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Daily Archive : Tuesday April 29, 2014

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    Naperville's downtown Riverwalk is a prime example of the kind of public/private partnership that can turn dreams into reality.

    Volunteers played key roles in Naperville's many successes

    As Volunteer Appreciation Month wraps up, our Stephanie Penick says she's mindful that Naperville's generous community spirit, a year-round activity, is one of many things that attracted her to move here.

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    Busy Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville is scheduled to be closed for five days beginning at 9 a.m. Friday for emergency work to replace the Metra rail crossing.

    'Code Red': 5-day road closure looms in Libertyville

    The work needs to be done but the closure of Milwaukee Avenue at the Metra crossing in downtown Liberytvillle beginning Friday morning is expected to be a mess for drivers, emergency responders and schools. "We are suggesting that people schedule everything earlier. It's going to be bad, especially initially," Public Works Director John Heinz said.

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    Kaneland announces administrative changes for 2014-15

    Kaneland School District recently announced several administrative changes for the 2014-15 school year. At the April 28 meeting, the board approved the appointment of Julia Cloat to be assistant principal at Kaneland John Stewart and Kaneland John Shields for the 2014-15 school year. Cloat is currently assistant principal at Kaneland John Stewart and Response to Intervention Coordinator.

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    TECH 2014 students for the Information Age Event

    Kaneland High School in Maple Park and Kaneland McDole School in Montgomery, are among approximately 60 schools statewide that will participate in the annual TECH 2014 Students for the Information Age event on Thursday, May 8 at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.

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    Don Harmon

    Illinois income tax changes proposal fails

    A push to change how Illinois collects income taxes and raise rates on people with larger salaries has failed for the year, putting to an end a monthslong battle and putting the focus on whether lawmakers should make the 2011 tax hike permanent. “We already have 8.4 percent unemployment,” Barrington Hills Republican David McSweeney said. “We need to cut spending.”

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    Synthetic marijuana and other drug paraphernalia, including a syringe, were taken Tuesday by police during Operation Heroin Highway.

    Undercover cops fight trafficking on Heroin Highway

    Illinois State Police worked with Chicago police and other law enforcement agencies Tuesday during an undercover operation to combat heroin trafficking. Officers arrested people who bought heroin and other drugs in Chicago and then returned to the suburbs. “The whole goal of this detail today was to try to put a dent in the pipeline between Chicago and the Western suburbs,” said Lt.

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    Rockland School students duct-tape Principal Jeff Knapp to the gym wall Tuesday to help celebrate the $7,217.46 raised for the American Heart Association through the Jump Rope For Heart at the Libertyville school. Learning Center Director Becky Johnson and physical education teacher Michael Kolar also were taped to the wall by students.

    Rockland students tape principal, two teachers to a wall for fundraising reward

    It is every student's dream to duct-tape their gym teacher or principal to a wall, and 150 Rockland School students got their chance Tuesday as a reward for raising $7,217.46 for the American Heart Association.

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    Some in Elgin want a Latino appointed to city council

    Some in Elgin hope the city council might have its first Latino member in five years. The city council meets Wednesday to select who among the 21 candidates — a handful of whom are Latino — will be interviewed May 7. All those discussions will take place in closed session.

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    Christine Radogno

    Democrats block term limits proposal

    Democrats blocked a last-minute Republican proposal Tuesday that would have limited executive branch members from serving more than two terms in office. “There is a great deal of demonstrated interested in term limits, and we know that based on the fact that there is a very robust campaign out there,” state Sen. Christine Radogno said.

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    Mayor: Elgin Tower must fix problems by June 30

    If safety issues at the Elgin Tower Building aren’t resolved by June 30, the city of Elgin will condemn it, Mayor David Kaptain said. The 1929 downtown building suffers from numerous problems, most recently a deterioration of its facade, Kaptain said.

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    School official says Nerf gun citations dropped

    Wausau police were criticized by some for ticketing six high school students after officers received a report from a concerned resident about the group of young people pointing guns at each other. The caller thought the guns were real. The students were actually playing Senior Shoot Out, a tradition at Wausau West, and using foam Nerf bullets.

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    Cook County prosecutors subpoena anti-violence program records

    The Cook County sate’s attorney’s office subpoenaed records tied to Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled Neighborhood Initiative Program and then withdrew the request when the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity promised to provide the information, according to a published report Tuesday.

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    Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy drives on Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario.

    Images: Bulls vs Wizards, Game Five
    The Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards faced off in Game 5 of their first-round series in the NBA playoffs at the United Center in Chicago. The Wizards won 75-69 to take the series.

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    Juan Cuellar

    Willowbrook man guilty of first-degree murder in shooting

    A DuPage County jury found a 25-year-old Willowbrook man guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday afternoon for the shooting death of 18-year-old Joshua Holmes. The six-person jury deliberated less than three hours before finding Juan Cuellar, 25, of the 10S700 block of Lilac Lane, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder of Holmes, a Downers Grove Township resident. Holmes was shot to death...

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    Teresa Ingram looks for belongings in the debris Tuesday after a tornado passed through destroying Billy Barbs mobile home park in Athens, Ala. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning.

    At least 35 dead as South braces for more twisters

    At least 30 people have been killed in a two-day outbreak of twisters and other violent weather that pulverized homes in half a dozen states from Iowa to Tennessee. As crews in Mississippi and Alabama turned from search-and-rescue efforts to cleanup, the South braced for a third round of potentially deadly weather Tuesday. Tornadoes usually strike in the late afternoon and evening.

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    Drug trafficker pleads guilty in $1 billion conspiracy

    A reputed lieutenant of captured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom in Chicago to a $1 billion trafficking conspiracy. Alfredo Vasquez Hernandez entered the plea Tuesday during what was scheduled as a standard pretrial hearing.

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    Marmarie Kostelny has until May 19 to ask for a full recount in her seven-vote March primary loss to Geneva attorney D.J. Tegeler for the GOP Kane Circuit Judge nomination.

    Attorney: Questionable ballot in Kane County judge recount

    An attorney for Kane County Associate Judge Marmarie Kostelny in a discovery recount of her seven-vote loss in the March 18 primary said one of some 400 ballots recounted in Aurora was questionable because it didn't scan Monday. Ballots from 16 precincts will be counted in Kane County next week and Kostelny has until May 19 to ask for a full recount against Geneva attorney D.J. Tegeler for the...

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    Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner are seen in the composite photograph. Both were scheduled to be executed Tuesday, but Lockett’s execution was halted because the delivery of a new drug combination was botched. He died of a heart attack, and Warner’s execution was then postponed.

    Oklahoma inmate dies after execution is botched

    An Oklahoma inmate whose execution was halted Tuesday because the delivery of a new drug combination was botched died of a heart attack, the head of the state Department of Corrections said. Director Robert Patton said inmate Clayton Lockett died Tuesday after all three drugs were administered.

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    Police officers from Cobb County, Marietta and Kennesaw departments stage near the entrance of the Federal Express Ground building in Kennesaw, Ga., Tuesday after a man opened fire inside the building before turning the gun on himself.

    Employee opens fire at FedEx sorting center

    A FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest “like Rambo” opened fire Tuesday at a package-sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before committing suicide, police and witnesses said. In addition to a shotgun, the gunman also had an undisclosed number of Molotov cocktails, but he did not use them in the attack, police said. The 19-year-old suspect was...

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    Ray and Liz Shishkoff of Glen Ellyn celebrate Tuesday the birth of Charlotte River, delivered by Ray on a stretch of I-88 near Oak Brook.

    Glen Ellyn dad delivers own baby on I-88

    Ray Shishkoff of Glen Ellyn was driving his very pregnant wife, Elizabeth, to the hospital about 4 a.m. Tuesday. But as the traveled east on I-88, her contractions became more intense. Ray pulled over, and on the side of the tollway, delivered his own daughter in the front passenger seat of their Ford Focus.

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    Truck driver’s death caused by heart problem

    A Chicago man who died after his semi veered off the road Monday in Palatine died of heart problems an autopsy Tuesday determined, Cook County Medical Examiners officials said.

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    Mike Fortner

    Lawmaker’s fair map rejected in Ohio; now he backs similar effort in Illinois

    A citizen-driven initiative to ask voters if they would rather have an independent committee draw the legislative districts is gaining momentum. State Rep. Mike Fortner weighs in with his experience drawing a "fair" map in Ohio.

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    Hanover Park has hired a consultant to study a developer’s proposal for the Hanover Square strip mall near Barrington Road and Lake Street.

    Hanover Park hires consultant to review plans for strip mall

    Hanover Park has hired a Chicago retail consultant to study a developer's proposal to revitalize an aging strip mall in the center of town. Mayor Rodney Craig is confident the proposal will end a long search for a buyer since the village acquired the property in 2011.

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    Chicago police stand outside a residence in the Back of the Yards neighborhood after a 14-year-old girl was fatally shot and another girl wounded Monday.

    Police: 14-year-old girl killed rival over boy

    A 14-year-old Chicago girl accused of killing another girl in a dispute over a boy tried unsuccessfully to fire a gun before someone fixed it for her and handed it back to her so she could open fire, prosecutors said Tuesday.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Jeremy P. Conley, 27, of Carpentersville, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and failure to wear a seat belt after a traffic stop at 9:15 p.m. April 23 at Kings and Skyline roads near Carpentersville, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Gerardo Valerio, 26, of Aurora, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane use and failure to wear a seat belt after a traffic stop at 1:02 a.m. Sunday at Farnsworth Road and Front Street near Aurora, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Larsen Middle School alumnus Scott Buetow, a driver for the Hot Wheels team on the Monster Jam circuit, talks to students Tuesday at the Elgin school.

