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Celebrating IL Illinois sent more than 350K soldiers to Europe during World War I



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Celebrate Illinois by Exploring Famous Memoirs at Nov. 16 Mayslake Program Road Scholar and Author John Hallwas Leads Entertaining, Informative Program Explore Illinois’ world-famous memoirs and literary heritage with

historian John Hallwas, an Illinois Humanities “Road Scholar,” at “Illinois Memoirs: Our Story and Your Opportunity” on Friday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at Mayslake Peabody Estate at 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook. Hallwas will discuss Illinois’ rich literary heritage, including Chief Black Hawk’s autobiography — the first by a Native American to be published in the United States; Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs from the Civil War; and Jane Addams’

“Twenty Years at Hull House,” one of the most celebrated autobiographies by a female American author. An expert on the literature of Illinois, Hallwas is well-known for his many books about Illinois and the Midwest and has written or edited more than two dozen books and monographs. He has published books and articles on 90 Illinois authors and has written extensively on Illinois-related topics such as frontier life, small-town experience, outlaws, women’s responses to social challenges, and the culture of western Illinois. He is SEE FOREST PAGE 10

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Village gets awarded $50K for refurbishing famous house Park District awarded Timken Foundation to renovate 1846 Blodgett House

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BY RYAN OSTRY Bugle Staff @RyanOstry_BR18

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Downers Grove Park District was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Timken Foundation for restoration of the interior of the 1846 Blodgett House. The house, which is located at the Downers Grove Museum Campus at 831 Maple Ave. in Downers Grove, is a historical structure that has architectural significance as one of the oldest homes in the community and is acknowledged as a likely stopover point on the Underground Railroad. “This project represents the completion of a multiyear renovation effort initiated by a group of Downers Grove residents,” said Paul Fyle, Superintendent of Planning for the Downers Grove Park District. “As such, the Park District and community members are extremely excited to be completing this final phase of the restoration and are looking forward providing a new educational resource to the residents of Downers Grove and beyond.” The Timken Foundation awards grants to non-profit agencies that work in communities in which the Timken Company operates. In 2016, Lovejoy, Inc., a Timken brand, opened their world headquarters on Wisconsin Avenue and became a member of the Downers Grove community. Mat Happach of Lovejoy, Inc. presented the grant to the Downers Grove Park District Board of Commissioners at the October 18 meeting. “While the Timken Foundation is independent from the company, it directs charitable gifts to plant communities

where The Timken Company and TimkenSteel Corp. operate,” Happach said. “This reflects the family’s personal commitment to the well-being of the associates and their communities.” In addition to the generous grant from the Timken Foundation, the District will also be receiving a $135,000 Public Museum Fund Grant recently reinstated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Combined with the funding from the Timken Foundation, the District will now have the resources necessary to complete interior renovations and the addition of interpretive exhibits. Following extensive fundraising and volunteer work spearheaded by the Heritage Preservation Corporation, an exterior restoration of the 1846 House was completed in 2010, including a new roof, siding, windows and doors. In 2013, the District completed interior structural improvements required by local building codes, but the interior of the house remained unfinished and is currently not suitable for public access. Many of the home’s architecturally significant features, such as the post and beam construction, mortise and tenon joinery, and handhewn floor joists, are visible from within the house. The proposed interior design preserves these features and showcases them in an effort to highlight early pioneer

lifestyles, living spaces and craftsmanship. The vision for the 1846 Blodgett House restoration is to create a cultural center focusing on the Blodgett family and their involvement in the nationally significant Underground Railroad. By completing the interior restoration of the home, the District hopes to expand the cultural impact that the museum will have on the surrounding communities and illuminate Downers Grove’s heritage as a part of the Underground Railroad, thus expanding the museum audience and increasing tourism to Downers Grove. It is the hope of the Downers Grove Park District that the restored home will serve as an education center for schools throughout the region. “Not only does the 1846 Blodgett House have architectural significance as one of the oldest homes in the community, but it also has great cultural significance as an active stopover point on the Underground Railroad.” Fyle said. “Members of the Blodgett family, including Israel and Avis Blodgett, held abolitionist beliefs, and it is believed that the Blodgetts provided assistance to runaway slaves during the Civil War era.” The Park District will begin this renovation in early 2019 and anticipates completion by the end of 2019. For project updates, you can visit

