Daily Archive : Friday May 9, 2014


    Mount Prospect police investigate an accident Friday where an Arlington Heights woman was struck by a car in a grocery store parking lot. The woman later died at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

    Arlington Hts. woman, 90, dies after parking lot accident

    A 90-year-old Arlington Heights woman hit by a vehicle Friday in a grocery store parking lot has died from her injuries, Mount Prospect police said Saturday morning in a news release.

    Alex Morris, 12, of Naperville is planning her own 5K race June 8 to raise funds for the Celiac Disease Foundation. She was diagnosed last year with Celiac disease, which she treats by avoiding eating anything with gluten, including her former favorite food, French bread.

    Naperville 12-year-old planning 5K for Celiac research

    For some running enthusiasts, planning 5Ks and other races is a full-time job. For 12-year-old Alex Morris of Naperville, it’s a bat mitzvah service project and a way to raise money for a disease she was diagnosed with last year. “We wanted to make more people aware of Celiac disease, so since I love running, I decided to do a 5K,” Alex said.


    ‘Run for the Lights’ 10K to light up S. Elgin High stadium

    The South Elgin High School Booster Club is sponsoring the inaugural "Run for the Lights" 10K, 5K, 2x5 relay, and family fun walk on Saturday, June 14, in South Elgin.


    Gurnee Mills hosts fire safety expo

    In an effort to prevent house fires and keep families safe, the Lake County Fire Chiefs Association hosts its annual Lake County Fire Safety Expo at Gurnee Mills on May 17.

    Performances by award-winning choral groups are among the many things to see and hear during a Fine Arts Evening from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest.

    Woodlands Academy hosts fine arts evening

    An evening to enjoy student drawing, printmaking, painting, ceramics and photography exhibits, along with Spring Concert performances by the school’s choirs and orchestra following their outstanding achievements at the recent WorldStrides Heritage Festival in San Francisco, is in store at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart’s annual Fine Arts Evening. This end-of-the-year...

    An electronic highway sign on Interstate 93 in Boston sports the message “Changing Lanes? Use Yah Blinkah.”

    Boston drivers urged to ‘Use Yah Blinkah’

    Drivers who fail to use their “blinkah” when changing lanes on a Massachusetts highway are subject to a fine. Police across the state handed out almost 5,000 tickets for the offense last year.

    Roberto B. Ramos

    Aurora man gets 15 years for having gun, fighting with cop

    An Aurora man charged with illegally possessing a handgun and fighting with a police officer trying to serve an arrest warrant has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, officials said. Roberto B. Ramos, 29, of the 600 block of Hartford Avenue, was sentenced Thursday by Kane County Circuit Judge Karen Simpson, according to a news release from the Kane County state’s attorney’s...

    Karen Schock of the Elgin Charter School Initiative talks about the group’s charter school proposal with members of the Elgin Noon Rotary Club last year. Also pictured are Kari White, center, and Krissy Palermo.

    Elgin charter school group files application

    After nearly two years of research, the Elgin Charter School Initiative filed its charter application Friday with Elgin Area School District U-46. “This has been a long road,” said charter group President Karen Schock. “We truly believe it’s going to be an exciting, creative school ... an elementary school that has a math and science focus.” U-46 has 45 days to...

    A second phase of work underway at Sportsman’s Park near downtown Naperville will remove lead contamination from 17 acres inside the park’s eastern fence line and add paths, a new parking lot and an asphalt access drive. Environmental Contractors Inc. will complete the work for $2.9 million.

    Next phase of Sportsman’s Park cleanup begins in Naperville

    Crews who will remove lead from 17 acres of soil at Sportsman’s Park near downtown Naperville got the go-ahead this week to begin a second phase of work to make the area safer and more of a destination for recreation. “The rest of this year, we’ll be working on this land,” Naperville Park District Executive Director Ray McGury said.

    Christopher Nesbit

    Man pleads guilty to Naperville Radio Shack robbery

    The first of three men charged with robbing a Naperville store of more than $40,000 worth of cellphones pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to prison. Christopher Nesbit, 45, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery with a firearm and was sentenced by DuPage Judge Kathryn Creswell to 15 years in prison.

    Charles Amrich

    Island Lake mayor casts deciding vote to allow video gambling

    In a surprising policy reversal, the Island Lake village board has voted to allow bars and restaurants to install video gambling machines. Mayor Charles Amrich on Thursday broke a 3-3 tie and cast the deciding vote to allow the controversial devices in town.

    Judith M. Brawka

    Kane Co. opposing bill to provide jurors with interpreters

    The possibility of having to pay for interpreters for jurors who don't speak English fueled an outcry Friday among Kane County leaders. They said the change, which also would affect Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will counties, would impose significant costs to taxpayers.

    Two masked suspects, one armed with a pellet-type gun, robbed a 7-Eleven in Hanover Park early Thursday, police said.

    Police: Masked robbers take lottery tickets, more from Hanover Park 7-Eleven

    Hanover Park police are investigating an armed robbery of a 7-Eleven early Thursday, authorities said. The two suspects took cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets from the store on Walnut Avenue shortly after 1 a.m., police said.

    The Metra rail crossing in downtown Libertyville was replaced this past week but drivers have a bumpy ride. The crossing will again be closed beginning Saturday, May 17, to correct the problem.

    Downtown Libertyville prepares for another rail crossing shut down

    Driving through downtown Liberytivlle is not the smooth sailing that had been hoped for after busy Milwaukee Avenue was closed for five days for emergency replacement of the Metra rail crossing. “It’s terrible — the bump. It’s really ridiculous,” said Mayor Terry Weppler. The crossing again will be closed on May 17 as crews return to fix the problem.

    John Nava

    Third suspect in Wauconda shooting held on $500,000 bail

    A 19-year-old Niles man is held in Lake County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail as the third suspect in a Wauconda apartment break-in and shooting that wounded a man Sunday night. John Nava appeared in Lake County bond court Friday before Judge Joseph Salvi.

    Signs detail travel restrictions and no motorized use throughout Recapture Canyon in Utah.

    ATV enthusiasts plan Utah protest Saturday

    San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman said he expects hundreds at a city park for a morning rally but only a handful to ride on the restricted trail. He has drummed up interest on social media but isn’t recruiting militant types.

    Students in line at Wheeling High School’s cafeteria. Starting next year the district will no longer participate in the National School Lunch Program.

    District 214 drops National School Lunch Program

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 has voted to join a small number of suburban schools no longer following USDA guidelines for school lunches, deciding to drop out of the National School Lunch Program.

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam.

