Daily Archive : Wednesday June 4, 2014


    U.S. Army photo of Pfc. Matthew Martinek

    Slain Bartlett soldier's family blasts defense secretary

    The family of slain Bartlett soldier Matthew Martinek is blasting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's assertion that he is unaware of any U.S. soldiers perishing while trying to retrieve another soldier who has been accused of desertion by comrades and was recently swapped for five imprisoned Taliban fighters. “We heard from soldiers that were in the same mission, so unless Chuck Hagel has...

    Recent Fremd High School graduates Frank Kranz, left, and Tom Mayer will compete beginning Sunday for the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills national title in Dearborn, Michigan. The 17 year olds from Palatine won the Illinois title last month.

    Fremd graduates aiming for national title in automotive competition

    About this time last month, Tom Mayer and Frank Kranz weren’t expecting to be in possession of a state championship trophy. Now the two recent Fremd High School graduates have set their sites on an even bigger accomplishment: a national title. Kranz and Mayer, both 17 year olds from Palatine, will represent Illinois as one of 50 two-person teams at the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills national...

    Demetrice Tompkins

    Victim in Lombard stabbing says she was prepared to die

    Crystal Ward says she prayed and was prepared to die on the morning of Dec. 12, 2011, as her “on-and-off boyfriend of 20 years,” Demetrice Tompkins repeatedly beat and stabbed her in the washroom of his brother's Lombard apartment. Tompkins, 49, is charged with attempted murder and aggravated domestic battery after the attack that took place in James Kirkwood's hallway and washroom on...

    An emotional Jeff Engelhardt gets hugs from supporters as his mother Shelly wipes away tears after D'Andre Howard's conviction Tuesday. Howard was found guilty on all counts in the 2009 stabbing deaths of three members of the Engelhardt family in their Hoffman Estates home.

    Howard verdict made justice 'real' for Engelhardts

    D'Andre Howard plans to appeal his first degree murder conviction, but attorneys say it's unlikely the convictions will be overturned. Meanwhile, the Engelhardt family is recovering from an emotionally draining five-day trial that concluded Tuesday. “I remember yesterday thinking, it's already been a long week, and it's only Tuesday,” said Jeff Engelhardt, who, like other family...


    Authorities: Wheeling woman entered home, demanded beer

    Prosecutors say a 52-year-old Wheeling woman entered the home of a stranger through an unlocked door and demanded beer. A Cook County judge set bail at $100,000 for Lidia Zuradzka, who faces charges of residential burglary.


    District 125 mourns loss of beloved teacher, mentor

    The collective community at Adlai E. Stevenson High School mourned the loss of a beloved teacher Wednesday night. Doug Koski taught writing, film and debate. He was 47.

    Derrick Smith

    Defense attorneys suggest lawmaker was entrapped

    Attorneys for an Illinois legislator on trial for bribery suggested during cross-examination of an FBI agent that their client was entrapped by a government informant and federal investigators.

    Adel Daoud

    Legal arguments in Chicago focus on secret records

    A three-judge panel at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is listening to oral arguments about a trial judge’s ruling granting lawyers for terrorist suspect Adel Daoud unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records. Government attorneys want that ruling reversed, saying it could threaten national security.

    Jose Morales

    Police: Elgin man lied about stolen vehicle

    A 28-year-old Elgin man faces felony charges after officials say he misled police about how his vehicle ended up in the Fox River. Jose Morales, 28, of the 600 block of Hampton Circle, Elgin, told police the vehicle, found partially submerged but unoccupied in the Fox River on April 22, had been stolen, according to a news release from the Elgin Police Department.

    Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer and Leslie Cahill, middle, of French Market of Chicago LLC visit with Sister Marie of St. Rogers Abbey as she sells baked goods Wednesday during the French Market at the Prospect Heights Metra station parking lot.

    French Market opens in Prospect Hts.

    Prospect Heights’ new French Market opened for the first time Wednesday at the city’s Metra station, offering traditional farmers market fare like fresh vegetables and fruits along with more eclectic items like bread, plants, French linens and candles. The market will return from 2 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the summer.


    Barrington school acts after boys caught playing ‘hanging game’

    Two boys who played “the hanging game” in a bathroom at Countryside Elementary School in Barrington were spared serious harm thanks to the swift action of their peers and adults at the school Tuesday, officials said. “It wasn’t a tragedy because students alerted adults when they saw something that they saw was unsafe,” District 220 spokesman Jeff Arnett said.

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she knows she has a decision to make about running to be the first female president and believes “we need to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling in American politics.”

    Clinton: U.S. needs to break ‘glass ceiling’ at top

    Hillary Rodham Clinton says she knows she has a decision to make about running to become the first female president, and believes “we need to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling in American politics.” The former secretary of state tells People Magazine that she wants to enjoy the moment — she’s about to become a grandmother — as she considers...


    Woman accused of theft over bogus cancer claims

    An Illinois woman was charged Wednesday with bilking thousands of dollars in donations from hundreds of people she duped for months into believing she had terminal cancer, drawing scorn from an police investigator who labeled the global scheme “evil.”


    Morris man dies in Kankakee River canoe accident

    The Will County coroner’s office says Dean Fredericks of Morris was pronounced dead after 1 a.m. Wednesday. That was hours after the canoe in which Fredericks was riding with three other men capsized in the Kankakee River about 500 yards downstream from the Des Plaines Conservation Area boat launch.


    Fire strikes Elburn home

    A vacant home in Elburn caught fire Wednesday evening, according to ABC 7 Chicago.


    Crash on Tri-State injures 8

    A two-car crash sent eight people to hospitals and tied up rush hour traffic early Tuesday evening on the Tri-State Tollway in Des Plaines, authorities said. All of the injuries were considered minor.


    Slenderman creator ‘saddened’ by stabbing
    The man who created Slenderman, a spooky character popularized in online stories, video games and films, says he’s “deeply saddened” by reports that his creation inspired two girls to stab another in Wisconsin.

    An Island Lake woman who was found dead in her home Monday night was the victim of a homicide, McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski confirmed Wednesday.

    Island Lake woman’s death was a homicide, coroner says

    An Island Lake woman who was found dead in her home Monday night was the victim of a homicide, McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski confirmed Wednesday. Few details have been released about the death of 48-year-old Karen M. Scavelli, who a neighbor described as a "nice lady."

    The Waukesha, Wis. park where two 12-year-old girls are accused of planning to kill another 12-year-old girl before deciding to go to some nearby woods, where the girl was severely injured with 19 stab wounds.

    Wisconsin stabbing highlights juvenile crime laws

    When two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls were charged this week with stabbing a friend nearly to death, authorities had no choice but to send them to adult court. In more than half of the nation, kids as young as 10 are often charged as adults automatically using laws intended to crack down on gangs and guns. But the practice has been widely questioned by juvenile-crime experts, who say that research...


    Hawthorn Woods crash hospitalizes three

    Two adults and a child were hospitalized by a head-on collision Wednesday in Hawthorn Woods.


    Trial date nears in Mt. Prospect racketeering case

    A long-standing legal battle between the village of Mount Prospect and a local business owner is set to go to trial next month. Tod Curtis, owner of Ye Olde Town Inn, filed a civil racketeering lawsuit in 2008 that accused village officials and a local development company of conspiring to seize his land and move forward with a redevelopment plan without him.

    The Bank of Camden, which owns Spring Hill Gateway East strip mall shown here in West Dundee, accuses the village of holding a “hastily arranged, shotgun meeting” to block the opening of a Salvation Army store near Spring Hill Mall.

    Bank says W. Dundee held “shotgun meeting” to block Salvation Army

    Bank of Camden, the financier for Spring Hill Gateway East in West Dundee, accuses the village of improperly preventing the Salvation Army from opening at the mall. An amended lawsuit says the village held a "hastily arranged, shotgun meeting" to enact new zoning regulations that blocked the Salavation Army from opening a store that would have sold 51 percent new and 49 percent used merchandise...


