Daily Archive : Tuesday May 27, 2014


    D’Andre Howard

    After jury chosen, Howard tries to fire lawyers

    After 12 jurors and three alternates had been chosen to hear evidence in his murder trial, D’Andre Howard informed the judge Tuesday that he wanted to fire his assistant public defenders and represent himself. The judge emphatically denied his request,calling it a tactic to delay trial on charges resulting from the killing of three members of the Engelhardt family in Hoffman Estates.

    During Memorial Day weekend, Boy Scout Troop 13 honored veterans with the annual ceremonies and parade in St. Charles.

    Boy Scout Troop 13 remembers, honors and celebrates

    St. Charles Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s Troop 13 spent the Memorial Day weekend remembering, honoring, and celebrating those who have served our country and honoring one of their own.

    Jean Louis Wattecamps

    Killer 'sorry' for Mount Prospect murder

    Jean Louis Wattecamps was a kind soul who would give the shirt off his back for friends and family. The 52-year-old airline baggage handler even bought lunch for the two men charged with killing him in 2010 in his Mt. Prospect apartment.


    Tourniquet saves life of northern Indiana farmer

    The son of a northern Indiana man is being credited for a quick lifesaving move after a farm accident severed the father’s left arm.

    Carly Rousso walks into the Lake County courthouse with family and friends Tuesday for her trial on charges of aggravated DUI and reckless homicide. Rousso is charged with running over and killing 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento in Highland Park in 2012.

    Highland Park huffing trial to continue on Thursday

    A Highland Park woman accused of “huffing” computer dust cleaner before driving into and killing a 5-year-old girl in 2012 pleaded guilty Tuesday to reckless homicide, but it didn’t stop her trial on other more serious charges from moving forward. Testimony in the trial of Carly Rousso, 19, on charges of aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance will...

    Heidi Conner of West Dundee describes how a deer jumped off an overpass and crashed through the windshield of her Chevrolet Venture minivan Sunday while driving on the Jane Addams Tollway.

    ‘This deer fell from the sky,’ West Dundee driver says

    A West Dundee woman escaped serious harm Sunday when a deer jumped off a Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) overpass near Hoffman Estates and crashed through her van’s windshield. The bizarre accident left Heidi Conner with only minor injuries. The collision, doctors said, could have killed her if the deer smashed into the vehicle just inches to the left. "I truly feel blessed to be alive," she...

    Metra and the BNSF Railroad completed repairs to the tracks this week.

    Commuters can personalize alerts from Metra

    Metra's letting riders target what information they want and don't want regarding information about delays or other issues. Plus, track work on the BSNF is over.

    Elgin police investigate the scene at Liberty and Jefferson streets where a driver fleeing authorities in a white sedan struck a dark passenger van, killing the driver in the van, police say.

    1 dead as parolee hits van that hits Elgin house, police say

    A 40-year-old man is dead and two others were injured after a police pursuit ended with a suspect blowing a stop sign and hitting the SUV that the man was driving, police said. The crash occurred around 5:08 p.m. at the intersection of Liberty and Jefferson streets, according to police.


    Fire damages Port Barrington residence house

    A single-story house fire in Port Barrington Tuesday resulted in about $100,000 in damage.


    St. Charles man charged with tax evasion, wire fraud

    A St. Charles man and his bookkeeper face federal charges accusing them of scamming credit card companies and filing false tax returns.


    Teachers, board reach agreement in Butler District 53

    Teachers and school board members in Oak Brook’s Butler Elementary District 53 have agreed to a four-year contract that includes a change in the compensation model, officials said Tuesday. The contract, which will run until June 30, 2018, was approved by the Oak Brook Education Association last week and will apply to all 46 union teachers. It is expected to be ratified by the District 53...

    The home at Morning Glory Lane and Summerview Drive in Sun City Huntley was where a man was shot and killed by his brother on Memorial Day, police said. Two family members, including the shooter, also were injured.

    Police: Living arrangements spat led to Huntley shooting

    A fight between two brothers over living arrangements led to the shooting death of one brother at the hands of the other Monday in Huntley, police said. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning for Robert Grundei, 47, who was shot in the head and shoulder after an argument with Mark Grundei, 50, at the family home in Sun City Huntley.

    Robert Sobczak

    Convicted sex offender pleads guilty to new charges

    A man sentenced in January for molesting an 8-year-old child with special needs at a suburban church pleaded guilty Tuesday to two additional charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, prosecutors said. Robert Sobczak, 20, admitted to assaulting a Schaumburg teen who is autistic, blind and developmentally disabled between December 2012 and March 2013.

    First lady Michelle Obama speaks to school leaders and experts surrounding school nutrition Tuesday. She stressed the importance of students, parents, school officials, community leaders and health advocates coming together to protect and advance the tremendous progress that has been made in schools across our country.

    First lady responds to school meal critics

    First lady Michelle Obama is striking back at House Republicans who are trying to weaken healthier school meal standards, saying any effort to roll back the guidelines is "unacceptable."

    Pope Francis says his plan to meet with a group of sex abuse victims is part of an effort to “go forward” with “zero tolerance” in confronting and preventing clergy abuse.

    Abuse victims skeptical about meeting with pope

    A Massachusetts man who took part in a private meeting six years ago between Pope Benedict XVI and victims of sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests said Tuesday that he hopes another summit planned soon with Benedict’s successor will be more productive.

    President Barack Obama said the U.S. will cut its military presence in Afghanistan to almost zero over the next two years and redirect its efforts to combat the evolving nature of terrorism.

    Withdrawal: Obama charts end to Afghan war by 2016

    Charting an end to America’s longest war, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday for keeping nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after this year but then withdrawing virtually all by the close of 2016 and the conclusion of his presidency. The drawdown would allow Obama to bring America’s military engagement in Afghanistan to an end while seeking to protect the gains...

    John Cullerton

    Illinois House OKs budget ‘kicking the can down the road’

    The Illinois House has approved a scaled-back $35.7 billion budget that lawmakers say will lead to layoffs and further delays in paying the state’s bills. But House Speaker Michael Madigan used a procedural move to hold onto the budget for now, raising questions about the proposal’s eventual fate.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, addressing the media upon arrival at the European Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, said, “Europe should concentrate on what matters — growth and jobs — and not try to do so much.”

    EU leaders call for simpler EU after poll setback

    British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recurring complaint that the European Union is “too big, too bossy, too interfering” gained traction at an EU summit on Tuesday, after election results that underscored voter apathy and hostility forced government leaders across the bloc to consider profound change.

    The Malaysian government on Tuesday released 47 pages of raw satellite data used to conclude that the missing Malaysia Airlines jet crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.

    After long wait, Malaysia releases jet data

    Close to three months after the Malaysian jetliner disappeared, the government on Tuesday released reams of raw satellite data it used to determine that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean, a step long demanded by the families of some of the passengers on board.

    The eastern city of Donetsk was in turmoil Tuesday a day after government forces used fighter jets to stop pro-Russia separatists from taking over the airport.

    Ukraine fighting intensifies after election

    Dozens of dead insurgents lay piled in a van outside a morgue Tuesday, and a rebel said more were on the way. Bomb disposal experts disarmed a mortar round lodged in a corpse. A wrecked and blood-soaked truck at the Donetsk airport showed the grisly aftermath of battle.

    Roger D. Eason

    Man charged with raping woman at Elgin hotel

    A 34-year-old man has been charged with raping an woman who had passed out from drinking in February at an Elgin hotel. Two witnesses told police they went with Roger D. Eason, of Elgin, and the woman to a hotel. She passed out and they had a threesome, until Eason assaulted her. Eason, who has spent time in prison for theft and drug charges, is being held on $255,000 bail and faces up to 15...

