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OCTOBER 17, 2012

Vol. 5 No. 7

Injunction halts IYC-Joliet closure Two sides meet to decide future of Joliet youth center, other state facilities By Jonathan Samples Staff Reporter

Arbitration continued this week between Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration and the union representing state employees at Joliet’s youth center and several other state facilities. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees and the administration entered into arbitration after Quinn finalized his plan to close seven state prison facilities. Last week, First District Circuit Court judge Charles Cavaness issued an injunction preventing the administration from closing

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from taking any steps to move forward with the closures, including transferring inmates or layingoff employees, until our grievances are resolved.” Anders Lindall, AFSCME spokesperson. those facilities. “This injunction prevents the Quinn administration from taking any steps to move forward with the closures, including transferring inmates or laying-off employees, until our grievances are resolved,” AFSCME spokesperson Anders

Lindall said. Of those facilities originally scheduled to close Aug. 31, IYCJoliet has received significant attention from local lawmakers because of its status as the only maximum-security youth detention facility in the state. Illinois Sen. Pat McGuire

has said that the Joliet youth center’s proximity to Cook County, as well as the level of security and types of services it provides, are important reasons why it should remain operational. “I understand the importance of community-based treatment for some youths, but we’re talking about maximumsecurity youth,” McGuire told the Bugle in a June interview. “I doubt if community-based care and ankle bracelets are appropriate for them.” Under the plan, juveniles currently housed at the Joliet facility would be transferred to detention centers in St.

Charles and Kewanee. The governor has said the closures are necessary because of fiscal concerns. Furthermore, fewer juvenile detainees and a desire to move away from detention and towards rehabilitation for juveniles has motivated the governor’s decision regarding IYC-Joliet and youth detention facility in Murphysboro. However, critics have said the closures would put lesshardened juvenile inmates at risk and affect the safety of employees. Lindall said the closures would jeopardize the safety of both employees and See YOUTH CENTER, page 2


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YOUTH CENTER Continued from page 1 inmates at transfer facilities. The union spokesperson said facilities in St. Charles and Kewanee are not capable of housing the violent youth currently held at IYC-Joliet. “Those are not maximum

security facilities,” Lindall said. “They don’t have the safety features, they don’t have the staffing and training that Joliet has to handle a maximum security population, and they have a group of juveniles that tend to be younger and less hardened. There’s grave concern about mixing those populations.” According to Lindall, state facilities are currently capable of housing 33,000 inmates.

News However, he said that number has soared to more than 49,000, and the proposed closures would only worsen the problem. “The loss of any of these facilities would worsen that dangerous overcrowding,” he said. Cavaness’ ruling seemed to reaffirm AFSCME’s claims that closures could jeopardize employee safety, saying “irreparable harm” could come

to employees if the closures occur before the arbitration process is completed. However, the administration said the injunction violates the governor’s executive powers and will cost the state $7 million every month those facilities remain open. Quinn spokesperson Abdon Pallasch told the Associated Press that the administration would appeal the decision to the Illinois Supreme Court. The governor’s press office declined comment. The decision by the administration to appeal the recent injunction has drawn additional criticism from AFSCME. Lindall said the move shows the governors unwillingness to negotiate with the union. In a related battle between the two parties and collective bargaining, an independent arbitrator sided with the union. AFSCME was also granted a temporary restraining order, prior to the recent injunction. The

administration appealed both of those rulings. “The governor continues to waste tax-payer money and time in court to overturn decisions of judges and arbitrators, who have looked at the closures and deemed them bad policies,” Lindall said. With regards to claims that the ruling violates the governor’s executive power to close state facilities, Lindall said the administration has made that argument before and it failed. “There is very recent precedent that there argument doesn’t hold water,” he said. “When the First District issued the temporary restraining order, they made that same argument and the appellate panel rejected it.” Arbitration is underway this week, and Lindall said AFSCME is hopeful the arbitrator will restore funding to the proposed facilities. jsamples@buglenewspapers.com


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Midwest Generation face pollution charges By Laura Katauskas Staff Reporter

A number of environmental groups have joined together to file a complaint against Midwest Generation alleging their age-old ponds could be leaking toxic contaminants at four of their power-generating facilities, two within Will County in Romeoville and Joliet. The Environmental Integrity Project and Environmental Law and Policy Center filed a complaint on behalf of the ELPC and Prairie Rivers Network. The Lockport-based Citizens Against Ruining the Environment also joined the complaint. According to the complaint filed by the groups, leaking coal ash ponds are contaminating groundwater with toxic pollution in

violation of state solid waste and water pollution control laws. The complaint states that this is happening at the Will County Generating Station in Romeoville, the Joliet 29 Generating Station in Joliet, the Powerton Generating Station in Pekin and the Waukegan Generating Station. According to a press release by CARE, Midwest Generation’s coal-fired power plants generates coal ash pollution and other waste, which is dumped in large impoundments without adequate safeguards to prevent pollution from entering groundwater. Company spokesperson Susan Olavarrio released this statement from Midwest Generation: “We have recently been served and are reviewing the complaint, but from what we

have seen, it raises nothing new,” Olavarrio said. “We will be prepared to defend our operations vigorously against parties who have long sought any avenue to try to close down coal-fired power plants.” Environmental Integrity Project Attorney Abel Russ argues that EIP’s investigation has documented hundreds of exceedances of federal and state drinking water standards. “It’s very concerning when huge companies deny their contamination of air and groundwater but it’s unbelievable that Midwest Generation would not show concern or remorse when they sent a report to the EPA admitting their exceedances of toxic chemicals such as arsenic, selenium and boron etc, said CARE Director Ellen Rendulich. “Many of the

CARE members, like myself, live within a couple miles of Edison International’s Midwest Generation facilities. Not only are we breathing toxic air pollutants emitted by Midwest Generation but when we get a glass of water or take a shower we worry that it may contain poisonous chemicals like arsenic. Midwest Generation must take responsibility to remediate the precious groundwater that they have contaminated.” Midwest Generation was established in Illinois upon acquiring six coal-fired power plants in the state in 1999. It is a subsidiary of Edison Mission Group, which manages the competitive power generation business of Edison International. According to an earlier press release from Midwest

Generation, the company has invested continuously in additional pollution controls at its plants. In late 2011, it has completed the installation of Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction systems to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), which can contribute to the formation of smog. These new controls enabled Midwest Generation to comply with both State of Illinois and USEPA limits for NOx, which took place at the beginning of this year. The company noted that as a result of this work, Midwest Generation will have reduced NOx emissions by 80 percent since 1999. The company also states that it has reduced emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), which can contribute to acid rain, by nearly 40 percent since 1999.

Crimestoppers to host first 5K fundraiser Crime Stoppers of Will County is hosting a Goblin Gallop 5K run/walk event on Oct. 27. Proceeds from this event will help keep crime off the streets in Will County communities. This event will take place at Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet. The cost is $35 per runner and it includes a free goodie bag. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes. This community-based

crime solving organization was originally created to tackle the major community issues that police officers face today: fear of retaliation and a reluctance to get involved, according to Crime Stoppers USA. These issues are solved by offering people a way to anonymously report criminal activity in their neighborhoods and by giving out large rewards for successful tips.The tip hotline

(800-323-6734) and contact form on the Crime Stoppers website provide local law enforcement officers with valuable information necessary to apprehend and convict criminals. A successful tip that leads to an arrest and filing of criminal charges against a felony crime offender or the apprehension of a felony fugitive can earn rewards up to $5,000. To date, over $553,000 has been paid out in rewards in Will

County alone. This program has resulted in the recovery of over $9 million dollars in recovered property and drugs. “We’re looking forward to hitting the ten-million dollar mark with recovered goods,” said Mark Schneidewind, board president. “That will be a huge milestone for the organization, as well as a big kudos to our Will County residents that get involved.”

