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There is a solemn procession, the flag-draped coffin, the playing of taps, maybe a 21-gun salute. There is the folding of the stars and stripes, the kneeling in front of loved ones, the presentation of the flag. It’s what you expect when a hero is laid to rest. Except when there’s no one there to accept the flag. Such was the situation Thursday at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. Jack Picciolo, commander of Lockport Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5788, heads an effort to provide military honors to the burials of homeless veterans and those who, for other reasons, do not have family with them when they go to their graves. On Thursday, he gathered 20 people to remember those others have forgotten. Quinn Fitzgerald was 54 when he died Dec. 26. He had been an apprentice seaman in the Navy during peacetime. He died Dec. 26. Herbert Odom was 70 when he died Nov. 25. He was a lance corporal in the Marines during the Vietnam War. Both were from Cook County, and were homeless when they died. What little was known about them was shared during Thursday’s service: When they were born, when and where they served

VIEWS Kate Schott in the military, and when they died. Beyond that, not much was known about either man. I love that this was done for these men, that they weren’t forgotten on the day they were laid to rest. We put the story on the cover for that reason – so we too remember the service they gave. But it seems we are failing those who serve our country. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that 49,933 veterans are homeless on any given night. That was a 33 percent drop since 2010, according to HUB – which is great. But it’s not nearly enough. We owe more – and better – resources for those men and women who put on a uniform and defend our country with their actions. It’s encouraging to see The Hope Manor veterans housing project in Joliet getting more funding. Volunteers of America Illinois will build the 67unit Home Manor apartment complex for low-income and homeless veterans on Silver Cross Hospital’s former Joliet campus. It’s within $1 million of the funding needed to build

the project, Nancy Hughes Moyer, president and CEO of the Chicago-based organization, told The Herald-News in January. There also is the Patriot Partners Development Group, which has been rehabbing homes on Oneida, Hickory and Center streets as low-income housing for veterans. It’s a great start, and those groups are to be commended. I hope those projects flourish, and we all do what we can to honor those who served. There is a solemn procession, the flag-draped coffin, the playing of taps, maybe a 21-gun salute. There is the folding of the stars and stripes, the kneeling in front of loved ones, the presentation of the flag. It’s what you expect when a hero is laid to rest. Except when there’s no one there to accept the flag. If you want to be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery next time there is a burial for a homeless veteran, contact Jack Picciolo by email at persuader65@comcast.net or by calling 815-919-7507. Thank you for reading The Herald-News.

• Kate Schott is editor of The Herald-News, the Morris Daily Herald and Herald Life. She can be reached at kschott@shawmedia.com or 815-280-4119. Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Schott78.

Adult Redeploy grant funding to be released By LAUREN LEONE–CROSS lleonecross@shawmedia.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s shout-out to the Adult Redeploy Illinois program in last week’s State of the State address did not go unnoticed by Julie McCabe-Sterr, who is leading the creation of Will County’s program. “He gave it a big high-five,” said McCabe-Sterr, a drug court officer with the Will County State’s Attorney’s office. Rauner made it clear during his speech Wednesday that Illinois would continue investing money in the ARI

program, which aims to divert nonviolent offenders from prison and into community services. The shout-out came on the heels of the newly sworn in Republican governor issuing an executive order halting all state discretionary spending, including the awarding of contracts and grants. A week before the order, McCabe-Sterr announced to the Will County Board’s Finance Committee that the county was a recent recipient of a $151,000 startup grant, only to later hear Rauner had put all unsigned contracts on hold. “We were never really su-

per nervous, but yes, we were concerned,” said McCabe, who had already hired two mental health professionals, a parttime data collection employee and a part-time outreach employee in anticipation of receiving the grant money. McCabe said she received word last week from ARI that they had been “given the green light” from Rauner to release the grant money. The ARI program has demonstrated significant cost savings while reducing pressure on the state’s prison system, according to a 2012 ARI report. It costs roughly $21,500

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ON THE COVER Erin Murphy helps her son Brady, 3, remove his coat as she drops him off Friday at Kiddie Kampus Learning Center in Channahon. Murphy, a single mother who works and goes to school full time, relies on the state’s Childcare Assistance Program to help pay for Brady’s day care. See story page 3. Photo by Lathan Goumas – lgoumas@ shawmedia.com

CORRECTIONS In the article, “Two homeless veterans buried” that was on page 3 of the Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, edition of The Herald-News, the email address for Jack Picciolo was incorrect. The email address is persuader65@comcast.net. The Herald-News regrets the error. ••• Accuracy is important to The Herald-News and it wants to correct mistakes promptly. Please call errors to our attention by phone at 815-280-4100.

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NEW LENOX – The Silver Cross Encore Shop is moving to the new Business Center on the Silver Cross Hospital campus, 710 Cedar Crossings Dr., New Lenox. The new store will open at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 and feature a selection of gently used adult and children’s clothing, household items, jewelry, books and seasonal decorations. Shoppers will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 MasterCard Gift Card.

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LIKE TAKING ‘30 STEPS BACK’ By LAUREN LEONE–CROSS lleonecross@shawmedia.com MINOOKA – As 28-year-old Erin Murphy prepared to leave her two-bedroom Minooka apartment for work Friday morning, she asked her 3-year-old son Brady if he was excited to go to day care. “Yeah!” he exclaimed. Standing near the front door with his jacket snug, Brady had checked off nearly everything from his to-do list: Eat breakfast, help his mom make smoothies, get dressed, jump on his bed and roll toy trucks across the living room carpet. All he had left was to put on his shoes. His mother is in her second semester at Joliet Junior College and works full time as an optician. Murphy is a single mother and is among the 22,000 families in Will County who heavily rely on a state-subsided childcare program that ran out of money last week. “This is like taking one step forward and 30 steps back,” said Murphy, whose son attends Kiddie Kampus Learning Center in Channahon several days a week. “This program helps people who want to make a better life for themselves. I go to work. I go to school.” The Illinois Department of Human Services announced recently that it’s short $300 million to pay for the Child Care Assistance Program, known as CCAP, through June. Childcare providers now are dealing with late payments from the state, leaving more than 100,000 Illinois families like Murphy and Brady with few choices: Pay the full cost of care, consider alternatives, quit their jobs or scale back hours considerably.

‘All a political game’

The funding crisis is rooted in the spending plan approved last May by a Democratic-controlled Legislature and then-Gov. Pat Quinn. Many criticized the budget for not having enough money to make it through the entire year because it relied on the extension of the tem-

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ABOVE: Erin Murphy zips up the coat on her son Brady, 3, as she prepares to take him to day care on her way to work Friday in Minooka. Murphy, a single mother who works and goes to school full time, relies on the state’s Childcare Assistance Program to help pay for Brady’s day care. BELOW: Brady helps his mother prepare a smoothie as they get ready for their day Friday at their home in Minooka. porary state income tax hike. That increase expired Jan. 1, triggering funding shortfalls through June 30, the end of the current fiscal year. Negotiations are ongoing between Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, and a Democrat-controlled House and Senate, but both sides are blaming the other on the day care funding crisis. Amy Emerson, assistant director for Joliet-based Child Care Resource and Referral, called it “all a political game,” where children and families are the victims. State Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Elwood, said lawmakers punted when they passed a stitched-together budget last year with the understanding

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D-86 hosts charity basketball tourney Hoops for D86 raises at least $15,000 By VIKAAS SHANKER vshanker@shawmedia.com JOLIET – Joliet Public School District 86 teachers bantered with each other but the competition was real at the second annual Hoops for D86 charity basketball tournament Saturday afternoon at the Joliet Central High School Fieldhouse. The public event pitted four teams of teachers from different quadrants of Joliet School District 86 in a single-elimination tournament to raise money for the Joliet Grade Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence. The quadrants, which each included staff from multiple schools, were Gompers Quadrant, Washington Quadrant, Dirksen Quadrant and Hufford Quadrant. “Sometimes, we were a little too competitive out there, yelling at refs,” Dirksen Jr. High School health lab teacher Jason Phelps said. “We had fun. And it’s a good thing for the kids.” The funds raised are going toward classroom grants for Joliet School District 86 teachers. Last year, the basketball event raised $20,000 district spokesman Sandy Zalewski said. This year’s event raised at least $15,000, not including money generated from concessions and the raffle, Zalewski said. More than 150 spectators shuffled in and out of the event. The entry fee was $2 an adult and $1 a kid. People also could buy concessions and raffle tickets for prizes like a Joliet Country Club golf package for four

“Sometimes, we were a little too competitive out there, yelling at refs. We had fun. And it’s a good thing for the kids.” Jason Phelps Dirksen Jr. High School teacher

or a 42-inch LED TV. Dirksen eighth-grader Kayla Barnes said she came to cheer on her basketball coaches, Phelps and Kyle Camp. “I got to see Mr. Camp do free throws,” Barnes said, adding that witnessing their oncourt skills instead of the sideline or classroom was a treat. The event also featured cheerleading squads from Dirksen, Hufford, Farragut Elementary and Forest Park Individual Education School. Sharon Bentivegna came to watch her great-great-niece, Farragut third-grader Alexis McAleese, on the cheerleading squad. “I came to see her and to fundraise for the schools,” said Bentivegna, who was an educator in Chicago Public Schools. “I think it’s a great idea. It’s nice to see the teachers do this for the kids.” In the first round of the basketball tournament, Gompers won against Hufford, 6355, while Washington needed overtime to beat Dirksen, 47-46. The teams then took a breather while a marquee matchup started between District 86 administration and a

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ABOVE: Dirksen Quadrant Team member, Antony Rose (center) skillfully draws a foul during the Hoops for D86 fundraiser on Saturday at Joliet Central High School. BELOW: Kesha Brown (left) a sixth-grade teacher from Washington Junior High School and member of the Washington Quadrant Team gives a high-five to a member of the Dirksen Quadrant Team. community team of Joliet high school staff and local officials. District 86 Superintendent Charles Coleman and Joliet Park District Board President Glenn Marcum coached the teams. During the second round of games, Gompers beat Washington for the trophy, 62-32, while Dirksen beat Hufford, 50-34, in the consolation game. Gompers repeated as champions this year, and hope to continue their streak next year. “A lot of families and kids come out,” said Chris Suffecool, an academic adviser at Gompers. “It’s a good setting, a good time and we have fun.”

Grant requires Will County to put 33 people through the program • REDEPLOY Continued from page 2 a year to house an inmate in

the state’s Department of Corrections, whereas the average cost per ARI participant is $2,233, according to the report. McCabe-Sterr said the

grant requires Will County put at least 33 people through the program. The grant is good through June 30. Later this month, she will resubmit a

streamlined grant for a continuation for the next year, she said. Since the program’s 2011 implementation, ARI has di-

verted more than 1,900 offenders into community-based programming, Rauner said during his State of the State address.

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JOLIET – As Santos Loza called 911 when 8-month-old Kevion Bender wasn’t breathing on Oct. 27, 2008, Kevion’s mother cried out “You killed my baby.” “Why did you say that?” Assistant Will County State’s Attorney Chris Koch asked Sandra Sitko on Friday after a recording of the call was played during her testimony in Loza’s second trial on murder Santos Loza charges. “Because he was the only one there,” Sitko said. Sitko, 33, of Addison, was living in West Chicago in 2008 when she met Loza through a personals website, she testified. She regularly spent the night at Loza’s townhouse on Woodside Court in Joliet and slept with him in an upstairs bedroom while Kevion slept on the floor of a spare upstairs room. Her then 5-year-old son slept on a couch downstairs. Sitko testified her son was a healthy and “happy baby” who could roll over, but was unable to walk or crawl on Oct. 26, 2008, when she brought him to Loza’s house while she went to work. “Santos didn’t want to watch Dylan [her other son] so he stayed with my dad,” Sitko said. Sitko brought Kevion about 3:45 p.m. with a bottle of for-

“His body was cold and stiff. I thought ‘What happened?’ [and] told Santos to call 911 – he was about to get in the shower.” Sandra Sitko Mother of the victim mula, baby food and teething gel. Loza told her “he wouldn’t feel comfortable giving medicine because it wasn’t his child,” she testified. Loza told Sitko he’d stayed home, and no one had come over while Kevion was there, she testified. Retired Joliet Police Det. John Nosal testified earlier Friday that Loza told police the same thing when police questioned him. When Sitko returned with Dylan about 10:45 p.m., Loza came outside and asked her to return some movies and take Dylan with her instead of letting him get out of the car, she said. Sitko looked in on Kevion from the doorway when she returned and believed he was snoring. After leaving her other son on the downstairs couch, Loza and Sitko went to bed, but Loza volunteered to put an extra blanket on Kevion, she testified. Later that night, Loza went into the bathroom, which was the only entrance into his bedroom when Dylan woke up crying for his mother, Sitko said. “I believe [Loza] had gone

to the bathroom. The door was locked and there was no response. ... He didn’t open the door for about 10 minutes,” Sitko said. Sitko sat with Dylan for a few minutes and looked at Kevion from the hallway when she went back upstairs to go to sleep. She woke up about 4:45 a.m. and went to wake Kevion first. “His body was cold and stiff. I thought ‘What happened?’ [and] told Santos to call 911 – he was about to get in the shower,” Sitko said. Sitko said Loza tried CPR on the infant using both hands for a few seconds before she started using the two-finger technique she’d learned in a college course. A pediatrician and child abuse expert testified Thursday that Kevion had rib fractures, but bruises to his head were intentionally inflicted. Loza, 34, of Joliet, was found guilty of murder by a jury in September 2013, but Judge Sarah Jones ordered another trial after reviewing case law. Jones decided Loza’s lawyers were improperly restricted from asking Sitko about how her sexual relationship with Loza continued after her son’s death. When asked about why she continued her relationship with Loza, Sitko said Friday she was trying to find out what happened to her son and still “cared for” the defendant. Sitko said Loza would either not respond or change the subject when she brought it up.

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some of the Evergreen Terrace buildings intact By BOB OKON bokon@shawmedia.com

JOLIET – A potential development team for Evergreen Terrace painted a bright future for the site last week at a meeting where apartment complex residents were more focused on what will happen to them. About 100 people attended the meeting, according to city officials, showing high interest in the future of the low-income housing complex from residents of the apartments, civic leaders and people in surrounding neighborhoods. Peter Holsten, who would lead the redevelopment project, repeatedly said there is no plan yet and the future depends on community input. At the same time, he and architects said some buildings will remain and renovations could start in mid-2016, giving some shape to what will happen if the city gains control of Evergreen Terrace as expected. The potential monkey wrench in everything is that Joliet does not have Evergreen Terrace yet. The private owners could still appeal a federal judge’s decision in September to let the city take the property. And city officials do not yet know how much they will have to pay the owners. But it was evident at Thursday’s meeting that Holsten Development and Landon Bone Baker Architects are making some plans for what they would do with the 356-unit apartment complex. “We feel that there will be some renovations, some teardown,” Holsten said. How much would be torn down was not said. Architect Tyler Brown said the three brick buildings that line Bluff Street would likely stay – at least initially. “We can’t tear down the whole site now and start over, even if we wanted to,” Brown said, adding that at 33 units per acre, Evergreen Terrace is “pretty dense” and the redevelopment would likely lead to fewer apartments. But Holsten later said oth-

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Price said. Streit said Price “misrepresented our conversation.” He said he told Price the race would split three ways, which would be problematic. He also said he didn’t think Price was aware of important city issues, unlike Gillogly, whom he’s met. “I never told him to back out. I told him it was his choice to do what he wanted to do,” Streit said. Davis, 64, an H&R Block tax preparer and former public educator, said Streit called him shortly after he turned in his candidacy petition and harangued him with questions about his candidacy and qualifications. “It was very forceful. … He goes, ‘You need to withdraw now.’ The way it came across, I took it as being bullied, almost being a threat,” he said. Streit said he doesn’t recall telling Davis to withdraw, but he didn’t get a sense that Davis

would be a good candidate. Streit said he asked Davis what he could “bring to the table” that would be better than VanderMeer and didn’t receive good answers. Bonomo, 49, a salesperson with The Standard Companies, said Streit never told him to back out, but he thought Streit implied he shouldn’t run. Bonomo said he received a call from Petrakos telling him to withdraw. “[Streit] never directly said ‘Get out of the race,’ but he also never said good luck or let’s discuss what we could do together,” he said. Petrakos, 43, an architect, said he did suggest Bonomo not run since – in a conversation with him – Petrakos thought he would be a “better voice for the ward,” as he was more familiar with Lockport’s history and lived in the city longer. He also suggested not running would save on money spent on campaigns.


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LOCKPORT – Several Lockport City Council candidates say they were pressured by Mayor Steven Streit to drop out of the April 7 aldermanic race – an assertion the mayor disagreed with. Second Ward candidate Danny Price and 3rd Ward candidate Richard Davis said Streit told them to back out while 1st Ward candidate Michael Bonomo said Streit implied he shouldn’t run. The candidates and the mayor spoke after the three filed their candidacy petitions. Streit said he never told Price or Bonomo to back out, and he doesn’t recall telling Davis the same thing. He said he spoke with the candidates to understand their platforms and whether they would be a good fit for the City Council, marred by past infighting. After speaking with them, Streit said he told them he would support other candi-

dates he thought were more knowledgeable about city issues and could work as a team, even through debates. “One of the platforms I ran on was getting rid of the old fighting and bickering that defined the council two years ago,” Streit said. “All I know is this: The voters picked me two years ago to run a council that could work together,” he added. “I just want to make sure I can uphold that promise.” Streit said he supports 1st Ward candidate Jim Petrakos, 2nd Ward candidate J.R. Gillogly, 3rd Ward candidate Jason VanderMeer and 4th Ward candidate Joanne Bartelsen. Price, 55, a Crest Hill Public Works employee, said Streit called him and asked to meet several days before the deadline to file candidacy petitions. Streit met him at Price’s home and asked him about his candidacy, he said. “He told me to back out because he didn’t want me to split the vote three ways,”

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RadioShack location in Joliet set to close THE HERALD-NEWS JOLIET – One Joliet RadioShack store has been added to a new list of potential store closures after an announcement last week that the electronics goods store was filing bankruptcy. Stores not listed will be bought by General Wireless, according to a news release by the company. RadioShack store number 6559 at 1351 N. Larkin Ave. across from Joliet Catholic Academy, was the only store in Will or Grundy counties listed. A store employee directed questions about the potential closing to the RadioShack corporate office, which did not


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not contacted the school and intervened, his son would have been written up. “That’s their call,” Hinton said of the Office of Civil Rights’ dismissal of the charge. “But what the school did was still racial profiling.” Koehl declined to comment on any specific incident of discipline, including the incident with Hinton’s son. He did say staff follows district wide conduct policies.

Attached to a different case

One of the charges alleging racial discrimination of Hinton’s younger son in that case was attached to another case opened by the Office of Civil Rights, concerning discrimination on the basis of race in the administration of discipline at William B. Orenic Intermediate School. That case involved a student at William B. Orenic Intermediate School whose mother claimed he was subjected to race-based harassment, and discrimination on the basis of race in the administration of discipline at the school. The William B. Orenic case is ongoing, according to the statement. Catherine Miles, the mother of the student involved in this case, said she and her son were interviewed by the Office of Civil Rights in December. Miles has claimed her son endured racial slurs and was bullied. “It’s going well,” she said. “It’s all under investigation.” The charge concerning Hinton’s younger son was

rolled into the case involving Miles’ son because the charges were similar. “I’m waiting to hear back from this case,” Hinton said. “Then I’ll pursue whatever I need to.” Koehl confirmed the federal agency’s statement and said several administrators who “dispense discipline” at William B. Orenic were interviewed and complied with an Office of Civil Rights request to fill out a comprehensive questionnaire on disciplinary practices. “We sent in the questionnaires and are waiting on the Office of Civil Rights,” Koehl said. A similar investigation into the situation concerning Miles’ son was launched by the Illinois Department of Human Rights and also remains open. Koehl said officials from the state department were set to interview one administrator last week. Miles said she turned to the state agency after several incidents regarding racial harassment occurred during the Office of Civil Rights investigation. Miles said she is scheduled to meet with the Department of Human Rights on Tuesday.

Another case closed, transferred

A third investigation launched by the Office of Civil Rights was closed and transferred to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to the statement. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission spokesman Joseph Olivares declined to comment on the case due to restrictions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Information about specific cases only become public if and when the commission files a lawsuit, which Olivares said is usually a last resort. Koehl said the third case was an employee issue, but didn’t provide further details.

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PLAINFIELD – One federal investigation into alleged racial discrimination against two black students at Troy School District 30-C found no discrimination occurred, while two separate investigations into a similar case continue. The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights opened last year three investigations related to alleged racial discrimination in the school district. One case involved two black students, brothers at Troy Middle School, whose father claimed they were subjected to discrimination on the basis of race by exclusionary disciplinary action, while other white students weren’t treated the same way. The case was split by the Office of Civil Rights, with the younger son’s harassment charge being attached to another case involving a student at William B. Orenic Intermediate School. The older son’s harassment charge was resolved Dec. 8, concluding “there was insufficient evidence for a finding of discrimination based on race in the administration of exclusionary disciplinary action,” according to a statement by the Department of Education. District Superintendent Todd Koehl echoed the agency, saying there was insufficient evidence in the Troy Middle School case. “The administration of discipline in the building was not based on race, but based on conduct and behavior,” he said. Tyrone Hinton, the father of the two boys, said he expected there to be insufficient evidence for the charge on his older son because the older son was never formally written up in the matter. But Hinton said he believes his older son’s case was racial harassment because, had he

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16 Minooka school board OKs bleachers remodeling project Work at high school to begin this summer By JEANNE MILLSAP Shaw Media Correspondent MINOOKA – After an insurance company inspection found safety deficiencies in Minooka Community High School’s grandstand bleachers, the school board Thursday approved a $469,300 project to remodel the structure. The biggest problem is the walking surface, which has gaps between the boards, causing a tripping hazard, according to the district’s Business and Finance Director John Bryk. Items also frequently fall through those cracks. The grandstand is original to the stadium, Bryk said, and was built the same time as the school – in 1969. The bleachers also are not compliant with the American Disabilities Act, and the remodeling project will include installing a ramp and adding 60 ADA-compliant seats in front. The foundation was in good condition and not in need of repairs, and the board decided to keep the stands’ aluminum seats and guardrail. “We will replace everything around the seating,” Bryk said. The work will be done by lowest bidder RK Sports Seating Inc., of Indiana, for $469,300. It will begin after graduation ceremonies in May, and plans will be completed by the end of July.


Also Thursday, the district unveiled its new mobile app, which launched Friday, available for free on Apple iTunes and Google Play under “Minooka Community High School.” “This was created with students first in mind,” said Community Relations Director Dave DiLorenzo, who set up the application. DiLorenzo said the company he worked with said this was the first school app they had heard of that focused primarily on students.

“I’m constantly on my phone looking at my grades on PowerSchool. Having all the information I need in one place would be great.” Sara Dobbyn Minooka senior on school’s new app Parents and the community also can gain pertinent information from it. Previous school communication tools were found to appeal mostly to parents, DiLorenzo said, such as School Messenger, Constant Contact, ConnectEd and even social media, such as the district’s Facebook page. The school’s new mobile app can connect students to PowerSchool, sporting events, school news and announcements, the cafeteria menu, library databases and more. It connects with students’ own e-calendars, and can post a school event or even a day when the cafeteria is serving a favorite item on student calendars. It also has an “Ask MCHS” prompt where students or parents who aren’t sure who mto contact with a question can enter their question and be guided to the correct staff member. Sara Dobbyn, senior and one of the school newspaper’s editors-in-chief, attended the meeting and said she knew she would use the app. She planned to download it when she got home. “I’m constantly on my phone looking at my grades on PowerSchool,” she said. “Having all the information I need in one place would be great.” Dobbyn said she thinks she will access PowerSchool, sporting events and school news the most. She plans on checking the personal notifications box, as well, to get immediate notifications of snow days. Board member Mark French was absent from the meeting.

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JOLIET – The Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living is holding an accessible health care workshop from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Those who have experienced problems in hospitals, doctors’ offices, dental clinics and eye care clinics are invited to attend; problems could include: • Examined while in your wheelchair • Exam rooms too small to move around in • Exam tables or exam chairs are too high and can’t be lowered, or you are told to bring someone to lift you to access medical equipment • Long waits or refusal of service because of your disability • Important information not given to you in an accessible format • No qualified sign language interpreter at appointments • No service animals allowed • Written information not provided in braille, large print or other alternative formats Attendees will learn about legal

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CERT training program being offered

MORRIS – The Grundy County Citizens Corps has scheduled a CERT training program. The Community Emergency Response Team Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations, according to a news release from event organizers. The program will be from Friday to Feb. 15. The program will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and start at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 14 and 15. For information, visit www. ccfire.net or https://www.fema.

gov/community-emergency-response-teams. Applications can be returned to the CCFD or the Grundy County Emergency Management Agency in Morris. This course is free and is limited to 24 participants.

African-American read-in will be Feb. 19

JOLIET – Joliet Township High School and the National HookUp of Black Women will host an African-American read-in from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Jacob Henry Mansion, 20 S. Eastern Ave. in Joliet. The event is free and members of the public are invited to participate by reading short passages of work by African-American authors, according to a news release from JTHS. Poet Roger Bonair-Agard will emcee the event. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Bonair-Agard is the author of four full collections of poems, including “Bury My Clothes,” which won the 2013 Midland Authors Award for Poetry. – The Herald-News

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Bids likely to go out this week By LAUREN LEONE-CROSS lleonecross@shawmedia.com JOLIET – Next up in Will County’s long-range plans to rearrange and consolidate offices in downtown Joliet: a remodel of the First Midwest Bank building to house some of the county sheriff’s operations. Bids will likely go out this week for an estimated $450,000 retrofit of the second and third floors of the bank building at Ottawa and Jefferson streets

in Joliet. The move is only temporary, but allows the county sheriff’s operations to move out of the antiquated Eagle Building, 20 W. Washington St. The Eagle Building’s layout is inefficient, Undersheriff Robert Contro told members of the Capital Improvements Committee on Tuesday. The department’s investigative operations are “busting at the seams,” he said. There also are much-needed capital improvements at the Eagle Building, he said. “The roof is at the end of its life … and there’s no heat in the building right now,” Contro said.

Walsh Sr. This move helps set in motion the eventual demolition of the Eagle Building. The sheriff’s operations will eventually move into a new building. Robert Contro With the move being only Will County undersheriff temporary, Palmer said the county doesn’t want to spend any more than necessary on The sheriff’s office will like- the 26,000-square-foot remodly use the First Midwest Bank el. Still, there are some “very building for three to five years, sensitive areas” of the sheriff’s said Nick Palmer, chief of staff crime lab and investigations for County Executive Larry unit that will require work

“The roof is at the end of its life … and there’s no heat in the building right now.”

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Foster seeks county support on ‘payer state problem’ Lawmaker: Ill. loses $20B per year By FELIX SARVER fsarver@shawmedia.com JOLIET – U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, called on Will County elected officials to support legislation highlighting the issue of “payer states” like Illinois losing billions in federal spending. Foster told local officials Friday that Illinois loses about $20 billion every year because it pays $1.36 in federal taxes for every $1 it receives back in federal funding. That money lost could pay for hundreds of Will County infrastructure projects, as well as other state needs. The $1.5 trillion lost from the

“payer state problem” over 35 years could also pay state pension debt 10 times over, Foster said. Local officials such as state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, and Will C o u n t y E x e cutive Larry Bill Walsh Sr. supFoster ported Foster and new legislation he introduced increasing transparency on the problem, called the Payer State Transparency Act of 2015. McGuire said “a better balance of the money” exchanged between Illinois and the feder-

al government would help Illinois during its current budget crisis. “Illinois is the economic and cultural capital of the Midwest, so the more investment, the more resources devoted to our state, the greater the effects for the surrounding states and the nation as a whole,” he said. Walsh said extra funding could help Will County – one of the fastest-growing counties in the state – with its infrastructure and transportation projects. Foster said Illinois is a “payer state” like California, Texas, Florida and more than a dozen other states. Many of those states have high populations compared to “taker states” – like neighboring In-

diana and Idaho – which get back more in federal spending than what they put in. Foster said one of the reasons why the payer state problem exists is because taker states are over-represented in the U.S. Senate, such as North Dakota and Montana. “The senators from those [taker states] got power in the Senate and started working the rules,” he said. “And so in the dark of night, in committees, this problem has ratcheted up again and again.” He said the payer state problem is a central issue for Illinois that negatively affects infrastructure and education investments. It also leads to increased state taxes. “It is a big driver of industrial flight, because when

we have to turn up our taxes from the fact that we get back less from federal spending, then it makes us less attractive,” he said. The $20 billion a year Illinois loses from the payer state problem could buy 100 Houbolt Road Bridge projects in the state every year or pay for 10 Illiana Expressways annually toll free, he said. Other states suffer from the same problem, and New Jersey is suffering from it worse than Illinois, Foster said. He has formed a bipartisan payer state caucus with U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, R-New Jersey, to support the Payer State Transparency Act. “This is not a Democratic or Republican issue,” he said.

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The event aims to educate the community on risks for heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, and give attendees the knowledge and tools to live healthier lives. The Will-Grundy Medical Clinic is a nonprofit organization that provides free medical and dental care to adults who have no health insurance or medical care entitlements and meet prescribed income guidelines. For information on the fair, visit www.willgrundymedicalclinic.org. To make an appointment with the clinic, call 815-726-3377, or email Kristin Haller at khaller@wgmedclinic.org.

