Daily Archive : Thursday May 22, 2014


    Dr. Kevin Most is part of a committee at Central DuPage Hospital that is responsible for reviewing nominations for the hospital’s 50 unsung heroes campaign.

    Central DuPage Hospital seeks ‘unsung hero’ nominations

    In an age when medical professionals are busy searching for ways to more effectively provide health care, few people are stopping to reflect on what has brought successful hospitals to where they are today, says Dr. Kevin Most. “Sometimes the foundation of the growth of a hospital is forgotten,” he said. “We’re always trying to advance ourselves. No one ever says,...

    Creekside Elementary School student Nayeli Wood, 9, twirls and dances Thursday inside the 50-foot fin whale made by the third-grade class.

    Elgin school teaches whale of a lesson

    Creekside Elementary School third-graders became so engrossed in their lesson about the ecosystem that they decided to build a life-size whale to understand the true size and feel of the mammal. Students built the 50-foot whale with painter's tarp and packaging tape. The exhibit housed in the school's gym allows visitors to walk inside the whale.

    Stacey Tyranski of Huntley is evaluated by her cardiologist, Peter Santucci, after she received new type of implantable defibrillator at Loyola University Medical Center.

    Off-duty firefighter saves Huntley woman’s life at fitness center

    Stacey Tyranski says she never would have come home to her husband and two children if it wasn’t for James Amos, the off-duty West Dundee firefighter who saved her life in March after she went into cardiac arrest at an Algonquin fitness center. “I’d probably be dead,” Tyranski, 36, said. “The time that I was unconscious was about two minutes and they say within...

    Mark Kirk

    Kirk wants probe of Hines VA hospital

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said Thursday that there is new evidence of a “culture of corruption” at a veterans hospital in the Western suburbs and that a federal investigation of the facility should examine whether any alleged delays in treatment contributed to the deaths of patients.

    Michael Madigan

    Madigan resurrects tax on millionaires

    House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday resurrected a proposed ballot measure to impose a tax surcharge on millionaires that had earlier failed to win broad support, in a move Republicans criticized as abdicating to voters the job of dealing with tough issues such as tax increases.


    Hanover Park police honored for robbery response

    Hanover Park police officers recently were honored for their quick response in March to a Walgreens store where a man had threatened to shoot employees and stole prescription painkillers.


    Vernon Hills attorney named Lake County judge

    David C. “Chris” Lombardo of Vernon Hills will become the next associate judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit, officials said on Thursday night. Lombardo’s appointment will be effective June 16.

    Co-Valedictorian’s Nicholas Ruble and Michael Desch, right, walk together outside their school before the Marmion Academy commencement exercises Thursday night in Aurora.

    Images: Marmion Academy Graduation
    Marmion Academy held their graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 22nd at the school in Aurora.

    A wildfire that started in a scenic canyon snaked toward Flagstaff on Thursday, prompting residents of outlying areas to prepare to flee and blanketing the city in smoke.

    Crews foresee some containment of Arizona wildfire

    Hundreds of firefighters worked Thursday to protect communities on the edge of Flagstaff from a wildfire that is chewing up a scenic Arizona canyon with towering flames and burning entire trees down to nothing but ash. The human-caused Slide Fire started Tuesday and had burned more than 11 square miles in and around Oak Creek Canyon, a scenic recreation area along a highway between Sedona and...

    The Boy Scouts of America confirmed former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as its new president Thursday at the organization’s annual meeting in Nashville.

    Boy Scouts formally confirms Gates as president

    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was confirmed Thursday as the Boy Scouts of America's new president, taking over one of the nation's largest youth organizations as it fights a membership decline and debates its policy toward gays. The group's national council voted to approve Gates for the volunteer role at the organization's annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.


    Officials: Seven Lake Zurich High seniors disciplined over crude prank

    Seven seniors at Lake Zurich High School have been identified as being involved in what was described as a crude prank discovered Tuesday morning. School officials said "appropriate interventions" have been assigned.

    With boxes of books in the background, Principal Laurie Klomhaus, holds a few of the 2,000 bilingual books that were donated to her Aurora school, Todd Early Learning Center, by the Elburn Lions Club. Some have already been given to students, and about 400 students will receive books to help them read this summer. “We are so happy to have all of these books; we are very appreciative,” Klomhaus said.

    2,000 bilingual books find good home in West Aurora 129

    Todd Early Learning Center Principal Laurie Klomhaus was interested when she was told the Elburn Lions Club had some Spanish-English children's books it could give to her. "You say 'free,' and I'm there," she said, for anything that will help her students, at-risk preschoolers. "Some" turned out to be 2,000 new board books.

    Lawmakers sent Gov. Pat Quinn a plan to have high school sports coaches take concussion training.

    Coaches might have to take concussion course

    High school coaches of all sports would have to take an online class about the danger of concussions if Gov. Pat Quinn gives his approval in the coming months. State Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Park Ridge Democrat, said the certification program would decrease the likelihood of student athletes getting concussions as well as help avoid recurring hits that can cause brain damage.

    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon rejected the suggestion that a $601 billion defense authorization bill the House passed Thursday was a “sop to parochial interests,” arguing that the bill makes “the tough decisions that put the troops first.”

    House defies Pentagon on defense spending

    The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold War-era U-2 spy plane, military bases and Navy cruisers despite warnings that it will undercut military readiness. A White House veto threat — reiterated just hours before the vote — had little impact in an election year as lawmakers embraced the popular...

    In this image released by the U.S. Air Force, a Malmstrom Air Force Base missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an ICBM at a Montana missile site.

    Botched nuclear silo drill revealed

    An Air Force security team’s botched response to a simulated assault on a nuclear missile silo has prompted a blistering review followed by expanded training to deal with the nightmare scenario of a real attack. The Air Force recognized the possibility of such an intrusion as more worrisome after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But an internal review of the exercise held last summer at...

    Neighbor Maria Sanchez holds a Jan. 29, 2012, photo of her neighbor Isidro Garcia at his daughter’s third birthday at Bell Gardens church, while talking to the media Wednesday in Bell Gardens, Calif. Garcia allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in Santa Ana in 2004 then repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted her over the course of 10 years.

    Mother persuaded kidnapped woman to go to police

    A California woman who says she was kidnapped a decade ago by her mother’s boyfriend lived a seemingly ordinary life with her alleged captor year after year, but she was too scared to go to authorities until she recently reunited with her mother, police said Thursday.


    Hundreds of computers, $40,000 stolen from SIU schools

    Southern Illinois University cannot account for hundreds of computers and overlooked the thefts of tens of thousands of dollars in cash, potentially for nearly two years, a state audit shows.

    Heriberto Viramontes

    90 years for man convicted in Chicago bat attack

    A man who beat an Irish exchange student and another young woman with a baseball bat during a robbery as they walked home in Chicago was sentenced Thursday to 90 years in prison.

    Half of the U.S. Senate says it’s time to change the name of the Washington Redskins. Forty-nine Democratic senators wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to say racism and bigotry do not belong in professional sports.

    50 senators to NFL: Change Redskins’ racist name

    Half the U.S. Senate urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to change the Washington Redskins’ name, saying it is a racist slur and the time is ripe to replace it. In one letter, 49 senators cited the NBA’s quick action recently to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life after he was heard on an audio recording making offensive comments about blacks. They...

    Courtesy of Palatine Police Department Maria G. Kraszynska and Christopher A. Krasznski-Morrar

    Prospect Heights mother, son accused of TJ Maxx fraud

    A mother and son from Prospect Heights have been charged in connection with what police said was a “fraud scheme” that resulted in a more than $12,000 loss for Cook county TJ Maxx stores.The two are accused of buying expensive merchandise and returning lesser costing items to other stores to keep the money and original items.

    A Thai soldier stands guard over anti-government demonstrators with their belongings, as they leave their demonstration site after soldiers staged a coup Thursday in Bangkok.

