Daily Archive : Wednesday May 28, 2014


    The Mount Prospect Golf Course will undergo some significant changes now that the Mount Prospect Park District has approved a renovation plan that will cost an estimated $8.47 million.

    Mount Prospect park board OKs extensive golf-course plan

    The Mount Prospect Park District on Wednesday night approved $7.1 million in renovations for the Mount Prospect Golf Course. Engineering and other additional costs will bring the total price tag to an estimated $8.47 million. The plan will give the aging but highly regarded course a new irrigation system, an expanded driving range and various changes to individual holes.

    Tributes from students frame a photo of Laura Engelhardt at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates shortly after she was killed in 2009.

    Laura Engelhardt forgave her killer before she died

    Laura Engelhardt forgave her killer before she died, her sister, Amanda, testified Wednesday during the first day of the Hoffman Estates triple murder trial. About a dozen of Laura’s friends are attending the trial, as are many other supporters of the Engelhardt family. “(Laura) was just the best person I know. Still is,” said one friend, wearing a purple ribbon, the color...

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

    Elgin crash victim's friend: Now he sings to the Lord

    Miguel A. Agustin Tellez, 35, told his fiancee, Lorena Lopez, he had to pay an insurance bill in Elgin Tuesday, but would be back shortly. “He never came back,” Lopez said through tears Wednesday. Authorities said that Tellez, of Carpentersville, was the victim in a crash caused by a parolee fleeing Elgin police. Police say Steven Luellen was behind the wheel of a 2011 Nissan Maxima...

    Amanda Engelhardt, right, arrives Wednesday at the Cook County courthouse in Rolling Meadow as former boyfriend D’Andre Howard’s trial starts. Howard is accused of killing three members of the Engelhardt family.

    Ex-girlfriend describes killings in Howard trial

    A tearful Amanda Engelhardt told jurors today that she fell asleep after a prolonged argument with former boyfriend D’Andre Howard and awoke to find him holding a knife to her throat in the first moments of a rampage that left her sister, father and grandmother dead. Howard’s trial on murder charges began in the Rolling Meadows courthouse, with his attorneys arguing he was insane at...

    Wally Douthwaite , taken when he became Wheeling’s new city manager.

    Former Des Plaines, Wheeling official dies

    In work, Franklyn Wallace “Wally” Douthwaite acted as city manager of Des Plaines, Wheeling and Wood Dale, among other places.

    Rosamaria “Rose” Martinez is sworn in as the newest member of the Elgin City Council by Kane County Associate Judge Kathy Karayannis on Wednesday night.

    New Elgin council member appointed

    Rosamaria “Rose” Martinez was appointed to the Elgin City Council on Wednesday night after a discussion among council members that at times bordered on the vitriolic. Mayor David Kaptain and council members Tish Powell, John Steffen, Carol Rauschenberger and Rich Dunne voted to appoint Martinez, a past commander of American Legion Post 57, to the seat vacated in March by Anna...


    Sex offender faces new charges

    A sex offender on probation for previous child sex charges was recently charged with exposing himself to several young children, officials said.

    Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, is seen in an interview that aired on NBC Wednesday night. Snowden told Williams that he worked undercover and overseas for the CIA and the NSA.

    Kerry tells Snowden to ‘man up’ and come home

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden a fugitive and challenged him to “man up and come back to the United States.” Snowden says in an interview that he would like to go home.

    Kaitlyn Skarecky has her cap secured by Kelly Strauf before the Naperville Central High School graduation Wednesday, May 28.

    Images: Naperville Central High School graduation
    Naperville Central High School held its graduation Wednesday, May 28 at the school after postponing one night due to thunderstorms.

    Naperville North High School held its rain-delayed graduation Wednesday, May 28 at the school’s football field.

    Images: Naperville North High School graduation
    Naperville North High School held its graduation Wednesday, May 28 at the school after postponing one night due to thunderstorms.

    Associated Press file photo A treasure trove of rare gold coins discovered by a California couple out walking their dog has gone on sale, with one coin selling for $15,000 on Tuesday. The coins date from 1847 to 1894 and have been valued at $11 million.

    California couple’s buried gold coins up for sale

    The man handling the sale of rare, 19th century gold coins discovered by a California couple out walking their dog estimates they had fetched about $2 million as of noon on Wednesday. Don Kagin said about half of the 1,400 coins had sold. They were put up for sale the previous night on Amazon.com and his website, Kagins.com.

    Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and his team presented a report to a Lake County Board committee Wednesday regarding the death of inmate Eugene Gruber in 2012.

    Three Lake County jail guards fired after inmate’s death

    Three Lake County jail officers have been fired and a sergeant was demoted this week following investigations into a 2011 confrontation with an inmate that led to his paralysis and eventual death, authorities announced Wednesday. Six other jail employees also face disciplinary action in the case, which involved a homeless man named Eugene Gruber.


    Naperville man killed in I-55 crash

    A Naperville man was killed Wednesday afternoon when he lost control of his SUV near Lemont and struck a light pole, police said.

    Marmion Academy coach Ed DeGeeter is recovering after being hit in the head by a 12-pound shot put Friday during a sectional track and field meet at Elgin High School.

    Marmion coach recovering after shot put injury

    Six days after being struck in the head by a 12-pound shot put, Marmion Academy coach Ed DeGeeter is looking forward to being released from the hospital today. DeGeeter was hit during warm-ups at the sectional track and field meet at Elgin High School Friday. Speaking from his hospital bed at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, DeGeeter said his mind is still foggy from the medication, and...

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is under increasing pressure from Capitol Hill to resign over shoddy care at VA hospitals.

    Report: Phoenix VA hospital missed care for 1,700 vets

    About 1,700 veterans in need of care were “at risk of being lost or forgotten” after being kept off the official waiting list at the troubled Phoenix veterans hospital, the Veterans Affairs watchdog said Wednesday in a scathing report that increases pressure on Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

    Soldiers participate in a combined special operations demonstration with commandos from Jordan, Iraq and the U.S. as part of Eager Lion multinational military maneuvers, at the King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center in Jordan on June 20, 2013.

    U.S. eyes training moderate Syrian rebels

    President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will increase assistance to the Syrian opposition, opening the way for the likely training and possibly equipping of moderate rebels fighting to oust leader Bashar Assad. In a speech at the U.S. Military Academy, Obama framed the situation in Syria as a counterterrorism challenge and said it would be centerpiece of a new focus on battling violent...

    President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the commencement address to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Class of 2014, Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in West Point, N.Y., Wednesday, May 28, 2014. In a broad defense of his foreign policy, the president declared that the U.S. remains the world’s most indispensable nation, even after a “long season of war,” but argued for restraint before embarking on more military adventures.

    Obama: U.S. must lead globally but show restraint
    In a broad defense of his foreign policy, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. remains the world’s most indispensable nation, even after a “long season of war,” but argued for restraint before embarking on more military adventures.

    In his March budget address, Gov. Pat Quinn called for an extension of the Illinois income tax increase or else the state face deep budget cuts. The spending plan being moved by lawmakers includes neither.

    Quinn got neither of two stark budget options

    Faced with a tough election several months away, lawmakers are so far moving forward with a spending plan where neither of the stark budget choices outlined by Gov. Pat Quinn would come to pass.

    Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force onstage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86.

    Maya Angelou, celebrated poet and author, dies

    Maya Angelou's story awed millions. A childhood victim of rape, she broke through silence and shame to tell her tale in one of the most widely read memoirs of the 20th century. A black woman born into poverty and segregation, she recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history.A renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, she died Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, North...


    Region to get manufacturing help from federal government

    The Chicago area has been designated one of 12 “Manufacturing Communities” by the U.S. Department of Commerce, entitling it to $1.3 billion in future federal funding in such areas as workforce development, officials said.

    The Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills has an immediate need for more parking, officials say.

    Progress, next steps expected for library, park plans in Vernon Hills

    Officials at the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills want to expand parking onto village-owned land to the south. However, the Vernon Hills Park District, which has facilities and vacant land in the area, wants a decision to be delayed until it receives word of a state grant that could affect its plans for the area.


    Gurnee police checkpoint results:

    Gurnee police and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office have results from a Memorial Day weekend roadside safety checkpoint that went from about 10 p.m. May 23 to 3 a.m. May 24.


    Huskie coaches hitting the road for summer circuit

    The Huskie Summer Circuit will debut in Chicago Monday, June 2, when the NIU bus heads to Joe's on Weed St., 940 W. Weed St. The Huskie pack will travel Tuesday, June 3, to Franchesco's Ristorante, 7182 Spring Creek Road in Rockford, and then will head Wednesday, June 4, to The Foundry, 85 Executive Drive in Aurora. Each event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


    Bike safety rodeo at Advocate Condell:

    A bike safety rodeo will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Advocate Condell Medical Center’s Conference Center, 801 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.


    Cops helping out:

    Wauconda police officers will raise money for Special Olypmics on Friday by hanging out on the roof of Dunkin’ Donuts, 469 W. Liberty St.


