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A helicopter lands near the railroad tracks along Main Street between Fourth Street and Wheeler Drive to transport a man who had fallen down an embankment on April 9. area or why he would go back for it. “I don’t think it was worth that,” he said. Schmitz said they found the man’s car in the area, so they started walking down the tracks. He said he knew that if the man was on the Main Street

side of the tracks, somebody would have seen him. “But the opposite side of the tracks, there is no real way to see him unless you are on a train or walking on the tracks,” he said. He said he could easily see how somebody could fall while

tenhausen said the angle of the slope, change in elevation and thick brush at the bottom were all obstacles. “So, we decided it was easier to use a haul system to bring him back up in a rescue litter,” Bettenhausen said. He said they were fortunate to have the train rail nearby to use as an anchor point for the pulley system. It took them 45 minutes to extract the man and get him to a helicopter to take him to the hospital. Bettenhausen said the fire protection district has people certified in rope rescue and they had rescued people who had fallen down slopes before. But he said the severity of the situation was what will make it memorable. “When you bring in a helicopter, it’s something you remember more than something you would transport by ground,” he said.

D-113A to vote whether to outsource busing on Wednesday By DAN FARNHAM dfarnham@shawmedia.com LEMONT – The District 113A Board of Education will hold a public hearing, followed by a vote, on whether to contract an outside company to run its busing services. Officials have been exploring whether the district could save money by outsourcing the service rather than running it themselves. The district employs 22 bus drivers – four kindergarten bus drivers that work 30 hours a week and the rest part time. “We are looking into all aspects of the situation to make sure we’re doing what’s best

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for the district,” board president Cindy Kelly said. At the direction of the board, the district went out to bid on the services to get price estimates and presented its findings during a Feb. 19 meeting. The presentation showed the district could save $310,501

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veloped relationships with the students and families – attended the Feb. 19 meeting to make their case for keeping the busing service in district. The drivers were concerned that drivers brought in from an outside company would not have the same connection to the community. “We think it’s better to keep the in-town people who

have lived here and worked here with the kids,” bus driver Kathy Kirby said. The district presentation said both bidders – First Student and Westway Coach – proposed a “transition plan for current staff and also to maintain continuity in our transportation program.” Kirby said some of the drivers have been attending the district finance committee meetings and have found what they think are some discrepancies in the bids that would make the district service more favorable. She said the drivers will bring this up during the April 23 meeting.

8ON THE COVER Lemont senior forward Lauren Lumsden dribbles between Oak Lawn players in the Indians’ 6-0 win on Tuesday. Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com

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LEMONT – Though he has been a member of the Lemont Police Department for almost 17 years, Officer Brian Schmitz said his experience the afternoon of April 9 is something he will not forget. Schmitz found a Tinley Park man – who Lemont police are not identifying – at the bottom of an embankment next to the railroad tracks along Main Street between Fourth Street and Wheeler Drive. The man was flown to Loyola University Hospital, where he was treated for injuries that weren’t life-threatening. Schmitz said he and another officer responded to a call for a missing person who was thought to be in that area looking for a missing cellphone. He said he is not sure how the man lost his phone in that

walking on that side of the tracks, which is made up of loose gravel with a sudden 35foot decline into a wooded area. “Walking during the daytime it was very unstable, let alone trying to navigate it through the dark,” he said. After walking three-quarters of a mile, Schmitz spotted the man and then had to backtrack to find a safe way down so he could reach him. He had not seen any movement from the man while on the tracks, so he did not know whether he was alive. “I got approximately two to three feet from him, and his one finger on his right hand moved just a little bit,” he said. Schmitz then called in the parademics to rescue the man. The rescue process provided its own challenges for the responding members of the Lemont Fire Protection District. Batallion Chief David Bet-

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Student recognized as standout future teacher By DAN FARNHAM dfarnham@shawmedia.com LEMONT – Lemont High School senior Emily Durham credits having a classmate with special needs when she was younger with inspiring her to become a teacher. She has been observing and teaching in special education classes at the school since her junior year and will attend Illinois State University in the fall to become a special education teacher.

Because of the passion she has already demonstrated for teaching, Durham has been named a Golden Apple Emily S c h o l a r . S h e Durham is one of 174 recipients this year and the first from Lemont High School since 2007. Durham said she felt she was qualified for the award when applying because of the

experience she already had. But receiving the scholarship has been an honor beyond the financial assistance it will provide. “It makes me feel like I’m standing out,” she said. “It makes me feel important.” Durham said the hard work of the Lemont High School special education teachers has been a good model for her. “They really put a lot of their time into the students,” she said. Both Durham and the teachers have seen that she

has qualities that will make her a good teacher. “Just working with the special ed kids in Lemont and seeing how they react to the little things that I do, I see that it benefits them in huge ways,” Durham said. Lemont High School special education teacher Margie Pilarski said she always felt a sense of relief when Durham was in her class because of how good she was working with the students. “She’s just a natural at

what she does,” she said. “She’s organized. She likes to learn about strategy.” Pilarski said Durham’s presence makes the students happy, even ones who are normally difficult to deal with. As part of the Golden Apple Scholar program, Durham has made a commitment to teach at a school of need for five years after she graduates. “I think it will be a great experience to teach in a school of need and find new ways to teach,” she said.

Board passes budget, waste management contract By DAN FARNHAM dfarnham@shawmedia.com LEMONT – The Lemont Village Board unanimously approved the fiscal year 201415 budget during its Monday meeting. According to the agenda, total revenue for all funds is

$23 million, with $22 million in expenditures. The budget has $4.1 million for capital projects, including: Warner Avenue water main replacement, bridge repairs, emerald ash borer tree replacement, street resurfacing; brick paver replacement and various detention basin modi-

fications. The village also has $300,000 from the Downtown Tax Increment Finance District allocated for I&M Canal improvements that must be completed by Dec. 31. “The FY 14-15 operating and capital improvement budget is balanced and is in line with

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ly approved a new eight-year waste, recycling and landscape services contract with Waste Management that will see immediate savings in residents’ monthly rates. For 2015, the first year of

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The Cook County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance amendment during its Wednesday meeting limiting the amount of time large trucks and recreational vehicles can be parked on residential streets, according to a news release from Commissioner Liz Doody Gorman, who sponsored the amendment. The amendment, which applies to unincorporated areas in Cook County, restricts vehicles longer than 22 feet from parking “for a longer period than is necessary for the reasonably or expeditious loading or unloading of such vehicle … but in no case longer than two hours.” Gorman said the ordinance was in response to complaints made by La Grange Highlands residents.

LEMONT – Lemont High School students will have four titles to chose from for their One Book, One School required summer reading assignment, according to a school news release. Previously, the school selected one book with additional assignments for honors classes. Though students only need to read one book, they are encouraged to read all four titles. Students can pre-order books by submitting a form available at www.lhs210.net to the school by April 25. The reading choices are “Nine Days” by Fred Hiatt, “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey; “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher, and “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green.

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GRADUATES Miami University LEMONT: Trevor Vail

LEMONT: Michael Farrell, bachelor’s in accounting Mark Labus, bachelor’s in finance, cum laude

Eastern Illinois University LEMONT: Thomas Griffith, bachelor of arts Brianna Wojnowski, bachelor of arts

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign LEMONT: Anthony Carusiello , bachelor’s in psychology Sarah Forzley, juris doctor in law, magna cum laude Quinn Mandell , bachelor’s in communication Kimberlee McAllister, bachelor’s in animal sciences Andrew Rachwalski, bachelor’s in computer science Alyssa Szynal, bachelor’s in journalism Gregory Virtel, bachelor’s in molecular and cellular biology _

ACHIEVEMENTS • Iowa State University student Megan Fisher of Lemont achieved academic ranking in the top two

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1. Take a hike There are a lot of outdoor locations to walk in or around Lemont. The Lemont Park District has walking tracks available at Centennial and Bambrick parks for more leisurely walks. Those up for a rougher hike can go on the unpaved Sag Valley Trail off Archer Avenue along the Cal Sag Canal. Check out the websites for the Forest Preserve Districts for Cook, DuPage and Will Erica Benson – ebenson@shawmedia.com Counties for other good hikLemont Public Works employee Bill Millard prepares one of the baseball fields at Centennial Park for the ing locations a little farther away. spring season on Wednesday.

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For a town its size, Lemont has a lot of golf options – Cog Hill, Gleneagles and Ruffled Feathers. For those who have always wanted to learn to play, Cog Hill offers classes for all ages throughout the playing season. Classes fill up fast, so make sure to register at www.coghillgolf.com. Ruffled Feathers offers a different experience as a public golf course. One perk to keep in mind is that golfers age 15 and younger play free with paying adults.

3. Make fresh treats Fresh fruits such as strawb e r r i e s a r e p o p u l a r d e ssert ingredients during the spring. You cannot pick these fruits in Illinois until later in the year, but luckily there are shipments coming from warmer weather regions. Fresh maple syrup can also be found from more local sources, with maple trees having been tapped in early spring. For those looking for some already made treats, Muffins Ice Cream Shoppe, 400 E. Illinois St., Lemont, is reopening on May 3.

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Mother Nature needs its own spring cleaning because of the debris left from a harsh winter. Beyond picking up branches in your yard, there are occasions to help clean up public places. T h e H e r i t a g e C o m m i ttee is sponsoring a Heritage Quarries Trail Clean-UpGreen-Up from 8 a.m. to noon April 26 at the Heritage Quarries Pavilion on K.A. Steel Road. Volunteers are asked to bring garbage bags and cleaning tools, such as shovels and rakes. The Lemont Park District has a Community Clean Up Day at 9 a.m. May 10 at various Lemont parks. For more information, visit www.lemontparkdistrict.org.


A defense lawyer arguing for a lighter sentence for his client said the victim in a 2011 road rage confrontation had his own anger issues. Attorney Cliff Johnson said Tuesday that Frank Egas, who eventually died after being punched in the 2011 confrontation in Romeoville, had entered anger management classes in 2010 and had been involved in previous road rage incidents himself. Johnson, however, did not offer any details on those incidents. Johnson’s client, Christopher Yeoman, 41, of Lemont, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder. Johnson also said that Egas had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Judge Sarah Jones was unmoved by Johnson’s argument and ordered Yeoman transferred to prison to serve his convictions of second-degree murder and aggravated battery to a senior citizen. Yeoman will be eligible for parole in nine years. In 2011, Yeoman was driving with his family when he

gave a “hurry up” tap on the horn to Egas, who was waiting to turn ahead of them on 135th Street. Egas began yelling, sticking out his middle finger and cutting off Yeoman’s minivan until the vehicles reached Route 53, where Christopher and Amanda Yeoman got out to confront him. When the Yeomans went back to their minivan, Egas got out and pointed to his chin, telling Yeoman to hit him, according to witnesses. Yeoman testified during his trial in February that he struck in self-defense because he thought Egas was going to punch him. Egas’ head struck the pavement, causing brain injuries that medical experts testified led to his death three months later at the age of 64. Johnson also argued Egas’ fall at a rehabilitation clinic led to further brain injury after the confrontation. “You’re asking me to make a leap of faith [to conclude that] without any testimony that supported that during the trial,” Jones told him. Amanda Yeoman declined to comment after Jones decided not to reconsider her husband’s sentence.

8POLICE REPORTS Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Lemont Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court.

Domestic battery Michael Cervantes, 49, of 1035 Warner Ave., Lemont, was charged with domestic battery after an incident at 1:13 p.m. April 11 in the 1000 block of Warner Avenue.

an incident at 2:44 p.m. April 12 in the 13400 block of Archer Avenue.

Controlled substance possession Jamie Schwanz, 32, of 16458 W. 147th Place, Lockport, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a fictitious handicap placard after an incident at 9:45 p.m. April 1 in the 1100 block of State Street.

