Daily Archive : Friday February 21, 2014


    Deangelo Fountain

    Police: Evanston teen charged with stealing car with boy inside

    An Evanston 18-year-old faces felony charges after police said he carjacked an Audi with a 5-year-old Park Ridge boy sleeping in the backseat. Deangelo Fountain, of Evanston, appeared in bond court Saturday on charges of aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated kidnapping and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle.

    Lisle-based Navistar is eliminating 280 jobs in Huntsville, Ala.

    Navistar cutting 280 jobs in Alabama

    The 280 jobs will be phased out in Huntsville by summer. But Navistar says it will continue building its large, 13-liter engines in Huntsville.

    Olesya Zhukovska, left, is helped after being shot in her neck by a sniper bullet, in Independence Square, the epicenter of the country’s current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine. “I am dying,” Olesya Zhukovska, a 21-year-old volunteer medic, wrote on Twitter, minutes after she was shot as deadly clashes broke out in the center of the Ukrainian capital between protesters and police. The tweet, accompanied by a photo of her clutching her bleeding neck and being led away under fire, went viral, as social media users around the world presumed she had died and shared their grief and anger. But Zhukovska survived. She has become a symbol of the three-month protest of President Viktor Yanukovych’s government and a movement for closer ties with the West and human rights.

    Ukrainian deal may not fly with protesters

    The atmosphere remained tense late Friday in Independence Square, the epicenter of the protests. When one of the opposition leaders, former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, told the crowds this was the best deal they could get, one of the protesters grabbed the microphone and demanded that Yanukovych resign Saturday morning or face the wrath of the people. “We will go with...

    Cook County Clerk David Orr, left, performs a marriage ceremony for Theresa Volpe, second from left, and Mercedes Santos on Friday in Chicago. Same-sex couples in Illinois’ Cook County began receiving marriage licenses immediately after a federal judge’s ruling Friday that some attorneys could give county clerks statewide justification to also issue the documents right away.

    Cook County issues first marriage licenses to gay couples

    Same-sex couples are able to get marriage licenses today in Cook County, thanks to a federal court ruling that has overridden the June 1 date that is in force in the rest of Illinois. Collar county officials are wondering if the ruling applies to them. The first license went to Charles Gurion of Chicago and his partner, David Wilk. Gurion, originally from Palatine, and Wilk rushed downtown.

    Michael Highsmith

    Milwaukee man accepts plea deal for attack near Old Mill Creek

    A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty to a single count of attempted murder for beating a former friend nearly to death and dumping his body in a wooded area near Old Mill Creek in April 2013. Michael Highsmith, 24, was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

    Steven Mandell

    Ex-cop Mandell found guilty of one kidnapping-murder plot

    A federal jury Friday found Steven Mandell of Buffalo Grove guilty of a grisly plot to kidnap, torture and kill a suburban businessman, but acquited him on other charges involving another murder plan. Mandell, 63, could face life in prison. “He wanted to gain respect, money, and he wanted to realign things so that he would be the new sheriff in town,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane...

    Juan Tinajeros, a first-grader at Meadowdale Elementary School in Carpentersville, sails across the floor on a scooter as he and his classmates try out their own version of skeleton Friday, as part of an Olympics unit. Next week, students will learn about cross-country skiing.

    D300 students learning life lessons from Olympics

    Susan Sliwoski has brought the excitement, the drama and the spirit of the Sochi Olympic Games to her physical education students in Community Unit District 300. As part of Sliwoski’s Olympics unit at Meadowdale Elementary School in Carpentersville and Dundee Highlands in West Dundee, students march into the gymnasium to the grandeur of the Olympics theme song, learn about a winter sport...


    Fox Valley police reports
    James Giovenco III, 40, of Schaumburg, was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery of a peace officer and aggravated assault of a peace officer, according to court records.

    A specialist on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange watches the first period of the Winter Olympics ice hockey game Friday between USA and Canada.

    Hot start, cool finish for markets

    The stock market has gained this month after getting a boost from decent corporate earnings for the fourth quarter and optimism that the economy will start to pull out of its winter slump as the weather improves.


    Woodlands to host “Women in the Arts’

    Works by painter Lynn Lombard and photographer Colleen Plumb will be on exhibit at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart from March 3 to 21, as part of the 2014 “Women in the Arts” program.


    Learn how to go green at home

    The Schaumburg Park District’s Spring Valley Nature Club is sponsoring the first in a series of green environmental programs. Andrea Vollf, principal of sustainable concepts and member of Schaumburg’s Environmental Committee, will discuss techniques to save money and preserve the environment by going green at home on March 5.

    William Floyd Marsh Jr.

    Police link more drugs to retired deputy arrested in Kane County

    Authorities investigating a retired sheriff deputy from Clackamas County, Ore., who was arrested last week in Kane County on drug trafficking charges, said they recently discovered a stash of meth, heroin and cocaine in a Milwaukee storage locker.

    Carter Worth, 2, of Grayslake helps his mom shop during Trader Joe’s grand opening Friday in Libertyville.

    Shoppers turn out for Trader Joe’s opening in Libertyville

    Trader Joe's opened in Libertyville on Friday, the second store in Lake County for the California-based chain. "We try to compete with ouirsleves and get better every day and not worry about what the other guy is doing," said Scott Peddicord, store manager.

    Tyrone Crider

    Report cites former RTA board member for appearance of impropriety

    The Illinois inspector general found a former RTA board director showed an appearance of impropriety by trying to nudge the agency into working with a bank that was suing him.

    A former employee has accused state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, of repeatedly harassing him sexually and pushing him to do campaign work while on state time.

    Rutherford spent $27,000 to probe lawsuit charges

    Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford has spent nearly $27,000 in taxpayers’ money on investigations into allegations against him that include political coercion and sexual harassment, documents released Friday show. But Rutherford’s lawyer refused to release either of two investigations that the Republican candidate for governor had commissioned even before a former employee sued him...

    Metra riders want more information about train delays when they occur.

    Metra’s Milwaukee North line deemed slowest during January weather woes

    Metra officials explained what train lines were the worst for on-time performance during the polar vortex and talked about solutions to what some riders consider a stone-age communications system.


    Burns resigns Mt. Prospect library board
    Barbara Burns has resigned from the Mount Prospect Library Board after moving out of town, the library has announced. Burns, elected in 2009 and again in 2013, will be replaced by an appointed trustee.

    Ladell D. Walker

    Elgin cocaine dealer convicted, faces prison

    A 35-year-old Elgin man faces six to 30 years in prison after a jury Wednesday convicted him of coordinating three cocaine sales in October 2012 near an Elgin park. Ladell Walker, who was arrested in a 2013 Elgin drug sweep, will be sentenced April 3. Three other Elgin residents also face charges.


    No students on bus hit head-on in Inverness

    A school bus with no students on it was reportedly struck head-on by another vehicle on Barrington Road between Dundee Road and Bradwell in Barrington shortly after 7 a.m. today. A trainee accompanying the bus driver as well as the driver of the other vehicle were transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Lake Barrington.

    Richard L. Madison

    Warrant issued for limo driver who missed court date

    A limousine driver facing drunken driving charges is in more trouble after failing to appear to a recent court date. A $50,000 arrest warrant was issued for Richard L. Madison, 55, after he skipped a Tuesday morning hearing during which time he was expected to accept a plea deal for his DUI case.


    Stevenson High artists honored

    Stevenson High School junior Jennifer Kong and senior Jenny Li earned awards in the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, school officials announced.


    Historical society debut event Sunday

    The Round Lake Area Historical Society is hosting its debut event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday the Round Lake Area Library, 906 Hart Road, Round Lake.


    Fox Lake Polar Plunge on Sunday

    The Fox Lake Polar Plunge is Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. at the village’s Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Road.

    Chris Olenick, of Sign-A-Rama in Libertyville, applies a sticker to the Cook Memorial Public Library District’s bookmobile Friday at Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills. The new decorative wrap was made possible thanks to a donation from a community group that supports the library.

    Cook Memorial Public Library bookmobile gets new look

    The Cook Memorial Public Library District's bookmobile sports a new decorative wrap, thanks to a donation from a community group that supports the library.

    Mike McGue

    Waukegan District 60 teachers authorize union leaders to call strike

    Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to let union leaders call a strike at Waukegan Unit District 60, Lake County’s largest school district, if there is no resolution to a dispute centering on their monthly insurance payments.


    District 50 PTA scholarship:

    Woodland Elementary District 50’s Parent Teacher Association is offering three $1,200 scholarships to student graduates.

    The four candidates seeking the GOP nomination for governor — from left, state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner — generally oppose building more prisons.

    GOP hopefuls agree prison fixes are elusive

    The four Republican candidates for governor are in agreement when it comes to Illinois prisons: There are too many inmates, not enough cells and quick action is needed to address what they say is a public safety threat.

    Former Northern Illinois University Police Chief Donald Grady, who was fired from his post in February 2013, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit this week.

    Ex-NIU police chief sues school in federal court

    The former police chief at Northern Illinois University is suing the school, saying he wants to be reinstated to his post and get an apology from administrators. Donald Grady, who is black, filed the federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday, saying he was fired without being given a fair hearing and was treated differently than white employees who were implicated in a scheme to use proceeds from...


    Murder trial begins for South suburban businessman

    A South suburban businessman’s trial on charges he killed his wife in September 2010 has started. Prosecutors accuse 63-year-old Allan Kustok of Orland Park of shooting his wife in the head while she was sleeping.

    Gov. Pat Quinn has meetings at the White House on Friday that’ll focus on raising the minimum wage.

    Quinn in Washington to tout raising minimum wage

    Gov. Pat Quinn is spending several days in the nation’s capital for meetings on raising the minimum wage, education and disaster recovery. The Chicago Democrat has said he wants to raise Illinois’ $8.25 minimum wage to at least $10 by the end of the year.


    Universities worry about minimum wage increase

    Officials at Illinois’ public universities worry that a proposed increase in the state’s minimum wage could hurt their already tight budgets. State Sen. Kim Lightford has sponsored a bill that would raise Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $10, and Gov. Pat Quinn has made a an increase in the minimum hourly pay a key part of his re-election campaign.


    About 8,000 Illinois 17-year-olds register to vote

    Illinois election officials say nearly 8,000 17-year-olds have registered to vote in the March primary. Under a new law, teenagers who will be 18 by the time of the November election may cast a ballot in the spring primary.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A man was robbed around 7:40 p.m. Feb. 14 after he got out of a taxi at Governors Lane and Abbeywood Drive in Hoffman Estates. A man holding either a gun or his fingers in his jacket pocket pointed it at the male victim, who gave the robber his cellphone valued at $400. The offender was described as a black male with dreadlocks down to his chin and wearing a white skull cap, black hoodie and red...

    Max Daniels and his wife, Donna, portray President and Mrs. Abe Lincoln.

    Moving Picture: Wheaton couple entertain as President, Mrs. Lincoln

    Max and Donna Daniels of Wheaton started out small by portraying the famous first couple in small community plays. But their fascination with President and Mrs. Lincoln has evolved into a steady stream of appearances at school and community events, and they've learned scores of facts about the couple in the process. “The more we read, the more intriguing the man became,” Max Daniels...

    Susanne L. Russell

    Probation for St. Charles woman in cocaine, pot bust

    A St. Charles woman received two years of probation after pleading guilty to reduced charges of cocaine possession from a 2013 arrest. Susanne L. Russell, 53, originally faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. She and co-defendant Michael Stellwagen were arrested after police found two ounces of cocaine and two pounds of marijuana at their...

    Anthony Raajcevich, 5, of Elgin, gets a chance to meet the Elgin Police Department’s new police dog, Colt. Officer Chad Schuttrow is his handler.

    German shepherd is newest police dog in Elgin

    The latest addition to the Elgin Police Department already has proved to be a valuable asset, even as he continues intensive training to sharpen his skills. Colt, a 21-month-old German shepherd, has helped detect narcotics several times since he was assigned to patrol duty with his handler, Officer Chad Schuttrow, in November.

    Bill Brady, left, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner are seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2014.

    Dillard gets $50,000 from teachers union

    State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, received a $50,000 campaign donation Thursday from the state’s largest teachers union after being endorsed by the group last week.

    Two Western states with some of the nation’s lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21. Utah and Colorado lawmakers both voted favorably on proposals Thursday to treat tobacco like alcohol and take it away from 18- to 20-year-olds, a move inspired by new research on how many smokers start the habit as teenagers.

