Day: July 1, 2017

Holland, White Sox fall to Rangers, 10-4

After spending the first eight years of his career with the Texas Rangers, first-year Chicago White Sox starter Derek Holland was looking forward to pitching against his old team Saturday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. “It’s definitely going to be weird,” Holland said. “It’s exciting though.…

Fox Lake celebrates 110th birthday with parade, fireworks

The United States isn’t the only place celebrating a birthday this week. Fox Lake observed its 110th anniversary Saturday with a parade, a festival and a fireworks show. Hundreds flocked to the village for the Celebrate Fox Lake event, which kicked off Saturday afternoon with a…

Grayslake Family Picnic an All-American celebration

What could be more American than a family picnic to bring a community together in celebration of their nation’s founding? How about a family picnic that ends with a bang — from an always-popular fireworks show. That’s what drew hundreds to Central Park on Saturday for…

Rozner: Struggles for Cubs, Schwarber very normal

Baseball is hard. No, really. Baseball is hard and it’s always been. You can blame Jason McLeod and Theo Epstein for making it look easy. At least, blame them for finding players that have made it look easy. They bring in players like Kris Bryant, Addison…

Ribfest contestant downs 30½ hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes

If you’re celebrating the Fourth of July this weekend, you’ve gotta eat a hot dog. Even if you’re spending the day at an event such as the Naperville Exchange Club’s Ribfest — which continues through Monday, by the way, at Knoch Park near downtown — you…

End of an era: Jagr’s time in Florida is over

Jaromir Jagr gave the Florida Panthers some star power like perhaps never before, helped them win a division championship and unquestionably played a role in energizing what had been a stagnant fan base. And now his tenure with the Panthers is over. Making official what was…

Why Blackhawks are confident Sharp can help them next season

Some might see bringing Patrick Sharp back to the Blackhawks as a risky move. After all, the 35-year-old winger — who signed a one-year deal to return to Chicago on Saturday — might not be the same player he was in 2010, 2013 or even 2015…

House leader: Revenue vote now set for weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The House will vote Sunday on a revenue plan after all. Speaker Michael Madigan issued a statement saying he was “encouraged by the progress we continue to make.” He said there would be a vote on the House floor Sunday on a plan…

Kane County Flea Market celebrating 50th anniversary

When Helen Robinson started the Kane County Flea Market, her husband, J.L., told her she had the “darnedest ideas.” Today, 50 successful years later, the market is run by Helen’s sons and their families, according to kanecountyfleamarket.com. The market is celebrating its official 50th anniversary Sunday…

Young Eagles program takes flight at Lake in the Hills Airport

The Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles program took flight Saturday at Lake in the Hills Airport with a lot of young, wide eyes on board. Chapter members donated their time and aircraft to provide introductory rides for kids ages 8 to 17 to help them experience…

Umoja Games tourney makes Midwest debut in Schaumburg

The Umoja Games, a traveling soccer tournament for Muslim youths and their families now in its sixth year, made its Midwest debut Saturday in Schaumburg. It will continue through Monday at Olympic Park. Among the activities for the more than 500 players and spectators are a…

At least 25 shot at Little Rock nightclub

The Power Ultra Lounge nightclub in Little Rock was packed. The rapper Finese 2Tymes was performing, and patrons paid $20 a ticket, some kicking in an extra $10 for VIP access, to catch the show. The rapper had stopped for a break. Then, gunfire rang out.…

Grammar Moses: What will a fine day cost me?

I was talking to a neighbor recently about residing his house, and I realized that “residing” with an S sound and “residing” with a Z sound could cause some confusion if ours were a written conversation. After all, I reside in a resided house. Homographs are…

AP FACT CHECK: When a swoopy line on a chart misleads

WASHINGTON — Oh, those charts. President Donald Trump passed one around on Twitter in recent days, and it showing spending on Medicaid rising for years in the future under the stalled Republican health care bill. You’d never know from his chart’s mountain-climbing line , or his…

Red Wings sign D Trevor Daley to $9.5 million, 3-year deal

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings bolstered their blue line in the opening hour of free agency Saturday to address a desperate need. Detroit signed defenseman Trevor Daley to a $9.5 million, three-year contract and added defenseman Luke Witkowski with a $1.5 million, two-year deal. Daley…

Predators sign Bonino away from Pens and trade Wilson to Avs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract. Bonino was a key player for the Penguins during the past two postseasons, contributing…

Minnesota Wild announce 6 free-agent signings

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild have three new defensemen and three new forwards. Forwards Landon Ferraro and Cal O’Reilly signed two-year contracts Saturday and will be paid $700,000 if they’re playing in the NHL and $375,000 if playing in the AHL. Forward Kyle Rau…

Illinois House leader: No vote on budget this weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers returned to work Saturday after missing a key deadline to prevent the state from starting an unprecedented third consecutive fiscal year without a budget, but the House leader said a vote wouldn’t be taken over the weekend, a declaration that prompted…

Pope removes German cardinal as sex abuse crisis catches up

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis declined Saturday to renew the mandate of the Vatican’s conservative doctrine chief, tapping instead a deputy to lead the powerful congregation that handles sex abuse cases and guarantees Catholic orthodoxy around the world. In a short statement, the Vatican said Francis…

Stars add depth with newcomer Hanzel, return of Nemeth

DALLAS — The Stars focused on depth at the start of free agency, adding veteran forward Martin Hanzal and bringing back young defenseman Patrik Nemeth. Dallas also added younger forward Tyler Pitlick on a $3 million, three-year contract Saturday, the first day of free agency. The…