Daily Archive : Friday May 23, 2014


    Train crossings on Route 60 and Butterfield Road in Mundelein will be closed starting May 30 for track repairs.

    Two road closures planned for Mundelein area

    Starting May 30, crews will be working on the Canadian National Railway tracks near Route 60 and Butterfield Road, which is along the border between Mundelein and Vernon Hills. That means the crossings on Route 60 and Butterfield Road will be closed for about a week.

    St. Charles police community restitution coordinator Dan Orland talks with a drive-thru customer at the Dunkin’ Donuts location during the 2013 “Cop on a Rooftop.” This year’s event will be Friday, May 30.

    Police stake out Dunkin’ Donuts for Special Olympics

    For the 12th year in a row, hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the state will stake out 174 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops to raise awareness and donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois on Friday, May 30, beginning at 5 a.m.

    Carl H. Roderwald, 40, of Mundelein, likely was the victim of a hit-and-run crash along Route 83 near McRae Lane, just south of Route 176 in Mundelein.

    Driver says fatal hit-and-run possibly his fault, Mundelein police say

    A man who believed he was involved in a hit-and-run accident that left a Mundelein bicyclist dead turned himself in to police Friday afternoon, authorities said. The man was not identified by police, nor was he charged as of Friday night, police said. “He indicates he thought he hit a deer and didn’t see what he had hit,” Chief Eric Guenther said.

    David Bristol of Crystal Lake hugs his mother, Carol, during the Honoring of the Parents ceremony.

    Images: Westminster Christian High School Graduation
    Westminster Christian School held their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 23rd at the school in Elgin.

    Daniel Majeed

    Stevenson mourns death of senior

    A student at Stevenson High School died unexpectedly at home Thursday night, officials at the school reported Friday. Daniel Majeed, a senior less than two weeks away from graduation, was with his family at the time of his death.


    Aurora man sent to prison for sex assault

    A 24-year-old Aurora man was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for sexually assaulting a teenager he was watching while her parents were away, prosecutors said.


    Aurora molester sentenced to 15 years

    An Aurora man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for sexually assaulting a girl he was baby-sitting. His wife saw images of the assaults on his smartphone and alerted authorities.


    Truck crashes into building in Palatine

    A pickup truck crashed into a building late Friday afternoon in a residential area north of downtown Palatine, authorities said.


    Driver injured in collision near Barrington

    A driver had to be extricated from his pickup truck and transported to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon near Barrington, authorities said. The truck collided with a large landscaping company truck about 1:15 p.m. near the intersection of Route 59 and Cresthill Drive.

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

    GOP sues to overturn limits on contributions

    “In an era when independent-expenditure accounts can solicit unlimited contributions and spend enormous amounts to influence political races, political parties are constitutionally entitled to compete equally with them with their own independent campaign activity,” said James Bopp Jr., the lawsuit’s lead attorney.


    Bill seeks to jump-start ‘fracking’ in Illinois

    An Illinois lawmaker has introduced a proposal to jump-start hydraulic fracturing in the state after industry groups have complained of delays in the rule-making process.

    The first Ross K. MacNeill Foundation Hockey Tournament will be Saturday, June 7, at the Center Ice of DuPage skating rink in Glen Ellyn. Ross, of Wheaton, died last May at age 11 from pediatric brain cancer.

    Hockey tournament raising money for brain cancer

    Ross MacNeill of Wheaton will be memorialized during a hockey tournament on Saturday, June 7, at Center Ice Rink in Glen Ellyn. The 11-year-old played hockey at the rink until two months before his death last May from pediatric brain cancer. The first Ross K. MacNeill Foundation Hockey Tournament will be dedicated to raising awareness and funding for research to end pediatric brain cancer.

    A surveillance image shows bank robbery suspect William Rozelle of North Chicago, who was charged Friday by federal authorities.

    N. Chicago man accused of Waukegan bank robbery

    A 30-year-old North Chicago man tried to open up an account at a Waukegan bank — even going so far as to provide an ID card and Social Security number — before leaving and coming back soon after to rob the bank, federal authorities said Friday.


    Trial set for Highland Park woman accused in child’s death

    A Highland Park woman will be tried next week on charges of driving onto a sidewalk and killing a 5-year-old girl after inhaling computer dust cleaner.


    Bill would create one set of farmers market rules

    Legislation that would allow the Illinois Department of Health to create a single set of food-safety standards for farmers markets has been passed by both houses of the General Assembly.


    Former Chicago tax preparer gets 4 years in prison

    A former Chicago tax preparer has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for filing false income tax returns that claimed millions of dollars in refunds for clients.


    Officials: Leave state’s wildlife alone

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is asking hikers, picnickers and others enjoying the warm weather to stay away from any baby birds and wild animals they come across.

    Tammy Duckworth

    Duckworth to lead Chicago’s Memorial Day parade

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is the grand marshal of Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade. The festivities begin with a wreath laying ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Daley Plaza. The parade will follow at noon along State Street.


    Man accused of driving into hospital, pointing gun

    Police have arrested a man accused of driving a car through the front doors of a Chicago hospital and pointing a gun at a security officer.

    President Barack Obama walks off Air Force One after arriving Thursday at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

    Obama has breakfast with governor in Chicago

    President Barack Obama spent a rare night at his Kenwood home and had breakfast Thursday with Quinn at nearby Valois Cafeteria, where a menu lists Obama’s favorite items.

    From left are Skyler James, Charlie Heflin, and Greg and Bonnie James, Skyler’s adoptive parents, in Charleston, Ill. Heflin saved Skyler 18 years ago when he found her abandoned in a cemetery.

    Graduate meets the man who saved her

    Skyler James and Charlie Heflin share a long history. But before James graduated from high school in Charleston last week, the two didn’t know each other at all.


    Tamale plant closed over rodent droppings

    State officials have shut down a western Illinois tamale plant after finding what they say were unsanitary food-handling conditions.


    Walk in Wauconda:

    The Wauconda Cemetery, the Andrew C. Cook House and the Federated Church of Wauconda are a few of the stops planned for the Wauconda Historical Walk on Sunday, June 8.


    Chicago State University athletic director quits

    Chicago State University athletic director Dan Schumacher has resigned and plans to take the same job at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


    Chicago man convicted in 5 shooting deaths

    A jury has convicted a Chicago man of murder in the 2008 killings of five people found shot execution-style in the head after a robbery at a home on the city’s South Side.


    Mundelein farmers market to open:

    The Mundelein Farmers Market will open for the season from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 13 at the new Village Hall Plaza, Hawley Street and Chicago Avenue.


    Charges dismissed against aunt of shooting suspect

    A Cook County judge has dismissed mob action and obstruction charges filed against the aunt of a Chicago girl accused of fatally shooting a rival during a fight over a boy.


    New employee deals at CLC:

    College of Lake County has reached agreement on contracts with two employee groups.


    Judge separates trials for 3 murder suspects

    A Will County judge has ruled that three suspects in the 2013 strangulation deaths of two Joliet men will be tried separately.


    Dinges hired to lead Bartlett public works

    Geneva is looking for a new public works director after Dan Dinges announced he is taking a similar job in Bartlett.


    Chicago man pleads guilty to Palatine phone store robbery

    A Chicago man pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbing a Palatine Verizon Wireless store, court records show. In exchange for his guilty plea, Lavel Fort, 21, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, court records show.


    Gas line catches fire in Batavia

    A natural gas service line caught on fire Friday afternoon outside a building in a Batavia industrial area, but didn’t extend into the structure, authorities said. Firefighters were dispatched to 1198 Nagel Boulevard just after noon, and upon arrival, found the gas line burning less than 6 inches from the building.

    Democrat Tammy Duckworth , left, and Republican Larry Kaifesh, right, are candidates for the 8th Congressional District in the 2014 general election.

    Duckworth criticizes opponent over endorsement

    Democrat U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s campaign Friday criticized her Republican opponent Larry Kaifesh over his upcoming endorsement by former congressman Allen West.

    Associated Press/July 11, 2008 A trio of humpback whales break the surface of the water as they work together in a group behavior known as “bubble feeding” off the coast of Cape Cod near Provincetown, Mass.

    More whales being hit by ships along East Coast

    Rob DiGiovanni said his marine animal rescue group hopes to study whether the numbers are up because there are more whales, more ships or a change in a food source, as suggested by NOAA.