    Colorado, Utah move to hike smoking age to 21

    Two Western states with some of the nation’s lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21. Utah and Colorado lawmakers both voted favorably on proposals Thursday to treat tobacco like alcohol and take it away from 18- to 20-year-olds, a move inspired by new research on how many smokers start the habit as teenagers.

    Former U.S. congressman Mel Reynolds, center left, prepares to enter a prison truck Thursday following his court appearance at the magistrates courts in Harare, Zimbabwe. Reynolds was arrested on charges he possessed pornographic material and violating immigration laws.

    Judge dismisses porn charges against Mel Reynolds

    A Zimbabwean magistrate on Friday dismissed charges against former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds of possessing pornography, and he was ordered to pay a fine or face jail time after pleading guilty to charges of violating the country’s immigration laws. The State had alleged that Reynolds had images of naked men and women on his iPhone 4S.

    A ripped copy of Anne Frank’s “Diary of a Young Girl” picture book is shown by Shinjuku City Library Director Kotaro Fujimaki at the library in Tokyo Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Tokyo Libraries said on Friday that hundreds of copies of Anne Frank’s diary and related books have been found vandalized across the city’s libraries in the last month, sparking fears of an anti-Semitic motive.

    265 Anne Frank books vandalized in Tokyo libraries

    Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year. The damage was mostly in the form of dozens of ripped pages in the books. Librarians have counted at least 265 damaged books at 31 municipal libraries since the end of January. Though Holocaust denial has...

    President Barack Obama will host Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama for a meeting on Feb. 21, 2014, the White House said, in a move that could rankle already tense relations between the U.S. and China.

    Obama meeting with Dalai Lama rankles China

    President Barack Obama is hosting the Dalai Lama at the White House over the stern objection of China, which warned the meeting would “inflict grave damages” on the U.S. relationship with the Asian powerhouse. Obama will greet the Tibetan spiritual leader and fellow Nobel laureate on Friday while the Dalai Lama is in the U.S. on a speaking tour. The White House did not announce the...

    First lady Michelle Obama during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on Thursday Feb. 20, 2014.

    First lady pays visit to new ‘Tonight Show’ host

    Michelle Obama stopped by Jimmy Fallon’s revamped “Tonight Show” to chat about family life in the White House and promote two of her causes, healthy eating and fighting fat. The first lady also put in a plug for her husband’s health care law. Mrs. Obama appeared in a silly skit with Fallon and comedian Will Ferrell. Then, in a sit-down interview Thursday, told Fallon...

    Stacey Owens, front left, mother of Hailey Owens, is consoled by Sara Wells, left, as family member Teri Nord arranges flowers left by well wishers Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 near the site where the 10-year-old girl was abducted just blocks from her Springfield, Mo., home. Prosecutors have charged Craig Michael Wood with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action in the girl’s death.

    Mo. coach charged in girl’s death heads to court

    A middle-school football coach accused of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday, as her southwest Missouri community struggles with a mix of anger and memories of a vivacious, trusting little girl. Craig Michael Wood, 45, is accused of snatching Hailey Owens as she walked home from her best friend’s house Tuesday evening in...

    Syed Farhaj Hassan, center, is joined by Glenn Katon, left, legal director of Muslim Advocates, and Imam Abdul Kareem Muhammad. Hassan and Muhammad are two of eight Muslims who filed a federal lawsuit in New Jersey on grounds that the New York Police Department’s surveillance programs on New Jersey Muslims was unconstitutional, because it focused on religion, national origin and race. A federal judge on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 struck down Hassan and Muhammad’s lawsuit.

    Judge: Spying on NJ Muslims by NYPD was legal

    A federal judge has ruled that the New York Police Department’s surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey was a lawful effort to prevent terrorism, not a civil rights violation. In a decision filed Thursday in federal court in Newark, U.S. District Judge William Martini dismissed a lawsuit brought in 2012 by eight Muslims who alleged that the NYPD’s surveillance programs were...

    Andy DuRoss

    Residents call for Dist. 54 chief's firing after DUI charge

    Two residents of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 called for the resignation or firing of Superintendent Andy DuRoss at Thursday's school board meeting, in the wake of DUI charges filed against him Feb. 1. But board members asked for the public's patience with the justice system, as well as time for their own resolution. “We were disappointed and upset when Mr. DuRoss notified us...


    Police: 4 dead, 2 injured in shooting at American Indian headquarters

    ALTURAS, Calif. — An eviction hearing at an American Indian headquarters in Northern California turned deadly as a woman who once served as a tribal leader allegedly opened fire, killing four people and critically wounding two others in a gun and knife attack, authorities said.

    Priests standing on top of a bus holding captured policemen ask protesters Friday to release the group during clashes between opposition and government forces in Kiev, Ukraine. The policemen were eventually set free. Ukraine’s presidency said Friday that it has negotiated an international deal intended to end battles between police and protesters that have killed scores and injured hundreds. It was unclear whether the deal would appease protesters, and shots rang out Friday morning in central Kiev.

    Ukraine: Opposition agrees to deal with president

    Ukraine’s president gave in to pressure from European diplomats and offered concessions Friday to defuse a crisis that has divided his country and left scores dead. Shots rang out near Kiev’s protest camp and protesters fought among themselves about what to do next. The capital remained tense after President Viktor Yanukovych announced early presidential elections and promised to...


    Auditor reports more Illinois computers missing

    The Illinois auditor general's office says the number of computers lost by state agencies in the past two years is nearing the 500 mark.


    4 suspected tornadoes hit central Illinois

    The National Weather Service says four possible tornadoes touched down in central Illinois, causing minor damage. Officials with the agency's office in Lincoln say they're reviewing preliminary reports of four twisters that struck Thursday afternoon.


    U of I pushes parents to control day of drinking

    The University of Illinois recently sent parents a letter asking them to help efforts to control the annual Unofficial St. Patrick's Day celebration.

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner participates in a debate earlier this month in Springfield. His rivals have accused of him using his influence to get his daughter admitted to an elite Chicago public school.

    Rauner can't shake questions about child's school

    As he campaigns to be Illinois' next governor, billionaire businessman Bruce Rauner of Winnetka cannot shake questions about his daughter's admission to an elite Chicago public school where he later made a hefty donation — a sensitive issue in a state with a history of political clout and scandal.


    Murder trial delayed after attorney slips on ice

    A South suburban businessman's murder trial has been delayed after a defense attorney slipped on ice outside the Bridgeview courthouse and was injured. Orland Park businessman Allan Kustok is accused of killing his wife in September 2010.


    Ill. earns top rating for fighting drunk driving

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving gave Illinois a top rating for the state’s efforts against drunken driving. The organization released its annual national report last month. It gives Illinois a five-star rating for continued efforts with in-car devices to test blood-alcohol levels.


    Wis. man accused of neglecting horses

    A southwestern Wisconsin man faces charges after authorities seized nearly a dozen horses suffering from neglect and found the remains of a dead horse in a pasture.


    Caseyville board reinstates fired police chief

    The village board in Caseyville has voted to reinstate the village’s police chief who was fired last week. Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez was fired just five months after taking over for a predecessor who killed himself.


    Indiana roads flooded from rainfall, melting snow

    Rainfall and melting snow are combining to flood some Indiana roadways. The National Weather Service posted flood watches for several portions of the state Thursday as higher temperatures began melting some of the state’s snowpack amid rain showers.


    Indiana convenience stores seek end to cold beer law

    Attorneys for convenience stores told a federal judge on Thursday to freeze enforcement of an Indiana law that bars them from selling cold beer as unfair and unconstitutional, while the state said the stores can’t prove the decades-old law harms them.


    Northwestern defends football program’s academics

    Northwestern University officials on Thursday countered a quarterback’s allegations that the program places athletics over academics, urging a federal agency to deny a bid by the school’s football players to form the first college athletes’ union in U.S. history.


    Dawn Patrol: Women’s hockey pride at Stevenson High; wind and floods

    Stevenson High School proud of Megan Bozek and women's hockey team. Wind advisory replaces fog and rain. West Chicago man gets five years for drug dealing. Hanover Park dog training club burglarized. Juvenile charged with attempted murder in Waukegan.


    Tunisia: 11 Libyans dead in medical plane crash

    TUNIS, Tunisia — A medical flight from Libya crashed in a field near Tunis in the early hours of Friday morning, killing all 11 Libyans on board, Tunisia’s civil defense said.

    Detained suspects are gathered in a lobby during an anti-prostitution raid at a hotel in Dongguan in south China’s Guangdong province. China’s booming sex industry may finally be entering a winter after decades of robust growth, as Beijing wages a harsher-than-usual clampdown on vice.

    China’s vice crackdown tackles prostitution industry

    China’s booming sex industry may finally be entering a winter after decades of robust growth, as Beijing wages a harsher-than-usual clampdown on vice. Suppressed during the Mao years, prostitution flourished after China’s economic opening in the 1980s while local governments eager for new business looked the other way and half-hearted police crackdowns barely dented the illicit...

    This is a 1:1 macro photo of a broken icicle. I held it up and photographed it with my yellow car in the background to provide a splash of color to the ice. The photo has both warm and cool tones, reminding me of fire and ice.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of February 17th.


    Carol Stream fire officer: No bias against battalion chief Gilles

    Robert Schultz claims he holds no prejudice against Joseph Gilles, even though he at one time feared retaliation from the Carol Stream Fire Protection District battalion chief, and that they “tolerated” each other in their four years working together.


    Hanover Park to raise utility tax

    Forecasting a significant shortfall next year without new revenue sources, Hanover Park trustees agreed to raise the electric utility tax. The increases are expected to become official in March.

    Dan Rutherford

    Will Democrats take Republican ballots March 18?

    The compelling Republican primary race for governor continues to dwarf anything happening on the Democratic ballot on March 18. So might Democrats take a break from their own party, pull a Republican ballot and get in on the GOP action? And would there be consequences for doing that?

    I-57 was closed Thursday afternoon near Peotone after a massive pileup. Lindsey Bialek captured fire at the scene in a picture and posted it on ABC 7 Chicago’s Facebook page.

    Fog causes pileup on I-57

    Low visibility is being blamed for a multivehicle crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 57 near Peotone. Illinois State Police says fog blanketed the area at the time of crash Thursday, which shut down traffic in both directions.


    Lawmakers want to ban smoking on Illinois campuses

    A proposal to ban smoking on public college campuses is advancing in the Illinois legislature. The measure passed out of a House committee Wednesday by a 9-3 vote. Illinois State University and the University of Illinois both already have bans in place.


    Tornado touches down in central Illinois

    Emergency officials say a tornado has touched down in central Illinois. National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Shimon says the Cass County emergency manager reported the tornado just before 3 p.m. Thursday near the town of Arenzville.


    Understanding the differences between men and women

    Why does it, oftentimes, feel like men and women speak a different language?


    After 14 NFL seasons, Bears Roberto Garza, left, is coming back for one more. Garza signed a one-year deal with the Bears for the 2015 season.

    Garza signs one-year extension with Bears

    Roberto Garza, a 14-year NFL veteran who has played most of his career with the Bears, has signed a one-year extension to play in 2015, team officials announced Friday.

    Christine Jensen of Fremd performs in the floor exercise.

    Images: State Gymnastics, Friday, Feb. 21
    Images from action at the girls gymnastics State Final Meet at Palatine High School on Friday, Feb. 21.


    Jaseckas in right spot at right time for Benet

    At the start of the year, Benet freshman Katie Jaseckas found herself on the Redwings’ sophomore team, but by the end of the season she was helping the varsity team win the Class 4A East Aurora regional championship.