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THURSDAY • WSD’s Computer Lab – 10:30 a.m., JJC City Center Campus, 214 N. Ottawa St., Joliet. Walk-ins welcome. Visit www.jobs4people.org. • HIV in the Black Community – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Joliet Junior College, Bridge, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. Panel discussion with Will County community agencies. For information, visit www.jjc.edu/multicultural-affairs, or contact Antione Edwards at aedwards@jjc.edu, or 815-280-2631. • Lunch and Learn – 11 a.m., Plainfield Township Community Center, 15014 S. Des Plaines St., Plainfield. Taste new foods in competitive game format. RSVP by Feb. 9. Call: 815-267-3350.

tawa St., Joliet. Walk-ins welcome. Visit www.jobs4people.org. • Networking Your Way to a New Job – 10 a.m., JJC City Center Campus, 214 N. Ottawa St., Joliet. RSVP: 815-727-4444 and press “0” or emailchellis@willcountyillinois. com. Visit www.jobs4people.org. • Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Mokena Public Library, 11327 W. 195th St., Mokena. Help with résumés, cover letters and job applications. Visit www. jobs4people.org. • Fish Fry – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Croatian Cultural Club, 1503 Clement St., Joliet. Baked or fried cod, shrimp, catfish or fried chicken breast. Carryout orders: 815-723-3154. • Fish Fry – 5 p.m. Good Time DJ at 8 p.m., Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545, 323 Old Hickory Road, New Lenox. Call: 815-485-8369 or visit vfwpost9545.org. • Annual Chicken Noodle Supper – 4:30 to 7 p.m., Sharon United Methodist Church in Plainfield, corner Lockport and Dillman streets. Continuous seating. $12 (adults), $8 (children 5 to 12). Under 4 are free. Carryouts are $10. Free delivery in village proper. Call Carol: 815-4369653 or 815-735-8348; Kay: 815436-2940; or Lyn: 815-735-9082. • Parents Night Out – 6 to 9 p.m., Plainfield Park District, Heritage Professional Center, 24023 W. Lockport St., Plainfield. Age-appropriate, supervised activities for children 4 to 11. Fees vary. Registration deadline is Feb. 11. Call 815-436-8812.

SATURDAY • 18th Century Romantic Rendezvous – 5 to 7 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Historic courtship trivia, rituals, dance steps, compatibility with a bundling board. Free. Ages 16 and up. Registration is required; call 815-886-1467. • Cat Adoption Event – 1 to 4 p.m., COPE Animal Rescue, 302 N. Main St., Wilmington. Cats are one year and older. Spayed/neutered and fully vetted. Contact Joe Bertoglio at 815-474-9565. • Free Income Tax Preparation – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Spanish Community Center, 309 N. Eastern Ave., Joliet. State and federal. Qualified participants only. First come, first serve. • Lovers Night Out – 6 p.m., FRIDAY Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545, • Bingo – Doors open 4 p.m., Games start 7 p.m., St. Mary Nativity 323 Old Hickory Road, New Lenox. School, 702 N. Broadway St., Joliet. $12, include spaghetti dinner and entertainment. Tickets available Call: 815-726-4031. • WSD’s Computer Lab – 2 p.m., at door. Call 815-485-8369 or visit vfwpost9545.org. JJC City Center Campus, 214 N. Ot-

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TUESDAY • Career Cafe – Will meet at 10:30 a.m., JJC City Center Campus, 214 N. Ottawa St., Joliet. Tips, techniques, guest speakers. Visit www.jobs4people.org. • IEP and 504 College Night – 6 to 8 p.m., Plainfield South High School, 7800 W. Caton Farm Road, Plainfield. Contact Dee Graves: 815-577-4108 or dgraves@psd202. org. • Growing Food and Justice For All – 1 p.m. Lewis University, D’Arcy Great Room, One University Parkway, Romeoville. Visit www. lewisu.edu. • Robert O. Carr – 11 a.m., University of St. Francis, Sexton Auditorium, Moser Performing Arts Center, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet. Carr, Lockport native, entrepreneur and philanthropist will discuss new book. Visit www.robertocarr.com. Call 815-740-3395. • Volunteer for CASA – 6 p.m., Romeoville Public Library, 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville. Information on guardian ad litem in court cases involving abused or neglected minors. Call: 815730-7072; email Sheri Lerner at slerner@casaofwillcounty.org; or visit www.casaofwillcounty.org. • Bingo – 5 p.m., Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545, 323 Old Hickory Road, New Lenox. Call 815485-8369 or visit vfwpost9545.org.

WEDNESDAY • Memory Clippers – 9 a.m. to noon, Manhattan Township Historical Society, 255 S. State St., Manhattan. Organize and digitalize collection. Email: manhattanhistorical@yahoo.com. • Standout Résumés – 2:30 p.m., JJC City Center Campus, 214 N. Ottawa St., Joliet. Learn the basics, schedule optional one-on-one resume review. RSVP: 815-727-4444 and press “0” or email chellis@ willcountyillinois.com. Visit www. jobs4people.org. • Application for Federal Student Aid – 4 to 7 p.m., University of St. Francis, St. Albert Hall, rooms A102 and A112, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet. Free workshop. Call: 866-8908331. • Demystifying the Estate Planning Process … What You Need to Know to be an Educated Consumer – 7 to 8:30 p.m., Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Road, Joliet. Adults. Registration required. Visit jolietlibrary.org/calendar or call: 815-740-2666. • Free FAFSA, Scholarship Workshops – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Joliet Junior College, U-Building, Room 2008 A&B, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet. Visit www.jjc.edu/financial-aid. • Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m., Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St., Plainfield. Help with résumés, cover letters and job applications. Visit www.jobs4people.org.

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SUNDAY • T-Bird Huck Band and Blues Jam in the Canteen – 5:30 p.m., Harry E. Anderson VFW Post 9545 323 Old Hickory Road, New Lenox. Musicians and singers invited. Call: 815-485-8369 or visit vfwpost9545.org. • Living History Demonstration – noon to 3 p.m., Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Isle a la Cache Brigade volunteers re-enact life in the 1700s. Registration is not required. Free. All ages. Visit www. reconnectwithnature.org. • Adventures in the Microbial World – University of St. Francis, Sexton Auditorium, Moser Performing Arts Center, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet. Presented by biologist Jack Gilbert. Call: 815-768-8350. • Will County Mobile Workforce Center – 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays. Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Help with résumés, cover letters and job applications. Visit www.jobs4people.org.

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ROY D. FITZER Roy DeWitt Fitzer, age 90, passed away on January 29, 2015, in Fort Myers, FL. He is survived by Bernice, his loving wife of 70 years; son, Robert (Robin); daughter, Gail Carli (Bill); and grandchildren, Andrea, Eric, Dawn Vontz (Kyle), Bill (Stacy), Michael Palmer (Jenny), Kyle Carli (Erin); and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his son, Bill; sister, Betty King; brother, John; parents, Edward & Luella. Roy, born in Joliet, IL, resided in New Lenox for 48 years. He retired to Lake Wales, FL and recently moved with his wife to Fort Myers, FL to be near their daughter. He was a veteran of the US Army. He started his working career building and operating soft serve ice cream stores appropriately named Fitzers Frosties. He continued his career as the owner of General Equip. Sales selling restaurant equipment and supplies. He then ventured into his next business selling lawn and garden equipment at Garden Masters in New Lenox. Roy loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and gardener. He was known for his warm heart, a generous loving spirit and a smile that could light up a room. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and loving him. There will be a private memorial service in Florida for family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Hope Hospice.

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and polenta, and will be remembered for her love of entertaining. Betty lived life to the fullest, was a mentor to all ages, and leaves behind a legacy of truly being a ‘jack of all Betty Lee Davito trades’, who was always willing to try (nee Guardia), age anything. 89, of Coal City, Survivors include her children, Lee passed away unexJ. Davito of Bloomington, Kimberly K. pectedly WednesReilly of Shorewood, Terry J. Davito of day, February 4, Bloomington and Joseph D. (Jill) Davi2015, at her home. to of Island Lake; three grandchildren, Born June 16, 1925, on the Guardia farm in Braceville, BettyLee Elizabeth Casey Reilly of Shorewood and Joey and Jenna Davito of Island Lake; one was a daughter of the late Leno sister, June McLuckie of Coal City; “Leo” and Edith (Menietto) Guardia. one step-brother, Kenneth Berta of She was raised and educated in the Seattle, Washington; her brotherBraceville Public Grade School and graduated from Gardner South Wilm- in-law, William Davito of Joliet; ington High School. After high school, sister-in-law, Betty Maland of Coal Betty worked several secretarial and City; numerous nieces and nephews, including Carol Young of Shorewood, clerical jobs which included, Coal City Grain Elevator, Warner Brothers who was like a daughter to Betty; and her lifelong friend and dear companin Chicago, US Rubber and McGraw ion Jack Heavens of Coal City. Construction. Betty was preceded in death by In January of 1945, she went on her parents; husband, Joseph on July to further her education at the University of Illinois in Urbana, where 17, 2001; her step-sister, Dorothy she studied until June of 1947. During Hulbert; and nephew, Billy McLuckie. Visitation and video tribute will be those years she would also return held on Sunday, February 8, 2015, home in the summer to work at the Joliet Arsenal, which turned into a full between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, time position until 1952. On June 4, 1949, Betty married Joseph Davito in 75 North Broadway (one block North of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City. Assumption Catholic Church. Funeral services will follow Monday She enjoyed being a homemaker morning February 9th at 10:00 a.m. after leaving the arsenal and spent the remainder of the 1950s and most in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 245 of the 1960s raising her family. It was in 1969 that Betty’s career as an South Kankakee Street in Coal City, where a Mass of Christian Burial educator began in Braceville, where will be celebrated. Burial will be in she was a secretary and taught art. Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, where In 1970, she began attending Joliet Junior College and then moved on to Betty will be laid to rest with her late husband Joseph. Lewis University, where she earned Pallbearers will be: Lee Davito, her Bachelor’s of Science in EducaTerry Davito, Joseph Davito, Jerry tion in 1975. Mrs. Davito taught 3rd McLuckie, Danny Davito and Jimmy grade in Minooka until 1977, when she moved over to Channahon grade Viano. Preferred memorials may be made school to teach 4th grade until her as gifts in Betty’s memory to the Will retirement in 1988. Grundy Center for Independent LivBetty was an active member of ing, 2415-A West Jefferson St., Joliet, Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City, where she sang in the choir and IL 60435 will-grundycil. org/our-centers/donate/ or to the Assumption was a member of The Martha’s. She Catholic Church Building Fund. was a 4-H Leader for 10 years, and Friends may sign the online guest enjoyed flower gardening, crafts, book or send private condolences sewing and canning. Betty loved drawing from an early age and loved to the family by logging onto: www. oil painting and china painting, many ReevesFuneral.com Funeral services and arrangements of which were on display in her home. She took pleasure in garage sales and have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, auctions, had a passion for music, Ltd. in Coal City. (815-634-2125) and could often be found dancing where ever the music was played and the opportunity presented. A woman proud of her Northern Italian heritage, Betty made memories during her trips to Italy. She was known for her bagna cauda parties Born: June 16, 1925; in Braceville, IL Died: Feb. 4, 2015; in Coal City, IL



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Supper Club and Fantasy Football League and a Master of Useless Trivia. Continued from page 22 His second love after his family was Send obituary information the Arizona Cardinals football team. to obits@TheHerald-News. Casey will be remembered as “an all EVELYN M. com or call 815-526-4438. around nice guy” and a kid at heart. HASSE-GLAGOLA Notices are accepted until 3 Survived by his fiancee, Kathy Born: Jan. 12, 1921; in Joliet, IL p.m. for the next day’s edition. McGowan of Joliet; his daughter, Died: Jan. 29, 2015; in Hinsdale, IL Obituaries also appear online Kayla Hultink of Calumet City; his at TheHerald-News.com/obits sons, Zachary Heermann of Crest Hill, Evelyn Marie where you may sign the guest and Gavin and Kevin McGowan, at Hasse-Glagola, age book, send flowers or make a home; his mother, Charlene (Tom) 94, passed away memorial donation. Connolly of Norway, IL; brother, Page peacefully, Thursday, Heermann of Plainfield; niece, Alison January 29, 2015, at (Brent) Leiterman; aunts, Carol (Dan) (Suzanne) Grohe of Homewood; Adventist Hinsdale Green of Aurora, Cindy (Paul) Hintze grandchildren, Michelle (Kate) of Bos- of Diamond, and Pam Joneson of Hospital, with her ton, MA, Brian (Lauren) of Kenosha, family by her side. Morris; cousins, Mark (Kim) Pavlis, Evelyn was born January 12, 1921, in WI and Michael (Stephanie) Grohe of Jill Pavlis and Josh (Marti) Hintze; Cedar Lake, IN; five great-grandchilJoliet, to the late Louis Joseph Hasse his future in-laws, Dan and Ann Mcdren, Taylor, Graham, Aubrey, Austin Gowan; future brother-in-law, Mike (1885-1948) and Augusta Charlotte and Violet; and two sisters, Lois and Berlin (1884-1977). She attended St. (Katie) McGowan and Elizabeth; and Pat. John Grade School, and St. Francis numerous extended family members Preceded in death by her husband, High School. Evelyn married Charles and friends. Howard; and six brothers and sisters. Glagola (1921-1987) on July 16, 1943, Preceded in death by his maternal Visitation for Charlotte A. Grohe will grandparents, Thelma and Larry in Colorado. be Monday, February 9, 2015, from Besides working 10 years at the Wickman; paternal grandparents, Bill Plainfield Post Office, she loved being 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Noon at the and Charlotte Heermann and Doris Fred C. Dames Funeral, 3200 Black at Heermann; his father, Dan Heermann; a stay at home mother, residing in the Joliet/Plainfield area. Charles and Essington Rds., Joliet. Funeral Services and an uncle, Chris Joneson. and entombment at Woodlawn Evelyn moved to Florida in the early Funeral services for Casey Memorial Park Mausoleum will be 1980’s. After residing in Cape Coral Heermann will be held Wednesday, private. for nearly 30 years, Evelyn moved to February 11, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at AsIn lieu of flowers, memorials in her Illinois, to be with her family. sumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary name to Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 She is survived by her loving Catholic Church, 195 S. Kankakee St., Silver Cross Boulevard, New Lenox, children, Rick (Mary) Glagola, Kay Coal City, IL. Burial will be in BracevIL 60451. Glagola-Schemel, Tim (Dawn) ille-Gardner Cemetery, Braceville, IL. For information: 815-741-5500 or Glagola; her grandchildren, Christine, Donations to the family for his sons’ Brian, Jennifer, Theresa, Dana, Kevin, visit her Book of Memories at www. education fund would be appreciated. fredcdames.com Ottawa, Morgan and Dane; many Visitation Tuesday, 3:00 to 8:00 great grandchildren and great-great p.m. at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, grandchildren. 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet. Preceded in death by her siblings, For information (815) 741-5500 or Leroy Hasse (1907-1982), Raymond visit his Book of Memories at www. Hasse (1911-), Edward Hasse (1913fredcdames.com 1999), Clarence Hasse (1916-1997), Oletta Hasse (1920-1920), and Charles Hasse (1924-2014). “My Mind is at ease, My Soul is at rest, Remembering all, how I truly was Blessed.”

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CHARLOTTE A. GROHE Charlotte A. Grohe (nee Dickinson), age 95, passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015, at Brookdale of Joliet. Born in West Mansfield, OH to Robert and Isa Dickinson. A Joliet resident for over 50 years, she was a member of Grace Methodist Church and a volunteer for King’s Daughters and Sons affiliated with Silver Cross Hospital, the American Red Cross, and Joliet Women’s Club. Survived by her son, Dr. Robert

Born: July 18, 1971 Died: Feb. 7, 2015

Casey Christopher Heermann, age 43, passed away Saturday, February 7, 2015, at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center from complications of a stroke. Born July 18, 1971, in Joliet to Charlene (Joneson) and Daniel Heermann. He was educated in the Coal City School System, was a graduate of Joliet Junior College and was currently attending Governors State University. Casey worked in sales at Best Buy and Verizon, and was currently employed at Cooler Smart. He was a lifetime member of the Juggy Gales

DAVID BRIAN JONES David Brian Jones, age 72, at rest Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. David served his country in the U.S. Navy and served on

the U.S.S. Damato (DD871) 1959-1963. A pile driver and certified welder with Local #199, retiring from Local #272. Some of his favorite pastimes were story telling and spending time with his children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Survived by his children, Jada (Tony) Padua and Brian “Keith” Jones; grandchildren, David Rehfeldt, Trisha (Jacob) Clark and Casey Jones; great-grandchildren, Eliana and Juliet (soon to be born); brothers, Herbert H., Jr. and Curt (Laurel) Jones; step-brothers, John Brewster and Robert (Nancy) Brewster; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his companion and best friend, Mr. Bo Jangles. Preceded by his parents, Herbert H., Jr. and Elinor (nee Ahearn) Jones; step-mother, Jane Brewster Jones; sisters, Mary Jane “Jada” and Kathryn Eileen “Kitty” Jones. A Memorial Gathering for David B. Jones will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. with full military honors under the auspices of the U.S. Navy. As it was David’s request, Cremation Rites have been accorded. For more information: (815) 7415500 or visit his Book of Memories at www.fredcdames.com

and became the first hire of Kemlite Co. located then on Republic Avenue making silk screen signs and fiberglass canopies. Leading in the development of a fiberglass sheet (FRP), Kemlite relocated to their present location on Rte 6 in 1976. John retired in 1983 as Vice President, General Manager & COO. Later served on boards for the YMCA, Trinity and Kemlite Co. Even with his long hours, John found time to coach his sons little league baseball in Plainfield, Boy Scouts and Indian Guides, enjoyed camping, college trips visiting his sons, tennis and golf. Most memorable being the Wisconsin golf trips with “Billy-Boy”, “Tricky-Dick” and “Uncle Don”. John had 2 Hole-in-ones to his credit, one in Park District Tournament in 2000. An avid reader with a quick sense of humor to the end. Upon news of his passing, Fr. Michael Lane commented “What a complete gentleman”. Survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Agnes Elizabeth (nee Smolkovich) Muren of Joliet; three sons, John (Denise) Muren, Jr. of Columbus, OH, James Muren of Joliet and Dan (Sandra) Muren of Shorewood; and six grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary (nee Markelz) Muren; one son, David Allen Muren (2009); and brother, Edward Muren. Funeral Services for John W. Muren will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 9:15 a.m. from the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet to the Church of St. Jude for Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery where JOHN W. MUREN full military honors will be conducted under the auspices of the United John William States Army. Muren “Jack”, age In lieu of flowers, memorials 83. Peacefully, to the David Muren Fund at the Thursday, February 5, 2015, at his home Church of St. Jude would be appreciated. with his family by Visitation Monday from 4:00 his side, following a to8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. lengthy battle with For more information: 815-741COPD. 5500 or visit his Book of Memories Born in Joliet, at www.fredcdames.com he was a lifelong Joliet area resident. Graduate of Joliet Catholic High School Class of 1949. After high school John was denied entrance into the navy for being “too tall” . Drafted into the Army in 1952, John trained at Fort Knox and later stationed in Germany as part of the 7th Army Tank Division. In 1954, John met with Al Menzer See OBITUARIES, page 26


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to enroll for health insurance before the Feb. 15 deadline. Health insurance marketplace officials say those who fail to sign up by the deadline could News from across the state face a fine of $325 or more. More than 800,000 Illinois residents have signed up for Illinois bill would insurance coverage since it allow gun owners to became available through Get use silencers Covered Illinois. SPRINGFIELD – Hunters and othNearly everyone is required to er gun owners would be allowed have health insurance. The fines to use silencers under a bill filed have increased for failing to get in the Illinois legislature. coverage before the deadline. The Belleville News-Democrat Residents without an insurreports the measure would lift ance plan by the deadline might a restriction prohibiting the use pay $325 or two percent of their of silencer for those with a valid income on the 2015 taxes. Firearm Owner’s Identification A free health fair is scheduled Card. for Saturday in Chicago. The bill’s sponsor is Rep. Brandon Phelps. The Democrat from Woman sentenced Harrisburg said gun owners want over beating death of silencers to avoid hearing loss. toddler son Phelps acknowledged not everyDECATUR – A central Illinois one is going to support the use of woman has been sentenced to the noise-reducing devices. six months in jail in connection Mark Walsh of the Illinois Counwith the killing of her 2-year-old cil Against Handgun Violence said son, who was beaten to death by about 1,000 die annually in this her boyfriend. state from gunshots and allowing Twenty-six-year-old Alexis C. silencers “is a bad policy.” Bradley pleaded guilty to one A similar measure has been filed count of endangering the life or in the Senate. health of a child over the 2012 Deadline approaches death of her son, Dominic, at her for Get Covered Illinois home in Decatur. Bradley acknowledged knowing health care signup her boyfriend was a convicted CHICAGO – Get Covered sex offender who was using Illinois is urging Illinois residents





drugs while serving as the boy’s sole caretaker while she was at work. Explaining the punishment, the judge said he recognized she could not have known her boyfriend would commit such a violent act. The Decatur Herald & Review reports 30-year-old Manuel Gonzales was sentenced in September to 50 years in prison.

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Kankakee mocked by Letterman in ’99 plots cold revenge

KANKAKEE – High school students in a city that David Letterman lampooned as an awful place to live are plotting some tongue-in-cheek revenge, more than 15 years later. The late night TV talk show host piled on in 1999 after Places RatCreators of Abraham ed Almanac called Kankakee and Lincoln museum to its surrounding area in northern mark 10th anniversary Illinois the worst metropolitan SPRINGFIELD – Some of the area to live in the U.S. and Canapeople who helped make the da. One of his famous Top 10 lists Abraham Lincoln Presidential suggested area slogans, including Library and Museum a reality are “We put the ‘Ill’ in Illinois,” and returning to help celebrate its “You’ll come for our payphone 10th anniversary. – you’ll stay because your car’s A series of five events titled been stolen.” “Evening with the Creators” is To spruce things up, Letterman planned throughout 2015, with sent Kankakee two gazebos, the first scheduled for Feb. 26. which the students plan to turn Among those scheduled to into a rocking chair to commemspeak at the first event are orate Letterman’s upcoming community leaders who pressed retirement. state and federal legislators to “I think we know that Dave back the idea for a museum and likes a good joke,” Barbara Wells, library. the area’s board of education The team that made the president, told the Kankakee Daily Springfield museum’s 46 life-like Journal. “So, I thought he’d like statues will discuss their work this. And I like seeing the kids get in June. so involved. This will be one class And in September the guest they tell their kids and grandchilwill be David Kneupper, the dren about.” award-winning composer and A spokeswoman for CBS’ “Late sound designer who produced Show with David Letterman” said


crews plan to film the project next month and to air the footage on the show. Removing them has become a two-semester project. Students have demolished one gazebo next to an old train depot and hope to do the same with the other in a nearby park. Much of the wood has rotted, though students saved wood for building the chair. Although residents were irked by Kankakee’s lowly ranking and the buzz it got, many grew to appreciate the gazebos. Couples got married in the white, wooden structures, and some residents are unhappy with their removal. While working on the project, the students are also raising money for new gazebos, hoping it’ll help show how their community about 50 miles south of Chicago turned a national embarrassment into a positive message. The project’s organizers admit that part of their motivation was to bring renewed attention to the improvements the city has made since Letterman’s gag. Junior Sam Foster told the newspaper he’s enjoying the class. “This is about the only project where my parents and relatives ask me about how we’re doing,” he said.

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ROBERT J. PRATER Born: Dec. 12, 1947 Died: Feb. 4, 2015

Robert James Prater, age 67, of Joliet, IL was born December 12th, 1947, in Piedmont, AL and transitioned this life February 4th, 2015. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Guy Buck and Lucille Wilson Prater; two sisters, Joan Pierce and Edna Eskridge; one brother, Butler Prater; niece, Tina Morgan; and son, James C. Blalock. He is survived by his devoted wife, Gwendolyn Prater; four

daughters, Kim Blalock-Wright (Billy), Cassandra Prater, Yvonne Prater-Sanders (O’shea) and Nina Prater; three sisters, Helen Morgan, Virginia and Earlene Prater; two brothers, Radford Prater & Guy Prater Jr; eight grandchildren, Willie Blalock, Andriana Sturgis (Cory), Tyriana (Fawzi) Ottman, Tyrone Jackson, Jasmine and Courtney Blalock, Chelsea and Jasmine Padilla; three great grand daughters, Jaylah, Tamara and Journey. Also, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones. Visitation will be held Monday, February 9th, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Range Funeral Home, 202 South Eastern Avenue, Joliet, IL 60433 and Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, 10:00a.m. followed by Funeral Services at 11:00a.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 104 East Zarley Blvd, Joliet,

IL 60433 Dr. Glenda McCullum, officiating.

Dorothy (the late Norman) Stoiber, Eleanor (Victor) Carlson, Patricia (John) Skogg and Donald (Bette) Randich; brother-in-law of Lillian (late Lawrence), Carol (late John) and Linda (late James); dear brotherin-law of Raymond Smajd. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. Preceded in death by his beloved EDWARD RANDICH wife, Ann J. (nee Smajd) Randich (1996); parents, Marian and Patricia Edward Randich, (nee Wicevic) Randich; siblings, age 90, at rest on Marion (Al) Wason, Irene (William) Wednesday, Febru- Glad, Lawrence, John, James and one ary 4, 2015, with his brother, Robert, in infancy. loving family by his Edward was born and raised in side. Joliet. He retired from U.S. Steel after Loving father of Ronald C. (Patricia) 40 years of dedicated service. EdMentzer, Barbara A. (William) Sonward was a WWII United States Navy tag, Charlene M. (Frank) Glowaty, veteran who proudly served in the Edward M. (Nancy) Randich; dearest Pacific Theater. He was a member of grandfather of 15 grandchildren, the VFW Cantigny Post #367 and the 34 great-grandchildren and 2 Croatian Fraternal Union #175. great-great-grandchildren; brother of In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed-

ward’s name to Joliet Area Community Hospice would be appreciated. A celebration of Edward’s life will begin on Monday, February 9, 2015, with prayers in the funeral home chapel at 9:20 a.m., then driving in procession to St. Anne Catholic Church in Crest Hill for a Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Joliet. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Tezak Funeral Home, 1211 Plainfield Road, Joliet, IL from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. Obituary and Tribute Wall for Edward Randich at www.tezakfuneralhome.com or for information, 815-722-0524. Arrangements entrusted to:



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NATION & WORLD BRIEFS Virginia latest to consider she grew up. The Mass was held taking more DNA samples in Spanish, with English transRICHMOND, Va. – After Morgan Harrington’s body turned up in an Albemarle County hayfield in 2009, authorities were able to obtain crime-scene DNA evidence. What they didn’t have yet was a forensic match to a suspect in Virginia’s groundbreaking databank of felons’ DNA. As it turns out, there were some missed opportunities to obtain that match – commonly referred to as a “hit” – years earlier. Jesse Matthew Jr., who has been forensically linked but not charged in the Harrington case, had been accused of sexually assaulting two women at separate Virginia universities in 2002 and 2003. Had he been charged, police would have collected Matthew’s DNA. But the cases were dropped after the women declined to press charges.

lation for the crowd that spilled beyond the church’s doors. Police have said Hernandez was shot Jan. 26 after she drove a stolen car toward an officer in a residential alley in Denver. Police Chief Robert White has said officers repeatedly told her and four other teens to get out of the car before two officers opened fire. A passenger in the car has disputed the police account, saying Hernandez lost control of the vehicle because she had already been shot and was unconscious.

Gun-rights advocates rally at Washington state capitol

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A gun-rights rally drew about 50 people, mostly armed, to the steps of the Capitol on Saturday morning for a demonstration they hoped would end with their arrest. To raise money for bail, some protesters hawked caps with “Fight Tyranny Hundreds at funeral for teen killed by Denver police – Shoot Back” printed on them and sold out. WESTMINSTER, Colo. – HunThe plan was to walk into the dreds of friends and relatives Capitol after a few speeches and gathered Saturday to say carry guns into the Legislature’s goodbye to a 17-year-old girl viewing gallery, in defiance of rule shot to death by Denver police changes made in January that officers, recalling her big heart banned the open carry of firearms and gregarious spirit. there. However, the Washington Mourners filled the pews at State Patrol kept the gallery Saturday’s funeral for Jessica Hernandez at Holy Trinity Catho- doors locked after the building lic Church in Westminster, in the opened to the public at 11 a.m. suburbs north of Denver where – Wire reports

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov delivers his speech Saturday at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. The conference on security policy takes place from Friday until Sunday.

Ukraine president pushes for fast cease-fire, defensive arms By GEIR MOULSON The Associated Press MUNICH – Ukraine’s president pushed for both a quick cease-fire in his country’s troubled east and defensive weapons from the West, as mediators sought momentum Saturday for a deal to stem the fighting at Europe’s edge. Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin are to confer with the leaders of Germany and France by phone Sunday in an effort to overcome months of setbacks and suspicion and breathe new life into a much-violated September peace plan. But even those who had scheduled the call were cautious about its prospects. German Chancellor Angela Merkel – who along with French President Francois Hollande traveled to Kiev on Thursday and Moscow on Friday – acknowledged disillusionment over the failure of previous agreements to stick

and said “there are no theoretical guarantees” that a new one would either. Western anxiety over the conflict is growing and sanctions are taking a toll on Russia’s economy. More than 5,300 people have been killed since fighting began in April, according to a U.N. tally, and the bloodshed has markedly increased over the past two weeks. “I do not believe there will be a final solution on this situation. Putin is still not weak enough to accept that, and the West is not strong enough to insist on its terms,” said Igor Sutyagin, an analyst with the Royal United Services Institute in Britain. The resurgent fighting has prompted the U.S. to consider giving lethal weapons to Ukraine, an option opposed by European nations which fear the move would merely exacerbate the situation. “I cannot imagine any situation in which improved

equipment for the Ukrainian army leads to President Putin being so impressed that he believes he will lose militarily,” Merkel said at the Munich Security Conference. “I have to put it that bluntly.” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who also attended the Munich conference, stopped short of explicitly addressing possible arms deliveries. “We will continue to provide Ukraine with security assistance not to encourage war, but to allow Ukraine to defend itself,” he said. Russia’s most immediate goal is likely the lifting of some of the Western sanctions which, in concert with plunging oil prices, have driven the Russian economy into a parlous state – or at least to fend off the imposition of further sanctions. In the longer game, Russia has pushed for so-called “federalization” of Ukraine that would give broad powers to its provinces and allow them to deal directly with Moscow.

