Daily Archive : Thursday May 8, 2014



    St. Charles spa worker charged with prostitution

    A worker at a St. Charles massage spa has been charged with prostitution after soliciting an undercover police officer, authorities said Thursday. Police said the employee at Royal Spa, 504 E. Main St., offered to perform a sexual act for an additional cash payment after the undercover officer had purchased a massage, according to a news release.

    Local police officers salute Friday during the Lake County Police Memorial at Lincoln Memorial Plaza in Waukegan. The ceremony honored 17 officers from Lake County who have died in the line of duty since 1894.

    Lake County’s 17 fallen police officers, families honored during memorial ceremony in Waukegan

    More than 100 police officers and 50 civilians honored the 17 police officers from Lake County who have died in the line of duty and their families Friday during the annual Police Memorial ceremony in Waukegan.

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    2013-2014 DuPage County Academic Team honorable mentions
    2013-2014 DuPage County Academic Team honorable mentions

    The 2014 Northwest Suburban Academic Team gathers at Harper College. Front row, from left: Emma Heckelsmiller, Palatine High School; Trent Cwiok, Elk Grove High School; and Sohum Chokshi, Conant. Middle row, from left: Paul Lewis, St. Viator; Mary Collins, Rolling Meadows High School; Robert Andrews, Fremd; and Tyler Harris, St. Viator. Back row, from left: Peter Kotecki, Buffalo Grove High School; Milan Patel, Hoffman Estates High School and Matthew Stadnicki, Hersey.

    Meet the 2013-2014 Northwest Suburban Academic Team
    “I have never known a student as academically gifted," writes one sponsor of a student named to the 2014 Northwest Suburban Daily Herald Academic Team. Academic powerhouses all, the students honored here all bring something more to the table - a desire to make a real difference in the world.

    DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference Executive Director Mark Baloga, left, with Roselle Mayor Gayle Smolinski, center, and Hanover Park Mayor Rod Craig at a recent meeting.

    DuPage mayors group reverses income tax support

    The day after a Daily Herald report outlining efforts by the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference to trade future “political leverage” for support of maintaining the state’s 5 percent income tax hike that is set to expire next year, the group has reversed course.

    A cook at Hot Doug’s prepares orders for customers Wednesday in Chicago. Owner Doug Sohn announced he’s shutting the doors of his “sausage superstore” in October after nearly 14 years for no other reason than he felt like it was time to move on.

    Despite closures, Chicago relishes its hot dogs

    In a city known for its love of both eating and bragging about its hot dogs, this was news nobody relished: Gourmet stand Hot Doug’s, known for serving up options made of rattlesnake and yak, is closing. And the owner of another local hot dog institution, Portillo’s, is thinking of selling. Doug Sohn’s announcement this week that he’s closing his “sausage...


    Bolingbrook man charged in smuggling scheme

    A 33-year-old Bolingbrook man who ran a business based in Schaumburg is accused of trying to smuggle a thermal-imaging camera out of the country, against federal export regulations. Bilal Ahmed is accused of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by not obtaining proper licensing for the device he was attempting to send to Pakistan, prosecutors said. He faces up to 20 years in...

    A schoolwide survey at Dundee Highlands Elementary School that in part focused on the merits of giving treats like candy to students found that most of the responding parents had no issues with the practice.

    Parents back candy, movies at West Dundee school

    A West Dundee mom who complained about a teacher both giving out candy as a reward and showing noneducational movies during recess to students, including her daughter, is in the minority among parents who took a schoolwide survey on both issues. The survey found most parents supported the movies and felt treats were given out an appropriate number of times and as a result, Dundee Highlands...

    James Sauter

    Judge OKs $10.9 million settlement in trooper’s death

    A judge has approved a $10.9 million settlement in the death of Illinois State Trooper James Sauter, ABC 7 Chicago reported. Sauter, 28, of Vernon Hills, was killed March 28, 2013 when his patrol car was hit by a semitrailer truck on the Tri-State Tollway near Northbrook.

    David V. Madrigal

    Elgin man charged with having illegal gun

    A 24-year-old Elgin man arrested by police during a traffic stop this week was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, authorities said Thursday. Police pulled over the vehicle about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday near Sherman and Illinois avenues and found the driver, David V. Madrigal, had an expired driver’s license and was in possession of the loaded 9 mm handgun without a valid concealed...


    No injuries in house fire near St. Charles

    Firefighters were able to contain a fire to the attic of a two-story single family home Thursday afternoon near St. Charles, authorities said. Crews were dispatched to the fire at 4:30 p.m. on the 35W 700 block of Bluff Drive, which is located in an unincorporated area east of Route 31 and west of the Fox River.


    Illinois spends $10.5M to fix bridge over Des Plaines River

    The state of Illinois is providing $10.5 million for a new Des Plaines River bridge and improvements at South Suburban College in South Holland.

    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services, appears before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday.

    HHS nominee faces GOP questions on health law

    President Barack Obama’s nominee for health secretary drew support from Republican senators Thursday even as they challenged the health law she would be charged with carrying out. Sylvia Mathews Burwell defended the Affordable Care Act, asserting that it has improved the economy, held down the growth of health costs, reduced premiums and expanded coverage.

    Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller (17) intercepts a pass intended for Michigan wide receiver Junior Hemingway (21) during the first quarter of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    Bears take CB Kyle Fuller in first round of NFL draft

    The Bears have drafted Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller with 14th overall pick in the NFL draft, hoping to boost a defense that ranked among the league’s worst last season.The Bears had needs all over their defense after going 8-8 and missing the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.

    A pro-Russian gunman stands behind the barricades and shows his hunting rifle in front of the flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday. A strong majority of Ukrainians want their country to remain a single, unified state and this is true even in the largely Russian-speaking east where a pro-Russia insurgency has been fighting for autonomy, a poll released Thursday shows.

    Ignoring Putin, Ukraine insurgents to hold vote

    In apparent defiance of a call by Russian President Vladimir Putin to put off the vote, insurgents in eastern Ukraine insisted Thursday they will go ahead with this weekend’s referendum as planned.


    Aurora man convicted of sexually assaulting child

    A Kane County jury has found a 30-year-old Aurora man guilty of sexually assaulting a young child he knew. Brandon M. Niford, 30, of the 400 block of Plum Street, was convicted late Wednesday of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, according to a Kane County State’s Attorney news release on Thursday.

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is under fire for what Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell described as the agency’s “dysfunction.”

    House to subpoena records in VA hospital deaths

    A House committee voted Thursday to subpoena records relating to a waiting list at the Phoenix veterans hospital, and officials said Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki had ordered a nationwide audit of access to care that the agency provides. Meanwhile, Shinseki brushed aside calls for his resignation and got an unexpected political lifeline from House Speaker John Boehner following reports...

    Speaker of the House John Boehner has vowed that a select committee looking into the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, would be “all about getting to the truth” of the Obama administration’s response to the attack and would not be a partisan, election-year circus.

    Benghazi panel seen as risk for GOP, Clinton
    With Fox News and radio talk-show hosts urging Republicans to make Benghazi a central issue in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner cautioned his colleagues to take a different approach. After agreeing to create a select committee to investigate the 2012 attacks in Libya, Boehner warned Republican lawmakers that grandstanding on the issue risked provoking a voter backlash

    Darryl Montique

    Kankakee man faces charges in Naperville, Villa Park burglaries

    A Kankakee man is being held in DuPage County jail on $80,000 bond, accused of burglarizing two AT&T distribution centers. DuPage Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bond for Darryl Montique, 23, on two counts of burglary.

    Libertyville chiropractor Dr. Tom Bennett, left, and Libertyville firefighter Brian Bagdon look through bags of stuffed animals Bennett collected from patients and donated at the Libertyville fire station headquarters Thursday. The animals are given to kids on emergency calls.

    Libertyville chiropractor collects for kids

    Libertyville chiropractor Dr. Tom Bennett donated 502 new stuffed animals to the Libertyville Fire Department to be given to children during crisis situations.

    Lea Newson of Aurora says her family is excited about finally having her son Michael with them at home. Michael spent nearly four months at Edward Hospital in Naperville after being born 17 weeks premature.

