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January 2014

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Open Burning Ordinance sent back to committee County Board on Jan. 16 tabled a recommendation from its Public Health and Safety Committee

by kris stadalsky FOR THE SENTINEL kim lamansky is the new face of the shorewood area Chamber of Commerce. as the Chamber’s new President, lamansky is excited about the prospect of helping members to increase their business and turn that back into growing the community. network is net worth, she says. “i truly believe that to my core,” lamansky said. being a Chamber of Commerce member means something different to each and every business. lamansky wants to find out what every shorewood member needs, whether it’s the Chamber sticker on their door proudly displaying their affiliation, sponsorship of local events, participation in programs and learning opportunities, or sitting down one-on-one to discuss their business. lamansky, who came from dekalb, has a background in advertising, marketing and sales. she can create a full-scale marketing plan or help a business work with social media. “i bring a little different feel to the Chamber,” she said. “i get to bring (all) that to the table.”

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Kim Lamansky keeps track of members and events in her Shorewood office.

i bring a little different feel to the Chamber,” she said. “i get to bring (all) that to the table.”

Nearly a year’s worth of work on Will County’s open burning ordinance will continue to smolder at least another month. The County Board on Jan. 16 tabled a recommendation from its Public Health and Safety Committee, and sent it back to work out some issues.There also may be another public hearing on any changes before the full board takes up the plan again. For the second consecutive meeting, most Republicans on the board attempted to amend a committee’s recommendation on the floor. Committee Chair Joe Babich, D-Joliet, was not pleased since his committee had been dealing with the ordinance for some seven months before coming up with a recommendation at its Jan. 9 meeting. As happened when Board Member Judy Ogalla, R-Monee, successfully, last month wanted to amend the board’s 2014 legislative agenda to make landowner rights stronger, Naperville GOP Board Member Chuck Maher’s request for an amendment to the burning ordinance led to a discussion on the need for committee See BURNING, page 3




young professionals group and a Latino group - all aimed at helping businesses thrive and Continued from page 1 grow through sharing of ideas Lamansky, who came from and experience. DeKalb, has a background in Those groups already existed advertising, marketing and through the Joliet Region sales. She can create a full- Chamber of Commerce & scale marketing plan or help Industry, so Lamansky’s idea a business work with social was for Shorewood members media. to be able to take advantage “I bring a little different feel of the programs and not to the Chamber,” she said. “I get duplicate services. Not only is to bring (all) that to the table.” Joliet on board, but Romeoville The thing you notice first and and Plainfield chambers are foremost about Lamansky is her participating as well. Now any enthusiasm member from Call me. for the job; any of those Come in and Chambers can what her board of participate in sit down. directors calls the events. I will take her passion, This summer, you to coffee. I she said. the Shorewood And even believe in what a Area Chamber if it sounds a chamber can do will host three little hokey, car shows. for a community.” “This is my L a m a n s k y dream job,” other - Kim Lamansky wanted she said. businesses to Lamansky participate so started her there will be position November 1 and hit unique entry categories, she the ground running. She’s said. A plumbing business, for already brought in 15 new instance, could decorate a members in two months. A car in tools of the trade or a giant wall calendar is filled with child care facility might have events and programs that will children’s handprints all over benefit member businesses and the vehicle. she’s kicking off several new “I am trying to find events events, including a masquerade that benefit all of my members,” ball May 31 at the Renaissance she said. Center in Joliet. Lamansky has other ideas On January 29, author Brian up her sleeve as well. But first Basilico will be featured at a she wants to meet with her Lunch and Learn where he members and find out why will share his top 10 tips for they joined the chamber and marketing a business. And what they want the chamber to there’s also speed networking do for them. February 13 at the Timbers of “Call me. Come in and sit Shorewood. down. I will take you to coffee,” Three things Lamansky she said. wanted to start in the area were “I believe in what a chamber a working women’s group, a can do for a community.”


Gubernatorial candidate holds meet and greet at Skooter’s

The meet and greet at Skooter’s Roadhouse was attended by Rutherford supporters, staff, local officials and area voters By Kris Stadalsky For the Sentinel

Republican candidate for Governor Dan Rutherford made a stop in Shorewood January 14 before heading to Plainfield Central High School for a Q&A discussion with the three other Republican candidates. The meet and greet at Skooter’s Roadhouse was attended by Rutherford supporters, staff, local officials and area voters. Shorewood Mayor Richard Chapman was in attendance and gave his approval to the Republican gubernatorial candidate. “He’s a man of his word, for one thing,”Chapman told those in attendance.“If somebody doesn’t turn this state around it’s going to go off a cliff. This man might put us back on the right track.”

Rutherford gave a short speech, thanking his supporters, sharing his political history and summing up his strategy for bringing all areas of state government to the tables to do what’s best for Illinois. He intends to have open talks with unions, manufacturing and retail businesses, he said. “I am going to do things in Illinois that are going to be all inclusive,” Rutherford said. Rutherford was elected to the House of Representatives in 1993. Following 10 years of service he won the 53rd district senate seat in 2002. He became state treasurer in 2010 during a time when every office in Illinois was held by a Democrat from Chicago, Rutherford said. “We can win this race against Pat Quinn,” he said, drawing a round of applause from the

crowd. “I know we can beat (him).” Rutherford spoke about putting people back to work and creating private sector jobs. “I know how hard it’s going to be as governor,” he said. “I am going to do things we need to do to put Illinois back into a place that I remember as a young man; Illinois was a really great place.” Rutherford said he wanted to make a stop in Shorewood because he knows the area and had been at Skooter’s while it was being remodeled. “I knew I wanted to bring locals together,” Rutherford said. “I like it here (Shorewood), I know a lot of people here, and I know the facility.” Following his appearance in Plainfield, Rutherford was heading to downtown Chicago to continue his campaign. Rutherford is running in the March GOP primary against state Sen. Bill Brady, state Sen. Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner and radio personality Dan Proft.


Village reworks sign ordinance

Members of the Village Board voted unanimously during their meeting on Tuesday to approve significant changes to the local zoning ordinance By Stewart Warren For the Sentinel

Shorewood business owners now will have more time to display temporary signs announcing a grand opening or big sale. The members of the Village Board voted unanimously during their meeting on Tuesday to approve significant changes to the local zoning ordinance governing temporary signs. In the past, business owners could request a permit to display temporary signs – often portable fixtures, banners, flags or large balloons -- for a total of 30 days during a calendar year. That period now has been doubled to 60 days, explained Karen James, the village’s

community development director. “We’re trying to be more business-friendly in Shorewood. We have heard from new businesses that it is harder to get initial recognition from customers. So the village has decided to give them that extra time to have temporary signage so they can have added recognition to bring customers to them,” Mayor Rick Chapman said. New businesses also will be able to request a separate, one-time, 30-day temporary sign permit allowing the announcement of a grand opening during the first six months of operation. “This is the perfect example of little things government can

do to help the small business climate,” Trustee Dan Anderson said. “Not everyone is a McDonald’s or Home Depot.” Members of the village’s staff have been working for about two years to create the new rules, James said. Business owners had complained that they needed more time to display temporary signs. The businesses will also have more flexibility in choosing the time periods to display the temporary signs, James said. They can be used during two,30day or four, 15-day time periods. A business owner must have a $25 temporary sign permit for each period, however. These types of signs cannot be displayed for 60 days in a row, however. At that point, a temporary sign might deteriorate or become worn. “We work very hard to make Shorewood look like a welcome and inviting community,” James said.

