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SPORTS JCA’s Duchene tabbed Player of the Year Page 13

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Our Village, Our News

JULY 4, 2012

Vol. 4 No. 44

DINING UNDER THE STARS Joliet event fills ‘City’s Longest Dinner Table’ By Jonathan Samples Staff Reporter


ith the region currently locked in the grips of a sweltering heat wave, the proposition of doing anything outside, especially dining, may seem unbearable. But Hallie Brenczewski, owner of The Department Restaurant and Liquor Lounge, as well as several other downtown business owners are putting that proposition to the test. Dinner Under the Stars, a formal outdoor dining experience, will bring together over a hundred guests in the See DINING, page 2




DINING Continued from page 1 streets of downtown Joliet on July 13 to enjoy a twilight dinner, peruse local art and enjoy live entertainment. “This is really a celebration of summer,” Brenczewski said. “Guests are going to be seated at these beautiful tables with art and music all around.” What organizers are calling the “City’s Longest Dinner Table” will be set up in the middle of Chicago Street, between Clinton and Cass streets, to give guests a unique setting while enjoying fine cuisine. Chefs from The Department andThayer’s 158 will collaborate to provide food for the event, and Gji’s Sweet Shoppe will take care of dessert. Gallery 7 will set up an art display for guests to explore and shop. Live music and magician Terry Murphy also will add to the entertainment. “As a group of restaurants in downtown Joliet, we always want to offer something new and exciting to entice people to come to downtown Joliet,” Brenczewski said. “This is just another extension of that.”

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The Department (pictured) and Thayer’s 158 will collaborate to provide food for Dinner Under the Stars.

And while Dinner Under the Stars promises Joliet a “new” take on the dining experience, the idea is a bit of a transplant. Brenczewski originally got the idea from a friend, who was visiting from Park City, Utah. From there, Brenczewski brought the idea

to Thayer’s 158, the Joliet City Center Partnership and other downtown businesses, where it was well received. “We thought if they can do it in Park City, then we can do it here,” Brenczewski said. “I brought it up to them, and they were excited to do it.”

Based on early numbers, Joliet seems to be well on its way to successfully adopting the event as its own. Cam Barnett, administrative assistant for the Joliet City Center Partnership, said the event has already registered all 132 openings with an additional 20 people

on the waiting list. “All of our restaurant events this year have drawn a large number of people,” Barnett said. Both Brenczewski and Barnett think numbers like that assure this year’s Dinner Under the Stars will not be a one-hit wonder. “This year there’s a 130 guests but we hope to grow that,” Brenczewski said. “We started small, and the event filled quickly. We will definitely make this an annual event.” However, every outdoor event must plan, in part, for inclement weather. For this, Brenczewski and Barnett are prepared. Both said that The Department’s website will post any postponement by noon on the day of the event. If weather does turn for the worse, Dinner Under the Stars will be pushed back to Aug. 4. “We made provisions for that,” Barnett joked. “We have a rain date, but we are praying for no rain.” For more information about Dinner Under the Stars, visit w w w. t h e d e p a r t m e n t j o l i e t . com.



Will County legislators react to Supreme Court decision By Jonathan Samples Staff Reporter

The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 Thursday to uphold the majority of the Affordable Care Act, including an individual mandate that would require Americans to purchase health insurance or face penalty. In what is probably the most important Supreme Court decision since Bush v. Gore, the Affordable Care Act, which was passed in 2012, has raised many arguments from both sides of the aisle concerning its constitutionality. Voyager Media reached out to U.S. and state legislators in Will County to hear their reactions to the Supreme Court ruling. U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-13th) “With or without the unpopular

health mandate, the cost of care continues to rise, and it’s up to Republicans and Democrats alike to work across the aisle on solutions. I’m disappointed that the court did not put a stop to the government overreach. But Washington still has a responsibility to fix polices that are raising costs, hurting job creation, siphoning millions from Medicare, and placing an added layer of bureaucracy between patients and their doctors.” U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-11th) “Since its passage, the Affordable Care Act has caused deep divisions over its constitutionality. While I respect the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, I am extremely disappointed that the court has given unrestricted authority to the federal government to interfere in the personal lives of American

families… I have voted 40 times to fully repeal the government takeover of health care, block the individual provisions, or defund certain programs. The question we must ask ourselves now is whether President Obama’s newly designed health care system is feasible.” State Sen. Pat McGuire (D-43rd) “Access to quality health care is important for all Illinoisans. I’m particularly interested in how the affirmation of the Affordable Care Act affects changes in Illinois’ Medicaid program and roposed changes in Illinois public pensions systems.” State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-41st) “While the U.S. Supreme Court has settled the legal argument,

the debate over whether it is good policy or not will continue for months. We will be very carefully reviewing the decision for opportunities to reduce any negative impact of the Affordable Care Act and its tax on Illinois citizens. The Senate Republican Caucus has worked to cut costs in the state’s Medicaid program – targeting the waste, fraud and abuse that costs taxpayers hundreds of millions each year.” Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-84th) “We have made tremendous efforts this year in Illinois to reduce our state-run healthcare program, because we could no longer afford to provide the services that were once promised.Today’s Supreme Court decision affirms a federal law that has the potential to pile billions

of dollars of additional expenses into our state budget that we cannot afford.We are encouraging Congress to repeal Obamacare at the federal level as soon as possible, and provide Illinois the ability to administer an efficient Medicaid program.” State Rep. Larry Walsh Jr. (D-86th) “For the most part I’m pleased with it. I think that the affordable care act is a step in the right direction. I commend the court, especially Chief Justice John Roberts for making that deciding vote to uphold the mandate because it wouldn’t have worked without it. Going forward, there do need to be adjustments, but that’s something that can be worked on going forward.”

McGuire critical of Joliet man wanted in shooting partial funding for IYC-Joliet By Jonathan Samples Staff Reporter

State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) is expressing disappointment over Gov. Pat Quinn today cutting in half funding for the Illinois Youth Center in Joliet. Quinn’s decision gives the facility funds to operate until approximately Dec. 31. The state’s new fiscal year began July 1 and runs through June 30, 2013. “I’m disappointed by the governor’s decision,” McGuire said. “The General Assembly passed a balanced budget containing the money needed to keep IYC-Joliet open throughout the next fiscal year. The governor cannot spend the appropriated funds on anything except public safety. IYC-Joliet is essential to the public’s safety.” IYC-Joliet is the state’s only maximum-security facility for young male offenders. It houses over 250 of Illinois’ most dangerous young male offenders, many in their late teens. Just two days ago, an offender convicted of armed robbery got as far as the

facility’s razor-wire fence in an attempted escape. The administration has said that it intends to move IYCJoliet residents to IYC-St. Charles, a 106 year-old facility, and IYC-Kewanee near the Quad Cities. The Quinn administration first announced a July 31 closing date for IYC-Joliet. After an outcry from the public and legislators, the closing date was extended to Oct. 31. The governor’s action today postpones the closing to the end of 2012. “The General Assembly reconvenes Nov. 27,” McGuire said.“I’ll work with my Senate colleagues and Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr. to convince the governor to restore a full year’s funding for IYC-Joliet during that veto session. After all, IYC-Joliet’s staff, programs, and location make it the most appropriate place for maximum-security offenders to pay their debt to society and, we hope, turn away from a life of crime.”

Police are still looking for a Joliet man wanted in connection with a multiple shooting incident that took place on June 18. Ian C. Warren, 29, has been charged with four counts of aggravated battery with a firearm after allegedly discharging a weapon into a group of individuals. Joliet Police responded to a report of a shooting at 11:58 p.m. on the corner of Englewood Avenue and Cardinal Lane. Police identified four victims, who were all taken to Silver Cross Hospital. One of the victims was shot six times and had to be air lifted to Loyola Hospital with life threatening injuries. According to Joliet Police Chief Michael Trafton, the victim who suffered the most severe injuries was the main target. “He targeted one individual, but [Warren] didn’t care who he was shooting or who he was shooting at in the crowd,”Trafton said.“Innocent people were hit.” Officers interviewed the victims following the incident and obtained information that led to the identification of Warren as the person responsible for the shooting. A warrant for his arrest was subsequently issued. Aggravated battery with a firearm is a Class X felony,and each

charge carries a sentence of six to 30 years in prison. Because of the severity of the charges against Warren and his prior record, police consider him armed and dangerous. In

2000 Warren was sentenced to 3.5 years for Robbery, and in 2008 he was sentenced to three years for aggravated battery against a peace officer. “This guy is reckless, he’s careless and he’s dangerous,” Trafton said. “He definitely needs to be locked up.”