    Building makeover in Vernon Hills:

    An aging office building on a prominent corner in Vernon Hills near the Westfield Hawthorn shopping center will be revamped as part of a long-term investment.

    Eric S. Sorenson

    Crystal Lake man gets 25 years for robbing pharmacy

    A 31-year-old Crystal Lake man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday from robbing a pharmacy of three bottles of oxycodone in September 2012. Eric S. Sorenson, who has been held at the McHenry County jail since his November 2012 arrest, faced up to 30 years in prison for robbing the CVS at gunpoint after a jury convicted him in April.


    Judge applicants sought:

    Applications are being accepted to fill the vacancy in the 19th Judicial Circuit by the retirement of Associate Judge Joseph R. Waldeck on July 3.


    Have a cold one:

    The 2014 Mundelein Craft Beer Festival is set for Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Metra station parking lot, 161 N. Archer Ave.


    Big kick off for summer reading program:

    The 2014 Summer Reading Club, "Paws to Read," begins Saturday, June 7 with an event featuring crafts, music, entertainment food and more at the Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Road, Round Lake.

    Juan Hinojosa

    2nd arrest in large Gilberts cocaine, pot bust

    A 50-year-old Elgin man was the second person arrested May 28 when authorities raided a home in Gilberts and seized more than 15 pounds of cocaine and 24 pounds of marijuana. Juan Hinojosa faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted, according to court records.

    Bartlett High School football players enter St. Hubert Catholic Church as Patriot Guard Riders roll up their American flags after they were lined up at the entrance to the church for the mass of Matthew Martinek, a Bartlett High School graduate, on Saturday, Sept. 26. U.S. Army Pfc. Martinek died of injuries while serving in Afghanistan.

    Family, friends honor soldier
    Editor’s note: We are republishing our story from Sept. 27, 2009, on the death of Matthew Martinek of Bartlett on Sept. 11, 2009, from injuries suffered in Afghanistan in light of the recent controversy over how he died.

    Matthew Martinek, 20-year-old Bartlett High grad who died on Sept. 11, 2009, in Germany from injuries sustained in combat in Afghanistan. ¬

    Second Bartlett High grad killed in war on terror
    Editor’s note: We are republishing our story from Sept. 16, 2009, on the death of Matthew Martinek of Bartlett on Sept. 11, 2009, of injuries suffered in Afghanistan in light of the recent controversy over how he died.


    Contract extended in District 70:

    Teacher contracts in Libertyville Elementary District 70 have been extended through 2018 with a minimal increase in base pay, officials said.

    The song “Go, Cubs, Go” got a workout in 2007 as the Cubs won 97 games during the regular season and had fans singing at a Daley Plaza rally to celebrate a division title.

    Radio move from WGN fouls up 'Go, Cubs, Go' anthem

    Like all Cubs changes in my lifetime, the radio move from WGN to WBBM doesn't change the team's sorry record. It does, however, mess up they lyrics to my second-favorite Cubs song.


    Palatine police cite dozens during Memorial Day campaign

    Palatine police issued tickets over the Memorial Day weekend to 52 seat belt violators and 42 to drivers using communication devices, according to a release issued by the department. The department stepped up their uniformed police presence over the weekend through a traffic safety grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

    Associated Press U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, shown speaking at an event promoting more Amtrak service in Illinois, said this week CN is thwarting those efforts.

    Durbin blasts CN, warns feds could increase monitoring

    Don't brush off Illinois or you may face more federal scrutiny, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin cautioned CN this week. Durbin's letter politely told the Canadian National Railroad it was not living up to its promises, disrespecting towns and messing up state projects.

    Aaron Lawlor

    Suburban counties await Quinn’s word on code of conduct plan

    Suburban county boards would have a chance to remove appointees they think a broke a code of ethics had been broken under a plan on Gov. Pat Quinn’s, an idea inspired in part by a large settlement given to an outgoing official in Lake County last year.

    State Rep. Anna Moeller and State Sen. Michael Noland Wednesday presented Gordon Schnulle’s widow, Dorothy, with this joint resolution from both Illinois Houses honoring Schnulle’s life.

    Elgin war hero honored

    State Rep. Anna Moeller and State Sen. Michael Noland Wednesday presented Gordon Schnulle's widow, Dorothy, of Elgin, with a joint resolution from both state Houses honoring Schnulle's life. The World War II veteran died in April. He fought in the famous battle of Iwo Jima, and later worked for 30 years as an engineer at Elgin Corrugated Box Co.


    Hearing on secret court docs goes secret itself

    A federal appeals court in Chicago has thrown defense lawyers, journalists and members of the general public out of a hearing regarding secret intelligence-court documents, then went into secret session. The order to clear the courtroom Wednesday came after oral arguments in open court.

    The Willis Tower in downtown Chicago provides a backdrop to a huge mound of petroleum coke in a residential area on the Southeast Side.

    EPA says Chicago petcoke site violated Clean Air Act

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a petroleum coke storage facility on Chicago’s Southeast Side violated the Clean Air Act. It says monitoring data from Feb. 18 through May 10 show there was too much soot in the air, and dust samples from nearby homes found vanadium and nickel.

    The Major Case Assistance Team and Bartlett Police Wednesday were investigating the deaths of two people inside this townhouse on the 500 block of Horizon Drive. The deaths later were ruled a murder-suicide by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

    Two people dead in Bartlett ID’d

    The deaths of two people found inside a Bartlett townhouse on the 500 block of Horizon Drive have been ruled a murder-suicide, authorities said. Bartlett police discovered the bodies of Eileen P. Sulli, 55, and David H. Stone, 49, about 7 p.m. Tuesday while responding to a request for a well-being check at the townhouse on the 500 block of Horizon Drive, authorities said.


    Cubs to leave WGN Radio after 90 years

    The Cubs are leaving the station that’s been their radio home for 90 years. WGN Radio president Jimmy de Castro confirmed on the air Wednesday media reports that the Cubs are leaving the station after this season.

    Isabella Hagglund, left, Sharron Kagan and Gina Cosentino, all incoming fourth grade students, try out their Lego robot Wednesday during the Summer Enrichment Program at Mechanics Grove School.

    Theater and Lego robotics part of Mundelein Summer Enrichment Program

    Around 40 students are participating in Mundelein School District 75's Summer Enrichment Program at Mechanics Grove School. Theatre Camp and Lego Robotics for Beginners are being held during the first session.

    Apolinar Serna-Jacob

    Wheeling teen pleads guilty to attempted murder

    A Wheeling teenager pleaded guilty to attempted murder Monday in Rolling Meadows, court records show. Apolinar Serna-Jacob, 18, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

    Dan Cronin

    Democrats find candidates to challenge GOP in DuPage races

    DuPage County’s Democratic organization doesn’t want to concede two high-profile countywide positions and several county board seats to the Republicans without a fight. To prevent that from happening, the party has picked candidates to run in the November election for DuPage County Board chairman, DuPage County Forest Preserve president and three county board seats.


    Kiosk dedicated at western Illinois historic site

    A western Illinois site that was the first town founded by a black person has a new informational kiosk, and a lawmaker hopes a national park designation soon follows.


    IDOT honors Carol Stream’s traffic enforcement efforts

    Carol Stream Police Department’s traffic safety enforcement efforts have won praise from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Scott Kristiansen, a law enforcement liaison for IDOT, presented awards this week to several village police officers.

    Steven Gabriel with his wife, Ashli, and sons Steven and Zachariah.

    Lake Zurich veteran remembered for service to country in Iraq and sense of humor in cancer fight

    Army veteran Steven Gabriel of Lake Zurich is remembered by family and friends for keeping a sense of humor as he fought cancer and for service to his country in Iraq. Memorial visitation is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anne Catholic Church in Barrington for Gabriel, 25, who died about three months after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

    World War II veteran Gordon Höhne of Massachusetts looks down at the captured U-505 German submarine on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. It is the only German submarine the U.S. Navy captured during the war and one of five left in the world.

