Daily Archive : Thursday May 15, 2014



    Tri-Cities police reports
    Jesus M. Cepeda Jr., 19, of Aurora, was charged with possession of marijuana and having a loud muffler after at traffic stop at 4:59 p.m. Monday at Parker Avenue and Watson Street, Aurora, according to a sheriff’s report. A deputy found 4.8 grams of marijuana after searching the car because of a marijuana odor, the report said.

    The front door of the Elgin Tower Building was boarded up after a fire Sunday night. Police are asking for any information about the fire, which officials said was intentionally set.

    Elgin police ask for information about Tower Building fire

    Police are asking for any information about a fire last weekend at the Elgin Tower Building. As a result of the damage caused by Sunday night's fire, the 1929 building at 100 E. Chicago St. was condemned by the city, and its remaining three tenants had to move out.

    Robert Senander of Winfield and Julie D'Agostino of Elmhurst were two of five patients to receive lung transplants during a roughly 24-hour period at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

    Two DuPage residents part of 5 lung transplants in a day

    The lives of two DuPage County residents were saved during a monumental two days for Loyola University Medical Center. It became the first facility in Illinois to perform five successful lung transplants in just over 24 hours. Julie D'Agostino of Elmhurst and Robert Senander of Winfield share lungs from one donor. “Julie and I are now related,” Senander said.

    Emmanuel A. Perez

    Cops: Man traveled to high school to have sex with girl

    Authorities say a 25-year-old man was seized after he went to Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire with the intent of having sex with a student. Lincolnshire police announced Thursday that Emmanuel A. Perez, of the 200 block of Court of Shorewood in Vernon Hills, was charged with two counts of indecent solicitation of a child.

    A plan in the Illinois legislature that's close to reaching the governor's desk for approval would devastate the ride-sharing industry in the state, companies including Uber, Lyft and Sidecar say.

    Illinois Senate approves ride-sharing regulations

    A plan in the Illinois legislature that's close to reaching the governor's desk for approval would devastate the ride-sharing industry in the state, companies including Uber, Lyft and Sidecar say. The Senate passed a proposal with strong support Thursday that would place statewide rules on the unregulated industry that connects passengers and drivers through a smartphone app.

    The White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit on May 29 will bring new commitments from the public and private sectors to research sports-related concussions and to raise awareness on how to identify, treat and prevent them.

    Obama plans conference on youth sports concussions

    President Barack Obama, who has said he would “have to think long and hard” before letting a son play football because of the risk of head injuries, is planning a summit this month on youth sports safety and concussions.


    U of I president asks potential retirees back

    With the state's new pension law on hold, University of Illinois President Bob Easter on Thursday urged employees planning to retire this spring to reconsider. Easter sent an email to employees saying the university will consider rehiring those who tendered their resignations because they feared benefit cuts if they stayed on the job past June 30, the

    Aurora Police Poster

    Police hope age-progressed photo helps find missing boy

    Aurora police are looking for new leads three years after 6-year-old Timmothy Pitzen was last seen. Police recently released an age-progressed photo of what Pitzen would look like now. “The image created by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children forensic artists is an important tool in our mission to help bring Timmothy home,” Aurora Detective Lee Catavu said.

    The Illinois House today approved a budget that assumes revenue from renewing the 2011 income tax hike, rather than letting it expire as scheduled. Renewing the tax would take a separate vote.

    Budget relying on 5% tax passes in House; suburban Democrats split

    The Illinois House approved a spending plan that relies on extending the state income tax hike. Suburban Democrats were divided. On scores of votes, state Reps. Sam Yingling of Grayslake, Marty Moylan of Des Plaines, Anna Moeller of Elgin, Stephanie Kifowit of Aurora and Deborah Conroy of Villa Park voted “no.” State Reps. Michelle Mussman of Schaumburg, Fred Crespo of Hoffman...

    John Bohanek of South Elgin is full of energy as he is introduced to the sold-out crowd at the Daily Herald’s 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge ceremony in Itasca Thursday. Bohanek won the challenge after losing 87 pounds in 12 weeks.

    South Elgin man wins Fittest Loser Challenge

    John Bohanek of South Elgin won the Daily Herald's 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge Thursday during a ceremony at Eaglewood Resort in Itasca. In just 12 weeks, Bohank lost 87 pounds, bringing him from 361 to 274 pounds. He is still determined to reach his high school weight of 210. "I know, for sure, he's going to keep fighting his fight," said Bohanek's trainer, Michelle Amsden.

    Warrenville firefighters check the rafters of the overhang in front of Sandy’s Bakery at the intersection of Route 59 and Batavia Roads in Warrenville, Thursday evening.

    Fire at Warrenville bakery

    A fire at a bakery in Warrenville caused about $20,000 in damages on Thrusday night, but no one was injured.

    Fittest Loser John Bohanek of South Elgin walks the walk of a winner as he is introduced to the sold-out crowd .

    Images: Daily Herald’s Fittest Loser Finale
    Images of the Daily Herald's 2014 Fittest Loser finale at Eaglewood Resort in Itasca. John Bohanek of South Elgin was declared the winner after dropping from 361 pounds to 274 during the competition.

    U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren briefed Batavia constituents on immigration reform, Russian threats about the International Space Station and health care Thursday.

    Congressman gives low priority to immigration, minimum wage

    Congressman Randy Hultgren faced questions about immigration reform, Russia's threats regarding the International Space Station and healthcare reform at a Batavia luncheon Thursday.

    Cubs player Cohen Sobieski, 7, reaches out for the baseball during practice with the Lake Zurich Baseball and Softball Association Wednesday at the Main Street Sports Center in Lake Zurich. The LZBSA started up its Buddy Baseball program, called the Challenger Division, for kids with special needs.

    Lake Zurich’s new Buddy Baseball program is for kids with special needs

    The Lake Zurich Baseball and Softball Association has had only a few practices so far for its new Buddy Baseball program, but Commissioner Andy Cox has already seen some positive results. “The players are all smiling,” Cox said of the special needs players signed up for Buddy Baseball, also known as the Challenger Division, which begins play Sunday.

    Learn more about Ventra at a series of Pace events.

    Pace hitting the streets to explain Ventra

    Pace is handing out Ventra cards at a number of events this spring.

    President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, and Diana Taylor, tour the Memorial Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum Thursday in New York.

    Sept. 11 museum opens to relatives and survivors

    Victims' friends and relatives, rescue workers and 9/11 survivors descended into the space where the World Trade Center once stood and revisited the tragedy as the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum was dedicated by President Barack Obama as a symbol that says of America: “Nothing can ever break us.”

    A Riverside firefighter moves away as shifting winds bring a plume of smoke overhead during a wildfire Thursdayin Escondido, Calif. One of the nine fires burning in San Diego County suddenly flared Thursday afternoon and burned close to homes, trigging thousands of new evacuation orders.

    Flare-up keeps San Diego fire situation tenuous

    Firefighters aided by calmer winds made progress Thursday against a series of wildfires burning across San Diego County, and authorities collected clues and solicited the public’s help to determine what caused so many blazes to occur simultaneously.


    Lawmaker questions importing prairie chickens

    A state lawmaker has grilled Democratic legislators about spending money to use a state plane to fly prairie chickens to south-central Illinois from Kansas.


    Hines VA hospital under scrutiny

    Federal investigators have visited a veterans hospital in suburban Chicago to look into an allegation that secret lists were used to conceal long patient wait times for appointments. Auditors from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General visited the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital on Wednesday.

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday after testifying before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care.

    Watchdog: No proof treatment delays killed vets

    New complaints about long wait lists and falsified patient appointment reports have surfaced at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics across the country, the department’s internal watchdog said Thursday, but he said there’s no proof so far that delays in treatment have caused any patient’s death.