    A permanent replacement is being sought for Charlie Beck, who served as executive director of the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights for 2½ years.

    Arlington Heights’ Metropolis theater looking for new executive director

    After 2½ years, Charlie Beck is out as executive director of the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. The Metropolis board has named former special events manager Neil Scheufler as acting executive director while a permanent replacement for Beck is sought. “This was not an acrimonious break with Charlie,” board President Joe Lynn said.


    Oakton hosts campus visit Wednesday

    Oakton Community College is hosting a campus visit for interested students Wednesday night at its Des Plaines campus. Faculty, administrators, staff and students will be on hand to answer questions about admission, career and transfer programs, financial aid, student services and extracurricular activities.


    Warren High hall of fame:

    The Warren Township High School Foundation is seeking nominations for the school’s “Hall of Fame.”


    Cops raising dough for charity:

    Island Lake police officers will perch atop the roof at Dunkin’ Donuts, 510 Auburn Drive, on Friday to raise money for Special Olympics.


    CLC Foundation fundraiser:

    The College of Lake County Foundation hosts its annual Joan Legat Memorial Golf Outing on Monday, June 9, at the Glen Flora Country Club, 2200 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan.


    A nature funfest for kids:

    “Stick with Nature” is the theme at Kids Nature Funfest from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road, North Chicago.

    Toni Preckwinkle

    State Senate OKs Cook County pension cuts

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is pushing a plan to cut county workers’ retirement benefits, which she says will keep the pension funds from going under in the future. Preckwinkle said she expects a proposal to be ready for lawmakers today. “Our goal was to create an equitable and permanent fix to the broken pension system."

    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials don’t appear receptive to the idea of letting Winfield Park District use land for a dog park. Part of the reason is because there’s already a dog park at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville, pictured here.

    Winfield seeking land for proposed dog park

    If the Winfield Park District builds a new dog park, it appears unlikely the land for the project will come from the forest preserve. DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners next week are scheduled to vote on the park’s request to use 4.5 acres in the western portion of West DuPage Woods Forest Preserve to build and operate an off-leash dog park. The proposed site is next to Wynwood...


    Cubs reveal new Wrigley plans

    The Cubs have released a revised plan for Wrigley Field’s renovation that includes new signs, new seats and lights and a warning the team would consider moving to another Chicago site if it is not allowed to “control our ballpark.”


    Palatine man pleads guilty to drug charges

    A Palatine man pleaded guilty to drug charges Friday, court records show. In exchange for his guilty plea to the manufacture and delivery of heroin, Keith D. Williams, 26, was sentenced to 8 years in prison and ordered to pay $2,789 in fines, records show.

    Woodland Elementary East second grade student Abby Mago, left, as Cinderella, and shares a dance with the prince, Bryce Carlton, during Tuesday’s Readers Theater at the Gages Lake school. Twenty-one students in Krystyna Jakielski’s class presented three stories to parents and siblings.

    Reading comes alive at Woodland Elementary East’s Readers Theater

    Reading came alive for teacher Krystyna Jakielski and her Woodland Elementary East second grade students Tuesday. Jakielski’s 21 students presented a Readers Theater and performed three short plays for parents and siblings.

    True Patriots Care Foundation President Jerry Christopherson, along with his volunteers, remove the 323 American flags that made up the “Field of Honor” at Arlington International Racecourse. The flags stood at the track over the Memorial Day weekend in honor of Illinois soldiers killed since Sept. 11, 2001.

    Volunteers at Arlington pack up Memorial Day flags

    A day after they served as a stirring reminder of the Illinois soldiers who’ve given their lives in service to the country since Sept. 11, 2001, 323 American flags that made up the “Field of Honor” at Arlington International Racecourse were packed away Tuesday until their next deployment. Members of the True Patriots Care Foundation removed the flags, which were among 2,000...

    Greg Holloway and Thomas Brunzelle, co-owners of Naperville Jewelry & Loan say an ordinance update the city is considering that would require pawnbrokers and cash-for-gold stores to record information about jewelry they buy and sell should apply to all stores that deal in secondhand goods.

    Naperville mulling regulations to help find stolen jewelry

    Naperville leaders concerned about burglaries and stolen jewelry may join other communities in requiring pawn shops to post online pictures of every piece of jewelry they buy and sell. One such dealer suggested the city expand the law to include antique stores and other secondhand shops that buy and sell gold or used jewelry. “In our heavily regulated business, we don’t want others...

    Eugene Gruber

    Lake County sheriff to talk about inmate’s death at Lake County Board committee meeting

    More than two years after Lake County jail inmate Eugene Gruber was fatally injured during a confrontation with guards, the sheriff’s office is finally set to release its review of the matter. The results of an independent investigation into Gruber’s death and the death of another inmate also will be released, Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose said.


    Grand opening of Elk Grove pool Saturday

    The grand opening of the refurbished Elk Grove Park District Pavilion Aquatics Center is scheduled for Saturday. A ribbon cutting will be held at noon, followed by games in the new six-lane outdoor pool.

    Weather has delayed the opening of Six Flags Great America’s new wooden roller coaster Goliath, officials from the Gurnee theme park announced Tuesday.

    New Goliath roller coaster delayed at Six Flags

    Poor weather is delaying the opening of Six Flags Great America’s newest roller coaster, the Gurnee theme park announced Tuesday. “Thanks to Mother Nature’s freezing temperatures this winter and unseasonably cool and rainy spring, the final touches on Goliath have been delayed. We anticipate announcing the roller coaster’s opening date later this week.”

    Outgoing Des Plaines park board President Joseph Weber, left, passes the gavel to new President Donald J. Rosedale.

    Don Rosedale returns as president of Des Plaines Park District

    The Des Plaines Park District board has elected Donald J. Rosedale as president for the upcoming year. Jana B. Haas is vice-president, James F. Grady is treasurer and Commissioners Joseph Weber and William J. Yates complete the five-member board.


    Arlington Heights man pleads guilty to abusing teen

    An ArlingtonMonday to Heights man pleaded guilty to molesting a teenage girl nearly three years ago. Thomas D. Benefield,35, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse and was sentenced to four years in prison. He received seven days credit, said Cook County Assistant Public Defender Calvin Aguilar, and must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is released, Aguilar said.

    The Glenn Miller Orchestra will make its only public appearance in Illinois this summer on June 11 at The Holmstad in Batavia.

    Glenn Miller Orchestra to perform at The Holmstad

    Making its only public appearance in Illinois this summer, the world renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra will take the stage at The Holmstad, a faith-based, nonprofit, continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities, on June 11.

    The Rose Festival opens Thursday. Four days of activities include the 55th annual Rose Parade, which starts 2 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Roselle Road and Devon Avenue.

    Rose Festival ready to bloom in Roselle

    You know the summer festival season is under way in DuPage County because it’s time for the Rose Festival. Roselle’s annual festival, sponsored by the Roselle Lions Club, opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 29, and continues through Sunday, June 1. Thousands are expected to attend the four-day festival featuring food, carnival rides and music. “If the weather is good, we’ll...


    Oakton showcases health care careers at free sessions

    Opportunities in health care careers are growing rapidly! Don’t miss your chance to join an exciting profession by attending free information sessions at Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 E. Golf Road.