News BURNING Continued from page 1 structure and the danger of introducing new language on the floor just before a vote. Indeed, Board Member Liz Collins, R-Plainfield, a member of the health committee, suggested they table the issue and send it back to committee since she was confused as to what she was voting on. If the board had voted on the ordinance as presented, it could have banned charcoal grills from decks in unincorporated areas, said Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Tatroe. For a time, the committee had considered restricting open burning to 100 feet from another person’s property. But after concerns by the Will County Farm Bureau, the committee opted to keep the distance at 50 feet. However, the proposed regulations said that “fires shall be located not less than 1000 feet, unless otherwise specifically provided for herein, from any school, park, hospital, nursing home and/or residence of a person with a Chronic Respiratory Disease. For the purposes of this

ordinance,agricultural properties are exempt from the 1000 feet setback if the property is used for agricultural purposes.” Republican Caucus Chair Jim Moustis, R-Frankfort, chafed at that requirement,saying it was too restrictive. Maher’s amendment would have eliminated it. He also said the only reason the county’s agricultural community was exempt is because of pressure they put on the committee. Will County Farm Bureau Manager Mark Schneidewind said after the Jan. 16 meeting that state law allows for rural farm burning. And while the county cannot regulate this part of the burning, any change in setbacks would have reduced most farm burning. And open burning on farms was not the reason for the requested change in the county ordinance, he added. “While agriculture is exempt from the setbacks, there could be some unforeseen consequences not even considered to date, so we have no problem going back to the table with the county and others to get it correct,” he said.

Fires shall be located not less than 50 feet, unless otherwise specifically provided for herein, from any motor vehicle and any structure with adequate provision made to prevent spreading of the fire. No fire shall exceed six feet by six feet. Only one fire, which is not contained in a patio burning unit, shall exist on the property at any given time

Burning within 20 feet from the edge of any public roadway is strictly prohibited.

Legitimate recreation fires shall be located not less than 50 feet from any structure.

The committee’s recommendations for open burning also say: Waste materials of any nature shall not be disposed of by burning on the premises or in the immediate vicinity without having obtained a permit from the state or the state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


MCHS students accepted into all-state music group Students were selected through an audition process that included the best musicians from across Illinois Minooka Community High School students senior Erin Mathewson (orchestra - oboe) and junior Valerie Kolb (band - trumpet) were accepted into the Illinois Music Education

Association’s (ILMEA) All-State Music Ensembles. These talented students were selected through an audition process that included the best musicians from across Illinois.


Both students are members of the MCHS Wind Ensemble. The all-state band conductor is Steve Peterson (Ithaca College) and the all-state orchestra director is Gary Lewis (University of Colorado - Boulder). The festival concert will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 25, at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria

Open burning of leaves, branches or bushes shall be conducted on the owner’s property or farm on which the leaves, branches or bushes were generated and within the provisions of this Ordinance. Fires contained in a “patio wood-burning unit,” shall be at least 15 feet from any structure. All fires shall be constantly attended by a competent person of 18 years or older until such fire is extinguished. This person shall have an adequate water supply.

Fires shall be located not less than 1,000 feet, unless otherwise specifically provided for herein, from any school, park, hospital, nursing home and/or residence of a person with a Chronic Respiratory Disease. For the purposes of this ordinance, agricultural properties are exempt from the 1,000 feet setback if the property is used for agricultural purposes.




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Maneuver’s bar cited by Joliet Liquor Commission Mayor says executive disciplinary action involve use of court reporters, overtime police officers After holding several lengthy disciplinary hearings, the Joliet Liquor Commission has found the owner of a downtown bar guilty on four counts of violating Mayor Tom the Liquor Code Giarrante following a series of incidents that occurred in July. Fred Schramm, the owner of Maneuver’s, 118 E. Jefferson St., was found guilty on four Liquor Code violations

including the offenses of Disorderly Conduct, allowing patrons to smoke on the premises, allowing an intoxicated person to remain on the premises and failing to report acts of Disorderly Conduct. Schramm has been fined a total of $4,000, or $1,000 per offense. Mayor Tom Giarrante, who also serves as Liquor Commissioner, said the extensive disciplinary hearings in this matter involved the use of court reporters as well as paid overtime to Joliet Police Officers who were called to testify. “Those expenses are reflected in the fine,” Giarrante

“Those expenses are reflected in the fine. When a licensee violates the Liquor Code, any additional costs of the hearings need to be paid by the violators, and not the taxpayers.” - Mayor and joliet liquor commissioner Tom Giarrante

said.“When a licensee violates the Liquor Code, any additional costs of the hearings need to be paid by the violators, and not the taxpayers.” Maneuver’s will also have their liquor license suspended for three consecutive days from January 17 through and including January 19.


Man found dead in Lewis University dorm Man was not a student at Lewis University, but was visiting a friend who is a student A 22-year-old Joliet man was found dead Thursday morning

in a dormitory room at Lewis University. Romeoville Police received a call that an unconscious man, Elvis Dominguez-Meja, was found at about 10:36 a.m. Jan. 16. The preliminary investigation indicates the death may have

been caused by excessive alcohol consumption. At this time no foul play is suspected, and the case is under investigation. Dominguez-Meja was not a student at Lewis University, but was visiting a friend who is a student.

St. Joseph to celebrate Catholic Schools Week Theme of week is ‘Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service’ St. Joseph Academy, a private, independent school in the Catholic tradition, is celebrating their fourth annual Catholic Schools Week beginning with an Open House on Sunday, Jan. 26. The public is invited for a tour of the school and refreshments between noon and 3 p.m. The school is located at 51 W. Jackson St. in downtown Joliet. The academy, which opened in 2010, features a Montessori preschool and kindergarten, as well as a unique, personalized educational program for students from first through ninth grade. Children of all abilities work together in multiage classrooms where their special gifts are recognized and utilized. The Montessori philosophy of individualized education and respect permeates the school. The theme of National Catholic Schools Week 2014, which runs from January 26 through February 1, is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” At 1:30 p.m., Jan Novotny, Head of School, will share information on the school’s history and methodology, and will explain how St. Joseph Academy lives the spirit of this theme. Reservations are not required for the Open House, but may be made by calling 815-7234567. Call this number also for additional information or to arrange a private tour.