Visit the website, www. crimestopper sofwillcounty. org, for more information on building a safer community, safety tips and tips on how to teach your child about stranger danger. You can also view most wanted criminals, recent news and a listing of local police departments. With tips on criminal activity, call the Crime Stoppers Hotline anytime at 800-323-6734.


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Voters benefit from grace period While the date to formally register to vote has past, Illinois residents can still register through grace period registration.According to Illinois Election statutes, residents may register in-person at the office of their election authority through grace period registration. Grace period voting is for individuals who were unable to register to vote or change their address prior to the close of registration. Grace period individuals may register to vote or change their address from now until Nov. 3. Grace period voting is only available in the Will County Clerk’s Office, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Two forms of identification are required to register: at least one of the two forms must show your name and current address; and only one form of identification may be a piece of mail addressed and delivered to you. The second form of identification can be a driver’s license, state id, library card, credit card, etc. Grace period individuals must vote on the same day they register to vote but may not vote at the polls on Election Day. Registered voters also can request an absentee ballot via website at www. thewillcountyclerk.com or by calling the Will County Clerk’s Office at 815-740-4632 or 815774-6367. The Will County Clerk’s Office will need the

voter’s name, residence address, mailing address and date of birth at the time of request. The last day by law an absentee ballot can be requested or mailed is Nov. 1. Early voting begins on Monday and ends Nov. 2. Early voting is available to any registered voter in Will County. State law requires that a registered voter show valid photo identification before voting early. Voters casting an early ballot must display a current driver’s license, a state-issued ID card or another government-issued ID with a photograph. In-Person Absentee and Early Voting is conducted at the Will County Clerk’s Office or you may vote in certain city, village and township offices throughout

the county. Check at your local village hall for hours. In addition, Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots, reminds registered voters in Will County that their household will receive a Voter Information Guide in the mail from the office in October providing important information about the upcoming Nov. 6 General Election. The Voter Information Guide will provide voters with details about their polling place, early voting sites and other valuable information. To further assist voters, the guide will include a sample ballot showing all candidates and referenda for which they are eligible to vote. “I want to make it as convenient as possible for

County assists families in transition Families who have lost their homes due to economic hardship can find help for any of the problems that accompany an unstable housing situation at the Families in Transition Support Day on Saturday. The event to be held from10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bolingbrook Community Center, 201 Canterbury Lane, is sponsored by Dr. Jennifer BertinoTarrant, Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools; the Will County Regional Office of Education; Valley View School District 365U; and DuPage County Area Project, a non-

profit community organization devoted to promoting positive activities for youth. School staffers and service workers from community organizations will be on hand to help families gain an understanding of their children’s educational rights and provide information about health insurance and medical care. Information about nutrition, credit counseling rebuilding, housing counseling, and eligibility for rental assistance or affordable housing is also available, along with a story

time for children and free books to take home. Lunch will be provided. Bringing documents such as identification cards, Social Security cards, medical cards and income information may help families apply for services from participating community organizations, Community service agencies participating in the event include: All Kids/Beacon Therapeutic, a mobile health team from Aunt Martha’s Youth Center, Will County Department of Public Health Dental Division, Illinois State

Treasurer’s Office, National Hookup of Black Women Joliet Chapter, Romeoville/ Bolingbrook Libraries, and the Community Service Council of Northern Will County. To attend, people from the Valley View area should contact Michele Bochnak, community outreach coordinator, at 815886-2700, ext. 297 or email BOCHNAKML@vvsd.org. To attend from other areas of Will County, call Ron O’Connor, Will County Homeless Liaison, at 815-740-4787 or email roconnor@willcountyillinois. com.

Will County voters to have the information they need prior to voting,” Voots said. “Please watch your mailbox for your Voter Information Guide, and feel free to bring it with you when you go to your voting locations to cast your ballot.” Voots would also like to remind voters that many voting sites have changed due to redistricting in 2011. “You can always refer to your voter ID card, which was issued earlier this year,” she said. Please visit the Will County Clerk’s website at www. thewillcountyclerk.com for this and other election-related information. Laura Katauskas contributed to this report.


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Community takes a stand against domestic violence By Laura Katauskas Staff Reporter

Communities and their residents throughout northern Will County gathered together last week in a Take Back the Night rally designed to shatter the silence and break the cycle of domestic violence. Lawrence McCrimon used to stay up all night to protect his daughter, Shennel, from her estranged husband from breaking in and assaulting her. But he was unable to protect her everywhere she went. When she was out in public, her husband, under a protection order, managed to shoot her at close range then shot himself. Lawrence is still convinced her death could have been avoided if the authorities were aware of her husband’s protection order and confiscated his handgun before he ended her life. Maria Riveria was 51 when she lived the last moment of her life. She was simply opening the door to her home because someone knocked on it. Little did she know she would be opening the door to an angry and jealous ex-husband pointing a gun to her head. He made a choice to take her life. She left behind a son and many friends and family members. These are the stories written on the Silent Witness Display, wooden statues that lined the

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Fourteenth annual rally brought Will County residents together to fight domestic violence.

Levy Center in Bolingbrook during the 14th annual rally. Local leaders, legislators and agency representatives all came together to encourage advocacy for these individuals and offer support. Every nine seconds a bell rang in the distance, a reminder of each time a woman is beaten or assaulted in the United States. Congressman Judy Biggert spoke of her work to reauthorize the Violence against Women’s Act. Initially passed in 1994, VAWA created the first U.S. federal legislation acknowledging domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes, and provided federal resources to encourage communitycoordinated responses to combating violence. VAWA expired in 2011 and must be swiftly reauthorized to ensure

the continuation of these vital, lifesaving programs and laws. But it isn’t just about battered woman, domestic violence also includes, elder abuse, dating violence, partner violence, sexual violence, senior and disabled abuse and affects not only the victim but those connected to them. In a symbolic march, attendants walked from the center to the Bolingbrook Village hall—a time to stand together and speak out against domestic violence, bringing awareness to the community it affects.

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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.

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Joliet Michael D. Jaudon, 28, 1310 Demmond, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 5 at 11:04 p.m. at the residence for domestic battery.

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Clyde C. Joshua, 44, 350 E. Washington, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 5 at 3:25 p.m. on Benton and Michigan for domestic battery.

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Michael J. Willis, 44, 30 Aspen, Minooka, was arrested on Oct. 5 at 7:28 p.m. at 33400 Mall Loop Drive for retail theft.

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George M. Seaton, 55, 211 N. Prairie Ave., Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. at 151 N. Joliet for criminal trespass to real property.

arrested on Oct. 6 at 10:54 a.m. at 223 Illinois for attempted escape.

Robert D. Dactelides, 25, 180 N. Chicago, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 5 at 5:49 a.m. at 175 W. Jefferson for criminal damage to government property.

D. Gill, 43, 414 S. 11 Michael Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 6 at 4:45 p.m. at 300 N. Bluff for criminal trespass to real property.

Donald B. Moran, 26, 17362 Jefferson, Hunnington Beach, was arrested on Oct. 5 at 5:49 a.m. at 175 W. Jefferson for criminal damage to government property.

L. Cooper, 49, 406 W. 12 Troy Marion, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m. at 110 Pleasant for criminal trespass to property and disorderly conduct.

Damon L. Cook Jr., 21, 317 Grover, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 5 at 1:20 a.m. on Bluff and Western for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful possession of ammo by a felon.