    Girls basketball scoreboard: Friday’s results
    Friday's girls basketball results


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Friday’s results
    Boys basketball scoreboard*Aurora Christian 64, Walther Christian 58 Kaneland 47, Morris 44*Geneva 61, St. Charles North 51Geneva — Temple 1 2-5 4, Cook 0 0-0 0, Navigato 9 3-3 26, Parrilli 6 1-2 14, Vollbrecht 3 0-0 6, Landi 3 1-2 7, Durante 2 0-0 4, Santacaterina 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 7-12 61.St. Charles North — Goetz 0 2-3 2, DeMoss 4 0-0 9, Miller 1 2-3 4, Cotter 2 0-0 5, Johnson 3 0-1 6, Gianacakos 0 0-0 0, Hedges 0 0-0 0, Merriweather 0 0-0 0, Callaghan 3 1-2 9, Ludwig 6 3-3 16, Pozna 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 8-12 51.Geneva 13 15 10 23 —61St. Charles North 5 9 20 17 —513-point baskets: G: Navigato 5, Parrilli; SCN: Callaghan 2, DeMoss, Cotter, Ludwig.Fouled out: None.*Marmion 68, Aurora Central Catholic 57Marmion — Sheehan 4 3-4 12, Esp 8 4-6 20, Maryanski 2 1-1 5, Glasgow 8 4-7 22, Bicknell 1 0-0 2, Friel 1 2-2 5, Fletcher 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 14-20 68.ACC — Hollon 0 0-2 0, Faltz 0 1-2 1, Harreld 2 3-4 9, Schuetz 1 1-2 3, Anger 1 0-2 2, A. Czerak 4 4-6 12, Babler 0 0-0 0, B. Czerak 2 2-2 8, May 2 6-8 10, Schaefer 0 0-0 0, Cowen 4 0-0 12. Totals 16 17-28 57.Marmion 23 7 18 20 —68ACC 10 17 15 15 —573-point baskets: M: Glasgow 2, Friel, Sheehan; ACC: Cowen 4, Harreld 2, B. Czerak 2.Rebounds: M: 37 (Sheehan 9); ACC: 34 (A. Czerak 7). Fouled out: ACC: May.Sophs - Marmion 62, ACC 45.*LAKES 53, ANTIOCH 49Lakes — Sage 2 1-12 5, Milostan 3 0-0 8, Tomasiewicz 1 1-2 3, Haviland 4 4-5 13, Balliu 4 10-11 20, Mercure 0 1-2 1, Monson 0 0-0 0, Ronayne 1 0-0 3, Kincaid 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 18-24 53.Antioch — Gofron 8 2-5 21, Reiser 0 0-0 0, Powers 3 2-7 8, Abdellatif 4 0-0 11, Marsiglio 2 1-2 6, Kovach 1 1-1 3, Bell 0 0-0 0, Mrkonich 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 6-15 49.Lakes 7 15 8 23 —53Antioch 10 11 8 20 —493-point baskets: Lks: Milostan 2, Balliu 2, Haviland; Ant: Gofron 3, Abdellatif 3, Marsiglio.Fouled out: none.*Marian Catholic 66, Carmel 50Marian Catholic — Jones 1 0-0 3, T. Smith 3 0-2 6, Cohn 5 0-0 13, Parham 0 5-6 5, Oliver 1 2-2 4, Crawford 3 2-2 9, Ulis 8 5-7 26, Austin 0 0-0 0, V. Smith 0 0-0 0, Peabody 0 0-0 0, Gorski 0 0-0 0, Newby 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 14-19 66.Carmel — Czaplicki 1 0-0 2, Bailey 0 0-1 0, Poyser 2 0-0 4, George 9 2-2 20, Barr 3 0-0 6, Kirby 0 2-3 2, Pabst 0 0-0 0, Kelly 0 0-0 0, Reid 0 0-0 0, McGrail 0 0-0 0, Duff 5 0-1 10, Buck 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 2-2 2, Bowen 2 0-0 4. Totals: 22 6-9 50.Marian Catholic 13 17 27 9 —66Carmel 14 14 14 8 —503-point baskets: MC: Ulis 5, Crawford, Cohn 3, Jones.Fouled out: none.*NORTH CHICAGO 79, WAUCONDA 73North Chicago — Shead 4 1-2 9, Amos-Mays 7 16-18 31, McCloud 6 6-9 18, Rogers 0 0-0 0, Zinnerman 3 0-0 6, Shelton 0 0-2 0, Donaldson 4 0-4 8, Mays 2 2-4 6 Brown 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 25-39 79.Wauconda — B. Malisheski 0 0-0 0, Lovelle 1 4-7 7, Sidlowski 6 0-0 12, Latiolais 0 0-0 0, Bulgarelli 4 3-3 13, Head 7 4-6 20, K. Malisheski 1 3-3 5, Mangioni 1 1-2 3, Carlson 6 1-1 13. Totals 26 16-22 73.North Chicago 11 14 30 24 —79Wauconda 20 19 12 22 —733-point baskets: NC: Amos-Mays, McCloud; Wauc: Bulgarelli 2, Head 2, Lovelle.Fouled out: none.*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 59, WOODSTOCK NORTH 29Grayslake Central — Loeffl 0 0-0 0, Vargo 1 0-0 2, Mudd 2 4-6 9, Reed 1 2-2 4, Benko 1 1-2 3, Anderson 5 0-0 11, Zygmunt 0 2-2 2, Fleming 2 0-0 4, Lennartrz 3 1-1 7, Llorens 2 0-0 5, Ruhlmann 3 0-1 6, Graf 0 0-0 0, Beckman 3 0-0 6. Totals 23 10-14 59.Woodstock North — Jandron 3 0-0 7, Sciluffo 0 0-0 0, J.Ortiz 1 1-2 3, Basaran 0 1-2 1, Creighton 2 0-0 5, Herscha 3 0-2 6, Batdorff 2 0-0 5, V. Ortiz 0 0-0 0, Lawrence 0 0-0 0, Devore 0 0-0 0, Solarz 0 2-2 2. Totals 11 4-8 29.Grayslake Central 14 11 16 18 —49Woodstock North 4 13 7 5 —293-point baskets: GC: Mudd, Anderson, Llorens; WN: Jandron, Creighton, Batdorff.Fouled out: none.*


    Wrestling scoreboard: Friday’s results
    Wrestling scoreboard:*State Individual meet At State Farm Arena, Champaignquarterfinal and semifinal results106 PoundsQuarterfinal results: Renteria (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Walker (Downers Grove North) 8-1; Stathakis (Barrington d. McAuliffe (Marist) 5-2; O’Connor (St. Rita) p. Fuentez (Glenbard East) 1:26; Johansen (Glenbard North) p. Jacquez (West Aurora) 2:38.Semifinal results: Renteria (OPRF) m.d. Stathakis (Bar) 11-2; O’Connor (StR) m.d. Johansen (GbdN) 13-3.*113 poundsQuarterfinal results: Rossi (Lockport Twp.) d. Munoz (Zion-Benton) T-Fall 4:50; Gomez (Glenbard North) d. Lukanich (Marist) fft.; Yates (Brother Rice) d. Madrigal (Oak Park-River Forest) 8-5; Silva (Plainfield South) d. Piotrowski (Prairie Ridge) 9-4.Semifinal results: Rossi (Lkpt) d. Gomez (GbdN) 7-1; Silva (PfldS) d. Yates (BrR) 2-1.*120 poundsQuarterfinal results: Williams (Thornwood) d. Mehrholz (Deerfield) 5-4; Cullen (Cary-Grove) d. Jaffe (Marmion Acad.) 3-1; Duda (Marist) d. Townsell (Oak Park-River Forest) 11-9; Polakowski (Libertyville) d. Kielbasa (St. Rita) 6-2.Semifinal results: Williams (Trnwd) d. Cullen (CG) 3-2; Polakowski (Lib) d. Duda (Mrst) 5-3.*126 poundsQuarterfinal results: Jimenez (Marmion Acad.) d. Olson (Glenbard East) 10-6; Thurston (Wheaton North) d. McKenna (New Trier) 4-3; Oster (Lockport Twp.) d. Robertson (Sandburg) 5-1, Marmolejo (Glenbard North) d. Hanselman (Cary-Grove) 6-1.Semifinal results: Jimenez (MrmAc) p. Thurston (WhN) 3:28; Marmolejo (GbdN) d. Oster (Lkpt) 6-4.*132 poundsQuarterfinal results: Cortez (Glenbard North) d. Tucker (Mt. Carmel) T-Fall 3:37; Alexander (Conant) p. Radcliffe (Lockport Twp) :47; Hamdan (Marist) d. Carlson (Lane) 6-2; Nelson (Lincoln-Way Central) d. Conrad (Barrington) 8-4.Semifinal results: Cortez (GbdN0 d. Alexander (Con) 5-2; Nelson (LWC) p. Hamdan (Mrst) 3:49.*138 poundsQuarterfinal results: Levelle (Marist) d. Gil (Crystal Lake South) 4-2; Johnnic (Wheaton Warrenville South) d. DeLoach (Alton Sr.) 4-3; Davis (Waubonsie Valley) d. Zuunbayan (Wheeling) 6-0; White Jr. (Oak Park-River Forest) m.d. Aguirre (Oswego) 13-4.Semifinal results: Levelle (Mrst) d. Johnnic (WWS) 5-1; White Jr. (OPRF) d. Davis (WbV) 5-3.*145 poundsQuarterfinal results: Silva (Hononegah) d. Edmond (Hinsdale Central) 9-6; Foster (Belleville West) d. Martin (Glenbard East) 1-0; Barone (Crystal Lake South) d. Pellegrino (Sandburg) 2-1 (OT UTB); Early III (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Maslow (Hinsdale South) 8-1.Semifinal results: Silva (Hon) d. Foster (BlvlW) 6-4; Early III (OPRF) d. Barone (CLS) 4-3 OT UTB.*152 poundsQuarterfinal results: Brill (Mt. Carmel) m.d. Rowland (Willowbrook) 14-4; Gunther (Libertyville) d. Derain (St. Charles East) 3-2; Rundell (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Gasbarro (Marist) 6-3; Higgins (Belleville West) d. Carello (Marmion Acad.) 5-4.Semifinal results: Brill (MtC) m.d. Gunther (Lib) 16-4; Higgins (BlvlW) d. Rundell (OPRF) 6-5.*160 poundsQuarterfinal results: Andreotti (Marist) p. Orlandi (Niles Notre Dame) :48; Parker (Warren) d. Brewster (Maine South) 6-2; Krasowski (Sandburg) d. Dietz (Lockport Twp) 3-1 (OT); Bey (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Benkovich (Hononegah) 9-6.Semifinal results: Parker (War) d. Andreotti (Mrst) 6-4 (OT); Bey (OPRF) m.d. Krasowski (Sndb) 14-2.*170 poundsQuarterfinal results: Gorman Lincoln-Way Central) m.d. Harrington (Stevenson) 12-2; Dennis (Hononegah) d. Ferraro (Marmion Acad.) 4-2; MacCallum (Libertyville) d. Brucki (Sandburg) 6-1; Mahomes (Oak Park-River Forest) p. Worker (Mt. Carmel) 2:51.Semifinal results: Dennis (Hon) d. Gorman (LWC) 2-1; Mahoomes (OPRF) d. MacCallum (Lib) 11-5.*182 poundsQuarterfinal results: Benoit (Marist) m.d. Koziol (Libertyville) 13-4; Brunner (Dundee-Crown) d. Mickens (Mt. Carmel) 5-4; Traxler (Marmion Aca.) d. Stallings IV (Oak Park-River Forest) 4-3; Emmerich (Deerfield) d. Throneberry (Edwardsville) 5-2.


    Girls gymnastics scoreboard: Friday’s results
    Girls gymnastics scoreboard*State meetAt PalatineTEAM standingSLyons 150.550, Prairie Ridge Coop 148.825, Fremd 146.675, Barrington 144.300, Geneva 143.575, St. Charles North Coop 143.425, New Trier 141.900, Prospect 141.600.*FINALS QUALIFIERSVAULTTop 12 finalists: 1. Underwood (Prairie Ridge Coop) 9.775, 2. Kurfirst (Lyons) 9.750, 3. Cozza (Lyons) 9.65, 4. Beitzel (Geneva) 9.60, 5. Ginsberg (Geneva) 9.575, 6.(T) DeFilipo (Frm) 9.55, Morgan (Barrington) 9.55, Robert (Naperville North) 9.55, 9. Solka (Prairie Ridge Coop) 9.525. 10.(T) Betman (Glenbrook North) 9.5, Wahrman (Glenbard North) 9.5, 12.(T) Hartley (Glenbrook South) 9.475, Larock (Prospect) 9.475.*UNEVEN BARSTop 12 finalists: 1.(T) Rafferty (Elk Grove) 9.55, Carling (Lyons) 9.55, 3. Cozza (Lyons) 9.50, 4. Dugan (St Charles North Coop) 9.425, 5.(T) McGann (Lyons) 9.40, Stoddart (New Trier) 9.50, 7. Fuller (Lyons) 9.375, 8. Ginsberg (Geneva) 9.35, 9. Robert (Naperville North) 9.325, 10. Hasanov (Barrington) 9.25, 11. Moccia (Lake Forest) 9.225, Neal (Fremd) 9.225.*BALANCE BEAMTop 12 finalists: 1.(T) Kehr (Mundelein) 9.45, Carling (Lyons) 9.45, 3.(T) Ginsberg (Geneva) 9.425, Kurfirst (Lyons) 9.425, 5. Jensen (Fremd) 9.40, 6.(T) Schuberth(Naperville Central) 9.375, Larock (Prospect) 9.375, 8.(T) Weisberg (Stevenson) 9.35, Plichta (Fremd) 9.35, Rafferty (Elk Grove) 9.35, 11. Hasanov (Barrington) 9.325, 12. Shank (Stevenson) 9.275.*FLOOR EXERCISETop 12 finalists: 1. Kurfirst (Lyons) 9.575, 2. Ginsberg (Geneva)9.525, 3. Radochonski (Fremd) 9.425, 4.(T) Brognia (Geneva) 9.40, Gorniak (St. Charles North Coop) 9.40, 6.(T) Jensen (Fremd) 9.375, Cozza (Lyons) 9.375, 8.(T) Carling( Lyons) 9.325, Hasanov (Barrington) 9.325, 10.(T) Rafferty (Elk Grove) 9.25, Hilger (Shepard) 9.25, 12. Larock (Prospect) 9.20.*ALL-AROUNDTop 12 finishers: 1. Ginsberg (Geneva) 37.875, 2. Carling (Lyons) 37.700, 3. Kurfirst (Lyons) 37.600, 4. Rafferty (Elk Grove) 9.475, 5. Hasanov (Barrington) 37.350, 6. Rumford (Prairie Ridge Coop) 37.300, 7. Dugan (St. Charles North Coop) 37.175, 8.(T) Kehr (Mundelein) 37.075, Jensen (Fremd) 37.075, 10. Perrone (Prairie Ridge Coop) 36.925, 11, Solka (Prairie Ridge Coop) 36.875, 12. Robert (Naperville North) 36.600.*