    Enrique Galeana

    Palatine man admits stabbing roommate

    A Palatine man charged with stabbing his roommate earlier this year pleaded guilty to aggravated battery. In exchange for his plea, Enrique Galeana, 39, was sentenced to two years in prison, court records show.


    Elgin wrongful cremation lawsuit could end in July

    A contentious wrongful cremation lawsuit against an Elgin funeral home could be resolved in July. Timothy Cahill sued Laird Funeral Home in 2011, arguing his wife's wishes were to be buried in Tennessee. Cahill, an over-the-road-trucker, didn't know his wife had died in Elgin until he returned home and discovered their house empty. Her body had been turned over to her son for cremation. There was...


    Chicago man sentenced for pharmacy thefts

    A Chicago man pleaded guilty to stealing $3,600 worth of medication from pharmacies in Arlington Heights and South Barrington and re-selling them. In exchange for his guilty plea to the class 1 felony, James Harris, 42, was sentenced to 6 years in prison.


    Battery charges dismissed against Niles man in 2012 attack

    A Cook County judge dismissed battery and mob actions charges against Rene Garibay, of Niles , court records show. The charges stemmed from a March 2012 incident.

    Lifeguard Tom Martin puts away cleaning equipment at Pioneer Park Pool in Arlington Heights, which is opening Saturday.

    Pools get ready to open this weekend, next
    Pools are filled with water all over the suburbs as park districts prepare for another summer at water parks and neighborhood pools. Some open Saturday; others open next weekend.


    Thillens opens campaign office in Des Plaines

    Mel Thillens, a Republican candidate for state representative in the 55th District, has opened his campaign office in downtown Des Plaines.

    Aaron Brodeski

    Batavia priest charged with public indecency

    Monsignor Aaron Brodeski, who last served at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia, has been charged with misdemeanor public indecency in Winnebago County.


    Culver’s of Schaumburg reopening May 27

    Culver’s of Schaumburg, at 1800 Wise Road, will mark the completion of a recent upgrade project with a grand reopening celebration from Tuesday, May 27 through Tuesday, June 3. The celebration will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. May 27 featuring company co-founder and CEO Craig Culver.

    Sgt. L.J. Marak

    Huntley police raise funds for officer fighting cancer

    The Huntley Police Department is collecting donations through Saturday for one of its officers suffering from a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Patrol Sgt. L.J. Marak, a 13-year department veteran, was diagnosed earlier this year with synovial sarcoma, a soft-tissue cancer that usually occurs near the joints of the arm, leg or neck.


    Relive Beatlemania in Hoffman Estates May 27

    Fifty years after the Beatles arrived in the United States, the Hoffman Estates-based choir, The Noteables, invites the public to reminisce with them as they perform such songs as “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and “Ticket to Ride,” at a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Hoffman Estates village hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

    United Airlines planes Line up for Take Off at O’Hare International Airport.

    Feds probe incident involving two United Airlines planes

    According to the FAA, both planes were Airbus A320 jets. One had 120 passengers and a crew of five, while the other had 95 passengers and five crew members.


    Book sale coming at Palatine Library

    The Friends of the Palatine Library will hold a used book sale from June 20-22.

    Wheaton Park District employees Don Shee and Dan Saxton install a ladder Friday at Rice Pool in preparation for Saturday’s opening of swimming season.

    Many DuPage pools prepare for opening weekend

    Crews were putting the finishing touches on many pools and water parks across DuPage County Friday in preparation for the holiday weekend and the traditional start of the outdoor swimming season. A variety of training sessions and activities for lifeguards and other part-time employees have been going on in many towns since early April, officials said.

    Missing sailors, from left to right, Paul Gosling, James Male, Steve Warren and Andrew Bridge.

    Navy finds hull of missing British yacht

    A U.S. Navy warship has located the overturned hull of a British yacht that went missing last week 1,000 miles off the Massachusetts coast, but officials said Friday night’s deadline to end the search remains in effect.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks Friday during a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Investment Forum.

    Putin promises to respect Ukraine’s election

    President Vladimir Putin pledged Friday that Russia will respect the results of Ukraine’s presidential election, a strong indication the Kremlin wants to cool down the crisis. But new violence and rebel vows to block the balloting made prospects for peace appear distant.

    Naperville will be moving eight motorcycle parking spots from Chicago Avenue outside the entrance of Jimmy’s Grill to Jackson Avenue near a city parking lot east of Egg Harbor Cafe after the manager of Jimmy’s complained of noise and exhaust problems from the bikes.

    Motorcycle parking moving in downtown Naperville

    Designated motorcycle parking in downtown Naperville is on the move. Spots now set aside for up to eight motorcycles near Jimmy’s Grill at the southwest corner of Washington Street and Chicago Avenue will be relocated to ease concerns about noise and exhaust near outdoor dining. “This is the first step in seeing if we can relocate those spaces and move those motorcycles to a place...


    Hoffman Estates man pleads guilty to impersonating officer

    A Hoffman Estates man who impersonated a police officer last month in a Walgreen's drive-through lan, pleaded guilty to the charge Thursday, court records show. In exchange for Charles Poremba's guilty plea, a judge sentenced him to one year conditional discharge.


    Green Fair on the Fox is Aug. 9 at Riverwalk

    Because people thought it was a fundraising walk, the Batavia Green Walk has changed its name. It is now the Green Fair on the Fox.


    Geneva Library board picks a director

    The Geneva Library board hired Christine Lazarus as its new director Thursday, filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Matt Teske.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Maribel Hernandez, 25, of Huntley, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 or greater and no insurance after a traffic stop at 3:05 a.m. May 17 at Randall Road and Route 72 near Elgin, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Libertyville Police Officer Alex Cardona, right, and Andy Elbert, assistant principal at Butterfield School in Libertyville, visit with students. A greater police presence is part of continuing security upgrades at Libertyville District 70 schools, officials said.

    Grant, relationship with authorities adds up to increased security at Libertyville schools

    Libertyville District 70 will use a $59,000 state grant to add video cameras and other safety features to increase security. A stronger relationship with local police also is part of continuing security upgrades. "We started a relationship with local police and fire even before Sandy Hook and now we've beefed it up," said Superintendent Guy Schumacher.

    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough

    Corker calls White House meeting ‘bizarre’

    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Susan Rice, national security adviser, met at the White House on Monday night with about a dozen House Democrats. On Tuesday, officials invited 14 senators — three of them were Republicans — to the White House for a discussion on foreign policy over wine, beer and a cheese and cracker platter on the patio outside of McDonough’s...

    Lawmakers rejected budget cuts Friday, throwing the state’s financial future into question for now.

    Illinois House Democrats reject budget cuts

    Illinois House Democrats have both shied away from keeping the state’s income tax hike and rejected the spending cuts they say would be needed if taxes drop, raising big questions about what happens next as lawmakers left the Capitol for the weekend and the May 31 budget deadline looms.

    Aurora Police Sgt. William Rowley is the Kane County Officer of the Year.

    Kane County officer of the year announced

    Aurora Police Sgt. William Rowley was named Kane County Officer of the Year Thursday night for actions he took not while wearing a badge but perhaps inspired by the internal drive that caused him to become a police officer in the first place.

    Jim Arey

    District 214, teachers reach new 5-year contract

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 and its 850 teachers and counselors reached an agreement this week on a new five-year contract. More than 85 percent of Education Association members approved the contract on Tuesday and the District 214 school board approved the agreement Thursday night.

    The Prairie Square-style home at 708 S. Wheaton Ave., built in 1904 by Jesse Wheaton, the co-founder of the city that bears his name, is up for sale.

    Historic Wheaton home hits the market for first time in 40 years

    Central air conditioning hadn't been invented in 1904, but butler's pantries and box-beam ceilings were all the rage. Happily for would-be homeowners, a house that recently hit Wheaton's real estate market — a home that was built at 708 S. Wheaton Ave. by the city's co-founder, Jesse Wheaton — has both.

    Andy Merrill, 13, of Libertyville, explains a programing language he is using on his laptop to Ellen Jennings, teen librarian at Cook Park Library, during a teen program called “Teen Tinkers and Minecraft” in Libertyville.