Big Brothers Stretch of State Street to close to traffic for 3 months Big Sisters to host

‘Big Amazing Race’

By Jonathan Samples Staff Reporter

Beginning Thursday, the Illinois Department of Transportation will begin a three-month culvert replacement project that will require the closing of Route 171 between Seventh and Eighth streets in downtown Lockport. According to IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell, the culvert that currently allows Milne Creek to run beneath Route 171 needed to be replaced because of safety concerns. “In this case the culvert was quite old,” Tridgell said. “It’s being replaced primarily for safety reasons.” The block stretch of Route 171 will be open to residents and businesses, but through traffic will not be allowed. State Sreet is a main thoroughfare in downtown Lockport, and commuters should expect delays at the intersection of State and Ninth. The intersection, just one block south of where the

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(Left) Pictured is the opening of the culvert on the east side of State Street

project will take place, already sees heavy traffic from the Ninth Street Bridge. According to an IDOT press release, detour routes will be posted. Southbound Illinois 171 traffic will be detoured west on Main and Illinois streets in Lemont, south on New Avenue, west on 135th Street, south on Illinois 53 and east on Illinois 7 to reconnect with Illinois 171. Northbound 171 traffic will be detoured west on Illinois 7, north on

Illinois 53 and east on 135th Street, north on New Avenue and east on Illinois and Main streets in Lemont to reconnect with Illinois 171. The project will cost $853,764 and is being contracted to D Construction of Coal City. Work is expected to be completed by Oct. 1, and more information about this and other IDOT construction projects can be found at

Bat tests positive for rabies Joliet child receives post-exposure rabies treatment A bat found live on a driveway of a West Side Joliet home represents Will County’s second confirmed case of wildlife rabies for 2012. A four-year-old boy who touched the bat began postexposure rabies treatment on June 27, shortly after the bat was confirmed positive for rabies by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Two adults and two pets also reside on the property where the incident occurred, but no other exposures were identified. Joliet Township Animal Control initially responded to the bat incident, which took place in the 1200 block

of Massachusetts Avenue. Will County Animal Control transported the bat for laboratory analysis. Both 2012 Will County rabies confirmations have occurred in Joliet. No human exposures were linked to the first confirmation of the year; a bat found dead on the sidewalk of an Earl Street home on May 21. Through June 26, Will County was one of 14 Illinois jurisdictions to report 2012 rabies activity. At least 25 animals have been confirmed rabid so far this year, including one case from neighboring Grundy County. The state reported 50 wildlife confirmations from 20 counties

in 2011, including seven rabid bats from Will County.The area’s 2011 confirmations included three bats from Homer Glen and two from Bolingbrook. The Will County Health Department and Will County Animal Control urge area residents to avoid contact with all wildlife, especially bats. Any contact with a bat should be reported to the nearest Animal Control authority as soon as possible. Bats remain the prime rabies carrier in Illinois and were responsible for 49 of the 50 wildlife confirmations reported a year ago. Will County Animal Control is available any time at 815-4625633.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is holding a fundraiser this July based on the hit CBS reality show, The Amazing Race. Hosted by the Big Brothers Big Sisters Young Professionals Committee, the “Big Amazing Race” is new this year and will sure to bring out the competitive side in everyone that participates. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Young Professionals Committee is a group of dedicated working men and women throughout the counties that was founded in 2011. “The Young Professionals Committee is excited to be working on this event, and we are looking forward to the great success it will bring to Big Brothers Big Sisters,” President of the Young Professionals Committee Nick Covill said. On July 27, teams of four will compete in 10 challenges in downtown Joliet that will test them physically and mentally.

Once a challenge has been completed, the team will receive a clue to direct them to their next location. The event is open to anyone age 12 or older, as long as each team has someone over the age of 18. A minimum of $200 must be raised by each team. The money raised from this fundraiser will go directly toward ensuring that more children are matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor through our organization. “A big thanks to D’Arcy Motors of Joliet for their involvement in this event as race sponsor,” Chief Development Officer, Lisa Hellman said. “Also, thanks to Numark Credit Union and The Woodlands of Crest Hill who are both Backpack Sponsors for this event. There are still plenty more of sponsorship opportunities available on our website.” For more information on sponsorship, call Lisa at (815) 272-BBBS ext. 215.


Rotary Club of Joliet elects new leaders The Rotary Club of Joliet has a new slate of officers. At the June 26 meeting, Tim Brophy was sworn in as the club’s new president. Other new officers include David Thornton, president elect; Brett Mitchell, vice president; and Dan Malinowski, secretary. Mark Griglione will continue his service as treasurer. Two new directors were also installed; Tom Grotovsky and Laurie Rambo. Cathy Molck and Bill Jenkins will serve another year as directors. In his acceptance speech, Brophy said Rotary International has embraced a new theme, service vs. attendance.

“I think a big reason many of us joined Rotary was to serve people in our communities,” he said. “Our club has several successful service projects and I would like to see us create more.” The Rotary Club of Joliet is one of the oldest clubs in Illinois, next to Rotary 1 in Evanston. Today, there are 34,300 clubs worldwide. Established in 1913, the Rotary Club of Joliet will be celebrating its 100th anniversary beginning in January 2013. Numerous activities are being planned throughout the year to mark this historic occasion.

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The 2012-2013 officers for the Rotary Club of Joliet are (from left to right) David Thornton, president elect; Dan Malinowski, past president; Tom Grotovsky, director; Mark Griglione, treasurer; Brett Mitchell, vice president; Laurie Rambo, director; Dan Malinowski, secretary; and Tim Brophy, president.

United Cerebral Palsy School receives national award The United Cerebral Palsy School Program has been selected as a National Association of Special Education Teachers 20122013 School of Excellence. UCP is one of 62 schools nationwide to receive the award. A ceremony was held on June 26th to honor the staff. According to Dr. Roger Pierangelo and Dr. George Giuliani, Executive Directors of NASET, “The recognition as a NASET School of Excellence is bestowed on private special education schools that have met rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional dedication,

commitment and achievement in the field of special education.” Dr. Jim Mullins, president and CEO said “I am proud of Sue Knaperek and her staff receiving this award. But better than the recognition is the awareness that our school deserves the award by the daily commitment to the excellent support and education of our students.” United Cerebral Palsy, which serves the counties of Will, Grundy, Kendall, Kankakee, Ford, Iroquois and LaSalle was founded in 1955. UCP is a non-profit organization which provides the area’s only Day School


Program for children with both profound developmental disabilities and serious medical issues. In addition, UCP operates a Respite Care Program and Family Support Services, as well as an Adult Day Training Program and Residential Services. Currently, UCP serves more than 400 students and clients throughout its service area. UCP is located at 311 South Reed Street in Joliet. For additional information on UCP School Programs, please contact Sue Knaperek at 815-744-3500 extension 206, or visit the web site at

PEEK at energy savings at Will County Office Building Consumers have a chance to learn about energy efficiency using ComEd’s Portable Energy Enlightenment Kiosk at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St. ComEd’s PEEK traveling kiosk will remain in the first floor lobby until Friday, July 20. The interactive kiosk will show ComEd customers ways to save money on energy costs through an energy efficiency quiz. The program is lauded as a fun way to educate consumers about energy-efficiency savings, low-cost energy tips, and rebates and incentives offered through ComEd. Will County Executive Larry Walsh encourages the public to visit the PEEK display and learn

additional ways to save money. “In today’s challenging economy, families are looking for ways to save money,” Walsh said. “This display is filled with money-saving tips that any of our residents can use to help stretch their budgets.” The ComEd PEEK display offers information about programs such as lighting discounts, refrigerator and freezer recycle rewards, home energy savings program, clothes washer rebate, complete system replacement and utility energy efficiency loans.



