Daily Archive : Wednesday May 7, 2014



    Hoffman Estates hosts portrayal of Bertha Palmer

    The village of Hoffman Estates’ Celebrations and Sister Cities commission, in conjunction with the Schaumburg Township District Library, invite the community to attend a program featuring Leslie Goddard’s presentation of Chicago socialite Bertha Palmer. Wife of real estate magnate Potter Palmer, Bertha Palmer was a pace-setting arts patron best remembered for her Impressionist...

    Ruthstar Owusu gets a hug from Debbi White, left, of the Woodridge Jaycees. Eleven families, including Owusu’s, were left homeless after a May 1 apartment fire in Woodridge. Several community groups were on hand Wednesday to provide food, clothing and financial assistance.

    Groups working to help families displaced by Woodridge fire

    Eleven families that were left homeless after a fire destroyed their Woodridge apartment building met Wednesday with various community groups working to provide them with food, clothes and financial assistance.

    Robert Sauceda

    Sauceda resigns as Kane County's interim animal control director

    Robert Sauceda resigned Wednesday as Kane County's interim animal control director, the state's attorney's office announced. The resignation ends a stormy tenure for Sauceda and delivers a political black eye to county board Chairman Chris Lauzen, who took extra steps to support him. Sauceda had been put on administrative leave late last week.


    School bus company plans 300+ layoffs

    A Joliet-based company that provides school-bus services plans to lay off more than 300 employees by the end of June. According to notices filed by Illinois Central School Bus with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, 330 people will be laid off at four locations due to a lost contract.


    Legal interpretation may erase pension glitch

    A troublesome piece of last year's state pension-reform law may not cut university retirees' pensions after all, the State Universities Retirement System now says.The retirement system and state universities complained last month that language in the law would inadvertently reduce many university employees' pensions.


    Hearing on athletes union worries activist

    A former linebacker leading the drive to form the nation's first union for college athletes said Wednesday he fears a congressional hearing could be a step toward legislative barriers that would thwart unionization. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Washington, D.C., before the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

    Gov. Pat Quinn and former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels kicked off the Illiana Expressway with a memorandum of understanding in 2010.

    Indiana, Illinois sign deal to build expressway

    Indiana and Illinois have signed an agreement to build the Illiana Expressway toll road, with Indiana paying $80 million to $110 million, Illinois agreeing to pay at least $250 million, and the rest of the $1.51 billion for the project coming from private investors. The 33-page document outlines the responsibilities of each state and how the 47-mile highway will be run.

    The former Bristol Court banquet hall in Mount Prospect, which now will be known as Bristol Palace, is closer to reopening under its new ownership after village trustees this week granted the facility a liquor license. The owners do not yet have a reopening date.

    Shuttered Mount Prospect banquet hall closer to reopening

    The new owners of the abruptly shuttered Bristol Court banquet hall, which now will be called Bristol Palace, are closer to reopening after Mount Prospect trustees this week approved a liquor license for the facility. The license, granted for owners Sam Baig and his son, Shafee, provides for alcohol service in conjunction with events at the 18,000-square-foot facility that accommodates up to 500...

    Mount Prospect-based District 57 stands to lose 78.5 percent of its overall state aid under a proposal to overhaul Illinois’ school funding.

    Funding downstate schools at expense of suburbs?

    School districts in the Chicago and St. Louis suburbs would see major cuts to state aid while downstate schools would see gains under a proposal to drastically overhaul Illinois’ complicated school funding formula. "It looks like, yet again, this is an attempt to reach into the suburban pockets to solve other people’s problem,” Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine.

    Stanley Noffsinger, right, general secretary for the Church of the Brethren, whose headquarters are in Elgin, went on a trip to Nigeria last month. Here he is pictured the week of April 7 with Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria’s president, Samuel Dali, in front of a new building being built in Kwarhi, Nigeria, by EYN, which is a sister church to Church of the Brethren.

    Elgin-based church has connection to Nigerian kidnappings

    Church of the Brethren, a nationwide church headquartered in Elgin, has a deep connection to the tragedy of the more than 300 girls kidnapped three weeks ago from a school in Nigeria. The school was built in the late 1940s in the Nigerian village of Chibok by the Church of the Brethren's mission. Also, the majority of the kidnapped girls are members of the Nigerian church Ekklesiyar...


    Republicans pick 43rd District candidate

    Republicans announced Wednesday that they picked Elgin attorney Jeff Meyer to run for state representative in the 43rd District.

    Tom Rueckert

    Maine Twp. assessor, former Dist. 207 board member Tom Rueckert dies at 73

    Maine Township’s assessor of the past 29 years, Thomas E. Rueckert, died Tuesday at the age of 73 after a long battle with lung disease. First elected township assessor in 1985, Rueckert had previously served as president of the Maine Township High School District 207 board of education and chairman of the Oakton College Law Enforcement Advisory Committee.


    Police probe possible student-teacher relationship at Hampshire High School

    Authorities are investigating a possible teacher-student relationship at Hampshire High School. Authorities have obtained search warrants for the phones of an 18-year-old from Gilberts and a 23-year-old female Spanish teacher. According to the search warrant, the teacher performed oral sex on the student at least twice in 2013 and provided him with test answers. Th teacher also admitted to police...

    The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that David Montenegro is free to have a vanity license plate that reads “COPSLIE.”

    New Hampshire court upholds COPSLIE vanity plate

    f a New Hampshire man thinks cops lie, he’s free to say so on his license plate, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday. In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court agreed with the arguments of David Montenegro, who wanted the vanity plate reading “COPSLIE” to protest what he calls government corruption.

    This still image is taken from a video posted by Boko Haram sympathizers, showing the leader of the radical Islamist sect, Imam Abubakar Shekau. Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the April 15 mass abduction of nearly 300 teenage schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria.

    Islamic militant attack in Nigeria kills hundreds

    Islamic militants who have triggered international outrage over the kidnapping of more than 270 Nigerian schoolgirls opened fire on a busy marketplace, killing hundreds of people in a new spasm of violence in the country’s northeast. The attack escalates Nigeria’s growing crisis from a campaign of bombings, massacres and abductions being waged by the Boko Haram terrorist network in...

    The House on Wednesday voted to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency’s Tea Party controversy.

    House votes to hold ex-IRS official in contempt

    House Republicans voted Wednesday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency’s tea party controversy. The House also passed a nonbinding resolution calling on the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate the IRS.

    Confiscated synthetic drugs are on display at a news conference at the DEA offices in Centennial, Colo., Wednesday, where it was announced that a federal grand jury in Denver has returned indictments charging nine individuals from across the country with conspiracy and drug distribution charges related to “Spice.”

    Federal agents target synthetic drugs, sellers

    The Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to stay one step ahead of synthetic drug makers, wholesalers and retailers as it broadens its crackdown on the growing black market product. News: DEA agents fanned out across the country Wednesday and made more 150 arrests and served about 200 warrants, including in Illinois, the DEA.

    Hamza Ali Ben Ali

    Motorcycle daredevil found guilty in Westmont chase

    A motorcycle daredevil’s exploits, including baiting suburban police officers into chasing him and then posting videos of the pursuit online, likely will land him in jail. Hamza Ali Ben Ali, 31, of Plainfield, was found guilty during a Wednesday bench trial of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer and a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license.


    Fox Lake woman found dead in Chicago

    A Fox Lake woman was found dead Tuesday morning in Chicago's East Ukrainian Village.

    Renderings of proposed redevelopment in the Hickory Kensington area in Arlington Heights.

    Taxing bodies sign off on Hickory Kensington redevelopment in Arlington Hts.

    Arlington Heights is a step closer to redeveloping the Hickory Kensington area, after representatives from area taxing bodies on Wednesday approved establishing a new tax increment financing district to help get it off the ground.

    The St. Charles-centric love story of Kevin Bastian of Lisle (pictured with girlfriend Suzie) struck a chord with online voters in the St. Charles Stories contest.

