Daily Archive : Friday February 8, 2013

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    Shawn K. Woods, personal and professional development expert, speaks at a Hoffman Estates Park District lunch-and-learn session.

    Seniors can be bullies too, expert says

    Bullying isn't limited to kids, seniors can be bullies and victims too, says Shawn K. Woods, personal and professional development expert who talked to the Hoffman Estates Park District’s 50+ Club recently.

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    Vern Brancamp touches up the eye of a deer that is nearing completion at his shop in Algonquin. After the animal is skinned, the hide is sent to a tanner and a Styrofoam mold of the body is ordered. Once everything comes back, he wraps the skin around the mold, affixes the antlers, inserts eyes and adds various other touches.

    Moving Picture: Algonquin man's art is taxidermy

    Vern Brancamp is an artist, but unlike other artists, for the 70-year-old taxidermist nature IS his canvas. "I got started when I was kid," he said. "My dad was a hunter and when we'd come back with pheasant he'd pluck all the feathers and throw them in the trash," he said. "It would eat at my insides to see all those beautiful feathers go to waste so I would pick them out of the trash and pin...

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    Gene C. Crume, Jr.

    Judson University selects new president

    Judson University has selected the seventh president in its 50-year history, officials announced Friday. Gene C. Crume Jr. will begin his tenure April 7 as president-elect of the private Christian university in Elgin. After a transition period, he will take on the role of president on May 10. “We are excited by the diverse leadership experiences, exceptional organizational gifts and vital...

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    A man clears snow from the front of his home on Third Street in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

    Storm blankets Northeast with 1 to 3 feet of snow

    A howling storm across the Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in 1 to 3 feet of snow Saturday, stranding motorists on highways overnight and piling up drifts so high that some homeowners couldn't get their doors open. More than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity.

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    John Schuldt

    Carpentersville fire chief retires

    Longtime Carpentersville Fire Chief John Schuldt, who had been on paid leave for nearly two weeks, resigned from the department and announced his retirement Friday, Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said. Schuldt, 53, had been with the fire department for almost 33 years and its chief since 1996. “I cannot entertain what's in the man's mind to retire,” Rooney said.

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    James J. Brewer

    Elgin cops make quick work of downtown robbery

    A 23-year-old Chicago man was arrested less than five minutes after he brandished a BB gun to rob a store in Elgin, police said. James J. Brewer was arrested about 8 p.m. Thursday after Elgin police responded to an armed robbery at Paul's Bus Stop on the 100 block of W. Chicago Street.

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    Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Sources: Jesse Jackson Jr. signs plea deal

    Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty in a plea deal connected to a federal investigation in which the former congressman is accused of misusing campaign funds, according to sources close to the investigation. Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements, the sources said. Federal prosecutors are recommending a 5-year maximum sentence.

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    Des Plaines residents accused of residential burglaries

    A joint investigation by Des Plaines and Park Ridge police departments has led to the arrest of two Des Plaines residents suspected in a string of residential burglaries on the Northwest side of Chicago and throughout the Northwest suburbs. Multiple charges are pending against the suspects.

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    Piotr Holy

    Police say man killed dog mistaken for coyote

    Palatine police say a man who used a deer carcass to lure coyotes into his backyard shot and killed a German shephard mix named Willy. Piotr Holy, 40, of the 1100 block of South Brockway Street, has been charged with felony aggravated cruel treatment of an animal, obstructing a peace officer, reckless conduct and unlawful discharge of a firearm while hunting within 300 yards of an inhabited...

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    Suspect called ‘Beauty Salon’ bandit faces charges in DuPage

    An Evanston man whom authorities dubbed the “Beauty Salon” robber is facing additional criminal charges in connection with the robbery of four DuPage County businesses. Jason Logsdon, 41, of 900 Chicago Ave., was charged Friday with the DuPage robberies.

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    Associated Press/Image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN Anti-Syrian regime protesters hold a banner Friday during a demonstration, at Kafr Nabil town, in Idlib province, northern Syria.

    Syrian rebels preparing for advance on capital

    Syrian rebels brought their fight within a mile of the heart of Damascus on Friday, seizing army checkpoints and cutting a key highway with a row of burning tires as they pressed their campaign for the heavily guarded capital, considered the likely endgame in the nearly 2-year-old civil war.

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    Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder announces an expansion of the state’s Medicaid health care program in Lansing, Mich. Once largely united in resisting the Obama administrationís new health reform overhaul, Snyder became the sixth GOP governor in the past two months to join a growing number of Republican governors now buying into parts of the system as the financial realities of their states’ medical costs begin to counterbalance the fierce election politics of the issue.

    In a switch, GOP governors back expanding Medicaid

    Once largely united in resisting the Obama administration’s new health care overhaul, a growing number of Republican governors are now buying into parts of the system as the financial realities of their states’ medical costs begin to counterbalance the fierce election politics of the issue.

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    Ed Bender, left, and Donnie Schmit.

    Chickens could become election issue in Fox Lake

    Chickens might play a role in the April 9 Fox Lake mayoral election because of a failed proposal to allow residents to raise hens on their property. Supporters of the effort to raise chickens for food and educational purposes say they are upset the board voted 4-2 in January to defeat the measure and will back village board and mayoral challengers in the election.

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    Three suburbanites honored by Cook County police for stopping DUI suspect

    Three suburban men have been honored by the Cook County sheriff’s office for stopping a DUI suspect from leaving after a crash. Lake Zurich resident Anthony Schaar, Kildeer resident John Schroeder and Fox River Grove resident Thomas Tarasiuk have been given the sheriff’s Outstanding Citizen Award for their actions on Nov. 4, 2012.

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    SEC files fraud charges against Chicago man

    A Chicago man has been accused of scamming hundreds of Chinese investors out of millions of dollars, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday. The SEC alleges Anshoo R. Sethi, 29, created a company that claimed investors would be financing construction of the “World’s First Zero Carbon Emission Platinum LEED certified” hotel and conference center near Chicago’s O’Hare International...

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    The $1.5 billion supplemental appropriation bill Gov. Pat Quinn signed Thursday includes a $675 million addition of highway and bridge construction this spring.

    Cabinet member’s letter, not law, key to roadwork

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration says that when it comes to a boost in road construction this spring, follow the letter, not the law. A new law signed by the governor allows as much as $176 million to be taken out of a road construction fund. But in a letter to a top Senate Democrat, Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider promises not to divert that much money from a $675 million plan for highway...

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    A power company says the cause of the Super Bowl blackout was a faulty device that had been installed to prevent a failure of electric cables leading to the Superdome.

    Super Bowl blackout was caused by electrical relay

    The company that supplied electricity to the Super Bowl says the blackout that halted the big game was caused by a device it installed specially to prevent a power failure. But the utility stopped short of taking all the blame and said Friday that it was looking into whether the electrical relay at fault had a design flaw or a manufacturing defect.

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    A St. Charles art dealer is being sued by an insurance company, which argues the dealer lost or discarded an original lithograph of “Artistide Bruant Dans Son Cabaret, 1893” similar to the image shown above. French artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec created three versions of a poster to promote Bruant, which were hung around Paris and are considered some of Toulouse-Lautrec’s most recognizable works. The lawsuit seeks more than $103,000 in damages.

    Lawsuit: St. Charles art dealer lost $103,000 French lithograph

    An insurance company has sued a St. Charles art dealer for $103,000, arguing the dealer lost an original lithography by the French artist, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. "Artistide Bruant dans son Cabaret, 1893" is regarded by some as one of Lautrec's most recognizable pieces. The defendant in the case has had financial problems, including a foreclosure that a bank started but later called off.

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    Amish men and women leave the U.S. Federal courthouse Friday in Cleveland.

    Ohio Amish beard-cutting ringleader gets 15 years

    The 10 men and six women were convicted last year in five attacks in Ohio Amish communities in 2011. The government said the attacks were retaliation against Amish who had defied or denounced Mullet’s authoritarian hold over the splinter group he started in 1995.

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    Associated Press/Monday, Jan. 28 , 2013 Torrance, Calif., assemblyman Al Muratsuchi reacts as he receives a flu shot from Tyler Poncy, a licensed vocational nurse during a free flu vaccine clinic at the Capitol in Sacramento.

    After early start, worst of flu season may be over

    The number of states reporting intense or widespread illnesses dropped again last week, and in a few states there was very little flu going around, U.S. health officials said Friday.

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    This sketch shows the Landsat satellite in orbit around Earth.

    Earth-observing satellite to launch from California

    It is expected to beam back 400 images a day to ground stations in South Dakota, Alaska and Norway. As in previous missions, the images will be freely available on the Internet.

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    Report: New congressman not cooperating in ethics probe

    The office investigating U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock over allegations the Illinois Republican violated campaign fundraising laws says new GOP Congressman Rodney Davis isn’t cooperating with the probe. Schock is accused of soliciting a $25,000 contribution last March from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s political action committee for PAC backing of Rep. Adam Kinzinger. The report says Davis was the...

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    Mike Kozel

    Write-in challenges Darch for Barrington president

    Former Barrington trustee candidate Mike Kozel has announced his write-in candidacy challenging village President Karen Darch on April 9. Kozel, along with former running mates Jim Magnanenzi and JoAnn Fletcher, was thrown off the ballot last month for failure to file a statement of economic interest on time. “We need to have more than one idea and we have one idea right now,” Kozel said.

