Daily Archive : Thursday April 24, 2014


    Raymond J. Kelly

    Sentencing delayed for man who hacked Lake County jail radios

    Sentencing for a Waukegan man who pleaded guilty to broadcasting racial slurs over the portable radio system used by corrections officers at the Lake County jail was delayed until July 10. Raymond J. Kelly, 24, of the 4800 block of Eastwood Court, is awaiting sentencing for tampering with the jail’s communication services.


    Walk supports brain tumor patients:

    The 15th annual Vernon Hills walk to support brain tumor patients and families will be Saturday, May 10, at Century Park, off Lakeview Drive north of Route 60 and west of Westfield Hawthorn mall.

    Juan Cuellar

    Ex-girlfriend testifies she helped lose weapon in Willowbrook murder

    Prosecutors wrapped up their case in the first-degree murder trial of Juan Cuellar, with Cuellar’s ex-girlfriend testifying she helped get rid of the murder weapon. Kara Collins, 22, of Villa Park, testified she received a phone call from a “remorseful” Cuellar saying he needed to talk to her, just 15 minutes after he shot and killed 18-year-old Downers Grove Township...


    Kane County to participate in DEA’s prescription drug disposal

    Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day, where residents are encouraged to drop off unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs at their local police department or sheriff's office. Authorities say teens often raid their parents' or grandparents' medicine cabinets and move on to harder drugs. The Kane County sheriff's office has a permanent drop off box since 2010 and collected a record amount...


    Man pleading guilty in drugs-for-bitcoins scheme

    A Dutch national has agreed to plead guilty in Chicago’s federal court to charges he used the now-closed black market website Silk Road to sell illegal drugs for bitcoins worth millions of dollars.

    Fire department crews responded to what was first called a chemical spill at A1 Cleaners on Belvidere Road in Grayslake, but no chemical danger was found.

    4 hurt in accident at Grayslake dry cleaner

    Two employees and two firefighters were injured in a hazardous situation at a business in Grayslake on Thursday afternoon. The incident was originally thought to be a chemical spill, but fire officials said it was a manufacturing malfunction.

    A Palestinian security official prevents bystanders from accessing the site of an Israeli airstrike on motorcycle in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday.

    Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians

    Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state’s sworn enemy.

    David Bogenberger

    Lawyers in NIU hazing argue statute's constitutionality

    Attorneys for five former fraternity members charged with hazing in the 2012 alcohol-related death of Northern Illinois University freshman David Bogenberger argued Thursday that the state's hazing statute is unconstitutional and the charges against their clients should be dismissed.

    David Schuler

    District 214 superintendent named leader of national group

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Superintendent David Schuler has been elected president-elect of the School Superintendents Association (AASA), a national professional organization, officials said on Thursday.


    Elgin groups talk goals, accomplishments

    The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin gave presentations to the city council on Wednesday outlining their 2013 accomplishments and 2014 goals.

    Keith Andres Memorial Park in Carpentersville is a finalist for a $33,000 grant to help it become a regional draw for mountain bikers with a continuously looped, bermed and rolling dirt course a volunteer group wants to build. But the public needs to vote for the project online.

    Carpentersville park up for grant but needs help

    A Carpentersville park needs your help to win money so volunteers can continue turning it into a regional destination for mountain bikers. Keith Andres Park is a finalist for a $33,000 grant to build a special track at the park. But to make that a reality, you have to vote for the project online.

    President Barack Obama places a prayer tablet on the Votive Tree as he tours Meiji Shrine in Tokyo Thursday. Showing solidarity with Japan, Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully.

    South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

    When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. South Korea is reeling from the ferry disaster that has left more than 300 dead or missing, with the vast majority of the victims students from a high school near the capital of Seoul.

    Seen through a car window, Ukrainian soldiers block a road near the village of Aleksandrovka, in eastern Ukraine, Thursday. Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents, the government and insurgents said.

    Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east

    Russia announced new military exercises Thursday involving ground and air forces near its border with Ukraine, swiftly responding to a Ukrainian operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country’s tumultuous east. The Ukrainian move, which killed at least two people, brought new threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who denounced it as a...

    Peter Roskam

    Roskam: Human trafficking a growing threat in suburbs

    Human trafficking — both in terms of labor and sex — is becoming more prevalent in the suburbs, and legislators and law enforcement officials say they’re taking steps to fight it. Elected officials joined suburban police to learn about what more can be done to address the problem. “It (human trafficking) is happening in the suburbs,” Rep. Peter Roskam said.


    State jobs screened for political ties after hiring

    When questions arose about political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration evaluated several jobs that already had been filled to ensure they were among the few positions where an applicant’s political loyalty and connections could be considered. But a 1990 U.S. Supreme Court ruling over government hiring in Illinois requires that...


    Man charged with giving girlfriend HIV

    A Chicago man has been charged with criminal transmission of HIV for failing to tell his ex-girlfriend he had the disease and giving her the virus, authorities said.

    For more than 31 years Jim Wheeler ran Pottawatomie Golf Course in St. Charles. He died Tuesday at 68.

    St. Charles golf pro remembered as teacher, mentor, booster

    Jim Wheeler, the longtime golf pro at St. Charles' Pottawatomie Golf Course, died suddenly on Tuesday. He is treasured for his golf advice and beloved as a positive community presence for more than 30 years.


    Former Maine West soccer coach’s firing upheld in hazing case

    A hearing officer has upheld the firing of a former Maine West soccer coach dismissed by Maine Township High School District 207 last year for not appropriately responding to allegations of hazing. Former freshman soccer coach Emilio Rodriguez, formally dismissed by the school board in January 2013, appealed his termination to an independent hearing officer a month later — a process that...

    Dogs get a workout on the exercise equipment at the Jaycee Memorial Park dog exercise area in Deerfield.

    Mt. Prospect seeks OK from sanitary district for dog park

    The Mount Prospect Park District recently learned that it needs approval from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago before building a dog park at Melas Park, which is on land MWRD owns. Park District Executive Director Greg Kuhs said securing approval shouldn't delay the planned June 21 opening of the dog park.

    Measles vaccination programs in the U.S. have been so successful that many doctors have never even seen a case. Before a vaccine became available about 50 years ago, nearly all children got measles by their 15th birthday. In those days, nearly 500 Americans died from measles each year.

    Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up

    Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996. Authorities say 129 cases in 13 states were reported by mid-April, the bulk of them in California and New York City. Most were triggered by travelers who caught the virus abroad and spread it in the United States among unvaccinated people.

    The I-90 bridge over the Fox River is living on borrowed time.

    I-90 bridge redo to work around traffic, Fox River fish

    Spawning fish and 101,300 daily vehicles are among the challenges the Illinois tollway faces as it rebuilds the I-90 bridge over the Fox River.

    Sara Tompkins, left, and Jeff Marschke, both students at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville, plant hostas during a “planting party” for Earth Day/Arbor Day along First Street by the Fox River in downtown West Dundee.

    Earth Day planting set for Saturday in West Dundee

    Easter, not the weather, is to blame for West Dundee getting a late start on its annual Earth Day planting and clean up party. Volunteers will gather on from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 26, at the village hall, 102 S. Second St., to plant rose bushes along Second Street. If a large crowd of volunteers shows up for the planting party, some will be asked to pull weeds and pick up trash...


    Get rid of medications:

    The Wauconda Police Department will participate in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.


    Open house on roundabout project:

    A public information meeting the construction of a roundabout at River Road and Roberts Road in Lake Barrington will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at the Lake Barrington village hall, 23860 Old Barrington Road.


    ‘Ask a Lawyer’ sessions:

    The Lake County Bar Association is hosting three events where people with legal questions can talk to a volunteer lawyer at no cost.

    Lake Zurich was one of several communities hit by hail the morning of Saturday, April 12. Hail measuring 1.75 inches in diameter was reported there.

    Lake Zurich warns of bogus roofing contractor ‘feeding frenzy’

    Lake Zurich government officials are warning residents to be leery of bogus roofing contractors they say are seeking business from residents whose homes recently sustained hail damage.

    Quintin D. Mullen

    23-year sentence for North Aurora home invasion, dog shooting

    A judge sentenced an Aurora man to 23 years in prison Thursday for a March 2013 home invasion in North Aurora in which a pit bull was killed after being shot. Quintin D. Mullen, 23, and another man who has not been found, stole a safe from two acquaintances. Mullen was convicted in February.

    Selfies snapped by soon-to-be Harper College grads will appear on billboards during the week of May 12.

    Harper College selfies to land on Rolling Meadows, Des Plaines billboards

    Harper College is encouraging soon-to-be graduates to enter their selfies in a contest. The winners will see their self-portraits featured on billboards in Des Plaines and Rolling Meadows for a week leading up to commencement May 17.

    Hezekiah Whifield

    Prosecution rests in 1994 Lake County murder trial

    Lake County prosecutors have rested their case against Hezekiah Whitfield, 44, of Chicago, who is accused of killing Fred Reckling, 71, in a Waukegan appliance store in 1994.


    Chicago City Council committee OKs plastic bag ban

    A Chicago City Council committee has approved a ban on plastic bags at most retailers in the city. The full council will take up the issue next week.

    Barrington resident Frank Cantafio (center) posing with the plaque given to him by Countryside Fire Protection District board President Tom Rowan (left) and fire Chief Jeff Swanson (right) at the board of trustees’ meeting Monday.

    Barrington resident honored for “heroic act”

    A Barrington man who helped alert firefighters to a house fire earlier this month, then acted to limit the flames’ spread and make sure the residents were safe, was honored by the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District this week. Frank Cantafio was presented with a plaque and thanked by members of the fire district administration.


    Quinn says Obama library should get private funds too

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he’d like to see private donations factor into funding a possible Barack Obama presidential library in Illinois. Lawmakers are considering a measure that will spend about $100 million in state money for Chicago’s bid for the presidential library.

    Benjamin J. Black

    Citing error, judge knocks 3 years off fatal Kane DUI crash

    Citing a legal error, a Kane County judge took three years off a 12-year sentence for aggravated DUI in the Febraury 2013 death of an 11-year-old Sycamore boy in Virgil Township. Benjamin Black had heroin in his system when he caused a chain reaction crash that killed Matthew Ranken. Black’s attorney argued the judge incorrectly considered an aggravating factor twice when issuing the...


    Government to review athletes’ bid to unionize at Northwestern

    The National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University’s request that it review its ruling that football players at the university are essentially employees of the school with full collective bargaining rights.

    Police and firefighters dig to rescue Nathan Woessner of Sterling, Ill., who was trapped for more than three hours under about 11 feet of sand at Mount Baldy dune near Michigan City, Ind.

    Popular Indiana dune to remain closed indefinitely

    A popular 126-foot high sand dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will remain closed indefinitely while scientists continue to investigate what caused an Illinois boy to become buried under 11 feet of sand last summer, officials said Thursday.


    ISU rehires fired grounds worker

    A former Illinois State University worker who was fired after an incident involving ex-ISU President Timothy Flanagan has been rehired at the campus.

    Carl Sandburg

    Statue of Carl Sandburg arrives in Galesburg

    A state of poet Carl Sandburg has made its first appearance in his native Galesburg. The 9-foot bronze statue depicts Sandburg carrying his guitar and books.


    Suicide prevention conference Friday in capital

    The latest research on stopping youth suicide will be presented at the 2014 Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference on Friday in Springfield. Nearly 5,000 young people take their lives yearly.


    Prestigious academy adds U of I professors

    Three University of Illinois professors have been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The university announced Tuesday that dance professor Tere R. O’Connor, materials science and engineering professor John A. Rogers and chemistry professor Wilfred A. van der Donk will be inducted in October.