    People carry the simple wooden coffin of a mine accident victim for burial in Soma, Turkey, Thursday. An explosion and fire at a coal mine in Soma, some 155 miles south of Istanbul, killed hundreds of workers, authorities said, in one of the worst mining disasters in Turkish history.

    Grief and rage as Turkey buries mine disaster dead

    With photos of their loved ones pinned to their chests and chanting the names of lost miners, grieving relatives laid their dead to rest in mass burials Thursday, as gravediggers labored to make room for scores more victims of Turkey’s worst mining disaster.

    Kevin Miller, the retiring music department chair at Schaumburg High School, will conduct his final concert Monday night.

    Schaumburg honors retiring high school band director

    Schaumburg High School’s retiring band director Kevin Miller will be honored Monday with a composition dedicated to him by friend and former classmate Richard Adams at the school’s Band Awards Concert. On Tuesday, Schaumburg village leaders issued a proclamation naming the day of the concert Kevin Miller Day in the village.

    A Woodruff cannon is fired for Hawthorn Middle School North students in Vernon Hills as part of a Civil War Day event Thursday.

    Actors, cannons help Vernon Hills students learn about Civil War

    Civil War re-enactors visited Hawthorn Middle School North in Vernon Hills on Thursday. Students saw live cannon fire, participated in weapons demonstrations and played Civil War-era games.

    Douglas Balder

    Trooper hurt in I-88 crash recovering ‘very well,’ wife says

    The Illinois state trooper injured in February after a semitrailer truck crashed into emergency vehicles along I-88 in Aurora, killing a tollway worker, is recovering from his multiple injuries. "It’s been a tough road, but his recovery is going very well,” said Kimberli Balder wife of Trooper Douglas Balder.

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth talks Thursday about the need to replace a bridge that carries the Milwaukee West Line over the Fox River in Elgin. Metra has applied for $17 million in federal funding to help replace the single-track bridge.

    Duckworth wants funding for Metra bridge in Elgin

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth got a rare, up-close view of a 133-year-old Metra bridge in Elgin on Thursday while exhorting U.S. Congress to allocate federal funds to replace it. The 500-foot bridge — the only single-track section between Chicago and Elgin — carries Metra’s Milwaukee West Line over the Fox River. Half of its spans were replaced in 1905 and the rest in 1926.


    All but 1 student in Jacobs prank to take part in commencement

    Since seven out of eight Jacobs High School students participating in a senior prank have promised to behave at Saturday’s commencement exercises, they are allowed to graduate with the Class of 2014, an official said Thursday. But one senior did not write the promise letter as requested, and will skip graduation for reasons unrelated to the prank, said Allison Strupeck, spokeswoman for...

    Eric Castillo

    Beach Park man sentenced to 35 years for murder, torture

    Eric Castillo, of Beach Park, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for assisting in the brutal murder of a Waukegan man inside of an auto body shop in 2011. Castillo is one of four people who are either in custody or sentenced to prison for the murder of David Campbell.

    Naperville North High School student Taylor Kroma is planning Healing Hearts with Hope: A Benefit Concert for Edward Hospital at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the performing arts center at her school to give back to the doctors who helped save her dad when a series of complications after a medical test nearly took his life.

    Naperville teen 'Healing Hearts' with benefit concert

    The music of Jeff Kroma's life nearly stopped because of complications from a medical test. But as a way to thank the doctors who kept his heart beating, his daughter is planning Healing Hearts with Harmony: A Charity Concert for Edward Hospital. “I was determined to make something good come out of it,” Taylor said about her father's hospital scare, which began with what was scheduled...


    South suburban man sentenced for gun trafficking

    A South suburban man has been sentenced to nearly 17 years in federal prison for buying hundreds of firearms and high-capacity magazines from gun shows in Indiana and selling them illegally in Chicago.

    Kaneland District 302 Superintendent Jeff Schuler addresses the crowd at a ceremony Thursday where Kaneland High School received a state Academic Improvement Award.

    Kaneland High, Nicholson schools receive state honors

    Kaneland High School in Maple Park and Nicholson Elementary School in Montgomery were praised by state school superintendent Christopher Koch, as he bestowed Academic Improvement awards at a ceremony at Kaneland.

    Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson delivers his state of the village address Thursday at an Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Holiday Inn on Busse Road.

    Elk Grove Village mayor discusses plans for TIF money

    Elk Grove Village has recovered from the Great Recession, but village officials want to do more to help the business community — concentrating most of those efforts on the nation’s largest contiguous business park that sits on the east side of town, Mayor Craig Johnson said Thursday during an address to local business leaders. “Our community is getting older. Our business...

    Diver Susan Bird, working at the bottom of Hoyo Negro, a large dome-shaped underwater cave in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, brushes a human skull found at the site while her team members take detailed photographs.

    Ancient skeleton shedding light on first Americans

    NEW YORK — Thousands of years ago, a teenage girl toppled into a deep hole in a Mexican cave and died. Now, her skeleton and her DNA are bolstering the long-held theory that humans arrived in the Americas by way of a land bridge from Asia, scientists say.

    Fred Heid, incoming superintendent for Community Unit District 300, joins the district June 2. Heid is as an administrator for the Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida, and will make $210,000 a year in the Algonquin-based district.

    Incoming Dist. 300 superintendent begins June 2

    Fred Heid, the incoming superintendent for Community Unit District 300, was an early favorite for the top job in the Algonquin-based school district, an official said Thursday. "He’s a very self-confident man who is bilingual, which is very important to us and he is very much into academic improvement and he’s focused on student learning," school board member Joe Stevens said.


    Get fit, Lake County:

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District will offer weekly hikes at several of its properties Saturdays in June.

    Marissa Li shows off her trophy alongside United States Chess Federation President Ruth Haring.

    Sycamore Trails student wins national chess competition

    Sycamore Trails Elementary student Marissa Li beat out some of the country's best chess players in a competition held in Northbrook. Marissa could have gone onto the world championships, but has decided to keep practicing and try again next year.


    Dist. 200 approves agreement for online courses

    An agreement that will allow students at three area school districts to take online courses this fall was approved Wednesday by the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 school board. For more than a year, District 200 has been working with Naperville Unit District 203 and Indian Prairie Unit District 204 to create a new virtual learning consortium that will offer online classes to high school...

    A benefit for 14-year-old Luke Parkin will take place Friday night at McGonigal’s Pub in Barrington. The Barrington teen has undergone six surgeries and faces more after a tragic accident left severe burns over 40 percent of his body.

    Community rallies around injured Barrington teen

    A benefit for an autistic Barrington teen recovering from a tragic accident that left him with third-degree burns on 40 percent of his body will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday at McGonigal’s Pub in Barrington. Luke Parkin, 14, has had six surgeries already and faces many more to come.


    Plant, recycling event in Lindenhurst:

    Lindenhurst’s environmental commission hosts a plant exchange and other environmentally friendly activities Saturday, May 17, at the village hall/public works garage, 2301 Sand Lake Road.


    Fire hydrant flushing in Hainesville:

    The village of Hainesville’s water department will start flushing fire hydrants starting Monday, May 19.


    Mt. Prospect might raise building, ambulance fees

    Building a home addition or calling upon an ambulance in an emergency could cost more in Mount Prospect next year as village officials continue to search for ways to boost revenues. Village trustees this week opened talks on a variety of potential fee increases that could help fill projected deficits in future budgets.

    Attorney Michael Shakman’s challenge of Chicago’s patronage system nearly 40 years ago led to a decree that bans most political hiring.

    Shakman asks to end federal oversight of Chicago hiring

    Chicago now largely complies with bans on doling out jobs based on political connections and so a judge should order an end to federal oversight of city hiring practices, a lawyer who has crusaded against such patronage in Illinois argued in a Thursday court filing.

    Holly Kim

    Newest Mundelein public art project to focus on utility boxes

    Proponents hope a new public art program will bring a splash of color to downtown Mundelein. A trio of utility boxes will get visual makeovers through the project, with costs covered by the village.