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Islamic State hostage’s family hopeful she’s still alive By FELICIA FONSECA and BRIAN SKOLOFF The Associated Press PRESCOTT, Arizona – The parents of a 26-year-old American who Islamic State extremists say was killed in an airstrike in Syria said in a statement addressed to group leaders that the claim of their daughter’s death concerned them but they were still hopeful she was alive. The Islamic State group said on Friday that Kayla Jean Mueller of Prescott, Arizona, died in a Jordanian airstrike, but the government of Jordan dismissed the statement as propaganda. The U.S. said it had not seen any evidence to corroborate the report. “Their nerves are absolutely frayed,” family friend Todd Geiler said Saturday after leaving the Mueller home. Mueller is the only known remaining U.S. hostage held by the Islamic State group. If the death is confirmed, she would be the fourth American to die while being held by Islamic State militants. Jour-

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Kayla Mueller is shown after speaking to a group May 30, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. A statement that appeared on a militant website commonly used by the Islamic State group claimed that Mueller was killed Friday in a Jordanian airstrike on the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the militant group’s main stronghold. The IS statement could not be independently verified. nalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid worker Peter Kassig were beheaded by the group. “You told us that you treated Kayla as your guest, as your guest her safety and well-being

remains your responsibility,” Mueller’s family said in a short statement released Friday. The road leading to her family’s home in Prescott remained blocked by authorities Saturday.

FBI agents also have been with the family and remain at their home, Yavapai County Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said. Mueller is an aid worker who previously volunteered with organizations in India, Israel and the Palestinian territories. “The common thread of Kayla’s life has been her quiet leadership and strong desire to serve others,” Mueller’s family said. Her identity had not been disclosed until now out of fears for her safety. Her family said she was taken hostage by the Islamic State group on Aug. 4, 2013, while leaving a hospital in Syria. “The secrecy issue was at the demand of her captors,” Geiler said. “There were just a few of us around town who knew, for lack of better words, the living hell the family was going through.” He said the family planned to release another statement sometime Saturday. However, a family spokesman said there were no plans to do so.

“Kayla was a wonderful young lady,” Geiler said. “She was not one to sit in the back and take a back seat on issues, and she truly thought she could make a difference.” Jordan has been launching airstrikes against the extremist group in response to a video released this week that shows Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned to death in a cage. Al-Kaseasbeh, whose F-16 came down in December while conducting airstrikes as part of a campaign against the militants by a U.S.-led coalition, was believed to have been killed in January. The Islamic State group said in a statement that Mueller was killed in the militants’ stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria during midday prayers in airstrikes that targeted “the same location for more than an hour.” It published photos purportedly of the bombed site, showing a severely damaged three-story building, but offered no proof or images of Mueller.

Indictment: Bosnian immigrants plotted using Facebook, PayPal By JASON KEYSER The Associated Press CHICAGO – Six Bosnian immigrants accused of sending money and military equipment to extremist groups in Syria used Facebook, PayPal and other readily available services to communicate and transfer funds, according to a federal indictment. All are charged with conspiring to provide and providing material support to groups designated by the U.S. as foreign terrorist organizations, including the Islamic State group and an al-Qaida-affiliated rebel group known as the Nusra Front. The indictment unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis alleges they plotted by phone, Facebook and email; shared videos and photos related to their plans on social media sites; sent money via PayPal and Western Union; and shipped boxes of military gear through the

U.S. Postal Service. The defendants are accused of donating money themselves and, in some cases, collecting funds from others in the U.S. and sending the donations overseas. It says two of the defendants, a husband and wife in St. Louis, used some of the money to buy U.S. military uniforms, firearms accessories, tactical gear and other equipment from local businesses and ship it to intermediaries in Turkey and Saudi Arabia who forwarded the supplies to fighters in Syria and Iraq. One of the suspects, Mediha Medy Salkicevic, a 34-yearold mother of four from the Chicago suburb of Schiller Park, appeared Saturday in federal court in Chicago. Wearing an orange jail uniform, she spoke only to confirm that she understood the charges. She appeared calm and smiled occasionally while consulting with her attorney. Speaking to reporters af-

terward, defense attorney Andrea Gambino stressed that Salkicevic is considered innocent until proven guilty. The indictment says the suspects used “coded language” in their communications over email and social media, using terms like “the beach” for places in Iraq and Syria. But it says they also used terms such as brothers, lions, mujahids and shaheeds, or holy warriors and martyrs. Such language is commonly used among Islamic extremist groups and would seem likely to draw law enforcement scrutiny if posted openly on the Internet. But terrorism financing expert Loretta Napoleoni said it’s a clever tactic to use such usual channels for communicating and sending money as long as the amounts are small, noting that so many people use them that it’s easy to “go below the radar.” “That’s the easiest way to

send money. ... And frankly using the U.S. Postal Service is also a very good way not to be caught,” said Napoleoni, author of “The Islamist Phoenix.” “There is so much stuff going through.” The FBI arrested Salkicevic on Friday. If convicted, she could face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on each charge. The case will be tried in Missouri, where several other defendants were arrested. A bond hearing Monday will determine whether Salkicevic travels there on her own or in custody. The indictment alleges the conspiracy began no later than May 2013. All six people who are charged are natives of Bosnia who were living in the U.S. legally. Three are naturalized citizens; the other three had either refugee or legal resident status, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Besides Salkicevic, the in-

dictment names Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 40, his wife, Sedina Unkic Hodzic, 35, and Armin Harcevic, 37, all of St. Louis County; Nihad Rosic, 26, of Utica, New York; and Jasminka Ramic, 42 of Rockford. Salkicevic is accused of sending several thousand dollars to Ramiz Hodzic in St. Louis via PayPal. According to the indictment, Hodzic sent her a photo of two sniper rifle scopes being shipped and that Salkicevic replied by saying she hoped they would be put to good use. Salkicevic has four children and is employed, but her attorney declined to give reporters any other information about her. Five of the defendants have been arrested; Ramic is overseas, but the Justice Department declined to say where. Online court records do not list defense attorneys for any of the defendants.

By LARRY NEUMEISTER The Associated Press NEW YORK – Lawyers for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks say they have new evidence that agents of Saudi Arabia “directly and knowingly” helped the hijackers, including sworn testimony from the socalled 20th hijacker and from three principals of the U.S. government’s two primary probes of the attacks. The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington Zacarias said in a state- Moussaoui ment Wednesday that Zacarias Moussaoui’s claims come from a “deranged criminal” and that there is no evidence to support them. It said Saudi Arabia had nothing

to do with the deadly 2001 attacks. The lawyers filed documents in Manhattan federal court to buttress claims Saudi Arabia supported al-Qaida and its leader at the time, Osama bin Laden, prior to the attacks. They have always said “the Saudi government directly and knowingly assisted the 9/11 hijackers,” but now say facts and evidence supporting the assertion “are compelling.” They said an “expansive volume” of new evidence – including U.S. and foreign intelligence reports, government reports and testimony from al-Qaida members – support lawsuits seeking billions of dollars from countries, companies and organizations that aided al-Qaida and other terrorist groups. They said evidence likely

to be released soon includes a congressional report detailing evidence of Saudi 9/11 involvement and nearly 80,000 pages of material relating to an FBI probe of Saudis who supported 9/11 hijackers in Florida. They also cited their own research, including last year’s Moussaoui interview at the maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado. Moussaoui repeated some assertions made previously, including that a 1990s plot by al-Qaida to shoot down Air Force One and assassinate President Bill Clinton was assisted by a top Saudi Embassy employee, along with claims there were direct dealings between senior Saudi officials and bin Laden. The lawyers also said their case is boosted by sworn statements by 9/11 Commissioners

John Lehman and Bob Kerrey, as well as Bob Graham, co-chairman of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11. Graham says he believes “there was a direct line” between some Sept. 11 terrorists and the government of Saudi Arabia while Lehman, a former Navy secretary, explained close historical ties between the kingdom’s government clerics and al-Qaida, the lawyers noted. The court filing, coming less than two weeks after the death of Saudi King Abdullah, was made to meet a deadline set by Judge George B. Daniels. In a website statement, the Saudi embassy noted the Sept. 11 attack had been the “most intensely investigated crime in history and the findings show no involvement by the Saudi government or Saudi of-

ficials.” As for Moussaoui, the statement said: “His words have no credibility. His goal in making these statements only serves to get attention for himself and try to do what he could not do through acts of terrorism – to undermine Saudi-U.S. relations.” Moussaoui was arrested on immigration charges in August 2001 after employees of a Minnesota flight school became alarmed he wanted to learn to fly a Boeing 747 with no pilot’s license. He was in custody on Sept. 11 and pleaded guilty in April 2005 to conspiring with the hijackers to kill Americans. A psychologist testified for the defense at death penalty proceedings that he had paranoid schizophrenia. Jurors spared his life.

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER The Associated Press WASHINGTON – The job market remains a frustrating place for America’s 9 million unemployed – perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings. The pace of job growth over the past three months was the fastest in 17 years. The gains spanned nearly every industry, and some employers have finally had to dangle higher pay to attract or retain top talent. And yet millions of job seekers still can’t find work. Some businesses remain slow to fill their openings, awaiting the ideal candidate. Many job seekers lack the skills employers require. The plight of the unemployed also reflects an economic reality: Even in the best times, the number of job seekers is typically twice the number of job openings. The January jobs report that the government issued Friday pointed to another factor, too: As hiring strengthens, more people typically start looking for jobs. As the number of job seekers grows, so does competition for work. The number of openings has reached nearly 5 million, the most since 2001. Yet that’s

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Carlie Kozlowich, who is currently unemployed, poses for a photo Friday at her home in the North Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Kozlowich, a recent college graduate, wants to work in television, but has had trouble finding even basic jobs. barely more than half the number of people the government counts as unemployed. “There’s always going to be a set of job vacancies, and there are always going to be a set of people transitioning from unemployment to work,” said Tara Sinclair, an economics professor at George Washington University. “The transition isn’t instantaneous.” For many, the transition can be maddeningly slow. Complaints abound about online job sites that seem to function

more as black holes than as gateways to employment. Applicants can’t get past online portals to explain gaps in their resumes. Multiple interviews and other steps – even for low-paying jobs – can prolong the process. Carlie Kozlowich, 23, had three interviews last year with a marketing company for a job she was told would involve “travel” and “events.” Only after accepting the job did she learn it involved selling goods at a booth in a Costco. Having

amassed roughly $50,000 in debt to earn a college degree, she felt she had to turn it down. “Three interviews just to say, ‘Would you like to try a pierogi today?’ ” she said. Steven Davis, an economist at the University of Chicago, calculates that it took employers an average of 25.6 working days to fill a job in November, the latest period for which data are available. That nearly matched July’s figure of 26, the longest in the 14 years that the government has gathered the data Davis uses. An extended hiring period can in some ways be a positive sign: It suggests that companies are having a harder time finding workers because the economy has strengthened. The number of unemployed peaked at 15.4 million in October 2009, just after the recession ended. Still, the fact that it takes companies so long to fill vacancies, even with 9 million people unemployed, suggests that more discouraging factors may be at play. Some companies that are seeking high-skilled workers in fields like information technology and advanced manufacturing complain about a shortage of qualified candidates. Some recruiters and online job sites

describe “skills mismatches.” Paul D’Arcy, senior vice president at the job listings website Indeed.com, says lower-skilled jobs generally receive a flood of resumes, while higher-skilled positions attract far fewer. Jobs in management, computers and math and architecture and engineering far outnumber job seekers in those fields, according to Indeed’s data. That doesn’t sit well with Bill Gahan, 51, who has sought work for nearly a year after moving to Salt Lake City. Gahan worked in manufacturing and logistics for 29 years, including as a vice president for logistics at a manufacturer of hardware and software for visually impaired people. Told that some experts think many of the unemployed lack the right skills, Gahan says, “I want to have a conversation with whoever is saying that.” Increasingly, many economists agree with Gahan. Though skill shortages exist in some highly technical positions, if shortages of qualified workers were pervasive, employers would likely offer higher pay. Despite a sharp gain in January, average pay still hasn’t risen much.

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Continued from page 3 they’d address the income tax hike at a later date – one that never came. Walsh and other lawmakers now look to Rauner for a solution. “This puts parents trying to do the right thing in a bad predicament,” Walsh said. “Hopefully the governor can come up with a reasonable solution.”

‘Acute crisis’

ABOVE: Erin Murphy dresses her son Brady, 3, as the two prepare for the day Friday at their home in Minooka. Murphy, a single mother who works and goes to school full time, relies on the state’s Childcare Assistance Program to help pay for Brady’s day care. LEFT: Erin prepares breakfast for her son at their home in Minooka before taking him to day care Friday. Photos by Lathan Goumas – lgoumas@shawmedia.com

Options to fix the funding issue include granting Rauner wider authority to reallocate money from other budget areas or shifting $300 million to the program from surplus funds within the state budget. An agreed-upon solution has yet to emerge. Illinois lawmakers are not due back in Springfield until

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The Fun in Learning Early Learning Center, 140 Republic Ave. in Joliet, is among those in the region that offer low-income families discounted childcare rates. It does not know when it will next be reimbursed by the state.

About 80 percent of the 44 children enrolled there come from low-income families or single parents who rely on the program, Administrator Jessica Moore said. The state shortfall is already causing concern at the center, said Moore, whose child also is enrolled there. “As of right now, one of

KNOW MORE The Child Care Assistance Program provides low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable childcare that allows them to continue working and contributes to the healthy, emotional and social development of the child. Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size, income and number of children in care. • Average weekly rates for full-priced day care center care (infants to 5-year-olds): Will County – $261.60 to $195.30; Grundy County – $181.50 to $146 • A family of two with one parent working full time at minimum wage ($8.25 per hour) will pay a $77 monthly co-pay. • A family of two with one parent working at $13.80 per hour will pay a $223 monthly copay. • A family of four with two parents working at about $10.48 per hour will pay a $341 monthly copay. Depending on family size, a family could pay anywhere from $2 to $692 a week in co-pays. The affordability benchmark for childcare expenses is 10 percent of a family’s income, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Source: The Cost of Child Care 2013-14 report by Child Care Resource & Referral

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But Rauner’s administration blamed lawmakers, saying late last week this funding crisis should have been fixed “yesterday.” “As far as the Rauner administration is concerned, the deadline to find a responsible solution to the CCAP funding shortfall was yesterday,” according to an emailed statement from the governor’s office. “The budget signed by former Gov. Quinn left a $296 million budget hole for this program, and the administration is working urgently to address the problem.” Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, said his office last week received more than 50 letters in a 24-hour period from concerned childcare providers and parents. He added that Rauner’s administration has said it is working on the issue but has not offered lawmakers a timeline. “To my ears, there’s a contrast between providers who are describing this as an acute crisis with imminent consequences and the Rauner administration, which is not acting immediately,” McGuire said.

our biggest problems, honestly, is funding everything from staff to the food we provide the children, and supplies,” Moore said. “Basically, this funding shortage is putting a whole damper on the day care’s operations.” Moore said the program – designed for working, low-income families who fall below 185 percent of the federal poverty level – is a vital part of these family’s lives. “Without childcare, the majority of these families would literally crumble to pieces,” Moore said. Margaret Loughran, owner of Kiddie Kampus in Channahon, agreed, saying she’s most worried about parents, including Murphy. “I know it’s a hardship for us, but eventually, the only option will be to pass along the cost to the parents,” Loughran said. Murphy said paying the full costs of day care would result in her having to quit her job to provide full-time care for Brady. The funding cut would be “devastating” to her and Brady’s lives. “Without this funding, I wouldn’t be able to work,” Murphy said. “I wouldn’t be able to afford rent and then we wouldn’t have a place to live.” As Murphy dropped off Brady early Friday morning, the 3-year-old – who earlier that morning couldn’t wait to see his friends at day care – momentarily broke into tears and ran after his mother. Murphy picked him up and kissed him on the forehead. She’d be back later that day to take him home. But first, she had to go to work.

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Alonzo named Illinois REALTOR of the Year

ROMEOVILLE – Realtor Loretta Alonzo of Romeoville has been named the 2015 Illinois Realtor of the Year by the Illinois Association of Realtors. She is the managing broker of Century 21 Affiliated

organization. The announcement was made Jan. 21 at the association’s Public Policy Meetings held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Riverfront Conference Center in East Peoria. Alonzo will be honored at a June 16 banquet at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The Realtor of the Year award is presented to an IAR member who best exemplifies the professional qualities of a Realtor, according to the news release. The award recognizes leadership in the Realtor Association, as well as service to civic, community and charitable causes.

Tevon Zeigler member of Sport Business Club

ASHLAND, OHIO – Tevon Zeigler of Romeoville is a member of Ashland University’s Sport Business Club. Zeigler, a 2014 graduate of Romeoville High School, is majoring in sport management. The Sport Business Club is an undergraduate student organization within the Sport Management Program, with a goal of providing students personal and professional development opportunities to network and learn about the sports industry. – The Herald-News

Be more disciplined with future financial decisions Dear Mr. Berko: I am 26 and make $39,000 a year, and my wife makes $26,000. We owe $29,000 on credit cards, $47,000 in student loans (We quit school to get married.) and $27,000 on two cars and a motorcycle, and we have no savings. Our credit is so bad we can’t get a mortgage, and we pay $1,650 in rent. Both of our families live paycheck to paycheck, and so do our friends and the people we know and work with. We all feel as if we’re in a rut, and the government does nothing to help. Good jobs, money and favors go to the rich with connections and friends in government. Most of us believe that the government has rigged the system to favor wealthy families. The government must help the poor and middle class. I’ve heard that you give many people good advice. Please, is there any advice you can give to us? I’m scared to retire like our parents. – WN, Lowell, Mass. Dear WN: Why do you want the government, which can’t do diddly squat, to be your sugar daddy? Where are your initiative, self-reliance, self-sufficiency, determination and discipline? Those few nouns are all that separate you from success. For many Americans, one of the most distasteful consequences of capitalism is the unequal sharing of its blessings. But the most distasteful consequence of socialism is the equal sharing of its miseries. We dream about “having plenty” of money for retirement, but we don’t dream about how to make that “having plenty” a reality. Success must be planned and trained for. It won’t fall in your lap like a napkin. Disparities among the wealthy, the middle class and the poor have existed

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Change focus on term limits The knee-jerk reaction of those who support term limits in Illinois might be to see House Bill 257 and throw their full support behind the latest feel-good initiative. That shouldn’t be the case. State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, filed House Bill 257 last month. It would place on the November 2016 general election ballot a nonbinding referendum on limiting the terms of state legislative leaders. Voters would be asked whether the House speaker, Senate president, and both House and Senate minority leaders should have limited terms as leaders of the Illinois General Assembly’s two chambers. The legislation falls short on two levels. Nonbinding referendums accomplish nothing but taking the temperature of voters – at least voters who bother showing up at the polls – and limiting leadership terms doesn’t address the larger issue. We’d rather see lawmakers push to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot. If you’re going to make an effort to get a referendum in front of voters, make it a binding referendum. Better yet, if you’re going to make an effort to place term limits on lawmakers in leadership roles, why not address the real issue and work with Gov. Bruce Rauner to ask voters whether term limits should be placed on all state legislators? You wouldn’t need term limits for leadership positions if you had term limits for all lawmakers. Rauner and his Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits worked to have a proposed constitutional amendment regarding term limits placed on last November’s ballot. Ultimately, courts ruled the plan to ask voter permission to limit legislators to eight years in office did not meet constitutional requirements. We’ve said before in our support of term limits that there are positives and negatives to it – ideally, voters simply would vote out ineffective legislators – but voter turnout has been so pathetically low and the redistricting process is so flawed and corrupt, an amendment is needed. The best argument for term limits is to weed out politicians, such as House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has turned Illinois politics into a lifetime appointment. Lobbyists and campaign cash are much more effective when they can deal with longtime legislators entrenched in state government rather than Springfield newcomers. It’s certainly a reasonable argument that it takes time for rookie legislators to learn the complexities of the state government. It’s also true that there are effective politicians trying to do the right thing on both sides of the aisle, who would be negatively affected by this. We’re in favor of the effort to allow voters to decide whether it’s something they want. Lawmakers in Springfield should focus efforts on getting the state constitution changed to address term limits.



Bumpy roads ahead to nominations Less than a year from now, voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and elsewhere will gather in town centers, gymnasiums, local libraries and school cafeterias to kick off the 2016 presidential sweepstakes. Ever since the modern political process made running for president a four-year job, this is the time when potential candidates started making their public moves. So how are the two parties’ races for the nomination shaping up? Let’s start with the Republican Party. With 2012 GOP nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s decision not to run in 2016, I wouldn’t place too much stock in any polls that show former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leading the Republican field. Their leads reflect knee-jerk name recogni-

on behalf of eventual nominee Romney. So the question is, how will you respond when Donna faced with new and different Brazile choices? When it comes to polling, I tion, brand loyalty, or flavor-of- would be much more interested the-month enthusiasm – not the in how Republicans respond kind of support that is going to when some of the candidates see them through the next year. are described, rather than If you’re a Republican of my named. For instance, what if a generation, you have probasurvey described Ohio’s Gov. bly voted for six presidential John Kasich’s credentials? tickets with a Bush on it. At Mail carrier’s son, former this point, Republicans don’t chairman of the House Budget so much choose a Bush as Committee, two-term governor they initially acquiesce in the of the pivotal state of Ohio, choice of a Bush, so a lot of re-elected overwhelmingly what appears to be support for with support from Democrats Jeb Bush is simply resigned and independents. Republican indifference. If you were an primary voters need to start active Republican in 2012, looking at the resumes of their whomever you preferred for candidates with the names the nomination, you probably removed. eventually ended up working hard, supporting and arguing See BRAZILE, page 35


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Continued from page 34 Of the Republicans’ two legacy candidates – Bush, and Rand Paul, whose fathers both ran for president – it’s hard to predict who will have an upper hand with conservative voters. I predict that Bush’s establishment support will melt away. His residual rank-andfile support will find its way to Paul and other candidates. But it’s hard to write off Bush. People who have made careers writing off Bushes have generally had short careers. Although he has a steep hill to climb, Bush is at ease with himself and with regular people. His rapport with Latino voters is just what the Republicans need. He’s the former governor of the crucial swing state of Florida, and he has a

conservative reformer’s record that Republicans can take into a general election. His problem is whether, for voters in the general election, three Bushes are one too many, particularly since most voters remember the eight Clinton years more fondly than the 12 combined Bush years. As has been the case in recent elections, the Republican field is crowded with minor candidates who generate a lot of smoke but never seem to catch fire for long. They tend to be rabble-rousers, holy rollers, regional candidates and Fox News favorites. Most of them stand an excellent chance of succeeding, but only in their real goal, which is either to push the party in the direction of their agenda or to use their candidacy to raise their own profile and potential in the world of conservative

media. On the Democratic side, it’s likely we end up with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia and a few others. Clinton is the front-runner before anyone – including her – has even begun running. She’s way ahead even while everyone is still at the starting line. Clinton could have a Democratic challenger coming at her from the left or from the right, but whoever it is, they would have to come at her from way below her in the polls. The main questions for the Democrats are if Clinton will be challenged within the party and whether that would help or hurt her. It’s possible that a credible primary challenger could

help Clinton sharpen her campaigning and debate skills before the general election contest begins. But she hardly lacks campaign experience, and primary contests can be costly. People say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but in presidential primaries, if it doesn’t kill you, it still drains your campaign war chest. While the Republicans face a tough battle with each other, Clinton has what is the equivalent of a first-round bye in the playoffs. The fact that Democrats have a clear front-runner and the Republicans don’t is a problem for Republicans, and a clear advantage to Clinton. Before the Republicans can beat her, they have to beat each other – and as we saw in the vicious GOP primary battles of 2012, they have a tendency to beat

each other rather severely. The Republicans face a bruising primary season. The only things liable to get bruised on the Democratic side are egos. The upshot is that at this point, neither party has much of a race. The Democrats have a lopsided contest (but not a foregone conclusion), and the Republicans have less of a race and more like something that resembles a rugby scrum. It remains to be seen if the eventual winner in 2016 is someone whose candidacy was seemingly ordained, or one who emerged from a chaotic clash.

• Donna Brazile is a senior Democratic strategist, a political commentator and contributor to CNN and ABC News, and a contributing columnist to Ms. Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine.


• Sunday, February 8, 2015

To the Editor: I would like to bring attention to your loyal readers the wonderfully exciting and highly competitive IHSA Sectional cheerleading tournament held at Joliet West High School on Saturday, Jan. 31. About 7,000 fans thoroughly enjoyed the incredibly enthusiastic and very talented high school students/ athletes that proudly performed in this 80-team IHSA Sectional. The entire athletic staff and director, Steve Millsaps of Joliet West High School, should be sincerely congratulated for a wonderfully organized and student/athlete-focused event.

people who paid for my lunch at and Auditorium Authority. Big Apple on Saturday, Jan. 24. It My family has been in Joliet was very, very good. Thank you. seven generations. I am a local history buff raised on stories Mary Martin of Moore Stove, E.J.&E, Bluff Joliet Street and the Rialto. My late mom made me memorize GANNON ASKS TO BE old downtown Joliet, original APPOINTED TO BOARD historic homeowners in the silk To the Editor: stocking district and the upper In 1926, the Rubens Brothers’ bluff. In my home is a chandedream of a “Palace for the Peo- lier from the Darcy mansion, a ple” came true when the Rialto statue from Sehring Castle, and opened in Joliet. Some of the the poor box from Sacred Heart. biggest names in showbiz have I have lent my collections for graced its stage, including Bob displays and done appraisals for Hope, the Marx brothers and the Joliet Historical Museum. Benny Goodman. Professionally, I am an But the biggest star to me Emmy-nominated TV journalist, was my Grandpa Gannon, a now a stay-at-home mom. I have banjo and guitar player from the experience booking “talent” and Rialto pit. He was so good, the have interviewed many stars. big bands would have one of Recently I was appointed to an their players sit out so he could ad-hoc committee to resolve the perform with them. I grew up marquee debate. hearing stories about him. It I have so many ideas on how was an honor for me as a teen to make the Rialto successful to dance at the Rialto during a but sadly I do not believe Mayor Kiwanis show. Tom Giarrante will appoint me. I am Mary Beth Gannon. I I am a Joliet historian with a want to keep the Rialto historic lifelong love of the Rialto, and looking, believe I can make have the backing of many peoit profitable and want to be ple, including aldermen. If you appointed to its board, the Will love the Rialto, please call Mayor County Metropolitan Exposition Tom Giarrante at 815-724-3700

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By DICK GOSS dgoss@shawmedia.com

• Sunday, February 8, 2015

PLAINFIELD – Forgive the Plainfield North offense if it did not look as crisp as usual in Friday night’s Southwest Prairie showdown against visiting Plainfield East. Not only were the Tigers facing the Bengals’ ball-hawking defense, but they spent the week working leading up to the game working on defending University of Illinois-bound Aaron Jordan and the Bengals’ two big men, 6-foot-7 Elyjah Goss and 6-8 James Claar. The result was a 63-54 victory that avenged North’s 6361 last-second loss at East on Dec 19, knocking East from a share of the SPC lead and thrilling the sellout crowd on St. Baldrick’s “Going Bald for a Cure” night. Well, the Tigers’ victory thrilled half the crowd since the Bengals also were well represented, creating an electric atmosphere. East (12-9, 7-3) led once, 2-0, when Jordan scored the first two of his 17 points five seconds into the game. North (16-4, 8-2) went on a 7-0 run, which was ignited by two Kevin Krieger baskets and, never looked back. The Tigers led, 29-22, at halftime, and Krieger got things rolling again when he opened the third quarter with a quick jumper. He closed with 13 points. “It’s good to get things started at the beginning of the game and the beginning of the second half,” Krieger said. “Earlier in the year, we were tending to start slow.” This was a physical battle from start to finish, and the Bengals were not about to quit. However, their issues on the offensive end were too much to overcome. They included 17 turnovers, shooting 33.9 percent (18 of 53) – including 2 of 12 from 3-point range – and settling for 16 of 27 from the free-throw line, punctuated by 10 of 19 in the fourth quarter when they were trying to get within striking distance. In fact, East did slice what had been a 12-point deficit late in the third quarter to

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Defense lifts Plainfield North past East


Photos by Larry W. Kane for Shaw Media

TOP: Plainfield North’s Trevor Stumpe (center) drives to the basket in front of Plainfield East’s Wilyam Wright (right) during North’s 63-54 victory Friday in Plainfield. LEFT: Plainfield East’s Aaron Jordan drives to the basket around Plainfield North’s Jake Nowak (left).

