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Daily Archive : Wednesday April 23, 2014

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    Workshop to discuss how to eliminate poverty

    Poverty in our community can be alleviated. Find out how we can develop a systemic approach to ending poverty at a special worksop designed to bring together community members to "Understand Poverty through New Lenses". This workshop is Saturday, May 17 at St. Katharine Drexel Church, from 9-2 pm. Register by calling (630) 466-0303.

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    A Cook County judge's ruling Wednesday put the Forest Preserve District of Cook County one step closer to taking over the 400-acre Barrington Hills horse farm and estate known as Horizon Farms.

    Cook forest preserve closer to taking over Barrington Hills farm

    A Cook County judge's ruling Wednesday put the Forest Preserve District of Cook County one step closer to taking over the 400-acre Barrington Hills horse farm and estate known as Horizon Farms. Judge Thomas R. Allen ruled against the four plaintiffs, Horizon Farms owners Richard Kirk Cannon and Meryl Squires Cannons and Todd Baker and Wanda Dziopek, both of Chicago, who claimed the forest...

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    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 will issue an iPad to every teacher and student in August after a pilot program proved to be successful.

    District 211 issuing iPads to all students

    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 will issue iPads to every student and teacher at its seven schools in August after a gradual buildup of its “One-to-One” technology program over the past two school years. After hearing a report on the program’s successful implementation, school board members voted unanimously to start a three-year lease with Apple to buy 6,380 more...

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    House fire reveals rift between Barrington fire agencies

    Barrington’s fire chief is publicly questioning the procedures of the recently formed Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District’s department after a recent house fire just blocks from the village’s border. Chief Jim Arie said his firefighters could have made it to the scene of the April 9 fire at 1025 S. Grove St. in nearly half the time that it took Barrington...

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    Christine Radogno

    Radogno proposal would limit governor to two terms

    State Sen. Christine Radogno introduced a plan to limit members of the state's executive branch, including the governor, to two terms. The state Senate Republican leader is introducing the proposal just ahead of the May 5 deadline for Constitutional amendments. “It is entirely feasible to pass this measure prior to the May 5 deadline,” the Lemont Republican said in a statement.

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    Jose Vergara-Rebollar

    Lake County judge: No need to reoffer rejected plea deal in murder case

    A Lake County judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors don’t have to reoffer a plea deal rejected months earlier by a Round Lake Park man charged in the murder of a teen over the way he wore his hat. Judge Daniel Shanes said Jose Vergara-Rebollar, 26, knew the ramifications of turning down the offer of a 15-year prison sentence in exchange for pleading guilty to armed violence.

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    Ida “Dolly” Hein

    No matter her age, 'Dolly' Hein never quit working for Wheeling
    The village of Wheeling has lost one of its best ambassadors. Ida “Dolly” Hein served on multiple village commissions and was known to a generation of children at the Wheeling Historical Society's Lollipop Lane celebration each December as Mrs. Claus.She died Sunday from congestive heart failure, at the age of 95.

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    Free city employee parking costing Chicago money

    Chicago’s inspector general says the city could be making more than $45,000 if it charged for 19 parking spots in a warehouse where city employees park for free.

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    Naperville police warn of tax scam

    Naperville police warn residents of a phone scam claiming the caller is with federal law enforcement or the IRS.

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    Tommie Harris

    Police search for man after Waukegan shooting

    Waukegan police say they’ve issued an arrest warrant for a man believed to be involved in a shooting there last week.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS President Barack Obama is welcomed by Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon his arrival at the Imperial Palace for the welcoming ceremony in Tokyo earlier today.

    Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances

    President Barack Obama is seeking to reassure Japanese leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges to Asia even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere. The ominous standoff between Ukraine and Russia is threatening to overshadow Obama’s four-country Asia swing that began Wednesday.

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    U.S. Navy, Capt. Greg McWherter has been relieved of duty over misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels over allegations that he allowed and in some cases encouraged sexually explicit humor, lewd speech and inappropriate comments among the famed precision flying team.

    Complaint: Ex-Blue Angels head led lewd workplace

    A former commanding officer of the Navy’s Blue Angels allowed, and in some cases encouraged, sexually explicit humor and inappropriate comments among members of the famed precision flying team, the U.S. Navy contended Wednesday. The service released some details of a complaint filed with the Navy’s inspector general against Capt. Gregory McWherter, who on Friday was relieved of duty...

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    Thomas Perry

    Mount Prospect man charged with child pornography

    Bond was set at $125,000 Wednesday for a Mount Prospect man charged with possession of child pornography. Thomas Perry, 68, faces one felony count of child pornography/possession, after police said he downloaded numerous pornographic images of children under the age of 13 on to his home computer.

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    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, seated, signs House Bill 60 into law Wednesday.

    Gun carry rights expanded in Georgia under new law

    Criticized by one group as the “guns everywhere” bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

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    Louis “Cowboy” Johnson will be playing in the Listening Room at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31.

    Cowboy Johnson to perform May 31 in the Listening Room

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    Logan Dietz, 3, participates in a color sorting activity as Woodland Primary students celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday in Gages Lake.

    Lake County school earns state’s only green ribbon

    Woodland Primary School in Gages Lake has been honored by the U.S. Department of Education for its achievements in environmental education and practice, as weill as improved health and wellness. The school is one of 48 in the U.S. so named a Green Ribbon School and the only one in Illinois.

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    Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced the new standards that will be considered in deciding whether to recommend clemency for certain nonviolent drug prisoners.

    U.S. weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

    The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It’s an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

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    The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Justice Anthony Kennedy said for the court that federal judges should exercise discretion in awarding restitution.

    High court tosses $3.4 million award to child porn victim

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims.

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    Des Plaines expands business incentive programs citywide

    Des Plaines is expanding its business incentive programs that until now have been restricted to downtown businesses. The programs will offer grants for eligible businesses citywide who install new awnings, improve building facades, or make interior improvements. “It’s about time the city has loosened the purse strings and will help some of the other people in town,” said...

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    Crews conduct a controlled burn Wednesday near the southeast corner of Naperville and Warrenville roads in Lisle. Salvador Flores of McGinty Brothers of Wauconda was one of those who kept the fire — designed to help native prairie plants — in check.

    Controlled burn gives boost to prairie plants

    A controlled burn conducted Wednesday will help to revitalize prairie plants near the southeast corner of Naperville and Warrenville roads in Lisle and to eliminate invasive plants that threaten the native species.

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    Buffalo Grove unhappy with firefighter legislation

    Buffalo Grove Village President Jeffrey Braiman has joined the chorus of municipal leaders opposing state legislation that could subject firefighter staffing levels to arbitration. Braiman this week said House Bill 5485, otherwise known as the Minimum Manning Bill, would negatively impact the village budget and firefighter response times — and even might force the village to close one of...

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    Juan Cuellar

    Testimony begins in case of 2012 Willowbrook slaying

    A Willowbrook man faces life in prison if convicted of murdering an 18-year-old over a $90 drug debtThe trial began Wednesday for Juan Cuellar, 24 of the 10S700 block of Lilac Lane. Cuellar is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 24, 2012 death of Downers Grove Township resident Joshua Holmes in the area of Honeysuckle Rose and Hyacinth Lanes near Willowbrook.

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

    Quinn patronage allegations provide fodder for Rauner

    Allegations painting a culture of patronage hiring in Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration became an election-year obstacle for the Chicago Democrat on Wednesday as good government groups raised concerns about the potential for corruption and his Republican challenger latched onto the idea.

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    A pro-Russian masked gunman patrols a street in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified “bad activities.”

    Amid Russian warning, Ukraine’s in a security bind

    Russia’s foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008. “Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, a day after Ukraine announced it was re-launching...

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    Hezekiah Whitfield

    Police recount evidence gathered in 1994 Waukegan murder case

    Lake County prosecutors focused on blood stains, DNA and a flat tire during the second day of testimony in the trial of a Chicago man accused of killing a Waukegan business owner in 1994.

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    Batavia charity has prom dresses for girls in need

    A Batavia charity has 60 beautiful dresses, donated by customers of a beauty salon,and is ready to play fairy godmother to girls who can't afford prom gowns. Now the group is just looking for the Cinderellas.

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    Melissa Kaczkowski

    New Roselle Dist. 12 superintendent eager to start

    An administrator with Batavia Unit District 101 says she's looking forward to becoming the next superintendent of Roselle Elementary District 12. Melissa Kaczkowski, District 101's assistant director of student services, was picked earlier this month to succeed District 12 Superintendent Lori Bein, who is slated to start July 1 as superintendent of Arlington Heights Elementary District 25.

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    Outdoor gear, gun retailer to open store in Algonquin

    Gander Mountain, a major outdoor sporting goods retailer and gun shop, plans to build a 52,000-square-foot store off Randall Road in Algonquin. The store is set to open this fall.

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    Wauconda Park District employee Alan Emmerich repairs the docks near the beach on Bangs Lake after they were installed this week. The harsh winter caused more damage to the docks than in previous years.

    Docks back in the water on Bangs Lake.

    Work crews spent Wednesday repairing docks and piers on Bangs Lake in Wauconda that were damaged by the harsh winter.

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    Schools collecting shoes:

    Wauconda Unit School District 118 students and staffers are collecting used shoes for a contest.

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    Student film fest in Schaumburg April 25, 26

    Schaumburg’s annual Screen Test Student Fest showcasing the short films of Chicago-area students in grades 5 to 12 will be held Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court.

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    Schaumburg holds senior scam prevention class

    The village of Schaumburg’s Support Our Seniors Council will hold free Senior Scam Prevention presentations at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in the Rasmussen Room South of the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Scheduled speakers include detectives from the Schaumburg Police Department Investigations Division.

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    Prescription drug collection:

    The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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    Lindenhurst Earth Day activities:

    Lindenhurst’s Environmental Activity & Education Commission hosts its annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 26, at 9 a.m. at the village hall/public works garage, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road.

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    Wheeling native sworn in as Harper College student trustee

    A Harper College standout athlete and honor student will represent his classmates on the college’s board of trustees. Colin Weber, 20, was sworn in as the board’s student trustee this month. The Wheeling native succeeds Scott Lietzow, who will graduate in May.

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    Earth Day event Saturday in Elk Grove

    The Elk Grove Park District will host an Earth Day event Saturday at Olmstead Park. The event includes family fun activities, crafts, games, tree climbing and a live animal program.

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    Des Plaines blood drive on Saturday

    The Des Plaines Fire Department is offering a free bowl of firehouse chili to anyone who participates in a community blood drive on Saturday, officials said. Held in conjunction with Operation North Pole and Lifesource Blood Services, the fire department blood drive is being held to help alleviate shortages after this winter, said Fire Chief Alan Wax.

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    Stevenson house honored:

    The historic Mettawa-area home of statesman Adlai Stevenson II has been designated a national historic landmark, officials revealed Wednesday.

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    John Wayne Gacy, 1978.

    Family: Remains in '78 cold case will be cremated

    The sister of Chicago-area man whose remains were identified more than 35 years after he disappeared says his bones will be cremated. Ruth Rodriguez told a Wednesday news conference that the identification of Edward Beaudion gives the family some closure. Rodriguez says her mother died thinking he might still be alive.

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    Metra BNSF trains delayed after truck hits viaduct

    Trains on Metra’s BNSF line are on the move again after a truck struck a bridge viaduct at Kedzie Avenue, Metra officials said.

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    The Hoffman Estates Park District’s Triphan Center & Ice Arena will be getting 11 additional security cameras under a measure approved by the district’s board this week. The district also is adding cameras at three other facilities.

    Hoffman Estates parks adding more security cameras

    The Hoffman Estates Park District is expanding the use of surveillance cameras at its facilities this spring, in an effort to keep patrons safe and business operations secure, officials said. Park district commissioners Tuesday approved a $21,190 contract with Downers Grove-based Current Technologies to increase the number of cameras at four of its sites.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    A laptop was reported stolen at 12:07 p.m. Monday from Mooseheart Child City and School, 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, according to a sheriff’s report. Four laptops and their boxes were moved earlier that morning after a fire sprinkler malfunctioned. One laptop was unaccounted for later, but the box remained.

