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Sentinel The Shorewood

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Voyager Media Publications •

Vol. 18 No. 15



Don Fisher

Jim McFarland

Familiar faces view for three Joliet at-large council seats

Jan Quillman

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Michael F. Turk




Grading survey answers questions, raises more By Kris Stadalsky For the Sentinel

Now that results from a grading scale survey are in, Minooka High School Board members will be taking the next step toward deciding on a change. The survey was in response to suggestions that the district’s seven-point grading scale is a disadvantage to students going on to college. The district made surveys available to all community stakeholders, including students, parents, alumni, staff, feeder district staff and all district residents. Nearly 1,400 people responded, said Dave DiLorenzo, Community Relations Director. “The fact that we had over 1,000 responses from community members (alone) really speaks volumes about how important this is to students and parents,” DiLorenzo said.

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over 1,000 responses from community members (alone) really speaks volumes about how important this is to students and parents.” Dave DiLorenzo, Community Relations Director Of 31 schools polled in a 30-mile radius of the district, 90 percent use a traditional 10-point grading scale, DiLorenzo said. The survey found that 75 percent of community members (which includes students and parents), 42 percent of MCHS staff and 45 percent of sender district staff preferred the 10-point scale. Students overwhelmingly preferred the 10-point scale over the current seven-point

scale. The reason cited most often for changing the system was that the current scale has a negative impact on college applications, scholarships and financial aid. “Is this a perception, or is this real?” DiLorenzo asked. DiLorenzo said the committee needs to speak with colleges and universities to find out their procedures to answer that question. “There’s a wide variety of perceptions of the role the grading scale and grade points play when it comes to students’ post-high school options and opportunities,” DiLorenzo said following the board meeting. The comment made most often by responders was that MCHS should keep its high standards. The committee wasn’t sure if that referred to the grading scale itself or high standards in general. The board of education

heard survey results at a March 7 meeting. They will need to take some time to absorb the information,said Superintendent Jim Colyott. “There are a lot of questions of what exactly they (responders) mean,” Colyott said.

Most fees remain same The board also approved the fee schedule for the 2013-2014 school year, increasing just one fee. Drivers education will be the only actual program fee increase, said Business Manager Todd Drafall. It will increase by $25 for a total fee of $125. A fee was added to bowling class, which is an option as part of the life skills physical education curriculum, to offset the actual costs. The board also decided not to institute a separate fee for athletics, music and activities at this time, an issue that has been discussed as a cost-saving measure.

MCHS abates portion of Will Co. taxes Minooka Community High School District No. 111 passed a motion at its meeting March 7 to abate a portion of the funds it is owed by Will County as a result of an adjustment to the county’s prior year property taxes. When tax bills were issued in the spring of 2012 to the portion of MCHS District 111 that resides in Will Co. the tax rate and amount collected was below the amount due to the district. When Will County calculated tax bills for 2012, it had to do so by using estimates of value for the other two counties, Grundy and Kendall, because certified values were not completed. When the certified values came in, they were lower than anticipated and the difference resulted in a shortfall for the school district at a total of $338,426. If the district had collected the total amount due it, the tax rate for that portion of Will County would increase an additional $0.05 over the projected amount of $2.338 for the bills that will be issued this spring. Instead, the board voted to partially abate $167,275 of those funds. Based on estimates, the revised tax rate for district residents who reside in Will County is projected to be $2.366 per $100 of assessed valuation (with the adjustment) and is similar to last year’s rates in Kendall and Grundy Counties (both counties’ rates were $2.36). “The MCHS District #111 Board of Education understands its responsibility to serve as good stewards of tax payer dollars,” said Chris Kobe, MCHS District Board President. “We are abating a portion of taxes owed to our district by Will County in an effort to minimize the impact on homeowners.” The partial abatement serves as the district’s latest example of exercising fiscal responsibility while not impacting students and services. The district is also currently in the first year of a two-year, $2 million expenditure reduction program designed to lower expenditures and limit the spending of the district’s reserve funds.



Familiar faces vying for at-large council seats By Nick Reiher Managing Editor

The election for Joliet City Councilman-at-large features four candidates with a passion for making Joliet better. Unfortunately for one of them, there are only three positions open for the election on April 9. Troy Township Clerk Jim McFarland, involved in politics for nearly half his 33 years, squares off against three incumbents: Mike Turk, a 25-year Council veteran; Jan Quillman, seeking her third term; and Don Fisher, former Joliet Planning Director and Joliet Township High School Board member who was appointed in 2011 to replace Tom Giarrante on the council after the latter was elected mayor. McFarland lost a part-time job as deputy liquor commissioner after Giarrante defeated him and several others, including Quillman, in the last mayoral race. But he told the Bugle his reasons

for running for City Council lie closer to home. “I am seeking this office to fulfill the promise I have made to my daughter: She will inherit a better world than I did,” McFarland wrote in his campaign statement. “I know Joliet has the potential to thrive, to attract good jobs, lessen the burden placed on taxpayers and provide exemplary city services. I am running because I believe I can contribute to the improvement of the city that has given so much to me, offering a fresh perspective on the important issues we face.” Fisher is counting on the broad knowledge of the city and its inner workings gained as its longtime city planner to offset a relative lack of political experience compared to the other three. Working on many of the city’s major projects, he says he knows that effort must continue to bring more jobs back to Joliet. “I will establish economic development zones to recruit

new business in downtown Joliet around the new Transportation Center and JJC City Center Campus,” Fisher wrote in his campaign statement. “Development zones can be established along our older commercial corridors Jefferson, S(outh) Chicago and Collins Streets. These districts will further enhance these corridors for new development and business expansion.” Echoing a concept from Giarrante’s 2012 State of the City address, Fisher said he also is interested in exploring establishing a MedicalTechnology Economic development zone around Presence St. Joseph’s Medical Center “to attract modern medical and high technology industries associated with medicine.” Quillman, often outspoken on the council, fought hard to win her first council seat in 2005, and she still means business. She notes she led the battle to eliminate lifetime insurance coverage for the mayor and

council, and when that wouldn’t become effective until this year, she started giving 5 percent of her salary to various charities in the city. She, too, believes economic development is the foundation of rebuilding Joliet’s jobs base. “I am seeking re-election to continue the revitalization efforts for downtown and the Jefferson Street Corridor,” she wrote in her campaign response.