43-39 with five minutes remaining. However, the Bengals committed turnovers on three straight possessions and the Tigers put it away with a parade to the foul line. They made 18 of 24 free throws in the fourth quarter and 26 of 36 overall. “Making our free throws in the fourth quarter helped a

lot,” said North senior guard Brandon Smeets, who hit all six of his foul shots in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 points. North’s top scorer, Trevor Stumpe, totaled 17 points, including 9 of 9 free throws. But he sat for the final 5:50 of the first half after picking up his third foul and did not

re-enter until 4:21 left in the third quarter. In his absence, North stretched its lead from five points to 12. “We’ve played without Trevor before because of foul trouble,” North coach Bob Krahulik said. “We didn’t score much with him out, but we did not give up anything.” Jordan hit 6 of 18 shots and Stumpe, who is headed to Wofford, was 4 of 12 as both sides were effective against the other’s Division I player. “We played really well defensively,” Smeets said. “We worked a lot on playing up on [Jordan]. I’m happy how we played good team defense.” “That’s why our offense was poor, because all we worked on all week was defense,” Krahulik said. “Our focus was on denying Jordan. We made him work. And we didn’t want to let their two big ones [Goss and Claar] beat us.

They combined for something like 35 the first time.” This time, the Bengals’ two big men combined for 18 points, nine apiece, and 17 rebounds, helping East to a 35-31 edge on the boards. The man-to-man responsibility for Jordan fell to Jake Nowak, Krieger and Mark Winston at various times. “Kevin [Krieger], Mark [Winston] and I worked all week on not letting him have the ball,” Nowak said. Winston and Richie Elias, who hit 4 of 5 shots and scored nine points, were huge off the bench. Both had four rebounds, and Winston chipped in five points. North’s sophomores made it a sweep with a 59-49 victory as Brady Miller scored 21 points. Vinny Tarello had 18 for East, then added four more in brief appearances in the varsity game.

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Joliet Central beats West on senior night By CURT HERRON cherron@shawmedia.com JOLIET – While Joliet Central girls basketball coach Brian Reed likely will have bigger graduating classes, he’ll be happy to have a group like this season’s seniors any time. That’s because the trio of Autumn Lawson, Gerhyrah Grant and Jeanell Dohrman have been staples for the Steelmen during the past few years. The three appeared on their home court one final time Friday and went out as winners after Central broke open a tight game against rival Joliet West and claimed a 62-39 SouthWest Suburban Blue victory. “All of my seniors for the last four years have been special, but this class is really special,” Reed said. “Autumn has been with us for three and a half years since transferring and we’ll miss her tremendously. And Gerhyrah and Jeanell have been in the program for four years and started with me. As sophomores they had to come up due to injuries and they did everything asked of them. I’m really going to miss them and I’m very happy for those girls.” The game was shaping up to be a nail-biter like the teams’ first meeting, which Central won, 53-50. West bounced back from a 16-9 first-half deficit to grab a 31-28 lead just past the midway mark of the third quarter. But that’s when the Steelmen went on a 15-1 run to end the drama. The Steelmen tied things at 31 late in the third quarter when Tyla Childs converted a three-point play. West’s Madi Mulder (14 points, seven rebounds) picked up her fourth foul on the play and Central took advantage to grab a 39-32 lead with eight minutes left. Morgan Jones (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Monica Barefield (11 points) scored four points each during that decisive run, and Lawson (14 point, four 3-pointers) added two layups to give the hosts a 43-32 lead. “We got a big win and swept

West for the year,” Lawson said. “I was glad that I started hitting some shots. At the beginning of the season we weren’t working together but as the year has went on, we started to get together. We should have a strong team next year.” Grant scored the first five points to help the Steelmen jump to a 14-9 lead after one quarter. But West battled back to take a 24-20 lead as Mulder scored six points in an 8-2 run. The teams were tied at 244 at the break before Central pulled away. “It was our senior night and we swept West, so it was a great victory,” Grant said. “In the beginning of the season it was hard for us to get it together. But now we look good. We’re working as a team, running our offense, playing better defense and playing four quarters.” The Steelmen also received nine points and eight rebounds from Chantell Mack while Ashley Hare added six points. Dohrman, who injured her knee a month ago, got the opportunity to be in the starting lineup before she was subbed out. “I tore my ACL in the beginning of January and ever since then I’ve been watching and supporting my team,” Dohrman said. “About halfway through the season we all started playing 100 percent and we started getting closer. That was a big turning point for us.” The Tigers, who were missing leading scorer Raven Reed because of a funeral, received 11 points from McKenna Carson and six points from Kierra Tyler. “We played hard for three quarters,” West coach John Placher said. “We had to change things up a little. I thought Kierra did an excellent job on Monica in the first half and really took her out of the game and that put us in the game. And McKenna played a heck of a game attacking the hoop. “It’s hard for me since I’m used to winning but I’m happy with where we’re at. Hopefully we can work hard the last two weeks and finish up good.”


Shooting woes doom Steelmen By JEFF DE GRAW Shaw Media Correspondent JOLIET – The key to winning any basketball game is to make shots, whether from the field or from the freethrow line. Joliet Central’s boys basketball team struggled in both areas Friday as SouthWest Suburban Blue foe Sandburg beat the Steelmen, 40-34. “I’m speechless,” Central coach Jeff Corcoran said. The Steelmen (11-9, 4-5) shot 12 of 48 for 25 percent from the field, but were in the game until the end. “I don’t have an answer for that,” Corcoran said. “We had good shots the entire game. Someone needs to take the lid off the basket. We were around the basket all night, I’ve never seen so many shots just roll off the rim.” The Steelmen had an 8-5 lead after the first quarter and held the Eagles to two field goals. It was a preview of

what the night would bring, however, as Central was only 3 of 12 in the quarter. Sandburg scored the first seven points of the second quarter before Central senior Ternell Jordan (11 points) hit a 3-pointer with 3:33 left before half. Jordan hit another 3-pointer and the Steelmen took a 17-15 halftime lead despite shooting 3 of 11 in the quarter. Neither team was shooting well, as they combined for 12 of 39 in the first half. Sandburg started the second half with the best shooting of the night as it buried four consecutive 3-pointers to take a 27-19 lead. The Steelmen fought back on the inside play of Jacob Klima, who scored six points, most of which came from putbacks, and Central trailed, 2927, after three quarters. “I have told our kids all season not to panic when they get down,” Corcoran said. “They did a great job of fight-

ing and getting back in the game. I know they were frustrated that nothing was going down. The last time we played [Sandburg], they scored 76. Tonight we held them to 40. Give them credit, they came in here and won a conference game on the road.” Central hung around in the fourth quarter despite only shooting 2 of 13 from the field and 3 of 6 from the foul line. With 50 seconds remaining, Jerry Gillespie hit a field goal to get Central within 3734. Sandburg missed three of four free-throw attempts, but Central could get nothing to fall. “That was horrible, we couldn’t make anything,” Gillespie said. “It wasn’t like we were just shooting all bad shots. We had plenty of opportunities.” The Eagles made one more field goal than the Steelmen, but eight of their 13 baskets were 3-pointers.

Bolingbrook rolls to eighth-straight win

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Joliet West’s Treyvion Kirk drives in for a layup during Friday’s 67-56 loss to Bolingbrook. For more on this game, turn to page 39.


Bolingbrook beats West for 8th straight Butler carries By DRAKE SKLEBA

Minooka to win

Shaw Media Correspondent

By TIM CRONIN Shaw Media Correspondent

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Bolingbrook guard Brodric Thomas goes up for a dunk against Joliet West during Friday’s 67-56 victory in Bolingbrook. Bay-bound Julian Torres had 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. “We started out slow but we put it together in the fourth quarter,” Torres said. The Raiders’ bench outscored West’s bench, 32-7. “We got a great effort from our

bench,” Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost said, “Julian [Torres] had a fine game and Devon Sams had another great fourth quarter. He didn’t start due to senior night but had a great attitude about it and played great down the stretch.” Kirk had 11 points, Mike Ruwoldt nine and Da’Von Foster six for West.

ROMEOVILLE – Memo to the rest of the Southwest Prairie Conference: Don’t let Joe Butler get to the free-throw line. The junior had a 10 of 12 showing from the line Friday night in Minooka’s 52-43 Southwest Prairie victory over Romeoville, and is 21 of 24 in his past two games. “I just practice a little,” Butler said. And Picasso could paint a little. Butler scored 20 of his game-high 24 points in the final three quarters, when the game was first decided and then secured by the Indians. “Butler did a great job,” Romeoville coach Marc Howard said. “He sat in the lane and either got a shot or got a foul.” It worked either way. Butler was 7 of 9 from the floor. It was no big deal to him, however. “We were motivated to win after that poor performance last weekend, losing to Plainfield East,” Butler said. The motivation was evident during an 11-3 run in the final 4:14 of the second quarter. It earned Minooka (12-12, 5-5) a 27-22 lead at halftime, and the Indians never trailed again. Butler scored seven of the 11 points during the run, including a 3-pointer for a 25-20 lead with 1:48 to play. Minooka’s Nick Clemmons hit a pair of free throws after he was fouled under the basket as time in the half expired. “We went into the locker room down five, and that’s when the energy level started to fade,” Howard said. “They outplayed us the last three quarters.” “We did a good job of doing what we do every day defensively,” Minooka coach Scott Tanaka said. “We came through and Joe Butler did a great job of finishing.” Nate Clemmons added 11 points for Minooka, with Larry Roberts scoring 10. But Butler took advantage of the opening and drove inside on a night the Spartans (7-14, 2-8) were without Armand Archibald (knee) and Jason Sims (preparing for football at Youngstown State). Now it’s up to Howard to re-imagine the lineup, which boasts swingman Matt Cappelletti (18 points, five rebounds) and two promising freshmen in London Stamps and DeAndre Heckard, with an eye to doing some damage in March. “That’s the goal,” Howard said. “We still believe we have a team that at any moment can sneak in and surprise anyone.” Romeoville scored a 46-37 victory in the girls varsity game earlier in the evening.

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BOLINGBROOK – Seven Bolingbrook seniors were honored before Friday night’s SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue game against Joliet West, and the positive vibes continued for the Riaders. Bolingbrook (14-5, 8-1) won its eighth straight, outlasting the scrappy Tigers, 67-56, to stay on top of the SouthWest Suburban Blue with Homewood-Flossmoor (13-7, 8-1), which beat Lockport, 54-47. Led by 6-foot-5 sophomore Trevian Bell, West (10-11, 3-6) pulled within 5349 with 4:44 left. Bolingbrook junior Devon Sams (six points, five rebounds, three steals, two assists) then took over. His old-fashioned three-point play made it 56-49 with 4:02 to play. “We started a little slow and coach (Rob Brost) got on us at halftime,” Sams said. “We turned up our defense and played really well in the second half.” “We played with a lot of heart against a very good team,” West coach Nick DiForti said. “They scored down the stretch where we didn’t score and that was the difference. I am so proud of my kids. We play hard every night and are so very close to winning these games.” Colorado State-bound Prentiss Nixon scored only three points, but his fifth assist led to a layup by Brodric Thomas (12 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals) that extended the Raiders’ lead to 58-49 with 2:45 left. Bell, who scored a game-high 21 points, nailed a jumper to pull the Tigers within 59-53 with 54 seconds left. Dimitri Akenten (11 points, four rebounds, two blocks) then had a monster slam and would add another to conclude the scoring. “If we could have cleaned up a couple of mistakes we made down the stretch, we would have had a different outcome,” Bell said. “Coach told me to let the game come to me, which I thought I did it very well.” Bolingbrook missed its first six shots and committed seven turnovers in the first quarter but still led 12-9. Thomas scored four of his six second-quarter points in the final 30 seconds of the half to give the Raiders a 26-23 lead. Bell scored eight in the second quarter to keep West close. West sophomore Teyvion Kirk’s three steals ignited a 6-0 third-quarter run that put West up, 37-36. Nixon’s driving layup and a bucket by Sams put the Raiders back up 43-39 with 1:18 left in the quarter. Bolingbrook led 4741 after three. The Raiders’ 6-9 Wisconsin-Green

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Plainfield Central beats Plainfield South in OT By SCOTT EHLING Shaw Media Correspondent PLAINFIELD – Any time Plainfield Central squares off against Plainfield South in boys basketball, no matter the records, the game has a personal feel with each team wanting to win badly. This time around, the Wildcats outdueled the Cougars in a back-and-forth game that needed extra time to determine a winner. Senior center NickThomaston hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:20 left in overtime Friday to propel Central to a 68-65 victory over Southwest Prairie adversary South.

“That was just a great high school basketball game,” Central coach Steve Lamberti said. “Both teams were making big shots, both teams were executing. But obviously, I’m more excited because we came out on top, but hats off to South.” Senior guard Robbie Brooks led the Wildcats (7-15, 3-7) with 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting and had four steals. Justin Windt scored 11 points and Logan Ivy added 10. Junior guard Jacob Buchner led the Cougars (8-14, 5-5) with a game-high 25 points on 10 of 19 shooting. Shane Ritter scored 12 points, Dexter Oyewo 10 and both made significant contributions.

Central dug out of an early double-digit deficit as Ritter’s 3-pointer gave South a 23-13 lead with 5:10 left in the first half. The Wildcats cut the deficit to one to trail, 27-26, at half. “We know them and they know us so it really comes down to which team can execute the best,” Lamberti said. Central made its move in the third quarter, going on a 15-7 run over the first 5:30 that was capped by a Brooks putback basket that provided a 41-34 lead with 2:30 left in the quarter. The Wildcats led, 48-38, after three quarters. “It was just an amazing game to play because we have


been talking about this since the summer,” Brooks said. “We just want to be playing good heading into the playoffs.” “Robbie stayed within himself and did a lot of nice things out there,” Lamperti said. South came out firing in the fourth quarter, led by Buchner’s two 3-pointers and subsequent basket that cut Central’s lead to 49-48 with 5:10 remaining. Central’s Jamal Harmon split a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 60-57 with eight seconds left in regulation. South coach Tim Boe drew up the right play as Ritter connected on a long con-

tested 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. “That’s the kind of game you would expect those teams to play,” Boe said. “I give them credit because they were down early and came back in the third quarter and we just couldn’t quite recover.” Consecutive baskets by Oyewo gave the Cougars a 65-62 lead with 2:15 left in the overtime. However, the Wildcats regrouped and after a Windt basket cut the deficit to one, Thomaston got the ball on the wing, squared up and drained the 3-pointer for the lead and eventual win. “[Thomaston’s] an excellent shooter,” Lamberti said.


JCA falls in OT to St. Viator An added attraction By MIKE FITZGERALD Shaw Media Correspondent JOLIET – Saint Viator outlasted Joliet Catholic, 67-60, in overtime Friday in an East Suburban Catholic Conference boys basketball game. Hilltoppers junior guard Jalen Jackson (25 points) sent the game into overtime by burying a 3-pointer from beyond the arc with 2.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 55. Then he opened overtime with another 3-pointer to put JCA ahead 58-55. The HilltopJalen Jackson pers held the lead until Lions guard Kevin Monson (17 points) hit a 3-pointer to make it 61-60 with 1:05 left in overtime. Saint Viator (14-6, 5-1) then forced JCA (12-12, 2-4) into two straight turnovers that led to baskets that extended its lead to 65-60 with :38 to play. A pair of Monson free throws sealed the win with :20 left. “When there is a pressure situation, our kids try to take it upon themselves,” JCA coach Joe Gura said. “We made some mistakes down the stretch, but those same kids who made a couple of mis-

“When there is a pressure situation, our kids try to take it upon themselves. We made some mistakes down the stretch, but those same kids who made a couple of mistakes down the stretch were the reason we made it into overtime.” Joe Gura Joliet Catholic Academy boys basketball coach

takes down the stretch were the reason we made it into overtime.” The Hilltoppers trailed, 50-41, with 4:03 to play in the fourth quarter before an 11-0 run allowed them to take their first lead of the game, 52-50, with 1:33 left in regulation. Jackson hit a 3-pointer to start the rally. Harold Davis (13 points) followed with a steal and basket, forward Drake Fellows (14 points) added a 3-pointer and forward Pete Ragen’s basket and free throw finished the comeback. The Lions responded with five straight points before Jackson’s clutch shot. “We didn’t want the timeout because we didn’t want [St. Viator] to get set defensively,” Gura said. “We wanted Jalen to bring the ball up because he gave us the best opportunity before they got set to score.”

Fellows, a 6-foot-5 junior, hit four 3-pointers in all and drew Gura’s praise. “Drake has been tremendous,” Gura said. “He keeps playing hard. He has to guard bigs. He wants to be a 3 [small forward], but he guards the bigs. He is a good shooter, and that takes pressure off Jalen and Harold and gives them more looks.” Lions coach Quinn Hayes was happy to leave JCA’s gym with the hard-fought win. “They made a nice comeback,” Hayes said. “They made some big shots. That shot was a heck of a shot to tie the game. When a kid hits a shot like that, there’s nothing you can do. “I give them all the credit in the world for coming back. Our guys put the hard hats back on and went back out there and got us back in it. It was a great game.”

for Hilltopper Banquet SUBMITTED REPORT JOLIET – The second class might be second to none. Joliet Catholic Academy will announce the second group of inductees for its Hall of Champions at the upcoming Hilltopper Banquet, scheduled Thursday in the Student Activity Center. Last fall, Gordie Gillespie, Bill Gullickson, Allie Quigley, Jim Stefanich and Tom Thayer were honored as the inaugural class. Dan Sharp confirmed the school’s plan of having the Hilltopper Banquet serve as an annual launching point for the unveiling of the Hall of Champions’ next class. “At a school of great tradition, this will be our latest,” said Sharp, JCA’s athletic director and chairman of the Hall of Champions committee. “The inductees always will be introduced at the Hilltopper Banquet. “We decided that we want our alumni to know about the inductees first. It’s a great way to promote our banquet and continue to tie things together. We know that people are already excited about it.” Reservations are avail-

able for the Hilltopper Banquet. Cost is $50 a person or $500 for a table of 10. Contact Sue Bebar, director of alumni relations, at 815-741-0500 or sbebar@ jca-online.org. The night begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7 and a dinner buffet at 8. Eddie Olczyk, the Blackhawks’ color analyst and a 16-year NHL veteran, will be the featured speaker. Mark Grant (1981), color analyst for the San Diego Padres, will be the master of ceremonies. Bebar said the Hilltopper Banquet is open to everyone – alumni, parents and friends. All proceeds go directly to the JCA Alumni Association. And this year will be even better because of the Hall of Champions. “I believe it’s a credit to the people who have been a part of these great schools – De La Salle, Joliet Catholic, St. Francis Academy and JCA,” Sharp said. “It’s a credit to the great people, the great athletes, who have come through our schools, and we feel this will be a special announcement every year.”


By KAITLYN JASNICA kjasnica@shawmedia.com

“We tried so hard today. It would’ve been great to go as a team because we gave it our all. I don’t want the season to end. Our team deserves to be here.” Rileigh Fagan Plainfield North girls bowler

spot away from making it to sectionals. “We tried so hard today,” Fagan, a senior, said. “It would’ve great to go as a team because we all gave it our all. I don’t want the season to end. Our team deserves to be here.” Even though they barely

missed qualifying as a team, the girls agreed that their teammates and North’s boys team – which finished 10th at the IHSA state tournament – will be cheering loudly next week at Plainfield Lanes. East’s Ruzicka was all smiles when Plainfield North athletic director Ron Lear announced her name as an individual qualifier. The junior accomplished her short-term goal and made another step towards her long-term one. “I’m really excited,” Ruzicka said. “This was a seaon goal, I really wanted to make it to this point. I did not make it to sectionals last year, so I put in a lot of work to make it happen this year. I want to do college bowling, so I have to be at this point to do that.” Ruzicka led the Bengals to

their ninth-place finish (5,035), while seniors Kulhanek and Asztalos led Central to its seventh-place showing (5,290). The two seniors also had trouble holding back their smiles. “I’m just so happy. We bowled so hard. It was a great day,” Asztalos said. “We worked really hard today. We bowled our butts off,” Kulhanek said. “It’s been a rough day, but it’s great that both of us qualified for sectionals. I’d like to thank our three coaches. They’ve been there for us since the beginning. These four years have been absolutely amazing. I’m so happy to be a Wildcat.” Waubonsie Valley (5,926), Oswego East (5,809), West Aurora (5,691) and Oswego (5,688) advanced to the Plainfield Central Sectional as teams.


Lockport dominates; Joliet West wins at Streator By DICK GOSS dgoss@shawmedia.com LOCKPORT – Forget any drama for another week. This Lockport girls bowling team is on a mission. The Porters, led by individual champion Nikki Mendez, blew away the competition Saturday in claiming the title in the Lemont Regional at Lockport’s home, Strike & Spare II. The Porters were so dominant that they were 806 pins ahead of their nearest competitor after five games. The dropoff to 853 in Game 6, after five straight games above 1,000, mattered not. “Our team was ridiculous,” said Mendez, a junior who totaled 1,353, averaged 225.5 and had a 269 game. “We had so much fun in the morning. I’m happy all our girls got a chance to shine.” All eight on the tournament team competed. Lockport finished with a 6,221 total and will be back home next Saturday, hosting a sectional at Strike & Spare II. The other team qualifiers

were Andrew at 5,626, Lemont at 5,362 and Bremen at 5,349. Bolingbrook was fifth at 5,289, 60 pins from a qualifying berth. Romeoville was seventh at 4,977. Lemont’s big gun was defending sectional champion Kyra Udziela, who shot 1,332 for second place, 21 pins behind Mendez. The Indians’ other scores were Alex Wyatt 1,078, Kyla Owens 1,033, Monique Mitrani 961 and Brooke Gabor 958. “Kyra had a great regional, and our other girls backed her up,” Lemont coach Mark Hollatz said. “With how strong Lockport is, our goal was to advance. We were third in the regional last year, too. I hope we can do better next week.” Bolingbrook’s Felicia Montecino shot 1,302 for third place and was the No. 1 individual qualifier. Karli Pearson (1,057) and Megan Neverouski (1,056) also qualified from Bolingbrook. Erin Cosner (1,196) and Abigail Wallace (1,115) advanced from Romeoville. Lockport’s Kierstin Vandenburg shot 1,266, a 211 average, with a 257 game. The

other Porters’ starters bowled four games and posted impressive averages – Danielle Mensik 217.8, Paige Reiter 211 and Bailey Delrose 204. “We performed well. I’m proud of all the girls,” Vanenburg said. “To get from last year to where we are this year is phenomenal. The girls are all so prepared.” “Our starting five did a great job,” Lockport coach Art Cwudzinski said. “We’re coming together as a team better now. We’re peaking at the right time. It will come down to shooting spares well. If we do that, we have a chance to do some good.” The only negative for the Porters was the apparent knee injury suffered by sophomore Dana Ackerson as she stepped onto the approach during Game 6. She was taken to a hospital.


Joliet West claimed the team championship with a 5,439 total, and Joliet area entries grabbed the other three qualifying positions for next Saturday’s Plainfield Central Sectional at Plainfield Lanes. Morris was a close second

1,083, Nora Russell at 1,071 “Our team was and Lexi Jones at 1,000. ridiculous. We had so Cassie Bucaro shot 1,130, Caitlyn Morris 1,126 and much fun in the morning. Paige Kwiatkowski 1,106 to I’m happy all our girls got fuel Plainfield South’s effort. a chance to shine.” RICH EAST REGIONAL

Nikki Mendez Lockport girls bowler

at 5,405. Minooka, led by regional champ Kortney Sickler’s 1,185 total, was third at 5,339 and Plainfield South was fourth at 5,095. Morris’ Taylor Warwick finish second with 1,154 and Joliet West’s Taylor Bailey claimed third with 1,151. Joliet Central’s Hayley Magruder was the top individual qualifier with her 1,093. The other scores for champion West were Gracie Plese 1,120, Melissa March 1,111, Kayla Kurowski 1,039 and Sarah Heffron 1,018. Morris’ Jordan Tiritilli shot 1,138 and Jessica Winter 1,136 to support Warwick. Backing Sickler for Minooka were Heather McCubbins at

Lincoln-Way West shot 5,262 to finish second and Lincoln-Way Central’s 5,161 was good for fourth as the two advanced to the Lockport Sectional along with champion T.F. South (5,656) and thirdplace finisher Lincoln-Way North (5,253). Lincoln-Way North’s Veronica Villasenor was the individual champion with a 1,386. Jessica Schram led Lincoln-Way West at 1,332. Ellie Paul shot 1,090 and Haley Jablonski 1,017. For Lincoln-Way Central, Bridget Wood totaled 1,158, Hannah Kirby 1,084 and Maddy Wilson 990. Peotone individual qualifiers were Valerie Klootwyk at 1,151 and Stacy Garrard at 1,112. Advancing from Lincoln-Way East were Jackie Milinarcik (1,118) Mia Netherton (988) and Emily Pointon (948).

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ROMEOVILLE – The Plainfield North Regional might have been one of the more difficult girls bowling regionals in Illinois to compete in this year. Three of the 12 teams who played Saturday afternoon at Brunswick Zone made it to the state tournament last year. One team, Waubonsie Valley, took first. While Plainfield North, Plainfield Central and Plainfield East did not advance to next Saturday’s Plainfield Central Sectional, each school will be represented by at least one individual bowler. North’s Elizabeth Auriemma (10th, 1,167), Rileigh Fagan (17th, 1,143) and Nadine Kra-

sauskis (19th, 1,119) finished in the top 20 to qualify individually. East’s Kristin Ruzicka (21st, 1,116) and Central’s Rachel Kulhanek (24th, 1,102) and Samantha Asztalos (26th, 1,094) also qualified. “I didn’t expect to come place here and qualify for sectionals. I’m so glad that I made it with these two [Auriemma and Fagan],” sophomore Krasauskis said. “We bowled our hearts out today.” “We fought hard and I’m proud of all of us. I wouldn’t want to go with anyone else but these two,” freshman Auriemma said. Even though the three are happy they qualified with each other, the Tigers came close to qualifying as a team. North finished fifth (5,528), only one

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Area schools win regionals SUBMITTED REPORTS CHICAGO – Coal City captured its first regional title since 1999 when it defeated Wilmington, 280.5-221, to claim top honors in the Class 1A Agricultural Science Regional. Winning titles for the Coalers were Joey Rivera (106), Cody Minnick (120), Corey Jurzak (132), Max Rowell (145), Jonah Englert (152), Riley Kauzlaric (182) and Jake Frost (220). Wilmington got titles from Austin Headrick (138), Nick Hawkins (160) and Joe Mann (170).

Class 1A Bowen Regional:

Peotone won its third straight regional title, defeating the hosts, 204.5-163, for top honors. Winning titles for the Blue Devils were Kyle Jones (132), Chandler Gartner (138), Nick Goberville (152) and Tom Ruffino (195).

Class 2A LaSalle-Peru Regional: Lincoln-Way West easily

won its fifth straight regional title, defeating Ottawa, 272.5155.5. The Warriors received titles from Tom Buell (113), Joey Schloegel (120), Amier Khamis (126), Noah Keefe (132), Kyle Ruettiger (138) and Trevor Schmidt (182). Morris got a championship from Andrew Faught (285).


Lockport captures six titles, wins regional championship By JEFF DE GRAW Shaw Media Correspondent BOLINGBROOK – Lockport’s wrestling team dominated the Class 3A Bolingrook Regional on Saturday The Porters boasted six individual champions and 11 qualifiers who advanced to next weekend’s Normal Community Sectional to finish with 217.5 points. The Porters had all 14 wrestlers in the top four, a first in program history. It was their first regional championship since 2012. Plainfield East (124 pounds) was second followed by Plainfield North (112) in third. Plainfield Central (84), Bolingbrook (80) and Romeoville (45) also participated. “Overall, we did very well as a team,” Lockport coach Josh Oster said. “But I also have mixed feelings, because you feel bad for the three who didn’t advance. Only the people on our team know that those kids work equally as hard as

anyone and their individual season came to an end.” In addition, Lockport assured itself a spot in the dual team sectionals, where it will meet Edwardsville for a chance to move on to the state finals. “This is a team that, on the outside, wasn’t suppose to be that good,” Oster added. “They knew they had something to prove. We will focus our entire team over the next couple of weeks, even the one’s that didn’t qualify, because they will have another chance during the team competition.” Winning titles for the Porters were Abdullah Assaf (113), Shayne Oster (138), Trevell Timmons (152), Eddie Ginnan (160), Tyler Johnson (195) and Chris Murino (220). It was the third regional title for Oster and the second for Timmons and Johnson. “This was my first varsity tournament win and it feels so good,” Ginnan, a senior, said. “My record doesn’t look good on paper, but our schedule gets us ready for this. We put it to-

gether when it mattered.” “You have to really step it up this time of year. By winning the bye will be good next week, but you still must beat the best to make it to state,” Murino said. East advanced four and had three champions – Michael McGee (106), Zach Krause (132) and Jake Mayon (182). McGee and Krause won the regional for a second time. McGee faced Plainfield North rival Marcus Povlick in the finals in what turned out to be the best match of the day. Povlick beat McGee earlier in the year and Saturday’s match went to overtime with McGee winning 3-2. “I’ve really worked hard on correcting my little mistakes,” McGee said. “I don’t like losing and when I lost to Marcus earlier in the season it made me work even harder.” Bolingbook qualfied four individuals for sectionals and had two champions, Josh Alexander (145) and Mitch Murray (170).

Providence’s Smith claims regional title

Class 2A St. Laurence Regional: The Indians defeated

the hosts, 196.5-140, to claim top honors. Capturing titles for Lemont were Jake Leffler (106), Gabe Berta (120), Ryan Glynn (126), Egan Berta (138), Jim Brennan (145), Jake Kirkman (152), Dimitri Giatris (160), John Polk (170)

Providence’s Cole Smith tries to flip Joliet Central’s Christian Smith to the mat during their 138-pound championship match at the IHSA Class 3A Lincoln-Way Central Regional on Saturday in New Lenox. Smith claimed a 6-2 victory. To read more about Smith’s win along with the other area qualifiers for next weekend’s sectional, turn to page 43.