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    Jeremy Custer

    DuPage board candidate arrested in Wisconsin

    The Democratic nominee for the DuPage County Board seat in District 4, Jeremy Custer, is facing three misdeameanor charges after he was involved in a domestic dispute last week in Wisconsin.

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    Einstein Academy third-grader Andrea Rathjen of Elgin works on specimens she collected with classmates Tuesday at the Tyler Creek Forest Preserve in Elgin. Looking over her work is second-grade classmate Jordan Merlo of Bartlett, as third-grader Annabel Ehreth of Elgin walks the creek in the background. Einstein Academy students spend a day studying Tyler Creek each Earth Day, in partnership with the Friends of the Fox River organization, to help monitor the health of the stream.

    Annual Earth Day trip a learning experience for students

    Einstein Academy students perform their annual Earth Day research in nearby Tyler Creek in Elgin. The project teaches the students about the science of river health, and also provides data for the older students to analyze back in the classroom. The project is done in coordination with the Friends of the Fox River.

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    Jenny Rudd plays Mowgli, center, and Emily Hueckstaedt plays Baloo the Bear, as Wauconda Middle School students performed “Disney’s Jungle Book Kids” Wednesday at the school. The play will be presented for the public Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.

    Wauconda Middle students perform ‘Jungle Book’

    Elephants, bears and monkeys danced around the stage as Wauconda Middle School students performed “Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids” on Wednesday for the rest of the school. Public performances are Thursday through Saturday at the school.

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    Suspended Homewood-Flossmoor coach reinstated

    The Illinois High School Association has re-instated the former Homewood-Flossmoor girls basketball coach whose team was disqualified from the state tournament for rules violations. The IHSA decision comes a week after the Homewood-Flossmoor school board voted not to renew Anthony Smith’s contract for the 2014-15 school year.

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    Baseball fans wait to enter Wrigley Field Wednesday on the 100th anniversary of the first baseball game at the park.

    For Wrigley, it’s party of a century

    Exactly 100 years after the Chicago Federals pounded the Kansas City Packers in the first game at the Chicago ballpark, Wrigley got quite the birthday bash on Wednesday afternoon. Hall of Famers such as Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Andre Dawson were on hand, and so were Bears greats Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers. The memories, the stories, flowed like runs in a big rally.

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    Skokie man denied concealed carry permit, sues

    A Skokie man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming Illinois State Police had unconstitutionally denied him a permit to carry a concealed gun. John Berron claims that denying his application without letting him present his case to the licensing board is a violation of his right to due process.

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    Redeploy Illinois diverts teens from prisons

    The Illinois Department of Human Services says a program concentrating on rehabilitating delinquent youth saved the state $60 million in incarceration costs last year.

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    The groundbreaking of a new playground accessible to children with disabilities at SEBA Park in South Elgin is May 10. South Elgin Director of Parks and Recreation Jim Reuter said the park might open in spring 2015.

    South Elgin playground groundbreaking set for May 10

    The village of South Elgin was awarded a state grant for the construction of a playground accessible to kids with disabilities, for which a groundbreaking will take place next month. The $400,000 open space and land acquisition development grant from the state’s department of natural resources will be matched by the nonprofit FUNdation of South Elgin, FUNdation board member Bill DiFulvio...

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    Derrick Smith

    Judge OKs use of lawmaker’s post-arrest statement

    A federal judge says prosecutors can use potentially damaging comments that state Rep. Derrick Smith made to authorities after his arrest for bribery.

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    Virginia Fryback hugs her cat, Charlie, at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control in Fort Wayne, Ind.

    Cat missing 5 years now back with owner

    A cat missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner in Fort Wayne, Ind., thanks to an implanted microchip.

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    Bill would get Illinois police cruisers on road


    Illinois lawmakers are pushing legislation to get 85 idle Illinois State Police squad cars back in service.

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    1 person dies after van slams into CTA bus

    Authorities say one person died after a van collided with an empty Chicago Transit Authority bus on the city’s South Side.

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    Infectious TB patient jailed

    Authorities in central Illinois have jailed a 24-year-old tuberculosis patient for disobeying a court order to stay in his home while his condition is infectious.

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    Hundreds of cases of pig virus reported in Illinois

    Illinois agriculture officials say there have been hundreds of cases in Illinois of a deadly pig virus that’s been spreading across the country for the past year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture just announced last week that hog farmers would be required to report the virus.

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    An Illinois Open Space Lands sign at Greenleaf Woods Park in Island Lake.

    Island Lake may form committee to deal with Greenleaf Woods grant issue

    With a state agency demanding Island Lake return a $239,000 grant issued in 1992, village officials are considering forming a new committee to handle the issue.

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    Carpentersville firefighters won’t lose jobs

    Two Carpentersville firefighters originally scheduled to lose their jobs at the end of the month will remain on duty, thanks to a scheduling agreement the village inked with the firefighters' union that will save about $85,000 in overtime costs.“The jobs are saved and we can move on,” Union President Lt. Rick Nieves said.

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    Deborah Greenswag during her visit to an Early Childhood Learning Center near Cape Town, South Africa.

    Temple Chai member travels to South Africa to make a difference

    Deborah Greenswag is director of operations at Temple Chai, A Reform Jewish congregation in Long Grove. In 2013, the temple introduced the theme of Hineini or “I’m here to make a difference” to the congregation. Greenswag learned what Hineini meant to her from an unforgettable experience in South Africa last November when she and her husband visited an Early Childhood...

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    Tell us why you'd be good for our On the Table chat

    The Daily Herald is inviting subscribers to participate in On the Table community-building conversations it will host May 12 in cooperation with The Chicago Community Trust. To get involved, email onthetable@dailyherald.com with your name, home town, why you'd like to participate and what you bring to the table. There'll be a breakfast in Elgin, lunch in Schaumburg and dinners in Elgin, Mundelein...

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    Relatives of Chinese passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, cry during a meeting in Beijing Monday, April 21, 2014.

    Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt

    Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said Wednesday.

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    Rolling Meadows backs tax break for Dominick's site

    The Rolling Meadows City Council voted Tuesday to extend support for a property tax break for a future tenant of the vacant shopping center once occupied by a Dominick's on Kirchoff Road. Cook County grants the reduction in assessed valuation to help revive abandoned or contaminated commercial properties, but one condition is construction must start within a year.

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    A divided Rolling Meadows City Council voted earlier this month to replace its aging downtown fire station with a new facility near New Wilke and Central roads, but opponents say they aren’t giving up yet. One alderman against the plan says he wants to put the issue to voters through a referendum.

    Rolling Meadows fire station plan opponents not giving up

    The Rolling Meadows City Council voted 4-3 on April 15 to build two fire stations in new locations, but aldermen and citizens on the losing side are making it clear they will not give up easily. One alderman said Tuesday he wants to put the issue to voters through a referendum.

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    Daniela Kapusta, a former St. Charles East High School student, is suing District 303 and her former drill team coaches, seeking damages for what she claims was intentional infliction of emotional distress.

    Former St. Charles East student sues over bullying, hazing

    A former St. Charles East student argues in a lawsuit that she was bullied, assaulted and hazed by her drill team teammates after being diagnosed with ADHD in summer 2010 and that school officials and coaches did nothing to stop it. Daniela Kapusta, now 18, a part-time model and college student, also argues her coaches discriminated against her and she's seeking damages for emotional distress.

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    Carla Oglesby

    Stroger associate sentenced in corruption case

    A former deputy chief of staff to ex-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was sentenced to more than six years in prison after being convicted of corruption charges in 2013. Carla Oglesby, 44, was convicted on several corruption-related charges stemming from a scheme to award contracts to companies owned or controlled by her associates, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said.

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    In this image taken from video, two women and a young girl are treated by a medic in Kfar Zeita, a rebel-held village in Hama province some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Damascus. Syrian opposition activists and other witnesses tell The Associated Press that Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent months.

    Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

    Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side. The reports were denied by Syria and have yet to be confirmed by any foreign country or...

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    Roger Pontz wears special glasses that house a small video camera and transmitter at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The glasses are part of a system developed by a California company that wirelessly transmits images from the camera, converted into a series of electrical pulses, to an array of electrodes on the surface of Pontz’ retina.

    Michigan man among 1st in U.S. to get ‘bionic eye’

    A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a “bionic eye,” he has regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat.

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    Pearl Gannon, a Lombard native, recently was named Ms. Wheelchair Illinois. The 27-year-old hopes to raise awareness about mental health for the disabled population.

    Lombard native to use Ms. Wheelchair Illinois title to advocate for disability education

    There's an important message Pearl Gannon hopes to get across to every person she meets in the next year: “I am just as human as you are.” The 27-year-old Lombard native is using her new title as Ms. Wheelchair Illinois to fulfill two missions: raise public awareness about disabilities and encourage people with disabilities to work toward positive mental health.

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    A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet’s wheel well spent seven hours undetected in what is supposed to be a highly secure area of San Jose International Airport before the flight departed, according to an official briefed on the investigation.

    Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon

    For all the tens of billions of dollars the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes. As the case of the San Jose stowaway shows, it did not take a sophisticated plan for a 15-year-old boy to spend about seven hours in what is supposed to be a secure area of Silicon Valley’s main airport — much of it...

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    Sue Mayernick, director of Early Childhood programs for District 54, talks with community leaders about the importance of early education.

    Law enforcement leaders says early education lessens crime

    Schaumburg Police Chief James Lamkin and others underscored the need for early children education by visiting a Schaumburg classroom this week and reciting statistics that say the earlier school starts, the less likely kids are to turn to crime as adults.

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    Lake County Haven to host 22nd annual gala

    The Lake County Haven Women’s Auxiliary announces its 22nd Annual Gala called “A Little Night’s Magic ... Can Make a Big Difference” Saturday, May 3.

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    As construction begins on the Lee Street interchange on the Jane Addams Tollway, officials are also proposing an eastbound exit be included as part of the project.

    Lee Street exit off I-90 wanted but cost an issue

    A proposed eastbound exit at Lee Street on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) is being billed as a boon for local businesses and future economic growth near Des Plaines, Rosemont and O'Hare International Airport, but whether the project becomes a reality may all depend on funding and who pays the bill.

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    Share God’s love with a simple smile

    At times, from listening to and thinking about sad situations, I noticed I wasn’t smiling as much. I realized I need to be more conscious to make an effort to smile often, says columnist Annettee Budzban.

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    A sign marks the main road of the 400-acre Horizon Farms in Barrington Hills.

    Estate owners, Cook forest preserve in tug of war over land

    A Cook County judge might rule today on a lawsuit accusing the Forest Preserve District of Cook County of unlawfully getting involved in a private foreclosure dispute involving Horizon Farms. “If the forest preserve district's legal position is accepted, there would be nothing to stop them from negotiating with the bank, showing up on your property and saying, 'this is ours,'” said...

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    Henry Brockman prepares to transfer shiso seedlings into growth medium while working in his greenhouse near Congerville.

    Marketing becomes important to farms

    Congerville farmer Henry Brockman admits he doesn't understand Facebook. “I've never seen Facebook with my own eyes,” said Brockman, whose business is called Henry's Farm. Yet the Henry's Farm Facebook page is updated frequently by his sister, Terra Brockman. Marketing online and in person has become more important for small farms that do everything from sell at local farmers' markets...

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    Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

    Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal. William Rousan’s last words were, “My trials and transgressions have been many. But thanks be to my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, I have a new home in his heavenly kingdom.”

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    A northeast Kansas judge will make a final determination Wednesday, April 23, 2014, on Chelsea Manning’s request to change her name from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

    Judge to mull Manning name change request

    A Kansas judge will on Wednesday consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning’s petition to legally change her name from Bradley, as she serves a 35-year sentence for passing classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has been relentless in his criticism against the wealthy industrialists Charles and David Koch, who fund a network of conservative groups. Now, Republicans are adjusting their plans and going after the 74-year-old Democratic Senate leader.

    Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate

    To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it’s the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian. For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been pushing an unrelenting string of criticism against Charles and David Koch. Now, Republican candidates are adjusting their plans and linking Democratic Senate candidates to Reid.