    Girls bowling scoreboard: Friday’s results
    Girls bowling scoreboard:*State meet at Cherry Bowl, RockfordTEAM StandingS1. Waubonsie Valley 6,422, 2. Leyden 6,231, 3. Machesney Park Harlem 6,081, 4. O’Fallon 6,008, 5. Minooka 5,947, 6. Collinsville 5,880, 7. Rockford Guilford 5,872, 7. Freeport 5,872, 9. Oswego 5,843, 10. Hoffman Estates 5,837, 11. Lockport Twp. 5,834, 12. Joliet West 5,823, 13. Andrew 5,695, 14. Schaumburg 5,691, 15. Elk Grove 5,677, 16. Metea Valley 5,658, 17. Lake Park 5,623, 18. Herrin 5,565, 19. Alton 5,514, 20. Libertyville 5,481, 21. Resurrection 5,397, 22. Lincoln-Way North 5,315, 23. Lemont 5,262, 24. York 5,149.*individual resultsTop 10 individuals: 1. Bond (WauVal) 1,445, 2. Hall (Ley) 1,436, 3. Newham (MV) 1,422, 4. Kowalski (JolW) 1,380, 5. Pimentel (Ley) 1,360, 6. Solberg (Belvidere North) 1,358, 7. Wirtel (Clvl) 1,353, 8. Kopacz (Oswego East) 1348, 9.(T) Hazelwood (R-Lutheran) 1,339, 9. Grable (MPH) 1,339. *Area Team resultsWaubonsie Valley: Bond 1,445, Felton 1,285, Melgoza 1,283, Harsotti 1,085, Dreyfus 655, Kirk 659.*Leyden: Hall 1,436, Pimentel 1,360, Lassin 1,265, Kriston 1,177, Townsend 881, Pitsenbarger 112.*Hoffman Estates: Hoglund 1,221, Fera 1,221, Wille 1,173, Donovan 1,148, Richae 1,074.*Schaumburg: Yohe 1,221, Azevedo 1,180, Maiers 1,159, Schwind 1,075, Halas 1,056.*Elk Grove: Duff 1,265, Hicks 1,15, J.Peters 1,118, A.Peters 1,105, Barges 1,037.*Metea Valley: Newham 1,422, Jean 1,135, Dowell 1,064, Mansmith 1,022, Grafton 1,015.*Lake Park: Pulice 1,184, Keith 1,149, Sztym 1,333, Leahy 1,094, Johnson 1,063.*Libertyville: Zeng 1,187, Davellis 1,169, Sloan 1,093, Cibrario 1,057, Doherty 668, Garcia 307.*York: Schwarz 1,143, Jensen 1,115, Tamm 1,024, Thurnall 1,021, Newman 846.*


    Elk Grove wins; Wheeling’s Stephani breaks 1,500 career points

    On senior night at Wheeling, Jeremy Stephani showed he belongs among the best boys basketball players in school history. Elk Grove won the Mid-Suburban East finale, getting 12 points apiece from Tyler Ingebrigtsen and Bryan Alcazar in a 69-53 decision. Stephani led all scorers with 21 points, including a pair of 3’s. That pushed him past the 1,500-point threshold in career scoring, as he now has 1,516 and will end up as the leading scorer in the program’s history.

    Fremd’s Christine Jensen of Fremd works the floor exercise in the girls gymnastics state meet in Palatine on Friday.

    Fremd in line for third-place trophy

    Fremd and junior Christine Radochonski did not get off to the most promising start at the girls gymnastics high school state meet in Palatine on Friday. Radochonski, who was first up on the beam, the Vikings initial event, counted a fall in her routine. But the Vikings and Radochonski didn’t blink. Instead, they answered the challenge. Fremd had four individuals advance to the finals, helping the Vikings gain a solid grip on third place with 146.675 points. Radochonski came back from her beam performance to nail her floor routine (9.425) with the third-best qualifying mark.

    Barrington’s Mitch Stathakis is bent backward by Marist’s Jimmy McAuliffe on Friday in the 106-pound quarterfinals of the Class 3A state tournament. Stathakis won 6-2.

    Conant’s Alexander excels but misses title shot

    For a brief moment Friday night, Bobby Alexander sent shock waves through the State Farm Center, the kind the usual big wrestling state semifinals crowd hopes for each year. The Conant junior, who fought and defended with all his might during the opening moments against No. 1 Jared Cortez turned the tables on the nationally ranked Glenbard North star by putting him on his back. Much to the surprise and delight of many fans, who thought they might be seeing the end of a fourth straight state title pursuit for the Illinois-bound Cortez. But after that first-period jolt, Cortez got his footing back and eventually defeated Alexander (37-4), sending sent the Cougars’ standout into the consolation bracket. He still has a chance for a top-three medal, which would be his second in three seasons.


    Down to a final day at state

    They have been the mainstays for Glenbard North the last three years. But Jered Cortez is returning to a familiar perch for the final day of the individual wrestling season; Jon Marmolejo, on the other hand, is in uncharted territory to conclude his extraordinary time with the Panthers. Marmion is the common theme for the two seniors.


    Hersey passes third test against Wheeling

    Despite 59-33 and 46-27 wins over Wheeling in Mid-Suburban East play this season, Hersey girls basketball coach Mary Fendley hardly expected a third meeting with the Wildcats to be a breeze. Sure enough, the Huskies found themselves in a 34-34 tie in the third quarter of Friday’s Class 4A Waukegan regional championship. But with junior Juliette Vainisi hitting some big baskets in the period and clutch free throw shooting down the stretch, the Huskies were able to pull out a 58-51 triumph and advance to Tuesday’s Barrington sectional. The No. 4-seeded Huskies (25-4) will face No. 1 Rolling Meadows (25-4) at 6 p.m.

    Justin Chamberlain of Glenbard North puts up a shot against Naperville Central Friday.

    Glenbard North edges closer to DVC title

    Winning the DuPage Valley Conference title isn’t easy. Good thing degree of difficulty doesn’t matter to Glenbard North’s boys basketball team.Chip Flanigan’s late runner put the Panthers ahead, and then they withstood a furious finish to top Naperville Central 59-57 Friday in Carol Stream.


    Prospect prevails in OT

    Intense — and that is putting it mildly. When the overtime buzzer went off at Prospect’s Jean Walker Field House, the Knights were able to escape with a 58-57 win over Rolling Meadows, improving to 15-10 overall and 9-1 in the Mid-Suburban East.


    Geneva catches St. Charles N. in UEC River

    Geneva coach Phil Ralston called the Vikings’ 61-51 victory “especially meaningful.” There were several reasons.


    North Chicago stops Grayslake C.

    North Chicago’s girls basketball team dominated Grayslake Central in the fourth quarter and went on to post a 57-34 win in the Warhawks’ Class 3A regional final Friday night. North Chicago outscored the Rams 22-3 in the fourth. The Warhawks (19-9) will travel to Ridgewood to play Vernon Hills in the sectional semifinals at 6 p.m. Monday. Grayslake Central, which was led by Morgan Dahlstrom’s 15 points, finished 19-11.

    St. Charles East’s James McQuillan leaps over a block by Elgin’s Kiko Mari in the third quarter on Friday.

    St. Charles East overcomes Elgin

    With standout point guard Dom Adduci on the bench icing a sprained left ankle and backup point guard Cole Gentry disqualified with 5 fouls, St. Charles East sophomore Evan DiLeonardi came off the bench and supplied the defensive play the Saints needed in a 69-63 Upstate Eight River victory at Chesbrough Field House.


    Prairie Ridge ousts Cary-Grove

    It wasn’t as if Prairie Ridge’s game plan was any secret. Don’t leave Katie Barker alone. And the Wolves didn’t — again. Prairie Ridge jumped out to a 10-0 lead, never gave it up, and played smothering defense on Barker all night in a 46-42 win over Cary-Grove Friday in the championship game of the Class 4A Cary-Grove girls basketball regional at Elroy Fitzgerald Gymnasium in Cary.


    Lake Zurich fends off Mundelein

    Lake Zurich’s boys basketball team avoided an upset in its North Suburban Lake Division finale Friday night. Mike Travlos scored 20 points, hitting 9 of 12 free throws, and Brad Kruse added 17 points and 9 rebounds, as the visiting Bears held off Mundelein 78-69.


    Grant seniors have their moment against Vernon Hills

    It was all seniors versus all juniors in the starting lineups. And on senior night at Grant on Friday, it was the seniors who prevailed. Grant, with its senior-oriented lineup and roster, showed some senior savvy in making just enough plays at the very end to pull out a 57-55 North Suburban Conference Prairie Division victory over a younger Vernon Hills team in which only one senior, a reserve, saw the floor.


    Hersey stands tall, bounces BG

    Strong defense in the final quarter and two big individual scoring efforts is a good way to win a high school basketball game. Hersey accomplished those goals in a 46-42 victory over host Buffalo Grove on Friday night in the final Mid-Suburban League East game of the season for both teams. The Huskies (11-14, 6-4) held the Bison to 8 points in the final quarter to help seal the victory.

    Geneva’s Claire Rose Ginsberg celebrates her routine with her coach after competing on the uneven parallel bars at the girls gymnastics state meet in Palatine on Friday.

    Geneva’s Ginsberg steals the show

    Advancing to the final meet of the season is celebration worthy, but Geneva and St. Charles co-op were looking for much more on Friday night during the 38th annual girls gymnastics state finals in Palatine.


    Smith, Webb key VH’s regional triumph

    Sydney Smith and Lauren Webb each scored 17 points, and Vernon Hills’ girls basketball team kept rolling Friday night, capturing a regional championship for the third year in a row thanks to a 57-25 victory over Regina Dominican at Gordon Tech.


    Glasgow, Esp lead Marmion past Aurora Central

    Standing 6-foot-1, Jordan Glasgow is rarely the tallest player on the basketball court. However, the Marmion junior guard is often one of the quickest and strongest players in the gym. Displaying a variety of acrobatic, hang-time, body-tilting moves on drives to the basket, Glasgow scored 8 of his game-high 22 points over the final 3 minutes to help the Cadets (14-12, 5-3) pull away for a 68-57 Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division triumph over host Aurora Central Catholic (3-19, 1-8) Friday night.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Lake Park’s Nico Daniello grabs the head of Batavia’s Connor McKeehan Friday in quarterfinals of the 220-pound weight class of the 3A IHSA state tournament at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

    Marmion’s Jimenez one match from history

    Jon Marmolejo has the ultimate chance at redemption on Saturday in the Class 3A 126-pound wrestling state-championship match. The Glenbard North senior has a chance to reverse his only defeat of the season, but Johnny Jimenez has his own agenda. The Marmion senior dispatched two DuPage Valley Conference members, Dayton Olson of Glenbard East and Dylan Thomas of Wheaton North, to advance to his fourth consecutive state finals appearance.

    Christian Brunner of Dundee-Crown is lifted and thrown by Alex Benoit of Marist High School Friday in the 182-pound weight class semifinals of the wrestling IHSA Class 3A state tournament at State Farm Center in Champaign. Brunner came back to win the match and will wrestle for the state championship today.

