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    What really happened in the Orland Park home of veteran Brother Rice High School teacher Al Filan?     The family of Alisha Walker, 20, of Akron, Ohio, believes that Filan went on the attack and she acted in self-defense on Jan. 18 when she allegedly

stabbed Filan multiple times at his home at 9422 Georgetown Square.     That is the only side of the story that has been made public about this grisly crime.     Police have not provided additional details about the investigation, including what led them to Walker.     Walker told police that Filan, 61, contacted her via Backpage, an Internet

site that includes an adult section with ads for escort services, strip clubs and massage parlors, for example.     Filan was long-time business teacher and coach at Brother Rice High School in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community. He also coached soccer at Andrew High School in Tinley Park.     Walker’s aunt, Dawn Hens-

ley, of Winchester, Ky., refused comment Monday on the firstdegree charges filed against her niece but said, “We’re real sorry for that family.”     She said her husband, Ed, should not have talked to other media outlets over the weekend.     Ed told Sun-Times Media that his niece is “really a sweetheart” who earned good grades

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Alisha Walker but started running with the “wrong people.”     During a conversation with a reporter, Ed Hensley said he (Continued on page 2)

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By Bob Rakow Staff Reporter     Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday morning to pay their respects to the family of Yusuf “Yoshi” Ziada, of Oak Lawn, who died apparently of exposure from the cold weather Sunday near the campus of Illinois State University.     Some family members were overwhelmed with grief during a morning visitation service at Hann Funeral Home in Bridgeview. Visitation was followed by a prayer service at the Mosque Foundation, 7360 W. 93rd St., Bridgeview.     Friends from Oak Lawn Community High School and Illinois State University, where Ziada was a sophomore, turned out for the emotional service.     Ziada, 19, is a 2012 graduate of the Oak Lawn Community High School, where he was active in a variety of clubs and activities, school officials said.     “He was a very well-liked kid,” said Mike Riordan, superintenPhotos by Jeff Vorva Jim Les, Lisa Schaughnessy and George Les (top photo, left to right) are happy to be back in business in Hickory Hills dent and principal of the high after a fire in the summer did damage to the Les Brothers building. Aladdin’s Palace Banquet (bottom photo) will be opening school. “He did well academically.” soon in the city.     Ziada was an honor student and earned an academic letter, which are awarded to students who maintain a 3.5 GPA or better over a period of time, Riordan said. (Continued on page 2)

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ers Restaurant, 7730 S. 95th St., which reopened Jan. 17.     A 2013 fire damaged the interior of the restaurant. The renovated facility includes several new features such as a raised ceiling, fireplace and new booths, Howley said.     “It looks brand new on the inside,” he said.     Les Brothers also has a restaurant in Oak Lawn and that business was recently recognized by the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce. On Jan. 18, owner George Les was named the Oak (Continued on page 5)

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Flaming Grill restaurant getting Ridge bosses hot under the collar By Bob Rakow Staff Reporter     Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar’s patience is wearing thin with the owners of an Asian buffet that has not paid its food and beverage tax.     The owners of Flaming Grill and Buffet were a no-show at a Tuesday morning hearing designed to review their business license.     “How do they just ignore this?” Tokar said Tuesday after continuing the hearing to Feb. 10.     The owners were notified of the hearing several days ago, said Tokar, who added that village would consider suspend-

ing the restaurant’s license if owner’s fail to appear at the next hearing.     The mayor said a notice of the meeting was sent to the restaurant owners via certified mail and a copy was hand delivered.     Restaurants and bars are required to a pay a monthly 1 percent food and beverage tax to the village. Flaming Grill and Buffet has never paid the tax, officials said.     Additionally, the restaurant’s ownership and corporate name recently changed hands, but the new owners have never appeared before the village board for a business license, Tokar said.

    The buffet, 101 Commons Drive, which serves a mixture of Japanese and Chinese cuisine, opened in May, 2013 in the former Old Country Buffet location. The restaurant also features American food, desserts and a hibachi grill.     Messages left for restaurant officials were not returned.     In a separate issue, village health inspector Rich Ruge is concerned with the way the Flaming Grill has been conducting its day-to-day operations and said he had to ticket the restaurant earlier this month for some sanitation violations. Photo by Jeff Vorva     Ruge said he made a routine inspection on Jan. 15 and saw The Flaming Grill Buffet’s owners in Chicago Ridge are testing the (Continued on page 5) patience of the village’s officials regarding taxes and sanitation.


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tail theft Jan. 23 after allegedly stealing items from Kohl’s at Chicago Ridge Mall, police     Robert R. Rodriguez, 21, of said. Chicago Ridge, was charged with armed robbery Jan. 21 after he allegedly stole several hundred dollars, cigarettes and a candy bar at 1:15 a.m. at the Shell Gas     Orion L. Casey, 23, of South Station and Mini-Mart, 6358 W. Holland, was charged with driv111th St., police said. ing on a suspended license Jan. 25 after a stop at 88th Street *** and Roberts Road, police said.     Frederick Polcar, 37, of Worth, was charged with battery and *** disorderly conduct Jan. 22 af-     Robert S. Speck, 41, of Oak ter a disturbance at AutoZone, Forest, was charged with driv10121 S. Ridgeland Ave., police ing on a suspended license and said. Polcar allegedly became failure to signal following a Jan. upset after not being able to re- 24 stop at 87th Street and Robturn some merchandise leading erts Road, police said. him to knock over a display. He then grabbed an employee and spit in his face, police said. ***     Melissa S. Dronski, 32, of Oak Lawn, was charged with     Armando Liquez, 35, of Oak retail theft Jan. 23 after alleg- Lawn, was charged with assault edly stealing goods from Kohl’s Jan. 13 after a disturbance with at Chicago Ridge Mall, police a neighbor in the 9700 block of said. McVicker Avenue, police said. *** ***     Stephanie Burton, 43, of     A handgun, camera and Chicago, was charged with re- miscellaneous jewelry with a

combined value of $1,000 was reported stolen Jan. 14 from a house in the 5800 block of 89th Place. ***     A catalytic convertor was reported stolen between Jan. 14 and Jan. 22 from a car in the 4200 block of 103rd Street.

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By Bob Rakow Staff Reporter     An Evergreen Park restaurant was robbed at gunpoint last Friday, police said.     The incident occurred at 10 p.m. Pepe’s Restaurant, 2942 W. 95th St., when two men entered the eatery, police said. One of the men displayed a handgun and demanded the money from the cash drawer and the manager’s pockets, according to reports.     After acquiring the money, the

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men fled west on 95th Street in a black car, police said.     No one was injured during the robbery.     One of the men wore a black jacket with the logo of the defunct Negro league Chicago American Giants on the front and the word “Chicago” in black letters on the back. The other man wore a black bandana with red stripe and dark hooded coat.     Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Evergreen Park Police Department at 708-422-2142.

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***     Deborah D. Thompson, 41, of Chicago Ridge, was charged with drunken driving, driving in the wrong lane, improper lane use, driving without a valid license, expired registration and transportation of alcohol Jan. 16 following a stop at Southwest Highway and Central Avenue, police said. ***     Cynthia Sircher, 47, of Chicago, was charged with robbery, assault and battery Jan. 17 after she allegedly stole items from Jewel-Osco, 8801 S. Ridgeland Ave., police said. ***     The glass front door of Tracy Nails, 6334 W. 95th St., was smashed at 6:54 a.m. Jan. 18. Nothing was taken from the store.

(Continued from page 1) spoke to Walker via telephone from the Allen County Jail.     Walker allegedly told her uncle that she and another woman who worked for the escort service went to Filan’s house, but Filan got upset because he would not receive the services advertised on the Internet.     “My understanding is the guy wielded a knife at the other girl, and then my niece freaked out, took the knife from him and then stabbed him with it to keep [the other woman] from getting stabbed,” Hensley told Sun-Times Media.     Hensley said Walker was friends with the other woman from the escort service, who is not being charged.

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***     Philip D. Dennehy, 45, of Oak Lawn, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, improper parking, obstructing traffic and driving under the influence of drugs Jan. 19 after a stop at 87th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said.     Walker was arrested at 12:30 a.m. Friday in a motel on the outskirts of Fort Wayne, Ind., by members of the Orland Park police department, South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and Fort Wayne Police Department.     Walker waived extradition at a Monday morning hearing in Fort Wayne and is being held at the Allen County Jail in Fort Wayne until her next scheduled hearing Feb. 10.     By waiving extradition, Walker eventually will be sent to Illinois to face first-degree murder charges in the stabbing death of Filan.     The murder investigation began on the morning of Jan. 21 when Filan was found dead in his home after police were called on to perform a well-being check when Filan, who lived alone, did

school experience with us at Oak Lawn,” Riordon said. “He was just one of those kids who stood out.”     Ziada was a member of student council throughout his (Continued from page 1) high school tenure and served     In addition to academic suc- as vice president as a senior. cess, Ziada was popular among     His brother is a senior at the his peers, who respected his high school and his sister is a leadership qualities, he said. freshman.     “He had a real good high     Grief counselors were available to students when school resumed on Wednesday.

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***     Tristan J. Molloy, 21, of Bridgeview, was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, drunken driving, having no insurance and driving off the road Jan. 18 after a stop at 111th Street and Pulaski Road, police said. ***     Larry E. Brewer, 63, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft and possession of drug equipment Jan. 18 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Jewel-Osco, 4650 W. 103rd St., police said. ***     Daniel M. Grimes, 61, of Oak Lawn, was charged with drunken driving and failure to render aid at the scene of an accident Jan. 18 after a stop at 107th Street and Kenton Avenue, police said.

***     Anthony W. Bigos, 38, of Oak Lawn, was charged with drunken driving, improper lane use, failure to yield, no insurance, failure to carry a driver’s license and driving with one headlight Jan. 19 following a stop at 95th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said. ***     Jewelry valued at $190,000 was reported stolen Jan. 21 from a house in the 5900 block of 88th Street. ***     A snow blower, lawn mower and air compressor were reported stolen Jan. 21 or 22 from an apartment building in the 9800 block of Cicero Avenue.

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a stable in the 9800 block of Kean Avenue. ***     Brian Aderman, 37, of Hickory Hills, was charged with drunken driving, speeding and improper lane use Jan. 26 following a stop in the 103rd Street and 88th Avenue, police said.

Worth     Adrian Maslowski, 31, of Worth, was charged with disorderly conduct Jan. 22 following a disturbance in the 10800 block of Neenah Avenue, police said. ***     Jamal J. Abbasi, 26, of Worth, was charged with domestic battery Jan. 20 after a disturbance in the 6800 block of Crandall Avenue, police said.

    Steven Smith, 22, of Palos Hills, was charged with drunken driving and no insurance Jan. 22 after a stop at 111th Street and 86th Avenue, police said.

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Al Filan, shown here teaching at Brother Rice, was killed at his home in Orland Park earlier this month. not show up for work.     The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Filan died as a result of multiple stab and incise wounds.     Walker has prior arrests for

drugs, prostitution and battery, had met with Filan on at least two other occasions, police said.     She confessed to being at Filan’s home on Jan. 18, they said.

    Ziada was found about 7:30 a.m. Sunday in a field three miles from the campus of Illinois State University, McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said.

in a press release. The final autopsy report is pending toxicology results, which will not be available for four to six weeks, the coroner’s office said.

    His body did not show any signs of trauma, but he was not dressed for the wintry conditions, officials said.     Preliminary autopsy results indicate Ziada had symptoms of cold exposure, Kimmerling said

    Officials believe Ziada, a business major, wandered away from The Chateau Hotel on Jumer Drive in Bloomington, about three miles from campus, and then collapsed, the release said. The Bloomington Police Department is investigating.

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She’s finally the retiring type Regional Publishing’s Ulanowski leaves after decades of service     When Sharon Ulanowski walked into the Regional Publishing office as the company’s new typesetter for the first time in the summer of 1972, it was hot outside.     It was worse inside.     “There was no air conditioning,” she said. “We had fans blowing. The old press was here and that gave off heat. It was hot and muggy.”     Ulanowski walked out of the Regional Publishing office Tuesday on her final day as a typesetter in temperatures on the wrong side of zero with plenty of snow piled up visible from the parking lot.     In between the sizzler of ’72 and the freeze of ’14, Ulanowski has spent decades typesetting copy of stories and ads for the Regional and Reporter newspapers. It’s almost impossible to figure out how many stories she has seen and it’s unimaginable to figure out how many words her eyes have seen during her career here.     “I love my job,” she said. “I like the typing. I like reading the

news. I don’t read the newspaper at home because I read the stories here.”     In recent years, she has used a computer to get the work done. In the old days, it was different.     “We punched holes on a yellow strip,” she said. “It went into a big machine. We called it ‘Beauregard.’ It ran through the machine and it came out on film. Then we ran it through the smelly chemical processor. We had to let the film dry and we had to trim it and ran it through a waxer and then we had to paste it all down.”     I’ve known Sharon for the past 16 months of her career and have stayed on her good side for most of them.     She did most the news work for the Regional and sports for both papers. In July, when I was mulling if I should move from Regional reporter to Reporter editor, she insisted I stay with the Regional because we worked so well together.     The next time I saw her after I accepted the job as Reporter editor in August, she greeted me

Editor’s Notebook by Jeff Vorva warmly with a “Good morning, traitor.”     Aside from that day, we got along pretty well even though I know she wasn’t happy a few weeks later when I approached her about the Football Forecast feature in sports that we wanted to try out for the first time.     While it sounds simple to have five goofballs picking about 10 prep football games a week, it took a lot of work on her end to get everything lined up just right to make the graphic look as good as it did.     When we did our last Football Forecast after the state championship, I jokingly announced that we were going to do it for basketball as well. Have you ever heard of the term “stink-eye?”

Well, that day I got it.     Before coming to our offices, Ulanowski worked at Chicago Title and Trust and took four years off before coming to our offices in Palos Heights on that hot day in 1972. She is originally from Chicago and attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School and St. Peter and Paul High School — both have ceased to exist after her departure (hope that’s not an omen).     It’s the end of an era for us at the Regional and Reporter. Few papers use typesetters anymore.     Ulanowski lives in Bridgeview with her husband, Tom (of 45 years) and together they have made some of the best Christmas sweets you ever wanted to eat. We will insist that she stops by in December to fill our bellies with holiday goodness.     Their son, Paul, is a Cook County Sheriff’s officer who teaches at Moraine Valley Community College and is a gun range instructor. Her daughter-in-law is also in the printing business at Fischer Printing in Bridgeview. Her retire-

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One of the last stories that retired Regional Publishing typesetter Sharon Ulanowski worked on was this column. ment will feature fun with her grandkids, Raymond Richard (age 9) and Madison Mae (7).     “They are the love of my life,” she said.     So our loss is her grandkids’ gain.

    Just two pieces of advice to the kids:     First, make sure you hug your grandma often because she loves her hugs.     Second, don’t make her do any Football Forecasts.

Radice back on OL payroll despite protest from Streit By Bob Rakow Staff Reporter The Oak Lawn village board on Tuesday approved a contract with a part-time village employee who will provide inspection and business development services to the village. Steve Radice, a former chairman of the village’s planning and development commission, will be paid $75,000 via the annual contract, which was approved by a 4-1 vote. He will not receive health insurance benefits as part of the deal. The contract replaces the village’s previous arrangement with Radice, who worked as a parttime inspector and later took on business development consulting work through a contract the village had with his company, Bring It Inc. Payments to Bring It, which developed a basketball game available in various sporting goods stores, caused quite a stir as former mayor Dave Heilmann and Trustee Bob Streit alleged that they were illegal because the village cannot do business with a company owned by an employee. The pair attacked Mayor Sandra Bury, who campaigned on a platform of ethics reform and increased transparency, and vil-

lage manager Larry Deetjen, for awarding the payments to Radice’s firm. “This whole scheme is part of a massive cover up and I can’t support it,” Streit said Tuesday night. Trustee Carol Quinlan abstained from the vote because of her friendship with Radice and his wife. Streit voted against the contract, saying it was illegal and Radice lacked business development experience. Radice took on a part-time inspector’s position with the village in October, 2012. At that time, he resigned from the planning and development commission to avoid a conflict of interest. Several months later, Radice and three other village

employees applied for the new business development consultant position. Radice was chosen, and the village board in October made a $3,400 payment to Bring It Inc. In November, the board made a $4,706 to the company. The new agreement calls for Bring It to reimburse the village for those payments. Streit said Tuesday that awarding the personal services agreement was “an attempt to erase a serious violation of the law.” “It was not legal,” said Streit, who added that Radice received the contract because he is a political supporter of Bury. He added that Radice is not qualified to work in the business development arena.

berry said. He added that Radice is doing a good job providing inspection services and is an asset as a business development consultant. “Right now, we have a guy who’s from Oak Lawn, who has a vested interest here. He’s not getting benefits or insurance. Quite frankly, I don’t know why. He’s met with several [retail] brokers that I know and every one of them has given him high praise.” “I don’t think it was hidden from me or anything was done illegally,” Carberry said. Quinlan criticized village attorneys for mishandling the agreement between with Radice and the village. “You guys blew it,” Quinlan

said. “I think you made this board look terrible.” She added that Radice was blindsided because the attorneys did not look ahead to catch any problems that existed with the initial arrangement. Village attorney Paul O’Grady said he initially was unaware that Radice was a part-time village employee. Deetjen said the responsibility ultimately is his. “If you want to blame anybody, blame me,” Deetjen told trustees. He added that the idea of a part-time employee taking on a second role is not new. “I saw some talents that he had. It is a little bit creative,” Deetjen said. “There is nothing secretive or covert.”

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Ridge’s first family comes home By Jeff Vorva Reporter editor     They all left the village and are scattered across Illinois but the family of Chicago Ridge’s first president, Charles Palchow came together Sunday at the Chicago Ridge Library to take part in a historical program to celebrate the Ridge’s 100th anniversary.     The presentation also fea-

tured autograph signing by author Ed Maurer Jr., who recently wrote the “Images of America Chicago Ridge” book that is now on sale. The book is $21.99 at various locations and is available for $20 at the library.     The village will host several anniversary events throughout the year including a fancy gala. For more details on that event, see page 5.

Photo by Jeff Vorva Descendants of first Chicago Ridge president Charles Palchow pose at the Chicago Ridge Library before a presentation of the village’s 100th anniversary. “I got kicked out of the library when I was younger,” joked one member of the family.

From left, Jacob Raphaeli, Alan Raphaeli, Gary L. Polchow, Herbert L. Polchow and Aaron L. Polchow pose for photos before Sunday’s presentation. Gary is the grandson of first Chicago Ridge president Charles Palchow. Ed Maurer Jr., the author of “Images of America Chicago Ridge’’ book, smiles after signing a copy of his book Sunday.

Hilda (Doctor) Ozinga of Palos Heights points to a photo in the “Images of America” book on More than 100 people showed up to the Chicago Ridge Library for a presentation of the village’s Sunday at the Chicago Ridge Library. 100th anniversary on Sunday.

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A Bear of a man visits Oak Lawn 50 years ago

From the Jan. 30, 1964 edition The story: A 65-year-old Worth Township pedestrian was killed by a 20-year-old Worth Township man who had apparently fainted and ran his car into the Kitchen Kupboard Super Mart at 9901 Southwest Highway. The quote: “None of the hospital people went through his pockets at all.’’ Christ Community Hospital spokesman Edwin Feurer denying the furor of a story that said the Oak Lawn hospital sent an elderly accident victim to another hospital after emergency room personnel searched his pockets and found no identity or money. Fun fact: Fred Bear, the world renowned bear hunter, was a guest of honor at the Bear Archery Center in Oak Lawn. He brought films for people to watch including one about him shooting an 8-foot-10 Kodiak bear with his bow from 20 yards.

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From the Feb. 2, 1989 edition The story: Chicago Ridge Trustee Chuck Tokar mapped out the village’s plans for its 75th anniversary, which would include entertainment by the Dancing Noodles and the Big Band Machine. The quote: “The fact is we were deceived, we were lied to. We look like a bunch of bumpkins.” – Hickory Hills Alderman Kerry Erber after finding out that new business Gazanders obtained liquor and business licenses fraudulently. Fun fact: Oak Lawn’s boys basketball team beat Reavis, 83-57, and went to the line 51 times. Reavis coach Dick Hlavek said one official was upset with him and took it out on his players.

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From the Jan. 29, 2004 issue The story: Two Chicago men were charged with battery after they were told by Chicago Ridge Mall Security they were not allowed to sell candy. A security officer gave one of them a trespass form to stay away from the mall and he crumbled it up and threw it at the officer. After chest bumps and punches were exchanged, the Chicago men were arrested. The quote: “On Jan. 15 I listened to the State of the State address by Gov. Rod R. Blagojecivh and he made me MAD,” – Letters to the Editor-writer Mary Cvack who took the ex-governor to task on several issues, including ethics. Fun fact: More than 3,300 fans at St. Xavier watched Brother Rice beat Leo, 67-60, in boys basketball. Bobby Frasor had 20 points. Leo had a player named Michael Stipe and he wasn’t exactly a shiny, happy person after the loss.

    Jan. 30: ON THIS DATE in 1649, England’s King Charles I was beheaded. In 1948, Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.     Jan. 31: ON THIS DATE in 1606, Guy Fawkes was executed for his part in the “Gunpowder Plot” against the English Parliament and King James I.     Feb. 1: ON THIS DATE in 1945, RCA released the first 45rpm single record. In 2003, space shuttle Columbia broke apart over Texas during its approach for landing in Florida, killing all seven astronauts aboard.     Feb. 2: ON THIS DATE in 1653, New Amsterdam - now New York City - was incorporated.     Feb. 3: ON THIS DATE in 1959, near Mason City, Iowa, a small plane crashed in a snowstorm en route to Fargo, N.D. Singers Buddy Holly, 22, Ritchie Valens, 17, and J.P. Richardson, 28, known as “The Big Bopper,” were among those killed.     Feb. 4: ON THIS DATE in 1861, the Confederate States of America was formed.     Feb. 5: ON THIS DATE in 1917, Mexico’s constitution was adopted. In 1937, President Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices; critics accused him of trying to “pack” the court with his allies.     Answer to last week’s question: This week in 1949, “These Are My Children” became the first daytime soap opera on television; it aired on the NBC station in Chicago.     This week’s question: In 1921, the movie “The Kid” was released. It starred Charlie Chaplin and what child actor?    (Mark Andrews can be reached via e-mail at mlandrews@ embarqmail.com.)


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Hickory Hills officials are fired up about business climate (Continued from page 1) Lawn Chamber’s outstanding member and business person of the year.     The original Les Brothers, at 87th St., opened in 1974 by George’s father. George and his brother, Angelo at the young ages of 14 and 16 worked as cooks at the restaurant, before taking over the restaurant in their 30’s. They worked 16-hour days to bring Les Brothers and the family business to the next level by opening restaurants in Hickory Hills, Homer Glen and New Lenox.     The Hickory Hills mayor is happy Les Brothers is up and running again.     “George does a very nice job at his restaurants,” Howley said, “I have been in the 95th St. location since the remodeling, and it looks good.”     Alderman Mike McHugh concurred that since the electrical fire, Les has taken quick action to repair his restaurant to open his doors back up to the community. “I was just in there [recently] and you could never tell there was a

fire there” he said, “It really does look great.”     Camelot Banquet Hall, which was destroyed by fire on Mother’s Day, expects to reopen its doors in March, Howley said.     “They’ve been working feverishly over the course of months,” the mayor said.     The fire occurred in the early morning hours as the owners of the banquet hall slept in their offices. They had eight Mother’s Day events to prepare for the following day. A Hickory Hills police officer who noticed the fire called the banquet hall, awaking the owners who escaped the blaze.     In the meantime, management has worked out of a conference room that was available at city hall, Howley said.     “They needed a spot to run their ongoing business,” he said.     Three gaming cafes, Stella’s Place, 8067 W. 95th St., Penny’s Place, 8653 W. 95th St., and Aunt D’s, 8703 W. 95th St., also have come to the city in recent months. The cafes, which offer alcohol and a light menu and video gaming, are expected to boost the city

finances, Howley said.     “We have welcomed them,” he said. “They employ local people.”     Additionally, he said, the cafes generate customers for nearby businesses. Stella’s opens Friday and Penny’s Place is not yet open.     Aladdin’s Palace Banquet Hall, 8821 W. 87th St., is expected to open soon as well. The hall, previously the site of Chicago Title, will host parties and offer catering and a photography studio.     The city issued 98 commercial business licenses in 2013, 18 more than the previous year. There were 245 business licenses issued last year versus 197 in 2012, Howley said.     While several new businesses open their doors, George’s Steakhouse, 7825 W. 95th St., and Koko’s Kafe, 9505 S. Robert Road, remain closed. Interest has been expressed in both eateries, who are owned by the same individual, but talks ultimately broke down, Howley said. — Correspondent Kelly White contributed to this report Camelot Banquets is returning after suffering fire damage.

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Hickory leaders are telling their people that it’s now time to head for the Hills By Kelly White Correspondent Hickory Hills city officials are encouraging residents to shop, dine and buy locally to help support the local business community with its “Head for the Hills’’ promotion. “We want to promote local businesses,” Alderman Thomas McAvoy stated at last Thursday’s City Council meeting. He said that with gas prices still relatively high, it often doesn’t pay to travel very far to save money, when people will likely find competitively priced products and services right in your own town. To help promote shopping lo-

cally, the city, in cooperation with Hickory Hills Chamber of Commerce, has released a new edition of the City Business Directory and it is available several locations throughout the city, including: City Hall, 8652 W. 95th St., the Community Center, 7800 W. 89th Pl., CVS Pharmacy, 8811 W. 87th St., Archer Bank, 9504 S. Roberts Rd., Shell Gas Station, 8702 S. 88th Ave., Fairplay Foods, 8631 W. 95th St., Highlander’s Grill, 7831 W. 95th St., Hickory Hills Park DistrictKasey Meadow, 8047 W. 91st Pl., and the Green Hills Public Library, 8611 W. 103rd St. and online at www.hickoryhillsil.org.

The 317 businesses and organizations within Hickory Hills are divided up into 111 categories within the new business directory. “Some small businesses within the city you might never even know about until you see the name and decide to visit,” McAvoy added, “Small businesses are like a diamond in the rough. They have great things to offer customers.” Mayor Mike Howley noted area businesses employ many local residents and are also a major source of property tax revenues to support city and other local services such as schools, parks and the library. “Hickory Hills has one of the

lowest sales tax rates in the area,” McAvoy added, “Hickory Hills residents can look at it this way, when they shop and buy in town, they are getting an indirect rebate or discount which is reinvested back in their community.” Hickory city officials feel local entrepreneurs and members of the Hills Chamber of Commerce offer a wide variety of products and services that consumers and business owners need. The city accumulated $27.4 million in sales tax revenue from 1996-2008. Photo by Jeff Vorva “Our local businesses, no matter how big or small, need and deserve In case people didn’t know Les Brothers in Hickory Hills was not our support,” open after a fire in 2013, a sign on 95th Street reminds them.

Stagg adds carbon monoxide Old fashioned gala kicks off sensors after Dec. evacuation Chicago Ridge anniversary Students, faculty and staff at Stagg High School may breathe a little easier now that carbon monoxide detectors are being installed at the school, 8015 W. 111th St., Palos Hills. The action is in response to a Dec. 4 incident at the school, in which a strange odor led to a mass evacuation, with about a dozen students and teachers transported to local hospitals as a precaution. School officials have said they believe that unusual weather conditions on that day caused a high amount of motor vehicle exhaust to be pulled into the building’s fresh-air intake vents. “School staff have performed air quality checks multiple times per day since the initial incident and have found no issues,” High School District 230 Director of Communications Carla Erdey told The Regional News. “Carbon monoxide sensors are being installed on the fresh-air intakes throughout the school. Three sensors have been installed, and eight more are in process. If these sensors detect an issue, they will shut down the air intakes and notify maintenance staff.” According to a statement released by the district last month,

With “100 Years of Progress” to celebrate, the Village of Chicago Ridge will kick off the yearlong celebration with a Centennial Gala, which will be held April 12 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Glendora House, 10225 S. Harlem, Chicago Ridge. The Centennial Gala will be semi-formal or 1914 period attire and will include a catered dinner, live music, a silent auction, raffle baskets and a 100th Anniversary souvenir. Ticket prices for the Centennial Gala will be $40 for adults Submitted photo A worker installs a carbon monoxide sensor on an air intake at Stagg and $35 for seniors 65 and older. High School. The sensors are manufactured in Canada by Greystone The event is open to adults only. This event is not just for residents Energy Systems, Inc. of Chicago Ridge, but for anyone “emergency first responders de- carbon monoxide was generated thatth would like to celebrate the termined that there was no haz- from systems within the build- 100 Anniversary. Tickets for the ardous condition in the school ing and at the time of their re- Gala will go on sale the end of building [on Dec. 4] and released sponse, no carbon monoxide was February. In addition to the Centennial the building back to the school present in the air in the school Gala, Chicago Ridge businesses district late in the afternoon. This building.” determination was based upon “We tested before school, dur- have anthopportunity to participate analysis of air quality in the build- ing school, after school, outside, in a 100 anniversary souvenir ad ing and thorough checks of the inside, in spaces near the boiler,” book. A letter with an applicaschool’s mechanical systems. In stated district Superintendent tion was mailed out to all Chicago addition, Nicor checked the build- James M. Gay at a district meet- Ridge businesses. This is also open ing twice and determined that ing late last month. “We had an to all Chicago Ridge families who there was no natural gas leak. outside contractor--White Envi- may like to congratulate Chicago Ridge on this milestone. “At the hospital, some students ronmental—come in to help.” Residents and local businesses and staff were shown to have had The additional steps are excarbon monoxide exposure, ac- pected to be a topic of discussion may also notice that 100th ancording to medical personnel,” the at tonight’s District 230 meeting, statement continued. “However, set for 7 p.m. at Sandburg High first responders determined that School, 13300 S. La Grange Road, there was no evidence that the Orland Park.

