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City to honor Hispanic students, leader The City of Aurora’s Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board (AHHAB) is accepting applications from high school students who are making a difference in the classroom and in the community. The AHHAB will honor the City’s top students, along with young artists and essay writers, during its annual community breakfast scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at the Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road. Youth leadership and service awards will be handed out to high school students who have excelled in academics or sports. High school and college students also have the opportunity to apply for a portion of the $18,000 in scholarship money
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that will be awarded through the AHHAB. Aurora elementary schools have been asked by the AHHAB to participate in a coloring contest for kindergarten through second grade, a poster contest for third through fifth grade and an essay contest for middle school students. The AHHAB also will be celebrating the memory of Peter J. Perez by recognizing an adult who exemplifies leadership and commitment to the Aurora Hispanic community. Nominees, who must be 18 and older, must volunteer in the Aurora Hispanic community, demonstrate dedication to the City and serve as a positive role model. Peter Perez went to Marmion Military Academy in Aurora and the University of Illinois, where he excelled in football and went on to play for the Chicago Bears. After football, Perez joined the Aurora Police
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Department, where he served for 21 years. He retired as a lieutenant in 1979 and then served as Kane County undersheriff for 13 years. Perez was named the Aurora Exchange Club’s Policeman of the year in 1966 and was the first recipient of
the Hector Jordan Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Hispanic Illinois State Law Enforcement Association in 1990. Perez died in 1999 at age 74. Both competitions are open to Aurora residents only. Applications
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The deadline to register is Jan. 18.
Winter advisory reminders Aurora Police Issue Winter Parking And Safety Reminders
and nomination forms can be downloaded from the AHHAB website at www.aurorahispanicheritage. com. Forms can either be emailed to Special Events Coordinator Dee Basile at email@example.com or sent to the City at 44 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60507. Other prerequisites may apply. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 11. More information is available by calling 630-256-INFO (4636). Tickets to the breakfast are $20 and can be purchased by emailing Dee Basile.
Apply to Citizen Police Department The Aurora Police Department is accepting applications for the spring session of its Citizen Police Academy, which will run for 10 consecutive Thursdays, beginning Feb. 7. The academy allows Aurora residents and business owners the chance to learn how the police department and its officers function on a daily basis by exploring a wide variety of interactive topics. The difference between criminal and civil law, gang and drug awareness, investigations, and juvenile law are among the subjects taught. Participants also engage in practical exercises that cover building searches, crime scene processing, and traffic stops. All instructors in the CPA are Aurora Police Officers and the academy is free of charge. Classes meet every Thursday night from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department Headquarters, 1200 E. Indian Trail Road. Interested applicants must submit to a background check, which makes pre-registration a must. Participants must be at least 21 years old and must live or work in the City of Aurora; or own property within the city limits. Seating is limited. Applications are downloadable by visiting the City's website; or by calling 630-256-5342.
With the prospect of the area’s first measurable snowfall occurring this week, Aurora Police are reminding motorists that wintertime driving requires extra precautions behind the wheel— especially slowing down and driving defensively. Police say that speed reduction in the ice and snow can go a long way in cutting down the number of accidents that typically accompany bad weather. Motorists should pay special attention on bridges, overpasses, and intersections, where slick spots may form. Headlights and windshield wipers should always be used, and that windows should be cleared of snow, ice, and frost before driving a vehicle. In addition, a professional mechanic should inspect vehicles regularly to assure they’re in good driving condition. Aurora Police are also reminding residents of the city’s snowfall ordinance, which was enacted to assure safe and effective snow plowing. It dictates the ticketing and possible towing of any vehicle parked on a public street or alley during or after a snowfall of 2 inches or more. Failure to comply can lead to a ticket and vehicle tow that will cost a minimum of $150, plus applicable storage and release fees, depending on the time of the infraction. City streets and alleyways are not considered plowed until the lane of traffic nearest the curb has been cleared. Last winter, Aurora Police towed 55 vehicles and ticketed 1,336 additional vehicles that were in violation of the snowfall ordinance. Police also remind motorists to be extra careful when interacting with snow plows on city streets. Drivers should stay a minimum of 75 feet behind the plows and should never attempt to pass them. Winter weather also tends to spike the number of vehicles that are stolen while left running unattended. Police say these present a prime opportunity for thieves who have the ability to steal the vehicles in a matter of seconds. Although it may be inviting to make sure a car is warm before leaving home, police ask motorists to use common sense and to not leave the vehicle running
unattended— whether or not the doors are locked. They point out that, even with the doors locked, a window can easily be broken, giving a thief access to the running vehicle. Police warn that, frequently, stolen cars and trucks are used in the commission of other crimes such as drive-by shootings and hit-and-run accidents. They also say that many insurance companies will not cover losses due to the negligence of the owner— including leaving a vehicle running unattended. Police officers can also issue citations if they come across an unattended, running motor vehicle on public property
Emergency agency needs help Emergency Management Agency Seeking Volunteers
The City of Aurora’s Emergency Management Agency is looking for volunteers to assist with a variety of duties in the event of an emergency and also during City events.