    Elgin native likes his monster job

    Larsen Middle School welcomes alumnus Scott Buetow to a Tuesday assembly to hear him discuss Monster Jam driving.

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    Love and Theft will headline the July 4 musical performances from three country artists at the 27th annual Ribfest in Naperville. The band is making its second appearance in a row at the Naperville festival on the Fourth of July.

    Ribfest brings three country stars for July 4

    Three country acts — Love and Theft, The Henningsens and Brynn Marie — will headline Naperville’s Ribfest celebration on July 4, organizers said Tuesday.

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    Streamwood man charged with molesting teenage girl

    A Streamwood man has been charged with molesting a teenage girl last year. A Cook County judge on Saturday set bail at $150,000 for Angelo Cannata, 31.

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    Chicago woman charged with molesting Mount Prospect teen

    A Chicago woman sexually abused a 14-year-old girl from June 2013 through March 2014, prosecutors say. Jesenia Escobido, 22, has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in prison. Probation is also available.

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    Marko Guardiola

    Man pleads guilty to 2010 Mount Prospect murder

    A 40-year-old man pleaded guilty to the 2010 stabbing death of Jean Wattecamps in his Mount Prospect apartment. Marko Guardiola, who authorities say is homeless, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a 33-year sentence Tuesday. Guardiola will be officially sentenced on May 28. Wattecamps' family is expected to attend that hearing.

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    Meeting for MHS students, parents:

    All Mundelein High School students and their parents are required to attend a meeting concerning the 1:1 Computing Initiative that begins in August. The meetings are: Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 a.m.; Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

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    Retired teachers to meet:

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on Tuesday, May 13, at Reflections Restaurant, 38564 N. Edgewood St., Lake Villa.

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    Rain barrel, native plant sale

    More than 60 varieties of sun-loving, shade-loving and savanna plants will be for sale May 10 and 11 at the North Bay Pavilion at Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Route 137 east of Milwaukee Avenue near Libertyville.

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    Enjoy a bird viewing experience:

    Almond Marsh in Grayslake, home to a great blue heron rookery and rare sedges is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through June (except Memorial Day weekend) for rookery and waterfowl observation.

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    The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed the Obama administration an important victory in its effort to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states. In a 6-2 decision, the court upheld a rule adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 to limit emissions from plants in more than two-dozen Midwestern and Southern states. The pollution drifts into the air above states along the East Coast, and the EPA has long struggled to devise a way to control it.

    Court upholds EPA rule on cross-state pollution

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed the Obama administration an important victory in its effort to reduce power plant pollution in 27 Midwestern and Appalachian states that blows downwind and leads to unhealthy air. The decision caps a decades-long effort by the Environmental Protection Agency to find a legally acceptable way to ensure that states are good neighbors and don’t contribute to...

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    Matthew Hudak

    Second of three former Schaumburg cops sentenced to 26 years in drug scheme

    The second of three former Schaumburg police officers accused of skimming drugs from police seizures and then using an informant to sell the narcotics on the street pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to 26 years in prison. Matthew Hudak, 30, accepted DuPage County prosecutors’ offer to plead guilty to four of 17 counts against him in exchange for having the remainder dropped.

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    Jonathan Phillips

    Man charged with slapping child’s mom, kidnapping

    An Aurora man broke into a home Monday and struck his child’s mother before driving away from the home with the child, police said.

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    James Caldwell

    Deputy police chief known for community involvement retiring in Gurnee

    Gurnee Deputy Police Chief James Caldwell — known for his participation in a variety of community service endeavors — is retiring from his longtime village career. He’ll have spent 30 years in law enforcement, including the last 25 in Gurnee. His retirement is effective Friday.

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    Aurora officer’s squad car’s rear window shot out

    The back window of an Aurora police officer’s squad car “exploded” Monday night after it was shot out in an occurrence authorities called “incredibly unusual.” Police are looking for witnesses who might have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary. The window of a marked Aurora police car was shot out at 8:03 p.m. Monday when a 37-year-old in the...

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    Wheeling Dist. 21, employees reach new four-year contract

    Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 and the bargaining unit that represents about 730 of its employees have reached agreement on a four-year contract that gives teachers annual pay hikes ranging from 3 to 4.25 percent and smaller increases for other workers. It also offers a different health insurance program for new employees while freezing the starting salary for new teachers.

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    Charles L. Minard

    Aurora man gets 7 years in fatal heroin overdose

    A 42-year-old Aurora man who tried to commit suicide after his longtime girlfriend had a fatal heroin overdose was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison. Charles L. Minard pleaded guilty to drug-induced homicide for providing the drugs that caused the death of Taffie Thompson in spring 2013.

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    Doctor removes cocaine from toddler’s nose

    Police in Freeport say they’re investigating after a 2-year-old boy was found to have a rock of cocaine stuck in his nose that had to be removed by a doctor.

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    Daniel Biss

    Senator optimistic pension glitch will be fixed

    A state senator who’s trying to change a mistake in Illinois’ pension reform law says he’s optimistic it can be corrected. But state Sen. Daniel Biss, an Evanston Democrat, says he isn’t sure yet just when or how that will happen.

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    Man killed in wrong-way Crystal Lake crash ID’d

    The McHenry County coroner's office has identified the person killed in a three-vehicle crash Monday in Crystal Lake.

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    A vacant office building at 911 E. Touhy Ave. in Des Plaines is set to be demolished to make way for the expansion of the neighboring Speedway gas station. There are some concerns, however, about how the expansion would affect traffic on Touhy.

    Speedway gas station in Des Plaines plans expansion

    A popular gas station on Des Plaines’ south side plans to expand, though at least one city alderman is concerned about the impact it would have on traffic. The Speedway at 885 E. Touhy Ave. has plans to demolish a neighboring one-story office building to the east, then rebuild a larger gas station using both properties.

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    Maya Comrov, a fifth-grader at Kilmer Elementary School, jumps rope during the Jump Rope for Heart event on Wednesday, April 16. This was Kilmer’s 21st year hosting the American Heart Association event.

    Kilmer students participate in Jump Rope for Heart

    Kilmer Elementary School, Buffalo Grove, students participated in the school’s 21st annual Jump Rope for Heart event on Wednesday, April 16. Richard Ryan, Kilmer physical education teacher, coordinates the event each year and works with all students to teach the importance of making a commitment and the value of wellness.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn has until June 6 to respond to a request for an investigation into hiring practices under his administration.

    Quinn’s lawyer acknowledges inspector probe

    An attorney representing Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration publicly acknowledged Tuesday an ongoing investigation by Illinois’ inspector general of hiring practices under the one-term Democrat.

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    John P. Kerr

    Zion man accused of molesting girls, having child porn

    A Zion man has been charged with molesting two girls and of possessing child pornography, according to the Lake County sheriff's office.

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    The solar-powered picnic table is near the Life Sciences building and greenhouse at the Southern Illinois University campus in Carbondale.

    SIU installs solar-powered picnic table

    Students at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale have a solar-powered way to charge their electronic devices, just by sitting at a picnic table.

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    Quinn appoints permanent DCFS directo

    Gov. Pat Quinn promoted interim director Bobbie Gregg to a permanent post Tuesday as head of the state’s child welfare agency. Gregg is the fourth agency director since 2013.

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    James Kilgore, a former member of the radical 1970s group the Symbionese Liberation Army, was told recently he can no longer teach at the University of Illinois. Kilgore was released from prison in 2009 after serving six years for his role in the killing of housewife Myrna Opsahl during a 1975 bank robbery in California.

    U of I plans committee to review Kilgore decision

    A top administrator at the University of Illinois now says the decision not to rehire a former member of the radical 1970s group the Symbionese Liberation Army is not final and will be reviewed by a committee.

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    Jose Rebollar

    Round Lake man goes on trial for 2013 Round Lake Beach fatal shooting

    Prosecutors said a Round Lake man “lit the fuse of gang violence” when he ordered a co-defendant to shoot a teen he thought was a rival gang member outside a minimart in Round Lake Beach. But the defense attorney for Jose Rebollar, 26, told a jury during opening statements Tuesday his client should not be stereotyped as a gang member.

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    White says driver’s license stations could close

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has told lawmakers that more than two dozen driver’s license stations will close unless the General Assembly extends a temporary tax increase. “A drastic cut like this would be devastating,” White told members of a House committee.

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    Renovations to the exterior of the Barrington Metra station began Monday, just hours before village leaders got the good news that costs associated with the work would be lower than expected. Workers will rip up the crumbling brick walkways and replace them with colored, stamped concrete.

    Barrington starts Metra station renovations

    As regular rail commuters likely noticed, renovations to the exterior of the Barrington Metra station began Monday, and according to village officials the first day went smoothly. Over the next two months, workers will renovate and beautify the area around the station by ripping up the crumbling bricks and replacing them with colored and stamped concrete.

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    A mother alpaca stays close to her newborn baby at Waldron Grove Alpaca Farm. Visitors can check out alpacas for themselves, along with textiles, yarn made from alpaca fleece and artwork, when the farm hosts its spring open house this weekend.

