Daily Archive : Monday May 19, 2014


    The Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin could get new competition if lawmakers approve expanding gambling.

    Illinois gambling expansion could be stalled again

    The latest gambling proposal that balances a Lake County casino and slot machines at racetracks against a large Chicago casino is finding few fans in the legislature, its sponsor says. That could make the current proposal a long shot for lawmakers who are looking for ways to raise state revenue as a temporary income tax hike is set to expire Jan. 1.


    Car crash cancels Lake Zurich board meeting

    A car that crashed into a transformer outside Lake Zurich’s village hall Monday night caused the cancellation of a village board meeting and power outages throughout parts of the village, police said.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn urges House Democrats to support tax hike

    Gov. Pat Quinn tried Monday to persuade House Democrats to extend the state’s temporary income tax increase to avoid what he says would be “savage” budget cuts, but he emerged from a roughly three-hour meeting with lawmakers still well short of the votes he needs for approval.


    New rules on juvenile parole hearings

    Illinois will implement new rules to help ensure the due-process rights of juveniles in a settlement of a 2012 lawsuit that alleged hundreds of children on parole are illegally detained each year, according to recent federal court filings.


    Fire damages Arlington Heights home

    A fire did an estimated $100,000 in damage to a single-family home Monday morning in Arlington Heights. A neighbor noticed smoke and flames coming from the home on the 300 block of South Windsor Drive at about 7:40 a.m., Arlington Heights Batallion Cmdr. Bill Essling said.


    Lawsuit alleges Chicago police hit, yelled at woman

    A tanning salon manager has filed a federal lawsuit against Chicago police and the city claiming officers hit her and shouted racial threats during a raid on the business.


    Wrongfully convicted man sues Chicago officials

    A man who spent 21 years in prison for a double killing he long maintained he didn’t commit filed a federal lawsuit Monday, alleging Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors created a false confession and forced him to sign it.


    Union in North Carolina welcomes college athletes

    A North Carolina union for public workers will allow scholarship student-athletes at public universities to join as state employees. The State Employees Association of North Carolina’s governing board voted Friday to open the group’s membership to athletes at the state’s 17 public campuses, which would include Atlantic Coast Conference members North Carolina and North...

    The RTA board will be voting on a $5 million ad campaign.

    RTA may spend $5 million on transit ads, denies cronyism

    The RTA is poised to vote on a $5 million marketing campaign with the ad firm that handled Attorney General Lisa Madigan's last election campaign and is a contributor. Is there a conflict of interest given that Madigan's brother-in-law is No. 2 at the RTA? The $5 million is intended to target ocasional riders, reverse commuters and older adults.

    A new report by Roosevelt University shows that people caught with marijuana face widely different penalties based on geography. Researchers found that someone stopped with up to 10 grams of marijuana would be arrested in some communities in Illinois while in other towns they would receive only a ticket.

    Report: Enforcement of suburban marijuana laws varies

    A new report by Roosevelt University found that people who possess small amounts of marijuana are apt to face widely different treatment and penalties, depending on where in the state they are stopped by police.

    D’Andre Howard

    Judge: Hospital personnel can testify in Howard murder trial

    A Cook County judge ruled Monday that lawyers for D’Andre Howard may not introduce testimony from Department of Children and Family Services caseworkers about Howard’s mental state when his murder trial begins later this month. However, Judge Ellen Mandletort ruled hospital personnel from Alexian Brothers Medical Center and Cermak Health Services who conducted psychiatric exams of...

    Elgin High School environmental science teacher Deb Perryman was named educator of the Year by the Environmental Education Association of Illinois.

    Elgin teacher named Environmental Educator of the Year

    Deb Perryman’s love for the environment started at an early age and has become her life’s passion. The Elgin High School teacher was recently named the 2014 Environmental Educator of the Year by the Environmental Education Association of Illinois. “It’s an honor to receive this award, and my real reward is showing students how they can make a real impact for environmental...

    Christopher Ditton

    Avon Township assessor sues supervisor, trustees

    Avon Township Assessor Christopher Ditton contends in a federal lawsuit that political retribution by other elected officials is the reason he must operate with a reduced budget for 2014-15. "It’s a sad day in Avon Township when it comes to this,” Ditton told the Daily Herald on Monday. “I feel the board is more concerned with politics than the people they represent.”


    Church group’s donation saves Roselle fireworks

    For the straight second year, a group associated with an area church has made a significant contribution to ensure Roselle has fireworks in July. Village officials say this year’s fireworks show is scheduled for July 3 at Lake Park High School’s west campus in Roselle.

    Press materials are seen on a table of the Justice Department in Washington, Monday. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday a U.S. grand jury has charged five Chinese officials with economic espionage and trade secret theft, the first-of-its-kind criminal charges against Chinese military officials in an international cyber-espionage case.

    U.S. charges Chinese officials in cyberspying case

    Accusing China of vast business spying, the United States charged five military officials on Monday with hacking into U.S. companies to steal vital trade secrets in a case intensifying already-rising tensions between the international economic giants.

    CNBC correspondent Phil LeBeau, of Naperville, covers the auto and aviation industries.

    Naperville reporter’s career takes flight at CNBC

    CNBC automotive and aviation industry reporter Phil LeBeau of Naperville has a hectic, fiercely competitive, 24/7 job, but one he loves. “No day is ever the same. Every day is different. That’s the best part,” he said.


    Bill filed to give homeowners a $500 tax refund

    A proposal to give Illinois homeowners a $500 property tax refund has been introduced in the General Assembly. House Speaker Michael Madigan filed the legislation Monday.


    Elk Grove increases marketing efforts

    Elk Grove Village is extending a contract with a Lombard-based firm to continue to implement an economic development marketing plan.


    Son of former mayor in ‘Death Race’ event

    The son of former Elk Grove Village Mayor Dennis Gallitano will participate next month in a grueling test of strength and mental endurance as part of the 40-mile-long Death Race.


    Des Plaines meeting features local officials

    Des Plaines Alderman Dick Sayad is inviting members of the city’s 4th Ward to attend his ward meeting next Tuesday, featuring several speakers from Des Plaines and other local governments.

    Supporters of same-sex marriage hold photos of themselves and their family members or partners on the steps of the Wayne L Morse U.S. Courthouse Wednesday in Eugene, Ore. A federal judge on Monday struck down Oregon’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, saying it is unconstitutional.

    Oregon ruling marks 13th gay marriage win in a row

    A federal judge on Monday struck down Oregon’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, saying it is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said the ban unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples and ordered the state not to enforce it. State officials earlier refused to defend the constitutional ban in court.

    Richard McDaniel

    Guard accused of sneaking fake gun into courthouse

    A Round Lake Beach man is being held in Lake County jail on $100,000 bond after sneaking a plastic novelty lighter that resembled a gun past a security checkpoint at the courthouse in Waukegan and showing it to a security officer, authorities said. Richard McDaniel, 46, is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of a peace officer.

    This undated electron microscope image shows novel coronavirus particles, also known as the MERS virus, colorized in yellow.

    MERS in America: Is spread of virus a worry?

    A respiratory virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East has spread for the first time from one person to another in the United States. The case has raised questions about how much contact is needed to transmit the germ.

    Krisada M. Cheung

    North Aurora man guilty of possessing nearly 2 pounds of pot

    A 20-year-old North Aurora man pleaded guilty to felony drug charges from a July 2012 arrest on his way to sell a half pound of marijuana to undercover officers, police said. Krisada M. Cheung faces anywhere from probation to seven years in prison when sentenced July 30.

    A new comprehensive plan approved last week by Winfield trustees is recommending a commercial focus with some higher density housing along part of Roosevelt Road in Winfield.

