Daily Archive : Wednesday May 21, 2014


    Images from the Willows Academy graduation on Sunday, May 25th at the school in Des Plaines

    Images: Willows Academy graduation
    Willows Academy held its graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 25 at the school in Des Plaines.

    The Cubs and owners of rooftop venues across the street from Wrigley Field appeared to be headed toward the legal equivalent of bench-clearing brawl, after the team announced Thursday it will now push to erect more signs in the outfield than the city has approved.

    Cubs-rooftop owners rivalry heats up

    The Cubs and owners of rooftop venues across the street from Wrigley Field appeared to be headed toward the legal equivalent of bench-clearing brawl, after the team announced Thursday it will now push to erect more signs in the outfield than the city has approved.

    Chicago aviation officials estimate more than 1.5 million travelers will go through the city’s airports this Memorial Day holiday weekend.

    Chicago airports expect 1.5M holiday travelers

    Chicago aviation officials estimate more than 1.5 million travelers will go through the city’s airports this Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Chicago Aviation Department released numbers on Wednesday. They say about 1.1 million passengers will travel through O’Hare International Airport from Thursday through Tuesday.


    Waubonsee College board OKs 3.75 percent pay increases for administrators

    Waubonsee Community College trustees Wednesday decided to raise the pay of the college's administrators, including its president, 3.75 percent come July 1. Only those administrators who meet or exceed performance expectations wll receive the raises.

    Captain Trevor White

    Round Lake Area Exchange Club names May hometown hero

    The Round Lake Area Exchange Club has named U.S. Army Captain Trevor White as its May hometown hero.


    Wheaton cops, school investigating 'dummy' social media accounts

    Wheaton police are investigating “dummy” social media accounts that recently posted inappropriate images involving Edison Middle School students and staff, according to district officials. Edison Middle School families received an email from Principal Rachel Bednar Tuesday afternoon stating that the school is working with police to investigate and resolve the issue.

    Brewster, an 11-year-old German shepherd bred in Czechoslovakia, is retiring from Bartlett police's canine unit. “He is not just my partner, he's part of my family,” said his handler, officer Michael Kmiecik.

    Brewster, Bartlett police's reliable K-9, stepping down

    Brewster, a reliable K-9 with Bartlett police, is stepping down after nearly a decade on the job. The 11-year-old dog has sniffed out drugs, weapons and dozens of suspects alongside his handler, Officer Michael Kmiecik. "He is not just my partner, he's part of my family," he said.

    Former Lake County Chief Judge David Hall, 61, died Tuesday

    Longtime judge known for wit and intellect

    David Hall, 61, former chief judge in Lake County circuit court, died Tuesday at home in Waukgan. He was appointed an associate judge in 1989. "Judge David Hall was a man of superb intellect and marvelous wit who never let go of his fascination with history and love of music, particularly rock and roll," Chief Judge John Phillips said in a statement.

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said he’ll ask lawmakers to adopt a pared-back budget because Democrats aren’t supporting an extension of the 2011 tax hike so far.

    Madigan: Votes not there to extend 5% income tax rate

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan told lawmakers to start drafting a pared-back budget after polling of his fellow Democrats showed they had barely half the votes they need to extend the 2011 income tax hike. Suburban Democrats are among those not on board. “We all asked the governor yesterday, ‘Do you have a Plan B? Because this isn’t working,’” said Rep.


    Waukegan fire contained to one apartment

    A fire started in a six-unit apartment in Waukegan Wednesday evening, but firefighters were able to keep it contained to one unit, officials said.


    Two-car crash in Lincolnshire sends 4 to hosptial

    A two-vehicle crash in Lincolnshire Wednesday night sent four people to the hospital, fire officials said.

    Hannah Brewer smiles as she watches classmates enter the auditorium.

    Images: East Leyden High School graduation
    East Leyden High School held its graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 21, at the Rosemont Theatre

    Richard Perez waves to friends calling out his name from the stands.

    Images: Batavia High School graduation
    Batavia High School held its graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 21, at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb

    Naperville police officer Grif Lippencott and his partner, Maximus, make up the department’s newest K-9 team. They specialize in searching for drugs, following scents to find people and searching areas for evidence.

    New Naperville K-9 unit already ‘phenomenal’ at finding drugs

    On a good day, Naperville police officer Grif Lippencott’s partner will do a lot of sitting. That’s because Maximus, the four-legged member of the city’s K-9 unit, tends to sit when he finds drugs. “A good day is finding dope,” Lippencott said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

    President Barack Obama moved Wednesday to address the growing furor over allegations of misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, summoning VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to an Oval Office meeting, hours before the House was scheduled to vote on a bill that would grant the secretary more authority to fire or demote senior executives.

    Obama vows fix to veterans’ health care troubles

    With outrage mounting over veterans’ health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at VA hospitals will not be tolerated, and he left open the possibility that Secretary Eric Shinseki, a disabled war veteran, could be held to account.


    Equal Rights ratification effort advances

    A resolution calling for Illinois to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment is advancing in the legislature. Illinois is one of 15 states that haven’t adopted the proposed amendment in the 40 years since it was sent to the states for ratification.

    In this frame grab taken from video posted to YouTube, people dance to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” on a rooftop in Tehran, Iran. Police in Iran arrested the six young people seen on the video.

    ’Happy’ video arrests highlight tensions in Iran

    An Internet video of six young Iranian men and women dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” has led to their arrests, showing how far Tehran will go to halt what it deems to be decadent Western behavior — despite the views of its moderate president. Criticism outside Iran was predictably swift Wednesday, with calls for freedom for the jailed youths zipping around social...


    Train hits car stuck on tracks in Aurora

    A train struck a vehicle in Aurora Wednesday morning after the car got trapped between the crossing gates on Ogden Avenue.


    Bicyclist, 12, hit by car in Aurora

    An Aurora boy was seriously injured Wednesday morning when he was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle, police said.

    Anthony Flores

    Elgin man accused of car burglary

    An alert Elgin resident noticed a stranger in a friend’s car Tuesday and called police, which led to burglary charges, police said.

    A Regional Express Train, or TER, is stationed along a platform at the Saint Lazare station in Paris. Engineers at the French railway network forgot to measure the actual distance between lines and platforms, before ordering 341 new trains, which were to be introduced between now and 2016. It will cost $68 million to fix the problem. Nearly 1,300 stations are just a few inches too narrow.

    French join the list of costly engineering errors

    They measured the new trains, they checked against the latest specs on the book. But engineers at the French railway network forgot to go and measure the actual distance between tracks and platforms — a mistake that will cost $68 million to fix. Nearly 1,300 stations are just a few inches too narrow for the 341 new trains that were to be introduced between now and 2016.

    Parents of children with epilepsy say consuming the oil from marijuana reduces seizures and doesn’t make children feel high.

    House OKs cannabis for kids with epilepsy

    The Illinois House has approved legislation that would let minors with epilepsy use medical marijuana. Lawmakers voted 98-18 Wednesday in favor of the measure.

    Michelle Lee

    Evanston woman guilty of selling fatal heroin dose to Vernon Hills teen

    A Lake County jury has found an Evanston woman guilty of selling the heroin that led to the overdose death of a 15-year-old Vernon Hills High School girl in 2011. Michelle Lee, 21, faces up to 7 years in prison when she is due to be sentenced July 10.

    William Roletter, left, and Paul Rowe, apply for their marriage certificate Wednesday at City Hall in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania became the final Northeastern state and the 19th in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage. Republican Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday he would not appeal a federal judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s 1996 ban.

    Gay marriage battle spreads to Montana, beyond

    Montana on Wednesday joined 28 other states with legal battles over gay marriage, while same-sex couples in Pennsylvania spent their first full day applying for marriage licenses knowing the governor wouldn’t stand in their way.

    Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue speaks to supporters at a primary election night party Tuesday in Atlanta. Perdue will face Jack Kingston in a run-off election.

    Georgia GOP primary cost nearly $30 per vote

    Winning votes isn’t cheap. News: The first round of Republican Senate primary voting in Georgia cost seven campaigns and outside groups at least $29.17 per vote. The two candidates who led in spending — businessman David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston — still have two months of campaigning before a July 22 runoff. By comparison, the candidate who won the Democratic primary,...

    This is a composite showing different views of a comb jelly known as Pleurobrachia bachei. University of Florida researchers investigated the genes of this and other comb jelly species, and found the mysterious creatures evolved a unique nervous system in a different way than other animals.

    ’Aliens of sea’ provide new insight into evolution

    Exotic sea creatures called comb jellies may reshape how scientists view early evolution — as their genes suggest nature created more than one way to make a nervous system. These beautiful but little-known translucent animals often are called “aliens of the sea,” for good reason. Somehow, they rapidly regenerate lost body parts. Some even can regrow a very rudimentary brain.

    Daily Herald File Photo/Mark Black, April 2002 Who should pay to extend Route 53?

    Tollway advises Lake County to ante up for Route 53

    If you want a $2.9 billion environmentally friendly parkway with a speed limit of 45 mph, you need to chip in for the cost, was the message to Lake County folks backing an extension of Route 53 from Illinois tollway officials. Tollway Director and Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner likened the situation to buying a new car where “besides the base model, you want a sun roof and sound system but in...

    Vernon Hills crews on Tuesday removed ash trees from the planter on Butterfield Road as part of its continuing battle against the emerald ash borer.

