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SCHOOLS Plainfield senior recognized for Asian studies

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Plainfield schools celebrate, some graduates look ahead to difficult future

early 2,000 students graduated this week from Plainfield high schools, ready to embark on futures that for many, will include college. But as costs of higher education have risen dramatically since their own parents were 18, some students are weighing their educational options, often leaving behind the traditional in lieu of the affordable.

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Taylor Dux, who graduated from Plainfield South over the weekend, is headed to Roosevelt University in the fall, to study business. She’s thrilled with the $13,000 scholarship she was awarded, and that she’ll be in the heart of Chicago, a place she’s grown to adore since moving to the area from Tennessee. “I picked Roosevelt because of the location,” she said.“I love this city.” But Dux, like nearly every other freshman entering a four-year college this year, will


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Pictured, from left to right: Continental Properties Development Coordinator Erik Hahn, project attorney Michael Martin, Village Trustee Margie Bonuchi, Continental Properties Vice President of Development Kim Grimm, Continental Properties Senior Construction Project Manager Dave Poquette, Mayor Mike Collins, Horizon Construction President Dan Fitzgerald.

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In the Enterprise May 10 article “Scouts get serious about survival with yearly meet,” it was stated that Troop 83 won the annual trophy. However, this is incorrect. Troop 82, in fact, won the annual trophy. The Enterprise regrets the error.

Apartment builders break ground at Plainfield site By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Work began this week at Springs at 127th apartments, following an official groundbreaking ceremony at the 27-acre location, 23823 W. 127th St., east of Route 59. The complex was approved in January, and will offer new residents townhome-style apartment living with studio to 3-bedroom options on land that once was the site of Christ Lutheran Academy, which closed in 2010. Seventeen two-story buildings with up to 20 units each will fill the property, along with an outdoor pool, nearly four acres of park space, and a fitness center. Rents will start at $900 per month for studios and rise to $1,750 per month for threebedroom units. In addition to the complex construction, work also will include a fenced border and landscape buffer, as well as road improvements that will add a turn lane on 127th Street. On a monetary level, Continental Properties, which is building the complex, has agreed to pay Plainfield 850,000 in impact fees, and make a $5,000 donation to the District 202 Foundation in return for concessions on land value. The district expects $460,00 per year in tax revenue once the project is completed in 2013, and the

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Plainfield Fire Protection District’s Deputy Chief Jon Stratton gathers a team of firefighters for a critique following a series of fire drills they performed at the Christ Lutheran Academy building. The building is scheduled to be demolished this week.

Fire trucks line up in front of the Christ Lutheran Academy building to perform a series of fire drills.

village is anticipating $700,000 in property tax revenue of its own, along with an estimated 500 residents.

Continental is based in Wisconsin, and operates similar apartment communities across the United States.

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Far and Away Plainfield student recognized for Asian Studies By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Steal a cursory glance at the resume of Kelly Cox, and one would assume she is a world traveler. Fluent in four languages--English, Spanish, Japanese and Korean—Cox plans a career as an interpreter, and a possible mission with the Peace Corps. But despite all this, and an honor this month from the North Central College East Asian Studies Program, the college senior has yet to set foot in the Far East, and the lands in which she hopes to spend her career. Cox is a senior majoring in East Asian studies with a focus in Japanese at North Central. This month, she was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in East Asian Studies Award. She is the daughter of Tracy and Terri Cox and a graduate of Plainfield South High School. Cox said she was first introduced to East Asian culture during the summer after high school, mostly through pop culture--music, anime, and manga. “I was originally drawn to East

“I was originally drawn to East Asian music; later I connected with the region’s values of respect and harmony,” Kelly Cox, senior Asian music; later I connected with the region’s values of respect and harmony,” she said. “After these initial discoveries, I became fascinated by the beauty of the languages as well as the more pervasive cultural values.” The interest in the language prompted Cox to pursue a degree in East Asian Studies, a discipline that would allow her to study more than one Asian language and country. The more she learned, the more her fascination grew. In addition to her studies, Cox has been active in the Japan Club, Korean Club and Asian Student Konnection. “Most certainly, it was a love of the subject matter which drew me to the major,” she

said. “I love the sound of the languages.” Once embroiled in Eastern studies,the challenge of learning several similar languages at once was upon her. “At first, it was a very different experience transitioning from Spanish study to East Asian languages, as the writing systems and grammatical structures are rather unique,” she explained. “However, I was soon able to essentially compartmentalize the different languages, and engage in codeswitching when necessary.” “Code switching” is a linguistics term that basically means switching back and forth between two or more languages in the course of a conversation. It can also refer to the ability to switch languages or dialects quickly from one conversation to the next depending on the situation or conversation partner. For example, a child who has an English-speaking mother and a Japanese-speaking father may speak only English with the mother and only Japanese with the father even though they all speak both languages and are

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all participating in the same conversation. Those techniques will be invaluable this fall, when Cox spends her final college semester in South Korea at Yonsei University. It will be her

first visit to the region she has spent so many hours studying. “I look forward to studying more of the language and culture as well as the opportunity to enhance my understanding of the culture and its people.”

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Students pay Road closures set for homage to great Renwick, River roads fathers in essays By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Students across the Chicago area have been hard at work, writing essays about the men in their lives. From kindergarten to high school, the students wrote essays explaining “What My Father Means to Me,” about the impact that their father, grandfather, stepfather or father figure has had in their lives. It was part of a contest supported by the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative,a program that works to connect children and fathers by promoting responsible fathering and helping equip men to become better fathers or father figures. More than 18,000 students from nearly 200 schools statewide entered essays in this year’s contest. Of those, 156 semi-finalists were chosen, honored at the IFI Faces of Fatherhood Celebration held earlier this month during a White Sox game. Thirteen of those semi-finalists were from Plainfield District 202 schools, where the program began in 2008. School Board member Kevin Kirberg, then an active leader at the Freedom Elementary PTO, initiated the effort at the school. It has since expanded to ten district schools, and works hand in hand with the district’s Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) program. “As IFI’s Mission is to connect children and fathers, we see the contest as an integral component to achieving this mission. Schools can then bring in other programs and opportunities for men to be more involved such as Watch DOGS where men can come and volunteer at school and learn more about children’s daily lives at school,” said Kirberg. “From a District perspective, programs like these that help to engage families help us

to bring school and home together and also to gain more support and volunteers to help support our teachers and staff and student learning. In many cases, these are new volunteers who we would not have seen volunteering in the past, but because of these programs, they now want to be involved and have opportunities to make that happen.” The Essay Contest allows the students the chance to express to their fathers or father figures how important they are to them, and gives these fathers the opportunity to understand that and connect, Kirberg said. “Research shows that when parents are active in their kid’s lives they do better in school, are less likely to be in trouble, and achieve more success,” Kirberg said. “Both the Essay Contest and Watch DOGS provide opportunities for men to connect with the children. More than 1,000 essays were submitted from 202 schools. The semi-finalists include nine from East, three from Freedom, and one from Crystal Lawns. From there, 12 finalists were chosen – three in each category of Father, Stepfather, Grandfather and Father Figure of the Year. The 12 finalists will be honored at the IFI Celebration of Fatherhood Dinner on Thursday, June 14 at the Union League Club of Chicago. At this event, IFI will announce the Father, Stepfather, Grandfather, and Father-Figure of the Year, and will honor Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Devin Hester; Clear Channel Communications President Earl Jones and WMAQ television news personality Art Norman. “IFI is about connecting children and fathers, so most if our work is focused on fathers and father-figures. We see the essay contest as a way for kids See FATHERS, page 5

The intersection of Renwick and River roads is scheduled to close to through traffic from May 29 through mid-August. The existing bridge, built around 1912, will remain open, but detour signs will redirect traffic around the intersection. The closures will take place in two stages, with the first stage consisting of the closure of the River and Renwick Road intersection north to River Court.Traffic will be re-directed south on River to Fraser Road, from which motorists can connect to Rt. 59. The second stage will begin during the summer months, after the completion of the first stage and will consist of the closure of River Road south of Renwick Road to north of Easy Street. Motorists will need

to use either Renwick Road on the north, or Fraser Road on the south to gain access to smaller streets in the neighborhoods east of the closure. Detour routes will be posted to guide motorists throughout the road closures. The closure coincides with the end of the school year in Plainfield. The route is a popular one for students headed to and from Plainfield High School Central Campus on Fort Beggs Drive, so summer break may prove the least inconvenient time for a closure. The $9 million River Road widening and Renwick Road Bridge projects began in the fall of 2011, after the township completed purchase of surrounding properties. Work on the Renwick Road Bridge Project is moving along

as scheduled, according to township officials. Ongoing work includes rebar installation and pouring at Pier 4;excavation and piling work at the west and east side river abutments, storm sewer installation; and asbestos removal from several of the buildings on purchased land. When completed, the bridge will span 644 feet over the DuPage River, with two lanes and a bike path. The onelane bridge will remain open to pedestrians. The Illinois Department of Transportation is footing the bill for 80 percent of the project, while the remaining 20 percent is funded jointly by the township highway department and Will County. The project set for completion by November.

