Daily Archive : Monday May 5, 2014


    Courtesy of Missouri Department of Transportation Missouri is a diverging diamond interchange pioneer, building its third in 2010 on I-270.

    How Elmhurst Road diverging diamond should work

    Illinois tollway planners predict drivers and pedestrians — guided by traffic signals — will find navigating the Elmhurst Road and Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) interchange safer once a somewhat counterintuitive redesign is constructed. The “diverging diamond” interchange will be complete in 2016 at the same time ramps providing access to and from the west and other...


    No charges in Batavia school sexting case

    No criminal charges will be filed in the case of the Rotolo Middle School students caught sending photo of their nude selves to classmates, Batavia police announced Monday. According to a news release, police and school authorities intend to educate students about the ramifications of the use and misuse of social media.

    Illinois health officials are holding the first of two public hearings on proposed rules that would affect patients who want to use medical marijuana.

    Public hearing set on medical marijuana rules

    Illinois health officials are holding the first of two public hearings on proposed rules that would affect patients who want to use medical marijuana. Monday morning's hearing in Chicago will examine the state's four-year pilot project.

    Students walk past the Alma Mater statue, a landmark on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana. Public universities in Illinois are bracing for waves or retirements because a state pension-reform law will sharply cut their retirement funds.

    Illinois schools struggle to soften pension losses

    Concerned about retirements and its ability to recruit new professors, the University of Illinois is working on a plan to make up for what employees will lose after the state's landmark pension overhaul, but most other state universities say they don't have the ability to follow suit. Most say they just don't have the money to do anything about it.

    Ralph Wilson, left, looks at a business card he was handed after he testified at a public hearing on proposed rules for Illinois' new medical marijuana program on Monday in Chicago while would-be patient Steve Fix, right, speaks.

    Illinois marijuana hearing draws entrepreneurs

    A public hearing on Illinois' new medical marijuana program turned into an informal networking session with would-be growers, retailers and patients collecting business cards and sharing trade secrets. Political consultant Roberto Caldero of Chicago says the atmosphere was similar to “a gold rush” with people “trying to stake out their claim.”

    New data suggests the biggest threat to children riding in cars is not coming from other vehicles on the road but from the drivers of the cars in which they are riding.

    DUI deaths: Biggest threat to kids is their own driver

    The number of children killed by drunken motorists has declined substantially in recent years, but the biggest threat remains their own drivers, not strangers in other vehicles, a study found. The data show most impaired drivers survived these crashes, suggesting many kids might have survived if they had been wearing seat belts or using car seats.

    Wauconda police continue to investigate a Sunday night shooting in an apartment above a dance studio on the 100 block of South Main Street.

    Man shot after argument at Wauconda apartment, police say

    A shooting that left one man wounded in Wauconda was prompted by an argument, police said Monday. The 26-year-old victim remained hospitalized Monday but was expected to survive, Police Chief Patrick Yost said. “(He was) incredibly lucky,” Yost said. The shooting wasn't a random crime, Yost said.

    Jose Loera Jr.

    Aurora man pleads not guilty to murder of DuPage jail nurse

    An Aurora man accused of beating and strangling his ex-girlfriend with her own scarf pleaded not guilty Monday to five counts of first degree murder. If found guilty, Jose Loera Jr., 35, automatically faces a minimum of 20 years in prison to natural life. If prosecutors can prove the March 29 murder of Heather Jacobi, 32, occurred in a “brutal and heinous” manner, the minimum sentence...

    Robert Sauceda

    Kane County suspends animal control director

    Robert Sauceda, director of Kane County’s animal control department, is on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Kane County state’s attorney’s office and the county’s human resources department.

    Village officials aren’t going to spend any money to repair failing roof joists for the North Aurora Activity Center, which was shut March 12 over safety concerns.

    North Aurora to study options for tearing down activity center

    Let's not spend any money fixing the failing roof joists at the North Aurora Activity Center, village trustees told administrators Monday. The building will remain closed as the village determines whether to tear down the building itselft or try to interest a real-estate firm in taking care of it as part of a redevelopment project.


    Decision on Maine West coach’s future delayed

    The Maine Township High School District 207 has delayed taking final action on the firing of a former Maine West soccer coach embroiled in a hazing scandal. The school board was set to discuss in closed session Monday night a resolution ordering the dismissal for cause of former freshman soccer coach Emilio Rodriguez, but the board will vote on the resolution at its next meeting June 2, according...


    Palatine Target can sell beer and wine

    The Target store at 679 E. Dundee Road in Palatine is set to begin selling alcohol for the first time after its liquor license application was approved by the Palatine village council Monday night. The type of liquor license that Target was granted was first issued to the nearby Walmart store at 1555 N. Rand Road in December 2012.


    Dist. 203 developing blueprint of learning priorities

    Naperville Unit District 203 is finalizing a blueprint that will lay out actions toward four main goals to achieve by 2020. The blueprint is expected to be presented to the community during a state of the district address in early fall, Superintendent Dan Bridges said Monday. “The purpose is to really create clarity, to give us a sense of purpose in what we’re doing," Bridges said.


    Man pleads not guilty in marijuana cookie case

    A 21-year-old Stevens Point man has pleaded not guilty to providing marijuana-laced cookies to his co-workers. Darren Blair is charged with recklessly endangering safety, placing foreign objects in edibles and delivering THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

    The Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck, of Faith and Action, center, speaks in front of the Supreme Court with Raymond Moore, left, and Patty Bills, both also of Faith and Action, during a news conference Monday in favor of the ruling by the court’s conservative majority. A narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld decidedly Christian prayers at the start of local council meetings on Monday, declaring them in line with long national traditions though the country has grown more religiously diverse.

    High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting

    A narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld decidedly Christian prayers at the start of local council meetings on Monday, declaring them in line with long national traditions though the country has grown more religiously diverse. The content of the prayers is not significant as long as they do not denigrate non-Christians or try to win converts, the court said in a 5-4 decision backed by its...

    Malcolm Brown

    Chicago man gets 10 years in Carol Stream drug overdose death

    A Chicago man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for delivering the heroin that killed a Wheaton man in July 2011 in a Carol Stream apartment. Judge Blanche Hill Fawell said she believes Malcolm Brown, 26, did not intend to kill 38-year-old Stephen Briston by selling heroin to a third man. But she said a message needs to be sent to other drug dealers about the seriousness of drug-induced...

    Steven Lloyd Richardson

    Three arrested in Elgin drug investigations

    Three people have been charged with drug offenses after two separate investigations by Elgin drug detectives, police said.


    Chicago teachers will forgo 4th year of contact

    Karen Lewis says the Chicago Teachers Union will forgo the fourth, optional year of the contract that ended the 2012 teachers’ strike. That will mean the current contract will expire in June 2015, shortly after Chicago’s mayoral election.

    Performers hang during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Friday in Providence, R.I. A platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the 11 a.m. performance Sunday, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground. At least nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered minor injuries.

    Carabiner eyed in circus accident; 2 critical

    Investigators suspect that a snapped clip sent eight aerial acrobats plummeting 20 feet or more during a daring act in which performers dangle from their hair. One injured performer told her father she didn’t notice anything amiss before her “plunge into darkness.”

    This photo provided by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a colorized transmission of the MERS coronavirus that emerged in 2012.

    First American MERS patient may leave hospital soon

    Health officials said Monday they expect the first patient in the United States diagnosed with a mysterious virus from the Middle East to be released soon from an Indiana hospital, though he could continue to be isolated at home. The man has been hospitalized at a Munster hospital since April 28.

    Health officials on May 2 said the deadly virus from the Middle East has turned up for the first time in the U.S.

    What you need to know about MERS

    Health officials breathed a sigh of relief Monday that the first U.S. case of a mysterious viral illness has not spread. An investigation continues into how the patient became infected and where the MERS virus came from.


    Glen Ellyn students disciplined for viewing porn

    Three students at a Glen Ellyn elementary school received undisclosed discipline after it was discovered that they viewed pornography on the Internet while at school. Two fifth-grade students and a fourth-grader at Forest Glen School were involved.

    Cornealious “Mike” Anderson walks out of the Mississippi County Courthouse along with his wife LaQonna, daughter Nevaeh, 3, after being released from custody, Monday in Charleston, Mo.