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

    Rauner wants Quinn to release hiring documents

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to release documents related to a federal complaint alleging improper hiring in the Illinois Department of Transportation.


    Rauner skips GOP event over pastor’s comments

    GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner isn’t attending a Republican dinner in Moline because he says he disagrees with past statements from a pastor asked to speak at the event.


    Quinn backs term limits for constitutional officers

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he supports a plan to let voters decide if they should limit the terms of state constitutional officers. Republican leaders from the state House and Senate have proposed an amendment to the state’s Constitution that would limit the officers to two 4-year terms.

    Naperville Unit District 203 has owned the building at 700-722 W. 5th Ave. since December 2012 and is determining long-term uses for it as part of a facilities master planning process. One former tenant says the district should have allowed tenants to renew their leases until a permanent use for the space is chosen.

    Former tenant questions Dist. 203 use of commercial building

    When Naperville Unit District 203 bought a commercial building on 5th Avenue in late 2012, the rationale was to save money over time by no longer having to lease several spaces it was already using. But a former tenant of the property at 700-722 W. 5th Ave. now says the district left money on the table by not renewing leases held by other businesses after it bought the building.

    A stake along a line of flowers marks the spot of a future flood wall the Naperville Park District plans to build this fall between the administration building and Centennial Beach. The work can take place this year instead of next because of savings on projects such as playground renovations and basketball court construction.

    Naperville Park District. using savings to improve Jackson Avenue buildings

    Naperville Park District is looking to use savings from projects like playground renovations and basketball court construction to expedite improvements at a couple buildings on Jackson Avenue. For one, work to build a flood wall and a handicapped accessible path around the administration center at 320 W. Jackson is likely to take place this year instead of next year .“The sooner we get the...

    Jorge Torrez

    Zion murder suspect sentenced to death in Virginia

    An ex-Marine suspected of killing two Zion girls was sentenced to death Thursday in Virginia for murdering a fellow service member in 2009, after a federal jury concluded he had been responsible for a series of violent, sexually motivated attacks on women and young girls over the last nine years.

    Dorothy “Dee” Horky

    Woman pleads guilty to stealing from booster club

    The former president of a Wheaton high school booster club pleaded guilty on Thursday to stealing more than $10,000 from the club. Dorothy “Dee” Horky, 58 of Carol Stream, entered the guilty plea more than a year after she was arrested on felony theft charges, according to a release from DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin.

    Frank Bart

    Wauconda celebrates progress on water talks

    A deal may still be months off, but Wauconda officials, residents and business owners are celebrating a newly renewed effort to bring Lake Michigan drinking water to town.

    Eighth-grader Hunter Lasky is loaded down with an army uniform by World War II re-enactor Phil Lauricella of Elburn on Thursday at Fremont Middle School in Mundelein.

    Re-enactors bring World War II to Fremont Middle School eighth-grade students

    World War II came to Fremont Middle School in Mundelein Thursday as re-enactment experts from Don’t Know Much About History showed students what it was like to be a soldier or a pilot. “When you can see and feel and touch things, that’s what really brings it home to people, said World War II re-enactor Phil Lauricella of Elburn.


    District 200 officials talk future of technology

    Where technology currently stands in Wheaton Warrenville District 200 and varying views of how it should be expanded was discussed by the board of education for nearly three hours Wednesday evening. For the last few years, the district has been focused on improving its technology infrastructure. It has also introduced Google applications for education to staff members. Now, the challenge will be...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Nicholas Gibson, 19, of Palatine, and Terrance Perez, 20, of Northlake, were charged Wednesday with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance after Elgin police set up a buy of a drug known by the street name “Molly” in the 1300 block of Dundee Avenue, according to a police report.

    Mark Seigle, president of Seigle’s Cabinet Center, will be featured at the Elgin Area Chamber CEO Unplugged series.

    Mark Seigle speaks at Elgin chamber’s CEO Unplugged luncheon

    How does an accomplished family business owner reinvent himself after his long-standing Elgin business is sold? Why would he start a new business after having retired? How did market conditions and changes affect the business, the family and its employees?


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole five catalytic converters between 2 and 2:30 p.m. April 19 in store lots at 615 E. Palatine Road and 600 E. Rand Road in Arlington Heights. Targets included a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, 2003 Honda Element, 1998 Pontiac Transport van, 2003 Pontiac Sunfire and 1995 Buick Skylark.


    Open house for MainStreet Libertyville’s 25th anniversary

    MainStreet Libertyville, a 501(c)(3) non profit volunteer based organization that has 25 years of success promoting and preserving downtown Libertyville invites the public to share in the anniversary celebration at an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 2 at St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, 125 W. Church, Libertyville.

    Singers of the Moranbong Band perform in Pyongyang, North Korea, March 28. Kim Jong Un’s favorite guitar-slinging, miniskirt-sporting girl group, the Moranbong Band, is back.

    Pyongyang’s pop queens stage comeback

    Step aside, Sea of Blood Opera. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s favorite guitar-slinging, miniskirt-sporting girl group, the Moranbong Band, is back. And these ladies know how to shimmy. After a six-month hiatus, the queens of North Korea’s pop scene are once again playing to standing-room-only crowds and rave reviews in the state media.


    3 men charged in string of suburban robberies

    Three Chicago men have been charged with a string of armed robberies at businesses in the city and throughout the suburbs during a five-month stretch that began late last year. Among the robberies prosecutors said the trio perpetrated was the holdup of a gas station in Arlington Heights. If convicted the men face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

    Choi Sang-hwan, South Korean Coast Guard police officer, is surround by relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast as they demand for faster rescue operation, at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Thursday.

    Families of ferry’s lost confront S. Korea officials

    Angry relatives of some of the more than 120 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area where families have been waiting for word of their loved ones for more than a week. It was the latest expression of fury and desperation in a disaster filled with signs that the government...

    Emergency crews close Route 176 west of Fairfield Road near Wauconda due to a gas main leak in the construction zone.

    Route 176 near Wauconda reopens after gas leak

    A natural gas leak forced authorities to shut down a stretch of Route 176 near Wauconda for more than five hours Thursday. The road was reopened to traffic about 1 p.m., officials said.

    The refurbished Des Plaines Metra station building will soon be home to a new coffee shop, The Local Coffee Tea & Sweets. The shop and city leaders reached a five-year agreement this month.

    New coffee shop coming to Des Plaines train station by August

    Commuters at the Des Plaines Metra station will soon be able to get a cup of coffee or pastry before heading to their train or bus. The city council has approved a five-year exclusive license and concession agreement this week with The Local Coffee Tea & Sweets, LLC to operate a 360-square-foot counter service cafe inside the city-owned train station.

    John Styler, Prospect Heights alderman

    Fall sidelines Prospect Heights alderman

    John Styler, alderman of Prospect Heights' Second Ward, is very active, especially for his 83 years. But Styler’s determination to do things himself got him into trouble recently.


    Ela Township to host electronic recycling

    People looking to dispose of their old televisions, batteries, telephones and other electronic devices can do so at an electronic recycling event hosted by Ela Township from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. this Saturday at Knox Park on Route 22 in Lake Zurich.


    Mount Prospect hosts Arbor Day ceremony Friday

    The Village of Mount Prospect Public Works Department will host an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Friday at St. Emily School, at 1400 E. Central Road, in Mount Prospect. The tree will be planted along the East Henry Street parkway, north of the St. Emily Campus. The public is invited.


    Schaumburg budgets for emerald ash borer fight

    No sooner did Schaumburg officials budget $1.5 million for continued mitigation of the emerald ash borer infestation this week, than they approved the first work contracts for that goal in 2014-15. The village will pay $187,280 to Robert Kinnucan Tree Experts in Lake Bluff for treatment through next April of trees that might be saved from the insects.

    Bernardo Barrios | lawndale.org Dr. Jerry Umanos

    Chicago doctor among three killed in Afghanistan

    A Chicago doctor was one of three killed when an Afghan security guard opened fire on a group at a Kabul hospital Thursday morning. Dr. Jerry Umanos practiced pediatric medicine at Lawndale Christian Health Center as well as at a hospital in Kabul since 2005. A U.S. nurse also was wounded in the attack.


    New contract for 50 Mundelein High School support workers

    Fifty Mundelein High School employees will receive pay raises under a five-year contract approved this week. The workers are secretaries, instructional aides, security personnel and a nurse, and all are represented by the same local labor union. All but three are full-time employees..


    Activists: Syrian airstrikes in north kill 18

    Syrian government airstrikes targeted a vegetable market in a rebel-held town in the northern Aleppo province on Thursday, killing at least 18 people and wounding scores of others, opposition activists said.

    Invasive trees have been removed from a 17-acre site at Sportsman's Park near downtown Naperville in advance of a second phase of soil cleanup set to take place there this spring. Naperville Park District commissioners on Wednesday delayed a vote on a $2.9 million contract to perform the work because of a last-minute letter from the DuPage County Division of Environmental Concerns.

    Naperville delays approval of lead cleanup contract

    A last-minute letter from the DuPage County Division of Environmental Concerns caused Naperville Park District to delay approval of a contract for the remainder of lead removal and site improvements at Sportsman's Park. The concerns are "nothing earth-shattering," Executive Director Ray McGury said, but park district officials would like to get them ironed out before potential approval of a $2.9...


    GOP senators attack Obama deportations review

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republican senators are accusing President Barack Obama of disregarding the rule of law and the Constitution by considering administrative changes to the nation’s deportations policy.

    The site of an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Opal, Wyo. Officials said there are no reports of injuries and the residents of Opal have been evacuated to an area about 3 miles outside the town as a precaution. Opal has about 95 residents and is about 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City.

    Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

    Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming. No injuries were reported in the explosion Wednesday in Opal, a town of about 95 people about 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City. All of Opal was evacuated.


    Chicago-bound Indiana man faces gun charge at NJ airport
    Police say an Indiana man tried to board a flight for Chicago with an assault weapon at New Jersey’s Newark airport. Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says Southwest Airlines notified officers as 23-year-old Adam Urbano tried to go through security in Terminal A on Thursday night. He had told the airline about the gun.


    Report: Unconscious man found near tracks in Glencoe

    Metra has shut down four trains and are reporting 35 minutes delays on the Union Pacific North Lines after an unconscious man was discovered near the tracks in Glencoe.

    Wauconda Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner, Public Works Director Brad Fink and Trustees Lincoln Knight and Linda Starkey attend the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency board meeting Wednesday night in Lake Bluff.

    Wauconda, water agency to work with each other again

    Seven months after they unceremoniously told Wauconda to find another source for Lake Michigan drinking water, the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency board on Wednesday voted to restart negotiations with the town. But the discussion that preceded the 9-0 vote included some strong words for Wauconda Mayor Frank Bart, whom the panel continues to blame for the collapse of the earlier...


    Fetal tissue used to power Oregon homes

    An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it’s been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia.


    Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

    President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online.

    U.S. Secret Service agents put handcuffs on Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme after she pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford, in Sacramento, Calif. Nearly 40 years after the former Manson family member pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford, the audiotape from her pretrial psychiatric examination has been made public.

    Tape released of woman who pointed gun at Ford

    Nearly 40 years after a former Manson family member pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford, the audiotape from her pretrial psychiatric examination has been made public. The recording of Lynette Alice “Squeaky” Fromme was made Sept. 21, 1975, a little more than two weeks after the 26-year-old Fromme aimed her pistol at Ford in Sacramento’s Capitol Park.

    U.S. President Barack Obama said the U.S. and its allies have additional sanctions against Russia ready to go as the crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate.

    Obama to Russia: More sanctions are ‘teed up’

    Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions “teed up” — even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin’s handling of the crisis in Ukraine.