    Learn about alpacas at Waldron farm open house

    If you’ve never seen an alpaca up close, here is your chance. Waldron Grove Alpaca Farm will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, at the farm, 39W856 McDonald Road, Elgin.

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    Conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn will perform with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra this weekend.

    Solzhenitsyn conducts and plays piano at ESO finale

    This weekend, Elgin Symphony Orchestra audiences will be treated to a unique experience as guest artist Ignat Solzhenitsyn simultaneously conducts the orchestra and plays piano. Solzhenitsyn joins the ESO for its 64th season finale, “Solzhenitsyn Plays Mozart and Bruckner,” with performances set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Hemmens Cultural Center,...

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    A man checks his cellphone as he waits in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington Tuesday to hear arguments. The Supreme Court is considering whether police may search cellphones found on people they arrest without first getting a warrant.

    Justices wary of unlimited cellphone searches

    The Supreme Court seemed wary Tuesday of allowing police unbridled freedom to search cellphones found on people they arrest without first getting a warrant. A key question in two cases argued Tuesday is whether Americans' cellphones, with vast quantities of sensitive records, photographs and communications, are a private realm much like their homes.

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    Has city council lost its spirit of volunteerism?

    Stephanie Penick asks if the Naperville City Council has lost its spirit of volunteerism as it looks for some benefits.

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    Katherine Hamilton-Smith, director of cultural resources at the Lake County Forest Preserve District, discusses the fact that the Adlai E. Stevenson II Historic Home in Mettawa has been named a national historic landmark by the National Park Service.

    Stevenson home receives national historic landmark status

    The Adlai E. Stevenson II Historic Home in southeast Lake County has been named a national historic landmark by the National Park Service. The home, built in 1938 by Stevenson and his wife Ellen Borden, is in Wright Woods Forest Preserve in Mettawa. It’s owned by the Lake County Forest Preserve District.

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    Schaumburg Protein Bar grand opening May 10

    Protein Bar, a fast casual restaurant serving high protein, nutrient-rich menu items for on-the-go customers, will celebrate its move into Schaumburg with a grand opening event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at 900 N. Meacham Road, across from Woodfield Mall.

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    Storm sweeping through suburbs

    A fast moving thunderstorm is moving through the suburbs right now with a chance for more storms later this afternoon, according to accuweather.com.A fog advisory also remains in effect for the area until 2:15 p.m.

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    Carnesha Bennett, right, is comforted by a friend as she prepares to collect some of the remains of her mother’s child care center in Louisville, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The facility was leveled among with an automotive repair shop next door.

    Survivors tell their stories: ‘We are safe here’

    A powerful storm system was menacing a large swath of the South early Tuesday, killing more than two dozen people from Arkansas to Alabama over more than two days of destruction. Here are the some stories from people in Mississippi and Alabama that made it through the frightening chaos.

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    Volunteers support Hoffman Estates man’s ALS fight

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsFriends, family and other volunteer supporters of Hoffman Estates native Eric Von Schaumburg will be wearing yellow aprons and holding collection canisters at major intersections of the village Sunday, May 4 as part of the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s Tag Days drives. The local event is spearheaded by the 30-year-old Von Schaumburg’s parents, Deb and Bob.

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    Hanover Park police accepting overnight parking requests online

    Starting May 1, Hanover Park residents who want to park their cars on village streets overnight can fill out an online form through their computer or mobile device. Before, they had to call police to receive permission to park on village roads from 2 to 6 a.m.

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    Barrington High students earn President’s Volunteer award

    Sixty-three Barrington High School students received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which honors those who complete 100 or more hours of voluntary community service in a year, according to a release from the school. All of the students will receive a pin and certificate from the President of the United States.

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    Tollway meeting Thursday on Elmhurst Road interchange project

    Illinois Tollway officials will host an informational meeting Thursday in Elk Grove Village about the ongoing the Elmhurst Road interchange construction project on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90). A new diverging diamond interchange is being constructed as part of the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access Project.

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    A court in Florence that convicted Amanda Knox in her British roommate’s 2007 murder says the wounds indicate multiple aggressors, and that the two exchange students fought over money the night of the murder. The appellate court on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, issued a 337-page explanation for its January guilty verdicts against Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

    Italy court: Knox, Kercher fought on day of murder

    An Italian court that convicted Amanda Knox in her roommate’s 2007 murder said in lengthy reasoning made public Tuesday that the victim’s wounds indicate multiple aggressors, and that the two exchange students fought over money on the night of the murder.

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    Senators drop demand for drone death tallies

    Congressional aides say senators have dropped a demand that the U.S. publicly declare how many civilians it kills in drone strikes. The provision was in Congress’ main intelligence bill for 2014, which hasn’t yet been adopted.

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    The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear the case of a Florida fisherman who wants the court to throw out his conviction for getting rid of some small grouper under a federal law originally aimed at the accounting industry.

    High Court to hear fish tale of 3 missing groupers

    Not even Supreme Court justices can resist a good fish story.The court said Monday it will hear the case of a Florida fisherman charged with destroying evidence — three small grouper — under a federal law originally aimed at the accounting industry

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    The Obama administration is taking steps to help colleges and universities measure the magnitude of sexual assaults on their campuses and provide better protections for victims.

    Campus rape addressed by White House task force

    The Obama administration admonished colleges and universities — “No more turning a blind eye” — in new guidelines designed to stem sexual assaults on campuses and help the victims. A White House task force on sexual assault recommends in a report being released Tuesday that schools identify trained, confidential victim’s advocates and conduct surveys to better...

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    Mundelein’s annual budget is shrinking, in part, because the construction of a new village hall is nearly complete.

    Mundelein approves new $54.8 million budget

    Improvements to one of Mundelein’s busiest intersections and work on a channel designed to prevent flooding are among the big projects in Mundelein’s new $54.8 million budget.

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    Interactive tool helps visitors enjoy forest preserves

    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is inviting nature enthusiasts, teachers and students to enrich their time outdoors this spring through an interactive tool on its website, Observe Your Preserve.

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    Ian Anderson will perform music from Jethro Tull and more during an Oct. 16 concert at Naperville’s North Central College.

    Ian Anderson bringing Jethro Tull favorites to North Central College

    Ian Anderson will perform the best of Jethro Tull and songs from his new album, “Homo Erraticus,” during a concert Oct. 16 at Naperville’s North Central College.

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    Vicky Giannini plays Verta and Chuck Jacobson is Elwood P. Dowd in the GreenMan Theatre production of “Harvey” that opens Friday in Elmhurst.

    Greenman Theatre concludes 10th season with ‘Harvey’

    When Elmhurst-based GreenMan Theatre concludes its 10th season in May with nine performances of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic “Harvey,” actresses Vicky Giannini and Dana Peters will be more than happy to take to the stage as cast members.

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    Hoffman Estates is changing its policy regarding drainage improvements in the Parcel A subdivision, located in the northeast corner of the village. The older neighborhood is unique for having roadside ditches instead of curb and gutter work.

    Hoffman Estates plans drainage projects in older neighborhood

    With a change of policy and a new funding source, Hoffman Estates officials are hoping to quickly address drainage problems in the oldest part of the village. The move will allow the village to take on projects in the Parcel A subdivision, which is the only neighborhood in the village to have roadside ditches instead of curbs and gutters.

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    Students from Glen Ellyn’s St. James the Apostle School recently participated in a Day of Service project in which they tackled grade-appropriate activities at their school and 16 locations across Glen Ellyn. Some students, including Emma Nielsen, Sophia Stachnik and Gillian Weesner, joined volunteer mom Carrie Stachnik, right, in cleaning up the porch at Sunrise Senior Living Center and Brighton Gardens.

    Students at Glen Ellyn’s St. James the Apostle capture spirit of caring

    “It’s not about yourself; it’s about helping other people.” With that one sentence, St. James the Apostle fifth-grader Mickey Schihl captured the spirit of the school’s recent Day of Service project in Glen Ellyn. Mickey and fellow fifth-grader Kyle Prout cleaned up outdoor chairs and tables at Sunrise Senior Living Center as part of St. James School’s annual...

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    People walk by a television screen Tuesday reporting a news program about North Korea’s live-fire artillery drills at a Seoul train station in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea conducted live-fire artillery drills Tuesday near the countries’ disputed western sea boundary, South Korean military officials said, in a possible indication of rising frustration in Pyongyang as it unsuccessfully pushes for outside aid.

    South Korea: North holds live-fire drills at sea

    North Korea conducted live-fire artillery drills near its disputed western sea boundary Tuesday, South Korean officials said, in a possible indication of rising frustration in Pyongyang as it pushes unsuccessfully for outside aid. Both Koreas conduct such drills routinely, but they can be sensitive because North Korea doesn’t acknowledge the U.N.-drawn sea boundary near South Korean...

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    A funeral service employee sets up a group memorial altar Tuesday for victims of the sunken ferry. South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologized Tuesday for the government’s inept initial response to a deadly ferry sinking as divers fought strong currents in their search for nearly 100 passengers still missing nearly two weeks after the accident.

    South Korean president apologizes for ferry response

    South Korea’s president apologized Tuesday for the government’s inept initial response to a deadly ferry sinking as divers fought strong currents in their search for nearly 100 passengers still missing nearly two weeks after the accident. The government also raised the death toll for what has become a point of national mourning and shame to 204. Most of the dead and missing are high...