    Thai military seizes power in bloodless coup

    Without firing a shot, Thailand’s powerful military seized control of this volatile Southeast Asian nation Thursday, suspending the constitution and detaining Cabinet ministers in a risky bid to end half a year of political upheaval that many fear will only deepen the nation’s crisis.

    A Ukrainian soldier surveys the site of a battle near the village of Blahodatne, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, where 16 Ukrainian troops were killed and about 30 others were wounded when Pro-Russians attacked a military checkpoint.

    Deadliest day for Ukraine troops: 16 slain in raid

    In the deadliest raid yet on Ukrainian troops, pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint Thursday, killing 16 soldiers, and the interim prime minister accused Moscow of trying to disrupt the upcoming election for a new president to lead the divided country out of its crisis.

    Vincent Bayman tightens bolts on the Freakout ride, preparing for Thursday’s opening of the Mount Prospect Jaycees Memorial Day Carnival. The event, returning from a three-year hiatus, is being held in the parking lot of the Mount Prospect Plaza at Central and Rand roads.

    Jaycees carnival under way in Mt. Prospect

    After a three-year absence from the community calendar, the Mount Prospect Jaycees Memorial Day Carnival is back as the town’s unofficial start to summer.


    Lambs Farm charity car show:

    Lambs Farm hosts its 2nd Annual Charity Car & Bike Show on June 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a variety of makes and models of cars, trucks and bikes.


    Art in the Park in Lake Villa:

    Art in the Park, a day of fine arts and music is planned for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at Lehmann Park on Cedar Lake Road across from the Metra rail line in downtown Lake Villa.


    Budget talk scheduled:

    Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 officials will hold a public discussion about the proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year on May 27.

    The state legislature has approved a ban on traffic ticket quotas. The governor has 30 days to decide whether to sign the bill.

    Bill banning ticket quotas heads to governor

    The legislation on Gov. Pat Quinn's desk would prevent any law enforcement agency from requiring officers to write a certain number of traffic citations within a specific time period.


    Ex-clerk pleads guilty to stealing from village

    A 70-year-old former Burnham village clerk has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $650,000 from her community, spending much of it at casinos.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a trailer containing 19 pallets of food May 11 out of a lot at Carry Transportation, 2777 Old Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village. Value was estimated at $134,250.


    State Senate approves Equal Rights Amendment

    The Illinois Senate has approved a resolution calling for Illinois to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The measure, which needed a three-fifths majority, passed 39-11 Thursday. Six senators voted “present.” It now moves to the House.

    State Rep. Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat, says emergency room visits are more expensive than Medicaid-covered trips to the doctor.

    Illinois Democrats discussing Medicaid expansion

    Illinois Democrats are discussing expanding Medicaid spending at the same time Gov. Pat Quinn is laying out a “doomsday” budget if he doesn’t get a temporary income tax increase extended.

    State Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, speaks to lawmakers Thursday during a Senate Executive Committee hearing at the Capitol.

    Illinois school funding bill tweaked to cap cuts

    A state senator is again revising a proposal to change the state’s school funding formula in hopes of gaining more bipartisan support.

    Chicago Cardinal Francis George

    Cardinal George’s successor to be chosen in fall

    The Archdiocese of Chicago says a successor to ailing Cardinal Francis George should be chosen this fall. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, papal nuncio to the United States, has informed George that he has started the consulting process to identify the cardinal’s successor.


    Wisconsin raises walleye bag limits on 450 lakes

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is increasing walleye bag limits on nearly 450 lakes in time for the holiday weekend in response to lower than average tribal harvests this spring.

    Former priest Daniel McCormack has been accused of molestation again.

    Bond denied for former priest

    A defrocked Catholic priest and convicted child molester has been denied bond after being charged in a sex crime that authorities say occurred in 2005.


    High court opens state’s attorneys to FOIA

    The Illinois Supreme Court has declared that state’s attorneys are government officials subject to state public-records law.

    Toni Preckwinkle

    Cook County president lobbies for pension fix

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has visited the state Capitol in Springfield to lobby for pension reform. The Chicago Democrat attended meetings Thursday with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. She also planned to meet with Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno and House GOP Leader Jim Durkin.

    Fire trucks surround a home on Jerusha Avenue in Elgin Thursday afternoon as firefighters tried to put out a house fire. No one was injured, but two pets were lost in the blaze that left the house uninhabitable.

    2 pets lost in Elgin house fire

    No one was injured in a house fire south of Judson University Thursdsay afternoon in Elgin, fire officials said. Two pets died and the fire left the house uninhabitable.


    Suspect in Joliet slayings enters plea agreement

    A woman accused with three others in the strangulation deaths of two Joliet men has pleaded guilty to concealing a homicide and robbery charges.

    Owner Bill Loumbardias stands in the area where used cars will be offered for sale at the Finish Line Car Wash on 75th Street near Naper Boulevard in Naperville. A maximum of 28 cars will be allowed on the property at any one time behind the existing car wash.

    Car sales coming to 75th Street in Naperville

    A car wash on 75th Street in Naperville has neighbor support and preliminary city council approval to add car sales to its business plan. Finish Line Car Wash at 1090 E. 75th St. is poised to begin selling used cars from the back end of its property near the Market Meadows shopping center. “I think it’s very fair to the neighbors and evidently the neighbors feel the same...

    Former Lombard Fire Chief George “Ed” Seagraves recently was named the 2013 Lombard Man of the Year.

    Former fire chief named 2013 Lombard Man of the Year

    Lombard's longest serving fire chief, George “Ed” Seagraves, was recently named the 2013 Lombard Man of the Year. Since retiring in 2010, Seagraves has been active with Lombard Rotary Club, the Tri-Town YMCA, Boy Scouts, the Lombard Historical and other organizations in town.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    John A. Klytta, 19, of North Riverside, was charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer, resisting a peace officer and battery Wednesday in the 1200 block of Crestview Drive, according to a police report.


    Renewable energy to be discussed in Des Plaines

    Officials from the Sierra Club will provide information about renewable energy during a meeting June 10 in Des Plaines. State Rep. Marty Moylan is hosting the meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St.


    Registration open for Arlington Hts. community bike ride

    Arlington Heights residents still have a few weeks to register for the village’s first Community Bike Ride on June 14. The ride, which will include a 10-mile course and a 2-mile course for children and families, is intended to raise awareness of the cycling paths across the village.


    CFC hosts seining class for kids

    To celebrate June as Leave No Child Inside month, Barrington-based Citizens for Conservation will host a class for kids on seining — a method of fishing that employs a seine or dragnet — on Friday, June 13. CFC’s interns, along with seining expert and longtime CFC volunteer Tom Vanderpoel, will lead the class.

    Fremont Township resident Lola Davis sorts food Thursday at the Fremont Township food pantry. A large amount was delivered after a United States Postal Service collection May 10.

    Bounty of donated food helps fill Fremont Township food pantry shelves

    Volunteers on Thursday helped sort a bounty of donated food that will replenish the sparse shelves at the Fremont Township food pantry. “They feel good about it and so do we,” said Diana O’Kelly, township supervisor. Fremont received about 4,300 pounds as its portion of that collected by letter carriers in a national food drive.


    Harper College to hold social media boot camp for small business owners

    Entrepreneurs will learn how to boost business through social media during a four-part boot camp at Harper College. The classes are run by the college's Illinois Small Business Development Center. "Social media can be much more than just free advertising for a business," Director Tom Cassell said in a statement.

    Shannon Hill

    11 years for 2012 fatal Elgin crash that sparked overnight search

    Shannon Hill, 19, of Elgin, was sentenced to 11 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to causing a crash in September 2012 in Burlington Township that killed his friend and passenger. Hill spent nearly a year in jail while the case was pending.

    The remains of a truck sit on a flatbed on the shoulder of westbound Interstate 90 Thursday after a crash involving three semitrailers. Illinois State Police was investigating the crash near Huntley in which one truck driver was injured.