    Roskam named to Benghazi investigation panel

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton is one of seven Republicans on a U.S. House of Representatives committee to investigate the 2012 attacks that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Joe E. Ortiz-Negron, 31, of the 300 block of Kathleen Drive, Elgin, was charged Wednesday with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after he was stopped at about 9:30 p.m. for not having his rear license plate illuminated, according to a police report.

    Randy Salerno

    Man who killed news anchor Salerno gets 2 years in prison

    A man who got probation for a 2008 drunken snowmobile crash in Wisconsin that killed Chicago TV news anchor Randy Salerno was sentenced to two years in prison Friday after admitting to a 2012 DUI in Crystal Lake. Scott Hirschey, 50, faced anywhere from probation to five years in prison for aggravated DUI.


    Route 22 lane closure planned:

    Drivers will see lane closures on eastbound Route 22 between Essex Lane and Oakwood Lane, while crews do utility work as part of the Forest View single-family residential subdivision, village officials announced in a news release.


    Volunteers wanted:

    Organizers of the annual A-May-Zing Mundelein Day of Caring are looking for volunteers for the May 17 event.


    Two concerts at MHS:

    The Mundelein High School instrumental music department will present May 14 and May 15. Both are free and begin at 7 p.m. in the MHS auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St.


    Grayslake Central music 3rd in state:

    Grayslake Central High School recently took third place for all Class A schools in a statewide music contest for the 2013-14 academic year.

    Some students could be at risk of not being allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony at Jacobs High School in Algonquin following a prank Thursday.

    Prank could cause Jacobs High seniors to miss graduation

    A group of seniors from Jacobs High School are at risk of not graduating with the rest of their class after pulling a senior prank Thursday that involved setting up an improvised Slip 'N Slide in a hallway, officials said.

    Preschool students from Carol Stream Elementary District 93’s Early Childhood Center work with eighth-graders from Stratford Middle School Thursday to plant class-grown seedlings in the Early Childhood Center’s new community garden.

    District 93 students growing both plants and relationships

    Sometimes you plant seedlings to watch flowers or vegetables grow. And sometimes you plant seedlings to watch children grow. There was a little of both going on Thursday when eighth-graders from Stratford Middle School in Bloomingdale spent part of their day helping preschool students at Community Consolidated Elementary District 93’s Early Childhood Center slip tiny plants into the soft...


    Wheeling collecting electronics Saturday

    The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County and Wheeling are hosting a document destruction and electronics collection event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 10, at the public works building, 77 W. Hintz Drive. Workers will unload the paper documents and electronics from vehicles.


    Maine Twp. to appoint new assessor May 27

    Maine Township trustees are expected to consider appointing a successor to longtime Assessor Tom Rueckert, who died Tuesday at age 73, at their next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at township hall, 1700 Ballard Road in Park Ridge. Township spokesman Dick Barton said the law requires any appointee to be state certified to be an assessor and of the same political party as the person being...


    Morgan Stanley consolidates Barrington offices

    Morgan Stanley consolidated two Barrington offices to one and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the move Tuesday, according to a press release.


    Town-hall meetings in District 59

    Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 will host three town-hall meetings beginning next week to inform parents and community members about what is taking place in the district, officials said.

    This is the new Lake Zurich village government flag approved by elected officials this week. It’ll fly at all municipal buildings.

    New village seal, logos, flag and slogan for Lake Zurich government

    Lake Zurich officials say they hope to project a new, contemporary look for village government and marketing purposes. Trustees this week approved a village seal, flag, logos and slogan. Lake Zurich follows Rosemont, Mundelein and Lakemoor in getting an image makeover.

    The Alamo.

    Texas wants Illinois to give up Santa Anna’s leg

    While Texas has coveted the piece for years, the state has no real claim to it.Santa Anna had both his original legs when he led Mexican forces against the rebellious Texans. He eventually lost the war and territory in the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto.

    Certified master clockmaker Jim Lachapelle has to use a magnifying eyepiece to check the small and intricate parts of this 1890s clock.

    Moving Picture: Elgin clockmaker in exclusive club

    Jim Lachapelle of Elgin is one of only 17 certified master clockmakers in the country, and has a passion for restoring old clocks for suburban residents. He and his business partner operate several locations in the suburbs, often restoring clocks that aren't worth the repair cost, but hold priceless memories for their owners. “I like the idea of the history you are touching,” he says.

    Marisol Sukhu

    Des Plaines woman charged with stealing school money

    A 40-year-old -woman is charged with stealing at least $2,000 from Stevenson School in East Maine Elementary District 63, where she worked, the Cook County Sheriff’s Police said Friday.


    Dist. 211 moving $31 million for projects, old debt

    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board members Thursday began transferring funds to embark on an ambitious $52.6 million capital improvement plan while paying down old debt. The board specifically voted to transfer $4 million from its operations fund to its capital improvement fund and the gradual transfer of $4.5 million from the working cash fund for debt repayment.

    A developer's proposal to build homes rather than offices on this land at Chevy Chase Drive and Milwaukee Avenue in Buffalo Grove met a cool reception from the village board.

    Plan for homes instead of offices gets cold shoulder in Buffalo Grove

    Buffalo Grove trustees this week gave a cold reception to a property owner's proposal for new single-family homes on Milwaukee Avenue. News: The village board would prefer that the property adhere to the village's comprehensive plan, which calls for office use.

    Erik Paxton

    State wants former Naperville YMCA worker committed after prison release

    Authorities want a 26-year-old Aurora peeping Tom and former Naperville YMCA worker held indefinitely after his release from prison on child pornography charges. Erik Paxton admitted he spied on girls he supervised at the YMCA and fantasizes about prepubescent girls, according to court documents in support of the state's effort to have him declared a Sexually Violent Person and committed to the...


    Cause of Barrington Hills barn fire unknown

    Authorities are investigating the cause of a Barrington Hills fire that occurred Thursday night in an abandoned barn, according to a news release. It took 20 minutes to bring the fire under control and fire personnel declared the fire extinguished at 12:25 a.m. Nobody was injured.

    James Kilgore

    Kennedy: Kilgore shouldn’t work at U. of Illinois

    While a campus committee weighs whether former 1970s radical James Kilgore should work at the University of Illinois, the chairman of the board that oversees the university believes the instructor’s violent past should rule him out.


    $13,280 in stolen goods sold for $200, Mt. Prospect Police say

    Mount Prospect police have charged two men with felony theft after they took a large quantity of metal concrete forms and parts from a storage yard, according to police reports. The men admitted selling more than $13,000 in items for $200 to a metal recycler in Elk Grove Village, police said.


    17 unlocked vehicles burgled overnight May 5 in Arlington Hts.

