14, East Aurora 0: Larkin’s (3-7, 1-4) bats finally woke up, scoring enough to run-rule the Tomcats in UEC action. Alex Bednarski had 2 doubles and 3 RBI while teammate Sophie Young also had a pair of RBI. Sarah Hansen earned the complete-game shutout, striking out 5 on her way to the win.


    Burlington Central’s Schutta throws perfect game

    Burlington Central senior Jacob Schutta was perfect on Monday. As in perfect game. Schutta struck out 13 of Harvard’s 21 batters, didn’t walk anyone and his team played errorless defense behind him as the Rockets won the Big Northern East game 9-0.


    Conant turns away Fremd in OT

    Conant survived a close call with Fremd in an 11-10 overtime decision in girls water polo on Monday.


    Hersey, Palatine clinch MSL divisional ties

    Hersey and Palatine have clinched ties for divisional titles in Mid-Suburban League boys water polo.

    Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner (4) shoves Colorado Avalanche center Brad Malone (42) during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, April 21, 2014.

    Minnesota wins in OT, Avs lead series 2-1

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mikael Granlund’s diving swing at his own rebound 5:08 into overtime gave the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 win over Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 on Monday to pull within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.Varlamov stopped 45 of 46 shots, a franchise playoff record number of shots on goal for the Wild. Granlund cut toward the net for a wrist shot, and as he was falling forward took a stab at the puck to finally put one past Varlamov.Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves, but the Wild goalie in his first career playoff start was just as good as his counterpart.Game 4 is at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.

    Glenbard West’s Billy Becker tags out Hinsdale Central’s Trenton Barnett, during a loss to the Red Devils.

    Glenbard W. takes consolation in series win

    Glenbard West’s baseball team would be thrilled taking two of three from every West Suburban Silver Conference team. That being said, the Hilltoppers wouldn’t mind a do-over of Monday’s 8-4 loss to Hinsdale Central.


    Naperville Central gets it done

    To hear Maddi Doane explain it, the end to Naperville Central’s softball game on Monday was rather ho-hum. She described the Redhawks’ winning rally in the bottom of the seventh against Lake Park as the old, “Get ’em on, get ’em over and get ’em in” cliché. But the action Monday was intense. The visiting Lancers put up quite a fight against the defending conference champs before falling 2-1 in what was the DuPage Valley Conference opener for both schools.

    Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila holds up the ball to umpire CB Bucknor after tagging Chicago White Sox runner Dayan Viciedo during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, April 21, 2014. Viciedo was called safe after the umpire review.

    Sox rally for 3-1 win over Tigers

    DETROIT — Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo hit RBI doubles in the seventh inning, and the White Sox rallied for a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.Chicago scored three runs in the seventh off Anibal Sanchez (0-2) after managing only one hit in the first six innings. John Danks (2-0) allowed six hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings, but the Tigers could score only one run off him.Ronald Belisario got five outs in relief for the White Sox, and Matt Lindstrom pitched the ninth for his second save.The White Sox scored three runs on four hits in a top of the seventh that took about 25 minutes. Abreu’s tying double was upheld after a replay review, and Chicago scored another run when a call at the plate was overturned following a review.Sanchez allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.Danks appeared to be in trouble in the second, when the Tigers had the bases loaded with nobody out after two straight walks. Alex Avila brought a run home with a groundout, but Danks got out of the jam thanks to two consecutive popups.The Chicago left-hander went on to post his fourth consecutive quality start to begin the season.Sanchez looked even better until the game slowed to a crawl in the seventh. After a leadoff double by Conor Gillaspie, Abreu lifted a drive down the line in right that a sliding Torii Hunter was unable to come up with. The ball bounced into the seats for a double, and although the Tigers challenged whether it was fair or foul, the call was upheld and the game was tied.One out later, Viciedo put the White Sox ahead with a double to deep center, and Alexei Ramirez followed with a single to left. Viciedo initially held up at third, but left fielder Rajai Davis’ throw missed everybody, and the ball ended up near the Chicago dugout.Sanchez retrieved it and threw back to the plate, where a sliding Viciedo was at first called out. The White Sox had lost their challenge earlier in the game, but umpires chose to review the play, and the call was changed, putting Chicago up 3-1.The Tigers put men on first and third with one out in the seventh, but Ian Kinsler hit into a double play. The Tigers had men on first and second with one out in the ninth, but Davis lined out to left and Kinsler hit a grounder to end it as rain began to fall over the field.Miguel Cabrera’s early slump continued. The Detroit slugger went 0 for 4, lowering his average to .206.NOTES: Chicago’s Adam Dunn struck out three times. ... Justin Verlander (2-1) takes the mound for Detroit on Tuesday night. Chris Sale (3-0) was listed as the Chicago starter, but manager Robin Ventura indicated he might need to be replaced because of general muscle soreness.

