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Kendall Weekly Times October 10th 2013

Obama Care launched by Martin Flowers This past week the president’s health care plan become official. The program allows people who are not covered to be covered or allow the public to shop for a cheaper healthcare plan. Illinois has launched a website helping people to learn more about Get Covered: A one-page guide to the Health Insurance Marketplace Here’s a quick rundown on the most important things to know about the Health Insurance Marketplace, sometimes known as the health insurance “exchange.” Follow the links for more information on each topic. The new Health Insurance Marketplace helps uninsured people find health coverage.When you fill out the Marketplace application we’ll tell you if you qualify for: Private insurance plans. We’ll tell you whether you qualify for lower costs based on your household size and income. Plans cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions, and preventive care. If you don’t qualify for lower costs, you can still use the Marketplace to buy insurance at the standard price. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These programs provide coverage to millions of families with limited income. If it looks like you qualify, we’ll share information with your state agency and they’ll contact you. Many but not all states are expanding Medicaid in 2014 to cover more people. No matter what state you live in, you can use the Marketplace. Some states operate their own Marketplace. In some states, the Marketplace is run by the Federal government.Find the Health Insurance Marketplace in your state. Most people must have health coverage in 2014 or pay a fee. If you don’t have coverage in 2014, you’ll have to pay a penalty of $95 per adult, $47.50 per child, or 1% of your income (whichever is higher). The fee increases every year. Some people may qualify for anexemption to this fee. You’re considered covered if you have Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, any jobbased plan, anyplan you bought yourself, COBRA, retiree coverage, TRICARE, VA health coverage, or some other kinds of health coverage. If you’re eligible for job-based insur-

ance, you can consider switching to a Marketplace plan. But you won’t qualify for lower costs based on your income unless the job-based insurance is unaffordable or doesn’t meet minimum requirements. You also may lose any contribution your employer makes to your premiums.

If you have Medicare, you’re considered covered and don’t have to make any changes.You can’t use the Marketplace to buy a supplemental or dental plan. Marketplace open enrollment ends March 31, 2014. If you enroll by Decem-


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Happy Halloween from the Kendall Weekly Times ber 15, 2013, coverage can begin as soon as January 1, 2014. Questions? Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)

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Senior News by Pat Feeley Own a piece of nostalgic Oswego. Jim Mayer, of Art's Barber Shop on Main Street in downtown Oswego, as a departing gesture to further his support of the Oswego Senior Center, has donated three prints that have hung in the barber shop for more than fifty years through the efforts of Phil Seidlicki. These are great American prints that hundreds of us have seen monthly from the barber shop chair since we were kids. The prints are on display at the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington Street. Prints are being raffled off. The first print depicts five trains in a "Parade of Progress" ( 20" X 18"); second if a freight and passenger train passing each other (20" X 18"); and the third print is of AJ Weber's Blacksmith Shop at about the turn of the century. The original was done by Paul Detlefsen (5' X 3'). Raffle tickets are available at the Oswego Senior Center, Monday thru Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Other locations for the sale of the ticket include: Village of Oswego Literary Art Fair, Sat., Oct. 5th at Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill; Oswego High School Craft Fair, Nov 2nd, and the Senior Center Craft Show, Saturday, Nov. 16th. There will be three separate winners. The drawing will take place on Monday, November 18th at Noon at the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E Washington. Winner need not be present. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10. For more information, please call 630-554-5602. Picture caption: Left, Robert Wyngard, Executive Director of Oswegoland Seniors Inc. and Right, Phil Siedlicki, with one of the prints from Art's Barber Shop, donated by the owner Jim Mayer, being raffled off at the Oswego Senior Center November 18th

TAKE CONTROL OF DIABETES CLASSES Diabetes is the 5th deadliest disease in the U.S. and has no cure. But with proper control you can prevent or delay complications from the disease; blindness, kidney disease, nerve dis-

ease and cardiovascular. The Oswego Senior Center is hosting "I on Diabetes" classes for those with diabetes and their families. The four week program done in conjunction with the University of Illinois Extension and other health professionals will have information on managing diabetes; teach you how to select appropriate foods when eating at home, eating out, and when planning your meals. You will learn how to manage or prevent the disease and have a sampling of dishes. Be prepared for the holidays and all those treats. Classes will run on Mondays, Nov 4th til Nov 25th from 1 pm til 3:30 pm. The workshop is free, so please call and sign up at 630-554-5602. Classes will

take place at 156 E. Washington Street in Oswego, IL.

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH Are you an older adult with an ongoing health condition? Join a six week workshop starting Tuesday, Oct 22nd from 1 pm til 3:30 pm. at the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington St., Oswego, IL. You will learn from trained instructors who themselves have health conditions. You will find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices

and how to talk with your family and doctors about your health problems. Set your goals and make a step by step plan to improve your health and your life. Classes are free. Call Sandy or Sharon at 630-554-5602 to sign up or for more information.