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Rosengren discusses Greenberg     Author John Rosengren will discuss the life of Hank Greenberg, a known figure in baseball history and America’s first Jewish sports star, as part of Saint Xavier University’s 2014 John T. Farrell, Sr. Forum. “Speaking of Greenberg” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Butler Reception Room, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. The event is free and open to the public.     This event is sponsored by SXU’s Renaissance Academy. For more information, call Kathleen Fassl at 773-233-3770.     Rosengren, author of “Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes,” will discuss the life of the legendary Hall of Fame slugger. “Hammerin’ Hank” spent much of his career playing first base for the Detroit Tigers during the 1930s and 1940s. Rosengren plumbed military records,

court documents, FBI files, immigration papers, census reports, Tiger archives, MLB daily logs, and Greenberg’s personal scrapbooks, as well as interviewed scores of surviving players and fans to unearth new details about Greenberg’s career and life.

Oak Lawn Stony Creek Clubhouse hosts Super Bowl Party     The Oak Lawn Park District Stony Creek Clubhouse, 5850 W. 103rd St., is the destination for a Super Bowl Party at 5 p.m. Sunday.     Party-goers can watch the game on a large TV screen in the dining room with a stone fireplace and eat appetizers that include chicken wings, bruschetta and mini meatballs, followed by halftime food such as Italian beef sandwiches, brats, cole slaw and chips. Participants have a choice of beer, wine, soda or coffee, which is included. The ticket price $35 per person. For more information or to make reservations, call 857-2433.

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some things he didn’t like and gave the restaurant management time to conform. But when he went back on Jan. 20, the restaurant he was still “not following the best-case practice for Chicago Ridge.”     He wouldn’t get specific on what he saw but said “it was nothing severe that would cause us to close it down.’’     “This isn’t a health issue — it’s more of a sanitation issue,” Ruge said. “There were some sub-par sanitation practices that I found. There were a couple of items that required immediate attention. I’m not there to give out tickets. I usually tell them what course of action needs to be taken and give them a period of time to get it taken care of. When I conducted a follow-up inspection, they didn’t conform and I had no other choice but to give them a ticket.’’     The village and restaurant are scheduled to meet in front of an advocate for what could turn out to be a $100 punishment for the eatery.     Ruge said it’s only the second time he has gone in front of an advocate in the four years he had the job. — Jeff Vorva contributed to this report

please call the Chicago Ridge Village Hall with the names and contact information, so that invitations can be sent. For more information regarding the purchasing of tickets for the Centennial Gala, the Souvenir Ad Book or Anniversary Banners, call the Chicago Ridge Village Hall, 708-425-7700.

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    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is scheduled to kick-off the 2014 “Breakfast with the Experts” speaker and networking series Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Saint Xavier University. The event, jointly sponsored by Saint Xavier University and the Beverly Area Planning Association, begins at 7:30 a.m. with a networking breakfast, followed by the 8 a.m. keynote address. It will be held in the Butler Reception Room, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Registration is $15 for the public and $10 for BAPA Members. Space is limited and reservations are required.     SXU’s Breakfast with the Experts speaker series brings business, community and civic leaders together to share insights, experience and industry knowledge with area business people. To suggest a speaker or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, call 773-298-3748, or email to specialevents@sxu. edu. To secure a reservation,

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Do corporations have religious freedom? By Charles C. Haynes     If you thought Citizens United — the 2010 Supreme Court decision upholding free speech rights for corporations — was controversial, you haven’t seen anything yet.     In March, the high court will hear arguments in two linked cases — Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius — that will require the justices to determine whether corporations have religious freedom rights under the First Amendment.     At first blush, corporate religious freedom may strike many people as absurd. After all, as one judge put it, corporations “don’t pray, worship or observe sacraments.”     But like most First Amendment conundrums, the questions raised by religious freedom claims from private businesses are complicated and contentious — and the answers will have profound implications for defining the future of religious liberty in America.     Both cases before the Supreme Court involve challenges to a provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring for-profit businesses to provide coverage for contraception in health insurance plans.     Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood are private companies owned by deeply religious families — evangelical and Mennonite respectively — who believe that life begins at conception. On grounds of religious conscience, they cannot offer employees insurance plans that cover certain types of birth control (e.g., the “morning after” pill). Refusal to do so, however, subjects them to millions of dollars in fines.     Both corporations sued on the grounds that the contraception mandate violates their free exercise of religion under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (a law passed by Congress in 1993 to “restore” free exercise protections that many believed the Supreme Court had unduly restricted in a 1990 decision, Employment Division v. Smith).     The threshold question for the justices is whether these businesses have standing to make a religious freedom claim.     Does the First Amendment’s Free Exercise clause apply to for-profit corporations, and, if so, are such corporations “persons” for purposes of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)?     Appellate courts have given conflicting answers. According to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, companies like Hobby Lobby may assert free exercise claims. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit reached the opposite conclusion, ruling, “a for-profit, secular corporation cannot engage in the exercise of religion.”

    Corporations, of course, are often treated as “persons” for legal purposes. And nonprofit religious corporations — congregations, parishes, charities and the like — have long been able to assert religious freedom claims under the First Amendment. But until now, the Supreme Court has never considered whether for-profit corporations have religious freedom rights.     The answer, I would argue, should not turn on the “profit” versus “non-profit” distinction, but rather on the principles and policies that guide the operation of the business.     Hobby Lobby, for example, commits to “honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.” And Conestoga Wood is operated entirely by a family of devout Mennonites who “integrate their faith into their daily lives, including their work,” according to court documents.     It should not be difficult to determine when corporations have policies that articulate a commitment to religious principles and practices that seek to apply those principles. Few corporations would qualify, but those that do should have corporate freeexercise rights.     Making money, in and of itself, shouldn’t define a business as “secular.” Religious people should be free to enter the world of business without giving up their right to religious freedom — as long as the business they run is clearly committed to their religious principles and objectives.     Recognition of free-exercise rights for these and similar companies would not, however, settle the question of whether these corporations are entitled to an exemption from the contraception mandate. But it would require the government to apply RFRA by demonstrating a compelling state interest — and no less restrictive way of achieving that interest — before denying the exemption.     With all the complications corporate religious freedom may bring — finding alternative ways to provide contraception coverage, for example, if Hobby Lobby and Conestoga win an exemption under RFRA — the benefits to a free society far outweigh the costs.

‘Hear no evil, see no evil’ was the wrong approach for Catholic Church     I knew Vince McCaffery.     He was an associate pastor at Our Lady of Loretto in Hometown around the same time my family joined the parish.     We moved in 1979 from St. Thomas More parish on Chicago’s Southwest Side to Evergreen Park and joined Our Lady of Loretto in neighboring Hometown.     My old and new and neighborhoods were only a few miles apart, but to a 15-yearold they seemed a world apart. To meet new people, I joined the parish teen group and teen choir at Our Lady of Loretto.     McCaffery arrived at the parish in 1979 as well. I did not know him well, as the teen group was run by another priest at the parish, the Rev. Tom McNeff, one of the finest priests I’ve ever known. Sadly, he passed away a few years ago. McNeff understood youth ministry and played a big part in my development as a Catholic.     Sadly, the same cannot be said for McCaffery, who was defrocked in 2010 and is serving time in prison after being convicted of child porn charges in 2002.     The kicker is that Cardinals Joseph Bernardin and John Cody allowed him to remain in

The B-Side by Bob Rakow ministry and move from one parish to the next as allegations of abuse surfaced. McCaffrey ultimately admitted to molesting more than a dozen victims.     I’ve thought about McCaffery after the Archdiocese of Chicago released more than 6,000 pages of information that details allegations of abuse against 30 priests that occurred over the past several decades.     I don’t recall hearing any rumors about McCaffery and pornography or sex abuse when I was at Our Lady of Loretto. I do remember talk that he had a drinking problem and that was the reason he was transferred two years after he arrived.     I read several pages of the testimony offered by McCaffery’s victims, which was given more than 10 years ago. The details are sickening. The boys who testified were adolescents at the time of the abuse, and I couldn’t help but wonder if knew them or their families.     Hometown is a small community and Our Lady of Loretto is a close-knit parish. I can’t

imagine what it was like for a young boy to carry the shameful secret that the associate pastor molested him.     McCaffery, who I recall as friendly and outgoing, gained his victims trust and got to know their families by spending time at their homes. One victim said McCaffery never used physical force when molesting him. Rather, “he was Father Vince and no one questioned him. It was, as stated before, the power of mental manipulation,” the victim said.     Another victim testified, “I had an experience with this man who, the way I was raised, they were next to God. For a person of that caliber and stature to do what he had done to me was beyond my belief.”     That makes perfect sense to me.     Catholics hold priests in high regard. When I was at St. Thomas More, we revered the Rev. Francis Hayes. He founded the parish and watched a neighborhood grow around it. The Rev. James Donolan followed Hayes. He, too, was a priest we all admired. My uncle was a priest and an Air Force chaplain. The family was very proud of him. His visits home were a big deal.     I’m sure priest abuse occurred in those days, but we

knew nothing about it because it just wasn’t discussed or was concealed by diocesan leaders who should have known better. Sadly, they employed a “hear no evil, see no evil” stance.     When allegations arose, it was easier to move a priest to another parish and assure complaining families that the problem was rectified. Law enforcement was not brought in; the priests were not immediately suspended or permanently removed from the church. That, I suppose, would be too embarrassing.     Records show the Rev. James O’Connor, pastor of Our Lady of Loretto, told McCaffrey in a letter that he had done his best to hide his pedophilia from suspicious parishioners. McCaffery moved again and again, and, not surprisingly, allegations of abuse occurred at every stop.     Meanwhile, the victims talk about dealing with physical ailments and anxiety, leaving the Church and being unable to trust anyone. Some could not discuss the ugly episodes of abuse for years, others repressed the memories.     This is a shameful episode in the history of the Catholic Church. Hopefully, it compels Church leaders to understand that it must never happen again.

    When people of faith chose to live out that faith in the world of business, they should not be put to what the Supreme Court once called “the cruel choice” between following their God and making a profit. Charles C. Haynes is director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001. Web: religiousfreedomeducation.org Email: chaynes@ newseum.org

���������� What issue should President Obama focus on during the remainder of his term? (Asked at the Palos Heights Public Library) Guy Alsip, Palos Heights     “Improve the economy.” Photos by Bob Rakow

Mike Mackey, Palos Heights     “Education. I think we need to stem the cost of college.”

Norm Swenson, Ralph Piha, Palos Heights Palos Hills     “I would say improving the     “Focusing more on the United economy.” States instead of what’s happening abroad.”

Siobhan Bennett, Palos Park     “More help for college-age students when it comes to government aid.”


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Death Notices Edward J. Nastav Sr.     Edward J. Nastav Sr., 95, of Palos Hills died Jan. 18 at Palos Community Hospital. Visitation and Mass was Saturday at Sacred Heart Church in Palos Hills. His ashes will be interred at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City.     He is survived by his wife, Theola and son, Edward Jr. He was born in Chicago and worked as an auditor.

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Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. In a departure from traditional procedure, Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patricia Church in Hickory Hills followed by a visitation from noon to 7 p.m. at Schmaedeke Funeral Home in Worth.     Mr. Skowronek is survived by wife Lauren Skowronek and children John Jr., Dawn Skowronek and stepchildren Fred and Mark Williams and siblings Melvina Haslak and Leonard Ochylski. He was born in Michigan and was a chemical batch maker.

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Appearing in the attached group photo, bottom row, left to right are Zachary Pakula, Nicholas Bilotta, Elaine Smith, Rudolph Garza Jr. and Peter Strawbridge. Top row, left to right: U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, Michael Triner, Jack McHugh, Michael Kelly, Jordan Tyler, Alex Villafuerte. Daniel Calero, of Lemont, Marist High School; Andrew Jacobs, of LaGrange, Mt. Carmel High School; Jordan Tyler, of Chicago Ridge, Morgan Park Academy.     • U.S. Naval Academy: Nicholas Bilotta, of Chicago’s Mt. Greenwood community, St. Rita High School; Rudolph Garza, of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge com-

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is at 10501 Emilie Lane in Orland Park (enter at 104th Avenue and 183rd Street). To reserve a place, please call 326-2300 or send an email to familyand friends@smithcrossing.org.     Tuesday, Feb. 11, Smith Village’s memory support coordinator Diane Morgan will be joined by Carly Carney, owner of the Beverly Yoga Center, to explore ways caregivers can take care of themselves by meditating. (This meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 7, was postponed due to Chicago’s cold spell.) Carney will demonstrate how to meditate through visualization and breathing exercises that can lead to a feeling of inner wellbeing. Smith Village is at 2320 W. 113th Place in Chicago. To reserve a seat, call (773) 474-7300 or send an email to familyandfriends@ smithvil lage.org.

Blood pressure checks at Orland Twp.     Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., offers free blood pressure screenings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the first and third Friday of the month. No appointment is necessary.     In addition to blood pressure screenings, on the first Friday of the month, VCP Home Health Care, Inc. will be on hand at the Township to conduct balance screenings, which can help prevent dangerous falls. Glucose screenings are also available on this day for $5 ($10 for nonresidents). (403-4222)

munity, St. Rita High School; Michael Kelly, of Western Springs, Fenwick High School; Jack McHugh, of Chicago’s Mt. Greenwood community, Marist High School; Zachary Pakula, of Chicago’s Mt. Greenwood community, Brother Rice High School; Elaine Smith, of Western Springs, Lyons Township High School; Alex Villafuerte,

of Oak Lawn, Richards High School.     The admissions departments of the service academies make the final decision on acceptance. Each of the nominees will be notified by the service academies if they have been accepted. — Submitted by the office of Dan Lipinksi

Benefits & Fundraisers     Dig through the closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls on Saturday, March 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills.     Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.     For more information about making a donation, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475. ***     Neat Repeats Resale stores are looking for volunteers to work in their stores.     Volunteers are asked to give five hours a week to make a difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence. The next volunteer recruitment day is Monday, Jan. 20 at the stores in Orland Park, 9028 W. 159th St., or in Worth, 7026 W. 111th St. Interested individuals can

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    U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced that he is nominating 14 high school and college students from the 3rd Congressional District for admission to the U.S. Service Academies for the entering classes of 2014. The nominees were recognized by Lipinski for their achievement at a ceremony on Saturday at the Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220 in Oak Lawn.     “One of my proudest duties as a congressman is helping young Virginia M. Rocus men and women meet their goals     Virgina M. Rocus, 89, or Oak by nominating them for admisLawn died last Thursday at the sion to our prestigious service Nazarethville Nursing Home in academies. My office receives Des Plaines. Visitation will take hundreds of applications each place at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Sandra J. Virag year from an impressive collecLinus Church in Oak Lawn and     Sandra J. Virag, 63, of Worth tion of dedicated, patriotic stuthe funeral will follow at 11 a.m. died Jan. 22 at Palos Community dents with a desire to serve their Burial will be at Resurrection Hospital. Visitation was Sunday country,” Rep. Lipinski said. Cemetery. at Schmaedeke Funeral Home “Just to be nominated to one of     Mrs. Rocus is survived by Victor in Worth. Funeral service was our nation’s service academies is (Victorial) Rocus and siblings La at St. Mark Lutheran Church a major accomplishment and a Vergne Fasko, William Jagiello in Worth. tremendous honor. I am excited and Shirley Bartodziej. She was     Mrs. Virag was survived by hus- to see what the future holds for born in Chicago and was an ac- band Anthony Virag and children this latest group of nominees. I countant. Jamie (James) Floyd and Jodie am sure each of them will make (Dan) Brownfield and sibling Pat an impact no matter what path John Skowronek Neubauer. Mrs. Virag was born in they take in life.”     John Skowronek, 72, of Hickory Chicago and worked in accounting     The nominees are: Hills died Jan. 20 at his home. at Griffith Lab.     • U.S. Air Force Academy: David Garza, of Chicago’s Bridgeport community, Texas Military Institute; Paolo Jimenez, of Bridgeview, Amos Alonzo Stagg High School; Peter StrawBy Jill Schlesinger bridge, of Western Springs, Lyons Township High School; Michael Triner, of Oak Lawn, St. Laurence High School, currently enrolled at Iowa State     I gave you an adequate re-entry with your time horizon and ability University.     • U.S. Military Academy: period from the holidays. Now, it’s to weather market volatility. time to get back to business and     4. Stop beating yourself. The start the new year off on the right average investor made just 2.1 foot. percent from 1992-2011, compared     1. Track your expenses. Almost to stocks, which were up 7.8 every financial plan starts with percent and bonds, which gained Smith support this most dreaded task. The good 6.5 percent. What’s the reason for news is that there are plenty of the underperformance? Investors groups for caregivers software programs and apps to help act on their emotions, buying after you out. the market has already gone up     Residents in and around Or    2. Earn more on your safe money. and selling when it is down in the land Park and Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood who care for seniors Sure, interest rates are low, but with dumps. a little work you may be able to     5. Put your retirement account on living with Alzheimer’s disease or squeeze out some extra money. Go autopilot. If possible, choose auto- dementia will get together with othto www.depositaccounts.com, where rebalancing to ensure that you stick ers who have the same concerns at free meetings next month at Smith you can find longer-term CDs with to your game plan. low penalties; shop around at credit     6. Determine whether you should Crossing and Smith Village, both unions that offer better interest manage your money or hire someone continuing care retirement comthan most banks; and consider to do it. Do you have the time, munities (CCRCs). “I-bonds,” a kind of savings bond energy, acumen and temperament     The hour-long gatherings begin at issued by the U.S. government, from necessary to manage all of the 6:30 p.m. and are open to questions treasurydirect.gov. components of your financial life? and comments from the audience.     3. Get a handle on your risk If not, it could be time to interview a Before ending, light refreshments tolerance. Before you start managing financial professional. The National are served. your money, take a risk assessment Association of Personal Financial     On Thursday, Feb. 6, Smith Crossquestionnaire, which is offered by Advisors and the Financial Planning ing’s director of admissions Amie most mutual fund companies. The Association have good search tools Kamba and life enrichment direcresults should help you create a to help identify the right advisor tor Dana Mahler will hold an open (Continued on page 8) diversified portfolio that is consistent forum discussion. Smith Crossing


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Children’s flu could be deadly This year’s flu season is wreaking havoc and claiming the lives of the tiniest victims. According to new figures from the Centers for Disease Control, 10 children died in the United States during the second week of 2014, raising the death toll among children nationally to 20 during the 2013-2014 influenza season, which began last fall. Since a child’s immune system is immature, a child is more susceptible to the virus, warns Malli Challapalli, MD, infectious disease specialist at Advocate Children’s Hospital-Oak Lawn. “Parents need to take swift and deliberate actions in protecting children from the flu, since influenza can cause serious illness and death, particularly among children under 2 years of age,”

said Challapalli. “Vaccination is the best method for preventing flu and its potentially severe complications in children.” Children with chronic health conditions are at an even greater risk of contracting the flu and may experience severe medical complications. Each year, an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of influenza complications. Five ways you can protect your child from the flu 1. The most important thing you can do is get flu vaccine for yourself and your child. Vaccination is recommended for everyone six months and older. Ensure that all of your children’s care providers get the flu vaccine, especially if your child has chronic

medical conditions, such as lung disease, asthma, diabetes, neurologic disease or heart disease, or if you have a child under six months of age who is too young to be vaccinated for flu. 2. Stay away from people who are sick with cold and cough symptoms and avoid high traffic public areas if possible. 3. Cover coughs and sneezes and teach your child to cough into the elbow. 4. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcoholbased hand rub. 5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth after touching public surfaces as germs spread this way. – Submitted by Advocate Children’s Hospital

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Ecstatic for science     The Second Graders at St. Louis de Montfort, 8840 S. Ridgeland, learned about during a recent STEM class. The students worked as a group to try light up a small with a battery using a CD, popsicle stick, yarn, pencil, paper clip, penny, and a sea conductor. The students pictured left to right are Vinny Chu, Sebastian Zawodni, Alex Natalie Orozco.

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Bulletin Board Chicago Ridge School District 127.5

    Registration Coming Up for 2014-2015 Kindergarten Enrollment.     Kindergarten Enrollment for Chicago Ridge School District 127.5 will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at Ridge Central School, 10800 S. Lyman Ave. and Ridge Lawn School, 5757 W. 105th St. For more information, call Ridge Central at 636-2001, or Ridge Lawn at 636-2002.     A child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten. Parents must bring the child’s original birth certificate and three proofs of residency.     Birth certificates for children born anywhere in Cook County

may be obtained from the FifthDistrict Courthouse Building, 10200 South 76th Ave., Bridgeview. For more information call 470-7233. Parents also may go to any local currency exchange and request a birth certificate. For children born within Illinois but outside Cook County, parents can contact the Division of Vital Records, 605 W. Jefferson, Springfield, or call 217-782-6553.

Oak Lawn-Hometown Elementary School District 123

    Schools registering kindergarteners and preschoolers.     Kindergarten Registration will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Hometown Elementary School, 8870 S. Duffy Ave. For more information and an appoint-

ment, call 857-5020.     Kolmar Avenue School, 10425 S. Kolmar Ave., Oak Lawn, is hosting preschool registration from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the school. For more information, call 422-1800.

St. Patricia

    St. Patricia Grade School, 9000 S. 86th Ave., is hosting a Big Game Day open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Parents and children are invited to take a tour to meet with students, faculty, staff, and parents and get a better sense of what St. Patricia has to offer. St. Patricia educates students in prekindergarten to eighth grade and offers before and after school care. For more information, call 598-8200, or visit stpatriciaparish.com.

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Showing off the Oak Ridge media center A contingent of teachers, staff and administrators filled the new media center at Oak Ridge School Jan. 21 to attend the monthly board of education meeting and thanked the board for its support of a recently completed addition. Letters and drawings from students in the second- through fifth-grade building adorned the walls of the hallway leading to the new media center where the board meeting was held. In the letters, students thanked the board for allocating the $6.5 million to build the addition, which was described by the students with words like “beautiful, amazing, wonderful and huge.” The board moved the meeting venue from the Dr. Ken Geraghty Administrative Center to Oak Ridge School to showcase the new media center. The media center was part of a larger addition that included six-and-a-half new classrooms (which can be divided into 13 smaller classrooms); an expanded all-purpose room; more kitchen space; new offices for staff, the team leader and principal and a new locked entryway. 

The Kid’s Doctor By Sue Hubbard, M.D. Get smart about antibiotics this cold and flu season The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics collaborated on an online article for publication in the December issue of Pediatrics which offers updated guidance on treating respiratory tract infections in children, with the goal of reducing unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions. This article is especially important as the entire country

is entering cough, cold and flu season. All of the former are caused by viruses, not bacteria, and therefore do not respond to treatment with antibiotics. Studies have shown that as many as 10 million antibiotic prescriptions are written each year for infections that are most likely due to a virus, so there’s no need for antibiotics. One of the most common reasons a parent takes their child to the pediatrician is for symptoms of a common cold.

The runny nose, cough, congestion and just not feeling well usually lasts about 10 days. Pediatricians need to explain — and parents need to understand — that the best treatment for an upper respiratory infection is simply symptomatic. That means lots of TLC (tender loving care), which I’m currently indulging in for my own cold. Warm showers at bedtime (I love eucalyptus in my shower, too), a cool mist humidifier

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in the room, lots of fluids and chicken noodle soup and popsicles will all help soothe stuffy noses, cool scratchy throats and calm coughs. I’m trying tea with honey for my cough tonight. Antibiotics are very important when used appropriately. That being said, at least 2 million people are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria each year. By using antibiotics when only necessary, rather than for common upper respiratory infections, doctors are hopeful that the incidence of antibiotic resistance will not continue to rise. We all want a quick fix for colds and coughs (me included!), but taking an antibiotic is not the answer. Just know that no matter what you do, it takes 7-10 days (or even 14) to get well, and that a toddler will get 5-7 colds, coughs and upper respiratory infections during the winter months. It’s great if your child doesn’t need an antibiotic; wear that badge with honor! As a parent. you should be pleased that you don’t have to give your child an antibiotic, unless necessary, for bacterial illnesses like strep throat or an ear infection in a young child. Ask your doctor questions. What does help? Getting your child vaccinated, including the flu vaccine. Any child over the age of 6 months needs to get flu vaccine annually, and don’t delay. Flu season is here!

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Waving the wings Junior High students at St. Bernadette Catholic Academy in Evergreen Park recently participated in a science lab project that included removing the skin from a chicken wing to examine the muscles. They located the tendons and ligaments, and then manipulated each to see what it controlled. Students Erin Gessert and Candice Narcisse are pictured taking part in the project.

Money tips (Continued from page 7) for your needs.     7. Calculate your retirement number. Stop freaking out about retirement and run the numbers. The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s “Choose to Save Ballpark E$timate” tool is easy to use.     8. Weigh renting vs. owning a home. Yes, the real estate market is finally recovering, but depending on your personal situation, it still may make sense to keep renting. Before you take the plunge, use this NY Times calculator to determine whether renting or buying is right for you.     9. Assess your property insurance. The best time to review your policy is before an event occurs, not after. The three biggest mistakes people make with homeowners insurance are: 1) under-insuring; 2) shopping by price only and not comparing apples to apples; and 3) not reading policy details before a loss occurs.     10. Review life, disability and longterm care insurance coverage. This is the part of your financial life where an error can cause huge damage to your family. For life insurance, make sure you have enough with lifehappens.org. Nine times out of 10, term life insurance is the best bet. For disability insurance, enroll in your company’s plan, if offered. If you are self-employed, shop around and buy at least some coverage. If you’re over 50, time to shop around for long-term care insurance.     11. Manage your credit and protect your identity. The data breach at

Target is a good reminder that we need to manage our credit histories and protect our identities. An easy step is to review your credit report at annualcreditreport.com and be sure to check your credit card bills and flag any unusual names.     12. Prepare for tax season. For right now, do two things: Pull last year’s return and create a file for all incoming tax data.     13. Review your Social Security options. Before you file for Social Security benefits, take time to review your options. AARP has a free calculator and there are a several paid calculators including MaximizeMySocialSecurity.com, SocialSecurityChoices.com and SocialSecuritySolutions.com.     14. Create/review/update estate documents: Hire a lawyer to prepare a will, power of attorney, health care proxy/living will documents and trust, if necessary. As part of the process, create a list of documents, which includes information about investment accounts, insurance policies, auto titles, income tax returns. Estate records and final instructions also should be stored in a safe place — don’t forget to provide copies to your executor or trustee.    (Jill Schlesinger, CFP, is the Emmy-nominated CBS News Business Analyst. A former options trader and CIO of an investment advisory firm, Jill covers the economy, markets, investing and anything else with a dollar sign on TV, radio (including her nationally syndicated radio show), the web and her blog, “Jill on Money.” She welcomes comments and questions at askjill@moneywatch.com. Check her website at www.jillonmoney.com)


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Like Daft Punk, Queen of Peace is a winner with robots     Queen of Peace High School takes education a step further and offers the opportunity to be involved with a robotics program and Project Lead the Way tied in with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) focus.     Queen of Peace offers an extra opportunity for the women at the school to be ahead of the curve in that area.     A strong curriculum leads to college bound students who take advantage of high profiled engineering programs like the ones offered at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois, Purdue, Marquette and other colleges.     PLTW’s activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum

and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. This is one of the few all-girl high schools in the country to offer Project Lead the Way and the program is in full swing.     The robotics team gives the women of Peace more experience into the engineering world. RoboPRIDE is one of two all-girl high schools in the United State that compete. Each year the team competes in the First Robotics Competition. A packet is sent to the team with basic instructions and the team is required to build a robot from the pieces

that were sent to them, while following certain criteria. The team has mentors that include alumnae in the engineering field along with family members of the students on the team.     This year’s competition is called Aerial Assist. Aerial Assist is played by two competing alliances of three robots each on a flat 25 by 54-foot field, straddled by a lighting truss suspended just over five feet above the floor.     The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a 2 minute, 30 second match. The more alliances score their ball in their goals, the more points their alliance receives. — Submitted by Queen of Peace High School

Bulletin Board Moraine Valley

    Moraine Valley Community College Earns Honorable Mention.     Moraine Valley Community College, with its main campus at 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, was among 10 community colleges nationwide recognized for its effort to enhance the quality of higher education at two-year institutions in the U.S.     The college received an honorable mention in the National Council of Instructional Administrators 2013 Exemplary Initiatives Competition. A panel of community college practitioners from across the country evaluated the entries and selected five institutions for recognition as winners of the competition and five institutions for honorable mention recognition.     Moraine Valley was recognized for its Diversity Dialogue, an annual fall conference that brings together faculty, staff, students, and community members. Since the first dialogue in 2010, participants have focused on diversity and inclusion and diversity and leadership. The 2013 challenge was to enhance the mindset of inclusive leaders and the participants’ effectiveness at their own organizations. The dialogue is an outlet for state government officials, mayors, school administrators, nonprofit personnel, religious leaders, community members, and the college to build on the progress made at the community dialogues over the last three years and continue the conversation about creating opportunities to foster and advance diversity and inclusion throughout the 26 communities in the college’s district and the region.