    Man freed in Missouri delayed imprisonment case

    Cornealious "Mike" Anderson spent 13 years free from prison due to a clerical error, then nearly a year behind bars when the mistake was caught. On Monday, he walked out of a southeast Missouri courtroom a free man again — this time with no need to look over his shoulder.

    Director/producer/actor and Glencoe native Fred Savage returns to Chicago to open the 10th annual Cine-Youth festival this week.

    Glencoe native Fred Savage’s wonder years behind, off camera

    You probably remember Fred Savage as Peter Falk’s super cute grandson in the popular 1987 movie “The Princess Bride” or as super cute Kevin Arnold in TV’s popular “The Wonder Years.” Everyone else does. “I’ve been fortunate to be associated with works that have come to mean something to people,” he said. “When people come up to...


    Farmer dies in grain bin accident

    Authorities in DeKalb County say a man has died after falling into a grain bin at a rural Genoa family farm.

    Kendrick Augillard

    Zion man sentenced to 40 years in prison for Gurnee standoff

    Kendrick Augillard, 36, of Zion was sentenced to 40 years in prison after an emotional hearing in front of Lake County Judge Mark Levitt about how he broke into his ex-girlfriend's Gurnee home in 2012 and fired gunshots through a bathroom door. He will be eligible for parole after serving 20 of those years.


    Senator: Commission should subpoena Quinn program

    The head of a legislative commission that helps review use of public funds says he’ll seek subpoena powers to investigate Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2010 anti-violence program. The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative Program is already the subject of Cook County and federal probes.


    Letter: Drop perjury charge against witness

    Several prominent lawyers and jurists are asking Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to drop perjury charges against a witness who claims he lied when he helped secure convictions at a murder trial 20 years ago. In a letter to Alvarez, the judges and prosecutors argue that prosecuting 42-year-old Willie Johnson could dissuade others who gave false testimony from recanting.

    Firefighters work to extinguish a flare-up Monday in Guthrie, Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state emergency across Oklahoma after several wildfires broke out across the state, including a blaze north of Oklahoma City that destroyed at least a half dozen homes and left one man dead.

    Oklahoma residents survey wildfire damage; 1 dead

    Residents in an Oklahoma community where a wildfire killed one person, burned thousands of acres and destroyed at least six homes returned to survey the damage Monday as firefighters continued to battle the stubborn blaze.

    The robin that has built its nest on a bison skull in Ed Sokol’s backyard.

    Mother robin chooses unusual nesting place

    Ed Sokol’s Mount Prospect backyard has become home to a mother robin who has chosen an unusual nesting place — a bison skull that hangs from a shed.

    Keith Andres Memorial Park in Carpentersville lost an online popularity contest that would have secured a $33,000 for the park’s continued improvements. The work to turn the park into a mountain biking destination will continue, but it will go a lot slower than organizers wanted.

    Carpentersville loses out in contest for park grant

    Carpentersville lost an online popularity contest over the weekend that would have secured a $33,000 grant for continued improvements at Keith Andres Memorial Park. The park, named after a veteran killed in action during the Vietnam War, was a finalist for the grant that required the public to vote for its ongoing efforts to turn it into a mountain biking destination.

    A crowd of more than 130 residents attended last week’s “State of the Village: A Community Conversation” event in Arlington Heights. The event featured updates from representatives of several government bodies that serve the village.

    Arlington Heights leaders host “community conversation”

    Officials from Arlington Heights’ library, park district, school districts and other governing bodies got together last week to discuss the state of affairs in the village during the first of what’s expected to become an annual “State of the Village: A Community Conversation.”


    Children’s book drive runs to May 10

    The Woodfield Area Children’s Organization is seeking donations for its “Read to Succeed” children’s book drive runs that through Saturday, May 10. Everyone in the community is encouraged to donate new or gently-used books for preschool through junior high students. The books go to hundreds of needy families in the Northwest suburbs.

    Attorneys D.J. Tegeler, left, and John Countryman, listen to Kane County election officials Monday morning at the beginning of a discovery recount of 16 precincts. Tegeler won the GOP nomination for Kane Circuit judge by seven votes over Marmarie Kostelny, who has until May 19 to have her attorney, Countryman, ask for a full recount.

    Kane County judge recount could take most of week

    The second part of a discovery recount began Monday for D.J. Tegeler's seven-vote victory over Marmarie Kostelny for the GOP nomination for Kane Circuit judge. Last week, two precincts in Aurora were counted; 16 precincts will be counted in Kane County this week. Kostelny's camp has until May 19 to petition for a full recount.


    Ex-athlete to talk at Stevenson High

    Former NBA player Chris Herren, whose battle with addiction was the subject of the book “Basketball Junkie” and the ESPN Films documentary “Unguarded,” will speak at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire at 7 p.m. Wednesday.


    Therapy dogs to visit CLC

    To help reduce students’ stress about end of the semester projects and final exams, therapy dogs will return to the College of Lake County.


    Grayslake history program

    Three lifelong Grayslake residents will talk about three former local businesses on May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grayslake Heritage Center Community Room, 164 Hawley St.


    River cleanup day

    The village of Lincolnshire will host Chicago River Day on Saturday, May 10, at North Park from 9 a.m. to noon.


    Traffic delays near Island Lake

    A repaving project on Route 176 near Darrell Road in the Island Lake area caused significant traffic delays Monday.

    These eight Round Lake High School seniors are headed to elite colleges, such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dartmouth College, through their participation in the Schuler Scholar program. Sarafina Milianti, Daisy Ruiz-Gil, Francisco Serrano Jr., Gilberto Mota Jr., Maricarla Campoverde-Herrera, Giovanny Dominguez, Megan Ferrel and Christian Navarro recently gathered to celebrate.

    Round Lake High School students in special scholars program accepted into elite colleges

    Eight Round Lake High School seniors in a special scholarship program are headed to some of the most selective colleges in the country, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ivy League’s Dartmouth College. Those Round Lake Area Unit District 116 students are Schuler Scholars.

    Fifty bras on a clothesline and signs reading “Dee Dee is 50” and “We support you!” mark the 50th birthday of Diane “Dee Dee” Ferguson of Lisle. Her sisters, Sue Buchelt and Julie McCormick, put up the display overnight Sunday in the front yard of Ferguson’s Yackley Avenue home.

    Birthday bras surprise Lisle woman on 50th

    So much for a quiet birthday. Diane “Dee Dee” Ferguson of Lisle went from planning a low-key 50th birthday to plotting good-natured revenge against her sisters Monday morning when she woke to a spectacle in her front yard on Yackley Avenue. “I tend to be a little shy about these things and then I woke up to 50 bras in my front yard,” Ferguson said.


    Chicago police phasing out lineups

    The days of lining up suspects so witnesses and victims can have a look at them may be numbered in Chicago. A pilot program using photographs that started in November in one of the department’s three detective divisions has been expanded and police spokesman Adam Collins said it will be expanded to the third “in the coming months and become CPD policy.”

    Fifty bras on a clothesline and signs reading “Dee Dee is 50” and “We support you!” mark the 50th birthday of Diane “Dee Dee” Ferguson of Lisle. Her sisters, Sue Buchelt and Julie McCormick, put up the display overnight Sunday in the front yard of Ferguson’s Yackley Avenue home.

    Birthday bras surprise Lisle woman on 50th

    By Marie Wilson

    So much for a quiet birthday. Diane “Dee Dee” Ferguson of Lisle went from planning a low-key 50th birthday to plotting good-natured revenge against her sisters Monday morning when she woke to a spectacle in her front yard on Yackley Avenue. “I tend to be a little shy about these things and then I woke up to 50 bras in my front yard,” Ferguson said.


    Ricky B’s ribbon-cutting at Woodfield Tuesday

    At 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, Ricky B’s Prime Burger House at Schaumburg’s Woodfield Mall will celebrate its official ribbon-cutting with Mayor Al Larson and members of the village board of trustees. They will be joined by members of the restaurant’s ownership group and employees.


    Judge lowers bond in crash that killed law student

    A Cook County judge has reduced bond for a Chicago man charged in a traffic accident that killed a University of Chicago Law School student.