    Arlington Heights Police report there were 17 burglaries of unlocked vehicles overnight May 5.

    Crews installed a synthetic playing field at Lake Zurich High's football stadium in 2005. Lake Zurich Unit District 95 board members agreed Thursday to replace what they say is a worn-out surface.

    District 95 approves new synthetic field

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 board members Thursday night approved spending nearly $1.2 million on upgrades to the high school football stadium that'll include a new synthetic playing surface. “It's nonstop use on that field,” District 95 board President Tony Pietro told the Daily Herald.

    Noah sailed past Jacob to become the most popular baby name for boys in 2013, ending Jacob's 14-year run at the top. Sophia was the most popular baby name for girls for the third straight year.

    Baby names: Noah ends Jacob's 14-year run at top

    Noah sailed past Jacob to become the most popular baby name for boys in 2013, ending Jacob's 14-year run at the top. Sophia was the most popular baby name for girls for the third straight year. The Social Security Administration announced themost popular baby names Friday. Noah was followed by Liam, Jacob, Mason and William. Sophia was followed by Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Ava.

    Marie Lagenbach points to an area near her furnace and water heater where she says sewer water came up.

    Elgin resident wants $34,000 reimbursement

    An Elgin resident might be stuck with a $34,000 bill after the city's insurance company refused to pay for damages caused by a backup in the city's sewer system. Marie Lagenbach said she called the city's legal department, who told her there's nothing the city can do. “I said, 'How can you not be responsible? You're in charge of that sewer,'” Lagenbach said.

    Harper College Dean Kenya Ayers, right, oversees a project to overhaul the Northeast Center in Prospect Heights. Jennifer Brennan, left is the center's new supervisor.

    Harper College renovating Prospect Heights branch

    Harper College is investing in a facelift and new programs at one of its branches in response to unemployment and barriers to higher education around Prospect Heights. "We found that there was a mismatch between what we were offering here and what the community needed," Harper Dean Kenya Ayers said at the Northeast Center Thursday.


    Authorities release ID of Lake Michigan body

    Authorities have released the name of a 32-year-old suburban Chicago woman whose body was pulled from Lake Michigan. Officials say divers pulled Rebecca Long’s body from the water in Lake Forest around 11 a.m. Thursday.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    In Prospect Heights, vandals smashed windows overnight April 24 on four vehicles: a 2006 Honda CR-V on the 200 block of Andover Drive, a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze on the 0-100 block of Oakwood Dirve, a 2004 GMC Envoy on the 0-100 block of Stonegate Drive East, and a 2006 Jeep Commander on the 1000 block of Wildwood Drive East. Damage was estimated at $1,200.

    Tony Rezko. A decade ago, John Thomas agreed to wear a wire in the case against the political fundraiser.

    Rezko informant to plead guilty in fraud case

    A real-estate developer who once served as a government informant in a corruption case plans to plead guilty to bilking a Chicago suburb out of $370,000. A decade ago, John Thomas agreed to wear a wire in the case against political fundraiser Tony Rezko.


    Prep coach wins title, leaves school in mystery

    Just more than two months ago, St. Thomas More High School in Champaign was celebrating a state girls’ basketball championship. Now it’s looking for a new head coach and neither the school nor the man who had the job will say why he’s gone.

    Trent Groothuis, owner of The Greathouse of Pizza in Casey, Ill., poses with some his unique pizza art.

    Pizza art designer earns recognition

    A jalapeno popper pizza is not the only newly designed pizza created with a homemade, personal touch by owner Trent Groothuis at The Greathouse of Pizza in Casey. Groothuis, who has been in the pizza business since 2002 and bought The Greathouse of Pizza in 2008, has been designing unique pizza art for more than a year.


    Illinois Farmers’ Market hits vendor record

    The farmers market at the Illinois State Fairgrounds has opened for business with a record 36 vendors registering. Markets will be held each Thursday evening through Oct. 16, except during the Illinois State Fair in August.


    Friday to highlight stretch of Michigan Avenue

    Friday is the first day of a new initiative to offer discounted or free entertainment as a way to lure more people to a stretch of Michigan Avenue on the second Friday of every month.


    SUV crashes into Wisconsin concert venue

    The driver of an SUV crashed into a University of Wisconsin-Marathon County building where a jazz concert was underway.


    Illinois professor oversees Updike home renovation

    John Updike once helped an Illinois English professor propose to his wife to be. And now that same professor is helping preserve the celebrated novelist’s legacy.

    Katie Spring rolls up plastic that was used to cover certain plants during the winter in a field at the Good Heart Farmstead in Worcester, Vt. Spring and her husband Edge Fuentes, who both own the farm, back the GMO labeling bill passed by the Vermont legislature.

    Genetically modified foods confuse consumers

    Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most Americans have no idea if they are eating them. The Food and Drug Administration says they don’t need to be labeled, so the state of Vermont has moved forward on its own. On Thursday, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed legislation making his state the first to require labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.


    Ill. officials: Loggers illegally harvested timber

    A logging company will pay a conservation group $75,000 for illegally harvesting timber from a northern Illinois nature preserve. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources also says another logger is charged with stealing trees from private landowners.

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

    Dawn Patrol: Mayors group reverses stance on tax; Bears draft cornerback

    DuPage mayors group reverses income tax support. Court will decide if red-light cameras are legal. How to fund Route 53 extension? Craigslist rapist sentenced. Aurora baby born premature gets to go home. Bears draft cornerback with their first pick. Cubs salvage one game against Sox. Blackhawks face Wild tonight in Game 4.


    Batavia might extend ban on new non retail uses on Randall Road

    Batavia aldermen are expected to extend a moratorium on letting businesses that don't produce sales tax set up in its big commercial districts.


    Elgin might pick council finalist Wednesday

    After interviewing four hopefuls for a vacant seat on Wednesday, the Elgin City Council might pick a finalist next week, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a wallet valued at $200 out of a gym bag between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. May 3 after the male victim placed the bag next to fitness equipment he was using at XSport Fitness, 960 W. Dundee Road. Someone used a credit card in the wallet for $30 at a Marathon gas station in Arlington Heights.

    This picture was taken at the 2014 Rolex 3 Day Event in Lexington, KY.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of May 5.


    New York Rangers' Chris Kreider (20) cannot get a shot past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and Brian Gibbons (49) in the first period of Game 5 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey series in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Rangers fend off elimination, top Penguins 5-1

    New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis spent Thursday night with his family in Montreal, grieving the loss of mother France after she passed away suddenly.When Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told St. Louis perhaps the veteran forward should remain at home rather than help the Rangers try to fend off elimination against the Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis and his father held a lengthy heart to heart.