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Lack of sponsors could mean end for Hawg Nights Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

May is motorcycle awareness month, and Susan Erickson has bikes on the brain. That’s because the motorcycle event she organizes for Main Street Plainfield may have seen its last days. Hawg Nights, a well-liked event for bike enthusiasts young and old, has been running fairly consistently in downtown Plainfield over the past 10 years. But despite the hundreds of folks who come out to the monthly event,monetary support has waned.Without sponsorship, Hawg Nights won’t happen this season. “Hawg Nights has been a success from the perspective of riders and visitors,” Erickson said. “Several hundred people come out on Hawg Nights to dine, ride and look at the motorcycles. But for us, it has not been supported

FATHERS Continued from page 4 to reach out to their fathers or father figures. We focus on working with first-time new dads through our hospital-based Boot Camp for New Dads and we work with other organizations to co-sponsor programs to reach out to dads in the workplace and in educational settings, and through work in the legislative arena.” The District 202 semi-finalists are: • Nusrat Anwar -- Crystal Lawns Elementary, second Grade

financially.” Patterned after the Cruise Nights event,Hawg Nights invites riders to park along Lockport Street one evening each month through the summer, show off their souped-up rides and talk shop with residents, kids and other enthusiasts. All Main Street events are structured with one common purpose—to bring people downtown. From events like Hawg Nights the Irish Parade, Spooktacular at Halloween and Candlelit Christmas, Main Street Plainfield offers something downtown nearly every month of the year. On June 2 and 3 Main Street will host a Kick Off to Summer Festival in the parking lot of Plainfield Central High School. Events are typically fundraisers for the organization itself, as profits from one event are used to help put on the next. But times are tight, and many of these

• William Beeman – Freedom Elementary, kindergarten • Adam Gramlich – Freedom Elementary, kindergarten • Haley Kolb – Freedom Elementary, fifth Grade • Ariel Reynoso – PEHS, freshman • Liana Bueno – PEHS, sophomore • Clyde Troche – PEHS, sophomore • Monico Favela III – PEHS, junior • Dave Ochoa – PEHS, junior • Kimberly Forbes – PEHS, junior • Amanda Fegert – PEHS, junior • Jose Quiroz – PEHS, senior • Takira Mack – PEHS, senior

“Several hundred

people come out on Hawg Nights to dine, ride and look at the motorcycles. But for us, it has not been supported financially.” Susan Erickson events, while well attended and enjoyed by Plainfield residents, are merely sustaining themselves. Sponsors are necessary partners to keep it all going. “We cannot continue to go in the hole for any event,” Erickson said.“We have to get sponsorship for these.” One of those partners used to be the village of Plainfield. Main Street Plainfield used to get

$40,000 a year in funding from the village. These funds helped pay for staffing, insurance, supplies, promotions and more. Due to cutbacks, Erickson hasn’t seen those funds since 2009. However, city services still are provided, she said. As for Hawg Nights, Erickson said she needs a total of $2,000 committed by June 4 to host three evenings this year, tentatively scheduled for June 23, July28 and August 25. She’s broken that down into five season-long sponsorships of $400 each, which she’ll trade for a host of advertising and promotional opportunities in connection with the event. “They will be mentioned in the advertisements, their logos will be on all the fliers, on facebook, on our website, and in the media,” she said. She hopes the $400 price will make the option more affordable to businesses willing to share

the title, but she’d gladly take full sponsorship from one local business. “We wouldn’t say no,” she said. In addition to Hawg Nights, Main Street Plainfield runs Cruise Nights every Tuesday evening May through September. This popular event shuts down a stretch of Lockport Street to regular traffic so downtown visitors can peruse some 300 hot roads and classic cars on display each week. “Attendance for Cruise Nights has increased 10-fold over the years, and is now one of the best attended of its kind in the area,” Erickson said.“We see more than 3,000 cars a season, even when temperatures hit 100 degrees or more.” Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor for Hawg Nights should contact Erickson at Main Street Plainfield at 815-609-6130 by June 4.

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‘Millions’ of bees A few weeks ago, my husband Scott and I had our 3-year-old granddaughter Payton over for the day. She loves to swing now so we decided to take her to the park.  We have a small park near our home that we frequently take her to called Boy Scout Park, and a much larger park is located in the downtown area of Plainfield called Village Green. We decided to take her to the larger park. When we arrived, there were several people at the park – a home school group and a petting zoo!  How lucky! - I thought, as we headed toward the petting zoo with our darling granddaughter. We found out from the owners of the petting zoo that a preschool was coming but until they arrived, we could enjoy the baby animals.  I think I had more fun than Payton!  After enjoying all the baby animals at the petting zoo, we headed for the play equipment. There were about 25 people in this area – talking, laughing and screaming.  After arriving in this area of the park, I heard something – a strange something that sounded like a weedwacker. I looked around to see if anyone was working in the park and didn’t see anyone.  I also scanned the perimeter of the park, as houses circle the entire park – no workers.  I asked a mom standing next to me if she heard it too and she said no – that she couldn’t hear anything. Scott had Payton on a swing about 20 feet away from where I was. After about 30 seconds from hearing the initial sound, I saw the first group of bees, about 100

of them, 5 feet above my head! I YELLED – BEES!!!    With that, everyone took off after their kids. Within seconds, there appeared to be 1 million bees!  It was a “black cloud” of bees moving 5 feet above our heads, to the east.  Scott grabbed Payton and took off for one of the businesses in the area for shelter as our car was in the direction that the bees were heading.  Everything felt like slow motion. I had never seen a swarm of bees before and knew nothing about it – I was terrified!  You go into protection/survival mode.  All I thought was what if they descend on someone? – how do you get 1 million bees off of someone?  I prayed that it would be me and not a child. After it was over and everyone was safe in a business or a car – it hits you and your knees get weak!  You think of all the what if’s. I decided I would find the best person to tell me what I should have done – I am a learner of my ignorance and mistakes – I always find the best person for the job in giving advice and information. What I found out is that we witnessed something phenomenal – something I didn’t need to be afraid of - something I should have sat down for and watched the show. I still don’t think if it ever happens again that I could remain calm and sit down to watch 33,000 thousand bees fly overhead (not the million it appears to be) Alice Raspolich Plainfield

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The fox problem Dear Editor, We the residents of Summerfield Sub-Division have been let down by the city officials of Plainfield. We have a family of 8 foxes ravishing our neighborhood and the county of Plainfield will do nothing to help us. We have called and they tell us they can do nothing because foxes are endangered. What about the people of

Summerfield Sub-Division? We can’t let our children in the yard, we can’t let our pets out, and there are rabbit carcasses everywhere! These foxes are running between Pebble Beach, Summerfield Ct. and Wildflower Drive. Residents of Summerfield Sub-Division 59 and Theodore

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From Years Past Village News

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Five years ago…2007

• Though the Plainfield Police Department would not confirm it, published reports indicated that a source within the law enforcement community claimed that Lisa Stebic’s blood was found on a tarp in the vehicle of Craig Stebic, her estranged husband. Because a warrant was used to search the couple’s home and cars, Plainfield police Deputy Chief Mark Eiting said, “Any comment will be in contempt of court.” He said there were no suspects or persons of interest in the missing person’s case. “This is an active ongoing investigation,” said Eiting.“There has been no indication of foul play involved.”

Ten years ago… 2002 • If Gov. George Ryan looked favorably upon Illinois’s proposed budget, taxpayers in Plainfield School District 202 would benefit from continued funding of the state’s $1 billion school construction grant program. Meeting in Springfield during a weekend session, legislators approved a budget that would bring $67 million in grant money back to Plainfield school district to help pay for construction of seven schools that had been approved by District 202 taxpayers. Without the funds from Springfield, the entire burden would have fallen on the shoulders of local taxpayers. As the state’s budget crisis had unfolded, members of the District 202 Board of Education had urged taxpayers to send letters to Springfield to remind state leaders of the importance of funding the program. • The Plainfield Village Board fit the pieces into place to annex a 300-foot-wide corridor on the northeast corner of 135th Street and Heggs Road,setting up the next two pieces in the village’s development puzzle to the northwest.The corridor made annexations possible for the Grande Park subdivision, proposed for more than 2,000 dwellings and another 80 acres of the McGuire commercial property on the northwest corner of Stewart Road and 127th Street.

Fifteen years ago… 1997 • Village President Dick Rock broke a 3-3 tie vote, denying a controversial Plainfield Village Board committee structure proposed by Trustee Kurt Stalzer. The trustee’s plan called for public works, planning, finance and public safety committees, each with three trustees instead of two.Trustee Jeff Dement wondered why, although he had knowledge of finances, he had not been suggested for that committee. Trustee Ray Smolich commented that Dement had been on a committee that “took no action” for two years due to opposing opinions about finances. Smolich said he did not intend to let village government “stagnate.”

Thirty years ago… 1982

Board members Monday approved the purchase of software to aid police in processing evidence. A Barcode Evidence Analysis Statistics and Tracking (BEAST) evidence management system will be purchased from Porter Lee Corp. in Schaumburg, at a cost of $12,523.50. The system manages evidence for police agencies and crime labs. The use of barcoding allows police to maintain a seamless chain of custody record on each item, including a full police property room history for the time each item is kept online.Maintenance of the program will cost the village $875 per year.

