Daily Archive : Monday April 28, 2014


    Keith Farnham

    Former state Rep. Farnham charged with possessing child porn

    Former state Rep. Keith Farnham is charged with possessing child pornography in a federal complaint that claims the Democrat traded lurid content online from his legislative office in Elgin. An affidavit claims Farnham used a Yahoo email address to chat about child pornography, get videos that show lurid acts performed on children and trade material with “dozens of individuals."

    A car is littered with debris after the an explosion Friday night leveled a home in Long Grove. Investigators remained on the scene of the blast Monday, though they admit that the extent of the damage may keep them from discovering its exact cause.

    Fire chief: Cause of Long Grove explosion remains a mystery

    While natural gas remains the most likely culprit in Friday night's explosion that leveled a Long Grove home and damaged numerous others, investigators admit that the extent of the damage is making their task difficult. "We may never know because of the amount of destruction," said Jeff Steingart, chief of the Countryside Fire Protection District.

    Mundelein-based Medline sells medical supplies and related items

    Mundelein gives tax break to Medline

    As an incentive to open a retail office at its Mundelein headquarters, the Medline medical-supply company will receive a portion of the sales tax it generates for the village under a deal approved Monday night.


    Bringing lake water to Prospect Hts. would be costly

    Bringing Lake Michigan water to just 400 homes in Prospect Heights would cost an average $24,400 to $36,100 per home, or about $15.4 million in all, City Engineer Steven D. Berecz told the city council this month. That represents just a fraction of the houses in Prospect Heights, where most single-family houses are served by private wells.


    One dead in wrong-way crash on Pyott Road in Crystal Lake

    One person died in a three-vehicle wreck Monday night on Pyott Road in Crystal Lake, police said. Crystal Lake police said they are investigating the crash that occurred about 5:45 p.m. on Pyott south of Rakow Road and near Lake in the Hills Airport.


    Police: 1 girl dead, another injured in shooting

    Chicago police say a 14-year-old girl was shot to death and another girl wounded during an altercation that took place in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.

    A row of lightly damages houses, top, face destroyed homes in a Vilonia, Ark., neighborhood Monday, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday, killing at least 16 people.

    Second wave of tornadoes barrels through South

    At least three tornadoes flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and bent telephone poles into 45-degree angles as they barreled through the South on Monday, killing at least one woman in Mississippi and unleashing severe thunderstorms, damaging hail and flash floods. Local officials also reported six deaths in Alabama from a tornado. State emergency officials could not...

    This photo taken on April 22 shows, from left, slain Palatine resident John Gabel, his mother, Betty, and his father, Gary Gabel, sitting with Mohammad Hadi Hedayati, Kabul University’s vice chancellor, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    No services planned yet for Palatine father, son killed in Afghanistan

    Funeral services have not yet been planned for Gary and John Gabel, the Palatine father and son who were killed last week in Afghanistan, as both men’s wives remain overseas following the deadly attack.

    Elgin police say Steven John Cimaglia, 45, died after falling from his bicycle in the path of a freight train about 12:35 a.m. Saturday near the National Street depot. Cimaglia was an Elgin resident, authorities said. This is looking north along the railroad tracks there.

    Bicyclist killed by train identified

    Elgin police have identified a man who died after falling from his bicycle in the path of a freight train. Authorities said Steven John Cimaglia, 45, perished about 12:35 a.m. Saturday.


    Woodridge police invesigate two armed robberies

    Woodridge police say they are probing what they believe was the second armed robbery in the village within three days.

    Young Jews from Israel and other countries march in silence between the two parts of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi German death camp, in an annual march of the living in Oswiecim, Poland, Monday. This year, the march honors some 430,000 Hungarian Jews killed in Birkenau gas chambers in 1944.

    Young Jews in Auschwitz memorial march
    Some 10,000 young Jews from Israel and around the world marched on Monday between the two parts of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp in Poland in memory of Holocaust victims, notably some 430,000 Hungarian Jews who perished there.

    Small pets in carriers will be allowed on some Illinois Amtrak trains.

    Amtrak opening doors to pets

    Now you can travel by train with Rover provided he's not too big. Amtrak is starting a pilot project with pets on trains on certain routes.

    Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to members the City Club of Chicago on Monday.

    Quinn says state could give cities more money

    Gov. Pat Quinn will consider giving Illinois communities a larger share of state income tax revenues as a way to help solve the municipal pension crisis, an idea he previewed Monday as part of his pitch to extend the temporary income tax increase. The Chicago Democrat didn’t give specifics but said he doesn’t want cities to rely on increasing property taxes.


    Jewel-Osco to open in Fox River Grove this summer

    A Jewel-Osco will be opening this summer in the vacant Dominick’s property in Fox River Grove, officials said Monday. The building at 800 Northwest Highway anchors the shopping center north of Routes 14 and 22. “It’s a tremendous benefit for Fox River Grove on multiple levels to have a grocer occupying that site, both from a residents’ standpoint of convenience and a...

    First grader Jackson Groth lies under a desk Monday as he reads in Amy Reichert’s class while classmates recline on the floor, sit in a big chair and hide under desks during reading time at Butterfield School in Libertyville.

    Reading time offers choices for Libertyville first graders

    First-graders at Butterfield School in Libertyville lay on the floor, sat in a big chair and hid under desks during reading time Monday morning. No, they weren’t trying to escape boredom. Their casual positioning was all part of their teacher’s plan.

    Kane County sheriff’s officers investigate a fatal accident about 7:30 a.m. Monday involving a black 2002 Toyota Camry and a van on Keslinger Road just west of Harley Road east of Elburn.

    Man, 68, dead in 2-vehicle crash near Elburn

    A 68-year-old man was killed in a head-on crash at about 7:30 a.m. today, east of Elburn, Kane County authorities said. Keslinger Road was closed between Harley and Denali roads until about 10:30 a.m. while authorities investigated the crash that killed Burton Brown, Jr., of Elburn.


    Hoffman Estates offers senior driving course

    The Hoffman Estates Commission for Senior Citizens will host a “Rules of the Road” refresher course from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, in the Department of Health and Human Services’ conference room at village hall, 1900 Hassell Road in Hoffman Estates.


    Lake Zurich Legion launches coffee gatherings

    Lake Zurich American Legion Post 964 is starting a new weekly gathering in an effort to bring together veterans. Post officials say free coffee and doughnuts will be available from 8:30 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday, starting this week.


    Ritzy’s Cafe closes in Rolling Meadows

    Ritzy’s Cafe and Backerei at 2765 Algonquin Road in Rolling Meadows closed recently after 30 years in business. Rolling Meadows’ community development director had no information about why the restaurant closed, and the restauarnt's owner could not be reached for comment.


    Police seize $78,000 in meth, pot in West Dundee

    A West Dundee man is being held on $2 million bond after authorities say they seized three pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana from his apartment. Police say they found the drugs in the apartment Fernando Carreon-Medina, 40. The drugs had a combined street value of about $78,000, said Kane County sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler.

    A construction crew works on a roadway Monday in Springfield. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition is sending a letter to state lawmakers this week warning that acceptable road and bridge conditions are in jeopardy over the next five years without significant new money.

    Advocates warn of transportation funding drop-off

    An influential group of Illinois transportation advocates is warning lawmakers of a drop-off in spending on roads and bridges and pointing out a murky federal funding picture as it tries to bolster its case for an aggressive tax plan it says would provide sound financing.


    UIC faculty union approves new contract

    The faculty at the University of Illinois-Chicago has agreed to their first labor contract. The deal will give them a 6.75 percent raise and higher starting salaries for nontenured instructors.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Mount Prospect man faces multiple charges in Arlington Heights after his vehicle hit three other vehicles in a parking lot and his blood-alcohol level registered three times the legal limit, according to the police report.

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

    Quinn says he’ll limit himself to 2 terms

    Gov. Pat Quinn says term limits are good policy for Illinois and he’s going to limit himself to two terms. The Chicago Democrat told reporters Monday after a City Club of Chicago speech that he won’t seek a third term if he wins in November against Republican Bruce Rauner.

    Jose Rebollar, 26, of Round Lake, is facing three counts of first-degree murder. His trial begins today.

    Trial begins for Round Lake man accused in teen’s slaying over hat

    The trial of a Round Lake man accused of taking part the fatal shooting of a Zion teen because of the way he wore his hat kicked off Monday in a Lake County courtroom. Jose Rebollar, 26, is facing up to 75 years in prison for his role in the March 10, 2013 shooting of Gabriel Gonzalez.


    Quinn says more discretionary jobs at IDOT were needed

    Gov. Pat Quinn says the increase in jobs free from hiring rules at the Illinois Department of Transportation were “absolutely” necessary. He told reporters Monday that there were federal stimulus dollars that had to be spent quickly and efficiently, along with a massive capital bill. ocuments released last week by his office showed a hiring increase of 57 percent from 2003 to 2011.

    Leonore Draper

    Chicago woman caught in gang crossfire

    A woman who was shot to death after attending a fundraiser for an anti-violence group was apparently caught in rival gangs’ crossfire and was not the intended target, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday.

    Tim Wendt, director of financial aid and veteran services at Parkland College, and Kristina Taylor, coordinator of veterans and military personnel, stand outside the new Veterans Resource Center earlier this month at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill.

    Colleges left with veterans program costs

    A state program that guarantees college tuition for Illinois veterans has provided less and less money in recent years, which leaves public universities and community colleges to pick up the tab. The bill is expected to top $32 million this year.


    9 mumps cases diagnosed at U of I

    University of Illinois officials say nine students on the Urbana-Champaign campus have been diagnosed with mumps. The cases are part of an outbreak that has already produced more cases this year than the state saw in all of 2013.

    The structure of the new nature center being built at Knoch Knolls park in Naperville is scheduled to be complete by early June in advance of opening this fall. The nature center is the main aspect of a $5.5 million project to improve the park with a new canoe launch, trails, parking lot, sculpture, playground and nine more holes of disc golf.

    Outdoor work starting soon at Knoch Knolls in Naperville

    Outdoor construction season is about to begin on a project that will make nature more interactive at Knoch Knolls park in Naperville and improve the area with a new canoe launch, parking lot, paths and playground. “We will start working on removing the existing parking lot that’s actually in the floodway down there and rerouting the bike path,” Project Manager Peggy Pelkonen...


    Budget talks on tap Tuesday in Island Lake

    The Island Lake village board’s Finance Committee will meet Tuesday to discuss a proposed $7.6 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year. The meeting is set for 1 p.m. at village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave. Another budget discussion is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at village hall. The new fiscal year begins Thursday.