    Moving Picture: Libertyville computer whiz has big plans

    There's not much Andy Merrill can't do with a computer — even taking one apart and then rebuilding it himself. The 13-year-old from Libertyville has a big future in technology, and even bigger plans, including inventing a printer that will build him a home.

    Keith Farnham

    Ex-state Rep. Farnham indicted on child porn charges

    Former Elgin state Rep. Keith Farnham was indicted by a federal grand jury on a litany of child pornography charges. Farnham, 66, a Democrat who served six years in the state legislature, is accused of sharing images of children under the age of 12 engaged in sex acts. Meanwhile, state officials reported Farnham received his first General Assembly Retirement System pension check worth $2,475...

    Mark Carroll was sworn in as a village trustee Monday. He will serve through April, filling out the term of Ryan Lambert, who resigned.

    Mark Carroll new North Aurora trustee

    North Aurora has a new trustee in Mark Carroll, who was appoiinted to fill a vacancy Monday.

    Angelo Bravos holds the book that inspired fourth-graders at Forest View School in Mount Prospect to raise money for the Malawi Heart Fund, which will provide hygiene kits for orphans at the Malawi Children’s Mission.

    Students seize chance to help orphans in Malawi

    Lori Fitzgerald’s fourth graders at Forest View Elementary School in Mount Prospect are passionate about their latest project, funding an orphanage in Malawi. Last month they hoped to raise $1,550 to fund $10 hygiene kits for each of the 155 children at the orphanage, but as of last week had more than $2,100.

    Greenleaf Woods Park in Island Lake.

    Island Lake officials mum about state grant controversy after meeting

    Island Lake officials are being tight-lipped about a meeting this week with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources regarding a $239,000 grant the state agency wants returned. “It’s still in negotiations, and that’s all I have to say,” village Treasurer Ed McGinty told the Daily Herald.


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    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 Superintendent Kathy Birkett greets Neuqua Valley music teacher Jonathan Lauff on Thursday as the marching band welcomes her arrival at a ceremony marking her retirement. Birkett's last day leading the district, where she has spent her entire 35-year career, is Friday.

    Dist. 204 celebrates career of 'awesome' superintendent

    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 Superintendent Kathy Birkett spent a career proving herself to people who doubted her as she rose through the educational ranks. But Thursday afternoon, as Birkett prepared for her last day with the district, she celebrated with people who understand all she has accomplished. “That right there is Kathy Birkett,” school board President Lori Price said.

    Atomic Grill owner Dan McCawley is donating proceeds from potato skin sales this weekend to a West Virginia rape crisis center network after a customer posted an anonymous comment online that servers at the diner needed to “show more skin.”

    Diner plans fundraiser after ‘show more skin’ post

    After a customer suggested that servers at a West Virginia restaurant needed to “show more skin,” the owner became offended and decided to do something about it. Owner Daniel McCawley of Atomic Grill in Morgantown is donating all proceeds from the sale of loaded potato skins this holiday weekend to a West Virginia rape crisis center network.

    To avoid becoming a carjacking victim, security guard Greg Champion wears a handgun on his hip whenever he’s pumping gas in Detroit.

    Detroit motorists under siege in ‘Carjack City’

    When they pull up to a gas station these days, Detroit drivers are looking beyond the price per gallon at a far more threatening concern: carjackers. The armed auto thieves have become so common here that parts of the bankrupt metropolis are referred to as “Carjack City,” and many motorists fear getting out of their vehicles even for a few moments to fill a tank. So gas stations are...

    Gurnee village board trustees recently approved construction of Autumn Leaves, which offers assisted living to clients with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of memory loss. It'll be similar to this Autumn Leaves in Vernon Hills.

    Gurnee approves assisted-living facility for Alzheimer's, other dementia clients

    Gurnee village board members have approved an assisted-living facility for clients with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Autumn Leaves will be another part of what's become a Hunt Club Road corridor with facilities catering to older Gurnee residents.


    Police: Dust storm crash in New Mexico kills 6

    Several vehicles were involved in a crash on an interstate highway in southwestern New Mexico during a dust storm, killing at least six people, the State Patrol said.

    Tourists watch the Slide Fire from a scenic overlook as it burns up Oak Creek Canyon nearby on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Sedona, Ariz. The fire has burned approximately 4,800 acres and is zero percent contained.

    First containment reported for Arizona wildfire

    Firefighters are making progress in keeping a wildfire burning in a scenic Arizona canyon south of Flagstaff in check, even as the flames spread.

    The investigation into a February radiation release from the federal government’s underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico has turned to a seemingly unusual suspect: cat litter.

    Is cat litter to blame for nuke dump leak?

    The investigation into a February radiation release from the federal government’s underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico has turned to a seemingly unusual suspect: cat litter. Federal officials have zeroed in on a barrel of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory as the source of the leak, and one theory is that a change in the type of cat litter that it was packed...

    Thailand’s junta has commandeered every TV channel for round-the-clock broadcasts of dour announcements and patriotic hymns backed by this blue screen with military crests. The public’s verdict: DJ, please change the soundtrack.

    Thailand to junta: Please change your soundtrack

    First Thailand’s junta seized power, then they commandeered every TV channel for round-the-clock broadcasts of dour announcements and patriotic hymns. The public’s verdict: DJ, please change the soundtrack. And after about 24 hours and many complaints on the junta's Facebook page, they did.

    Thai soldiers patrol near the Army Club before former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to report to Thailand’s ruling military in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, May 23, 2014.

    Thai coup leaders summon influential family

    Thailand’s ruling military on Friday summoned the entire ousted government and members of the politically influential family at the heart of the country’s long-running conflict, a day after it seized control of this volatile Southeast Asian nation in a non-violent coup.

    A Jordanian worker covers the chair that will be used by Pope Francis during a mass on Saturday at Amman’s International Stadium in Jordan, Thursday, May 22, 2014. The Photo on the wall is of the late Pope John Paul II.

    Pope’s Mideast trip will test diplomatic skills

    Pope Francis insists his weekend pilgrimage to the Middle East is a “strictly religious” commemoration of a key turning point in Catholic-Orthodox relations. But the delicate, three-day mission will test his diplomatic skills as he navigates Israeli-Palestinian tensions after the failure of the latest round of peace talks and fallout from Syria’s civil war.

    Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, left, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See (Vatican) to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva, shakes hand with Claudio Grossmann, right, Chairperson of UN Committee against Torture in Geneva, Switzerland. The UN committee says the Vatican has effective control over bishops and priests around the world who must comply with a U.N. anti-torture treaty, a finding that could expose the Catholic Church to new lawsuits by victims of priest sex abuse.

    UN panel slams Vatican on priest sex abuse scandal

    A United Nations committee says the Vatican has effective worldwide control over bishops and priests who must comply with a U.N. anti-torture treaty, a finding that could expose the Catholic Church to new lawsuits by victims of clerical sex abuse.


    Austrian couple excommunicated for saying Mass

    The Vatican says an Austrian woman who defied church teaching by celebrating Mass has been excommunicated.

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law to allow the state to electrocute inmates on death row in the event that drugs used for lethal injections become unavailable.

    Tennessee brings back the electric chair

    As the rest of the nation debates the feasibility and humanity of lethal injections against a backdrop of scarce drugs and botched executions, Tennessee has come up with an alternative: the electric chair. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law Thursday allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event prisons are unable to obtain the drugs, which have become more and...


    Dawn Patrol: 7 Lake Zurich High students cited; firefighter saves life

    Seven Lake Zurich High school students implicated in prank. Off-duty West Dundee firefighter saves Huntley woman's life. High school coaches might have to take concussion courses. Prospect Heights mother, son accused of TJ Maxx fraud.

    Legislation that would allow the Illinois Department of Health to create a single set of food-safety standards for farmers markets has been passed by both houses of the General Assembly.

    Bill would create standard rules for farmers markets

    Legislation that would allow the Illinois Department of Health to create a single set of food-safety standards for farmers markets has been passed by both houses of the General Assembly. The bill was passed Thursday by the Illinois Senate and is on the way to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.

    New York City is using a novel way to spot food-poisoning cases — reading Yelp restaurant reviews. Health officials found three, unreported outbreaks by sifting through hundreds of thousands of comments on the popular website.