L. Comer III, 50, 13 Jimmie 406 Buell Ave., Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 6 at 8:52 p.m. at 2424 W. Jefferson for retail theft.

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Edward L. Joseph, 34, 508 Sehring, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 5 at 2:09 a.m. at 1405 Fairmount for criminal damage to property.

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Douglas A. Blowers, 30, 800 Krings Lane, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 5 at 10:51 p.m. in the 700 block of Plainfield Road.

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Dimarrius V. Jimerson, 27, 106 Hobbs, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 6 at 10:47 p.m. at 102 Hobbs for manufacture/ delivery of cannabis.

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Tristan J. Caldwell, 29, 113 Arizona, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 6 at 3:46 a.m. at 228 Comstock for criminal trespass to real property.

Jillian J. Mott, 33, 806 Plaza Drive, was arrested on Oct. 7 at 3:15 p.m. at 1515 W. Jefferson for DUI/alcohol and battery.

Angel M. Martinez, 55, 304 Harwood, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 7 at 5:03 a.m. on Henderson and Virginia for DUI/ alcohol.

Michael J. Navarro, 50, 350 E. Washington, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 8 at 12:36 p.m. at 457 E. Cass for criminal trespass to real property.

Jeremy A. Drejas, 22, 875 Dorsetshire Drive, Crete, was arrested on Oct. 7 at 3:54 p.m. at 3340 Mall Loop Drive for retail theft, possession of cannabis, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug equipment.

Frank M. Kowal, 38, 36 Abbeywood Drive, Romeoville, was arrested on Oct. 8 at 9:45 p.m. on Collins and Francis for possession of controlled substance and driving while license suspended.

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R. Bailey, 35, 325 S. Des 20 Carl Plaines, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 7 at 4:44 p.m. at 318 Water for criminal trespass to real property.

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Darlene L. Crosby, 39, 120 Hunter Ave., Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the residence for criminal trespass to real property.

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Troy L. Cooper, 49, 406 W. Marion, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 6 at 11:27 p.m. at 201 W. Jefferson for assault, criminal damage to property and violation of bail bond.

Lopez, 29, 1022 21 Cesar W. 19th St., Chicago, was arrested on Oct. 7 at 7:43 p.m. on Briggs and Washington for no valid driver’s license, aggravated DUI and possession of controlled substance.

Danielle A. Simpson, 29, 239 Tallman Ave., Romeoville, was arrested on Oct. 8 at 2:13 a.m. at 2420 Westline for reckless driving, possession of drug equipment, possession of cannabis and possession of controlled substance.

Jimmie L. Comer III, 50, 406 Buelle, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 6 at 1:32 p.m. at 1401 W. Jefferson for theft.

Michael L. Lloyd, 20, 210 Sheridan, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 7 at 9:01 p.m. for possession of alcohol by a minor.

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to residence and obstructing a police officer. Marvell L. Beals, 19, 363 N. Broadway, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 9 at 9:10 p.m. at 118 E. Washington for criminal trespass to residence.

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Alphanso D. Carter, 20, 2200 Oneida, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 9 at 9:10 p.m. at 118 E. Washington for criminal trespass to residence and obstructing identification.

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Brian D. Cholston, 30, 311 N. Ottawa, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 9 at 9:10 p.m. at 118 E. Washington for criminal trespass to residence.

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Donald R. Bosman, 68, 215 N. Ottawa, Joliet, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 9 at 4:58 p.m. at 215 N. Ottawa for disorderly conduct and resisting a police officer.

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Clarence Knight III, 20, 410 E. Bellarmine Drive, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 9 at 10:34 p.m. at 1806 McDonough for resisting a police officer, criminal trespass to property and illegal possession of alcohol.

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Bugle Editorial

Speak out against domestic violence Imagine living in fear on a daily basis. Never knowing when one little word uttered or a wrong move is going to warrant a slap to the head or something worse. Imagine a child seeing that every day. Now imagine that child as an adult who has known nothing but violence in the home. Boyfriends hitting their high school girlfriends. Grown men attacking their wives. Wives beating their husbands. Parents hurting their children. It can become an all-too ordinary scenario that repeats itself. But it should not be ordinary for anyone to stand by and watch. We all need to play a part in ending domestic violence, helping victims live without fear or being an advocate for those who cannot speak out for themselves. Trapped in a twisted set of circumstances, victims feel isolated and without power. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and the Drew Peterson case has recently reminded everyone living in the Chicago land area of the horrors

of domestic violence. Justice, most agree, was brought. But where is Stacy? What happened to Lisa Stebic? Questions about domestic violence are that much more troubling when you consider that more than half of all cases are never reported? Northern Will County hosted its 14th annual Take Back the Night Rally, which encouraged survivors to speak out and encouraged others to come forward to stop the violence and shatter the silence. As a community, it becomes everyone’s responsibility to speak out. If we are asking the victims who are facing insurmountable fear to speak out, dig down and ask what you can do to help. If you see the signs, have the courage to speak out for that neighbor, for that child sitting in the classroom or for your friend’s high school daughter. Organizations like Bridges to a New Day, who provide counseling to families, with a goal to provide education and prevent family violence are struggling to find volunteers.

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That’s why it’s important for everyone to find a platform or just be a friend. It is equally important to speak out to you local leaders and legislators. In an election year tangled up with discourse surrounding the economy, Congress neglected to pass the Violence Against Women’s Act. VAWA expired in 2011 and must be swiftly reauthorized to ensure the continuation of these vital, lifesaving programs and laws. Urge your member of Congress to prioritize post-election passage of a VAWA reauthorization bill that safely and effectively protects all victims. Take action by e-mailing, calling, tweeting, or telling members of Congress that is essential that a strong, bipartisan VAWA, that safely and effectively meets the needs of all victims, is promptly reauthorized after the elections. While this month brings attention to the issue, remember those living a life of daily fear. Do your part to empower both children and adults by speaking out.


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Jacqueline F. Warren, 45, 817 Sherman St., Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 9 at 3:05 a.m. at 817 Sherman for domestic battery.

Lorenzo Puga, 23, 29837 S. Route 50, Peotone, was arrested on Oct. 9 at 9:16 a.m. at 407 N. Center for criminal trespass to residence.

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Mitchell M. Thompson, 18, 1614 Fifth Ave., Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 10 at 4:13 p.m. at 207 E. Cass for theft over $500.

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Paul D. Funches, 25, 200 N. Broadway, Apt. 2B, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 10 at 2:15 a.m. on Jefferson and Nicholson for possession of cannabis.

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Jackson and Franklin for delivery of cannabis over 30 grams.

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Quiane D. Smith, 25, 14 Earl, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 10 at 4:10 p.m. on Jackson and Franklin for delivery of cannabis over 30 grams.

Christopher S. Bass, 23, 620 Bush, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 10 at 4:10 p.m. on

Jeffrey L. Ellison, 43, 2605 Joe Adler, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 10 at 2:34 a.m. on Route 59 and Theodore for DUI/alcohol and drugs.

George J. Leasure, 35, 209 N. Center, Apt. 1N, Joliet, was arrested on Oct. 10 at 10:08 a.m. 700 Mason for domestic battery.

