Daily Archive : Monday June 16, 2014


    NIU President Doug Baker, from left, joins state Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson, Governor Pat Quinn, NIU Law Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea, and Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton.

    Gov. Quinn gives NIU Law 2014 commencement address

    Northern Illinois University College of Law held its 2014 Commencement Ceremony on May 24, where Gov. Pat Quinn delivered the keynote address.

    Taj Mahal, right, who has performed with Etta James and Howlin’ Wolf, as well as the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, will take the stage at RiverEdge Park for Aurora’s Blues on the Fox festival.

    Aurora plans 18th annual Blues on the Fox

    Recording legends and promising newcomers will take the RiverEdge stage June 27 and 28 to bring the rich blues history of Aurora to life. The 18th annual Blues on the Fox festival will showcase the city’s blues legacy that stretches back 80 years to when Aurora was home to the Scott Club.

    Carpentersville officials will once again consider regulations for medical marijuana facilities. Village President Ed Ritter expects the board to approve restrictive guidelines that will likely keep the enterprise out of the village.

    Mayor: Carpentersville likely to discourage pot growers

    More than two months after Carpentersville officials postponed approving medical marijuana regulations, the village board is once again scheduled to consider an amended ordinance Tuesday. "It will pass but it will be restrictive and we most likely will not get any medical marijuana facilities, either growing or distributing," Village President Ed Ritter said. "We didn't want to be leaders in...

    Adel Daoud

    Appellate judges reverse ruling on secret court records

    Attorneys for a 20-year-old man accused of trying to ignite a bomb in Chicago will not be allowed unprecedented access to secret intelligence court records, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday, reversing a trial court and handing a victory to the federal government.

    Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the east Baghdad neighborhood of Kamaliya, Iraq, Sunday, June 15, 2014. Emboldened by a call to arms by the top Shiite cleric, Iranian-backed militias have moved quickly to the center of Iraq's political landscape, spearheading what its Shiite majority sees as a fight for survival against Sunni militants who control of large swaths of territory north of Baghdad.

    Up to 275 U.S. troops headed to Iraq

    The U.S. is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency, even as the White House insists anew that America will not be dragged into another war.

    Mark Merrill, 10, of Des Plaines answers a safety question after taking a spin at the wheel during the 9-1-1 Not Just for Emergencies event at the Oberweis Dairy store in Mount Prospect on Monday. At far right is emergency dispatcher Deborah Moritz.

    Event at Mt. Prospect Oberweis gives the scoop on safety

    The Mount Prospect police and fire departments teamed up with the Oberweis Dairy store at 80 E. Northwest Hwy. on Monday to raise funds for public safety education and activities. Police officers and firefighters scooped ice cream for customers while talking about 911 calls.

    Cedar, a border collie, jumps through nine hoops as Robin’s Dog Stars performed for kids during a program called Best in Show Mondays at Fremont Public Library in Mundelein.

    Dogs do a lot more than fetch at Fremont library show

    Kids cheered as dogs jumped through hoops and performed tricks Monday as Robin Bengston of Robin’s Dog Stars brought her dogs to Fremont Public Library in Mundelein. Starlight, a golden retriever, Cedar, a border collie, and Slater. a black Labrador retriever, were the stars of the show.


    Police issue arrest warrant for ex-Chain O’ Lakes Fireworks head

    An arrest warrant has been issued for the past-president and co-founder of the not-for-profit Chain O’ Lakes Fireworks organization, alleging she stole more than $500 over about 18 months, the Fox Lake Police arrest warrant states.

    Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, June 15, 2014. Emboldened by a call to arms by the top Shiite cleric, Iranian-backed militias have moved quickly to the center of Iraq’s political landscape, spearheading what its Shiite majority sees as a fight for survival against Sunni militants who control of large swaths of territory north of Baghdad.

    Iranian general aids military, Shiites in Iraq

    In a sign of Iran’s deepening involvement in the Iraqi crisis, the commander of Tehran’s elite Quds Force is helping Iraq’s military and Shiite militias gear up to fight the Sunni insurgents who have advanced across the country, officials said Monday. Iranian Gen. Ghasem Soleimani has been consulting in Iraq on how to roll back the al-Qaida-breakaway group, known as the...

    Onlookers standing at the Sgt. Floyd Monument in Sioux City, Iowa, watch as a storm cell passes over the city Monday, June 16, 2014. Storms were even worse Monday in Nebraska, where tornadoes killed at least 1 person.

    1 dead, 16 critical after Nebraska tornadoes

    PILGER, Neb. — At least one person was killed and 16 others were in critical condition on Monday after massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska, destroying more than half of the town of Pilger, hospital and emergency officials said.


    Pilot recounts bailing from damaged sky diver plane

    Like in a scene from a James Bond movie, Shawn Kinmartin found himself with fast-dwindling options as he struggled to control a skydiving plane after a jumper’s parachute damaged the aircraft’s tail.

    Zach Dasher, a nephew of “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson, has announced his candidacy for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District.

    ’Duck Dynasty’ relative running for Congress

    A nephew of “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson says he is running for the Louisiana congressional seat held by Vance McAllister, who was elected with the TV family’s support and later was wrapped up in scandal when video surfaced showing him kissing a married staffer.

    Laroy P. Bills

    Four accused of attacking man in Round Lake Beach

    Two men and two juveniles were charged with attacking and robbing a man who had been lured to a vacant Round Lake Beach home by a woman he had met on a social media site, police said Monday.


    ‘Speed date’ your local officials in Maine Twp.

    Local officials will meet the public in a unique “speed dating” format at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Prairie Lakes Community Center in Des Plaines.


    Bands announced for this year’s Fred Fest

    The lineup for Fred Fest, an annual reunion concert of well-known, Barrington-trained musicians, has been released. The concert is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at the Fox River Forest Preserve on Roberts Road in Port Barrington.


    Rosemont to remove 24 trees

    Crews will remove 24 trees throughout Rosemont that have been deemed dead by village officials. Most of the trees are on private property; some are in the right of way in the gated residential section of town, according to Mayor Brad Stephens.

    Erik A. Galindo

    Wisconsin men charged in decade-old Kane Co. sex assault

    Two Wisconsin men are charged with sexually assaulting a victim less than 9 years old during a three-year span, according to court records. The men face up to to 30 years in prison if convicted of the most severe charges, but authorities were providing scant details about the decade-old case.


    Motorcyclist struck by dump truck in Crystal Lake

    A Schaumburg man was injured Monday afternoon when the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a dump truck in Crystal Lake, police say.

    Daily Herald File Photo Metra police are investigating the death of a teen who was electrocuted at a rail yard Sunday.

    Investigation continues into teen’s electrocution at Metra yard

    Metra police are investigating how a Chicago teenager died after getting into a rail yard in south suburban University Park and climbing on top of a train Friday evening. The preliminary cause of death is electrocution, authorities said.

    Erika M. Morset

    3 years prison for East Dundee DUI hit-and-run that injured cyclist

    A 34-year-old woman was sentenced to three years in prison and a subsequent four years of probation after admitting to driving drunk and injuring a cyclist in East Dundee in May 2013. Erika M. Morset, of Schaumburg, also left the scene of the crash, which caused severe head and neck injuries to the victim, 32.

    Menards wants to build a facility at Milwaukee Avenue and Gregg’s Parkway in Vernon Hills.

    Menards plan to be considered by Vernon Hills village board

    After eight months in the process, Vernon Hills trustees informally will decide Tuesday whether to approve plans for a Menard's store near the upscale Gregg's Landing subdivision. The two story 286,986-square-foot store and garden center would replace one on Route 60 in Mundelein that closed last fall.

    Itasca Park District has received a $335,000 state grant to help pay for exhibits and building improvements at Springbrook Nature Center.