    Three semis colide on I-90 near Route 47

    Illinois State Police is still investigating an early morning crash on Interstate 90 involving three semitrailers that injured one truck driver. The crash occurred at about 6:30 a.m. and blocked the tollway for about 90 minutes, officials said. One truck driver was taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin with minor injuries.


    District 155 projects surplus next school year

    After two years of deficit spending, Crystal Lake High School District 155 is projecting a $100,000 surplus at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, officials said this week.


    Naperville convenience store robbed twice in one week

    The same 7-Eleven convenience store in Naperville has been hit by an armed robber twice in one week and authorities say the same man may be responsible for both. The robberies, which occurred at 10:07 a.m. Thursday and 7:21 a.m. May 15, appear to be related, police said. Both occurred at the 7-Eleven at 351 E. Bailey Road.

    Osman Bedel

    Rolling Meadows man faces child porn charges

    A 59-year-old Rolling Meadows man is charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced charges against Osman Bedel Thursday following an investigation by a special task force in her office and Arlington Heights police. Bedel was arrested Tuesday and his bond was set at $100,000 today.

    A sign announces the future of the Dallas Cowboys football team headquarters and training facility in Frisco, Texas. New data from the Census Bureau shows that three of the nation’s five fastest-growing cities are located in the Lone Star State. San Marcos, Frisco and Cedar Park, Texas were No. 1, 2 and 4 in percentage population growth between 2012 and 2013.

    Census: Texas has 3 of 5 fastest-growing cities

    Oil equals boom — especially in population right now. And Texas, in the midst of a significant energy rush, is seeing its towns and cities burst at the seams. Three of the nation’s five fastest-growing cities — and seven of the top 15 — are in the Lone Star State, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, part of a trend across the West largely fueled by an...

    Visitors line up to tour the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s WP-3D Orion turboprop “Hurricane Hunter” at New Orleans Lakefront Airport in New Orleans Wednesday. The aircraft is used by scientists on research missions to study various elements of a hurricane, flying through the eye of the storm several times each flight.

    Forecasters predict slow Atlantic hurricane season

    A slower-than-usual hurricane season is expected this year because of an expected El Nino, federal forecasters said Thursday, but they warned that it takes only one storm to wreak havoc and urged Americans to be prepared.

    Lawmakers are debating whether to let Illinois drivers keep their licenses after minor traffic stops.

    Plan would end driver’s license seizure for traffic offenders

    People in Illinois could keep their driver’s licenses after minor violations like speeding or rolling through a stop sign under legislation approved by the state House Thursday.A driver would have to sign a waiver promising to show up in court or pay a fine instead of handing over an ID, which the driver might need for other tasks like boarding an airplane or buying alcohol.

    This undated handout graphic provided by Fermilab shows a proposed particle physics project that would shoot an invisible beam of neutrinos from the Batavia-based lab to an old mine in South Dakota where a detector would look for it.

    Physics panel to feds: Let Fermilab beam neutrinos

    The U.S. should build a billion-dollar project to beam ghostlike subatomic particles 800 miles underground from Fermi National Accelerator Lab in Batavia to South Dakota, a committee of experts told the federal government Thursday. That would help scientists learn about these puzzling particles, called neutrinos, which zip right through us.

    Anthony M. Rivas

    Former Streamwood man, already in jail, faces new sex abuse charge

    About five months after he was charged with sexually abusing a teenage girl, a 25-year-old former Streamwood man is accused of inappropriately touching a second teen multiple times between 2007 and 2011. Anthony M. Rivas faces a charge of criminal sexual abuse.

    Barrington's fire insurance rating will receive a substantial upgrade effective Aug. 1, a reflection of the village's efforts to reorganize its fire department since the Jan. 1 split from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District.

    After split-up, Barrington gets improved fire insurance rating

    An imminent upgrade of Barrington's fire insurance rating is being hailed by village officials as validation of their fire department's realignment after the Jan. 1 split from the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District. Effective Aug. 1, the Insurance Services Office will upgrade the village's public protection classification from a 4 to a 2 — putting it in the top 1.5 percent of...


    Voices in Harmony accepting new members

    Page 2Voices in Harmony, a community choir, is accepting new members for their summer concert season.

    Lawmakers could start trying to move plans that could save towns money on police officer and firefighter pensions.

    Police and firefighter pension changes brewing

    State Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat, might soon unveil a plan aimed at cutting suburban police officer and firefighter pension costs while leaving their retirement benefits intact. But at least some mayors are expected to push back against the plan, saying their budgets can only be helped if pension benefits are scaled back. Link’s plan could let small funds combine into a big one,...


    Parents, teens can learn lessons from each other

    You know how unpredictable teens can be? Well, our Ken Potts says studies indicate that parents of teens can be a bit unpredictable, too.

    Longtime Highland Park resident Joyce O’Keefe recently received the 2014 Lake County Conservation Award from Conserve Lake County in recognition of her significant impact on the preservation of Lake County’s unique natural features over more than three decades.

    Joyce O’Keefe honored with Lake County conservation award

    Longtime Highland Park resident Joyce O’Keefe recently received the 2014 Lake County Conservation Award from Conserve Lake County in recognition of her significant impact on the preservation of Lake County’s unique natural features over more than three decades.

    Attackers crashed a pair of vehicles and tossed explosives in an attack Thursday near an open air market in the capital of China’s volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media reported.

    Marketplace bombing kills 31 in far western China

    Assailants in two SUVs plowed through shoppers while setting off explosives at a busy street market in China’s volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang on Thursday, killing 31 people and injuring more than 90, local officials said.


    Koreas exchange fire near disputed sea boundary

    North and South Korean warships exchanged artillery fire Thursday in disputed waters off the western coast, South Korean military officials said, in the latest sign of rising animosity between the bitter rivals in recent weeks.

    Two car bombs exploded at a bustling bus terminal and market in Nigeria’s central city of Jos on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people.

    Nigeria schools close to protest gov’t inaction

    Many schools around Nigeria closed Thursday to protest the abductions of schoolgirls by Boko Haram, the government’s failure to rescue them and the killings of scores of teachers by the Islamic extremists, as family and friends searched mortuaries and hospitals for people missing since two huge bombs blew up two days ago in the central city of Jos.

    Thailand’s army chief announced a military takeover of the government Thursday, saying the coup was necessary to restore stability and order after six months of political deadlock and turmoil.

    Key moments in Thailand’s political crisis

    Thailand’s military seized power in a coup and suspended the constitution Thursday after six months of protests and a political deadlock. Some key dates in the long-running conflict since the last coup nearly eight years ago.

    Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, Public Information Officer for the Santa Ana Police Department describes how missing girl was located after 10 years during a media briefing outside the police station, Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in Santa Ana, Calif.

    Questions, answers about California kidnap victim

    A woman who vanished as a teenager reappeared a decade later, telling police her mother’s ex-boyfriend drugged and kidnapped her, forced her to marry him and fathered their child. How did it happen?


    Smart happy at news of California woman’s rescue

    Elizabeth Smart said Wednesday that she’s “so happy” at the discovery of a California woman kidnapped 10 years ago and urges people to give the woman privacy. “I’m praying for her,” Smart told The Associated Press. “I’m hoping the very best for her and just very, very happy to hear some good news.”


    50 pounds of dynamite found in suburban home

    The 24 sticks of dynamite weighing 50 pounds were found Wednesday in an Evergreen Park basement. Authorities say the dynamite was in the home for 60 years.


    Catholic parishes in Indianapolis set to close

    Three Catholic parishes in Indianapolis are to close in November as part of an ongoing review by church officials. Holy Trinity, Holy Cross and St. Bernadette parishes will be merged into nearby parishes under the changes announced Wednesday by Archbishop Joseph Tobin.


