Shakou Asian restaurant expanding to Arlington Heights

Interior renovations continue at a downtown Arlington Heights restaurant space in preparation for the opening of an upscale Asian eatery this spring. Shakou, a “high-end, urban-style” sit-down restaurant, plans to open its fifth suburban location sometime before Father’s Day at 70 N. Vail Ave., officials said.…

Batavia resident, teacher hopes to challenge Hultgren

As a high school teacher and a Navy veteran, Batavia resident Victor Swanson says he doesn’t feel adequately represented by members of Congress. Hoping to be a voice for the middle class, Swanson said Sunday he is running for the 14th Congressional District seat in 2018,…

Riverwalk garden to honor leader who helped path grow

A spot along the Naperville Riverwalk where a garden was blocking a scenic view instead of adding to it is being reborn this spring in honor of a longtime Riverwalk advocate. Cliff Preston, who died last June at age 90, will be honored with a fresh…

Good cause tops bad weather at Prospect Heights 5K

Under cold and rainy conditions Sunday morning, walkers, runners, and people in wheelchairs took to the streets of Prospect Heights for the ninth annual Backbones 5K Run, Walk ‘n Roll. Despite the weather, more than 150 people participated in the event that started at Country Gardens…

Blue Jays win 2 in row for 1st time this year, top Rays 3-1

TORONTO — Russell Martin hit a go-ahead single during a three-run rally in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 Sunday. The Blue Jays started the day with a 7-17…

Lawmakers find common ground on $1T plan to keep gov’t open

WASHINGTON — Top Capitol Hill negotiators are reporting progress toward a long-sought agreement on a massive $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through Oct. 1. Aides say lawmakers closely involved in the talks have worked through many…

Venezuela’s Maduro hikes minimum wage amid rising protests

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is hiking salaries and handing out free homes as he tries to counter a strengthening protest movement calling for his removal. Maduro said on his Sunday TV show that the minimum wage will rise 60 percent starting May 1.…

Air Force football players headed to White House this week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Air Force Academy football team will travel to the White House this week to be honored as winners of The Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. The Gazette (http://bit.ly/2oKajgW ) reports that the Falcons are scheduled to fly to Washington, D.C. on Monday and meet…

Spurs beat Arsenal for 1st finish above neighbor in 22 years

LONDON — Tottenham shifted the balance of power in north London’s soccer rivalry by securing its first Premier League finish above Arsenal in 22 years with a 2-0 victory over its neighbor on Sunday. Arsenal imploded inside 77 seconds at the start of the second half…

We meet again: Cavs, Raptors back together in postseason

CLEVELAND — We The North vs. We Are The Champions. One round earlier than a year ago, Toronto and Cleveland are meeting again in the NBA playoffs. On the way to winning their first title last season, LeBron James and the Cavs took care of the…

I-94 crash closes 3 lanes in Libertyville

A multivehicle crash Sunday shut down three traffic lanes on eastbound Interstate 94 in Libertyville, officials said. Illinois State Police said travelers can expect delays near milepost 14.25 at Buckley Road, where the crash occurred about 11:49 a.m. The two left lanes and the fourth lane…

As number of adoptions drops, many US agencies face strains

NEW YORK — For legions of Americans craving a chance to adopt children, a confluence of daunting trends makes this an especially distressing time. The overall number of U.S. adoptions has dropped significantly in recent years, straining the viability of many adoption agencies and drawing some…

Absent glitter and Trump, journalists honor press freedom

WASHINGTON — Prominent Washington journalists, if not Hollywood stars, celebrated the First Amendment during the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an event that lacked the glitter of past years because of the absence of the president of the United States. With President Donald Trump sending his…

Box office: ‘Furious’ passes $1B, ‘Latin Lover’ surprises

NEW YORK — “The Fate of the Furious” throttled past $1 billion globally and took No. 1 at the box office for the third straight week on a weekend where multicultural offerings dominated North American theaters As expected, the eighth “Fast and the Furious” installment stayed…

University of Illinois bells silent during $160,000 repairs

URBANA, Ill. — The bells at the University of Illinois are now silent as its tower undergoes more than $160,000 in repairs. The (Champaign) News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2qcYyzB ) reports that the goal is to resume the Altgeld Chimes’ noontime concerts by next fall, but it isn’t clear…

The Latest: Macron visits the Holocaust Memorial in Paris

PARIS — The Latest on France’s presidential campaign (all times local): 6 p.m. Amid worries about rising nationalism, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is visiting the Holocaust Memorial in Paris with a somber message: never again. Excitement at his appearance mixed with tears of sorrowful remembrance…

Orioles’ Chris Davis scratched because of a sore right elbow

NEW YORK — Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has been removed from Sunday’s starting lineup against the Yankees, two days after he was hit on the right elbow by a pitch from New York’s CC Sabathia. Davis was in the original lineup batting fifth. Trey…

Heavy rain causes road closure, flooding

Heavy rainfall this weekend has led to road closures and risk of flooding throughout the suburbs, officials said. Southbound lanes of Route 53 are closed just south of Butterfield Road near Glen Ellyn because of rising water levels, according to the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. Northbound…

Philippines says Trump called Duterte to affirm alliance

MANILA, Philippines — U.S. President Donald Trump has called Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte and expressed Washington’s commitment to their treaty alliance and his interest in developing “a warm, working relationship,” a Filipino official said Sunday. Presidential spokesman Ernie Abella said Trump mentioned he was looking forward…

Merkel ally: ‘Enlightened patriotism’ part of German culture

BERLIN — A senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party says “enlightened patriotism” should be part of Germany’s national culture. Thomas de Maiziere, Germany’s interior minister, says Nazi-era nationalism and the hesitancy that followed “are all over now, especially for the younger generation.” He is proposing…