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Sentinel The Shorewood

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vol. 17 No. 14

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ewly drawn district boundaries have changed the primary game in Illinois, and nowhere is that being felt more than in the south suburbs and the newly designed 2nd district, where political heir Jesse Jackson Jr. is being challenged by former U. S. Representative Debbie Halvorson. Whoever prevails will get a powerful democratic nod for the November election, and with it, a chance to represent a diverse area, which covers parts of Cook,Will and all of Kankakee County.All or parts of Bradley, Bourbonnais, Calumet City, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Country Club Hills, Dolton, Harvey, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Kankakee, Lansing, Markham, Matteson, Park Forest, Richton Park, Riverdale, Sauk Village and Steger are included. In some of these rural communities, Halvorson has a history of support. Those in the northwest end of Will County will remember Halvorson was elected to the House of Representatives for Illinois’s 11th congressional district in 2008. But just two years later, Halvorson lost her bid for re-election to republican freshman Adam Kinzinger, a young soldier who captured the support of local conservatives and spirited

tea party voters. With today’s boundaries, Kinzinger’s Manteno address falls not in the new second, but the 16th District, leaving Halvorson ready, and able, to battle against Jackson. And battle she has. She’s publicly questioned his ethics, his voting record, and his support of White House initiatives. She’s even questioned his residency. So why should voters north of the district line care? Because she’s also been in dispute with Jackson over one of Will County’s biggest points of contention--the proposed Peotone Airport. While the airport had never been in Jackson’s district, he leads the Abraham Lincoln National Airport Commission, a group of municipal leaders from across the suburban landscape that has been in continual conflict with Will County leadership over management control of the project. At the root of the argument is the ongoing expansion of an airport that has yet to begin construction. The ALNAC, and Jackson, support plans to expand the airport by setting automatic triggers based on cargo and passenger demands. Will County officials are vying for control of the airport and its future expansion, and that local control is supported by Halvorson.



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By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

When State Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi announced he was leaving public office for a job with a powerful hospital lobbyist, it left a gaping hole on the ballot. After all, it was just seven weeks until the March 20 primary, and democrats were left to scramble to find a candidate for the 43rd district. Their decision: A.J. Wilhelmi. Because he resigned so close to the primary, the former senator, whose name is the

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only democratic one listed for the district, will have to write a letter officially rejecting the party’s nomination, in lieu of

you coveredcounterparts, another voice accepting a Voyager new Media’s job asgotsenior has to be heard. Newly drawn vice president for government relations with the Illinois legislative boundaries now place a portion of DuPage County in Hospital Association. But that gives party leadership the 43rd district, giving DuPage some time to decide on a Democrats a vested interest in candidate for the November the candidacy come fall. Whomever gets that support ballot. will likely run against Manhattan And while the Will County Republican Sandra Johnson, Democrats took just a few days to appoint County Treasurer Pat McGuire as Wilhelmi’s immediate replacement, that doesn’t guarantee him the November nod. Despite unanimous support of McGuire from his Will County

Trinity Christian School celebrates in ‘grand’ fashion Trinity Christian School students spent the morning showing off their school to their grandparents Friday. More than 400 grandparents and “grandfriends” participated in the school’s annual Grandparents’ Day event. “I love just seeing the expression on the children’s faces when we’re here and being able to spend special time with them,” said Wayne Smith, who attends the event each year to spend time with his three grandchildren. The day included performances by students, who sang songs and read scripture. Grandparents and students also were treated to a special performance by popular magician Tim Hannig. The day even extended beyond the school walls, as students whose grandparents were unable to attend were able to spend time with them via Skype. “I look forward to this every year,” Joliet resident Virginia Ferry said. Ferry said she was especially touched by the student performances and looks forward to seeing the smiles on the students’ faces throughout the day. The school uses the day as a way to celebrate grandparents and the important role they play in each child’s life. “It’s our pleasure to honor them on this day,”Director ofAdmission’s Melissa Giannakopoulos said. “This is what our school is about – family.”

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Trinity Christian School celebrated with their grandparents during the school’s annual Grandparents’ Day. The event featured student performances, classroom game time, an art show, book fair and performance by magician Tim Hanning.

the lone GOP candidate in the district. A Will County native of 40 years and graduate of LincolnWay High School, Johnson is a commercial lender with 20 years financial services experience, something she hopes to bring along to Springfield.

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By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

There’s a power grab going on March 20, but it doesn’t involve battles over legislative districts or a political party. This power grab is about electrical power, and some 28 Will County communities are looking to put more control, and savings, in local hands. Electric aggregation is an item on the ballots this month across the county, from Plainfield to Peotone, Shorewood to Braidwood, Joliet to Diamond, and even in unincorporated Will County. The program allows local


governments to bundle - or aggregate - residential and small commercial retail accounts and seek a cheaper supply of power. ComEd distributes electricity in Will County, but does not generate it. Rather, ComEd customers receive electricity at a price set each year by the Illinois Power Agency, a governmental body that secures electricity on the wholesale market on behalf of ComEd. ComEd is only responsible for service, such as billing and infrastructure. Power lines that bring electricity into homes and buildings are an example of this infrastructure.