    Grant's Delaney Basala runs the first leg of the 4x100-meter relay in Friday's North Suburban Conference meet at Vernon Hills.

    Greatness for Grant in NSC meet

    On a night Lakes' Brittani Griesbaum nearly beat the great Brittny Ellis of Warren, when Griesbaum's teammate Kortney Schardt and fellow 1,600-meters competitor Lisa Bennatan of Lake Forest engaged in a photo finish of their own, Grant made sure there would be no doubt which track team would emerge as the North Suburban Conference champion. By the time anchor-leg Delaney Basala grabbed the baton, Grant's speedy sophomore had a large lead. She cruised to the finish, as the Bulldogs (4:08.18) won by nearly three seconds. Before the 1,600 relay even began, the Bulldogs had all but officially secured their first NSC title since 2007. Grant totaled 111 points at Vernon Hills on Friday, while Lakes (103.75) was second. Griesbaum's stellar night also included breaking the meet record in the long jump, as her mark of 18-5.5 bettered the 18-1.75 set by North Chicago's Aisha Morton in 2000.


    Softball: Friday, May 9 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Friday, May 9.


    Girls track: Friday, May 9 results
    Results of area high school girls track meets for Friday, May 9.


    Girls soccer: Friday, May 9 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Friday, May 9.


    Girls water polo:Friday, May 9 results
    Results of area high school girls water polo games for Friday, May 9.


    Boys track: Friday, May 9 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Friday, May 9.


    Boys volleyball: Friday, May 9 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Friday, May 9.


    Girls badminton: Friday, May 9 results
    Results of area high school badminton meets for Friday, May 9.


    Boys gymnastics: Friday, May 9 results
    Results of area high school boys gymnastics meets for Friday, May 9.


    Baseball: Friday, May 9 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Friday, May 9.


    Boys tennis: Friday, May 9 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Friday, May 9.

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 36 points in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 118-112.

    Hot-shooting Thunder beat Clippers 118-112

    Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Oklahoma City Thunder outplayed the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter for a 118-112 victory Friday night and a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.

    Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke, left, celebrates after Wild right wing Justin Fontaine scored on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, right, during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, May 9, 2014.

    Sitting out can light a fire inside

    It happened to Nick Leddy in Game 3, and lately Kris Versteeg has felt its sting as well.It’s the dreaded realization that you’ve been scratched.

    Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke (24) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) collide during the third period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, May 9, 2014. The Wild won 4-2.

    Blackhawks making things difficult

    Suddenly, the Blackhawks are in a tough series with the Wild. It wasn't supposed to be this way but the Hawks have to find some answers quickly as the teams return to the United Center.

    Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke, left, celebrates after Wild right wing Justin Fontaine scored on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, right, during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, May 9, 2014.

    Hawks find themselves in a battle

    A few nights after being shut out by the Wild in Game 3, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville mixed up his lines big time in hopes of getting some kind of consistent offense going Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center.Yeah, that didn’t work too well.

    Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke, left, celebrates after Wild right wing Justin Fontaine scored on Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Friday in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Wild beat the Hawks 4-2.

    Wild barrage on Crawford beats Blackhawks 4-2

    Jason Pominville scored for Minnesota in the second period off the back of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford’s skate and the Wild beat the Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night to even the Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece. Matt Cooke returned from his seven-game kneeing suspension to give the Wild a jolt, assisting on Justin Fontaine’s opening goal. Nino Niederreiter and Jared Spurgeon also scored. Crawford made 27 saves, but he gave up four goals for the second straight game.

    Kaneland’s Dylan Kuipers celebrates after clearing 15- 3 1/2 at the Kane County boys track and field meet in Streamwood Friday.

    Kaneland claims Kane County crown

    Kaneland coach Eric Baron established the proper mindset for Friday’s Kane County boys track meet a day early. And the Knights delivered, winning their third straight Kane County boys track championship.

    Joyce Taylor of Barrington competes in the 100-meter hurdles during the MSL meet at Wheeling on Friday.

    Big finish for Barrington

    Barrington closed in style on Friday at the Mid-Suburban League girls track meet. The Fillies capped things by taking first in the meet-ending 1,600-meter relay and to nail down their sixth MSL title with 140 points at Wheeling. Palatine finished second with 137.5 points, just ahead of defending champion Prospect (136).

    Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery listens to the Bears’ first round draft pick Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller during an NFL football news conference Friday, May 9, 2014, in Lake Forest, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Bears take LSU defensive tackle Ferguson in 2nd round

    The Bears selected defensive tackles LSU's Ego Ferguson and Arizona State's Will Sutton in the second and third rounds, respectively, to shore up the NFL's worst run defense.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    Rose Ferolo delivered a 2-run single with two out in the top of the seventh inning, lifting Vernon Hills’ softball team to an 11-10 win over Lakes in a North Suburban Prairie Division thriller Friday.

    Lake Park’s Antonio Shenault wins the 110-meter hurdles during the DuPage County boys track meet Friday. Wheaton North’s Steven Connor, left, and Naperville Central’s Michael Jopes, right, also raced.

    York, Lake Park go 1-2 at DuPage County meet

    Naperville Central all-state hurdler Michael Jopes couldn’t quite catch Lake Park standout Antonio Shenault in the 110-meter hurdles, but he still managed to have a great Friday night at the DuPage County boys track meet in Naperville. Jopes ran a personal-best time of 39.08 to win the 300 low hurdles, and he took a solid second to Shenault in the high hurdles. After placing at state last year in both the 300 hurdles and the 1,600 relay, Jopes appears ready for another postseason charge this spring.


    Sommers, Jambrone pace BG’s big sectonal effort

    Last year as a sophomore, Katelynn Sommers went to the state badminton tournament in Charleston as a spectator. She was there to support her Buffalo Grove teammates, including Julie Jambrone, who wound up taking home a doubles medal by finishing sixth. This season Sommers will be going back to the state meet — not only as a participant, but also as a sectional tourney champion. The junior and her doubles partner, Jambrone, won the Bison sectional tourney Friday on their home court by defeating another BG team, Mady Berns and Madison Fortman, in straight sets.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    Junior left-hander Charlie Murphy threw 6 innings of 4-hit ball, and Libertyville’s baseball team hit the 20-win mark by defeating visiting Grant 5-1 in a North Suburban Conference crossover Friday.

    Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (27), of Sweden, steals the puck from Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) during the second period.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game Four
    Images of game four of the NHL Playoff Series as the Chicago Blackhawks lost 4-2 to the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on Friday. The series even at two games apiece, action returns to the United Center on Sunday for game five.

