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Appellate Court affirms 100-year sentence in 2015 sexual assault Inmate fails to prove sentence was excessive

to Rainey who was found to be al- his sentence for Aggravated Crimready in police custody on unrelated inal Sexual Assault with a Firearm charges. claiming it was the result of an improper double enhancement because About the appeal the Court considered the victim’s age In his appeal, Rainey challenged to sentence him to an extended term

and also as a factor in aggravation. Additionally, Rainey argued that his sentence was excessive because the Court did not take his age and background into consideration in mitigation. In its affirmation however, the

Appellate Court found that the Trial Court acted properly and there was no double enhancement because the victim was more than 60 years old,

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DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced last week that the Second District Appellate Court of Illinois had affirmed the 100-year sentence imposed by Judge Brian Telander upon inmate Tevin Rainey, 26, for forcing his way into the apartment of an elderly woman and sexually assaulting her in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, 2015. On January 19, 2017, following a six-day-long trial, a jury found Rainey guilty of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault with a Firearm, Home Invasion with a Firearm, Armed Robbery with a Firearm and Aggravated Kidnapping with a Firearm, all Class X Felonies. He was sentenced on April 18, 2017.

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Details of the crime On January 1, 2015, at approximately 5 a.m., Rainey, armed with a firearm, broke into the woman’s apartment in Westmont. Once inside, Rainey forced the woman, who was more than 80 years old, onto a bed where he sexually assaulted her. Following the sexual assault, Rainey then demanded money from the woman. When the woman told Rainey that she had very little money in her home, he forced her at gunpoint to drive to an ATM machine and withdraw funds. After the woman withdrew approximately $320 from her bank account and gave the money to Rainey, he ordered her to drive to a nearby apartment complex where he exited the vehicle and walked away. The woman then returned home and called 911. An investigation led

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County Board approves 2020 budget Last week, the DuPage County Board approved its Fiscal Year 2020 budget with a balanced $476.2 million spending plan. The budget provides funding to replace the County’s 40-year-old property tax administration system, increase the Sheriff’s patrol capacity and replace 16 patrol vehicles. The FY2020 Budget also provides $1 million in grant-funded local social services to DuPage’s neediest residents through the Human Services Grant Fund. The Heroin Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Taskforce receives $100,000 to continue the countywide fight against heroin and opioid addiction. The budget also includes an increased allocation for the DuPage County Clerk’s Election Division to conduct the 2020 primary and Presidential elections. “Since I took office in 2010, we have made it our practice to ensure DuPage County government works as efficiently as possible, finding

savings where we can and squeezing value out of every dollar spent,” said County Board Chairman Dan Cronin. “Our prudent financial management allows us to, once again, present a balanced budget and provide outstanding service to DuPage residents. “I would like to thank the elected officials and staff who worked collaboratively to help us achieve this goal.” The total budget for DuPage County is $476.2 million, with a General Revenue Fund of $183.8 million and a $68.8 million property tax levy, a minor adjustment over the previous year. For the average owner of a $250,000 house, the change represents an increase of less than $4. The 2020 Fiscal Year begins on Dec. 1, 2019. DuPage County is AAA bond rated and boasts a 2.6 percent unemployment rate. To view the full 2020 County Budget document, go to

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Bond set for second man charged in Sprint store robbery

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Standing tall in Villa Park are two soldiers that used to “guard” Dispensa’s Castle of Toys in Oakbrook Terrace. Randy Hayes (left) acquired them from a former boss, gave them to his parents, then brought them back to his home for the 2018 Christmas holidays. At right, Randy Dispensa, great-grandson of DuPage County State’s Attorney the victims at gunpoint to bind the Nicholas Dispensa, founder of the carnival business that led to the toy store’s existence, had heard Robert B. Berlin and Wheaton Chief wrists and ankles of the other two about the soldiers, and stopped by to check them out.

employees with duct tape. Furance then bound the wrists and ankles of the third victim with duct tape and allegedly ordered the employees to open the safe containing electronic devices. Police said Furance then placed approximately 58 items from the store into garbage bags he had brought with him. Furance then allegedly covered the mouths and eyes of the three employees with duct tape and exited the store, inadvertently dropping some items on his way out. Several minutes later, Furance returned to the store to retrieve the items he had previously dropped and then fled the scene in a vehicle driven by Little. Little was taken into custody on Nov. 24. “It is alleged that Mr. Little and his accomplice traveled to DuPage County to commit this crime,” Berlin said. “With the holiday shopping season upon us, I want to assure shoppers, employees and store owners that my office, along with our local police departments, will be working around the clock to ensure the safety of all DuPage County establishments and anyone suspected of this type of violent behavior will be arrested, charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” Little’s next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 16, in front of Judge MacKay for arraignment. Furance’s next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 5, in front of Judge MacKay for arraignment. Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendants’ guilt.

