Daily Archive : Friday June 13, 2014


    Michael Perrella of Wheeling is surprised at the Wheeling Wal-Mart after his daughter Nicole’s entry won him a national contest sponsored by Vizio.

    Daughter gets Wheeling dad crying with Father’s Day contest win

    Michael Perrella thought he was just going shopping with his daughter Nicole at Wal-Mart when one of the televisions started playing a special message just for him. “My dad is so special, he means the world to me,” said Nicole, 23, on the video explaining that she had entered her dad in a national Father’s Day contest that he had won a home theater package.


    Church to perform ‘Jericho: The Musical’

    The Biblical story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho are retold in a compelling format, “Jericho: The Musical,” to be performed Sunday, June 15 by the Chancel Choir of Christ Church, United Church of Christ in Des Plaines. The 35-minute musical is taken from the Book of Joshua and employs a choir, several soloists, two narrators and piano accompaniment.

    Former Army Sgt. Matthew Pelak stops Thursday along New York’s Fifth Avenue. T

    Vets watch as insurgents undo sacrifices in Iraq

    This week’s stunning advance into Mosul left many U.S. veterans reflecting — with bitterness and sadness — on the sacrifices of a war that lasted for more than eight years and killed nearly 4,500 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis.

    Col. Bradley Poppen, left, answers a question Friday during a news conference regarding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in San Antonio, Texas. Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States early Friday to continue his medical treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center. Joining Poppen are U.S. Army South Commander Maj. Gen. Joseph P. DiSalvo, center, and Col. Ronald Wool.

    Army: Bergdahl ‘looked good’ after returning to U.S.

    Maj. Gen. Joseph P. DiSalvo, who greeted Bergdahl upon his arrival from an Army medical facility in Germany, said he exchanged a few words with Bergdahl after a three-vehicle convoy met him. “He appeared just like any sergeant would when they see a two-star general, a little bit nervous. But he looked good and saluted and had good deportment,” DiSalvo said.

    Michael Buffington

    Geneva electrical chief dies in Sugar Grove crash

    Michael Buffington, the electrical superintendent for Geneva, was killed Thursday night in an automobile accident at Interstate 88 and Route 47 in Sugar Grove.

    U.S. Rep Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, hopes to ascend to majority whip.

    Roskam campaigns to become majority whip

    In a letter to members of the House Republican Conference Friday evening, Congressman Peter Roskam of Wheaton asked for support in his bid for majority whip. Roskam wrote that Republicans need to articulate "where we want our policies and our country to be in 10, 20, and 50 years, so the American people know where we stand and what we are fighting for into the future.”

    In this 2011 photo, Jack Roeser, right, and his son, Tom, discuss the past and future of Otto Engineering as the company celebrated 50 years in Carpentersville.

    Jack Roeser lauded as committed to conservatives and community

    Jack Roeser, a businessman and conservative icon in the suburbs who was one of the earliest supporters of the Tea Party in Illinois and dedicated to improving Carpentersville, died Friday morning at 90. “He one time told me, ‘My father was such a good man. I thought if that’s what it takes to be a man, I will never be one,’” his brother Tom Roeser said.

    Rachel Wright, 13, of Mundelein is about to give Olaf, a character from the movie “Frozen,” a big hug.

    Children’s Party a highlight of Libertyville Days

    Libertyville Days in Cook Park moved into its second day Friday, featuring a children's party. The festival continues through Sunday, and the Libertyville Days parade steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday.

    GPS tracking data shows cabdriver Melba Farr was traveling west at 63 mph on Interstate 90 in Hoffman Estates just before her vehicle was struck from behind in a fatal accident June 8, say sisters Jaime and Naomi Hjelm, owners of A Taxicab Leasing Corp. and A#1 Cab Dispatch in South Elgin.

    Taxi owners dispute account of I-90 crash

    Contrary to initial reports, an Elgin taxi driver who died last weekend in a fiery crash on the Jane Addams Tollway was not stopped or backing up, said the owners of the taxi fleet and dispatching companies say. Melba R. Farr, 56, of Elgin, was rear-ended by a sport utility vehicle just after 5 a.m. near Beverly Road in Hoffman Estates. The cab burst into flames and Farr died at the scene.


    Glen Ellyn District 41 appoints new board member

    A former College of DuPage associate dean, Cathryn Wilkinson, has been named to the Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 school board to replace Sam Black. Wilkinson was chosen from among 14 applicants interviewed by the board.

    John Malcom looking through his window, with the reflection of the flag hanging near his front door.

    Flag Day 2014: Why suburban residents fly the flag

    Saturday Flag Day so we asked residents, “Why do you display the American Flag?” We found personal reasons as well as common themes of patriotism and national pride. “I fly the flag on D-Day and Pearl Harbor Day for the veterans," said Jeff LeClere of Mount Prospect.

    Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner on Capitol Hill in Washington. The IRS says it has lost a trove of emails to and from Lerner’s emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed that year.

    IRS to Congress: Emails are missing

    Congressional investigators have shown that IRS officials in Washington were closely involved in the handling of tea party applications, many of which languished for more than a year without action. But so far, they have not publicly produced evidence that anyone outside the agency directed the targeting or even knew about it.

    Caitlin M. Hill

    Bartlett woman charged with DUI in crash

    A Bartlett woman has ben charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated battery to a peace officer after a Thursday night crash that injured a motorcyclist in Pingree Grove.

    An unidentified man boards a Dial-a-Ride Pace bus Friday at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. Huntley village officials are considering joining McHenry County’s MCRide bus service, which would be available to all residents. Huntley started a temporary taxi service for Sun City seniors last winter because Grafton Township cut off its bus service. The MCRide service would cost Huntley $48,500 yearly and would enable all residents to commute within Huntley and around the county. Village officials want neighboring taxing bodies, such as Grafton and Rutland townships and the Sun City Huntley Community Association to pitch in to cover the cost for the service.

    Huntley considers bus service for all residents

    Huntley village officials are considering starting a permanent bus service for all residents, not just seniors. The village board Thursday night heard a presentation from McHenry County Division of Transportation officials about the county’s MCRide Dial-a-Ride Transit Service program. It would cost Huntley $48,500 yearly to participate and would allow residents to commute within Huntley...

    The entry "sexting," photographed in New York, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, is one of the 15 new additions in the 11th edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Authorities investigating ‘sexting’ case at Wheaton middle school

    For the second time in a month, authorities are investigating the sharing of inappropriate images among Edison Middle School students in Wheaton. The mother of an eighth grade girl who was disciplined said the problem started when her daughter sent a topless photo to a male classmate. "Less than 10" students were disciplined by the district, a spokeswoman said.

