Daily Archive : Saturday May 31, 2014


    Emmaus House’s Harvest Room at St. Francis de Sales Church in Lake Zurich.

    Group celebrates years of helping others

    Lake Zurich’s Emmaus House of Hospitality will host the Love Team from Little Caesar’s national headquarters on Sunday at 6 p.m.. This team and its large truck travels to spots that have been hit by natural disasters to offer hot meals. They happen to be in the area, so they are reaching out to the approximately 200 guests who attend Emmaus’ Sunday Community Dinner, held...

    Mooseheart Executive Director Gary Urwiler, right, congratulates class Salutatorian Rocio Sanchez, left, during the 96th annual commencement of Mooseheart High School.

    Images: Mooseheart High School Graduation
    Mooseheart High School held their graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 31st at the school.

    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall cheers on motorcyclists at the beginning of Saturday’s ride from Naperville to Ottawa. He tweeted photos throughout the event.

    Brandon Marshall, biker buddies raise money for mental illness

    Football players and motorcyclists are as tough as they come. But mental illness can affect you and your loved ones, no matter how tough you are. Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and more than 200 bikers spread that message during the first Brandon Marshall Mental Health Awareness Ride sponsored by the Brandon Marshall Foundation, Starved Rock Harley-Davidson and Linden Oaks at Edward...

    Michelle Lesco of Tucson, Arizona, left, is en route to a win in a hot dog-eating contest in the Bloomingdale Kmart parking lot. She ate 28 hot dogs. Third-place finisher Yasir Salem, center, ate 26, while Eric “Badlands” Booker, right, ate 27 hot dogs.

    Tiniest competitor triumphs at Bloomingdale eating contest

    If you picked the 115-pound girl over the 400-pound man in the Nathan's hot dog eating contest in Bloomingdale Saturday, your longshot came in. Professional eater Michelle Lesco bested Eric "Badlands" Booker by one frankfurter to win the event and earn a spot at the finals table on the Fourth of July at Coney Island, New York.

    Roxanne Bell says her son John Remitz, who has Down syndrome, had difficulty finding work. But Wok ‘n Fire restaurant stepped to the plate and offered the St. Charles resident a part-time job.

    St. Charles restaurant sets great example

    Dave Heun talks to Roxanne Bell, who is grateful to the Wok 'n Fire restaurant for giving her son a break and a new lease on life.


    Six missing Mount Rainier climbers feared dead

    Six climbers missing on Mount Rainier are presumed dead after helicopters detected pings from emergency beacons buried in the snow thousands of feet below their last known location, a national park official said Saturday.Park Ranger Fawn Bauer said the helicopter crew also spotted camping and climbing gear in an avalanche-prone area more than 3,000 feet below the group’s last known...

    Jani Bergdahl, left, with her husband Bob Bergdahl, right, embraces President Barack Obama after he spoke about the release of their son, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 31, 2014, after the announcement that their son has been released from captivity in Afghanistan. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. He was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees held by the United States.

    Obama: Freed soldier was 'never forgotten'

    The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over by the Taliban. "While Bowe was gone, he was never forgotten," President Barack Obama said during a Rose Garden press conference,...

    Jimmy Liggett, a Northbrook carpenter by trade, continued to perform solo Saturday as a loud cargo train traveled past Lehmann Park during Lake Villa’s Art in the Park art and music festival

    Lake Villa’s Art in the Park

    More than 20 artists participated in the Art in the Park Art and Music Festival on Saturday at Lehmann Park in downtown Lake Villa.

    Poet and author Maya Angelou.

    World renowned poet, author; sports world tycoon

    This week’s notable deaths include a beloved American poet who achieved fame by chronicling her painful experiences growing up black and female in the segregated South; a billionaire owner of sports teams in the U.S and U.K.; and the Italian-born graphic designer who created a controversial subway map for New York.

    Lars Gavris, 17, of Hoffman Estates High School and recent graduate Gregg Lugo, 18, fine tune their Rube Goldberg machine, which was used to cut the ribbon on the new Boy Scouts recruitment center at Woodfield Mall.

    Scouts open recruitment center at Woodfield

    The Boy Scouts opened a Discovery Outpost Saturday at Woodfield Mall in an attempt to recruit more youngsters to the century-old “youth development” program. "This is the first one ever, so we’re just finding out what works best,” said Matt Thornton, interim Scout executive of the Northwest Suburban Council.


    Images: Huntley High School Graduation
    Huntley High School held their graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 31st at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.


    I-55 Rt. 83 ramp reopens after semi rollover

    The Rte. 83 northbound ramp from northbound I-55 has reopened after crews cleaned debris from an accident involving a semi carrying a concrete beam.

    About seven gray wolves have been spotted in Illinois since 2000.

    Lawmakers OK adding animals to protected list

    An environmental group says Illinois lawmakers have passed a “commonsense” plan to protect three more animal species slowly returning to the state. The Senate voted unanimously on Friday to add black bears, gray wolves and mountain lions to the protected species list.


    Man who promised cures for Amish heads to prison

    A man who told Illinois Amish families he could cure ailments by applying what he called a “wellness vibrator” to their necks is headed to prison. U.S. Attorney Ronda Coleman says patients told her the electric-powered device felt like a jackhammer hitting their backs and necks.


    Man charged in Chicago landlord’s shooting death

    Tyneil Washington shot and killed a landlord collecting rent checks during an armed robbery attempt in March, authorities said.

    Crystal Lake South graduates Sydney Barnett, left, and Zoe Godsted share a tight hug before going to their assigned classrooms to away their commencement ceremony on the football field on Saturday, May 31.

    Images: Crystal Lake South High School Graduation
    Crystal Lake South High School held their graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 31st at the school.

    Streamwood Police Chief James Keegan.

    Streamwood looking internally for Keegan successor

    Streamwood officials are searching for a successor to Police Chief James Keegan from within the department's ranks, Village Manager Gary O'Rourke said Friday. Keegan is expected to become police chief in St. Charles after more than two decades with Streamwood.

    The U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

    GOP lawmakers: Prisoner exchange violated law

    Two Republican lawmakers say President Barack Obama violated U.S. laws when he approved the exchange of an American soldier believed held by Islamist insurgents for five years for five Afghan detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Anthony Ferlito of Fox River Grove adjusts his hat before walking out for commencement at Cary-Grove High School in Cary, on Saturday, May 31.