    Last meeting for WWII veterans who captured U-boat

    World War II veterans gathered in Chicago to mark the 70th anniversary of their capture of a German submarine. The U-505 submarine has been on display at the Museum of Science and Industry. The veterans who captured the 252-foot vessel have been meeting for years at the museum, but museum officials say the veterans decided Wednesday will be their last meeting because their numbers are dwindling.

    David M. Wolters

    Woodstock man gets 4 years for child porn

    A 58-year-old Woodstock man was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. David M. Wolters was arrested in December as part of "Operation Glass House," an onging effort by the Illinois Attorney General's Office to root out child pornography traders.

    Cicadas should start emerging this weekend. The 17-year hatch should be most noticeable in western Illinois, Missouri and southeastern Iowa.

    Cicada hatch to create a lot of noise in western Illinois

    Late spring is about to get a whole lot noisier in western Illinois, and the fish may not bite for a while, either. That’s because cicada eggs laid 17 years ago are about to become loud, buzzing insects, University of Illinois Extension entomologist Phil Nixon says.

    Officials in Northwest Suburban High School District 214 will consider changing the name of Forest View Alternative School in hopes of ridding it of a reputation that it’s a place for students involved with drugs, gangs and legal problems. One suggestion is to rename the Arlington Heights school The Academy at Forest View.

    Will new name mean new image for Forest View Alternative School?

    Officials at Northwest Suburban High School District 214 will discuss renaming Forest View Alternative School at Thursday’s school board meeting in an effort to change what they say are misconceptions about the school. “The current name poses several concerns. The word alternative suggests that all students have a reputation for drug involvement, gang affiliation, and legal...

    Gov. Pat Quinn plans to sign into law a plan that would limit cougar, bear and wolf hunting in Illinois.

    Quinn eyes protections for cougars, wolves, bears

    Gov. Pat Quinn plans to sign a bill that would make gray wolves, American black bears and cougars protected species in Illinois. While a rare sight in Illinois, these animals now can be hunted at will in the state.

    Tim Veit

    Former Des Plaines cop admits to inflating DUI arrest figures

    A former Des Plaines police commander has pleaded guilty to charges of inflating DUI arrest numbers to receive federal funds for police overtime reimbursements. Tim Veit, 56, of Mount Prospect, admitted to a misdemeanor charge of making false statements in federal reports that led to the police department fraudulently receiving $183,984 from a federally-funded drunken driving enforcement campaign.

    Michael Garand, 9, of Elgin, sits patiently while waiting for a fish at a previous Fish for Fun derby in Elgin.

    Free fishing derbies in the Fox Valley

    Children and families who love to fish, or want to learn the basics of fishing, can explore the sport in three upcoming fishing derbies in the Fox Valley.

    Bob and Gina Pearson of Hampshire thank the community for raising money to support them while they were down on their luck. Bob Pearson was injured in a serious auto accident in October and is unable to work for the moment due to his injuries. His wife, Gina, quit her job to look after him. The Pearsons have three sons.

    Hampshire couple says thank you to the community

    Bob and Gina Pearson of Hampshire would like to thank the community for its support after Bob was injured in an automobile accident.

    Olivia Lomax tags bike teammate Aidan Farley to start his portion of the Mixed Team Relay bike.

    More than 150 compete in youth triathlon

    The 14th annual MMTT Youth Triathlon Festival took place May 25 in Geneva and brought more than 150 participants to one of the area’s longest-standing youth triathlons.

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian first lady Asma Assad, right, casts her vote as Syrian President Bashar Assad, stands next to her at a polling station in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday. Assad was re-elected in a landslide, officials said Wednesday.

    Syria’s Assad wins presidential vote in landslide

    Syrian President Bashar Assad has been re-elected in a landslide, officials said Wednesday, capturing another seven-year term in the middle of a bloody 3-year-old uprising against his rule that has devastated the country.

    Easton Martin, 10, of Mesa, Ariz., stops to cool off in a misting fan while walking along The Strip with his family in Las Vegas in June 2013. An Associated Press analysis of federal temperature records shows Nevada’s capital city, Carson City has warmed the most in the last 30 years than any other city in the nation.

    U.S. hottest spots of warming: Northeast, Southwest

    The United States is warming fastest at two of its corners, in the Northeast and the Southwest, an analysis of federal temperature records shows. Northeastern states — led by Maine and Vermont — have gotten the hottest in the last 30 years in annual temperature, gaining 2.5 degrees on average. But Southwestern states have heated up the most in the hottest months: The average New...

    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services, is seen testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington last month. On Wednesday, Burwell easily passed a key test vote in the Senate.

    Data discrepancies in health sign-ups

    More than 2 million people who got health insurance under President Barack Obama's law have data discrepancies that could jeopardize coverage for some, a government document shows. About 1 in 4 people who signed up have discrepancies, creating a huge paperwork jam for the feds and exposing some consumers to repayment demands, or possibly even loss of coverage, if they got too generous a subsidy.


    Naperville to keep watering regulations

    Naperville residents will need to keep a calendar handy as they set summer lawn sprinkling schedules because the city’s water conservation ordinance isn’t going anywhere. The city council considered rescinding the rule that lets residents water their lawns only on odd or even days corresponding to their street address, but decided to leave the regulation in place. “What we...

    Hall of Fame pitcher Harvey Sterkel will have a ball field named in his honor at Stuart Sports Complex Tuesday, June 10. Sterkel starred for the Aurora Sealmasters and Home Savings & Loan for 21 years and is regarded as one the all-time bests in fastpitch softball.

    ‘Harvey Sterkel Field’ coming to Aurora

    Harvey Sterkel was one of the greatest pitchers in the history of fastpitch softball. Through the Fox Valley Park District and the Aurora Fastpitch Softball Association, “Harvey Sterkel Field” will be dedicated at Stuart Sports Complex around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10.


    Learn to focus on simple pleasures of life

    Each day, we can look through our spiritual binoculars and magnify the simple pleasures instead of magnifying our circumstances.

    Dragon boat races are a popular event at St. Charles RiverFest.

    St. Charles RiverFest offers more teen activities

    This weekend’s 32nd annual City of St. Charles RiverFest promises a variety of experiences, ranging from live entertainment to friendly competitions. The festival will run from Friday, June 6, until Sunday, June 8, and activities are located at 10 different venues throughout St. Charles.

    William Higgins of Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein was awarded the Kirk Players’ John W. Lynn Performing Arts Scholarship.

    Carmel student wins performing arts scholarship

    Kirk Players, the Mundelein-based community service theater, has announced the recipient of its 2014 John W. Lynn Performing Arts Scholarship is William Higgins of Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein.

    The Kirk Players’ final production of the season will be “37 Post Cards” at 7:30 p.m. June 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. June 14 and 15 at Mundelein High School’s theater.

    Kirk Players to perform ‘37 Post Cards’

    Kirk Players will bring their 48th season to a close with “37 Post Cards,” a contemporary comedy by Michael McKeever.

    Food will be a big attraction at the Lake Villa Celebration of Summer in Lehmann Park.

    Lake Villa will host its 14th annual Celebration of Summer

    While the calendar says it’s spring, Lake Villa is set to kick off summer on Saturday. The 14th annual Celebration of Summer will take place in Lehmann Park, 148 Cedar Ave., as an all-day event.

    Kristen Foley, senior assistant city attorney, and Naperville police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said an ordinance the Naperville City Council approved Tuesday night could help detectives track stolen jewelry if it is sold to one of the five pawnshops in town.

    Naperville requires pawnshops to photograph jewelry

    The five pawnshops in Naperville could play a greater role in solving future burglaries of jewelry, gems and previous metals — all with the snap of a camera. “This is going to provide an additional tool for our detectives and law enforcement officers in the event we have a burglary," Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall said.


    State pledges $40 million for Longmeadow Parkway bridge

    Kane County will get $40 million from the state for the construction of the Longmeadow Parkway bridge in northern Kane County near Carpentersville.