    Aurora baby born 17 weeks premature gets to go home

    Lea Newson knew early during her pregnancy that a serious condition would force her fourth child to arrive before the May 6 due date. What she and her husband, Bryan, never expected was that Michael Matthew would enter the world 17 weeks premature. “Michael had other plans,” Lea Newson said. The child was born on Jan. 12 at Edward Hospital in Naperville weighing 1 pound, 8 ounces.

    Doug Whitley

    Who pays for Route 53 extension?

    An advisory group dives into the seemingly impossible task of finding more than $2 billion to fund extending Route 53 into Lake County up to Route 120.

    Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina is the Republicans’ newest point man on the Benghazi attack.

    House votes to start new Benghazi investigation

    House Republicans on Thursday rammed through a measure opening a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats declared it merely a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate voters. A bitterly divided House voted 232-186 to establish the panel that Speaker John Boehner insisted would answer questions that linger almost...


    Memorial fund for Barrington motorcycle crash victim

    A fund has been established for the driver killed in a motorcycle accident in Barrington. Joseph Masino was pronounced dead after he crashed at Hart Road and Route 14 Tuesday afternoon


    Teen facing Chicago gun charge under house arrest

    A Cook County judge has ordered a teenager placed on house arrest after he was arrested on gun charges in a 14-year-old girl’s shooting death.

    Miguel Leyva

    Waukegan man pleads not guilty in fatal shooting

    A Waukegan man accused of shooting a 53-year-old man after an argument in March pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in Lake County court Thursday.


    Police charge three men in Sunday’s Wauconda apartment break-in, shooting

    A 26-year-old Chicago man was surrounded, slashed at and eventually shot by three opposing gang members who had burst into his girlfriend’s Wauconda apartment Sunday night and attacked him in bed, authorities said during a Lake County bond hearing Thursday. The victim survived the attack, authorities said.

    Steffon L. Pruitt

    Elgin student charged with videotaping others in bathroom

    An 18-year-old Elgin student was charged with unlawfully videotaping two students in a high school bathroom, authorities said. Steffon L. Pruitt appeared Thursday in bond court and was charged with one count of unlawful recording of a person under 18 in a restroom, a Class 3 felony, Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said.

    Charles Oliver

    36 years for Woodstock Craigslist rapist

    A Woodstock man was sentenced to 36 years in prison Thursday for raping and terrorizing women he met on Craigslist and paid for sex. Charles Oliver, 45, was convicted in February of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old Chicago woman in fall 2012. He was charged with attacking other women at his home, videotaping sex and threatening them after he photocopied their driver's licenses.

    The Illinois Supreme Court will hear a case later this month that could lead to the end of red light cameras.

    Could a court end red light cameras?
    Will an Illinois Supreme Court case eliminate red light cameras for good? The argument against them will sound familiar. Democratic U.S. Rep.Bill Foster of Naperville, one of Congress’ only scientists, weighs in on the global warming report from this week. And Greg Baise says special interests are bad, except his.


    Schaumburg man pleads guilty to stalking ex-girlfriend

    A Schaumburg man was sentenced to two years in prison after admitting to stalking an ex-girlfriend. Raymond Nathan must also pay $664 in fines and is subject to an order of protection until July 2022.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Danielle V. Konieczka, 20, of Elburn, was charged with retail theft at 2:57 p.m. Wednesday at Kohl’s, 251 N. Randall Road, according to a police report.


    Board postpones decision on SIU student newspaper

    The future of the 98-year-old student newspaper at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is cloudy after the university’s governing board declined to approve a proposed student fee to help pay for the daily.


    Illinois college retirement board OKs pension fix

    The board of the State Universities Retirement System voted Thursday to accept an interpretation of last year’s state-pension reform law that says the law won’t inadvertently cut university retirees’ pensions.


    Young playwright honored:

    For the second straight year, a play written by Stevenson High School student Aidan Murphy has been chosen as one of the high school finalists for the 2014 LaBute New Theater Festival in St. Louis.


    Willow House fundraiser:

    The Libertyville Junior Woman’s Club hosts a fundraiser Saturday, May 10, for Willow House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to children, teens, and families coping with grief, specifically the death of a mother, father, spouse, brother, sister or child.


    12th season of Car Fun:

    MainStreet Libertyville’s Car Fun on 21 classic cruise nights will begin Wednesday, May 21 and continue on the third Wednesday of each month through September.


    Antioch park commission opening:

    The village of Antioch is accepting resumes and letters of interest to fill a vacancy for park commission board member.

    Donne Trotter

    Spat over mayors’ share of income taxes heats up

    Illinois Senate Democrats put mayors on notice Thursday, starting a debate about whether the municipal share of state income taxes should be taken away during a “first confrontation” over the state budget.


    St. James school launches mobile app

    Families of students at St. James Catholic school in Arlington Heights will now be able to keep up with what is going in their kids’ classrooms from their phones.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Quinn’s violence program head now leading Emanuel’s

    A member of Gov. Pat Quinn’s staff who helped start a 2010 anti-violence program now under federal and county investigation has become head of a new initiative to reduce Chicago violence that’s backed by major businesses and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, according to a published report Thursday.

    Bryan Ogg, curator of research for Naper Settlement, says this white house on the settlement’s property actually was a commercial law office in downtown Naperville, not only a private residence. The settlement rededicated a building Thursday for the first time in 45 years as the Hobson Law Office opened for tours.

    Research uncovers real use of Naper Settlement building

    Do enough reading and history might rewrite itself. It did at Naper Settlement on Thursday as officials rededicated one of the museum’s buildings — formerly known as the Judge Murray House — into the Hobson Law Office. “The story began to come out that this was a commercial building in downtown Naperville,” said Bryan Ogg, curator of research.


    Senate approves plan to fund poison center with cellphone fees

    State lawmakers have advanced a plan to keep the Illinois Poison Center from closing in a tight budget year. The Illinois Senate approved the measure Thursday on a 43-13 vote. The legislation would divert money collected from cellphone fees to fund the center.


    U.S. Reps plan Medicare discussion with local seniors Tuesday

    U.S. Reps. Brad Schneider, Jan Schakowsky and Tammy Duckworth will host a “Keeping Medicare Healthy” discussion with local seniors and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.


    Teen charged, sentenced as adult in West Chicago shooting

    A West Chicago teen, charged as an adult in a July 2013 shooting, is headed to prison. Juan Calderon, 16, of the 1900 block of Gates Street, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of aggravated battery with a firearm and was sentenced to six years in prison.


    Harper College holds Astronomy Day with full lineup

    Replica planets. Big telescopes. Expert analysis. It's all part of Harper College's Astronomy Day, a roundup of free events exploring the celestial Saturday. The popular day draws hundreds to the Palatine campus each year, along with suburban groups devoted to astronomy. Catch the action from 5:30 to 10 p.m., rain or shine.


    Lake County sees increase in suspected mumps but cases isolated

    The Lake County Health Department has reported four probable and one suspected case of mumps so far this year, up from one last year. However, the cases have been isolated and no special actions are being taken, the department said.


    Guilty plea in drugs for bitcoins scheme

    A Dutch man has pleaded guilty in Chicago to selling massive quantities of drugs for bitcoins via the now-shuttered Silk Road website.


    Swimmer’s body found in Lake Michigan

    Search crews have found the body of a swimmer in Lake Michigan north of Chicago. Lake Forest Deputy Police Chief Karl Walldorf says there were multiple calls about a swimmer in distress Thursday morning.


    School funding figures fuel debate in Capitol

    Newly released figures that show downstate school districts gaining at the expense of suburban ones have fueled a debate among lawmakers about a proposed overhaul of the complicated school funding formula that Illinois has used for almost two decades.

    Tessa Beaulieu poses for a photo in the storm shelter in her new construction home with her children, from left, Hudson, Dawson and Sloane, in Edmond, Okla. Last year’s deadly tornadoes, which killed more than 30 people, scared Oklahomans in a way that previous storms had not, moving them to add tornado shelters or reinforced safe rooms to their homes.

    Twisters rouse interest in shelters, safe rooms

    Last year’s tornado season wasn’t the worst in Oklahoma history, but the deadly barrage that killed more than 30 people scared Oklahomans in a way that previous storms had not, moving them to add tornado shelters or reinforced safe rooms to their homes. There’s just one problem: The surge of interest in tornado safety has overwhelmed companies that build the shelters.


