Daily Archive : Friday March 9, 2018




    Tom Cassell

    Demand at all-time high at Harper’s Small Business Development Center
    Demand at all-time high at Harper’s Small Business Development Center

    Claire’s is headquartered in Hoffman Estates.

    Claire’s said to plan bankruptcy

    Claire’s Stores, the fashion accessories chain where legions of preteens got their ears pierced, is preparing to file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks, according to people with knowledge of the plans. The company is headquartered in Hoffman Estates.

    In this March 2, 2018 photo, a group of JROTC shooters compete in the prone position during the 2018 New Mexico Junior Olympic Qualifier for sport and precision air rifles at Cibola High School in Albuquerque, N.M., for the chance to compete at the National Junior Olympic Championships in Ohio in June. The National Rifle Association has given more than $7 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools in recent years, typically used for JROTC programs, including $126,000 given to Albuquerque schools. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal via AP)

    AP finds the NRA gave $7 million to hundreds of schools

    An Associated Press analysis shows the National Rifle Association has dramatically increased its funding to schools in recent years amid a national debate over guns and school violence

    TSW Alloy Wheels headquartered in California buought an industrial building in Itasca.

    TSW Alloy Wheels buys Itasca building

    TSW Alloy Wheels headquartered in California buought an industrial building in Itasca.

    FILE- In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Goldman Sachs chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein speaks at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York. Blankfein is planning on retiring as soon as the end of this year, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein to retire by year end - report

    Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein is planning on retiring as soon as the end of this year -- The Wall Street Journal

    US Foods Holding Corp. in Rosemont.

    US Foods in Rosemont opens store in Texas

    US Foods Holding Corp. in Rosemont is introducing a new way to provide independent restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with food at wholesale prices.

    Bob Chwedyk, bchwedyk@dailyherald.com Elmhurst College.

    $2.5 million in anonymous gifts support Elmhurst College

    Elmhurst College has announced two significant deferred gifts that will benefit students by supporting the education and music departments.


    Grains and livestock mixed

    CHICAGO (AP) - Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery declined .6 cent at $4.914 a bushel; March corn was up 7.2 cents at $3.832 bushel; March oats dropped .4 cent at $2.636 a bushel while March soybeans declined 9.4 cents at $10.4620 a bushel. Beef was mixed,pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. April live cattle rose .55 cents at $1.2275 a pound; March feeder cattle lost 1.11 cent at $1.4248 a pound; April lean hogs rose 0.0058 cent at $.6750 a pound.

    FILE- In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo a skylight is reflected in the rear window of a Waymo driverless car during a Google event in San Francisco. Just days after ride-hailing service Uber announced it was testing tractor-trailers that drive themselves, Google’s autonomous vehicle operation announced similar testing in Georgia on Friday, March 9, 2018. Waymo says that starting next week it will run self-driving rigs in the Atlanta area with human backup drivers. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

    Google's autonomous vehicle unit to test semis in Atlanta

    Just days after ride-hailing service Uber announced it was testing tractor-trailers that drive themselves, Google's autonomous vehicle unit announced similar testing in Georgia

    In this March 2, 2018 photo, Yee Won Chong, far right, poses with his "chosen family" in their home in Portland, Ore. When Chong was diagnosed with cancer, Chong's longtime housemate Brooks Nelson, middle left, used his own sick days to take time off to care for Chong during chemotherapy and surgery. Also pictured are Nelson's partner, Jeannie LaFrance, top left; her daughter, Avalon LaFrance, 5; and the family dog, Fred. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

    'Chosen families' gain legal recognition in sick-leave laws

    Caring for 'chosen family' gains ground in sick-leave laws in states, cities around US

    Todd Beauchamp, ASK Products

    Manufacturing leaders honored

    At the ninety-second annual gala of the Technology & Manufacturing Association at the Renaissance in Schaumburg, 300 Illinois manufacturers and their families came together to foster relationships, celebrate success stories and look forward to the upcoming year.


    Food processor to hire 100 more workers at E. Indiana plant

    An Ohio-based food processing company plans to hire 100 more workers at its eastern Indiana plant

    People walk past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, March 9, 2018. Asian shares were mostly higher Friday on relief that President Donald Trump's tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports may not be as harsh as initially feared. News Trump and North Korea's leader will meet also lifted sentiment.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Global stocks rise on strong US jobs figures

    Global stock markets rose Friday on the back of strong U.S. jobs figures and investors digested President Donald Trump's announcement of new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports

    AMC Hawthorn 12 Theaters at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. Amusement taxes on theaters are among several projected revenues that are below expectations.