Theft Maria Krzemien, 42, of 708 Houston St., Lemont, was charged with retail theft after

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Innovation essential to U.S. job growth Many Americans are uneasy about our nation’s future and wonder how we will make America an economic powerhouse again. An important part of the answer is innovation. Through innovation America can create the new products and new industries that will provide the job growth we so desperately need. One way to promote innovation is through public-private partnerships. As a strong supporter of American manufacturing, I was very pleased that a group led by Chicago-based COMMUNITY UI Labs has received a $70 VOICE million award from the DeDan fense Department to form the Lipinski Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute. I have been a very strong proponent of this institute that will use high tech tools to spur manufacturing innovation. Private industry has already promised to contribute more than $250 million to the DMDI Institute. Leading partners include General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Procter & Gamble, Dow, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Boeing, Deere, Caterpillar, Microsoft, Illinois Tool Works, and PARC. The fact that these companies are willing to invest so much demonstrates the confidence that industry has in this lab. It has the potential to re-invigorate American manufacturing and put the Chicago area on the cutting edge of manufacturing innovation. I’m a co-sponsor of H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013, which would authorize the creation of similar institutes across the country that would each be focused on a unique technology, material or process relevant to advanced manufacturing. But the fight to promote manufacturing jobs requires work on multiple fronts. To encourage continued private industry investment in research and development, I support expanding and making permanent the Research and Development tax credit. To help American manufacturers maintain their edge, I helped write and pass into law legislation that authorizes a new high-tech manufacturing research program. It provides small and medium-sized manufacturers with improved access to powerful supercomputers at our National Laboratories, and includes loan guarantees for manufacturers for the use or production of innovative technologies. Americans need jobs and manufacturing can help provide some of those jobs at good wages. But America must continue to innovate if we are going to see those jobs created.

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Andy Podczerwinski, 17, a junior at Lemont High School, is getting ready for the Walk with Andrew fundraiser on April 27.

A freak accident put LHS junior Andy Podczerwinski in a wheelchair, but that’s not stopping him from being a teenager. Andy still earned his driver’s license, helps out with his wrestling team and is considering college options. You can help Andy out with expenses by partaking in the Walk with Andrew 5k on April 27. For more information, visit walkwithandrew.com. What a cool hobby Art Fox has picked up. We featured Art in a profile story last week, giving readers a look into his light sculpture paintings. You can see his neat work by visiting shawurl.com/13rt.

8STREET TALK Q: What are your plans for Easter? “Hopefully doing an outdoor activity, depending on the weather.” Stacey Catterson, visiting Lemont Ryan Terrell, news editor rterrell@shawmedia.com 630-427-6252

“Spending time with my family.”

Ruth Schumacher, Lemont

“Going over to a family member’s house for a meal.”

Gregory Antalek, Lemont

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. First Amendment, U.S. Bill of Rights


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A position on state teacher pensions

Illinois teacher pensions are primarily funded by taxpayers. Many teachers and administrators take out what they contributed to the system during the first two to three years of retirement. The taxpayers fund the rest of their retirement. Currently, teachers can retire Spend donated money on at age 55 with full benefits after something besides sign 35 years of service. They can also Forest Glen Grade School in Glen retire at 55 with slightly reduced Ellyn has decided the best way to benefits after 20 years of service. communicate with parents is to Teachers can get a maximum of 75 put a sign on Elm Street that parpercent of their final average salary ents can see as they walk or drive and an annual 3 percent cost of by the entrance to the school. living increase, compounded annuWhat kind of sign is needed to ally. What the pension pays out is relay upcoming events such as guaranteed, unlike the money put days off, sock hops and school into an IRA or 401k plan. registration deadlines? A $15,000 Legislators need to solve the sign, which equates to more than “underfunded” pension system by $25 per student! having teachers retire at the same As stated on the Forest Glen age as Social Security, which for PTA website, the “PTA works with many of the baby boomers has parents to advocate for proper been moved to age 67. funding, leadership and instruction In addition, they should do away for all schools and school districts.” with the current pension plan for I wonder how many underall new hires and put them on privileged elementary [school] Social Security with a 401k-type students could be helped with retirement plan similar to what the $15,000 worth of school supplies, private sector and many local govhot lunches or additional tutorernments have done. Don’t listen to ing. You make the decision as to whether or not the Forest Glen PTA is being a good steward of the See SOUND OFF, page 14

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This is a rebuttal to the person who voiced their opinion about college athletes forming a union. What greater institution of Northwestern could the players and students have to enhance their law degrees from a top law school? Not all players are scholarship players. The NCAA and universities have been reaping the benefits of the talents of these students for more than 30 years. The NCAA Final Four in itself generated ticket sales of more than $60 million. … The coach is trying to sway public opinion by saying he’s against it. However, he’s only been prepped by the attorneys that are anti-union. So Northwestern, face up to the fact, it’s a law. They have a right to form [a union]. Let them vote and drop your appeal. Let the players decide.

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I read with great dismay how Elmhurst’s City Council is wasting its time and our tax dollars debating about the hot dog woman and where she should be located. Has anyone ever complained about this woman? I have seen her several times selling hot dogs, and I’m sure she is completely harmless. Do we have to jerk her around again and again? Do the big corporate franchise restaurants want to push out every independent business person? Is this what downtown Elmhurst is coming to? She’s is an independent business person who is just trying to make a living. At least Alderman [Dannee] Polomsky had the guts to say that being a vendor at that location was no more a hazard than having a sidewalk sale. And my alderman, Alderman [Michael] Bram, rightly said that she should be issued a permit because she already paid her fee. And our mayor (who I didn’t vote for and won’t vote for next time), couldn’t even say, “This is wrong.” Doesn’t a thousand signatures mean anything? Thanks for nothing.

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Autoimmune condition? Living with an autoimmune disorder can afect every part of your life. It keeps you from enjoying the good things in life… time with your kids, grandkids, activities like goling, biking, yard work and gardening. Did you know that leaky gut syndrome is a precursor to an autoimmune disease? Did you know that your gut makes up 80% of your immune system? An autoimmune disorder is when your immune system attacks your own body. here is NO CURE for autoimmune disorders, but you can calm down the immune response NATURALLY. My name is Dr. Jefrey E Forzley, with Lemont Natural Healthcare. I am a chiropractic physician and a holistic practitioner. I am passionate about helping people with chronic health conditions. I have been in practice for 28 years. As a holistic practitioner I evaluate the whole body and the many systems of the body, integrate their relationships, manage the underlying cause and use natural methods to manage autoimmune disorders.

Are you sufering with any of these autoimmune disorders? • Hashimotos hroiditis • Rheumatoid Arthritis • Graves Disease • Multiple Sclerosis • Scleroderma • Sjogren’s Syndrome • Type 1 Diabetes • Myasthenia Gravis • Ankylosing Spondylitis • Perniscious Anemia

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Medications are not always the long term answer. Medications can give you temporary relief but they DO NOT ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING CAUSE of your immune imbalance. All medications have side efects. hese side efects can be more detrimental than the original symptoms sometimes.

Did you know that medications to treat autoimmune conditions can WEAKEN your immune system and lead to infections and immune degenerative conditions including cancer? here is a time to use medications but not before a NATURAL way to manage the underlying imbalance. So how do I help people with autoimmune disorders? I use a combination of speciic NEUROLOGICAL protocols and NUTRITION recommendations… Neuro-Metabolic herapy. Your Brain (nervous System) controls all other systems of the body. It controls your immune system. digestive system, endocrine (hormone) system… so if you have an immune system imbalance or autoimmune condition, evaluating and managing the nervous system is required for optimal improvement.

Your immune system. here are 2 parts to the front line defense of your immune system… TH1 (white blood cells) and TH2 (antibody response). hese 2 parts should work in balance together. But when you are sufering from an autoimmune disorder, one part is out of balance (dominant). his leads to an imbalance in TH3 which in turn leads to an autoimmune response.

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I can work with your immune system NATURALLY and balance the TH1, TH2, TH3 and TH17. You can never be cured of an autoimmune disorder. BUT, you can get symptom relief and calm down the immune attack on you own body. You must get a detailed immune system evaluation followed by speciic recommendation based on those tests. Guess what stimulates TH1?Vitamin C. But if you are TH1 dominant, Taking vitamin C will WORSEN your immune response. hat’s right worsen. We need to identify which part of your immune system is dominant in order to calm down the immune system. I don’t treat or cure autoimmune disorders. By using speciic neurological and nutritional protocols, I help to decrease your body’s inlammation, detoxify your body, balance TH1, TH2, TH3 and TH17 which NATURALLY boosts your immune system. THAT is how I address autoimmune disorders.

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• Christopher Schultz, 26, of Continued from page 9 226 Locust Lane, New Lenox, was charged with driving while DUI license suspended and speed• Rachel Barracca, 25, of ing after a traffic stop at 10:23 17418 Briar Drive, Tinley Park, a.m. April 9 in the 12600 block was charged with driving of New Avenue. under the influence of alcohol, • Domingo Espinosa-Lopez, improper lane use and improper 28, of 501 Landau Ave., Joliet, turn after a traffic stop at 12:35 was charged with no valid driva.m. March 30 at 127th Street er’s license and improper lane and Archer Avenue. use after a traffic stop at 4:30 • Jenry Arana, 26, of 2421 a.m. April 10 at New Avenue N. Mango St., Chicago, was and Timberline Drive. charged with driving under the • Melissa Zuniga, 30, of 403 influence of alcohol, disobeyed S. State St., Lockport, was traffic control device and failure charged with driving while to signal after a traffic stop license revoked and defective at 4:02 a.m. April 13 at State tail lights after a traffic stop at Street and Archer Avenue. 3:07 p.m. April 11 in the 15900

• SOUND OFF Continued from page 11 the teachers and union leadership who continue to “cry poor!”

their ... share toward alleviating water and flooding problems that affect a number of Downers Grove locations. If churches are exempted from paying the stormwater fee, the funds will have to be collected elsewhere, which would necessitate village businesses and/or residents subsidizing the churches in this regard.

block of New Avenue. • Luis Silva, 28, of 422 Landau Ave., Joliet, was charged with no valid driver’s license and wearing a headset receiver while driving after a traffic stop at 1:58 p.m. April 12 at Main and Fourth streets. • Fabiola Vazquez-Maldonado, 27, of 206 Monroe St., Joliet, was charged with no valid Illinois driver’s license and driving without tail lights after a traffic stop at 3:36 p.m. April 12 in the 16700 block of New Avenue. • Kay Carey, 51, of 4025 S. Lake Park Ave., Chicago, was charged with driving while license suspended and no insurance after a traffic stop at 7:15 p.m. April 12 at Archer Avenue

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Teacher pension plans in Illinois Constitution

Recent Sound Off calls have focused on public school teacher Debating stormwater fee pensions. Let’s see what the continues Illinois Constitution has to say. In response to the Sound Article 13, Section 5: “MemberOff item titled “Religious folks ship in any pension or retirement charged stormwater fees twice,” system of the state, in a unit while I don’t argue that the Sounding off on Sound Off of local government, or school [reader] has the perfect right to I read the Villa Park [Suburban district, or any agency or instrudisagree with the village’s deci- Life]. The Sound Off column con- ment thereof, shall be enforcesion to require Downers Grove tinually has complaints about the able contractual relationship, the churches to pay a stormwater suburbs such as Berwyn, Down- benefits of which shall not be fee, the caller’s statement that ers Grove, etc. I think it should diminished or impaired.” the City Council “has a problem be limited to either national with Downers Grove residents concerns or concerns relevant to A take on property taxes that try to live out their life of Villa Park and Lombard. Fee and tax spenders are faith” is a huge stretch, and spending other people’s money. frankly, insulting to council Westmont sidewalks are The very famous Judge Oliver members. in rough shape, need work Wendell Holmes said, “The powIs the reader trying to suggest I’m a handicapped man in er to tax is the license to steal.” that council members are not Westmont, and the sidewalks are For example, a $10,000 tax people of faith, simply by virtue so bad. Your wheelchair almost bill on a fair market value of of their decision to impose the tips over, and then if you ride $100,000 property … is in my fee on churches? Imposing a in the street, it’s really dangeropinion taking. … The solution stormwater tax on an organious, plus people will report you is the taxpayers to anyone zation in no way equates to because you’re in the street. The receiving those payments must interfering with a citizen’s relisidewalks are really bad. They’re approve the budget that they gious freedom; it simply requires bumpy, and they’re rough. Mine propose … by at least 51 percent, that churches, like any other has tipped over and people have or they do not have to pay that Downers Grove organization, pay

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Drug paraphernalia possession • Matthew Greensley, 31, of 14215 Parker Road, Homer Glen, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop at 8:23 p.m. April 11 at Lemont and Old Lemont roads. • Daniel Wilk, 19, of 12687 Archer Ave., Lemont, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 12:49 a.m. April 12. • A juvenile was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after an incident at 10:49 p.m. April 12 at Sara Avenue and Hillview Drive.