    The federal Bureau of Prisons has yet to begin large-scale hiring for jobs at the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois, but when it does, applicants will face an intensive hiring process.

    Thomson prison jobs come with tough hiring process

    The federal Bureau of Prisons has yet to begin large-scale hiring for jobs at the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois, but when it does, applicants will face an intensive hiring process. Bureau of prisons officials spoke about the process Wednesday at a forum sponsored by the Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

    Former Quincy University student Shannon Peters, center, pumps her fist she heads out on a one-mile walk around the school’s campus with her mother and father, Matt, left, and Mary Peters.

    Quincy student walks after accident

    Flanked by her parents, Quincy University student Shannon Peters walked around campus on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Peters smiled and pumped her arms as her father, Matt, walked to her right and her mother, Mary, held her left hand as they strolled south on 18th Street near Pepsi Arena.


    Illinois wildlife refuge plans bird-banding day

    RINGWOOD — Ever wondered how wildlife biologists catch and band birds? Now’s your chance to see it up close.The Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge straddling the Illinois-Wisconsin state line will mark International Migratory Bird Day this weekend with bird-banding and family activities.


    Six Wisconsin students cited for Nerf gun ‘wars’

    Police have issued disorderly conduct citations to six high school seniors in Wausau for a toy Nerf gun battle. Some residents of Wausau called police when they saw the young people pointing a gun at a car Tuesday night. But, it was only a toy Nerf gun that shoots foam bullets.


    Bloomington, Indiana council overrides deer hunt plan veto

    Sharpshooters will be allowed to thin the deer herd at a Bloomington nature preserve after the City Council voted to override the mayor’s veto of the proposal.The council voted 7-2 Wednesday night in favor of the ordinance, one more vote than needed to override the veto by Mayor Mark Kruzan..


    Judge to hear arguments in Wisconsin abortion lawsuit

    A Dane County judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions. The law requires a doctor to determine whether the woman’s consent is voluntary and inform the woman of domestic abuse services if he or she suspects the woman is being coerced.


    St. Charles says no to drive-through grocery

    St. Charles aldermen spike a local businessman's plan to bring a new drive-through grocery store to the city this week. They liked the concept of the store but not the idea that beer and wine could also be obtained while sitting in your car. Now the businessman says he will take a second shot at aldermen with only wine sales. If that fails, he may move both his plan and his other St. Charles...


    South Bend airport looks to go international

    A regional airport in northern Indiana is looking to land some international flights. The South Bend Tribune reports officials with the South Bend Regional Airport announced plans Wednesday to become an international airport.


    Illinois hospital group favors current tax rate

    The Illinois Hospital Association in Naperville is supporting an extension of the state’s temporary income tax increase. The hospital group released a statement Wednesday saying the current tax rates should be maintained to avoid cuts to health care and other services.

    Josephine, 2 and Theresa Welsch of Aurora ride the carousel at Blackberry Farm in Aurora. The park opens for the season Thursday, May 1.

    Blackberry Farm: Growing better with age

    Blackberry Farm and its unique charm will be on display in all its glory starting next Thursday, May 1, when the barn doors swing open to the public for the 45th year. Since 1969, the historic pioneer village and farm has delighted and educated generations of visitors. All the traditional favorites like the steam-engine replica train, carousel, hay wagon rides and pedal tractors remain intact,...

    Tim Gruensfelder of Mount Prospect is an active volunteer at his parish and with Feed My Starving Children. A senior at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, he was awarded the Chicago Wolves' Breslin Memorial Scholarship and a full-tuition scholarship from St. Louis University.

    Mount Prospect teen wins Wolves scholarship

    Those who know Tim Gruensfelder agree on two things: He never lets anything stop him, and he never shows how much his battle with a rare tumor might affect him on any given day. Despite his challenges, Tim is an All-American wheelchair athlete, accomplished archer, honors student and active volunteer for many causes. “I just do what I love to do,” he says.


    Dawn Patrol: Hawks win in OT; DuPage board candidate arrested

    Kane lifts Hawks in OT. Fans celebrate Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday. DuPage board candidate arrested in Wisconsin. Rift between Barrington-area fire agencies continues. Cook County forest preserve inches closer to Horizon. Wheeling ambassador Ida ‘Dolly’ Hein dies. Lake County school earns state’s only green ribbon. Bears to play Lions on Thanksgiving.


    Elgin council interest in stark contrast with voter turnout

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    Girls track: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Burlington Central Rocket RelayTeam resultsBurlington Central 168; Montini 134; DeKalb 133; Sandwich 100; Genoa-Kingston 94; Larkin 32; Resurrection 29Individual results3200 relay: Montini (Makowski, Almazan, O’Brien, Fisher) 10:24.53; Burlington Central 11:33.33; DeKalb 11:34.13; 400 relay: Burlington Central (Castillo, Weinrich, Westergaard, Spencer) 52.98; Montini 53.27; DeKalb 53.58; 3200: Hallerud (Mon) 11:48.05; Schafer (DeK) 12:26.66; LeBlanc (DeK) 13:12.59; 110 high hurdles: Weinrich (BC) 16.20; Castillo (BC) 17.10; Kramer (GK) 17.15; 100: Kramer (GK) 12.40; Spencer (BC) 12.90; Jones (Sand) 13.00; 800: Jamrozek (Mon) 2:31.12; Salzbrunn (Mon) 2:32.22; Federici (DeK) 2:32.32; 800 relay: Burlington Central (Spencer, Westergaard, Goehrke, Castillo) 1:53.69; Genoa-Kingston 1:59.41; DeKalb 1:59.88; 400: Zipoy (BC) 1:04.46; Fisher (Lark) 1:05.49; Wiedacher (Mon) 1:06.16; 300 int. hurdles: Salzbrunn (Mon) 48.92; Weinrich (BC) 49.52; Long (DeK) 50.23; 1600: Schrader (DeK) 5:16.38; Hallerud (Mon) 5:38.89; Bush (BC) 5:39.32; 200: Jamrozek (Mon) 27.63; Jones (Sand) 28.13; Goehrke (BC) 28.48; 1600 relay: Burlington Central (Westergaard, Spencer, Zipoy, Weinrich) 4:30.49; Larkin 4:44.89; Genoa-Kingston 4:48.41; Long jump: Salzbrunn (Mon) 14-8.75; Burgess (Dek) 14-6.0; McNamara (Mon) 14-3.5; High jump: Alvarez (DeK) 5-0; Jones (Sand) 4-10; Hodges (BC) 4-10; Triple jump: Olson (GK) 30-11.5; Goehrke (BC) 29-5.0; Chmelik (BC) 28-2.0; Shotput: Knur (Sand) 33-11.0; Robinson (Sand) 31-0; Williams (BC) 30-10.0; Price (DeK) 30-10.0; Discus: Sanchez (Dand) 104-11; Fisher (GK) 103-06; Knur (Sand) 100-00; Pole vault: Detamble (BC) 7-6; Hunter-Rosene (DeK) 7-6; Mueller (BC) 7-0; Montgomery (Sand) 7-0.


    Softball: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Marian 9, Rosary 7Marian 360 000 0 —9-6-1Rosary 002 002 3 —7-9-42B: M: Miller; WP: Giessy; LP: Molenhouse.*LAKE ZURICH 6, ANTIOCH 3Antioch 001 010 1 —3-5-2Lake Zurich 011 031 x —6-9-3WP: Malek; S: Schneider.*HAMPSHIRE 4, GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 2Grayslake Central 100 010 0 —2-7-0Hampshire 300 010 x —4-14-12B: GC: Long; Hamp: Lapi.WP: Widmayer; LP: Brown.*mundelein 3, wauconda 2Wauconda 101 000 0 —2-5-1Mundelein 000 102 X —3-3-1HR: Wauc: Wedl; Mun: DeVito.WP: Parney; LP: Wedl.*libertyville 13, lakes 5Lakes 410 000 0 —5-5-xLibertyville 410 620 x —13-15-x2B: Lib: Stevens; Zoellick.WP: Alban.*Neuqua Valley 10, Elgin 2Elgin 003 000 0 -2-3-4Neuqua Valley 022 240 x -10-7-02B: NV — Yerkes. 3B: NV — O’Brien.HR: E — Perryman; NV — DiBernardo.WP: Price; LP: Perryman (4-2).*Burlington C. 14, Rockford Christian 0 (5 inn.)Burlington C. (11)20 100 0 -14-15-0R. Christian 000 000 0 -0-0-62B: BC — K. Gaylord, Harvey.HR: BC — HarnishWP: B. Gaylord; LP: Lape.*Cary-Grove 12, Dundee-Crown 2Dundee-Crown 002 000 -2-6-2Cary-Grove 072 003 -12-13-02B: C-G — Deering. HR: D-C — Emerson; C-G — Kendeigh.WP: Gerand; LP: Adams.*Huntley 9, Crystal Lake South 3CL South 001 020 0 -3-5-4Huntley 103 140 0 -9-10-52B: CLS — Fater, Kassel. 3B: H — FunkeWP: Spannraft; LP: Massie.*Hampshire 4, Grayslake Central 2Grayslake C. 100 010 0 -2-7-0Hampshire 300 010 x -4-14-12B: GLC — Long; H — Lapi.WP: Widmayer; LP: Brown.*McHenry 11, Jacobs 3Jacobs 100 020 0 -3-4-2McHenry 012 710 x -11-17-12B: J — Lach, Belo. 3B: M — Martens.HR: M — Mattson. WP: Koepke; LP: Peters.*Wheaton North 6, South Elgin 3 South Elgin 002 100 0 -3-5-3Wheaton North 021 021 x -6-9-12B: SE — Allen, Buddlel; WN — Craine.WP: Kieta; LP: Dobler (2-2).*Westminster Christian 7, Alden-Hebron 5Alden-Hebron 000 030 2 -5-6-1Westminster C. 330 100 x -7-8-22B: A-H — Clauss; WC — B. Fugiel, Schmitt.3B: BC — Sutter.WP: R. Fugiel (2-2); LP: Clauss.*Wheaton NOrth 6, South Elgin 3South Elgin 002 100 0 —3-5-3Wheaton North 021 021 X —6-9-12B: SE: Allen, Buddle. WN: Craine. WP: Kieta; LP: Dobler.*Downers Grove South 14, Proviso East 0Downers South 319 10 —14-13-0Proviso East 000 00 —0-1-22B: DGS: Parker. PE: Rivas. 3B: DGS: Bowman. HR: DGS: Orton. WP: Buresch; LP: Rivas.*Wheaton Academy 19, East Aurora 2Wheaton Acad. 10 2 7 0 0 —19-15-0East Aurora 0 1 0 0 1 —2-3-62B: WA: Bolds 2, Ridderhoff. 3B: WA: Elliott. WP: Ratliff; LP: Bee.*Glenbard North 5, St. Charles North 3Glenbard North 310 010 0 —5-11-1St Charles North 200 001 0 —3-9-32B: GN: Campos, Petzold, Sperlazzo. SCN: Millett. WP: Dopart (7-2); LP: Rabin.*Wilmington 7, Lisle 3Wilmington 101 102 2 —7-11-3Lisle 000 003 0 —3-5-22B: W: Adermann 2, Southall 2, Johnstone 2, VanGampler. 3B: W: Southall. WP: Southall; LP: Stitt.*Neuqua Valley 10, Elgin 2Elgin 002 000 0 —2-3-4Neuqua Valley 022 240 X —10-8-02B: NV: Budds, Yerkes. 3B: NV: O’Brien. HR: E: Perryman. NV: DiBernardo, Chase. WP: Price (2-0); LP: Perryman (4-2).*Fenton 18, Timothy Christian 1Timothy Christ. 010 00 —1-2-3Fenton 713 7X —18-16-12B: F: Pikul, Fritz, Paul, H. Wassmann, Susmarksi, E. Wassman. 3B: F: Pikul 2, Gonzales, Ramirez. WP: Fritz; LP: Biscan.*