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    Elk Grove Village native Gregory Arthur Weiler II enters court in Oklahoma earlier this week. His trial is scheduled for March 19.

    Aunt says bomb plot suspect from Elk Grove is unstable

    An Elk Grove Village man suspected in a plot to firebomb dozens of Oklahoma churches last fall with Molotov cocktails is unstable and has battled bouts of mental disorders and depression throughout most of his life, his aunt said this week. “When we visited him (in jail) he was unable to finish his sentences,” Weiler’s aunt, Joanne Meyers, said while crying.

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    Jerald Bartels, left, and Lael Miller are candidates in the race for East Dundee village president.

    E. Dundee mayor candidate wants meeting on auto auction proposal

    The two men running for village president in East Dundee disagree whether a public meeting is the best way to explain a controversial auto auction proposal to the residents. East Dundee Trustee Lael Miller says a public meeting is a great way to clear up confusion while Village President Jerald Bartels says there have been enough meetings.

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    Trustees make counter-offer on Elburn Station

    The Elburn village board has suggested some changes to the proposal for Elburn Station that would make it palatable to reluctant trustees and get the plan back on track.

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    Village and park district officials in Carol Stream have proposed that current identification signs at Town Center be modified in advance of the opening of the new recreation center. But the two sides can’t agree on whether to split the cost.

    Carol Stream parks, village bicker over sign costs

    What’s your sign? In Carol Stream, ask village and park officials and they’ll say it could cost you $210,000 to find out. That’s the estimated maximum price to redo one identification sign at the Ross Ferraro Town Center, where the park district’s new recreation center is set to open this summer.

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    Tenants have begun moving into Elgin ArtSpace lofts along Spring Street. Megan Lalleman is the first to move in.

    Kane, Elgin gear up for foreclosure makeovers

    The Kane-Elgin HOME consortium announces its 2013 funding levels to get local foreclosed homes rehabilitated and back on the market. The program has a higher budget than normal thanks to successful sales of nearly all its 2012 properties.

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    The western portion of the bridge that spans the Fox River in the Fabyan Forest Preserve has foundation cracks. The bridge may be up to 100 years old and a historic site, but it may be torn down.

    100-year-old bridge in Fabyan could be torn down

    he western portion of the bridge that spans the Fox River in the Fabyan Forest Preserve has foundation cracks. The bridge may be up to 100 years old. Kane County Forest Preserve Commissioners are leaning toward tearing that section of the bridge down and coupling that with improvements to the causeway it spans to improve the hydrology of the Fox River. But not everyone is pleased with potentially...

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    Palatine Whole Foods to close

    Whole Foods in Palatine is preparing to permanently close to make way for the new Kildeer store’s grand opening at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 6.

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    Buffalo Grove High School coed varsity cheerleaders celebrate their 2013 IHSA State Championship win at Bloomington on Feb. 2.

    Buffalo Grove cheerleaders feted at school assembly

    Amid the roar of an appreciative crowd and rousing music performed by the Bison Jazz Band, the Buffalo Grove High School 2013 IHSA State Champion Co-Ed Varsity Cheerleading team was feted at an all-school assembly on Feb. 4 for their victory in the state finals on Feb. 2.

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    ‘Idol’ winner brings ‘Home’ to Benedictine University

    Music fans looking to put a face with the guy responsible for one of most popular songs of the past year can see him up close this spring at Benedictine University in Lisle. National recording artist and “American Idol” season 11 winner HYPERLINK "http://www.phillipphillips.com/flyaway/"Phillip Phillips will take the stage April 13 at “BenBash 2013” in the university’s Dan and Ada Rice Center.

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    William Temple, of Brunswick, Ga., wearing revolutionary attire, right, argues with a man Friday during the Georgia State Capitol Pro-Gun Rally at the main entrance to the Georgia State Capitol.

    Senators seek pact on gun-buy background checks

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., wants his panel to approve gun control legislation in the next few weeks and has voiced strong support for universal background checks for firearms purchases.

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    Republican Chuck Hagel, a former two-term GOP senator from Nebraska and President Obama’s choice for Defense Secretary, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Armed Services Committee chairman rebuts GOP request on Hagel

    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Friday he will press ahead with a vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary, rejecting Republicans demands for more financial information from President Barack Obama’s choice as setting an unprecedented standard.

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    Mundelein board to meet Monday:

    The Mundelein village board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the main fire station, 1000 N. Midlothian Road, to discuss lighting upgrades, a proposed donation of firefighting gear and other issues.

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    Palatine restaurant’s business license hearing postponed again

    For the second time, a hearing regarding possible sanctions regarding the business license of a Palatine restaurant — where authorities say illegal drug sales have taken place — has been postponed. La Presa, 319 S. Rohlwing Road, could face fines or have its license revoked or suspended as a result of the drug allegations, as well as claims that employees who serve liquor don’t have the proper...

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    Lake Villa baseball registration:

    Registration for Lake Villa Township Baseball is open until Feb. 24 ahead of player ratings on March 2 and 3.

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    Award for Lindenhurst church:

    St. Mark Lutheran Church will receive the Community Involvement and Volunteer award from the Lindenhurst Park District on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

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    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, suffered a major stroke last year that limited movement on the left side of his body and affected his speech

    Kirk’s physical therapist to be guest for speech

    Sen. Mark Kirk has invited one of the physical therapists who helped him recover after his stroke to be his guest for next week’s State of the Union address. A spokesman for Kirk says Mike Klonowski of Chicago was one of the Republican senator’s primary physical therapists at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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    EPA to clean up lead-contaminated lot in Chicago

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will remove lead-contaminated soil from a lot near a Chicago elementary school. The pollution came from the former Loewenthal Metals smelter, which operated on the site about 70 years ago.

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    Pope defrocks Illinois priest accused of abuse

    A Roman Catholic priest whose decades-old molestation of a former altar boy led to a $6.3 million payout in an Illinois lawsuit has been kicked out of the priesthood by Pope Benedict XVI. Diocese of Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton announced the move involving 78-year-old Raymond Kownacki in a statement published in a recent edition of the diocesan newspaper.

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    Associated Press/Feb. 7, 2013 Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., right, welcomes CIA Director nominee John Brennan on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Lawmakers test legality of drones

    Lawmakers are considering whether Congress should set up a special court to decide when drones can kill American al-Qaida suspects overseas — much like the secret courts that now grant permission for surveillance. It’s another sign of the U.S. philosophical struggle over remote warfare, raised after CIA Director-designate John Brennan’s vigorous defense of the drones at his confirmation hearing...

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    Rand Paul to deliver tea party response to Obama

    The Tea Party Express, one of the largest organizations in the movement, said Friday that Kentucky senator Rand Paul will deliver its response to the state of the union speech.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn signs a law to speed up the state’s home foreclosure process on Friday. The legislation will take effect June 1.

    Quinn signs law to fast-track foreclosures

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law that’s designed to speed up Illinois’ foreclosure process. The governor’s office says the law will help restore neighborhoods and property values by decreasing the time a home sits empty and getting properties back on the market.

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    Chicago prison guard accused of bribery

    A 51-year-old guard at a federal prison in downtown Chicago has been indicted on bribery charges after authorities alleged he broke rules regarding inmate contraband. The U.S. attorney’s office said Tony Henderson is charged with five counts of bribery in an indictment.

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    REO Speedwagon will play the Illinois State Fair on Aug. 10.

    Illinois State Fair announces more performances

    The Illinois State Fair is adding more performances to its grandstand lineup — including the return of Styx and REO Speedwagon. The fair also has booked The Band Perry, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, Thompson Square, Toby Keith and the cast of "Million Dollar Quartet."

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    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO Runners begin the 2008 Half-Madness Marathon with a climb up the Houston Street hill in Batavia. The city had proposed moving the majority of the race on to the Fox River Trail.

    Runners to Batavia: Keep half-marathon on streets

    The Peapod Half-Madness Marathon may end up back on Batavia streets, after runners pleaded with a city committee, saying running through neighborhoods was more appealing, and safer, than running it on the Fox River Trail.

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    A Boeing 787 jet that has been at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas for about a month while being painted for China Southern, takes off Thursday.

    Boeing warns that 787 deliveries could slip

    The world’s fleet of 50 787s has been grounded since Jan. 16. Boeing and investigators are trying to figure out why one aircraft battery caught fire and another one smoldered and forced an emergency landing.

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    Bartlett hosts meeting on electricity aggregation

    The village of Bartlett will hold a public information meeting on electricty aggregation at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at village hall, 228 S. Main St.

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    Mark Beeson

    Island Lake trustee hopefuls talk about their campaign priorities

    The candidates running for seats on Island Lake's village board told the Daily Herald they're focused on the town's finances and other key issues. Six candidates are running for three, 4-year terms on the village board.

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    A general view of Findus Beef Lasagne Sitting Friday in a freezer of a local shop in Jarrow, England.

    Horsemeat lasagna recalled in Sweden

    Frozen-food company Findus is recalling beef lasagna meals in Sweden after tests confirmed the products contained horsemeat.

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    Chelsea Laliberte, who founded the heroin awareness effort Live4Lali in memory of her brother Alex, said the state needs to be involved in funding education programs aimed at stopping drug use among young people.