    Burlington Central’s Shelby Young turns away from the home run ball behind the fence to watch Marengo’s Taylor Carlson round the bases with the go-ahead 2-run shot in the sixth inning Monday in Marengo.

    Carlson’s blast lifts Marengo over Burlington Central

    Hitting coaches would pay to have a video of Taylor Carlson’s at-bat in the sixth inning Monday. The Marengo senior catcher’s swing on a pitch on the outside corner from Burlington Central senior left-hander Brooke Gaylord was picture perfect and turned out to be a game-winning 2-run home run to right-center field that catapulted the host Indians to a 4-2 win over the defending Big Northern East champion Rockets.

    The St. Louis Blues’ David Backes (42) is helped off the ice by a Blues trainer against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period in Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in St. Louis.

    Blues infuriated by Hawks’ comments to Backes

    The “wakey, wakey” controversy is far from put to bed. One look at the crowd of reporters gathered around Duncan Keith’s locker after Monday’s morning skate was absolute proof of that.


    Prairie Ridge outlasts Jacobs

    In a closely contested game, any mistake can be costly. Jacobs found that out the hard way. Hindered by baserunning mistakes and shoddy defense, the Golden Eagles couldn’t overcome their miscues in a 3-1 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division softball loss to Prairie Ridge in Algonquin Monday afternoon.


    Donohue gets Prospect’s bats going

    Pat Donohue changed Prospect’s fortunes with just one swing of his bat Monday in Mt. Prospect. Donohue, who bats first, lined the first pitch of Prospect’s first inning at-bat into center for a single. That spark got the Knights, who had been struggling offensively in their last two games, off to a great start as Prospect rolled past Buffalo Grove 11-0 in 5 innings.

    St. Charles East’s Dom Adduci, left, will continue playing in college in the Missouri Valley Conference at Drake.

    Long, winding recruiting road ends with Adduci at Drake

    Dom Adduci is a self-confessed Midwestern boy at heart. Therefore, he should feel right at home over the next 4 years in Iowa’s capitol city of Des Moines. Earlier this month, the St. Charles East senior basketball standout verbally committed to attend Drake University this fall.

    Jennah Perryman

    Perryman’s big day carries Elgin to 7th straight

    Elgin’s explosive offense may have been a little quiet on Monday, but it really didn’t matter with the way Jennah Perryman was pitching. The senior right-hander struck out 12 batters and threw a complete game 2-hitter in the Maroons’ 4-1 Upstate Eight Conference crossover victory against visiting Metea Valley. Perryman also helped herself at the plate as she went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles, an RBI, and a run scored.

    Columbus Blue Jackets’ Artem Anisimov, left, of Russia, tries to clear the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kris Letang defends during the second period of a first-round NHL playoff hockey game Monday, April 21, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio.