    Itasca nature center to build animal exhibits with $335,000 grant

    Springbrook Nature Center in Itasca will be getting some new exhibits and building improvements thanks to a $335,000 grant from the state. The Itasca Park District learned Saturday it was one of seven DuPage County agencies to receive public museum capital grants. “It’s a very old building, and it really needs some upgrades,” a park spokesman said.


    Lawmaker wants probe of $33 million health campaign

    A Republican state lawmaker from Naperville has called for an investigation into how Illinois spent $33 million in federal money to promote President Barack Obama’s health care law — including hiring a high-priced public relations firm and paying far more per enrollee on television ads than any other large state.

    Rich Ramsey displays some of his bees at Ramsey Apiary in downstate Rochester. The number of beekeepers in Illinois has been increasing for more than a decade.

    Beekeeper numbers increasing across Illinois

    The Illinois Department of Agriculture’s yearly report says there were 700 new registered beekeepers in the state in 2013. The statewide total is more than 2,500 beekeepers operating more than 24,000 colonies. The number of registered beekeepers has increased every year since 2002.

    Edgar Barens, who grew up in Oswego, was an Oscar nominee for his short documentary “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.”

    Oscar nominee from Oswego sees ‘beautiful people’ in prisons

    Filmmaker Edgar Barens is going back to jail. In fact, the Oswego native is going to 50 prisons this fall, showing inmates and wardens his Academy Award-nominated documentary, “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.” Barens’ goal is to get the jails to start inmate-run, privately funded hospice programs. “If I can get it out there ... I think it’s going...

    The Obama Foundation plans to announce in early 2015 where Barack Obama’s presidential library will be built.

    Chicago, New York, Hawaii bid for Obama library

    At least six locations in three different states entered official bids by Monday’s deadline in an effort to house Barack Obama’s presidential library. Four of the confirmed bidders are from Chicago, the president’s hometown, and a fifth was expected. Obama’s birth state of Hawaii offered an oceanfront location in Honolulu. And Columbia University, where he got his...


    Quinn says Obama library belongs in Chicago

    Gov. Pat Quinn says an Obama presidential library should be in Chicago, but he doesn’t have a favorite site.

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday legislation at Rush University Medical Center to restore Medicaid services that were cut two years ago.

    Quinn signs Medicaid service restoration

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law Monday that would restore some Medicaid services the state cut in 2012 and could give Illinois access to about $2.4 billion in federal money over the next few years.

    Attorney Michael L. Shakman speaks to the media Monday at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago after a federal judge found that Chicago finally has controlled the patronage that long dominated hiring practices.

    Judge lifts federal oversight on Chicago hiring

    A federal judge on Monday ended nine years of federal oversight of Chicago municipal hiring, agreeing the nation’s third-largest city has put effective mechanisms in place to curb illegal patronage, or the hiring of people based on their political or personal connections.

    Mario Moore

    Elgin man gets 15 years for sex assault outside Bartlett nightclub

    A 34-year-old Elgin man who sideswiped a woman’s car outside a Bartlett nightclub and then sexually assaulted her pleaded guilty to the charges Monday. In exchange for pleading guilty to aggravated criminal sexual assault, Mario Moore was sentenced to 15 years in prison, said Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Tami Strickman.


    Car Fun on 21:

    MainStreet Libertyville will host Car Fun on 21 classic car show, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, on Church Street west of Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville.


    District 50 national recognition:

    Woodland Elementary District 50 has been lauded for a school safety video produced with Gurnee police.


    Waukegan library learning day:

    The Kohl Children’s Museum will present a Summer Learning Day at the Waukegan Public Library on Saturday, June 21, with free hands-on science activities for families.


    Sullivan hosts U.S. flag exchange:

    Residents of state House District 51 who wish to turn in an old U.S. flag and exchange it for a new one may bring their used flag to the district office of State Representative Ed Sullivan now through Tuesday, July 1.

    A public meeting occurs in July to interview people seeking the position held by outgoing Metra Director Arlene Mulder, former Arlington Heights mayor.

    Cook County to screen Arlene Mulder replacement on Metra publicly

    Like trains? Like meetings? You might be the next Metra board director representing northwest Cook County. Cook County officials said they'll hold an open meeting to interview candidates to replace outgoing board member Arlene Mulder in July. “There’s no question keeping the process as open and transparent as possible will give the public a greater belief we’re selecting the...


    Buffalo Grove fire confined to laundry room

    All the apartments at 1114 Johnson Drive, Buffalo Grove are deemed habitable after a Sunday evening fire in the thrid floor laundry room, Buffalo Grove Deputy Fire Chief Mike Baker said. Firefighters got the call at 5:45 p.m. and residents were allowed to return to their units by about 7:30 p.m.


    Downers Grove cop to be honored for domestic violence work

    Downers Grove police Sgt. Joel Marquez will be honored Wednesday for his work educating officers on domestic violence situations. Marquez will accept the 2014 Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association at 1 p.m. in the DuPage County Administration Building auditorium.

    Jay Patrick

    Longtime Gurnee police spokesman Jay Patrick retiring

    Gurnee police Cmdr. Jay Patrick - best known as the department's spokesman over his lengthy career - is headed into retirment. “He’s done a wonderful job of being the face of the Gurnee PD,” Mayor Kristina Kovarik said.

    Markeith Williams

    Trial set for Lombard man accused of shooting ex’s mother

    Jury selection will begin Tuesday in the trial of a Lombard man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend’s mother in an argument about a debit card. Markeith Williams, 20, faces up to 30 years in prison if found guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm. He’s been held on $1 million bond for more than a year.

    The traveling photo exhibit, “In Our Family,” will be on display at the First Congregational Church of Geneva June 19-22.

    Family Diversity Project to make stop in Geneva

    The First Congregational Church of Geneva is going to exhibit a pictorial self-guided tour to promote diversity from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19-22.

    In this July 29, 2007 file photo, Tony Gwynn holds his National Baseball Hall of Fame plaque during induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y. Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of San Diego’s most beloved athletes, died of cancer Monday, June 16, 2014. He was 54.

    Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies at 54

    SAN DIEGO — Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54.Gwynn’s sweet left-handed swing made him one of San Diego’s best-loved athletes. He was nicknamed “Mr. Padre” during his 20-year major league career.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, June 15, 2014. Netanyahu has condemned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ agreement with the militant group, and said he would hold him responsible for the safety of the youths, who disappeared apparently while hitchhiking in the West Bank late Thursday.

    Israeli leader warns kidnapping saga could drag on

    JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister said Monday that it could take time to locate three teenagers who are believed to have been abducted by Palestinian militants in the West Bank — even as Israeli forces stepped up a frantic search for the youths.


    State looking at 4-year-old’s drowning in St. Charles

    State health officials have launched an investigation into the weekend drowning of a 4-year-old boy at a St. Charles country club. Paulino F. Delle Grazie of St. Charles drowned Saturday afternoon in a swimming pool at the Royal Fox Country Club.

    A man observes the remains of destroyed vehicles and buildings in the town of Mpeketoni, about 60 miles from the Somali border on the coast of Kenya Monday, June 16, 2014. Dozens of Somali extremists wielding automatic weapons attacked the small Kenyan coastal town for hours, assaulting the police station, setting two hotels on fire, and spraying bullets into the street killing dozens, officials said Monday.

    Gunmen singled out non-Muslims in Kenya attack

    NAIROBI, Kenya — The gunmen went door to door in the Kenyan costal town, demanding to know if the men inside were Muslim and if they spoke Somali. If the extremists did not like the answers, they opened fire, witnesses said on Monday.