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    9 indicted in kidnapping of NC prosecutor’s father

    As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said. But they had the wrong address and when the prosecutor’s father answered the door, they took him instead.

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    Republican activists push party on gay marriage

    As bans against gay marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by de-emphasizing social issues.

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    Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steven Swanson exit an airlock from the International Space Station. The spacewalk was scheduled to replace a dead computer and get their orbiting home back up to full strength.

    Spacewalking astronauts tackle urgent repair job

    Space station astronauts are taking a spacewalk to replace a dead computer and get their orbiting home back up to full strength. The two Americans on board, Rick Mastracchio and Steven Swanson, stepped out Wednesday for the urgent repair job.

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    Fire causes $400,000 damage to Hoffman Estates home

    The cause of a fire that caused an estimated $400,000 damage to a Hoffman Estates home Tuesday afternoon remains under investigation, fire officials said Wednesday. The fire caused minor injury to an occupant who was treated at the scene of the two-story, single-family home on the 5000 block of Lichfield Drive.

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    First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

    Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents. First lady Michelle Obama was announcing the launch of the new Veterans Employment Center on Wednesday...

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    A view of the field from inside Wrigley Field’s iconic scoreboard.

    Scorekeeper at Wrigley practices dying art

    Inside a dusty, dimly lit chamber of steel catwalks, Darryl Wilson peers out a square hole and into one of baseball’s most revered shrines. For 23 years, Wilson has been a scoreboard operator at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Running the tall, green manual scoreboard is one of the most unique jobs in baseball — or anywhere — and it’s a symphony of the senses.

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    A St. Louis Cardinals fan takes a picture of the Wrigley Field marquee before a game against the Chicago Cubs.

    Wrigley Field: A few memories
    Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, marks the 100th anniversary of its first game on Wednesday with a matchup against Arizona. The ballpark that opened as Weeghman Park on April 23, 1914, has hosted millions of fans and been the scene of some of baseball’s most indelible moments. Some stars who graced its friendly confines offer their memories:

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    Searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

    S. Korea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher

    As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. But the work was reaching a new, more complicated phase, with an official saying divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.

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    A representative from Uber, a company that hires drivers to use their own cars in shuttling passengers, decried undercover police who have fined two drivers from Uber and Lyft more than $1,300 for violating Madison’s taxi ordinances last weekend,

    Rideshare companies face pushback in Wisconsin

    Police and city leaders are pushing back against ridesharing companies operating in Madison. Undercover police have fined two drivers from Uber and Lyft more than $1,300 for violating Madison’s taxi ordinances last weekend, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday.

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    Chicago using video to catch transit vandals
    The expanding network of security cameras on Chicago’s commuter trains is helping authorities go after vandals. After police track down the suspects, the Chicago Transit Authority uses another new tactic — suing the parents of offenders who are minors to recover the cost of damage.

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    Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson reacts as things start going the Wizards’ way during last night’s game at the United Center in Chicago.

    Dawn Patrol: Bulls lose in OT; Carol Stream sex abuse guilty verdict

    Carol Stream man found guilty of all sex abuse charges; legislation would give firefighters a say in staffing levels; Elgin World War II veteran dies; Elgin man charged with sex assault in Woodstock; more homeless children in DuPage County; Wrigley's 100th birthday celebration; Bulls lose in OT.

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    Batavia students will be outfitted with Chromebooks, tables or other personal computing devices in the next two school years under the “21st Century Technology Plan” approved by the school board. .

    All Batavia students to get laptops or tablets

    All Batavia students will likely get computing devices within the next two years, under a technology plan approved Tuesday. It will cost each student $75 a year.

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    Wheaton chooses firm to prepare first economic development plan

    In an effort to insure Wheaton is doing everything it can to be a “desirable, healthy and vibrant community,” the city council agreed to hire a consultant Monday that will develop the city's first economic development plan. Deerfield-based Gruen Gruen and Associates will be paid a maximum of $25,000 to prepare a report that will summarize historical development patterns, housing...

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    Schaumburg residents will have a new option for coffee on the go. A new drive-through Starbucks is set to open at the former site of Egg Basket in the National Plaza Shopping Center on Barrington Road. And it's not the only new business pegged for that area. Which Wich restaurant, which has four other locations, will also open at the site.

    Schaumburg getting new Starbucks, first Which Wich

    A new Starbucks with a drive-through and Schaumburg's first Which Wich restaurant are expected to open in the same shared building this fall on the former site of Egg Basket in an outlot of the National Plaza Shopping Center at 395 S. Barrington Road.

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    Channing Sparks, one of four gypsies who narrate “Robin Hood,” leads the group in a featured dance.

    Original ‘Robin Hood’ musical debuts in Elgin

    A medieval tale gets a modern makeover this weekend, when Children's Theatre of Elgin debuts its original "Robin Hood" musical. Written by Allison Cherry, the show will include songs by Bruno Mars and Queen. "I think audiences will really enjoy the surprises we’ve added," Cherry said.

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    Enjoy art at Mundelein High:

    Mundelein High School’s Advanced Placement Art Show will be held Thursday, May 1.

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    Kenosha man sentenced to life for 2012 homicide

    A Kenosha man convicted of strangling a woman and leaving her body in a cemetery in 2012 will spend the rest of his life in prison. A Kenosha News report says 53-year-old Javier Garcia was sentenced Monday afternoon. He continued to maintain his innocence, saying he did not kill Lisa Mezera.

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    Company to pay cancer patient it wouldn’t hire

    A Chicago company will have to pay $80,000 to a man it refused to hire because he had prostate cancer. In a news release, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says U.S. Magistrate Susan Cox signed the consent decree last week that will require Professional Freezing Services LLC to make the payment to William Harvel.

Sports

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    Blues’ Backes a no-show, but could play in Game 5

    Surveillance cameras at local hockey rinks failed to reveal any sightings of David Backes on Wednesday.If the St. Louis Blues were keeping Backes’ availability for Game 4 of their playoff series against the Blackhawks a secret in hopes of gaining an edge, no one at The Edge could confirm the forward was skating in its arena. Backes wasn’t in the house at Johnny’s Ice House. If Backes went west, he couldn’t be found at West Meadows.

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    In this April 23, 2014 photo taken from video and provided by ESPN, home plate umpire Gerry Davis touches the neck of New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda in the second inning of the Yankees’ baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. Pineda was ejected after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck. (AP Photo/ESPN)

    Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar, won’t appeal

    New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday after being caught using pine tar. He said he won’t appeal the penalty that will cost him two starts.“I accept it,” Pineda said before Thursday night’s game at Fenway Park. “I know I made a mistake.”The commissioner’s office announced the ban, which started immediately.

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    Fremd’s Haley Gorecki is bound for a collegiate basketball future at Duke.

    Fremd’s Gorecki makes Duke her choice

    Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie has a resume as one of the top coaches in college women’s basketball. She’s even written a book called “Choice Not Chance,” published in 2012. Fremd’s gifted guard Haley Gorecki, a junior, had the chance to pick from many Division I programs that were recruiting the decorated 6-foot-2 guard. Her choice was made two days ago when she chose to play for McCallie’s program in Durham, N.C.

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    Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, greets the crowd during pregame ceremonies marking the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field on Wednesday.

    Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday brings together the best

    Since the present isn't too great when it comes to the Cubs, the best parts of Wednesday's 100th birthday party for Wrigley Field were the memories. From Cubs greats Billy Williams and Andre Dawson to Bears legends Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, the old ballpark was alive with good stories.

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    The Blackhawks celebrate Patrick Kane's overtime goal in overtime that evened the series against the St. Louis Blues Wednesday in Game 4 at the United Center in Chicago.

    Patrick Kane's the hero as Hawks tie series

    The star of the show Wednesday night by far was Patrick Kane, who not only had a goal and assist in regulation, but also notched the game-winner in overtime to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over St. Louis. Kane's game-winner came on a wrist shot from the dot that beat Blues goalie Ryan Miller. “(Brandon Saad) made a good play driving to the back post and gave me some space to try and get a shot off,” Kane said.

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    Wheeling takes control in MSL East

    This time, fate favored Wheeling. The Wildcats narrowly missed out on a spot in the Mid-Suburban League girls water polo championship last year, as Hersey advanced to the title game based on divisional tie-breaking criterion. Wheeling didn’t want that to come into play this year, and had a chance to do something about it in its own pool Wednesday night as both the Wildcats and Huskies entered the game with 1 loss and 2 games left in the division. Wheeling won 7-5, thus assuring itself of a spot in the league championship game irrespective of the outcome of a final divisional game against Buffalo Grove.

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    Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane lines up his game-winning goal against the Blues in overtime of Game 4 late Wednesday at the United Center. Their first-round playoff series returns to St. Louis knotted at 2-2.

    Blackhawks dig deep, live to see another day

    First it was Bryan Bickell and then it was Patrick Kane. They saved the game and the Blackhawks’ chance to repeat. It is the hallmark of this championship team that it does nothing easy, that it must seemingly be pushed to the brink before it pushes back.

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    Girls soccer: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Lakes tournamentlakes 7, woodstock north 0Woodstock North 0 0 —0Lakes 2 5 —7Lakes — Schmitt (Quaranta), D’Ambrose (Denman), Rosales (Denman), D’Ambrose (Nitti), Rosales(Schmitt), Rosales (Vancrey), T. Cipolla (Richter).Goalkeepers — Lks: Jones (4 saves)*GRAYSLAKE NORTH 6, WAUKEGAN 0Waukegan 0 0 —0Grayslake North 5 1 —6Grayslake North — O’Brien (Olson), McCue (Rodriguez), Rodriguez (Olson), McCue (Hansen), Allen (Paez), Olson (Allen).Goalkeepers — GN: Rice (2 saves).*West Chicago 1, Wheaton Academy 0Scoring — WC: Welch (UA). Goalkeepers — WC: Navejas (9). McKee (I5). *Conant 9, wheeling 0Conant — Celarek 4, Mazurek 2, Madonia 2, O’Keefe.Goalkeepers — Con: Anderson.*elk grove 1, Schaumburg 0Elk Grove 0 1 —1Schaumburg 0 0 —0Elk Grove — Zaino (FK).Goalkeepers — EG: Solorio (7 saves): Sch: Ardagh (2 saves).*Fremd 1, Prospect 0Fremd 0 0 1—1Prospect 0 0 0 —0Fremd — Kiolbassa.Goalkeepers — Frm: Stone (2 saves), Lewandowski (2 saves); Pros: Rickett (9 saves).*hersey 1, palatine 0Hersey — Magnuson (Schmidt).Goalkeepers — Hers: Harris (7 saves).*rolling meadows 2, hoffman estates 0Hoffman Estates 0 0 —0Rolling Meadows 1 1 —2Rolling Meadows — Collins (Rebsamen), Perille (Spiwak).Goalkeepers — HE: Francesca; RM: Nallon.*