    Food and beverage tax on tap in Vernon Hills?

    With sales tax flat and other revenue sources dropping, Vernon Hills officials are considering imposing a food and beverage tax to fill the gap.


    Greece to issue short-term bills as it prepares bailout end

    Greece will hold an auction of a 12-month treasury bill next week, in the latest step toward regaining market access as the end of the country's bailout program approaches

    President Donald Trump reaches out to shake the hand of Dusty Stevens, a superintendent at Century Aluminum Potline, during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 8, 2018. Trump signed two proclamations, one on steel imports and the other on aluminum imports. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Analysis: Trump risks trade war to fulfill political pledge

    Analysis: Trump risks trade war to fulfill political pledge

Life & Entertainment

    Citrus salmon

    Citrus Salmon

    This salmon recipe is an easy way to include fish in your diet. Salmon is rich in heart healthy Omega’3 fats.

    Rosie Perez as Tracey Wolfe and Josh Radnor as Lou Mazzuchelli star in "Rise," debuting at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

    High school musicals, teen angst star in new drama 'Rise'

    Even if you're trying to limit a ballooning TV watchlist, consider the pedigree of NBC's "Rise": It's from the "Friday Night Lights" producer who created "Parenthood" and a producer of Broadway's "Hamilton." It debuts at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

    The New Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion is presented during the press day at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Electrics buzz but gas-guzzlers shine at Geneva auto show

    This year’s Geneva auto show is crowded with new cars flaunting electric and autonomous technologies meant to help unclog city streets and fight global warming and air pollution. That didn’t stop carmakers from offering their traditional crowd-pleasers: ostentatious displays of overweening horsepower in sleek, fossil-fuel burning and very expensive sports cars.


    The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

    This week's top selling songs and albums on Apple iTunes.

    FILE - In this Nov. 9, 1960 file photo, President-elect John F. Kennedy, center, is surrounded by members of his family in the living room of the home of Joseph P. Kennedy, in Hyannisport, Mass. Standing, from left, Ethel Kennedy; Steve Smith and wife, Jean Kennedy; Senator Kennedy; brother Robert, campaign manager; sister, Patricia Lawford; Sargent Shriver; brother Ted's wife, Joan; and British actor Peter Lawford. In foreground, seated from are: Eunice Shriver, sister; mother Rose Kennedy; father, Joseph; Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of John; and Ted Kennedy, brother of the president-elect. CNN debuts a six-part series on the Kennedy family, part of its focus on historical programming for its original series (AP Photo, file)

    CNN takes a historical look at the Kennedy family

    CNN debuts a six-part series on the Kennedy family, part of its focus on historical programming for its original series


    How to handle sweetheart’s extreme forgiveness issues

    Carolyn Hax says that girlfriend’s forgivness issues are bad, yet understandable.

    President Donald Trump, shown here when he joined Saturday Night Live’s Darrell Hammond before appearing on the show in 2004, wants the show to bring back Hammond to do impresonations of him.

    Trump says ‘SNL’ should bring back Darrell Hammond; Hammond says only if Lorne asks

    Just after 6 a.m. last Friday, Darrell Hammond woke up to the rhythmic pinging of his cellphone. President Donald Trump, in the process of tweeting an attack on actor Alec Baldwin, had invoked the name of the master impressionist and onetime “Saturday Night Live” star.“Agony,” Trump described Baldwin’s portrayal of him on SNL. “Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!”Suddenly, Hammond’s name was blasting across the internet. Fans tweeted their support. Reporters wrote his assistant, trying to get interviews. TV shows wanted to book him. But Hammond remained silent. He found it hard to wrap his mind around the fact that the president of the United States had blasted him back into the spotlight.“You know, I’m just like fooling around in my apartment, and the next minute Anderson Cooper wants to talk to me? What?” Hammond said in a phone interview with The Washington Post, the first he’s done since Trump’s March 2 tweet. “Someone said to me, you realize people in Jaipur, India, are saying ‘Who’s Darrell Hammond?’ Do you realize that? In Jaipur. It’s true.”Hammond was one of “SNL’s” greatest impressionists during his 14-year run with the show, pulling off more than 100 characters, from the lip-biting Bill Clinton to the foul-mouthed Sean Connery. But his Trump was so good, “SNL” kept him in that role even after he left the cast in 2009. He made his final Trump appearance in 2016. (Taran Killam also briefly held the role.)Then Trump’s unlikely candidacy took off, and “SNL” boss Lorne Michaels decided he wanted a more visceral approach. He tapped Baldwin, a Trump hater whose cartoonish portrayal of the reality-TV star president would go on to earn him an Emmy.For Hammond, the shift was crushing, which he detailed when he spoke to The Post last year. Hammond, who remains “SNL’s” announcer, says he’s now at peace with keeping his Trump in the past. He had moved to Los Angeles to get away from the constant questions, taping his intros remotely. Now he’s back in New York and has been a regular presence around Studio 8H. He says he’s ready if they ever ask him to appear again on screen.“They call me and talk about (Sean) Hannity,” says Hammond. “You know they called me about a couple of other people that are on the news. But it’s always been like that. Just think about this guy a little bit because I could just sit there at the computer for an hour and basically make a mental map of it if I did have to do this person. ... I think this week you know we talked a little about Sam Nunberg just a little bit. I just made some notes on him.”Hammond as Nunberg? Please, Lorne, make it rain.“I don’t know what their plans are,” Hammond says. “And I don’t pry.”He says Trump’s blast led many to ask him a natural question: Would he return to “SNL” to play some form of Trump, even alongside Baldwin? But Hammond says there was no discussion inside 30 Rock. Michaels did acknowledge the tweet in the hallway one day. Michaels was walking by with a group of his underlings and spotted Hammond and stopped.“The president knows your name,” he said.“He does,” Hammond replied.“Yes, he knows who you are,” Michaels replied.“And everyone laughed,” says Hammond. “I laughed. I thought it was kind of funny.”