    Ash tree removal program hits high gear in Vernon Hills

    Vernon Hills crews on Wednesday continued the ongoing battle against the emerald ash borer. The village expects to remove 1,130 ash trees this year and 1,100 next year as the impact of the tree killing beetles hits its peak. "Once we get past these two years, it will be at a more manageable level," said David Brown, village engineer/public works director.


    Court hears arguments on stash-house stings, race

    The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has heard oral arguments on whether agents engage in racial profiling by staging stash-house drug stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods in Chicago.


    Not enough signatures for redistricting referendum

    The group that wants to take the politically powerful process of drawing election maps away from Illinois lawmakers is facing more challenges after election authorities found that a majority of petition signatures needed to put the question to voters were invalid.

    Julian Perez of Roselle has withdrawn his application to convert a former sheet metal fabricating building in Bloomingdale into a shooting sports facility, village officials said. It’s unclear whether he will resubmit the request.

    Application withdrawn for Bloomingdale gun range

    It’s unclear whether a proposed shooting sports facility will happen in Bloomingdale after the man behind the project withdrew his application with the village. Bloomingdale officials say Julian Perez notified them late last week that he was withdrawing his request to convert a vacant building at 7 N. Circle Ave. into a facility with two pistol ranges, a rifle range and a private range.


    Summer concerts at preserve:

    Outdoor concerts will be staged this summer at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville.


    Arlington Heights Park District to allow grilling

    The Arlington Heights Park District will allow grilling in designated areas of nine parks this summer. “The grilling areas were enhanced and improved to make sure people have more options,” park district Superintendent of Marketing and Communications Anita Pacheco said.


    District 79 special ed meeting:

    Fremont Elementary District 79 hosts a meeting Tuesday, May 27, at 3 p.m. to discuss plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2014-15 school year.

    The Illinois Supreme Court took arguments over whether red light cameras are unconstitutional.

    Attorney: Red-light cameras “nakedly” unconstitutional

    Attorneys for drivers who got red light tickets told the Illinois Supreme Court today the state law that allows for the traffic cameras in the suburbs is unconstitutional. In oral arguments before the high court, attorney Michael Reagan called the law “nakedly local” and unfair because it doesn’t apply statewide.

    The RTA board approved a $5 million ad campaign Wednesday.

    RTA invests $5 million for ads

    The RTA board endorsed spending $5 million for a marketing campaign that will include ads targeting reverse commuters, older adults and occasional riders.


    Kane Co. may restrict concealed carry for on-duty employees

    Kane County employees will not be able to carry concealed weapons in county buildings or wherever they may travel on county business under a new policy suggested by the state's attorney's office. The policy comes as "risk management" proposition to deflect any possible law suits that could stem from firearms used by employees who aren't expected to carry weapons as part of their regular jobs.

    Sara Robledo, 6, of Fox Lake, displays a Round Lake Public Works tattoo during the first Round Lake Public Works Open House. Wednesday’s event featured public works, police and fire vehicles.

    Big trucks on display at public works open house

    Two-year-old Gabriel Nieto of Round Lake had a big smile on his face as he first sat behind the steering wheel of a snowplow, then a fire engine during the first Round Lake Public Works Open House on Wednesday.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Alfredo Quintero, 37, of Batavia, was charged with driving under the influence, DUI with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, speeding, no valid license, and squealing tires after a traffic stop at 1:20 a.m. Saturday at Crestwood Drive and Sullivan Road near Aurora, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Buffalo Grove Deputy Police Chief Mike Szos

    Buffalo Grove names new deputy police chief, promotes two other officers

    Three Buffalo Grove police officers with long and distinguished records with the department were rewarded this week with promotions.Former Cmdr. Mike Szos was sworn in as deputy chief; former Sgt. Roy Bethge was sworn in as commander; and former Cpl. Vince Positano was promoted to sergeant. “They all have outstanding careers,” Chief Steven Casstevens said.

    Residents filled the board room at Bloomingdale village hall Tuesday night to discuss Marklund’s plan to expand its school for children with autism. The plan commission is recommending the village reject the nonprofit organization’s request to build the nearly 12,000-square-foot addition.

    Bloomingdale panel rejects Marklund expansion again

    An advisory panel is standing by its view that Marklund shouldn’t be allowed to expand its school for children with autism in Bloomingdale. For the second time in five months, the Bloomingdale plan commission is recommending the village reject Marklund’s request to build a nearly 12,000-square-foot addition. The Tuesday night decision came despite Marklund revising its expansion...


    Barrington Rd, closures rescheduled

    Lane closures on the Barrington Road bridge over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway in Hoffman Estates have been rescheduled to occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 22. The closure of the left travel lane in both the northbound and southbound directions were originally scheduled for the middle of the night early Thursday.

    Tammy Duckworth

    Duckworth joins Roskam on Benghazi committee

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, has been named to the special committee charged with investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. Duckworth will join U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, on the panel.

    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 is among a growing number of suburban school districts that have implemented a one-to-one iPad program. Elgin Area School District U-46 is exploring the feasibility of having electronic devices in classrooms districtwide for its more than 40,000 students.

    U-46 considers digital devices for all students

    Elgin Area School District U-46 may join a growing number of districts switching from textbooks to tablets and other such digital devices in classrooms. The cost of outfitting the district’s 40,000 students with such devices could be huge. But first the district needs to better communicate with parents why students need the devices, said Melissa Lane, CAC curriculum committee chairwoman...


    Lightning strikes damage two Naperville houses

    Lightning strikes sparked two house fires Tuesday night in Naperville as storms swept through the area, authorities said.


    Lake in the Hills gets donations for veterans memorial

    Lake in the Hills is getting an injection of funds for its proposed veterans’ memorial to honor those who have served. The Lake in the Hills Rotary has pledged $45,000 in $15,000 installments over three years, and Castle Bank has pledged $10,000 spread over two years. Both groups will make the first installment of their respective pledges this week, said village board member Russ Ruzanski,...


    Mt. Prospect lodges protest vote over wages

    In what amounts to more of a symbolic protest than effective legislation, Mount Prospect trustees this week refused to adopt a state mandated ordinance requiring the village to pay “prevailing” wages to workers on public works projects like street repairs and landscaping. Trustees said the Prevailing Wage Act, which requires that contractors pay workers a state-dictated wage for...


    Glen Ellyn reading program benefits Willowbrook Wildlife Center

    The Glen Ellyn Public Library's summer reading program will also have a philanthropic twist this year. If the library reaches its reading goals, the Friends of the Glen Ellyn Public Library will donate enough money to help an injured or orphaned animal at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center.

    Woodland Elementary District 50 Superintendent Joy Swoboda discusses a lawsuit challenging a state agency’s decision allowing Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake to operate for another five years.

    Dist. 50: Legal tab worth fight against charter school

    Woodland Elementary District 50's board president says potential financial gain will outweigh legal bills from a lawsuit challenging a state agency's decision allowing Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake to stay open another five years.

    U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon

    Prosecutor says outreach part of anti-violence fight

    Chicago’s U.S. prosecutor says his battle to stem violence in the city includes federal participation in a new outreach program that seeks to persuade vulnerable youth to avoid crime. Zachary Fardon spoke Wednesday to a Chicago civic group about street violence.


    Military museum plans Memorial Day events

    Chicago’s Pritzker Military Museum & Library will mark the Memorial Day weekend by offering free access to exhibits and other events to the public.


    Theft suspect dies after police use stun gun

    Authorities say a South suburban man has died two weeks after police used a stun gun on him. The Cook County medical examiner says 23-year-old Dominique Franklin of Sauk Village died Tuesday afternoon.


    Quinn pushes for tax hike by showing school cuts

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s office has called attention to potential funding cuts to schools as part of an effort to extend the state’s temporary income tax increase. Quinn’s budget office said Wednesday that schools would see $875 million in cuts if the tax rate rolls back as scheduled.


    East St. Louis schools dismiss early after thefts

    Officials at four East St. Louis schools where thieves stole parts of air conditioners this month have sent students home early because of heat.


    Mom charged in 3-year-old’s beating death

    Prosecutors say a Chicago woman charged in the death of her 3-year-old daughter admitted she lied when she told police the child stopped breathing after a home invasion. Prosecutors alleged at a Wednesday hearing that 24-year-old Maria Espinoza-Perez beat the child to death.

    State Rep. Derrick Smith, a Chicago Democrat, is accused of taking a $7,000 bribe.

    Judge denies lawmaker’s request to delay trial

    A federal judge won’t postpone an Illinois lawmaker’s bribery trial so he can finish out the legislative session in Springfield.


    Proposal could let schools skip black history, driver’s ed

    Legislation allowing schools to opt out of teaching topics like driver’s education and black history has received backing from an Illinois Senate committee. The idea is to save money.

    Keith Farnham

    Farnham warned of dangers of child pornography in letter

    Former state Rep. Keith Farnham, who has been charged with having child pornography on his state-owned computer, had an official newsletter and brochure printed highlighting for constituents the dangers of child pornography and how parents can keep their children from being exploited on the Internet.

    Members of American Legion Post 75 walk the parade route during a previous Geneva Memorial Day parade and gathering at the West Cemetery.

    Memorial Day services in the Fox Valley

    List of Memorial Day services in the Fox Valley and Tri-Cities


    St. Charles to dedicate parking lot on Memorial Day

    Several activities will take place in St. Charles on Memorial Day, including cemetery services, a parade, a memorial ceremony at the Freedom Shrine, and dedication of a parking lot.