    St. Charles CVB Announces Stories Contest Winner

    The St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau recently annonuced that Kevin Bastian of Lisle is the winner of their inaugural St. Charles Stories contest.

    House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican, joined at right by Rep. Virginia Foxx, a North Carolina Republican, responds to a point from Democrats on the panel as lawmakers work on the creation of a special select committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.

    House GOP moves toward establishing Benghazi probe

    House Republicans on Wednesday moved toward an election-year special investigation of the deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya, brushing aside Democratic concerns over the panel’s scope and composition. The Obama administration, meanwhile, accused Republicans of “political motivation” after they issued a fundraising email linked to the Benghazi probe.

    Pat Quinn

    Quinn, Rauner trade barbs before business leaders

    In front of an Illinois business community that has largely backed his opponent, Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday tried to sell his plan to extend the 2011 income tax hike and criticized Republican Bruce Rauner for being vague in his budget proposals.

    Daquan Houston, 18, of Schaumburg

    Schaumburg man charged again with assaulting officers

    A Schaumburg man with a history of attacking Cook County Jail correctional officers is accused again of attacking guards on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said.

    Dr. Risé D. Jones, co-founder of Hamilton Wings, received Judson University’s D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award Wednesday. Hamilton Wings is an enrichment program for Elgin area children that uses the arts to promote leadership development and academic readiness of socially and/or economically challenged children.

    Judson honors volunteer at prayer breakfast

    More than 325 volunteers and civic leaders gathered Wednesday morning for Judson University’s annual Community Prayer Breakfast at its Elgin campus. The university honored Dr. Risé D. Jones, co-founder of Hamilton Wings, with the 2014 D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award. “Dr. Jones has been described by friends and colleagues as tireless, determined, and passionate about...

    Former state Rep. Keith Farnham leaves the Dirksen Courthouse in Chicago after a recent court appearance. A federal judge refused the Elgin Democrat’s request to extend home monitoring to his patio Wednesday.

    Farnham denied access to his patio by judge

    Former state Rep. Keith Farnham, confined to home while he faces child pornography charges, can’t go out on the patio of his Elgin condominium, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.


    House committee OKs plan to let psychologists prescribe

    A plan that would allow psychologists to prescribe medication was approved by an Illinois House committee Wednesday, but some psychiatrists say it's a bad idea.

    Nancy Braun, a Mundelein Elementary District 75 technology assistant, and eighth-grader Juliana Roznowski work on a laptop computer at Carl Sandburg Middle School. The district plans to make a substantial investment this summer in technology for students.

    PTO to host spring fling to fund technology improvements in Mundelein District 75

    The parent teacher organization in Mundelein District 75 will host a spring fling to raise money for technology in the classroom. "We have great teachers, I have no complaints, my children are thriving but I feel they need more tools," said Nikki Earich, one of the organizers.


    Dist. 23 teachers OK last two years of contract

    The teachers union in Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 has OK'd a tenative agreement that finalizes the last two years of the current employment contract. The school boards will vote May 15. Dan Perillo, spokesman for the teachers, called the deal a "compromise."

    Palatine Police Chief Alan Stoeckel, left, pauses while speaking about Dave Daigle, center, who was promoted to deputy chief of field operations in a ceremony during the Palatine village council’s meeting Monday night. Daigle is surrounded by his wife, Maria Daigle, left, his parents, Carol and David Daigle, and his four children.

    Big pinnning ceremony reflects turnover for Palatine police

    The Palatine Police Department introduced three new police officers and promoted five other members of the force this week in a ceremony before the village council. The additions and promotions reflect the state of the department, which has seen a large staff turnover recently due to a high number of retirements.

    Devonte Miles

    Three Downers Grove men face charges in cellphone robbery

    Three Downers Grove men are charged with robbing a Downers Grove woman of her cellphone as she exited her vehicle while in front of her house.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Johnny Cajigas, 54, of Elgin, was charged with violating the Sexual Offenders Registration Act for failing to register a change of address with the police department, court records show. His bail was set Wednesday at $100,000 in Kane County bond court and his next court date is May 14.


    Water issue in Wauconda:

    A Wauconda trustee on Tuesday expressed concern that Mayor Frank Bart had discussed the village’s plans to get Lake Michigan drinking water with a representative from the agency that controls the supply, despite Bart’s pledges to abstain from negotiations on the matter.


    Meet District 34’s new leader:

    Antioch Elementary District 34 hosts an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, to formally welcome Jay Marino, who will assume the post of superintendent on July 1.


    District 50 nominees sought:

    Woodland Elementary District 50 is asking parents and community members to nominate an outstanding teacher for the Alan Mann Tribute to Excellence in Education Award.


    Magic show fundraiser:

    Libertyville Cooperative Nursery School and local magician Gary Kantor will present a magic show fundraiser for the Whitebread family at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at its North Center, (Trinity Community Church), 1190 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville.


    Prison agency says hepatitis drug not as costly as feared

    A new hepatitis drug likely won’t be as costly as initially reported, according to Illinois prison officials. Authorities worried Sovaldi could cost the Illinois Department of Corrections tens of millions of dollars if it was used to treat inmates who have the blood-borne infection.


    Cameras credited for drop in crime on the el

    Security cameras have now been installed on 800 rail cars on Chicago’s el system, and officials are crediting them for a drop in crime. Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool told reporters Wednesday that serious crimes declined 26 percent since Jan. 1.


    Man charged in 2009 slaying of Chicago girl

    Police say DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a suspect in the slaying of a 12-year-old girl whose body was found in a Chicago alley in 2009.


    Police to reinvestigate Dixmoor girl’s 1991 murder

    The Cook County sheriff and Dixmoor police said Wednesday that they’re reopening their investigation into the case of a 14-year-old girl who was slain in 1991. Five teenagers were convicted in the death of Cateresa Matthews, but they were released from prison in 2011 based on DNA evidence.


    House panel OKs cannabis for epileptic kids

    A measure that would allow children with epilepsy to use medical marijuana is advancing in the Illinois legislature. Parents of children with epilepsy contend the oil from cannabis plants reduces the frequency of seizures and doesn’t get users high.


    Sales of organic products climb in Illinois

    Sales from Illinois organic farms more than tripled during a five-year period, according to statistics released by the federal government.

    Femi Falana, a lawyer and human rights activist, centre, leads a mass-demonstration calling on the government to increase efforts to rescue the hundreds of missing kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, in Lagos, Nigeria.

    Muslim officials condemn abductions of girls

    The abduction three weeks ago of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria by the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram is now generating worldwide attention and condemnation. Muslim leaders in various countries have criticized Boko Haram’s leader for using Islamic teachings as his justification for threatening to sell the girls into slavery.

    Children’s author Aaron Reynolds educates and entertains Butterfield Elementary School students Wednesday in Libertyville. Reynolds has been on The New York Times best-seller list and won the Caldecott Medal award.

    Children’s author educates, entertains students at Butterfield School

    Children’s author Aaron Reynolds used his acting talent to educate and entertain students about the world of writing and book publishing during a presentation Wednesday at Butterfield Elementary School in Libertyville.

    College of Lake County music department professor Charles Clency is retiring and will lead his final spring choral concert Friday night at the Grayslake flagship campus.

    Retiring CLC music professor leading final concert on campus Friday

    Retiring College of Lake County music department Professor Charles Clency will lead his final spring choral concert Friday. Clency, 76, said he was not planning to leave until the State University Employees Retirement System told him that his benefits are scheduled to be reduced after June 30.


    Hanover Park Fire Deparment receives federal grant

    The Hanover Park Fire department will receive a $72,750 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth announced Wednesday. The funds will go toward a new sprinkler system for the fire house.


    Auditions for Schaumburg Summer Theatre

    Schaumburg Summer Theatre will hold auditions later this month for lead roles, supporting parts, chorus and dancers to be cast in the musical comedy, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Auditions will take place Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22 at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court in Schaumburg.