    Guadalupe Molina

    Fox Valley police reports
    Dale Sowers, 52, of Elgin, was arrested Thursday on several drug charges after police pulled him over on a search warrant, according to a Carpentersville police report. Police found .2 grams of heroin on Sowers’ person, $266 in denominations consistent with drug sales and a crack pipe with burned residue. Sowers was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, possession of...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Darone J. Mutts, 23, of Batavia, was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol by a passenger at 10:18 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of East Wilson Street, according to a police report.

    Berri West, left, kisses her new spouse Lisa West, right, after they were married Monday in Green Bay, Wis. Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment, approved by 59 percent of voters in 2006, outlawed gay marriage.

    Wisconsin judge puts same-sex marriages on hold

    MADISON, Wis. — A federal judge on Friday put same-sex marriages in Wisconsin on hold, a week after she struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional, a move that allowed more than 500 couples to wed over the last eight days.

    Dayne Brett, an associate producer for “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” watches as hopeful game show participants, including Hilde Elg of Glen Ellyn and Michael Schwartz of Chicago, take a contestant screening test Friday morning at Hollywood Palms cinema in Naperville.

    ‘Millionaire’ hopefuls take trivia test in Naperville

    Chicago-area trivia buffs who want to test their mettle for money on TV took a pretest of sorts Friday morning in Naperville as “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” producers rolled into town for contestant auditions at Hollywood Palms cinema. “I skipped work to be here,” said Michael Schwartz of Chicago. “I love trivia, I love the show and I wanted the chance to win...

    Daily Herald subscribers learn about grilling at an event Friday at Northwest Metalcraft in Arlington Heights.

    Subscribers get meaty lessons at Grilling University

    More than 70 grilling enthusiasts showed up Friday afternoon to learn about grilling dos and don’ts and sample freshly grilled fare from experts at Northwest Metalcraft in Arlington Heights. The event was called Grilling University.

    Martin Ybarra

    Chicago man sentenced for 2009 triple slaying

    A Chicago street gang member has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of three teenagers when he opened fire on a rival gang member outside a high school.

    Andrew Adler is a missing Gurnee resident.

    Search planned Sunday for missing Gurnee man

    Volunteers will join friends and relatives on Sunday in an organized search for a missing Gurnee man. Andrew Adler, 57, left his home Sunday morning for a bike ride, and he hasn’t been seen or heard from since, Gurnee police said. “We don’t have any leads on this,” police Cmdr. Willie Meyer said Friday. “The family is obviously feeling that they need to do...


    Famed vascular surgeon dies

    A vascular surgeon who gained national and international acclaim as one of the pioneers in organ transplantation has died at the age of 87. Dr. John J. Bergan died Wednesday in Chicago, 50 years after he performed the first kidney transplant at what is now Northwestern Memorial Hospital.


    DuPage cops cleared of excessive force charges

    A federal judge Friday dismissed charges of excessive force against a DuPage County sheriff’s deputy stemming from a 2010 drug arrest. Northern District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman dismissed the charges against Tracy Reed before a jury found four other officers from Woodridge and Lisle not guilty of the same charges.


    Six being questioned in Aurora shooting

    Aurora police were questioning six people Friday about an early morning shooting that injured a 43-year-old woman at her home on the city’s near east side. Police said the woman was struck once in the neck as several shots flew through her home’s bathroom window just before 3:20 a.m. in the 200 block of North Fourth Street.

    An outbreak of black mold at the Kane County morgue will force Coroner Rob Russell to send all dead bodies needing further investigation to DuPage County for the near future.

    Mold shuts down Kane County morgue, and Lauzen’s unhappy

    All Kane County dead bodies requiring further investigation will go to DuPage County's morgue for at least the short term. While looking into the purchase of a new freezer, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell discovered a black mold infestation serious enough to tape off the facility until it is remediated. County board Chairman Chris Lauzen said if Russell would have purchased a new freezer earlier...

    President Barack Obama spent 12 years as a constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago, which will be submitting one of the bids for his presidential library.

    Chicago determined not to lose Obama library bid

    Barack Obama’s hometown is making an official pitch that the city where the president got his political start should also be at the center of his post-White House legacy, with five separate Chicago bids to host his presidential library ahead of Monday’s deadline.


    Political firm had key job in Get Covered Illinois

    A key subcontractor working on the campaign to promote President Barack Obama’s health care law in Illinois is a Chicago political strategy consulting firm owned by three former aides to some of the state’s most-powerful Democrats.

    Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Luis Gutierrez listen as Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson speaks during a news conference regarding federal policy on deportations Friday in Chicago.

    Homeland Security chief visits detention center

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said his visit Friday to a Chicago-area immigration detention center will help him as he reviews federal deportation policy at President Barack Obama’s direction. Johnson made the visit to Broadview Immigration Detention Center after an invitation from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Springfield, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate.


    Dozens of kids fall ill at 4-H camp

    Public health officials say about 40 children became sick at a 4-H camp in central Illinois.


    Palatine District 15 provides free breakfasts for eligible students, community members

    Palatine Township District 15 will offer free, nutritious breakfasts to eligible students and anyone under 18 -- regardless of income -- beginning June 30, officials say. The district will serve the meals Mondays through Thursdays.

    Paul Vallas

    Quinn’s running mate calls Rauner’s plan a ‘joke’

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate, Paul Vallas, says Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s plan to cut spending is a “joke.” The former Chicago Public Schools CEO held a news conference Friday to address Rauner’s proposals.


    Parking lot work at Rosemont school

    Pavement rehabilitation work is underway in the north and south parking lots of Rosemont Elementary School, officials said.


    Aerial spraying aimed at fighting gypsy moth in Bartlett

    To keep an invasive species from taking root in the northeast corner of the state, the Illinois Department of Agriculture is spraying an environmentally friendly insect pheromone from fixed-wing airplanes, including over Bartlett. It's part of a program to ward off European gypsy moth, a pest that wreaks havoc on trees.

    Andre Davis speaks with his mother after his release from the downstate Tamms Correctional Center. Davis has been charged with murder again.

    Man exonerated in ’80 slaying faces new murder charge

    A Chicago man who served 32 years in prison before DNA evidence overturned his conviction in the 1980 rape and murder of a 3-year-old girl has now been charged with killing a man after a dispute in a dice game.

    An American flag flies over the remains of a tornado-ravaged neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    Florida more vulnerable to killer twisters than Midwest

    Along with Florida, Dixie Alley — including Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, western parts of the Carolinas — is where “more people die from tornadoes” than anywhere else in the world, said Southeast Regional Climate Center director Charles Konrad II

    American flags fly in front of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York.