    Gov. Pat Quinn stands with Naperville City Council members and other elected officials at the future site of an environmental collection center, one of four such regional facilities in the state that will accept household hazardous waste, electronics and all kinds of recyclables. The city council on Tuesday will review a contract that could build the facility for $1.2 million.

    Naperville considering recycling center contract

    Naperville City Council members could approve a contract Tuesday that will lead to construction of one of four regional environmental collection centers in the state. But if they vote to accept the $1.2 million contract with Lamp Incorporated of Elgin, the project will come in $126,482 over budget and will result in a smaller building than originally planned.

    Libertyville runner Mary Ann Zemla displays the runner's number she had in her last race in Vermont. Zemla has run marathons in all 50 states, 74 marathons in all, and she's run the Chicago Marathon 13 times.

    Libertyville woman completes marathons in all 50 states

    In 1998, Mary Ann Zemla wasn't a runner. She admits she didn't really know what a marathon entailed when her mail carrier asked if she would run one. Today, she has run 74 marathons, including one in each of the 50 states. “I feel really blessed that I found running. I love it,” she said.

    Calculus was invented more than 300 years ago by two mathematicians — Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz.

    Calculus invented in heated competition between Newton, von Leibniz

    “Who was the person who discovered/created calculus BC?” asked a young patron at Vernon Area Library in Lincolnshire.


    No one hurt in early-morning Elgin apartment fire

    No one was injured in what officials are calling a suspicious fire early this morning at an apartment building on the 200 block of Brook Street in Elgin. Elgin fire officials said the building is habitable, and estimated the damage at between $5,000 and $10,000.


    Off-duty officer kills gunman at E. Peoria bar

    Authorities in East Peoria say three people are dead after a gunman shot two people at an East Peoria sports bar before he was shot and killed by an off-duty law-enforcement officer.


    Archaeologists seek site of Mormon figure’s home

    An archaeological dig is underway in a tiny western Illinois community for the possible location of a home built for the one-time patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Marisa Buchheit of Chicago was crowned Miss Illinois Saturday.

    Aspiring Chicago singer crowned Miss Illinois

    MARION— Marisa Buchheit of Chicago is the new Miss Illinois.According to WSIL-TV, Buchheit was crowned Saturday night at the pageant in Marion in southern Illinois. She is also Miss Chicago for 2014.Buchheit was selected from a field of 31 contestants from around the state. According to her website, she is an aspiring opera singer.


    Gov. Quinn signs law banning police ticket quotas

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to immediately ban police ticket quotas. The legislation signed on Sunday says municipalities and police department can’t require officers to issue a certain number of citations in a certain period of time. It also says that the number of tickets an officer writes can’t be used as part of a performance evaluation.


    Indiana woman fatally injured vomiting out minivan window
    Police in northern Indiana say a woman was killed when she struck her head on something while vomiting out the passenger window of a moving minivan.

    A male prairie chicken at the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area south of Newton.

    Prairie chickens an election issue

    A program to boost Illinois’ declining population of greater prairie chickens is becoming an election-year issue, with some turning the bird into a feathered symbol of government financial waste. And like any other discussion of spending in Illinois, the state’s poor financial health plays a leading role.

    Patrons enjoy the outdoor dining and bar area overlooking Bangs Lake at Docks Bar and Grill in Wauconda.

    Can a suburb with a lake keep its old resort feel ... yet keep quiet at night?

    Responding to citizen complaints, Wauconda officials are preparing to adopt new rules limiting noise in town, especially music from bars along Bangs Lake. The proposal forbids the outdoor amplification of sound or music after certain hours every night. “That’s what this place is known for — bands and music. If I can’t have that, you might as well put the key in the...


    Better Business Bureau lists Top 5 summer scams

    Summer is a great time to take that long-overdue vacation or make much-needed home repairs, but as the weather heats up, so do scams. Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about these popular summer scams.


    Dawn Patrol: Search for Gurnee bicyclist; DuPage Dems fight to stay on ballot

    Community searches for missing Gurnee bicyclist. Four DuPage Democrats have their candidacy challenged. San Antonio Spurs capture their fifth NBA title. USA to play Ghana Monday night in their first match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

    Metra Director Arlene Mulder will attend her last Metra meeting this Friday.

    Outgoing Metra directors describe ups, downs at agency

    Friday marks the departure of veteran Metra board directors Arlene Mulder and Jack Schaffer from the agency that’s seemed more like a soap opera than a transit organization in the past four years. In interviews last week, the two, who have a combined 17 years on Metra, offered a behind-the-scenes look at the highs, and extreme lows, during a time marked by scandal, political hanky-panky and...

    United States’ Michael Bradley attends a news conference Sunday before an official team training session. The U.S. will play Ghana at 5 p.m. today as part of group G at the World Cup in Natal, Brazil. Bradley is one of the five players to watch on the U.S. squad, according to sports writer Orrin Schwarz.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend
    Stories you may have missed this weekend: The search continues for missing Gurnee man; authorities identify four people charged in an Aurora shooting; a 4-year-old boy drowned in St. Charles; four DuPage County candidates face legal challenges to stay on ballot; Six Flags Great America's Goliath coaster to open this week; and Warren Devils make school history with state softball championship.

    Holly Staker

    Staker DNA evidence could set man free — but not yet

    Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim said Friday he would immediately request the release of a Chicago man convicted of murder in 2004 — if evidence shows he is innocent. However, Nerheim said it is too soon to know if the unexpected match between DNA recovered at the 1992 murder of 11-year-old Holly Staker in Waukegan and DNA recovered from a separate 2000 attack in North...

    The Kane County Farm Bureau is having a fundraiser to buy a grain rescue tube such as this one. It is made of six panels that are placed around a trapped victim. The panels are then locked together, and the grain inside is removed so the victim can be lifted out.

    Kane County Farm Bureau aims to prevent another grain bin tragedy

    Illinois experienced more grain bin entrapments than anywhere else in the country between 2006 and 2010, but several Fox Valley fire departments still don’t have access to equipment that could be the difference between life and death in those situations. The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation hopes to change that through a fundraiser later this month.

    The DuPage County Health Department wants to build a community center at 111 N. County Farm Road that would house offices, a 24-hour care center and the headquarters for the DuPage County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

    New community health center proposed in Wheaton

    A new community center with a variety of public health resources may soon be coming to the DuPage County complex in Wheaton. The center, expected to cost about $11 million, will include office space for the health department and the DuPage County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. A portion of the building will be a short-term stay respite area that will run 24 hours a day.

    Temporary traffic signals clutter the air as construction begins on Rollins Road from Hainesville Road to Route 83 in Round Lake Beach.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a couple of photos of kids on nature walks, riders on horseback, and fathers with thieir kids on Fathers Day.


    Cubs starter Jason Hammel worked 6 innings Monday night against the Marlins, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits.

    Who will step into Cubs’ rotation this time?

    Jason Hammel started Monday night's series opener for the Cubs against the Marlins in Miami. The trade speculation surrounding both Hammel and Jeff Samardzija has begun. Question is, who replaces each in the starting rotation if and when trades are made?


    Palatine’s English authors a winning final chapter

    The scrapbook of a first-grade teacher at Virginia Lake Elementary School in Palatine received a final item on Monday night to complete Courtney’s English’s high school softball career. The Pirates senior belted a two-out, 2-1 pitch for a 3-run homer to right-center field in the top of the seventh inning to lift the West to a dramatic 8-7 victory over the East in the 21st annual Mid-Suburban League Senior All-Star Softball Game at Barrington’s Fields of Dreams.

    Alyssa Buddle of South Elgin High School wouldn’t let a black eye stop her from competing in the 11th Annual Fehlman Memorial Senior All-Star game at Judson University in Elgin on Monday evening. Buddle played played for Team Horan.