    Anti-drug group meets:

    Stevenson High School students and their parents are invited to attend the first meeting of Stand Strong, a community coalition dedicated to helping prevent alcohol and substance abuse in the Stevenson community.

    Kent Mutchler

    Geneva schools chief gets 2 percent raise each of next 4 years

    Geneva schools Superintendent Kent Mutchler will get raises of 1.95 percent per year the next four years, the school board decided.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A flower pot and plant were stolen between 11 a.m. May 19 and noon Friday from outside of the Cocoa Bean bakery, 11 S. Seventh St., Geneva. The owners told police it is the fifth consecutive year one of their flowerpots was stolen, according to the police report.

    Crews set up the Freak Out ride Wednesday in preparation for the Roselle Lions Club’s annual Rose Fest. The celebration opens Thursday and runs through Sunday in the village’s train station parking lot.

    Curtain rising on Roselle’s Rose Fest

    Roselle’s annual Rose Festival opens at 6 p.m. Thursday and continues through Sunday in the village’s train station parking lot at Irving Park Road and Maple Avenue.


    Could parking fine hike help fill Mt. Prospect budget gap?

    Parking violators in Mount Prospect soon could be paying more for their infractions. Village board members meeting as a committee of the whole Tuesday continued brainstorming over ways to raise revenues, including not only by hiking fines for general parking violations, but hikes fees for everything from false alarms to yard waste stickers and liquor license fees.


    Online registration available for Healthy Lombard’s Flat Apple program

    Registering and participating in Healthy Lombard’s annual Flat Apple program is easier than ever this year, according to Healthy Lombard Founder Jay Wojcik. Parents and guardians are encouraged to sign their children up for the free program at healthylombard.org prior to the first Flat Apple events on June 14. The program provides children a chance to earn tickets for raffle prizes by...


    IMSA spared cuts under new state budget

    The Illinois Math and Science academy survived threats of significant cuts to its state funding under the latest budget plan being considered by state lawmakers.


    Full-day kindergarten coming to more District 59 schools

    Full-day kindergarten will be offered next school year to students at four additional schools in Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59, officials said Wednesday. Extra federal funds will be used to pay for full-day programs at Salt Creek, Robert Frost, Rupley and Admiral Byrd schools.


    Barrington District 220 naming new superintendent Thursday

    Barrington School District 220 is expected to announce its next superintendent Thursday morning at a special meeting of its board of education. The new superintendent, whose name has not yet been disclosed, replaces Superintendent Tom Leonard, who announced in April he had accepted the top job at a school district in the suburbs of Austin, Texas.

    Rob Russell

    New vetting process will test need for new Kane Co. morgue

    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell says he will make the case for a new morgue to as many county board committees as necessary to get the facility built. His remarks came as a county board committee approved a new process for considering major capital building projects. “If we’re not moving into a new building in the next five years, I don’t know that this building will make...

    Mike Noland

    Noland leads new millionaires tax charge

    State Sen. Mike Noland, an Elgin Democrat, has become the top Senate supporter of a plan to ask voters whether millionaires should pay more in income taxes in Illinois.

    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest announced Wednesday that alumna Susan Brennan Morrison and her husband, Bob, provided a $1 million endowment gift to the Catholic college preparatory high school for young women.

    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest receives $1 million gift from alum

    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest has received a $1 million endowment donation that officials say will allow continued funding of rigorous academic programs at the Catholic college preparatory high school for young women.

    Juan Cuellar

    Willowbrook man wants new murder trial

    A 25-year-old Willowbrook man facing life in prison for the 2012 shooting death of 18-year-old Joshua Holmes wants a new trial. Attorneys for Juan Cuellar, of the 10S700 block of Lilac Lane, filed a motion Wednesday requesting a new trial in an effort to overturn the April 29 guilty verdict of two counts of first-degree murder. Cuellar’s attorney, Paul DeLuca, said he is challenging the...


    Authorities probe Kane jail inmate death; suicide not suspected

    A 25-year-old St. Charles man being held at the Kane County jail died Monday after suffering a pulmonary embolism, or sudden blockage to a lung artery, authorities said. Albert Love was being held on felony criminal damage to property charges; officials said Love's death does not appear to be a suicide attempt.


    Pedestrian struck, killed by train near Arlington Park

    A pedestrian was hit and killed by a Metra train this morning near the Arlington Park train station, officials said. Metra spokesman Tom Miller said trains were delayed about an hour after the man was struck near Rohlwing Road, between Arlington Park and the Palatine train station.

    Woodland Middle School seventh grade student Kayla Nommensen, left, gives high-fives to schoolmate Julia De La Cruz after climbing the wall at the Libertyville Sports Complex on Wednesday. Two hundred students spent the day at the complex participating in a variety of sports and activities.

    Woodland Middle School takes road trip for field days activities

    Two hundred Woodland Middle School students converged on the Libertyville Sports Complex Wednesday for a field day event. The students played soccer, basketball, field hockey and scaled the climbing wall.

    James Keim

    Antioch contracts with ComEd as its new electricity supplier

    Antioch residents and businesses will return to receiving their electricity from ComEd starting in June, under a new contract with village officials.

    Kevin Gillespie

    Plea deal reached in Port Barrington crash that killed a pedestrian

    Saying “cases like this are some of the most tragic we ever have,” Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes accepted a plea agreement for an Island Lake man accused of being impaired when he struck and killed a pedestrian laying in the roadway near Port Barrington.

    Maine Township Clerk Gary Warner swears in Susan Moylan Krey as township assessor Tuesday night.

    New Maine Township assessor appointed

    Maine Township Trustee Susan Moylan Krey has been appointed township assessor, after the recent death of longtime assessor Tom Rueckert. The township board of trustees approved the appointment at its meeting Tuesday.


    Hoffman Estates hiring firefighters

    The Hoffman Estates Fire Department is accepting applications for the position of firefighter/paramedic. Applications are available at selectionworks.biz. The application deadline is 2 p.m. Friday, June 13.

    Jean Kaczmarek

    DuPage County Board puts brakes on raises after legal questions arise

    Decisions about the annual salaries of six DuPage County Board members and five countywide offices have been pushed back to next week after a political candidate opposed to pay raises questioned the legality of the scheduled votes. “Placing pending raises for elected officials in a thick agenda packet posted the Friday night before a three-day holiday, then voting the following (work) day,...

    Walkers circle a line of luminarias at a previous Elgin Community College Relay For Life. This year’s event is set for June 13-14.

    ECC readies for 12th annual Relay For Life

    Each year, hundreds of Elgin Community College community members, employees and students walk continually throughout the night to raise money for cancer research during the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. This year’s event will be held, rain or shine, from 6 p.m. Friday, June 13, to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 14, in the lot between buildings C and M, off Hoffer Drive, 1700...

    Students cry during a memorial service for the victims and families of Friday’s rampage at Harder Stadium on the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara on Tuesday in the Isla Vista area near Goleta, Calif.

    Students return to class after California rampage

    Students returned to classes Wednesday at the University of California, Santa Barbara, after the weekend rampage that left six students and their assailant dead and 13 others injured in nearby Isla Vista. Some people were eager to resume academic routines in the closing days of the quarter. Others still struggled to cope with the tragedy.


    Accept life’s challenges and persevere

    Annettee Budzban says no matter what obstacles you may face, you have to keep on going.

    Maya Angelou speaks at Elmhurst College in February. 1996. She spoke at the college as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Guestship series.

    Angelou: When life clouds, look for the rainbows
    (Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Daily Herald on February 14, 1996) Amid winter’s short, dark days, it’s pretty unlikely that rainbows are a hot topic of conversation.

    Poet and novelist Maya Angelou addresses the audience at the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America — Mobile Chapter 30th Anniversary Celebration program, Tuesday, Sept 12, 2006, in Mobile, Ala.

    Images: Maya Angelou 1928 - 2014
    Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died. She was 86.

    The renovation to the Palatine village hall is shown in this rendering made by Wold Architects and Engineers, the company tasked with modernizing the 62-year-old building. Among the big changes are raising a section of the roof to add natural light to the interior of the building, covering the edge of the roof in aluminum panels and replacing the windows and bricks.

    Palatine finalizes design for $12.7 million village hall renovation

    The Palatine village council has approved the design for a $12.7 million renovation of the 62-year-old village hall, a project officials say could break ground before the end of the year. The plan would modernize the exterior of building, which houses village offices and the Palatine Park District, and reorganize its interior.

    Lillian Johnson has buried her husband and other family members in a tiny southeastern North Dakota cemetery that would be threatened by a flood protection project meant to save the state’s largest city.

    Families fear intentional ND cemeteries flooding

    Lillian Johnson has buried her husband and other family members in a tiny southeastern North Dakota cemetery that would be threatened by a flood protection project meant to save the state’s largest city. The 90-year-old plans to join her loved ones someday, come hell or high water. Johnson is among a group of residents opposed to a proposed channel that would move water around the Fargo...