Volunteers participate in severe weather monitoring, Emergency Operations Center support, communications, emergency preparedness education, neighborhood patrol, traffic control, emergency scene lighting, and other duties. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old at the time of application, possess a valid Illinois driver’s license, have a safe and properly operating vehicle for transportation along with proof of vehicle insurance; and have a clean criminal record. Applicants must go through a background check and interview and serve a one year probation. Volunteer applications are available on the City’s website at aurora-il. org by going to the Emergency Management tab on the left side of the homepage. More information is available by calling Aurora Emergency Management at 630-256-5800. Location: Aurora, Illinois Contact: Emergency Management (630) 256-5800
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Apply for festival funding this month The City of Aurora is accepting applications to provide neighborhood festival and special event funding to local groups to support celebrations promoting culture or fostering community spirit. Neighborhood Festival Funding applications and guidelines are available at the City’s Community Services Department, 5 E. Downer Place, Suite A; by calling 630-256-3400; or visiting the City’s website. Completed applications must be submitted to the Community Services Department by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. The City supports celebrations of the local community and culture by providing festival and special event funding to non-profit, neighborhood and community groups. Each year, groups hold dozens of events – Louche Puce Market, National Night Out, Alley Art Fest and Juneteenth Celebration to name a few – throughout the City to celebrate Aurora’s unique heritage, diversity and character. The City’s Neighborhood Festival Funding program is limited to $15,000, and 19 events qualified for financial assistance in 2012. Qualified applicants receive funding based on established guidelines to aid in the payment of support service and equipment expenses. Recommendations of grant awards are scheduled to be presented to the City’s Finance Committee Tuesday, Feb. 12 and the Aurora City Council Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Diabetes: live better, feel better
diabetes and join in a yoga demonstration with the Fox Valley Park District. The seminar will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave.
The event, which is free and features door prizes, is sponsored by Aurora Township , Aurora University Institute for Collaboration, City of Aurora, Fox Valley Heart Foundation, Fox Valley Park District, Oswego Senior Center, Presence Mercy Medical Center, Rush-Copley Medical Center, Salvation Army Golden Diners Nutrition Program,
The Aurora University’s Community Leaders Active Adult Committee will be presenting a diabetes seminar geared toward Fox Valley area seniors. Learn how to prepare healthy and budget-friendly meals, observe a cooking demonstration, sample healthy foods, learn tips to manage
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University of Illinois Extension Program. For more information, call 630-966-4555.
business was repeat business or new relationships associated with past clients. Now, I am not advocating that you stop trying to grow your business through starting new relationships. I am just asking you to reflect on how you are treating those that you have already done business with.
Location: Fox Valley Park District Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave.
Joliet hosts photograph exhibit Gallery7 presents "This and That," photographs by Jon Balke, showing Saturday January 5 through Wednesday February 16. A reception for the artist will be hosted Friday January 11 from 6-8pm at the gallery, 116 N. Chicago St., Suite 102 in downtown Joliet. The public is cordially invited to attend both the show and reception at no charge. Bits and pieces, here and there, ins and outs, this and that. Why title the show "This and That"? Says Jon Balke, "It seems that whenever I am wandering with my cameras, there are eclectic images that catch my eye. I do not spend time exploring a concept, theme, or specific subject matter. Rather, I see patterns, textures, abstractions, and interesting nuances of light in a wide variety of subjects. For this show, my goal is for the viewer to react to what I have captured and selected to include in the frame."