    Penguins take 2-1 series lead in Columbus

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Olli Maatta scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series thanks to the goals on three consecutive shots.Brooks Orpik added a goal in the final seconds of the second period as the Penguins stormed back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-1. Marc Andre-Fleury had 27 saves.Boone Jenner and Jack Johnson staked the Blue Jackets to an early lead in the opening 3:18, with Cam Atkinson getting credit for a goal early in the final period that stretched the lead to 3-1.But then the Penguins found their game, dominating with a 41-20 advantage in shots on goal and controlling the pace to disappoint a raucous overflow crowd of 19,148. Beau Bennett and Paul Martin each had two assists for the Penguins, as did Brandon Dubinsky for the Blue Jackets, who were trying for their first playoff victory at home. They were 0-5 in the postseason until pulling off a stunning 4-3 double-overtime victory Saturday night in Pittsburgh.Down 3-1 after Dubinsky’s twirling backhander went in off Atkinson’s glove just over a minute into the final period, the Penguins found another gear.Martin’s shot from the point was redirected by Sutter cut the lead to a goal. Stempniak took a short pass from Kris Letang and waded in from the right wing, beating goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who finished with 37 saves, 1:10 later.Then Maatta’s shot from the point glanced in off defenseman James Wisniewski, thoroughly deflating a crowd waiting to celebrate an historic win.All three games have ended up 4-3, with one team building a 3-1 edge.Columbus’ last best chance came with 30 seconds left when Fleury made a blocker save on Ryan Johansen’s hard shot.For years, Penguins fans flooded into Nationwide Arena and had little opposition when they led “Let’s go, Pens!” cheers. But Columbus’ front office sold playoff tickets to Ohio addresses first, cutting down on long-distance buyers. As a result, the crowd was loud and decidedly partisan for the Blue Jackets.


    West Aurora scores early and late in DVC opener

    The Upstate Eight Conference had a sneak peak of its soon-to-be two newest members Monday afternoon in Aurora. West Aurora scored five times in the opening two innings and added another 5-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning to ease to an 11-3 softball victory over Glenbard East in the schools’ DuPage Valley Conference opener.

    Lake Zurich hitter Mallory Parsons (13) celebrates with teammates after a hitting grand slam in the first inning against visiting Warren.

    Parsons, Lake Zurich have a blast

    In between the small raindrops, a softball game at Lake Zurich featured some big blasts and some quality pitching. And for those late-arriving guests, missing the first inning was not a good move. That’s when Warren slugger Megan Scott launched a two-out, 2-run homer to center field. And in the bottom half of the frame, both LZ’s Mallory Parsons and freshman Amanda Guercio answered with blasts of their own. Seven runs scored in the first inning — and then both hurlers, Olivia Schneider for Lake Zurich and Jana Wagner for Warren, settled down. Parsons’ blast came with the sacks loaded and set the tone for Lake Zurich’s 8-3 NSC Lake Division win on Monday.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, and coach Tom Thibodeau pose for a photo after Noah was awarded the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, Monday, April 21, 2014.

    Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah: ‘This award is a team award’

    Joakim Noah had been in a solemn mood since the death last week of his basketball mentor, Tyrone Green. Noah declined to talk about it for two days and was concise when speaking to the media after the Game 1 loss to Washington. On Monday, Noah was more like his usual self. Upon sitting down on the stage, preparing to accept the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year Award, he smiled at family members seated in the front row.

    D.J. Augustin shoots against Bradley Beal during the Bulls’ Game 1 loss to Washington on Sunday. Augustin was just 3 of 15 from the field.

    Watch for Bulls to rebound

    There are endless reasons to feel pessimistic about the Bulls’ chances against Washington in this first-round playoff series. But the Bulls have a knack for tuning up their game and turning up the intensity whenever they seem overmatched. Maybe not against Miami in the postseason, but this is the first round.


    Girls soccer / Top 20
    Buffalo Grove, Hinsdale Central and Waubonsie Valley have the top three spots in the Daily Herald's ranking of the top 20 girls soccer teams.

    Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 118th Boston Marathon, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Boston.

    American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

    One year after a bombing there killed three people and left more than 260 injured, American runner Meb Keflezighi added Boston to a resume that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics. Running just two weeks before his 39th birthday, he had the names of the 2013 bombing victims on his bib. “At the end, I just kept thinking, ‘Boston Strong. Boston Strong,”’ he said. “I was thinking, ‘Give everything you have. If you get beat, that’s it.’”

    Devika Joshi of Libertyville is committed to play water polo at Iona.