    In food-poisoning search, officials call for Yelp

    New York City is using a novel way to spot food-poisoning cases — reading Yelp restaurant reviews. Health officials found three, unreported outbreaks by sifting through hundreds of thousands of comments on the popular website. The outbreaks were small, together blamed for only 16 illnesses. Inspectors found food handling problems at the three restaurants. But officials weren't able to track...

    In this Jan. 24, 2014 photo, National Transportation Safety Board’s Joseph Kolly, holds a fire-damaged battery casing from the Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner that caught fire at Logan International Airport in Boston.

    FAA too reliant on Boeing for battery test

    A new report says the government failed to properly test the lithium-ion batteries on the Boeing 787 and relied too much on the company for technical expertise. The National Transportation Safety Board Thursday criticized the process used by the Federal Aviation Administration to certify the new jet in 2007.

    McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson

    McDonald’s CEO addresses worker pay, marketing

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson sought to address a growing chorus of critics on issues including worker pay and marketing to children at its annual meeting Thursday. As hundreds of protesters chanted for higher wages outside, Thompson told the crowd gathered inside the event that the company has a heritage of providing job opportunities that lead to “real...

    Best Buy and Sears on Thursday both blamed their weak quarterly results on the fact that shoppers aren’t shelling out for consumer electronics.

    Weak electronics sales pressure Best Buy, Sears

    Is America’s love affair with gadgets fading? Best Buy and Sears on Thursday both blamed their weak quarterly results on the fact that shoppers aren’t shelling out for consumer electronics.


    New system to track Illinois caregivers’ hours

    The work of caregivers in the Illinois Home Services Program will be monitored by a new electronic timekeeping system. Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary Michelle Saddler announced the system Thursday. It’s meant to prevent fraud in the program for people with disabilities who need care in their homes.

    Des Plaines is planning $400,000 in improvements to Apache Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Officials say the improvements are part of an effort to improve the safety and well-being of the neighborhood.

    Des Plaines plans $400,000 of improvements at Apache Park

    Des Plaines is planning about $400,000 in improvements at Apache Park and the surrounding neighborhood on the southeast side of town. The goal of plan is to improve neighborhood well-being and safety in an area experiencing gang activity and lack of property upkeep. “I think it’s really going to change the whole atmosphere in the park and ... make it a destination,” said 5th...

    An overall view of the Healing Field of Honor that was displayed in 2012 in Naperville. Kaneland High School is hosting a display this weekend on a field east of the school, at Keslinger and Meredith roads in Maple Park.

    Opening ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday for Healing Field of Honor

    The Healing Field of Honor will be at Kaneland High School this weekend, to honor those who are serving or have served in the U.S. armed forces.

    Algonquin artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner with the subject of one of her portraits of area veterans, Cpl. Patrick Tanner, during a reception at the Addison Public Library.

    Algonquin artist’s portraits of veterans on display at Addison library

    Cpl. Patrick Tanner is among nearly two dozen veterans who greet patrons when they enter the atrium of the Addison Public Library. But instead of mingling with visitors or participating in Memorial Day celebrations, his smile is permanent and his face is constantly frozen with oils on canvas. Tanner and his fellow veterans are featured as part of the ongoing “Portraits of American...

    Deborah Conroy

    Why Madigan can’t get votes for tax hike

    Democrats raised taxes in 2011, so why has it been so hard for them just to extend that hike? The answer lies in the calendar. Almost none of these lawmaking ducks are lame. “We have a large freshman class (of lawmakers), and the freshman class is very concerned about the fact that ... voters don’t think that we’re honest with them,” state Rep. Deborah Conroy of Villa Park...

    A father and his daughter watch the sun go down along the shore in Glen Arbor, Michigan.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of May 19.



    Glenbard South comes back to beat Glenbard West

    For a two-time defending state champion, a 4-run deficit in the second inning is not something to get too excited about. Glenbard South found itself trailing 4-0 under the lights at Glenbard West Friday night, but a towering home run in the fourth inning followed by a 6-run fifth inning powered the Raiders to an 8-4 win over the Hilltoppers and sends the Class 3A champs into the postseason on a high note.


    Girls track: Friday, May 23 results
    Results of area high school girls track meets for Friday, May 23.


    Softball: Friday, May 23 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Friday, May 23.


    Girls soccer: Friday, May 23 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Friday, May 23.


    Girls water polo:Friday, May 23 results
    Results of area high school girls water polo games for Friday, May 23.


    Boys track: Friday, May 23 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Friday, May 23.


    Baseball: Friday, May 23 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Friday, May 23.


    Boys tennis: Friday, May 23 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Friday, May 23.


    Dale’s double duty a delight

    Conant’s Zach Dale finished the Class 3A Lake Park boys track sectional as he entered it — ranked first in both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200.

    Adam Dunn, right, celebrates with Gordon Beckham after hitting the game-winning two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, May 23, 2014. The White Sox won 6-5. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Walkoff blasts Sox over Yanks 6-5

    Adam Dunn's mammoth 2-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning capped the White Sox' latest rally and keyed a 6-5 win over the Yankees Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. “It seems like each and every night it’s somebody different,” Adam Dunn said. “Obviously, Alexei (Ramirez) and Tank (Dayan Viciedo) have pretty much carried us all year with Josie out. We’ve got a kind of a lineup, everyone talks about our injuries, but we’ve got some pretty good players still here.”


    Cougars keep rolling along

    Friday’s 7-0 victory over the Clinton LumberKings (24-22) improved the Cougars to 32-16 overall and 20-5 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.Yasiel Balaguert quickly got the Cougars offense started with a solo blast to lead off the second inning. Balaguert’s third home run of the season was also his second in as many at-bats. Three more runs came in the third inning, beginning with Carlos Penalver’s 2-run single to score Shawon Dunston Jr. and Jake Hannemann. Two batters later, Balaguert produced again driving home Penalver with a basehit.With two outs in the fourth inning, Jake Hannemann connected on a ground rule double to push the Cougars ahead 4-0.Tyler Skulina pitched five scoreless innings to start the ballgame in his first appearance since his assisted no-hitter. Michael Wagner tossed his best outing as a Cougar with three shutout frames.The Cougars added two more runs in the seventh and they took advantage of some wild LumberKing relief pitching. Blake Holovach walked four Cougars and allowed one hit as the Cougars increased their lead 7-0.Skulina (3-1) knotched the win as Carlos Misell (5-3) suffered the loss allowing five runs in six innings on nine hits.

    St. Charles North’s Drew Egger competes in the pole vault during the Class 3A Bartlett boys track sectional Friday at Memorial Field in Elgin.

    Schaumburg pushes to sectional crown

    Schaumburg won its first boys track and field sectional title since 1983 by prevailing when pushed. Take the 800-meter relay, for instance. The Saxons entered Friday’s Class 3A Bartlett sectional held at Memorial Field in Elgin as the clear favorite with the best seed time, but a bad handoff tested their composure and their coach’s nerves.

    Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (3-4) took the loss and was rocked early, allowing eight runs and nine hits in just four innings.

    Cubs routed by Padres 11-1

    Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal homered, and Chase Headley drove in three runs, as the San Diego Padres beat the Cubs 11-1 on Friday night. The Padres set a season-high in runs and had 12 hits. Everyone but Will Venable had at least one hit among the starting position players.

    Lake Park’s Mike Prestigiacomo finishes second in the shot put during the Lake Park Boys Track & Feld Sectional Championships.

    Lake Park endures some pain for gain

    Marcus Jegede, a key to Lake Park’s shot at an unprecedented fifth straight boys state track championship, got maximum results from minimum effort. He had little choice. At Friday’s Class 3A Lake Park boys sectional in Roselle, Jegede was on a crash diet of one jump per event to save a testy hamstring that had allowed him to long jump at only two meets this spring, and no triple jumps.


    Crystal Lake South’s Lenzini runs to 800 win

    David Lenzini’s plan was simple. Run smart. And his tactics worked. The Crystal Lake South senior, who was fourth entering the final lap of the 800 meters, sprinted past the field to win the race in a school record time of 1:55.24 at Friday night’s Class 3A Huntley boys track and field sectional.

    Coach Joel Quenneville and the Blackhawks look to bounce back from their 6-2 loss Wednesday when the series shifts to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Saturday night.

    No lack of confidence for Blackhawks or Kings

    Regardless of the situation in these Western Conference Finals, there is one emotion you’ll rarely see from either the Blackhawks or the Kings: Panic.


