Daily Archive : Friday May 30, 2014



    Lawmakers pass $1 billion capital bill, adjourn session

    The Illinois General Assembly wrapped up its spring session just after midnight Saturday, minutes after the Senate approved a $1 billion capital bill funding roads and bridge projects across the state. Legislative leaders headed home with several looming issues unaddressed — a byproduct, members acknowledged, of the looming November election. The House adjourned Friday evening.

    Toni Preckwinkle

    Pension changes hit roadblocks as legislative session ends

    Lawmakers didn’t touch proposals dealing with pensions for suburban police officers and firefighters and Cook County employees before leaving the Capitol. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was on the Illinois Senate floor Friday thanking Democrats for voting for her proposal and telling them they likely will have to wait until after the November election for a vote in the...

    Nicholas “Nico” Contreras

    Conviction vacated in Aurora boy’s 1996 slaying

    Kane County prosecutors are weighing their options after an Illinois appellate court vacated the conviction and ordered a new trial for a former Montgomery man serving a 70-year prison term in the 1996 slaying of a 6-year-old Nicholas "Nico" Contreras of Aurora. Mark A. Downs convinced the appellate court the trial court committed plain error in instructing the jury regarding the definition of...

    Julia Masciopinto of Elgin waits before walking out at the Central High School commencement at Elgin Community College on Friday, May 30.

    Images: Burlington Central High School Graduation
    Burlington Central High School held their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 30th at Elgin Community College.


    Lawmakers move to keep their paychecks steady

    The Illinois legislature has passed a measure that would prevent their salaries from being stopped in the future. Gov. Pat Quinn last summer used his veto powers to eliminate lawmakers’ salaries. The governor said the move was a way to push them to reach consensus on a statewide pension overhaul.

    The 2014 senior class at the Barrington High School graduation ceremony looks on as the class is presented at Willow Creek Church on Friday.

    Images: Barrington High School Graduation
    Barrington High School held its graduation ceremony on Friday, May 30th, at Willow Creek church in South Barrington.

    Visitors to Forest Park Beach in Lake Forest enjoy the sand and water. Beachgoers can get updates on conditions at local beaches trough the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center’s website.

    Free phone app about Lake Michigan swim bans, conditions

    This year, beachgoers have a new option for learning the latest news on swim bans at public beaches.

    Jennifer Parry gets a hug from chorus director Kent Parry.

    Images: Carmel Catholic High School graduation
    Carmel Catholic High School held their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 30 at the school in Mundelein.

    Amber Skulavik,left, 18, helps Angelina Pascente,17, with her cap .

    Images: Lisle High School Graduation
    Lisle High School held its graduation Friday, May 30 at the school in the North Gym.

    President Barack Obama was a community organizer in Chicago before he was elected to the Illinois and U.S. Senates. He grew up in Hawaii and went to college in New York, spurring those states to compete for hosting his presidential library.

    Illinois shelving $100 million gift to Obama library

    A plan to offer $100 million in tax dollars to lure Barack Obama’s presidential library to Illinois is on the shelf, with lawmakers prepared to wrap up their spring session without advancing the idea.

    Schaumburg Township Community Coalition for Positive Youth Development aims to prevent teens from using heroin and other drugs.

    New Schaumburg Twp. group encourages healthy behavior by youth

    The newly formed Schaumburg Township Community Coalition for Positive Youth Development met for the first time Thursday, kicking off its mission of helping local young people avoid unhealthy behavior like drug or alcohol abuse.


    Superintendent: Teacher ridiculed autistic student

    A Michigan teacher humiliated a student with Asperger’s syndrome by videotaping him after he became wedged in a chair and showing the footage to his fifth-grade class and her colleagues, the school’s superintendent wrote in a letter obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

    Alecia Phonesavanh, right, is hugged Thursday by her mother, Marlene Haygood, left, in Atlanta as they talk about an incident in which Phonesavanh’s 19-month-old boy was critically injured when a police device was tossed into his bed Wednesday morning in Habersham County by a SWAT team in search of a drug suspect.

    Toddler severely burned in drug raid in Georgia

    “The cops threw that grenade in the door without looking first, and it landed right in the playpen and exploded on his pillow right in his face,” Alecia Phonesavanh, the child's mom, said. Phonesavanh said the boy’s face was severely burned, and he was in a medically induced coma in a hospital.


    No House vote on new eavesdropping rules

    The Illinois House has adjourned without taking up new proposed eavesdropping rules approved by the Senate earlier in the day.

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Washington.

    Report: Clinton defends response to Benghazi in book

    Republicans have accused the Obama administration of stonewalling congressional investigators and misleading the public about the nature of the attack in the weeks before the presidential election. Republicans used the attack to try to undermine President Barack Obama’s re-election and, now, to tarnish the still-uncertain Clinton bid to replace him in early 2017.


    Chicago teacher killed in gang crossfire

    A Chicago public school teacher was fatally shot at her second job at a real estate office in what police say was an exchange of gunfire between two groups of gang members.

    A pending change in the Libertyville village code regarding mobile vendors was spurred by a request about a year ago from the Fashion in Motion mobile boutique.

    Mobile vendors in Libertyville to shift from public to private property

    Libertyville has tentatively agreed to change the rules for mobile vendors, shifting their allowed operations from public rights of way to private property. One casualty of the change would be the summer tradition of ice cream trucks plying neighborhood streets.

    Jeff Engelhardt arrives at the Cook County courthouse Wednesday in Rolling Meadows for opening statements in the D’Andre Howard trial on charges of first-degree murder in the April 2009 slayings of three members of the Engelhardt family. Jeff Engelhardt’s 18-year-old sister, father and grandmother were killed in the family’s Hoffman Estates home.

    Stab wounds too hard to look at in Howard murder trial

    Grim photographic evidence of the vicious attacks against three members of a Hoffman Estates family led some to leave the courtroom and defendant D’Andre Howard to look away as the prosecution rested its case in his murder trial Friday. “This whole week has been emotionally draining and today was tough, too,” Jeff Englehardt said.


    Election Day registration goes to Quinn

    The Illinois legislature has approved a plan to allow Election Day voter registration this year. Advocates say it would help register voters who were turned away in past elections. But Republicans say the move is an attempt to drive Democratic turnout in a close governor race.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk speaks at a news conference accompanied by Veterans Affairs social worker Germaine Clarno on Friday in Chicago. The pair detailed new allegations against the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital.

    Kirk voices new allegations from Hines hospital staff

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he’s met with doctors from Edward Hines Jr. VA hospital who tell him “boxes and boxes” of echocardiograms went unread for weeks and that some patients died in the interim.


    Baraboo principal suspended for senior prank

    BARABOO, Wis. — The principal at Baraboo High School has been suspended for two days without pay after he allowed a group of seniors to enter the school unsupervised.

    Jorge Torrez

    Suspect in Zion murders sentenced to death in Virginia

    An ex-Marine on Friday was sentenced to death for the 2009 murder of a sailor at a barracks in northern Virginia. The sentencing of Jorge Torrez, 25, of Zion was a formality. A jury last month decided unanimously to impose the death penalty.

    Richard McDaniel

    Felony charge dismissed against former security guard

    Prosecutors have dropped a felony charge against a Round Lake Beach man accused of holding a novelty gun to the throat of a sheriff’s deputy at the Lake County courthouse, officials said Friday. The misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault against a peace officer remains in place against Richard McDaniel, 46.

    The vote on a $35.7 billion budget comes as the legislature faces a Saturday deadline to adjourn.

    Quinn says lawmakers didn’t ‘get the job done’

    Gov. Pat Quinn wanted to extend the state’s income tax increase to avoid budget cuts, including layoffs. However, lawmakers sent him a spending plan on Friday that Democrats acknowledge puts off tough decisions about whether to slash spending or find new sources of revenue.


    Woodstock man charged with setting woman afire

    A Woodstock man was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery for spraying a female acquaintance with an accelerant and set her afire, authorities said.

    GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner

    Rauner blasts state lawmakers’ budget

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says the spending plan approved by state lawmakers is a “phony budget.”

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, left, presents a silver pitcher that had been absent from the state for nearly 150 years. On the right is Illinois Senate President John Cullerton.

    Durbin returns silver pitcher to Illinois Capitol

    The morning before a flurry of bills passed through the Illinois Legislature with a session deadline quickly approaching, a U.S. Senator and top state lawmakers paused momentarily to place a nearly 150-year-old silver pitcher in a side corridor at the state Capitol.


    Gasthaus reopens, owner meets with Elgin police

    A downtown Elgin bar owner said he had a productive meeting Friday with Elgin police regarding a chronic nuisance complaint, two days after a petition prompted him to reopen his establishment.

    Associated Press/pril 2, 2014 Workers underground inside the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant facility in Carlsbad, N.M., for the first time since the Feb. 14 radiological release.

    Feds say it could take 2 years to seal nuke dump

    Responding to an order from the New Mexico Environment Department to detail its plans, the department gave broad ranges that indicate it could take a minimum of about 100 work weeks — and possibly twice that long — to secure the rooms at the now-shuttered plant where more than 350 containers of toxic waste from decades of building nuclear bombs at Los Alamos National Laboratory is...

    Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty makes a statement Friday regarding the grand jury announcement of the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

    Six Cleveland officers indicted in chase, shooting

    “The driver was fully stopped. Escape was no longer even a remote possibility. The flight was over,” Prosecutor Tim McGinty said. He said investigators have established that the victims were unarmed.