    The White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez watches his grand slam during Friday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Ramirez, Abreu power White Sox over D-Backs

    Alexei Ramirez hit a grand slam to fuel Chicago’s seven-run fourth inning and Jose Abreu hit his major league-leading 13th homer and drove in two runs to lead the White Sox to an 8-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. Abreu was the designated hitter because of a nagging left ankle injury. He went 3 for 4 and leads the AL with 37 RBIs.


    Softball / Northwest roundup

    Conant’s area-high home run total climbed to 34 on Friday as the Cougars hit two more in a 12-0 five-inning win over visiting Palatine on Friday


    It’s Hersey’s time to shine

    Darren Llewellyn says soccer can be crazy and cruel — which is one reason he enjoys the sport so much. It was cruel Friday night, to be sure. But not for Llewellyn’s Hersey team. Hersey and visiting Buffalo Grove battled to a scoreless draw, and that outcome clinched a Huskies appearance in Wednesday’s Mid-Suburban League Soccer Bowl at Barrington. The Huskies (16-4-1, 10-0-1) earned their second trip to the league championship matchup in the last three years with 31 points, 3 points clear of the Bison (19-1-2, 9-0-2, 28).

    Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo runs a drill at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. Garoppolo was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the draft Friday.

    NFL Draft day 2: Patriots grab Garoppolo

    It was a perfect 10 for Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo said last week at an assembly in his honor at Rolling Meadows High School that he was hoping for the opportunity to play for a high-caliber offense when he was picked in the NFL draft. And he hoped he could wear number 10 when he became a pro. Garoppolo saw his wish become a reality when the New England Patriots selected the Arlington Heights native in the second round of draft with the 62nd pick overall. The Patriots do not have any player on their roster wearing number 10, a number usually reserved for quarterbacks.


    Geneva beats St. Charles East, denies Saints UEC title

    Known for its defending prowess, Geneva’s girls soccer team showed it can attack too in Friday’s Upstate Eight Conference River match with rival St. Charles East.


    St. Charles North stays hot in win at Geneva

    It felt a little strange to St. Charles North’s players not to see Sabrina Rabin at the top of the lineup Friday, but it didn’t do much to slow their hot bats.

    #18 Bella Daly of Lisle gets ready to put the tag on #9 of Peotone Jordan Nichols during the Peotone at Lisle softball game Friday.

    Lisle’s bats lose momentum

    To see what the Lisle softball team is capable of offensively, one only need to look at the sixth inning of Friday’s home game against Peotone. The Lions struck for 3 runs on 3 hits and put six total runners on base. The team was just one hitter shy of batting around. The problem was that was the only big inning for Lisle. The Blue Devils scored in every inning but the first en route to a 13-3 Interstate Eight Conference victory.


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Friday, May 9

    Fox Valley baseball roundup for Friday, May 9.


    Girls soccer: Fox Valley roundup Friday, May 9

    Fox Valley girls soccer roundup for Friday, May 9.

    Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) looks for a way around Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during the first half of Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff game in Washington, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    George, Pacers beat Wizards 85-63, lead series 2-1

    Paul George had his best game of the series with 23 points and eight rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers held the Washington Wizards to a franchise-low playoff total Friday night in an 85-63 victory for a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.


    Glenbard East shows it can be resilient

    Glenbard East put itself in prime position to win its DuPage Valley Conference baseball series against Naperville North. After falling 8-7 at home on Thursday, the Rams beat the Huskies 6-4 with 2 runs in the seventh to tie the series 1-1 Friday in Naperville. The teams go back to Lombard on Saturday for the deciding game.


    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Friday, May 9

    Fox Valley softball roundup for Friday, May 9.


    McHenry comes back to beat Jacobs

    McHenry reminded Jacobs on Friday why the 21st and final out of a high school baseball game is often the hardest to get. The Golden Eagles had a 5-run lead and were moments away from enjoying a festive postgame Senior Day celebration when the never-say-die Warriors again worked their seventh-inning comeback magic. They erupted for 5 runs — 2 with two outs — to tie the Fox Valley Conference contest, and they scored another in the eighth to prevail 8-7.


    Wild finish helps Barrington hang on against Fremd

    Prior to the start of the season, freshman catcher Rachel Krzysko spent three straight days working on a particular drill with assistant Barrington softball coach Jon Sander. More than a month later, it won a game for the Fillies at Fremd on Friday. With two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, Krzysko raced back to the fence to grab a wild pitch. She cleanly scooped it up, turned and flipped a perfect strike to pitcher Keenan Dolezal, who put the tag on the runner trying to score from third base for the final out in Barrington’s nerve-wracking 4-3 triumph. The narrow win kept the Fillies (20-8, 10-2) within one game of first place in the ever-so-competitive Mid-Suburban West where they trail Conant (17-1, 11-1).


    St. Edward notches 4th straight win

    The St. Edward softball team walked a tightrope on Friday, but managed to keep its balance and hold on for a 4-3 Suburban Christian Conference win over visiting Chicago Christian at the Elgin Sports Complex


    Hampshire falls to Prairie Ridge in 9

    As second-year coach Stacey Stepek tries to build a winning attitude within the Hampshire softball program, she also understands that even some losses can be beneficial. What Stepek wants more than anything is for her team to be competitive, especially when it plays established Class 4A programs, most specifically those in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division. So while the FVC Fox-leading Whip-Purs lost to Prairie Ridge 12-7 in nine innings in a league crossover Friday in Hampshire, Stepek’s postgame mood remained positive.


    Zyzda pitches Barrington past Elk Grove

    Barrington coach Pat Wire didn’t know what to expect when he handed the ball to starting pitcher Jake Zyzda. “He has pitched real well for us,” Wire said before the game. “But he also had a hiccup in one of our losses.” Wire’s concerns were for naught as Zyzda kept host Elk Grove in check for more than 5 innings and Barrington scored all its runs with two outs to topple the Grenadiers 5-2 Friday.

    The Bears continue to overhaul on defense after it ranked 30th overall, last against the run and tied Jacksonville with a league-low 31 sacks. The Bears gave up 2,583 yards rushing on 5.3 per carry — both club records — and they still had plenty of holes to fill entering the draft even after a flurry of moves.

    Bears draft LSU DT Ferguson in second round

    The Bears continued to address their defense in the second round of the draft, taking LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson with the 51st pick on Friday. The Bears have been busy retooling a unit that ranked among the league's worst in an effort to jump to the playoffs after missing out for the sixth time in seven years. They went 8-8 last season.


    Cary-Grove swings hot bats in win over Huntley

    Veteran Cary-Grove baseball coach Don Sutherland has certainly tinkered enough with his lineup during the 2014 season. Scoring 15 runs on 16 hits in a 15-5 six-inning win over visiting Huntley in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action Friday afternoon, Sutherland’s experimentation appears to be over.