Class 3A Rock Island Regional: Plainfield South took third

with 162.5 points, finishing just behind champion Moline (166.5) and Yorkville (164) while Minooka (110) claimed fourth. Winning titles for the Cougars were Andrew Bonner (138), Danny Saracco (195) and Eric Johnson (220) while the Indians got a championship from Carson Oughton (170).

Class 1A Sterling Newman Regional: Sage Friese (138), Zach Russell (152) and Bryce Coyle (182) won titles for Seneca, which tied Princeton for second behind Rock Falls.

“I’m finally advancing after three years,” Murray, a senior, said. “I had to cut weight this morning, about two pounds. I was a little tired after that but I really focused during that title match.” “I’ve really trained hard for this and it feels good and now I just have to keep it going,” Alexander said. Plainfield North advanced six with two champions, both who got falls – Luke Smiley (126), who pinned Lockport’s Sam Fuentes and senior Nick Wolf (285), who finished the day with a 37-second pin over Romeoville’s Damian Vasquez. “What a fantastic feeling,” Smiley said. “This is the first tournament I have ever won. We will see how it goes from here, but I really wanted that one.” Plainfield Central didn’t have any champions, but qualified five individuals. Clayton Ledbetter (138) and Cody England (113) finished second. Romeoville qualified two for next week’s sectionals.

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Joliet West’s Austin Poch (left) has control of Lincoln-Way North’s Jackson Zofkie during the IHSA Class 3A Lincoln-Way Central Regional on Saturday in New Lenox. Poch claimed a 12-5 victory. “There’s a few things that I can touch up, but other than that, I feel real good about this season,” Dominski said. “In the practice room, we all get after it and we just push each other to be the best that we can be.” Dudeck followed with a win by technical fall in 4:49 over

East’s Christian Beecher in the 182 finals. “I thought that I did fine,” Dudeck said. “I intend to not do what I did last year, when I didn’t go downstate. When we’re all pushing each other 100 percent in the room it pays off for each one of us.” Kelly avenged a regu-

lar-season loss when he recorded a fall in 7:13 over Providence’s Dominic Ferraro for the 220 title. “I knew that I could still do my offense, but not too much of what I normally do, so I stayed in tight today and didn’t try to go upper body with him a lot,” Kelly said. “In overtime, I

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NEW LENOX – Jason DePolo said not getting an extra kid to the sectional might cost him some sleep Saturday, but the performance of his Lincoln-Way Central wrestling team would not deprive most coaches statewide from getting a good night’s sleep. That’s because the Knights won six titles and qualified 10 individuals out of their own Class 3A regional to next weekend’s Normal Community Sectional. In addition, Central made history by winning its third-straight regional, beating Lincoln-Way East, 196129, for the title. The Knights also advance to the dual team sectional against Moline. Winning championships for Central were Vinnie Piunti (120 pounds), Matt Crnich (126), Brandon Dominski (170), Jake Dudeck (182), Sean Kelly (220) and Bryan Ditchman (285). East had no champions but advanced eight while Providence (116) got a title from Cole Smith (138) and qualified six. Homewood-Flossmoor edged Joliet West, 101.5-99, for fourth while Bloom Township (93.5) was sixth and Joliet Central (77) took seventh. The Tigers received championships from Darvell Flagg (106), Austin Poch (113) and Meekah Ben-Israel (195) and had one other qualifier while the Steelmen got a title win from Tyler Lawson (152) and advanced two others to the sectional. Piunti repeated as a regional champion when he edged East’s Jake DiBenedetto, 4-2, in the 120-pound finals. Crnich got a takedown with 18 seconds left in overtime to claim a 4-2 win over East’s Jason Stokes in the 126-pound title match. “This is my first regional title and I hoped to win this, so I could get a bye in the first round of sectionals,” Crnich said. “It came from a lot of hard work in the room. We’ve got a great room with good coaches. Vinnie’s my practice partner and we definitely push each other.” Dominski picked up a 14-7 title victory at 170 over East’s Brian Burns.

was going to get up and try to take him down since I knew he wasn’t going to expect that.” And top-ranked Ditchman needed just 64 seconds to record a fall in the 285 championship over Bloom’s Alexzander Clark. Flagg, who missed a month because of a concussion, recorded a takedown with 17 seconds left to edge Providence’s Ben Emery, 5-3, in the 106 title match. “I got a little break, so I feel fresh,” Flagg said. “I’m very excited about the postseason. My goal is to win sectionals so I can get a good seed at state.” Poch followed with a 12-5 win in the 113 finals over Lincoln-Way North’s Jackson Zofkie. “Darvell and I push each other in the room so that we can try to be the best that we can be,” Poch said. “Our goal is to get to state and hopefully be on that podium.” And Ben-Israel completed the sweep for the Tigers in the 195 finals when he captured a 6-2 triumph over Lincoln-Way Central’s Joe Brandt. “I feel great since that was the first varsity tournament that I ever won,” Ben-Israel said. “That just shows how hard we’ve been working in practice. I just need another good week of practice and with my teammates helping me, I think I’ll do good.” Lawson claimed a 3-0 victory in the 152 finals over Lincoln-Way Central’s Zach Rudsinski. “This means a lot since last year I got demolished at 152,” Lawson said. “I couldn’t ask for a better practice partner than Christian (Smith) since he’s been pushing me to the limit. He’s helped to get me to where I’m at right now.” And Cole Smith defeated Joliet Central’s Christian Smith 6-2 in the 138 title match. “I think I’m there, but some times I face kids with a little more experience,” Cole Smith said. “It feels pretty good to get the first-round bye going into sectionals.” H-F’s Javon Thompson won, 8-0, over Joliet Central’s Trenton Tucker in the 145 finals. Also winning titles were Bloom’s Datrelle Kozeluh (132) and H-F’s Mike Hall (160).

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Lewis women, men earn road victories SUBMITTED REPORTS KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The No. 1-ranked Lewis women’s basketball team led wire-towire in a 96-57 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory Saturday at Rockhurst. Lewis (23-0, 13-0) led, 56-31, at half, marking the fifth time this season the Flyers have scored 50 points in a half. Of Lewis’ 20 first-half baskets, 18 came off assists, including eight by Nikki Nellen. Jamie Johnson led the Flyers with 18 points, including three 3-pointers. She also had four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Johnson is the GLVC’s leading scorer with a 19.5 average and is averaging 3.32 assists, ninth in the GLVC. Jess Reinhart had 14 points and 12 rebounds in 23 minutes. Reigning GLVC Player of the Year Mariyah Brawner-Henley added 12 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes. Lewis’ bench finished with 35 points, including a career-high nine points by Alex Poole on 3 of 3 shooting. Alyssa Dengler pitched in 10 points. The Flyers finished with a season-high 28 assists. Nellen finished with a career-high 11.

Lewis men 85, Rockhurt 65:

The first half of Saturday’s GLVC match-up between Lewis and Rockhurst featured 17 lead changes, but the second half was all Flyers. Lewis (16-6, 8-5) has won four straight including Thursday night’s 74-73 win at Williams Jewell, when the Flyers erased a six-point deficit in the final 20 seconds. Max Strus led the Flyers with 16 points. Forward Julian Lewis compiled a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Nelson scored 12 points and Ryan Jackson tied a career-high with nine assists. The Flyers shot 49.2 percent (31 of 63), outrebounded Rockhurst, 45-36, and tied a season best with only six turnovers. Lewis also held Rockhurst to .344 shooting (21 of 61).


Lincoln-Way East claims cheer title scored 14 and Mike Koszella both teams in Midwestern In12 for the Knights (4-16, 0-8) in tercollegiate Volleyball AssoBLOOMINGTON – Lin- the SouthWest Suburban Red ciation. Geoff Powell led the Flyers coln-Way East won the large- game. (9-1, 1-0) with 12 kills and a .435 team state cheerleading hitting percentage. Lewis outchampionship for the second GIRLS BASKETBALL consecutive year Saturday Lemont 52, Hillcrest 49: hit Grand Canyon .349 to .202. with a 93.73 team score at U.S. Emma Bozue, had 14 points Scott Fifer totaled 30 assists. Cellular Coliseum. and went 12 of 12 from the The Flyers held a 10.5 -5 blocks Lockport finished in second free-throw line for Lemont advantage. Bobby Walsh and place with a 93.60 score. The (13-11, 9-3) in the South Sub- Jacob Schmiegelt each had finish helped earn the Porters urban Blue match-up. Paige four blocks. Walsh had five their eighth state trophy. Terrazas had 12 points, hit kills while Schmiegelt totaled After being tied for ninth two 3-pointers and made two six. on Friday, Lincoln-Way West key free throws with 5.8 secmedaled in the medium-team onds left. MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD division with an 88.27 score, No. 15 Lewis earn provisionLincoln-Way Central 61, good for third place. Thornton 47: Jenna Meyers als: Adam Barr earned an Lemont finished fourth scored a team-high 20 points NCAA Provisional mark with with an 87.80. In the small- for the Knights (12-14, 6-7) in a second-place heave of 20.00m team division, Reed-Custer the SouthWest Suburban Red (65-7½), besting his previous scored an 84.53 and took fifth. game. Colleen Barrett had record of 19.04m (62-4½) set Wilmington finished sixth seven points and nine assists. last season, and pacing the with an 82.83. No. 15 Flyers at the Hillsdale Minooka and Joliet West WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Wide-Track Classic. failed to advance in the largeKevin Dorenkamper (MiJJC 69, DuPage 41: JJC (18team division, Morris fell 8, 7-3) led, 35-34, at half, then nooka) set NCAA Provisional short in the medium-team held N4C foe DuPage to two marks in the preliminaries division and Bolingbrook suf- field goals and seven sec- of the 60-meter hurdles (8.26) fered the same fate in the coed ond-half points. Juatece Mc- and as a member of the firstdivision. Near scored 16 points, Nao- place distance medley relay mi Mayes 12, Chavon Banks (10:14.25). BOYS BASKETBALL Joining Dorenkamper on 11 and LeRoyia Campbell 10. the DMR was Asher Scott, Lincoln-Way West 37, Lin- Banks had seven rebounds. Shawn Milhauser and Connor coln-Way North 36: In a 37-36 Ritzi. SouthWest Suburban Red vic- MEN’S VOLLEYBALL Scott added a first-place tory over Lincoln-Way North, Lewis 3, Grand Canyon 0: The West’s Jon Marotta scored 12 No. 3 Lewis men’s volleyball finish of 1:57.19 in the 800-mepoints and Marco Pettinato 10. team swept Grand Canyon, 25- ter run, and Milhauser picked up a NCAA Provisional time Thornwood 73, Lincoln-Way 19, 25-19, 25-19. The match was the first for of 1:54.69 in the championship Central 45: Chris Robinson


heat of the same race. Andre Barnes narrowly missed breaking the meet record in the 400 but still came home with a second-place and NCAA Provisional finish of 49.02. Andrew Timmons took home the mile title with a 4:31.16. Lewis’ Isaac Jean-Paul has been named the GLVC Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this season and third straight week.

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD No. 5 Lewis sets Provisionals: Lewis’ Chantel Stennis

(Bolingbrook) won the 200-meter dash with a NCAA Provisional mark of 24.63 to lead the No. 5 Flyers at the Hillsdale Wide-Track Classic. Amanda Farrough, who was the GLVC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week this past week, added another NCAA Provisional standard with a third-place showing of 2:16.62 in the 800. Farrough was a member of the runner-up and NCAA Provisional setting distance medley relay (12:08.64) along with Amy Polhemus, Stephanie Nielsen and Zoe Mead. Paige Gatter and sophomore Megan Burgener went 1-2 in the mile run. Gatter finished in 5:30.29, Burgener in 5:30.87.


St. Francis keeps home record clean, wins 13th straight SUBMITTED REPORT JOLIET – Ilya Ilyayev scored 16 points as the No. 14-ranked University of St. Francis defeated Purdue North Central, 75-62, on Saturday night in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball at the Sullivan Center.


With the victory – USF’s ninth straight at home this season and 13th straight at the Sullivan Center dating back to last season – the Saints (20-6, 14-1 CCAC) opened a two-game lead over Olivet Nazarene in the CCAC South standings with four regular-season games remaining. St. Francis never trailed.


The Saints closed out the first half with a 9-0 run to take a 3722 lead at the intermission. Edvinas Presniakovas (Plainfield South) gave St. Francis its largest lead of the game, 44-27, with a 3-point basket early in the second half. Purdue North Central (8-19, 4-12) cut the Saints’ lead to 65-58 with 2:28 remaining, but

USF answered with a 7-0 run to cap the victory. Presniakovas finished with 12 points and freshman Iain Morison added 11 off the bench as USF recorded its 11th straight win over the Panthers. St. Francis outshot Purdue North Central 47 percent to 36 percent.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties



By RYAN WOODEN Shaw Media Correspondent

LEFT: Submitted photo TOP: Lathan Goumas file photo – lgoumas@shawmedia.com

LEFT: Minooka’s Nathan Gunn signed to play football with University of South Dakota on Wednesday. TOP: Gunn runs the ball during the fourth quarter of the Sept. 12 game at Romeoville High School.

said. “So that gives me more fire to go out there and help [South Dakota] make it back to the playoffs.” Although he hasn’t made a playoff appearance in his three seasons at South Dakota, Glenn has had success at the Football Championship Subdivision level (then Division I-AA), piloting the 2001 Montana Grizzlies to a national championship. He also won a pair of Division II titles at Northern Colorado. Now, after a failed stint at the FBS level in Wyoming,

Glenn hopes to make South Dakota a contender in the FCS’ preeminent league, the Missouri Valley. Defensive line coach Marquice Williams has been a member of Glenn’s staff for three years, and he served as Gunn’s primary recruiter. Shortly after Gunn made it official by faxing his National Letter of Intent to the coaching staff and the NCAA, Williams spoke glowingly about the Minooka running back. “Obviously, he showed a lot on his film from his ju-

nior year,” Williams said of Gunn’s 860-yard, 14-touchdown campaign of 2013. “He’s a big, athletic kid that can run, and that’s one of our top priorities. “We got an opportunity to watch him in practice and watch him move around, and it became obvious he was the real deal.” In a league that saw five of its member institutions qualify for the FCS playoffs, including North Dakota State and Illinois State, who met in the national championship game, physicality is at a premium. Both the Bison and the Redbirds earned their way to the title game by controlling the line of scrimmage and running the ball effectively, and South Dakota hopes to mimic that approach with a big back like Gunn. “The Missouri Valley Football Conference is a physical league,” Williams said. “His size was a big difference-maker for us. Seeing what we go against in our conference, you can size him up and compare him to the guys we compete against – guys like David Johnson at Northern Iowa.” That’s particularly high praise when considering that Johnson ran for 1,553 yards and 17 touchdowns on a team that went 9-5 before losing to Illinois State in the second round of the playoffs.

Nate Gunn’s game-by-game stats for 2014 season Date Opponent 8/29 Morris 9/5 Providence 9/12 Romeoville 9/19 Oswego 9/26 Plainfield C. 10/3 Plainfield E. 10/10 Plainfield S. 10/17 Oswego E. 10/24 Plainfield N. TOTALS

Car 23 11 37 23 42 18 23 34 21 232

Yds TD 175 4 24 1 226 3 124 0 206 1 53 0 116 1 201 1 56 1 1,118 12

Note: Stats from MaxPreps However, while getting the chance to be a Johnson-like back for South Dakota sounds great, it’s education that is first and foremost for Gunn. “Me not having to pay a penny to go to college is a big deal for my family,” Gunn said. “So I just want to go and get my education, and then shine on the football field. They told me they don’t want me to redshirt my freshman year, so I’m hoping to compete at the running back position next year. “If I grind on the field and grind in the classroom, after four years, it should all work out for me and I should have my degree.” Gunn plans to major in business.

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MINOOKA – With 11 hours of coverage dedicated to National Letter of Intent Signing Day on ESPNU and four major internet services charging in excess of $7.95 a month for recruiting information, it’s easy to get lost in the spectacle of college football recruiting. It’s a big business now, so we lose sight of the intended purpose. Football is supposed to be used as a conduit to further the education of young men across the country, and in the case of guys like Minooka’s Nate Gunn, it has provided exactly that. Gunn was an all-conference running back at Minooka, as the big bruising back, rushed for 2,021 yards and 26 touchdowns the past two seasons. His performance caught the attention of the University of South Dakota, and on Wednesday afternoon, Gunn signed his letter of intent to play for coach Joe Glenn and the Coyotes. He had verbally committed two weeks before signing. “I really liked the coaching staff,” Gunn said. “I also liked the campus and the dorms and everything. I felt like a lot of other schools I visited gave off that high school vibe, but at South Dakota I’ll be playing in a dome and be in a great weight room.” Gunn’s senior season at Minooka was a success. In the season opener, he scored all four Indians’ touchdowns in a 28-21 win over Morris, and he had three 200-yard rushing performances during conference play. However, Minooka failed to make the playoffs, finishing the season 4-5. It was the third time in his varsity career Minooka failed to qualified for the postseason, and the bad taste that was left in Gunn’s mouth now drives the back to help build a winner in Vermillion, South Dakota. “I only had one winning season when I was at Minooka and that was my freshman year, so I’ve never gotten to play in a playoff game,” Gunn

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Central Division W L Pct 31 20 .608 31 21 .596 28 23 .549 20 31 .392 19 32 .373 Atlantic Division W L Pct 34 17 .667 21 29 .420 19 31 .380 12 40 .231 10 41 .196 Southeast Division W L Pct 42 9 .824 32 20 .615 22 28 .440 21 29 .420 16 37 .302

Bulls pound New Orleans

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loss since 1999.


gan, Malcolm Hill scored 19 points and Illinois withstood a last-minute technical foul to beat Michigan State. Kendrick Nunn added 14 points and Nnanna Egwu had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Fighting Illini (16-8, 6-5 Big Ten), winners of three straight games. Denzel Valentine scored 16 points for the Spartans (15-8, 6-4) but fouled out after missing a 6-foot shot that would have given his team a 56-55

sin, Bronson Koenig scored a season-high 16 points, Sam Dekker also had 16 and No. 5 Wisconsin won its sixth straight by beating Northwestern. Nigel Hayes added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Badgers (21-2, 9-1 Big Ten), who are off to their best start since going 21-1 in 2006-7. Wisconsin overpowered the Wildcats (10-13, 1-9) with its athleticism to open a big early lead.

NEW ORLEANS – Anthony Davis stood in a hallway outside the Pelicans’ and Bulls’ locker rooms, wearing a gray sweatsuit and smiling as he engaged Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau in a good-natured postgame chat. After a hard, awkward fall on an alley-oop dunk had sidelined Davis with a sore right shoulder, the All-Star’s demeanor could be seen as an encouraging sign for New Orleans – and the NBA. The dangling, empty right sleeve of Davis’ sweatshirt – the result of his arm being tucked in a sling – was more worrisome. Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose helped Bulls break open a close contest after Davis’ departure from the game, and the Bulls cruised to a 107-72 victory Saturday. “Anthony’s a player that makes a big difference, so it was a tough hit for them to take,” said Gasol, whose 20 points and 15 rebounds helped the Bulls snap a three-game skid. “We knew that we just had to stay at it and be aggressive on both ends of the floor and that’s what we did.” Derrick Rose added 20 points for the Bulls, who went on a 4011 run after Davis went out. With Davis in the locker room, the Bulls closed the first half on a 13-4 run that included two 18-foot jumpers by Gasol, Rose’s 3 and Taj Gibson’s putback dunk that made it 48-39.

round, TGC, 2 p.m. Champions Tour, Allianz Championship, final round, 4 p.m., TGC Winter sports Skiing, World Alpine Championships, 4 p.m., NBC Women’s basketball William & Mary at Hofstra, noon, CSN Baylor at Texas, 1 p.m., ESPN2 Nebraska at Maryland, 3 p.m., ESPN2 Wrestling Iowa at Penn St., noon, BTN Soccer Premier League, West Bromwich

at Burnley, 5:55 a.m., NBCSN Premier League, Stoke City at Newcastle, 8:05 a.m., NBCSN Premier League, Manchester United at West Ham, 10:10 a.m., NBCSN Women’s national teams, exhibition, France vs. United States, 10:50 a.m., ESPN2 Men’s national teams, exhibition, United States vs. Panama, 2:55 p.m., ESPN Auto racing NHRA, Winternationals, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2 (same-day tape) Bowling USBC Masters, noon, ESPN

GB — 10½ 19½ 20½ 27


Southwest Division W L Pct 37 13 .740 35 15 .700 35 18 .660 32 18 .640 27 24 .529 Northwest Division W L Pct Portland 34 17 .667 Oklahoma City 25 25 .500 Denver 19 32 .373 Utah 18 33 .353 Minnesota 10 40 .200 Pacific Division W L Pct Golden State 40 9 .816 L.A. Clippers 33 18 .647 Phoenix 29 23 .558 Sacramento 17 32 .347 L.A. Lakers 13 37 .260 Saturday’s Results Bulls 107, New Orleans 72 Washington 114, Brooklyn 77 Philadelphia 89, Charlotte 81 Golden State 106, New York 92 Milwaukee 96, Boston 93 Dallas 111, Portland 101, OT Utah 102, Sacramento 90 Sunday’s Games Bulls at Orlando, 5 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City, noon L.A. Lakers at Cleveland, 2:30 p.m. Atlanta at Memphis, 5 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 5 p.m. Indiana at Charlotte, 5 p.m. Portland at Houston, 6 p.m. San Antonio at Toronto, 6 p.m. Phoenix at Sacramento, 8 p.m.

GB — 2 3½ 5 10½

Memphis Houston Dallas San Antonio New Orleans

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Duke’s Grayson Allen (left) blocks a shot by Notre Dame’s Demetrius Jackson during the second half Saturday in Durham, N.C. Duke won, 90-60.


No. 4 Duke routs No. 10 Notre Dame The ASSOCIATED PRESS

Illinois 59, Michigan St., No. Wisconsin 65, NorthwestDURHAM, N.C. – Justise 54: At East Lansing, Michi- ern, 50: At Madison, Wiscon-

NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE Nashville St. Louis Blackhawks Winnipeg Minnesota Colorado Dallas Anaheim San Jose Calgary Vancouver Los Angeles Arizona Edmonton

Central Division GP W L OT 52 34 12 6 52 34 14 4 52 32 18 2 54 26 18 10 51 25 20 6 53 22 20 11 52 23 21 8 Pacific Division GP W L OT 53 34 12 7 53 28 18 7 53 29 21 3 50 28 19 3 52 22 18 12 53 19 27 7 53 14 30 9

Pts 74 72 66 62 56 55 54

GF 158 166 157 147 139 134 164

GA 125 128 119 142 140 147 170

Pts 75 63 61 59 56 45 37

GF 159 149 152 135 140 122 121

GA 143 144 136 131 141 176 177


Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts 52 31 12 9 71 54 33 16 5 71 51 33 15 3 69 52 28 17 7 63 50 23 17 10 56 54 23 27 4 50 51 20 22 9 49 53 16 34 3 35 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts Pittsburgh 52 30 14 8 68 N.Y. Islanders 52 33 18 1 67 Washington 53 28 15 10 66 N.Y. Rangers 50 30 16 4 64 Philadelphia 52 22 22 8 52 New Jersey 53 21 23 9 51 Columbus 51 23 25 3 49 Carolina 51 18 26 7 43 Detroit Tampa Bay Montreal Boston Florida Toronto Ottawa Buffalo

GF 155 174 138 138 125 153 139 100

GA 130 142 116 128 142 165 144 186

GF 151 164 156 150 142 121 132 111

GA 129 147 132 120 154 146 157 135

Note: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Saturday’s Results Nashville 3, N.Y. Rangers 2 Los Angeles 4, Tampa Bay 2 Boston 2, N.Y. Islanders 1 Buffalo 3, Dallas 2 Toronto 5, Edmonton 1 Montreal 6, New Jersey 2 Columbus 4, Ottawa 1 Minnesota 1, Colorado 0 Detroit 3, Arizona 1 Pittsburgh at Vancouver (n) Carolina at San Jose (n) Sunday’s Games Blackhawks at St. Louis, 11:30 a.m. Nashville at Florida, 2 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington, 2 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Buffalo, 4 p.m. Anaheim at Tampa Bay, 4 p.m. Dallas at N.Y. Rangers, 4 p.m. Colorado at Winnipeg, 5 p.m. Montreal at Boston, 6:30 p.m.

Winslow had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Duke used a huge early run to rout Notre Dame, 90-60, on Saturday. Fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Jones added a career-high 17 points off the bench and Tyus Jones scored 12 for the Blue Devils (20-3, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot 61 percent – 81 percent in the first half – and used an early 43-7 run to give Notre Dame (21-4, 9-3) its worst

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Double organ transplant recipient glances back, moves forward By MAUVERNEEN BLEVINS Shaw Media Correspondent


OLIET – After the birth of her first daughter, Mary Magee-Huth, who was 21 at the time, had a stroke. Then at 39, six years after the birth of her second daughter, Magee-Huth was on dialysis, disability and a transplant list. These were just some of the consequences of the Type 1 diabetes she had battled since her diagnosis in 1970, at age 11. After 18 months on the Illinois transplant list, her doctor warned the fitness coordinator and head personal trainer at Presence Inwood Athletic Club in Joliet that some people never receive a transplant. “You don’t know me,” Magee-Huth replied. “I will.” She transferred to the Wisconsin list because the wait time was shorter. Two months later, Magee-Huth had a kidney-pancreas transplant. That was 15 years ago. Talking with this vibrant, chatty, live-life-to-the-fullest woman, one might never suspect she is the recipient of an organ transplant, that she has met her donor’s father and that she has one health woe after another because of the many medications she takes to prevent organ rejection. But none of that was on Magee-Huth’s mind when she was diagnosed. “I had asked, ‘Does this mean I won’t be able to have babies?’ ” Magee-Huth said.

The road to health

Magee-Huth recalled the lack of home blood testing, inaccurate urine strips. She required four to six insulin injections a day over 30 years. One doctor told Magee-Huth’s mother that the life expectancy for someone with her condition was 18 to 20 years The seven-and-a-half-

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Mary Magee-Huth teaches a fitness class Thursday at the Inwood Athletic Club in Joliet. hour surgery that provided Magee-Huth a new kidney and pancreas was performed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she still receives follow-up consultations every year, she said. The rest of her doctors are local. “I’m blessed. I have a lot of doctors and I like them all,” Magee-Huth said. “They go the extra mile for me.” She takes 10 medicines and 14 pills daily. All those medications have come with side effects – skin cancer, susceptibility to infection, bone fractures – and a need to avoid grapefruit. Still, Magee-Huth said she can’t complain. “When you rely on shots several times a day and are so sick with dialysis, pills are easy,” Magee-Huth said with

a laugh. She considers herself fortunate to have met her donor’s father. After a year, recipients can request a donor’s name and – if the family agrees – it is released to them. Magee-Huth had always called her donor ‘David’ simply because she likened him to David who slew Goliath. It was a “spine-chilling” moment when she learned his name was Michael David.

Giving back through advocacy and education

Occasionally, someone who has heard Magee-Huth’s story will contact her for advice and support. She encourages them to lose weight, eat healthy and not wait until their kidneys fail before researching transplant options. Magee-Huth

also lectures on organ donation. She said meeting Secretary of State Jesse White was a highlight of her life because of his commitment to organ donation. She tells as many people as she can to become a donor through www.organdonor.gov. She especially enjoys talking with high school students. When Magee-Huth asks, “How old do you think my organ donor was?” she said her words stun most of them when she answers with, “He was 18.” While it’s not easy knowing someone had to die in order for her to receive a transplant, Magee-Huth is quick to stress another point – donors didn’t die because of you. “A transplant never

becomes yours,” Magee-Huth said. “It’s a gift. A gift you have to take care of.”

The positive force in her life

She credits her upbeat attitude to her mother. When Magee-Huth was a little girl and so sick she was afraid she might die, her mother would say, “Reach deep down and pull yourself out of this.” Although her mom eventually succumbed to cancer, toward the end she still advised, “Be thankful. I’m thankful.” So Magee-Huth is thankful, to the point of driving with her mother’s motto – “Be Joyous” – on her license plate. Unfortunately, not everyone heeds the message. “Some people still flip me off,” Magee-Huth joked.

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PEOPLE BRIEFS Joliet Township students perform at ILMEA festival

JOLIET – More than 20 JTHS students participated in the Illinois Music Educators Association District I festival for jazz, choir, band and orchestra. After a competitive audition process, the students were selected to perform in the District I Festival on Nov. 22 at Lincoln-Way West High School. In addition, students Kyra Adams, Gerardo Martinez, Danny Mulligan and Aaron Wallace were selected to perform at the ILMEA All-State Conference which was held in Peoria in January. Participating students are: • Joliet Central Choir ILMEA District One Senior Chorus – Tyrique McNeal, sophomore, Bass 2; Moises Garcia, sophomore, Tenor 2; Zariya Butler, junior, Alto 2; Aaron Wallace, senior, Bass 2 • Joliet Central Choir ILMEA District One Vocal Jazz Ensemble – Aaron Wallace, senior, bass; Zariya Butler, junior, alto; Tyrique McNeal, sophomore, bass. • Joliet Central Band – Mariana Morales, senior, oboe • Joliet West Choir – Alexis Smith, junior – Soprano 2; Alyssa Rice, junior, Soprano 1; Carolina Soto, junior, Alto 2; Trevor Culbreth, junior, Tenor 1; Max Rosa, junior, baritone; Danny Mulligan, senior, baritone • Joliet West Band – Madison Dahl, sophomore, flute; Alex Volante, senior, oboe; Eric Small, junior, clarinet; Clayton Pelzer, junior, piano • JTHS Orchestra – Sarah Gusewelle, sophomore, flute; Tara Price, senior, bassoon; Gerardo Martinez, junior, trumpet; Kyra Adams, senior, viola; Elizabeth Malloy, senior, violin; Hunter Thoms, freshman, string bass

Kelvin Grove students perform at ILMEA festival

LOCKPORT – Lockport School District #91 Kelvin Grove students Alex Carberry (Chorus), Joanna Findura (Band) and Lauren Johnson (Band) were selected to perform at the Illinois Music Educators Association District 1 Elementary and Junior High Music Festival. The festival was held Nov. 8 at Lockport Township High School in Lockport and involved more than 500 students selected by audition from more than 60 schools throughout the southwestern metropolitan Chicago area. Music Directors from more than 60 schools received continuing education training during the day while students were in rehearsal.

