Daily Archive : Friday May 16, 2014


    Markisha Jones and Gene Edwards

    Parents’ bond $250,000 in Barrington baby’s starvation

    A Cook County circuit court judge Saturday set bond at $250,000 each for a former Barrington couple charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child endangerment in the Jan. 8 death from malnutrition of their 7-month-old daughter. Prosecutors told the judge that Markisha Jones, 19, and Gene Edwards, 22, who have since moved to Bolingbrook, stopped feeding their twin daughters formula Nov.


    Officials: Fish tank sparks St. Charles house fire

    Malfunctioning fish tank equipment contributed to a fire Friday afternoon at a home on the 1600 block of Ronzheimer Avenue, according to St. Charles fire officials. Firefighters arrived about 1:30 p.m. and found the fire in the attached garage of a two-story, single-family home, officials said. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 15 minutes but remained on the scene until about 2:45 p.m.


    5 questions and answers about same-sex marriage

    BOSTON — The first legal same-sex weddings in the U.S. were held 10 years ago Saturday in Massachusetts. Since then, more than a dozen states and Washington, D.C., have followed suit, though opposition remains stiff in many other places. Some questions and answers about the issue:———HOW MANY SAME-SEX COUPLES ARE THERE?

    Marcia Hams, left, and her wife, Susan Shepherd, were the first couple to complete the application for a wedding license in Cambridge as Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States. They were wed on May 17, 2004.

    Tactics endure after 10 years of same-sex marriage

    Supporters and activists routinely ask gay couples to meet with reluctant lawmakers to put a human face on same-sex marriage. They file lawsuits. They use unexpected allies — in some cases, churches — to spread their message. It’s a strategy that has shown results, with state bans falling in courts at a brisk clip, most recently in Idaho and Arkansas. And it was one that was...


    Ex-informant pleads guilty to fraud

    A Chicago real estate developer who was a key government witness in several corruption cases has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $370,000 from suburban taxpayers.


    Sugar Grove Park District honors Betty Rich

    At 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, the Sugar Grove Park District will dedicate the play area of Dugan Woods West Park in memory of Betty Rich.

    Victoria Wojcik, left, pitches Louisiana State University to Ashley Huerta on Friday as Ontarioville Elementary School fifth-graders host a college fair,

    Hanover Park fifth-graders play college counselors

    Ontarioville Elementary School students played the role of college counselor for their parents and peers during a two-hour college fair Friday intended to inspire interest in higher education. “Some of our struggling learners have just come out of their shell for this project and just blossomed,” teacher Nicole Tucker said. “This is like their life-changing moment in fifth...

    Veterans Affairs Undersecretary Robert Petzel testifies on Capitol Hill Thursday in Washington.

    Top VA health official resigns under fire

    Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, mocked the announcement of Robert Petzel’s resignation, calling it “the pinnacle of disingenuous political doublespeak” since Petzel had been scheduled to retire this year anyway.

    Otero cattle rancher association president Gary Stone talks Thursday near a fence at Weed, New Mexico, The Otero County Cattleman’s Association is pitted against the National Forest Service over the fence intended to protect wildlife.

    Rural county, feds locked in water-rights dispute

    The Forest Service says the enclosures are meant to protect what’s left of the wetland habitat. Forest Supervisor Travis Moseley said the metal fences and gates simply replaced strands of barbed wire that had been wrecked over the years by herds of elk.The Otero County Commission passed a resolution earlier this week declaring that the Forest Service doesn’t have a right to control...

    Fred Heid, incoming superintendent for Community Unit District 300, will be the first person of Latino descent to helm the Algonquin-based district.

    Fred Heid will be District 300’s first Latino superintendent

    When Fred Heid takes the helm of Community Unit District 300 in early June, he will become the district’s first superintendent of Latino descent. Heid, 43, is bilingual and was born in Miami to a Colombian mother and a German-American father. He's coming to District 300 for a change. “Anybody who knows me knows that I’m truly passionate about teaching and learning. I’m...

    Gov. Chris Christie smiles Friday at state Senate President Stephen Sweeney after delivering his address during Rowan University’s Commencement in Glassboro, N.J. Christie told the graduates that their new degrees will provide opportunities but do not guarantee success.

    Presidential non-candidates testing waters

    In the latest prep work for a presidential campaign, Rand Paul is conspicuously courting moderate and establishment Republicans while Ted Cruz keeps up a travel schedule that has 2016 written all over it. Jeb Bush is stirring from something of a political snooze and a half-dozen other credible prospects are getting their voices heard in the din.


    Highlights of the House’s state budget proposal

    A spending plan the Illinois House has approved includes more money for schools, veterans’ homes and prisons. The House adopted nearly 80 appropriations measures Thursday that form the basis of a $37 billion budget that begins July 1. It includes increases of $25 million for early childhood education and $54 million for public school transportation.


    South suburban man charged with sex trafficking

    The FBI says a Dolton man has been charged with transporting underage individuals from Indiana to Illinois for commercial sex acts.

    Richard Nowinski walks his two dogs Archie and Cartman in the snow along Terrace Drive in Algonquin Friday morning. “The dogs love it, but I don’t, not in May,” Nowinski said.

    Yes, that was snow Friday morning; maybe frost overnight

    Yes, that was snow falling from the sky in Northwest, Fox Valley and McHenry County suburbs Friday morning. Amy Seeley, meteorologist from the National Weather Service, said a snow/rain mix fell in the Northwest suburbs, causing some slick roads and icy conditions. The snow melted quickly in the morning. “But, it’s actual snow,” she said.

    Tim Schneider

    Local Republicans see smooth start for Schneider

    As Republican leaders prepare to pick their statewide chairman Saturday, they say they hope Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider of Bartlett — the only candidate for the job — can unite the party as it tries to win the governor’s race.


    Elgin police investigating home invasion

    Elgin police are asking for any information about a Friday home invasion. Officers were dispatched at about 1:30 p.m. to the 200 block of Chaparral Circle to a report of a home invasion, Elgin Police Cmdr. Dan O’Shea said in a news release.

    A photograph of the aviator Charles Lindbergh is part of a mural outside Wrigley Field. But the picture was actually taken when Lindbergh visited Comiskey Park, the now-demolished home of the White Sox.

    Mural error shows Lindbergh at Wrigley

    Even by the standards of the woeful Cubs, this was an unusual error. A 1927 photograph of the late aviator Charles Lindbergh was included on a mural at Wrigley Field, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the home of the Cubs. But the Cubs said this week that the picture was actually taken when Lindbergh visited Comiskey Park, the now-demolished home the White Sox.


    U of I to sell carbon credits to Chevrolet

    The University of Illinois has reached a deal to sell carbon credits to Chevrolet. The school said Friday that it would sell the automaker about 150,000 metric tons of carbon credits. The sale, including campus matching funds, would net the Urbana-Champaign campus more than $1 million.

    The greater prairie chicken population is endangered in Illinois

    Illinois imported prairie chickens on 16 flights

    An Illinois wildlife agency defended its $520,000 program Friday to import prairie chickens from Kansas by plane, a day after an Illinois House Republican blasted the project during a contentious budget debate.


    No charges after investigation of possible teacher-student relationship

    No charges will be filed in the investigation into a possible improper student-teacher relationship at Hampshire High School, police announced Friday. Authorities had obtained search warrants for the smartphones of an 18-year-old male student and a 23-year-old teacher.


    Vietnam vet speaksin Lake Bluff of being there

    Paul Baffico, a Vietnam veteran, will speak about his war experiences at a free event from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 19, at the Lake Bluff Public Safety Building, 45 East Center Street, Lake Bluff.

    Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan

    Should voters weigh in on minimum wage?

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan today won initial approval to ask voters in November whether the state minimum wage should rise to $10 per hour. The powerful Chicago Democrat’s ballot question would only be advisory and would not change the law if approved.


    Rosemont parking lot nearly complete

    Installation of a new public parking lot across from the Barry Recreational Center in Rosemont is nearly complete.


    Stevenson choral concert online

    If you missed the choral concert held Wednesday at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, good news — it’s available for viewing online.

    Metra hopes new heating equipment will move trains more reliably in the next polar vortex.

    Metra to use federal, state funds to speed up service

    Metra will use some extra federal and state cash to improve a busy section of track to get trains through faster. Officials also are apologizing to BNSF Line commuters for delays caused by track repairs.


    Rain slows Hart Road construction in Round Lake

    Poor weather has slowed construction work on Hart Road in Round Lake, officials said.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com The 1970s rock band Three Dog Night played in July 2013 at the Village Green as part of the Elk Grove Village Summer Concert Series. The group returns to the area July 3 with a concert at Festival Park in Elgin as part of the Grand Victoria Casino’s concert series.

    Rock and Roll Concert Series tix go available Saturday

    Tickets go on sale Saturday for the summer concert series at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.

    Beth Moore, left, and Abby Hill exchange vows in a marriage ceremony performed Friday by Jeremy Hernandez at the Washington County courthouse in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Later Friday, the state’s Supreme Court halted the distribution of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    Arkansas high court suspends gay marriage ruling

    Arkansas’ highest court halted the distribution of marriage licenses to same-sex couples Friday as it suspended a judge’s ruling that struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. More than 450 same-sex couples received Arkansas marriage licenses since the ruling last week.