    Girls soccer: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Aurora Central Catholic 2, Rosary 1Scoring — Sundberg (ACC) 2ACC: 7-1-1, 4-1*LAKE FOREST 2, WARREN 1Warren 0 1 —1Lake Forest 0 2 —2Warren — Ramsden (Hardiman).Lake Forest — Williams (Hoke), Edwards (PK).Goalkeepers — Warr: Carrano (3 saves); LF: Revenaugh (7 saves).*WAUCONDA 2, GRANT 0Wauconda 1 1 —2Grant 0 0 —0Wauconda — B. Stepanian, Ziolkowski.Goalkeepers — Wauc: Magiera (4 saves).*LAKE ZURICH 3, STEVENSON 0Lake Zurich 0 3 —3Stevenson 0 0 —0Lake Zurich — Blasko (Jackson), Gelinas (McCurley), Gelinas (Blasko).Goalkeepers — Stev: Boutros (11 saves); LZ: Daleske (4 saves).*Lakes tournamentLAKES 1, GRAYSLAKE NORTH 0Grayslake North 0 0 —0Lakes 0 1 —1Lakes — Vancrey.Goalkeepers — GN: Rice (2 saves); Lks: Jones (7 saves).*Burlington Central 13, Harvard 0Prairie Ridge 1, Cary-Grove 0 F/PKFenton 4, Larkin 1*St. Edward 7, Chicago Christian 0St. Edward 4 3 —0Chicago Christian 0 0 —0Scoring — SE — Ramirez (Zeller), Zeller (Ramirez), Gnan (Kearney), Gnan (Zeller), Gnan (Ramirez), Kruk (Ramirez), Kruk (Zeller). Goalkeepers — SE — Dykstra (3 saves). *Elgin 2, Marengo 0Elgin 2 0 —0Marengo 0 0 —0Scoring — E — Lopez (Delgado), Garcia (Delgado)Goalkeepers — E — Demel (2 saves), Erickson (3 saves). *Harvest Christian 5, Keith Country Day 0Harvest Christian 3 2 —5Keith Country Day 0 0 —0Scoring — HC — Lockwood (Kauffman), Lockwood (Burzlaff), Lockwood (Burzlaff), Oostdyk (Burzlaff), Doby (Oostdyk, Abbatacola). Goalkeepers — HC — Doby (3 saves), Lockwood (1 save). *Crystal Lake South 4, Dundee-Crown 0Dundee-Crown 0 0 —0CL South 1 3 —4Scoring — CLS — A. Siavelis (Sulkowski), Marshall (Sulikowsk), Schoenfeldt (Mraz), Romano (K. Siavelis). Goalkeepers — D-C — Miranda (7 saves); CLS — Przybylski (2 saves). *Bartlett 5, Trinity 3Trinity 0 3 —3Bartlett 3 2 —5Scoring — B — Videckis (UA), Videckis (Jurek), Videckis (UA), Jurek (Videckis), Videckis (Jurek). Goalkeepers — B — Lozada (2 saves), Jatczak (5 saves). *Montini 2, IC Catholic Prep 1 (OT)Montini 1 0 1—2IC Catholic Prep 0 1 0—1Scoring — M: Bruscianelli 2. Goalkeepers — M: Johnston (10)*Wheaton Acdademy 8, Guerin prep 0Guerin Prep 0 0 —0Wheaton Academy 3 5 —8Scoring — WA: Olson (DellaTorre); Song (DellaTorre); Olson (Pearson); DellaTorre (Sezonov); LaMantia (DellaTorre); DellaTorre (UA); DellaTorre (UA); Southard (UA). *Metea Valley 3, batavia 0Metea Valley 2 1 —3Batavia 0 0 —0Scoring — MV: Sidwell (UA); Kentgen (Harvey); Proszowski (Sidwell). Goalkeepers — MV: Johnson (2); Ahern (2). B: Suhl (3). *Glenbard South 2, riverside-Brookfield 1Scoring — GS: Rausch (UA); Benner (Miglio). Goalkeepers — GS: Wescott (5). *Fenton 4, Larkin 1Scoring — F: Aguire 2; Guarino 1, Guerreo 1. *NAPERVILLE INVITATIONALat Napervill NorthNaperville North 3, Lyons Township 2Waubonsie Valley 2, Plainfield North 1at BarringtonLoyola Academy 4, St. Charles East 0Barrington 4, St. Viator 1at Wheaton NorthHinsdale Central 1, Wheaton North 0*Carl Sandburg 2, Benet 1Benet 0 1 —1Carl Sandburg 1 1 —2Scoring — B: Elder (Gesior). CS: Kozlowski, Makersky. Goalkeepers — B: Halvin. at Naperville CentralNeuqua Valley 3, Wheaton Warrenville South 1WW South 0 1 —1Neuqua Valley 2 1 —3


    Boys volleyball: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Schaumburg d. South Elgin 21-25, 25-20, 25-14Attack: Sch: Kolev 6k, Knitter 8k, Kostecki 3k, Rios 7k, Nolan 5k. Serving: Sch: Dietrich 8-8. Setting: Sch: Kirshchbaum 25 assists. *st. viator d. Westminster Christain 25-10, 25-12Attack: StV: Koller 5 kills, Wolf 4 kills, Laterza 2 kills, Hogan 2 kills. Serving: StV: Wolf 4 aces, Koller 3 aces, Szelzynski 3 aces, Laterza ace. Setting: StV: Knox 9 assists, Brunetti 8 assists. Digs: StV: Tum 12, Koller 9, Wolf 6, Brunetti 6.*Lake Park d. Glenbard East 25-20, 25-17Lake Park — Krisik (26 assists, 7 digs, 4 kills); Moore (6 kills); Amore (12 digs, 2 assists, 2 aces); Fritsche (10 kills, 4 digs, 2 blocks); Terry (7 kills, 2 blocks); Yost (4 kills, 5 digs); Burke (2 kills, 1 block, 1 assist). Glenbard East — N. Symonds (7 kills); B. Symonds (10 digs); Fiebrandt (3 kills, 3 blocks, 4 digs); Hurlburt (8 assists, 6 svc pts); Soehren (5 assists); Glover (3 kills); Wareham (2 blocks).*West Chicago d. IMSA 25-15, 25-21West Chicago — Benes (8 kills); Quiroz (13 assists).*Naperville North d. West Aurora 25-14, 25-11Naperville North — Hafen (7 kills); Lang (5 kills); Romy (11 assists); Littell (12 digs).*Wheaton Warrenville South d. Glenbard North 25-16, 22-25, 25-14WW South — Wilcox (17 kills, 3 aces, 2 blocks, 7 digs); Meyer (10 kills, 5 blocks, 3 aces, 7 digs); Carpio (36 assists, 4 digs, 3 blocks); Knorr (10 kills, 7 digs); Loar (5 kills, 6 blocks); Hildebrand (13 digs). Glenbard North — Schlacks (7 kills); Gorzela (7 kills, 10 digs); Fiduccia (7 kills, 15 assists); Chhoeun (5 kills); Vegrzyn (5 kills); Patel (16 digs); Petock (16 assists).*Addison Trail D. Glenbard West 25-22, 26-24Addison Trail — Chiaramonte (12 kills, 3 blocks); Dickmann (11 kills, 10 digs); Vrchota (8 kills); Grygo (33 assists, 1 ace, 7 digs). *Benet d. St. Patrick 25-23, 16-25, 25-19Benet — Ladowski (19 digs); Mazza (31 assists, 3 aces, 2 blocks, 2 kills); Kleiser (9 kills, 1 block); Schuessler (6 kills, 4 digs); Martinez (5 kills, 4 digs, 1 block); Metzger (6 blocks, 3 kills); Yates (3 blocks, 1 kill).*


    Girls water polo: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*MUNDELEIN 19, LAKE FOREST 4Lake Forest 0 1 2 1 —4Mundelein 5 2 5 7 —19Mundelein — Boothe 6, Kozokar 6, Garcia 3, Bellinder, Urmat, Rossi, Wingender.JV: — Mundelein 6, Lake Forest 5*LIBERTYVILLE 10 VERNON HILLS 5Vernon Hills — goals: Wood 3; steals: Ochoa 4Goalkeepers — VH: Udesky (10 blocks).*naperville central 14, wheeling 5Wheeling 0 2 1 2 — 5Naperville Central 3 6 3 3 —14Wheeling — Godlewski 5.Naperville Central — Spaits 4, Westlove 2, Fox 2, Altuve 2, Ryan, Hansen, Gunn, Benton.Goalkeepers — Whl: Pink (10 saves); NapC: Vandercar (6 saves).*St. Charles North 6, York 4


    Boys track: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Burlington Central Rocket RelaysTeam resultsBurlington Central 184; DeKalb 158.5; Batavia 108.5; Genoa-Kingston 62.5; Sandwich 59.5; Hampshire 58; Larkin 41; Montini 19; Kirkland 8


    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*STEVENSON 153.7, LIBERTYVILLE 140.1Vault — 1. Gilbert (Stev) 9.2, 2. Klaber (Stev) 8.9, 3. Burke (Lib) 8.7.Parallel Bars — 1. Gilbert (Stev) 9.1, 2.Guth (Stev) 8.6, 3. (tie) Krames (Stev), Metcalf (Lib) 8.6.Still Rings — 1. Gilbert (Stev) 8.7, 2. Pong (Lib) 8.6, 3. Metcalf (Lib) 7.6.Pommel Horse — 1. Gilbert (Stev) 9.1, 2. Guth (Stev) 8.4, 3. Klaber (Stev) 7.7.Horizontal Bar — 1. Gilbert (Stev) 8.9, 2. (Tie) Feltman-frank (Stev), Pong (Lib) 8.7.Floor Exercise — 1. Gilbert (Stev) 9.4, 2. Guth (Stev) 8.9. 3. Pickar (Lib) 8.6.All-Around — 1. Gilbert (Stev) 54.4, 2. Guth (Stev) 49.6, 3. Metcalf (Lib) 43.9.