    Stocks rise as technology shares gain

    OpenTable jumped $33.32, or 47 percent, to $103.7 5 after Priceline agreed to buy the online restaurant reservation company for $2.6 billion. Priceline fell $24.58, or 2 percent, to $1,201.42.


    Crystal Lake man admits guilt in money order scam

    A 47-year-old Crystal Lake man pleaded guilty Friday to federal mail fraud charges stemming from a counterfeit money order scheme. Michael S. Mackay, 47, admitted in court that during the course of the nearly yearlong scam, that he received at least $2.5 million in counterfeit money orders that netted him roughly $10,000. Mackay faces up to 20 years in prison at his sentencing slated for Sept. 19.


    Four from suburbs charged in embezzlement scheme

    The Cook County State's Attorney's office has charged four suburban residents with embezzling more than $7 million from a Chicago law firm. Prosecutors said a former office manager schemed with three vendors to create fake invoices for goods never delivered or services not performed. Two face up to 30 years in prison if convicted, while the others are facing a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.

    John Malcom looking through his front door window with the reflection of the American flag that hangs in front of his Arlington Heights home. Malcom served in the Army National Guard from 1967-1972.

    Images: Flag Day in the Suburbs
    American flags are flying all over the suburbs in celebration of Flag Day on Saturday, June 14th. Area residents reflect on what inspires them to fly the flag at their home or business.

    Deteriorating columns holding up the canopy in front of the Island Lake Village Hall are on the list of repairs for the building.

    Repairs coming to Island Lake village hall

    Island Lake Mayor Charles Amrich’s 2013 victory meant the end of a proposal to build a new village hall. While Amrich’s win hasn’t kept the current building at 3720 Greenleaf Ave. from deteriorating, cash-conscious officials are tackling the structure’s broken doors, rusted columns and other flaws gradually instead of starting from scratch.

    Chris Colfer

    ‘Glee’ actors returns to Naperville with new book

    "Glee" actor Chris Colfer returns to Naperville with his new book.

    Joanne Zienty of Wheaton wrote “The Things We Save,” the novel that made her the winner of the first Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project. Her own cache of saved memorabilia that she carries in her purse include her mother’s rosary, a pen from her father’s workplace, a crucifix and St. Christopher’s medal from a brother who died as a child, seashells from Florida, and small rocks from the Indiana Dunes.

    Joanne Zienty of Wheaton was named winner of library contest

    Wheaton resident Joanne Zeinty, an elementary school library media specialist, is the winner of the first Soon to Be Famous Author Project. Her debut novel, "The Things We Save," is about how mementoes Claire Sokol keeps in an old Marshall Field's gift box are reminders of the history that caused her family to fall apart and the struggle to put it back together. She does a book signing at Wheaton...

    Lisle is surveying residents and visitors alike about what improvements they'd like to see along the village's Ogden Avenue corridor, with a focus on improving the business and shopping climate.

    Lisle seeking input on redevelopment along Ogden Avenue

    Lisle is asking residents and visitors to participate in an online survey to help formulate plans to revitalize the village's Ogden Avenue corridor, which stretches from I-355 to Naper Boulevard, as well as its downtown. The questionnaire focuses on how the village can best improve the infrastructure along Ogden and attract more businesses.

    The bike and pedestrian bridge under the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway over the Fox River in Elgin will be disassembled soon. A new one will open in late 2016, officials said.

    Councilman: Can I-90 Fox trail bridge be used elsewhere?

    The pedestrian and bike bridge under the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway over the Fox River in Elgin is expected to be disassembled sometime this month, and one councilman is wondering if it can somehow be reused within the city. The 660-foot bridge will be replaced by the Toll Highway Authority as part of the ongoing, $2.5 billion widening and improvement project for the tollway. “I would...

    Hamza Ali Ben Ali

    Daredevil motorcyclist gets 4 years for Westmont chase

    A Plainfield motorcyclist who lured police into chasing him and then posted videos of the pursuits online was sentenced Friday to four years in prison. DuPage County Judge George Bakalis found Hamza Ali Ben Ali, 31, guilty last month of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer and a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license.

    Iraqi police deploy in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014.

    US: Iraqi insurgency threatens American interests

    The U.S. is contemplating military action in Iraq to quell the fast-moving insurgency because it has spent years investing in Iraq’s future, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. Kerry said the Sunni insurgency, which has swept to control of several cities in Iraq’s west and north, is also plotting against American and Western interests. Known as the Islamic State of Iraq and...

    Grandpa Mark Stein works with a second-grader in Heidi Sansone’s class at Washington School in Mundelein.

    Moving Picture: Mundelein school kids call him ‘Grandpa’

    “Grandpa Mark” is a school treasure. Just ask the students and faculty at Washington Elementary School in Mundelein. Students are so in love with Mark Stein that the school has worked him into a full-time volunteer job, helping out in kindergarten through second grade classes. “Kindergartners are a whole lot of fun to watch as they learn," Stein said..

    Host Tyler Florence with Tim “Gravy” Brown, right, and Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti during the taping last year of “Food Court Wars” at Spring Hill Mall. Brown and Bertoletti operate Taco in a Bag at the mall, and will appear on two television shows this summer. They say business has been slow and that they are using television as a vehicle to promote the eatery.

    W. Dundee eatery that won reality show to appear on TV again

    Taco in a Bag, the “Food Court Wars” winner that's been serving up its namesake at Spring Hill Mall since March, returns to the media spotlight with an upcoming debut on “Chicago's Best.” The show, hosted by Brittney Payton and Elliott Bambrough, highlights the best grub in the city and suburbs as selected by its viewers on social media. The Taco in a Bag segment is...

    Air traffic controllers are still working schedules known as “rattlers” that make it likely they’ll get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, more than three years after a series of incidents involving controllers sleeping on the job, according to a government report released Friday.

    FAA controllers still working ‘rattler’ schedules

    Air traffic controllers are still working schedules known as “rattlers” that make it likely they’ll get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, more than three years after a series of incidents involving controllers sleeping on the job, according to a government report released Friday. The report by the National Research Council also expressed concern about the...

    Bears cornerback Charles Tillman throws his ball down the alley Thursday as he kicks off the third annual Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament at Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports in Rosemont.

    Bears gather in Rosemont to bowl for a good cause

    Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and some of his teammates put down footballs and picked up bowling balls Thursday night in Rosemont to raise money for Tillman’s foundation. The third annual Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament was held at Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports in Rosemont’s entertainment district.