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Conservation Corner with John Church Yorkville Public Librar y, phone 630-553-4354. For information on The Conservation@Home program which includes composting and other home and garden practices, contact The Conservation Foundation (TCF), phone 630-553-0687 x304 or see the website conservation--home.html.

John Church Fall is always a busy time for finishing up chores around the yard and garden and a beautiful time to enjoy the outdoors. There are several upcoming events that you may be interested in putting on your calendars to enjoy during the next few weeks, sponsored by The Conservation Foundation and others. First, The Conservation Foundation (TCF) and Yorkville Public Library will be offering the program “Home Composting: Adding Value to Your Yard and Garden Soils,” to be held on Monday, October 7, 7 pm, at the Yorkville Public Library. Fall is a great time of year to learn about how to start making and using compost while finishing up some of those outside chores. To register or other details about attending the program, contact the

The lower Fox River valley is one of the most beautiful areas in the state as well as being of high ecological and economic importance. One of the sites along the river, the 253-acre Dayton Bluffs natural area, was recently protected by The Conservation Foundation in cooperation with grantors and the City of Ottawa. It will be featured during several upcoming events so everyone can learn more about the beauty and features of the site, as well as ways to support it. There will be a fundraiser on October 18, 5 to 9 pm in Ottawa, to help with natural restoration on the site. Dates are also being established for open houses, so you can see it close up, learn how to volunteer and ways to be active to support this beautiful and historic parcel. So, be sure to “stay tuned” to TCF on facebook and at for more details. Or, if you have questions or want more information, you can also phone 630-553-0687 x304 or 630-428-4500. Finally, here is information from the Kendall County Forest Foundation on a fun fall event they will be hosting on

October 12 -- the group will be holding their first Fall Festival at Hoover Forest Preserve, on Fox Road west of Yorkville, from 12 noon to 7 pm. The public is invited to attend and there will be activities for the whole family, including music, storytelling, a petting zoo, Native American interpreters, hikes, a bounce house and a bonfire with s’mores. Food will be available for purchase during the day. Activities will be indoors and outdoors, so in case of rain, there will still be things to do. The Kendall County Forest Foundation’s mission is to support the activities of the Kendall County Forest Preserve District.

est and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations. Together with more than 3,500 members and donors, and more than 500 volunteers, The Foundation works in partnership with corporations, schools, forest preserve districts, park districts, county and municipal governments, local groups and agencies and individuals on projects and programs such as Conservation@Home and Conservation@Work, the Lower Fox River Land Conservation Planning Project, watershed planning, rain garden demonstrations, rain barrel sales, municipal stormwater management planning assistance and other programs. For more information, contact John Church, Kendall County Program Director, at or phone 630-553-0687.

The Conservation Foundation Announces New Kendall County Advisory Grant Awarded Council Members MORRIS, Ill. – Sept. 18, 2013 The Conservation Foundation has announced the addition of three new members to its Kendall County Advisory Council. The Conservation Foundation is a membership based, non-profit land and watershed protection organization serving Kendall, Kane, DuPage and Will Counties.

LyondellBasell located in Morris has awarded grants totaling more than $20,000 to ten area organizations, including The Conservation Foundation. The grants support programs targeting hunger relief, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and water conservation in the region.

Each county has a volunteer county Advisory Council to provide input and support to local programs. Three new members have just been added to the Kendall County Advisory Council, including Amy Hamilton, Sandwich; Scott Johnson, Oswego; and Wally Werderich, Yorkville.

The Conservation Foundation (TCF) grant will support the establishment of at least one demonstration rain garden site in the Aux Sable Creek watershed in cooperation with the Aux Sable Cree Watershed Coalition. Rain gardens help promote rainwater infiltration into the soil instead of running off the surface as stormwater. The rain gardens can be used in home or business sites. They are one of the best management practices recommended by the TCF Conservation@Home and Work programs.

Continuing Advisory Council members include Debbie Salois, Elizabeth Cherry, Danielle Ebersole, Ron Yenerich and Stephenie Todd, of Oswego; Sarah Fellerer, Tim Kellogg, Jason Pettit, and Joan McEachern, Yorkville; Jim Friedrich, Newark; Joan Soltwisch, Minooka; Kyle Lambert, Montgomery; and Whitney French, Neill Emmons, Dr. Craig Stevenson, and Wade Joyner of Plano. The Conservation Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees that helps develop and support the foundation’s programs. Trustees from Kendall County include Richard Whitfield, Newark and Pam Parr, Oswego. Founded in 1972, The Conservation Foundation is one of the region's old-

Other organizations receiving grants, in alphabetical order, are the I-M Canal Corridor Association, Coal City Food Pantry, Joliet Junior College Foundation, Junior Achievement, Meals on Wheels, Minooka Community High School District, Minooka Fire Department, Morris Community High School, and We Care of Grundy County.