    Winfield’s comprehensive plan could spark talk of Roosevelt zoning

    A new push is looming to rezone a stretch of Roosevelt Road through Winfield. This time, village trustees who want commercial redevelopment along Roosevelt can use the town’s new comprehensive plan to support their position.

    Reporters surround House Speaker Michael Madigan after he testified last week in a committee hearing at the state Capitol in Springfield. Madigan, also the state Democratic Party chairman, has an arsenal of carrots and sticks at his disposal.

    Michael Madigan leader tested anew

    On a golden plaque in the state Capitol that commemorates Illinois’ long history of House speakers, one name takes up three entire columns: Michael Madigan. Approaching 30 years in control, Madigan faces a major test this election year as he works to persuade reluctant members to support an extension of an income tax increase his party promised would be temporary.


    Longest-serving state House speakers in the nation

    Illinois’ Michael Madigan is currently the longest-serving House speaker in the U.S. by nearly a decade, but he is not the longest-serving speaker ever.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Tri blotter

    Linda Krajniak

    Krajniak leaves Wauconda village hall for Des Plaines post

    Wauconda’s economic development director has left village hall for a key administrative job in Des Plaines. Linda Krajniak will serve as the city’s media services director. She starts her new job May 27.

    Fourth-grader Maddie Rupert asks a question Monday during a video chat with marine biologist Keith Fischer in the learning center at Butterfield School in Libertyville. The students talked with a Fischer, who works with the Fish and Wildlife Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., as part of their lessons on ecosystems.

    Libertyville students learn from Florida marine biologist

    Fourth grade students at Butterfield School in Libertyville learning about ecosystems and marine life had some expert help Monday from 1,200 miles away. Marine biologist Keith Fischer, who works with the Fish and Wildlife Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, video-chatted with about 100 Butterfield students eager to learn about sea life.


    Man shot outside Kanakakee bar

    Authorities in Kankakee say a 27-year-old man was shot and killed outside a bar. LaRoy McDaniel's death is the third homicide in Kankakee County and first homicide in the city of Kankakee this year.


    IDOT official resigns, is under investigation

    An Illinois Department of Transportation administrator has resigned amid an investigation into his time at the agency. Carmen Iacullo was assistant to the district engineer in the Schaumburg district office.


    Iraq veteran dies night before U of I graduation

    An Iraq War veteran from Lemont who was only a day away from graduating at the University of Illinois has died after being struck by a car while riding his motorcycle, authorities and the university said.

    Ken Tsang, marketing director for Standard Market, says the gourmet grocer’s new Naperville location offers quality ingredients and an emphases on quick meal options for busy suburban residents. The store opens at 8 a.m. Tuesday at 1508 Aurora Ave.

    Standard Market begins to ‘celebrate food’ in Naperville

    Naperville’s latest grocery destination wants its customers to celebrate food, and Standard Market officials say they will offer four ways to do that when their new store opens Tuesday on Aurora Avenue just east of Ogden Avenue. "We want to make it really convenient for people to enjoy food,” said Ken Tsang, marketing director. “We realize people are busy and people want good...

    Thomas Weber

    Wauconda District 118 board member Thomas Weber dies

    Veteran Wauconda Unit School District 118 board member Thomas Weber died Sunday. Weber, 65, of Wauconda, suffered a stroke May 4 and never recovered, district officials said. He had served on the school board since 1995.


    Island Lake saying thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts for Special Olympics support

    Island Lake trustees on Thursday plan to formally praise Dunkin’ Donuts for supporting the Special Olympics and the police department with an upcoming promotion. On May 31, officers will stay on the roof of a local Dunkin’ Donuts to raise money for the Special Olympics.


    College of Lake County hosts job fair Thursday

    Anyone seeking employment is invited to attend the JobMarketPlace Job Fair on Thursday, May 22 at College of Lake County’s flagship Grayslake campus. It’ll be Lake County’s largest job fair with more than 70 employers.


    Police: Video shows Oak Brook smash-and-grab suspects

    Oak Brook police say they’re looking for three people who broke into the Lord & Taylor store last week and stole jewelry and watches.

    Vocalist and Palatine native Gabriela Francesca was the 2013 winner of Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent.

    Time running out to join Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent

    There are still audition spots available for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent, the summer-long talent competition co-sponsored by the Daily Herald, the Prarie Center for the Arts and the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.


    New Dunkin’ Donuts proposal surfaces for Naperville corner

    Another new proposal has surfaced for the shuttered Citgo gas station at the corner of Hillside Road and Washington Street near downtown Naperville, but the idea of bringing a Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins to the location is far from a done deal. Even if the city council approves a plat of subdivision for the latest plan, it might not come to fruition because the property owner still is...

    Arianna Carlisle and her newborn son Ethan Hayes received Ethan’s first library card 18 hours after he was born at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin.

    Literacy program gives library cards to babies born in Elgin

    Babies born at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin and live in the Gail Borden Library district will get a library card, an initiative designed to promote early literacy. “The more you talk to your baby, sing to your baby and even play with your baby, all that is important in starting early literacy,” a hospital official said.

    Gurnee police dog Shane, a German shepherd, handled many calls in his eight years with the department. Here handler Officer Philip Mazur is with Shane to search a laundry room for surprise drug and weapons sweep at the Lake County jail.

    Gurnee police dog Shane retiring after eight years in the job

    Gurnee’s German shepherd crime fighter is calling it a career. Police dog Shane, who’s been on the force since 2006, will walk away after working a special Memorial Day weekend safety checkpoint Friday. “He earned his keep here,” said Shane's handler, Officer Philip Mazur. “I couldn’t have been prouder with the way he performed.”

    Newly-erected signs warning travelers about he danger of the MERS virus were erected last week at Denver International Airport. The airport said the signs were posted at all of its screening areas at the direction of the Centers for Disease Control.

    Florida MERS patient released from hospital

    A man from Saudi Arabia who is one of three patients diagnosed with an infection from a Middle East respiratory virus in the United States has been released from an Orlando, Florida, hospital. Officials from the state health department and Dr. P. Phillips Hospital said in a news release Monday that the 44-year-old unidentified man has been discharged.

    Performers rehearse for Spotlight Youth Theater Aurora's production of “Godspell.” Shows are May 22-25 at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

    ‘Godspell’ shares powerful message through music

    The musical “Godspell,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, who later composed “Wicked,” made its debut in 1971. Forty-three years later, it’s being brought to the stage in the Fox Valley by Spotlight Youth Theater Aurora.


    Suspicious fire damages vacant Vernon Hills home

    No one was injured in a house fire early Monday on the 1000 block of Royal Oak Drive in Vernon Hills. The fire was suspicious and is under investigation, Countryside Fire Protection District officials said. Damage was estimated at $200,000.


    A short course in understanding what mental health professionals do

    Sometimes you can almost have too much of a good thing. That seems to be the case when it comes to mental health professionals.

    “WE NEED YOU! Propaganda of the Great War” exhibit, designed by Jaron Keener, includes 37 posters from the First Division Museum’s collection of more than 100.

    Museum poster exhibit highlights propaganda of World War I

    "WE NEED You! Propoganda of the Great War" exhibit iis opening at First Division Museum at Cantigny War, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I in August 2014. The United States produced a huge number of posters encouraging support for the war, including James Montomery Flagg's famous "Uncle Sam" poster.

    Pauline King cares for her husband Jerry King at their home in Anna, Ill. Jerry was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1978. He can no longer go to the bathroom, bathe or dress himself without assistance from Pauline.

    Poll: More stressful to care for spouse than Mom

    You promise in sickness and in health, but a new poll shows being a caregiver for a frail spouse causes more stress than caring for parents or the in-laws. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found Americans 40 and over count on family to care for them as they get older, with good reason: Half of people 40 and over have been caregivers.

    Adler Park School students watch as a United States Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter lands in Libertyville as part of a Veterans Day event at the school.