    Images: Cary-Grove High School Graduation
    Cary-Grove High School held their graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 31st at the school.

    Images from the Elgin Academy graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 31st, at the school.

    Images: Elgin Academy High School Graduation
    Elgin Academy held their graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 31st at the school.


    Robbery suspect friends victim on Facebook

    Authorities say that a 28-year-old man suspected of robbing a woman at a Washington ferry terminal friended her on Facebook the next day.


    Radar picks up grasshopper swarm over Albuquerque

    Meteorologist Chuck Jones says the swarm got caught up in winds heading southwest and is being carried as high as 1,000 feet.Jones says the grasshoppers likely hatched weeks ago and are now grown, leading to their ability to trigger radar images.


    Michigan teacher suspended after segregation lesson

    “We need to educate our kids to see how far we’ve come in America. How is that racism? It’s so sad this has happened to him. He’s one of the best teachers we’ve had,” said parent Adrienne Aaron.


    Elgin Technology Center offers monthly programs

    The Elgin Technology Center, 73 S. Riverside Drive, offers many monthly programs, including a "Startup: Step-by-Step," "ETC Speakeasy, Networking Mixer and Programmers Hour," "Elgin Social Media" Meetup group and more.

    Take in a baseball game with your pooch at the Kane County Cougars’ “Bark in the Park” event, set for Wednesday, June 4, in Geneva.

    Kane County Cougars to hold ‘Bark in the Park’ theme night

    Baseball fans and dog owners can bring their canine companions to the Kane County Cougars game Wednesday, June 4, for "Bark in the Park" theme night with the purchase of a ticket to the game. Dogs can walk in a parade, participate in contests and watch the game with their owners.

    Bianca Huerta, 15, of Carpentersville shows the quinceañera dress that her mother, Brandy, won for her through a Facebook contest. It’s one of many prizes her mother won for her daughter.

    Mom gets a quinceañera to daughter who always helped sick sister

    Bianca Huerta, 15, never asked questions about sacrificing part of her childhood to help care for her dying sister, Joselyn. Today, though, the Carpentersville teen can focus on herself. Thanks to a pair of Facebook contests and several raffles her mom won, the family can throw Bianca a memorable quinceañera. “Her whole childhood was just, ‘OK, Mommy, OK, Mommy.’ It was...

    The summer camps offered at the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ Camp Dean in Big Rock, Ill., are open to all girls — not just Girl Scouts — in first to 12th grade.

    Camp Dean offers summer camp for all girls

    Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois offers a variety of summer camp sessions, including day and overnight camp, at Camp Dean in Big Rock, Ill. Camp Dean is open to all girls — not just Girl Scouts — in first to 12th grade. Since girls select their own experiences in Girl Scouts, they can choose to limit their participation to camp enjoyment! Girls do not have to join a troop. Financial...


    Carol Stream police chief to retire July 1

    Carol Stream police Chief Kevin Orr, who has served in various roles with the department since 1988, will retire effective July 1. Village Manager Joseph Breinig said Orr submitted a letter stating his intent to retire in January. Orr did not give a reason for his retirement in the letter and declined to comment this week. He is on paid family medical leave.


    Magnitude 6.2 tremor near Mexico

    An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 has been reported off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico.


    Man sentenced to 100 years in 2009 slaying

    A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for the 2009 attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend and the shooting death of another woman.


    City Colleges of Chicago expands tutoring program

    Chicago’s network of community colleges is expanding its partnership with a nonprofit group that provides students one-on-one tutoring, skills training and career guidance.


    New drugs may make a dent in lung, ovarian cancer

    For the first time in a decade, an experimental drug has extended the life of patients with advanced lung cancer who relapsed after standard chemotherapy.


    Clerks prep for Illinois’ gay marriage rollout

    Sabra Blumhorst and Chelsea Baker exchanged wedding vows near their southern Illinois home last November, when Illinois didn’t recognize same-sex marriages.

    Members of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) shout slogans during a protest against the gang rape of two teenage girls, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Police arrested a third suspect and hunted for two others Saturday in the gang rape and slaying of two teenage cousins found hanging from a tree in Katra village, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a case that has prompted national outrage. The placards read ‘Arrest all accused in the gang rape.”

    India arrests 3rd suspect in gang rape of 2 teens

    Police arrested a third suspect and hunted for two others Saturday in the gang rape and slaying of two teenage cousins found hanging from a tree in northern India, a case that has prompted national outrage.

    A policeman patrols on an electric personal transporter on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. A quarter century after the TiananmenSquare pro-democracy movement’s suppression, China’s communist authorities oversee a raft of measures for muzzling dissent and preventing protests.

    Security matrix prevents another Tiananmen

    When visiting friends in China’s capital, environmental activist Wu Lihong must slip away from his rural home before sunrise, before the police officers watching his home awaken. He rides a bus to an adjacent province and jumps aboard a train just minutes before departure to avoid being spotted.

    Newly appointed Barrington Area Unit District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris meets with several of the district’s PTO presidents Friday, the day after he was named to succeed the departing Tom Leonard.

    Barrington area meets new District 220 superintendent

    Barrington Unit District 220’s newly appointed Superintendent Brian Harris wasted no time Friday getting reacquainted with the community he previously served as an assistant principal during the 1990s. Just a day after being named to succeed the departing Tom Leonard, Harris attended a breakfast for graduating Barrington High School seniors before moving on to a pair of receptions —...

    Jason Slowinski

    Lake Zurich mayor has 32 reasons why village manager deserves bonus

    Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton says the village manager has been doing so well in his job that he deserves a one-time bonus. Poynton recommends the village board on Monday night approve the $10,000 payment to Jason Slowinski. “This is a guy who gets it,” Poynton said, “who is constantly working with the board and the mayor very closely.”


    ECC to review new plan for custodial services

    Elgin Community College officials couldl decide the future of its custodial workers next week. The college board will review a proposed plan for custodial services at a special meeting Wednesday. The administration has been looking into outsourcing custodial services to save money, which could mean potentially laying off roughly 98 full-time and part-time custodial employees.


    Longtime employee Mogren no longer with village

    Linda Mogren is out as human resources director in Carpentersville and the reason for her departure depends on when she lands a job, according to a separation agreement between herself and the village.