    Gaylord, Beal earn MVP honors in Fehlman Memorial

    The 11th Annual Fehlman Memorial Senior All-Star Game was played Monday night at Judson University. The event honors the memory of Dave and Robbie Fehlman, whose daughter and sister Lissa is a former Daily Herall All-Area standout from St. Edward High School. Monday’s MVPs were Brooke Gaylord of Burlington Central and Andi Beal of St. Charles North. The teams were coached by Kelly Horan of St. Charles East and Stacey Stepek of Hampshire. Team Stepek won the game 5-4.


    Harper’s Becker will play at Lewis

    Harper College’s Kurt Becker, who was named a NJCAA Division III baseball second-team all-American, will continue his baseball career at Lewis University in Romeoville. The Hawks sophomore third baseman, who was a onetime standout at Palatine High School, batted .494 with 3 home runs and 30 RBI this spring.

    United States’ John Brooks, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday.

    Strong start, but U.S. will have to be better

    The United States did what it had to do Monday against Ghana, getting 3 points with a 2-1 World Cup victory. Now the Americans need to play better. "There’s undoubtedly things we need to improve,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann told ESPN after the game.

    Fans celebrate the Spurs winning the NBA Championship after beating the Miami Heat in downtown San Antonio on Sunday.

    Spurs could stick around, even if Duncan doesn’t

    Tim Duncan conducted his postgame interview flanked by his two children. Someday soon he may decide that they, and not Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, will be his full-time running mates. Duncan’s eventual retirement — whether it’s next week, next summer, or after the next championship — probably won’t end what’s been a 15-year run at or near the top for the San Antonio Spurs.

    Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown, center, holds up the Stanley Cup trophy while riding in a parade, Monday in Los Angeles. The parade and rally were held to celebrate the Kings’ second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons. The Kings defeated the New York Rangers for the title.

    LA Kings celebrate Stanley Cup with parade, rally

    Darryl Sutter patted the glistening rim of the Stanley Cup, and a roar erupted from the Los Angeles Kings’ joyous fans. “See this baby right here?” the coach asked. “She’s been gone for a couple of years, but oh, we’re happy she’s home.”


    World Cup notebook: Scoring, selfies and Kobe

    CURITIBA, Brazil — In 2010, on the very first day of the World Cup, both games ended as draws — one of them scoreless.The 2014 tournament made it to its fifth day and 13th match before its first tie. Nigeria and Iran ended 0-0 in their Group F opener Monday, a dull contrast to the streak of high-scoring games, all with a winner.Brazilians for Portugal:Outside Restaurant Haddock Grill in Sao Paulo hangs a big flag of Brazil, and a small one of Portugal. Inside, businessmen in suits and ties are having their lunch break — chattering loudly over their dishes with their eyes glued to the screen above the buffet offering. Portugal is playing its first World Cup game, and the mood suddenly turns dour as the team surrenders its second goal of the first half, en route to a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Germany.Even though Brazil has been independent from Portugal for nearly two centuries, most of the diners appear partial to the squad of their former colonizers.“Portugal is in our blood, in our body,” said Andres Szarukan, a 37-year-old business manager for a digital media company. “We still have a lot of families who came from Portugal and the connection is strong.”Among those are the Martins, the owners of the diner in downtown Sao Paulo who placed the flag outside.Sandra Martins says her parents were born in Portugal, so naturally their allegiances were to the team of Cristiano Ronaldo — so long as they weren’t playing Brazil.Chancellor selfie:Win the game, take a selfie with your nation’s leader.After Germany routed Portugal 4-0 in its World Cup opener Monday, forward Lukas Podolski posted a photo of himself with Chancellor Angela Merkel.Podolski, who is giving a thumbs-up in the picture, tweeted: “The Chancellor and me after the victory.....”Sing-off:Under towering palm trees in Belo Horizonte’s main square, about 100 Algeria and Belgium fans engaged in a friendly but very boisterous sing-off. They chanted back and forth at each other in Praca da Liberdade on Monday, to the bemusement of residents who use the square for taking a stroll or running. Algeria fans were the loudest, blowing air horns and even vuvuzelas. One group of Algerians even got up on the plaza’s bandstand to shout down at the Belgians. But it was all in good humor. The Algerians made their way down from the bandstand to join the Belgians, and they danced and sang in a circle. The square is one of Belo Horizonte’s iconic images, surrounded by landmarks including the Minas Gerais state government headquarters and an Oscar Niemeyer-designed building. Algeria and Belgium will play in the Group H opener at Mineriao Stadium on Tuesday. The Kobe connection:At least this time, Sepp Blatter wasn’t booed.The FIFA president tweeted out a photo of himself shaking hands with NBA star Kobe Bryant during Monday’s World Cup match between Germany and Portugal.The Los Angeles Lakers guard grew up in Italy and is a big soccer fan.Blatter, routinely jeered when he’s shown on stadium video boards, watched the game with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Flexing muscles:Germany’s top-selling newspaper sent a message to Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo: “Today, WE have the winners’ muscles!” The Bild daily’s front page Monday featured an illustration showing Germany captain Philipp Lahm, midfielder Thomas Mueller and coach Joachim Loew striking Ronaldo’s shirtless pose from Real Madrid’s Champions League victory over city rival Atletico Madrid last month.

    Mexico’s Oribe Peralta, second right, goes through a training session Monday. Mexico will meet Group A rival Brazil on Tuesday in a World Cup match at the Arena Castelão in Fortaleza, Brazil.

    Brazil’s coach: Mexico a tough rival for us

    FORTALEZA, Brazil — A year after Brazil struggled to beat old rival Mexico in the Confederations Cup, Luiz Felipe Scolari is bracing for another hard time from the Central Americans when they meet in the World Cup on Tuesday.The match comes with both teams having their eyes set on a place in the second round after making winning starts in Group A. With Brazil beating Croatia 3-1 and Mexico edging Cameroon 1-0, the winner will advance to the round of 16 if Cameroon and Croatia draw on Wednesday in Manaus.Brazil labored to a 2-0 victory in the 2013 warm-up tournament, sealing the victory with a late second goal in a match that was also played in Fortaleza and was also the second game of a group stage. “We know that it’s never easy when we play Mexico,” Scolari said. “It’s always very even. Brazil’s second goal against them in the Confederations Cup wasn’t scored until late in the second half. It’s always difficult.”Mexico has won seven of the last 15 matches against the five-time world champion, including two of the last four. And to make it even more challenging for Brazil, Mexico has changed a lot since the teams last faced each other.“We can’t forget that Mexico’s national team has had three coaches in the last 12 months,” Scolari said. “That means they also changed the way they play. The team that will play here is not the same that played us in the Confederations Cup. It’s going to be a lot different.”Scolari noted that Mexico has been revamped after Miguel Herrera took over the team in the final stages of World Cup qualifying last year.“The players will remain with the same characteristics, but their positioning will change with a new coach,” Scolari said.Herrera took over El Tri after the team struggled in qualifying, but he helped the team advance to the Brazil tournament and was officially named coach in January this year.“He organized his team very well and he knows how to motivate his players,” said Scolari, who is trying to repeat as champion after leading Brazil to the World Cup title in 2002.Brazil’s last loss to Mexico came in the final of the 2012 Olympics in London, when the Brazilians — led by Neymar and Oscar — were trying to win the nation’s first gold medal in football.

    Germany’s Thomas Mueller, left, is greeted by Lukas Podolski after being substituted after scoring a hat-trick during the World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal in Salvador, Brazil on Monday.