    Reboot Illinois tax talk:

    Reboot Illinois will host a taxes discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, at Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest.


    Wheeling man sentenced for possessing stolen vehicle

    A Wheeling man who authorities say failed to return a car to a Waukegan dealership after a test drive pleaded guilty on Thursday to possession of a stolen motor vehicle, court records show. Martin Heydenburg, 52, was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $689 in fines.

    Local people look at a burnt-out car Wednesday following a shelling from Ukrainian government forces, in Slovyansk, Ukraine.

    East Ukraine infighting raises questions

    On Thursday, insurgents shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter, killing 12 soldiers, including a general. The same day, the murky Vostok Battalion militiamen took over rebel headquarters in the 11-story Donetsk regional administration building, demanding it be evacuated.

    A boy, center, plays with Thai soldiers Friday guarding the square at Victory Monument to prevent anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Thai coup chief: Elections could occur in 1 year

    The United States, a longtime ally of Thailand, said it believed elections should be held sooner. “Certainly we don’t want anything to end in chaos. But we think setting a timeline for early elections is something that is not just possible, but it’s what the appropriate step is and that that should be what their focus is on,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told...

    Chindavanh Keomuongchanh

    Elginite named state’s veteran of the month

    Elgin veteran Chindavanh “Chin” Keomuongchanh says he knew next to nothing about the U.S. Navy when he enlisted 33 years ago, but simply wanted to serve the country that gave his family so much. Keomuongchanh, 52, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Laos, was honored as May’s veteran of the month by Erica Borggren, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’...

    Naperville Park District officials say a proposed indoor activity center to be built at the southeast corner of Quincy Avenue and Fort Hill Drive will be smaller than planned to ensure the project comes in on budget.

    Naperville scales back size of proposed activity center

    Naperville Park District’s future indoor activity center will be smaller than anticipated, but it still will have all the amenities community participants identified as important during focus groups earlier this year. “When we cut the ribbon on this in 2016, it’s going to be more than we have now,” Park district Executive Director Ray McGury said. “I think the...


    Probation for Des Plaines woman in credit card theft

    A Des Plaines woman pleaded guity to using a condo association's credit card to make personal purchases. In exchange for her guilty plea to the class 1 felony, Barbara Duelfer was sentenced to 30 months probation and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution, court records show.


    Last day for native plant sale:

    Conserve Lake County’s second annual native plant sale ends it run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at the Almond Marsh Forest Preserve, 32492 N. Almond Road, Grayslake.

    President Barack Obama gives White House press secretary Jay Carney a hug after announcing that Carney will step down later next month, during a surprise visit Friday to the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.

    Obama says goodbye to White House press secretary

    President Obama said it was “bittersweet” to see his friend Jay Carney step down and announced that principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will take over the job.

    Martin Reyes-Hernandez

    Gilberts man caught with 15 pounds of coke, 23 pounds of pot

    A 40-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of nearly 12 pounds of cocaine and 23 pounds of marijuana. Martin Reyes-Hernandez, of Gilberts, was being held on $900,000 bail, and must prove bond money is legitimate if he is released, according to court documents.


    Volo water flushing:

    The village of Volo Water Department will be flushing its water systems during the week of June 2.


    District 118 board vacancy:

    Wauconda Unit District 118 is seeking interested candidates who want to be considered to fill the school board vacancy created by the May 18 death of Thomas Weber.

    Lawmakers will leave the Capitol by Saturday, embarking on campaigns with questions remaining about the state’s financial future.

    Illinois budget: Promise kept or procrastination?

    State lawmakers have nearly completed approving a spending plan that puts off big questions about the state’s financial future and how much its residents should pay in taxes until after the contentious November election.

    Zebra and a calf are seen at a watering hole in northern Botswana. Thousands of zebra were monitored during a 300 mile roundtrip journey, a newly discovered trek that wildlife experts say reaches farther than any other known land migration in Africa.

    Zebras make longest trek in Africa, research says

    “It goes to show us that nature still has some surprises,” said Robin Naidoo, senior conservation scientist at the Washington-based World Wildlife Fund that led the two-year study on the migration. He said the main reason that the migration was not detected earlier was because it was impossible to know where the animals were going without GPS tracking technology, which has become...

    Schaumburg resident Anip Patel, winner of the “$21,000 Listerine Challenge” talks with Ellen on the Ellen Degeneres Show.

    Ellen Degeneres Show features Schaumburg Library in film clip

    A film clip featuring the Schaumburg Township District Library aired recently on the Ellen Degeneres Show, thanks to Schaumburg resident Anip Patel, winner of the “$21,000 Listerine Challenge.”


    Fox Valley police reports
    A 5-year-old boy in the 2300 block of Arrow Street, Carpentersville, required 16 staples to his buttocks and right ankle after a cousin’s pit bull attacked him on May 23, Cmdr. Timothy Bosshart said.


    Concert benefits Dist. 57 music students

    Music fans and Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 supporters are invited to the Music Scholarship Benefit Concert on June 1 at the Blues Bar. Admission and raffle proceeds support the Music Ensemble Scholarship Fund.

    Northern Illinois University police officer Maria Christiansen explains where she was hit during the Feb. 14, 2008, campus shooting.

    NIU officer patrols campus where she was wounded

    Maria Christiansen always considers the worst-case scenario as a police officer at Northern Illinois University. A victim-turned-first-responder, the former Elgin resident made it her mission to make sure that what happened to her Feb. 14, 2008, will never happen to another student at her alma mater.

    Batavia Police Sgt. Shawn Mazza collects donations for Special Olympics during Friday’s Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser at Dunkin’ Donuts in Batavia.

    Cops go to great heights for Special Olympics

    The annual Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser for Special Olympics meant police officers from throughout the suburbs hit the roofs at area Dunkin' Donuts to raise money. In Batavia, officers from Batavia and Geneva took part.

    Streamwood Commander John Sunter, left, and Patrolman Brian Kustra work the drive-up at Dunkin’ Donuts, 656 S. Sutton Road. Streamwood police pledged to raise more than $2,000 on Friday.

    Police climb onto rooftops for Special Olympics

    Hundreds of police officers in Illinois climbed onto the rooftops of Dunkin’ Donuts shops Friday morning to raise money for Special Olympics. Police collected money for the Torch Run, which is Illinois law enforcement’s own special arm of Special Olympics fundraising.


    Attorney expects to close Naperville discrimination probe by Tuesday

    The attorney investigating a former city of Naperville employee’s complaints alleging harassment and “discriminatory behavior” says he expects to complete his report by Tuesday. Terry Ekl said he intends to complete his findings and present them to the city council before a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. “I was hired to do an investigation into two of the allegations made...

    Lake County sheriff reserve deputies from Brian Hansen, left, Keith Salas and Thomas Kajohn wave from outside the Third Lake Dunkin’ Donuts during Friday’s Cop on Rooftop event. Twenty members of the sheriff’s office raised money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

    Cops stake out Dunkin’ Donuts in Third Lake to raise money for charity

    Around 20 members of the Lake County Sheriff's Office participated in Friday's Cop on Rooftop event at the Third Lake Dunkin’ Donuts. Donations were taken for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.


    White House proposes updated Great Lakes plan

    The Obama administration on Friday proposed an updated five-year blueprint for Great Lakes environmental protection that would put greater emphasis on climate change and using science to choose cleanup projects.

    Illinois requires insurance providers that cover prescription drugs to also cover FDA-approved contraceptives for women.

    Illinois House OKs birth control ballot measure

    The House voted 62-48 on Friday to approve a November ballot question asking voters if they think prescription drug coverage plans should be required to include birth control. But Illinois already requires insurance providers that cover prescription drugs to also cover FDA-approved contraceptive drugs for women.

    State Rep. Derrick Smith is charged with taking a $7,000 bribe from a day care operator seeking a state grant.

    FBI agent testifies wiretap request misstated informant’s record

    An FBI agent has testified at a Chicago Democrat’s bribery trial that an application asking permission for an informant to wear a wire greatly understated his criminal background

    The third floor of the Illinois Executive Mansion is closed because of a badly leaking roof.

    Leaking roof causing water damage at gov’s mansion

    The third floor of the Illinois Executive Mansion is closed because of a badly leaking roof. Authorities had to remove furniture from two bedrooms in the historic property to prevent water damage.


    House OKs small-business tax credits

    Illinois lawmakers have advanced a plan to expand tax credits to small businesses with the goal of creating jobs in areas of high unemployment and poverty.


    Quest Church moves to teen center in Arlington Hts.

    Quest Church is relocating Sunday, June 1, to the Campus Life Teen Center, 112 N. Belmont Ave., Arlington Heights. The church previously held services at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. The new location provides more space, more availability outside of Sunday mornings and a better opportunity to reach out to the youth of Arlington Heights, the church said in a news release.


    Legislature passes grant transparency plan

    The Illinois legislature has sent Gov. Pat Quinn legislation to make grants more transparent as lawmakers investigate his mismanaged Chicago anti-violence program.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Cynthia Hartman, 37, of St. Charles, was charged May 24 with retail theft, according to a police report.

    Glaziers from MTH Industries prepare Thursday to replace a layer of protective coating on the floor a transparent ledge that juts out from the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower in Chicago.