Lincoln-Way Central marching band performs

NEW LENOX – The Lincoln-Way Central Marching Knights began their competiThe third-grade students Indian Trail Elementary School in Frankfort worked on animal research using new tablets in the computer lab. Pictured are Erick Salgado and Kennedy tive season Sept. 13, with a very successRogers. ful performance in the Stagg Marching Band Jamboree at A.A. Stagg High School James Lipinski, string bass; and SamanIMEA District I Junior Division Festival on in Palos Hills. tha Steagerman, bass trombone; District Nov. 8 at Lockport Township High School The Marching Knights finished first Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Thomas Erhardt, include Zach Arseneau, Taylor Arthur, place in the Class AA category and third tenor; Austin Richardson, bass; and Tom Lorin Briese, Justin Cheon, Elise Clayton, place overall. In addition the 80-member Wisinski, tenor. Alex Desjardins, Sara Dore, Alex Guzzo, strong Marching Knights took home In addition, Lincoln-Way West High Jacob Heimlich and Ambre Reymond. awards for Best Visual, Best Music, Best School Music Department Chair Cary Student Aiden Dehn was selected to Auxiliary and Best Percussion. Ruklic also announced this week the participate in the Nov. 15 IMEA Junior The Stagg Marching Band Jamboree list of music students who successJazz Band Festival at Lincoln-Way North hosted 20 bands in three categories, fully auditioned into the 2014 Illinois High School. Class A, Class AA and Class AAA. The Music Educators Association District 1 Hickory Creek Principal Kevin Suchinski overall Grand Champion was Marion Festivals. commended the students and teachers Catholic High School. The following students were selected to for their hard work. On Sept. 27, the Lincoln-Way Central play or sing for the IMEA District 1 FestiMarching Knights performed in the vals: Band: Nathan Adler, bass trombone; Lincoln-Way West Wheaton North High School Falcon Fest Sam Grubisich, trumpet; Melissa Horton, students in festivals Marching Festival, tying for second place trumpet; Orchestra: Anna Crisman, vioNEW LENOX – Lincoln-Way West High overall in the Class AA category. lin; Elizabeth Ramsden, violin; and Mark School Music Department Chair Cary In addition the 80-member strong Macha, trumpet; Chorus: Val Gibertini, Ruklic listed the music students who Lincoln-Way Central, West Marching Knights took home the award alto I; Trisha Golec, alto II; Brianna Gray, successfully auditioned into the 2014 students part of festivals for Best Color Guard. The Marching alto I; Anastasia Karnezis, soprano II; Illinois Music Educators Association NEW LENOX – Lincoln-Way Central Knights 2014 drum majors are seniors Jenna Kirkeeng, soprano II; Clara Leo, District 1 Festivals. High School Music Department Chair Samantha Steagerman, from Manhattan, alto I; Daniel Puig, bass I; Rachel Singh, The following students were selected Stacy Williams-Jackson announced the and Richard A. Huish from New Lenox. soprano I; Gretchen Stellwagen, alto II; to play or sing for the IMEA District 1 list of music students who successfully On Oct. 25, the Lincoln-Way Central Mattie Taylor, soprano II; Cassidy Tiberi, Festivals: Band: Nathan Adler, bass auditioned into the 2014 Illinois Music Marching Knights finished their comEducators Association District 1 Festivals. alto II; Colleen Wright, alto I; Vocal Jazz trombone; Sam Grubisich, trumpet; petitive season at the Downers Grove Ensemble: Rachel Singh, soprano; and Melissa Horton, trumpet; Orchestra: The following students were selected Mustang Music Bowl, placing first in the Anna Crisman, violin; Elizabeth Ramsden, Class AA prelim awards and earning Best to play or sing for the IMEA District 1 Fes- Clara Leo, Alto. violin; and Mark Macha, trumpet; Chotivals: Band: Emilio Castaneda, tenor sax; General Effect and Best Music. Hickory Creek students in rus: Val Gibertini, alto I; Trisha Golec, Zoe Richardson, flute; and Clare Walsh, The Knights also earned third overall in Frankfort selected for IMEA alto II; Brianna Gray, alto I; Anastasia trumpet; Orchestra: Matt Fleckenstein, the finals awards. In addition the 80-memFRANKFORT – Under the direction of Karnezis, soprano II; Jenna Kirkeeng, percussion; Aislinn Baltas, cello; Meagan ber strong Marching Knights took home soprano II; Clara Leo, alto I; Daniel Puig, the Best Visual award in the finals. Barnett, viola; and Jennifer Perkne, violin; band instructors Dana Shoemaker and bass I; Rachel Singh, soprano I; GretchDistrict Chorus: Micaela Beck, soprano Doug Adams, students from Hickory The Marching Knights 2014 drum maCreek Middle School in Frankfort audien Stellwagen, alto II; Mattie Taylor, II; Jorie Beemsterboer, alto II; Isabella jors are seniors Samantha Steagerman, Hernandez, soprano I; Samantha Kestel, tioned to participate in the Illinois Music soprano II; Cassidy Tiberi, alto II; Colleen from Manhattan, and Richard A. Huish Wright, alto I; Vocal Jazz Ensemble: alto II; and Riley Wlos, soprano II; District Educators Association honor bands. from New Lenox. Jazz Bands: Rebecca Bettridge, trumpet; Students selected to participate in the Rachel Singh, soprano. – The Herald-News Photo provided

JOLIET – At the Joliet Township High School October Board of Education meeting, the following students were recognized for achieving an AP score of four or higher.

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Shelby Baty, with Zerui and Romanna Daoran, at the Family Night event.

B. Hernández, Jessy T. Marasco, Dominic C. Micheletto, Jaymie N. Minarich, Jakub J. Pawlica, Samuel A. Pérez, Virginia N. Sanantonio, Brennan Schultz, Jason A. Smith, Joliet Central High School – Joseph J. Timm and Diamond Amanda M. Alberico, Garrett J. Trueba. L. Beck, Derek Bernhard, CynJoliet West High School – thia Esquivel, Diana L. Flores, Kyra Adams, Leticia Alvarez, Andrew J. Gabl, Moisés Sean Chapman, Jefferson García, Tyson D. Guseman, Cherrington, Raymond ConBenjamin Hallihan, Jesús treras, Shane Donaldson-Cur-

ry, Kelly Doran, Richard Dove, Alec Graff, Kyle Kopchak, Dallas Lancenese, Carly Lantz, Stephanie Lee, Matthew Martinez, Alyssa Nordmeyer, Tyler O’Neill, Joshua Pearson, Margaret Spesia, Teresa Valdez, Youjia Wang, Alvi-Renzyl Cortes, Clayton Pelzer, Eric Small, Janelle Suriaga, Norma Acriniega, Jonathan Berry, Giovanni Cerullo, Kylie Drop, Even Duda, Kai Dzurny,

Jaina Gliva, Sarah Gusewelle, Rebecca Jurasits, Grace Meagher, Marissa Mueller, Amanda Paez, Hannah Perruquet, Teodoro Rosalez, Franco Rota, and Michael Yanes. An extensive selection of Advanced Placement and Dual Credit classes are available at JTHS. These classes allow students to earn college credit while enrolled in high school.

FRANKFORT – Friendship, fun, language and culture were the key ingredients at Grand Prairie Elementary School recently during an English Language Learner Family Night. Students and their families enjoyed pizza, crafts, games, pumpkin painting and reading together. In Frankfort District 157C, 23 students are listed as English Language Learners. These students enrolled in the district speaking a language other than English or live in a home where another language is spoken, and now are learning English at school. Students in the program include children from Project BEGIN and all K-8 grades except sixth grade. Their languages include Spanish, Russian, Korean, Arabic, Polish, Vietnamese, Japanese, Mandarin, Chinese and Kazakh. The district’s ELL instructor, Shelby Baty, teaches kindergarten through fifth grade and also oversees pre-kindergarten and sixth- through eighth-grade students. Sixththrough eighth-grade students are taught by Jennifer Rayola, the Spanish education and an ELL teacher. A combination of pull-out and push-in services is used, depending upon the needs of the students. Every lesson incorporates reading, writing, listening and speaking. The program is partially funded through a state grant written every year. Part of the grant requires that the district host a Family Night.

Students Brendan Barrett, Lauren Rosinski and Jack Lambin participate in Red Ribbon Week activities. Spencer Pointe and Spencer Crossing schools in New Lenox organized the weeklong event. Photo provided

River Valley students learn power of words

Arbury Hills School 2nd-graders learn about turnips

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Thanks to a generous donation by the Darien Rotary Club, each third-grade student at River Valley School in Lemont each has a dictionary. Rotary Club members visited each of the third-grade classrooms to present the gifts and spoke about the power of words. The national Rotary Dictionary Project has provided more than 19 million reference books to elementary students.

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Second-grade students, such as Taylor Hon (from left), Jacob Pupura and Brooklen Weckler, at Arbury Hills School in Mokena learned about and tasted turnips after reading the old Russian folktale, “The Enormous Turnip,” by Alexi Tolstoy. The classes are taught by Jody Diehl, Lisa Dunn and Carla Ervick.

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Josh Keating of Romeoville helped host conference ROMEOVILLE – Josh Keating was one of 13 Chadron State College student leaders who hosted their counterparts from Peru State College and Wayne State College on campus Oct. 24 and 25. Eight Peru State and four Wayne State student senators and students representing organizations equivalent to the CSC Campus Activity Board attended the event with one adviser accompanying each campus delegation. The PSC and WSC guests toured the CSC campus and discussed concerns about student alcohol consumption, longboard use on campuses and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Representatives of each college also provided a presentation about the programs and services offered by their institution.

This year the JTHS Foundation provided grant funding to 27 students and 19 JTHS staff members. A total of $18,501 was awarded. Students awarded grants were: Allison Rodawold, Ashana Patel, Elisa Guzman, Nicole Long, Sydney Czyzon, Emily Molo, Courtney Rubino, Katelyn Farrell, Alec Graff, Kyle Kopchak, Hana Cromer, Amanda Alberico,

Jordan Siebers, Amanda Marshall, Cynthia Esquivel, Erin Cochran. Emma Regal, Daniel Valdovinos, Kathryn Lockhart, Allison Rodawold, Stephanie Lee, Madison Schlegel, Giovanny Valadez, Danielle Morgan, Abasi Kelley, Jessica Vanerka and Breeana Meadows. Staff awarded grants were: Dale West, Dan Spradley, Soy-

Lewis University students conduct exit polling on Election Day

ini Chism, Jennifer Christiansen, Sharla Brender, Paul Oswald, Karen Paul, Eric Jern, Janice Sheehan, Joseph Hoyt, Daniel Tito & Peter Nackovic, Sheri Kennay, Amy Malizia, Peter Lipari, Jo Anne Bratkovich, Patricia Edwards, Nyssa Wilhelmsen, Mary Spata and Chuck Rumpf. The Joliet Township High School’s Foundation is com-

prised of local citizens who raise money for scholarships and projects, which would not normally be funded with tax money. The Foundation seeks to further enrich educational opportunities in District 204. The Foundation’s long-term plan is to attract donations and engage in fund-raising activities to provide support to students and staff.

Joliet West AD Steve Millsaps gets Lewis University’s Lumen award JOLIET – Joliet West High School Athletic Director Steve Millsaps is the 2014 Lewis University Education Lumen Award recipient, according to Larry Wiers, assistant professor for educational leadership and director of school partnerships at Lewis. The award is presented annually by the College of Education to one graduate based on the individual’s accomplishments as a professional educator. The criteria for the selection includes evidence of excellence in teaching, commitment to Christian ideals

of education and dedication to the teaching profession. JTHS Athletic Director Chris Olson nominated Millsaps for the award. Millsaps has more than 14 years of educational experience, including previously serving as secretary of the South West Suburban Conference and currently serving as the organization’s president. He is cheerleading liaison for the conference, is deeply involved in his children’s education, and is as a board member at his children’s parochial school.

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The Nov. 4 election served as a learning experience for Lewis University students enrolled in the Campaigns and Elections course, such as Samantha Glackin, Ian Miller and Eric Schmitz. On Election Day, six students conducted exit poll surveys at a polling place at Romeoville High School. The students plan used the survey results in a term paper, which will analyze how local voters voted and what issues were important to them. Joliet students who participated in surveying include Schmitz of Joliet, Luis Angeles of Joliet and Miller of Joliet.

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JOLIET – The Joliet Township High School Foundation recently awarded more than $18,000 at its annual Foundation Grant Award Ceremony. The grants were distributed to Joliet Township High School students and teachers to cover educational materials and enhancements that are not funded within the regular school budget.

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The Joliet Township High School foundation recently awarded more than $18,000 in student and faculty grants.

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Lincoln-Way Central Mathletes win fourth meet of the season

Air Force Junior ROTC cadets give back

The HERALD-NEWS NEWLENOX – The Lincoln-Way Central Mathletes prevailed in conference competition by winning the fourth meet of the season with 633 points over Sandburg High School’s 628 points. Lincoln-Way West and Lincoln-Way East tied for third with 586 points. The Knights placed first in 3 out of the 15 areas of competition. The conference meet was at Bolingbrook High School on Dec. 3. Seniors placing first for the Knights in the Matrix Algebra competition were Pat Burke, John Christel, Maggie Gonzalez, Priya Patel, Marc Veihl, and Allison White. Juniors placing first in Area/Perimeter/Volume were Nathan Chianelli, Matt Fleckenstein, Derek Jones, Ronnie Pacheco, Kevin Triner and sophomore Matthew Murphy.

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Lincoln-Way Central MathletesBen Zuraitis (left to right), Grace Klevorn, Ashley Schliffka (assistant Mathletes coach) and Adam Ceh. prepare for the conference contest. The junior/senior group placed first with Allison White, Joey Yurkanin, Nathan Chianelli, and Justin Yurkanin. Burke and senior John Christel brought home 37 out of 50 points in their oral com-

petition on Math of Finance. Freshmen Emily Parker and Grace Klevorn scored 44 points in their Equations oral. McLaughlin and senior Nicole Rote earned 48 points in the Graph Theory oral.

Recently, the Air Force Junior ROTC cadets of Lockport Township High School gave back – in a big way – to veterans. Through multiple fundraising events, the cadets of Unit IL-761 donated $1,500 to the Gary Sinise Foundation – R.I.S.E. program.

Marvin & Marianne Leffler 60th Wedding Anniversary

Joliet chapter of national black women’s group hosts annual Founders Day Gala Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Leffler celebrate their 60th anniversary. Marvin Leffler and Marianne Hennebry were married February 12, 1955 at a 6:00 candlelight service at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Lemont by the Reverend Walter Pieper. The couple has lived in Lemont all their lives – enjoying fishing in Wisconsin during summers. They are parents of three sons - Thomas (Jana) of Virginia Beach, VA; Timothy (Tracey) of Plainfield and James (Maureen), Lemont. “Murph” and Marianne are blessed with two granddaughters - Jordan and Katie and seven grandsons - Nick, Thomas, Christian, Michael, Timmy, Jack and Gage. The couple will be honored at a family luncheon on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The HERALD-NEWS JOLIET – On Nov. 29, the local chapter of the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. hosted its annual Founders Day Gala. The Gala is NHBW – Joliet Chapter’s major fundraising event and awards banquet. Proceeds from the fundraiser support established local community programs. NHBW – Joliet’s philanthropic efforts have put more than 50,000 books in the homes of families in northern Illinois. The organization also provides mentoring programs to underserved children, financial scholarships to further college-level education, and health and domestic violence awareness information to women and men in the Joliet area. This year NHBW – Joliet Chapter honored the following community members with Gold Star Awards: Julia Alex-


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Gold Star Award recipients (left to right) are Julie Edwards, Gregory Thompson, Bonnie Williams-Winfrey (for Williams Barbershop), Vanessa Gallup and Lita Holmes. ander, founder of the fundraising organization, “Let’s Help Someone;” Julie Edwards, director of Community Health Strategy at Presence Health; Gregory Thompson, dean of students at Joliet West High

School; Lita Holmes, Joliet-area social worker; Vanessa Gallup, volunteer at Catholic Charities Day Break Homeless Shelter; Bonnie Williams-Winfrey (for the community icon, Williams Barbershop).

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NEW LENOX – Lincoln-Way West High School seniors in the Warrior Way Leadership program received information recently as they transition from high school to college or the workplace. Guest speaker Mary Jo Burfeind vice president of Human Resources Talent Development for Health Care Service Corporation, talked about developing a personal brand as a strategy to help the students focus on their most important product – themselves. Warrior Way student leaders are: Alex Alvarado, Andrew Clavenna, Anna Leo, Anthony

Bendy, Craig Majcher, Danielle Kuchler, Delayne Weston, Deven Bax, Divinity Burgos, Emily Ray, Emma Hahs, Gabrielle Tanquilut, Haley Anderson, Holly Lenczewski, Jake Zola, Jenna Serrano, Joel Hollingsworth, Juan Sanchez, Kaelen Evon, Kaila Pohrte, Karina Urbanczyk, Kayla Seymour, Madison Edwards, Mary Goad, Max Rickerson, Meghann Lange, Michael Pratl, Michaela Bulthuis, Nathan Scalone, Rachel Andrade, Rachel Johnson, Renee Propp, Sam Sigrist, Sean Knights, Sydney St. Leger and Taylor LeBeau.

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The Lockport Township High School Interact Club prepared more than 2,100 meals for children in the Philippines through Feeding Children Worldwide, an international effort to feed the hungry. The club raised funds to buy the food by selling concessions at the Powder Puff game during homecoming week.

Students raise funds for veterans

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Lincoln-Way East students Annie Gerdes and Katie Mysliwiec help organize more than 1,800 food items donated by Lincoln-Way East students for their Silver Turkey Food Drive. The food drive is sponsored by the Student Council before Thanksgiving. Food items are donated to the FISH organization for its Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for local families in need.

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Giving holiday gifts to those in need

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The elves at Richland have been busy again this year with our Holiday Drive committee. A total of 42 families and 73 children were sponsored and received gifts through the program.

Toy drive held for Will County Toys for Tots

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Veterans Tom Cerny and Joseph Lepore (left to right) sit with Hickory Creek Middle School student John Newton at the Veterans Day assembly. The seventh-grade students at Hickory Creek Middle School in Frankfort presented a check in the amount of $7,763 to Honor Flight Chicago that will sponsor a number of trips for veterans.

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Lincoln-Way West Warriors host speaker

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Indian Trail School held a toy drive for the Will County Toys for Tots program during the course of two weeks. The toy drive was headed by the Make a Difference Club. Children shared games, puzzles, stuffed animals, dolls, action figures and Play-Doh. The Will County Marines picked up the more than 100 toys.

JWHS helps families in need

LTHS collects holiday toys for children

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Local ROTC honors vets with flag The HERALD-NEWS

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The Adopt-a-Family program, established and run by JWHS Social Workers Jean McCormick and Wendy Vantilburg, provided 432 gifts to individual people this year. A total of 2,700 people have received assistance from the program since its establishment. Distribution of the gifts is one of the program’s unique aspects.

Former athletic director Kent Irvine, athletic department secretary Donna Pattison and Athletic Director Brian Goff ready toys to be transported by school bus to area pediatric hospitals. More than 1,200 new toys were collected at Lockport Township High School this year for the Mark Staehely Pediatric Cancer Foundation (Make Your Mark Foundation), which runs the largest toy drive in the state for sick children.

Students at Hickory Creek played Santa

JJC professor receives award The HERALD-NEWS

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Santa’s workload was a little lighter again this year, thanks to sixth- through eighth-grade students and staff at Hickory Creek Middle School in Frankfort. Pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students from the Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago were the recipients of Hickory Creek’s efforts. Hickory Creek sixth-grade teacher Renee Grady coordinates the annual effort, this year with help from math interventionist Stacy Rutovic.

JOLIET – Joliet Junior College agriculture professor Bill Johnson accepted the Educators Outstanding Cooperation Award at the National Asso- Bill ciation for Agri- Johnson culture Education convention in Nashville, Tennessee, last November. Johnson received the award on behalf of the Illinois Council on Agriculture Education, for which he serves as co-chair. Johnson and other members of this organization were recognized for its support of agriculture programs throughout Illinois.

LOCKPORT – On Veterans Day, the annual ceremony at Willow Falls, a retirement community in Crest Hill, included the folding of a flag flown over Washington, D.C., by the Lockport Township High School Air Force Junior R.O.T.C. Unit IL-761 students. The ROTC students presented the flag to a Willow Falls veteran, who accepted it on behalf of the community. In addition, the ROTC students, who are led by Retired Master Sgt. Andy Kinne, participated in an essay contest. Kinne and his team teach a four-year program focusing on the areas of leadership, life skills, community service, and citizenship as well as the basic principles of aircraft flight, navigation and aviation weather at LTHS. Two Army veterans and a Navy veteran from Willow Falls served as the judging panel for the essays titled “How Veterans and Civilians Made a Difference in Our Country’s Future.” The winners include first place: Cadet Joshua Drogemuller; second place: Hannah Macejak; third place: Sydney Woerly; and fourth place: Emily Fears. Each winner read their essay and were presented with a certificate and monetary award. Also in attendance was Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman, who paid tribute to the veterans and also recognized the ROTC students.

PEOPLE BRIEF JTHS auto students take top awards

JOLIET – Joliet Township High School automotive students recently placed 8th overall, 2nd in Illinois, and 12th nationally at the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge National Competition. Students had to disassemble

and reassemble a Chevy small block V-8 engine using only hand tools. The teams were timed from start to finish and compete four times during the event. Training includes guidance from adult coaches and countless hours gaining speed and accuracy. JTHS team members included

students Fernando Dominguez, David Hipolito, Givon Jasper, Dylan Crotty and Jacob Daniels. As a result of their placement, each student collected more than $15,000 in scholarships and had the opportunity to network with students across the county Photo provided as well as industry professionals. Left to right: Givon Jasper, Fernando Dominguez, Jacob Daniels, David – The Herald-News Hipolito, Dylan Crotty, Sean Reisdorf and Rodney Bingham.

Celebrating Veterans Day



A family tradition continues

Gala benefits emergency department renovation

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David McBeth and his wife, Donna, read the Christmas classic, “The Polar Express,” to preschool students at the Bonnie McBeth Learning Center in Plainfield District 202. David’s brother, Ken, a technology teacher at Plainfield High School – Central Campus also read to students. David and Ken are the sons of Bonnie McBeth, who passed away in February 2014. She would visit the school every year to read “The Polar Express.” The McBeth family pledged to continue her tradition upon her passing. Bonnie was the district’s first kindergarten teacher. She started in 1951 and taught for 38 years. She also taught reading and worked as a reading specialist during her education career.

Presence South Suburban Regional President and CEO Beth Hughes and Foundation Board Chairman Dan Stevenson present honorees Lyndean Brick and Dr. Robert Schubert with Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s Founders’ Award. The Nov. 14 gala raised $280,000 for the emergency department renovation. Photo provided

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In honor of Veterans Day, first-grade students at Indian Trail School in Frankfort read and wrote poems, created a graph of family members and the military branches where they served and posted some photos in the classrooms. They also studied the lyrics to “America the Beautiful” and the geographical areas they describe. They created illustrations of American symbols and discussed the meaning of Veterans Day.

JOLIET – Joliet West High School freshman Jason Vaccarella spent an afternoon learning hands-on knowledge from Argonne National Labs Director Peter Littlewood on Veterans Day. Vaccarella is a member of the afterschool STEM program, Project Infinite Green, which allows local students to explore various energy sources. Students learn about green initiatives as they interact with mentors from Argonne, the Department of Energy, Exelon and ExxonMobil. Vaccarella and other Joliet-area students in the program studied energy sources and visited area sites such as Argonne and Photo provided Midwest Power. STEM program Lockport Township High School’s Central campus students taking founder Catherine Greenspon Spanish classes celebrated El Día de los Muertos, or Day of the arranged the most recent visit to Dead, on Oct. 31. Argonne. Airport for the participants and objects, foods and activities Romeoville student in their families. that represent them. aviation program Students brought authentic Lockport school marks ROMEOVILLE – Romeoville dishes to share and decorated Day of the Dead High School student Marc the space with papel picaLOCKPORT – The Spanish Sotelo participated in the first do, masks and cempasúchil classes at Lockport Township Cathay Pacific Airways “I Can (marigolds). The stage, which Fly” Chicago-based educational High School’s Central campus was lined with class “ofrendas” program that concluded Dec. 2. celebrated El Día de los Mueror altars displaying pictures, Cathay selected 11 high school tos, or Day of the Dead, on Oct. objects, flowers and candles 31. Students helped plan a fiesta to honor the memories of the juniors and seniors from the greater Chicago area based on that culminated their study of students’ loved ones. an essay about the travel indus- the holiday, which is celebrated While enjoying the food, Nov. 1 and 2 mainly in Mexico. try and commercial aviation. students participated in authenThis two-day event celeThe session ended with a tic games and observed the brates deceased loved ones graduation ceremony at Caofrendas. thay’s catering offices at O’Hare and honors their memory with – The Herald-News

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Student gains hands-on experience at Argonne

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BRIDGE by Phillip Alder

Ask yourself who should win the trick


Kenneth Tynan, an English theater critic who died in 1980, said, “A critic is a man who knows the way, but can’t drive the car.” A poor bridge player is a man or woman who knows how many tricks are needed, but cannot correctly work out how to get them. In this deal, for example, how should West plan the defense? Against four spades, he leads the heart ace: three, two, nine. How should West continue? In the bidding, North was right to respond four spades. With six-card support, he should shut his eyes and bid game. He has no clue who can make what, so he should go for the game bonus. Even if four spades is failing, perhaps the opponents have missed a lucrative contract. After the first trick, West has seen 12 hearts; only the four is outstanding. He should realize declarer holds that card. If East had it, he would have played it at trick one, starting an echo (high-low) with his doubleton. Given that, it seems obvious to cash the heart king. Under that, East would probably discard the club queen, showing a suit headed by at least the Q-J-10. Then, though, there would be no defense. West would have to cash the club ace to stop an overtrick. Instead, West should lead his lowest heart at trick two. This forces East to ruff the trick. Then East can shift to the club queen, giving the defenders one heart, the ruff and two clubs. Yes, East might have ruffed his partner’s winner at trick two -- but not if he trusts his partner. West should lead a loser when he wants partner to ruff. **

ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff amnestic MCI perform as well as people who don’t have MCI. And they perform much better than people with Alzheimer’s. In a person with MCI, cognitive impairment does not yet substantially interfere with day-today functioning. This is the critical difference between someone with MCI and someone with dementia. Some people with MCI remain stable for years. But people with MCI are much more likely to develop dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. There is no specific treatment for MCI. The following tips can help your father optimize his mental functioning. They can also help him stave off other medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, that can further impact memory and thinking: • Get his vision and hearing checked. • Ask his doctor if any of his medications might be contributing to his condition. • Limit alcohol to no more than two drinks per day. • Eat a healthy diet. • Exercise regularly. • Stay socially engaged. • Do challenging mental tasks every day, such as solving crossword puzzles, playing games (chess, bridge, Scrabble) and reading. There is no way to predict perfectly whether someone with MCI will get worse. But your father (with your help and encouragement) can reduce that risk.

• Contact Dr. Komaroff at askdoctork.com, or write: Ask Doctor K, 10 Shattuck St., Second Floor, Boston, MA 02115.


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Doctor K: My father’s doctor says he has mild cognitive impairment. What does that mean? Dear reader: Mild age-related memory loss – “Where did I leave my keys?� – is normal. But people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have memory loss and/ or trouble thinking that are more persistent and severe than normal. There are two types of MCI. Amnestic MCI involves memory loss. People with non-amnestic MCI have problems with other cognitive functions. They may have difficulty with language: They may have trouble finding the words to express themselves. Or they may have trouble concentrating on a task, or in figuring things out, like how to replace the battery in the remote. Some people have both types of MCI. MCI differs from normal, age-related memory loss in the kind of information a person forgets. With normal memory loss, people tend to forget things that aren’t terribly important to them. They might forget the name of a casual acquaintance, for example. With MCI, a person may not be able to learn and retain important new information. They may not remember the name of the new president of the company they work for. Or they may forget about the upcoming wedding of a family member. On memory tests, people with amnestic MCI have more trouble remembering the details of pictures they’ve just seen or paragraphs they’ve recently read. Their memory difficulty is comparable to that of someone with very mild Alzheimer’s disease. But they do well on tests that measure other mental functions, such as their ability to keep the details of routine activities straight. On these tests, people with


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DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips this way we assure to some degree that the friendships survive. Folks sometimes volunteer to bring something, but often they don’t. Even when they do, they put it together while I’m in the middle of my own preparations. They interrupt me by asking for a serving dish and sometimes want to use the oven while I am using it. This is not my idea of “helping.” Otherwise, they are very dear people, but with the passage of time I am losing my affection for them. If we don’t entertain, no one will and the friendships won’t survive. Abby, do you have any suggestions or is it too late? – Surviving Friend-

ships in Texas

Dear Surviving: It may be too late because a pattern has been established, and you’re complaining to the wrong person. If you preferred that your kitchen not be invaded, you should have communicated that to the invaders who were getting in your way at the time it happened. Do these people socialize with you at ALL unless it’s at your parties? Even if these “friends” are unwilling or unable to entertain on the scale that you do, they long ago should have made some attempt to reciprocate your hospitality, and they appear to have made little or no effort. You might feel less taken advantage of if you widen your circle of acquaintances to include some couples with a stronger grasp of the social graces.