    Walker’s approval rating rises slightly in poll
    Just under half of registered Wisconsin voters approve of the job Gov. Scott Walker is doing. The Marquette law school released its latest poll numbers Wednesday.


    Ill. Legislature faces off in softball game

    Illinois legislators are pausing from their partisan battles at the state Capitol to pick up bats and gloves for their annual softball game. Senate Democrats and Republicans will square off against their counterparts in the House at Lincoln Park in Springfield on Wednesday night. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:30.


    Illinois man asks for time to respond in Rutherford suit

    The former state employee who accused Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of harassment is asking a federal judge for more time to respond to a motion to throw out the case.


    Police converge on Kokomo for motorcycle training

    Lt. Heath Haalck has been through some intense training during his 25 years serving on the Kokomo Police Department. He perfected sharpshooting at a sniper school. He learned the subtle tactics needed to handle dangerous, extreme situations during SWAT academy. But the hardest training of all? Learning how to properly drive an 850-pound two-wheeler as a motorcycle cop.


    Decatur baby’s death result of faulty car-seat use

    Police believe a 7-month-old Decatur boy’s death was an accident that happened because he wasn’t properly fastened in his car seat. Sgt. Brian Cleary told The Herald & Review in Decatur that Deshaun Bush wasn’t properly secured in the seat when his 18-year-old mother was driving with him Friday night.

    Nicholas Sheley is escorted into the courtroom during the third day of his trial at the Rock Island County Justice Center Wednesday.

    Pathologist at Sheley trial: Hammer was weapon

    Four people, including a young boy, who were found dead in a Rock Falls apartment six years ago were beaten to death with a hammer, a forensic pathologist testified Wednesday during the trial of the man charged with killing them.


    Discarded cat Lucky gets new lease on life

    The Buddy Foundation rescues countless homeless animals that find themselves in perilous situations. As often as it happens, I have to wonder if people understand the consequences of putting an animal out — to fend for itself. There is no water, food or shelter.


    FBI head: Cyber crime posing ‘enormous challenge’

    Law enforcement faces an “enormous challenge” in preventing state-sponsored cyber crimes, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday, days after the Justice Department announced charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets.


    Judge won’t delay lawmaker’s corruption trial

    A federal judge refused on Wednesday to delay a Chicago lawmaker’s bribery trial so he potentially could cast a vote to extend the Illinois income tax increase — the latest blending of public policy, politics and a corruption case in a state with a history of official wrongdoing.

    A film produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture during World War II encouraged American farmers to show their patriotism by growing hemp, which was used to make a variety of military products.

    A victim of war on drugs, hemp poised for Illinois comeback

    In every war, there is "collateral damage." In our war on drugs, hemp fell under attack. Now the Illinois legislature is moving toward revitalizing the plant once seen as patriotic. The tall, agricultural hemp once grown by farmers in Illinois is not the same as the leafy pot plants grown for medical marijuana or by illegal drug producers.

    A picture of Illinois National Guardsmen called up in March 1941 in advance of World War II hangs in the Elgin Armory lobby.

    Elgin Armory marks 75th anniversary

    Proclaimed a “civic dream come true” when it was dedicated, the Elgin Armory — the longtime home to the Illinois National Guard — is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary.


    Dundee’s Memorial Day parade set for Sunday

    Memorial Day will be celebrated over two days in Dundee township with a parade and services. Local veterans groups and scout troops are among those participating. “I have been coordinating this parade for years and people have always been so supportive of it. A lot of people want to march in it, and a lot of people want to watch it,” parade organizer Bobbie Andresen said.


    Dawn Patrol: Hawks blown out; Madigan doesn’t have income tax votes

    Kings blow out Hawks 6-2. Madigan says votes aren’t there to keep 5 percent tax rate. Arrests of protestors at McDonald’s headquarters climbs. Tollway tells Lake County to ante up for Route 53. Elgin resident’s call leads to burglary arrest. Aurora boy seriously injured after being struck by car.


    4 Fox Valley towns get vision on housing, other needs

    Carpentersville needs to restore and manage some of its existing housing; East Dundee should look at more downtown parking and housing; Elgin could focus on housing for seniors; and West Dundee might consider multifamily housing and the future of Spring Hill mall. These are among the findings in a long-range planning study.

    The Mount Prospect Jaycees Memorial Day Carnival, for decades a beloved community tradition, returns this week after a three-year hiatus.

    Memorial Day Carnival back in business in Mt. Prospect

    After a three-year hiatus, the Mount Prospect Jaycees Memorial Day Weekend Carnival is back. The event, which for years served as the unofficial start to summer in Mount Prospect, opens Thursday and runs through Monday.


    Harper College, faculty OK contract extension

    The Harper College board agreed to extend a contract with a union representing roughly 230 full-time faculty members for two more years. The pact provides no base salary raises, but union members will receive a 3.1 percent step increase on the faculty salary schedule in the first year and a 3 percent step increase in the second year.


    Glen Ellyn park board approves change to workweek

    Changes to the workweek for Glen Ellyn Park District employees will provide more flexibility in scheduling and give supervisors more time to approve and submit payroll requests, officials said. The park board on Tuesday agreed to have the workweek start Saturday and end Friday. The week previously started at 12:01 a.m. Sunday and ended at midnight Saturday.

    Lombard police Chief Raymond Byrne, right, presents the Award of Valor to officer Scott Jean.

    Lombard officer presented with Award of Valor

    For only the third time in 10 years, the Lombard police department has presented the Award of Valor to a member of its staff. Officer Scott Jean was given the honor during last week’s village board meeting. “This is not an award that we present very often,” Chief Raymond Byrne said. “It’s really reserved for some very significant incidents.”

    Gordana Milosevic, who moved to the suburbs with her parents from war-torn Yugoslavia in 1993, is a member of the first graduating class of Roosevelt University's College of Pharmacy.

    American dream inspired Roosevelt pharmacy grad

    After Gordana Milosevic's parents moved from war-torn Yugoslavia to the Northwest suburbs in 1993, they began instilling in their then 3-year-old daughter the importance of hard work in achieving the American dream they believed in so solidly. Their dream became hers, and the hard work had paid off as Thursday Milosevic will be part of the inaugural graduating class of Roosevelt University's...


    Behind the scenes at Barefoot Bay:

    The Mundelein Park & Recreation District is holding a free open house at its Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center, 1461 N. Midlothian Road, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 23.

    Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, is accused of lying on citizenship papers about her conviction for a deadly bombing more than 40 years ago in Israel.

    Activist rejects plea deal in immigration case

    An Arab-American activist from Evergreen Park rejected a plea deal Wednesday and said she would hire a new attorney to defend her against a charge of failing to tell U.S. officials about her role in a 1969 bombing in Israel.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, left, jokes with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti during a March panel discussion about the issues facing the nation’s big cities at the University of Chicago. The mayors have a wager on the outcome of the Blackhawks-Kings playoff series.

    Mayors of Chicago, Los Angeles bet on NHL playoffs

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that they’re gambling on the Blackhawks-Kings series. Emanuel is putting up a six-pack of Chicago’s Half Acre beer, Eli’s cheesecake, pastrami from Manny’s deli and Garrett’s Popcorn. Garcetti is betting Tommy’s chili, wine and a copy of “L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My...

    Attorney Michael Reagan speaks on behalf of the appellant before the Illinois Supreme Court during oral arguments on Wednesday at the historic Third District Appellate Courthouse in Ottawa.

    Supreme Court hears arguments in Ottawa

    The Illinois Supreme Court has heard oral arguments at a historic courthouse in Ottawa. Wednesday was one of the rare times the high court has heard oral arguments outside of Springfield or Chicago since it was consolidated in the state capital in 1897.


    The Schaumburg Boomers celebrate after they won the team’s first Frontier League championship last season. The 2014 Boomers make their home debut Friday with a three-game series against the Florence Freedom.

