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MARCH 15, 2012

Vol. 56 No. 23

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Candidates battle for 9th, 10th Congressional Districts

By Rick Kambic Staff Reporter

Area Democrats are the most active in this year’s two main congressional races. While a politically unknown elementary school teacher is challenging Jan Schakowsky for the Democratic nomination in Illinois’ ninth Congressional District, a group of four Democrats are feuding for the right to challenge Republican Robert Dold in the 10th Congressional District. Running with the slogan “Corruption is the biggest tax of all,” Simon Ribeiro, of Evanston, is challenging Schakowsky for the party nomination. Ribeiro opposed Schakowsky in the last election, when he ran on a Green Party slate that has since been disbanded by the Illinois Board of Elections. After taking the Democratic designation, Ribeiro began referring to himself as a nonmachine Democrat and promoting Schakowsky’s connection to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – who has recently been named in a federal insider trading investigation. While Ribeiro’s actual political experience is lacking, Schakowsky

is looking for her eighth term as a congresswoman and prides herself on being nominated by Pelosi to be on the 18-person presidential commission for finance reform. Schakowsky stakes her claims in senior issues and health care, emphasizing her involvement in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as Obama Care. The 12-year member of Congress has also worked toward legislation that“rewards”companies for hiring American workers and eliminates tax incentives to businesses for sending jobs overseas.Schakowsky has also proposed larger tax brackets for millionaires and billionaires in order to ease the burden on middle-class taxpayers and prevent program cuts. Both Schakowsky and Ribeiro see eye-to-eye on protecting the middle class. Leaning on his Green Party background, Ribeiro believes ending war would pull large sums of money away from defense contractors and return it to the natural economy whereAmericans live and work. His non-traditional stances also include prohibiting the federal government from paying independent bankers to distribute

counterfeit “Federal Reserve” money. Instead, Ribeiro says printing actual “United States Department of Treasury Notes” and handing currency issues internally would save money and create jobs simultaneously. The Democratic winner will face Republican challenger Timothy Wolfe, who runs unopposed in the March 20 primary. Wolfe is the least politically experienced of the three, as he runs in his first-ever campaign. Originally from Bloomington, Wolfe now resides in Arlington Heights. He has owned a Mt. Prospect-based tax and accounting company for 20 years. The political rookie said he decided to seek office to protect the assets and principles the common citizen has worked hard to accrue in a given lifetime. District 9 grew slightly during redistricting, as more northern lakefront towns are now included. Redistricting caused problems for District 10 incumbent Robert Dold, whose house in Kenilworth is now in District 9. To the surprise of many Democrats, Dold is being allowed to run for the 10th District with the guarantee that he will move in

district if he wins. Dold is unopposed in the Republican primary. Republicans have dominated District 10 for three decades. The Republican Central Committee publically gave its support for Dold despite relentless concerns over his stability and popularity among members. After Mark Kirk’s appointment to the U.S. Senate, Dold narrowly defeated Democratic challenger Dan Seals in a special election to fill Kirk’s vacancy. Primary campaign issues for Dold include repealing Obama Care and lifting tax preferences that target high-income families and profitable companies. His job-building agenda includes removing legislation that he labeled “deal breakers” for expanding companies. Locally, Dold is working with the College of Lake County to have laser technology taught at the school. The curriculum would supply new hires to a local employer. Dold currently owns a pest control company that his family started 150 years ago. The redrawing of District 9 not only took Dold’s house, but it also took the Republican strongholds

of Winnetka and Wilmette. Portions of liberal-heavy Niles and Des Plaines, as well as various other Democratic towns near Wisconsin, were added to District 10. The pool of Democrats who hope to challenge Dold in November consists of attorney Vivek Bavda, who graduated law school three years ago; political activist Ilya Sheyman, who barely meets the minimum age requirement of 25; Air Force Reserve colonel and health food expert John Tree, former brand manager for Rice Krispies Treats; and longtime management consultant Brad Schneider. All four candidates support health care reform, clean energy implementation and removal of Bush tax cuts. The differences between the four include resume, charisma, financial planning and ability to fund raise. Schneider, a 50-year-old Waukegan resident, leads the last two after raising more than $630,000 as of Dec. 31 – $150,000 of which coming out of pocket. Sheyman is a distant second with nearly $433,000 at the close of 2011.




Park Ridge Chamber unveils new logo Symbolizing its “green and growing” outlook, the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its new logo, designed by Chamber member Kymberlee Raya, Big Shot Marketing. Raya said, “The tree symbolizes growth and the green of the leaves symbolizes money; it’s a perfect combination to represent the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce.” The new logo replaces one used since 2006. The team that worked with Big Shot Marketing was led by Chamber board director Joshua Nichols, Unbound Technology.

The Chamber’s RFP requested that the new logo identify the Chamber’s community focus, embody the entrepreneurial spirit of Chamber members, signal the many networking opportunities and present a contemporary, professional image. “This new redesigned logo represents just about everything we were looking for,” stated Gail Haller, executive director. “The entire board is very pleased with the new look.” Established in 1929, The Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce

(PRCC) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization that supports the local business community through networking,education, and promotion. The PRCC comprises more than 400



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members and represents both independent small businesses and large corporations. The PRCC is home to a diverse mix of operations including retail, business-to-business, health

care, technology, restaurants, and more. For more information call 847.825.3121, visit www., or email info@ParkRidgeChamber. org.



Morton Grove celebrates award on Dempster Street By Rick Kambic Staff Reporter

Early in its reign as Bloomberg’s Best Place to Raise Kids, Morton Grove has established two marketing tools to capitalize on the award: a sign outside the American Legion Civic Center and a link to the award on the village website. Director of Community Development John D. Said believes Dempster Street is a main hub through town and the Civic Center is a prominent icon in the village, worthy of centralizing the award for residents and visitors. Additionally, Said deemed the village website as a growing commodity that residents, prospective vendors and companies use when looking for needed information. A family-based award, such as Bloomberg’s, affects businesses in several ways. According to Said, some businesses want to open stores in town and sell to stable, routine-driven residents, while others consider moving into neighboring villages so their employees can have acclaimed towns nearby to live comfortably in. Whether or not that’s the case yet, Said believes those trends might take time. “I’m not directly involved in the real estate market, so I don’t know how the award might be helping our market in Morton Grove,” Said stated. “But, I sure know plenty of agents who are making mention of the award while showing homes.” Morton Grove is only in its

third month as the top Illinois town, but Said is encouraging residents and village employees to read up on the designation and boast for a little while. “Certainly people appreciate it and it obviously reinforces the value people place on their community when it comes to schools, neighborhoods and stores,” Said stated. “Of what we’ve heard thus far, we’ve gotten feedback of that nature from a variety of residents.” Village Trustee Maria Toth is confident that plenty of residents are aware. “I think our residents are pretty familiar with Morton Grove being given this award because we immediately called the schools, and they disseminated the information as well,” Toth said. “It’s an outstanding award, and schools definitely unite a community.” While the Bloomberg article listed parks and recreation as Morton Grove’s best quality, ‘excellent schools’ was not far down the list. In fact, some of the very same schools promoted the Bloomberg award last year. Bloomberg News named Niles the 2011 Best Place to Raise Kids in Illinois and in the United States. Morton Grove was then named the 2012 top town in Illinois and third best in the country. Most marketing professionals agree that giving awards to neighboring villages is rare so to prevent confusion and allow for maximum promotional value. “I don’t think it’s much of a problem,” Toth said. “Modern commuters are experts and

should know when they’re driving through one town compared to another, and if a family is actively looking for somewhere nice to live, the address will make it obvious that they’re in Niles or Morton Grove.” With budget hearings already underway in Niles, Mayor Robert Callero looks to retain Denise McCreery as economic development and marketing director despite controversy. McCreery splits her time promoting the Bloomberg award and working on new business acquisitions. Niles was given the award in December 2010 and hired their marketing director in May 2011. During her time in the position, McCreery was placed on numerous committees and worked to have bus benches, street light banners, village paperwork and the village website branded with the logo. She also had a t-shirt created for sale and to give away at village functions. Among other village employees, McCreery worked with different municipalities in Niles to collaborate on events and promotional programs relating to the Bloomberg award. “We have not gone into the whole banner program in regards to promoting the Best Place to Raise Kids award,” Said stated. “That’s not to say we won’t do it in the future, but we feel what we’ve already done is appropriate for the designation we received.” Morton Grove has not decided to include any new marketing

position in its fiscal year 2013 budget. Said was hired in early 2010 to boost the economic landscape in Morton Grove, and village officials feel confident that he will effectively utilize and publicize the Bloomberg award. In recent months, Said has also been responsible for educating residents about the upcoming referendum on electrical aggregation, which would enroll all residents in a new electrical plan. Niles trustees will soon be faced with the option to immortalize the Bloomberg award on the new sign outside Village Hall, which will replace the “Nicholas B. Blase Plaza” sign. An ad-hoc committee is

expected to suggest erecting a sign saying “Village of Niles, Incorporated 1899” and that will somehow include the village’s All-American City and Bloomberg awards. Niles was recognized as an AllAmerican City by the National Civic League in 1964. However, neither Said nor Toth believe the Bloomberg award will end up immortalized in Morton Grove. “I’m hoping Morton Grove continues to get awards like this throughout the years,” Toth said. “Personally, I don’t think this is something I’ll be talking about in 40 years, because it shouldn’t be the only good thing that happens in such a large span of time.”