Individuals have been able the homes and businesses and got you covered to secure Voyager betterMedia’s rates from handle any emergency repairs alternative suppliers for some and will bill customers for time, but response to the electric usage regardless of the opportunity has been limited. supplier of that electricity. To take advantage of this To spark interest in the idea of competitive supply, Governor opportunity,residents must give Quinn amended legislation their municipality the authority allowing municipalities to to do so through a referendum. arrange for the electricity So on the ballots next week, for their residents and small voters in these communities will be asked whether or not businesses. By bundling residential and their city officials should have small commercial accounts, the authority to make such municipalities can go out into arrangements for residents and the open market to seek a business owners. lower rate for electrical supply Should the referendum in a on behalf of their community. given town pass, customers ComEd, by law, will still be still have an opportunity to paid to distribute the power to opt-out of any program before

New 49th District sees conservative competition By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

In the newly formed State Senate District 49, four candidates are hitting the streets with hopes to be the Republican choice come November. The 49th, formed with the 2011 re-districting of the state congressional boundaries, takes in part of Bolingbrook, Joliet, Oswego, Plainfield, Romeoville and Shorewood. The candidates are Gary Fitzgerald, a health insurance executive and village trustee from Shorewood; J. Anthony Giles, an Oswego school teacher and member of his village board;

Garrett Peck, Plainfield trustee and owner of a technology consultancy company; and Will County Board Member Brian Smith, also a Plainfield resident and small business owner specializing in direct mail. All of the candidates seem to come out in favor of the traditional Republican mantras, such as less spending, lower taxes, and a better business climate, but their backgrounds and professions give the voters something to weigh. Fitzgerald says it is fiscal responsibility at the core, and has claimed that the state should operate more like Shorewood, pay its bills on time and operate within its means.

Giles says that, he too, worries about spending, but more importantly, how those financial woes of the state are affecting education. For Peck and Smith, it’s all business, and they attest that in order for the state to solve its problems, it must bring business back to Illinois by creating an environment in which companies want to work. And while the Republicans duke it out, the lone Democratic candidate, Jennifer BertinoTarrant, lies in wait. The Shorewood resident and regional superintendent of schools for Will County is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

their supplier changes, and no one is obligated to participate. However, without the passage of the referendum, individuals have to secure alternative electricity on their own, and that could mean far less bang for their buck. The City of Crest Hill approved aggregation last year, and residents saw a drop of about 25 percent in the supply side of the electric bills. According to Mayor Ray Soliman, the average homeowner saved about $175 with the new supplier. “It was a win-win,’ he said.



Development, infrastructure forefront of Crest Hill plans Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Apology to Crest Hill

Business development and infrastructure continue to be the focus for Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman and economic development manager Bryan Gay, a commitment Soliman reiterated to business leaders and community members during the annual State of the City address on February 15 at Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Lockport. Road work, city sewage and ongoing development have been the course stayed by Soliman since he took office two years ago, when he hired Gay and began his quest to build up the small Will County community. Since then, business has taken shape throughout Crest Hill, from emerging small ventures, restaurants and shops for consumers, to larger manufacturing facilities,rounding out the city’s economic profile. Some twenty-four new

It has come to the attention of the Bugle Newspaper that an article published on February 22 headlined “Mayor of Crest Hill addresses businesses at State of the City” contained erroneous and out-of-date information, and referenced Crest Hill activities and developments that occurred not in 2011, but in years prior. The Bugle staff regrets the errors, and apologizes to its Crest Hill readers.The correct news story covering Mayor Soliman’s address to the chamber of commerce on Feb. 15, 2012, is printed here. businesses have come to town in the last year, due in no small part to the efforts of both Soliman and Gay to commit to infrastructure improvements through grant funding and fiscal discipline. Last year’s reconstruction of Cedarwood Drive received about $500,000 in federal support, covering about 80 percent of the expenses for the project. A $6 million low-interest loan is funding the re-engineering of the city’s sewer system, which is ongoing. Family Fun Zone opened on Cedarwood at Theodore St. late last year on the

site of the defunct Skate West Roller Rink. The 24,000-squarefoot facility includes the roller rink but added a restaurant, laser tag, and arcade to the mix. Goglonian Bakeries, a Southern California-based company with operations across the United States, will open in Crest Hill this spring, employing 200. Another 200 positions are expected through 2015. The company produces breads and pizza dough. Pockets of retail development continue to rise in Crest Hill. The corner of Plainfield Road