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Community Calendar 12th Annual "All Around The Towne" Holiday Vendor/Craft Faire Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1 to 4:30 PM Hampton Inn and Suites, 2423 Bushwood Drive, Aurora, IL. This event supports the local food pantry. Admission is $2.00 or nonperishable food items. Free Coffee, tea and dessert! Free goodie bags for the first 50 people. Lots of door prizes will be given away. Vendors include: Mary Kay Pampered Chef Usborne Books Discovery Toys Thirty-One Close To My Heart Mom's Magical Potholders Tastefully Simple Avon Daves Famous Coffeecakes Fancy Schmancy Craft Bags Plus more! If you are interested in information or being a vendor please contact Jan DuRall, 630-862-4401 A few area events if you can put in your emails we would appreciate it. Fox Valley Montessori 850 N. Commonwealth, Aurora Childrens Resale Friday, October 18 9 AM to 3 PM Saturday, October 19 9 AM to 2 PM Baby and Childrens clothing, shoes, costumes, coats, hats, gloves, toys, books, games, strollers, playpens, and misc. baby and childrens items. Saturday ONLY - up to 25 clothing items (does not include coats, dresses, costumes, hats and some oth-


er items) ONLY $4.00. Bring a copy of this and receive a free book, Fox Valley Montessori 850 N. Commonwealth, Aurora Primary Fundraiser 5 B's BBQ Tuesday, October 29 4:30 to 6:30 PM Many different menu choices available. For tickets call Jan DuRall 630-862-4401

Awarded to City of Plano The City of Plano’s City Hall has been designated as a Conservation@Work (C@W) site by The Conservation Foundation (TCF). The sign indicating the new designation was recently installed at the Plano City Hall by Mayor Bob Hausler, TCF Trustee Dick Whitfield and John Church, Kendall Co. Program Director, The Conservation Foundation. The C@W designation is awarded to agencies, businesses and other entities by The Conservation Foundation as work or public places demonstrating a variety of environmentally friendly practices in landscaping and other structures. At Plano City Hall, the city installed permeable pavers and native plantings in the new parking area to promote water infiltration to reduce

runoff. Conservation@Work is a new extension o f T C F ”s C o n s e r v a t i o n @ H o m e program, which certifies homeowners that use such best management practices in their home landscape. Some of the recognized practices for homes or businesses include the use of deep rooted, native plantings in the landscape; reducing stormwater runoff; using rain barrels; planting rain gardens; composting; installing permeable pavers or porous concrete; the use of alternative energy sources; maintaining wildlife habitat; reducing invasive species and other practices. The Conservation Foundation is a nonprofit conservation group that works on land preservation and water quality related projects in Kendall, Kane, Will and DuPage Counties. Anyone interested in more information about the programs can contact The Conservation Foundation by phoning 630-553-0687 or 630-428-4500 or go to the website

Health Screenings The Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington St., Oswego, will be holding health screenings during the month of October: 1 0 / 3 T h u rs d a y - F l u S h o t s b y Walgreen's ( Fee or Medicare); Blood Pressure/Fasting Glucose/Stroke Risk Assessments by Rush Copley from 10-12 10/7 Monday - Flu Shots by Walgreen's ( Fee or Medicare) 10 - 12; 10/10 - Thursday - Blood Pressure by VNA 10-12; Stress & Depression Screen by Kendall County Health Department 9:30 - 11:30 10/14 - Monday - Blood Pressure/Fasting glucose/Grip Test by Willow Home Care - 10 12 10/17 - Thursday - Blood Pressure and Balance Screen by Vital Wellness 10 -12

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sors: Dairy Queen Grill & Chill of Montgomery; Engineering Enterprises, Inc.; Ozinga and Rush-Copley Medical Center.

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“Our sponsors are so important to the event’s success,” said Lauren Stott, Montgomery’s River Run coordinator. “The Village extends a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to these generous donors.”

September 13 will be guaranteed a goody bag with race t-shirt, Stott said. The Village is also seeking volunteers for the event day from 6:30 a.m.-noon; interested parties are asked to call 630-896-8080 ext. 1117. More information about all River Run events can be found at or by calling the Village at 630-896-8080.

Montgomery River Run to be held Saturday, October 5

Both the 5k and the 10k will start at 9 a.m. on October 5, 2013, with day-of registration opening at 7:30 a.m.

Montgomery’s annual foot race, the River Run, is a little more than a month away and the Village is looking for runners and volunteers.

“The expansion [to a 10k] is very exciting,” Stott said. “We hope it will bring out a whole new division of competition for this fun event.”

The fifth annual Cemetery Walk in Montgomery’s Riverside Cemetery will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the race, and to celebrate the Village has expanded the event to include a 10k as well as the regular 5k.