    Naperville City Council members cleared the way for Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins at the southeast corner of Hillside Road and Washington Street in place of the gas station.

    Naperville council OKs Dunkin' Donuts near downtown

    Plans for a Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins at the southeast corner of Hillside Road and Washington Street was OK'd by the Naperville City Council. Two earlier plans for the intersection, including a McDonald's, were turned down. “I'm gratified that this use has been found for it,” council member Robert Fieseler said.

    Talks continue to progress toward a formal merger between the Prairie Valley Family YMCA, which operates the Taylor Family Branch on Elgin’s west side and three other facilities, and the Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg. A final decision on the proposal is expected in the next few months, officials say.

    Schaumburg, Elgin YMCAs closer to merger

    The Alfred Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg and the four branches of the Elgin-based Prairie Valley Family YMCA are moving closer to a formal merger, with a final decision expected in the coming months. “The board has done numerous due-diligence activities. We are continuing to move down that road," said Gary Bublitz, president and CEO of the Campanelli Y.


    Round Lake’s Magee Middle School hosts mini relay

    John T. Magee Middle School in Round Lake recently hosted a smaller version of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

    Collectibles were among the items offered at a previous Prince of Peace rummage sale.

    Prince of Peace ready to host annual rummage sale

    At routes 83 and 132 in Lake Villa, the Prince of Peace Rummage Sale runs June 5-6 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and June 7 from 8 a.m. to noon.

    Lake County officials recently held a news conference at Rollins Road and Route 83 in Round Lake Beach to kick off the 2014 road construction season. In attendance, from left, were Rich Hill, mayor of Round Lake Beach; Diana O’Kelly, Lake County Board member and chairman of the board’s public works and transportation committee (rear); Paul Trigg, county engineer (at podium); and, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor.

    Road work, technology a priority for Lake County transportation officials

    Lake County officials recently held a news conference at Rollins Road and Route 83 in Round Lake Beach, the county’s largest transportation improvement to date, to kickoff to the 2014 road construction season.


    Giving birth to our hopes and dreams takes time

    Sometimes we are inpatient with the timetable of making our dreams come true. Annettee Budzban says everything takes time, and we must have a little faith.

    Courtesy WLUK-TV, Green Bay, Wisconsin Sgt. Heidi Ruh

    Investigation into Barrington soldier's death continues

    The U.S. Army continues its investigation into the death of a Wisconsin solider who had been living in Barrington. The Army says it does not suspect or have any evidence of foul play in the death of Sgt. Heidi Ruh, although it has not been ruled out.

    Ashley Wilson, left, and Lindsay Vandermay, right, both 29, react after getting their marriage license at the Philadelphia Marriage Bureau in City Hall, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday.

    Gay couples rush for licenses in Pennsylvania

    Same-sex couples in Pennsylvania clamored for marriage licenses after a judge ruled to allow the state to join the rest of the Northeast in legalizing gay weddings, with Philadelphia offices staying open late to handle a rush of applications. Under state law, couples must wait three days after their application to get married unless a sympathetic judge grants a waiver. Before three days pass...


    4 dead, several injured in California bus crash

    Authorities say at least four people were killed and several more suffered serious injuries when a passenger bus overturned on Interstate 10 in Southern California near the Arizona border.

    Sedona Police close off Oak Creak Canyon and turn around traffic in downtown Sedona, Ariz. near the downtown Sedona Arts Center on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, as fire crews work on a wildfire that closed 89A in the canyon, a popular tourist road.

    More crews headed to northern Arizona wildfire

    Hundreds of firefighters were pouring into northern Arizona on Wednesday to battle a wind-whipped wildfire burning in scenic Oak Creek Canyon near Slide Rock State Park. About 200 firefighters and other personnel are already assigned to the 450-acre Slide Fire, including five Hotshot crews, Coconino National Forest officials said Wednesday.

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies block off the scene of a triple homicide that occurred in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles, Calif., Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Carol Coronado, 30, was arrested on suspicion of murder, taken to a hospital for examination and then to a sheriff’s station for booking.

    California mom arrested in killing of 3 girls

    Several knives were recovered at a gruesome scene in Southern California where a mother was arrested in the killing of her three young daughters and taken from the scene covered in blood and wearing only a blanket, authorities and witnesses said.

    Kimberly Dauber

    Naperville girl among 2 from state going to National Youth Science Camp

    A Naperville girl is one of two Illinois high school students chosen to represent the state this summer at the prestigious National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia.

    Jagged streaks of lightning can be seen as a storm moves through Roselle on Tuesday evening.

    Suburbs cleaning up after storms roll through area

    People in DuPage County woke up to see damage from powerful storms Tuesday night. DuPage County seems to be the hardest area hit, with hail the size of golf balls, and 2 inches of rain reported in Naperville. The National Weather Service also has issued a flood advisory for DuPage and southern Cook counties after the storms dumped buckets of rain through the area.


    Letter from the Editor: An inspired vow to cover suburban challenges
    In a letter to readers, Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen says it's hard to predict yet whether the On The Table conversations the paper hosted will spawn any concrete civic initiatives but that there's no doubt that they will influence newspaper coverage of several challenges facing the suburbs.


    Third Rolling Meadows fire station back on table

    The Rolling Meadows City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to investigate building a third, small fire station on Algonquin Road. A month ago the council voted by the same margin to move both of the city's fire stations. Alderman Jim Larsen of the 7th Ward was the only supporter of moving the stations who voted for the study. “It is worth taking a look at, and that is all Alderman (John) D'Astice...


    Historic currency stolen from Peoria business

    Peoria police say someone has stolen more than $200,000 worth of historic currency from a business that evaluates its condition for collectors. According to the Journal Star in Peoria, the owner of K3B Inc. called police Sunday to report the missing notes.


    IDOT increases safety measures for holiday weekend

    Illinois transportation officials are increasing safety measures heading into the Memorial Day weekend. Motorists can expect to see hundreds more seat belt enforcement zones and other patrols across the state.


    3rd man pleads guilty in Illinois/Texas fake Viagra case
    A third man has pleaded guilty in a fake Viagra investigation linked to Texas and Illinois and thousands of pills shipped from China. Federal prosecutors in Houston say Nasif Baqla pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, to introduce misbranded prescription drugs into interstate commerce and to import such goods into the U.S.

    Burt “Sarge” Showers, left, a World War II veteran who served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur and later retired after teaching at two Northwest suburban high schools, now has a scholarship named in his honor. The scholarship, to be given annually to a Palatine High School senior, is funded by former student Ed Rogan, right.

    Ex-Palatine, Forest View teacher worked for Gen. MacArthur

    Burt “Sarge” Showers, a World War II veteran who served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur and later taught history at two suburban high schools, now has a scholarship named in his honor. The scholarship, to be given annually to a Palatine High School senior, will be awarded for the first time Wednesday night. “We had a great four years together,” former Palatine student Ed...

    A death penalty opponent picks up a sign at the start of a vigil outside St. Francis Xavier College Church hours before the scheduled execution of Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in St. Louis.

    Missouri inmate’s hopes rest with Supreme Court

    A Missouri inmate with a rare condition that affects the blood vessels was handed a reprieve less than two hours before his scheduled execution, but the state may end up killing him later Wednesday if the U.S. Supreme Court says it can.

    An Egyptian court has convicted ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak of embezzlement and sentenced him to three years in prison. Mubarak’s two sons, one-time heir apparent Gamal and wealthy businessman Alaa, were also convicted Wednesday of graft and sentenced to four years in prison each in the same case.

    Egypt’s Mubarak convicted of graft, gets 3 years

    A Cairo court on Wednesday convicted ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak of embezzlement, sentencing him to three years in prison. The graft case against the 86-year-old Mubarak, who is kept in custody at a military hospital, is one of two against the former president who was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011 after nearly three decades in power.

    Spanish bullfighter Antonio Nazare is tossed by a Los Chospes ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Bullfighting is a tradition in Spain and the season runs from March to October.

    Spanish bulls in historic knockout victory

    Spanish bulls have scored a symbolic victory at Madrid’s prestigious Las Ventas ring by injuring three matadors and forcing organizers to call off the bullfight. The fight, the 12th of the famed San Isidro festival, was stopped late Tuesday after bulls gored two matadors and tossed a third one into the air.

    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell speaks to a gathering of supporters at the Tanglewood Farms Restaurant in Franklin, Ky.

    Analysis: GOP avoids past mistakes in Senate picks

    Tuesday’s elections are the best evidence yet that Republicans are avoiding previous mistakes and improving their chances of controlling the Senate during President Barack Obama’s final two years in office. GOP voters again chose solidly conservative nominees while rejecting the most extreme and outlandish types who led the party to painful losses in 2010 and 2012.

    Last year’s Elgin Valley Fox Trot was kicked off by Elgin Mayor David Kaptain.

    Take a walk, run though downtown Elgin Saturday

    The 37th annual Elgin Fox Trot steps off from downtown Elgin with the first of two races and a 2-mile walk at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The courses all begin in the Center City area and take runners through historic neighborhoods as well as the winding hills and ravines of Lords Park.

    Illinois' Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is backing federal legislation that would provide more money for an expanded investigation of veterans' hospitals.

    Kirk says probe to include Illinois veterans hospitals

    Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is backing federal legislation that would provide more money for an expanded investigation of veterans' hospitals.The inquiry was prompted by allegations that staff used secret lists to conceal long patient wait times for appointments at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix.