    The Gail Borden Library Board in Elgin awarded bonuses to seven employees totaling more than $16,00 last year, according to the library's financial records.

    Would consolidation reduce library administrative costs?

    Wildly fluctuating salaries throughout the suburbs for top library administrators are leading to calls for consolidation to curb unchecked salary growth and ultimately cut costs to taxpayers by eliminating redundancies and duplicative services. However, library officials remain skeptical such initiatives would have the desired financial results.

    Heidi Conner of West Dundee got a new Honda minivan on Tuesday morning. Last week, a deer plunged though the windshield of her old vehicle, at right.

    Family in bizarre deer episode given new minivan

    A Schaumburg dealership on Tuesday donated a free minivan to a West Dundee mom who survived a freak collision. More than a week after a deer jumped off an overpass and landed in her minivan, Heidi Conner received a new ride valued at $15,000. "I'm just amazed," the West Dundee mom of five said.


    One person shot, three police officers injured in Zion

    Three police officers were injured and a suspect was shot during a traffic stop in Zion, authorities said. Charges are pending against the unidentified suspect, who is hospitalized after he was shot once by police Tuesday while try to flee the scene. The police officers were treated and released.

    Dick Sayad

    Des Plaines debates take-home vehicles for officials

    Des Plaines aldermen are considering slashing the number of vehicles city employees are allowed to take home from 14 to four. Fourth Ward Alderman Dick Sayad's proposal seeks to cut vehicles driven in many cases by police and fire department command staffers. “You're telling me that because of these individuals, our city is at stake for safety if these guys don't have a car to get here on...


    Trucker comes forward after video shows near miss with Minn. school bus

    The Minnesota State Patrol says the semi driver who narrowly missed a girl getting on a school bus in central Minnesota has come forward. The driver of the bus driver had its lights flashing and stop arm extended when the semi whizzed by on the right. Thirteen-year-old Alexis Schwartz says her heart was pounding and her hands were shaking because the semi was so close to her.

    A worker installs a solar panel at Butterfield School in Libertyville in 2009. Two schools, including Butterfield, in Libertyville Elementary District 70 are going to get hundreds of individual solar panels installed on their roofs. The panels are expected to produce about a third of each building's energy.

    District 70 sees savings, teaching opportunities with big solar projects

    Butterfield and Highland schools in Libertyville District 70 will be outfitted with arrays of solar panels in a $3.2 million project. The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation will provide $1.8 million in grants and District 70 will front the rest for the work to be done this summer.

    Tommy W. McBurney

    Bail set at $150,000 in Elgin Tower arson case

    Bail was set at $150,000 Wedneday for a 58-year-old homeless man accused of setting a May 11 fire at the Elgin Tower Building. Tommy L. McBurney faces between three and seven years in prison if convicted of arson and is due in court again on June 11.

    A car is flooded in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Severe weather crossed into Nebraska and Iowa on Tuesday as potentially dangerous storms targeted a swath of the Midwest.

    Hail, tornadoes reported across Midwest

    Baseball-sized hail pummeled homes and cars in Nebraska and Iowa on Tuesday as powerful thunderstorms moved through a swath of Midwest states, also causing severe flooding and prompting reports of tornadoes

    Surveyors work below the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 3, 2014, after it was closed due to the discovery of four tilting support columns.

    Crucial East Coast highway bridge remains closed

    Underneath a now-silent interstate bridge over which 90,000 tractor-trailers and cars normally rumble every day, engineers and workers in hard hats are using shovels and high-tech sensors to figure out how and why the ground has shifted. The Interstate 495 bridge in Wilmington, Delaware, was closed Monday after four pairs of support pillars were found to be tilting. Officials do not know when it...

    Michigan’s Senate approved on Tuesday spending $195 million to help prevent steeper cuts in Detroit retiree pensions, linking the state with a deal designed to shield valuable city-owned art from being sold and resolve the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history.

    Michigan Legislature OKs $195 million for Detroit

    The Michigan Legislature’s $195 million lifeline to help prevent steep cuts in Detroit’s pensions and the sale of city-owned art is being hailed as a major step forward in ending the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history. The state funds will join commitments from 12 foundations and the Detroit Institute of Arts to shore up Detroit’s two retirement systems.


    Clinton, Cosby among speakers at Katz service

    Former President Bill Clinton is among more than a dozen politicians, business leaders and education advocates expected to speak at a memorial service for philanthropist and Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz. He and six others died when his private jet crashed during takeoff late Saturday night in Bedford, Massachusetts.

    Democrat Dennis Anderson, left, opposes Republican Randy Hultgren in the 14th Congressional District race

    Democrat Anderson bashes GOP during forum

    Urged on by a left-leaning audience, Democratic congressional candidate Dennis Anderson engaged in some Republican Party bashing Tuesday night in St. Charles. He's challenging Republican Randy Hultgren for the 14th Congressional District seat in November. Anderson also once again put out a challenge to incumbent Republican Randy Hultgren of Winfield to debate him on any or all of those...

    In Hong Kong, the Tiananmen protests remain a totem for political expression and Western-style civil liberties in the former British colony that retained its own liberal social and legal systems after reverting to Chinese rule in 1997.

    Mourning, tight security on Tiananmen anniversary

    Yin Min held the ashes of her son and wept, she said, as she marked 25 years since he was killed in the crackdown by Chinese tanks and troops on protests at Tiananmen Square. Outside, guards kept a close eye on her home while police blanketed central Beijing to block any public commemoration of one of the darkest chapters in recent Chinese history.

    President Barack Obama, right, shakes hands with Ukraine president-elect Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

    Obama casts Ukraine crisis as march toward liberty

    President Barack Obama held up 25 years of Polish democracy as a beacon for neighboring Ukraine in a public celebration Wednesday, warning Russia that the free world is united against its “dark tactics” to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty. “We stand together because we believe that people and nations have the right to determine their own destiny — and that includes...

    A pro-Russian rebel stands outside an Ukrainian border troops military unit in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The compound was seized by pro-Russian rebels who collected large amounts of weapons and ammunition left behind by the Ukrainian troops.

    6 militants killed, 3 Ukrainian troops injured

    Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine have taken two government bases in battles around Luhansk, seizing quantities of ammunition and explosives from a border guards post and taking another installation after National Guard forces ran out of ammunition.

    Kory Watkins, front, coordinator for Open Carry Tarrant County, carries his Romanian AK 47 over his shoulder as he and his wife Janie, rear, along with others, gather for a demonstration in Haltom City, Texas. The National Rifle Association has rolled back an earlier statement criticizing the “open carry” rallies.

    NRA rolls back ‘open carry’ criticism

    The National Rifle Association has rolled back an earlier statement criticizing “open carry” rallies in Texas in which gun rights advocates have brought military-style assault rifles into public places. Chris Cox, the executive director of the group’s lobbying arm, said in an interview Tuesday that the statement was “a mistake” and that it was written by a...

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    Wauconda trustees pledge unity, compromise moving forward

    After a year of controversy, Wauconda trustees have publicly pledged to work together and seek compromise for the good of the village.


    Route 59 closure postponed to June 13

    Work that was scheduled to close Route 59 in both directions this weekend at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad underpass in Naperville has been postponed to the weekend of June 13 to 16, authorities said Wednesday. Officials originally wanted to install a culvert under the road this weekend, but now the installation and road closure have been pushed back.

    Nancy Koschman of Mt. Prospect holds a photo of her son, David, who died years ago after a fight outside a Chicago bar.

    Chicago attorney wants Koschman lawsuit dropped

    An attorney for the city of Chicago has argued that a lawsuit filed by the mother of a man killed in a 2004 altercation with the nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley should be dropped.

    Wauconda Police Chief Patrick Yost recites the oath of office Tuesday evening with help from Clerk Gina Strelecki.

    Wauconda board unanimously supports Yost as police chief

    Wauconda village board members unanimously approved Patrick Yost's formal promotion to police chief on Tuesday, ending his eight-month term as interim chief. Mayor Frank Bart named Yost the department's interim chief last summer after forcing Douglas Larsson out of the post. “It's been a long time,” Trustee Ken Arnswald said before the vote.