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

Joliet Victim stated that on June 13, person(s) unknown stole a set of lawn furniture from a residence in the 1600 block of Middletree Road.


Person(s) unknown entered a vehicle on June 18 in the 100 block of Jessie and stole a 12-inch flip TV and an IPod.


Person(s) unknown broke into a residence on June 19 in the 1400 block of Rickey Drive and stole a PlayStation 3, a 32-inch TV and several video games.



Jessie Deshawn Gray, 27, 517 Moen Ave.,was arrested

on June 19 at the residence for unlawful use/possession of a weapon by a felon. Jose A. Ortiz-Magana, 41, 761 N. Bluff, Joliet, was cited on June 19 on N. Chicago and Ohio for disobeying a stop sign and no driver’s license on person.


Nicholas J. Strickland, 19, 2219 W. Jefferson, Joliet, was arrested on June 20 for criminal damage to property and unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor after it was reported to deputies that a subject was seen attempting to gain entry to the rear door of the Gyro Shack, 1700 E. Washington. Deputies picked Strickland up on Peale Street and he stated that he had bought a sandwich from 7-11 and then decided he wanted a bag of chips.


Jose A. Medina, 36, 604 Garnsey Ave., Joliet, was arrested on June 20 on N. Hickory


and W. Jefferson for speeding and DUI. Rashonda L.Waters, 21, 135 Fairmont Ave., Lockport, was cited on June 20 on S. Briggs and E. Washington for driving while license suspended.


Zandrea Q. Norris, 19, 410 Strong Ave., Joliet, was cited on June 22 on N. Briggs and Maple Road for driving while license suspended, expired registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.


Melvin L. Caffey, 46, 1020 E. Jackson St., Joliet, was arrested on June 22 at the Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson Street, for criminal trespass to state supported land after it was reported to security that he was intoxicated, panhandling and acting hostile toward citizens who were entering the courthouse. Security staff instructed Caffey to leave the property and when he returned an hour and a half later he was arrested.


unknown stole a 10 Person(s) tan 2005 Hyundai Elantra from the driveway of a residence in the 800 block of Magnolia Drive on June 22.

Octavia Bass, 27, 230 Fairbanks Ave., Joliet, was cited on June 23 on E. Cass and Fairbanks for no valid driver’s license, failure to signal and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Sean P. Blair, 26, 2 Greenwood Court, Grant Park, was arrested on June 22 at the Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson, for fraud after he was observed attempting to defraud a drug test.

Diana Reyes, 33, 1118 Sterling Ave., Joliet, was cited on June 23 on E. Cass and N. Hebbard for no valid driver’s license.




Efren Hernandez, 26, 619 Meeker Ave., Joliet, was arrested on June 23 on S. Briggs and E. Washington for DUI, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving while license suspended, and speeding. He was also held on an active Will County FTA warrant.


Lockport Eric J. McEwen, 50, 1300 Palisades Drive,Bolingbrook, was cited on June 18 on S. Briggs and Bruce Road for failure to yield from stop sign.


Jonathan Vasquez, 20, 423 Tallman Ave., Romeoville, was cited on June 23 on Daggett and S. State for driving while license suspended.


Irineo Cruz, 25, 222 Henderson Ave., Joliet, was cited on June 23 on W. Division and S. State for no valid driver’s license and driving without lights.


Forum Letter to the Editor

Drive safe this 4th of July Illinois State Police districts statewide are gearing up for a safe 4th of July holiday weekend, and we want travelers to reach their final destinations safely. Safe roadways, safe travelers, and safe motorists remain our top priority in District 05, but the combination of high traffic volume, impaired drivers, and unrestrained motorists increases the chances for a tragedy to occur. Too often celebrations are cut short by impaired drivers and poor decisions. Our goal is to implement enforcement efforts which will result in fewer crashes as we drive zero fatalities to reality. During the holiday period, officers will patrol the interstates to make roads safer for holiday travel. Troopers will also be conducting road side safety checks and other traffic enforcement details to identify “Fatal Four” moving violations: Speeding, DUI, Seatbelts and Distracted Driving. As a reminder, District 05 is also kicking-off a series of holiday enforcement and education blitzes for the

community to stress the financial impact, and other consequences associated with Driving Under the Influence offenses. Simply put, arrive safely by designating a driver. Driving Under the Influence has tragic and fatal outcomes for everyone involved. We want you and your family members to be safe on our roadways. Safety is our number one mission in District 5, so help us to help you arrive to your destination on time and safely. Plan ahead, talk with your children and remind them before they begin their journey to make the right choices - so everyone comes home safely. Our efforts in combating irresponsible driving are important in District 5 and will continue throughout the year, and years to follow. The Illinois State Police is making every effort to ensure an enjoyable holiday for everyone, but most importantly a safe one. Captain Bridget Bertrand, Commander District 5 State Police

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Expo helps teachers make classroom more exciting Teacher Expo 2012 is designed for teachers seeking out ways to make the classroom a more interesting place. The Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 18 at 176 West at 1100 N. Frontage Road, Joliet. Sponsored by the Will County Regional Office of Education and Dr. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, regional superintendent of schools, the Expo showcases community resources that can

contribute to the educational process. The Expo features almost 40 exhibits geared toward educators. Admission is fee, and children are welcome. Teachers can update their certificates on site with representatives from the Professional Development Alliance and the Regional Office of Education, and they can also get an educational bonus

in the form of a head start on their professional development credits for the school year. One hour of attendance provides one CPDU. Exhibitors at the Expo include: Scitech Museum, Lights for Learning,Nicor,Mindful Practices, Barnes and Noble, Professional Development Alliance, Pilcher Park, Barefoot Books, The Voyage Group,, Will County Children’s Advocacy Center, Midwest Energy Efficient

Golf outing to be held in honor of Joliet Catholic grad He loved his family and his friends, playing basketball, making jokes, listening to classic rock and watching movies. And he loved Joliet Catholic Academy. A memorial golf outing in honor of Glenn E. Steed Jr. will be held Aug. 4, at Nettle Creek Country Club in Morris. Sign-in is at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start for tee-off will commence at noon. A dinner reception will follow at The Red Cent at 6 p.m.

Cost for golf, cart, beverages on the course and dinner is $100. Dinner is $25. RSVP by July 21 to Jennifer Allen at 815-467-7185 or Make checks payable to the Glenn E. Steed Jr. Memorial Fund. A scholarship has been established in Steed’s name at Joliet Catholic Academy. Steed graduated from Joliet Catholic High School in 1984. An avid basketball player, he

earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois-Chicago and worked as a design engineer for Hendrickson International for 14 years. After marrying Susan Strysik in 2006, they were expecting their first child, and Olivia Glenn Steed arrived seven weeks after the death of her father. Steed, who ran several marathons, spent his spare time volunteering at homeless shelters.

Enrollment open for Early Learning Center, Before and After School Enrichment Program The Joliet Park District is currently taking enrollments for the Sunshine & Rainbows Early Learning Center as well as Troy Trojans Before and After School Enrichment Program for the 2012-13 school year. If you are interested in the Sunshine & Rainbows Learning Center Program and would you like to see what the program has to offer, come to the Sunshine & Rainbows Parent Information meeting Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The director and staff will be available to answer your questions. This is an information session for people not currently enrolled in a preschool program. Also, the Joliet Park District,

in partnership with Troy 30C School District, is offering a before and after school extended day enrichment program beginning the first full day of school in August for the 2012-2013 school year. Both the AM & PM enrichment programs are designed to

provide recreational and educational before and after school activities for children pre-kindergarten through 4th grade in a safe learning environment. For more information, call 815-741-7275 or visit

School Programs, Scholastic, Will County Preservation, and the Manhattan Elwood Public Library. Other exhibitors are: Bridges to a New Day, Plainfield Public Library, Exercise Connection, Illinois State Museum, Lockport Gallery, Forest Preserve District of Will County, All Our Kids Early Childhood Network, Will County Land Use, Will County

Farm Bureau, Easter Seals-Joliet Region, Great Books Foundation, Benedictine University, Boy Scouts of America, St. Xavier University, Girl Scouts, Usborn Books and Will County Reading Council. For more information, contact the Will County Regional Office of Education at pearls@ or 815740-8360.