After asking the Illinois Attorney General to shut down the Sterigenics Willowbrook facility in early September, today DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said he was pleased to see Attorney General Lisa Madigan join DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin in a lawsuit against Sterigenics, filed in DuPage County. Chairman Cronin said, “On September 7th, Senator John Curran and I sent a letter to Attorney General Madigan asking that she revoke Sterigenics’ operating permit based on the public health risk to the community caused by the emission of ethylene oxide into the air. I am pleased to see this action taken today in response to our request and as part of our multi-pronged strategy to protect the residents of DuPage County. I still believe Sterigenics should be shut down.” The lawsuit against Sterigenics U.S. LLC alleges pollution violations due to the release of ethylene oxide into the air. In addition to filing suit, both Attorney General Madigan and State’s Attorney Berlin ask the Illinois General Assembly to address the public health impacts from the use of ethylene oxide, a chemical used to sterilize medical equipment. Senator John Curran of Downers Grove has filed Senate Bill 3640, which would deny renewed permits for companies found to be emitting ethylene oxide that exceed state and federal levels, while also working to prohibit the eventual use of all ethylene oxide in Illinois by 2022.

Former School Employee Charged With Stealing Credit Card Points

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a Naperville woman has been charged with stealing more than $11,000 worth of My Bank…My Rewards credit card points from her former employer, Addison School District #4. On October 25, 2018, Judge Joseph Bugos issued a $10,000 with 10% to apply arrest warrant for Marcia L. Boyan, (d.o.b. 9/12/1968) of 2147 Oak Court, Naperville. Yesterday afternoon, Boyan turned herself in to authorities, posted the necessary $1,000 and was released from custody. Between February 2016 through April 2017, Boyan was employed by Addison School District #4, when it is alleged that Boyan stole more than 900,000 My Bank…My Rewards credit card points earned on Addison School District #4 credit cards. It is alleged that Boyan took the My Bank…My Rewards credit card points for personal use without authorization from the school district. “Through her alleged actions, Mrs. Boyan abused the trust placed in her by Addison School District #4 for her own personal gain,” Berlin said. “I would like to thank authorities at Addison School District #4 for bringing this matter to our attention and for their cooperation throughout the investigation. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Ken Tatarelis and Investigator Nick Liberio for their work in preparing a strong case against Mrs. Boyan.” Boyan has been charged with one count of Theft of Governmental Property in Excess of $10,000, a class 1 felony, one count of Theft in Excess of $10,000, a Class 2 Felony and two counts of Official Misconduct, a Class 3 Felony. Her next court date is scheduled for November 30, 2018 in front of Judge John Kinsella. Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.



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Illinois sent more than 350K soldiers to Europe during World War I BY TONY REID OF THE HERALD & REVIEW Artie Bennett, a Marine from Clinton, was cut down by a hail of bullets 100 years ago in a far-flung foreign field, giving his life for his country in America’s first global war. A letter home from a fellow soldier said Bennett, 18, had been attacking a machine gun nest as the Marines fought, successfully, to stem a German advance threatening the French capital of Paris in June 1918, the last summer of World War I. The fallen Marine had lingered for an hour before dying, one of the first casualties from Illinois. The letter honoring him, typed by fellow Marine Pvt. John W. Olsen, read: “He passed away quietly, without a complaint, and was laid to rest near where he fell.” Immaculately tended American cemeteries in France, and faded memorials at home, are among the few tangible reminders of the “Great War” that began on July 28, 1914, and ended, after 18 million soldiers and civilians had died on all sides, with an armistice that went into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. Now, nearing the 100th anniversary of the war’s end, the push is on to recall and honor the men and women of Illinois, and all across America, who suffered and sacrificed for their nation. Congress has created a United States World War I Centennial Commission, which is overseeing commemorations and fundraising for a World War I memorial in Washington, D.C. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a proclamation announcing the Illinois National Guard and Chicago’s Pritzker Military Museum & Library will lead the effort to ensure the Land of Lincoln remembers its role in the Great War. A World War I Centennial Committee has been drafted to aid in that state mission and it’s chaired by Jeanne Hamacher, who has taught high school history classes. She said the key lesson to learn is that Illinois went to extraordinary efforts to support a war that shaped the world we live in, right up through today. “When I was teaching, I did a lesson where I could link basically every conflict the United States has had (since World War I) back to World War I in some shape or form,” Hamacher said. She said Illinois had helped win the