    Associated Press General Motors is adding 218,000 subcompact cars to its growing list of recalled vehicles.

    GM adds 218,000 subcompacts to growing recall list

    General Motors is adding 218,000 subcompact cars to its growing list of recalled vehicles. The new recall covers certain Chevrolet Aveo cars from the 2004 through 2008 model years. GM says the daytime running light module in the dashboard center stack can overheat, melt and cause fires.


    Dawn Patrol: Hail, floods in suburbs; lawsuit against Grayslake school

    Hail, floods hit suburbs, especially Naperville, others in DuPage. Lawsuit challenges Grayslake charter school. Minimum wage question going to voters? Aurora legislator pressures IHSA over pensions. Elgin man arrested in pot bust. Andrew Shaw eager to return to ice tonight.


    Lots of talk but no change to Naperville council salaries, benefits

    Naperville city council members who have spent hours discussing whether future council members should be eligible for health insurance and if their salaries should be increased voted twice but made no changes Tuesday night. Council members elected beginning after spring 2015 will be paid a yearly salary of $12,500 and will be eligible to purchase health care benefits by paying 20 percent of the...

    Lincoln Knight

    Trustee Lincoln Knight to represent Wauconda on water agency

    As they near a deal to bring Lake Michigan drinking water to town, Wauconda officials on Tuesday scratched a big item of their to-do list.


    Batavia, Geneva residents teaming up on electrical-plant issue

    Batavia and Geneva residents Tuesday started teaming up to find a way out of the cities' investments, made through a municipal power agency to which they both belong, in a controversial new coal-fired electrical plant in southwestern Illinois.

    In this 2012 photo, a tube of Naloxone Hydrochloride, also known as Narcan, is shown for scale next to a lipstick container. Narcan is a nasal spray used as an antidote for opiate drug overdoses. The drug counteracts the effects of heroin, OxyContin and other powerful painkillers and has been routinely used by ambulance crews and emergency rooms in the U.S. and other countries for decades. Kane County Health Department officials want to equip local police officers with the antidote.

    Kane County wants to equip cops with heroin antidote

    Kane County officials expect to join an effort pioneered in DuPage County to equip police officers with Narcan, a drug capable of reversing a heroin overdose in progress. The county's public health department is currently measuring the interest of police departments in participating. The health department would supply the drug, allowing it to monitor the usage and successes.

    Legislation prompted by a Daily Herald Suburban Tax Watchdog report would prevent Medinah Country Club officials from seeking a nearly 80 percent property tax reduction amounting to nearly $300,000.

    Legislation could close Medinah golf course tax loophole

    The massive property tax break sought by officials from the exclusive Medinah Country Club would not be allowed under legislation now making its way through Springfield. A bill already passed by the state Senate but undergoing several cosmetic changes in the House version would clearly define what parts of a golf course could be considered “open space.”


    Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo is congratulated by Junior Lake as he crosses home plate with a two run home run against then San Diego Padres in the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 22, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Rizzo homers, Cubs beat Padres 5-1

    Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run against his old team and Jake Arrieta pitched seven strong innings to lead the Cubs to a 5-1 victory against the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. Arrieta (1-0) held San Diego to one run and four hits, struck out seven and walked one. He was activated May 3 after beginning the season on the disabled list with tightness in his right shoulder and came in with a 2.70 ERA in three starts.

    Former Northwestern outfielder Emily Allard, who batted .402 in her collegiate career, has signed a contract to play for the Chicago Bandits this summer.

    Speedy NU outfielder signs with Bandits

    Former Northwestern outfielder Emily Allard has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bandits, team officials announced Thursday. A second-team All-Big Ten performer, the 22-year-old Allard was also named to the All-Big Ten Defensive team as an outfielder after spending most of her collegiate career as a shortstop.

    Blackhawks Michal Handzus shoots in the second period against Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick and Jake Muzzin in Game 2.

    Kings stun Blackhawks with 6 unanswered goals

    For nearly two full periods Wednesday night, you couldn't blame the Kings if they were thinking to themselves, “Well, here we go again.” They were trailing 2-0 to the defending champs at the United Center. But a funny thing happened over the final minutes of that second period: the Blackhawks suddenly didn't seem so invincible.

    Los Angeles Kings Dustin Brown celebrates after teammate Jake Muzzin scores the go-ahead goal against the Blackhawks in the third period.

    Hawks were warned this would not be easy

    The good news is the Blackhawks played their best game of the postseason for about 35 minutes. The bad news is after that, Corey Crawford was bad, their defense was bad, the penalty kill was bad and their effort matched all of the above.


    Boys volleyball / Lake County roundup

    Keenan Herman had 9 kills to lead Stevenson to a 25-17, 25-14 sweep of Grant in boys volleyball.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    It was a doubly good day for Warren’s baseball team Wednesday. The Blue Devils rolled up a total of 7 doubles (and plenty of other hits) in a 17-1 victory over Vernon Hills.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    There were home runs all over the place in Stevenson's 16-5 victory over Round Lake, as Stevenson’s Taylor Koenigs went 5-for-5 with 3 homers.


    Girls soccer: Wednesday, May 21 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Wednesday, May 21.


    Softball: Wednesday, May 21 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Wednesday, May 24.


    Boys volleyball: Wednesday, May 21 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball games for Wednesday, May 21.


    Baseball: Wednesday, May 21 results
    Results of area high school bseball games for Wednesday, My 21.


    Boys tennis: Wednesday, May 21 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Wednesday, May 21.

    Nick Leddy delivers the first goal for the Blackhawks against the Kings on Wednesday night at the United Center. The Hawks dropped Game 2 of the Western Conference finals 6-2, and the series is tied at 1-1 heading to Los Angeles.

    Leddy looks a lot like Kane on spectacular goal

    Crazy, No. 8. And, no, that was not No. 88. Before Los Angeles fashioned a crazy third period Wednesday night to even its Western Conference finals series against the Blackhawks at one game apiece, that was Nick Leddy — No. 8 — displaying his elite blend of skating and puck skills that not every defenseman boasts.

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.comLos Angeles Kings Drew Doughty celebrates with his teammates after his third period goal to tie the game in game 2 of the Stanley Cup in Chicago.

    Coach Q has the last word: Shaw sits again

    Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw thought he was ready to return to action Wednesday night for Game 2 against the Kings.Coach Joel Quenneville thought it would be a better idea to hold back Shaw’s return a few more days.Not surprisingly, the coach won that discussion.

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.comLos Angeles Kings Tyler Toffoli scores in the third period to seal the game for the Blackhawks of the Stanley Cup in Chicago.

    Stunner leaves Hawks plenty to prove

    The Blackhawks have put themselves in precarious positions and did so again in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The difference this time is that the Kings have a lot of champions on their roster, too.

    Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko hits an RBI singel during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Royals put bats to sleep, Sox fall 3-1

    Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined on a four-hitter and the Kansas City Royals beat the White Sox 3-1 Wednesday night to avoid being swept in their three-game series.The White Sox had scored 14 runs and hit five home runs in the first two games.


    Softball / Northwest roundup

    Barrington junior Keenan Dolezal threw her eighth shutout of the season on Wednesday as the Fillies edged visiting Elk Grove 1-0 in the Mid-Suburban League second-place softball crossover. The right-hander (22-9) tossed a 5-hitter with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks, retiring nine of the final 10 batters she faced.

    San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) grabs a rebound as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) and Spurs forward Tiago Splitter, of Brazil, watch during the first half of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

    Spurs roll to 2-0 lead with 112-77 rout of Thunder

    Tony Parker scored 22 points, Danny Green made seven 3-pointers and added 21, and the San Antonio Spurs used a dominant third quarter to decimate the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Hampshire’s Meghan McIntyre and DeKalb’s Hannah Hickey compete for the ball Wednesday in the Class 2A Burlington Central regional game.

    Burlington Central to meet DeKalb for title

    The third-seeded Burlington Central girls soccer team may have come back from a 2-goal deficit to beat No. 2 Sycamore 4-3 in a Class 2A regional semifinal Wednesday, but the comeback win can really be labeled directly as a more defiant victory than anything else on Rocket Hill.


    VH strikes quickly, ousts Wauconda

    A quick goal for the Vernon Hills girls soccer team provided a spark opening up the Class 2A regional semifinals. The Cougars scored in the opening minute, then followed up with another later as Natalie Orozco and Haley Lieberman both found the back of the net. Sixth-seeded Vernon Hills blanked No. 11 Wauconda 2-0 in a regional semifinal hosted by the Cougars on Wednesday night. No. 3 seed St. Viator shut out No. 14 Regina 5-0 in the other semifinal. St. Viator (11-6-3) meets Vernon Hills (13-5-2) in the regional final at 6 p.m. Friday.


    Normoyle leads Boomers to first win of season

    The Schaumburg Boomers poured across 4 runs in the eighth inning en route to their first victory of the season, a 5-2 win over the Southern Illinois Miners on Wednesday night.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com#9 of Schaumburg (not on roster) and #7 Alexis Jakuszewski go for a head shot during the Wheaton Warrenville South vs. Schaumburg girls soccer at West Chicago regional semifinal game.