    Cullerton says there’s a ‘good chance’ tax plan will pass

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Monday that he’s confident his chamber could find the votes to extend the state’s income tax increase but fears other proposals may face a tougher road this spring.

    Just a few hours after Tracy Heilers told her husband Gary they were going to have a baby, she was still clutching the proof in her hands.

    The stories that matter: Photojournalist shares his favorites

    After covering the Fox Valley and other suburbs for the Daily Herald for nearly 18 years, Assistant Director of Photography/Fox Valley Christopher Hankins recounts the pictures and experiences that mattered most to him.


    Joliet officials want to offer prison tours

    Community officials in Joliet are considering a proposal to operate tours of the historic Joliet Correctional Center. Known as the Joliet Prison, the facility was shuttered by the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2002 and has been empty ever since. It’s used by film crews as well as police and military agencies for special training and was featured in the opening scenes of the movie...

    Joyous White Sox fans Pon Rattana, top, and Anthony Scola celebrate in a shower of champagne in 2005 as the White Sox win their first World Series in decades.

    Images: Favorites from a Daily Herald career
    These are some of Daily Herald photojournalist Chris Hankins' favorite images from the past 17 years as a staff photographer and photo editor.


    First court hearing on ballot initiatives lawsuit

    Attorneys involved in a lawsuit aiming to block term limit and political redistricting initiatives from the ballot made an initial court appearance Monday, the first step in a case that could affect voter turnout in November.


    Quinn makes minimum wage pitch at women’s event

    Gov. Pat Quinn has made his pitch to raise the Illinois minimum wage at a women’s luncheon in Chicago attended by many top Democrats and candidates. The annual Ultimate Women’s Power Lunch is hosted by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who called Quinn one of the “most honest” people she knows.


    Ex-Chicago pastor gets 15 years for church theft

    Cook County prosecutors said Monday that 47-year-old Bernard Johnson of Augusta, Georgia, pleaded guilty to felony theft from a place of worship. He is former pastor of St. Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal Church on Chicago’s South Side.


    Bismarck getting air service to Chicago

    American Airlines says it will launch daily, direct flights from Bismarck to Chicago and Dallas. The flights are to begin Oct. 1. North Dakota’s capital city currently is served with commercial service from Delta, United, Frontier and Allegiant.


    Mayor: Will U of I med school plan hurt tax base?

    A proposal to open a new medical school at the University of Illinois’ flagship campus has the mayor of Urbana worried it could cost the town property taxes.


    Harvard man dies after falling from golf cart

    The McHenry County sheriff’s office says 20-year-old Stephen Canfield of Harvard died in the early Sunday accident. Police say Canfield was riding on the back of a golf cart on a roadway in Hebron Township when he fell for unknown reasons.

    Derrick Rose

    Bulls star pays tribute to slain teen

    Hundreds of people — including Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose — gathered at a church on the city’s South Side to pay their respects to a 14-year-old girl who was shot to death last week.


    District 103 officials considering iPads for more students

    Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 officials are considering expanding a test program that puts laptop or tablet computers into more students’ hands. District 103 launched its pilot program this school year for about 225 students in the second, third, fourth, sixth and seventh grades.


    Compassion4Campers seeks volunteers to feed, aid homeless
    Compassion4Campers, the program which supports homeless PADS clients while the church-based rotating shelter sites are shut down for the warmer months, is gearing up for a third year of service and is seeking volunteers to help out.


    Palatine Library District accepting food for fines

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsThe Palatine Public Library District will accept food donations from patrons as a way to pay down library fines until the end of May, according to the district's website. The program, called “Food for Fines,” allows anyone who pays half of their outstanding balance to pay for the second half by donating a can or jar of food.

    The state tollway authority has agreed to pay for the restoration of a portion of Spring Brook Creek that runs though St. James Farm Forest Preserve near Warrenville.

    Tollway funding creek restoration near Warrenville

    A stretch of creek that runs for more than a half-mile through St. James Farm Forest Preserve near Warrenville is slated to be restored, thanks to a $2 million contribution from the state tollway authority.

    Cheri Blockinger, of Naperville, puts a mannequin in place just before noon when the Kane County Flea Market at the fairgrounds opened on Saturday in St. Charles.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features early Cinco de Mayo celebrations, a soap box derby, and a principal duct taped to a wall.

    Men talk with policeman on the check point in Boryspil outside Kiev, Ukraine, Monday. Check points have been set up on roads leading to Kiev. The check points are manned by National Guard members and traffic police. They stop cars and buses to prevent terrorists, separatists and criminals from other regions from entering Kiev.

    Ukraine sends elite force to key port of Odessa

    Ukraine sent an elite national guard unit to re-establish control Monday over the southern port of Odessa and government troops fought pitched gunbattles with a pro-Russia militia around an eastern city. The twin moves reflected an apparent escalation of efforts to bring both regions back under Kiev's control.

    Fans wave with signs as the bikers pass during a previous Little Angels Pledge Run.

    Little Angels residents benefit from annual Pledge Run
    As their engines rev and the heroes take off on their motorcycles, the children they are raising money for will be standing on route cheering them on this month. And seeing those faces, hearing those cheers, helps drive the hundreds upon hundreds of motorcycle riders who participate in the annual Little Angels Pledge Run each year.

    University of Illinois Extension master gardeners Becky Jankowski, center, and Lou Horton, right, chat about gardening with Laurette Hasselink in the University of Illinois DuPage office in Naperville.

    For master gardeners, it’s all about sharing tips, ideas and, most of all, enthusiasm

    Becoming an University of Illinois Extension master gardener isn't just about acquiring knowledge of plants, but sharing that knowledge in service to the community. The 123 master gardeners in DuPage County do everything from staffing a garden Help Line and giving presentations in schools to helping maintain a garden at the DuPage Convalecent Center and growing vegetables to donate to local food...

    Women attend a demonstration calling on government to rescue kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday.

    Nigeria: Boko Haram threatens to sell kidnap girls

    Nigeria’s Islamic extremist leader threatened in a videotaped statement seen on Monday to sell the more than 200 teenage schoolgirls abducted from a school in the remote northeast of the country three weeks ago. Abubakar Shekau for the first time also claimed responsibility for the April 15 mass abduction, in a video reviewed by The Associated Press.

    Biden Arias-Romers, 5, left, and Nathaniel Cossio-Boatwright, 6, eat lunch at the Patrick Henry Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. Starting next school year, pasta and other grain products in schools will have to be whole-grain rich, or more than half whole grain. The requirement is part of a government effort to make school lunches and breakfasts healthier.

    Schools seek changes to healthier lunch rules

    Becky Domokos-Bays of Alexandria City Public Schools has served her students whole-grain pasta 20 times. Each time, she said, they rejected it. Starting next school year, pasta and other grain products in schools will have to be whole-grain rich, or more than half whole grain. That includes rolls, biscuits, pizza crust, tortillas and even grits.

    A Pakistani health worker gives a child a polio vaccine at the door way of his home, while going house to house checking on children who need the vaccine, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

    Spread of polio now a world health emergency

    Raising a worldwide alarm, the World Health Organization announced Monday that spread of polio is an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease.


    Ho-Chunk may change how they dole out trust funds

    When enrolled members of the Ho-Chunk Nation turn 18 and earn a high school diploma, they receive trust funds in a lump sum that can exceed $200,000. But too many burn through their cash recklessly, ending up with little to show. Tribal leaders are trying to change that.


    Indiana man tells police he has right to kill dog

    An Evansville man has been arrested on charges he struck his small dog with a golf club and told police who responded that he had the right to do it.


    IU considers life sciences hub at former hospital

    Indiana University officials are working on plans for taking over the old Wishard Hospital complex in downtown Indianapolis and converting it into a hub for health science students and researchers.

    Is an Eisenhower Tollway in our future? The White House's $302 billion, four-year transportation bill filed last week gives its blessing to states to charge tolls on interstates under certain conditions.

    Why more tolls could be coming to area freeways

    Should freeways be tolled? That's the debate du jour as Congress tries to tackle highway funding before money runs out this fall. The White House's $302 billion, four-year transportation bill filed last week gives its blessing to states to charge tolls on interstates under certain conditions.