    Foster Farms processing plant in Livingston, Calif. An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a California chicken company is ongoing after more than a year, with 50 new illnesses in the last two months and 574 sickened since March 2013.

    No end yet to salmonella outbreak tied to chicken

    An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a California chicken company hasn’t run its course after more than a year, with 50 new illnesses in the past two months and 574 people sickened since March 2013. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are about eight new salmonella illnesses linked to the outbreak a week, most of them in California.


    Man gets life for tossing daughter, 2, into creek

    A man who tossed his 2-year-old daughter into a creek while she was strapped into her car seat apologized Wednesday — but not for murdering the child. Instead, just before he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison, Arthur Morgan III apologized to the child’s mother for the breakdown of their relationship.

    Seventh-grader Jennifer M. Tennant, 13, of Father Andrew White S.J. School, Leonardtown, Md., spells her word during the preliminaries, round two of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Tennant misspelled her word.

    Letters and laughs at the National Spelling Bee

    Words such as “protege” and “gesundheit” were quickly overshadowed by jokes about the George Foreman grill and the game Minesweeper as the onstage preliminary rounds began Wednesday morning at the 87th Scripps National Spelling Bee. With most spellers having no trouble with their words, the focus shifted more to the laugh-out-loud sentences that have become a regular...

    In Slovyansk, a city 55 miles north of Donetsk which has seen many clashes over the past few weeks, residential areas came under mortar shelling Wednesday from government forces. The school was badly damaged along with other buildings, and residents told The Associated Press that several people were wounded.

    Chechen leader denies sending troops to Ukraine

    As the fighting becomes more ferocious in eastern Ukraine, Chechnya’s Moscow-backed leader is denying that he has sent in some of his famously ruthless troops to help the pro-Russia insurgents battling government forces.

    The results of a three-mile long mudslide are seen on Grand Mesa, where the slide started, in a remote part of western Colorado near the small town of Collbran, Monday, May 26, 2014. Rescue teams are searching for three men missing after a half-mile stretch of a ridge saturated with rain collapsed.

    Landslide danger ends search for 3 in Colorado

    Authorities are bracing for the possibility of another landslide in a remote part of western Colorado amid dangerously unstable conditions that led them to call off the search for three ranchers missing there. Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said Tuesday the search eventually could resume for Clancy Nichols, 51, who also worked as a county road and bridge employee; his son Danny Nichols, 24; and...


    Officials: Army hospital chief relieved of command

    The chief of an Army medical center has been relieved of his command because of problems with patient care, and the Pentagon has ordered a review of its health care system, defense officials said. The shake-up comes after two deaths this month of patients in their 20s and problems with infection control at the facility that were pointed out in March by a hospital accreditation group, according to...


    Illinois corn growers near end of spring planting

    Corn growers in Illinois and elsewhere are nearing the homestretch of their spring planting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 95 percent of Illinois’ corn crop is now in the ground. That’s 7 percentage points above the average pace of the previous five years.


    5-year-old girl’s death still haunts investigators

    Eleven months after her battered, torn body was found in a house in Muncie’s Whitely neighborhood, and even with her cousin now convicted of murder in her death, local authorities still know relatively little about Marie Pierre.


    Illinois state police overtime costs increase as budget cut

    Budget cuts and staff reductions have led to a jump in overtime costs for the Illinois State Police. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the agency paid $1.7 million more in overtime during the last fiscal year than it did in 2010.


    Former SIU-Carbondale clerk accused of theft

    The top administrator at Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale campus says there’s now tighter oversight after a former employee was charged with stealing thousands of dollars.


    Woman who had abortion testifies at trial

    A Wisconsin woman who said she became extremely ill after having an abortion testified Wednesday in a federal court trial over a state law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.


    Wisconsin again considers self-insuring workers

    Wisconsin is accepting bids in a renewed effort to self-insure more than 200,000 state employees who receive health insurance through the Department of Employee Trust Funds, a move Gov. Scott Walker first proposed last fall but that was tabled.

    Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award Friday from the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. “I think people have come to realize that I am the mayor,” he says, “but I'm just a regular guy as far as saying we're going to do it all together.

    Naperville mayor receiving Lifetime Achievement Award

    Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel sits in the conference room where he oversees liquor commission meetings and listens to a woman talk about her son's military service. “I'm George, from the nursing home,” he says by way of introduction, but she doesn't seem to notice.


    Hanover Park police seek hit-and-run driver who hurt child

    Hanover Park police are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash Tuesday that left a child injured. Police said the child was riding a bicycle and attempting to cross the street in the 1300 block of Kingsbury Drive when the crash occurred about 5:12 p.m.


    Kerry: US to start $5 billion anti-terrorist fund

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday the United States is setting up a $5 billion “terrorism partnership fund” to help other countries push back against radical extremists. Appearing on a host of network morning-show interviews, Kerry staunchly defended President Barack Obama’s decision to terminate the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan by the end of the year.

    Chinese people use their smartphone on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China Wednesday.

    China cracks down on instant messaging services

    China is targeting popular smartphone-based instant messaging services in a monthlong campaign to crack down on the spreading of rumors and what it calls infiltration of hostile forces, in the latest move restricting online freedom of expression.

    Lawmakers argue state budget legislation while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

    Lawmakers looks at spending, anti-violence program

    The Illinois Legislature will resume work Wednesday with four days left in its scheduled legislative session. The Legislative Audit Commission is planning to review the Illinois Auditor General’s scathing audit of Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence initiative Wednesday morning.

    Seth Gillman

    Illinois hospice employees face fraud charges

    A federal grand jury has indicted three former employees of a Lisle hospice operator on charges of health care fraud. The indictments were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.

    Earlier this month, Chloe Stirling, 12, of Troy presented cupcakes from her Hey, Cupcake! bakery to Gov. Pat Quinn at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

    Illinois lawmakers revive ‘cupcake’ bill

    Illinois lawmakers have revived a so-called “cupcake bill” introduced after a young girl’s home baking operation was shut down. The Senate on Tuesday initially defeated the proposal, which paves the way for home kitchen businesses making less than $1,000 per month.


    Ill. Senate panel OKs minimum wage ballot measure

    An Illinois Senate committee has approved a plan to ask voters whether the state should increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour. The plan to put the nonbinding question on the November ballot passed the Executive Committee on Tuesday by a 10-5 vote.

    The Illinois Department of Agriculture is kicking off a media and retail campaign this week to highlight produce grown in the state.

    State kicks off Illinois produce program
    The Illinois Department of Agriculture is kicking off a media and retail campaign this week to highlight produce grown in the state. The department said Tuesday the “Where Fresh Is” campaign will use television ads, billboards and social media to highlight Illinois-grown fruits and vegetables.

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 now has excessive heat procedures for schools without central air conditioning. Lake Zurich Middle School South is among the buildings without central air.

    Lake Zurich District 95 crafts plan for schools lacking central air conditioning

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 now has a plan on what to do at schools without central air conditioning when it's considered too hot in classrooms. Under the new plan, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's heat index will dictate procedures for students and teachers at the five buildings. “This is a great first start,” District 95 board member Doug Goldberg said.


    Delays reported after derailment on Metra BNSF line

    An overnight train derailment near Aurora is causing minor delays on Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line, authorities said. Michael Gillis, spokesman for Metra, said the last BNSF inbound train of the evening derailed after it left the Aurora train station at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.


    Dawn Patrol: 1 killed in Elgin crash after police chase; Metropolis opening

    1 dead after parolee hits SUV that hits Elgin house, police say. Arlington Heights' Metropolis theater looking for new executive director. Illinois House OKs budget 'kicking the can down the road.' Convicted sex offender pleads guilty to new charges. Man charged with raping woman at Elgin hotel. St. Charles man charged with tax evasion, wire fraud. Blackhawks suffering a crisis of confidence.

    Danny Arroyo of Genoa Italian Concessions grills Italian sausage at a previous Gilberts Community Days festival.

    Gilberts Community Days adds kids’ activities, shuttle bus

    More kids activities and a shuttle bus service are new additions to this year's Gilberts Community Days festival, which runs Thursday to Sunday, May 29-June 1, in Town Square Park.

    Boats dock along the Fox River as it runs through Algonquin. Algonquin and Carpentersville recently received planning assistance for a grant that will identify recreational activities along the river between the communities.

    Algonquin, Carpentersville team up to tap into Fox River's potential

    A $70,000 study will identify recreational opportunities on the Fox River corridor between Algonquin and Carpentersville, with a goal of turning the area into a residential and tourist destination, officials said. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning awarded the planning assistance grant to both villages. The riverfront area spans about six miles between the two towns.


    Fix old, rent, or build new Batavia school maintenance building?

    Should the Batavia school district fix up its current maintenance building? Should it buy a building and renovate it to meet the district's needs? Or should it buy land and construct a new building? The school board wants more information on the three options.