and Larkin Avenue will see the addition of a convenience store and gas station. A former Eagle Foods, left empty since 2000 on Theodore Street, is being redeveloped into a space that will house both a grocer and restaurant. And should a one percent sales tax increase get approval at referendum in March, these businesses will continue to funnel both revenue and jobs into the city. Soliman has said the influx could be used to fund more infrastructure improvement, hire city workers and cut the city’s share of property taxes. Other projects continue to struggle through stages of redevelopment. In 2011, White Oak Library District put its plans on hold for a Crest Hill facility, when bids for the project came in higher than anticipated. The Library district purchased the land near Weber and Caton Farm Roads in August of 2011, with the hopes of breaking ground

by November. Six million in building bonds had been slated for the project. Additionally, Gay and Soliman are hard at work on a shuttered Weber Crossings East, at the corner of Weber Road and Division Street. Soliman told chamber members they are working closely with Bank of America to find an agent to market and sell the property, which has been in foreclosure for two years, a stark reminder of the harsh blows the area economy has felt. “Bank of America has appointed a new receiver and they have engaged the city to help remedy the issues with the property. Bank of America is now well aware of the access issues at Longmeadow Drive and with the new receiver for the property they are currently looking for a real estate group to market and sell the property,” Soliman said.


Crest Hill seeks sales tax hike to fund storm water repair By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Just a few months after Ray Soliman became mayor of Crest Hill, it rained six inches in two hours time. Basements flooded. Garages flooded. Back yards flooded. And it was that week in 2009 that Soliman, hardly a stranger to the city’s flooding issues, realized just how wide-spread the problem really was. “Crest Hill has had severe flooding issues for 50 years,” Soliman said. “But I didn’t realize until I was mayor, that the problems were city-wide,

not just in my end of the town.” Soliman vowed to make things better, but waterlogged residents weren’t convinced, and told him they had heard it all before. But finally, after three years as mayor, he might have the chance to make good on his promise, should a referendum pass on March 20. The City of Crest Hill, this month, is seeking a Non-Home Rule Sales Tax Referendum, which would raise the retail tax rate from seven percent to eight percent. For every $100 spent in eligible purchases in

Crest Hill, the tax hike would add an extra dollar. “Joliet is at 8.75 (percent) and Plainfield is at 8,” he said “We are still less than or equal to our neighboring cities.” Soliman has been hitting the streets and subdivisions, talking to groups of residents about the proposed tax increase on why it was proposed and what it could do for the city. See TAX, page 8




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.

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On Feb. 20, persons unknown entered a vacant residence in the 200 block of S. Briggs St. and attempted to remove copper piping.

Rafael Lopez Garcia, 37, 2620 E. Cass, Joliet, was cited Feb. 28 on E. Cass and Hillcrest Road for no rear plate light and driving with a suspended driver’s license. Michael M. Giambrone, 28, 4713 Baccarrat Ct., Joliet, was cited Feb. 28 near NE Frontage and Theodore for driving with a suspended license, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, disregarding a stop sign, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle after he struck a 35-foot high concrete sound barrier. Giambrone stated that he recently had work done on his vehicle and his brakes failed while traveling down Theodore. He was unconscious when Plainfield Fire arrived, but regained consciousness while in the ambulance. He was transported to Provena Medical Center, where he was treated

Waverly R. Jones, 24, 2219 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, was cited Feb. 28 near S. Briggs and E. Washington for driving with a suspended license and speeding.

Rafael A. Pabon, Jr., 26, 200 Sherman, Joliet, was charged with fraud on March 1 after attempting to use a small plastic bottle of urine with a small heating element attached in order to defraud a court ordered drug test at the Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson St. Christopher G. Yates, 42, 7733 W. Grovewood Lane, Frankfort, was cited March 1 for speeding and driving with a revoked driver’s license. Rodolfo Magdaleno, 20, 21144 S. Meadowview Lane, Shorewood, was cited March 1 on Hempstead and Lancaster Dr. for speeding and driving with a revoked driver’s license. Catalina Moreno Carrisales, 21,

317 Garnsey Ave., Joliet, was cited March 1 on W. Jefferson and S. Larkin for driving without a valid driver’s license. Yolanda Brown, 35, 127 Arizona Ave., Joliet, was cited March 2 on Arizona and E. Washington for no rear plate and driving with a suspended license. Juan Rodriguez, 29, 819 Mission Bl., Joliet, was arrested March 2 on Big Timber and Essington Road for driving under the influence and speeding. Floribelle Pingle, 22, 860 Moran, Joliet, was cited March 2 on E. Cass and Herkimer for driving without a valid driver’s license and no front license plate. Lori Jean Johnson, 32, 15203 S. Poppy Lane, Plainfield, was cited March 2 on Caton Farm and Essington Road for driving with a revoked driver’s license and speeding. Sergio Zavala Dias, 35, 1207 Frederick, Joliet, was cited March 2 on N. Broadway and Elsie for driving without a valid driver’s license. Steven Vieyra, 33, 229 Hebbard, Joliet, was arrested March 3 on

