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BALANCED BUDGET City coffers still lack funds to increase staffing levels

By Jonathan Samples Staff Reporter


he City Council unanimously approved a $280.9 million annual budget Dec. 4, but several council members raised concerns about what they perceived as the city’s lack of long-term financial planning. “We have a balanced budget, and that I’m happy for,” Councilman Larry Hug said.“We don’t have a balanced staff or balanced services yet. We’re still way down. We still have a lot to do.” Hug’s comments were in reference to funds allocated for the Joliet Area Historical Museum in the face of low staffing levels in the Public Works Department and Police Department, where the city is currently down approximately 50 officers. The 2013 annual budget allocates funds to hire 10 additional police officers, and City Manager Tom Thanas said funding the museum is necessary for it to maintain its status in the community.

However, Thanas agrees that staffing and longterm planning are still issues. “I can assure you the police chief, the fire chief and all of the department heads would come in here and tell you that we’re not satisfied with our staffing levels, and we’re not satisfied with our inability to provide service at a higher level,” he said. “What this is is a oneyear budget that gets us through the year in a balanced manner.” Hug also stressed a need to plan for any potential changes in gaming revenues that could result from a statewide gaming expansion bill, suggesting the need for the city to develop a long-term financial plan. Thanas agreed with the need to develop a longterm plan,but said any losses to gaming revenue are contingent upon a bill gaining enough legislative See BUDGET, page 2

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News BUDGET Continued from page 1 votes and would not likely be felt until 2015 at the earliest. Those losses could range from $1 million to $5 million annually, he said, depending on whether a gaming bill would include a south-suburban casino or just a Chicago casino license. The length of that process, which would include an 18-month approval process by

the Illinois Gamming Board and construction of a casino, gives the city some time to plan, he said. “This is not a five-year plan, though,” Thanas said, referring to the need to begin the process of looking beyond the 2013 budget. “We need to start looking at a five-year plan.” Several council members -- including Hug, Jan Quillman and John Gerl -- recommended having the Finance Committee look into a long-term plan in the coming months. Other features of the 2013 budget include no increases to real estate taxes, no increases to city taxes or fees, additional contributions to the Police and Fire Pension Fund, and allocation of limited funds for capitol improvement. “There’s money that is allocated in this budget for some capital,” Thanas said. “Certainly not to the level we used to have for capital purchases, but certainly trying to make a dent in some of the needs we’ve developed over the last five years.”


Joliet residents donate $782K to American Red Cross The American Red Cross, Greater Chicago Region, announced that they will be able to expand their blood services operations in Chicago due in part to a gift of $782,000 from Joliet residents, Jay and Lori Bergman. The new operation, located within the Red Cross Regional Headquarters,The Rauner Center in Chicago, will be named the Jay & Lori Bergman Blood Services Facility, after the couple. The Bergman’s contribution represents the lead gift in a campaign to increase capacity and help create a sustainable, safe and robust blood supply for the Chicago region.The donation will be used by the Red Cross to increase physical blood storage space, improve the efficiency of blood product distribution, and enhance the capacity of the facility to include additional lifesaving services. The donation will fund a state-of-the-art blood reference laboratory, which will significantly decrease the time needed to match rare blood types. Currently, the closest Red Cross reference laboratory is in Peoria, Ill. This new laboratory will improve the ability of the Red Cross to provide rare and antigenspecific blood matches to critically-ill patients and provide the Illinois Medical District and other area hospitals with a wider range of blood products. The Bergman donation will also support an apheresis collection site. Apheresis technology separates out certain blood components during the donation process and returns the remaining blood components to the donor. This technology is currently being used at The Rauner Center to support lifeextending treatments to stage-4 prostate cancer patients. “We are so grateful to Jay and Lori for their extremely generous gift. It’s going to allow us to expand our blood operations in Chicago and ultimately, and most importantly, help save lives by getting a wider range of blood products to people in need much more quickly,” said Fran Edwardson, CEO, American Red Cross, Greater Chicago Region. See RED CROSS, page 4


Forest preserve commissioners split board leadership position By Nick Reiher Managing Editor

When last we met the intrepid Will County Board members, they just had been installed by Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots on Dec. 3 and, after a few tense minutes, elected their first Democratic chairman – er, speaker – in more than 30 years. They also figured out what to call him and the other two board leaders, er, party caucus chairs. But now, in their dual roles as commissioners of the Forest Preserve District of Will County, things were not expected to be so easy for these recently elected officials.Will County Executive Larry Walsh would not be there to help the 13 Democratic commissioners gain a majority over the 13 Republican commissioners. Walsh’s considerable powers have no effect on this board as they do on the County Board. That left two combatants battling for chairman of the Forest Preserve Board: longtime Democratic Board member/ Commissioner Joe Babich of Joliet and relative newer comer Don Gould of Shorewood, who has served as vice president for the past few years. At stake was not only leadership of a board that oversees employees, who oversee more than 20,000 acres of preserves throughout

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Joe Babich, D-Joliet (left) and Don Gould, R-Shorewood.

the county, but a lofty perch that holds the sole power to hire Forest Preserve employees without any say from the other commissioners. Also figuring into the equation is pride and entitlement. In his 30 years on the board, Babich never has held a leadership position. The Republicans, knowing they cannot stop the Democrats on the County Board since Democrat Walsh can break all ties, are not anxious to give up all the power they have held for the past 30 years. How did our heroes solve this thorny issue? With the wisdom of Solomon and a pre-meeting meeting on Dec. 9 where they hammered out the details. The Republicans and Democrats on the board decided to split the duties over the next two years.

Babich will serve at president from Dec. 10, 2012, to Dec. 2013, and Gould will serve as president from Dec. 10, 2013, to Dec. 10, 2014. Gould was named vice president from Dec. 10, 2012, through Dec. 10, 2013, and Babich then would serve under Gould the following year. As he sat in the president’s chair for the first time, Babich thanked the commissioners, especially those who had helped form the agreement; his constituents; and his wife Mary, who was in the audience. “I think she still has her rosary in her hands,” he said. “This has been a great journey, and my journey isn’t over.Together, we and bring this forest preserve to greater heights than it has been.“ Babich said during the next year, he wants to sit down with each commissioner, along with Gould, and see what the needs are in each district. “I know some of you don’t have any (preserves) in your districts,” he said. “We’ll sit down and see what we can afford.” The other officers elected were Lee Ann Goodson, secretary, and Steve Wilhelmi, treasurer. As part of its reorganization, the Forest Preserve Board also eliminated its executive and land acquisition committees, and rolled them into the finance committee.