Resolving to Re-Connect As we enter this new year, it helps to take a look back at what got you to where you are today. Here are some things to think about before you forge into the potential of possibilities in 2013:
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Gallery7 in Joliet is proud to have Jon Balke as a partner and member and encourages all to take the time to view this wonderful exhibition. Celebrating it's 6th year bringing fine art to Joliet and the southwest suburbs, Gallery7 is operated by a partnership of local artists and is located at 116 N. Chicago St. Suite 102 in downtown Joliet next to the historic Rialto Theater. All artwork exhibited at Gallery7 is for sale. Admission to the gallery is free and it is open to the public. Regular business hours are 11-2 Monday-Friday and the first Saturday of each month 10Noon. www.galleryseven.net; Call us at: 815 726-1840.
Balke's fine art photographs are classically black and white silver based prints shot with a large format film camera. He develops and prints his negatives, producing high quality, large, highly detailed photographs.
A Joliet area resident, Jon has studied darkroom techniques with Ansel Adams, printing techniques with John Sexton, and composition with Willard Clay. Previous exhibits of his work have extended from the Kodak International Gallery in New York, to the Ray Drew Gallery in California, to numerous regional shows and his work is included in many permanent collections.
Sometimes we spend so much time trying to grab the brass ring… we forget to enjoy the pony ride!
with Brian Basilico
Out with the New… In With the Old
I grew up on the east coast… and no trip to the Jersey Shore was complete without a carousal ride. There were usually 2-3 circular rows of horses, chariots and other animals like giraffes that you could climb on and ride for 2-5 minutes. It was almost more excitement than any little kid
could handle. Once the attendant said it was our turn, we would run to get on one of the outer ponies. That’s where we had the chance to grab a brass ring. In business, you may sometimes run hard to get to the outer ponies to grab that brass ring, but you may be better served by running towards your inner circle… Let me explain. I spend a lot of time networking. At one point I was going to 26 meetings a month (2-3 some days). I have piles of business cards on my desk that I have scanned into my contact manager and email programs. I work hard to start, build and foster relationships. Then I had an epiphany. Although I was communicating with my past customers, I was not whole heartedly re-investing by nurturing my relationships with all of them. I realized that I might just be spending too much time trying to get the brass ring of new business and not enough time appreciating those who I had already done business with.
After reviewing last year, I found I had created or administered 60+ WordPress sites. I resolve to segment that group, communicate, and educate how they can upgrade, maintain and enhance their investment. Who did you work with and how can you enhance that relationship? I have 100s of other customers that I trained through classes, webinars and more. I resolve to offer that
In my last post I discussed the difference between transactional and relational business. It really made me dig into the data to determine if I was following my own advice.
group new materials and training I am creating. What past customers can benefit from the knowledge and experience you gained in 2012? I’ve managed 40+ Facebook pages over the last year. I resolve to keep up with the (almost daily) changes to Facebook and communicate them through posts and training videos. What technology or information are you following and how can some of your customers benefit from that?
New relationships accounted for a large part of my success this year, but after reviewing my financials in Quickbooks, more than 50% of my
I’ve amassed 80+ sites that I monitor with Google Analytics. I also learned a lot about trends, SEO and traffic generation last year. I resolve to help
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people better understand how traffic gets to their websites and what it means. How can you use the data you’ve collected last year to help others enhance their business in 2013? Finally, I resolve to keep doing what works, stop doing what is wasting time, and replace that with activities that grow myself and my business. Have you taken the time to explore your last year, or are you just plowing ahead? Wasn't the world supposed to end on 12/21/12? The Mayans never predicted the end of the world, they just ran out of calendar space, just like we do every December 31st.
the world by doing the unthinkable and impossible. Let the quotes begin… Steve Jobs~ “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.” “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.” “Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
I know New Years resolutions are often started with the best of intentions, but sometimes crash and burn like the Hindenburg, but you have to start somewhere. There are so many images and messages admonishing our future failure, but not trying is just giving up. Reaching for that Brass Ring of new, or bigger, or better businesses, and not just enjoying the ride and learning along the way, may lead to more of the same… just with a new name and location.