    Taxpayers could help fund SIU newspaper

    SIU President Randy Dunn met Wednesday in Springfield with aides to the Illinois House speaker and Senate president. Dunn says he’s confident the Daily Egyptian won’t cease publication as feared.

    This composite photo from NASA shows the planet Jupiter and the The Great Red Spot in 2014, left; in 1995, top right; 2009, center right; and 2014, bottom right. That signature spot is shrinking rapidly.

    Jupiter’s Great Red Spot shrinking before our eyes

    Jupiter’s Great Red Spot seems to be on a cosmic diet, shrinking rapidly before our eyes. Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope calculate that the spot, a giant long-lasting storm, is narrowing by about 580 miles a year, much faster than before.

    An aerial view of the roof collapse that killed 2 Chicago firefighters and injured more than a dozen others on Dec. 22, 2010.

    Building owner pleads guilty in fatal roof collapse

    The owner of a vacant building where a roof collapsed during a 2010 fire and killed two Chicago firefighters has been sentenced to six months in jail.

    University of Illinois President Robert Easter plans to retire by June 2015.

    U of I hires firm for presidential search

    University of Illinois trustees have hired a Georgia-based search firm as the university looks for a new president.

    Rep. Jack Franks

    Franks wants state to end contract with lottery manager

    State Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo says Northstar Lottery Group LLC has cost the state millions of dollars in lost profits and is hurting Illinois taxpayers.


    Fitch Ratings says pension lawsuit action not a concern

    A major credit-rating house says a hold on a lawsuit involving Illinois’ pension overhaul is not cause for concern. Fitch Ratings issued a statement Thursday saying experts expected a strong legal challenge to the overhaul that became law last fall.

    Members of the general public watch a screen projection of President Barack Obama giving a speech during the dedication ceremony.

    Images: National September 11 Memorial Museum Dedication
    See images from the dedication ceremony for the National 9/11 Memorial Museum on May 15, 2014 in New York City. The museum memorializes the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York as well as the Pentagon and the wayward hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.


    Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival May 24-25

    The village of Schaumburg will present its 27th annual Prairie Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 on the grounds of the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center at Schaumburg Road and Summit Drive. The exhibition and sale will feature more than 130 fine artists displaying ceramics, fiber arts, glass, graphics, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, pottery and...


    Dist. 200 will move transition center out of Hubble

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials have agreed to lease a building in downtown Wheaton to house their transition program for special-needs students ages 18 to 22. Joanne Panopoulos, assistant superintendent for student services, said the transition program has been at Hubble Middle School for the past three years because of a budget crunch the district faced a few years ago.


    Four plead not guilty to charges in North Chicago fatal shooting

    Four North Chicago teens pleaded not guilty to charges they killed another teen in an alley during a robbery in April.

    Lake Villa Elementary District 41 is finalizing plans to close Pleviak Elementary School. An alumni open house celebration is planned for June 3.

    Last chance to reminisce planned for Pleviak alumni

    When the school year ends June 9 in Lake Villa, it will also close the book on Joseph J. Pleviak Elementary School and its more than 100-year history. Before that happens, alumni will celebrate its history and say goodbye during a June 3 open house.


    Wrigley Field-area El Jardin starting suburban location in Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich will become the second suburban outpost for a Mexican restaurant that started near Wrigley Field almost 50 years ago. Plans call for El Jardin to open at Ela Road and Route 22.


    Home damaged, no injuries, in Naperville fire

    No injuries were reported in an early morning fire Thursday that caused roughly $100,000 damage to a garage and house on the 1500 block of Chickasaw Drive in Naperville, authorities said.


    Renovations coming to Rosemont Convention Center

    Renovations are coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont as part of a multiyear facility improvement project. The village board this week approved a $734,480 contract to upgrade a pedway between the east garage and Williams Street garage that will include renovated floors, walls and ceiling, officials said.

    Rosemont Chief of Public Safety Don Stephens III

    Rosemont restructures command staff in public safety department

    Rosemont’s public safety department is being restructured following the recent retirement of its longtime top cop. Former Superintendent of Public Safety Donald E. Stephens II, who stepped down in February, is being repalced by his son, Donald E. Stephens III.


    Schaumburg Flag Day picnic for seniors

    The annual Flag Day picnic for area seniors, hosted by the village of Schaumburg’s Senior Program, will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, June 13 in the outdoor plaza between the village’s Atcher Municipal Center and Prairie Center for the Arts at 101 Schaumburg Court. This year’s program will feature entertainment from the 45s, a flag-hoisting ceremony by VFW Post 2202 and the...


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    Des Plaines man gets 33 years in prison for 2010 shooting

    A 25-year-old Des Plaines man was sentenced to 33 years in prison last week following his March conviction for attempted first-degree murder. Police say Joseph Lazar shot at an 18-year-old who was driving away from Lazar following a December 2010 argument outside Lazar's home.


    Elk Grove Village recognizes community service work of youth

    Ten youth groups comprised of nearly 90 members were honored this week in Elk Grove Village for their community service work. “You’re the future. You’re the now,” Betsy Boswell, the event organizer, told honorees “You’re the great work that’s being done here. It warms our hearts to be able to do this.”


    Police identify 18-year-old killed in Aurora shooting

    Aurora police continue to hunt for a gunman who shot and killed an 18-year-old man while the victim was sitting on a porch Wednesday evening on the city’s near east side. Joseph B. Trejo, of the 400 block of Bangs Street, was shot about 7:10 p.m. as he sat with his 31-year-old cousin on the front porch of a home in the 200 block of North Smith Street. The cousin also was shot and wounded.

    Roel White

    Elgin man sentenced in gun sale case

    An Elgin man was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison Thursday for being an armed habitual criminal and unlawful possession or sale of a firearm. DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell sentenced Roel White, 32, to 12 years in prison on the firearms charge and eight years in prison for being an armed habitual criminal.


    Mt. Prospect shouldn’t fret over firefighter bill, union leader says

    Controversial state legislation that would make staffing levels for fire departments subject to arbitration should have no impact on Mount Prospect, the president of Mount Prospect Firefighters Local 4119 told the village board this week.

    The train underpass on Route 41 north of Route 176 in Lake Bluff was flooded Tuesday. Weather forecasters have indicated that this latest rain should not result in any major flooding throughout Lake and northern Cook counties.

    More rain expected, but flooding not in the early forecast

    National Weather Service officials said the latest rain will not do enough to push the swollen rivers and lakes past their breaking point. The forescast for today calls for scattered showers, but no serious downpours that would threaten flooding.

    Robert Wonderling

    Former Antioch Township emergency volunteer accused of inappropriately touching woman, pleads not guilty

    A 66-year-old former Antioch Township emergency services volunteer pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery after being accused of inappropriately touching a female employee of the Antioch Rescue Squad.

    Ulises C. Bibriescas

    Police: Elgin man slapped women on Fox River Trail

    An 18-year-old is accused of slapping the behinds of two women as he rode his bike along the Fox River Trail in South Elgin last month. Ulises C. Bibriescas, of Elgin, is charged with aggravated battery in a public place and is due in court June 26.

    Gasthaus Zur Linde owner Marco Muscarello said he temporarily closed the bar after receiving on May 5 a notice of chronic nuisance activity from the city of Elgin.

    Elgin council again delays decision on Gasthaus bar

    The Elgin liquor control commission once again delayed a decision on possible sanctions against a downtown bar accused of liquor code violations after running out of time to finish the proceedings. The commission on Wednesday heard testimony from the general manager, kitchen manager and bouncer of the Gasthaus Zur Linde at 15 N. Grove Ave.


    Remember when gardening to keep an eye on your pets

    Spring means gardening and lawn care. But be careful with pesticides around your pets.

    Crews sop up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 15, 2014. A geyser of crude spewed 20 feet high over approximately half mile into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst.