    Airplanes, helicopters both fly, but in different ways

    "Why is a plane faster than a helicopter,” asked Grayslake Library patrons attending the “Novel Detectives” class.

    Wayne Mikes donates a bike to the Palatine Opportunity Center, received by Debbie Rohrwasser of Palatine, a volunteer with the Center.

    The gift of wheels: Needy kids benefit from donated bikes

    Wayne Mikes, the second generation owner of Mikes Bike Shop in Palatine, goes about it quietly, but over the years he and his employees have restored and donated something like 3,000 bikes to needy families.

    Highland Elementary School home-school liaison Carlos Trujillo demonstrates how the school's new key fob system works. In addition to key fobs, the Elgin school already is using a new security camera system covering the main entrance. New key fobs and security cameras will be installed at all Elgin Area School District U-46 elementary schools using a $1 million grant.

    Fox Valley area schools get state funding to improve security

    Several Fox Valley area school districts and colleges will be beefing up campus security with federal funding released in the wake of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. School districts will be using the funds to reinforce doors, install shatter resistant glass or film, and other security measures to improve safety for students, employees and visitors.


    New Edgewater Metra station delayed by a year

    Officials with the Metra commuter rail agency say construction on a new station in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood has been delayed until next year. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Metra is still acquiring land for the new $15 million Union Pacific-North station, so won’t break ground until next spring.

    Peggy Nott, an equine sciences student at Southern Illinois University interning at Giant City Stables in Makanda, brushes Tootsie. The stables provide specialized equine services and therapeutic riding for the physically disabled.

    Equine services provide alternatives

    Individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities may have an alternative to drug-based therapy. The Specialized Equine Services at Giant City Stables in Makanda offers equine therapy, which is a therapeutic tool of the physically disabled. The therapy is also used for treating a wide variety of psychological and mental disorders, said Ramona Twellman, executive director of Specialized Equine...


    2 killed, 1 injured in Milwaukee triple shooting

    Milwaukee police are investigating a triple shooting that left two men dead and one injured. The police department says the shooting happened Sunday about 1:40 p.m. Few details have been released, but the victims were a 31-year-old man who died at the scene and a 49-year-old man who died at a hospital.


    Kenosha runner, 10, short of improving record time

    A 10-year-old Kenosha boy has fallen about a minute short of improving his half-marathon record in Green Bay this weekend. A Press-Gazette Media report says Noah Bliss has been long-distance running for two years. He did a run earlier this month in record time for 10-year-old boys.


    Police investigate death of girl, 3, as homicide

    Chicago police say they’re investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl as a homicide. Investigators say the girl’s body was found Sunday night at a home on the city’s northwest side.

    George Harrison’s 1962 Rickenbacker guitar has sold for $657,000 at auction.

    George Harrison’s guitar bought in Illinois brings $657K at auction

    George Harrison’s 1962 Rickenbacker guitar has sold for $657,000 at auction. Harrison purchased the guitar in 1963 at Fenton’s Music store in Mount Vernon, Illinois, while visiting his sister.


    Western Illinois sheriff charged with misconduct

    A western Illinois sheriff is facing a felony misconduct charge for a 2012 death investigation of a woman who overdosed on heroin. Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty is also the county’s coroner. He was charged after prosecutors say he didn’t follow procedures for embalming the body of 47-year-old Shanda Lopez.


    Boy gets superhero funeral after cancer death

    A 5-year-old Indiana boy’s love of Spider-Man inspired his mother to ask for a superhero funeral after he died from a brain tumor. Adults dressed as Spider-Man, Superman and the Incredible Hulk were among the pallbearers for Brayden Denton’s funeral last week in the Newton County town of Kentland in northwestern Indiana.


    Police probe shooting death of motorcyclist

    Illinois State Police say they are investigating the shooting death of a motorcyclist whose body was found along a rural road in southwestern Illinois’ Madison County. Police say 43-year-old Travis Mayes of Pontoon Beach was found dead shortly before 4 a.m.

    The e-grocery business is garnering a lot of interest from investors. In a 2013 round of venture funding, Relay Foods raised $8.25 million, The Wall Street Journal reports. With that money, Relay plans to continue its expansion.

    Online company delivers fresh, local groceries

    Does your weekend grocery list look something like, “Produce and dairy from the farmers market; meat and bread from Whole Foods; frozen meals and wine from Trader Joe’s; graham crackers, Diet Coke and cereal from Safeway?” It’s a modern-day dilemma, but for busy urban families, shopping for everyone’s grocery preferences can be a logistical nightmare.

    A Hornblower Niagara Cruises Catamaran, foreground, and a Maid of the Mist boat, background, in the Niagara Gorge below Niagara Falls.

    Niagara Falls competition springs up for 1st time
    For more than 150 years, the Maid of the Mist tour boats have been all alone below Niagara Falls as they’ve ferried tourists close enough to be drenched by the spray. But this tourist season, a second set of boats is navigating the Niagara Gorge.The Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co. continues to launch from the American shore but lost its Canadian contract to rival Hornblower Niagara Cruises,...

    William Glass, formerly of Lombard, recently was recognized by the Illinois Jaycees as one of eight Outstanding Young Persons of the year for the 750-mile “Flowers for Mom” Chicago to Atlanta Walk to End Alzheimer's, which he completed last fall. Glass plans to drive the same route this fall to continue advocating for increased research funding for the debilitating disease.

    Lombard Alzheimer's advocate recognized as 'Outstanding'

    For William Glass, the Outstanding Young Persons award he received from the Illinois Jaycees was a platform. It was a platform for his message about the importance of funding for Alzheimer's research, and it gave one small way to make his mother's struggle with the disease less painful.


    Dawn Patrol: Iraq War veteran killed in crash; Blackawks win

    Schools slapped with pension penalties. Lemont native dies in crash near U of I. Addison man charged in Chicago crash. Paddlers take on Des Plaines River race. Blackhawks win. Sox standount injured. Cubs show off slugging power.

    Just home from work, Cambridge House resident Billy Yacilla hugs caregiver Gregory Mathis, who has received only $1.70 in raises in his 12 years on the job.

    For Illinois caretakers, raises are hard to come by

    In 12 years as a caretaker at a group home for disabled men in Des Plaines, Gregory Mathis' pay has increased by $1.70, to $10.70 an hour, a result of stagnant state funding for agencies that hire caregivers. How to change that rolls into the state's larger budget battle and partisan disagreement. But life for the men and their caretakers at Cambridge House goes on. “If they respected us,...

    How should we pay to fix our roads? Readers disagree.

    Readers sound off on tolls, pets on planes and more

    The fur flies as readers vent about pets on planes, a potential conflict of interest for Gov. Pat Quinn and a tollway board director, and tolling freeways. Plus traffic tips and a green cars event in this week's column. Jan Spaletto of Palatine knows how she'd vote on tolling Route 53. "My opinion is that those proposing these changes are just plain nuts."

    Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20), Marian Hossa (81) and Kris Versteeg (23) celebrate Saad’s goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) as Jeff Schultz (55) skates away during the first period.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend
    10 stories you may have missed over the weekend: Barrington couple charged in baby's starvation death get $250,000 bond each; Boy Scouts councils in Northwest and West suburbs face consolidation; two school districts paid six-figure penalties for pension-boosting pay hikes; suburban couple who survived tornado reflect on the experience one year later; Addison man charged with fleeing police,...

    Taylor Gillen, 16, of Elgin, gives a funny look back to the lama in search of a snack at the Elgin Green Expo at the Centre of Elgin, Saturday. The lama and other petting zoo farm animals were on display by Santa’s Village Azoosment Park in East Dundee.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features images of summer road construction, people who benefitted from modern medicine, and backyard bird feeder advice from one of our staff photographers.