Participants in the 5k, 10k or the kids’ 100 yard dash are invited to register for the race online at or fill out a registration form at Village Hall, 200 North River Street.

Guests will be led through the cemetery in small groups to meet the fascinating “ghosts” of some of the early pioneers and other area residents who now occupy the cemetery. This is not a scary event, but more an opportunity to learn about the past from authenti-

The race is being presented by the Village and the event’s Gold Level Spon-

Participations that register before

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cally costumed actors who will portray some of the people buried in the cemetery. Tours will begin near the corner of River and Taylor Streets on the south side of the cemetery about every 10 minutes, so visitors can arrive any time between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. Parking is available along River Street and at the playground at the north end of Montgomery Park. Visitors are encouraged to bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. The Cemetery Walk is being planned by Montgomery’s Historic Preservation Commission. There is no charge for this event. In the event of rain, the Cemetery Walk will take place on Thursday, October 3rd at the same time. An indoor reenactment of the Cemetery Walk will take place in the Board Room of the Montgomery Village Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 8th as part of the Village’s Senior Program.

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Volunteers are being sought to serve as guides to escort the groups through the cemetery. To volunteer or for additional information, please contact Debbie Buchanan at the Montgomery Village Hall at (630) 896-8080 ext. 1114.

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lage of Oswego hosted on Main Street in Historic Downtown Oswego. Along with quality antiques, the market features repurposed finds, vintage treasures, handmade items, entertainment, food and more! The shops and restaurants in downtown Oswego will be open late as well! Market on Main Street takes place on September 27th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information and vendor inquiries please call Joyce at 630.554.2995 or visit the Market on Main Street FaceBook page athttps://

Oswego Literary Festival Presented by the Village’s Cultural Arts Commission and the Oswego Public Library District, join us for the first annual Oswego Literary Festival at Village Hall on Saturday, October 5th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The day will include author presentations, book signings, a book sale hosted by the Friends of the Library and more! The event is free to attend and over 20 local authors will be participating. For more information about this event, please call 630-554-3618 or email Please also find us on Facebook – “Oswego IL Cultural Arts Commission” for more details about the event.

Market on Main Street - Antique Market Friday Nights will never be the same! Don’t miss the all new Oswego Antique Market on Main Street presented by Rejoyce Design and Consign and the Vil-

Schedule of Events: Event Flyer Vendor Registration Form Chili Chase 5k Run/Walk Sunday, November 24 Registration: 7:00am Race Begins: 8:30am Yorkville American Legion Post #489, 9054 E. Veterans Pkwy., Yorkville

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Check out the Village of Screamfield Haunted House presented by the Plainfield School District's Foundation for Excellence, at the Plainfield Police Department, 14300 S. Coil Plus Drive. The Haunted House will be open October 18 from 6-10 pm (Full Haunt); October 19 from 2-5 pm (Family Friendly) and 6-10 pm (Full Haunt); October 25 from 6-10 pm (Full Haunt); October 26 from 2-5 pm (Family Friendly) and 6-10 pm (Full Haunt); and October 27 from 2-5 pm (Family Friendly) and 6-8:30 pm (Full Haunt). For more information, visit the Village of Screamfield on Facebook.

Trick-or-Treat Hours Trick-or-Treat hours will be Thursday, October 31 from 4-7 p.m. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Emerald Ash Borer Update Friday, Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m. at Beecher Community Park, 908 Game Farm Rd. Sponsored by: Rosati's Pizza of Yorkville Schedule of Events 5 - 6:45pm: Pumpkin Decorating/Carving, 1st 100. Hayrides Rosati's Pizza - $3 per slice, $1 cans of pop. Not So Scary Storytelling 6:00-6:30PM: Costume Contest Registration 6:30 - 7:00pm: Costume Contest 7pm: Egg Hunt - 10 & Under Holiday Under the Stars & Fireworks Show Saturday, November 23 Downtown Yorkville & Riverfront Park

Plainfield Township, the Plainfield Park District, and Representative Tom Cross are sponsoring a Senior Fair on Thursday, October 3 from 12-3 pm at Plainfield Township, 22525 W. Lockport Street. Flu shots, blood pressure and balance testing, and trust/will information will be available. For more details, click here.

Fire Prevention Week Open House

The Forestry Department is currently tagging and removing Ash Trees that have been found to be heavily infested by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). All of the trees that are tagged will be removed by November to help lessen the threat of ice storms causing the trees to fall and damage public/private property. For more information about the EAB, visit

Join the Plainfield Fire Protection District for an Open House on Saturday, October 5 from 12-3 pm, at Fire Station 2, 23806 W. 135th Street. It will be a fun filled afternoon with displays, demonstrations, a children's firefighter challenge, and raffles! For more information, click here.