    Libertyville’s Joshi commits to Iona

    Devika Joshi led Libertyville’s girls water polo team in goals, assist and steals as a junior. Wildcats fans are seeing much more of the same from the senior this season. And in less than year, it will be collegiate fans seeing the skills of Joshi. Last week, she made a verbal commitment to play for Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.

    David Bauries

    Bauries tackles a future at Concordia

    After his senior season last fall, David Bauries earned high praise from Hoffman Estates football coach Mike Donatucci. “David is one of the most disciplined kids I have ever coached,” he said. “He is very instinctive and a great team leader.” Bauries had decided to take those leadership skills and his astute tackling ability to Concordia University in Wisconsin.


    Mike North Video: Can Hawks bounce back at home?
    Brent Seabrook's 3-game suspension seems a bit harsh considering his track record, but Mike North thinks even though Blackhawks are down 2-0, they could come back.


    Softball: Top 20 rankings
    Libertyville (14-1) held onto the No. 1 spot with Benet (12-1) moving up to No. 2 and Downers Grove North (9-1) to No. 3 in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 softball rankings.


    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers


    Barry Diller at the annual Allen & Co. Media summit in Sun Valley, Idaho. Thirty years after failing to persuade the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back at the high court to try to rein in another technological innovation that they say threatens their financial well-being.

    Court to hear dispute over Internet TV broadcast

    Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being.

    AT&T on Monday said it plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas, including Chicago.

    AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet

    AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas, including Chicago. The service, called GigaPower, has a 1 gigabit per second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically get with broadband. That means faster video downloads and the ability for more devices to connect to the network without congestion.

    Stocks rose a fifth day Monday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index capping its longest streak since October, amid signs of improving corporate earnings.

    Stocks log longest winning streak in six months

    The stock market logged its longest winning streak in six months Monday as another big week for company earnings began. Halliburton, an oil and gas drilling company, rose after reporting a first quarter profit on rising revenue in the Middle East and Asia. Toymaker Hasbro gained after it said it returned to profitability in its first quarter, driven by sales of girls’ toys such as My Little Pony and Nerf Rebelle. Netflix surged after the close after the company said its earnings surged as it attracted more subscribers.


    Hillshire agrees to buy Van’s Natural Foods for $165 million

    Chicago-based Hillshire Brands Co., the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs, agreed to buy Van’s Natural Foods from private-equity firm Catterton Partners for about $165 million to add healthy breakfast foods.Van’s is expected to have net sales of $60 million this year, Chicago-based Hillshire and Greenwich, Connecticut-based Catterton said today in a statement. The deal is expected to be completed next month.Hillshire Chief Executive Officer Sean Connolly said last year that the company was focused on offering more healthy options for customers. Van’s, based in Phoenix, makes a range of wellness-oriented products, including frozen gluten-free pancakes and whole-grain waffles.Hillshire rose 0.1 percent to $36.15 at 9:44 a.m. in New York. The shares have gained 8 percent this year through April 17, compared with a 0.9 percent increase for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.To contact the reporter on this story: Kevin Orland in Chicago at korlandbloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Kevin Orland at korlandbloomberg.net John Lear