    10,000 gallons of oil spill on Los Angeles streets

    Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst. A geyser of crude spewed 20 feet high over approximately half a mile at about 12:15 a.m. and was knee-high in some parts of an industrial area before the oil line was remotely shut off.

    These simple buttons are a sign that you are standing in a place where anything can happen, and nothing usually does.

    What happens in elevators doesn’t stay in elevators

    When Elisha Graves Otis sold his first elevator in 1853, he probably never envisioned that his invention would spawn viral videos of celebrity spats. But elevators are the perfect setting for the ups and downs of life.


    Batavia to dip into reserves to ease electrical costs

    Batavia aldermen recommend spending another $2 million in electric fund reserves in 2014 to stabilize electrical rates. That is, if the reserves have that much available, according to the city's finance director. Factors determining that include the cost of buying and supplying electricity, and how much an increase in sales tax will raise.


    Geneva downtown looking for summertime entertainers

    Geneva is offering grants for entertainers to play its downtown sidewalks this summer.


    Illinois begins annual West Nile virus program

    Health officials say they’ve started their annual efforts to prevent the mosquito-borne West Nile virus from infecting Illinois residents. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday the department is accepting dead birds for testing and has awarded grants to local health departments.


    Lincoln museum in Springfield to open new exhibit

    There’s a new Civil War exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The museum says the free exhibit, “Boys in Blue IV: In Memory of Heroes,” opens May 23. It includes information on Lincoln’s assassination and anti-war riots in Charleston.

    Julie Stees accompanies her 18-year-old grandson Justin in the grand march at Prophetstown High School prom in Prophetstown.

    Grandma goes to prom in Prophetstown

    What started out as kind of a joke ended up a bit of a dream come true. April 26, at the age of 59, Julie Stees finally got to go to her first prom, in a beautiful blue formal, and on the arm of a man she loves - her 18-year-old grandson, Justin.


    Reagan alma mater to mark anniversary of his death

    Former President Ronald Reagan’s alma mater plans to mark the 10th anniversary of his death next month. Eureka College says it will hold a ceremony the morning of June 5 at the central Illinois school’s Peace Garden.


    Indiana police officers in wiretapping case claim libel

    Four South Bend police officers are suing the city, alleging a city council member libeled them during a wiretapping investigation. The lawsuit alleges Henry Davis Jr. committed libel in a 2012 letter to the Department of Justice accusing the officers of “racially based misconduct” in conversations the city recorded from their department phones.


    Coal miner dies in southern Illinois

    Authorities say a miner in southern Illinois died after being crushed while working in Franklin County. Officials say the man died Wednesday afternoon after he became caught between a machine and a coal rib while working at the Sugar Camp Energy complex in rural Thompsonville.


    Wisconsin judge orders document release in John Doe probe

    A federal judge has ordered the release of more than 100 documents in a secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign and other conservative groups.


    Mount Prospect Park District leaders weigh golf course costs

    Mount Prospect Park District officials will spend the next two weeks considering how much should be spent to renovate the district's golf course. The renovation plan under consideration (and associated fees) would cost more than $8 million, higher than previously estimated. The park board could take a vote on the plan at its May 28 meeting.


    Dawn Patrol: Aurora teen shot, killed; Dist. 300 picks new leader

    Teen shot and killed in Aurora. Maday gets another 32 years. Oak Brook store burgled. Six Streamwood students charged in fight. Dist. 300 names new superintendent. Elgin council fills vacant seat. Lawmakers may cut IMSA budget over diversity. White Sox beat Athletics.

    Jeanne Wall, Wolf Trap master teaching artist, uses a puppet to help kindergartner Grace Avlia, left, create patterns with sticks Wednesday during a unique early childhood STEM program in Sue Matkovic’s class at Kimball Hill School in Rolling Meadows.

    Rolling Meadows students get lessons blending the arts with STEM

    Jeanne Wall sang, danced and performed with a puppet Wednesday for kindergartners at a Rolling Meadows school. But behind the giggles and clapping, she also taught science and math lessons usually reserved for the older kids.


    Libertyville officials take no action on cutting bar hours

    Libertyville officials have decided not to make last call earlier for some bars in town. "Working individually with the bars seemed to be a better idea," said Trustee Jim Moran, who had opposed a one-hour cut in hours to 1 a.m. weekdays and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

    Chris Kalamatas, Cheryl Seibert, John Bohanek, Allie Monroe and Tim Lange before they launched their Fittest Loser campaigns. Tonight, the winner will be named.

    Fittest Loser winner to be announced tonight in Itasca

    After three months of hard work, the Daily Herald’s five Fittest Loser Challenge contestants get to show off their slimmed down and toned up physiques tonight before finding out who will be the winner.A party will be held tonight at the Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca to announce the winner of this year’s suburban weight loss and fitness competition, as well as the winners among...

    Russ Marineau of Naperville recently received the Proud to be 203 award from Naperville Unit District 203 for leading the HURRAH group of Happy Upbeat Retirees (and other) Residents Actively Helping for 23 years. Marineau said he enjoyed serving as a mentor to students and connecting other retired volunteers with ways to give back in the schools.

    3 cheers for ‘HURRAH’ volunteer leader in Naperville

    A volunteer program Russ Marineau of Naperville was recruited to lead on his first day of retirement now has his stamp all over it as he recently was recognized for 23 years of leading HURRAH, or Happy Upbeat Retirees (and other) Residents Actively Helping in Naperville Unit District 203. “I like to make it more than just a volunteer organization,” Marineau said about HURRAH.

    Alejandro Molina Hoyos of Pingree Grove leads the student advisory committee of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and was an honors student at Elgin Community College.

    Pingree Grove immigrant learns to excel at ECC

    Alejandro Molina Hoyos' family fled violence and turmoil in their native Colombia more than a decade ago to start over in the United States. Despite the many challenges he's faced since, Alejandro's hard work and perseverance have made him a respected leader among his peers. “My goal is to have the ability to give someone the same experience I had, have someone really enjoy their time in...

    A temporary snow hill installed last winter at Boston’s Fenway Park caught the eye of Rosemont officials, who plan to install a similar one in their entertainment district next winter.

    Rosemont entertainment district to add snow hill

    There are no hills in Rosemont, but come December, you’ll be able to look out atop the peak of snowy “Mount Rosemont” before sledding down to the bottom. Crews will be constructing a temporary 34-foot-high snow hill at the village’s popular entertainment district this winter for sledding, tubing and special events.

    Host mom Marianna Bagshaw of Hawthorn Woods hugs Andrea Escalante, 12, as Leslie Salas, 13, looks on Wednesday at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Lake Barrington. The Salvadoran girls were there getting tested for their upcoming tachycardia surgery which will cure them of their irregular heartbeats.

    What a day for Salvadoran teens in suburbs for surgery

    In a whirlwind past 24 hours, Andrea Escalante, 12, and Leslie Salas have embarked on their first plane ride, endured their first Chicago airport delays, met the suburban families serving as their hosts for the next month, and bravely endured having their blood drawn by nurses. But all that has been the easy part. Next week, the girls will undergo heart surgery at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital...


    Study: Antidepressant may slow Alzheimer’s

    Research shows a common antidepressant may cut production of one of the chief suspects behind Alzheimer’s, a new avenue in the hunt for drugs to prevent the devastating brain disease.

    San Francisco’s landmark Coit Tower is named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy patron of the city’s firefighters who bequeathed a substantial amount of money to beautify the city.

    Coit Tower reopens in S.F.

    San Francisco’s landmark Coit Tower reopened to the public Wednesday after a six-month, $1.7 million upgrade that included the restoration of its famed murals.


    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, left, of Russia, pulls down Anaheim Ducks center Mathieu Perreault during the third period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series, Wednesday. Both teams know the action will be fast and furious in tonight's Game 7as it's win or go home.