    OT win puts WW South in regional final

    In the Wheaton Warrenville South girls soccer offense, junior midfielder Alexis Jakuszewski’s job is to create opportunities. Jakuszewski thought she did just that with 14:18 left in regulation during Wednesday’s Class 3A West Chicago regional semifinal against Schaumburg. Her free kick bounced free in the goal box, and Marina Tolczyk converted for a goal. After a brief conference between the referee and assistant referee, the goal was disallowed because of offsides. The game remained scoreless and headed to overtime.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup Wednesday, May 21

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Los Angeles Kings’ Dustin Brown signals goal after his teammate Jake Muzzin scores for the go-ahead goal.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Kings, Game Two
    Images of Game 2 of the NHL Western Conference Finals as the Chicago Blackhawks lost 6-2 to the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center in Chicago.

    Barrington’s Colin Castagna, center, and Noah Ricchetti, bottom, begin to celebrate as the Broncos top visiting Hersey for the MSL championship at Barrington on Wednesday night.

    Barrington edges Hersey for MSL title

    Barrington’s Mike Amato stood calmly at the service line with the Mid-Suburban League boys volleyball championship hanging in the balance. The Broncos, on their home court, led Hersey 27-26 in game three and were trying to hold off a frenzied Huskies rally. And Amato was ready for his big moment. “I just wanted to get the ball in,” said the outside hitter, “try to serve it where Coach R (Rob Ridenour) told me to, then be ready to play free volleyball and not worry about making errors.” And right on cue, Amato’s and his Barrington teammates’ worries were over as soon as the ball flew over the net. The serve got past the Hersey defense for an ace as the West Division champions won the MSL title with an 18-25, 24-15, 28-26 victory over East champion Huskies.

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.comBlackhawks Corey Crawford sweeps the puck from the goal after Los Angeles Kings Jeff Carter scores in the third period to put the Kings up 5-2 in game 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago.

    Ouch! Kings blow out Hawks 6-2

    Jeff Carter scored three of Los Angeles’ six straight goals, and the Kings beat the Blackhawks 6-2 on Wednesday night to leave the Western Conference final tied at one game apiece.


    Naperville North spoils Naperville Central’s day

    It didn’t take very long for Naperville Central coach Andy Nussbaum to get a sense that Wednesday just might not be a great day for his Redhawks. With rival Naperville North at Naperville Central to play the conference finale, Huskies leadoff hitter Kailee Budicin hit a tough pitch from Keegan Hayes just out of the reach of the first baseman for a single to right field. Budicin came around to score as the Huskies took a 2-0 lead en route to a 6-2 win that forces Naperville Central to share the DVC title with Glenbard North at 12-2. Glenbard North completed its conference schedule with an 8-0 victory against Wheaton North.

    Vernon Hills’ Adam Weinberg is lifted on the shoulders of his teammates after they defeated Lake Zurich in two sets Wednesday at Vernon Hills.

    Heinz, Vernon Hills a hit against Lake Zurich

    On this night, Vernon Hills High School administrators could have invited a few college defensive players to show off their skills. And frankly, even with those folks’ considerable talents, they might not have been able to dig senior Michael Heinz’s kills. His hits were simply too hard to handle. It was advertised as the two best teams in the conference met with a North Suburban Conference title at state. Visiting Lake Zurich was unbeaten in the conference and the Cougars had just one loss. Lake Zurich battled toe to toe with Vernon Hills in the early going. And then Heinz, setter Ryan Opitz, blockers Lem Turner and Max Spiglanin and rising sophomore Jared Bennett took over the match. Coach Chris Curry’s club won its sixth league title in the past 7 years with an impressive 25-21, 25-12 victory.

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com ¬ St. Charles East Anastasia Honea, right, hands the baton off to Corrin Adams, who is running the last leg of 4 x 800 meter relay final in an Upstate Eight Conference indoor track meet on Saturday at Batavia. ¬

    Tri-Cities girls track and field state preview

    There are a grand total of five Class 3A schools in the Tri-Cities when it comes to girls track and field. But St. Charles East, West Aurora and Geneva produced three of the top-five times in the state in the 1,600-meter relay last week at the Metea Valley sectional.


    Cary-Grove wins; Bartlett falls

    Cary-Grove 5, Grant 0: The Trojans got goals from Emma Baker, Kate Michie, Carli Peterson, Genna Sobieszczyk and Abby Glaysher as they moved on to Friday’s Class 3A Cary-Grove regional final against McHenry. Morgan Olsen made 1 save in goal for the Trojans (10-6-1).


    Crystal Lake South blanks Huntley

    Crystal Lake South was offensive during Wednesday night’s Class 3A Huntley regional semifinal girls soccer game against Dundee-Crown. In a good way. Outshooting the third-seeded Chargers 23-8, the second-seeded Gators powered their way to a 3-0 win.


    Baseball / Northwest roundup

    Ethan Bloom tossed a 1-hitter to help Hoffman Estates past Wheeling 4-0 in a Mid-Suburban League crossover on Wednesday.


    Glenbard North shuts out Glenbard West

    Glenbard North took a while to get going, but once the Panthers got on their game they were firing on all cylinders in their 3-0 win over Glenbard West in the Class 3A regional semifinal at Geneva.


    Cary-Grove puts dent in Jacobs’ title hopes

    The Cary-Grove baseball team said enough is enough.Having already absorbed two regular-season defeats against Jacobs with a regional semifinal matchup against the Golden Eagles looming next Thursday, the Trojans collected 11 hits against four Jacobs pitchers to win 10-3 in Algonquin on Wednesday.


    Metea surprises Waubonsie

    The timing of Wednesday’s 7-5 Metea Valley softball team’s win over No. 9-ranked Waubonsie Valley couldn’t have been better for the Mustangs. Although Metea (8-19, 6-12 Upstate Eight Valley) has battled consistently throughout the year, the effort hasn’t shown in the numbers and some momentum was needed before Monday’s playoff opener.


    Boys water polo / Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the boys water polo state tournament, which features quarterfinals at Stevenson on Thursday, along with semifinals, third place and championship games Saturday.


    Girls water polo / Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the girls water polo state tourament, from the perspective of Palatine. The Pirates meet Mother McAuley in a Friday quarterfinal at Stevenson.

    #11 Katie Reitz, left, of West Chicago and #13 Sonia OST of St. Charles East go for the ball during the West Chicago vs. St. Charles East girls soccer regional opener — at West Chicago Wednesday.

    Three-goal spree lifts St. Charles East past West Chicago

    Suspended playoff soccer matches always pick up where the match was halted, no matter if the match continues the same evening, or as in the case of St. Charles East’s match with West Chicago, 22 hours later.


    Udoni, Palatine doubly pleased with victory

    Palatine first baseman Jules Udoni started the week by hitting a pair of doubles at Fremd on Monday. The senior returned to her home field on Wednesday for a Mid-Suburban League crossover against Wheeling. She didn’t lose her doubles touch. And the Pirates inched to within one of double-digit wins. Udoni belted two more doubles, one with the bases loaded in the third inning, to help spark the Pirates’ 13-hit attack in a 13-3 five-inning victory over visiting Wheeling.


    Benet scores 15 in first to clinch ESCC

    By the end of the first inning, Benet’s baseball team left little doubt about its motivation level to remain East Suburban Catholic Conference champions. A 15-run bottom of the first — yes, 15 runs — powered the Redwings to Wednesday’s 17-7 five-inning victory over visiting Nazareth to clinch back-to-back ESCC titles for the first time in program history.


    Walsh nets All-America mention at Harper

    Kevin Walsh (St. Viator) was named an All-American honorable mention after a standout season for the Harper men’s basketball team. Walsh had been previously named a first team all-conference and all-region selection. The freshman averaged 16.6 points a game for the Hawks last season. He shot 44.1 percent clip from 3-point range and ended the season leading the Hawks in 3-pointers made (83).


    Harper’s Becker named N4C baseball player of the year

    Their season may be over, but the postseason accolades are rolling in for the Harper College baseball program. Six players earned all-league honors in the North Central Community College Conference. Third baseman Kurt Becker (Palatine) led the way with a first-team selection along with N4C player of the year honors after hitting .605 for the Hawks.


    Rhodes helps Palatine survive Prospect in shootout

    After 100 minutes could not decide the outcome, Rachel Rhodes took things into her own hands — and feet. After the Palatine keeper converted her fifth-round spot-kick, she then turned away Emily Novak’s attempt to give the Pirates a 5-4 shootout advantage and 3-2 victory over Prospect on Wednesday afternoon at Grant Blaney Stadium in Buffalo Grove. The win sends the No. 8 seed Pirates (12-7-2) into the regional final this Friday evening against top seed Buffalo Grove (20-2-3).

    If Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall continues playing at the same level he has over the last two seasons, he likely will own every Bears receiving record when his contract expires in 2017.

    Turning 30 shouldn’t slow down Bears’ Marshall

    If you’re wondering why the Bears just gave Brandon Marshall a $30 million, three-year contract extension two months after his 30th birthday, stop it. Odds are Marshall will be worth every penny, and might even outperform his contract.


    Radabaugh breaks Geneva home run record

    Geneva freshman first baseman Annika Radabaugh hit a home run Wednesday in a 5-4 win over Elgin, giving her 9 on the season to break the school record.


    Parker, Warren step up in second half

    Haylee Parker waited all season to score her first goal. The senior defender’s paitence was rewarded on Wednesday afternoon, as Parker led a 3-goal second-half outburst from Warren as the No. 7 seed blanked No. 11 Glenbrook North 3-0 in Class 3A girls soccer regional semifinal play in Gurnee. The match had been postponed by storms Tuesday. The Blue Devils (13-6-2) advance to host No. 3 seed Lake Zurich (17-2-1) in the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday.