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt pose for the photographers as they arrive at the ‘End Sexual Violence in Conflict’ summit in London, Friday, June 13, 2014. The Summit welcomes governments from over 100 countries, over 900 experts, NGOs, Faith leaders, and representatives from international organizations across the world.

    Kerry calls for end to sexual violence in war zones

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for an end to rape and sexual violence in conflict zones as he joined actress Angelina Jolie and Britain’s foreign minister Friday at a London conference on the topic.

    Children play with an Iraqi Army helmet left behind after militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took over the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014.

    Shiite cleric calls on Iraqis to defend country

    A representative for Iraq’s top Shiite cleric on Friday urged Iraqis to defend their country as militants who have seized large swaths of the nation’s Sunni heartland captured two towns in an ethnically mixed province northeast of Baghdad. Neighboring Shiite powerhouse Iran signaled its willingness to confront the growing threat from this week’s militant blitz, which the...

    Control of the now-closed state prison near the central Illinois community of Dwight will be transferred from the Department of Corrections to another state agency.

    Dwight Prison given to state agency

    Control of the now-closed state prison near the central Illinois community of Dwight will be transferred from the Department of Corrections to another state agency.


    Illinois Amish to help repair World War I cannon

    A cannon from World War I is about to get an upgrade with the help of some Amish craftsmen who live in central Illinois. The Kankakee Daily Journal reports American Legion officials from Manteno are taking the wheels from a historic cannon to an Amish buggy repair shop in Arcola.


    Activist says police chief retaliated online

    A town police chief in western Wisconsin is accused of retaliating against a tea party activist by creating accounts in his name on pornographic and dating websites.


    Deer jumps through office window in Roscoe

    Police in the northern Illinois village of Roscoe say a deer jumped through a real estate office’s double-pane window. Police say it happened Thursday night at Dickerson and Nieman Realtors in downtown Roscoe.

    A popular northern Indiana amusement park is celebrating its 88th birthday with new rides and a plan for growth.

    Indiana Beach owners ‘optimistic’ about future

    A popular northern Indiana amusement park is celebrating its 88th birthday with new rides and a plan for growth. Indiana Beach officials say the park first founded in 1926 has seven new rides for visitors this year.

    The Rev. Fred Adamson, middle, vicar general of the Phoenix Archdiocese, speaks after a Wednesday evening attack left priest, the Rev. Kenneth Walker, shot and killed and another priest, the Rev. Joseph Terra, critically injured at the Roman Catholic church the Mother of Mercy Mission.

    Police: Priests attacked at Phoenix church, 1 dies

    Authorities have collected evidence from a Roman Catholic church in downtown Phoenix where one priest was fatally shot and another was critically injured, but investigators say they still don’t have any suspects or solid leads. Police are unsure how many perpetrators were involved or whether robbery was the motive in the recent attack at the Mother of Mercy Mission near the state Capitol.

    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, flew to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio from Ramstein Air Base.

    Bergdahl back in the U.S. to continue recuperation

    Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, returned to the United States early Friday to continue his medical treatment.“Our focus remains on his health and well-being,” said Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.


    Dawn Patrol: Hit-and-run hurts motorcyclist in Pingree Grove; Kennedy blues

    Motorcyclist hurt in hit-and-run in Pingree Grove. You'll have the Kennedy blues this weekend. Highland Park 'huffing' case to Supreme Court? Park City man charged in Rosemont shooting.

    Spectrum Retirement Communities has proposed a 212-unit development for the former Jamaican Gardens nursery site on Route 176 in Green Oaks.

    Green Oaks considers special tax district for Rondout

    The little village of Green Oaks is considering a special financing district to help make improvements in the Rondout area it annexed years ago. Mayor Bernard Wysocki said the village wants to provide a mechanism that could help fund improvements in the area known as Rondout "We always hoped to redevelop that area," Mayor Bernard Wysocki said.

    Ryan Seick, a product manager for Motorola Solutions, demonstrates a new cloud-based application geared toward public safety agencies. The application can give police information needed when responding to “high-anxiety” 911 calls.

    New Motorola Solutions product maps, analyzes data for emergency responders

    Motorola Solutions debuted a new product on Thursday geared toward public safety agencies. The Intelligent Data Portal is a cloud-based application mapping information pulled from public and private sources, the Schaumburg-based company says. Suddenly, officers can learn the names and ages of people associated with the address and their “risk profile,” based on a complex algorithm...

    Dan Duffy

    Rauner joins Duffy on barbershop tour
    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner joined state Sen. Dan Duffy of Lake Barrington on a tour of barbershops on the South Side of Chicago last weekend. Duffy, who was born on the South Side, has done the tour via the Young Government organization regularly over the past five years in an effort to learn the concerns of small business owners and voters in the black community.

    Newly installed 20-foot-tall letters spelling out T-R-U-M-P stand on the side real estate billionaire Donald Trump’s skyscraper in Chicago.

    Trump, Emanuel spar over sign

    The installation of 20-foot-tall letters spelling out T-R-U-M-P on the side of the billionaire’s gleaming Chicago skyscraper has triggered a war of words between Donald Trump and Rahm Emanuel — with the city’s mayor saying he’s looking for a way to undo the “architecturally tasteless” sign, and the developer in no mood to take anything down.

    Kayla Magnuson

    13 charges against St. Charles boy in Batavia, St. Charles robbery cases

    A St. Charles 17-year-old faces 14 charges in connection with armed robberies and thefts in Batavia and St. Charles Wednesday, as well as a theft the day before in Geneva. A Geneva adult has also been charged in the Batavia robbery, but hasn't been charged so far in the St. Charles robberies and thefts.

    A fellow is buzzed by sea gulls after tossing food in to air on St. Pete Beach, Florida in March.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of June 9.


    Brazil striker Fred has defended his actions that led to the controversial penalty in the World Cup opener against Croatia, saying he was clearly fouled. Speaking publicly for the first time after Brazil’s 3-1 win over Croatia on Thursday in Sao Paulo, Fred came to the defense of Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura.

    Brazil’s Fred says it was a ‘clear penalty’ on him

    Brazil striker Fred has defended his actions that led to the controversial penalty in the World Cup opener against Croatia, saying he was clearly fouled.Speaking publicly for the first time after Brazil’s 3-1 win over Croatia on Thursday in Sao Paulo, Fred came to the defense of Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura.

    White Sox starter Jose Quintana, right, listens to pitching coach Don Cooper during the first inning of Friday night’s home loss to Kansas City.

    Deep hole too much for Sox to overcome

    Jose Quintana put the White Sox in a deep hole early, and they could never climb out of it in a 7-2 loss to the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox had Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie in trouble all night, but they were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position while leaving 11 runners on base.