    Ducks, LA Kings expect dramatic finish in Game 7 tonight

    For the past few years, the Anaheim Ducks have watched enviously while the Los Angeles Kings evolved into phenomenal playoff performers and Stanley Cup champions. The Ducks want that reputation as much as they want the Cup. In Game 7 of their second-round series tonight, they're on the perfect stage to supplant their rivals and to demonstrate they're a title contender, not just a regular-season power. Whichever team comes out on top faces the Hawks at 2 p.m. Sunday.

    Minnesota Wild left wing Erik Haula, left, of Finland, and Blackhawks forward Ben Smith (28) chase the puck during the second period of Game 6. The Blackhawks won 2-1 in overtime.

    Hawks' fourth line happy to get reacquainted

    On a championship-caliber team like the Blackhawks, where everything is disected, bisected and even trisected, when the fourth line is underperforming — especially in the playoffs — everyone realizes it. Joel Quenneville realized it as well, and at practice Thursday the Hawks coach had the old gang — Ben Smith, Marcus Kruger and Brandon Bollig — back together for the first time since the regular season.

    Maggie Dansdill of Wheaton Warrenville South runs the 400 m relay during the Wheaton Warrenville South girls track sectional.

    ‘Funny idea’ works for Enright, WW South

    The 3,200-meter relay and the high jump are something of an odd combination in girls track and field, but Alex Enright makes them work. The Wheaton Warrenville South junior qualified in both events for next weekend’s state meet in Charleston out of Thursday’s Class 3A sectional at Red Grange Field in Wheaton.


    Boys track: Thursday, May 15 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Thursday, May 15.


    Boys volleyball: Thursday, May 15 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Thursday, May 15.


    Boys tennis: Thursday, May 15 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Thursday, May 15.


    Baseball: Thursday, May 15 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Thursday, May 15.


    Softball: Thursday, May 15 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Thursday, May 15.


    Girls track: Thursday, May 15 results
    Results of area high school girls track meets for Thursday, May 15.


    Girls water polo: Thursday, May 15 results
    Results of area high school girls water polo games for Thursday, May 15.


    Girls soccer: Thursday, May 15 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Thursday, May 15.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup Thursday, May 15

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Neuqua Valley’s Grayson Jenkins leads Batavia’s David Morrison and teammate Daniel Weiss in the 3,200 meter run Thursday at the Upstate Eight Conference boys track meet at Memorial Field at Elgin High School. Jenkins won while Morrison placed second and Weiss ended in fourth place.

    Wins, PRs come for Neuqua Valley

    Neuqua Valley boys track coach Mike Kennedy provided his athletes a simple message for Thursday’s Upstate Eight Conference meet at Elgin’s Memorial Stadium. “He told us, every race you go into, either you win or you PR, because you win either way,” said Wildcats junior Zac Espinosa. He achieved both in the 400-meter run, edging teammate Nick Rafacz while setting a personal record at 49.33 seconds. Neuqua Valley did win either way, both in the Valley Division and among all 14 UEC teams. In the first year of a post-Lake Park UEC, the Wildcats earned a total of 131 points, a fair cushion over Waubonsie Valley’s 109 and River Division winner Batavia’s 103.


    Benet reverses course with victory

    With the postseason just around the corner, the Benet boys volleyball team seemed right on track until stumbling a bit on Wednesday.


    St. Francis regains focus, gets victory

    Even with moments of sloppy play the St. Francis boys volleyball team slipped through Wheaton Academy, winning 25-23, 25-19 Thursday in West Chicago.


    West Aurora’s Spagnola shines at sectional

    Emma Spagnola was even more brilliant in her first two preliminary efforts than she was for the rest of the night. The West Aurora superstar, who personally scored 26 points at the Class 3A girls track and field meet last spring, was up to her usual tricks at the Metea Valley sectional Thursday night.


    Cary-Grove an easy winner at DeKalb

    Junior Olivia Roehri provided the first spark and her Cary-Grove teammates fanned the flames until the Trojans had thoroughly scorched the competition at the Class 3A girls track and field sectional Thursday night.


    Wauconda’s Meinhardt measures up again

    Christina Meinhardt has been throwing downstate since her freshman year. The Wauconda junior will be doing so again next weekend. At Thursday’s Class 2A Woodstock sectional, Meinhardt won both the shot put (40 feet, 2 inches) and discus (124-4). Meinhardt’s teammate senior Dani Sturm also qualified for state in the shot put (36-8.75, second place). Hampshire won the sectional championship with 101 points, while Grayslake Central (72) edged Woodstock (70) for second place. Vernon Hills (58) was fourth.


    Olson on the offensive for Grayslake North

    That’s Chelsea Olson, emphasis on “O.” The Grayslake North senior scored the first hat trick in program history Thursday, as the Knights blanked host Hampshire 6-0 in Fox Valley Conference action. Olson also had an assist.

    Hersey assistant baseball coach Kevin Kelley keeps score the newfangled way.

    The grand old game gets a high-tech scoring makeover

    Kevin Kelley was one of the area’s first high school baseball coaches to realize it was no longer necessary to have a pencil and scorecard ready to keep score of a game. Kelley, who is in his 12th year as an assistant to Bob Huber at Hersey, used to keep score the old-school way. By the book. That changed when Kelley went to the American Baseball Coaches Association convention the winter before the 2010 season. He saw an innovative new way to keep score on a mobile device called GameChanger, which received a Best In Show award at the convention.


    Hampshire wins sectional title

    The Hampshire girls track team won the program’s first sectional championship Thursday night, scoring 101 points to nab the Class 2A crown at Woodstock. Grayslake Central was second with 72 points.

    Associated Press Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel delivers a pitch to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday in St. Louis.

    Hammel's fast start fades fast as Cubs fall 5-3

    Jason Hammel struck out the side to start the game. That fast start quickly unraveled for the Cubs right-hander. Hammel gave up four runs in the second inning and Chicago lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 Thursday. St. Louis rookie pitcher Michael Wacha's two-run single in between a run-scoring groundout by Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter's RBI double was the key hit in the inning.


    Pacers clinch series with 93-80 win over Wizards

    The Indiana Pacers clinched the series with a 93-80 win over the Washington Wizard Thursday night.


    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, May 15

    Fox Valley softball roundup for Thursday, May 15.

    Jason Schaal

    Schaal embraces football challenge at Grayslake Central

    Jason Schaal has had plenty of changes in his life lately, including the news that he's Grayslake Central's next varsity football head coach.

    Lakes’ Corey Hertz, Stevenson’s Tim Vestuto and Zio-Benton’s Jon Roberts are neck and neck in the 100-meter dash during the North Suburban Conference meet Thursday at Mundelein.

    Balliu, Lakes loom large in NSC meet

    Lakes scored 98.5 points to edge out two-time North Suburban Conference boys track and field champ Grant, which who finished with 91 on Thursday at Mundelein. NSC Lake Division champ Warren ran third with 69 points.


    Boys volleball: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, May 15

    Fox Valley boys volleyball roundup for Thursday, May 15.


    Girls soccer: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, May 15

    Fox Valley girls soccer roundup for Thursday, May 15.


    ISU basketball adds Oliver to coaching staff

    NORMAL – Dean Oliver, a former Big Ten standout at Iowa, has joined Dan Muller’s basketball staff at Illnois State University, school officials announced Thursday.

    Curtis Malm, 36, Aurora, watches his drive on the first hole in the final match of the 63rd Illinois PGA Match Play Championship. Malm defeated Medinah C.C. teaching professional Travis Johns 1-up at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

    Malm’s 3-peat one for the books
    Curtis Malm had a chance to make some significant golf history on Thursday, and he didn’t disappoint. The new head professional at White Eagle in Naperville won his third straight title in the 63rd Illinois PGA Match Play Championship at Kemper Lakes in Long Grove.

    Maddie Burrell of Barrington scores early against Schaumburg during sectional quarterfinal play Thursday at Palatine.