    Biggest Kane County forest project for 2014 might get more expensive

    Kane County Forest Preserve District officials recently learned the most expensive project in the 2014 budget, a natural resources center at the Meissner-Corron Preserve, may cost twice as much as planned.



    Rough third inning costly to Boomers

    The Schaumburg Boomers let a big inning affect the outcome for the third consecutive contest, dropping a 6-4 road decision to the River City Rascals.


    Chiefs rally late to upend Cougars

    The Chiefs did not score until the seventh inning, but their 5 runs in the final two frames were enough to pass a 3-run Kane County Cougars lead Saturday as the Cougars fell 5-3. After being swept by the Cougars (37-19) in Geneva earlier in the week, the Chiefs (30-25) came back to take Game 1 of a three-game series at Dozer Park.

    The Cubs’ Jason Hammel, left, congratulates Anthony Rizzo after his a two-run home run against the Brewers in the sixth inning Saturday in Milwaukee.

    Rizzo, Hammel lead Cubs to 8-0 win over Brewers

    Anthony Rizzo hit two two-run homers and Jason Hammel tossed seven strong innings Saturday, lifting the Cubs to an 8-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Both of Rizzo’s homers came on full-count pitches and went deep to right, the second one into the second deck to give the Cubs a four-run lead in the sixth.


    Patience pays off for Glenbard South’s Singleton

    Even behind the black shades, Joe Singleton looked almost uncomfortable. The finals of the Class 2A 3,200-meter run went out slowly, and the slim Illinois State-bound senior seemed itching to cut loose from the lead pack. He remembered his coaching.

    Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Kaneland’s Nate Dyer won the shot put during the boys class 2A state track and field finals in Charleston Saturday.

    Kaneland pushes but can’t topple Cahokia

    Ben Barnes saw the opening and took it. Cahokia’s Jamari Ward, who had led Class 2A long jump since he went 22 feet, 10½ inches on his first attempt in Friday’s preliinaries of the Boys Track and Field Championships, didn’t go any farther his first try in Saturday’s finals. The next time around, he passed. Barnes, the junior from Kaneland, responded with an 8-inch personal-record leap of 23-5 that catapulted him into first place.


    Girls soccer: Saturday, May 31 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Saturday, May 31.


    Boys track: Saturday, May 31 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Saturday, May 31.


    Softball: Saturday, May 31 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Saturday, May 31.


    Baseball: Saturday, May 31 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Saturday, May 31.


    Boys tennis: Saturday, May 31 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Saturday, May 31.

    Lakes’ Ryan Mullen throws the shot put during the Class 3A boys track and field state finals in Charleston on Saturday.

    Winning show from Grant’s Wells

    All through his senior season and for most of his career at Grant, Jonathan Wells hasn’t been known for being much of a showman. Wells always went about his business respectfully, with the class of a champion. But on Saturday, during the Class 3A boys track and field state finals at O’Brien Field, Wells decided to give the people what they wanted.

    Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard shoots over Thunder guard Reggie Jackson in the second half of Saturday’s game in Oklahoma City.

    Spurs beat Thunder in OT, advance

    Tim Duncan had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs in Saturday's 112-107 overtime victory against Oklahoma City.

    San Antonio’s Danny Green, Patty Mills and Boris Diaw celebrate during the second half of Saturday’s game against Oklahoma City. The Spurs beat the Thunder 112-107 in overtime to win the Western Conference finals in six games.

    Rematch time: Spurs vs. Heat in NBA Finals

    San Antonio and Miami, get ready for an encore. It’s the Spurs and the Heat in the NBA Finals for the second straight season, with San Antonio punching its ticket by beating Oklahoma City 112-107 in overtime in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals Saturday night.

    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com

    Joe Kristufek’s Arlington selections

    Handicapper Joe Kristufek makes his picks for Sunday's races at Arlington International.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    Vernon Hills and Libertyville both won regional titles as the high school baseball season continued on Saturday.

    Schaumburg’s Jarman McMillon celebrates at the finish line as the Saxons win the 4x200-meter relay during the Class 3A boys track and field state finals in Charleston on Saturday.

    Schaumburg hunts down 800 relay title

    Being at the top of the mountain since the very first outdoor boys track meet of the season made Schaumburg’s 800-meter relay the team to beat. Or, as senior Stacey Smith put it, “The hunted.”

    The Jacobs baseball team displays the Class 4A regional championship plaque it won at Crystal Lake South on Saturday.

    Jacobs upends Barrington for regional title

    The Jacobs baseball players will long remember the fourth inning of Saturday’s 7-2 victory in the Class 4A Crystal Lake South regional final. Barrington would like to forget it altogether.

    The Huntley baseball team displays the regional championship plaque it won at DeKalb on Saturday.

    Huntley works extras to beat Dundee-Crown

    It took more than seven innings for the Huntley baseball team to finally wear down Dundee-Crown workhorse Ahren Ludwig in a 3-2, eight-inning victory in the Class 4A DeKalb regional final Saturday.


    Antioch finally stops stubborn St. Viator

    St. Viator's softball season came to an end on Saturday but not before the Lions made one final rally in its own Class 3A regional championship. Trailing 6-1, No. 4-seeded St. Viator got back to within 6-5 with 4 runs in the fourth inning before No. 5 Antioch was able to put away a 9-5 victory and advance to the Norridge sectional.


    Homefield fun continues for Grayslake Central

    Grayslake Central wins its third regional baseball title in a row with a 5-3 win over Johnsburg.


    Downers N. freshman stuns Neuqua with walkoff homer

    Neuqua Valley coach Melissa Wilson loves the excitement of softball this time of year, and Saturday’s regional title game delivered more than its share of great drama and even a walkoff home run by a freshman who was not sure she’d even play due to an injury.

    Burlington Central’s Lucas Ege celebrates as he wins the 300-meter intermediate hurdles during the boys Class 2A state track and field finals in Charleston Saturday.

    Burlington Central 3rd in Class 2A

    During the more than three-hour bus ride to Eastern Illinois University, the members of the Burlington Central track team knew that winning at a trophy at the Class 2A state track and field championships this weekend at O’Brien Field was more than possible. That is, if the Rockets did what they were capable of. The formula was simple. Watch junior Lucas Ege run real fast in his hurdles races and in the two relays and let the chips fall where they may. Of course, Ege had plenty of help too. SIU-Edwardsville-bound senior Matt O’Connor would place second in the 800-meter run to add 8 very valuable points. But even with all of that, it would take a fantastic performance from Ege, O’Connor, Casey Matthews and Kyle Neubauer in the 1,600-meter relay to end the meet to give the Rockets the final push in points they would need.