Sales position opening
I have been listening to the Steve Jobs biography. He was an interesting dude, always driven to change
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Summary of PriResponsibilities: inspirational leadership
and strategic direction to PSSs in order to achieve performance objectives; this is accomplished by
achieving field day requirements and through effective coaching, mentoring & utilization of resources aligned with organizational vision. Major Responsibilities: *Develops people: Drives business by observing Pharmaceutical Sales Specialists interactions with key customers, providing them with individual coaching, feedback and inspiration. Helps PSS continue to develop for success in current role and for future growth. *Ensures commitment: Builds commitment for the shared vision by facilitating team communication, morale and effectiveness. As a role model, inspires trust and commitment to AstraZeneca's best interests. (Within own work unit and/or cross-functional teams) *Builds Self-Awareness: Continuously seeks opportunities to understand why one's emotions occur, as well as how they impact others. Asks for feedback in an effort to raise awareness and gain insight into one's strengths and developmental needs. *Helps others succeed: Works collaboratively across functional areas by serving as a resource within one's region and by leveraging the expertise of others. *Influences others: Acts as a liaison between the sales force and other cross-functional areas, persuading, convincing, or motivating a targeted audience through collaboration
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and direct or indirect influence. *Focuses relentlessly on customer excellence: Actively seeks to discover and meet the needs of internal and external customers by building relationships and delivering innovative solutions. *Focuses on delivery: Manages multiple priorities and resources related to individual and group efforts. Takes responsibility for redirecting efforts as needed to deliver high productivity and quality of work from self and others. *Sets ambitious goals and exceeds them: Sets ambitious goals, identifies strategic business opportunities, and is accountable for achieving standards of excellence aligned with AstraZeneca, one's work unit and/or one's self. *Professionalism: Demonstrates business ethics, understands basic business principles and interprets resources available to make sound business decisions Qualifications/Minimum Requirements: *Bachelor's degree. *Minimum of 3+ years experience with consistent success in pharmaceutical sales or healthcare sales. *Demonstrated leadership capabilities, financial management and written & oral communications skills. Preferred Background *Previous management experience. *Previous exposure and/or experience in other functional areas of the business, i.e., Sales Training, Customer Solutions, Sales Operations, Managed Care and Marketing.
Job Openings Account Sales Rep, North Aurora, IL Everest University and our parent company, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., are enjoying robust growth as we prepare students to succeed in today's employment market. With campuses in Florida's most exciting cities, we're part of a network of more than 100 CCi schools throughout North America. Everest University offers an ideal setting to positively impact the lives of adult
learners. Our campus team members help students train for successful careers in health care, business, criminal justice, and computer technology. We're currently seeking bright, energetic and motivated people with a desire to make a difference and change lives High School Coordinator - Account Sales Representative Corinthian Colleges, Inc. If you’re looking for an exciting opportunity with a robust company committed to changing students’ lives and doing the right thing, Corinthian Colleges, Inc. is the place for you. As one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America, we are on the cutting-edge of the industry and forging ahead into a new era of leadership, growth and innovation. We currently operate more than 100 campuses through Everest College, WyoTech and Heald College and are dedicated to delivering on the promise to our students. At CCi you’ll work with impassioned employees and have the support you need to make great things possible. General Job Description: Under general supervision, provide motivating CCi-approved presentations to high schools throughout a defined recruiting territory in order to inform students about their educational options and generate potential inquiries. During the time period that school is in session, provide basic Institutional information, routine guidance and assistance to potential students within the defined territory. During the period school is not in session, time is spent in-house in an enrollment support capacity. Enhance the Everest brand by coordinating and attending ongoing calendared events. Evaluate and resolve student
inquiries, issues, and problems, and ensure appropriate action is taken to the satisfaction of the student, Company, and/or regulatory agencies. Demonstrate positive attitude and motivation, concern for students, teamwork, excellent time management skills and the work ethic to follow through on commitment to students and the organization. Exercise growing degree of independence, display good knowledge of the market and strengthen existing ties to the community and relationships with High Schools in the given territory. Observe and adhere to all Company polices, iTouch policies and procedures, and best practices. Ensure adherence to all state and federal guidelines while meeting accreditation requirements. Job Responsibilities (with percent of time allocated to each activity group): The expectation is that the majority of a High School Coordinator’s time will be spent directly interacting with prospects/students. It is also expected that the High School Coordinator meet all minimum standards outlined per the Performance Management Program. Presentations, Events and FollowUp (90%) Deliver enthusiastic, educational, CCi-approved presentations to individuals, groups and classrooms in high schools within an assigned market. Responsible for developing a full schedule; setting presentation appointments is a key component of this role. This includes fostering, developing and nurturing new and existing contacts within the assigned market through research, in-person visits, appointments, phone calls and emails in an effort to schedule presentations. Adhere to designated scripts,