    Willis Tower bays reopen after cracks

    Popular observation ledges at Chicago’s Willis Tower have reopened after the towering glass bays were closed for inspection when they appeared to crack beneath visitors’ feet.

    Lake County Sheriff reserve deputies, from left, Brian Hansen, Keith Salas and Thomas Kajohn wave from outside the Third Lake Dunkin’ Donuts . Twenty members of the sheriff’s office raised money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

    Images: Cop on a Rooftop
    Images from the 12th annual Cop on a Rooftop fundraisers for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run throughout the suburbs of Chicago on Friday, May 30

    DuPage County sheriff’s deputies waved to drivers Friday from the roof of the Dunkin’ Donuts at 811 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville. Cops throughout the state climbed atop 174 doughnut shops during the 12th annual Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois.

    Cops take doughnut cliche to new heights for fundraiser

    The “cops like doughnuts” cliche climbed to fresh heights Friday as police officers from across the area scaled Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and waved from rooftops, enticing customers to make donations to Special Olympics Illinois. “It’s warm up there,” DuPage County sheriff's Cpl. Mike Urso said mid-way through a sunny Friday morning, with emphasis on the...

    Karen Schock, president of the Elgin Charter School Initiative, talks about the group’s charter school proposal last year with members of the Elgin Noon Rotary Club. Also pictured are Kari White, center, and Krissy Palermo.

    Elgin charter school group receives grant for recruiting students

    The group proposing a charter school in Elgin has received a $30,000 grant to support outreach and student recruitment efforts in the city’s low-income neighborhoods, and to recruit a principal, a spokeswoman said. The state and Elgin Area School District U-46 will determine the fate of the proposed Elgin Math and Science Academy (EMSA) Charter School. The district is reviewing the charter...

    Back in January, there were potholes on Jewell Road in Winfield. Now Jewell and numerous other streets are scheduled for repairs as part of Winfield's multimillion-dollar road program for 2014. Work already has begun on neighborhood streets.

    Long-awaited road repairs begin in Winfield

    Winfield residents will see plenty of orange over the next few months as the village pursues its most extensive road repair program in years. More than one-third of the town's roads will be fixed as part of the multimillion-dollar program, which began last week. “I'm very pleased that the Winfield board has taken on one of the biggest challenges for the village in the last decade or two and...

    Elementary students at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Naperville decorated paper bow ties in honor of their retiring principal, Frank Glowaty, and his habit of wearing the uncommon type of tie. Glowaty, who has been the school's principal for 39 years, is retiring but will continue in a part-time fundraising role with the school.

    'Nobody Like Glowaty' as Naperville Catholic school principal retires

    Students at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Naperville said goodbye to their longtime principal Friday in songs, speeches, videos and a special salute using words Frank Glowaty always said at the end of each morning's announcements. “May you never lose sight of how special you are in God's eyes,” student Maggie Flavin said to Glowaty on Friday morning as a retirement celebration...

    Edward J. McMenamin

    Downers Grove physician held on child porn charges

    A Downers Grove physician who specializes in family medicine is being held on $500,000 bond in DuPage County jail on charges of possessing and sharing child porn. Edward J. McMenamin, 67, of 4221 Saratoga, Downers Grove, is charged with five counts of dissemination of child pornography and 12 felony charges of possession of child pornography.

    Mario Contreras said he loves his job as the head horse trainer at Medieval Times in Hoffman Estates. He has a special love for the Andalusian stallions that he trains for the shows.

    Moving picture: Elgin man trains ‘Medieval’ stallions

    Mario Contreras is a classic type “A” personality. The Elgin man is head horse trainer at Medieval Times in Hoffman Estates, and he operates his own training facility at Indian Hills Farm in Gilberts, where he trains horses and riders for competition and exhibition. “I really like what I do, and I always try to pass it along to the people who work for me," he said.

    Jason Kedrock gets a donation from Debbie Chuk of Palatine during the Arlington Heights firefighters Fill the Boot campaign Friday at the intersection of Palatine Road and Arlington Heights Roads.

    Arlington Heights firefighters raise money for medical research

    Last year, Arlington Heights firefighters raised more than $19,300 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. This year they are looking to beat that record.

    The Sears “Barrington” model, a French-style home.

    Five classic homes featured on 2014 Arlington Hts. house walk

    Five classic Arlington Heights homes - including a Sears home, a renovated bungalow and more - are featured on the annual Historical Society house walk on June 8.


    Dist. 220, teachers extend contract through 2018

    A deal extending the contract for teachers in the Barrington Unit School District 220 through 2018 was approved by the district board of education Thursday, one day after its ratification by the teachers union. Under the new deal, most teachers will receive an average annual raise of 2.4 percent.

    Art Fessler

    Elk Grove District 59 superintendent gets contract extension

    Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 Superintendent Art Fessler has received a two-year contract extension after less than a year in the job. The contract, unanimously approved this week by the school board, is a new five-year deal that rescinds Fessler’s initial three-year contract, which began July 1, 2013. The new deal comes with salary increases that weren’t included in the...

    Andrea Trudeau

    Parent leader questions Lake Zurich District 95 heat plan

    A parent who led a push for air conditioning at five schools at Lake Zurich Unit District 95 contends there are flaws in new excessive heat procedures for students and teachers in classrooms without central air conditioning. Kildeer resident Andrea Trudeau said while the district's new policy is appreciated, she questioned it kicking in when a combination of heat and humidity reaches 97 degrees.

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system. President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with “considerable regret.” He and Shinseki met in the Oval Office on Friday morning.

    Shinseki resigns amid veterans’ health care uproar

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system. President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with “considerable regret.” Shinseki had been facing mounting calls to step down from both parties since a scathing internal report found broad problems in the sprawling system, which provides medical care to about 6.5...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    9.32-page 2Thieves stole three rings, three necklaces, 21 pairs of earrings and a small earring box between May 19 and 23 on the 200 block of North Vail in Arlington Heights. Value was estimated at $2,720.

    A grant will help pay for new equipment for the Wauconda High School auditorium.

    Wauconda High gets $22,000 from foundation

    Computer tablets, projectors and graphic novels are among the purchases made possible at Wauconda High School by new grants from the Bulldog Nation Foundation.

    Richard Martinez talks about his son Christopher Michael-Martineza 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, May 27, 2014 in the Isla Vista area near Goleta, Calif.

    Grieving father takes center stage in gun debate

    Richard Martinez says he never set out to be a face of the gun-control movement and has no interest in taking deer rifles and shotguns from the hands of hunters. After all, he used to be one. Martinez just wants to do whatever he can to end the seemingly endless string of mass killings in the nation, the latest of which took the life of his 20-year-old son and five other people before the killer...

    President Barack Obama is calling on all Americans to get involved with his push to reverse underachievement among young minority men by getting involved with mentorship and tutoring programs.

    Obama to call for more mentors for minority boys

    President Barack Obama is calling on all Americans to get involved with his push to reverse underachievement among young minority men by getting involved with mentorship and tutoring programs. The White House call is an outgrowth of Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program, which the president initiated in February to help try to reverse some of the challenges facing...

    President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia recently attended her first prom. Obama wouldn’t say whether his older daughter had a date or went with friends. He joked it’s “classified information” during an interview airing Friday on television talk show “Live! With Kelly and Michael.”

    Obama reveals daughter Malia attended first prom

    A teenage rite of passage has come through the White House, with President Barack Obama revealing daughter Malia recently attended her first prom. Obama wouldn’t say whether his older daughter had a date or went with friends. He joked it’s “classified information” during an interview airing Friday on the talk show “Live! With Kelly and Michael.”


    Police knew of but didn’t view killer’s videos

    Law officers who visited Elliot Rodger three weeks before he killed six college students near a Santa Barbara university were aware that he had posted disturbing videos but didn’t watch them, and they didn’t know about his final video detailing his “Day of Retribution” until after the deadly rampage, officials said.


    Man charged with impeding marathon bombing probe

    A Massachusetts man who knew the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings was charged Friday with obstructing the investigation into the deadly bombings.

    Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney talks with Diane Hill of WINGS at the Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce recognition dinner on Thursday.

    Rolling Meadows chamber hands out awards

    The Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce handed out six awards Thursday night its 2014 Circle of Success Recognition Dinner. “We are proud to call Rolling Meadows home,” said Rebecca Darr, CEO of WINGS, who was one of the award winners.


    Illinois officials offer water safety classes

    With the weather heating up and more people heading to lakes, rivers and ponds, state officials are offering free water safety classes in northern Illinois.

    Jesse White

    White now longest-serving Ill. Secretary of State

    Secretary of State Jesse White has set a record as Illinois’ longest-serving secretary of state. The 79-year-old White claimed that milestone Friday, when he surpassed the tenure of James A. Rose, who served from 1897 to 1912.White has served since his first inauguration in January 1999.


    Police search for 2 after shots fired at Indiana troopers
    Dozens of police officers searched for hours for two men after authorities say shots were fired at two state troopers following a suspicious car in an Indianapolis apartment complex where gunfire had been reported.

    In 2008, president-elect Barack Obama and Democrat Tammy Duckworth, then director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Bronze Soldiers Memorial in honor of Veterans Day. Duckworth, who later worked as assistant secretary of the federal VA, called for Secretary Eric Shinseki to be replaced Friday.

    Duckworth says VA chief should go

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat and former assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, called today for Secretary Eric Shinseki to be replaced.