    Burlington Central handles Hampshire

    Technically, it was a late-season nonconference game, little more than a playoff tuneup. Neither team started its No. 1 pitcher. But it was still Hampshire-Burlington Central, so there was a playoff atmosphere in Hampshire. Central used an 8-run second inning to power its way to the 13-3 win, spoiling Hampshire’s senior day festivities.

    Elizabeth Pagan of Hampshire competes in the long jump during the Fox Valley Conference girls track meet.

    Hampshire, Cary-Grove lead Fox Valley contingent to Charleston

    Girls high school track is alive and well in the Fox Valley area. This weekend’s girls state track and field finals at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston features no shortage of local participants.At the forefront of the pack are representatives from the successful Hampshire and Cary-Grove teams.


    Coppersmith decides time is right to hit the road

    Asked if a “good cop-bad cop” situation exists atop the Hinsdale Central softball coaching staff, Lee Maciejewski laughed.


    Freshman Erickson lifts Elgin to regional final

    Elgin freshman Hannah Erickson certainly faced a tough test in her first game minding the Maroons’ net against Streamwood in the Class 3A South Elgin Regional girls soccer semifinal on Wednesday. With normal starting keeper Hannah Demel out with an injury, Erickson did a masterful job denying Tawny Carroll, who entered the game with 28 goals and 17 assists for the No. 3 seed Sabres (7-13-3) as the No. 2 Maroons (9-9) earned a 3-0 win to advance to Friday’s title game against top-seeded South Elgin (12-5-2).

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel delivers during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Hammel says he’s going to be fine after being hit on hand

    Cubs manager Rick Renteria heads "home" this weekend to San Diego, where the Cubs open a four-game series. Before joining the Cubs, Renteria was on the Padres coaching staff. In other news, pitcher Jason Hammel said his right hand is badly bruised after he got hit with a comebacker Tuesday.

    Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija delivers a pitch during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the New York Yankees in Chicago, May 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    How long will Samardzija stick around?

    Believe it or not, the Cubs found yet another way to keep ace pitcher Jeff Samardzija from getting a victory. Some poor bullpen work and a throwing error by Darwin Barney led to a 4-2 loss in 13 innings Wednesday to the Yankees. Samardzija has not won since last season despite a league-best 1.46 ERA.

    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)

    Sacks champion Mathis apologizes to teammates for suspension

    NFL sacks champion Robert Mathis made one thing clear Wednesday: He’s coming back this season as a motivated man.In his first public comments since learning he would sit out the season’s first four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, Mathis was his usually blunt self after speaking to his Colts teammates.

    FILE - In this June 29, 2013 file photo, Connecticut Sun's Kalana Greene, left, and Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner eye a rebound during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. The WNBA is launching a campaign to market specifically to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. It’s the first league to design such a campaign. Griner, who is one of a handful of WNBA athletes who have publicly identified themselves as lesbian, was happy the league was embracing the community. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

    WNBA to market to LGBT community

    Amid a surge of public opinion in favor of gay rights in the U.S., the WNBA is launching a campaign to market the league to the LGBT community, becoming the first pro sports league to specifically recruit gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender fans to its games.


    Be prepared for your spring fishing opportunity

    Typically volatile spring weather patterns make it important to keep tabs in order to make the most of your opportunities.


    Delle Donne leads Sky to third win

    Sky extinguishes Connecticut Sun, 78-68, behind 21 points from Elena Delle Donne, 18 by guard Courtney Vandersloot, and a double-double by Jessica Breland. The Sky is now 3-0.


    Great angling rewards await the patient wader

    Fishing alone in small streams is a blast, be beware some of the dangers - such as the occasional patch of boot-sucking mire.

    Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija delivers a pitch during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the New York Yankees in Chicago, May 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Cubs collapse 4-2, Samardzija still winless

    Brendan Ryan scored on a wild pitch before John Ryan Murphy capped a two-run 13th inning with an RBI single, and the New York Yankees beat the Cubs 4-2 Wednesday after the Cubs wasted another dominant start by Jeff Samardzija.New York scored two in the ninth against Hector Rondon to wipe out a 2-0 deficit. Samardzija pitched four-hit ball over seven innings.


    Scouting postseason tennis / Northwest

    Here's a look at this weekend's boys tennis sectionals, from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus Maine West.


    Buffalo Grove, Conant make a nice MSL match

    For the past three years, the Conant and Buffalo Grove softball teams played in the Mid-Suburban League championship game. But not against each other. The Cougars defeated Elk Grove in the 2011 and 2012 editions while the Bison lost to Barrington in last year’s renewal. But they did meet once this season. And if their meeting in Thursday's 41st MSL title match in Hoffman Estates is anything similar, it promises to be quite an exciting match. The Bison won on their home field 10-9 on May 2.


    Sox will start Sale against Yankees Thursday

    The White Sox finally got some good news on the health front. Ace left-hander Chris Sale, who has been on the disabled list since April 18 with a strained left flexor muscle, is coming off thye disabled list to start against the Yankees Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews was on the ice for much of Game 1 against Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar.

    What 7 others say about Hawks-Kings series

    Here’s a brief look at seven reports from Los Angeles to Canada on the Blackhawks-Kings series that touch on the rivalry, important numbers, key matchups and why the NHL would love to see the Kings and Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals.

    Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews makes contact with Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick on a goal that wound up being disallowed during Sunday’s game at United Center. Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik is at left, and teammate Slava Voynov is at right.

    The worst call against the Hawks — ever

    That disallowed goal in Game 1 against the Kings on Sunday was bad — but it certainly wasn't the worst decision a referee has made in a Blackhawks game. Let's take a trip down memory lane to Oct. 16, 1993 ...


    Mike North video: Jackson should give Jerry Krause a call
    Phil Jackson is looking for a coach for the New York Knicks — maybe he should give former Bulls GM Jerry Krause a call for some advice. Mike North believes Krause should be in the Basketball Hall of Fame.


    11-year-old golfer qualifies for U.S. Women’s Open

    Lucy Li has become the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open by winning the sectional qualifier at Half Moon Bay in California.


    Oak Brook Police Cmdr. Jeff Weber gives protesters a warning of arrest if they walk on the property at McDonald's campus in Oak Brook on Wednesday.

    138 people arrested at McDonald's campus protest

    138 people were arrested Wednesday when a protest about wages became heated at the McDonald's Corp. headquarters in Oak Brook, said Oak Brook police. Between 1,000 and 1,500 protesters stormed the McDonald's campus in the afternoon as Oak Brook police, dressed in riot gear and holding clubs, ordered the protesters to disperse.

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and China’s President Xi Jinping, right, appear at a signing ceremony in Shanghai, China, Wednesday. China signed a long-awaited, 30-year deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth some $400 billion in a financial and diplomatic boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin.

    China signs 30-year deal for Russian natural gas

    China signed a landmark $400 billion deal Wednesday to buy natural gas from Russia, binding Moscow more closely to Beijing at a time when President Vladimir Putin’s relations with the West have deteriorated to the lowest point ever. China’s president also called for an Asian security arrangement that would include Russia and Iran and exclude the United States.

    An airline passenger waits for his rescheduled flight to Orlando under the departure board showing hundreds of cancellations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Airlines should be required to disclose fees for basic services like checked bags, an assigned seat and a carry-on bag wherever tickets are sold so that passengers know the true cost of airfares, the government said Wednesday.

    Gov’t: Airlines should disclose bag, seat fees

    Passengers love the idea, but airlines hate it. The government wants to require that travelers be told upfront about basic services that aren’t included in the price of a ticket and how much extra they’ll cost. The Transportation Department proposed Wednesday that passengers be provided detailed information on fees for a first checked bag, a second checked bag, advance seat assignments and carry-on bags.

    Stocks rebounded Wednesday, recouping their losses from the day before as investors looked through the latest corporate earnings news. The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest gain in five weeks.

    Stocks recover; Tiffany shines on earnings gain

    Major U.S. stock indexes mounted a solid comeback Wednesday, recovering their losses from the prior day and finishing on track for a weekly gain. It was the Dow Jones industrial average's biggest gain in five weeks.

    E-commerce site eBay is asking users to change their password after a cyberattack compromised a database containing encrypted passwords. The company says there is no evidence of any unauthorized activity and no evidence any financial or credit card information was stolen.

    eBay asks users to change password after breach

    E-commerce site eBay is asking users to change their password after a cyberattack compromised a database containing encrypted passwords. The company says there is no evidence of any unauthorized activity and no evidence any financial or credit card information was stolen.

    spotify.com Music streaming giant Spotify says it now has 10 million paying subscribers worldwide.

    Spotify jumps to 10 million paying subscribers

    Music streaming giant Spotify says it now has 10 million paying subscribers worldwide. That’s up from 6 million in March of last year. It also said it has more than 40 million active users, up from 24 million. Although the company wouldn’t say where the growth is coming from, its international expansion has been quick, expanding from 20 markets to 56 in the last year.

    Target is having an identity crisis. The nation’s third largest retailer was once high-flying, but now it’s struggling to find its place in the minds of American shoppers.