    Hawthorn Middle School South art instructor Mary Benton is surprised Wednesday morning when she learns she’s received the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching during a presentation at the Vernon Hills school. She was the only teacher in Lake County to receive the award.

    Vernon Hills art teacher receives Golden Apple award

    Hawthorn Middle School South eighth-grader Teddy Chen had plenty of good things to say about his art instructor when he was interveiwed by representatives from the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. “She’s really spunky,” Chen said of the teacher, Mary Benton. His teacher was suprised with the Golden Apple today.

    John Easton, director of the Institute of Education Sciences and acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, on Wednesday helped announce results of The Nation’s Report Card.

    No gains for 12th-graders on national exam

    Handing out dismal grades, the Nation’s Report Card says America’s high school seniors lack critical math and reading skills for an increasingly competitive global economy. Only about one-quarter are performing proficiently or better in math and just 4 in 10 in reading. And they’re not improving, the report says, reinforcing concerns that large numbers of today’s...

    Wheeling officials are pushing forward with plans to establish a Tax Increment Financing district at the Town Center site they say is necessary to launch a proposed shopping and entertainment district along Dundee Road. Other local governments are threatening to sue over the plan.

    Negotiations continue over controversial Wheeling TIF plan

    Negotiations to avoid a lawsuit over Wheeling’s plan to establish two Tax Increment Financing districts on the sites of failed TIFs continue, say representatives of the village and four other governing bodies threatening to sue over the proposal. Village President Dean Argiris said this week a lawsuit would ruin chances for three major developments planned for the Town Center TIF district,...

    In this undated family photo, Samantha Pitard, left, poses for a photo with Andrey Medeiros.

    Circus acrobat from Illinois willing to do hair-hanging again

    A Champaign woman, one of eight circus acrobats who plunged about 20 feet to the ground during a hair-hanging act witnessed by thousands, says she’ll perform the stunt again. “For me, you gotta get back up and do it again,” Samantha Pitard told The Associated Press after being released from a hospital Tuesday.


    Hanover Park police to broadcast patrol shift on Facebook, Twitter

    Hanover Park police will host a virtual ride-along Friday on Facebook and Twitter. The department is part of a growing list of agencies — Schaumburg police, for one — broadcasting a patrol officer’s shift on social media.


    Hoffman Estates promotes Women’s Checkup Day

    The village of Hoffman Estates will take part in National Women’s Health Week, which runs this year from Sunday, May 11 through Saturday, May 17. As part of the effort, the village encourages women to participate in National Women’s Checkup Day on Monday, May 12. This day is dedicated to encouraging women to visit their healthcare provider to receive or schedule a checkup, and to...

    Longtime Naperville Mayor George Pradel will be the last person to hold the position who will be eligible for a pension from the Illinois Municipal Retirement System.

    No more pensions for Naperville mayors

    The next person other than George Pradel to occupy the seat of Naperville mayor will not be eligible for a pension from the Illinois Municipal Retirement System. The city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to end participation in the pension fund by the position of mayor, effective immediately.

    Rikki, a 3-year-old female shorthair.

    Making your feline work for food enhances its pounce drive

    Making your feline work for its food sharpens its natural instinct to hunt.


    Decline in cases means McHenry branch court will close Jan. 1

    Citing a decrease in cases and expenses to upgrade security, officials in the 22nd Judicial Circuit say they will close the branch court at McHenry City Hall effective Jan. 1, 2015, and consolidate all cases at the Judcial Center in Woodstock.


    Juvenile charged with attempted armed robbery in Elgin

    A 17-year-old was arrested Sunday evening in Elgin and charged with attempted armed robbery after brandishing an air pellet gun and demanding money, police said.

    Bashar Makhay answers messages on a computer in his apartment in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Makhay, who is Iraqi-American, Catholic and gay, said he has created Tarab, a series of parties, beach gatherings and other events for LGBT Arabs and Middle Easterners in New York City.

    Gay Arab-Americans find room of their own in NYC

    With a loud hiccup and a hand over her mouth in coy embarrassment, Madame Tayoush mimics Lebanese diva Sabah in her performance of the sultry classic “Atshana” — or “I’m Thirsty” — as Arab-Americans hoot and cheer. The burst of a trumpet vibrato sends her into a dramatic swoon, basking under applause and the warmth of stage lights.

    Rain or shine, flowers will be for sale at the Naperville Community Gardeners annual plant sale from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the garden plots on West Street, near Martin Avenue. The plant sale is one of several events going on in or near downtown Naperville throughout Saturday.

    Mother’s Day eve offers ‘quite a bit to do’ in Naperville

    Sameera Luthman of the Naperville Park District says “there’s going to be quite a bit to do” around the downtown Riverwalk on Saturday. With at least five nearby outdoor events throughout Saturday, she might be understating it. “It’s an opportunity to encourage people to come outside,” Luthman said.


    Chicago basketball player dies days after collapsing

    A Chicago teenager who collapsed last weekend during a basketball tournament has died. Jermaine Cullum was a sophomore at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep High School. The 16-year-old was playing in a basketball tournament at Riverside Brookfield High School when he collapsed on the court after a layup.


    Falcons can be watched on webcams

    Additional live streams have been added to webcams showing peregrine falcons nesting at We Energies power plants across Wisconsin.


    Wisconsin diners startled by crashing deer

    Diners at a Shawano restaurant got quite a shock when a wayward deer came crashing through the front window. Waitress Amanda Peppler says she heard the glass shatter and thought it was a gunshot, then saw the deer appear out of nowhere.


    Rescuers search for missing Illinois boater

    Western Illinois authorities are set to resume their search for a missing 44-year-old man who disappeared after a boat overturned on the Mississippi River.

    Author Mike Person of Elgin recently wrote and illustrated a graphic novel, for children, about President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination by John Wilkes Booth. Person, a former Marine who has lived in Elgin and Schaumburg, is a Civil War buff and has visited his wife’s fifth-grade classroom as a guest speaker.

    Elgin history buff publishes kids’ book on Lincoln’s assassination

    “A picture is worth a thousand words.” First-time author and Elgin resident, Mike Person, strongly believes in the adage, and applied that concept in his graphic novel, “With Malice Toward One,” which tells the story of events leading up to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

    The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

    Agency head urges tax hike support for 'leverage'

    The head of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference is urging municipal leaders to support keeping the state's 5 percent income tax rate, which is set to decrease next year, in order to curry future "political capital" with legislators, according to a letter he sent Thursday. Some local leaders are unhappy with the taxpayer-funded group's stance.


    State board to detail local impact of funding bill

    The Illinois State Board of Education is expected to detail the local impact of a new school funding proposal.State board of education spokesman Matt Vanover said Tuesday the board on Wednesday “may be able to provide State Sen. Andy Manar with preliminary information.”


    Fishing tournament to reduce Asian carp scheduled

    Officials have set the dates for an Illinois fishing tournament that also helps remove an invasive species from the state’s waterways. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced that the annual Director’s Shoot State Bowfishing Championship is slated for July 19 and 20 on the Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park near Utica.


    Illinois spring bird count to take place Saturday

    Bird migration through Illinois peaks this month, and this Saturday is the statewide spring bird count event. In a tradition going back 40 years in Illinois, volunteers will fan out to tally species and bird numbers from dawn to dusk.


    Dawn Patrol: Testimony limited in murder case; Project loses a hotel

    Judge limits mental health testimony in 2009 Hoffman Estates slayings; one hotel dropped from Arlington Downs plan; Arlington Hts. now allowing more signs downtown; finances take stage at next Engage200 session; women now in 2 of 3 Gurnee police leadership posts; N. Aurora trustee resigns to take fire chief job; Elgin man found guilty of Crystal Lake stabbings


    Wauconda gives lawyer a raise

    Starting this month, Wauconda officials will pay a little more for legal services.Village trustees on Tuesday unanimously agreed to a 2-percent rate increase for attorney Rudy Magna. Magna had requested the fee increase in a letter last month, citing rising business costs.