    Patty Columbo leaves the criminal courts building in 1977.

    Why notorious killers get repeated parole hearings

    Patty Columbo and Frank DeLuca were each sentenced to more than 200 years in prison for the 1976 murders of Patty's parents and brother in Elk Grove Village. The De Mau Mau gang members each received at least 60 years in prison for the 1972 murders of four people in Barrington Hills. They are among Illinois' Class C prisoners, with a unique legal right to parole hearings every one to three years.

    Members of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union shout slogans during a protest against a gang rape of two teenage girls. A top government official said the northern Uttar Pradesh state has sacked two police officers who failed to respond to a complaint by the father of the two teenage girls who went missing and were later found gang raped and killed.

    India: 2 police fired for not acting in rape caseAP Photo DEL116, DEL117, NY119

    Facing relentless media attention and growing criticism for a series of rapes, state officials in north India fired two police officers Friday for failing to investigate the disappearance of two teenage cousins, who were gang-raped and later found hanging from a tree. But in a country with a long history of tolerance for sexual violence, the firings also came as the state’s top official...

    A Ukrainian soldier guards a checkpoint outside Slovyansk, Ukraine, Friday, May 30, 2014.

    BC-EU--Ukraine, 1st Ld-Writethru,291Second group of Ukraine monitors out of contactAP Photo XEL107, XEL104, XEL105, XEL103, XEL101

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe lost contact Friday with a five-member team in east Ukraine, where four members of another OSCE mission are still being held by pro-Russian rebels.


    Texas AG: Execution drug source can be secret

    Texas can keep secret the name of its supplier for its execution drugs, the state attorney general determined after law enforcement argued that suppliers face serious danger.


    U. of Illinois leads Farm Bill education coalition

    The University of Illinois will lead one of two coalitions announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop online tools to inform farmers and others involved in agriculture about programs in the 2014 Farm Bill.


    Dawn Patrol: Teen guilty in fatal huffing DUI; testimony in Engelhardt case

    Teen guilty of aggravated DUI. First day in Dist. 220 for old Dist. 200 boss. ‘Discriminatory behavior’ in Naperville HR department? D'Andre Howard trial resumes today. Voters to weigh in on millionaires’ taxes. Hawks face Kings in Game 6.


    Dist. 87 considers scrapping class rank

    A proposal to eliminate class rank from Glenbard High School District 87, beginning with the 2015 graduating class, is triggering an emotional debate.Instead of class ranks, the proposal by an ad hoc district committee recommends providing colleges with the highest weighted and unweighted grade-point average for each graduating class. Supporters say the plan would benefit more Glenbard students...

    G. Earle Eldredge, left, and Charles M. Eldredge got a tribute in the U.S. House.

    Dold, Schneider engage over VA wait times

    The scandal brewing at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over veterans' health care has made it to the suburbs' highest-profile race for Congress. Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth criticized Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield for, he said, not being vocal enough about the lengthy wait times faced by some veterans at VA hospitals.


    Spring health, wellness fair:

    Waukegan Township and Vista Health System host the Spring Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, May 31, at Park Place, 414 S. Lewis Ave., Waukegan.


    Lake Zurich police checkpoint results:

    Lake Zurich police have released results from a safety checkpoint.

    Hector Dominguez

    Melrose Park man gets 25 years in Lombard armed robbery

    A 20-year-old Melrose Park man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for a 2012 armed robbery that netted him and two others a total of $600. Hector Dominguez, of the 1600 block of 24th Avenue, pleaded guilty last month in DuPage County to one count of armed robbery with a firearm.

    The Naperville Park District is hosting its eighth annual Frontier Kite Fly Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Frontier Sports Complex in Naperville, 3380 Cedar Glade Road.

    Kites to take flight during Naperville festival

    Aliens and octopuses will swoop through the air this weekend in Naperville. The Naperville Park District is sponsoring its eighth annual Frontier Kite Fly Festival Sunday, June 1, and attendees should expect everything from small, traditional diamonds to 90-foot streamers.

    Glenbard South senior Joe Singleton, of Wheaton, won the 1600-meters at the track and field sectional meet held in Glen Ellyn. I like how the image captures this powerful runner going full-speed into the finish with his eyes on the prize. It is a single-frame capture from a video clip I took using a hand-held Canon PowerShot S100 compact camera, which was designed to perform especially well in low-light and action situations. I have been taking amateur sports photos for nearly a decade before I got a shot that captures the athlete’s winning moment like this.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of May 26.


    Jenny Behan

    Softball all-area team / Lake County

    Introducing the Daily Herald's softball all-area team for Lake County.

    Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhaw during first period of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Los Angeles on Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Kings remain confident about Game 7

    As badly as they were feeling after dropping their second straight game to the Blackhawks to force a Game 7 in Chicago, the Kings could at least take solace in knowing that they’ve gone on the road this postseason and won Game 7s already.


    Girls soccer: Friday, May 30 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Friday, May 30.


    Softball: Friday, May 30 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Friday, May 30.


    Boys track: Friday, May 30 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Friday, May 30.


    Boys volleyball: Friday, May 30 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Friday, May 30.


    Boys tennis: Friday, May 30 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Friday, May 30.


    Baseball: Friday, May 30 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Friday, May 30.

    Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, left, celebrates his tiebreaking goal with center Andrew Shaw against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Friday night.

    Right on cue, Kane rescues Hawks to live another day

    Remember about a week ago when Patrick Kane admitted he was a little bummed that he hadn’t yet come up with the big play at the big moment in the Western Conference Finals?Yeah, well those days are officially over because Kane was Kane in the biggest game of the season and now the Blackhawks, somewhat improbably, are one victory away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

    St. Edward’s Monica Ramirez, left and Chelsea Gnan react to their loss to Manteno in overtime during the Class 1A state soccer semifinals at North Central College in Naperville on Friday.

    PK heartbreak for St. Edward

    The St. Edward girls soccer team came so close to a berth in the Class 1A state championship game. In fact, the Green Wave was a mere 30 seconds away. And that’s when complete utter fray in front of the Wave’s goal changed both Manteno and St. Edward’s fate in a flash and the hopes and dreams were gone for Wave just like that. A confusing sequence on a corner ball that pinballed in front of the Wave goal sent by Manteno’s Hannah Ondrey with 28.9 left on the clock that Emily Witt initially cleared was ruled good and forced overtime. And ultimately as the game bled into a shootout Manteno walked away with a 3-0 advantage for a 2-1 win in a Class 1A state semifinal match at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

    It was another big night for Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, here blocking a shot by the Kings’ Marian Gaborik during the second period of the Hawks’ 4-3 Game 6 victory.

    Kane, Blackhawks leave Kings searching for answers

    What will remain inexplicable is the Blackhawks’ mind-numbing need to dig a canyon before mounting the heroic effort to climb out, usually against overwhelming odds. What remains indefinable, and yet somehow predictable, is the character and heart of a group that simply doesn’t want to go home until the last game of the season is concluded.

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been following the never-ending saga of the proposed renovation of Wrigley Field and isn’t thrilled with what he hears. It’s kind of a bummer because we thought it was going to happen. It’s kind of just wait and see like everyone else.”

    Rizzo vexed about delay of Wrigley renovation

    Like everyone else around the Cubs, first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been looking forward to Wrigley Field being renovated, especially because player facilities would be greatly improved. Those plans may hit another roadblock with the city of Chicago, and Rizzo said Friday players are not happy about that.

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, left, battles Kings center Anze Kopitar for the puck during Friday night’s Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in Los Angeles.

    There almost had to be a Game 7

    If you think the Blackhawks-Kings series has been entertaining through six games, it might be that you haven't seen anything yet. There's nothing in sports like a decisive Game 7.


    Rogers’ blast boosts Cougars

    Kane County Cougars coverage:Jacob Rogers ended a 15-inning scoreless streak against the LumberKings with a 3-run homer in the sixth inning, helping the first-place Kane County Cougars rally to to beat Clinton 4-1 in Midwest League action at Ashford University Field on Friday night.


    Vandersloot, Sky all about helping out

    Courtney Vandersloot assists Sky in big win over Connecticut Sun.


    Sale’s next start will be Sunday

    Initially scheduled to start against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers Monday night in Los Angeles, White Sox ace Chris Sale has been moved up a day, and the left will pitch vs. the Padres Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    The White Sox’ Alexei Ramirez ducks under the attempted tag of Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso as shortstop Everth Cabrera, right, watches during a rundown in the second inning Friday at U.S. Cellular Field. Ramirez was eventually be tagged out by catcher Rene Rivera on the play.

    Danks takes another step in right direction

    John Danks had another good start Friday, and the entire White Sox rotation has been very good over the last 10 games. But in the series opener vs. the Padres at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox' offense was bottled up in a 4-1 loss.


    Bryant tearing it up in Class AA

    The most exciting thing the Cubs have going today is third baseman Kris Bryant, and he's at Class AA Tennessee. Even though Bryant is tearing it up, the Cubs will be cautious about promoting him, even up one level to Class AAA Iowa. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles says there are good arguments for an against promoting Bryant.


    Waubonsie Valley maintains control of rivalry

    The Metea Valley-Waubonsie Valley rivalry is still just a baby. The teams only started playing one another in 2011, but they found themselves with a great deal on the line — a sectional plaque — during Friday’s Class 3A Naperville North sectional title match.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period .