“(I want to) continue to strive to bring more businesses to expand the tax base with good paying sustainable jobs and maintain and improve the infrastructure. I want to continue to participate in the construction of the transportation center. I believe it’s time to remap the Council Districts to provide better representation.” See COUNCIL, page 7



Yes, I am among the Men Who Cook on March 23


s those of you who know me and/or read this column, I am fond of food. I like to watch shows about food, I like to read about food, I, of course, like to eat food and I like to cook. I like making homemade pizza (Yes, the crust, too), grilling just about anything,

and I made fettuccini Alfredo with homemade noodles for the first time in about 20 years recently. Pretty darned good. So I tried making gnocchi, little Italian potato dumplings. Found a recipe for an easy butter-sage sauce. VERY good. Now, I’m in the middle of my Lenten trek of making homemade Italian Easter

bread. Made about 12 so far; got another 10 or 12 to go. All this warms me up for the annual Men Who Cook competition, a benefit for the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center.This year, as it has been for the past several, it will be held at Pipefitters Local #597 Training Center, 10850 187th St. in Mokena, Saturday, March 23. This is where I and some 50 other local amateur cooks offer for public judging samples of home-cooked dishes. Guests can taste and vote for their favorite dish in each of four categories: appetizer; side dish; entrée; and dessert. The first year, I made pizza. And it went over well, although it was a pain in the butt making enough for some 400 people, even serving samples sizes.The next year, I made my Easter bread. Again, it went over well, but it was a pain in the butt. So last year, I decided on an easy recipe that people seem to like: bagna cauda, which means “warm bath” in Italian. I brought this once to a friend’s house, and one of the guys asked if the women were


Managing Editor Nick Rieher and his bagna cauda masterpiece at the 2012 Men Who Cook fundraiser.

supposed to be drinking it with straws. I guess they liked it. But what’s not to like about butter, cream, garlic and, well, anchovies. I do like anchovies, and I know others don’t. But there are a LOT of people who don’t like anchovies who LOVE this recipe. And you can drink it with straws, but it’s better dipped with a little piece of bread, carrots or other veggies. I made 5 quarts last year, and, like a lot of chefs there, I ran out. We had more than 400

people there. So you had better get there early this year. Tickets for Men Who Cook are $40 per person; $75 per couple. Worth every dime. It is a ball. And a yummy one, at that. For tickets or more info, call 815-774-4565, email pwerner@ or visit Please stop by and say hello. I’d love to talk to you. Nick Reiher is managing editor of Bugle Newspapers.

Calendar Community Briefs Presence Saint Joseph Auxiliary raises $93,800 The Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Auxiliary presented a check for $93,800 to Foundation Board Chair Dan Stevenson.They also pledged to raise an additional $75,000 in 2013. Of the donation, $80,000 was dedicated toward the Medical Center’s greatest needs, including the rejuvenation of the PSJMC Emergency Department, which serves between 180 to 200 patients per day.The ED’s 52 exam rooms were reconfigured to an identical layout in order to drive greater operational efficiency. The Auxiliary’s pledge allowed for the purchase for identical cabinetry and privacy curtains for each exam room, along with other minor repairs. The remainder of the Auxiliary’s pledge went to further the vision for the PSJMC Pediatric Center of Excellence, helping the Medical Center continue to build dedicated multidisciplinary pediatric subspecialty programs and pediatric hospital space. All funds raised during 2013 will be designated to the Area of Greatest Need at the Medical Center, allowing for the continual improvement of patient care.

CALENDAR MARCH 25 Lincoln Highway Across Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. The program is part of a threepart series being presented by David Clark, the Windy City Road Warrior. The Gaylord Building, 200 W. Eighth St., Lockport, 815886-2030

March 26

Congregation Seder. The Congregation Passover Community Seder will be at 6 p.m. 815-7414600.


Route 66 On a Tank of Gas. The program is part of a threepart series being presented by David Clark, the Windy City Road Warrior. The Gaylord Building, 200 W. Eighth St., Lockport, 815886-2030 For more calendar items, go www.

The Auxiliary, which was founded in 1955, has 170 volunteer members and has contributed more than $2 million to a number of building and renovation projects at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Artisans and crafters sought for show The Gaylord Building, 200 W. Eighth St., Lockport, is seeking fine artisans and crafters to participate in the 41st annual Old Canal Days Festival’s Arts and Crafts Show.The juried show will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16. The outdoor show, which was visited by 15,000 people in 2012, will be held in the heart of Lockport, Illinois’ National Register Historic District. Standard booth fees are $80, plus an additional $20 for corner booths.To receive an application, call 815-838-9400 or email

St. Joe’s Academy open house set for March 23 St. Joseph Academy will host an open house for parents looking for a personalized education for their children preschool through eighth

grade. Families interested in a tour and explanation of the curriculum are invited to come to the Academy, 51 W. Jackson St., from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23. The Academy, which opened in September of 2010, offers a Montessori preschool and kindergarten, as well as an elementary program based on the Common Core State Standards and utilizing a blend of the best practices of Montessori and traditional education. Parents are urged to check our competitive tuition rates for 2013-2014. We have immediate openings at all levels. For information or to schedule a tour, call 815-723-4567.

Registration open for JJC 5K Run and Walk Joliet Junior College will host its 5th Annual JJC Foundation 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, May 4, to raise money for student scholarships. The race starts at 9:30 a.m., with registration opening at 7 a.m.The course is a certified flat loop pavement course, primarily on JJC’s Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. A new feature this year is a onemile kids’ race for ages 12 and under that begins at 8:30 a.m. A $100 cash award will be given to the top overall male and female winner and the top three winners in each age/gender category will receive a medal.

THE BUGLE/SENTINEL MARCH 20, 2013 The entry fee for the 5K is $25 through April 26 and $30 after that date.The kids’ race fee is $7 through race day.Those interested can register online at Last year’s event raised


$35,000 to benefit JJC students. For questions about the event, contact Amanda Quinn at 815280-2218 or See COMMUNITY, page 10


Police Blotter


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. Jennifer J. Powell, 34, 211 Washington St., Dwight, was arrested at 4:03 p.m. March 8 at 818 Cass St. on a Will County Warrant and Possession of Cannabis. Michael A. Warfield, 26, 1012 Plaza Drive, was arrested at 8:20 p.m. March 8 at 3340 Mall Loop Drive for Retail Theft. Michele R. Johnson, 23, 316 N. Bluff was arrested at 9:33 p.m. March 8 at Mills and Chicago for Criminal Damage to Property. Jason J. Bradshaw, 28, 25225 W. Buell, Channahon, was arrested at 11:06 p.m. March 8 at Houbolt and Longford for Domestic Battery. Urieo A. Cortina, 20, 603 N. William, was arrested 12:01 a.m. March 8 at Eastern and Jefferson for Obstructing Identification. Diane M. Reese, 44, 517 Albert, was arrested at 7:20 p.m. March 9 at that address for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Katrina Y. Bailey, 41, 1417 E. Washington, was arrested at 4:25 p.m. March 9 at that address for Assault. A 15-year-old was arrested at 7:21 p.m. March 9 at 401 N. Larkin for Minor in Possession of Tobacco. Titus N. Wilson, 36, 1861 Marboro Lane, Crest Hill, was arrested at 2:42 a.m. March 9 at Chicago Street and Interstate 80 for DUI – ALCOHOL and DUI – OVER .08. J.Wilder,31,1337 Fairmount, 10 Deandre was arrested at 5:44 a.m. March 9 at that address for Domestic Battery. E. Gonzalez, 34, 600 Virginia, 11 Mario was arrested at 7:06 a.m. March 9 at 1806 McDonough for Domestic Battery. McIntosh, 53, 420 N. Hickory, 12 Steven was arrested at 12:08 p.m. March 9 at 400 Bluff for Domestic Battery. L. Grant, 39, 6633 S. Normal, 13 Gregory Chicago, was arrested at 6:15 p.m. March 9 at 2424 W. Jefferson St. for Retail Theft and on an Out of Town Warrant. D. Jones, 26, 905 Woods, 14 Thomas was arrested at 9:49 p.m. March 9 at Hickory and Western for DUI – Aggravated. A.Tucker, 20, 1720 57th St., 15 Matthew Merriville, Ind., was arrested at 12:15 a.m.March 9 at 22.W. Cass St.for Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine. R. Morales, 21, 311 Hunter, 16 Adrian was arrested at 4:17 a.m. March 10 at Raynor and Morgan for DUI – Alcohol. L. Fanson, 51, and Wesley 17 Bridget A. Fanson, 21, 2363 WHITE BIRCH, #106, and Nicole M. Kauio, 33, 2363 White Birch, #207, were arrested at 5:37 a.m. March 10 at that address for Battery. Carrasco Melero, 46, 1318 Danhof 18 E. Drive, Bolingbrook, was arrested at 4:25 p.m. March 10 at 2524 W. Jefferson St. for Theft.