    What you need to know about the Boomers’ opener

    As the Schaumburg Boomers prepare for their home opener on Friday, here are a few things you should know about the independent baseball team and its Frontier League championship celebration.

    Andrew Shaw, here battling with the Blues' Patrik Berglund during the first round of the playoffs, is scheduled to play Saturday night against the Kings.

    Blackhawks' Shaw to return for Game 3

    OK, it's official: Andrew Shaw will be back in the lineup Saturday for Game 3. “He's on the trip,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville confirmed Thursday. “We expect him to play on Saturday.”


    Softball: Thursday, May 22 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Thursday, May 22.


    Girls soccer: Thursday, May 22 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Thursday, May 22.


    Boys volleyball: Thursday, May 22 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Thursday, May 22.


    Boys track: Thursday, May 22 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Thursday, May 22.


    Baseball: Thursday, May 22 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Thursday, May 22.


    Boys water polo: Thursday, May 22 results
    Results of area high school water polo games for Thursday, May 22.


    Back in form, Miller leads Barrington at Palatine

    One month ago, the outlook for Barrington junior Scotty Miller was anything but bright. Having suffered through walking pneumonia and losing weight from his already slight frame, Miller looked like anything but the standout sprinter who medaled twice at the Class 3A track and field meet a year ago. Fast forward to the Class 3A Palatine Sectional and any signs of a weakened or broken down Miller were nowhere to be found. Miller captured state-qualifying berths in three events for the first time as he helped lead the Broncos to the overall team title on Thursday.


    Lisle’s Omioke advances to finals

    Edoise Omioke is looking to cash in on Andrea Norris’ anniversary of the last Lisle state sprint champion. Ten years after Norris captured the Class A 100-meter dash at the girls state track and field meet, the freshman qualified for the Class 1A finals Thursday with her heat-winning time of 12.45 seconds.

    Nick Rafacz of Neuqua Valley takes part in the 4x200 relay during the Class 3A Joliet West boys track sectional Thursday.

    Neuqua’s Widmann comes back from ‘bottom of the well’

    There’s the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. And there’s whatever Neuqua Valley junior Michael Widmann endured Thursday at the Class 3A Joliet West boys track sectional.


    After further review, 7-on-7 passing league looks like a winner

    Ray Glassmann didn’t think he was in 7-on-7 heaven back in 2008. After a couple of years of organizing and running local basketball tournaments, Glassmann decided to see if an off-season spring football league would work. The early returns on the All-American 7-on-7 Passing League were about as favorable as the United States Football League’s ill-fated attempt at competing with the NFL in the mid-1980s. “I was going to cancel it,” Glassmann said of having only five teams and 60 players the first year. “I thought, ‘I guess in Chicago this doesn’t play well. “One of the guys involved said as long we’ve gone this far, let’s play each other twice. I’m glad we did.” The next year it grew to 16 teams. Then it doubled to 32. Now it has exploded to 83 teams and more than 1,200 players from middle school to high school.


    Softball / Northwest roundup

    Senior Kayla Kaufman belted a grand slam and a 2-run double in Fremd’s 10-run third inning as the Vikings topped visiting Hersey 12-2 in six innings on Thursday in a Mid-Suburban League softball crossover. The right-handed power-hitting Kaufman, who will play for North Park next season, went 2-for-3 with a career-high 7 RBI. She now has 8 home runs this spring.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup Thursday, May 22

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup


    Boomers roll past Miners

    Schaumburg Boomers coverage:The Schaumburg Boomers scored in the each of the first four innings and rolled to an 8-3 road win over the Southern Illinois Miners to take two of three in the series.


    Blackburn pitches Cougars to victory

    Kane County Cougars coverage:The Kane County Cougars improved to 19-5 at home and 31-16 overall as Paul Blackburn tossed his fourth quality start of the season to spark a 6-1 victory over the Clinton LumberKings (24-21) in Midwest League action at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva on Thursday night.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    Libertyville senior softball pitcher Carlie Haraden celebrated senior day in style. Haraden threw a five-inning no-hitter, as the Wildcats defeated visiting Round Lake 10-0 Thursday. Haraden struck out 10 and walked one, while also helping herself at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort that included a double.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    Brian Malisheski belted a 2-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifting Wauconda’s baseball team to 9-7 win over Lake Forest on Thursday.

    The Montreal Canadiens celebrate after defeating the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, May 22, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Galchenyuk nets OT goal, Canadiens beat Rangers 3-2

    Alex Galchenyuk tipped in a pass at the right post 1:12 into overtime, and the Montreal Canadiens overcame a late tying goal and beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night. Montreal cut New York's series lead to 2-1, and can tie it Sunday night at Madison Square Garden before heading home for Game 5.


    Palatine falls short against Loyola in state quarterfinals

    After a game where a whole lot didn’t go Palatine’s way, coach Joe Grzybek wasn’t about to let a 15-9 loss to Loyola Academy detract from a great season. The Pirates lost a game they wanted to win, but their coach felt like a winner anyway.


    Naperville Central nips Naperville North

    With the postseason just a few days away, neither the Naperville Central boys volleyball team or Naperville North squad could ask for a better regular-season finale. The Redhawks (31-4, 12-2 DuPage Valley Conference) won Thursday 21-25, 25-17 and 25-18 in front of a large senior night crowd at Naperville North. The pace was quick, the hitting hard and at the end both teams felt the match gave them momentum going into regional play early next week.


    Harvest’s Doby, Elgin Academy’s Pearson reach finals

    Harvest Christian senior Sydney Doby and Elgin Academy junior Kaitlyn Pearson each advanced to the finals in their respective events Thursday during the Class 1A girls state track and field meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Warren left fielder Ben Dinter is having a great year at the plate and in the outfield for the Devils.

    Warren finds the perfect spot for Dinter

    Ben Dinter is Warren’s left fielder, his fourth different position in his three-year varsity career with the Blue Devils. While the senior certainly isn’t falling asleep out there at his newest spot, he is more relaxed than he’s ever been on a baseball field. And it’s paying big dividends for him at the plate, where he has become Warren’s best hitter.


    Libertyville squeezes out a win over Grant

    Libertyville waited, and waited, and waited for its high-fives and conference trophy. Grant is still waiting. Being patient and disciplined, the Libertyville baseball team saved its best tricks for last and used some clutch bunting to scratch out a 4-3 eight-inning victory over host Grant on Thursday afternoon in the North Suburban Conference championship game.

    Lake Zurich’s Maria Schroeder scores past Wauconda catcher Taylor McCarthy in the first inning of Thursday’s NSC championship game at Wauconda.

    Sparkling effort from NSC champ Lake Zurich

    The eye black, applied heavily and artfully smeared on the faces of Lake Zurich’s softball players, featured a glittery blend of black, blue and white. “We take great pride in our eye black,” senior third baseman Maria Schroeder said with a laugh. “It takes the whole bus ride to do.” It took the Bears much less time to set the tone in Thursday’s North Suburban Conference championship game at Wauconda. Schroeder scored all the way from first base on a two-out single to center field by Mallory Parsons, and Lake Zurich had the lead for good en route to a 3-1 win. Lake Zurich (23-4) last won the NSC title in 2011, when Schroeder was a freshman starter on varsity.


    IC Catholic reverses result vs. Lisle

    A year ago IC Catholic Prep’s baseball team fell to Lisle in the regional semifinals, only to watch the Lions go on to win the Class 2A state championship. With the same path in mind, the Knights avenged that loss on Thursday. IC Catholic Prep held on for a heart-stopping 2-1 victory over Lisle in the Class 2A Timothy Christian regional semifinals, setting up a title game matchup against top-seeded Westmont at noon Saturday in Elmhurst.