Calendar ONGOING Serenity On Sunday Al-Anon Family Group. Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 25050 W. Eames Street, Channahon. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend. There are no fees or dues. Each group is self-supporting with voluntary contributions. As a mutual helping group, there is no other affiliation. Feel free to visit for more information or to leave a message on the Al-Anon line at 815-7739623. Breastfeeding Mother’s Support Group Meeting. 10 a.m. at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Group in the LDRP Class Room, 333 N. Madison St., Joliet (second floor). Babies are welcome.Bring your breastfeeding questions, concerns and success stories. Meets on the third Friday of each month at 10 a.m. Call the Lactation Hotline for more details 815-725-7133, ext. 3890 or visit our events page online. Rockdale Lions Club Weekly Bingo. On Mondays door will open at 4 p.m., the early bird game will start at 6 p.m. and regular games start at 7 p.m. So come on out to our club at 48 Meadow Ave. in Rockdale, IL for an evening of bingo and fun. Contact our club at 815-729-3201 or Lion Steve at 815-791-8282 or Lion Wayne at 708-341-4433. Freedom From Smoking Program. 6–7:30 p.m. at Lewis University, 1 University Parkway, Romeoville. The Will County Health Department will be offering the highly effective program. According to the American Lung Association, people who complete the program are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who quit on their own. The program will meet each Tuesday for seven weeks, beginning April 24. Hadassah Book Club. Meets monthly to discuss books by Jewish authors; call the office for details, 815-741-4600. Lunch and Learn. A wonderful way to study the Torah! Thursdays, noon – 1:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per week; please RSVP at 815-7414600. Citizens Against Ruining the Environment. Every third Monday of the month at 6-7:30

p.m. at SOS Children’s Village, 17545 Village Lane, Lockport. This volunteer non-profit environmental organization is dedicated to serving Will County and the surrounding area. For more information or a meeting agenda, call Ellen Rendulich at 815-834-1611. Are you affected by someone’s drinking? Open meetings are held every third 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 Strive 4 Hope. Second and fourth Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. at the Joliet Moose Lodge #300, 25 Springfield Ave., Joliet. This is a support group, which welcomes all cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, and friends. Call Sharon at 815-349-5458 or Carrie at 815-730-0134 for more information. Breast cancer support group. 7-8:30 p.m. at Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates, 2614 West Jefferson St., Joliet.The Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. For more information call Pattie at 815-436-7640. Diabetes Support Group. 7 p.m. at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, 333 N. Madison St., Joliet. Support Group for adults with diabetes, support person welcome. Different topics will be discussed each month.

Share your experiences and learn as you work towards achieving control over your diabetes. Meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Call 815-725-7133 ext. 3224 for more info. Wii Gaming Afternoons. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the Shorewood Public Library. Stop by to use the library’s Wii, set up in the Young Adult area. No early registration required, just sign up on the day at the reference desk for 30-minute slots. Bring your friends for multiplayer, or sign up on your own. Ages 1318 only. Young Widows Support Group. Meets once a 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 widowswearstilettos

JULY 4 Joliet Chamber Fireworks. Joliet Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual fireworks display at dusk on July 4 at Joliet Memorial Stadium. Lockport Township Park District Fireworks. Lockport Township Park district offers 4th of July Fireworks on July 2. Festivities take place from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. at Dellwood Park, 18th Street and Lawrence Avenue. Channahon Fireworks. Event starts at 6 p.m. at Community Park, 23200 West McKlintock Road. Activities include a children’s Freedom Parade at 6:30 p.m., Inflatables, dunk tank, face painting and tattoos from 6 to 9 p.m. musical entertainment and a dodge ball tournament at 7 p.m. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

JULY 5 Individual Computer Help.

THE BUGLE/SENTINEL JULY 4, 2012 2 to 4 p.m. at the ShorewoodTroy Public Library. Need some individual help with e-mail, Microsoft Word, or surfing the Internet? Sign up for a one-onone session with a reference librarian. Please reserve your space between 2 and 4 p.m. at the reference desk in advance. For information, call 815-725-1712. Book Buddies, 4 to 5 p.m. at the Shorewood-Troy Public Library. For children ages 6 to 9, enjoy hearing stories and create a craft. For information, call 815725-1712.

JULY 6 Rockdale Lions Club Rummage Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 48 Meadow in Rockdale. Food and cold drinks will be available. If you have clean and working items to donate call Lion Linda at 815-263-0887 or Lion Wayne at 708-341-4433 to arrange delivery or pickup.

JULY 7 Rockdale Lions Club Rummage Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 48 Meadow in Rockdale. Food and cold drinks will be available. If you have clean and working items to donate call Lion Linda at 815-263-0887 or Lion Wayne at 708-341-4433 to arrange delivery or pickup.

JULY 8 St. Joseph Academy Benefit Picnic. 1 to 9 p.m. at St. Joe’s. Come check out ALTUS. Four longtime friends from Plainfield brought their love of different music styles (alternative, metal, and classic rock) together with their musical talents to create their unique sound ALTUS! They


will be playing from 2 to 4 p.m. Then from 5 to 9 p.m. join us for JUNKYARD DAWGS. Come enjoy some delicious food from :Louisiana Barbeque, Big Wheel, Raffles and more – for additional information please contact St. Joseph Academy at 815-723-4567. Splish Splash Family Event. 4 to 7 p.m. at Volunteer Park in Romeoville. The Lockport Township Park District is offering Splish Splash in cooperation with the Romeoville Recreation Department. Enjoy inflatable water slides, slip & slides, games and prizes. Then enjoy a theater performance of Little Mermaid by the Round Lake Park District theater group starting at 6pm. Concessions will be available for sale. This is a free event and sponsored by BMO Harris Bank. For more information visit www. or call 815-8383621, ext. 0.

JULY 10 Raw Foods and You. 7 to 9 p.m. at the Shorewood-Troy Public Library. Learn the basics of raw food preparation. This class will also cover the benefits of incorporating more raw foods into your diet, some simple tips about nutrition and natural health, and will allow you to sample delicious raw meals, snacks and desserts. For information, call 815-725-1712.

JULY 11 Adult Book Discussion Group. 7 to 8 p.m. at the Shorewood-Troy Public Library. Join the group as they discuss “Haunted Ground” by Erin Hart. For information, call 815-7251712.



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41 “Proud Mary” pop gp. 42 Throbs 44 Watchdog’s warning 45 Prog. listing 46 Spot on TV 47 Aptly named fruit 49 *Take a path of least resistance 56 Narrow cut 58 Filmdom’s Farrow 59 Short vodka order 60 Seller’s assurance of payment, and a hint to what the last words of the answers to starred clues can have in common 64 Sewing kit item 65 Starts the pot 66 Army base near Petersburg, Va. 67 12/24 or 12/31 68 Iraq’s main port 69 Ritual celebrating the Jews’ liberation from Egyptian slavery 70 __ Moines


1 Uneasy feeling 2 Prickly bush 3 18-wheelers 4 Automaker’s bane 5 Lead-in for skeleton 6 Bank statement abbr. 7 Laundry appliance 8 “Be that as __ ...” 9 Tampa Bay athlete, briefly 10 Opens, as a gate 11 Marine salvage crew’s job 12 Glass darkener 13 Big galoots 19 Latin art 21 Throws softly 25 Old Norse works 26 Biochemist’s gel 27 Singer Vikki 30 “... __ and for all!” 31 Bookish type 32 ‘90s-’00s NFL Pro Bowler Warren 33 Bull: Pref. 34 Speakers at memorial services

36 Chow mein additive 37 “I can’t believe this!” 39 “Feed me,” in Siamese? 40 Champagne word 43 Cover completely 45 Prepare, as flour 48 Red Sox pitcher Jon 50 Brat 51 Little fights 52 Bret who wrote gold rush stories 53 Ran with ease 54 Fruit yielding oil 55 Some cellar contents 56 Union underminer 57 Head-turning Turner 61 Mex. neighbor 62 Trite 63 Originally called

Follow your dream. You are friendly toward everybody; you might find that tweeting suits your style. In the week to come, however, you could be too aggressive about taking the lead in groups.