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Dear Abby: I am 26 and recently started a new job that I consider a leap forward in my career. It’s been only two weeks, and my boss has already told me she thinks I am “trying too hard” and “compensating for my age.” Honestly, I was just excited to come in to work and do my best. This is my work ethic. I have swallowed her criticism and am now lying low, but my confidence is shot and I’m now questioning if I made the right decision joining this company. I can try to be quiet for a few weeks, but internally it is torture. I thought I was hired for my leadership skills and experience, but apparently I am “intimidating.” I have tried to brush the criticism off and put it in perspective, but I’m really hurt that traits I have been praised for before are being picked over now. How do I put these feelings aside and continue to work, and what should my approach be? How much should I modify who I am? – Second Guessing Dear Second Guessing: Sometimes when starting a new job, it is wise to remain quiet until one gets the “lay of the land” and understands how the company functions before jumping in. My advice is to continue to lie low. If things don’t improve, schedule another conference with your boss. Tell her you thought you had been hired for your leadership skills and experience, but if you are coming across to others as abrasive, you need to know so you can change it. Let her guide you. If it doesn’t work out after that, recognize that not all job placements are a good fit and start looking for something that is. Dear Abby: We entertain frequently because, in our large group of longtime friends, we are the only ones who do. In

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properties ‘Mini’ farm offers maximum country living

ABOUT THIS PROPERTY Address: 7440 W. Grand Ridge Road, Verona Size: Range of 1,800 to 2,200 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 1 bath Room sizes: Living room, 13-by-19 feet; formal dining room, 17-by17; kitchen, 13-by-15; sun/Florida room, 15-by-15; laundry, 8-by-11; bedrooms, 11-by-13, 14-by-16, 11by-14, 10-by-14, 13-by-15 Price: $365,000 Tour: By appointment Directions: Take Interstate 80 to Route 47, south to Grand Ridge Road, west 7 miles Realtor: Carol Boland, of RE/MAX Realty of Joliet, at (815) 354-2102 (cell) or (815) 741-5077 (office), or via email to CallBoland@Earthlink. net. Visit the website www.CarolBoland.com

3 bed, 2 1/2 bath. Great location. Recently remodeled. New kitchen, new carpet, fresh paint. New furnace, A/C. Full basement. Fenced yard. Plainfield schools Tom Mulvey, Managing Broker,730-1900 x22.

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offers space for a table (the center Island is furniture and can be negotiated), and the convenience of a walk-in pantry. The home also offers central air conditioning, two separate heating systems, 200-amp electric service and newer windows.

One-of-a-kind oversized bungalow on almost a full acre. 3 bed, 3 bath. Great floor plan. Finished bsmt. Multi-level back deck. Offered at $194,900. Tom Mulvey, Managing Broker, 730-1900 x22. MLS#08825091

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Step just a bit back in time without leaving modern days in this Victorian-style country home on a 7.6-acre “mini-farm” in rural Verona. The site offers real wide open spaces, and includes a half-acre lot with a small brick “schoolhouse”. There is a very modern 60-by-70-foot steel horse barn/ pole barn with bath and office, and horses are allowed. There are several other outbuildings, including a hot tub building, a corn crib and two grain bins. The home and site also offer a porch, patio, storage shed, detached garage and above-ground swimming pool. The home itself is a pleasant blend of old world and new. It offers a 15-by-15-foot remodeled sun room with its own heating/ cooling unit, and a gorgeous remodeled kitchen with granite countertops, special cabinetry with leaded glass, granite backsplash and a Prairie Kohler sink. The original oak hardwood and plank flooring is found throughout the home. The five-bedroom home offers a firstfloor bedroom, and upstairs, a bedroom currently used as a closet can be plumbed to create a large master bathroom for a suite. It also offers a convenient first-floor laundry. The floor plan features the flexibility of a spacious 17-by-17-foot dining room and a 13-by-19-foot living room. The kitchen also

3 bed, 2 1/2 bath. Great location. Large corner lot. Fresh paint; new flooring. Granite counter tops. Full bsmt. Oswego schools. Offered at $186,900

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1300 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL 60435

1220 W. Glenwood Avenue, Joliet Classic 4-bed, 2 1/2

bath 2-story. Partially finished bsmt. 2 fireplaces. 3 season room. Nice yard. Close to schools and shopping. Offered at

$165,000 Jane Hopkins 730-1900 x23. MLS # 08713984

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BOLINGBROOK $286,000, 1847 Leeds Rd, Bolingbrook 60490-3232, 01-24-200-009-0000, Ryland Group Inc To Petro Chorniy & Sofiya Aheyeva, November 20 $298,000, 1213 Winding Way, Bolingbrook 60490-3318, 01-26-400-008-0319, K Hovnanian At River Hils Llc To Donald Blakey & Jennifer Blakey, November 21 $175,000, 1 Buckboard Ct, Bolingbrook 60490-3136, 02-19-203-007-0000, Jeannine Haberman To Djoana S Galabin & Roderick D Guzman, December 1 $225,000, 1442 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook 60490-5574, 02-18-214-005-0000, Joseph Teicher To Leopoldo Herrerra & Sara A Herrerra, October 2 $377,500, 1234 Winding Way, Bolingbrook 60490-3317, 01-26-400-008-0000, K Hovnanian At River Hils Llc To Stephen Douglas Fulton Jr & Mariana Fulton, November 24 $299,500, 1839 Great Plains Way, Bolingbrook 60490-5517, 01-24-200-009-0000, Ryland Group Inc To Neeraj Shidore & Shweta Shidore, October 27 $205,000, 12 Raven Ct, Bolingbrook 604904524, 02-18-406-023-0000, Mark S Katsis To Manu Sebastian & Wilfred Jacob Sebastian, November 19 $170,000, 109 Parklawn Ct, Bolingbrook 60440-2404, 02-12-303-009-0000, Alan J Rzeszewski To Steven E Frances & Laura Kristine Frances, December 29 $230,000, 197 Karen Cir, Bolingbrook 60440-2584, 02-12-317-043-0000, Xavier Velazquez To Jaime Diaz Sr, December 4 $245,000, 1324 Wingfield Way, Bolingbrook 60490-4528, 02-18-407-054-0000, Rufino Velazquez To Heather J Ballantyne & Thomas H Ballantyne, November 20 $87,500, 205 Hampdon Ct, Bolingbrook 60440-2714, 02-16-209-036-0000, Hud To Francisco Astorga & Veronica E Astorga, December 2 $425,000, 2 Pond Ct, Bolingbrook 604902500, 01-26-301-003-0000, William Ryan Homes Inc To Carol Britton, December 22 $225,000, 1332 Farmstead Ln, Bolingbrook 60490-5478, 02-19-405-008-0000, Darryl G Groves To Brian Olson & Britney Bellettini, August 23

$135,000, 1703 Alma Dr, Crest Hill 604032301, 04-32-416-016-0000, Joan Marie Smith Estate To Jeffrey D Dukes & Suzanne Dukes, December 12 $125,000, 1696 Willow Circle Dr, Crest Hill 60403-2087, 04-32-303-093-0000, Joseph J Chaloka To Nicholas J Peters & Marylou Peters, November 17 $64,500, 1520 Pioneer Rd H, Crest Hill 60403-3322, 07-06-113-045-1000, Fannie Mae To Victor Sostre, December 18 $69,500, 1616 Wilcox St, Crest Hill 604032347, 04-33-326-004-0000, Emr Properties Llc To William Mckeever & Shannon Mckeever, November 20 $119,900, 15944 Buckner Pond Way, Crest Hill 60403-8773, 04-19-101-013-0000, Gallegos Trust To James Guthrie & Judy Guthrie, December 15 $170,000, 1607 Oakland Ave, Crest Hill 60403-2459, 04-33-326-017-0000, Michael J Maver To Jeffrey Smolenski & Amy Smolenski, October 17 $128,500, 1327 Acorn Dr, Crest Hill 604030952, 04-32-103-094-0000, Bank Of New York Mellon Ttee To Matthew S Paetkae, November 7 $162,500, 1914 Nicholson St, Crest Hill 60403-2458, 06-23-207-045-0000, Robert G Lumpkins To Adam R Munoz & Danielle M Mccafferty, December 18 $145,500, 16535 Buckner Pond Way, Crest Hill 60403-8805, 04-19-317-049-0000, Thomas F Carten To Lisa A Wojcik, December 17 $41,500, 1484 N Rock Run Dr 2b, Crest Hill 60403-3183, 07-06-111-050-1000, Deborah J Hylek To Gabriela Sainez, December 16 $185,000, 15946 Palm Ct, Crest Hill 604030743, 04-20-101-009-0000, Fathi Bustami To Jesse A Bartleman & Elizabeth L Bartleman, October 10 ELWOOD $160,000, 19234 Eaton Ave, Elwood 604219768, 11-09-202-013-0000, Matthew D Cullen To Craig Mancke, November 18

BRAIDWOOD $166,500, 147 S Maple St, Braidwood 60408-1838, 24-07-405-034-0000, Randy G Maca To Samantha C Landgraaf, November 17

FRANKFORT $930,000, 1027 S Butternut Cir, Frankfort 60423-2110, 09-20-201-038-0000, Evans Trust To Jeffry D Bust & Mary T Bust, November 20 $415,000, 10221 Frankfort Main, Frankfort 60423-2245, 09-28-106-014-0000, Connie Spiess To David A Mcguire & Rosann L Mcguire, November 17 $146,900, 20053 S Rosewood Dr, Frankfort 60423-8170, 09-14-204-035-0000, Hud To Alejandro Espinosa, December 2 $235,000, 19546 S Highview Ln, Frankfort 60423-8645, 09-12-328-019-0000, Darlene Steinmeyer To Timothy D Kahle & Casey C Kahle, December 15

CREST HILL $138,000, 1901 Highland Ave, Crest Hill 60403-2445, 04-33-304-022-0000, Joseph M Bozik Estate To Flavio Gallarzo & Efrain Gallarzo, December 30 $113,000, 1459 Berta Dr, Crest Hill 604030919, 04-32-103-123-0000, Fannie Mae To Joseph T Jakicic & Maria C Diaz, November 26

HOMER GLEN $486,900, 16410 S Alberta Ct, Homer Glen 60491-3831, 05-22-302-003-0000, Saleem Mohammed To Anthony Kosi & Natasha Kosi, December 17 $288,000, 16088 Penny Ln, Homer Glen 60491-8038, 05-22-205-009-0000, Peter J Nativo To Daniel Lind, November 25

$231,000, 13858 Rockbluff Way, Homer Glen 60491-7583, 05-10-203-006-0000, Sharon Deal To James P Carter & Colleen Kelleher, December 12 $300,000, 14012 Oak St, Homer Glen 60491-7436, 05-05-401-004-0000, Fisher Trust To Quentin N Fisher, December 30 $215,000, 14524 S Mallard Ln, Homer Glen 60491-9269, 05-12-202-006-0000, George S Lewis To Shaher Ismael, January 5 $278,000, 13429 Farm View St, Homer Glen 60491-6608, 05-14-102-009-0000, Sirva Relocation Credit Llc To Michael Richard Hottinger & Kristen Arlene Fagan, November 10 $260,000, 17404 S Heritage Dr, Homer Glen 60491-8247, 05-28-304-005-0000, Carol A Jaques To Justin S Genis & Kristy Genis, November 14 $335,000, 17656 S Mccarron Rd, Homer Glen 60491-9774, 05-33-103-006-0000, Dennis J Markiewicz To Jeffrey P Baird & Marian M Baird, December 19 JOLIET $170,000, 1308 Fitzer Dr, Joliet 60431-5377, 06-06-203-020-0000, Hud To Matthew C Milas, November 13 $110,000, 1403 Nicholson St, Joliet 604354232, 07-04-110-023-0000, Rose A Castelli Estate To Richard Presswood & Betty Jeffries, November 26 $190,000, 1404 Baltz Dr, Joliet 60431-7566, 06-06-201-054-0000, Madden Trust To Joseph S Marshall, November 21 $43,500, 127 Iowa Ave, Joliet 60433-1104, 07-15-200-048-0000, Bank Of America Na To Jamie Cisneros & Maria Cisneros, September 29 $83,000, 125 S Hammes Ave, Joliet 604361103, 07-18-113-029-0000, Fannie Mae To Patricia Diaz, December 1 $110,000, 1223 Kelly Ave, Joliet 604354250, 07-04-119-019-0000, Jeffrey K Parise To Heriberto Garcia, December 10 $73,500, 1424 Woodbridge Rd 1h, Joliet 60436-1380, 07-17-120-001-1004, John F Nemanich To Daniel Wojnarowski & Dawn M Wojnarowski, December 18 $208,000, 1510 Ridge Brook Dr, Joliet 60431-5349, 06-05-102-008-0000, George W Hromadka To Saifut T Khan & Yasmien Khan, November 6 $125,000, 206 Oneill St, Joliet 60436-1447, 07-17-209-022-0000, Cindy Sue Padlo To Le Nece Glossett, December 11 $42,500, 1255 Elizabeth St, Joliet 604354352, 07-04-207-014-0000, Fannie Mae To Judith Medveskas & Joseph Medveskas, December 2 $125,500, 111 Morris St, Joliet 60436-1228, 07-18-202-040-0000, Daniel R Altiery To Jeffrey H Nestor & Jean A Nestor, December 17 $77,500, 1206 Oakland Ave, Joliet 604354245, 07-04-122-009-0000, Karl Darley To Patrick M Clark, December 16 $105,000, 1000 W Marion St, Joliet 604361431, 07-17-212-006-0000, Clark Trust To Ronald L Peters, December 9 $100,000, 1115 Karner Dr, Joliet 604338525, 07-24-207-009-0000, Donna M Viano To Suzanne Quigley, December 4 $90,000, 1114 N Prairie Ave, Joliet 60435-

4554, 07-05-407-008-0000, George E Rydman To Nichole Seehafer, December 22 $211,500, 1105 Mountain View Dr, Joliet 60432-0758, 08-06-409-022-0000, Jay Mandra To David Rabenau & Dedri A Rabenau, December 5 $59,500, 1105 Gael Dr C, Joliet 60435-3086, 06-01-410-035-0000, Fannie Mae To Fred Jakob, October 21 LEMONT $510,000, 12759 Tullamore Ln, Lemont 60439-2775, 22-35-204-007-0000, Louis Kishkunas Iv To Brian Jenkins & Shelley Jenkins, December 30 $285,000, 1417 128th St, Lemont 604398429, 22-32-211-038-0000, Gail R Koveski To Catherine S Bastys, December 16 $190,000, 13389 Mccarthy Rd, Lemont 60439-9385, 22-26-102-003-0000, Burhani Management Llc To Arsen Parashchak, January 16 $300,000, 1317 Ashbury Dr, Lemont 60439-8415, 22-33-108-028-0000, Richard Borrowdale To Donna Hinton, January 16 LOCKPORT $192,500, 1012 E Division St, Lockport 60441-4507, 04-24-320-016-0000, James P Gerrity To Matthew Mottel, October 29 $401,500, 17910 S Mccabe Ln, Lockport 60441-6114, 05-31-301-021-0000, M C Custom Homes Inc To Anthony D Way & Cynthia M Way, December 15 $137,000, 17505 Gilbert Dr 17505, Lockport 60441-1109, 05-31-203-033-1000, Us Bank Na Trustee To Linda M Schaper, November 12 $175,000, 17255 Long Bow Dr, Lockport 60441-8827, 05-30-314-004-0000, Robin D Giles To Raymond M Studniarz, December 30 $150,000, 1225 Cleveland St, Lockport 60441-3636, 04-24-312-013-0000, Mack Investments I Llc To Ronan Donnelly, December 19 $252,000, 1101 Michael St, Lockport 60441-3321, 04-24-205-001-0000, Bryant J Nicholson To Andrew J Ziegler & Ilene S Ziegler, January 7 $162,500, 15064 Sagebrush Ln, Lockport 60441-1350, 05-28-103-009-1000, Scott A Lindee To Michael A Truesdale, November 12 $142,000, 16131 Bent Grass Dr, Lockport 60441-4615, 05-30-414-017-0000, Melisa J Dubsky To Jamie E Cline, November 26 $210,000, 16740 S Parker Ridge Dr, Lockport 60441-4668, 05-29-101-009-0000, Exodus 1 Llc To Melanie Sahaguna, December 23 $158,000, 15326 Pinewood Rd, Lockport 60441-1313, 05-29-202-036-1000, Jayme J Allocco To Erin J Paulish, December 12 $140,000, 16606 W Natoma Dr, Lockport 60441-6238, 05-30-304-203-0000, Dane Basinger To Sara Weingart, December 4 $195,000, 16606 Willow Walk Dr, Lockport 60441-1108, 05-31-102-052-0000, Willow Walk Series Of Faris Ho To Mariusz Trzop & Pamela Sue Trzop, December 26 $194,500, 15913 Rankin Dr, Lockport 60441-6561, 04-19-204-001-0000, Ernest W Mckinnon To Antoniio Guzman & Eva Guzman, December 4 Continued on page 63

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NEW LENOX $124,900, 148 Gum St, New Lenox 60451-1435, 08-15-302-013-0000, Ann R Bialka To Robert Mcgreal Jr, December 11 $426,500, 1822 Grandview Dr, New Lenox 60451-2227, 08-29-303-0160000, Marquette Bank Trustee To Michael J Stluka & Nancy A Deyoung, December 23 $181,000, 156 S Cooper Rd, New Lenox 60451-1858, 08-22-200018-0000, Paul Price Jr To William Mccauley, December 6 $309,920, 1664 Eagle Cir, New Lenox 60451-2389, 08-23-412-0130000, Chicago Title Land Trt Co Ttee To Nicholas C Runions & Annette R Runions, December 2 $70,900, 1227 Town Crest Dr A,

PLAINFIELD $293,000, 12705 Barrow Ln, Plainfield 60585-4216, 01-35-101003-0000, Fannie Mae To Mojgan Jalili, November 10 $295,000, 12549 Larkspur Ln, Plainfield 60585-5546, 01-28-409010-0000, Ducat 2008 Lp To Dale A Bush & Hilary A Bush, November 25 $239,900, 12919 Meadow Ln, Plainfield 60585-1790, 01-32-109-0090000, Benjamin W Young To Petar Cvejic & Jessica Cvejic, December 10 $250,000, 11710 S Olympic Dr, Plainfield 60585-6149, 01-21-406033-0000, Christopher P Casey To Eliza Hansen, November 6 $230,000, 13211 Northland Dr, Plainfield 60585-6799, 01-32313-005-0000, Laura Hawken To Alexander M Llewellyn & Eden Ann Llewellyn, December 19 $199,500, 12232 White Oak Dr, Plainfield 60585-6825, 01-28209-003-0000, Kelly Healy To

Felix Vasquez & Mary Lou Vasquez, December 22 $407,500, 14117 Meadow Ln, Plainfield 60544-1542, 03-05-407-0020000, Pulte Home Corp To Maurice L Pannell & Joselina P Pannell, December 29 $397,500, 16606 Lewood Dr, Plainfield 60586-4020, 03-21-315-0100000, Nvr Inc To Joseph R Sperlak & Kathleen M Sperlak, December 10 $335,000, 13214 Sunderlin Rd, Plainfield 60585-1594, 01-32-311013-0000, Kurt M Rogers To Alison S Shin, November 18 $247,500, 1903 Brier Glen Dr, Plainfield 60586-6616, 03-33-301025-0000, Michael S Ruscitti To David Garcia, October 29 $158,000, 1626 Manor Oaks Dr, Plainfield 60586-6548, 03-33-310026-0000, Queens Park Oval Asset Holding To Paul Gagen, October 29 $225,000, 1420 Brookfield Dr, Plainfield 60586-7574, 06-04-105011-0000, Craig V Massey To Grant J Read & Vanessa N Read, October 30 $175,000, 1502 Finch Dr, Plainfield 60586-6896, 06-03-115-013-0000, Mary Lou Valentino To Jonathon Marcolini & Lauren O Connor, November 6 $125,500, 14058 S Hemingway Cir, Plainfield 60544-6119, 03-01-402064-0000, Wells Fargo Bank Trustee

To Robert J Latour & Susan F Latour, December 13 $135,000, 14057 Front Royal Ct, Plainfield 60544-6095, 04-06-301004-0000, Erikas Dauciunas To Bruce P Dempsey & Galina Dempsey, November 10 $186,000, 14006 Idaho Ct, Plainfield 60544-6986, 03-01-409-0090000, Thomas E Ras To Joseph M Navarro, November 19 $128,000, 13841 S Bristlecone Ln C, Plainfield 60544-6309, 04-06-177106-1000, Marlene M Oswald To Koichi Matsumoto & Mariko Matsumoto, December 1 $416,500, 13448 Skyline Dr, Plainfield 60585-1914, 01-31-404-0240000, Richard Gloeckner To Arlene L Hornilla & Lamberto Z Hornilla Iv, December 22 $157,000, 13405 S Golden Meadow Dr, Plainfield 60585-8552, 01-33-476003-0000, Donald A Tosi Estate To Jason Etzkorn, November 25 $230,000, 13307 Round Barn Rd, Plainfield 60585-7850, 01-32-407024-0000, Fannie Mae To Jose Ramirez, November 7 $200,000, 14252 S Hillsdale Ct, Plainfield 60544-6022, 03-01-402116-0000, Fannie Mae To Sean Caputo, December 30 Continued on page 66

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MOKENA $50,000, 19398 Wolf Rd 9, Mokena 60448-1162, 09-07-207-040-1000, Heather L Mcmahon To Shane Mitoraj, November 20 $129,000, 20127 Scott St, Mokena 60448-1650, 09-17-105-009-0000, Fannie Mae To Michael Moylan, December 2 $476,000, 11650 Golden Gate Dr, Mokena 60448-2031, 09-30-106009-0000, Glen Haven Builders Inc To Frank D Keller & Jennifer A Keller, December 19 $212,000, 19803 Therese Ln, Mokena 60448-1711, 09-08-402-0010000, Federal Home Loan Mtg Corp To Ryan Susay & Jennifer Saluski, November 11 $356,000, 19673 Fiona Ave, Mokena 60448-3326, 09-08-430023-0000, Gail C Barnaby To Keith W Vanderlee & Michelle L Vanderlee, December 17 $225,000, 19565 Pheasant Ln, Mokena 60448-1260, 09-07-307001-0000, Matthew B Gill To Michael L Leonard Jr, December 26 $510,000, 19418 Boulder Ridge Dr, Mokena 60448-8226, 08-12-201055-0000, Patrick T Carey To Paul D Matusik Jr & Victoria Matusik, October 31

New Lenox 60451-1234, 08-10-301076-1000, Nicole R Ott To Jeffrey R Abbott & Kathleen Abbott, November 18 $419,900, 2058 Water Chase Dr, New Lenox 60451-4814, 08-34205-001-0000, Marquette Bank To Gary A Wetzel & Carolyn Westover, November 20

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$370,000, 18827 Foxglove Ln, Mokena 60448-8688, 09-05-307007-0000, Eduardo Calderon To Quincy Means & Brittany Means, December 19 $228,000, 10660 Canterbury Dr O, Mokena 60448-1083, 09-05426-043-0000, Patricia Roberts To Benjamin Espinosa & Caron Espinosa, December 17 $318,000, 19551 Regent Dr, Mokena 60448-7975, 09-09-303-008-0000, Madeline M Gabry To Daniel B Wyack & Beth A Wyack, November 24

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2909 Facel Vega Dr, Joliet 2312 Ardaugh Ave, Crest Hill 9 N Prairie Ave, Joliet 8002 Cavalier Dr, Joliet 25038 Grant Ct, Plainfield MLS 08815154…Off Glenwood Ave - Quad-level in MLS 08590397…Off Gaylord - Plainfield Schools, MLS 08794665...Off Jefferson St - 2 bedrooms, MLS 08818886…Off Ridge Rd in Sable Ridge, MLS 08806320…Off Rt.126 - Fannie Mae Homepath Old Kent, poss 5th bedroom in part fin bsmt, liv rm 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, wood laminate flring in kit & 1.5 baths, new siding, roof & furnace. Garage, fenced Minooka schools! Walkout 4th & 5th bedrooms, 2nd home in Liberty Grove, 4 bedrooms, loft, den & fin fpl, $207,300 David Roth 815-725-2355 liv rm, bsmt, $165,000. Jim Skorupa 815-693-2970 yard, $149,500 Pete Reyes 815-272-0580 kit, 3rd bath, $327,900 Crystal Urbanski 815-302-4567 bsmt. $299,000 Carrie Jass 815-609-4360

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21449 S Redwood Ln, Shorewood 16059 S Lewood Dr, Plainfield 510 Cayuga St, Joliet 2914 Boone Ct, Joliet 1010 Heron Cir, Joliet MLS 08825987...Off River Rd in Lake Forrest - 4-5 MLS 08832323...Sprawling ranch on half acre in MLS 08792419…Remodeled 2 bedroom home on MLS 08803897…Plainfield schools! 2 bedroom MLS 08806315...Fannie Mae Homepath townhouse bedroom custom home, great rm stone fpl & coffered Lewood near Renwick Park. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 40x120 lot. Updated flooring, paint, windows, more! 1.5 bath duplex w/wood laminate flr & granite counters in Sable Ridge, Minooka schools! 2 bedrooms, 19x15 ceiling, $535,000 Diane Lambert 815-509-0656 fin bsmt, $229,900 Jon Higgins 815-351-2348 $84,900 Bob LaTour 815-744-1000 X255 loft, $124,999 Karen Robertson 815-482-8734 in kit. $130,000 Shahzana Ripp 815-483-7773

26313 W Riverbend Ln, Channahon 26637 W Ian Ct, Channahon 805 Wildwood Dr, Minooka 4512 Victoria Dr, Plainfield 1909 Vermette Cir, Plainfield MLS 08826041…In Hunters Crossing, 3 bedrooms MLS 08741057…Fannie Mae Homepath property on MLS 08828398…In Indian Ridge, approx 2,400 sq MLS 08829967…Split-level in Sunset Ridge East, MLS 08830092…In Caton Crossing, open flr plan, incl 16x15 master, sunken fam rm w/fpl, bsmt, 83x150 lot in The Highlands, approx 2,800 sq ft, part ft, 3 big bedrooms incl 21x13 master, fam rm fpl, 3 bedrooms, vaulted kit/din arrangement, 14x21 fam hardwood flrs thruout, den can be 3rd bedroom, $205,000 Lesa Meade 815-483-7233 fin bsmt, $244,900 Karen Robertson 815-482-8734 $225,000 Rick Gray, Managing Broker 815-955-2705 rm, $189,900 Jennifer Waldvogel 815-409-9768 bsmt. $165,000 Tammy Tschida 815-378-9608

7652 Scarlett Oak Dr, Plainfield 24620 Sleepy Hollow Ln, Plainfield 2507 River Bend Ln, Plainfield 207 W Bridge St, Joliet 7614 Sugar Maple Dr, Plainfield MLS 08825533…In Clublands, 4 bedrooms, 3ba, kit MLS 08828904…In Hidden River, 3,500+ sq ft, MLS 08829394…Energy efficient home in Lakewood MLS 08746842…2 unit w/2 bedrooms in each, MLS 08804349…In the Clublands, 3 bedrooms, has oak cabinets, ceramic flr & opens to fam rm w/fpl, 4 bedrooms incl luxury master & bonus rm up, $299,000 On Caton, 4 bedrooms incl 18x19 master suite separate utilities, central air. $60,000 Bob LaTour 2.5 baths, loft, heated 12x12 sun room. $219,000 $218,000 Antonique Short 708-983-3191 Shelbey 630-292-2998 or Bonnie 815-483-8456 addition, $199,900 Ellen Williams 815-483-5788 815-744-1000 X255 Sara Young, Managing Broker 815-685-5090


2637 Old Woods Trl, Plainfield 13147 Tiger Lily Ln, Plainfield 24865 Winterberry Ln, Plainfield 2603 San Mateo Dr, Plainfield 1800 Roberts St, Wilmington MLS 08737820…Fannie Mae Homepath 2nd level MLS 08800669…In Nature’s Crossing, 3 bedrooms, MLS 08790391…Stunning 4 bedroom home in MLS 08805865…Over 2600 sq ft home in Brookside. MLS 08607243…Remodeled on 120x100 lot in condo in Riverwalk, over 1700 sq ft, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, updated kit counters & stainless appliances, Heritage Oaks, hardwood flrs, main flr den plus 15x12 Fresh paint, new flrs, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, bsmt. Lakewood Shores, was 3 bedrooms (23x11 master), 12x12 den. $124,500 Karen Robertson 815-482-8734 $256,900 Steven Yap 630-699-7188 loft. $394,000 Leticia Tassone 815-545-7713 $279,900 Leticia Tassone 815-545-7713 $122,900 Bob LaTour 815-744-1000 X255