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    Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he had chosen the wrong word in describing Israel’s potential future after coming under withering criticism for saying the Jewish state could become an “apartheid state” if it doesn’t reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.

    Kerry backs off Israel ‘apartheid’ remark

    Secretary of State John Kerry says he chose the wrong word in describing Israel’s potential future after coming under withering criticism for saying the Jewish state could become an “apartheid state” if it doesn’t reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. In a statement released by the State Department Monday, Kerry lashed out against “partisan political”...

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    Eastern Illinois community decriminalizes marijuana

    BRADLEY — Leaders of an eastern Illinois village have voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.The Daily Journal in Kankakee reports village board members in Bradley voted 5-1 Monday to approve the new ordinance.

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    DPI touts school safety recommendations

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is touting new recommendations developed by emergency responders and education officials to help make schools safer.

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    $250,000 cash bail set in Two Rivers stabbing

    TWO RIVERS, Wis. — Bail has been set at $250,000 cash for a Two Rivers man accused of fatally stabbing his stepson. Police say 34-year-old Koyoko Perry was stabbed during a fight early Sunday in Two Rivers. Perry tried to drive away from the crime scene, but crashed his vehicle into two other vehicles in a driveway.

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    Air quality flag rises above Illinois EPA headquarters

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials are encouraging residents to check daily air quality like they check the daily weather forecast.

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    Chicago museum extends Disney exhibit by 3 months

    The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is extending a popular exhibit of Walt Disney archives.Anne Rashford is director of temporary exhibits at the museum. In a statement Monday, she says the exhibit is being extended for three months. It is now scheduled to end Aug. 3.

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    Officer shoots man outside Indianapolis store

    INDIANAPOLIS — Police say an officer shot a gunman who was trying to force employees back into an Indianapolis convenience store.Police spokesman Officer Christopher Wilburn says the wounded man was taken to a hospital in serious but stable condition after the shooting about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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    Tests find officer on drugs at time of fatal crash

    ANDERSON, Ind. — Prosecutors say blood tests have found an off-duty central Indiana police officer was under the influence of an anti-anxiety drug and a painkiller when his SUV plowed into a car, killing a man and injuring his pregnant wife.

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    Car goes through living room of Fort Wayne house

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Two women escaped injury when a car slammed through a wall of their house in Fort Wayne, going through the living room and into the kitchen.The crash about 4 a.m. Tuesday awoke Angelina Jones and her mother Lisa Jones-St. Clair as they slept upstairs in the house in a neighborhood south of the city’s downtown.

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    Some schools switch from online to paper tests

    INDIANAPOLIS — Some school corporations in Indiana are opting to use pencils and paper for the state’s standardized tests instead of risking another round of technology problems like those that dogged last year’s tests.

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    Ag, rail officials talk delays with regulators

    BISMARCK, N.D. — Crude oil trains are not displacing grain shipments in the Dakotas and surrounding states, railroad officials assured North Dakota regulators Monday.

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    Daniels’ debate panel role won’t bar Purdue bid

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The appointment of Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to the Commission on Presidential Debates this month won’t prevent the school from possibly trying to host one of the debates in 2016.

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    Dawn Patrol: Explosion might remain a mystery; cyclist hit by train identifified

    Long Grove explosion might remain a mystery. Cyclist hit by train in Elgin identified. Another armed robbery in Woodridge. One killed in Crystal Lake crash. Ritzy's Cafe closes in Rolling Meadows. Sharp not satisfied with one goal. Bulls back in playoff action tonight. Plus a weather and traffic report.

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    District 300 renews push for late state funds

    Community Unit District 300 officials kicked off a legislative campaign Monday night, one they hope results in the state handing over between $35 million and $60 million it has owed the district for 10 years. Officials hope to use a portion of that money to fund a new administration building expected to open in December.

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    Aldermen gave preliminary approval Monday night to a series of utility rate hikes contained in the city’s new budget. The increases are tied to bringing the operation of the city’s utilities out of the red and locking in a long-term deal for leaf and brush pickup.

    St. Charles residents could see utility bills increase

    This summer, St. Charles residents likely will pay more to dispose of yard waste and trash, turn on the lights, take a shower and flush the toilet. Aldermen gave preliminary approval Monday night to a series of rate hikes contained in the city’s new budget. The increases are tied to bringing the operation of the city’s utilities out of the red and locking in a long-term deal for leaf...

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    Myra Becker, 90, of Elgin has been volunteering for more than 50 years, including with the League of Women Voters, the YWCA Elgin and the now-closed Larkin Center in Elgin.

    Elgin woman, 90, volunteers for more than 50 years

    After more than 50 years as a volunteer, Myra Becker says it's finally time to slow down. But listening to the Elgin woman's conviction about her causes — women's empowerment, mental health, voters' rights — it's hard to imagine she'll follow through. “There's lots of needs out here. Find the one you believe in and is closest to your causes, and get involved.”

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    Cannings discuss logic behind their Harper gift
    Inverness philanthropists John and Rita Canning recently talked to the Daily Herald about why they made the largest gift in Harper’s history to the school's women's program. This is an edited version of that conversation.

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    Patients in Central DuPage Hospital's pediatric unit participated in a National Superhero Day event Monday, complete with handmade capes, mask decorations and window washers dressed as superheroes.

    'Superhero Day' comforts young Central DuPage Hospital patients

    Organizers for a Superhero Day held Monday at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield say everyone in the pediatric unit is a superhero — from premature babies and teenagers fighting cancer to all the doctors and nurses who care for them. “It's just a great way to honor our patients and our staff,” said Holly Kulikowski, director of special events for the Cadence Health Foundation.

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    Jumping at a chance to appear in a video that helps break stereotypes of Muslims, Des Plaines resident Bilal Baweja and his wife, Emma Qureshi, frolic with their children Mikael and Sophie Baweja to the tune of “Happy.” Watch the video at dailyherald.com/more.

    Local Muslims pursue happiness in viral dance video

    When the media interview Muslims, it's not always spurred by a happy event. This time, things couldn't be happier. The newest Muslim video garnering hits on YouTube features more than 150 local Muslims dancing, smiling and having fun in their music video version of Pharrell Williams' hit song, “Happy.” “A very important part of our religion is to smile at others,” says...

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    Elizabeth Galliano, a parent whose children attend the Ridge Family Center for Learning, presents a petition to the District 59 school board Monday night that was signed by some 90 parents who are opposed to plans to shorten the Ridge class day.

    District 59 delays move on cutting hours at Ridge

    The Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 school board has delayed a decision on cutting class times by as much as 70 minutes a day at the Ridge Family Center for Learning. The board, however, did agree to extend instructional times at 12 other district schools by a half-hour as part of Superintendent Art Fessler’s “One District” plan that includes giving all elementary...

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    “I couldn’t ask for a better advocate and a better system,” Denise Owens says of Harper College’s Rita and John Canning Women’s Program.

    Harper College lauds $1 million donation to women’s program

    Denise Owens credits the Harper College Women's Program for a new beginning from an adult life marked by an abusive relationship and homelessness. "I couldn't ask for a better advocate and a better system," the Hoffman Estates mom said. The program is celebrating a $1 million donation -- the largest in Harper's history.

Sports

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    Baseball/DuPage County roundup Tuesday, April 29

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

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    St. Francis gets the last shots

    St. Francis didn’t get many shots on goal in Tuesday’s Suburban Christian Conference girls soccer game, but it finished when it had to.

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    Associated Press Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu set two records in April with the most home runs and RBIs by a rookie.

    Jose Abreu demands your attention

    After breaking rookie records for home runs and RBIs in the month of April, Jose Abreu has become an appointment hitter, says White Sox insider Chris Rongey. Maybe, he says, someone should come out with an app to alert Sox fans whenever Abreu is at bat.

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    Jordan, Paul lead Clippers over Warriors, 113-103

    Hours after owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life, the Los Angeles Clippers returned to an energized Staples Center and beat the Golden State Warriors 113-103 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

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    Softball: Tuesday, April 29 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Tuesday, April 29.

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    Baseball: Tuesday, April 29 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Tuesday, April 29.

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    Girls track: Tuesday, April 29 results
    Results for area high school girls track meets for Tuesday, April 29.

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    Girls soccer: Tuesday, April 29 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Tuesday, April 29.

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    Girls water polo: Tuesday, April 29 results
    Results of area girls water polo games for Tuesday, April 29.

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    Boys volleyball: Tuesday, April 29 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Tuesday, April 29.

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    Boys track: Tuesday, April 29 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Tuesday, April 29.

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    Boys tennis: Tuesday, April 29 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Tuesday, April 29.

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    Girls badminton: Tuesday, April 29 results
    Results of area high school badminton meets for Tuesday, April 29.

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    Stubbs hits 1st HR, Rockies beat Diamondbacks 5-4

    Drew Stubbs hit his first home run of the season, off closer Addison Reed in the ninth inning, to lift the Colorado Rockies over the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Tuesday night.

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    Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich puts his hands on his head after fouling out of Game 5 in an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Chicago. The Wizards won 75-69.

    Bulls look ahead after tough ending

    Immediately after a frustrating playoff loss, it’s tough to tell what’s next for the Bulls. They’ll obviously try to upgrade the offense after finishing the season by scoring 69 points and shooting a lowly 33.3 percent from the field in Tuesday’s Game 5 loss to Washington.