    Derrick L. Buttrum

    Sheriff: Hampshire man gave alcohol to minor in April fatal crash

    A 25-year-old man has been charged with providing alcohol to a minor who crashed his car, killing his sister, after leaving a Hampshire bonfire last month. Derrick L. Buttrum of Hampshire faces up to three years in prison if convicted of providing hard liquor to Tyrus Taylor, 19, who crashed his 1994 Honda Accord near Sycamore, killing his 20-year-old sister, Tiffany, on April 12, according to...

    Joe Cione, who studies how storms interact with the ocean at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hurricane Research Division in Miami, displays a drone he hopes to use this hurricane season for research. NOAA researchers plan to test five or six drones in the peak of hurricane season that will be transmitting data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms fizzle while others strengthen into monsters.

    Drones are newest hurricane research tools
    The point where the roiling ocean meets the fury of a hurricane’s winds may hold the key to improving storm intensity forecasts — but it’s nearly impossible for scientists to see. That may change this summer, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding and a handful of winged drones that can spend hours spiraling in a hurricane’s dark places, transmitting data that...

    Visitors tour the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s WP-3D Orion turboprop “Hurricane Hunter” at New Orleans Lakefront Airport in New Orleans. 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.

    5 things to know about hurricane season

    Starting this hurricane season, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami will begin dropping small drones into storms in the hope they can learn more about how storms strengthen and better predict a storm's intensity. With the season's official start just days away, here are five other things to know about hurricanes:

    Adam R. Zace

    Arrests made in Naperville 7-Eleven robberies

    A Naperville man and an Aurora man are being held in DuPage County jail in connection with two armed robberies reported in one week at the same 7-Eleven in Naperville, authorities said Tuesday. Police who had been investigating the crimes said they arrested Adam R. Zace, 30, of the 400 block of Kiowa Drive in Naperville, and Kyle L. McGill, 28, of the 800 block of Gladstone Avenue in Aurora, on...

    Florida Department of Corrections shows inmate Freddie Lee Hall is seen here. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a 5-4 decision that Florida and a handful of other states cannot rely solely on an IQ score above 70 to bar an inmate from claiming mental disability.

    High court rules for death-row inmates with low IQ

    Twelve years after barring execution of the mentally disabled, the Supreme Court on Tuesday prohibited states in borderline cases from relying only on intelligence test scores to determine whether a death row inmate is eligible to be executed. In a 5-4 decision that split the court’s liberal and conservative justices, the court said that Florida and a handful of other states must look...

    Bensenville resident Chester Groniak gazes up at the latest airplane disturbing the peace of his garden getaway.

    Noise from new runways takes a toll on suburbs

    No dandelion would dare poke its head out on Chester Gorniak’s immaculate lawn. But weeds are the only thing missing from his leafy Bensenville paradise that explodes with hydrangeas, weeping cherry trees, wind chimes, statues, fountains and two exuberant terriers.

    Fake appointments, unofficial logs kept on the sly and appointments made without telling the patient are among tricks used to disguise delays in seeing and treating veterans at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics. They’re not a new phenomenon. VA officials, veteran service organizations and members of Congress have known about them for years.

    How VA clinics falsified appointment records

    Fake appointments, unofficial logs kept on the sly and appointments made without telling the patient are among tricks used to disguise delays in seeing and treating veterans at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics. They’re not a new phenomenon. The “gaming strategies” were used to make it appear veterans were getting appointments within target times, according to a 2010...

    Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan

    Separate agency for Lincoln library advances

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has denied that personal friendships are driving his proposal to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a separate state agency. A House committee on Monday approved the Chicago Democrat’s idea to break the decade-old institution off from the Historic Preservation Agency. The measure moves to the House floor.


    Marion again to host Miss Illinois pageant

    The southern Illinois city of Marion will host the Miss Illinois pageant for the fourth year in a row. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that the event will be staged at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center from June 9 until the latest Miss Illinois is crowned June 14.

    Paul Vallas

    Vallas in Arlington Hts. May 28

    Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas will speak to the Wheeling Township Democrats at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 in Arlington Heights.

    The aftermath of the Mesa County Mudslide is photographed from a plane, Monday, May 26, 2014, near Collbran, Colo. Rescue teams are searching for three men missing after a half-mile stretch of a ridge saturated with rain collapsed.

    3 missing in Colorado mudslide were investigating

    When a Colorado rancher noticed his irrigation ditch had stopped running, three men from this close-knit town volunteered to investigate. A small mudslide was found to be to blame for the water cutoff, and when the three men went to check on the damage on Sunday, a huge chunk of the ridge sheared off, likely overwhelming them. The men — a county road worker, his son and another man...


    Weather service team to rate North Dakota tornado

    A National Weather Service team headed to western North Dakota on Tuesday to assess the strength of a tornado that injured nine people, including a 15-year-old girl who suffered critical injuries, and damaged or destroyed 15 trailers at a workers’ camp in the heart of the state’s booming oil patch.


    Red Sox broadcaster’s son pleads guilty to murder

    The son of a Boston Red Sox broadcaster has pleaded guilty to murder in the stabbing of his girlfriend last year. Jared Remy admitted Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court that he fatally stabbed Jennifer Martel at the couple’s Waltham apartment in August.

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says in an excerpt from her upcoming book that she wishes she could go back and revisit some of her decisions but she is “proud of what we accomplished” at the State Department.

    Clinton proud of diplomatic accomplishments

    Hillary Rodham Clinton writes in new excerpts from her upcoming book that she wishes she could go back and reconsider some of her past decisions but she is “proud of what we accomplished” during her time as secretary of state.

    A couple of Western tourists snap a souvenir photo at a Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, May 27, 2014. The drama of Thailand’s military takeover has played out mainly in the political arena. The main impact on visitors for now is a 10 p.m. curfew.

    From beaches to Bangkok, tourists ask ‘What coup?’

    So far, the drama of Thailand’s military takeover has played out mainly in the political arena. As the army detains ousted political leaders and issues stern warnings on TV, tourists are kicking back on the country’s famed beaches and sightseeing in Bangkok. The main impact on visitors for now is a 10 p.m. curfew, which forces night life to close several hours earlier.

    Former Thai Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang, center, walks to a military vehicle after being detained by soldiers following a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

    Thai troops detain gov’t minister who blasted coup

    Armed troops detained a Thai Cabinet minister who defiantly emerged from hiding on Tuesday to condemn last week’s military coup and urge a return to civilian rule, in the first public appearance by any member of the ousted government.

    Ashley McLeod of St. Charles and Yumi Ishikawa of Northbrook celebrate after receiving their certificates of success from Harper College’s Career Skills Institute.

    New Harper program aids students with mild cognitive disabilities

    Ashley McLeod was one of the first 14 graduates of Harper’s new Career Skills Institute program, which began two years ago to help students with mild cognitive disabilities assess and strengthen their employability skills and develop a realistic career plan. “I loved it,” said McLeod, who has Down syndrome and lives in St. Charles.

    Scores of protesters chanting “Release our girls now” marched in the Nigerian capital Monday to protest the abductions of more than 300 schoolgirls by Boko Haram, the government’s failure to rescue them and the killings of scores of teachers by Islamic extremists in recent years.

    Impasse in rescue of girls abducted by extremists

    Nigeria’s military chiefs and the president are apparently split over how to free nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists, with the military saying use of force endangers the hostages killed and the president reportedly ruling out a prisoner-hostage swap.


    CTA says it’s doubled number of veterans on staff

    The Chicago Transit Authority announced that it’s doubled the number of military veterans on staff since 2010. The commuter agency announced on Memorial Day that there are 348 veterans employed, compared with 173 four years ago.