    England’s Wayne Rooney juggles the ball during a training session Friday at Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. England plays Italy today.

    What to watch for today in the World Cup

    After months of hype about how the humidity in the jungle city of Manaus will affect the players from England and Italy, and a week of intense attention on the patchy playing surface, today’s match will determine which team feels the heat more.

    White Sox starter Jose Quintana listens to pitching coach Don Cooper during the first inning of Friday’s home loss to Kansas City.

    Royals rough up Quintana, beat Sox 7-2

    The Royals staked winning pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to a five-run lead before he took the mound. Sox starter Jose Quintana (3-7) never recovered from the slow start, allowing six runs and eight hits in six innings. Jose Abreu went 1 for 4 with an RBI for the Sox in the 7-2 loss at home.

    Former Steelers coach Chuck Noll in 1971

    Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll dies at 82

    Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Friday night at his home. He was 82. Noll transformed the Steelers from a long-standing joke into one of the NFL’s pre-eminent powers, becoming the only coach to win four Super Bowls. He was a demanding figure who did not make close friends with his players, yet was a successful and motivating leader.

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, left, celebrates with Kyle Clifford after scoring the winning goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the second overtime period in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

    Kings win the Cup on double-OT goal

    Alec Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday night. Marian Gaborik scored a tying power-play goal with 12:04 left in regulation for the resilient Kings, who rallied from yet another deficit before finishing off the Rangers in the longest game in franchise history.


    Baseball: Friday, June 13 results
    High school baseball results from Friday, June 13.


    Softball: Friday, June 13 results
    High school softball results from Friday, June 13.

    Craig Kelly (21) comforts teammate Ryan Nutof (22) after South Elgin’s 3-2 loss to St. Rita in the Class 4A state semifinals Friday in Joliet.

    Semifinal disappointment for South Elgin

    The looks on the faces of South Elgin baseball players spoke volumes after Friday’s 3-2 loss to St. Rita in a Class 4A semifinal at Silver Cross Field Friday night.


    Mystics defeat short-handed Sky 79-68

    Emma Meesseman took advantage of Elena Delle Donne’s absence for Chicago to finish with career highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Washington Mystics to a 79-68 victory over the short-handed Sky on Friday night.


    Snappers top Cougars 3-2 in pitching duel

    Beloit’s Dylan Covey bedeviled the Kane County Cougars on the mound as he pitched a complete game in the Snappers’ 3-2 win at Pohlman Field.


    Boomers can’t hold lead, lose 4-2 to ThunderBolts

    The Schaumburg Boomers saw a 2-run lead slip away as they suffered a 4-2 loss to the Windy City ThunderBolts in the opener of a road series.

    Jake Arrieta threw seven impressive innings, Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer and the Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Friday night in matchup of last-place teams.

    Cubs win battle of last-place teams, 2-1 over Phils

    Jake Arrieta threw seven impressive innings, Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer and the Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Friday night in matchup of last-place teams. Arrieta (2-1) allowed two hits and no runs, tying a career high with nine strikeouts.

    Chicago White Sox athletic trainer Herman Schneider, second from right, escorts Avisail Garcia (26) off the field after Garcia jammed his left shoulder on a diving catch during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Denver. The Rockies won 10-4. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

    Garcia doesn’t expect to return this season

    Avisail Garcia has been playing catch this week, but the White Sox' promising young right fielder is still expected to be out for the entire season after tearing the labrum in his left shoulder in early April.

    With catcher Jodie Hurd coming out to join the celebration, Jana Wagner, right, and Rachele Belletini hug after Warren’s 6-3 victory over Glenbard North in Friday’s Class 4A state semifinal in East Peoria.

    Warren finds winning mix against Glenbard North

    Warren topped Glenbard North 6-3 in the Class 4A softball state semifinals Friday, putting the Blue Devils on the verge of history. Warren (29-7) has a chance to earn the school's first team state championship in a girls sport with a victory over Sandburg (24-15), which denied Lincoln-Way East in the first semifinal 5-1 Saturday evening. Glenbard North (30-6) faces the Griffins (27-11) for the consolation championship.

    Rolling Meadows’ Jacqueline Kemph drives in the lane against Hersey’s Maggie Hogen.

    Rolling Meadows’ Kemph proves to be the complete student-athlete

    Being able to finish in any sport is so important for an athlete. Nobody did it better than Rolling Meadows’ Jackie Kemph. On the basketball court, she seemed to always finish with a flare. Her moves to the basket were of the A+ plus variety, and her soft bank shots or lay-ins seemed to always finish right through the net. And she finished strong in the classroom, receiving straight A’s her final two years after receiving only 3 B’s as a freshman and one as a sophomore. The finishing results? Kemph is the Daily Herald’s Northwest Female Athlete of the Year.

    Ken Flickinger, here getting a postgame dousing after coaching Westminster Christian to a regional victory over Harvest Christian, has resigned after nine years at the Elgin school.

    Flickinger’s run ends at Westminster Christian

    Westminster Christian athletic director Rick Palmer announced Friday that girls basketball coach Ken Flickinger has resigned to pursue a non-coaching career in Colorado.


    Cubs activate Sweeney, DL Bonifacio
    The Cubs have activated outfielder Ryan Sweeney from the disabled list and placed Emilio Bonifacio on it.

    Carmel’s Kathleen Felicelli connects for a 3-run homer against Nazareth during action this spring.

    Felicelli was quite a catch for Carmel

    For the second year in a row, Carmel Catholic's Kathleen Felicelli is the Daily Herald’s Lake County female athlete of the year. All did she during her senior year was advance to state with tennis doubles partner Michelle Kannenberg, lead Carmel to its first sectional championship in girls basketball and hit 11 home runs in softball to graduate as the school’s all-time leader with 37 long balls.

    Grayslake Central pitcher David Llorens delivers against Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin during Class 3A baseball state semifinals at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

    Painful loss for Grayslake Central

    Ouch! Grayslake Central loses to Sacred Heart-Griffin 3-2 in the Class 3A state semifinals by hitting a batter to bring in the winning run.

    Jacobs Lauren Van Vlierbergen reacts after winning the Class 3A 800-meter run during girls track and field state finals at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    When Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen runs, people stop to watch

    Jacobs senior-to-be Lauren Van Vlierbergen might have a future as a spokeswoman for E.F. Hutton, the investment banking firm famous for its commercials with the tag line, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” In the case of the ultra-talented Golden Eagles’ distance runner, when she sets foot on the track, people stop what they’re doing to watch her races.

    Alexis Sanchez produced a dynamic performance to lead Chile to a 3-1 win over Australia in the World Cup on Friday, scoring one goal and setting up another for one of the dangerous outsiders in the tournament. Chile threatened to run away with the game in muggy Cuiaba when Sanchez poked home from close range in the 12th minute.