    Task force would address heroin “epidemic” in suburbs, state

    A suburban lawmaker has proposed legislation that could help alleviate the heroin problem both in the suburbs and across the state. The proposal, written by State Rep. Sam Yingling, a Round Lake Beach Democrat, would form a bipartisan Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force to identify how the state can help. The task force will be given until the end of June 2014 to conduct a study of heroin use...

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    Joann Kort

    District 54 appoints three new school principals

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 board members this week appointed three new principals for the 2013-14 school year. Joann Kort will be principal of Dirksen Elementary in Schaumburg, Jillian Sagan will be principal of Mead Junior High in Elk Grove Village and Chris Bingen will be principal of Addams Junior High in Schaumburg.

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    Palatine-Inverness Crime Stoppers logo

    Citizens, business leaders launch Palatine-Inverness Crime Stoppers

    Compelled to act after hearing how an anonymous tip led Arlington Heights police to solve a rape case, nearby residents and business leaders have launched Palatine-Inverness Crime Stoppers. The volunteer group, which rewards anonymous tipsters up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest, will hold its kickoff fundraiser next week.

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    Associated Press Urooj Khan, 46, of Chicago, with a winning lottery ticket.

    Attorney: Deal aids poisoned lotto winner’s widow

    A lawyer who represents the widow of a Chicago man who was poisoned with cyanide after winning the lottery says most of the businessman's $2 million estate should go to his client. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday that attorney Al-Haroon Husain showed an agreement signed by Urooj Khan months before his death that names his wife, Shabana Ansari, as benefactor for his interest in a dry...

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    U-46 to offer full-day kindergarten, for a price

    Elgin Area School District U-46 will offer tuition-based, full-day kindergarten to students districtwide next year in a pilot program that could see future expansion. Julie Kallenbach, director of early learner initiatives, said the pilot program will be open to 80 students across four classrooms — two on the west side of Elgin and two in the Bartlett area. As the district expects far more...

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    Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

    NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include Renaissance Capital, Greenwich, CT and SEC filings.Week of February 11-15

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Local police departments reported many arrests for drug possession and shoplifting.

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    Pedestrians walk on the Atlantic City N.J. Boardwalk on Wednesday, a day before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have allowed Internet gambling in his state. Christie said he would sign a future bill that sets a 10-year trial period for Internet gambling.

    Casinos saturating market

    Atlantic City, the New Jersey resort that ruled the East Coast market for three decades after the first casino opened in 1978, is floundering after six years of declining revenue as a result of losing business to casinos in neighboring states.

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    Buffalo Grove Deputy Village Clerk Jane Olson was honored at this week’s village board meeting for her 25 years in the job. She’s retiring in March.

    Buffalo Grove deputy clerk honored at board meeting

    Buffalo Grove trustees this week honored Deputy Village Clerk Jane Olson, who is retiring after serving the village for 25 years. She "provided invaluable support to the village clerk for the last 25 years for all matters related to village public records and management," according to the proclamation honoring her.

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    In his working days, this 2010 photo shows Nero with U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bobbie Ohm.

    Military dogs are forgotten heroes

    Nero isn't your average veteran. He served with the U.S. Navy in a bomb detection unit in Iraq and protected more than 3,000 soldiers during his deployment. But what separates Nero from most veterans are his four legs and furry coat. To fellow Iraq War veteran Danny Scheurer, Nero is more than a German shepherd. He is a hero. Both Scheurer and Nero were injured in the line of duty in Iraq. As a...

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    Owen Payton, 6, of an unincorporated area near West Chicago, is awaiting a heart transplant as his family tries to raise $60,000 for costs associated with the operation. A bowling fundraiser planned for 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bowling Green Sports Center, 243 Roosevelt Road in West Chicago will help raise money for the cause.

    Bowling fundraiser planned for boy awaiting heart transplant

    Owen Payton has spent almost one entire year of his six years on Earth on a transplant list, awaiting a new heart to replace the defective one he was born with. Owen will be the beneficiary of a bowling fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bowling Green Sports Center, 243 Roosevelt Road in West Chicago, as his family aims to raise $60,000 for costs associated with a heart transplant.

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    Resident John Laszloffy glances outside his home along Switzerland Avenue as officers look for murder suspect, former Los Angeles Police Department Officer Christopher Dorner, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Big Bear Lake, Calif.

    Calif. schools closed where ex-cop’s truck found

    Police spent all night searching the snowy mountains of Southern California but were unable to find the former Los Angeles police officer accused of carrying out a killing spree because he felt he was unfairly fired from his job. About 80 miles east of LA at Big Bear Lake, where Christopher Dorner's torched pickup was found Thursday, local ski areas were open, but schoolchildren had the day off...

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    Sam Mullet, the leader of 16 Amish convicted in beard-cutting attacks on other members of their faith in Ohio, says he has been blamed for running a cult and is ready to take the punishment.

    Ohio Amish leader: I’m ready to take punishment

    The leader of 16 Amish convicted in beard-cutting attacks on other members of their faith in Ohio says he has been blamed for running a cult and is ready to take the punishment.

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    Republicans scramble for the center on immigration

    Since the November elections, many Republicans nationwide have tempered their tone on immigration — if not reversed course completely — after years of tacking right to appeal to grass-roots activists who dominate GOP primaries.

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    Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles officer.

    Career woes, perceived racism fuel ex-cop’s anger

    Christopher Dorner sees himself as a crusader, a 6-foot, 270-pound whistle-blower who confronted racism early in life and believes he suffered in his career and personal life for challenging injustices from bigotry to dishonesty. He fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a Los Angeles police officer in 2005, but saw it unravel three years later when he was fired after a police review board...

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    Assisted suicide on legal agenda in several states

    A push for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide is under way in a half-dozen states where proponents say they see strong support for allowing doctors to prescribe mentally competent, dying individuals with the medications needed to end their own lives. The large number of baby boomers facing end-of-life issues themselves is seen to have made the issue more prominent in recent years.

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    A “Trashpo” art installation by Elgin artist Diane Keys on display at Elgin city hall includes trash, found objects and recycled materials that were mailed to Keys by artists from 26 countries.

    Trashy art exhibit graces Elgin city hall

    Elgin artist Diane Keys loves discarded writing — detailed grocery lists left behind at the store, innocent love notes mistakenly dropped on the ground. That, and a lot more, is the kind of stuff that Keys turns into “Trashpo” (from the words “trash” and “poetry”), her latest exhibit on display at Elgin city hall, which includes materials from artists...

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    Ellen Correll

    Grayslake Dist. 46 boss gets contract extension

    It took three votes since last fall, but Grayslake Elementary District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll has received a contract extension. Correll will receive her current $170,844 base salary in the one-year extension that expires June 30, 2014, school board President Ray Millington said.

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    CIA Director nominee John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee’.

    Lawmakers consider regulating drone strikes

    CIA Director-designate John Brennan's vigorous defense of drone strikes to kill terror suspects — even American citizens — overseas is causing key lawmakers to consider lifting secrecy from what has become an important weapon in the fight against al-Qaida. Brennan, President Barack Obama's top counterterror adviser, was grilled for more than three hours Thursday before the Senate...

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    Accused witch burned alive in Papua New Guinea

    A mob stripped, tortured and bound a woman accused of witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of horrified witnesses in a Papua New Guinea town, police said Friday. It was the latest sorcery-related killing in this South Pacific island nation.

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    Soft toys are placed on a windowsill at the Teddy Bear Clinic, where abused children are treated, in Johannesburg, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. In a country where one in four women are raped and where months-old babies and 94-year-old grandmothers are sexually assaulted, citizens are demanding action after a teenager was gang-raped, sliced open from her stomach to her genitals, and left for dead on a construction site last week.

    South Africans called to action on raped teenager

    The chime sounds every four minutes on the radio station, reminding listeners that statistically yet another child or woman in South Africa is being raped. It's also a call to action for citizens outraged over the gang-rape of a teenager who was mutilated — her body carved open from her stomach to her genitals — and left for dead on a construction site.

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    An Iraqi boy stands near a destroyed car at the scene of a car-bomb attack in Baghdad’s northern Kazimyah neighborhood, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Car bombs struck two outdoor markets in Shiite areas of Iraq on Friday, killing and wounding scores of people, police said.

    Iraq bombs kill 36, Sunnis stage protest rallies

    Car bombs struck two outdoor markets and a group of taxi vans in Shiite areas across Iraq on Friday, killing at least 36 people and wounding nearly 100 in the bloodiest day in more than two months, as minority Sunnis staged large anti-government protests.

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    Tunisian women gather in front of the house of slain opposition leader Chokri Belaid’s father prior to his funeral in Tunis, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

    Slain Tunisian leader’s funeral marred by clash

    The funeral of a slain Tunisian opposition leader was marred Friday by clashes between police and gangs of young men attempting to steal mourners' cars, as black smoke spiraled from burning vehicles into the sky and clouds of tear gas floated over the nearby cemetery.

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    U.S. envoy says France ransoms fed Africa’s al-Qaida

    France paid $17 million in hostage ransoms that ultimately funded the al-Qaida-linked Islamist militants its troops are now fighting in Mali, the former American ambassador to Mali said. French officials, whose soldiers are pushing north into the territory where the missing captives are believed to be held, denied paying any ransoms.

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    A bipartisan quartet of senators, including two National Rifle Association members and two with “F” ratings from the potent firearms lobby, are quietly trying to reach compromise on expanding the requirement for gun-sale background checks.