Joliet election petitions for Candidacy filing period for packets extended

Milano sponsors Joliet Slammers’ open house

On Dec. 2, Gov. Quinn signed Bill No. 3338, which extends the last day to file for the Consolidated Election to Dec. 26. Please note: the first day of filing (Monday, Dec. 17) has not changed. Councilman At-Large candidacy petitions must be filed with the Joliet City Clerk’s Office between Monday, Dec. 17 and Wednesday, Dec. 26 during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Joliet City Clerk’s Office will remain open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26 to accept petitions for candidacy. Illinois law imposes qualifications to be eligible to submit a petition for candidacy and to serve as an elected official of the City of Joliet. Candidates should review Illinois law and other related codes to determine whether they meet the required qualifications. Compliance with the applicable law in having the petitions for candidacy signed, and submitting them along

The Joliet Slammers invite all their fans to a Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Silver Cross Field’s “Hall of Fame” room off Jefferson Street, Joliet. “We look forward to the opportunity to open our doors to our fans and encourage any and all to stop by the ballpark,” said General Manager Chris Franklin. The Holiday Open House is presented by Milano Bakery . Milano will be providing delicious holiday pastries for fans to enjoy throughout the event. Since 1915, Joliet’s Milano Bakery has served Will County, the Chicago area and all of northwestern Indiana with fresh-baked goods using only the finest ingredients. “Santa Spikes”, the Slammers’ lovable mascot, will be on hand for photos and merchandise will be 20 percent off Holiday packs, season tickets and mini plans will also be available for purchase. The team will raffle away Slammers prizes throughout the event and all kids will receive a special present from Santa Spikes. The Slammers recently came under new ownership, so this is also a chance for fans to meet some of the new front office staff for the first time. To purchase holiday packs, full season tickets or mini plans, stop by the Slammers Box Office during regular business hours (MondayFriday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.) or call 815-722-2287.

RED CROSS Continued from page 2 Jay D. Bergman serves as a Board member for the American Red Cross, Greater Chicago Region. He is President and CEO of Petco Petroleum Corporation, a nationwide energy company headquartered in Hinsdale, Ill. and is Chairman of the Board of American Heartland Bank and Trust Company in Sugar Grove, Ill. Bergman is a member of the Illinois Board of Higher

with other required documents, is the sole responsibility of the candidate and not the City of Joliet or any of its employees. Neither the City Clerk nor any other City employee will be responsible for reviewing petitions that are filed during the filing period to determine whether they are in compliance with the law. For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 815-724-3780 or’

Offices, Joliet, IL 60432, second floor. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The Town Clerk’s Office will remain open on the last day of the filing period, Dec. 26, 2012, until 5 p.m. For more information please call 815726-5239.

Deadline Set for Joliet Park District Board Filings

The filing period for the April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election for independent, new party and established political party candidates will be from Dec. 17 – 26, 2012. Candidate petitions or certificates will be accepted at the Office of Town Clerk Beth Ann May, 175 W. Jefferson St., Joliet Township Government

The Joliet Park District announces that petitions for the election of Park Board Commissioner must be filed by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, for the election to be held April 9, 2013. The first day for filing petitions is 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in the office of the Executive Director of the Joliet Park District at the Provena Saint Joseph Inwood Athletic Club – Second Floor Conference Room, 3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet.

Education, the board that oversees the public Universities and Community Colleges in Illinois. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University. Lori Bergman has an IT consulting business and is a Board member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties and a board member of Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet. Lori and Jay reside in Joliet and are involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors throughout the state. Approximately every two

seconds, someone in America needs blood. As the nation’s largest supplier of blood and blood products,theAmerican Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the U.S. blood supply. To meet this need, the Red Cross holds approximately 600 blood drives across the country each day and collects an average of 22,000 blood donations each weekday and 15,000 each weekend. Since World War II, people in America have relied upon the Red Cross to provide essential blood and blood products, whenever and wherever they are needed.

Joliet Township election filing deadline

Calendar ONGOING Holiday Nature Camp. Spend your holiday break at the Nature Center exploring and learning about the animals.We will hike in the woods looking for tracks and enjoying the seasonal wonders. Inside we will learn about frogs, turtles, and snakes with a closeup visit. Ages: 6-12 yrs Deadline: Dec.19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. Dates of camps: Dec. 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Dec. 27,10 am-12 pm; Dec. 28, 10 am-12 pm; Jan. 2, 10 am-12 pm; Jan. 3, 10 am-12 pm; and Jan. 4, 10 am-12 pm. 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. 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,2614West 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. 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 Joliet Jewish Congregation. Joliet Jewish Congregation

Shabbat (Sabbath) Services are Friday evening at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. at 250 North Midland Ave., Joliet. Joliet Jewish Congregation Religious Sunday School: 10:00am. For more information, visit www. or call 815-741-4600. Led by Rabbi Charles Rubovits.

DECEMBER 12 Inwood Run Club Informational Night. 6:30 p.m. at Inwood Athletic Club.

DECEMBER 13 December Member Holiday Reception/Business After Hours. 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jacob Henry Mansion, 20 S. Eastern, Joliet. For details and to RSVP, visit Lockport Woman’s Club Holiday Meeting. The Lockport Woman’s Club will hold its holiday meeting on Thursday, December 13, at Cog Hill Country Club. The festivities will begin at 6:00 P.M. with cocktails followed by dinner. Richard Gersten will entertain with “A Tenor’s Art.” A short business meeting will conclude the evening. Spouses, partners, and friends are invited to attend. Please call Toni at 815-838-9488, Donna at 630-2472943, or Pat at 815-722-4003 for information about the Lockport Woman’s Club.

DECEMBER 14 ItS A Wonderful Life Live Radio Broadcast. 7 p.m. at the Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Be taken back in time as NextMedia presents a live radio broadcast and theatre performance of Its A Wonderful Life. Tickets will benefit the Rialto Square Theatres major endowment fund. Take the kids and grandkids to this multi-generational nostalgic performance. Experience first-

hand how live radio broadcasts used to be made, while watching one of your favorite Christmas classics come to life on stage.The performance will be broadcast live on 1340 WJOL. For more information, call 815-726-6600.

DECEMBER 15 Breakfast with Santa. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hartman Recreation Center, 511 N. Collins St., Joliet. Get into the holiday spirit at the Hartman Center. Enjoy breakfast, crafts, games and a visit with Santa. “Cookies by the Pound.” Let First United Methodist Church, 1000 S. Washington St. Lockport, relieve the holiday pressure to get your cookies baked. Purchase homemade cookies from our best bakers for only $5 per pound. The sale will be held Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call the church weekdays from 9 a.m. until noon at 815-838-1017 or you may visit our website at St Joseph Academy Presents ‘A Christmas Carol’. 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Academy, 51 W. Jackson, Joliet. St. Joseph Academy will host a traditional interpretation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets for the production are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Ticket price for groups of ten or more is $7 per person. Everyone bringing a non-perishable food item for the food drive will receive a $1 discount on the ticket price. Reservations are not required.

DECEMBER 16 Family Public Skate & Holiday Show. At the Inwood Ice Arena. Join us for a special Family Public Skate followed by a Holiday Show featuring the Inwood Skate School skaters!