Krakar and Sterling for possession of a controlled substance. Willie Earl Bridges, Jr., 35, 502 Bellarmine Dr., Joliet, was cited March 4 on Dickens and Pickwick Road for driving with a suspended license and one headlight. Avery J. Johnson, 29, 1428 E. Cass, Joliet, was arrested for battery and possession of drug equipment. On March 4, persons unknown entered an unlocked vehicle in the 300 block of Barr Elms Ave. and stole a radio/CD player. Davetia McGrew, 29, 1403 Fairview Ave., Joliet, was arrested March 5 near E.Cass and Highland Park Dr. for driving under the influence, improper lane usage, and loud muffler. Whitney M. Stickel, 33, 1315 Ridgewood Ave., Joliet, was arrested March 5 near E. Cass and Walnut for possession of drug equipment and following too closely. On March 5, persons unknown broke into a residence in the 1400 block of Sterling and stole jewelry and a desktop computer.

Lockport On Feb. 27, persons unknown entered an unlocked vehicle in the 16000 block of W. 145th Place and stole a portable DVD player, 30 CDs, a GPS unit, a cell phone, race helmet, sunglasses, and a Micron 666. On Feb. 27, persons unknown cut the side wall of a tire on a vehicle in the 300 block of Stuart Road. Sean C. William, 38, 309 Dundee Dr., Lockport, was arrested in the 300 block of Dundee Dr. on See POLICE, page 8




Letter to the Editor

From the Desk of Dev Trivedi In their packets for the February 15th City Council meeting, council members were given newspaper articles, dating back to 1990, pertaining to the water/sewer issues that existed back then. These articles clearly demonstrate past councils’ disagreement to fund the water/ sewer enterprise fund. Completely knowing and understanding the complexity of our water/sewer (w/s) issues, I have come to the conclusion that the rates currently in effect until December 2012 must remain the same. The funds from these increased rates will go directly toward updating our age-old w/s infrastructure, rather than using the current non-home rule sales tax money

slated for roadwork. However, for the period of December 2012 through 2016, the rate increases can be stretched for a period of 5 years rather than the current 3-year structure. Therefore, at the March 21st meeting, I will be proposing the following option: Arbitrator Ruled Rates: Dec 2012: 10%; Dec 2013: 3%; Dec 2014: 3% Proposed Rates: Dec 2012: 0%; Dec 2013: 0%; Dec 2014: 5%; Dec 2015: 5%; Dec 2016: 6% Furthermore, I understand the financial burden that the current increase in rates has

put on many city residents, especially those who are on a fixed income or are unemployed due to the recession or other reasons; but if we wait any longer, the costs for repairs will only increase. Therefore, I will also propose to keep our current discount program in place for the permanently disabled, and change our ordinance to include the following for the current rates:

who are unemployed who can present their unemployment claim to the water department. If this change was incorporated into the ordinance, I would sign it.

• Provide a discounted rate or temporary relief to those

Upon the City Council’s consent, I will direct our City Administrator, Tim Schloneger, to start crafting a new ordinance, or amend the existing ordinance, to include the changes to the Senior Citizen Discount qualifications, as well as adding an “Unemployment” Discount Program, beginning April 15th. In conclusion, I believe we must work together for the betterment of our community. First, we need to eliminate the disharmony and political

better informed about the candidates’ qualifications. The Illinois State Bar Association conducts evaluations and polls to let voters know how the candidates’ peers in the profession view their qualifications for office. Chief

among these qualifications are legal ability, impartiality, and integrity. These ratings are readily available to the public at We encourage voters to download our ratings and take them into the voting booth.

• Reduce the qualifying age for the Senior Citizen Discount from 65 to 62 years old. If this change was incorporated into the ordinance, I would sign it.

grandstanding that currently takes place, and move forward in addressing the crucial repairs that must be made to save our water/sewer infrastructure. I realize the increase in rates came at the most unfortunate time with our struggling economy,and the financial burden has been felt by all, especially those on a fixed income or unemployed, but we have to move now before the consequences become too detrimental. We can work together to address our water/sewer issues and provide options for those on a fixed income or unemployed. Council members, kindly join me! Dev Trivedi Lockport Mayor

Letter to the Editor

You be the judge Dear Editor: On Tuesday, March 20, voters will have a chance to cast their ballot in the Illinois primary for national, state and local offices. Often overlooked among the many candidates are the men and women running for judge. That is unfortunate because judges make critical