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Calendar ONGOING American Girl Fashion Show. The American Girl Fashion Show is a fun-filled event for girls and their families, friends and favorite dolls. Celebrate the experience of being a girl, whether yesterday or today, through a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions. Hosted by Easter Seals Joliet Region.To benefit Children with Disabilities at Easter Seals Regional Pediatric Center. Event takes place between Nov. 16 and 18. If your daughter/ granddaughter is interested in modeling, please contact Teresa Summers at 815-730-2052 Ext. 2. 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 815773-9623 or visit www.niafg.org 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. 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 chicagosw@yahoo.com. OCTOBER 18 Internet Basics. 2 to 3 p.m. at Shorewood-Troy Public Library. This class will teach you the basics of navigating the internet. Learn how to access websites and use a search engine. Deposit Required. Caregiver Discussion Group. 1 to 3 p.m. at Leeza’s Place at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, 50 Uno Circle, Joliet. Each month we discuss topics that influence our life. Bring a topic, situation or even an object to the table, and throw it out to the other participants for discussion. By bringing an interesting situation to the table and creating a discussion, you will arouse curiosity for all who attend. It will be interesting, educational, empowering, and energizing. You may even find out about something totally new. This is a wonderful way to socialize while you strengthen your mind and memory. You can use this time to learn, solve problems and get answers. No Charge. Masquerade Magic Dinner Dance. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Park at Plainfield, 12446 S. Van Dyke Road, Plainfield. The Senior Services Center of Will County is hosting a Masquerade Magic Dinner Dance. The dance will take place at the Park In Plainfield. The Park’s culinary chef will prepare an elegantly crafted plated lunch to include: Harvest Salad, Grilled Jumbo Shrimp, Beef Medallions, Potato Romanoff, Patty Pan and Carmel Apple Pie. To make your reservation or to reserve a table for an entire group, call 815-7239713. OCTOBER 19 ‘Transylvania General’.7 p.m. at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, 201 W. Jefferson St.A familyfriendly Halloween comedy told with live actors and puppets. A variety of creatures   each with their own unique situation  meet at Dr.Frankensteins hospital on Halloween eve. Sure to tickle your funny bone! Great for all ages. For more details, also visit www.transylvaniageneral.com. Lockport United Methodist

Women--Gently Used Clothing Sale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1000 S.Washington St., Lockport. Fall and winter clothing will be featured including coats, jackets, shoes, boots, purses, hats, gloves, women’s, men’s & children’s clothing, as well as sheets, blankets, towels, and other linens. Many items will sell for 25¢.This event is sponsored by the United Methodist Women to help us with our mission pledge to the Aurora District. The church is located at 1000 S. Washington Street in Lockport. For more information, call the church weekdays from 9AM until noon at 815-838-1017 or you may visit our website at www.1umclockport.org. High Tea on the Titanic. 11:30 a.m. at the Gladys Fox Museum. The Lockport Woman’s Club will meet on Oct. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Gladys Fox Museum. The program will be a “High Tea on the Titanic.” The Tea Ladies from Bloomington, Ill., will present this historically accurate event. Suggested, but not mandatory, is Edwardian dress with hats and gloves. A catered luncheon/tea will be served; a business meeting will take place. If interested, please call Toni at 815-838-9488 or Donna at 815-280-5499. OCTOBER 20 Christ’s Academy Chili Buffet and Silent Auction Fundraiser. 5 to 8 p.m. at 114 Channahon St., Shorewood. The event will also include a Silent Auction with many great products and services from local businesses being auctioned off, a Bake Sale for dessert, and a Talent Show (starting at 6:30 pm) being presented by our students. Preordered tickets are Adults - $7.50 and Children (12 and under) $4. Tickets are also available at the door for $9/$5. Please call Erin at 815-423-6877 to pre-order your tickets, for further details, or to inquire about representing your business by donating to this event. All donations are Tax Deductible. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of computer equipment and science lab equipment for our students. Lockport United Methodist Women--Gently Used Clothing Sale. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1000 S.Washington St., Lockport. Fall and winter clothing will be featured including coats, jackets, shoes, boots, purses, hats, gloves,

THE BUGLE/SENTINEL OCTOBER 17, 2012 women’s, men’s & children’s clothing, as well as sheets, blankets, towels, and other linens. Many items will sell for 25¢.This event is sponsored by the United Methodist Women to help us with our mission pledge to the Aurora District. The church is located at 1000 S. Washington Street in Lockport. For more information, call the church weekdays from 9AM until noon at 815-838-1017 or you may visit our website at www.1umclockport.org.

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Free Movie Night at First United Methodist Church of Lockport. 6 to 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1000 S. Washington St., Lockport. The movie will be “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” The evening is free for the entire family and includes candy and popcorn. For more information, see the church website at www.1umclockport. org or call the church office at 815-838-1017 from 9 am to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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Vacancy for Board of School Inspectors Applications are now being accepted to fill an unexpired east-side term on the Board of School Inspectors of Joliet Public Schools District 86. The candidate would replace Natalie Coleman who resigned from the Board. Qualified applicants must be 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States, a resident of District 86, living on the east side of Joliet (east of the Des Plaines River) for at

least one year, and a registered voter. Applications, which include a letter of intent and a rĂŠsumĂŠ, may be sent to Charyll M. Colstock, secretary of the Board of School Inspectors, Joliet Public Schools, 420 N. Raynor Ave., Joliet, IL 60435. The deadline for applying is Oct. 24. The term will end in 2013. For more information, please call 815-740-3196 ext. 221.

Schools Joliet Township High School Orchestra host annual Fall Showcase Concert The 6th annual Fall Showcase Concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct.18 in the Joliet West High School Auditorium. Joliet Central and West students from the JTHS Philharmonia Orchestra will perform.A variety of raffles and orchestra t-shirts will be available for purchase. Tickets are $2 and will be sold at the door.

Third annual Orchestra Field Day The third annual Orchestra Field Day performance will take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 19 in the Joliet West High School Field House. District 86 junior high school students from Dirksen, Gompers, Hufford, and Washington will perform with

the Joliet Township High School Orchestra. The Orchestra Parent Association is generously providing pizza, cookies and beverages for all student participants . A variety of raffles and orchestra t-shirts will be available for purchase. Tickets are $2 and will be sold at the door.


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H o ro s c o p e s

Across

1 Gum with a jingle that began, “So kiss a little longer” 7 Seconds in the air, to punters 15 Wicked 16 Penance component 17 Poker chips are often seen in them 18 Chocolaty treats 19 Some charity races 20 Second crop of a growing season 21 Reason for a prep course 22 Healthy piece 23 Picky person? 24 Brought down 26 Bangladesh capital 31 Guiding light 33 Longhorn rival 34 Calls at home 36 Etta James classic 37 New Jersey river 38 Exhilarating 39 Folly 40 Threadbare

41 Words spoken after Polonius says, “I hear him coming: let’s withdraw, my lord” 45 Tie up loose ends? 48 Air Force pilot who became a pop star 49 Right to play first, in golf 50 Grace 52 One of Penelope’s 108 in the “Odyssey” 53 Disdainful 54 Chant 55 Diving concern 56 Phoned on a computer, in technospeak

Don’t keep secrets. Avoid unnecessary suspicions by being open and transparent in all your activities in the week to come. You can have it your way, but just remember that others need their way too.

Don’t stray off the charted course. All that’s going on around you may distract you from fulfilling your responsibilities. Stay focused. You may spend money foolishly this week and regret it later.

Recharge the batteries. This week, you could face projects that will require intense effort. Schedule some down time to rejuvenate and you’ll be ready for the heavy work as the workweek begins.

Take things as they come. You don’t have to stick to the program. You’ll find that you derive the most satisfaction this week by acting spontaneously; enjoy whatever is started at the spur of the moment.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. While you may long for greatness in the week ahead, patience and hard work are required to make these dreams a reality. No one starts at the top; work your way upward.

Read between the lines. The answers you seek are all right in front of you this week; it will be how you interpret them that makes all the difference. Make plans now and turn plans into reality later.

Go your own way. Concentrate on doing what you want in the week to come and don’t let the needs of others derail your plans. It may sound selfish, but you please others best when you please yourself.