    George Diebold, a fourth generation farmer in Fremont Township, poses in the family farm’s empty milking barn in Fremont Township. He had been the last family dairy farmer in Lake County, but has gotten out of that aspect of the business.

    Lake County’s last dairy farm ends milking days

    The tradition of family dairying in Lake County ended recently as the last milking cow at the Diebold Farm in Fremont Township was sold. Fourth generation farmer George Diebold will carry on other operations. "It's still a full time job but it's part-time from what I was doing," he said.

    DuPage County officials are considering a proposal for fire protection districts and departments to work together to save money and improve services similar to what the Wheaton Fire Department is doing as a member of the West Suburban Fire-Rescue Alliance.

    DuPage County considering regional fire service concept

    Citing the rising costs associated with responding to emergencies, a group of mayors and fire chiefs is calling on firefighting agencies in DuPage County to voluntarily work together to save money and improve service. “We are trying to get a system for cooperation that will keep prices down, keep costs down and maintain the level of efficiency and service that we already have,” county...

    Joe McMahon

    Prosecutor: Use Batavia sexting case as teachable moment

    Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said Tuesday he hopes parents can use the investigation into sexting at a Batavia middle school as an opportunity to teach their children about responsible social media usage. “The message is the same,” he said. “It's about responsibility. It's about thinking about long-term consequences.”


    Naperville OKs free test of electric management system

    A group of electric customers in Naperville is in store for a free test of an online portal that will partner with the electric smart meters installed in the city to help manage power usage and rates. The city council approved a free trial of a system that will allow 100 users to test a portal developed by Canadian firm Lowfoot for three months. “In this case, we really need to kick the...


    Serena Williams from U.S. returns the ball during a Madrid Open tennis tournament match against Shuai Peng from China, in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

    Images: Madrid Open tennis tournament
    Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal breezed into the Madrid Open third round with their title defenses facing little strain on Wednesday. Here are some images from the tournament.

    In this photo taken on Sept. 28, 2013, Pittsburgh defensive lineman Aaron Donald inspires the fans to make noise as he plays in an NCAA football game against Virginia in Pittsburgh. Donald, the most-decorated defensive player during the 2013 college football season with four major awards, could be the Panthers’ highest draft pick since wideout Larry Fitzgerald was taken third overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2004.

    Will Bears grab Pitt’s Donald in draft?

    Because Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald would be such an ideal replacement for former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton, it seems too fortuitous that he would fall to the Bears at No. 14.

    Cubs manager Rick Renteria is tossed from the game Wednesday by home plate umpire Tom Woodring.

    Cubs not getting much to go their way

    The Cubs fell to a season-worst 10 games under .500 Wednesday night as they lost their third straight to the White Sox and fourth straight overall. Manager Rick Renteria was ejected again, and normally reilable lefty Travis Wood had a rare bad start.

    White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham greets Moises Sierra at home plate after his three-run homer in the fourth inning of the Crosstown Classic.

    White Sox take Crosstown Classic with 8-3 win

    Backed by big offensive nights from Gordon Beckham and Paul Konerko, the White Sox pounded the Cubs 8-3 Wednesday night in front of a small crowd at U.S. Cellular Field. It was the Sox' third straight win over the North Siders. “I think we've got a good vibe going,” Gordon Beckham said. “Obviously, we have a good winning streak going. We are having some fun. Guys are hitting. We are getting good pitching. You can't ask for anything more.”

    Chicago Football magazine held a party at the Chicago Sports Museum Wednesday night to celebrate the launch of the new publication, which will focus on football from pros to the preps including a strong dose of Chicago Bears coverage. Here, Chicago Football's editor and general manager Hub Arkush addresses the crowd.

    Chicago Football magazine celebrates its debut

    Scores of sports media and marketing representatives turned out Wednesday night for a media launch party for Chicago Football magazine at the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place. The event featured previews of the magazine's television commercials and brief remarks by Hub Arkush, editor and general manager of the new publication.


    Girls track: Wednesday, May 7 results
    Results of area high school girls track meets for Wednesday, May 7.


    Softball: Wednesday, May 7 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Wednesday, May 7.


    Girls soccer: Wednesday, May 7 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Wednesday, May 7.


    Girls water polo: Wednesday, May 7 results
    Results of area high school girls water polo games for Wednesday, May 7.


    Boys volleyball: Wednesday, May 7 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball games for Wednesday, May 7.


    Boys tennis: Wednesday, May 7 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Wednesday, May 7.


    Baseball: Wednesday, May 7 results
    Results of area high school bseball games for Wednesday, My 7.


    Boys water polo: Wednesday, May 7 results
    Results of area high school water polo meets for Wednesday, May 7.


    Westbrook, Durant help Thunder beat Clippers

    Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, MVP Kevin Durant fell one assist short and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-101 on Wednesday night to tie their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.


    Blackhawks’ Hjalmarsson just keeps battling

    It’s still a struggle for Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to speak, but he didn’t let that hinder him Tuesday night in Minnesota.


    Softball / Northwest roundup

    Defending Mid-Suburban East softball champion Buffalo Grove found itself back in first place on Wednesday after a 5-4 victory over Schaumburg, the second-place team in the MSL West. The host Bison (14-8) won the game in the bottom of the seventh on sophomore Emily Carnes’ walk-off double.


    Slota stellar in Lakes’ shutout win

    Chase Slota dominated Grant en route to a 6-0 victory for Lakes’ baseball team Wednesday. Slota allowed just 1 hit, a bloop single to shallow right, and struck out six hitters, as the Eagles improved to 12-8 and 6-2 in the North Suburban Prairie Division.


    Lake Zurich tops Lakes stays perfect in NSC

    Matt Carmody slammed 7 kills, and Lake Zurich’s boys volleyball team continued its perfect play in the North Suburban Conference with a 25-22, 25-13 win over host Lakes on Wednesday night.

    Palatine’s Wally Kleinfeldt celebrates a goal during Wednesday’s Mid Suburban League championship match against Hersey.

    Palatine pulls away from Hersey in MSL title game

    What kind of game was it? “I came here with a voice,” Hersey coach Dick Mortensen managed to croak afterward, “but I’m not leaving with one.” Nor was he leaving with a victory, after a tense Mid-Suburban League boys water polo championship game at Palatine on Wednesday. The host Pirates managed to protect a slim lead most of the way before finally getting some breathing room in the fourth quarter. Palatine won 18-13 to get a fifth MSL crown under coach Joe Grzybek and denied a Hersey program making its second straight title game appearance.


    Late rally lifts Stevenson past Libertyville

    Stevenson’s Molly Thon hit a groundball that scored Trisha Porzycki from third base with one out in the bottom of the seventh, and exactly one month after losing to Libertyville in walk-off fashion, the Patriots turned the tables. Stevenson scored four times in its last at-bat to rally past the Wildcats 9-8 in a North Suburban Lake Division thriller Wednesday.


    Metz gets Mundelein going against Libertyville

    Michael Metz set the tone early and pitched six full innings for the visiting Mustangs in a pivotal 8-6 victory that keeps Mundelein (23-2, 6-2 Lake) within striking distance of Libertyville (19-4, 7-1 Lake) for first place in the Lake Division.


    Softball: DuPage County roundup Wednesday, May 7

    DuPage County softball roundup for Wednesday, May 7.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.comConnor Ritchie of Wheaton Warrenville South on the rings during the Wheaton Warrenville South boys gymnastics sectional Wednesday.

    Wheaton answers all questions

    There really was only one question looming before Wednesday’s Wheaton Warrenville South sectional: “Would David MacDonald be back?” The standout senior, who was injured in the same gym during the Donaldson Invite on April 19, looked like his old self as the two-time defending state champions rolled to a convincing victory, easily defeating runner-up Naperville Central, 158.1 to 141.8.


    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, May 7

    Fox Valley softball roundup for Wednesday, May 7.