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JTHS Foundation trivia fundraiser scheduled to kick off March 9 Contest theme ‘Road Trip’ will involve 10 rounds with 10 questions in each round The Joliet Township High School Foundation will host its ninth annual Trivia Day at 3 p.m. on March 9 at 176 West, 1100 NE Frontage Road in Joliet. Doors open at 2 p.m. Teams of between six and 10 individuals are being sought for the 90-minute battle of wits. The contest theme this year is “Road Trip” and will involve 10 rounds with 10 questions in each round. Teams are encouraged to work together and get their answer sheets in on deadline. There will also be a silent auction and raffle tickets sold for great prizes. The trivia challenge is a major benefit for the

students of Joliet Township High School. One hundred percent of the funds raised go for educational grants and scholarships. As an added incentive to participate in this one of a kind event, the winning team will earn $125 and second-place gets $75. “It turns into such a fun event because people have funny answers and being first isn’t the most important goal for many teams,” said organizer Don Barnes. “We encourage the teams to decorate their tables in connection with the theme and wear costumes. We award as much as $100 to the best table.” The cost of each table is

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ninth annual Trivia Day


3 p.m. on March 9. Doors open at 2 p.m. Teams of between six and 10


176 West, 1100 NE Frontage Road in Joliet


The cost of each table is $120 and may be paid in advance or at the door.

$120 and may be paid in advance or at the door.To sign up for the trivia challenge, call Barnes at 815-254-4578 or e-mail him at debnrmb59@ Sign-ups prior to Feb. 28 would be greatly appreciated.




ComEd schedules tree trimming maintenance ComEd officials say vegetation management is necessary to ensure the reliability of electrical service

transmission corridors in Joliet are composed of large steel poles or tower structures that are used to transport large volumes of electricity. The transmission corridors are frequently located adjacent to interstate highways and railroad During February, March and tracks.ComEd owns,or has express property rights, April,ComEd will to perform be performing v e g e t ation regularly management scheduled in the Tr a n s m i s s i o n transmission C o r r i d o r For more information about corridor area. vegetation vegetation maintenance along power lines and ComEd’s Qualified line managements in “RightTree, Right Place” program, clearance Joliet. visit w o r k e r s C o m E d sites/customerservice/Pages/ contracted officials say TreesPowerlines.aspx. by ComEd vegetation perform all management is tree pruning and vegetation necessary to ensure the reliability of electrical service and to ensure management work. Supervisors and general foremen public safety. As a public utility, maintain close contact with crews ComEd has a legal obligation regarding the management of to ensure safety and adherence to transmission corridors under proper vegetation maintenance both federal and state law. The procedures.




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

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Eric D. Walker, 50, 417 W. Marion, was arrested at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 10 at 150 N. Ottawa for Criminal Trespass State Supported Land and Disorderly Conduct.


A 16-year-old was arrested at 8:26 p.m. Jan. 10 at 5112 Freeport for Domestic Battery.


Justin M. Williamson, 23, 518 Water, was arrested at 8:53 p.m. Jan. 10 at Joliet and Monroe for Domestic Battery.


Simon Tenorio-Gonzalez, 25, 338 Ruby, was arrested at 12:09 a.m. Jan. 10 at 360 N. Hickory for DUI/Alcohol.


Jasmine N. McComb, 26, 2614 Johnbourg, Plainfield, was arrested at 1:46 p.m. Jan. 11 at 2510 S. Route 59 for Theft.


Maurice L. Hamilton Ii, 23, 1211 Grand Blvd., Romeoville, was arrested at 5 a.m. Jan. 11 at 462 N. Eastern for

Aggravated Battery and Reckless Conduct.


Ronald W. Butler, 65, 13 S. Margaret, was arrested at 10:44 a.m. Jan. 11 at that address for Dogs Running At Large.


Sabrina A. Yancey, 33, 1405 Fairmount, was arrested at 11:44 a.m. Jan. 11 at that address for Noise Complaint.


Matthew A. Lechwar, 31, 218 Madison, was arrested at 1:46 p.m. Jan. 11 at Eastern and Osgood for Possession of Controlled Substance. Tristan J. Caldwell, 30, 346 S. Ottawa,was arrested at 2:12 p.m. Jan. 11 at 404 W. Jefferson for Disorderly Conduct.


Joshua R. Gemmell, 25, and Vernell Butler, 39, 619 Elmwood, were arrested at 6:55 p.m. Jan. 11 at 2510 S. Route 59 for Retail Theft.


E. Ryerson, 18, 12 Michael 3818 Pandola, was arrested at 7:43 P.M. Jan. 11 at the address for Aggravated Domestic Battery, Unlawful Restraint, two counts of Domestic Battery, Battery and Aggravated Assault. Jerrell M. Amos, 21, 165 Wallace, and Mister L.Tanzy, 21, 105 Nicholson, was arrested


at 8:02 p.m. Jan. 11 at 346 S. Desplaines for Retail Theft. Freddie Grady Jr., 49, 2219 W. Jefferson, was arrested at 8:42 p.m. Jan. 11 at 2352 Glenwood for Domestic Battery.


Rosaura Diaz, 51, 417 Elwood,was arrested at 9:04 p.m. Jan. 11 at 509 N. Chicago for Aggravated Stalking and Violation of Order of Protection.


Adriana Vasquez, 33, 115 Pleasant, was arrested at 2:47 a.m. Jan. 11 at 357 Columbia for Domestic Battery.


Richard M. Marrella, 41, 4901 Lobella Lane, Plainfield, was arrested at 3:40 a.m. Jan. 11 in the 2000 block of Essington for DUI – Alcohol.


James C. Hasting, 54, 1703 S. Chicago St., was arrested at 4:57 p.m. Jan. 12 at 2524 W. Jefferson for Theft.


M. McQuiller, 42, 318 19 Tanya Sherman St., was arrested at 4:20 a.m. Jan. 12 at 4th and Sherman for Criminal Trespass to Motor Vehicle. Joshua L. Black, 26, 623 Betula Ave., was arrested at 9:06 p.m. Jan. 12 at Glenwood and William for Domestic Battery and Violate Order of Protection.


Jamaica L. Morrow, 25, 205 Iowa Ave., was arrested at 10:46 p.m. Jan. 12 at 901 Juniper for Domestic Battery.


Cristobel Mirales, 39, 1105 Oakland Ave., was arrested at 11:52 p.m. Jan. 12 at that address for Domestic Battery.


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Shorewood Huy V. Nguyen, 21, 1014 Bayhill Lane, Shorewood, was arrested for Driving on a Suspended License and Improper Lighting at Seil Road and Dover Way on Jan. 6.


Phillip F. Tade, 42, 106 E. Jefferson, Shorewood, was arrested for Driving on a Revoked License and No Valid Registration at routes 52 and 59 on Jan. 9.


Five area juveniles, ages 16 and 17, one from Shorewood and four of Joliet, were arrested on January 8 on charges of Possession Of Cannabis and Possession Of Drug Equipment at Black Road and Brookforest Avenue on Jan. 8. Two were also cited for failure to wear seatbelts. All juveniles were released to their parents pending court appearances.


Latia A. Swopes, 20, 1530 Centennial Drive, Joliet, was for Possession Of Drug Equipment at Interstate 55 and Route 59 on Jan. 12.


Leobardo Lara, 28, 3418 Hamilton, Chicago, was arrested for driving under the influence, no insurance and parking on a roadway at Cottage Street and Shorewood Lane on Jan. 12.


Osvalso Martinez, 22, 1809 Mandan Village Drive, Plainfield, was arrested for delivery of cannabis, possession of drug equipment, obstructing justice, driving while license suspended, illegal use of cell phone and warrants Jan. 15 at Black Road and Summit Creek Drive.