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Katherine M. Ayersman, 18, 600 Crescenzo Court, New Lenox, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. March 10 at 2424 W. Jefferson St. for Theft. A 16-year-old also was arrested for Retail Theft. L. Frazer, 46, 424 Washington 20 Eddie St., was arrested at 11:43 p.m. March 10 fat 826 Horseshoe for Battery. M. Foster, 27, 527 21 Christopher Gardner, was arrested at 9:26 a.m. March 10 at that address for Criminal Damage to Property. was arrested at 9:19 22 Aa.m.15-year-old March 10 at 757 Jasper for Domestic Battery. M. Loyd, 46, 337 N. Center 23 Kristina was arrested at 2 p.m. March 10 at 2424 W. Jefferson St. for Retail Theft. L. Storm, 28, 312 E. North, 24 Lisa Morris, and Krystal D. Kasperski, 24, 604 Moen, Rockdale, were arrested at 4:56 p.m. March 10 at 2424 W. Jefferson for Theft. L. Watkins, 64, 1606 Marigold 25 James Drive, was arrested at 12:45 a.m. March 10 at 6 McDonough for Criminal Damage to Property and Disorderly Conduct. M. Washington, 27, 14915 26 George Vine Ave., Harvey, was arrested at 1:39 a.m. March 10 at 151 N. Joliet for False Fire Alarm. A. Halusek, 21, 16355 27 Katie Westwood Drive, Lockport, was arrested at 6:27 p.m. March 11 at 3340 Mall Loop Drive for Theft. W. Russell II, 29, 2219 W. 28 Thomas Jefferson, was arrested at 11:50 a.m. March 11 at 3340 Mall Loop Drive for Retail Theft. 16-year-old was arrested at 3:30 29 Ap.m. March 11 at 713 N. Hickory for Battery. D. Shields, 38, 508 Moen, 30 Cory Rockdale, was arrested at 3:04 p.m.



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3 March 11 at 1401 Route 59 for Retail Theft. A.Trejo, 28, 714 Nicholson, was 31 Jerry arrested at 1:39 a.m. March 11 at that address for Assault. N. Taylor, 33, 615 Elmwood 32 Todd Ave., was arrested at 1:18 a.m. March 12 at 1806 McDonough for Domestic Battery. Vazquez, 35, 411 Eastern Ave., 33 Isaac was arrested at 10:15 p.m. March 12 at Collins and Columbia for Obstructing Justice, Fraudulent Identification, Obstructing Identification and on an Out Of Town Warrant. R.Sharp,30,350 E.Washington 34 Homer St., was arrested at 12:38 a.m. March 12 at 83 W. Jefferson St. for Littering. L. Heberer, 28, 907 Caprice 35 Andrew Drive, Shorewood, was arrested at 9:25 p.m. March 12 in the 1700 block of Mystic Drive for Possession of Cannabis. E. Dowsett-Corral, 36, 1010 36 Juan Sterling Ave., was arrested at 3:36 p.m. March 12 in the 500 block of Collins for Theft of Labor/Services. L. Contreras, 26, 210 Ross, 37 Vanessa was arrested at 8:30 a.m. March 12 at 150 W. Washington St. on three counts of Animal Cruelty. M. Moffett, 25, 535 Pasadena 38 Jillian Ave., Crest Hill, was arrested at 6 p.m. March 12 in the 100 block of Desplaines for Domestic Battery. Lain D. Cortez, 27, 200 Madison, also was arrested for Domestic Battery. H. Howe, 20, 3503 September 39 Daniel Drive, and Joseph T. Wrobel, 21, 106 E. Jefferson, Shorewood, were arrested at 9:21 p.m. March 12 at 405 2nd Ave. for Criminal Damage to Property.Wrobel also was arrested for Obstruct/Resist a Police Officer. E. Ellis, 29, 304 Barry Ave., 40 Lamarcus Lockport, was arrested at 7:49 p.m.

March 13 at 370 Water St. for Obstructing a Police Officer. J. Kiaunis, 18, 5300 41 Samantha Oakbrook Drive, Plainfield, was arrested at 6:39 p.m. March 13 at that address for two counts of criminal Damage to Property and Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by Minor. P. Bogart, 38, 247 Caterpillar 42 John Drive, was arrested at 1:40 p.m. March 13 at 2524 W. Jefferson for Retail Theft and Obstructing Justice. M.Tinnon, 41, 1310 Cora, was 43 Megan arrested at 10:55 a.m. March 13 at 1801 W. Jefferson St. for Retail Theft. J. White, 21, 2717 Campbell, 44 Heather was arrested at 8:57 p.m. March 13 at 1401 W. Jefferson for Prostitution. Leonardo A. Lara, 39, 335 Hillside Road, New Lenox, was arrested for Solicitation of Sexual Act. J. Lee, 36, 221 5th Ave., was 45 Willie arrested at 2:05 a.m. March 13 at 5th and Sherman for Aggravated DUI and DUI B.A.C. over .08. T. Hopson, 45, 503 Cornelia, 46 Booker was arrested at 9:57 p.m. March 14 at that address for Domestic Battery. Javontre D. Hopson, 19, 3921 Jonathan Simpson, Was Arrested For Obstructing A Police Officer. T. Kelly, 19, 313 Luana 47 Deamonte Road, was arrested at noon March 14 at 150 W.Washington St. for Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Battery of a Child. J., 18, Carpenter, 503 E. 48 Eric Bellarmine Drive, was arrested at 8:06 p.m. March 14 at 358 E. Cass St. for Retail Theft. M. Ledezma, 33, 1451 Sterling Ave., 49 Jesus was arrested at 1:04 a.m.March 14 at 707 Cleveland for Possession of Drug Equipment. B.Davis,18,1103 N.William,was 50 Jaszahne arrested at 2:15 a.m.March 14 at Highland andTheodore for Possession of Cannabis.