    Glenbard North’s Dopart dominates again

    Glenbard North used good hitting and a strong pitching performance by Cece Dopart to defeat Willowbrook 7-0 and capture the Class 4A Rolling Meadows regional final on Saturday. The Panthers (26-5) will advance to the Bartlett sectional semifinals against St. Charles North on Tuesday.


    Conant outslugs Schaumburg in a classic

    This one lived up to everyone’s expectations. After two close battles during the Mid-Suburban West season with Conant edging Schaumburg by 2 runs each time, Saturday’s encounter between the softball powerhouses figured to be a close again with plenty of action. Sure enough, the bats were flying in a back-and-forth battle that went the Cougars’ way for the third time. The twist and turns finally ended with junior DeeDee Durr’s two-out line drive single to left which scored freshman Lauren Grzelak from second base for the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. With the tense 9-8 victory, the No. 2 seeded Cougars (25-5) advanced to the Bartlett sectional.

    Lake Park’s Curtwan Evans makes his throw on the shot put during the boys class 3A state track and field finals in Charleston Saturday

    Lake Park’s title run ends at 4

    One streak was broken, one dynasty rekindled. At Saturday’s Boys Track and Field State Finals at Eastern Illinois University, York unseated four-time defending Class 3A champion Lake Park. Retiring coach Stan Reddel won his second title at York, the program’s fifth and first since 2009.

    White Sox relief pitcher Daniel Webb delivers during Saturday’s home loss to the San Diego Padres.

    Abreu still set for Monday return

    Jose Abreu's sore left ankle seemed to hold up fine Saturday during a simulated game, but the Sox first baseman was hit by a pitch above the left elbow. Abreu is OK and expected to come off the disabled list Monday.

    Stevenson’s Andrew Komarov jumps into the arms teammate Colin Harvey as they wrap up a double state championship by topping Hinsdale Central’s Lope Adelakun and Chase Hamilton at Hersey on Saturday afternoon.

    Stevenson’s Harvey/Komarov win doubles crown

    A year after having their hopes dashed by the eventual winners from Hinsdale Central, Stevenson’s Colin Harvey/Andrew Komarov found the promised land after three days of brilliant tennis. The Patriots duo defeated Lope Adelakun-Chase Hamilton of Hinsdale Central in straight sets at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights on Saturday to net their elusive triumph.

    St. Edward celebrates its third place victory at North Central College in Naperville Saturday in the Class 1A state tournament.

    Third place finish satisfies St. Edward

    After Friday night’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Manteno in penalty kicks for a trip to the Class 1A state championship game, it would have been easy enough for the St. Edward girls soccer team to pack it in and go home Saturday with their heads down and a fourth place trophy. But that wasn’t an option for a team that’s won 60 games since its 2011 fourth place finish at state. The Green Wave regrouped rather than regressed, and concluded matters in the most fitting fashion: a Corey Lepoudre cross tapped in by Allison Kruk for a 1-0 win over Rockford Christian and a third-place trophy at North Central College in Naperville.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    Antioch’s softball team earned coach Anthony Rocco a homecoming. Freshman Jill Foote went 3-for-4 with a 3-run double that iced the Sequoits’ 9-5 win over host St. Viator in a Class 3A regional final in Arlington Heights on Saturday. The win lifted fifth-seeded Antioch (18-16) into Tuesday’s 4:30 p.m. sectional semifinal against No. 1 Wauconda (27-8) at Ridgewood, where Rocco spent three seasons. In his two seasons as head coach, Ridgewood won two regional championships.


    Khoury, Wright lead St. Charles North to regional crown

    St. Charles North entered Saturday’s home Class 4A regional championship game against Glenbard North fixated on hanging a number on the board — in reference to the school’s three previous regional championship nameplates on display behind home plate. Best friends and battery mates Cory Wright and Kyle Khoury did the heavy lifting and worked overtime to ensure that became a reality for the North Stars.


    Downers Grove South blanks Marmion

    Downers Grove South’s one-two combo was too much for Marmion Academy to handle in the class 4A Downers Grove south regional final on Saturday.


    St. Charles East rallies to beat Elk Grove

    Trailing Elk Grove 2-0 in the fifth inning of the St. Charles East regional softball final, the Saints’ dream of back-to-back appearances in the Class 4A state championship game was on life support. That is, until two unlikely heroes resuscitated the Saints’ state title hopes.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup Saturday, May 31

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup


    Neuqua wins 4th straight regional

    For the bulk of the season, Neuqua Valley’s baseball team looked nothing like a perennial power. Well, Neuqua Valley became Neuqua Valley on Saturday. Overcoming a regular season filled with struggles, the Wildcats found a way to win their fourth straight regional title with a stunning 4-2 victory over Naperville Central in the Class 4A Metea Valley regional final in Aurora.

    Paul Konerko flips his bat after being called out on strikes in the sixth inning Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field. White Sox batters have struck out 23 times in the first two games of their series with San Diego.

    Sox offense strikes out against Padres

    For the second straight game against the Padres, the White Sox offense looked lost without injured first baseman Jose Abreu, who is scheduled to come off the disabled list on Monday. The Sox had only 5 hits and struck out 10 times Saturday in a 4-2 loss to San Diego.

    Libertyville’s softball team rushes from the dugout to greet Tayler Oberman after her walk-off single against Carmel in the Class 4A Carmel softball regional final Saturday.

    A Tayler-made victory for Libertyville

    After another walk-off win, Elissa Wisniewski walked off Carmel Catholic’s softball diamond squeezing the regional championship plaque. “It feels good to be holding this again,” Libertyville’s coach said, smiling, after her Wildcats won an 8-7 thriller over Carmel on Tayler Oberman’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh Saturday. Now, as Wisniewski noted, she gets to go back to her high school alma mater, where, as a senior in 2002, she pitched her squad to a regional title. Second-seeded Libertyville (28-8), which tied the school record for wins, advances to Wednesday’s 4:30 p.m. Class 4A Stevenson sectional and will play No. 3 Lake Zurich in a semifinal.

    Batavia’s Mark Rudelich clears the bar in the high jump during the boys class 3A state track and field finals in Charleston Saturday.