    Girls badminton: Thursday’s scoreboard
    Thursday’s results*STEVENSON 15, DEERFIELD 3Singles — No. 1: Soren (Dfld) d. To 21-17, 21-13; No. 2: Chen (Stev) d. Flynn 21-13, 21-18; No. 3: Wilson (Dfld) d. Schroeder 16-21, 21-14, 21-14 ; No. 4: Lui (Stev) d. Spungen 21-19, 21-18; No. 5: Onischenko (Stev) d. Behling 21-17, 21-14; No. 6: Ling (Stev) d. Zazaver 21-18, 21-9; No. 7: Xia (Stev) d. Manell 21-13, 21-18; No. 8: Hu (Stev) d. Cohen 21-16, 21-17; No. 9: Shanmugasandalar (Stev) d. Merkin 21-11, 21-17; No. 10: Wang (Stev) d. Davis 21-16, 21-12; No. 11: Ecanow (Stev) d. Rosenbaum 21-19, 21-11; No. 12: Liu (Stev) d. Sutton 21-9, 21-6;Doubles — No. 1: Lui/Schroeder (Stev) d. Cohen/Wilson 21-15, 21-8; No. 2: Chen/ Shanmugasandalar (Stev) d. Behling/Zazove 21-6, 21-5; No. 3: Flynn/Soren (Dfld) d. Ling/Xia 21-10-21, 21-8, 21-15; No. 4: To/Hu (Stev) d. Merkin/Rosenbaym 21-14, 21-14; No. 5: Wang/ Onischenko (Stev) d. Manella/Spungen; No. 6: Ecanow/Liu (Stev) d. Davis/Sutton 21-19, 21-17.*Elk Grove 10, Hoffman Estates 5Singles — No. 1: N. Patel d. T. Lim (Hoff) 21-14, 21-13; No.2: Fatima (Hoff) d. Marquardt 15-21, 21-18, 21-17; No.3: Grinen (EG) d. Ballazhi 16-21, 21-15, 17-21; No.4: P. Patel (EG) d. S. Patel 16-21, 14-21; No.5: Tanuanita (EG) d. Paya 25-23, 22-20; No.6: Achonzar (EG) d. Haryani 21-19, 21-19; No.7: Marrese (EG) d. Ham 13-21, 21-14, 21-9 ; No.8: Wnek (Hoff) d. A. Lim 21-13, 21-10 ; No.9: R. Patel (Hoff) d. Pindras 21-16, 21-17; No.10. Ro (EG) d. Arce 21-19, 21-13.Doubles — No.1: Grinen/Marquardt (EG) d. Lim/Fatima 31-6, 21-9 ; No.2: N. Patel/Schonzar d. Ballazhi/S. Patel 21-9, 21-14; No.3: Tanuanita/P. Patel (EG) d. Paya/Haryani 21-17, 21-18; No.4: Wnek/Ham (Hoff) d. A. Lim/ Pindras 21-15, 21-18; No.5: Patel/Arce (Hoff) d. Ro/Marrese 21-15, 21-16.*hersey 13, palatine 2Singles — No.1: Palmer (Pal) d. Pisano 21-16, 21-14; No.2: Salt (Hers) d. Diep 21-19, 17-21, 21-8; No.3: Anderson (Hers) d. Gudivada 21-18, 21-11; No.4: Jakowiec (Hers) d. Hank 21-9, 21-5; No.5: Noring (Hers) d.Aquije 21-16, 21-9; No.6: Yang (Hes) d. Chon 21-12, 21-16; No.7: Bowkley (Hers) d. Manint 23-20, 21-15; No.8: Steinweg (Hers) d. Jimenez 21-14, 21-10; No.9: Lee (Hers) d. Lorenzo 21-13, 21-14; No.10. Kowalski (Hers) d. Stevenson 21-12, 21-18.Doubles — No.1: Yang/Salt (Hers) d. Gudivada/Hank 21-9, 21-17; No.2: Noring/Jakowiec (Hers) d. Aquije/Chon 21-7, 21-9; No.3: Anderson/Pisano (Hers) d. Palmer/Diep 21-15, 5-21, 21-8; No.4: Steinweg/Lee (Hers) d. Jimenez/Manint 21-11, 21-11; No.5: Lorenzo/Stevenson (Pal) d. Kowalski/Bowkley 22-20, 21-18.*Prospect 15, Schaumburg 0Singles — No.1: Menich (Pros) d. Patel 21-17, 21-8; No.2: Walsh (Pros) d. Singh 21-9, 21-11; No.3: Hirsh (Pros) d. Lueng 21-4, 21-13; No.4: Venturelli (Pros) d. Chum 22-20, 21-17; No.5: Capurusso (Pros) d. Knipp 21-15, 21-7; No.6: Scaccia (Pros) d. Patel 21-17, 21-11; No.7: Dosen-Grosh (Pros) d. Shope 21-14, 21-4; No.8: Dawson (Pros) d. Siewsrichol 21-15, 21-14; No.9: Saiki (Pros) d. Packard 21-15, 21-17; No.10. Parzynski (Pros) d. Lii 22-20, 14-21, 21-6.Doubles — No.1: Walsh/Capurusso (Pros) d. Singh/Lueng 21-8, 21-3; No.2: Hirsh/Venturelli (Pros) d. Knipp/Patell 21-9, 21-5; No.3: Menich/Scaccia (Pros) d. Shope/Packard 21-14, 21-14; No.4: Golsen-Groh/Dawson (Pros) d. Patel/Sieewsichol 21-12, 21-12; No.5: Saiki/Parzynski (Pros) d. Lii/Chum 21-14, 21-12.*


    Boys tennis: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Marmion 5, Marian 0Singles — No. 1: King d. Shin 6-3, 6-0; No. 2: Graft d. Daniels 6-1, 6-0.Doubles — No. 1: Angstin-Hoss d. Rost-Herbe 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Oemoll-Touhy d. Lee-Morehead 6-4, 6-2; No. 3: Verizen-Sweeney d. Rost-Stoll 7-6 (3), 6-3.*LIBERTYVILLE 7, LAKE ZURICH 0Singles — No. 1: Tsorotiotis (Lib) d. Guagnelli 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: S. Daluga (Lib) d. Kim 6-2, 6-0; No. 3: Janczak (Lib) d. Yun 6-2, 6-0.Doubles — No. 1: Chen/Gasick (Lib) d. Brown/Reitsch 6-2, 6-3; No. 2: VanDixhorn/Vittore (Lib) d. Petrovic/Guild 6-4, 6-3; No. 3: Papastirious/Tosiopoulis (Lib) d. Millr/Ganoza 0-6, 7-5, 6-1; No. 4: J. Daluga/Cao (Lib) d. Ewan/Crisler 6-3, 6-2.*WAUCONDA 4, ANTIOCH 3Singles — No. 1: Ward (Ant) d. Tyler 6-3, 6-0; No. 2: Patel (Wauc) d. Massman 3-6, 6-2, 6-4; No. 3: Briones (Wauc) d. Sorenson 6-1, 6-4.Doubles — No. 1: Emsun/Schwarz (Ant) d. Schuetz/Heck 6-2, 6-3; No. 2: Caudle/Mattaliano (Wauc) d. Holsinger/Corey 6-4, 7-5; No. 3: Carillo/Carroll (Wauc) d. Gupta/Regalado 3-6, 6-1, 6-2; No. 4: Lacas/Mrkonich (Ant) d. Keblusek/Galves 6-1, 6-4.*STEVENSON 7, WARREN 0Singles — No. 1: Bush (Stev) d. Skardski 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Weisberg (Stev) d. Ashley 6-1, 6-1; No. 3: Harvey (Stev) d. Anant 6-1, 6-0.Doubles — No. 1: Harvey/Komarov (Stev) d. Gideman/Seller 6-1, 6-2; No. 2: Cheng/Maryniuk (Stev) d. Schindler/Danos 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Jaworski/Viswanathan (Stev) d. Adamski/Topolewski 6-3, 6-3; No. 4: Kny/PAn (Stev) d. Cash/HAevers 6-4, 6-1.*Grayslake Central 5, Crystal Lake South 2Singles — No. 1: Tolentino (GLC) d. Thome 7-5, 5-7 (14-12); No. 2: Glennon (GLC) d. Randolph 6-4, 6-2; No. 3: Zador (GLC) d. Sardjev 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.Doubles — No. 1: Knight/Hutchins (GLC) d. Devlin/Baietto 6-3, 6-1; No. 2: Pacini/Souiers (CLS) d. Patricelli/Digwadice 6-3, 6-1; No. 3: Corrigan/Parvthdoli (GLC) d. Dobek/Hanigan 3-6, 6-0, 6-2; No. 4: Harris/Gassensmith (CLS) d. Mock/Hornung 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.*Huntley 6, Woodstock 1Singles - No. 1: Zornow (H) d. Ring 6-1, 7-6; No. 2: Cross (W) d. Ved 6-0, 6-4; No. 3: Hagn (H) d. Carsello 6-0, 6-2.Doubles - No. 1: Grabner/Frederick (H) d. Sutter/Fischbach 6-2, 6-1; No. 2: Simons/Smith (H) d. Ratkovic/Lara 6-1, 6-2; No. 3: Michel/Andre (H) d. Redemske/Richter 6-2, 7-5; No. 4: Downs/Navarro (H) d. Nerland/Gonzales 6-4, 7-5.*DunDee-Crown 4, Johnsburg 3Singles - No. 1: Stiefer (D-C) d. Destephano 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Emerson (D-C) d. Moore 7-6(4), 6-0; No. 3: Rangel (D-C) d. Wolter 6-3, 6-1. Doubles - No. 1: Spangenberg/Wagner (D-C) d. Nikolai/Schmidt 2-6, 6-1, 6-3; No. 2: Wilson/Lay (J) d. Naber/Sarrazine 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-2; No. 3: S. Nykaza/Grant (J) d. Wurster/Arshad 6-2, 6-4; No. 4: I. Nykaza/MacKenzie (J) d. Simmons/Austen 6-3, 6-2.*Latin Academy 5, Elgin Academy 0Singles - No. 1: Cook (LA) d. Tran 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Kariewski (LA) d. Hochreiter 6-0, 6-1. Doubles - No. 1: Meister/Coburn (LA) d. Palmer/Bisconti 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Bruene/Nandan (LA) d. Phalen/Xayasarn 6-0, 6-1; No. 3: Montgomery/Weeks Brittan (LA) d. Handa/Vargas 6-1-6-0.*Jacobs 7, Crystal Lake Central 0Singles - No. 1: Panchapakesan (J) d. Pudlo 6-4, 6-2; No. 2: Chong (J) d. Graves 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Searle (J) d. Peterson 6-3, 6-3. Doubles - No. 1: Toomire/Rowan (J) d. Gourikrishna/St. John 6-3, 6-0; No. 2: Powell/Liby (J) d. Phoenix/Sigmund 7-5, 6-0; No. 3: Moser/Kastritis (J) d. Lundgren/Guzman 6-4, 6-4; No. 4: Bieneman/Murphy (J) d. Peters/Brahmbhatt 6-2, 6-1.*Grayslake Central 5, Crystal Lake South 2