Village trustees also authorized an ordinance to officially create aggregation of electrical load as part of a Will County consortium of municipalities. The move allows the Will County group to barter for electrical rates on behalf of all the participating towns, and agree to a price for the entire group. Individual residents and small business owners will have the chance to opt out of the plan and stay with ComEd, if they desire. The move was a direct result of a referendum on the March ballots to grant control of the electrical bidding process to the village. That measure was

approved by a majority of voting residents. Bids are being sought for service to begin in August. Mayor Mike Collins proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month, in Plainfield. It is part of a national initiative created by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, and is aimed at getting motorists and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other. The village office will be closed Monday May 28, in observance of Memorial Day, and the next meeting of the Village Board will be held Monday, June 4.

Rep. Tom Cross’ Kids Fair set for June 2 Over 80 area vendors covering a wide range of educational, health and child care, recreational and community services will participate in State Rep. Tom Cross’ Kid’s Fair 2012 to be held on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Troy Middle School in Plainfield. Admission to the event is free with complimentary refreshments and giveaways also provided. Information will be available on topics such as cyber bullying, fire safety, bicycle safety, after-school programs, daycare, nutrition, internet safety, transportation, backpack safety and library programs; to

name just a few. “Our Kids Fair showcases the tremendous local resources and activities available to kids and families throughout our area,” said Cross. “I encourage every local family to stop by and check out all that our community has to offer. Our Kids Fair is interactive, fun, and informational for families of all ages.” Event details are as follows: Rep. Tom Cross’ Kid’s Fair 2012 DATE: Saturday, June 2 TIME: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. LOCATION: Troy Middle School

ADDRESS: 5800 W. Theodore St., Plainfield, IL Demonstrations at the event include the Illinois Dance Academy (9 a.m.);the GymQuest/ DanceQuest of Plainfield (9:30 a.m); the Traveling Reptile Show (10 a.m.); ATL Youth Sports (11 a.m.); Joliet Police K-9 Unit (11:30 a.m.); and the Starr Dance Studio (12 p.m.). A drawing for giveaways is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.. The Touch-A-Truck exhibit featuring over 22 trucks will be located in the parking lot. For questions or more information, please call Rep. Cross’ office at (815) 254-0000 or visit

• State Rep. Harry D. Leinenweber (R-Joliet) announced that temporary traffic signals would be installed at the intersection of Route 59 and Caton Farm Road within 30 days.Leinenweber requested the temporary lights after Illinois Department of Transportation officials said permanent signalization would cost millions of dollars and, due to budget constraints, would not be possible in the near future. According to The Enterprise, the intersection had been the scene of a recent multiple fatality and had been “an extreme hazard” for many years.

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Community Events

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ONGOING Tai Chi and Westfield Walkers. Senior Services Center of Will County wants to keep seniors healthy and living independently as long as possible.Tai Chi is offered here at the center on Tuesday’s and other locations throughout the county. This is a 12-week program and is enjoyed by all the seniors that participate. Join us on Mondays and Wednesdays as we walk the mall. Not only do you get the benefit of walking twice a week, once a month we offer a free breakfast at Panera and an opportunity to hear a speaker provided by Provena Health. You can take a 12-week Tai Chi class for a $20 suggested donation, and you can join our Westfield Walkers Club for $25 per year. For more information please give us a call at 815-723-9713. Plainfield Art League Juried Exhibits. Starting June 1 and running until July 27, Plainfield Art League, in conjunction with Plainfield District 202, will be holding two, back-to-back, juried exhibits at the District 202 Administration building at 15732 Howard Street in Plainfield. Watercolors, oils, mixed media, acrylics, and drawings will all be featured in the second floor gallery. Themes for the two exhibits include “Coat of Many Colors” and “Independence.” Award winners will receive ribbons at the monthly art league member meetings held on the second Wednesday of every month, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S Illinois Street, Plainfield. Anything Grows Garden Club of Plainfield. 7 p.m. at Plainfield Congregational Church, 24020 W. Fraser Road. Join us for “Garden Talk.” We meet every fourth Wednesday of the month. Guest speakers, garden projects or day trips are scheduled for every meeting. Dues are $15 for a single membership or $20 for a family membership. For more information contact Anita at PlainfieldArt League Demos. Plainfield Art League holds their monthly art demo every second Wednesday of each month from 7

to 8:45 p.m. in the large meeting room, downstairs at the Plainfield Public Library unless otherwise noted - please check website for details/topics. The Plainfield Library is located on Illinois Street in downtown Plainfield.Art League demos are free and open to the public so come join us and bring a friend! For more info or to become a member, visit www., email or call 815-556-9278. Main Street Museum. 1-4 p.m. Saturdays at the Plainfield Historical Society, 23836 W. Main St. in Plainfield. Admission is free, and group tours are available by appointment. Current exhibits include early local history projects created by community third grade students.Also featured are exhibits about the Civil War, Electric Park, World War One and Two, and the school band program from the 1930s forward. Call 815-436-4073 for more information. Birth after cesarean. 12-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. meetings the first Monday of the month in Romeoville. Come for encouragement, supports, and information on planning for your next birth. Babes-in-arms are always welcome. Call Melanie in Romeoville at 253-861-5897 for more information, or e-mail Silent Prayer hour. The members of the St. Mary Immaculate Military Ministry invite everyone to devote an hour together to pray for the dedicated individuals who wear the uniforms of our country. Please join us on the 3rd Friday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the St. Mary Immaculate Parish Adoration Chapel for an hour of silent prayer for a soldier (or the soldier’s family). Use the North Wing entrance to the church at 15629 South Rt. 59 in Plainfield. We also invite you to submit a name (s) to be added to our prayer intention list. Please contact Maria Prekop at 312-2596851 or Ann Eckhorn at 815-2549656. Young Widows Support Group. Meets once per

month at varying locations in the Plainfield/Joliet area. Open to those who have lost a partner and are ready to begin healing and moving forward in life by sharing their experiences with others. Children are welcome. For more information please contact Amanda at widowswear “Going Green” Electronics Recycling Project. In cooperation with Vintage Tech Recyclers, Wheatland Township will continue its recycling of electronic equipment for township residents. Equipment that can be dropped off includes: Computers, Monitors, Memory Sticks, Printer Cartridges, Laptops and accessories, Hard Drives, Power Cables, Network Equipment, Fax Machines, Photocopiers and Cell Phones. If you have any other items of question, please call us to see if they will be accepted. All items can be dropped off at the Township office, 31 W 236 91st St. in Naperville, Monday thru Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, contact Jay Madalon at (630) 851-3952 or e-mail to: JayM@ Friday Night at Live 59. Every Friday, doors open at 10 p.m. and close at 2 a.m. FNL is an after the work week social mixer with live bands and comedy. There will be a $10 cover at the door, and early arrival is suggested to guarantee seating. Are you affected by someone’s drinking? Open meetings are held every 3rd Friday of the month from 7 p.m.8:30 p.m. at 265 Republic Ave. in Joliet. Contact Al-anon/Alateen at 815-773-9623 or visit www.niafg. org for more information. Circle of Hope Al-Anon Family Group. Sundays at 1:302:30 p.m. at Joliet Alano Club (back entrance), 265 Republic Ave. in Joliet. This on-going support group with no fees or dues is for all families and friends of problem drinkers, especially those who are affected today by growing up in an alcoholic home. For more information contact Al-Anon/Alateen 815-773-9623  or

visit for more information Large Food Pantry. To better serve your needs, Power Connection’s Large Food Pantry will now be open on the 2nd and 4th  Mondays  of the month from  1 to 6:45 p.m. Due to the holiday, our Large Pantry will be open on Tuesday, May 29th,  at 999 Remington Blvd, Suite F, Bolingbrook, and grab a shopping cart!  Next month, June 11 and 25.  For a $20 donation you can shop the aisles of canned/boxed goods, drinks, deserts, snacks, breads, fruits & vegetables.  You will also receive a pre-selected bag of meat. There is no income verification and all residents of Illinois are welcome. The Clothing Pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on those Mondays. We carry clothing for men/women/ children as well as household items, furniture, sundries, toys and so much more! Cleaning out your house? We accepts donations Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (630) 679-6899 or visit  www.thepowerconnection. org  for more information/ services available such as our Extension Food Pantry, Computer Classes, Forklift Classes.Volunteer opportunities also available to serve your community!

MAY 24 Computer help for genealogists. 10-11:30 a.m. at the Plainfield Library. Having trouble navigating the Library’s genealogy databases? Confused on where to look for obituaries or military records? Drop in any time during this 90-minute session and bring your genealogy brick wall. Classic Movies. 1 p.m. at the Plainfield Library. Screening of “Pillow Talk” (1959, with Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Tony

Randall). A man and a woman share a telephone line and despise each other, but then he has fun by romancing her with his voice disguised. Sign up for this program at http://plainfield.

MAY 30 Friends of the Library meeting. 7 p.m. at the Plainfield Library.The Friends of the Library meet to plan events and programs in support of the library.Join other community-minded citizens in this volunteer group.

JUNE 4-10 Decorate a House. During museum hours at the DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington Street, Naperville. Add artistic touches and threedimensional decorations to enormous constructions that fill the studio in this math-focused discovery activity. Morning and afternoon sessions are scheduled on most days. Visit www. for a schedule of activities.