    2-year-old girl struck, killed by Chicago bus
    A 2-year-old girl has been struck and killed by a Chicago commuter bus in the city’s South Shore neighborhood. The Chicago Transit Authority says the girl ran into traffic Monday afternoon and was hit by the No. 6 Jackson Park Express.


    iPads worth $70,000 stolen from Chicago school

    Around 140 iPads worth more than $70,000 have been stolen from an elementary school on Chicago’s West Side. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that burglary happened around 1 a.m. Monday at Charles Hughes Elementary School in the North Lawndale neighborhood.


    Wisconsin dad accused of letting young daughter drive

    A father accused of asking his 11-year-old daughter to drive because he’d been drinking could face charges in Marathon County. A police report says the girl got behind the wheel and crashed the family’s SUV into a tree in Wausau last Friday,


    Chicago mayor proposes rules for gun stores

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed an ordinance that would largely limit where gun stores could open in Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the proposed ordinance would use special-use zoning to keep gun shops out of 99.5 percent of Chicago. Stores couldn’t be within 500 feet of a school or park.


    Wisconsin abortion trial set to begin

    A federal judge is about to start weighing the constitutionality of a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.


    Mt. Prospect Historical Society holds sports trivia night

    If you know your fun sports facts, stats and trivia, gather a team and come out to the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s Sports Trivia Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at Moretti’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, 1799 S. Busse Road, Mount Prospect.

    Rendering of the new Goliath wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

    Opening of world’s fastest wooden coaster delayed

    The grand opening of what’s being billed as the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster is on hold. Six Flags Great America spokeswoman Katy Enrique says the amusement park in Gurnee is pushing back the ride’s rollout because of “delays in the final touches.”


    States face new cost concerns with Medicaid surge

    From California to Rhode Island, states are confronting new concerns that their Medicaid costs will rise as a result of the federal health care law. That’s likely to revive the debate about how federal decisions can saddle states with unanticipated expenses.

    David Lasley rides his electric bike in Springfield. He uses his customized electric bicycle to commute between his north-end Springfield home and work.

    Electric bikes alternative to gas

    David Lasley is a big fan of electric bicycles — up to a point. “It’s not a religion. I don’t ride it much in the winter,” said Lasley, who uses his customized electric bicycle to commute between his north-end Springfield home and work at the U.S. Post Office on Wabash Avenue.

    Winners of the 2014 Impact Awards are, back row, from left, Marvin Keeling, Sylvia Smaga and Rob Malnik. Front row, from left, Irwin Borchew, Jess Streepy, Nico Curdumi, Al Loesel. Not pictured: Lori Nowacki.

    Impact Awards honor six suburban volunteers

    Six dedicated volunteers and volunteer organizations in the suburbs have been honored with the 2014 Impact Awards, given out annually by HandsOn Suburban Chicago.


    Dawn Patrol: 1 dead in Huntley shooting; Hawks down 3-1 in series
    1 dead in Huntley shooting; Blackhawks are up against it now; boy hurt in Mundelein awning collapse resting; suburbs remember soldiers lost in battle, with Bronze Star awarded in Arlington Heights; Samardzija finally gets a win.

    Surveillance video footage shows Lake Barrington resident James Beers tending to his son Cameron after an awning fell on the boy Sunday. Cameron required 18 staples to close the cut in his head.

    10 stories you may have missed over the weekend

    Wheaton parents' heroin tale of hope; D'Andre Howard trial in 2009 Hoffman Estates murders to begin; boy in Mundelein awning collapse recovering; Marmion coach hit by a shot put; Wauconda Mayor Frank Bart gives himself a "C"; Des Plaines fire officials investigate suspicious middle school fire.

    Some suburban school districts have hired lobbyists to go to Springfield in order to secure more tax dollars.

    Should suburban school districts hire lobbyists?

    Can hiring lobbyists help suburban school districts influence education policy and bring home more tax dollars? It’s a question Elgin Area School District U-46 and Community Unit District 300 have been pondering in the wake of proposed legislation that would overhaul state funding of schools. “In Springfield, one of the things that we find when we’ve gone down there, school...

    Karyn Ann Robles

    Schaumburg hires new transportation director

    The village of Schaumburg has named Naperville’s assistant director of transportation, Karyn Ann Robles, as its director of transportation, effective June 9. Robles will succeed June Johnson, who retires Tuesday, May 27.


    Rosary’s Caroline Maley sits stunned on the turf as time expires in the Royal’s 1-0 loss to Dekalb Tuesday in the Hampshire sectional.

    DeKalb ousts Rosary in sectional semis

    Rosary continued pushing right up until the final horn in Tuesday night’s Class 2A Hampshire sectional semifinal, but couldn’t find the back of the net against a steadfast DeKalb squad.

    Anthony Rizzo was just one of Giants stater Tim Hudson’s strikeout victims as the 38-year-old Hudson turned in another vintage performance to start this season, tossing seven scoreless innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Cubs 4-0 on Tuesday night.

    Cubs can’t solve Giants' Hudson, lose 4-0

    Tim Hudson turned in another vintage performance to start this season, tossing seven scoreless innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Cubs 4-0 on Tuesday night. Hudson (5-2) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked none. The 38-year-old has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of his 10 starts, and he has pitched at least seven innings eight times.


    Girls soccer: Tuesday, May 27 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Tuesday, May 27.


    Softball: Tuesday, May 27 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Tuesday, May 27.

    Rene Bourque scored three goals and the Montreal Canadiens chased goalie Henrik Lundqvist and defeated the New York Rangers 7-4 on Tuesday to stave off elimination in the Eastern Conference final. The Rangers, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, will have another chance to earn a trip to the Stanley Cup final in Game 6 on Thursday night in New York.

    Canadiens surge past Rangers 7-4, force Game 6

    Rene Bourque scored three goals and the Montreal Canadiens chased goalie Henrik Lundqvist and defeated the New York Rangers 7-4 on Tuesday to stave off elimination in the Eastern Conference final.The Rangers, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, will have another chance to earn a trip to the Stanley Cup final in Game 6 on Thursday night in New York.


    Boys volleyball: Tuesday, May 27 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Tuesday, May 27.


    Baseball: Tuesday, May 27 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Tuesday, May 27.


    Hersey, Prospect to meet in regional final

    Hersey ended Maine West’s season with a 25-20, 25-19 victory Tuesday to earn a spot against host Prospect in Wednesday’s 7 p.m. regional final. Prospect bounced back from a first-set loss to eliminate Notre Dame 24-26, 25-16, 25-18 as senior Grant Andler (22 kills) along with juniors Eryk Krzyzak and Alex Blethen (7 kills each) powered the attack.


    St. Viator rides out storm, Northtown

    It’s off to a Class 3A regional for St. Viator’softball team. The No. 4-seeded Lions (18-14) advanced with a win over No. 13 Chicago Northtown Academy. Lions ace Sam Hogan (14-10) gave up 1 hit with 10 strikeouts and 1 walk as Viator built an 8-0 lead after four innings. The Pumas were batting in the top of the fifth with one out when the rains hit and the game was postponed. The visitors chose not to return to Arlington Heights at a later date, making it a forfeit win according to the IHSA.


    Plaza pitches Whitewater to national title

    Scott Plaza has taken his history of baseball success close to home and extended it to the national level. The one-time Harper College and Prospect High School standout helped pitch Wisconsin-Whitewater to an NCAA Division III national championship on Tuesday. Whitewater (43-7) topped Emory University 7-0 in Appleton, Wis., in the title game as Plaza went the distance. It was the first shutout in the title game since 2002. Plaza struck out nine and shut down the what had been an exceptionally strong offensive team, and was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.