    Chief Keef Highland Park case delayed a month

    The court case against emerging rap star Chief Keef was continued to June 27. Keith Cozart, 18, of Northfield, is facing a charge of driving under the influence of drugs in Highland Park. He is free after posting 10 percent of his $3,000 bond.

    Russell Bucklew

    Condemned man in Missouri fears ‘painful’ execution

    A Missouri death row inmate scheduled to be the first person put to death in the U.S. since a botched execution in Oklahoma last month said he is scared the lethal drug could cause him to suffer or leave him alive but brain-dead.

    Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville will be closed at the Metra train crossing starting 6 a.m. Saturday.

    Libertyville Metra crossing closed again this weekend
    Going through Libertyville this weekend? The Metra railroad crossing on Milwaukee Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday, May 17 to Monday evening.


    Police treating man’s death as homicide

    Will County sheriff’s police say the murder of an 85-year-old Crete Township man may have been the result of a robbery that went wrong.

    Susan Lindner poses with the Spencer Loomis School mascot in 2009.

    ‘Heart and soul’ of Spencer Loomis school passes away

    A longtime secretary at Spencer Loomis School in Hawthorn Woods has died.

    Gilberto Lemuz-Mora

    Probation, fine for Elgin man caught with 5 pounds of pot

    A 38-year-old Elgin man was sentenced to two years probation, 200 hours of community service and fined nearly $13,000 on charges he possessed 5 pounds of marijuana in a May 2013 arrest in Elgin. Gilberto Lemuz-Mora could be resentenced to up to 15 years in prison if he violates probation.


    Fox Valley police reports
    A 16-year-old boy was pistol whipped by a man Thursday who was trying to steal his iPhone in the 0 to 99 block of Oxford Drive, Carpentersville police said.

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 has reached a tentative deal to lease Joseph J. Pleviak Elementary School on Grand Avenue in Lake Villa. Lake Villa Elementary District 41 will stop using the building after the current academic year.

    District 116 would like to lease Lake Villa’s Pleviak School

    Joseph J. Pleviak Elementary School in Lake Villa won’t shut its doors for good after all when the 2013-14 academic season concludes next month. While Lake Villa Elementary District 41 cites declining enrollment for no longer using Pleviak after classes there end June 9, it has a tentative deal to lease the school to Round Lake Area Unit District 116. It would be a 10-year deal.

    Rick McCarthy

    Gail Borden library president stepping down after 25 years

    The board president of the Gail Borden Public Library District is stepping down after serving for 25 years in Elgin, and might next set his sights on a similar post in Barrington. Rick McCarthy, 58, who was born and raised in Elgin, said he’s moving to Barrington because he’s getting married this fall.

    Edgar Kim

    Bolingbrook man accused of selling fake Blackhawks tickets

    A Bolingbrook man was held briefly in DuPage County jail Friday on charges he sold fake versions of regular-season Chicago Blackhawks tickets. Edgar I. Kim, 29, is charged with one count of felony forgery after he was accused of selling the phony tickets to the Dec. 27, 2013, game to an unsuspecting fan on Craigslist.


    Coast Guard completes ice breaking on Great Lakes

    The Coast Guard says that Operation Taconite has ended and encompassed all of Lakes Superior and Michigan, the northern half of Lake Huron, the St. Marys River and the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas.

    Fred Llaguno of Lombard gets some tips from local lilac expert Marymae Meyer at “Lilacs 101,” which was held Friday at village hall. Meyer answered common questions about lilacs, such as bloom time and the size and shape of individual lilac plants.

    Expert presents ‘Lilac Basics’ in Lombard

    In the spirit of Lilac Time, the village of Lombard held an informational “Lilacs 101” class Friday at village hall. Lombard resident and lilac expert Marymae Meyer led the one-hour class, during which she answered common questions about lilacs, such as bloom time and the size and shape of different varieties.

    Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. admitted spending $750,000 of campaign donors’ money on more than 3,000 personal items.

    Jackson Jr. to refinance home to pay fines

    Court documents filed by lawyers for ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. say the imprisoned politician is refinancing a home to pay forfeiture judgments related to his federal corruption conviction.


    Elmhurst man charged with molesting boy

    A 32-year-old Elmhurst man has been charged with molesting a young boy in March at a Rolling Meadows hotel, prosecutors say. Michael Welch was ordered held on $200,000 bond Friday on charges of criminal sexual assault.


    Lombard reverts to using ComEd for electricity supply

    Lombard officials agreed this week to revert to having ComEd supply the village with electricity because the company’s rates are the lowest available. For the second time this year, trustees on Thursday said ComEd’s proposed rates are less expensive than those offered by other companies that bid to provide the village’s power.

    Jay Bhatia, an eighth-grader at Jefferson Junior High in Naperville Unit District 203, loads a T-shirt shooter with retired Naperville North chemistry teacher Lee Marek during a practice for a possible appearance Tuesday on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” Jay and four other students will audition for producers and three of them will get to be on the show.

    Curtain closing for District 203 students on Letterman?

    Kids, silly science and a late-night comedian. Put those ingredients together and — voila! — you’ve got television gold. “It’s a good shtick for TV,” said Lee Marek, a retired chemistry teacher from Naperville, who will be taking five students to New York City next week to appear on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”


    Suspect charged in beating of Chicago priest

    A man suspected of breaking into a church rectory on Chicago’s South Side and beating and robbing an elderly Catholic priest in 2011 has been arrested. A judge on Friday ordered 21-year-old Jerrell Harris of Chicago held in lieu of $500,000 bond.


    Nontenured instructors at U of I want to unionize

    Nontenured faculty members at the University of Illinois’ flagship campus have filed a petition with the state saying they want to unionize. Brian Dolinar, a visiting lecturer and a unionization proponent, said union supporters would like better pay and multiyear contracts.


    Fringe contenders send Idaho governor debate viral

    Idaho residents are used to politics that track from conservative to extreme, but a primary debate involving four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor was over the top even by Gem State standards. A pair of fringe contenders stole the show from Gov. Butch Otter and state Sen. Russ Fulcher, using their time to discuss Armageddon, discrimination against motorcycle clubs and...

    Jeb Magruder is interviewed by The Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio. Magruder, an aide to President Nixon who spent seven months in prison for his role in covering up the 1972 break-in at Washington’s Watergate complex, died Sunday at age 79.

    Watergate conspirator Jeb Stuart Magruder dies

    Jeb Stuart Magruder, who moved to suburban Columbus in 2003, served as Nixon’s deputy campaign director, an aide to Nixon Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman and deputy communications director at the White House.

    Culver’s of Buffalo Grove owner Kevin Weasler, right, and restaurant manager Barney Mendoza display the giant thank-you card it will ask guests to sign as part of the May 20 Day of Giving to benefit Honor Flight Chicago.

    Culver’s to support Honor Flight Network with Day of Giving May 20

    As Memorial Day celebrations take place across the area later this month, the owners of more than 65 Chicago area and Northwest Indiana Culver’s restaurants will host a “Day of Giving” on Tuesday, May 20, and donate 10 percent of sales to Honor Flight organizations in Chicago, Lake County and McHenry County.


    Naperville cops hunting robbery suspect

    Naperville police are hunting for a man who indicated he had a weapon when he robbed a 7-Eleven store Thursday morning at 351 E. Bailey Road. Police said the man, described as white or Hispanic, entered the store around 7:20 a.m. and ordered the clerk to give him money from the register. He escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Indian workers prepare sweets Thursday, anticipating election victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the party’s headquarters, in New Delhi, India.

    Landslide win for Indian opposition party

    By Friday evening, Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party was winning in enough seats in the lower house of Parliament to exceed the 272-seat majority needed to create a government without forming a coalition with smaller parties, the Election Commission said. Of the 357 seats declared the BJP had won 217 and was leading in another 65. Full results were expected Saturday, but...

    Belly dance instructor and performer Christina King works with students in the Tribal Fusion Level 3 class at her Eastern Grooves Dance Studio in Elgin.

    Moving picture: Elgin woman teaches belly dancing

    Christina King is more than a belly dancer. She lives and breathes all that it entails. King grew up immersed in the Middle Eastern and North African cultures where it flourishes. And she has come to realize it's about much more than the performance. It's not “adult-oriented entertainment” — it's for everyone.

    The Highland Middle School team, with Jordan Erdal, right, Matthew Olson and Jacob Dikelsky, work on their project for Destination Imagination in Libertyville. Also on the team are Alex Dikelsky, Adam Sparks and Elias Anderson.

    Libertyville schools reach Destination Imagination Global Finals

    On Tuesday, May 21, a record number six teams representing all five schools within Libertyville Elementary District 70 and a group from Libertyville High School will demonstrate their teamwork, creativity and problem solving skills at the Destination Imagination Global Finals.


    Fox River Grove hosts bike races Sunday

    Cyclists from throughout the region will peddle along scenic routes in Fox River Grove Sunday for the PSIMET Fox River Grove Criterium. The USA Cycling-sanctioned series of bike races will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 4 p.m.