    Judson baseball team headed to NAIA World Series

    The Judson University baseball team is headed to the NAIA World Series. The Eagles bounced back from a 7-4 loss to Holy Cross (Ind.) in Game 1 to win the second game 10-6 Wednesday to secure the CCAC Tournament championship and the league’s automatic bid to the national finals.


    Rosary wins final SCC girls track title

    Abby Hammer was in the same spot as she found herself a year ago: putting the finishing touches on a girls track and field conference championship. The Rosary senior anchored the Royals’ 1,600-meter relay team to a come-from-behind win over Montini to give the squad its fifth championship of the day in Palos Heights on Wednesday afternoon. With 171 points, 41 more than runner-up Montini, Rosary captured the final Suburban Christian Conference championship for a second year in a row.


    Hampshire orders up a win at Grayslake Central

    Let’s be honest — those players who bat 7, 8 and 9 in a batting order are in those spots because they don’t hit as well as the players who bat 1-6. But then, there are always exceptions to the rule. Such as Hampshire’s convincing 6-1 win over Grayslake Central on Wednesday.


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, May 7

    Fox Valley baseball roundup for Wednesday, May 7.

    St. Charles North’s Andrea Beal strides over home plate past Geneva catcher Kaitlyn Plocinski, bringing in a run for the North Stars in the fourth inning on Wednesday, May 7.

    St. Charles North pulls away from Geneva

    Stranding 6 runners over the first 3 innings, St. Charles North’s softball team found itself in an early 2-2 deadlock with Geneva Tuesday afternoon. Knowing that his team had at least 4 more innings worth of at-bats remaining, North Stars coach Tom Poulin wasn’t overly concerned.


    Regelbrugge sends St. Charles East home happy

    St. Charles East came into its three-game series with St. Charles North looking up at the North Stars in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division race, but the Saints are closing that gap quickly.

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Chicago White Sox’s Gordon Beckham greets Moises Sierra at home plate after his three run homer in the fourth inning of the Crosstown Classic.

    White Sox beat Cubs 8-3 for 4th straight win

    Gordon Beckham homered for the second straight night and Paul Konerko had a big three-run double, leading the White Sox to an 8-3 victory over the sliding Cubs on Wednesday.Jose Abreu collected three more hits as the White Sox roughed up Travis Wood on their way to their fourth straight win, extending their season-best streak. The rookie slugger doubled twice to run his major league-best total to 24 extra-base hits.

    Harper College’s national qualifiers in men’s and women’s track and field get started with events Thursday in Utica, N.Y.

    Harper ready to make its point(s) at nationals

    In the upcoming argument over who is are top National Junior College Athetic Association track and field teams in the country, it comes down to just how well Harper makes its points. Because just 1 point could be the difference between winning a title and coming home without a trophy.


    Baseball / Northwest roundup

    Barrington maintained its MSL West baseball lead by topping Conant 9-0 on Wednesday.


    Patient Prospect taking control in MSL East

    First-year Prospect tennis coach Tom Kujawa is closing in on the first Mid-Suburban League East title of his young career. The former Prospect singles star watched his team win its second consecutive close dual with a divisional rival to help keep the Knights a perfect 4-0 in the East.


    Benet hangs tough in ESCC

    Sweeps are tough to come by in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. Benet’s baseball team wasn’t about to let it happen to them on Wednesday. The Redwings pulled away late in a 6-2 victory over Notre Dame in Lisle, avenging a loss to the Dons just two days earlier.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup Wednesday, May 7

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup for Wednesday, May 7


    To effect change on the Chain, you’ve got to make waves

    The conflict between jet ski operators and anglers on the Fox Chain is ongoing. Unless authorities somehow get access to better resources, it's difficult to see how enforcement and behavior will improve.


    Dundee-Crown announces 2014 Hall of Fame class

    The Dundee-Crown High School Athletic Hall of Fame announced five new inductees on Wednesday night. They will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony Sept. 20 at Golf Club of Illinois.


    Josten’s jam-management sweet for Fremd

    The scoring opportunities were there for Elk Grove on Wednesday. But also there was a focused pitcher for visiting Fremd. Senior Joanna Josten got out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the second inning and kept the damage limited a few other times to pitch the Vikings to a 7-5 victory over traditional Mid-Suburban East softball power Elk Grove.

    Carmel Catholic’s Dani DeLozier gets hit by a pitch against Nazareth on Wednesday at Carmel.

    Good news for Carmel: A win, and Behan’s OK

    Carmel could breathe a sigh of relief Wednesday. First, the Corsairs learned that Jenny Behan suffered “only” what the junior called a left elbow injury during Tuesday’s game at Johnsburg. Then, Carmel held on to beat visiting Nazareth Academy 6-5, avenging an 11-4 defeat two days earlier, in East Suburban Catholic Conference action.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Scott Carroll delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Sox see a lot to like in Carroll so far

    Scott Carroll pitches for the White Sox Thursday night, and the 29-year-old rookie will be shooting for his third standout start in as many tries. Give assistant general manager Buddy Bell a big assist for getting Carroll to the Sox.

    Cary-Grove’s Dean Christakes gestures to his dugout from second base after getting an RBI double to put the Trojans up 6-5 in the sixth inning against Dundee-Crown Wednesday in Cary. He drove in teammate Brett Johnson.

    Hartke’s relief job lifts Cary-Grove

    With starting pitcher Dan Schmidt struggling early, Cary-Grove baseball coach Don Sutherland wasn’t sure who he would summon to the mound in relief. Sutherland decided to bring in little-used Willie Hartke, who hadn’t pitched in a month, in relief of Schmidt. Good decision by the Trojans’ veteran coach. Hartke, who came into the game with no outs in the third inning, blanked Dundee-Crown in 5 innings of work on 4 singles to earn the win as the Trojans rallied for a 7-5 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over D-C Wednesday afternoon in Cary.

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, of Sweden, reacts as the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate a goal by Chris Kunitz during the third period of a second-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in New York. The Penguins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Pens win 3rd straight, take 3-1 lead over Rangers

    Brandon Sutter scored a short-handed goal to break a second-period tie, and the Pittsburgh Penguins moved within one win of the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.


    Prospect quickly pounces against Rolling Meadows

    Visiting Prospect quickly put an end to senior night fesitivies at Rolling Meadows on Wednesday night, scoring 3 goals in the first quarter-hour en route to a 5-0 victory in a Mid-Suburban East matchp at Robert Hoese Field.


    McCracken, Larkin turn the tables on Geneva

    Larkin’s Jack McCracken did exactly what you would expect an ace pitcher to do on Wednesday when his team is trying to get back on the winning track. The senior right-hander tossed a 4 hit complete game gem as the Royals snapped a 2 game slide with a 2-1 Upstate Eight Conference River Division win over Geneva.

    In this photo provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, flames destroy a home in a gated community Wednesday May 7, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. Officials have confirmed that three bodies have been found in the home. (AP Photo/Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

    Police: Fire at former tennis star's home was arson

    The fire at a Florida mansion belonging to a former tennis star was intentionally set and four bodies were found in the charred remains, police said Wednesday. The victims were described as two adults and two teenagers, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Col. Donna Lusczynski said. She described the fire as unusual and said there were "various fireworks" throughout the Tampa Bay-area home.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, right, talks to catcher Welington Castillo during the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Monday, May 5, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Samardzija feels ‘outstanding’ after 126-pitch outing

    Cubs picher Jeff Samardzija said Wednesday his arm was "outstanding," two days after he threw 126 pitches against the White Sox. He added that the matter was "an on-field issue for uniformed personnel," meaning himself, manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Chris Bosio.


    Weary Benet overcomes Downers North

    It’s been a busy time for the Benet boys volleyball team. It took second at its own two-day invite over the weekend, and it beat visiting Marian Catholic on Tuesday. There was no pause button for the team as it traveled to Downers Grove North on Wednesday, and while not at peak efficiency, dispatched the Trojans 25-21, 25-21.