Breaking down Evanston referendum By Rick Kambic Staff Reporter

An Evanston referendum has built much anxiety throughout Illinois in recent months and survived a last minute petition for removal. The March 20 advisory referendum seeks feedback on whether residents would permit the disbanding of Evanston Township government. Two dozen residents called a special township “meeting of the electors” on Feb. 22 and March 7 in hopes of defending their petition and seeking more information from township officials. During the March 7 meeting, Town Clerk Rodney Greene read a response from Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s Office. Greene forwarded the appeal, receiving an email saying only the Evanston Township Board of Trustees can remove the referendum from the ballot – no appeal to any other agency would merit removal because all procedures were followed properly. After the initiative was seemingly killed, a handful of outspoken residents and a hired attorney relentlessly questioned Greene on his intentions and how he proceeded after receiving the petitioned appeal against the referendum.

Township government The City of Evanston has the same boundary as the Township of Evanston, and with that the governments are intertwined – members of the City Council are also trustees on the Township Board, while the two entities also share a finance department. Townships in similar situations are referred to as “coterminous.” Of the 1,433 units of

township government, only 20 are coterminous with a municipality. Three Evanston residents at the March 7 special meeting spoke out against Evanston being coterminous, saying an independent board would not vote to disband itself and that trustees are merely looking to absorb the township’s tax base for unrelated political agendas. Resident Kevin O’Connor said the trustees are rushing the process because the city government is in financial trouble and certain trustees who want to leave office are trying to divert the revenue before stepping down. Greene said the idea to disband the township was first raised 40 years ago and seems to routinely come up because residents do not understand how the two entities operate. Township Trustee Ann Rainey has been very vocal in saying the removal of Evanston Township would save hundreds of thousands of dollars previously spent on duplicated services.

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Maine Township encompasses parts of Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles, Glenview, Morton Grove, and Rosemont.

Legislation Evanston trustees already voted 5-4 on multiple ordinances relating to this subject: one of which requested District 9 State Senator Jeffrey Schoenberg (D-Evanston) to introduce state legislation that would simplify the process. According to Schoenberg, eliminating a township, by law, requires a countywide binding referendum. His bill, introduced on Feb 1, would allow the disbanding of Evanston Township to happen with a binding referendum voted by just Evanston residents. The pending legislation also outlines how to transfer township services and responsibilities to the City of Evanston. The handful of residents at the

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Niles Township includes the villages of Skokie, Lincolnwood and Golf, and sections of Morton Grove, Niles and Glenview.

March 7 meeting voted 13-1, with several abstentions, to present an opinion to the Township Board that sending Schoenberg into action before results of the advisory referendum were counted. “Trustees put the cart before the horse,” O’Connor said. “We oppose this referendum, but even though it will apparently be on the ballot, how can the Illinois General Assembly decide if we should have a township

before the residents of Evanston have decided?” O’Connor said getting the bill signed into law means the option would remain indefinitely in case this current one-year timeline gets interrupted. Results of an advisory referendum do not require a municipality to follow the favored option. The Township Board can still move forward with plans to disband even if voters overwhelmingly oppose


Impact on other townships Some residents and officials in Niles and Maine Townships worried that disbanding Evanston Township would cause new boundaries to be drawn so to absorb the unrepresented See EVANSTON, page 23



NSDAR announces Essay Contest winners The Twenty First Star Chapter of NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) is pleased to announce its winners in this year’s American History Essay Contest with the topic: “Young America Takes a Stand: The War of 1812.” Students were to pretend they were alive during the War of 1812 and had a friend who became famous for standing up for America during that exciting but dangerous time. They were to describe the person and how he or she stood up for America. They needed to include why it is important to honor such heroes when we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.  The heroes who stood up for America during the War of 1812 are important today just as they were then.  They had a positive impact on American history.  This year’s winners both attend Our Lady of Destiny School in Des Plaines:

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8th grade: Haley Sullivan 7th grade: Bridget Donovan In addition to receiving a “Winner Certificate”,each student read her winning essay, received a 21 Star American flag pin and Allegiance “the Constitution Game” [invented by the late Jim

and Jean Macdonald of Evanston, parents of DAR member Jeanette Frye], presented by Twenty First Star Chapter member, Nancy Meyer of Des Plaines, during an assembly at the school. Each of the twenty-nine students who submitted an essay for the

contest received a Certificate of Participation. Bridget wrote a diary entry about how her best friend Dolley Payne Madison, wife of the president, saved very important documents of state and a famous painting of George Washington as the British invaded and did serious damage to the White House. Haley wrote a letter to her cousin Oliver Hazard Perry recalling how proud her whole family was of his accomplishment in leading the victory against the British on Lake Erie early in the war. Judging was based on historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.  All grade 5, 6, 7, and 8 students in a public, private, or parochial school, and those who are home schooled were eligible. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin.

The chapter’s winning essays were forwarded to the NSDAR District competition. Haley Sullivan has been honored as District IV’s 8th grade winner. She and her parents will be attending the District IV luncheon meeting in Lombard where Haley has been invited to read her essay to the attending members and guests. The topic for next fall’s contest will be announced later this spring. For further information, please contact DAR Twenty First Star’s incoming Historian B. J. Weinman at (847)965-0940. Any woman age 18 and older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Twenty First Star Chapter provides genealogy research assistance. Contact Dorothy Wilson at (847)3286946 for more information.

Niles man strikes Platinum at local grocery store Jayendra Shah is the newest $2,000,000 winner from the Illinois Lottery’s Platinum Payout 20X. Jayendra bought his ticket on February 16 at N&M grocery store in Niles. Shah and his family were present today to accept an oversized, commemorative check today from Illinois Lottery representatives. He remembers the day as if it was yesterday. “I

was at home when I decided to scratch my ticket. I thought I was just going to win $50. Then as I continued scratching I thought it was $100. I was shocked when I realized it was a lot more than that. I thought I was going crazy… crazy, in a good way.” He feels blessed and is thrilled beyond words. “God has given me the best gift ever!” he exclaimed.

Shah, who has been working since he was 13 years old, indicated that his Lottery win could not have come at a better time. “I just bought a house in Niles about eight months ago. This is going to help me pay the mortgage.” He also plans to help some of his family members pay their education bills and go back to Baroda, India to visit his family.

Niles Public Library hosts eReader Fair Do you own an eReader or are you trying to decide which device is best for you? Attend the Niles Public Library eBook & eReader Fair on Saturdays, March 31, April 21, or May 19 from 1-4 p.m. in the Library’s large meeting room and board room. The Niles Public Library eBook & eReader Fairs will feature a Sony Reader, Barnes and Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, and an iPad. Our friendly librarians will be available to answer questions

and demonstrate how to use MyMediaMall, a library of free downloadable eBooks and eAudioBooks. No registration necessary. Do you already own an eReader and need some help downloading eBooks? Go to and click on eBook Help. Also, click on the Overdrive Download icon on to find step-by-step instruction sheets for different eReaders as

well as how to get started on MyMediaMall. All you need is a computer, your Niles Library card, and access to the Internet to download titles. MyMediaMall titles are now available for the Amazon Kindle. The Niles Public Library District is located at 6960 W. Oakton Street. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

N&M grocery story received a $20,000 bonus, one percent of the jackpot amount, for selling a winning ticket. Store owner, Nick Modi, was also present and very excited that his store had sold the winning ticket. “I am so happy for the Shah family,” Modi said. According to Modi, this is the biggest instant winner on record for their store since he purchased his business in 1995.

As with all lottery games, proceeds from instant tickets benefit the Common School Fund and the Capital Projects Fund. Last year, the Lottery transferred $690 million to the support education, capital projects and other good causes. To date, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $17 billion to support education in Illinois and public works.

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Letter to the Editor

Guest Columnist

You be the judge

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Dear Editor: On Tuesday, March 20, voters will have a chance to cast their ballot in the Illinois primary for national, state and local offices. Often overlooked among the many candidates are the men and women running for judge. That is unfortunate because judges make critical decisions on a daily basis that directly affect the lives and liberties of all of us. Learning about the qualifications of judicial candidates, and voting for those who are most qualified, will help ensure that we have a quality judiciary. Bar association ratings and newspaper endorsements are two ways voters can become better informed about the candidates’ qualifications.