    Dundee-Crown’s Brunner taking Champaign by storm

    Dundee-Crown assistant Matt Wahl said Christian Brunner he was a year away from greatness. Chargers’ head coach Robert Skillman added his super sophomore was on a the cusp of something special. The Chargers’ duo probably won’t mind being a little off with their predictions now that their top man became the man the stars at 182 pounds should fear. Brunner (43-4), the only unseeded player in the quarterfinals, would first stun No. 6 Jimmy Mickens (Mt. Carmel, 36-9) Friday afternoon, then shock No. 1 Alex Benoit (38-3) of Marist in an OT tiebreaker in the semifinals to advance into tonight’s state final against No. 2 Colton Emmerich (46-1) of Deerfield in a rematch of the sectional final last weekend in Barrington.


    Carmel makes a winning memory at St. Viator

    The memories were still vivid from a year ago at this same time. “It was a horrible feeling sitting in that locker room (at Johnsburg) after our regional championship game,” said Carmel senior Kathleen Felicelli. “We were the No. 2 seed and they (North Chicago) were No. 10. It was a game we should have won. “We definitely wanted to redeem ourselves from last year.” Redemption was found on Friday night in the Class 3A St. Viator regional championship. Felicelli scored a game-high 19 points followed by classmates Cassidy Kloss (18) and Leah Lach (12) as No. 3 Carmel pulled away in the final quarter to a 61-42 victory over No. 6 St. Viator (15-16). The Corsairs (22-8) advance to the Ridgewood sectional where they will meet No. 2 Antioch at 6 p.m. on Monday.


    Fremd focusing on the future

    Don’t ask Fremd what it’s goals are. Or what the pressure feels like being 24-0. Or the same about finishing 10-0 in the Mid-Suburban West, gearing up for a league-championship battle with Prospect next Wednesday. The Vikings boys basketball team is the true portrait of being above all that. They played like it Friday night in a regular season-ending 52-30 win at Barrington.

    Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich scores past Denver Nuggets guard Randy Foye as the Bulls’ Joakim Noah and Denver’s Kenneth Faried watch during the first half of Friday’s game in Chicago.

    Hot start sends Bulls soaring past Nuggets

    Another fast start propelled the Bulls to their fifth straight victory, a 117-89 blowout against the Denver Nuggets on Friday at the United Center. D.J. Augustin continued to shoot lights-out from long range, but Jimmy Butler left the game in the first quarter with a rib injury.


    Epic OT effort favors Brunson (56 points), Stevenson

    When the final shot attempt from Lake Forest senior Noah Karras hit the front of the rim with the clock about to expire, only then could Stevenson junior standout Jalen Brunson truly appreciate the magnitude of his night, and of what he and his team accomplished. Friday night in the North Suburban Lake Division finale between the Patriots and host Scouts, Brunson and Lake Forest junior Evan Boudreaux had games that no one in the overflow crowd at Lake Forest will ever forget. In front of a high-profile coaching audience that featured Michigan coach John Beilein, Purdue coach Matt Painter and Indiana coach Tom Crean, Brunson went for a single-game school record 56 points — and the Patriots needed every one of them in a heart-pounding 95-93 win over Lake Forest. Brunson’s record setting night also put him atop the all-time scoring list at Stevenson, passing Chris Coleman. Brunson now has 1,642 points and counting.

    Lake’s Jake Balliu gets to the basket above Antioch’s Kyle Gofron on Friday in North Suburban Prairie action.

    Balliu, Lakes look sharp in victory

    Lakes guard Jake Balliu walked out of the visitors locker room at Antioch dressed festively in an electric blue bow tie. He had just spoiled the party for the home team. “It’s trending a little bit,” a smiling Balliu said of his fashion statement. Antioch wore long faces at the end of the two rivals’ North Suburban Prairie Division finale, as Balliu’s 15 fourth-quarter points rallied Lakes to a 53-49 win Friday night.


    Wheaton Academy runs out of power against Nazareth

    A power outage on Thursday turned the Class 3A Timothy Christian girls basketball regional final between the Wheaton Academy Warriors and the Nazareth Academy Roadrunners into a two-part series. Near the start of the fourth quarter Thursday night — with the Roadrunners (18-11) up 44-28 — the outage stopped play for the night, to be resumed Friday afternoon. The 16-point deficit was too much for the Warriors to overcome in the 7:07 left on the clock, and Nazareth took the game 58-41. Despite the 15-point final difference the Warriors (16-9) made it interesting, cutting the lead to 8 with 1:16 remaining thanks to a 3-pointer from Jaimie Netzley and four free throws from Marissa Gagliano. “(We wanted to) just come out and finish,” said Warriors coach Beth Mitchell. “We’ve got seven minutes, seven seconds to try and chip away at the lead and we wanted to play physical and play hard, and I think the girls came out and did that and we were able to cut it to eight. Naz is a great team, I think they’ll do really well in the sectional.” The Roadrunners missing some crucial free throws in the fourth gave Wheaton Academy some life, but Nazareth got its act together once the Warriors started fouling, putting away the much-needed points. “I told them that we’re going be in a position that we’re gonna be on the free-throw line and we’re going to have to make more than 50 percent and we actually shot 50 percent,” said Nazareth coach Kim Connell. “So everything I was worried about that could happen in seven minutes actually happened. But we did what we needed to do to win the game.” In the first half Nazareth took the lead with the game’s first basket with 5:22 remaining in the first quarter and it held the lead for the remainder of the game. The two teams went into halftime with the Roadrunners up 24-18, but the game was still there for the taking, until Nazareth’s third-quarter performance, that is. The Roadrunners dropped 18 points in the third and held Wheaton Academy to only 7 points. Nazareth dropped three 3-pointers and had the defensive effort being led by senior Tetre’Anah Cross, who ended with 15 points in the game. “It was tough match,” Cross said, “but I know we just had to play physical and I know we just had to front the post and I know my teammates were going to help me if they tried to go over the top, so you know we just attacked them that way.”


    Neuqua Valley unites, defeats Oswego East

    They said it themselves.When the Neuqua Valley girls basketball players thought as individuals early in Friday night’s Class 4A regional final at Plainfield South, life could have been better.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    IC Catholic 75, St. Edward 51: The third installment of the IC Catholic-St. Edward rivalry went to the Knights (20-6, 10-0 Suburban Christian Gold), behind sophomore Rhaushaun Epting, who scored 11 of his game-high 19 points in the second quarter, a stretch where IC blew it wide open with a 26-10 point differential. The Green Wave (20-8, 6-4) were led by John Butzow’s 11 points and Davontae Elam’s 10 points. St. Edward fell to 1-2 against IC this season, but can get another crack at the top-seeded Knights in the Class 2A Aurora Christian regional championship if seedings hold next Friday. Christian Liberty 61, Elgin Academy 58: Dietrich Robinson tried everything to end the 13-game losing streak, but his 38 points couldn’t help the Hilltoppers (2-16) get off the schneid.

    McKenzie Kehr of Mundelein on the floor exercise in girls gymnastics state finals in Palatine on Friday.

    Patient Kehr an all-around success for Mundelein

    Getting the opportunity to advance into the state finals was on the minds of many girls gymnasts during Friday’s preliminaries at Palatine High School. It was well worth the wait for Mundelein’s McKenzie Kehr, who will be among the competitors when the meet resumes at 5:45 p.m. Saturday. Kehr had to endure some extenuating circumstances on Friday before eventually learning that she’d finished eighth in the all-around with 37.075 and qualified first on the balance beam in a tie with Lyons’ Katie Carling.


    Batavia pulls away from Streamwood

    Batavia may not being having one of its finer boys’ basketball seasons, but there was no way the Bulldogs were going to let a struggling Streamwood team come into their Dog House and steal an Upstate Eight River victory.


    WW South cruises past Bartlett

    Wheaton Warrenville South defeated Bartlett 49-20 to win the Class 4A Glenbard East regional championship Friday in Lombard.


    Metea Valley gets even with Bartlett

    Metea Valley avenged a Jan. 10 loss to Bartlett on Friday night with defense and accurate free-throw shooting. The Mustangs held Bartlett scoreless for an eight-minute stretch between the second and third quarters and connected on 9 of 10 free throws in the game’s final five minutes, leading to a 60-55 senior night win over the Hawks in Aurora.

    Libertyville's Joey Gunther is declared the winner against Keone Derain of St. Charles East Friday in quarterfinals of the 152-pound weight class of the 3A IHSA state tournament .

    Images: State Wrestling, Friday, Feb. 21
    Images from state Boys Wrestling Individual quarterfinals and semifinals at State Farm Center in Champaign on Friday, Feb. 21.


    Naperville North focused on victory

    The level of play on basketball Senior Nights usually falls into one of two categories. The bad is when the seniors can’t properly channel their emotions, resulting in a sub-standard effort. The preferred outcome is when they focus their emotions, leading to a glowing performance. Naperville North definitely fell into the latter category on Friday night as the Huskies played a near-perfect first half in opening a 23-7 lead at one point on the way to a 53-32 DuPage Valley Conference defeat of Glenbard East.


    Kaneland can’t get anything to drop in regional final loss

    When junior Ally VanBogaert opened the second half of Friday’s Class 3A Plano championship game with a 3-point basket from the corner, Kaneland had overcome a cold start and 12-point deficit to tie No. 1 seed Sycamore at 18. Unfortuantely — and unbelievably — for the Knights, that shot with 7:32 left in the third quarter was their last one that went in. Kaneland went the final 15:28 without a field goal, getting just a pair of free throws from Marina Schaefer in a 40-20 loss.


    Four straight FVC Valley titles for Huntley

    A 5-foot hook shot in the lane, a 15-footer from the right baseline and a resounding dunk. That’s just a few of the many ways Huntley senior standout Amanze Egekeze scored his 24 points to lead the Red Raiders to their fourth straight Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball championship with a grind-it-out 39-35 win over Jacobs in Algonquin Friday night. “All four conference championships have been special, but because all the teams played their best against us this one feels good,” said Egekeze, a 4-year starter for the Red Raiders. “I have great teammates and this was a tough game to win. It never gets old to win the conference.”


    Smart finish helps Viator survive St. Pat

    Roosevelt Smart helped rescue St. Viator as the Lions survived a lackluster performance to hold off host St. Patrick 53-51 Friday in East Suburban Catholic Conference play. Smart scored 20 points, including a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter that put the Lions (19-5, 6-1) up for good.


    Conant’s defensive edge shows

    An outstanding defensive effort can keep a team close. It can also spell the difference between victory and defeat. Both Conant’s and Schaumburg’s boys basketball teams put together the kind of defenses that under different circumstances might have meant victory for both teams. Unfortunately for the host Saxons, Conant’s defense was just a tad stingier in Friday’s Mid-Suburban West finale, a 35-27 Cougars victory.

    Libertyville’s Chris McDermand raises his fists in victory after beating Michael Hobbs of Downers Grove South Friday in the Class 3A 285-pound quarterfinals Friday in Champaign.

    Libertyville’s Polakowski, Warren’s Parker make title bouts

    Last year, Steve Polakowski and Emery Parker last year could not have been further from competing for a state title. But Saturday night, the dynamic duo from the North Suburban Conference will be chasing Class 3A championships in Champaign. Wauconda senior Nate Magiera will do likewise at 220 pounds as he pursues the top honor in Class 2A.


    Glenbard South adjustment takes momentum from St. Francis

    Despite a rough start, success was just one adjustment away for Glenbard South. “Defensively, I should have switched when I saw who he was starting and I decided to stick with my defensive plan,” Raiders girls basketball coach Julie Fonda said. “We went to the press and that was the adjustment we needed to make. That fueled (the Raiders’) flame and got them going.” The press helped the Raiders go on a 25-0 run and take a 49-33 victory from St. Francis, and the Raiders earned the Class 3A St. Francis regional championship Friday in Wheaton.


    Crystal Lake South drops Cary-Grove

    Crystal Lake South nearly shut out Cary-Grove in the second quarter, but the Gators couldn’t put away the Trojans in the second half. Cary-Grove had a chance to tie on its final possession but missed, and the Gators hung on for a 36-33 win in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball action in Crystal Lake Friday night.

    Images from the Lakes at Antioch boys basketball game on Friday, February 21.

    Images: Antioch vs. Lakes boys basketball
    The Antioch Sequoits hosted the Lakes Eagles for boys basketball action on Friday, February 21.


    With trade deadline passed, will Bulls shop in bargain bin?

    The Bulls made no moves before Thursday's trade deadline. But now that players are getting released or agreeing to contract buyouts, they might start eyeing a new addition soon, with several ex-Bulls among the choices.