    Germany turns up pressure on Portugal

    SALVADOR, Brazil — Thomas Mueller picked up where he left off at the World Cup, scoring a hat trick in Germany’s 4-0 victory over 10-man Portugal in the Group G opener on Monday.Mueller scored five goals at the 2010 World Cup, along with three other players, but he also had three assists and that gave the Bayern Munich forward the honor of top scorer in South Africa.“To score three goals in the World Cup opener against such an opponent is great,” Mueller said of his performance against Portugal, which was outclassed despite the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo. Mueller opened the scoring with a penalty in the 12th minute and, after Mats Hummels’ headed goal in the 32nd, virtually put the match away by adding another shortly before halftime for a decisive 3-0 lead. Mueller added his third in the 81st.“He is such an unorthodox player, as a coach you never know what he is about to do,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said of Mueller. “For opponents, he is very unpredictable, he only has one thought on his mind and that is to score a goal.”Ronaldo, Portugal’s star striker and FIFA’s world player of the year, threatened a few times early in the match but remained largely ineffective. He had been doubtful before the match because of a left-knee injury.Loew commended his players for cutting off Ronaldo’s supply of possession and keeping Portugal’s key player out of the game.With Chancellor Angela Merkel supporting in the stands and later congratulating them in the locker room the German team celebrated its 100th World Cup match with a rousing victory.“After 20 minutes, we looked up at the clock and thought it was going to be a long day,” Mueller said. “But we got into the match very well and when you lead by 2-0 in this heat and then even get the third, it was all over.”Germany always aims to have an impressive start and it certainly did this time. Four years ago, it started with a 4-0 win over Australia and reached the semifinals.What must be worrying for Germany’s opponents is the apparent ease with which Loew’s lineup disposed of the fourth-ranked team in the world. Germany next faces Ghana on June 21 and the United States on June 26.Portugal is becoming Germany’s favorite opponent to beat up on in major tournaments. Germany won their 2006 World Cup third-place match 3-1, won 3-2 at Euro 2008, then beat Portugal again 1-0 at the start of Euro 2012. But this was the most convincing win of them all.Loew said his team implemented his game plan very well, winning the ball in midfield and then quickly attacking.“The match was over in the first 45 minutes,” Portugal Coach Paulo Bento said. “Germany controlled the ball and they surprised us with counterattacking.“They scored with great efficiency. They were not so superior as the result showed, and we made bad mistakes. We did not perform as we had expected.”Portugal was already 2-0 down before Pepe was red carded in the 37th minute for apparently head-butting Mueller when the German player was sitting on the ground. Pepe had stuck his hand into Mueller’s face and the German went down.“I got hit but after that I am not really sure what happened,” Mueller said. “But whatever he did was uncalled for.”After the opening penalty, Hummels doubled Germany’s lead when he rose above Pepe and nodded in a well-timed header from a corner. Germany capitalized quickly on its one-man advantage when Mueller made it 3-0 just before the break when he stripped the ball from Bruno Alves and drilled in a low shot. Mueller completed the rout late in the second half, poking in from close range after Rui Patricio had fumbled a low cross from substitute Andre Schuerrle. He said the margin should have been bigger.

    White Sox starter John Danks, who gets the call Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants at U.S. Cellular Field, has turned things around and could be a trade chip for the team if it falls out of the race over the next month.

    If White Sox slide, some players could go, too

    It's too early for general manager Rick Hahn to pull the plug on the 2014 season and start trading away players. But if the White Sox slide out of contention during a challenging upcoming stretch, beat writer Scot Gregor says there are plenty of potential moves.

    United States’ Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring the opening goal — just 32 seconds into the match — during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday.

    USA bruised but beats Ghana 2-1 in World Cup thriller

    After 90 brutal minutes, the Americans emerged with a thrilling 2-1 win over Ghana. U.S. fans were screaming for revenge after the Black Stars eliminated the Americans from the last two Cups. They got it. At a price. Clint Dempsey scored a shocking goal a half-minute in. Later 20-year-old John Brooks became the first substitute to ever score for the United States in 30 World Cup games over 84 years.

    Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday. But did the Germans celebrate with him?

    Kaymer’s US Open success mostly ignored at home

    BERLIN — Martin Kaymer’s historic victory at the U.S. Open has been largely met by indifference in his homeland.Kaymer became the first champion from Germany with an eight-shot victory on Sunday, but his success barely caused a ripple at home, where attention is firmly focused on football.Germany opens its World Cup campaign against Portugal on Monday, meaning Kaymer’s triumph could not have come at a worse time for attention. Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Brazil.The congratulations he did receive even had a football-flavor. Germany and former Cologne forward Lukas Podolski was one of the few to recognize Kaymer’s “legendary performance” in a tweet.Thankfully, the World Cup is only once every four years. Kaymer, a Cologne fan, will just have to do it again as defending champion.

    Martin Kaymer, of Germany, holds up the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday.

    The Germanator: Kaymer was the star of this US Open

    PINEHURST, N.C. — Two days into the U.S. Open, it didn’t look like one.No one ever began the toughest test in golf with consecutive rounds of 65. Martin Kaymer set the 36-hole scoring record at 130 amid complaints that a restored, rustic Pinehurst No. 2 without traditional rough was making it too easy.Or maybe Kaymer was simply that good.One question that came up Saturday morning is worth asking again after the “Germanator” produced the second-lowest score in U.S. Open history (271) with an eight-shot victory in which he led by at least four shots over the last 48 holes.If this had been Tiger Woods, would anyone be talking so much about the golf course?“I can remember we got some criticism in 2000 because Tiger shot 12 under at Pebble Beach,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said Sunday evening, referring to what still stands as the greatest performance in the majors. “And I kind of scratched my head thinking, ‘OK, the best score for the other 155 players was 3 over.”’This is the other side of a double standard that applies to Woods, through no fault of his own. When he wins big — and he has done that a lot in his career — it’s all about the player. Anyone else and something was wrong with the golf course.Pinehurst No. 2 was a worthy test.Take the 29-year-old German out of the equation and there would have been a playoff Monday between Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton, who won the B Flight at this U.S. Open. They were the only other players to finish under par. Isn’t that typical of a U.S. Open?The USGA keeps data known as “cost of rough,” a peculiar term after touting Pinehurst No. 2 as having no rough. The cost of missing the fairway this week was .286 shots, compared with .303 when the U.S. Open first came to Pinehurst in 1999 (Payne Stewart won at 1-under 279), and .368 in 2005 when Michael Campbell won at even par.Pay attention to the game, not the name.“I think we all were playing for second,” Compton said.“Martin was playing his own tournament,” Fowler said.These are similar to the sentiments shared after Woods destroyed the field at Pebble Beach, and Rory McIlroy did the same at Congressional in 2011. McIlroy set the U.S. Open scoring record on a rain-softened course at 16-under 268 to win by eight shots. Twenty players finished under par that week. Perhaps that’s why McIlroy said he considered Kaymer’s performance at Pinehurst No. 2 to be more impressive.Kaymer had been a forgotten star the last two years as he worked to build a complete game. McIlroy helped made golf fans forget about Kaymer, too. He is younger than Kaymer (by just over four years), and rose to stardom by winning two majors by eight shots in consecutive years.Kaymer won his first major at Whistling Straits in 2010 at a PGA Championship remembered for Dustin Johnson’s blunder in the bunker.Overlooked in the final hour of chaos was the clutch tee shot by Kaymer on the 223-yard 17th hole along Lake Michigan, and a 15-foot birdie putt that tied Bubba Watson going into the last hole of the playoff. He won a World Golf Championship in Shanghai at the end of 2011 with nine birdies over the last 12 holes to close with 63.During his U.S. Open romp on Sunday, NBC showed a highlight of one moment that shows how strong Kaymer is between the ears.It was from the Ryder Cup last year at Medinah. He was playing so badly that no one in Europe — Kaymer included — wanted him to make the team. Kaymer played only one match going into Sunday. And just his luck, he stood over a 6-foot putt on the 18th hole that effectively would decide the Ryder Cup.He poured it into the heart of the cup, a show of will and incredible mental strength.

    Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa, left, challenges Iran’s Ashkan Dejagah during the group F World Cup soccer match between Iran and Nigeria at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday.

    Nigeria held 0-0 by Iran in World Cup’s first draw

    Nigeria and Iran delivered the first draw of the World Cup on Monday as they ground out a scrappy 0-0 stalemate in their opening match in Group F. The draw at the Arena da Baixada in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba followed 12 mostly high scoring and attacking games.


    Mike North video: ‘Hard Knocks’ passes on Bears
    The HBO series “Hard Knocks” selected the Atlanta Falcons to feature this season, and Mike North thinks not being chosen might turn out better for the Chicago Bears.


    Starbucks plans to announce a program Monday intended to help its baristas earn an online college degree.

    Starbucks to open college program for baristas

    Starbucks plans to announce a program Monday intended to help its baristas earn an online college degree. The company is partnering with Arizona State University to make the program available to 135,000 U.S. workers who work at least 20 hours a week.

    In this April 1, 2014 file photo, Rep. Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat, holds up a GM ignition switch while she questions General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Capitol Hill in Washington. DeGette, the ranking member of the House committee investigating GM’s recall of 2.6 million small cars, wants General Motors to explain how it plans to fix what’s been described as a lax corporate culture and how the company plans to compensate victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches.

    GM recalling 3.4 million more cars for ignition switch problems

    DETROIT — General Motors says it needs to change or replace the keys for about 3.4 million cars because they could cause the ignition switch to move out of position if they’re carrying too much weight. GM said in a statement Monday that the switches can rotate out of “run” if the key has excess weight and the car “experiences some jarring event,” such as hitting a pothole or crossing a railroad track.That can shut off the engines and disable power steering, causing drivers to lose control. Also, the air bags won’t work. The recall affects seven cars with model years ranging from 2000 to 2014. GM is already recalling 2.6 million older small cars, mostly in the U.S., for a similar problem where the ignition switch slips out of “run” and causes an engine stall. In that case, the problem is with the mechanics of the switch. In this latest recall, GM says the problem is with the design of the key. GM began reviewing ignition switches across its line-up after initiating the earlier recall. GM links that switch problem to 13 deaths. GM says it knows of eight crashes and six injuries tied to the latest ignition switch recall.The company also raised its expected second-quarter charge for recall expenses to $700 million.The latest recall covers the 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse, 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala, 2000 to 2005 Cadillac Deville, 2004-2011 Cadillac DTS, the 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne, the 2004 and 2005 Buick Regal LS and GS, and the Chevy Monte Carlo from the 2006 through 2008 model years.GM says dealers will add an insert to the car keys to change the hole from a slot to a circle. The company says that until the repairs are made, owners should remove everything from their keychains and drive with only the key in the ignition.GM also is recalling 166,000 other cars for a series of other problems.The recalls announced Monday bring to 44 the total number of GM recalls this year, covering 17.73 million vehicles in the U.S. and more than 20 million worldwide. The company has surpassed its old U.S. full-year recall record of 10.75 million vehicles set in 2004.


    Mississippi files suit against credit reporting outfit

    WASHINGTON — Mississippi’s attorney general says sweeping errors by a major credit reporting bureau harmed consumers and violated federal law.A new federal lawsuit says Experian Information Solutions’ lax quality control jeopardizes consumers’ ability to get loans, taints their employment background checks and hampers sensitive government security clearances. It says some are even put on a federal terrorism watch list.Mississippi is the first state to file suit over what it considers a violation of federal laws aimed at protecting consumers’ credit. A separate group of states is probing similar allegations involving the credit reporting industry at large.Experian declined to comment on the complaint.Consumer advocates have argued that lax quality control, and inadequate investigations of disputes are part of the credit bureaus’ business model.


    Obama to sign order extending LGBT protections

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation, a White House official said Monday.The move follows years of pressure from gay rights groups for Obama to act on his own while a broader employment non-discrimination measure languishes on Capitol Hill. The Senate passed the legislation last year but the bill stalled in the Republican-led House and there is little sign that lawmakers will take it up in an election year.There is currently no federal law that explicitly bans workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. While Obama does not have the authority to extend that protection to all Americans, he can take unilateral action that impacts federal contractors, which make up nearly one-quarter of the U.S. workforce. Obama has used this tactic before, signing executive orders that raise the minimum wage for federal contractors and expanding the number of workers who would be eligible for overtime pay. White House officials have cast the approach as part of the president’s effort to work around a Congress that continues to be mired in gridlock. But those moves increased the frustration among gay rights supporters who have long pressed Obama to extend workplace discrimination protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals working for federal contractors. The White House publicly offered little explanation as to why the president moved forward on the wage-related orders but not the anti-discrimination measure. The official would not say when Obama planned to sign the order, only that the president had asked his staff to prepare a measure for his signature. The official insisted on anonymity, lacking authorization to discuss the president’s decision by name.The official said the White House wanted to preview the president’s upcoming action because of the “intense interest” in the executive order. The announcement comes one day before Obama travels to New York for the Democratic National Committee’s annual gay and lesbian fundraiser. LGBT donors have used previous fundraisers to press Obama on the issue. Obama’s plan to sign the order was welcomed by gay rights groups. Rea Carey, the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, called it a “major step forward.”“Through his actions, the president has demonstrated again his commitment to ending discrimination,” Carey said.


    SCOTUS sides with gun control groups

    WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday, ruling that the federal government can strictly enforce laws that ban a “straw” purchaser from buying a gun for someone else.The justices ruled 5-4 that the law applied to a Virginia man who bought a gun with the intention of transferring it to his uncle in Pennsylvania — even though the uncle is not prohibited from owning firearms.The decision split the court along familiar ideological lines, though it has no direct bearing on the Second Amendment right to own guns. It settles a split among appeals courts over federal gun laws intended to prevent sham buyers from obtaining guns for the sole purpose of giving them to another person. The laws were part of Congress’ effort to make sure firearms did not get into the hands of unlawful recipients.Writing for the majority, Justice Elena Kagan said the federal government’s elaborate system of background checks and record-keeping requirements help law enforcement investigate crimes by tracing guns to their buyers. Those provisions would mean little, she said, if a would-be gun buyer could evade them by simply getting another person to buy the gun and fill out the paperwork.“Putting true numbskulls to one side, anyone purchasing a gun for criminal purposes would avoid leaving a paper trail by the simple expedient of hiring a straw,” Kagan said.Her opinion was joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often considered the court’s swing vote, as well as liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.In dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia said the language of the law does not support making it a crime for one lawful gun owner to buy a gun for another lawful gun owner. He was joined by the court’s other conservatives — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.The case began after Bruce James Abramski, Jr. bought a Glock 19 handgun in Collinsville, Virginia, in 2009 and later transferred it to his uncle in Easton, Pennsylvania. Abramski, a former police officer, had assured the Virginia dealer he was the “actual buyer” of the weapon even though he had already offered to buy the gun for his uncle using his expired police identification to get a discount.Abramski purchased the gun three days after his uncle had written him a check for $400 with “Glock 19 handgun” written in the memo line. During the transaction, Abramski answered “yes” on a federal form asking “Are you the actual transferee buyer of the firearm(s) listed on this form? Warning: You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person. If you are not the actual buyer, the dealer cannot transfer the firearm(s) to you.”Police later arrested Abramski after they thought he was involved in a bank robbery in Rocky Mount, Virginia. No charges were ever filed on the bank robbery, but officials charged him with making false statements about the purchase of the gun.A federal district judge rejected Abramski’s argument that he was not a straw purchaser because his uncle was eligible to buy firearms, and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed.The Obama administration had argued that accepting Abramski’s defense would impair the ability of law enforcement officials to trace firearms involved in crimes and keep weapons away from people who are not eligible to buy them.“This is a very big and very positive decision that will save lives by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.