    Try selling your solution, not your product

    Not quite random thoughts about small businesses: • Remember what you’re selling, which for the more successful among us most often is a solution to a customer’s problem. If you run a hardware store, you’re helping customers solve plumbing problems or lawn care issues.If you’re a sales consultant, you’re selling a way to help your prospect’s sales team improve its numbers, not a sales training package.Selling a solution to a problem is different from pitching a widget or other product — and requires a different selling approach. You have to know what’s bothering your prospect; the glories of your widgets aren’t enough.I like the question manufacturing sage Paul Heinze (Paul M. Heinze Co., Barrington Hills) asks early in his conversations: What keeps you awake at night?• Form strategic alliances. Own a restaurant? Offer the most popular flavors sold by the local ice cream parlor for dessert; promote them with a tent card on your tables. In return, the store can put up a poster for your restaurant and each week hold a drawing for a free dinner at your place.If yours is a breakfast stop, work a similar alliance with an up-and-coming local bakery.• Know your referrers and treat them like the important people they are. For many of us, especially service providers, our referral base is the key to success. That means a thank-you note to the accountant who referred one of her clients to you; the same to a municipal economic planner who suggested your services to a potential new business in town and to the consultant who brought you in on an assignment.Treat your best referral sources to lunch. Remember, however, that the best thank you is a return referral: If you have a client looking for IT help or a reliable auto repair shop, think first of the folks who’ve helped you.• More mothers are staying home with the kids, although 71 percent of all U.S. mothers work outside the home. And, perhaps sadly, a growing number of Moms are home because they can’t find a job — six percent today compared to one percent in 2000 according to the Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C.Still, if Moms are your market, there might be an opportunity in, for example, Mother-and-baby exercise classes or baby-sitting services.With annual household incomes of about $130,000, working mothers not surprisingly have more money to spend. Trying offering many of the same services evenings or weekends.• Know your market, not only so you can provide the products or services your customers want but so you know how to reach them.Sell to seniors? Provide senior-oriented services? You likely can reach the 65-plus crowd on the Internet.Pew says that almost 60 percent of seniors use the Internet; more than 70 percent are on every day. Slightly more than 25 percent even use social networking sites.Ideas perking yet?• © 2014 Kendall Communications, Inc. Follow Jim Kendall on LinkedIn and Twitter, and at Kendall Communications on Facebook. Write him at Jim@kendallcom.com.

    Oak Brook-based TreeHouse Foods is buying private label food and beverage company Protenergy Natural Foods for 170 million Canadian dollars (about $150 million).

    TreeHouse Foods buying Protenergy for about $150M

    Oak Brook-based TreeHouse Foods is buying private label food and beverage company Protenergy Natural Foods for 170 million Canadian dollars (about $150 million).Canada’s Protenergy is mostly known for its private label broth, soups and gravies. Its 2013 sales amounted to 130 million Canadian dollars.TreeHouse makes various products including non-dairy powdered creamers, private-label canned soups and salad dressings.“The acquisition of Protenergy is expected to expand our existing packaging capabilities and enables us to offer customers a full range of soup products, both wet and dry. The addition of Protenergy is also expected to leverage our research and development capabilities in the evolution of shelf stable liquids from cans to cartons,” TreeHouse Chairman, President and CEO Sam Reed said in a statement on Monday. TreeHouse Foods Inc. is buying Protenergy from Whitecastle Investments Ltd., Whitecap Venture Partners and others. Protenergy has about 300 employees with headquarters in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, and operates a second production facility in Cambridge, Md.The acquisition will impact TreeHouse’s 2014 earnings by about 5 cents to 7 cents per share and add about 11 cents to 14 cents to earnings per share in 2015.The transaction is targeted to close late in the second quarter. TreeHouse also confirmed that it expects first-quarter adjusted earnings between 77 cents and 80 cents per share. Sales for the period were better than expected, up about 15 percent to approximately $619 million. The Oak Brook, Ill., company reaffirmed its forecast for 2014 earnings of $3.50 to $3.60 per share. The guidance doesn’t account for the additional earnings anticipated from the Protenergy deal.Analysts polled by FactSet predict first-quarter earnings of 79 cents per share on revenue of $612.3 million. Full-year earnings are expected to be $3.57 per share.

    The cat Monopoly token on a Boardwalk deed next to a die and houses at Hasbro Inc. headquarters, in Pawtucket, R.I.

    Hasbro posts 1Q profit, sales of girls’ toys rise

    Hasbro returned to profitability in its first quarter, driven by sales of girls’ toys such as My Little Pony and Nerf Rebelle. The prior-year results were dragged down by restructuring charges.Its latest earnings topped Wall Street estimates but revenue was short of what analysts expected.

    Rising costs for materials and labor appear to be pressuring businesses, according to a quarterly survey from the National Association of Business Economics.

    Higher costs pressured businesses in 1st quarter

    Rising costs for materials and labor appear to be pressuring businesses, according to a quarterly survey from the National Association of Business conomics. During the first quarter of the year, 31 percent of businesses surveyed reported higher material costs, more than double the 15 percent that saw costs rise in the previous survey.