    Dundee-Crown ‘Seals’ a win

    Dundee-Crown junior Kiwi Seals thought his shot felt good when it left his hand with time running out and McHenry clinging to a 1-point lead in their Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball game. Then Seals and the Chargers felt a bit uneasy as Seals’ pull-up 10-footer from the left of the lane over two defenders spun around the rim. “I felt pretty confident,” Seals said. “Then I got a little nervous and said, ‘This sucker had better stay down.’ ” It did just before the final buzzer sounded and the Chargers rushed the court to celebrate a 49-48 victory that spoiled McHenry’s senior night at its West Campus on Friday night.


    Libertyville’s state effort comes up short

    Libertyville’s girls bowling team, making its first trip to state in 14 years, had hopes of joining Friday’s top-performing squads in Saturday’s finals. And the Wildcats did produce one of their best games of the season with a 1,036, but it wasn’t quite enough as Libertyville finished in 20th place. The Wildcats’ Natalie Zeng, however, will still be bowling on Saturday after advancing as an individual. She made that cut by 3 pins, with 1,187 for six games at Cherry Bowl.


    Ulis, Marian more than measure up at Carmel

    Tyler Ulis and his twice-beaten Marian Catholic teammates were in Mundelein on Friday night to battle the best Carmel squad in a generation. And for one half, it was anyone’s game as Marian (22-2) led 30-28 at the break. Then Marian hit five 3-pointers in the third quarter and ran off with a comfortable 66-50 ESCC victory.

    D.J. Augustin had 22 points and eight assists, and the Bulls routed the Denver Nuggets 117-89 Friday night for their fifth consecutive victory. Rookie Tony Snell added a career-high 20 points as the Bulls put seven players in double figures. Taj Gibson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah finished with 14 points, 11 boards and five assists.

    Bulls pound Nuggets 117-89 for fifth straight win

    D.J. Augustin had 22 points and eight assists, and the Bulls routed the Denver Nuggets 117-89 Friday night for their fifth consecutive victory.Rookie Tony Snell added a career-high 20 points as the Bulls put seven players in double figures. Taj Gibson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah finished with 14 points, 11 boards and five assists.

    Photos from the Glenbard North vs. Naperville Central boys basketball game Friday, Feb. 21 in Carol Stream.

    Images: Glenbard North vs. Naperville Central boys basketball
    Glenbard North hosted Naperville Central Friday, Feb. 21 for boys basketball.


    UIC falls to Oakland, 86-71

    Travis Bader scored 28 points and Duke Mondy added 17 with eight assists and seven boards to pace Oakland past Illinois-Chicago 86-71 on Friday night.Bader went 4 of 6 from the perimeter and 12 of 13 from the foul line. Those four 3-pointers give him an NCAA-leading 130 on the season and pushed his NCAA all-time record to 487.

    St. Charles East’s Jake Clodi and Elgin’s Donte Harper scramble on the floor for a loose ball in the second quarter.

    Images: St. Charles East vs. Elgin boys basketball
    St. Charles East visited Elgin Friday night in boys basketball action.

    Images from the Geneva at St. Charles North boys basketball game Friday, February 21, 2014 in St. Charles.

    Images: St. Charles North vs. Geneva boys basketball
    St. Charles North played Geneva Friday night in boys basketball action.


    Hall, Leyden positioned for trophy finishes

    The Leyden girls bowling team has been one of the top athletic programs in the school the last four years, and now they’re adding to that distinction. After Friday’s opening session of the state tournament at Cherry Bowl Lanes in Rockford, the talented Eagles are poised for their best finish ever. Leyden, whose senior-laden team has been to Rockford for four consecutive years, ended day one in second place — just behind leader Waubonsie Valley, the defending champs. And as usual senior Reba Hall, who has taken ninth and third individually in state the last two seasons, is leading the way. Hall has a great chance to win the individual state title. All six of her games Friday were over 200, with high marks of 279 and 257.

    FILE - This Nov. 2, 2013 file photo shows Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on the sideline during the second half of an NCAA football game against Tennessee Tech at O’Brien Field in Charleston, Ill. Garoppolo and fellow Walter Payton Award finalist Terrance West of Towson have been selected to The Associated Press FCS All-America team, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/ Stephen Haas, File)

    Garoppolo busting his tail

    Former Rolling Meadows High School standout Jimmy Garoppolo is at the NFL's Scouting Combine, where he says he's been working hard in perparation for the draft in May, when he could be one of the top five quarterbacks taken after a productive career at Eastern Illinois University.

    Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald addresses his players in the Nebraska game last fall.

    Northwestern coach testifies against unionization

    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testified for three hours Friday about a push by his players to form the nation’s first union for college athletes, sometimes putting himself awkwardly at odds with his senior quarterback. Fitzgerald answered questions before the National Labor Relations Board, which must decide in coming weeks if the football players qualify as employees under U.S. law.

    Aaron Craft and the rest of the Ohio State Buckeyes have righted themselves from an awful 1-5 span in January and have now turned that around by going 5-1.

    Buckeyes, Gophers both desperate to build momentum

    No. 24 Ohio State, still dogged by a bad spell in January, is trying to stack together some solid games heading into the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. Minnesota also needs to build some momentum, coming off a 62-49 home loss to struggling Illinois on Wednesday night.

    New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin now is under contract through the 2015 season.

    Giants and Coughlin agree on contract extension

    New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin will be going into the season with a little more job security. The Giants confirmed Friday that they gave the 67-year-old Coughlin a one-year extension, putting him under contract through the 2015 season.

    Lance Armstrong was stripped of seven tour victories and given a lifetime ban from sports in 2012.

    Armstrong case back in court over bonuses

    Lance Armstrong’s attorneys say a Dallas company can’t reopen a settlement over millions in bonuses it paid him even though he later admitted to lying about using performance-enhancing drugs. SCA Promotions wants to reopen arbitration over about $12 million in bonuses it paid after three of Armstrong’s Tour de France victories.

    Victor An of Russia, right, reacts as his team wins the men’s 5000-meter short track speedskating relay final Friday at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi

    Russia 1st, U.S. 2nd in 5,000-meter relay

    Viktor Ahn was already a Russian citizen. At the Sochi Olympics, he was embraced as a national hero by his adopted country. Ahn clapped as he crossed the finish line after leading Russia to Olympic gold in the 5,000-meter relay in short track speedskating.


    Two Olympians kicked out for doping

    A top German biathlete and an Italian bobsledder were kicked out of the Sochi Olympics on Friday in the first doping cases of the Winter Games.

    Women’s slalom gold medal winner Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States poses for photographers Friday at the Sochi Games.

    American teen wins Olympic slalom

    American Mikaela Shiffrin won by more than a half-second to become, at 18, the youngest slalom champion in Olympic history. “It’s going to be something that I chalk up as one of my favorite experiences for the rest of my life,” she said. Shiffrin’s gold gave the United States five Alpine medals.

    Canada forward Sidney Crosby consoles USA forward Patrick Kane after Canada won 1-0 in a men’s semifinal Friday at the Sochi Olympics.

    It’s Canada vs. Sweden for men’s hockey gold

    Before the Olympics started, the only thing holding Team Canada back from being the overwhelming favorite in men’s hockey was its goaltending. On Friday in the semifinals against Team USA, goalie Carey Price was brilliant with 31 saves in Canada’s 1-0 win that sent the Canadians into Sunday’s gold medal game against Sweden. Six Blackhawks will play for the gold (Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp for Canada, and Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Kruger and Johnny Oduya for Sweden).

    Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey was rewarded with a one-year contract extension and a pay raise Friday by school officials. The Huskies were 12-0 in the regular season and defeated two Big Ten teams.

    NIU extends Carey’s deal

    After watching him guide the Huskies to a 12-0 record in his first full season as head football coach, Northern Illinois University officials have extended Rod Carey’s contract by one year and boosted his salary for 2014.

    Women’s slalom gold medal winner Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States poses for photographers with the American flag.

    Images: Winter Olympics, Friday, February 21st
    Images of Friday at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Highlights include a semifinal loss for Team USA men's hockey, alpine skiing, short track speedskating, and much more.

    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch answers a question during a news conference at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Friday. Lynch will have a chance to showcase his skills this weekend.

    NIU’s Lynch ready to prove doubters wrong

    It’s not that NIU’s undersized-but-athletic Jordan Lynch refuses to play another position in the NFL. He just thinks he’s better off playing at quarterback, the position where he compiled a 24-4 career record and finished third in last year’s Heisman Trophy voting. Lynch talks about his doubters and his preferences in this report from the NFL Scouting Combine with Bob LeGere.

    Canada forward Sidney Crosby consoles U.S. forward Patrick Kane Friday after Canada won 1-0 in a men’s semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Canada beats U.S. 1-0 to reach gold-medal game

    Jamie Benn scored in the second period, Carey Price made 31 saves, and Canada beat the United States 1-0 Friday night in the semifinals of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament. Canada advanced to the gold-medal match Sunday against Sweden, which beat Finland 2-1 in the earlier semifinal at Bolshoy Ice Dome.

    Adelina Sotnikova of Russia celebrates after placing first during the flower ceremony for the women’s free skate figure skating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Sotnikova placed first, followed by Kim and Kostner.

    Judging talk overshadows figure skating again

    Leave it to figure skating and judging, where winning can be obscured by whining. Any sport without a finish line or clock or some definitive standard is subject to skepticism about the results. It has happened at the Olympics before, and now it’s happened at Sochi after Adelina Sotnikova skated away with the gold medal, the first for a Russian woman in the individual event.

    France’s Ophelie David, from left, Canada’s Kelsey Serwa, Canada’s Marielle Thompson and Sweden’s Anna Holmlund compete Friday during their ski cross final at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Canada finishes 1-2 in Olympic women’s skicross

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Before the Vancouver Olympics, the Canadians set out to own the podium.Here in Sochi, at least when it comes to freestyle skiing, they’ve kept a nice hold on their purchase.Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa won gold and silver for Canada in women’s skicross Friday, giving their country bookend gold-silver performances in Olympic freestyle skiing. Freestyle opened Feb. 8 with sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal finishing 1-2 in moguls.In between, the Canadians sent two people to the podium twice — in men’s moguls and women’s slopestyle — and also had the men’s silver medalist on the half-pipe.In all, that’s nine freestyle medals for the country that pumped upward of $110 million into their “Own The Podium” program in advance of the Vancouver Games four years ago. Canada’s leaders wanted to reach its full potential on the mountain and saw opportunities in the wave of action-sports events introduced to the Olympics over the past two decades. They also wanted the build a program that would last, and certainly it has.This marked Thompson’s third and biggest win of the season. Serwa is a regular on World Cup podiums herself.The final pitted the four fastest women in qualifying. Thompson, ranked third, took an early lead against the first-ranked Serwa and never let it slip.Ophelie David of France wiped out about two-thirds of the way down the course, which gave the bronze to Sweden’s Anna Holmlund.Once again, women’s skicross offered its fair share of accidents that could ignite a discussion over whether the Olympic course is built too big for the women. In back-to-back quarterfinals, Anna Woerner of Germany and Stephanie Joffroy of Chile were taken off the course on stretchers after scary accidents. No updates were immediately provided. Joffroy waved to the crowd at the bottom and Woerner could be seen covering her face with her hands. Their wrecks were jarring reminders of the dangers of this sport that were amplified when Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova fractured her spine in training last weekend. She had emergency surgery at a hospital in the mountains and was later taken to Munich for another operation.

    Sweden’s player from left, Sebastian Kraup, Fredrik Lindberg, Niklas Edin, and Viktor Kjaell celebrate Friday following their victory over China in the men’s curling bronze medal game at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Sweden wins bronze medal in men’s Olympic curling

    SOCHI, Russia — Sweden won the bronze medal in men’s Olympic curling on Friday, beating China 6-4 in a game that was decided by the final shot in an extra end.It is Sweden’s first medal at a men’s tournament since curling returned to the Olympic program in 1998. China skip Liu Rui had the chance to win the game but was heavy with a draw on his last rock, which glanced off a Swedish stone that was stationed on the button. China will regret making two technical violations in their delivery of rocks in key moments in the ninth and extra ends.Canada plays Britain later in the gold-medal game.