Guest column

Letter to the Editor

Making government more accountable

Stop using education as a bargaining chip

By Rep. Tom Cross and Rep. Ron Sandack


t’s time for Illinois policymakers to take a long look in the mirror amidst the mounting budget pressures, credit downgrades, and spending obligations spiraling out of control in Springfield. As part of our efforts to achieve reform, we have introduced a three-point set of new transparency initiatives to make state and local government more accountable to taxpayers. With all the well-documented fiscal problems Illinois faces, there are some easy things we can do to increase government transparency and save taxpayer money. The goal is to provide every property taxpayer with an annual itemized breakdown of the spending outlays they are billed for to support units of local government; including school districts, municipalities, library and park districts, community colleges and more. The transparency initiatives would include provisions to: Expand the Illinois Transparency Portal (ITAP) to include all taxing bodies, levies and debts; including pension and retiree health care liabilities and government spending in Illinois; (HB 1555) Require a State Debt Impact

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Note be prepared on all legislation to tax, spend or generate revenue, such as levies and fees; (HB 1556) Create an Illinois Review Board to evaluate the taxes, spending, and debt of each taxing body and require the Board to publish the findings for taxpayer review. (HB 1557) Taken together, this package would shine light on current and future spending obligations at the state and local level for every Illinois property taxpayer. By adopting these common-sense concepts into law, taxpayers will not only be able to see how their tax dollars are being spent today – but what their tax and government spending obligations are in the coming years as well. Moving Illinois forward requires making a series of tough choices this spring.This transparency initiative is not one of them. On the contrary, this set of proposals will make taxpayers more well-informed, policymakers more accountable and government as a whole more open.This is a goal everyone can support. We hope you share our enthusiasm for these transparency initiatives as we work in a bipartisan way to achieve them and ensure real accountability in government spending.

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“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer Mr. Bonhoeffer was spot-on concerning our children and the education we choose to provide, or not to provide them. Not only as a city councilman, but as a husband, father and very concerned citizen of Illinois, I cannot stand silent and watch the gross larceny being perpetrated on our children. I do not claim to have all the answers for the mess that has been created by Springfield over decades. It’s a saga of promises made and promises broken. It’s a crisis of neglect through conscious disregard by many of the representatives we’ve elected to serve us. The short answer, stop stumping and get to work creating real solutions. Stop posturing and honor your oath to serve the people. However, stop using our children’s education as a political bargaining chip. Take the gutting of our education system off the table. Cut the pork barrel projects and

unnecessary spending that costs millions each year and find real solutions to this very real crisis. But leave our children alone. Attend a school board meeting and see what these school districts are really up against. Taking more money from education, fast approaching over $1 billion in reductions, will not save taxpayers one penny. It’s simply a devastating realignment of our education funds to cover the gross mistakes of who have failed us.

It’s the “easy solution,” which equates to a pilfering that victimizes our children. Benjamin Franklin’s three top priorities were independence for our nation, public libraries and public education. Old Ben is proof that some values are timeless. “...the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children…” — Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey Larry Hug Joliet


Councilman-at-large since 1987. Joliet Park Board

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Development Partnership Board, Rialto Theater Board, Will Grundy Medical Clinic and the Joliet Zoning Board of Appeals.

Turk notes that each candidate brings something different to the campaign. In his case, that is an attention to the numbers in the budget that only someone with his financial background can appreciate. “My education in accounting, along with over 37 years of working in the auditing/accounting field, is one of my strong points,” Turk said. “The single most important priority if elected is to keep the city’s financial condition sound in order to maintain a high level of essential services in Public Safety, Public Service and Public Utilities.”

58 Married: to Kathy for 33 years Education: Joliet Catholic High School, class of 1972; Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Urban Planning, University of Illinois. Employment: Senior Advancement Officer, University of St. Francis in Joliet. Public Service: Joliet Township High School Board, Appointed Joliet City Councilman at Large 2011

Michael F. Turk 60 Married: Kathleen S. (Gawenda) Turk Education: Lewis University, Accounting Degree Employment: Auditor and Bookkeeper Public Service: City of Joliet,

Jan Quillman 59 Married:Tom (retired Joliet Police officer) 32 years Employment: Registered nurse, Silver Cross Hospital for the past 20 years. Public Service: Joliet City Council, Councilwoman at large, elected in 2005; re-elected in 2009. Also has served on the Cathedral Area Preservation Association board, Will County Center for Economic

Jim McFarland 33 Married: Wife, Lauren; daughter, Quinn Education: Joliet Junior College, elected student trustee and to the Illinois Community College Board. University of Illinois, bachelor’s degree in Communication. Employment: Community Partnerships Manager for the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Public Service: Elected, JJC Board of Trustees, two terms as Chairman. Appointed, the Troy Township Board of Trustees, 2006, elected 2009. Currently Troy Township Clerk. Volunteers with the Forest Park Community Center, the Spanish Community Center and the Will County Human Society. He is a past president of both the Joliet Exchange Club and the Channahon-Minooka Chamber of Commerce.




USF honors founding Franciscans Sisters on special day The University of St. Francis community gathered March 13 to present the university’s founders, the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, with an award for their work and vision. During the Sister Clare Award ceremony, the congregation’s president, Sr. Dolores Zemont, O.S.F., announced that white smoke had begun billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. By the endof the gathering, Jorge Mario Bergoglio had been elected as the newest Roman Catholic pope. The providential twist? Bergoglio chose the papal name of “Francis” in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, who along with St. Clare, is patron to the university. According to CNN’s “This Just In” blog, a Vatican spokesman

said Bergoglio, a Jesuit, selected the name of the Franciscan saint because he also sees himself as a “lover of the poor.” Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi lived in the 13th Century. Clare was one of the first followers of Francis, who founded the Franciscan order, and their dedication was to help the poor. “Clare and Francis showed us how to live as ‘brother and sister’ in Christ,” said Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler, O.S.F., USF’s vice president of mission integration, during the invocation. “They looked at the same God, but from the different angles of and with the gifts and sensitivities of a woman and a man.” There could not have been a better day to honor the members


Sr. Dolores Zemont, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler, and Sr. Juanita Ujcik were recently honored by the University of St. Francis for their work at the Sister Clare Award ceremony.

of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, who founded the university in 1920. Like the new Pope Francis, the sisters have made it their work to love the poor. Their long history in the Joliet area dates back to 1865. Over the years, they have helped those less fortunate by

founding hospitals, orphanages and schools. They have played an integral part in parish life at many area churches. They worked and established missions in five states, and in 1963, heeded a call that led them to Brazil. There, they have established several outreach missions and a novitiate that

continues to welcome Brazilian women who are interested in Franciscan life and work. The congregation’s tie to South America is another fitting coincidence since Bergoglio, from Argentina, is the first pope to come from that continent. The Sisters of St. Francis are proud to have connections with other prominent church leaders. Mentioned Sr. Juanita Ujcik, O.S.F., after the award ceremony, “Did you know that Cardinal George was taught by our sisters from Joliet, who were educated on this campus? He attended grade school at St. Pascal’s in Chicago, and our sisters staffed that school.” The congregation was honored by the University of St. Francis during Women’s History Month for transforming the world in their time. The award, which will be presented annually to “women of light” who walk in the ways of St. Clare, was accepted by Zemont.