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, left, drives on Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario during the first half of game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Hibbert leads Pacers past Wizards, 86-82 in Game 2

    Roy Hibbert broke out of his playoff funk with a season-best 28 points and nine rebounds, leading the Indiana Pacers to an 86-82 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night that tied the Eastern Conference semifinals at 1-1.


    Glenbard North stops Naperville North

    It’s only Wednesday, but boy, oh boy has Glenbard North’s Cece Dopart had some kind of week. The Panthers pitcher shut out Naperville North 8-0 with a 2-hitter that kept her team tied atop the DuPage Valley Conference standings with Naperville Central. She also had a 2-run double and just missed a home run with a deep fly to left field in the seventh.


    This time, Palatine sees the light

    Lightning didn’t strike again in Palatine. But this time it was the Pirates who shined, beating Hoffman Estates 3-1.


    Bears ready to go on the defensive

    General manager Phil Emery and the Bears’ draft team will be hoping for an early run on quarterbacks — actually on any offensive players — when the NFL draft kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday in New York. That’s because the Bears will be focusing their attention on improving a defense that was an embarrassment last season, allowing more yards per play, more rushing yards and more yards per rushing attempt than any team in the NFL. The Bears also allowed a franchise-worst 478 points.

    Wild forward Matt Cooke, at right talking to teammate Mikko Koivu, will be back for Game 4 against the Hawks after serving a seven-game suspension for a hit he delivered to Colorado’s Tyson Barrie in the first round.

    Now Blackhawks have to beware of Wild’s Cooke

    The Wild lineup just got potentially a little wilder with the return of Matt Cooke, the guy with the long rap sheet and the reputation, in some camps, as one of the dirties players in the league.The veteran forward is back from his latest suspension — this one a seven-game sentence for a knee-to-knee hit on Colorado’s Tyson Barrie — just in time for Game 4 against the Blackhawks.


    Timothy’s Miller no-hits Fenton

    With the Timothy Christian bats behind him, pitcher Cole Miller had his day. The sophomore threw his first no-hitter to rout the Fenton Bison 10-0. It was the Trojans’ third straight Metro Suburban Conference baseball victory.


    Burlington C. ready for Marengo after beating Genoa

    Taking care of the business at hand was the priority for the Burlington Central softball team Wednesday, and the Rockets did just that with a 5-1 win over Genoa-Kingston at windswept Rocket Hill in a game delayed 37 minutes at the start by lightning. That will also be Central’s priority Thursday when, for all intents and purposes, the Big Northern East championship will be on the line as Marengo comes calling, with its intention being to take the conference title away from the defending champs.


    Doing good things at Lancer Nation

    Kara Roll didn’t attempt the rope course, but little else escaped her last summer at the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation Ranch in Colorado.


    Burlington Central officially leaving Big Northern

    Burlington Central High School, a charter member of the Big Northern Conference, will be leaving the BNC for the new Kishwaukee River Conference in the fall of 2016. The move was approved Tuesday night by the Central School District 301 board of education. Central will notify the BNC of its intention to leave the conference at the league’s board of control meeting Thursday.


    Girls water polo / MSL title game preview

    Conant makes its first-ever appearance in the Mid-Suburban League girls water polo title game at Wheeling visits at 6 p.m. Thursday.


    White Sox activate 3B Gillaspie from DL

    The White Sox have activated third baseman Conor Gillaspie from the 15-day disabled list and sent outfielder Jordan Danks to Triple-A Charlotte.Gillaspie had been sidelined with a bruised left hand. He played in three rehab games with Charlotte, going 2 for 12 with a home run.The 27-year-old Danks was recalled from Charlotte on April 10. He was 4 for 41 (.098) with a home run and five RBIs in 21 games with the White Sox.Gillaspie hit .302 with 12 RBIs in his first 16 games with the White Sox.The White Sox announced the moves before Wednesday night’s game against the Cubs.


    Sky trade Swin Cash to Dream

    ATLANTA — The Atlanta Dream have acquired four-time WNBA All-Star forward Swin Cash from the Sky in a trade for guard Courtney Clements. The deal announced Wednesday also includes a swap of draft picks in 2015.The 34-year-old Cash started all 34 games last season, averaging 9.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists while helping Chicago post the top record in the Eastern Conference. Heading into her 13th WNBA season, she has career averages of 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists. She also was part of two U.S. gold medal-winning teams at the Olympics.Clements averaged 2.2 points in 26 games as a rookie last season.As part of the deal, Atlanta will receive the Sky’s third-round selection in the 2015 draft, with Chicago getting a second-rounder from the Dream.


    DePaul adds 2 players

    DePaul has signed forward Raymond Doby and shooting guard Darrick Wood to national letters of intent for next season.Doby, who played AAU ball with the Blue Demons’ Billy Garrett Jr. and Tommy Hamilton IV, averaged 10.7 points in his lone season at Montrose Christian Academy in Rockville, Maryland, last year. Before that, he played for Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis.Wood played last season at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, where he averaged 13.6 points. He has three years of eligibility left.The signings were announced Wednesday.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari welcomed a second son to their family.

    Cutler, Cavallari have second son

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and his wife, Kristin Cavallari, are parents again. Cavallari announced the birth via Instagram with a caption that read “Welcome Jaxon Wyatt Cutler 7lbs 11oz 5/7/14.”

    Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne (11) says she has added 12 pounds of muscle to help her battle more effectively in the upcoming WNBA season. Delle Donne was the WNBA rookie of the year last season.

    Sky has its sights focused on WNBA title

    Chicago Sky head coach Pokey Chatman has put her goal for the season out there for all to see. A picture of the WNBA championship trophy hangs on the wall of the Sky's practice facility to remind the players what they are shooting for. The Sky will open the season without star center Sylvia Fowles, who is out for at least a month to recover from hip surgery.

    After starting every game for two seasons with the Chicago Sky, forward Swin Cash (8) couldn’t agree on a new contract and is searching for a new team.

    Sky’s Chatman says veteran Cash will be missed

    Chicago Sky head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman said veteran Swin Cash, a three-time WNBA champion, will be missed but the two sides couldn't agree on the length of a new contract.

    The Daily Herald Sports front the day after Jordan hit “The Shot.”

    Michael Jordan's 'The Shot' happened 25 years ago today

    Michael Jordan hit a lot of memorable shots during his run with the Bulls. One of his biggest happened 25 years ago today. Here's a look back at the front of the Daily Herald Sports section recapping the game, an excerpt from Mike Imrem's column and a video of the shot.


    Mike North video: Mayweather’s $32 million dollar payday
    Mike North doesn’t plan on buying any more fights, especially by Floyd Mayweather, unless they can start at a time people in the Midwest and East Coast can see them at a more reasonable time.


    Cubs-White Sox scouting report
    White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular FieldTV: WCIU, Comcast SportsNet, ESPN Wednesday; Comcast SportsNet, WGN ThursdayRadio: WSCR 670-AM; WGN 720-AMPitching matchups: The White Sox’ John Danks (2-2) vs. Travis Wood (2-3) Wednesday; Scott Carroll (1-1) vs. Jake Arrieta (0-0) Thursday. Both games 7:10 p.m.About the Sox: After playing the first two interleague games Monday and Tuesday at Wrigley Field, the White Sox host the Cubs for the final two. The Sox played Tampa Bay and Detroit on their last homestand and went 3-3. The White Sox have seven players on the disabled list but should get third baseman Conor Gillaspie (thumb) back in the next few days. In 6 career starts vs. the Cubs, Danks is 3-2 with a 3.06 ERA.About the Cubs: This is the second foray into an American League park for the Cubs this year. They were shut out in both ends of a doubleheader last month at Yankee Stadium. The Cubs used Mike Olt and Nate Schierholtz as their DHs against the Yankees. Cubs batters entered Tuesday having drawn 93 walks in 30 games after drawing 71 in their first 30 last year. Wood is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 2 career starts vs. the Sox. Next: The White Sox play the Arizona Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field, Friday-Sunday. The Cubs play the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, Friday-Sunday.— Scot Gregor and Bruce Miles


    Residential consumers who buy their electricity from ComEd will get jolted with a 38 percent price hike on June 1.