JUNE 5 Panera Storytime. 10 a.m. at Panera Bread on Route 59 and 127th Street, Plainfield. Enjoy a storytime and craft as well as free milk and cookies. This storytime is recommended for 2-5 year olds. Sign up for this program at http://

JUNE 6 Butterflies: A Start in Math. 9:30-10:15 a.m. at the DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington Street, Naperville. For ages 2-3. Paint and collage your own mathematically symmetrical wings while investigating the beauty, color, form, and size of butterflies. Registration and prepayment required; call 630-6378000 ext. 0 or online at www.

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Main Street kicks off summer June 2 By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Plainfield starts off summer with a bang at the village’s newest event, the Kick Off to Summer Festival, to take place June 2 and 3. A carnival, craft fair, games and vendors all will be on hand for the newest in the Plainfield

entertainment lineup for the season, to be held in the parking lot across from Plainfield High School, Central Campus off Fort Beggs Drive. Saturday, the festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Hosted by Main Street Plainfield, the event is scheduled as a replacement to SpringFest, said

Main Street Executive Director Susan Erickson. “We had a lot of rainouts in the spring, and we are hoping the weather in June will be more stable,” she said. In addition, Erickson said the village wanted to move the festival off of Lockport Street so it wouldn’t have to be closed down. “Our mission at Main Street Plainfield

is to promote and preserve the downtown, so of course we wanted it on LockPort Street,” she said, “but there were too many road closures, and they just didn’t want another one.” Now on school property, the event needed to wait until the school year ended. The festival is being sponsored by Bill Jacobs of Plainfield, and

a few vendor spots still remain open,as well as tiered sponsorship opportunities. Contact Erickson at Main Street Plainfield for details at (815) 609-6130. In addition to the festival, Main Street Plainfield hosts a variety of seasonal events, nearly one each month, as well as weekly Cruise Nights each Tuesday evening, May through September.

Plainfield’s Got Spirit

Village gives OK to pilot’s plan for local distillery By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

The village has been home to spirit distributor Diageo for a decade, but now it has its own local distiller as well. The Village Board approved a change in ordinance for Tailwinds Distilling Company, a new venture started by local residents that promises to be rum’s answer to craft brewing. The upstart business at 14912 South Eastern Ave. received unanimous approval Monday evening from the village trustees for its 5,000-square-foot space. The building will house the craft distillery and a tasting room, where patrons can sample the products, buy a bottle, take a tour and see how the spirits are made. It’s the concept of entrepreneur Toby Beall, a professional pilot with a passion for brewing. “Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to start my own brewery,” Beall said. “I love the excitement that surrounds craft made products and how your greatest fans and toughest critics often sit only a few feet away from where the products are made.” But that dream took a different turn, thanks to his travels to the Caribbean. Beall explained that he couldn’t avoid the allure of the laid back way of life in the region and the “light-heartedness” of the rums which they produced. “Rum captured everything I loved about the bare-foot lifestyle,” he said. In an effort to make their own, Beall and his wife Jill, both Plainfield residents, decided to go all in and create not only their own rum but their own business as well. “Jill and I received professional distiller and sensory training and

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The Beall family, from left, are owner Toby, wife Jill and brother Jamey. The family will begin Tailwinds Distilling Company in Plainfield, a craft distiller of rum and blue agave spirits.

began planning our distillery,” Beall said. “Soon the business became a family thing with everyone helping out. My brother Jamey stepped as a third distiller and has become a huge part of company.” Tailwinds got its name from the pilot backgrounds of Beall and brother Jamey, both professional pilots turned rum-runners—born

and raised in Lockport. “In a family centered around aviation, the name Tailwinds fit perfectly,” he said. “We spend our lives hoping for tailwinds to return us home quickly.” Tailwinds will specialize in small batch handcrafted spirits, particularly Taildragger Rum and Midnight Caye 100 percent blue agave spirit. The Midnight Caye

is basically tequila with another name. “It can only be called tequila when it’s made in the Jalisco region of Mexico,” Beall said. He added that they hope to add some flavored rums in the future, as well as to begin selling in local shops. The Beall gang plans to begin distilling in their Plainfield facility next week. In the meantime, they are being creative about more than their rum and spirits. They also are being creative about their funding. Tailwinds is seeking monetary support through, an online resource that allows entrepreneurs, artists and others to seek sponsors and investors over the Internet. Tailwinds is hoping for $25,000 in support through kickstarter. com. Those online contributions will help Tailwinds purchase aging barrels and complete construction of the tasting room. They have until June 29 to get there.

Launched in 2009, Kickstarter allows project creator to set a funding goal and deadline. It gives each ample space to describe their vision, what they need the money for, and the details. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short no one is charged. More than 20,000 projects have been successfully funded to date. For more information about Tailwinds Distilling Company,visit online at www.tailwindsdistilling. com.

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Police and Fire

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The following items were compiled from the official reports of the Plainfield Police Department. Appearing in the police blotter does not constitute a finding of guilt, only a court of law can make that determination.


Derek Lohrmann, 22, 22556 W. Prairie Xing, Plainfiled, was arrested on May 7 at 8:27 a.m. on S. Des Plaines and W. Main for driving with a suspended/ revoked driver’s license.


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Nicole Tomaskovic, 30, 20W021 Pleasantdale Drive, Lemont, was arrested on May 9 at 10:59 a.m. on S. Joliet Road and S. Route 59 for no valid driver’s license.



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Barbara Roberts, 33, 22213 W. Norwich Lane, Plainfield, was arrested on May 9 at 11 a.m. on W. Douglas Drive and S. Route 59 for no valid driver’s license.



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Kyle Bielby, 22, 8573 Fox River, Newark, was arrested on May 9 ay 9:55 p.m. on S. Joliet Road and W. Renwick Road for DUI of drugs and possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis.


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Jessica Watson, 24, 14836 S. Bartlett Ave., Plainfield, was arrested on May 10 at 9:24 p.m. at 14300 S. Coil Plus Drive for an in-state warrant.




Sallem Veasy, 28, 133 Gregory St., Aurora, was arrested on May 11 at 12:51 a.m. on S. Lincoln Highway and S. Spangler Road for operating a vehicle with suspended registration/no insurance.




David Houdek, 58, 24228 W. Whispering Trails Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on May 11 at 9:06 a.m. on W. 143rd and S. Van Dyke Road for no valid driver’s license.


Tauheedah Edwards, 24, 253 Gladiolus Drive, Romeoville, was arrested on May 11 at 10:22 a.m. on S. Bartlett Avenue and Lockport for driving with a suspended/revoked driver’s license.


Letitia Frieson, 36, 1915 W. Crestview Circle, Romeoville, was arrested on May 11 at 2:35 p.m. pn S. Bartlett Avenue and Lockport for no valid driver’s license.


Dickey, 40, 22942 10 Brenden W. Judith Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on May 12 ay 2:34 a.m. on W. Joseph Avenue and S. Route 59 for DUI with alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content over .08.

Shelly Heitman, 41, 13845 S. Cambridge Circle,Plainfield was arrested on May 12 at 7:45 p.m. on W. Oak and S. Route 59 for driving on a suspended/ revoked driver’s license.


Barron-Vargas, 36, 12 Wendy 603 Foli St., Plano, was arrested on May 12 at 9:29 p.m. on S. Center and W. Lockport for no valid driver’s license.

a.m. at 12690 S. Route 59 for retail theft. Juan Loza, 39, 1755 Kedvale Ave., Chicago, was arrested on May 13 at 8:11 p.m. on W. Lockport and S. Wallin Drive for no valid driver’s license.



Kenneth Ristich, 50, 24962 W. Ambrose Road, Plainfield, was arrested on May 13 at 8 39 at 24962 W. Ambrose Road for domestic battery.

Lawrence Cummins, 20, 3148 N. Christiana, Chicago, was arrested on May 13 at 2:47

Vargas, 27, 442 E. 17 Jose Washington,West Chicago, was arrested on May 15 at 7:57 a.m. on W. 119th and S. Route 59 for driving with a suspended/ revoked driver’s license.

Early Atterberry, 22, 102 Stryker Ave., Joliet, was arrested on May 13 at 2:47 a.m. at 12690 S. Route 59 for retail theft.




Gumaro Sancjez, 21, 2206 Falcon Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on May 14 at 1:30 p.m. on W. Renwick and S. Route 59 for no valid driver’s license.

was arrested on May 15 at 3:36 p.m. on S. Joliet Road and W. Union for driving with a suspended/revoked driver’s license.

Webster Jones, 24, 1191 John Hancock Drive, Bolingbrook, was arrested on May 14 at 2:22 p.m. on W. Main and S. Michigan for an in-state warrant, suspended/revoked driver’s license, and hit and run.

Jandro Yebra, 35, 3221 S. 49th St., Cicero, was arrested on May 16 at 9:46 a.m. on S. Naperville Road and S. Route 59 for possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis and possession of drug equipment.


Jessica Perkins, 28, 15130 S. Wood Farm Road, Plainfield, was arrested on May 14 at 6:24 p.m. at 13521 S. Route 59 for retail theft.