    Hampshire’s RJ Consigny slides into home plate safely, colliding with Grayslake Central catcher Sam Nozicka after the ball got past his mitt, hitting his leg and popping up in the second inning at Hampshire Friday.

    Grayslake Central comeback stuns Hampshire

    Down to its last strike, Grayslake Central pulled out a win on the road Friday. Mike Stone tripled with 2 outs in the seventh inning to lead the Rams past Hampshire, 6-5, in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division baseball action in Hampshire. Stone’s hit made a winner out of Russ Lundius, who settled down after giving up 4 runs in the second inning. Justin Guryn got the final 3 outs for the save.

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces the opening of the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Friday, May 9, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    Texans open second round of draft with UCLA guard

    After 20 hours to think about their next pick in the NFL draft, the Houston Texans went for a blocker. To barely a whimper of reaction from the Radio City Music Hall crowd, Houston opened the second round Friday night by selecting UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo. He joins the first overall pick, defensive disrupter Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, as a Texan.

    Chicago Bears first round draft pick Kyle Fuller, a cornerback from Virginia Tech, smiles as he responds to a question after being introduced at an NFL football news conference Friday, May 9, 2014, in Lake Forest, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    New Bear Fuller comes with strong foundations

    Bears first-round draft choice Kyle Fuller is the latest but probably not the last in a long line of football-playing brothers who have made it to the NFL. Kyle credits the competitiveness of his family with the toughness that impressed Bears general manager Phil Emery.

    Wide receiver #84 Mick Viken (left) and Jimmy Garoppolo at a Rolling Meadows practice.

    Images: Jimmy Garoppolo through the years
    Before starring at Eastern Illinois, Jimmy Garoppolo had a standout career at Rolling Meadows High School. As he waits for his name to be called during the NFL draft, take a look back at his high school and college days.

    Former Chicago Fire star Brian McBride, left, has come out of retirement to help his former team as a part-time coach. “It’s something that I’m looking forward to,” McBride said.

    Soccer legend McBride reunites with Fire

    It just made sense for both sides to get Brian McBride in Chicago Fire practice gear again. McBride, a native of Arlington Heights and a Buffalo Grove High School grad, is working as a part-time assistant to help the Fire with its offensive attack.

    Thunder superstar Kevin Durant made a moving acceptance speech this week when he received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, thanking his mother, Wanda Pratt, left, for her love and support throughout his life.

    Kudos to Rose, Durant for their compassion and caring

    The average guy doesn’t think he has a lot in common with today’s professional athlete, but Mike North exposes the human side of the Bulls’ Derrick Rose and the Oklahoma Thunder’s Kevin Durant.

    Boston Bruins’ Matt Fraser is mobbed by teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first overtime period in Game 4 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

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    Matt Fraser fantasized about a night like this as a kid in Red Deer, Alberta.Making his NHL playoff debut after being called up Wednesday from Providence of the American Hockey League, the 23-year-old Fraser scored at 1:19 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.



    FAA: Airliner had near-miss with drone

    “Imagine a metal and plastic object, especially that big lithium battery, going into a high-speed turbine engine,” said James Williams, chief of the FAA's unmanned aircraft office. “The results could be catastrophic.”

    A Hermes Collier de Chien bracelet, left, and a Hermes Kelly Double Tour, inside a vault for the storage of high value items at the headquarters of The RealReal in San Francisco.

    More shopping for items with eye to resale

    Julie Wainwright, CEO of TheRealReal, which focuses on the top tier designer labels, said her office fields five or six calls a day from customers wanting to know about the resale value of a brand. “People will call us before they shop, or while they’re shopping,” Wainwright said.

    An Ariel liquid detergent bottle with an ‘18’ on it sits Friday in Berlin Germany

    Detergent pulled in Germany over neo-Nazi code

    Procter & Gamble has apologized for “any false connotations” after stirring anger in Germany for unintentionally placing a neo-Nazi code on promotional packages for its Ariel laundry detergent.

    A customer look over a Ford Motor Co. Escape sports utility vehicle last year at a dealership in Colma, California,

    Ford recalls 692,487 SUVs, cars

    Ford Motor Co. recalled almost 700,000 Escape SUVs and C-MAX hybrid cars to fix a defect that could prevent air bags from deploying in a rollover crash.


    Initial public offerings scheduled next week

    A list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week.

    A person displays Netflix on a tablet in North Andover, Mass. Netflix is raising its Internet video prices by $1 per month for new customers and giving its current U.S. subscribers a two-year break from the higher rates. The company’s stock price went up.

    Dow inches up to record close

    The blue-chip index flitted between small gains and losses at least a half-dozen times, and ended up beating its old record set last week by less than 2.5 points, or just 0.02 percent.

    President Barack Obama speaks at a Walmart store Friday in Mountain View, Calif. Obama announced new steps by companies, local governments and his own administration to deploy solar technology.

    Obama: 300 companies, governments committed to solar

    “The commitments we’re announcing today prove that there are cost-effective ways to tackle climate change and create jobs at the same time,” President Obama said at a sprawling Wal-Mart store in Mountain View.


    Prosthetic arm from Segway inventor approved by FDA

    The limb won’t be available for sale and a price won’t be determined until DEKA finds a commercial partner to mass- manufacture it, said Matt Albuquerque, president of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics Inc. in Manchester, New Hampshire, which helped DEKA develop the device.

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife Rochelle during the Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles.

    Parsons named interim CEO of Clippers

    Richard Parsons, 66, will give up his position as a board member of Madison Square Garden Co., which owns the Knicks, said two people with direct knowledge of the appointment.

    Top Golf’s only Chicago-area location in Wood Dale often has two-hour waits on the weekends, but the Texas-based company is looking to build a new facility in Naperville.

    Top Golf planning new location in Naperville

    There is usually a two-hour wait on the weekends to play a round at Top Golf’s only area location in Wood Dale, but soon there might be another option -- in Naperville -- to experience the popular golf entertainment facility. “We put a new twist on the traditional driving range,” said Zach Shor, director of real estate for the Texas-based company.

    Eight members of the U.S. Senate, including Dick Durbin of Illinois, are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine new research suggesting that some electronic cigarettes can produce dangerous carcinogens similar to those from traditional cigarettes.

    Senators warn of carcinogen risk with e-cigarettes

    Eight members of the U.S. Senate, including Dick Durbin of Illinois, are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine new research suggesting that some electronic cigarettes can produce dangerous carcinogens similar to those from traditional cigarettes.