    The skyline of Doha, Qatar is seen at night from the St. Regis Hotel. Qatar’s behind-the-scenes role in securing the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl June 1, 2014, in exchange for five Taliban operatives was a classic move by a tiny but natural gas-rich Gulf state with outsize ambitions.

    Tiny Qatar stands to benefit from go-between role

    Qatar’s behind-the-scenes role in securing the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban operatives was a classic move by a tiny but natural gas-rich Gulf state with outsize ambitions. The OPEC member has shown a knack for keeping channels to conservative Islamists open while it curries favor with an array of world powers.

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday it is unfair to the family of released captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to leap to conclusions about his behavior in uniform.

    Hagel says rush to judgment on Bergdahl ‘unfair’

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday it is unfair to the family of released captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to leap to conclusions about his behavior in uniform. “We don’t do that in the United States,” Hagel told reporters at a NATO defense ministers meeting. “We rely on facts.” Hagel said the Army will review the circumstances surrounding how Bergdahl...


    Illinois State considers 2.1 percent tuition rise

    Illinois State University trustees are expected to consider a 2.1 percent tuition increase at a meeting on Friday. University spokesman Eric Jome said trustees would normally have considered tuition rates for the coming school year in May.


    Illinois’ WWII Memorial site of D-Day ceremony

    The Illinois World War II Memorial in Springfield will be the site of a ceremony marking the anniversary of D-Day. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced Tuesday the event is scheduled for Friday, June 6 at noon. The event will include re-enactors in World War II uniforms, patriotic music and a rifle salute.


    Chicago minimum wage task force to engage public

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s task force on a higher minimum wage for Chicago has announced the first of several public meetings. The Minimum Wage Working Group includes community, labor and business leaders. Its first public hearing is Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Kennedy-King College. Other hearings will be announced in coming days.


    Coroner says Indiana man dead for months in home

    A coroner says an 88-year-old Lafayette man was dead inside his home for nine months before authorities knew about his death. Neighbors tell the Journal & Courier that Gerald Gavan’s wife lived in the home during that time and acted as if all was normal.


    Drugged drivers crash with children in vehicle

    Green Bay police say two traffic crashes this week involved drivers who were high on heroin and had children in the back seat. Witnesses called police when they saw a woman swerving through traffic Monday afternoon.


    Woman gives birth along Chicago expressway

    Illinois State Police say a woman gave birth to a baby girl on the shoulder of a Chicago expressway. Authorities say the woman delivered the baby about 2 a.m. Wednesday along the northbound Dan Ryan Expressway or Interstate 90-94 on the city’s South Side.

    In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan.

    Taliban video shows handover of U.S. soldier

    The Taliban on Wednesday released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents.

    A new FBI campaign unveiled Tuesday will place public safety messages during movie previews and is offering rewards of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone who threatens aircraft in a laser attack.

    FBI goes to movies to target laser at planes

    Silence your cellphone. Save the movie commentary for later. And if you know someone who aims a laser pointer at an airplane, give us a call. A new FBI campaign unveiled Tuesday will place public safety messages during movie previews and is offering rewards of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone who threatens aircraft in a laser attack.


    AG Madigan warns Illinois residents of email scam
    Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning Illinois residents that someone is using her office’s name to scam people via email. In a statement Tuesday, Madigan says the emails falsely threaten prosecution for supposed debts.


    Storms expected to hit Chicagoland move south

    Heavy rain and severe weather expected Wednesday morning has shifted and moved south of the city, officials from the National Weather Service said Wednesday. Now, light showers are being forecast through noon, with cooler weather moving in after the rain moves on.


    Dawn Patrol: Man accused of setting tower fire; Woman dies in crash

    Man accused of setting Elgin Tower Building fire. Pleviak Elementary hosts open house before closing. Fallen soldier's parents call for former POW to be put on trial. Rolling Meadows woman dies in crash. Portions of Route 59 in Naperville to be closed over weekend. Abreu homers for Sox in 4-1 win over Dodgers.


    Lake Zurich’s Carlee Parsons, right, hugs Maria Schroeder after the Bears topped Libertyville in sectional semifinal play Wednesday at Stevenson.

    Lake Zurich outslugs Libertyville

    There were 5 triples. Also two inside-the-park homers by Libertyville’s leadoff hitter, Tayler Oberman. Two girls, Lake Zurich’s Maria Schroeder and Libertyville’s Madi Bembinski, each drove in 4 runs. Five pitchers took part in this sectional semifinal game at Stevenson. In the end, Lake Zurich used back-to-back triples from cousins Mallory and Carlee Parsons to put across 4 runs in the visitor’s seventh inning. And sophomore relief pitcher Katie Malek made those runs stand up in a 12-9 slugfest win over the Wildcats.

    St. Viator’s Matt Prazuch slides in safely with the game’s first run as Libertyville catcher Evan Skoug takes the throw during Class 4A baseball sectional semifinal play at Glenbrook South on Wednesday.

    Libertyville’s bench bunch gets a big assist

    Libertyville fell behind early to St. Viator in their sectional semifinal game before rallying for a 7-2 victory at Glenbrook South on Wednesday. The Wildcats (33-5) will face the winner of today’s semifinal between Mundelein and Glenbrook South at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the sectional title game.

    Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro hits two-run single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Chicago, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Castro leads way in Cubs' ugly 5-4 win over Mets

    Starlin Castro is working hard to overcome the perception that he doesn't care. After making an error that led to three unearned runs in the first inning, the Cubs shortstop was determined to atone for the mistake. "I just wanted to try and pick up my teammates," Castro said. "It's my fault that I made an error." Castro went 3 for 4 with three RBIs to offset his miscue and help the Cubs outlast the New York Mets for a 5-4 win in a mistake-filled game that featured a combined 13 pitchers and 15 walks.

    In Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles, starting pitcher John Danks continued to make positive strides, allowing only 1 run on 2 hits in 7⅓ innings. Still, the Sox will likely look to today’s MLB draft to fill the pitching void.

    Sox look to to draft to fill pitching void
    The MLB Draft is today, and the White Sox have the No. 3 overall pick after losing 99 games in 2013. Pitchers Carlos Rodon, Brady Aiken and Tyler Kolek and the consensus Top 3 picks, but don't be surprised if the Sox oick LSU starter Aaron Nola.


    Baseball: Wednesday, June 4 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Wednesday, Junw 3.


    Softball: Wednesday, June 4 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Wednesday, June 4.


    Hard-hitting Conant stops St. Charles East

    After falling to eventual Class 4A state runner-up St. Charles East in a regional championship game a year ago, Conant’s softball players were well aware of the Saints’ ability. “We were ready for a tough game,” said Cougars junior first baseman Hailey Rothstein. It turns out the Cougars were as tough as they had been all season. With Rothstein’s towering two-strike, two-out, 3-run homer over the right-field fence in the bottom of the third inning serving as the defining moment, the No. 2-seeded Cougars blanked No. 3 St. Charles 13-0 in five-innings at the Class 4A Bartlett sectional semifinal Wednesday. Conant (26-5) advanced to Saturday’s championship to face top-seeded Glenbard North (28-5). First pitch is tentatively set for 3 p.m., pending IHSA approval.

    In this Sept. 30, 1989 file photo, Cubs manager Don Zimmer sits in the dugout before a game against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Zimmer, a popular fixture in professional baseball for 66 years as a manager, player, coach and executive, died Wednesday. He was 83.

    Don Zimmer: With all due respect, a baseball man

    Former Cubs manager Don Zimmer died Wednesday in Dunedin, Fla., at the age of 83. He had been hospitalized since undergoing heart-valve surgery in April. He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Soot, many children and grandchildren, and thousands of baseball friends.


    Fire, Rapids play to 0-0 tie

    The Fire’s Juan Luis Anangono pushed a header wide in the 76th minute and the Fire settled for a 0-0 tie with the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night. Anangono broke free of Colorado defender Shane O’Neill and goalkeeper John Berner couldn’t recover in time to defend his goal. But with a wide open net. Anangono’s header went just outside the left post.