    Senators seek deal on gun-sale background checks

    A bipartisan quartet of senators, including two National Rifle Association members and two with "F" ratings from the potent firearms lobby, are quietly trying to find a compromise on expanding the requirement for gun-sale background checks. A deal, given a good chance by several participants and lobbyists, could add formidable political momentum to one of the key elements of President Barack...

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    In this June 2012 photo, President George H.W. Bush, and his wife, Barbara, arrive for the premiere of HBO’s documentary about his life in Kennebunkport, Maine. A criminal investigation is under way after a hacker apparently accessed private photos and emails sent between members of the Bush family, including both former presidents.

    Bush family emails, photos apparently hacked

    A hacker apparently accessed private photos and emails sent between members of the Bush Family, including both former presidents, and a spokesman for George H.W. Bush said a criminal investigation is under way. The Smoking Gun website said the hacker, who went by the online moniker "Guccifer," gained access to emails, photos, private telephone numbers and addresses of Bush family members and...

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    NW Ind. police officer indicted in payroll scheme

    A northwestern Indiana police officer has been indicted on fraud charges alleging that he orchestrated a ghost payrolling scheme. Forty-two-year-old Robert Aponte faces 12 fraud charges for allegedly submitting time sheets that falsely overstated the hours the East Chicago police office worked between January 2009 and September 2011.

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    Japan’s increased beef demand good news for Wis.

    Japan is buying more American beef, which is good news for Wisconsin's 14,000 cattle farmers. A Wisconsin Public Radio report says Japan used to restrict U.S. beef imports out of concerns about mad-cow disease, but it recently relaxed some restrictions. Now U.S. beef exports to Japan are expected to grow from about $850 million per year to $1.5 billion.

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    Indiana congressman proposes concealed weapon law

    A congressman from northeastern Indiana is sponsoring a bill that would allow people who legally carry a concealed weapon in their home state to do the same in other states that allow concealed weapons. U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman says the proposed measure would eliminate confusion among law enforcement and gun owners about which states have agreements about concealed carry laws. He also says the...

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    4 Ill. buildings added to historic places register

    The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says four buildings in the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Named to the list was the 1920 Neuville apartment building in Chicago's Steeterville neighborhood, an early example of luxury apartment buildings that offered the amenities of private mansions. It features an elegant lobby and 10-room apartments.

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    Dawn Patrol: Commute should be easier; W. Chicago Dist. 33 fallout

    Snow messed up last night's commute. West Chicago District 33 still has financial issues to tackle. Two accused of stealing cold medicine all across suburbs. Bank robberies in Aurora, Mount Prospect.

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    Northwestern, shown here in action against Penn State on Jan. 3, won't have to travel far to play in the Big Ten women's tournament, which will start March 7 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Big Ten women's tourney coming to Sears Centre

    This year's Big Ten women's basketball tournament March 7-10 is about much more than the games. For the first time in more than a decade, the tournament is moving from its location in Indianapolis. The new venue is the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, which is throwing many free fan events to increase the appeal. Tickets start at $15 for a single session, but the weekend also will feature...

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    For better or for worse? A prison sentence would certainly fall under the “for worse” category. Would you support a spouse accused or convicted of a crime?

    Poll Vault: Would you stand by a jailed spouse?

    Of the three Schaumburg cops recently arrested, one's wife is standing by him and another has already filed for divorce. What would you do if your spouse were arrested?

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    A bright, orange poppy blooms into a beautiful flower at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of February 4th.

Sports

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    Friday’s girls bowling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls bowling results from Friday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Friday’s boys swimming scoreboard
    Here are varsity boys swimming results from Friday's meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Friday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Friday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Friday’s boys basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Friday's varsity boys basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Libertyville guard Jack Lipp looks for running room after grabbing a defensive rebound against Mundelein at Libertyville on Friday.

    Reed gets it right as Libertyville wins

    Matt Reed kept using the word “special.” Libertyville’s junior guard had just shot a crazy 8 of 8 from the floor, sinking five 3-pointers and scoring a career-high 25 points to help his Wildcats stun visiting Mundelein 87-80 in a North Suburban Lake Division thriller Friday night.

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    Elk Grove’s Austin Amann tries to deter Prospect’s Bobby Frasco at Prospect on Friday.

    Prospect reclaims East title

    After a one year hiatus, the Mid-Suburban East belongs to Prospect once again. But it was far from easy. The Knights boys basketball team battled back from an 11-point first half deficit, overcame its leading scorer fouling out and got key contributions down the stretch from a pair of seniors on senior night to pull out a thrilling 70-68 double overtime victory over Elk Grove to wrap up its fifth East title in six years.

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    Neuqua Valley's Niki Lazar and Geneva's Kelly Gordon leap for a rebound in the fourth quarter of the Upstate Eight championship on Friday, February 8.

    Geneva surprises No. 2 Neuqua Valley

    Sidney Santos and Geneva saw no need to review tape of their first game with Neuqua Valley. “We knew that was not our team,” said the Vikings junior. “It came at a bad time.” Times are better now. No. 16 Geneva turned the tables on a 23-point loss the day after Thanksgiving in a big way Friday in Naperville, surprising No. 2 Neuqua Valley 54-46 in a matchup of Upstate Eight Conference division champions.

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    Barrington gets strong finishes from Shealy and Calamari

    After some tough going for their team, seniors Mark Shealy and Ben Calamari saved the day for Mid-Suburban League and regional champion Barrington to end Friday’s session of the Class 3A Barrington wrestling sectional on a high note.

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    Benet downs Hinsdale South

    Christen Prasse poured in 25 points, Emily Schramek 22 and No. 11 Benet built a 15-point lead on No. 17 Hinsdale South before holding off the Hornets 68-61 on Friday in Lisle.Emily Eshoo added 11 points, hitting two 3-pointers and Schramek hit four 3s for the Redwings (19-9). Toni Romiti scored 21 points and Kristin Dimitrijevic 18 for Hinsdale South (17-8), which had a 10-game win streak snapped.Glenbard West 36, St. Francis 33:Caitlin Soane scored 14 points and Breanna Venson 6 for the Hilltoppers (10-17) in Wheaton. Aly Germanos paced St. Francis (13-13) with 13 points.

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    Conant clamps down at Hoffman Estates

    Kevin Schimel (13) and Ryan Blaha (13) and Robert Hudson (12) were double-figures scorer for Conant’s boys basketball team in a 71-36 victory at Hoffman Estates in the Mid-Suburban West.Conant improved to 15-10 and 5-4 in the West.Joe Biko scored 15 points three 3-pointer to lead Hoffman (4-17, 0-9).

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    Westminster Christian players raise their hardware after beating Christian Liberty Academy 62-43 for the Class 1A Harvest Christian regional championship Friday.

    Westminster nails down 1A regional crown

    Westminster Christian guard Kinsley Donahue was disappointed that Thursday’s snowstorm pushed the Class 1A Harvest Christian girls basketball regional final to Friday. Even more so for the pumped-up Donahue, as the game began Friday night, she waited even longer being the sixth man in Ken Flickinger’s group. But when Flickinger called for her to settle her teammates down when the Warriors were trailing by 3 points with 1:43 left in the first quarter, Donahue’s role became even more important. Westminster needed her spark off the bench to get the team back in the flow. “I kind of prayed a lot before the game and I feel I kind of got the strength,” said Donahue. “Coach encouraged me to make an effort when I came off the bench to spark something.” Donahue rose to the occasion. Her 13 points and 4 rebounds, including 6 points in the second quarter, helped Westminster fight off Christian Liberty, which hung around in the first half. Freshman Maddie Versluys took care of the rest with a game-high 21 points, including 7 rebounds as top-seeded Westminster grabbed a second-straight regional crown in a 62-43 win over No. 2 Christian Liberty at the Mitchell Swaback Athletic Center in Elgin.

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    Larkin wins River title outright

    Winning the battle of tempo and defense, Larkin’s boys basketball team claimed its first conference title in seven years on Friday at Geneva.

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    Huntley’s Mabry advances

    Brandon Mabry now knows what it feels like to actually compete in a sectional wrestling tournament. Twice the Huntley senior has qualified to be a part of a 12-man bracket at the Class 3A Barrington sectional and twice the Red Raiders’ star has failed to answer the bell. Last year, a nasty bout of food poisoning knocked him out on game day but Friday afternoon, Mabry (34-5), bumped off Jackson Wrede (Prospect) 7-4 in his second round match to advance into today’s semifinals, where one victory will send him to Champaign.

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    Burlington Central a step closer to conference title

    Rebounds of the physical and mental varieties themed Burlington Central’s 69-65 victory over Richmond-Burton in a key Big Northern East boys basketball matchup on Rocket Hill Friday. In a game between rivals with 1 division loss apiece, Burlington Central’s taller Rockets outrebounded R-B’s Rockets 37-26. From a mental standpoint Central summoned the fortitude to bounce back from the shock of seeing its 16-point, third-quarter lead transformed to a 4-point deficit with under three minutes to play. After Richmond-Burton used a 27-7 run to take a 61-57 lead, Central coach Brett Porto called a timeout and challenged his players.

