Daily Archive : Tuesday May 13, 2014


    Amber Creek

    New details emerge in Palatine teen murder investigation

    Authorities investigating the 1997 murder of Palatine teen Amber Creek last month seized a laptop, iPhone and Facebook data belonging to James Paul Eaton, the man now accused of killing her, according to search warrant documents obtained by the Daily Herald. “Sexual homicide offenders often take clothing, jewelry and other property ... from their victims,” the search warrants state.

    A long line of fliers wants to know what’s going on at O’Hare after delays.

    O'Hare flights back to normal after problems Tuesday

    For the second time in less than a year, fire-related concerns caused the evacuation of an Elgin air traffic control facility with resulting travel nightmares nationwide. For about three hours Tuesday, the FAA grounded flights in and out of O’Hare and Midway international airports after smoke filled the Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) center in Elgin at 11:30 a.m. Limited arrivals...

    Robert D. Stuart Jr.

    Robert D. Stuart Jr.: Former Quaker Oats CEO, ambassador remembered as ‘great American leader”

    Lake Forest resident Robert D. Stuart Jr. - who spent 15 years as Quaker Oats Co.’s chief executive officer - is remembered for his service as a U.S. ambassador, philanthropy, business acumen and political activism. Stuart, 98, whose grandfather co-founded Quaker Oats, died of natural causes May 8.

    A woman takes a stroll with her child along the Westchester Riverwalk just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown, N.Y. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama plans to speak by the bridge just north of New York City to press his case that a key federal government fund used to pay for the nation’s roads, bridges and ports is running dry and that the economy would be damaged if it is not replenished.

    Obama to ask Congress for cash for roads, bridges

    America’s roads, bridges and ports are falling apart, and the federal government is running out of money to fix them. So President Barack Obama is heading to a crumbling bridge outside New York City to try to pressure Congress into giving the nation’s infrastructure an infusion of cash.


    Frontier coming to Dulles

    Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines is launching service to 14 cities from Dulles International Airport.Nonstop service to Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Orlando, Florida; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Chicago-O'Hare and Tampa, Florida begins Aug. 19. Service to Cincinnati, Ohio; Detroit; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Las Vegas; Memphis, Tennessee; Fort Myers, Florida; St. Louis and St.

    The dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Indiana and Michigan would be among the sites along a proposed Great Lakes trail.

    Great Lakes recreation route aims to boost tourism

    Supporters of a proposed international biking, hiking and paddling route around the Great Lakes basin plan to meet this week in southwestern Michigan to collaborate on the idea. The Great Lakes Coastal Trail Conference takes place Thursday and Friday in Saugatuck. The event aims to bring together supporters in the U.S. and Canada to formalize development of a roughly 7,000-mile route, The Grand...

    Arlington Heights is creating a task force to study rebranding the village in hopes of attracting more business, entertainment and shopping dollars to town

    Arlington Heights considering new marketing plan

    Arlington Heights is creating a task force to study rebranding the village in hopes of attracting more business, entertainment and shopping dollars to town. Whether to keep the village's “Discover Arlington” marketing campaign or spend time and money developing and implementing a new plan has been a source of conflict with elected officials for some time.

    D’Andre Howard

    Judge considers testimony in Hoffman Estates murders

    Lawyers for D’Andre Howard argued Tuesday that jurors should hear testimony from hospital personnel and Department of Children and Family Services social workers about their client’s mental state when his murder trial begins later this month. Cook County Assistant Public Defender Dean Binstock is seeking to include the testimony as part of an insanity defense which she intends to...

    U.S. Army honor guard arrive before the wreath laying at the gravesite of Army Pvt. William Christman, who was the first military burial at the cemetery, marking the beginning of commemorations of the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Tuesday.

    Arlington marks 150th anniversary of first burial

    Generations of descendants of the first soldier laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery commemorated the burial’s 150th anniversary at a wreath-laying ceremony Tuesday.

    Nebraska Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse, a Tea Party favorite, won the GOP nomination Tuesday.

    Tea Party favorite wins Nebraska’s GOP primary

    The Tea Party scored a win in Nebraska on Tuesday as university president Ben Sasse captured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in a bitter race that highlighted fissures within the GOP. Two women set the stage for history-making in West Virginia. Sasse, who had the backing of outside conservative groups, Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz, grabbed 48 percent of the vote in a five-man primary.

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling only dug himself into a deeper hole after slamming Magic Johnson when he was supposed to be atoning for his own racist remarks.

    Johnson says Clippers owner living in ‘stone ages’

    NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson says Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has badly outdated views about minorities and is shockingly ignorant in his views on HIV and AIDS for such a prominent public figure. “He’s living in the stone ages,” Johnson said in an interview that aired Tuesday with CNN’S Anderson Cooper.

    More than a dozen police patrol cars responded to a fight shortly before noon Tuesday at Streamwood High School. Six students were arrested as a result of the altercation, which caused no significant injuries, according to police.

    Streamwood High students arrested after fight at school

    Six Streamwood High School students were arrested in connection with a fight that broke out on campus Tuesday morning, police said. No weapons were used in the fight and no significant injuries to students or staff were reported as a result of the 11:15 a.m. altercation, Streamwood police said.

    Chloe Stirling, 12, of Troy presents cupcakes from her Hey, Cupcake! bakery to Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday in at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

    ’Cupcake bill’ moves through legislature

    Legislation prompted by the shutdown of an Illinois girl’s home-baked cupcake operation is one step closer to law. The measure would require sellers to go through sanitation training, pay fees, label ingredients, and let consumers know the product was made in a home kitchen.

    A person holds a poster during a rally at the Trocadero, in front of the Eiffel Tower, to support the release of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, Tuesday in Paris.

    Nigeria opens door for talks with kidnappers

    A Nigerian government official said “all options are open” in efforts to rescue almost 300 abducted schoolgirls from their captors as U.S. reconnaissance aircraft started flying over this West African country in a search effort. Boko Haram, the militant group that kidnapped the girls last month from a school in Borno state, released a video Monday purporting to show some of the...

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, third from left, and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, right, attend a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday. Steinmeier flew to Ukraine Tuesday to help start talks between the Ukrainian government and its foes following the declaration of independence by two eastern region.

    6 soldiers killed in Ukraine; Germany pushes peace

    An insurgent ambush killed six soldiers Tuesday in eastern Ukraine as Germany moved to jumpstart a possible plan toward peace that includes launching a dialogue on decentralizing the government in Kiev. Ukraine’s leadership appeared cool to the plan and U.S. officials view its prospects for success skeptically. But some analysts say Russian President Vladimir Putin is more likely to accept...

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may run for the White House in 2016.

    White House, Clinton aide push back against Rove

    An aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton and the White House pushed back Tuesday against Republican strategist Karl Rove for suggesting that the former secretary of state’s health could be an issue if she runs for president in 2016. Rove told Fox News, for which he is a commentator, that Clinton had a “serious health episode” that would be a legitimate issue for her in a potential...


    Illinois Senate committee OKs ban on crib bumpers

    An Illinois Senate committee has approved a ban on selling crib bumpers, citing a warning from the American Academy of Pediatrics that the bumpers could cause infants to suffocate in their sleep.


    17-year-old charged in death of White Sox vendor

    Chicago police say they have charged a 17-year-old in the shooting death last month of a White Sox vendor. Nicholas Ramirez was killed during the early morning hours of April 19.


    Democrats advance budget with extension of tax increase

    Democratic lawmakers are moving forward with a 2015 budget that is based upon an extension of Illinois’ temporary income tax increase. The plan follows weeks of hearings where chiefs from state agencies overseen by Gov. Pat Quinn’s office— painted doomsday scenarios about what would happen if their budgets were cut because the tax increases scheduled to end next January were...

    William James Vahey in 1986, 1995, 2004 and 2013. Vahey, 64, killed himself in Luverne, Minn. on March 21, 2014. The discovery of Vahey, a man the FBI regards as one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory has set off a crisis in the community of international schools, where parents are being told that their children may have been victims, and administrators are scurrying to close loopholes exposed by Vahey’s abuses.

    FBI: Hundreds have contacted us about pedophile case

    Hundreds of people have contacted the FBI about a teacher suspected of drugging and molesting boys during a four-decade career at international schools on four continents, greatly expanding the potential number of suspected victims.

    Police officers enter WMAR-TV, after a truck driven by a man rammed the Baltimore-area television station Tuesday, leaving a gaping hole in the front of the building, in Towson, Md.

    Man rams truck into TV station, police make arrest

    A man claiming to be God rammed a truck through the front of a Baltimore-area television station Tuesday, leaving a gaping hole as reporters and other staff fled the building. Police arrested a suspect about five hours after the incident, officials said at a news conference. The suspect was not injured but was taken for medical treatment, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said.