Rosa Perez, 23, 2156 Carpenter Ave., Plainfield, was arrested on a Will County warrant for No Insurance at David A. Barry Drive and River Road on Jan. 13.


Fabricio Dejesus Flores, 24, 1707 Pebble Beach Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on a Will County warrant for Driving While License Suspended, No Insurance And Failure To Reduce Speed on Jan. 13 at David A. Barry Drive and River Road.


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Taking a closer look at the people in the Will County area: the families, the schools, the businesses, the neighborhoods, the roads, the challenges, the accomplishments, the issues, the opportunities I want to welcome go back to college to you the reader, to my build a better life for first column. My goal is my daughter and me. to write a column that In order to put myself addresses real issues and through school, I had timely topics but also to work two jobs, one brings you a different on the midnight shift, view, some insight, and all while caring for a a rare glimpse of state 9 month-old baby. I government. graduated from Joliet My name is Natalie Rep. Natalie Manley Junior College, then Manley, and I am a state (D-Joliet) 98th the University of St. District representative. I am Francis, and then also a certified public passed the CPA exam. accountant, and just over a year Earning an excellent education ago, I left my position as a senior was the key to financial stability staff accountant to take on a and a better future. new role in state government. In future editions, I plan on After nearly two decades as a tax discussing the “sausage making” accountant, auditor and someone of lawmaking, and I will share who has helped consult and some details that are not widely budget for municipal governments known. From presenting a bill in and businesses, I was given an committee, to arguing its validity opportunity to take my knowledge on the House floor, I would like and skills to Springfield. to share some of those stories and A little bit about me: I grew up experiences with you. I plan to do in Blue Island. My mom, a single this in an “apolitical” manner, no mom, was a registered nurse, and leaning one way or another, just I was her oldest daughter. My the details. mother taught me the value of I also hope to introduce you to hard work and the significance of people I refer to as uncommon helping others. heroes. They are ordinary people Years later, after a few doing important work, right here unforeseen occurrences that in our midst … changing the world actually turned out to be blessings day by day, every day. From those in disguise, I decided I needed to leading the charge against Will

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County’s heroin epidemic to those volunteering in the community as mentors, I would like to share their stories with you. This column will be about the people in the Will County area: the families,the schools,the businesses, the neighborhoods, the roads, the challenges, the accomplishments, the issues, the opportunities and so much more. This is a column about real life, real people, who we are and where we are going. I was sworn in to office on Jan. 9, 2013, and have learned a lot this past year. I have been part of the process – many times feeling frustrated, other times feeling proud – I would like to share this with you. We have a lot to talk about; I hope you enjoy the column. Next time: The top 10 lessons I learned as a freshman legislator. Natalie Manley is the state Representative for Illinois’ 98th House District. The 98th district contains parts of Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Joliet, Plainfield, and Romeoville. Natalie co-hosts the Lynne, Mary & Natalie radio show, Friday mornings on 1340 AM on WJOL.

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idoT announces finalists for illinois portion of illiana Shortlist marks major step for the project proposed 47-mile access controlled highway The Illinois Department of Transportation on Jan. 17 announced the final list of qualified developer teams that will be allowed to bid on the Illinois portion of the Illiana. These teams were among five that submitted Statements of Qualifications to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Illinois portion

of the Illiana. The Request for Qualifications submittal period began November 8 and ended Dec. 19, 2013. IDOT evaluated the submittal teams and selected the finalists based on experience and qualifications. The shortlist marks a major step forward for the Illiana project - a proposed 47-mile access controlled highway facility that extends from Interstate 55 in Wilmington to Interstate -65 in Indiana on the east. The preferred corridor is located in Will County in Illinois

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and Lake County in Indiana. IDOT and the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA)/Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), plan to begin construction on the Illiana in the spring of 2015. When built, the Illiana Corridor will reduce truck traffic on local roads, improving safety, travel times and access to jobs. Beyond the

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Jobs created could generate up to $1.3 billion in wages over a 35-year period.

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The four Teams on The shorTlisT for The illinois porTion of The illiana are (in no parTicular order): • ILLIANA WEST MOBILITY PARTNERs Equity members: Cintra infraestructuras, s.A. Lead Contractor: Ferrovial Agroman us Corp and White Construction, inc. • ILLINOIS CORRIDOR CONNECTiON gROuP Equity members: ACs infrastructure Development, inc., and Fengate Capital management, Ltd. Lead Contractor: Dragados usA, inc., F.h. Paschen, s.N. Nielson & Associates, LLC, and William Charles Construction Company, LLC

an opportunity for jobs and economic development. Potential benefits include the creation of more than 9,000 construction jobs and thousands of long-term jobs amounting to $1.3 billion in wages over a 35-year period. The Indiana procurement is being handled separately by IFA and INDOT. RFQ submissions for the Indiana portion were due on January 10, 2014. IDOT and INDOT are working together to coordinate technical requirements, tolling policy, the federal environmental approval process, and construction schedules for the two-state project.

• ILLINOIS MOBILITY PARTNERs Equity members: Fluor Enterprises, inc., and Plenary group usA Ltd. Lead Contractor: illinois mobility Constructors (Fluor Enterprises, inc., Lane Construction Corporation, and granite Construction Co.) • WM ILLINOIS - ILLIANA PARTNERs, LLC Equity members: meridiam infrastructure illiana iL, LLC, and Walsh investors, LLC Lead Contractor: Walsh Construction Company, iL, LLC Over the next several months iDOT will engage with these teams in the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase of the process.

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Two Joliet residents die in Route 52 crash Two people killed Jan. 18 in car accident on stretch of road known as ‘Kirstein’s Curve’ By Erin Gallagher For the Bugle

The same stretch of road along Route 52 south of Manhattan has been the scene of three fatal accidents in less than a month. Known to some as “Kirstein’s Curve,” north of Offner/Elevator Road, two people were killed there January 18 and one seriously injured. Witnesses say driver Keyshanna Lucas, 20, of Joliet, was turning south onto 52 from Cedar Road just after 1 p.m. when her silver Dodge sedan tail-spinned into Mark Trost’s oncoming white Ford pickup. Lucas was transported to Silver Cross Hospital and died

MORE INFO: Because 52 is a state highway, the state police have jurisdiction over the investigation. However, Manhattan police, fire and emergency services, along with New Lenox Fire District, all responded to the scene.

there. Passenger Sharquese Baker, 16, also of Joliet, died at the scene. Another passenger, Dyjon Abbott, 19, of Joliet, was also taken to Silver Cross

Hospital and is still listed in critical condition at press time. Trost said his truck hit the softest part of the Dodge on the passenger side. Both the car and the truck landed in the east ditch. The impact to the truck was minimal, and airbags did not deploy, said Trost’s wife, Kris, who was with him at the time. Neither of the Trosts, originally from New Lenox and now living in Elwood, was injured. The crash happened not long after heavy snow began to fall, causing treacherous driving conditions. Route 52 was closed between Elevator and Cedar roads for a couple hours. Because 52 is a state highway, the state police have jurisdiction over the investigation. However, Manhattan police, fire and emergency services, along with New Lenox Fire District, all responded to the scene.