    Land of Lincoln Health to stick around for 2015

    A new nonprofit offering health insurance in Illinois will keep offering plans next year despite capturing only a small portion of customers on the new insurance marketplace.

    Iranian university students assemble the Havin-2, or Brilliant Sun, for a test drive in Qazvin, Iran. A group of Iranian students and their teachers geared up for a summer road trip through the American heartland, fueled only by the sun and their hopes to shine in what will be a first for the Islamic Republic.

    Iran students gear up solar car for U.S. challenge

    Clouds may still linger over relations between Washington and Tehran, but that's not stopping a group of Iranian students and their teachers from gearing up for a summer road trip through the American heartland. Fueled by the sun and their hopes to shine in a first for the Islamic Republic, the 19-strong team is preparing to bring an Iranian solar car to compete in the United States for the first...

    The 2014 Northwest Suburban Academic Team gathers at Harper College. Front row, from left: Emma Heckelsmiller, Palatine High School; Trent Cwiok, Elk Grove High School; and Sohum Chokshi, Conant. Middle row, from left: Paul Lewis, St. Viator, Mary Collins, Rolling Meadows High School; Robert Andrews, Fremd; and Tyler Harris, St. Viator. Back row, from left: Peter Kotecki, Buffalo Grove High School; Milan Patel, Hoffman Estates High School and Matthew Stadnicki, Hersey High School.

    2014 Academic Team: Celebrating the top students in the suburbs

    Meet the 2014 Daily Herald Academic Team celebrating the top high school seniors in the suburbs for their extraordinary achievements in high school, as well as the promise of extraordinary lives ahead. These students each charge themselves with making the world a better place, through hard work, passion and vision.

    Lake County Academic Team standing from left, Pranalee Patel, Grayslake Central High School; Yu Jin Shin, Carmel Catholic; Justin Song, Vernon Hills High School; David Crisler, Lake Zurich High School; Cheryl Xiang, Stevenson; Vivian Wan, Stevenson; Hannah Bohn, Antioch Community High School, Sitting from left, Nicholas Rice, Grayslake North, Rohan Ghosh, Warren Township High School, Joey Nedland, Libertyville High School.

    Meet the 2013-2014 Lake County Academic Team
    Mathematics. Elementary education. Pre-med. Engineering. Economics. Biology. Meet the 10 students named to the 2014 Lake County Daily Herald Academic Team - all of whom have their futures mapped out, and all who want to make the world a better place.

    The Daily Herald Fox Valley Academic Team at Elgin Community College. In front: Sarah Atac, Batavia High; and from left, 2nd row, Kevin Wilde, Cary-Grove and Caroline Hutton, Dundee-Crown; 3rd row, Madeline Dulabaum, Elgin Academy; Anna Ward, Rosary, and Alexis Raven Guttilla, Westminster Christian; and back row, Alexander Park, St. Charles East and Rian Cort Kormos, Geneva High. Not pictured: Srisha Kotlo, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and Brian Simon, Marmion Academy.

    Meet the 2013-2014 Fox Valley Academic Team
    "Throughout my life, I have never been satisfied with simply meeting the minimum requirements," Kevin Wilde of Cary-Grove High School writes in an essay. "While some people may ask, 'What is the least amount of work I need to do to get by?' I ask, 'What could I do to get the most out of this situation?'" Wilde, who was named to the Daily Herald's Fox Valley Academic Team for 2013-14, is not alone...

    The DuPage County Academic Team at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. From left: Aashna Patel, Lake Park High School; Anand Desai, Glenbard North; Richard Maganini, Glenbard West; Kevin Shah, Neuqua Valley; Sebastian Wagner-Carena, Naperville North; Kimberly Dauber, Naperville North; Rose Thompson, Metea Valley; Lauren Liebman, Wheaton North and Wendi Guraziu, Glenbard East. Not pictured: Katie Portman, Downers Grove North High School.

    Meet the 2013-2014 DuPage County Academic Team
    "I dream of becoming a leader in national cybersecurity," writes Kimberly Dauber, one of 10 elite graduating seniors named to the 2014 Daily Herald DuPage County Academic Team. Meet this year's team, all of whom have excelled in academics and now are about to embark on their careers, in engineering, music, pre-med, anthropology, public health, economics and physics, to name a few.


    Congressman pushing special visas for Afghan allies

    U.S. Rep Adam Kinzinger is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who want to extend a special immigrant visa program for Afghan civilians who worked alongside the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan.


    Instructors say concealed carry business still brisk

    Concealed carry instructors in Illinois say business is brisk as tens of thousands of residents become licensed to carry the hidden weapons.The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports 40,000 Illinois residents already have received concealed carry licenses and the Illinois State Police expect thousands more to apply.


    IDOT: Rehiring alleged patronage jobs too costly

    The Illinois transportation secretary says it would be too difficult to reopen the hiring process for jobs contested in a federal lawsuit.


    Alpha Tau Omega chapter suspended at U of I

    CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois fraternity has been suspended while police investigate vandalism committed on campus this week.

    Prachi Aggarwal

    2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions
    2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions

    Erin Estes

    Lake County Academic Team honorable mentions
    2013-2014 Lake County Academic Team honorable mentions

    Melissa Ardagh

    2013-2014 Northwest Suburban Academic Team honorable mentions
    2013-14 Northwest Suburban Academic Team honorable mentions

    Jill Bauer

    Thank you to our 2014 Academic Team judges
    A great, big "thank you" to the 10 educators who judged the 2013-14 Daily Herald Academic Team.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend next month’s events in France marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

    No plans for Obama-Putin meeting at D-Day events

    The White House says President Barack Obama has no plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin when both leaders attend next month’s events in France marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. But the White House isn’t criticizing France for welcoming Putin’s visit, either.

    Steve Chirico and other Naperville City Council members continue to debate what’s an appropriate salary and benefits package for their positions.

    Salary, benefits debate continuing among Naperville council members

    The personal and political debate about how much city council members should be paid continues in Naperville. The latest idea suggests a smaller salary increase than council member Steve Chirico brought forward last month, and it goes farther to eliminate health insurance coverage for those elected to the council. “Now the idea is how do we find a compromise that we can get through so we...


    Kankakee man charged with thefts from two DuPage distribution centers

    DuPAge county sheriff announced they have arrested a Kankakee man wanted for stealin&T locations. Darryl Montique, 23, of the 800 block of North Evergreen Street, has been charged with 2 counts of burglary.


    Man rescued from smoke-filled Buffalo Grove dwelling

    The Buffalo Grove Fire Department, assisted by Arlington Heights firefighters, rescued a man from his smoke filled residence, officials said in a news release. The resident was taken to Northwest Community Hospital with injuries that didn't appear to be life-threatening.

    Marmarie Kostelny, left, has until May 19 to ask for a full recount in her 7-vote loss to D.J. Tegeler for the GOP nomination for Kane County Circuit Judge.

    Waiting game begins in Kane Couny judge recount

    The discovery recount is over and now Marmarie Kostelny has until May 19 to ask for a full recount in her 7-vote loss to D.J. Tegeler for the Republican nomination for Kane County Circuit Judge. Tegeler's camp says she lacks proof needed to persuade a judge to order a full recount.


    May is ‘Share The Trail’ month in forest preserves

    With more than 300 miles of paved and unpaved trails, the Forest Preserves of Cook County offers extensive pathways to truly immerse oneself in nature.

    This photo taken on April 22, 2014, shows, from left, John Gabel, Betty Gabel and Gary Gabel, with Mohammad Hadi Hadayati, Kabul University’s vice chancellor at Kabul University.

    Services set for Palatine father, son killed in Afghanistan

    Visitation continues tonight for Gary and John Gabel, the Palatine father and son killed in an attack on an Afghan hospital in Kabul on April 24. A funeral service for Gary Gabel will be held Friday.

    Suburban Cook County voters pulled more Republican ballots than Democratic ones in the March primary for the first time since 1996.

    Cook County voters choose GOP for first time since 1996

    For the first time since 1996, suburban Cook County voters pulled more Republican ballots than Democratic ones in the March primary election, Clerk David Orr’s office said Thursday. Out of the 232,088 ballots cast, 55 percent were submitted in the Republican primary, according to the Cook County Clerk’s office. However, the primary election had the worst overall turnout numbers in...