A Tesla fan promotes history of coal This is for state Rep. Deb Conroy. You know, we wouldn’t be as far as we are without coal, so if it’s so nasty to be teaching the importance of it, then put a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking. One of the greatest inventors to come to this country was [Nikola] Tesla. You should read his biography like I did or watch the movies “Nikola Tesla” or “Eye of the Storm.” He was one of the greatest inventors. Tesla invented the radio; Marconi stole it. ... One of the best inventors in history – Nikola Tesla.

Stormwater fee for houses of worship is fair The Downers Grove Village Council is not discriminating against people of faith by expecting them to pay the stormwater fees for the places of worship they have constructed in the village. But if such fees were instead divided among all residents, that would indeed be unfair to people not of those faiths.

• BOARD Continued from page 4 the contract, the monthly rate will be reduced by 13 percent for regular customers and 18 percent for seniors. Schafer said that the annual increase will be lower than the previous contract, and residents will not see a rate greater than what they are currently paying until 2020. The contract includes additional resident services, such as: the option to upgrade the recycling cart to 96 gallons and reduce the waste cart size for free during a 90-day amnesty period; and an extension for the take-all landscape pickup through the first full week of December. The village is also receiving more services, such as a trash container roll-off service for public works and portable toilets for village events. Schafer said Waste Management was amenable to these service changes while lowering the rate during contract negotiations. “I can attribute the reduction in rates to the quality relationship the village has with Waste Management and the desire for Waste Management to continue the partnership with the village,” he said in an email.

Lemont reaffirms membership in water agency As part of what was called a procedural matter, the Lemont Village Board approved a new intergovernmental agreement with the Northern Will County Water Agency Monday night. The ordinance allows for the water agency’s five towns – Bolingbrook, Homer Glen, Lemont, Romeoville and Woodridge – to be listed as plaintiffs in the condemnation suit the agency is seeking. The Northern Will County Water Agency is filing suit in order to purchase a water system owned by the American Lake Water Company. Lemont has 17 homes serviced by the system, which equates to .059 percent of the total agency costs for the village.

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oday’s parents know that it’s not always easy to instill a love of reading in children. Whether they are watching television, dabbling with their smartphones, toying with their tablets or engaging in social media, youngsters now have more distractions at their disposal than ever before. So it’s no surprise that many youngsters may not be too enthusiastic about abandoning their gadgets in exchange for curling up with a good book. But instilling a love of reading in kids early on can pay a lifetime of dividends. Children learn at a much faster pace during their first six years than at any other time in their lives, and the right kind of stimulation during these years can provide the foundation for future learning. In addition, reading at an early age can inspire a child’s creativity and imagination. Though many parents can recognize these benefits, that recognition does not make it easier to get kids to embrace reading. No two kids are alike, so parents might need to employ different strategies to get each of their kids to embrace reading. But the following are a handful of ways parents can foster a love of reading in their youngsters. * Embrace their hobbies. When encouraging kids to read, parents may find it easier to get them to pick up a book if that book’s subject matter pertains to a favorite hobby or something a youngster has expressed interest in. A seven-year-old boy with a passion for baseball will likely be more inclined to read an age-appropriate novel about America’s pastime than he will a book about fishing. Use youngsters’ enthusiasm about a given hobby or interest to lay the foundation for a love of reading. * Don’t limit reading to books. Books are not the only reading materials that can foster a love of reading in kids. Local newspapers and magazines have sparked many kids’ initial foray into reading, and such source materials can be just as inspiring as novels or short stories. Magazines made for youngsters give kids something they can start and finish reading in the same day. Young boys might want to read the sports page in the daily newspaper or visit a favorite team’s website to learn all about last night’s game, while young girls might be more inclined to read the arts and entertainment sections. Parents should encourage such exploration, even if it means leaving novels on the bookshelf for the time being. * Read to youngsters. Another way to foster a love of reading in youngsters is to read to them every day. Many young kids just learning to read may be discouraged if their reading skills aren’t progressing rapidly. Reading to kids every day can inspire them to work harder at reading so they can be just as good at reading as Mom and Dad. * Discuss reading materials with your children. Many people enjoy talking about books they have read as much as they enjoy reading the books, and kids are no different. Parents who want their youngsters to embrace reading can initiate discussions about what their kids are reading, discussing the plot of novels or the details of newspaper or magazine articles kids read. Ask them what they like and dislike about a book or ask for a recap of a story they read in the newspaper or an article they read in a magazine. * Extend the reading experience. After they have finished a novel, adults often find it enjoyable to watch films based on that novel. Doing so extends the reading experience and gives men and women a chance to see if their interpretations of a given story were similar or different from someone else’s. Kids enjoy such extensions as well, so reward kids by taking them to the movies to see the film version of a favorite book or to a museum that’s displaying an exhibit that’s relevant to a book a youngster just read. Though their youngsters may have many distractions at their disposal, there are still many ways for parents to foster a love of reading in their children.

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arents and kids alike sigh with relief at the end of another successful school year. Yet years of studies show that summer “brain drain” is a very real phenomenon, and where kids are intellectually at the end of one school year isn’t always where they are when they begin a new one. Over the summer, the average student loses more than two months of grade-level equivalency in math skills. Luckily parents have somewhere to turn with the successful implementation of children’s enrichment programs, shifting your summer breaks into learning opportunities. “Summer is an ideal time for children to build on their math and science skills, instead of losing them, which is known as the ‘summer slide,’” says Michelle Cote, founder and creative director of Bricks 4 Kidz. Summer camps with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) allow children to collaborate with their peers, teaching teamwork and organization while enhancing self-esteem and improving fine motor skills. Parents looking for a way to combat the unfortunate educational losses have been encouraged by the growth of enrichment programs and the pool of talented instructors. Teachers who also have a summer break are flocking to these programs where they are given the freedom to be creative, teaching the way that they have always imagined. “We all enjoy the summer when we can help our students grow in much more inventive ways, eliciting the visions of our young scientists, engineers and architects through enrichment camps,” says Gracia Merrill, a 12-year education veteran, just two months shy of her master’s in education. Summer months are an excellent time for kids to not only fill learning gaps but also get ahead

of the curve for the upcoming year. “The models that the children build spark interest in science and math organically as they investigate ways to change gear ratios - making models go faster (or slower) - forces in motion, engineering concepts and the principles behind them,” says Cote. “It is the ‘hands-on’ learning they miss out on during the school year while gaining STEM based knowledge simply by attending camp.” Parents looking for a program for their children should look for one that: * Encourages curiosity, creativity and cognitive development, the ability to think and understand. * Uses the tools that children relate to, such as LEGO Bricks. * Offers engaging activities that boost self-esteem. * Fosters an appreciation for how things work from vision and experimentation to culmination. “Children have the innate ability to embrace their visions as reality,” says Dan O’Donnell, COO of Creative Learning Corp., the franchise developer of Bricks 4 Kidz. “Our camps provide the atmosphere where gears and motors take simple bricks and turn them into the stuff dreams are made of.” This summer, students can easily avoid brain drain when they learn while playing. They’ll have so much fun they won’t even realize that the basis of their summer enrichment program has catapulted them beyond these three months, into a new school year full of promise. To find a Bricks 4 Kidz program in your area, visit the interactive map at www.bricks4kidz.com. You can learn more about their programs and new summer camps by searching for a location by state or zip code.

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layground equipment is a magnet for children, and rightfully so. Kids love playing on swings, slides and climbing components of playsets on school properties and at area parks. While playgrounds are ideal settings for fun-filled days, they also carry a certain degree of risk. Approximately 20 children in the United States die from playground-related injures every year. More than half of these deaths result from strangulation and about one-third result from falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But parents can reduce their youngsters’ risk of injury and the severity of injuries in various ways. * Purchase recommended, safe equipment. Parents should do their research when buying playground equipment. Consumers can check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission for any litigation involving certain manufacturers or any product recalls. It may cost a little more to install a top-of-the-line playground set, but the peace of mind and reduced risk of injury is worth the extra cost. * Invest in adequate surfacing. The CPSC says roughly 60 percent of all playground injuries result from falls the structures. Although no fall is pleasant, the severity of injury resulting from a fall can be greatly reduced depending on how safe the surface material surrounding the equipment is. Blacktop, concrete or even grass can be painful to land on. However, loose-fill materials like pea gravel, sand, shredded rubber, or mulch can soften falls. Plus, these materials are relatively low-cost and can be made from recycled items. But parents should know that loose-fill materials must be maintained to ensure a safe level of thickness. A depth of 12 inches is often recommended. * Choose an age-appropriate structure. Injuries frequently occur when children use equipment designed for older kids. Playgrounds are not one-size-fits-all. There are specific differences in the size and stature of younger children from older ones, as well as limitations in younger children’s development. Segregated playground areas, or those with groupings of equipment recommended for certain age groups, can help limit injuries. Pre-school children need smaller steps and crawl spaces, while older children can utilize overhead bars that maximize upper-arm strength. * Safely situate equipment. Consider placing a piece of playground equipment under a shady area to keep children comfortable and safe from sunburns. Hot equipment can result in burns and being out in direct sunlight can also cause UV damage to the children’s skin. Structures should be situated so there are no obstructions or obstacles to any moving parts. * Select a shorter structure. Studies show that the greater the height of a playground structure the greater the risk for injury. Choose playground equipment that is nearer to the ground to prevent serious injuries from falls and other incidents. * Inspect and maintain the equipment. Safety measures must still be taken after the playground has been erected. Equipment should be routinely inspected for damage and movable parts and joints should be examined for any signs of wear and tear. Bolts should remain tight, and any hardware that is protruding should be fixed. S-rings and other links and chains should not have gaps where children can get caught. Wood should be inspected for splintering or decay and replaced where necessary. * Supervise kids at all times. Children should always be supervised when playing on playground equipment, whether they are playing at school, at home or in a public park. Adults should discourage poor or risk-taking behavior that increases risk of injury. Adults also are urged to keep abreast of changing structure codes and guidelines so that equipment can be adjusted accordingly.

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Finances Money is often overlooked when deciding whether or not to bring a pet into a home. But pets can be expensive, and the potential cost of pet ownership must be fully explored. Pet adoption fees are often negligible, but families who prefer a purebred dog can expect to spend considerably more money than they would if they were to adopt a mixed breed dog from the local shelter. In addition, a pedigreed cat is likely to cost more than a cat adopted from the shelter. But those initial fees are only a small part of the expenses associated with pet ownership. Medical costs, including routine veterinary visits and medication, pet insurance, food, and grooming costs can add up over time, so families already working on thin budgets might find it’s not financially prudent to bring a pet into their home until their finances stabilize. Families who tend to travel a lot also must consider the cost of sheltering the animal when they are out of town, while renters should determine if bringing a pet into a home will incur a higher rental deposit or if the animal is likely to cause damage, as puppies and kittens tend to do, that will ultimately cost them money when they move out of their rental. Time Some pets require more attention than others, so heads of a family should consider just how much time they have to devote to pet ownership. Dogs tend to need the most attention among the more popular household pets, so families whose schedules are already full may find that pets who don’t need so much attention fit their lifestyle better. For example, cats don’t need to go for daily walks and tend to be more independent than canines, making them ideal pets for on-the-go families. When deciding if a pet is right for your family, give heavy consideration to how much time your family spends at home, and if you decide to adopt a pet, choose one that won’t be negatively affected by your schedules.