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42 They lead to an F 43 Six-pack abs? 45 Seat of Colorado’s Pitkin County 47 TriBeCa neighbor 48 Blueprint subject, perhaps 49 ers 57 Frankfurt’s river 58 Phils, e.g. 59 Deception 60 ‘70s pinup name 61 Beneficiary 62 Its state bird is the cardinal 63 2-Down unit 64 Fixes 65 Place to cross, on signs

1 Seles rival 2 Eye care brand 3 Flock response 4 “The Jungle Book” boy 5 Dug, so to speak 6 Heart lead singer Wilson et al. 7 Where kip are spent 8 Silliness 9 Party pooper 10 Underworld 11 Where the iris is 12 Neeson who voiced Aslan in the “Narnia” movies 13 You may have a brush with it 21 It merged with Continental in 2010: Abbr. 22 Swindler, in slang 25 Trinity test subject 26 Locale 27 Maker of pieces? 28 Genetic letters 29 One of the convicted Rosenberg spies

30 Image Awards org. 31 1930s public enemy 32 NFL Network sportscaster Rich 34 Devil’s tools, metaphorically 37 Touchdown site 38 Big shot 39 More than zero 44 Walk bouncily 45 Modeled after 46 Sneaky devil 48 “It’s nobody __ business” 49 Go out 50 Nose wrinkler 51 Sommelier’s prefix 52 Singer Horne 53 Hunted 54 Pre-coll. catchall 55 Shower in public? 56 Urban miasma


H o ro s c o p e s First come, first served. St. Patrick’s Day gives you an excuse to drink green beer or hunt for four leaf clovers. Even without a lucky charm, you could be lucky in love or money in the upcoming week.

Do exactly what you agreed to do and honor meaningful commitments in the week ahead. Being true blue and dependable is the best way to maintain your reputation and pleasant working relationships.

You won’t need to have the best of everything if you make the best of everything this week. You may get a chance to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day, but aren’t in much danger of becoming green with envy.

Rely on intuition to follow a carefree path. Float along on inspiration, while others struggle along on the hard cold ground. This is a week when you can make your dreams come true if you let go of hang-ups.

In the upcoming week, use the litmus test to see who is true blue and devoted to you. Achieve harmony by presenting a united front and keeping romance alive. You and a partner will be on the same wavelength.

A leprechaun’s pot of gold is within your reach. When you find yourself between a rock and a hard place, the rock may be the Blarney Stone and offer you a way out by using your charismatic appeal.

“When Irish Eyes are Smiling,” you could be swept away by a hot new office romance. In the week to come, you might be the center of attention when praise or promotions are passed around at work.

The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but it is also the color to wear today. You can enjoy and share in other people’s success in the upcoming week without discarding your own habitat.

Your impishness sometimes appears when you get a chance to improvise. In the week ahead, you will find that your practical jokes and a devil-maycare attitude receive a warm reception.

Get buttered up, buttercup. Someone in the immediate vicinity may seem to have kissed the Blarney Stone and you could receive more than your fair share of flattery. Enjoy praise in the week ahead.

Stick close to hearth and home in the week ahead, giving all your devotion to those you can depend upon and trust. A friend could give you a tip about something worthwhile if you follow through.

Partners can take a trip through paradise. If you have love and affection on your mind, or a job offer on the table, the first part of the week could offer a chance to make some of your dreams come true.


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COMMUNITY Continued from page 5

Cupcake/wine tasting to raise animal awareness The Department Restaurant has paired with Hey Sweet Cheeks Cupcakes and Midwest Wine and Spirits for a Cupcake and Wine Tasting at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at The Department Restaurant, 205 N. Chicago St., Joliet. In attendance will be representatives from C.O.P.E. Animal Shelter. COPE Rescue is no-kill, all volunteer, not-forprofit animal shelter established in 2003 in Joliet. COPE is committed to rescuing abandoned and/or injured pets who are in need of forever homes. COPE is also dedicated to spaying and neutering as many cats as possible, providing the care for colonies of feral cats, removing non-feral strays from the streets and


placing them into its adoption program whenever possible. R.S.V.P.s are required by purchasing a ticket online at www. are $18.

Will County Warriors Talent Show Fundraiser “We Are Our Brothers Keeper” and TAJH Production, Inc. will be sponsoring a Parent and Child Talent Show Fundraiser, featuring Joliet’s Jaiden Coble, for the Will County Warriors Wrestling Team from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Salvation Army, 300 Third Ave., Joliet. There will be food and a lot of fun. Cost is $5 per person; younger than 4 years, free. For more information, you may contact Trista Brown, 815-909-9532, or at, or

Julia Alexander, 815-726-1930, or at


Fellowship hosts Easter Egg Extravaganza Child Evangelism Fellowship of Illinois, Inc: the Will County Chapter will host an Easter Egg Extravaganza at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at 305 Channahon St., Shorewood, one block west of the I-55 and Route 52 junction. The free event is for all boys and girls age 5 through age 12. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and each child needs to be registered by 10 a.m. Children are encouraged to bring a basket or container to collect eggs. There will be prizes, a Bible lesson and a snack. For more information, call 815-7419357, or go to and download a flier and permission form.


Rebecca Janovsky of Joliet won a Presidential Pez collection for the George Washington coloring contest from Voyager Media at the Joliet Chamber EXPO on Feb. 23.

INSIDE: North boys earn first win in Prep Shootout,

page 13; St. Francis tabs Talley to be first bowling coach, page 16



South All-Stars reign in girls game By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

Plainfield East’s Gabby Williams’ performance for the South all-star team in the fifth annual Voyager Media Prep Shootout was one of the best the event has seen. Williams went strong to the basket throughout the matchup to score a bulk of her game-high 24 points, leading the South to a 62-47 victory over the North at St. Francis University’s Sullivan Center. “I know I normally play post all the time, so I wanted to mix some things up and try some new things and it worked out in the end,”Williams said.“It was a good night. This is a one-time thing, so for me to win MVP is really good.” Williams’ Bengal teammate, Nikia Edom, contributed 12 points as the South led throughout, grabbing a 9-2 lead at the outset and never looking

back. Williams extended the South’s advantage to 28-13 late in the first half with a layup.The South led 30-18 at intermission. It was unique for the Bengals in that they played with the Romeoville girls, who they competed against four times during the season. “It was actually fun,” Williams stated. “We joked around on the court that we were playing with the rivals. At the end, we played really well. It was good to finish with a win. I had a lot of fun.” “It was a fun game,” Edom said. “Most of the girls I played on travel with anyway. It was fun to play together for one last time. The Romeoville girls are actually the ones who I played with. It was fun because we didn’t talk much during the season because we were rivals and now we can laugh and talk.” It was also fun for the Romeoville girls to play against East, a team it beat three of the four meetings.