Bad judgment jams up your jolliest times. When you’re afraid to do something in the week ahead, chances are it’s exactly the thing you should be doing. Impulsive purchases and passions are possible.

You can talk the talk and walk the walk. In the week ahead, your cup seems to runneth over with romance and passion. Problems arise, however, when you feel you can’t get enough and try too hard.

This week’s full moon might fool you. In the upcoming week, when you think you have licked your wounds and gotten over it, something reminds you of conflict. Let your heart rule over emotions.

Things will get better. You shine in group activities during the week ahead, but might find that one-onone situations are challenging on an emotional level. It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever

Brilliant is as brilliant does. In the first half of the week, you seem to want things more - and easily use your resourceful mind to get them. In the second half of the week, however, you yield to impulse buying.

Grab the rabbit’s foot and hold on tight. There are days that you must say to yourself, “If there weren’t bad luck, you wouldn’t have any luck at all.” In the week ahead, remember to accept sound advice.

It isn’t always about business as usual. Just because your peer group does things one way doesn’t mean that it is always the only right way. In the week ahead, be sure to use inspired logic as your guide.

Those who laugh last probably didn’t get the joke. Dealing with people from a sedate or conservative background could present challenges in the week ahead. Keep in mind that not everyone is sincere.

An ounce of forgiveness is worth more than a pound of revenge. Being sincere is perfectly acceptable, even in business situations. During the week to come, you attract romantic partners.

Contrasts are contrary. You may walk a balance beam between honoring the old and embracing the new in the week ahead. You could want champagne on a beer budget, so restrain your impulses.

Sex appeal is 50 percent what you’ve got and 50 percent what people think you’ve got. In the week ahead, you begin attracting the right people - but by the end of the week the reverse could be true.



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INSIDE: Hot stretch of play has Will County CrackerJacks in contention in MCL South Division, page 18 By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

Over the years, Joliet Catholic has had its share of big time pitchers, namely Mark Grant, Bill Gullickson and Kevin Cameron who all pitched successfully in the Major Leagues. None of them, however, posted the high school season that Kevin Duchene had this year for the Hillmen. The lefty was 8-0 on the season with a 0.13 ERA in 52 innings pitched. He allowed only 22 hits, struck out 96 batters and waled only 10. He was named as East Suburban Catholic Conference MVP and is also the 2012 Voyager Media Player of the Year. “If we did it 100 times over, it would never happen again,” Duchene said of his season. “It was a fun season even though it didn’t end how we wanted (JCA lost in the sectional final to Lincoln-Way West), anytime you can get 29 wins it is a great season. I didn’t feel pressure, because at the time, I just didn’t. It is really cool that it happened, but I wasn’t focusing on that.The thing I am upset I didn’t get to was the 100 strikeouts before 10 walks. That was something I wanted to do.” Duchene allowed only one


earned run the entire season, placing him tied for fourth all time in IHSA history for lowest ERA in a season with Tom Evans of Brother Rice in 1968. In fact, of all the pitchers above Duchene, only one pitcher (Wheaton Warrenville South’s Dan Brauer in 2001) accomplished the feat in the last 25 years. “It is kind of cool to know if the IHSA record books are accurate online, I am (tied for the fourth) lowest ERA ever,” Duchene said. “It is cool because guys like Kai Freeman and a lot of other JCA pitchers are in those record books, so it is cool to have my name in there with them.” Freeman posted a 0.34 ERA in 1995 and was the lowest ERA in the Joliet area, along with Lockport’s Anthony Shelby (1992, 0.37). Both were 12th round draft picks on major league teams out of college, Freeman coming from the University of Minnesota, where he won the Big 10 Tournament in 1998. Duchene looks to follow Freeman,as he will also compete in the Big 10, committing to the University of Illinois. He said he visited Purdue and Illinois and had four more schools he cancelled on after See ALL-AREA, page 14




ALL-AREA Continued from page 13 coming back from Champaign. “I had four trips after Illinois and I had to call coaches and tell them Illinois was the place for me,” Duchene said. “They have just brought in a new pitching coach, Drew Dickinson. He is a guy I would like to surround myself with for the next four years.” Dickinson was Big Ten Conference pitcher of the year in 2001 with the Illini. Duchene feels he can learn a lot at Illinois and while he wants to work on his velocity, he knows he is a pitcher that is successful with a good defense behind him, something he had at JCA. “I really only do 50 percent of the work,” he said. “Once the ball leaves my hand there is not much I can do about it. With the infield I had, some of those guys, I never saw them miss a ball that was hit to them.” Duchene also knows he benefitted from the new bat rule the IHSA had this season, taking some of the fluke hits out of play. “With the old bats, you could make good pitches and the bats had enough pop to get the ball out between the second baseman and right fielder or something,” he said. “The BBCOR bats and more true, like a wooden bat, and the only real way to get beat is to leave something over the plate that they could get the good part of the bat on.” No matter what played to his favor, it was Duchene’s had work that kept him getting better each season. “In my opinion Kevin was the No. 1 pitcher in the state,” JCA coach Jared Voss said. “Only one earned run all season is pretty amazing.  Kevin will continue his baseball career at U of I next season.  Kevin improved every season in the program and a lot of that is because the work he put in the offseason and on his own. His baseball future is very bright at the next level.” While he is waiting to compete for the Illini, Duchene is playing for the Illinois Sparks, where two weeks ago, he faced beat Louisville’s Kyle Funkouser 3-2. The match-up is what many fans anticipated in the sectional finals, but like JCA, Funkhouser’s Oak Park team was also upset in the opener. “He is unbelievable,” Duchene said.“I know a lot of people were

talking about how that match-up would have been and it would have been fun, but it would have been cooler if we didn’t like each other and it was a rivalry, but he is like one of my best friends.” While Duchene didn’t have a chance to face his friend in the IHSA playoffs, he did throw an inning of scoreless relief in his final game, but he said he wasn’t too emotional about that inning.” “I know I have a lot of baseball left and that wasn’t my final inning,” he said. “When I throw my last game, I wont be able to do an interview because I am going to be so upset. I love this game so much and as a long as I can play it, I am going to.” The rest of the Voyager Media All Area team are:

PATRICK ALOISIO Aloisio, whom Maine South coach Bill Milano refers to as a “Greg Maddux at the high school level,” wasn’t overpowering, but he could throw five pitches for strikes and consistently got ahead of

Sports opposing hitters in the count. Aloisio posted a 10-1 record, a 1.58 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He’ll be pitching at nearby Oakton Community College next spring. “He’ll do fine,” Milano said. “He throws strikes and he mixes it up.”

DEREK BANGERT J u n i o r catcher batted .491 with 14 doubles, for Lockport. He added five homers and 25 RBI. “Derek was a steady force as out number three hitter this year,” said coach Andy Satunas. “His average of .491 for the regular season is very impressive, especially due to the strength of our schedule. He hit .491 versus mostly number 1 and number 2 pitchers and had hits in 31 out 35 of our games. Derek was also able to help our team behind the plate with his defense and our pitchers felt very comfortable throwing to him.

TIM BLAKE Senior from Plainfield Central went 5-2 with a 1.99 ERA on the

year. “Tim Blake had not started a game until this year and became the Wildcats best pitcher,” Central coach John Rosner said. “He had an ERA of under two in 11 starts. He will be pitching for Kankakee

Community College next year.”

JULIAN CLOUSE Senior righty from Plainfield South went 7-3 with a 1.41 ERA. C l o u s e See ALL-AREA, page 15

Sports ALL-AREA Continued from page 14 finished the season with 64.2 innings pitched.