Caitlin Rock, 22, 22630 W. Fox Trail Lane, Plainfield,


Anthony Trubich, 25, 3369 Hutchinson, Joliet, was arrested on May 16 at 9:29 p.m. on S. Lily Cache Road and S. Lincoln Highway for DUI of drugs and possession of a controlled substance.


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YMCA offering Red Cross lifeguarding classes Teens looking for summer employment may look no further than local waterparks, so long as they are strong swimmers. The C.W. Avery Family YMCA is offering American Red Cross lifeguarding classes next week at its Plainfield location, 15120 Wallin Drive. Designed for residents looking to be certified lifeguards in time for summer employment, class participants will learn professional lifeguarding responsibilities, including first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer and AED. Classes will be offered from May 29 to June 2. An earlier session was cancelled due to lack of enrollment, but Aquatics Director Julie Potocki said next week’s session is a sure thing

and spots remain available. “The YMCA also is hoping to hire some lifeguards of its own, through the class,” she said. Participants must be at least 15 years of age by the end of the class, and attendance at every class is mandatory. Participants must be able to swim 300 yards continuously as well as tread water for two minutes using their legs only. Participants must also be able to complete a timed 40-yard swim, which includes: swimming out 20 yards, surface diving down to the deep end of the pool and retrieving a 10-pound brick, returning to the surface and swimming 20 yards back to the starting point with both hands holding the brick, and then exiting the pool without the use of a ladder or steps in under

one minute and 40 seconds. A swimming test must be completed before the class begins, so Potocki urges swimmers to contact her to schedule the test. If swimmers cannot meet these requirements, they will not be allowed to take the course. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,unless otherwise noted on the first day of class by the instructor. Cost is $250 for Full Members of the Greater Joliet Area YMCA, $300 for Program Members and AWAY Members and $350 for NonMembers. Lifeguarding manuals, certification cards and CPR masks are included in the fee. For more details or to register, contact Aquatics Director Julie Potocki at 815-267-8600 or via e-mail at

of Aurora, Gertrude (the late Victor) Sleyko of Shorewood, Lloyd (Pam) Sebby of Estero, FL; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. LaVerne was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lois (nee Klett) in 1996; his daughter, Joyce Ann Sebby; and his parents, George and Anna Sebby. LaVerne was born on a farm and worked hard everyday into his 70’s as a farmer. He was a lifelong member of the Will County Farm Bureau and St Mary Immaculate Church. For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to LaVerne’s life, memorials may be made to either St Mary Immaculate Church or to Joliet

Area Community Hospice, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431. Visitation was Wednesday, May 23rd at Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services. The Mass of Christian Burial was also celebrated on Wednesday at ST Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield. Interment will follow at St Mary Immaculate Cemetery.

Obituary LaVerne G. Sebby LaVerne G. Sebby, age 94, a lifelong resident of Plainfield, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home. He was born July 23, 1917 at home in Plainfield. LaVerne is survived by his devoted sons, James (Susan) Sebby of Sandwich, IL, Raymond Sebby and LeRoy Sebby of Plainfield, IL; his cherished grandchildren, Robyn (Jeff) Coultrip, Karen Anzinger, Jennifer (Dave) Pruski, Claudine (Eric) Evans and Kelly (Dave) Richardson; his eight wonderful great-grandchildren; his brothers and sister, Clyde (Betty) Sebby

OVERMAN-JONES FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES 15219 S. Joliet Road (Corner of Rts. 59 & East 30) Plainfield, IL 60544 Info:(815) 436 – 9221 or www.

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Jones tracks down two more medals By Scott Taylor Sports Reporter

The great four-year career of Plainfield North’s Cessily Jones is over after two more medals at the Class 3A state meet. Jones placed third in the 100-meter dash (11.73) and fourth in the 200 (24.47) Saturday at the state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

GIRLS TRACK “I finished it the best I can, so I can’t be mad,” Jones said.“I just wanted to come here a PR and I did in the 100 I ran an 11.66 in the prelims and I had the No. 1 time for a day. All jokes aside, I’m blessed. I have another four years (at the University of Oklahoma) to get it going again.” She had the misfortune of going up against some of the nation’s top sprinters in high school throughout her career. “The way it happened is how it was supposed to be,” Jones stated. “Anything can happen. These are some fast girls. Three of us are in the top 10 in the nation. There were no surprises. Whoever wanted it that day (was going to win). (Today) it was (Waubonsie’s) Morolake (Akinosun) and (Lincoln-Way East’s) Alliyah (Brown.) I’ll proudly take my third and fourthplace medals.” Over her career, Jones brought home a lot of medals - eight to be exact, which made her 8-for-8 in medals in the 100 and 200 in her career. “In my career, the worst I took was seventh place and over my last three years, I never finished worse than fourth place,” Jones said. “I felt like I did the best I could every year. I worked hard and I feel like it paid off.” Despite all the medals, she was never able to bring home the big one. “I feel like if it was supposed to happen, it would have,” Jones said. “If I was never supposed to win a state title, then so be it. If I win nationals, I won’t think about this.As long as I win when it matters, I’ll be happy.” Jones also led the 400 and 800 relays to state and the 800 relay advanced to Saturday’s finals. But with the temperature around 90, Jones did not compete in the relay finals. “I was feeling kind of tired,” Jones said. “I ran four races yesterday. When you PR and run fast four times, that’s a lot. A lot of people don’t notice that. The team did well. They ran a 1:43

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Cessily Jones (center) of Plainfield North took home her seventh and eighth medals of her career Saturday at the state meet.

and did a great job. The girl that took my place (Ashley Ojediran) did a great job running without knowing she was going to. I feel like those girls have a lot of heart.” The team of Ojediran, Khristian Jones, Jazmine Frank and Jaclyn Aremka finished eighth overall. “I am pretty excited,” Ojediran said.“This is my first time running at the state meet on the second day, so I am excited. It put a lot of pressure on me, but I went out and competed and getting the medal feels really good.” “This weekend was very exciting,” Frank added. “Our goal was to make it to the finals and we did that and we did the best we could. I am very impressed with how we performed today. This 4-by-2 kept getting faster and faster all year, so I am really proud of this group.” Aremka was hoping for a state title in the high jump after finishing second last year and having a jump of 5-10 two weeks prior to state. However, the timing of the day was a little off for her as she jumped her first height of 5-1 and had to leave for the relay. She came back for 5-3 and missed her first two jumps, a rarity, before clearing. She ended up with a high jump of 5-6, good for third. “It is difficult (to repeat), and I was able to get eighth in the 4x2 today,” Aremka said. “With this heat it’s brutal out here, but Mark Gregory/Enterprise Staff

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Plainfield North’s Jaclyn Aremka finished third in the high jump.

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Winder keeping up with tradition By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

In the past 10 years, there have only two seasons where there was not a Winder pole vaulting at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

BOYS TRACK This year, that representative is Plainfield Central sophomore Luke Winder, who cleared 15feet, 9-inches to win the sectional title. His height is the top height of all qualifiers. “This was an awesome day,” Luke said.“I trust my training. All of this comes from the summer when my brothers drag me out and tell me if I work hard I will vault higher than they did sophomore year.” Over the years, the Winder brothers, Josh and Jake, have combined for five state medals, with each one winning a state title.That is not lost on Luke. “This is awesome. Making 15-9 today and doing what my brothers knew what I could do and having my brothers here to cheer me on is a blessing,” Luke said. “Every single day I think about when I was young and I would go with my brothers and I would go with them and I knew I wanted to do this.The first time I cleared 15-feet, it was a surreal moment because I had just done what my brothers had done and what I had dreamed about doing. Sometimes when I am at the end of the runway and everyone is clapping, I get choked up because I am so lucky to be able to do this every day.” With the top seed height, Winder is looking for good things, but has his goals in check. “I want to go there and have fun and go high,” he said. “My main goal is just to make it to the second day, because I didn’t last year. If I qualify for the finals, I know I can do some damage there. To just get there and attempt 15-feet would be great, because I think 15 will place.” Also qualifying for District 202 in pole vault was Plainfield North senior Rick Funk, who cleared 13-9. The Tigers paced all Plainfield schools with seven events heading to the state meet. Senior Caleb Ivey advanced in the long jump with a distance of 22 feet, 06.5-inches. Senior Caleb Donaldson finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 156-00. In the track events, the Tigers 400-meter relay team of Marquis Flowers, Quest Young, Jacob Clayton and Derick Suss took first in 42.22. “We got a good start from Marquis and Quest always gets us in the lead and Jacob coming around strong, I just knew I had to take it home,” Suss said. Suss needed his kick at the end of the 800 relay (1:28.51) to hold off Joliet West’s Calvin Edwards,

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Plainfield Central’s Luke Winder cleared 15-9 in the pole vault, which earned up him the top seed heading into the state meet.

who came out of nowhere to challenge for the win. “You always have to expect them coming up behind you,” Suss said.“You can’t give up.” The Tigers also qualified the 1600 relay (3:22.95) and Zion Mason in 110 high hurdles, with a time of 15:05. “I saw myself in dead last and I just told myself keep running,” Mason said. “By the fourth or

fifth hurdle, I caught up and I saw state in ahead of me. I have been trying for so long for this. I broke my own school record and I made state, that was all I wanted to do.” East junior Jalil Manson won the 110 hurdles in 14.90 “I just had to stay confident and stay calm,” Mason said. “I See WINDER, page 18

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Plainfield South’s Austin Russell is headed to state for the second straight year.