    The mostly vacant Weiss office building near Westfield Hawthorn shopping center in Vernon Hills may be renovated rather than demolished.

    Vernon Hills rejects medical office building, new plan expected

    Plans for a prominent spot in Vernon Hills have changed again after village officials rejected a plan that included a medical office building for the northwest corner of routes 60 and 21 near Westfield Hawthorn shopping center. Centrum Partners says instead it will rehab the mostly vacant existing building on the site.


    McDonald’s tests seasoned french fries
    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s says it plans to start testing seasoned french fries at select U.S. locations starting Friday. The world’s biggest hamburger chain says the test of its “Shakin’ Flavor Fries” will take place at restaurants in northern California and St. Louis. Customers will be able to choose garlic Parmesan, spicy Buffalo or zesty ranch flavors.


    Akorn plans $440M acquisition of VersaPharm

    Lake Forest-based Akorn Inc. has announced plans to spend $440 million in cash to buy the parent company of fellow generic drugmaker VersaPharm Inc. less than a month after it polished off the acquisition of another pharmaceutical company. Shares of the company soared Friday morning after detailed its next acquisition.

    The Little Traveler store in Geneva has added a Fair Trade Gallery to its many departments. “The feeling is that this is retail with a soul,” said gallery manager and buyer Annette Shamloo. “It captures your heart.” She holds a hand-woven pine-needle basket with glass beads made by a Mayan artist.

    Longtime Geneva boutique joins global Fair Trade movement

    The new Fair Trade Gallery at The Little Traveler warren of boutiques in Geneva is "retail with a soul," says manager Annette Shamloo. It features items made by artisans in developing countries, who are being paid fair wages.

    Many doctors and other health care professionals nationwide have been victimized this year by identity theft used to fraudulently obtain federal and state tax refunds.

    Doctors nationwide victimized in ID theft fraud

    Many doctors and other health care professionals nationwide have been victimized this year by identity theft used to fraudulently obtain federal and state tax refunds — and their numbers are growing, medical industry and government officials say.

    The chief executive of one of the nation’s largest providers of the Internet’s backbone on Thursday blamed cable giant Comcast for a slowdown in Netflix streaming traffic over the last two years.

    Cogent blames Comcast for prior Netflix slowdown

    The chief executive of one of the nation’s largest providers of the Internet’s backbone on Thursday blamed cable giant Comcast for a slowdown in Netflix streaming traffic over the last two years. Cogent Communications Group Inc. CEO Dave Schaeffer made the comments at a congressional hearing about Comcast’s proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. on Thursday.

Life & Entertainment


    Go ahead, ask friend why BFF turned a cold shoulder

    Q. So eight years ago, my best friend of 15 years — my maid of honor — basically told me, via email, no less, two months before my wedding, that she had other plans on my wedding day. Unfortunately our mutual friends continue to be friends with her. How do I move on? I am at the point where I just want to unfriend everyone because they tolerate such behavior. Am I unreasonable?

    Chicago native Allison Semmes, center, stars as Diana Ross in the national tour of “Motown The Musical,” which plays the Oriental Theatre in Chicago through Saturday, Aug. 9. Semmes is flanked by Krisha Marcano, left, as Florence Ballard and Trisha Jeffrey as Mary Wilson as they sing “Stop! In the Name of Love.”

    Glorious songs overstuff ‘Motown The Musical’

    "Motown The Musical" is truly too much of a good thing. It overflows with so much music and so many great performances that Motown Records founder Berry Gordy only scratches the surface story-wise of his rise-and-fall career and lasting cultural legacy. Yet generations of baby boomers and their kids who grew up with this landmark music are sure to be whipped up into a nostalgic frenzy thanks to a top notch national tour of "Motown The Musical," now playing at Chicago's Oriental Theatre through Saturday, Aug. 9.


    Honor your relative’s timing on releasing baby news

    My brother’s wife is pregnant and very difficult. First, she took weeks to even tell me that I was going to be an aunt. Then, she asked me not to tell anyone, including my own sons, until she was further along.What do I say to her to let her know how rude and selfish she’s being?


    Short and Sweet critic Beth Kahan reviews ‘Wizard of Oz’ with Diana Martinez
    Short and Sweet guest critic Beth Kahan of St. Charles discusses her reactions to Broadway in Chicago’s “Wizard of Oz with host Diana Martinez. Kahan draws upon her experience as an actress – including her experience playing a munchkin in her school’s rendition of “Wizard of Oz” – to critique the show.

    Hugh Jackman, who recently attended The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala with Deborra-Lee Furness, is heading back to Broadway in the fall.

    Jackman excited about Broadway return, Tony duties

    Hugh Jackman is jacked to host the Tony Awards for the third time, but he’s also looking forward to being onstage for a longer stint in the near future. “I’m going back to Broadway. I’m doing a play called ‘The River,’ a Jez Butterworth play. So I’m really looking forward to treading the boards here on Broadway,” Jackman confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday.

    Questlove is executive producing a music series for VH1 that will feature three artists performing simultaneously on one stage. “SoundClash” debuts July 23 with Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy and buzzed British group London Grammar.

    Questlove to produce music series for VH1

    Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show isn’t the only TV program getting help from Questlove. The Roots leader is executive producing a music series for VH1 that will feature three artists performing simultaneously on one stage. “SoundClash” debuts July 23 with Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy and buzzed British group London Grammar.

    Eleanor Roosevelt speaks during Women’s Day at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933. PBS announced Thursday its fall season will open with the seven-part Ken Burns’ documentary, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”

    ‘The Roosevelts’ opens PBS season

    PBS said Thursday its fall season will open with a binge-viewing opportunity: a seven-part Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelt political dynasty. “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” will air as two-hour episodes over seven nights, beginning Sept. 14.

    As he searches for his daughter, Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) seeks help from mysterious medium Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) in Showtime's “Penny Dreadful.”

    Showtime's 'Penny Dreadful' revives elemental fear in all of us

    Tales about monsters have existed as long as humanity. And on Sunday, May 11, Showtime premieres “Penny Dreadful,” an eight-episode horror drama that takes its name from the lurid serialized tales — printed on cheap pulp paper and costing a penny — beloved by working-class teens and young adults in 1800s Britain.

    The woman who wears the most eccentric hat will win a prize at the Mother's Day celebration at the Montrose Room in Rosemont.

    Mom's the word: 6 last-minute Mother's Day ideas

    If you have not yet finalized (or even thought about) your plans for Mother's Day, have no fear. There are still plenty of last-minute options for those who want to do more beyond the usual family brunch. From taking her to Arlington International Racecourse to seeing the show "Cheaper By The Dozen" at Fox Valley Rep to appealing to her sweet tooth at Capannari Ice Cream, she won't even know you procrastinated.