Oak Lawn Community H.S.

    A Candlelight Bowl will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at Fox Bowl, 1101 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. Money raised will fund The Tim Nickos Memorial Scholarship, which will grant one $2500 scholarship to an OLCHS student to help with college tuition. The winner will be announced at the spring sports award ceremony.     Tickets are $25 for students, or $30 for adults. The ticket price includes three games of bowling and dinner. There will also be a cash bar, raffle prizes and split the pot. For more information, visit olchs.org.     Tim Nickos was an individual who lived every day to the fullest by inspiring and motivating others through his contagious smile and great sense of humor. Nickos was to be the captain of the Oak Lawn Community High School varsity swim team his senior year. He was a member of the OLCHS band. Nickos always provided for everyone around him. He died in his sleep at the age of 17. He had a heart condition called cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) that went undiagnosed. This led to cardiac arrhythmia, which ended his life on June 28, 2011. ***     Each year, LifeSource offers area high schools the opportunity to earn scholarship money. Oak Lawn Community High School has earned the scholarship money for the past five years. The school will host its annual winter blood drive Friday, in the Spartan Gym. Students are encouraged to donate blood during their gym period. Students must be at least 16 years old. A parent permission slip is required for students who are only 16-years old. Parents and community members are encouraged to visit a community donor center or mobile blood drive when eligible. Individuals are eligible to donate blood every 56 days. Be sure to mention donor code OL94 when donating blood.

Queen of Peace

    Kristine Owens, a history instructor at Queen of Peace High School, has been recognized for her achievements with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes an outstanding school employee who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, leadership and veteran service of 10 or more years in Catholic education. Owens

coordinates all the service opportunities for the Queen of Peace students, but also has earned high marks as an world history and social studies teacher. She is known for challenging students on a daily basis, and leading discussions and lessons about social justice. Owens is known for being the first one to offer anyone in the school assistance without being asked, and the last one out the door at night. She has also chaperoned numerous trips out to Nazareth Farm. Owens will be honored at an awards dinner sponsored by the Catholic Schools where she will receive her award.

and Barbara Sweeney Family.     For more information, call the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at 773-298-3981, or email Kathleen Mareska at mareska@ sxu.edu.

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Singing to state Stagg High School sent seven singers to the ILMEA All State Music Festival in Peoria last week, making it the most successful acceptance rate in Stagg music history. Cameryn Wysocki, Anna Swiech, Tony Hansen, Sam Kearns, Alex Vallera, Evan Gallermo, and Skyler Mackovitch represented the Chargers.

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    Applications for the 2014 Orland Township Scholarship Program are now available at the Township Office, 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park. This year’s scholarship program will give numerous awards to the class of 2014 totaling $16, 500, with one $2,000 scholarship, eight $1,000 scholarships and 13 $500 scholarships.     Scholarship applications comSaint Xavier     Saint Xavier University will host pleted in their entirety must be an art exhibit celebrating African- delivered to Orland Township, American spiritual music through 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orexpressive calligraphy from this land Park, IL 60462, by Friday, Wednesday to Wednesday, Feb. Feb. 28. Orland Township is open 19. The exhibit, titled “Bound for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Glory” by Timothy R. Botts, will be and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 on display in the SXU Gallery, lo- p.m., and Tuesday from 8 a.m. cated in the Warde Academic Center to 6 p.m. For more information, at the university’s Chicago campus, call 403-4222. 3700 W. 103rd St. A presentation     An additional scholarship opby the artist and a reception will portunity is available at Orland be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Township. Applications for the the Gallery. Township Officials of Illinois Schol    Botts’ work combines contem- arship are available at orlandtwp. Submitted photo porary graphic design principles org, or at the Orland Township with letterforms as old as the first Office. Applications are due by Satcentury. He said his work draws urday, March 1, 2014 and should influences from traditional African be mailed to Township Officials art and writing systems, urban graf- of Illinois, Attention Scholarship The varsity dance team from Shepard High School placed second recently at the South Suburban fiti, and American quilts. Botts is Committee, 3217 Northfield Drive, Conference meet at Eisenhower High School. Megan Mueller, Emilie Crofton, Robyn Folk and Sarah a resident of Glen Ellyn. He has Springfield, IL 62702. Wohler (pictured) earned all-conference honors. a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in graphic design from Carnegie-Mellon University, during which time he apprenticed in calligraphy with Arnold Bank. He spent three years in Japan teaching conversational English and was influenced by the rich tradition of their brush writing. He designed more than 600 books for Tyndale House Publishers near Chicago where he was senior art director before retiring in 2012. Ten books of his own work are published, including “Doorposts,” “Messiah,” and a Bible illustrated in his calligraphy. He is a part-time instructor at College of DuPage.     The SXU Gallery’s hours are: Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sunday. For more information, please contact the gallery at 773298-3081. ***     Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Submitted photo Ph.D., a research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory, will speak about the connections between science and faith at Saint Xavier University’s The Jazz Ensemble from Richards High School recently won top honors among all groups at the Lincoln-Way Central Jazz Sweeney Family Lecture. The lecFestival earlier this month. Directed by teacher Charles Martin, Jazz Ensemble was selected to close the festival in the final ture, which is free and open to the performance of the event. public, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 in McGuire Hall, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.     Consolmagno’s lecture, titled “Faith and the Scientist,” will explore his conviction that believ- Oak Lawn man ers can be scientists and scientists named to dean’s list can be believers. He will discuss     Roberto Rodriguez of Oak his views about how both religion Lawn was named to Dunwoody and science explore the universe Serving Children Ages 2-Kindergarten College of Technology’s fall seseeking to understand and inmester dean’s list. Rodriguez reterpret natural phenomena, and ceived this honor by upholding a fostering GROWTH how they offer not oppositional but 3.5 grade point average or higher. rather complementary approaches Founded in 1914, Dunwoody Colto reality. lege of Technology is located in nurturing PEACE     Br. Consolmagno holds a Ph.D. Minneapolis and is the only priin planetary science from the Univate, not-for-profit technical colversity of Arizona, as well as a inspiring CURIOSITY lege in the Upper Midwest. master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts InstiNurture Your tute of Technology. In 1989, he Oak Lawn woman named entered the Society of Jesus, and to college honor roll Child’s Independence. took vows as a brother in 1991.     Katie Flynn, a sophomore psy44Years Years 42 in He was assigned as an astrono- chology major from Oak Lawn Awaken Your in Palos Palos Park Park mer to the Vatican Observatory was named to the Culver-Stockton Child’s Love of Learning. and also serves as curator of the College honor roll for work done Vatican Meteorite collection, one of during the fall semester. Honor the largest such collections in the roll students have earned between 8800 W. 119th St. Toddler Classes for 2’s world. In addition to his continu- a 3.2 and 3.49 and were enrolled Palos Park 3-Day Preschool for 3’s (pm only) ing professional work in planetary with a minimum of 12 hours, (708)448-5332 5-Day Preschool 3,4,5’s (am & pm) science, he also has studied phi- with no grade lower than a C. 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Voice of Democracy winners Members of the Johnson-Phelps VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary 5220 in Oak Lawn announced the winners of their Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Scholarship Competition. Shown in the photo is Senior Vice Cmdr. Rich Bukowski, Patrick Joseph Beifus (a sixth grader at St. Albert the Great School), Kathleen McGivney, (senior, Mother McAuley), Mayra Vazquez (eighth grade, St. Albert the Great) and Roy Johnson, Voice of Democracy/Patriot Pen Chairman. Not pictured are winners Anna Nawara (seventh grade, St. Albert the Great School) and Alicia Lynch (seventh grade, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School).

Park Clips Chicago Ridge

    The Chicago Ridge Park District has a number of facilities. The Freedom Activity Center is located at 6252 W. Birmingham, and the phone number is 6364900. The Frontier Fieldhouse is located at 9807 S. Sayre Ave., and the phone number is 423-3959. Registration should be made at least one week prior to the event or class. For more information, or to register for a program, call either number above. ***     Immediately: The Chicago Ridge Park District is looking for a Yoga teacher for the upcoming months. Applicants must be available Monday through Thursday in the evenings. Those interested in this position should contact Dominic Malito at 636-4900, or by email at dominicma@chicagoridgeparks.com. ***    Feb. 7: Daddy Daughter date night is being held from 6:30 to 10: p.m. The night will include prizes, dinner, entertainment, and dancing. The price is $25 for a resident couple and $40 for a non-resident couple. There is an $8 charge for each additional girl. The event will take place at the Frontier Fieldhouse. Tickets are available at the Freedom Activity Center or the Frontier Fieldhouse. ***

    Feb. 8: Disney on Ice is the destination for the next park district trip. The bus leaves the Freedom Activity Center at 9:45 a.m., and will return at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $30 for residents, and $40 for non-residents. The price includes admission into the show. ***     Feb. 11: The park district is taking a trip to the Chicago Auto Show, which spans more than one million square feet of car exhibit space. The bus leaves the Freedom Activity Center at 5:30 p.m., and will return at 11 p.m. The price is $7 for residents, and $12 for non-residents. The price does not include admission into the auto show. *** Instructional Basketball League     Saturdays from Feb. 15 to April 5: The instructional basketball league will introduce children to the world of basketball in an instructional game setting at the Freedom Activity Center. Children will play eight weeks of games. Games will begin at 10 a.m. and will last one hour. The league fee is $50. ***    Ongoing: The Chicago Ridge Park District is taking team registration for 4th through 8th grade boys basketball and girls volleyball leagues. For registration information, please call

708-423-3959 or visit our website www.chicagoridgeparks.com.

Evergreen Park

    The Evergreen Park Recreation Department is headquartered at the Village Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St., but holds programs in various locations throughout the village. For more information, or to register for a class, call 229-3373. ***     Jan. 25 to March 15: Group swim lessons for boys and girls ages 4 years and older will be held on Saturdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m., or from noon to 12:45 p.m. The fee for eight weeks is $75 for residents and $85 for non-residents. Swim lessons are held at the Evergreen Park High School pool, 99th Street and Kedzie Ave.

Hickory Hills

    The Hickory Hills Park District administrative building is located at the Cynthia Neal Administrative and Recreation Cener, Kasey Meado Park, 8047 W. 91st Pl. For more information, or to register for a program, call 598-1233. ***     Feb. 19: The Hickory Hills Park District preschool teachers will be hosting an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. at Cynthia Neal Recreation Center, 8047 W. 91st Pl. The open house is for those (Continued on page 12)

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    The Chicago Ridge Park District has a number of facilities. The Freedom Activity Center is located at 6252 W. Birmingham, and the phone number is 6364900. The Frontier Fieldhouse is located at 9807 S. Sayre Ave., and the phone number is 423-3959. Registration should be made at least one week prior to the event or class. For more information, or to register for a program, call either number above. ***     Immediately: The Chicago Ridge Park District is looking for a Yoga teacher for the upcoming months. Applicants must be available Monday through Thursday in the evenings. Those interested in this position should contact Dominic Malito at 636-4900, or by email at dominicma@chicagoridgeparks.com. ***    Feb. 7: Daddy Daughter date night is being held from 6:30 to 10: p.m. The night will include prizes, dinner, entertainment, and dancing. The price is $25 for a resident couple and $40 for a non-resident couple. There is an $8 charge for each additional girl. The event will take place at the Frontier Fieldhouse. Tickets are available at the Freedom Activity Center or the Frontier Fieldhouse. ***     Feb. 8: Disney on Ice is the destination for the next park district trip. The bus leaves the Freedom Activity Center at 9:45 a.m., and will return at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $30 for residents, and $40 for non-residents. The price includes admission into the show. ***     Feb. 11: The park district is taking a trip to the Chicago Auto Show, which spans more than one million square feet of car exhibit space. The bus leaves the Freedom Activity Center at 5:30 p.m., and will return at 11 p.m. The price is $7 for residents, and $12 for non-residents. The price does not include admission into the auto show. *** Instructional Basketball League     Saturdays from Feb. 15 to April 5: The instructional basketball league will introduce children to the world of basketball in an instructional game setting at the Freedom Activity Center. Children will play eight weeks of games. Games will begin at 10 a.m. and will last one hour. The league fee is $50. ***    Ongoing: The Chicago Ridge Park District is taking team registration for 4th through 8th grade boys basketball and girls volleyball leagues. For registration information, please call 708-423-3959 or visit our website www.chicagoridgeparks.com.

Evergreen Park

    The Evergreen Park Recreation Department is headquartered at the Village Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St., but holds programs in various locations throughout the village. For more information, or to register for a class, call 229-3373. ***     Jan. 25 to March 15: Group swim lessons for boys and girls ages 4 years and older will be held on Saturdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m., or from noon to 12:45 p.m. The fee for eight weeks is $75 for residents and $85 for non-residents. Swim lessons

are held at the Evergreen Park High School pool, 99th Street and Kedzie Ave.

Hickory Hills

    The Hickory Hills Park District administrative building is located at the Cynthia Neal Administrative and Recreation Cener, Kasey Meado Park, 8047 W. 91st Pl. For more information, or to register for a program, call 598-1233. ***     Feb. 19: The Hickory Hills Park District preschool teachers will be hosting an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. at Cynthia Neal Recreation Center, 8047 W. 91st Pl. The open house is for those parents wishing to enroll their child in a preschool program for the first time for the 014-2015 school year. An informational pamphlet on our preschool program will be available that night.

Oak Lawn

    The Oak Lawn Park District administrative building is located at 9400 S. Kenton Ave. For more information, call 857-2225 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ***     Sundays and Wednesdays in Feb.: The Oak Lawn Park District’s Stony Creek Golf Course is offering SNAG Golf classes that are designed to introduce children 5-13 years of age to the sport of golf, it’s fundamentals, rules, history, etiquette, and more. Instruction and skill games will be utilized in each lesson. The lessons will begin in February with weekday and weekend sessions available. The three-lesson package will cover instruction in putting (rolling), chipping and full swing. The cost is $50 for residents and $60 for non-residents.     This program will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Sunday Feb. 2, 9 and 16, and from 4 to 5 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 12 and 19 at the Community Pavilion, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave. For more information or to register, call 857-2433. ***     Feb. 10: A spring program guide containing detailed information on all of the Oak Lawn Park District services will be delivered to residents the week of Jan. 27. Program registration for residents begins Monday, Feb. 10. Program registration for nonresidents begins Monday, Feb. 24. Registrations will be accepted at all facilities except Stony Creek, 5850 W. 103rd St., and the Administrative Building, 9400 S. Kenton Ave., unless specified. Stony Creek accepts registrations for golf programs only. For more information, call 857-2225. ***    Ongoing: Duplicate bridge will be held at 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Oak View Center. Cost is $7 per person and includes a light lunch. For more information, call 857-2200.

Worth

    The Worth Park District is located at the Terrace Centre, 11500 S. Beloit Ave. For more information, or to register for the programs, call 448-7080.     The Winter/Spring Worth Park District program guide has arrived. Registration has begun. ***    Immediately: The Worth Park District is taking registration for several programs for young children ready to learn the fundamentals of sports. Parents and their children may

choose from little kickers soccer, parent tot sports, little baller’s basketball or instructional tball. Classes begin the beginning of February and March. ***     Feb. 12: The next monthly Senior Luncheon at the Terrace Centre will take place from 12 to 2 p.m. Both residents and non-residents of Worth Park District are welcome to attend. Reservations are needed each month one week prior to the luncheon. ***     Feb. 17: The park district is hosting Kids Day Out trips for children ages 5 to 12. Kids Day Out lasts from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a cost of $35 per day. The next trips will be to Chuck E. Cheese in February, and Odyssey Funworld on March 18. Trips leave from the Terrace Centre. ***     Feb. 19: Seniors are invited to join friends on trips to local restaurants. There are a variety options, and participants can spend as much or as little as the like.Worth Park District is traveling Grand Lux, Chicago in February, and McCormick and Schmick’s, Oakbrook March 19. Registration is due one week prior to each trip. The cost is $8 per residents, and $12 for nonresidents. Trips leave from the Terrace Centre at 10:30 a.m., and are expected to return by 2 p.m. each afternoon. ***     Feb. 21: Registration must be made by this date for the Princess Ball. Father’s and daughters are invited to this event being held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Music, food, and a photo together will be part of the festivities. The cost is $25 per couple and $8 per additional child. ***     March 7: Seniors are taking a trip to Water Tower Place, Chicago. The group leave from the Terrace Centre at 9 a.m., and return at 2 p.m. $12. Registration is due at least one week prior to the trip. ***     March 21: is the last day to register for All Day childcare during spring break. Cancellation can be avoided by registering today. The fee for the spring break special is $20 per day, per child, for residents. This price is for care between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Care will be provided for the extended hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. for an additional $10. ***    Ongoing: Pickle Ball will be at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday. Pickle Ball is a cross between tennis and ping-pong and involves strategies such as lobbing, drive shots and overhead slams. Cost is $1. ***    Ongoing: Open gym basketball is offered at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1. ***    Ongoing: The Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., has an indoor playground featuring slides, a climbing wall, tree house and more for children who can walk through 4 years old. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fee is $1 for residents, $2 for non-residents. For more information call 448-7080 or visit worthparkdistrict.org.

Focus on Seniors AARP Offers Driver Safety Program for Seniors     The first AARP Smart Driver Class for 2014 will be offered at the Office for Citizen Services, 3450 W. 97th St., Evergreen Park, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6 and Feb. 7. Attendance on both days is required. The class size is limited, so early registration is suggested. The eight-hour refresher course reviews rules of the road for the mature adult. Sign up for the class

may be made in person, or by mail at the OCS. Checks should made payable to AARP, and include the participant’s name, address and phone number. The fee for AARP members is $15 and for non-members, $20. AARP members are asked card to the first class for verification. For more information, call 422-8776. In addition to updating driving knowledge and skills, class members may be eligible for a discount on auto insurance after completing the course.

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Double Nickel

    The Double Nickel Plus Chorus meets at the Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St. in Evergreen Park, every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Room 111. Newcomers are welcome. For more information call 422-8776.

Meals on Wheels

    The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens’ Services offers a Meals on Wheels program for village residents 60 years and older who are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. For more information call 422-8776.

55 and Up

    Palos Hills residents 55 years and older meet from noon to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. Tickets for events must be purchased one week in advance. Entertainment includes musicians, singers, luncheons, movies, plays and bingo.

Pinochle

    The Worth Senior Pinochle club is seeking new members. Membership is free. Visit the group at the Worth Park District Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games begin at noon. Call 448-1181 for information.


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Investors can learn much from Super Bowl teams     If you’re a football fan (and probably even if you aren’t), you are aware that we’re closing in on the Super Bowl. This year’s event is unique in that it is the first Super Bowl held in an outdoor, cold-weather site — New Jersey, to be specific.     However, the 2014 game shares many similarities to past Super Bowls in terms of what it took for the two teams to arrive at this point. And some of these same characteristics apply to successful investors.     Here are a few of these shared traits:     • A good offense — Most Super Bowl teams are adept at moving up and down the field and crossing the goal line. And good investors know how to choose those investments that can provide them with the gains they need to keep moving toward their own goals, such as a comfortable retirement. That’s why, at every stage of your life, you will need to own a reasonable percentage of growth-oriented investments, such as stocks and stock-based vehicles.     • A strong defense — Even a good offense usually isn’t enough to vault a team into the Super Bowl, which is why most participants in the Big Game also have strong defenses. Similarly, the best investors don’t just put all their money in a single type of aggressive instrument and then forget about it — they know that a downturn affecting this particular asset class could

Talkin Poker

By Bryan Devonshire

An ill-advised squeeze     Dan Harrington, in his fantastic series of books, “Harrington on Hold ‘em,” writes that you should never squeeze with a hand that wants to see a flop but not a fourth bet. I dodged that mistake, but later in the hand, I made a bigger mistake in the same family of unnecessarily putting more money in the pot. I don’t get upset about how the cards fall, because I cannot control variance, but I can control my decisions and must focus my efforts into always making the best decision.     It was early in a Colorado Poker Championship high-roller event. Blinds were 250-500 with a 50 ante, and action folded to the button, an amateur player with more than 50,000 in chips from a 30,000 starting stack. He raised to 1,500. My friend Jay, a solid player with a stack of more than 60,000, called out of the small blind, and it was my turn in the big blind.     I had 37,000 and held Js 10s. This was a great spot to squeeze, considering that the button was the initial raiser and Jay couldn’t have a premium hand. I was tempted, but if the button reraised, then my beautiful hand was going into the muck without seeing a flop. Don’t squeeze when a four-bet is going to make you sick. Squeeze when you don’t care about the four-bet in either direction; be happy because you have it, or don’t care since you don’t have anything.     I called, and three of us saw the Ks Jd 7h flop. Jay checked, I checked, and the button bet 2,500. Jay folded, and I called. No reason to raise here and turn my hand into a bluff, and my hand’s too strong to fold. Let’s see the turn.     It was a great one for me: the 9s. I checked with the intention of calling a bet, and then the villain bet 3,300 into a pot of about 10,000.     Why did he bet so small? Amateurs usually bet bigger with made hands in this spot to protect themselves from all the draws. Even if villain had Q-10, I would expect to face a bigger bet due to the flush draw that showed up. Though it’s unlikely for me to have a flush draw, amateurs fear flush draws and being drawn out on.     So he had to have, like, one pair, right? I could make him fold one pair if I check-raised now and shoved the river. Then I wouldn’t have to improve to win the pot.     I made it 10,000. The villain shoved instantly, 24,000 more to me, and I nearly threw up on my shoes.     Don’t raise if being shoved on is going to make you vomit on your shoes.     Instead of taking advantage of the villain’s mistake of underbetting the pot, giving me great odds to draw, I decided to give him 10,000 and deny myself the opportunity to see the river. Sure, if he had just a king, it would probably work, but since I’m beating all of his bluffs that fold to (Continued on page 12)

prove extremely costly. Instead, they “defend” their portfolios by diversifying their holdings among a range of investments: stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit, and so on. And you can do the same. Keep in mind, however, that although diversification can help reduce the impact of volatility on your portfolio, it can’t guarantee a profit or always protect against loss.     • Perseverance — Every team that makes it to the Super Bowl has had to overcome some type of adversity — injuries to key players, a difficult schedule, bad weather, playoff games against good opponents, etc. Successful investors have also had to overcome hurdles, such as bear markets, bad economies, political battles and changing tax laws. Through it all, these investors stay invested, follow a long-term strategy and continue to look for new opportunities — and their perseverance is often rewarded. You can follow their example by

not jumping out of the market when the going looks tough and not overreacting to scary-sounding headlines.     • Good coaching — Super Bowl teams contain many fine players, but they still need coaches who can analyze situations and make the right decisions at the right times. Smart, experienced investors also benefit from “coaching — in the form of guidance from financial professionals. It’s not always easy for busy people to study the financial markets, stay current on changing investmentrelated laws, monitor their own portfolios and make changes as needed. By working with a financial professional who knows your situation, needs, goals and risk tolerance, you will find it much easier to navigate the increasingly complex investment world.     As we’ve seen, some of the same factors that go into producing a team capable of reaching the Super Bowl are also relevant to investors who want to reach their own goals. By incorporating these behaviors and attitudes into your own investment strategy, you’ll be following a pretty good “game plan.”

Jawbone vs. Fitbit

    According to MyFitnessPal (the calorie tracking app I use on my smartphone), Friday was the 189th day I’ve logged in and, in that time, I’ve lost 58.3 lbs. That’s approximately 2.16 lbs. per week, or… for the quantified selfies out there, approximately .3 lbs. per day.     One nanosecond after, “You look great… I bet you feel like a different person.” (Thank you and yes, by the way.) I get asked, “How did you do it?”     I do it (present tense, I’m still doing it) with my smartphone and a fitness-tracking wristband. You can read exactly how at smartphonediet. Scott Johnson, CFP, is a finan- info or watch my TEDx Talk. cial advisor with Edward Jones,     It’s not magic; it’s math. 3,500 8146 W. 111th St., Palos Hills, calories = 1 lb. Every 3,500 calories 974-1965. Edward Jones does not you eat that you don’t burn, you gain provide legal advice. This article a pound. Every 3,500 calories you was written by Edward Jones for burn that you don’t eat, you lose use by your local Edward Jones a pound. While this is not strictly financial advisor. true, for reasons that don’t matter here, it is a great baseline to use for changing your lifestyle based upon information you get from monitoring, or quantifying, your calories in and calories out.     In order to calculate calories in and calories out you need two tools: a year and a half of work.     You don’t need to have had a     1. a calorie tracker, such as MyFitheart attack, organ transplant, nessPal or FatSecret or Livestrong. or cancer to qualify for disability com’s MyPlate calorie tracker. benefits. However, you must have     2. a fitness-tracking wristband, a disability that is severe enough such as the Jawbone or the Fitto render you unable to work and bit. that is expected to last a year or longer, or result in death. But Which Jawbone vs.     If you have such a disability, Which Fitbit? you should start your application     I have now used all of the most now. That’s because it takes time popular fitness-tracking wristbands to determine whether you qualify and I offer the following observafor benefits. It usually takes three tions. to four months for a medical decision from the state agency that evaluates your condition. Jawbone UP (List price If your application is approved, $129.95) your first Social Security disabil-     The Jawbone UP has been around ity payment will be made for the for a while. It is not a Bluetooth sixth full month after the date device; you sync and charge it by the state agency determines that removing a small cap and plugyou qualify for disability benefits. ging it into a custom charger with For example, if the state agency a standard USB plug on one side determines you qualify for disabil- and a special headphone jack on the ity benefits effective Jan. 15, your other. To sync the Jawbone UP, you first disability payment would be plug it into the headphone jack of paid for the month of July. (Your your smartphone. The UP works July payment would be received with iDevices and many (but not in August.) all) Android devices. Check the com    It’s in your best interest to do patibility list before you buy this everything you can to help speed device — if you have an incompatthe process. The best first step is ible smartphone, you are completely for you to read our online publica- out of luck. Jawbone cannot help tion, Disability Benefits, at www. you. Compatibility has to do with socialsecurity.gov/pubs. It will tell the way the phone’s headphone you all about the process, includ- jack functions, not the Jawbone ing the information you will need UP band. to apply for benefits.     I like this band because I can wear     Then, take advantage of our it all the time. It’s not waterproof, online disability starter kits. We but it is very splash-resistant so have one starter kit for children you can wear the band almost all and one for adults, and both are the time. I usually charge it while available in English and Spanish. I’m in the shower, but I’ve also The starter kit will help you get charged it while driving or sitting ready for your disability inter- at my desk. It doesn’t take very view or online application, and long to charge. provides information about the    Pros: specific documents and the infor-     • Splash-resistant (very). mation that we will request from     • Light, fashionable, looks like you. You will find the starter kits a bracelet. on our disability website at www.     • Can be worn all of the time. socialsecurity.gov/disability, under     • Doesn’t eat your phone batApply for Benefits. tery.     Once you complete your online     • Charge lasts for days. disability starter kit and you’re    Cons: ready to apply, the most con-     • No Bluetooth and no display venient way to accomplish this is also online. Just visit www. socialsecurity.gov/applyfor SUDOKU Solution disability to begin.