    4 months into GM recall, only 7 percent of cars fixed

    DETROIT — More than four months after General Motors began recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles.Through Thursday, GM had repaired almost 177,000 of the cars and shipped about 423,000 parts kits to dealers worldwide. GM says the repairs have been delayed as Delphi Corp., the switch maker, ramps up production of a part for cars that the company is no longer making.Initially Delphi had only one assembly line building replacement switches, which slowed parts distribution. Now the company has two lines running, and GM expects a third to be operational in late July or early August, spokesman Kevin Kelly said Monday.“This part wasn’t in production anymore. It’s taken time to get production back up,” said Kelly. GM’s stated goal is to have all 2.6 million replacement parts produced by late October. Also complicating the ignition switch recall was a separate ignition lock cylinder recall affecting the same vehicles. GM suppliers have had to make both parts, then the company ships them to dealers in a single repair kit.GM has offered free loaner cars to those afraid to drive their own vehicles. So far it has paid for almost 67,000.GM began recalling the cars, mainly Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions from the 2004 through 2010 model years, in February. The ignition switches can unexpectedly slip from the “run” to “accessory” position, shutting off the engine. That shuts off the power steering and power brakes, making cars harder to control. It also disables the air bags, which won’t inflate in a crash.GM says the problem has caused at least 54 crashes and 13 deaths, but trial lawyers suing GM say the death toll is more than 60. GM has acknowledged knowing about the problem for more than a decade, yet the cars weren’t recalled until this year.GM CEO Mary Barra will testify in front of a House subcommittee about the matter for a second time on Wednesday.

    As food at grocery stores becomes more expensive, it givese Oak Brook-based McDonald's “a little more breathing room” to make menu changes,

    Rising grocery prices may lead to restaurant hikes

    Restaurants could see an opportunity for additional price increases as Americans encounter more expensive food at grocery stores. The cost of eating at home rose 1.7 percent in April from a year ago, the largest increase in almost two years, while consumers paid 2.2 percent more at U.S. eateries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly consumer-price index.

    Arthur J. Gallagher and Co., the Itasca-based insurance brokerage, bought Plus Cos. to add sales to clients including lawyers and architects.

    Gallagher broker buys plus to add sales for lawyers, architects
    Arthur J. Gallagher and Co., the Itasca-based insurance brokerage, bought Plus Cos. to add sales to clients including lawyers and architects. Robert Ciuffreda of Bridgewater, New Jersey-based Plus will work under Gallagher’s Joel Cavaness, according to a PR Newswire statement today from the buyer that didn’t disclose terms.

    Riverwoods-based Discover Financial Services agreed with regulators to bolster its payment systems against money launderers. No financial penalty was imposed.

    Discover gets FDIC order to bolster controls on money-laundering

    Riverwoods-based Discover Financial Services agreed with regulators to bolster its payment systems against money launderers. No financial penalty was imposed. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. told Discover “to correct any unsafe or unsound banking practices and prevent any violations of law or regulation” cited in a Sept. 9 report by the regulator, according to a filing.

    Sean Connolly, chief executive officer of Hillshire Brands Co.

    Hillshire withdraws recommendation on Pinnacle Foods takeover

    Chicagoo-based Hillshire Brands Co., the target of a $7.7 billion takeover bid from Tyson Foods Inc., withdrew its recommendation to acquire Pinnacle Foods Inc. Tyson’s $63-a-share offer constitutes a superior proposal and Hillshire recommends that its shareholders vote against it buying Pinnacle, Hillshire said today in a statement.

    An estimated 1,000 emigrants crossed the waterless section of the Hastings Cutoff across Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert en route to California.

    Prospecting near Donner Party trail in Utah nixed

    For a second time, federal land managers have rejected a mineral exploration company’s proposal to prospect for potash on a section of the western Utah desert crossed by the ill-fated Donner Party in 1846. The Bureau of Land Management nixed an effort by Mesa Exploration Corp., which seeks to create a potash mine on a dry lakebed near the Nevada line about 20 miles north of Wendover.

    Domino’s has announced plans to introduce a function on its mobile app that lets customers place orders by speaking with a computer-generated voice named “Dom.”

    Domino’s introduces a ‘Siri’ to take mobile orders

    Domino’s is introducing its own version of Siri. The pizza delivery chain on Monday plans to introduce a function on its mobile app that lets customers place orders by speaking with a computer-generated voice named “Dom.” The rollout is part of an ongoing push by Domino’s to take business away from rivals and smaller pizza shops by offering more convenient ways to order.

    A ground crew member guides the Airbus A350 after its maiden flight at Blagnac airport near Toulouse, southwestern France.

    Airbus, Safran to merge space launcher businesses

    Airbus Group, top competitor of Chicago-based Boeing, and French engineering company Safran have agreed to merge their rocket launcher businesses into a new joint venture aimed at helping the European space sector stay globally competitive.

    Illinois officials say that online auction giant eBay Inc. will expand into Chicago.

    State officials: eBay plans to expand into Chicago

    Illinois officials say that online auction giant eBay Inc. will expand into Chicago. eBay will hire 360 employees over three years and lease a 60,000-square-foot office in the city’s Merchandise Mart building. Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity spokesman David Roeder says the company will be eligible for an incentives package.

    Investors around Illinois are jockeying for positions in the marijuana business as they wait for the state’s new medical marijuana law to kick in. And some of them are politically connected.

    Illinois investors jump into marijuana business

    Investors around Illinois are jockeying for positions in the marijuana business as they wait for the state’s new medical marijuana law to kick in. And some of them are politically connected. Sam Borek has reserved at least three-dozen marijuana-related business names. Borek was a college roommate of the legislator who sponsored the law, Democratic state Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie.

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    Jane (Angie Harmon), left, and Maura (Sasha Alexander) are back on the job but facing new challenges as “Rizzoli & Isles” returns to TNT for a fifth season.

    Loss, new life impact season 5 of 'Rizzoli & Isles'

    Rizzoli is expecting a baby. Isles is mulling the kiss she shared with Rizzoli's brother. And the entire team is struggling with a sudden loss. “Rizzoli & Isles” has much to cover — with someone new running the show, literally — as Season 5 of the TNT crime drama begins Tuesday, June 17.

    Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has been upgraded to fair condition following the New Jersey highway crash that badly injured him and killed one of his friends, his spokesman said Monday. “His personality is certainly starting to come back as well,” spokesman Lewis Kay said.

    Tracy Morgan now in fair condition after crash

    Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has been upgraded to fair condition following the New Jersey highway crash that badly injured him and killed one of his friends, his spokesman said Monday.

    Willie Nelson’s “Band of Brothers” is the first album of mostly new material he penned himself since 1996.

    Willie Nelson picks up his pen on new LP

    Willie Nelson has written a song — sometimes two, three or four — for every occasion, mood and moment. Nelson the songwriter returns in all his wonderful guises on "Band of Brothers," the first album of mostly new material he penned himself since 1996.

    Rattlestick Playwrights Theater said Monday that James Franco will direct Robert Boswell’s world premiere play “The Long Shrift” from July 7-Aug. 23.

    James Franco to make stage-directing debut

    James Franco is adding another notch to his expansive resume — stage director. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater said Monday that Franco will direct Robert Boswell’s world premiere play “The Long Shrift” from July 7-Aug. 23. The off-Broadway job will coincide with Franco’s current one on Broadway as an actor in “Of Mice and Men.”