    Suburban students ready for state science expo

    Hundreds of middle school and high school science students from throughout the suburbs and state are expected to converge for the annual Illinois Junior Academy of Science state exposition May 2-3 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The expo will be held at the NIU Convocation Center, 1525 W Lincoln Hwy. It is expected to draw more than 1,400 seventh- through 12th-graders who will exhibit...

    Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour” will be performed Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson show coming to Sears Centre

    The estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil announced Monday that “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour” will return to the Chicago area with performances June 27 and June 28 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Featuring 49 international dancers, musicians and acrobats, it is presented in a rock concert format that combines Michael Jackson’s music and...

    The Kaneland Arts Initiative has invited the Beatles tribute band The Cavern Beat to perform Friday, May 2.

    Kaneland Arts Initiative presents The Cavern Beat

    After the success of the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival, the Kaneland Arts Initiative is thrilled to invite the Cavern Beat back to the Kaneland Stage on Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m.

    Kevin Burns

    Entrants sought for Geneva’s Got Talent

    Pull that sax out of the closet, start warming up your vocals in the shower, grab the cape, black hat and wand from the basement — Geneva’s Got Talent is looking for you.


    Suburban men charged with defrauding schools in tutoring scheme

    A suburban father and son were indicted on federal fraud charges stemming from a multistate scheme that prosecutors said netted their tutoring companies more than $33 million in government funds. Prosecutors said Kabir Kassam, 34, of Wheeling and his father Jowhar Soultanali, 58, of Morton Grove, bribed school officials, rigged test results and often failed to test clients at all as part of the...

    Standing on a balcony overlooking the Field Museum’s Stanley Field Hall are Alexian Brothers Paul Magner, Daniel McCormick and Thomas Klein, all of whom came to their vocation later in life.

    Alexian Brothers men explain their late-in-life career changes

    Three Alexian Brothers men at the Ball de Fleur fundraising event on Saturday night at the Field Museum described themselves as “regular guys,” who were called to religious life later than the traditional vocation, but now find themselves “in the trenches” and working with the poor and marginalized.

    English choirmaster and composer Philip Moore will make his Chicago-area conducting debut when he leads the St. Charles Singers in an all-British season-finale program.

    British composer to conduct St. Charles Singers

    Eminent English choirmaster and composer Philip Moore will make his Chicago-area conducting debut when he leads the St. Charles Singers in an all-British season-finale program at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles.

    The Salvation Army would like to move into this spot near Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, but Village President Chris Nelson says the business is more appropriate in a strip mall on Route 31, south of Route 72.

    W. Dundee, Salvation Army disagree on thrift store spot

    The Salvation Army and West Dundee officials are clashing on whether a thrift store the organization wants to open near Spring Hill Mall is the right place for the business. Salvation Army leaders say a spot just east of the mall is ideal. But Village President Chris Nelson disagrees. "It would be poor planning to allow such a use outside of a regional mall," he said.

    The United States imposed new sanctions Monday on seven Russian government officials, as well as 17 companies with links to Vladimir Putin’s close associates, as the Obama administration sought to pressure the Russian leader to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. Putin is seen in this photo.

    New U.S. sanctions on Russian officials, companies

    The United States imposed new sanctions Monday on seven Russian government officials, as well as 17 companies with links to Vladimir Putin’s close associates, as the Obama administration sought to pressure the Russian leader to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. The U.S. sanctions were implemented in coordination with the European Union, which moved to slap visa bans and asset freezes on...

    Jerome McCauley

    Ex-St. Charles teacher gets 6 years for child porn possession

    A former St. Charles middle school teacher was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography possession in DeKalb County. Jerome McCauley, 46, of Sycamore, resigned from his job at a seventh-grade Wredling Middle School teacher after his arrest in October 2013.


    Housing help in Waukegan April 29

    Local organizations, housing providers, and social service agencies that can help people find or remain in housing, settle disputes, protect housing rights and provide other services will be available to the public from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Most Blessed Trinity, Holy Family Youth Center, 450 Keller Ave., Waukegan.


    Time to apply for Miss Vernon Hills pageant

    Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m., Friday, May 9 for the 2014 Vernon Hills pageant. Each year three young ladies are chosen to represent the community as Little Miss Vernon Hills, Junior Miss Vernon Hills, and Miss Vernon Hills.

    Manager Terry Tylman, right, and assistant manager Roberta Pittenturf are ready to take your order at Molly’s Deli in Carpentersville, where customers can enjoy video gaming along with deli sandwiches and drinks.

    Sandwiches and gaming go hand in hand at Molly’s Deli

    There is a new deli along the Randall Road corridor where you can place bets along with placing your order. Molly’s Deli opened about two months ago at 8050 Binnie Road, at the corner of Randall and Binnie roads in Carpentersville.

    Prospect Heights officials are in talks to hire former Buffalo Grove village administrator Bill Balling as a consultant to help broker a deal with a suburban consortium that would bring Lake Michigan water to city residents who currently receive water from private wells.

    Prospect Heights renews push for Lake Michigan water

    Water, a perennial issue in Prospect Heights, is bubbling to the surface again as city leaders may hire a former suburban village administrator and fire chief to help broker a deal to bring Lake Michigan water to the city.


    15 hurt when SUV hits Chicago bus

    Chicago fire officials say 15 people were hurt — one person seriously — when a SUV struck a Chicago Transit Authority bus on the city’s South Side.Monday’s accident happened around 10 a.m.


    Chicago bound aircraft makes emergency landing in Fort Wayne

    A Fort Wayne International Airport official says a Chicago-bound Chautauqua Airlines flight made an emergency landing at the airport after its crew smelled a burning odor in the cockpit.

    Exchange Club of Gurnee’s Salad in the Park fundraiser returns for its 26th year from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Gurnee Park District’s Viking Park Dance Hall.

    Gurnee Exchange Club’s Salad in the Park fundraiser returns

    Gurnee Exchange Club is getting ready to host its annual Salad in the Park fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Gurnee Park District’s Viking Park Dance Hall, 4374 Old Grand Ave.


    Walk/run to break cycle of domestic violence

    A Safe Place Invites is seeking participants for its second EmpoweRun 5K Run/Walk to help in the fight against domestic violence.

    The AM kindergarten class at Laura B. Sprague in Lincolnshire heads out of school for a walk for diabetes Friday. The kids walked from the school to Ryerson Woods and back.

    Lincolnshire school takes part in annual walk for diabetes

    Laura B. Sprague School students and staff will participate in a school walk for diabetes on Friday, April 25. Kindergarten, first- and second-grade students will participate


    Garage fire damages Streamwood residence, no injuries reported

    No injuries were reported after a garage fire Sunday night caused an estimated $50,000 damage to a Streamwood home, fire officials said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


    NY lawmaker pleads not guilty to U.S. fraud charges

    New York Congressman Michael Grimm has pleaded not guilty to a 20-count federal indictment that includes charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and tax fraud.


    Maine Township District 207 chooses new board member

    The Maine Township High School District 207 board has selected Paula Meyer Besler to fill the remaining term of longtime board member Donna Pellar, who stepped down earlier this month after 19 years of service because she is moving outside the district’s boundaries. Besler, the director of community and health relations for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, will be sworn in...

    Two men stand in front of a destroyed house in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 28, 2014, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday. A tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left at least 17 dead in a violent start to this year’s storm season, officials said.

    Images: Weekend storms kill 17 in Arkansas and Oklahoma
    Severe storms moved through Oklahoma and Arkansas over the weekend killing 17 people and injured many more. More severe storms are expected on Monday in those same areas.

    Those who attend the DuPage Veterans Foundation fundraising lunch can see military equipment and talk with veterans. The event supports Honor Flight Chicago.

    DuPage foundation working to help more World War II vets get on Honor Flights

    The DuPage Veterans Foundation lunch on Saturday, May 3, will help send veterans on what could be the most powerful flights of their lives. The event benefits Honor Flight Chicago, which flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see WWII and military branch memorials and to take part in ceremonies that honor their service and the sacrifices of those who didn’t make it home.

    A Japanese P-3C Orion is guided by ground crew as it taxis along the tarmac at RAAF Base Pearce before departing for Japan’s final search flight for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Monday.

    Air search for missing Malaysian plane called off

    The aerial search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was called off Monday, and the underwater hunt will be expanded to include a vast swath of ocean floor that may take at least eight months to thoroughly search, Australian officials said.


    DuPage Veterans Foundation vital statistics
    DuPage Veterans Foundation has a fundraiser to support Honor Flight Chicago.

    “The goal here is not to go after Mr. Putin personally,” Obama said. “The goal is to change his calculus with respect to how the current actions that he’s engaging in could have an adverse impact on the Russian economy over the long haul.”

    U.S. to levy new Russia sanctions Monday

    Seeking to ratchet up pressure on Vladimir Putin, President Barack Obama said the United States will levy new sanctions Monday on Russian individuals and companies in retaliation for Moscow’s alleged provocations in Ukraine.

    Angie Wolske pets one of her chickens, which shares space with other feathered friends under a heat lamp at her home in Champaign (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Heather Coit) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Chickens coming to yards in Champaign

    The Wolske farm in southwest Champaign has been growing since they put in their first garden in 1996. So much so that Martin Wolske has to look at his hand-drawn map to remember that he’ll have squash growing, too, among the peas, potatoes, leeks, asparagus, peach and pear trees, alfalfa, tomatoes, peppers and strawberries. You can never have too many strawberries, Wolske says.


    Lincoln Heritage Museum reopens

    An Abraham Lincoln museum has reopened at a new location at Lincoln College. Several months after the Lincoln Heritage Museum closed, it reopened in a new space over the weekend on the campus in Lincoln.


    Ex-teacher in Illinois faces more sex assault charges

    A southwestern Illinois teacher who resigned after being accused of sexually assaulting two children is now charged with 14 more counts after investigators say they’ve identified seven more victims. Thirty-six-year-old Jason Ehlers of Bethalto was charged earlier this month with four sexual assault counts involving two children.


    Growing shrimp in America's Dairyland

    America's Dairyland might seem an unlikely place for growing some of the country's favorite seafood. Wisconsin's first indoor shrimp farm is located in the heart of Wisconsin's Kickapoo Valley where the organic food industry is booming.


    Proposed Illinois tax on soft drinks may fizzle

    A legislative effort to tax soft drinks in order to promote healthy living may be falling flat in Springfield.The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports the effort introduced by two Chicago area lawmakers remains in committee. But they haven't been called for any hearings.