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    The Rev. Jesse Jackson, left, greets Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick before Game 5 of the Clippers’ opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors Tuesday in Los Angeles.

    Bulls completely behind Sterling ban

    Los Angeles Clippers owner might seem like a distant distraction, but both head coach in this Bulls-Wizards playoff series have close ties with Clippers coach Doc Rivers and had the Maywood native in theri thoughts when Commissioner Adam Silver announced the harsh punishment for Sterling.

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    North Central hoping to get restarted

    Jim Kulawiak has found himself in a familiar, if uncomfortable position. The coach of the North Central softball team is looking for a way to refocus his team for the CCIW Tournament after a slow finish to the regular season.

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    Giants beats Padres 6-0 behind Yusmeiro Petit

    Angel Pagan led off the first inning with a homer, Buster Posey connected two batters later, and Yusmeiro Petit went six innings in a spot start replacing injured Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 on Tuesday night.

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    It’s Palatine in the West, and Prospect in East

    Palatine edged Barrington for top honors in Tuesday's Mid-Suburban West girls track meet, while Prospect and Wheeling went 1-2 in the MSL East meet.

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    Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson holds his ankle during the Bulls 75-69 loss in game five of first-round of the NBA playoffs Tuesday night at the United Center.

    Playoff success not in the cards for Bulls

    The Bulls played their best defensive game of this playoff series, but dropped a 75-69 decision to Washington on Tuesday at the United Center, dropping this first-round playoff series 4-1. Kirk Hinrich and Jimmy Butler scored 16 points each to lead the Bulls, who lost Taj Gibson to a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter.

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    Grizzlies hold off Thunder 100-99 in OT

    Mike Miller scored 21 points and the Memphis Grizzlies held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-99 in a record fourth straight overtime game Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

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    Big win for Grayslake North

    Boys lacrosseGrayslake North 14, Palatine 1: Freddie Williams scored 4 goals, as the Knights improved to 6-8.The Grayslake North defense was led by Dean Jones in goal with Ian Pearce, Colin Perry, Jack Dobovsky, Trevor Carter and Jake Lamb lending a hand.Ryan Staley added 2 goals and 2 assists, while Jack Donnellan had 2 goals and an assist. Logan Morira contributed a goal and an assist, while Andrew Cassilas had 2 assists.Ryan Carolan, Griffin Patten, Currtis Bye, Alex Fletcher and Dami Oladunmoye also scored. Sean Monaghan chipped in an assist.

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    Werfel, Grayslake Central roll

    Emily Werfel scored a hat trick, Quin Garbett added a pair of goals, and Grayslake Central’s girls soccer team blanked visiting Woodstock North 8-0 in the Fox Valley Conference action Tuesday night.

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    Texas Rangers’ Hector Noesi works against the Chicago White Sox during a baseball game Sunday, April 20, in Arlington, Texas.

    Sox will use Noesi as ninth starter so far

    With only four healthy pitchers in the rotation, the White Sox are turning to newcomer Hector Noesi in Wednesday's game against the Tigers. Claimed off waivers from Texas late last week, Noesi hasn't started a game since 2012, when he was with Seattle.

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    Chicago White Sox’s Tyler Flowers, left, and Marcus Semien celebrate after scoring off a double by Adam Eaton, on a pitch by Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jake McGee, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday in Chicago.

    Flowers getting back into the swing of game

    The White Sox have been hitting up and down the lineup all season, and that includes catcher Tyler Flowers. A bust at the plate last year, Flowers has been zeroed in on swining at better pitches and the strategy has paid off big. Flowers was 0-for-3 with a walk in the Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tigers Tuesday night.

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    Earhart excels in Vernon Hills victory

    Vernon Hills sophomore pitcher Tommy Earhart continued to impress Tuesday. He improved to 4-0, as the Cougars defeated visiting Lake Forest Academy 4-0 in a nonconference game.

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    Mundelein’s Kaila Cancelli (10) battles to take the ball away from Libertyville’s Abbey Peters (9) on Tuesday at Mundelein.

    Libertyville, Mundelein battle to draw

    It seems like every girls soccer game in the North Suburban Lake Division is a battle. Mundelein team expected a grueling match against visiting Libertyville on Tuesday night, and that’s what the Mustangs got. After 80 minutes, neither team had found the back of the net, so the two rivals settled for a 0-0 draw.

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    Overbay, Brewers beat Cardinals 5-4 in 11 innings

    Lyle Overbay singled in Khris Davis with the tiebreaking run and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals in extra innings for the second straight night, winning 5-4 in 11 innings Tuesday.

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    Davern delivers for St. Charles North

    Playing without two injured middle hitters, St. Charles North’s boys volleyball team was looking for someone to fill the position Tuesday night. Enter Johnny Davern.

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    Royals use 6-run 8th to rally past Blue Jays 10-7

    Salvador Perez homered and drove in four runs and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 10-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

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    Benet loses, but finds a player

    Benet boys volleyball coach Amy Van Eekeren desperately was seeking a spark during the first set against Joliet Catholic Academy on Tuesday.

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    Naperville Central completes sweep

    The Naperville Central boys tennis team did something no other team has done this season — sweep Wheaton Warrenville South.

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    LaRoche’s 2 RBIs leads Nationals over Astros 4-3

    Adam LaRoche hit a tying double in the eighth inning and a go-ahead single in the ninth Tuesday night that lifted the Washington Nationals over the Houston Astros 4-3.

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    Conant’s Jae Pyun leaps for a kill as Hoffman Estates’ Piotr Wrobel tries to block the ball at the net during Tuesday’s match.

    Lugo leads late Hoffman Estates surge

    Gregg Lugo came up big for the Hoffman Estates boys volleyball team Tuesday night at Conant. The hard-hitting senior outside had 11 kills – 3 of them down the stretch in game 3 – as the Hawks overcame a strong effort by the never-say-die Cougars to win 25-19, 20-25, 25-18 in the Mid-Suburban West.

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    Naperville North’s Frank Dore, left, battles Naperville Central’s Tanner Beck, right, during boys volleyball action.

    Naperville Central gets firm grip on lead over Huskies

    One thing very evident in Tuesday’s Naperville North at Naperville Central boys volleyball match is that when a team grabbed a lead in a match, it put a firm grip on it and didn’t let go.

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    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) talks with catcher Welington Castillo in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati.

    Hamilton homers, Reds beat Cubs on rainy night

    Billy Hamilton hit his first career homer, and Chris Heisey singled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning, sending the Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Tuesday night in a game delayed three times because of rain.

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    Prospect powers up in East; Fremd, Barrington tied in West

    Prospect earned its seventh straight MSL East boys track title on Tuesday, while Barrington and Fremd tied for the MSL West crown.

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    Niese, Murphy lead surprising Mets past Phils 6-1

    Jonathon Niese pitched seven steady innings on a rainy Tuesday night and Daniel Murphy had three hits to lead the surprising New York Mets to a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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    Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich scrambles for a loose ball with the Wizards’ Nene defending during Tuesday night’s game at the United Center.

    At least Bulls players tried their best

    If the Bulls' front office had been as committed to this season as Bulls' players were, maybe the season would have ended at least a bit later than five games into the playoffs.

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    Chicago White Sox’s Adam Eaton (1), crosses home plate safely as Detroit Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday waits for the throw during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday in Chicago.

    Holaday’s bunt gives Tigers 4-3 win vs White Sox

    Bryan Holaday bunted home Austin Jackson with two out in the ninth to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

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    Geneva turns up pressure on Batavia

    With two senior defenders injured and with a lead to hold onto in the second half against rival Batavia, Geneva’s girls soccer team found a new place to do most of its defending — Batavia’s half of the field. Moving from an even first half which ended with the teams tied 1-1, the Vikings first got a goal from Megan Fitz, then held possession in the attacking half of the field for most of the final 30 minutes of Tuesday’s Upstate Eight Conference River Division match to complete a 2-1 victory.

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    A’s beat Rangers 9-3, end Perez scoreless streak

    Derek Norris drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, Scott Kazmir outpitched Martin Perez and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 on Tuesday night.

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    Elgin’s Jenny Lopez turns to her teammates after scoring the only goal of the game against Larkin Tuesday at Memorial Field at Elgin High School.

    Lopez, Elgin finally get one past Larkin

    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again. Those were words to live by for the Elgin girls soccer team on Tuesday. After letting several scoring opportunities slip by the Maroons’ persistence finally paid off when Jenny Lopez scored with 11:34 left to play to give Elgin a 1-0 Upstate Eight Conference River Division win over rival Larkin at Memorial Field.

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    Victorino gets 4 hits, Red Sox beat Rays 7-4

    Shane Victorino had four hits and his first two RBIs of the season, John Lackey pitched eight strong innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the slumping Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 on a chilly Tuesday night.

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    Metea Valley closes in on UEC Valley title

    The Metea Valley girls soccer team is now one win away from clinching at least a share of its second Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division title in four seasons.A dominant offensive performance led to a 26-2 advantage in total shots resulting in a 4-0 Mustangs’ victory over Bartlett on Tuesday night at Millennium Field in Streamwood. Metea Valley (10-1-2, 4-0-1) concludes its conference schedule next Tuesday at East Aurora.