    Shales Parkway shut down in Elgin

    Shales Parkway is shut down between Route 19 and Route 20 n Elgin because a hazard is in the roadway, authorities said.


    Schaumburg library to offer teens ‘College Bootcamp’

    No doubt about it, preparing for college can be daunting. There’s the searching, choosing, figuring out the financials, applying for scholarships and filling out lengthy applications. If you need help with making the process a little smoother, let the Schaumburg Township District Library pave the way.

    Researchers say parents should know about precautions. That includes using bolted gates, not pressure-mounted ones, at the top of the stairs.

    Baby safety gates aren’t always safe, study finds

    Baby gates meant to protect young children aren’t always as safe as parents think. A new study says nearly 2,000 U.S. kids get emergency room treatment each year from injuries resulting from falling through or climbing on these gates.


    Dawn Patrol: Prep Excellence banquet, Blackhawks lead 2-0

    Prep Excellence banquet honors suburbs’ top high school athletes; donation drive honors fallen Arlington Heights marine; dad faces DUI in crash that killed 4-year-old son; year of growth, volunteering at Elgin’s Administer Justice; Blackhawks’ Bickell brings it — again — in playoffs; no decision on whether Hawks’ Shaw will play in Game 3; the state of the...

    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scores the first goal of the game in the first period against the Minnesota Wild Sunday in Game 2 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center in Chicago. The Hawks are up 2-0 in the series.

    10 stories you may have missed
    10 stories you may have missed over the weekend: A Lake Barrington woman uses her fascination with geneology to help exonerate an ancestor; Daily Herald honors high school athletes' accomplishments; Freedom of Information Act requests on the rise as are costs associated; Elgin investigation 3 shootings within in 28 hours; a 4-year-old killed in accident near Bolingbrook; and an Elgin family...


    Trying to break up a double play, Larkin’s Dan Lenz slides over the ankle of Elgin’s Eddy Ramos Monday at Trout Park in Elgin. Ramos turned the double play, throwing out Larkin’s Tanner Gardon in the third inning. He fell to the ground but stayed in the game.

    Elgin takes Game 3 from Larkin

    Neither a doubleheader loss on Saturday nor a slow start on Monday was going to deter Elgin from salvaging the final game of a 3-game series against crosstown rival Larkin. The Maroons rallied from a 3-0 deficit for a 5-3 win at Trout Park on Monday in an Upstate Eight Conference River Division contest. After surrendering 3 runs in the first inning, Elgin starter Clay White (3-1) settled down to blank the Royals the rest of the way to pick up the win.

    Conant's DeeDee Durr belts a home run against visiting Prospect on Monday.

    Durr, Conant power past Prospect

    Conant's infield had a little different look on Monday. But the Cougars softball team still had the look of a winner. With catcher Dream Aaron at third base, shortstop Lauren Grzelak at catcher and third baseman Rachel O'Malley at shortstop, the Cougars didn't miss a beat while pounding away a 13-3, six-inning victory over visiting Prospect. “They're a good-hitting team,” said Prospect softball coach Jim Adair, who watched the Cougars match their 13 runs with 13 hits. “There's no doubt about that.” There's no doubt the Cougars have some of the best power you'll find in the area. It was supplied by junior DeeDee Durr (3-for-4) on Monday, who became the first Cougar to reach double digits in home runs when she belted her 10th of the season.


    Boys tennis / Lake County roundup

    Vernon Hills swept doubles play to get a 5-2 win over Wauconda. David Dobrik and Nikita Lunkuv of Vernon Hills defeated JP Schuetz and Max Mattaliano 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 doubles match.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    Pitcher Michaela Mooney whipped up a no-hitter in leading Libertyville to a quick victory. Mooney finished with 9 strikeouts and allowed only 3 walks as the Wildcats tops Lake Forest 15-0 in 5 innings.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    Grayslake Central’s baseball team earned its sixth win in a row, thanks to 16 hits in a 20-7 decision against Woodstock on Monday

    Lake Zurich’s Amanda Guercio (16) is greeted at the plate after a first-inning home run against Zion-Benton in Lake Zurich.

    Schneider, Guercio have it covered for Lake Zurich

    Just remember that just one softball season ago, tall Lake Zurich catcher Amanda Guercio was playing softball for Lake Zurich Middle School South’s team. And actually, that team was pretty good, only falling in the end to Prairie School. The Bears (15-4, 5-2) also have a senior pitcher in 5-foot-1 Olivia Schneider. And a considerably taller freshman catcher in Guercio. Schneider did her job on Monday, limiting visiting Zion-Benton to 2 runs in 7 innings. And Guercio provided the offense for her new Bears with a 2-run homer and 2-run double. Lake Zurich avenged an earlier loss to the Zee-Bees with this 4-2 win.


    Boys volleyball: Monday, May 5 results
    Results for area high school boys volleyball games for Monday, May 5.


    Girls water polo: Monday, May 5 results
    Resi;ts fpr area high school girls water polo games for Monday, May 5.


    Boys track: Monday, May 5 results
    Results for area high school boys track meets for Monday, May 5.


    Girls badminton: Monday, May 5 results
    Results of area high school badminton meets for Monday, May 5.


    Boys tennis: Monday, May 5 results
    Results for area high school boys tennis meets for Monday, May 5.


    Boys water polo: Monday, May 5 results
    Results of area high school boys water polo games for Monday, May 5.


    Baseball: Monday, May 5 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Monday, May 5.


    Girls track: Monday, May 5 results
    Resuts of area high school girls track meets for Monday,May 5.


    Softball: Monday, May 5 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Monday, May 5.


    Girls soccer: Monday, May 5 results
    Results of area high school giirls soccer games for Monday, May 5.

    Alexei Ramirez looks back after scoring on a double by Marcus Semien to break a 1-1 tie in the 12th inning Monday night at Wrigley Field.

    Semien's double caps big day for White Sox

    Marcus Semien has struggled early in games for the White Sox this season before coming up with big hits late. Semien was at it again Monday night at Wrigley Field, and his two-out RBI double in the 12th inning sparked a 3-1 win over the Cubs.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers in a late setting sun during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the White Sox Monday, May 5, 2014, at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs' Samardzija throws 126 times in loss to Sox

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija pitched brilliantly again Monday night but came away with nothing in a 3-1, 12-inning loss to the White Sox. Samardzija worked 9 innings and ran his pitch count up to 126.


    Cooney’s collective effort lifts Wheeling

    Nathan Cooney knew that no matter what, he did not want his team in another extra inning battle. So the junior took matters into his own hands, pitching, hitting and running the Wildcats past Hersey 4-1 Monday in Arlington Heights.


    Macahon, Palatine come through against Hoffman Estates

    Host Hoffman Estates missed getting an out of a rundown with two outs in the sixth inning, and Palatine’s Chris Macahon made them pay. Macahon accounted for most of the game’s scoring with a 3-run homer, the game-winning hit in Palatine’s 4-1 victory in Mid-Suburban League baseball on Monday.


    Barrington nets third straight West crown

    After a scoreless first half, Barrington produced a second-half flurry of goals to wrap up its third straight Mid-Suburban West girl soccer title on Monday. The host Fillies got goals from Jenna Szczesny, Nicole Niro and Elise Ackermann in a 3-1 decision against visting Fremd.

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, center, celebrates his goal with left wing Tanner Pearson, left, and center Jeff Carter, right, during the first period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks, Monday, May 5, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif.

    Kings take 2-0 lead over Ducks

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jonathan Quick made 36 saves, Marian Gaborik scored his third goal in two games, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round series.Alec Martinez also scored for the Kings, who opened their first playoff series against their local rivals with two victories at a road arena packed with their own fans.Dwight King added an empty-net goal for Los Angeles, which has won six straight postseason games and is halfway to its third straight trip to the Western Conference finals.Patrick Maroon scored a power-play goal and Jonas Hiller stopped 14 shots for the Ducks, who couldn’t crack the Kings’ NHL-best defense despite controlling play for long stretches.Game 3 is Thursday at Staples Center.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup


    Dolezal dominant in Barrington win

    Barrington junior Keenan Dolezal tied her season-high of 14 strikeouts while tossing a 2-hitter in a 5-0 shutout over visiting Rolling Meadows on Monday at the Fields of Dreams.