    Quite a run by Northwestern lacrosse

    Northwestern was again representing at the NCAA women's lacrosse championships. The Wildcats played in their 10th straight Final Four on Friday. In other news, DePaul women's basketball coach Doug Bruno will again be coaching with USA women's basketball and former Sky forward Swin Cash returns to Allstate Arena on Saturday.

    Stevenson’s Melissa Gartenberg, left, zeroes in on the goal before scoring against New Trier during Friday’s state water polo quarterfinal match in Lincolnshire.

    On to the semis for high-scoring Stevenson

    Stevenson’s high-scoring water polo duo of Allison Travetto and Melissa Gartenberg were at it again Friday. Travetto scored 5 goals, and Gartenberg added four, as the Patriots pounded New Trier 13-2 in a state quarterfinal at Stevenson on Friday.


    Metea Valley nabs regional crown in 2 OTs

    Soccer coaches often talk about taking advantage of opportunities. Metea Valley made the most of a huge one. The Mustangs converted the only corner kick taken after regulation during Friday’s Class 3A Metea Valley regional championship against Oswego to pull out a 3-1 win in double overtime.


    Kaneland runs away with sectional title again

    The winning tradition continued for Kaneland on Friday night at the Class 2A Burlington Central boys track and field sectional. The Knights pulled away from the field with 183 team points to capture their sixth straight sectional title. An outstanding performance even by Kaneland’s high standards. The host Rockets finished a distant second with 75.5 points. Kaneland was strong across the board winning 8 of the 18 events and qualifying for the state meet in 7 others.


    McAuley stops Palatine in state tourney

    Palatine’s first trip to the girls water polo Elite Eight ended with a 13-8 loss to Mother McAuley on Friday night at Stevenson High School. Coach Mitch Tucker hopes it can also be a beginning of sorts.

    St. Edward’s soccer team celebrates its Class 1A sectional championship at Richmond-Burton on Friday night.

    St. Edward ices sectional championship

    In a general sense, the Green Wave girls soccer team may badly need some ice tubs installed either at home or at St. Edward for the rest of the postseason. But you sure as heck can’t put their season on ice just yet. When the Wave look back at the beating it took to win Friday’s Class 1A Richmond-Burton sectional championship over a very physical Johnsburg 3-0, maybe the soreness, battle wounds and ice bags will be of something to be proud about.

    Neuqua Valley’s Katie Sheehan competes in the 800-meter run during the Class 3A prelims of the girls track and field state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston Friday.

    Glenbard West’s Perez set up for more

    The extraordinary high school track time of Glenbard West senior Madeline Perez comes to a close this weekend. The Georgetown-bound distance runner has accomplished almost everything possible the last two years after winning three combined girls cross country and track and field individual championships.


    Girls soccer / Northwest roundup

    It took two overtimes but Conant’s girls soccer team, seeded No. 2 in its own Class 3A sectional, survived Wheaton North 4-2 on Friday to claim the championship of the Rolling Meadows regional. Bianca Madonia, Zoe Shoro, Drew Wentzel and Leah Celarek netted the goals for coach Jason Franco’s Cougars.

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.comSchaumburg Boomers fans Bianca Bacarella of Chicago and Bob Curth of Elk Grove tackle a monster sandwich at the ball park on opening night against the Florence Freedom to a packed house on Friday.

    Quite a night for Boomers

    There were smiles all around Friday at the home opener for the Schaumburg Boomers. On a beautiful night for baseball, the Boomers not only celebrated their 2013 Frontier League crown but also earned their third consecutive win.


    Bright finishes for Brey; Grayslake C. takes team title

    Somehow after running 3 miles, and doing so fast enough to qualify for the boys track and field state meet, St. Viator senior Nick Brey still had enough energy to jump in the air and chest-bump his teammates. “For some reason, after any race I have the energy somewhere to do that,” the Marquette-bound Brey said. “It started at conference last week with one of our sophomores, but I just wanted to keep it up.” Brey came up with a pair of second-place finishes at the Class 2A Grayslake Central sectional Friday night, but both were under the state cut and qualified Brey for a pair of events at state for the first time. His 4:28.96 in the 1,600 broke the school record set by Tim Phillips in 1979. Brey’s 9:33.07 clocking was not quite a school mark, but was plenty good for a state-qualifying berth.

    Adam Dunn goes deep for a two-run, game-winning homer off David Robertson in the ninth inning, and the White Sox beat the New York Yankees 6-5 on Friday night.

    Dunn’s walkoff helps Sox top Yanks 6-5

    Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer off David Robertson in the ninth inning, and the White Sox beat the New York Yankees 6-5 on Friday night. Alexei Ramirez also went deep, and Chicago came away with the win after wiping out an early three-run deficit and then rallying again.

    Injured first baseman Jose Abreu is more than eager to get back into the White Sox’ lineup.

    White Sox’ Abreu eager to get back on field

    Speaking to the media for the first time since landing on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left ankle, first baseman Jose Abreu said he hopes to resume baseball activities on Monday and rejoin the White Sox on June 2.


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Friday, May 23

    Dundee-Crown 5, Grayslake North 4: Fabian Gutierrez singled home Brett Johnson in the bottom of the seventh to cap a comeback win for the Chargers in Fox Valley Conference crossover action.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    BaseballMundelein 4, Vernon Hills 1: Luke Adams and Reese Dolan doubled for the Mustangs.Mundelein improved to 31-2, while Vernon Hills fell to 21-11.Libertyville 3, Deerfield 1: Matt Reed and Riley Lees had doubles for the newly crowed North Suburban Conference champs, and Adam Formento earned the win.Libertyville improved to 28-5.Lakes 4, Waukegan 3: Joe Sisk (RBI, walk) and Cody Brumm both went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored for the Eagles.Zach Fuller pitched 5 innings for Lakes (18-12) and picked up the win, while Cody Nuxoll tossed 2 innings for the save.Dundee-Crown 5, Grayslake North 4: The Knights got doubles from Dylan Foster and Ryan Gross in their Fox Valley Conference finale.Grayslake North fell to 13-19 and 7-11.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    Kaitlyn Wold’s breakout softball season got even better Friday. The senior belted a one-out double in the bottom of the seventh to score Caityln Moran from first base and give Grant a 5-4, walk-off win over Carmel in nonconference action.


    Out at Carmel, Bowen tunes up to stay in coaching

    Despite a highly successful boys basketball season over the winter at Carmel, Tim Bowen will be looking for a new place to coach the sport he loves next season.


    Fenwick dumps Naperville North

    Evidently there is no crying in girls water polo. Naperville North entered Friday night’s match with Fenwick riding a 16-game winning streak before falling 11-8 at the state girls water polo quarterfinals in Lincolnshire.

    Aurora Central Catholic’s Karina Liz runs in the 800-meter run during the prelims of the girls track and field state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston Friday.

    Underclassmen shine for Class 2A schools

    Karina Liz and Nicole Sreenan performed like seasoned veterans on the opening day of the girls state track and field meet. Liz, the Aurora Central Catholic reigning state runner-up at 800 meters, and Sreenan, a freshman 400 wunderkind for Kaneland, authored the top times in Class 2A preliminaries at their respective distances Friday at Eastern Illinois University.


    Frenetic finish lifts Fremd

    Fremd’s softball team capped its regular season in style on Friday. The Vikings took advantage of the chance to move a home game with Maine South to The Ballpark at Rosemont, home of the Chicago Bandits professional softball team. “We had all the lower-levels there wearing matching T-shirts so it was pretty cool,” said Vikings coach Jim Weaver. And Alyssa Garcia sent them all home happy by delivering the game-winning walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 7-6 nonconference victory.

    Palatine’s Kelly O’Brien leads the pack in the 1,600-meter run during the Class 3A prelims of the girls track and field state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on Friday.

    Palatine relay qualifies first

    Palatine took second in the 3,200 relay at last year’s Class 3A girls track state finals. The Pirates are looking for a bit more this year. Conant senior Jennifer Donnell also is setting herself up for a big finish, in both the shot put and discus. There was plenty of action at the Class 3A girls track state preliminaries on Friday at O’Brien Stadium, and the Pirates’ relay and Donnell’s throws highlighted the day.

    Zack Ryan

    Bowen out, Ryan in at Carmel

    Tim Bowen is out at Carmel. Zack Ryan is in. Carmel announced in a news release Friday that Ryan has been named its varsity boys basketball head coach. Ryan currently teaches math at Carmel and is a member of the football coaching staff.