    Huntley’s Luke Annen (38) and Mark Skonieczny (20) gather their emotions after their loss to Prairie Ridge in the Class 4A McHenry sectional semifinal on Wednesday.

    Prairie Ridge shuts down Huntley

    Prairie Ridge pitcher Ben Cilano didn’t give Huntley many scoring opportunities in Wednesday’s 5-1 victory in a Class 4A McHenry sectional semifinal. The 6-foot-2 right-hander found himself in deep trouble only once.

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling agreed Wednesday to sign off on selling the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for what would be a record $2 billion, according to his attorney. Sterling “has made an agreement with the NBA to resolve all their differences” and as co-owner has given his consent to a deal that was negotiated by his wife, Shelly Sterling, to sell the team, said attorney Maxwell Blecher.

    Attorney: Donald Sterling agrees to sell Clippers

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling agreed Wednesday to sign off on selling the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for what would be a record $2 billion, according to his attorney.Sterling “has made an agreement with the NBA to resolve all their differences” and as co-owner has given his consent to a deal that was negotiated by his wife, Shelly Sterling, to sell the team, said attorney Maxwell Blecher.

    Jacobs’ Matt Kozlak, center, is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting a home run in the fifth inning vs. Hononegah in the Class 4A McHenry sectional semifinal on Wednesday.

    Peltier, Jacobs return to sectional final

    Jacobs pitcher Reilly Peltier was effectively wild early. Then he was just plain effective. Peltier beaned the first two Hononegah hitters he faced in a Class 4A McHenry sectional at Petersen Park Wednesday, but he quickly snuffed out that threat by striking out the next three hitters he faced, foreshadowing the rest of his 10-strikeout, 1-hit performance in a 7-1 victory.

    The Cubs pick fourth in Thursday evening’s amateur draft, and general manager Jed Hoyer has seemed perfectly sincere this week when he has said that pick is a mystery, even to him.

    Hoyer: Cubs still working on their draft board

    The Cubs have the fourth overall pick in Thursday's amateur draft. With no clear-cut favorites to go 1-3, general manager Jed Hoyer said the Cubs have narrowed their focus to about a half-dozen candidates and that debate has been going on internally about whom to pick.


    Heraty’s homer gets Grayslake Central going

    Grayslake Central’s softball team seemed to searching for energy until Brandy Heraty walked to the plate in the fourth inning. With one crack of the bat, she woke her team up during Wednesday’s Class 3A sectional semifinal at Ridgewood. Her home run pulled the Rams even on the scoreboard against Lakes. She added a bases-loaded walk in a 10-run fifth, as second-seeded Grayslake Central went on to beat the third-seeded Eagles 12-4. The Rams (23-12) will take on No. 1 Wauconda (28-8) in the sectional final at 11 a.m. Saturday.

    The New York Police Department has identified a suspect in a knife attack that left a 6-year-old boy dead and a 7-year-old girl critically injured in a public housing building that didn't have security cameras. Police say they're looking for 27-year-old Daniel St. Hubert. Bulls power forward Taj Gibson says Prince was his cousin.

    Police arrest suspect in Taj Gibson's cousin's stabbing

    A man believed to have stabbed a 6-year-old boy to death and critically injured a 7-year-old girl in a knife attack in a public housing building elevator that didn't have security cameras was arrested Wednesday just minutes after the mayor and the police commissioner publicly identified him and appealed for help catching him, police said. Bulls forward Taj Gibson says the boy was his cousin.

    Justin Williams scored 4:36 into overtime after a turnover by Dan Girardi, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night in the Stanley Cup finals opener.

    Williams puts LA Kings past Rangers in OT opener

    Justin Williams scored 4:36 into overtime after a turnover by Dan Girardi, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night in the Stanley Cup finals opener.Williams was left alone in the slot after Girardi’s pass from his knees went straight to Mike Richards. Williams put his eighth goal of the postseason past Henrik Lundqvist, who made 40 saves and nearly stole an early win for the Rangers.


    Batavia’s Piechota finishes off West Chicago

    Jacob Piechota wanted to finish what he started. Piechota, a senior left-hander, faced one of his bigger challenges of the day when West Chicago loaded the bases and put the tying run on first with 2 out while trailing Batavia 4-1 in the top of the seventh of Wednesday’s Class 4A sectional semifinals in Schaumburg.

    NCAA champion Cameron Wilson received a sponsor exemption to compete in the 2014 John Deere Classic next month.

    College stars coming out for John Deere Classic

    Illinois’ only PGA Tour event of 2014 has thrived by appealing to young players, and director Clair Peterson saw no reason to change that approach when he announced his sponsor exemptions for the John Deere Classic this week. Peterson invited four of the best college stars to battle the PGA Tour players in the 44th staging of the $4.7 million tournament, which runs July 7-13 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL, near the Quad Cities. Len Ziehm has more in his weekly golf column.


    Burba’s big hit all right with Grayslake Central

    Grayslake Central’s baseball team had the right guy up. The lefty hitter who plays left field. “Pat gets up and does what he did last year — get clutch hits,” winning pitcher Justin Guryn said. Exactly right. Pat Burba — who else? — delivered with the bat Wednesday, lifting the Rams to a 2-1 victory over “Cinderella” Woodstock in a Class 3A sectional semifinal at Marian Central Catholic in Woodstock. Burba’s one-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh gave Grayslake Central (27-10) a walk-off win — after the Blue Streaks tied the score in the top of the inning — and earned the Rams a berth in Saturday’s 11 a.m. final against the winner of today’s 3 p.m. game between Vernon Hills and Gordon Tech.


    MacDonald, Dolezal put Barrington in sectional final

    The postseason is all about making the most of your opportunities. Sophomore Rachel MacDonald and the Barrington softball team sure did that on Wednesday in Algonquin. In her first start and with just six varsity at-bats under her belt, MacDonald delivered the biggest hit of her young career, a two-out, two-run, first-pitch rocket shot double to the fence in left field in the top of the fourth inning that scored sophomore Kelly Katis and senior pinch-runner senior Jenna Privatsky with the only runs junior Keenan Dolezal would need as the Fillies beat Rockton Hononegah 2-0 in the semifinals of the Class 4A Jacobs sectional.

    White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale is certainly worth a trip to the South Side whenever he pitches.

    Short trip up the dial for Cubs fans

    Cubs' fans should be smart enough to find games on the radio next season despite the move from WGN to WBBM ... plus some additional random thoughts on other local baseball developments.

    Cubs manager Don Zimmer sits in the dugout before a game against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis in 1989. Zimmer died Wednesday in Florida.

    Popular baseball man, Cubs mananger Zimmer dies

    Don Zimmer, a popular fixture in professional baseball for 66 years as a manager, player, coach and executive, has died. He was 83. Zimmer was still working for the Tampa Bay Rays as a senior adviser. The team confirmed Wednesday night that he had died. Zimmer managed the Cubs from 1988-1991.


    More college achievers with still more bragging rights

    Presenting a college achiever roll call one final time for the 2013-14 sports year ...


    Sycamore tops Kaneland in pitchers’ duel

    After throwing four no-hit innings last week in the Class 3A Plano regional, Kaneland sophomore Anthony Holubecki picked up where he left off Wednesday against Sycamore in the Class 3A Rochelle sectional.


    Hughes hopes to be voice of Cubs for a long time

    One of the most frequently asked questions about the Cubs' impending new radio deal is whether play-by-play man Pat Hughes and analyst Ron Coomer would go along from WGN to WBBM. The answer is yes, and Hughes said Tuesday he embraces the change.

    California Chrome plays with his bridle as exercise rider Willie Delgado holds him during a bath after workout at Belmont Park on Wednesday.

    Will racing gods smile upon California Chrome?

    Will racing history smile upon California Chrome at Saturday's Belmont Stakes or will the 3-year-old's quest for the Triple Crown fall short?