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A real estate investor I’ll call Mr. Z recently lost all of his properties to bank foreclosure. What is surprising is how it happened and that the banks themselves are making a bad situation worse. One of the banks, SunTrust received nearly $5 billion in taxpayer bailout money at the start of the crisis. This money kept SunTrust alive when it otherwise would have gone bankrupt itself, been placed in receivership and sold off to another bank. Giving them the money distorted the natural market reaction to a bad business decision. When it came time to “work” with Mr. Z on his loan portfolio they were less than gracious. Mr. Z asked to have his rate lowered and/or his term extended. These loans are commercial mortgages of about 5 year duration at which time they must be renewed or refinanced. They couldn’t be refinanced with another bank as the values had dropped by 40-60% and SunTrust wanted its full principal back. SunTrust flush with taxpayer loot didn’t need

to negotiate. In this case instead of making a reasonable deal on the fully rented units SunTr ust decided to foreclose. The tenants took a rent holiday and now the buildings Mr. Z owned sit vacant.The killer is that the bank has them listed for 20-30% of their original appraised values. The bank could have simply lowered the rate or reduce his principal and he’d still have fully functioning buildings, a good credit score and the bank would have an operating loan. Instead the community has an empty unit dragging real estate values down further. My point is that the banks themselves, along with their enabler Uncle Sugar, bear a huge portion of blame for the current crisis. They’ve made things worse. Right now the government is getting ready to release its“stress tests” for banks.The banks don’t

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want this information public because it will jeopardize their very existence. But, we need more not less transparency and those banks deserve to go under that aren’t performing. It’s what a free market is all about – success being rewarded and failure punished. Instead we have crony capitalism where bad businesses get bailouts. Don’t feel bad for Mr. Z. He took a risk and it failed. Feel bad for yourself. It was your money that allowed SunTrust to deal harshly when it should have dealt reasonably. It’s your home values that are being hit & the crony capitalists are still raking it in. I won’t even mention that a lawsuit against Countrywide discovered a fraudulent loan database. That’s right, Countrywide and perhaps many other banks knew about their bad loans in advance, but the money was so good they just kept raking it in.They knew Uncle Sugar would dip into your pocket and bail them out. We need honesty and transparency from government to have a free market. Does this make any sense to you?




Maine East holding International Celebration Take a trip around the world in three hours. That’s the theme – and a figurative fact – for Maine East’s 22nd Annual International Celebration, scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Twenty student clubs will put on display their entertainment, food and fashion. Entertainment will include traditional dances, vocalists, a violist and African

drumming. A fashion show will give students an opportunity to show off their cultures’ traditional and contemporary fashions. At club booths located around the school’s gymnasium, visitors can try each culture’s food and beverages. As Principal Dr. Michael Pressler explains: “International Celebration is a special event

when, for a few hours in one location, everyone in attendance - students and parents, faculty and staff, and community members – come together to celebrate the cultural and social diversity that is a fundamental aspect of who we are and what we do at Maine East High School.” This year’s International Celebration event will mark the

culmination in a weeklong event called “Springcoming 2012!” “While the traditional Homecoming week celebrates our history as a school, Springcoming 2012 will look to our international heritage and our future featuring a week of cultural awareness activities, dress-up days, fundraising for a charitable cause, spirit events,

and an all-school assembly,” Pressler said. Faculty Sponsor Andrew Daly added, “Each cultural club puts in lots of time to get everything ready.” For this event, visitors may enter on the east side of the high school, which faces the football stadium and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

Shah won first place in Spelling Bee, for the second consecutive year. Niles West’s Joy Sherman won third place for her interpretation of Robert Gernhardt’s sarcastic poem “Ach.” Christina Tillman from Niles North received third place in the Cover Art Contest. Niles North also won first place in the coveted Skit category, for “Norbert, the Narcissist,” a comical love story. The studentwritten skit was performed by Annemarie Reid, Dawid Szmigielski, Dan Chung, Harley Davidson, Marianne Leber and George Vail. The teacher coaches for these students include Sara Shuster, Lydia Ronning, Natalie Bartl, Caroline Ahearn and Josef Neumayer.

School Tournament on February 3 to 5 spurred them to notable finishes at both the Harvard Invitational and the Homewood Flossmoor Tournament. At the 38th annual Harvard Invitational held over President’s Day weekend, the all-freshman team competed in the Junior Varsity division in a field of 122 teams. Sam Eschker and D’Angelo Oberto had a 4-2 record and narrowly missed making it to the elimination debates. The two-person teams of Ambria Benesch and Adam Yusen, Zahra Domin and Josh Bynum, and Luc Walkington and Leelabari Fulbel all finished the tournament with 3-3 records. According to Niles North Head Coach Katie Gjerpen, “Considering these are first-year debaters competing against second- and third-year debaters, this is an incredible accomplishment for the students.” Niles North then competed at the competitive Homewood Flossmoor Tournament on February 24 to 26 and ended with a top eight finish out of 50 teams. Ambria Benesch and Josh Bynum, with a 5-1 record in the preliminaries and the 6th seed, advanced to the Octafinals in the Novice division. They defeated Glenbrook North in a 2-1 decision and entered the quarterfinals, before succumbing to Dowling Catholic High School from West Des Moines, Iowa.

Also competing from North: Komal Khoja, Rushanas Hasan, Sam Eschker, D’Angelo Oberto. Shelby Nordstedt, Irene Diblich, Luc Walkington and Leelabari Fulbel. Niles North will compete in four consecutive tournaments this month, culminating in the Novice Nationals Tournament in Atlanta, GA. The Debate Team is coached by Head Coach Katie Gjerpen and assistant coaches Andrew Baker, Apoorv Kumar, Sarah Smaga and Arjun Vellayappan.

District 219 Briefs Echo Effect wins second place On March 3, Niles West’s Echo Effect placed second in the International Championships of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) Great Lakes Semifinal Competition. In addition, Echo Effect received the Best Choreography award and Michael Kim earned the award for Best Arrangement. According to Echo Effect Director Amy Branahl, “This was our best performance ever at an ICHSA Semifinal.” Watch the award-winning group in action at the Voices Only performance held at 7:30 p.m. on May 18 at Niles West. Echo Effect members include: Steven Czajkowski, Doug Bako, Michael Kim, Rishi Patel, Steven Cristi, Mas Hoshi, Jimmy Song, Jonah Barquez,Surdeep Chauhan, Keenan Morales, Michael Nissan, Randy Tran, Kahlil Sassa and Vinay Patel.

Niles West News named finalist The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) recently announced that Niles West News is a finalist in the 2012 digital newspaper competition at Columbia University in the City of New York. There are 27 high schools and 19 college finalists;

finalists will learn if they are a Gold or Silver Crown at the awards ceremonies. The Awards Convocation for Scholastic Crown recipients will take place during CSPA’s 88th annual convention, on March 16 in the Roone Arledge Auditorium of the Alfred Lerner Student Center on Columbia’s Morningside Heights Campus. Evelyn Lauer is the adviser for Niles West News.

Five trophies at German Day Niles Township High School District 219 students took home trophies in five out of eight categories at this year’s German High School Day at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Niles North and Niles West were among 14 schools from the Chicagoland area to participate in this annual competition. In the City Guide contest, a category reserved for first year German students, District 219 won first and third place. Niles West students Ruhi Qurashi and James McClellan won first with their comical presentation about Salzburg, Austria. Katherine Andrew and Hannah Kamm from Niles North took home third place with their creative presentation on Bremen, Germany. Niles West student Vikram

North Debaters gather momentum February was a busy time for the Niles North Debate Team and its most successful month yet. The Debate Team hosted a series of public debates at Barnes & Noble at Westfield Old Orchard on February 11. There was a great turnout and a lot of enthusiasm from incoming 8th graders and community members. The successful semifinal finish at the Evanston Township High

North math team earns second The Niles North Math Team earned second place in the Cook Division of the North Suburban Math League Conference Meet that was held recently at Evanston Township High School. Niles North seniors won first place overall, the juniors earned second place overall and the freshmen took third place. Josh Lipschultz earned second place as an oralist. Ben Marks had a perfect paper and received an Honorable Mention for the John Benson Outstanding Math Student award. The Math Team is coached by Bonnie Weiberg, Kathy France, Ankur Joshi, Conrad Musleh, and Sean Delahanty.