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demeanors and the demeanor of the pet they are thinking of adopting. Dogs have their idiosyncrasies, but breeds tend to exhibit similar behaviors. Labrador retrievers, for example, tend to be active and energetic, while a typical English bulldog might be more laid-back and less prone to running around. Active families who enjoy spending time outdoors might prefer a more active dog, while families who enjoy relaxing at home might want a dog that’s equally comfortable lounging around the house. When considering cats, families should speak with a professional, be it a veterinarian or a representative at the local animal shelter, about the demeanors of different breeds to ensure they make the best decision. Parents of young children likely want a cat that’s playful as opposed to one who is likely to be standoffish with curious kids. Future The future is another thing parents must consider before bringing a pet into their home. Parents whose careers are stable might make better pet owners than those angling for a reassignment or looking to change careers. An unfortunate side effect of the recession that began in 2008 was that many families were forced to relocate when one or both parents lost their jobs but found opportunities elsewhere. Upon moving, these families realized the family pet could not make the trip, which led to shelters being flooded with homeless pets. If your family’s future is in question, delay adopting or buying a pet until your situation is more stable. If all is well in your career and your family is firmly entrenched in your community, then now might be a great time to bring a pet into your home.


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o many resorts are billed as the best for families, and do live up to the hype for the throngs of visitors who plan vacations each and every year. But if your’s is a family that would be interested in avoiding the long lines and the franchised fun, you may be happy to know you are in good company. It’s possible to manufacture your own family vacation without partaking in one of the pre-assembled family plans. According to the travel planning site Expedia(R), a few countries are more “vacation deprived” than others. These include the United States, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Japan and South Korea. North Americans earn fewer vacation days than most countries. Even still, they’re also more likely to leave two or more days of earned vacation time unused. Affordability and saving days for future obligations is why people are apt to squander away vacation time. When vacations are taken, however, families could want to maximize time spent together and look for some key features. When planning your next family quest, consider these vacation pointers. * Just because a hotel or resort is not billed as a family place doesn’t mean it isn’t family-friendly. Read reviews from people who have stayed at the hotel. See how they rate the hotel in terms of amenities and figure out what strengths the property has. If people remark about the romantic atmosphere, it probably caters to couples. If an array of food options and activities are touted, the hotel could be good for families. * Choose a resort that offers babysitting services or a few child-central activities. While the goal of the family vacation is to spend time together, there are likely to be moments when each person may want to do his own thing. Parents looking for some time away will benefit from a resort that has a childcare center on the property. Plus, kids may appreciate being independent from their parents for a few hours and having fun with others their own ages. * Find a destination with a mix of ethnic and familiar cuisine. Of all the people in the family, children tend to be the most finicky when it comes to dining options. Some parents are lucky enough to have kids open to any and all food suggestions, but most have children who have a few favorites and don’t stray far from those options. Therefore, opt for a port of call that not only enables you to sample the local cuisine, but also has a chain restaurant or familiar foods that children will be sure to eat. * Think outside the hotel box. When vacation deals pop up on your Internet search engines, it can be easy to think these plans are the only ones out there. However, with a little more research and work, families can often custom tailor a vacation that is memorable. For example, many local property owners sublet their condominiums or vacation houses to others throughout the year. Instead of booking a hotel in a resort, you may be able to rent a house or condo for a week so you will have more room to stretch out -- something that is advantageous with an entire family in tow -- and a kitchen to make a few meals “at home.” This saves on expenses and arguments over when and where to dine out. * Plan activities around your youngest traveler. While you may want to scale mountains or dive the depths of the ocean, having a young child in tow may hamper some of these intense plans. That isn’t to say you cannot try things outside of the comfort zone. While you may not be able to scuba dive, you may be able to snorkel with a toddler coasting along on an inflatable raft. Or, you may need to bring a child carrier along for a challenging hike. Cater to your “weakest link” so you are not left with high expectations and cranky kids. * Schedule some down time to just enjoy your surroundings. The vacation cannot be all about a strict itinerary. With children along for the experience, they’ll appreciate some moments to just venture and explore or engage in some imaginative play. Don’t feel the need to over-schedule every minute of the vacation. Otherwise you may leave feeling more spent than relaxed. * Don’t cut too many corners. A couple traveling may be able to make due with the bare minimum, but the entire family traveling together will benefit from some creature comforts. It could be wise to fly to your destination rather than enduring 12 hours of the dreaded “Are we there yet?” chant. Find a hotel that will offer some of the kids’ favorite cable channels, so they can catch up on cartoons while parents are sleeping in. Opt for the two-room suite rather than the efficiency if you can afford it, so that everyone will have more elbow room. Splurge on that goofy $20 photo that shows the entire clan mouths agape while riding down the log flume. Create memories that you will want to recall for all of the good reasons instead of the poor ones.

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Just as in golf, footgolfers aim to kick the soccer ball into the hole (21 inches wide) in the fewest amount of strikes. Players start each hole driving up to two meters behind the markers. The ball must be played where it lies, trees and sandtaps included. If a ball lands in the water, place it two steps within where it last was near land, and take a one-point penalty. Regardless of the distance from the hole, players must sink the ball in the hole. After the first hole, the player with the lowest score on the previous hole goes first. Lowest score after all holes wins! For a detailed look at the rules, visit shawurl.com/13s8.

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he said. For now, the game can be played at Village Greens, 1575 W. 75th St., after 5 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays. Depending on popularity, those hours could expand. Rates will be congruent with golfing, he said, ranging from $10-$15 and $10 for a cart. “We’re just going to see where it goes. We’re already talking about hosting leagues, outings and tourneys,” Evans said. Evans encouraged prospective footgolfers to book a tee time in advance by call-

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that you lose while you’re on the course,” Evans said. “The idea is to get the whole family out here. Mom and dad can play golf while the kids play footgolf in the same group.” The footgolf course is built onto the golf course – players kick off from new tees with silver markers and the enlarged cups sit off the golf fairway with orange marker flags. Hole lengths range from 120 yards to 350 yards, from a par 3 to a par 5. Eighteen footgolf holes fit within the front nine golf holes. The origins of the game are up for debate. The International Footgolf Association formed in 2009 and the game was standardized in Netherlands. Evans said he heard of the game about a year ago while in California. The only other local footgolf course is located in Lockport, he said. Carlos Stremi, president of the Illinois Footgolf Association, said Woodridge’s course is the eighth footgolf course in the state. His group is hoping to build the sport’s popularity. On Sunday, the IFGA hosted its 2014 Tour at Village Greens.

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Brookfield Zoo volunteers keep things running By MATTHEW HENDRICKSON mhendrickson@shawmedia.com BROOKFIELD – It takes a lot to keep the Brookfield Zoo running smoothly. The world renowned zoo requires a multitude of animal caretakers – vets and scientists – to make sure the animal attractions are healthy and well cared for. But for many visitors of the zoo, the employees they are most likely to have contact with are the small army of volunteers that assist in educating the public, directing visitors around the many exhibits and attractions and helping out at special events. To keep things running smoothly, the zoo depends on about 700 hardworking people who volunteer their time each month, according to Regi Mezydlo, the zoo’s director of volunteer engagement. “We depend on them for everything from educations to special events and just making sure visitors are able to have a great day at the zoo,” Mezydlo

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La Grange resident Ken Grzeslo, a volunteer at Brookfield Zoo for 19 years, engages children in a variety of animal and nature-play activities. He and his wife, Valerie, who has been a volunteer for 24 years, can be seen at the Hamill Family Play Zoo exhibit on alternating Saturdays. said. Why do they do it? “It’s a love of animals and people – you have to love people too – that brings most people [to volunteer],” Mezydlo said. In fact, many love volunteering so much, some have been

volunteering for as many as 40 years, Mezydlo said. That’s not bad, considering the zoo’s volunteer program is 43 years old. “They’re passionate and extremely loyal people,” she said. Brookfield resident Carol McBride-Leslie is one of them.

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McBride-Leslie lives just a few blocks from the zoo’s main gate, and when she was looking for a volunteer opportunity to help her community, she said she just had to look down the street. “I get to see the animals,” McBride-Leslie said. “And I’m a gardener so I like seeing all the plants coming up in the spring and the displays.” Meeting the visitors who come through the zoo’s gates each year has also been a positive, she said. “I find myself simply going up to people on the [zoo’s] streets – it’s interesting to see where they’re from and talk to them,” she said. McBride-Leslie, who has been a volunteer for five years, will be one of many volunteers honored by the zoo at a ceremony and recognition dinner April 27. Last year’s dinner had about 600 guests, including zoo volunteers and their families, according to Sondra Katzen, spokeswoman for the zoo. La Grange residents Ken and Valerie Grzeslo are another pair of longtime volunteers. Ken joined the program in 1995 and Valarie started in 1990. Valerie Grzeslo got involved to avoid having to dissect a frog in a college biology class she was taking. Students who didn’t want to cut up the amphibians could choose to volunteer with animals instead. It was an easy decision to choose the zoo, she said, and she hasn’t looked back. “I’m a CPA, so it’s a good mental health day for me. I get to be outside and talk to people, meet the kids,” Valerie Grzeslo said. Likewise, after seeing Valarie’s enjoyment, Ken Grzeslo had to get involved too. “It’s a great place and it’s right in our backyard,” he said. “You get to meet a lot of people and fun getting into it.” Barbara Loomis, 89, of Downers Grove is the oldest zoo volunteer. Not in terms of length

of time with the program, but by age. Loomis serves the zoo as a docent, the volunteer position which requires the most training. Docents lead the educational series for zoo visitors, in addition to helping people find their way around. They are trained and educated about the many species on display, she said. “I feel like it was the equivalent of two college classes,” Loomis laughed as she recalled the extensive training. Being a longtime volunteer – she will be honored for 25 years this year – has its perks as well. When she was awarded for 20 years of service, she got a backstage pass to the sea lion exhibit – close enough to rub the fur – which she has a prized photograph of. “It’s a wonderful environment,” Loomis said of the zoo. “Your common bond is you’re working with other people who also love animals. It’s very uplifting. I look forward to my day each week.” But her favorite part of volunteering, as most other volunteers said, was really being around people. Loomis said the educational aspect of working with children especially has encouraged her to continue with the program for so many years. “The kids go absolutely bonkers,” she said of the excitement students feel on their field trips to Brookfield Zoo. “It’s nice to be able to teach them something and see their reaction. It’s wonderful.” She recalled a recent volunteer day when a man from Poland approached her just to say thank you. “He said he was thankful he got to show it to his children,” Loomis said. “It’s moments like that.” Those interested in becoming a Brookfield Zoo volunteer can find more information online at www.czs.org/csz/volunteers.

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WHERE: Downtown Downers Grove WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24 COST & INFO: Free admission; www.downtowndg.org, 630725-0991 ABOUT: The event has been renamed and revamped, but the fun remains the same, when Downtown Downers Grove unveils Spring Girls’ Night Out. About 35 venues, including boutiques and restaurants, will host a spring open house, featuring varied events at their sites. Visit Downtown Downers Grove’s website for more information and a full list of participating locations and activities.

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BUNNIES AND BRUNCHES WHERE: 4100 Route 53, Lisle WHEN: 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. seatings Sunday, April 20 COST & INFO: $58 for nonmembers, $40 for child nonmembers; 630-725-2066, mortonarb.org ABOUT: Easter brunches are on the horizon at venues across the suburbs, including The Morton Arboretum, where guests can admire early spring blooms and meet the Easter Bunny. Brunch features chef-carved prime rib, ham, lamb, chicken, mahi-mahi and made-to-order omelets. It’s preceded by Breakfast with the Bunny from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19.