Dispensa family business part of local history

Area museums recall Kiddie Kingdom, Castle of Toys


To paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy, you just might be a “local” if you remember this jingle: “Any ride a quarter; six for a dollar.” That’s what the commercial for Dispensa’s Kiddie Kingdom was boasting to attract kids and families to the Oakbrook Terrace amusement park—which has a place in local history that the Oakbrook Terrace Historical Society recently brought to life in an exhibit. According to a history of Dispensa’s Kiddie Kingdom and Castle of Toys, Italian immigrant Nicholas S. Dispensa worked for the railroad, then become a shoemaker and landfill hauler before going into the carnival business. The history describes how Nicholas, known as N.S., played in a circus band and noticed how people were lining up to ride the Ferris wheel. He and his cousin Nick bought one in 1919 and would haul it from circus to circus in N.S.’s Mack truck.


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of Police Bill Murphy announced last week that bond has been set at $375,000 for a second man allegedly involved in robbing approximately $40,000 worth of merchandise from a Wheaton Sprint store. Stephon Little, 27, of Schaumburg, appeared at a bond hearing in front of Judge Jeffrey MacKay. Little has been charged with one count of Armed Robbery (Class X Felony) and three counts of Aggravated Unlawful Restraint (Class 3 Felony). Little’s co-defendant, Denzel Furance, 20, of Calumet City, was taken into custody on November 11, 2019 and appeared at a bond hearing the following day where Judge MacKay ordered Furance be held without bond. The State had asked the Court to hold Little without bond as well. At approximately 8:08 p.m., November 8, 2019, Wheaton Police officers responded to a call of an armed robbery at the Sprint store located at Danada Square West. Officers began an investigation and learned that at approximately 7:45 p.m. that evening, Little and his co-defendant arrived at the store in a car driven by Little. ‘ It is alleged that Furance entered the store armed with a semi-automatic gun and wearing a mask, medical gloves and a hooded sweatshirt. Little allegedly supplied the weapon to Furance. Once inside the store, Furance ordered two employees at gunpoint to a back storage room where a third employee was located along with products and the store safe. It is alleged that Furance ordered one of

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Embattled state Sen. Martin Sandoval resigns Target of federal probe cites ‘respect for my constituents and the Senate’


State Sen. Martin Sandoval, whose Statehouse office was raided by federal agents in September, announced late Wednesday that he will step down from his seat effective Jan. 1. “Respect for my constituents and

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Durbin sees ‘strong evidence’; LaHood, Davis say let voters decide on Trump


Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said recently that he believes there was “strong evidence” presented in the House hearings to warrant the impeachment of President Donald Trump, but two of his Illinois Republican colleagues in the House strongly disagreed. Durbin, along with U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood (R-18th) and Rodney Davis (R-13th) were in Springfield on Nov. 22 to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony with Gov. J.B. Pritzker for a local project being funded through the recently-passed $45 billion capital improvements package. They spoke with reporters afterward. “I think there’s strong evidence. It’s compelling and sobering,” Durbin said. “I think the witnesses have been very credible.” But Durbin would not say whether he thinks the House should pass articles of impeachment, nor would he comment about whether Trump’s actions justified removal from office, which would be the consequence if he is convicted following a trial in the Senate. “You’re asking me to prejudge this case and I won’t do that,” he said in response to a reporter’s question. “I’m waiting on the House of Representatives to decide whether to issue