Russell punches state ticket By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

Plainfield South’s Austin Russell may share a name with Pawn Star’s resident goof off Chumlee, but he proved last week he surpasses him in

BOYS TENNIS athletic ability. Russell placed third at the Plainfield Central Sectional meet, rolling through the first day with a pair of 6-0, 6-0 matches. Those two wins were enough to get Russell his second state berth in two years. On the final day, the Plainfield South sophomore lost to Neuqua Valley senior Tim Worley 6-3, 6-4, before bouncing back to defeat Oswego East junior Blaine Hrovat 6-0, 6-1. “It feels good to qualify for state because I did it last year,” Russell said. “I had two fast matches to get to state, so that

was nice.” In fact, Russell had advanced to state before the other singles players had even finished their first matches and reached Plainfield South High School, the site of the finals. Once he knew he was going to state, he already had his goals in mind. “I want to try and place there,” he said. “Last year I was new to it, so I was happy just to play two matches against two pretty good opponents. This year, I know what to expect and I think I can go out there and do better.” He also hopes the weather is better this year. “Last year the weather conditions were terrible on day one, so I hope they are better this year,” he said.

No one else from District 202 qualified for the state meet, however, the Plainfield Central team of Ian Buell and Julian Warman-Dibernardo came one set away from a trip, falling in three sets to Neuqua Valley’s Kenneth Hoffman and Nick Wright, the eventual secondplace finishers. “Coach tells us to keep moving and play our best,” WarmanDibernardo said. “We were one set away from state and that is only fuel for next year. You can look for us to work hard in the offseason and be back next year and make it to state.” The two players were mainly singles players all year and were teamed up for the postseason. The experiment worked so See TICKET, page 16

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BASEBALL 1. Plainfield North 2. Maine South 3. Joliet Catholic 4. Niles West 5. Downers South 6. Minooka 7. Lockport

SOFTBALL 1. Benet 2. Lockport 3. Downers North 4. Downers South 5. Minooka 6. Plainfield Central 7. Plainfield East

GIRLS SOCCER 1. Downers South 2. Benet 3. Lockport 4. Plainfield North 5. Maine South 6. Plainfield Central 7. Niles West

BOYS VOLLEYBALL 1. Benet 2. Downers North 3. Minooka 4. Downers South 5. Maine South 6. Plainfield South 7. Plainfield North

BOYS TRACK 1. Minooka 2. Lockport 3. Plainfield North 4. Downers South 5. Downers North 6. Niles West 7. Joliet West

GIRLS TRACK 1. Bolingbrook 2. Plainfield North 3. Downers South 4. Downers North 5. Lockport 6. Minooka 7. Benet Rankings are compiled by Mark Gregory and Scott Taylor.

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Julian Warman-Dibernardo returns a serve for Plainfield Central in a three-set loss to Neuqua Valley in a state qualifying match.

TICKET Continued from page 15 well, neither player would rule out teaming up next season. “I was actually surprised how smooth it was, but we can definitely get better at doubles if we work at it in the summer,” Buell said. Plainfield South’s Tim Wyland also lost one match away from the state meet, as did both of Plainfield North’s doubles teams of Max Mancini and Puneeth Kodvatiganti and Zaid Esaak and Eric Lavin.

“I never made the second match before, so I am happy to get here, I guess,” Lavin said. Esaak was not as happy with his play. “I didn’t play how I would have liked,” the junior said. “This will motivate me in the offseason. I will hit the courts as soon as possible.” It was the second week in a row the Tiger tandem was eliminated by Oswego East and Esaak said that may have impacted the sectional game. “It shouldn’t be there, but the mental thing is there that they just beat you last week,” he said.

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North’s Ashley Handwork tries to get past a defender in a 1-0 loss to Metea Valley.

North’s season spoiled By Scott Taylor Sports Reporter

All season long Plainfield North played well against the top teams in the state and in the area.

GIRLS SOCCER In fact, in the final two weeks

of the season the Tigers defeated Metea Valley, the No. 3 seed in the Naperville North Sectional, 4-0 and then tied the top team in the sectional, Naperville North. That gave them plenty of confidence heading into their rematch with Metea Valley (174) Friday at Metea in a Class 3A regional final. However, North picked the

wrong time to not play its best game and it haunted the Tigers (18-4-2) in a 1-0 loss as they continue to be in search of their first regional title. “I think right now it’s that hump that we haven’t been able to get over,” North coach Jane Crowe said. “We kind of go in with that See NORTH, page 18

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WINDER Continued from page 14 didn’t think I would finish first. We are getting it together and

TRACKS Continued from page 13 overall I think it was a good day. (The relay affected) me a little bit. Sometimes at the bigger meets the high jump is earlier in the meet, but I’ve been practicing working between the 4x2 and the high jump.” Aremka was money on her

NORTH Continued from page 17 mentality that we haven’t gotten by this game. I think once we get that first group to get there, that will make it easier. Like (when we won) that first conference championship.” “We told our players that we have to keep this up,” North senior Callie O’Donnell said.“We have to keep winning conference championships and keep getting to the end of regionals, we just need to win it. Once they do, who knows how far they could go. I just wish everybody luck.” After getting burned for four goals in the first 20 minutes in the previous meeting, the Mustangs were able to adjust to the style of play that the Tigers play. However, that wasn’t the only factor in the game. “They adjusted to things we did in the first game,” Crowe said. “They didn’t play flat in the back like they had all year. It took us a while to adjust. But we just didn’t play hard enough, that’s what it came down to.They won

Plainfield East is looking to have people running on the second day.” The Bengals made a push for that at the sectional, with their 1600 realy team advancing in 3:21.57 and Stepfan Thelemaque,

who won the 400 in 48.90, the best time of all sectionals in the state. A pair of 3200 relay teams made the state meet, as Central (4:58.80) and South (8:00.01) both made it.

South also had its 400 relay qualify in 42.59 and Dantrell Wright was second in a time of 22.07. The story for South was the unfortunate injury to senior Mitchell Wolff in the 110 hurdles,

where he placed fourth. Over the season, Wolff had posted some of the top times in the state in the 300 hurdles, but he was unable to compete in the sectional finals.

final jumps at a height (get three jumps at each height), which kept her moving along. “Definitely, the pressure jumps just kind of kept me going a little bit today,” she said. “Some days are better than others with my approaches and today was definitely a pressure jump day. The pressure (helped).” Overall Aremka finished her career with three state medals. “I’m really happy (with what

I accomplished),” Aremka said. “I don’t feel like I peaked too early, it’s just that some meets are better than others. Everyone has their good days and bad days and today wasn’t my best day, but I feel like I still have more to go. I’m definitely proud of how I finished today.” Plainfield Central’s Jenna Moody also made finals after qualifying in the last spot and finished sixth overall in the 400

with a time of 57.32. “Knowing I was seeded ninth and in lane one, I knew I was going to have people in front of me,” Moody said. “To be there was actually almost better because going into the last straightaway I knew I needed to give it my all because everyone was in front of me. Coming out in sixth is definitely a great accomplishment for me. Moody really improved

throughout the year, thanks to working on her weaknesses. “I progressed throughout the year and learned my race better,” she stated. “I knew spots where I was weaker and had to be stronger. Coming out of that last 100 is where I’m usually weaker and today I came out and left it all on the track. I’m very proud of myself. It feels really good. Next year I want to take top three.”

way too many 50-50 balls. They looked like they were here to win a regional championship and we really just didn’t. It’s disappointing. We had such a great group of seniors who had great careers. For them to go out in a game like this, we can accept a loss when we think we gave everything we had. It didn’t seem like that today.” The first half was the telling story as the Tigers had the wind with them and they still couldn’t muster many shots. They were outshot 17-5 for the game. “Their defense barely came out of the back 30 in that first half because of the wind and because we were getting the ball down there,” Crowe said. “We’re used to getting behind teams’ defense and they didn’t give us much space. By the time we had a chance to talk about it and adjust, it was the second half and we didn’t have that (wind) advantage anymore. We weren’t able to find that space.” “I just really wanted to win and it didn’t work out too well,” O’Donnell said. “They played really good defense back there and it was hard to play a through-

ball. Definitely in the first half we shut down at the end. It was frustrating to me not to be able to get that through-ball in.” For the second straight year, North had to play a regional final on the road against a team with FieldTurf. The Tigers play on grass. “I think that makes a difference,” Crowe said.“I don’t think that was the ultimate difference. It’s going to give them an advantage because it helps to practice on it every day and we’re on the grass. But, we’ve played on it enough. It wasn’t like we were playing balls that were getting away from us because of the turf, it was other things.” •Plainfield East won its first regional title Friday at the Rich East Sectional in Class 2A, defeating Illiana Christian 1-0. •Plainfield Central fell to Lockport 1-0 in a Naperville Central Regional semifinal.

BASEBALL Plainfield North won its fourth straight Southwest Prairie Conference title after sweeping Romeoville Thursday.