The S-curve along Route 52 is north of Wilton Center and South of the village of Manhattan. Known as Kierstein’s Curve, it has been the scene of three fatal accidents in less than a month.

Roughly 200 yards north of that crash is a cross and wreath memorializing Brian Affrunti, 31. The same intersection of Cedar and 52 claimed his life

on December 28. He was killed after being ejected from his Honda Pilot after it rolled several times, according to Illinois State Police.



Crossword Puzzle

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Down 41 “High Hopes” lyricist Sammy 42 One printing defamatory text, in England 43 Prefix with gram 44 Bars to scan, briefly 47 Boy of la casa 48 Table scraps, to the dog 51 Zero-calorie protest 55 War hero played by George C. Scott 56 Sitcom sergeant 57 Like citrus juices 59 Boob tube 62 TV’s “__ & Greg” 63 Remove from power 64 Sch. in the smallest state 65 Patronize, as a restaurant 66 Source of some psychiatry grants: Abbr. 67 Whitney or Washington: Abbr.

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35 Mart opening 36 The whole thing 38 Ristorante carafe contents 39 Footnoter’s “ditto,” briefly 40 Deighton of spy-fi 44 Final syllable 45 Scratcher on a post 46 Corp. money manager 49 Father of la casa 50 Hamburger topper 52 Wedding memento 53 Hybrid tennis garment 54 Wasp venom, for one 56 “The other one, too” 57 Throw in 58 Cubs’ home: Abbr. 60 MADD concern 61 Doctrinal word ending

Take 5 Horoscopes He who hesitates is lost. Over-thinking problems could leave you into a muddle. Only quick, decisive action will get the job done. If you must take a chance, the dice are likely to roll in your favor in the week ahead.

Agree to disagree this week. No matter how determined you are to hold fast to your convictions, there’s someone who’s just as gung ho with the opposing viewpoint. Arguing will just have you running in circles so find common ground.

Be yourself. Putting on airs to impress someone may just make you seem phony and insincere. Follow your instincts in the week ahead and do what comes naturally to achieve the best results. Use free time to simply sit back and recharge your batteries.

A little spit and polish can make the old seem like new. Taking care of what you have this week can save you from wasting money replacing items. When spending money, know the difference between what you want and what you need.

Do what you want to do. Indulge yourself with a little “me” time by engaging in the activities you most enjoy in the week ahead. When faced with important decisions, follow your first instinct and you can’t go wrong.

There’s no place like home. Take time to surround yourself with loved ones and close friends to experience the true riches of life. Plan a gathering of the clan or reach out with a phone call to distant relatives this week.

If all around you seems a circus, it’s time to become the ringmaster. Grab your whip and chair to tame the wild beasts and create order out of chaos this week. Much can be accomplished if your channel your restless energy in the right direction.

Put in your two cents worth. This week, you’re able to assess situations quickly and can provide valuable advice to those who may be having trouble solving problems. Mapping out your long-term goals and objectives will work out well.

You can do no wrong. Whatever task you choose to undertake, it will succeed. If you’ve placed your trust in others, they’ll come through for you. Everything is coming up roses this week, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Save disguises for Halloween. You may try to be something you’re not, but others will quickly see through the faÁade. Be honest and forthright in your dealings this week to reap the most benefit from each encounter.

No one is above reproach. Accepting criticism is not an admission of failure. Take advice to heart in the week ahead, as someone else’s useful and wise insights may help you avoid future errors or correct existing ones.

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. You may be able to find many faults if you put someone under the microscope, but they, in turn, could do the same to you. Live and let live this week.



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INSIDE: Indians get swept by Oswego, page 12; Mistwood earns praise from GOLF Magazine, page 15



Minooka rolls to regional championship By Scott Taylor Sports Editor

Taking advantage of its home lanes, Minooka cruised to its own regional title Saturday, Jan. 18 at Channahon Lanes. The Indians finished with a 6,264 total, besting Bolingbrook (6,047). The top four teams and 10 individuals not on those teams advance to the Andrew Sectional, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 25 at Orland Bowl. “After being in first at state last year and falling back late, we have the drive that we want to win state this year,” Minooka senior John Kauffman said. “We’re going to try as hard as we can to get there. It’s nice that we won today, but we need to move on and get back to work.” “It feels really good to be regional champs, but we still have one more week to go to make it to state,” added junior Dylan Pickett. Minooka won three tournament titles during the season, but also struggled at other tournaments and came up four points short of Romeoville for the Southwest Prairie Conference title the previous Saturday, despite winning the tournament. The Indians were able to put all that behind them in the first stage of the second season. “It was a do-or-die tournament and we just needed to clear our heads and forget about the season because that didn’t matter anymore,” Kauffman said. “We just started over and it worked out in our favor. Everyone was on a roll today.We really blended as a team and it was really good to see.” “It felt pretty good, especially knowing that nothing at the start of the season matters now,” Pickett said. “It’s just all about Scott Taylor/Bugle Staff

Minooka’s John Kauffman took second at the Minooka Regional Saturday with a 1,366.

See ROLLS, page 13




Indians get swept by Oswego; move to 13-4 By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

The bad news for the Minooka girls basketball team is the fact that it suffered its second

Southwest Prairie Conference loss of the season, falling 51-36 to Oswego Friday night. The good news is that it was See INDIANS, page 14

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Brooklyn Bachmann scored 11 points in Minooka’s 51-36 loss to Oswego Friday.

Sports ROLLS Continued from page 11 what happens today and the next two weeks. It felt good to come back and help the team as much as I could.” Kauffman led the Indians with a 1,366 series, good for second place. Bolingbrook’s Matt Rycraft won with a 1,376. “I’m so happy about today,” Kauffman said. “It couldn’t have been any better, honestly. I bowled as good as I could and it worked out pretty well.” Pickett (1,236) and Zach Segatto (1,223) also finished in the top 10. Chris Dombrowski shot an 834 in four games. Now the Indians return to Orland Bowl, where they were victorious in a tournament there earlier this year. The top six teams and seven individuals not on those teams advance to state. “We bowled there a month ago and took first,” Kauffman said. “We’re really excited to go back because we all bowled good there. It will be a lot of there. There are a lot of good teams to face.” “We have to put our heads in it and help each other out,” Pickett said. “The shot can be anybody’s game, we just have to have the mental stability to be there. We

like the lanes, but it might not be the same shot.We just have to go out there and see what we can do.” •Joliet West was in position to advance to sectionals throughout the day, but came up short, finishing in fifth place with a 5,639. The Tigers will be represented at state, however, by junior Josh Pesavento, who shot a 1,189. “It feels good but it would have been better with the team,” Pesavento said. “I thought we had a couple good games, but we had a couple good games. I just need to have a good week of practice and in the tournament I have to execute my shot more and get my spares.” Noah Plunge (1,086) also bowled six games for West. Joliet Central was paced by Mark Vanderhyden (1,034) and Drake Bernhard (1,011). •Lockport’s quest to defend its state title is still alive after it was the fourth and final team to qualify for the Andrew Sectional out at the Sandburg Regional at Orland Bowl. The Porters shot a 6,283. Romeoville won with a 6,490. Lockport got scores from Tyler Delrose (1,356), Brian Baer (1,321), Patrick Carney (1,278), Noah Zwit (1,192) and Brandon Bonomo (1,136). Follow Scott @Taylor_Sports





INDIANS Continued from page 12 the last time the Indians will see the Panthers this season. “It is nice knowing we won’t see them, in a good way,” said senior Erin Heide. This season, the Panthers have accounted for half of the Indians’ four losses.