THE BUGLE/SENTINEL DECEMBER 12, 2012 There will be more information to come concerning this event. Call extension 305 with any questions or concerns. For more information, call 815-741-7275 Ext. 305. St Joseph Academy Presents ‘A Christmas Carol’. 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Academy, 51 W. Jackson, Joliet. St. Joseph Academy will host a traditional interpretation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets for the production are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Ticket price for groups of ten or more is $7 per person. Everyone bringing a non-perishable food item for the food drive will receive a $1 discount on the ticket price. Reservations are not required.

DECEMBER 17 Holiday Open House. At the White Oak Library District’s Lockport Branch Library, in the Gaylord Building, 200 West 8th Street, Lockport. Join us during our Holiday Open House to create your own rolled Beeswax Candles for the Holidays! Adds a festive glow and is a great gift for the Holidays! All materials and instructions are provided. “Making Beeswax Candles” will be offered from 1:00 pm – 3:00


pm, and also from 6:00 pm 8:00 pm, on Monday, December 17, 2012, at the Lockport Branch Library, 2nd Floor, Small Programming Room. Adults and Teens are encouraged to drop in during either time period to make their Beeswax Candles – no registration required.

DECEMBER 19 “How to Pay for College”/“Cómo pagar la Universidad”. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the University of St. Francis’ Turk Studio Theater, 500 Wilcox Street, Joliet, Ill. Attendees will receive tips on not only enrolling, but also finding financial relief through available scholarships.

DECEMBER 22 St Joseph Academy Presents ‘A Christmas Carol’. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Academy, 51 W. Jackson, Joliet. St. Joseph Academy will host a traditional interpretation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.”Tickets for the production are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.Ticket price for groups of ten or more is $7 per person. Everyone bringing a non-perishable food item for the food drive will receive a $1 discount on the ticket price. Reservations are not required.



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.

Police Blotter

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Joliet Anthony Harris, 25, 304 Lois, Joliet, was arrested at 1:05 p.m. Dec. 1 at 2524 W. Jefferson for theft.



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Rickesha R. HolmanWilliams, 24, 2218 Cottonwood Drive, Joliet, was arrested at 2:46 p.m. Dec. 1 at 3340 Mall Loop Drive for theft under $300.


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Joseph C. Fletcher, 20, 1924 W. Canal, Joliet, was arrested at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 at 2100 W. Jefferson for aggravated domestic battery.


Marvin L. Matthews, 52, 506 Lehman Ave., Joliet, was arrested at 11:44 a.m. Dec. 1 at 121 Hobbs Ave. for aggravated assault.







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Linda G. Hernandez, 40, 609 Morgan, Joliet, was arrested at 6:48 a.m. Dec. 1 ay 609 Morgan for criminal trespass and resisting/ obstructing a police officer.


Efrem Gonzalez, 50, 339 N. Center, Joliet, was arrested at 10:50 a.m. Dec. 1 at the residence for a dog bite.


Abdullah S. Baig, 18, 3408 Sumac Drive, Joliet, was arrested at 2:05 p.m. Dec. 1 at 1801 W. Jefferson for theft.


Deshawn C. Matthews, 21, 217 Third Ave., Joliet, was arrested at 6:36 p.m. Dec. 1 on Fourth and Richards for residential burglary and resisting/obstructing a police officer.


Julie L. Johannes, 31, 3321 Thomas Hickey Ave., Joliet, was arrested at 7:10 p.m. Dec. 1 at 3340 Mall Loop Drive for retail theft.


J. Wilson, 23, 10 William 1007 Wilcox, Joliet, was arrested at 9:37 p.m. Dec. 1 at 1103 Plainfield Road for

resisting/obstructing a police officer and robbery. James E. Dewitt II, 25, 1002 Kelly Ave., was arrested at 9:37 p.m. Dec. 1 at 1103 Plainfield Road for possession of cannabis.


A. Cox, 23, 411 N. 12 R.J. Farrell Road, Lockport, was arrested at 10:39 p.m. Dec. 1 at 14 W. Jefferson for criminal damage. Archaye D. Raine, 25, 215 Lincoln, Joliet, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Dec. 1 at 300 S. Chicago for criminal trespass.


Jose A. Guzman, 44, 211 Herkimer, Joliet, was arrested at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at the residence for violating an order of protection and criminal damage to property.


Yasmine D. Smith, 28, 1101 Mills Road, Joliet, was arrested at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 2 at 2424 W. Jefferson for retail theft.


Justin Baker, 20, 313 Louis Road, Joliet, was arrested at 12:45 p.m. at 2424 W. Jefferson for retail theft.


Nicole H. Bucellato, 26, 405 Elmwood Ave., Joliet, was arrested at 10:37 p.m. Dec. 2 at the residence for domestic battery and criminal damage.


Melvin Ammons Jr., 25, 412 Water, Joliet, was arrested at 2:20 a.m. Dec. 2 at the residence for criminal damage.


P. Hamilton, 22, 19 Michael 358 N. Broadway, Joliet, was arrested at 11:13 p.m. Dec. 3 on N. Bluff and Division for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. K. Demarah, 22, 20 Alyssa 901 Gael Drive, Joliet, was arrested at 12:44 a.m. Dec. 3 at the residence for domestic battery. J. Shank, 18, 21820 21 Tyler W. Old Renwick Road, Plainfield, was arrested at 6:17 p.m. Dec. 4 at 2318 Essington for retail theft.

2309 Mayfield for disorderly conduct.

5 at 3340 Mall Loop for retail theft.

Robert Garrington Jr., 31, homeless, was arrested at 9:12 p.m. Dec. 4 in the 2200 block of W. Jefferson for domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

Thomas J. Hindes, 76, 17244 S. Doe Lane, Orland Park, was arrested at 6:29 p.m. at 151 N. Joliet for battery.


Kamille E. Garnett, 22, 106 Nicholson, Joliet, was arrested at 11:28 p.m. Dec. 4 on Nicholson and Oneida for delivery of cannabis and possession of drug equipment.


Ebony Sellars, 21, 114 Luna, Joliet, was arrested at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at 150 W. Washington for criminal damage to property.


Ebony M. Sellers, 21, 208 S. Highpoint Drive, Romeoville, was arrested at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at 150 W.Washington for reckless conduct.


A. Gomez, 18, 14448 22 Luis General, Plainfield, was arrested at 6:17 p.m. Dec. 4 at 2318 Essington for retail theft.

Michaelette S. Layne, 20, 738 Rose Lane, Matteson, was arrested at 12:35 p.m. Dec. 5 at 777 Hollywood for criminal damage to property.

Michael A.L. Ritchey, 22, 2205 Mayfield, Joliet, was arrested at 3 a.m. Dec. 4 at

Mariella G. Hernandez, 24, 1920 Addleman, Joliet, was arrested at 2:49 p.m. Dec.





Arlene Young, 56, 401 N. Bluff, Joliet, was arrested at 8:53 p.m. Dec. 5 at 401 N. Bluff for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.


Christopher D. Thomas, 26, 1011 Ann, Joliet, was arrested at 8:53 p.m. Dec. 5 at 401 N. Bluff for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.