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TAX Continued from page 5 A $12.2 million project would revamp the city’s sewage system to better handle the storm water and reduce the threat of flooding. Another $2.5 million would fund muchneeded repair of city streets, and the continuing influx of cash would support putting more police officers out on those streets. The police are staffed with 26 officers right now, and based on the amount of calls received and the need for services, the police department estimates it needs 32 officers to adequately serve Crest Hill. “We need a steady source of revenue to pay for it over time,” Soliman said. “I want to make sure if we hire them, we can keep them. I don’t want to go backward.” But one thing that will go back is property tax money. A rebate in the amount of 25 percent of the city’s portion of property taxes would go straight back to property owners annually. The rebate would equal $27.75 for every $25,000 of equalized assessed valuation. That means a property assessed at $100,000 would see about $111 a year. “That’s not going to change their lifestyle, but maybe it

buys someone groceries for the week,” he said. “And in these times, every little bit helps.” Nearby Shorewood approved a similar plan for retail tax, which went into effect July 2011. Just this month, property owners began receiving their rebate checks. Soliman said he sat down with Shorewood and New Lenox officials, and talked with them about their tax rebate plans; specifically, how they put it together, and what they See TAX, page 18

POLICE Continued from page 6 March 1 for battery,and a 17-yearold male Lockport resident was arrested for criminal damage to property after a physical altercation took place when a brick was thrown through the back window of a vehicle. On March 2, persons unknown threw a stone through the front window of a residence in the 400 block of Fairmont.

On March 4, persons unknown forced entry into a residence in the 400 lbock of Dellwood and stole a 43-inch television, Wii gaming system, a 19-inch television, $800, and a Mobigo video gaming system.

Shorewood Vineela Karumudi, 35, 12830 S. Skyline Dr., Plainfield, was cited Feb. 29 on Cottage and W. Seil for speeding and driving with a suspended license.

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Great tips for better heart health It’s always important to pay attention to matters of the heart -- especially those that impact your heart health. As the leading killer of Americans, cardiovascular disease affects one in three people in the U.S. -approximately 81 million people. And,the American Heart Association predicts that this number will increase to 116 million people, or 40.5 percent of Americans, by 2030. Thankfully, there are simple steps you can easily incorporate into your day-to-day life that can make a big difference, according to Susan J. Crockett, PhD, RD, FADA and leader of the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition. “Genetics does play a role in cholesterol and overall heart health,” says Crockett. “While being aware of one family history is certainly important,there are lifestyle changes you can make and foods you can eat as part of an overall healthy diet that can decrease the risk factors for

heart disease and may help lower cholesterol.” There are several ways people can begin to make a difference in their personal heart health and cholesterol levels, according to Crockett.To help make your lifestyle more heart-healthy,try to remember Crockett’s “HEART” tips. • Have a list: Keep a running list of health to-dos, such as regular cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, as well as questions for your physician. Find out and jot down foods you can eat to lower

cholesterol and other ways to take care of your heart. • Eat more of the “good stuff” Be conscious of what you are eating and make an effort to incorporate heart healthy foods into your diet. For example, fruits, vegetables, whole grain, and low-fat dairy are all good choices for a heart healthy diet. Eating more fish like salmon, which contains omega-3 fatty acids, may also help reduce the risk of heart disease. • Aim for more whole grain:

When making food choices,look for whole grain oats or whole grain oat cereal that contains beta glucan, like Cheerios. Beta glucan is a natural soluble fiber found in oats that helps reduce bad cholesterol. To reduce the risk of heart disease, you need three grams of soluble fiber daily from whole grain oat foods as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. • Run, walk, skip, jump: However you choose to exercise, just make sure it is a part of your daily routine.

• Try healthy swaps: Healthier options are out there, so make the switch. For instance, instead of full fat mayonnaise, spread smashed avocado on your sandwich, which is high in healthy fats that help your heart. Also, when eating out, don’t be afraid to ask your server for healthier preparation methods, like steamed and broiled instead of fried, or ingredient substitutes like whole grain pasta. Taking a few moments each day to make heart healthy decisions can make a significant difference in your future.



Meet your “Dr. Right” at Edward Medical Group – in person or on EMG-TV Choosing a doctor just got more convenient. A person in search of a primary care physician can view Edward Medical Group’s (EMG) physician video profiles at www. to “meet” his/her “Dr. Right.” You can also schedule a free 15-minute in-person meet-and-greet session.EMG offers the informal visits so prospective patients can casually talk with and get a feel for physician’s personality, practice style or whatever it is a person looks for in “Dr. Right.” EMG is the primary care practice of Edward Hospital and has 45 board certified family practice and internal medicine physicians who treat patients of all ages at offices throughout the

glimpse of each doctor’s unique personality and a passion and strength in chance for the physicians to explain their areas of the patient’s care, I think expertise, why they decided you can help patients to become a doctor and how they treat patients. much more,” For example, Mark Gomez, MD, who specializes in internal medicine at EMG’s Dr. Protaziuk Bolingbrook office, says he region, including Will knew when he was nine County locations in: years old that he wanted to become a doctor when he • Bolingbrook, 130 N. saw his twin brother have Weber Rd. a severe asthma attack at • Crest Hill, 16151 Weber church. Rd. “I remember looking at • Plainfield, 15905 S. my brother and, because Frederick St. we’re identical twins, it was • Plainfield, 24600 W. like seeing myself suffer 127th St., Building B on the at the same time. I knew Edward Plainfield campus at that moment it was my calling to try my best to end Each video lasts 40 to suffering, to try my best to 90 seconds and offers a help people in their time of