war, and the war changed the world forever. “Schools need to teach this, we need to remember,” she added. The United States declared war on Germany and its Central Powers allies on April 6, 1917, and Illinois became part of the vast conflict that would mark America’s emergence as a global superpower. The United States sent 4,734,991 soldiers and sailors to Europe and suffered 116,516 deaths, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Records from the Illinois Office of the Adjutant General list more than 351,000 Illinois men who served in the Army, Navy and Marines during World War I, and some 5,000 of them died. One of every 12 enlistees in the Army hailed from Illinois, and each left a mark. The American Legion Post in Clinton is Crang-Bennett Post 103, named for the fallen Marine and also Army Sgt. 1st Class Welby Crang, who lived about a block from Bennett and died in France in 1917 from pneumonia. Ron Devore, 86, is a member of the Post 103 executive board and a former post commander who has fought to keep the memory of the World War I soldiers alive. He said the post was founded in 1919 not just to honor fallen veterans, but to help and lobby for those who returned home alive, if not always in one piece. “Some of these guys had been gassed, their lungs were burned, they had missing limbs and disabilities; they were messed up for life, and they weren’t getting anything from the government,” Devore said. “Veterans knew that, if there was a bunch of them banded together, they could have a voice in Washington, D.C.” Devore’s wife, Marjorie, whose father was a World War I veteran, vividly recalls the returned soldiers’ sense of pride despite all their trials and tribulations. She said that pride had been matched by the patriotic fervor of their communities at home. “My dad always said everybody had supported the war effort,” she said. The civilian push to buoy the troops with maximum support on the home front was extraordinary. Illinois mobilized vast forces of industry, and especially industrialized agriculture, and turned them into an arsenal of democ-

racy that flooded the American war effort with food, war material and cash. Illinois created the State Council of Defense, the job of which was to persuade, corral and control civilian production, from engineering to seed corn, to fuel the war machine. When the council produced its wrap-up report in 1919, it was suffused with pride at the sheer wartime output from the people of Illinois. It pointed out that the state’s agricultural production for 1918 had been geared to meet the needs of the wartime “national food authorities” and had been the third-largest crop harvest in state history, worth close to $880 million (about $15 billion in today’s dollars). “Notwithstanding the drain upon manpower, the state in 1918 turned out manufactured products valued at $6 billion. ... Of these, $2 billion-worth were on direct war contracts, but virtually all were war contributions, for Illinois factories are not largely given to the production of luxuries or nonessentials,” the council reported. It also lauded the generosity of Illinois citizens, who raised $45 million during the war to support everything from the Red Cross to the YMCA and the Salvation Army. Timothy Kovalcik, associate professor of history at Millikin University, said it’s important to understand the wartime atmosphere gripping Illinois and the entire nation. “Support for the war was at fever pitch and the propaganda was incredibly successful,” Kovalcik said. A state with a significant population of Germanic ancestry (Teutopolis in Effingham County, for example, means “City of the Teutons,” or Germans, and is typical of many towns founded by German settlers) had no trouble raising troops. “The population of German ancestry volunteered at massive rates to show their patriotism,” Kovalcik said. “They wanted to prove they were true Americans.” With troops rushing forward and humming factories full of nose-togrindstone workers who had shunted aside labor grumbles for the greater






BOUND Benet, Downers Grove North both heading to Class 4A IHSA state volleyball finals

BY MARK GREGORY Editorial Director @Hear_The_Beard

NORMAL — For the fifth time in the last 11 seasons, the Benet Academy is headed to the IHSA state volleyball finals after a 25-11, 22-25, 25-23 win over Bloomington. Since Brad Baker took over the program in 2007, the Redwings have advanced to the state tournament five times, winning the state championship in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Benet has never placed less than second – falling in the title match in both 2008 and 2013. The Redwings will open at state against East Suburban Catholic Conference foe Marist in the state semifinal at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Bloomington. Marist is ranked No. 1 in the state and have a have a 37-3 record – with one of those losses coming at the hands of Benet, as the two teams split their matches this year. “We say it can be harder to win our conference than a state title, but we are going to have to win the conference match because there are two of us Friday night,” Baker said. “There won’t be a lot that anyone is hiding. When you play each other twice, you have film and it will be fun for us. They are the defending champs, they are

the favorite and they are No. 1 in the state, so we are going to have to go get them.” While the trip to state is something the Redwings have done often in the last decade, this is the first trip to the finals for the current crop of players. “It is great to see those kids and the smiles on their faces. We work hard to get to these moments and the coaching staff puts in a lot of time to try and give kids these opportunities,” Baker said. “It is always new for someone, there are always new kids and to give those kids this opportunity is great.” “All of us, there are a lot that are the younger siblings in the family and we have watched them go to state and we thought that would be us someday, but it is crazy now that it is a reality,” said junior libero Hattie Monson. Monson knows something about playing in big games – she has competed for club teams and was a member of the USA Volleyball Girls National Youth Team that played in Honduras in late August. “For Club there is one feeling and wearing USA [jersey] was so special but there is something about wearing Benet that is beyond words,” Monson said. “I wanted it so much because I wanted to represent my school.