Katriel J. Walters, 27, 509 Plainfield, Joliet, was arrested at 1:42 a.m. Dec. 5 at 509 Plainfield for resisting/ obstructing police officer.





Letter to the Editor

Joliet Chamber agrees with Donohue As you probably know, the Joliet Region Chamber is a member of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce. We agree with - and support - many of the actions and views of the U.S. Chamber, and disagree with and oppose some of their actions and views. By any measure, they are a great source for legislative information. In the December U.S. Chamber newsletter, President Tom Donohue says it’s time

for Policy instead of Politics - and we agree. Let me share a portion of his Russ Slinkard, comments: president and ceo of Joliet Chamber of Commerce

“Government spending remains on an unsustainable trajectory,entitlement programs

are headed for bankruptcy, and uncertainty among employers and taxpayers is steadily rising because of Congress’ failure to address spending cuts and tax rates scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2013. “Americans want Washington to fix the economy. Immediately, lawmakers must prevent the biggest tax increase in history and devastating, indiscriminate spending cuts that will hurt some of our most important industries. While doing that,

they must create a framework for comprehensive tax and entitlement reform that will rein in the debt and put our economy on a long-term, sustainable path to growth...A critical component in the framework for long-term growth is the approval and facilitation of a massive increase in the production of American energy. “By tapping our vast energy resources,we can create millions of jobs, boost national security, bring more manufacturing

back to the United States, and generate huge revenues for government without raising taxes...As we close out this year and look forward to 2013, let’s remember that there isn’t a single problem facing our country that Americans can’t solve. “Government can help or continue to stand in the way. Let’s tell all our leaders in Washington that it’s time that they seriously start to help. The next election can wait.”

Our View

The heart of County Board leadership It’s funny how we look at things sometimes. When I heard Herb Brooks would be the new chairman, now Speaker, of the Will County Board, my first thought was not that he was the first African

American in that position. For one thing, the position of a County Board leader in the era of the County Executive System is fairly new. Before Will County adopted the County Executive system, the County

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Board Chairman was the guy in charge. Unlike in DuPage County where that person is elected countywide, he was appointed by a majority of his fellow County Board members. After the County Executive system came into play, that person led the board meetings, as well as the day-to-day operations of the county. There were majority leaders and minority leaders on the board, with the Executive Pro-tem the leader of the tribe.Then the “leader” of the County Board became known as chairman. And now, after a, frankly, surprising compromise on Dec. 3, that person will be called, County Board Speaker. To his credit, Brooks – pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Joliet -- said he doesn’t really care what he is called. The name is mother gave him is just fine, he said. I agree. It’s a good name, fitting a good person. Herb was part of

our Editorial Board when I was at the Herald-News. He showed a lot of passion and sensitivity, and offered a lot of insight to our group. He did the same after being elected to the County Board, often passionately … and loudly. His election is surprising only in that the person chosen was not a career politician, or one who aspires to be. Historic? Frankly, I think we’re beyond considering the color of a person’s skin – or gender or religion -- for leadership positions. If I had wanted to go in that direction, I could have noted that Plainfield has its first African American elected official in County Board Member Reed Bible, although I have heard some people didn’t realize he is African American. And that’s good. Because it doesn’t really matter. Significant? How about in Bolingbrook, after years of

allowing its GOP stronghold to slowly slip away, has TWO Democratic County Board members and NO Republicans for the first time since Democrats there turned Reagan Republicans in the early ‘80s? Take my word for it: The most significant event that happened during the County Board’s reorganizational meeting was a compromise on the floor that allowed Brooks to be called Speaker, rather than Leader, as Democrats wanted. Also significant was the unanimous, bi-partisan vote that elected him Speaker. No, the GOP didn’t have the votes to do any differently. But there was a time when the minority would not have voted, or voted no in protest. Those votes bode well for the next two years on the County Board; that partisanship can be put aside regardless of who has the majority.

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JTHS announces state scholars Joliet Township names Joliet Township High School is pleased to announce that 69 JTHS students have been recognized as 2013-14 Illinois State Scholars. The prestigious award, given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), recognized 18,863 high school students from across the state as this year’s State Scholars. Since 1979, over 582,000 Illinois students have been honored as State Scholars. Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top ten percent of high school seniors from 749 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT and/or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work in conjunction with ISAC to determine the winners. “We’re pleased to honor this

year’s Illinois State Scholars,” said Eric Zarnikow, ISAC Executive Director. “Not only do they represent the best in educational excellence in Illinois, they also are key to the state’s future economic well-being. The Commission applauds their success and salutes their families and the teachers at (YOURSCHOOL) on this achievement.” The following students were recognized as Illinois State Scholars. Joliet Central: Anna Beamsley, Kaitlyn Bertram, Kenny Biddle, Abigale Crowder, Dayton Dawson, Chloe Erb, Autumn Frykholm, Jay Galligan, Matthew Hall, Holly Harlow, Skyeler Henderson, Luis Jaime, Eric Lindstrom, Jaclyn Long, Noeh Lozano, Aerionna Martin, Janayah McClellan, Ashley Miller, Chloe Miller, Ryan Morgan, Tyler Morgan, Shawn Roberts, Thomas Robinson,

Denise Salinas, Gian Villagomez and Jacob Wagner. Joliet West: Ambrielle Barker, Rebecca Blankenship, Alana Bravo, Kaitlyn Brick, Bayley Clausen, Deanna Deenihan, Anna Deneut, Ricardo Diaz, Thomas Eklund, Nicholas Freeze, Jovanny Gallarzo, Kathryn Greskoviak, Guillermo Grimaldo, Cesar, Guerrero, Mariana Hernandez, Megan Hickey, Omar Huitron, Joshua In, Amanda Jurasits, Elyssa Krmpotich, Eric Martinez, Erin McDonough, Kaitlyn McKay, Matthew Molo, Kenny Nguyen, Cailtin Norton, Ashyln O’brien, Maximilian Orihuela, Hector Ortega, Myra Perez-Hernandez, Matthew Poli, Matthew Rees, Maggie Risher, Matthew Ryan, Laith Sarhan, Caitlin Shea, Markeysha Small, Brendan Softcheck, Nicholas Tokarczyk, Gianna Vegetabile, Felicia Warren, Destiny Williams and Jessica Zambrano.

students of the month The Joliet West High School students of the month for December are Amy Diaz, Rotary Club; Cesar Guerrero, Kiwanis Club; and Mariana Hernandez, Lions Club. Joliet Central High School students of the month for December are Janayah McClellan, Rotary Club; Anna Beamsley, Kiwanis Club; and

Jose Ortiz, Lions Club. Joliet Township High School students of the month must be a senior in high school. Teachers nominate students based upon character, citizenship, dependability and maturity. The final selection is then based on the student’s resume and academic performance.