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    Camardo returns as BG edges Wheeling

    Five days after being struck in the face by a line drive, Buffalo Grove junior Julia Camardo was back on the pitcher’s mound Tuesday. And she was back to her winning ways. Camardo, who pitched the Bison to the Mid-Suburban East softball crown a year ago, fired a 6-hitter with 7 strikeouts as Buffalo Grove edged host Wheeling 3-1 at the Wheeling Park District’s Heritage Park which features artificial turf and about a 30-foot high outfield fence.

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    Girls soccer: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, April 29

    A roundup of girls soccer games played in the Fox Valley Tuesday.

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    Neuqua Valley bounces back more quickly

    Tuesday’s boys volleyball match featured a pair of teams hit hard by graduation after last season.

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    Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) keeps the ball from going out of bounds as Carlos Boozer (5), Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) and Trevor Booker (35) stand near during the first half of Game 5 in an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday in Chicago. The Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs with a 75-69 loss.

    Wizards eliminate Bulls with 75-69 victory

    John Wall finished with 24 points, Nene scored 20, and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 75-69 on Tuesday night to clinch their first-round series in five games.

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    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, April 29

    Fox Valley baseball roundup for Tuesday, April 29.

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    St. Charles East tops defending UEC champ Batavia

    Batavia, the two-time defending Upstate Eight Conference River champion in boys tennis, needed both third-set matches to overcome St. Charles East on Tuesday afternoon. But it was not to be as the Saints’ duo of Steven Waynick and Nick Hauptman prevailed at third doubles over Batavia counterparts Andrew Nelson and Emerson Hinzy, 6-1, 5-7 and 6-3, to give St. Charles East a 4-3 victory in Batavia.

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    Cano helps Mariners win in return to Yankee Stadium

    Robinson Cano drove in a run and scored another in a most unwelcome return to Yankee Stadium, helping the Seattle Mariners beat New York 6-3 Tuesday night for their fourth win in five games.

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    Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which is given by NHL officials to the best leader on and off the ice.

    Toews a finalist for NHL leadership honor

    While the Blackhawks wait another day to find out which team they will face in the second round of the NHL playoffs, the honors keep coming. Following recent announcements that forward Jonathan Toews is a Selke Trophy finalist and defenseman Duncan Keith is a Norris Trophy finalist, the Hawks learned Tuesday that Toews, the team's captain, also is a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

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    Cary-Grove upends McHenry

    Clutch is a good thing to be when facing an opponent that has won 14 of 17. The Cary-Grove baseball team cooled off surging McHenry 5-4 in Cary on Tuesday, partly by scoring 4 runs with two outs.Clutch is a good thing to be when facing an opponent that has won 14 of 17. The Cary-Grove baseball team cooled off surging McHenry 5-4 in Cary on Wednesday, partly by scoring 4 runs with two outs. Andrew Splitt’s RBI single in the first inning came with two away, as did Jason Barrett’s 2-run double in the second.

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    Fernandez rolls again; Marlins beat Braves 9-0

    Jose Fernandez got booed for not running out a grounder, and felt a tiny twinge of disappointment about not getting a chance to finish off what could have been his first complete game. Everything else for the Miami Marlins’ young ace went perfectly once again Tuesday night. Fernandez allowed two hits in eight stellar innings, Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer and the Marlins opened a homestand by beating the Atlanta Braves 9-0 on Tuesday night.

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    Philadelphia Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds, second from right, celebrates his hat trick with teammates during the second period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Tuesday against the New York Rangers in Philadelphia.

    Simmonds helps Flyers force Game 7

    Wayne Simmonds scored three goals and Steve Mason stopped 34 shots to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 of their Eastern Conference playoff series.

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    Libertyville’s Noah Greenberg will continue his baseball career at Concordia University.

    Plenty at steak in Libertyville-Mundelein series

    More than bragging rights will be on the line when the Libertyville and Mundelein baseball teams play their home-and-home series next week. A friendly wager has been made between Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler and Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz. At a meeting last week, they were talking about how well their high school baseball teams are doing this season. The two made a bet that if either team sweeps the upcoming series May 6 and 7, the other mayor would have to provide dinner from local restaurants for the mayor, village board and immediate staff at the winning village’s next committee of the whole meeting.

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    Elgin’s energy too much for Larkin

    The Elgin-Larkin rivalry never requires any additional reminders or extra pizazz. But if you’re caught lacking energy for such a pivotal matchup it can be a year long agony that never goes away. The Elgin boys volleyball team, with just one win on the season, wanted none of that as it had Tuesday’s match against Larkin marked on the calendar all season. The Maroons were the ones who brought the energy in an Upstate Eight win in 2 sets by the same score of 25-18 at Chesbrough Field House, and they were the ones walking out with bragging rights.

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    St. Charles North’s Andrea Beal makes a sliding, diving catch during Tuesday’s game in St. Charles.

    St. Charles North’s best beats St. Charles East

    St. Charles North picked a nice day to have its best day.

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    Time limit leaves Wheeling, Meadows tied after 8

    Rolling Meadows and Wheeling tried to turf out a game Tuesday. It wasn’t the weather that spoiled the plan, but rather time. With games cancelled due to rain or wet field conditions, the game between Meadows and Wheeling was moved to the new turf fields at Heritage Park in Wheeling. And while the field conditions were superb, the game ended with no decision as the teams played to 2-2 tie after 8 innings. Despite having lights at the field, the game was called due to a time limit imposed before the game because the new fields were reserved for another game at 6:30 p.m.

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    McHenry gets past Dundee-Crown

    Dundee-Crown and McHenry experienced some big momentum swings during their Fox Valley Valley Division girls soccer matchup in Carpentersville Tuesday. Unfortunately for the Chargers, the last one went McHenry’s way. Avalon Senn-Raemont scored her second goal on a breakaway with 1:43 left to play to give the Warriors a 3-2 victory.

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    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, April 29

    Fox Valley softball roundup for Tuesday, April 29

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    Brandon Saad, here delivering a check to the Blues’ Adam Cracknell, and the Blackhawks know the importance of playing physical hockey.

    Blackhawks not afraid to get physical

    Having won two Stanley Cups in a span of four seasons, most NHL teams are past trying to intimidate the Blackhawks. But they still try to pound them. That’s the nature of hockey. And that’s why the Hawks like finishing their checks, too.

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    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA.

    Clippers owner Sterling banned for life by the NBA

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivered the swiftest, strongest penalty he could, then called on NBA owners to force Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team for making racist comments that hurt the league. Almost unanimously, owners supported the commissioner Tuesday, as he handed down one of the harshest penalties in the history of U.S. sports.

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    Michael Heisley

    Funeral set in St. Charles for former Grizzlies owner

    The funeral for former Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley will be Friday in St. Charles. The team on Tuesday announced the wake and service for Heisely, who died Satuday at age 77.

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    TE not much of a need for Bears

    With Martellus Bennett firmly established as the Bears' No. 1 tight end, that position is not a priority in the draft, although they could seek some young depth in the later rounds.

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    Lindsay Zdroik

    St. Edward’s Zdroik earns honor from Bandits

    The Chicago Bandits announced Wednesday that St. Edward pitcher Lindsay Zdroik has been named the first recipient of the TransNational Scholar Athlete of the Week Award. Zdroik is now eligible to win the $1,000 scholarship that will be presented in June. Zdroik, a sophomore, has a 3.8 GPA and is ranked near the top of her class. She is enrolled in several advanced courses, including geometry, Spanish and American Literature.

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    Tickets for possible Western Conference Final games at the United Center will be on sale at noon Thursday.

    How to get Hawks’ conference finals tickets

    Single-game Blackhawks tickets for potential 2014 Western Conference Final home contests will go on sale to the general public at noon Thursday (May 1), team officials announced.

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    Carlos Sainz Jr. of Elgin won the Chicago Open Championship at Cantigny last year and now is playing on the Web.com Tour.

    3 area golfers battle on Web.com Tour

    Golf columnist Len Ziehm checks out the Web.com Tour starts for three former suburban golf stars — Vince India (Deerfield), Andy Pope (Glen Ellyn) and Carlos Sainz Jr. (Elgin) — who are hoping to do well enough to play their way on to the big circuit in 2015.

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com The home team fans celebrate Brian Bickell's goal in the first period as St. Louis Blues goalkeeper Ryan Miller stands motionless Sunday in Game 6. The Hawks won four straight game to capture the series 4-2 and move on in the playoffs.

    Taking the Cup from Blackhawks won’t be easy

    Mike North says te defending Stanley Cup winners will be tough to beat in a series, especially if Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford repeats the Game 6 performance he had against St. Louis. North also believes Jose Abreu’s contract might go down as one of the best deals ever for the Chicago White Sox.

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    Harper’s Hinderer headed for Cardinal Stritch

    Harper College is losing the second-leading scorer in program history, but the mood was nothing but positive on Monday as Monica Hinderer officially secured a basketball future for herself at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee after excelling with the Hawks for two seasons.

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    Batavia’s David Sharp competes in the long jump Thursday at the Rocket Relays track invitational at Burlington Central High School.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer and track.

Business

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    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday that action is urgently needed because the federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to run dry by late August. He said that unless Congress acts to shore up the fund, transportation aid to states will be held up and workers laid off construction sites across the country.