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Coffee with the Mayor - October 9

Yard Waste Pickup To End

Please join Mayor Collins for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 9 am at the Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport Street. All residents are invited.

The last day for yard waste pickup (including leaves) is November 25 for residents with Monday pickup, November 27 for residents with Wednesday pickup, and November 29 for residents with Thursday pickup. Please make sure that all yard waste is properly packaged in kraft yard waste bags and/or a Waste Management yard waste cart. Sod, trees, stumps, dirt, stones, and landscape brick/pavers are not accepted as yard waste. Yard waste pickup will resume in April 2014. For more information, click here to read the Waste Management Brochure or call (800) 796-9696.

Boo! We love movies in the park, so we're celebrating Halloween with everyone's favorite friendly ghost! The Village and Plainfield Park District are pleased to announce thatCasper (PG) will be shown on Friday, October 18, in Settlers’ Park. The movie will be held in conjunction with the Plainfield Park District’s Frankenstein’s Kiddie Carnival. The carnival begins at 6 pm at Ira Jones Middle School and Casper will be shown at 8 pm in Settlers’ Park, weather permitting. Stay tuned for more details!

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To prevent storm sewer blockages, please do not rake leaves into the street. Instead, place leaves in yard waste bags and put them at the curb on your regular refuse collection day for Waste Management.

Office Closures The Village of Plainfield Offices will be closed on: Monday, November 11; Thursday, November 28-Friday, November 29; and Tuesday, December 24-Wednesday, December 25, 2013.


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Refuse Collection Reminder Waste Management holidays that fall on a refuse collection day will cause collection to be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. In 2013, refuse collection will be delayed due to the following holidays: Labor Day (Monday, September 2) Pickup will be one day late all week; Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28) - Pickup will be delayed by one day for residents with Thursday collection; and Christmas (Wednesday, December 25) Pickup will be delayed by one day for residents with Wednesday and Thursday collection days.

City of Joliet Additional Stop Signs To Be Installed At The Intersection Of Kendall Ridge Boulevard and Applegate Drive Effective Friday, October 4, 2013, there will be new stop signs installed at Kendall Ridge Boulevard and Applegate Drive. This will create an All Way stop. Motorists are advised to use caution while driving in the area.For additional information contact Joliet Public Works Department at 815-724-4200. Joliet Area Historical Museum Receives Museum Operating Grant; Additional Honors for Joliet Township High School Band Exhibit The City of Joliet congratulates the Joliet Area Historical Museum and its Board of Directors and Staff, on receiving two pieces of good news from State agencies in recent weeks. The Illinois Arts Council has awarded the Museum a grant in the amount of $8,015.00 to support its operations. Greg Peerbolte, the Museum’s Executive Director noted, “This grant is unique in that it can be used for general operating funds without restriction. The Illinois Arts Council realizes that Museums have a unique set of budgetary challenges, and the flexibility this grant allows will give us some breathing room as we look to tackle our many goals.” One of those goals is the establishment of a permanent exhibit that marks the centennial of the Joliet Township High School marching bands, after a highly successful temporary exhibit closed in June. The Museum almost simultaneously received word that the band exhibit had received a Superior Award from the Illinois Association of Museums. In a letter to the Museum, Awards Chair Martha Jane Downey told Museum staff, “This exhibit was a huge undertaking and the committee was im-

pressed by the use of memories and the diligence to check the facts of those memories. The Joliet Township High School Bands, and the impact they have had on the musicians and the community, is worthy of this remarkable exhibit.” The proposed permanent exhibit, which carries a budget of approximately $80,000.00, was helped along by yet another grant awarded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in the amount of $61,000.00. The Museum is seeking additional public support to close the gap. The Award will be presented at the Illinois Association of Museums’ Annual Conference in Peoria on Friday,

October 18, 2013. Peerbolte pointed out that this was the third major award the Band Exhibit has received, and it comes as no surprise to him. “While I was not involved in the planning of this exhibit, I quickly learned what the high school marching bands mean to the community, including giving Joliet its famous moniker of ‘City of Champions’. I must credit our museum staff, committee members, and many community participants for their vision and execution. They realized this was a remarkable Joliet story that needed to be told and there was no better way to tell it than through the Joliet Area Historical Museum.” Reflecting on the

awards, Peerbolte feels it is telling of the Joliet Area Historical Museum’s philosophy in general: “Every dollar matters here and we take both our fiscal stability and intellectual credibility very seriously. They are both keystones of our responsibility to the citizens of Joliet and the larger Museum community. These awards certainly reflect that.”For further information on the exhibit, please contact Greg Peerbolte at (815) 723-5201 extension 236 or