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WHERE: Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 COST & INFO: $60; 630-420-6010, www.napersettlement.com ABOUT: Create a stylish new fashion statement at the Naper Settlement’s “Scarves to Dye For” event. Participants will learn how to dye scarves naturally, and will make two of their own to bring home, in addition to one already pre-dyed. Guests will be offered sparkling juice or wine and treats to nibble on during the program. Tickets cost $60 per person, with early registration recommended. Check out all the attraction’s events.

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WHERE: Local retailers, online bookstores, publisher WHEN: Available now COST & INFO: $21.99, Arcadia Publishing; www.arcadiapublishing.com, 888-313-2665 ABOUT: Romeoville native Kevin Korst pieces together the tragic events of April 21, 1967, as author of the newly published “Oak Lawn Tornado of 1967,” his latest book in the “Images of America” series of pictorial histories. Since 2008, Korst has served as local history coordinator at Oak Lawn Public Library.

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WHERE: View more of her work online WHEN: National exhibit runs through May 11 in Florida COST & INFO: Varies; www.goulashdesigns.com ABOUT: “Cafe Ice Necklace” (shown), by glass artist Susan Becker of Downers Grove, was accepted into the Cornell Museum National Juried Exhibition in Delray Beach, Fla. Becker is the creator of Goulash Designs, which offers a variety of wearable art and unique items for the home and gifts. “I fell in love with (molten) glass a few years ago,” she notes. “I had the opportunity to study under Israeli glass artist Ronit Dagan, where I learned … the technique that I call ‘Ice.’”

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Pizzeria da Nella imports big flavor of Naples CAROL STREAM – Suburban fans of Neapolitan pizza needn’t travel to Naples or even Chicago, because Lincoln Park’s Pizzeria da Nella Cucina Napoletana has arrived at a new location in Carol Stream. It’s a good thing we wandered in early on a Saturday night, because the place was packed an hour later. An iridescent-tiled woodburning oven holds court in an open kitchen at the rear of the dining room, where skilled cooks prove alchemists, combining simple ingredients atop dough. Indulging the primeval fascination with fire, they slip pies into the controlled inferno for about 90 seconds and strike gold. To be true Neapolitan pizza, the recipe and cooking technique must meet strict criteria, and da Nella’s website cites a certifying association to prove it. But we discovered the restaurant has lots of pleasures besides pizza to share. Warmly greeted by the hostess, we were led to a cozy table under a trio of expansive photos celebrating Italy: A vintage Fiat and motorbike stand alone and waiting on narrow streets, flanking a shot of mile postings with romantic destinations. The restaurant’s window-lined space is simple and casual, with a small, attractive bar whipping up cocktails and fragrant espresso. The sugar packets are Italian, and the website notes many of the ingredients for dishes are imported from Italy. That flavor rang true in our Melanzane appetizer, prepared with sautéed eggplant, fresh marinara, basil and olive oil. “Fabulous tomato flavor,” my dining companion mumbled as he sopped up the sauce with a piece of the crusty bread we’d been enjoying with olive oil and Parmesan. The eggplant and tomato had melded beautifully in the generously portioned open-

Pizzeria da Nella Cucina Napoletana n Where: 598 E. North Ave.,

southeast corner at Schmale Road, Carol Stream n Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday n Dress code: Casual n Info: 630-580-9143, www. pizzeriadanella.com

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Salmone dello Chef delivers a big catch of flavorful wild salmon on a bed of sautéed spinach and lemon parmigiano fondue, garnished with addictive homemade potato chips.

Bold tomato flavor melds with Melanzane appetizer. er. At the neighboring table, a couple praised delicately breaded rings of calamari. My companion, a devoted pizza lover, was set to order the traditional Neapolitan pie, until he spotted a trio of “bombe,” featuring a second crust for a tasty variation on stuffed. He went with a combina-

single-crust version next time, and to walk on the milder side. I opted for the grilled, wild sautéed eggplant in the wonderful salmon with sautéed spinach, accompanied by a rich sauce called lemon parmigiano fondue. Four homemade tion of delectable prosciutto potato chips garnished the with dollops of fresh mozzaplatter, and left me wanting rella, mushrooms, tomatoes, more of the sweet crunch. The shaved parmigiano and spicy large serving of fish, cooked salami. The latter lived up perfectly to a moist flakiness, to the adjective alluding to was wonderful for lunch the heat – something we should next day. have guessed from the pizza’s We also spied risotto, name: Vesuvio. gnocchi, pasta, seafood soup We loved the pie, but he’s and elaborate salads. A solid anxious to sample the classic, selection of wines and a rarer

find – offerings of bottled Italian craft beer – are featured at the full bar. My date had been enjoying the aroma of fresh espresso all evening, and couldn’t resist finishing the meal with a creamy cappuccino – tiny spoon, Italian sugar packet and all.

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“SALVAGE,” various times and dates through April 27, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31 St., Oak Brook. Presented by First Folio Theatre. The life of an owner of a collectables store turns topsy-turvy when a mysterious women enters with valuable items that should no longer exist. Ages 14 and up with an adult. Cost: $22-$37. Information: www.irstfolio.org or 630-206-9567. MORTON COLLEGE STUDENTS-APRIL ART DISPLAY, throughout April, Classic Cinemas North Riverside Mall Theatre, 7501 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside. The Morton College students return to present an art display in the lobby. Information: www. classiccinemas.com. “PINKOLANDIA,” Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through May 10, The 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Exiled from Chile to the strange land of Reagan-era Wisconsin, two young sisters must create imaginary worlds to uncover the story of their family’s past. Cost: $18. Information: www.16thstreettheater. org. “PICNIC,” starts 8 p.m. April 24, runs various dates and times through May 4, Theatre of Western Springs, 4284 Hampton Ave, Western Springs. William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Information: www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.

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UNDERWATER EASTER EGG HUNT, 10 a.m. April 18, Oak Brook Park District Indoor Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. Children will search for eggs illed with prizes and eggs redeemable for larger prizes. Participants will be divided into age groups and assigned to appropriate swimming areas. Register at www.obparks.org before April 17. Cost: $5-$7. SENIOR SOCIAL DROP-IN, 10 a.m. April 18, North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Des Plaines, North Riverside. Information: 708-447-0869. CONFICARE ACT II TAE CHI, 10 a.m. April 18, Bethlehem Woods Retirement Center, 1571 W. Ogden Ave., La Grange Park. Information: gina. millette@ahss.org. BROOKPARK SENIOR SOCIAL CARD CLUB, 10 a.m. April 18, Brookield Municipal Building, 8820 Brookield Ave., Brookield. For women 60 plus. Meets on Monday and Friday. Information: Val at 708-485-3687. SENSIBLE FITNESS FOR OLDER ADULTS, 10:20 a.m. April 18, Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave., La Grange. Cost is $48 for six classes or $10 per class. Information: www. agingcareconnections.org. PINOCHLE GAME, noon April 18, Village Commons, 2401 Des Plaines Ave. #1,

LIFE IS A ‘CABARET’ WHERE: Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove WHEN: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, April 25 to May 11 COST & INFO: Rusty Steiger of Lemont (shown) portrays the emcee in the hit musical “Cabaret,” presented by Grove Players. Directed by Mike Manolakes of Bolingbrook, the cast stars Jason Czajka of North Riverside as Clifford, and Stephanie Ewing of Willowbrook as Sally, along with local performers Michelle Olejnik and Katie McCann, both of Lisle; Matthew Grazulis of Downers Grove; Susan O’Byrne of Hinsdale; Scott Henry of Wheaton; Toria Hollyn of Carol Stream; Michael W. Mitchell of Wood Dale; and Catherine Van Horne of La Grange. Choreographer is former Luvabull and pom instructor Mariellen Basalone of Westmont. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $13 for students; contact www.groveplayers.org or 630-415-3682. North Riverside. Information: www. northriverside-il.org. HINSDALE ROTARY CLUB, 12:15 p.m. April 18, The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Information: 630-286-9541 or www.hinsdalerotary.org. LA GRANGE ROTARY CLUB, 12:15 p.m. April 18, Bella Bacino’s, 36 S. La Grange Road, La Grange. Information: www.lagrangerotary.org. FISH FRY, 5 p.m. April 18, Knights of Columbus 3738, 25 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Entrees are $10 or $11, with children’s menu entrees available for $6. All entrees include a sides bar with soup, macaroni and cheese, cole

slaw, French fries, and vegetables. Information: www.kofc3738.org. AIDAN O’TOOLE, 5 p.m. April 18, Ballydoyle in Downers Grove, 5157 Main St., Downers Grove. Irish favorites along with some current radio hits. Information: www.ballydoylepub. com. GROVE MASONIC LODGE 824, 6:30 p.m. April 18, Downers Grove Masonic Lodge, 923 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. meeting. Information: 630-968-0167 or www.grovemasoniclodge.org. GONG BATH WITH MARK NELSON, 6:30 p.m. April 18, Focus Yoga Studio, 9047 Monroe Ave, Brookield. During

APRIL 19 EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA, 9 a.m. April 19, St. John Lutheran Church, 7214 South Cass Ave., Darien. Free. In addition to looking for treat-illed plastic eggs, children and their families will have the opportunity to participate in games and to make crafts. There will be a puppet show at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Information: www.sjlcdarien.org. HOMEWORK HELP, 10 a.m. April 19, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. Provided by the Service Club of Morton West High School for children in sixth grade and younger. Contact the library to reserve a time: 708-749-1050 or www. sfvpld.org. DR. CHAMI TO SPEAK AT BLISSFUL HEALTH CENTER’S WELLNESS WORKSHOP, 10 a.m. April 19, Blissful Health Center, 5002 Main Street, Downers Grove. Wellness Workshop will focus on a multidisciplinary approach to living well in today’s environment. Topics will include pain management, nutrition, acupuncture, oriental cupping for detox and deep tissue lymphatic drainage. Information: www.BlissfulHealthCenter.com.

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a gong “bath,” the gong is struck in different areas with a mallet, creating various vibrations and sound energies that low through the nervous system of the listeners, opening, clearing and rejuvenating the mind and body. Fee: $20 pre-registered, $25 at the door. Information: www.focusyogastudio. com. OPEN GAME NIGHT, 7 p.m. April 18, Fair Game, 5150 C Main St., Downers Grove. Information: www.fairgamestore.com. PAINT AND PLAY, 7 p.m. April 18, The Brigantine Gallery, 734 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove. Teachers will guide you through a painting from beginning to end. All materials, snacks and beverages provided for $20; no credit cards. Information: www.vickeryart. com. GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE, 7 p.m. April 18, Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1902 W. 59th Street, La Grange. Information: www.highlandspreschurch.org. EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION, 8 p.m. April 18, Lyons Township Hall, 6404 Joliet Road, Lyons. Information: 630-834-8016. DEACON BLUES WITH HOWARD LEVY, 9 p.m. April 18, FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn. Steely Dan tribute band. Cost: $15. Information: www. itzgeraldsnightclub.com. MILES MINOR BLUES BAND, 9:30 p.m. April 18, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn. Rockin’ blues. $6 cover. Information: www.harlemavenuelounge.com or 708-484-3610.