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes dunks in the first quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 5, 2014.

    Clippers take Game 1 over Thunder

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Chris Paul made a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 32 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 on Monday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal. Paul, who had never made more than five 3-pointers in a game, had 10 assists. Blake Griffin scored 23 points, Jamal Crawford had 17 and J.J. Redick added 12 for the Clippers, who shot 55 percent from the field and made 15 of 29 3-point attempts. Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, Kevin Durant had 25 and Serge Ibaka added 12 for the Thunder, who suffered their worst home loss since moving to Oklahoma City. The Clippers scored 23 points off Oklahoma City’s 18 turnovers.Game 2 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.Both teams were coming off Game 7 wins in the first round on Saturday night.Oklahoma City opened by taking a 16-10 lead but the Clippers responded with a 24-6 run. Paul hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter, matching his career high for 3s in a playoff game in the first 12 minutes. The Clippers shot 67 percent in the first quarter to take a 39-25 lead. Los Angeles extended its lead to 24 points in the second quarter and took a 69-52 halftime lead with Paul getting 22 points and six assists. Durant and Westbrook scored 16 points each in the first half, but the Thunder committed 11 turnovers before halftime.A quick 3-pointer and a pull-up jumper by Paul pushed the Clippers’ lead to 78-56 in the opening minutes of the third quarter. The Clippers reached 100 points with just over a minute left in the period and led 104-78 heading into the fourth quarter.

    The Cubs' Starlin Castro is brushed back from the plate by a pitch from White Sox relief pitcher Daniel Webb during the 11th inning Monday night.

    Sox-Cubs buzz now nothing but a yawn

    What a shame. A series of circumstances has rendered the Cubs-White Sox rivalry to just another week of games, even a pretty good one like they played Monday night.

    Sox A.J. Pierzynski collides with Cubs Catcher Michael Barrett in the 2nd inning, Game Two Chicago White Sox Vs Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. May 20, 2006.

    Images: Best photos from past Crosstown Classics
    The White Sox and Cubs face off today for another Crosstown Classic.The series officially began in 1997 and the names of the games may have changed over the years (the Red Line Series, the City Series, Crosstown Series, Crosstown Cup, Crosstown Showdown, BP Crosstown Cup, the Windy City Showdown), but our passion for baseball hasn’t. Whether you’re a North-Sider or a South-Sider, you gotta agree, the series makes for great Chicago baseball — and great baseball photos. Here are a few of our favorites.

    Alexei Ramirez, right, of the White Sox looks back to the infield after scoring on a double by Marcus Semien during Monday’s 12th inning at Wrigley Field.

    White Sox outlast Cubs in 12 innings

    Marcus Semien hit a tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run 12th, Jose Quintana pitched one-hit ball over seven innings, and the White Sox beat the Cubs 3-1 at Wrigley Field on Monday night.Quintana and five relievers combined on a four-hitter, and the White Sox came away with the win after dropping four straight and six of seven to their crosstown rivals.The winning rally started when Alexei Ramirez singled off Justin Grimm with two out and stole second. Tyler Flowers walked, and Semien lined a 1-1 pitch over third baseman Mike Olt’s head to make it 2-1.Grimm (1-1) plunked pinch-hitter Paul Konerko on the left arm to load the bases and walked Alejandro De Aza to make it a two-run game. In the bottom half, Matt Lindstrom walked Welington Castillo leading off before Nate Schierholtz bounced into a double play. He then gave up a single to Olt and struck out Luis Valbuena for his fifth save in eight chances. Daniel Webb (3-0), who struck out the lone batter he faced, got the win.Both teams got dominant starts, with Jeff Samardzija and Quintana each allowing one run on a cool night with the wind blowing in. Samardzija threw three-hit ball over nine innings.The lone hit off Quintana was a leadoff double in the sixth by Samardzija, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Junior Lake that tied it at 1.The White Sox threatened in the ninth when Samardzija walked Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn with one out, but Dayan Viciedo grounded into a double play.In the bottom half, the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo singled off Ronald Belisario with one out and moved to second on a grounder to shortstop by Starlin Castro, with the throw from Alexei Ramirez deep in the hole barely beating him. The call was upheld after a replay review, and Castillo then struck out to send the game to extra innings.The Cubs left two on in the 11th when Webb came in for Scott Downs and struck out Castro for the third out.It was another hard-luck night for Samardzija, who struck out seven and walked two while throwing a career-high 126 pitches. He is 0-3 in seven starts this season despite a 1.62 ERA.His most recent win was against San Diego on Aug. 24. In 13 starts since then, he’s 0-5.Quintana, meanwhile, retired the first 14 batters before walking Schierholtz and Olt.Still, he took yet another no-decision. He has four after setting an American League record with 17 last season.


    Sale speculation baffles White Sox GM Hahn

    While he appears to be at least two weeks away from rejoining the White Sox, ace pitcher Chris Sale was encouraged after throwing 40 pitches at U.S. Cellular Field. “I’m not going to sit here and lie to you, I feel much better than when we started this


    South Elgin sweeps away Bartlett

    The South Elgin baseball team completed its 3-game series sweep of rival Bartlett on Monday with the same brand of strong pitching the Storm used to win the first 2 games. Senior Tyler Brown held the Hawks to 7 hits and 3 walks and struck out 7 in an 8-2, complete-game victory in Bartlett.


    ‘Nifty Nine’ shine as Benet rolls

    Benet recognized its seniors, nicknamed “The Nifty Nine,” midway through Monday’s East Suburban Catholic Conference match against Bishop McNamara at Benedictine University in Lisle.


    Marmion edges Montini in 10 innings, extends SCC lead

    Marmion’s Michigan State-bound senior lefty Alex Troop did everything he could to win Monday’s Suburban Christian Conference showdown with Montini by himself, but in the end it took a little help from his friends.


    Hirsch finishing college career with a bang

    Zach Hirsch has been through just about everything during his collegiate baseball career at the University of Nebraska.


    Lake Park sweeps Naperville N.

    You can mark down another DuPage Valley Conference first for Lake Park’s baseball team. With Monday’s 4-2 victory over Naperville North in Roselle, the Lancers notched their first three-game conference sweep.

    Naperville Central’s Maddi Doane makes a catch in the outfield for an out against Naperville North during softball action on Monday in Naperville.

    Hayes’ 1-hitter stops Naperville North

    Sure, having a big cushion can make life easier on pitchers. Even so, what Naperville Central’s Keegan Hayes did Monday afternoon was impressive.


    An ‘up’ day for WW South

    The coaches from both Glenbard East and Wheaton Warrenville South described their teams’ seasons as up and down. On Monday in Lombard, the visiting Tigers’ outlook took an up turn with a 13-5 victory that included scoring 9 runs in the final two innings.


    McHenry upends Cary-Grove

    Cary-Grove simply couldn’t come up with enough clutch hits. Stranding 10 runners including leaving the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth innings, the Trojans’ offensive ineptitude was costly in a 5-3 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division softball loss to McHenry in Cary Monday afternoon.


    Girls soccer: Fox Valley roundup Monday, May 5

    Fox Valley girls soccer roundup for Monday, May 5.


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Monday, May 5

    Fox Valley baseball roundup for Monday, May 5.

    Teammates line up to congratulate Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29), far left, after the Penguins shut out the New York Rangers in their second-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, May 5, 2014. The Penguins lead the series 2-1. New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) leaves the ice, far right.