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INSIDE: Minooka battles Lockport for Strikefest title, page 13; Minooka boys basketball beats Romeoville, page 15



Angels open ESCC season with wins By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

Coming into this season, the Joliet Catholic Academy girls basketball team knew it would be successful as long as everyone came together as a unit. In only eight games, the Angels have done just that. Newcomers, freshman Nicole Ekhomu and Montini transfer Jasmine Lumpkin, have emerged as the primary scorers on the team and the other players have all found their role. “What I like is that the girls on the bench that didn’t get in this game were cheering like they played the whole game and that is because this team loves each other,”said JCA coach Ed Schodrof. “They want to win as a team. It is early, but they are a family. They all know their roles and the funny thing is, we haven’t talked about them much. The kids just figured them out and that is pretty cool.” Those roles played out Dec. 6 when the Angels (8-1, 2-0 East Suburban Catholic Conference) defeated Benet 61-51. Ekhomu scored 25 points and Lumpkin had 19 points and 14 rebounds. They also defeated St. Viator 63-37. Nicole Ekhomu scored 15 points, while sister, Christine, tadded 13. “It’s an exciting process for us and a good step forward,” Schodrof said. “We hadn’t beat Benet since I’d been here, and before I was here it had been a long time. I wouldn’t be surprised if we haven’t beat them in more than 10 years. To beat a program that we respect as much as Benet that plays as smart as Benet, is a nice step forward.” The win was especially good coming on the heels of a sloppy See OPEN, page 15

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JCA freshman Nicole Ekhomu battles for a rebound in the Angels’ 61-51 win over Benet.





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Minooka wins Strikefest By Scott Taylor Sports Editor

In the biggest regular season tournament of the year, rivals Minooka and Lockport battled it out for first place Saturday at Plainfield North’s Strikefest at Town and Country Lanes in Joliet. Lockport entered the final game with a 20-pin lead in the 44-team tournament and the two teams were on the same lanes for the final game. In the end it was the Indians who rallied from behind to finish in first with a 5,914 total. The Porters were close behind with a 5,898. “This is my first year bowling in Strikefest and being able to contribute and help my team win it is a very good feeling,” Minooka’s Kayly Windbiel said. “We love Lockport, we’re really close. We knew it was going to be tough competition and we were just fighting through everything.” “It’s great to win, but it’s nice to support the team you are going up against,” Minooka’s Emily Koulis said. “We’re really good friends with Lockport, so it’s kind of nice. We like bowling with Lockport and we went up against them last week. It’s cool to cheer for each other, even though we went up against each Minooka’s Nicole Segatto shot a 1,203 to medal. other for first.” After finishing second in the state last year, the Indians look primed for another top finish. “We’re making spares and working well as a team,” Koulis said. “I don’t think we’re feeling any more pressure.We just know that we have to make our spares and work well as a team if we want to get back to state.” Koulis led the way for Minooka with a 1,216 six-game series, good for 14th. Windbiel (1,205), Nicole Segatto (1,203) and Alison Warwick (1,181) finished 18th-20th, respectively, and received medals (top 25). Allyson Lakota added a 1,138. “I had a very interesting day,” Windbiel said. “In the first half I was so confident and I was just working so hard to make my spares. I wanted to help my team out as much as possible.We worked well as a team. It’s great medaling for individual, but I’m happier that the team won.” While the Porters didn’t win See WINS, page 17

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Indians win big on senior night By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

The difference in a basketball game often isn’t the talent on the floor or the coach on the bench. In high school basketball, the game can be decided simply by which team believes in itself and which team has doubt. That was on display Dec. 7 at Minooka, when the host Indians defeated Romeoville 63-32 in a Southwest Prairie Conference show down. Minooka came out with the hot hand, while Romeoville could not buy a basket early, resulting in a 13-3 score after the opening quarter. “We came into the game with a lot of confidence because we had just played them a couple of weeks ago,” said Minooka senior Adam Holstine. “We have a lot of shooters. If someone isn’t knocking them down, we have three or four other guys that can. It is a really good asset for us.” Holstine led the Indians in scoring with 14 points, while fellow senior Darrin Myers tallied 13 for the Indians. When the perimeter shooters are on, Myers has the lane open to drive, as defenders have to respect the kick out. “I can shoot and get to the basket,” he said. “I like to first get my teammates open first by penetrating and kicking because a lot of teams have a scouting report and are going to try and stop me from getting to the lane. It is a great day when there is a game that I can just sit back there and shoot wide open threes.” Minooka coach Scott Tanaka is happy Myers is realizing the opportunities he has. “We have been saying that to him for a long time,” Tanaka said. “When he gets other guys involved, it really opens things up for him.” On the other hand, Romeoville came in struggling to score and could not break the streak, as they were led by Jimmy Moon, Christian Diaz and Darrion King, who all had five points. “When they shoot like that, they are going to win. We were trying to change defenses to see if we could slow them down, but when you struggle offensively, every defensive mistake is amplified,” said Romeoville assistant coach Bob Corra,

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Minooka’s Adam Holstine scored a game-high 13 points in the Indians’ win over Romeoville.

who replaced head coach Jeff Bambule on the bench for the game. Bambule missed the game because of out-of-town family issue. “That is the problem. You are not going to win many games when you are scoring 32 points.” Corra said the frustration from the players is not because of lack of effort. “We have a long ways to go, obviously,” Corra said. “Offensively, we are really struggling.We have been working on our shooting, unfortunately it See BIG, page 17





USF to add men’s and women’s bowling Beginning fall 2013, the University of St. Francis (USF) will add men’s and women’s bowling to its roster of intercollegiate sports, increasing the university’s varsity sport offerings to 21. “After a thorough review of the sports landscape in college athletics today, we see that bowling is an up-and-coming sport and want to be at the forefront of offering it to our students,” said USF Director of Athletics Dave Laketa. “One of the main factors in our decision to add bowling was the limited number of fouryear colleges in Illinois that offer the sport. The fact that bowling should become a championship sport at the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) national level in the next few years was another key reason.” Presently, only two Illinois colleges sponsor bowling at the NAIA level and just nine four-

BOYS Points per game Morris Dunnigan, Joliet West Ben Moore, Bolingbrook Matt Mooney, Notre Dame Aaron Jordan, Plainfield East Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook Ryan Peter, JCA Marcus Fair, Plainfield North Logan Velasquez, Plainfield Central David Robinson, Lockport Kendal Interial, Plainfield North Kendall Guyton, Bolingbrook Frank Dounis, Maine South Jimmy Moon, Romeoville John Solari, Maine South Kenny Williams, Bolingbrook Carl Terrell, Joliet West Brandon McCullum, Joliet West Danny Quinn, Maine South Devo Goodlow, Plainfield Central

18.4 16.1 16.0 15.3 14.7 14.5 14.1 11.8 11.2 11.0 10.9 10.9 10.3 9.6 9.6 9.6 9.6 9.4 9.0

year colleges offer the sport statewide. Bowling is classified as a NAIA Emerging Sport. As such, it is recognized by the NAIA as a varsity program subject to the association’s rules and regulations, but without an official national championship event. Each of the past two years, the NAIA has held a national invitational event for bowling under the guidelines of Emerging Sports. Once 50 or more institutions have sponsored the sport, the NAIA may designate it as an official NAIA championship sport. Thirty-one NAIA institutions offer men’s bowling, while 32 sponsor a women’s program. “Another deciding factor for us is that the Will County area is a hotbed for bowling,” continued Laketa. “We won’t need to go far to build a championship-caliber program with the success that

this area has shown at the high school level.” USF projects a roster size of 16 for both the men’s and women’s bowling programs for a total of 32 student-athletes. A search for a head coach will begin immediately. Approximately 370 students participate in USF’s 19 intercollegiate programs: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track & field for men and women; baseball and football for men; and softball, cheerleading and volleyball for women. The University of St. Francis is one of nearly 300 colleges and universities to hold membership in the NAIA. Approximately 60,000 student-athletes compete in 13 sports and 23 national championships each year. USF’s Fighting Saints also compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference in all sports except football, which

participates in the Mid-States Football Association. USF ranked third among NAIA institutions in the first release of the 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. The Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today to recognize the top collegiate athletic programs at the NCAA and NAIA levels.