    Robert Campbell, a convicted murder was headed to the Texas death chamber for lethal injection Tuesday, but a federal appeals court halted the execution earlier in the day so his attorneys can pursue appeals arguing he’s mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.

    Court halts execution over mental impairment claim

    A federal appeals court halted a convicted Texas killer’s scheduled execution Tuesday so his attorneys can pursue appeals arguing he’s mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.

    Kuhn Kim

    Wilmette man pleads guilty in Barrington Hills home invasion, kidnapping

    A Wilmette man pleaded guilty Tuesday to home invasion and aggravated kidnapping of a Barrington Hills family. Kuhn Kim was sentenced to 20 years in prison.


    IRS paid at least $13 billion in improper tax credits

    The Internal Revenue Service paid more than $13 billion in tax credits last year to people who may not have qualified, a government investigator said Tuesday. The Earned Income Tax Credits were supposed to go to low-income working families.

    Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, wants to offer several amendments, including a permanent ban on state and local Internet access taxes. A temporary moratorium on such taxes is due to expire Nov. 1.

    Bill to renew tax breaks clears hurdle in Senate

    A bill to renew more than 50 expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals cleared a key hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, giving hope to millions of taxpayers who would otherwise be hit with unwelcome tax increases next spring. Other hurdles remain, however.

    President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White during a ceremony at the White House Tuesday. White is the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    Obama presents top medal to Afghanistan veteran

    It could have been over for Kyle J. White just 30 seconds into the Taliban ambush, when a rocket-propelled grenade knocked him unconscious. But he came to and by the time the four-hour firefight in Afghanistan was over, White, reeling from concussions and shrapnel in his face, had saved one comrade’s life and helped secure the evacuation of other wounded Americans.

    Billy Varner

    Trial Antioch delayed for man accused of killing wife, mother

    The trial for a man accused of savagely murdering his wife and mother in an Antioch apartment last year has been delayed until September. Billy Varner, 55, of Antioch, is accused of killing the women last October before fleeing the area in a stolen van.

    Eight students from Jacobs High School who participated in a Slip ‘N Slide senior prank last week were told that in order for school officials to consider letting them graduate with the rest of their class, they must write letters to the school promising to behave at Saturday’s commencement.

    Jacobs seniors involved in prank must write letter before graduating

    Eight Jacobs High School students caught horsing around last week on a homemade Slip 'N Slide as a senior prank must write a letter to school administrators promising to behave at graduation. Only then will school officials determine whether they get to walk Saturday with the Class of 2014.

    Jack Dorgan

    Schneider’s path to GOP chair job cleared

    Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider of Bartlett has a clear path to become the Illinois Republican Party’s next chairman after the only other candidate dropped out Tuesday. Blair Garber of Evanston said he focused on trying to get Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner elected governor and appeared to want a smooth vote for a new chairman Saturday.

    Hoffman Estates kicks off against South Elgin during the first soccer game at South Elgin High School’s new stadium when it opened in 2011.

    South Elgin High seeks funding for stadium lights

    Piece by piece, the South Elgin High School community hopes to equip the school’s stadium to bring it up to the standard of modern athletic fields. Officials hope a fundraiser next month will help toward the $180,000 cost of purchasing and installing stadium lights. The South Elgin High School Booster Club is sponsoring “Run for the Lights” — includes 10K, 5K, and...


    Additional cuts could be in store for Carpentersville

    Less than two months after approving a balanced budget, Carpentersville officials are again eyeing cuts to the spending plan, this time over fresh concerns Springfield could reduce the village’s share of income tax revenue. "One possibility is always layoffs," Village President Ed Ritter warned Tuesday. "Another possibility is service cuts."

    Kaili Harding, president of the Schaumburg Business Association, honors Amanda Mytych for winning the village of Schaumburg’s Junior High School Youth Volunteer of the Year, Tuesday at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium. The Boomers hosted the SBA’s monthly “Good Morning, Schaumburg” event.

    Schaumburg Boomers host business community

    The defending Frontier League-champion Schaumburg Boomers hosted the Schaumburg Business Association’s monthly “Good Morning, Schaumburg” event Tuesday at Boomers Stadium. The morning’s keynote speaker was longtime Schaumburg resident Jack Smith, who oversees 17 Country Financial offices in Cook and DuPage counties.


    4 years probation, community service for Elgin arson

    A 47-year-old South Elgin man was sentenced to four years probation after admitting to setting fire to a pipe at an Elgin engineering firm in spring 2013. Mark A. Clough, who faced up to five years in prison, suffered from alcoholism, depression and a severe head injury that caused mood swings and memory loss, his attorney said.

    Clay Aiken speaks to his supporters during an Election Night watch party May 6 in Holly Springs, N.C.

    Clay Aiken wins Democratic primary

    “American Idol” entertainer Clay Aiken has won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat.The unofficial tally posted by the state Tuesday confirms Aiken got more than 40 percent needed to win in the three-candidate race. It came a day after his closest rival died in a home accident.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Phillip C. Angeles, 32, of Elgin, was charged with felony retail theft last weekend after police said he stole a digital camera worth more than $300 from the East Dundee Walmart, 620 S. Dundee Avenue, according to a police report.


    Deal would push back pension cuts for some

    A group that lobbies to avoid cuts in higher-education employees’ pensions and the Illinois attorney general’s office have reached a deal that would push the start of pension reform for community college and university workers back until July 2015. A Sangamon County judge still must approve the deal.


    Watchdog group opposes Quinn’s proposed budget

    A watchdog group said Tuesday it opposes Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed budget because it would use an income tax hike to give homeowners a property tax refund — new spending the group says should be used instead to significantly pay down Illinois’ multibillion-dollar bill backlog.


    Lawmakers advance plan to study college loans

    State lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a plan to explore if Illinois could ease students’ college payments by using a plan similar to efforts across the country to rein in mounting student loan debt.

    Roberta Cogan, right, grimaces as she spells a word during the Senior Spelling Bee Tuesday at Warren-Newport Public Library. Eleven contestants participated in the bee sponsored by the library, Vista Health System and the Lake County Council for Seniors.

    You’re never too old to compete in a spelling bee

    Proving you’re never too old for a little friendly competition, 11 senior citizens participated in the Senior Spelling Bee on Tuesday at Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee.


    Personalized license plates on hold after ruling

    Indiana residents eager to find out if they can personalize their license plates in light of a court ruling that the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles arbitrarily granted or withheld permission for the tags must wait while officials decide whether to appeal.

    Wheaton is seeking a buyer to renovate a long-vacant building at 111-113 N. Main St.

    Wheaton hopes to sell Main Street building to developer

    For roughly two decades, the two-story brick building at 111-113 N. Main St. in Wheaton has sat vacant. City officials hope that will change this year when they sell the building to someone who promises to convert the ground floor into a retail use and the second floor into an office or residential unit.


    Fad involving cold-water challenges prompts alerts

    A fad in which people challenge their friends to jump into freezing water in efforts to raise money charity has prompted warnings from state and school officials across the nation. High schools in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin have begun alerting parents to the practice.


    Barrington students paint village snow plows to celebrate National Public Works Week

    The Village of Barrington Public Works Department will mark National Public Works Week 2014 next week with a luncheon and some help from the Barrington High School Arts Club. One of the highlights of the luncheon, which takes place Tuesday, May 20, at the public works facility, 300 N. Raymond Ave., will be a display of art work painted by club members on the village’s snow plows.

    Mark A. Kidd

    Sheriff: Iowa man caught with $340,000 in cocaine

    A 36-year-old Iowa man was arrested with $340,000 worth of cocaine after a traffic stop at Interstate 88 and Route 47 Sunday, Kane County authorities said.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A woman from Antioch and two from Chicago were charged with retail theft at 4:32 p.m. May 2 at Kohl’s, 251 N. Randall Road, according to a police report.


    Take a tour:

    You can tour the historic Mettawa-area home of statesman Adlai E. Stevenson II on June 8.


    Help the homeless:

    PADS Lake County hosts its second annual SleepOut for Shelter event at the Libertyville Sports Complex from June 7 to 8.


    Family Visitation Center open house:

    The Family Visitation Center of Lake County, operated by A Safe Place, hosts an Open House on Tuesday, May 20, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The event will include tours of the facility at 541 N. Lake Street in Mundelein, and awards will be presented to two volunteer groups at 6 p.m.


    CLC graduation on Saturday:

    College of Lake County hosts its 45th annual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17, in the physical education center on the flagship Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St.


    Local residents urged to participate in national health survey

    The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey is asking local residents to participate if asked while a survey trailer travels Chicago and northern Cook County from May 23 to Aug. 5.


    Schaumburg stepping up traffic enforcement

    The Schaumburg Police Department will be conducting special Memorial Day traffic safety enforcement details through Monday, May 26, the department announced this week.