    Chile beats Australia 3-1 in World Cup opener

    Alexis Sanchez produced a dynamic performance to lead Chile to a 3-1 win over Australia in the World Cup on Friday, scoring one goal and setting up another for one of the dangerous outsiders in the tournament.Chile threatened to run away with the game in muggy Cuiaba when Sanchez poked home from close range in the 12th minute

    San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich and guard Tony Parker have the Spurs offense hitting on all cylinders with a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals over Miami.

    Down 3-1, can Heat stop Spurs machine?

    The San Antonio Spurs left Miami last June looking so human, Tim Duncan nearly in tears talking about how close they were to another championship. They don’t look human now. They look like a machine. Up 3-1 and shooting the ball at a level never seen in the NBA Finals, the Spurs headed home with a chance to wrap things up on Sunday night in Game 5.

    UCLA’s Ed O’Bannon, shown here celebrating after his team won the NCAA championship game in 1995 against Arkansas, has waited five years for his antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA to go to trial.

    NCAA trial adds up the worth of amateurs

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon was holding his own on the witness stand in his lawsuit against the NCAA, sticking to the view that college players should be paid because their athletic ability is the main reason they are in school to begin with.Then he took it a step further. If Little Leaguers bring in money for television networks in their games, maybe they should be paid, too.The idea of 12-year-olds getting paychecks for anything other than mowing a neighbor’s lawn seems a bit preposterous. But O’Bannon’s point is at the heart of the trial unfolding in California: Athletics, even at the most amateur level, are worth big bucks. In a week of testimony in the trial that could redefine how college athletics operate, the amount of money generated by the players performance added up, bit by bit.“The big thing to understand is how much is being brought in,” O’Bannon said. “When the pie that is brought in is huge I think it’s big enough for everyone to share a piece of that pie.”College athletes see the billions of dollars brought in by television contracts that seem to multiply every year. They see their coaches getting rich, and everyone employed by their schools living well. And they try to understand just what so-called “amateurism” really means when everyone is making money except the players themselves.Just how big is that pie? Huge, and about to get much bigger as new television contracts are signed and new networks are formed to show college sports.According to data submitted to the U.S. Department of Education and compiled by O’Bannon’s lawyers, Division 1 basketball schools and FBS football programs took in $4.5 billion in revenue in the 2012-13 school year. Of that, $3.5 billion was generated by the 69 schools that were in the former Bowl Championship Series conferences.Sports economist Daniel Rascher of the University of San Francisco testified on behalf of the plaintiffs seeking payment for the use of their names and images that 65 of those schools had profitable football programs, with a net total profit of $1.3 billion on revenue of $2.7 billion. The University of Texas alone made $81 million on its football program on revenue of $109 million, and Rascher said his analysis showed profits are even higher than listed, largely because donations to programs aren’t allocated to specific sports.“These schools are highly profitable and their revenues are continuing to grow at a fast pace,” Rascher said. “They’re even more profitable than on paper because of the way they do their books.”Those profits will almost surely increase with huge new television contracts that lawyers for the NCAA, major conferences and television networks fought hard in court to keep under wraps.They were largely successful, getting U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken to agree to redact large parts of the NCAA contract for the men’s basketball tournament and other conference contracts. Wilken agreed with attorneys for networks, conferences and the NCAA that they would be at a competitive disadvantage if others knew their business.The deals that are publicly known, though, are whoppers. The NCAA pact by itself is worth an average of $770 million a year, while ESPN will soon pay $470 million a year for college football playoffs. The conferences themselves have TV deals that bring big schools more than $20 million a year and some think Southeastern Conference schools will pocket $40 million each year when a new SEC network is in full operation.

    Martin Kaymer set the 36-hole scoring record at the U.S. Open on Friday with another 5-under 65 — this one without a single bogey — to build an early eight-shot lead and leave the rest of the field wondering if the 29-year-old German was playing a different course, or even a different tournament.

    Martin Kaymer sets U.S. Open record at Pinehurst

    Martin Kaymer set the 36-hole scoring record at the U.S. Open on Friday with another 5-under 65 — this one without a single bogey — to build an early eight-shot lead and leave the rest of the field wondering if the 29-year-old German was playing a different course, or even a different tournament.

    Mexico’s Giovani dos Santos, right, reacts after a goal was disallowed while Cameroon’s goalkeeper Charles Itandje looks on during the group A World Cup soccer match between Mexico and Cameroon in the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Peralta scores in Mexico’s 1-0 win over Cameroon

    With torrential rain pouring down and two goals already contentiously disallowed, tens of thousands of soggy but boisterous Mexico fans were getting nervous.They had already started chanting for Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, the striker benched in favor of Oribe Peralta, to come on and deliver a game winner.Seconds after the chant began, Peralta scored in the 61st minute to help Mexico to a 1-0 victory Friday.

    Netherlands' Arjen Robben goes around Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas to score his side's fifth goal during the second half of the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Netherlands thrashes Spain 5-1 in World Cup stunner

    The Netherlands thrashed Spain 5-1 Friday, toying with the defending champions in the second half and gaining a measure of revenge for its 2010 loss in the World Cup final. Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben both scored twice and defender Stefan de Vrij grabbed his first international goal in a humiliating defeat for a Spain team that has won its last three major tournaments.


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 14

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International.

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA’s former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners, said a person familiar with Sterling’s legal strategy.

    AP: Donald Sterling hires investigators to dig up dirt on NBA

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA’s former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners, said a person familiar with Sterling’s legal strategy.


    Blackhawks weren’t the only ones creating a little drama

    The last couple of months have been fascinating — as they always are with the Blackhawks.Kaner, Toews, the OT’s, the almost amazing comeback … but the one memory that will stick with me forever was the day of Game 5 in St. Louis.I’m pretty sure it was the most ridiculous day in history.

    United States’ head coach Juergen Klinsmann has said his team has no chance of winning the World Cup and should just focus on advancing in group play.

    USA soccer needs to believe it can win

    USA soccer's head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, doesn’t seem to think his team can win, and Mike North believes he should be fired with that attitude. After all, the Miracle on Ice coach never took that approach.


    Michael Jordan puts his hands in cement to leave hand prints in the courtyard of Hornets Nest Elementary School as a part of the Hornets all-staff Day of Service in Charlotte.

    Michael Jordan joins billionaire club

    Like Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan’s fortune isn’t derived from his earnings on the court. During his 13-season playing career, Jordan pulled in just over $90 million in salary (including the $4 million the Bulls paid him to play minor league baseball in 1993). Of course, that’s indicative of the era in which he played, when salaries were much lower than they are now.