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articles of impeachment and then to read them very carefully against the evidence that’s been presented.” The Democrat-led inquiry was called to determine whether Trump abused the power of his office earlier this year by making the release of nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine contingent upon the president of that country, Volodymyr Zelensky, agreeing to launch investigations of Trump’s potential 2020 president election rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. On Nov. 20, Gordon Sondland, the Trump-appointed U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testified that he and others pursued a “quid pro quo”—a Latin phrase meaning “this for that”—with Ukraine and that they were doing so under direct instruction from the president. That was followed by testimony Nov. 21 from career diplomats Fiona Hill and David Holmes, who both said there were back-channel negotiations happening that were counter to official U.S. policy on Ukraine and potentially damaging to U.S. national security interests. When asked about his feelings on impeachment, LaHood said the decision on whether to remove Trump from office should be made by the voters, not Congress. “You may not like Donald Trump, but less than 10 months from now you’re going to be able to early-vote in Illinois and you’re going to have lots of choices,” LaHood said. “I think our Constitution would rather have the people deciding, and not 535 partisan members of Congress.” LaHood, incidentally, is the son of former Republican U.S. Rep. Ray

found no error in Judge Telander’s 100-year sentence imposed upon Mr. Rainey,” he said. “His attempt to reduce his sentence for a crime that the Trial Court correctly deemed a crime that ‘shocks the conscience of the community’ demonstrates Mr. Rainey’s self-consumed, compassionless, repulsive outlook on society. He has certainly earned each and every day Berlin praises decision of his sentence.” Berlin thanked the Court for its inJustice Bridges delivered the judgdepth review of the case. ment of the Court with Justices Jor“Last Friday, the Appellate Court gensen and Hudson concurring.

You may not like Donald Trump, but less than 10 months from now you’re going to be able to earlyvote in Illinois and you’re going to have lots of choices.” – U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood

LaHood of Illinois who, as speaker pro tempore of the House in 1998, presided over the contentious debate over whether to pass articles of impeachment over then-President Bill Clinton. Clinton was impeached for allegedly lying during a sworn deposition but was eventually acquitted in the Senate. The elder LaHood, who later served as transportation secretary in the Obama administration, recently

advised a House committee to avoid impeachment “like the plague” because it would likely result in all other legislative activity grinding to a halt. Rep. Davis, who was in the committee room when LaHood made that comment, said he now believes LaHood’s prediction has come true. “And I hate to say it. Ray was right,” Davis said. “And it’s indicative, especially yesterday (Nov. 21), when Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi (D-Calif.), who came to Springfield to campaign against me in August, she promised my farmers that we would have a vote on their number-one issue, the (U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement) in October. She is now saying it may pass in 2020.” The House Intelligence Committee concluded its impeachment inquiry Nov. 21. That panel is now expected to write a report and refer it to the House Judiciary Committee, which will decide whether to recommend articles of impeachment to the full House.

Jesse White cracks down on illegal parking in reserved spaces Secretary of State Jesse White has announced that Secretary of State Police will conduct statewide parking stings throughout the holiday season targeting individuals illegally parking in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities at shopping malls. Secretary of State Police will enforce the provisions of the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities. “Our mission is not to issue tickets, but to ensure that accessible parking spaces are available to those who need them,” White said. “Parking illegally in a space reserved for people with disabilities means a possible driver’s license suspension and a hefty fine, money which could otherwise be used on gifts. Remember, if you don’t belong there, don’t park there.” Drivers caught misusing a placard face a six-month driver’s license suspension and a $600 fine. Repeat violators will face a one-year driver’s license suspension and a $750 fine for a second offense; for third or sub-

sequent offenses, violators will face a $1,000 fine plus a one-year driver’s license revocation. The fine for parking in an accessible parking space without a disability placard or disability license plates can be up to $350. Using a deceased person’s placard or a fraudulent placard can result in a $2,500 fine and one-year revocation of a driver’s license. Currently, there are 550,073 permanent placards; 34,585 meter-exempt placards; 59,818 disability plates; and 6,800 disabled veteran plates registered in Illinois. White urges individuals to report abuse of parking spaces for people with disabilities by calling 217-7850309. Callers should be prepared to report placard and license plate numbers, as well as the location of vehicles. People can also report abuse via the secretary of state’s website at and complete the Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities Abuse Complaint Form.

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E. Coli outbreak possibly linked to romaine lettuce Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce from the Salinas growing region

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), as well as public health and regulatory officials in other states to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections possibly linked to lettuce.