With age comes wisdom. This week, what you may perceive to be criticism from an elder may actually be quite helpful. You can’t change certain situations, but you can change how you react to them.

Don’t answer questions that no one asked. You may consider yourself an authority on certain subjects, but that doesn’t mean you should always add your two cents during the upcoming week.

Say it like you mean it. Don’t back down from convictions even when pressured to change your mind. In the week to come, you can enhance your reputation by being honest and sticking to principles.

Not every day has to be a march down the road to success. Sometimes, it’s better just to kick back and enjoy the simpler things in life. Keep your schedule open for adventures in the week ahead.

Don’t let miscommunication lead you astray. You may be perfectly clear about your intentions - but this week people might be listening to the tone you use rather than what you are actually saying.

Down 1 Marble works 2 Espionage aid, for short 3 Country that eliminated the United States at the last two World Cups 4 Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” e.g. 5 FDR and Truman, fraternally 6 Bad opening? 7 Could choose 8 Swore 9 Word heard before and after “say” 10 Fed personnel 11 Someone has to pick it up 12 Savings choices, briefly 13 Sorvino of “Mighty Aphrodite” 14 Rose point 20 “__ to the Top”: Keni Burke song 23 French Revolution figure 25 Having strong low tones, as headphones

26 Column style 27 Highfalutin 28 Co-composer of “Johnny’s Theme” 29 Not dull 30 Married couple? 31 Spread with drinks 32 Cantina cooker 33 Pickup for a pound 34 “Nuts!” 35 Pedro o Pablo 39 Pierced surgically 40 1998 De Niro thriller 42 Leading 43 Cumberland Gap explorer 44 Stumbled 45 Branch 46 Valley where David fought Goliath 47 Bob Seger’s “__ Got Tonight” 48 Low area 49 Object of ogling 51 Speak idly 52 Cheer syllable

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Previous puzzle ’s answers

Previous puzzle ’s answers

Previous puzzle ’s answers Jumbles: • MANGY •BRINY • PODIUM • GOLFER

Answer:

It can be difficult to make up at a cosmetics counter -- YOUR MIND

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INSIDE: JCA football falls to Notre Dame,

page 14; Joliet West, Joliet Central volley for a cure, page 15

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Hutchinson returns, takes care of business By Scott Taylor Sports Editor

Joliet Catholic’s Harley Hutchinson didn’t play high school tennis last year, playing club tennis instead. Many of her opponents probably wish she didn’t come back to play high school her senior season. That’s because Hutchinson won the Joliet Sectional individual title Saturday. “I took a year off last year and didn’t play high school,” Hutchinson said. “Now that I am back in it, it feels really good to go back to state and hopefully do the best I can.” Her year off helped her work on her game and it showed, as she won her first individual sectional title, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 over fellow senior Caitlin Shea of Joliet. She won a doubles title her freshman year. “I’ve never won a singles sectional, so that was my goal,” Hutchinson stated. It completes my career and is kind of like my swan song. It’s the best experience.” She came back to high school tennis in large part because she missed the experiences that it brings. “I just worked at my club on my recruitment,” Hutchinson said.“I missed playing with all the girls in my school, it was really fun. I missed traveling to all the different schools and my coach. I definitely am more consistent and in control of my shots. I’m just staying patient. Before I was sporadic and was going for everything. Now I focus on control.” Now that she is heading to state for the third time, she hopes to make it farther than she ever has. “I want to get as many wins as I can,” Hutchinson said.“Two years ago I think I got four wins. I want to try and make it farther this year.

I’m going to definitely need more focus. Last time I kind of drifted away because it was going to the second day. I’m really hoping to get seeded because that would make it easier to go farther at state.” While Shea didn’t win her first sectional title, she did finish second and is headed back to state for the second time. “It feels good,” Shea said. “I didn’t make it my first two years. I was hoping to make it back this year and now I’m hoping to do good at state and win at least a couple matches.” Now that she has experience playing at state, she hopes to win multiple matches. “I definitely know what to expect,” Shea said. “You see what kind of girls are there. I definitely want to make it to Friday, but the goal is to win at least two matches. I have to cover the net more. I’ve been doing that a lot this year and I didn’t do that last year at all.” Lockport’s Caroline Plecki also qualified for state after finishing in third place. Qualifying on the doubles side was the Lockport duo of Kelsey Forkin and Kat Smardja. It marked the fourth time Forkin qualified for state, while Samardzija is now two-for-two. They finished first after beating Providence in three sets. “It’s really nice,” Forkin said. “It’s kind of more pressure this year because I had to make it my senior year. But I’m glad I made it all four years.” “It’s very exciting,” Samardzija said. “Being a freshman and sophomore and going to state is very fortunate. We just have to work hard when we get there. We’ve learned from most of our mistakes and we’re going to do our best and hopefully get farther this year.” See BUSINESS, page 15

Mark Gregory/Bugle staff

JCA’s Harley Hutchinson won the Joliet Sectional title last week.


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Sports

Ty, Tyler-less JCA can’t overcome ND’s fast start By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

The good news for Joliet Catholic is that running back Tyler Reitz likely will be back to play in the Hilltoppers’ final

regular season game at home Friday vs. Benet. The not-so-good news is that neither he nor Ty Isaac, named last week to the 2013 Under Armour team, was in uniform for last Friday night’s 42-33 ESCC

loss to Notre Dame—a game in which JCA tried to fight back, but couldn’t overcome a fast start by the Dons. Head coach Dan Sharp is taking a wait-and-see attitude in regard to whether or not Isaac—who ran for 219 yards and scored the game-winning TD in JCA’s overtime victory over Carmel the previous week—will dress for the Benet contest. “It’s still questionable right now,” Sharp said. “I think we’ll know more probably by Monday when the doctors see him. He’s got a lot of things (injury-wise). If he gets (OK’d by doctors) he’ll be ready to go. If it was up to him, he’d be going (playing), but we’re not going to leave it up to him at this point. We’re going to be smart about it and make sure he’s OK.” Sharp, however, sounded much more optimistic about Reitz’s return. “He’s going to be working with us, running with us this week, and I have a good feeling that he’ll be back,” he said. Yet the way Mike Ivlow ran the ball against Notre Dame, outsiders who haven’t heard of either Isaac or Reitz would have assumed Ivlow is JCA’s feature back. Ivlow powered his way to 209 yards on 27 carries and took it into the end zone four times on runs of 1, 3, 8 and 14 yards. “Defensively we’ve got a lot of work at hand,” Sharp said. “I’m really proud of the way our kids fought this week on offense. Without our two best runners, Mike Ivlow picked up the slack there.” The Dons (5-3, 3-2), who like the Hilltoppers (5-3, 4-2) have all but wrapped up a postseason berth after picking up their fifth win, started the contest running a no-huddle offense and scored on their first three possessions. They jumped out to a 20-0 lead before Ivlow put JCA on the board with a 1-yard run at the end of the first quarter. “First they came out with the no-huddle,” Sharp said. “Then they just executed well. They blocked us well, they threw well, our containment broke down at times and they were able to get outside of it. They made big plays on third and fourth downs. I think it was more their execution of their offense, and they came out and really just took it to us that first quarter.” Senior Keith Craig’s pass

Mark Gregory/Bugle Staff

JCA’s Mike Ivlow ran for 209 yards and 4 TDs in Friday’s loss to ND.