    District 54 wins financial reporting award

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 has again received the Association of School Business Officials International’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for the preparation and issuance of its 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

    Amber Burgess holds a bundle of freshly picked garlic mustard as more than 250 eighth-grade students from Fremont Elementary School headed into the Ray Lake Farms Forest Preserve behind their school Tuesday to remove invasive plant species as part of a community service project.

    Fremont students remove invasive plants from preserve

    More than 250 Fremont Middle School eighth-graders headed into Ray Lake Farms Forest Preserve behind their school Tuesday to remove invasive plant species as part of a community service project.

    Children ages 4-18 can learn to play an instrument with the Suzuki Method. See young performers this Sunday, when the Suzuki School of Elgin holds its spring concert on the campus of Judson University.

    ‘Dancing With Our Stars’ theme of Elgin Suzuki concert

    “Dancing With Our Stars,” featuring compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and others who wrote dance forms, is the theme of the Suzuki School of Elgin’s spring concert. The program will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, in the Herrick Chapel on the campus of Judson University, 1151 N. State St., Elgin. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door or by calling (847) 695-7216.

    The Vernon Hills Park District has made an early payment on the $2 million village loan used to purchase a former YMCA building that is now the Lakeview Fitness Center in Vernon Hills.

    Park district to make early payment on YMCA loan

    Developer contributions from a new residential project under way on Route 45 will allow the Vernon Hills Park District to make an early payment on a $2 million loan from the village. The loan allowed the district to buy the former YMCA building and turn it into a fitness center.

    Democrat Dennis Anderson, left, hopes to unseat Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren in the 14th Congressional District race.

    Anderson seeks to force Hultgren into public debate

    In an effort to force U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren to debate, Democrat Dennis Anderson announced a series of town-hall meetings on key issues.


    Soldier from Barrington dies in Kosovo

    A soldier from Barrington died while serving on a U.S. Army base in Kosovo, and her father said he and other relatives have questions about what happened. The U.S. Army on Tuesday confirmed the May 9 death of Sgt. Heidi L. Ruh, a 32-year-old who grew up in Wisconsin and most recently lived in Barrington.

    The new owners of Continental Towers in Rolling Meadows plan to refurbish the appearance of the complex, improve the landscaping and build a new parking structure. Rolling Meadows officials hope the changes attract more tenants to the 12-story towers.

    Owner plans new look for landmark Rolling Meadows towers

    New owners are sprucing up one of Rolling Meadows’ most iconic landmarks, the three 12-story office buildings along Golf Road and the Jane Addams Tollway known as Continental Towers, in hopes of returning the complex to its early 1980s heyday. GlenStar Properties plans to build a parking garage over a retaining pond, refurbish the fronts of the three identical buildings, and make...


    New contract for teachers at Libertyville High, Vernon Hills High

    Teachers at Libertville and Vernon Hills high schools will receive modest raises in each of the next five years under the terms of a newly approved contract extension.

    Alma J. Moore

    South Elgin woman charged with home invasion

    A woman was arrested on felony charges Monday after she forced her way into a South Elgin and attacked a 48-year-old woman who she suspected of having an affair with her boyfriend, police said. Alma J. Moore, 30, faces prison time if convicted of home invasion.

    The Elgin Children’s Chorus will perform a “Harmonies and Melodies” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Elgin Community College’s Blizzard Theater.

    Elgin Children’s Chorus to share ‘Harmonies and Melodies’

    Members of the Elgin Children’s Chorus will take the stage this weekend for their final concert of the organization’s 28th season. The “Harmonies and Melodies” concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Elgin Community College’s Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors.


    Become a 4-H Citizen Scientist, help improve the local environment

    The 4-H Citizen Scientist program provides junior and senior high youth opportunities to extend learning beyond current 4-H project work into the world of hands-on research. The next Citizen Scientist trainings closest to area residents will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at College of Lake County in Grayslake; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at Severson Dells Nature Center in...

    Park Ridge police Officer Robert Evans, left, looks at a certificate of recognition as he shares a laugh with Vita and Jim Maglieri of Mount Prospect on Monday night. Evans was one of several first responders and ordinary citizens honored Monday for helping to save Jim Maglieri's life after he suffered a heart attack March 20 while driving through Park Ridge.

    Park Ridge honors good Samaritans who saved Mount Prospect man

    Park Ridge officials Monday night honored the emergency responders and good Samaritans credited with saving the life of a Mount Prospect man earlier this year after he suffered a heart attack while behind the wheel of his car. Jim Maglieri, 56, didn't have a pulse when rescuers pulled him from his vehicle March 20 after it crashed near the intersection of Talcott Road and Devon Avenue.

    Jessica M. Zander

    Police: Rosemont woman beat two children with screwdriver

    A 26-year-old Rosemont woman is accused of beating two children in Hoffman Estates with a screwdriver, police said Tuesday. Jessica M. Zander faces felony charges after police said she also battered a third person Monday afternoon before her arrest.


    Tales of early Arlington Heights traded at settlers’ reunion

    Because I spend a good bit of time thinking about how things worked (or how the people of early Arlington Heights worked things) in early days in this area, I read with interest in the June issue of Consumer Reports magazine that it’s now possible to start dinner as you buzz along the Jane Addams Tollway at 55 miles an hour, Arlington Heights history coliumnist Margery Frisbie writes.

    Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin (1) runs past Duke’s Ross Cockrell (6) for a touchdown in the second half of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship NCAA football game in Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 7, 2013.

    Brain differences found in NCAA football players

    A small study of college football players found that the areas of their brains that control memory were smaller than average, especially if they had suffered concussions. But more research is needed to determine if the differences mean they’re headed for problems down the road. The study of NCAA players is only preliminary, but the differences were seen in a part of the brain affected by a...

    Scott Baudin

    Bloomingdale sex offender sentenced for having child porn

    A convicted sex offender accused of viewing child pornography at the Bloomingdale Public Library has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Scott Baudin, 59, of the 100 block of Lakeview Lane, was sentenced Monday afternoon for possession of child pornography.

    Buffalo Theatre Ensemble won’t be returning to College of DuPage. The group’s last production at the Glen Ellyn school was “Leading Ladies” in September.

    COD sends Buffalo Theatre Ensemble packing

    The curtain has dropped on the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble performing at College of DuPage. School officials have ended COD’s relationship with the professional theater group, which had been in residence at the college’s Glen Ellyn campus since 1987. “After careful review, the college has decided not to bring back the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble,” said Diana Martinez,...

    Traffic was congested on Route 41 at Route 137 in Lake Bluff after Route 41 was closed Tuesday morning due to flooding. Overnight storms caused area flooding and traffic problems in Lake County.

    Potential for more flooding in Lake, Cook counties hinges on rainy forecast

    Some suburbs saw enough rain in the last two days to leave streets flooded and impassable, but meteorologists say there’s no need to break out the sandbags just yet. But officials are watching the rainy forecast to see if there’s a potential for a more serious flooding problem in the coming days.

    The Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 school board on Monday favored a plan to shorten the school day by 70 minutes at the Ridge Family Center for Learning.

    District 59 shortens Ridge school day

    The school day will be 70 minutes shorter starting next fall at the Ridge Family Center for Learning in Elk Grove Village. The controversial decision by the District 59 board follows the direction two weeks ago to extend instructional times by a half-hour at 12 other district schools as part of Superintendent Art Fessler’s “One District” plan.


    Arlington Hts. OKs eatery's use of park space

    A downtown Arlington Heights restaurant will soon be allowed to use public property to create an outdoor dining cafe. The Arlington Heights village board approved a request from Carlos and Carlos, 27 W. Campbell Street, to create an outdoor dining space that will take up some of Harmony Park, a village owned public space in the downtown starting as early as the end of this month.

    The Hinger family — John and Amber and their children, Eli, 9; Eden, 7; Griffin, 5; and Flynn, 3 — visit their empty Warrenville home as they prepare to move to Croatia as missionaries to work among young people.

    Warrenville family prepares to leave the familiar behind for mission trip

    John Hinger, formerly the high school and youth adult pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel, and his wife, Amber, are preparing with their four young children to go as missionaries to Croatia to work among young people there.

    Steven Gabriel with his wife, Ashli, and sons Steven and Zachariah.

    Pancake breakfast to help Lake Zurich Army vet with cancer

    Members of the South Lake County Regional Community Emergency Response Team are hosting a pancake breakfast Sunday, May 18, to benefit a Lake Zurich Army veteran diagnosed with terminal cancer.

    Two workers died after they were trapped as the ground failed at the West Virginia coal mine. The ground failure occurred just about 8:45 p.m. Monday, trapping the workers, safety agency officials said.