Allison Van Eekeren and Benet Academy advanced to the IHSA Class 4A state finals.

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Mustangs earn program’s first-ever trophy BY JEFF DEGRAW For the Bugle

PEORIA — State trophies are hard to win, so when you do it for the first time in your school’s sports history it is really special. Downers Grove South’s girls cross country team placed third in the Class 3A State Championships last Saturday at Detweiller Park to win that elusive trophy. The Mustangs scored 127 points to easily secure the third position, as Naperville North won the team title with 80 points and were followed by Yorkville with 87 points. “We always come to the state meet and compete for a trophy and we’ve been close,” Mustang coach Doug Plunkett said. “To actually get the first one in school history is amazing, I’m absolutely happy and the girls ran really well.” This was the third consecutive year the Mustangs placed in the top five as last year they placed fifth and in 2016 they finished fourth in the team race.

South was lead by the All-State performance of Brenna Cohoon, as she placed eighth, covering the three-mile course in 16:40. It was the second medal for Cohoon, a junior, as she placed 19th as a sophomore. It was also the second best individual finish in school history, dating back to 1988, when Mindy Sick placed seventh. The key to securing that first trophy was the pack running of the Mustangs second through fifth runners as only :20 seconds separated the foursome. Senior Melissa Weidner was 29th in 17:15, with juniors Erin Reidy 39th (17:26) and Kennedy Warden 43rd (17:33) with sophomore Rebecca Diddia rounding out the scoring with a 46th place finish (17:35). Senior Becky Versaskas was 60th (17:47) and freshman Alex Spang finished 99th (18:10). “Brenna [Cohoon] ran a great race and then our pack running really topped it off,” Plunkett said. “We are excited to be able to be on the podium and receive a team tro-

phy. “I’m so happy for our two seniors, Melissa [Weidner] and Becky [Versaskas]. They have been to the state meet four consecutive years and to finally win a trophy is such a great way to finish their high school careers. Then you look at the fact that we have four of our top five and five of our top seven returning for next year and that is exciting.” Benet Academy placed 12th as a team in the 3A race as the Redwings were paced by the 56th place finish of sophomore Emily Spellman (17:44). Senior Mae Tully was 88th (18:06) and sophomore Meaghan Andrews ran 18:09 to place 94th. In the boys race, Downers Grove North came into the 3A race as defending state champions and came away finishing eighth as a team. Senior Jack Roberts took fourth in the very competitive field. Roberts covered the three-miles in 14:29 to earn his second All-State medal as he placed 22nd a season ago. Roberts was followed by Matt Moravec in 56th (15:07), Trevor

Murphy placed 70th (15:12), Evan Cummins, running 15:30 and Michael Conkright (15:46). Cummins, a sophomore, is the only underclassman on this senior laden team. South placed 14th as a team as senior Eddie Siuda placed a heartbreaking 27th, missing a state medal by less than one second as he ran 14:50 and junior John Heneghan placed 77th in 15:13. Benet placed seventh as a team in the 2A race. It was the best team finish for Benet since a sixth place in 1992. Senior Connor O’Keefe was the Redwings first All-State performer since 2003, as he placed 17th in 15:13. He was followed by sophomore Sean Donnelly in 61st (15:51), junior Ben Grundman 62nd (15:51), and sophomores Jack Robinson in 73rd and Jack Tams in 98th place. Running as individuals in the 1A race, Westmont senior Matt Gedraitis placed 24th to secure a state medal in 15:32. It had been since 2010 that a Sentinels run-


Brenna Cohoon and DGS placed third at state. ner achieved All-State honors. Also running for Westmont was freshman Matt Torres as he placed 110th.