    Patty Azarela, center, is pictured here with her daughter, Nicole Holmes, and son, Daniel Freese. A fundraiser will be held Saturday at Parkside Pub in Huntley for Azarela, who is battling lymphoma.

    Fundraiser Saturday for former Huntley woman battling cancer

    Within a matter of two months, Patty Azarela went from feeling sick around Valentine’s Day to developing advanced stage cancer of the lymph nodes. Azarela, 49, of Crystal Lake is undergoing chemotherapy. A fundraiser will be held Saturday for Azarela at Parkside Pub in Huntley with the goal of raising $50,000.

    Sharp-eyed birder Jody Zamirowski spotted a rare whooping crane migrating with a flock of sandhill cranes on March 30 at the Morton Arboretum. Whooping cranes once were on the verge of extinction with just eight birds. Now the population is around 500.

    Birders help protect species from ‘dark cloud’ of extinction

    The coming 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon has our Jeff Reiter thinking about the number of endangered bird species and the changes he's seen in the number and types of birds he observes. "As we go about our birding lives, playing our listing games and chasing lifers, these realities hover in the background like a dark cloud," Reiter says. "It’s pretty obvious...

    Richard Nowinski walks his two dogs Archie and Cartman in the snow along Terrace Drive in Algonquin Friday morning. “The dogs love it, but I don’t, not in May,” said Nowinski.

    Images: May Snow
    Our already cold spring just got a little worse on Friday wheen snow blanketed the nothwest and west suburbs. It's late in the season for snow, but Illinois has had snow as late as June 2nd.

    Roommates. from left, Lara Russo, Cally Guasti and Reese Werkhoven purchased this couch at a Salvation Army store and found $40,800 stashed inside. After finding a deposit slip, they returned the money to the 91-year-old upstate New York widow who had hidden it there.

    Roommates buy lumpy used couch, find $40K in cash

    For all the screaming and carrying on, their neighbors thought they’d won the lottery. But it was a lumpy old sofa stuffed with $40,000 in cash that had three young roommates raising a ruckus. And here’s the other side of the ticket: They returned the money to the 91-year-old widow whose couch had been given away.

    Inmate James Kenneth Embry, who died Jan. 13, 2014, after a four-month hunger strike in prison that took 32 pounds off his 6-foot frame in the last month of his life. Since his death the lead physician at the prison has been fired and state officials are in the midst of dismissing the lead psychologist.

    Tears for relatives after fatal hunger strike

    Hope Keown was reading the newspaper in her kitchen when she noticed a face she hadn’t seen in years. Staring up from the page was her estranged stepfather’s mug shot, next to a story about how he starved himself to death in a Kentucky prison. The story triggered tears, confusion and a torrent of memories about James Kenneth Embry, the man she knew as “Kenny” and...


    Timeline of events in fatal prison hunger strike

    Kentucky State Penitentiary inmate James Kenneth Embry Jr. died Jan. 13 after a hunger strike in which he skipped 35 of 36 consecutive meals, lost 32 pounds in just a few weeks and repeatedly reported suicidal thoughts to prison officials. Embry never made clear what prompted him to stop eating, only telling prison officials he had nothing left to live for. Prison physician Steve Hiland was fired...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves may have used a roof crane between April 26 and May 2 to lower and steal a large piece of construction equipment and two power cables from a roof at 2700 York Road. Value was estimated at $9,200.

    A woman douses water from a hose around her home as her neighbor’s home burns during a wildfire Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Escondido, Calif.

    Some evacuations lifted in San Diego fire area

    Some evacuation orders have been lifted in an area near the fiercest of several wildfires in San Diego County, as crews building containment lines around the blazes hope cooler temperatures will help them make further progress. Nine fires have destroyed at least eight houses, an 18-unit condominium complex and two businesses since Tuesday.

    Spartanburg, S.C., sheriff’s deputy Brandon Bentley, poses for a photo with his wife, retired Salem, Ore., police department officer Kelly Clark. Bentley’s appeal to the South Carolina Supreme Court on a post-traumatic stress disorder claim was denied, stating the law did not provide mental health benefits for officers because they are trained in the use of deadly force and know that they may have to use it.

    Police unions push for medical coverage of PTSD

    Police unions across the U.S. are pushing for officers to be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits if they suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, whether they got it from the general stress of police work or from responding to a deadly shooting rampage.

    The mother of a mentally ill, homeless veteran who was found dead in a one-hundred-degree New York City jail cell plans to file a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit. Family attorney Derek Sells says he’ll ask the city to preserve all communications and 911 recordings regarding Jerome Murdough’s death on Rikers Island.

    $25M lawsuit for inmate who died in hot NYC cell

    The mother of a mentally ill, homeless veteran who was found dead in a 100-degree New York City jail cell that overheated due to an equipment malfunction in February plans to file a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters dance to celebrate election results that showed the BJP winning by a landslide, outside the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, Friday, May 16, 2014.

    Indian opposition party heads for landslide win

    Opposition leader Narendra Modi will be India’s next prime minister, winning the most decisive election victory the country has seen in more than a quarter century and sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power, partial results showed Friday.

    Associated Press Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who’s conducting a politically charged review of the nation’s deportation policy, said Thursday, May 15 he’s looking at making changes to a much-criticized program that runs people booked for local crimes through a federal immigration database.

    Official says immigration program up for review

    President Barack Obama’s new homeland security secretary is offering his first public hints at executive action the administration might take on immigration, suggesting changes to a much-criticized program that runs the names of people booked for local crimes through a federal immigration database. But advocates who have pushed Obama for bold action with immigration legislation stalled in...


    Bloomington part of state ash borer pilot program

    The city of Bloomington has about 2,000 green and white ash trees around town that either need to be treated or removed because of the emerald ash borer.


    Wisconsin dad gets restraining order against kindergartener

    A Kenosha County father who says his daughter is being bullied by a kindergarten classmate has taken out a restraining order against the 5-year-old.


    Chicago man convicted on 2009 triple slaying

    A Chicago gang member has been convicted of a fatal shooting that killed three teenagers in 2009. The Chicago Sun-Times reports a Cook County jury convicted Martin Ybarra on Thursday.


    State says pension overhaul law is justified

    Illinois lawyers have responded to a lawsuit over the state’s pension overhaul, arguing the reforms are justified because of mounting debt and financial problems.


    2 dead in southern Illinois bank robbery

    Illinois State Police say two people died and a third was critically injured during a bank robbery in the southern Illinois city of Cairo. Investigators say a person of interest is in custody in connection with the First National Bank holdup shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday.

    A man offers his prayers next to the graves of victims of the mine accident in Soma, Turkey, Friday, May 16, 2014. A Turkish mining company defended its safety record Friday, four days after more than 280 people died in an underground blaze at its coal mine in western Turkey.

    Turkish firm, govt deny negligence in mine fire

    A Turkish mining company defended its safety record Friday and senior Turkish officials denied allegations of lax government oversight four days after at least 284 people died in a coal mine explosion and fire.

    A Nigerian, resident in Spain protests outside the Nigerian embassy in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 16, 2014 in support of the kidnapped school girls in Abuja, Nigeria.

    Nigerian leader cancels trip to abducted girls’ town

    Amid apparent security concerns, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan canceled a trip Friday to the traumatized town from which Islamic extremists abducted more than 300 schoolgirls a month ago.

    The $43 billion online-advertising network built by companies like Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. is jeopardizing consumer privacy and giving hackers an easy path to infect computers, a U.S. congressional investigation found.

    Online ads spreading viruses spark call for rules

    The $43 billion online-advertising network built by companies like Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. is jeopardizing consumer privacy and giving hackers an easy path to infect computers, a U.S. congressional investigation found. Now, armed with a better understanding of the opaque mechanics of Web ads, Senator Carl Levin and other lawmakers are asking whether stricter rules are needed to protect...

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is spotlighting the fact that U.S. small businesses have accounted for more than half the job gains during the nearly 5-year-old economic recovery.

    Yellen: Small businesses are driving job growth

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is spotlighting the fact that U.S. small businesses have accounted for more than half the job gains during the nearly 5-year-old economic recovery.


    South Bend company to add more than 600 jobs
    A South Bend company that makes steel towers and poles has announced plans to build a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the city and to hire more than 600 people over the next nine years.


    Illinois unemployment falls below 8 percent

    Unemployment in Illinois dropped in April to its lowest level since 2008, falling to 7.9 percent, the state Department of Employment Security said Thursday. The April jobless rate was down from 8.4 percent in March and the lowest rate the state has seen since December 2008.


    Illinois gives $5.2M for Cook County construction

    The state of Illinois is spending $5.2 million on construction projects in Cook County. The money will go toward a 7.4-mile pedestrian path in Palos Park and Lemont, improvements to Claire Boulevard in Robbins and various road and sidewalk projects in Evanston.


    Northwestern, Cadence Health reach merger deal

    The governing boards of two nonprofit health systems in northern Illinois have reached a merger deal, subject to approval from state and federal egulators. Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Cadence Health announced the agreement Thursday in a joint statement.