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    Jacobs, Dundee-Crown notch wins

    Jacobs 57, Johnsburg 54: Lauren Van Vlierbergen hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Jacobs overcame a 40-30 deficit after three periods to win this Fox Valley Conference crossover game. Payton Berg led the Golden Eagles (3-22) with 16 points while Van Vlierbergen added 13 and Kelly Grady 10. The Eagles will play Dundee-Crown Monday night in the opening round of the Class 4A Streamwood regional.Dundee-Crown 39, Woodstock 28: Jillian Weichmann had 13 points and Emily Michalski added 10 to lead the Chargers (3-23) to an FVC crossover win. Lauren Lococco added 9 points for D-C.

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    West Aurora starts fast in win over Wheaton North

    At least Jaylen Howze received fair warning. Playing at West Aurora Friday night, the Wheaton North senior twice tried to drive into the teeth of the Blackhawk defense. Both times 6-foot-7 Josh McAuley stood waiting.

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    Aurora Christian evens score with Marmion

    Still seething from a loss to cross-town rival Aurora Central Catholic 6 days earlier, Aurora Christian’s boys basketball team came out with some renewed purpose against Marmion Friday night. Blasting off to a 12-0 lead in the first 4 ½ minutes, the Eagles (13-11, 2-7) built an 18-point first-half lead and then withstood a late rally by the host Cadets (9-16, 3-6) for a much-needed 55-48 Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division triumph in Aurora.

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    Dunning’s FT help Grant past Vernon Hills

    Three-pointers were here, there and everywhere at Grant on Friday night. The host Bulldogs hit a total of six 3-pointers while visiting Vernon Hills hit five of its own. At one point in the second quarter, the teams combined to hit four straight shots from long distance, and five overall. Yet, despite the importance that the triples played for both teams, it was a shot that was worth a single solitary point that made the biggest difference of all. Junior forward Steve Dunning hit a free throw with 2.2 seconds remaining in the game to give Grant a 59-58 North Suburban Conference Prairie Division victory and send the home fans into an excited frenzy on senior night.

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    DeKalb denies Kaneland’s 1st attempt at title

    The Kaneland boys basketball is seeking a second consecutive conference championship. But visiting DeKalb, which had not won this calendar year, truly upset the apple cart for the Knights’ repeat bid in the Northern Illinois Big XII East Friday night. The Barb hit 8 of 14 third-quarter shots, more than doubling their first-half output in the process, and never relinquished an 8-point lead to start the final quarter in denying the Knights 50-45 in Maple Park.

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    Downers South holds off Warriors

    You couldn’t ask for a better momentum starter than Danny Spinuzza’s third-quarter off-the-backboard pass to Downers Grove South teammate Robert Mara for a dunk. And you also couldn’t ask for a more fierce rally than what Willowbrook’s boys basketball team accomplished at the start of the fourth quarter. By the end of a crazy second half, Downers South managed to restore enough order to claim Friday’s 47-39 West Suburban Gold Conference win over the visiting Warriors.

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    Olivia Jakubicek

    Cary-Grove tops Grayslake North in FVC ‘championship’ game

    The Fox Valley Conference may continue to choose not to call it a championship game, but don’t tell that to the players or coaches from Cary-Grove and Grayslake North. The Trojans and Knights played with all the intensity of any championship affair Friday night when the FVC division champions met in Cary-Grove’s Elroy Fitzgerald Gymnasium. And when all was said and done, Cary-Grove’s girls basketball team had come away with its third straight “unofficial” FVC crown after holding off the Knights 56-48. “It was definitely one of our goals to make it to the crossover championship game,” said Cary-Grove senior Olivia Jakubicek, who scored a game-high 24 points for the Trojans. “Even though they don’t call it a championship game we wanted to give a championship effort.”

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    WW South defends early lead

    Wheaton Warrenville South jumped all over West Chicago early and held off a second-half rally during Friday night’s DuPage Valley Conference contest.

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    Defense does it for Glenbard East

    Led by Marvin Grant-Clark’s game-high 17 points with two others scoring in double digits and a defense that put the clamps on a very good offense, it was no surprise after Glenbard East’s 66-51 win over visiting Naperville North on Friday that talk was about overall team play and defense. “Defense is the key. If we get our stops, the offense is going to come,” Grant-Clark said. “I thought we were very unselfish.” Mike Kjeldsen followed Grant-Clark with 16 points and Tahron Harvey had 13.

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    Hersey sizes up Wheeling

    Hersey used its size and dictated the offensive pace to its advantage in Friday night’s Mid-Suburban League East road game against Wheeling. The Huskies had multiple second-chance opportunities because of offensive rebounds, which helped lead the way to a 47-37 victory.

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    Schaumburg clinches share of West title

    After a Jekyll-like performance in the first half, Schaumburg ran away and managed to hide from Fremd in the second half Friday night, en route to a 45-24 win that sets up a Mid-Suburban West showdown against Palatine next week.

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    Leyden recovers, finishes Day 1 in sixth

    Last season Leyden found itself in sixth place at the state tournament after all was said and done. That’s the exact same position the Eagles are in this season after the first day at Cherry Bowl Lanes in Rockford. Led by junior Reba Hall, ninth individually after six games of bowling in the books on Day 1, Leyden stands only 355 pins behind co-leaders Lockport and Rockford Jefferson. Hall, who took home the third place medal at state in 2012 while only a sophomore, rolled games of 257 and 244 Friday enroute to a series total of 1308.

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    Count it: Brunson, Pats win again

    If Stevenson sophomore Jalen Brunson calls it a dunk, it must have been a dunk. In any case, it was about the only questionable play from Brunson in the Patriots’ North Suburban Lake contest with Lake Forest on Friday night. The play from Brunson helped Stevenson to a 12-point lead, and even though the “dunk,” his third of the season, front-rimmed before eventually going down, it was a key 2 points for the Patriots. “Yeah, that was a dunk,” Patriots sophomore Connor Cashaw said with a smile. “It was a great play.” Whether it was a clean dunk or not, it was just one out of several spectacular plays for Brunson in the second half. He scored 10 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter and Stevenson never trailed in defeating the Scouts for the second time this season 59-50.

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    Grant’s Zak is living the dream

    It might seem like a dream, but for Sami Jo Zak of Grant, it’s really happening. She’s on a roll and just might end up as one of the best bowlers state tournament at Cherry Bowl Lanes after a terrific effort in Friday’s action. Zak has herself in fifth place, 35 pins behind tournament leader Emily Malone of Rockford Jefferson through 6 games with a 1,339.

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    Smooth sailing for Lake County on Day 1 at Barrington

    Nearly all of the Lake County favorites got off to a flying start Friday night on the first day of action at the Class 3A Barrington wrestling sectional.

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    Crystal Lake South’s pressure produces win

    Lauren Del Vecchio loves the labor that goes with playing the point in Crystal Lake South’s diamond-and-one, full-court pressure. “It’s my favorite position,” the 6-foot senior said. “I like to watch their eyes and get up on them. It gets me going and helps get the team going.” There was no doubt about how much defense got the Gators rolling in Friday night’s Fox Valley Conference girls basketball crossover. They turned 27 turnovers into 20 points and pitched a third-quarter shutout in a 50-32 victory over visiting Woodstock North at Gator Alley.

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    Key runs send Glenbard West past Downers North

    Glenbard West’s offense has had something of a now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t quality to it this season.

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    Scouting MSL boys swimming

    Here's a look ahead to Saturday's Mid-Suburban League swimming championships, which begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Barrington High School.

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    Naperville Central’s Czarnowski goes from lost to found

    Naperville Central coach Pete Kramer is blessed with so many good outside shooters that he has joked at times this season that the team almost forgets it has a 6-foot-9 force in the paint.

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    Grayslake Central rallies to dump Huntley

    When Huntley’s Ali Andrews nailed a 12-footer, the Red Raiders extended their lead to 29-16 with 6:12 left in the third quarter. It appeared the Red Raiders were on their way to an easy win over Grayslake Central. But someone forgot to tell the Rams the game looked to be over. Responding with a 23-0 outburst, Grayslake Central rallied for a 47-42 victory over the Red Raiders in a Fox Valley Conference crossover battle of second place girls basketball teams at Huntley Friday night.

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    Images from the Elk Grove vs. Prospect boys basketball game on Friday, February 8th.

    Images: Prospect vs. Elk Grove, boys basketball
    The Prospect High School boys basketball team hosted and won in OT 70-68 over the Elk Grove High School boys on Friday, February 8th, in Mount Prospect.

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    Libertyville guard Jack Lipp looks for running room after grabbing a defensive rebound.

    Images: Mundelein vs. Libertyville, boys basketball
    The Libertyville Wildcats hosted and won 87-80 over the Mundelein Mustangs for boys basketball action on Friday, Feb. 8 in Libertyville.

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    Wolves shut out Bulldogs 3-0

    A pair of goals from forward Michael Davies and a 23-save shutout from goaltender Matt Climie propelled the visiting Chicago Wolves to a 3-0 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs Friday night at Copps Coliseum.

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    Asquini’s hot hand lifts St. Charles East

    The last time Jake Asquini played the role of stealth bomber for St. Charles East, he knocked down 6-of-6 3-point shots against St. Charles North last year. The 6-foot-1 sophomore shooting guard nearly matched that Friday night in sweeping in out of nowhere to bust open a tight game at Streamwood with 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Asquini’s team-high 15 points led the Saints to an important 61-43 Upstate Eight River boys basketball victory.

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    Neuqua Valley’s Malia Smith holds on to a loose ball while she and teammate Bryce Menendez fight off Geneva’s Sami Pawlak .