    Fast-starting Stevenson rolls into semifinals

    Host Stevenson wasted little time getting rolling Thursday night in the boys water polo state tournament. The Patriots jumped all over Brother Rice in this quarterfinal contest as they built a commanding 9-1 lead over the Crusaders at halftime before coasting to a 12-7 victory. Stevenson (27-7) advanced to the semifinals against Loyola Academy (29-5) Saturday at 10:15 a.m. Brother Rice closed out its season with an 11-18 record.


    Rosales’ goal helps Batavia past Fremd

    Karina Rosales’ magnificent late goal stunned No. 9 seed Fremd and sent No. 8 Batavia into the Addison Trail regional final Friday against top-seed St. Charles North. The junior’s stunning 22-yard blast helped her club earn a hard fought 1-0 victory Thursday afternoon to end the hopes of the Vikings (7-11-1).


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, May 22

    Burlington Central 8, North Boone 5: Andrew Wiss (3-for-4, RBI, 3RS) was a single short of hitting for the cycle in a Big Northern East victory for the Rockets (18-11, 9-3), which clinched a share of the division title with Richmond-Burton.

    Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale throws against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Sale retires 18 of 19, Sox beat Yankees 3-2

    Chris Sale retired 18 of 19 batters over six scoreless innings in his return from an arm injury, and the White Sox beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Thursday night.The left-hander retired the first 17 hitters after missing more than a month because of a flexor strain in his pitching arm, and Chicago hung on after Mark Teixeira singled in two runs against Ronald Belisario in the ninth.

    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)

    Samardzija makes history — for all the wrong reasons

    Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija keeps making history, but in ways neither he nor the Cubs would like. Samardzija's 1.46 ERA is the lowest without a win through the first 10 starts of a season by any pitcher in major-league history.


    Waubonsie gets edge for postseason

    The hope was that Thursday’s regular-season finale between Waubonsie Valley and Benet would prove a nice launching pad into next week’s volleyball playoffs. For the most part it did, even though only one team could prevail. On this night it was the visiting Warriors who pulled out a tight 25-21, 25-23 nonconference win to send 26-9 Waubonsie Valley into the postseason with nine straight victories. The win in Lisle also avenged a three-game loss suffered earlier this season to the Redwings.


    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, May 22

    Fresh off its first conference championship in 33 years, the Hampshire softball team added another notch to its belt Thursday, beating Jacobs 6-2 in a Fox Valley Conference crossover, marking Hampshire’s first 20-win season since 2003.

    Elgin’s Jessica Rago (25) delivers a pitch during Thursday’s game at Larkin in Elgin.

    Rago, Elgin stymie Larkin

    Playing in its final conference game of the year before heading off to face Elk Grove next Wednesday in the Class 4A St. Charles East regional, the Elgin softball team knew it had one last chance to fine tune its game. That it came against crosstown rival Larkin made it that much better.With their pitching leading the way, the Maroons shutout the Royals and held them to just 2 baserunners in a 10-0 six-inning Upstate Eight River victory Thursday at Larkin.

    Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu breaks his bat as he flies out to left field against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Hahn: Abreu rehabbing, has no history of ankle trouble

    Jose Abreu has been dealing with a sore ankle off and on since spring training, and the discomfort landed the White Sox' slugger on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Sox GM Rick Hahn said Abreu had no history of ankle trouble when he was playing in his native Cuba.


    Naperville North clobbers Sandburg in quarterfinal

    How can there be a blowout at the state tournament? It’s not like Sandburg and Naperville North haven’t seen each other this year. In that matchup Naperville North broke open a close game after halftime back on April 12. “It was 3-3 at halftime,’’ said Naperville North coach Martin Bell.Thursday marked the beginning of the boys water polo state finals at Stevenson High School, and Naperville North junior Drake McClure scored the first goal for the Huskies less than 30 seconds into the match.


    Aurora Christian gets regional title shot

    The plan worked to perfection for the Aurora Christian baseball team in a 10-1 victory over the generous hosts in a Class 2A Westminster Christian regional semifinal Thursday.

    New York Yankees infielder Derek Jeter smiles as he talks to media at a news conference before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Jeter weighs in on retirement, Chicago memories, Konerko

    It what is likely his final series in Chicago, Yankees legend Derek Jeter talked about his South Side memories, impending retirement, Paul Konerko and former teammate Robin Ventura before Thursday night's game vs. the White Sox.

    Brooke Gaylord

    Gaylord’s 1-hitter sparks Burlington Central

    Brooke Gaylord couldn’t have asked for a better senior day. And the Burlington Central softball team couldn’t have asked for a better game than Thursday’s to carry it into the postseason. Gaylord fired a 1-hitter with 11 strikeouts and 1 walk, and she went 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple and a booming home run, as the Rockets downed Rock Falls 7-0 in a Big Northern Conference crossover on senior day at Rocket Hill.


    Huntley nails down FVC Valley title

    It didn’t take the Huntley baseball team long to wrap up the outright title in the Fox Valley Conference on Thursday. Playing Crystal Lake South in the completion of a game suspended on Tuesday in the bottom of the sixth inning with the score tied 3-3, Huntley scored twice in the sixth on a walk and 3 straight hits and Nick Constantino retired the Gators in order in the seventh to finish a 5-3 victory.The win secured Huntley’s first outright title in the Fox Valley Conference’s Valley Division. The Red Raiders shared the FVC Valley title in 2010 and 2013.

    Fans pound on the glass after Nick Leddy scored the first goal of the game in Wednesday’s 6-2 Blackhawks loss. Leddy, a native of Minnesota, said he loves hockey because it “involves everything.”

    Blackhawks love lacing up the skates

    Love of the game.Few athletes seem to have it as much as hockey players.But why?Why do these guys love hockey so much? That was the question, and here are some of the Blackhawks’ answers in their own words:


    Elk Grove, Schaumburg meet again — this time for MSL crown

    It’s been a long time since Elk Grove or Schaumburg have played in the Mid-Suburban League championship baseball game. But the neither team will be dazed or confused on what to expect from each other since the two teams met just four days ago. Elk Grove, which has not been to the MSL title game since 2006, beat Schaumburg, which has not advanced to the championship since 2008, 6-2 last Monday. The teams will square up again today at 4:30 p.m. at Schaumburg with the title at stake.

    Conant’s softball team celebrates its 3-0 win over Buffalo Grove in the Mid-Suburban League championship game Thursday in Hoffman Estates.

    MSL title belongs to Conant

    Conant’s softball players have hit an area-high 45 home runs runs this season. They may not have put any over the fence in Thursday’s 41st edition of Mid-Suburban League championship game but the Cougars showed their versatility.They used a few extra base hits, a few singles, steady defense and solid pitching to claim their third MSL crown in four years with a 3-0 shutout over visiting Buffalo Grove.


    First Barton Golf Outing will raise money for cancer research

    To hear Jerry Auchstetter tell it, John Barton was a champion of the underdog.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com ¬ St. Charles East’s Anna Corirossi steps in front of a pass from St. Edward’s Chelsea Gnan to teammate Megan Kearney Thursday in St. Charles.

    St. Charles East duo shares bond that can’t be broken

    Before every match, Amanda Hilton and Anna Corirossi share in a long-standing ritual. They spit into their own hands, shake hands with each other and then wipe their hands on the grass. This form of a “blood brothers” clasp says everything about the bond between these two St. Charles East seniors, who have known each other and played soccer together for more than 10 years.

    Texas Rangers’ Alex Rios, from left, Prince Fielder, Leonys Martin, and Michael Choice, right, watch play in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez )

    Prince Fielder out for season with herniated disc

    Prince Fielder is expected to have neck surgery next week and miss the rest of the season.Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that the herniated disk in Fielder’s neck has gotten worse, and that Dr. Drew Dossett recommended surgery.