Trevor Stumpe, Plainfield North Duante Stephens, Notre Dame Jake Maestranzi, Notre Dame Corey Evak, Plainfield North Curtis Harringron, Plainfield Central Jake Nowak, Plainfield North Kurt Palandech, Plainfield North

Corey Evak, Plainfield North Kiefer Ketelhut, Plainfield North Brandon McCullum, Joliet West

Devo Goodlow, Plainfield Central Aaron Jordan, Plainfield East Frank Dounis, Maine South David Robinson, Lockport Tom Vachon, Plainfield East

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Rebounds per game Ben Moore, Bolingbrook 10.0 Devo Goodlow, Plainfield Central 9.2 Eddie Serrano, Notre Dame 9.0 Logan Velasquez, Plainfield Central 7.8 Ryan Peter, JCA 7.5 Andre Hardy, Joliet West 6.6 Josh Smith, Plainfield East 6.5 Kurt Palandech, Plainfield North 6.0 John Solari, Maine South 5.9 David Robinson, Lockport 5.8 Morris Dunnigan, Joliet West 5.4 Kevin Fervil, Plainfield East 5.3 Armani Bonilla, Romeoville 5.3 Kendal Interial, Plainfield North 5.1

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Assists Jake Maestranzi, Notre Dame Marcus Fair, Plainfield North Matt Mooney, Notre Dame Frank Dounis, Maine South Curtis Harringron, Plainfield Central Morris Dunnigan, Joliet West Caleb Demarigny, Maine South Kendal Interial, Plainfield North C.J. Redmond, Bolingbrook Ryan Peter, JCA

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Steals Jake Maestranzi, Notre Dame C.J. Redmond, Bolingbrook John Campbell, Lockport Curtis Harringron, Plainfield Central Carl Terrell, Joliet West Brandon McCullum, Joliet West Kendal Interial, Plainfield North Morris Dunnigan, Joliet West Ryan Peter, JCA Kurt Palandech, Plainfield North Caleb Demarigny, Maine South Danny Quinn, Maine South Roger Tating, Plainfield East Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook Frank Dounis, Maine South Aaron Jordan, Plainfield East Ben Moore, Bolingbrook Logan Velasquez, Plainfield Central

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Field Goal % Windt, Plainfield Central Kurt Palandech, Plainfield North Ben Moore, Bolingbrook Jake Nowak, Plainfield North Danny Quinn, Maine South

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BASKETBALL Ryan Jackson scored a gamehigh 27 points to help lift host Lewis University to an 83-71 win over the University of St. Francis men’s basketball team in nonconference play Saturday night. Lewis (4-2) built an early 19-8 edge before the Saints rallied to take a 34-33 lead at halftime. The Flyers outscored USF (65) 19-8 during the first seven

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Free throw % Derrick Lockhart, Lockport Andrew Palucki, Maine South James Boyd, Romeoville Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook Aaron Jordan, Plainfield East

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3-pointers Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook Aaron Jordan, Plainfield East Caleb Demarigny, Maine South Jimmy Moon, Romeoville

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Points per game Liz Rehberger, Resurrection Nikia Edom, Plainfield East Kiera Currie, Romeoville Faith Suggs, Plainfield East Bernasia Fox, Joliet Central Jaida Green, Downers North Sarah Costello, Downers North Abby Smith, Romeoville Gabby Williams, Plainfield East Brianna Harris, Romeoville Nina Maggio, Plainfield East Angelica Osusky, Romeoville Valencia Chandler, Joliet West Nicole Pease, Plainfield Central Kate Moriarty, Resurrection Jenae Rowe, Joliet West Molly Kleppin, Niles West

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Rebounds per game Chavon Banks, Joliet Central Kiera Currie, Romeoville

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minutes of the second stanza to regain a double-digit advantage, 52-42. St. Francis could get no closer than eight points the rest of the night. Kyle Nelson and Jeff Jarosz added 16 and 15 points, respectively, for the NCAA Division II Flyers. Lewis shot 55.1% from the field on the evening. Junior Tautvydas Kairys (Siauliai, Lithuania/ Cape Fear, N.C.) and sophomore Chris Miller (Rockford, Ill./ Boylan Catholic) paced USF with 13 points each. Junior Mark Peters (Aurora, Ill./ Marmion Academy) finished with 11 points, while senior Billy Hubly (Elk Grove, Ill./ Elk Grove) chipped in 10. The Saints shot 39.1% from the floor. Lewis extended its series winning streak to 11 games as St. Francis lost for the first time in six games this season when leading at the intermission.

Aaliyah Stepney, Joliet West Faith Suggs, Plainfield East Gabby Williams, Plainfield East Valencia Chandler, Joliet West Sarah Costello, Downers North Peyton Winters, Downers North Kate Moriarty, Resurrection Vicky Orasco, Joliet West Jenae Rowe, Joliet West Jade Anthony, Plainfield Central Julia Easter, Niles West Bailee McDaniel, Plainfield Central Jenny Spychala, Resurrection Abby Smith, Romeoville Nikia Edom, Plainfield East

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Assists Kelly Barzowski, Resurrection Sarah Costello, Downers North Abby Smith, Romeoville Gina Mathews, Plainfield East Nikia Edom, Plainfield East Molly Kleppin, Niles West Angelica Osusky, Romeoville Lisa Schroeder, Plainfield Central Nina Maggio, Plainfield East Treanna Perry, Joliet West

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Steals Sarah Costello, Downers North Liz Rehberger, Resurrection Abby Smith, Romeoville Nikia Edom, Plainfield East Nina Maggio, Plainfield East Kelly Barzowski, Resurrection Kiera Currie, Romeoville Molly Kleppin, Niles West Lisa Schroeder, Plainfield Central Jade Anthony, Plainfield Central Bernasia Fox, Joliet Central Angelica Osusky, Romeoville