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• GO GUIDE Continued from page 27 SATURDAY FAMILY STORYTIME, 10:30 a.m. April 19, Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Boulevard, Brookfield. Come enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and a simple craft. Children under age 3 must be accompanied by a caregiver. Information: 708-4856917 or www.brookfieldlibrary.info. EASTER EGG HUNT, 1 p.m. April 19, West Hills Community Church, 213 E 55th St., Westmont. Activities from 1 to 2 p.m. with the egg hunt starting at 2 p.m. Information: www.westhillscommunitychurch.org. BIG READ, 2 p.m. April 19, La Grange Park Library, 555 N La Grange Road, La Grange Park. Join writer-photographer L. Sue Baugh as she explores the breathtaking beauty and power of the world’s oldest rock and mineral sites, including the Grand Canyon and locations in Australia, Greenland, and Northwest Canada. Registration: lplibrary.org or 708-3520100. READING SERIES, 7 p.m. April 19, Tamale Hut Cafe, 8300 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside. Showcase of works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Writer Aaron Longoria is this month’s featured reader. An open mic will follow. Free, with food and drink available for purchase. Information: thcreadingseries.wordpress.com. KARAOKE, 9 p.m. April 19, Riley’s Gathering Place, 590 S. York St., Elmhurst. Information: 630-530-0858 or www. rileyselmhurst.com. SHARON LEWIS & THE TEXAS FIRE, 9:30 p.m. April 19, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn. Delta, Texas and Chicago blues stylings with elements of rock, jazz, and gospel. Cost: $6. Information: www.harlemavenuelounge.com or 708-484-3610.

APRIL 20 LISLE LIONS EASTER EGG HUNT, 1 p.m. April 20, Lisle Junior High School, 5207 Center Avenue, Lisle. Free admission. Children will scramble for thousands of plastic eggs filled with candy, toys and coupons donated by local merchants. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to greet children, hand out goodies and take pictures. TEEN YOGA WITH RACHEL LECHOCKI, 1:30 p.m. April 20, Focus Yoga Studio, 9047 Monroe Ave, Brookield. For students age 13-18. Registration: www. focusyogastudio.com, info@focusyogastudio.com or 708-387-2006. Can be Pro-rated Cost: $72. Information: www.focusyogastudio.com.

APRIL 21 ST. MARY SENIOR CLUB, 11 a.m. April 21, St. Mary of Czestochowa, 3001 S.

to play. Reserve a seat in advance: 708-354-4157. KID’S YOGA AGES 9-12 WITH RACHEL LECHOCKI, 5:15 p.m. April 22, Focus Yoga Studio, 9047 Monroe Ave, Brookfield. Classes may use music and art to reinforce and expand upon skills learned. Bring a water bottle. Registration: www.focusyogastudio. com, info@focusyogastudio.com or 708-387-2006. Cost: $60 for 6-week series; can be pro-rated. THIRSTY RUNNERS/WALKERS CLUB, 6 p.m. April 22, Blue Water Lounge, 9016 W. 31st St., Brookfield. Ages 21 and older. Information: 708-485WATR or www.bluewaterlounge.com. PRE/POST-NATAL YOGA WITH FREYA SMITH, 6 p.m. April 22, Focus Yoga Studio, 9047 Monroe Ave, Brookield. Covers basic postures, breathing and meditation, modified for the pregnant and postpartum body. Taught as a 6-week series and can be repeated. Photo provided Can be pro-rated. Registration: www. focusyogastudio.com, info@focusyoJURIED ART SHOW gastudio.com or 708-387-2006. $72 for the six-week series. WHERE: EAG gallery at Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst CHICAGO’S SWEET CANDY HISTORY, WHEN: Reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 18; show runs to May 23 7 p.m. April 22, Mayslake Peabody COST & INFO: Michael Klaus-Schmidt’s acrylic “Twisted Oak” (shown) is part of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild’s juried Spring Estate, 1717 W. 31 St., Oak Brook. Member Show. New works in a variety of media will compete for prizes. Judging the entries is Gregg Hertzlieb, director and Historian Leslie Goddard, author of curator of the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes“Chicago’s Sweet Candy History,” disday Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Sales benefit guild and museum. Friday cusses the history behind Chicago’s admission is free; www.elmhurstartistsguild.org tasty treats. Cost: $5. Information: www.mayslakepeabody.com or 630206-9567. 49th Ave., Cicero. 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• GO GUIDE Continued from page 28 LIVE TEAM TRIVIA, 8 p.m. April 22, StoneHouse Pub, 103 Stephen St., Lemont. Prizes to the top three teams. Information: 630-257-1300. OPEN MIC, 8:30 p.m. April 22, Mullen’s - Lisle, 3080 Warrenville Road, Lisle. Information: 630-505-0240 or www. mullensbarandgrill.com. BLUESDAY OPEN MIC BLUES JAM, 8:30 p.m. April 22, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem, Berwyn. Featured the fourth Tuesday of the month. Musicians please sign in. Free. Information: www.harlemavenuelounge. com or 708-484-3610. TRIVIA NIGHT, 9 p.m. April 22, Ballydoyle in Downers Grove, 5157 Main St., Downers Grove. Information: www.ballydoylepub.com.

APRIL 23 THE ARC OF ILLINOIS 64TH ANNUAL CONVENTION, 8:30 a.m. April 23 and 24, Hilton Hotel, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle. More than 30 presenters throughout the two-day convention. Information: www.thearcofil.org/events or 815464-1832. Cost: $95. GIVE A PINT, Get a Pint Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23, Streamwood Village Hall, 301 E Irving Park Road, Streamwood. Donate at the Streamwood Village Hall and receive a coupon valid for one free pint of Culver’s fresh frozen custard. Information: 877-543-3768 or lifesource.org. SENIOR LIVING OPTIONS, 10 a.m. April 23, The Abbey, 407 West St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Learn what the differences between independent living, assisted living, memory care, rental and CCRC housing. Which choice is right for you? Free. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Rregistration: www.epd.org. SCRABBLE CLUB, 10 a.m. April 23, Winfield Library, 0S291 Winfield Road, Winield. Snacks and coffee provided. Registration suggested, but walk-ins will be welcome. Ages 12 and up. Information: 630-653-7599 or www. winfield.lib.il.us. MORNING BOOK DISCUSSION, 10:30 a.m. April 23, Itasca Community Library, 500 W Irving Park Road, Itasca. Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Discussion of “Blessings” by Anna Quindlen. Information: www.itascalibrary.org. PRESENTATION ON HYPERTENSION, Diabetes and Obesity, 11:30 a.m. April 23, Senior Star at Weber Place, 605 South Edward Drive, Romeoville. Free seminar. Learn preventative action steps in addition to ongoing monitoring for those who already have one or more of those diseases. Attendees are invited to stay for a complimentary lunch after the presentation. Reservations will be

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Ave, Naperville. Showcase on how up and coming brands are using technology and brands like Apple to succeed and be creative in the marketplace. Information: https://www.facebook. com/events/641600312554458. AUTHOR ELLIOT GORN SPEAKING ON “THE GHOST OF EMMETT TILL,” 7 p.m. April 23, North Central College’s Theatre at Meilley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Gorn is the Joseph Gagliano Professor of American Urban History at Loyola University Chicago. Information: adkeating@noctrl. edu or northcentralcollege.edu. ZACH MYERS & JUSTIN MOORE, 10 p.m. April 23, Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, 431 W Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Live music. Information: www.tailgatersgrill.com/events or 630-679-1994.

APRIL 24 WELLNESS/SELF CARE DAY, 9 a.m. April 24, The DePaul University Conference Center, 150 W. Warrenville Road, Naperville. AAMH Certiied Hypnoanalysts offer presentations on understanding hypnosis and its benefits. Cost: $85-$115. Information: www.aamh.com. SOLOPRENEUR CONNECTION EVENT, 9 a.m. April 24, BMO Harris Bank, 2275 75th Street, Darien. Featured Topic: “Optimizing Your LinkedIn Proile.” Free to members, $5 for non-members. Registration: www.darienchamber.com. Information: 630-968-0004.

KNITTING CIRCLE, 1 p.m. April 24, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. Knitting, conversation and light refreshments. Information: www. fordlibrary.org or 708-246-0520. TEN TO ONE BOOK CLUB: “CHANTRESS,” 3:45 p.m. April 24, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. For grades 6-12. Information: www.fordlibrary.org or 708-246-0520. ROTC OPEN HOUSE, 3:45 p.m. April 24, Wheaton College, Jenks Hall, 433 Howard Street, Wheaton. Attendees experience what it’is like to be an ROTC cadet for a day. Students considering an Army career are encouraged to attend. Registration requested by April 22. A waiver will need to be signed by all participants and parents of participants younger than 18. Information: 630-752-5680 or nathaniel.lalone@wheaton.edu. OPEN HOUSE, 4 p.m. April 24, St. John the Baptist Catholic School, 0S259 Church St., Winfield. Information: www.stjohnwinfield.org. VILLA PARK LIONS CLUB 12TH ANNUAL PASTA DINNER, 4:30 p.m. April 24, Willowbrook High School, 1250 S. Ardmore Avenue, Villa Park. Dinner includes salad, bread & butter, pasta, meatballs, Italian sausage, dessert, coffee, milk and punch. Piano music during dinner and raffles. After the dinner, enjoy the Willowbrook Spring play, “God of Carnage,” in the auditorium at 7 p.m. (Tickets sold separate-

ly). Information: 630-530-3439. GOODREADS BASICS, 6 p.m. April 24, Glenside Public Library District, 25 E. Fullerton Avenue, Glendale Heights. Learn how to use Goodreads, a popular “social media app.” Goodreads allows users to list, share and review books. Internet experience required. You must be at least 13 years of age to sign-up for Goodreads. Registration: 630-260-1550. Information: www.glensidepld.org. TEEN GAME NIGHT, 6 p.m. April 24, Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale. Try out our new PlayStation 4, shred to Rock Band, battle in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, or try out our Kinect. Information: www.mybpl.org. TLC ANNUAL BANQUET, 6:30 p.m. April 24, Seville Banquets, 700 Barrington Road, Streamwood. Keynote speaker is former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum. Registration: www.ministrysync.com/ event/home.php?e=4896. CHARACTER COUNTS! - FAIRNESS, 6:30 p.m. April 24, Wagner Community Center, 615 N. West Avenue, Elmhurst. Make simple crafts and read an exciting story. For children ages 3 and older with parent. Both parents and children actively participate. Registration: www.epd.org. GENEALOGY CLUB, 6:30 p.m. April 24, Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairield Way, Bloomingdale. Members share search strategies and explore library resources with guidance from Local History staff member Leslie Drewitz. Information: www.mybpl.org. ADHD OR NOT!, 6:30 p.m. April 24, Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center, 3551 Highland Avenue, Downers Grove. Learn about ADHD symptoms and what else can mimic ADHD. Free, but registration is required. Registration: 800-323-8622 (provide registration code 4G42). “CALCULUS: THE MUSICAL,” 7 p.m. April 24, North Central College- Pfeiffer Hall, 310 East Benton Ave, Naperville. A comic review of the concepts and history of calculus. Recommended for high school students and up. Free. Information: northcentralcollege.edu. LOWER YOUR STRESS, Increase Your Success, 7 p.m. April 24, Itasca Community Library, 500 W Irving Park Road, Itasca. Mary Vogel, EFT-Practitioner and Certiied LifeLine Practitioner teaches Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Tapping. Information: www.itascalibrary.org. “4.48 PSYCHOSIS,” 7:30 p.m. April 24, Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. The late British playwright Sarah Kane offers a stark, arresting chronicle of one woman’s experience with clinical depression. Play contains very strong language and mature content. No one under age 16 will be admitted. Cost: $8 $10. Information: finearts.northcentralcollege.edu/event/448-psychosis-0.


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Lemont’s Nate Broskovetz delivers a pitch during Saturday’s home game against Wheaton North. Broskovetz has stepped into the closer role and notched a save against the Falcons.