    St. Charles East’s Amanda Hilton changes the direction of the ball with Wheaton Warrenville South’s Nikki Molino on her trail in the first half of the regional title game at West Chicago High School on Friday, May 23.

    St. Charles East dominates WW South

    Maybe it’s time to reassess the prevailing theory that St. Charles East has difficulty scoring goals. For the second time in as many matches this postseason, the Saints scored five times, with Friday’s goalfest securing a 5-2 victory over Wheaton Warrenville South in the West Chicago Regional title match.


    Naperville North wins regional in PKs

    Naperville North coach Steve Goletz said a key moment in goalkeeper Fiona Baenziger’s season came when she saved a penalty kick to help the Huskies defeat Lyons Twp. late last month at the Naperville Invitational. That momentum continued Friday afternoon in the Class 3A Bolingbrook regional final where she stopped four of five Neuqua Valley penalty kicks as Naperville North beat the Wildcats 2-1.


    Kohn connects twice as St. Viator edges Vernon Hills

    Lauren Kohn proved the difference between St. Viator and Vernon Hills, thanks to her second goal at 64 minutes in the Lions’ 2-1 victory against Class 2A girls soccer regional host Vernon Hills on Friday. The victory put the Lions (12-7-2) in Wednesday’s Grayslake North sectional semifinal, where they will meet either Deerfield or Crystal Lake Central at 6:30.

    Elk Grove’s Adam O’Malley (17) celebrates with his teammates after the Grens beat Schaumburg 4-0 in the Mid-Suburban League championship game at Schaumburg on Friday.

    Elk Grove downs Schaumburg for MSL title

    Elk Grove’s Josh Bergbreiter hates when runners attempt to screen him on ground balls when he is playing shortstop for the Grenadiers. Bergbreiter was able to reverse those fortunes to help his team rally for 4 runs in the ninth inning as Elk Grove blanked host Schaumburg 4-0 Friday in the Mid-Suburban League baseball championship game.


    Koenen, St. Charles East start fast at sectionals

    To say that Jasper Koenen is leaving his mark on the St. Charles East boys tennis program is probably the biggest understatement of the spring sports season.


    Big-goal Bailey does it again for Stevenson

    Erin Bailey has a knack for scoring game-winning goals in the regional final. She did it a couple of years ago as a sophomore and has done it again as a senior, leading the Patriots to a regional championship on Friday night. Bailey hit the game-winner in the second overtime that carried No. 14 seed Stevenson past No. 12 Libertyville 1-0 in 2OT’s in the Class 3A regional final in Lincolnshire. Stevenson (7-10-4) will meet top-seeded Buffalo Grove (22-1-3) in the Libertyville sectional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Buffalo Grove won its own regional final over Palatine 1-0.


    Dodson’s turn gives Waubonsie Valley OT win

    When Waubonsie Valley needed a goal, it turned to leading scorer Kristen Dodson, and Dodson turned and fired. “I didn’t want this to be our last game, so whatever it took,” the Warriors’ Auburn-bound senior said. “If I had to pass the ball, if someone else had to do something, I just wanted to get the win.” With a defender on her back and the score tied in overtime, Dodson spun and hit a strike from 23 yards that found net, giving the top-seeded Warriors a 2-1 victory against the host Redhawks at the Class 3A Naperville Central regional final. It was Dodson’s 21st goal of the season.


    Drama aplenty through Day 1 of Stevenson sectional

    It was a nearly perfect day for Stevenson tennis Friday afternoon, but the story of the day was the success of the Vernon Hills doubles team of David Dobrik/Nikita Lunkov. In dramatic fashion and on their home courts, the duo rode the wave of momentum right into next weekend’s state tournament. The sectional host Patriots easily advanced their two doubles teams plus sophomore Benjamin Bush in singles, while the Libertyville duo of Ben VanDixhorn and Stefano Tsorotiotis left little doubt as to their status at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Junior Kevin Hunt of Carmel will make his first appearance at state after a hard-fought straight-set victory over Brian Weisberg of Stevenson, while Barrington’s No. 1 team of Ishaan Jaglin-Scott Apmann (9-5) will join Hunt for their maiden voyage to the big show.


    St. Charles North tops Batavia for 12th straight regional title

    Admittedly, St. Charles North girls soccer coach Ruth Vostal doesn’t keep track of how many consecutive regional championships her teams have captured. “I swear I keep saying it’s 10 in a row and someone said, ‘no, it’s 12,’” Vostal said after the North Stars’ 2-0 victory over Batavia (12-9-1) during Friday’s Class 3A Addison Trail regional finals. “Somebody must have figured out what it is.”


    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Friday, May 23

    Waubonsie Valley 1, South Elgin 0: The Storm (17-13, 10-9) saw their six-game winning streak come to an end in this Upstate Eight Valley contest. Sam Helton was 3-for-3 for South Elgin and Taylor Rees had a double, Paige Allen suffered the loss in the circle, allowing just 6 hits.


    With Shaw back, looks like Regin will sit

    The return of Andrew Shaw to the lineup for Game 3, means that someone has to sit Saturday.And that someone appears to be Peter Regin.


    Plainfield North ends West Aurora’s breakthrough season

    One of the best seasons in the history of the West Aurora girls soccer program came to an abrupt end Friday night in the Class 3A Plainfield North championship game.


    Hoffman Estates downs Rolling Meadows

    The Hoffman Estates softball team started Friday’s Mid-Suburban League crossover game with an act of kindness. Before celebrating their own Senior Day, the Hawks presented flowers to the five seniors on the opposing Rolling Meadows team. Then the four Hoffman seniors were honored. Moments later, all four of those Hawks made a major contribution to a 10-4 triumph which gave Hoffman its 15th win, the most in coach Lindsey’s Hamma nine seasons.


    DeKalb eliminates Burlington Central

    Things started out well enough for Burlington Central in its Class 2A girls soccer regional final against DeKalb Friday. Anna McMahon fed Alyssa Messina for a pretty goal in the second minute and the Rockets were flying high.But Central couldn’t score again while Morgan Beaty connected twice to carry the Barbs to the 2-1 victory.


    First regional title for South Elgin

    At the beginning of the season, one of the first goals set by the South Elgin girls soccer team was to win the program’s first regional title, and the Storm accomplished that on their home field. Despite another strong showing by Elgin freshman keeper Hannah Erickson (10 saves), the top-seeded Storm (13-5-2) earned a 3-0 win over the No. 2 Maroons (9-10) in Friday’s Class 3A South Elgin regional championship game. South Elgin advances to Tuesday’s Rockford Auburn Sectional and will play Harlem at 6 p.m.

    Antioch’s Alexis Duehr runs in the 100-meter dash during the prelims of the girls track and field state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston Friday.

    Warren’s state re-run is a winner

    Warren got a second chance, and the Blue Devils made the most it in the Class 3A girls track and field state meet preliminaries at O’Brien Stadium. Warren entered prelims with the seventh-best sectional mark in the 400-meter relay, and the Blue Devils had high hopes for cashing in on a medal. Disaster struck in the fourth preliminary heat when an Evanston runner interfered between senior Marquesa Daniels and junior Rebecca Haight on the first exchange.

    Jacobs’ Lauren Van Vlierbergen pushes past Palatine’s Kelly O’Brien in the 1600-meter run during the prelims of the girls track and field state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston Friday.

    Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen, Cary-Grove’s Schulz in top form

    Jacobs junior Lauren Van Vlierbergen and Cary-Grove junior Morgan Schulz made the most of their opportunities at the Class 3A girls track preliminaries on Friday. On a pleasant spring afternoon at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium, Schulz flashed her speed by qualifying in both the 800 meters and 300 low hurdles. And Van Vlierbergen cruised to qualifying marks in both the 800 and 1,600.

    Chicago Fire midfielder and team captain Jeff Larentowicz, left, says the Fire has to work more as a team and defend as a team.

    Winning makes a big difference for Fire

    Chicago Fire coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop said he’s noticed a difference in his players now that they have a pair of victories this season following a two-month dryspell.

    Aurora Central Catholic’s Karina Liz runs in the 800-meter run in Class 2A.