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1 Grafton’s “A” 6 Mill fill 11 Witchy woman 14 Aristotle forte 15 Major outlet 16 Chemical ending 17 Start of a quip 19 Lot 20 First name in hair products 21 Spanish possessive 23 Like the 4-Down in a 1960 chart-topper 25 Quip, part 2 26 Bear 27 Champagne designation 28 “them” author 29 Payoff 30 Acquire 31 Word in a current account? 32 Quip, part 3 35 Take willingly 38 Dreyer’s partner in ice

cream 39 River wriggler 42 Don’t just want 43 Top-secret org. 44 PETCO Park player 46 Quip, part 4 48 Hawks’ homes 49 Outclassed by a large margin, as competitors 50 You are, in Yucatan 51 Mid-seventhcentury date 52 End of quip 56 Deborah’s “The King and I” costar 57 Thumbs-up person, perhaps 58 “Amazing” magician 59 Ike’s WWII domain 60 Alex’s mom on “Family Ties” 61 Words of reassurance


1 Poetic pugilist 2 Online chuckle 3 “Tell me already” 4 See 23-Across 5 Stranded in winter, perhaps 6 Reading pen? 7 Fabled flier 8 Like many “Twilight Zone” episodes 9 Pub choice 10 Pay after taxes 11 Member of an ancient Asia Minor empire 12 Beautifier 13 Columbus, by birth 18 __ Bo 22 Exchanges 23 “Conan” channel 24 Handel cantata “__ e Leandro” 25 Least arid 27 Go out with 30 It’s eight hours later than PST

31 Singer Grant 32 Cut 33 Forest safety concern 34 Actress Lupino 35 Wool-coloring agent 36 Close-cropped hairstyle 37 Italian horse 39 Inventing family 40 Prior to 41 French article 43 Feature of one who is barely sleeping? 44 “Great” czar 45 Former PLO leader 47 Corolla part 48 Pompeii burier 50 French 101 verb 53 Nintendo’s Super __ 54 Meter lead-in 55 Hagar creator Brownee

Ready or not, here it comes. The week ahead may offer you more than your fair share of golden opportunities. Don’t waste valuable time, but burn the midnight oil to end up with solid accomplishment.

Go for the gold. This is an excellent week to launch new ideas, procedures or important enterprises. You will find that compromise is the best avenue to follow for lasting success and harmony.

Troubles take to the hills in the face of titanic efforts. In the week to come, you will find others ready, willing and able to cooperate. You can make key purchases that require good taste and style.

The earth can move for you. Make earth-shaking decisions this week, or ask for a commitment from a special someone. You can easily improve your vision of the future by moving beyond the past.

Win friends and influence others this week. Make good on promises to win respect and admiration. To derive benefits from the good will aimed your way, you must fulfill the expectations of others.

What lies beneath can help you rise high. You don’t need to have the keys to the building to own a share of the mineral rights. Your hard work and enterprise will win you favors and rewards this week.

Rather than aiming for perfection, just aim to be a little bit better this week than you were last week. This is a great week to mend fences or to find ways to turn joint resources into a valuable resource.

Recite “twinkle, twinkle little star” and then wish upon one. Joint efforts will be rewarded this week, so make friends with a star of some kind. Your ambitious plans have a good chance for success.

Tip the terms in your favor through teamwork. Through an alliance with someone whose talents complement yours, you will find a way to have your cake and eat it, too, in the week ahead.

Relationships can carry you far in the week to come. Like that daring young performer on the flying trapeze, you can swing from one subject to the next with the greatest of ease.

Anything worth having is worth work. In the week to come, you can put your most significant plans into motion. People that were defensive in the past will be willing to accept apologies and cooperate.

Live the high life by giving others the high five. Your friendliness opens doors whether you are with a special someone or in a crowd. Expect smooth sailing with relationships and finances this week.



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INSIDE: Tuck, Loyd headline Voyager Media All-Area team, page 12; Come to the Voyager Media All-Star game, page 15



Hawks fall to Niles North in semis By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

Maine South boys basketball coach Tony Lavorato admits that playing catch-up is not one of his team’s strong suits. Yet the Hawks, who trailed by as many as 15 points during the third quarter of last week’s eventual 52-40 sectional semifinal loss to Niles North, made a game of it in the final period.

BOYS BASKETBALL Maine South’s leading scorer throughout the year, John Solari, was limited to two points during the first half, but made it an eightpoint game, 43-35, on a putback just before he fouled out with 1:58 remaining. Danny Quinn sank two free throws 18 seconds later, and the Hawks trailed by seven, 44-37. That ended up being the closest Maine South would get the rest of the way. Three free throws from Niles North’s Lorenzo Dillard (16 points) put the Vikings ahead, 49-38, with under a minute left. “They did a tremendous job dictating the tempo,” said Niles North coach Glenn Olson. “When you hold a team like St. Pats (whom the Hawks defeated in the regional championship March 2) to 30 points, they’re really good at it.” Seventh-seeded Niles North (21-9) advanced to the Glenbrook South sectional title game last Friday, where they lost to No. 5 Evanston (21-10). The Hawks finished 19-13. “We’re a very good frontrunning team,” Lavorato said, “and when we get behind, we don’t like to play from behind. We had to, and we were right where we needed to be.We could have packed it in and lost by 22 or 25, but we were hanging at eight; we were hanging at seven.

It’s very frustrating because we were so close.” The Hawks saw a two-point first-quarter deficit (10-8) grow to 22-12 after sharp-shooting point guard Malachi Nix gunned in two three-pointers. Niles North led 26-14 at halftime. Baskets by Frank Dounis (12 points) and Quinn (a team-high 14) cut the margin to 26-19, but Nix and Mychael Henley found the range with consecutive treys to put the Vikings in front, 3219. Nix, who scored a game-high 24 points, was a sizzling 9 of 12 from the field, which included four buckets from beyond the arc. Later in the quarter, Nix scored five straight points and provided Niles North with a comfortable 39-24 advantage. “Every possession we have to play smart and play hard and that’s what we did.” Nix said.“We came out with a victory today.” The Hawks arguably lost the game at the free throw line, hitting just 11 of 24 attempts. “We shot a little better in the second half,” Lavorato said, “but when you get to the free-throw line in a sectional semifinal game, you’ve got to be able to hit the free throws.” Quinn had a monster game for Maine South. In addition to his 14 points, he grabbed 11 rebounds and had two blocks and two steals. “I’m proud of him,” Lavorato said. “I’m proud of everybody. Things didn’t go his way in the first half. He allowed some missed free throws to take him out of his game, but I thought he was an animal on the boards, I thought he brought a lot of energy. He wasn’t finishing, but he was there and just trying to keep plays alive. I thought Frank Dounis did the same thing.” The Hawks are losing seven seniors,including Nick Calabrese, Matt Lahey, Andrew Vey and

Photo courtesy of Josie Fioretto

Frank Dounis and Maine South fell to Niles North in a sectional semifinal.

Louis Tsichlis—each of whom were instrumental in helping Maine South reverse course and win 12 of its last 16 contests after sitting with a 7-9 record in the first week of January. “I couldn’t be prouder of a

group of guys who put adversity almost in their rear-view mirror and moved on,” Lavorato said. Maine South, though, will have Solari and Quinn returning to anchor the 2012-13 team. “The future … to be honest

with you, nothing is guaranteed and nothing is given,” Lavorato said. “If these young kids work hard and they develop their game, then they have an opportunity to be better.”




Tuck tabbed as Player of the Year By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

FIRST TEAM Kiera Currie, Jr. Romeoville 16.2 points, 10.3 rebounds Brigid Hanley, Sr. Plainfield C. 18.4 points, 74 assists, 74 steals Jewell Loyd, Sr. Niles West 26.9 points, 12 rebounds, 3.9 steals Sidney Prasse, Sr. Benet 14.9 points per game Morgan Tuck, Sr. Bolingbrook 29 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists

SECOND TEAM Carlie Corrigan, Jr. Plainfield N. 18.7 points, 9.9 rebounds , 73 steals Jacqui Grant, Jr. Maine South 13.1 points, 6.4 rebounds Christen Prasse, Jr. Benet 13.4 points, 72 assists, 63 steals Keiera Ray, Sr. Bolingbrook 10.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.9 steals Faith Suggs, Fr. Plainfield East 13 points, five rebounds, two steals

THIRD TEAM Kennedy Cattenhead, Jr. Brook 155 assists, 53 steals Alison Dec, Sr. Downers South 11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds Michelle Maher, Sr. Maine South 11 points per game, 106 assists Abby Smith, Jr. Romeoville 9.8 points, 117 assists, 114 steals Gabby Williams, Jr. Plainfield E. 14 points, seven rebounds

FOURTH TEAM Shannon Butler, Sr. JCA 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds Khadija Cooley, Joliet West 12.6 points, 3.5 assists, 3.2 steals Nijea Dixon, Sr. Joliet West 13 points per game Madeline Eilers, Sr. Benet 9.2 points per game Taylor Quian, Sr. Lockport 12.9 points, 69 steals

During her four year stint at Bolingbrook, Morgan Tuck got accustomed to winning. In four years on varsity, Tuck compiled a record of 112 wins and nine losses. She won three consecutive Class 4A state titles.