    Batavia is looking to offer Suncast Corp. incentives on its electricity costs to stay in town.

    Batavia offering electricity incentives to keep Suncast factory

    Batavia is poised to offer a rebate of up to $7.5 million on electricity bills, plus sell power at market rates, to get Suncast Corp. to stay and expand production. “We feel it is really important to keep that employer here. The impact of them leaving would be very, very difficult to deal with in terms of impact on our rates,” let alone the loss of about 1,200 jobs, said city...


    Schaumburg reaches agreement with two unions

    Schaumburg trustees Tuesday approved two union contracts — one of them the latest for village firefighters, the other the first for 203 previously non-union employees. Those general employees organized as a chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in 2012, Village Manager Brian Townsend said. It was then that negotiations began toward the new three-year...


    Cost for new St. Charles water tower escalates again

    St. Charles aldermen gave tentative approval to a water pressure improvement project Tuesday that's seen a cost escalation of $2.8 million from the time it was originally envisioned. If approved, residents will see their water bills increase.


    Elk Grove to upgrade sewer infrastructure

    Elk Grove Village is embarking on a series of storm and sanitary sewer upgrades throughout town that will cost at least $38 million over the next four to five years. The infrastructure work, aimed at fixing flooding problems in both industrial and residential areas, is the largest public works project in the village’s history.

    The top 10 finalists for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent will perform at Taste of Arlington Heights in August, when the winner will be announced. The band Viper Fever was among last year’s finalists.

    You have until Friday to enter Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent

    If you’ve been procrastinating about signing up for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent, you’re running out of time to register — and audition spots for the summer-long talent competition are filling up. The original Monday registration deadline was extended to Friday, May 30. More than 60 of the available 100 audition spots have already been taken.

    Fifth-grader Taylor Rodina, 10, portrays Alexander Graham Bell during Einstein Academy’s wax museum project Tuesday at the Elgin school. Tyler is being video recorded by Cathy Ilani, Einstein Academy’s founder.

    History lesson comes to life at Einstein Academy

    American history came to life Tuesday as the fourth- and fifth-grade students at Einstein Academy in Elgin presented a program on historical figures for their parents and classmates.

    Lincolnshire Community Nursery School representatives and village officials unveiled an apple-themed public art project Tuesday at village hall.

    Lincolnshire unveils apples as new public art project

    Chicago had its colorful cows and Arlington Heights had its horses. Now Lincolnshire is launching a public art spectacle, this time with oversized, painted apples. Sixteen Fiberglas apples, decorated by a variety of artists, will be on display in town this summer to commemorate the Lincolnshire Community Nursery School's 40th anniversary.

    Kevin Driscoll of Chicago, right, and Joe Pietro of Sugar Grove carry their two-man kayak to the water at Mount St. Mary Park at last year’s Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race.

    Bring your own boat to canoe and kayak race

    You can still sign up for the 53rd annual Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race, which takes place Sunday, June 1, from either St. Charles for the 10-mile course or from Batavia for 6 miles.


    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 Monday 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.


    Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus, left, celebrates a game winning goal with right wing Patrick Kaneand defenseman Nick Leddy, right, as Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, second from right, skates off during the second overtime period.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Kings, Game Five
    Images of Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Finals as the Chicago Blackhawks won 5-4 in 2OT over the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center in Chicago. Michal Handzus scored the game-winner.

    Blackhawks center Michal Handzus scores the game-winning goal in double overtime Wednesday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals at the United Center.

    Slumping Handzus has crowning moment

    Michal Handzus is well aware what people have been saying about him this postseason. He knows that when it comes to possible lineup changes for Joel Quenneville to ponder, his is one of the first names Blackhawks fans will rattle off. But "Zus" came out of his slump in a big way in Game 5 against the Kings, beating Jonathan Quick on a beautiful backhand, top-shelf shot to cap a thrilling 5-4 double overtime victory for the Blackhawks Wednesday night at the United Center.

    Tim Lincecum and five relievers combined on a weird two-hitter, leading the San Francisco Giants over the Cubs 5-0 on Wednesday. Lincecum was pulled after pitching five innings and not allowing a hit. He threw 96 pitches and struck out five, walked four and hit a batter in another wild but effective start.

    Cubs avoid getting no-hit but lose 5-0 to Giants

    The Cubs proved again Wednesday that they have at least been good at one thing besides mostly losing the last 50 years: breaking up no-hitters. John Baker's single with one out in the seventh against reliever Jeremy Affeldt accounted for one of two hits in Chicago's 5-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Anthony Rizzo had the other in the eighth.

    Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad scores in the first period during Game 5 of the Western Conference finals at the United Center on Wednesday night.

    Second line hardly plays second fiddle

    Talk about getting just the boost you’re looking for. That’s just what Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville got early on from his re-constituted second line of Patrick Kane, Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad.

    Chicago White Sox's Moises Sierra (25) is congratulated by teammates after hitting the game-winning single in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Chicago on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

    Different strokes by different folks

    The White Sox have been getting key contributions from players up and down the roster all season. In Wednesday night's 3-2 win vs. the Indians, a pair of waiver claims (Hector Noesi, Moises Sierra) came through.


    Softball: Wednesday, May 28 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Wednesday, May 28.


    Girls soccer: Wednesday, May 28 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Wednesday, May 28.


    Baseball: Wednesday, May 28 results
    Results of area high school bseball games for Wednesday, My 28.


    Boys volleyball: Wednesday, May 28 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball games for Wednesday, May 28.

    Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook celebrates a goal with his teammates during the first period in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    For one night at least, justice is served

    Life isn't fair in general but is anything less fair than a team from Los Angeles being able to even be on the same ice as a hockey team from Chicago? Didn't we invent winter here?


    Cougars keep rolling

    Kane County CougarsThe Kane County Cougars kicked off a six-game road trip with a 7-1 victory over the Clinton LumberKings on Wednesday at Ashford University Field.The Cougars (36-17) scored twice in the first inning, as Daniel Lockhart and Ben Carhart connected on back-to-back doubles and Jacob Rogers delivered an RBI single.ars coverage:


    Barges, Elk Grove power past Elgin

    Brooke Barges belted 2 home runs and Aleece Duffy had one as Elk Grove powered its way into Saturday’s championship game of the St. Charles East regional championship with a 13-2 victory over Elgin in five innings. Hall of Fame coach Ken Grams’ Grenadiers, seeded No. 6, will face No. 3 St. Charles East at 11 a.m. on Saturday.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    Bri Dreschler went 3-for-4 with a double, and Grant’s softball team pulled out a 5-4 win over second-seeded Prairie Ridge in a Class 4A regional semifinal at McHenry on Wednesday. McKenzie Sancken was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI for No. 3 Grant (24-9), which advances to Saturday’s 11 a.m. regional final against the winner of today’s game between top-seeded McHenry and No. 4 Grayslake North.


    Leon, Red Stars soar to road win ove Sky Blue FC

    The Chicago Red Stars notched a pair of first-half goals en route to a 2-0 victory over Sky Blue FC in National Women’s Soccer League action Wednesday night.Midfielder Adriana Leon scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 27th minute, then she assisted on captain Lori Chalupny’s goal in the 35th minute as the second-place Red Stars improved to 6-2-1 with 19 points after their fourth straight road victory.


    Metea Valley’s kids step up

    Metea Valley has had some great players in its young program’s history, and most would agree that Jenna Kentgen is as good as any that has stepped foot into the Aurora school. Kentgen got hurt early on in Wednesday’s Class 3A Naperville North sectional semifinal, but somehow, some way, the Mustangs were able to persevere and win without her, pulling out a 1-0 victory to earn the first sectional win in school history.


    Grayslake Central speedily aces out Antioch

    It’s report card season and the baseball players at Grayslake Central are getting grades outside of the classroom, too. The top-seeded Rams put together an impressive performance Wednesday afternoon in steamrolling No. 4 Antioch 11-0 in the semifinals of the Class 3A Grayslake Central regional. At 11 a.m. on Saturday, Grayslake Central (25-10) will host the winner of today’s semifinal between No. 2 Lakes and No. 3 Johnsburg.

    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.comChicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus, with raised stick in the air, is mobbed by his teammates after scoring game winning goal in double overtime during Game 5 of the Western Conference finals at the United Center on Wednesday night.