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Rt.52 to River Rd south to Lake Forrest Ln to Redwood Ln - Custom 4-5 bedroom 4 bath in prestigious Lake Forrest, Minooka schools. Hardwood floors thru main level, high-end architectural finishes, fluted columns, archways & ceiling treatments. Great room stone fireplace & coffered ceiling, cherry cabinetry, Thermador stainless appliances & granite counters in kitchen. Stamped concrete patio in wrought iron fenced backyard. Asking $535,000 Diane Lambert greets you at the open house today or call her for a private showing at 815-509-0656. Preview even more photos at www.cbhonig-bell.com

NEW LENOX - $224,900

2312 Ardaugh Ave…Rt.30 to Gaylord to Ardaugh - Updated home near mall & I-55, Plainfield Schools. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, wood laminate flooring in kitchen & living room, basement with roughed-in bath, large yard. Just reduced to $165,000. Jim greets you at the open house today or call him at 815-693-2970. Preview multiple photos at www.cbhonig-bell.com

817 Aeronca Ct…3 bedroom 2 bath quad-level in Aero Haven, close to Metra & interstates. Formal living & dining rooms, hardwood flooring from foyer thru to kitchen & dining area that overlooks the 23x15 family room with brick fireplace and oak mantel. Call Lee today at 815-478-3872 for a private showing of this home. Preview multiple photos at www.lee-hansen.com

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Lee Hansen 815-478-3872 815-485-3401

SHOREWOOD – $229,900

JOLIET - $225,000

1600 Devonshire Ln… On corner lot in Kipling Estates pool & clubhouse community, no lawn care or snow removal! 1,812 sq ft, 9 ft ceilings, hardwood in kitchen & dining room, 16x23 living room, possible 4th bedroom in basement. Call Mark at 815-277-7388 for a personal showing today! Preview multiple photos at www.cbhonig-bell.com

4704 Galway Rd… Brick ranch in Country Glen Estates, open floor plan, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 17x19 living room with fireplace, hardwood floors in kitchen & dining room, finished basement, updated roof, heated garage with epoxy floor. Other amenities include Andersen windows, whole house generator, fenced yard, more! Contact Judy for an appointment to see this lovely home. View multiple photos at www.cbhonig-bell.com

Judy Archer 815-791-9028 815-207-4002


Mark Reum 815-277-7388 815-744-1000

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Continued from page 63 ROMEOVILLE $223,000, 1834 Brookstone Ct, Romeoville 60446-3912, 03-12203-026-0000, Scott A Carnaghi To Jerod Duby & Taralyn Duby, December 12 $91,500, 1863 S Wentworth Cir, Romeoville 60446-5102, 03-12404-081-0000, Will County Sheriff To Inga Jurevicius, October 31 $248,000, 1880 Shore Line Ct, Romeoville 60446-3935, 0312-201-018-0000, Philip Kuczak To Kenric Griffin & Tara Griffin, November 10 $239,000, 1939 Trafalgar Dr, Romeoville 60446-4986, 03-12303-021-0000, Donna Young To Gary L Jackson & Stacy D Jackson, August 29 $132,500, 1976 W Cobblestone Rd, Romeoville 60446-2807, 03-13-102-020-1000, Wells Fargo Bank To Samuel A Palmer, November 6 $169,000, 1490 Calendula Ct, Romeoville 60446-3981, 04-07206-101-0000, Michael D Lawso To Adeniyi C Ademoyo, October 30 $170,000, 1987 Wheatfield Dr, Romeoville 60446-5095, 03-12-308-017-0000, State Bank Of Countryside Ttee To Larry Westover & Theresa Westover, December 2 $99,000, 109 Yarrow, Romeoville 60446-3951, 04-07-204-1661000, Wells Fargo Bank Trustee To Farheen Kabir, December 20 $162,000, 1472 Windflower Ct, Romeoville 60446-3775, 04-07206-056-0000, Tony Camarillo To Juras Kucinskas & Robin Kucinskas, November 24 $93,500, 1467 Windflower Ct, Romeoville 60446-3780, 04-07206-066-0000, Will County Sheriff To Inga Jurevicius, October 27

$103,000, 129 Ambassador Ave, Romeoville 60446-1113, 02-27303-010-0000, Fannie Mae To Matthew J Rutkowski & Sally A Little, October 15 $141,000, 1536 W Ludington Cir, Romeoville 60446-5313, 04-18201-019-0000, Fiala Trust To Charles E Grant & Judith A Grant, December 1 SHOREWOOD $263,280, 1610 Patriot St, Shorewood 60404-7002, 06-17310-028-0000, Pulte Home Corp To Lorelei K Renaldi & Jack A Renaldi, December 18 $330,525, 1712 Moran Dr, Shorewood 60404-1223, 06-08301-021-0000, Nvr Inc To James A Burke, December 8 $318,680, 1708 Moran Dr, Shorewood 60404-1223, 06-08301-023-0000, Nvr Inc To Margaret K Loeffler, December 9 $305,500, 1707 Moran Dr, Shorewood 60404-1222, 06-08302-016-0000, Nvr Inc To Sandy J Green & Peter Green Iii, December 15 $145,000, 1641 Fieldstone Dr S, Shorewood 60404-8183, 06-20103-045-1001, Shah Trust To Paul G Schultz, October 22 $175,500, 1622 Patriot St, Shorewood 60404-7002, 06-17310-022-0000, Pulte Home Corp To Henry F Tough & Marlene M Tough, December 10 $192,220, 1624 Patriot St, Shorewood 60404-7002, 06-17310-021-0000, Pulte Home Corp To Timothy W Colin & Denese C Colin, December 11 WILMINGTON $109,740, 17898 W Thornton Rd, Wilmington 60481-9691, 2523-400-003-0000, Elois A Smith Estate To John C Smith & Wendy K Smith, December 31





1209 CLARK ST., JOLIET - $51,900

Recent rehab ranch home has all new insulation, windows, siding, driveway and walks, electric, furnace & duct work, insulation and drywall – All new flooring, kitchen and bath with colonial doors & trim. There’s room for a garage – 3 bedroom, 1 bath – Close to schools & shopping – Being sold “As Is” –Call or email Nancy or Mark Freeman (The Freeman Team) –815-5305633 or nfreeman2221@comcast.net

Gorgeous ranch with 3 bedrooms and two baths. Freshly painted with new floors... everything perfect here. Spacious home features good size bedrooms, separate dining room and private fenced back yard. Lovely 3 season porch and patio at back of home. 1005 Suffolk Ave. Westchester. $159,900.

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Excellent income property; 2 unit brick bldg and separate coach house with a new roof May, 2014. Two car garage. Tenants pay their own utilities. Near shopping and major highways. $164,900. www.CarolBoland.com

CAROL BOLAND 815-354-2102

floors, and a breakfast bar. Updated baths include ceramic floors. Newer windows. Cathedral ceiling in huge spacious living room. Laundry closet in kitchen. 2.5 car garage. Nice large mature lot. Walking distance to Elementary school. $119,900.


412 W. BELLARMINE DR., JOLIET - $129,000 2 bedroom with 1 bath ranch on a slab w/central air – Large fenced rear yard – Attached 1 car garage with lots of storage space – Close to interstate, shopping and schools – Newely painted – In move-in condition – Eat-in kitchen – Call Nancy or Marc Freeman (The Freeman Team) at 815-530-5633 or email to nfreeman221@comcast.net

3 bedroom townhome with 1.1 baths – Over 1400 sq ft – Full basement – Attached garage – Close to I-80. HUD owned home! Case #137-337022. Sold “AS IS”. Insured status: IE (Insured with escrow) - Call for more details www.illinoisREOsite.com | www.oforireo.com www.hudhomestore.com

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310 CAMERON AVE., LOCKPORT, IL 60441 $118,500

Take a look at this great buy and quit renting! Ranch style duplex, full finished basement with 3 additional rooms. HHUD owned home! Case #137-302647. Sold “AS IS”. Insured status: IE (Insured with escrow) - Call for more details! www.illinoisREOsite.com | www.hudpemco.com www.hudhomestore.com

RON & DARLENE GERSCH 815-741-5658

Newer 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Cape Cod like home with a full basement. Main floor master suite with a full bath, cathedral ceiling, and walk-in closet. The two upstairs bedrooms have their own vanities and share another full bath. The large family room has SGDs that lead to a large fenced rear yard. Some finishing touches can make this a dream.



This immaculate 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath home is ready to move in. Too

Very well maintained 2 story - just move right in and enjoy all the upgrades! Over 2500 sq. ft. sits beautifully on this lake lot, oversized patio, fenced & nicely landscaped. Lovely cathedral master suite features supersized closet & vaulted ceiling in bath w/whirlpool, glass shower & double sinks. Extras include tile, lighting package, intercom, doors & trim package, ceiling fans, water softener, full basement & more! Large kitchen w/plenty of cabinets plus island & pantry. Call today! $249,900

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SHOWCASE of HOMES Minooka Waterfront Property! Custom built brick & cedar 2 story with a fin. walk-out basement on a breathtaking private lake! Brand new custom kitchen w/new oversized porcelain tile flooring, high end cabinets & granite tops! Large family rm w/fireplace, vaulted living rm, formal dining rm (current use is den) & main flr laundry. 4 large bedrooms inc. private master w/all the amenities! Walk-out features a murphy bed & wet bar. 10+ neighborhood! All this and within Channahon Park District & school system! $350,000.

Call Mark Meers of Spring Realty today! (815) 347-7900

MOVE-IN READY! Perfect condition waterfront home in Shorewood offering 4 Bedrooms & 2 Full Baths! Built in 2006, this home has the largest kitchen you’ll find in the price range & even has a vaulted ceiling & center island! Full basement/fenced yard. $230,000. Call/text Mark Meers today at (815) 347-7900.

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Immaculate & spacious 3 bedroom quad-level home situated on a quiet dead-end street! There’s a lovely kitchen w/wood laminate floors & all appliances, formal living room & dining room, spacious sunroom with loads of windows, huge family room w/brick fireplace, 2 full baths, partially finished basement & oversized 2.5 car attached garage! $189,900 – Call Nancy Hibler at 815-263-5791 today!

1 of a kind custom 3 story home w/covered 3rd story balcony! Distressed kitchen & laundry cabinets, 2 furniture islands, granite, stainless appliances, African mahogany stairs. Travertine marble floors, Australian walnut hand scarped flooring, Master suite w/spa bath-whirlpool, body spray system, huge closet. Low E glass windows, custom lighting, knotty Adler doors w/ transoms, 2 paver patios, fenced yard!

Nancy Hibler Karges Realty 815-725-1700 815-263-5791

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Silverleaf Resorts, Inc. is now hiring for our beautiful Fox River Resort. This position requires NO cold calling! Previous sales OR customer service experience preferred. The ideal Sales Representative is an excellent communicator with a hospitality and customer service mindset.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR OPERATION TECHNICIANS, MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS AND ELECTRICAL AND INSTRUMENT TECHNICIANS IN MORRIS, IL LyondellBasell is one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies. The company manufactures products at 58 sites in 18 countries. LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including packaging, electronics, automotive components, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels. More information about LyondellBasell can be found at www.lyondellbasell.com Candidates should apply online, complete a profile and submit a resume to:

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LyondellBasell is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Outgoing and approachable personality Driven to success Profession demeanor and image Ability to work Wednesday through Sunday Sales Representatives receive: Competitive guarantee, commission and bonus pay structure Energetic, fun work environment PAID Training and fast-track Sales Management opportunities Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance, 401k

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Willow Falls Senior Living in Crest Hill

has the following positions available:

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6am-2pm and 2pm-10pm and 11am-7pm

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Cook – FT Memory Care Program Asst - FT

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1681 Willow Circle Dr., Crest Hill.


The Civil Service Commission of the City of Crest Hill is accepting applications for: FULL & PART-TIME PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYEE POSITIONS. Employment applications, job descriptions and detailed employment requirements may be obtained during business hours, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from the Crest Hill Clerk's Office, located at 1610 Plainfield Road, Crest Hill. Fully completed applications must be received by the City Clerk's office no later than 5:00 p.m. February 12, 2015. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicant must have/provide a copy of a valid State of Illinois driver's license, must possess high school diploma or GED equivalent, must be able to work independently, must be able to lift up to one hundred (100) pounds and work in confined spaces. The employee will perform other related work as required, some of which will be mechanical. The employee will operate heavy machinery of all types. The employee will operate hand and power tools of all types. The employee will complete tasks that include, but are not limited to, the following: dig trenches, water distribution system operations, potable water operations, wastewater treatment plant operations, wastewater collection system operations, laboratory testing, sampling, clean up rubble and debris, trim trees, mow lawns, remove snow, repair underground utility infrastructure, patch streets, pump maintenance, general mechanical maintenance and restoration of construction sites.

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• Sunday, February 8, 2015 • The Herald News / TheHerald-News.com 6 Pins – Boyds Bears & Friends Curio Cabinet – Shelf Units The Folkwear Collection Curio – top w/ glass doors & All on original cards & still in solid doors on bottom - $40; original wrapper, $10 each. Shelf units with 4' wide shelves 815-729-0900 $40. 773-315-9677 Lawrence Welk, Operattas, Antique Folding Cart with wheels for Vinyl Albums, groceries or laundry, like new Readers Digest Operattas, $20/OBO. 815-342-5612 8a-8p $100/for entire collection Hoover Windtunnel Sweeper - $20; 815-744-6062 Brian Wood medicine cabinet - $20; old ironing board painted country style - $20. 815-942-0021



Experienced Warehouse Spotters & CDL A Drivers needed. Matteson, Elwood, Bolingbrook, Joliet, Morris & Aurora areas. Must have 1 year recent spotter or driving experience. CDL A & non CDL may apply. Pay C.N.A.'s Needed PT. Weekends. based on exp. Benefits after 90 Must be able to work 8 hr. shifts days. All shifts, FT, paid overtime, $13.50/hr. Must be licensed. start immediately. Call: 815-905-9078 Call 815-955-9078

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HANDYMAN – PART TIME for Joliet rental property. Must have tools & vehicle. Daytime hours only. Call 815-726-2000

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Too Busy to keep your home as clean as you would like? Free Estimates. 815-509-0316



Seeking individual who is proficient in all aspects of a general dental practice. A qualified candidate will be a team player, possess excellent time management skills, and be professional, reliable, and well organized. Forward resume and references to: Tate Management 1147 Brookforest Ave. #219 Shorewood, IL 60404

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If a friend or neighbor has a new dog that looks like a Sheltie (similar to a small Collie), please ask about the dog-or call the number below so that we can check to be sure that the dog is not our lost Kallie. We are hoping that someone has found Kallie and does not know that the owners are so sad about her loss. A large reward is being offered for the return of this family pet. Thank You Natalie 309-824-0107

Looking for Carriers to deliver newspapers in the Illinois area. Must be 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license, An insured reliable vehicle and willing to work early morning hours. Interested parties should call 708-342-5649 or email GCReed@tribune.com

Male, lost in the Ingalls Park area in Joliet. Black and white, has a white check mark above his nose.

Lakewood Center


Apply in person at

14716 S. Eastern Ave Plainfield, IL 60544

needed for a busy pediatric practice in Joliet. Must have pediatric experience. Bilingual pref, not req. Email Resumes to: u1954@hotmail.com




Full Time for busy internal medicine practice in Joliet. No health insurance

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Murphy is still missing. Please help us find him. He is a cute male neutered cat, six years old, has a crooked ear, honey beige color. Please call if you see him.

We Miss Him Terribly! 815-236-2233

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Breakfast Attendant - Hospitality Position TownePlace Suites Joliet South

A leading Lodging Company in Joliet is looking for an Outgoing and Reliable person to become part of a Super Star Staff. This award winning team is looking to offer a Part time position as a Breakfast Attendant, with an opportunity of upward mobility, to a person with Excellent Communication Skills, the ability to work well with the team, and Most Importantly, the ability to provide Outstanding Customer Service. We are looking for someone that takes pride in their work & will take ownership in their department. Experience is preferred, but not required. We offer a competitive wage. Will discuss during interview. Please apply in person and fill out an application at:

1515 Riverboat Center Drive, Joliet, IL 60431

Appl, D/W, new carpet, 2 A/C's,. Free heat, Thomas Jefferson school, Feb Rent Special! 815-744-1155

PLAINFIELD ~ 2 BEDROOM 1 bath, appliances, A/C, new flooring, laundry, $1075/mo. 815-478-4316

Twin Oaks West, Pretty 2BR

Appl, D/W, separate dining, lots of closets, free heat/water, Troy schools, no pets. 815-744-5141



214.46 +/- surveyed acres, Grundy County, IL Listing price $10,750/acre


Located at the corner of Howland & Gorman Roads, 1 mile West and 1/2 mile North of the Gardner interchange off I-55.


Primarily Reddick clay loam & Swygert silty clay loam. No buildings. Lease is open for 2015.


Contact Steve Jacob 815-936-8980 or Jaret Wicker 815-936-8978 @ Soy Capital Ag Services for more information


Polish Lowland Sheepdog Puppies (sheds little to no hair, good for Woodlawn Memorial Park, Joliet allergy suffers) Born 12/30/14, 2 grave sites, lot #169B. Garden of Parents from Champion Bloodlines, Joliet West, Madison St. the Good Shepard $5,190/both AKC registerible, 708-557-8237 Nice 2BR Condo Across from St. call Sharon - 303-829-0275 Joe's Hosp. appl, W/D on site, no pets $900/mo. 630-699-2399

HP Color LaserJet printer/scanner/copier 2840 great cond, downsizing must sell, $250/obo 815-263-2717


Answers to Name Kallie Knows the word treats Scared will run, don't chase, please call 309-824-0107 REWARD

Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner


Die Cast Cars 118 scale $25 815-423-6720 Lionel Engine SantaFe Switcher, command control New $200/obo 815-423-6720

Car for Around $500 CURIO CABINET ~ CORNER Small For a college student. Light wood, 6.5', $100.


OVEN ~ NEW WAVE Comes with blender, DVD, all cookbooks + round cutting board. $100 815-423-6720

Off Black Rd, Nice 3BR, 1.5BA

Craftsman, 21”, 179 CC engine. Twin Oaks, Newly Decorated 2BR Cast Iron Bathroom Sinks Electric start, runs real good! $150 1.5BA, D/W, blt in micro, ceil fans, Pink Retro – 19” drop in, Like new, 815-260-6297 2 A/C's, free carport, no pets. Must see to appreciate! $75 each. Available now. 815-744-5141 Call Betty 815-436-6717

Toshiba Laptop, windows home basic system, Works, no internet connection. $100-$75/obo. 815-724-0312

Health Care Long Term Exp preferred.


6 cans of powder Enfamil Premium Formula, 12.5oz. $8 each. 815-436-5171

Minooka Large 2 Bedroom

W/D, dishwshr, lots of closet space, pantry. Quiet area, prvt pkg, no pets/smkg, $840. 815-528-5692

27” TABLE LAMP - Has glazed ceramic base with leaping fish $20, Ceramic seagull on top of wood pilings, 12”H x 6”W - $15. 815-436-8689 Duvet Cover & Bed Skirt - Queen duvet cover, bedskirt & pillow shams, matching drapes 56 x 84, 2 accent pillows & lamp, total was $300, Now $100. 815-436-5171




JOLIET PARKVIEW ESTATES 2BR Duplexes starting at $850 per/mo and Single Family Homes Call for move in Specials! 815-740-3313

Minooka 1205 Burns Ave 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 car garage, $1000/mo. + security deposit 815-351-4997

AVAILABLE NOW! Joliet & Will County - 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes. Call now or visit our web site for more info www.protown.org 815-722-1389

Dwight Newer 2BR, 2BA Duplex

Family room with fireplace, large kitchen, C/A, full basement, 2 car attached garage, $975/mo + sec. 815-941-1532 Leave Msg

PUBLIC NOTICE STATE OF ILLINOIS, IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 12th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT WILL COUNTY, JOLIET ILLINOIS. TCF National Bank, plaintiff, vs. Unknown Heirs at Law and/or Devisees of Michael Racanelli; Illinois Housing Development Authority; Parker Ridge Homeowners Association; Michael Racanelli; Kristin Littlefield a/k/a Kristin Racanelli; Kari Racanelli; Unknown Owners and Non Record Claimants, defendants.

Notice is hereby given of the death of Patricia A. Rubel who died on 09/18/14, a resident of Homer Glen Illinois. The Representative for the estate is: Kathi L. Rubel-Butler, 44 West Logan Street, Lemont, IL 60439 The Attorney for the estate is: Kevin J. Barry, 3551 West 111th Street, Chicago, IL 60655 Claims against the estate may be filed on or before August 2, 2015. Claims against the estate may be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Will County, 14 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet, IL 60432 or with the Representative, or both. Any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the Representative and to the attorney within ten days after it has been filed. The estate will be administered without Court supervision unless an interested party terminates independent supervision administration by filing a petition to terminate under Article XXVII 5/28-4 of the Probate Act (755 ILCS 5/284).

Attorney for Executor: /s/ Kevin J. Barry (Published in the Herald-News February 1, 8, 15, 2015. HN1661)


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PUBLIC NOTICE ADVERTISEMENT FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION AND NOTIFICATION OF BID FOR JOLIET TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT #204 JOLIET, ILLINOIS JOLIET CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL CONCESSION STAND BID RELEASE 7 Gilbane Building Company, Construction Manager for and acting on behalf of Joliet Township High School District #204, is receiving prequalification applications from interested contractors for Bid Release 7 Concession Stand: Project consist of approximately 1,326 sf new concession stand including toilet rooms, concession area and storage rooms. Construction type includes, concrete foundations, concrete slab on grade, wood framed construction and siding, asphalt shingles, mechanical electrical and plumbing work. Site work includes site utilities concrete walks and seeding. Work anticipated for a spring 2015 start and August 2015 completion. The Architect for the project is Wight & Company, Inc. BID RELEASE 7 Bid Package: 06C Description: General Contract Work The bid documents will be distributed to pre-qualified bidders on or about Thursday, February 12, 2015. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 9:00 A.M, at the Joliet Central High School - Gilbane Field Office, 104 Collins Street Joliet, IL 60432. Sealed bids are due Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. local time, at Joliet Township High School District #204 Administration Building, 300 Caterpillar Drive, Joliet IL 60436. To bid this project, bidders must be qualified by Gilbane Building Company. The pre-qualification application is to be completed online at www.iBidPro.com. Questions regarding the prequalification application procedure should be directed to Diedrie Hines at 773/695-3551 or dhines@gilbaneco.com. Bidders who are not pre-qualified in accordance with the advertisement will have their bids returned unopened. Bid security in the form of a bid bond in an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the base bid is required from all Bidders. Guarantee Bonds in the form of a Performance Bond and Labor and Material Payment Bond in an amount equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the bid will be required from the awarded Bidder. The work will be done in accordance with the Contract Documents. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS INVITATION TO BID WILL RESULT IN THE DISQUALIFICATION OF THE BIDDER. This contract calls for the construction of a “public work”, within the meaning of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, 820 ILCS 130/.01 et seq. (“the Act”). The Act requires contractors and subcontractors to pay laborers, workers and mechanics performing services on public works projects no less than the “prevailing rate of wages” (hourly cash wages plus fringe benefits) in the county where the work is performed. For information regarding current prevailing wage rates, please refer to the Illinois Department of Labor's website at: http://www.illinois.gov/idol/Pages/default.aspx. All contractors and subcontractors rendering services under this contract must comply with all requirements of the Act, including but not limited to, all wage, notice and record keeping duties. Joliet Township High School District #204 and Gilbane Building Company reserves the right to reject any or all bids. All information submitted as part of this process shall be considered public information under the State Freedom of Information Act unless specifically disclosed on the applicable information by the Bidder. Challenges to such exemptions shall be defended solely by the Bidder. (Published in the Herald-News, February 8, 2015) HN1692


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Crystal Lake Central wins team championship By ROB SMITH rsmith@shawmedia.com HAMPSHIRE – Wrestling regionals are a unique blend of individual and team accomplishments. Crystal Lake Central had both at the Class 2A Hampshire Regional, winning the team competition and qualifying 11 wrestlers for the Antioch Sectional with six firsts, two seconds and three thirdplace finishes. The top three place winners at each weight advance to the Antioch Sectional and the Tigers will wrestle at the Lakes Dual Team Sectional on Feb. 24. It was a little bit of redemption for the Tigers, who took third at the Fox Valley Conference tournament this past SaturKyle Grillot – kgrillot@shawmedia.com day and second to Harvard at the HampCrystal Lake Central’s Michael Petersen (left) wrestles Johnsburg’s Brandon Peshek shire Regional a year ago. They have not during the 138-pound championship match of the IHSA wrestling 2A regional Satur- been to the dual team state tournament day at Hampshire High School. Petersen won the match with a pin. since 2012.

Class 2A Hampshire Regional


Team scores: 1. Crystal Lake Central 214.5; 2. Hampshire 165; 3. Marian Central 121; 4. Johnsburg 104.5; 5. Prairie Ridge 74.5; 6. Richmond-Burton 62; 7. Woodstock North 61; 8. Wauconda 35; 9. Woodstock 34


Central’s Michael Petersen won at 138 pounds for his first regional title and said the team came in focused. It was his first regional championship. “We knew that what happened last year couldn’t repeat,” Petersen said. “We came to make it to state.” Petersen said his success this year has a lot to do with Logan Lundelius, his practice partner. He said he has been training with Lundelius since he was 6.

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Squad ‘shocked’ to hear name called at trophy presentation By KEVIN MEYER kmeyer@shawmedia.com At the beginning of the season, the Hampshire cheerleading team was not even thinking about a possible state title. The Whip-Purs knew they could compete for a possible top three spot at state and a trophy, and that was their goal, but a state title? That was just something to dream about. So when the Hampshire cheerleading team was announced as the medium team state champion Saturday afternoon at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, the reaction from the team was nothing short of complete shock. “We had no idea this could happen at the beginning of the season,” Hampshire coach Rachael Fischer said. “We had so many ups and downs this season with injuries, people quitting and it was a long road to get to where we were today.” According to Fischer, the team was so shocked most of the team doesn’t even remember half of what happened immediately after the announcement. The team was completely prepared to celebrate just another great season, but instead it will be celebrating a state title. “Every single person was already saying, ‘It’s OK, we had a great season, everyone did awesome,’ and then they call the WhipPurs of Hampshire and it was complete shock,” Fischer said. “Honestly, it was just their drive, they really, really wanted it and they proved to themselves, you could see it in their performance,” The Whip-Purs finished with a team score of 88.5, narrowly defeating Columbia (88.43) for the top spot. The score was Hampshire’s highest in team history and almost a point higher than their 87.77 that had them in third after the preliminary round Friday. Hampshire’s previous best finish at state was ninth, last year. Lincoln-Way West completed the podium with a score of 88.27. Just like Friday, a large portion of the student body was in attendance again Saturday cheering on Hampshire. Many of them stayed in Bloomington overnight and made “Hampshire state championship” shirts to wear Saturday. Little did they know real it would become true. The Whip-Purs came so far that a week ago, because of a fall at sectionals, they almost didn’t even make it to state, finishing fourth at DeKalb. Now the team is preparing for a large turnout at tryouts next year and at the chance to defend the title. “This all feels unbelievable and I’m actually overwhelmed by it all,” Hampshire junior captain Kasey Reigner said. “This definitely sets the standards high for next Clark Brooks for Shaw Media year, because we have to keep this Members of the Hampshire cheerleading squad hoist their championship trophy Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum up and continue to work hard.”


in Bloomington. The Whip-Purs won this medium school division title at the IHSA competitive cheerleading state finals by .07 of a point with a score of 88.5.

Michael Petersen CL Central, jr., 138 pounds

Petersen defeated Johnsburg’s Branden Peshek, 3-0, to win the 138 pound title. Peshek is ranked No. 9 and Petersen is No. 5.


T THE NUMBER Sectional qualifiers for Crystal Lake Central

T THE BIG MOMENT The Tigers were up on Hampshire heading into the championship and third-place matches and never let up, going 9-3 in those matches to build on their lead and win the regional team title.


Rockets settle in after half Turn a 1-point halftime deficit into 20-point win By CHRIS CASEY ccasey@shawmedia.com JOHNSBURG – After heading into halftime trailing by one point to Johnsburg on Saturday, Richmond-Burton boys basketball coach Brandon Creason told his team to forget the crowd noise and officiating and just play the Rockets’ game. His team responded. Richmond-Burton outscored Johnsburg by 21 points in the second half, led by Joey St. Pierre’s team-high 18 points, beating the Skyhawks, 64-44. “We were far too emotional in the first half,” Creason said. “We reacted to every little thing that went against us. We talked about it at halftime and I thought we came out in the second half and played with so much more composure.” The Rockets (16-4, 7-1 Big Northern East) trailed by one at halftime, in large part because of Johnsburg’s Luke Lobermeier, who scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the first half. St. Pierre was a much bigger part of the R-B offense in the second half, as the 6-foot-9 center scored 13 points in the second half. The sophomore played one his most complete games of the season, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking six shots. Creason and St. Pierre thought his positive play came with the team being more composed and playing the style that they wanted. “I just tried to get good position down low,” St. Pierre said. “We played much better after talking at halftime about settling down. I got the ball deep and got some easy shots tonight.”



Joey St. Pierre Richmond-Burton, soph., C

St. Pierre was a force inside, scoring 18 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking six shots in the Rockets’ win over Johnsburg.



Points R-B outscored Johnsburg by in the second half after trailing by one at halftime.

T THE BIG PLAY After Johnsburg’s Luke Lobermeier cut the Rockets’ lead to three points midway through the third quarter, R-B’s Blaine Bayer made a 3 plus a foul shot, followed by a Jared Miller 3 and St. Pierre bucket to extend the lead to 12 to end the quarter.