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Sports BIG Continued from page 15 hasn’t been carrying over to the game. The kids are frustrated. No one feels good, they are not trying to miss shots.” Tanaka said he feels good their shooting efforts because it kept the Spartans from catching them with their defense pressure. “We can really shoot it, which is nice because Romeoville in the past has given us problems with their defensive pressure and the 1-3-1 zone they throw at us,”Tanaka said.“We were able to get good looks and take them out of that pressure defense.” Minooka faces SPC foe Plainfield South Friday and then travels to the Hinsdale South

WINS Continued from page 13 the tournament,they were happy with where they finished. “I think this year was a little different for us because we had some new players,” Lockport’s Bri Zabierek said. “We knew it was really close with Minooka and it was getting really tense. It was very exciting and there was a lot of pressure. We just had to hang in there. I think this will help us out a lot.” “I think we placed second

OPEN Continued from page 11 win two nights earlier at Plainfield Central. Although the Angels had an 8240 win that looked good on the scoreboard, Schodrof was not happy with the effort. “We weren’t happy Tuesday and people think I’m crazy for that, but we weren’t,” Schodrof said. “Tonight, we are happy, but not satisfied.” In that game, Lumpkin scored 19 points,whileTrevonya McClain added 14, Lauren Vanisko scored 11 and Christine Ekhomu scored 10.

Tournament. The way the SPC is starting to shake out, the Indians have the schedule circled on Jan. 11 when they host Oswego. “I think we will content for a conference championship,” Holstine said. “Oswego will be tough, but I think we can handle them. I am really excited to play them.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL The Minooka girls lost on senior night in the girls/boys double header, 46-39. Larissa McLemen led the Indians in scoring with 10 points and Erin Heide added eight. “We hung with them and couldn’t finish,” said Minooka coach Ray Liberatore. “We have

to score more points in the fourth quarter and find a way to finish. You have to give them credit, they have a nice team and they played with confidence, which is something we need to get to.” Not only does the team need to close better, Liberatore said, he is looking for a player to step up and close a game. “We are still looking for who is going to be that person,” he said. “I think Larissa can, we just aren’t getting her the ball in there safely.” Neuqua Valley defeated Minooka 60-34 in the Oswego Tournament. McLemen scored 10 points to lead Minooka. • Lockport beat Sandburg 4426

here last year, too, but it’s still really good,” Lockport’s Megan Szczepanski said. “I’m so comfortable with this team. I can’t wait for this year, it’s going to be a good one. We’ve been third place in sectionals the past couple years and we want to go to state really bad. Minooka is our big competition.” Zabierek finished in fourth place with a 1,267, Szczepanski was 10th with a 1,227, Ashley Hostert placed 22nd with a 1,162, Allyson Ware was 29th with a 1,144 and Nicole Troha placed 53rd with a 1,098. “I wanted to have a big

afternoon to pick myself up from one bad game in the morning,” Szczepanski said. “When the lanes break down I move inside and I love playing inside.” Joliet West came in 16th overall with a 5,175. Taylor Bailey led the way with a 1,114. Julianne Kowalski added a 1,103, Angela Palomar had a 1,042 and Desiray Keigan had a 988. Joliet Central shot a 4,865 and had scores from Lauren Greenwood (1,046), Caitlin Magruder (1,038), Samantha Limbach (989) and Hannah Bolyn (919).

It was the players who have stepped up as leaders of the Angels that led a team meeting. “Coach told us it was a bad win, so on the bus, we had a long talk as a team while coach was driving,” Nicole Ekhomu said. “Jazz said some things, I said some things and it motivated the team.” That helped in the win over Benet (8-3, 0-1), who never led in the whole game. Joliet Catholic ran out to an early 7-1 lead and built it to 29-20 by halftime. The Redwings would get as close as 31-28 two minutes into the third quarter after a threepointer from Emily Eshoo, but the Angels answered with a 9-0 run to seal the game.

“I am glad we were able to pull away when we did,” Nichole Ekhomu said. Christen Prasse paced Benet, scoring 19 points, while Eshoo posted 14 and Emily Schramek 10. The Angels made it a priority to stop Prasse. “We gave her some daylight and she hit a couple of threes like they were layups,” Schodrof said. Prasse tallied 11 points in the first half, but didn’t make her first field in the second half until the final seconds of the third quarter. “Coach said every timeout that we had to pick up the defense on her,” Nichole Ekhomu said. “We knew we couldn’t let her shoot.”


Nora Polaski and Naomi Mayes scored 14 points apiece for host Lockport (4-2, 1-0). • Homewood-Flossmoor beat Joliet West 59-33.

BOYS BASKETBALL Joliet West defeated LincolnWay East 62-56 in SouthWest Suburban Blue action. Carl Terrell scored 16 points, while Brandon McCullum added 16 points and Morris Dunnigan 11. • Minooka beat JCA 43-27: Jalen Jackson had seven points for Joliet Catholic (1-9). • Jonah Coble scored 13 points, including the gamewinning free throws, as Joliet Central beat Lincoln-Way Central 42-40.


WRESTLING Brian Rossi (113),Dan Radcliffe (126) and Austin Strzelczyk (132) won three times apiece in helping Lockport defeat Wheaton North 40-18 and Bradley 44-18 in the eight-team Lockport Duals. The Porters lost 47-18 to Marist. • Trayvon Zabala (120), Donovan Luckett (126), Sharod Wilson (182) and Johnny Moore (220) all won to help Joliet Central win the Pontiac Invitational. Joliet Catholic came in 10th. • Mike McNulty (138) and David Newman (285) earned pins to help Minooka win 48-21 over Plainfield South. Monica Barefield scored a team-leading 12 points for West.

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Hawks shut down Wolves in second half By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

After surrendering 18 firstquarter points to Niles West in its CSL South matchup last Friday night, and trailing 25-21 at intermission, Maine South collectively felt it had to get back to basics in order for its matchup zone defense to be effective. Those defensive basics, said coach Tony Lavorato, include keeping the ball out of the lane, contesting shots and rebounding. The Hawks accomplished all three during the second half, holding the Wolves to just two baskets and eight points en route to a 43-33 victory at home. “We really needed to build our defense back from the inside out,” Lavorato said.“They had 12 points inside the two-foot lane (during the first half). What was really important for us was to make sure that we kept them outside. They had to beat us over the top in the second half, and I thought we did a nice job marking people.” It’s no secret what Maine South does on the defensive end, said Wolves coach Bob Williams, whose team dropped its second straight game after starting the year 5-0. “It’s a good zone,” he said.“They always play it so we knew it was coming. I thought we stopped being aggressive and it’s easy to do that versus that zone. They make you play slow. But to have eight points in the second half is embarrassing.” The Wolves (5-2, 0-2) shot out to a 6-2 lead thanks to two treys from senior Joe Younan, who finished with nine points (all on threes). In the second period, Niles West led by as many as eight points, 23-15, after Alex Darville (8 points) scored five straight. “The best shooter in the conference hit two threes and we didn’t mark him,” Lavorato said. “That’s the thing. We’ve got a scouting report and you want him to beat you over the top. I thought we were two steps slow both times and they had some shots.” The undefeated Hawks (7-0, 2-0) fought back and went on a 6-0 run, capped by sophomore

BOYS BOWLING 1. Romeoville 2. Plainfield Central 3. Minooka 4. Lockport 5. Bolingbrook 6. Plainfield North 7. Joliet West

GIRLS BOWLING 1. Minooka 2. Lockport 3. Joliet West 4. Plainfield East 5. Plainfield North 6. Plainfield Central 7. Downers South

BOYS BASKETBALL 1. Maine South 2. Benet 3. Notre Dame 4. Niles West 5. Joliet West 6. Downers South 7. Bolingbrook Mike Sandrolini/Bugle Staff

George Sargeant of Maine South eyes the basket as Mohammed Qureshi of Niles West defends.