    Norway regains top status in Nordic combined

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Joergen Graabak delivered a long awaited Olympic gold medal for the nation that pioneered Nordic combined, then added another victory for good measure to help Norway restore its status in the sport.Four years after being shut out of the medals at Vancouver, Norway topped the Nordic combined medal standings at the Sochi Olympics with two gold and four medals overall.Eric Frenzel’s timing wasn’t so good. After winning on the normal hill, he got sick and missed out on a medal in the individual large hill competition. He recovered in time to help Germany to a silver medal in the team event on the same hill.“We had a bit of a rough patch in Vancouver ... to be able to take the gold and also three individual medals at these championships is unreal,” Graabak said after Norway edged Germany and 2006 and 2010 champion Austria in the team event.Norway has the most Olympic medals in the sport — 12 — but Graabak’s gold was the country’s first since Nagano 1998, when Bjarte Engen Vik won the individual and team events.Graabak’s teammate Magnus Moan picked up silver on the large hill, and Magnus Krog got bronze on the normal hill behind Frenzel and Akito Watabe of Japan. The medals certainly helped restore some recognition in the country known as the birthplace of the sport in the late 1800s.Frenzel’s illness didn’t hurt Norway. The German athlete’s win on the normal hill fulfilled expectations — he won the World Cup last season and is the runaway leader this year with seven wins in 11 events. But he pulled out of the last day of training for the large hill and was a doubtful starter.He recovered to take his place in the competition and led after the ski jumping. But he a faded badly in the 10-kilometer cross-country race and finished 10th.“I felt really much better than the last competition,” Frenzel said after Germany finished second in the team event. “My body felt today really good. For me it was a perfect Olympic Games: two medals — one gold, one silver.”While Norway picked up four medals they hadn’t won at Vancouver, the United States lost the four it captured in 2010.Defending champion Billy Demong of Park City, Utah, finished in 31st place in the large hill. Demong and a trio of competitors from Steamboat Springs, Colorado — veteran Todd Lodwick and brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher — were sixth in the team event that they won silver in at Vancouver.Johnny Spillane of the United States won silvers on both the normal and large hills in 2010 but has retired, and Demong and Lodwick are in the process of doing the same.Demong, 32, said he definitely won’t be back at the 2018 Games as an athlete, and the 37-year-old Lodwick, who competed in his sixth games and carried the U.S. flag at the opening ceremony, plans to spend more time with his family.“Certainly now we’re really going to see a turnover, and I’m excited for that,” Demong said. “I think other guys deserve a chance.”

    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) grabs a rebound in front of Toronto’s Patrick Patterson and Joakim Noah during Wednesday’s NBA game in Toronto.

    With Bulls playing hard, Thibs deserves more accolades

    Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau deserves some NBA Coach of the Year votes for what he has done with his team, and Mike North believes they might earn a first-round home series in the playoffs.


    Naming any sport’s Mount Rushmore not easy task

    Now that everyone in the world has come up with their personal sports Mount Rushmore, maybe it's time to move on to a new topic. How about Olympic hockey?


    Germany’s Woerner taken off course on stretcher

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — German skicross racer Anna Woerner was taken off the Olympic course on a stretcher Friday after a nasty fall during her quarterfinal heat. There was no immediate report on the nature of her injury.Woerner lost her balance on a jump about halfway down the course, her right knee kicking upward. She slammed to the ground and flipped side-over-side before stopping in the middle of the course.A medical team worked on her for about 10 minutes before loading her onto a stretcher and taking her off the track. In a training accident last weekend, Maria Komissarova of Russia fractured her spine on the skicross course. She had emergency surgery at a hospital in the mountains and was later taken to Munich for another operation.

    Silver medalist France’s Marie Martinod competes Thursday in the women’s ski halfpipe finals at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    SOCHI SCENE: France makes move in medal standings

    SOCHI, Russia — France may seem relatively quiet in the medal standings, but get this: It’s won more medals than any other countries over the last three days.A French sweep in men’s freestyle ski cross plus a silver in the women’s halfpipe in the same sport made France the biggest medal mover of the day for Thursday.France moved to ninth in the medal standings after 81 events, with 15 total medals at the start of Friday’s competition.Canada won two golds, one in a thriller in women’s ice hockey over the United States and the other in women’s curling. Norway, Russia and the United States won one gold each. Norway kept its position atop the medal standings with 10 golds and 21 total medals. The United States, second in the medal standings, has the most total medals with 25. Asian countries won only two medals on Thursday, with Korea and Japan winning one each.Medal in seven events will be awarded Friday, including men’s curling, women’s freestyle ski cross and three short track events.



    Listeria linked to cheese

    One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to Hispanic-style cheese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the death occurred in California. Seven additional illnesses were reported in Maryland.

    Kelly Clarkson is one of the “American Idol” contestants alleged to have been cheated by Sony Music Entertainment.

    Lawsuit charges Sony cheated ‘Idol’ winners

    A federal lawsuit filed in New York charges that Sony Music Entertainment cheated “American Idol” contestants, including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, out of at least $10 million in royalties.

    United Auto Workers President Bob King discusses the union’s 712-626 defeat in an election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    UAW appeals Volkswagen workers’ rejection

    The United Auto Workers on Friday challenged last week’s close vote by workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., that rejected the UAW’s bid to represent them. In an appeal filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the union asserted that “interference by politicians and outside special interest groups” had swayed the election.


    Black Hawk helicopter maker to eliminate 600 jobs

    The company that manufactures Black Hawk helicopters said Friday it is eliminating 600 jobs, most of them in Connecticut, as it struggles with cuts to U.S. defense spending and a reduction in the demand for the workhorse aircraft used by the military to strike targets and ferry troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    General Motors’ world headquarters in Detroit. GM’s 2009 government-funded bankruptcy allowed it to emerge a new, leaner company that has since racked up more than $20 billion in profits and added jobs in Detroit. For the city, the comeback will be much harder.

    Detroit files plan to fix debt

    Police and fire retirees will receive at least 90 percent of their pension after elimination of cost of living allowances. General city retirees would likely receive at least 70 percent. Other creditors: Most of the rest, such as bond insurers, will receive about 20 percent of their claims.

    Yvette Calderon, an In Person Counselor for President Obama’s new health care law speaks with taxi driver David Bilewu, a 39-year-old Nigerian immigrant at a city office where Chicago taxi drivers go to renew their license.

    Looking for the uninsured? Just hail a taxi driver

    Like most taxi drivers, Sebti Boukarit doesn’t have health insurance. And because he works up to 12 hours a day, six days a week, he hasn’t had much time to sign up under the nation’s new health care law. But when he arrived at a Chicago city office to renew his taxi license one recent morning, the opportunity was impossible to miss. Enrollment workers had set up a table in the waiting room to snag drivers just like him, who are among the health law’s most desired prospects.

    The monument to the boxer Joe Louis in Detroit. Detroit’s emergency manager filed a plan Friday, to restructure the city’s $18 billion debt by making cuts to pensions and creditors while offering a blueprint for emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

    Detroit expected to debt restructuring plan Friday

    A plan to get the city of Detroit through and out of bankruptcy is expected to be filed before a court-imposed deadline. A spokesman for state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr has said the plan will be filed in federal bankruptcy court Friday, though the deadline for filing is March 1.

    Rebekah Brooks former News International chief executive and her husband Charlie Brooks, centre rear, arrive at the Central Criminal Court in London where they appear to face charges related to phone hacking, Friday.

    Rebekah Brooks takes stand, denies phone hacking

    Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks moved from the defendants’ dock to the witness stand Thursday, arguing her innocence of phone-hacking charges in public for the first time.

    U.S. companies including Gap Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are caught up in the debate over raising pay -- this time an increase in the federal minimum wage.

    Wal-Mart poised for Henry Ford moment amid minimum wage debate

    In 1914, Henry Ford announced he was more than doubling the average wage of Ford Motor Co. factory workers to $5 a day, in part so they could afford a Model T. His act took the world by surprise, spurred auto sales and helped create an American middle class.One hundred years later, U.S. companies including Gap Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are caught up in the debate over raising pay -- this time an increase in the federal minimum wage. President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats want to raise it to $10.10 an hour from $7.25, saying doing so will bolster the economy and reduce income inequality. House Republicans and industry groups oppose the plan, deeming it a job killer.“When Henry Ford announced the 5-dollar-day, the response was that it would diminish the auto industry and bankrupt his company,” Harley Shaiken, a labor economist at the University of California, Berkeley, said in an interview. “Instead it jump-started purchasing power, reduced turnover and increased the profitability of Ford Motor Co. There’s a lesson we can still learn from that.”A boost in the minimum wage to $10.10 would add $200 million -- or less than 1 percent -- to Wal-Mart’s annual labor bill, the University of California Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education estimates.If Wal-Mart passed along the estimated $200 million in extra labor cost to consumers, it would equal about a penny per $16 item, said Ken Jacobs, the Labor Center’s chairman. Meanwhile, the rise may boost purchases among the chain’s core shoppers, many of whom could see their earnings climb, he said.Income EqualityThe corrosive effects of income inequality on companies came into renewed focus yesterday when Wal-Mart said profit this year will trail analysts’ estimates as its low-income U.S. customers continue to struggle. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer, which previously backed a higher minimum wage, is trying to assess whether raising it again would help or hurt.Gap Inc. didn’t wait for Congress to act and announced raises for store workers starting next year. Obama hailed the San Franciso-based chain’s action and urged others to follow.Economists say raising the wage will help low-wage workers. In a report this month, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said that while raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could wipe out as many as 500,000 jobs, it could also boost the incomes of 16.5 million low-wage workers by $31 billion in 2016.Better Customers“High wages make your employees better customers,” Wallace Hopp, associate dean of faculty and research at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, said in an interview. “You’re putting this money in the hands of people who are most definitely going to spend it. They’re not socking it away in mutual funds. The money goes back into the economy pretty quickly.”While the U.S. economic recovery is in its fifth year, disposable incomes only inched up in 2013, for the fourth year in a row. Low-income shoppers have been buying mostly necessities even as more well-heeled consumers shell out for bigger-ticket items such as appliances and cars. As a result, Ford and General Motors Co. last year posted the strongest auto sales in the U.S. since 2007. By contrast, retailers from Wal- Mart to Lululemon Athletica Inc. have cut their forecasts.For Wal-Mart, the question is whether a higher minimum wage would sufficiently boost sales by putting more money in shoppers’ wallets to offset higher labor costs. Figuring that out isn’t easy because it’s hard to predict consumer behavior, David Tovar, a company spokesman, said in an interview.Model Behavior

    For Russian President Vladimir Putin, the deadly clashes in neighboring Ukraine couldn’t have come at a worse time.

    Ruble wilts as Kiev burns with Sochi overshadowed

    For Russian President Vladimir Putin, the deadly clashes in neighboring Ukraine couldn’t have come at a worse time. The violence that threatens to topple a government propped up by his financial aid is taking investors’ attention away from the Olympic games in Sochi that he sought to use as a showcase for how far Russia has come since its 1998 default.


    Groupon forecasts profit below estimates on mergers, marketing

    Groupon Inc. shares fell after the company forecast first-quarter profit that trailed analysts’ estimates on higher expenses for acquisitions and marketing. Two companies acquired last month will hurt profit by $20 million this quarter,

    The Las Vegas Monorail passes by the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in this April 2006 file photo. MGM Resorts is one of many gaming companies that has worked with Spectrum Gaming, one of the largest of a new breed of consulting companies for the gambling industry.

    States outsource casino policing to private firms

    As more states embrace legalized gambling around the country, some are hiring private companies to draft regulations and vet casinos. At the same time, these companies work the other side of the fence, helping casinos enter new markets and lobbying for their interests.

    Anti-government protesters lead policemen, foreground, captured earlier in the day, towards a bus to be released in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday.

    Ukraine to sign accord to end crisis after deadliest protests

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych agreed to a plan for resolving the political crisis that threatened to split the country after meeting through the night with European officials. The accord will be signed at 12 p.m. in Kiev, the presidential administration said in a statement. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Europe 1 radio that it’s premature to say an agreement has been reached.

    Copies of President Barack Obama’s budget plan for fiscal year 2014 are prepared for delivery at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington.

    A fading passion — debt, deficits recede from view

    Just four years ago, cutting deficits and controlling the nation’s debt were a powerful political combination that propelled Republicans to control of the House of Representatives and fueled the budget fights that ensued.Today, they are an afterthought.

    American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined, according to a new government survey.

    Agriculture census shows boom in farm sales

    American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined, according to a new government survey. Continuing a long-term trend, the number of U.S. farms dropped to 2.1 million in 2012, about a 4 percent drop from five years earlier. But some of the bigger farms got bigger.

    Two former aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were ordered by a judge to explain their refusal to turn over documents sought in a legislative probe of intentional traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge.

    Ex-Christie aides told to explain refusal over bridge documents

    Two former aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were ordered by a judge to explain their refusal to turn over documents sought in a legislative probe of intentional traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge.