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Phone Interview Tips Employers use telephone interviews as a way of identifying and recruiting candidates for employment. Phone interviews are often used to screen candidates in order to narrow the pool of applicants who will be invited for in-person interviews. They are also used as a way to minimize the expenses involved in inter viewing out-of-town candidates. While you're actively job searching, it's important to be prepared for a phone interview on a moment's notice. You never know when a recruiter or a networking contact might call and ask if you have a few minutes to talk. Be Prepared to Interview

Prepare for a phone interview just as you would for a regular interview. Compile a list of your strengths and weaknesses, as well as a list of answers to typical phone interview questions. In addition, plan on being prepared for a phone conversation about your background and skills. • Keep your resume in clear view, on the top of your desk, or tape it to the wall near the phone, so it's at your fingertips when you need to answer questions. • Have a short list of your accomplishments available to review. • Have a pen and paper handy for note taking. • Turn call-waiting off so your call isn't interrupted. • If the time isn't convenient, ask if you could talk at another time and suggest some alternatives. • Clear the room - evict the kids and the pets. Turn off the stereo and the TV. Close the door. • Unless you're sure your cell phone service is going to be perfect, consider using a landline rather than your cell phone to avoid a dropped call or static on the line.

Practice Interviewing Talking on the phone isn't as easy as it seems. I've always found it's helpful to practice. Have a friend or family member conduct a mock interview and tape record it so you can see how you sound over the phone. Any cassette recorder will work. You'll be able to hear your "ums" and "uhs" and "okays" and you can practice reducing them from your conversational speech. Also rehearse answers to those typical questions you'll be asked. During the Phone Interview • Don't smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink. • Do keep a glass of water handy, in case you need to wet your mouth. • Smile. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice. • Speak slowly and enunciate clearly. • Use the person's title (Mr. or Ms. and their last name.) Only use a first name if they ask you to. • Don't interrupt the interviewer. • Take your time - it's perfectly acceptable to take a moment or two to

collect your thoughts. • Give short answers. • Remember your goal is to set up a face-to-face interview. After you thank the interviewer ask if it would be possible to meet in person. After the Interview: • Take notes about what you were asked and how you answered. • Remember to say "thank you." Follow with a thank you note which reiterates your interest in the job.

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Oxymora The Ainsworth-Gallery, 721 Taylor Street in Joliet is presenting a new exhibit by Joan M. Ladendorf entitled Oxymora. The show will be on display from 12 October to 22 November 2013. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Saturday 12 October from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Everyone is invited to attend. Joan Ladendorf currently lives in Hanover Park, IL and has exhibited her work in several different medias throughout her career. An earlier exhibit at the Ainsworth-Gallery in April of 2008 consisted of fiber art. Ladendorf’s new work uses images, colors and textures collected photographically and composed by digital manipulation to create new and unique works of art. These colorful images are loaded with intricate detail that is sometimes missed by the casual onlooker and only discovered upon closer inspection

after additional viewings. Many of these prints are totally abstract, but the viewer will connect with the artist’s thoughts when they discover recognizable elements hidden in the composition. There is a lot to see here. This exhibit is enormous by any artist’s standards. There are 82 framed works and two print bins with matted but unframed images. Ladendorf has won national and international acclaim for her work and locally she won the Best-of-Show award for her image ‘Horizons’ in this year’s Open Lens exhibit at Gallery 7 in Joliet. She has published collections of her work, she has written magazine articles explaining her techniques, and maintains an incredibly busy exhibition schedule. The Ainsworth-Gallery, Joliet’s oldest commercial art gallery showing original work by living artists, is celebrating its 14th year at the Taylor Street location. All exhibited art work is for sale. The gallery is open from 10:30 to 5:00 Monday through Friday and other

times by appointment. For more information call the gallery at 815.726.1840.

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Be Careful What You Wish For and Even More Careful About Who You Cut. According to, last fiscal year the Quinn administration approved more than $135 million in nobid emergency purchases for the state which is a new record - including a "nobid emergency purchase" of $15,000 for hot dog seasoning to be used at the Menard Correctional Center meat shop. The reason: The prior contract for wiener spices had expired and a new contract wasn’t yet in place. "Menard convicts make their own hot dog, which is good job training and should save the state money on provisions, too" Matt Brown, the state’s chief procurement officer, acknowledged a lack of manpower in some agencies might be playing a role. But, he said ensuring that contracts don’t expire without a new contract in place is a matter of "good planning." In comments, there were some interesting responses that allude to the multiple causes for the problem: "Sometimes they can just extend the contract...unless the vendor doesn’t want to...wonder if they were paid yet?" "downstate commissioner probably has it right. No money, no hot dog