    It could finally be time for shorts. At least that’s what Damian Cortes of Wheeling thought as he headed to class at Harper College in Palatine.

    Back to the 80s. But are warm temps here to stay?

    A 35-degree wind chill Tuesday morning. A mid-80s forecast today. A 50-degree swing isn’t that unusual for spring in Chicago, but the warm weather doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve broken out of our cool pattern yet — with some fallout for spring planting, seasonal allergies and maybe even general health and well-being, experts say.


    Women make a difference, at home and in the community

    As women, to be an influence to our families or sphere that surrounds us, is a privilege and honor— fulfilling our mission with love and care is instrumental in our making a difference.


    Island Lake board to consider $7.6 million budget

    Island Lake trustees could approve a $7.6 million budget for the new fiscal year tonight. The village board is scheduled to adopt the spending plan without discussion as part of the consent agenda for the evening's meeting. The session starts at 7:30 p.m. at village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave.


    Charity marchers to don combat boots for 30-mile trek

    About 100 people are expected to don combat boots this month for a 30-mile march through the North Shore designed to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress syndrome in the military.


    Constructively expressing emotions good for your mental, physical health

    Our Ken Potts says constructively expressing your emotions can be good for both your mental and physical health. Here are some tips.

    David Neesley of Naperville won our April Photo Finish contest with this incredible work showing various stages of a lunar eclipse.

    Naperville photographer David Neesley captures stunning views of lunar eclipse

    At first glance, it kind of looks like a pearl necklace against a velvet background. Then you get in a little closer and you say, wait a minute, what exactly is that? And then you discover it’s a composite of pictures of a lunar eclipse and you think, holy cow, how did he do that?

    Bringing together good wine, beer and music, the Schaumburg Park District’s annual Solstice Hop & Vine Fest takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. June 21 at the Spring Valley Nature Center.

    Weather’s no help, so let Schaumburg event signal start of summer

    The Schaumburg Park District will again help usher in the sweetest of seasons with its annual Solstice Hop & Vine Fest from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Spring Valley Nature Center. The event combines quality beers and wines with the food of several community restaurants.


    Indiana officer nearly shoots boy with pellet gun

    Police in South Bend say an officer nearly shot a 12-year-old boy who was pointing a pellet gun. City police Capt. Phil Trent says the boy dropped the pellet gun only after an officer who had drawn her gun shouted at him repeatedly.


    Chicago teachers vote to oppose Common Core

    The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to oppose a set of educational benchmarks implemented by law in Illinois and many other states. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the union’s House of Delegates voted Wednesday to urge the city’s teachers to join the “growing national opposition” to the Common Core State Standards.


    Charges recommended in Wisconsin juvenile sexting case

    Oshkosh police say a 12-year-old girl was pressured by her peers to send nude photos of herself to three boys at a parochial school. Leaders at Valley Christian School called police when they learned about the students’ photos. Authorities say one of the boys, ages 14 and 15, also sent a nude photo of himself to the girl.

    The Kizer house in South Bend, Indiana.

    Wanted: New owner for South Bend’s Kizer house

    A new owner and a new use are being sought for the Kizer house, an elaborate 19th-century mansion at 803 W. Washington St. Indiana Landmarks Inc. acquired the house several years ago and made improvements to stabilize the house and the former carriage house on the property.

    Former Illinois state Rep. Keith Farnham of Elgin.

    Federal judge denies Farnham use of patio

    federal judge has denied a request by a former Illinois state representative to expand his home confinement to include use of his patio. Keith Farnham of Elgin was charged last month with possession of child pornography after investigators searched his home and state office.

    Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner speaks to members of the Illinois Manufacturer's Association.

    Quinn, Rauner address Illinois business leaders

    After weeks of defending the management of his troubled anti-violence program, Gov. Pat Quinn went on the attack Wednesday, criticizing his Republican opponent in front of a group of business leaders for not yet releasing a specific state budget plan.


    Roundy’s exiting Twin Cities market

    Roundy’s is getting out of the Twin Cities market. The Milwaukee-based grocery chain announced Wednesday it’s selling 18 Rainbow stores in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to local grocery retailers, including Supervalu Inc., for $65 million, plus the proceeds from inventory once the deal closes.


    Execs pay bond with gems, other valuables

    Two education company executives have paid for their freedom, in part, with diamonds and rubies. Jowhar Soultanali and his 34-year-old son, Kabir Kassam were recently accused in a $33 million fraud. The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago says that included bribing school officials with strip club visits and other benefits.


    Dawn Patrol: Kane County official resigns; YouTube helps convict man

    Interim Kane County animal control director resigns. GOP slates candidate in 43rd House District. Video comes back to haunt motorcycle daredevil. Charities helping displaced Woodridge fire victims. Schaumburg man accused of attacking jail guards again. Fox Lake woman found dead in Chicago. Plan to let psychologists write prescriptions advances. Sox keep Cubs reeling. Will the Bears pick a...

    Mary Nee of Libertyville got her first job after 20 years away from the workforce in the Vernon Hills dental office of Stephen Parker. Nee shares 60 hours of work a week with two other women also returning to work for the first time since leaving jobs to have kids.

    'Mom's point of view' benefits women returning to work

    Suburban mothers who are choosing to return to the workforce after taking time off to raise kids say they are finding widespread acceptance of their choices. “I think there's a respect for us that we were in the workforce and made a decision to stay home and now are trying to get back,” said Monica Sampias of Naperville, who returned to work eight months ago as an officer manager...

    A total of 21 homes that regularly experience flooding in Des Plaines, including some on Big Bend Drive, are eligible to be bought out as part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency program.

    Des Plaines flood buyouts could begin later this month

    Des Plaines officials could begin making purchase offers by the end of the month to owners of flood-prone homes as a part of a voluntary federal buyout program. The proposed 21 buyouts would be among the first in Des Plaines history, a city where major storms since 2008 have caused the nearby Des Plaines River to overflow its banks and leave many homes under water.

    Members of the Lois Club pose for a photograph after high tea at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va., during their annual international convention in April. The club grows older and smaller as younger Loises are hard to find.

    No last-second shopping when your mom's name is Lois

    Walking into a store and finding a Mother's Day gift featuring my mom's name is impossible. About the only place you can find her name these days is at one of the suburban Lois Club chapters.

    Susan Harkin

    Dist. 300 explores how to pay for new offices

    Community Unit District 300 officials are weighing how to finance a new administration building if an expected $35 million to $60 million the state owes them doesn’t come through in time. Wednesday night, the finance committee discussed the merits of using debt certificates versus borrowing the money from within the district’s budget to cover the building. “If we don’t...

    A Hanover Park panel will review a developer’s plan to buy and construct a drive-through bank on a village-owned property next to the fire department’s headquarters.

    Business park projects ramping up in Hanover Park

    Commercial construction is ramping up in Hanover Park with roughly $6 million worth of projects in a business park along Turnberry Drive. About three miles away, the village has lured a propsective buyer to a long-vacant site near the fire department.


    Revenue creation ideas flow at Engage200 session

    Many of the nearly 200 residents in attendance at Wheaton Warrenville District 200’s fifth Engage200 session Wednesday drew a blank when asked how the district should cut spending. Suggestions for ways the district could increase revenue, however, were bountiful. All the input will be analyzed and taken into consideration as the district moves on to its sixth and final community engagement...

    Larkin High School dean Christopher Capps volunteered to be the “in-duct-tee” during the 2008 Connie-A-Thon fundraiser. Students paid 50 cents per foot of duct tape to help mount Capps to a pillar at the Elgin school’s main entrance.

    Larkin High hosts Connie-A-Thon fundraiser

    Larkin High School will host the 17th annual Connie-A-Thon fundraiser this Saturday. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 1475 Larkin Ave., Elgin. Proceeds benefit people within the Larkin community who have outstanding medical debt.

    Chuck Cermak

    Video gambling up for a vote again in Island Lake

    The most vocal proponent of legalized video gambling on Island Lake's village board, Trustee Chuck Cermak on Thursday will again try to persuade his peers to allow the money-making operation in town.