    Baseball: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Aurora Christian 9, Walther Christian 1Walther 001 000 0 —1-4-5Aurora Christian 331 020 X —9-11-1HR: AC: Barrett.WP: Burht; LP: .*Batavia 3, St. Charles East 1St. Charles East 000 001 0 —1-3-0Batavia 100 002 X —3-8-02B: : Schoessling.WP: Green; LP: Regelbrugge; Save: Eustace.*Geneva 4, St. Charles North 1Geneva 011 001 1 —4-10-2St. Charles North 000 100 0 —1-2-42B: G: ChallyWP: Davis (3-0); LP: Suyak (2-1)*Kaneland 7, DeKalb 3DeKalb 010 020 0 —3-7-1Kaneland 030 004 X —7-12-52B: K: Laudent, WolskWP: Howe; LP: Crosby.*VERNON HILLS 8, LAKE FOREST 5Vernon Hills 012 110 3 —8Lake Forest 000 005 0 —52B: VH: Boyer, McNamara; LF: Kesman.WP: Crowley; LP: Sullivan.*GRAYSLAKE NORTH 2, HAMPSHIRE 1Hampshire 100 000 0 —1-4-6Grayslake North 000 020 x —2-4-32B: Hamp: Kuhn.WP: DiProva; LP: Brown.*LIBERTYVILLE 8, CARMEL 7Carmel 040 300 0 —7-6-4Libertyville 300 220 1 —8-9-12B: Carm: Skarczynski; Lib: Greenberg, Skoug.3B: Carm: Kristan.WP: Plunkett; LP: Fuller.*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 4, JOHNSBURG 3Johnsburg 010 020 0 —3-7-2Grayslake Central 001 020 1 —4-6-12B: GC: Landers 2, Dooley.3B: GC: Loeffl.WP: Lundins.*MUNDELEIN 7, LAKES 3Mundelein 101 230 0 —7-8-2Lakes 100 020 0 —3-7-32B: Mund: Reckert, Dolan.3B: Mund: Osisek.WP: O’Donaghue; LP: Slota.*Burlington Central 3, Harvard 1Burlington C. 120 000 0 -3-4-1Harvard 000 010 0 -1-5-02B: BC — Gerke, Lee; H — Streit 2, Perkins.WP: Gerke; LP: Schneider.*Cary-Grove 12, Prairie Ridge 5Prairie Ridge 000 221 0 -5-10-5Cary-Grove 014 304 x -12-10-22B: PR —Pecoraro, Covers; C-G — Splitt. HR: C-G — Mascarella.WP: Hanselmann; LP: Thune.*Dundee-Crown 2, Crystal Lake South 1Dundee-Crown 000 001 1 -2-4-0CL South 010 000 0 -1-5-12B: D-C — Gutierrez; CLS — Avella. WP: Lewan; LP: Schingel; SV: Denz. *Streamwood 8, Elgin 1Elgin 000 001 0 -1-4-3Streamwood 411 101 x -8-13-02B: E — Valadez; S — Caminitti 2. WP: Caminitti; LP: Nelson (2-3).*Grayslake North 2, Hampshire 1Hampshire 100 000 0 -1-5-3Grayslake N. 000 020 x -2-7-22B: H — Kuhn. WP: Diprova; LP: Brown.*Jacobs 11, Huntley 6Jacobs 012 440 0 -11-14-1Huntley 140 010 0 -6-10-32B: J — Kozlak 2; H — Altergott, Sullivan, Cantu, Skonieczny, Kiriakopoulos. 3B: H — Altergott. WP: Hubner (4-1); LP: Sabie (2-1).*St. Francis 11, St. Edward 1 (6 INN.) St. Edward 100 000 -1-5-3St. Francis 330 203 -11-11-02B: SF — Kuzemka.3B: SF — Prociuk.WP: Radel; LP: Lara.*Westminster Christian 12, Alden-Hebron 6Alden-Hebron 010 020 3 -6-9-6Westminster C. 210 333 x -12-10-32B: WC — Angiulo, Rasmussen. HR: WC — Weston. WP: Angiulo; LP: Ohalleran.*Lyons Township 11, Downers Grove South 6Lyons Township 020 025 2 —11-16-3Downers South 010 013 1 —6-10-42B: LT: Larsen, Harrigan. DGS: Spinuzza. HR: LT: Harrigan. DGS: Pedrak. WP: Heilenbach; LP: Hamot.*Glenbard West 27, Proviso East 5Glenbard West 15 2 3 0 7 —27-21-1Proviso East 1 4 0 0 0 —5-3-12B: GW: Hamilton, Martenson, Refer, Sojka. 3B: GW: Becker, Carlson, Hamilton, Refer. HR: GW: Carlson. WP: Moriarty*Glenbard South 12, Timothy Christian 6Glenbard South 332 112 0 —12-14-1Timothy Christ. 103 200 0 —6-6-52B: GS: Brambora, McGimpsey, Wrona 2, Atkinson. TC: Bieterman, Wiringa. 3B: TC: Miller. WP: Brambora; LP: May.*Montini 3, Chicago Christian 2Chicago Christ. 010 100 0 —2-3-1Montini 020 001 X —3-8-32B: CC: Kergin 2, Novak, M: Kline, Wojkovich. 3B: M: Pestel. HR: M: Jackson. WP: Quick LP: Schoenle*St. Francis 11, St. Edward 1


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Lyons Township 11, Neuqua Valley 5Lyons Township 4 1 5 1 —11Neuqua Valley 0 3 0 2 —5Scoring — LT: Lundgren 3, Kaptur 1, Duffy 2, Walters 3, Kriha 1. NV: Shatinsky 1, Ivkovich 2, Delsignore 1, Whaley 1. Goalkeepers — LT: Linden. NV: Heddeman, Mollway.


    Conant falls short against Benet

    Brian Polaski allowed 1 run on 7 hits with 5 strikeouts through 7 innings before visiting Benet broke through for 6 runs in the top of the eighth inning against Conant relievers to claim a 7-1 nonconference baseball victory Thursday.


    Schaumburg’s Alt tags a no-hit halt on another foe

    Paige “No Hit’ Alt did it again. The Schaumburg sophomore threw her third straight no-hitter on Thursday with a 10-0 shutout over visiting Wheeling in five innings. Alt has not given up a hit in 17 innings. Her previous two no-hitters were against the Prospect and Hoffman Estates softball teams.

    Neuqua Valley’s Allie Fullreide (23) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the 2014 Naperville girls soccer invitational Thursday.

    Neuqua Valley embracing change

    Neuqua Valley girls soccer players and coaches can point to a few reasons for their April turnaround. Wheaton Warrenville South saw all of them working in Thursday night’s Naperville Invitational game at Naperville Central, a 3-1 Neuqua Valley win.

    Colorado Avalanche center Joey Hishon is sandwiched between Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner, left, and left wing Erik Haula (56), of Finland, during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Wild even series at 2 with 2-1 win vs. Avalanche

    Charlie Coyle scored his third goal of the series for Minnesota, and the Wild dominated the Colorado Avalanche for the second straight game on their way to a 2-1 win Thursday night that evened the first-round matchup at two apiece.


    Naperville North keeps rolling

    The experience that the Naperville North boys tennis team has is continuing to drive home the wins for the Huskies, with the most recent victim being Wheaton Warrenville South.


    Hampshire in an unfamiliar position — first place

    The Hampshire softball team finds itself in a position that is very rare — actually it’s been pretty much unheard of — for a Hampshire softball team. First place. Junior Haley Widmayer pitched out of jam after jam and the Whip-Purs generated just enough offense to beat Grayslake Central, 4-2, Thursday at Hampshire in a battle for sole possession of first place in the Fox Valley Conference’s Fox Division.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central pitcher Danny Gerke held Harvard to an unearned run on 5 hits over 6 innings, and Parker Boron pitched a scoreless seventh to notch the save as the Rockets prevailed 3-1 in a Big Northern East road game.

    Detroit Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson (50) of Sweden skates by as the Boston Bruins celebrate their 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Detroit, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Bruins beat Red Wings 3-2 in OT, up 3-1 in series

    Jarome Iginla scored with 6:28 left in overtime, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night in Game 4 of their first-round series.


    Libertyville rallies past Carmel

    Ryan Jackson’s walk-off single scored Jimmy Govern in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Libertyville’s baseball team rallied to edge visiting Carmel Catholic 8-7 in a nonconference thriller Thursday.


    Football pads take a hit under new summer rule

    In an effort to make high school football safer, the IHSA announced Tuesday that full pads (and hence full contact drills and scrimmages) would be prohibited during summer workouts. Some coaches aren't happy about the decision, saying that removing pads from football will cause injuries, not prevent them.


    Troy Murray looks ahead to Friday’s game in St. Louis
    A Q&A with Blackhawks broadcaster Troy Murray, who says momentum and confidence are both needed to win big games.

    Bryan Bickell, right, celebrates his game-tying goal with Jonathan Toews late in the third period Wednesday during the Hawks’ 4-3 overtime victory over the Blues at the United Center.

    Bickell puts some teeth into Hawks attack

    Parked in front of the net, where his 6-foot-4, 233-pound frame comes in handy, Bryan Bickell scored a big playoff-hockey goal Wednesday night.Not as huge, mind you, as the one he netted in the finals against Boston that helped result in a Stanley Cup championship, although his reaction did look similar.His eyes got wide.His mouth opened wider.He pumped his arms and shoulders simultaneously.Seventeen famous seconds later, the Blackhawks had the lead and, eventually, a name for their Cup-winning video.But gone from last season is Bickell’s perfect hockey smile — middle top teeth missing.“I got the new teeth now, so you won’t see the toothless unless they get knocked out again,” Bickell said, smiling, showing off his new choppers following the Blackhawks’ 4-3 overtime win over St. Louis at the United Center in Game 4 of the teams’ opening-round playoff series late Wednesday night. “You get pumped for any goal, even the (game-) tier. It’s an awesome feeling. More importantly, it’s just the feeling of winning.”Bickell’s game-tying tally with 3:52 left was his first goal and first point of the playoffs — and first since he so memorably converted Jonathan Toews’ feed with 1:16 left in Game 6 of last year’s Stanley Cup Finals. After that game-tying goal, Bickell roared, flashing his missing top teeth. The smile — if it can be called that — will forever make Blackhawks fans smile.Bickell has been a physical presence throughout the Blues series, which resumes tonight in St. Louis. He led the Blackhawks in hits in both Game 3 (8) and Game 4 (7). But it was his 9 goals and 8 assists in 23 playoff games last season that earned him a four-year, $16 million contract.In 59 regular-season games this season, he produced only 11 goals.On the positive side, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville noticed a trend. As each week passed the last couple of months of the regular season, Bickell was picking up his play in anticipation, no doubt, of the postseason.“He was gunning for the playoffs,” Quenneville said. “You could see him pick up his game. (He’s) a very close representative of what he was like last year in the playoffs. I think he likes the big stage and likes the big challenge, and getting big minutes and quality ice time, as well. He seems to relish those situations. I commend him on having a big game (Wednesday night).”Bickell was reunited on a line with Toews and Patrick Kane in Games 3 and 4. But when he scored his clutch goal, redirecting Michal Rozsival’s shot from the point, he was skating with Toews and Marian Hossa.Who knows what Quenneville’s line combinations will be for Game 5. If Bickell has indeed found his scoring touch, it might not matter who he’s playing with.“Getting a goal gives you some confidence,” Bickell said. “To score with a couple of minutes left to tie it up — and hearing that crowd — gets you fired up. Hopefully it can spark something going into St. Louis.”


    Cougars rally to stop Snappers

    Kane County Cougars coverage:[No Paragraph Style]NewsAfter trailing 7-0, the Kane County Cougars engineeed a 7-run rally in the eighth inning en route to a 10-8 win over the Beloit Snappers in Midwest League action at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva on Thursday night.


    Knicks’ Anthony continues to make news

    When asking where the Bulls will find more offense, a popular answer is Carmelo Anthony. His future will be decided in July, but there were a couple of Anthony-related news items the past two days.

    Associated Press How can the Bulls get back into their series against the Wizards? Trust the big guy, center Joakim Noah, according to Mike McGraw.

    Here’s how Bulls can turn the tables on Wizards

    The Bulls flew to Washington on Thursday and did not practice, but the task ahead of them was already clear. They need to win at least once this weekend to avoid getting swept in a playoff series for the first time since 1987. Game 3 is Friday at 7 p.m.


    Toews pleased to be Selke Trophy finalist

    Despite the fact that it’s getting to be a little old hat — three nominations in four years and the winner last year — you could tell by the smile on Jonathan Toews’ face Thursday that being named a finalist for the Selke Trophy never gets old.

    Barrington’s Jackie Batliner, left, looks to dibble past St. Viator’s Susie Moynihan on Thursday in Barrington.

    Barrington opens tourney in fine form

    Barrington opened pool play on its own tournament in style on Thursday. The Fillies notched a 4-1 victory over St. Viator in the wind and rain on the turf of Barrington Community Field.


    Geneva’s Davis shuts down St. Charles North

    The Geneva baseball team needed a lift after dropping back-to-back Upstate Eight Conference River games to St. Charles North. Garrett Davis answered the bell for the Vikings Thursday afternoon in St. Charles.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Kendra Videckis put her fingerprints all over Bartlett’s 5-3 nonconference girls soccer win over Trinity Thursday night.

    Burlington Central’s Kyle Neubauer beats the field by a large gap in the 800-meter run Thursday at the Rocket Relays track invitational at Burlington Central High School.