    Great Zus! Hawks win 5-4 in double OT to stay alive

    Michal Handzus scored at 2:04 of the second overtime, and the Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to stay alive in the Western Conference final.Brandon Saad made a nice pass to the middle to Handzus, who beat goalie Jonathan Quick with a backhander for his second goal of the playoffs. Handzus celebrated by jumping against boards behind the net as the sellout crowd of 21,871 roared.Saad had a goal and two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who stopped a three-game losing streak. Patrick Kane set a playoff career high with four assists.Game 6 is Friday night in Los Angeles.Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown each had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who led 4-3 after two periods. It was Gaborik’s NHL-best 11th playoff goal.Quick and Chicago’s Corey Crawford each stopped 40 shots.Los Angeles was in position to advance to its second Stanley Cup final in three years before Ben Smith drove to the net and beat Quick on a rebound 1:17 into the third. Smith’s third goal of the playoffs set the stage for a frantic finish as both sides pushed for the winning score.Kings center Jarret Stoll was sent off for tripping with 3:11 left in regulation, giving the Blackhawks a prime opportunity to move in front. Quick stopped Kane on a big slap shot, and then turned away Bryan Bickell in front to keep the game tied at 4.Quick made another solid stop on Marian Hossa in overtime, and the loose puck was swept away by Los Angeles. Kings star Anze Kopitar had a chance to win it about 9 minutes into the first overtime but his shot went off the side of the net.


    Conant’s going dancing after beating Geneva

    Friday is Prom Night for Conant High School, and the school’s girls soccer players have had a goal for the evening for some time. “One of our main goals was to go into prom with cleats on, leaving right from the game,” Conant junior Leah Celarek said. The Cougars (14-4-2) earned their right to head to the dance creatively-shod thanks to Wednesday’s 3-1 Class 3A Conant sectional semifinal victory over Geneva.


    St. Viator takes advantage, tops Deerfield

    St. Viator’s girls soccer team found another way to win Wednesday. Kayne Stanley’s second goal of the season, an opportunistic strike in the final minute before halftime, held up the rest of the way as No. 3 seed St. Viator got past No. 2 Deerfield 1-0 in the Class 2A Grayslake North sectional semifinal. Top-seeded Lake Forest upended No. 5 Prairie Ridge 2-0 in the earlier semifinal. St. Viator (13-6-3) meets Lake Forest (15-6-1) for the sectional championship at 6:30 p.m. Friday.


    Huntley heads to sectional final

    One of the key points of emphasis for the Huntley girls soccer team as it headed into the postseason was doing its job offensively. Red Raiders’ coach Kris Grabner hoped to see his team break out of its scoring funk and the work in practice over the past 2 weeks has seemingly been effective. The Red Raiders improved to a 12-0 advantage over their opponents in the playoffs with a 5-0 win in Wednesday’s Class 3A Rockford Auburn sectional semifinal over Fox Valley Conference foe McHenry.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    Vernon Hills coach Jay Czarnecki said his team “survived a great baseball game” Wednesday. The Cougars outlasted Fenton 3-2 in 11 innings in their Class 3A regional semifinal.


    Huntley wins; Elgin, St. Edward fall

    Huntley 9, Rockford East 0: Freshman Kateri Conklin threw a 1-hitter with 12 strikeouts and no walks as Huntley (20-16) advanced to Saturday’s regional championship game against DeKalb.


    Waubonsie Valley trips up Naperville North

    Naperville North has ended Waubonsie Valley’s season the past two years en route to winning back-to-back Class 3A titles.

    Paul George scored 31 of his 37 points in the second half Wednesday night and almost single-handedly kept the Indiana Pacers alive in the Eastern Conference finals with a 93-90 victory over the Miami Heat.

    Pacers stay alive with 93-90 Game 5 win over Heat

    Paul George scored 31 of his 37 points in the second half Wednesday night and almost single-handedly kept the Indiana Pacers alive in the Eastern Conference finals with a 93-90 victory over the Miami Heat.


    Naperville Central edges WW South

    For senior setter Dan Trembacki and his Naperville Central boys volleyball teammates, the past couple of days have been about adjustments.


    Batavia survives scare from Bartlett, wins in 10th inning

    Nobody said it would be easy. Batavia, which earned the top seed in the Schaumburg Class 4A baseball sectional, faced the brink of elimination after 15th-seeded Bartlett (14-17) grabbed a 4-2 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning during Wednesday’s regional semifinal clash in Elmhurst.

    Huntley catcher Mark Skonieczny, left, pitcher Eric Luecht, center, and Johnny Nugent celebrate their win over Larkin in the Class 4A regional semifinals at DeKalb High School on Wednesday.

    Defensive gems pave way for Huntley win

    If stars were placed next to the names of the Huntley fielders who made great plays in Wednesday’s 4-0 playoff win over Larkin, the score book would have looked like a chart of the galaxy by game’s end. Huntley defenders made the routine plays, the smart plays and the stellar plays in support of senior right-hander Eric Luecht (7-2). He limited the fourth-seeded Royals (15-20) to 3 hits and 4 walks and struck out 5 in an 85-pitch performance to outduel Larkin senior Jack McCracken (7-3).


    Barrington upends Crystal Lake South

    Barrington 8, Crystal Lake South 3: No. 1 Barrington scored 3 runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead and scored 4 more in the fourth to take control of this Class 4A regional semifinal in Crystal Lake. Winning pitcher Anthony DeLaurentis held No. 4 CL South to 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits and a walk and struck out 8, and Daniel Kubiuk went 2-for-3 with a double and 4 RBI to lead Barrington (26-9). Josh Smith took the loss for the Gators (16-15), who were led offensively by Garret Bright (2-for-4) and Michael Avella (double). Barrington advances to Saturday’s regional final against the winner of today’s semifinal between No. 2 Jacobs and No. 3 Cary-Grove.

    Moises Sierra drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning, and the White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

    With 3-2 win, Sox sweep away Indians

    Moises Sierra drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning, and the White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.Chicago’s Hector Noesi and Cleveland’s T.J. House each came through with dominant starts. The Indians’ Jason Giambi hit his 440th homer, but the White Sox came away with their seventh win in 10 games.


    Selfless play helps Vernon Hills advance

    Coaches love a player like Dylan DeBoer. That’s because the nearly 6-foot-3 outside hitter for Vernon Hills is strictly playing for the sake of the team. “It’s whatever we need him for,’’ said Vernon Hills coach Chris Curry. “Sometimes we hardly notice him.” That wasn’t the case on Wednesday night in Mundelein. On tap was the regional final matchup at Carmel. For the fourth time this season, the Cougars met up with Lake Zurich. And it was DeBoer’s night to stand up and be noticed. His 10 kills led all players. And for the fourth time this season, the Cougars (28-9) beat the best Bears team since volleyball came to that school.

    Grayslake North players meet Nikki Livengood at the plate after her home run against Round Lake on Wednesday at Grayslake North.

    Grayslake North gets the message in regional win

    Grayslake North’s softball players gave a listen to Mariah’s voice. Then they rocked Round Lake. After Round Lake’s young, scrappy Panthers threw 5 runs on the board in the second inning of Wednesday’s Class 4A McHenry regional play-in, host Grayslake North hustled into its dugout. Mariah Gentile, running in from her position in center field, shouted words of encouragement to her teammates. “I just said, ‘There’s a lot of game left. Let’s stay positive,’ ” Gentile said. The Knights most positively did that, with a “Make It Happen” approach, so to speak. They scored 13 unanswered runs en route to a 16-6 win.


    Harvest’s Harbaugh excited for state opportunity

    Harvest Christian Academy senior Zach Harbaugh is in a somewhat unfamiliar position. And he couldn’t be happier.


    Conant manufactures a victory

    Sure, Conant’s softball team has belted a school-record 49 homers this season. But don’t think for a second that’s the Cougars’ game plan. “They might go over the fence but that’s not our goal,” said Rachel O’Malley who has sent a team-high 11 over the fence this spring. “We’re a small-ball team. Our goal is to get on first base any way we can.” “Sixty feet at a time,” echoed Dream Aaron, the Cougars’ sophomore catcher. “That’s our real motto.” And the No. 2 seeded Cougars lived up to that philosophy in the final inning of their 4-3 victory over No. 15 Lake Park in the Class 4A Hoffman Estate regional semifinal. The game was suspended on Tuesday with the score tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning.

    Hersey’s Jordan Saeed, middle, celebrates a key third-set point with his teammates during Wednesday’s regional final against Prospect.

    Castro’s clutch for Hersey

    Wednesday was a very special night for Hersey defensive specialist Jorge Castro. Not only did the senior help lead his team to a regional title victory over Prospect, he also received one of the most prestigious sports awards given out by the school. Moments after the Huskies secured a 25-19, 22-25, 25-22 victory over the host Knights, Castro was given the Kwon-Hampton scholarship, which is awarded annually.

    #20 Sam Siebers of Naperville North fields a ball hit to third during the Naperville Central vs. Naperville North baseball at Class 4A Metea Valley regional semifinals game Wednesday.

    Wegner makes the play for Naperville Central

    If it’s Naperville Central against Naperville North, the one sure thing is it’ll be decided by a single play. On Wednesday, that play was made by Jason Wegner. The Redhawks’ senior second baseman singled home the winning run in the bottom of seventh inning to give Naperville Central’s baseball team a 2-1 victory over Naperville North in the Class 4A Metea Valley regional semifinals in Aurora.