    Barrington edges Schaumburg at Palatine

    The game between the No. 4 and 5 seeds in the Palatine girls water polo sectional played out about like you might think: It was really close. Barrington led by 3 at the half before weathering a fourth-quarter rally from the Saxons to win 8-7 on Thursday.


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, May 15

    Fox Valley baseball roundup for Thursday, May 15.

    Sox reliever Zach Putnam

    Putnam feeling good as key piece of White Sox’ bullpen

    Zach Putnam pitched in 5 games for the Cubs last season and posted an 18.90 ERA. In 9 games with the White Sox this year, the reliever has a 1.72 ERA. What's been the big difference? Beat writer Scot Gregor explains.


    Blackhawks optimistic on Shaw’s return

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville continued to sound optimistic concerning the prognosis of injured forward Andrew Shaw, who might return in time to see action in the Conference finals.

    Grant baseball players Ryan Noda, left, and Simeon Lucas have made a habit of hitting big home runs this spring.

    Extended power surge from Grant’s Noda, Lucas is no surprise

    What seemed like a neat coincidence back on a Monday afternoon in late March turned out to be a big-time case of foreshadowing. Seniors Ryan Noda and Simeon Lucas, Grant’s Division I dynamic duo, both hit home runs for the Bulldogs in an 8-6 season-opening win over host Barrington.


    Jacobs tops Dundee-Crown in pitchers duel

    Jacobs saw its team get no-hit for 7 innings and witnessed a walk-off single at Dundee-Crown on Thursday, but still managed to come away with a 1-0 extra inning win, staying alive and tied for first in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division.


    Burlington Central wins 4th straight BNC title

    Mike Schmidt couldn’t have asked for a better 45th birthday present. Not only did Schmidt’s Burlington Central boys track team blow out the candles on the birthday cake for their coach, they did so in explosive fashion. The Rockets, a 30-point favorite coming into Thursday’s Big Northern Conference meet at Byron, blew away the competition, scoring 150 points, winning seven championships and setting one meet record. The championship is the Rockets’ fourth straight in the BNC.

    Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks will try to repeat as the WNBA’s MVP when the season begins Friday.

    WNBA outlook: A team-by-team preview

    The WNBA opens its season on Friday, and the Minnesota Lynx are favored once again to win the title. Here's a team-by-team look at the contenders and pretenders:


    Elgin’s Merena comes full circle

    Elgin senior boys’ gymnast Steve Merena will finish up the season this weekend in the exact same location as the previous three years. Merena will compete in the IHSA boys’ gymnastics state finals for a fourth year in a row this weekend. This year’s meet occurs Friday and Saturday at Hinsdale Central. The team and all-around championship will be decided Friday, while the individual events take place Saturday starting at noon.


    After tough choice between sports, Marmion’s Graft loving tennis

    John Graft misses track and field. For the spring of his senior year, though, he really didn’t want to miss tennis.

    Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, who already faces a murder charge in a man’s shooting death last year, was indicted Thursday, May 15, 2014, on new murder charges in an unrelated 2012 double slaying in Boston, police said.

    Aaron Hernandez charged in 2 more shooting deaths

    Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez ambushed and gunned down two men after a chance encounter inside a nightclub nearly two years ago, prosecutors said Thursday in an indictment that places the gun in his hands weeks before he signed a five-year, $40 million contract and went on to catch 51 passes and score five touchdowns during the 2012 NFL season.

    Michael Phelps warms up Thursday before the upcoming Charlotte Grand Prix swimming event in Charlotte, N.C..

    Phelps still yearns to win

    Michael Phelps is trying some new things: A more relaxed approach. A lighter workload. A willingness to accept that things aren’t going to be perfect every day. He insists that one thing hasn’t changed at all: His desire to win.


    Lawsuit against NCAA takes new twist on damages

    An antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA took a new twist when former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and 19 other former athletes gave up their claim to individual monetary damages, just weeks before the case is scheduled to go to trial.


    4 players share 1st-round Champions Tour lead

    Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Olin Browne and Chien Soon Lu share the first-round lead at 3-under 69 on Thursday in the Regions Tradition, the first of the Champions Tour’s five majors.

    Holes in the Chicago Sky lineup likely mean a heavier load this season for Elena Delle Donne, right, the 2013 WNBA rookie of the year.

    Big challenges for Sky coming off winning season

    The Chicago Sky had their first winning season in 2013. They may struggle to match it with an unsettled lineup that is temporarily without their top defensive player. Sylvia Fowles, a 2013 All-WNBA first team forward/center who averaged 11.5 rebounds, is recovering from arthroscopic hip surgery and may not return until next month.

    Arizona State defensive lineman Will Sutton has agreed to a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears. He is expected to report to rookie minicamp this weekend.

    With Sutton signing, Bears draft class complete

    Defensive tackle Will Sutton, the Bears’ third-round draft choice, agreed to terms on a four-year deal Thursday morning, and the team now has all eight of its picks under contract, one day before the start of this weekend’s three-day rookie minicamp. Sutton is expected to be a major contributor this season in a defensive tackle rotation that includes veterans Jeremiah Ratliff, Stephen Paea and Nate Collins, along with fellow rookie Ego Ferguson.

    Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome heads to his stable after workout Thursday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The colt is favored to win The Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

    Kristufek's top 3 horses in Preakness Stakes

    Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is the odds-on favorite for the Preakness Stakes, and Daily Herald handicapper Joe Kristufek believes the Art Sherman-trained horse will handle the 10-horse field to win the second stage of racing's Triple Crown. California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, will break from the No. 3 post for the 1 3/16-mile race. The colt has won five straight races by a combined 26 lengths.


    Mike North Video: A smorgasbord of Chicago sports
    As Mike North reviews the status of our Chicago sports teams, he applauds the Blackhawks and predicts another championship.

    Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band Conductor William Gilmer and the band will present “American Riversongs” on May 16 at 7:00pm. Lisa Haring

    Community Concert Band Presents “American Riversongs”

    The Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band, under the direction of William Gilmer, will present their May concert, “American Riversongs,” on Friday, May 16, at 7:00pm in the Prairie Lakes Theater.

    Did anybody in their mock draft really have Bears general manager Phil Emery, right, taking Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller with the 14th overall pick in last week’s draft?

    Now here’s something about NFL worth mocking

    With giggles still ringing over inaccurate mockups for last week's NFL draft, the first uneducated guesses for 2015 have been published. Stop me if you heard this one before: The Bears pick a cornerback.



    Car club calendar
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many car lovers and clubs devoted to models ranging from the Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. The Daily Herald has compiled a list of monthly meetings for area car clubs, as well as several local motorcycling groups.

    Sears has introduced Get Advice, a digital tool from Shop Your Way, that allows its members to ask questions and get answers from any of the company's associates nationwide.

    Sears, Kmart customers can Get Advice on web or app

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp., parent to Sears and Kmart stores, wants to make sure you have all the information you need, whether or not you make a purchase. So the retailer launched Get Advice, where consumers who are part of the Shop Your Way loyalty program can ask a question and have it answered by Sears or Kmart store associates nationwide. More than 250,000 questions have been posted and answered online since it launched in April.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants federal investigators to look into operations at Hines Veterans Hospital outside Chicago to determine if the facility has a secret waiting list for treating patients.

    Kirk wants probe of Illinois veterans hospitals

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants federal investigators to look into operations at Hines Veterans Hospital outside Chicago to determine if the facility has a secret waiting list for treating patients. An employee at Hines says the hospital has a secret list like that alleged to exist at a VA hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

    A protester dressed as Ronald McDonald sits on the street before a rally to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside a McDonald restaurant in Seoul, South Korea Thursday.

    Fast-food protest organizers plan global actions

    Labor organizers say protesters will turn out in the. U.S. and more than 30 other countries on Thursday in support of higher pay for workers at fast-food chains including McDonald's, Burger King and Taco Bell. The demonstrations build on a campaign by unions to bring attention to the plight of low-wage workers and get the public behind the idea of a $15-an-hour wage.