“I had a good time, it was really fun,” Romeoville’s Abby Smith said. “The most fun was when we were out there with East, knowing they were our rivals. Now we were teammates, so it was fun. We’re all like, ‘this is kind of awkward, but it’s a good kind of awkward.’ It was fun.” “We all knew it each other before, so we had some chemistry,” Romeoville’s Kiera Currie said. “It was fun. We’re all great players and I think we proved it tonight. We all worked together well.” Earlier in the game, the North trimmed the South’s lead to four points, 11-7, following a three-pointer and layup from Bolingbrook’s Kamari Jordan, who tallied nine points. But that ended up being as close as the North would get. The South went on an 11-2 run from there to open up a 22-9 advantage. Jordan combined with See GIRLS, page 12

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Minooka’s Larissa McLemen (left) battles Kirsten Zemke for a rebound in the Voyager Media All-Star game.



Sports GIRLS Continued from page 11 her Bolingbrook teammates, Kennedy Cattenhead and Shay Robinson, to score 33 of the North’s 47 points. Cattenhead, a University of Illinois recruit, topped the North with a 15-point effort, and Robinson netted nine. The Raider trio also tried to get the North team back in the game with their signature Bolingbrook defense. “ We were down by like 30, so Kamari said, ‘let’s try and get back.’ So, we started playing defense,” Cattenhead said. “This was a lot of fun and it was great seeing all these players and meeting them. I am always looking for other people to be friends with, so this was great.” Defense is something all Raider players are taught from day one in the program and it has been a key part to their success.

“Defense is embedded in us for life,” Robinson said. “All-star game or not, we cannot not play defense, we are scared coach (Tony) Smith is going to walk in the gym and bench us himself. We were out there double teaming and the other team was getting mad because we were playing for real, but we can’t help it. Playing defense is just what we do. It is great to see all the talent out here and it was amazing for me to get to play with all of them. To have this allstar senior night to give us one last high school game was really great. I really liked it.” The North featured two of the state’s best three-point shooters in Jordan—who won this year’s Class 4A Three-Point Showdown—and Resurrection’s Alyssa Ruehl, who placed fifth in the contest. Ruehl connected on two shots from beyond the arc early in the second half and ended up with eight points. “It was really fun,” Ruehl said.“I played basketball with Kennedy

from fifth to seventh grade with the (Chicago Hoop Express) Flash (an AAU team for fourththrough eighth-graders).” Rounding out the North team was Brittany Dietz and Kirsten Zemke from Downers South, and Megan Seratt from Westmont, who had four points. “There’s a lot of really talented players,” Dietz said.“It was really fun to play in an atmosphere where everyone is just really talented and everyone has really high intensity.” Dietz’s talents aren’t limited to the basketball court. She’s also a top-notch soccer player, who scored a penalty kick to help the Mustangs take the thirdplace game at the Class 3A state finals last June. Dietz, a centermidfielder, is looking at playing college soccer either at Western Michigan, Carthage College or Marquette. “We have high expectations” for the 2013 season, she said. “It would be awesome to get to the state tournament again and get first place this time. We’re just hoping to take it step by step.” Zemke was a three-year varsity player for the Mustangs who broke into the starting lineup during her sophomore season. She earned all-West Suburban Conference honors this season. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” said Zemke in reference to her prep basketball career coming to an end. “It’s a good way to end, though. It’s always fun to play with girls that offer this type of competition. The talent level (here) was awesome; it was a lot of fun.” Seratt, a two-year starter for the Sentinels, said she enjoyed competing against girls who are predominantly from Class 4A and 3A schools. Westmont is in Class 2A. “It was definitely different,” she said. “I was really nervous at the beginning. There’s just a lot more speed and a lot more height so it was very different. It was really fun; I’m glad I got the opportunity. It was nice playing with the other girls, especially with other girls that will be going to universities to play.” Seratt resumes her prep sports career as the starting third baseman for the Sentinels’ softball team. “We have a new coach this year (Jason Bolden), so hopefully it’ll be better,” she said. Coaching the South team was Missy Mitidiero,Williams’ mentor at Plainfield East. Plainfield North See GIRLS, page 17


North earns Prep Shootout win By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

Normally at the end of a 121-69 basketball game, the losing team would be walking out of the gym upset with their heads down. That was not the case on St. Patrick’s Day at the University of St. Francis when the North team defeated the South squad by 52 points at the fifth annual Voyager Media Prep Shootout. “It was really fun,” said Joliet Central’s Jalen Heath,who had five points for the South.“This was an all-star game. We are supposed to be out here having fun no matter what. We were shooting a lot of threes early on and they were going to the rim.” The win was the first for the North team in Prep Shootout history. The North squad was led by Bolingbrook’s Ben Moore, who tallied a game-high 27 points.The total earned Moore the game’s Most Valuable Player Award. “This was a really good experience out here,” said Moore, who was asked to sign autographs and take photos with fans after the game. “We just got out there and pushed the ball up the floor and the guards were getting us the ball where we could have fun. They were really getting into the game.” After a basket by Joliet West’s Morris Dunnigan opened the scoring for the game and gave the South the 2-0 advantage, North went on an 11-0 run, thanks to a three by Downers Grove North’s Nick Norton (9 points) and a couple of baskets from Westmont’s Jean Pietrzak. “It was a lot of fun out here,” Dunnigan said. “It was about everybody getting to shine. It was kind of like the NBA out there with not a lot of defense getting played.” The South battled back and a lay-in from Dunnigan cut the lead to 29-21, but that was followed by the first of five rim-rattling dunks from Bolingbrook’s Kendall Guyton (17 points) to go back ahead by nine. “It was great to get out with all the guys and go out there and have fun,” Guyton said.“This is my kind of game (being a dunker), so it was all about having a good time. All the guys were real unselfish. It was almost to the point where guys were passing too much.” See BOYS, page 18

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Joliet West’s Brandon McCullum goes up for one of his nine points in the Voyager Media Prep Shootout. McCullum also earned the Jeremy Izzo Character Award.







Last chance to register for Voyager Media contest Time has nearly run out to register for the Voyager Media Madness contest, sponsored this week by Five Star Fitness. The free contest will coincide with the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. Completed brackets, which must include a name, age and hometown, must be received by 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21. Entries are available at

madness If you do not sign in or do not have a Yahoo account, you will be prompted to register or sign The group ID # is 9063 and the group password is newspaper. Create a bracket that includes your first and last name, age and hometown. You must be able to verify you are at least 18 years of age to win a prize. Agree to the terms and

conditions, then check back Sunday evening to see all the brackets and make your picks. Points will be awarded for wins in each round. One point will be awarded for a win in the first round. The feed-in games will not count. Standings will be found online at buglenewspapers. com each week. Employees of Voyager Media are eligible to compete in the

competition, but are not eligible for prizes. Immediate familYou must be 18 years or older to participate and be online by 11 a.m. Thursday.