    John Bohanek of South Elgin won the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge, shedding 87 pounds in 12 weeks.

    Dawn Patrol: South Elgin man wins Fittest Loser; fire damages bakery

    South Elgin man wins Fittest Loser Challenge. Age-progressed photo of missing Aurora boy released. Fire damages Sandy's Bakery in Warrenville. Suburban Democrats split on budget. DuPage residents part of historic transplants. Vernon Hills man accused of soliciting teen at Stevenson. Blackhawks optimistic for Shaw's return. Kristufek's Preakness picks.


    Video conferencing helps hospital treat stroke patients fast

    When Terry Jane's 83-year-old mother Lois started having stroke symptoms last month, he was thankful she was already at Northwest Community Hospital for an appointment. He was even more thankful that through video technology, doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago were able to quickly examine his mother from her hospital bed and prescribe a course of treatment.

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss, center, introduces the first State of the District report as school board President Bill Harper and Vice President Charlotte Kegarise listen.

    Superintendent, staff report ‘State of Dist. 54’

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss capped off his first year at the helm Thursday by introducing the new tradition of an annual State of the District report. Though a year’s worth of activities were summed up, the freshest news to school board members and the public involved the positive result of tests showing individual students’ progress from...

    Republican Illinois Senate candidate Don Wilson is the lead singer in the John Mellencamp cover band Mellencougar.

    Link’s Senate opponent introduces himself musically

    The Republican candidate for Illinois Senate who’s trying to defeat Democratic incumbent Terry Link of Waukegan has taken the unique step of introducing himself to voters via a rap song.

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 officials are considering whether to start interscholastic soccer at the district's four junior high schools.

    Palatine District 15 searches for venues for proposed soccer teams

    Junior high school principals in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 are pushing for interscholastic soccer teams. The sport has a strong following among students, some of whom are kept on the sidelines because of the high cost of travel teams, officials say.


    Former police officer, son convicted of murder

    A former North Chicago police officer and his son have been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of the father’s mistress.

    A water lily photo at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe as the flower made an interesting shadow on the pod with the early morning sunlight.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of May 12.

    Alan Knotek of Naperville will walk in support of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation with his grandson, Gavin Staab, who was diagnosed with the disorder.

    Naperville walk raises awareness of Angelman syndrome

    Some diseases and disorders are so well known that their names and their symptoms are household words. Angelman syndrome is not among them. The neuro-genetic disorder affects about one in every 15,000 American children. Because it shares characteristics with autism and cerebral palsy, about half of the people ultimately diagnosed Angelman syndrome are misdiagnosed initially. Fundraising walks on...


    Keynote speaker Matt Mayberry talks about learning from failure with the area’s top prep athletes at the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence event.

    Mayberry’s message: Failure’s the key to success

    One key to success, according to acclaimed motivational speaker Matt Mayberry, is more than a little bit counter-intuitive. It’s failure. That’s the message of Mayberry’s forthcoming book, entitled “The Gift of Failure.” And in the Daily Herald’s Prep Sports Excellence event May 4 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Mayberry was able to successfully demonstrate how it is such an integral part of achievement.


    Fremd, Palatine set for sectional final matchup

    Fremd's boys water polo team has exceeded its No. 6 seed to earn a spot in Saturday's Palatine sectional championship matchup against the host Pirates.

    Bears LB Christian Jones tackles running back Ka’Deem Carey during rookie minicamp in Lake Forest on Friday. Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said he’s excited about Carey’s ability to pick up the tough yards.

    Bears think Carey will be perfect backup for Forte

    Rookie Ka'Deem Carey, the Bears' fourth-round draft pick out of Arizona, could be the best backup they've had behind Matt Forte since he was drafted in 2008 and became their featured runner that season.


    Wheaton North holds off Lake Park in DVC

    When the new boy on the block is a four-time defending state track champion complacency is no option regardless of how many consecutive conference titles you’ve won.


    Girls track: Friday, May 16 results
    Results of area high school girls track meets for Friday, May 16.


    Softball: Friday, May 16 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Friday, May 16.


    Girls soccer: Friday, May 16 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Friday, May 16.


    Girls water polo:Friday, May 16 results
    Results of area high school girls water polo games for Friday, May 16.


    Boys volleyball: Friday, May 16 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Friday, May 16.


    Boys track: Friday, May 16 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Friday, May 16.


    Boys gymnastics: Friday, May 16 results
    Results of area high school boys gymnastics meets for Friday, May 16.


    Girls badminton: Friday, May 16 results
    Results of area high school badminton meets for Friday, May 16.


    Boys tennis: Friday, May 16 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Friday, May 16.


    Boys water polo: Friday, May 16 results
    Results of area high school boys water polo games for Friday, May 16.


    Baseball: Friday, May 16 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Friday, May 16.

    Chicago White Sox's Adam Dunn, right, is congratulated by teammate Jose Abreu, right, after hitting a three-run home run in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros during a baseball game on Friday, May 16, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

    Dunn's 3-run blast sends White Sox past Astros 7-2

    The White Sox couldn't get anything going early on Friday night against the Houston Astros One big swing by Adam Dunn changed that and the White Sox cruised to a 7-2 win over the Houston Astros. Dunn hit a three-run homer and Conor Gillaspie added two RBIs to lead the White Sox. The Sox trailed by two and had managed just one hit off of Collin McHugh (2-2) through the five innings before Dunn launched his soaring homer.

    Barrington’s Jake Herb wins the 3,200-meter run during the Mid-Suburban League meet Friday at Palatine.

    Barrington nips Fremd for MSL title

    Heading into the final race of the night, senior John Andraschko knew he had just one job to do. And it was a big one: Anchor the Broncos’ 1,600-meter relay relay to a win. That was the position the Broncos were in as two-time defending Mid Suburban League boys track champion Fremd held a 114-109.5 lead before the final race started. “We just had to focus on what we could control,” Andraschko said. “Our focus was on ourselves and about going out to try and win the race.” Andraschko anchored the group that included Brendan Melynchuk, Curtis Monahan, and Adam Phillips to a win in 3:28.07. The Broncos then got help from second-place Hersey (3:28.84) and third-place Palatine (3:29.56), all of which added up to a Barrington victory in the MSL meet. By one-half point. Barrington won its first conference title since 2007 with 119.5 points. The two-time defending champion Vikings were second with 119 points followed by Schaumburg (96.5), Palatine (73) and Hersey (71).


    Naperville North right on schedule

    It’s been that type of season for the Naperville North boys water polo team. The Huskies, the top seed of the Metea Valley Sectional, dispatched fourth-seeded Neuqua Valley 15-8 on Friday to set up an 11 a.m. Saturday sectional final against second-seeded Naperville Central.


    Glenbard South makes it five straight sectionals

    Glenbard South knows if it can hand the baton to anchor runner Katelyn Hill near the front of the pack, the Raiders senior will give her team a great chance to win most relays. At Friday night’s Class 2A girls track sectional, the host Raiders had a small lead when Hill took over in the night’s final event, the 1,600 relay, and when Hill was done doing her thing, Glenbard South had easily held off runner-up Montini with a winning time of 4:04.06. The race capped off another big night for Hill as well as for her team, which has now claimed five straight sectional crowns.

    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) controls the puck during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Hawks’ captain provides plenty of food for thought
    Jonathan Toews not only comes through for his teammates and the Blackhawks organization on a regular basis, but on Friday, he came through for the media as well with a thoughtful, interesting chat covering a wide-range of topics.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    SoftballWarren 12, Vernon Hills 2: Sabrina Trevino’s 2-run homer in the sixth inning ended the North Suburban Conference crossover.Jana Wagner pitched a 2-hitter for host Warren (19-8).Vernon Hills fell to 6-23.Grant 8, Richmond-Burton 2: Bri Dreschler and McKenzie Sancken homered for the host Bulldogs in the nonconference game.Dreschler also doubled and finished 3-for-4, while Sancken was 2-for-4. Deanna Rodriguez went 2-for-3 for Grant (16-8), and Caityn Moran helped her own cause with a double. Moran struck out 10, allowed 5 hits and walked three.


    Girls soccer / Lake County roundup

    Girls soccerLibertyville 2, Vernon Hills 0: Mia Hollingsworth scored in each half for the host Wildcats in the North Suburban Conference crossover.Danielle Pacholski and Shelly Schick had assists for Libertyville (7-7-2), and Laura Janousek made 5 saves in earning the shutout.Huntley 4, Grayslake North 0: The Red Raiders notched a pair of goals in each half, dropping the Knights to 10-9 and 4-3 in the Fox Valley Conference.Huntley improved to 15-6 and 4-2.


    Palatine, Barrington tops as change is in the air at LZ

    Change was a big theme at the Lake Zurich Class 3A sectional on Friday night. Palatine and Barrington once again locked up in a tense battle, but this time the Pirates were able to get the edge on the Mid-Suburban League champion Fillies to win the sectional title with 106 points. Warren junior sensation Brittny Ellis switched into the 1,600 relay and led the Blue Devils to a come-from-behind victory in 4:01.17. And Lakes junior twins Danielle and Brittani Griesbaum moved from Class 2A to Class 3A, but the result remained the same as they combined to qualify in six events.