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    Softball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Geneva 9, Batavia 8Batavia 100 050 2 —8-13-3Geneva 000 030 6 —9-12-62B: B: Karius; G: Wrenn, Radabagh3B: B: Rokos;WP: Fanella; LP: Lovestrand*Rosary 11, Walther Christian 1Rosary 710 020 1 —11-12-0Walther 000 100 0 —1-4-32B: R: Willman, Young, Phelps3B: R: Millenhouse, Willman;WP: Willman; LP: Bishop*Aurora Central Catholic 9, St. Edward 8*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 12, JOHNSBURG 2 (6 inn.)Grayslake Central 413 103 —12-14-2Johnsburg 001 100 —2-4-42B: GC: Brew, White, Frusolone, Strickland.HR: GC: Frusolone 2.WP: Brown; LP: Huemann.*HAMPSHIRE 2, GRAYSLAKE NORTH 1Grayslake North 000 010 0 —1-3-0Hampshier 101 000 x —2-3-32B: GC: Livengood; Hamp: Snider.WP: Widmayer; LP: Livengood.*MUNDELEIN 11, ROUND LAKE 1 (6 INN.)Mundelein 020 063 —11-10-1Round Lake 000 100 —1-4-22B: Mund: Rosenow, Woodyard, Beelow, Parney.3B: Mund: Zazas.HR: Mund: Hemmer.WP: Hemmer; LP: Pierce.*Aurora Central Catholic 9, St. Edward 8*St. Charles East 11, Larkin 0 (5 Inns.)St. Charles E. 000 00 -11-17-0Larkin 000 00 -0-1-12B: SCE — Hupe, Meadows.HR: SCE — Latoria. WP: Latoria; LP: Hansen.*Crystal Lake South 14 Dundee-Crown 6 (6 Inns.)Dundee-C. 000 000 0 -0-0-0CL South 000 000 0 -0-0-02B: D-C — Weeks; CLS — Woods, Kassel, Massie, Fater.3B: CLS — McLean. HR: D-C — M. Schilf.WP: Burgard; LP: Girard.*Huntley 4, Jacobs 3Jacobs 000 021 0 -3-12-1Huntley 000 010 3 -4-10-12B: J — Lach 2, Cotugno; H — Walsh, Koss, Larson.WP: Spannraft (5-5); LP: Peters.*Waubonsie Valley 6, South Elgin 1South Elgin 100 000 0 -1-1-2Waubonsie V. 000 015 x -6-9-12B: WV — Thresh.WP: Hohman; LP: Allen.*Hampshire 2, Grayslake North 1Grayslake N. 000 010 0 -1-3-0Hampshire 101 000 0 -2-3-32B: GLN — Livengood; H — Snider. WP: Widmayer; LP: Livengood.*St. Charles North 14, Streamwood 1 (5 Inns.)St. Charles N. 293 00 -14-9-0Streamwood 100 00 -1-1-22B: SCN — Howlett, Nemetz. HR: SCN — Beal; S — HedgerWP: A. Hausl; LP: Purcell.*Bartlett 11, West Chicago 9Bartlett 440 100 2 -11-15-7West Chicago 020 004 3 -9-9-32B: B — Fornoff, Johnson; WC — Staton.3B: B — Morales.WP: Pagan; LP: Foreman.*Cary-Grove 10, Prairie Ridge 8Prairie Ridge 401 200 1 -8-9-5Cary-Grove 302 050 x -10-12-42B: C-G — Prank, PR — Drain, A. Doomis 2.HR: C-G — Semro.WP: DeGroote; LP: Baker.*Addison Trail 8, Leyden 43B: AT: DiSilvio. WP: Marinelli*IC Catholic Prep 10, Wheaton Academy 03B: IC: Farmer. WP: Conenna; LP: Ridderhoff.*naperville North 16, Wheaton North 6Naperville North 411 91 —16-13-3Wheaton North 121 20 —6-6-32B: NN: Martin, Solack, Warren. 3B: NN: Martin. HR: NN: Rechenmacher 2, Hillier, Martin, Vosser. WN: Thornton, Meyer. WP: Rechenmacher (3-2); LP: Mordacq.*Waubonsie Valley 6, South Elgin 1South Elgin 100 000 —1-1-2Waubonsie Vall. 000 015 —6-9-12B: WV: Thresh. WP: Hohman; LP: Allen.*Hinsdale Central 21, Proviso West 4Proviso West 3 1 0 0 0 —4-5-3Hinsdale Central 10 4 7 0 x —21-13-22B: HC: Bruns, Koffron, Tracey, Excell. HR: PW: Cruz. HC: Burr, Bruns. WP: Tracey. *Neuqua Valley 3, Metea Valley 1Metea Valley 000 001 0 —1-3-3Neuqua Valley 000 120 X —3-5-1WP: Catalano (3-2); LP: Titner.Glenbard North 8, lake Park 1Lake Park 001 000 0 —1-3-2Glenbard North 024 110 X —8-12-12B: LP: Wolf. GN: Quanstrom, Sperlazzo, Petzold, Dopart. HR: GN: Benz. WP: Dopart; LP: Sturino.*Benet 10, Fenwick 0Fenwick 000 000 —0-1-1Benet 500 302 —10-11-22B: B: Rurka. 3B: B: Panko. HR: B: Rurka, York, Abello 2. WP: Moran (6-1); LP: Mrozek.*

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    Girls water polo: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Hinsdale Central 7, Richards 6Hinsdale Central 2 1 2 2 —7Richards 2 2 2 0 —6Scoring — HC: Gibson 1, Parks 1, Relias 3, Oakum 2. Goalkeepers — HC: Dunn (10)*conant 18, hoffman estates 2Conant 5 4 5 4 —18Hoffman Estates 0 1 0 1 — 2Conant — Ca.Rosas 7, Skittone 5, Smigla 2, Fenlon 2, Weingart, Cl.Rosas.Hoffman Estates — Dorband.Goalkeepers — Con: Demaret (12 saves, 3 steals).*palatine 16, barrington 5Barrington 3 1 1 0 — 5 Palatine 6 6 3 1 —16Barrington — Gavars 2, Barringer 2, Latimer.Palatine — Chumbook 5, Dvorska 5, Wojtas 3, Rasor, Anderson, Mogensen.Goalkeepers — Pal: Butler (10 saves).*Wheeling 7, Hersey 5Hersey 1 0 3 1 —5Wheeling 1 3 1 2 —7Hersey — Lindholm 2, Surkin 2, Kostuchowski.Wheeling — Godlewski 5, Sowa 2.Goalkeepers — H: Curtis. Whl: Pink.*Other score:Buffalo Grove 12, Rolling Meadows 8*

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    Boys volleyball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*LAKE ZURICH D. ANTIOCHServing — LZ: Bush (5 aces), Savio (2 aces); ; Attacking — LZ: Meyer (7 kills), Savio (7 kills); Setting — LZ: Bush (17 assists), Doherty (2 assists); Digs — LZ: Doherty 8, Savio 2; Blocks — LZ: Sweetwood 2, Bush 1.*vernon hills d. stevenson 25-21, 25-20Serving — VH: Bennett (3 aces), Fraboni (1 ace), Turner (1 ace); Attacking — VH: Heinsz (9 kills), DeBoer (3 kills), Spiglanin (3 kills), Turner (3 kills); Stev: Maskalunas (3 kills), Herman (3 kills), Chang (3 kills); Setting — VH: Bennett (14 assists), Levin (4 assists); Stev: Creevy (4 assists), Wang (3 assists); Digs — VH: DeBoer 10, Bennett 6; Stev: Park 8, Creevy 3, Wang 3; Blocks — VH: Turner 4, Small 2.Frosh A: — Stevenson d. Vernon Hills 25-11, 25-15Frosh B: — Stevenson d. Vernon Hils 25-22, 26-24*ZION-BENTON D. MUNDELEIN 25-17, 25-20Attacking — Mund: Nelson (3 kills), Ramer (3 kills); Setting —Mund: Everding (7 assists) ; Digs — Mund: Campbell 7-7, Mattson 5-7; Blocks — Mund: Everding 3, Tkachuk 2.JV: — Zion-Benton d. Mundelein 25-13, 25-18Frosh A: — Zion-Benton d. Mundelein 25-18, 24-26, 25-21*LIBERTYVILLE D. LAKES 27-25, 25-23Attacking — Lib: Laska (5 kills), Feely (5 kills); Lks: Galat (10 kills), Solrig (7 kills); Setting — Lib: Winiger (8 assists), Sachs (4 assists); Lks: Jewell (20 assists); Digs — Lib: Sachs 9, Wineger 8; Lks: Galat 9, Solbrig 4; Blocks — Lks: Brodde 2.*Glenbard West d. Proviso West 25-16, 25-10Glenbard West — Garwood (12 assists, 4 digs); Dedmond (3 digs); Bischoff (12 assists, 1 ace); Smith (4 kills, 4 digs); Roberts (2 aces, 5 digs); Montgomery (1 kill, 1 dig); Myers (2 aces, 2 kills); Nagle (3 kills); Light (6 digs); Kotsakis (5 kills); Church (5 kills).*Naperville Central d. Wheaton North 25-22, 25-21Wheaton North — Bowen (16 assists, 3 kills, 2 digs, 1 block); Anderson (4 kills, 2 digs); Bianco (7 digs); Johnson (6 digs); Clark (4 kills, 4 blocks, 1 dig, 1 ace); Mullinger (4 kills, 5 digs, 1 block); Kirschbaum (3 kills, 1 block). .*Palatine d. St. Viator 10-25, 37-35, 25-19 Attack: Pal: Niedzwiecki 16k, Pitts 6k, Campbell 10k; StV: Wolf 40-44 30 kills, Schiller 7-9 4 kills. Serving: Pal: Boldog 3a, Niedzwiecki 3a; StV: Wolf 9-11 2 aces, Brunetti 18-19 2 aces. Setting: Pal: Boldog 28 assists, Kendzior 5 assists: StV: Brunetti 49-51 24 assists, Knox 39-39 15 assists. Digs: Pal: Boldog 7, Obernesser 15; StV: Wolf 17, Tun 16. Blocks: Pal: Hall 3, Boldog 2.*

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    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Glenbard West 147.8, Downers Grove North 140.3Floor excercise: Diab (GW) 9.4; Samuta (GW) 9.2; Sopcic (DGN) 8.5. Pommel horse: Sopcic (DGN) 8.5; Diab (GW) 7.8; Guinn (DGN) 7.7. Still rings: Brethauer (DGN) 8.7; Mandarino (GW) 8.6; Diab (GW) 8.5; Zumbrook (GW) 8.5. Vault: Zumbrook (GW) 9.1; Sopcic (DGN) 9.0; Diab (GW) 9.0. Parallel bars: Diab (GW) 8.8; Zumbrook (GW) 8.7; Sopcic (DGN) 8.6; Ideler (GW) 8.6. Horizontal bar: Sanuta (GW) 7.2; Sopcic (DGN) 7.0; Zumbrook (GW) 6.9. All-around: Diab (GW) 50.3; Sopcic (DGN) 49.0; Zumbrook (GW) 48.0.