interception early in the second quarter put the Hilltoppers in business at midfield. Four plays later, Ivlow ran up the middle and into the end zone from 3 yards out, enabling JCA to pull within a touchdown of Notre Dame at 20-14. However, a 7-yard touchdown by Notre Dame star Chris James (148 yards rushing, 65 yards receiving) gave the Dons a 26-14 cushion. Notre Dame added a 20yard field goal as timed expired in the second quarter. The Dons then upped their lead to 35-14 four minutes into the second half. Touchdown runs by Ivlow of 8 yards with 2:50 to go in the third quarter and 14 yards with 10:07 remaining again made things interesting as JCA trailed 35-27. But the Dons mounted a scoring drive that took nearly eight minutes off the clock, capped by quarterback Dan Nagode’s 5-yard run on a sweep. Hilltopper wideout Chris Tschida had quite a productive evening himself, catching six passes for 160 yards from Craig Slowik (9 of 24, 160 yards), including a 5-yard TD reception late in the game. Slowik knows the Benet club

UP NEXT @ Benet

Gametime:

JCA

7:30 pm Friday

Who to watch: Mike Ivlow FB (JCA) Jack Beneventi QB (Benet)

JCA faces Friday night has done a complete 180 from a year ago when the Redwings finished 1-8. In fact, the Redwings (7-1, 4-1) upset highly touted Marist 34-24 last weekend. “Benet’s going to be a tough team,” Slowik said.“I don’t know who’s going to be healthy and who’s not going to be, but we’ve got to play hard and keep on giving a 100 percent effort.” “I think we’ve got to go to work and fix some things up,” Sharp added. “We know that Benet will look at this film very closely and we’ve just got to do a better job of executing on defense. We’ve got to cover better, we’ve definitely got to tackle better and (we) have to play a little bit better up front.” mike@buglenewspapers.com


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West, Central volley for a cure

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BUSINESS Continued from page 13

By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

The SouthWest Suburban Conference volleyball match between Joliet West and Joliet Central took on a whole different meeting in the months and even days leading up to it. The last three seasons the cross-town match has been Joliet’s volley for the cure, where they raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness, however over the past year the Joliet volleyball family lost Peg Bryan, a longtime friend of the program and scorekeeper and Arlene Bambule, mother of Joliet Central coach Suzzanne Bamule. Just days before the event, longtime Joliet West athletic department assistant Minnie Hervey died, adding to the tragedy. “With the losses we have had, it means a lot,” said West coach Alan Mart. “A lot of these kids didn’t know Peg as well because she went with Central when we split, but she was with me all the time and all the coaches knew her. Then losing Suzzie’s mom and losing Minnie, it was three people in less than a year that were part of our family, so it meant a lot to us as coaches and the kids.” “This is a good rivalry, it’s an emotional game and the kids really appreciate what the staff and coaches and their parents See CURE, page 16

Now they hope to make some noise in their second chance at state together after being one and done last year, due to the rain. “Last year we lost in the first round and was raining, so it was kind of rough,” Forkin said. “Our

Mark Gregory/Bugle Staff

Joliet West beat Central in the annual Volley for the Cure.

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goal is to win a match on Friday and make it farther than any Lockport team ever has in tennis. I’ve made it to Friday, but I’ve never won a match. It would be a great senior gift if it didn’t rain.” The JCA doubles team of Alexis Bauer and Nina Bertino took third and will also be headed to state. Lockport won the team title with 25 points. staylor@buglenewspapers.com


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CURE Continued from page 15 do for the event,” Bambule said. On the court, the Tigers earned the two-set win, winning 25-19, 25-16. “This was more important because we hadn’t beat Central since we split,” Mart said.“I don’t know how well either team really played when you get all the emotion, but a win is a win.” Elexis Coleman paced the way with seven kills for the Tigers,

while Jalyn Vertin had seven blocks. Kailey Foster had nine digs and Katie Brick posted 13 assists and seven digs. • Joliet Catholic Academy defeated Fenwick 25-19, 2518. Mallory Mangun tallied 17 assists, seven digs and four points to pace the Angels (24-5, 6-2). Morgan Reardon tallied 10 kills and Julia Shemaitis added 10 service points. • Lockport defeated Joliet Central 21-25, 25-12, 30-28. Kayla Pfeiffer posted 19 assists, 15 digs, nine kills and three aces for the Porters (19-8, 3-2).Katie Dugan

sPorts added 18 digs and Aubrey Ficek posted 11 digs and eight kills. T’ara Austin tallied 18 kills and 12 digs for Joliet Central, while Emily Malone posted 29 assists. • Minooka defeated Plainfield Central 25-23, 25-1. Skyler Day posted 10 kills and Kasey Schumacher added eight digs for the Indians (13-6,9-3).Minooka also defeated Oswego East 25-22, 29-25. Day had 12 kills to lead Minooka.

BOYS GOLF Joliet’s Trent Wallace finished tied for 20th at the rain-shortened

state finals after shooting a fiveover-par 77 at The Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington. Minooka’s Jason Chobar and Lockport’s Nick Petrakos each carded 87s.

SOCCER Joliet Catholic defeated Kankakee 2-0 in the state quarterfinal. Lockport beat Joliet West 3-0 behind the first shutout by Christian Czaja (7 saves) for the Porters (7-11-3, 4-2). Sandburg beat Joliet West 5-0. mark@buglenewspapers.com

FOOTBALL 1. Maine South 2. Benet 3. Bolingbrook 4. JCA 5. Plainfield North 6. Downers North 7. Notre Dame

TENNIS 1. Benet 2. Downers South 3. Lockport 4. Maine South 5. Joliet Catholic 6. Joliet 7. Plainfield North

BOYS SOCCER 1. Benet 2. Maine South 3. Downers North 4. Downers South 5. Plainfield Central 6. Joliet Central 7. Notre Dame

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL 1. Benet 2. JCA 3. Niles West 4. Downers South 5. Plainfield North 6. Lockport 7. Bolingbrook

BOYS CROSS 1. Plainfield South 2. Plainfield East 3. Maine South 4. Niles West 4. Minooka 6. Notre Dame 7. Downers North

GIRLS CROSS 1. Maine South 2. Downers North 3. Downers South 4. Minooka 5. Lockport 6. Plainfield Central 7. Plainfield East Rankings are compiled by Mark Gregory and Scott Taylor.


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Indians eliminated from playoffs with loss By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

Minooka entered their second to last game of the season at Plainfield North needing to win both of its final two games of the season to advance to the state playoffs. The Indians battled the entire game, but fell short, losing 28-20 to the Tigers, eliminating them from the post season. Plainfield North got on the board first with an 11yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kurt Palandech to Brett Fox. The score followed a Minooka fumble. “If we don’t turn the ball over early I think it’s different,” said Minooka coach Paul Forsythe. After the Tigers opened the scoring, Minooka got on the board when Jacob Stytz hit his first of two field goals from 22yars out. Palandech (11-of-20, 128 yards) would hit Brock Thoms (4 catches, 53) from 14-yards out for a touchdown to make it 14-3, but the Indians would again answer with a 22-yard Nate Gunn touchdown run to make it 14-10 with 2:38 left in the first half. Minooka made the Tigers, a run-first team, put the ball in the air. “Our kids were aggressive and they were outstanding on defense,” Forsythe said. “What they do best is run the ball and we took them away from their best, but they made the big plays.” The Tigers would waste no time after the break to answer, as senior Kendall Interial returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to go up 2110. “I don’t know what happened there, our coverage has been good all year,” Forsythe said. “(The kickoff and the early fumble), those two plays had a huge effect, but that’s football.” Touchdown runs from Gunn for Minooka and Robert Baker (66 yards) from North capped the scoring. The win was the sixth for the Tigers (6-2, 5-1), locking them into the IHSA state playoffs. Minooka was led by Joe

Carnagio, who was 14-of-28 for 218 yards and was intercepted twice. Max Brozovich caught four passes for 114 yards, while and Luke Stovall grabbed five for 71 yards. Minooka has played one of the area’s toughest schedules, facing teams thus far with a 43-21 combined record, but Forsythe, the first-year head coach would not take that as an excuse. “Early on we were thrown right in the fire and we didn’t have time to grow up,” he said. “Some of those things put us in situations where we didn’t want to be and tonight was a must win for us if we wanted to get in that second season. We didn’t sugar coat it to the kids. “We have to play who is on the schedule, you can’t control and they understand that and we grinded and we battled. We have great kids and I wouldn’t ask for better kids. “This group of seniors is great and it terrible they won’t get to the playoffs, but they won’t quit and we will finish this up next week.” The Indians finish up with a 7 p.m. game at Romeoville Friday night.