iTouch presentations and utilization of iTouch technology in the classroom. Set appointments for prospective students to meet with a High School Admissions Representative. Comply with iTouch policies and procedures Develop professional rapport with high school students, faculty and staff, and institute a high school visitation plan that will offer consistent customer service. Visit campus daily and meet with High School Director of Admissions. Attend college/career fairs and any other high school sponsored events as directed by High School Director of Admissions / High School Regional Director of Admissions. Organize Institution Open House events for high school students. Coordinate events for teachers and counselors as prescribed by the High School Director of Admissions / High School Regional Director of Admissions. Participate in campus functions that benefit the student body as directed by management. Partner with the High School Admissions Representative(s) to support and encourage the students who have applied and/or enrolled about their decision to further their education through a series of scheduled follow-up activities. Utilize approved telephone presentation and interview procedures during the enrollment process. Complete all required forms for enrollment, schedule Financial Aid appointment and follow-up to ensure that financial aid packaging is complete. Develop a plan for connecting with other potential students based on referral information obtained from current students during the interview. Mentoring and Guidance (5%) Provide Institution related information and routine advice, guidance and assistance to students, faculty and staff using established procedures and policies. Address any easily-resolved inquiries, questions, concerns or issues
(will refer more difficult issues to a more experienced staff member or appropriate department), and ensure appropriate action is taken to the satisfaction of the student, Company, and/or regulatory agencies in compliance with policy, procedures and legal requirements. Administrative (5%)* * Fulfill in-house enrollment support responsibilities during the time period that school is not in session (i.e., on campus calling, interviewing, and enrolling high school students). Provide comprehensive reports to the High School Director of Admissions, High School Regional Director of Admissions, or High School Regional Vice President. Complete daily and weekly activity
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reports. Complete all reporting in an accurate and timely manner. Update Admissions portal daily. Categorize lead cards generated by presentation and events according to the stated procedures. Synch iTouch leads daily. Attend and successfully complete all training for this position, as required at any time by the Company. Perform other duties as assigned by local leaders. Attend meetings as directed by supervisor. Key Behaviors: Dependability: Responds to requests for service and assistance Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities Decision Making: Displays
willingness to make decisions Communication: Effectively communicates with others Time Management: Is able to complete all job requirements in allotted time Work Ethic: Displays an organized and results-oriented approach, and motivation to perform without extensive direction Accuracy: Displays high quality of work and level of accuracy Job Requirements Internal hire: minimum 1 year as High School Coordinator Associate External hire: minimum 2 years customer service, telemarketing or sales experience Demonstrated ability to fulfill Company Key Behaviors College Diploma or College Degree required Previous experience within a proprietary school environment and working with High School Students a PLUS Excellent presentation skills Excellent follow-up skills Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Outlook Ability to work assigned/flexible hours necessary to complete the job on a weekly basis Early morning appointments required Ability to lift up to 50 pounds Professional dress and demeanor a must
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The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association reached agreement on the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement early Sunday morning. After a marathon 16-plus hour negotiating session at the Sofitel Hotel that began Saturday afternoon, the sides announced an agreement in principle shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday. "We still have more work to do, but it is good to be at this point," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. http://www.facebook.com/groups/homebasedselfemployed/
The League did not announce the start date of the season or the number of games each team will play. Various reports suggest teams will play either 50-game schedules or 48-game schedules, depending on the date on which the season starts. Those details will be announced soon, Commissioner Bettman said. The deal, agreed to at approximately 4:40 a.m., was announced jointly by Commissioner Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr in the same hotel conference room where the negotiations were conducted with the assistance of Scot Beckenbaugh, Deputy Director for Mediation Services for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. "Don Fehr and I are here to tell you that we have reached an agreement on the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the details of which need to be put to paper," Commissioner Bettman said. "We have to dot a lot of I's and cross a lot of T's. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the basic framework has been agreed upon. "We have to go through a ratification process and the Board of Governors has to approve it from the League side and, obviously, the players have to approve it as well. We are not in a position to give you information right now about schedule, when we are starting. It's early in the morning and we have been at this all day and all night, obviously. But, we will be back to you very shortly, hopefully, later today with more information in that regard." The Board of Governors is expected to meet later this week to conduct its ratification process. Fehr, meanwhile expressed an eagerness for his constituency to get back to playing hockey after a negotiation that stretched across 113 days. "Any process like this in the system we have is difficult; it can be long," Fehr said. "I've said repeatedly throughout this process, somebody would say, 'What do you see ahead?'