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    Boys tennis: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Lake Park 4, Wheaton Academy 3Singles — No. 1: Lada (LP) d. C. Jones (WA) 6-2, 6-2; No. 2: Bell (WA) d. Rex (LP) 6-4, 6-0; No. 3: Solarz (LP) d. J. Jones (WA) 6-1, 6-2; No. 4: J. Troyke (LP) d. Anderson (WA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.Doubles — No. 1: Millikan/Szulczynski (LP) d. Bertsche/Renn (WA) 6-3, 7-6(5); No. 2: Hamm/Garrett (WA) d. S. Troyke/Gonella (LP) 6-3, 6-2; No. 3: Drury/Stapleton (WA) d. Reyes/Fonella (LP) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.*St. charles North 6, glenbard North 1Singles — No. 1: Ambuyay (SCN) d. Lim (GN) 6-0, 6-1; No. 2:Kromer (SCN) d. Chauchiary (GN) 6-1, 6-0 ; No. 3: Ninin (SCN) d. Jones (GN) 6-1, 6-1. Doubles — No. 1: Rigs/Hedges (SCN) d. Waghray/Azeem (GN) 6-1, 6-2; No. 2: Goldwortay/O’Brien (SCN) d. Nacino/Jospeh (GN) 6-0, 6-2; No. 3: Tezak/Haynes (GN) d. Danteman/Kurtzakis (SCN) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; No. 4: Hillsman/Behkhan (SCN) d. GN 6-2, 7-6(6). *Glenbard West 6, St. Francis 2Singles — No. 1: Dell (GW) d. Kovach (SF) 6-2, 6-2; No. 2: Hanna (GW) d. Eichenberger (SF) 6-3, 6-4, No. 3: Nabholz (GW) d. Thomas (SF) 6-2, 6-1; No. 4: Wood (SF) d. Nguyen (GW) 6-1, 6-2. Doubles — No. 1: Armbrust/Checko (SF) d. Lipnica/Smith (GW) 7-6, 2-6, 6-10; No. 2: Murphy/Kenwood (GW) d. Markelz/Kulisz (SF) 6-3, 6-2; No. 3: Bavella/Binden (GW) d. Birutis/Weiss (SF) 6-2, 6-1; No. 4: Boyle/Ryne (GW) d. Momot/Halpin (SF) 7-6, 6-1.*IMSA 4, Wheaton North 3Singles — No. 1: Costa (IMSA) d. Rus (WN) 6-2, 6-3; No.2: Brink (WN) d. Garcia (IMSA) 6-4, 6-1; No. 3: Corso (WN) d. Nam (IMSA) 6-2, 7-5. Doubles — No. 1: Yun/Patel-O;Connor (IMSA) d. Houlihan/Wojtyna (WN) 6-0, 6-2; No. 2: Sinha/Wang (IMSA) d. Lundquist/Tram (WN) 6-2, 6-3; No. 3: Buss/Dama (WN) d. Derse/Dixit (IMSA) 6-4, 6-3; No. 4: Carson/Louh (IMSA) d. Hudson/Waterman (WN) 7-6, 6-4. *GLENBROOK NORTH 5, WARREN 3Singles — No. 1: Sauser (GBN) d. Skardski 6-4, 6-0; No. 2: Ashley (Warr) d. Jung 6-2, 4-6, 6-6 (3-1); No. 3: Anant (Warr) d. Gupta 6-4, 6-4.Doubles — No. 1: Zakhodin/Wu (GBN) d. Gudeman/Seiler 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Marino/Shekman (GBN) d. Danos/Schindler 6-3, 6-0; No. 3: Spector/Sigman (GBN) d. Adamski/Topolewski 6-0, 6-0; No. 4: Cash/Haevers (Warr) d. Handler/Kuretz 6-4. 7-5; No. 5: Sou/Siu (GBN) d. LaLond/Dave-Rege 6-2, 6-1.*LAKES 4, MARIAN CENTRAL 3Singles — No. 1: Shin (MC) d. Sievert 6-1, 6-1; No. 2: B. Thacker (Lks) d. Daniels 6-2, 6-1; No. 3: K. Thacker (Lks) d. Fernandez 6-4, 6-4.Doubles — No. 1: Owen Rost/Herba (MC) d. Pooley/Mueller 6-2, 7-5; No. 2: Burnett/Gajda (Lks) d. Lee/Morehead 6-2, 6-3; No. 3: Stoll/Oliver Rost (MC) d. Navarro/Forbes 6-4, 6-4; No. 4: Nelson/Bradford (Lks) d. Csey/Snell 6-2, 7-6.*Huntley 4, Grayslake Central 3Singles - No. 1: Tolentino (GLC) d. Zornow 6-0, 6-1; No. 2: Glennon (GLC) d. Ved 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Hagn (H) d. Zador 7-5, 7-5.Doubles - No. 1: Grabner/Frederick (H) d. Knight/Hutchins 6-2, 0-6, 6-4; No. 2: Smith/Simons (H) d. Patricelli/Dignadice 3-6, 6-2, 6-4; No. 3: Paruthoulli/Corrigan (GLC) d. Michel/Andre 6-3, 7-5; No. 4: Navarro/Downs (H) d. Mock/Hornung 6-4, 6-2.*schaumburg 6, maine west 1Singles — No.1: Early (Sch) d. Czuj 6-0, 6-0; No.2: Nguyen (MW) d. Corodo 6-1, 6-4; No.3: Ariton (Sch) d. Idudje 6-3, 6-2.Doubles — No.1: Park/Patel (Sch) d. Hernandez/Turkelson 6-2, 6-1; No.2: Panatrat/J.Shah (Sch) d. Visyteb/Desai 6-1, 6-1; No.3: Courtney/Lee (Sch) d. Fernando/Sultan 6-2, 6-1; No.4: A.Shah/Desai (Sch) d. Peyton/Celenza 6-1, 6-1.*Lake Park 4, Wheaton Academy 3Singles — No. 1: Lada (LP) d. C. Jones (WA) 6-2, 6-2; No. 2: Bell (WA) d. Rex (LP) 6-4, 6-0; No. 3: Solarz (LP) d. J. Jones (WA) 6-1, 6-2; No. 4: J. Troyke (LP) d. Anderson (WA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

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    Girls badminton: Wednesday’s scoreboard
    Wednesday’s results*York 15, Glenbard West 0

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    Boys water polo scoreboard: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Hersey 11, Wheeling 6Wheeling 1 1 3 1 —6Hersey 3 5 2 1 — 11Wheeling — Reiff 2, Ihde 2, Lockwood, Khas.Hersey — Vladimirov 4, Carroll 3, Reynolds 2, O’Neil 2.*Fremd 12, Schaumburg 9Schaumburg 2 3 2 2 —9Fremd 1 1 5 5 —12Schaumburg — Birriel 5, Borst 4.Fremd — Anderson, Stark 2, Nicholas 2, Assmann 7.Goalkeepers — Frm: Gobgkan 13.*palatine 15, barrington 4Palatine 3 5 2 5 —15Barrington 2 1 1 0 — 4Palatine — Kalev 7, el Hoffi 3, Kleinfeldt, Maior 2, Schlaiss, Yurcheshen.Goalkeepers — Pal: Davis (4 blocks).*Other scores:Conant 16, Hoffman Estates 7*

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    Baseball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*St. Charles East 3, Batavia 1Batavia 100 000 0 —1-4-2St. Charles East 001 200 X —3-5-12B: SCE: RojasWP: Boehmer (3-1); LP: Piechota (3-1)*St. Charles North 8, Geneva 2St. Charles North 121 003 1 —8-9-2Geneva 001 100 0 —2-6-32B: SCN: Drawant 2.WP: Wright; LP: Prisco.*McHENRY 4, CARMEL 2Carmel 002 000 0 —2-7-4McHenry 000 211 x —4-6-22B: Carm: Kristan; McH: WestonWP: Weston; LP: Stanislawski.*LIBERTYVILLE 13, LAKE ZURICH 4Lake Zurich 010 003 0 —4-9-5Libertyville 541 021 x —13-11-22B: LZ: Elrod 2, Vanstedum; Lib: VanWagner, Manski.WP: Townsend; LP: Aiello: S: Murphy.*LAKES 11, ROUND LAKE 1 (5 INN.)Round Lake 100 00 —1-2-5Lakes 113 51 —11-10-2WP: Norlund.*RICHMOND-BURTON 7, GRANT 5Richmond-Burton 020 311 0 —7-11-0Grant 000 210 2 —5-6-02B: Grt: Lucas. HR: Grt: Zitkus. LP: Kusiak.*ANTIOCH 7, WAUCONDA 6Wauconda 420 000 0 —6-7-2Antioch 100 201 3 —7-9-32B: Wauc: Weller 3, Lovelle; Ant: Slywka, Norris, Gutke.WP: Prather; LP: K. Malisheski.*STEVENSON 6, WARREN 4Warren 102 010 0 —4-9-5Stevenson 011 103 x —6-6-32B: Warr: Dinter. WP: Saper; LP: Gordon*LAKE FOREST 6, MUNDELEIN 02B: LF: Reimer. 3B: LF: Karkazis.WP: Reimer; LP: Metz.*VERNON HILLS 13, NORTH CHICAGO 02B: VH: Skinner. 3B: VH: Skinner. WP: Erchinger.*Burlington Central 2, Jacobs 1Burlington C. 000 002 0 -2-8-1Jacobs 000 010 0 -1-5-12B: BC — Gannon; J —George.WP: Jerger; LP: Dubs.*West Chicago 6, Bartlett 5West Chicago 201 300 0 -6-4-2Bartlett 000 122 0 -5-8-12B: WC — Michiels; B — Barrutia, Flint.WP: Hosticka; LP: Curtis.*Cary-Grove 22, Woodstock North 6 (5 Inns.)Cary-Grove 863 05 -22-20-0Woodstock N. 004 20 -6-8-62B: C-G — Leach, Hartke, Keniuk, Barrett; WN — Winzenried, Creighton. WP: Leach; LP: Creighton.*Hampshire 3, Larkin 1Hampshire 002 001 0 -3-8-2Larkin 000 000 1 -1-4-32B: H — Consigny; L — Bond.WP: Rutkowski ; LP: Royse.*Elgin 12, Streamwood 3Streamwood 100 200 0 -3-3-6Elgin 340 410 x -12-12-22B: S — Hamlin; E — Whiteman.HR: E — Sitter. WP: White (2-0); LP: Tatone (0-1).*Wheaton Academy 8, Glenbard West 6Glenbard West 210 020 1 —6-5-3Wheaton Acad. 013 004 X —8-11-42B: GE: Becker. WA: Ebeling, Kram, Phillips, Valente. HR: GW: Simoneit, Vogg. WP: Kram; LP: Rustmeyer SV: Lindstedt. *Wheaton Warrenville South 2, West Aurora 1West Aurora 000 010 00 —1-4-0WW South 000 100 01 —2-7-32B: WA: Palmby. WWS: Kelly, Flores. WP: Simpson. *West Chicago 6, Bartlett 5West Chicago 201 300 0 —6-4-2Bartlett 000 122 0 —5-8-12B: WC: Michiels. B: Barrutia, Flint. WP: Hosticka; LP: Curtis. SV: Cabral. *Waubonsie Valley 8, East Aurora 0Waubonsie Vall. 202 022 0 —8-13-0East Aurora 000 000 0 —0-4-22B: WV: Hasper 2, Vietri 2, Marzano, Ellam. WP: Drago; LP: Salazar.*Naperville Central 6, Glenbard East 0Glenbard East 000 000 0 —0-3-1Naperville Cent. 002 040 X —6-11-22B: GE: Behrendt. NC: McMillen 2, Clifford. 3B: NC: McMillen. WP: Kozlowski; LP: Macdonald.*Metea valley 5, Neuqua Valley 4Metea Valley 121 000 1 —5-9-2Neuqua Valley 120 100 0 —4-8-1WP: Janus SV: Belskis.*Glenbard South 8, Timothy Christian 1Timothy Christ. 100 000 0 —1-4-1Glenbard South 001 007 X —8-6-32B: GS: Brambora 2. WP: Fazzari; LP: Miller.*Wheaton North 5, Naperville North 1Naperville North 100 000 0 —1-6-1Wheaton North 300 101 X —5-6-02B: WN: Robin. WP: Colangelo; LP: Brennan.*Fenton 3, Elmwood Park 1Fenton 010 000 2 —3-7-0Elmwood Park 001 000 0 —1-5-02B: F: Gennet, Cowan. WP: Cowan. *

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    Heinz, VH top Stevenson

    Boys volleyballVernon Hills d. Stevenson: Michael Heinz rolled up 9 kills and 4 digs to lead Vernon Hills to a 25-21, 25-20 NSC crossover victory. Sophomore setter Jared Bennett had 14 assists and 6 digs and continues to get more comfortable in his role. For Stevenson, Jeff Maskalunas, Keenan Herman and Eric Chang all had 3 kills apiece.Libertyville d. Lakes: Libertyville got 4 kills and 5 digs out of Chris Akers and 4 assists and 9 digs out of Adam Sachs in a 27-25, 25-23 NSC crossover win. Richard Galat led Lakes with 10 kills and 9 digs while setter Colton Jewell had 20 assists. Lake Zurich d. Antioch: Nick Meyer and Michael Savio each had 7 kills to lead Lake Zurich to a 25-14, 25-5 NSC crossover victory. Pat Bush added 17 assists and 5 service aces for the Bears, who move to 10-6 on the season.Zion-Benton d. Mundelein: David Everding had 3 blocks, 2 kills and 7 assists but it wasn’t enough as Mundelein got swept 25-17, 25-20 and fell to 11-11 on the season.

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    Frusolone powers Grayslake Central win

    SoftballGrayslake Central 12, Johnsburg 2: Juliana Frusolone blasted 2 home runs and drove in 5 runs to lead the Rams to victory. Frusolone had a total of 3 hits, as did teammate Jamie Brew. Winning pitcher Brittany Brown rolled up 7 strikeouts in 6 innings.Mundelein 11, Round Lake 1: Mundelein scored 9 runs over the final two innings to break open its 2-1 advantage through four innings. Winning pitcher Jamie Hemmer rolled up 4 strikeouts and helped her cause at the plate with a home run. Mundelein (11-6) got a triple from Maddie Zazas and doubles from Abbey Rosenow, Brittany Woodyard, Danielle Beelow and Nicole Parney. Rosenow, Woodyard and Maria DeVito totalled 2 hits apiece on the day.Hampshire 2, Grayslake North 1: Nikki Livengood went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Grayslake North. Lauren Olsen scored the Knights’ only run.