"Illinois procurement law makes emergency purchasing the most practical option for a lot of state agencies. Nobody likes it." "I’m sure there are some that can be pinned on poor planning, but the fact is that the procurement law has changed dramatically since Rod’s departure. Combine that with a lack of resources and you’re going to see some problems." "This is a prime example of smaller govt. Next time you hear someone say “cut, cut, cut, get rid of those paperpushers and bureaucrats,” you should remember those paper-pushers are people like procurement staff and auditors who have to review and sign off on purchases. Sooner or later, maybe someone will figure out that when you slash and burn those waste of tax dollars, paper-pushing bureaucrats, you might not like the results. For example, in 1997 when DHS was created they had over 20,000 staff. Today their headcount is around 12,000. Think some of them might have been paper-pushers? But go ahead General Assembly, keep cutting those “adm. lines” for agencies, you will get more of this." "Part of the problem is that the procurement policy is so bureaucratic that it takes 2 to 3 months to get a request for something approved by everyone who has to approve it. After the bid is let, then you have to go through the entire approval process again! So what happens if you run out of weinies during the process of going out for bid? One option would be to do without, but, the most obvious one is to get an emergency purchase approved. No where in the debate am I hearing that the procurement process ITSELF needs to be reviewed for streamlining and efficiency." "The state procurement process along with very late payments make purchasing a nightmare. Because of those two factors all involved in state procurement know about the “procurement premium” which easily totals into the millions annually. Vendors, or at least those who will still do business with the state, build in additional costs to make up for the bureaucratic disaster procurement has become as well as to help reimburse for late payments. A few are happy with the percent and a half or whatever the state pays for late payments but not very many. Want to save millions of tax dollars, reform the procurement system." "Not necessarily an excuse, but there are 20,000 fewer state employees than 10 years ago, which is an approximate

30% reduction in force. Many of the departed had a great deal of institutional knowledge and quite a few, although certainly not all, were committed career employees. So, I’m not at all surprised that we find instances of poor performance in Illinois agencies. As Matt Brown points out, the brain drain has real consequences, and it exposes agencies to potential abuses. Unfortunately there hasn’t been any commitment to replenishing the talent pool for a long long time." It looks to me like procurement code reforms enacted in the name of transparency require more prying eyes checking out and signing off on each contract. It's a two-step process, first to allow the agency's request and again when they agree to a contract with a vender. So as the commentator above says, "it takes 2 to 3 months to get a request for something approved by everyone who has to approve it. After the bid is let, then you have to go through the entire approval process again." Another complicating factor is the State's habit of making late payments. Venders add in a “procurement premium” to make up for the late payments and possible procurement delays, which not only costs the State more, but can lead to further delays in letting the contract. It stands to reason there's fewer venders willing to do business with any entity which is a late payer and if they're raising their prices it also stands to reason that the state procurement officers have to examine those contracts more thoroughly to make sure those price hikes can't be avoided. As a work-around, we have the emergency no-bid purchasing process, which no doubt is more expensive and potentially ripe for abuse, but as evidenced by the record $135 million spent using it last fiscal year means the regular procurement process is breaking down or there were a number of large one shot contracts that came up suddenly. In the name of reform and transparency, which I think we all can agree is not just a public good, but a necessity in Illinois procurement has become more bureaucratic and less efficient because more people are scrutinizing each contract before signing off on it. That slows things down. Meanwhile, the State has downsized by 20,000 employees, 30% of its workforce in the last 10 years. Many of those forced out were experienced, committed, long-term (and consequently higher paid) bureaucrats with a lot of institutional knowledge who knew how to get the work done and make their agencies function efficiently, not a few of whom

were in boring old oversight agencies like procurement. That slows the process down even further. Dear Republicans and some of you sillier Democrats, please remember when it comes to fixing government corruption, the solution is invariably more oversight from within, like government auditors and procurement officers who can examine contracts and make sure they're legitimate before they're signed and our hard earned tax dollars go out the door. As much as we all revere crusading federal prosecutors and muckraking reporters, they don't nip scandals in the bud, they wouldn't be scandals if they did. It's the old fashioned work of the green eyeshade folks, the procurement bureaucrats who more often than not stop creeps from trying to bilk Illinois taxpayers before they can get away with it. Firing them in the name of small government and saving taxpayer’s money and then complaining about government corruption is either pretty darn shortsighted or cynical.

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From the Right with John Zahm Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants? Are you kidding me? Today the Illinois Senate voted 41-14-1-3 to allow illegal immigrants to legally drive a vehicle on our public streets. I watched the whole debate from the balcony sitting with my 8year-old son Sam. It is amazing to me that there are Republican “leaders” who see this as a good idea. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, Caucus Chair Matt Murphy, and former Governor Candidates Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard are among the Senators who claim that encouraging 250,000 illegal immigrants to drive on our roads will make us safer. What we need to do instead is pass laws that cause anyone caught driving without a license and/or insurance to face severe penalties, such as confiscation of their vehicle, heavy fines, even some time in the county jail for a second offense. That will set up the type of deterrent to get these untrained drivers, many of whom do not speak or read English, off the roads and either into public transportation, to another state that allows lawlessness like this (so far only New Mexico and Washington), or a return to their home country

until legal citizenship is attained. The new Hispanic Republican Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, is trying to repeal her State’s law because it has made the state a magnet for illegal immigrants and the roads have become less, not more, safe.

tion for giving a strong public statement against the bill. Henry County’s Senator Darin LaHood was a solid NO, as was Tim Bivins, who currently represents part of Northern Henry County. Colona area Senator Mike Jacobs voted AYE. We will have another chance to defeat him at the polls in 2014.