    Adam and Alison Leja

    Hoffman entrepreneur raises bar with new non-alcoholic drink product

    Kukec's People column features Adam Leja of Hoffman Estates who survived a crash involving a drunk driver and had to let go of his dream to becoming a baseball star. Instead, he has become an entrepreneur and founded a company that produces a non-alcoholic drink.

    Glenn and Debra Anton are the owners of Naperville General Store in downtown Naperville.

    Downtown shop aims to capture the spirit of Naperville
    Glenn and Debra Anton are the owners of Naperville General Store in downtown Naperville. They talk about opening the business and what it has to offer.

Life & Entertainment

    Jenn Gambatese and Billy Zane star in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music.”

    Weekend picks: The Hills are alive ...

    The Lyric Opera of Chicago continues producing classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals with “The Sound of Music” this weekend, featuring stars from Hollywood (Billy Zane), opera (Christine Brewer) and Broadway (Jenn Gambatese). Theatreworks USA presents the musical, “Henry and Mudge,” at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall. And comedian Patti Vasquez headlines the breast cancer fundraiser Shop & Laugh to Find a Cure Sunday at Zanies in Rosemont. All this and more this weekend.

    Janelle Monae will be one of the headliners at Taste of Chicago this summer.

    Janelle Monae, Jeff Tweedy among Taste headliners

    Janelle MonŠe, Jeff Tweedy, Aloe Blacc, Grammy Award winning R&B singer Gary Clark Jr., electronic rock band AWOLNATION and folk trio Nickel Creek will be among the headliners during Taste of Chicago July 9-13.

    Craig Zadan, left, and Neil Meron, the producers behind the last two Oscar telecasts, are coming back for a third time.

    Craig Zadan, Neil Meron to produce 3rd Oscar show

    The producers behind the last two Oscar telecasts are coming back for a third time. The film academy announced Monday that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the 87th annual Academy Awards. The two were responsible for the 2013 show hosted by Seth MacFarlane and this year’s telecast starring Ellen DeGeneres.

    Kelis shows her versatility with new album “Food.”

    Kelis remains versatile on ‘Food’

    Hungry for good music? Order Kelis’ new album, “Food.” The R&B-pop-dance-soul singer, who had a breakthrough with the 2003 adventurous hit “Milkshake,” returns with an album full of soulful horns, lush strings and thumping piano keys that feel grand.

    Chris Kalamatas appreciates the support of his wife, Beth, far right, and looks forward to being fit and healthy to enjoy time with their grandkids Millie Bates, left, Deangelo Kalamatas, Damen Allen and Nadia Bates.

    Fittest Loser contestants: Support keeps them on target

    It's Week 9 and the Fittest Losers reflect on the many people who have jumped on board their weight loss journey. The contestants are a strong bunch with an eagle-eye focus on reaching their golden numbers. But they will tell you that accomplishing such a feat is only possible because of their even stronger support systems helping them to stay the course.


    Exercise is possible even while sitting on a couch

    Q: I’m a couch potato. Can I exercise without getting off my couch?

    Associated Press A watercolor by Robert Childress and photos of the model used to paint it. The portrait is of Dick of the Dick and Jane series of books that helped teach generations of children to read.

    Bid, Dick, bid: ‘Dick and Jane’ artworks for sale

    In the portrait, the little boy’s blue eyes twinkle as he looks straight ahead. His apple cheeks shine. There’s a gap in his teeth, and his reddish-brown hair is just slightly tousled. He’s an All-American boy.

    Film producer and director Joss Whedon is releasing a film he wrote as a $5 digital download, bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution. In a video announcement Sunday following the premiere of the supernatural romance “In Your Eyes” at the Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon said that the film will immediately be released online worldwide via Vimeo On Demand.

    Joss Whedon releasing film for digital download

    Joss Whedon is releasing a film he wrote as a $5 digital download, bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution. In a video announcement Sunday following the premiere of the supernatural romance “In Your Eyes” at the Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon says the film will immediately be released online via Vimeo On Demand and InYourEyesMovie.com.

    Robert Redford, left, and Chris Evans star in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The sequel brought in another $26 million to add to its $200 million haul.