    Images: Girls State Track & Field Preliminary Round
    Images from the Girls Track & Field Preliminary Round at O'Brien Field on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on Friday, May 23.

    Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice says he “failed miserably” and has apologized for the actions that led to his February arrest on assault charges. Rice was arrested in Atlantic City on Feb. 15 after an altercation in which he allegedly struck his fiancé, Janay Palmer.

    Ray Rice apologizes, says he ‘failed miserably’

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice says he “failed miserably” and has apologized for the actions that led to his February arrest on assault charges.Rice was arrested in Atlantic City on Feb. 15 after an altercation in which he allegedly struck his fiancé, Janay Palmer. Rice was accepted Tuesday into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges against him being expunged.Speaking to the media for the first time since his arrest, Rice was joined Friday at the team’s training complex by Janay, whom he married in late February.His voice cracking, Rice said: “I failed miserably, but I wouldn’t call myself a failure because I’m working my way back up.”Rice spoke for just over six minutes and took no questions.

    Donald Sterling has agreed to surrender his stake in the Los Angeles Clippers to his estranged wife, and she is moving ahead with selling the team, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.

    Source: Sterling surrendering Clippers control

    Donald Sterling has agreed to surrender his stake in the Los Angeles Clippers to his estranged wife, and she is moving ahead with selling the team, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.The individual, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the deal, said that the couple made the agreement after weeks of discussion.


    Rangers’ Carcillo suspended 10 games, Canadians’ Prust suspended 2

    The NHL has given New York Rangers forward and former Blackhawk Daniel Carcillo an automatic 10-game suspension after he was ejected for physical abuse of officials during the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against Montreal


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for Saturday, May 24

    Joe Kristufek's selections for Saturday, May 24, races at Arlington International.

    Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. It’s been a rough stretch for Churchill’s image, the latest issue being the death of a horse Thursday in a fall on the track that her trainer immediately blamed on the sound system attached to Churchill’s vaunted new video board.

    Horse’s death latest black eye for Churchill Downs

    The biggest weeks of the year at Churchill Downs are the run up to and right after the Kentucky Derby, which California Chrome won back on May 3. But it’s been a rough stretch for the track’s image, the latest issue being the death of a horse Thursday in a fall on the track that her trainer immediately blamed on the sound system attached to Churchill’s vaunted new video board. Here’s a look at some of the public relations problems the sport’s most famous track has faced this spring.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford will try to bounce back when the Hawks play the Kings in Los Angeles on Saturday.

    Hawks will bounce back in Los Angeles

    Mike North expects a victory on Saturday for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Los Angeles Kings, with Hawks goalie Corey Crawford bouncing back with a good game.

    Chicago Sky guard Epiphanny Prince, center, has passed a physical and is ready to rejoin her team for the WNBA season, team officials said Friday.

    All-star guard Prince set to rejoin Sky

    After jumping out to a 3-0 record, the Chicago Skill will welcome back WNBA all-star guard Epiphanny Prince, who passed a physical Friday as the team prepares for home games on Saturday and Monday. Prince, entering her fifth season with the Sky, averaged 15.0 ppg in 2013 to help the team earn its first playoff berth in franchise history.



    Schaumburg funeral home seeks on-site cremations

    The increasing popularity of cremation as a funeral option is changing the generations-old business model for suburban funeral homes, some of which are preparing for changes to stay relevant. For Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services in Schaumburg, it was the fact that cremations had exceeded half of all funeral services in the last year that led its owners to seek the ability to have cremation equipment on-site.

    A Mastercard chip-based credit card in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

    Visa, MasterCard renew push for chip cards

    Card processing companies argue that a move away from the black magnetic strips on the backs of credit cards would eliminate a substantial amount of U.S. credit card fraud. They say it’s time to offer U.S. consumers the greater protections microchips provide by joining Canada, Mexico and most of Western Europe in using cards with the more advanced technology.

    Trader Gregory Rowe works Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks inched higher in quiet trading ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

    S&P 500 closes hits record close

    Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed above 1,900 for the first time on Friday and is up 2.8 percent for the year. That gain compares with a 16 percent increase over the same period last year.

    The air traffic control tower at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

    Chicago plans $784 million bond sale for Midway Airport

    Moody’s has a stable outlook on the bonds, noting that the airport is “largely insulated” from the financial strains of the third-most populous U.S. city.

    Centennial Continental Bakery in Mount Prospect, which was forced to move from its old location on Main Street after a fire, continues to operate from a temporary site at 17 W. Prospect Ave. Another displaced occupant, the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce, has found a new home.

    Mount Prospect chamber finds new home after fire

    The Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce, which has been headquarted in a spare office in the local library since being displaced by a fire earlier this year, will enter a new office on Northwest Highway by June 1. “I'm really looking forward to it,” its executive director said. “The library has been incredible — so welcoming. And working here has been very convenient. But it will be great for us to have our own home again.”

    Daily Herald reporter Chris Placek is guided by instructor Gabriel Roth at the new iFLY indoor sky diving experience in Rosemont's entertainment district.

    What it's like to sky dive indoors in Rosemont

    The iFLY indoor sky diving experience is the latest addition to Rosemont's bustling entertainment district. Reporter Chris Placek donned a jump suit, helmet and goggles and did his best Buzz Lightyear impression at the new iFLY to try it out. “There's a tremendous amount of torque and pressure on you,” said Joe Conant, iFLY's Rosemont general manager.

    More Facebook users can expect to see a blue cartoon dinosaur popping up in their feeds, reminding them to check their privacy settings.

    Facebook expands privacy checkup tool

    More Facebook users can expect to see a blue cartoon dinosaur popping up in their feeds, reminding them to check their privacy settings. No stranger to privacy fiascos, Facebook had already made the tool available to users who were posting public updates. The feature is designed to remind people how widely they share posts, what apps they use and other privacy issues.

    Boneless lean beef trimmings before packaging. The debate over “pink slime” in chopped beef is hitting critical mass. ABC’s news anchor Diane Sawyer, two of the network’s correspondents and other defendants in a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against the company related to its coverage of the meat product could be deposed following a ruling by the South Dakota Supreme Court.

    State court allows ‘pink slime’ lawsuit to proceed

    ABC’s news anchor Diane Sawyer, two of the network’s correspondents and other defendants in a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against the company related to its coverage of a meat product could be deposed following a ruling by the South Dakota Supreme Court.


    Great Lakes get more funding in Senate water bill

    At least 10 percent of all federal funding for harbor improvement projects will go to the Great Lakes region under newly approved congressional legislation. The requirement is part of the $12.3 billion Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which the Senate approved Thursday.

    Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy said Thursday that a big tax benefit and cost-cutting pushed it to a profit in its fiscal first quarter.

    Best Buy posts profit on cost-cutting, tax benefit

    Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy said Thursday that a big tax benefit and cost-cutting pushed it to a profit in its fiscal first quarter. Adjusted earnings beat expectations, but sales fell short of Wall Street estimates.

Life & Entertainment

    Hugh Jackman takes Wolverine to Japan in “The Wolverine,” which happens to be a movie about Wolverine.

    Power ranking the X-Men movies on the way to 'Future Past'

    "X-Men: Days of Future Past" hits theaters today and is, incredibly, the seventh movie to feature the mutant heroes since 2000. Where does your favorite in the series rank on Sean's list? Find out in today's column.

    Actress Salma Hayek holds up a sign reading “bring back our girls,” part of a campaign calling for the release of nearly 300 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls as she arrives for the screening of Saint-Laurent at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France.

    Red carpet activism all the rage at Cannes?

    When Salma Hayek walked the Cannes Film Festival red carpet holding up the sign “Bring Back Our Girls,” the cast of “The Expendables” followed suit the next night. Still, it wasn’t the only social message at Cannes this year.


    Husband, wife argue if live-in in-laws should contribute to finances

    She says her live-in in-laws don't help contribute with the finances even though the family is struggling. Her husband just gets angry when the subject is brought up. Carolyn Hax says then come up with a Plan B.

    “The One & Only” is the latest release from Naperville native Emily Giffin.

    Emily Giffin branches out with ‘The One & Only’

    Naperville native Emily Giffin’s specialty is writing about relationships, especially when they are messy and complicated. In her best-sellers, including “Something Borrowed,” “Something Blue” and “Baby Proof,” she has tackled themes such as betrayal, adultery and heartbreak while keeping her characters relatable, albeit flawed. Her latest novel, “The One & Only,” is also about relationships, but it is longer — and at times darker — than her earlier books.