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need,” recalls Dr. Gomez. In her video, Lilia Protaziuk, MD, a family practice physician at EMG’s Frederick St. location in Plainfield, describes her approach to caring for her patients. “If you put all your passion and strength in the patient’s care, I think you can help patients much more,” explains Dr. Protaziuk. “The patient can feel that the doctor really cares and you can make a huge change in someone’s life.” On the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, Jeffrey Pua, MD says, for him, it’s as if he’s treating family. “You develop those connections and you know the patient intimately,” says

Dr. Pua, who specializes in internal medicine at EMG’s office on the Edward Plainfield campus. “That’s one of the beautiful things about primary care, that you have continuity and followup, so I don’t just treat their problem and never see them again. I get to know them and their family.” To view the fulllength physician video profiles of the EMG physicians, visit www. To schedule a meet-andgreet session with these and other EMG physicians in Bolingbrook, call (630) 3783400; Crest Hill, call (815) 838-2888 and Plainfield, call (630) 646-5020 (Frederick St. location) or (815) 7319000 (Edward Plainfield campus location).


Pickleball? Mark Gregory Staff Reporter

In 1965 in Bainbridge Island, WA, congressman Joel Pritchard and businessman Bill Bell invented a game for their families to play that consisted of hand held wooden paddles, a badminton net and a perforated plastic ball that belonged to Pickles, the Pritchard family dog. By 1972, the men had created a corporation to protect the creation of their new sport, named pickleball. Since then the game has spread from family parties to physical education classes and more heavily to senior citizen retirement communities. As the game began to grow in the Will County area senior communities, seniors were looking for a place to play in the winter months. “We have played outdoors in Carillon,” said Walter Voyt.“We were looking for somewhere to play in the winter.All the rich guys go to Florida and play and us poor guys stay here and play.” They found that place last year. Eich’s Sports, located at 24316 W. 143rd Street in Plainfield, opened its basketball court to pickleballers. Open gyms are held Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 10 a.m. Cost is $5. “I have a physical education background, so I knew what it was,” said Brian Eich,owner of Eich’s Sports. “At the time, we had one of my old teachers from Plainfield High School, Karen Roppa, was helping out here and she said we should try it.” This summer, two more

communities, Grand Haven in Romeoville and Carillon Lakes in Crest Hill, will start playing outdoors. “It is awesome to be able to see people a little older staying active,” Eich said. “They will play for two hours straight and don’t take a break. The great thing about the game is it is available to people of all skill levels. We will have beginners courts and advanced courts, but the skilled players teach the beginners. Every year more and more people coming.” Dave Arnold of Shorewood just started playing in November, 2011 and enjoyed it all winter. “It is a great sport. It took off in Florida and Arizona and then has spread nationwide,” Arnold said. “It is mainly in the senior community, however, the reason I like it is that it is not gender specific, women can play as well as men; young kids can play as well as older people, so it is really a universal game. it is great that Brian opened this up for us and gives us a place to play.” Ellen Zalewski of Romeoville said many pickleballers also play tennis, but find the smaller court less taxing. “Many of us play tennis, so this is in addition,” she said.“And the court is a little smaller than a tennis court, which is nice because you don’t have as much court to cover.” Eich said that with the popularity and competitiveness of some of the players, he hopes next year to have open gym as well as a league where teams of two players have assigned game times and opponents and play in a bracket-style format.





INSIDE: Stewart nets pair of pickers a win, while Chicagoland Speedway President takes over top spot, page 16



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

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

ALL-AREA As a freshman, Tuck was Illinois Ms. Basketball and was tabbed National freshman and sophomore of the year by ESPNHS. Despite a four-overtime loss this season in the Hinsdale Central Supersectional, the wins keep coming for Tuck this offseason. She has already been named 2011-12 Player of the Year by the Chicago Sun-Times and has been dubbed Gatorade Illinois Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Her honors continue as she has been named as the Voyager Media Player of the Year. “Morgan is a top notch player and a top notch kid,” said