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Kings, Game Six
    Images of Game 6 of the NHL Western Conference Finals as the Chicago Blackhawks won 4-3 over the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. Patrick Kane scored the game winner late in the third period.


    Warren rolls past Jefferson

    This was Rockford Jefferson’s first season of boys volleyball, and while the team took a 26-5 record into Friday night’s sectional semifinal against Warren at Highland Park, it was no match for the Blue Devils. Warren wasn’t tested in its 25-15, 25-10 win that earned the Blue Devils a berth in Tuesday’s night’s sectional final against power Deerfield.

    Lake Park’s Dominick Terry 16 goes for the block against Addison Trail’s Kevin Grygo 9 during boys volleyball at Conant sectional semifinals Friday in Hoffman Estates.

    Lake Park plays like a top seed

    Top-seeded Lake Park defeated a scrappy Addison Trail Blazers 18-25, 25-15, 25-13 on Friday at the Conant sectional semifinals. The Lancers advance to play Barrington, the No. 2 seed, on Tuesday in the sectional final.


    Barrington edges BG for sixth straight sectional crown

    Nearly two months of waiting saw the two giants of Mid-Suburban League girls soccer meet on Friday night in the championship match of the Class 3A Libertyville sectional final: No. 1 seed Buffalo Grove vs. No. 2. Barrington. There could be no doubt that this was who everyone figured would be in this much-anticipated contest. Colleen Zickert finally broke the resistance Barrington’s defense to bring the Bison (22-3-3) close at 44 minutes but the Fillies’ Jenna Szczesny had already put the shine of the silverware with two first-half strikes to give Barrington a hard-fought 2-1 victory. It was the sixth straight sectional crown for the Fillies (18-3-1), who will meet New Trier at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Hersey supersectional with a chance to return to the final four of the state tournament.

    White Sox starter John Danks (3-5) followed an impressive outing against the Yankees with seven effective innings against the Padres. Danks allowed two runs and scattered eight hits. He struck out four and walked one.

    Kennedy cools off White Sox as Padres win 4-1

    Ian Kennedy struck out nine in six strong innings and Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer to lead the San Diego Padres past the White Sox 4-1 on Friday night.Cameron Maybin hit his first home run of the season and Alonso finished with three hits as the Padres ended Chicago’s three-game winning streak.

    The Miami Heat became the third franchise in NBA history to reach the title series in four consecutive seasons, a laugher of a conference-title finale getting them there again Friday night. LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 25 points, and Miami eliminated the Pacers for the third straight year with a 117-92 romp in Game 6 of the East championship series.

    Heat return to NBA Finals, top Pacers 117-92

    The Miami Heat became the third franchise in NBA history to reach the title series in four consecutive seasons, a laugher of a conference-title finale getting them there again Friday night. LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 25 points, and Miami eliminated the Pacers for the third straight year with a 117-92 romp in Game 6 of the East championship series.


    Glenbard West ‘community’ celebrates semifinal victory

    Glenbard West coach Christine Giunta-Mayer considers her players a family, and their supporters a community, which was out in full force on Friday night.

    Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood, right, winces as Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun rounds the bases after Braun hit a two-run home run during the first inning Friday. Wood turned in his shortest outing of the season.

    Wood rocked early as Brewers trounce Cubs 11-5

    Ryan Braun homered to highlight a five-run first inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cubs 11-5 on Friday night.Braun had three hits and three RBIs for Milwaukee, which has won 25 of its last 31 games against Chicago. Rickie Weeks and Martin Maldonado had three hits and two RBIs each as the Brewers scored a season-high runs in its most lopsided victory of the year.

    Jonathan Wells of Grant clears the bar at 6 feet, 4 iniches in the high jump during the Class 3A boys track and field state preliminaries in Charleston on Friday.

    Libertyville’s Barbian sharp in state prelims

    Whether it has fully sunk in for Kevin Barbian doesn’t really matter. All that matters for the Libertyville senior is that he has put together back-to-back performances the last two weeks that has him in position to earn medals in the shot put and discus. A little over a month ago, Barbian was stuck in the 40s in the shot put and 140s in the discus. Following his performance during the Class 3A prelims at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field, Barbian is in the 50-foot-plus and 160-foot-plus level that should earn him hardware today.

    Patrick Kane scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:45 to play, and the Chicago Blackhawks forced a decisive seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night. Kane scored two goals and set up Duncan Keith’s tying goal with 8:26 left in regulation for the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, who avoided elimination for the second straight game.

    Onto Game 7! Hawks blow past Kings 4-3

    Patrick Kane scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:45 to play, and the Blackhawks forced a decisive seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night. Kane scored two goals and set up Duncan Keith's tying goal with 8:26 left in regulation to help the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks avoid elimination for the second straight game.


    Deerfield denies Vernon Hills

    Clearly, the most exciting moment for Vernon Hills came with Michael Heinz serving in Set 2. The senior’s low serve just cleared the net. And when Max Spiglanin made block kill, the Cougars had erased a 7-4 Deerfield lead and surged to a 9-8 advantage. There was fire in the eyes of the Cougars players and momentum had jumped over net to Vernon Hills. The sectional semifinal at Highland Park on Friday night could not have been closer. Maybe the difference was the 1-2 punch of Deerfield outside hitters Zachary Hara and John Harlan. The two power hitters combined for 23 kills, as Deerfield ended the Cougars’ season by winning identical 25-23, 25-23 scores.

    Barrington celebrates its sectional semifinal victory over Buffalo Grove on Friday at Hoffman Estates.

    Barrington makes Conant sectional final

    After Friday’s boys volleyball sectional semifinal matches, Barrington is the last Mid-Suburban League team standing in the postseason. The MSL champs topped Buffalo Grove 25-23, 25-15 at Conant to earn a date against Lake Park in Tuesday’s 7 p.m. sectional championship at Conant.


    Libertyville’s Tsorotiotis corrals semifinal spot

    It was high noon at the boys tennis state tournament, and much later, when the clock struck 3, Stefano Tsorotiotis was still standing. The Libertvyille freshman stunned 1-2 seed Peter Tarwid with a three-hour marathon thriller, sending the Wildcats’ standout into Saturday morning’s semifinals against Eddie Grabill (35-2) of Hinsdale Central when the final day of play begins at 9 a.m. at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.


    Buffalo Grove tandem bows out of state tourney

    There can be no doubting that Buffalo Grove’s doubles team of Peter Georgiades and Anton Levitin played beyond its wildest expectations during the first day of the state tournament. Georgiades and Levitin went all the way though to the round of 16 on their home court, but their hopes were dashed Friday in Palatine by Edwardsville in two long sets. After falling in their quarterfinal to 5-8 seed David Zakhodin/Miguel Perez of Glenbrook North at Buffalo Grove, the Bison (30-6) were eliminated with a 7-5, 7-6 (5) loss to the Tigers.


    Lyons Township prevails over Benet

    Benet had the right mindset going into Friday’s Class 3A Downers Grove South girls soccer sectional final against Lyons Twp.


    WW South falls in pitchers’ duel

    After nine innings of seemingly effortless pitching, Austin Butler was prepared to keep heading back to the mound if it meant helping Hinsdale Central’s baseball team come away with a victory. Teammate Max Peters, however, made sure his day was done. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Peters skipped a shot down the left-field line to score Ben Chapman with the winning run in the Red Devils’ 1-0 victory over Wheaton Warrenville South in Friday’s Class 4A Bolingbrook regional semifinals.


    Kaneland’s Holubecki, Henne toss no-hitter at Aurora Central Catholic

    Kaneland sophomore Anthony Holubecki didn’t allow a hit through four innings against Aurora Central Catholic Friday in the Class 3A Plano regional semifinals. When the fifth inning rolled around, Knights coach Brian Aversa sent Nick Henne to the mound. Henne tossed a 1-2-3 fifth with 2 strikeouts, completing the combined no-hitter with Holubecki in Kaneland’s 12-0 victory.


    Huntley wins sectional crown in PKs

    When Huntley played Harlem back in April in the Huntley Invite, the Red Raiders let themselves get outworked in a 2-0 Harlem victory. With a sectional title on the line Friday, the Raiders weren’t about to let that happen again. They put it all out there for 100-plus minutes and it finally paid off with a victory in the second round of penalty kicks, as Huntley captured the title in the Class 3A Rockford Auburn girls soccer sectional, 1-0.


    Delle Donne helps Sky rout Sun, 101-82

    Elena Delle Donne scored a season-high 28 points and the Sky just missed a franchise record for points, beating the Connecticut Sun 101-82 on Friday night.

    Barrington’s Katie Dehnert, left, Carly Kordich, center, and Keenan Dolezal, right, hoist up their Class 4A girls softball regional championship plaque after their 10-0 win over Cary-Grove on Friday.

    Regional title No. 13 in a row for Barrington

    Barrington senior third baseman Jennifer Inamoto embraces the opportunity to hit with two strikes on her. “It’s challenging,” Inamoto says. “It’s fun.” Inamoto sure did make a two-strike pitch some fun for the Fillies on Friday afternoon. She took Lauren Stanley’s 1-2 offering deep over the left field fence in the bottom of the first inning, staking Barrington to a 3-0 lead in what became a 10-0 domination of Cary-Grove in the championship game of the Class 4A Cary-Grove regional.