Caleb deMarigny’s steal and layup that cut Niles West’s lead to 23-21. But Ahmad Gibson’s short shot with under a minute to go gave the Wolves their lead at the break. “Caleb, he’s doing a nice job,” Lavorato said. “People forget that he’s a sophomore. He’s savvy and he’s running the show really well. I think he understands the game; the seniors trust him. What’s exciting about him is that he’s only going to get better.” The Hawks put together another 6-0 run to start the third quarter and took their first lead of the contest, 27-25, when John Solari scored off an inside feed from Danny Quinn. “We had a game plan but just made too many stupid turnovers (in the first half),” said Solari, who finished with 11 points, six

rebounds and four assists. “In the second half, we just kept our cool and just connected on our plays.” Maine South erased a 27-all tie by going on a 7-0 run to close out the third quarter and taking a 3427 advantage. The Hawks, who also received 11points and six assists from guard Frank Dounis, led by as many as 11 (38-27) during the fourth quarter. Quinn, who scored eight of his game-high 12 points in the second half and had five rebounds, said it feels good that the Hawks are off to a 7-0 start, but there’s still work to be done. “We know there’s a lot of room to get better and we’re definitely trying to get better,” he said. “We don’t think that we’re anywhere near where we can be so we have to break down everything, find

out ways to get better and keep on going.” Lavorato echoes Quinn’s sentiments. “We need to get better,” he said. “Our line is, ‘You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse.’ There’s really no staying on an even plateau. Our goal is to get better. I said this after the last game: If this is who we are in February, I’ll be really, really disappointed. “There’s a lot of room for improvement. We’ve got to finish games better, we foul, we’re missing layups, we’re missing free throws. But I’m just excited where we’re at right now. It’s a great spot to be in, but as soon as we step into the gym tomorrow, we’ve got to get better.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL 1. Bolingbrook 2. Maine South 3. Plainfield East 4. Romeoville 5. JCA 6. Downers South 7. Benet

WRESTLING 1. Lockport 2. Minooka 3. Notre Dame 4. Plainfield Central 5. Downers North 6. Joliet West 7. Downers South Rankings are compiled by Mark Gregory and Scott Taylor.

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Dealing with silly improvement campaigns Q. I work part time as a receptionist for a company that uses our branch as a training ground for management. When things are going well for the current management team, why do they begin to focus on the lowest paid staff and the things they can do to make “us” even better? Over the years I have watched the same ideas come and go that do nothing to increase productivity but in fact decrease morale and job satisfaction among my coworkers. A. The reason your management team focuses on improving the lowest paid staff is that the alternative when things are going really well is to focus on the fundamental problems in the organization. Which focus do you think would raise less anxiety? Most management teams

are aware of certain core issues that need to be addressed the elephants in their boardroom, so to speak. Like most elephants, these issues take up a lot of room, and their size makes everybody nervous. Most of the time, the management knows that some thorny interpersonal conflict would need to be addressed to fix these problems. Most of the time, the last thing the management wants to do is to handle a big potential conflict. When I consult with boards and management teams on interpersonal issues, I see first-hand how long-term, entrenched and damaging these

conflicts are to a company. Logically, no one wants to give up profit, productivity or reputation just to avoid feeling nervous, but every day that is exactly what is happening in corporate America. Entry-level employees think it’s silly that management has decided they should, for example, wear blue shirts because blue makes customers happier. Unfortunately, for your management to stop tweaking your shoes, shirts or water cooler, they would have to go after the big problems. I get many letters from employees who express confusion about why these impractical improvement campaigns only sweep the company during good times. Keep in mind that during bad times, there are so many small problems to focus on the management has no risk of

tackling the larger issues. Now when the company enters smooth waters, there is a lull, and the threat of addressing the elephant in the room appears imminent. Enter the “next great idea,” apply it to entry employees and voila, excellent distraction until the next bad time consumes management focus. Try not to take the mandate on blue shirts, different coffee mugs or peppy posters personally. Our species has been perfecting creative ways to avoid big problems for centuries. Your management is just implementing a modern version of an age-old aversion to anxiety.

The Last Word(s) Q. My manager did a performance evaluation recently. She told me she thinks

I have a lot of knowledge but that I am not very wise about the way I do my job. Is there a difference between knowledge and wisdom? A. Yes, wisdom is knowledge that we are able to apply. We all know what we should do, but wise people actually do it.

(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.)










Minnesota pilot killed in Wilton Township crash By Erin Gallagher Contributing Writer

It was in the Nugent family soybean field where the twin-engine Beech 58 went down around 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4, killing the pilot. Minnesota resident Larry Diffley, 74, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Will County Coroner’s office. “It was the end of our property,” Ray Nugent said. “Most of it was on the end of the farm that my relatives own.” The plan crashed on the southwest corner of Offner and Gougar roads. Although initial news reports said Manhattan Township, the accident occurred in Wilton Township. Offner Road is the dividing line. “Deputies were called to the scene at 2:38 p.m. and found a wide path of scattered debris and significant damage to the plane as a result of the crash,” according to the Will County Sheriff’s Department press release. Nugent, who is also the Wilton Township Road Commissioner, lives in the house at the north end of the field where the plane crashed. He said he was about a mile and a half away at the time and only caught a glimpse of the plane as it went down. He did not see or hear the impact. Retired Manhattan firefighter

Paul Engler said he lives nearby and heard the call on his scanner, but chose not to go to the scene. “After 21 years (on the fire department), I know when you get a call like that you stay away from there,” he said. Manhattan Fire Protection District was the first on the

scene. The crash happened between the two fire stations. It was about four miles from Station One, 100 Park Road, Manhattan, and about three miles from Station Two, 28710 S. Cedar Road (U.S. Route 52). Diffley was president of Bemidji Aviation in Bemidji, Minn., according to the

company’s website. He and Mark Shough took over the company in 1970.The company specializes in charter flights, the site said. “You feel bad for that person’s family with Christmas upon us, it’s certainly going to be a loss to that family,” Nugent said. Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas

said the National Transportation Safety Board completed its investigation Dec. 5. Also, Kaupas and other authorities noticed there was no gas smell or fire at the scene. “It’s pure speculation on my part, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a fuel issue with the plane,” he said.



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