    Obama transportation plan sent to Congress

    The Obama administration sent a four-year, $302 billion transportation plan to Congress on Tuesday, hoping to jump-start a national debate on how to repair and replace the nation’s aging infrastructure while accommodating the needs of a growing population. One aspect of the legislation that will resonate in Illinois involves expanding tolling of federal interstates. The existing Elgin O’Hare Expressway will be converted into a tollway once an extension of the road is built to O’Hare International Airport to help fund the construction.

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    U.S. stocks rose Tuesday, as Internet stocks rallied for the first time in five days and results from Merck to Sprint topped estimates before a Federal Reserve decision on monetary policy.

    Stocks gain on earnings; Cummins, Ameriprise rise

    Solid earnings from a broad swath of U.S. companies pushed the stock market higher on Tuesday. Just over half the companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index have now released their earnings for the first quarter and, with the occasional exception, the reports have contained enough good news to drive stock prices higher.

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    Unlike some other Walgreens stores in the Northwest suburbs, the one in Prospect Heights can’t sell hard liquor.

    Prospect Heights refuses Walgreens a full liquor license

    Prospect Heights on Monday stood behind a local liquor store and turned down a request from the Walgreens across the street to add all types of liquor to its beer and wine sales. “Sometimes we have to have a sense of community,” Mayor Nick Helmer said.

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    Home prices fell in 13 of the 20 cities in February compared with the previous month. The index is not adjusted for seasonal variations, so those declines partly reflect weaker sales in the winter.

    U.S. home price gains slow for third straight month

    U.S. home price gains cooled in February from the previous year for the third month in a row, as harsh winter weather and high buying costs have slowed sales. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 12.9 percent in February compared with 12 months earlier. While healthy, that is down from a 13.2 percent gain in January.

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    Mercedes recalls over 284,000 cars to fix lights

    DETROIT — Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 284,000 C-Class cars in the U.S. and Canada because the rear lights can fail.The recall affects some C300, C350 and C63 AMG cars from the 2008 through 2011 model years.Corrosion on a connector can cause the tail, brake or rear turn signal lights to dim or fail. That can make the cars less visible to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.The problem affects nearly 253,000 cars in the U.S. and another 31,000 in Canada. A Mercedes spokesman says cars in other countries also are affected, but he did not have a number. The company says if the problem occurs, drivers will see a dashboard warning message.The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says dealers will replace bulb holders and any rusted connectors at no cost to owners. Replacement parts aren’t expected to be available until August or September.

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    Chinese pork giant WH Group shelves IPO

    HONG KONG — Chinese pork-producing giant WH Group says it’s shelving its multibillion-dollar Hong Kong IPO as investor demand sags amid rocky financial markets.The company said late Tuesday it is abandoning the plan to sell shares because of “deteriorating market conditions and recent excessive market volatility.”It said the global stock offering “will not proceed at this time.”WH Group became the world’s biggest pork company after buying Smithfield Foods of the U.S. last year.The company, which changed its name from Shuanghui International Holdings, had initially planned to raise up to $5.3 billion in an initial public offering on Hong Kong’s stock exchange.According to its prospectus, WH Group planned to source cheap, high quality hogs from the U.S. to feed growing demand for pork in China.

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    BMW recalls 156,000 cars and SUVs

    DETROIT — BMW is recalling more than 156,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. because the engines can lose power or stall.The recall covers multiple models from 2010 through 2012. It includes some 128i, 328i, Z4, 135i, 335i, 528i, 535i and 640i cars. Also covered are many X3, X5, and X6 SUVs.The German automaker says bolts that hold a camshaft housing can loosen and break. That can cause reduced power or stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says dealers will replace bolts at no cost to owners. The company expects the recall to start in May.BMW says another 170,000 vehicles from 2010 through 2012 with inline six-cylinder engines will not be recalled, but will receive an extended warranty due to the problem.

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    Texas’ Energy Future files Ch. 11 reorganization

    DALLAS — Energy Future Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Tuesday after agreeing with key financial stakeholders to keep its power-producing businesses operating in Texas while it reduces roughly $40 billion in debt.The company owns TXU Energy, a retail electricity provider, and Luminant, the state’s largest power generator. State agencies, including the manager of Texas’ electricity grid, have been closely watching the company in the run-up to its filing to ensure that power production is not impacted. In the short term, it appears power distribution and production will continue normally.Energy Future’s main stakeholders had discussed a restructuring, and the company recently skipped a deadline to pay $109 million in interest.The Dallas company said Tuesday it will separate its Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Co. subsidiary, which includes TXU Energy, and give preferred lenders complete ownership in that reorganized business. It also will give lenders cash proceeds from new debt in exchange for eliminating about $23 billion of Texas Competitive Holdings’ funded debt.Energy Future will still own Energy Future Intermediate Holding Co. and keep its interest in Oncor Electric Delivery Co., a power transmission business, which is not part of the reorganization. The company found itself with an untenable debt load after it bet that natural gas prices would rise, giving its coal-fired plants a competitive edge. Instead, natural gas prices have plummeted amid a glut of production from U.S. shale deposits.It said Tuesday that it expects day-to-day operations to continue during the reorganization. That includes provision of power to customers, the payment of wages and benefits, and payments to vendors. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, which manages the state’s grid and the flow of power to 23 million customers in Texas, said in a statement Tuesday it has been monitoring Energy Future’s situation and is focused on maintaining system reliability and market efficiency as the restructuring moves forward. “It is our understanding that EFH and its affected subsidiaries expect to continue operating generation assets and serving retail customers in Texas,” ERCOT said in its statement, noting that the company’s transmission business, Oncor, is not included in the bankruptcy filing. “Therefore, ERCOT sees no immediate concerns related to system reliability or market efficiency associated with this filing.”Energy Future expects to leave its restructuring in about 11 months. The holding company was acquired in 2007 by private-equity firms KKR & Co., TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.

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    The TSA is expanding its PreCheck expedited screening program to passengers on international airlines. Air Canada on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 became the first international carrier to participate, with TSA officials saying other international airlines would soon sign on.

    Quick screening extended to international airlines

    The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its PreCheck expedited screening program to passengers on international airlines. Air Canada on Tuesday became the first international carrier to participate, with TSA officials saying other foreign airlines would soon sign on. Airlines need to first update their computer systems to embed extra information in their boarding pass barcodes as well as printing a PreCheck logo.

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    The vast majority of economists surveyed this month by The Associated Press say lifting restrictions on exports of oil and natural gas would help the economy even if it meant higher fuel prices for consumers.

    Economists back increased US oil and gas exports

    Whether to allow more exports of U.S. oil and natural gas has become a matter of political debate in Washington. But to economists, the answer is clear: The nation would benefit. The vast majority of economists surveyed this month by The Associated Press say lifting restrictions on exports of oil and natural gas would help the economy even if it meant higher fuel prices for consumers.

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    Samsung Electronics Co. says its first quarter earnings improved moderately from the previous year. More than three-quarters of its quarterly operating profit came from its handset business, with its Galaxy smartphones continuing to see solid sales.

    Samsung reports higher Q1 earnings on smartphones

    Samsung Electronics Co. says its first quarter earnings improved moderately from the previous year. More than three-quarters of quarterly operating profit came from its handset business, with its Galaxy smartphones continuing to see solid sales. Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 earlier in April at a cheaper price than its previous flagship smartphones, as sales of affordable handsets see strong growth in emerging countries.

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    U.S. consumer confidence fell in April over concerns about hiring and business conditions, even though many people foresee a strengthening economy in the months ahead.

    U.S. consumer confidence dips in April

    U.S. consumer confidence fell in April over concerns about hiring and business conditions, even though many people foresee a strengthening economy in the months ahead. The Conference Board says its confidence index dropped to 82.3 from a March reading of 83.9. Despite the decline, consumer sentiment for the past two months has been at its strongest levels since January 2008, when the Great Recession was just beginning.

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    Major cost cuts enabled drugmaker Merck & Co. to offset continuing generic competition cutting sales of former blockbuster medicines. Merck’s first-quarter profit rose 7 percent and trounced Wall Street expectations.

    Merck Q1 profit up 7 pct. despite sales decline

    Major cost cuts enabled drugmaker Merck & Co. to offset continuing generic competition cutting sales of former blockbuster medicines. Merck’s first-quarter profit rose 7 percent and trounced Wall Street expectations.

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    Target hired a new chief information officer to help overhaul its data security systems in the wake of a massive pre-Christmas data breach.

    Target names new chief information officer

    Target hired a new chief information officer to help overhaul its data security systems in the wake of a massive pre-Christmas data breach. The nation’s third largest retailer also announced that MasterCard Inc. will provide its branded credit and debit cards with the chip-and-PIN technology that will be coming out next year.

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    Goodyear reported a $58 million loss for the first quarter largely due to Venezuelan currency charges. The loss was compounded by the extreme winter weather across the U.S. that hurt tire sales, the company said.

    Goodyear posts 1Q loss of $58M

    Goodyear reported a $58 million loss for the first quarter largely due to Venezuelan currency charges. The loss was compounded by the extreme winter weather across the U.S. that hurt tire sales, the company said.

Life & Entertainment

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    Adam Driver will star in “Star Wars: Episode VII” it was announced Tuesday on the official “Star Wars” website by Lucasfilm.

    ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast unveiled

    “Star Wars: Episode VII” finally has its stars. After months of carefully guarded secrecy and endless Internet speculation, the cast of the latest incarnation of the space epic was unveiled Tuesday on the official “Star Wars” website. Starring in J.J. Abrams’ new “Star Wars” are: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson.