    Images: Boys State Track & Field Finals Round
    Images from the Boys Track & Field Finals Round at O'Brien Field on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on Saturday, May 31.


    Mundelein takes command against Warren

    Mundelein made sure that this time it wouldn’t be as close. After beating Warren twice this season by a run in each game, Mundelein put things together to roll past the Blue Devils 7-1 to capture the Palatine regional Saturday. Mundelein (33-2) will meet Glenbrook South on Thursday at the Glenbrook South sectional.


    St. Viator earns sectional berth

    St. Viator won its fourth regional title in the last five years on Saturday as the Lions knocked off Deerfield 3-1 in a regional final at Glenbrook North in Northbrook. “ I am really proud of this group,” St. Viator coach Mike Manno said. “As I said before, this team has bought into everything we have preached to them. They won again with timely hitting, great pitching and a will to win.” The Lions (23-14), who were seeded No. 5, will meet top seed Libertyville at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Glenbrook South.

    The Burlington Central softball team celebrates its Class 3A regional championship win over Kaneland Saturday at Burlington.

    Burlington Central tops Kaneland in 7th

    In a game riddled by defensive miscues, it was fitting that the winning run scored on an error. Junior Courtni Neubauer was awarded home plate with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning when an errant throw went into the dugout Saturday as Burlington Central’s softball team defeated Kaneland 6-5 in the championship game of the Class 3A Burlington Central regional. The regional title is the 17th in program history and puts the Rockets (23-9) opposite Sterling in a 4:30 p.m. Marengo sectional semifinal on Tuesday.

    Bubba Watson watches his putt on the first green Saturday during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

    Watson grabs a 1-shot lead at Memorial

    Bubba Watson ran off three straight birdies on the front nine to overtake Paul Casey and wound up with his third straight round in the 60s on Saturday, a 3-under 69 that gave him a one-shot lead at Muirfield Village and a chance to win for the third time this year.


    Unlikely heroes lead Kaneland to regional title

    Using the Kaneland baseball team’s lingo, Nick Stahl is known as a “P.O.” — pitcher only. The senior entered the ninth innning of Saturday’s Class 3A Plano regional championship game with exactly one at-bat on the season.


    Green, Batavia shut down Willowbrook

    Pitching with a heavy heart due to his grandfather’s death earlier this week, Colby Green didn’t let his emotions get the best of him Saturday afternoon. The senior right-hander tossed a 1-hit complete game to help lift top-seeded Batavia (31-3-1) to an 8-1 victory over ninth-seeded Willowbrook (21-12) in the York Class 4A regional championship in Elmhurst.

    Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Marin Cilic during their third-round match Saturday in the French Open.

    What to look for Sunday at the French Open

    No. 2 Novak Djokovic will try to stretch his streak of Grand Slam quarterfinals to 20 in a row. And No. 10 John Isner can become the first U.S. man to get to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros since Andre Agassi in 2003.


    Schroeder, Lake Zurich battle past Buffalo Grove

    If Maria Schroeder’s soft liner had been hit 3 feet to the left, the Lake Zurich senior third baseman would have had her single. Alas, it was caught. So Schroeder had to settle for three-quarters of a cycle in this regional title battle with Buffalo Grove on Saturday morning. She led off the Lake Zurich first with a long double. She batted again in the second inning and slammed a triple to right center. And in her last at-bat of the day at Glenbrook South, she came to plate with runners on second and third. The Bison elected to pitch to her even with first base open. And Schroeder made BG pay when she smoked a liner over the left field wall. It was good for a 3-run homer. Schroeder’s hitting heroics backed up Olivia Schneider’s 3-hit pitching as Lake Zurich (26-4) stopped Buffalo Grove 4-0.


    Cubs exec says he has 5-year contract extension

    Chicago Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney says he has agreed to a five-year contract extension through 2019. He announced the deal during an interview Saturday with Chicago’s WSCR-AM.


    Sycamore beats Burlington Central in 10th

    Burlington Central’s Jacob Schutta tied the game with a disputed home run in the top of the seventh inning Saturday afternoon. There was no doubt about Nathaniel Haacker’s game-winning blast for Sycamore. Haacker hit a one-out solo home run to left-center off Brenden Bushy in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Spartans a 6-5 victory in the Class 3A Hampshire regional championship game.

    Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville wasn't afraid to change lines or combinations in Games 5 and 6, which is one reason the Hawks will have a Game 7 against the L.A. Kings.

    Quenneville still making all the right moves

    On most nights, a hockey coach might feel like an elevator operator. In either job, buttons are at your disposal to control ups and downs. But they are so repetitious that it is advisable to accept a certain sense of being powerless, go with the flow and keep the status of your emotions veering too far from quo. On most nights, Joel Quenneville operates thusly as his Blackhawks seek to defend their 2013 Stanley Cup, but in Games 5 and 6 against Los Angeles, Quenneville has changed up and pushed all the right buttoms, as Blackhawks Team Historian Bob Verdi explains.


    Michiels, ‘underdog’ West Chicago take regional title

    Jon Michiels hadn’t hit a baseball over an outfield fence all season. On Saturday the West Chicago senior first baseman did it twice. “I couldn’t have waited for a better time to actually put some over the fence,” Michiels said. “It was about time.” Michiels hit 2 homers and drove in 5 runs and West Chicago won its first regional championship since 2006, defeating host Lake Park 7-4 in Roselle.

    Will Venable had a season-high four hits and drove in two runs to help the San Diego Padres beat the White Sox 4-2 on Saturday. Tyson Ross (6-4) limited the White Sox to two runs — one earned — on five hits in six innings, and Huston Street remained perfect in 17 save chances this season.

    Sox fall again to Padres, 4-2

    Will Venable had a season-high four hits and drove in two runs to help the San Diego Padres beat the White Sox 4-2 on Saturday.Tyson Ross (6-4) limited the White Sox to two runs — one earned — on five hits in six innings, and Huston Street remained perfect in 17 save chances this season.

    U.S. men’s soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann, left, with World Cup team captain Clint Dempsey, says it doesn’t matter what formation he employs. What matters is how the team attacks and defends at the time.