    Amnesty International: Gross human rights abuses seen in South Sudan

    Amnesty International documents in a new report the horrific, ethnically motivated attacks of physical and sexual violence seen in South Sudan.

    Katie Livingston hugs Kye, one of the Comfort Dogs on the campus of Harper College to help de-stress students Wednesday before finals.

    Harper College students de-stress with furry counselors

    Harper College rolled out a stress-free zone Wednesday complete with furry counselors for students preparing for final exams. The Palatine campus enlisted Comfort Dogs to help students unwind from what can be a busy close to the semester.


    Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro reacts after striking out in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, May 9, 2014, in Atlanta.

    Freeman lifts Braves past Cubs 3-2 in 10th inning

    Freddie Freeman’s single up the middle drove in Jason Heyward from second base in the 10th inning and the Atlanta Braves recovered from Craig Kimbrel’s blown save to beat the Cubs 3-2 Friday night. Kimbrel couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead in the ninth after Julio Teheran allowed only one hit — Mike Olt’s homer — in eight innings.


    Boys soccer: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, Sept. 30

    Boys soccer: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, Sept. 30

    When he accepted the job last December as the new head coach and director of soccer for the Chicago Fire, Frank Yallop knew getting his team to the playoffs would be challenging. Now, still winless after 8 games, he says he sees some light at the end of the tunnel.

    Frustration not lost on winless Fire coach

    By now you figure Frank Yallop has realized it’s going to be a tougher job than he first thought to turn the Chicago Fire into an MLS Cup contender.

    Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller, the Bears’ top draft pick at No. 14, intercepts a pass from Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron in a game last season.

    Bears fans have reason for optimism

    On the first night of the NFL Draft, the Bears added another piece to the renovation during an off-season of heavy lifting, bringing in a much-needed defensive back in Kyle Fuller. With a rebuilt defense, it’s not unreasonable to start thinking about the postseason again.


    Girls badminton: Thursday, May 8 results
    Results of area high school badminton meets for Thursday, May 8.


    Softball: Thursday, May 8 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Thursday, May 8.


    Boys tennis: Thursday, May 8 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Thursday, May 8.


    Girls track: Thursday, May 8 results
    Results of area high school girls track meets for Thursday, May 8.


    Girls soccer: Thursday, May 8 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Thursday, May 8.


    Girls water polo: Thursday, May 8 results
    Results of area high school girls water polo games for Thursday, May 8.


    Boys water polo: Thursday, May 8 results
    Results of area high school water polo games for Thursday, May 8.


    Boys volleyball: Thursday, May 8 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Thursday, May 8.


    Baseball: Thursday, May 8 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Thursday, May 8.


    Boys gymnastics: Thursday, May 8 results
    Results for area high school boys gymnastics meets for Thursday, May 8.


    Baseball / Northwest roundup

    Elk Grove’s Brandon Post doubled home a run in the 10th inning to help the host Grenadiers past Buffalo Grove 6-5 on Thursday in Mid-Suburban East baseball action.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    LJ Austin homered and knocked in 3 runs, and Tyler Pauly went the distance on the mound, as Stevenson’s baseball team defeated visiting Wauconda 6-1 in a North Suburban Conference crossover Thursday.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    Kayla Wedl turned in another wonderful pitching performance for Wauconda’s softball team Thursday. The sophomore struck out 12, allowed just 2 hits and didn’t walk a batter, as the Bulldogs beat Libertyville 4-0 in a North Suburban Conference crossover.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Scott Carroll (67) walks back to the mound with catcher Tyler Flowers after giving up a two-run home run to Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, background right, during the third inning of an interleague baseball game Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Carroll struggles in Sox’ loss to Cubs

    In his first two starts for the White Sox, Scott Carroll was a big hit. But the 29-year-old rookie was hit hard by the Cubs Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field, and the Sox failed to make it four straight wins over their North Side rivals.


    Spagnola leads West Aurora to DVC crown

    Emma Spagnola authored the final pages to the most prolific individual career in the history of girls track and field in the DuPage Valley Conference. In the process the Minnesota-bound superstar propelled West Aurora to its third conference championship — in its last attempt — in the last six years Thursday night in Aurora. Spagnola became an individual quadruple-winner for the third time in the league, claiming varsity sweeps in the long jump and two hurdles events.

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James dunks during the first quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUT

    Halfway there: Miami tops Nets in Game 2, 94-82

    Strange as it sounds, missing shots worked wonders for the Miami Heat.And after the Brooklyn Nets went nearly 2 minutes — a basketball eternity — without the ball down the stretch, the two-time defending NBA champions would soon find themselves two wins from another trip to the Eastern Conference finals.

    Backlit by the stadium lights, St. Charles East’s Elizabeth Chmelik streaks around turn one of her anchor leg of the winning 4x400 meter relay Thursday at the Upstate Eight Conference girls track meet at Geneva High School. The relay team set a personal best time and the Saints won the meet.

    St. Charles East runs away with UEC

    St. Charles East sophomore Keely Flanigan summed up the Saints’ winning approach to Thursday’s Upstate Eight Conference girls track meet at Geneva, the last primer before next week’s all-important sectional meets. “Our goal was just to do the best we can and improve ourselves,” said Flanigan, who ran the second leg of St. Charles East’s winning 1,600-meter relay. “And if we happen to win, that’s good, too.” It went pretty good for the Saints, who happened to win it all, as it turned out. In a meet that decided an overall champion as well as River and Valley Division champions, St. Charles East was the clear-cut winner. The Saints amassed 142 team points to run away with the overall and River Division titles.

    Starlin Castro is congratulated in the Cubs’ dugout after his 2-run homer off White Sox starter Scott Carroll in the fourth inning Thursday night.

    Cubs put together some offense to salvage a win

    One reason the Cubs have struggled t find a consistent attack on offense is that their outfielders are not hitting. Nate Schierholtz, who hit a career-high 21 homers last year, entered Thursday's series finale with the White Sox without a home run. But he is not alone in the lack of production from Cubs outfielders.

    Elizabeth Pagan of Hampshire competes in the long jump during the Fox Valley Conference meet Thursday at Grayslake North.

    Cary-Grove stays on track, claims FVC victory

    The sight of a wobbly, dizzy Morgan Schulz could have made Cary-Grove’s girls track team ... well, wobbly, dizzy. Instead, despite the absence of their junior star, the Trojans turned in a sick performance in the Fox Valley Conference meet at Grayslake North on Thursday night. Cary-Grove ran away with the championship, totaling 134 points to easily outdistance runner-up Huntley (97). Crystal Lake South (78), Jacobs (65.5) and Crystal Lake Central (63) rounded out the top five. Schulz ran the semifinals of the 200-meter dash, then was sent home due to what Cary-Grove coach Mark Anderson called dehydration.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup for Thursday, May 8.


    Burlington Central wins BNC title

    The Burlington Central girls track team didn’t bring home a plethora of gold medals from the Big Northern Conference meet at Rock Falls Thursday night, but they did bring home the championship trophy.

    Kurt Kempema delivers for Concordia in a recent game against Lakeland.

    Smith leads growing program at Concordia

    Concordia University baseball coach Adam Smith may have a nice head start on his first recruit from the Class of 2032. Smith and his wife Kelly became proud parents for the third time last Friday as their son Mac joined daughters Elle and Sydney. “He’d better hit the ball with that kind of name,” Smith, the former Schaumburg High baseball and basketball standout, said with a laugh earlier this week. “And hopefully he throws better than his dad.” Mac will be in good shape if he hits, throws and plays the game the same way as his dad’s team. Concordia is ranked fourth in the nation in Division III by D3baseball.com and improved to 35-5 with a pair of wins Thursday in the first day of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference tournament in Mequon, Wis.


    Softball / Northwest roundup

    It was déjà vu for Kayla Kaufman and Molly Muhs. For the second day in a row, they each hit home runs for Fremd’s softball team as the Vikings posted a 12-2 five-inning victory over visiting Hersey on Thursday.