    Rocket Relays twice as nice for Burlington Central

    The biggest race of the night was against the weather. With nasty weather in the forecast for later in the evening, the Rocket Relays at Burlington Central were themselves a race against the clock. By the time Larkin nipped the host Rockets at the wire in a thrilling finish to the boys’ 1,600-meter relay, a steady rain was falling. Even better for Central, both its boys and girls teams won handily. The boys team won the 9-team event with 184 points, easily beating DeKalb, which finished second with 158.5. Batavia was third with 108.5.


    Wauconda blanks Grant

    Wauconda’s girls soccer team stayed hot Thursday night. Brittany Stepanian and Kira Ziolkowski scored unassisted goals, and the visiting Bulldogs shut out Grant 2-0 in North Suburban Prairie Division action for their sixth win in a row.


    DeVito delivers again in Mundelein’s win

    Mundelein’s Maria DeVito kept up her hot hitting Thursday, belting a 2-run homer in the bottom of the sixth off Kayla Wedl to lift the Mustangs to a 3-2 win in a North Suburban Conference crossover.


    Lisle falters against Wilmington

    Lisle coach Jen Pomatto liked some of the improvements she saw from her team on Thursday, but unfortunately for her Lions, they saw too much of Wilmington’s Miranda Southall.


    Lake Park stays perfect in DVC

    Fortunately for the Lake Park boys volleyball team, left-handed senior Shawn Fritsche is heavily taped only on his right hand and ankle. “One practice I just got under a ball and (my hand) snapped back, but it’s healing now. It’s about 90 percent,” Fritsche said. “My ankle has just been a little tough. I’d rather just have something on it to protect it instead of rolling it again and possibly be out.” Nothing was going to stop Fritsche for Tuesday’s key DuPage Valley Conference match at Glenbard East. He came through with 10 kills and 4 points during a key 5-point run that changed the momentum during the Lancers’ 25-20, 25-17 victory in Lombard.


    Cary-Grove’s Hurley overcomes pain to win twice

    It is amazing how far Cary-Grove junior Ricky Hurley might throw the shot put and discus when his right wrist heals. Throwing in excruciating pain, Hurley was still able to claim the top spot in the discus with a throw 176 feet, 05 inches and the shot put with a heave of 56-11 at Thursday’s McHenry County Meet hosted by Huntley High School.


    Another command performance keeps Conant on course

    Conant’s boys tennis team continues to thrive under new coach Dave Koleno. The Cougars provided the most recent evidence against host Schaumburg on Thursday afternoon, recording a 7-0 shutout to run their Mid-Suburban League record to 3-1-0.

    Batavia’s Andrew Siegler (7) is tagged out by St. Charles East’s Jake Asquini (7) while trying to stretch a single into a double during Thursday’s game in Batavia.

    Batavia denies St. Charles East sweep

    As he stepped into the batter’s box with the go-ahead run at second and 1 out in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 1-1 deadlock, Jeremy Schoessling was thinking one thing.


    Jacobs takes care of Huntley again

    There is still a long way to go for a Jacobs baseball team with 11 more games to play in the always-tough Fox Valley Conference, but the first-place Golden Eagles like their upward trajectory following Thursday’s 11-6 victory at defending Valley Division co-champion Huntley.

    Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) celebrates with center Pero Antic, left, celebrate after hitting a three-point basket in the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 98-85. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Teague, Korver lead Hawks past Pacers 98-85

    Jeff Teague flung in a wild 3-pointer after the officials missed him stepping out of bounds, and Kyle Korver finished off Indiana from beyond the arc to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 98-85 victory Thursday night and another lead in the series with the top-seeded Pacers.


    Naperville Central picks up the pace

    The Naperville Central girls water polo team needed a little time to get going during Thursday’s home match against Wheeling.

    Batavia cross country and assistant track coach Mike DiDomenico coached Dennis Piron as an all-state athlete in 1983 and calls it “something special” to be coaching Piron’s son Peyton this spring.

    DiDomenico reflects on coaching two generations of Pirons

    Batavia junior Peyton Piron enjoys a unique situation. “It’s almost like I have my grandpa and my dad on the track team,” he said.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup


    Aaron, Conant living the dream

    Conant’s softball team is off to a dream start with its perfect 9-0 record. And it was a sophomore catcher named Dream who helped the Cougars remain undefeated on a cloudy Thursday afternoon in Hoffman Estates. The first child of Camellia Aaron went 3-for-3 and cracked the game-winning 2-run single up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning resulting in the final runs of Conant’s 5-3 victory over visiting Barrington. “My mom’s dream was to have a girl as her first child,” Aaron said. “So I am mom’s Dream.”


    After long wait, Lake Park ends it quickly

    After spending three hours and nine innings on Wednesday trying to sort out the finale of their three-game DuPage Valley Conference baseball series, Lake Park and Glenbard North had to try again on Thursday.The Lancers quickly put an end to the suspense. A run in the top of the 10th and shutdown pitching in the bottom half of the frame gave Lake Park a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Panthers, who were vying for a three-game sweep in Carol Stream.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley’s softball team took advantage of 4 Crystal Lake South errors and Brittany Koss had 3 hits and an RBI Thursday as the Red Raiders downed the Gators 9-3 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action at Huntley.


    Fresh five thrive, but Warren falls to Lake Forest

    Five fabulous freshmen are getting their kicks for Warren’s girls soccer team. Kaitlyn Chomko, Lindsey Hardiman, Alliyah Parker, Alissa Ramsden and Natalee Slater are starting and have helped the Blue Devils put together a successful run. “I think we’re playing very well against some players who are taller and older,” said Ramsden, who plays on defense and in the midfield. “It’s a great honor to be playing (on varsity) as a freshman.” The “Fab Five” couldn’t help the Blue Devils from suffering a 2-1 loss to host Lake Forest in a North Suburban Lake Division match Thursday, however. Warren fell to 6-4-1 and 2-1-1 in the NSC Lake, while Lake Forest improved to 7-4-1 and 1-2.


    Stevenson tunes up, turns it up

    The Independent Conference regular season finale gave two rival boys gymnastics teams one final tune-up Thursday night at Libertyville before the upcoming conference meet. The host Wildcats did not have the firepower to match the Patriots as No. 2-ranked Stevenson (2-0, 1-0) captured an impressive 153.7 to 140.1 victory over Libertyville.


    Larkin Slugfest on tap Saturday for the 21st time

    You know the spring season is coming into the home stretch when county track meets begin, which they did on Thursday night in Huntley with the first of two days of the McHenry County boys and girls meets. You also know it’s time to think about the stretch run of the school year when Larkin’s annual Slugfest softball tournament is played, which it will be on Saturday at the Elgin Sports Complex.

    Craig Prather, left, with his son, Collin, who currently plays baseball at Antioch for coach Paul Petty. Craig also played baseball at Antioch, with Petty as his coach.

    Prather clan proud to play for Antioch’s Petty

    The Prather family has a long history with the Antioch baseball team, and with head coach Paul Petty.

    The White Sox' pitching staff has floundered over the first month of the season, particularly the bullpen. Sox relievers have a 5.47 ERA through 23 games, but former closer Addison Reed says the talent is there and it's too early to panic.

    Sox miss Reed's strong closing role

    The White Sox' pitching staff has floundered over the first month of the season, particularly the bullpen. Sox relievers have a 5.47 ERA through 23 games, but former closer Addison Reed says the talent is there and it's too early to panic.

    Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler bobbles the ball as Chicago White Sox’s Marcus Semien slides into second during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Semien was called out because of batter interference by Jose Abreu. The Tigers won 7-4. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Depleted White Sox end trip with loss in Detroit

    The White Sox won't ever be thrilled about a 3-4 road trip. Yet after seven games against two of baseball's best teams, and with injuries riddling the roster, they know things could have been a lot worse. "You want to win every series, and we didn't win either of them, so we're not satisfied with what we did," said Adam Dunn, who homered in a 7-4 loss to Detroit on Thursday. "But under the circumstances, we did play pretty well."

    Even though the Cubs supposedly have one of the smartest front offices in baseball, these bosses are having the same trouble as the old bosses in putting together a bullpen. The pen gave up 2 runs late in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Arizona. Manager Rick Renteria is looking for answers.

    Bullpen blues continue to bedevil Cubs

    Even though the Cubs supposedly have one of the smartest front offices in baseball, these bosses are having the same trouble as the old bosses in putting together a bullpen. The pen gave up 2 runs late in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Arizona. Manager Rick Renteria is looking for answers.

    Chicago Cubs right fielder Justin Ruggiano is tended to during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Hamstring strain sends Ruggiano to DL

    There's never a good time for a player to get hurt, but Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was especially bummed about the timing of a hamstring injury that will keep him out 3-4 weeks. Ruggiano hit his first homer of the year Wednesday, the same day he hurt the hamstring.

    Arizona Diamondbacks' Tony Campana, right, scores on a single hit by Mike Bolsinger as Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo looks down during the second inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Cubs fall to Dbacks 5-2

    Mike Bolsinger earned his first major league win, pitching into the seventh inning and hitting an RBI single as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 5-2 Thursday.

    With his all-around game, Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews is a finalist again for the NHL’s Selke Trophy for the league’s top defensive-minded forward. Toews won the award last year.

    Toews a finalist for NHL’s Selke Trophy

    After winning the award last season, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is a finalist again for the 2014 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is given annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. Previous Blackhawks to win the award include Troy Murray (1986) and Dirk Graham (1991).


    Mike North video: Did Sox rebuild too soon?
    Some of the White Sox 2005 championship players are still doing well with other teams; did the Sox start to rebuild sooner than was needed? The Cubs rebuilding process seems to still be a long way off from success according to Mike North.

    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews prepares to hoist the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Hawks first, Cubs last on smartest spenders list

    Bloomberg BusinessWeek released its Smartest Spenders in Sports 2014 ranking of all 122 franchises in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB, with the Chicago Blackhawks finishing No. 1 thanks to their five playoff trips, two Stanley Cups, and placing 13th in spending.



    Navistar to increase production in second half
    Lisle-based Navistar International said it will increase production rates at its heavy truck assembly plant in Escobedo, Mexico, and its bus assembly plant in Tulsa, Okla. as demand for its trucks increase.

    Students at the Glenview Park District learn some lessons using Minecraft.

    Deerfield’s Computer Explorers offer games for learning

    Some parents may argue that spending too much time on computer games is bad for kids. Lori Gross, director of Computer Explorers of Northeastern Chicagoland in Deerfield, disagrees. She has owned and operated the educational franchise since 2009 and since then has seen about 5,000 young people learn lessons about life, discipline, planning, languages and even physics.

    Stocks rose Thursday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index trading near a record, as technology companies rallied after Apple results topped estimates to offset a slump in phone shares.

    Stocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up

    The stock market closed mostly higher Thursday, helped by positive earnings out of several large U.S. companies including Apple and construction equipment maker Caterpillar. The markets gains were modest, however, as investors turned their eyes back to Russia and Ukraine, where geopolitical tensions were heating up once again. Some earnings reports, such as 3M and Facebook, also failed to impress investors.

    United Airlines is the one U.S. carrier that can’t seem to get its act together, losing $609 million during the first three months of this year.

    For airlines not named United, it was a great 1Q

    Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring. Mergers have reduced competition and made it easier for the airlines to limit the supply of seats and raise average fares. Extra fees bring in billions more each year.

    Matt Alfonso, with Avail Vapor, tests out one of the electronic cigarettes in the shop in Richmond, Va.

    FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

    The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels. While the proposal being issued Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration won’t immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.

    West Dundee officials are imposing two new taxes to cope with a $400,000 budget deficit they said is primarily the result of Target’s pending closure. Target, one of the village’s largest sales tax generators, is scheduled to close May 3.