    Images: Geneva vs. Neuqua Valley, girls basketball
    Geneva won 54-46 over Neuqua Valley to decide the Upstate Eight girls basketball title Friday night in Aurora.

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    Grana, Palatine keep alive title hope

    Palatine defeated Barrington 63-51 in the Mid-Suburban West to set up the opportunity to earn a tie for the division title if it can win Friday at Schaumburg.

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    Hersey’s Obstoj overcomes distraction, MSL foes

    Hersey senior Mat Obstoj overcame an unusual distraction to claim the Mid-Suburban League boys diving championship Friday at Barrington.

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    Batavia catches up to Elgin

    The Elgin boys basketball team hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter Friday night. The Maroons then didn’t hit another field goal of any kind for a quarter and half as Batavia didn’t allow the Maroons any open looks. The Bulldogs turned a 4-point deficit into a 14-point lead during the stretch and cruised to a 62-50 Upstate Eight River Division victory at Chesbrough Field House in Elgin.

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    Westminster handles Harvest to advance in NAC tourney

    A torrid start was all Westminster Christian needed. The Warriors roared out to a 19-2 lead and cruised past Harvest Christian, 63-43, in the first round of the Northeastern Athletic Conference boys basketball tournament here Friday night. Will Woodhouse led the early surge, scoring 12 of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter. Westminster made 7 of 8 3-point attempts in opening a 30-11 lead. Woodhouse hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 10-2, then Dillon Rejman came off the bench to knock down 3 trifectas.

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    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, second from left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Chicago won 5-3. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Hawks just keep rollin' along

    The Blackhawks are 9-0-2 because on this tight-knit team, everyone knows his role. Take Jamal Mayers. His role is to protect and enforce and change the momentum of games when he gets on the ice as a fourth liner. Mayers did just that in Thursday's 6-2 win against Phoenix. “I understand what my job is, trying to create momentum," he said.

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    Steady Snedeker may just pull it off

    Brandt Snedeker played bogey-free at tough Spyglass Hill on Friday for a 4-under 68, giving him a share of the lead with Ted Potter Jr. in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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    Sporting a brand-new look, Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum talks to reporters on Friday.

    New look for Tim Lincecum

    Sporting short hair and black specs he doesn’t need but chooses to complete his new look, Tim Lincecum hardly resembled the hard-throwing San Francisco pitcher the Bay Area has come to know for his shaggy `do and strong arm.Lincecum drew comparisons Friday ranging from Buddy Holly to Elvis Costello and even Greg Maddux. Silicon Valley smarty, to poet and professor.

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    Illinois' Tyler Griffey (42) is hoisted onto his teammates' shoulders after hitting the winning basket, giving Illinois a 74-72 win over No. 1-ranked in an NCAA college basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Thursday Feb. 7, 2013.(AP Photo/John Dixon)

    Top-ranked turmoil in college basketball

    Indiana’s latest run as No. 1 didn’t last long, abruptly halted by a loss to unranked Illinois. Duke was bumped from the top spot twice in three weeks. Michigan and Louisville went one and done when their turns came.

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    Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner says he's concerned about the latest drug allegations swirling around third baseman Alex Rodriguez, but that the matter is being looked at by Major League Baseball.

    Hal Steinbrenner concerned about A-Rod situation

    Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner says he's concerned about the latest drug allegations swirling around third baseman Alex Rodriguez, but that the matter is being looked at by Major League Baseball.

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    This Feb. 6, 2013 photo released by ABC shows Sue Paterno, widow of legendary football coach Joe Paterno, right, with Katie Couric for an exclusive interview for the "Katie" show in New York. Paterno is fighting back against the accusations against her husband that followed the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Her campaign started with a letter sent Friday to former Penn State players. She wrote that the family's exhaustive response to former FBI director Louis Freeh's report for the university on the Sandusky child sex abuse case will officially be released to the public at 9 a.m. Sunday on paterno.com. The interview with Couric will air on Monday, Feb. 11. (AP Photo/Disney-ABC, Lou Rocco)

    In letter, Sue Paterno defends late husband

    Breaking more than a year of silence, Sue Paterno is defending her late husband as a “moral, disciplined” man who never twisted the truth to avoid bad publicity.

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    Illinois coach John Groce liked what he saw Thursday from his basketball team at Assembly Hall. Illinois beat No. 1 Indiana 74-72.

    Puzzling Illini eager to build on latest big win

    In a confounding year of college basketball, there may be no more confounding team than Illinois. With first-year coach John Groce just getting started and the memory of the collapse that cost his predecessor his job still fresh, few expected much of the Illini to start the season. They surprised nearly everyone by going 12-0 and securing a top-10 ranking, then promptly fell apart by opening the Big Ten season 2-7.

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    Chicago Sky forward Tamera Young provided a big assist Friday with National Women and Girls in Sports Day, helping distribute shoes to those in need.

    Sky’s Young steps up on Girls in Sports Day

    It's all about the shoes! Women's Watch checks in on a neat Sky charitable event on National Women and Girls in Sports Day.

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    Rolling Meadows junior standout Alexis Glasgow has committed to a basketball future at Northwestern.

    Rolling Meadows’ Glasgow chooses Northwestern

    Alexis Glasgow plans to study business in college. Because she has been all business with her basketball game for many years, she has earned the opportunity to compete at the Division I level. Glasgow, who wears the purple and black as a standout guard for Rolling Meadows’ state-ranked girls basketball team, will stick to the same color scheme when she moves on to the next level in 2014. The 5-foot-11 junior has made a verbal commitment to coach Joe McKeown’s Northwestern University women’s program.

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    The Chicago Rush, which won the 2006 ArenaBowl XX title, will be returning for the 2013 season, league officials announced Friday after confirming a deal with a new ownership group. A deal with Allstate Arena, however, has not be finalized.

    AFL approves new owner for Chicago Rush

    The Chicago Rush franchise has new owner. As first reported in Crain’s Chicago Business and confirmed by the Arena Football League, private-equity firm manager David Staral Jr. has agreed to buy the franchise. While league officials say the season will start as planned on March 23, it remains uncertain if the team will return to Allstate Arena, the Rush’s home in Rosemont for years. “On a scale of 1 to 10, my confidence level is about a 2 or 3,” said Pat Nagle, general manager of Allstate Arena.

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    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has led his team to five straight playoff berths and now has a Super Bowl title to his credit, yet some analysts don't believe he's an elite NFL quarterback.

    Why Bears ticket prices are out of bounds

    The Chicago Bears are very consistent about one thing: raising ticket prices. They can't seem to get anything else right on a regular basis, but they do know about ticket increases. Mike North thinks Joe Flacco is a top three quarterbac, and he and can't figure out why others don't think so. What else doe Flacco have to do to make people believers?

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    Speaking of Super Bowl music, it's amazing how those kids who come out for the halftime show never age and appear to love every artist equally — from Beyonce to the Boss. Impressive, but honestly, do we need them out there flailing away to somehow justify that we're watching a good concert?

    Pondering Super Bowl music, from Beyonce to the Boss

    Some Super Bowl leftovers, some Hawks and Bulls talk and a whole lot more in this weeks' Spellman's Scorecard.

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    Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton, left, works ball inside past Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Is Boozer on trading block?

    While the Bulls took on Denver late Thursday night, they also landed on the rumor page after a report Thursday suggested they’ve had “exploratory” talks with Toronto about swapping Carlos Boozer for former No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani.

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    Zepeda leads Lake Park to victory

    Maria Zepeda’s outstanding all-around game of 17 points, 13 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 blocks carried Lake Park past Larkin 61-47 in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover game in Roselle Thursday for the Lancers’ first win.Tyshia Freeman added 10 points and Jen Warfield 8 for Lake Park (1-26), which outscored Larkin 23-9 in the third quarter to blow open a 3-point halftime lead.Waubonsie Valley 54, Elgin 31:Morgan Grastorf scored 12 points and Elexsus Brownlee 10 for the host Warriors (4-21) in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover contest. Ryaen Johnson chipped in 9 points.Montini 75, St. Francis 32:Malayna Johnson had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Rainey Kuykendall 15 points for the No. 1 Broncos (29-1).Naperville North 40, Glenbard North 33:Zoe Swift led all scorers with 16 points for the Huskies (14-13, 6-8 DuPage Valley Conference).York 54, Buffalo Grove 35:Sarah Milkowski had 11 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals, and the Dukes (16-11) won for the seventh time in eight games. Jenny Coffin added 10 points and 5 rebounds and AnnaBell Lansdowne 11 points.

Business

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    A coffee worker holds a handful of coffee beans just picked Friday on a coffee plantation in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala.

    Guatemala declares national coffee emergency

    GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala’s president has declared a national emergency over the spread coffee rust, a fungus that is affecting 70 percent of the country’s crop. President Otto Molina Perez also has ordered the release of more than $14 million to aid coffee growers. He says the funds are aimed at helping 60,000 small farmers to buy pesticides and to teach them how to prevent the disease and stop it from spreading.Molina said Friday that the pesticides will start being applied to coffee plants in April and that two more applications will be needed during the year.Coffee rust is currently affecting plantations in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica.

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    Members of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial and Guard Company stand Friday during an Armed Forces Farewell Ceremony to honor outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Arlington, Va. The Pentagon’s announcement this week of its intent to seek a 1 percent raise for the military in 2014 effectively set a cap for a 2014 civilian raise. In no recent year has the civilian raise exceeded the increase for military personnel.