Know disability benefits for what may (severely) ail you By John Flynn Social Security District Manager     The month of February is a time to recognize a number of unfortunate ailments that disable and take the lives of too many people.     February is American Heart Month, focusing on heart disease and how to prevent it. Every year more than 700,000 Americans have a heart attack and about 600,000 die from heart disease — making up about a fourth of the nation’s deaths. National Wear Red Day, Feb. 7, also focuses on heart disease — the number one killer of women.     Feb. 4 is World Cancer Day, a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving knowledge about cancer. Feb. 14 is National Donor Day, encouraging everyone to become an organ donor, giving the ultimate Valentine to someone in need.     These awareness campaigns remind us how critically important Social Security disability benefits are for people with severe disabilities and their families.     Many people do not like to think about disability. However, the onset of disability is unpredictable and can happen to anyone at any age. The unfortunate reality is that one in four 20-year-old workers become disabled before reaching retirement age. When severe illness or injury robs a person of the ability to work and earn a living, Social Security disability benefits can provide a critical source of financial support at a time of need.     When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn credits. These credits count toward retirement, survivors, and disability benefits. The number of credits you need to qualify for disability benefits depends on your age, and some of the work must be recent. For example, the younger you are the fewer credits you need to have. For most people, you need to have worked at least a total of 10 years, but if you are younger, you may qualify with as little as

Techno Talk By Shelly Palmer means you need to plug it into your smartphone to get a status report.     • Accuracy is average.     • Lack of compatibility with certain popular Android devices.

Jawbone UP24 (List Price $149.95)

    This is the latest and greatest wristband from Jawbone. It’s Bluetooth, comes in two colors and is supposed to be more accurate and more awesome than the original Jawbone UP. Sadly, the UP24 app for Android has not yet arrived, so for now, the UP24 is iDevice only.     Are you interested in syncing via Bluetooth? If so, this is your band. I don’t think it’s an important feature. In fact, when considering the other Bluetooth devices I need to sync to my smartphone, I think it’s a huge pain — but that’s just me. If you’re an iPhone person and you’ve been dreaming of a Bluetooth UP, it’s here.    Pros:     • Splash-resistant.     • Light, fashionable, looks like a bracelet.     • Can be worn all of the time.     • Charge lasts for days.     • Bluetooth.    Cons:     • No display, which means you need to plug it into your smartphone to get a status report.     • Accuracy is average.     • Lack of compatibility with Android devices is an issue that should be solved soon.

way to verify this, but I’ve been told several times by several different people.

Fitbit Flex ($99.95)

    The Flex was Fitbit’s answer to the Jawbone UP. It’s awesome. Although it does not have a display, it has indicator lights that let you know how you’re doing. Like all Fitbits, when you get within about 20 feet of the computer where you’ve plugged in the Fitbit USB dongle, the unit will sync with your computer and you can see the Fitbit dashboard, which has a comprehensive readout of what the Fitbit has been measuring.     The Flex is water-resistant, so you can really get it wet. I like the Fitbit Flex a lot and recommend it as strongly as I recommend my Jawbone UP.    Pros:     • Water-resistant.     • Can be worn all the time.     • Charge lasts for days.     • Good computer/web interface.    Cons:     • Somewhat unattractive.     • Accuracy is average.     • Lack of compatibility with certain Android devices (be sure to check).

Fitbit Force ($129.95)

    The Force is Fitbit’s all-singing, all-dancing wristband. It has a display, Bluetooth 4.0, uber-compatibility, does everything every Fitbit device does and everything that every Jawbone device does.     One downside is that it is splashresistant, not water-resistant. Although the device is marketed as water-resistant, the altimeter will malfunction if you submerge the unit — so don’t submerge it! I can personally attest to this issue.     Secondly, some people have complained (some bitterly) about a curious rash that they believe is caused by the rubber bracelet. Fitbit has issued some refunds and says it is, “investigating the causes of Fitbit One ($99.95)     Fitbit has made a whole bunch of the rashes.” dongles and small fobs that can be    Pros: placed in bracelets or worn using    • Complete Display clips. The Fitbit One has a display,     • Water-resistant. but it is not splash or water resistant     • Can be worn all of the time. … and I have put several of these     • Charge lasts for days. devices in my pocket, forgotten to     • Good computer/web interface. take them out and washed them.    Cons: Fitbits don’t like to be placed in a     • Curious rash reported (not by everyone, of course) washing machine.     I like the functionality of the Fit-     • Big and obvious. bit One, but the ergonomics don’t     • Accuracy is average. work for me. I don’t like the clip; I’ve explained my unhappiness with The Bottom Line putting it in my pocket and wear-     You need to monitor your caloing it on my wrist is aesthetically ries in, your calories out and your offensive to me. I’m not a fan. That sleep. All of the devices by Jawbone said, female friends have told me and Fitbit will help you accomplish that they clip it to their bra straps (Continued on page 12) and get excellent results. I have no

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WHATIZIT?

    You folks were certainly wizards last week and I don’t mean Washington Wizards.     Speaking of the Washington Wizards, last week’s Whatizit was a photo of the leg and foot of the statue of Washington Wizard Michael Jordan outside the United Center. Oh, yeah, he played for the Bulls, too.     Many of you Whatizit wizards guess right and a few guessed wrong. Once again, Harrison Debre of Willow Springs was the first to ring in with the correct answer.     Other six-time world champions were Chicago Ridge’s Kelly Peterson, Patty Vandenberg, Dan Higgins, and Bill Ivers, Hickory Hills’ Jack and Griffin Burke Faddis, Oak Lawn’s Bob Foley, Worth’s German Cordova, Russ Martin, Theresa and George Rebersky and Robert Solner, Evergreen Park’s Vince Vizza, and John Schikora and Palos Park’s Michael Staron.     An MVP award goes out to Henrietta Mysliwiec of Evergreen Park, who added this tidbit: “I did not know this, but this statue is attached only in one place at the knee.”     Those who shot airballs were those who guessed a leg and foot from the little girl on the bench statue outside of the Palos Heights library and a left-handed pitcher.     This week’s clue is that it’s been handy to have around for the past couple of weeks.     Send those guesses to thereporter@comcast.net with WHATIZIT? on the subject line. Don’t forget your name and hometown.

Park Clips (Continued from page 10) parents wishing to enroll their child in a preschool program for the first time for the 014-2015 school year. An informational pamphlet on our preschool program will be available that night.

Oak Lawn

    The Oak Lawn Park District administrative building is located at 9400 S. Kenton Ave. For more information, call 857-2225 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ***     Sundays and Wednesdays in Feb.: The Oak Lawn Park District’s Stony Creek Golf Course is offering SNAG Golf classes that are designed to introduce children 5-13 years of age to the sport of golf, it’s fundamentals, rules, history, etiquette, and more. Instruction and skill games will be utilized in each lesson. The lessons will begin in February with weekday and weekend sessions available. The three-lesson package will cover instruction in putting (rolling), chipping and full swing. The cost is $50 for residents and $60 for non-residents.     This program will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Sunday Feb. 2, 9 and 16, and from 4 to 5 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 12 and 19 at the Community Pavilion, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave. For more information or to register, call 857-2433. ***     Feb. 10: A spring program guide containing detailed information on all of the Oak Lawn Park District services will be delivered to residents the week of Jan. 27. Program registration for residents begins Monday, Feb. 10. Program registration for non-residents begins Monday, Feb. 24. Registrations will be accepted at all facilities except Stony Creek, 5850 W. 103rd St., and the Administrative Building, 9400 S. Kenton Ave., unless specified. Stony Creek accepts registrations for golf programs only. For more information, call 857-2225. ***    Ongoing: Duplicate bridge will be held at 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Oak View Center. Cost is $7 per person and includes a light lunch. For more information, call 857-2200.

Worth

    The Worth Park District is located at the Terrace Centre, 11500 S. Beloit Ave. For more information, or to register for the programs, call 448-7080.     The Winter/Spring Worth Park District program guide has arrived. Registration has begun. ***    Immediately: The Worth Park District is taking registration for several programs for young children ready to learn the fundamentals of sports. Parents and their children may choose from little kickers soccer, parent tot sports, little baller’s basketball or instructional t-ball. Classes begin the beginning of February and March. ***

    Feb. 12: The next monthly Senior Luncheon at the Terrace Centre will take place from 12 to 2 p.m. Both residents and non-residents of Worth Park District are welcome to attend. Reservations are needed each month one week prior to the luncheon. ***     Feb. 17: The park district is hosting Kids Day Out trips for children ages 5 to 12. Kids Day Out lasts from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a cost of $35 per day. The next trips will be to Chuck E. Cheese in February, and Odyssey Funworld on March 18. Trips leave from the Terrace Centre. ***     Feb. 19: Seniors are invited to join friends on trips to local restaurants. There are a variety options, and participants can spend as much or as little as the like.Worth Park District is traveling Grand Lux, Chicago in February, and McCormick and Schmick’s, Oakbrook March 19. Registration is due one week prior to each trip. The cost is $8 per residents, and $12 for non-residents. Trips leave from the Terrace Centre at 10:30 a.m., and are expected to return by 2 p.m. each afternoon. ***     Feb. 21: Registration must be made by this date for the Princess Ball. Father’s and daughters are invited to this event being held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Music, food, and a photo together will be part of the festivities. The cost is $25 per couple and $8 per additional child. ***     March 7: Seniors are taking a trip to Water Tower Place, Chicago. The group leave from the Terrace Centre at 9 a.m., and return at 2 p.m. $12. Registration is due at least one week prior to the trip. ***     March 21: is the last day to register for All Day childcare during spring break. Cancellation can be avoided by registering today. The fee for the spring break special is $20 per day, per child, for residents. This price is for care between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Care will be provided for the extended hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. for an additional $10. ***    Ongoing: Pickle Ball will be at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday. Pickle Ball is a cross between tennis and ping-pong and involves strategies such as lobbing, drive shots and overhead slams. Cost is $1. ***    Ongoing: Open gym basketball is offered at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1. ***    Ongoing: The Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., has an indoor playground featuring slides, a climbing wall, tree house and more for children who can walk through 4 years old. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fee is $1 for residents, $2 for non-residents. For more information call 448-7080 or visit worthparkdistrict.org.

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Nature provides the best medicine     Many people today depend on prescription drugs to help alleviate their ailments and “disorders.” These pills cost a lot of money, sometimes have terrible side effects and ultimately do nothing but relieve symptoms of illnesses or conditions.     Doctors’ offices are packed these days with people thinking they can get some sort of magic “bullet” that will cure them, when in reality they will actually be prescribed something they will be dependent on for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, it may be the majority of Americans who are uneducated or misinformed about illnesses, diseases, disorders, drugs and proper nutrition. Some of these people, sadly, don’t even want to take the time to help themselves. — “That’s what doctors are for,” they say.     Well, many doctors are nothing more than businessmen in white coats. Did you know many doctors invest much of their money in the pharmaceutical companies

that produce the same drugs they prescribe? And remember, if people knew how to prevent illnesses and diseases or treat their own illnesses and diseases, the medical industry would be a less financially lucrative affair. While I assume 99.9 percent of doctors certainly don’t want people to suffer, many of them want people to stay dependent on medical care.     Sickness and disease is a terrible, cruel scourge on the human race. The awful pain involved for the sick is so horrible they pray for death to relieve them of their suffering. To avoid this fate, take care of yourself and take the time to learn how to do it properly. Much of this can be accomplished by understanding the power of food as medicine.     Many of the foods people eat are energy foods — carbohydrate-heavy food that provides energy to walk, run and work. These fuels are good in mod-

The Wine Guy with Anthony Scarano eration and as a supplement to a well-rounded diet, but carbs alone will bring on sickness and an early death. They contain no vitamins or cell-building chemicals and can have adverse effects on the liver and pancreas.     The same goes for dairy products and meats. These foods provide protein and other nutrients, but can also create acidic conditions in the body that can destroy cells. Eating excessive

amounts of these foods will cause arthritis, heart problems, digestive disorders and hypertension — many of the problems plaguing Americans today.     Humans, from the beginning, were meant to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and herbs; and drink raw fruit juices and wine. These foods consist of the cell-building vitamins and minerals our bodies and minds require to operate properly and remain free from disease. They help you look good, feel good and live longer. Anthony Scarano is not a doctor. He is an Evergreen Park resident, winemaker and certified naturopath. Suggestions in this space are solely the opinions of Mr. Scarano based on years of independent study and personal experience, and may not be beneficial to health. Wine should be consumed in moderation, as overindulgence may be harmful to health.

Pappas urges residents to track government debt     Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said that the property tax bill mailed to nearly 1.8 million Cook County owners contains debt figures for every local government that taxes a home, business or other real estate property.     Property owners can use their 2013 first installment tax bill to track how much of that total debt is from their own seven to 20 local governments. The bills, due March 4, 2014, show these categories:     • Money Owed by Your Taxing Districts     • Pension and Healthcare Amounts Promised by Your Taxing Districts     • Amount of Pension and Healthcare Shortage     • Percentage of Pension and

Healthcare Costs Taxing Districts Can Pay     “Read your bill to see how much debt your local government is carrying,” Pappas said. “We want you to see what’s behind the bill.”     Pappas said taxpayers “should be aware of how local government debt affects their finances. Just as they need to know how much credit card debt they have, taxpayers should know their local government debt. This information should be a wake-up call: Your local government debt is like having seven to 20 credit cards you may not know you had.”     Lawrence Msall, president of the Civic Federation, said the bill not only gives taxpayers information about total debt, but breaks

out pension and healthcare costs that threaten to overwhelm local governments.     “By putting these numbers on individual property tax bills, Treasurer Pappas has taken an important step toward educating taxpayers about the crippling level of debt and pension obligations carried by many of our local governments,” Msall said. “These obligations are a growing threat to the fiscal and economic stability of our communities.”     Pappas said that people have a right to know where their tax money is going, and showing them the debt of the governments closest to them, local governments, “is transparency in its highest form.”     Pappas explained that the in-

Questions and concerns remain high about work-at-home jobs Unemployed individuals who are looking for work or those looking to change jobs often renew their efforts with the start of the new year. Work-at-home jobs look appealing to those looking for employment because they offer great pay for little labor. The problem is that most of these are scams. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) offers those looking for new employment opportunities some tips so that they don’t get burned in hunting work-at-home jobs. “There were 17,478 inquiries to the BBB in 2013 about workat-home companies. These scams were listed at number two on our Top 10 Scams List of 2013,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “The number of inquiries last year show that job seekers

are being more cautious. However, the number of individuals who fell victim to these scams remained steady.” A recent example of a pricey work-at-home scam that was caught by the FTC is a telemarketing scam that targeted Hispanic consumers. Contacted by phone, they were promised they could make money by reselling high-end brand named goods. Rather than being sent high-end products, after they had paid the delivery person (cash on delivery), they discovered the products they received were unusable. To avoid falling victim to workat-home scams, the BBB suggests you look out for the following warning signs: • Companies that use personal testimonials but never identify the person. • Exaggerated claims of poten-

Techno Talk

they will all do the job… if you do yours. Choose the wristband that you (Continued from page 11) are most likely to use all the time, one you will only take off to charge these goals. I’m partial to the origi- or sync. Remember: no matter how nal Jawbone UP because it is small, pretty or interesting the device is, it unobtrusive, and I don’t have to is useless unless you use it 24/7. think about it. That said, I like the     Visit www.smartphonediet.info to Fitbit Force because when I’m re- learn more about how you can use ally in the mood to watch what I’m your smartphone and a few relatively doing, all the info I want is right inexpensive devices to lose weight, on my wrist. Depending on the day, feel great and stay fit forever. And, this can be a huge plus. if you’re really serious about living a     In the end, what you buy will be healthier lifestyle, invest in a Fitbit, more about your personality than a Jawbone or any other monitoring the features and benefits of the device you can commit to use. It will wristband you choose. Like I said, really change your life.

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formation comes from the Debt Disclosure Ordinance (DDO), which requires all primary local governments across Cook County to report their financial data yearly to the Treasurer’s Office. Pappas also put the DDO data on cookcountytreasurer.com, where taxpayers can look deeper into the finances of the individual taxing districts that claim shares of their tax bill.     “The debt you see on your bill will raise the property taxes that you pay today and your children will pay tomorrow,” Pappas said. “We are leaving a debt-filled future to our children.” — Submitted by Treasurer Maria Pappas’ office

Talkin Poker (Continued from page 11) the 10,000 bet, and folding to all of his huge hands that are shoving on me, I should have simply checked and called the turn. Many of his one-pair hands are checking that turn, too, skewing his range more toward hands that are monsters or bluffs.     Bad play, Devo.    (Bryan Devonshire is a professional poker player from Las Vegas. Known as “Devo” on the tournament circuit, he has amassed more than $2 million in career earnings. Follow him on Twitter: @devopoker.)


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Fast-paced Chargers regain winning ways By Ken Karrson     Stagg ran away from its troubles last week.     Not that the Chargers’ basketball world had crumbled around them, but there was a definite sense of unrest. Consecutive SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue losses to Lockport and Sandburg had set the backward thinking in motion, and among those who were questioning what exactly was happening was Stagg coach John Daniels.     A few lackluster practice sessions by his guys mixed in between those two contests did nothing to alleviate Daniels’ fears that the Chargers could very easily render meaningless a superb start to the season. So he chose to address his points of concern directly to the players.     “We talked a lot about chemistry and teamwork,” Daniels said. “And we went back to some fundamentals and drills we do at the beginning of the season, like footwork drills.”     Those Stagg feet got a workout against both Argo and Joliet Central in a pair of fast-paced matchups on Tuesday and Friday, respectively, and Daniels couldn’t have been happier about that turn of events.     “Teams that have had success against us play more of a plodding style,” he said. “We like to get up and down the floor, so it’s tough to press us. Playing teams like Argo and Joliet is good because they let us run our stuff, so this was a good week to get healthy.”     And that’s exactly what the Chargers (14-5, 3-3) did as they romped past both the Argonauts (60-44) and Steelmen (80-66). The first of those contests was held on Stagg’s Senior Night and, appropriately, it was a few upperclassmen making the difference for the Chargers.     While having both Kevin White and Max Strus be influential figures was nothing new, the same could not be said of Sebastian Kolpak. But with a series of passes from the former duo setting him up for scoring opportunities, Kolpak erupted for 16 points, half of which were at the heart of a 20-7

blitz by Stagg in the third quarter that established a comfortable 4430 advantage for it.     Between them, White and Strus dished out a total of 11 assists, which went along with that same number of rebounds and 21 combined points. Nick Sims supplied the Chargers with 11 points, while yet another senior, Anthony Gardner, collected a team-best nine rebounds.     “I’m real proud of our seniors,” Daniels said. “They all got to play and all but one scored.”     Even more satisfying to Daniels was Stagg’s improvement in execution. On average, the Chargers have been about even in assists and turnovers per game, a figure their coach previously deemed unsatisfactory. Here, Daniels saw his players dish out 18 assists while committing only eight miscues.     That led to a 53 percent success rate from the floor, one of Stagg’s best showings of late. Three nights later, it was increased significantly.     “We had some real good practices and we played four of our better quarters this season — the third one against Argo and the first three against Joliet Central,” Daniels said. “This season could have gone one of two ways, and it was good to see the kids respond the way I hoped.” Stagg 80 Joliet Central 66     Had it not been for an offensive explosion in the final period, the Steelmen would have been flat-out crushed by the Chargers Friday night. As it was, Stagg still prevailed with little difficulty.     Those first three stanzas that Daniels referenced featured Stagg amassing 62 points, 46 of them prior to halftime. Three-pointers by Sims and Strus were part of a 26-point uprising in the opening quarter, but just as big a contributor to the Chargers’ attack were baskets garnered on the run.     “We must have gotten at least 16 points in transition [during the game],” Daniels said. “They let us run and we ran them right out of the gym. It sort of felt like last year.     “The key to playing a team like

Joliet is you have to get a defensive stop so you can get the ball in transition; if they score, they have time to set up their defense. They were giving us high-percentage shots and we were rolling.”     Illustrative of Stagg’s efficiency was its blistering 69 percent rate of accuracy from the floor, easily its finest shooting exhibition of the campaign. The Chargers recorded 17 assists as a team and all but five of their 17 turnovers came in the second half, by which time the victory had been secured.     Both Strus and White popped in 22 points for Stagg, and they also teamed up to distribute 14 assists. Added to Strus’ points and assists were five rebounds, four steals and a big zero in the turnover department. Jeff Goral pitched in 18 points to the Chargers’ potent attack.     Daniels wasn’t shocked to see Stagg in peak form, nor was he stunned when Joliet went on a fourth-quarter rampage and chalked up 32 points to make things at least remotely interesting.     “Joliet comes at you in waves — 13 different kids played for them in the first half, and most of them scored,” Daniels said. “When you can get something off the bench when you’re in foul trouble, it changes the way you coach.”     After meeting Joliet West in an SWSC Blue contest on Friday, the Chargers will make up a nonconference game with Oak Lawn on Saturday.

Statistics Argo Stagg

8 15 7 14 - 44 18 6 20 16 - 60

Stagg Scoring: Kolpak 16, White 14, Sims 11, Strus 7, Contant 2, El Hannouny 2, Gardner 2, Kelly 2, Kwiatkowski 2, Stratinsky 2. Rebounds: Gardner 9, Strus 6. Assists: White 6, Strus 5. Stagg Joliet Central

26 20 16 18 - 80 10 14 10 32 - 66

Stagg Scoring: Strus 22, White 22, Goral 18, Gardner 7, Sims 7, Kolpak 4. Rebounds: Gardner 6, Strus 5. Assists: Strus 8, White 6. Steals: Strus 4.

Day of (Hoops) reckoning Eagles overcome Crete-Monee in 2 OT By Ken Karrson     A day of hoops ultimately became a day of reckoning for Crete-Monee.     Actually, Sandburg made sure the Warriors’ entire experience at Joliet Central’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Hoops event last Monday was more nightmarish than anything else. The Eagles did that by expunging Crete’s seven-point advantage in the fourth quarter and eventually getting the last say in a 75-65 double-overtime final.     The victory was Sandburg’s second in three days, coming on the heels of a defeat of SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue rival Stagg the Saturday before at the United Center.     “It was a tough game to get up for,” Eagles coach Todd Allen said of the matchup with the Warriors. “We were pretty pleased to come away with the win there.”     That success became possible after Alec Martinez’s 3-point basket put Sandburg ahead to stay less than a half-minute into the second extra session. Following that field goal, the Eagles did much of their handiwork from the foul line — they went 16-of-18 at the stripe in the two overtime periods — and managed to keep Crete at arm’s length.     Four of the free throws were delivered in a bunch after the Warriors’ Rashad Lee got ticketed with both flagrant and technical fouls when he made contact with Niko Cahue in the late going. Sandburg’s senior forward sank a pair of charity tosses, Peter Paxinos made good on those awarded from the technical, and Eric Straka completed the blitz by hitting a bucket on the Eagles’ ensuing possession.     The sequence stretched Sandburg’s lead out to 10 points and decided the issue.     The charity stripe was the Eagles’ friend throughout the contest, as they went 23-of-29 from there overall. That was in stark contrast to Crete’s 14-of-26

display, which included six misses in the pivotal fourth stanza.     The Warriors were on the verge of losing in regulation, but caught a break when one of Sandburg’s rare misfires at the line kept the differential at two. Lee’s putback squared things at 50, then Martinez had the ball knocked away from him on the Eagles’ last possession.     Martinez (career-high 18 points, five assists) had created a 47-all deadlock for Sandburg with a layup following his own steal, then the Eagles inched ahead with a few of their foul shots.     It was Cahue’s free throw that saved Sandburg in the initial OT, as that point brought it even at 59 after Brandon Johnson’s threepoint play had briefly given the Warriors a one-point edge. Cahue ended the day with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, and was one of four Eagles to tally in double digits.     Doing so in addition to Cahue and Martinez were Straka (career-high 23 points) and Niko Kogionis (11). Sandburg shot 44 percent from the floor, while Crete connected on 42 percent of its attempts. Homewood-Flossmoor 52 Sandburg 39     The road didn’t get any easier for the Eagles on Friday, as they visited Flossmoor to renew acquaintances with a familiar SWSC Blue foe. For sure, Sandburg had the Vikings’ full attention after having knocked them out of the postseason last March.     And, had free throws been distributed a bit more evenly, perhaps the Eagles would have duplicated their earlier conquest. But on an evening when very little separated the two teams statistically, Homewood-Flossmoor’s 17-3 scoring advantage at the line was critical to the outcome.     While Allen did not wish to comment publicly on the discrepancy — which featured Sandburg not attempting its first foul shot until the fourth quarter — he did confess to wondering how it could

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Brother Rice’s Dan Scanlon climbs out of the crowded stands after diving in to try to retrieve a loose ball last Tuesday at Marist. The RedHawks won the latest meeting between neighborhood rivals 52-40.

Rebuffing rival, then Roadrunners

RedHawks respond well to pair of challenges By Ken Karrson     The only thing that tops defeating an archrival is beating the very next opponent on the schedule.     That’s not always the easiest assignment for a sports team. So much energy and emotion typically gets poured into a showdown game that athletes on the winning side tend to have difficultly stepping out from under the glow of gratification.     Such a worry may have crossed Marist coach Gene Nolan’s mind in the aftermath of his squad’s 52-40 victory over neighborhood foe Brother Rice last Tuesday in

Mount Greenwood. Admittedly, Nolan, having played in a few of those bragging-rights contests himself, didn’t attempt to downplay the RedHawks’ success against the Crusaders.     “Obviously, the win on Tuesday was a great win when you think about Brother Rice and how great they are,” he said. “It was a meaningful win for us.”     But Nolan also desired another one on Friday, when Marist re-entered the East Suburban Catholic Conference fray to tangle with Nazareth Academy. He got it, but not without periods of struggle.     The Roadrunners were tied at 50 with the RedHawks 2½

minutes into the fourth quarter, and Nazareth was still within four points almost three minutes later. Chamar Hawkins finally gave Marist some breathing room by hitting a floater and then a layup on consecutive possessions.     With a defensive stop sandwiched in between the baskets, the RedHawks had enough cushion to ward off the Roadrunners 68-59 and complete an unblemished week.     “Our [biggest] opponent was the competition of a letdown,” Nolan said, referencing the triumph over Nazareth. “On Friday, we were able to find ways to win. (Continued on page 6)

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Fourth-quarter rally boosts Astros over Mustangs By Ken Karrson     Shepard was better late than ever Friday night.     Seemingly destined for an unpleasant result at Evergreen Park, the Astros not only refused to go down quietly, they declined to succumb at all to the Mustangs. Aided by some crucial misses at the foul line by Evergreen and a few Mustangs turnovers as well, Shepard rallied with a 21-point closing quarter.     That output, which represented 70 percent of the Astros’ scoring total through the first three periods, was just enough to boost them to a 51-48 victory and inch them closer to the top of the South Suburban Conference Red. Shepard (8-9, 5-3) was just one game behind front-running Richards entering the current week, a margin that also got reduced by the Bulldogs’ conference loss at Argo last Friday.     When reminded of the develop-

ment, Astros coach Tony Chiuccariello chuckled and said he wasn’t yet concerned with how the race was shaping up.     “This was a real nice win,” he said, “but I think we’ve got to approach it, clichéd as this is, one game at a time.”     That being said, the veteran leader was undeniably happy about the way things shook out for his squad versus Evergreen. What perplexed him a bit was exactly how the victory was accomplished.     “If you play both teams full strength, it’s probably five [wins] out of 10 [for each club],” Chiuccariello said. “We’re very evenly matched, but if you look at the stats [in this instance], everything was Evergreen. Evergreen controlled most of the game, so how did we win?”     Well, one way was by taking full advantage of the Mustangs’ shortcomings. Evergreen ended the evening with 17 miscues,

compared to 13 for Shepard, and the Astros also outscored the Mustangs by five points at the free-throw line, even though the visitors took three fewer shots from there.     Still, Evergreen asserted itself in the second quarter by blitzing Shepard with a 19-8 run and established a 10-point halftime cushion. Issac Matthews’ 3-pointer with 48 seconds left created the double-digit margin, but he had also contributed another basket and four free throws to the Mustangs’ cause earlier in the session.     “He’s a real key for them,” Chiuccariello said of Matthews, “and we had trouble guarding him.”     Another Matthews hoop began the third period, but the Astros slowly climbed back into contention after that. Darren Cohen’s basket off a feed from Ken Gorski concluded the quarter on a strong note, and Shepard trailed by only (Continued on page 4)

have existed when his own club spent much of its time stationed in a non-attacking zone defense. That didn’t prevent Allen from praising his guys for a job mostly well done, however.     “We played real well,” he said. “Our kids realize [the Vikings] are very good, but we’re confident when we play them. I thought we rebounded well, took care of the ball, defended well and executed on offense pretty well.”     The numbers supported Allen’s opinion. In regard to ball protection, for example, Sandburg’s meager total of nine turnovers exceeded Allen’s expectations and got him to declare that he was “extremely happy with that.” Only one of those miscues happened over the last 16 minutes.     Defensive highlights included forcing 13 Vikings turnovers and limiting them to one fourth-period field goal, and the Eagles matched H-F with four offensive rebounds. Besides its free-throw shortage, Sandburg’s other liability was a lack of accuracy — only 15 of the visitors’ 48 field-goal tries were on target, and its starters endured a rocky 9-of-30 performance.     “That’s what really hurt us, but I don’t think we took any poor shots,” Allen said. “I can’t fault anything [because] everybody has nights like that.”     Kogionis had 12 points to lead the Eagles’ regulars, but the big story for Sandburg (6-11, 2-4) was Tommy Demogerontas, who racked up a team-best 14 points, including 10 of his team’s 13 in the second quarter.     “He’s a junior who has some potential,” Allen said, “and he gave us a big lift.”     Despite their problems, the Eagles never lost sight of the Vikings. Sandburg was as close as five points a few times during Photo by Jeff Vorva the fourth frame, but H-F sewed up the verdict by burying 12-of-14 free throws during the session. Plainfield East 55 Sandburg 42 St. Xavier University’s Brad Karp races downcourt against Calumet College of St. Joseph’s last     Playing for the fourth time in a Wednesday at the Shannon Center. The NAIA Division II No. 4-ranked Cougars won for the 15th (Continued on page 4) straight time. Story on Page 5.