JOLIET WEST Like Minooka, Joliet West needed to win out to be eligible for the post season. However, unlike the Indians, they were unfortunately never in the game in the 49-8 loss to HomewoodFlossmoor. The Vikings scored five firstquarter touchdowns for a 35-0 lead and advanced that lead to 49-0 at halftime. Korey Rogers carried the ball 14 times for 69 for the Tigers.

JOLIET CENTRAL The Steelmen fell 49-0 to undefeated Lincoln-Way East Sylvester Bellamy paced Central with 75 yards on 15 carries.

NFL Joliet Catholic graduate Coby Fleener caught four passes for 42 yards in the Colts 35-9 loss to the Jets.

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Minooka’s Corbett Oughton tackles Plainfield North’s Brock Thoms in North’s 28-20 win Friday.


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Sports

THE BUGLE/SENTINEL OCTOBER 17, 2012

PICK VS. PROS Mike Guglielmucci, WJOL Racer’s Forum Last week: Kahne ( 8th) Total Pts: 2190 Scott Taylor, Bugle Staff Last week: Hamlin (2nd )

THIS WEEK’S PICK: Denny Hamlin

THIS WEEK’S PICK: Greg Biffle

Total Pts: 2175 Scott Paddock, Pres., Chicagoland Speedway Last week: Gordon ( 18th) Total Pts: 2172 Mark Gregory, Bugle Staff Last week: Stewart (13th)

THIS WEEK’S PICK: Denny Hamlin

Last week: Kenseth (14th) Total Pts: 2143

Pts.

Diff.

1. Brad Keselowski 2214

0

2. Jimmie Johnson 2207

-7

3. Denny Hamlin

2199

-15

4. Clint Bowyer

2186

-28

5. Kasey Kahne

2179

-35

6. Greg Biffle

2171

-43

7. Martin Truex Jr. 2165

-49

8. Tony Stewart

2164

-50

9. Jeff Gordon

2164

-50

10. Kevin Harvick 2158

-56

11. Matt Kenseth

2147

-67

12. D. Earnhardt Jr. 2128

-86

Totals through 4 Chase race

THIS WEEK’S PICK: Jimmie Johnson

NATIONWIDE SERIES Driver

1. Elliot Sadler

Total Pts.: 2167 Readers

Driver

THIS WEEK’S PICK: Kyle Busch

Pts.

Diff.

1096

0

2. R. Stenhouse, Jr. 1083

-13

3. Austin Dillon

1067

-29

4. Sam Hornish, Jr. 1003

-93

5. Justin Allgaier

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Wildcats lock up playoff spot By Scott Taylor Sports Editor

With a dominating performance, Plainfield Central is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2008 with a 28-0 win over Plainfield East. The Wildcats (6-2 overall, 4-2 in Southwest Prairie Conference) also clinched a second-straight winning season. “We’re really excited,” Central defensive tackle Bryce Douglas said. “It’s great to end it with a shutout. Now we have two more (games) guaranteed.We’re focused on finishing off the season tough and gaining some momentum into the playoffs.” “Seeing that none of us have been to the playoffs, it’s pretty exciting,” Central running back Jordan Ellingwood said. “We have to use it to our advantage.” Central jumped out early on the host Bengals (2-6, 2-4) after stopping them on a fourth-andone on the opening possession. The Wildcats came back down the field and scored on a 9-yard run by Ellingwood for a 7-0 lead. “It all started on the first series when they went for it on fourthand-one and the defense made the stop,” Douglas said. “We couldn’t let them get the momentum going. We stopped them and that was all the momentum we needed.” “When we came out, we came out full go,” Ellingwood added. “We wanted to ram it down their throat because they were talking all this mess during the week. We just wanted to prove our point.” East fumbled on the ensuing possession and Central capitalized with a Douglas 1-yard plunge for a 14-0 lead.The score would remain

the same heading into the half. “It was nice,” Douglas said. “There was no way I wasn’t getting in there. I was thinking playoffs the whole time.” The Bengals drove the ball back into Central territory, but missed on a fourth-and-eight from the 28. That helped lead to a 45 yard touchdown run by Ellingwood midway through the third quarter for a 21-0 lead. “I was pretty excited,” Ellingwood said. “Everyone was pretty excited. Then our defense came out and just blew up everybody.They made some great plays.” Central finished off the scoring later in the quarter on a 1-yard run by Mike Smiles. “Central is a good team,” Romeli said.“They played well tonight and they have a really good defense. Douglas is a great player and their linebackers played well as well. “Our defense has played well all year. It’s just that we can’t get anything going on offense. It isn’t just one thing; it’s a multitude of things.” The Wildcats finish the season at Oswego (7-1, 5-1). “We’re going to have a tough week of practice,” Douglas said. “We know we are the underdogs and we like being the underdogs. We just need to come out with the W and get momentum into the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Bengals will look to conclude their season on a winning mark with a trip to Plainfield South (3-5, 2-4). “Anytime you play a Plainfield school, it’s a big game,” Romeli said.“We’re going to come out and play hard.” staylor@enterprisepublications.com

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Gino Giarratano tackles Cullen Rompa in Central’s 28-0 win over Plainfield East.

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In retirement, 70 is not the new 65 By Jill Schlesinger Tribune Media Services

To attain your retirement goals, there are three basic strategies: (1) save money during your working years, (2) plan to spend less during retirement or (3) work longer. It turns out that option number three helps but may not be the panacea you’re looking for, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). Using data from millions of actual 401(k) participants and incorporating factors like longevity, investment risk and the potential for catastrophic health care costs, EBRI crunched the numbers to determine whether working five years beyond the “normal” retirement age of 65 helps Americans reach their retirement goals. What they found was that those five extra years may not be enough for many Americans to retire comfortably. The analysis looked at both income and age. As you might expect, projections for the lowest pre-retirement income

quartile are the most sobering. This group would need to defer retirement to age 84 before 90 percent of them would have even a 50 percent probability of achieving comparable preretirement living standards. The results improve with income levels, but even among those in the highest income quartile, 90 percent would have only a 50 percent chance of having enough to retire by 65. When broken out by age, the news is not much better: for one-third of households between ages 30 and 59 in 2007, working until age 70 won’t provide adequate income in retirement. All this aside, buried in the report is a glimmer of hope: Working longer does help. While only about half of households age 50-59 in 2007 could retire at 65, the number increases to nearly two-thirds if retirement age is increased to 70. Those extra five years have a dual effect: not only do workers save more, but they also delay dipping into their retirement funds, which allows those funds to continue growing.