    Suspect, victim in Wisconsin stabbing knew each other
    Police say a 54-year-old suspect being held in the Manitowoc County Jail knew the man he’s accused of killing. Two Rivers Police Chief Joseph Collins says the 34-year-old male victim was stabbed about 3 a.m. Sunday, then tried to drive away from the scene of the crime before crashing into two vehicles in the driveway of a house.


    Indiana National Guard unit heading to Afghanistan

    FRANKLIN, Ind. — About 150 members of an Indiana National Guard unit are heading to Afghanistan to help close and tear down military bases that are no longer needed as U.S. troops withdraw from the country.


    Fire kills 92-year-old Chicago man

    Chicago fire officials say a 92-year-old man died after a fire in the city’s West Town neighborhood that displaced more than a dozen people. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford tells the Chicago Sun-Times the man was found Sunday night in front room of a second-story home.


    Mom needs to back off of daughter’s friendship

    Mom is tired of daughter's best friend taunting her over good grades. She wants to know if if she should encourage her daughter to end the friendship. Carolyn Hax says guide the daughter, but stay out of it.


    Dawn Patrol: Church mourns for Palatine men; Blackhawks advance

    Church mourns Palatine men killed in Afghanistan; Friends remember longtime suburban resident, former Grizzlies owner Heisley; Service restored for most homes near Long Grove explosion; Paralympic coaches spot suburban talent; Good to the core, Blackhawks advance; Blackhawks save best for last against Blues; No Nene, no problem for Wizards against Bulls; It’s time for Bulls to give Gibson...

    Laura Pontarelli, here with husband John and daughter Julia at their home in Elk Grove Village, has severe allergies and had to forgo a flight minutes before takeoff when she saw a service dog would also be on board.

    Allergies and airlines: Not a good mix for some travelers

    Laura Pontarelli's allergies are so bad she finds it difficult to breathe when she's near a dog or cat. So bad she couldn't get on a flight that included a service dog and missed an important trip with her daughter. The problem's more common than you'd think, experts say. Did we help the family get a refund? Read on.

    Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp celebrates his third-period goal with fans Sunday in Game 6 of the NHL first round playoffs at the United Center in Chicago. Chicago beat the St. Louis Blues to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend
    10 stories you may have missed on the weekend: A house in Long Grove was destroyed after it exploded; a Palatine father and son were shot and killed in Afghanistan; downtown Libertyville's makeover a success 25 year in making; Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 has upset some parents over its changing schedule; Lodge of Antioch damaged in fire; first-degree murder charged in Waukegan...

    Eight-graders Kathleen Graham, left, and Bridget Horvath shovel dirt onto an autumn sugar maple tree during a tree planting ceremony at St. Joseph Catholic School on Tuesday in Libertyville. All 400 students from the school attended the ceremony.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Earth Day activities like hiking, planting, recycling, and even a game show.

    President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting at Malaya University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday. The last American president to visit Malaysia was Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966.

    U.S., Philippines reach 10-year defense deal

    The United States and the Philippines will sign a new, 10-year defense agreement Monday, officials said, one of the clearest signs yet of renewed American engagement in the region at a time when tensions between China and its neighbors have been rising.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening ceremony of the Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem Sunday. Israel’s annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust has begun with a ceremony marking 70 years since the Warsaw ghetto uprising.

    Netanyahu warns world on Holocaust memorial day

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the country’s annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust by issuing a stern warning Sunday to the world to learn the lessons of the past and prevent another Holocaust. At the opening ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Netanyahu linked the Nazi genocide to Iran’s suspected drive to acquire nuclear...


    From left, Conant’s Carmen Rosas (5), Kaitlyn Claffey (4) and Emily Weingart (21) are all smiles after topping Palatine 6-4 on Monday to clinch the MSL West girls water polo crown.

    Perfect MSL West finish for Conant

    Conant’s girls water polo program made history Monday by topping visiting Palatine 6-4. The victory completed a perfect 10-0 run for the Cougars against their Mid-Suburban West opponents to clinch an outright MSL divisional title, the first in the program’s history.

    Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan waves during the first half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat in Charlotte, N.C. The Heat would sweep the Bobcats out of the playoffs.

    James, Heat say buh-bye to MJ and Bobcats

    LeBron James scored 31 points, and the Miami Heat completed a first-round sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats with a 109-98 victory Monday night. James scored 19 points after injuring his thigh in the third quarter. He finished the game 10 of 19 from the field and had nine assists. Chris Bosh added 17 points and Dwyane Wade battled through foul trouble and finished with 15 as Miami won its 20th straight game over Charlotte.


    Softball: Monday, April 28 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Monday, April 28.


    Girls soccer: Monday, April 28 results
    Results of area high schoo girlsl soccer games for Monday, April 28.


    Girls water polo: Monday, April 28 results
    Resi;ts fpr area high school giirls water polo games for Monday, April 28.


    Boys volleyball: Monday, April 28 results
    Results for area high school boys volleyball games for Monday, April 28.


    Boys water polo: Monday, April 28 results
    Results of area high school boys water polo games for Monday, April 28.


    Baseball: Monday, April 28 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Monday, April 28.


    Girls badminton: Monday, April 28 results
    Results of area high school badminton meets for Monday, April 28.


    Boys tennis: Monday, April 28 results
    Results for area high school boys tennis meets for Monday, April 28.

    Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, right, celebrates his goal against San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock during the first period in Game 6 of their NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Monday.

    LA Kings surge past Sharks 4-1, force Game 7

    LOS ANGELES — Justin Williams forced the tiebreaking goal underneath Alex Stalock with 8:04 to play, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Monday night, rallying all the way back from an 0-3 series deficit to force a decisive Game 7.Williams and Anze Kopitar each had two goals and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves as the Kings became just the ninth team in NHL history to force a seventh game after losing the first three.Stalock stopped 26 shots in his first NHL playoff start, and James Sheppard scored for the spiraling Sharks.Just three teams in NHL history have rallied from an 0-3 deficit to win a series.Los Angeles could join them in Game 7 in San Jose on Wednesday.

    Dallas Mavericks’ Vince Carter (25) watches as San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan (21) celebrates in the final seconds of Game 4 of their NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday.

    Ginobili, Diaw help Spurs get even with Mavs 93-89

    DALLAS — Manu Ginobili scored 23 points, Boris Diaw hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute and the San Antonio Spurs held off a second-half surge by Dallas to beat the Mavericks 93-89 on Monday night, pulling even in their first-round playoff series.The Spurs regained the home-court advantage by getting a split of two games in Dallas, matching what the eighth-seeded Mavericks did in San Antonio.The Spurs led by 20 points in the third quarter before the Mavericks pulled even midway through the fourth quarter of Game 4. The score was still tied when Diaw hit from long range over Dirk Nowitzki at the top of the key for a 90-87 lead.Monta Ellis led Dallas with 20 points but missed two potential tying shots after Diaw’s basket.Game 5 is Wednesday night in San Antonio.Nowitzki, who had 19 points and was held under 20 in a fourth straight playoff game for the first time since his first postseason in 2001, had a putback on a missed 3 by Ellis to get Dallas within 90-89. But the Mavericks let nearly 10 seconds run off the clock before fouling Ginobili with 10 seconds left.Ginobili missed one of the free throws, giving Ellis a chance to tie on a driving layup two nights after Vince Carter hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a one-point Dallas win in Game 3. Ellis’ shot rimmed out, and Ginobili hit two more free throws to clinch the win.Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter had double-doubles for the Spurs, with Duncan getting 14 points and 10 rebounds and Splitter adding 10 points and 12 boards. Diaw finished with 17 points.San Antonio, which led from early in the second quarter until late in the fourth, was down 83-82 when former teammate DeJuan Blair was ejected for kicking Splitter in the back of the head after getting called for a foul when he got tangled up with the San Antonio center as both players fell to the court.Ginobili, who had five assists, made the technical free throw for an 83-all tie, and Splitter hit both free throws on the foul for an 85-83 San Antonio lead.Blair had a big hand in getting Dallas back in the game, scoring all 12 of his points and grabbing nine of his 11 rebounds in the second half.Both teams wore black socks in support of the Los Angeles Clippers as the NBA investigates racist comments that owner Donald Sterling is alleged to have made in a taped conversation.San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich challenged his team to play with more “nastiness” after falling behind in the series with two straight losses, and his Spurs responded in the first half.The best display was in a dominant second quarter, when the Spurs outscored the Mavericks 32-13. Kawhi Leonard intended to swat Carter’s driving shot into the stands. Instead, Patty Mills dived into the seats to save it, sending the Spurs on a fast break that ended with a miss by Tony Parker. Parker’s miss didn’t matter, though, because the Mavericks were in the middle of a 5-minute scoreless stretch that included eight straight misses to cap a 2-of-18 shooting spell from late in the first quarter to late in the second. Dallas shot 21 percent in the second quarter.The Mavericks warmed up in the second half, but still finished at 38 percent. Ellis was 6 of 20 from the field.Dallas hurt itself with missed free throws. Samuel Dalembert was 1 of 6 from the line two nights after he hit two late to get Dallas even in a back-and-forth final minute. The Mavericks were 18 of 28 from the line.NOTES: Dalembert had 15 rebounds but just three points. ... The Spurs improved to 25-0 on the road when leading after three quarters. They are 53-1 overall.


    Addison Trail’s Valdez on pace to reach state goal

    Representing a boys track and field team that hasn’t been flush with state qualifiers, Addison Trail’s Juan Valdez seeks to become the Blazers’ rare repeat state qualifier.

    Minnesota Wild left wing Erik Haula, left, of Finland; right wing Jason Pominville, center; and left wing Zach Parise (11) celebrate Pominville’s empty-net goal during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche in St. Paul, Minn., Monday.