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Section 2 Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Regional News - The Reporter

Another bowl — isn’t that Super? Bartosh     And now, let us prepare once again for the biggest winter holiday of them all.     Christmas and New Year’s get the lion’s share of publicity, of course, but maybe that’s because they had such a head start. While 1967 seems like a long journey into yesterday for some folks, it was still recent enough in history to where there isn’t a BC or AD attached to the date.     At the time of its origination, the newcomer wasn’t considered that big a deal. In the 47 years since, however, it has gained worldwide renown. And unlike the other two seasonal holidays, it brings together people of very disparate backgrounds — Jews, Christians and atheists all partake of it with equal fervor, as do both consumers of alcohol and teetotalers.     Yes, I think it’s safe to say that the Super Bowl is, at least in an unofficial sense, as celebrated a holiday as any other on the calendar.     In one way, it could be called “Thanksgiving Turnabout.” Whereas that famous November holiday is built around food, with a touch of football — and, for those of a more ambitious nature, sometimes a game of touch football — thrown in, the Super Bowl centers on football and is complemented by various snacks and beverages.     What separates Super Bowl Sunday from other special days, too, is the sheer unpredictability of it.     Imagine Christmas without weeks and weeks of Yuletidethemed music surrounding it, Thanksgiving without a postmeal snooze or Easter minus those tiny chocolate eggs that look like bunny droppings. The truth is, you can’t.     But a Super Bowl without the New England Patriots? Hey, it’s happening this year. From one season to the next, we never know who will be the last two teams standing — only four current NFL franchises have failed to ever qualify for the Big Game.     So given all the Super Bowl supposedly has to offer, wouldn’t it seem a bit crazy to suggest engaging in an alternative activity on game day? Probably, but I’m going to do it anyway.

    I have nothing against the game itself, you understand, except that it now tends to be an afterthought. For a true football fan, the game should always be the thing.     But just as experienced revelers usually classify New Year’s Eve as “Amateur Night,” so, too, do longtime gridiron followers view the Super Bowl in a similar light. People who otherwise ignore the sport jump on the bandwagon because it’s the trendy thing to do at this time of year, but they don’t actually know anything about the game’s participants or its history.     And the Johnny and Jenny Come Latelys always include representatives from all corners of the media world. Suddenly, football becomes appealing to the editors at Good Housekeeping, Vanity Fare and Tiger Beat, and the producers of “Access Hollywood” and “Entertainment Tonight.”     But none of them really cares to know about strategy or positional breakdowns, unless the latter term actually refers to a specific player’s emotional state, especially if it was caused by a lost love. Tear-jerking moments work best for them, as opposed to members of the regular sportsfollowing media horde, who prefer to do some tearing down of the jerks they encounter.     Let’s not forget, either, what draws a ridiculously high amount of interest each year among those who are not standard football worshipers: the TV ads and halftime entertainment that, sadly, are more closely scrutinized now than the event that creates the venue for them.     I know the Super Bowl will never return to those bygone days when six hours of pregame and postgame analysis wasn’t another part of the whole overblown package, but that’s why I’m suggesting to real football fans to do something else on game day this year. Of course, understanding their attachment to the sport, it’s probably wise to not move away from football entirely.     But what’s wrong with tossing a football around with your kids or some friends? Chances are, your own game will be more competitive than most of the pre-

vious Super Bowls have been.     You can also fire up the DVD player and watch some great games of the past. Sure, you’ll already know the outcome, but the older we get, the less we need the stress created by uncertainty. And, though it might be unpopular to say in some circles, I like watching sports with no commercial interruptions, even when those commercials cost $3 million for 30 seconds of airtime.     For those who desire something more closely aligned to today’s NFL, consider doing some pants shopping for Jim Harbaugh. According to a couple recent Internet stories, the San Francisco 49ers coach caught flak from his wife for wearing the same khakis each week during his team’s run to the NFC Championship Game, which doesn’t matter now but would have in a big way had the Niners beaten Seattle.     If nothing else, the NFL is all about smart fashion sense on the sidelines. Just ask Bill Belichick.     Speaking of the Seahawks, tweeting defensive back Richard Sherman and trying to goad him into unleashing another inopportune tirade could also pass the time nicely on Sunday. Another possibility is weighing in on the public debate that continues to rage between the PC crowd, which includes our country’s plenty-of-better-things-to-do politicians, and Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder regarding his franchise’s nickname.     If none of that seems appealing, then by all means seek out an all-day classic-TV marathon. Stations run them knowing the reruns will get killed in the ratings, but that doesn’t matter because little money is at stake.     The same can’t be said, of course, for the Super Bowl, which is why much of the discontent originated in the first place. For one day, football is the world’s biggest cash cow, and those waving huge fistfuls of money get the final say.     That already happens every other day of the year in real life, so excuse me if I’m eager for some sort of escape. Thank goodness, Mayberry remains an option.

The thrill of victory Much-needed win gives Vikings big lift By Ken Karrson     The thrill of victory on Tuesday meant there was no agony in defeat for St. Laurence on Friday.     When Vikings coach Mark Sevedge had sought an opponent to replace Oak Lawn on his team’s 2013-14 schedule, he approached a number of schools that will join St. Laurence in a Class 3A sectional in late February. The only one that answered his inquiry was Hancock from the Chicago Public League, which agreed to visit Burbank.     “Their coach is a good guy and they were excited to come,” Sevedge said. “Their players had never seen their names in a [game] program before, so it was a cool experience for them.”     It was also a rewarding experience for the Vikings from a win-loss standpoint. Anxious to halt a skid and finally generate some positive feelings, St. Laurence players fully exploited an Eagles contingent that was small and not blessed with particularly good shooters.     “We were able to be a more aggressive team early on,” Sevedge said. “Our intensity level was very high for the first quarter.”     That translated into a 19-1 break from the gate for the hosts, who used four 3-pointers as fuel for the surge. Quentin Forberg sank two of those while totaling eight points in the period, and Tim Delaney and Bob Kelly added one long-range bucket apiece.     And five minutes into the contest, they were done for the night. Sevedge pulled all of his starters in an attempt to spare Hancock some embarrassment, but the Eagles still suffered a lopsided 66-14 loss.     While Sevedge was uncomfortable with how out of hand the score eventually became, he admitted it was “fun to see our kids enjoying themselves and being on the other end of it.” And he also liked the intensity he saw from his athletes in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, which laid the groundwork for Friday.

    Facing St. Joseph and its legendary coach, Gene Pingatore, was a 180-degree turnaround from what the Vikings had seen three days earlier, but there was no change in their approach. Although St. Laurence wound up on the wrong end of a 73-62 finale in the Chicago Catholic League affair, it left its boss with a highly favorable impression.     “Offensively, I thought we executed the best we have all year — maybe in the last two years,” Sevedge said. “Coach Pingatore never really called the dogs off, but we fought hard. We never quit and really made a game of it.”     That refusal to cave in was noteworthy because the Vikings (3-14, 0-8) were behind by as many as 25 points during the second half. A 22-point margin separated the squads at the third-quarter stop, but St. Laurence climbed all the way back to within eight of the Chargers with under three minutes remaining.     Keying the comeback were six second-half 3-pointers and 8-of9 foul shooting. Long balls from Romello Radford and Delaney, plus Forberg’s three-point play sparked a 9-2 run, and both Radford and Matt Gurgone buried later 3-pointers. Also part of the rally was Mike Witkowski’s layup off a flashy Delaney assist, where the latter delivered a wraparound pass while being confronted by 6-foot-9 St. Joe’s pivot man Nick Rakosevic.     “The momentum really went our way,” said Sevedge, whose team amassed 40 points after intermission. “St. Joe’s had to call a couple timeouts to try to compose themselves.”     The Chargers did so well enough to fend off the Vikings’ surge, even though a 7-of-15 effort at the stripe in the final stanza did the visitors no favors. Rakosevic, whose brother Peter played for St. Laurence several years ago, finished with 24 points for St. Joe’s while performing in front of scouts from Boston College and the University of Wisconsin.     “They’re a team that has mul-

tiple [NCAA] Division I players and will be near the top of our league,” Sevedge said of the Chargers.     And St. Joe’s lofty status was the specific reason why Sevedge felt good even after his guys absorbed another loss.     “If we can compete with them, we have to have the mind-set where there is no one we should shy away from,” he said. “Our message going forward is to feed off this game.     “I thought it was a real good game, something to build from. There’s a lot of games left on the schedule where I feel we should be right there and have a chance to win.”     Forberg tossed in 22 points to pace the Vikings, while Radford and Witkowski added 11 and nine, respectively. St. Laurence hit 21-of-45 field-goal tries and committed just seven turnovers, four fewer than the Chargers, who shot over 50 percent from the field. St. Laurence 66 Hancock 14     Perhaps most remarkable about last Tuesday’s encounter was that the Vikings held the Eagles without a field goal for the entire first half.     There would be no overcoming a 33-point halftime deficit for Hancock, which hit just three buckets in 35 attempts. St. Laurence’s 40 percent success rate was nothing special, but the Vikings benefited from 19 offensive rebounds, which led to them firing off a total of 60 shots.     St. Laurence dominated the glass by a 34-12 margin and forced 29 turnovers, 13 of which resulted directly from its own steals. Kelly and John Gould both had two thefts to lead the defensive performance.     Eleven Vikings reached the scoring column, with sophomore Chris Carli (12 points), Kevin Aderman (11) and Don Curley (10 points, seven rebounds, five assists) all delivering double-digit production. Gould also grabbed (Continued on page 5)

Girls’ basketball roundup

Screeching Eagles want to soar higher By Anthony Nasella     When Mt. Assisi captured its first-ever regional title last season, it was accomplished primarily by a group of players who weren’t upperclassmen.     Now, as a half-dozen seniors among a roster of 13 prepare to compete soon in the state tournament and take aim at a second regional crown, Screeching Eagles coach Kelsey James wonders what else her club might be able to achieve in the postseason.     “Having six seniors is important because they know that this is it for their high school careers,” she said. “When the playoffs start, it’s going to click with them because they don’t want to leave with nothing. Winning a regional for the first time in school history was great, but this group is not wanting to settle for the first round of sectionals [again].”     Before embarking on that playoff journey, though, Mt. Assisi desires to take care of some more regular-season business. Last week, the Eagles did so successfully as they defeated a pair of Girls Catholic Athletic Conference foes and climbed over the .500 mark in league play.     Mt. Assisi entered the current week with a 4-3 ledger in the GCAC and a 10-13 record overall after knocking off Queen of Peace (54-41) and St. Francis de Sales (55-27) on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.     “It’s the first time in a while we’ve been above .500 in the GCAC White, and I’m really proud of them for that,” James said of her athletes.     MaryKate Wetzel supplied 17 points and six assists to lead the way for the Eagles against an improved Pride team. Jess Moriarty tossed in 15 points and Sabrina Miller added 11.     “Queen of Peace is always a big rival for us and the girls were very excited about the game,” James said, “We weren’t, however, quite playing up to the level that we usually do. I think they let their nerves get the best of them.”     Another challenge posed by the Pride concerned their offensive approach.     “Queen of Peace slowed the pace of the game down,” James said, “and we don’t like when teams do

that to us. Fortunately, the players that usually do well for us were able to score the baskets that we needed down the stretch.”     In James’ opinion, the game’s nip-and-tuck nature was more a reflection of the Pride’s intensity level than anything else.     “You have to give credit to Queen of Peace because they never gave up at any point of the game,” she said. “They continued to fight, and I had to keep playing my top players.     “I watched Queen of Peace in several games, and the Queen of Peace that played us was a totally different team than the one I had previously seen. They wanted it more [and] they were working hard — you could see it in their faces.”     The biggest factor at crunch time was foul shooting.     “For the first time all year, we actually made free throws down the stretch, and that wound up being the difference,” James said. “If you came to a game, you’d think that we never shoot free throws, but it’s nice that it’s finally starting to click for us from the foul line.” ***     Ten more points from Wetzel, plus nine by Kathleen Murphy were key ingredients in Mt. Assisi’s conquest of the Lady Pioneers on Thursday.     “It was a good game for most of our team,” James said. “It was a good team effort for us.     “I was able to get every girl in the game and give them more playing time than they’re used to. It was a very balanced scoring effort and a lot of people contributed.”     After facing Richards today, the Eagles will enter the GCAC Tournament. James said she hopes some of her players who have shown potential begin to emerge as difference-makers.     “I think of [senior] Moira [Stifter],” James said. “She’ll get that quiet eight or nine points in a game, and she’s capable of scoring that. Then there’s Terri Dearth — she hasn’t been our leading scorer lately, [but] if she starts putting some more points on the board, then we’re definitely looking at an entire lineup that’s capable of scoring for us.     “That will benefit us for the

playoffs. What I’m stressing to [our players] is that teams who are playing us will know who are top two scorers are, and it’s the ones who they don’t watch who are going to have the breakout game. That’s what we’ll need — players coming off the bench.”     More than anything, steadiness is a must if another regional banner is to eventually be hung at Mt. Assisi.     “Our consistent performances right now depend on the day, which worries me,” James said. “Some days we play great, and there’s other games where we take two steps back. I’m hoping things come together by the time we open the state tournament against Lisle.” ***     Besides their loss to Mt. Assisi, the Pride also dropped a 62-35 verdict to Bradley-Bourbonnais on Saturday. Allie Herman and Jelyn Chua both tallied 10 points for Peace, and the former augmented her scoring with a team-best eight rebounds. STAGG     The Lady Chargers split a pair of SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue games last week, as they beat Joliet West on Tuesday before falling to a 68-41 defeat versus Homewood-Flossmoor on Thursday.     Stagg secured its victory with another combination of strong defense and hot shooting. Providing some of each was senior guard Casey McMahon, who finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Eleven of her points came in the opening quarter and staked the Lady Chargers to a lead.     Hannah Henderson (eight points, six steals) and Mia DiGiacomo (six points, 12 rebounds) were other pivotal individuals for Stagg. DiGiacomo’s inside presence kept the Lady Tigers from doing much damage in the paint.     “Her rebounding numbers continue to rise with each game,” Lady Chargers coach Bill Turner said of DiGiacomo, who is averaging 8.6 boards per contest. Also helpful to Stagg was the freethrow disparity that favored it — while the Lady Chargers went 10-of-16 at the stripe, Joliet West (Continued on page 6)

Pain minus the pleasure

Battle-scarred Bulldogs endure empty week By Ken Karrson     Last week represented one great big pain for Richards.     That was true in more ways than one. Physically, the Bulldogs were in desperate need of healing as a number of athletes were battling either injuries or illness, a circumstance that left Richards shorthanded during another busy portion of its schedule.     And the lack of sound bodies understandably made life on the court far more challenging, so much so that the Bulldogs fell to defeat three times. While coach John Chappetto wasn’t bothered much by setbacks to Rockford Lutheran and Belvidere that marked the end of his club’s stay in the two-day Rockford Jefferson Tournament, not so easily dismissed was a Friday loss at Argo.     That 81-77 verdict that favored the host Argonauts reduced Richards’ lead in the South Suburban Conference Red to just one game. The Bulldogs (12-8, 6-2), who have struggled since opening the 201314 campaign with seven straight wins, are seeking to capture their ninth consecutive league crown.     That goal was not uppermost in Chappetto’s mind, however, following Friday’s contest. Something much more rudimentary took its place.     “We’ve got to beat somebody,” he said. “We’re 5-8 in our last 13 games, so we have a losing record in my opinion. We’re nowhere near where we should be right now or what we expect to see [from ourselves].     “We’ve got a month [of the season] left and we’ve got to get better.”     And watching his guys defy the odds and stage a nice second-half comeback to put pressure on Argo didn’t alter Chappetto’s viewpoint.     “It’s still a loss,” he said. “It’s a really tough stretch [for us]. Everybody’s hurt and it’s showing in our play.     “We’re still kind of reeling from that tournament. We’re a constant work in progress — our biggest issue is chemistry and trust in our teammates in [times of] adversity. Psychologically, we’re not going to be right until we beat somebody.”     Nevertheless, Richards’ performance did have its high points. Among them were a couple of surges that wiped out Argonauts advantages.     The first of those occurred in the middle of the second stanza

after the Bulldogs had fallen behind 24-12. With Josh Meier going 7-of-7 at the foul line during the period and guards Dedrick Shannon and Spencer Tears both contributing key steals that led to layups, Richards tallied 24 points for the remainder of the half to hold a 36-34 lead at the break.     On its side, Argo had guard Tony Mitchell, who amassed a game-high 36 points by evening’s end. Mitchell equaled Meier by averaging a point a minute in the first half, but frequent trips to the charity stripe enabled the Argonaut to greatly bolster his scoring total. He finished 20-of-27 in free throws.     Meanwhile, the ’Dogs misfired seven times from the line in the third quarter, a showing that cost them the lead and left them staring at a 10-point deficit. Richards missed 14 second-half foul shots and 16 in all.     One foul nearly created an ugly situation. Shannon, who was absent from the Bulldogs’ last two tourney encounters because of sickness, received hard contact from an Argo player and the two then exchanged shoves.     That prompted tempers to flare on a team-wide basis, and although no punches were ever thrown and order was restored fairly quickly, Shannon, Richards’ Thaer Othman and one Argonaut were ejected from the game. All of them must sit out one contest, which means neither Shannon nor Othman will be available to the Bulldogs when they square off with Hubbard on Friday.     Before they exited, the duo supplied Richards with a combined 17 points. Meier had 25 to pace the Bulldogs, while Tears wound up with 14.     “It was their alumni night and it was a wild game,” Chappetto said. “They shot the ball tremendously the whole night and we got in the habit of 1-on-1 play.”     Not so much, however, that Richards couldn’t fight back from another deficit. Down by seven in the later stages of the third frame, the Bulldogs eventually gained a 66-65 lead and then remained on Argo’s heels until the end.     Richards had a chance to tie the Argonauts at 75, but Ameen Hussein was only able to sink one of the three free throws awarded him on a foul call. The Bulldogs trailed the rest of the way. Rockford Lutheran 63 Richards 50     Chappetto called the Crusaders, a Class 2A power, “the best team

in the tournament,” and they did nothing to change his opinion last Monday as they controlled the first three quarters of play and shoved the Bulldogs into a 26point hole.     Burning Richards most was Thomas Kopelman, who drilled seven 3s and totaled 22 points. Four days later, he became Rockford Lutheran’s career scoring leader.     “Every score I see, they win by 30 or 35 points,” Chappetto said of the Crusaders.     That might have been the case here as well, save for some spirited play by a few of Chappetto’s reserves. Of particular notoriety was Hussein, whose trio of 3-point baskets helped the Bulldogs close the gap to 60-50.     While that happened with only about a minute remaining and, thus, didn’t portend a victory charge for Richards, Chappetto was appreciative nonetheless.     “If there was one bright spot in that game, that was it,” he said. “We got a real good effort and that was nice.”     Hussein’s nine points topped the Bulldogs, who were missing both Shannon and Tears (football commitment) from the lineup. Meier played, but did so with a bad back and bout of illness. Belvidere 68 Richards 54     After riding a bus three hours to reach Rockford, the Bulldogs had to hop back on it and travel to Belvidere for an 8 p.m. contest later that same day. Meier was MIA for the second game, which left Richards’ ranks even more depleted.     Deon Alexander did his best to keep the Bulldogs competitive against the Bucs by depositing 22 points. He sparked a 15-10 getaway for the locals, but they could not sustain their efficiency. Belvidere was in front by five at intermission and eight after three periods.     “Any mistake we made, they made us pay for it,” Chappetto said. “Our feeling was, ‘Let’s get out of here and go home.’ [But] I was really pleased with the way we played [overall] — we had a real good effort.     “It really felt like a summer league-type atmosphere, where you’re missing some of your regular guys, but it was nice to see some of these other guys get an opportunity. Some other guys got a chance and they played pretty good.” (Continued on page 5)


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Trinity sports report

On the winning track By Tim Cronin     Two in a row.     That’s routine to some teams, but for Trinity Christian College’s men’s basketball squad, it represented a breakthrough. The Trolls picked up their second straight victory in an 84-70 trouncing of Purdue University Calumet last Wednesday, the first time this season they’ve scored back-toback wins.     A 50-33 margin in the second half made the difference. Trinity ignored the Peregrines’ 15-4 ledger, and senior Jake Van Den Berg’s 27-point half — he totaled 31 points for the game on 9-of-12 shooting, which included a 5-of-6 performance from 3-point range — carried the Trolls to their biggest triumph of the year.     “I just wanted to win,” Van Den Berg said. “This is definitely a bonus. We’ve got a lot of freshmen, but this gives us confidence.”     It was a night when Trinity, starting four freshmen along with Van Den Berg, did everything right. The Trolls hung with PUC during the first half, trailing only 37-34 at the break, and then shot 59 percent in the second half.     Trinity out-rebounded the Peregrines 36-34 and recorded assists on 16 of its 26 field goals. The Trolls were also a blistering 22of-23 at the free-throw line.     And they defended. Even saddled with four fouls apiece down the stretch, Trinity big men Trey Johnson and Ezekiel Odonkor refused to let the Peregrines ever get consistent production down low.     “They started breaking down [and] started yelling at each other,” Van Den Berg said of PUC players. “Then it’s done.”     Van Den Berg’s 3-pointer 38 seconds into the second half tied the score, and while Noah Allen (20 points) matched it for the Peregrines before the first minute had elapsed, Van Den Berg then scored 15 points for Trinity in less than four minutes. The Troll hit from beyond the arc and inside it, and from both the left and right sides.

    Trinity had beaten the University of St. Francis in overtime following a 17-point comeback the weekend before. Knocking off PUC seemed to be a continuation of that finish, but Trolls coach Brandon Nicol — in starting freshmen Johnson, Ryan Tubbs, Joe Hehir (17 points) and Jared Jones (21 points, six rebounds) along with Van Den Berg — sees a longer arc to the rise in fortune.     “Our young guys have been through a lot of tough losses,” Nicol said. “Whether we start them or not, we’re playing five freshmen 20-plus minutes a game. It’s a young team, but it’s a really, really bright team.”     The winter’s weekend blow prevented Indiana UniversitySouth Bend from traveling to Palos Heights for last Saturday’s game. The makeup date hasn’t yet been announced.     The postponement meant a week passed before the Trolls were scheduled to travel to Olivet Nazarene for a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup this past Wednesday. ***     • Statistics: 6-15 overall, 2-8 CCAC, 3-4 home, 3-8 away, 0-3 neutral. Leaders: Jared Jones 17.0 ppg., 49 assists, 21 steals; Joe Hehir 49 steals; Jake Van Den Berg 7.9 rpg., 17 blocks.     • Schedule: Saturday, vs. Robert Morris University, 3 p.m.; Wednesday, at Roosevelt University, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 8, vs. Trinity International University, 3 p.m.; Feb. 12, vs. Purdue-North Central, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 15, vs. Cardinal Stritch, 3 p.m.

Erynn Schuh coming off the bench.     Schuh tallied 10 points and fellow junior Caitlin Cody led the way with 13, but their firepower wasn’t enough against a Peregrines squad that had three players score in double figures. PUC shot 41 percent from the floor, compared to the Trolls’ 28 percent.     Cody also had a team-high nine rebounds for Trinity, but the Trolls miss the presence of a tall player inside to post up, especially on defense. And good teams, of which there are plenty within the CCAC, will exploit that.     It shows how far Trinity still has to go to become competitive on an every-night basis, and Chapple knows it.     “We made a lot of progress between last year’s team and this year’s team,” he said. “That’s the main thing I’m looking for — [for us to] continue to progress, because as we do that, we’ll build confidence. Then we’ll be highly competitive.     “[Wednesday], we saw those glimpses. We put it together for three or four minutes at a time.”     The Trolls whittled a 20-point gap down to nine points on two occasions in the second half versus PUC.     “Bringing it within single digits in the second half, that’s a sign of the fight our team has,” Chapple said. “And we have to bring that every single game. We’re still young, [but] things are really looking up.”     Because of the postponement of Saturday’s scheduled game with Indiana-South Bend game, the WOMEN’S BASKETBALL     There are still missing pieces for Trolls went seven days between the Trolls, but the situation isn’t contests before meeting up with as dire as a 6-15 record and four Olivet. losses in five games entering this *** past Wednesday’s contest with     • Statistics: 6-15 overall, 2-8 run-and-gun Olivet Nazarene CCAC, 2-5 home, 3-8 away, 1-2 University would indicate. neutral. Leaders: Caitlin Cody     This is a better Trinity team 13.4 ppg., 8.0 rpg, 15 blocks; Allie than last year’s squad, and ridicu- Paluchniak 42 assists, 29 steals. lously young. In last Wednesday’s     • Schedule: Saturday, vs. 71-47 loss to Purdue University Robert Morris University, 1 p.m.; Calumet, Trolls coach Reggie Wednesday, at Roosevelt UniverChapple started two juniors and sity, 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 8, vs. Trinity three sophomores, with junior International University, 1 p.m.;

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Trinity Christian College’s Rebecca De Haan squares up to shoot against Purdue University Calumet last Wednesday. Feb. 15, vs. Cardinal Stritch, 1 p.m. TRACK & FIELD     Anna Bos won the women’s 5,000-meter run and Andy Reidsma took second in the men’s 5,000 at Indiana Wesleyan University’s Wildcat Invitational on Saturday in Marion, Ind.     Bos registered a school-record time for women of 18 minutes, 2.59 seconds in the distance run, while teammate Jessica Disselkoen was third in 19:10.95. Bos qualified for the NAIA and National Christian College Athletic Association indoor finals with her time, while Disselkoen reached the NCCAA standard.     Reidsma’s runner-up clocking of 15:17.09, meanwhile, hit the NAIA’s “B” standard for men at 5,000 meters.     Other advancers for the female Trolls included the 3,200relay team, which hit the NAIA mark with a school-record time of 9:48.61 while placing third at Indiana Wesleyan. Meeting NCCAA national standards in their respective individual events were Tyrell Natewa (5,000), Chris Morse (long jump), Emily Dykstra (60- high hurdles) and Courtney Samudio (long jump).     The Trolls are at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Saturday, weather permitting.

Tournament troubles

Spartans go winless at Wheaton event By Ken Karrson     For Oak Lawn, winnable got replaced by winless.     Spartans coach Jason Rhodes considered two of his team’s three encounters at Wheaton-Warrenville South’s two-day shootout as the former. However, both of last Monday’s contests became the latter when Oak Lawn was unable to find an adequate offense to accompany an overall respectable defense.     The host Tigers and Palatine were both held below 60 points, which kept each one of them vulnerable against any foe possessing reasonable scoring potency of its own. Sadly for everyone connected with the Spartans’ program, that description did not fit Oak Lawn on either occasion.     The Spartans mustered just 39 points versus Wheaton-Warrenville South and only five more than that opposite the Pirates. As a result, Oak Lawn (4-11) returned to action this week in search of a spark.     Thirty-two percent shooting did in the Spartans in the second of those games. Amazingly, through three quarters of its matchup with the Tigers, Oak Lawn tallied only one field goal inside the 3-point arc while scoring eight times from behind it.     “That’s hard to do,” said Rhodes, whose team finished with four two-point baskets in a 54-39 defeat. “And that’s not the ratio you want. We’ve [generally] shot pretty well, but sometimes we don’t search out the post touches and we settle for 3s — [missed 3s] lead to long rebounds and runouts.”     The Spartans’ sketchy marksmanship undermined an otherwise decent effort execution-wise. Oak Lawn was charged with just a baker’s dozen worth of turnovers.     However, its attack consisted primarily of a one-man gang, as David Stacy accounted for 46 percent of the Spartans’ output with his 18 points. Along with the scoring, Stacy led Oak Lawn in both rebounds and assists with six and three, respectively.     “It’s been a challenge,” Rhodes said. “Do we have a lot of size? No, but we don’t have those guys who can make steals and get layups, either. We’ve got to ground out possessions.     “We really do play pretty good defense — that’s the positive thing — but it’s hard to keep building stops without the momentum of getting scores along with it.”