In a previous column, I extolled some of the non-financial benefits of working longer, specifically continued social interaction and intellectual engagement. A previous EBRI report confirmed that 92 percent of those who worked beyond the traditional retirement age of 65 do so because they want “to stay active and involved,” and 86 percent say they “enjoyed working.” The problem is that there are some real risks associated with relying on the “work longer” retirement plan, the most significant being: What if you lose your job? Right now, the unemployment rate is 8.1 percent for all workers and only 5.9 percent for workers over the age of 55. But dig a little deeper and the numbers aren’t quite so rosy. While older workers are holding on to their jobs in large numbers, once they lose those coveted positions, it is very difficult to land a new one. According to a Government Accountability Office study, before the recession, “less than a quarter of unemployed older workers were unemployed for longer than 27 weeks. By 2011,

Falling can be prevented By Nikki Rivera Physical Therapist

You have all heard the commercial,“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” but have you thought about the severity of this issue? Well, you should. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of accidental deaths in older adults. Twenty to 30 percent of people over the age of 65 and 50 percent of those over the age of 80 fall each year. Half of falls happen at home. Of those who fall, 20 to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries and are hospitalized. Ninety-five percent of hip fractures are caused by falls. In 2010, 2.3 million older adults were treated for injuries related to falls, and medical costs for falls rose to $30 billion. This contributes to the fear of falling many seniors have. This fear alone can lead to increased risks for falls by limiting a person’s mobility, and decreasing their

strength and function. The good news is that falls can be prevented. Employing several strategies can help you prevent falls: Begin a regular exercise program to increase your physical activity. Talk to your doctor about your health concerns and review your medications. Many medications can make you sleepy, dizzy or weak which may cause you to fall. Get your vision checked each year. Poor vision or change in your eye health could increase your chances of falling. Improve the safety of your home. Remove things you can trip over, install grab bars in the bathroom, have nightlights in your hallways and bedrooms.

and should be addressed by your doctor or physical therapist. Physical therapists are trained to deal with patients who have balance problems or who are at risk for falling. Physical therapists can perform specialized balance and strength assessments which help them to determine appropriate and safe programs for individuals to decrease their risk of falling. It is time to take this issue seriously and work toward preventing yourself, family and friends from falling. If you have questions you can call Newsome P.T. for an appointment or a fall risk screening at (815)886-8771. You can also stop by the clinic to get a “Safer Home” checklist.

Older adults should be screened once a year for fall risk and prevention. Concerns about a decline in function, frequent falls or near falls, and change in walking ability are important

Nikki Rivera, P.T., B.S, O.C.S is a licensed physical therapist with over 18 years experience. She is an orthopaedic certified specialist who also focuses on treatment of balance and gait disorders. She works at Newsome Physical Therapy Center in Romeoville, IL.

this number had increased to 55 percent. Moreover, by 2011 over one-third of all unemployed older workers had been unemployed for over a year.” The data confirm that counting on working longer could be a dangerous assumption, which is why I prefer the combination of all three retirement savings strategies: save during your working years; spend less during retirement; and work longer if you are able. Consider this approach a diversified way to reach retirement that allows you to weigh the practicality of each method. As the EBRI report notes, the trade-off of more saving today versus deferring retirement is an important factor to consider, but people should avoid “simplistic ‘rules of thumb’ that may result in future retirees, through no fault of their own, coming up short.”

To get started on your retirement planning, I encourage you to use EBRI’s “Ballpark E$timate” calculator (www. choosetosave.org/ballpark/). It’s an easy-to-use, two-page worksheet that helps you quickly identify approximately how much you need to save to fund a comfortable retirement. Without a plan, you may be flying blind and relying on a work-longer strategy that you may not be able to execute.

(Jill Schlesinger, CFP, is the Editorat-Large for www.CBSMoneyWatch. com. She covers the economy, markets, investing or anything else with a dollar sign on her podcast and blog, Jill on Money, as well as on television and radio. She welcomes comments and questions at askjill@moneywatch. com.)

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This week, you could face projects that will require intense effort. Schedule some down time to rejuvenate and you’ll be ready for the heavy work as the workweek begins.

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come. You don’t have to stick to the program. You’ll find that you derive the most satisfaction this week by acting spontaneously; enjoy whatever is started at the spur of the moment.

The terrors of talk shows Rome wasn’t built in a day. While you may long for greatness in the week ahead, patience and hard work are required to make these dreams a reality. No one starts at the top; work your way upward.

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Read between the lines. The answers you seek are all right in front of you this week; it will be how you interpret them that makes all the difference. Make plans now and turn plans into reality later.

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Business & Real Estate

Choose power, not pity Q. The past year has been nothing but drama. There has been a huge amount of turnover, unexpected changes, and demanding projects. Everyone in the company is constantly making things worse by complaining about how unfair it all is. Is there a way to get my team to focus more on fixing problems than whining about their circumstances? A.Yes, as the world moves faster and work becomes less predictable, the level of stress is going through the roof. You can get people to focus on problem solving if you understand better how people respond to unpredictable and unrelenting stress. Manypeopledefinerelationships as a conversation in which each party complains about problems, each party feels sorry for the other party, and both parties walk away feeling validated in their powerlessness. People don’t generally change their idea of what relationships should be just because they are now at work. When people show up at the office, their personal relationships have trained them to expect they can vent, get pity and trudge down their road of life feeling sorry for themselves. Once in a rare while someone may have the audacity to suggest that they may have to change what they are doing to get better results.

Most people trip over this kind of knowledge, dust themselves off, and try to hurry along quickly before they have to take responsibility for changing. Human beings are more comfortable feeling powerless than dealing with the anxiety that comes up when they consider taking the risk to change what makes them miserable. Now that you understand the tradeoff between misery/ powerlessness and effectiveness/ power, you’ll be able to present your team with two choices:They can continue to be victims of forces they cannot control. They will be miserable but won’t have to take any risks or responsibility. They will also get lots of sympathy for their tough circumstances. Or they can use their misery as an impetus to take risks. They may fail, look foolish or try multiple options that still don’t work, but eventually they’ll fix a problem that bugs them. We all enjoy luxuriating in the pity and sympathy of others when we are unhappy. Unfortunately, if we allow self-pity to become a permanent resting place rather than a pit stop, we prevent ourselves from getting what we

want. People who have good work lives, after all, don’t get much pity. On a bad day, we can all get tangled up in the drama and emotional intensity of our problems. On a good day, it may occur to us that each day we are presented with problems that need to be solved. Getting stuck in venting for long periods about our victimhood means all our energy goes into how powerless we feel rather than how powerful we could be. Next time you think your workplace is falling apart, try saying to yourself with a deep breath, “This is simply a problem to be solved,” and watch yourself settle down.Your team will watch you and learn that settling for pity is literally a consolation prize - and that power is the brass ring they can reach for.

(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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Bechard honored as top mortgage professional First Community Bank’s Mortgage Originator Cheryl Bechard was recently recognized by Chicago Magazine as a 5-Star Mortgage Professional in the Chicagoland market. This prestigious honor is bestowed on lending professionals who demonstrate exemplary traits, most notably integrity and professionalism. “When it comes to Mortgage services, it’s not always about the numbers or the close rate,” Presdient of FCB Joliet Steve Randich said. “We are extremely

proud to have a lender of Cheryl’s caliber as a member of our First Community Banking family.” Chicago Magazine has partnered with Five Star Professional, an independent organization that conducts research to help consumers with the important decision of selecting a service professional. The Five Star award is presented to service professionals, such as wealth managers and real estate agents in more than 45 markets in the United States.The Five Star award goes to service professionals who

demonstrate exceptional quality services to clients. “It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers in the lending industry,” Bechard said. “It is gratifying to be recognized for doing something that I love to do—give exceptional mortgage services to our community.” The 2012 Five Star award winners are a select group of fewer than 7 percent of mortgage professionals in the Chicagoland area. For more information visit www.fcbankgroup.com.

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