    ComEd, other customers brace for hikes

    ComEd said Wednesday that the Illinois Power Authority, which annually procures the power for the utility, said the cost will jump about 38 percent for residential customers starting June 1. In addition, ComEd filed for an increase in its delivery fees and is awaiting that approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission.

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, center, talks with Ukrainian soldiers Wednesday. Russian President Putin announced Russia has pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border.

    Putin: Troops have pulled back from Ukraine border

    Russian President Vladimir Putin softened his tone in the confrontation with the West on Wednesday, declaring that Russia has pulled its troops away from the Ukrainian border and calling for a delay of Sunday’s referendum on autonomy in Ukraine’s restive east. But there were no immediate signs that either move was truly happening or that they would cool the Ukrainian crisis.

    Deerfield-based Mondelez International Inc. and D.E. Master Blenders 1753 B.V. are combining their coffee businesses.

    Mondelez and DE Master combining coffee businesses
    Deerfield-based Mondelez and D.E. Master Blenders will link their coffee businesses together as Mondelez concentrates increasingly on its snack foods division and cost cutting. The deal is part of a $3.5 billion restructuring program underway at Mondelez that is projected to create $1.5 billion in savings by 2018.

    The stock market ended mostly higher Wednesday even as several Internet companies including AOL and Groupon took a plunge. Whole Foods dropped 20 percent after cutting its profit forecast. Molson Coors and video game maker Activision Blizzard rose after reporting higher earnings.

    Stock market climbs even as Internet names skid

    Soothing words from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen helped pull the stock market out of a morning slump Wednesday. But Internet companies and Whole Foods Market plunged, taking the Nasdaq down.

    A 3-year-old boy plays in the playground at Community Day Preschool of Garden Grove in Garden Grove, Calif. According to the school’s executive director Sue Puisis, the enrollment at the preschool has dropped by more than 50 percent since 2008.

    Fear of economic blow as births drop around world

    The financial crisis that followed the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008 did more than wipe out billions in wealth and millions of jobs. It also sent birth rates tumbling around the world as couples found themselves too short of money or too fearful about their finances to have children. Six years later, birth rates haven’t bounced back.

    Vacasa chief strategy officer Scott Breon at his office in Portland, Ore. Breon asked applicants for a marketing position to perform a simple task: Design a sales flyer showing why they’re the best one for the job. He got three emails. After he posted the job again without the assignment, applications poured in.

    Applicants, bosses both blamed as jobs go unfilled

    Many potential employees don’t follow directions on job postings, are no-shows at interviews and sometimes accept a job only to say at the last minute, they’re going to work for somebody else. It’s a situation that makes small business owners wonder as they wade through piles of resumes, are many job applicants unskilled, unreliable slackers?

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies about the economy before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday.

    Yellen foresees continued low borrowing rates

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is improving but noted that the job market remains “far from satisfactory” and inflation still below the Fed’s target rate. Speaking to Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, Yellen said that as a result, she expects low borrowing rates will continue to be needed for a “considerable time.”

    Nintendo won’t bow to pressure to allow players to engage in romantic activities with characters of the same sex in English editions of “Tomodachi Life.”

    Nintendo says no to virtual equality in life game

    Nintendo isn’t allowing gamers to play as gay in an upcoming life simulator game. The publisher of such gaming franchises as “The Legend of Zelda” and “Mario Bros.” said Tuesday it wouldn’t bow to pressure to allow players to engage in romantic activities with characters of the same sex in English editions of “Tomodachi Life.”

    Groupon Inc.’s transition from daily- deal e-mails to e-commerce retail is hitting bumps along the way.

    Groupon forecast trails estimates amid retail transition

    Groupon Inc.’s transition from daily- deal e-mails to e-commerce retail is hitting bumps along the way. The Chicago-based company forecast second-quarter earnings that trailed analysts’ estimates as it invests in its strategy. That overshadowed first-quarter sales that rose 26 percent to $757.6 million, beating the $738.4 million estimate of the analysts polled by Bloomberg.

    Jack Ma, a former English teacher who flunked his college entrance exam twice, founded Alibaba in his apartment in 1999 with 17 friends and $60,000 they had raised.

    Behind Alibaba IPO is unlikely China success story

    The mammoth IPO planned by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group highlights founder Jack Ma's improbable rise to China's entrepreneur-in-chief. Ma, a former English teacher who flunked his college entrance exam twice, founded Alibaba in his apartment in 1999 with 17 friends and $60,000 they had raised.

    Mary Bennett, left, helps Min Lians, who is seeking help buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at the Family Guidance Center in Springfield.

    Illinois allows further extension of health plans

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration is allowing an additional year’s extension for existing health insurance plans that fall short of coverage requirements in the nation’s health care law.

Life & Entertainment


    Clover could be your lawn’s secret weapon

    A reader wants to know how to get rid of clover, but after reading the answer, you may wonder: "Why would you want to get rid of clover?"

    Ease your way into grilling season with a classic patty melt; balsamic caramelized onions kick it up a notch.

    Start grilling season with the classic patty melt

    According to lore, the patty melt originated in California as a burger topped with fried onions and melted cheese served on grilled rye bread. Of course today, the patty melt comes in all manner of variations. Now that the weather is warming up, it's the perfect time to try my version of the original — the grilled patty melt.

    Italian beef and gardineria are stuffed onto the Cheesy Beef Egg Rolls at Zeal in Schaumburg.

    Creative menu, lively vibe give Schaumburg's Zeal broad appeal

    Wondering where chef Vince Pecora went after departing Ciao Baby! in Barrington? He turned up at Chef Vince's Zeal — Zeal for short — where you'll find some favorites from his previous menus as well as some soon-to-be-favorites like guacamole wontons and stuffed meatballs. And don't forget to save room for the decadent desserts, too.

    Miley Cyrus returned to the stage Tuesday for the U.K. leg of her “Bangerz” tour at the O2 Arena in London.

    Miley Cyrus resumes tour after canceled dates

    Miley Cyrus has said she is fighting fit, as she resumed her Bangerz tour in London after a series of canceled shows. She told reporters she was “the poster child for good health” before performing at London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday.

    Grecian Orzo Salad is one of Deborah Pankey’s favorite summer side dishes. Share your favorite summer side with her and it could be featured in an upcoming Food section.

    From the Food Editor: Looking for readers’ favorite summer sides

    What's your go-to summer side dish? For Deborah Pankey it's an orzo salad with Greek vinaigrette. Send us your orignal recipe and it may be featured in the July 2 Food section.

    Grecian Orzo Salad is one of Deborah Pankey’s favorite summer side dishes, and is sure to become one of yours.

    Grecian Orzo Salad
    Grecian Orzo Salad has become a go-to summer side for Daily Herald Food Editor Deborah Pankey.


    Ask the Nutritionist: Soy additives not likely to affect isoflavone levels

    Different forms of soy protein, including isolated soy protein, are added to many foods today to improve texture or moistness or to boost protein. However, the amounts that are added are so small that the amount of isoflavones in a serving of these foods is equal to about one-tenth to one-third of a serving of a traditional soy food such as tofu, edamame, soymilk or soynuts.

    This Ricotta Spinach Tart pairs lasagna ingredients with eggs in a quiche-like form.

    Ricotta Spinach Tart
    Ricotta Spinach Tart is quiche/lasagna hybrid that's great for Mother's Day and other spring brunches.

    “Single Vineyard” Cabernet Franc from Chilcas in Valle del Maule, Chile is Mary Ross’ wine of the week.

    Good wine: Journey to expand your palate begins with a single sip

    Haven't heard of Cabernet Franc? You're not alone. Even The Oxford Companion to Winegot it wrong when it wrote “It seems likely that Cabernet Franc is a mutation of the other Cabernet,” with no need of defining “other” as Cabernet Sauvignon. DNA tests proved Cabernet Franc to be not the offspring, but the parent of both the noble Sauvignon and Merlot. Mary Ross tells us why this wine is worth getting to know.