    United States midfielder Landon Donovan takes a shot during practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium Thursday, May 25, 2006, in Cleveland. The USA plays Venezuela in a friendly match Friday night in preparation for the 2006 World Cup. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Donovan left out of World Cup roster

    The idea of Landon Donovan being left off the U.S. World Cup roster seemed unfathomable. Now it’s reality.U.S. Soccer announced Thursday afternoon that Donovan was one of seven players released from pre-World Cup training camp by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Also released were defenders Brad Evans, Clarence Goodson and Michael Parkhurst; midfielders Maurice Edu and Joe Corona; and forward Terrence Boyd.“It’s an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff, and these 23 players that you’ve chosen can focus now purely on Brazil,” Klinsmann said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “We can go into more specific things about technical approaches, and about the opponents. For the players, it’s very important to know that they are now part of it and they can relax and know they are on the list going to Brazil and taking it from there. After almost 10 days of work right now, we thought the point has come to make the decision.”It’s a decision that surely will be second-guessed if the United States struggles in what is considered one of the toughest groups at this year’s World Cup.Donovan, 32, has been a fixture on the U.S. team since he was a teenager and has played a role in some of the team’s most important moments dating to the 2002 World Cup, including scoring the game-winning goal in the final minutes against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup.He has 156 caps with the U.S. team and is its all-time leader in goals scored and assists.Although Donovan took some time away from the team last year, he had seemed to work his way into Klinsmann’s good graces.The World Cup begins June 12 in Brazil. Rosters had to be trimmed to 23 players by June 2.Donovan presumably will be with the Los Angeles Galaxy when it plays the Chicago Fire on June 1 at Toyota Park.The Fire could see Parkhurst this weekend at Columbus.Follow Orrin on Twitter @Orrin_Schwarz

    Mark Cuban arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

    Mark Cuban apologizes to Trayvon Martin family
    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apologized Thursday to Trayvon Martin’s family over his choice of words in a videotaped interview in which he addressed bigotry and prejudice.Cuban even revealed some of his own prejudices in the interview with Inc. magazine, and said he believes everyone has “prejudices and bigotries” on some level.


    Girls track / State meet scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at the weekend's girls track high school state meet, from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator.

    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall credits GM Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman with helping him become a better person.

    Marshall gets emotional over Bears deal

    Wide receiver Brandon Marshall and general manager Phil Emery could barely contain their joy at the news conference publicizing the three-year, $30 million contract extension that Marshall signed on Monday.


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for Friday, May 23

    Joe Kristufek selections for Friday, May 23, racing at Arlington International:


    Mike North video: Rangers vs. Hawks?
    Mike North thinks but it might come down to two of the Original Six — the New York Rangers and their stellar goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, against the Blackhawks and Corey Crawford.


    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp., the retailer controlled by billionaire hedge-fund manager Edward Lampert, posted a wider first-quarter loss amid a sales decline that has stretched into its seventh year.

    Sears 1Q loss widens, may close more stores

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings signaled that it may close more stores than the 80 locations it is shuttering this year as the beleaguered retailer looks for ways to restore profitability and raise cash. The news came as the company, which operates Kmart as well as Sears stores, reported a wider first-quarter loss as sales declined 7 percent.

    Qiangdong Liu, CEO of JD.com, raises his arms to celebrate the IPO for his company at the Nasdaq MarketSite, Thursday in New York. JD.com, China’s No. 2 e-commerce service, is headquartered in Beijing.

    Economic data on U.S., China boost stocks

    Investors drew encouragement from reports on Chinese manufacturing and the U.S. economy, as well as improving earnings from several U.S. retailers. Trading was lighter than usual as traders looked ahead to the Memorial Day weekend.

    Protesters call for higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald’s headquarters at an annual shareholder meeting in Oak Brook Thursday.

    No arrests as protesters return to McDonald’s headquarters

    Hundreds of protesters returned Thursday to the McDonald’s Corp. headquarters to continue their chants for higher wages for workers, while the company’s top executives inside during their annual meeting said entry level positions often lead to more opportunities. While workers outside sought more than double the wage at $15, executives defended the opportunities at the global chain.

    The sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md. The House today passed legislation to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records, the first legislative response to the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

    House passes curbs on NSA surveillance

    The House on Thursday passed legislation to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American phone records, the first legislative response to the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Although the compromise measure was significantly "watered down," in the words of Democrat Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, it passed by a vote of 303 to 120, with 9 members not voting.

    The price of gasoline should look familiar to many drivers this Memorial Day.

    Gasoline prices have familiar look as summer nears

    The price of gasoline should look familiar to many drivers this Memorial Day. For the third year in a row, the national average will be within a penny or two of $3.64 per gallon. Gasoline in the Chicago area has been hitting above $4 a gallon in some locations.

    Kyle Jachcinski, a staff member of the Squadron Ops Sim Center at the Aurora Airport in Sugar Grove, tries out one of the fighter pilot simulators.

    Fighter pilot simulator keeps enthusiasts flying

    Squadron Ops Sim Center at the Aurora Airport in Sugar Grove uses technology drawn from actual military training principles to offer an intense taste of what it’s like to fly fighter aircraft in combat, said Greg Morris, owner of Squadron Ops Sim Center as well as Gauntlet Warbirds, a company that offers training and rides in aerobatic and ex-military aircraft. He is a civilian pilot and flight instructor, and does contract flying for the military.

    Mike Zulauf, 2008 graduate of the Air Force Academy, shakes hands with Sandra Modena, Sales Manager at Trillium Staffing, at the annual veterans job fair aboard the LST in downtown Muskegon Mich. The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, but remained at a low level that suggests hiring should remain steady.

    U.S. unemployment aid applications rise to 326,000

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, but remained at a low level that suggests hiring should remain steady. Applications rose 28,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The increase comes after applications fell to their lowest level since May 2007 two weeks ago.

    Target cut its annual profit outlook Wednesday and said its first-quarter earnings fell 16 percent as it took another hit from a massive customer data breach and a troubled expansion in Canada.

    Target 1Q profit falls 16 pct as breach takes toll

    Target cut its annual profit outlook Wednesday and said its first-quarter earnings fell 16 percent as it took another hit from a massive customer data breach and a troubled expansion in Canada. The third-largest U.S. retailer, based in Minneapolis, also issued a second-quarter profit projection below analysts’ expectations.

    Home-improvement retailer Lowe’s fiscal first-quarter net income climbed 16 percent, bolstered in part by a lower tax rate.

    Lowe’s 1Q results rise, but miss expectations

    Home-improvement retailer Lowe’s fiscal first-quarter net income climbed 16 percent, bolstered in part by a lower tax rate. But its revenue and its profit adjusted to exclude the effect of one-time items missed analysts’ estimates as poor weather kept customers from stores during the beginning of the key spring selling season.

    An interior view of a room at The Cromwell Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas. Managers of The Cromwell hope to impress guests not with an imposing tower, but with unexpected details such as in-room hair straighteners and backgammon boards and free, self-serve coffee stations in the elevator lobby of each floor.

    After years of going big, Vegas hotels go boutique

    For years, Las Vegas took the bigger-is-better route, building expansive glassy megaresorts with 4,000 rooms apiece and seemingly endless check-in counters. But with just 188 rooms, the newest hotel-casino on the Strip takes a different tack.


    China treads carefully as it pursues influence

    China is carrying on a high-stakes balancing act aimed at building influence and access to resources abroad without damaging ties with its most important economic partner — the United States.

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    Theater events: Seth Bockley's 'Aunt Susan' premieres at Goodman

    Goodman Theatre presents the world premiere of Seth Bockley's "Ask Aunt Susan" and Griffin Theatre receives a special non-Equity Jeff Award next month.


    Leary gives new equipment to Detroit firefighters

    Denis Leary, a longtime supporter of firefighters and the star of an acclaimed TV show in which he played one, was in Detroit on Thursday to present $260,000 worth of equipment to the bankrupt city’s fire department. The new gear was paid for by proceeds from “Burn,” a documentary film about the city’s firefighters that Leary executive-produced.