ALL-AREA As a freshman, Tuck was Illinois Ms. Basketball and was tabbed National freshman and sophomore of the year by ESPNHS. Despite a four-overtime loss this season in the Hinsdale Central Supersectional, the wins keep coming for Tuck this offseason. She has already been named 2011-12 Player of the Year by the Chicago Sun-Times and has been dubbed Gatorade Illinois Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Her honors continue as she has been named as the Voyager Media Player of the Year. “Morgan is a top notch player and a top notch kid,” said Bolingbrook coach Tony Smith. “I have been blessed to coach her. I think she is the Player of the Year.” Tuck will head to the University of Connecticut the day after graduation and play for the Huskies next year. “I am going there because they are a winning program,” she said.“Coach (Geno) Auriemma is a winner and I want to be part of that and contribute to that.” During this season, the 6-foot, 2-inch Tuck averaged 29 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.7 steals this season. She will compete in the McDonald’s All-American Game March 28 at the United Center in Chicago. She will be joined in the game by Niles West’s Jewell Loyd, who will attend Notre Dame next season and play in the same conference as Tuck. Loyd tallied more than 3,000 points this season and competed with Tuck for top awards this season. “Competing with the best makes you the best,” Tuck said. “In college, we will play against each other more than we did in high school and that will be fun.”

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Bolingbrook’s Morgan Tuck is the Voyager Media Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Special mention: JEWELL LOYD The NotreDame bound senior—a prep All-Amer ican and a perennial all-state pick— and is one of the most prolific players in the history of IHSA girls basketball. Loyd’s 2011-12 season stats speak for themselves—26.9 points, 12 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 2.1 blocked shots per game. She also finishes her fabulous four-year tenure at Niles West with 3,077 career points (seventh all-time in the IHSA), 1,478 rebounds (12th all-time) and 275 blocked

shots (18th all-time)—all while playing guard. “I’ve had some of our conference coaches tell me that she’s the best player in the state of Illinois they’ve ever seen, right up there with (Naperville Central product) Candace Parker,” said Niles West coach Tony Konsewicz.

First team: KIERA CURRIE T h e Romeoville junior post player averaged 16.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game for the SPC champs.

“Kiera did a great job this year controlling the paint,” Carrasco said.“She’s probably the strongest player in the conference. She is a force and is a very good player and a true team player.”

BRIGID HANLEY The senior from Plainfield C e n t r a l bounced back from two ACL surgeries to post 18.4 points per game, 74 steals and 74 assists, while shooting 73 percent from the free throw line. She finished her career as See ALL-AREA, page 14




Lack of respect during Anthem a problem Oh say, can you see all the nonsense? I sure do The basketball season, in general, and the postseason, in particular— regionals, sectionals, supersectionals and right through the state tournament—is my favorite time of year on the high school sports calendar. Usually, the higher-seeded teams live up to their billing and make deep playoff runs. Then there are those clubs that come out of nowhere and make you believe in miracles—such as this year’s Wheeling girls squad which became the first in IHSA history to advance to the Elite Eight with a losing record. But my No. 1 memory of Playoffs 2012 didn’t occur on the court. It took place during the National Anthem prior to a boys regional game I covered between Oswego East and Romeoville at Downers South High School. And it remains fresh on my mind for all the wrong reasons. As I stood near the sideline facing the flag, listening to Downers South junior Danny

Leahy sing the Star Spangled Banner—he did a terrific job, by the way—I couldn’t help but notice a contingent of around 15 Oswego East students huddled together in the first three rows of the east-side bleachers. The middle-aged, baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet curmudgeon in me began to feel my middle-aged, baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet curmudgeon self doing a slow burn while continuing to observe this group of students. There they were, arm-inarm, swaying from side-to-side throughout the Anthem as if they were experiencing a Kumbaya moment at summer camp. What’s the over-under on how long a typical rendition of the National Anthem lasts? Two minutes? Maybe a little longer if you get a particular singer who thinks he or she is auditioning for American Idol? Is it too much to ask some of our youngsters nowadays—note I said some; not all—to either stand still during the National Anthem, or refrain from making irritating cymbal-crash noises after just about every verse? (Sound effects I now routinely hear at basketball and football games.) Apparently so.

I should pause at this point and give the boys and girls from Oswego East some props, though. They did join Danny in the singing of our National Anthem, all right … right on through where they hit the high note on the verse, “Or the land of the free” completely out of key. (Good thing Danny held the microphone because without it, their shrill voices would have drowned him out.) Having never attended an Oswego East basketball game, I don’t know if it’s standard protocol for those in the student section to lock arms, sway from side-to-side and sing the Anthem at what, to me, sounds like selfaggrandizing decibel levels. If it is a tradition, then someone in authority at Oswego East ought to put a stop to it. Sorry, but what I witnessed at that regional basketball game dishonors the nation in which they’re fortunate to live, along with the brave men and women who’ve served—and are currently serving—in our armed forces. Then again, might as well let the little darlings continue. The thought has crossed my mind that I’m perhaps making too big a deal out of this and should just let kids be kids. They certainly have a First-Amendment right

to conduct themselves however they wish while the National Anthem is being played. Yet when I see what I perceive as them disrespecting the flag with their flippant shenanigans, I figure I can exercise my rights under that same First Amendment and call them to the carpet for it. Here’s a challenge for my young, fellow Americans from Oswego East … and to other youngsters, for that matter, who like to yuck it up and make cymbal-crash noises during the National Anthem. Take a break from texting ad nauseam for a minute and Google these snippets of American history:The World War II battles of

Okinawa and Iwo Jima, as well as the Battle of the Bulge. Find out how many of America’s finest—a fair percentage of whom were two, three years removed from high school—ended up giving their lives to preserve, protect and defend yours and my First Amendment rights, along with the other freedoms we enjoy. Maybe the next time the public address announcer asks you to please rise for the National Anthem, you’ll remember these WWII heroes—as well as other service men and women who’ve paid the ultimate price over the years—and use the occasion to honor America instead of acting like class clowns.



ALL-AREA Continued from page 12 the District 202 all-time scoring leader with 1,536 points, the single season scoring leader (514), single game (36) and all time assists (181). “She deserves everything she’s getting right now,” Central coach Mark Krusz said. “I’m so happy that she can do this in her senior year after everything she’s done.”

SIDNEY PRASSE B e n e t senior led the sectional finalists with 14.9 points per game on the year. “Sid probably has the quickest release of any player I’ve had the opportunity to coach,” Paul said. “All she needs is a little opening and she’s ready to shoot. She’s dangerous no matter where she is on the court.”

Second team: CARLIE CORRIGAN Plainfield North junior had 18.7 points and 9.9 rebounds, while also notching 73 steals. “Carlie has done a great job this season taking her game to the next level,” North coach Jim Walter said. “She played out of position this year yet never complained  and still had the best season of any player in PNHS history.  Her next step is to work on her range, ball handling, and defending quicker players  so that she can truly become one of the area’s elite players next season.”

JACQUI GRANT Grant, a 6-3 junior center, is the Hawks’ go-to player inside. But she’s also developed her game over the past three seasons to the point where she faces the basket and takes opposing defenders off the dribble, as well as spot up for

Sports a three-pointer. Grant averaged 13.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this season while shooting 53 percent from the field. Already the school’s No. 3 alltime leading rebounder (589), Grant has scholarship offers on the table from DePaul, South Florida, Marquette and New Mexico. “We’re going to move her from a 5 to a 4 (next year), which immediately will get her more touches,” said Maine South coach Mark Smith.

CHRISTEN PRASSE Junior ran the potent offense for Benet. She averaged 13.4 points with 72 assists and 63 steals. “Christen is a very smart player,” Paul said. “She runs the point for us and does everything you would expect. She has long

arms and can post you up.”

KEIERA RAY P e n n Universitybound senior averaged 10.8 points, 3.7 assists, 3.9 steals and 4.6 rebounds per game for Bolingbrook.

FAITH SUGGS A freshman from Plainfield East, Suggs burst onto the scene with 13 points, five rebounds and two steals per game. “Faith is an outstanding teammate and workhorse,” East coach Missy Mitidiero said. “She is a girl who strives to always better her game. She is one who watches film at home, goes to the gym extra to put up shots, and lifts on the weekends. She is a rarity, not only in the women’s

game, but in high school sports. There is much more to come from Faith.”

Third team: MICHELLE MAHER Maine South’s versatile senior guard, a fouryear varsity p e r f o r m e r, helped lead the Hawks to a 25-7 record this season. Maher, who’s third on Maine South’s alltime list in both single-season (63) and career (147) three-point baskets,and fourth all-time in points (1,161), averaged just under 11 points per game this winter. She’ll continue her basketball career at Western Illinois University. “She’s worn so many different hats for us and wore them very, very well over the last four years,” said Maine South coach Mark Smith. “The (WIU) coaches are saying she’s going to be face of program the next four years, and you don’t hear that too often.” Mike Sandrolini and Scott Taylor contributed





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Break free of office war with difficult employee Q. One of my coworkers is the most oppositional, stubborn and argumentative people I have ever met. If I say black, he says white. I spend half my day arguing with him and the other half trying to point out why he doesn’t have his facts right. How do I get free of this conflict? A. You can stop the war by realizing it really does take two to tango - or to have an office war. You will never get any peace at your office if you keep jumping in with your coworker to have a power struggle. Here are the magic words when you’re dealing with an argumentative individual on the job, “You may be right.” People who are stubborn and adore

power struggles simply don’t know how to respond if you concede that they may have a point. Y o u ’ l l discover the hardest part for you will be to stop trying to get your coworker to see things your way. Ironically, the people we fight the most with at our office are the people who have the same weaknesses as ourselves. You’ll only get peace if you are willing to stop your battle to prove your point. The reason these office power struggles are so seductive and

emotionally juicy is that many of us confuse being right with being competent or good people. We go to war not over any particular fact but over the emotional fear that, if we can’t win the battle to be right, we’ve been publicly humiliated. The truth is that effective and powerful people realize that winning the war to be right is merely the consolation price in our career. The real prize is looking into the future to see what result we need and going after that goal. If other people get to be right in the short term and you get the outcomes you need in the long run, who do you think is the real winner? In order to get the peace

you desire, realize you’ll find it tempting to jump back into the war next time you see your coworker. Forgive yourself if you start down your usual path of arguing back. Then take a deep breath, let him know he may have a point, and get back to focusing on your own productivity. Your opponent will be temporarily surprised, throw a few more punches your way, and then amble along and find someone less wise to resume his workplaces battles.

there any way to be able to stop working sooner? A. Yes, work at moving your career in the direction of things you actually enjoy doing. Then you’ll be able to make money and enjoy your “hobby.”