    Target faces identity crisis

    Target is having an identity crisis. The nation’s third largest retailer was once high-flying, but now it’s struggling to find its place in the minds of American shoppers. Once known for its cheap chic fashions, Target faces competition from trendy chains like H&M. The discounter also hasn’t been able to ditch the image that its prices on staples like milk are higher than rivals like Wal-Mart. And it is battling the fallout from a massive data breach that has hurt its reputation.


    Target 1Q profit falls 16 pct as breach takes toll

    Target reported a 16 percent drop in first-quarter earnings as a massive data breach and botched up expansion plans in Canada continue to batter results.The third-largest U.S. retailer, based in Minneapolis, also cut its annual profit outlook and issued a second-quarter projection that was below analysts’ expectations. Still, there were some encouraging signs in the report. Target said that it saw significant improvement in a key revenue metric from what it experienced shortly after the data breach that compromised the credit card and personal information of millions of customers and exposed big security flaws.The news comes a day after the retailer fired the president of its troubled Canadian operation and two weeks after the abrupt departure of Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel. The company’s Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan took over as acting CEO while Target searches for a new permanent leader. The company said its search includes candidates outside the company as well as the industry.“First-quarter financial performance in both our U.S. and Canadian segments was in line with expectations, reflecting the benefit of continued recovery from the data breach and early signs of improvement in our Canada operations,” Mulligan said in a statement. “While we are pleased with this momentum, we need to move more quickly.”Target, known for its cheap chic fashions and home accessories, used to be a darling in retailing, but now it is facing one of the most tumultuous times in its history. Target is trying to clean house as it fixes its flailing operations in Canada, its first foray outside the U.S., while revitalizing business in the U.S. amid heavy competition. At the same time, Target faces uncertainty about costs related to the pre-Christmas breach. The company said that it incurred $18 million of net expense in the first quarter of 2014, reflecting $26 million of expenses partially offset by the recognition of $8 million in expected insurance reimbursement. The costs, however, do not include any potential claims by the payment card networks for counterfeit fraud losses. And the company said it was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach.All of Target’s challenges come as the broader retail industry is dealing with a slow economic recovery that hasn’t benefited all American equally and a move by shoppers away from buying in stores and toward shopping online. The results show Target still has a lot of work to do.Target says it earned $418 million, or 66 cents per share, in the quarter ended May 3. That compares with $498 million, or 77 cents per share in the year-ago period.Adjusted earnings results were 70 cents per share.Revenue rose 2.1 percent to $17.1 billion.Analysts had expected profit of 71 cents on revenue of $16.97 billion.Revenue at stores open a least a year slipped 0.3 percent, an improvement from the 2.5 percent drop in the fourth quarter.Target said it expects second-quarter earnings per share between 85 cents and $1. Analysts had expected $1.02 per share. It also said it now expects earnings per share for the full year to be $3.60 to $3.90. That’s down from the early guidance of $3.85 to $4.15 per share. Analysts had expected $3.99 for the full year.

Life & Entertainment

    Professor X (James McAvoy) meets his older self (Patrick Stewart) during a bizarre time-travel tale in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

    Epic 'X-men' sequel a Marvelous time-travel adventure

    Bryan Singer, who directed the first “X-Men” movie 14 years ago, brings back a joyful comic book feel to the Marvel franchise in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Although the film maintains a constant tone of speechy seriousness, it packs enough fanboy in-jokes (the 1973 Wolverine can't believe he didn't set off that metal detector) to keep things moving along for its 132-minute running time.

    An ice show based on the blockbuster 2013 Disney animated film “Frozen” will play Rosemont’s Allstate Arena and Chicago’s United Center in 2015.

    Disney’s ‘Frozen’ to hit the ice at Allstate, United Center
    Disney's number one animated feature film "Frozen" hits the ice from Jan. 21-25 at Rosemont's Allstate Arena and from Jan. 28 through Feb. 8 at Chicago's United Center as the 34th "Disney on Ice" presents "Frozen." Tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday, June 3.

    From the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII” in Abu Dhabi, director J.J. Abrams announced the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change, a campaign to raise funds for UNICEF.

    ‘Star Wars’ fans to get chance at cameo

    “Star Wars: Episode VII” director J.J. Abrams is giving fans a shot at a cameo in the film that’s set to be released next year. Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot have teamed up for a campaign to raise funds for UNICEF. For every $10 donation at Omaze.com/StarWars, contributors will become eligible to appear in the film when it shoots in London.

    Neil Young, “A Letter Home”

    Young delivers heartfelt ‘A Letter Home’

    Neil Young’s sporadic concept records aren’t for everyone. “A Letter Home” should be. While still an esoteric venture — Young recorded it in a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph — the songs he chose are familiar ones, making this more accessible than previous out in left field Young releases.

    Donny & Marie Osmond appear at the Paramount Theatre from Wednesday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 31.

    Donny & Marie, Jerry Lewis among upcoming Paramount Theatre acts

    Magicians Penn & Teller, comedian Jerry Lewis and Osmond siblings Donny and Marie are among the acts planned for the Paramount Theatre in Aurora in its 2014-15 season. A long list of acts were announced Wednesday morning.


    Night life news: Sports Page patio open for spring
    The Sports Page Bar and Grill’s patio is open for the spring; Duke’s Mexican May; Claddagh’s Saturday night.


    Short and Sweet critic Jennifer Irwin reviews ‘Buyer and Cellar’ with Diana Martinez

    Short and Sweet critic Jennifer Irwin reviews 'Buyer and Cellar' in an interview with Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago


    Short and Sweet critic Mike Latone reviews ‘Motown the Musical’ with Diana Martinez

    Short and Sweet critic Mike Latone reviews Motown the Musical in an interview with Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago.

    Steve Berry delivers a compelling story with “The Lincoln Myth.”

    Steve Berry is back with ‘Lincoln Myth’

    A quick favor plunges former government agent Cotton Malone into a conspiracy with ties to both his personal life and a pivotal moment in American history in Steve Berry’s “The Lincoln Myth.” Malone, who has retired to his bookshop in Copenhagen, Denmark, receives a call from his former boss asking him to help another agent grab an informant. Soon bullets are flying.

    Steel from the World Trade Center north tower floors 97 and 98, left, is displayed at the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum in New York. The museum was designed to accurately depict the events from Sept. 11, 2001, while not making the presentation intolerable for the public. One designer who helped create the exhibits says “there’s a lot of thought given to the psychological safety of visitors.”

    Tissues, counselors help ease pain at 9/11 museum

    There are prominent videos of the twin towers collapsing and photos of people falling from them. Portraits of nearly 3,000 victims and voice mail messages from people in hijacked planes. But behind the wrenching sights and sounds of the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum lies a quiet effort to help visitors handle its potentially traumatic impact, from silent spaces and built-in tissue boxes to a layout designed to let people bypass the most intense exhibits.

    Michael Palmer’s last thriller, “Resistant,” has an ambitious plot and fascinating characters.

    Palmer’s final medical thriller his most ambitious

    The final medical thriller by Michael Palmer is about homegrown bioterrorism in the United States. Of all the novels he wrote before his death in 2013, this one has the most ambitious plot and a fascinating array of characters. The villains in “Resistant” aren’t your typical terrorists. When one of them discovers a species of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and its antidote, the Society deliberately infects innocent people with it, hoping to blackmail the government into eliminating entitlement programs.

    Josh Kaufman, left, poses with his trophy with Usher after the 38-year-old from team Usher was crowned the season six winner of NBC’s “The Voice” Tuesday.

    Usher nabs first ‘Voice’ victory with Josh Kaufman

    Soulful rocker Josh Kaufman has the winning voice. The 38-year-old from team Usher was crowned the season six winner of NBC’s “The Voice” Tuesday. “It was a lot of nerves and heart-racing and it felt like forever,” Kaufman said during a post-show press conference.

    Little Dragon, “Nabuma Rubberband”

    Little Dragon stretches sound on new album

    Three years after the release of its 2011 breakthrough, Little Dragon returns with the quirky sounding and titled “Nabuma Rubberband.” After gaining underground prominence with tracks such as “Twice” and “Ritual Union,” Swedish electronic band Little Dragon’s fourth studio album “Nabuma Rubberband” references the group’s earlier records while pushing the boundaries of its electronic soul sound farther.

    “The Hollow Girl” is the latest from Reed Farrel Coleman.

    'Hollow Girl' fitting conclusion to Prager series

    The ninth installment in Reed Farrel Coleman's series featuring Moe Prager, an ex-cop turned private detective, finds the protagonist wracked with guilt over the death of his girlfriend, Pam. Moe says guilt is a permanent infection: “The thing you've done to bruise the universe may fade, but the guilt never does. Not really. Not ever.” So he withdraws from the world, and he drinks. It's Moe's brother Aaron who rouses him from his stupor, calls him a coward and challenges him to get off the sauce to help an old friend in need.

    Mia, who suffered from what doctors initially thought was a psychotic break, has recovered, with no signs of impairment. Her unusual illness is sometimes misdiagnosed as schizophrenia.

    Teen's psychotic episodes turn out to be rare disease

    The teenager was having weird, psychotic episodes. But doctors discovered she wasn't suffering from a psychiatric disorder, although it looked like one. The girl had limbic encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.

    Visit Florida has just launched an online tool called the Florida Beach Finder to help vacationers find a Florida beach, like St. George Island Beach, that’s the right fit for them.