    Los Angeles prosecutors charged Michael Jace with murder on Thursday in the shooting death of his wife on Monday.

    Prosecutors charge ‘Shield’ actor with murder

    Prosecutors have charged actor Michael Jace with murder after his wife was shot and killed in their Los Angeles home. The 51-year-old actor, who played a police officer in the hit TV series “The Shield,” could face 50 years to life in state prison if convicted.

    Lauren (Drew Barrymore) can't believe the nerve of her blind date Jim (Adam Sandler) in the rom-com “Blended.”

    'Blended' a splendid reunion for Sandler, Barrymore

    With the surprisingly sweet “Blended,” director Frank Coraci tops himself with a flat-out audience pleaser that bumps up the expectantly low Adam Sandler standards to something approaching intelligence and insight. Hard to believe, given Sandler's record for making infantile comedies pandering to the lowest common denominator. Sandler reunites with Drew Barrymore for this splendid rom-com.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel exits the water earlier this year during the “Polar Plunge” in Chicago. Emanuel will appear on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon on June 3, making good on his promise after Fallon came and jumped into icy Lake Michigan.

    Mayor Emanuel to appear on ‘Tonight Show’

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is to appear on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, making good on his promise after the host came to Chicago in March and jumped into the icy Lake Michigan. The mayor’s office and NBC officials said Thursday that Emanuel will appear on the show June 3.

    Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett was jailed Wednesday after being arrested in a bar at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

    Fox News anchor released following airport arrest

    Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett has been released from jail following his arrest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for refusing to cooperate with police. Authorities say the 59-year-old network anchor was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northern Lights Grill in the main terminal. Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan says officers reported that Jarrett seemed intoxicated, acted belligerently and refused to follow their orders.

    Ryan Seacrest, right, announces Caleb Johnson the winner of season 13 of Fox’s “American Idol” Wednesday.

    Caleb Johnson wins ‘American Idol’ crown

    Big-voiced rocker Caleb Johnson is the season 13 “American Idol,” winning the title over teenage pop singer Jena Irene. “This is crazy,” Johnson said after host Ryan Seacrest announced the TV audience’s decision on Wednesday’s season finale of the Fox contest. Johnson, 23, of Asheville, North Carolina, and Irene, 17, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, told each other “you da bomb” before the result was revealed. Runner-up Irene is getting a consolation prize: The two competitors and friends are set to attend her high school prom, Seacrest said.

    A young novitiate nun (newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska) in 1960s Poland discovers a dark family secret dating from the Nazi occupation in “Ida.”

    ‘Ida’ revisits shocking treatment of Polish Jews during WWII

    You could take virtually any shot from director Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” put it in a frame and mount it on a wall. The camerawork is that composed and that expressive. Shot in old-fashioned Academy ratio (almost square, as in those old TV sets) and rendered in imposing blends of charcoal grays, radiant whites and foreboding blacks, “Ida” revisits the shocking treatment of Polish Jews during World War II, plus the guilt and silence that came along in its aftermath.


    ‘Fed Up’ takes on weighty issues of food industry

    Stephanie Soechtig’s potentially life-changing documentary “Fed Up” has the look and feel of an extended “60 Minutes” investigative news segment. Except that it’s much, much more. Narrated by Katie Couric, “Fed Up” takes on the weighty issues of childhood obesity and the power of the food industry to dictate government policies on public welfare. This is thorough, old-fashioned investigative reporting that will push you to check the nutrition labels on everything you and your family members buy to consume.

    A woman prepares planting beds in her personal plot at the South Whidbey Tilth Community Garden near Freeland, Wash. Gardeners can reserve a 20-foot by 20-foot space for a $50 annual fee, and must use organic growing methods and materials. The gardeners can keep what they grow but are encouraged to share in caring for the communal parts of the garden.

    No planting space? Try community gardening

    Community gardens are much more than neighboring plots. Given enough energy and enthusiasm, they morph into support groups, horticulture classes, swap meets or modest profit centers for low- and fixed-income growers. Small wonder there often is more demand than availability.

    Tattoo artist Scott Marshall of Roselle, left, was named the winner of Spike TV's “Ink Master” Season 4 live finale on Tuesday.

    Roselle tattoo artist claims 'Ink Master' crown

    Roselle tattoo artist Scott Marshall truly is an “Ink Master.” Marshall won the title Tuesday night when he defeated two other finalists in the live Season 4 finale of Spike TV's “Ink Master” reality competition. Along with the title, Marshall won the $100,000 grand prize and will be featured in Inked magazine.

    Arlington Heights native Collin Souter’s “Meaningful Gestures” plays at Chicago Filmmakers as part of his shorts trilogy.

    Arlington Heights native screens trilogy of shorts in Chicago

    Arlington Heights native Collin Souter will show a trilogy of his short films at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Chicago Filmmakers in Chicago. All three films star 14-year-old Winnetka actors Teddy Fischer and Eliza Tilson. Also, celebrate Memorial Day with a double feature of war movies this weekend at the Skokie Theater.

    If you visit Cincinnati, it’s worth it to make the trip to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood for the fried chicken and side dishes like spoonbread and mac and cheese at The Eagle.

    Go for the food: Fried chicken in Cincy a must

    When it comes to cuisine, Cincinnati is known for its quirky version of chili. What truly makes Cincinnati’s dining scene special is what’s happening in the city’s Over-the-Rhine Historic District. One of the gems of the bunch, The Eagle, has been seducing Cincinnati with cheap fried chicken since December.

    Ewa (Marion Cotillard) relies on the unsavory help of Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) when she arrives in America in “The Immigrant.”

    ‘The Immigrant’ proves both grand and intimate

    Floating in past a misty Statue of Liberty, James Gray’s “The Immigrant” somberly gathers its majesty as a metaphor-rich story of passage and survival. Starring Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, it’s an old tale told with rare precision, channeling grand themes into an intimate melodrama.



    Editorial: The limits to politics by referendum

    A Daily Herald editorial says the proposed referendum on the minimum wage exemplifies a process whose ends are often more political than democratic.

    John Mehrtens

    Blackhawks should lead out on mascot change

    Guest columnist John Mehrtens: Chicago has a proud history as a progressive city, so I’ve been surprised to discover just how much old-school racism still lurks below the surface. But the city, the Blackhawks and their fans have an opportunity to do be trendsetters. Will the Blackhawks’ mascot be changed willingly, because it’s morally proper, or will it happen only after a prolonged public dispute?


    Keeping the Holocaust in memory

    Columnist Michael Gerson: About 1.4 million Holocaust victims were under the age of 14. It is one of the most solemn responsibilities of educators to make a new generation see what was done.


    Why so much federally owned land?
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Can someone answer the question, how did the federal government get to be in charge of over 80 percent of the state of Nevada? And large percentages of other Western states? Constitutionally, how is that possible?


    Where’s the outcry from Muslim-Americans?
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I see that Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, the top religious authority in the birthplace of Islam, has condemned Boko Haram for kidnapping all those schoolgirls. And several Muslim-American groups are recently doing likewise. Nice to see.


    Establish legal consequences for bullies
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The effects of bullying have been devastating. Victims have become violent, suicidal, destructive and have had mental breakdowns. They become the cast-outs and loners.Maybe the laws that cover discrimination should add victims of bullying to protect their rights.


    Good investment in local government
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I would like to add my support to the proposed compensation package for the Naperville City Council members. I value the time and responsibility taken on by those who are elected to office.


    Rideshare program deserves a chance
    A Westmont letter to the editor: As the General Assembly is working to draft regulations for rideshare services like UBERx, I traveled to Springfield recently to speak with Sen. Kirk Dillard about my experience as a driver.


    Sleepy Hollow Road tree canopy ruined
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: I, and many others, have spent countless hours attempting to preserve and protect the rare wild beauty of Sleepy Hollow Road, now designated an Illinois State Pleasure Driveway.


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