Palatine 57 Oak Lawn 44     Finding the main cause for the Spartans’ demise in their 8:45 a.m. game on Monday was easy for Rhodes.     “We turned the ball over a ton, which has been a bugaboo for us,” he said. “I’m at a bit of a loss [about that]. We’ve done about everything we can to emphasize taking care of the ball.”     Oak Lawn failed to do that 26 times against the Pirates, who were up by 10 at intermission. Any hope the Spartans had of overtaking Palatine in the second half likely got extinguished early, as Oak Lawn was unable to convert either of two layups at the start of the third quarter and reduce its deficit to single digits.     “We were able to break the press several times, but we just made some silly mistakes,” Rhodes said. “There’s a mental piece to it as well. We’ve had trouble scoring, so maybe we’re trying to do too much [to solve the problem].”     Joe Cosenza’s 13 points off the bench not only paced the Spartans in defeat, but it most likely earned him a spot in the starting lineup. Stacy added nine points and six rebounds, and three other players produced between six and seven points.     Oak Lawn’s 41 percent shooting was nine points better than what was to come from it later on Monday, but as was also true in the second contest, the Spartans prospered more from long range than short. In this instance, Oak Lawn fired in seven 3s in 18 tries while hitting only five buckets from inside the paint.     The Pirates used a completely opposite approach, as their 23 field goals included 16 that came on shots taken close to the cylinder.     Even though the Spartans didn’t unearth any success during their tournament stay — their initial outing on Jan. 18 resulted in a loss to York — Rhodes didn’t regret entering his youthful club into it.     “I don’t want to wear the guys down [with too many games], but I think it’s a really good experi-

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ence for them,” he said. “We got two quality games in on Monday, we learned some things about our team, and there was a benefit for us in that we see different [playing] styles.”     And there was something else.     “It was a team day for us,” Rhodes said. “We had lunch together and we took the guys to see the movie, ‘Lone Survivor.’ We were hanging out together all day and it was a bonding experience.”     Games with Chicago Christian, Shepard and Stagg were on tap for the Spartans this week. Saturday’s tilt with the Chargers is a makeup of an earlier contest that was postponed by weatherinduced school closings.

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   Oak Lawn Scoring: Cosenza 13, Stacy 9, Swatek 7, Samra 6, Schutt 6, Prince 3. Rebounds: Stacy 6, Prince 5, Swatek 5. Assists: Schutt 4. W-W South Oak Lawn

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Oak Lawn Scoring: Stacy 18, Samra 6, Prince 4, Swatek 4, Cosenza 3, Jones 3, Nelson 1. Rebounds: Stacy 6, Prince 5. Assists: Stacy 3.

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Trinity Christian College’s Jake Van Den Berg goes up and prepares to release a shot over a Purdue University Calumet defender last Wednesday. The Trolls defeated the Peregrines to earn their best win of the season.

Sports wrap By Anthony Nasella     Shepard’s boys’ swim team dropped a 117-69 South Suburban Conference dual meet to Tinley Park last week before grabbing second place at its own 10-team invitational on Friday.     The Astros’ Sanders Yu was a two-time winner versus the Titans as he touched out first in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 7.09 seconds) and 200-individual medley (2:13.01). Single-event victors were diver Tyler Timmer (195.80 points) and Hayden Wiest in the 100backstroke (1:00.54).     Wiest’s triumph in the 100butterfly (59.26) and his runnerup finish in the 100-backstroke (59.09) were key elements in Shepard’s performance at its invitational. Also contributing to the Astros’ 269-point total were Yu and Zach Sierzega.     Yu took second in both the 200 IM (2:12.26) and 100-breaststroke (1:06.48), while Sierzega placed third in two events: the 50-freestyle (23.89) and 100-free (52.76). Other individuals of note were Timmer (fourth in diving, 271.20 points) and Jeremy Schultz (fifth in the 500-free, 5:45.44; seventh in the 200-free, 2:06.23).     Shepard’s 200-medley (1:48.71) and 400-free (52.35) relay units both wound up third, while its 200-free relay team (1:47.40) occupied the No. 6 finishing position in that event. ***     With titles at the Downers Grove South and Lincoln-Way

North invitationals already to its credit, Stagg added another crown on Saturday by being the overall pacesetter at the 11-school Lockport Invitational.     The Chargers piled up 368 points to outdistance runner-up Riverside-Brookfield by 34 ½.     Leading the way for Stagg was the quartet of Lucas Smiarowski, Harlan Long, Zack Amendola and Evan Johnson, who joined forces to capture victories in both the 200-medley (meet-record 1:39.27) and 400-free (3:17.32) relays. Each swimmer also excelled individually.     In Amendola’s case, that meant another win, which he grabbed in the 100-fly by completing the race in 53.06. Long took second in both the 200-free (1:49.22) and 100-breaststroke (1:01.75), Johnson garnered a second in the 100-free (49.74) and third in the 50-free (22.68), and Smiarowski was runner-up in the 500-free (4:49.68), where Bloomington’s Michael Wolfe set a meet record with his time of 4:38.02. GIRLS’ BOWLING     Stagg dropped a 1,748-1,373 SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue verdict to Joliet West last Tuesday at Palos Lanes and a 1,577-1,301 nonconference decision to Tinley Park at that same site the next day.     Kylee Murray led the Lady Chargers with a 345 series against the Lady Tigers. ***     Shepard split a pair of SSC Red matches last week.

    The Lady Astros got the better of Eisenhower (1,528-1,316) on Tuesday at Centennial Lanes, but then had the tables turned on them by Evergreen Park, which bagged a 1,865-1,316 victory on Thursday at Arena Lanes. ***     Sandburg came up short against Lockport in an SWSC Blue dual meet last Thursday at Strike ‘N’ Spare II by a 2,114-1,597 score. BOYS’ BOWLING     Sandburg finished 10th with 5,900 pins at Saturday’s Andrew Sectional, which was won by Minooka (6,510). WRESTLING     Paced by titles from John Pellegrino (145 pounds) and Hunter Pindel (182), Sandburg finished second at Saturday’s SouthWest Suburban Conference Meet.     Pellegrino secured a headlock in his championship bout against Lincoln-Way West’s Kyle Rodriguez and registered a pin 55 seconds into the battle of returning state-placers. It was Pellegrino’s second title after missing the last conference tournament with a concussion.     Stagg’s Tyler Mackessy (152) was one of three champions to win a crown in overtime at the conference meet. ***     Shepard took fifth in the South Suburban Conference meet at TF South with 95.50 points. Nathen Oquendo captured the title at 285 pounds with a pin in 2:38, while Jabari Jones placed second at 195 after falling to a 5-4 defeat against Oak forest’s Nick Graziano.

to the other 99 public universities: congrats. We know what it takes to be named among theTop 100 Public Universities by U.S.News & World Report. Being top-ranked is an honor reserved for those willing to work tirelessly, put students

first, invest in new learning environments and facilities, and attract the best faculty to lead stellar programs. Being in the top 100 is a lot of work and not something we take lightly. So to the other 99 who made the list with us, there’s one more thing we’d like to say: keep up the good work.

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South Suburban sweeps past Cyclones By Maura Vizza     This round goes to South Suburban College.     Although they don’t share a conference home with Moraine Valley College, the Bulldogs have long been a main rival for the Cyclones. Geography has certainly played a role in creating that situation, as SSC sits closer to Moraine than any of the latter’s fellow members of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.     Adding more heat to the matchups, at least in recent seasons, has been the national rankings achieved by the men’s and women’s basketball programs at both schools. The Bulldogs men, in fact, spent a brief time atop the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll this season.     SSC brought the No. 7 ranking with it into the Jan. 18 contest against Moraine, and the host Bulldogs lived up to their billing as they made off with a 66-59 victory.     Behind strong outings from Kyle Ward (25 points, five rebounds, three assists), Des’nique Harris (20 points, eight rebounds) and Stagg alumnus Brett Kaiser (eight points, five rebounds), the Cyclones never allowed SSC to run away and hide. The Bulldogs shot just 39 percent from the floor, and that lack of marksmanship prevented them from holding more than a 33-32 lead at intermission.     Moraine, which had concluded the half on a 19-9 run, jumped ahead soon after play resumed but couldn’t maintain an edge. It was in front 47-41 midway through the session, but then SSC outscored the Cyclones 21-12 over the next several minutes to move ahead for good.     Aiding the winners’ cause greatly was a 17-of-20 performance at the foul line. ***     Two more losses followed for Moraine (5-16) last week, as McHenry (86-73) and Elgin (72-69) colleges doled out ISCC setbacks on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.     Ward (16 points, seven assists, four rebounds), Paul Ostruskevicius (14 points, four rebounds), Harris (12 points, eight rebounds), Kaiser (eight points, seven rebounds) and Denton Wallace (eight points) led the way for the Cyclones versus the Scots, while Johnte Shannon powered Moraine with a season-high 35 points opposite the Spartans. Shannon complemented his scoring with five rebounds, five assists and three steals.     Also chipping in on Thursday were Ward (18 points, eight rebounds, six assists, four steals) and Harris (six points, 11 rebounds). WOMEN’S BASKETBALL     The female Cyclones’ loss to South Suburban was even more

Orland’s Prunkle named St. Laurence soccer coach

    Matt Prunkle, who played soccer at Brother Rice and currently resides in Orland Park, will coach that same sport at St. Laurence beginning next fall.     Prunkle has spent the past six years as an assistant coach at the collegiate level, with stops at Moraine Valley College, Olivet Nazarene University and St. Xavier University, his alma mater. He has also worked as a coach with Inter FC for a decade, during which time the team has won one state cup and been runnerup another time.

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Johnte Shannon’s season-high 35 points couldn’t save Moraine Valley College from suffering a loss to Elgin College last week. gut-wrenching than the men’s had been. Moraine’s women’s own bout of cold shooting cost them against the Bulldogs, and the South Holland crew squeezed out a 77-76 triumph on Jan. 18.     The two teams engaged in a lowscoring contest through the first 12 minutes of the opening half and were locked in an 8-all tie. But SSC’s offense finally awakened and pulled into a double-digit advantage, and the Cyclones only got as close as 40-29 by halftime when Moraine’s Ashley Cunningham beat the buzzer with a shot.     SSC threatened to blow the game open with a 10-3 surge at the start of the second half, but three consecutive 3-point baskets from Katie McGann engineered an 11-0 run and brought the Cyclones back into the chase. Another 100 blitz then lifted Moraine into a 62-57 lead, an edge that was maintained until the late going.     SSC prevailed by sinking a putback at the buzzer. The outcome overshadowed McGann’s 32-point exhibition, which included 24 points in the second half. Eight of her buckets were 3-pointers.     Also in double figures for the Cyclones was Stagg grad Maggie Yandel, who scored 16 points. ***     Unlike Moraine’s men, the women bounced back in their en-

suing contest and notched a win. McHenry College was no match for the Cyclones, who rolled to an 88-36 victory last Tuesday.     McGann paced Moraine with 18 points, which included five more 3s. That gave her 21 baskets in 41 long-range tries over a four-game stretch. Jamilla Jones (15 points, 20 rebounds), Amber Hunter (13 points, seven rebounds) and Nicole Maloney (three 3-pointers) were other contributors for the Cyclones, who were ahead 51-13 after 20 minutes.     Moraine chalked up another ISCC win on Thursday by beating Elgin 60-53. The Cyclones prospered despite shooting just 19 percent in the first half and totaling only 21 points.     Fortunately for Moraine, its defense was staunch and the Spartans’ halftime lead stood at just four points. With two McGann 3s and some key steals spurring them, the Cyclones finally overtook Elgin at 36-32 and never again fell in arrears.     Jones once again registered a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds, while Nariman Jaber posted one of her own by finishing with 10 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks. Yandel (18 points, six rebounds, five steals) and McGann (nine points) also made their presences felt.

Postgame practice could be key event for Knights     Will practice make Chicago Christian perfect? Hardly.     But at this juncture, Knights coach Kevin Pittman will settle for “better,” which he hopes an intense Saturday morning practice session accomplished for his players. Last weekend’s two-hour workout was in response to a lessthan-satisfying exhibition put on Friday night by Christian against Montini.     Already sputtering offensively before that, the Knights put their leader in full frustration mode by constantly veering away from Pittman’s game plan. What he found most maddening was that Christian players had seen the benefits of doing things his way — their first three possessions versus the Broncos resulted in baskets.     But instead of continuing to operate in that same vein, the Knights usually chose alternate methods of attack, none of which filled the bill — or, for that matter, the scoring column. The Knights tacked on just 28 points to their total after a fairly prosperous opening session, and unlike against

On the edge... and right on target! Straight talk from Bartosh in Sports Southwest

OLOW wins consolation championship

    The Our Lady of the Woods 5th-grade Blue basketball squad captured the consolation championship of Most Holy Redeemer’s Tim Linnane Classic.     Members of the OLOW roster include Ryan Thomason, Nick Coccaro, Michael Tylka, Connor Hall, Aidan Roach, Joe Zaccone, TJ Mohan, Finn McCarthy and Ian Kloehn. Ted Hall and Mike Roach are the team’s coaches.

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Guerin Prep the week before, they were unable to overcome their offensive sputtering.     Thus, Christian wound up on the short end of a 51-42 final in the Suburban Christian Conference contest, which considerably shortened Pittman’s fuse.     “We play just well enough in spurts to stay in ballgames, but that’s not good enough,” he said. “We charted the game [afterward], and we ran our offense five times correctly — that’s just ludicrous. We get great looks out of this thing, but for some reason it breaks down into something it’s not.     “I’m not trying to insult our opponents, but no way should we be held under 60 points against these teams [like Montini and Guerin]. It’s [due to] us settling for poor shots and not attacking the rim.     “I was more disgusted than I’ve been with any team I’ve had on the offensive side. When we get into the team concept of our offense, we can be a pretty good team, but we’ve taken ourselves out of ballgames [by getting away from it].”     So Pittman brought his guys back into the gym on Saturday and put them through “the toughest two-hour practice we’ve had.” All of it centered on offense, which Pittman admitted “goes against my grain,” and he spared no one’s feelings during the session.     “It’s not the way I wanted to do things, but we had to do it,” he said. “We told them, ‘You are going to be broken down today’ — we broke them down to build them back up again. Top to bottom, we have to get better.”     Amazingly, the Knights (7-10, 1-5) managed to stay within reach of Montini despite their myriad offensive issues. They trailed by just four points halfway through the fourth quarter, but when Blaine Wright went to the sidelines with shoulder pain, any momentum Christian might have still had

went with him.     Wright actually did return to the floor quickly, but there was no catching the Broncos. Wright finished with 13 points, but no other Knight scored more than eight. Daylon Washington and Jay Spencer both reached that plateau, while Bradford Fitzpatrick supplied the home team with team-high totals of seven rebounds and five assists.     Interestingly, Montini prevailed despite taking 19 fewer shots than Christian. However, the Broncos made hay at the foul line, converting 20-of-30 free throws — including 15 in the fourth period — while the Knights went 5-of-8 for the evening.     Pittman didn’t like the disparity, but in his opinion the responsible parties wore jerseys, not officials’ shirts.     “We’re relying way too much on jump shots or shots outside the paint,” he said. “Our bigs are being bumped off their spots and give up on their areas, and we stop playing.     “I’m a realist with what we have, but I know they can do it. I challenged them to grow up quickly.”     Pittman hopes it will be quickly enough to make a difference this week, when Oak Lawn and Marian Central Catholic provide the opposition. He’s cautiously optimistic about the carryover effect Saturday’s intense practice will have, but one thing Pittman anxiously awaits is a rematch with Montini.     “When we go to their place, I expect to win,” he said.

Statistics Montini Chgo. Christian

11 14 14 12 - 51 14 9 13 6 - 42

Chicago Christian Scoring: Wright 13, Spencer 8, Washington 8, Parker 4, Boss 3, Fitzpatrick 2, Leo 2, Wolterink 2. Rebounds: Fitzpatrick 7. Assists: Fitzpatrick 5.

week, the Eagles were right with Plainfield through the opening half of Saturday’s When Sides Collide Shootout game at Glenbard East. The scenario changed dramatically after that, however.     Sandburg got outscored 16-8 in the third quarter, mainly because of a disastrous six-turnovers-in-seven-possessions span. In addition to their self-inflicted woes, the Eagles were harmed by University of Illinois-bound Aaron Jordan, who poured in 25 points for Plainfield while taking only 10 shots. Included among his total were five 3-point baskets.     “I thought they were a good team, but I [also] thought we made some poor mental mistakes,” Allen said. “It was a 55-possession game [for us] and we made 17

Mustangs (Continued from page 1) five entering the final frame.     Jordan Brown’s bucket with 5:11 remaining gave Evergreen a 41-32 edge, but from there it was mostly a downhill ride for the hosts. Five missed free throws — including two front ends of a 1-and-1 on the same possession — and four turnovers dogged the Mustangs (9-9, 1-6) the rest of the way and they were unable to maintain their hold on the lead.     Chiuccariello rightfully pointed out that Evergreen likely missed the presence of senior Jacquet McClendon, who was absent because of a football-related commitment, in the waning moments. His coaching counterpart refused to cite that as a factor, however.     “There’s no excuse,” Mustangs boss Pat Flannigan said. “We were in control, but we got outplayed down the stretch there.     “Tony kept them hanging around and they did what they had to do. He’s got two dynamite guards who played well and didn’t miss free throws.”     One of those guards, Jacob Littleton, loomed especially large at crunch time. His three-point play drew the Astros within 4340 and then his layup off a Nick Heidinger assist put the visitors in front with1:21 left, their first advantage since the end of the opening quarter. Littleton (25 points, eight rebounds, three assists) added three late free throws to stave off Evergreen.     His partner Cohen made an impact on both ends of the floor. Cohen’s short jumper countered a Mustangs 3-ball and put Shepard in front to stay, and then he disrupted Evergreen’s last possession by knocking the ball out of bounds and taking valuable tenths of a second off the clock, thereby leaving the Mustangs no time to respond.     Cohen finished with 13 points and six rebounds in support of Littleton. The Astros triumphed despite hitting just one third of their shots, but Chiuccariello felt his guys had improved their execution during the second half.     “We did a much better job with our patience on offense,” he said. “If you reverse the ball, you will get seams to drive on.     “[And] we were playing better defensively. It was a hard-fought game and the boys were very resilient again.”     While Shepard continues its pursuit of Richards in the SSC Red standings by visiting Oak Lawn on Friday, Evergreen is out of the title hunt. That doesn’t mean, though, Flannigan is viewing the remainder of the regular schedule as a mere playing out of the string.     “There’s some big games out there for us,” he said. “We think we can get hot again and run the

    As a player, Prunkle won the Chicago Catholic League’s Tony Lawless Award as a senior, was named to the all-state soccer team and earned All-Midwest honors. The Crusaders placed fourth at the state tournament that year. At SXU, Prunkle was a two-year captain and all-conference performer in his senior season.     “I am honored to be joining the St. Laurence family,” said Prunkle, who is teaching history at the school. “The school and athletic department have gone through some major changes in the past few years, and I believe both are set for big things in the near future.     “I am excited to be part of the changes at St. Laurence and I look forward to the challenge of making the program a consistent contender in the Catholic League and in the state playoffs.”

1,389 rushing yards made him the Chargers’ No. 2 ground gainer in the new millennium, earned a spot on the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Academic team. Stagg’s former captain sports a 3.8 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Stagg’s Kelly named to all-state academic team

Oak Lawn second at Rice bowling tourney

turnovers — that’s almost a third of the time.     “I don’t know if it was because it was our fourth game in seven days, but it was disappointing. We were never able to get over the hump.”     Kogionis had 19 points for Sandburg, 14 of which kept it in the hunt during the first 16 minutes. Cahue chipped in 15 points, but the Eagles were virtually silent after that.     Although he wasn’t enamored of aspects of Sandburg’s play on Saturday, Allen admitted the Eagles have had to deal with several obstacles of late.     “This is our toughest stretch and we went 2-2 against four pretty good teams,” said Allen, whose squad hosts Bolingbrook in an SWSC Blue game on Friday, just its third home contest to date.     “If somebody would have asked me earlier if I’d take a 2-2 record for

these games, I’d have probably said yes. Every game we’re battling and I’m proud of the kids’ effort.”

    Stagg senior Austin Kelly, a twotime member of this paper’s allarea football team, recently added a scholastic honor to his list of accomplishments.     Kelly, whose career total of

table. If we get out of here with a winning record [this year], that’d be good to the coaches.     “The program’s improving and the kids are learning, which is what we want.”     Matthews (12 points, six rebounds) was the Mustangs’ top gun versus Shepard, but Tony Weathersby (10 points, seven rebounds), Alex Cheatham (eight points, 10 rebounds), Brown (eight points) and Tobi Oladejo (seven points, six assists, three steals) also played well for Evergreen in defeat. Evergreen Park 59 Moline 53     Foul shooting has not really been a strength for the Mustangs this winter, but that’s what saved them last Monday against the Maroons in Day 2 of the latter’s shootout event.     Evergreen dropped in 15 free throws during the fourth quarter, which enabled it to withstand Moline’s 26-point outburst. The Mustangs tallied that same number of points in the stanza and nailed down the win.     Evergreen’s 17-6 scoring edge in the second period had given it a lead to protect, and that quarter concluded in solid fashion for the Mustangs, who embarked on an 8-1 run as Weathersby (two baskets), Brown and McClendon all lent a hand. Five missed shots and two turnovers by the Maroons were also part of the momentumshifting sequence.     Evergreen was ahead by double digits a couple times during the third quarter, but its own brief bout of ineptitude — the Mustangs misfired on four possessions and lost the ball on four other occasions — kept it from pulling away for good. McClendon’s bucket and Oladejo’s 3-pointer finally stopped the bleeding and allowed Evergreen to end the frame on a positive note.     Weathersby (16 points), Matthews (15 points, three assists) and Oladejo (10 points, six rebounds, two steals) were the integral components within the Mustangs’ attack, but Brown (nine points, seven rebounds) and McClendon (six points) were pivotal individuals as well. Evergreen fired away at a healthy 55 percent clip, although its 56 percent success rate at the line was definitely something Flannigan would like to see get spruced up. Evergreen Park 62 Marengo 57     The Mustangs completed a spotless run through four tournament games and collected a championship later on Monday by downing the Indians behind big efforts from Weathersby (21 points, four steals) and Brown (10 points, five rebounds, four assists), plus measurable input from several other players.     Evergreen stormed in front by going on a 16-3 tear to close out the first half. Five players scored during the run, with Matthews

St. Al’s volleyball team takes second

    St. Alexander’s 7th-grade girls’ volleyball team finished second at St. George School, the site of a Martin Luther King Tournament. A number of Catholic schools took part in the annual three-day event.     St. Al’s team members included Elizabeth Sodetz, Julia Crowley, Alyssa Lange, Jill Borza, Alyssa Hoban, Aine MacNamara, Theresa Baudo, Emma Pierson and Abby Ready.

    With a pinfall total of 5,905, Oak Lawn trailed only Freeport and captured second place at Brother Rice’s Winter Finale bowling event. Ryan Kirby was (Continued on page 6)

Statistics Crete-Monee 13 15 17 10 9 6 - 65 Sandburg 10 19 11 10 9 16 - 75 Sandburg Scoring: Straka 23, Martinez 18, Cahue 13, Kogionis 11, Paxinos 7, Ruzevich 2, Manthey 1. Rebounds: Cahue 10. Assists: Martinez 5. Sandburg H-F

10 13 7 9 - 39 12 14 11 15 - 52

Sandburg Scoring: T. Demogerontas 14, Kogionis 12, Cahue 8, Straka 3, Ruzevich 2. Rebounds: Straka 6. Assists: Straka 5. Sandburg Plainfield East

13 9 8 12 - 42 13 11 16 15 - 55

Sandburg Scoring: Kogionis 19, Cahue 15, Martinez 3, Straka 3, Piazza 2.

and McClendon delivering two buckets apiece. One of Matthews’ hoops was launched from beyond the arc and Oladejo also canned a 3-pointer.     Along with the Mustangs’ offense came unexpected assistance from Marengo, which committed six straight turnovers during one stretch of Evergreen’s surge and a total of eight in the final 6 ½ minutes of the second period.     The Mustangs’ lead stood at 16 points late in the third quarter following an Oladejo basket, but then they endured a dry spell of their own and the Indians clawed their way back into contention. Nine unanswered points keyed the rally, and Marengo eventually got within 58-54 before Evergreen stemmed the tide with four free throws in the last 34 seconds.     “We were not comfortable with that game at all as coaches,” Flannigan said. “We were one good possession away from putting this game away, but [the Indians] made it interesting. It was a big turnaround in a short time.     “The first half was as fine a half as we’ve played all year, but we have those few moments where we shoot ourselves in the foot. We’ve got to learn to become very clear during timeouts — we did not need to shoot another jumper [while holding a big lead], but we did it a couple times.”     Even so, Flannigan came away from the Moline Shootout satisfied overall.     “We played some good teams and played pretty well,” he said. “We were pretty happy with that tournament.” Evergreen returns to action on Friday versus Eisenhower.

Statistics Shepard Evergreen Park

10 8 12 21 - 51 9 19 7 13 - 48

Shepard Scoring: Littleton 25, Cohen 13, Haxel 5, Heidinger 4, Ogungbemi 3, Witherspoon 1. Rebounds: Littleton 8, Cohen 6. Assists: Littleton 3. Evergreen Park Scoring: Matthews 12, Weathersby 10, Brown 8, Cheatham 8, Oladejo 7, Pritchett 3. Rebounds: Cheatham 10, Weathersby 7, Matthews 6. Assists: Oladejo 6. Steals: Oladejo 3, Pritchett 3. Evergreen Park Moline

5 17 11 26 - 59 8 6 13 26 - 53

Evergreen Park Scoring: Weathersby 16, Matthews 15, Oladejo 10, Brown 9, McClendon 6, Cheatham 3. Rebounds: Brown 7, Oladejo 6. Assists: Matthews 3, McClendon 3. Steals: Oladejo 2. Evergreen Park Marengo

17 18 15 12 - 62 17 8 11 21 - 57

Evergreen Park Scoring: Weathersby 21, Brown 10, Matthews 9, McClendon 9, Cheatham 7, Oladejo 5, Pritchett 1. Rebounds: Brown 5, Cheatham 5, Matthews 5. Assists: Oladejo 7. Steals: Weathersby 4.