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(Daneen Skube, Ph.D., executive coach, trainer, therapist and speaker, also appears as the FOX Channel’s “Workplace Guru” each Monday morning. She’s the author of “Interpersonal Edge: Breakthrough Tools for Talking to Anyone, Anywhere, About Anything” (Hay House, 2006). You can contact Dr. Skube at www. or 1420 NW Gilman Blvd., #2845, Issaquah, WA 98027. Sorry, no personal replies.)

Q. I envy people who are retired. Financially, I simply can’t afford to stop working. Is


Are law firm services contesting home values legitimate? Dear Dave, We keep getting offers in the mail from a law firm that offers to protest the assessed value of our home for property tax purposes. They say that we’ll pay them nothing if they can’t save us money, but if they do the fee is 50 percent of the property tax savings. Do you think it’s ethical to dispute these findings, and are these services legitimate? Kristen Dear Kristen, There’s no real problem with this,so long as there are no up-front fees. The real question, though, is whether your assessment is accurate. First, there would have be some

kind of basis for the protest – like if your assessment is really out of line compared to similar homes in the neighborhood. Usually, they aren’t assessed at 100 percent. But if you discovered that a comparable home was assessed at 73 percent and yours was based on 82 percent, then you’d have both an ethical and legal right to protest the assessment. I think one of two things will happen. If you talk to this firm, you’re either going to find out

that there’s something going on with the tax base that makes them think they can actually reduce the numbers, or they’re going to try and hit you with a “processing fee” or some other kind of garbage. If this is the case, you should just walk away. —Dave Dear Dave, The job I have currently is about to be phased out, and I’m looking at two other offers. The pay for both is the same. One is short-term, nine months to a year, and it has a per diem so I wouldn’t have to move.The other job would last much longer, but I’d have to move and that would throw me about $3,500 further

into debt. This company acts like it doesn’t want to help with the moving expenses, but I think I’d like the job better. What do you think I should do? Michael

You never know until you ask. And at that point they may see the wisdom of kicking in some cash to make it easier for you to decide! —Dave

Dear Michael, I’d move. And I’d also try to negotiate the heck out of this company and get them to foot some of the bill for the move. If you’re valuable enough, and they like you enough to want you on their team, then I’d use that as a negotiating point before accepting the position. Tell them that you really want the job and you’re excited about it, but the only thing holding you back is $3,500 in moving costs.

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Game grows in popularity among local communities Mark Gregory Staff Reporter

In 1965 in Bainbridge Island, WA, congressman Joel Pritchard and businessman Bill Bell invented a game for their families to play that consisted of hand held wooden paddles, a badminton net and a perforated plastic ball that belonged to Pickles, the Pritchard family dog. By 1972, the men had created a corporation to protect the creation of their new sport, named pickleball. Since then the game has spread from family parties to physical education classes and more heavily to senior citizen retirement communities. As the game began to grow in the Will County area senior communities, seniors were looking for a place to play in the winter months. “We have played outdoors in Carillon,” said Walter Voyt. “We

were looking for somewhere to play in the winter.All the rich guys go to Florida and play and us poor guys stay here and play.” They found that place last year. Eich’s Sports, located at 24316 W. 143rd Street in Plainfield, opened its basketball court to pickleballers. Open gyms are held Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 10 a.m. Cost is $5. “I have a physical education background, so I knew what it was,” said Brian Eich, owner of Eich’s Sports. “At the time, we had one of my old teachers from Plainfield High School, Karen Roppa, was helping out here and she said we should try it.” This summer, two more communities, Grand Haven in Romeoville and Carillon Lakes in Crest Hill, will start playing outdoors. “It is awesome to be able to see people a little older staying active,” Eich said. “They will play for two

hours straight and don’t take a break. The great thing about the game is it is available to people of all skill levels. We will have beginners courts and advanced courts, but the skilled players teach the beginners. Every year more and more people coming.” Dave Arnold of Shorewood just started playing in November, 2011 and enjoyed it all winter. “It is a great sport. It took off in Florida and Arizona and then has spread nationwide,”Arnold said.“It is mainly in the senior community, however, the reason I like it is that it is not gender specific, women can play as well as men; young kids can play as well as older people, so it is really a universal game. it is great that Brian opened this up for us and gives us a place to play.” Ellen Zalewski of Romeoville said many pickleballers also play tennis, but find the smaller court less taxing. “Many of us play tennis, so this is in addition,” she said. “And

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Larry Mamula of Romeoville hits a ball during a pickleball game at Eich’s Sports in Plainfield.

the court is a little smaller than a tennis court, which is nice because you don’t have as much court to cover.” Eich said that with the popularity and competitiveness

of some of the players, he hopes next year to have open gym as well as a league where teams of two players have assigned game times and opponents and play in a bracket-style format.

Good time to jump back into stocks? By Jill Schlesinger Tribune Media Services

As the Dow Jones Industrial Average inches closer to the psychologically important level of 13,000, the S&P 500 reclaims almost all of the losses sustained since June 2008, and the NASDAQ nears its highest level in a decade, the chorus gets louder and louder: “Is it time to get back into stocks?” This is a particularly thorny question for any investor, but the stakes are especially high for retirees. I want to address two particular groups who are wondering whether to jump back into stocks: the “I’m sick and tired of low interest rates” retirees and the post-financialcrisis stress disorder sufferers. Low interest rates.The Federal Reserve has kept short-term interest rates at the current level of zero to a quarter of a percent for over three years, and in its last meeting said that low rates could extend through 2014. For people who have worked hard and saved their entire lives only to enter retirement amidst these low

interest rates, it has been a brutal period. The further away we get from the financial crisis, the more people begin to test their risk appetites and nibble on stocks. While I am a big fan of diversified portfolios and truly believe in the long-term performance of stocks, I want to remind savers that you are likely in cash for good reason: You really don’t like risk. But the risk averse can still stay the course, while trying to squeak out a bit more money. One of my favorite websites for finding good interest rate products is Check out some longer-term CDs with low penalties, and shop around at credit unions that offer better interest than most banks. Although rates are low now and could remain so for another year or two, most believe that interest rates will be headed higher over the next decade, so patience will serve you well. Post-financial-crisis stress disorder. Lots of people couldn’t stomach the stock market in 2008-’09 and they bailed out. If you fall into this category, it

might not be prudent to jump back in - after all, stocks are still a volatile asset class, and it’s possible you just really don’t want to go on that ride again. But if you realize now that you made an emotional decision by selling out and need a way to get back in, do so with some purpose in mind so that you don’t make the same mistake again. Start by taking a risk assessment quiz. Given the ups and downs of the past four years, you’re likely to know exactly how you felt about market swings. Most retirement plans and mutual fund companies have risk tests available online. Once you complete the test, most sites will recommend a portfolio allocation with funds that match your feelings about risk with your investment time horizon. If you are sitting on lots of cash and are afraid to make the jump all at once, choose a fixed percentage of your account to reach your desired allocation. If you are a balanced investor, maybe allocate 10 percent a month in stocks for 5 months until you are 50 percent in stocks. Once

you get there, stick to your plan; otherwise, you will continue the terrible cycle of selling low and buying high. Always remember to rebalance so that your allocation remains in check. This isn’t easy; it requires that you sell winners on the way up and reinvest the proceeds in the areas that have done badly. But just imagine if you’d been rebalancing at the end of 2007 and selling stocks and buying bonds as we headed into the crash! If you are rotating back into stocks, make sure that you have enough cash to cover your needs. For retirees, a good rule of thumb is to keep one to two years of cash needs in cash or cash equivalents, so you aren’t forced to sell assets at the wrong time. (Jill Schlesinger, CFP, is the Editor-atLarge for 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@