KYLE COLLETTA Colletta, on the varsity since his freshman year, committed only four errors in 93 total chances at second base during the season (.959 fielding percentage) while hitting .290 for Niles West. But he was even more effective on the mound, going 9-2 with a 1.48 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 66 innings. “I feel like Kyle’s name will be at top of list of all players that have come through here,” said Wolves coach Garry Gustafson.

JOE CRESTA Cresta, a Notre Dame recruit, went 9-1 on the bump with a 1.12 ERA. He had 77 strikeouts for Plainfield North. At the plate he had 34 hits, eight doubles and 22 RBI in his senior season.

CHARLIE DONOVAN The sky seems to be the limit for the Westmont freshman, whom firstyear coach D.J. Cocks says is already a Division I prospect. Donovan, the team’s MVP, hit .440 with a .527 on-base percentage and 14 stolen bases. He also was listed among the top five players in the state for the Class of 2015 by “He’s legit,” Cocks said. “Everyone that sees him just drools over him. I’ve been coaching for nine seasons now, and I haven’t seen a freshman that good.”

CORY EVANS Maine East went 12-25 during the 2012 campaign, but it’s safe to say Evans, a four-year varsity

player, played a role in each of those triumphs, whether at shortstop or on the bump. Evans recorded six wins, had a 3.55 ERA and pitched nine complete games. Hitting-wise, he batted .396 with a .479 OBP and 14 stolen bases. “He’s really ignited us offensively,” said Maine East coach Ron Clark. “Anytime he was on the mound he gave us a chance. He pitched through a lot of stuff. He’s a very mentally tough kid, and always focused on the task at hand.”

BRIAN GLOWICKI Downers South junior went 8-1 with two saves on the year. He had 72 strikeouts and just seven

walks with a 1.20 ERA in 57 innings. He was voted as team MVP. “I still don’t think he is a dominant p i t c h e r ,” Downers South coach Darren Orel said. “But he dominates by being a pitcher. His fastball is only in the upper 80s, low 90s, so he is not going to just blow it by you. He tries to pitch to contact and he has more sink on his fastball this year and gets ground balls.”

JAKE HERRON The Joliet West junior posted a 6-4 overall record with three

THE BUGLE/SENTINEL JULY 4, 2012 saves, but was 5-0 in the SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue Division. He posted a 0.79 ERA, striking out 99 batters and walking 13.

JOSH JIMENEZ Ace of the Minooka staff, the senior lefty was 11-3 with a 1.71 ERA, in 86 innings. He posted 115 strikeouts and only 23 walks.


KEENAN KELLY A spot starter his junior year, Kelly worked hard during the off-season and earned the starting nod at third base as a senior for Maine South. He was one of the Hawks’ top clutch hitters and RBI men. “He just makes all the plays,” said Milano. “Routine plays and tough plays, and he has a good See ALL-AREA, page 16



ALL-AREA Continued from page 15 arm. He’s extremely focused between the lines.” Kelly is looking to continue playing at either Illinois Wesleyan or Webster University in St. Louis.

CALEB KISSEL Plainfield North senior s e c o n d b a s e m a n batted .380 for the 33-5 conference champs.

CONNOR KOPACH Batted .377 with 43 hits, 26 runs and 22 RBI for Downers

North. “Connor Kopach had a great junior year,” Isaacson said. “Connor hit in the two hole all year for us and was our most consistent hitter the entire season. Connor was a major run producer for us by either getting on base, moving runners over or getting them in.”

AUSTIN MASTELA Lockport s e n i o r outfielder had a strong second half of the year. He finished the season with a .363 average,

Sports 13 doubles, three homers and 34 RBI. “Austin was a tremendous senior leader for our team,” Satunas said.“His positive attitude and work ethic is what enabled him to bat close to .600 over the last 18 games after only hitting .179 through the first month of the season. During that stretch he had 32 hits, 11 2B’s, 2 3B’s, 3 HR’s, 7 SB, and 29 RBI’s. Not only did Austin get it done with the bat, but he also was also one of the best defensive outfielders the Porters have ever had in their program.

BRENDAN MILLER Junior went 11-0 on the mound with a .85 ERA for Plainfield North. He

earned the win in every one of his starts and finished with 74 strikeouts to just 11 walks.

CARSON NEUSCHWANDER Senior outfielder led Minooka with a .360 batting average. He had five doubles, four triples,

three home runs and 25 RBI while scoring 21 runs and helping the Indians to a fo u r t h - p l a c e finish in state. See ALL-AREA, page 17

Sports ALL-AREA Continued from page 16

KYLE RICHARDSON The Notre Dame-bound Richardson was one of Maine South’s l e a d e r s in batting average, home runs and RBIs. He also was one of the top students in his graduating class this spring (4.47 GPA and a 33 on his ACT). “He’s a good fit for them (Notre Dame),” said Milano. “He plays a great center field, runs the bases well and he’s everything you look for in a high school player. He has all the tools.”

KEVIN ROSS Ross’ exceptional abilities had major-league scouts showing up in droves at Niles West games throughout the season. Ross, drafted in the eighth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit .427 with 20 RBIs despite playing the last five games of his prep

career with his left thumb broken in two places. If he doesn’t sign with the Pirates, he’ll be at Michigan next spring. “He played at high level all year and turned a lot of heads,” said Gustafson.“He has a bright future ahead of him and nothing but great things will come his way.”

NATE SEARING Batted .342 with 38 RBI and 42 hits for JCA. On the mound the senior was 5-1 with a 2.33 ERA and 40 strikeouts. “Nate was a bulldog on the mound and at the plate for us the last two years,” Voss said. “Plays every game full tilt and his tenacity will be missed next season. Earned 2012 ESCC all conference honors. Nate was enjoyable to watch play the game because he played it with his heart on his sleeve.”

JOE SPARACIO Plainfield Central senior totaled 48 hits, batted .436 with 43 RBI, 31 runs and 19 doubles. “ J o e Sparacio hit .436 and leaves Plainfield Central as one of it its greatest hitters,” Central coach John Rosner said. “All season long he has hit in the three spot and produced with both average and power. He will continue his career at Lewis University next year.”

CHRIS TSCHIDA The junior shortstop led Joliet Catholic with a .495 batting a v e r a g e , 52 hits, 10 doubles, seven triples and three homers. Scored 37 runs and drove home 33 runs. “It was his second year as varsity starter,” Voss stated. “In a year where the bats affected a lot of hitters, they didn’t

THE BUGLE/SENTINEL JULY 4, 2012 faze Chris. Next season he will be a top hitter and player in the area going into the spring season.  Great leader on the field and continues to develop an excellent knowledge of the game.”

TOM VACHON Batted .417 with 46 hits, 28 runs, 14 doubles and 26 RBI for Plainfield East. “Tom has been a three year starter on the varsity for us,” East coach Adam O’Reel said. “He finished strong having his best hitting season of his career. He led our team in batting average, RBI, hits and on base percentage.  Tom also was a mid-week conference


pitcher for us during that time. Tom had a great career for us and will be missed.”