    Pagan’s 2-hitter lifts Bartlett past Glenbard West

    One crack of Alyssa Nowak’s bat and Holly Pagan’s strong right arm was about all the Bartlett softball team needed Wednesday in its Class 4A Addison Trail regional semifinal game against Glenbard West. But the Hawks’ hit parade kept up well after Nowak’s two-run home run in the second inning, and Bartlett went on to a 7-0 win and a date against Upstate Eight Conference rival and No. 4 seed St. Charles North for the regional title at 11 a.m. Saturday.

    White Sox starting pitcher Hector Noesi throws against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

    Abreu puts on a show; should be back Monday

    Jose Abreu took live batting practice Wednesday for the first time since going on the disabled list with a sore ankle. Abreu looked good in the cage, and he should be able to come off the DL on Monday.

    St. Charles North’s Anthony Lambert dives safely back to first base as Glenbard East’s John Allen receives the pick off throw in the regional semifinal game in St. Charles.

    Bunts help St. Charles North get past Glenbard East

    Locked in a tense 1-run regional semifinal with Glenbard East through five innings, St. Charles North turned to the bunt to break the game open. Three different North Stars bunted for a hit and three more laid down sacrifice bunts as small ball played a big part of the North Stars’ 10-5 win and their 8-run sixth inning.


    Glenbard West passes big test

    Fortunately for Glenbard West sophomore Kyler Kotsakis, he didn’t have any big tests at school Wednesday.


    Baseball / Northwest roundup

    Ryan Ward pitched a complete game as No. 16 seed Hoffman Estates topped No. 2 seed St. Charles East 6-1 in Class 4A regional semifinal play Wednesday.


    Ramirez apologizes for behavior, says he's ready to start fresh with Cubs

    Manny Ramirez apologized Wednesday for his behavior with the Boston Red Sox in his first public appearance since being hired as a minor league player-coach with the Cubs. His apology came before a pregame ceremony in which the team honored its 2004 team that won Boston's first World Series championship since 1918.


    Felde fires Schaumburg past Hoffman Estates

    Schaumburg junior right-hander Shannon Felde has seen a lot of lineups this spring while putting together an 11-4 record. But Wednesday was her first look at the Hoffman Estates batting order. She looked like she was right on her game. Felde fired a 2-hitter with 9 strikeouts as the Saxons stopped No. 10-seeded Hoffman Estates for the third time this season, 5-1, in the semifinal of the Hawks Class 4A regional.

    While Chicago Fire owner Andrew Hauptman, left, has given Frank Yallop, the team’s head coach and director of soccer, some leeway to add more talent, there aren’t any player personnel moves in the pipeline right now.

    Bliss working to pinpoint Fire’s roster needs

    Technical director Brian Bliss wants to make sure he maintains an even keel before he makes any significant moves to Chicago Fire roster.


    Hinsdale South downs Glenbard South

    Hinsdale South needed a little luck to complete a dominating performance.


    Boys volleyball / Northwest roundup

    Barrington and Buffalo Grove won regional championships Wednesday and will meet one another in the Conant boys volleyball sectional semifinals Friday.

    Jake Goebbert

    Major League dream keeps Goebbert going

    Hampshire graduate Jake Goebbert did just that earlier in the month. Goebbert, also a former baseball standout at Northwestern University, was recently traded by the Oakland A’s to the San Diego Padres. Goebbert started the 2014 season playing for the A’s Triple-A team in Sacramento, Calif. He was dealt to San Diego along with a player-to-be-named later or cash considerations in a move that sent Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks to Oakland. Goebbert was assigned to San Diego’s Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, Texas.


    Dolezal, Barrington blank Jacobs

    Kelsey Peters was good. Keenan Dolezal was better.Dolezal, who allowed only a single to Emily Borg in the second inning, tossed a 1-hit shut out as top-seeded Barrington defeated No. 4 seed Jacobs 3-0 in semifinal action of the Class 4A Cary-Grove softball regional Wednesday afternoon.


    Szczesny sparks Barrington past Lake Zurich

    Jenna Szczesny added another two goals to her growing collection as Mid-Suburban League girls soccer champ Barrington (17-3-1) put on a dominant display to earn a spot in the sectional final with a 4-0 victory over Lake Zurich on Wednesday in Libertyville. The Fillies’ win sets up a much-anticipated match with rival Buffalo Grove at 4:30 p.m. Friday.


    Mundelein able to stop Rosman, Fremd

    There was no holding back Mundelein in the Class 4A baseball playoffs at Palatine on Wednesday. With their ace on the mound in Adam Turner and a huge home run from Ryan Hollander, Mundelein was able to get out of the first round with a 3-1 victory over Fremd.


    Neuqua Valley defeats WW South

    Neuqua Valley carried out its game plan perfectly, and in the process made it’s 9-0 regional win over Wheaton Warrenville South on Wednesday look surprisingly easy.


    College achievers with bragging rights

    We’re near the end of our school year, and many local graduates are done with theirs. Here are some of their collegiate accomplishments...

    Donald Sterling has agreed to surrender his stake of the Clippers to his wife, and she is moving forward with selling the team. The couple made the agreement after weeks of discussion

    5 things to know about Sterling’s legal claims

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s response to the NBA sets him up for a legal fight over whether his racist comments give the league the right to seize his team. Here are five issues on which the case could turn, whether in the scheduled meeting of the NBA owners on Tuesday or in a courtroom, where the litigious Sterling has vowed to “fight to the bloody end”:THE LIVING ROOM DEFENSE: Can something Sterling said in the privacy of his girlfriend’s living room, without knowing he is being recorded and with no expectation that the comments will become public, be considered a “willful” violation of the league’s bylaws. A big part of Sterling’s defense is based on the idea that “a jealous rant to a lover never intended to be published cannot offend the NBA rules.” But other sections of the NBA constitution do not require willfulness, and he is charged with breaking those rules as well. What’s more, the league constitution is silent on who bears the burden of proof in Tuesday’s hearing, or on what standard Sterling will be judged. Unlike a criminal trial, where guilt must be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt,” the other owners are empowered to seize the Clippers for any reason at all, as long as it isn’t otherwise illegal. (For example, they can ban him from the league for being a bad owner, but not based on his race.)STATE STAND-OFF: In California, it is illegal to record someone without his knowledge. If, as Sterling claims, he did not know he was being taped, the recording made by girlfriend V. Stiviano would be inadmissible in court or “any other proceeding.” And any evidence obtained because the recording was made public — basically, the whole case against Sterling — would be considered what Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter called “fruit of the poisonous tree.”But in New York, where the league operates, the law requires only one party to a conversation to consent to a recording. Sterling signed off on the NBA constitution and to the process the league is using to strip him of his team — including the one that said “strict rules of evidence shall not apply.” Private associations aren’t required to satisfy formal legal standards of evidence and due process, but they must follow their own rules. As Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote, “A policeman may have the constitutional right to talk politics, but he has no constitutional right to be a policeman.”CONSISTENCY: Sterling’s brief makes the case that his lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine is not consistent with past punishments handed out by the commissioner’s office. He lists several speech-related player penalties — though players are governed by the collective bargaining agreement — as well as owner punishments for drunken driving, for salary cap violations, for referee abuse and for public comments during the 2011 lockout. Those ranged from a one-year suspension to a reported $500,000.The NBA argues in its charge that Sterling’s racist comments, which gave rise to threats of player and sponsor boycotts, were more damaging to the league than previous instances of bad behavior. Also worth noting: none of those punishments were handed out by Commissioner Adam Silver, who was on the job less than three months when the Sterling matter came to his desk.RUSH TO JUDGMENT: Sterling argued that the process did not allow him time to mount an adequate defense; for one thing, he has been banished from his office at Staples Center and thus is unable to verify whether the damages the league claims are real. But the league wants him out by the start of the NBA finals, and it has refused his request for an extension.

    Chicago's Taylor Townsend knocked off 20th-seeded Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the third round of the French Open

    Stunner! Chicago teen upsets top player at French Open

    For all the problems facing Chicago's Taylor Townsend on Wednesday at the French Open, the 18-year-old American's first Grand Slam tournament, she always had her notebook to offer comfort and counsel.So along the way to beating 20th-seeded Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the third round, the 205th-ranked Townsend sat at changeovers and read what she'd written during practices.


    Solid pitching propels Boomers to sweep

    The Schaumburg Boomers capitalized on a pair of strong pitching performances to sweep the Gateway Grizzlies on Wednesday in Frontier League action at Boomers Stadium. The Boomers (6-5), who have won three straight series and are over the .500 mark for the first time this season, captured both seven-inning contests, by scores of 6-1 and 2-0.

    Tiger Woods withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday as he recovers from back surgery that has kept him out of golf for nearly three months. It will be the second U.S. Open, and sixth major, he has missed because of injury over the last six years. The U.S. Open is June 12-15 at Pinehurst No. 2, where Woods tied for third in 1999 and was runner-up in 2005.