    “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” sets up shop at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10.

    Weekend picks: You’re invited to ‘Dixie’s Tupperware Party’ in Elgin

    Who knew plastic storage containers could be so funny? Laugh along with “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” at Elgin’s Grand Victoria Casino. More on this and other fun events this weekend.

    Family dynamics take disturbing turns in Michael Haneke’s “Happy End.”

    ‘Happy End’ laced with implied social critique

    Filmmaker Michael Haneke’s work often betrays a cruel disregard for audience comfort. And that’s true of “Happy End,” about an increasingly senile widower and his granddaughter, a 13-year-old sociopath.


    Rapidly accumulating late fees cause hardship

    Q. I have been renting a condominium for about six months. I keep getting bills from my landlord showing that I owe $25 per day for every day the rent is late past the 5th of the month. Right now, he is showing I owe him an additional $800 just for late rent. I have tried talking to him and I keep telling him he will be paid, and he has been paid every month, but I keep getting the bills. He says it is in the lease.


    Housing-related interest deductions are still available

    It’s official: Despite widespread fears to the contrary, the IRS has clarified that last year’s big tax bill did not kill all interest deductions on home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) and equity loans. In its policy statement, the IRS offered examples of what you cannot do with your HELOC or home equity loan cash if you want to write off the interest. At the top: paying off credit card bills and other personal debts.


    Sale could be doomed because of odd bathroom light

    Q. The house we are buying has a lamp that hangs by a chain from the ceiling above the master bathtub. Our home inspector says this is dangerous. We’ve asked the seller to replace it with a conventional light fixture, one that is fastened to the ceiling, but he insists the chain is securely attached and will prevent the light from falling into the tub.



    Tradition, Trumpism manage to get along at the Gridiron

    Columnist Georgie Anne Geyer: Most of the stories about the Gridiron dinner last week naturally focused on how our unpredictable president behaved, particularly when surrounded by the “enemy of the people” (that is, us, the press) for four hours.


    March, but know the facts on guns, deaths
    A Mettawa letter to the editor: Next week, high school students will be walking out of school to protest … well, I’m not sure. If you ask them, some say guns, some say gun violence, and others go so far as to say the NRA.


    Arming teachers is a bad idea
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: To the President of the United States Donald Trump: After reading today’s Daily Herald newspaper, I cannot refrain from reacting to your suggestion that some teachers have guns in schools.


    Roskam tax bill will hurt middle class
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: Illinois 6th District Congressman Peter Roskam has betrayed his constituents and needs to be voted out of office. The tax bill that he wrote, and so proudly defends in his news releases, will increase taxes on many middle- and upper-middle income families in Illinois.


    We need to stop corporate control of politics
    A Downers Grove letter to the editor: Welcome to the Season of Political Smear Campaigns where high-priced, prime-time smear ads spew tabloid-style drama, fear mongering, disinformation, and blame.


    Dedicated, hard-working sheriff candidate
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: When I think of Frank Bibbiano, I think of safety and security in our community,


    Trade is the Republican Party’s last stand
    Columnist Fareed Zakaria: The tussle over tariffs is the most significant political battle taking place in America right now — much broader than a dispute over steel and aluminum imports.


    Today’s Opinion Page editorial cartoon
    Today’s Daily Herald Opinion page editorial cartoon


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