Sports “We came into it just as hard as we did the first time,” Heide said. “It was hard coming away with the loss knowing it was the second time we played them and that we won’t see them again.” The Indians will compete in the Normal Community Regional as part of the Edwardsville Sectional, while the Panthers are in the Joliet Central Sectional complex.

While Minooka coach Ray Liberatore was obviously not pleased with the outcome of the game, he had no qualms with the way the Indians played. “I don’t feel like it was a game we lost, I felt like it was a game they won,” Liberatore said. “They are a very experienced team. Their starting five played together all last year and they are a very good team. They shot the ball well tonight and ran their offense really well.” Minooka stayed close in the first quarter, being down only 13-12 despite Amri Wilder hitting three three-point field goals. In the second quarter, the Panthers outscored Minooka 155, taking the 28-17 lead into the break. Even in a third quarter where Minooka was able to get in the lane at will, it could not cut the deficit. “We couldn’t consistently get any stops,” Liberatore said. “And, they took good shots.” For the game, the Panthers hit seven three-point field goals, while the Indians failed to connect from behind the arc. “We gave it our all and came up short,” Heide said. “They shot really well tonight which we couldn’t help. They have some pretty good shooters and

we gave it our all, they just hit shots.” Brooklyn Bachmann paced the Indians with 11 points, while Kelly Carnagio added nine and Heide tallied eight. Wilder led all scorers with 20. Despite the loss, Liberatore is not concerned. “We will see what kind of character we have,” he said.“Our girls will bounce back. They practice well and any time you practice well.” Heide also believes in her team. “We will come back even stronger,” Heide said. “When we have conference games after a loss, it just makes us come out and play even harder the next game.” Minooka faced SPC opponent Oswego East Tuesday and will travel to Plainfield North Friday and play at Joliet Catholic Academy Monday and end their five-game road streak Tuesday at Plainfield Central. The Indians have not played at home since beating Plainfield Central in Minooka Jan. 14, a stretch of 17 days in between home games. Minooka won that game over the Wildcats 47-42 behind 19 points from Heide and 13 from Bachmann.


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Mistwood’s third hole has turned into one of the signature holes after the renovation.

Mistwood earns praise from GOLF Magazine After two years of course construction that resulted in a substantial face-lift, owner Jim McWethy looks upon Mistwood Golf Club in suburban Chicago with satisfaction and pride because the golf world has noticed. GOLF Magazine has awarded Mistwood with its “Best U.S. Renovation You Can Play” honors for 2013. The recognition comes as part of GOLF Magazine’s annual Best New Courses 2013, which is published in the January 2014 issue. The article features the top new courses and renovations both in the U.S. and internationally. “It is a tremendous honor to be selected as the Best U.S. Renovation You Can Play by GOLF Magazine and to be recognized alongside so many great courses,” McWethy said. “We wanted to elevate Mistwood into the ranks of the best courses in the Midwest, and this award is a testament to the vision and quality of work that architect Ray Hearn and our

team performed on this project. I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished.” GOLF Magazine concurred in its appraisal with the selection. “The result? Mission accomplished. Mistwood may have been young for a facelift, but this beauty is ready for its close-up,” the magazine reported. The magazine also talked about Hearn winning the same renovation award for his work at Chicago’s historic Flossmoor Country Club in 2009. Hearn, who has a strong reputation for his course and renovation work,first completed the Mistwood project in 1998. Thirteen years later the course was ready for some upgrades and improvements. “We fine-tuned and polished a gem,” Hearn said. Renovation work was performed on every one of Mistwood’s 18-holes, with a focus on improving shot value and strategy. The most noticeable was at the par-5 third hole where the green has been

relocated to create space for a future clubhouse and a double fairway for risk-reward. The creek that used to be in front of the green is now behind it, and it has been expanded with a pond guarding the entire right side of the hole. Mistwood’s renovation also included the addition of 20 stacked sod-wall bunkers, a trademark hazard for courses in Scotland and Ireland, and now a signature feature at Mistwood. Many of the courses’ lakes and bodies of water were also expanded making them a strategic factor on several holes. In addition, new beautiful Lannon stone walls were added along holes 3, 7, 8, 9 14, 15 and 16 to add some stunning visuals for golfers to experience. Other improvements included repositioning tee boxes and bunkers, adding new high quality bunker sand, lengthening the course to 7,040 yards, and adding fescue grasses See MISTWOOD, page 16






BOYS BBALL Points Per Game Trevor Stumpe, Plainfield North Aaron Jordan, Plainfield East Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook George Sargeant, Maine South Jonah Coble, Joliet Central Logan Velasquez, Plainfield Central Corey Evers, Plainfield South Andrew Palucki, Maine South Grover Anderson, Lockport Gage Davis, Bolingbrook Romeo Magliore, Niles West Evan Hines, Niles West Miles Snowden, Plainfield South John Campbell, Lockport Jake Nowak, Plainfield North

25.2 20.7 17.6 16.6 15.6 14.4 14.3 14.0 13.9 13.4 13.1 13.1 12.1 11.8 11.8

Jake Smith, Minooka Devin Blake, Downers North Nick Novak, Plainfield East Ahmad Gibson, Niles West Ray Greco, Downers North Caleb deMarigny, Maine South Greg Pietrzak, Westmont Little, Westmont Shane Murray, Lisle Calvin Brooks, Plainfield South Antonio Dyson, Joliet Central Allias Roberts-Burnett, Joliet West Kelly, Westmont Jojo Rios, Niles West Rebounds Per Game Logan Velasquez, Plainfield Central Jeremy Glavanovits, Lisle

11.6 11.6 11.4 11.2 11.1 11.1 10.7 10.7 10.5 10.5 10.5 10.2 10.1 10.0 9.7 9.0

MIstwood Continued from page 15 throughout the course. “I am extremely proud of my redesign work at Mistwood,”

Miles Snowden, Plainfield South Greg Pietrzak, Westmont Josh Smith, Plainfield East Joe Butler, Minooka Devin Blake, Downers North Zach Trussell, Lisle John Campbell, Lockport Trevor Stumpe, Plainfield North Shane Murray, Lisle Kelly, Westmont George Sargeant, Maine South Shakur Triplett, Bolingbrook Assists Caleb deMarigny, Maine South Logiurato, Westmont Grover Anderson, Lockport CJ Redmond, Bolingbrook

8.6 8.1 8.0 7.6 7.4 7.2 7.2 7.0 6.8 6.8 6.8 6.5 69 50 47 39

Hearn said.“In my 27-year career I would definitely rank this project as one of my favorites and owner, Jim McWethy, as one of the most passionate individuals I have worked with.” McWethy has made extraordinary major facility