    U.S. soccer team’s formation takes shape

    Had the U.S. national soccer team strolled two blocks east of Times Square on Friday in New York, the players would have stumbled upon Little Brazil, a stretch of 46th Street with cafes and restaurants splashed in green and yellow.Instead, they were confined to a stage in the chaos of evening rush-hour, so close to the flavors of Brazil but still nine days from the flight to Sao Paulo and the pageantry of the first Brazilian-hosted World Cup in 64 years.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford blocks a shot against the Kings during Game 6 of the Western Conference finals Friday night.

    Blackhawks’ Crawford standing tall again

    Lost amid the highlights of incredible athletes performing incredible acts on the ice was the play of Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who finished Game 5 strong and was superb in Game 6.


    Kowalski, DeKalb blank Huntley

    DeKalb’s softball team scored twice in the first inning Saturday. And with senior standout Katie Kowalski in the pitchers circle that’s all the runs the top-seeded Barbs would need. Striking out six with one walk, Kowalski tossed an impressive 2-hit shutout as DeKalb blanked second-seeded Huntley 3-0 in the championship game of the Class 4A Huntley regional.


    Warren tops Mundelein a third time

    After defeating No. 5 seed Mundelein twice in the regular season, No. 4 Warren was hoping to beat the Mustangs again Saturday morning for the championship of the Class 4A Loyola softball regional. The Mustangs (24-12) fell behind 6-1 after two innings and they could never fully recover as the Blue Devils (23-9) rolled to an 11-4 victory to advance to the sectional for the second straight season.

    The St. Charles North Stars are all smiles after their win over Bartlett in the championship game of Class 4A Addison Trail regional Saturday.

    Rabin hits, pitches St. Charles North to regional title

    After ending the last two seasons in regional title games, the St. Charles North softball team was eager to hoist the Class 4A Addison Trail regional plaque. Behind the clutch pitching and legs of senior Sabrina Rabin, the fourth-seeded North Stars were able to rally from an early deficit to defeat No. 5 Bartlett 5-2 in Saturday’s title game. St. Charles North will play Glenbard North in the Bartlett sectional semifinal on Tuesday.


    South Elgin routs Hoffman Estates for regional crown

    South Elgin delivered its second consecutive knock out punch in the state playoffs Saturday. The Storm struck for 10 runs in the fourth inning and thundered past host Hoffman Estates 12-0 for a Class 4A regional championship. The victory came on the heels of South Elgin’s 10-0 win over Wheaton North on Thursday. South Elgin (22-10), which won its second regional in the last three years, will meet St. Charles North on Thursday at the Schaumburg sectional.


    Stephanie Gaiser, right, and her son, Seth, place a cover for added protection Friday over a raised bed planted with eggplant inside the family’s seasonal high tunnel in Palmer, Alaska. The USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service offers financial assistance to growers using the tall hoop houses to extend growing seasons, and has awarded more funding to Alaska for them than any other state.

    High tunnels extend Alaska’s growing season

    “We believe man is really in his element when he’s in the garden. And since it’s Alaska, you need a little help,”Stephanie Gaiser said.

    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.

    Obama’s boldest move on carbon comes with perils

    “It’s going to be like eating spaghetti with a spoon. It can be done, but it’s going to be messy and slow,” said Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University.

    John C. Wise, poses in his San Diego home with a 1966 Super Boy comic.

    Rare comic book collection up for bid

    The comics sold for as little as 10 cents when they were published in the late 1930s and 1940s. But now collectors will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for the first editions.

    Phil Mickelson waits to tee off Saturday at the first hole during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

    Mickelson says he’s cooperating in trading probe

    Reports say the investigation is looking at Clorox trading in 2011. Carl Icahn accumulated a 9.1 percent stake in Clorox in early 2011, and that summer made a $10.2 billion offer for the company that caused the stock value to rise. Icahn’s bid for Clorox ended in September 2011.

    Google announced May 27 that it plans to deploy at least 100 fully autonomous vehicles that it designed in tests starting this year. The two-seat cars will have a top speed of 25 miles (40 kilometers) per hour and no steering wheel.

    GM Executive: Google could become ‘competitive threat’

    Google Inc. could become a “serious competitive threat” to the auto industry if it continues to push its self-driving cars, said Mark Reuss, product-development chief at General Motors Co. GM, which is developing its own autonomous vehicle technology, isn’t in a race with Google to create driverless cars, he told reporters yesterday in Detroit.

    The app Homesnap lets you learn about a house for sale just by taking a photo of the house.

    Homesnap app makes real estate a snap

    Finding out about that house for sale (or the one you’ve always coveted) is now as easy as pointing and shooting. With Homesnap, an app created by a Washington company formerly known as Sawbuck, you take a picture of the home with your phone or tablet, and before you reach the end of the block the app will tell you how many bedrooms and bathrooms the house has, how long it has been on the market, whether the price has dropped, what year it was built, what its walkability rating is and what public schools are nearby.

    Samsung executives are outlining their vision for sensors that track fitness and other gauges of health. Samsung is pushing for a common system so that different manufacturers can interchange key parts such as the wristband. The company believes that will speed innovation and get products to market more quickly.

    Samsung unveils prototype health wristband with cloud service

    Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled a prototype heath-monitoring wristband connected to a cloud-based service, which would allow consumers to share their stats with developers of new mobile fitness applications.

    The larger-screen Surface tablet is thinner and faster than the previous Surface Pro model.

    Review: With Surface Pro 3, Microsoft shows how it sees post-PC era

    Microsoft may have promised that the Surface Pro 3, introduced last week, is the tablet that can replace your laptop. But, having spent just under a week using the Surface as my main computer, I’ve found that the reverse is true: it’s more like a laptop that can also function as a tablet.


    Tech reviews: Secret, Adobe Voice

    Admit it. There’s a little part of you that always likes to know other people’s secrets. And thanks to Secret, an anonymous social networking app, you can see and share those tidbits. Adobe Voice is a new app which lets you make high-quality amateur animated videos in just a few minutes.

    This Google-designed car is unlike one any automaker would have created. The most obvious difference? There’s no steering column. The car also doesn’t have any brakes or accelerator. It’s operated completely by software.

    Google takes step forward on self-driving vehicles

    For years, Google has touted its efforts to develop an autonomous car, pushing for legislation to allow its vehicles on public roads. Now, the tech giant is taking a bigger step into the driverless world, unveiling the prototype of an autonomous car that it designed itself.