Niles Senior Center Advanced registration is generally required for programs. March/April Naturally Active Registrations for members have begun.All programs require advanced registration. Individuals must be a registered member of the Niles Senior Center to receive the member price. Membership application forms are available at the Front Desk, Membership Service Desk or on-line. For more information about program eligibility, contact one of our program coordinators. NEW! Belly Dance Workshop, Wednesday, May 2, 11-12Noon $10M/$15NM Presented by Fran Strain of Dancemates. Come and have a great time while learning some new dances. This is geared for every level. Fun for all! 2nd Annual Hearing Fair, Friday, April 13, 9:00AM-12Noon, FREE Admission/Open to all The Niles Senior Center, in conjunction with the Schaumburg Township Disability Services will be present with multiple vendors demonstrating low hearing products and services. Speakers and demonstrations include Canine Companions instructing how dogs can help persons with hearing loss live independently; types of hearing loss; and the latest technological advances in hearing loss equipment. Yoga in Chairs, Instructor Andrea Lubershane, Thursdays, 10:45-11:45AM You provide the body,and we’ll provide a way to increase your flexibility, strength and balance. Yoga is all about flexibility, and we can be flexible whether we sit in a chair, hold on to a chair to do standing poses, or even if we use the chair to do supine poses April 5-26 (4 classes) $24M/$29NM May 3-31 (5 classes) $30M/$35NM June 7-28 (4 classes) $24M/$29NM July 5-26 (4 classes) $24/$29NM

NEW Computer ClassesRegistration Now Open.- Do not wait too long to register. These classes fill quickly. For more information about any of the computer classes, contact Jaymi (847 588-8420). Pre Intro to Computers with Diane Zumpano, Tuesdays & Thursdays –April 17-26 9-10:30AM $20M/$25NM – for individuals who have never used a computer. Basic Introduction to the Internet with Jane Washburne, Tues & Thurs.,Apr. 17-26 3:30-4:30PM $25M/$30NM – Introduction to OnLine Banking with Mary Kussmann Wed., April 18 & 25th, 2-3 PM $25M/$30NM Social Networking (Twitter, Facebook, Blogging) with Jane Washburne, Mondays and Wednesdays,April 30-May 9 3:304:30 PM $25M/$30NM Introduction to Ebay with Jane Washburne, Tues. & Thurs. May 15-24 3:30-4:30PM $25M/$30NM Picasso/Photo Editor, Tuesday & Thursday, May 29 & 31 3:30-4:30 $25M/$30NM Beginning Conversational Spanish,Wednesdays,April 4-May 9th 10-11AM Registration deadline is March 26. $30M/$35NM Instructor: Lisa Basset of Oakton Community College. For more information, contact Jaymi. Annual Rummage Sale The Rummage Sale date is Saturday, April 21 from 9AM-1PM – so mark your calendars! There are over 40 vendors who will be selling a wide variety of items. There will be a $2 Hot Dog Lunch available (while supplies last) and a raffle with 50% going to the winner and 50% split between the American Cancer Society and the Niles Food Pantry. For more information, contact Jaymi. NSC’s WEEKLY EMAIL CONTEST Make sure you’re on our email list! Every week, there will be a drawing for a $5.00 gift certificate toward any program, class, or trip.  All you need to do

is make sure you’re on our email list. You will receive info on our newest trips, fantastic programs and variety of classes!  Please call (847)588-8420 to get into the weekly drawing!

North Shore Senior Center Next Steps Workshops offer hands-on training, teaching simple techniques to safely and efficiently perform daily tasks. These classes are offered in small groups with lots of individual attention. They are ideal for those who understand their vision loss and want to learn new skills to maintain their independence. Enthusiasm and basic dexterity are the only requirements. March 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. North Shore Retirement Hotel, 1611 Chicago Avenue, Evanston Dining with Confidence: Learn to reach for items gracefully, find food on the plate and cut it without mishaps in this interactive class and meal. April 24, 10 a.m. - noon Immanuel Lutheran Church, 616 Lake Street, Evanston At Home in the Kitchen: Find out how to work safely with liquids, knives, and appliances and reduce fear and frustration while cooking. Learn new techniques for measuring, peeling, cutting, and other common kitchen tasks. May 24, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston Letter Perfect: Discover how to improve handwriting legibility, keep lines straight and use helpful tools designed for the job. Continue to manage writing and reading for tasks such as paying bills, making your grocery list, taking a phone number, etc. June 25, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Mather, 425 Davis, Evanston Buttons and Dials:Take control of the many buttons and dials on home appliances. Learn techniques and tips that utilize tactile labels for positioning so you can operate the things you use in your home.

Transportation can be provided for those who need this assistance to participate.There is no cost for the programs. This series is made possible by funding from The Evanston Community Foundation For additional information, Contact Kathy Austin at Guild for the Blind: 312.236.8569 or Rose Karasti at North Shore Senior Center: 847.424.5662

Park Ridge Senior Center April events at the Center are already scheduled. The April “Just Lunch” is scheduled for 12:30 pm on Monday, April 2.  The lunch this month will be hearty Sloppy Joes and Coleslaw.  Stay after lunch to play cards or visit with friends.  This lunch is limited to 60 people, so sign up soon.  Cost is only $6.   Beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, world traveler, Bill Helmuth will present “Modern Israel, Ancient Traditions.”  His travelogue will feature Tel Aviv, Haifa, Masada and much more.  The catered luncheon will feature chicken, roast beef, green beans, mashed potatoes and salad.  All this for only $15. The Center’s Men’s Club invites everyone to their annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8-11 am on Saturday, April 14.  The menu includes pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee …all for only $4.50 for adults, $3.00 for children.  So bring the family, relatives and neighbors to a great meal. But please register in advance to reserve a spot. The April celebration of spring lunch takes place on Monday the 16th from 12;30-3:30.  Inglenook will cater the lunch which includes 3 meats, potato, salad, and dessert.  Musician and vocalist, Tom Stansfield, will entertain after the luncheon. A Center favorite, Barbara Rinella, is coming at 12;30 pm on Tuesday, April 24 to bring books to life with her outstanding


portrayals. A catered lunch of Italian beef, mostacolli, salad and rolls will precede her presentation.  Call the Center at 847-692-3597 for cost and availability. On Thursday,April 5 from 11am to noon a Health Care Forum takes place.  The topics to be addressed include a variety of health issues related to different diseases, prescription drugs, depression Medicare scams, new Medicaid changes, health screenings, how to prepare for your next doctor’s appointment, brain health, and ideas on how to navigate through the health care process.  This forum is a collaboration of a group of health and wellness professionals and community partners working to bring health education to the community.  Refreshments will be served Attendance is free. Learn about the power of your money at a stock and mutual fund investing class from 7-8pm n Tuesday, April 17 for a fee of only $6.00.  The class will describe the use of relative strength and “point and figure” charts to make investment decisions.  The class will be taught by Jim Weaver, CFP at Merrill Lynch. The Opera-Arts Discussion group has its plans made for the April 12 and 26 meetings which always start at noon sharp. OnApril 12 it will be Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” in the 1979 stage version starring George Hearn and Angela Landsbury,  The score and lines ripple with dark humor and madness.  On the 26th, the presentation will be Rudolf Friml’s “The Firefly” starring Jeanette MacDonald and Allan Jones set in the time of the Napoleonic Wars.  The great musical score includes “Giannina Mia” and the classic “The Donkey Serenade” set to the clip-clop of a mule-drawn coach.




an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.

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APRIL 9 Read to the Rainbow Dogs. 7 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Your child can practice reading to a certified therapy dog from Morton Grove’s Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Foundation. Bring a book to read, or choose from the library’s selection. Register by calling 847-929-5122 or go to

Public Library. Create LEGO masterpieces at this all-new LEGO Club. For ages 5 and up. No registration required. Read to the Rainbow Dogs. 7 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Your child can practice reading to a certified therapy dog from Morton Grove’s Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Foundation. Bring a book to read, or choose from the library’s selection. Register by calling 847-929-5122.

MARCH 27 Composting inside and out. 7-8 p.m. at the Park Ridge Public Library. No matter where you live, you can compost. Author Stephanie Davies, founder of Urban Worm Girl, will share information from her book, Composting Inside and Out: 14 Methods to Fit Your Lifestyle. To sign up, call 847-825-3123 or visit

MARCH 28 Mystery fiends book discussion. 7-8 p.m. at the Park Ridge Public Library. Love mysteries? This is a great way to find new authors and talk to other fans. A themed booklist will be available at the Reader Services desk one month ahead of the discussion. Read one or more titles, or come to hear what others recommend.

MARCH 29 DIY Crafts. 5-6 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Learn how to make flowers and wallets using duct tape. Instructions and supplies are provided. Register by calling 847-929-5122 or go to calendar. Our Lady Of Ransom’s Rummage Pre-Sale. 6 to 9 p.m. $3 admission fee.There will be a variety of items available; clothing, glassware, toys, tools, household items, jewelry, small appliances, exercise equipment, small furniture, lamps, bedding, books and more. There is also a “Treasure Room” that will have items that are new or slightly used.The sale benefits the parish as a whole. For more information, call Ruth at 847-823-2550. Screen Deco Film Series. 7 p.m. at the Park Ridge Public Library. Do you dare see

APRIL 10 Madam Satan? This off-the-wall DeMille musical features a wild masquerade party aboard a dirigible.