    Official: 2 killed at West Virginia coal mine

    Two workers died after they were trapped as the ground failed at a West Virginia coal mine with a history of safety violations, federal and state officials said Tuesday.


    Leaving: Agency not moving kids to Chicago sites
    Saying it’s become “cost prohibitive,” Lawrence Hall Youth Services officials said they plan to leave the former Larkin Center school and group home program they took over just seven months ago in Elgin.


    Lawrence Hall leaving former Larkin sites in Elgin

    Saying it’s become “cost prohibitive,” Lawrence Hall Youth Services officials said they plan to leave the former Larkin Center school and group home program they took over just seven months ago in Elgin.

    Now back at his home in Hawthorn Woods, mountain climber Joel Schauer shows the site and describes the tragedy of the avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 16 Sherpas. Schauer was at base camp when the avalanche occurred and was scheduled to make the climb two days later.

    16 lives lost, but Everest still calls

    The avalanche of massive ice blocks crushed 16 sherpas a short walk from his tent, and mountain climber Joel Schauer of Hawthorn Woods says he's still working through the emotions of that morning.


    Indiana man dies after scooter hits semi in South Bend

    Police say the driver of a motorized scooter died after crashing into a semitrailer at a South Bend intersection. Police say 60-year-old Jerry Sailor was rushed to a hospital after Monday’s crash near downtown South Bend but died from severe head injuries.

    Members of the Family Foundation and Traditional marriage, Barbara Kerns, of Midlothain, Va., prays outside the Federal Appeals Court in Richmond, Va. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is taking up the issue of gay marriage, with arguments scheduled on a ruling that the state’s ban on such unions is unconstitutional.

    Appeals court in Va. to hear gay marriage case

    A federal appeals court in Virginia is taking up the issue of gay marriage, with arguments scheduled on a ruling that the state’s ban on such unions is unconstitutional.

    An impressive array of power attended the American Enterprise Institute’s World Forum 2014, including House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican congressional leaders, according to a printed program first disclosed in late April by the Center for Public Integrity.

    Where do the political elite meet? Behind closed doors

    For a few days in March, the American Enterprise Institute welcomed scores of business and political leaders to a private annual meeting at a resort on the Georgia coast. Similar events occur across the political spectrum giving powerful people with deep pockets face-to-face exchanges with national and state leaders that the average American cannot match. Last month, a group of liberals held...

    Younger voters would face higher retirement ages but all Americans could join federal retirement accounts in a plan proposed Tuesday by Sen. Marco Rubio in his latest in a series of national policy prescriptions.

    Rubio: Open Congress’ retirement to all workers

    Younger voters would face higher retirement ages but all Americans could join federal retirement accounts in a plan proposed Tuesday by Sen. Marco Rubio in his latest in a series of national policy prescriptions. Rubio, a first-term Republican senator from Florida who is weighing a presidential bid, planned a speech Tuesday on how older Americans would fare in retirement.

    Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison for his role in wide-ranging bribery case, capping a stunning fall from grace for one of the most powerful men in the country.

    Israeli court sentences ex-PM Olmert to 6 years

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison for his role in a wide-ranging bribery case, capping a stunning fall from grace for one of the most powerful men in the country and marking the climax in a lengthy campaign against corruption in Israeli public life.

    Attorneys for Texas death row inmate Robert James Campbell have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking to delay his execution following a bungled execution in Oklahoma. Campbell’s execution is scheduled for May 13, 2014.

    Texas inmate seeking delay cites botched execution
    A convicted murderer set for execution in Texas on Tuesday has his hopes pinned on two appeals, including one challenging the state’s plan to use a drug for which it will not reveal a source — as was the case with drugs used in a botched execution in Oklahoma two weeks ago.


    Judge: Try marathon suspect’s 3 friends separately

    A federal judge has ruled that three friends of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect will be tried separately. But the judge also says it is unnecessary to move the trials out of Massachusetts.

    Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, center, one of the chief sponsors of the energy savings bill, said he would continue to work with Democrats and Republicans to try to find a way forward on the energy bill, part of a “national, all-of-the-above energy strategy.”

    Pipeline, energy bill backers vow to keep up fight

    Supporters of a popular energy savings bill and the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline say they will keep trying to force Senate action on the measures, even after they were defeated amid partisan gridlock in the Senate. The energy legislation would tighten efficiency guidelines for new federal buildings and provide tax incentives to make homes and commercial buildings more efficient. The...

    Dozens of Arkansas gay couples, some of whom waited in line overnight, received licenses to marry from county clerks Monday, while lawyers for the state asked its highest court to suspend an order gutting a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage.

    History shades Arkansas’ gay marriage debate

    Fifty-seven years after federal troops escorted nine black students into Little Rock’s Central High School as a white mob jeered, Arkansas again finds itself in the center of a debate over civil rights. This time, the issue is gay marriage, but the 1957 desegregation crisis still casts a shadow.

    Militants unleashed a wave of car bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing dozens and sending thick, black smoke into the air in a show of force meant to intimidate Iraq’s majority Shiites as they marked what is meant to be a joyous holiday for their sect.

    Car bomb attacks kill 28 people in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD — A wave of car bombings in mainly Shiite areas of Baghdad killed 28 people on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a surge in violence that has been the most serious challenge to the government’s efforts to achieve stability across Iraq.

    Corn growers in Illinois and elsewhere are putting their spring planting into high gear, more than making up for a soggy slow start.

    Illinois corn growers near homestretch of planting

    Corn growers in Illinois and elsewhere are putting their spring planting into high gear, more than making up for a soggy slow start.The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 78 percent of Illinois’ corn crop is now in the ground. That’s 25 percentage points above the average pace of the previous five years. And it dwarfs the 16-percent pace of last year, when one of the wettest springs...

    The eagle was discovered in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel after suffering a concussion in a winter ice storm.

    Bald eagle hurt in winter Indiana storm released to wild

    A bald eagle rescued after being injured in a winter storm has been returned to the wild. WTHR-TV reports the eagle was set free Sunday at Lake Monroe south of Bloomington after spending several weeks at a wildlife rehabilitation center.


    Illinois lawmakers press heroin rehab action

    WASHINGTON — Illinois’ congressional delegation wants to meet with the top U.S. law enforcer to discuss treatment strategies for heroin addiction as some areas of the state grapple with a surge in heroin-related deaths.


    Illinois man dies in Little Wabash River

    A southern Illinois man has died after trying to retrieve a boat on the Little Wabash River. The Effingham Daily News reports 26-year-old Andrew T. Donsbach was pronounced dead at the scene.


    Kaneland board approves support, administrative staff raises

    The Kaneland school board approved 2.7 percent raises for many support workers and administrators Monday night.

    Community Unit School District 300 board approved bids for the administration building project going on near Jacobs High School in Algonquin.

    Dist. 300 saving almost $1 million on administration building

    Community Unit District 300 officials have saved nearly $1 million in construction costs for an administration building some have derided as unnecessary. The projects combined will cost roughly $3.9 million, a figure officials said is $959,497 under the original budget. “It was a good day for the district,” said Chuck Bumbales, assistant superintendent of operations.


    Decatur rehab center ordered to pay back wages

    The U.S. Department of Labor says a Decatur rehabilitation center has paid $67,000 in back wages after failing to properly compensate employees for overtime.


    Dawn Patrol: Storms bring flooding to some areas; lightning strikes Addison home

    Flooding hits Lake, Cook and Kane counties. Addison home damaged by lightning. Downers Grove barber lands BET gig. Bartlett house catches fire. Aurora man with mental health issues missing. Man robs Waukegan bank. Cubs pound Cards 17-5. Too little, too late for Sox. Hawks can clinch tonight.


    Hoffman Estates ends tollway interchange task force

    Hoffman Estates trustees Monday acknowledged success in their long-range transportation plans by officially disbanding the long-running Barrington Road Interchange Task Force, even as they approved more than $6 million for this year’s street revitalization program. While this specific task force was created around 2000, it carried on work from the late 1980s to build support among the...


    Shorter bar hours recommended in Libertyville

    Spirited discussion could be on tap Tuesday as the Libertyville village board considers a number of changes regarding liquor licensing. The changes involve two new liquor license classifications, an increase in the number of wine and liquor tasting events and a reduction in the hours of operation.

    Work is continuing on a new a concession stand, washroom facility and office space at the Libertyville Township Soccer Complex off Winchester Road.

    Libertyville soccer complex to replace portable toilets

    After 20 years, public restrooms will replace portable toilets at the Libertyville Township Soccer Complex. A new facility under construction also will include a concession area and office space.

    Aurora police officer Enrique Rodarte and his K-9 partner, Kato, show how they sniff for drugs. When drugs are found, Kato gets to play with a blue toy as a reward.