    Elgin Academy’s Pearson a sectional champ

    Elgin Academy junior Kaitlyn Pearson made her mark Friday night at the Class 1A Lisle girls track sectional, winning the 100 meters in 12.69 and taking second in the 200 with a time of 26.16. Pearson will compete at the state meet next weekend at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.


    Wolves get swept away by Marlies

    The Chicago Wolves’ quest for the 2014 Calder Cup came to a close Friday night at Ricoh Coliseum as the Toronto Marlies earned a 4-0 victory to sweep the Western Conference semifinal series.Forwards Greg McKegg, Carter Ashton and Peter Holland and defenseman Korbinian Holzer scored for the Marlies, who handed the Wolves their first postseason sweep since the 2005 Calder Cup Finals. The Wolves outshot the Marlies for the fourth game in a row, but couldn’t translate that advantage into goals and an extension of the franchise’s 20th season.


    Rough opener for Boomers

    The 2013 Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers opened their title defense with an 11-3 road loss to the Lake Erie Crushers on Friday night.


    Libertyville elevates, tops Mundelein

    Libertyville’s boys volleyball team is playing well at the right time of the season. Marc Laska, Pete Feely, Zac Hauser and Konnor McCormack led a balanced attack, as the Wildcats outlasted host Mundelein 25-18, 21-25, 25-9 in North Suburban Conference action Friday night. Laska slammed 6 kills, Feely posted 7 kills and 5 blocks, Haueser had 5 kills and 9 blocks, and McCormack chalked 6 kills and 4 blocks.

    Wheaton Warrenville co-op’s David MacDonald celebrates his parallel bars routine during the boys state gymnastics preliminary events, Friday at Hinsdale Central.

    In the end it’s Wheaton again

    Ben Szot wasn’t on the Wheaton co-op boys gymnastics team last year. David MacDonald was in a hospital less than a month ago. Austin Peabody had never done gymnastics four years ago. All that mattered was that the three of them were at Hinsdale Central on Friday night along with their teammates for the IHSA boys gymnastics team and all-around championships. Behind MacDonald winning his second straight all-around title with a 56.1, and fellow senior Ethan Sansone placing second with a 54.2, Wheaton co-op became the first team since Stevenson (2002-04) to win three consecutive state championships.

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, third from left, and defenseman Sami Vatanen, of Finland, second from left, lie on Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, left, who scored on Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, center, as Kings center Mike Richards, upper right, and defenseman Alec Martinez, lower right, celebrate during the first period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Kings blow out Ducks, 6-2 in Game 7

    Justin Williams, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards scored in an overwhelming first period, and the Los Angeles Kings advanced to their third straight Western Conference finals with a 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of their second-round series Friday night. The Kings advanced to a conference finals rematch with the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks. Game 1 is Sunday at 2 p.m. at the United Center


    Grayslake North’s Booker streaks past FVC field

    If you blinked you missed Grayslake North standout sprinter Titus Booker. Booker sprinted past the field at Friday night’s Fox Valley Conference meet held at Crystal Lake Central, winning the 100 meters in 11.06 and the 200 in a clocking of 22.20. “I just ran with my heart tonight and it worked out very well,” said the talented Knights junior. “I knew it would be good competition tonight so I trained hard. I feel very confident going into the sectionals next week.”McHenry, led by junior distance standout Jesse Reiser, claimed the conference championship with a score of 103.50.


    Norris drives in winner for Antioch

    Christian Norris delivered a single to deep center field with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the seventh, lifting Antioch’s baseball team to a 1-0 win over Lake Forest Academy in nonconference action Friday.


    McLean powers Crystal Lake South past Huntley

    Sam McLean struck out in her first at-bat and made an error late in the game that cost her Gators a run. The senior made up for it in a big way, however, by driving in 5 runs and powering Crystal Lake South’s softball team to a 9-2 win over Huntley at The Ballpark in Rosemont Friday night.

    Grayslake Central pitcher Justin Guryn delivers against Grayslake North on Friday at Grayslake Central.

    Buddy system working for Grayslake Central

    Justin Guryn and Jay Hoffman are more than close friends; they're key players for Grayslake Central's baseball team, as evidenced by the Rams' 8-5 victory over Grayslake North on Friday.


    Cougars snap four-game losing streak

    Kane County Cougars coverage:The Kane County Cougars ended a streak of 21 scoreless innings with 3 runs in the fifth and went on to beat the Quad City River Bandits 4-2 to break a four-game losing skid before 6,065 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva on Friday night.


    Palatine, Conant to meet again

    It took overtime to decide, but Palatine’s girls water polo team is moving on. The No. 2 seed Pirates edged Fremd 10-9 after a third overtime period to earn a spot in Saturday’s sectional championship game against top seed Conant, scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start.


    Huntley blanks Grayslake North

    Huntley 4, Grayslake North 0: Deanna Hecht scored 2 goals to lead the Red Raiders (15-6) to a Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Jessica Helm had a goal and an assist in the win. Jessica Helm and Alyssa Kaufman each added a goal for Huntley, while Taryn Jakubowski had 3 assists. Jessica Galason made 5 saves in goal.

    Stevenson’s Zack Gilbert performs his still rings routine during the boys gymnastics state meet Friday at Hinsdale Central.

    Stevenson steps up, snags second

    Ranked fourth heading into the 63rd boys gymnastics state meet, Stevenson was going to be hard-pressed to capture one of the top three trophies Friday night at the Elite Eight meet. But the Patriots beat the odds — barely. Stevenson was able to edge Lyons Township 153.7 to 153.65 for runner-up honors in a pressure-packed meet that came down to the final few routines at Hinsdale Central. Wheaton Warrenville co-op was truly the class of the field as the Tigers rolled to their third straight state championship with 161.55 points.


    Burlington Central opens IC tourney with win

    Burlington Central 15, ACC 5: Emily Kisch went 4-for-4 with a double, triple, 3 runs scored and 7 RBI to lead the Rockets (18-7) to an easy six-inning win in the opening game of the IC Catholic tournament in Elmhurst. Winning pitcher Brooke Gaylord (4 hits, 9 Ks, 4 BBs) was 3-for-5 with an RBI, Bekah Harnish went 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI, Courtni Neubauer was 2-for-2 with 3 walks and 3 runs scored and Kassidy Gaylord had a double for BC.


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Friday, May 16

    Fox Valley baseball roundup for Friday, May 16.


    Sky bests Fever in season opener

    Elena Delle Donne had 23 points, Jessica Breland added 13 and the Sky beat the Indiana Fever 74-71 on Friday night in their WNBA season opener.Natasha Howard had 16 points and Shavonte Zellous added 14 for the Fever, who led by 18 points in the first quarter.


    Buffalo Grove has Day 1 state lead

    Mid-Suburban League badminton champion Buffalo Grove is holding up well against the rest of the state. After the first day of the state tournament in Charleston, the Bison have 10 points, giving them a half-point lead over Thornton Fractional South. Hinsdale Central is third at 9, and Prospect is tied with three teams for fourth place at 7.5 points.

    Teammates congratulate St. Edward’s Chelsea Gnan (6) after a first-half goal during Friday’s regional final in Elgin.

    A regional 4-peat for St. Edward

    St. Edward center-mid Corey Lepoudre admitted during Friday’s Class 1A Westminster regional final that the Green Wave girls soccer team had a plan to avoid all the puddles on a soaked Warrior Field. Unfortunately, maybe for dry cleaning purposes only, that game plan went quickly out the window. “I think we started running through the puddles instead,” said Lepoudre, who noted you couldn’t power the ball through as you would on a dry field. “It was ok. We handled it pretty well.” And that St. Edward did. Despite the fact the field mirrored a giant slip-’n-slide and every girl had at least one mud stain on her jersey, it took St. Edward (22-2) 11 missed shots in the first 16 minutes to figure out the muddy surface in a 6-0 win over Westminster for its fourth-straight regional championship.

    Marmion’s Alex Troop, pictured last year sliding back into second base, leads Marmion this year with 19 RBI, and he’s been dominating on the mound with a 4-0 record, 0.167 ERA and 84 strikeouts in just 42 innings.

    Troop’s been terrific in senior season at Marmion

    Catcher Brady Roberts is enjoying a big senior season for Marmion in the No. 3 hole, entering the week hitting .339 with 4 triples and 14 RBI for the Suburban Christian Conference leading Cadets.

    Bartlett’s Trevor Svetic connects with a pitch from South Elgin’s Ryan Weiss earlier this season.

    Little change to Fox Valley postseason

    New location, same teams. The Class 4A baseball sectional held last season at Huntley shifts to McHenry this year, but little else has changed. Three of the four regionals within the sectional complex contain the same five teams and the fourth has only one lineup alteration, according to pairings released this week.

    Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville looks up the score board during the first period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild in Chicago,Sunday, May 11, 2014. The Blackhawks won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Quenneville compares this team to 2 Cup-winning squads

    How do the previous two Cup-winning teams compare with this year’s version?