    White Sox’ Ramirez looking like an all-star

    Off to his best start since joining the White Sox in 2008, Alexei Ramirez is roaring toward his first All-Star Game appearance. In addition to playing standout defense, Ramirez ranks among American League leaders in multiple offensive categories.


    Warren rolls; Zion-Benton eliminates Lakes

    The last time the Warren boys volleyball team made it to the sectional, senior middle hitter Max Bongratz was barely out of grade school. But Bongratz and his teammates are well-versed on that history. It’s what motivates them to go a little harder in the state tournament, as they did Tuesday night at the Antioch regional. The top-seeded Blue Devils had little trouble knocking off a scrappy Waukegan team in the semifinals, 25-12, 25-15. Warren will now face No. 2 Zion-Benton in today’s regional championship game (6 p.m.) at Antioch.


    Waubonsie Valley escapes Geneva with rain-shortened win

    Shannon Hohman was looking to make amends.

    Amanda Hilton of St. Charles East leaps for a header in front of Lizzie Parrilli of St. Charles North during the Conant sectional semifinal in Hoffman Estates Tuesday.

    St. Charles East ends drought, knocks out St. Charles North

    There was a mad rush at the final whistle to get to the center of the field, where St. Charles East’s players established their team celebration at the end of Tuesday’s 2-1 Class 3A Conant sectional semifinal win over St. Charles North.

    St. Edward’s Monica Ramirez celebrates with teammates after their Class 1A supersectional win over Chicago Latin at Concordia University in River Forest on Tuesday.

    St. Edward headed to state

    Last year when St. Edward girls soccer coach Tim Brieger checked the clock with 16 minutes remaining and his Green Wave leading 1-0, knowing how the 2012 postseason went down in the late stages, he grudgingly watched Francis Parker score 3 unanswered goals and deny the Green Wave a state berth for a second-straight year. Tuesday night, at the same juncture against Chicago Latin in the same location, at the Class 1A Concordia University supersectional in River Forest, when Brieger checked the clock at the 16 minute mark, there was no doubt his Green Wave were going to seal the deal this time.


    New Trier ousts Libertyville

    New Trier’s boys lacrosse team ended Libertyville’s season with a 13-10 win Tuesday.


    Ten North Central athletes make All-America

    The local schools were well-represented in both the men’s and women’s Division III Track and Field National Championships. Wheaton, Elmhurst and North Central all went home with newly named All-Americans.


    Blackhawks’ Seabrook knows he has to be better

    After being on the ice for both of the Kings’ power-play goals in the first period, Brent Seabrook vowed to raise his level of play for Game 5 on Wednesday night at the United Center, with the Hawks down 3-1 and facing elimination for the first time this postseason.


    Naperville Central in a hurry to get regional win

    Naperville Central senior middle hitter Michael Timmerberg just played one of his best volleyball matches of the season Tuesday, but there was no time to celebrate.


    Blackhawks’ special teams? Not so special

    The Blackhawks proved last season that you can win the Stanley Cup with an ineffective power play, but now their penalty kill is also failing and they’re on the verge of elimination.If they’re unable to climb out of a 3-1 hole in the Western Conference Final against the Kings, the Hawks will look back at their special teams and point the finger.


    Buffalo Grove stops Stevenson

    Top seed Buffalo Grove ended the postseason dreams of Stevenson’s girls soccer team by booking a spot in Friday’s Libertyville sectional final with a 2-1 victory over the No. 14 seed Patriots on Tuesday in Libertyville. The Bison (22-2-3) now must wait another day to find who out their opponent is, after dangerous weather postponed the second scheduled match Tuesday between Barrington and Lake Zurich. That contest is now scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    The Blackhawks leave after their 5-2 loss to the Kings in Game 4. The series shifts to the United Center for Game 5 on Wednesday night.

    Kings know closing out Blackhawks won’t be easy

    The Kings know exactly what they’re up against Wednesday night at the United Center as they try to close out the Blackhawks and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.“The toughest game to win in every series is the fourth game,” Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter said.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    SoftballGrayslake Central vs. Guerin susp.: At Grayslake Central, the Class 3A regional semifinal was suspended going into the top of the fourth with Grayslake Central leading 10-0.The game will be resumed at 4 p.m. today. Afterward, Regina Domincan will play Fenton.Warren vs. Loyola, susp.: At Loyola, the Class 4A regional semifinal started but was stopped in the top of the first due to lightning.After an hour and a half, the coaches agreed to suspend the game. The game will resume at 4:30 p.m. today at Loyola Academy’s Munz Campus in Glenview.The Mundelein vs Waukegan game will start at 6:30 p.m., after the completion of Loyola vs. Warren.Libertyville vs. Hersey, susp.: At Carmel, the Class 4A regional semifinal was suspended after 3 innings.Grayslake North vs. Round Lake, ppd.: At Grayslake North, the Class 4A regional play-in was called for the second day ib a row.No pitch was thrown in the game, which will be played at 4 p.m. today.

    Vernon Hills’ Lem Turner spikes the ball against Libertyville player Peter Feely during regional play Tuesday at Carmel.

    Vernon Hills, Lake Zurich to meet for regional title

    Max Spiglanin and Mike Heinz hammered 10 and 9 kills, respectively, as Vernon Hills’ boys volleyball team downed Libertyville 25-19, 25-16 in regional semifinal play at Carmel Catholic on Tuesday night.


    St. Charles East storms back, beats South Elgin

    St. Charles East’s softball team didn’t begin postseason play the way it had planned.


    St. Francis is moving on

    St. Francis didn’t want a repeat of last year’s regional opener when the third-seeded Spartans fell to No. 15 seed Waubonsie Valley.


    Boomers rained out; DH on tap today

    The Schaumburg Boomers were rained out in the opener of a three-game series with the Gateway Grizzlies on Tuesday night at Boomers Stadium. The rainout was the second in team history at home.Heavy rain fell about a half hour prior to the scheduled first pitch and continued through the early evening, prompting the postponement. The contest will be made up today as part of a doubleheader. Game 1 begins at 11 a.m., with the nightcap to follow. Both games will be seven innings.


    Martin, Cougars slam Chiefs

    Trey Martin’s first homer of the season — a grand slam in the seventh inning — lifted the Kane County Cougars to a 5-4 victory and a series sweep of the Peoria Chiefs in Midwest League action Tuesday afternoon at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.


    Benet storms past Batavia

    Technically, Benet did come from behind in Tuesday’s regional semifinal with Batavia, but it took just one inning for the top-seeded Redwings to take command.


    Lake Park’s challenge of Conant will wait for resolution

    There will be plenty of drama from the get-go when No. 2 Conant and No. 15 Lake Park resume their suspended game from Tuesday. The semifinal of the Class 4A Hoffman Estates softball regional was tied at 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning with senior Stephanie Sturino leading off the Lancers. During her at-bat, the lightning detector sounded and the teams left the field. They will return today at 4 p.m. to resume the game. The second semifinal between No. 7 Schaumburg (23-8) and No. 10 Hoffman Estates (15-14) will follow immediately with the championship still set for 11 a.m. Saturday.


    Harlem blanks South Elgin in sectional semifinal

    It just wasn’t South Elgin’s night. Machesney Park Harlem took advantage of its scoring chances while the Storm couldn’t, giving the Huskies a 3-0 victory in the semifinals of the Class 3A Rockford Auburn sectional at Wyeth Stadium.

    Prospect girls golf coach Jim Hamann, right, is gearing up to lead another John Hamann Golf Outing on June 12.