    Aurora’s new K-9 unit hits the streets

    After going seven years without a K-9 unit, Aurora police are excited about having four new dogs specially trained to sniff out drugs, locate items and track down bad guys. The two Belgian Malinois and two German shepherds will be a valuable tool.

    West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda, Naperville resident Peggy Frank and Lombard resident Moon Khan, president of Asian American Caucus of DuPage, discuss collaboration and ways to improve their communities Monday during an On the Table discussion hosted by Daily Herald Media Group Monday in Downers Grove/

    On the Table DuPage County: Leaders push for collaboration, trust

    DuPage County leaders who want to collaborate, decrease duplication of social services and make sure kids are given resources to succeed discussed the possibility of coordinating more efforts through the nonprofit Giving DuPage during a community dinner Monday.“Sometimes we all like to do our good things in silos,” said Ray Kinney of Naperville. “I like to break down...



    Cougars romp, reach 30-win milestone

    Kane County Cougars coverage:[The Kane County Cougars (30-16) became the first team in the Midwest League to record 30 wins this season as they picked up an 8-2 victory in the finale of a three-game series against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (21-24) at Fox Cities Stadium Wednesday night.


    Cougars split pair with Timber Rattlers

    The Kane County Cougars (29-16) only scored 2 runs combined in their doubleheader, but they split with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Fox Cities Stadium. The Timber Rattlers won the opener 11-1, and the Cougars earned a 1-0 win in Game 2. In the nightcap, the Cougars (29-16) scored in the game-winner in the ninth inning. Carlos Penalver walked with two outs, stole second and scored when Ben Carhart singled. Reliever James Pugliese (2-0) worked 2 perfect innings to get the victory.

    Prospect's girls track and field coach Dave Wurster works with his athletes during his final Mid-Suburban League meet last weekend at Wheeling.

    Wurster surely made his mark at Prospect

    Prospect girls cross country and track coach Dave Wurster has given his passport quite the workout. Wurster has traveled the globe, going to four Olympics, various track and field World Championships, and other international track and field events. Needless to say he has had his share of stamps on his passport. But his most lasting imprint may be the one he's leaving with the Prospect girls running program.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, left wing Patrick Sharp (10) and defenseman Johnny Oduya (27) watch the replay of Kane's game-winning goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov as Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) greets goalie Corey Crawford (50) after the Blackhawks beat the Wild 2-1 in overtime of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Kane does it again for Blackhawks

    Minnesota forced the Blackhawks to overtime, but Patrick Kane ended the series with another brilliant backhand goal.

    Teamamtes swarm Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, center, Tuesday to celebrate his game-winning goal off Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to beat the Wild 2-1 during overtime of Game 6 in St. Paul, Minn.

    Blackhawks' Crawford stands tall again in clincher

    From the very start Game 6, the full house at the Xcel Energy Center was letting Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford have it. The Wild fans must have realized Crawford would prove the difference on this night and that trying to rattle him might be their best hope. They were right, as Crawford stopped 34 of 35 shots he faced and Patrick Kane was the right man in the right place to lead the Hawks to a thrilling 2-1 victory over the never-say-die Wild.

    Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) in the second quarter of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Oklahoma City won 105-104. (AP Photo)

    Thunder rally in final minute to stun Clippers

    Russell Westbrook finished off Oklahoma City’s stunning comeback.Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes he should never have had the chance.Westbrook scored 38 points and made three free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining, and the Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 50 seconds to beat Los Angeles 105-104 on Tuesday night and go up 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinals.


    Girls soccer: Tuesday, May 13 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Tuesday, May 13.


    Softball: Tuesday, May 13 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Tuesday, May 13.


    Boys volleyball: Tuesday, May 13 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Tuesday, May 13.


    Girls water polo: Tuesday, May 13 results
    Results of area high school girls water polo games for Tuesday, May 13.


    Boys tennis: Tuesday, May 13 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Tuesday, May 13.


    Baseball: Tuesday, May 13 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Tuesday, May 13.

    Mike Olt leads the Cubs with 8 home runs this season, but he was not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Cardinals at St. Louis.

    Fans not happy Olt’s on the bench

    Third baseman Mike Olt was not in the Cubs' starting lineup Tuesday night at St. Louis despite leading the team in home runs with 8 entrering the game. Olt has some interesting numbers, both good and bad, and manager Rick Renteria indicated more playing time could be coming for the rookie.

    Chicago White Sox pitcher Scott Carroll (67) is visited on the pitching mound by coach Don Cooper in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo)

    Johnson knocking at White Sox’ door

    Before the White Sox played the Oakland A's Tuesday night, top prospect Micah Johnson was promoted from Class AA Birmingham to AAA Charlotte. Johnson is a second baseman, but is there a chance he joins the Sox as an outfielder?


    North Central ready for next round

    When the regular-season ended, North Central’s softball team was sliding into the CCIW playoffs and promptly lost its first two games to be eliminated. Now, the Cardinals prepare to host an NCAA super-regional series on Friday.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, left wing Patrick Sharp (10) and defenseman Johnny Oduya (27) watch the replay of Kane’s game-winning goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov as Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) greets goalie Corey Crawford (50).

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game Six
    Images of game six of the NHL Playoff Series as the Chicago Blackhawks won 2-1 over the Minnesota Wild in OT at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday. Patrick Kane scored the game-winning tally.


    On senior night, it’s Hersey — outright

    By all appearances, Hersey was headed for a Set 1 loss Tuesday night in their boys volleyball matchup against visiting Elk Grove. Facing an inspired Grenadiers team, the Huskies trailed most of the way, late into the set. Then faster than you can say bang-bang, libero Fotis Christacos gave the lead and the momentum back to the home team. Christacos hit two consecutive service aces to send Hersey on to a 26-24, 25-10 senior night victory. The win enabled the Huskies (26-3, 9-1) to clinch the Mid-Suburban League East title outright for the first time since 2003.


    Sky wins preseason finale

    The Chicago Sky beat the Washington Mystics 76-69 in a WNBA preseason contest at sold-out Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware on Tuesday night.The Sky’s Elena Delle Donne had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) reacts in front of Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) after scoring on Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Kane, Blackhawks top Wild 2-1 in OT to advance

    Patrick Kane scored on a backhand at 9:40 of overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 6 to clinch their second-round Western Conference series on Tuesday night.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup


    Berka helps Metea Valley overcome Neuqua Valley

    In a boys volleyball match focused on seniors, Metea Valley sophomore Joe Berka sure played like an upperclassman Tuesday at rival Neuqua Valley.


    St. Viator forces Benet to share ESCC crown

    Benet was just minutes away from securing an outright East Suburban Catholic Conference championship during Tuesday’s match against St. Viator at Benedictine University in Lisle.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    The bus ride home from Zion-Benton hasn’t been fun in recent years for Stevenson’s softball team. Different story Tuesday. The Patriots scored five times in their last three innings, pounded out 18 hits, turned 2 double plays, didn’t commit an error and beat Zion-Benton 12-9 in North Suburban Lake Division action.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    Libertyville’s baseball team barely beat darkness by barely beating Warren on Tuesday. Noah Greenberg’s walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the 11th lifted the host Wildcats to a 1-0 win in North Suburban Lake Division action.


    High fives all around for Parola, Mundelein

    Mundelein coach Todd Parola got his 500th career victory as Mundelein breezed past Stevenson, 12-2.


    Torrez tough, but Cougars fall

    Kane County Cougars coverage: Daury Torrez tossed his fourth quality inning of the season, but it wasn’t enough as the Kane County Cougars fell 3-2 to the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field on Tuesday.


    Waubonsie Valley comes back for No. 17

    It wasn’t looking good for the Waubonsie Valley softball team. There were two outs in the bottom of the seventh of their game Tuesday at home against Neuqua Valley. The Wildcats were leading 4-1. The Warriors’ grip on sole possession of first place in the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division was slipping. The chances of extending their winning streak to 17 games were fading. But this is Waubonsie Valley, where a lead on the Warriors isn’t absolutely safe until the final out of the game.

    #23 Tyler Tesmond of Neuqua Valley is safe at second while Garrett Howicz of Waubonsie fields the ball during the Neuqua Valley at Waubonsie Valley baseball game Tuesday.

    Neuqua Valley picks itself up with win

    A short memory is a must for high school baseball teams. With Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Waubonsie Valley, Neuqua Valley finally began to put some distance between itself and a rough slate of games last week. Andy Sommers pitched a 3-hitter for the Wildcats (13-14, 12-9), who salvaged the third and final game of the Upstate Eight Conference series and snapped a five-game losing streak spanning all of last week.


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, May 13

    Fox Valley baseball roundup for Tuesday, May 13.

    Geneva’s Luke Will (8) and Sam Wulfkuhle (21) go for a block against St. Charles North’s Drew Lanz in the second game on Tuesday in Geneva.