Little, Westmont Logan Velasquez, Plainfield Central Isaiah Webster, Plainfield North Myles Ward, Plainfield East Ralph Blakney, Lockport Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook Kelly, Westmont Corey Evers, Plainfield South Jake Pedrelli, Maine South Ahmad Gibson, Niles West Trevor Stumpe, Plainfield North Steals Logiurato, Westmont Grover Anderson, Lockport Corey Evers, Plainfield South Trevor Stumpe, Plainfield North Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook

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improvements since taking ownership in 2004. In addition to the work on the course, the creation of the new Performance Center, with its indoor-outdoor hitting bays, elite swing technology, and custom club fitting, has been

John Campbell, Lockport Ralph Blakney, Lockport Caleb deMarigny, Maine South Romeo Magliore, Niles West Deiondre Taylor, Lockport Little, Westmont Gage Davis, Bolingbrook CJ Redmond, Bolingbrook Field Goal % George Sargeant, Maine South Shane Murray, Lisle Kenny Williams, Bolingbrook Jeff Washington, Joliet West Greg Pietrzak, Westmont Jake Pedrelli, Maine South Julian Torres, Bolingbrook Shakur Triplett, Bolingbrook

25 24 19 18 16 15 15 15 .690 .667 .655 .640 .634 .630 .623 .610

the talk of Chicago area golf. “A big part of this renovation and expansion was due to my love of the game,” McWethy said. “Mistwood is now truly a must-see, must-play golf course and stands among the elite golf courses in the Midwest.”



Balanced attack leads East past Central By Scott Taylor Sports Editor

Plainfield East went through a tough stretch around the holiday break. It lost to Plainfield North in Southwest Prairie Conference play, then went 1-3 in the Pekin Holiday Tournament. The Bengals returned to SPC play and lost to Oswego. Now that they have returned to a normal schedule, they have returned to their winning ways, topping Romeoville earlier in the week and taking down Plainfield Central 74-40 Friday at Central. “It’s especially good to come back in conference,” East coach Branden Adkins said. “A lot of our losses, we were in the games. We just weren’t playing 32 minutes. I feel like Tuesday night and tonight we played a lot better. We had good pressure and forced some turnovers, which gave us some easy baskets. We had a lot of guys step up tonight.” “We had a couple down points, but it feels really good beating Romeoville and getting this win,” Jordan said. “It is a great feeling.” Everyone got into the action for East, led by Jordan, who scored a game-high 18 points. Freshman Malik Binns added 12 points, Joshua Smith scored 10 points, Myles Ward and sophomore Elyjah Goss each had eight points and Nick Novak contributed seven points. “From the tipoff we pressured the ball well and got out in transition,” Novak said. “Like coach said, good defense leads to good offense. The guys came off the bench and did a great job of getting in passing lanes and making plays. It was a great team effort.” “Everybody contributed tonight,” Jordan said.“It was a fun game.” Having the bench, and in particular the underclassmen contributing could be a big

bonus for the Bengals down the stretch. “We believed in our freshmen and sophomores from the start of the season, that is what they are up with us,” Adkins said. “Since the beginning of 2014, they have played with a different energy level. Even some of the juniors are really contributing. Now we have a good rotation of nine, 10 or 11 guys who can contribute at any time.” East held a 14-8 lead after one quarter, but the Wildcats closed the gap and cut it to two at 1917. That would be as close as they would get as the Bengals scored the last 15 points of the first half thanks to their full court press. “Not only does (pressing) pump us up, it makes our offense so much easier,” Novak said. “We can get out and transition and go. It makes things a lot easier, especially with the momentum changes. We’re taking pride in our defense now and everyone is getting after it.” That energy will be a big key for East moving forward. “We’re bringing a lot more energy,” Jordan said. “We have to throw the first punch and when we do good things happen.” They will need to bring it every game with two conference losses, but everyone in the conference has at least one loss, so they still control their own destiny. “We can win every game if we play the way we can play,”Adkins said. “But if we play the way we did around the holidays, we could lose to teams who shouldn’t be beating us. We’re using this as momentum and motivation. We still have to play Plainfield North and Oswego again and we get them both at our house.” Central was playing without head coach Steve Lamberti, who missed the game for family reasons. Logan Velasquez and Dwight Watkins scored nine points each to lead the Wildcats. “We talked about playing within

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Plainfield East’s Nick Novak drives past Plainfield Central’s Logan Velasquez Friday in the Bengals’ 74-40 win.

our game and unfortunately we didn’t put it together tonight,” said Central assistant coach Mark Hudson.“East is an athletic team. Our kids didn’t come out ready to play. They were a little flat. There were good things that

happened in the game, so we will build on the positives. You have to play your game and play to your ability. “We got the ball inside some and we were successful there. At times, because of the pressure,

we got away from that. We have to keep our focus and do the things that are successful when we are under pressure so we can get better results.” Follow Scott @Taylor_Sports



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Getting ‘stupid’ employees to execute simple instructions Q. I was just promoted into management and am shocked at how stupid my employees can be. I give them directions and then they do 18 things I didn’t want. I’m getting really frustrated and curt with them. How do I make sure they do tasks the way I want them done? A. To get subordinates to deliver the performance you want, you’ll need to start by realizing you’ve been assuming everyone thinks the way you do. You’ll also need to get over being mad that people don’t think the way you do. People come to work with multiple different perspectives on the “right” way to get work done. If you fail to be idio- proof specific about both the process of a task and the outcome you want, you will spend a lot of time at work both disappointed and angry. As you become more specific about what and how

you want things done, you’ll discover most people aren’t as stupid as you now believe. They just think about problems in different ways than you do. Here are some ways around the common problems managers face: • Repeat instructions to employees who don’t listen. Communicate in every medium even when you believe someone has understood you. Verbalize a request, email a request, demonstrate the task, and watch as the employee performs the task. • When you believe you have been understood, look at employees and ask them to repeat what you are asking them to do. Nine times out of 10, you’ll discover before they screw up that they misunderstood you. • Examine ways you can establish repetitive protocols for simple tasks that you post

all over your office. Email these protocols and make sure employees read both the emails and what you post. People will stop annoying you with simple mistakes if you post easy instructions on how to do what you want.

When you believe you have been understood, look at employees and ask them to repeat what you are asking them to do.

• Put your most annoying employees in charge of training other employees. You’ll discover that when an employee has to train another employee in a task, they realize just how frustrating it is to keep repeating themselves. If you want an employee to learn a skill better, make them the corporate trainer for that skill.

• Being a manager is very similar to being a parent, and parenting has been compared to being pecked to death by chickens. The difference, of course, is your own children seem so adorable that most days you can tolerate the frustration of parenting. Employees who are frustrating seem anything but cute.

• Let employees save face. If they keep trying to solve the same problem the same way and then whining, point out that you are certain they are trying different approaches to a solution. Don’t bite their head off for expecting different results with the same approach. Encourage them to continue to try different approaches when they are stuck before they come to you.