    Libertyville’s Jimmy Govern grabs the base on a steal of third as St. Viator third baseman Bobby Calmeyn takes the throw during Class 4A sectional semifinal play Wednesday at Glenbrook South.

    Seniors made the difference for surprising St. Viator

    It was a disappointing end to an unexpectedly successful season for St. Viator on Wednesday. The Lions had just dropped a 7-2 decision to top-seeded Libertyville in the sectional semifinal at Glenbrook South. But instead of tears, there was an aura of satisfaction from a St. Viator team that many didn’t think would be able to compete on a daily basis this year. Instead, the Lions went 23-15 and won their fourth regional title in the last five years.

    Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarterfinal match of the French Open against compatriot David Ferrer on Wednesday at Roland Garros.

    Nadal, Murray set up French Open semifinal matchup

    Rafael Nadal rallied to beat David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 on Wednesday in the French Open, setting up a semifinal Friday against Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

    Miami Heat small forward LeBron James is well rested for the start of the NBA Finals while San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, right, has a sore ankle. The rematch of the 2013 NBA Finals begins Thursday.

    6 things to watch in NBA Finals

    The last time the NBA has a repeat Finals matchup, the Bulls beat Utah in 1998 to win their third straight title. This time, Miami can make it three in a row by beating San Antonio. The thing is, the Spurs were the better team this season and the Heat didn't have to work very hard to win the depleted East.

    Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, is averaging 23.0 points per game this season. She earned Eastern Conference player honors for May.

    Sky’s Delle Donne receives WNBA honors for May

    Without two all-star teammates, the Sky's Elena Delle Donne still earned WNBA honors for May as the top player in the Eastern Conference.


    Mike North video: Chicago baseball landscape on both sides of town
    Mike North thinks former White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle would still look good on the South Side, while the Cubs’ president of business operations Crane Kenney decides he deserves a raise.


    Baseball: Scouting Fox Valley sectionals

    Scouting the Class 4A McHenry and Schaumburg baseball sectionals.


    A prospect buyer is in negotiations to purchase the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines, officials confirmed. Maryville announced plans in March to close the facility permanently because of heavy financial losses.

    Maryville hospital in Des Plaines has prospective buyer

    A national mental health care provider has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines — news that comes just before Maryville officials had planned to close the facility for good.

    Cyndi Grasman, of Bad Pickle Tees, poses for a picture with her quirky food-related T-shirts at her home in Valley Center, Calif. Sales at Bad Pickle Tees have doubled since Grasman began selling the shirts online a year ago.

    Skip the website? Some small businesses still do

    It’s cheap. It’s easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don’t have a website. “It’s just ridiculous,” says Jim Blasingame, a small business author and radio show host. “Every small business needs a website. Period. Nonnegotiable.”

    Burt Shavitz, a former beekeeper, is the Burt behind Burt’s Bees. The reclusive beekeeper whose simple life became complicated by his status as a corporate icon is now the subject of a documentary, “Burt’s Buzz,” which opens Friday.

    Co-founder of Burt’s Bees says he was ousted

    Conventional wisdom suggests the Burt behind Burt’s Bees left the company after he became disillusioned with the corporate world in North Carolina and wanted to return to his solitary life in Maine. The reality, Burt Shavitz says, is that he was forced out by co-founder Roxanne Quimby after he had an affair with an employee.

    U.S. stocks rose Wednesday, with benchmark indexes at record levels, amid better-than-forecast data on service industries before a European Central Bank decision on stimulus and a monthly employment report.

    U.S. stocks edge higher; Protective Life soars

    Stocks rose modestly Wednesday, erasing an early decline, as investors waited to hear from the European Central Bank on Thursday. The Nasdaq got a boost from Apple, its biggest component, which gained $7.28, or 1.1 percent, whose seven-for-one stock split will happen after the close of business Friday.

    One of the three bedrooms in the Abu Dhabi Suite at the St. Regis in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    Will that be a 6-bedroom suite or just a couch?

    Private elevators, personal shopping assistants, six-bedroom suites with their own postal codes. Even helipads. This is what the super-rich have come to expect from hotels. For others, vacation now means renting someone’s apartment, a spare room, maybe just a couch — anything to save on the cost of a hotel.

    The photo sharing app Instagram is adding editing tools that go beyond the vintage-looking filters that made it popular.

    Instagram vamps up photo editing tools

    The photo sharing app Instagram is adding editing tools that go beyond the vintage-looking filters that made it popular. The Facebook-owned app said in a blog post Tuesday that users will be able to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and other features of photos they take with their smartphones.

    Google and other companies are now automatically encrypting all email, but that doesn’t ensure confidentiality unless the recipients’ email provider also adopts the technology.

    Volume of encrypted email rising amid spying fears

    The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users’ online communications from government spies and other snoops. Google and other companies are now automatically encrypting all email, but that doesn’t ensure confidentiality unless the recipients’ email provider also adopts the technology.


    Walmart requesting TIF help from Carpentersville

    Walmart still has its eyes set on moving to Carpentersville, but it wants $4.3 million from the tax increment financing district that would surround the new store. The deal is off if the retailer doesn't get the money. Walmart would build and open its 185,685 square foot store at Lake Marian Road and Route 25. The village created a TIF district for Route 25 two years ago. Construction and land acquisition are expected to cost $26.2 million.

    Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks — and a strong Memorial Day weekend — was expected to push U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.

    Automakers see big US sales gains in May

    Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks — and a strong Memorial Day weekend — was expected to push U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.General Motors, in the throes of a recall crisis, surprised with a 13 percent gain over last May. GM said May was its best month since August 2008.

Life & Entertainment

    A small fountain is the focal point in this fairy garden.

    Fairy garden festival celebrates the tiny

    Miniature gardening continues to gain in popularity all across the country. Maybe it’s our chance to play like children again; maybe it’s our opportunity to introduce children or grandchildren to gardening; maybe it’s our way to garden in very small spaces; or maybe it’s a combination of all three.

    Casanova di Neri by Brunello di Montalcino is Mary Ross' Wine of the Week

    Good wine: Mary reviews the top of the spring tastings

    In the springtime, new wine begins its trek from vat and barrel, all the way to your wineglass, stadium mug or stew pot. But in between the bottling line and your table, it is poured in dizzying variety and quantity onto the eager palates of Chicago's trade and press. Tasting season is here!

    Carrie Underwood speaks on stage Wednesday at the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

    Underwood wins 3rd straight CMT video of year

    Carrie Underwood’s special connection with CMT viewers helped her continue her run at the CMT Awards — and crash Luke Bryan’s party.Underwood won her third straight video of the year Wednesday night, taking the top honor for the fifth time with “See You Again.” The “American Idol” champion is CMT’s top overall winner with 11 belt buckles in her career.

    An untitled ink drawing by John Lennon of a guitar player.

    Lennon art trove auctioned

    A cartoon of a boy with six birds that appeared in “A Spaniard in the Works” sold for $27,500 on Wednesday. The drawing was used 30 years later as the cover for the Beatles’ single “Free as a Bird.”The song was written by Lennon in 1977.

    Chrissie Hynde, “Stockholm”

    Chrissie Hynde falls short on solo debut

    It’s an awful irony that the most notable thing about the first album Chrissie Hynde is releasing under her own name is its lack of distinctiveness. After two drug overdoses ended the first lineup of the Pretenders more than 30 years ago, the band essentially became Hynde and whoever came along for the ride. Hynde said this disc is as much a collaboration as she’s ever made.

    Sweet cherry streusel is on the summer pie rotation at Circa 57 in Arlington Heights.

    Arlington Heights' Circa 57 takes diners back in time

    From the chrome and Formica diner decor — complete with a Chevy front end keeping watch over the counter — and a menu of classics like potpie, meatloaf and buttered peas, Circa 57 in Arlington Heights transports diners and their taste buds back to the happy days. On some fronts this cute place succeeds, on others it needs a bit of polish.