STEVE WALDROP T h e Bolingbrook junior was 7-3 with a 1.83 ERA. He struck out 73 batters and walked 24 on the season. Waldrop held Naperville North at bay in the regional opener giving the Raiders their first playoff win in recent history. “He was a good pitcher for us all season,” said Bolingbrook coach Chris Malinowski. “He always gave us a chance to win.” Scott Taylor and Mike Sandrolini contributed




Local talent always in abundance in Chicagoland area Anyone who knows me or was even in ear shot of me, my Facebook page or Twitter account (@Imof fcenter, Wide Right follow me) during by Mark Gregory the recent NBA Finals know that I really can’t stand the NBA. There are certain teams and players who I can watch who do things the right way, but for every humble superstar like Kevin Durant, there are five idiots like the player formerly known as Ron Artest. But, I digress. During what would be the last game of the NBA season, I was helping the economy in a local watering hole with friends and of course the game was on TV. After suffering through the game, the lone happy moment I got was when the Heat emptied their bench in the closing

minutes of the game and 18-year veteran and Chicago native Juwan Howard got into the game.As mad I was that LeBron was getting a ring, to see Howard finally get his championship was worth it. It took me back to my freshman year at Lockport High School when I had my parents take me to Lockport Central gym for the Thanksgiving Tournament so I could watch Howard and his Chicago Vocational team play. At the time, he had already committed to the University of Michigan to play for what became the Fab 5. My comments to my friends about Howard got us talking about some of the other great athletes we had been able to see play locally during their high school days. I still remember watching Kevin Garnett at Farragut, Antwaan Randle El, Melvin Ely and Tai Streets, all teammates at Thornton High School. There was Mike Alstott at JCA, Owen Daniels at

Naperville Central and track and field sensation Lukas Verbickas at Carl Sandburg. And that is just the guys. Just last night I was watching SportsCenter and seeing the talks about the NBA’s top draft pick, Anthony Davis, who played at Chicago Perspectives Charter School. I recall just two years ago watching him play in the United Center as a member of the McDonald’s All-American game. That got me thinking, with the bad economy and professional sports teams still raising ticket prices, there is a much cheaper way to see some of the nation’s top athletes – watch them before they are pros. For an average cost of $5 to a high school event, you can watch the future right here in your back yard.And trust me, it’s there. This coming year will be especially good, as you have JCA running back Ty Isaac, the

CrackerJacks want crack at another MCL crown By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

The Midwest Collegiate League

BASEBALL has added four expansion teams for the 2012 season, but the league’s defending champion— the Will County CrackerJacks— would like nothing more than to get another crack at the title. Vern Hasty, last season’s MCL Manager of the Year, likes the makeup of his 2012 CrackerJacks,

who have players on their roster from across the country. “They were here two, maybe three days prior to our first game, so that didn’t give us a whole lot of time to get the kids together,” Hasty said. “We’re just hoping that they jell among themselves. “Last year it worked out well, and so far this year the kids are really coming together. I know that sounds cliché, but they really are a great group of kids.” Left-fielder Mitch Elliott and shortstop Daniel Nevares— second and fourth in the MCL in

hitting, respectively—pounded DuPage pitching on Sunday. Nevares (.366 so far this season) went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs, while Elliott (.419) was 3-for-6. Nevares homered in Will County’s 10-run third inning—a single-game team record for most runs in one inning. Pitching-wise,the CrackerJacks are getting relief help this season from Joliet West product Mike Grindstaff. Grindstaff, who appeared in See CROWN, page 19

68th ranked high school football player in the nation, playing right here. You want more skill, look to Bolingbrook and dual threat quarterback Aaron Bailey or defensive back Parrker Westphal, who has stacks of college offers and he hasn’t even played one snap as a junior. If you are like me and like the game played in the trenches, look no further than the SPC. Offensive linemen Tyler Lancaster (Plainfield East) and Blake King (Minooka) have already committed to Northwestern to block for Maine South quarterback Matt Alviti, who is only a 45 minute drive north. On the defensive line, Plainfield Central’s Bryce Douglas has just inked with Illinois and is fun to

watch. And that’s just football. Anyone who missed Davis or Derrick Rose playing basketball in Chicago will not want to miss their chance to see the next Windy City overall No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, Jabari Parker at Simeon. Plan your Christmas break trip to Pontiac now to watch local teams like Lockport, Joliet West and Plainfield North and stay for Parker, who could easily be the top choice in the NBA in two seasons. Am I saying that any of these locals will be the next big pro to come out of Chicagoland,no (even though there are a few who have special abilities), but they might and wouldn’t you like to say,‘I saw them when?’

Sports CROWN Continued from page 18 eight games during his freshman year last spring at Northern Illinois, pitched 1 2/3 innings in the CrackerJacks’ 11-3 triumph over the Chicago Zephyrs on June 21. He allowed just one hit and faced seven batters, striking out three. “He’s a great kid and he’s going to be a very good ballplayer, no doubt in my mind,” said Hasty in reference to Grindstaff, the 2011 team MVP at Joliet West who went 9-1 his senior year—a single-season school record for most victories. “He came in and threw the ball very hard. I’ll be honest with you, I was a little surprised. He really let it go and was very impressive.” Another new addition to the CrackerJacks is someone who’s near and dear to many Chicago Cubs fans’ hearts. Bob Dernier, the Cubs’ centerfielder during their 1984 season in which they won the National League East title and advanced to the N.L. Championship Series, is Will County’s associate head coach and director of baseball operations. Dernier, who won a Gold

Glove and stole 45 bases for the North Siders that season, served as the Cubs’ first base coach in 2011. “These young men with the CrackerJacks are working toward their dream of being drafted into a major league organization and working their way up to the big leagues,”said Dernier after joining the CrackerJacks earlier this year. “I look forward to working with these young men on a daily basis this summer and hopefully helping them get a step closer to fulfilling the dream.” Meanwhile, Plainfield North graduate Patrick Cashman pitched a scoreless inning for the DuPage Hounds on Sunday and recorded a strikeout. Cashman won seven games for Plainfield North his senior year and helped lead the Tigers to a 31-3 record and the sectional semifinals. He missed what would have been his freshman year at Benedictine University last spring when he suffered a small tear in his rotator cuff in February. Fortunately, Cashman didn’t need surgery, but he said he’s not 100 percent just yet. “It’s a long-term process so I’m not really expecting to get back at 100 percent this summer,” he said. “I’m just trying to get some

innings.” Cashman’s fastball topped out between 88 and 90 mph before the injury. “Right now I’m not where I was,” he said.“I’m trying to work on my off-speed pitches coming back from an injury. I’m just trying to get everything going again. Results don’t really matter to me. Obviously I want to win a championship (with the Hounds); that’s what baseball is all about, but me personally, I just want to try and get everything going and get ready for next year.” Overall, Cashman said he’s enjoying his summer with the Hounds. “It’s different than any other league I’ve played in,” he said.“It’s like a minor league atmosphere so it’s always fun to come out here. “There are nice crowds and the guys want to win. It’s a great group of guys.” Plainfield Central product Nick Woltkamp has appeared in seven games in a relief role for the CrackerJacks and is 2-0 with one save. He completed his freshman season at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, starting three games and striking out 12 in 14 innings for the Crusaders.





Mercer, Wisconsin is a Northwoods Treasure By Dan Stefanich

There’s something special about Northwoods. The heavy scent of pine in the air. Bald eagles everywhere. The wailing call of the loons. It’s been a while since I had the opportunity to fish up North. But a recent trip to Mercer, Wisconsin brought back a flood of memories, and a chance to create new ones. Located at the northernmost part of Wisconsin, Mercer is just miles from the Michigan border, or about 5 hours from Chicago. I was filming an episode of Illinois Outdoors TV with my buddy Don Dziedzina, so we had to squeeze a lot into 3 short days. As we pulled into town, we were greeted by a giant loon sculpture, fitting for the Loon Capital of the World. Over three days we fished several lakes. But the largest body of water was the famed Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. There was plenty of rock structure typical of the northern lakes, but this body of water was loaded with lots of downed timber, which provides great hiding places for the fish. Our method of fishing was working small jigs tipped with a half a night crawler through the logs and timber. Using this technique, we caught a variety of fish including smallmouth bass, walleye, rock bass and bluegills. Of course there’s a price to pay when fishing underwater timber- as I donated plenty of jigs to the Flowage. “If you’re not getting snags, you’re not where the fish are,” explained Jerry Hartigan of Jerkbait Guides Services. We boated some giant smallmouth

in the 4-plus pound range. I was intrigued by how dark their colors were, almost black, due to the tannin in the water from the trees. Our timing was not ideal as we arrived just after the mayfly hatch, so the fish had been gorging themselves on the mayfly larvae hatching from the lake bottoms. The temperature was in the upper 80’s, which also slowed the bite. Despite the challenging conditions we still caught fish thanks to the help of some of the best guides in Northern Wisconsin including Hartigan, Mike “Doc” Sabec, John Andrew, Jeff Robl, and Erv Keller. The walleye had lockjaw as well, but we still caught our limit and brought some home for the frying pan. Now I have never fished for muskies before, but know it requires a LOT of casting with giant lures, and that catching a musky is kind of like winning the lottery. Well, our guide Bobby Orr made it looks easy. In just 3 hours, we had one musky in the boat, 2 hooked up and about 5 more that followed our lures to the boat. I had a 40-incher hooked up…for about ten seconds. After grabbing my spinnerbait, he exploded out of the water about 15 feet from the boat, shaking his tooth-filled head, then in a giant “woosh” he cut the line and waved goodbye. Now I know why musky fishing can be so addicting— what a rush! Catching fish in the Northwoods makes you hungry, and the locals went above and beyond to make sure we had our fill. We enjoyed a lakeside campfire breakfast at the Pine

Photo Courtesy of Dan Stefanich

Mercer, WI is truly the Loon Capital of the World offering plenty of exciting opportunities for wildlife photographers, outdoor enthusiasts and or course, fishermen.