    Pears can be dried, which concentrates their flavors and sweetness. Add more variety to the family table by including fruit in your canning, freezing or dehydrating mix.

    Canner’s garden is more for the future than now

    A canner’s garden is not your typical vegetable patch. With its full-scale production, distinctive varieties and four-season harvests, it’s more for the future than the moment. “Canner’s gardens aren’t really so different in what they grow. Where they’re really different is in how much they grow,” said Daniel Gasteiger, author of “Yes You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too” (Cool Springs Press, 2011).

    Ferragamo has launched its own entry into the signature bag category this week, the Fiamma named for founder Salvatore Ferragamo’s late daughter.

    Ferragamo launches signature Fiamma bag

    Perhaps the “It” bag’s star just burned too bright. Those must-have handbag wonders, which flew out of stores before dropping into sudden oblivion, have given way to something more enduring: signature bags. Ferragamo launched its own entry into the category this week with the Fiamma, named for founder Salvatore Ferragamo’s late daughter, who was the force behind Ferragamo’s first handbag collection in the 1970s.

    Broadway veteran Marya Grandy plays the long-suffering matriarch of an impoverished Irish family in TimeLine Theatre's revival of the rarely produced musical “Juno,” based on Sean O'Casey's 1924 play “Juno and the Paycock.”

    TimeLine strikes a chord with rarely produced musical 'Juno'

    TimeLine Theatre doesn't leap immediately to mind when you think “musical.” The Chicago company has produced only two musicals over its 17-year history. The first was 2006's “Fiorello!” The second is its current show, “Juno.” An obscure musical inspired by Irish playwright Sean O'Casey's 1924 drama “Juno and the Paycock,” “Juno” closed within two weeks of its 1959 Broadway opening and has never been revived. TimeLine's production makes you wonder why.

    Dinnerware can elevate any meal and carries with it years of nostalgia. From top to bottom: 1-Anthrolpologie’s Old-Havana Dinnerware; 2-Charlotte Street Dinner Plate; 3-Vera Wang’s Gilded Weave; 4-Oscar de la Renta’s Pavilion Dinner Plate; 5-Jasper Conran’s Gold-Banded Plate.

    The fashion plates of dinnerware

    There are some things that stand above trends. Take dinnerware, which is usually collected and passed on to future generations. It elevates any meal — even pizza — and carries with it years of nostalgia. And if a quality pattern or design goes out of style, you can trust that it’s only temporary.

    With 67 acres of land and more than two dozen unique gardens, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is one of the most-visited free attractions in Alabama.

    5 free things for visitors in Birmingham, Ala.

    Alabama’s largest city is making a comeback after decades of dormancy, and there’s plenty of free stuff for visitors to see and do in the new Birmingham. Re-energized by a wave of fresh development and the emergence of a true downtown vibe, the city once called the “Pittsburgh of the South” for its steel industry is now varied enough for a family trip or a weekend getaway for couples. Interested in history or the arts? How about a tour of a worldwide broadcasting operation? Birmingham has that and more.

    Zoe Saldana, left, and Patrick J. Adams star in the two-episode miniseries “Rosemary’s Baby,” adapted from Ira Levin’s 1967 book and Roman Polanski’s 1968 film.

    Happy Mother’s Day, Rosemary!

    “Rosemary’s Baby,” the 1968 Satanic chiller about a naive New York City housewife with some seriously disturbed neighbors, has been remade as a two-night miniseries for NBC starring Zoe Saldana. Will it be a bigger departure for the actress, or from the source material? We'll find out on Sunday.


    Stage events: Join the knights of 'Spamalot'

    Palatine's Theatre Nebula presents the musical "Spamalot" and Metropolis Performing Ars Centre revives the chamber musical "The Last Five Years" this week in suburban theater.

    Jason Derulo says both his new album, “Talk Dirty,” and single of the same name reflect his growth as a singer and songwriter.

    Singer Jason Derulo talks ‘Dirty’

    Jason Derulo knows his recent hit, “Talk Dirty,” is risque, but he’s not too worried about it. “I try to be conscious of offending anybody, but not that much,” he said. “I really just try to do my thing and of course there is going to be backlash on every song that I do, so I don’t worry myself too much on that."


    Auditions and art shows
    Auditions and artist calls starting Friday, May 9, 2014, in Chicago and the suburbs.


    A case for looser credit scores

    Are lenders’ credit-score requirements for home purchasers this spring too high — out of sync with the actual risks of default presented by today’s borrowers? The experts say yes.


    Deal fairly with unpermitted dwellings

    Q. In a recent article, you gave some advice that showed a lack of professional ethics. Someone wrote to you about an unpermitted guesthouse in their backyard. Rather than advising them to obey the law, you showed disdain for the building code and suggested ways of avoiding compliance.

    Lakewood Grove residents benefit from the use of a community clubhouse with swimming pool and tennis courts.

    Lakewood Grove focus of neighborhood profile

    James Russell loves his man cave.News: Ten years ago, when he and his wife Melissa bought a new home in Round Lake's Lakewood Grove neighborhood, they had the room built to their specs, which was an option.


    Hopefully, with some good planning, the focus for next year’s Lilac Time festival will be more on the lilacs.

    Editorial: Lombard did the right thing, but needs a policy

    A Daily Herald editorial says that the Lombard village board did the honorable thing in agreeing to give a $1,000 Lilac Princess scholarship to the daughter of a village trustee, but it still needs to look at its conflict of interest policies.

    Ann Reed

    Quality STEM education closes skills gap

    Guest columnist Ann Reed: Our leaders must instead look to initiatives like Gov. Quinn’s for inspiration in their efforts to close the STEM skills gap. Doing so will ensure America’s long-term prosperity.


    President doing little on race relations
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: President Obama was on a trip to the Far East to support our allies in that region but diverted his attention from that important mission to interject himself into the Donald Sterling fiasco. Sterling, a white NBA team owner and donor to the Democratic Party, made stupid and biased racial statements that certain media have raised to an important issue.


    Setting facts straight on Reboot Illinois
    A letter to the editor: In commenting on my recent column about the freshman Democrat who opposed a tax surcharge on millionaires, Palatine Township Democratic Committeeman Matt Flamm made some false claims about me and Reboot Illinois I need to correct. Reboot Illinois is a nonpartisan digital and social media firm that aims to engage citizens in actively participating in our state government.


    State neglect penalizes teachers
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: I am a retired teacher with 38 years of credited experience. During this time, I paid into the Teachers’ Retirement System around 8 percent of my gross salary. This was a requirement over which I had no control.


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