HOW TO REGISTER 1. Log on to www. madness 2. Click on the Voyager Media Madness link.

3. If you do not have a Yahoo account, you will be prompted to create one during the registration. 4. The Group ID # is 9063. 5. The Group password is newspaper. 6. Create a bracket that includes your first and last name, age and hometown. Those who do not will be ineligible. 7. Agree to the terms and conditions.




Talley becomes first USF bowling coach By Scott Taylor Sports Editor

After eight years as a head boys bowling coach in the Southwest Prairie Conference, Tony Talley is trying his luck at the next level. Talley has been named the first coach of the University of St. Francis bowling teams. “I’m really excited,”Talley said. “The whole family is excited. There’s nothing much else to say right now.”

Talley spent four years at Plainfield South, where he built the program up. The year after he left the senior class helped bring home the first IHSA state championship in District 202 history. From there he went to Romeoville, where he spent the past four years coach his son, Brandon. There he built the program again as the Spartans went to state in both 2011 and 2012. With all of his success, that

should help to bring in the local recruits. “I think it’s going to help,” Talley said. “In our sport, we don’t sit on the other bench or stand on the other sideline. In bowling, we’re competing and standing shoulder to shoulder, so we’re talking to kids and building relationships. I think that will really help me since I’ve been a coach in this conference for so long.They know what I’ve done and I know the kids.” Talley knows the local talent

is strong and he hopes to keep all of it in the area. “My first goal is to stay close to the area recruiting-wise,” Talley said. “With all the talent in the area, we don’t want them to go anywhere else, we want them to stay here. Everyone talks about how tough our conference and sectional are, so now we can prove it. We want to stay local with the recruiting.By doing that, we can build a good program and be really competitive in just a couple years.”

There will be several new things that Talley will have to get used to at the college level, among them being coaching a girls’ team for the first time. “I’m looking forward to it,” Talley said. “I was able to go to sectionals and state and was able to see how much talent the girls have. I’m looking forward to working with the girls and recruiting. There are a lot of talented girls in our area and the Rockford area.”

Sports GIRLS Continued from page 12 teammates Carlie Corrigan (six points), an SIU-Carbondale recruit, and Illinois Wesleyanbound Kaitlyn O’Boye also were part of the team. Nicole Pease (three points) represented Plainfield Central. “It was really fun,” Corrigan said. “It was really fun today to finally be on the same team with girls from our conference and to play with the best girls in the area. “It’s really over now. It was good.” Four members of the Lemont regional champion Romeoville Spartans also suited up for the South: Brianna Harris, Currie (committed to Gardner Webb University), Abby Smith (six points, McKendree University) and Angelica Osusky, who’ll be attending St. Francis. “I knew that Gabby was

playing so I knew I would have more assists than usual with her and Kiera (Currie) down low,” Smith said.“It was the twin towers.” “I had a lot of fun,” Currie said. “It was fun to play with the girls for one last time before we all move on to college.” It was also nice for the Spartans to get some revenge on Bolingbrook. “That added so much,” Smith said.“Coming from that 30-point loss to beating them by 20, it was nice. It was good to end it this way with my teammates.” Another St. Francis recruit, Minooka’s Larissa McLemmon finished with seven points, while fellow future Fighting Saint Mary Susan Rouse of Joliet Catholic Academy was on the team. “I had a lot of fun out here,” McLemen said. “I was great playing with all the best players. It made it a lot of fun playing with the two girls I am playing with next year. I had played with

Mary once, but that was it.” The two only recently teamed up on the court. “This was awesome, I had a lot of fun,” Rouse said. “I got to talk to my future teammates a bit on the bench and got to play with them. I played with Larissa in an open gym last week, but that was it. Playing on (my college court) was really exciting. It really gives me something to look forward to.” Minooka’s Sydney Lilly also was on the South squad but did not play due to injury. Joliet West’s Aaliyah Stepney almost didn’t play, but was glad she decided to last minute. “I wasn’t feeling well earlier and my car got messed up, so I thought about not coming, but I am glad I did, it was really worthwhile,” she said. “Being selected to this game was a real honor. Being able to play with all these girls I play against all the years, was great.” Scott Taylor and Mark Gregory contributed





BOYS Continued from page 13 The North team would then close the half outscoring the South 23-11 to take the 53-32 lead at the intermission. The North then jumped out to a 9-0 run to open the second half thanks to a pair of threes from Notre Dame’s Justin Halloran (8 points). “It was fun. It’s not like a regular game; the score’s going to be really high, just up and down. Everybody’s just trying to have fun,” Halloran said. “It made me realize I was playing my last high

school game, but it was fun. It was good to go out with a win. It was just a fun day.” The game was full of highlight reel plays, several coming on dunks by Moore and Guyton set up by Donte Scooter Stephenson, one of the true point guards on the squad. “It felt really good out there. I know who (Moore) is so I knew I was going to be able to throw him some lobs,” said Stephenson, who posted eight points of his own. “Before the game we were doing some lobs with him and his teammate (Guyton). It was a great experience. It was a great atmosphere, playing with guys and being to be able to do some

Sports things you can’t really do in a normal game.” However, the play of the game was not an alley-oop dunk or a deep three pointer, but a defensive play late in the first half. Joliet West’s Morris Dunnigan, who has arguably the Illinois high school play of the year with his dunk over Curie’s Cliff Alexander in the Pontiac Christmas Tournament, had an open lane to the rim and went up to posterize Pietrzak only to have the shot blocked. “He went up and I saw him and I said,‘Aww I’m going to get dunked on if I contest (it),’” Pietrzak said. “But our coach before the game said, ‘If we play some defense we’ll win.’ So I stepped up and I thought for sure I was going to get dunked on, but I jumped and it ended up with me winning.” The South got the rebound and Dunnigan got some revenge, juking Pietrzak (14 points) off the dribble and hitting a runner in the lane. Dunnigan led the South squad with 19 points. “Once he got the rebound I knew he was going to go right back at me,” Pietrzak said. Pietrzak, who will play football and probably basketball at the University of St. Francis, was the first boys player from Westmont to play in the Shootout, as they joined the Voyager coverage area last year. “It was great.I didn’t know what to expect coming here,” he said.“I didn’t know anyone, but when I was out on the floor everybody introduced themselves, everyone was cool, everyone knew everyone. It was a fun time.” Also added for the first time was Northridge Prep in Niles, a