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    Gutke keys gutty Antioch win

    Antioch rallied in the bottom of the seventh to get a 7-6 come-from-behind victory against Wauconda on Wednesday in North Suburban Prairie baseball action.

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    Chicago Blackhawks players celebrate the overtime goal to win and even the series.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game Four
    Images of game four of the NHL Playoff Series as the Chicago Blackhawks won 4-3 on a Patrick Kane goal in OT over the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on Wednesday.

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    Olsen delivers for Wheeling

    With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Wheeling junior catcher Megan Olsen singled to right to drive home Nikki Mikosz from second base for the winning run in the Wildcats’ 8-7 victory over Hersey at Heritage Park. The host Wildcats improved to 3-7 and 2-2 in the Mid-Suburban East softball standing as senior Katie Quagliano earned the win with 5 strikeouts in 9 innings.

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    Bickell leads the hit parade

    Now that he’s skating alongside Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on the top line, there’s no question big Bryan Bickell knows his role.

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    Naperville Central blanks Glenbard North

    Naperville Central isn’t used to having its back against the wall, but the Redhawks were there during Wednesday’s DuPage Valley Conference match against visiting Glenbard North. The Redhawks needed a victory, and a newcomer answered. Thanks to a crucial net-finder from freshman Meredith McGuire in the waning seconds of the first half, that much-needed win became a reality in a 1-0 victory.

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    Rolling Meadows continues to make gains

    The continued improvement from an inexperienced Rolling Meadows girls soccer team was evident Wednesday as the Mustangs (3-7-1, 3-3-0, 9 points) defeated visiting Hoffman Estates 2-0 on the turf at Robert Hoese Field in Mid-Suburban League play.

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    St. Charles North cleans up mistakes, beats Geneva

    For the record, it wasn’t the eight errors his team made Tuesday that made St. Charles North coach Todd Genke ill. Genke went home sick from school Wednesday, and assistant coach Brett Wikierak filled in as the North Stars resumed their three-game series at Geneva. Genke would have liked what he saw much more as the North Stars cut down on most of those miscues while keeping their winning ways going, beating the Vikings 8-2 to improve their overall record to 13-2 and Upstate Eight Conference River Division leading mark to 7-1.

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    St. Charles East repeats 3-1 win over Batavia

    It took less than 90 minutes for the St. Charles East baseball team to hand Batavia a second straight 3-1 defeat.

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    Wheaton, North Central fighting for final playoff spot

    If the goal is to be playing meaningful baseball at the end of the year, then both Wheaton College and North Central are right on track. The two neighboring schools face off this weekend with a spot in the CCIW Tournament on the line.

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    Hersey, Palatine clinch divisions

    Hersey will make a repeat appearance in the Mid-Suburban League boys water polo championship game after wrapping up an outright East Division championship. The Huskies will meet Palatine, which finalized the West Division title.

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    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 11, West Chicago 9: Holly Pagan went 5 innings then came back to get the last out of the game as Bartlett prevailed in the Upstate Eight Valley.“It was a wild game against a team that would not quit,” said Bartlett coach Jim Wolfsmith. “It was the strangest game I’ve been a part of.”Alex Morales went 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI to lead the offense for the Hawks (12-4, 6-2). Katie Fornoff (2B), Amy Johnson (2B), Dana Paul (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Kayla Haberstich (2-for-5, 2 RBI) also contributed.Huntley 4, Jacobs 3: Jessica Shields had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead Huntley (7-7, 2-2) to a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Brittany Koss (3-for-4, 2B, RBI) and Shannon Walsh (2-for-3, 2B) also contributed for the Red Raiders and Haley Spannraft was the winning pitcher. Courtney Cotugno (3-for-4, 2B, RBI), Alyssa Lach (3-for-3, RBI) and Taylor Belo (2-for-3) led Jacobs (11-6, 4-3). Kelsey Peters took the loss.ACC 9, St. Edward 8: Ryann Scully (2 triples, 2 RBI), Jasmine Deleon (2B, 2 RBI) and Megan Strong (RBI, 2 SBs) each had 3 hits for St. Edward in this Suburban Christian setback, the Green Wave’s second-straight 1-run loss. Emily Stapay was the losing pitcher.Waubonsie Valley 6, South Elgin 1: Sam Helton drove in the Storm’s only run in this Upstate Eight Valley loss. Paige Allen was the losing pitcher for South Elgin (8-7, 2-4).St. Charles East 11, Larkin 0: Sophie Young had Larkin’s only hit in this UEC River loss. Sarah Hansen was the losing pitcher for the Royals (3-9, 1-6).St. Charles North 14, Streamwood 1: Kaitlyn Hedger’s home run was the only hit for the Sabres (1-8, 1-7) in this UEC River loss. Katie Purcell was the losing pitcher.CL South 14, Dundee-Crown 4: Kim Woods (2B, RBI), Sam McLean (3B, RBI) and Taylor Kassel (2 doubles, RBI) each had 3 hits for the Gators (6-6, 3-3) in the FVC Valley. Hailee Massie (2B, RBI) added 2 hits, while Erin Yazel and Amy Ciaverella each had doubles and Caitlin Fater a triple. Sam Burgard was the winning pitcher, allowing 7 hits with 7 strikeouts. Mallory Schilf had a home run and Casey Weeks added a double and 2 RBI for Dundee-Crown (2-5, 0-4). Jessica McVicker also drove in a run. Lauren Girard took the loss.Hampshire 2, Grayslake North 1: Aly Snider (2B) and Peyton DeChant drove in the runs for the Whip-Purs (11-7, 4-0) in the FVC Fox. Haley Widmayer allowed just 3 hits and had 9 strikeouts to earn the win.

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    The White Sox’s Marcus Semien follows through on a grand slam off Tigers relief pitcher Ian Krol during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game in Detroit. The Sox beat the Tigers 6-4.

    Semien’s slam lifts White Sox over Tigers 6-4

    Marcus Semien’s seventh-inning grand slam lifted the Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Wednesday night. Jose Abreu hit another long home run for the White Sox, but it was Semien’s first career slam that turned around the game. Detroit starter Drew Smyly allowed two runs in six innings, but Evan Reed (0-1) gave up two singles and a walk, and Ian Krol allowed the home run to Semien.

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    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

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    Schaumburg pitcher Brendan Beck delivers to the plate during Wednesday’s game against Conant.

    Schocking finish as Schaumburg wins again

    Schaumburg’s Ryan Schocker jolted Conant on Thursday. Schocker lined a two-out single to right driving home Michael Fan to lift the Saxons to a 5-4 baseball victory in Schaumburg. “I just wasn’t going to give up,” said Schocker, who was behind in the count early and worked it to 3-2 before delivering the winning hit. “I did what had to get done. I worked the count and then I had to get the right pitch. It was a 3-2 fastball and I just went with the pitch.” Fan was down 0-2 in the count with two outs but was able to coax a walk. He then advanced to second on a passed ball and scored easily on Schocker’s rip to right. The victory kept the Saxons (10-1, 5-0) atop the Mid-Suburban West and made a winner out of starter Brendan Beck, who improved to 4-0.

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    Batavia’s Tara Zufan slides safely into third base before the ball hits the mitt of Geneva’s Molly Wrenn in the seventh inning on Wednesday, April 23.

    Geneva erases Batavia’s 5-run seventh-inning lead

    For six-and-a-half innings at Geneva on Wednesday the Vikings couldn’t do hardly anything right in the field while Batavia didn’t do anything wrong. The result was 6 errors for the home team and none by Batavia as the Bulldogs took an 8-3 lead to the bottom of the seventh. And then the tables turned.

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    Glenbard West takes down St. Francis

    St. Francis coach Rick Huffman said the Spartans’ boys tennis team was looking for some tougher competition, and that’s exactly what it got from Glenbard West.

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    Cary-Grove outslugs Prairie Ridge

    There wasn’t the least bit of panic. After Prairie Ridge plated 4 runs in the first inning, Cary-Grove responded with 3 in the bottom of the inning on a 3-run homer by Lisa Semro that easily cleared the center field fence. In a game that featured a combined 18 runs, 21 hits and 9 errors, the Trojans were able to outslug the visiting Wolves 10-7 in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division softball contest in Cary Wednesday afternoon.

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    Sam Bolin

    South Elgin alum Bolin earns honors at Culver-Stockton

    South Elgin graduate Sam Bolin was honored for her pitching excellence recently. Bolin, now a sophomore at Culver-Stockton College, was named Heart of America Athletic Conference softball pitcher of the week for her performance in a 3-game stretch March 31-April 6.

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    Cougars beat Beloit 10-4

    The first-place Kane County Cougars treated 5,883 fans by pouring across 10 runs from the fourth through seventh innings en route to a 10-4 win over the Beloit Snappers on Wednesday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

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    The Bulls’ Taj Gibson (22) said that he called timeout three times after he went to the ground in a scramble for the ball in Tuesday’s game. The official ruled it was a jump ball, which the Bulls lost.

    Gibson at a loss to explain why calls didn’t go his way

    This playoff experience is going sour for the Bulls in every possible way. On Wednesday at the Berto Center, Taj Gibson tried to figure out why he wasn't granted a timeout late in the fourth quarter and whether its legal to shove the other player out of the way on a jump ball.

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    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Hampshire 3, Larkin 1: Trey Schramm went 3-for-3 and Michael Merchut 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Whip-Purs (5-9) to a nonconference win. RJ Consigny had a double for Hampshire and Brandon Bowen drove in a run. Kyle Rutkowski was the complete-game winner, allowing just 4 hits and no earned runs. For Larkin (5-9), Rob Bond had a double and Tyler Kalusa an RBI. Brayden Royse was the losing pitcher.Cary-Grove 22, Woodstock North 6: Eric Keniuk went 4-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI to lead Cary-Grove’s 20-hit attack in this Fox Valley Conference win. Jason Barrett (2B, 3 RBI), Jack Starr (RBI), Willie Hartke (2B, 4 RBI), Larkin Hanselmann (RBI) and George Hartke each added 2 hits for the Trojans (9-8, 4-3). Connor Leach picked up the win with 4 innings of relief.Burlington Central 2, Jacobs 1: Ryan Gannon’s 2-run double in the sixth inning lifted the Rockets (9-4) to a nonconference win. Tanner Smith and Bryan Cynova added 2 hits each for BC. Kevin Jerger picked up the win and Johnny Frederickson the save. Ben Murray was 3-for-3 for Jacobs (13-6). Ryan George had a double and Kyle Wolinski drove in the Golden Eagles’ run. Ryan Dubs was the losing pitcher.West Chicago 6, Bartlett 5: Cory Krolikowski (3 RBI), Jake Barrutia (2B) and Jordan Flint (2B, 2 RBI) each had 2 hits for Bartlett (4-8, 3-6) in this Upstate Eight Valley loss. Alex Curits was the losing pitcher.

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    Neuqua Valley downs Metea Valley

    Neuqua Valley might have a .500 record, but the Wildcats are starting to look like the type of team no one wants to face come playoff time. The Wildcats improved to 8-8 after beating rival Metea Valley 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon behind solid defense and a 3-hitter from pitcher Kristin Catalano.

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    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com Lake Park’s Elisabeth Brown comes up short with the tag on Glenbard North’s Cece Dopart during Glenbard’s 8-1 win Wednesday.

    Glenbard North regaining momentum

    Wednesday’s 8-1 victory over visiting Lake Park was the type of game that gave Glenbard North softball coach Josh Sanew the feeling that the Panthers are on the right track.

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    Schaumburg stays focused, tops Fremd

    After senior second baseman Tracy Welninski ripped a homer over the left field fence to lead off the second inning, Fremd’s softball team got the early jump on host Schaumburg. “We weren’t too nervous,” said Saxons senior right fielder Jamie Kudjer. “We just pick up our intensity and focus more. And when we do that, we star getting hits.” These Saxons have been a ‘hit’ all season and Wednesday proved to be no exception. Off to their best start in coach Ellen Abreu’s four seasons, Schaumburg rallied past the Vikings for a 6-2 decision and remained undefeated in the Mid-Suburban West.