Bolingbrook coach Tony Smith. “I have been blessed to coach her. I think she is the Player of the Year.” Tuck will head to the University of Connecticut the day after graduation and play for the Huskies next year. “I am going there because they are a winning program,” she said. “Coach (Geno) Auriemma is a winner and I want to be part of that and contribute to that.” During this season, the 6-foot, 2-inch Tuck averaged 29 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.7 steals this season. She will compete in the McDonald’s All-American Game March 28 at the United Center in Chicago. She will be joined in the game by Niles West’s Jewell Loyd, who will attend Notre Dame next season and play in the same conference as Tuck. Loyd tallied more than 3,000 points this season and competed with Tuck for top awards this season. “Competing with the best makes you the best,” Tuck said. “In college, we will play against each other more than we did in high school and that will be


Special mention: JEWELL LOYD The NotreDame bound senior—a prep AllAmerican and a perennial allstate pick— and is one of the most prolific players in the history of IHSA girls basketball. Loyd’s 2011-12 season stats speak for themselves—26.9 points, 12 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 2.1 blocked shots per game. She also finishes her fabulous four-year tenure at Niles West with 3,077 career points (seventh all-time in the IHSA), 1,478 rebounds (12th all-time) and 275 blocked shots (18th all-time)—all while playing guard. “I’ve had some of our conference coaches tell me that she’s the best player in the state of Illinois they’ve ever seen, right up there with (Naperville Central product) Candace Parker,” said Niles West coach Tony Konsewicz.

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

First team: KIERA CURRIE The Romeoville junior post player averaged 16.2 points and

10.3 rebounds per game for the SPC champs. “Kiera did a great job this year controlling the paint,” Carrasco See ALL-AREA, page 14



ALL-AREA Continued from page 13 said. “She’s probably the strongest player in the conference. She is a force and is a very good player and a true team player.”

BRIGID HANLEY T h e senior from Plainfield C e n t r a l bounced back from two ACL surgeries to post 18.4 points per game, 74 steals and 74 assists, while shooting 73 percent from the free throw line. She finished her career as the District 202 alltime scoring leader with 1,536 points, the single season scoring leader (514), single game (36) and all time assists (181). “She deserves everything

she’s getting right now,” Central coach Mark Krusz said. “I’m so happy that she can do this in her senior year after everything she’s done.”

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

Fourth team: SHANNON BUTLER Senior was the main post threat for Joliet Catholic, averaging 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. “Shannon has been with the varsity team since her sophomore year,” said JCA coach Ed Shodrof. “She is

Sports one of the toughest workers that we have ever had. Her game improved each year as she led a very young team into a bright future. She will be a winner in life.”

KHADIJA COOLEY S e n i o r averaged 12.6 points, 3.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game for Joliet West. “Khadija was the ultimate team player. Our offense ran through her,” said West coach Kevin Michaels. “She has excellent ball handling skills and has a great shot. She was our team leader for scoring and assists.”

NIJEA DIXON The senior guard led Joliet Central, averaging 13 points per game this season. She was

named to the Oswego East Holiday To u r n a m e n t A l l To u r n a m e n t Team. “Nijea is an electrifying player that gives her all every night on the court. Many coaches wished they had her on their team,” said Central coach Brian Reed.

MADELINE EILERS Senior from Benet was limited

down the stretch of the season with a partially torn ACL, but still managed 9.2 points on the season. “We missed Madeline,” Paul said. “We were really hard to guard when we had three threepoint shooters. You couldn’t play zone. She has a very quick release and had a great threepoint percentage, which is incredible.”





See ALL-AREA, page 15

Sports ALL-AREA Continued from page 14 points per game for Lockport

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

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

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

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

this season. She also totaled 69 steals and 21 blocked shots. “Along with being our team captain, Taylor was one of our most versatile athletes who played both the forward and guard position for us this

THE BUGLE/SENTINEL MARCH 14, 2012 season,” said Lockport coach Krista Peterson.“She also had to defend both the guard and post positions as well. “Her willingness to do anything that is asked of her to the best of her ability is what

makes her such a valuable and unselfish competitor.” Mike Sandrolini and Scott Taylor contributed





Stewart wins, shares with pickers Tony Stewart scratched another racetrack off the bucket list. Powering away from Jimmie Johnson after a restart with four laps left in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the reigning Sprint Cup champion took the checkered flag .461 seconds ahead of Johnson. In doing that, WJOL’s Mike Guglielmucci and reader Ray Baxter of Shorewood earned the first driver wins in the Bugle’s Pick vs. the Pros. Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock also passed the Bugle’s Mark Gregory for top spot by one point. The victory was Stewart’s first at the 1.5-mile track, leaving only Darlington and Kentucky as active Cup tracks at which he hasn’t won.The win was Stewart’s 45th, 15th all-time, in 467 Cup starts.