    Boys volleyball / Lake County roundup

    Stevenson d. Libertyville: Stevenson outlasted Libertyville, 25-23, 22-25, 27-25. Grant Maleski led the way with 11 kills while Connor Perlin added 8 kills. Timothy Park led Stevenson with 24 digs while setters Nicholas Perozzi and Jeffrey Wagn finished with 18 and 15 assists respectively. Highland Park d. Mundelein: Mundelein got swept by Highland Park, 20-25, 16-25. Luke Ramer led the Mustangs with 5 kills while teammate Roman Tkachuk added 4 kills. Setter David Everding finished with 12 assists.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    Wauconda 6, Lakes 0: Kayla Wedl rolled up 12 strikeouts to lead Wauconda to the win. Meanwhile, teammate Lauren Nee had a home run and went 3-for-4 for the day. The Bulldogs are now 23-7 on the season and 11-0 in the North Suburban Prairie Division.Stevenson 13, Mundelein 9: Taylor Koenigs had a home run and went 4-for-5 for the day with 4 RBI to lead Stevenson, which is 17-14 on the season. Lexi Yonkovic and Jordan Cortesi added 3 hits for the Patriots. One of Yonkovic’s hits was a homer. The Patriots had 3 home runs on the day, as did Mundelein.Libertyville 3, Warren 1: Jessie Lauret smacked 3 hits to lead Libertyville. Pitcher Haley Alban got the win. She went seven innings and allowed just 1 walk. For Warren, Sabrina Trevino and Amber Lenau each had 2 hits.Round Lake 14, Vernon Hills 13: Depsite 6 errors and being out-hit 11-5, Round Lake still pulled out the vicotry. The Panthers scored 5 runs in the bottom of the seventh. For Vernon Hills, Dana Meline had 3 hits, including a double, while Rose Ferolo, Izzy Cirone and Danielle Comitor each had 2 hits.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    By getting some help and also helping themselves, the Grant Bulldogs now sit alone in first place in the North Suburban Prairie baseball race.Grant defeated Vernon Hills Monday 4-1, thanks to a 2-RBI single by Tino Torres. A Lakes loss to Antioch also helped Grant’s cause.The Bulldogs took advantage of 6 walks and a hit batter to score their 4 runs on only 1 hit. They also got a solid effort on the mound out of Andrew Stone, who went 7 innings and did not allow an earned run.Tommy Earhart drove in the only run for Vernon Hills.Antioch 4, Lakes 3: Nick Muskat had 2 hits and drove in a run to lead Antioch to a North Suburban Conference Prairie Division win. Pitcher Alex Stava was solid on the mound in getting the victory. He finished with 7 strikeouts and no walks. For Lakes, Joe Dahlke smacked a home run. Dahlke, Bryan Gross and Joe Sisk each had 2 hits. Lakes is now 16-11 overall and 8-3 in the Prairie.Mundelein 11, Lake Zurich 5: Reese Dolan hit a home run while Luke Peterson, Ryan Hollander and JT Michalski each doubled to lead the Mustangs to another win. Mundelein is now 28-2 on the season and 9-2 in the North Suburban Lake Division. Pitcher Austin Blackmer got the win, striking out 3 batters in two innings. For Lake Zurich, Nick Jones had 3 hits, including a double.Libertyville 6, Zion-Benton 2: Conor Simpson had 3 hits, Mitch Townsend drove in 3 runs and Adam Formento added 2 hits and 2 RBI to lead Libertyville to a win.Carmel 6, St. Viator 4: Ian Kristan and Cal Coughlin each had 2 hits to lead Carmel to the win. Kristan also drove in 2 runs. Pitcher Quentin Sefcik got the win. He went six innings and rolled up 5 strikeouts.Grayslake North 12, Cyrstal Lake Central 10: Sophomore Bobby Krebs went 2-for-3 and drove in 5 runs to lead Grayslake North. Krebs had 2 doubles. Merrick Gentile and Alex Alvarez each had 3 hits for the Knights, who are 12-17 on the season.Grayslake Central 12, Woodstock North 5: Grayslake Central pounded out 13 hits to get its seventh win in a row and its 13th in the last 14 games. Pat Burba had a triple, double and a single to pace the Rams. Justin Dooley and Mike Stone added a triple and Freddie Landers and Kyle Clark both doubled. Matt Loeffl drove in 3 runs. Pitcher Russ Lundius got his seventh victory of the season.


    Boys volleyball: Monday, May 19 results
    Results for area high school boys volleyball games for Monday, May 19.


    Softball: Monday, May 19 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Monday, May 19.


    Baseball: Monday, May 19 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Monday, May 19.


    Boys tennis: Monday, May 19 results
    Results for area high school boys tennis meets for Monday, May 19.

    Houston Astros’ Jason Castro, left, hits a RBI-single off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards during the first inning of a baseball game Monday night in Anaheim, Calif.

    Dallas Keuchel pitches Astros past Angels 5-2

    Dallas Keuchel came within one out of his second consecutive shutout and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 Monday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season. Jason Castro and Matt Dominguez drove in runs during a three-run first inning for the Astros, who knocked around Garrett Richards (4-1) for 10 hits in the opener of a 10-game road trip.


    Softball / DuPage County roundup

    Monday's high school softball games in DuPage County.


    No stopping Waubonsie Valley on Senior Night

    Waubonsie Valley senior boys volleyball player Connor Douville was in the midst of a serving streak to finish out the second set Monday when Warren called a timeout. “I was just drinking water, and then all of a sudden, there was blood on my hand. I had a random bloody nose,” Douville said. “I’ve never had that happen in a game before.” This, however, was his Senior Night. Nothing was going to stop Douville or the Warriors from rallying for a 19-25, 25-19, 25-19 victory in Aurora.


    Softball / Northwest roundup

    When it comes to single-season hits, no one has done it better for Elk Grove’s softball team than Becca Maher. The senior shortstop went 3-for-4 with a double to reach 74 hits, breaking the school mark of 72 set by Jessica Balzano. Maher’s big day helped lead the Grens to an 8-1 victory at Wheeling.

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake (44) throws during the third inning of a baseball game against Monday the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington.

    Frazier’s homer lifts Reds over Nats 4-3 in 15

    Todd Frazier’s two-run homer in the 15th inning lifted the Cincinnati Reds over the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Monday night. Brandon Phillips singled off Ross Detwiler (0-2) to open the inning and with one out, Frazier homered to center. The home run also ended a 27 2-3 innings scoreless streak by the Nationals’ bullpen.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    San Antonio Spurs player, from left, Aron Baynes, Patty Mills, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, celebrate from the bench during the second half of Game 1 of a Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder in San Antonio. San Antonio won 122-105.

    Duncan helps Spurs rout Thunder in series opener

    Tim Duncan scored 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs took advantage of Serge Ibaka’s absence to dominate the paint, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 on Monday night in the opener of the Western Conference finals.

    Batavia’s Willie Firth dives safely back to first base as Kaneland’s Danny Hammermeister dives for the throw Monday.

    Kaneland, Batavia team up to strike out cancer

    High school baseball took a backseat to community support for cancer Monday night at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva.


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Monday, May 19

    Ryan Sargent tossed a 5-hitter with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts, and Tim Hubner, Matt Kozlak and Brenden Heiss each drove in runs as the Jacobs baseball team defeated Cary-Grove 3-1 on Monday. The victory kept Jacobs (20-11, 13-4), which has never won a title in the Fox Valley Conference, tied for first place in the Valley Division with Huntley with 2 games remaining.

    Chicago White Sox’s Paul Konerko, right, celebrates with Adam Dunn (44) after hitting a two-run home run Monday night during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo.

    White Sox rally from 5-run hole, beat Royals 7-6

    Alexei Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko also went deep and the Chicago White Sox climbed out of a five-run hole before holding on for a wild 7-6 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.