    Eric Church will be performing with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm on the CMT Music Awards Wednesday.

    Eric Church brings his own surprise to CMT Awards

    Most performers promote their latest single on awards shows. Not Eric Church. Mainstream country's hardest rocker is inviting Lzzy Hale of Halestorm to appear with him on the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night for a performance of album track “That's Damn Rock & Roll” — not his current single or recent No. 1 hit.

    During Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's appearance Tuesday on NBC's “Tonight Show,” Fallon agreed to bring his production to Chicago for a few shows if Chicago Public School students read 2.4 million books this summer.

    Book bet made to bring 'Tonight Show' to Chicago

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon have made a pact to bring the show to the Windy City — with one condition. During Emanuel's appearance Tuesday on NBC's “Tonight Show,” Fallon agreed to bring his production to Chicago for a few shows if Chicago Public School students read 2.4 million books this summer.

    There will be wiggling and shaking when Jason Derulo helps Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line kick off the CMT Music Awards Wednesday night.

    Jason Derulo, John Legend among CMT Awards' VIPs

    Don't be too shocked when Jason Derulo pops out onstage with Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line during the CMT Music Awards. The 24-year-old R&B singer is one of several surprising guests on Wednesday night's country music video awards show (which airs live at 7 p.m.), keeping with CMT's tradition of unlikely matchups. Derulo thinks his appearance in Nashville is right in line with the modern musical landscape, and by the end of the night, he hopes to help spur another country crossover hit.

    This screen shot shows the home page for the website seventorrents.org, featuring a banner ad for shipping company DHL. Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators are siphoning advertising dollars from major companies.

    Online pirates thrive on legitimate ad dollars

    Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald’s. That’s the conclusion of several recent reports that shed light on Internet piracy’s funding sources.

    Electric Six

    Music notes: Electric Six playing Nellie's Friday

    Electric Six brings its raucous mix of metal, punk, disco and glam-rock to Durty Nellie's in Palatine this weekend, and local favorites Urge Overkill, who became superstars in the alternative '90s, perform in Chicago next week.

    The Doggie Ride Mini Dog Bike Trailer had two cabin leashes to secure Hammy and nice mesh windows so he could feel the breeze through his ears.

    Biking with Fido shouldn’t be a drag

    Several days before a long bike ride last year, a friend of mine suggested that we get a bike trailer for my beagle, Hamilton. Forget it, I said. Concerned about anxiety (Hammy’s) and burning quads (mine), I refused to entertain the idea. This spring, we tested out a few dog-specific models on trails, boardwalks and pavement.


    Dining events: Summer shrimp rules at Leona’s
    Put another shrimp on the barbie at Leona’s Pizzeria, where summer shrimp rules. Plus, Wildfire’s executive chef Tony Mendoza teaches kids the secrets to baking, frosting and decorating ice cream cone cupcakes during a class from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7.

    Grill eggplant slices 3 to 5 minutes per side before dicing it for bruschetta.

    Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta
    Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta is a fresh twist on a summertime favorite.

    When cooking and eating meals outside this summer, be sure to put food back into refrigeration after one to two hours.

    Some simple tips to keep your summer meals safe to eat

    With Summer finally arriving, food safety becomes a more prevalent issue when grilling and food festivals become common.

    Bourbon-infused grilled bananas smeared on raisin toast ... Now that’s what I’m talking about!

    Bananas on Toast
    Injecting fruit with vanilla-infused bourbon makes Bananas on Toast a fun and sophisticated grilled dessert.

    Brown sugar-rum sauce elevates grilled pineapple to a guest-worthy dessert.

    Grilled Pineapple Sundaes with Brown Sugar-Rum Sauce
    Brown sugar-rum sauce elevates grilled pineapple to a guest-worthy dessert.

    Grilled peaches can be served warm as a salad topping with crumbled Gorgonzola, or serve with a scoop of ice cream for dessert.

    Grilled Peaches with Honey Thyme Glaze
    Grilled Peaches with Honey Thyme Glaze can work with a savory salad or with a scoop of ice cream.

    An simple spice rub and a squeeze of lime are the only seasonings chicken needs before it meets the flames of your grill.

    Simplest Grilled Chicken
    Paula Marcoux gives chicken thighs a simple spice rub and a kiss of lime juice before they hit the grill.

    Grilled tomatoes add depth to a vinaigrette that dressed a zucchini and onion salad.

    Remember to think sides of the plate when firing up the grill

    When it comes to grilling, many people focus on the center of the plate, carefully planning and prepping their chicken thighs and shrimp skewers. Yet Weber's annual GrillWatch Survey shows that people are slowly embracing the grill for the rest of the meal, too. “You don't want to have someone in the house making the sides and potato salad,” grill master Ted Reader says. “You can do it all on the grill.”

    Grilled tomatoes add depth to a vinaigrette that dresses a zucchini and onion salad.

    Grilled Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Charred Tomato Vinaigrette
    Grilled zucchini becomes the star of Ted Reader's salad; he serves it with charred tomato vinaigrette.

    “Weber’s Big Book of Burgers” by Jamie Purviance

    From the Food Editor: Gearing up for the great burger battle

    Are you the Burger Boss in your neighborhood? Put your patty prowess to the test and enter Weber's Best Burger Battle. It could land you in Sturgis compliments of Harley Davidson. If hot dogs are more your speed, learn about the history and cultural impact of this favorite summertime sausage with culinary historian Bruce Kraig.

    The Field Museum in Chicago will host the exhibit “The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” in November 2015.

    Museums bring exhibit on Greece to Field Museum

    Two Chicago museums are partnering to bring an exhibit about ancient Greece to the city. The Field Museum and National Hellenic Museum announced “The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” will premiere at the Field Museum in November 2015. The exhibit will feature more than 500 pieces and artifacts from nearly two dozen Greek museums.

    In “FaceOff,” nearly two dozen authors take their most popular characters and have them interact in 11 stories.

    Series characters paired in ‘FaceOff’ anthology

    In “FaceOff,” nearly two dozen authors take their most popular characters and have them interact in 11 stories. The anthology opens with Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie working alongside Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch. Other authors who have their series characters working together include Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme with John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport, Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone with James Rollins’ Gray Pierce, and Joseph Finder’s Nick Heller meeting Lee Child’s Jack Reacher in a bar.

    Led Zeppelin, “Led Zeppelin”

    Led Zeppelin reissues offer meager fare

    Perhaps we should admit the truth about Led Zeppelin: It’s time to move on. Yes, even you superfans. If the unreleased material included on reissues of landmark albums “Led Zeppelin,” “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin III” is any indication of what’s to come, there’s little hope of hearing anything truly new — let alone interesting — over the rest of the band’s ambitious plan to rerelease all nine of its studio albums.

    Lemony butter makes grilled asparagus simply addictive.

    Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Butter
    Choose thick asparagus when you want to cook it on the grill. Use this lemony butter to make grilled asparagus or any grilled vegetable sing.



    Editorial: Retail shop flap an image issue for West Dundee

    A Daily Herald editorial says the village of West Dundee has created an image problem with its refusal to allow a Salvation Army resale shop in a strip mall adjacent to Spring Hill Mall, and it must work to fix it with both residents and those who might bring more business to town.


    Why I still have faith in Congress

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress. But it’s my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short. In angry diatribes or in resigned comments, people make clear their dwindling confidence in both politicians and the institution itself.


    Who are you trying to help, Mr. Speaker?
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: In a published report last month, Michael Madigan clearly displays his disdain for businesses. “I’m not here for employers ...” says Madigan, as he pushes for a minimum wage referendum to appear on the ballot. I am an employer, Speaker Madigan. I take offense to your remarks.


    Man’s honesty brightens day
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Your readers need to know about the honesty and goodness of people. Today, my wife, Lynne, and I met at the Schaumburg Home Depot. I made my purchase and left Home Depot. Soon after, I got a call from Lynne: “Henry, are you still at Home Depot? I left my purse in the shopping cart.” I said, “No, but I will go back and ask if anyone found it.”


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