Your frustration can be your ally if you use your anger as emotional gas to brainstorm solutions that make it more likely employees will do what you want. Wishing and hoping employees will someday think like you is about as effective as waiting for a unicorn.

The last word(s) Q. Is there any magic formula

for creating co-operation in the workplace? A. Yes, figure out what other people want most, give it to them, and then piggyback what you want on the delivery of their desired result. Almost everyone will be your new best friend!

(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.)









IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 12TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT WILL COUNTY- JOLIET, ILLINOIS THE PRIVATEBANK AND TRUST COMPANY as assignee of THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION as receiver for FOUNDERS BANK, Plaintiff, v. JESSICA DEVELOPMENT, LLC, MICHAEL R. BERRY, MICHELE S. BERRY, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, Defendants. 13-CH-3947 The requisite affidavit for publication having been filed, notice is hereby given you, Unknown Owners and Non-Record Claimants, defendants in the above entitled suit, that the said suit has been commenced in the Circuit Court of Will County by said Plaintiff against you and other defendants, praying for the foreclosure of certain Mortgage, Amendment to Mortgage and Ancillary Loan Documents conveying the premises described as


(Parcel 2) Common addresses of mortgaged real estate: 701 Grant Avenue, Joliet, Illinois 60433 and 318 Sherman Street, Joliet, Illinois 60433. Mortgagor: Jessica Development, LLC Mortgagee: Founders Bank Mortgage recorded in the office of the Recorder of Deeds of Will County as Document No. R2006210150; Amendment to Mortgage recorded in the office of the Recorder of Deeds of Will County as Document No. R2012084877, nPresent owner of the property: Jessica Development, LLC Notice is hereby given you that the said Complaint prays for other relief; that summons was duly issued out of said Court against you as provided by law, and that the said suit is now pending. Now, therefore, unless, you, the said above named defendants, file your answer to the Complaint in the said suit or otherwise make your appearance therein, in the office of the Circuit Clerk of Will County, 14 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet, IL 60432, on or before February 21, 2014 default may be entered against

you at any time after that day and a Judgment entered in accordance with the prayer of said Complaint. Pamela J. McGuire Clerk of the Court 14 W Jefferson, Suite 212 Joliet, Illinois 60432 This is an attempt to collect a debt pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Carlson Dash, LLC 216 S. Jefferson St., Suite 504 Chicago, Illinois 60661 I582365 Published 1/22, 1/29, 2/5




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Anthony Brown displays the instant lottery ticket that won him $250,000.

Won the top prize of $250,000 in the Crossword instant ticket lottery game

Just before buying the winning instant ticket, Brown was telling the clerk he still A Joliet man had luck come needed to buy Christmas his way just before Christmas presents. when he won the top prize “I’m a last-minute shopper; of $250,000 in the Crossword every year on the 23rd or 24th,” instant ticket lottery game. he said. “Now I (was) able to Anthony Brown scratched off spend a little more.” the ticket where he purchased Brown intends to invest some it - Republic Marathon, 2314 of his winnings in starting up Glenwood Ave., Joliet - and his own business, which he’s couldn’t believe his luck always wanted to do. He’s been December 22. a truck driver “I was for 10 years “I don’t want in shock. to see anybody and plans to I couldn’t spending their start with two believe it,” last dime when trucks and see Brown said. how it goes. they have bills to pay.” Brown had The key to won $137 on - lottery winner Anthony Brown spending the Little Lotto money is to be from the night smart and find before. He decided to grab a the right kind of investments, couple instant tickets while he said. With three daughters, he was cashing in the previous he intends to sock some away ticket, he said. for their college education. “I scratched off one, and The money came at a good nothing. The second one was time for Brown. Last year, he the winner,” he said. broke his leg and wasn’t able Brown plays the lottery to do much. It was a hard year only moderately, he said, and not being able to get around, he usually it’s the instant tickets. said. His advice to others is to play While his luck has changed, moderately as well. he’s quick to point out that it “I don’t want to see anybody is just luck. spending their last dime when “But you also have to think they have bills to pay,” he said. the possibilities are out there.” By Kris Stadalsky For the Bugle





‘Bigs, Littles’ share recipe for special bond Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will, Grundy Counties pair 2 individuals that share bond for baking By Stewart Warren For the Bugle

When Kathy Sliter first met 6-year-old Payton, the girl was more than a little standoffish. She was soft-spoken, reserved and didn’t say much, sometimes answering a question with a shrug of her shoulders. Sliter understood. “She reminds me of myself,” she said, adding that she can be shy, too. The ice didn’t last. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties had chosen Sliter, a registered nurse who lives in Joliet, to be Payton’s mentor and role model, an assignment that she takes very seriously. They started as lunch buddies, sharing a meal regularly at Payton’s school. From the beginning, Sliter brought the materials for a small craft project

so the little girl could focus on something other than the beginning of their relationship. They began a shared journal, writing something about each of their meetings in a pink book. They bonded over a cookiebaking project in Sliter’s kitchen when Payton teased her “big sister” for not being Joliet’s version of Julia Child. “I know where the stove is,” Sliter says, admitting that she doesn’t go much beyond that. At first, it didn’t seem like things were going well. The cookie dough was gluey. So instead of cutting it into shapes, they formed small balls that somehow melted together in the oven and became one giant cookie. It looked funny but tasted great. “You sure have a lot of cookie cutters for someone who doesn’t

know how to bake,” Payton told her big sister. Now they are as close as close can be. There are hugs when they meet and when they part. Sliter is a regular presence at Payton’s school, even attending school board meetings. They have even reminisced about the But volunteering isn’t a oneway street. It doesn’t simply help the children. It does something special for the volunteers too, and Sliter says it’s done a lot for her.

time when they didn’t know each other so well. “You were so quiet,” Sliter said. Payton, now 9, admitted that was true. “You probably thought I didn’t

like you,” the girl said. “That’s what I thought,” Sliter replied. Then the little girl said something that Sliter won’t forget, ever. “But I really did like you.” On Thursday, Jan. 16, Payton and many of the other little brothers and sisters honored the mentors who have become their close companions during a ceremony at Big Brothers Big Sisters headquarters in old limestone house at 417 Taylor St. The “bigs” walked the “purple carpet” – purple is the signature color of Big Brothers Big Sisters – as if they were arriving at a fancy Hollywood awards ceremony. The “littles” stood behind a purple rope, clapping and cheering for the people who are changing their lives for the better, one day at a time. Lisa Las, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said the event was part of the local celebration for the 13th annual National

Mentoring Month, and a way to treat the volunteer mentors like stars. “That is what they are in the eyes of the children,” Las said. It also was a chance to honor the local Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year – David Welter of Morris and Sliter. Las is looking for more volunteers to serve as mentors, and she hoped that Thursday’s ceremony might encourage others to become involved in the program. There is always a long list of children who are waiting to be paired with their own big brother or sister, children who need that special connection. But volunteering isn’t a oneway street. It doesn’t simply help the children. It does something special for the volunteers too, and Sliter says it’s done a lot for her. “I’ve learned I’m more flexible than I thought,” she said. But that’s not all. “I’ve learned we’re going to try baking again!”



Sentinel 01-22-14  

Sentinel 01-22-14