    Parise lifts Wild past Avs 5-2, to tie series at 3

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Zach Parise scored early and late on tipped shots, and the Minnesota Wild tacked on two empty-net goals for a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night that sent the first-round playoff series to a decisive Game 7.Parise and Mikko Koivu each had two assists. The teams will meet again in Denver on Wednesday night, with the winner taking on the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference semifinals.Parise scored just 49 seconds into the game and Mikael Granlund made it 2-0 later in the first period, but a costly turnover by Ryan Suter at the end of a failed 5-on-3 situation led to a short-handed goal for the Avalanche when Paul Stastny scored for the fourth time in the series.Nick Holden got the tying goal in the second period to stop the power-play skid for the Avalanche, who had been denied by a resurgent Wild penalty-kill unit in 19 of 20 prior opportunities in the series.Matt Duchene returned to the Avalanche lineup and notched an assist, but Parise stole the show for the home team. Parked in the crease with the season on the line, he took a shove in the back from goalie Semyon Varlamov and then outmuscled defenseman Erik Johnson for position on Koivu’s shot from behind the circle with 6:29 left in the game.Avalanche coach Patrick Roy pulled Varlamov with 2:44 remaining, and this time the daring move backfired after it led to tying goals in Games 1 and 5. Jason Pominville and Marco Scandella found the back of the net for the Wild, who got 21 saves from Darcy Kuemper.Nathan MacKinnon’s league-leading 10 points, accumulated over all three Avalanche home games, have been one of the biggest stories of the NHL playoffs so far. The 18-year-old whiz hasn’t played as well on the road in this series, though, and with a mere 26 seconds elapsed he was sent to the penalty box for holding. Just 23 seconds after that, the Wild were in front. Suter, who was originally credited with the goal, fired a shot that Parise tipped in. The arena erupted.This was the quick start the Wild needed, after squandering another late lead at Colorado, and they had a 2-0 cushion midway through the first when Pominville set up Granlund for his slap shot that skidded between Varlamov’s pads.The tenor of a game that could’ve become a blowout then took a sharp turn.The Wild had a 5-on-3 power play for 67 seconds after consecutive penalties on Stastny for slashing and Andre Benoit for flipping the puck over the glass. They played it patiently, getting two shots on goal, but Suter’s last attempt of the two-man advantage didn’t connect cleanly with the puck. Ryan O’Reilly jumped on it and, in the timing to beat all timing, found Stastny all alone on his surge from the box.Stastny went low with his wrist and sneaked his shot past Kuemper’s stick to put the Avalanche on the board. That was their second short-handed score of the series, double their power-play goal total until Matt Moulson was penalized for slashing early in the second period.Similar to their own-end struggles when the Avalanche skated with an empty net earlier in the series, the Wild had trouble clearing the puck on that power play. They paid for it when Holden zipped toward the net and knocked in the back-door pass from O’Reilly.Duchene had the second assist, the first real sign of his return from the left knee injury that kept him out for the past month. The Avalanche leader with 70 points during the regular season, Duchene wasn’t cleared for action until minutes before faceoff and started on the fourth line with Brad Malone and Maxime Talbot, but he was given plenty of power-play time and didn’t appear to play with any rust.

    Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) celebrates with Adam Eaton (1) as teammates Jose Abreu (79) and Gordon Beckham (15) watch after the White Sox’s 7-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

    White Sox’ bats stay red hot in 7-3 win

    It was another big offensive night for the White Sox in a 7-3 win over Tampa Bay Monday. Jose Abreu was again in the middle of the assault, but the impressive rookie has hardly been a one-man show.


    Hampshire charges back to beat Burlington Central

    Pitchers regularly shake off catchers, but it’s not every day a coach shakes off his pitcher. Yet, that’s what happened in the tension-filled bottom of the seventh inning of the Hampshire baseball team’s 5-4 victory at rival Burlington Central on Monday.


    Weather suspends Huntley, Cary-Grove in tie

    The score was tied at 1-1, with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division softball game between visiting Huntley and host Cary-Grove, when heavy rains came to suspend the game on Monday afternoon. The game will be completed when the teams meet for their second scheduled game of the season on May 19 at Huntley.


    Batavia snaps Marmion’s 36-match winning streak

    Marmion Academy entered Monday’s nonconference tennis clash at Batavia High School boasting one of the state’s longest winning streaks. The Cadets had won 36 consecutive dual meets dating back to May 7, 2011. Their last defeat was a 4-3 Batavia victory on the Bulldogs’ home courts. In the words of Yogi Berra, it was déjà vu all over again Monday night.


    Barrington passes big test at Conant

    Barrington moved a step closer to another Mid-Suburban West Division crown in girls soccer following a hard-fought 2-0 victory against host Conant on Monday.


    Hersey, Palatine finish perfect divisional runs

    The boys water polo teams from Hersey and Palatine completed unbeaten runs through their Mid-Suburban League divisional foes on Monday after clinching outright championships last week.


    Allain’s all-around game lifts Hersey

    Hersey’s Ryan Allain doubled twice in a 3-for-3, 2-RBI effort at the plate and also delivered a quality start to help the Huskies past visiting Buffalo Grove 8-1 on Monday in Mid-Suburban East play.


    St. Charles East names Farquhar football coach

    With the speed of a jet sweep the search for the new St. Charles East head varsity football coach has ended.

    Baseball fans sit in the outfield seats with their dogs at Dog Days during the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 28, 2014, in Chicago.

    Carroll touched by Dunn’s generosity

    As a hitter, Adam Dunn has been a major disappointment since joining the White Sox in 2011. But he's been an all-star teammate, as Dunn showed by taking care of Scott Carroll's celebratory dinner party Sunday night.

    Atlanta Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll (5) celebrates with his teammates late in the second half in Game 5 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers Monday in Indianapolis. Atlanta defeated Indiana 107-97.

    Hawks take series lead with 107-97 win at Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Scott made five 3-pointers during a 30-6 second-quarter run Monday night, and the Atlanta Hawks fended off a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat top-seeded Indiana 107-97 and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.Atlanta can clinch the first-round series at home Thursday.Scott scored all 17 of his points during an incredible 12-minute stretch when Atlanta went 13 of 16 from the field and outscored Indiana 41-19 to take a 61-40 halftime lead. The Hawks and the 1970 Milwaukee Bucks are the only road teams in the shot-clock era to score at least 40 points and allow fewer than 20 in any quarter of a playoff game.Shelvin Mack led the eighth-seeded Hawks with 20 points.Paul George had 26 for Indiana, which got as close as eight points in the final minute.For the Pacers, it was another bleak chapter in a second-half implosion that could go down as the worst in NBA history if they can’t survive this series.On Monday, one of the league’s best defensive teams inexplicably collapsed in the second quarter. Atlanta was 9 of 11 from beyond the arc in the quarter and shot 81.3 percent from the field during a second quarter in which the Pacers allowed their most points ever in a playoff game and the Hawks matched their second-highest scoring total in the same quarter during a postseason game.Atlanta previously did it against Detroit on April 17, 1986. The St. Louis Hawks scored 45 points against Fort Wayne on March 14, 1957.And it was every bit as impressive as it seemed.Atlanta opened the quarter with a free throw from Mack to tie the score at 21. Scott then made four consecutive 3s to push the lead to 33-21.It didn’t stop there.Mack hit a midrange jumper, Kyle Korver made a 3, Scott scored on a putback and Korver hit his second 3. Mack followed that with two free throws and Scott closed the run with his last 3 of the game. That gave Atlanta a 48-27 lead.Indiana never recovered.The Pacers still trailed 61-40 at halftime and by as many as 30 points in the third quarter.Indiana cut the deficit to 85-67 late in the third and with the crowd urging it to keep playing, closed to 96-87 with 4:04 to go. But Korver knocked down another 3 and the Hawks closed it out at the free throw line.The Pacers, who haven’t won consecutive games with their regular starters since mid-March, now must win the last two games of the series to advance.Atlanta set a postseason record by making 15 3s.Notes: The Pacers had a moment of silence to honor former coach Jack Ramsay, who died Monday at age 89. Ramsay led the Pacers to the first NBA playoff win in franchise history. ... Atlanta has three wins at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and is the only team to beat Indiana on its home court more than once this season.


    Kaneland’s Holubecki mows down Yorkville in NIB 12 showdown

    Anthony Holubecki is only a sophomore but he also is considered the ace of Kaneland’s pitching staff. Holubecki (4-1) lived up to his top billing Monday afternoon, allowing just 2 hits while racking up 9 strikeouts in 6 innings of work during the Knights’ 2-0 Northern Illinois Big 12 East triumph over Yorkville (14-7, 4-2) in Maple Park.

    Jake Arrieta will come off the disabled list Wednesday and is expected to make his first start of the season either Saturday or Sunday against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

    Rain causes Cubs to readjust rotation

    Both ends of the Cubs' starting rotation were front and center Monday night. Jeff Samardzija was the scheduled pitcher for Monday's rained-out game in Cincinnati. Jake Arrieta will be coming off the disabled list to start over the weekend, replacing Carlos Villanueva in the rotation.

    Carlos Boozer needs his teammates to start hitting outside shots in order for him to be more effective scoring in the post.

    Help wanted: Boozer needs help to produce in 1st quarter

    It's easy to blame Carlos Boozer for the Bulls' slow starts against Washington. He played the entire first quarter and did not score in Sunday's Game 4. But the true problem is the Wizards' defense is giving the Bulls' outside shooters little respect.


    Gibson takes scoring role to new level

    Taj Gibson has set a new playoff high in two of the last three games, scoring 32 and 22 points. He’s the Bulls’ leading scorer in the Washington series at 19.8 per game, while shooting 62 percent from the field. He talked Monday about his role as a primary scorer.

    Streamwood catcher Natalie Filippo trips over her mask and misses a foul ball pop up off the bat of Batavia’s Rachael Lovestrand in the first inning Monday in Batavia. Lovestrand then hit an RBI triple to start the three-score inning.

    Streamwood overcomes Batavia’s furious comeback

    Streamwood certainly didn’t use the textbook way to close out a win Monday at Batavia — but the Sabres will take it.

    Wheaton Academy’s Braden Martin fires one past IMSA’s Aaron Victor during boys volleyball in West Chicago Monday.

    Wheaton Academy’s McDonell feeling 100 percent

    At 6-foot-6, Wheaton Academy senior middle hitter Steven McDonell clearly was the tallest player on the volleyball court in Monday’s match with Illinois Math and Science Academy.

    The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, left, Evgeni Malkin, center, of Russia, and Matt Niskanen celebrate Malkin’s goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period of Game 6 Monday in Columbus, Ohio.