    Neuman, Conant count clutch win

    The drama was that of a sectional championship game. In a battle of Mid-Suburban West softball powers, host Schaumburg was trailing Conant 7-4 but had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. At that point, Cougars coach CathyAnn Smith called upon sophomore Sara Neuman to return to the mound where she started the game 100 minutes earlier before being relieved by classmate Kali Schumacher with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. What was Neuman thinking as she tried to keep the Cougars in first place in the MSL West? “I knew my defense would have my back no matter what,” she said. “I just had to do my job because I knew they would make the play for me. Neuman made sure they didn’t have to make a play. After surrendering a run with a walk to Roxanne Kakareka, Neuman struck out the next batter to give the Cougars the 7-5 victory and keep them in first place with a 10-1 record.


    Naperville North busts out of slump

    The past few days had been rough for the Naperville North softbal team, with four consecutive losses, including defeats by Naperville Central and Glenbard North by just 2 runs. A trip to Benedictine University in Lisle for a game under the lights Thursday night was just what the Huskies needed. They belted out 12 hits and defeated Wheaton North 10-5.


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, May 8

    Despite only managing 4 hits, the South Elgin baseball team Storm (11-7, 9-3) scratched out enough runs to beat Neuqua Valley 3-1 Thursday in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division action.

    South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney hold up the jersey for the Houston Texans first pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with NFL commissioner Roger Goddell, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Draft moves: Texans pick Clowney 1st; Manziel to Browns

    For nearly three years, Jadeveon Clowney couldn't wait to get to the NFL, and the league was just as eager to add the player some called the best defensive prospect in a decade. But Thursday's first pick of the 2014 NFL draft didn't come without some intrigue about how it would all turn out. There had been criticism of Clowney's work ethic last season and questions about whether the Texans would hold or trade the No. 1 slot. "I just been proving a lot of people wrong throughout my life," Clowney said. "Growing up, I grew up hard. I always said I'm going to do something great. Hopefully, I'm going to be a Hall of Famer one day."


    Stevenson steps up, grabs sectional triumph

    It may not have gone exactly as scripted, but it was a still a pretty good meet for Stevenson on Thursday night as the Patriots hosted their own IHSA boys gymnastics sectional. Stevenson earned the second of five automatic berths to the Elite Eight meet next Friday at Hinsdale Central as the Patriots rolled to the championship of the nine-team sectional with 153.6 points.

    Chicago White Sox’s Gordon Beckham launches a three-run home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood, also scoring Moises Sierra and Daryl Boston, during the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    New hitting coach has Sox making connections

    New White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson stresses mental focus and proper positioning at the plate. The strategy seems to be working wonders for second baseman Gordon Beckham, who is heating up after missing the first 22 games of the season with a left oblique strain.

    The Bears on Thursday night drafted Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller.

    Bears draft VaTech cornerback Fuller

    Bears general manager Phil Emery selected Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller at Thursday's NFL Draft. Corner is not an immediate need because the Bears have Pro Bowlers Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings. But Tillman is 33 and missed half of the 2013 season with a triceps injury.


    Girls soccer: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, May 8

    Fox Valley girls soccer roundup for Thursday, May 8.


    Daleske, Lake Zurich make it three straight in NSC

    Elly Daleske has played in three North Suburban Championship games for Lake Zurich’s girls soccer team. In all three, the goalkeeper has added to the Bears’ winning tradition. Lake Zurich made it a three-peat with a 4-0 road victory over Lakes in NSC title game in Lake Villa on Thursday night.


    Barry’s big hits help St. Charles East sweep rivals

    There was a time where St. Charles East’s Brannon Barry wasn’t sure if he wanted to play baseball his senior year. Barry went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, 3 RBI and a stolen base to help lead the Saints (17-8, 11-6) to a 14-3, 6-inning Upstate Eight Conference River Division triumph over host St. Charles North (16-7, 10-5) Thursday afternoon


    Jacobs to induct six to Hall of Fame

    The Jacobs High School Athletic Hall of Fame has announced the six individuals who will be inducted as the Class of 2014.

    Wheeling’s Theresa Godlewski, middle, and the rest of her teammates celebrate their overtime victory against Conant in the Mid-Suburban League’s girls water polo championship game at Conant on Thursday.

    Time for a Wheeling MSL water polo title

    In water polo, the Mid-Suburban West has decisively been the stronger of the league’s two divisions. Though a combined Prospect-Wheeling team did win an overall MSL title when those programs were still combining into one team, no single East Division school had ever won an overall conference crown in either gender. Somebody had to be first, and it turned out to be Wheeling. It was anything but easy, and Conant’s girls water polo team made sure of that in a nutty overtime game that finished 11-10 in favor of the Wildcats on Thursday at Conant.


    Lake Forest sinks Stevenson with singles power

    Powered by the one-two singles punch of boys tennis standouts Peter Tarwid and Brice Polender, visiting Lake Forest defeated Stevenson 5-2 Thursday at the Patriots’ home courts on a warm, windy day at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.comChicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria is all smiles as he talks to the media before the start of game 3 of the White Sox, Chicago Cubs Crosstown Classic.

    Renteria’s job safe despite Cubs’ poor start

    Despite the poor start the Cubs have gotten off to, general manager Jed Hoyer said he backs first-year field manager Rick Renteria. The Cubs have limited major-league talent on their roster and Hoyer said he likes the tone Renteria has set.

    Left-handed pitchers Andrew Mikusa, left, and Domenic DiProva aim to keep their impressive pitching numbers low throughout the spring.

    Grayslake North’s Mikusa, DiProva keeping expectations low

    How low can they go? If this were the Limbo, Andrew Mikusa and Dom DiProva would be inches from the ground. As pitchers, that’s about how low their earned run averages are this season. And as they try to get wins on the mound for Grayslake North, which is gunning for its first regional title in school history this spring, they’re both shooting for even lower.


    No overtime this time for Glenbard East in DuPage Valley

    lThe Glenbard East girls soccer team was due for its second DuPage Valley Conference win. The Rams (15-4-1, 2-3-1) were coming off a double-overtime loss to Wheaton North and a double-overtime draw against Naperville Central before it closed out a 3-1 win at Lake Park.


    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, May 8

    Fox Valley softball roundup for Thursday, May 8.

    Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov skates away from the net during a timeout during the second period of Game 3.

    Bryzgalov’s confidence boosted

    As badly as the Wild needed a victory in Game 3, probably no one on the ice needed it more than struggling goalie, Ilya Bryzgalov.

    Ben Smith will skate on the Blackhawks’ top line with Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell in Friday night’s Game 4 against the Wild.

    Blackhawks shifting into gear for Game 4

    Joel Quenneville mixed up the lines during Thursday's practice in order to send a message.And that message is a simple one: the Blackhawks, fresh off a 4-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Wild in Game 3, need more offense — from all four lines — heading into tonight’s game at the Xcel Energy Center.


    Blackhawks’ Shaw might be out for series

    The Blackhawks will play the Wild without Andrew Shaw again Friday ... and he might miss the rest of the series.

    Montini’s Lauren Trojnar pitches against St. Francis during softball action in Wheaton Thursday.

    SCC lead tilts Montini’s way

    Montini took a huge step toward finally dethroning St. Francis atop the Suburban Christian Conference softball world, but another step looms just around the corner. With Lauren Trojnar firing a 6-hit shutout Thursday in a 4-0 win at St. Francis, the Broncos improved to 12-0 in the SCC Blue while dropping the Spartans, who have won at least a share of the league crown five years running, to 10-1. The two schools will square off again Monday in Lombard in another SCC showdown.


    Crystal Lake South blanks Huntley

    The soccer ball spent a lot of time in the Crystal Lake South half of the field Thursday evening. The ball didn’t spend any time in the back of the Gators’ net. Goalkeeper Jaclyn Przybylski made 8 saves as CL South shut out Huntley, 2-0, allowing the Gators to continue to control their own destiny in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division.


    Massie, Crystal Lake S. dump Cary-Grove

    Hailee Massie’s pitching plan was simple. Throw strikes and let her defense make plays. Aided by some spectacular plays by left-handed senior shortstop Sam McLean, Massie’s tactics were effective. Allowing 2 runs while scattering 6 hits, Massie struck out 4 with 1 walk as the Gators scored all of their 4 runs in the fifth inning of a 4-2 win over Cary-Grove in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division softball action in Cary Thursday afternoon.

    Photo courtesy of Aurora University

    Teams at Marmion lacrosse tourney helping those in need

    Combine some altruism, an expansive high school campus and lacrosse — lots of lacrosse — and you have Marmion’s seventh annual Cadet Challenge Lacrosse Tournament.