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    Libertyville’s Evan Skoug hits a fourth-inning grand slam against St. Charles East during the Class 4A state baseball semifinals at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

    Skoug’s skills putting him in elite company

    Libertyville catcher Evan Skoug is committed to Texax Christian, but it's too early to tell whether he'll actually attend college or go straight to the pros. That's the projected path for another TCU commit, pitcher Tyler Kolek.

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    Stevenson catcher Joey Morris, left, tags out Warren’s Brad Zahn at home plate Wednesday at Stevenson.

    Stevenson gets it done against Warren

    Forgive the 9 errors in this North Suburban Conference Lake Division baseball battle. After all, the temperatures dipped into the high 30s in Lincolnshire. After a masterful pitching duel on Tuesday in Gurnee, the two-game series between Warren and Stevenson continued on Wednesday afternoon and it looked for a few innings that Warren might complete a sweep. Nursing a 4-3 lead entering the home half of the sixth, the Blue Devils couldn’t complete the deal. The big hit in the frame came from Stevenson third baseman Sean Wilson. He rifled a shot past third base with the sacks loaded that brought in 2 runs and paved the way to 6-4 win.

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    Elgin’s bats heat up in win over Streamwood

    While cold temperatures normally slow down offenses and make hitters fear the sting of the bat, Elgin’s baseball team didn’t seem to mind. The Maroons banged out 12 hits in a 12-3 rout over Streamwood at home Wednesday afternoon in Upstate Eight Conference River Division action.

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    Metea Valley sophomore is pitching and pitching in

    Any softball player caught looking at strike three against Metea Valley, don’t fret. You’ve done a good thing.

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    Cary-Grove’s Trevor Ruhland, right, has committed to play at Notre Dame.

    Cary-Grove’s Ruhland says yes to Notre Dame

    The allure of playing Saturday afternoon college football before 80,000 devoted fans and a national television audience was an irresistible draw for Cary-Grove offensive tackle Trevor Ruhland. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound junior gave his verbal commitment Wednesday to play for Notre Dame during a meeting at the high school with visiting Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, thereby ending a recruiting process that yielded 13 Division-I offers, five from Big 10 schools.

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    The Washington Wizards have enjoyed success with getting the ball to power forward Nene (42). The Bulls, however, struggled to score late in both playoff losses.

    Bulls’ scoring problems no mystery to Thibs

    A single question can summarize the first two games of the Bulls' playoff series against Washington: Why can't the Bulls score late in the fourth quarter and is there anything they could do differently to remedy the situation?

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    The Chicago Bears and the Lions will meet in Detroit for a Thanksgiving game this season.

    Bears visit Lions for Thanksgiving matinee

    The Bears open the season at home for the fifth straight year, at noon against the Buffalo Bills, and they play five prime time games, plus a Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions in Detroit.

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    New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox during the second inning after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck.

    Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected for substance on neck

    New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a game against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning Wednesday night after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck. Pineda’s ejection occurred 13 days after the right-hander had brown goo on the lower part of the palm of his pitching hand during a 4-1 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium.

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    Cubs right fielder Justin Ruggiano suffered a hamstring injury in the ninth inning Wednesday at the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

    Crazy ninth inning ruins Wrigley party for Cubs

    By any other name, the Cubs are still the Cubs. Playing as the Chicago Federal Wednesday, the 2014 Cubs lost one for the ages, falling 7-5 to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. The bullpen allowed 5 runs in the ninth inning to ruin another good pitching performance by starter Jeff Samardzija.

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    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig says he likes what he sees from the Cubs and the Ricketts family, but he believes they are “unfairly criticized” for their restoration and renovation plans for Wrigley Field. Selig took part in Wednesday’s 100th anniversary celebration at Wrigley.

    Selig goes to the wall to back Wrigley renovation

    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig was on hand Wednesday for Wrigley Field's 100th birthday bash. He backed the team's owners in their ongoing fight to make renovations to the historic ballpark.

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    Huntley boys basketball coach Marty Manning is stepping down after eight years to become the new head coach at Schaumburg High School.

    Manning leaving Huntley for Schaumburg

    Huntley High School boys basketball coach Marty Manning told his returning players on Tuesday he has accepted the same position at Schaumburg, according to sources at that meeting. Pending the approval of the District 211 school board at its meeting Thursday night, Manning will succeed Matt Walsh as the next coach of the Saxons.

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    The Cubs Justin Ruggiano watches his two-run homer against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning Wednesday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lost to the Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary.

    Cubs lose to Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wrigley’s 100th

    Fittingly, the Chicago Cubs marked Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday with a loss — a dramatic, error-filled one, at that. One out from victory, the Cubs allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to rally for five runs in the ninth inning in a 7-5 loss Wednesday.

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    John Weber keeps score with a pencil and scorecard as he watches a baseball game between Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs at Wrgley Field.

    Tech boom presents new wrinkles for Wrigley Field

    During a recent game at Wrigley Field, John Weber was using a pencil and scorecard to expertly track the game between his hometown Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 86-year-old retired transit worker figures he is an increasingly rare kind of baseball fan. “Look around, do you see many people keeping score?” he asked.

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    Mike North video: Bad Boys dis Pippen
    In the Bad Boys documentary about the Detroit Pistons of the 80s and early 90s, Bill Laimbeer says stopping the Bulls was only about containing Michael Jordan — Scottie Pippen was just another one of the guys.

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    Music notes: American English celebrates the Fab 4

    American English brings its renowned re-creation of the Beatles and their music to Durty Nellie's this weekend, and rising country-rock star Lydia Loveless makes a raucous stop in the city.

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    Itasca-based First Midwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Midwest Bank, will acquire the Chicago operations of Popular Community Bank, which includes 12 full-service facilities in the region.

    First Midwest acquires Popular’s Chicago operations

    Itasca-based First Midwest Bancorp said it will acquire the Chicago operations of Popular Community Bank, a subsidiary of Popular, Inc. First Midwest will take over Popular Community Bank’s retail banking offices and its small business and middle market commercial lending activities in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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    The Batavia school board decided Tuesday to rebate up to $3.2 million of the new property taxes that may come from an expansion of the Chicago Premium Outlets mall in Aurora.

    Batavia schools to rebate taxes to spur Aurora outlet mall expansion

    The Batavia school district has agreed to rebate $3.2 million in future property taxes to the owner of the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall in Aurora, to be used to help pay to expand the mall.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS Grammy Award winning artist Fergie, center, rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, ending a session in which stocks declined and halted the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index’s longest winning streak since September.

    U.S. stocks edge lower after a six-day rise

    Stocks edged mostly lower Wednesday, breaking a six-day winning streak, as investors were disappointed by the latest round of earnings from U.S. companies. A surprise drop in new home sales also weighed on the broader market.

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    David Trandel, CEO of Stonestreet Partners, describes the layout of the Arlington Downs project.

    Arlington Downs luxury apartments to start leasing next week

    Future residents can begin leasing apartments at Arlington Downs as early as next week, officials announced on Wednesday morning along with giving more details about the massive redevelopment project. The 27-acre project will have more than 100,000 square feet of retail space, mostly occupied by restaurants, plus 650 residential units, 160 hotel rooms and an expanded water park.

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    Protesters outside of the Metropolis Ballroom ahead of the Arlington Economic Alliance Breakfast on Wednesday.

    Labor clash slows Arlington Downs construction

    A clash between union workers and developers shut down construction at Arlington Downs last week and led to protests outside of an Arlington Economic Alliance meeting in downtown Arlington Heights on Wednesday morning.

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    French economist Thomas Piketty, in his new book, sounds a grim warning: The U.S. economy is beginning to decay into the aristocratic Europe of the 19th century.

    Q&A: A French economist’s grim view of wealth gap

    In a new book, Thomas Piketty, the French economist who helped popularize the notion of a privileged 1 percent, sounds a grim warning: The U.S. economy has begun to decay into the aristocratic Europe of the 19th century. Hard work will matter less, inherited wealth more. The fortunes of the few will unsettle the foundations of democracy. The research Piketty showcases in his book, “Capital in the 21st Century,” has set the economics field ablaze.

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    Busy Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville is scheduled to be closed for five days beginning May 2 so Metra can replace the commuter rail crossing.

    Downtown Libertyville braces for rail crossing work

    Traffic will be detoured around downtown Libertyville for about five days beginning May 2 while emergency repairs are made to the Metra commuter rail crossing at Milwaukee Avenue. The village and businesses are preparing for the latest traffic disruption. “We're expecting lower sales. We're trying to get the word out that people can reroute and still get to us,” said Michelle Chapley, co-owner of Mischief's Brewing coffee shop.

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    Hoffman Estates sees plan for 135 homes

    The largest new residential subdivision Hoffman Estates has seen in several years already is raising concerns from village leaders and neighboring residents. Naperville-based M/I Homes has a plan for 59 single-family homes and 76 rowhouse units at the northwest corner of Algonquin and Ela roads.

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    McDonald's Corp.'s free coffee may have slowed diners' rush to check out Taco Bell's waffle tacos.

    McDonald's sees April sales growth after profit fell short

    Oak Brook-based McDonald's Corp.'s free coffee may have slowed diners' rush to check out Taco Bell's waffle tacos. While McDonald's Tuesday posted falling sales at its established U.S. locations and first-quarter profit that trailed analysts' estimates, the world's largest restaurant chain is showing some encouraging signs.

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    Stericycle acquires PSC Environmental

    Stericycle Inc., a Lake Forest-based provider of regulated waste removal services, said Tuesday it has acquired PSC Environmental Services LLC in a deal worth $275 million.

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    LinkedIn Corp. company headquarters in Mountain View, California. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says the professional networking site will expand its presence in the city by anchoring a high-rise office building under construction.

    LinkedIn to anchor new San Francisco high-rise

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says the professional networking site LinkedIn will expand its presence in the city by anchoring a high-rise office building under construction.

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    Microsoft expands ad-free Bing search for schools

    Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

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    Riverwoods-based Discover Financial Services, the credit-card lender that boosted dividends after passing U.S. stress tests, posted a profit that beat analysts’ estimates as more customers kept up with their bills.

    Discover profit beats estimates as consumer write-offs ease

    Riverwoods-based Discover Financial Services, the credit-card lender that boosted dividends after passing U.S. stress tests, posted a profit that beat analysts’ estimates as more customers kept up with their bills.First-quarter net income slipped 6.2 percent to $631 million, or $1.31 a diluted share, from $673 million, or $1.33, a year earlier.

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    The 2015 Toyota Camry. Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.

    Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM

    Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen. Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it sold a record 2.583 million vehicles in the January-March period, putting the Japanese automaker ahead of Detroit-based GM at 2.42 million and Volkswagen of Germany at 2.4 million.

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    Procter & Gamble Co.’s fiscal third-quarter net income rose 2 percent as it cut costs to offset sluggish sales in categories like beauty and family products.

    Procter & Gamble 3Q profit edges up, revenue slips

    Procter & Gamble Co.’s fiscal third-quarter net income rose 2 percent as it cut costs to offset sluggish sales in categories like beauty and family products. The world’s largest consumer product maker’s adjusted earnings topped analysts’ estimates, but revenue fell short. The company cut its 2014 adjusted earnings forecast on Wednesday.

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    Faster production brings Boeing $965 million 1Q profit

    Boeing’s increased rate of commercial jet manufacturing is starting to pay off for shareholders. In the first three months of this year, 161 new airplanes rolled off the company’s assembly lines — more jets than the same period last year. That increased rate — in part — helped Chicago-based Boeing Co. post a $965 million profit in the first quarter.The net income is actually down 12.7 percent from last year’s $1.1 billion first quarter profit, but that is because Boeing took a $330 million accounting write-off related to changes in its retirement plans.Boeing reported adjusted earnings of $1.76 per share, beating the estimate of $1.56 per share from Wall Street analysts surveyed by FactSet. The company reported $20.47 billion in revenue, more than the $20.15 billion expected.