    St. Charles East’s Koenen upset in quarterfinals

    Jasper Koenen’s route into championship bracket of the boys tennis state tournament was blocked by Eddie Grabill. The Hinsdale Central junior ended the title hopes for Koenen (29-1) on Friday at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.

    Brandon Bishop of Kaneland carries the baton for his team in the 4x400-meter relay during the Class 2A boys track and field state preliminaries in Charleston on Friday.

    Kaneland leads all teams with 16 entries in finals

    Pumped up after winning his heat of the 300 hurdles, his fourth qualifying event of the day, Kaneland’s Dylan Nauert summarized his physical status. “I feel better than I ever have on the track,” said the mustachioed senior, who overcame midseason hamstring and groin injuries to feel “100 percent.”

    Lake Park’s Eric Dade, left, takes the baton from teammate Lucas Bracher in the 4x800-meter relay during the boys class 3A state track and field preliminaries in Charleston Friday.

    Lake Park gives itself a chance to make history

    For Lake Park to win a historic fifth straight boys track and field championship it must be a Saturday to remember. Friday’s Class 3A preliminaries of the boys track and field state finals ended with the Lancers advancing eight entries into Saturday’s finals, matching Neuqua Valley, York and Edwardsville, one more than both Downers Grove North and Thornton.

    St. Viator’s Ryan Henry, left, takes the baton from teammate Brian Peters in the 4x400-meter relay during the Class 2A boys track and field state preliminaries in Charleston on Friday.

    Schaumburg’s 800 relay grabs to qualifying spot

    Schaumburg responded to the disappointment of disqualifying its 400-meter relay by delivering the top effort in the 800 relay during Friday's boys track state meet prelims in Charleston.

    St. Charles East rushes to the sidelines with their plaque after beating Conant during sectional final play Friday in Hoffman Estates.

    Another big step for St. Charles East

    The St. Charles East girls soccer team has been on a mission to return the program to the glory days of the past. On Friday, the Saints moved a step closer. Before St. Charles High School became St. Charles East with the opening of the North campus in 2001, state titles in girls soccer were commonplace. The old Saints won eight championships during the 80’s and 90’s. They haven’t really come close since — but times maybe changing. The fourth-seeded Saints captured their first sectional title since 2007 with a 1-0 win over host and second-seeded Conant. East advances to the Class 3A Lake Park supersectional next Tuesday to face Rockford Auburn sectional champ Huntley.

    Burlington Central’s Casey Matthews, left, runs after taking the baton from teammate Kyle Neubauer in the 4x400-meter relay during the Class 2A boys track and field state preliminaries in Charleston on Friday.

    Burlington Central in Class 2A trophy position

    As coach Mike Schmidt was hoping, the Burlington Central Rockets boys track and field team put itself in prime position for big things in the team race Saturday at the IHSA state meet at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field. Junior Lucas Ege is seeded second in the 300 hurdles and 110 high hurdles after a relatively stress-free qualifying session.


    Lake Forest stops St. Viator

    Lake Forest’s girls soccer team stopped St. Viator’s postseason run Friday with a 3-0 decision in the Class 2A Grayslake North sectional championship game.


    Fans cheer on US World Cup team in Times Square

    A crowd of about 2,000 filled part of New York’s Times Square to cheer the U.S. World Cup team during a televised send-off pep rally Friday night.Fans chanted “U-S-A!” “I believe that we will win!” and “When the Yanks go marching in” after the 23 American players arrived in a red-white-and-blue bus with “One Nation. One Team.” in huge letters.“We’re excited about going down to the World Cup and doing something special,” U.S. captain Clint Dempsey said.

    Paul Casey expected to be chasing someone Friday in the Memorial, figuring it would be Rory McIlroy. After two holes, Casey had the lead to himself at Muirfield Village, and that was only the start of another big day. He took advantage of the par 5s for another 6-under 66, giving him a three-shot lead over Masters champion Bubba Watson going into the weekend.

    Casey surges, McIlroy tumbles at the Memorial
    Paul Casey expected to be chasing someone Friday in the Memorial, figuring it would be Rory McIlroy.After two holes, Casey had the lead to himself at Muirfield Village, and that was only the start of another big day. He took advantage of the par 5s for another 6-under 66, giving him a three-shot lead over Masters champion Bubba Watson going into the weekend.

    The Browns have a game plan to manage “Manzielmania” this summer. Expecting huge crowds to see rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel compete with Brian Hoyer for the starting job, the Browns want fans to register online to attend training camp.

    With Manziel in camp, Browns look to manage crush

    The Browns have a game plan to manage “Manzielmania” this summer.Expecting huge crowds to see rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel compete with Brian Hoyer for the starting job, the Browns want fans to register online to attend training camp.Cleveland can accommodate only about 5,000 fans at its facility.

    Matt O’ Connor, right, of Burlington Central just edges Troy Bunch of Springfield Southeast at the finish of the 4x400-meter relay during the Class 2A boys state track and field preliminaries in Charleston Friday.

    Images: Boys State Track & Field Preliminary Round
    Images from the Boys Track & Field Preliminary Round at O'Brien Field on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on Friday, May 30.

    Eight months ago, first-year Rangers coach Alain Vigneault could never have imagined he would now be behind the bench for New York’s first Stanley Cup finals appearance in 20 years. The mere suggestion made him laugh Thursday night after the Rangers advanced with a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals,

    Rangers overcome rough start to reach Cup finals

    NEW YORK — Eight months ago, first-year Rangers coach Alain Vigneault could never have imagined he would now be behind the bench for New York’s first Stanley Cup finals appearance in 20 years.The mere suggestion made him laugh Thursday night after the Rangers advanced with a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, “In October? I probably would have said, ‘What are you smoking?”’ he said.Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of New York’s firing of blustery coach John Tortorella, who was dismissed after a second-round elimination. One year earlier, Tortorella led the Rangers to the conference finals, but they couldn’t get past New Jersey.Vigneault was hired last June after he was let go by Vancouver. He wasn’t starting from scratch with the Rangers, but no one predicted the heights he and his team have quickly achieved.New York began this season with a nine-game road trip because of major renovations at Madison Square Garden. When the Rangers finally limped home, they were 3-6 and near the bottom of both the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference.They got over .500 with a New Year’s Eve victory at Florida and improved to a 45-31-6 record for a second-place divisional finish.“We worked our way and improved how we played,” said Vigneault, who coaches with a much calmer style than Tortorella. “Ever since we’ve gotten in, all the series have been so competitive and so hard-fought. We’ve gotten the goaltending we need and we’ve found ways to win.”That recipe has continued to fuel their run in the playoffs. Now they are in the finals for the 11th time and are seeking their fifth title. Chicago or Los Angeles will be the opponent.The Rangers edged Philadelphia by two points in the division, which secured home-ice advantage in the first-round matchup between the clubs. That was critical because after the Flyers stayed alive in Game 6 with a 5-2 win in which star goalie Henrik Lundqvist was chased from the net, the Rangers hosted Game 7 — and advanced with a tense 2-1 victory.Lundqvist led the way then, carried them through the second round against Pittsburgh after the Rangers fell into a 3-1 hole, and punctuated New York’s trip to the finals with his franchise-record-tying ninth playoff shutout when the Rangers knocked out Montreal.That clincher also came after a clunker. Lundqvist was driven out in the second period of Game 5 in Montreal after allowing four goals in a 7-4 loss.“It was my toughest (season) start in my career,” said Lundqvist, who has spent nine seasons in the NHL. “It feels better when you turn it around and good things start to happen. It’s been a great ride so far, especially the second half.”Lundqvist leaped in jubilation several times when time ran out Thursday. It was a combination of joy, relief, and pure satisfaction to finally clear this major hurdle two decades in the making for the Rangers.The series victory was New York’s first in fewer than seven games since 2008. The last time they got this far, Mark Messier was making guarantees as captain as the Rangers ended a 54-year curse without a Cup title. Compared to that, 20 years is a mere drop in the bucket.“You never know what can happen in a year,” said Brad Richards, one of three assistant captains. “We felt confident going into the season. We all know now if you just get in and get hot ... but we had the start that we did. It got a little shaky there for a while.“It took a while to get everybody going. It was a testament to the group.“ We lost it, we kept battling, and figured it out to get a chance to win the Cup.”

    The Chicago Bandits will host their National Pro Fastpitch home opener Saturday without ace Monica Abbott, who is finishing up her pro season in Japan before rejoining the club.

    Bandits ready for NPF home opener in Rosemont

    The Chicago Bandits begin their 10th season as a professional softball team this weekend when they host the Akron Racers at The Ballpark at Rosemont.

    Chicago teenager Taylor Townsend made quite a splash on the red clay at the French Open, and she enjoyed it so much she’s ready for next year.“The people are so supportive, and I really have had a great time playing in front of them,” Townsend said Friday after a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

    Even in loss, Chicago’s Townsend makes a splash

    Chicago teenager Taylor Townsend made quite a splash on the red clay at the French Open, and she enjoyed it so much she’s ready for next year.“The people are so supportive, and I really have had a great time playing in front of them,” Townsend said Friday after a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.


    Joe Kristufek’s Arlington selections for May 31

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International on Saturday, May 31:

    With a healthy Derrick Rose leading the Bulls the last few seasons, Mike North is convinced that Miami Heat forward LeBron James wouldn’t have so much championship hardware.