    Marmion honors seniors with win over Aurora Central

    Baseball coaches often talk about the little things that win games; moving runners over, taking extra bases, two-out hits with runners in scoring position on offense and being sound defensively with efficient pitching. Marmion did all of those things Thursday in a Suburban Christian Conference crossover game against rival Aurora Central Catholic.

    Matt Ernst of St. Charles North returns a serve in a #1 singles match against Tim Murat of Batavia during tennis action at Batavia Thursday.

    St. Charles North tops defending UEC River champ Batavia

    After losing to Batavia by two agonizing points for the Upstate Eight Conference River Division boys tennis championship in 2012 and by one tantalizing point in 2013, St. Charles North couldn’t wait to take the Bulldogs’ home courts on Thursday for a pivotal UEC River dual meet with the two-time defending league champs.

    Wheaton Academy’s Ryan Beck crosses home plate after hitting his second three-run home run against IC Catholic Prep during baseball action in West Chicago.

    Beck’s bat blasts IC Catholic

    Wheaton Academy baseball coach Brad Byrne has been working to keep Ryan Beck’s bat in the lineup. Thursday showed why. The senior first baseman launched a pair of 3-run homers to power the Warriors to a 12-1 five-inning Suburban Christian Conference victory over IC Catholic Prep in West Chicago.


    McPartlin, Prospect ease the sting with win at BG

    Matt McPartlin has been playing with pain for about a month now. The Prospect senior middle takes to the court every time out with a bandaged hand due to a dislocated finger suffered earlier in the season in practice. “It hurts,” admitted McPartlin with a smile. “With all the hard hitters in district 214, you really feel it out there.” Yet despite the injury, the senior has been playing some of the best volleyball of his career. McPartlin had a couple of match-changing blocks in set two at Buffalo Grove Thursday night as the Knights defeated the Bison 27-25, 25-22 to improve to 7-2 in the Mid-Suburban East (19-12 overall).


    Defense lets Burlington C. down in loss to Marengo

    Coaches like to use the old cliché that defense wins championships. In some cases, though, defense can also lose championships. That was the unfortunate case for the Burlington Central softball team Thursday on Rocket Hill.BC made 3 of its 5 errors in the top of the sixth inning, allowing Marengo to score 3 unearned runs without a hit, and go on to beat the Rockets 3-1 to claim the Big Northern East title outright.


    Girls track / Mid-Suburban League preview

    Prospect hopes to earn a third straight Mid-Suburban League title in girls track, but Palatine and Barrington are also capable of taking top honors in Friday's meet at Wheeling.


    Marlies next playoff test for Wolves

    The last time the Chicago Wolves hoisted the Calder Cup as champions of the American Hockey League was in 2008.Their road to the title ran through the Toronto Marlies in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals — and the Wolves prevailed in five games.The Wolves are looking to repeat history.The Wolves, who ousted the Rochester Americans in their first best-of-five playoff series, host the Marlies in Game 1 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Game 2 at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions, on May 8, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

    Witnesses oppose NLRB ruling on college athletes

    Baylor University President Ken Starr voiced strong opposition Thursday to a regional National Labor Relations Board ruling that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are technically school employees and thus entitled to collective bargaining rights.Starr, a former federal judge and prosecutor, said it would be very disruptive if college athletes were allowed to unionize.

    FILE - In this May 19, 2012, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, left, and his wife Rochelle watch during the second half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference semifinal against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles. An attorney representing the estranged wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling said Thursday, May 8, 2014, that she will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Attorney: Shelly Sterling wants to keep Clippers

    The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team, her lawyer said Thursday, adding an unwanted twist to the NBA’s plan to force new ownership on the franchise. Shelly Sterling’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, said his client “will not agree to a forced or involuntary seizure of her interest.”


    Mike North video: NFL draft picks still a mystery
    Draft day is finally here and Mike North thinks it’s really all about the star quality of Johnny Manziel.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a second-period save in Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild.

    Blackhawks look to bounce back in Game 4

    They developed a habit of losing leads in the regular season, and now the Blackhawks face the possibility of having a 2-0 series lead evaporate against the Minnesota Wild. Some are starting to wonder if this team lacks a killer instinct when up early in games or series. “I don't know about that, not with this team,” coach Joel Quenneville said.


    Walgreen Co. has been looking at leaving Deerfield for Chicago.

    Will Walgreens move to Chicago?

    Walgreen Co. talked to the state about potentially moving to the Old Post Office in Chicago back in January, even before shareholders urged the company to move to Europe to save on taxes.


    McDonald’s U.S. sales flat in April

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s says a key sales metric was flat in April in the U.S., as the world’s largest hamburger chain worked to fend off competitors and improve service in its restaurants. Global sales at locations open at least 13 months rose 1.2 percent, boosted by stronger performance overseas.

    The inflatable rats, here in downtown Arlington Heights to protest nonunion labor on the Arlington Downs project, have moved on.

    Arlington Downs settles labor dispute

    Developers of the Arlington Downs project agreed this week to use only union labor on the rest of the project going forward. The redevelopment, on the site of the former Sheraton Hotel next to the racetrack, lost four days of work last month due to the labor conflict.

    Most U.S. stocks fell Thursday, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed to within two points of a closing record, as technology shares erased a rally to sell off for a third straight day.

    Stocks end mostly lower; Energy, utilities fade

    The stock market finished mostly lower on Thursday as investors assessed the latest batch of company earnings and sold utility and energy stocks. Tesla, a maker of electric cars, fell after reporting a first-quarter loss and saying it would need to invest more in its business.

    Sarah Keegan of Windham, N.Y., with her son Kevin, fills out paperwork during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y.

    Applications for U.S. unemployment aid fall to 319,000

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 26,000 last week to 319,000, the latest sign that the job market is slowly improving. The drop follows two weeks of increases that reflected mostly temporary layoffs around the Easter holiday. The holiday can cause an uptick in layoffs of bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other school workers during spring break.


    Fannie, Freddie post solid earnings for 1Q

    Government-controlled mortgage financers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted solid earnings for the January-March period as the U.S. housing market continued to recover. Gains over recent quarters have enabled the companies to fully repay their taxpayer aid after being rescued by the government in 2008.


    Kashi settles class-action suit over ‘All Natural’

    Kellogg says it will no longer use the “All Natural” or “Nothing Artificial” labels on certain Kashi products as part of an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit. The company, based in Battle Creek, Michigan, says it will also pay $5 million to settle the suit.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages this week fell for a second straight week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start.

    Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.21 pct

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages this week fell for a second straight week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for the 30-year loan declined to 4.21 percent from 4.29 percent last week.

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, right, Patrick Pinschmidt, Executive Director of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, left, huddle before the start of an open meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, which monitors risk to the U.S. financial system, at the Treasury Department in Washington, Wednesday.

    U.S. financial regulatory group seeks more openness

    A group of U.S. regulators has adopted rules intended to make its deliberations more open as it monitors threats to the financial system. The Financial Stability Oversight Council voted Wednesday to publish an agenda for its open meetings at least seven days in advance and to release minutes of its meetings, among other things.

    Nine million parts. That’s what General Motors needs to repair millions of cars it has recalled since Feb. 7.

    GM recalls challenge company, frustrate customers

    Nine million parts. That’s what General Motors needs to repair millions of cars it has recalled since Feb. 7. With ignition switches, power steering motors and other parts slowly arriving at dealers, frustrated drivers face waits of weeks or months, some while driving cars they fear are unsafe.

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    A married couple with a daughter (Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen) lock horns with frat boys who've just moved next door in the gross comedy “Neighbors.”

    'Neighbors' a crude stroll down funny side of street

    Two things catapult Nicholas Stoller's hilariously crass, low-class comedy “Neighbors” into the stratosphere of fun. First, the constant surprises go off like strings and strings and even more strings of M-80s: Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Second. Stella, the infant belonging to Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne's married couple, serves as a Greek chorus of commentary as she reacts to the story unfolding before her.

    Bruce Springsteen’s original handwritten lyrics for his iconic anthem, “Born to Run,” go on display this week at Duke University.