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SXU sports summary

Cougars women qualify for national track meet     With Ashley Shares already set to represent St. Xavier University in the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, the Cougars qualified four more athletes for the March meet out of last weekend’s NCAA vs. NAIA Challenge.     The 3,200-meter relay quartet of Leslie Rosario, Dana Martin, Jordan Wallace and Nicole Watkins gave SXU a third-place finish at Olivet Nazarene University, doing so in a “B”-standard qualifying time of 9 minutes, 51.41 seconds. The four Cougars missed reaching the “A” standard by just over 4½ seconds.     “I’m very excited to see how the 4-by-800 team progresses through the season,” SXU coach Lisa Ebel said. “The way this team has worked together in practice has laid the groundwork for great improvement throughout the season.     “I’m thrilled that this group gets the opportunity to race at the national meet and confident that it will be a wonderful experience and great challenge for them.”     One week earlier, Shares earned a spot in the 5K field at the national meet, which will be held March 6-8 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. SOFTBALL     Following a No. 7 finish in the final NAIA softball poll of 2013 — the best in program history — the Cougars learned they’ll begin the 2014 season as the nation’s fifth-ranked team.     That was the position SXU occupied when the NAIA Softball Coaches Association released its Preseason Top 25 poll last week. The Cougars, who went 50-9 a year ago and posted the country’s highest team fielding percentage (.981), start play in mid-March down in Florida.     “It’s a great honor and incredibly exciting for St. Xavier University,” Cougars coach Myra Minuskin said of her squad’s early recognition. “Our 2013 team opened a lot of eyes across the country and gained the respect of the national raters, [but] the 2014 squad is on a mission to accomplish even more.” MEN’S BASKETBALL     Forty years after it first gained popularity, streaking has become the fad once again at SXU.     The Cougars are responsible for resurrecting it, but their version differs slightly from the 1974 original. These days, a group of SXU student-athletes are streaking with clothing on — specifically, their basketball jerseys.     Each of the Cougars’ last 16 games has ended in victory for them, the second-longest winning streak in school annals. The record of 17 triumphs in a row was set in the 1988-89 season and then equaled by last year’s SXU squad.     To bump that standard aside, the Cougars must win both of this week’s contests, the second of which pits them against defending NAIA Division II national champion Cardinal Stritch on Saturday.     “Everyone around here has been talking about that game,” SXU coach Tom O’Malley said. “We can’t afford to even think about Cardinal Stritch until after we play a good Holy Cross team [this past Wednesday].”     O’Malley was merely exercising a bit of leadership-style caution, but even with a big target on their back of late, the No. 4-ranked Cougars have basically thrown caution to the winds.     For the most part, SXU has left little room for doubt during its unbeaten stretch, which dates back to six days before Thanksgiving. Last week was no exception to that rule, as the Cougars downed Calumet College of St. Joseph (71-55) and the University of St. Francis (84-72) in a pair of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference encounters.     The Fighting Saints, a longtime rival of SXU’s, gave O’Malley reason to be wary on Saturday. USF had been playing well of late, but that made no difference to the Cougars’ tandem of Brad Karp and Jack Krieger, who combined for 43 points and 18 rebounds.     Karp’s 22 points gave him 2,611 for his career and elevated him

to the No. 8 position among alltime scorers in Illinois college basketball history. He passed former Eastern Illinois University standout Henry Domercant on the list.     Just as vital to SXU’s welfare, though, has been Krieger. His return from an injury coincided with the start of the Cougars’ winning streak, and O’Malley deemed Krieger’s defensive play as pivotal as his work on the offensive side.     Not to be overlooked, either, is senior point guard Michael Simpson, an offseason transfer from Stritch. Simpson produced a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds versus Calumet College last Wednesday, thereby giving SXU (20-2, 9-1) an able accomplice for the always-reliable Karp (27 points, nine rebounds).     Together, the duo spearheaded a 21-3 getaway for the Cougars that shoved the Crimson Wave into an inescapable hole. SXU, which made 10 steals and garnered 18 points off 19 Calumet College turnovers, was ahead 4017 at intermission.     “We certainly wouldn’t be in the position we’re in without him,” O’Malley said of Simpson. “He’s given us more than we could have ever expected. Michael is a very ambitious, electrifying performer.     “From the very first time he worked out with us, the kids knew he was something special. They made sure he fit in right away.”     O’Malley hesitates to make any comparison between teams of the past and present, but he definitely believes today’s Cougars are excelling at the moment.     “It was a good week, really, because these [opposing] teams are getting better, but these guys [of ours] are all jelling together,” O’Malley said. “There’s not a guy on the floor I can say I don’t like. I’m very happy at this point.”     The return of big men Josh Mawhorr and Tony Core from minor injuries has fortified SXU’s inside game, but the Cougars remained prosperous even without them at full strength. Credit for that, according to O’Malley, goes to unsung players such as Munir Smith, Darius Draper, freshman Kyle Tackett and Kyle Huppe, all of whom gave SXU some solid minutes last week.     “The big thing for us has been that the overall group has been getting better,” O’Malley said. “The hardest thing to do is say, ‘We’re winning, but we need to play a little harder and a little better.’”     The Cougars’ best clubs under O’Malley, including the 2012-13 edition, have typically been known for their quality depth. Last season’s SXU team, for example, featured an interchangeable top six, plus a few other valuable reserves.     When asked if his current squad is a mirror image of the one that immediately preceded it, O’Malley replied: “I don’t think the teams are very similar, but hopefully the mirror continues to show a good face [this season].” — Ken Karrson WOMEN’S BASKETBALL     Two more wins for the female Cougars kept their own streak intact last week. By beating Calumet College (91-61) and St. Francis (67-42) on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively, No. 7-ranked SXU (19-3, 9-1) ran its unbeaten string to 14 games.     The Cougars’ last setback occurred on Nov. 30.     “We continue to play well,” SXU coach Bob Hallberg said. “We’re playing a really good zone defense. We just aren’t giving teams really good looks at the basket.     “We always get those people in the coaching world, the Bobby Knight disciples, who say you can’t win playing a zone defense and that you have to play a man-to-man defense. [But] other schools have [also] succeeded with a zone defense.”     Junior Morgan Stuut, who was recently named the NAIA National Player of the Week for the second straight week, spearheaded the Cougars’ latest success by totaling a game-high 27 points, 12 rebounds, six assists

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visits Fenwick for another Catholic League contest.

(Continued from page 2) seven boards to tie Curley for the team lead.     “It was a new experience for us and it was weird,” Sevedge said of the rout. “We didn’t get much out of this [in a competitive sense], but a lot of guys who don’t see the floor much got a lot of playing time.     “We didn’t want to run up the score, but it almost looks worse if you play keep-away from [an overmatched foe]. We wanted our subs to just execute and do what they were taught — it’s the only way to play.”     St. Laurence’s lone activity this week occurs on Friday, when it

Statistics Hancock St. Laurence

and four steals against Calumet College, then recording an 11point, 11-rebound, six-steal stat line opposite St. Francis. Stuut now has 17 double-doubles to her credit this season.     Three teammates joined her in double figures scoring-wise versus the Crimson Wave: Niara Harris (14 points, three assists, three steals), Maloree Johnson (11 points, game-high eight assists) and Suzie Broski (11 points).     “Morgan and Suzie had good nights,” Hallberg said. “Niara Harris has been pretty consistent. She’s good enough to start, but she gives us a much-needed spark off the bench.     “A lot of [our] girls can go to the basket and hit 3-point baskets. We got both in the win on Wednesday.”     SXU shot 57 percent for the contest, a mark that included a superb 68 percent success rate prior to intermission. Among the Cougars’ 19 first-half buckets were seven from behind the 3-point arc. That, as well as 10 Calumet College turnovers that led to 15 SXU points, helped the locals construct a 53-39 halftime lead.     The Cougars finished the evening with 13 steals. ***     A 9-0 run to open Saturday’s contest was all SXU required to seize control of the proceedings and set the Fighting Saints up for defeat in Chicago. Besides Stuut’s aforementioned handiwork, the Cougars also benefited from the efforts of Jordan Brandt (10 points, five assists, four steals), Caitlin McMahon (10 points, four blocks), Broski (nine points) and Johnson (nine points).     SXU’s defense forced 23 turnovers — 14 of those came directly off Cougars steals — and held St. Francis to a field-goal percentage of just 23. SXU, which was ahead 33-18 at the half, connected on 47 percent of its shots.     The Cougars, whose first double-digit lead occurred 11 minutes into the opening half, had the Saints down by as many as 26 points during the second half.     “St. Francis has some nice shooters on their team, and yet they were 2-for-19 in 3-point shooting,” Hallberg said. “We’re shooting well ourselves. [With a] 19-3 [ledger] and a 14-game winning streak, you must be rolling along and doing things well.”     What pleased Hallberg greatly was that SXU never flinched even though its top guns, Stuut and Broski, had relatively quiet outings by their lofty standards.     “St. Francis did a great job of shutting down our two primary offensive players,” he said. “Your opponent thinks it’s going to beat you by shutting down your best players, [but] we played 13 players on Saturday and 11 of them scored. It was just a nice distribution and sharing of the ball, and that’s what you need to have at tournament time: a few [different] people stepping up.     “We just have nice production out of the rest of our team right now.”     And Hallberg knows the Cougars can’t afford to stop doing what they’ve been doing so well, particularly as the national tournament draws closer.     “We have a tough month coming up, with a whole bunch of key ballgames,” he said. “We have back-to-back games with Cardinal Stritch on Saturday and Purdue [University] Calumet the following Monday. They’re two of the better teams in the conference, [so] hopefully we’ll be ready for those games.” — Anthony Nasella FOOTBALL     Two defensive backs were the latest recruits signed by the Cougars. Coming aboard for the 2014 season will be Drey Devereaux, a Class 4A All-Stater from Hobart, Ind., and Robbie Brindley, an All-East Suburban Catholic Conference performer for Nazareth Academy last fall.     “The defensive backfield was a huge priority for us in recruiting this year, and these two young men can flat-out play,” SXU coach Mike Feminis said. “Drey is a terrific all-around athlete who will also be playing baseball at SXU. He has excellent speed and

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St. Xavier University’s Mikayla Leyden drives by Calumet College’s Dominique Edwards and gets to the hoop last Wednesday in the Cougars’ CCAC win over the Crimson Wave in Chicago.

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Calumet College’s Franqlin Gatson (left, on ground) and St. Xavier University’s Kyle Huppe clear their heads after a collision. Gatson was called for a charge on the play last Wednesday night in Chicago. quickness, but is a very instinctual player as well. We think Drey can excel anywhere in the secondary for us.     “Robbie isn’t very big, either, but he plays big. Nazareth played him all over the place, including middle linebacker. Robbie probably runs well enough to play corner, but we’re probably looking at him as more of a safety.” MEN’S VOLLEYBALL     Sophomore middle blocker Sam Kull delivered 15 kills, four block assists and a pair of service aces, but the Cougars still couldn’t log an entry in the win column last Tuesday.     This time, the loss occurred in SXU’s Great Lakes Conference opener as host Robert Morris University prevailed in five sets, 21-25, 25-16, 25-19, 23-25, 16-14, in Arlington Heights. The setback was the Cougars’ fourth in a row to begin the 2014 season.     SXU was ahead 14-13 in the final set, but a service error gave the Eagles new life. Two points later, Robert Morris claimed the match triumph.     Other key figures for the Cougars in addition to Kull were senior outside hitter Justin Cousin (12 kills, five digs), senior middle blocker J.T. O’Connell (six kills, team-high five total blocks), senior setter Jacob Siska (career-high total 37 assists), redshirt freshman Matthew Mead (eight kills,

six digs) and senior libero Nick Piccirillo (seven digs).     SXU squared off with NCAA Division III member Dominican University this past Tuesday in River Forest. MEN’S SOCCER     The Cougars’ loss is St. Laurence High School’s gain.     That’s how SXU coach Ed Vucinic views the decision of former assistant coach Matt Prunkle to become the Vikings’ head coach in 2014. Prunkle, a 2008 graduate of SXU and four-year member of the Cougars soccer squad, spent the past two years helping Vucinic. That followed collegiate stints for him at Moraine Valley College and Olivet Nazarene University.     “This is a great and extremely well-deserved opportunity for

Matt and I couldn’t be happier for him,” Vucinic said. “In my opinion, Matt is among the top young coaches out there, and St. Laurence will benefit from his knowledge, passion, energy and work ethic.     “At the same time, our program will miss those qualities in a big way. Matt’s work here, as a player and a coach, have left a lasting mark. Selfishly, I wish he could continue to help guide the program [here], but he is so good at what he does I always knew it wouldn’t be long before he left to put his mark on a program of his own.     “I consider myself extremely fortunate to have worked with him. Everyone associated with SXU soccer wishes him the very best.”

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Marist’s Nic Weishar, in his first game back from an ankle injury, passes off to a teammate during last Tuesday’s matchup with local rival Brother Rice.

RedHawks (Continued from page 1) I was proud of the kids for doing that.”     However, the Marist leader wasn’t about to proclaim Friday’s performance as thorough as Tuesday’s, particularly on the defensive end. In Nolan’s view, the RedHawks (15-4, 2-1) may have operated at peak efficiency without the ball against Rice, a feeling borne out by some of the Crusaders’ offensive numbers.     Most noteworthy was Marist’s shutdown of Rice standout Quinn Niego, who had been on a scoring tear of late. Hawkins and Ryan Tucker took turns shadowing Niego, and the latter wound up with a season-low six points.     Seeing as how he has been a main cog in the Crusaders’ attack all season, Niego’s meager output meant trouble for Rice. And its other go-to guy, Ray Rubio, only picked up some of the slack as the RedHawks’ Kevin Lerma shadowed him and limited Rubio to 14 points, which still ranked as the Crusaders’ highest total.     “Ray Rubio and Quinn Niego are really difficult covers defensively,” Nolan said. “We were going to try to get the ball out of their hands as quickly as possible [with a trapping defense]. When you have individual pride defensively and unselfishness in helping teammates guard, you can be consistent at defense.     “We played great defense throughout the game, rebounded behind it and hit timely shots.”     That didn’t begin in earnest, however, until after Rice had built an 18-12 lead, with Niego’s layup establishing that score with 3:49 left in the opening half. From there, the RedHawks embarked on a 15-0 blitz that bridged the second and third quarters and swung the game completely in their direction.     Two 3-pointers from Bradley Hill, plus Hawkins’ bucket were the primary elements in Marist’s closeout to the second period, then Jeremiah Ferguson and the returning-from-injury Nic Weishar hit three layups between them to usher in the third frame. Dan Scanlon’s jumper finally halted the run and brought the Crusaders within 27-20.     Rice trailed by 10 at the quarter break and made only moderate noise over the final eight minutes. In case the visitors housed any thoughts of a late comeback, Tucker dashed them by sinking a couple of 3-pointers that created a 41-26 gap. A 6-of-6 effort at the foul line by Marist’s Brian Barry also helped seal the deal.     Tucker (11 points) and Hill (12, all on 3-pointers) were the RedHawks’ scoring leaders, but the Lerma-Hawkins-Weishar trio pulled down a combined 20 rebounds to further aid the hosts. Ferguson dished out eight assists for Marist, which went 8-of-15 from 3-point territory and 16-of-37 overall from the field.     Rice struggled with its marksmanship, as it posted percentages of 42 from two-point range, 25 from behind the arc and 36 at the line. Although the Crusaders committed only 10 miscues

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Marist’s Chamar Hawkins and Brother Rice’s Ray Rubio fight for possession of the ball last Tuesday in Mount Greenwood. — three fewer than their counterparts — they notched just two assists. Marist 68 Nazareth Academy 59     Hawkins (17 points, six rebounds), Brian Holland (14 points), Lerma (10 points, seven assists) and Ferguson (10 points, five assists) joined forces to give the RedHawks enviable balance on Friday, and Marist needed that to vanquish the Roadrunners on an evening when its defensive display was somewhat lacking.     “We didn’t play as well defensively as we have been,” Nolan said. “Defense has been an identity for us, but it wasn’t our best game [in that regard]. Our kids know that.”     The RedHawks were ahead of Nazareth at the end of each stanza, but never by more than single digits. Three 3s by Holland fueled a 17-point opening session for Marist that made the Roadrunners have to chase.     Marist triumphed without any help from Tucker, who sat out because of a thigh bruise. His absence no doubt affected the RedHawks negatively, so Nolan was happy to escape with a win.     “We got some interior scoring and perimeter scoring, [and] different guys are stepping into that role [of leader],” he said. “We have a hungry group and we’re improving. That’s great to have a group trending in that direction this time of year.”     Some may think Marist has already greatly exceeded expectations, seeing as how it entered the year with so little in the way of varsity experience on the roster. Nolan claims to not be too surprised by his team’s 15-4 start, but there was one thing even he didn’t know for sure heading in.     “How was it going to happen or where was it going to come from — we had to learn that,” he said. Brother Rice 66 Seton Academy 43     Rubio and Niego returned to

form on Friday night, combining for 39 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Crusaders (9-9, 3-4) past the Sting in a Chicago Catholic League contest.     Rubio also paced Rice with six assists and two steals as it sped away from Seton on the strength of a 20-9 third quarter. Actually, the Crusaders had been in pretty good shape even before that as they outscored the Sting in each of the first two periods as well and owned a 14-point advantage at halftime.     Fifty-eight percent shooting was a big plus for Rice, as were a 28-17 edge on the glass, 17 assists and just five turnovers. Defensively, the Crusaders forced nine miscues and held Seton to a 37 percent success rate from the floor, which included a 2-of-11 exhibition from 3-point land.

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converted just 2-of-7 attempts.     “Holding teams to single-digitscoring quarters is a goal the team sets for themselves each game,” Turner said. “The girls take a lot of pride in their defense and we spend a great deal of time in practice on it.     “We have held seven teams to 40 points or less so far this season, [and] we have been very patient in our offense and shot selection when we get a lead.”     The Lady Tigers were only able to muster up one bucket in the fourth quarter after trailing 36-26 at the end of the third stanza. ***     Stagg traveled to H-F to take on the powerful Lady Vikings in the second matchup between the teams this season. The Lady Chargers stayed with their physical and aggressive opponent for the first 16 minutes, trailing only 24-19 at halftime as McMahon (13 points, including three 3-point baskets) paced Stagg.     “I was very encouraged by our play in the first half,” Turner said. “Casey McMahon’s longrange shots and good free-throw shooting were the main reasons offensively, and we stayed with them on the glass as well.”     A taller Lady Vikings club held just a 22-20 rebounding advantage for the game. DiGiacomo (five points) snared seven of those for the Lady Chargers. Noor Elmosa (seven points) was also a positive influence.     However, when H-F cranked up its defensive pressure, Stagg (9-10, 3-5) had no adequate response. Turnovers led to several easy baskets for the Lady Vikings, who took control of the contest by outscoring the Lady Chargers 24-12 in the third period.     “They play a lot of girls and keep coming at you,” Turner said of H-F. “I think we got tired playing 84 feet of transition basketball in the second half and the turnovers began to mount. They are a very talented team, and we are not alone when it comes to being on the short end of the scoreboard against them.” OAK LAWN     The Lady Spartans improved their season record to 19-1 by recording three more victories last week, two of them in South Suburban Conference Red play.     Beaten in league action were Argo (61-41) on Tuesday and Richards (74-40) on Thursday. Stepping out of the SSC Red on Saturday did nothing to slow Oak Lawn, either, as it routed Abingdon 55-32.     The Lady Argonauts never had a chance against the Lady Spartans, falling behind by a whopping 29 points in the opening stanza. LaTondra Brooks netted 14 of her 16 points during the session, with two of her four baskets fired in from 3-point range.     “We have really stressed the importance of coming out focused and intense at the start of the game,” Oak Lawn coach Janet Meyers said. “Our posts, Brianna Markusic and Jannah Mahmoud, also had solid first quarters, scoring seven and eight points, respectively.     “Our bench got to see a lot of time in this game. Dana Greene had nine points [on three 3-pointers] off the bench.”     Markusic’s double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds topped the Lady Spartans. In addition

Community sports (Continued from page 4) the Spartans’ top individual with a 1,354 series, which was good for third place overall.     The host Crusaders, who were fifth as a team with 5,728 pins, boasted the best single-game bowler in Anthony Butler, whose top effort left him just 11 pins shy of a perfect game. St. Laurence’s Manny Sanlhez took fifth with a high game of 267.

Hickory Hills, Palos Hills baseball programs merge

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to her points, Brooks contributed seven steals and three assists, and both Mahmoud (10 points, seven rebounds) and Brooke Annerino (six points) also aided the winning cause. ***     Meyers admitted her team didn’t have as strong of a start as she would have liked against its cross-town rival on Thursday. The Lady Bulldogs did a good job of getting back on defense and stopping Oak Lawn’s fast break, but the Lady Spartans still led 18-7 after one quarter.     Balance was the key to Oak Lawn’s getaway. Brooks racked up seven points via driving layups, Mahmoud canned three jumpers for six points and Annerino chipped in five points.     A 22-10 scoring edge in the second frame blew the game open for the Lady Spartans. Brooks accounted for 10 of Oak Lawn’s points. The margin stood at 60-32 after three quarters.     “It was nice to get to play all of our girls, and nine of our 10 girls scored,” Meyers said. “It is always an intense game when Oak Lawn plays Richards, and I was glad all our girls could be a part of it.     “We did a good job on the boards and out-rebounded them 43-24. [Lady Bulldogs coach] Jeff Kortz does a nice job with his team. They were well-coached and played hard.”     Brooks finished with 21 points, nine steals and five assists, and was one of four Lady Spartans to tally in double digits. Also reaching that level were Mahmoud (14 points, 12 rebounds), Annerino (13 points, two assists, two steals) and Markusic (10 points, 12 rebounds).     “Oak Lawn is very, very good,” Kortz said. “They are very wellcoached and they are on a mission to win the conference. They are a very solid team. They play great defense and control the boards.     “Our shots weren’t falling early, and it put us in a deep hole. It’s very hard to dig out of it against them.”     Headliners for Richards in the setback were Sydni Tears (15 points) Carly Stazak (nine), Brianna Kuchenny (seven) and Anita Robinson (six points). ***     The Lady Spartans traveled to Abingdon, just outside of Galesburg, on Saturday to participate in the Great Western Shootout. Oak Lawn had a good first quarter against the host team and led 22-5 at the break.     “Although Abingdon is a small school, it was a great experience for the girls and a great teambuilding weekend,” Meyers said. “I was impressed with our start. We had a long bus ride and only had a 10-minute warm-up, [so] I was afraid we would come out slow, but we were able to focus and play with speed and intensity.     “It was strange playing on the road with no fans. We have had a pretty good following, even on the road, this year, but we only had four fans [including my husband and 5-month-old son] at this game and Abingdon had a good crowd since they were at home.”     Brooks produced a solid first quarter, scoring 10 points and getting several steals. Annerino added six points for the Lady Spartans, who were ahead 3412 at the half and never looked back. Brooks was named the game MVP after totaling 17 points, 12 steals and five assists.     Also playing well for Oak Lawn were Markusic (14 points, 11 rebounds), Mahmoud (eight points, 10 rebounds), Annerino

(eight points, three steals) and Dee Dee Shatat (six points).     “Everyone got a chance to play a lot, and the girls really enjoyed the weekend trip,” Meyers said. RICHARDS     Oak Lawn wasn’t the only SSC Red contingent to get the better of the Lady Bulldogs last week. Also doing so was Reavis, which doled out a 55-46 defeat on Tuesday.     Richards was in front after both the first and third quarters, but it faded in the closing moments.     “The game was tied with 2:20 to go and we didn’t respond,” Kortz said. “They made a lot of free throws down the stretch. We played hard, but the breaks didn’t go our way on this night.”     Tears (16 points, 10 rebounds), Taylor Sonichsen (11 points, five assists, five steals), Stazak (six points, three assists) and Robinson (four points, four rebounds) were the Lady Bulldogs’ ringleaders. MARIST     Kokomo and Joliet Catholic both sent the Lady RedHawks reeling last week, the Angels doing so by a 69-52 count in an East Suburban Catholic Conference encounter on Wednesday.     JCA pretty much decided things in the second quarter, when it came within three seconds of pitching a shutout at Marist. Brooke Wyderski’s 3-point bucket kept that from happening, but it did little to lift the Lady RedHawks’ spirits as the team was facing a massive 20-point deficit.     The Angels’ lead ballooned to 31 points at its peak, but behind Wyderski’s four 3s in the last six minutes, Marist (9-11, 1-4) made the final score respectable. She finished with a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, an effort complemented by Madison Naujokas’ nine points and Lorna McCall’s eight boards.     The Lady RedHawks fought Kokomo hard, but absorbed a 54-49 defeat despite good outings from Tehya Fortune (10 points), Naujokas (10), Katelyn Rosner (seven points, 12 rebounds) and Wyderski (seven points, 11 rebounds). SANDBURG     Two respectable exhibitions from both Julia Ruzevich and Sam Youngwirth couldn’t spare the Lady Eagles a pair of SSWSC Blue setbacks last week.     Ruzevich’s 19 points and nine from Youngwirth weren’t enough to prevent Bolingbrook’s 56-49 win on Tuesday, then Sandburg (12-10, 3-5) wasted a combined 17 points from the two on Thursday as it tumbled to a 46-38 loss versus Lincoln-Way East. Also contributing seven points against the Lady Griffins was Vicky Stavropoulos (seven points).

duct play on fields in both communities, will accept youngsters from throughout the southwest suburbs for recreational participation, as well as for its part-time and full-time travel teams.     Registration date Feb. 8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday session will be held at Conrady Junior High School, Roberts Road and 97th Street in Hickory Hills.     George Czarnik, of Hickory Hills, and Peter Donahue, of Palos Hills, will serve as HBSA president and vice president, respectively. For more information about the new organization or how to become involved with it, contact Czarnik at 599-6983.

over women’s fast-pitch softball club is looking for college-rostered players to compete in the summer of 2014.     The team will play in four local tournaments — including nationals — and two round-robin events. All positions will be considered, but specific needs include pitcher, catcher and infield/slapper. No practices are required.     For more information, contact Bill Lammel at 289-3438 or ditrfp73@aol.com.

SHEPARD     Handing out losses to the Lady Astros last week were Eisenhower (45-41) and Reavis (50-37) in a pair of SSC Red clashes.     Courtney Dalton paced Shepard (5-16, 2-6) with 12 points opposite the Lady Cardinals last Tuesday, while Myrissha Mitchell’s 10 points were the Lady Astros’ best output on Thursday against the Lady Rams. CHICAGO CHRISTIAN     The Lady Knights captured a 47-28 victory over Illiana Christian in Palos Heights on Saturday. Anna Persenaire poured in 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to power Chicago Christian (6-12). MOTHER MCAULEY     The Mighty Macs fell to 15-8 overall and 4-3 in the GCAC Red after dropping a 50-39 decision to Trinity on Saturday.

Openings for Diamond in the Rough

    Diamond in the Rough fastpitch softball has player openings in its girls’ windmill pitchBaseball camps announced ing, beginner, intermediate and     Chicago Christian will host advanced levels. six-week baseball camps during     For more information, call Bill the winter. Lammel at 289-3438 or email     Chicago Christian camp starts ditrfp73@aol.com. Feb. 1 under the guidance of Knights coach and school athPalos Park to host letic director Eric Brauer. The camp will be held in conjunction winter basketball league with U.S. Baseball Academy and     Palos Park, in conjunction with are open to players in grades the Palos Heights Recreation Department and Worth Park Dis1-12.     Session will be offered in ad- trict, will host a winter basketball vanced hitting, pitching, catching, league for youngsters in grades 1-8 fielding and baserunning. Regis- that will play games each Saturtration is now underway, and day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through classes are limited to six players March 15.     Each child will have one pracper coach.     For more information on any tice and one game per week, of three camps, visit www.US- with an emphasis being placed BaseballAcademy.com or call 1- on skills development. Separate leagues will be formed for boys 866-622-4487. and girls, and play will be conducted in a total of four different Midwest Elite looking age groups. for softball players     For more information, call 671    Midwest Elite Diamond 19-and- 3760.