    People play a video game Thursday at the Square Enix booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

    Winners,losers from the E3

    Consumers have bought a few million more PS4s than Xbox Ones, but that doesn’t mean Sony can rest on its laurels. The Wii U has had a rough time in the market, but Nintendo rewarded its diehard fans this year.

    General Motors is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from the 2010 to 2014 model years. A driver’s knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the “run” position, causing an engine stall.

    GM recalling Camaros for ignition switch problem

    Ignition switches once again are causing problems for General Motors. This time the company is recalling nearly 512,000 Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars from the 2010 to 2014 model years because a driver’s knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the “run” position, causing an engine stall. That disables the power steering and brakes and could cause drivers to lose control. GM said Friday that it knows of three crashes and four minor injuries from the problem.

    Chuck Rizzo says he recently made renovations to the second floor of Rizzo’s bar in downtown Naperville to improve safety and decrease congestion and “tension” near stairways. The bar now is aligned parallel to the length of the building instead of perpendicular, and there is only one entrance to the second floor instead of three.

    Rizzo’s renovates second floor of Naperville bar for safety

    Moving around the second floor of Rizzo’s in downtown Naperville should be a little easier, but getting there might take longer now that the bar has completed renovations to improve safety and reduce overcrowding. “We feel that we’re trying to be proactive about certain situations that may occur,” owner Chuck Rizzo said.

    More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but claims for jobless aid remain near pre-recession levels.

    Applications for U.S. jobless aid up modestly

    More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but claims for jobless aid remain near pre-recession levels. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 317,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased to 315,250.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week for a second straight week but remained near historic lows.

    Average US 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.20 pct

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week for a second straight week but remained near historic lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for a 30-year loan increased to 4.20 percent from 4.14 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage jumped to 3.31 percent from 3.23 percent.

    Ross William Ulbricht

    U.S. Marshals to auction seized bitcoin

    The U.S. Marshals Service said Thursday it will auction roughly $18 million in bitcoins seized last fall from Silk Road, a website that was effectively the eBay of illegal drugs. The marshals said Thursday that they will auction the virtual “coins,” consisting of sets of numbers entered in an online public ledger, via the Web on June 27.

    A saucer-shaped test vehicle known as a Low Density Supersonic Decelerator holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars is shown in the Missile Assembly Building at the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kekaha on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

    Winds foil NASA’s plan to launch ‘flying saucer’

    NASA is regrouping after it lost the chance to launch a “flying saucer” into Earth’s atmosphere to test Mars technology. Winds at a military range on the Hawaiian island of Kauai have not cooperated during the two-week launch window that ends on Saturday.

    Elon Musk

    Tesla opening access to its electric car patents

    Electric car maker Tesla Motors is giving other companies open access to its patents to accelerate the development of electric vehicles. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Thursday the company will share several hundred patents and won’t sue those who use them.

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

    Samsung tablets to have richer colors in screens

    New tablet computers from Samsung will feature screens that are richer in color than standard LCDs. These screens, known as AMOLED for active-matrix organic light-emitting diodes, are already found in smartphones made by Samsung and a few other manufacturers. But until now, tablets haven’t used them because larger AMOLED screens are more difficult to produce.

    A construction worker works on the site of the SoMa at Brickell apartment building in downtown Miami. Many skilled workers needed to put up a home fled to other careers after the housing collapse several years ago. Now, there aren’t enough of them as the housing market recovers.

    Pay raises go mainly to those in select industries

    If you hope to get a raise that finally feels like one, it helps to work in the right industry. Historically, at this stage in the economy’s recovery, pay would be rising in most sectors. But five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices.

    The Chicago Cultural Mile Association is leading a drive to promote the somewhat lesser known section of Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River south to Roosevelt Road.

    Program seeks to boost visitors to Michigan Avenue

    Free or discounted entertainment is being offered again in a bid to get more people to visit a stretch of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. The Chicago Cultural Mile Association has led the drive to promote the somewhat lesser known section of Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River south to Roosevelt Road.

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has designated $7.4 million Cook County construction projects.

    Quinn announces $7.4 million for construction

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has designated $7.4 million Cook County construction projects. The governor’s office says the projects will be managed largely by the Illinois Department of Transportation. They include modernized traffic signals in Calumet City, deck repairs on the I-55 bridge at Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and the resurfacing of portions of Roosevelt Road in Chicago and Cicero.

Life & Entertainment

    Liverpool soccer fans arrive at Anfield Stadium to pay their respects to victims of the Hillsborough stadium disaster as flower tributes cover the field on April 17, 1989. The film “Hillsborough” examines the tragedy, in which 96 people were crushed to death, and its ramifications.

    Truly great TV: Tragedy and 'Thrones'

    The best film Sean has seen this year didn't play in 3,000 theaters, employ big-name movie stars and droves of visual effects artists, or air on a premium cable channel. It's a documentary “Hillsborough” that first aired on ESPN, and it's now available for streaming to Netflix subscribers. It chronicles the April 15, 1989, soccer stadium disaster in Sheffield, England, in which 96 people were crushed to death in an overcrowded, standing-room-only spectators' pen.

    Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to know it’s time to induct him into their exclusive club before it’s too late.

    Checker to Rock Hall: Induct me or ‘drop dead’

    Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to know it’s time to induct him into their exclusive club before it’s too late. “I don’t want to get in there when I’m 85-years old. I’ll tell them to drop dead, so you better do it quick while I’m still smiling,” Checker said on Thursday.

    Matt Lauer, co-host of the NBC’s “Today” show, has agreed to a contract extension for multiple years, although NBC would not specify how long.

    NBC’s Matt Lauer is sticking with ‘Today’ show

    Matt Lauer, a fixture on NBC’s “Today” show for two decades and a co-host since 1997, will remain on the show for a few more years as it tries to recover the dominance lost to rival “Good Morning America.” The network said Friday that Lauer had agreed to a contract extension for multiple years, although it would not specify how long.

    Katy Perry helped present a $1 million donation Thursday from Staples Inc. to support teacher projects during the upcoming school year. She’ll also invite fans at her concerts to join the “Make Roar Happen” initiative at DonorsChoose.org, where they can select projects to support and make donations as small as $1.

    Katy Perry to support education during U.S. tour

    As Katy Perry returns stateside to kick off the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour, she’s reflecting on the hard work that got her here and preparing to pay it forward. “I’m an American girl that had a dream, executed a dream, came from nothing — and that really is the American dream,” Perry said. “I’m happy to be that example and hopefully inspire other people to do that.”