    ‘Born to Run’ lyrics to go on display at Duke

    Bruce Springsteen wasn’t thinking about Wendy when he wrote a first draft of his 1975 classic “Born to Run.” Instead, he’s got a gold Chevy 6 on his mind, according to the original lyrics, which make their public debut this week at Duke University. The 30 lines of lyrics, written in pen on a piece of 8.5.-by-11-inch lined paper, were purchased last December at a Sotheby’s auction by Floyd Bradley, a California man whose daughter graduates this weekend from Duke, as does Springsteen’s daughter.

    Izzy (Andrea Logan White), left, Allyson (Sarah Drew), Sondra (Patricia Heaton) and Zoe (Sammi Hanratty) prepare for an evening of chaos in “Moms' Night Out.”

    This 'Moms' Night' out of humor, wit, insight, laughs

    “Moms' Night Out” has been designed to relate to young, frazzled mothers who desperately need a break from the escalating chore of daily parenthood. Yet, not a single major character in this shrieky, busy, vapid film comes close to being likable enough to overcome the buffoonish caricatures created in Jon Erwin and Andrea Nasfell's slight screenplay, unencumbered by wit, insight and humor.

    Paul Simon performed more than a dozen songs Wednesday at the Beacon Theatre in New York, where he was honored at the 2014 NYU Steinhardt Vision Award Gala. It was Simon’s first public appearance since he and wife Edie Brickell were arrested on disorderly conduct charges.

    Paul Simon makes 1st public appearance since arrest

    Paul Simon performed a rousing set and accepted an award from New York University in his first public appearance since he and wife Edie Brickell were arrested on disorderly conduct charges. The 72-year-old performed more than a dozen songs Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York, where he was honored at the 2014 NYU Steinhardt Vision Award Gala.


    Jet to stop printing, change to digital app

    Jet magazine, which first hit newsstands at the dawn of the civil rights era, is ceasing regular print publication and transforming into a digital app. Johnson Publishing Co., which owns Jet along with Ebony magazine, says the switch will occur at the end of June. The Chicago-based company says the move is a proactive effort to adapt to its readers’ growing desires for quicker and easier access to information.

    Actor Ty Burrell, who plays Phil Dunphy on ABC’s “Modern Family” and is a St. Louis Rams fan, will participate in the first round of the NFL draft with the team. His main duty will be to hand the team jersey to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the team’s 13th pick.

    Ty Burrell to participate in NFL draft

    The NFL draft is getting a dose of Hollywood. “Modern Family” star and St. Louis Rams fan Ty Burrell will participate in the first round of the draft with the team. His main duty will be to hand the team jersey to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the team’s 13th pick.

    Tannins are chemical compounds found in the skin, seeds and stems of grapes. They give red wines their structure and ability to age.

    Wine lingo revisited: Oh, those crunchy tannins

    Tannins are chemical compounds found in the skin, seeds and stems of grapes. They give red wines their structure and ability to age. We can’t smell or taste them — rather, we feel them in the wine’s texture. That’s why writers use different adjectives to describe the way tannins feel in the mouth. Supple, silky, velvety and soft describe the positive contributions tannins make to the wine.

    The Jester (Martin Short) captivates Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer), Lion (Jim Belushi) and Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd) in the animated musical “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.”

    Generic characters, cheap animation thwart ‘Legend’ of blahs

    No attempt has been made to carry any of the 1939 "Wizard of Oz" personalities into this animated sequel, "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return." Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man, could fit comfortably into a generic Hannah-Barbera cartoon. (Scarecrow calls Dorothy “Kiddo.” Seriously?)

    The menu at the Court Street Diner in Athens, Ohio, focuses on greasy spoon-style offerings and does not try to reinvent diner favorites or modernize anything.

    Go for the food: Athens, Ohio, diner a must-taste

    There’s a reason there is almost always a wait at the Court Street Diner in Athens, Ohio. The menu is heavy on simple favorites: thick slabs of meatloaf, fries piled so high they tumble off the plates, creamy whipped milkshakes. It’s classic American fare that doesn’t take too much imagination to create or explaining to appreciate. The diner, popular with students from nearby Ohio University and local residents alike, isn’t the place for those counting calories.

    “Bucket of Blood” will be shown as part of a tribute to B-movie star Dick Miller at the second annual Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre.

    It’s time for the Chicago Critics Film Festival

    The second annual Chicago Critics Film Festival begins Friday night, May 9, at the Music Box Theatre with the Midwest premiere of David Wain’s spoof of rom-coms, “They Came Together.” More than two dozen movies will be shown at the festival, including features, documentaries, plus two programs of film shorts selected by Chicago film critic (and Arlington Heights native) Collin Souter. The Chicago Critics Film Festival is the only movie fest of its kind, programmed and produced by actual film critics. A schedule of events can be accessed at chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com.

    The biracial Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, left) strikes up an unusual friendship with the white Lady Elizabeth Murray (Sarah Gadon) in 18th century England in the based-on-fact movie “Belle.”

    Handsomely filmed 'Belle' lacks spark

    The film “Belle” is the based-on-a-true-story of an 18th century mixed-race woman, Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), brought up in British aristocracy. While such a tale is undoubtedly rich, filled with questions of identity, class and race, “Belle” is unnaturally rendered like a Jane Austen story of dowries and engagements. Thus, “Belle,” made with fine intentions, has none of the uniqueness of its remarkable subject.


    We need to proceed with extreme caution before doing anything that can make it easier for people to get prescription medications.

    Editorial: Back to the drawing board on mental health prescriptions

    A Daily Herald editorial opposes legislation that would give psychologists authority to prescribe medications.


    Killing business on federal bases

    Columnist Byron York: The fight over the minimum wage, which President Obama and Democrats hope to make a centerpiece of this year’s midterm elections, comes down to two simple arguments. Obama says low-income working Americans deserve a raise, while Republicans say raising the minimum wage would cost jobs. It was a mostly theoretical argument until Feb. 12, when Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour from $7.25.


    Leading out against capital punishment

    Columnist Richard Cohen: The term “moral suasion” has fallen into disuse. Its heyday came during the Eisenhower administration when the genial president, a bit soft on institutional racism, failed to denounce the continuing attempt of Southern politicians to keep their schools — and everything else — segregated. Now, I’d like to revive it and apply it to Barack Obama. With some moral suasion, he could end America’s shameful practice of capital punishment.


    A big thank-you to Antioch Rescue Squad
    A Lake County letter to the editor: How do I begin to say thank you for all the dedication, volunteer time and compassion that the Antioch Volunteer Rescue Squad has given our community for over 70 years? I admire and thank all of the men and women who have given their personal time all these years to serve our residents when in need.


    Democrats are doing something about jobs
    A Waukegan letter to the editor: The latest statistics show that new jobs created total 288,000, dropping the jobless rate to a much-improved 6.3 percent. “Aha!” say the Republicans. “But there are thousands who have dropped out of the job hunt, who have been unemployed for so long they are not even looking anymore. They just feel hopeless!” “Aha!” say the Democrats. “Let’s not forget about them!


    Do more for Illinois, Sen. Durbin
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Sen. Dick Durbin has supported the removal of food and fuel from the CPI inflation index. So the Social Security recipients will not get the cost-of-living break they deserve.


    A thought exercise on prayer, deity
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Last week the National Day of Prayer was observed. It is a very curious concept, if you look at it logically (ignoring the initial hurdle of church/state separation). In general, prayer is either a “thank-you!” or a “request.”


    Motive for releasing Sterling remarks?
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: The reporting of Donald Sterling’s bigoted remarks did not seem to have fair coverage in the media. Mr. Sterling made a handsome living off a team that is mostly made up of African-American players and was often spotted with a young girlfriend largely of African-American ancestry at his team’s games.


    An exception to ‘guns everywhere’
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: I hardly know where to begin after reading the letter from Steve Zahareas of Schaumburg (“Gun-free zones tell bad guys where to go,” May 4). His shotgun blast (no pun intended) includes the liberal media, progressives, lunatics, progressive politicians, and so forth.


    Conservative wing for Obama library?
    A Naperville letter to the editor: It was with no surprise that I read our balanced-budget-challenged Democratic leadership in Springfield completely supports the squeezing of another $100 million from exhausted taxpayers to pay for an Illinois-based Obama library (DH 5/1/14).


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