    Malkin’s 3 goals power Penguins to Game 6 clincher
    Associated PressCOLUMBUS, Ohio — Evgeni Malkin had a hat trick and the Pittsburgh Penguins almost blew a four-goal lead before beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Monday night to clinch their first-round playoff series in six games.The Blue Jackets, closer to making tee times than thinking about a Game 7, scored three times in a 4:52 span in the third period to turn up the pressure on the Penguins.Pittsburgh awaits the winner of the New York-Philadelphia series, with the Rangers leading 3-2 going into Tuesday night’s Game 6.Brandon Sutter also scored and Matt Niskanen had two assists as the Penguins became the first team in the series to score first and win — but barely. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves.Fedor Tyutin, Artem Anisimov and Nick Foligno scored late to thrill a crowd of 19,189 who stood and roared for the final 4 minutes.The Penguins were hard pressed to just fight off the upstart Blue Jackets after goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who also had 24 saves, was pulled for an extra attacker with under 2 minutes left. Columbus’ Matt Calvert was wide with a potential tying shot with 3:30 left.It was Malkin’s 10th career three-goal game. He hadn’t scored in the first 332:52 of the series, then scored three in a span of 26:11.The Blue Jackets, one of the NHL’s youngest teams, found consolation in earning the first two playoff victories in the franchise’s 13 seasons.Malkin, who ended a nine-game playoff goal drought, made up for lost time by scoring twice in a 4:02 span of the opening period.Chris Kunitz won a puck battle along the short boards and then slid a pass from the left corner to Malkin, who was alone at the edge of the right circle. He settled the puck and then beat Bobrovsky high on the stick side at the 9:11 mark.Foligno, who had the Game 4 overtime winner the previous time the teams played in Columbus, went sent to the penalty box for a roughing penalty before Malkin scored again.Columbus’ Derek MacKenzie appeared to have cleared the puck, but Niskanen got a stick on it to keep it in the offensive zone. The puck ended up going to Malkin, who unleashed a hard wrister from the high slot with Kunitz blocking Bobrovsky’s view. Fleury didn’t get much work in the opening 20 minutes, but made a big save when he stymied MacKenzie, who had intercepted a Craig Adams pass in the Penguins’ end and squeezed off a shot from close range.A Blue Jackets power play had just ended when defenseman James Wisniewski mishandled the puck at the blue line and Sutter grabbed it. He was all alone streaking down the left wing, faked the forehand and then slipped a backhand into the net.Malkin scored his third goal at the 15:22 mark of the second period, benefiting from a 2-on-1 break after taking a pass along the left wall from Jussi Jokinen. The big Russian glanced at James Neal to his right while cruising past the lone Blue Jacket back, defenseman Jack Johnson, then ripped the shot past Bobrovsky to make it 4-0.The fans were up in arms after Tanner Glass leveled Wisniewski on a hit in the corner in the second period and was called for boarding.Early in the third, Columbus’ Blake Comeau got the best of Beau Bennett on a check and the Pens’ Joe Vitale then initiated knee-to-knee contact with Comeau. Vitale was called for interference, but was in pain on the ice and did not return.Tyutin’s shot from the right dot ended Fleury’s shutout streak at 97:26 — since the Blue Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the first period of Game 5.But then Anisimov scored from the left point with 6:06 remaining to make it 4-2 and Foligno redirected a Tyutin shot to cut the lead to a goal with 4:47 left.The Penguins were pushed to the limit to hold on the rest of the way.

    The NBA is expected to make a ruling soon regarding possible sanctions against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for “disturbing and offensive” remarks attributed to Sterling in a recording.

    4 lessons NBA owners and Sterling have taught us

    It's a safe guess that NBA owners have disapproved of Donald Sterling — but they didn't disapprove of him enough. They should not only have to explain him, but also their own inaction, says columnist Sally Jenkins of the Washinton Post. Jenkins outlines 4 lessons we've learned about Sterling and his NBA partners.

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday, March 2, 2009.

    Clippers’ Donald Sterling has long history of trouble

    LOS ANGELES — Donald Sterling has been known to heckle his own team from the center-court seat where he has sat for decades, whether with his now-estranged wife or women young enough to be his granddaughters.Former Los Angeles Clippers say the owner would barge into the locker room to berate players, offer awkward praise or — according to testimony in a lawsuit filed by his fired general manager — tell guests to check out his players’ “beautiful black bodies.”Outrage over racist comments purportedly made by Sterling hit a crescendo Monday, with corporations pulling their sponsorship deals with the team and coach Doc Rivers saying he believes “a very strong message” is coming from the NBA in response to the scandal.That message will come today, when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a news conference in New York where he could reveal sanctions the league will impose on Sterling.A suspension of indefinite length and hefty fine — Silver can issue one of up to $1 million without approval of owners — are possible options. However, it remains unclear how far Silver’s powers can reach at this point, even though the NBA constitution gives the commissioner’s office a lot of latitude to protect the game’s best interest.Nothing new Sterling, the NBA’s longest-tenured owner, is among the least successful in basketball history. He has watched the Clippers became a profitable punch line, compiling the worst record in North American pro sports during his first quarter-century in charge.He has fired loyal coaches, waged court battles with long-serving executives and publicly seethed when players didn’t want to stay with the team.And that’s only what Sterling does when the world can see him.Opponents say the racially incendiary remarks attributed to Sterling and leaked to TMZ last weekend publicly show a side of the 80-year-old real-estate mogul that has been ignored and rationalized for years. “It put a smile on my face that finally he would be unable to deny the racist allegations against him,” said Carl Douglas, a lawyer who represented former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor in a lawsuit against Sterling.“This is a guy who, as the owner, sits courtside at the half-court line,” Douglas added. “No other owner sits like that. He has an ego the size of the Grand Canyon.”Sterling has faced extensive federal charges of civil rights violations and racial discrimination in business, making shocking race-related statements in sworn testimony before reaching multimillion-dollar settlements. He has also been sued for sexual harassment by former employees, and the court proceedings detailed an outlandish list of Sterling’s personal proclivities.Baylor, the former NBA great who served as the Clippers’ GM for 22 years, left the franchise with rancor and an unsuccessful lawsuit alleging race and age discrimination. Baylor claimed Sterling has a “plantation mentality” about the Clippers, envisioning a team of “poor black boys from the South playing for a white coach.”“When I heard that voice (on the TMZ recordings), there was a visceral reaction,” Douglas said. “I recognized the venom in that voice.”Sterling’s new embarrassment might lead to his long-term banishment from the NBA. But amid the national outrage over the Clippers owner’s apparent comments last weekend, former NBA star Kevin Johnson asked the question that must be addressed by Commissioner Adam Silver and the owners who control the league.

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday, March 2, 2009.

    Los Angeles NAACP: No award for Donald Sterling

    LOS ANGELES — The NAACP has decided against honoring Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award from its Los Angeles chapter after the Clippers owner allegedly made racist comments in a recorded conversation.Donations made by Sterling, who has owned the team since 1981, will be returned, Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles NAACP, said at a news conference Monday. Jenkins would not say how much money was involved.“There is a personal, economic and social price that Mr. Sterling must pay for his attempt to turn back the clock on race relations,” he said.Sterling, 80, had been scheduled to receive the honor on May 15 as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Los Angeles branch of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.He had been chosen to receive the award because of his long history of donating to minority charities and giving game tickets to inner city children, Jenkins said. The NAACP has honored Sterling several times in the past.The Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation gave $5,000 to the NAACP’s Los Angeles chapter in 2010, according to tax records, and Sterling was listed as his foundation’s only contributor. There were no records of further NAACP contributions in 2011 or 2012, the latest years for which records were available.Sterling’s purported comments have overshadowed the NBA’s opening playoff round and prompted an NBA investigation. The league is planning a Tuesday news conference to discuss the probe.There has been no official confirmation that it is Sterling on the recording, portions of which were released over the weekend by TMZ and Deadspin.Sterling “is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings,” according to a statement from team president Andy Roeser on Saturday. Neither Sterling nor his representatives have since commented on the controversy. Jenkins, of the NAACP, was asked how detrimental he considered Sterling’s alleged remarks.“On a scale of one to 10? Eleven,” he said. “It goes back to a segregation system and a time that nobody in America is proud of.”Members of the state Legislature’s black caucus joined those denouncing Sterling.Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, said lawmakers should not ignore the country’s history of discrimination.“Once again we are reminded of the ugliness and sometimes what appears to be the pervasive permanence of hatred,” Brown said while speaking in support of a resolution declaring Holocaust Remembrance Week. “So I want to simply challenge us as we go forward to not think that, ‘Yes, we see the past,’ but recognize the past has a profound impact on the present. And if we are not conscious (of it), it will direct our future.”Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton and secretary of the black caucus, blasted Sterling and compared him to a “slave master” looking down at his African-American players.“It’s an utter embarrassment,” Hall said in an interview after the floor session, “not just to the NBA, but also to all the individuals who believe that at some point, in California at least, we have risen above that, and we obviously haven’t.”

    Grayslake Central’s Jamie Brew, left, celebrates with Juliana Frusolone after scoring against Grayslake North on Monday at Grayslake Central.

    Grayslake Central soaks up a 6-inning victory

    With the help of some poor fielding by visiting Grayslake North, Grayslake Central produced an 11-0 victory in 6 innings on Monday.


    St. Edward runs win streak to 8

    Fresh off winning the title at the Green Wave Invitational over the weekend, St. Edward’s girls soccer team jumped right back into the fray of the Suburban Christian Conference schedule with a head of steam on Monday. The Green Wave (15-2) extended their win streak to 8 with a 3-0 victory at Greg True Field over visiting Marian Central to remain undefeated at 5-0 in the SCC.

    Fans sit in the stands before a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs that was delayed by rain.