    Shaw could be back for Blackhawks in Game 2

    Out since Game 1 of the Blackhawks' second-round playoff matchup vs. the Minnesota Wild, winger Andrew Shaw continues making positive progress. Shaw could be back on the ice Wednesday night vs. the Los Angeles Kings.

    Associated Press In this photo taken Sunday, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (27) forces Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) into the boards as defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) watches during the second period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago. The Blackhawks’ defense is playing a key role in this postseason run as the Kings found out how hard it is to score on the defending Stanley Cup champions.

    Hjalmarsson’s shot blocking speaks volumes

    Two weeks after being hit in the throat while blocking a shot against the Minnesota Wild in the second round of the NHL playoffs, Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson is finally able to talk again. Hjalmarsson's superb shot-blocking ability continues to speak volumes.


    Wachal, Conant power to another West title

    Things got tense in Monday’s Mid-Suburban West softball showdown when Schaumburg rallied for 2 runs to tie the game in the top of the fourth inning. The Cougars had not scored since the first inning when Alissa Wachal stepped into the batter’s box to lead of the bottom half of the fourth. “I felt like I needed to do something,” she said. “We needed to get going again because we were kind of down at that point.” So how did Wachal remedy the situation? The junior right fielder belted her sixth home run of the season over the left-center field fence and it proved to be the game-winning RBI in the Cougars’ 4-2 triumph.


    Brantley’s homer in 10th beats Tigers 5-4

    Michael Brantley homered with two outs in the 10th inning off Al Alburquerque, giving the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 win over the drowsy Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Brantley connected on a 3-2 pitch, driving it into the Tigers’ bullpen to end Cleveland’s four-game losing streak and Detroit’s 11-game road winning streak.

    Milwaukee Brewers’ Lyle Overbay pitches in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday against Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. Atlanta won 9-3.

    Freeman, Upton homer as Braves beat Brewers 9-3

    Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton homered to help Mike Minor win his second consecutive start, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-3 on Monday night.

    Golfer Tiger Woods speaks at a Quicken Loans National PGA tournament media day news conference Monday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Woods said his back injury was so debilitating that it caused him to doubt whether he would play golf again. While the surgery he had March 31 erased those doubts, he still has no timetable for his return.

    Woods: Surgery erased doubts; no date for return

    Tiger Woods still doesn’t know when he’ll return. For a while, he didn’t know whether he would return at all. Woods said Monday his back injury became so debilitating this year it caused him to doubt his ability to play golf again. “Forget about playing golf at the highest level. I couldn’t get out of bed,” Woods said.


    Addison Trail surprises Willowbrook

    Addison Trail softball coach Mark Olson said to his team, which was trailing 4-0 against host Willowbrook on Monday as the top of the seventh was beginning, that a comeback was in the cards. And he was right. The Blazers (18-15, 6-5 West Suburban Gold) scored 7 runs on 8 hits in the top of the seventh to win 7-4.

    Montini’s Christina Barrett steals third base in the second inning as Wheaton Academy’s Gina Graff tries to make the tag during softball action in Lombard on Monday.

    Montini completes perfect SCC run

    A potent attack provides confidence even when trailing, and Montini has battled back all year. In Monday’s Suburban Christian Conference crossover, the Broncos used some back-to-back battling to pull out an exciting 9-7 win over visiting Wheaton Academy to close out a perfect league slate for the first time since 2000.

    New York Rangers’ Rick Nash (61) celebrates with teammates Chris Kreider (20) and Derek Stepan after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period Monday in Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference final Stanley Cup playoff game in Montreal.

    Rangers upend Canadiens 3-1, take 2-0 series lead

    Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Martin St. Louis scored in the second period and the New York Rangers earned a 3-1 victory over the Carey Price-less Montreal Canadiens on Monday. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 2-0 heading back to New York for Game 3 on Thursday and Game 4 on Sunday.


    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Monday, May 19

    Huntley, Cary-Grove split: After taking a 3-1 loss to start the day thanks to a rain-shortened makeup, the Red Raiders (17-14, 7-5) rebounded and won 6-2 to close out the day in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action.

    Westminster Christian’s Clay DeHaan delivers against St. Edward Monday in the Class 2A regional game at Wing Park in Elgin.

    Westminster Christian ousts St. Edward

    There was little question entering Monday’s Class 2A regional quarterfinal that Westminster Christian senior Clay DeHaan and St. Edward junior Jack Tierney were each talented enough to pitch their respective teams to a playoff win. DeHaan entered with an ERA of 2.93 in 45⅓ innings; Tierney with a 2.33 ERA in 39. The question was which pitcher’s defense would support him best in light of the 148 combined errors their teams committed during the regular season. Both pitchers acquitted themselves admirably in a battle between Elgin private schools, but DeHaan’s Warriors defended better in a 5-2 victory.


    St. Charles East overwhelms Batavia in 5th inning

    The fifth inning started innocently enough for the Batavia softball team when St. Charles East starting pitcher Haley Beno grounded out to third. But it would be the final batter the Bulldogs would retire. Ten consecutive batters reached base for the Saints, and pinch-runner MacKenzie Meadows terminated the schools’ Upstate Eight Conference River matchup by scoring the ninth run of the inning on a wild pitch.


    Baseball / Northwest roundup

    Visiting Fremd scored in every inning but the third and seventh, and starter Anthony Douvris (win) and reliever Ian Bohn (save) were effective enough to help the Vikings complete their Mid-Suburban League baseball slate with a 6-3 victory against Rolling Meadows on Monday.

    Schaumburg’s Jack Holden, left, is a popular man in his dugout after clubbing a home run at Elk Grove on Monday night. Elk Grove won the game 6-2 to earn a share of the MSL East crown, and Schaumburg ended up clinching a share of the MSL West title in spite of the loss.

    Schaumburg’s in, and Elk Grove’s hopeful

    Scoreboard watching was in full swing in Arlington Heights, Elk Grove and Mt. Prospect on Monday. But it was the 2014 version — with emails, texts, Twitter feeds and website-following. When the screens cleared, Schaumburg had lost its game to Elk Grove 6-2 — but the Saxons still won the right to represent the Mid-Suburban League’s West Division in the league championship game, as Hersey beat Barrington 2-1 about 45 minutes later. With Elk Grove’s victory, the Grenadiers (19-9, 10-5) won the opportunity to determine their own destiny in the East Division. Elk Grove plays at Palatine on Tuesday with the opportunity to clinch outright. The Grens lead both Hersey (15-13-1, 10-6) and Prospect (17-11-1, 10-6), which beat Conant 3-2, by a half-game.

    Haley Widmayer

    Believe it — Hampshire a conference softball champion

    When Stacey Stepek took over as Hampshire’s head softball coach last season, she made it clear one of her top goals was to bring a winning attitude to a program that had struggled over the years to be a consistent winner. Consider Monday a huge step in that direction. Junior Haley Widmayer fired a 2-hitter and the Whip-Purs made 4 first-inning runs stand up in a 4-1 win at Crystal Lake Central that clinched Hampshire’s first conference championship in softball since the 1981 team shared the title in the now-defunct Big Eight Conference.


    South Elgin charges back to beat Bartlett

    The South Elgin softball team fell behind by 5 runs with Bartlett threatening to increase the lead in the second inning Monday. The Storm got out off a bases-loaded, one-out jam and rallied from a 6-1 deficit to defeat the Hawks, 9-7, in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division play in South Elgin.


    Girls soccer / Top 20 rankings
    Waubonsie Valley, Barrington and Buffalo Grove have secured the top three spots in the Daily Herald's rankings of area high school girls soccer teams.


    Baseball / Top 20 rankings
    Mundelein, Libertyville and Batavia have secrured the top three spots in the Daily Herald's ranking of the top area high school baseball teams.