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Western New York is a sportsman’s paradise By Dan Stefanich

“Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it New York, New York!” Okay, I realize that Frank Sinatra definitely didn’t have wild turkey, steelhead, and smallmouth bass in mind when he sang that. But nonetheless, that song was going through my mind as I left Chicago towards Western New York for a recent adventure. Organized by the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers and Niagara Tourism, this trip offered us opportunities to hunt wild turkey and fish some amazing bodies of water. As I quickly discovered, the Niagara Falls region is undoubtedly a must-visit destination for sportsmen. Lewiston, New York was “home-base” for the trip. Located on the majestic Niagara River, this quaint community had friendly people, amazing history, and a quiet downtown shopping district. Our turkey hunting took place south of Buffalo, in the rolling hills about 20 miles from Lake Erie. With large tracts of timber, open grass meadows interspersed between cornfields, the hunting terrain was not much different than Illinois. With only two days to hunt, we had our work cut out. The early spring severely impacted the turkey behavior. Since birds starting gobbling and chasing early, our hunt was near the end of the mating season presenting a much more challenging hunt. The birds were not very vocal, so locating them was extremely difficult. I saw some giant toms but never filled my tag. I figure they will be there next year when I go back.

A FISHERMAN’S DREAM The Niagara Falls region is with a doubt a fisherman’s dream. Three bodies of water — Lake Erie,Lake Ontario,and the Niagara River offer a variety of species including walleye, smallmouth bass, salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, lake trout, panfish and catfish. Did I miss anything? Our group did fantastic on the salmon, boating several 18-pound-plus Kings. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to fish the big lakes, I fished the lower Niagara River several miles below Niagara Falls. Fishing a three-way rig, we driftfished bouncing a one-ounce weight along the bottom with a five foot trailer line baited with emerald shiners. Our technique was to drift about a quarter mile, then fire up the motor and boat back up river and start the drift again. Pass after pass we hooked into 3 and 4-pound smallmouth and 5-10-pound steelhead. On our last afternoon, my buddy Don Dziedzina hooked into something big. With the drag screaming and line peeling off the reel, we fired up the motor and chased it down river. After one heck of a fight, we boated a giant 18-pound lake trout. The Niagara River is unlike any water I have ever fished before. The water is a beautiful bluish-green very similar to Lake Michigan, and crystal-clear due to a granite rock bottom. Combined with vertical solid rock walls that confine the river, the scenery is simply spectacular. It’s pretty cool to drift down a river with Canada on one side and the Unites States on the other.

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Dan Stefanich and Matt Yablonsky hold up a steelhead and a smallmouth bass while fishing the Niagara River.

For those that remember the smelt fishing phenomenon in Chicago in the early 80’s this is your chance to step back in time. The smelt are usually running at the end of April and the city of Lewiston hosts a fantastic Smelt Festival.

The Niagara region is not just for hunters and fishermen. History buffs will enjoy Old Fort Niagara. Built by the French in 1726, the Fort overlooks Lake Ontario at the entrance to the Niagara River. With some of the oldest buildings in the region, this “living history”

attraction is complete with actors and tour guides that offer a glimpse of life during the war of 1800’s. For more information or to book a trip to this incredible region, visit For photos and more resources, visit

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You gotta have friends. In the week to come, you might make more progress on the job by hanging out with co-workers or by joining a business organization. Suspend crucial decisions until late in the week.

Some people come into your life as blessings and others come in to your life as lessons. In either case, you will learn a great deal from social contacts this week. Hold off on financial ventures until late week.

Today’s new moon and solar eclipse in your sign might rock your world. Hopes for a new start might be slowed down by confusion and a lack of precision in the week ahead. Temper idealism with facts.

The new moon and solar eclipse today might stir up some new ideas. During the upcoming week, your dreams of making big money might require a heavy dose of reality. Hold off on major expenditures.

Think big, then shrink to fit. With today’s new moon and solar eclipse setting the scene for a new start, you might have more than one goal on your mind. Develop a game plan during the week ahead.

With a new moon and a solar eclipse in the skies today, you might become aware of a different attitude towards career and reputation. In the week to come, you may find it necessary to make adjustments.

You can sympathize with the reluctant dragon. Leaving your comfort zone might be frightening. In the week to come, you might see the need for further education as a tool to overcome your shortcomings.

You must love yourself to love someone else. Relationships might be illuminated under the light of today’s new moon and eclipse. Don’t make key decisions until the end of the week.

Encourage those who try because they will eventually get it right. In the week to come, you might see numerous ways to light a fire under someone’s enthusiasm rather than dampen their spirits.

The certainty of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can gracefully handle. Due to today’s new moon and solar eclipse, you may question relationships in the week ahead.

Channel your inner Rembrandt. It might be originality and talent that everyone sees when they view your work that wins kudos in the week ahead. New ideas take root after today’s new moon.

Put your heart on the line. Your mind is like a sponge in the week ahead, so learn to handle emotional issues. Today’s new moon and solar eclipse might mark the beginning of a new area of mental interest.


1 Programmer’s banes 5 Hollywood tree 9 Soup base 14 Subj. to bone up on? 15 Airline with blue-striped jets 16 Washer cycle 17 Poor boy seller 18 *Delayed reaction 20 *Radioactive decay measure 22 Baa nana? 23 “__ Mio”: classic Italian song 24 Treasure-__ 26 Question of identity 29 Pre-euro Spanish coin 31 *Aviation display 33 Reykjavik-born one-named singer 36 Iron-rich green veggie 37 Repeatedly ... and a hint to the answers to starred clues

42 Beret perch 43 Choir part 44 *Military hobbyist’s pastime 47 It makes Tom frisky 52 “Little Women” sister 53 Alimentary route 56 “Seinfeld” specialty 57 __-fi 58 *Prom time, to prom-goers 60 *Modern 64 Fireworks reaction 65 Knocks for a loop 66 1804 duelist 67 “__ arigato”: Japanese “thank you very much” 68 Provolone alternative 69 Part of a.k.a. 70 Paradise

1 Tough play for Derek Jeter 2 The heebiejeebies 3 Winemakers Ernest and Julio 4 Put the kibosh on 5 Salon foot treatment, briefly 6 High, as a kite 7 “Today” co-host 8 Diamond org. 9 Stout maker 10 Bat mitzvah, e.g. 11 “Come __ My House”: Rosemary Clooney hit 12 “Have you no shame?” 13 Laugh syllable 19 First name in jeans 21 Leave alone 25 Like bourbon barrels 26 “Kapow!” cousin 27 Links target 28 Run a tab, say 30Double-platinum Steely Dan album 32 Deal with moguls? 34 Quite a lot 35 66, notably:

Abbr. 37 Nine of diamonds? 38 “Just doing my job” 39 “Little Women” sister 40 Mythical big bird 41 Get fit 42 “Up, up and away” carrier 45 The “A” in RAM 46 Principal 48 Vacuum tube type 49 Call after a missed field goal 50 Like some health care 51 Slithering squeezer 54 Kareem __-Jabbar 55 Perjurers 57 Grounded fleet: Abbr. 59 Pita sandwich 60 Jammies 61 Obey the coxswain 62 Actor Wallach 63 Sched. question mark



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Eat your vegetables - with pasta FRESH PASTA ROUNDS WITH SPINACH-RICOTTA MOUSSE Serves 8 1 pound ricotta 8 ounces mascarpone 1/2 pound organic baby spinach leaves 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/4 cup pine nuts 3/4 pound shredded mozzarella 1 large cage-free egg, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 ounces freshly grated Parmesan Fresh Pasta Dough (recipe follows) All-purpose flour, for dusting Tomato-Garlic Basil Sauce (recipe follows)

Just about everybody loves pasta and eats it regularly nowadays. Certainly, pasta dishes - from tagliatelle ribbons in cream sauce, to plump little agnolotti filled with pureed squash or sweet corn, to the fluffy potatoand-ricotta dumplings called gnocchi - remain perennial favorites among our guests at Spago and my other restaurants. But, when I talk to my friends about what they cook at home, it seems that many people are in a pasta rut. Time and time again, they wind up making spaghetti or fettuccine with tomato sauce or Bolognese or cheese sauce. And they begin to get a little bit, well, bored with that popular dish they swear they love. So please let me shake up your home pasta routine with the recipe I share here, while also adding a generous portion of the green vegetables we all should be eating more of (along with a pleasing and calcium-packed share of fluffy ricotta, creamy mascarpone, and gooey mozzarella cheeses). I think many people shy away

Put the ricotta, mascarpone, and half the spinach in a food processor. Pulse on and off until pureed.Transfer to a mixing bowl. In a skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add the remaining spinach and saute until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Chop coarsely and set aside. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast the pine nuts until light golden,about 2 minutes.Transfer to a bowl to cool.Fold the mozzarella, egg, salt, pepper, nuts, spinach, and half the Parmesan into the cheese mixture. Set aside. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out 1 piece to a 20-by4-inch rectangle; trim as needed. Evenly spread a fourth of the filling over the lower two thirds of the rectangle’s length. Starting at the filled edge, roll up lengthwise, forming a 20-by-1-inch cylinder. Cut crosswise into 20 equal pieces. Repeat with the remaining dough

and filling. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Melt the remaining butter and brush the insides of 8 individual 4-inch tart pans. Inside each, arrange 10 pasta slices, cut side up; it will be a tight squeeze. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan. Place on a baking sheet.Bake for 15 minutes. Using a potholder, invert each pan onto the tray and lift off to unmold the pasta. Continue baking until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. To serve, spoon some sauce onto 8 warmed plates.With a wide spatula, transfer the pasta to the plates. Pass the remaining sauce on the side.