MARCH 30 Our Lady Of Ransom’s 23rd Annual Rummage Sale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Paluch Hall, 8300 Greenwood, Niles. There will be a variety of items available; clothing, glassware, toys, tools, household items, jewelry, small appliances, exercise equipment, small furniture, lamps, bedding, books and more. The sale benefits the parish as a whole. For more information, call Ruth at 847-823-2550. Used book sale. 1-4 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Thousands of donated and withdrawn library books will be available for sale. Browse fiction and nonfiction titles for both adults and children, with most items priced at 50 cents to $1. Cash only.

MARCH 31 Our Lady Of Ransom’s Rummage Bag Sale. 9 a.m. to noon. $3 per bag. There will be a variety of items available; clothing, glassware, toys, tools, household items, jewelry, small appliances, exercise equipment, small furniture, lamps, bedding, books and more. There is also a “Treasure Room” that will have items that are new or slightly used.The sale benefits the parish as a whole. For more information, call Ruth at 847-823-2550. Alzheimer’s Disease Workshop. 10-11 a.m. at Terrace Gardens Assisted Living, 8415 N. Waukegan Road in Morton Grove. Terrace Gardens Assisted Living and The Bethany Terrace will co-sponsor “The Boomer Generation: What You Need to Know about Alzheimer’s Disease.” Statistics show that

over 10 million Baby Boomers are expected to develop it. Join us for an informative and stimulating workshop presented by the Alzheimer’s AssociationGreater Illinois Chapter that focuses on normal age-related memory changes, the warning signs of more serious memory loss, and what you can do to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s. There is no cost for this program; registration is required. To register, call 847.933.2413.

bring your library card; books will be available for checkout.To register, call 847-470-5223.

Used book sale. 10-4 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Thousands of donated and withdrawn library books will be available for sale. Browse fiction and nonfiction titles for both adults and children, with most items priced at 50 cents to $1. Cash only.

Reading with Rover. 7-8:30 p.m. at the Niles Public Library. Want to practice reading out loud with a friendly, patient pup? For beginning or struggling readers in grades K and up. Call Debbie at 847-663-6619 or visit the library to sign up for a 20-minute slot.



Used book sale. 1-4 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Thousands of donated and withdrawn library books will be available for sale. Browse fiction and nonfiction titles for both adults and children. All books that will fit in a plastic grocery bag for just $1. Cash only.

Movin’ and Groovin’. 10 a.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Do you have a toddler (ages 2-4) who likes to dance? Join the Youth Services staff in this fun and active class that includes music, dancing, marching, parachute games, and creative music Register by calling 847-929-5122 or go to

APRIL 3 Homework in Microsoft Word. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. For grades 3-6. A guide to using Microsoft Word 2010. Learn the basic skills to get your homework done, printed, and saved using the library computers. Register by calling 847-929-5122 or go to

APRIL 4 National Poetry Month. 1-2 p.m. at the North Shore Senior Center of Morton Grove, 6140 Dempster St., Morton Grove. Celebrate National Poetry Month by discovering old and new favorites in verse. Make sure to

Teen Library Council Meeting. 5-6 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Do you have great ideas for the library? Get involved and earn volunteer service hours at the Teen Library Council. New teens are always welcome. Snacks and drinks provided.


New release movie. 2-3:45 p.m. at the Niles Public Library. Screening of Contagion (PG-13), a thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease, and

Senior Coffee Hour: Fall prevention. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Niles Public Library. Over one million people over the age of 65 fall every year – one out of every three senior citizens. Come to this presentation by the Senior Helpers of Niles-Lincolnwood to get some tips. Sign up at www. or call 847-6636648. Comiskey Park’s Last World Series. 11:30 a.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Charles Billington’s latest book about Chicago’s baseball teams focuses on the White Sox. Baseball fans and Chicagoans will enjoy reminiscing as Billington discusses the pennant of 1959 in this illustrated book talk. Inside writing and publishing. 7-8:30 p.m. at the Niles Public Library.Todd Stocke, vice president and editorial director for Sourcebooks, Inc., will discuss the digital publishing explosion, and what an editor does to prepare a manuscript for publication. Sign up at www.

APRIL 11 Mango Club. 5-6 p.m. at the Morton Grove Public Library. Learn words and phrases in a different language at Mango Club, using the Mango Languages online resource. Have fun with your friends, eat snacks, and find out great tips for help with homework.



Community Star shines on Maine Township supervisor M a i n e Tow n s h i p Supervisor Carol A.Teschky has joined four others from Maine Township to Carol Teschky be recognized as a Park Ridge Community Star. She recently received the honor from the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce. Established in 2005, the award is given each year to people who have made an outstanding contribution through volunteerism to the quality of life in and around Park Ridge during the previous calendar year. Others from Maine Township who have been similarly recognized are Robert Cohen, Director of the Office of

Emergency Management (2004), Robert Dudycz, former Maine Township Supervisor (2005), Robert Provenzano, Highway Commissioner (2006) and Gary K. Warner, Township Clerk (2007). Supervisor Teschky, who is known widely in the community for her exceptional dedication to the people of Maine Township no matter what their age or circumstances, also serves on the advisory board of the Park Ridgebased Center of Concern and the Maine Center of Mental Health Board. She is also a member of East Maine School District 63’s Total Learning Community (TLC) foundation, a member of Park Ridge’s Kalo Foundation and a supporting sponsor of the Park Ridge annual electronicsrecycling events.

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Tom Leo displays at Summit An art show featuring the paintings of artist, Tom Leo, will be held on Saturday March 24, from 1-5 p.m. at The Summit of Uptown, 10 N. Summit, Park Ridge. Leo majored in art design at Miami University in Ohio and studied with Paul Puzinas. He was a member of the Long Island Art League. Tom is a decorated WWII Navy veteran who served on the USS Franklin. Last year, his painting of the ship, shown here, was chosen for permanent display at Great Lakes Naval Training Base. His “911” painting is on permanent display in the Mount Prospect Fire Department station and reprints are in many other fire stations of the northwest suburbs. For more information, call 847-825-1161.


number of residents that are economically or physically unable to travel very far. We care more and are more convenient.”

Continued from page 4 area. However, Schoenberg’s recently proposed legislation would give the powers to the city, leaving an empty spot in the area map of townships. Carol A. Teschky, supervisor of Maine Township, is unsure of how the legalities will work. “I was under the impression that Illinois Constitution of 1850, which established townships, requires all townships to stay or all to go,” Teschky said. “I don’t know if what they’re trying can be done, but Illinois has become good at breaking its own constitution.” In the scenario that all townships are gone,Teschky said the Illinois Constitution requires those previously offered services be diverted to the county governments. “I really don’t understand how the county can provide the same level of service for what we do at a cost of only 2 percent of the real estate tax bill, when the county itself taxes more and is in dire straits,” Teschky said. “We know for a fact Cook County could not handle the population of 30 suburban townships.”

Township services

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Evanston Township Supervisor Patricia A. Vance answers questions during a March 8 meeting of the electors at Evanston City Hall.

Teschky said the idea to disband townships does arise every so often, especially since suburban Cook County has transformed from a farming area into a residential and commercially dense region filled with much more villages and cities than when townships started in 1850. “A lot of these people who want to abolish township government probably have good intentions, but most of them assume their taxes will go down,” Teschky said. “I assure you, that will not happen. Someone will undoubtedly take our tax money if townships do in fact get abolished.”

Niles Township Supervisor Lee Tamraz said several state laws would conflict with the City of Evanston’s attempt to provide general aid. He said those duties must go to the county, where nearly similar services with checks and balances exist. Sending residents to Cook County facilities would be impractical and unfair, Tamraz said. “When people go to the county building, they aren’t working with their neighbors, they’re working with bureaucrats who are probably there for the wrong reasons and who see tax payers from all over the county,”Tamraz said. “We also get a considerable

All townships consist of assessors who help with property tax evaluations and appeals, as well as public assistance programs that benefit international refuges and unemployed citizens. Many townships have elaborate senior-oriented services, Niles Township offering Coast to Coast RX cards that discount residents up to 40 percent on their prescription drugs. Tamraz said the program has saved residents approximately $374,000 in its first year. Other commonly offered services include job training and

food pantries to assist residents in need. Townships that include unincorporated areas are also responsible for utilities and road maintenance. Maine Township includes 35,000 residents who live in unincorporated Cook County. Neither Niles or Evanston Townships have any residents in unincorporated areas. “None of these surrounding communities want to take the residential areas because they would have to provide fire, police and sewer services,” Teschky said. “Most of them can’t take care of what they have now without raising taxes. We do so without any sales tax revenue or state aid.” Most of all, Teschky and Tamraz agree that township governments operate their budgets without going into debt.



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