    ‘Captain America’ tops box office for third week

    Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp’s new movie. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” added another $26 million to its coffers, according to studio estimates Sunday, while Depp’s sci-fi thriller, “Transcendence,” opened in fourth place with $11 million.

    During Sunday’s final episode of “Lindsay,” Lindsay Lohan says she suffered a miscarriage during the taping her OWN cable channel reality TV series.

    Lohan says on reality show she had miscarriage

    Lindsay Lohan says she suffered a miscarriage during the taping of her reality TV series. The 27-year-old actress made the disclosure during Sunday’s final episode of “Lindsay,” the OWN cable channel series.

    John Mayer performs with his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. “It’s the machine of my dreams. It’s the Ford Mustang, the Marilyn Monroe, the lightning rod, surfboard, magic carpet for music.”

    Guitarists still making memorable music with Strat

    Jimi Hendrix made it shriek. Buddy Holly made it swing. Stevie Ray Vaughn made it snarl. Some of the most legendary guitarists in music history have elicited unforgettable sounds from the Fender Stratocaster, the distinctive double-cutaway guitar born in a small Fullerton, Calif., workshop 60 years ago this month.

    “The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning,” by Alicia Silverstone

    Alicia Silverstone out with book ‘Kind Mama’

    She’s famous as an actress for “Clueless.” But Alicia Silverstone is also famous for her sometimes controversial ideas about mothering, and now she’s put those philosophies down in writing in a just-published book, “The Kind Mama.” Silverstone, 37, whose son Bear Blu is almost 3, says she had a wonderful pregnancy and wants other women to feel as good as she did. “I knew there was another way, and it would be a more enjoyable, lovely way,” said Silverstone in a recent interview.

    Riley, Granddad and Huey return in “Breaking Granddad,” an episode of new season of “The Boondocks,” airing Monday, April 21 on Adult Swim.

    ‘The Boondocks’ back for final ‘offensive’ season

    The brash animated series “The Boondocks” returns Monday to Adult Swim for its fourth and final season without Aaron McGruder, the man who spawned it, but with its brashness intact. Adapted by McGruder in 2005 from his comic strip of the same name, “The Boondocks” quickly distinguished itself for its pull-no-punches exploration of the black experience in the U.S., where living, making a living and just growing up can pose special challenges for African-Americans.

    Lots of support makes all the difference on the weight loss journey.

    Lifestyle changes are easier with supportive friends and family

    Weight loss is typically a private effort, but freelance writer and substitute teacher Lisa Jones Townsel is glad that she widened her circle to allow in the support of others. She says there’s no way that she could’ve gotten this far without those who have mentally given me her arms to lean on, email space to rant, or simply just time to let her “be” when she was crabby and achy all over.

    Clearbrook’s Fit Happens team took advantage of the yoga instructor provided by Assurance.

    Battle against bulge continues for community groups

    Getting fit might have been a new initiative for many at the beginning of the Fittest Loser Community Challenge, but it appears to be old hat for them now. In fact, many groups report that making healthy lifestyle changes has become second nature. And one thing is for sure: With just a few short weeks to go, they are rallying together and preparing their troops for a battle against the bulge to the very end.

    Working toward toned arms, Jill Micklow, wellness specialist at Assurance, takes 60 seconds to do some stapler bicep curls at her desk.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Fitness with Milton the Stapler Guy

    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Fitness with Milton the Stapler Guy.

    A Chicago doctor warns against going out of the country for cheap plastic surgery.

    Your health: ‘Plastic surgery tourism’ proves dangerous
    Considering going under the knife? You’re not alone. In fact, not only do many opt to have plastic surgery, many are doing it out of the country for a more affordable price, Beauty World News reports. Known as “plastic surgery tourism,” patients head out of the country seeking to get the most bang for a little buck. But, the results can be disastrous.

    Many busy parents use a jogging stroller to still get in their workouts.

    Defying hectic schedules: Busy moms still gotta run

    How do people with hectic schedules keep themselves in shape — and even train for endurance and other competitive events? We asked parents for their secrets.