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�������� �������� ������������� ����� ���������� �������������� For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY D I V I S I O N � PNC BANK, N.A. S/B/M TO MIDAMERICA BANK, F S B � P l a i n t i f f , � v . � STANLEY LITWIN, GRAZYNA LITWIN D e f e n d a n t s � 11 CH 23637 10338 SOUTH 75TH AVENUE PALOS HILLS, IL 60465 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 14, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 18, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 10338 SOUTH 75TH AVENUE, PALOS HILLS, IL 60465 Property Index No. 23-13-203-013-0000. The real estate is improved with a two story single family home with a two car attached garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Visit our website at service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number PA1113934. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 Attorney File No. PA1113934 Attorney Code. 91220 Case Number: 11 CH 23637 TJSC#: 33-25146 I583562

For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC P l a i n t i f f , � v . � ARTA GASHI A/K/A ARTA BUSTAMI, HICKORY POINTE CONDOMINIUMS, CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA), N.A. Defendants 12 CH 024614 9440 S. 79TH COURT UNIT #3SE HICKORY HILLS, IL 60457 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 21, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 24, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 9440 S. 79TH COURT UNIT #3SE, HICKORY HILLS, IL 60457 Property Index No. 23-01-303-019-1009. The real estate is improved with a condo/townhouse. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876. Please refer to file number 14-12-11094. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 Attorney File No. 14-12-11094 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 12 CH 024614 TJSC#: 33-26357 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I584860

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON F/K/A THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2004-12CB, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2004-12CB Plaintiff, -v.MICHAEL M GRECO, STEPHANIE D GRECO, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., GOTTLIEB MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, WOLF ROAD PLAZA, LLC, HAYES PROPERTIES, INC. Defendants 10 CH 21178 12423 SOUTHWEST HIGHWAY Palos Park, IL 60464 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 7, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 14, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 12423 SOUTHWEST HIGHWAY, Palos Park, IL 60464 Property Index No. 23-26-308-003-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $290,775.15. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, contact Plaintiff’s attorney: POTESTIVO & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 223 WEST JACKSON BLVD, STE 610, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 263-0003. Please refer to file number C13-94281. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www. tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. POTESTIVO & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 223 WEST JACKSON BLVD, STE 610 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 263-0003 Attorney File No. C13-94281 Attorney Code. 43932 Case Number: 10 CH 21178 TJSC#: 34-242 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I584617

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION FIFTH THIRD MORTGAGE COMPANY P l a i n t i f f , � v . � JEFF BLOCKSON AKA JEFFREY BLOCKSON, JUANITA M. BLOCKSON, AMERICAN CHARTERED BANK, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF JEFF BLOCKSON AKA JEFFREY BLOCKSON, IF ANY, YCONDA COLLINS, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD C L A I M A N T S � D e f e n d a n t s � 10 CH 32012 8126 ABERDEEN DRIVE PALOS HEIGHTS, IL 60463 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 18, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 20, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate:Commonly known as 8126 ABERDEEN DRIVE, PALOS HEIGHTS, IL 60463 Property Index No. 23-35-416-011-0000. The real estate is improved with a 2 story home with a detached garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Visit our website at service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number PA1016207. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 Attorney File No. PA1016207 Attorney Code. 91220 Case Number: 10 CH 32012 TJSC#: 33-25384 I583547

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S � COUNTY DEPARTMENT, CHANCERY DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR LONG BEACH MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-5, P l a i n t i f f � V . � KHALED JAMIL SHALTAF; AKRAM QANDEEL; NISREEN AD QANDEEL A/K/A NISREEN AD Q A N D E E K , � D e f e n d a n t s � 09 CH 03352 Property Address: 10112 South 81st Court Palos Hills, IL 60465 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Fisher and Shapiro file # 08-015653 (It is advised that interested parties consult with their own attorneys before bidding at mortgage foreclosure s a l e s . ) � PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered on September 14, 2011, Kallen Realty Services, Inc., as Selling Official will at 12:30 p.m. on February 19, 2014, at 205 W. Randolph Street, Suite 1020, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described real property: Commonly known as 10112 South 81st Court, Palos Hills, IL 60465 Permanent Index No.: 23-11-405-040 The mortgaged real estate is improved with a dwelling. The property will NOT be open for inspection. The judgment amount was $714,784.50. Sale terms for non-parties: 10% of successful bid immediately at conclusion of auction, balance by 12:30 p.m. the next business day, both by cashier's checks; and no refunds. The sale shall be subject to general real estate taxes, special taxes, special assessments, special taxes levied, and superior liens, if any. The property is offered "as is," with no express or implied warranties and without any representation as to the quality of title or recourse to Plaintiff. Prospective bidders are admonished to review the court file to verify all information and to view auction rules at w w w . k a l l e n r s . c o m . � For information: Sale Clerk, Fisher and Shapiro, Attorney # 42168, 2121 Waukegan Road, Suite 301, Bannockburn, Illinois 60015, (847) 291-1717, between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. weekdays only. I580608

For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S � COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, v . � 10 CH 26238 8437 HOLLYWOOD DRIVE ORLAND PARK, IL 60462 PATRICIA ANN DUDDLESTON Defendants NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on January 31, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 18, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 8437 HOLLYWOOD DRIVE, ORLAND PARK, IL 60462 Property Index No. 27-14-103-041-0000. The real estate is improved with a one story single family home with a two car garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Visit our website at service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number PA1014968. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 Attorney File No. PA1014968 Attorney Code. 91220 Case Number: 10 CH 26238 TJSC#: 34-540 I585424

For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S � COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, v . � EMMA MENA A/K/A EMMA AGUILERA Defendants 10 CH 029655 10642 S. 82ND COURT PALOS HILLS, IL 60465 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 18, 2013, Auction.com, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 1:00 PM on February 26, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 West Mart Center Drive (in the Auction.com room), CHICAGO, IL, 60654, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 10642 S. 82ND COURT, PALOS HILLS, IL 60465 Property Index No. 23-14-212-016. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876. Please refer to file number 14-10-22174. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. AUCTION.COM LLC For Additional Information regarding Auction.com, please visit www.Auction.com or call (800-280-2832) CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 Attorney File No. 14-10-22174 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 10 CH 029655 TJSC#: 33-26468 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I586026

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For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S � COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC Plaintiff, v . � TINA ZURAWSKI A/K/A TINA M ZURAWSKI, CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N.A., SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO CAPITAL ONE BANK, THE PRIVATEBANK AND TRUST COMPANY S/B/M TO FOUNDERS BANK Defendants 12 CH 8188 10531 SOUTH 81ST COURT PALOS HILLS, IL 60465 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 22, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 25, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 10531 SOUTH 81ST COURT, PALOS HILLS, IL 60465 Property Index No. 23-14-207-006-0000. The real estate is improved with a one story single family home; one car detached garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Visit our website at service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number PA1128520. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 Attorney File No. PA1128520 Attorney Code. 91220 Case Number: 12 CH 8188 TJSC#: 33-25887 I585738

For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK County, Illinois, County Department, Chancery Division. Bridgeview Bank Group, an Illinois banking corporation, P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � First Secure Bank and Trust Co., f/k/a Family Bank and Trust Company as Trustee under Trust Agreement dated October 21, 2005 and known as Trust Number 10-836, Azhar H. Chaudry, Ghania, Inc., A.R.Y. Investment, Corporation, Joseph Murphy, Unknown Owners and Non-Record Claimants, D e f e n d a n t s . � 12 CH 37792; Sheriff's No. 140001-001F. Pursuant to a Judgment made and entered by said Court in the above entitled cause, Thomas J. Dart, Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, will on February 14, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. in Room LL06 of the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction the following described premises and real estate mentioned in said Judgment:PIN: 23-01-309-015-0000.Common address: 7941 W. 92nd St., Hickory Hills, IL 60457.N/K/A PIN: 23-01-309-032-0000.Address: 7941 W. 92nd St., Hickory Hills, IL 60457 a/k/a 7951 W. 92nd St., Hickory Hills, IL 60457.Improvements: 3- two-story brown brick masonry townhomes.Sale shall be under the following terms: 10% down in certified funds at time of the sale with balance due within twenty-four hours after the sale.Sale shall be subject to general taxes, special assessments, and any prior first mortgages. Premises will NOT be open for inspection. For information: Greiman, Rome & Griesmeyer, LLC, Plaintiff's Attorneys, 200 W. Madison St., Ste. 755, Chicago, IL 60606. Tel. No. (312) 428-2750.This is an attempt to collect a debt pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.I583953

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1-30-14 For Sale For Notice Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, -v.DEBORAH L. NOETZEL A/K/A DEBORAH LYNN VACHERLON A/K/A DEBORAH MCQUEN, WILLIAM T. NOETZEL, CENTENNIAL PARK CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., CENTENNIAL VILLAGE UNIT I TOWNHOME ASSOCIATION Defendants 13 CH 010980 15705 S. RAVINA AVENUE UNIT #307 ORLAND PARK, IL 60462 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 14, 2013, Auction.com, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 1:00 PM on February 19, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 West Mart Center Drive (in the Auction. com room), CHICAGO, IL, 60654, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 15705 S. RAVINA AVENUE UNIT #307, ORLAND PARK, IL 60462 Property Index No. 27-16-402-018-1023. The real estate is improved with a condo/townhouse. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876. Please refer to file number 14-13-09386. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www. tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. AUCTION.COM LLC For Additional Information regarding Auction.com, please visit www.Auction.com or call (800-280-2832) CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 Attorney File No. 14-13-09386 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 13 CH 010980 TJSC#: 33-25769 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I585234

For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S � COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR J P MORGAN MORTGAGE ACQUISITION T R U S T � 2006-CH2, ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-CH2 P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � ANITA MORAWSKA, DEVONSHIRE C O N D O M I N I U M � A S S O C I A T I O N � D e f e n d a n t s , � 13 CH 7504 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause on November 27, 2013 Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real e s t a t e : � Commonly known as 9051 South Roberts Road, Unit 306, Hickory Hills, Il 60457. P.I.N. 23-01-107-022-1026 & 23-01-107-022-1044. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a condominium residence. The purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by subdivisions (g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9 of the Condominium Property Act Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection For information call Sales Department at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, One East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (312) 651-6705. 1 3 0 1 6 0 3 2 � INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I584493

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For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S � COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION CITIBANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR BEAR STEARNS ALT-A TRUST 2006-7 Plaintiff, v s . � IWONA SZOSTEK AKA IWONA F SZOSTEK AKA I W O N A � FELICIJA SZOSTEK AKA SZOZTEK IWONA; PNC B A N K , � N.A. S/B/M TO NATIONAL CITY BANK S/B/M TO MIDAMERICA BANK, FSB; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; Defendants, 12 CH 31534 PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above entitled cause on August 22, 2013, Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Monday, March 3, 2014, at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell to the highest bidder for cash, the following described property: P.I.N. 23-12-103-026-0000. Commonly known as 7836 WEST 98TH STREET, HICKORY HILLS, IL 60457. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 25% down by certified funds, balance within 24 hours, by certified funds. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the premises after confirmation of the sale. For information: Visit our website at http://service.atty-pierce.com. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only. Pierce & Associates, Plaintiff's Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel.No. (312) 476-5500. Refer to File Number 1211069. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I585018

For Notice Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC Plaintiff, -v.STANDARD BANK AND TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE UTA DTD 09/21/09 AND KNOWN AS TRUST NO. 20661, UNKNOWN BENEFICIARIES OF STANDARD BANK AND TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE UTA DTD 09/21/09 AND KNOWN AS TRUST NO. 20661, EVERGREENS OF ORLAND CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, ROBERT P. ZRINY A/K/A ROBERT ZRINY, THERESA MURDOCK, DIANE MANDARINO, WILLIAM RACZAK, PATRICIA RACZAK, WILLIAM BUTCHER, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 11 CH 16579 9048 WEST 140TH STREET UNIT 2A ORLAND PARK, IL 60462 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on December 3, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 4, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 9048 WEST 140TH STREET UNIT 2A, ORLAND PARK, IL 60462 Property Index No. 27-03-400-054-1089. The real estate is improved with a brick condominium. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Visit our website at service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES, Plaintiff’s Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number PA1105465. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 Attorney File No. PA1105465 Attorney Code. 91220 Case Number: 11 CH 16579 TJSC#: 33-26367 I585736

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Sale terms: 25% down at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Aban- the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, doned Residential Property Municipality Relief third party checks will be accepted. The balance, residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporasell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set Fund, which is calculated on residential real es- including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser tion. No third party checks will be accepted. The forth below, the following described real estate: tate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is balance, including the Judicial sale fee for AbanCommonly known as 8238 STONEHENGE thereof of theHelp amount Wanted paid by the purchaser not calculated on residential Wanted real estate at the rate of $1 for due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid doned Residential Property Municipality Relief DRIVE, Orland Park, IL 60462 to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate Fund, which is calculated on residential real esProperty Index No. 27-02-407-037-0000. is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any tate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction The real estate is improved with a single family resbe paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residen- transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not exPerieNced idence. The judgment amount was $311,349.82. tial real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale shallSmall be paid engines, by the mortgagee acquiring the acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in snowblowers, to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certior by anycleaNiNg mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the lady and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall fied funds at the close of the sale payable to The riding lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose sale or by anyregular mortgagee, and judgment creditor, or other The subject property is subject to general real estate waNted be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residenJudicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks rights in and to the residential real estate arose lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied lawnmowers, bicycles. tial real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale will be accepted. The balance, including the Judiprior to the sale. The subject property is subject to in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the against said real estate and is offered for sale without for immediate start. Must be or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other cial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property general real estate taxes, special assessments, or sale. The subject property is subject to general real any representation as to quality or quantity of title and lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on priced or free. taxes, special assessments, or special taxes licensed with special taxes driver levied against saiddependable real estate and estate Reasonably without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. t4."--/&841"1&3(3061t residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each rightsPM in and to the residential real estate arose saidI real estate and is offered is offered forGood sale without as levied againstR is further subject by the court. CUSTOMER: AUCTION CO for sale The sale PROOF TIMEto confirmation 1/21/2014 6:50:57 vehicle. pay. any representation $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to representation to quality or quantity of (815)as 468-7819 to quality or quantity of title and Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser THE DAILY JOURNAL - Kankakee, IL without recourse without anyCall purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or general real estate taxes, special assessments, or ML239 FIRST RUN: of Sale 03/12/14 recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" will receive a Certificate that will entitle the to Plaintiff and in “AS ISâ€?MN condition. The REP sale isID:title and without POST-BULLETIN - Rochester, call (708) 636-4030 wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. special taxes levied against said real estate and purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation further subject to confirmation 5)&%*41"5$)t"3(64 - Moline, ILby the court. Upon condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by SIZE: 2X2 No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring is offered for sale without any representation as the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the of the sale. The property will NOT be open for payment of the IL amount bid, the purchaser THE TIMESin- full Ottawa, the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid to quality or quantity of title and without recourse inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will Immediate Openings! Regional at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment credito Plaintiff and in “AS ISâ€? condition. The sale is the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after  tor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon and localofdrivers, plusproperty dockworkadmonished to check the court file to verify all confirmation the sale. The will NOT confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open estate whose rights in and to the residential real payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as information. If this property is a condominium unit, the be open for inspection and plaintiff no ers. Holland’s Recruiter ismakes taking estate arose prior to the sale. The subject propto the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than representation as to the condition of the property. walk-in and conducterty is subject to general real estate taxes, speto check the court file to +)3!+ verify all the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal   /!+1 &)( Prospectiveapplications bidders are admonished to check the admonished cial assessments, or special taxes levied against If this property is a condominium unit, the confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 court file to verify all information. this property ing interviews on Jan.If 22 & 23 information. 0$)!*-,')(!1!")+!-$!1 said real estate and is offered for sale without any purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no is a condominium unit, the purchaser of 1 thepm unit *+)/% !1).0%-$&)('.,- ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a from 9 am to 11:30 am & a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal representation as to quality or quantity of title and representation as to the condition of the property. condominium unit which is part of a common interest at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS ISâ€? condiProspective bidders are admonished to check the to pmassessments at 3801and Mound shall4:30 pay the the legalRd., fees !+!#%,-!+! 0%-$-$!&&%()%, community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a tion. The sale is further subject to confirmation by court file to verify all information. If this property required byIL The 60436. Condominium Property Act, 765 !.+%-%!, !*+-'!(- +) sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments Joliet, Drivers must condominium unit which is part of a common interest the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a -!-1).+,!&"( #!--$!"-, required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure have 1 yr. or 50k miles exp., haz the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, condominium unit which is part of a common in- !")+! 1). $(  )/!+ 1).+ 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real es(HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO shall pay the assessments and the legal fees and tanker. the purchaser of the unit at the required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS terest community, tate after confirmation of the sale. The property will required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay $+ !+(! ')(!11)(-- REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR %(# -$! &&%()%, !+!-+1 )" ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no the assessments required by The Condominium (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO representation as to the condition of the property. ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF condominium unit which is part of a common inProperty Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU REMAIN --!2,!.+%-%!,!*+-'!(IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER Prospective bidders are admonished to check the THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. terest community, the purchaser of the unit at the ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU ENTRY -     $%, () OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN court file to verify all information. If this property For information, examine the court file or contact Help Wanted foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF -%! *+)/% !  ,  *.&% ,!+ Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., pay the assessments required by The Condo- is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, minium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF /%!1$!!#%)(&!0,( POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SEC- For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: JOHNSON, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876. Please refer shall pay the assessments and the legal fees YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), TION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE BLUMBERG $! !*)+-!+ !0,**!+, & ASSOCIATES, LLC, 230 W. Monroe to file number 14-09-26432. THE JUDICIAL SALES required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSFORECLOSURE LAW. For information, examine Street, Suite #1125, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 541-9710. CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a SESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CO- Please refer to file number 12-3002. THE JUDICIAL Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also condominium unit which is part of a common inORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE DILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for terest community, the purchaser of the unit at the WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, 24th Floor, Chicago,  IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For informaREPAIRS EXTRA IL 60527, (630) 794-9876. Please refer to file num- You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE the assessments required by The Condominium examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s atber 14-12-35057. THE experience JUDICIAL SALES — 35 years — COR- www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) tion, Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU torney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 PORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, JOHNSON, BLUMBERG & ASSOCIATES, LLC 230   .+,.(- -) -$! 794-5300 Attorney File No. 14-09-26432 Attorney NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU Call F. Stan Ignell Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can W. 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THE JUDICIAL SALES 0)"  !/!+1.,%(!,,)* tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. 40342 Case Number: 12 CH 30799 TJSC#: 33-24702 Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices AUCTION.COM LLC For Additional Information NOTE: *)+-.(%-1 '.,- ! +!#%,-!+! are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be a SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTFloor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE regarding Auction.com, please visit www.Auc- Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any GAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, 0%-$-$!&&%()%,!.+%-%!,! 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THE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 AtARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South 1)(--%(#-$!&&%()%,! torney File No. 14-11-31706 Attorney ARDC No. Number: 13 CH 001899 TJSC#: 33-25915 NOTE: Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 +!-+1)"--!2,!.+%-%!,! 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fri, Feb. 21st, Sat, Feb. 22nd and Sun, Feb. 23rd (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial 11 CH 034101 TJSC#: 33-26077 NOTE: Pursu*+-'!(- -     you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed at Rock Island Auction Company in Rock Island, IL! Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day staant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt $%, ()-%! *+)/% !  ,  tus report of pending sales. 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Your Guide to Arts and Events in the Southwest Suburbs and Beyond The Regional News - The Reporter

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Broaden Your Horizons This week Labyrinth     Group labyrinth walks will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 a.m., and Thursday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.     The labyrinth, a new large circular stone path for spiritual meditation is located at the north end of The Center parking lot. In addition to the group walks focused on peace and fellowship, the labyrinth is available for individual walks at any time during the month.     There is no cost to those wishing to walk the labyrinth and no reservations are necessary. The walks will take place rain or shine. For information, call Pastor Chris Hopkins at 361-3650.

Movie luncheon: Arctic Dreams     A film tribute to Mardy Murie, an outstanding woman conservationist, will be shown and discussed at a luncheon program on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.     Arctic Dance is a film about the life and work of Margaret “Mardy” Murie — arctic dogsledder, wilderness adventurer and courageous explorer. Murie was committed to protecting wilderness as public lands and is known as the “grandmother of the conservation movement.” From her first glimpse of Alaska as a young girl, Murie had a special connection to the Northland. She married Olaus Murie, a wildlife biologist, and they honeymooned on a threemonth boat and dog sled expedition into the Alaskan Brooks Range. For many years, Mardy Murie and her young children accompanied her husband on his trips into the Alaska wilderness to study the wildlife. When he died, she decided to devote her life to protecting the Alaskan wilderness that they both love so much. The film is narrated by Harrison Ford, with music by John Denver and interviews with Mardy Murie.     The luncheon begins at noon, costs $17 and requires advance reservations. For more information, call The Center at 3613650.

The Bridge Teen Center events     • Moustache Night with Leave the Light On — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 31, The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will hold its first Moustache Night. Music by Leave the Light On; food by White Castle.     • Pre-game Super Bowl Party — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 1, celebrate the Super Bowl; food samples from Meijer. This event is for students in 9th-12th grade and is free with a student membership application or $5 with a school ID. For more informa-

tion, call 532-0500 or visit www. thebridgeteencenter.org.     • Boondoggle Key Chains — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4, make your old lanyard stand out by making a customized key chain.     • Beginning Acoustic Guitar — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5, Learn the basics of the Acoustic Guitar to make your way to becoming a musician.     • Yoga — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6, March 6, April 3 and May 1. Attend just one time, or once every month.     • Soul Café: Feeling Down? — 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6, The Bridge Teen Center knows that it is normal in life to experience a variety of emotions, especially in the winter months. Talk in a comfortable setting about how to best handle the highs and lows of life. This free event is for teens in 7th through 12th grade. For more information, call 532-0500 or visit www.thebridgeteencenter.org.

The Beverly Arts Center debuts “Austenland” and “Liv and Ingmar”     “Austenland” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Feb. 5, and “Liv& Ingmar” plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. The cost is $7.50 for the general public and $5.50 for BAC members. For more information, call (773) 445-3838, or visit beverlyartcenter.org.     In “Austenland,” a Jane Austen enthusiast has been saving for years to afford a trip to Austenland, where she can be completely immersed in the world of the beloved author. The film stars Keri Russell, Jane Seymour, James Callis and Jennifer Coolidge. “Liv and Ingmar” is a love story spanning the fourdecade relationship between actress Liv Ullmann and filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.

Beverly Arts Center features musical acts     The Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, has a varied line-up of bands during February and early March. For more information, or to buy tickets call the box office at (773) 445-3838, or buy online at beverlyartcenter. org.     Heartsfield plays country rock at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $16 for the general public and $14 for BAC members. Former Traffic band member and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Dave Mason premieres Traffic Jam to Chicago audiences at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.Tickets are $45 for the general public and $41 for BAC members. Light of Love presents gospel music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Tickets are $18, or $16 for BAC members). The Fat Tuesday Marti Gras Party featuring The Smiley Tillmon Band with guest Felicia Fields, and Coyote Riot, begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4. Tickets are $13, or $11 for BAC members.

Upcoming Artists Way group     An “Artist’s Way” discussion course will be offered at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, every Tuesday morning, from 10 a.m. to noon, for 12 weeks beginning Feb. 13. A free no-obligation introduction to the course will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m.     Artist Robin Neumann will facilitate the group discussions of Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Heart: Learn it and Use it for Life. Neumann studied art education at the University of Wisconsin, has participated in Artist’s Way groups for several years, and is a watercolor and mandala artist. She says she loves helping students at The Center connect to their inner creative spirit in a safe and respectful environment through the inspirational readings, discussions, and exercises of the Artist’s Way group. Described as a spiritual and personal growth program, the Artist’s Way group offers encouragement, clarity, and strategies for living with a sense of wonder and joy. The program is not just about painting or other specific artforms, but rather focuses on “the art of living” creatively and joyfully.     The program costs $136, requires advance registration, and requires participants to purchase their own textbooks. Call 3613650 or visit www.thecenterpalos. org.

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Palos Village Players comedy dates ahead     The Palos Village Players will present their first production of the 2014 season, “Becky’s New Car,” a new comedy by Steven Dietz, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Little Theater of Palos South Middle School, 131st Street and 82nd Avenue in Palos Park.   “Becky’s New Car” “takes the audience on a smart, comic cruise through the perils of middle-aged longing and regret,” a Variety reviewer said.”The play asks the question, have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky is caught in middle age, middle management and a middling marriage — with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-stricken millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works and the play takes off from there.     Becky is played by Palos Heights actress Kathryn Cargill; Stephen Hoxworth, of Lockport, portrays her new gentleman friend. Others in the cast include Vincent Ferry and Denise Wargowsky (Homer Glen), and Shawne Schillace, of Palos Park. Dan McMillan and Bryan Riess (Orland Park) complete the cast.     Shown are Shawne Schillace From left), Brian Riess and Dan McMillan.     The director is Leonard Wcislo, of Hickory Hills, assisted by Meghan Sterling (Palos Park). The play is produced by Kathy Janik (Lemont) and Kathleen Polnik-Sliter (Joliet).     Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors/students, and can be reserved by calling 1-887-PVPTIXS. For more information about the Players visit us at palosvillageplayers.com.     Lunch/theater tickets are available for the Feb. 9 matinee for $26 at Hackney’s Restaurant, 123rd and La Grange Road. Call Hackney’s at 448-8300 for reservations.

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    The Isle a la Cache Brigade will bring insight into what life was like in the Illinois Territory during the mid-18th century during a living history demonstration family program from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville. The event is free of charge and open to all ages.     The Isle a la Cache Brigade is a volunteer group that demonstrates skills used in the 18thcentury fur trade. The Brigade consists of re-enactors who represent voyageurs, courier du bois, French women, Metis and Native Americans. On any given Living History Sunday, potters, musket shooters, cooks, seamstresses or craftsmen share their talents.     Demonstrations will be ongoing from noon to 3 p.m., so the public can arrive at anytime to observe the demonstrations and talk with the Brigade about life in the wilderness.     The program is offered inside the accessible museum building or outdoors (weather permitting).     While at Isle a la Cache, visit the museum devoted to the furtrade era, open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.     Isle a la Cache Museum is at 501 E. 135th St. (Romeo Road), one-half mile east of Route 53 in Romeoville. (815-886-1467)

by Jay Bobbin     (NOTICE: Ratings for each film begin with a ‘star’ rating — one star meaning ‘poor,’ four meaning ‘excellent’ — followed by the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and then by a family-viewing guide, the key for which appears below.)     STARTING THIS WEEK: “CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2”: If food falling from the sky didn’t seem odd enough the first time around, try food merged with animals to create very strange hybrids. That’s the premise of this animated sequel again featuring the voice of Bill Hader as inventor Flint, who’s alarmed to learn the machine he created now generates those bizarre creatures. Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg and Neil Patrick Harris also are heard again, with Will Forte among the newcomers. DVD extras: seven “making-of ” documentaries; audio commentary by directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn; music video. *** (PG: AS) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)     “RUSH”: Ron Howard’s penchant for varying his subjects as a director — with great skill — continues with this engrossing drama, the true story of the 1970s rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). The two men take very different approaches in rising to the top of their sport, but the script by Peter Morgan (who worked with Howard on “Frost/Nixon” as well) also details their road to mutual respect. The international cast also includes Olivia Wilde and Natalie Dormer, but the exciting racing sequences are what really fuel the film. *** (R: AS, N, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)     “LAST VEGAS”: A firsttime gathering of several Oscar

winners is the big treat of this comedy, about a Vegas reunion of several longtime friends to celebrate the impending marriage of one (Michael Douglas) who seemingly was never going to settle down. Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline play the other pals, with yet another Academy Award recipient — Mary Steenburgen, getting to trade on the music career she now has as well — as an entertainer who unwittingly fuels some discord within the gang. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)     “DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 4”: While it’s still airing on PBS, the Julian Fellowes-created global television phenomenon serves up its latest round on home video — permitting early viewings of several episodes that haven’t been broadcast in America yet. Major losses rock the characters, some of whom have to determine new personal paths for themselves in the wake of the tragedies. Shirley MacLaine reprises her Season 3 role in a superb continuing cast that also includes Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern — with Paul Giamatti a notable addition. *** (Not rated: AS) (Also on Bluray)     “THE FIFTH ESTATE”: Bearing a stunning resemblance to central WikiLeaks figure Julian Assange as made up here, Benedict Cumberbatch does well with the challenging assignment to portray an enigma in director

Bill Condon’s fact-inspired drama. Assange and a cohort (Daniel Bruhl) start beating the conventional media to stories, eventually landing upon a trove of classified information that sparks an intense debate over what should and shouldn’t be exposed. Co-stars include Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) and Peter Capaldi (the newest Doctor Who). DVD extras: three “makingof” documentaries; theatrical trailer; television spots. *** (R: P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)     “JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA”: The MTV show’s trademark pranks get more structure by being attached to a script here, but those who know the series and its style can rest assured that the result doesn’t stray from the familiar. Franchise staple Johnny Knoxville dons old-age makeup to play irascible “grandpa” Irving Zisman, who takes his young grandson (Jackson Nicoll) on a memorable trek of making others the patsies of their hijinks. ** (R and unrated versions: AS, N, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)     COMING SOON: “ABOUT TIME” (Feb. 4): A member (Domhnall Gleeson) of a family of time travelers uses his gift to woo the woman of his dreams (Rachel McAdams). (R: AS, P)     “BAGGAGE CLAIM” (Feb. 4): A flight attendant (Paula Patton) re-examines her former boyfriends to find a fiance before (Continued on page 10)

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Children’s Farm preschool adds kindergarten     Registration for new students opens on Monday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m., for the 2014-15 school year at the Farm and Nature Discovery Preschool and new kindergarten at the Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.     The school is a lively hands-on opportunity for children who love animals and nature, to become creative learners through experiences with the natural world of the woods, fields, farm, and animals that lie directly outside their classroom door.     The program includes creek walks, hayrides, hikes in the woods, animal care, and pony rides, as well as crafts, such as papermaking and nature collages, plus a basic academic curriculum to prepare children for grade school.     Farm and Nature Discovery Preschool and Kindergarten are located in the farm’s Anderson Activity Center, which provides separate classrooms for 3- and early 4-year-old children, pre-kindergarten children, and kindergarten children. Both morning and afternoon sessions are offered for the preschool classes, either two or three days per week. The new five-day afternoon kindergarten program opens in September for children age 5 by Sept. 1.     Spaces are limited. For more information, contact preschool director Kristin Hale at 361-8933.

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