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And, the answer was, 'You get up tomorrow and you try to find a way to do it and you keep doing that until you find a way to succeed. "As Gary just indicated, we have the framework of a deal. We have to do the legal work and we have to do the
hopefully, we're at a place where all those things will proceed fairly rapidly and with some dispatch and we'll get back to what we used to call business as usual as fast as we can." According to multiple reports, the deal spans 10 years with an out
Additionally, these reports say the sides agreed on a salary cap of $64.3 for the 2013-14 season with the floor resting at $44 million. For this season, the cap will reportedly be at $70.2 million. To be able to meet the reduced cap number in 2013-14, each team will be allowed the option of two compliance buyouts before the start of that season, again according to reports. The buyout money reportedly does not count against the salary cap of the team buying out the player, rather it is counted against the players' share of hockey-related revenue. "Everyone’s obviously relieved that it’s over and done with for all intents and purposes and we’re able to move on to what all enjoy doing,” said Phoenix captain Shane Doan, who was at the negotiating table for the final session. Beckenbaugh, the federal mediator, played a big part in the eventual settlement, according to both Commissioner Gary Bettman and Fehr. Beckenbaugh took part in these negotiations at three different junctures of the overall process and worked with both sides for five days before the deal was finalized Sunday morning. "I want to recognize the extraordinary contribution that my colleague, Scot Beckenbaugh, Deputy Director for Mediation Services, made in providing herculean assistance of the highest caliber to the parties throughout the most critical periods in the negotiations," FMCS Director George Cohen said as part of a statement.
constituent-communication work. At least, from my [standpoint], and I'm sure Gary's too, we need to let them know the details before we tell all of you. Having said that,
option for either side after eight years. It also reportedly features a seven-year limit on new player contracts (extended to eight for players re-signing with their own team).
The new CBA, which still must be drafted and formally approved by both parties, replaces the agreement that expired Sept. 15.
Hawks are back By Ron 'the Hawk Fan' Bartlett
Finally the labor dispute is over and NHL is getting back to business as usual. It looks as though there’s going to be a 48-game season, so hockey should be starting pretty soon, sometime around January 19. This is my first article of the year on hockey. I've been impatiently waiting for hockey to start as I’m a huge fan and winter without hockey, especially Blackhawk hockey, is hard to take. The new collective bargaining agreement that was signed by the league and the players, is a 10-year agreement with an eight-year buyout for either side, so it looks like there will not be any stoppages in hockey for quite some time. Patrick Kane is back from Switzerland where he was playing during the lockout, and other players are all back from other areas they were playing. They all started practicing and are excited to get the season rolling, so it should be very exciting with a Sprint to the finish to try and make the playoffs. Here we go - hockey’s back!!
Bears end season By Tim Flowers
The Bears finished 10 and 6, and still the head coach was fired. That was the tail of the Bears' season, a season of extremes. The Bears started out 7 and 1, with their only loss to the Packers. The defense was rolling, creating turnovers,
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and the offense was holding their own. Then came that dreaded Houston game when the Bears season turned for the worst. After that game Quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a concussion and the Bears went on to to lose 4 straight. During that stretch, they suffered two blowouts and a couple close games, but the offense lost its bearings and the defense began to look its age.