    Geneva upends St. Charles North

    When Chris Parrilli quit baseball after his freshman year at Geneva High School, it left the young basketball standout with a lot of free time on his hands during the spring. KC Johnsen quickly offered an idea how Parrilli could fill those spare hours.


    St. Edward opens postseason with easy win

    The St. Edward girls soccer team opened the postseason Tuesday with an easy 9-0 win over Elgin Academy in the semifinals of the Class 1A Westminster Christian regional.


    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, May 13

    Fox Valley softball roundup for Tuesday, May 13.


    Batavia battles back to beat Geneva in extra innings

    Batavia’s baseball team hasn’t had to play from behind too often this season. So when the Bulldogs spotted rival Geneva a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning Tuesday afternoon and still trailed 4-1 after 4-and-a-half innings, they found themselves in some unfamiliar territory.


    Morris deals Kaneland critical blow to title hopes

    From the distinct possibility of being no-hit to the having the tying runners on base, the Kaneland baseball fortunes swung dramatically Tuesday in Maple Park. But Morris’ Nick Evola induced a check-swing comebacker with Kaneland runners on first and second base to preserve a complete-game 4-2 victory over the Knights.

    St. Viator’s Samantha Hogan is greeted at the plate by her teammates after hitting a 3-run home run against Rolling Meadows during Tuesday’s game.

    Hard-hitting Hogan sets tone for St. Viator

    Sam Hogan hit a ball off the fence for the 11th time on Tuesday and it resulted in her 16th double of the season. “I’m known as the ‘almost-home run king,’ ” she said with laugh. But not to worry. She can hit them over it, too. In fact, she did it in a Sacred Heart retro uniform on Saturday, then came back to do it again in the Lions’ regular jersey on Tuesday against Rolling Meadows, the school which was directly across the street from Sacred Heart when it closed in 1987. Hogan’s blast over the center field fence gave the host Lions a 12-0 lead in the top of the third inning and they finished with a 14-1 five-inning triumph.

    Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (25) and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Bollig (52) battle for the puck during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Ballard not upset with Blackhawks’ Bollig

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — While Brandon Bollig sat out his consecutive game for the big hit he laid on Keith Ballard in Game 4, the Minnesota defenseman was back in the lineup Tuesday night at the Excel Center on Tuesday.

    Libertyville’s Michaela Mooney, left, and Jessie Lauret share a high-five after Mooney scored against visiting Mundelein on Tuesday.

    Persistence pays as Libertyville tops Mundelein

    Libertyville felt euphoric after Jamie Stevens’ second walk-off hit of the season lifted the Wildcats to a stunning, 11-10 win in Tuesday’s North Suburban Lake Division game. It was a crushing loss for Mundelein (19-10, 3-7), which led 10-3 going into the bottom of the sixth.


    Libertyille’s scoring trends upward

    Scoring goals has been a big problem for Libertyville’s girls soccer team — until just recently. The Wildcats have been able to find the back of the net in bunches over the last few games, outscoring their last three opponents 20-3. Libertyville coach Andy Bitta has made some adjustments with the lineup recently. Two main beneficiaries on Tuesday were Emily Boyd, who scored her first 2 goals of the season, and Mia Hollingsworth, who had a goal and an assist as Libertyville rolled past visiting Antioch 5-1 in a North Suburban Conference crossover.


    Baseball / Northwest roundup

    Elk Grove regained the top spot in the Mid-Suburban East baseball race by outscoring host Rolling Meadows 9-7 on Tuesday, while Schaumburg forced a tie for the MSL West lead by beating Barrington 8-3.

    Offensive tackle Charles Leno has agreed to a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears, team officials said Tuesday.

    Bears sign four more draft picks to deals

    The Bears reached agreement Tuesday on four-year contracts with defensive tackle Ego Ferguson, their second-round pick, running back Ka'Deem Carey, their first fourth-round pick, punter Pat O'Donnel, their sixth-round pick and offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr., their seventh-round draft pick.


    Judson eliminated from NAIA playoffs

    The Judson University baseball team held a 4-1 lead after five innings Tuesday but couldn’t sustain the advantage and fell to LSU-Shreveport 8-5 in the NAIA Opening Round at Montgomery, Ala.


    South Elgin blanks Streamwood

    South Elgin’s Caitlin Lange was just happy to be out on the field, playing in a stress-free environment for once. And it was obvious the Storm liked playing that way, which, for the most part, helped gain a 5-0 win over Streamwood in Upstate Eight crossover action at Millennium Field Tuesday.

    Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza, right, drives past Indiana Pacers forward Paul George during the first half of game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Wizards stay alive with 102-79 blowout at Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS — Marcin Gortat had 31 points and 16 rebounds, John Wall scored 27 points and the Washington Wizards rode a 39-rebound advantage to a 102-79 rout of Indiana on Tuesday night, cutting the Pacers’ lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals to 3-2.Washington can even the series at home on Thursday in Game 6.It was a stunning turnaround for a team that had lost the last three. But with Gortat matching a career high in points and posting a playoff career high in rebounds, Washington held a 62-23 rebounding edge.David West scored 17 points for Indiana.Washington used a 15-6 run to take a 45-38 halftime lead, extended the margin to 24 after three and to as much as 30 in the fourth.Washington denied the top-seeded Pacers a spot in the conference finals and improved to 4-2 on the road in this year’s playoffs. They are just 1-3 at home.Indiana’s couldn’t get enough stops because of its rebounding problems, and it didn’t take long to see it play out.Gortat and Wall combined for eight of the Wizards’ first 10 points, and they were strong enough inside to fend off a brief Indiana scoring flurry to make it 25-19 after one.Indiana charged back early in the second. Luis Scola scored the first five points, topping Indiana’s entire bench total from Game 4, and took a 27-25 lead when Paul George knocked down a 3-pointer with 9:49 to go.It was all Wizards after that.Things got even worse for the Pacers in the third when they were outrebounded 18-4, and the Wizards made them pay for it. Washington’s 6-0 run extended the lead to 11, a 9-2 spurt pushed the margin to 60-45, and when the Wizards closed the third on a 10-3 charge, it was 76-52.After blowing a 19-point, second-half lead in Game 4, Washington didn’t dare slow down. The Wizards took a 30-point lead early in the fourth and Indiana couldn’t even make a serious run to cut into the deficit until coach Frank Vogel pulled his starters midway through the fourth.Notes: Wall’s 27 points were his most in the playoffs. ... Washington’s 63 rebounds were a season high. ... Indiana, which came into the series with 12 straight home wins over Washington, has now lost two of its last three to the Wizards at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. ... George had 15 points and one rebound Tuesday after playing 46 minutes Sunday.

    New York Rangers' Brian Boyle (22) celebrates his goal with teammates Anton Stralman (6) and Dominic Moore as Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) and Olli Maatta (3) skate back to their bench in the first period of Game 7 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey series, in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo)

    Rangers cap comeback, top Penguins 2-1 in Game 7

    Henrik Lundqvist set an NHL record with his fifth straight Game 7 victory, making 35 saves to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and earn a spot in the Eastern Conference finals.


    Softball / Northwest roundup

    Conant’s softball team received 2-run homers from senior Rachel O’Malley in the first inning and sophomore Dream Aaron in the sixth en route to 9-1 victory on Tuesday over visiting Hoffman Estates.


    Prairie Ridge tops Crystal Lake S. for share of title

    When Crystal Lake South pushed back, Prairie Ridge pushed harder. The Gators scored twice early in the second half to cut a 2-goal halftime deficit to 1, but the Wolves answered with 3-straight goals to secure a 6-2 victory and a share of first place in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division. Both teams finished the regular season 5-1 in the conference.

    Dundee-Crown’s Ashley Raby is surrounded by teammates after her second-half goal against Jacobs Tuesday in Carpentersville. It was the only score of the game.

    Raby’s timing just right for Dundee-Crown

    Dundee-Crown sophomore Ashley Raby doesn’t always realize the time she has on the soccer field. Most of the time that would be bad thing, taking shots from farther out than necessary. But for one time Tuesday, Raby’s lack of patience paid dividends. Raby’s shot from the top of the penalty area hit the bottom of the crossbar and went in for the game’s only goal in a 1-0 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division victory over Jacobs.


    Down 2-0, Wolves have little margin for error

    Wolves coverageThe Chicago Wolves’ backs are against the wall as they now skate onto foreign ice.The Wolves dropped both home games last week to the Toronto Marlies in the Western Conference semifinals of the Calder Cup — the American Hockey League’s top prize. The Wolves lost 5-2 on Friday, then fell 4-2 the next day.Game 3 is Wednesday, and what could be the deciding game of the series — Game 4 — is Friday night at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. Game 5 also is in Canada, while the final two games, if needed, would be back at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Michael Sam ready to get back to football

    Michael Sam sure seems ready for all the attention.The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was confident and engaged Tuesday as he was formally introduced by the St. Louis Rams, handling questions and scrutiny with aplomb well beyond that of a typical seventh-round fringe prospect.“I’m determined to be great,” Sam said.

    FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, 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. 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, File)

    NBA owners meet again to discuss Sterling removal

    NBA owners discussed Donald Sterling’s CNN interview and the plans to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday in the third meeting of the advisory/finance committee.A day after Commissioner Adam Silver repeated his desire to force Sterling to sell quickly, the committee met via conference call. League spokesman Mike Bass said owners reviewed the status of the charge for termination of the Clippers’ ownership.

    Illinois head coach John Groce announced on Tuesday that he has suspended forward Darius Paul for the upcoming season.

    Illini basketball coach suspends Paul

    Sophomore Darius Paul, a former basketball star at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, has been suspended for the upcoming season, Illini head basketball coach John Groce announced Tuesday.


    Girls soccer/ MSL Soccer Cup preview

    Here's what to expect as Hersey meets Barrington the MSL Soccer Bowl at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Barrington.

    Before he brings the International Crown championship to his Rich Harvest Farms course in 2016, owner Jerry Rich will host several other big events at the Sugar Grove private club, starting with the NCAA men’s regional this week.

    Rich Harvest welcomes NCAA men’s golf regional field

    While the International Crown won't arrive at Rich Harvest Farms until 2016, owner Jerry Rich has five other major events scheduled for his Sugar Grove golf course, including this weeks's men’s NCAA Central Regional. Len Ziehm has that and more in this week's golf column.

    Illinois head coach Tim Beckman and his team face Minnesota on homecoming.

    Illini plan morning kickoff for October homecoming

    Illinois has set an 11 a.m. kickoff for its homecoming game against Minnesota this fall. The Illini announced the start time for the Oct. 25 game on Tuesday. No television coverage plan has been announced.

    Cleveland Browns draft pick Johnny Manziel, right, was taken with the 22nd pick in the first round of last week's NFL draft. Mike North believes he has a bright future as a pro quarterback.

    What if Bears had gambled on McCown and Manziel?

    How different would the Bears' NFL draft picks look today if the team hadn’t signed Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract and a $50 million guarantee? Mike North shares his thoughts on two bold moves he wishes the Bears had made.

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

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

    DePaul head coach Doug Bruno, shown here after defeating St. John’s for the Big East women’s basketball tournament title, has been selected as an assistant coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s World Team.

    DePaul’s Bruno picked for USA Basketball staff

    Three experienced head coaches — DePaul University’s Doug Bruno, the Minnesota Lynx’ Cheryl Reeve, and South Carolina’s Dawn Staley — have been selected as assistant coaches for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s World Championship Team, officials announced Monday. The three coaches will work with USA and Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma.


    Cougars fall 6-1 to Beloit Snappers

    BELOIT, Wis. — When the Kane County Cougars connected on back-to-back doubles in the second inning, it looked like another big offensive day for the team with the best record in the Midwest League. Instead, Beloit’s pitching staff buckled down and allowed just one more base hit en route to a 6-1 victory Monday at Pohlman Field



    U.S. producer prices jumped 0.6 percent in April

    The prices U.S. companies receive for their goods and services rose by the most in seven months in April, led by more expensive food and higher retail and wholesale profit margins.

    Medics place an injured miner into an ambulance after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in Soma, in western Turkey, Tuesday. An explosion and fire at the mine killed at least 166 workers.

    166 dead, many trapped in Turkish coal mine

    Rescuers struggled to reach more than 200 miners trapped underground early Wednesday after an explosion and a fire at a coal mine in western Turkey killed at least 166 workers, authorities said, in one of the worst mining disasters in Turkish history.

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks at a breakfast hosted by 11 suburban chambers of commerce in Palatine.

    Preckwinkle touts county’s business resources at suburban event

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle urged suburban businesses to take advantage of the county's incentives and other resources during a gathering of 11 suburban chambers of commerce Tuesday. “We need you to ask for help,” she said.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was little changed at a record, after briefly topping 1,900 for the first time, as data showed retail sales in March were higher than initially reported.

    S&P 500 flirts with 1,900, but falls short

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is flirting with a new milestone: 1,900. The index briefly climbed above that level on Tuesday before dropping back to close just below it. Still, it set an all-time closing high by a fraction of point.

    People should have some say over the results that pop up when they conduct a search of their own name online, Europe’s highest court said Tuesday.

    European court: Google must yield on personal info

    Google and other search engines were thrust into an unwanted new role Tuesday — caretaker of people’s reputations — when Europe’s highest court ruled that individuals should have some say over what information comes up when their names are Googled. The landmark ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union will force search engines to decide when to censor computer users’ search results across the 28-nation bloc of over 500 million people.


    Airbus plane orders down in Q1, profits up

    Airbus Group said Tuesday that orders for its jets slumped in the first quarter, but profits rose and it hopes to put its A350 long-range jet into service by the end of the year.

    Mark Matulaitis as his wife Colleen helps him with a neck brace that he wears after a recent operation, with his laptop that he uses for virtual house calls with his neurologist in his home in Salisbury, Md.

    The doctor’s in — through webcam, smartphone
    Mark Matulaitis holds out his arms so the Parkinson’s specialist can check his tremors. But this is no doctor’s office: Matulaitis sits in his rural Maryland home as a neurologist a few hundred miles away examines him via the camera in his laptop.

    He spews radioactive fire, razes cities and pummels creatures from Earth and beyond, but even Godzilla needs a good lawyer sometimes.

    Godzilla proves even giant monsters need lawyers

    He spews radioactive fire, razes cities and pummels creatures from Earth and beyond, but even Godzilla needs a good lawyer sometimes. After all, you don’t survive 60 years in the movie business without taking some fights to court. For decades, attorneys acting on behalf of Godzilla’s owners, Tokyo-based Toho Co. Ltd., have amassed a string of victories, fighting counterfeiters and business titans such as Comcast and Honda along the way.


    2nd guilty plea in $100M New York Ponzi scam

    A second New York businessman pleaded guilty for his role in a $100 million Ponzi scheme that helped fund what prosecutors called a failing Hamptons resort. Adam Manson, 42, of Old Westbury, pleaded guilty in federal court on Long Island Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud.

    Sriracha chili sauce is produced at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, Calif. A Texas lawmaker is making a pitch to move Sriracha hot sauce production to his state.

    Texas lawmakers tour embattled Sriracha plant

    The maker of the popular hot sauce Sriracha said Monday that he has no plans to move his contested plant out of California but would consider expanding into Texas if the Lone Star State can produce peppers as hot as the ones grown especially for him in Southern California.


    Small business owners still cautious, surveys find

    Small business owners are keeping a cautious approach to running their companies even as they grow more optimistic. Surveys released Tuesday by Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of America Corp. found many owners still have conservative hiring plans and little appetite for loans.

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is broadening the scope of his proposed open Internet rules and suggesting tougher standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks.

    FCC revising Internet rules after public backlash

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is broadening the scope of his proposed open Internet rules and suggesting tougher standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks.

Life & Entertainment

    Whole Foods made the top 10 grocery stores in a survey done by The Daily Meal.

    From the food editor: What's your favorite place to grocery shop?

    What do you look for in a grocery store? If fresh produce, clean floors, fair prices and great customer service top you're list, you're not alone. The folks at The Daily Meal asked people from around the country to weigh in on what makes a great grocery store and then vote for their favorites.

    Police in New York City say actor Alec Baldwin has been arrested on charges of riding a bike the wrong way on the street and acting belligerently toward the arresting officers.

    Alec Baldwin arrested in NYC after bike flap

    Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested and issued two summonses after allegedly acting belligerently toward two officers who had stopped him for riding his bicycle the wrong way down a New York City street, police said Tuesday. The “30 Rock” star was riding his bike the wrong way at 16th Street and Fifth Avenue near Union Square Park in Manhattan when he was stopped at about 10:15 a.m. and asked to show identification, they said.

    “Xscape” is the second album released under Michael Jackson’s moniker since his 2009 passing.

    ‘Xscape’ is a mixed bag for Michael Jackson fans

    Michael Jackson was such a perfectionist about his music that he was notorious for releasing albums on a painfully slow timeline. This latest posthumous release, "Xscape," is a compilation of Jackson outtakes that includes material from decades ago, so there’s already a dated feel to much of the album, despite the wizardry and production under the helm of Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid, who worked with Jackson in the studio for one of the tracks.


    Hold on to the present while letting go of the past

    Reader wants to have a good relationship with his parents depsite a troubled past. Carolyn Hax says let go of the past and enjoy the present.