school added to the coverage area this season and James Stoll, who tallied five points in the game. “It was a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun to watch. It was what I expected, just good basketball up and down the floor,”said Stoll,who enjoyed his years at Northridge Prep.“I love this uniform (his high school uniform). I may never give it back.” Before the game, Joliet West’s Brandon McCullum was presented with the Jeremy Izzo Character Award. Named in honor of the late JCA head coach, the award is presented annually to a senior who displays character, class and sportsmanship on and off the floor. “I always try and set an example for the younger kids,” McCullum said. “Especially for Griffin, coach (Luke) Yaklich’s son because I guess I am his role model, so I have to be a good role model to the young kids and the community.” McCullum tallied nine points in the game. Plainfield North’s Marcus Fair had six points, Plainfield Central’s DuvuanGoodlowhadsix,Plainfield Central’s Curtis Harrington added four, Romeoville’s Jimmy Moon had six, JCA’s Ryan Peter had two, Lockport’s David Robinson had three, Joliet West’s Carl Terrell had seven and Plainfield East’s Roger Taiting had two. “I hooped with a lot of these players before, so it was pretty fun to hoop with them for the last time,” Taiting said. “It was fun to put the Plainfield East jersey on for the last time. Their shots were going in and ours weren’t, and they were getting easy dunks. It’s an all-star game and you’re supposed to have fun, but they

50-pieced us. It was still a lot of fun to play with these guys.” “They came out a little harder, ready to go,” Fair said. “We were trying to have a little more fun.We all had fun out here, so it was cool. It was fun playing with guys you played against during the season.It was cool to represent our schools. I tried to get my highlight, I hit a three.” Goodlow played with Moon at Romeoville last year. “I wanted to have fun because this was my last time playing with all the high school players,” Goodlow said. “I’m just trying to enjoy the moment because the season went by so fast. I still wish we were playing. I just wanted to let people do what they do out here. I wish we could have kept it a lot closer, but I was having fun, so it didn’t matter to me. I liked playing with Morris, he is an explosive player and I liked his style.” “I had a lot of fun,” Moon said. “I didn’t get the ball as much as I wanted to, but it was still a lot of fun. I was 2-for-2 for threes, so I guess it was a good night, 100 percent. It was my last time wearing a Spartan jersey, so I just wanted to come out and have fun.” For the victorious North,Benet’s Jack Toner scored three points, Benet’s Eddie Eshoo posted five, Notre Dame’s Jake Maestranzi had three and Maine South’s Frank Dounis had eight. “It was a pretty good time,” Dounis said. “It was everyone’s senior year, one of their last games as a player. We came out here and had some fun and just had a good time. It’s really bittersweet (playing my last game). It’s hard thinking about it, but it’s one last time to put on the jersey before you put it away for good.” Downers Grove South’s Jordan Cannon was in double digits with 14. “It (the game) was amazing,” Cannon said. “I’m humbled to be here and it was a great experience to meet all these people from different schools. I’m ecstatic to be here. It was a great experience. We were having fun out there and I was just doing my part, doing as much as I could to get this win. “I have mixed emotions about (putting on my jersey for the last time). I put in so much sweat and tears, blood in this uniform, but I was glad to have the experience with my teammates. It was a good senior year and I’m glad with the way we ended. I met some wonderful people.” Scott Taylor and Mike Sandrolini contributed

Business & Real Estate


First Community completes merger of subsidiary banks First Community Financial Partners, Inc. (OTCBB: FCMP, “First Community”), announced the consummation of the merger of its subsidiary banks, effective March 12. On Aug. 27, 2012, First Community entered into definitive agreements with Burr Ridge Bank and Trust, First Community Bank of Homer Glen/ Lockport and First Community Bank of Plainfield, each a nonwholly owned banking subsidiary, to merge the three banks and First Community Bank of Joliet, a wholly owned banking subsidiary, into a consolidated organization to be called First Community

Financial Bank. Shareholders of the non-whollyowned banking subsidiaries approved the mergers on March 11, 2013. “We are very pleased to have successfully completed the mergers as we believe our consolidation gives us the critical mass to more effectively compete in a changing and more regulated banking environment without compromising our commitment to true community banking,” said Roy C. Thygesen, Chief Executive Officer of First Community Financial Partners, Inc. First Community also announced the repurchase of $9.5 million of

the outstanding $22 million of its Series B 5% Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock. The 9,500 preferred shares, with a liquidation preference of $1,000 per share, were repurchased at a cost of $6.6 million resulting in a gain attributable to common shareholders of $2.9 million. “This substantial retirement of preferred stock has an immediate positive impact on shareholder value,” said Thygesen. “The organization’s clearly focused strategic effort over the past 18 months has allowed us to achieve both of the significant milestones announced today,”he added.


P.T. Ferro awarded Caton Farm contract The Will County Highway Department awarded a $7.5 million contract to P.T. Ferro Construction Company to reconstruct Caton Farm Road from County Line Road to Drauden Road. The project, scheduled to begin Monday, March 25, will consist of the full reconstruction of Caton Farm Road to a five lane cross section (two lanes in each direction and a center turn lane) with curb and gutter, storm sewer, sidewalk on the north side of Caton Farm Road, and a multi-use path on

the south side of Caton Farm Road. The project will also include the installation of a permanent traffic signal at the intersection with County Line Road. The project will be completed in stages and shall maintain one lane of traffic in each direction. Daily lane closures will occur with flaggers directing traffic as necessary. There will no detour posted for this project. It is expected that the project will be completed in the fall of 2014.







News Shorewood, Troy Township offer discounted rain barrels The Village of Shorewood and Troy Township announce the continuation of the Shorewood Community Garden at Four Seasons Park. Priority registration for the previous year’s gardeners officially began Feb. 15, while open registration for Village of Shorewood and unincorporated Troy Township residents will begin on Friday, March 15. Improvements to the garden this year include amendment of the soil with compost material and the addition of two more water sources. Gardeners can register at Shorewood Village Hall to “rent” one or more 10-foot-by-10-foot garden plots at the Community Garden. The first garden plot is $25, with the cost of each additional plot $15. The plots

will be available May 1, 2013, weather permitting, and must be planted by June 15, 2013. The Community Garden is located at the southeast side of Four Seasons Park, north of the Troy Township building. Water service is provided near the garden. Parking for gardeners is convenient at the Troy Township Offices and at Four Seasons Park. Plot registration is firstcome, first-served. Shorewood Community Garden guidelines and registration forms are available through the Village of Shorewood at Shorewood Village Hall, One Towne Center Boulevard and on-line at www., and through Troy Township at 25448 Seil Road and on-line at www.

Kids invited to free Easter egg hunt at Timbers of Shorewood Children of all ages and their families are invited to the 9th annual Hippity-Hop Easter Egg Hunt from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N.. River Road, Shorewood. More than 10,000 eggs have been ordered for this year’s

indoor and outdoor egg hunts which begin at 10:45 a.m. Hunts continue throughout the day with the final hunt taking place at 1 p.m. Photos with the Easter Bunny start at 11:15 a.m. The egg hunt event is free and open to the public.





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