    Penguins take 2-1 series lead over Rangers

    NEW YORK — Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of these playoffs, and Marc-Andre Fleury earned his second shutout of the New York Rangers in two nights as the Pittsburgh Penguins regained home-ice advantage with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night.Crosby snapped a 13-game goal drought in the playoffs to give the Penguins the lead in the second period, and Jussi Jokinen added a breakaway goal. Fleury stopped 35 shots to back up his 22-save effort Sunday in a 3-0 win in Pittsburgh. He has eight career postseason shutouts and 51 wins.The Penguins, who lost the opener in overtime, lead the Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday in New York.Henrik Lundqvist made 13 saves for the weary Rangers, who played for the fifth time in seven days. They have consecutive losses in these playoffs for the first time. The tide turned in Pittsburgh’s favor in the second period for the third straight game. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said earlier Monday that he “hated” the second period in Games 1 and 2, and he couldn’t have liked this one, either.New York had 2:15 remaining on a 4-minute power play that began in the first period, but couldn’t cash in. To make matters worse for the Rangers, Crosby took a long stretch pass from defenseman Robert Bortuzzo, outraced Marc Staal, and beat Lundqvist between the pads from the left circle just 19 seconds after James Neal left the penalty box. It was Crosby’s 41st career playoff goal.Although Crosby didn’t score in Game 2, he played a dominant game.“Eventually you’re going to see him get a goal,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said before Game 3. “Eventually you’re going to see him break out. There’s no question about that.”The Penguins struck for their second goal again right after killing a penalty. Jokinen jumped out of the box and got to a loose puck in the neutral zone after Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello failed to connect on a backward pass in the Pittsburgh end.Jokinen came in alone on Lundqvist and scored his fifth of the playoffs with 4:40 left in the second — 8 seconds after his penalty ended. The Rangers were suddenly down 2-0 and had the weight of their anemic power play enveloping them even more. They finished 0 for 5 and have failed on 34 straight advantages overall — including one in the final minutes.During their last man-advantage in the second period, the Madison Square Garden crowd implored the Rangers to “Shoot the puck!” They did, but to no avail.New York led 26-14 in shots through two periods, yet trailed by two goals.Zuccarello thought earlier in the second that he had tied the game at 1, but his drive struck the crossbar behind Fleury, skittered across the goal line, and stayed out. The Rangers received their first power play of the night 5:16 in when Marcel Goc was called for roughing Dominic Moore after an icing call.Neal later got a 4-minute power play for hitting Jesper Fast in the mouth with a high stick with 1:45 remaining. Benoit Pouliot had the best chance during the first half of the advantage when he fired a drive off the right post with 14 seconds left in the period.Before that, Zuccarello had the best scoring chance when he one-timed a pass from Pouliot during 5-on-5 play from the left circle that Fleury snagged with a stretch of his glove hand with 2:41 left. Lundqvist was sharp early for the second straight night and turned aside Chris Kunitz on a breakaway, for the second time in as many days, during New York’s first power play.

    Washington Wizards’ John Wall (2) puts up a shot during the first quarter of game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Monday, May 5, 2014.

    Wizards take 1-0 lead over Pacers

    INDIANAPOLIS — Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Trevor Ariza added 22 on Monday night, leading Washington past top-seeded Indiana 102-96 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.The Wizards won a second-round game for the first time since 1982 and are 4-0 on the road in this year’s playoffs. They ended a 12-game losing streak at Indiana that dated to April 18, 2007, and they did it by nearly leading from wire-to-wire.Paul George and George Hill had 18 points each for Indiana.The Wizards trailed only once, 31-30, and took control with a 17-6 run to close the first half that made it 56-43. Indiana couldn’t get closer than five points in the second half.Game 2 is Wednesday night at Indiana.The Pacers have lost both of their playoff series’ openers and will face another uphill battle — just days after rallying from a 3-2 deficit to beat Atlanta in seven games in the first round.Washington made a playoff franchise-record 10 3-pointers, going 10 of 16. Ariza was 6 for 6 with five coming in the first half when he scored a playoff-career best 17 points. But the Wizards won this one because of their defense, especially late.After pulling out to a 92-78 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Indiana scored six straight to close to 92-84 with 3:24 left.But Washington didn’t allow another field goal for nearly 6 minutes — from 7:41 left in the fourth until Indiana’s last-minute 3-point flurry, and by then it was too late.The Wizards took advantage of a five-day break after beating Chicago in the first round, looking fresh and stealing a page out of the Hawks’ playbook by spreading out the Pacers.It worked perfectly.The Wizards jumped to an 8-0 lead and extended the margin to 28-15 after one quarter.The Pacers spent the second half playing catch-up and the Wizards never let them get closer than two possessions.After the Wizards took a 68-52 lead midway through the third quarter, the Pacers finally charged back with a 10-0 run that got them within 68-62.But Washington sealed the game with a 7-0 fourth-quarter run that made it 92-78 with 5:46 to play. It was too much to overcome for Indiana, which made four 3s in the final minute.


    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Monday, May 5

    Fox Valley softball roundup for Monday, May 5.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, right, celebrates with Brandon Saad after Sunday’s Game 2 victory over the Wild at the United Center.

    Crawford’s numbers adding up for Blackhawks

    There are a lot of wild numbers surrounding the Blackhawks-Wild series, and not everyone agrees on their significance. But there is one number everyone can agree on: the Hawks lead this second round series 2-0, and one of the biggest factors behind that has been the play of goalie Corey Crawford.


    Blackhawks’ injured Shaw stays behind

    Whoops, change of plans. Remember how injured Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was going to fly with the team to Minnesota and possibly return to the lineup for Game 3 on Tuesday? Yeah, that’s been put on hold. Instead, the hope now is that Shaw travels with the team when they return to Minnesota for Game 4.


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

    Dragan Teonic has been named the new head football coach at Larkin High School.

    Larkin names Teonic new football coach

    The interview committee tasked with hiring Larkin’s seventh football coach had a strong, positive feeling about former Hersey and Harper coach Dragan Teonic early in the process. “He was able to communicate as a leader and detail the structure of his program within the first interview,” Larkin athletic director Mark Ribbens said. “After the first interview there were comments like, ‘Don’t interview anybody else. He’s our guy.’ ” Teonic, 34, was eventually chosen from a crop of 44 candidates to lead the Larkin football program. The Elgin school made his hiring official Monday via news release.

    The White Sox’ Alejandro De Aza slides safely into second as Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney is unable to handle a throw from third baseman Mike Olt during Monday’s first inning at Wrigley Field.

    Lack of work not getting to Cubs’ Russell

    Left-handed reliever James Russell has been the forgotten man in the Cubs bullpen of late. After logging big workloads the previous two seasons, Russell has seen little action recently as first-year manager Rick Renteria has turned to lefty Wesley Wright.


    Softball: Top 20 rankings
    Benet Academy (20-1) held onto the No. 1 position in the latest Daily Herald Top 20 softball rankings. Downers Grove South is No. 2 and Libertyville No. 3.

    Libertyville’s Chris McDermand has committed to wrestle at American University.

    Mack on the attack with Grinnell

    Sophomore Anthony Mack is having quite a year for the Grinnell College baseball team. The former Libertyville standout is leading the team in many offensive categories and is also among the leaders in the nation with his .448 batting average.

    KC Dunne

    Weber ready to direct Wheeling girls basketball program

    A new era for girls basketball at Wheeling High School is about to begin as Matt Weber has been chosen to direct the program. The former football player at Augustana College and Buffalo Grove High School has been teaching math and coaching multiple sports at Wheeling the last seven years.

    Johnny Manziel could be the answer to Cleveland’s prayers at quarterback. The polarizing and popular Texas A&M star will likely be available when the Browns pick fourth in next week’s NFL draft.

    How will Manziel fare in the NFL draft?

    Johnny Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner and one of college football’s most entertaining players, awaits the great leap to the NFL. But as Johnny Football looks to translate his improvisational game to the next level, questions abound about the quarterback’s skills and hard-partying lifestyle.

    South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney finished last season with 11½ tackles for loss and three sacks after getting 23½ and 13 in 2012. He is a top prospect in the upcoming NFL draft.

    Mock draft has Clowney going first

    New Houston coach Bill O’Brien gets good start on rebuilding with best overall player: defensive end Jadaveon Clowney. Read on to see where other star players go in AP's mock draft.

    After hitting a two-run home run, Chicago Cubs' Junior Lake, right, celebrates with Starlin Castro, left, who scored, during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Must-visit spots on the road with Cubs

    One of the benefits of covering the Cubs is being able to travel all over the country (and Canada every six years or so) to watch baseball, Len Kasper says. Check out his quick list of favorite destinations while not at “work” on the road. Who knows, maybe a thing or two on the list will inspire you take a trip this summer.


    Mike North video: Is there a spark of hope for the Chicago Cubs?
    Even though the Chicago Cubs lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Sunday, Mike North thinks Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro are showing signs of improvement.

    Jason Collins shoots during practice on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. Collins became the first openly gay active athlete in North America’s four major professional sports on Feb. 23, 2014, signing with the Brooklyn Nets.