    Obama to pitch 1 percent pay hike for federal workers

    Obama will propose a 1 percent pay increase in the administration’s fiscal 2014 budget plan, which is expected in mid-March.

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    Advocate Health Care is moving workers from its Oak Brook campus, above, to a new Downers Grove headquarters.

    Advocate moving HQ to Downers Grove

    Advocate Health Care is moving its headquarters to Downers Grove from Oak Brook this spring, the state's largest health system confirmed on Friday. Advocate will move about 600 employees to Highland Landmark I, a seven-story structure at 3075 Highland Parkway.

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    Traders Peter Tuchman, left, and Kevin Lodewick work Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    S&P 500 hits five-year high, extends rally

    The S&P 500 rose 8.54 points to 1,517.93, closing 0.3 percent up for the week. The index is at its highest since November 2007 and has advanced for six weeks, the longest streak of gains since August.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 48.92 points, or 0.4 percent, to 13,992.97. The Nasdaq composite climbed 28.74 points, or 0.9 percent, to finish the week at 3,193.87.

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    Whole Foods set to close in Palatine, open in Kildeer

    Whole Foods in Palatine is preparing to permanently close to make way for the new Kildeer store’s grand opening at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 6. According to the Palatine location’s Facebook page, the store, located at 1331 N. Rand Road, likely will close Tuesday, March 5.

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    Leonard Wilk

    Wilk new CEO for St. Alexius Medical Center

    Arlington Heights-based Alexian Brothers Health system Friday said it has named Leonard Wilk, 55, as the new president and CEO of St. Alexius Medical Center, the system's 339-bed community hospital in Hoffman Estates. Wilk succeeds Ed Goldberg, who resigned late last year after more than 18 years.

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    McDonald’s sales fall again amid weakness in Asia

    McDonald's says a key sales figure dropped again in January as the world's biggest hamburger chain struggled with ongoing weakness in Japan and supply chain issues in China.The Oak Brook-based company said global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months dropped 1.9 percent for the month. The figure is a key metric because it strips out the volatility of newly opened and closed locations.

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    In this Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 photo, snow is cleared on a runway as a plane taxis into Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, N.H. As the Northeast braces for its largest winter storm in more than a year, airlines are already employing a strategy that has served them well in recent years: Cancel flights early and keep planes, crews and passengers away from snowed-in airports.

    How airlines prepare for big storms

    As the Northeast braces for its largest winter storm in more than a year, airlines are already employing a strategy that has served them well in recent years: Cancel flights early and keep planes and crews — and passengers — away from snowed-in airports. Up to 3 feet of snow was forecast along the densely populated Interstate 95 corridor from the New York City area to Boston and beyond. In response, the major airlines plan to shut down their Northeast operations by Friday afternoon, and canceled nearly 1,100 flights for Saturday.

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    Justice Dept settles e-book case with Macmillan

    The Justice Department has reached a proposed settlement with Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC, which does business as Macmillan, one of five major book publishers that allegedly conspired with Apple Inc. to raise e-book prices. The government is continuing its case against Apple but has now reached agreements with the five publishers.

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    Trucks wait to be loaded at the Port in Los Angeles. U.S. wholesalers cut their stockpiles slightly in December while their sales were unchanged, suggesting businesses were cautious at the end of a weak quarter.

    U.S. wholesale stockpiles dip 0.1 pct. in December

    U.S. wholesalers cut their stockpiles slightly in December while their sales were unchanged, suggesting businesses were cautious at the end of a weak quarter. The Commerce Department says wholesale business stockpiles dipped 0.1 percent in December from November, after a 0.4 percent rise the previous month. Inventories of furniture and automotive goods fell by the most in more than three years.

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    Feds may expand Pontiac brake light recall

    U.S. safety regulators are looking at expanding a small recall of Pontiac G6 midsize cars so it includes up to 550,000 vehicles. About 8,000 of the cars were recalled by General Motors in 2009 because the brake lights and cruise control didn't work properly. But the recall affected only cars made in January of 2005. On Friday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted on its website that it's studying whether all G-6s from the 2005 through 2009 model years should be added to the recall.

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    Greenlight Capital Inc. sued to try to block Apple Inc. from adopting a measure at its Feb. 27 shareholder meeting that would amend the company's charter to eliminate preferred stock.

    Greenlight Capital sues Apple in plan to end preferred stock

    Greenlight Capital Inc. sued to try to block Apple Inc. from adopting a measure at its Feb. 27 shareholder meeting that would amend the company's charter to eliminate preferred stock.Greenlight asked a federal court in Manhattan to bar Apple from certifying votes cast on behalf of Proposal No. 2, claiming the company improperly combined the measure with two other proposals, forcing shareholders to vote to accept or reject all three at once. Greenlight claims the action violates "unbundling rules" issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    Steep drop in oil imports shrinks US trade deficit

    The U.S. trade deficit narrowed sharply in December because oil imports plummeted and total exports rose. The smaller trade gap means the economy likely performed better in the final three months of last year than first estimated last week. The Commerce Department says the trade deficit fell nearly 21 percent in December, to $38.6 billion, the smallest in nearly three years.

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    Magazine industry auditors say more U.S. magazines are selling more digital copies, but they still represented just 2.4 percent of circulation in the second half of last year as overall circulation was largely unchanged.

    U.S. magazine circulation flat despite digital gains

    Magazine industry auditors say more U.S. magazines are selling more digital copies, but they still represented just 2.4 percent of circulation in the second half of last year as overall circulation was largely unchanged. The number of magazine titles selling digital copies rose to 289, from 245 a year earlier. They sold 7.9 million digital copies, up from 3.2 million. Overall circulation slipped 0.3 percent to 297.9 million copies. Paid subscriptions were up 0.7 percent, while single-copy sales fell 8.2 percent.

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    When online voters nixed the clothes iron token from Hasbro’s Monopoly game, the appliance was held up as passe, as something your grandmother once used to ease the wrinkles out of linens and handkerchiefs.

    Cast out of Monopoly, the clothes iron endures

    When online voters nixed the clothes iron token from Hasbro’s Monopoly game, the appliance was held up as passe, as something your grandmother once used to ease the wrinkles out of linens and handkerchiefs. “Despite being an integral part of life when the token was added to the game in the 1930s, the iron has fallen out of favor with today’s fans,” the Rhode Island-based company said in announcing its replacement — with a cat.

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    McClatchy posts 4Q loss on debt refinancing charge

    The McClatchy Co., publisher of 30 daily newspapers including The Sacramento Bee and The Miami Herald, said Thursday that it posted a loss in the fourth quarter after booking a one-time charge for refinancing debt. The loss in the three months through Dec. 30 came to $30 million, or 35 cents per share. A year ago, the company posted a quarterly profit of $42 million, or 49 cents per share.

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    Nissan quarterly profit dives on China sales slump

    Nissan Motor Co. suffered a 35 percent plunge in October-December profit to 54.1 billion yen ($579 million) as global sales languished, especially in China, where anti-Japanese sentiment flared over a territorial dispute.Quarterly sales dipped 5.3 percent from a year earlier to 2.2 trillion yen ($23.5 billion), Yokohama-based Nissan said Friday. Nissan's earnings fell short of the 61 billion yen ($652 million) profit forecast by a FactSet survey of analysts.

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    Oil rises after China trade exceeds expectations

    Oil prices rose Friday after China reported better-than-expected monthly trade data, a sign that its economic recovery is gaining traction. Benchmark oil for March delivery was up 9 cents to $95.92 at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 79 cents to finish at $95.83 on the Nymex on Thursday after the head of the European Central Bank expressed concern over a recent rise in the

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    Hasbro’s profit fell 6 percent during the key holiday quarter as the toymaker faced a challenging economy and shifting habits in the way kids play.

    Hasbro profit falls during holiday season

    Hasbro's profit fell 6 percent during the key holiday quarter as the toymaker faced a challenging economy and shifting habits in the way kids play.The Pawtucket, R.I., company, which makes Monopoly and Nerf, had said last month that its revenue failed to meet expectations because of weaker-than-expected demand over the holidays. It plans to embark on a cost-savings program that would trim its workforce by about 10 percent and consolidate facilities.

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    Americans stepped up borrowing in December to buy cars and attend school. But they cut back sharply on credit card use, continuing a trend that could hold back growth this year.

    U.S. consumer debt up in Dec. on student, auto loans

    Americans stepped up borrowing in December to buy cars and attend school. But they cut back sharply on credit card use, continuing a trend that could hold back growth this year. Consumer borrowing rose $14.6 billion in December from November to a total of $2.78 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. That's the highest level on record. The increase was driven entirely by gains in student and auto loans. Borrowing in the category that measures those loans increased $18.2 billion to $1.93 trillion.

Life & Entertainment

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    Robert Klein

    Robert Klein performance in Elgin rescheduled

    Stand-up comedian Robert Klein’s Saturday night’s performance in Elgin was postponed to April 21 because of the blizzard bearing down on the East coast. Klein was scheduled to perform at Elgin Community College Arts in a co-presentation with Congregation Kneseth Israel of Elgin, which is celebrating its 120th anniversary.

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    Actress Mira Sorvino, a UN Goodwill Ambassador to combat human trafficking for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, describes her advocacy against human trafficking and modern-day slavery as “my calling.”