    Expect another team effort in John Hamann Golf Outing

    With two IHSA Class AA girls golf titles and one runner-up over the past three years, Prospect coach Jim Hamann has one of the most successful programs in the state. Now he is hoping for another successful ‘John Hamann Golf Outing’ on June 12 at the Maple Meadows Golf Club In Wood Dale. The ‘John Hamann Athletic Scholarship Fund’ was founded in 2010 after the passing of the long time Willowbrook High School teacher, basketball coach and golf coach John Hamann. John’s wife Jalaine, his daughter Julie, his sons Jim and Jeff, and daughters in law Katie and Gina have been instrumental in honoring John’s legacy at the high school.


    Burlington Central rolls in regional opener

    There’s nothing like starting the postseason by scoring 4 runs before the other team records an out. The Burlington Central softball team scored quickly and often Tuesday, beating both Sycamore and the weather in the semifinals of the Class 3A Central regional on Rocket Hill. The Rockets (22-9) rapped out 13 hits and sophomore Emily Kisch tossed a 4-hitter in the 12-0 win as top-seeded Central advanced to Saturday’s 10 a.m. championship game against the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between No. 2 Kaneland and No. 3 Genoa-Kingston.

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews skates behind the Kings as they celebrate during their 3-goal first period in Game 4.

    Blackhawks suffering a crisis of confidence

    When you’re playing with confidence, a bit of adversity is nothing you can’t overcome, but when you have no confidence, you stand around watching and waiting for the next bad thing to happen. Welcome, Blackhawks, to the Western Conference finals.

    New Bears defensive end Jared Allen said he's still motivated to be the best player he can be.

    Bears’ Allen not lacking for motivation

    Five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen is still playing at peak efficiency after 10 years in the NFL, as evidenced by his seventh straight double-digit sack season last year. But Allen says leaving the Minnesota Vikings to join the Bears has further energized him and provided him with additional motivation to be the best at what he does.

    The Cubs say the door isn't closed for Sammy Sosa if he wants to have a new relationship with the club.

    Cubs may be willing to welcome back Sosa

    With the Cubs' recent hiring of Manny Ramirez as a minor-league player-coach, questions have arisen as to when team officials will reconcile with former slugger Sammy Sosa, who left the team on bad terms after 2004. The Cubs say it's possible a dialogue could begin soon to bring Sosa back in some capacity.

    This artist rendering offers a panoramic view of the Wrigley Field outfield with new signage proposed by the Cubs as part of the club’s renovation plans for Wrigley Field.

    Bigger clubhouse, more signs part of Wrigley plans

    As the Cubs' contuing battle with the neighboring rooftop owners appears to be reaching a new phase, the protracted process of expanding Wrigley Field may have one big benefit for the players: a huge new clubhouse. The Cubs unveiled revised plans for the park on Tuesday, and a new clubhouse was just one feature outlined.

    In this June 12, 1978 file photo, Steve Cauthen raises his whip to spur Affirmed, right, toward the finish line as Alydar is driven home by Jorge Velasquez in the final stretch of the Belmont Stakes race at Belmont Race track in Elmont No horse has swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont since Affirmed in 1978, but owners of past Triple Crown winners say they are ready for that to chanage.

    Past Triple Crown winners ready for new champ

    Patrice Wolfson is ready to give up her title as the co-owner of the last Triple Crown winner. She will get the chance if California Chrome is successful in his bid to join Affirmed and 10 other horses atop racing’s pinnacle.No horse since Affirmed in 1978 has swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. But past owners of Triple Crown winners say they want to see that streak broken.


    Libertyville’s Skoug nets Gatorade honor

    The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, has announced that Evan Skoug of Libertyville has been chosen Gatorade Illinois Baseball Player of the Year. Skoug is the third Gatorade Illinois Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Libertyville High School.

    Former Illini golfer Scott Langley, who plays on the PGA Tour, is one of many golfers with Illinois ties who will compete in U.S. Open qualifiers on Monday. The 2014 U.S. Open is in Pinehurst, N.C., from June 12-15.

    Area golfers spread out for U.S. Open qualifiers

    Lots of golfers with ties to Illinois are still in the mix to compete in the U.S. Open, which features 10 qualifying sectionals on Monday across the country. Len Ziehm has the latest in this week's golf column, including where Carlos Sainz Jr. of Elgin and Vince India of Deerfield are likely headed.

    Li Na hits a return against France’s Kristina Mladenovic Monday during their first round match in the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

    Li Na loses in 1st round of French Open

    Another day on the clay at the French Open, another reigning Australian Open champion bites the red dust. Li Na lost her first Grand Slam match since winning the title in Melbourne, falling to Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday. The loss came a day after men’s Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka was eliminated in the first round — the first time at any Grand Slam tournament that the men’s and women’s singles champions from the previous major lost in the first round.

    The Blackhawks gather around goalie Corey Crawford after their 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at United Center.

    How Hawks went from gloomy to happy last year

    The Blackhawks are down 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings. Hmmm, on the verge of elimination from the playoffs — where have we heard this before? Just last year, the Hawks were down 3-1 against the Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals. And look what happened. Check out these video clips of the Blackhawks being nearly out of it to becoming heroes in four games last year.

    Rosary’s Class 2A 4x400-meter relay runners celebrate during the prelims of the girls track and field state meet.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring softball, water polo, soccer, track and baseball.


    ComEd customers, who will see their monthly bill jump from an average of $67 per month to $86 per month beginning next week, could see another $3 per month added in January 2015 for the cost of distribution.

    ComEd customers brace for raises next week, and possibly next year too

    ComEd executives told the Daily Herald editorial board meeting today that while residential customers can expect their bills to go up in June, next year also may bring extra costs. The average monthly bill in 2013 was $67, but starting June 1, it's expected to jump to $86. Next year, there's at least $3 a month more coming for distribution costs and an unknown amount for the price of power.

    TJX CEO Carol Meyrowitz was the highest paid female CEO of 2013.

    The CEO got a huge raise. You didn’t. Here’s why

    Pay for globe-trotting CEOs has soared to new heights, even as most workers remain grounded by paychecks that are barely budging. Here are five reasons why CEOs are enjoying lavish pay increases and five reasons many people are stuck with stagnant incomes.

    More promising signs the economy is strengthening after its winter slowdown pushed stocks higher on Tuesday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose for the fourth straight day and ended at another all-time high, 1,911.

    Stocks climb; Fourth straight gain for S&P 500

    More promising signs that the economy is strengthening after its winter slowdown pushed stocks higher on Tuesday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose for the fourth straight day and ended at another all-time high.

    Pilgrim’s Pride is offering to acquire Chicago-based Hillshire Brands in a deal worth about $5.58 billion.

    Pilgrim’s Pride in takeover bid for Hillshire

    Pilgrim’s Pride launched a takeover bid for Chicago-based Hillshire Brands on Tuesday that would expand its business beyond fresh and frozen chicken into a variety of packaged meats, including Ball Park hot dogs and Jimmy Dean sausages. The $5.58 billion offer could derail Hillshire’s plans to buy Pinnacle Foods, which makes Birds Eye frozen vegetables, Duncan Hines cake mixes and Hungry Man frozen dinners.


    Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News up for auction

    A closed-door auction is scheduled Tuesday to determine the future of Philadelphia’s two largest newspapers. The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News are being sold for the fifth time since 2006.


    Crossbows recalled that may shoot unexpectedly

    About 2,800 crossbows are being recalled because they may fire without the trigger being pulled. The crossbows were made by Precision Shooting Equipment and affect some of the TAC Elite, TAC Ordnance and Enigma models.