    New taxes in West Dundee to offset Target departure

    West Dundee officials will impose new taxes on those who buy gasoline as well as food and beverages in the village, their way of plugging a $400,000 deficit mostly to blame on Target’s looming closure. "As the sales tax base has dropped, other fees or taxes have been needed in order to cover those deficits and continue to provide the same levels of service to the community," Village Manager Joe Cavallaro said.

    Caterpillar’s first-quarter earnings climbed 5 percent and the construction equipment maker raised its 2014 forecast.

    Caterpillar 1Q profit climbs 5 pct, forecast rises

    Caterpillar’s first-quarter earnings climbed 5 percent and the construction equipment maker raised its 2014 forecast. But the company also says a mining equipment sales slump is still hurting results.

    A United Airlines jet plane landing at Los Angeles International Airport. United lost $609 million during the first three months of this year.

    United loses $609M in 1Q; fares don’t cover costs

    Chicago-based United Airlines is the one U.S. carrier that can’t seem to get its act together. While all the other major airlines made money in the first quarter, United lost $609 million during the first three months of this year. United attributed $200 million of its loss to the “historic severe” winter weather that impacted much of the U.S. this past winter.

    Erin Wilson, of Hannaford Bros. supermarket company, left, talks with a job seeker during a job fair Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y.

    Applications for U.S. unemployment aid jump to 329,000

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile number, rose 4,750 to 316,750.

    Facebook’s first-quarter earnings and revenue grew sharply, surpassing Wall Street’s expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.

    Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down

    Facebook’s first-quarter earnings and revenue grew sharply, surpassing Wall Street’s expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue. The social network said Wednesday that it earned $642 million, or 25 cents per share, in the January-March quarter, up from $219 million, or 9 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.

    Online game maker Zynga’s founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company’s CEO, as the company’s sales slide.

    Zynga founder Pincus leaving operations role

    Online game maker Zynga’s founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company’s CEO, as the company’s sales slide. Zynga said Wednesday that Pincus will remain chairman of the company he founded in 2007.

    This Dec. 30, 2013 photo shows a fireball going up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D. Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they’re needed and if so, who should pay.

    Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

    Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they’re needed and if so, who should pay.

    Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent and split its stock for the first time in nine years.

    Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

    Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent and split its stock for the first time in nine years. The commitment announced Wednesday as part of Apple’s fiscal second-quarter earnings report expands on the company’s previous pledge to spend $60 billion on stock buybacks by the end of next year.

    Berkshire Hathaway CEO and Chairman Warren Buffett disapproves of Coca-Cola’s highly contested pay plan for its executives.

    Buffett disapproves of Coca-Cola’s pay plan

    Warren Buffett criticized Coca-Cola’s pay plan for its executives on Wednesday. Buffett, whose company is Coca-Cola’s largest shareholder, called the plan “excessive” in an interview on CNBC after it was approved at the beverage maker’s annual meeting. But he said Berkshire Hathaway abstained from voting against it because he didn’t want to express disapproval of the company’s management.

    The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called “last mile” connection to people’s homes.

    FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

    The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called “last mile” connection to people’s homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don’t harm competition or limit free speech.

    Ronald McDonald with updated clothing.

    Ronald McDonald takes to Twitter, gets makeover

    Ronald McDonald has a new look, and he’s ready for a selfie. Oak Brook-based McDonald’s said Wednesday its famous spokesclown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using the hashtag #ronaldmcdonald. The move marks a turnaround from recent years, when the red-haired mascot faded to the background as McDonald’s came under criticism for using him to market to children.

Life & Entertainment

    Jonas Armstrong, left, and Mark Wells star in the fact-based World War II drama “Walking With the Enemy.”

    'Walking' a true story from WWII Budapest

    Some true stories are so dramatic, it doesn't take much to transform them into movies. That's the case with the exploits of Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum. A Jewish man living in Budapest during World War II, he dressed as an officer of the Arrow Cross — the country's fascist pro-Nazi group — to get information and save thousands of lives. And yet Mark Schmidt's directorial debut, “Walking With the Enemy,” applies a heavy dose of melodrama to this retelling of Rosenbaum's story, piling on the schmaltz and taking unnecessary liberties with the facts.

    Amber (Kate Upton, left), Carly (Cameron Diaz) and Kate (Leslie Mann) join forces in “The Other Woman.”

    ‘Other Woman’ serves up generic comic revenge tale

    “The Other Woman,” a misbegotten pseudo-feminist revenge comedy, bears traces of a lineage that includes such now-near-classics as “9 to 5” and “The First Wives Club.” The premise — a group of wronged women confecting revenge on a caddish man — hews faithfully to Hollywood’s most cherished cake-and-eat-it proposition, wherein a film can make its female characters as shrewish, ditsy and desperate as it wants without fear of recrimination because, no matter how bad the gals look, the guys look worse.

    This bronze statue of Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert will be unveiled Thursday outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign where Ebert held his annual film festival. Ebert died in April 2013.

    Bronze statue of Roger Ebert unveiled at Ebertfest

    Roger Ebert’s final blog posting last April ended with his hopeful sign-off: “I’ll see you at the movies.” The award-winning film critic died two days later. Visitors to the central Illinois theater that hosts the annual “Ebertfest” film festival he started now may feel like they saw him at the movies. A life-sized bronze statue of the longtime Chicago Sun-Times critic was unveiled Thursday outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, which is next to Urbana where Ebert grew up.

    It’s a boy for Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis. A spokeswoman for the “Tron: Legacy” actress said the couple welcomed son Otis Alexander on Sunday.

    Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis welcome baby boy

    It’s a boy for Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis. A spokeswoman for the “Tron: Legacy” actress confirms the couple welcomed son Otis Alexander on Sunday.

    An undercover cop (Paul Walker) goes on a mission to save 2018 Detroit in “Brick Mansions.”

    Paul Walker’s last completed movie racked and packed with action

    Fans of the late Paul Walker will probably be pleased with the action and stunts in “Brick Mansions.” Its nonstop chases and insane gunfire exchanges don’t allow for a millisecond of boredom. Nonetheless, first-time director Camille Delemarre’s thriller is a pallid and disappointing Hollywoodized copy of Pierre Morel’s kick-butt French thriller “District B13” with athletic David Belle.

    A squirrel attempts to eat bird seed on an Eliminator, a squirrel-proof bird feeder. It protects your bird seed from persistent squirrels by technology registering sensitivity set by the owner, that closes the seed ports based on weight of the intruder standing on the perch ring.

    Tips, serious and not, for keeping squirrels away

    They’re vermin to some. Cunning adversaries to others. Squirrels have long been a source of fascination and frustration for gardeners and bird enthusiasts engaged in a near-constant battle to keep them away from the nuts and seeds put out for birds. Greased poles. Loud music. Motion-activated sprinklers. Bill Adler Jr. has heard all the strategies. And tried many of them.


    Dining events: Niche updates farm-to-table menu, decor

    After closing briefly to update decor and leadership, Niche welcomes chef Chris Ayukawa as executive chef. Ayukawa has been hard at work creating a seasonal farm-to-table menu that will play nicely with the restaurant’s modern farmhouse vibe.

    Olivia Easley holds daughter Veronica weeks after her birth in 2009. The baby died unexpectedly from a heart defect a few months later.

    Fast, cheap test can help save lives of many babies

    If children with critical congenital heart disease do not receive treatment within the first weeks or months of life, the risks of harm or even death can be very high. This is why 35 states, including Illinois, now require a simple test to help detect heart defects.

    Psychology professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) turns to unorthodox methods to treat unstable Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke) in “The Quiet Ones.”

    ‘Quiet Ones’ relies on style over story

    Paying homage in style and theme to the vintage horror movies of the 1970s, “The Quiet Ones” is the latest stylish shocker from Hammer, the recently reactivated classic U.K. studio imprint. Mixing creaky haunted-house and exorcism tropes with a nod to the contemporary found-footage subgenre, the film relies on high production values and sense-battering shock tactics to make up for wooden performances and an illogical, silly script.


    Tivoli hosts special screening of 'Tim's Vermeer'

    The After Hours Film Society presents Penn & Teller's documentary “Tim's Vermeer” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Dann & Raymond's Movie Club usually convenes on the first Thursday of the month (that would be May 1) at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg. But a schedule change has bumped us to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15. We decided to present 14 motion pictures we both really like, but have never presented so far in our seven-year partnership. Raymond tilted more toward the classics in his choices; I went more for movies I know may be flawed, but I love them nonetheless.

    In Calin Peter Netzer’s “Child’s Pose,” Luminita Gheorghiu stars as a steely, politically connected architect determined to help her adult deadbeat son beat a homicide rap from a deadly car crash.

    ‘Child’s Pose’ a brave work of remarkable realism

    In a typical Hollywood movie, Luminita Gheorghiu’s manipulative mother would be the story’s villain, the antagonist to a heroic reporter investigating how a powerful and politically connected woman pulls strings to help her adult son avoid the legal consequences of killing a boy in a car collision. Here, in Calin Peter Netzer’s gritty drama “Child’s Pose,” Gheorghiu’s character, Cornelia, becomes the central figure as a member of Romania’s entitled class elite, for whom ordinary laws and morals don’t particularly apply. Especially when they involve a mother’s overprotective instincts for her son.

    Server Kathy Nguyen delivers a traditional Japanese meal to a customer at Domo in Denver.

    Go for the food: Feed your soul at Denver's Domo

    Domo in Denver isn't just a Japanese restaurant. It's a place where you can immerse yourself in Japanese culture — by visiting a museum that evokes a northern Japanese farmhouse, strolling in a garden studded with Buddha statues, or even taking a martial arts class in the lovingly converted former warehouse where the restaurant compound is located. But for all the activity options, Domo's ambience — like the food — is uncluttered and serene.

    Lydia Loveless has turned heads with her brash and smart brand of country rock.

    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.


    AP Photo Lunch programs should be only part of a comprehensive food policy for school districts.

    Editorial: School nutrition is more than lunch

    A Daily Herald editorial points to the need for school districts to take a big-picture approach to good nutrition for students.


    Always something different for newspapers to focus on

    Columnist Jim Slushser: Same o’, same o’? I don’t think so: Say what you will about daily news coverage, it is not monotonous. Reading the newspaper is a different experience every day.


    Trade partnership could damage environment
    A Palatine letter to the editor: In this week of Earth Day, people need to know about the dirty environmental truth behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a trade deal currently being negotiated by 12 nations, including the U.S. The TPP stands to threaten existing policies that protect our air, water and climate. Thanks to a little-known provision called “investor-state dispute settlement,” corporations would rise to the level of nations and be empowered to sue governments directly over environmental protections that they claim might hurt their profits.


    Article on Easter sent positive message
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Thank you for including an article in the Daily Herald that clearly explained the what and why Christians believe about Easter. While it is not the task of a daily newspaper to promote a specific religion, it is a responsible action to provide accurate information.


    Babies’ deaths in Utah renew abortion questions
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: The story of the woman in Utah accused of suffocating six of her babies immediately after birth is sending a shock wave of horror through the country. I agree that it is absolutely horrible, but I need help with some questions.


    Bills threaten charter schools
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: Charter schools are under attack this session in Springfield, and it has nothing to do with students.


    Thanks, Wheaton, for zoning decision
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I thank Mayor Gresk of Wheaton, and council members, who all except Todd Scalzo, decided against a permit allowing Cesario Builders a zoning variation to build seven homes on three designated lots.


    Isn’t ACA what GOP wanted?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Republicans have for decades advocated for an American health care system with multiple options and based on for-profit insurance companies.


    Why Kathleen Sebelius is a hero
    An Elgin letter to the editor: My favorite hero growing up was the soldier who led the charge against the machine gun nest. This patriot was invariably mortally or grievously wounded. He knew his fate before taking the first step but was devoted to a cause bigger than himself. To me, Kathleen Sebelius is such a hero.


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