    Rose’s injury gave Heat an easier path

    With Derrick Rose out of the picture, the Miami Heat’s dominance in the NBA became a lot easier, but Mike North believes it could have been much different story over the last couple of years with a healthy Rose.

    The Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg has struggled this postseason, leaving many to wonder if there is any benefit to having him in the lineup right now.

    Blackhawks need fresh legs, speed in lineup

    Joel Quenneville has pushed the right buttons too many times to try to count them all, and he will go down as one of the greatest coaches ever. But when it comes to loyalty, he's got a stubborn side that borders on the absurd. The most obvious example is the continued presence of Kris Versteeg and Brandon Bollig, both of whom could have been removed from the lineup weeks ago.

    Taylor Townsend, of the U.S, returns the ball to France's Alize Cornet during the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Five things to look for Friday at the French Open

    5 things to watch at the French Open Friday include the surprising play of Chicago teen Taylor Townsend. She’ll try to get another victory on Friday against 14th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain


    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles.

    Are the Clippers really worth $2 billion?

    A small time frame to negotiate, skyrocketing television rights fees that pushed professional sports franchise values through the roof, an owner-friendly collective bargaining agreement negotiated in 2011 and Steve Ballmer’s own desire to land the team after missing out in his bid to buy the Sacramento Kings last year collided to drive the Clippers price into the stratosphere, experts say.

    The NBA has canceled its hearing to consider Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, saying the team will be sold to Steve Ballmer The league says in a statement that it has resolved its dispute over the franchise's ownership with Shelly Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust. They agreed to sell the franchise to Ballmer on Thursday for $2 billion.

    Donald Sterling sues NBA in federal court for $1B

    Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling has filed suit in federal court against the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver and is asking for damages in excess of $1 billion. The suit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. It alleges that the league violated Sterling's constitutional rights by relying on information from an "illegal" recording that publicized racist remarks he made to a girlfriend.

    Chip Paul, chairman Oklahomans for Health, speaks with the media during a medical marijuana rally at the State Capitol Thursday, in Oklahoma City, Okla. The rally is formal launch of a signature drive to get a medical marijuana measure on a statewide ballot. Almost half the states have legalized marijuana for medical uses,

    GOP House backs state medical marijuana laws

    “Public opinion is shifting,” GOP Sen. Dana Rohrabacher said, noting a recent Pew Research Center survey that found 61 percent of Republicans support medical marijuana. The numbers are higher for independents and Democrats.

    Workers sift through trash in search for decades-old Atari ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ game cartridges in Alamogordo, N.M., Producers of a documentary dug in an southeastern New Mexico landfill in search of millions of cartridges of the Atari ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ game that has been called the worst game in the history of video gaming and were buried there in 1983.

    What to do with all those unearthed Atari games?

    After months of planning with state and local regulators, crews discovered numerous game cartridges on April 26. The dig cost more than $50,000.

    A dummy paratrooper representing a WWII paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne hangs on the belltower of Sainte Mere Eglise, in Normandy, France.

    France: Non-Europe media must pay to cover D-Day anniversary

    Millions of viewers worldwide could miss live coverage of the commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day next week because the French president’s office reversed a decision to grant international news agencies free access to the broadcast.The administration of Francois Hollande has handed two French broadcast networks exclusive rights to the main international ceremony.

    Workers man the Motorola smartphone plant in Fort Worth, Texas. Cellphone pioneer Motorola has announced it’s closing a Texas manufacturing facility just a year after announcing its opening.

    Motorola to close Texas smartphone factory

    Google bought cellphone pioneer Motorola for $12.4 billion in 2012. Originally retailing the Moto X for $600, amid flagging sales, Google dropped the price to $399. Still, only a fraction of the units were sold compared to the Apple iPhone in the first quarter of 2014. The average selling price globally for a smartphone in 2013 was $335,

    A cashier rings up a cash sale at a Sears store, in Las Vegas. The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment for May came in lower than expected friday.

    Dow, S&P close out May at record highs

    The Dow rose 18.43 points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 16,717.17, less than two points above its previous record high set on May 13. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 3.54 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,923.57, also closing at a new record. The Nasdaq composite, however, fell 5.33 points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,242.62.

    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg answers questions Friday during a newsmaker interview at the Associated Press offices in Washington.

    FDA to update seafood, mercury guidelines

    For most people, accumulating mercury from eating seafood isn’t a health risk. But for a decade, the FDA has warned that pregnant women, those who may become pregnant, and young children avoid certain types of high-mercury fish because of concern that too much could harm a developing brain.

    Rescue 5 was badly damaged on Sept. 11. When it was taken out of service, it was refurbished by Schaumburg-based Remembrance Rescue Project.

    Featured vehicles to appear at three Randhurst cruise nights
    Classic Recollections writer and photographer Matthew Avery shares motoring tales each week, through his print and online columns, video features and even social media. Now Classic Recollections is hitting the streets. The Daily Herald is partnering this summer with Randhurst Village shopping center and Clearbrook to present three cruise nights.

    French markets like this one in Wheaton have become increasingly popular in and around DuPage County. The latest addition will open June 8 in Glen Ellyn.

    Glen Ellyn’s new French market opens June 8

    Glen Ellyn shoppers will have a new option this summer when the village’s French market premieres on June 8 in the Crescent/Glenwood parking lot near Prospect Avenue. The French market, which replaces the village’s traditional farmers market, will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 26. "It's going to be an opportunity for people to see something different happening in Glen Ellyn," Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Formento said.

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk

    Elon Musk unveils spacecraft to ferry astronauts

    A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space. The futuristic, cone-headed craft dubbed Dragon V2 featured landing legs that pop out and a propulsion system designed to land almost anywhere “with the accuracy of a helicopter,” Musk said.

    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced Thursday May 29, 2014 they are donating $120 million to the San Francisco Bay Area’s public school system.

    Zuckerberg, wife gift $120M to CA schools

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to the San Francisco Bay Area’s public school system. The couple’s gift will be spread over the next five years and is the biggest allocation to date of the $1.1 billion in Facebook stock the couple pledged last year to the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

    In this January photo, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left, shakes hands with former NBA players Bill Russell, right, and “Downtown” Freddie Brown as Omar Lee looks on during an NCAA college basketball game between Washington and Oregon State in Seattle.

    Ballmer’s record $2 billion offer wins bidding for Clippers

    Former Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer bought the Los Angeles Clippers for a record $2 billion as the wife of Donald Sterling pushed through the sale without gaining the approval of the embattled owner. Shelly Sterling signed a binding contract with Ballmer, according to a PR Newswire statement. She was acting under her authority as the sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.

    Apple’s $3 billion purchase of headphone maker and streaming music company Beats Electronics sheds light on a rarely recognized reality in the music-streaming industry: It’s hard to succeed in the business without offering other products and services.

    Apple’s Beats buy is two-sided for music streaming

    Apple’s $3 billion purchase of headphone maker and streaming music company Beats Electronics sheds light on a rarely recognized reality in the music-streaming industry: It’s hard to succeed in the business without offering other products and services.

    Pedestrians and shoppers wait to cross a road at night in the Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan. Japan’s consumer prices rose 3.2 percent from a year earlier in April to the highest level since 1991, the government said Friday, largely due to a sales tax increase that is expected to dent growth this quarter.

    Japan tax hike lifts inflation to 23-year high

    Japan’s consumer prices rose 3.2 percent from a year earlier in April to the highest level since 1991, the government said Friday, largely due to a sales tax increase that is expected to dent growth this quarter. Other April data for the world’s third-largest economy were largely in line with forecasts. Industrial production fell 2.5 percent from a year earlier and household spending sank 4.6 percent.

    A pickup truck driving down a road of the Homer City Generating Station in Homer City, Pa. The Obama administration is poised to unveil first-ever rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions from the power plants that dot the U.S. map. President Barack Obama says the rules are essential to curb climate change, but critics disagree.

    How Obama’s power plant emission rules will work

    The Obama administration is poised to unveil the first rules limiting carbon emissions from the thousands of power plants across the nation. The pollution controls form the cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s campaign to combat climate change and a key element of his legacy.


    McDonald’s to Thais: No arches in protest signs

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is not loving it in Thailand. The burger chain’s famous golden arches have become part of the iconography of anti-coup protests and it is warning activists to “cease and refrain” from using its trademark. One of the McDonald’s stores in Bangkok has become a gathering place for protests following the May 22 military takeover because of its central location.

    Google is starting to accept requests from Europeans who want to erase unflattering information from the results produced by the world’s dominant search engine.

    Google taking requests to censor results in Europe

    Google is starting to accept requests from Europeans who want to erase unflattering information from the results produced by the world’s dominant search engine. The demands can be submitted on a Web page that Google opened late Thursday in response to a landmark ruling issued two weeks ago by Europe’s highest court.


    United agrees to $6.15M settlement with pilots

    Chicago-based United Airlines is paying $6.15 million to settle a lawsuit by pilots who claimed that the airline underpaid for contributions to their pension accounts while they were on military leave. The settlement covers 1,160 pilots who took military leave between 2000 and 2010. A federal judge in Denver approved the agreement this month.

Life & Entertainment

    Ian McKellen’s played villains before, but none quite as evil as Judge Claude Frollo. (Well, OK, there was that Nazi movie. But you forgot about that.)

    Who else should play live-action Disney villains?