LEMONT – For the second consecutive year, Lemont’s baseball team will be part of a loaded regional that includes defending state champion Joliet Catholic and powerful Lincoln-Way West. But that’s a discussion for another day. In the meantime, the Indians are just focusing on the task at hand. “We break up the season into 35 days,” Lemont coach Brian Storako said. “That’s how many games we are playing. We can’t control the regional or where we are seeded. We can only control what we can control. As long as we do what we can do, everything else will fall into place.” So far, things have fallen into place quite nicely for Lemont, which won its first eight games of the season after dispatching of Wheaton North 4-3 on Saturday in a nonconference affair. “No matter how much talent you have coming back,” the coach said, “you want to see where the guys all fit and you want to see the younger guys coming up. They are getting better every day and that is pretty much all you are looking for.” Against the Falcons, Garrett Acton allowed just four hits in 6 ⅓ innings while striking out five and Nate Broskovetz notched the save after coming on in relief. Acton’s emergence this spring has made the pitching staff even deeper. “Garrett has stepped up huge for us,” Storako said. “Being a sophomore, this is his first year on the varsity and he has been a pleasant surprise. Charlie [Wright] is feeding off what he did last year and now with [Jake] Latz

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Runs that Lemont gave up in the first eight games of the 2014 season. Over that stretch, the Indians outscored the opposition 60-13.

in the mix, we know he will be solid. “Our top three guys have been good. And then Sean Sublette and Austin Tittle, who is another sophomore, they’ve been throwing well in their starts. And I think we might have found a reliever in Broskovetz.” The offense was held to five hits against Wheaton North with Mike Wisz and Mike Papierski driving in runs. But that game was the exception as the line-up has been extremely strong up and down the order much of the season. “We talk to the guys who are lower in the batting order,” Storako said. “Their main job is getting it back to the top of the order. A lot of our production has been coming from those guys, whether it’s getting on base for the top half or moving runners over.” At the top of the order, Ryan Folliard has stepped into the leadoff role and is excelling. “He led off for us in the summer,” Storako said. “We didn’t know exactly where he would fit in but he has settled in nicely. He provides a little pop from that top spot and he gets on base.” Lemont was scheduled to play conference games against Bremen and Shepard on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, before taking on Sandburg today and Lincoln-Way North Saturday in nonconference matchups.

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8PREP ROUNDUP Lemont’s Joy Drassler (right) goes toe to toe with a Oak Lawn defender in Tuesday’s home game. The Indians were in control at both ends of the field and won 6-0. Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com

Lemont soccer lashes Oak Lawn team of Sebastian Bialas, Davis, Petruzzi and Gianakakis Behind two goals apiece was also ninth. from Aleksandra Mihailovic and Kim Jerantowski, LemGIRLS TRACK ont’s girls soccer team dismanLemont’s girls track team tled Oak Lawn, 6-0, in a South participated in Saturday’s Suburban Conference contest Plainfield North Lady Tiger Tuesday. Relays. Kelly Fritz recorded two The 4x1,600-meter relay saves in net for her fourth team was fourth in 23:12.81, the shutout of the young season. On April 10, the Indians de- 4x 200 relay was 12th and the feated Shepard, 4-0, behind a 4x100 and 4x800 relays came in goal and an assist from both 14th. The distance medley relay Jerantowski and Brittney team also placed fifth. Mikrut. Madelyn Bermele and In the field events, Jacque Carli Bermele each had a goal, Mihailovic tallied two assists Desmond captured the pole and Fritz made four saves to vault title after clearing 10 feet, six inches. Viktorija Marmaipost the shutout. te won the triple jump with a mark of 33-6.5 and was also BOYS TRACK fourth in the long jump (16-7.5). Lemont competed at the Monique Devitt came in Phil Svetich Argo invitational fourth in the discus with a dison Saturday. tance of 101-10 and fifth in the Ed Kostrubala put forth an shot put with a mark of 31-10.5. impressive performance, win- Lauren Szoldatits was fifth in ning the discus event with a the discus (101-7). distance of 131 feet, five inches and then coming in as the runner-up in the shot put with a BOYS TENNIS Lemont cruised to a 5-0 win mark of 46-6. Also contributing points over Oak Lawn in South Subwere Matt Gagen (fifth in the urban Conference action on 3,200-meter run), Alex Chiali- April 10. Nick Urban was a 6-0, 6-1 dikas (fifth in the pole vault), Peter Gianakakis (sixth in the winner at No. 1 singles and pole vault) and Mike Petruzzi Faraz Longi notched a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 2 singles. (sixth in the high jump). The doubles teams of Joe The 4x800 relay team of Connor Brandt, Evan Ganzer, Ziebell and Nathaniel Burner Andrew Kramer and Peter and Austin Economos and Jeff DeBiase was ninth, as was the Mason both won 6-0, 6-0 while 4x100 grouping of Bobby Da- the duo of Juan Diaz-Sanin vis, Petruzzi, Keeshon Steele and Ace Matthews picked up a and Matt Dunne. The 4x200 6-1, 6-0 win.

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Lemont eyes conference title, state meet berths By SCOTT SCHMID sschmid@shawmedia.com

hurdles/jumps Emma O’Leary jr. high jump Vika Marmaite jr. jumps Lauren Szoldaitis jr. throws Maddy Stapleton jr. sprints Taylor Campos so. distance Claire Gagen so. distance Gabby Voltarel so. distance

The outdoor track season is just getting underway as Saturday marked the first day of big outdoor invites for area teams. The season is just starting but the girls state meets are less than six weeks away Outlook: The Indians came (May 22 to 24). Here’s a look at into the outdoor portion of the what to expect over those next season with a lot of momensix weeks for Lemont’s girls tum after wrapping up the track and field team. indoor campaign with a firstplace finish at their own inviLemont Indians tational in late March. Coach: Tim Plotke Lemont should be a balTop athletes: anced team this spring, one Grace Kunkel sr. sprints that receives points from girls Monique Devitt sr. throws in all four grade levels. Jorie Dybcio jr. distance A year ago, the squad placed third in the South SubJacque Desmond jr. pole vault/

urban Blue conference and did not qualify anybody for state, though Jorie Dybcio and Taylor Campos posted top-six sectional finishes in the 1,600-meter run and Claire Gagen came in 13th in the 3,200. “I am looking forward to continued improvement,” Lemont coach Tim Plotke said. “The girls have already seen some success. I believe we are in the mix for the conference title this year as well as being able to get a few girls downstate out of a pretty talented Downers Grove South sectional.” Before the May 16 sectional, Lemont has meets at Oswego East (Saturday) and Oswego (April 24) to prep for the postseason.

Lemont moves on from early losses By SCOTT SCHMID sschmid@shawmedia.com LEMONT – Dropping the first two games of the 2014 season is a distant memory for Lemont’s softball team. In fact, the Indians responded by winning eight of their next nine contests, including sweeping a doubleheader from Hinsdale South on Saturday. “The hitting is definitely coming around,” Lemont coach Chris Traina said. “But we are still trying to put everybody together and get that feel of everybody working together.” Lemont won the nonconference opener against the Hornets by a 3-0 margin as Lauren Young tossed a one-hitter. Maddy Vermejan paced the offense with a double, home run and three RBIs. The squad then beat South 12-5 in the nightcap as Vermejan and Lisa Jaworski each tallied three hits and two RBIs. “I thought we played a lot better as a team on Saturday,”

Next game Who: Lincoln-Way North at Lemont What: Nonconference softball When: 11 a.m. Saturday Where: 131st St. and Bell Road

“The hitting is definitely coming around. But we are still trying to put everybody together and get that feel of everybody working together.” Chris Traina Lemont coach

Traina said. “Mentally, we were more into the games and that’s a big thing this year. We want to be thinking the game, not just playing the game, and I thought we did a much better job doing that [over the] weekend.” A day earlier, the Indians defeated Bremen 7-3 behind a double, home run and four RBIs from Rylie Jay. “Maddy has been doing really well for us at the top of the lineup,” Traina said. “And we’ve had some other kids who have stepped up. We are starting to swing the bats really well.” Young is one of four pitchers who have thrown innings for Lemont thus far. Emily

Durham, Jessica Spinelli and Anna Smagacz are also contributing within the pitching circle. “They all have that mentality that they want to be out there,” the coach said. “They just have to keep working and improving. I’ve seen progress with them each game.” Lemont, which was scheduled to play Tinley Park Thursday, returns to the diamond on Saturday for a nonconference contest against Lincoln-Way North. Games against Hillcrest and T.F. North loom next week.


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you can reuse them instead. Have a plastic milk jug? Use it to plant starter seeds for your garden. Have a cereal box? Cut up the cardboard and use it for art projects. Use your imagination, and have fun.

3. Recycle it From cardboard to plastic to aluminum cans, there is much you should recycle every time you use it, instead of sending it to sit in a landill. Get familiar with the recycling options at your school and in your city. Do you have curbside recycling? If so, make sure you are using those bins every week. Do you have a city

recycling center? If so, collect your recycling and ask an adult to take you there each week. Have none of these options? Write a letter to your mayor and ask him or her why.

4. Save energy At home and at school, pay attention to the energy you use. Do you leave the TV running and lights on when you leave the house? Start making it your job to turn them off — it’s a waste of energy to keep them going when you’re not there. Do you take extralong showers, or leave the water running while brushing your teeth? You may think that the amount of water you use every day doesn’t have an effect on the environment, but every bit counts when it comes to saving the Earth. Make sure to use only a little bit of water, as needed.

This Earth Day, show your love for the Earth, and let everyone know that you are going to take care of it. On a new piece of paper, write this phrase at the top of the page: “Here’s how I love the Earth ...” On the rest of the piece of paper, draw a picture or write a story that illustrates what you are going to do to show your love for the Earth. SToCk.xChNG PhoToS

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Get on the ball for health A lot of people walk into the gym with certain body parts on their minds — they want to target the triceps, focus on the inner thighs or work their biceps to exhaustion. Isolating muscles definitely has its purpose and place, but in today’s world, it’s all about “functional fitness.” Haven’t heard of the latest gym buzzword? The goal of functional fitness is to train movements, not just muscles. Sometimes called movement-based exercise, functional exercises work multiple muscle groups at a time in order to build a body capable of doing real-life activities. Why? Our bodies are meant to function both inside and outside of the gym. When you lift a suitcase into an overhead compartment, a lone bicep is not doing all the work. Muscles always team up to carry the load, and functional fitness will help your body do this better! When you work multiple parts of your body simultaneously, you not only improve your overall strength but you burn more calories, more fat and increase your flexibility. If you’re new to functional fitness, focus on these key words at the gym: push, pull, squat, hinge and lunge. Any exercise that involves one of these five motions is guaranteed to work more than one muscle at a time. For example, your quads will be challenged on a leg extension machine, but your quads plus your hamstrings, calves and glutes will be worked with a squat.

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Some plans refuse to cover medical costs related to suicide

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ealing with the aftermath of a suicide or attempted suicide is stressful enough. But some health plans make a harrowing experience worse by refusing to cover medical costs for injuries that are related to suicide — even though experts say that in many cases such exclusions aren’t permitted under federal law. Yet patients or their loved ones often don’t realize that. Under the 2006 federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, employment-based health plans can’t discriminate against an individual member by denying eligibility for benefits or charging more because they have a particular medical condition such as diabetes or depression. Insurers, however, are allowed to deny coverage for all members for injuries caused by a specific activity or for those that arise from a particular cause spelled out in the policy. These are called “source-of-injury” exclusions. So an insurer that generally covers head injuries or broken bones could decide not to cover those injuries if they’re caused by risky recreational activities such as skydiving or bungee jumping. In a similar vein, insurers sometimes apply source-ofinjury exclusions to injuries that are “intentionally self-inflicted,” including suicide or attempted suicide.

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Medical conditions Mental health advocates and government experts point to the HIPAA rules, noting that source-of-injury exclusions aren’t allowed if they’re the result of a medical condition. So if someone is severely depressed and sustains injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, for example, the health plan can’t deny claims for medical treatment, say experts, if the plan would generally cover the treatment for someone whose wounds were not self-inflicted. Further, the 2006 regulations “make clear that such source-of-injury exclusions cannot be imposed even if the mental health condition is not diagnosed before

“Suicide is a common exclusion. Insurers are all over the place on this... .” Sara Rosenbaum, George Washington University, professor of health policy

the injury,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Labor in an email. When a 24-year-old young woman with bipolar disorder attempted suicide last year by taking an overdose of an anti-anxiety medication, her mother assumed that the mother’s employer plan covering them both would pay the bills for her daughter’s emergency room visit and her three days in the hospital near her Fort Wayne, Ind., home. But the insurer declined to pay the $6,600 hospital charge, citing an exclusion for care related to suicide. “I knew I could appeal the decision, but I didn’t think I had any grounds to do so,” the mother says. “I thought that’s just the way it was.” After negotiating with the hospital, the bill was reduced by half and her daughter has been paying the balance off in installments, she says.