    General Motors is recalling more than 140,000 2014 Chevrolet Malibu midsize cars to fix a problem with the power-assisted brakes.

    Another GM recall, this time to fix Malibu brakes

    General Motors is recalling more than 140,000 Chevrolet Malibu midsize cars to fix a problem with the power-assisted brakes. The recall affects 2014 Malibu's with 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines and stop-start technology that shuts off the engine at red lights.

    More travelers will take to the skies this summer, the U.S. airlines' trade and lobby group predicted Thursday.

    Airlines expect more travelers to fly this summer

    More travelers will take to the skies this summer, the U.S. airlines' trade and lobby group predicted Thursday.About 210 million passengers — or 2.28 million a day— are expected to fly on U.S. carriers between June 1 and Aug. 31. That's up 1.5 percent from last summer and the highest level in six years, according to the trade and lobbying group, Airlines for America.

    Rational USA President Markus Glueck addresses about 100 local business, chamber and village officials who welcomed the company’s North American headquarters to Rolling Meadows on Thursday.

    Rational USA unveils new Rolling Meadows office for high-tech ovens

    Rational USA, which makes and sells cooking equipment to schools, restaurants and other businesses, moved its North American headquarters from Schaumburg to the Continental Towers in Rolling Meadows. The grand opening included about 100 local business leaders.

    Investors retreated from stocks Thursday, leading the Dow Jones industrial average to its worst day in five weeks, after disappointing earnings from Wal-Mart and mixed news about the global economy.

    Dow dips to worst day in 5 weeks; bond prices jump

    Investors retreated from stocks Thursday, leading the Dow Jones industrial average to its worst day in five weeks, after disappointing earnings from Wal-Mart and mixed news about the global economy. Financial markets reflected broader investor jitters: government bonds rose, small-company stocks continued to plunge, and safe, slower-growth industries fared the best.

    A vacant, 1.2-acre property that sits at the Elk Grove Village limits at Devon and Ridge avenues has been purchased by the village, which has no immediate plans for the land. The village is paying $262,800 for the site.

    Elk Grove Village buys 1.2-acre vacant Devon Avenue property

    Elk Grove Village is buying a vacant, 1.2-acre property on Devon Avenue with no immediate plans for the land, but with an eye toward future redevelopment. The property at 300 E. Devon Avenue is on the northeast corner of Devon and Ridge avenues — what Mayor Craig Johnson called “a prime intersection.”


    Elgin panel OKs contract for economic development services

    Elgin council members for the first time approved a three-year contract for economic development services from the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce over the objections of two members. Councilman John Prigge and Councilwoman Carol Rauschenberger voted against the $275,000 yearly contract at the committee of the whole meeting Wednesday night.


    Google to release diversity data about workforce

    Google is planning to release statistics documenting the diversity of its workforce for the first time amid escalating pressure on the technology industry to hire more minorities and women. The numbers are compiled as part of a report that major U.S. employers must file with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Employers, though, aren’t required to make the information publicly available.

    Consuelo Gomez, of the facilities management company “Marty K,” works in her office in Bellevue, Wash. Between 1997 and 2014, the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. rose by 68 percent, compared to a 47 percent increase for all companies.

    Women starting small businesses at torrid pace

    If you take a job with a newer business, there’s a good chance you’ll work for a woman. Between 1997 and 2014, the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. rose by 68 percent, compared to a 47 percent increase for all companies, according to an American Express analysis of Census Bureau figures.

    Wal-Mart’s fiscal first-quarter earnings declined 5 percent as severe winter weather kept shoppers away from its stores and pushed operating expenses higher than expected.

    Bad weather hurts Wal-Mart in 1st quarter

    Wal-Mart’s fiscal first-quarter earnings declined 5 percent as severe winter weather kept shoppers away from its stores and pushed operating expenses higher than expected. Its performance missed Wall Street’s expectations, and the world’s biggest retailer gave a second-quarter earnings from continuing operations forecast that also fell short of analysts’ estimates.

Life & Entertainment

    Roberta Fry of Mount Prospect is looking for some furniture so she can use her patio.

    A work in progress

    My backyard has been a slow work in progress (and a source of great enjoyment) for the past 19 years but the patio is just too small. A do-it-yourself pond which is now beyond repair takes up valuable space. The pond needs to be moved and one day rebuilt correctly.

    Wax begonias are a good alternative to Impatiens walleriana for shade gardens.

    Color up your shade garden with begonias

    With all the talk of downy mildew on impatiens, gardeners are searching for alternatives to brighten their shade gardens. Although nothing can really match the colorful show of Impatiens walleriana, begonias come pretty close.


    Neat and clean condo won’t sell

    Q. My daughter bought a condo. She was there two years, and then her company moved her to Houston. Her condo has been on sale for a year now and has not sold. It is expensive to keep it. She said she lowered the price several times.


    Preparing yourself for the mortgage closing

    Q. I recently read that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is going to make the mortgage loan closing process more consumer friendly. Do you think it can?

    Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are heading to the small screen. The rock band announced Thursday it will show the making of the new album on HBO.

    Foo Fighters to show making of album on HBO series

    The Foo Fighters are headed to the small screen. The rock band said Thursday it will show the making of its new album in a series on HBO. The series will feature the group recording one song in eight cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. The show and album will premiere in the fall.

    A desperate sports agent (Jon Hamm), left, goes to India to find baseball talent with a translator (Pitobash), far right, and two recruits (Madhur Mittal and Suraj Sharma) in “Million Dollar Arm.”

    Formula sports underdog drama throws a narrative curve ball

    The advertising slogan to Walt Disney's new baseball drama “Million Dollar Arm” states, “Sometimes to win, you have to change the game.” You get a sense that director Craig Gillespie really tries to do this as he struggles to break free of the formula straitjacket required for a standard Disney underdog sports drama, this one about two from India intensely trained to become baseball stars.

    Scoop out a baked (or grilled) potato to make room for pulled pork or barbecue chicken.

    Move over Mom: Potatoes plus pulled pork a filling treat

    Some people have called me a couch potato because I like to sit around playing video games, but being a potato isn’t such a bad thing. Potatoes are loaded with vitamin C, vitamins B1 and B3, and have potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. I’ve always liked potatoes from mashed to french fries and in soup. One thing I did not know is that there are many types of potatoes.

    Rush Limbaugh won for his best-selling “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.”

    Rush Limbaugh wins children’s book award

    Rush Limbaugh has won a children’s book prize designed to be chosen by kids themselves. But that doesn’t mean all of his voters were young people. On Wednesday night, Limbaugh received the Children’s Choice Book Award for author of the year, defeating such superstars as Veronica Roth, Rick Riordan and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” writer Jeff Kinney, the winner in 2012 and 2013.

    In what may be his last remarks at a public gathering, author Philip Roth has accepted Yaddo’s first ever Artist Medal Wednesday May 14, 2014 and spoken gratefully of his time at the venerable retreat in the 1960s.

    Philip Roth may have given his last public talk

    In what may be his last remarks at a public gathering, Philip Roth accepted Yaddo’s first ever Artist Medal and spoke gratefully of his time at the venerable retreat in the summer of 1964.

    Herbs, including from left lemon verbana, cilantro and fennel found at Lurvey’s Garden Center in Des Plaines, can be easy to grow and liven up your cooking.

    Gardening allows for more healthy food choices

    Homeowners are increasingly choosing to plant, carefully water and eventually harvest their own food to put on their tables. Garden centers around the area are responding to this interest by offering more and more vegetable plants and fruit plants, shrubs and trees, as well as organic seeds and other supplies to facilitate this movement.