    Tools help Florida visitors plan beach vacations

    With 825 miles of Florida beaches to plant your beach umbrella on, picking just the right spot for you and your family can be daunting. Do you want adventure or laid-back beaches? Family friendly or romantic setting? Visit Florida recently launched the Florida Beach Finder, which allows travelers to virtually walk hundreds of miles of beaches — from legendary locations such as Miami’s South Beach to lesser-known sanctuaries like Cayo Costa off the west coast of Florida.

    A bourbon-maple glaze brushed on a salmon fillet near the end of grilling time makes for a flavorful feast.

    Feed a crowd with a bourbon-glazed salmon fillet

    All salmon grills up wonderfully, but center-cut fillets are particularly great when feeding larger groups. Because these fillets tend to have a uniform thickness, they cook up evenly (and are harder to overcook). And that means all your guests can eat at the same time. And by all, I mean a lot. Larger fillets can feed upward of 10 people. They also happen to look pretty impressive on a platter.

    A bourbon-maple glaze brushed on a salmon fillet near the end of grilling time makes for a flavorful feast.

    Maple-Bourbon Glazed Salmon Fillet
    Feed a crowd with Maple-Bourbon Glazed Salmon Fillet.

    Marc Maron headlines one of TV’s funniest shows: the scripted comedy “Maron,” whose second season is airing Thursdays on IFC.

    On TV and podcasts, Maron finds laughs and insight

    Marc Maron is one of the best interviewers you are likely to hear. And along with his twice-weekly interview podcast, “WTF with Marc Maron,” he headlines one of TV’s funniest shows: the scripted comedy “Maron,” whose second season is airing at 9 p.m. Thursdays on IFC.

    Grapefruit and Champagne bring fruity notes to a light marinade for swordfish. Also try it with scallops or shrimp.

    Meat, veggies, people benefit from flavorful marinades

    Before Julie Widmer tosses anything on the grill this summer, she’ll toss it in a marinade. The Streamwood mom knows that marinades infuse flavor into shrimp, pork or whatever else she might be planning for dinner. This week, as part of the Daily Herald's Get Your Summer On series, we look at the hows and whys behind marinades and share some great grilling recipes for your Memorial Day cookout.

    Does your family love a summery pasta salad with prosciutto, cantaloupe and orecchiette? Or maybe they like your baked beans. Send us your favorite cookout-friendly side dish and you could win a cookbook or other summer swag.

    Seeking favorite summer side dishes

    What's your favorite summer side dish? Share it with us for the chance to win cookbooks and more.


    Salad with Green Goddess-Marinated Chicken
    Green Goddess Marinade is full of fresh herbs and great on chicken.

    Grapefruit and Champagne bring fruity notes to a light marinade for swordfish. Also try it with scallops or shrimp.

    Grapefruit-Champagne Marinade with Swordfish
    Grapefruit-Champagne Marinade makes swordfish sing.

    Dunkel weiss pairs well with bold spices like fennel and celery seed for a savoy marinade. Try it with steaks, chops or turkey breast tenders.

    Dunkel Weiss & Spice Marinade
    Lucy Saunder's Dunkel Wiess & Spice Marinade is full of fennel and black mustard seed and is great on steak, chops and turkey breast.

    Sirachi and fresh herbs blend with a summery lager for a nice marinade for chicken.

    Sunshine Chicken
    Baderbrau's Lawnmower Lager helps quench the heat in this siracha-powered marinade. Use one bottle in the marinade and share the rest of the six-pack with dinner companions.

    Cookie dough, whether homemade or store-bought, cen be used for these Cookie-Topped Blueberry Mini Pies.

    Cookie dough tops warm blueberry dessert

    These warm blueberry desserts aren't really pies, but don't let convention stand in the way of enjoying them. A simple lemon-accented blueberry filling gets a cookie dough topper. The cookie bakes along with the filling, providing a perfect foil to the tart berries.

    If he lived today Duncan Hines, shown here carving a turkey in 1953, would be the world’s most famous food blogger.

    Duncan Hines was a real guy, and kind of a jerk

    The newly published biography of Duncan Hines’ journey from renowned restaurant critic to cake-mix spokesman, is in fact a repackaging of Loius Hatchett’s out-of-print 2001 book, which had the arguably pithier subtitle “The Man Behind the Cake Mix.” The timing of the new edition’s appearance is apt: The prospective book purchasers of 2014 include a fresh batch of millennials who are both intensely interested in food and ignorant of the fact that Hines was a real guy, renowned in his heyday not for canned frosting but for his best-selling, frequently updated, self-published guides to American restaurants and inns.

    Afrojack wants to the world to dance with “Forget the World.”

    Little exciting about Afrojack’s new album

    Electronic dance music favorite Afrojack wants to make people dance and it’s mission accomplished (if you’re under 25) with his 13-track debut album, “Forget the World.” Beats come courtesy of the Grammy Award-winning DJ, while guests such as Wrabel, Chris Brown and Sting — yes, that’s right Sting — bring the vocals.

    Stonewood Alehouse celebrates Memorial Day with a ribs special from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.

    Dining events: Leave Memorial Day cooking to Stonewood

    Give your grill a rest as Stonewood Alehouse in Schaumburg honors Memorial Day with a barbecue ribs special from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, May 26. You’re not smart until you’re “Border smart” with new items less than 600 calories added to On the Border’s menu.

    Rill Architects updated this midcentury home’s facade with a new front door, lighting, house numbers and mailbox.

    How to ensure your home makes a good first impression

    Expert architect answers questions on how to ensure your home makes a good first impression. Walkways are extremely important to your home. You know what they say about first impressions. A well-designed and landscaped approach to your home really does set the stage for guests.

    Vegetables sit in an herby marinade before hitting the grill, and then get tossed back in it for a lively summer salad.

    Grilled Vegetable Salad
    Vegetables sit in an herby marinade before hitting the grill, and then get tossed back in it for a lively summer salad from Lucy Saunder.

    Fresh or frozen berries can be used for these Cookie-Topped Blueberry Mini Pies.

    Cookie-Topped Blueberry Mini Pies
    Cookie-Topped Blueberry Mini-pies can be made with fresh or frozen berries.


    Music notes: Shooter Jennings brings ‘Spirit’ tour to Libertyville
    Shooter Jennings, alt-country artist and son of the late, great Waylon Jennings, will perform this weekend in Libertyville, while AM Taxi, a rock band with roots in the suburbs, will celebrate a new release with a show in the city.


    Caregiver Neoma Spencer of Hoffman Estates shares a moment with Michael Voekner at his home in Des Plaines for the disabled after he came home from work.

    Editorial: Pay raises overdue for caregivers

    Hourly pay for caregivers of disabled persons should be increased in Illinois and not caught up in the political fight over extending income tax increases, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Love and ‘The Normal Heart’

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Eddie called himself a private detective, although all he really did was repossess cars. He would show up around 4 p.m. at the cafe where I worked after school, have his usual cup of coffee, and tell me a thing or two about what we used to call “real life.” One day he told me how he used to load his coat pockets with brass doorknobs, which he used to “put out the lights” of homosexuals. I was 16 and getting an education of sorts.


    Prepare yourself for more of the same

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: I felt a brief surge of hope about Congress a few weeks ago. It was returning from Easter recess, and Capitol Hill was filled with talk about immigration reform, a minimum-wage bill, a spending bill to keep the government operating, and maybe even funding for transportation infrastructure. But, as I said, it was brief.


    All human life is sacred, needs protection
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: In the letters published April 24, Rich Lorimer asks for intelligent answers to a number of questions he poses in “Babies’ deaths renews abortion questions.” The answers should all boil down to the fact that human life is sacred and should be protected by force of law from conception to natural death.


    Benghazi hearings no waste of time
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: In the May 10 Daily Herald, Roger Frankel takes issue with House Speaker John Boehner forming a special committee to “once again investigate events in Benghazi, even though there is no new information,” and implies this to be a waste of time. In fact, Mr. Frankel, there is new information revealed in emails the administration reluctantly released after exhausting every effort to prevent such release, prompting Boehner to seriously try to place the blame where it belongs.


    Tax-hike extension would continue services
    A letter to the editor: I am writing to support making the 5 percent income tax rate permanent so that the clients we serve and the people of Illinois can continue to receive the human services that they need.At Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, we provide an array of services to children, adults and seniors throughout the state. I’d like to focus on substance abuse treatment, which enables people to start and maintain themselves on the road of recovery. A significant number of these individuals obtain employment while in the program.


    Township steps up for area needy
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: May 10th was the National Association of Letter Carriers annual “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.” Libertyville Township was thrilled to receive 4,400 pounds of food collected from the community by the Libertyville postal employees.


    Science shows climate change is real
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I’d like to respond to a recent climate denier letter. It is properly concerned about jobs, but is badly misinformed about facts.


    Shouldn’t have to fund school ‘extras’
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I have a couple of questions/observations about a recent article concerning the budget discussions for Naperville Unit District 203. First, isn’t it usual practice that if you want a certain service or product, you pay for it?


    A little late for O’Hare noise study
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: My first reaction after reading the article entitled “Lawmakers want new study on O’Hare noise” in the May 15 edition of the Daily Herald was; too late, we’re stuck with it. People have been complaining for years about the noise, pollution and sticky residue covering the area from the aircraft using O’Hare.


    Plant sale helps summer reading
    An Elburn letter to the editor: Thank you to everyone who supported the Friends of the Town & Country Public Library’s 11th annual Flower and Plant sale May 9 and 10. This event was held inside the library at 320 E. North St., Elburn.


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