    This Ricotta Spinach Tart pairs lasagna ingredients with eggs in a quiche-like form.

    Mother’s Day tart that’s part quiche, part lasagna

    We took some of our favorite lasagna ingredients — ricotta cheese, spinach, thyme and Asiago cheese — but instead of layering them with noodles, we mixed them together in a rich, but still light tart filling. With a store-bought crust, the tart can be in the oven in 20 minutes.

    Ease your way into grilling season with a classic patty melt; balsamic caramelized onions kick it up a notch.

    Grilled Patty Melt with Balsamic Caramelized Onions
    Kick off grilling season with a classic Patty Melt. Balsamic onions make this one extra special.

    “The Keeper” is another winner from John Lescroart.

    John Lescroart delivers with ‘The Keeper’

    John Lescroart has been delivering compelling legal thrillers for years, and his latest, “The Keeper,” is another baffling and terrific read. Abe Glitsky was a homicide detective for some time, but now he’s retired — and bored. When his friend, attorney Dismas Hardy, asks for his help, he jumps at the chance to get back in the game. Hardy’s client, Hal Chase, claims everything was fine when he left his house to pick up his brother at the airport. When they returned, Hal’s wife, Katie, has vanished.

    “Country Music’s Greatest Eats” is a collaboration of Southern Living magazine and Country Music Television

    Cookbook celebrates country artists, recipes they love

    Country music and food — especially Southern food — have long been intertwined, with lyrics about sweet tea, pecan pie and whiskey joining references to mother, country and pickup trucks. But as country music and Southern food each move beyond their traditional bounds they have spawned a new hybrid of cookbooks, cooking shows, food festivals and even restaurants that are rapidly becoming mainstream.

    “Country Music’s Greatest Eats”

    Pork Chops That Make You Crazy
    In "Country Music's Greatest Eats," the band Gloriana shares it's favorite recipe: Pork Chops That Make You Crazy.

    A Greek key pattern is both graphic and timeless, symbolizing unity and eternity.

    For a Greece-inspired getaway, try a minimalist approach

    In Greece, perspective has shifted toward a pared-down aesthetic that champions a less-is-more philosophy. This revamped take on Greek design is still founded on timeless elements the culture has become renowned for. But it now also exhibits a restrained effortlessness that’s easier to incorporate into existing design schemes.

    If Mom doesn’t like salmon, try shrimp in this shaved fennel and red onion salad.

    A light, but filling smoked salmon salad for Mom

    The solution to the tried and true brunch items served for Mother's Day was deliciously easy — a salad of shaved fresh fennel and red onion tossed with a light dressing spiked with dill, whole-grain mustard and just a pinch of sugar. Add smoked salmon or shrimp and mom will love it.

    If Mom doesn’t like salmon, try shrimp in this shaved fennel and red onion salad.

    Shaved Fennel and Smoked Salmon Salad
    Shaved Fennel and Smoked Salmon Salad will please mom any day of the week.

    A monogrammed acacia wood bath caddy, with space for a beverage, phone and e-reader or book, would be a thoughtful gift for moms who enjoy “me” time in the bathtub.

    Initially yours: Monogrammed gifts for mom

    Thanks to modern technology, we’re now able to monogram just about anything, cheaply and easily. Teens can initial their water bottles, kids can get their names on lunch boxes, dads have their own golf balls, and moms ... well, let’s take a look at some fun, personalized gift ideas for her.

    Damon Albarn released his new solo album, “Everyday Robots,” last week.

    Damon Albarn removes his many masks on solo album

    Mention groups like Gorillaz and Blur to the average music fan and the names are immediately recognizable. Mention Damon Albarn, the man at the heart of those groups and several other successful collaborations, and there can be a bit of head-scratching. Albarn acknowledges that he faces an identity problem as he releases his first proper solo album, “Everyday Robots,” last week. “People have to realize that it’s actually me,” Albarn said.

    Warm soapy water, a scrub brush and a little elbow grease will take the excess bits of black smoke off the inside of the grill lid. Clean the grates with a brittle brush.

    Grilling University: How to clean, season and maintain your grill

    Whether you've just bought a shiny new grill or pulled your old one out of winter hibernation, step No. 1 before embracing grilling season is to clean and season it. Grills are like cast-iron skillets; the more you use them, the better they cook. That's because food cooks on the grill, the fats and juices are instantly vaporized by the heating elements or charcoal briquettes.

    “Storyline” is the second release from Hunter Hayes.

    Hunter Hayes impresses on 2nd album

    At 22, Hunter Hayes isn’t one for subtlety on his sophomore album, "Storyline": His up-tempo songs (“Tattoo,” “Storyline”) race with breathless rushes of lyrics and fast, busy arrangements; his ballads are intensely dramatic, whether he takes on self-esteem (the Top 10 country hit “Invisible”) or the mysteries of attraction (“Still Fallin’”).

    The Both, a new band consisting of singer-songwriter Aimee Mann and punk singer Ted Leo, will perform in Chicago.

    Music notes: Ted Leo, Aimee Mann bring the Both

    Like unusual rock pairings? The Both, a new band consisting of singer-songwriter Aimee Mann and punk singer Ted Leo, is coming to Metro. Like classic soft rock? Check out the Air Supply show in St. Charles this weekend.



    Editorial: Kids and the battle with technology gone bad
    Recent cases of children misusing their smartphones and other technology - and some getting arrested for it - should be a wake-up call for all parents, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    The justices and the scramble for cash

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: I fervently hope that support for public financing and for muscular disclosure laws will grow with time, because our politics will be more democratic, more honest, and more free if we reduce the impact of money on elections.


    The enduring benefits of vaccination

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and your local pediatrician are not lying about immunization. Many websites are. The seriousness of this discussion must somehow reflect the seriousness of the stakes.


    A man who put his values to work
    A Libertyville letter to the editor:On Saturday, April 26, my lab Wilson and I were walking on the North Shore path in Libertyville between Dymond and Butterfield roads. I could see up ahead a full garbage bag and a man weaving in and out of the bushes holding a bag. I commended him for his effort and we griped about people who feel that they can use the ground, anywhere, as their own personal dumpster, without repercussion or care.


    Goose population not in danger
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Regarding the recent letter from Mr. Edward Sauld who deplored the “brutal” action of the Lindenhurst Park District because they destroyed goose eggs via a coating of oil:


    Towns should cooperate for faster Internet
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: An access plate in the lawn in front of my house says that fiber optic cable is buried below. I occasionally wonder why I’ve never heard from some company that wants to sell me faster Internet service via fiber optic cable.


    Each day is a gift; live it to its fullest
    A letter to the editor: May 14 marks my octogenarian celebration. I never believed that I would live to see this day. Quite a few people have reached noteworthy milestone. I get asked about my bucket list. The truth is, I neither have one nor do I need one.


    Put pension consequences where they belong
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I agree there is a huge pension crisis that must be somehow fixed, sooner rather than later. I feel that any agreement that is made regarding the pension fix, when completed, should include a clause that immediately the politicians’ pension fund be merged with the unfunded teacher and public worker pension funds.


    Liberal media still won’t publish truth
    A Bensenville letter to the editor: It seems to be taking a long time to uncover the fact that almost every scandal being revealed by Judicial Watch and the other government watchdogs, that in each case, the source of the problem is from the top down.


    Speak out, vote for an end to the greed
    A Huntley letter to the editor: The bill to increase the minimum wage went down to defeat in the Senate; another example of the Congress’s unwillingness to improve the lot of the majority of Americans. The failure to increase the minimum wage denies millions of low wage earners the opportunity to improve their lives.


    Why Obama library if we can’t fix roads?
    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.


    Leaving state if income tax goes up
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: I disagree that a progressive state income tax will not harm the state of Illinois. A progressive state income tax will result in more productive Illinois residents leaving the state.


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