    FILE - Casey Kasem accepts a radio icon award during the Radio Music Awards Monday, in this Oct. 27, 2003 file photo taken at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Santa Monica Police Department Sgt. Mario Toti said Kasem was located a few hours after his children filed a missing person’s report on Wednesday May 14, 2014. Kasem, 82, suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease, can no longer speak and has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, Jean Kasem. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta, File)

    Authorities: Casey Kasem found in Washington state

    Casey Kasem was located in Washington state on Thursday, three days after a Los Angeles judge expressed concerns about the ailing radio host’s whereabouts and safety. Kasem’s condition was not immediately known, although his children rejoiced after days of uncertainty and said in a statement that locating their father was the first step in bringing him back to the Los Angeles area.

    The Standard Hotel in New York says it has identified and fired the person who recorded security video appearing to show Beyonce’s sister attacking Jay Z inside an elevator.

    Hotel fires person who recorded Jay Z attack video

    A New York City hotel says it has identified and fired the person who recorded security video appearing to show Beyonce’s sister attacking Jay Z inside an elevator. The Standard Hotel says the person has been terminated for “breaching the security polices of the hotel and recording the confidential CCTV video.”

    Director Jon Favreau stars as a celebrated chef suffering a midlife crisis in “Chef.”

    'Chef' celebrates food and the people who make it

    In the comic family confection “Chef,” the elaborate food dishes threaten to render human cast members tasteless and irrelevant as star Jon Favreau directs the familiar story of a busy, busy guy, a chef, whose career pursuits put all other parts of his life on the back burner. Then, a pressure cooker of events forces him to re-evaluate his life's recipe and try something different. Something better.


    'For No Good Reason' a visual tribute to Ralph Steadman

    Charlie Paul's “For No Good Reason” isn't content to be a mere documentary about British artist Ralph Steadman. It aspires to be a work of art about an artist. To that end, Paul's visually invigorated movie plies our eyes with split-screens, super close-ups, footage framed by old TV screens, plus animated versions of Steadman's ultra-creepy, highly evocative paintings and sketches. Even if you don't know the artist's name, you should instantly recognize his nightmarish visions captured in ink lines and paint splatters, illustrations used to condemn the Vietnam War and complement the literary output of legendary gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

    LaLa Lunchbox is a meal-planning app that makes lunch planning easier by giving kids the opportunity to make their meal decisions. Your child can choose foods for healthy meals with monsters, colors and sounds, and these choices turn into a grocery list for you. Cost: 99 centsAges: 4 and up

    Nutrition apps for kids

    Nutrition is an important component of your child’s growth and development. Helping your child make healthy food choices will increase the chances of your child becoming a healthy adult. Here are three iPad apps that will teach your child about nutrition.

    Actor, director and writer Orson Welles gets a weekend retrospective in Woodstock with panels, films and a recreation of his classic “War of the Worlds” broadcast.

    Reel life: 'Macbeth,' 'Kane' screenings honor Welles

    The first Orson Welles Film Festival takes place over the weekend at the Woodstock Theatre in Woodstock with four of the master's cinematic works being shown. (Yes, Woodstock does celebrate more than just “Groundhog Day.”) “MacBeth” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16. “The Lady From Shanghai” will be shown at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, followed by “The Stranger” at 7 p.m. “Citizen Kane” will be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 18. Admission for each costs $5.

    The John Deere Pavilion in Moline enchants kids, as well as adults, with its machine-driving simulators and a Discovery Zone for little ones to learn where food comes from and how it gets transported.

    Head to the Quad Cities for an affordable family vacation

    The Quad Cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline/East Moline, Illinois, tend to get a bad rap in the Chicago area. But the four towns on either side of the Mississippi River offer plenty of fun to keep families busy and entertained, all of it affordable and much of it free.

    Herbs that grow best in a small or water-wise garden include basil, oregano, parsley, thyme and rosemary, says Sarah J. Browning, an extension educator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who also suggests planting radishes, carrots, peppers, zucchini and summer squash for summertime bounty.

    Tips for high yields in a small or thirsty garden

    How can you get the most yield from a garden where space is limited, and water is too? Plant smart, and pay attention to the soil. “Your garden is only as good as your soil,” says David Salman, chief horticulturist at High Country Gardens, a Santa Fe, N.M., catalog that specializes in native and low-water plants.

    “The Ultimate Book of Vehicles From Around the World” by Anne-Sophie Baumann & Didier Balicevic, (2014, Twirl, distributed by Chronicle Books), $19.99, 23 pages.

    Book shows kids how to drive, dig and haul

    Why wait until you grow up? If you’ve got “The Ultimate Book of Vehicles From Around the World” by Anne-Sophie Baumann and Didier Balicevic by your side, you can pretend to drive, dig, or haul right now.

    April (Emma Roberts) has an inappropriate relationship with her soccer coach (James Franco) in “Palo Alto.”

    Another Coppola debuts with teen drama 'Palo Alto'

    The Coppola family has given us Francis Ford Coppola, Nicolas Cage, Sofia Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Talia Shire and some very good wine. Gia Coppola, 27, the granddaughter of Francis and niece of Sofia, is the latest Coppola to enter the family business. “Palo Alto” is her debut, an adaptation of James Franco's book of short stories about disaffected California youth.

    A landscaped border, with complementary lighting, takes a pie-shaped yard and turns it into an inviting landscape.

    Pie-shaped yard a challenge

    We have a small pie-shaped backyard that has been a huge challenge to work with. Now that the kids have all grown up and begun to move on, I would love to have a new backyard to entertain the adults in the neighborhood, or in which to just relax on a quiet summer evening.

    David Behnke of Glen Ellyn says the house they bought is in need of updating.

    Updates badly needed

    Seven years ago we bought a townhouse and planned to live in for three to five years, then buy bigger home and start family. Two years later, market tanked, housing values tanked and we were stuck! It took us eight years to save enough to buy a bigger home!

    Susan Sampson of Itasca says her deck is big, but not welcoming.

    Yard, deck not welcoming

    When we moved to our house 15 years ago, we were excited about our large deck and backyard and looked forward to spending our summers entertaining. This was especially true as we met all our neighbors and settled into the community.


    Daily Herald File Photo / Bob Chwedyk bchwedyk@dailyherald.com In Schaumburg, Gov. Pat Quinn announces state funding for long-awaited tollway improvements.

    Better ways to pick public boards

    After an official whose union gets Illinois tollway work is named to the tollway board, a Daily Herald editorial offers ideas for dismantling the clout triangle


    Republicans regrouping

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The unfolding GOP primary season is clarifying two points: The Republican establishment is back, and it is more conservative than you’d think.


    We seek action; we start with conversation

    Columnist Jim Slusher: There is not much we at the Daily Herald value more than conversation. Well, action, certainly, but we’re also confident that the right actions almost always start with conversations.


    We’re ruining freedom along with families
    A Wilmette letter to the editor: We’ve destroyed the home, which was always the primary source of teaching our children how to live. We have taught our daughters that it is more important to have a career than to have a family.


    Ticket quota system needs to go
    A Lincolnshire letter to the editor: On May 12 in Our View, three local police department chiefs (Buffalo Grove, Mundelein, Lake County sheriff) stated that they believe they should be allowed to have a quota system to make their officers under them issue a certain amount of tickets. They seem to avoid telling you that they want to keep a quota system in place. SB 3411 wants to eliminate this.


    Article highlighted a very classy guy
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The Herald provided a nice article about a very nice man, Gerry Dudziak (“Rolling Meadows man shares love of hockey,” May 2).


    No sympathy no more for Quinn
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: Marni Pyke’s column May 12 was regarding James Sweeny’s union making contribution’s to Governor Quinn’s election fund approaching a half-million dollars through 2011.


    Fixed income in a digital world
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: It’s rough getting old, forgetful and limited to a fixed income. What can people do without having any computers, keypads or any electronics?


    Peaceful Muslims should raise voices
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: According to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, as reported by the organization ACT, a group established to raise awareness in the U.S. about Islamic Jihad efforts here, Boko Haram, the organization which kidnapped 276 school girls in Nigeria in April, has become more widely known.


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