    Cubs at Reds game postponed because of rain

    CINCINNATI — The Cubs lost a game to the weather but got a step closer to having their rotation back in form.The opening game of their series with the Cincinnati Reds was postponed on Monday after a 57-minute delay to the first pitch. It was the eighth postponement in 12 years at Great American Ball Park.The game wasn’t immediately rescheduled. Reds manager Bryan Price said the game won’t be made up during this series. The Cubs visit for a four-game series from July 7-10.“There’s no way we’ll make it up in this series,” Price said. “The way it works out, we’ll probably be able to make it up during that series in July before the All-Star break.”Rain has been a problem in Cincinnati this season. The Reds have had one game postponed and another suspended overnight because of rain. They’ve had rain delays for four of the 10 games totaling 8 hours, 57 minutes.The teams will stay on schedule with their starters. Chicago’s Jeff Samardzija will face the Reds’ Alfredo Simon on Tuesday night.Samardzija is trying to break a streak of 11 straight starts without a win since last Aug. 30. Samardzija has pitched well — quality starts his last eight games — but the Cubs have scored only 21 runs while he was on the mound in the last 10 games.Last Wednesday, Samardzija left with a 5-2 lead before Arizona rallied for a 7-5 win.Manager Rick Renteria said that right-hander Jake Arrieta will be activated off the disabled list later this week. Arrieta threw on Monday without problem. He’s been sidelined since March 21 with tightness in his pitching shoulder. Right-hander Carlos Villanueva will move into the bullpen. “Jake was slated to start with us,” Renteria said. “It’s nice to have him back. He’s still working his way back in terms of trying to get his feet back under him.”Renteria planned to give struggling outfielder Nate Schierholtz a day off on Monday, with Ryan Kalish starting in right field. Schierholtz is in a 2-for-11 slump.“He hates to come out of the lineup,” Renteria said. “It’s not really physical. It’s more mental when you’re pushing yourself on a daily basis.”It will be Simon’s first scheduled start since an unidentified woman filed a civil lawsuit against him in a Washington, D.C. court last Thursday, claiming he sexually assaulted her in a hotel one year ago.“I take him at his word that nothing happened and he’s assured me that he’s ready to pitch and his focus is on pitching,” Price said.Simon has been one of Cincinnati’s best starters while filling in for the injured Mat Latos, who had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee on Feb. 14. Simon is 3-1 with a 1.30 earned run average in four starts.Latos had a setback in his recovery from the knee problem when he developed soreness in his pitching forearm near the elbow. He has resumed playing catch and could get back to throwing off the bullpen mound later this week.“Once we get him on the mound a couple of times, then we go out there and do a simulated game and then get him into rehab games,” Price said. “He’s not like starting from square one, even though he’s just playing catch now.“If we don’t have any setbacks, we should be able to progress pretty quickly through this rehab.”Closer Aroldis Chapman is scheduled to throw to Reds batters again on Tuesday before the game. If that goes well, he could start a rehab stint in the minors.Chapman was hit on the forehead by a line drive on March 19 and had a metal plate inserted in his forehead to help fractures heal.


    Finding solid backup for Forte no easy task

    Matt Forte has been a dependable, do-everything running back for the Bears since they drafted him in the second round in 2008, but they could look for a player in this year's draft to challenge for the backup job.

    De’Anthony Thomas had 113 career receptions, 20 of which resulted as TDs, during his time at Oregon

    NFL draft: Smaller running backs create big dilemma for Bears

    Although there isn't a great deal of talent at the running back position in this year's draft, there are a handful of exciting, undersized players who could make an instant impact as role players, including Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas and Kent State's Dri Archer.

    Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp ran into a scoring drought against St. Louis, but he broke through on Sunday to end the Blues’ season.

    Despite goal, Sharp still frustrated — and that’s good for Hawks

    Patrick Sharp had every right to celebrate after Game 6, scoring a big goal in a huge win for the Blackhawks. Instead, he looked like a man more focused than ever and ready to take out his frustration in the next round.

    Shannon Felde

    Schaumburg’s Felde finds a fit at Illinois State

    Shannon Felde one day wishes to aid people with medical issues. “I’ve always wanted to become a nurse,” said the Schaumburg junior pitcher. She also loves softball. “I couldn’t imagine my life without softball,” she said. So Felde has her game plan all set. The Illinois State recruit plans to study community health education in her four years on the Normal campus while playing the sport she loves.


    Mike North video: Bulls having matchup problems with Wizards
    Maybe Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau needs to change the lineup against the Washington Wizards because the current matchups aren't working for the Bulls, as they are down 3-1 in the series.

    Peer closely at this photo. See that narrow strip of green between the trees? That's the fairway to our signature hole, No. 11 at Settler's Hill in Batavia.

    Three golf buddies describe their favorite holes in the suburbs

    OK, don't even waste your time arguing. What follows is the indisputable list of the nine coolest golf holes in the suburbs. Don't believe me? Of course not; there couldn't be a more subjective task than trying to quantify the quality of individual holes, much less courses, writes editor Jim Davis.

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Oct. 25, 2013.

    NBA plans Tuesday news conference on Sterling

    The NBA is planning a Tuesday news conference to discuss the investigation into embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who is alleged to have made racist comments in a taped conversation. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said additional details will be announced, though it’s unclear when that may happen.

    Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith celebrates with Andrew Shaw after Keith scored a third-period goal to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 Sunday. Keith was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy on Monday.

    Hawks’ Keith a finalist for top defenseman

    Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is one of three finalists for the 2014 James Norris Trophy, given annually to the defenseman who demonstrates the greatest all-around ability, NHL officials announced Monday.Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins) and Shea Weber (Nashville Predators) also are finalists for the top award.

    The Cantigny Golf Course in Wheaton is marking its 25th year as a premier public golf course

    Cantigny marks 25 years of golf excellence

    Twenty-five years ago in April, a gorgeous property in the Western suburbs became home to what is now one of the prettiest golf courses in the area. On June 5, 1989, Cantigny Golf enjoyed its official opening day.

    Daniel Hotchkin

    ‘Palatine Hills is perfect for knowledgeable golfers’

    Palatine Hills was designed by the late Ed Packard and opened in 1968. It is an 18 hole parkland golf course that requires golfers to use all the clubs in their bag during a round. The par 4 holes range in distance from 335 to 456 yards and par 3 holes range from 165 to 228 yards. In addition, players must contend with 29 bunkers and water that comes into play on 10 holes.


    Encompass Championship returns to Glenview

    An interview with Mike Galeski, tournament director of the Encompass Championship, to be held in June 16-22 at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview.

    Jeff Sluman

    Q&A with PGA pro Jeff Sluman

    Jeff Sluman, a resident of Chicago’s western suburbs, is a PGA Tour pro who never gets tired of playing golf. Between the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour (50-and over players), Sluman has been playing professionally for more than 30 years. Here's a Q&A with Sluman.

    Allen Parkes, golf course superintendent and general manager at Chevy Chase Golf Course in Wheeling, says an upside to the cold and snowy winter is “no geese to tear up the turf.”

    Winter was brutal to courses, but there were benefits

    Life is all in how you look at things. While Midwestern golfers had to wonder what their favorite courses were going to look like when the 2014 season opened up after the harshest winter in recent memory, it turns out that all of that snow and cold had a benefit.

    PNC Financial Services Group Chairman & CEO James Rohr, left, and Champions Tour President Mike Stevens, right, listen as Arnold Palmer speaks during a news conference in 2012.

    A Q&A with Champions Tour president Mike Stevens

    A year after the BMW Championship at Conway Farms stole the thunder, and two years after the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club was all the buzz, this year the only show in town this summer will be the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club.

    Kelley Gallagher

    Vernon Hills’ Gallagher hitting her stride at SIU

    Southern Illinois University’s distance program for it’s women’s track and field team had an impressive day at the Arkansas State Red Wolves Open. And contributing to the big effort was former Vernon Hills standout Kelley Gallagher. The Saluki junior won the 5000-meter run with a time of 17:07.21, easily surpassing her previous personal best by 25 seconds.


    Lynch, Garoppolo earn Gruden’s QB spotlight

    Two NFL prospects with ties to Chicago and the suburbs — former Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch and former Eastern Illinois University quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo — will appear this week on episodes of ESPN’s “Gruden’s QB Camp.”


    Softball: Top 20 rankings
    Benet Academy (16-1) has taken over the No. 1 position in the latest Daily Herald Top 20 softball rankings.


    Cubs’ Renteria gives Rondon a shot to finish

    The Cubs were not in a save situation Sunday, when they beat the Brewers 4-0 at Miller Park. But manager Rick Renteria turned to second-year man Hector Rondon to finish the game. The closer's situation remains in flux for the Cubs.


    Pfizer reported second-quarter profits that beat analysts’ estimates as the drugmaker moved toward a division of businesses that may split the company in half.

    Pfizer still pursuing AstraZeneca after second rebuff

    Pfizer Inc. was turned down twice by fellow drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC, but the maker of Viagra and Lipitor said Monday that its proposed $100 billion acquisition makes sense for shareholders of both companies, and it’s considering its next steps. A tie-up would bring new and complementary products to Pfizer, executives said on a conference call, important as patents on profitable medicines expire. Pressure on Pfizer for a deal also may be coming from a desire to save big money on taxes on the piles of cash it earned and keeps overseas.

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Oct. 25, 2013.

    Sponsors flee Clippers after racial remarks

    Virgin America Inc. and CarMax Inc. ended their sponsorships with the Los Angeles Clippers after the National Basketball Association began an investigation into racist comments attributed to team owner Donald Sterling. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, Kia Motors Corp. and Los Angeles-based sports drink company AquaHydrate Inc. said they would suspend their sponsorship deals with the Clippers. They’re the first five companies to alter their relationships with the team since TMZ broadcast the comments three days ago.

    Sabre Corp. President & CEO Tom Klein delivers his remarks after Sabre’s IPO began trading at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York, Thursday. Stocks rose Thursday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index erasing an earlier slide, as Internet and smaller companies pulled back from a selloff amid optimism over merger activity.

    Stocks higher on deal hopes; BofA sinks

    It was a choppy ride for the stock market on Monday that ended with major U.S. indexes closing mostly higher. Traders were pulled in multiple directions. Stocks opened higher, fell in the afternoon, and then rose again in the last hour of trading.

    This circa 2008 photo provided by Donna-Lane Nelson, a Swiss citizen who was formerly U.S. national, shows her in the Paris apartment of a friend who is a French-Syrian writer and psychiatrist.

    More renounce U.S. citizenship but deny stereotype

    Inside the long-awaited package, six pages of government paperwork dryly affirmed Carol Tapanila's anxious request. But when Tapanila slipped the contents from the brown envelope, she saw there was something more. “We the people....” declared the script inside her U.S. passport — now with four holes punched through it from cover to cover.

    The Google driverless car navigating along a street in Mountain View, Calif.

    Google: Driverless cars are mastering city streets
    Google says it has turned a corner in its pursuit of a car that can drive itself. The tech giant’s self-driving cars already can navigate freeways comfortably, albeit with a driver ready to take control. But city driving — with its obstacle course of jaywalkers, bicyclists and blind corners — has been a far greater challenge for the cars’ computers.


    5 things to know about Google’s self-driving cars

    The director of Google’s self-driving car project wrote in a blog post Monday that development of the technology has entered a new stage: trying to master driving on city streets.


    Court declines to hear Microsoft antitrust case
    The Supreme Court has declined to take up software maker Novell Inc.’s appeal in a long-running antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that rejected Novell’s $1 billion lawsuit alleging Microsoft undermined the once popular WordPerfect writing program in favor of its own Word program with the Windows 95 rollout.