    Fans watch the game between the Brewers and Cubs as a cold rain falls Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Renteria refuses use poor weather as an excuse

    The Cubs offense has been unproductive for much of this season. If the weather ever warms up in Chicago, maybe the hitters will put things together. Manager Rick Renteria said Friday it's a matter of approach and execution.

    Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija allowed 4 runs Friday to the Brewers, but only 2 were earned. His record is 0-4, but he has a 1.62 ERA. He is winless in his last 15 starts dating to Aug. 30 last year.

    Same-old, same-old for Samardzija

    The Cubs keep finding new ways for ace pitcher Jeff Samardzija noto to get his first victory of the season. In Friday's 4-3 loss to the Brewers at icy Wrigley Field, the Cubs committed 3 errors and their offense shut down after the third inning. Samardzija is now 0-4 but with an ERA of 1.62.

    Bears running back Jordan Lynch catches the ball during the NFL football team’s rookie minicamp in Lake Forest, Ill., on Friday, May 16, 2014.

    Lynch off and running at Bears rookie minicamp

    NIU's record-setting quarterback Jordan Lynch is trying to make the Bears as an undrafted free agent, and he's willing to switch positions and play special teams to make his NFL dream come true. After Friday’s first day of practice in the Bears’ three-day rookie minicamp, coach Marc Trestman was impressed by how well Lynch adapted in Day One of his transformation. “He didn’t look out of place,” Trestman said. “Jordan’s a real football player, there’s no doubt about it.”

    Green Bay Packers first round draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix stretches during NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

    Packers open rookie mini-camp with full house

    From first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the 28 players who are taking part in his team’s rookie orientation camp on a tryout basis, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy sees talent and opportunity.As a team that has opened each of the past four seasons with at least three undrafted rookie free agents making the 53-man roster, McCarthy made it clear that young players like the ones participating in this camp are the team’s lifeblood.

    FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Sterling could use lawyers and lawsuits to challenge the NBA’s plan to force him out over recent racist comments, but legal experts say the league would likely prevail in the end. Sports law experts say the NBA’s constitution gives its Board of Governors broad latitude in league decisions including who owns the teams. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants a swift vote against Sterling, which requires a minimum of three-fourths of the other 29 controlling owners to agree. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

    Clippers prepare for life without Sterling

    The Los Angeles Clippers hadn’t even digested the final loss of their tumultuous season before they had to consider the growing possibility that owner Donald Sterling won’t leave the club quietly.After a month of playoff pressure and incredible off-court drama, a 104-98 loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday night ended the Clippers’ best season in franchise history. Their summer could match the tumult of the last few weeks, given Sterling’s apparent determination to fight his lifetime NBA ban for racist remarks.“I don’t think that’s an ideal situation for us to start next season with that still going on,” All-Star forward Blake Griffin said Friday.If Sterling and his long-estranged wife, Shelly, manage to postpone their ouster with legal maneuvers, several Clippers aren’t sure whether they would play for the team in the fall. They hope they don’t have to find out.“Personally, I think the longer it lasts, the worse it’s going to be,” Griffin said. “I think something should happen, and I think it should happen quickly. I think guys need to make decisions. I don’t think anybody wants this to drag out — except for, you know, one or two people. I think it just needs to be swift. We can make our decision, they can make their decision, and make a change.”A few weeks after the players dumped their warm-up jerseys at center court in Oakland in a gesture of solidarity against Sterling, the Clippers are clearly hoping they won’t have to return in the fall with the saga still hanging over the franchise.“I don’t anticipate that being how it’s going to be,” Griffin said. “And if it still is, I’ll make a decision then, but it’s not something that’s ideal.”Guard J.J. Redick predicts the process of removing Sterling will be lengthy, saying the Clippers realize “things will be in flux for a while.”“I can’t imagine a scenario where we start the season next year and he’s the owner and all is kosher,” Redick added. “He may be the owner when we start the season next year still, but I would imagine that there would be some legal proceedings ongoing if that’s the scenario.”Coach Doc Rivers didn’t speak to the media on Friday, but the franchise’s shepherd through the last few weeks made it clear Thursday night that he plans to return to the Clippers.“I told them we’re going to have our day,” Rivers said. “This is not the end. This is the beginning for us. ... Like I’ve said before, I’m under contract. I have no plans of going anywhere, as far as I know.”Although Griffin, Chris Paul and their teammates were devastated by their final losses to the Thunder, Los Angeles will have plenty to savor. Although the Clippers had legitimate dreams of NBA title contention after acquiring Rivers from Boston last June, they’ll have to settle for another division title and another learning experience on their path to a championship.“We definitely have to go through this,” Griffin said. “Winning — nobody has the formula. The more I lose, every time I lose, every time we lose as a team, it’s like I figure out how not to do it. I don’t want to keep this up, but it is a necessary adversity that you have to go through as a player to get to where you want. I’ve heard guys say that makes it that much sweeter when you do win.”The Clippers’ 57-25 record was the best in franchise history, and their 113 wins over the last two years dwarf any other two-year stretch for a long-struggling franchise. Los Angeles won the Pacific Division for the second straight year and the second time in franchise history.

    Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles, shown here in a WNBA game last season, is recovering from hip surgery and will miss the first few weeks of the season.

    For Sky’s Fowles, it’s time to slow down

    Center Sylvia Fowles, out recovering from hip surgery, is anxious to get back on the court for the Sky this summer. She just might spend less time on the court elsewhere from now on.

    File-This Jan. 26, 2014, file photo shows Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis of Team Rice during introductions on the field before the start of the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Aloha Stadium, in Honolulu. Mathis has been suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The league made the announcement Friday, May 16, 2014. In a statement, the Colts said they wanted to reassure Mathis that he would remain an “honored and cherished” member of the team. They also offered to support Mathis throughout the process. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)

    Colts star LB Robert Mathis suspended for 4 games for PED use

    NFL sacks champion Robert Mathis admits he made a mistake late last season.Now it’s going to cost him — four games and four paychecks.The Colts’ career sacks leader was suspended Friday by the NFL after violating the league’s ban on performance-enhancing substances. What exactly Mathis tested positive for remains a mystery but the linebacker said in a statement he was seeking fertility assistance. He acknowledged that he and his wife are expecting a baby.

    Preakness Stakes favorite California Chrome gallops in the rain under exercise rider Willie Delgado at Pimlico Race Course, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Baltimore. The 139th Preakness Stakes horse race takes place Saturday. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    Chrome’ looks for golden Preakness as favorite

    California Chrome has run away from the competition in five consecutive victories, winning by an average of over five lengths. Whetherhe does it again in the 1 3-16-mile Preakness at Pimlico on Saturday depends on a good trip, the tactics used by the chestnut colt’s nine rivals and a little luck. California Chrome is the even-money favorite against nine rivals.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game on Friday, May 16, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Sloppy Cubs fall to Brewers 4-3

    Kyle Lohse pitched seven effective innings in his first victory in three weeks, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the sloppy Cubs 4-3 on Friday.Lohse allowed three runs and seven hits as NL Central-leading Milwaukee won for the fifth time in six games. He retired his last 13 batters in his first win since April 23 against San Diego, ending a streak of three starts without a decision.


    Conant, Schaumburg looking forward to regular Pancratz showdowns

    As soon as Drewann Pancratz accepted the position as Conant’s head girls volleyball coach, three former Mid-Suburban League basketball standouts got busy with travel plans. “My three older brothers (Mark, Zach and Jake who all played for Schaumburg) booked their flights back home so they wouldn’t miss the Schaumburg vs. Conant match,” Drewann said. Her mother Jeanette, who directs the Schaumburg girls volleyball program, is one of winningest coaches in the state with nearly 800 victories.

    With Steve Kerr no longer an option, Phil Jackson, the new president of the New York Knicks, is still looking for a head coach.

    Jackson must move on without Steve Kerr

    Steve Kerr, Phil Jackson’s choice for next coach of the New York Knicks, took the job at Golden State, leaving Jackson with an unexpected dilemma. Mike North says Jackson's next decision will have huge ramifications.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    BaseballGrant 6, Crystal Lake Central 5: Spencer Lhotka went 2-for-3 with an RBI, as the Bulldogs built a 6-2 lead and held on to win the nonconference game.Monty Thedford pitched 3 innings in relief to earn the win, as Grant improved to 21-6.Cary-Grove 8, Wauconda 0: The visiting Bulldogs managed just 1 hit — a single by Collin Shrader — against five pitchers.Wauconda fell to 7-17.