    Rosanne Cash performed “Catch the Wind” with Donovan following his induction.

    Ray Davies, Donovan inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    A death in Ray Davies’ family didn’t allow the singer to attend the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, but Jon Bon Jovi closed the three-hour event by performing Kinks hits such as “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night.” Rosanne Cash performed “Catch the Wind” with Donovan following his induction.

    Robert Cizek of LaGrange and Stacy Sternberg of Las Vegas enjoy dinner at the Old Town Pour House in Oak Brook.

    Extensive beer menu, fresh fare on tap at Oak Brook's Old Town

    Chicago's Old Town Pour House opened a location at the Oak Brook Center mall in November, bringing its massive selection of 90 beers on tap paired with fresh American fare to the suburbs. Take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy some summery food and brews on Old Town's lovely patio, too.

    “Whispers” is the newest from Passenger.

    British singer Passenger falls short on new album

    Mike Rosenberg, the man behind the inescapable breakup ballad “Let Her Go,” is out with a new album that is full of songs that sounds an awful lot like his breakthrough pop hit. Rosenberg, the British singer-songwriter who performs under the moniker Passenger, has a wonderfully natural voice and his touching guitar approach remains adorable. But there are no gems on “Whispers,” and his fifth solo album comes off as little more than a rote display of comfort-level songwriting.

    Cucumbers and carrots add crunch to a summer salad.

    Move over Mom: Summer salad that’s light on greens, big on flavor

    As the weather gets warmer Jerome Gabriel explores summer salads. He talks about picking greens and lettuces for a salad and what vegetables he likes to include.

    Fans of Argentina and Brazil pose for a photo after exchanging their national soccer jerseys at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Fashion experts weigh in on World Cup jersey style

    The World Cup uniforms will provide a carnival of color and fashion, from Brazil’s bright yellow jerseys to the Netherlands’ classic orange to Croatia’s red checkered home kit and the superhero-inspired looks of Mexico. The 2014 tournament features the classics, the creative and the downright outlandish.

    Suburban band the Smoking Popes will play this weekend at a show celebrating the 20th anniversary of Double Door.

    Music notes: Smoking Popes fetes Double Door’s 20 years

    The Smoking Popes, a stellar pop-punk band that emerged from McHenry County in the 1990s, will perform this weekend at a show celebrating the 20th anniversary of Chicago's excellent rock venue, Double Door.

    Notes for Little Composers: With this app, your child creates all of the notes he/she needs to know to learn music notation. This app is the perfect solution if your child has trouble naming notes, just started music lessons, wants to write music, or has a difficult time learning scales and chords. Cost: 99 centsAges: 4 and up

    Apps for kids: Make learning music fun

    Once the initial excitement of learning a musical instrument has worn off, it can be difficult to get your child to practice. Here are three iPad apps for kids that make learning music fun.

    Posthumus (Matthew Keffer) meets with his wife, Imogen (Kate McDermott), before he must flee in First Folio Theatre's “Shakespeare's Cymbeline: A Folk Tale with Music,” staged last summer at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.

    Shakespeare, outdoor theater a good fit for summer

    The centuries-old works of William Shakespeare still have actors and audiences thinking outside the box — and outside the theater. Shakespeare's plays have lent themselves to outdoor productions since they were first performed at the Globe Theatre in London more than 400 years ago, and many will be staged by local theaters this summer at a number of outdoor locations — from Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook to Chicago parks.


    Theater events: BrightSide takes on ‘Cabaret’

    BrightSide Theatre revives "Cabaret" and Drury Lane Theatre goes back to school with "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" this week in suburban theater.

    A Portillo’s-like dressing makes this simple summer salad spectacular.

    Jerome’s Summer Salad
    Romaine and spinach provide the base of Jerome Gabriel's summer salad. He adds cucumbers, carrots, red peppers and chickpeas.


    Homebuyers discover unpermitted addition

    Q. When we bought our home, we knew that the bonus room was an addition, but the sellers never disclosed that it was not approved by the building department. Recently, we received a notice from the city that a permit for a bonus room was pulled and will soon expire.


    Bring an old piece of furniture back from the dead

    One of the most rewarding projects a DIY’er can do is bring an old piece of furniture back from the dead. Sometimes you can do this just by cleaning it. But other times it will require stripping and refinishing. Here are some of our super tips to make the latter a little easier to tackle.


    Equity making a strong rebound

    If you’re like most homeowners, the house is your biggest asset. You can’t track it online or check monthly statements sent to you by a bank, but it’s crucially important for your personal financial well-being and your retirement planning.

    Bending Oaks in Downers Grove is full of mature trees and large lots that give the neighborhood a secluded atmosphere.

    Neighborhood profile focuses on Bending Oaks

    Gary Kleczka grew up on Elmore Avenue in Downers Grove where he later purchased the lot adjacent to the house where he had lived with his parents. Bending Oaks features homes built by Ron Sievers in the late 1980s after he purchased a large tract of land from Mae and Fred Marvin and divided it into mostly one-third acre parcels.


    Kids should not enjoy an expectation of privacy in their Internet lives.

    Editorial: Protecting your kids from others, themselves
    A Daily Herald editorial advocates that parents become thoroughly engaged in their kids' online existences to protect them both from online dangers - and themselves.

    Steven P. Parkinson

    Pension a modest reward for police who endure

    Guest columnist Steven Parkinson: As the saying goes, we all put our pants on one leg at a time. However, in our profession, after the pants comes the uniform shirt adorned with patches and a badge that identifies us as peacekeepers and somebody who is willing to put him/herself in harm’s way to protect your life and property.


    Leave Holocaust story to history books
    A Lincolnshire letter to the editor: Dave Schulz’s letter on June 8 article states we should teach our young about the Holocaust so they are compassionate about what happened. I say enough about teaching about the Holocaust. The only thing that is happening to our young adults is that they are sick and tired of hearing about it.


    What kind of air will our grandchildren breathe?
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The president recently directed the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the emission of carbon dioxide into the air we inhale. There was an immediate negative response from commentators and politicians mostly on Fox TV. Most prefaced their comments with, “I am not a scientist however ...”


    Why all the surprise at college loan costs?
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Maybe I look at commitment differently than most people, but whenever I have signed my name to a mortgage document of any kind I not only knew the amount I would have to pay but I was going to pay it because that was my name was on the bottom line and that means a lot to me.


    Is this really a fair tax amendment?
    A Woodstock letter to the editor: Illinois Democrats are pushing the Fair Tax amendment as the path to a tax decrease for more than 90 percent of households. But they’re ignoring an inconvenient truth that most people, income taxes would increase above the rate already written into state law for 2015.


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