    Oscar winner Mia Sorvino mulls activist career

    Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino says she could see giving up acting for her other passion — human rights advocacy. While saying she loves acting, she describes her efforts to stop human trafficking as "my calling."

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    Kelly Clarkson’s No. 1 hit, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” is nominated for record of the year at the Grammy Awards. The song is also up for song of the year and best pop solo performance.

    Engagement, Grammy nods make Kelly Clarkson ‘Stronger’

    Kelly Clarkson says she's extremely happy she's nominated for three Grammy Awards, but there's something else the pop singer is more thrilled about: her recent engagement. "I couldn't even find someone to go on a date with that I enjoyed their company. Like, it was just rough," she said in a recent interview. "You don't see it coming. And it sounds cheesy and it sounds like a movie, but it is that though. One day you'll meet them and everything will change."

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    This Feb. 4, 2013 photo shows American comedian, actress, and author Jenny McCarthy is host of “The Jenny McCarthy Show,” debuting Friday, Feb. 8, on VH1. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

    Jenny McCarthy debuts VH1 talk show

    Jenny McCarthy may have made a home in the Chicago suburbs, but the 40-year-old mom of a 10-year-old son hasn't lost her goofy, party girl-persona. The former Playboy playmate and TV host says Hugh Hefner's 1970s-era "Playboy After Dark" is the inspiration her new weekly VH1 talk show, "The Jenny McCarthy Show," which debuts at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. She'll commute to New York to film the show from her home outside her native Chicago. "In a perfect world the dream is to be as close as possible to my little boy so I can be the mom I want to be and to be the person on TV I want to be," McCarthy said.

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    Conductor Riccardo Muti plans 10 weeks of performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra next season.

    Muti plans 10 weeks of Chicago Symphony performances

    Conductor Riccardo Muti plans 10 weeks of performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during its 2013-2014 season. He plans performances in Chicago during September and October of this year and January, February, March and June of next year.

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    Hank Galliston (Anthony Edwards) seeks clues to his wife's mysterious disappearance in ABC's new drama “Zero Hour.”

    Anthony Edwards returns to TV in 'Zero Hour'

    It's “Zero Hour” for Anthony Edwards, somewhat literally. The former “ER” star returns to television Feb. 14 with the premiere of his new ABC suspense drama about a publisher of a magazine called Modern Skeptic who is desperate to find his kidnapped wife. The vanishing is tied to a mystery sparked by the Nazis' reign in Germany — as detailed in the debut episode's prologue — and also to an antique clock with surprising contents.

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    The Governor (David Morrisey) brushes the hair of his undead daughter Penny (Kylie Szymanski) during the first part of the third season of “The Walking Dead.” The popular zombie series returns for another eight episodes at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.

    Morrissey rules as The Governor in ‘Walking Dead’

    “Brother against brother,” says The Governor (David Morrissey) fiercely. “Winner goes free. Fight to the death.” Is this any way to run a town? AMC’s zombie drama “The Walking Dead” ended the first half of this season with a wrenching faceoff between brothers Merle and Daryl. That was last December. Things haven’t settled down as the hit horror serial returns for another eight episodes at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.

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    Annie (Mary Winn Heider) and art dealer Vincent (Ted Hoerl) plot to drown artist Jack (Stephen Spencer) in his own isolation tank in "The Art of Murder," now at Fox Valley Repertory in St. Charles.

    Fox Valley Rep does ‘Murder’ lite

    Early on in Fox Valley Rep's "The Art of Murder," Annie Brooks tells her lout of a husband that there's a "monster" in all of us. That proves all-too-true in Joe DiPietro's comic mystery, a tale of three monsters, really — all willing to kill for their own selfish motives.

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    Petey (John Mahoney) embraces his wife, Meg (Moira Harris) in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of "The Birthday Party" by Harold Pinter, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton.

    Steppenwolf presents powerful but disjointed ‘Party’

    Unlike the Super Bowl, when the lights go out in "The Birthday Party," the play goes on. And if you think that makes it tough to tell what exactly is happening in Harold Pinter's deliberately disjointed drama, it doesn't get much easier in the full bright lights of the new center-placed stage at Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre.

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    Theater events: Lake Forest's Citadel revives 'Carnage'

    This week in suburban theater: Citadel Theatre brings back the dark farce "God of Carnage," Jeff Award winner Cory Goodrich headlines a First Folio Theatre benefit and suburban actors co-star in Raven Theatre's "A Soldier's Play."

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    Christian music singer/songwriter Matthew West, who grew up in Downers Grove, is nominated for two Grammy Awards.

    Suburban musicians among Grammy nominees

    Their names will sound familiar, either because you're a music fan or because they grew up in your neighborhood. And you might hear their names Sunday night, during the Grammy Awards ceremony on CBS. A handful of suburban natives are nominated for Grammys. In fact, in one category, two suburban men who are friends — and play in the same band — are competing against each other.

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    LL Cool J returns as host of the Grammy Awards Sunday.

    Grammy nominees in top categories
    Here are some of the Grammy nominees in the top categories.

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    Erin Boheme, “What a Life”

    Boheme undergoes beguiling transformation

    Erin Boheme dropped off the radar after making an impressive debut as a traditional jazz singer at age 18. Seven years later, she's released "What A Life," the first album by another singer Michael Buble has produced.

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    Holly Williams, “The Highway”

    Holly Williams spins sensitive new album

    Holly Williams is the kind of poetic songwriter country music once embraced. These days, the powerfully sensitive songs featured on her new album, "The Highway," are relegated to the independent Americana genre that exists outside of the arena-rock formulas of country radio.

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    Book notes: Dave Barry reads ‘Insane City’ in Naperville

    New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Dave Barry reads from and signs copies of his new novel "Insanse City" at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

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    The Evergreen building, 77 S. Evergreen Ave., is one of several mid-rise condo buildings in downtown Arlington Heights.

    Condo living in downtown Arlington Heights

    Seven months ago, Cathy and Kevin Marrinan moved from their home in the Catskill Mountains to a condominium in downtown Arlington Heights to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren."I'm so happy here I can't believe it," Kevin Marrinan said of their home in the Evergreen building.

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    Home inspector: heavy-handed bureaucrats intimidate homeowners

    Q. We purchased our home 10 years ago. A primary selling feature was the detached guesthouse, built in 1964. But now, the county posted a sign on our gate declaring that we are in violation of code.

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    FHA’s new mortgage fees will pack a bite

    If you want to buy a house with minimal cash by using an FHA-insured mortgage, here's some sobering news: Thanks to an ongoing series of fee increases and underwriting tweaks — the most recent of which were announced Jan. 31 — FHA is getting steadily more expensive, and may not work for you.

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    Steps to take when an ‘ex’ meddles with a home refinancing

    Federal law prohibits a former spouse from gaining access to the other's current credit report, even if it involves the refinancing of a home that they once owned together.

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    Resolve to organize your home this year

    Organizing and decluttering are in the top 10 New Year’s resolutions almost every year. One way to get some of your gear under control is to make the most out of your existing closet space. Most are easy to install in just a weekend. Here are some tips to get you started.

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    This Inverness home sits on more than an acre with a walkout basement in back.

    Spacious Inverness home designed with style

    This beautiful Inverness home is exceptional, from the grand, two-story marble foyer to the stunning master suite. It is a stunning and sophisticated home, inside and out, with a superb floor plan, complimented by mixtures of marble, granite and Brazilian cherry floors.

Discuss

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    Editorial: A model reminder for youth sports

    A Daily Herald editorial notes that a sportsmanship reminder posted by the Hoffman Estates Park District is a good reflection on the true spirit of youth sports -- and a model for all youth sports programs.

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    Wrong on drone hits

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: When the government wants to violate a citizen’s right to privacy with wiretaps and other forms of electronic surveillance, a judge from a special panel has to give approval. Surely there should be at least as much judicial review when the government wants to violate a citizen’s right not to be blown to smithereens.

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    A case for a balanced budget amendment

    Columnist George Will: The political class is incorrigible because it is composed of — let us say the worst — human beings. They respond to incentives of self-interest. Their acquisitiveness is not for money but for the currency of power, which they act to retain and enlarge. This class can be constrained, if at all, not by exhorting them to become disinterested but by binding them with a constitutional amendment.

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    Organ, marrow donations needed
    An Island Lake letter to the editor: February is Organ Donor Awareness month. Every year, thousands die waiting for an organ.

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    Many reasons to define marriage the way it is
    An Addison letter to the editor: People who advocate same-sex marriage don’t have the right to redefine marriage for all of us. Marriage as the union of husband and wife isn’t new; it’s not taking away anyone’s rights. It is common sense.

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    Are people lying about car insurance?
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: How can you get license plates for your car without having insurance? When you apply for plates or renew them, you are asked to name your insurance company, the number of your policy and the expiration date.

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    Gun bans won’t stop the ‘bad guys’
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I don't own a gun, but I would think that if I were going to rob someone, I would be less inclined to do so if I knew they too were carrying a gun.

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    Success in D.C. is two-sided
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I suggest that the following question be posed to the Republican majority in the House: "Can you learn from your mistakes in President Obama's first term and work with him?"

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    Place police officers in or near all schools
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: We need to make sure that when it comes to the safety of our children we are having the discussions we need to, on a regular basis. The schools should be doing drills, not just fire and tornado drills, but safety and security drills as well.

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