    Exercise tips for busy mothers
    Staying fit and being busy aren’t mutually exclusive. You just need to be a little creative with your schedule and your definition of exercise.

    Marc Summers, the host of “Unwrapped,” is one of three judges on the new reality TV show “Rewrapped,” in which three chefs create their version of famous snacks with a twist. The show debuts April 21 on Food Network with host Joey Fatone.

    From 'Unwrapped' to new TV show 'Rewrapped'

    Consider the simple but beloved chocolate chip cookie. Now imagine that cookie encrusting a brioche roll tucked around a turkey meatball. Such is the culinary fallout from “Rewrapped,” a new Food Network series that builds on the tradition of “Unwrapped.” “Rewrapped,” debuting at 7 p.m. Monday and hosted by Joey Fatone, is a competition in which chefs re-create a brand product and then use it in original, sometimes mind-boggling, recipes.

    Estelle Parsons, left, and Stephen Spinella perform in “The Velocity of Autumn,” at the Booth Theatre in New York.

    Stephen Spinella on hair, bombs and his new play

    Stephen Spinella’s double life is about to get complicated, thanks to some new facial hair. The two-time Tony Award-winner is starring on Broadway in “The Velocity of Autumn” and also moonlighting on TV in “Royal Pains.” But to play the stage role, he’s grown a soul patch and a mustache. That might make the folks at USA Network fret.

    Boxwoods should be examined for signs of volutella blight, a fungus that infects the braches’ bark. This is a healthy boxwood growth, showing no symptoms of the disease.

    Take time to select right plants

    For a successful garden, take the time to select plants that are suited to your garden’s growing conditions and fulfill your design criteria. Putting the right plant in the right location will result in a better-looking garden that requires less maintenance.


    Only ‘true leaves’ can make food for plants

    Q. On the directions for some seeds I started, it said to transplant them into larger containers when the first true leaves appear. What do they mean by “first true leaves”?



    Mafia unworthy of academics’ obsession
    A letter to the editor: “Et tu, “Brute?” We refer to Burt Constable’s recent profile of Wayne A. Johnson’s college course on “the mob.” We know: Mr. Constable is just doing his job. But, it’s funny how professors who don’t share the media’s — and now, alas, academia’s — obsession with Italian-surnamed criminals never get equal time or coverage.


    All of us have duty to report hate crimes
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Trying to make sense of the senseless, many are asking what precipitated the murders of three people outside a Jewish retirement facility and community center in America’s heartland. The question begs an excuse for an act so heinous that there is none, and it reveals how little we understand about hate crimes and those who carry them out.


    Local farmers provide more healthful produce
    A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: Veggies, fruits and eggs harvested within a day or two of a farmers market are fresh, crisp, loaded with flavor and packed with nutrients. Today, more than ever, it is so important to understand where and how your produce, eggs and meat have been grown.


    Lawmakers have power to make change now
    An Inverness letter to the editor: The legislature already has the power to set both the nominal flat income tax rate and the point at which it begins to be levied. The higher the attachment point, the lower the effective tax rate for lower income earners — converting a nominally flat tax rate into a graduated effective tax rate.


    Pastors misguided belief in Fair Tax
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: I had to smile, when I read the letter from a coalition of pastors, advocating a “Fair Tax” in Illinois. The Fair Tax compels high income persons to pay a higher percentage of taxes than low income persons. They argue that God, in Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions, obligates us to help the poor.


    Reconsider plans to end Leap programs
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I have concerns about Naperville District 203’s recently announced proposal to eliminate the long-standing Leap and K-Leap reading programs. I am the mother of three District 203 graduates, and a former elementary school library media center director and children’s services librarian. In the early 1990s, I worked for two years as a Leap Tutor.


    School versus food not much of a choice
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: “The Freshman 15” is an expression commonly used that refers to the weight often gained during a student’s first year at college. However, for some of Illinois’ college students this euphemism could not be farther from the truth.


    Martial arts do not teach violence
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Recently the Daily Herald published an article titled “For Some Kids, Martial Arts Can Be Offensive.” I own and operate a martial arts dojo in St. Charles, and thought sharing the other side of the story was important and necessary for the community to hear.


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