    Angelina Jolie joins a short, but intriguing, list of actresses who have become the living embodiments of Disney animated villains with today’s theatrical release of “Maleficent.” Who else should be cast as real-life Disney villains? Well, funny you should ask!

    A crowd surfer makes the rounds during a past Lollapalooza.

    Summer delivers no shortage of local music fests

    At the crossroads of music and summer you get festivals, festivals and more festivals. Chicago and the suburbs are not lacking in places to see live music played in the Midwest sun or under a summer moon. So check out what the next few months have in store for music fans.

    Five years after her musical breakthrough, Susan Boyle says she’s feeling confident and comfortable — and ready to launch her first U.S. tour. The 53-year-old will hit the road in October on a 21-date trek.

    A confident Susan Boyle readies 1st US tour

    Five years after her musical breakthrough, Susan Boyle says she’s feeling confident and comfortable — and ready to launch her first U.S. tour. The 53-year-old will hit the road in October on a 21-date trek. Boyle said she hadn’t been ready to take on the tour after her pop culture moment in 2009, but now she’s more relaxed and ready to perform.

    The Avalonhood complex in Wheeling.

    Avalon-Sienna in neighborhood profile

    By Sherry Giewald

    Residents of the Avalon-Sienna subdivision in Wheeling enjoy the peacefulness of the surrounding woods and prairie fields as well as all the amenities of the northwest suburbs. The idyllic setting was a big draw for Violet Hancock and Mark Weiss when they purchased a home in the subdivision three years ago.


    A lone calculator’s saving graces

    When you need a mortgage — whether to buy a house or refinance — what do you do? More than likely you jump online and check out competing quotes on sites that let you compare multiple offers, including interest rates, annual percentage rates (APRs) and monthly payments.

    The New York Public Library is presenting an exhibition commemorating the life of Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday.

    Commemorative Maya Angelou exhibition opens in NYC

    The New York Public Library is presenting an exhibition commemorating the life of Maya Angelou. The monthlong exhibition opened Friday at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. The celebrated poet and author died Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at age 86. Her personal papers are housed at the Schomburg.

    In this 2011 photo, football fans tailgate in a parking lot south of Soldier Field, in the background, before a Chicago Bears game in Chicago. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to persuade “Star Wars” creator George Lucas to put his planned museum of art and movie memorabilia in Chicago and is offering up a slice of real estate along the Lake Michigan shorefront.

    George Lucas museum Chicago's next big attraction?

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is using everything but Jedi mind tricks to persuade “Star Wars” creator George Lucas to put his planned museum of art and movie memorabilia in Chicago. Lucas has been talking to San Francisco about a location, which seems like an obvious choice. But what can Chicago offer in the war for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum? Here are five things to know about Chicago's bid.

    George Michael’s spokeswoman says the singer is “resting” after receiving hospital treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

    George Michael ‘resting’ after hospital stay

    George Michael’s spokeswoman says the singer is “resting” after receiving hospital treatment for an undisclosed ailment. The Sun newspaper reported Thursday that ambulances were called to Michael’s London home on May 22 and the former Wham! singer was taken to a hospital. Spokeswoman Connie Filippello confirmed that Michael was discharged over the weekend “and is well and resting.”

    Bret Michaels abruptly ended a concert in New Hampshire Thursday after suffering a medical emergency.

    Bret Michaels suffers medical emergency at concert

    Bret Michaels ended a concert early last night in New Hampshire after suffering a medical emergency. Guitarist Pete Evick says on Michaels’ Facebook page the former Poison frontman was three songs into his set in Manchester on Thursday when he rushed from the stage. A crew member says Michaels’ blood sugar was extremely low. The singer was diagnosed with diabetes as a child.


    Theater events: Join in Family Fringe Day in Elgin

    Elgin Fringe Festival hosts a family event, Marriott Theatre revives "Godspell" and Fox Valley Repertory strolls down memory lane with the Andrews Sisters, this week in suburban Chicago theater.

    Microgreens and fresh-baked bread accompany burgundy snails at Ad-Lib Geo Cafe in Lindenhurst.

    Minimalist menu elevates Lindenhurst's Ad-Lib Geocafe

    Ad-Lib Geocafe sits along Route 45 in Lindenhurst in a quiet strip mall with hardly any signage. And that is, quite possibly, intentional. The small dining room feels exclusive, like you've been invited to dinner at chef Rick Starr's home.

    Although these countertops are designer-crafted, skilled DIY-types can make simpler versions themselves.

    Countertops get creative, some as works of art

    The concrete countertops in Eleanor Zuckerman’s San Francisco kitchen are hand-crafted works of art. Custom-designed by Fu-Tun Cheng of the Berkeley, California-based Cheng Concrete, they feature colors like brick, flowing lines and pictures of nautilus shells. “With concrete there is a lot of room for creativity, to say nothing of color,” says Zuckerman, a retired psychologist. “It gives you flexibility.”

    This divorce cake, an upside-down wedding cake frosted in black, was created by celebrity chef and baker Duff Goldman from Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, Md.

    Today’s divorces can mean cake and eating it, too

    Divorce, it seems, has turned into a party — special cakes and all. Event planners, bakers, lawyers and academics note the rise of “divorce parties” over the last several years, many with cakes featuring weapon-wielding brides or gloomy black frosting on inverted tiers. “I’ve taken to naming them freedom fests, as you aren’t celebrating the end of the marriage but the freedom you have chosen in your life,” said Richard O’Malley.

    A Snowbird staffer pours a beer during Oktoberfest in Snowbird, Utah. The Utah liquor commission put Snowbird Ski Resort officials on notice this week that it may not grant the permit for its Oktoberfest festival, held each weekend from Aug. 16-Oct. 12.

    Octoberfest without beer? Maybe in Utah

    What’s an Octoberfest without beer? Utah residents may soon find out. The Utah liquor commission put Snowbird Ski Resort officials on notice this week that it might not grant the permit for its Oktoberfest festival, held each weekend from Aug. 16 to Oct. 12. The commission is trying to rein in alcohol permits for special events as it reevaluates who should really be approved. “We’re trying to send a signal that we are tightening up,” state liquor commission chairman David Gladwell said recently.

    Disney cast members test the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The ride opened Wednesday.

    Theme parks opening new rides and slides in 2014

    Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley in Orlando, the world’s longest and fastest inverted roller coaster in Ohio and water parks in every corner of the United States are among the many new attractions at theme parks this season. And families with young kids won’t be disappointed, either: Many parks are unveiling rides appropriate for children, yet exciting enough to thrill adults. Here's what's hot this summer.

    Inspired by science fiction and science fact, Insectlab.com customizes preserved insect specimens, such as this dragonfly, with antique watch parts and mechanical components.

    Right at home: Decor inspired by creepy crawlies

    Many would agree with naturalist David Attenborough that nature “is the greatest source of visual beauty.” And that includes the creepy crawlies: From snakes’ skins to the intricate physiology of the smallest bug, we can’t help but be impressed by the beauty of creatures that buzz, flit and slither. Artists and designers have long used insects, reptiles and other small animals as inspiration.


    New home inspector trying to get started

    Q. I am a new home inspector and am trying to break into the business. Some agents don’t want to recommend me to their buyers because I don’t have experience. What’s the trick to getting started in this business?


    VA mortgage program can be used time and again

    Many veterans of the armed services don’t realize it, but the low-down-payment mortgage plan that is operated by the Veterans Affairs can be used more than once.


    The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre has a high profile in downtown Arlington Heights.

    Editorial: Arlington Heights downtown theater at crossroad

    The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is between executive directors, but the Daily Herald editorializes that the board needs to do more than hire a new one -- it needs to think about changing the business plan.

    Scott Meyers

    Educational success is impossible to quantify

    Guest columnist Matt Janecek and Scott Meyers: Mandates, dictates and data, data, data have overwhelmed day-to-day education. What used to be just the ACT and ISAT has snowballed with CCSS and PARCC into a testing and reform avalanche of initiatives and acronyms. Educators will be buried, dig our way out, or be dismissed.


    We have ability to focus on more than one issue
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Cokie Roberts and her husband wrote a column that appeared in the Herald on May 13 claiming that the Republicans were exploiting the deaths of four Americans by keeping the Benghazi story alive. They have no problem with the fact that this administration and their sycophants in the media seem to have no interest in getting at the truth.


    Teachers unions are part of the problem
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Among the glowing coals, heating up the developing political campaigns, are paid advertisements by the Illinois Education Association, featuring the comments if IEA President Cinda Klickna. She bemoans the difficulties of attracting and retaining “the best teaching corps in the country.” It is debatable that the Illinois teaching corps is the best, but it is not debatable that the students they massage are not.


    Push for diversity at IMSA is an insult
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The article concerning the proposed budget cut to Illinois Math and Science Academy on May 15 was very typical of our “new” world. IMSA is an advanced education opportunity for those that qualify. To claim that the student body is “not diverse enough” is an insult to the kids qualified to gain admission to this school.


    Roskam-Duckworth battle brewing
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: These two Congressional representatives, Duckworth and Roskam, will go head to head again on the House Select Committee to investigate, for the fourteenth time, the Benghazi non-scandal.


    Let’s eradicate gang violence on 2 fronts
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: When temperatures start to rise you can count on gang violence to pick up on the south and west sides of Chicago with young girls and boys as victims. You can also count on Springfield’s gang led by Speaker Madigan each spring session to wreak havoc with jobs and companies dying or seeking refuge in other states.


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