    Passengers flying Frontier Airlines will now have to pay extra to place carry-on bags in overhead bins or for advance seat assignments.

    Frontier Airlines now charging for carry-on bags

    Passengers flying Frontier Airlines will now have to pay extra to place carry-on bags in overhead bins or for advance seat assignments. The move comes as the Denver-based airline transforms itself into a fee-dependent airline, similar to Spirit Airlines or Allegiant Air — the only other U.S. carriers to charge such fees.


    Contracts to buy U.S. homes up, 1st time since June

    More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in March, the first increase since June and a sign that the housing market may pick up after a sluggish start to the year.

    Employee Starr Smith puts a bud of medical marijuana inside a tube for a customer at the Highland Health medical dispensary and wellness center in Denver, Colorado.

    Illinois public hearings on medical marijuana rules

    Illinois health officials are planning two public hearings on proposed rules affecting patients who want to use medical marijuana. The state's medical marijuana program is a four-year pilot project. The rules under consideration affect how adult patients with specific health conditions will be able to buy marijuana.

    In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo, author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be made available as an e-book and digital audiobook in July 2014.

    'To Kill a Mockingbird' finally going digital

    Harper Lee has signed on for Scout, Boo Radley and Atticus Finch to enter the electronic age. Filling one of the biggest gaps in the e-library, “To Kill a Mockingbird” will become available as an e-book and digital audiobook on July 8, HarperCollins Publishers announced Monday. Lee, in a rare public statement, cited a “new generation” of fans in agreeing to the downloadable editions of her Pulitzer Prize-winning classic.

    Timothy Russell, of Chicago, participates in a rally in support of raising the minimum wage in the rotunda of the Capitol in Springfield

    Democrats consider new minimum wage plan

    With Illinois Democrats struggling to find enough votes to increase the state's minimum wage, some lawmakers are quietly proposing a less-contentious plan that would ask voters what they think of the idea before the Legislature tries to pass a politically risky bill.

    Comcast plans to sell some cable systems to competitor Charter Communications Inc. to help Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable clear clear regulatory hurdles.

    Comcast selling some cable systems to Charter

    Comcast plans to sell some cable systems to competitor Charter Communications Inc. to help Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable clear clear regulatory hurdles.

    E-commerce giant Alibaba Group is expanding its online entertainment presence by investing $1.2 billion with a partner in video website Youku Tudou.

    Alibaba, partner invest $1.2B in China video site

    E-commerce giant Alibaba Group is expanding its online entertainment presence by investing $1.2 billion with a partner in video website Youku Tudou. Alibaba will gain a 16.5 percent stake in the company and its partner Yunfeng Capital will get 2 percent, Youku Tudou Inc. said Monday.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, and China Mobile’s chairman Xi Guohua are silhouetted against a screen showing iPhone products as they applaud during a promotional event that marks the opening day of sales of China Mobile’s 4G iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c at a shop of the world’s largest mobile phone operator in Beijing, China. The high-stakes battle between the world’s largest smartphone makers is scheduled to wrap up this week after a monthlong trial .

    Closing arguments set in Apple-Samsung trial

    The high-stakes battle between the world’s largest smartphone makers is scheduled to wrap up this week after a monthlong trial that has pulled the curtain back on just how very cutthroat the competition is between Apple and Samsung.


    Senior creates senior services Web company

    Mark Snow has introduced two cloud-based document storage services based on his own needs, which may turn out to be a nice happenstance for others as well.

    Tom Burgess with his Ferrari.

    Burgess aims for a car in every condo unit

    Kukec's People features Tom Burgess of Geneva, a car enthusiast, is also building a special condo development in Naperville -- just for other car enthusiasts. Now they can store all their classic or luxury cars in a special development.

    Carey Smolensky, owner of Carey Smolensky Productions & Our Family of Companies based in Wheeling.

    Disc jockey business grows to provide assortment of services

    An interview with Carey Smolensky, owner of Carey Smolensky Productions & Our Family of Companies based in Wheeling.

Life & Entertainment

    George Clooney might be getting hitched.

    Clooney gives up serial romance for engagement

    Looks like George Clooney owes Michelle Pfeiffer a lot of money. The 52-year-old actor — Hollywood’s most determined bachelor, famous for a litany of fleeting loves — has taken himself off the romantic market, even though he once bet Pfeiffer $100,000 that he’d never marry again. After dating a string of actresses, models, a cocktail waitress and a former professional wrestler, Clooney recently proposed to 36-year-old international law attorney Amal Alamuddin — despite repeated protestations that marriage wasn’t for him.

    Arlington International Racecourse opens its 2014 season on Friday, May 2, which is followed up by Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 3.

    Weekend picks: Gates open at Arlington International

    Arlington International Racecourse starts its 2014 season with Opening Day on Friday and Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday in Arlington Heights. Long Grove's annual worship of all things chocolate begins this weekend. And wash it all down with samples of some of the more than 45 breweries on tap for the Second Annual Ballpark Brew Fest at the Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg. All this and more in the suburbs this weekend.

    This April 23 photo released by CBS shows Lyle Lovett, left, and Craig Ferguson on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

    Craig Ferguson leaving late night, and Geoff?

    LOS ANGELES — A few weeks after David Letterman announced he’d be retiring from the CBS late-night television lineup, Craig Ferguson did the same.Ferguson, host of “The Late Late Show” since 2005, told his studio audience during Monday’s taping that he will step down at the end of the year. Ferguson’s show airs after Letterman’s, at 12:35 a.m. on weekdays.The move was no surprise after CBS announced that Stephen Colbert will replace Letterman next year. There was a time that Ferguson, whose show won a Peabody Award in 2009, was considered a strong contender for that job.But “The Late Late Show” has faded in the ratings, particularly with the arrival of Seth Meyers in February as competition in the same time slot.“CBS and I are not getting divorced; we are consciously uncoupling,” Ferguson said. “But we will still spend holidays together and share custody of the fake horse and robot skeleton, both of whom we love very much.”He told the audience it was his decision to leave, adding, “CBS has been fine with me.”CBS Entertainment Chairwoman Nina Tassler said Ferguson “infused the broadcast with tremendous energy, unique comedy, insightful interviews and some of the most heartfelt monologues seen on television.”The Scottish-born Ferguson, 51, became a U.S. citizen during his tenure on the show.He already has a new job lined up, as host of “Celebrity Name Game,” a syndicated game show set to debut later this year.But he joked about his plans with the audience.After his stint ends, “I’ll go and do something else. Probably, I’m thinking, carpentry. But I haven’t made my mind up yet. ... I feel like doing this show for 10 years, that’s enough,” he said.Guest LL Cool J told Ferguson that “I hate to see you go.”It’s been an unusually busy period of personnel changes in the late-night television arena. Jimmy Fallon took over the “Tonight” show on NBC from Jay Leno in February and was an instant sensation, ascending to the top of the ratings against Letterman and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel. Letterman announced that he would be leaving CBS after more than three decades in late-night TV.Chelsea Handler also has said she will be leaving her late-night show on E!CBS said it plans to continue “The Late Late Show” and will be searching for another host. There’s another opening at Comedy Central, which is looking to replace “The Colbert Report” when it ends at the end of the year.

    Singer Paul Simon holds hands with his wife, Edie Brickell, at a hearing in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday in Norwalk, Conn. The couple were arrested Saturday on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute at their home in New Canaan, Conn.

    Details emerge about Paul Simon, Edie Brickell arrests

    Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, were arrested on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute, but the couple held hands in court Monday and said they did not feel threatened by the other. Simon told a Norwalk Superior Court judge that he had a rare argument with his wife Saturday night at their home in New Canaan. The arrest struck a discordant note for the couple.

    Actor and musician Sam Witwer, a Glenview native, starred in Syfy's “Being Human.”

    Glenview native Sam Witwer moving on from vampire role

    After four seasons of playing a vampire on Syfy's "Being Human, Sam Witwer, a 36-year-old Glenview native, is now eyeing other TV acting roles and possibly movie producing. But he looks back fondly on the popular sci-fi show, especially the last season. “We did go with a happy ending, which I think was deserved after torturing those characters for years,” Witwer said. “It went out the best way it possibly could.”

    Are you ready for swimsuit season?

    How to be swimsuit ready by Memorial Day

    We just bid a long, cold winter a welcome farewell. But while you’re peeling off the layers, remember that swimsuit season is just around the corner.Are you ready? If not, we have a few ideas on how to lose weight and tone muscle by Memorial Day weekend.


    Auditions and art shows
    Auditions and artist calls starting Friday, April 25, 2014, in Chicago and the suburbs.

    Beyoncé and Jay Z perform “Drunk in Love” at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in January. See them perform together during their co-headlining “On the Run Tour” this summer.

    Beyonce, Jay Z to co-headline Soldier Field show

    Beyonce and husband Jay Z will launch the co-headlining “On the Run Tour” on June 25 in Miami. Beyonce made the announcement Monday. The stadium tour will visit Soldier Field in Chicago at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Tuesday. Tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 2.

    Willie Nelson performs during the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame show on Saturday. Nelson, who will celebrate his 81st birthday next week by receiving his fifth-degree black belt in martial arts, was the first Austin City Limits performer in 1974 on what is now the longest-running television music program in the U.S.

    Willie Nelson inducted into Austin City Limits Hall

    In Austin, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey takes a backseat to Willie Nelson. The country music icon who has an Austin street named after him and is celebrated with an 8-foot bronze likeness downtown added another backyard honor with a spot in the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

    Valerie Harper starred as Tallulah Bankhead in Matthew Lombardo’s “Looped” at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre in New York. The playwright of “Looped” claims in a lawsuit that Harper didn’t disclose she had cancer until after she signed to star in the play.

    ‘Looped’ playwright sues Valerie Harper for $2M

    The playwright of Valerie Harper’s Broadway show “Looped” is suing the actress for $2 million, claiming she didn’t disclose she had cancer until after she signed on to star in the play. According to the Daily News, Matthew Lombardo says Harper and her husband concealed her lung cancer from him until it spread to her brain. Harper had to pull out of last year’s national tour of the play.


    Mumps cases still popping up throughout the state

    Mumps is a viral disease which actually still pops up periodically in the U.S. In fact, The Associated Press reports that Illinois has already seen 65 cases of mumps this year, compared with a total of 26 cases reported across all 12 months of 2013.


    Healthy diet reduces heart disease risk by over 70 percent

    A heart-healthy diet may reduce your risk of a heart attack by 73 percent compared to a typical American diet of meat, cheese and high-fat desserts.