    New sports playbook: How to come out as gay

    A new type of playbook is fast evolving in the world of sports: An informal, commonsense protocol for how prominent gay and lesbian athletes can come out with maximum acclaim and minimum turmoil. Key decisions include how to reveal one’s story, whom to tell it to and — crucially — when to tell it.

    In just over one short — but utterly spectacular month — White Sox rookie Jose Abreu has become a must-see player.

    So far, so good for White Sox

    As the first month of the season wrapped up, I put the following question to the fans: Given everything we know about the 2014 White Sox, is a 14-15 record in April acceptable to you? When I talk about all the things we know about the this edition of the Sox, I don’t mean just this year. I’m talking about the context of this season in relation to the past — and also what’s ahead. My answer? I’m OK with what we’ve seen so far.


    Ala Carte Entertainment wants to redevelop the former Metropolis Bar & Grill at the southeast corner of Higgins and Barrington roads in Hoffman Estates into a Moretti’s, and the former Lone Star site behind it into another of its many restaurant brands.

    First step toward new Moretti’s in Hoffman Estates OK’d

    Schaumburg-based Ala Carte Entertainment is seeking public funds to help redevelop the former Metropolis Bar & Grill at the southeast corner of Higgins and Barrington roads in Hoffman Estates into a new Moretti’s, and the former Lone Star next door into another of the company’s restaurant brands.

    Target announced Monday that Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel is out nearly five months after the retailer disclosed the breach, which has hurt its reputation among customers and has derailed its business.

    Target’s CEO is out in wake of big security breach

    Target’s CEO has become the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a breach of customer data, showing how responsibility for computer security now reaches right to the top. Gregg Steinhafel, who was also president and chairman, stepped down nearly five months after Target disclosed a huge pre-Christmas breach in which hackers stole millions of customers’ credit- and debit-card records.

    Stocks started the day lower after a report showed that manufacturing in China, the world’s second biggest economy, had contracted for the fourth straight month. News of more fighting between pro-Russian activists and soldiers in Ukraine also made investors cautious.

    Stocks edge higher; U.S. service sector improves

    Worries from overseas held back the stock market on Monday. Stocks started the day lower after a report showed that manufacturing in China, the world’s second biggest economy, had contracted for the fourth straight month. News of more fighting between pro-Russian activists and soldiers in Ukraine also made investors cautious.

    Dunkin’ Donuts is testing whether that deep-fried classic American snack, the doughnut, can compete successfully against entrenched competition from some of the world’s most famous sweet snacks in their own homelands, including the waffle in Belgium, apple strudel in Austria and the Danish in Denmark.

    Dunkin’ Donuts readies to do battle in Europe

    The doughnut, that classic deep-fried American snack, is going forth to do battle with European national treats in their homelands: the Belgian waffle, the Austrian strudel and the Danish ... Danish. After beating a retreat in the 1990s, American restaurant chain Dunkin’ Donuts has been quietly building up its presence in Europe and now has 120 outlets, mostly in Germany but also in Russia, Spain, Bulgaria and most recently, Britain.

    Walgreens revenue from established drugstores jumped 7.6 percent last month, helped by a later Easter holiday that also hurt sales growth in March.

    Key Walgreens revenue metric rises 7.6 pct in April

    Walgreen’s revenue from established drugstores jumped 7.6 percent last month, helped by a later Easter holiday that also hurt sales growth in March.

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra, addresses the University of Michigan graduates at a commencement ceremony.

    GM CEO tells students to quickly fix problems
    Work hard, be honest and address problems quickly so they don’t grow. That is the message that new General Motors CEO Mary Barra gave University of Michigan graduates at a commencement ceremony Saturday. Barra, the first woman to lead a major automaker, took the top spot at GM in January, just as a deadly ignition switch problem was starting to surface.

    Deerfield-based Mondelez International has unveiled plans to help advance the rights of female cocoa farmers in two of the world’s largest cocoa-growing countries,

    Mondelez International takes steps to advance women’s rights

    Deerfield-based Mondelez International has unveiled plans to help advance the rights of female cocoa farmers in two of the world’s largest cocoa-growing countries, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.  The action plans respond to new third-party assessments by Harvard University and CARE International, which revealed striking gaps in income and opportunities for female cocoa farmers.

    Warren Buffet

    Warren Buffett praises General Motors’ new CEO

    Investor Warren Buffett says General Motors’ new CEO would do a great job running any business, and she is the best person to handle the company’s recall problems. Buffett said on CNBC on Monday that he was impressed with Mary Barra when he met her at a conference last fall.


    EU expects recovery to lower unemployment faster

    The ongoing economic recovery across Europe should help unemployment fall faster than previously expected, according to a new EU forecast released Monday. In its spring forecast, the EU’s executive Commission said the economic recovery is spreading across the 28-country bloc and that should help reduce the ranks of the 25.7 million unemployed.

    Apple attorney Rachel Krevans, right, walks with others to a federal courthouse in San Jose, Calif. A California jury determined Friday May 2, 2014, that Samsung infringed Apple smartphone patents and awarded $120 million damages.

    Decoding the Apple-Samsung patent dispute

    Apple and Samsung are suing each other in courts and trade offices around the world, each making claims that the other copied patented mobile device features. The companies’ most-recent legal tussle all but concluded on Friday, when a California jury found that Samsung copied some of Apple’s smartphone features.

    Photo Courtesy of Grand Frame Inc. Matthew Grana and his parents, Carrie and Gary Grana continue to operate Grand Frame Inc. in Arlington Heights.

    Family business continues to thrive in Arlington Heights

    We interview Matthew Grana, vice president and third generation owner of Grand Frame Inc. in Arlington Heights. His father started the business when he was 17.


    Owners could be missing out on retirement dollars

    Business owners could be leaving mounds of retirement dollars behind, simply because they don’t know all the options.Small Business Columnis Jim Kendall looks at the topic.

    Maria Reyes

    Longtime taste tester on the edge of foodie trends

    Kukec's People features Maria Reyes of Woodridge, who has been a food taste tester for about 30 years, including the last 3 with olive oil at Romeoville-based KeHe.

Life & Entertainment

    Air Supply headlines the Arcada in St. Charles Friday.

    Weekend picks: Air Supply croons at the Arcada Friday

    Air Supply, the Australian duo that melted all kinds of hearts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of soft-rock hits like “All Out of Love” and “The One That You Love,” will croon away at the Arcada Theatre Friday. Saturday opens Theatre Nebula's run of “Spamalot,” a musical skewering Arthurian legends adapted from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The Barrington High School Rithum Machine and the Jazz Consortium Big Band are the same bill for a special Mother's Day Concert today at Durty Nellie's in Palatine.

    Fox says it's ordering a series that delves into the early years of future “Batman” police commissioner James Gordon, with Ben McKenzie playing Gordon in his detective years. “Gotham” also will include untold tales of DC Comics villains and introduces a new character, Fish Mooney, producer Warner Bros. Television said Monday.

    Fox orders 'Gotham' with McKenzie, Pinkett Smith

    Fox says it's ordering a series that delves into the early career of future “Batman” police commissioner James Gordon. Producer Warner Bros. Television said Monday that the show called “Gotham” also will include untold tales of DC Comics villains and introduce a new character, Fish Mooney.

    With their trainers running alongside, Fittest Losers John Bohanek, in pink, and Chris Kalamatas, in green, power through the DuPage Human Race 5K Run.

    Fittest Loser contestants race to the finish

    Participating in races, like the recent DuPage Human Race 5K Run may be old hat for some, but for the five contestants in the Fittest Loser Challenge it was a secretly dreaded, though inevitable event. “It was important for the contestants to strive for goals that may have been recently unattainable; and a 5K was just that,” said Brad Parotto, the Push Fitness running coach for the challenge.

    Cherries and chocolate chips perk up banana bread.

    Eat right, live well: Bananas full of a-peeling health benefits

    Most likely, you and bananas need no introduction. Mashed banana was probably one of the very first solid foods you ever tried, and bunches of these curved fruits can be found on your counter throughout the year. The average American eats an astounding 25 pounds of bananas every year, but at a cost of only about 3 for $1 bananas are friendly to most food budgets in spite of this high demand.