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    Damon Albarn looks back with a mixture of wonder and regret on “Everyday Robots.”

    Damon Albarn looks back on 1st solo album

    Twenty years after he became a Brit-pop poster boy as lead singer of Blur, Damon Albarn has released his first solo album. “Everyday Robots” is hardly the work of a novice — rather of a man in his 40s looking back with a mixture of wonder and regret. The songs, suffused with nostalgic melancholy, blend the digital and the organic, scattering samples of speech and street sounds over electronic beats, winsome guitar and plinky piano.

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    Ex-boyfriend’s show of affection not an insult

    Her ex-boyfriend greets her friends with hugs and warm greetings while she gets nothing but a cool nod. Carolyn Hax says don't be angry at such childish behavior.

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    Fox jumped into the theater game Monday by announcing it will broadcast a three-hour live version of the musical “Grease,” the show “featuring a young ensemble cast” that has yet to be named.

    Fox to broadcast live musical ‘Grease’ next year

    Fox apparently isn’t going to let NBC dominate the world of live TV musicals. Fox jumped into the theater game Monday by announcing it will broadcast a three-hour live version of the musical “Grease” that will feature “a young ensemble cast” that has yet to be named.

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    NBC is dedicating its new broadcast facility in Universal City, Calif., as the “Brokaw News Center” in honor of Tom Brokaw. It will host the West Coast operations of NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo and local Los Angeles news programs.

    Battling cancer, NBC honors Tom Brokaw in L.A.

    NBC’s Tom Brokaw, about to be honored with his name atop the network’s West Coast news center, says that cancer has slowed him but not stopped him from working. NBC on Tuesday is dedicating its new broadcast facility in Universal City, Calif., as the “Brokaw News Center.” It will host the West Coast operations of NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo and local Los Angeles news programs. “It has become a larger deal in my life than I anticipated,” said Brokaw, the former “Nightly News” anchor who began his NBC career in Los Angeles.

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    “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” a musical romp in which a poor man comically eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, nabbed a leading 10 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday.

    ‘A Gentleman’s Guide’ leads Tony nominations

    The musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” a musical romp in which a poor man comically eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, has nabbed a leading 10 Tony Award nominations. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” won eight nominations, while “After Midnight” got seven, tied with “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and “Twelfth Night.”

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    Audra McDonald earned a Tony nomination as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” meaning she is in a position to make history as the Tonys’ first grand-slam performance winner.

    Select list of nominees for 2014 Tony Awards

    Select nominations for the 2014 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards, announced Tuesday

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    Future thinks his new star-laden album “Honest” is a time capsule. “This album isn’t even about the hits, it’s about the moments,” Future said in a recent interview.

    Future delivers personal album that’s ‘about the moments’

    Future thinks his new star-laden album, “Honest,” is a time capsule. “Ten years from now we’re going to be able to look back and say these were the hottest rappers, these were the hottest artists of that time,” he said. It’s a pretty impressive list: Pharrell, Drake, Kanye West, Andre 3000, among others, as well as the Atlanta auto-crooner and producer himself, who’s got the Midas touch — if everything Midas touched turned to platinum. That enviable list made “Honest” one of the year’s most anticipated releases.

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    Real-life best friends Lennon Parham, left, and Jessica St. Clair star in USA's new comedy “Playing House.”

    USA's 'Playing House' delivers comic look at friendship

    Emma and Maggie are lifelong best friends. They love each other unconditionally, as childhood friends can even when their lives have gone in very separate directions as they have on USA Network's “Playing House,” premiering Tuesday, April 29. The show stars Jessica St. Clair as Emma and Lennon Parham as Maggie. When pregnant Maggie throws her husband out of the house, Emma steps in to help her raise the baby.

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    “A Window on Eternity: A Biologist’s Walk Through Gorongosa National Park” by Edward O. Wilson focuses on what is working among the animals in the park.

    ‘A Window on Eternity’ finds joy in African park

    Biologist Edward O. Wilson doesn’t spend a lot of time in his exploration of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park on the American entrepreneur who sponsored its rebirth after a 14-year civil war. Instead, “A Window on Eternity” focuses on what is working among the animals in the park, and the result is a virtual nature walk through an African landscape.

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    A well-aged red desk provides a splash of color against the blue-green wall and offers a vibrant contrast to the room’s wood-toned furniture.

    Clever tricks wake up underused guest bedroom

    For inspiration on how to work in newer country fare to those rooms, Cally Powrozek invited Country Sampler stylists Sally-Jo Enstad, Debbie Plantery and Nancy Borsodi to lend their advice.

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    Albert King serves a plate of grilled oysters at the Original Oyster House in Spanish Fort, Ala. The business is one of more than a half-dozen restaurants on Seafood Row, located on a parkway across the Mobile Delta at Mobile, Ala. Many locals know the area for family-style seafood, but visitors sometimes have a difficult time finding it.

    Go for the food: Seafood Row on Alabama Gulf Coast

    It's easy to miss some tasty seafood restaurants on Alabama's northern Gulf Coast: They're hidden on a string of islands and peninsulas in the Mobile Delta. Located along Battleship Parkway, which connects the eastern and western shores at the northern end of Mobile Bay, Seafood Row is a collection of more than a half-dozen restaurants with something for anyone who likes seafood in an informal, family setting.

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    Steamed Carrots with Honey Mint Dressing deserve a place on your plate.

    From the food editor: Making room on the plate for carrots and corn

    Raw carrots aren't too bad, Deborah Pankey admits, but cooked carrots are another thing. Generally bland and water-logged she's avoided them for years. A recent Washington Post recipe has her reconsidering carrots as a dinner-worthy side dish. She also shares a festive dip for Cinco de Mayo.

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    Cook of the Week John Keelan of Inverness says his motivation in cooking is quality control. His cheesy fettuccine Alfredo is an example.

    Cook of the Week: Technology helps Inverness dad get dinner on the table

    It isn't too much of a surprise to discover that John Keelan, a computer software salesman from Inverness, relies on technology when he's cooking. The scenario often begins at the grocery store. “I'll be standing in front of the sword fish at Mariano's and use my web browser, 'what can I do with swordfish?' Up will come a marinade and I'm good.” John hasn't always cooked and his wife still does a good portion of the family cooking, but he suspects that at this point in their lives he may have a bit more interest in cooking than she does.

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    In 2002, Pope John Paul II prayed in front of the altar of the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, Poland. On Nov. 2, 1946, the Rev. Karol Wojtyla, who became later Pope John Paul II, held his first Mass as a priest in the cathedral’s crypt of St. Leonard. He was made bishop at the cathedral’s main altar in July 1958.

    5 places in Poland associated with John Paul II

    In his native Poland, the old stomping grounds of Pope John Paul II are places of pilgrimage. Here are the top five spots in Poland associated with the superstar pope, who was made a saint at a ceremony in the Vatican on Sunday.

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    Essentially, “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” is a one-on-one card duel.

    ‘Hearthstone’ card game is the real deal

    Video game publishers don’t take many risks with their most popular franchises. That’s part of what makes “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” such a delight. It couldn’t be any less like its parent, “World of Warcraft.” Essentially, it’s a one-on-one card duel. And then there's “Hitman Go,” which takes another AAA series in an unexpected direction, transforming the violent assassination thriller into a battle of wits for the iPad.

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    Cook of the Week John Keelan of Inverness makes fettuccine Alfredo.

    Fettuccine Alfredo
    Cook of the Week John Keelan of Inverness shares his recipe for creamy Fettuccine Alfredo.

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    Mint Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Cook of the Week John Keelan of Inverness adds mini marshmallows and mint to his chocolate chip cookies.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Lessons of Libertyville’s downtown success story

    A Daily Herald editorial says Libertyville's 25-year-old downtown redevelopment project offers lessons for other towns seeking to revitalize central business districts.

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    Pat Devaney

    Study the facts on fire department staffing law

    Guest columnist Pat Devaney: In the Daily Herald’s April 25 editorial opposing the negotiation of first responder manning levels in collective bargaining, the paper stated: Why is the city of Chicago exempted from legislation that would require communities to negotiate staffing size with their firefighters unions?The answer is simple.

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    State needs complete income tax overhaul
    A letter to the editor: As long as policy debates in Illinois focus on where and how to increase taxes versus making indiscriminate cuts in the budget, we won’t be able to have an honest budget discussion in this state. It’s time for Illinois to completely overhaul and modernize the way it spends money instead of using taxpayers as piggy banks.

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    Rand Paul not good enough, but Obama is?
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: The esteemed commentator Richard Cohen wrote April 16 that Rand Paul is an unqualified political amateur and demonstrates “just how low the GOP has sunk” to consider him as a potential presidential candidate. Rand Paul is a medical doctor with many years of practice before entering politics.

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    Tolerance applies to religious speech, too
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Never have I heard such blab about tolerance and political correctness coming from the most intolerant of all — the homosexual activists. They have determined somehow that the First Amendment applies only to them, that sexual activities trump religious freedom.

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    Batavia schools sold a bill of goods?
    A Batavia letter to the editor: The Batavia School Board is proposing adding Google Chrome Books to the middle and senior high students for their 21st Century Learning Plan. The school board is also planning adding elementary students to the program in the future.

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