    Associated Press Jody Dickman, of Pittsburgh walks in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh after shopping for a workout outfit at an Athleta store.U.S. consumers were slightly more confident in the economy in May than in April, partly because of strengthening optimism about future hiring and income gains.

    U.S. consumer confidence moved up in May

    U.S. consumers were slightly more confident in the economy in May than in April, partly because of strengthening optimism about future hiring and income gains. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index rose to 83 from a revised 81.7 in April. That’s the second-highest reading since January 2008, just after the Great Recession began.


    Boeing buys software maker AerData

    Chicago-based Boeing said Tuesday that it bought airplane software company AerData Group to offer its customers a way to manage maintenance records. It’s the second technology company that the aircraft maker agreed to buy in less than a week.


    United reaches agreement with dispatchers’ unions

    Chicago-based United Airlines has reached a tentative agreement on a new joint collective bargaining agreement with the Professional Airline Flight Control Association and the Transport Workers Union for United’s dispatchers. PAFCA represents dispatchers at the United subsidiary, and TWU represents dispatchers at the Continental subsidiary.


    Survey: Demand increase will determine small business hiring

    Considerably more than any other factor, an increase in demand for products and services will determine small business hiring, according to the May 2014 SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard survey. The Glenview-based small business online payroll provider said 67 percent of small business owners say that if they see an increase in demand, it would spur them to hire.

    he owners of the World Trade Center’s signature skyscraper are slashing office rents nearly 10 percent because they can’t find enough tenants.

    Rents cut at 1 World Trade Center, owners say

    The owners of the World Trade Center’s signature skyscraper are slashing office rents nearly 10 percent because they can’t find enough tenants.The Wall Street Journal reports that 1 World Trade Center is 55 percent leased. It says no private office tenant has signed a lease in almost three years.

    A judge in southern Iran has ordered Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court to answer complaints by individuals who say Facebook-owned applications Instagram and Whatsapp violate their privacy.

    Iran judge summons Facebook CEO to court

    A judge in southern Iran has ordered Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court to answer complaints by individuals who say Facebook-owned applications Instagram and Whatsapp violate their privacy, semiofficial news agency ISNA reported Tuesday. It quoted Ruhollah Momen Nasab, an official with the paramilitary Basij force, as saying that the judge also ordered the two apps blocked.

    The Monster Tron T1 headphones sold on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s Taobao site are a tempting offer for audiophiles looking for a good price on authentic state-of-the-art hi-fi equipment but the California company, best known for its audio-visual cables, said Monday that 99.5 percent of purported Monster products sold on Alibaba sites are fakes.

    Knockoffs a headache for IPO-bound Alibaba

    At first glance, the Monster Tron T1 headphones sold on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s Taobao site are a tempting offer for audiophiles looking for state-of-the-art hi-fi equipment. But sellers omit one key detail: Monster Inc. never produced this model.

    1. Nabors Industries CEO Anthony Petrello

    Top 10 highest-paid CEOs

    Here are the 10 highest-paid CEOs of 2013, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive pay research firm:1.Anthony Petrello, Nabors Industries, $68.2 million, up 246 percent2.Leslie Moonves, CBS, $65.6 million, up 9 percent3.Richard Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, $55.3 million, up 294 percent4.Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor, $39 million, up 510 percent5.Philippe Dauman, Viacom, $37.2 million, up 11 percent6.Leonard Schleifer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, $36.3 million, up 21 percent7.Robert Iger, Walt Disney, $34.3 million, up 46 percent8.David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $33.3 million, down 33 percent9.Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner, $32.5 million, up 27 percent10.Brian Roberts, Comcast, $31.4 million, up 8 percent

Life & Entertainment

    The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights starts its new theater season this summer with “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.”

    Simon comedy, 'Drowsy Chaperone' among new Metropolis shows

    The Metropolis Perfomring Arts Centre has announced it 2014-15 theater season, which includes such works as Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" and the hit musical "The Drowsy Chaperone."

    “Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse” is the latest from Mariah Carey.

    Mariah Carey an elusive, uneven chanteuse

    Mariah Carey’s latest album kicks off in wonderful and typical Mariah form: She sings a song that immediately pulls you in. “Cry,” a torching, emotional tune, is the song that does its job on “Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse.” You feel like you are about to experience musical bliss. But like many veteran all-stars, there comes a time when singers make more errors and can’t score a hit like they used to. Sadly, that is what is happening with Carey.

    Comedian Ed Regine performs at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort from Wednesday, May 28, through Saturday, May 31.

    Weekend picks: Is Ed Regine a comedy machine?

    See if Ed “The Machine” Regine lives up to his nickname when he performs his standup routine at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles. Get your sea legs ready to raise funds for downtown Waukegan development at the 3rd Annual Scoop the Lake Regatta & Dinghy Poker Run at the Waukegan Yacht Club Saturday. Our neighboring state is famous for its breweries and dairy farms, so don't miss the Wisconsin Beer & Cheese Tour, which features many microbrews and artisanal cheeses on Saturday at the RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

    Former combat surgeon Dr. TC Callahan (Eoin Macken) joins the staff of a Texas hospital in NBC's new medical drama “The Night Shift.”

    Fractured psyche a fascinating twist to 'Night Shift' character

    Debuting Tuesday, May 27, NBC's “The Night Shift” focuses on Dr. TC Callahan (Irish actor Eoin Macken), who has just finished three grueling tours of duty as a combat surgeon in Afghanistan. He lands in San Antonio, along with best pal Topher (Ken Leung), an ER specialist who helped soldiers injured in battle, and Army doctor protégé Drew (Brendan Fehr).

    A Tipsy Stout Burger comes topped with haystring onions at the Tap House Grill in Des Plaines.

    Des Plaines' Tap House makes impression with eclectic beer list, unique menu

    Tap House Grill in Des Plaines looks like a modern take on your neighborhood watering hole. It's comfortable, friendly and welcoming. The bar is not cluttered with memorabilia or knickknacks, but there are plenty of big screens for watching sports whether you are there for dinner or a craft beer.


    Night life events: Sip a summer drink on Snuggery’s patio

    Snuggery Schaumburg’s patio is now open. Grab a $5 drink and relax outdoors. Everyday $5 cocktails include mojitos and margaritas, 20-ounce Long Islands, lemon drop martinis and more. In other news, Urban Spoon named McGonigal’s Pub in Barrington one of the best Irish pubs in the Chicago area.

    Actress Emma Watson, right, sits beside a woman, left, later seen wearing a badge and with a handgun visible at her side, during commencement services at Brown University in Providence, R.I. A Brown spokesman said he was unable to answer questions about why Watson had the undercover armed guard sitting with her during graduation ceremonies.

    Brown won’t discuss Emma Watson’s graduation guard

    A Brown University spokesman says he is unable to answer questions about why Emma Watson had an undercover armed guard with her during graduation ceremonies.

    Pharrell Williams says everyone should be able to celebrate their joy — including Iranian youths who were arrested for posting an Internet video of them dancing to his song “Happy.”

    Pharrell: ‘Happy’ Iranians should be free to dance

    Pharrell Williams says everyone should be able to celebrate their joy — including Iranian youths who were arrested for posting an Internet video of them dancing to his song “Happy.”


    Bon Jovi guitarist to play at anti-drug forum

    Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is planning to debut a new song at a New Jersey forum on drug abuse. The event is aimed at raising awareness about abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers along the Jersey shore.

    Taylor Swift has canceled a sold-out concert in Thailand, which came under military rule last week after a coup d’etat.