    Grayslake Central pitcher Brittany Brown focuses on a Grayslake North batter during Monday’s game.

    Brown’s cool performance lifts Grayslake Central

    Grayslake Central (20-10) earned its second straight 10-run win over rival Grayslake North on Monday. Rams pitcher Brittany Brown helped her own cause with a single, double and walk in the 11-1, six-inning romp.

    Wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who has agreed on a new three-year contract extension with the Bears worth $30 million, would be a centerpiece on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

    Really now, Bears just right for reality TV

    Brandon Marshall's busy Monday alone qualifies him to be a compelling character for "Hard Knocks" on HBO. His teammates could come along for the ride whether the Bears want them to or not.

    Alfonso Soriano returns to Wrigley Field this week for the first time since his trade to the New York Yankees last July.

    Ex-Cubs factor in full swing as Yankees visit Wrigley

    The New York Yankees visit Wrigley Field beginning Tuesday, and the ex-Cubs factor will be in full effect, starting with Yankees manager Joe Girardi. But it will be most interesting to see the kind of reception Alfonso Soriano gets in his first visit to Wrigley since being traded to New York last summer.


    Girls soccer playoff scouting / Northwest

    Here's a look at the girls soccer postseason, from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League and St. Viator.

    Warren’s Kim Gotlund, here competing with Warren in the vault finals in the girls gymnastics state meet, has been selected for a Mid-American Conference Medal of Excellence for her efforts at Northern Illinois.

    Gotlund’s got an Excellence medal

    Northern Illinois University senior Kim Gotlund, a member of the women’s gymnastics team, has been named a recipient of the first Mid-American Conference Medals of Excellence. The Medal of Excellence is a new award that will be presented annually to one male and one female student-athlete from each league school.

    Bears offensive guard Kyle Long (75) made tremendous progress during his rookie season, and Bears coaches say he has shown great growth during the off season as well.

    Bears coaches pumped over Long’s development

    The progress made by 2013 first-round draft pick Kyle Long has been nothing short of sensational, according to Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer.


    Smoldering finish for Smoy at Knox

    Erik Smoy is finishing his career at Knox College in style. He has been named to the Midwest Conference All-South Division baseball team for the third consecutive time. The Prairie Fire outfielder is one of the 10 position players named to the team. Smoy, who excelled at Hoffman Estates in high school, hit .349 with 1 home run, 49 RBI, a team-high 53 hits, 26 runs and 11 stolen bases.

    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who signed a $30 million contract extension with the team, is pledging $1 million of his pay to benefit mental illness.

    Bears give Marshall 3-year, $30-million extension

    Brandon Marshall, who has compiled the two most productive back-to-back receiving seasons in Bears history, was rewarded on Monday with a three-year, $30-million contract extension that runs through the 2017 season.


    Bears sign rookie running back and safety

    The Chicago Bears added to their training camp roster Monday by announcing the signings of running back Senorise Perry and safety Marcus Trice. The Bears also waived punter Drew Butler and running back Willie Carter.


    Softball: Top 20 rankings
    Benet, Downers Grove South and Downers Grove North are the top 3 teams in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 softball rankings.

    In this May 3, 2014, file photo, jockey Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to win the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Belmont Park officials said Monday they will allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes.

    California Chrome cleared to wear nasal strip

    California Chrome can breathe easy — he may wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.


    Mike North video: Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love?
    The Bulls need a solid offensive player, and Mike North believes Kevin Love, who is being wooed by Derrick Rose, might be a better fit for the Bulls.

    Foundation sand from cracked cement covers seats inside the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The 80,000-seat indoor stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, Wrestlemania and concerts by Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.

    Everything must go: Silverdome’s assets for sale

    PONTIAC, Mich. — The Pontiac Silverdome once was THE place to see big events. The 80,000-seat indoor stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, WrestleMania, a papal visit and concerts by Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Nowadays, the venue north of Detroit is a shell of its former self. Its roof is in tatters, allowing the elements to wreak havoc on the seats and turf below. A lack of electrical power has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting pretty much anything and everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday.Among the items available for bidding are pretzel warmers, a boxing ring, a Zamboni turf machine, flat-screen televisions and scoreboards.

    Can baseball players hurt their game by getting to the ballpark too early before games? Some managers believe that’s the case.

    Getting a handle on baseball’s time warp

    Is it sacrilegious to wonder if baseball players, coaches and managers spend too much time at the ballpark? Len Kasper thinks so, and he's not a lone voice on the subject.

    White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale, who is on the disabled list with a flexor injury to his throwing arm, is due back soon. Chris Rongey recommends that you enjoy watching Sale pitch for as long as he can.

    Why do pitchers keep getting injured?

    At some point this week, the White Sox will celebrate the return of Chris Sale to a pitching rotation that desperately needs him. Although some of the work turned out by the starting staff has been strong, the results have been mostly inconsistent — especially since Sale left for the disabled list last month. As has been broadly discussed this season, the Sox aren’t the only team with the same problem. All you have to do is take a look around Major League Baseball and you’ll find some of the best pitchers and players on the DL and missing significant time — many in their low-to-mid 20s.



    Open-book management latest trend in business

    The phrase “open-book management” means everyone has access to everything. Employees can see where waste — even small, forgettable kinds of wasteful behavior like frittering away office supplies — hurt the bottom line. Workers don't need to quietly speculate about how much money was going to the ownership group, since the numbers were right there.

    1967 Ford Mustang

    1967 Ford Mustang once cheap college wheels

    A cheap set of wheels is a must have for any college student — something easy on the wallet but big on fun. Pat Mondy of Inverness found both in his 1967 Ford Mustang.

    Attorney General Eric Holder, right, with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen listening, outlines Monday how the Justice Department charged Credit Suisse AG with helping wealthy Americans avoid paying taxes through offshore accounts.

    Credit Suisse charged in tax evasion case

    European bank Credit Suisse AG pleaded guilty Monday to helping wealthy Americans avoid paying taxes through secret offshore accounts and agreed to pay about $2.6 billion. The Justice Department said it was the largest penalty imposed in any criminal tax case. It is also the largest bank to plead guilty in more than 20 years.

    Weichai America may turn this building into its North American headquarters.

    Suburb fights to hold onto Weichai America

    Rolling Meadows is fighting to keep Weichai America Corp.’s national headquarters and planned research and development facility in town. Weichai bought the two-story former Unilever building at 3100 Golf Road about two years ago, but the company is mulling a move to Canada.

    The stock market drifted to a higher finish on Monday. With no major new economic data to chew on, investors focused on a batch of news on corporate deals, including AT&T’s proposed takeover of satellite TV provider DirecTV.

    Stocks edge higher after drifting in early trading

    Stocks finished slightly higher on Monday, adding to the small gains the market carved out at the end of last week. A dearth of fresh economic data had many investors focusing on headline-grabbing corporate deals, including a $48.5 billion bid by AT&T to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV and a joint venture between Johnson Controls and a Chinese company that will form the world's largest maker of automotive interiors.


    DuPage County men indicted in mortgage scheme

    Two DuPage County men were among six people indicted recently by a federal grand jury on mortgage fraud charges. Prosecutors said the men are accused of causing buyers to fraudulently obtain mortgages from various lenders to purchase condominiums in Chicago.

    A federal judge has ruled against an online retailer that tried to force a Utah couple to pay $3,500 over a critical online review.

    Judge rules vs. firm’s charge for negative review

    A federal judge has ruled against an online retailer that tried to force a Utah couple to pay $3,500 over a critical online review. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson entered a default judgment on April 30 in favor of John and Jen Palmer of Layton after KlearGear.com failed to respond to the couple’s lawsuit.

    AT&T says it is buying DirecTV for $95 per share, or $49 billion, a move that gives the telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which agreed to a merger in February.