    How to save and protect your digital afterlife

    The digital afterlife is one of many areas in which law has yet to catch up with technology’s speedy intrusion into our businesses, communications and lives. There’s little consistency in how technology companies handle — or don’t handle — what happens to an account when the user dies, leaving family and friends locked out or unsure what to do. A new proposal would address that, simplifying the process of laying digital ghosts to rest.

    Americans are worried about growing smartphone theft. The devices are expensive, ubiquitous, small, practically generic and often in plain sight — what more could a thief wish for? In 2013, the number of stolen smartphones in the U.S. almost doubled to 3.1 million devices, up from 1.6 million in 2012.

    Digital thieves say pay up or iPhone’s dead

    Proponents of equipping smartphones with obligatory kill switches to prevent theft should heed a new type of fraud that has spread from Russia and Ukraine to Australia in recent days and is probably coming to other countries soon: Holding iPhones for ransom using their kill-switch feature.

    This product image provided by LeapFrog shows the LeapBand.

    Review: New kiddie fitness band more toy than tech

    Wearable technology is all the rage these days for adults. Now, the concept is spreading to kids. LeapFrog, the maker of kids’ tablets and other educational products, recently unveiled the LeapBand, a device worn around the wrist. It’s really more of a toy, designed for kids ages 4 to 7, rather than a true fitness tracker. Yet it does offer some of the same features in a kid-friendly way.

    Apple announced Wednesday that it is acquiring Beats Electronics for $3 billion. Beats, the headphone and music streaming specialist, also brings the swagger of rapper Dr. Dre and recording impresario Jimmy Iovine.

    Apple’s Beats buy joins tech and street-wise style

    Apple’s $3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics, by far the company’s largest acquisition, is at least in part recognition that Beats founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine might be able to help Apple incorporate more style and flair into its premium technology gadgets — especially a coming wave of wearable devices.

Life & Entertainment

    Associated Press/AMC Lee Pace stars as Joe MacMillan in the new series “Halt and Catch Fire,” season 1. The drama, which debuts Sunday, June 1, 2014, is set during the 1980s race to develop and market personal computers.

    Sex, lies and PCs in ‘80s drama ‘Halt and Catch Fire’

    AMC, home of “Mad Men” and newcomer “Halt and Catch Fire,” aired a recent promo that cleverly played connect-the-dots between its landmark series and the intriguingly titled drama. The spot opened with a 1969 “Mad Men” character railing against a behemoth computer, then shifted to scenes of 1983 PC pioneers. “Once the future was hard to see,” a narrator intones, “Then three rebels ... got with the program.” “Halt and Catch Fire” debuts Sunday at 9 p.m.

    From left, singer John Rotten Lydon throws bananas at the media, JC Chasez, Michelle Williams and Brandon Boyd look on, at the “Jesus Christ Superstar” arena spectacular press conference and press performance to announce a North American arena tour in New York. The new arena version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” has abruptly canceled its 54-city tour just days before its launch in New Orleans.

    Jesus Christ Superstar’ cancels American tour

    A new arena version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” starring punk legend John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child has abruptly canceled its 54-city tour just days before its launch in New Orleans.

    Kids can learn about bike and traffic safety as they ride through a bicycle obstacle course at the free Bike Safety Rodeo at Advocate Condell Conference Center in Libertyville.

    Weekend picks: Bike safety course both fun and educational

    The Village of Libertyville and Advocate Condell Medical Center host a Bike Safety Rodeo at the Advocate Condell Conference Center. Get your sea legs ready to raise funds for downtown Waukegan development at the 3rd Annual Scoop the Lake Regatta & Dinghy Poker Run at the Waukegan Yacht Club Saturday. Our neighboring state is famous for its breweries and dairy farms, so don't miss the Wisconsin Beer & Cheese Tour, which features many microbrews and artisanal cheeses on Saturday at the RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

    Little-known works by Ida O’Keeffe, including “Variation on a Lighthouse Theme II,” will take center stage at an exhibit that will debut at the Dallas Museum of Art in 2017 before going on tour.

    Works of Georgia O’Keeffe’s sister to be exhibited

    Little-known works by the younger sister of famed artist Georgia O’Keeffe will take center stage at an exhibit that will debut at the Dallas Museum of Art in 2017 before going on tour. The exhibit will feature about 40 paintings, watercolors, prints and drawings by Ida O’Keeffe, along with photographs of her taken in the 1920s by her sister’s husband, acclaimed photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

    This hand-tinted photograph of the gardener for the estate of James and Elizabeth Metcalfe in Bedford Hills, N.Y., is included in the exhibition “Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them” at The New York Botanical Garden.

    Women who helped remake the American landscape

    Occasionally, landscape gardening goes well beyond flowers and shrubbery to encompass questions of national identity, culture, even social change. The era from 1900 to 1930 in America was one of those times, thanks to several enterprising and unsung women.

    Sample microbrews while pedalling through one of Wisconsin’s most scenic cities during the Madison Brewery Bike Tour, held the first weekend of every month through October.

    On the road: Ride and sample around Madison

    Sample microbrews and drink in the scenery as you pedal around one of the Midwest’s most scenic cities during a Madison Brewery Bike Tour provided by Hop Head Beer Tours & Machinery Row Bicycles. The 49th annual Andersonville Midsommarfest offers five stages of music, lots of vendors hawking handmade wares, and more than a few Swedish meatballs. Chicago’s 57th Street Art Fair is celebrating its 66th year, and this year promises to be an excellent one with over 250 artists participating in the annual Hyde Park event.


    Book notes: Chef Gale Gand signs her new cookbook

    Celebrity chef and author Gale Gand signs copies of her cookbook "Gale Gand's Lunch!" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, at Barnes and Noble in Oak Brook.

    Ricky Gervais, right, who stars as Derek Noakes in Netflix’s “Derek” Season 2, carefully avoids providing viewers with a diagnosis for his character, which he first performed in a stand-up comedy routine more than a decade ago. At left is David Earl, who plays Derek’s friend Kev.

    Netflix’s ‘Derek’ returns handled with tender, loving care

    Ricky Gervais’ “Derek,” which returns to Netflix on Friday with six new episodes that recently aired on British television, is a quiet and hopeful little comedy about social behavior, as seen and understood by a man who is ... well, what is Derek? Gervais, who stars as Derek Noakes, carefully avoids providing viewers with a diagnosis for his character, which he first performed in a stand-up comedy routine more than a decade ago. He has said that Derek, who works as an aide in a nursing home, isn’t mentally disabled or intellectually challenged. Perhaps he’s autistic. Not knowing seems to be the entire point: Can’t we just relate to Derek on his own, as he is, beyond a label?