    Taylor Swift cancels Bangkok concert after coup

    Taylor Swift has canceled a sold-out concert in Thailand, which came under military rule last week after a coup d’etat. Concert promoter BEC-Tero announced Tuesday on its website that the concert was canceled “due to recent events in Thailand.”

    Rolling Stones singer frontman Mick Jagger performs during a concert in the Telenor Arena at Fornebu in Baerum just south of Oslo, Norway, Monday. It was the first time the Rolling Stones have played since the death of Jagger’s longtime companion L’Wren Scott died earlier this year.

    Rolling Stones return to road in Norway

    The Rolling Stones, who in March interrupted their 2014 world tour due to singer Mick Jagger’s girlfriend’s suicide, returned to the road Monday with a high-energy show lasting over two hours at Oslo’s Telenor Arena. Playing to a sold-out crowd of 23,000, Jagger did not mention the death of fashion designer L’Wren Scott, but proved himself proficient in Norwegian-language between-song patter.

    Sarah Lotz tells “The Three” in a unique way.

    ‘The Three’ by Sarah Lotz is imaginative thriller

    Four planes crash in various parts of the world on the same day. On three of these planes, a child is the sole survivor. These children are given the nickname “The Three.” Their lives, and the world at large, will never be the same. A phone call from a woman just before her death leads a pastor to believe that she was delivering a message from God, and that the children are three of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

    Resistance fighters battle German troops in Nazi-occupied London in “Wolfenstein: The New Order.”

    Alternate-history Nazis cry ‘Wolfenstein’

    Nazis have made dependable video-game villains. The trend dates back to 1981’s “Castle Wolfenstein,” an Apple II stealth game. The series eventually morphed into “Wolfenstein 3D,” a 1992 first-person shooter that introduced all-American hero William “B.J.” Blazkowicz. He returns in “Wolfenstein: The New Order,” which begins with an assault on the headquarters of Nazi Gen. Wilhelm “Deathshead” Strasse. The mission is a disaster, and a comatose Blazkowicz ends up in a Polish asylum. Flash-forward to 1960, and the Nazis have taken over most of the planet and even a small chunk of the moon.

    Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Honolulu topped this year’s annual ranking of the best public beaches in the United States as chosen by Stephen Leatherman, better known as Dr. Beach.

    Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki tops 2014 beach ranking

    A tourist-friendly beach named for a Hawaii surfing legend has been dubbed the best public beach in the United States in this year’s Dr. Beach ranking. Duke Kahanamoku Beach, a well-groomed crescent of blond sand and palm trees near the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, beat out more than 600 other beaches for the distinction.

    Dandelion greens can be used just like arugula or spinach in recipes for stew, lasagna and cornbread.

    Dandelion greens freshen the flavor of cornbread

    Don't grab the Round-up; grab the skillet. Instead of spending the weekend killing the dandelions in your yard, trim the long green leaves that grow toward the base of the plant and saute them or try them in cornbread or lasagna.

    Dandelion greens can be used just like arugula or spinach in recipes for stew, lasagna and cornbread.

    Cumin-Dandelion Green Cornbread
    It's wiser to buy cultivated greens than pull them from your yard for Cumin-Dandelion Green Cornbread.

    Where do you go when you want a great hot dog? Tell us at food@dailyherald.com.

    From the Food Editor: Give us your top dogs

    Since Chicago’s icon Hot Doug’s announced earlier this month that sausage temple would close in the fall, passionate conversations about where you can get the best hot dogs and sausage. For a special summer story in our Time out! section we want to hear from suburbanites — where do you do when you’ve got a hankerin’ for a hot dog? Food Editor Deborah Pankey also tells you how to enter Weber's Big Burger Battle.

    Amy King makes an effort to serve healthful meals to the students and children in her care at Mooseheart Child City and School. Her spicy orange chicken is one example.

    Cook of the Week: Feeding family a job she takes very seriously

    For Amy King, putting dinner on the table for the family holds a special meaning. First of all, her "family" consists of three teenagers, their children and her co-worker. Secondly, as a family teacher at Mooseheart Child City and School, putting the food on the table and providing a warm family atmosphere is her job. And she takes her job very seriously.


    Spicy Orange Chicken
    Spicy Orange Chicken earned Amy King honors at Mooseheart's healthy eating contest.


    Fried Rice
    Cauliflower gets disguised as rice in Amy King's fried rice recipe.


    Jalapeño Popper Dip
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    Prone dumbbell rotation

    Improve your golf game with these exercises

    With warm weather finally here, many people are getting back to outdoor activities. If you’re a golfer, this means getting out on the course and picking up where you left off last year. If you find yourself frustrated with your swing, simply adding a few functional exercises to your workouts may have you recording your best game yet.

    Angelina Jolie is Maleficent while her daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt portrays Young Aurora in the new movie “Maleficent.”

    Jolie talks Maleficent, mastectomy, kidnap victims

    Angelina Jolie may be Hollywood royalty. But she’s no princess, and has never been a fan of the Disney variety. “I found them quite dull,” the actress says. Evil Maleficent, whom Jolie portrays in Disney’s new live-action spin on its animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” conversely “seemed to be having a great time,” Jolie said. “(Maleficent) is kind of an anti-hero for the odd man out,” Jolie continued. “And, when she feels abused, or when somebody hurts her, she then says, ‘Oh, all right. You’re going to mess with me? Watch me.’”


    Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake.

    Editorial: Charter school must serve students of all backgrounds

    A publicly funded Grayslake charter school, whose enrollment doesn't come close to reflecting the area's ethnic or economic diversity, must demonstrate a commitment to serve all students of all backgrounds, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Why the VA scandal sticks

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Why do some political scandals stick while others fade? The level of media obsession seems to rise and fall as mysteriously as the stock market. On Benghazi, sell. Hold on the IRS audits. On the Veterans Affairs scandal, buy, buy, buy.


    Another successful carrier food drive
    Letter to the editor: Carl F. Oefelein, president of the letter carriers local in Palatine, thanks residents for supporting the food drive again this year.


    Village roads are in deplorable shape
    Letter to the editor: Thomas Newton complains that the roads in his village, Mount Prospect, are in "deplorable" condition.


    Golf course project has grown irresponsibly
    Letter to the editor: Thomas Braun of Mount Prospect says the golf course rehab project has grown in scope to the point where it is irresponsible to continue.


    Preferred Randhurst when it was indoors
    Letter to the editor: William Hibsch ofDes Plaines preferred Randhurst when you could walk around inside.


    Des Plaines has little sense of history
    Letter to the editor: Iris Seefeldt worries that Des Plaines leaders have too little sense of the city's history to recognize what a boon the 5 Corners area can be.


    Village leadership fails to understand
    Letter to editor: Former mayoral candidate Ron Drake says the current Arlington Heights leadership has its "head in the sand" when it comes to branding the village.


    Don’t be too quick to judge VA system
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I do not doubt that there may be serious problems at the Phoenix VA Hospital. But, based on the edited statements that have been televised so far, one simply cannot determine responsibility at this point. A congressional hearing is nothing more than a political speech exercise, particularly in this day and age and the televised press is not much better at accurate reporting.


    Link to manufacturing jobs needs strength
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: I was pleased to attend the recent event at Oakton Community College where Sen. Dick Durbin discussed his Community College to Career Fund Act. The Technology & Manufacturing Association of Illinois strongly supports this legislation as it promotes exactly the type of thing we do every day. We continuously work with community colleges to offer hands-on manufacturing training to supplement the courses they offer their students.


    Misericordia drive a success once again
    Letter to the editor: The Misericordia Candy Drive in Palatine was another big success thisyear, thanks to many, many people who helped and participated.


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