Maddux delivers one more brilliant outing
Daily Herald sports columnist Barry Rozner writes from Cooperstown, N.Y., that former Cub Greg Maddux -- despite being "very nervous" -- was as precise and clinical in thanking friends and family as he ever was on the mound. His 10-minute speech was as efficient and lacking drama as an 80-pitch, 3-hit shutout, with a well-located two-seamer here, a cutter there, a circle-change everywhere. "To put me in here with all of my childhood heroes, it doesn't seem real," Maddux told a crowd of 48,000. "I never really considered it work because it was so much fun." Full story.
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'Emotional' Thomas takes his spot in Cooperstown
Daily Herald sports writer Scot Gregor writes paper from Cooperstown, N.Y., that former White Sox star Frank Thomas delivered a memorable speech at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony. When he wasn't consumed thanking his family, old coaches, teammates, trainers, doctors, traveling secretaries and clubhouse attendants, the greatest hitter in White Sox history was fighting back tears and trying to keep his emotions from completely going off the tracks. Thomas thanked almost 140 ex-teammates "Playing baseball for so many years, you develop friendships, and all those guys had something to do with my career, on the field and off the field. I had to cut 50 guys off the list and I feel bad." Full story.
Lisle man killed in Ogden Avenue motorcycle crash
A 28-year-old Lisle man died Sunday after being thrown from his motorcycle along a Naperville Road shortly before midnight Saturday. Erik P. Lat was traveling east on Ogden Avenue when he lost control of the 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle he was riding, left the roadway on the southeast corner of Columbia Street, and struck two trees, Naperville authorities said. Firefighters said they were dispatched to the scene at 11:45 p.m. Saturday after receiving a call about a motorcycle that had crashed and caught fire. Full story.
Mt. Prospect teens learn to be entrepreneurs
Susan Dozier believes that one way to produce strong business leaders is to get 'em while they're young. That's why Dozier, second vice president and branch manager with American Chartered Bank in Mount Prospect, is such an active supporter of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy at Prospect High School. "Younger people are more apt to think outside the box," Dozier said. "And that's something business really needs. So giving young people the real-world lessons they need to make their ideas happen couldn't be more valuable." Full story.
Lake in the Hills man gets second chance after drug arrest
A Lake in the Hills man charged with dealing drugs out of his home after tips from vigilant neighbors is getting a second chance. Jason A. Gallagher, 33, recently pleaded guilty to the reduced misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana and was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to perform 30 hours of community service, according to McHenry County court records. He also must pay $1,755 in court fines and fees under a plea agreement approved by Judge Gordon E. Graham. Full story.
Firefighter hurt in Bartlett house fire
One firefighter was injured by falling debris while battling a Bartlett house fire yesterday afternoon and had to be transported to Central DuPage Hospital. Officials at the Bartlett Fire Protection District did not release the name of the firefighter, nor any further information on his or her condition. The fire began after 4:30 p.m. outside the garage of the home on the 900 block of Stuart Drive in Bartlett. When firefighters arrived, the fire extended from the garage to the attic and the interior of the home. Full story.
Partly sunny and cool with a high of 70 degrees this afternoon. It will be about 63 degrees when you wake this morning. Temperatures tonight should be in the low 60s. Full story.
Construction continues on Route 31 between Trinity Drive and James R. Rakow Road in Crystal Lake. People should seek alternate routes or expect heavy delays. Full story.
Cubs' Hendricks continues to impress
Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks matched St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright almost pitch for pitch. One pitch made the difference as the Cardinals' Matt Holliday homered off Hendricks in the first inning, and that was all the scoring as the Redbirds got out of town yesterday with a 1-0 victory and two of three in the series. Full story.
Twins edge White Sox 4-3
Sam Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off Javy Guerra in a three-run seventh inning, and the Minnesota Twins defeated the White Sox 4-3 yesterday to avoid a four-game sweep. Danny Santana had two RBIs for the last-place Twins, who won for just the 11th time in their last 30 games. White Sox rookie Jose Abreu had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 17 games, and drove his 79th run, second in the major leagues behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, White Sox starter Scott Carroll allowed one run and four hits in six innings, leaving after just 78 pitches. Full story.
Bears' Williams small player with big-play potential
Chris Williams is the smallest player on the field, but he's one of the easiest to notice because the 5-foot-8, 175-pound wide receiver is arguably the quickest and the fastest man in Bears camp. Williams' lack of size may be an issue for some, but not for him. "I've never been the biggest guy in the world," he said, "so I've had to do other things to compete, and I feel like I do them well." Full story.