The 14 Senators who deserve praise for their NO votes are Bivins, Bomke, Cultra, Duffy, Haine, Christine Johnson, Jones, LaHood, Lauzen, Luechtefeld, Maloney, McCann, McCarter, and Syverson. Gary Forby voted present. Absent were Althoff, Hutchinson, and Righter. Senator Lauzen deserves special men-

Getting some of these drivers insured will only result in there being some insurance money available to bury the dead legal drivers that are now more likely to come in contact with these law-breaking illegals since they will be magnetically drawn to Illinois to take advantage of this special privilege.

Wait until we see the cost of services, including public education, to pay for all of these new illegals flocking here. Mark my words, this will be a failed experiment, just as it was in Utah and is currently failing in Washington and New Mexico.

After suffering their first loss of the sea-

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Bears looking to Rebound

son last weekend in Detroit, the Bears will look to rebound when they host the undefeated New Orleans Saints Sunday at Soldier Field. The Bears (3-1) are tied with the Lions (3-1) atop the NFC North after losing to Detroit 40-32 last Sunday at Ford Field. Chicago committed four turnovers and allowed 27 points in the second quarter, including three touchdowns in a 3:26 span. Jay Cutler and the Bears will look to improve to 4-1 Sunday when they host the New Orleans Saints.The Saints (4-0) are one of five undefeated teams in the NFL, joining the Patriots, Broncos, Chiefs and Seahawks. New Orleans has beaten the Falcons 23-17, Cardinals 31-7 and Dolphins 38-17 at home and the Buccaneers 16-14 in Tampa. Jay Cutler will look to bounce back after throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble that the Lions returned for a touchdown. On six previous occasions in which he tossed three or more interceptions with the Bears, he has compiled a 5-1 record in his next game. Cutler has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,010 yards with eight touchdowns, six interceptions and an

85.1 passer rating that ranks 19th in the NFL. Matt Forte ranks fifth in the NFL in rushing with 320 yards and three TDs on 69 carries. He needs just 11 yards to pass Rick Casares as the third leading rusher in Bears history behind Walter Payton and Neal Anderson. Forte has also caught 23 passes for 160 yards. In two career starts against New Orleans, Cutler has connected on 40 of 79 passes for 508 yards with three TDs, one interception and a 78.5 passer rating. In two games, Forte has rushed for 83 yards and 1 TD on 21 carries and caught 15 passes for 146 yards. The Bears defense will be challenged Sunday by an explosive Saints offense that's led by quarterback Drew Brees, tight end Jimmy Graham and running back Darren Sproles. New Orleans averages 27 points and 419.5 yards per game. Brees ranks second in the NFL with 1,434 passing yards and fifth with a 103.8 passer rating. The seven-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLIV MVP completed 30 of 39 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns last Monday night in a 38-17 rout of the Dolphins.

Brees no doubt will look to Graham, a freakishly athletic 6-7, 265-pound tight end who is tied for the NFL lead with six TD receptions and ranks second among all pass catches with 458 yards. Sproles is also a force. The diminutive running back is similar in style to the Lions' Reggie Bush, who gashed the Bears last Sunday in Detroit, rushing for 139 yards and one TD on 18 carries. After that outing, the defense focused in practice on tackling and gap responsibilities. The Bears rank third in the NFL in points per game (31.8) and tops in takeaways (14). The 127 points they've scored are their most in the first four games of a season since 1989 (129). The Bears lead the all-time series over the Saints 15-12. The home team has won five of the last six meetings, with the Bears' 20-17 victory in Baton Rouge, La., in 2005 being the only ex-

ception. The Bears lost the last meeting between the teams 30-13 on Sept. 18, 2011 in New Orleans. Brees passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns, including a 79-yarder to Devery Henderson. Cutler completed 19 of 45 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown and was sacked six times, with five coming after the Saints had increased their lead to 30-13 early in the fourth quarter. Forte caught 10 passes for 117 yards. In total yards, the Bears offense is tied for 13th in the NFL (16th rushing and tied for 19th passing), while the Saints defense ranks 6th (22nd against the run and 5th versus the pass). The Bears defense is 20th overall (15th against the run and 23rd versus the pass, while the Saints offense is 4th (25th rushing and 2nd passing).


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