Lisle football advances to 3A state quarterfinals


After scoring 32 of his teams’ 38 points in Lisle’s 38-14 Class 3A first-round victory over Dwight last week, Jay McGrath was slightly more generous on Friday night. In the Lions’, 37-25, win over North Boone, McGrath scored only 25 the Lions’ points. McGrath scored a pair of touchdowns, added four extra-points and kicked three field goals (20,40,20 yards), for 25 points on the night. Lion sophomore fullback Mike Walker would score a pair of touchdowns from nine and six yards out and rush for a game-high 122 yards on 22 carries. McGrath would break the century-mark with 102 yards rushing on 17 car-

STATE FROM PAGE 5 Against Bloomington, sophomore Kyla Kenney paved the team with 16 kills, while Valentina Tabares added 10 and Penn State recruit Rachel Muisenga added six. Creighton-bound setter Allison

ries and the two touchdowns. McGrath completed 10 of his 13 passes for 187 yards. Senior widereceiver Demo Kellie would haul in five McGrath tosses for 147 yards. Four of Kellie’s catches, for 136 yards, came in the first half. Entering Friday night’s game at Benedictine University, North Boone (8-3) senior quarterback Britton Morris had thrown for 2,996 yards and 32 touchdowns and seven interceptions. On Friday night, against the Lisle secondary, Morris would complete 26 of his 43 passing attempts for 397 yards and four touchdowns. Morris also tossed a trio of interceptions – to McGrath, Kellie and junior defensive back Demo King, Jr. “It feels so great to get this win,” King said. “It felt great to intercept

the pass and return it 56-yards. We don’t care who we play next week. We will win.” With the score 37-12 in the fourth quarter, Lisle head coach Paul Parpet pulled his entire Lion starting defense. Morris would throw two consolation touchdowns and 147 passing yards against the Lion reserves. Lisle (10-1) would jump out to a 10-0 lead after one quarter on the first of McGrath’s three field goals and Walker’s first touchdown of the game. “[It was a] great victory tonight. Our defense stepped up and our offense moved the ball all night,” Walker said. ” My O Line did a great job blocking for me tonight. Big holes all night. It’s a pleasure for me to play in the same backfield with the best quarterback in the

state, Jay McGrath. No matter who we play next week, we will work hard all week in practice and find a way to get a win and onto the Class 3A semifinals.” On the first play of the fourth quarter, McGrath would score his second touchdown of the game, from one-yard out. Kellie would add the third Lion interception of Morris, which would lead to a 20yard McGrath field goal and a 3712 Lion lead with six minutes left in the game. “We have been practicing hard all week,” Kellie said. “This win means a lot to all of us. l love just making plays for our team and to help us win. We have played so well all season. We just want this to continue each week,” “All of the seniors on our team, have been best friends all our

lives,” McGrath said. “For us to take Lisle High School to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1985 is very special. Morris is a great quarterback and we played well against him. Our coverages were good and the line put a lot of pressure on him. We have 21 interceptions from our secondary this season. No one thought we would get that kind pf production at the start of the season. “Our offense is so balanced. We really cause problems for opposing defenses. With “Big Mike” and I running the ball and Demo (Kellie) and our receivers catching passes, we are tough to stop. We have a lot of momentum right now and none of us want to stop playing football.” Next, is a trip to underfeated Byron in the first Class 3A quarterfinal game since 1985 for Lisle

Van Eekeren posted 40 assists and Monson, a Notre Dame-recruit, tallied 23 digs. Downers Grove North is making its third appearance in the state tournament, and first in three decades - placing fourth in both 1984 and 1988.

A season ago, North fell in the supersectional round to St. Charles North, but this year took the next step and advanced to state with a 25-13, 25-17 win over the Northstars in the Bartlett Supersectional. “I am very happy for this team,”

North coach Mark Wasik said. “We have a good senior group and good leadership, but we also have young talent – and I mean talent.” The Trojans will square off in the second of the Class 4A semifinals against Prairie Ridge and then will meet either Benet or Marist in

the final game of the season – two teams North has faced and battled earlier this season. “We were in the matches with both of them,” Wasik said. “But we have to face Prairie Ridge first, then hopefully play for a state championship.”






Strained relationship over borrowed money? DEAR DAVE, I borrowed some money from my parents in January, and it took a few months longer to pay them back than originally planned. Since then, I’ve noticed our relationship seems to be strained. They will sometimes make remarks about money when I’m around, and it’s obvious the things they say are aimed at me. I don’t want things to be like this between us during the holidays. I have taken steps to become more financially responsible, like watching my spending and living on a budget, so how can I address this issue with them? ROBBIE DEAR ROBBIE, I’m sorry you’re going through this, but I hope everyone has learned a valuable lesson. It’s OK to give money sometimes, as long as you’re not enabling irresponsible behavior in the process. But loaning money to or borrowing from friends and relatives will often lead to bruised feelings. If you paid them back, especially if it took longer than expected or agreed upon, there’s not much you can do if they choose to hold a grudge. With some folks, it just takes a little while for those kinds of things to heal. And considering




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