    “Jimmy Blue Shorts” is one of more than a dozen new shows on DreamWorks TV. On Monday, AwesomenessTV movie producer Brian Robbins kicks off DreamWorks TV, a YouTube channel that represents one of the first attempts by Hollywood to mesh the polished look of movies with the chaos of content on the Internet.

    DreamWorks mixing faves, newbies in YouTube debut

    When AwesomenessTV launched as a YouTube channel two years ago, it was a bet by veteran TV and movie producer Brian Robbins on the ability of teen and tween audiences to find videos they love to watch online. On Monday, Robbins kicks off DreamWorks TV, another YouTube channel that represents one of the first attempts by Hollywood to mesh the polished look of movies with the chaos of content on the Internet.

    “The Bold and the Beautiful” cast member Kimberly Matula, center, is prepared prior to filming a scene in the Trocadero gardens in Paris Friday. The U.S. series filmed a series of episodes in front of the Eiffel Tower to celebrate 25 years of being broadcast in France.

    ‘Bold and Beautiful’ celebrates 25 years in France

    It’s a soap opera about fashion, glamour, romance and heartbreak — so, rather fittingly, the “The Bold and the Beautiful” has gone to Paris. The U.S. TV series filmed several episodes in front of the Eiffel Tower last week to celebrate 25 years of being broadcast in France.


    Medication and psychotherapy work together to treat OCD

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    Jake Gyllenhaal will make his Broadway debut later this year with Nick Payne’s “Constellations.”

    Jake Gyllenhaal on Broadway in ‘Constellations’

    Jake Gyllenhaal will make his Broadway debut later this year with a work by a playwright he’s come to admire. The Manhattan Theatre Club said Thursday the “Brokeback Mountain” star will appear in Nick Payne’s “Constellations,” which has been a hit in London. Previews begin Dec. 16.

    1999 Pontiac Trans Am

    Anniversary Trans Am is icing on the cake

    Turning 30 is a big deal. Pontiac's storied Trans Am model made it to three decades in 1999 and the company decided to commemorate the occasion. Rick Giovannini of Arlington heights encountered part of that four-wheeled celebration at the 1999 Chicago Auto Show.

    As CNN marks its 34th birthday during June 2014, a harsh truth remains: There's really not enough news to fill 24 hours of airtime.

    CNN looks for a substitute when news can't deliver

    When CNN first signed on, it was greeted by a chorus of skeptics. Not just doubt about Ted Turner's vow that his all-news network would be there long enough to cover the end of the world. A bigger question resonated: Was there really enough news to fill 24 hours of airtime, day after day? As CNN marks its 34th birthday this month, a harsh truth endures: No, there really isn't.

    Chrissie Hynde release of her first solo venture, “Stockholm,” six years after the last Pretenders album.

    Chrissie Hynde a Pretender no more on ‘Stockholm’

    Chrissie Hynde’s new record, “Stockholm,” is the first in her 35-year career without the Pretenders name on the cover. But she says it’s not so much a solo album — more a band that got away. “Stockholm” was recorded in the city of its title with producer Bjorn Yttling — of Scandi-popsters Peter, Bjorn and John — and musicians including Joakim Ahlund of Swedish indie band Caesars. Hynde says they worked together as a band, and she harbored hope that the Scandinavians would leave “their wives and their bands and their studios to be in a band with me. But these guys have lives.”

    New fathers want to spend some time home with baby, but not at the expense of a paycheck.

    Your health: Men value a limited paternity leave
    Most dads think a man should get respect for taking a few days off after his child is born. Many also think the operative phrase there is “a few days,” a new survey shows.

    Salads can be packed with nutrients, flavor, and color.

    Add the right ingredients to make your salad a healthy meal

    Salad. The word itself can conjure up thoughts of dieting and boring lunches, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Salads can be packed with nutrients, flavor, and color while giving you convenient options for any meal or snack. The key is in the ingredients. Technically, a salad is a mixture of greens that is usually topped with a dressing. But, salads go way beyond iceberg lettuce, croutons, and ranch dressing. The possibilities are virtually endless as long as you understand how to build your salads to include all three macronutrients ­— carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

    Students get a lesson in pool safety from a Libertyville firefighter/paramedic. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among 1- to 4-year-olds.

    Top summer party threats to your kids

    Recent injuries to children in bouncy houses have alarmed parents. But, should it be on the top of parents’ lists when it comes to summer safety concerns? As summer party season gets into full swing, here are some things we should worry about when it comes to our kids' safety. And a few that we really ought to stop freaking out about.


    How do you protect your child from a mean relative?

    Q. My husband and I have been together 12 years. His mother is mentally, emotionally and verbally abusive.We now have a daughter, and after years of silence, I can’t take the abuse anymore. I don’t want our child growing up near it. My husband agrees, but wants his mom to know our girl. Where do I go from here?



    Saturday Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors reflect on a wide range of topics from around the suburbs.


    Fracking is necessary to meet gas needs
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: A recent writer suggested that fracking is bad. He freely cited the impact of fracking on animals, fish, birds and humans, etc. He left out where he obtained this information and whether it was from a science study or not.


    Colt inspired us all to dream big
    A Prairie Grove letter to the editor: I am not a big horse racing fan, but the story behind California Chrome captivated so many of us.


    Too many handouts not good for society
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Mr. Kirkwood you don’t go far enough (“Make higher ed for all a priority,” June 10). Let’s give everyone free health care and free cars and free houses and televisions. Why there’s no end to things “we” can’t give away. It’s called Utopia, and it doesn’t exist.


    D-Day story needed top billing
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: A major demerit to the person or persons at the Daily Herald responsible for the arrangement of the articles on your front page. In the June 7 edition, the lead article is a fundraising pitch for the Wheeling High School jazz band in support of their upcoming trip to Europe. Pushed to second place by that “feature” article is an article honoring the veterans who were part of the D-Day invasion of Europe.


    GM’s example has lost its luster
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: General Motors Corp., as put together by its legendary CEO, Alfred P. Sloan, was once the fabulously successful model of a U.S. industrial corporation. Its practices were studied and emulated. Now, with publication of Anton Valukas’ report about the lethal flaws in the ignition switches of the Chevy Cobalt, we learn that things have changed.


    Republicans can’t have it both ways
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: The Republican view of the recovery of the American soldier from the prison in Afghanistan: “Let him rot in Afghanistan. Here is something — something else — we can criticize Obama for.”


    Mt. Prospect a better village because of Clark
    Letter to the editor: Scott Jamieson writes that Mount Prospect's urban forest will span generations, thanks to the work of Sandy Clark.


    Arlington Hts. not bike friendly at all
    Letter to the editor: Chris Salituro writes that Arlington Hts. could be a lot more bike-friendly that it is, by putting bike paths in strategic places.


    Disabled need state legislators to wake up
    Letter to the editor: Mike Baker of Autism Speaks says it's shocking how underserved people with developmental disabilities are in Illinois.


    Barrington Hills pickup a big success
    Letter to the editor: P. Denise Israel, chairwoman of the Barrington Hills Heritage & Environs Committee, says the recent trash pickup day was a huge success, thanks to all the organizers and volunteers


    Are we just waiting for Robin Hood?
    An Aurora letter to the editor: Some amazing facts were published recently about how wealthy the wealthy are in America. The Wall Street Journal reported that the median pay for CEOs is now $11.4 million per year. This is 257 times greater than the average worker’s salary.


    We are targeting the rich unfairly
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Let me make it very clear that I am not, never have been and never will be rich. But I find it interesting that there seems to be a vendetta against rich people, and I don’t understand it other than possible jealousy.


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