    AT&T aims for TV’s future with $48.5B DirecTV deal

    AT&T says it views its planned $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV as a way to help redefine the video entertainment industry, giving it opportunities to bundle services and tap into growing Latin American markets. AT&T Inc.’s proposed transaction primes it for the age of Internet-delivered video.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS AT&T says it is buying DirecTV for $95 per share, or $49 billion, a move that gives the telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which agreed to a merger in February.

    What consumers can expect from AT&T, DirecTV deal

    Ready to bundle your mobile phone and TV bills together? That is one of the changes customers can expect if AT&T Inc.’s proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is approved by regulators. Here’s a quick look at the consumer impact of the deal, based on information provided by the companies:

    President Barack Obama speaking with Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. President Obama is drawing attention to foreign investments in the United States, convening business leaders at the White House this week to advertise success stories in the face of continuing public anxieties over the economy.

    Obama touts foreign investments as success story

    While in Brussels for talks with European leaders in March, President Barack Obama held a little-noticed meeting with executives of a Belgian aerospace company. It was barely a footnote in a trip dominated by tensions with Russia over Ukraine. But the meeting was the capstone of a lengthy courtship by the Obama administration and the state of Oklahoma to attract ASCO Industries to Stillwater, Okla., to build a new $125 million production facility.

    Jeff Cercy, co-owner of Workout Anytime, and his team recently opened a location in Buffalo Grove.

    Workout Anytime expands in Buffalo Grove, Wauconda

    We interview Jeff Cercy, co-owner of Workout Anytime in Buffalo Grove and Wauconda.

    Bruce Josten listens during a news conference at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington. While the U.S. economy has been slowly improving since the end of the Great Recession five years ago, a substantial number of the new jobs are being filled by part-time and “contract” workers. “Some people don’t want to be a full-time employee. They want contract work,” said Josten, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    Temporary jobs on rise in today’s shifting economy

    While the U.S. economy has improved since the Great Recession ended five years ago, part-time and “contract” workers are filling many of the new jobs. Contract workers made up less than half of one percent of all U.S. employment in the 1980s but now account for 2.3 percent. Economists predict contract workers will play a larger role in the years ahead.

    A gold pocket watch owned by Babe Ruth has sold for $650,108 at an auction in Southern California.

    Babe Ruth’s watch fetches more than $650,000

    A gold pocket watch owned by Babe Ruth has sold for $650,108 at an auction in Southern California. SCP Auctions said Sunday that the watch was from the 25th anniversary celebration in 1948 of the opening of Yankee Stadium. The stadium came to be dubbed “The House That Ruth Built” because of the number of fans the baseball legend drew to the venue.

    Rene Bruelhart, director of the Financial Information Authority, meets the journalists at the Vatican. The Vatican has seen a spike in the number of suspicious financial transactions being reported as its troubled bank goes through its books to review accounts.

    Vatican’s suspicious transactions jump in 2013

    The Vatican has seen a spike in the number of suspicious financial transactions being reported as its troubled bank goes through its books to review accounts. The Vatican’s financial watchdog agency released its annual report Monday. The report showed that there were 202 suspicious transactions reported to the Financial Information Authority in 2013 compared with only six a year earlier and just one in 2011.


    A disconnect: What you say, what employees hear

    Aargh! The strategic approach you described to your sales team on Monday became five different approaches on Tuesday, though each sales person believed he, or she, was in step with the program.

    Paul V. Finamore

    Race for hair kept Finamore busy for more than 50 years

    Kukec's People features Paul V. Finamore, a former Marine sergeant and Marine sky diver, who is now marking more than 50 years as founder and chairman of Hairline Creations.

Life & Entertainment

    Comedian Jeremy Hotz continues his standup gig at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg through Sunday, May 25.

    Weekend picks: Comedian Jeremy Hotz plays Showcase

    See the acclaimed Canadian comedian Jeremy Hotz continue his standup engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. The six-member country band Bella Cain headlines at Durty Nellie's in Palatine. And the Geneva Coin Club hosts its Memorial Day Weekend Coin Show at the Holiday Inn in Elgin Sunday. All this and more in the suburbs and city this weekend.

    “Just As I Am” is the latest release by Brantley Gilbert.

    Brantley Gilbert’s star-making album

    Everybody in Nashville has been predicting Brantley Gilbert will be the next big thing in country music for a couple of years now. His new album, the long-awaited “Just as I Am,” is engineered to make that little bit of soothsaying a reality. The tracks on “Just as I Am” follow the blueprint for modern country success. There’s the drinking song — first single “Bottoms Up” is already a No. 1 hit. There’s a song about his hometown called “Lights of My Hometown.” And he makes sure he defines himself for his female fans on the opener, “If You Want a Bad Boy.”

    Cinematographer Gordon Willis poses with his honorary Oscar following The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2009 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Willis died at age 82.

    ‘Godfather’ cinematographer Gordon Willis dies

    Gordon Willis, one of Hollywood’s most celebrated and influential cinematographers, nicknamed “The Prince of Darkness” for his subtle but indelible touch on such definitive 1970s releases as “The Godfather,” “Annie Hall” and “All the President’s Men,” has died. He was 82.

    Andi Dorfman and Eric Hill share a moment on the premiere episode of “The Bachelorette,” which airs at 8:30 p.m. Monday on ABC. Hill died in a paragliding accident shortly after he was sent home from the show.

    Andi Dorfman: Being on ‘Bachelorette’ isn’t easy

    Andi Dorfman dropped out of the competition last season on “The Bachelor,” saying Juan Pablo Galavis seemed too self-centered and disrespectful, earning her support from viewers and ultimately the spot of ABC’s newest “Bachelorette.” As her season on “The Bachelorette” was set to kick off at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dorfman says she’s “definitely glad” she’s on the show, but adds the process is difficult and makes her understand what Galavis went through.

    On Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories,” there’s little piano, guitar or percussion, and there are few memorable melodies or surprises.

    Love, loss and lots of synthesizers from Coldplay

    Chris Martin’s breakup album deals with love and loss in generalities rather than specifics. But then, not many words rhyme with “Gwyneth.” “I’m ready for the pain,” Coldplay’s frontman sings on “Oceans.” “I’m ready for a change.” Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announced in March they were uncoupling after more than a decade of marriage, which intensified anticipation Coldplay might stray from its familiar formula on the band’s sixth album, “Ghost Stories.”

    “Yooper” is one of the 150 new words appearing in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and the company’s free online database. The term refers to native or longtime residents of the Michigan’s Lake Superior region known for a distinctive manner of speaking and its Scandinavian roots.

    Merriam-Webster adds da ‘Yoopers’ to dictionary

    Da “Yoopers” up dere in da U.P., Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, have hit it big with inclusion of their nickname in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and the company’s free online database. The moniker for native or longtime residents of the Lake Superior region known for a distinctive manner of speaking and its Scandinavian roots was among 150 new words announced Monday by the Springfield, Massachusetts, company. Many of the other new words and terms stem from digital life and social media — spoiler alert, hashtag, selfie and tweep — while others are food driven, including pho and turducken.

    Robin Thicke enlisted the public during the Billboard Music Awards to help him convince estranged wife Paula Patton to give him a second chance.

    Plenty of memorable moments at Billboard Awards

    Moments. Every awards show producer craves moments, the things they'd love for us to spend our Monday mornings talking about and marveling over. The Billboard Music Awards had a fair number Sunday night — some funny, some weird, some kind of creepy even.

    The popular 1950s crooner Jerry Vale has died at his California home. He was 83.

    1950s crooner Jerry Vale dies in California at 83

    Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83.

    In the upcoming months, charming indies and raunchy comedies, like “Neighbors” starring Zac Efron, will appeal to those looking for films that reflect their own lives.