    Rangers excited for matchup with Canadiens

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Coach Alain Vigneault, Brad Richards and the rest of the New York Rangers couldn’t hide their excitement about facing the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals.They already knew their next opponent would be a fellow Original Six team, but facing the storied Canadiens carries a little more cache than playing the Boston Bruins.Montreal advanced to the final four with a 3-1 win at Boston in Game 7 on Wednesday night. The Rangers moved on one night earlier, knocking off the Penguins in Pittsburgh in another Game 7 — capping a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.The series begins Saturday in Montreal.“I’m not going to lie, it’s the best place to play,” Richards said Thursday. “I’ve been fortunate enough to see Super Bowls, I was at Yankees-Red Sox at old Yankee Stadium Game 7, World Series, I’ve played in the Stanley Cup finals.“I can’t imagine any other sporting event that is this amazing of an atmosphere. It’s very special.”Vigneault was a bit more tempered, and looked relaxed in sandals while speaking to reporters in English and French following his team’s optional practice. Vigneault is in his first season as Rangers coach, following a long stint with Vancouver. The Canadiens hired him back in 1997 for his first NHL head coaching job.“I’ve got nothing but positive memories from my time there,” said Vigneault, a day after his 53rd birthday. “I’ve worked with some great people. I’m here today because I started there.“Original Six games are always exciting and there’s a lot of history associated with both teams. Playing against the Montreal Canadiens, it’s going to be a lot of fun. Our group is real excited about this opportunity, and I’m sure the Habs feel the same.”Montreal won the last of its record 24 Stanley Cup titles in 1993, and the Rangers ended a 54-year championship drought the following season but haven’t captured the Cup since.These teams are meeting in the playoffs for the first time since 1996, when the Rangers won the first-round series in six games. Overall, they have faced off in the postseason 14 times with each team winning seven. This is the third matchup since Montreal knocked off the Rangers in five games in the 1979 Stanley Cup finals.“For a Canadian kid, for the guys from Quebec it’s really special,” said Richards, a native of Prince Edward Island. “From where I’m from, there’s a lot of Montreal fans. It’s the closest NHL city in Canada to us. Our whole life was Montreal. That’s all you get to see on TV.“It’s an amazing place. It’s going to be so fun. It’s a great opportunity for us.”The Canadiens were the only team from north of the border to qualify for this year’s playoffs, and they have certainly proven they belong. They swept the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round and then outlasted Boston — the NHL’s best team during the regular season — after trailing that series 3-2.They are 4-1 at home in these playoffs. The Rangers and Canadiens went 1-1-1 against each other during the regular season. New York earned a 1-0 victory in Montreal on Nov. 16 and lost 1-0 in a shootout there to complete the regular season. No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist didn’t play in either game there, a building in which the Rangers have struggled to win in recent years — going 1-7-2 in their last 10 visits.“It’s so long ago since I played there, so I don’t really remember,” said Lundqvist, with a laugh. “I look forward to going there. I am excited to play. It’s a conference final in Montreal. I will try to go out and play the same way. Don’t overthink it. Go out and enjoy it.

    Schaumburg Boomers manager Jamie Bennett, left, with team president and GM Andy Viano, believes this year’s club has enough offensive potential to put a lot of pressure on opposing teams.

    Boomers ready to defend Frontier League title

    The Schaumburg Boomers look to defend their Frontier League Championship title in their third season, which begins Friday when the Boomers travel to take on the Lake Erie Crushers. Boomers manager Jamie Bennett talks about the 2014 club he has assembled for the 2014 season.


    Pedestrians walk past the Chicago’s Cultural Center, which is part of the Retrofit Chicago deal with Bank of America. It is expected to save about $1.5 million annually in utility costs.

    Slow start for Chicago private infrastructure plan

    In the city that invented the skyscraper, no small plans will do. In that vein, Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised to transform Chicago with mega-projects so sexy they could be bankrolled entirely by private investors in exchange for a chunk of the profits. Fast-forward two years, and the Chicago Infrastructure Trust is launching just its first endeavor — a massively scaled-back energy efficiency project for 60 buildings with an outside investment of just $12 million — piddly in the world of infrastructure.

    Thomas Kaye, third from right, works with fellow traders Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Just a few months ago, investors thought the economy would expand rapidly this year. Now they’re not so sure.

    Worry settles over Wall Street

    Employers are hiring at their fastest pace in 2 ½ years, the economy is expected to expand by a robust 3.5 percent this quarter and corporate earnings have hit a record. But you wouldn’t know it from the way many investors are acting.


    Polish restaurant opens in Mt. Prospect

    A new upscale Polish restaurant in Mount Prospect held a ribbon cutting Friday that included a visit from a top official at the Polish consulate in Chicago.

    CEO Leo Ou Chen of Jumei.com, right, talks Friday with trader Sean Spain on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange before his company’s IPO begins trading.

    Stock market manages slight gain after choppy day

    “We’ve had a lot of starts and stops recently,” said Dan Cook, a director at Nadex, an exchange in Chicago. “We’re at high levels, so it’s a time to be cautious.” The S&P 500 index gained 7.01 points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 1,877.86.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 44.50 points, or 0.3 percent, to end at 16,491.31. The Nasdaq composite index rose 21.30 points, or 0.5 percent, to finish at 4,090.59.

    U.S. safety regulators have fined General Motors $35 million for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches that are linked to at least 13 deaths.

    Government fines GM maximum $35M in safety case

    U.S. safety regulators have fined General Motors $35 million for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches that are linked to at least 13 deaths.It’s the maximum penalty that the government can impose and the first time an automaker has been fined that much. But the amount is less than a day’s revenue for GM, based on the $37.4 billion it took in during the first quarter.

    This framegrab image from video provided by Americans for Prosperity, shows a political ad against Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H. stating the Affordable Care Act is not working.

    Study: Political TV ads on health law total $445 million

    In the 2014 congressional races, 85 percent of the anti-Obama ads were also anti-”Obamacare” ads, the analysis found. In some competitive races, 100 percent of the pro-Republican TV ads aimed at Democrats contained anti-health law messages.Over the four years, an estimated $418 million was spent on 880,000 negative TV spots focusing on the law, compared to $27 million on 58,000 positive spots, according to the analysis.

    Ian Read, chief executive officer of Pfizer Inc., center, arrives at Portcullis House Wednesday to give evidence to Parliament’s Business, Science and Technology Select Committee in London, U.K.

    Pfizer seeks early approval for breast cancer drug

    Pfizer has already begun two late-stage studies of palbociclib, and breast cancer researchers in Spain and Germany are doing their own studies testing it in combination with other treatments.

    A Red Lobster restaurant in Hialeah, Fla.

    Darden to sell Red Lobster, hold onto Olive Garden

    Darden sees more potential in fixing Olive Garden, which has about 830 locations. The company recently reworked the logo for the Italian chain and has been adding lighter menu items, as well as smaller dishes like “crispy risotto bites” that it says reflect eating trends.


    General Employment appoints Redwine to advisory committee

    Naperville-based General Employment Enterprises has appointed experienced alternate workforce executive Gary Redwine to its advisory committee. Redwine is partner, president and CEO of RAMS, Inc., where he has full responsibility for all marketing, sales, and field operations for the RAMS Family of Companies.


    AbbVie names new research and development chief

    North Chicago-ased AbbVie has named Michael Severino, M.D. its new Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Severino’s track record of innovation within the biotech industry aligns with AbbVie’s vision as a new biopharmaceutical leader with a rapidly emerging pipeline.

    Microsoft announced plans Friday to release the video game sequel “Halo 5: Guardians” for the Xbox One and a “Halo” television series to be produced by Steven Spielberg in fall 2015.

    'Halo’ TV series, ‘Halo 5’ game launching in 2015

    Master Chief is returning to the battlefield next year. Microsoft announced plans Friday to release the video game sequel “Halo 5: Guardians” for the Xbox One and a “Halo” television series to be produced by Steven Spielberg in fall 2015.


    Takeda jury says diabetes drug didn’t cause man’s death
    Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. wasn’t responsible for the bladder-cancer death of an Illinois man who took its diabetes control drug Actos, an Illinois state court jury found.

    Libertyville Township-based Abbott Laboratories says it will spend about $2.9 billion to broaden its reach in Latin America with the acquisition of fellow drugmaker CFR Pharmaceuticals.

    Abbott to spend $2.9B on Latin American drugmaker

    Libertyville Township-based Abbott Laboratories says it will spend about $2.9 billion to broaden its reach in Latin America with the acquisition of fellow drugmaker CFR Pharmaceuticals.


    Cost-control plan for health care could cost you

    You just might want to pay attention to the latest health insurance jargon. It could mean thousands of dollars out of your pocket. The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for a new cost-control strategy called “reference pricing.” It lets insurers and employers put a dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip replacements.

    The Federal Communications Commission voted to go forward with the proposal of new rules that could set standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks.

    FCC votes to go forward with net neutrality rules

    The Federal Communications Commission voted to go forward with the proposal of new rules that could set standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks.

    Adobe’s Creative Cloud software subscription service has been inaccessible for the past day for the 1.8 million designers, Web developers and other creative professionals who pay to use it.

    Adobe’s Creative Cloud suffers lengthy outage

    Adobe’s Creative Cloud software subscription service has been inaccessible for the past day for the 1.8 million designers, Web developers and other creative professionals who pay to use it. The outage is a black eye for Adobe Systems Inc., which shifted to the online subscription model for distributing its software a year ago.

    A man looks at the advertisement of a boutique in Tokyo Thursday. Japan’s economy grew at a 5.9 percent annualized rate in the first quarter, the fastest in nearly three years.