    Kristen Bell is leading a movement aimed at reducing the marketplace for paparazzi images of celebrity kids taken without parents’ consent, and she’s using 8-year-old Suri Cruise as an example.

    Stars campaign to keep kid shots out of media

    Actress and mother Kristen Bell has been leading a growing movement among Hollywood stars aimed at reducing media demand for paparazzi images of celebrity kids and she’s using the plight of 8-year-old Suri Cruise as an example. Launched in January, Bell’s No Kids Policy gained almost instant traction by hitting the entertainment media where it hurts: celebrity access, which translates into viewers, readers and profits.

    A beloved family pet was memorialized with this statue at the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery in Calabasas, Calif.

    Pet burials range from bottom of sea to sky above

    People saying goodbye to a beloved cat or dog can do it in style, sending their pet’s remains to the bottom of the sea or letting them fly high into the sky. If backyard burial isn’t special enough, Fido or Fluffy can always be close if you turn their ashes into a gemstone. Here are some of the many ways to bid adieu to your furry friend.

    Matthew Quirk’s “The Directive” continues the adventures of lawyer and former con man Mike Ford.

    ‘The Directive’ is a compelling thriller

    “The Directive,” Matthew Quirk’s follow-up to his best-selling “The 500,” continues the adventures of lawyer and former con man Mike Ford in another exciting page-turner. Mike, who has reformed, is looking forward to marrying his fiancee, Annie. But soon enough Mike is forced back into the world of cons to not only save his brother, but Annie as well.

    Detroit police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), left, becomes part man/part machine with help from a scientist (Gary Oldman) in “RoboCop.”

    DVD previews: ‘RoboCop,’ ‘Lone Survivor’

    There's plenty of action headed to DVD this week, including the remake of "RoboCop" and the based-on-fact war drama "Lone Survivor" starring Mark Wahlberg.

    Brad Pitt signs autographs at the world premiere of “Maleficent” at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

    Fan-fueled red carpets present security challenge

    Movie premieres are just like they look on TV: Throngs of fans competing with photographers and reporters for stars’ attention. Cameras flash as beefy bodyguards escort couture-clad celebrities into the maelstrom. Police officers and security personnel manage to keep the clamor under control. It’s a heady scene — an exciting, usually safe event heralding the latest Hollywood film. Until something goes wrong, as it did at the “Maleficent” premiere this week in Los Angeles: a man leaped over a barricade and accosted Brad Pitt on the red carpet.

    Julia Collins

    Wilmette woman wins 20th victory on ‘Jeopardy!’

    Julia Collins can count another “Jeopardy!” victory and another milestone. The TV game show said Collins won her 20th game Friday, putting her alone in second place for most consecutive nontournament victories.When she scored her 19th win on Thursday, she was in a second-place tie with season 22 contestant David Madden.

    Two-by-two: Noah’s equation beats the odds when it comes to decorating, too.

    Rethinking decorating’s ‘Rule of Three’

    Q. I am told that three is the magic number in decorating: three ... or five ... any odd number, rather than even numbers of things. Where did this notion come from? Does it really look “wrong” to use even numbers of elements?


    A home sale is never over until it’s over

    Q. We accepted an offer on our house two weeks ago, but the “for sale” sign is still up in our front yard. Is this ethical? Why hasn’t it been removed?


    A board may not prohibit the display of the American flag

    Q. I am a veteran who, from time to time, displays a small American flag on a short pole in the ground of the limited common element patio area outside of my townhouse-style unit. The board of the association recently asked me to remove the flag stating that it violates the covenants for our property.


    Did banking policy-makers apply a double standard?

    Q. Paul Krugman in a recent article argues that the major reason the economy is stuck in low gear today is that policymakers have used a double standard, helping the banks as needed to restore confidence in financial markets but refusing to provide adequate debt relief to individual borrowers. Do you agree?



    The Soapbox

    Find out what Daily Herald editors think about some pending legislation, a superintendent shuffle and the condition of suburban roads, among other topics.


    Small acts of goodness build a community
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: We often hear that it’s the little things in life that mean a lot. Holding a door for a stranger, letting someone with just a few items go ahead of you at the checkout counter in the grocery, picking up an item that the person walking in front of you has dropped — well, the list is endless. But these small gestures of concern are reminders, lessons by example, that we are all connected and depend on each other for a community to thrive.


    Signs are pointing to another recession
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: During the past few days two rather subtle announcements, which escaped much scrutiny in the news media, have raised a rather concerning view of the economy going forward. The Obama administration, through the Commerce Department, that had estimated earlier GDP for Q1 2014 to be a measly 0.1 percent, will likely go negative as details finally being sorted out indicate that the GDP was probably about 0.5 percent negative by most estimates.


    Some reasons we’re not like the good old days
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: In the May 15 Your Views, Mr. Larry Craig echoed the heartfelt, sincere feelings of folks who hearken back to the U.S. of decades ago. It was an era of much higher attendance at churches; much more pervasive attitudes of civility and grace toward one another, and more time, money, and adult effort expended on each child.


    Be informed to cut through the ‘spin’
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: In the May 24 Your Views, David Greb accuses the GOP as being “all about the spin.” His evidence centers on allegations that Karl Rove is at it again with the Hillary brain damage nonsense, which Mr. Rove never specifically claimed Mrs. Clinton of having brain damage, along with the “basic GOP strategy ... is that people are stupid.”


    Make a difference, plant a few trees
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: Do you notice the lack of trees in many places? Do you care about trees? Do you know how much they can help?


    What’s the point of random cop stops?
    A Winfield letter to the editor: Early morning of May 25, my wife and I were driving home from Elmhurst to Winfield when we were routed off Roosevelt by cone barriers and police, led into a brightly lit parking lot in Glen Ellyn. All traffic from the east was being pulled over and investigated.


    Hawks, Redskins: 2 different meanings
    A Roselle letter to the editor: There are differences between the Washington Redskins and the Blackhawks. I don’t know much about Indian history but I have never heard of the Redskin tribe. The term Redskin appears to be a derogatory term in reference to skin color of the American Indian.


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