    Gucci owner Kering profit nearly wiped out in ‘13

    Kering, the corporate parent behind Saint Laurent couture and Puma streetwear, says profits were nearly wiped out last year by costs associated with disposing of its retail chains Fnac and Redcats.


    Dish misses sales estimate as growth slows in pay-tv subscribers

    Dish Network Corp., the second- largest U.S. satellite-television provider, reported fourth- quarter sales that missed analysts’ estimates as new subscriber growth remained sluggish. Revenue rose 1 percent from the previous quarter to $3.54 billion, the Englewood, Colorado-based company said today in a statement.


    Small business owners sound off in Elgin

    Parking, difficulties in dealing with the city staff and the need to band together — small business owners in Elgin had plenty to say during a round-table discussion Thursday night. It's extremely difficult to figure how to start a small business in Elgin, said Erin Rehberg of Side Street Studio Arts. “If I didn't have a partner in it, I would have cracked a few times and walked away,” she said.

    Josh Guge works on one of his bird projects near his work space covered with all kinds of carving drill bits. The Guge Institute and Art Studio is now located in Elgin.

    Guge Institute hosts open house Saturday at Elgin Artspace

    The Guge Institute, a wood-carving school previously located in Gilberts, has moved to Elgin. The grand opening of the brand new art studio inside ArtSpace is Saturday. Formerly called the Guge Institute of Wildlife Art, it was founded by Guge and his father, Bob Guge, who died in November after battling brain cancer. “I told him we were moving the shop to Elgin and he was excited about it, but he never got to see it,” Josh Guge said.

    Procter & Gamble’s “Pick Them Back Up” advertisement is part of its popular “Thank You Mom” campaign, showing moms supporting young athletes when they fall down. It looks as if it is winning Olympic gold.

    Going for gold: Olympic ad winners and losers

    The pressure to win during the 2014 Sochi Olympics is nearly as intense for marketers as it is for the athletes themselves. News: Just like there are medals handed out during the Games, there are winners and losers in advertising.

Life & Entertainment

    Tired of the Olympics? Then watch a great hockey movie instead.

    Which hockey movie takes the gold medal?

    "Miracle," "Slap Shot" and "The Mighty Ducks" are all popular hockey movies, but none of them are Sean Stangland's favorite.

    An electrical fire at Millennium Park’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago has forced the cancellation of all shows through March 6. Included is the LINES Ballet’s “Constellations,” which theater officials are attempting to reschedule.

    Harris Theater halts shows due to electrical fire

    Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago has cancelled all performances through Thursday, March 6, in light of an electrical fire on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

    Smash Mouth will be the headliners at Northwest Fourth Fest, 8:30-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Smash Mouth to headline Northwest Fourth Fest

    Smash Mouth, a legendary rock band from San Jose, Calif., will headline the Northwest Fourth Fest this summer at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. The festival will be held from July 3-6.

    Former CIA operative Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) tries to bond with his daughter Zoey (Hailee Steinfeld) in “3 Days to Kill.”

    ‘3 Days’ really two bad movies in one

    “3 Days to Kill” offers us a dilemma. Can ex-CIA operative Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) repair his relationship with his estranged teenage daughter while maintaining his commitment to his old employer, who has pulled him out of retirement for one last round of targeted killing? The film’s director, McG, attempts to negotiate a middle path between the loud action thriller that this film’s trailer makes you think you’re buying a ticket to and the sappy drama of father-daughter bonding that the movie really is. Thus, “3 Days to Kill” feels like two very different movies, neither of which is particularly good.

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Tuesday that actor-director Rob Reiner will receive its 41st annual Chaplin Award in a gala on April 28.

    Rob Reiner to be honored by Lincoln Center

    Lincoln Center will honor Rob Reiner with its 41st annual Chaplin Award. The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Tuesday that the director and actor will receive the award at a gala April 28.

    Chef Carol Buckantz recently took over at the Oak Brook Hills Resort.

    Dining events: Naperville offers restaurant week deals

    Stop into some of Naperville's 260 restaurants now through March 3 for special deals and prix-fixe menus during the city's inaugural restaurant week. Plus, Oak Brook Hills Resort welcomes a new chef and Union House opens in Winfield.

    The 1967 comedy "The Graduate" won a directing Oscar for Mike Nicholes, but lost its other six Oscar nominations.

    Numerous nominations mean little when it comes to Oscar wins

    The Academy Awards won't be handed out until March 2. Meanwhile, as bookies and film fans go about determining odds and predicting the winners, it's time to remember a harsh reality. Voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences don't always choose the best movie for best picture.

    Ice coats leaking pipes in a downtown Cleveland alley. With much of the nation gripped in record cold at some point this winter, homeowners have had to deal with pipes freezing, and then bursting.

    A common winter hazard: frozen pipes in your home

    With record cold in much of the nation this winter, many homeowners have had (or will have) to deal with pipes freezing — and then bursting. Winter storm-related insurance losses “will be more this year due to the extreme cold and the breadth of the territory that is being affected by it,” said Peter Foley, vice president of claims for the American Insurance Association.

    Suzy (Lee Stark) and Jackson (Eric Lynch) celebrate in their new home while their live-in recovering addict friend, Don (Shane Kenyon), looks on in the Chicago premiere of Tracey Scott Wilson's “Buzzer” at the Goodman Theatre.

    Gentrification gets a going over in Goodman's 'Buzzer'

    In a play called “Buzzer,” playing through March 9 at the Goodman Theatre, it's ironic that the intercom system doesn't actually work. Yet the broken buzzer in Tracey Scott Wilson's 2012 drama is a deliberate plot device. It sets up a highly symbolic (and uncomfortable) final tableaux for a play that already goes out of its way to push buttons over touchy issues of gentrification, class and American race relations in a so-called “post-racial Obama age.”

    John O’Hurley returns to play the slick lawyer Billy Flynn in Broadway in Chicago’s production of the hit musical “Chicago.”

    Theater events: John O'Hurley comes to 'Chicago'

    John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld’s” J. Peterman) stars as Billy Flynn in the Broadway in Chicago tour of “Chicago,” which begins Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Bank of America Theatre. Red Theater riffs on Chekhov's "Three Sisters," Broadway in Chicago presents the Kander-Ebb musical "Chicago" and Steppenwolf stages the coming-of-age drama "Levelling Up" as part of its young adults series, this week in Chicago-area theater.

    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo., is home to high-caliber collections that include great works ranging from the photography of Edward Steichen to ancient Chinese scrollwork.

    Sorry, barbecue not among Kansas City’s freebies

    The venerated barbecue that’s put Kansas City on so many maps may not be available free of charge, but the city does have other entertainment options that don’t require money — or sauce. There’s even one venue where you can walk out with a free bag of U.S. currency. From the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to the city’s largest brewery, the former cow town has plenty for the thrifty, or those who’d rather spend their money on a slab at Bryant’s barbecue restaurant.

    Bill and Karen Niemerg of Streamwood have drinks at Fireside Ale House in Streamwood.

    Streamwood's Fireside Ale House off to a good start

    Since opening in December on Barrington Road, Streamwood's Fireside Ale House has been bringing out big crowds for dinner and sports games with its menu, beer selection and service. The family-friendly spot is hoping to keep growing by taking feedback to adapt the menu and adding some extra entertainment.

    Big & Rich — Big Kenny, left, and John Rich — will headline Austin’s Fuel Arena on Saturday, Feb. 22.

    Music notes: Big & Rich hits Austin’s Fuel Arena

    Country-music duo Big & Rich (named after its members, Big Kenny and John Rich) will play a show Saturday, Feb. 22, at Austin's Fuel Arena in Grayslake. Country-pop superstars Lady Antebellum will bring their twangy, catchy music to Rosemont next week, a show that was originally scheduled to take place in November.

    Some emergency dispatch systems allow parents to set up a profile, giving first responders details that would be helpful when a call comes to 911 from your phone.

    Parents should teach kids how and when to use 911

    Is your family prepared for an emergency? Does your child know how to dial 911? Do you have the information first responders will need at your finger tips? Increasing your 911 savvy now may save lives later. Teaching your child how to dial 911 may be one of the most important lessons they learn.


    How to navigate connecting flights with kids

    Living in Chicago, home to two international airports, means that a great chunk of the world is reachable via direct flights. But not all. Sometimes we have to connect. And connecting flights when traveling with kids can be a challenge. These tips will make it easier to navigate connecting flights and reduce the chances of missing a flight.

    Tranquility Bay Beach Resort is a family-friendly resort offering two pools — one for families and one for adults.

    Florida Keys have never looked so good

    The arctic winds blowing through Chicago are making most of us long for a little sunshine on our shoulders. St. Bart’s or Aruba might be calling, but our own Caribbean, the Florida Keys, is a more affordable way to escape the cold, with no passport required.


    Important tips for do-it-yourself painting

    Painting is the least expensive way to upgrade your home. Even a small project can make a big difference. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks to help your next paint job turn out like a masterpiece!


    White particles signal a problem with the furnace

    Q. Ever since we installed wood flooring, we notice little white granules on the floor every morning. We previously had white carpet, so we never noticed this before. We suspect that this is coming from the forced air registers in the ceiling, but we had the furnace checked by a heating contractor.


    Pets are cool, but irresponsible pet-owners are not

    Q. My neighbor has two Chihuahuas. They are nice little dogs, but they’re always squeezing through the fence in his front yard to tear up my garden and poop on my lawn. I have talked to my neighbor several times about this problem, but he just shrugs his shoulders and says that there’s nothing he can do. I don’t want to harm the little buggers, but I’m at my wits’ end. What do you suggest?


    Home deals worth checking out

    If you’re planning to shop for a home in the coming few weeks, here’s an early spring buying season come-on that just might save you some money if you qualify.

    These houses along Noah Terrace are typical of those found in Mount Prospect’s St. Cecilia neighborhood.

    St. Cecilia is focus of neighborhood profile

    While driving along Golf Road, you may not notice the sought-after St. Cecilia subdivision because it’s tucked away off the main thoroughfare behind Clearwater Park and St. Cecilia Catholic Church.



    Endorsement: No to Huntley Park District referendum

    The Daily Herald says no to the Huntley Park District referendum.


    Endorsement: No on borrowing to fix Fox Lake streets

    The Daily Herald recommends a "no" vote on the question of whether Fox Lake should borrow to fix local streets.

    Tom Dart

    Endorsement: Dart for Cook County sheriff

    The Daily Herald endorses Tom Dart for Cook County sheriff in the Democratic primary.


    Endorsement: Yes to debt restructure for RLHS expansion

    The Daily Herald recommends a yes vote for the Round Lake Unit District 116 bond restructuring.


    Endorsement: Yes for Sugar Grove library

    The Daily Herald recommends a yes vote for the Sugar Grove library referendum.

    Rob Karr

    Banks dropping the ball on credit card fraud

    Guest columnist Rob Karr: It is disappointing to see banks trying to blame retailers and other businesses when the banks designed, implemented and continue to support a system universally blamed by security experts as one of the biggest reasons for data breaches. It is time for consumers and businesses to demand the banks have the same concern for their U.S. customers they have had for their customers in the rest of the world and implement the more secure chip-and-PIN system.


    Court system is failing crime victims
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Changes to stand-your-ground will not matter as long as courts continue to fail us. People use this failure as reason to arm themselves so they will not be a “victim of the failed system.” We must fix the system first.


    Witch-trial mentality blocks sound discourse
    A Palatine letter to the editor: It appears there is no longer a line between healthy opposition to a president and outrageous efforts to ruin him through gross manipulations of the truth. In some ways, the people who are yelling the loudest with the most inaccurate accusations remind me of what happened in Salem, Mass., in 1692.


    Do we need another ‘not as bad’ drug?
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: In the Feb. 14 edition of the Daily Herald, Walt Zlotow has suggested that we have one more “item left on the agenda: legalize pot.” I am sure we need more education on the issues when I read that Mr. Zlotow believes “marijuana is not addictive and has no proven health hazards.” Surely, not as deadly as heroin or destructive as alcohol, but do we really need one more “not as bad” drug?


    5 percent Kane Co. raises overgenerous?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Did you get your 5 percent pay raise? This is the raise that Chris Lauzen wants to give top level employees of Kane County. One person he wants to give this raise to makes $109,000-plus and I would bet pretty good benefits and perks.


    Judge has ability to get heart of matter
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I have known Judge Marmarie Kostelny for about 25 years. We originally became acquainted because she taught, with my wife, in the Elgin Community College Paralegal Program. At that time, I was a school administrator and teacher, so my relationship with Marmarie evolved outside the legal profession.


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