Forest Lodge, a BBQ cookout with salmon and ribs courtesy of the McNutt Group, and a scrumptious walleye shore lunch at The Gateway Lodge. Mercer is also a great place for the entire family. Every facility we visited was family-friendly.

And the Wampum Shop is a must-visit for the kids, or if you need to bring gifts back for the rest of the family.The locals were some of the friendliest folks I’ve met, and they treated us like family. Mercer is also a winter hotspot with some outstanding

snowmobiles trails and ice fishing. If you are interested in setting up a trip, contact the Mercer Chamber of Commerce at For more photos and resources for this fantastic destination, visit

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Body language can make or break career Q. How do I understand nonverbal communication at work? I’ve read books on body language, but I am still pretty confused. Are there any easy guidelines to help interpret what body language means? A. Western culture mostly associates the physical body with sex. When I teach nonverbal communication, people often squirm and giggle because bringing up the fact they have bodies makes them embarrassed. However, the body is a powerful communication channel that is mostly ignored or barely noticed at work. Even though studies find body language carries 55 percent of the meaning during communication.

Being able to understand body language is more complicated than getting a guide that says if your boss scratches his nose, he’s lying. Most body language is unique to the person using it. Pay attention to what your body and others’ bodies do when you’re in boring situations (e.g., meetings). Experiment with imitating different postures or gestures you see people use. How do you feel when you pound your fist, drape your arms over the chair, or sit with legs and arms crossed. Notice your

feelings when you use assume positions and you’ll have better information about what’s going on for others. Make sure you’re breathing deeply when you’re trying to notice nonverbal behavior. If you’re having an out-of-body experience rather than being in your body, it will be tough to observe anyone else’s. If you see a coworker make a gesture repeatedly, try asking them what it means when they look at their watch, tap their foot or lean away. After a while, you will get a working physical vocabulary of the people around you. One critical aspect of body language is that it often reveals much more than people want to about their real agendas. Moreover, people will even

tell you information they themselves don’t fully grasp or want to admit. For instance, I had a client who pounded his fists whenever he talked about his boss. I asked him why he was so mad at his boss, and he looked surprised. He hadn’t thought about his fury until I pointed out his fists. If you ever find a person’s nonverbal and verbal communication to be in conflict, always believe the body. Very few people can control their body language. What you hear when the body talks may even save your career one day!

my current salary. Would it be wrong to take the job? A. No. Ask yourself if your company would consider it wrong to let you go if it were in their best interests? Then take the job.

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(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.)

Son: Should he stay or should he go? Dear Dave, My son has worked and saved all through school and will be graduating this year with a degree in electrical engineering. He has a job waiting for him when he finishes, and he wants to move out on his own then. I think he should continue to live at home and save up more money. What do you think? Sue Dear Sue, Honestly, I think he should move out. This situation isn’t about money as much as it’s about your son becoming a man. At this point in his life it’s going to be really good for him, emotionally and spiritually, to stand on his own two feet. It sounds like you’ve got some good ideas about saving and financial responsibility, and he needs to take some of Mom’s advice in those areas. But it’s time he had his own place and started paying his own bills. It’s time for this one to leave the nest, spread his wings, and fly.

H e r e ’ s something else to think about. He’s going to look a whole lot better to the world if he’s out there standing on his own. I think lots of young ladies, not to mention their parents, will be much more impressed by a guy who’s making his own way rather than living at home with mom. He’s at a point where he’s reaching for dignity and trying to make his way in the world. Let him do it. I’ve got a feeling he’ll make you proud! —Dave

Whole life for adult kids? Dear Dave, My husband and I have about $50,000 in debt. It started piling up several years ago when one

of our sons was injured. He’s 33, his brother is 23, and we’ve got whole life insurance policies on each of them. The combined cash value of the policies is about $21,000. Should we sell them in order to help pay down our debt? Lori Dear Lori, You’re not responsible for the final expenses of a 33-year-old or a 23-year-old. And the fact that they’re your sons doesn’t change anything. Whole life insurance is a horrible investment. The rate of return is almost nothing. When someone dies with these policies, the extra money you paid to create the cash value is wasted, because the insurance company keeps the cash value. They only pay out the face value! That’s not what I call smart investing. If it were me, I’d cash in both of the policies immediately. Now, if either of them has become uninsurable and you want to transfer a policy to them, that’s

fine. Otherwise, they both need to take care of their own insurance and other financial needs. You guys are staring at a lot of debt, and $21,000 will go a long way toward cleaning up that mess. Cash them in! —Dave

* Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored four New York Times bestselling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 5 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at











Annual pro-life protests to take place this week By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

As this year’s presidential candidates argue economics and healthcare,activists in Will County and surrounding areas are getting ready for a march of their own, as the anti-abortion movement hits the streets. The 13th annual Face the Truth Tour, organized by the Pro-Life Action League, will be taking to the streets on July 6, in an effort to pass on the pro-life message. The tour takes van loads of prolife advocates to busy roadways, where they display four-foot images of pre-born fetuses juxtaposed with four-foot posters of aborted fetuses.Without doubt, the controversial protest gets the attention, sometimes to support, and often times, to the dismay of passersby. This year, protesters will be at the corners of W. Jefferson St.

and Larkin Ave in Joliet from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; the corner of Brook Forest Ave. and Black Road in Shorewood from 11:30-1 p.m. and at Route 59 and Caton Farm Road in Plainfield from 3-4:30 p.m. Organizers say the large graphic images are an honest and necessary portrayal of abortion. “When people actually see it, when they behold it with their own eyes, then support for abortion really begins to corrode,” Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, said. But the organization also said they are sympathetic to those who would rather avoid the protest. Warning signs will be placed in the distance before the intersections, to allow drivers an opportunity to steer clear of the protests if they desire to do so. “We respect the responsibility of parents to educate their children on such issues,” the

league website states. “That’s why we always place Warning signs several blocks in advance of our display, to allow parents and others to choose an alternate route if they would rather not see the pictures.” The League credits itself with having closed eight abortion clinics in Chicago and nearly 100 across the country. “We are teaching,” founder Joe Scheidler said. “We are teaching what abortion is-it’s destroying a nation and destroying our spirit. It’s anti-American. It’s anti-life.” The Pro-Life League will be on the streets throughout July. Other area locations include: • 9 to 10:30 a.m. on July 14 at New York Street and Eola Road in Aurora; • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 14 at Washington Street and Ogden Avenue in Naperville; and • 3 to 4:30 p.m. on July 14 at Route 59 and New York Street

‘Fill the Truck’ benefits local food pantry St. Joseph Catholic Church, Joliet, gives back to area food pantry. On Sunday, June 24th, St. Joseph Church at the Annual Homecoming Fair held a “Fill the Truck” Food Drive to benefit the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Food Pantry. Over 80 bags of non-perishable items were donated and $225 raised.

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Pictured are Marianne Manley, St. John the Baptist food pantry coordinator, and Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rev. Timothy P. Andres O.Carm. The truck used during the food drive was provided by Bill Jacobs Joliet.

in Aurora. For more information, visit the Pro-Life Action League website at



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