Not a major issue for insurers “Suicide is a common exclusion,” says Sara Rosenbaum, a professor of health policy at George Washington University. “Insurers are all over the place on this, and state law varies tremendously.” In court cases arising from a denial of benefits, “if the suicide attempt is related to a diagnosis that was treated, typically (the courts) will not deny coverage,” says Ann Doucette, a George Washington University professor of arts and sciences who’s involved in research related to suicide. Still the insurance industry says the issue has not raised major concerns. “It’s not something we’ve been hearing about,” says Susan Pisano, a spokesperson for America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group. About 38,000 people commit suicide annually, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. More than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a mental

health condition, says Jennifer Mathis, director of programs at the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are mental illnesses commonly associated with suicide. The HIPAA nondiscrimination rules apply to all employment-based health insurance. The health law extended those rules to the individual insurance market, including plans sold on and off the health insurance marketplaces. All individual market plans must cover mental health and substance use disorder services as well. Suicide exclusions have historically been more common on the individual market than the group market, say experts. Some plans that are currently offered on the health insurance marketplaces contain these clauses, says Carrie McLean, director of call centers at online health insurance vendor ehealthinsurance.

‘Medical/surgical claims’ Under the mental health parity law, health plans generally have to provide mental health and substance use disorder benefits that are comparable to benefits for medical/surgical care. But if a plan denies coverage following a suicide or suicide attempt, it’s probably not a parity issue, according to the DOL. “In the case of a suicide or attempted suicide, it is generally medical/surgical claims that are involved to treat physical injuries” rather than prescription drugs and therapy that would be covered by mental health parity requirements, the DOL spokesperson said. Questions about suicide exclusions in individual market plans should be directed to the state department of insurance or the federal Department of Health and Human Services, according to DOL. If someone is enrolled in a group plan that has a suicide exclusion, that person may file an appeal with the health plan. Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communications organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.


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Page 38 • LMR • Suburban Life - Friday, April 18, 2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK ILLINOIS COUNTY COUNTY, DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. NORMAN ROY; CHERYL A. ROY A/K/A CHERYL ROY; STATE BANK OF COUNTRYSIDE; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF NORMAN ROY, IF ANY; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF CHERYL A. ROY, IF ANY; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; Defendants, 11 CH 40916 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause on January 29, 2013 Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Monday, May 12, 2014 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real estate: P.I.N. 22-33-202-022-0000. Commonly known as 14755 West 131st Street, Lemont, IL 60439. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection For information call the Sales Clerk at Plaintiff's Attorney, The Wirbicki Law Group, 33 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603. (312) 360-9455 W11-2683. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I600389 April 18, 25, May 2, 2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY Plaintiff, -v.ANN MARIE BURNES A/K/A ANNMARIE MIKALAYUNAS, CRAIG MIKALAYUNAS, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF BARBARA A BURNES, IF ANY, WILLIAM BUTCHER, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF BARBARA BURNES, DECEASED, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, CHICAGO TITLE AND TRUST COMPANY Defendants 12 CH 22148 1026 CRESTVIEW DRIVE LEMONT, IL 60439 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on February 5, 2014, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 7, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 1026 CRESTVIEW DRIVE, LEMONT, IL 60439 Property Index No. 22-29-413002-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family split level white siding home; 2 car detached garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which

ty cip lity is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twentyfour (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Visit our website at service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number PA1207702. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 Attorney File No. PA1207702 Attorney Code. 91220 Case Number: 12 CH 22148 TJSC#: 34-2122 I597782 April 4, 11, 18, 2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK ILLINOIS COUNTY COUNTY, DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff, -v.DOROTHY HERRERA A/K/A DOROTHY J. HERRERA, KARI MURRAY A/K/A KARI SPILLER, KYLE MURRAY A/K/A KYLE R. MURRAY, ELISA HERRERA A/K/A ELISA E. HERRERA, BANKERS TRUST COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA, N.A., UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF SALVADOR HERRERA, IF ANY, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 13 CH 20405 709 SINGER AVENUE LEMONT, IL 60439 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on February 14,

y 2014, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 15, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 709 SINGER AVENUE, LEMONT, IL 60439 Property Index No. 22-29-111003-0000. The real estate is improved with a two story single family home with a two car detached garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wir tr fer is du within twenty-

wire transfer, is due within twentyfour (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a conf th dominiu it, th ha

prop ty dominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Visit our website at service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number PA1312709

mysuburbanlife.com PA1312709. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 Attorney File No. PA1312709 Attorney Code. 91220 Case Number: 13 CH 20405 TJSC#: 34-3027 I601222 April 18, 25, May 2, 2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK ILLINOIS COUNTY COUNTY, DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO MIDAMERICA BANK, FSB Plaintiff, vs. TOMASZ WLODARCZYK; MIROSLAWA WLODARCZYK; PNC

LEGAL NOTICE / PUBLIC NOTICE INVITATION FOR BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the President and Board of Trustees of the VILLAGE OF LEMONT, Cook County, Illinois, that sealed bids will be received for the following improvement: 2014 CDBG SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT - BLOCK GROUP 3 Community Development Block Grant No. 1306-014 The proposed project consists of the replacement of various sections of public sidewalk, and appurtenances within Block Group 3, in the Village of Lemont, as noted on the Location Map. Said bids will be received up to the hour of 10:00 a.m. on the 6th day of May, 2014 at the Village Clerk's Office, 418 Main Street, Lemont, Illinois 60439, and will be publicly opened and read at that time. The bidding forms and documents are available at the office of Frank Novotny and Associates, Inc., 825 Midway Drive, Willowbrook, Illinois, 60527, (Phone: 630/887-8640), upon payment of the sum of Fifty and no/100 Dollars ($50.00), which is not refundable. The Engineer has been authorized to refuse to issue Specifications and Proposals to any person, firm, or corporation that he or she considers to be unqualified. Proposals must be submitted on the forms provided. No Proposals will be issued to Bidders after 10:00 a.m. on the 5th day of May, 2014. All Proposals or Bids must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, Cash, or Certified Check made payable to the Village of Lemont in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total amount of the Proposal as a guarantee that if the Proposal is accepted, a Contract will be entered into and the performance of the Contract is properly secured. No Bid shall be withdrawn after the opening of the Proposals without the consent of the President and the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lemont for a period of forty-five (45) days after the scheduled time of closing bids. The Bidder is specifically advised that the Village is a Subgrantee of the County of Cook of a grant made pursuant to the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended, pursuant to an agreement entered into and between the County of Cook and the Village of Lemont. Payments to the Contractor will be made by the Village only after it has received the funds to make such payments from the County of Cook in accordance with the terms of the aforesaid agreement. Further, in compliance with the Stevens Amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriation Act of 1989, the estimated percentage of the total cost of this project to be funded with federal dollars is ninety percent (90%) and the exact dollar amount of federal funds which will be set aside for this project will be based on the contract amount awarded under this offering. APPLICABLE FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS All laborers and mechanics employed by Contractor or Subcontractor(s) on construction work for this project shall be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on similar construction in the locality as determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act as amended (U.S.C. 76-276a-5), and shall receive overtime compensation in accordance with and subject to the provisions of the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (40 U.S.C. 327-333) and the Contractor and Subcontractor(s) shall comply with all regulations issued pursuant to these Acts and other applicable Federal laws and regulations pertaining to labor standards. The Secretary of Labor has, with respect to the labor standards specified in this Section, the authority and functions set forth in Reorganization Plan Number 14 of 1950 (5 U.S.C. 113z-15) and Section 2 of the Act of June 13, 1934, as amended (40 U.S.C. 276c). Dated at Lemont, Illinois this the 14th day of April, 2014. PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES VILLAGE OF LEMONT By: Brian K. Reaves (s) Village President April 18, 2014 Lemont Suburban Life 7586

BANK, N.A. S/I/I TO MIDAMERICA BANK, FSB; Defendants, 13 CH 22648 PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above entitled cause on February 19, 2014, Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell to the highest bidder for cash, the following described property: P.I.N. 22-28-417-013-0000. Commonly known as 1237 WOBURN DRIVE, LEMONT, IL 60439. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of

(g-1) the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 25% down by certified funds, balance within 24 hours, by certified funds. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the premises after confirmation of the sale. For information: Visit our website at http://service.atty-pierce.com. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only. Pierce & Associates, Plaintiff's Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel.No. (312) 476-5500. Refer to File Number 1313900. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I601713 April 18, 25, May 2, 2014


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Collection and Disposal Agreement

Mayor’s Drive for Charity

An eight year contract for refuse, recycling and landscape collection and disposal has been approved with Waste Management for all residential units within the Village limits. As part of this contract, which goes into effect May 1, 2014, during the first year residents will see a 13% decrease in their monthly fee from what is currently being paid. Seniors that are 65 years of age or older and own and occupy their dwelling will receive an 18% monthly decrease. Although there is a slight increase in subsequent years, the rate does not increase above what residents are currently paying until the 2020 contract year for non-senior residents and in the 2021 contract year for senior residents. In addition, residents will have an option to upgrade their recycling cart to a 96 gallon free of charge during a 90 day amnesty period. During this period residents will also have the option to downsize their refuse cart free of charge. Information will be forthcoming regarding the upgrade to a 96 gallon recycling cart. Waste Management has also extended the last day of landscape waste collection through the first full week of December. Landscape waste is collected once per week on your regular refuse collection day. This requires no sticker, but landscape waste materials must be placed in a biodegradable paper “Kraft” type bag, up to 33 gallons in capacity. Shrubbery cuttings, tree branches and twigs must be placed either in a kraft paper bag or in a securely tied bundle. Ties must be made of string or twin. Branch bundles must not exceed 4 feet in length. Bags containing landscape waste and/or branch bundles cannot exceed 50 pounds in weight. Residents may rent a 96-gallon cart for yard waste collection through Waste Management for a charge of $4.00 per month or they can be purchased for $105.00 each. Carts purchased for the disposal of yard waste must be clearly identified by the resident for the disposal yard waste. Residents should direct any questions regarding their waste collection to Waste Management at 800-796-9696.

Morning times are still available for the Mayor’s Drive for Charity with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. This also includes a continental breakfast, lunch and a buffet dinner. The outing will be held at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club. All proceeds from the event benefit local charitable organizations. Golf registration forms and Charity Fund Applications can be found on the Village website at www.lemont.il.us. Contact Linda at 630-257-1590 for more information.

Village of Lemont 418 Main St. • Lemont, IL 60439 630-257-1550 • FAX 630-257-1598 email: vlemont@lemont.il.us Visit the Village website at www.lemont.il.us

Volunteers Needed! Heritage Quarries Trail Clean-Up-Green-Up Saturday, April 26 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Heritage Quarries Pavilion on K.A. Steel Rd. Garbage bags / clean up tools provided. Recommend wearing long sleeves, long pants and gloves. Sponsored by the Heritage Committee.

The Quarryman Challenge will be held on Saturday, May 10 with check-in beginning at 6 a.m. and the race beginning at 7:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help with the race and to help cheer runners on as they wind through the town. For information call Dave Fako at 630-243-7111 or visit www.quarrymanchallenge.com.

Heritage Fest Heritage Fest will be held on Saturday, July 12, from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. in historic downtown Lemont. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this popular event. Please contact Donna for information at 630-243-2700.

Mayor Brian K. Reaves Village Clerk Charlene Smollen Village Administrator George J. Schafer

Trustees Debby Blatzer Paul Chialdikas Clifford Miklos Rick Sniegowski Ronald Stapleton Jeanette Virgilio

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