    Largest economies are operating at varying speeds

    The global economy is plodding ahead in fits and starts as the largest countries struggle to achieve consistent growth. Europe is faltering again. Japan is suddenly surging. China is cooling. The U.S. is strengthening.In the background, central banks are aiming to administer just the right amount of stimulus — not too much, not too little.

Life & Entertainment

    “Ghostbusters” premiered in theaters 30 years ago this summer, and it’s still making us laugh.

    Have a totally radical summer movie festival at home

    The summer movie season is here, and it's packed with remakes, sequels and familiar faces. If "Transformers 4" and "X-Men 576" don't do it for you, how about a homebound summer movie marathon that's also a blast from the past, as in 30 years ago?

    “Edge of Tomorrow”

    Mutants! Zombies! Angry apes! Summer films heat up

    Quick! Can you tell what's missing from the 2014 summer movie schedule? Ah, you guessed it. Classic G-rated family movies are practically MIA at the box office for three months. Only two family-friendly releases made the summer season docket: “Planes: Fire and Rescue” plus “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Both are sequels. And “Planes” was created to be a direct-to-video release, not a theatrical event.

    Tanya Thai McBride stars as Green Snake and Amy Kim Waschke as White Snake in director Mary Zimmerman’s production of the ancient Chinese tale “The White Snake” at Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

    Goodman’s ‘White Snake’ proves a charmer

    The simplest tales can be the hardest to pull off — in movies, on TV, but especially onstage. Yet the Goodman Theatre and Mary Zimmerman do pull off "The White Snake," thanks to Zimmerman’s staging and pace, full of clouds of fluttering sheets, rain that falls like blue ribbons, backstage projections that suggest the most delicate Eastern art and, best of all, a three-piece musical combo that, like the most effective movie soundtracks, never noticeably intrudes, yet always underscores the action.

    Franka Aguilar, 6 of Warrenville is all smiles as she holds a worm during the Morton Arboretum's “Mudpies and Stone Soup” class by adding leaves, sticks stones and water.

    Gardening teaches kids about nature, food origins

    From conservation and composting to simply having fun in the dirt, gardening offers a wide range of lessons and experiences for children of all ages. Retailers are taking note, with garden centers and big-box stores boasting selections of child-sized garden gloves, hats and boots as well as trowels, watering cans and other tools made specifically for little hands.

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will get married at Florence’s 16th-century Belvedere Fort on May 24.

    Florence official: Kardashian-West to wed May 24

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will get married and host a reception at Florence’s imposing 16th century Belvedere Fort on May 24, a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor’s office said Friday. The couple rented the fort, located next to Florence’s famed Boboli Gardens, for 300,000 euros ($410,000). A Protestant minister will preside, spokeswoman Elisa Di Lupo told The Associated Press in a phone interview.


    Theater events: Improv Playhouse hosts family, adult comedy shows

    The Improv Playhouse in Libertyville hosts family-friendly and adult improv this weekend. Meanwhile in St. Charles, the comedy "Be My Baby" continues at Steel Beam Theatre. Find these and more at Chicago-area theaters this week.

    Douglas Preston goes solo for his science thriller “The Kraken Project.”

    ‘Kraken Project’ is compelling thriller

    Douglas Preston, who co-writes the Pendergast novels with Lincoln Child, goes solo with his cutting-edge science thriller “The Kraken Project.” Kraken Mare is the name of a large sea discovered on Saturn’s moon, Titan, and Preston uses a potential NASA mission to investigate it as the launching point for his compelling thriller.

    A national historic landmark, the plaza in Santa Fe, N.M., has served as the commercial, social and political center of the city since the early 1600s. It plays host to art markets through the year and is home to the Palace of the Governors, the nation’s oldest continuously occupied public building.

    Santa Fe: 5 free things for visitors to do

    There’s no doubt the capital city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, has truly earned its nickname as The City Different. Its skyline is not made of skyscrapers, but rather a collection of flat-topped adobe buildings. At its heart, Santa Fe’s narrow, unaligned streets are decorated with colorful strings of chile called ristras and quaint mud-plastered homes. There are plenty of private and state-run museums that can provide history lessons, but simply wandering the streets, talking to locals and breathing in Santa Fe’s mountain air can all be done for free.

    The flowers of Lenten roses bloom for a long time in a wide range of colors.

    Shady characters you should take home

    Take a walk around a suburban neighborhood, and you’ll probably see sweeps of pachysandra or English ivy covering the ground under mature shade trees. A few spring bulbs might poke through early in the season, and a few shade annuals might adorn the front edge in summer.

    Beer, barbecue and ball games are among the draws at The Range Grill & Tap in Batavia.

    Batavia’s The Range caters to hungry families, beer lovers

    Open Range American Grill reopened as The Range Grill & Tap in May, after the owners revamped the space to make it more family-friendly while offering a bigger selection of beer and wine. With a brand new patio expected to open this weekend, the Batavia bar/restaurant appears set to become a popular summer hangout.


    Night life events: Parkers’ gets spirited at special dinner
    Pair the spirits of Michigan-based Journeyman Distillery with Parkers’ Restaurant & Bar’s food starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22. Plus, now through August, let it flow at Eddie Merlot’s with new white and red wine flights.

    DuPage County native Cathy Richardson performs with her band Friday, May 16, at City Winery in Chicago.

    Music notes: Cathy Richardson plays City Winery Friday

    DuPage County native Cathy Richardson performs Friday at Chicago's City Winery, giving local fans another chance to enjoy her powerhouse voice and gritty rock. For those who lean toward punk, the lineup of the annual Riot Fest includes plenty of local bands, including Rise Against and Naked Raygun. Tickets for that event are on sale now.

    Grilled potato skins and slow-cooked barbecue come together for a delicious cook-out snack.

    Barbecue Potato Skins
    Slow cooked pulled pork jumps out of the bun and into a potato skin for a cook-out friendly appetizer or entree.


    Few parents need to worry about federal gift tax

    Most parents don’t have to fret about the tax consequences of helping a grown child with the purchase of a home, but there are some exceptions.


    Appraisers’ approval ratings go up as distressed sales fall

    Not long ago they were the punching bags of American real estate, accused of rank incompetence, wrecking home sales and failing to pick up on signs of the housing turnaround.


    Sinks, tub often drain to separate leach field

    Q. We bought our home a few months ago and discovered there is an open pipe that spills water into our backyard. Fortunately it only drains water from the kitchen and laundry. Nothing was disclosed by the sellers or our home inspector, and the home warranty company says this kind of problem is not covered by the policy.

    Stonehedge was built in the early 1980s by well-known homebuilders Joe and Ed Keim and Faganel Builders.

    Neighborhood spotlight focuses on Wheaton’s Stonehedge

    Christine O’Donnell recalls the warm welcome she and her husband Mike received when they moved into Wheaton’s Stonehedge subdivision on a cold November day 21 years ago.


    In Springfield parlance, Thursday’s actions in the House had as much to do with political cover as with approving a budget.

    Editorial: House votes more about politics than responsible budgeting

    A Daily Herald editorial says Thursday's House budget votes were more political show than serious budgeting.

    Sandra Westlund-Deenihan

    New learning standards key to skilled workforce

    Guest columnist Sandra Westlund-Deenihan: To ensure all students are prepared for success after graduation, we need clear, consistent guidelines for the tools students should be armed with upon entering the workforce. That is what we can achieve through the new Common Core State Standards.


    Laws that protect Chicago taxis are unfair
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Anyone who lives in or visits Chicago knows cab service is, well, less than ideal. When rideshare services entered Chicago, it offered consumers something they never had before: choice and peace of mind. Rideshare services provide the rider additional safety, security and ease of use not offered by taxis.


    Schneider sends state in wrong direction
    A Lincolnshire letter to the editor: Where is Congressman Schneider on paying down our nation’s $17 trillion debt? He is there asking for more revenue, more taxes dollars — not to pay off the debt, but to expand it. It’s something the future of Illinois cannot afford. Brad Schneider hasn’t been leading the charge on much of anything in Washington. But on jobs and the economy, he is leading us into a dead end. Marko Sukovic


    Warm memories of a 9th-grade teacher
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: What a coincidence that I just read the touching essay in the Herald about 102-year-old Mrs. Irwin, a former teacher who made a lasting impression on the author. Tonight some classmates and I are going to a wake at Sacred Heart Convent in Wilmette for our 102-year-old freshman teacher, Sister Marina.


    Intelligent design theory misused
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Evolutionists use their intelligence to design experiments for the purpose of showing that life originated by a mindless, undirected and purposeless process. They faithfully follow those three fundamental concepts of intelligent design (ID) in their efforts to create life, while they vehemently disavow the ID paradigm for life’s original creation.


    Taxidermy money should be spent on the poor
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: In regard to the “Minister’s Menagerie” article of April 10, the monies that Pastor Keith Gomez paid out for supplies to kill and preserve through taxidermy could have been better spent to feed the hungry.” Being the Christian that he is, he may not have given that any thought to the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill” (God’s innocent creatures). Only the glory and “the challenge” are a priority.


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