    Viola Davis will star in the new series from Shonda Rhimes, a legal thriller titled “How to Get Away with Murder” on ABC.

    ABC adds 12 new shows, including Viola Davis drama

    A new drama from “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” powerhouse producer Shonda Rhimes will join ABC’s 2014-15 schedule, giving her ownership of Thursday night on the network as it attempts to rebound in the ratings. Rhimes’ “How to Get Away With Murder,” a legal thriller starring Viola Davis, is among 12 new series that will occupy an ABC schedule that will be heavy on crime dramas and rich in ethnic diversity.

    Hugh Jackman, who stars in the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past” movie, says he isn’t ready to give up playing Wolverine just yet.

    Hugh Jackman not ready to give up Wolverine role

    Hugh Jackman said Tuesday he wasn’t ready to give up playing the popular X-Men character Wolverine as he visited China to promote the franchise’s latest movie, which includes local elements intended to appeal to the massive Chinese audience. He also told The Associated Press that he thinks he will need future treatments for skin cancer after a second cancerous growth was removed from his nose last week.

    A Los Angeles judge appointed one of Casey Kasem’s daughters as his temporary conservator on Monday after expressing concerns about the ailing radio personality’s well being because he has been moved to a medical facility outside the United States. A lawyer for Kasem’s wife said he doesn’t know where he is.

    Judge expresses concerns over Casey Kasem’s safety

    A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality’s wife said the former “Top 40” host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children’s knowledge.

    Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”) stars as Alex More, an actor employed to work in the faux basement mall at Barbra Streisand's Malibu home, in Jonathan Tolins' acclaimed one-man comedy “Buyer & Cellar.” The 2013 off-Broadway hit launched its national tour at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. It runs through Sunday, June 15.

    'Buyer & Cellar' serves up delicious imagined Streisand dish

    Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty") and playwright Jonathan Tolins ("The Twilight of the Golds") serve up delicious dish imagining what it might be like to work for award-winning star Barbra Streisand in her Malibu home basement mall in the hilarious off-Broadway comedy "Buyer & Cellar." The acclaimed and award-winning 2013 off-Broadway comedy launches its national tour at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago now through Sunday, June 15.

    Dessert and breakfast come together on the plate in the form of carrot cake doughnuts. The treat debuted earlier this month on the spring menu at Sam and Harry’s in Schaumburg.

    Dining events: Doughnuts for dessert at Sam and Harry’s

    Sam and Harry’s in Schaumburg has a breakfasty dessert you just can’t miss: carrot cake doughnuts topped with salted caramel cream cheese and candied pecans. Also, Flipt at Rivers Casino celebrates national burger month with a new burger every day during May for $10.

    Kim Ault inherited a baking gene from both grandmothers and says it's just a matter of time before the trait comes on strong in her own daughter.

    Cook of the week: Inverness mom relishes baking gene

    The women in Kim Ault's family are bakers. We're talking three generations, and as soon as Kim's teenage daughter picks up the bug (which is perhaps inevitable,) it'll be four. Kim, of Inverness, enjoys baking whenever she gets a chance. If she comes across a signup sheet at church, or her daughter's school, she's always quick to volunteer to bake. “It just makes me feel good to bake something for other people,” Ault says. “I love to give it away.”

    David Kinney writes about the strange subculture of Bob Dylan fans in “The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob.”

    Dylan’s obsessed fans comprise strange subculture

    A Bob Dylan obsession manifests itself in a variety of ways in “The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob.” Dylan fans from around the world celebrate his May 24 birthday by converging on the northern Minnesota town of Hibbing, “the capital of the Land of Bob.” These Dylan enthusiasts, or Dylanologists, as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Kinney calls them in his very readable and entertaining book, include artifact collectors, fans who attempt to record his concerts, scholars who look for hidden meaning in his songs and those who seek a personal connection with their hero by getting to the front of the house at concerts and trying to make eye contact with him.

    Jorge Gonzalez, from Mexico City, stands in a cutout figure as he tours Calle Ocho (Eighth Street) in Miami’s Little Havana. Once a refuge for Cuban exiles rekindling the tastes and sounds a lost home, today Miami’s Little Havana is a mosaic of cultures and a popular tourist destination.

    Miami’s Little Havana serves up dose of nostalgia

    Once a refuge for Cuban exiles rekindling the tastes and sounds of a lost homeland, today Miami’s Little Havana is a mosaic of cultures and a popular tourist destination. On the neighborhood’s main street, Calle Ocho, cigar shops, art galleries and souvenir stores try to recapture the nostalgia of the community’s early years.

    Sony’s San Diego Studio has refurbished every major league stadium in the new PS4 game “MLB 14: The Show.”

    ‘MLB 14’ makes solid contact on PS4

    The first edition of a sports game on a new console is like the first game in a new stadium: The place looks great, but management may not yet have worked out the kinks at the ticket lines or the concession stands. “MLB 14: The Show” is no exception. In the latest upgrade of the stellar baseball franchise, the players look more realistic than ever. The most notable flaws are some excruciating loading times, especially when starting a new game or switching between different play modes.

    Olive oil helps balance the moistness and sweetness of Annie Overboe’s Springtime Poundcake.

    Baking secrets: Olive oil, orange juice help lighten up poundcake

    Sliced fresh fruit always hits the target on my taste buds, especially in peak berry season. Having a light and airy cake companion that doesn’t weigh down the luscious fruit, well that’s a bull’s-eye. Yet as a baker it’s challenging to shift from wintry desserts that provide a blanket of culinary comfort to the easy, breezy fashion of spring.

    Olive oil helps balance the moistness and sweetness of Annie Overboe’s Springtime Poundcake.

    Springtime Poundcake
    Annie Overboe's Springtime Pound Cake cries out for fresh berries.

    Cook of the Week Kim Ault makes cut out cookies using a recipe from her grandmother Margaret Becker (pictured in frame).

    Cut-out Cookies
    Sour cream and butter go into Kim Ault's cut-out cookie recipe.

    Cook of the Week Kim Ault learned to make Almond Meltaways from her grandmother Helen Hatch (pictured).

    Almond Meltaways
    Almond Meltaways have been baked by women in Kim Ault's family for generations.

    Kim Ault often bakes the sour cream coffee cake from a recipe handed down to her by her mom, Anita Hatch, who she’s pictured with in the photo.

    Sour Cream Coffee Cake
    Cook of the Week Kim Ault bakes Sour Cream Coffee Cake from a recipe passed down from her mother.

    Rascal Flatts has fast-forwarded into the future on “Rewind.”

    Rascal Flatts modernizes sound on new LP

    Rascal Flatts may have named their ninth album, “Rewind,” but musically the country-pop trio takes a much-needed step forward. Punching up arrangements with rock energy (“Payback”) and synth-pop flourishes (“Honeysuckle Lazy”), the band undergoes a contemporary country makeover as it celebrate its 15th year. The result makes for a more fun, mature and diverse sound — washing away the stale taste of recent outings.



    Editorial: Political risk should not kill a good budgeting idea

    There's risk that an idea emphasizing accountability could be used as a political tool, but that shouldn't kill the idea, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    What climate change means to Chicago

    Guest columnists Paul Brandt-Rauf and Samuel Dorevitch: You may be asking yourself: Is Chicago in for another summer like the one we had in 2012? But that’s the wrong question. The right question is whether or not the weather we had that summer is going to become the norm.


    The booming Benghazi business

    Columnist Steven and Cokie Roberts: Search the word “Benghazi,” and up pops a paid link to a website that advertises: “Benghazi — T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Mugs and More.” Click on the link and 401 items are offered for sale.


    Boycotting gas in West Dundee
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: I have anxiously been waiting for the decision from the Village of West Dundee as to what they plan to do with their budget pending the imminent departure of the Target store on Route 72 and the projected loss of approximately $400,000 in tax revenue.


    School just a push for unionization
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: In response to Georgia Lynn Carrasco’s letter “Democrats are doing something about jobs,” what Dick Durbin is doing is and has already been done all over the country. Democrats with their high taxes and unions have driven manufacturing out of the country and now slap themselves on the back in opening a school to teach manufacturing skills?


    Israel shouldn’t bow to America’s demands
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: I cannot recall seeing a more inane or blindly prejudiced letter in the Herald than the one from Jim Crane on April 26. His view is that Israel may not determine its own standards of defense from its neighbors. It must do what President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tell it to do, like it or not. It must accommodate the Arab terrorists, Hamas and Hezbollah, and every Arab murderer,


    Awareness of FOIA process stronger than ever
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: In response to the Daily Herald report “FOIA requests, costs increasing in many municipalities,” public bodies in Illinois should be ashamed of themselves when they complain about FOIA requests. These public bodies continually frame FOIA as a burden and refuse to recognize that complying with it is a cost of doing public business.


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