    Elissa Newcorn and Matt Edmonds star as a young couple whose reminiscences make up Jason Robert Brown's two-handed musical “The Last Five Years.”

    Metropolis' 'Last Five Years' eloquently examines romance

    Every marriage ends. The end may come after a lifetime together. It may come sooner, accompanied by legal documents that list as the reason, “irreconcilable differences.” Either way, the end is ever-present: That bittersweet premise underscores “The Last Five Years,” the distinct and eloquent chamber musical by composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown, currently in a lovely revival at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    The Damn Choir, a Chicago group with ties to the Northwest suburbs, explores topics related to religious fervor in “Creatures of Habit.”

    Local band delivers catchy folk-rock on 'Creatures of Habit'

    The Damn Choir, a Chicago rock band with ties to the Northwest suburbs, has earned acclaim with its recent album, "Creatures of Habit," a loose concept album that looks at the power of religious faith. The band's newest member is drummer and Elk Grove Village native Marty Kane, who used to play in the suburban dance-pop band Dot Dot Dot.

    Goliath — the world’s tallest, fastest and steepest wooden roller coaster — will open May 31 at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

    School’s almost out; summer fun is just around the corner

    Volatile weather can make it tough to come up with a plan to keep the family entertained, but one great option is local amusement parks. Some offer a sunny day outside, others provide indoor fun when it’s raining, too hot or cold. If the forecast is inconclusive, you can head to a place with a mix of both elements. With new rides, attractions and special events, these spots will keep your kids busy and having fun all summer long.

    A 2012 survey found about half of those ages 55 to 64 thought that bathroom aids, such as grab bars and shower seating, were “essential” or “desirable.” That rose to nearly two-thirds among those age 65 and older.

    Bathroom grab bars get stylish

    The renovation of the master bathroom in my 83-year-old father’s new house turned out beautifully, with a frameless glass shower and handmade ceramic tile accents. Neither of us wanted to make it look institutional with a grab bar. We needn’t have worried. Many of today’s grab bars are cleverly disguised, looking instead like sleek soap dishes, functional shampoo trays, trendy towel racks and even toilet paper holders.

    Diners enjoy a meal at the Azura restaurant in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market. The family-run institution is famous for its Turkish-inspired delicacies that are slow-cooked to perfection atop kerosene burners.

    Go for the food: Homemade food in Jerusalem market

    Jerusalem’s bustling open-air Mahane Yehuda market offers a dizzying assault on the senses. Vendors compete with screams over the prices of their produce as the smell of spices and fresh fish wafts through the air. If you are looking for traditional Middle Eastern food, though, the best of the bunch may be Azura — a family-run institution in the Iraqi market famous for its Turkish-inspired delicacies that are slow-cooked to perfection atop kerosene burners.

    People walk below the Sky Glider and make their way along the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Calif. Riding the rides costs money, but there’s no fee to stroll along the historic boardwalk and enjoy the sights and sounds.

    Have fun by the sea for free in Santa Cruz

    Walking along the bluffs of Santa Cruz, wind in your hair, sparkling blue ocean at your feet, you can spend a happy few hours taking in the million-dollar views without spending a dime. But beautiful scenery isn’t all that’s available at no cost in this laid-back surf city just 70 miles south of San Francisco. (There are a few ways to get here, but the scenic route is to take Highway 1 straight down the coast.) Here’s a rundown of five ways to have fun by the sea for free.

    Celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe weighs in on wearing white, saying she loves it all year round and in all shades.

    Rachel Zoe takes on white as wardrobe staple

    It may require a tad more attention to detail, but with care just about anybody can wear white at just about any time of the day or year. We asked celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe to weigh in on white, with an eye toward women not convinced it can be a wardrobe staple.


    Listing ‘as is’ limits mortgage possibilities

    Q. When a house is listed “as is, seller guarantees nothing” what does that really mean? Does it legally release the seller from all liability? Also, is it a good way to get a quick sale?

    Room 13 of the Kips Bay Show House 2014 in New York is Matthew Quinn’s glamorous kitchen. It has nine-foot-tall glass-front silvery gray cabinets whose quatrefoil detail was taken from the windows at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

    22 rooms of decorating splendor on display a prestigious show house

    When 22 of the nation’s top design firms are selected to adorn a historic Gilded Age mansion, you’ll get 22 rooms full of splendor and stories.


    Leaky basement was masked by fresh paint

    Q. We bought our home about a year ago, and no one disclosed the water seepage in the basement. The concrete walls were freshly painted when we were in escrow, but now the paint has bubbled. The sellers never said a word about this in their disclosure statement. What do you think about the lack of disclosure, and how can we fix this problem?


    More homebuyers using real estate ‘escalators’

    Buyers, especially those in hot markets, are now including a provision in their contracts that automatically raises their offering price if a competing bid comes in.


    Condos becoming FHA no-lending zones

    For young first-time buyers, people with modest down payment cash, or seniors who want to tap their equity using a reverse mortgage, it’s a growing problem: They cannot use Federal Housing Administration financing in condominiums.


    Don’t find yourself in real hot water - maintain your water heater

    The most common type of water heater still is the tank, even though tankless water heaters are becoming more and more common, especially in new homes. The tank-type water heater is fairly inexpensive and easy to replace when it’s time. Regular maintenance is easy to do and worth the time and effort, as it will make your water heater run more efficiently and last longer.


    Let the family room’s purpose drive its design

    Raji Radhakrishnan, founding and principal designer at Raji RM & Associates, was the guest recently on Post staff writer Jura Koncius’ Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

    Greenwood Place is a small subdivision of 44 custom houses in Arlington Heights.

    Neighborhood spotlight focuses on Greenwood Place

    When Martha and Mark Germano relocated from Michigan to the Chicago area, they knew they wanted to live in Arlington Heights. At one time they had lived in town near Recreation Park, so they liked the community and felt comfortable here. They eventually found a home in the Greenwood Place neighborhood.


    Democratic state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia of Aurora speaks to lawmakers Tuesday during a House committee hearing at the Illinois Capitol.

    Editorial: IHSA hearings need to stay focused
    Legislative hearings have the potential to bring more accountability to the IHSA, but only if they keep their focus, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Get ready for a season of promises

    Columnist Paul Green: Before a new governor in Republican Bruce Rauner or a re-elected Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn can tackle the state’s fiscal abyss there will be a political campaign — one that will most likely resemble a trip to Disneyland than a realistic discussion of government’s economic woes and possible solutions.


    Get it together and support Clearbrook
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: As the Daily Herald wrote in its May 16 editorial, now is a crucial time in the state budget process. One of the agencies dependent on state funding is Clearbrook, centered in Arlington Heights, which serves the intellectually disabled and autistic populations in our area.


    First do the cutting, then talk about taxes
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The Herald reported Tuesday that Gov. Pat Quinn is twisting arms in Springfield to get the votes needed to make the temporary income tax hike permanent. He says that without the increase there would have to be savage budget cuts, but he did not elaborate as to what those cuts will be.


    Use cameras to track trains at crossings
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Here’s an idea about what to do with all that red-light camera equipment that the state of Illinois may eliminate later this month.


    President continues to hide the truth
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The president, during a news conference April 17, said that 35 percent of the people enrolled in Obamacare were under the age of 35. He also said that 8 million had signed up. Last summer, in background briefings for the media, the administration set an ambitious goal: 40 percent of the enrollees would be between the ages of 18 and 34; therefore, when he said that 35 percent had enrolled it sounded good. It sounded so good that the dishonest media were praising the president,


    The real question is spending
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: If I should get an instant 66 percent raise all my financial problems now and in the future would be over. I am sure everyone reading this would be in the same boat.When the state of Illinois raised the income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent our lawmakers did just that — gave the state a 66 percent raise.


    No more civility in politics
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Why is it that the voters of today respond to negative campaigning? The Mr. Nasties of the world have taken over. Civility and winning on your own merits have fallen by the wayside. What a sad state of affairs.


    GOP policy: Oil, regardless of cost
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The Republicans want to drill more oil wells, support more “fracking,” build the XL Pipeline and continue with the massive tax breaks that are nothing more than a subsidy to the most profitable companies in the world.


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