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    Boeing offers buyouts to some St. Louis workers

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. is offering buyouts to some of its nonunion employees in the St. Louis region.The company on Tuesday sent an email to 12,000 workers announcing that voluntary buyouts would be offered, although only a part of those employees will be eligible. Those who are eligible will receive invitations by Friday.

Life & Entertainment

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    Watch Jared Leto's acceptance speech on YouTube's Oscar channel.

    Down the YouTube rabbit hole

    You come home from work, you boot up the computer, and next thing you know it's 6 a.m. and you've watched 74 YouTube videos. Or maybe this just happens to Sean, who has some video suggestions for you.

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    Heuchera ‘Cherry Cola’ is just one of the new coral bells you’ll want to add to your garden this year.

    Coral bells keep getting better

    Just when we think plant breeders will tire of the genus Heuchera, they surprise us with a whole new crop of beauties that we want to include in our shade borders. Here are some of the best new varieties of Heuchera that were recently introduced.

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    While it still is not too late for garden cleanup, you must take care not to damage any new perennial growth.

    Time to clean up your garden

    It still is not too late to remove garden debris from beds and cut back perennials if you are running late with your garden cleanup.

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    Don’t discount hearty squash just because the temperature has ticked up a few degrees. Give roasted butternut a lighter touch with a soft-cooked egg.

    Egg-topped roasted squash bridges winter to summer

    Before spring truly arrives, I wanted to squeeze in just one more recipe for roasted butternut squash. It's because roasting does such wonderful things to squash. It caramelizes the natural sugars, making the vegetable deliciously sweet.

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    Don’t discount hearty squash just because the temperature has ticked up a few degrees. Give roasted butternut a lighter touch with a soft-cooked egg.

    Middle Eastern Roasted Butternut Squash with Soft-Boiled Eggs
    Save some time by using store-bought tzatziki when serving Middle Eastern roasted butternut squash with soft-boiled eggs.

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    Kale salad gets a boost from apricots and manchego cheese.

    Turning raw kale into a salad you will crave

    There was a time when kale was just ornamental. Then suddenly it became a culinary superstar! And with good reason. Because once you start eating kale, it will become the “new normal” base for your salads.

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    Pears and cracked pepper add a unique dimension to risotto as Penny Kazmier learned at a recent cooking class with Lidia Bastianich.

    Culinary adventures: Lunching, learning with Lidia Bastianich

    Eataly, an Italian food paradise, lies just a short train ride away in downtown Chicago. In case you need inspiration, you can take a class at La Scoula, Eataly's cooking school taught by its chefs and other experts. Penny Kazmier was lucky enough to take a class taught by the dean of La Scoula, Lidia Bastianich. Lidia is one of Eataly's founders as well as an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author and restaurateur.

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    Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will headline on Friday, June 6, at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

    Seinfeld to perform at Genesee in June
    Tickets for comedian Jerry Seinfeld's performance on Friday, June 6, at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 25.

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    British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran headlines on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Ed Sheeran heading for Allstate Arena
    Tickets for British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran's concert on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26.

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    A representative for Jodie Foster confirms that she wed girlfriend Alexandra Hedison over the weekend. Publicist Jennifer Allen offered no other details Wednesday.

    Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison

    Jodie Foster is a married woman. A representative for the Oscar-winning actress confirms that Foster wed girlfriend Alexandra Hedison over the weekend. Publicist Jennifer Allen offered no other details Wednesday.

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    Hans Zimmer had help from Pharrell for the original motion picture soundtrack for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

    Spidey enhanced by Zimmer soundtrack

    Even Oscar-winning composers can use a little help once in a while. So it makes sense that Hans Zimmer created his own band of superhero hitmakers, including white-hot Pharrell, to work on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” soundtrack. The so-called Magnificent Six — which besides Pharrell includes Johnny Marr, Michael Einziger, Junkie XL, Andrew Kawczynski and Steve Mazzaro — works magic with Zimmer and helps him weave a strong musical accompaniment to the plot.

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    A South Florida judge has delayed the trial of pop star Justin Bieber on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license until July.

    Bieber trial delayed to July on DUI, other charges

    A South Florida judge has delayed the trial of pop star Justin Bieber on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license until July. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield on Wednesday granted a motion for a postponement sought by Bieber’s lawyers. His attorney Roy Black said more time was needed to examine evidence and make decisions about how to proceed.

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    Lupita Nyong’o, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in “12 Years a Slave,” tops People’s list of “World’s Most Beautiful,” announced Wednesday.

    Lupita Nyong’o named People’s ‘Most Beautiful’

    People magazine has named Lupita Nyong’o as the “World’s Most Beautiful” for 2014. The 31-year-old actress, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in “12 Years a Slave,” tops the magazine’s list, announced Wednesday.

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    Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert takes a selfie with host David Letterman on the set of the “Late Show With David Letterman” Tuesday in New York. This was Colbert’s first visit to the show since CBS announced that he will succeed Letterman as host when he retires in 2015.

    Letterman gets visit from his successor, Colbert

    Stephen Colbert, who will take over for a retiring David Letterman on CBS’ “Late Show” next year, revealed Tuesday that he almost worked for Letterman — twice. Colbert, the Comedy Central host, visited the “Late Show” for the first time since it was announced earlier this month that he will replace Letterman sometime next year. He was greeted warmly, with Letterman introducing him as “very talented” and “always entertaining,” and the two men posed for the obligatory selfie.

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    A decade after losing his longtime musical collaborator, Dean Torrence — best known as half of the duo Jan and Dean — is still making music with the Surf City Allstars.

    Dean Torrence making music and memories with his Surf City Allstars

    Dean Torrence of the legendary rock 'n' roll duo Jan and Dean is bringing a splash of summer to St. Charles this weekend. Torrence performs Saturday, April 26, at the Arcada Theatre with the Surf City Allstars band. They'll be rolling out hits such as “Surf City,” “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” and “Dead Man's Curve,” among other summertime classics. “Probably the part that's the most fun is when you have people who sing along and even come up and join us on stage,” Torrence said.

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    Kale salad gets a boost from apricots and manchego cheese.

    Kale Salad With Apples, Apricots And Manchego Cheese
    Kale salad gets a boost from apricots and manchego cheese.

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    Mark Alpert takes readers on an unexpected journey into dark fantasy with “The Furies.”

    Mark Alpert’s latest book is dark fantasy thriller

    Mark Alpert, known for his science-driven thrillers, takes readers on an unexpected journey into dark fantasy with “The Furies.” Imagine a world that co-exists with our own but remains hidden to outsiders. Those who inhabit this realm appear as Amish to people living nearby, but they are beings with a rare genetic disorder. Hundreds of years ago, their abilities terrified others and they were deemed witches. Rather than face persecution, they hid themselves away.

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    After a five-year, $30 million renovation, the SC Johnson Research Tower in Racine, Wis., designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will be open for public tours for the first time starting May 2.

    Frank Lloyd Wright tower in Racine opens for public tours

    Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public May 2. The 15-story tower at SC Johnson’s headquarters in Racine, Wis., is regarded as one of the country’s most important examples of cantilevered architecture. The first floor looks like a tree trunk, with second and higher floors springing off the core like branches.

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    Try make these Triple Berry Scones at home.

    From the food editor: Tips for growing, cooking with strawberries

    Deborah Pankey's strawberry patch isn’t looking so good right about now, so she's shopping around for some additional plants. While researching berry plants, she learned there are two types of plants, those that fruit once a year and those that fruit all season. And she shares a berry-licious scone recipe, too.

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    “The New Classic” by Iggy Azalea leans toward a blend of pop and electro beats.

    Iggy Azalea’s debut shows promise

    The blond ambitious rapper with a killer flow from the Australian outback has finally made it and she’s not afraid to rap about it. Iggy Azalea, 23, has been hustling to get to where she is since she first landed in Miami at 16, and the main theme of the 12-track “The New Classic” is her dream of becoming accomplished in hip-hop through hard work and unwillingness to be thwarted by bad deals, critics and industry pressures.

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    The master bathroom has a tub that’s easy to get in and out of, as well as a separate shower; the room is large enough to accommodate a walker or wheelchair if needed in the future. Illustrates HOME-SENIORS (category l), by Wendy A. Jordan, special to The Washington Post. Moved Monday, March 24, 2014. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Katherine Frey.)

    Aging gracefully in your home

    Despite their active lifestyle, when the McSweenys built their Edgewater, Md., house in 2013, they asked their architect to incorporate “aging-in-place” features — including an elevator, wide doorways to accommodate a wheelchair and a flat, no-step entryway — into the design.

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    Instead of doing crunches to strengthen your core, try exercises such as side planks to help build the lateral muscles of the trunk.

    How to strengthen your core

    Core, core, core. Yes, we hear it ad nauseam: “You need to strengthen the core” or the other favorite, “It's all about the core.” But what does it really mean?

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    Gobi (Caluflower) Parathas
    Gobi (Cauliflower) Parathas can almost be a meal by themselves.

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    The Washington PostTo make flaky Mint Tawa Paratha, the dough is first rolled into rounds, pleated and gathered together. It is then curled into a spiral and rolled out again.

    Mint Tawa Parathas
    Crimping and rolling are crucial to making Mint Tawa Parathas at home.

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    Whole wheat rotis can be made at home without any special kitchen tools.

    Whole Wheat Rotis
    Whole-Wheat Rotis can be made at home with a little practice.

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    Whole-Wheat Banana Chapatis is a super-quick and tasty breakfast flatbread, sweetened with just a touch of raw sugar.

    Ready, set, roll: Homemade flatbread in one hour

    Shulie Madnick is on a mission to spread the gospel of hot, fragrant rounds of Indian flatbreads. They elevate a meal and take minutes to cook, she says. And, they can be made at home without much fuss and a bit of practice.

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    Whole-Wheat Banana Chapatis is a super-quick and tasty breakfast flatbread, sweetened with just a touch of raw sugar.

    Whole-Wheat Banana Chapatis
    Whole-Wheat Banana Chapatis are a quick, slightly sweet way to start the morning.

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    Dr. Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly, right) talks with her psychiatrist Dr. Helen Hartramph (Vanessa Redgrave) in ABC's new drama “Black Box.”

    ABC's 'Black Box' explores mysteries of the mind

    When she's on her medications, Dr. Catherine Black is brilliant. Off her meds, she may be even more brilliant, but she's dangerous, at least to herself. And that's the tension of ABC's newest medical procedural, "Black Box,'' premiering Thursday, April 24.

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    Pears and cracked pepper add a unique dimension to risotto.

    Risotto with Pears, Black Pepper and Grana Padano — Risotto alle Pere con Grana Padano
    Chef Lidia Bastianich, La Scoula at Eataly in Chicago freshens up risotto with pears, black pepper and grana padano.

Discuss

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    Daily Herald photo/Mark Black The state of Illinois is looking into removing the Geneva dam due to several deaths in recent years.

    Editorial: Dams like Geneva’s are constant danger
    A Daily Herald editorial implores Fox River enthusiasts to learn about the dangers of low-head dams in the wake of a recent death in Geneva.

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    Where the only rule is terror

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Some global threats come from leaders intoxicated by sovereignty. But other threats and suffering emerge in the voids and gaps of sovereignty, which require our sustained attention as well.

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    Familiar parallels in Ukraine

    Columnist Richard Cohen: It's clear that the Russia of Gorbachev and Yeltsin is gone and something new and yet familiar has taken its place. The Obama administration recognizes the new reality and is appropriately dusting off Cold War playbooks. Russia, it seems, may be turning its back on Europe — but not, ominously, on some of its ugly 20th-century history.

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    Don’t let the ‘1%’ take reins of government
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: We live in a world today in which it’s not what you do or what your character amounts to. It’s what your (known) bank account amounts to. It’s how much money a few individuals can spend to get the person elected to satisfy his/her ego or the master plan of the 1 percent.

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    A positive experience with charter schools
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Charter schools will always have my support, here, there and everywhere in this country. Bless all the folks who took it upon themselves to start all the children on the right foot for learning, and for their caring efforts to take on the so-called public school system.

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    Political correctness threatens school
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I saw in the Daily Herald of April 16 that the Prairie Crossing Charter School was criticized and threatened for lack of diversity by commission member Milton Wharton, who voted against the school charter renewal.

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