from filled and baked pasta recipes because, as the familiar words you see on the boxes of complicated children’s toys, there is “some assembly required.” But this dish is a lot easier to put together than a child’s plaything - and you can do some of the work in advance, not to mention the fact that you get to eat the delicious results. The recipe starts with sheets of freshly made pasta, for which I include an easy recipe. But you can also find ready-to-use fresh pasta sheets in some Italian delis. (Ask for pasta sheets if you don’t see it on display; they may have them in the back, displaying only alreadycut noodles for purchase.) If you like, you can mix the filling, fill and cut the pasta rounds, and put them into the individual-serving tart pans up to several hours in advance; just cover each pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate until baking time. For the filling, bags of prewashed baby spinach leaves make preparation extra easy. Feel free to embellish the vegetable mixture, including some sauteed mushrooms, for example, or slivers of sun-dried tomato. It’s OK to use reduced-fat ricotta and mozzarella, too. The tomato-garlic-basil sauce that accompanies the pasta rounds may also be prepared ahead of time, awaiting gentle reheating and

stirring in of the fresh basil strips shortly before serving time. But here’s another convenient tip: If you don’t want to go to the effort of making that part of the recipe, feel free simply to heat up your own favorite, good-quality bottled brand of tomato-based pasta sauce


3 cups all-purpose flour 8 large cage-free egg yolks 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 to 3 tablespoons water All-purpose flour, for dusting In a food processor, combine the flour, yolks, salt, oil, and 2 tablespoons water. Process until the dough begins to hold together. Stop the machine and pinch the dough; if it feels too dry, pulse in up to 1 more tablespoon to form a moist ball.Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead by hand into a smooth ball. Loosely wrap in plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour before preparing as directed.


Makes about 1-1/2 pounds Makes about 2-1/2 cups

instead. It can be that easy. My recipe for Fresh Pasta Rounds with SpinachRicotta Mousse will make any pasta lover look at the old favorite with fresh new interest. (c) 2012 WOLFGANG PUCK WORLDWIDE, INC. DISTRIBUTED

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 small onion, minced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 pounds Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 cup good-quality canned chicken broth, heated 6 to 8 fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips Salt Freshly ground black pepper In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.Add the onion and saute until wilted, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomato paste and then the tomatoes; saute 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the broth and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm.


Business & Real Estate How to get an employee into Heartland Bank counseling services promotes Suzette The Enterprise, Thursday, May 24, 2012

Q. I have an employee that seriously needs some psychotherapy. He is touchy and defensive, and he alienates his coworkers. He is also brilliant and productive. How do I bring up the topic without making him believe I’m questioning his mental health? A. You can bring up the idea diplomatically, but you must start by realizing we have a lot of inaccurate myths about what psychotherapy is and what it means if an adult is in therapy. Therapy is simply adult education in emotional and communication issues. If you present it as training, you’ll get further than if you suggest your employee is nuts. The myth of why adults do therapy is that they are less well adjusted and weaker than the rest of the population. The truth is when we test the mental health of adults in private psychotherapy, the average mental health of these individuals is much higher than adults who never do therapy. The theory behind these results is that people who can admit they make mistakes, have room to learn, and are curious about how to improve their interpersonal toolkit are stronger and more resilient than people who believe they need no help. Start by meeting privately with your employee. Point out the specific situations you’ve noticed where you believe he may be missing some communication skills. Emphasize that you find him brilliant and productive, so he

gets the idea you are talking about his skills with people not his overall value as a human being. Point out some alternative language or approaches he could use with coworkers. Let him know that you find him a quick study and want to pair him with a “coach” who can teach him some powerful communication tools. Do research before you talk with him to find a psychotherapist who can also do executive workplace coaching, so you can give your employee a list of names. Make it clear to your employee that you simply want him to learn new interpersonal skills. Before you leave the meeting, get a commitment from him that he will call the list of professionals you offered and set up at least one meeting. Also, have a list of skills you want him to learn so he has a performance improvement plan. If possible, offer some training funds to help cover the cost of part of the therapy. Anything you can do to make counseling more like a class and less like a negative judgment about his sanity will help motivate him to pursue therapy. If you’ve been in therapy yourself, or had a friend or family member benefit from counseling, find ways to mention what you learned. Employees who have role

models that know the practical results of therapy will be more enthusiastic about seeking help for themselves. Make sure you stay in touch with your employee and praise his developing skills. Nothing motivates positive change like appreciation for the behavior an employee has already transformed.

The last word(s) Q. I’d like to start a family. I just was offered a great job, but it involves extensive travel. Is there a way to do both? A. No, you can’t change diapers from a distance. (Daneen Skube, Ph.D., executive coach, trainer, therapist and speaker, also appears as the FOX Channel’s “Workplace Guru” each Monday morning. She’s the author of “Interpersonal Edge: Breakthrough Tools for Talking to Anyone, Anywhere, About Anything” (Hay House, 2006).You can contact Dr. Skube at www.interpersonaledge. com or 1420 NW Gilman Blvd., #2845, Issaquah, WA 98027. Sorry, no personal replies.)


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Heartland Bank and Trust Company proudly announces the promotion of Suzette Chance to Electronic Banking Services Administrator for the bank; she is located at Heartland Bank’s 5650 Caton Farm Rd. office in Plainfield. Chance is now responsible for overseeing the bank’s growing electronic banking service initiatives including online banking, mobile banking, and eStatements. Chance has over 20 years of banking and financial experience, having worked in positions related to operations, electronic banking, customer service, accounting, finance, investments, treasury management, and credit analysis. She earned a degree in Business Administration from Governors State University, and also attended Prairie State College and Crete Monee High School. Chance has roots in Shorewood and is active in the local community, serving as a volunteer for the South Suburban Humane Society. She has made her home in Shorewood for the last 13 years with her husband, Scott, and beloved dogs, Trekker and Gracie. 

Suzette Chance

Heartland Bank and Trust Company is an independently owned community bank with assets of $1.9 billion. Headquartered in Bloomington, IL, the bank has offices in 30 communities throughout Illinois and Northeast Missouri. The bank offers a complete line of financial services to commercial and retail customers. More information is available on the bank’s website at

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GRADS Continued from page 1 have to come up with quite a lot of tuition money, scholarship or not. Tuition and fees at Roosevelt ring up at nearly $26,000. Housing starts at more than $8,300, and that doesn’t include meal plans, which average $3,500 for the year. That leaves Dux looking at about $24,000 she’ll have to raise each year…if she maintains her grades. If they falter, so will her scholarship dollars. According to a study conducted by Fidelity Investments, college graduates from the class of 2011 are, on average, $40,000 in debt, racking up bills on college costs that have increased more than 285 percent in the last 20 years. Private colleges cost the most. One year’s tuition and fees can easily exceed $25,000.The next tier is the state’s public universities. In

Illinois,four-year state schools cost between $10,000 and $20,000 a year. Community colleges have the smallest price tag; Joliet Junior College costs district residents $107 per credit hour, or about $3000 a year. There’s always financial aid, like the scholarship Dux received, or grants and students loans.But need is great.At Illinois State University in 2011, 76 percent of freshmen were found to have financial need to meet tuition, fees and housing costs totalling more than $24,000 (for students residing in Illinois). The average assistance given to a student was more than $12,000. And while grants may be worryfree, loans are anything but. According to the financial aid websites and finaid. org, federal student loans in the United States now add up to $800 million, exceeding credit card debt. Nick Vosatka is determined he won’t be adding to the debt pile. Vosatka graduated Sunday from Plainfield South High School, and

said he is headed to nearby Joliet Junior College in the fall, because the cost and location better fit his plans of self-sustenance. “It’s close and it’s cheap, and I don’t want to end up in a lot of debt,” he explained.“This summer I am going to work as much as possible to save money for school.” Vosatka is taking every shift he can at the local Red Robin, stashing the money away to pay tuition. He’s hopeful he can find a better opportunity with higher pay and benefits, though he realizes that may mean part-time college. “That’s okay, I’ll climb the ladder a little slower, but I’ll get there, and I won’t owe anybody,” he said. It’s a lesson he’s learned at home. Nick’s mother Chris Vosatka,a staff member at Freedom Elementary, started her college career at a community college, paying as she went, and finishing with a bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College, debt-free. “For a student who doesn’t

know quite what they want to be when they grow up, or for someone who isn’t as academically oriented, traditional college can kind of be a waste of money,” she said, “unless you are independently wealthy.” And while she realizes the costs have tripled since her own college career, she’s proud of her son’s economic sense…and his sense of self. “He’s a doer,” she said. “He wants to be out in the world, and has always been more careeroriented.” She’s also proud he hasn’t been swayed from his plan by friends

and their anticipation of four-year colleges and the campus lifestyle. “He has a level head, and the good sense to know what’s good for him, she said.” I’m really proud of him.”

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