    Woods withdraws from the US Open

    Tiger Woods withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday as he recovers from back surgery that has kept him out of golf for nearly three months. It will be the second U.S. Open, and sixth major, he has missed because of injury over the last six years. The U.S. Open is June 12-15 at Pinehurst No. 2, where Woods tied for third in 1999 and was runner-up in 2005.

    Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez listens to the prosecution's summary of facts as he is arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Hernandez pleaded not guilty in the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. He already faces charges in the 2013 killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Dominick Reuter, Pool)

    Prosecutors: Hernandez killed two over spilled drink

    A spilled drink prompted former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to stalk the stranger who had accidentally bumped into him at a Boston nightclub then open fire on his car, killing him and a second man, prosecutors said Wednesday.


    Limited no-wake conditions on Fox Chain

    The Fox Waterway Agency has issued a no-wake ruling for Zone A (from the Algonquin spillway to the Stratton lock and dam) and Zone B (from the Stratton lock and dam north to the mouth of Pistakee Lake). But as of this writing, the Fox Chain at large has not been placed under a no-wake ruling.


    Angling’s steady pull, in the generational sense

    The tug of a fish on the line is universal, as are the connections we make with our families, across generations.

    Dylan Kuipers, above, helped keep Kaneland’s 32-year streak of qualifying someone for the state pole vault.

    Kaneland poised to bring home trophy

    Placing sixth in last year’s Class 2A boys state track meet and then bringing back nearly every athlete critical to that result, there was no doubting Kaneland’s goal for 2014.

    Lake Park’s Antonio Shenault runs the 300 Meter Hurdles during the Lake Park Boys Track & Feld Sectional Championships.

    York’s Reddel ready for last shot

    Paulette Reddel teaches first grade at Grace Lutheran School in River Forest, but it sounds like she’d be a good reporter. Her questions are evocative.


    Boys tennis / State tournament scouting

    Here's an overview of this weekend's boys tennis state tournament hosted by Hersey.


    Mike North video: Do the Kings want it more?
    As the Blackhawks face elimination against the Los Angeles Kings, Mike North wonders if they can rise to the occasion and come through like they did last year.


    Philadelphia newspapers sell for $88 million at auction

    Minority owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and its sister publication won control of the newspapers at a court-ordered auction that valued the company at $88 million.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Sale start a wash, but Sox outlast rain for win

    The only thing that's been able to slow down a healthy Chris Sale this season is the weather. Sale was shutting down the Indians Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field before a lengthy rain delay limited the White Sox ace to 3 innings.


    Glenbard West gets serious

    About the time Nazareth Academy took a 5-4 lead in Game 2 of Tuesday’s Glenbard West regional semifinal, the host Hilltoppers became noticeably more serious about the match.

    Russell Westbrook had 40 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 on Tuesday night to tie the Western Conference finals at two games apiece. It matched the second-highest playoff point total of Westbrook’s career, falling short of the 43 he scored in the 2012 NBA Finals. He also had five rebounds and five steals.

    Westbrook scores 40, Thunder tie series at 2

    Russell Westbrook had 40 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 on Tuesday night to tie the Western Conference finals at two games apiece.It matched the second-highest playoff point total of Westbrook’s career, falling short of the 43 he scored in the 2012 NBA Finals. He also had five rebounds and five steals.“I think I did all right. Coming out with a win is most important,” Westbrook said in a postgame interview with TNT.


    The Sugar Factory restaurant in Rosemont will look similar to this location in Las Vegas.

    Sugar Factory coming to Rosemont entertainment district

    Rosemont’s entertainment district is nearly built out — featuring bars and restaurants, a movie theater, bowling alley, comedy club, and recently opened indoor sky diving facility. Come this summer, add one more venue to the list: the Sugar Factory, an upscale candy store/bar/restaurant suited for kids and adults alike. "We’re not your average candy store where you’re just going to get Snickers,” said founder/owner Charissa Davidovici.

    The Standard & Poor’s fell back from record levels on Wednesday as the bond market continued to rally.

    S&P 500 index holds close to record level

    Stocks edged lower for the first time in five days Wednesday, but the real action was in the bond market. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to its lowest in 11 months as investors continued to put money into the bond market, extending a rally that has taken many investors and analysts by surprise.

    An artistic rendering of Google’s self-driving car. The two-seater won’t be sold publicly, but Google said it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads.

    Google: We’re building car with no steering wheel

    Google will build a car without a steering wheel.News: It doesn’t need one because it drives itself. The two-seater won’t be sold publicly, but Google said Tuesday it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads. Though not driving very quickly — the top speed would be 25 mph.

    Wrigley Co. will expand its operations in Yorkville to make more Skittles candy.

    Wrigley adds 75 jobs with expansion in Yorkville

    Chicago-based Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. said it will add 75 jobs in Yorkville when it expands its production facility to make Skittles candy.The expansion, assisted by the state of Illinois, will help Wrigley also support hundreds of construction jobs.

    Maxwell Hemmens live steam scale model Shand Mmason twin cylinder fire appliance.

    Michigan man’s model collection going to auction

    A Detroit-area businessman’s collection of model trains and more is going up for auction. The Glenn Reid Museum Collection of Mechanical Models is to be auctioned off on Thursday. Reid’s collection started with a train set and grew to include model steam engines, planes, ships, traction engines and automobiles.


    Iran denies it summoned Facebook CEO to court

    An Iranian prosecutor Wednesday denied reports that a local judge 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.

    The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies.

    Public-private survey finds cybercrime on the rise

    The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies released Wednesday. The 12th annual survey of cybercrime trends found that online attackers determined to break into computers, steal information and interfere with business are more technologically advanced than those trying to stop them.


    Thai Facebook users get censorship scare

    Thailand’s new military rulers said that a sudden interruption of access to Facebook on Wednesday was not part of a censorship policy, but due instead to a technical hitch. The afternoon blockage, which did not affect all users, lasted for about two hours and came just a day after the new military government announced an Internet crackdown.

    President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves total compensation rose 9 percent to $65.6 million in 2013, making him the second-highest paid CEO, according to an AP/Equilar analysis.

    5 reasons why media execs top CEO pay lists

    Once again, media company CEOs are among the highest paid executives in the nation, occupying six of the top 10 earning spots according to an Associated Press/Equilar study. Compensation experts say a variety of factors are at play, including the gain in media stocks, the intangible value of talent in a hit-or-miss business, the control of shareholder power in very few hands, and the decline of the financial sector.

Life & Entertainment

    North Shore native Julia Collins of Wilmette won her 18th straight game on “Jeopardy!” She'll try for a 19th win on Thursday. “Jeopardy!” airs locally at 2:30 p.m. on ABC 7.

    North Shore native looks for 19th 'Jeopardy!' win

    Answer: She predicted in her eighth grade yearbook that she would someday be a “Jeopardy!” champion. Question: Who is Julia Collins? Collins has made good on her prediction, and then some. On the episode that aired Tuesday, the 31-year-old resident of Wilmette became the third person in “Jeopardy!” history to win as many as 17 consecutive non-tournament games, earning her a total of $372,700 and making her the show's winningest woman.

    Engelbert Humperdinck will perform Sunday, June 1, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    At 78, Engelbert Humperdinck has no plans to call it quits

    At 78, Engelbert Humperdinck is still making the ladies scream. Granted, it's not quite the way it was when ballads like “Release Me” and “After the Lovin'” became hits in the 1960s and '70s. But Humperdinck, who has sold 150 million albums in his nearly 50-year career, said he still sees women swooning at each of his concerts. He will croon his hits on Sunday, June 1, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    Grilled chicken sausage adds bold flavor to creamy, three-cheese mac and cheese

    Lean and lovin’ it: Don’s tips for safe, healthful summer grilling

    When Don Mauer started cleaning his grill in preparation for regular summer use, he started thinking about the history of backyard grills. Believe it or not, your Chicago area backyard’s the epicenter for the creation of backyard barbecue grills.

    Fox News Channel is bringing on actress Stacey Dash as a paid contributor. Dash, known for her roles in the “Clueless” movie and television series, got on the political radar when she endorsed Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in the last presidential election. Fox News programming executive Bill Shine said Wednesday that Dash will offer cultural analysis and commentary across several of the network’s programs.

    Fox News hires ‘Clueless’ star Dash as commentator

    Fox News Channel has gone Hollywood for its latest hire. The news network is bringing on actress Stacey Dash as a paid contributor. Dash is known for her roles in the “Clueless” movie and television series. The black actress landed on the political radar for endorsing Republican Mitt Romney over Democrat Barack Obama in the last presidential election. She was heavily criticized in the black community for supporting the white candidate. Fox News programming executive Bill Shine said Wednesday that Dash will offer cultural analysis and commentary across several of the network’s programs.

    Ira Glass

    ‘This American Life’ changes radio distributor

    National Public Radio’s popular show “This American Life” is getting a new distributor. Chicago Public Media and host Ira Glass said Wednesday that they will start independently distributing the show to more than 500 public radio stations. Public Radio International has distributed the show since 1997. The show debuted in 1995.

    Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora performs the new song, “Lighthouse,” at an anti-drug forum in Toms River, N.J., on Tuesday. The song will raise money for a drug-treatment center in New Jersey.

    Bon Jovi guitarist hopes new song helps addicts

    Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora drew on his own past in debuting a song at a forum on drug abuse Tuesday. The event, at a high school arena, was aimed at raising awareness about the abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers along the Jersey shore. Sambora, a New Jersey native, unveiled a song he wrote called “Lighthouse,” about providing hope to people mired in addiction. He acknowledged he once abused drugs but said he’s clean now.

    Tell us your favorite hot dog spot, and you could win some summer swag.

    Dining events: What's your favorite hot dog?

    Where do you get your favorite hot dog? Tuscany Wheeling introduces new gluten-free fare. And Old Town Pour House serves up some tasty new menu items.

    “More Primitive” by Lonesome Shack has an authentic blues feel to it.

    Music you can dance to from Lonesome Shack

    More than anything else the blues is meant for dancing. The guys in Lonesome Shack seem to know this deep down in their bones. Their new 10-track album, “More Primitive,” has an authentic, lived-in feel.

    Heavy aluminum is cast into antler shapes to form the legs of an intriguing and sophisticated side table from Z Gallerie.

    Right at home: Nature gets a glam makeover

    This year’s design shows, such as NY Now and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, have featured eye-catching pieces by designers and artists who take elements from nature and give them glamorous makeovers. We’re seeing lots of metallic paint, tweaked shapes and polished finishes. The resulting art and furniture pieces can be as stunning as the inspiration from which they’re drawn.

    With the new Capital Wheel overlooking the nation’s capital, a children’s museum, a village of restaurants and hotels and a major casino resort on the horizon, National Harbor in Maryland has quickly become a travel alternative to the marble monuments and museums of nearby Washington.

    National Harbor aims to be ‘fun’ alternative to D.C.

    While visitors to the nation’s capital usually head to the monuments and museums, a new attraction uses the Potomac River to draw visitors downstream to a growing destination in Maryland. A mini-city called National Harbor has risen over the past eight years on a long-empty site. The village of shops, hotels, restaurants and public art was built between the river and the East Coast artery of Interstate 95. Families can stroll by boutiques or a ride a carousel or the new massic Capital Wheel. Boaters can dock for dinner, choosing from more than 30 restaurants.

    A little mint goes a long way playing up the savory elements of this lemony chicken wrap.

    Giving mint its due in a savory lemon chicken wrap

    Fresh mint so rarely gets its due in America; it almost never makes appearances in savory dishes. But the rest of the world knows better, adding it with abandon to all manner of savory dairy, vegetable and meat dishes. That’s because a little bit of its naturally sweet, herby flavor can go a long way to playing up the savory elements of a dish.

    A little mint goes a long way playing up the savory elements of this lemony chicken wrap.

    Minted Lemon and Olive Chicken Wraps
    A little mint goes a long way playing up the savory elements of this lemony chicken wrap.

    Chilled Watermelon Soup is a refreshing starter for summer meals.

    Soupalooza: Don’t give fruit soup the cold shoulder

    Cold fruit soup might not be everyone’s cup of broth, and we get it, but, honestly, cold soups offer a very nice change of pace at a summer barbecue. They are refreshing, healthy and so easy to make. Try Watermelon Soup at your next cookout.

    Endive and apples hit the flames before topping a blue cheese and bacon-studded grilled pizza.

    Gluten-free dough allows everyone to enjoy pizza on the grill

    Pizza on the grill doesn't have to be off-limits to those with gluten intolerance. Gluten-free pizza dough developed by authors and celebrity chefs Elizabeth Karmel and Bob Blumer comes to the rescue in time for summer cookouts.

    Steak, green salsa and charred onions, peppers and mushrooms top this Mexican-inspired grilled pizza.

    Grilled Mexican Pizza
    All your favorite fiesta flavors come together on this Grilled Mexican Pizza.

    The flavors of lamb tagine come outside on this grilled pizza.

    Mo’roccan Pizza
    The flavors of lamb tagine come outside on this grilled Mo'roccan pizza from the chefs who brought you "Pizza on the Grill."

    “Pizza on the Grill, Expanded” by Elizabeth Karmel and Bob Blumer

    Gluten-Free Pizza Dough
    Gluten-free Pizza Dough works on the grill if you take some extra steps.

    Endive and apples hit the flames before topping a blue cheese- and bacon-studded grilled pizza.

    Grilled Endive, Apple and Bacon Pizza
    Endive and bacon sit atop grilled pizza

    Don Rickles is being feted by Spike TV with a 90-minute special, “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute.” The black-tie affair taped earlier this month at Harlem’s storied Apollo Theater airs Wednesday.

    Insult king Rickles honored in Spike TV tribute

    Don Rickles engages in what might be called Comedy S and M. He insults audience members and they laugh and beg for more. It’s a manic, lacerating style Rickles has commanded for a half-century-plus. Now he’s being feted by Spike TV with a 90-minute special, “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute” airing Wednesday.

    Chilled Watermelon Soup is a refreshing starter for summer meals.

    Cold Watermelon Soup
    Watermelon Soup refreshes on a hot summer day, but might not be everyone cup of tea, er, soup.

    Grilled chicken sausage adds bold flavor to creamy, three-cheese mac and cheese

    Grilled Sausage Mac with Three Cheeses
    Grilled chicken sausages add bold flavor to Don Mauer's lower-fat creamy mac and cheese dinner.

    John Fullbright performs many of the 12 songs on “Songs” solo on piano or guitar.

    A winning set by John Fullbright

    The 12 songs on John Fullbright’s “Songs” are so sturdy they need little adornment, and many are performed solo on piano or guitar, which makes them easy to underestimate. That would be a mistake. These songs capture the world through the eyes of a 26-year-old, with all of its complicated contradictions.

    Acclaimed alt-rock band Vampire Weekend will headline a show next week at the UIC Pavilion.

    Music notes: Vampire Weekend plays UIC Pavilion June 5

    Contemporary alt-rock heroes Vampire Weekend perform next week at UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Plus, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone will perform at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles Friday, whisking fans back to the glory days of the British Invasion.


    AP file photo The government should move faster on regulating how e-cigarettes are marketed to children.

    E-cig marketing leaves a bad taste

    A Daily Herald editorial says developments in e-cig marketing show that the government must move faster to identify appropriate regulations for this burgeoning industry.


    Hillary Clinton versus the press

    Columnist Richard Cohen: I am not a knee-jerk defender of the press. Some of the coverage of Hillary Clinton has indeed been unfair. But Clinton has to deal with it. Until she does, the press will not be her worst enemy. She’ll be.


    Warning: Literature happening

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Just when you thought American higher learning couldn’t get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature. One never knows when a sentence, phrase or word might trigger some buried memory or traumatic experience.


    Psychologists should not prescribe drugs
    A Lake Villa letter to the editor: I urge legislators to vote down Senate Bill 2187 allowing psychologists to prescribe to the vulnerable patients in Illinois as this does not solve any shortage problems in the state.


    IHSA, other agencies need better oversight
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: In response to “IHSA Hearings Need To Be Focused,” I find a large amount of disgust in the institution that runs most of our high school sporting events.


    Railroad tracks no place to ponder questions
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: As the mother of a locomotive engineer with 22 years of experience, I was quite taken aback by the subject matter in the front-page photo on May 20 showing the award-winning artwork of Sydney Janda. I have no problem with the quality, but the drawing of the young girl sitting on the railroad tracks was most disturbing.


    Damage of Bush years will stay with us
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: George W. Bush left our nation with a legacy that lives today, nearly eight years after he left office. We suffered through an illegal war in Iraq and its economic and human toll. Budget cutting took funds from vital programs. The appointments of John Roberts and Sam Alito to the Supreme Court has left us with billionaires deciding who is elected to office at every level.


    Wage increase won’t affect fast-food execs
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Byron York pleads the case for the fast foodies victimized by President Obama’s wage increase for federal employees. Case in point: Three McDonald’s operators who’ll soon close at Navy bases, even though the salary increase doesn’t go into effect for 6½ months.


    If we buy their lies, they’ll keep them up
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: This is regarding Ms. Kuchuris’ May 21 letter. Summing up her disappointment with the recent and past negative electioneering, the simple fact is it works.


    Fox will report, and we will decide
    An Itasca letter to the editor: Who in the world is “Froma Harrop”? The article you published as written by her and read by me on May 20 seems to be extremely biased and very, very wrong indeed. Did she do any homework before she wrote this errant article?


    We’ll pray where and when we want
    An Elburn letter to the editor: Hey, Theodore M. Utchen, we’ll pray where we want when we want.


    Too much speeding, too few tickets
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: As a resident of Algonquin living on a highway/expressway, Eineke Boulevard and Harnish Road, I/we the residents are concerned about what we can expect if and when our development ever gets completed.


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