    Summer movies highlight shift from 20s to 30s

    Films about transitioning to adulthood have been a Hollywood staple for years. Some of today’s biggest stars got their start as 20-somethings in mostly carefree coming-of-age movies. But what about the often more complicated progression from our 20s to 30s? There have generally been fewer of those treatments on the big screen — that is, until now.


    Heart failure diagnosis does not mean death is imminent

    Q: I was just diagnosed with heart failure. So far, my symptoms have been mild. What can I do to make sure they don’t get worse?

    Palatine author Valerie Okleshen will talk about her weight-loss journey on May 21 at Midtown in Palatine.

    Palatine woman inspires with her weight loss

    Valerie Okleshen’s weight-loss journey started like so many other women. She had been an “average, normal weight.” After college, she started working a full-time desk job. “And I just started packing on the weight.” The story of her journey, which resulted in a 70-pound weight loss, is captured in her self-published book, “Two Hundred to Grapes.” Okleshen will be speaking about it at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at Midtown Athletic Club, 1760 N. Hicks Road in Palatine.


    The real truth about teething

    Fussy and feverish, the toddler was having a really bad evening. Her mom was calling for some advice, knowing it was a long shot, but hoping to blame all of her daughter’s misery on teething.

    Winner of the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge, John Bohanek of South Elgin, talks about some of the highs and lows of the 12-week journey he shared with his fellow contestants and trainers.

    Fittest Loser contestants all winners for losing weight

    The energy was magnetic last Thursday at Eaglewood Resort and Spa, host resort of the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge Finale. After 12 grueling weeks of one-on-one sessions with their Push Fitness personal trainers, in Saturday boot camp workouts and working out on their own, the five contestants looked more alive, alert and alluring than ever before. And they should have. Combined, they lost a whopping 285 pounds, including 42 inches from their waists! While John Bohanek won the overall competition, all of the contestants are winners for losing weight.

    Wood Dale Heavyweights’ Stephanie DiMaso was the overall community champion of the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge.

    ‘Happy’ theme for Fittest Loser Corporate, Community Challenge teams

    Pharrell William’s effervescent tune, “Happy” was the surefire soundtrack of the final night of the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge as Corporate and Community Challenge teams collected their kudos. The teams, that included 194 participants from local park districts, businesses, government offices, and health, cultural and educational institutions, reveled in their new found sense of accomplishment and wellness at the event last Thursday held at Eaglewood Resort in Itasca.

    Twelve weeks later and 32 pounds lighter.

    Energy, stamina and confidence worth the workout battle scars
    What a bittersweet time to have the Fittest Loser Challenge end, says Fittest Loser journalist Lisa Jones Townsel. In her words: While the nutrition plan was strict and the exercise regimen extra hard, it’s now time to face life on my own … a graduation, if you will. But there is no way that I will soon forget this enormous learning experience. Along the way, I tried to take mental notes about what the important matters were that the trainers all stressed. Now I just have to keep it going.


    Final results for Fittest Loser contestants — in order of place
    And the winner is ... After 12 weeks and lots of hard work, the winner of the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge is announced at Eaglewood Resort.

    Maya Rudolph premieres the variety-series inspired special “The Maya Rudolph Show” on NBC Monday.

    Variety is spice of Maya Rudolph’s TV special

    There’s no kitchen sink, but Maya Rudolph has thrown just about everything else into the opening number of her variety series-inspired NBC special, “The Maya Rudolph Show.” “There’s comedy and music and special guests and animals,” the “Saturday Night Live” alum said in a recent interview. The show premieres at 9 p.m. Monday.

    Alice Tanner (Vanessa Kirby) makes a discovery at an archaeological dig in France that ties her to the past in “Labyrinth,” airing on The CW.

    History meets fiction in miniseries ‘Labyrinth’

    Fiction and history come together on The CW Thursday and Friday, May 22-23, with “Labyrinth,” based on the work of author Kate Mosse. The TV miniseries adaptation of Mosse’s 2005 novel happens in one place — the town of Carcassonne in the southwest of France — but in two eras separated by centuries but connected by a search for the Holy Grail.

    Fewer than 2 percent of toddlers see a dentist by the age of 2, a new study found.

    Your health: Few children see dentist by age 2
    A Toronto study published in the journal Pediatrics finds fewer than 1 percent of children see a dentist by age 1. And fewer than 2 percent of toddlers make it by the age of 2.

    By planting vegetables from a different family in a problem area each year, you minimize the chances of a repeat infection.

    Reduce pest problems by rotating vegetable crops

    The easiest way to reduce pest problems and avoid using chemical controls in the vegetable garden is to rotate crops. Many insects and diseases attack a number of related vegetables within the same plant family.



    Eye protection crucial in chemistry class
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I applaud Ms. Falguni Soni (the high school teacher recently featured on your front page May 12) for her ardent desire to instruct her students in science and particularly in chemistry. She must, however, set a good example in all aspects of chem lab protocol, the most important of which is safety. I see that she is not wearing any eye protection as she conducts her chemical experiment.


    Urban violence is war zone
    A Lake Villa letter to the editor: When is enough, enough? There were 15 shootings on a recent night in Chicago. Here are a couple of other random examples: on a another day in April, 36 people were shot in 36 hours, and over one weekend last year in July, there were 72 shootings


    Kennel annexation disregards neighborhood
    A Lake Villa letter to the editor: On April 9, the Lake Villa Board of Trustees voted to annex Shag Bark Kennel on Wittenburg Drive over the objections of the residents on Wittenburg Drive. In fact, most of the residents on Wittenburg Drive had signed a petition ob


    Vote for sincere people who want to lead
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Folks, we are citizens of one of the best-educated, intellectually capable nations to ever inhabit this planet. There are certainly honest, sincere, intelligent people among us, no matter their political party affiliation, who are capable of eliminating the economic mess of the state of Illinois.


    Money sent, will keep politicians in office
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I couldn’t develop any interest in the primaries, and so far I feel the same about the general election. From now until November, we’ll hear lots more from candidates. They’ll be avoiding pointed questions, misrepresenting the truth about opponents and trying to convince us voters that our interests come before the interests of the big-money benefactors.


    Glad to hear how well teens are doing
    Letter to the editor: Sheila Barrett of Elk Grove Village was delighted last week to read about the achievements of suburban high school students - both in academics and in the auto skills competition.


    Disabled residents need 5% tax hike
    Letter to the editor: Wayne A. Kulick, executive director of the Countryside Association For People with Disabilities, in Palatine, says the consequences are dire for disabled residents if the 5% tax hike is not made permanent.


    Postal workers food drive a huge help
    Letter to the editor: Barrington Township Supervisor Gene Dawson and food pantry manager Barbara Janssen express their gratitude to Barrington area letter carriers for the annual food drive that stocks the township food pantry.


    Sharing the same path not the answer
    Letter to the editor: Larry J. Powitz walks the path at Lake Arlington and is adamant that while the new rules will help, as long as walkers and bicycles share the path, the danger remains


    Redistricting might tame extremism
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: Your April 29 front page coverage of the Illinois Independent Redistricting Amendment was both revealing and disheartening. To characterize it as a Republican strategy, or as Mike Madigan suggested “politics as usual” is misguided.


    Charter schools do need oversight
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: Mike Tennis, in his April 29 letter, espouses charter schools and calls for “anti-charter” legislation to be opposed. In support of his position he offers us one fact gleaned from his interpretation of a Wall Street Journal article, which in turn was the Journal’s take on a study by Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes.


    They act like royalty, not public servants
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: They rule by decree. Most often without the fetters of the Constitution or laws of any kind. For them, the laws are to be obeyed by others.


    Boy Scout support helps veterans
    A Roselle letter to the editor: Thank you to all the community members who attended the Roselle Veterans Memorial Spaghetti Dinner that was hosted by Boy Scout Troops 95, 194 and 408. It was truly a great community event.


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