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Then came the season-ending injuries to Brian Urlacher and other key members of both the offense and defense. During the final two games of the season, the Bears won two in a row, but were left watching on the outside because the Packers needed to defeat the Vikings during the last game of the season in order for the Bears to remain in. Fortune did not smile on the Bears as the Packers were defeated, thus clinching that final spot for the Vikings, ending this season for the Bears, and bring on the firing of Lovie Smith as head coach.
In their next game, the Vikings face the Batavia Bulldogs in an Upstate Eight game on Friday, January 11. Geneva will attempt to move on its 13-3 season record. The Bulldogs
During Lovie's time in Chicago, which lasted 9 seasons, he had a record of 81 wins, 61 loses, 3 Division crowns, 2 championship game appearances, and one Super Bowl appearance in 2007. Lovie finished 3rd-4th on the Bears' all time for wins of Bear coaches. However, in the end that could not save his job. Winning in Chicago is a must for Bears fans, and especially beating the Packers, but Lovie just could not do that. So now we begin the journey for looking for another head coach to help restore this once proud franchise.
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By Ken Musich
The Geneva Vikings tipped the host East Tomcats basketball team by a final score of 57-54 in Saturday's nonleague game.
enter the game with a 5-8 record after their 75-65 non-league win over Centennial (Las Vegas).
a 7-2 record after their 58-29 nonleague win over Prairie Ridge (Crystal Lake).
The Aurora Central Catholic Chargers tipped the visiting East Tomcats basketball team by a final score of 47-45 in Saturday's non-league game.
With the defeat, East moves to 7-9 on the year. The Tomcats host Lake Park (Roselle) to face the Lancers in an Upstate Eight game on Friday, January 11. The Lancers enter the game with a record of 0-12.
In their next game, the Chargers face the Marian Central Catholic Hurricanes (Woodstock) in a non-league game on Tuesday, January 8. Aurora Central Catholic will attempt to move on its 8-6 season record. The Hurricanes enter the game with
The Aurora West Blackhawks basketball nipped the host Naperville North Huskies, 73-68, in Saturday's league test.
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NBA scoring leaders Scoring 1. K. Bryant 2. C. Anthony 3. K. Durant OKC28.2
Rebounds 1. A. Varejao CLE14.4 2. D. Howard LAL12.4 3. Z. Randolph MEM12.0 Assists 1. R. Rondo 2. C. Paul 3. G. Vasquez NO9.1
Shut-out for Class of 2014 By Dick Kolf
Not a single player was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. You know what that means. The Hall of Fame will be called a joke because the greatest hitter and pitcher of our generation didn't come close to being elected. The 569 voters will be ripped for not being able to get on the same page. And cries for change in the voting procedure will be loud and long. Based on the 2013 results, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds will not be Hall of Famers anytime soon, to which I say: Relax. This has happened before, seven other times, in fact, most recently in 1996. Let's wait until next year before even considering a change.
The Blackhawks (8-8) will now prepare for their test against Glenbard East (Lombard). The Rams go into the DuPage Valley test with a 2-12 record. The Huskies now own a 6-7 record. They take the field next when they travel to Central for a DuPage Valley test on Thursday, January 10. Naperville North will clash with a Red Hawks squad coming off a 68-35 non-league win over Waubonsie Valley (Aurora). The Red Hawks record now stands at 13-3.
The Oswego East Wolves basketball team was nudged 59-53 in Saturday's non-league battle with the visiting Metea Valley Mustangs. The Mustangs now possess a 14-3 record. They play next when they travel to Wheaton North for a nonleague battle on Tuesday, January 8. The Wolves (6-6) will now prepare for their battle against Romeoville. The Spartans come into the SouthWest Prairie battle with a 10-2 record. In their last battle, Romeoville edged
Batavia, 67-53, in a non-league battle.
Sure, induction ceremonies this July likely will set a record for indifference. The induction of three veteran committee choices — umpire Hank O’Day, former New York Yankees owner Jacob Rupert and 19th century star Deacon White — will not do much for tourism in Cooperstown, NY. All three have been dead since the 1930s and the Hall has had trouble finding a living relative of one.
Aurora Weekly Times
Aurora Weekly Times
Aurora Weekly Times