10 points over 11th-place finisher Kevin Harvick, has finished third in each of the three Cup races this season. Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Jamie McMurray, Trevor Bayne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the top 10. Stewart took two tires during a pit stop under caution on Lap 204 and pulled out to a comfortable lead over McMurray.A caution for debris slowed the field for the fifth time on Lap 228, and Stewart came to the pits for fuel only. Brad Keselowski and Bowyer remained on the track and led the field to green on Lap 234, but Stewart regained the top spot with a three-wide dive to the inside moments after Keselowski crossed the stripe. Stewart pulled out to a onesecond lead over Keselowski before Landon Cassill’s blown

“Man, I’m just finally glad to win one here,” said Stewart, who had the fastest car in last year’s race but squandered his winning chances when he incurred a penalty for dragging an air wrench from his pit stall. “We were so close last year and had a dominant car. “I’m not sure we had the dominant car (Sunday), but we had an awful fast Chevy. Just glad to finally, finally get one at Vegas. We have to win ourselves a Southern 500 (at Darlington Raceway) and we’ll have won at all the tracks we’re racing at right now.” (Stewart apparently forgot Kentucky, which was added to the Cup schedule last year.) Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards came home third through fifth, respectively. Biffle, who took over the series lead by


RESULTS The Chase again this year starts at Chicagoland Speedway with the Geico 400 on Sept. 16 Driver

1. Greg Biffle

Pts. Diff. 125 0

2. Kevin Harvick 115 -10 2. Denny Hamlin



4. D. Earnhardt Jr. 107 -18 5. Matt Kenseth

102 -23

6. Carl Edwards

102 -23

7. Tony Stewart

100 -25

8. Martin Truex Jr. 98


9. Joey Logano



10. Mark Martin



11. Paul Menard



12. Kyle Busch



13. Ryan Newman 86 -39 14. Clint Bowyer



15. Jeff Burton

82 -43

16. Bobby Labonte 76


17. Jeff Gordon



18. Mar. Ambrose



19. Regan Smith



20. Dave Blaney



Totals through 3 of 36 races

Points are given to each driver by place, with 43 points going to a first place finish and one point going to a 43rd-place finish.

Sun., Mar. 18, 11:30 A.M., FOX

Scott Paddock, Pres., Chicagoland Speedway


Last wk: Edwards (5th) Total Pts (3 races): 106 Mark Gregory, Bugle Staff


Last wk: Ky. Busch (23rd) Total Pts (3 races): 105 Scott Taylor, Bugle Staff

THIS WEEK’S PICK: Denny Hamlin

Last wk: Ky. Busch (23rd) Total Pts (3 races): 85 Readers Last wk:Stewart (1st) Total Pts (3 races): 69 Mike Guglielmucci, WJOL Racer’s Forum


Last wk: Stewart (1st) Total Pts (3 races): 58 To make your pick, email the driver’s name, reader’s name and hometown to mark@ Picks must be made by noon Monday for the following week’s race. One email will be selected at random to represent the readers.

engine caused the sixth caution. As Stewart sped away after the restart on Lap 250, Keselowski’s fuel pickup failed, and the driver of the No. 2 Dodge took his car to the garage. In fact, it was Stewart’s prowess

on the restarts that proved the difference. “Every time the caution came out, I’m like ‘Not again,’” Stewart said.“But, that was our strong suit today. We were really strong on the restarts.”



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TAX Continued from page 8 did to get it passed. Soliman said the plans sounded perfect, and he knew for a long time he wanted to increase the sales tax to fund city projects. “But I didn’t have the property tax rebate in there,” he said. “That idea I got from [Shorewood and New Lenox].” Crest Hill community members won’t really be funding their own refunds.

Just like Shorewood and New Lenox, rough estimates say that a city the size of Crest Hill earns anywhere from 70-85 percent of its sales tax revenue form visitors, not residents. “We want to make people aware that when they go to other cities and spend money, they are helping to fund their projects,” he said. “It is time to start asking our visitors to help pay for the roads they drive on, the police enforcement that protects them, the services they utilize while they are here.” He also wants to help build

business, and road work is essential in that plan. For example, a longtime trouble spot in Crest Hill Traffic has been the intersection of Gaylord and Division Street, which has struggled with both safety and traffic issues. “We fix that, and we can bring more economic viability to the area,” Soliman said. If the referendum fails, city officials have said they would need to consider any and all tax and fee increases in order to add police and complete the necessary infrastructure

improvements. But that’s not an option Soliman wants to think about right now. “I tell the residents I talk with that, come March 20, it is up to them. The choice is theirs,” he said. “But it’s hard to stay neutral when this is such a great plan. It’s a great way to get what we need for the city and get some money back to the residents.” Should the referendum pass, the city could begin collecting at the new tax rate in July 2012. Exactly how the city will make use of the revenue stream is

yet to be determined. “Do we spend it as it comes, over 10-15 years? Do we bond it out and use the revenue to pay it back? I don’t yet know,” he said. “But passage of the referendum is the first step. It’s important to the future of our city, and it will improve the quality of life of our residents.” For more information about the Crest Hill Non-Home Rule Sales Tax Referendum, a Q&A is online at www.cityofcresthill. com.













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