    The self-titled album by Natalie Merchant is her first collection of entirely original songs in 13 years.

    Natalie Merchant back with batch of new songs

    Natalie Merchant has never been one to pull punches. That fearlessness continues on the self-titled and self-produced “Natalie Merchant,” her first collection of entirely original songs in 13 years.

    Miranda Lambert leads the Country Music Television nominations by pairing up with her husband, Blake Shelton, her girl group Pistol Annies and good friend Keith Urban.

    Miranda Lambert leads CMT nominations

    Thanks to her friends in country music, Miranda Lambert leads the Country Music Television nominations by pairing with her husband Blake Shelton, her girl group Pistol Annies and good friend Keith Urban. She’s up for two individual awards for her video “Automatic,” two for collaborating with the Annies on Shelton’s song “Boys ‘Round Here” and two more for her duet with Urban on “We Were Us.”

    Australia's Cre8ion stages “Fluff” for the International Children's Theater Festival in Chicago.

    Chicago's International Children's Theater Fest opens kids' eyes to the world

    It's a festival of firsts at this year's Stages, Sights and Sounds celebration kicking off this month in Chicago. The 15th annual International Children's Theater Festival, presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival, will feature productions from Australia and Spain for the first time, as well as new programs including readings with two critically acclaimed children's book authors.The fest runs from May 6-24 across three Chicago venues.


    Report backs screenings for early detection of congenital heart disease

    To help doctors diagnose congenital heart disease earlier in the pregnancy and treat infants more effectively, the American Heart Association recently released guidelines that call for some women to be screened using advanced technologies such as fetal echocardiography.


    Stay well-hydrated to reduce severity of morning sickness

    Q: I’m in my first trimester of pregnancy and battling terrible morning sickness. What can I do to feel better?

    Schaumburg’s Unrepentant Thinners’ Holly Krawisz won two tickets to Jillian Michaels’ “Maximize Your Life Tour” at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet. Her prize included a meet and greet with the Biggest Loser trainer. Getting to hold her was a bonus!

    Community teams drop weight, focus on healthy lifestyles

    The 23 corporate and 13 park district teams have worked themselves into a frenzy, right up to the finish line. They have learned better eating habits, disciplined workout skills and attained focus as never before. Subsequently, they have convinced themselves that a healthier, fit lifestyle is within their reach. They are also having loads of fun along the way, like the time Holly from Team Unrepentant Thinners got the chance to meet “Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels.

    Richard Corliss teamed with Turner Classic Movies to write “Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate.”

    'Mom in the Movies' nurtures a fan's love of film

    Don't go thinking this is a hardcover companion to a sickly sweet greeting card designed to give you-know-who a good cry on her special day. The smartly written and nicely illustrated “Mom in the Movies” is appropriate for any occasion, an entertaining slice of movie history that's served up by one of film's best writers and a few special guests. Time magazine critic Richard Corliss, working with the cable channel TCM, takes us through the cinema's treatment of motherhood from the silent films of a century ago to the IMAX-size moms of today

    Louis C.K. picks up the award for Individual Achievement in Comedy for his television series “Louie” at the 2013 TCA Awards back in August. Louie, who (like Louis) is a New York comic and a divorced father of two daughters, knows struggle and angst and cloudy wonderment. The fourth season kicks off Monday, May 5, on FX.

    Louis CK back for season 4 of ‘Louie’ done his way

    Louis C.K. isn’t soured on life. But he seems forever on the verge of turning. At least that appears to be the case with the character he plays on the eponymous “Louie,” his semi-fictional FX comedy making a much-awaited return at 9 p.m. Monday. Louie, who (like Louis) is a New York comic and a divorced father of two daughters, knows struggle and angst and cloudy wonderment. He views life through eyes with a stricken look, dwelling in a state of comfortable dread.

    Proper mobility will minimize your chance for injury and help you maximize exercise output.

    Prevent injuries with these tips

    Injuries sustained during exercise are far too common and can discourage even the most focused athletes. Injury prevention is definitely time well-pent and much more enjoyable than injury rehabilitation. Keep your body healthy by practicing the following tips and working to avoid injuries altogether.

    If you drink three glasses of wine, you may consume an extra 6,300 calories in the following 24 hours, a study shows.

    Your health: Binge drinking leads to binge eating
    Drinking more than three large glasses of wine can push people over a “tipping point,” meaning they consume about 6,300 extra calories in the following 24 hours, according to a new study.

    Joshua Steckler and Lisa Townsel, in black T-shirts, ran side-by-side the whole race.

    Fitness homework pays off with successful run

    For about a year prior to the Fittest Loser Challenge, I ran as a way to bolster weight loss. I used to think of it as a simple sport. I didn’t know that there were measurable ways to track my progress and to build up my heart rate. This season, boot camp instructor Brad Parotto doubled as running coach, too. He helped us to prepare to participate in the DuPage Human Race 5K Run.

    Jill Micklow, Wellness Specialist at Assurance, feels the burn as she does 10 reps of hamstring curls at her desk.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Packin’ Your Hammies

    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Packin' Your Hammies.

    Police commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) looks into potential issues in the force as “Blue Bloods” ends its fourth season on CBS.

    Selleck wraps fourth season of ‘Blue Bloods’ as show heads to syndication

    Tom Selleck isn’t a police commissioner; he just plays one on TV. After four seasons of being on the “job,” though, he knows it rarely has a quiet week. Such is the case once more as the CBS drama “Blue Bloods” wraps up its fourth season Friday, May 9.



    We can blame only ourselves for our leaders
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: How can the state of Illinois possibly contemplate building a $100 million Obama library when our roads are worse than those in Beirut? I drove from Florida to Illinois last week, and the first 1,300 miles were beautiful and final 75 were enough to make me sick.


    Roskam right to fight human trafficking
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I was surprised recently to learn of the ongoing human trafficking problem here in the western suburbs. For some reason, I always envisioned this problem to be found in major cities, such as Chicago and other large cites across the country. However, the crime of human trafficking, whether it be for labor or sex, is on the increase in the suburbs.


    Step up, senators, to prevent war with Russia
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: War with Russia seems inevitable, unless our two senators do something about it. It may be too late, but they have known about this for some time now. I have written both of them several times but have not received any acknowledgment from either of them. Hopefully they are working behind the scenes on this,


    Code change blunts chance to revitalize mall
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: For years, Spring Hill Gateway East Mall has been 50-90 percent empty, sapping the commercial vitality of the business climate of West Dundee. This year, Gateway East found a major tenant to revitalize their mall.


    Thanks for support of MainStreet project
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: The MainStreet Libertyville board of directors would like to thank the community for 25 years of support.


    Nuclear energy best solution to ‘warming’
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: “Global warming,” or now “climate change,” is code for a scenario that starts with an observation that carbon dioxide and other gases in our atmosphere, like water vapor, trap heat. The whole scenario includes an insistence that the carbon dioxide contributor from fossil fuel burning will become 1) a predominate weather factor resulting in starvation, death, and destruction, and 2) that there is value in preventing some of this by curtailing the use of fossil fuels.


    NBA’s strong punishment is fitting
    A Palatine letter to the editor: L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling saying the team owes its success to him and that his players should be grateful to him for their houses, shoes, etc., is like an 1820 Southern plantation owner saying his success is his doing and his slaves should be grateful they have a place to live and are working.


    We’re focusing on the wrong things
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Has anyone else felt overloaded with the commentary regarding the alleged statements of Donald Sterling? Do we need to be told again and again how asinine and deplorable these remarks are? Has the media overlooked interviewing anyone who has an opinion on this?


    Somehow Sterling will come out ahead
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Our daily news cycle anymore seems to revolve around athletics — whether it’s the Northwestern Wildcats football team opting for a players union, the proliferation of sports on every television channel or the debacle currently under way with the Los Angeles Clippers. As in just about every issue in America these days, money — or the lack of it — seems to be at the core.


    Even private thoughts are now punishable
    A Davis letter to the editor: The Thought Police in George Orwell’s nightmarish Oceania of “1984” fame are alive and well. Donald Sterling, who was owner of the L.A. Clippers, has been slapped down hard for harboring disapproved thoughts.


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