    An apparition of The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz terrifies Dorothy (Danielle Wade) and her traveling companions in the Toronto production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The North American tour of “The Wizard of Oz” plays the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago from Wednesday, April 30, through Sunday, May 11.

    'Wizard of Oz' brings magic to Chicago

    Vancouver-based actor Jay Brazeau (“Best in Show,” “Stargate SG-1”) finds it slightly ironic that he, a Canadian, is starring as the title character in such an all-American musical like “The Wizard of Oz.” Brazeau also estimates that Canadian performers make up 90 percent of the cast for this tour, which starts Wednesday at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre. The production features new songs by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice, along with classics from the 1939 MGM film. This tour traces its roots to a 2010 British reality TV show called “Over the Rainbow.”

    1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS and 1984 Buick Grand National

    A ‘Fast & Furious’ dynamic duo

    Like most fans of the "Fast & Furious" blockbuster franchise, Chris Ingrasia of East Dundee went to theater in 2009 to watch the fourth installment. He now owns two of the vehicles that make Vin Diesel's movies so popular: a 1984 Buick Grand National and 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

    A new study shows laughter may improve short-term memory.

    Your health: Laughter may make your brain work better
    Ever have trouble remembering where you just left your keys? Just laugh it off. New research suggests that humor can improve short-term memory in older adults, ABC News reports.

    Meteorologist Mike Bettes at the scene of a tornado in Joplin, Mo., in 2011. Bettes will hit the road Monday for “Tornado Week,” his network’s version of “Shark Week,” which will include a special about chasers caught up in the tornado in El Reno, Okla. A new series, “Tornado Alley,” will premiere with storm footage, survivor tales and computer graphics to simulate actions of certain tornadoes.

    Weather Channel sends Bettes to chase tornadoes

    The Weather Channel is sending meteorologist Mike Bettes back out to chase tornadoes less than a year after he was hurt when an Oklahoma storm sent his SUV tumbling, but this time from a safer vantage point. Bettes will hit the road starting Monday for “Tornado Week,” his network’s version of “Shark Week” that’s usually its biggest scheduled programming event of the year. So far, this year has been an historically quiet tornado season.

    “Being a firefighter,” Cheryl Seibert says, “I don’t always eat meals at a reasonable time.”

    Fittest Loser contestants embrace healthier eating plans

    OK, yes all of the Fittest Loser Challenge contestants are on a strict nutrition plan, but that doesn’t mean they’re not human. They miss eating pizza! Sure, not having a scoop of ice cream drives them bananas. But denying themselves those pleasures for a time and learning about the benefits of healthier choices have resulted in dramatically changed bodies and minds related to food.


    Learning discipline for food choices

    One of the biggest take-aways from the Fittest Loser Challenge for me has been discipline. I have learned more about the important role exercise plays and the right food, eaten at the right time. In all honesty, I have been surprised to learn what a large role food plays in the weight-loss process. It’s not simply about eating less and exercising more. Sometimes the dynamics shift, and you have to eat more, but of the right things.

    Wayne Oates, a member of Elk Grove Village’s Team Fit, participated in the Foodie 5K.

    Variety is the key for community group workout and food choices

    Our 23 corporate and 13 park district teams can see the finish line, and they are cranking up their engines a bit further to bulldoze their way through to the end. While there are still challenges left to be conquered over the next few weeks of the Fittest Loser Community Challenge, these spirited teams are celebrating the triumphs they have gained along the way.

    Waiting for co-workers to join the meeting, Jill Micklow — Wellness Specialist at Assurance — does a few ab exercises.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: From Flab to Ab

    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: From Flab to Ab.


    Getting fit for summer: Small steps for big results

    Tips on small steps you can take to get swimsuit ready by Memorial Day.

    “III” is the latest release from Death.

    Death’s raw closer caps epic punk trilogy

    Feverish and socially conscious, the final set of Death’s 1970s recordings affirms why they rose from the ashes and gained an audience after debuting in 2009. “III,” the Detroit-based sibling trio’s third album, is their grooviest collection yet. On “III,” the Hackney brothers have mellowed the thrashing, though the hard and fast still dominates.

    The Marshall Tucker Band will perform in Bolingbrook Thursday, May 1.

    Can’t you see? Fans keep Marshall Tucker Band rocking

    Fans of The Marshall Tucker Band — sometimes known as Tuckerheads — don’t come to concerts carrying bottles of Jack Daniels and Crown Royal like they use to during their 1970s heydays. But the fans still come. “We’re not a one-night stand,” jokes lead singer Doug Gray. Tuckerheads will no doubt pack Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill in Bolingbrook May 1, a stop on their “Take the Highway” tour.

    Actor James Earl Jones is coming back to Broadway in a play that’s almost as old as he is. The 87-year-old two-time Tony Award-winner will star in a fall revival of “You Can’t Take It With You,” the 1936 comedy about a wealthy uptight family meeting an off-kilter one was written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.

    James Earl Jones returning to Broadway this fall

    James Earl Jones is coming back to Broadway in a play that’s almost as old as he is. The 87-year-old two-time Tony Award-winner will star in a fall revival of the zany “You Can’t Take It With You,” the 1936 comedy about an engagement that forces a wealthy uptight family to meet an off-kilter one. It was written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.



    Give our kids a fighting chance
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes last year found that charter students in Illinois gain two weeks of learning in reading and one month in math per year over their district school counterparts, according to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial.


    Stronger infrastructure will boost economy
    An Itasca letter to the editor: TFIC’s plan would make sure our roads are in 90 percent acceptable condition and bridges at 93 percent. Our transit systems get dedicated funding for the first time and local roads their first influx of cash since 1999. It would be paid for smartly with a combination of sources tied to driver activity. This means we all share a bit of the burden to keep everyone going to work, home and play safely and on time.


    It’s not about who has the most money
    A Geneva letter to the editor: Mr. Sobaski seems to think we are doomed because the wealthiest candidate always wins (“Don’t let the 1% take reins of government,” April 23). This is absolutely not the case. Elections are won by the candidate who is better at being a politician. That is, demonize your opponent and promise to give people stuff for free.


    Counter the power of big money
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: The much-anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision in the pivotal campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. FEC, was issued earlier this month, and once again the court ruled on the side of big money in knocking down aggregate campaign contribution limits. The case challenged the limits on the total contributions from an individual donor to candidates and political committees that were designed to prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption.


    Arlington Hts. middle schools should be proud
    Letter to the editor: Adrienne Provost is impressed with the dedication and spirit of South and Thomas middle schools, who participated in the annual Crosstown Classic Showdown, which raised money to fight two rare diseases. "These donations bring hope that someday there may be a cure," she writes


    New driving range is driving costs up
    Letter to the editor: Robert Kawalek suggests that if the Mt. Prospect Park District wants to bring its golf course renovation back under budget, the answer lies in eliminating the upgraded driving range and teacher facility.


    Eagle project owes success to many
    Letter to the editor: Kristopher Klingner of Prospect Heights is happy with how his Eagle Scout project turned out, and there are a lot of people he would like to thank.


    Are movie critics biased against religion?
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: How sad is it to see a heartfelt historical portrayal and beautiful production “Son of God” given a “Pits” rating as presented in your movie guide section.


    Whatever it is, they’re against it
    An Elgin letter to the editor: It was good to read that there are 21 applicants for the open seat on Elgin’s City Council. I couldn’t imagine why John Prigge, Terry Gavin and Toby Shaw opposed a meeting to determine which of the candidates should be interviewed.


    ACT not an option; it’s a mandate
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: Mary Warren’s letter says there are multiple options in the Affordable Care Act. Are you kidding? I cannot keep my doctor of 30 years. I have to go to a hospital 40 miles away instead of the hospital near my home...


    Not all deserve lifetime pensions
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: We hear time and time again that changing the pensions for the unionized Illinois workers is unconstitutional as it is written into the constitution. Well, so is the Flat Tax system we have, and they’re talking about changing the constitution to allow for a progressive tax.


    Rauners’ Ma and Pa act just a big ploy
    A Plainfield letter to the editor: Watching the latest political ad for “old folks Bruce Rauner and his missus,” I had a sense of déjà vu. Suddenly I was watching Margorie Main and Percy Kilbride reprising Ma and Pa Kettle from the classic movie “The Egg and I.”


    Why work on Eola when Route 59 torn up?
    Why work on Eola when Rt. 59 torn up?I am perplexed at the scheduling of construction in the Route 59 corridor in Aurora/Naperville. The Route 59 construction is entering its second year. The only viable North/South alternative is Eola Road which is carrying a huge load of that traffic.Now in their infinite wisdom they announced construction starting this month on Eola Road and to expect delays. There are already delays on eola from the Route 59 traffic! They must have a better plan.Lou MichaelAurora


    Obama fans provide a good laugh
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: One of my favorite parts of the daily newspaper is the letters to the editor section. I turn to it first because more humor is to be found there than in the comics section.


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    <HOLD>I have lived in Elgin since 1977 and I have been very pleased with this city, until now. let me give you a review.At our old house we had a small but intense fire in our attic, the Elgin fire department did an outstanding job on controlling the damage and clean up. I was impressed by their speed and compassion. I was grateful for the care they took of our things that they had to move to put out the fire.Now in our next house, which we have lived here for 11 years. On Jan. 26, 2014, the city sewer backed up into our basement with foul sewer water and smell, which destroyed our newly fully finished basement. The city workers came out and came to my basement took pictures and said they had a jam in the main sewers out front. The workers jetted it open and filled out a report, gave me a copy showing and stating it was the city’s fault. The workers took pictures and said it was going to cost the city a big bill. I called the legal department two days later as was instructed to do. I talked to the lady in charge who sent me a form to fill out and stated to attached all copies of repair bills and return to the city of Elgin for reimbursement.I have now been told they will not pay the bills because their insurance company says city is not responsible for their sewer lines. Why are the people of Elgin responsible for the sewer lines on their property but the city is not responsible on their city property? This is not fair to me or any other homeowner. What’s going to happen this spring if the city sewer’s back up again or break down? Are all of Elgin’s propertyholders going to foot the city’s bill? Where is all our tax dollars going to? Why are insurance companies running our city? If this happen to our mayor’s house, would they tell him the city would not pay the claim?I am very disappointed in the public works department and the weak-minded legal department. Now we have to get lawyers involved which cost more for the city and the homeowner, not to mention the bad feelings and press.Shame on you City of Elgin!Marie LangenbachElgin


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