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A total of 40 cases have been identified in 16 states, including one case in Illinois who was hospitalized. “Tens of thousands of people get sick every year in the U.S. from foodborne illnesses, and approximately 3,000 die,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We will continue to work with state and national health officials to investigate

this ongoing outbreak in an effort to prevent additional cases and potential deaths.” The CDC is recommending people not eat romaine lettuce from the Salinas growing region in California. When buying romaine lettuce, check the labeling to see if it says Salinas. If it does, or there is no label, do not buy that romaine lettuce. Similarly, if you have romaine let-

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The Dispensas ended up buying repossessed carnival rides to expand their carnival business, and in 1945 went into the tent and merchandise business to expand even further, the history relates, called Dispensa’s Amusement Rides and Dispensa’s Merchandising Company. The name changed to Dispensa and Sons Complete Carnivals in 1951. It was truly a family business: sons, wives and children worked for the family business in some capacity, among them being N.S.’s son John Dispensa Sr., grandson John Dispensa Jr., and great-grandsons John III, Randy and Bryce Dispensa. Randy worked in the business, saying although it was fun, “We never had summers off,” while working in the carnival business. The history shows that N.S. retired and the Dispensas, including John Jr.’s brother Nicholas, began selling merchandise from a building they owned in Hinsdale, and in 1953 moved their operations to Oakbrook Terrace where, according to John III, the family had owned 25 acres of land—later taken by eminent domain for the construction of the Route 83 interchange between Roosevelt and Butterfield roads. John III said the business added on to its warehouse in 1956 to store merchandise. Customers followed the Dispensas to their new location and the origins of Dispensa’s Castle of Toys began. The toy stored opened in 1967 and lasted until 1985. The amusement park opened in 1975 (John said the carnival business closed in 1977) and remained until 1984. Randy said by then, the land— just north of what is now Oakbrook Center—had become worth more than the business, so operations closed for good. Bob Shanahan, director of the Oakbrook Terrace Historical Society, said he saw a recent exhibit about historic amusement parks at the Elmhurst Historical Museum and that “they had a little section on Dispensa’s Kiddie Kingdom.” He said that sparked the idea for an exhibit featuring the iconic landmark, although there was always a small display on the amusement park/toy store. The exhibit was held Nov. 2-16 in Oakbrook Terrace. “I’ve always been interested in history,” said John III, adding that

tuce at home that indicates it is from the Salinas growing region, or you don’t know where it is from, do not eat the lettuce and throw it out. Additional information can be found on the CDC website. Additionally, Missa Bay, LLC. has recalled ready-to-eat salad products that contain meat or poultry because the lettuce may be contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7. The products subject to the recall can be found on the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service website. These products were distributed in Illinois as well as in 21 other states. If consumers still have

these products in their refrigerators, they should throw them out. The investigation is ongoing to determine other potential sources of contamination and if additional products are linked to illness. Symptoms of infection vary for each person, but often include severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. Anyone with symptoms, especially if they are severe, should seek medical care and alert medical providers that you have recently eaten romaine lettuce. More information can be found on the IDPH website, E. Coli page.


Any person desiring to appear at the public hearing and present testimony to the taxing district may contact the District’s Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Patricia Volling, 255 W. Vermont St., Villa Park, Illinois 60181, telephone number (630) 5167700).

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Dispensa’s Kiddie Kingdom and Castle of Toys was what could be considered a destination location in Oakbrook Terrace, just north of Oakbrook Center mall. The toy store operated from 1967-85, and the amusement park operated from 1975-84. Its jingle boasted: “Any ride a quarter; six for a dollar.”

there is “so much memorabilia our family collected over the years.” When he found out the Oakbrook Terrace Historical Society was interested an exhibit, he was excited about the idea. Randy said he knew that many of the items from the amusement park and toy store had been auctioned off, including a 1937 truck that is on display in an Iowa museum. He said there were another trucks “rotting away” in a field in Ohio. However, two of the six tall soldiers that stood guard in front of the store (John III said there were two “spares”) are still in the area, thanks to Villa Park resident Rocky Hayes, who related how his former boss found them at a gas station in northwest Indiana roughly 20 years ago, and displayed them at his home in Lake Zurich. Hayes said he bought them about 10 years ago for his parents, who in turn displayed them at their Winfield home. The fiberglass soldiers stand some 16 feet tall and come in three sections. Hayes took them over last year and brought them out over the Christmas holidays. Although he grew up not far from Dispensa’s, Hayes wasn’t sure what he had at first. “My dad knew right away,” he said. “He actually started looking them up. “We weren’t positive until the

Dispensas showed up last year.” Randy remembered being told that someone in Villa Park had two of the soldiers, and when he found out where Hayes lived, he drove to Villa Park. “I knocked on the guy’s door!” he said. “He couldn’t believe it.” Randy said. John III said he, too, visited Hayes’ home to verify the authenticity. Although they have weathered with time and needed some repairs, they soldiers still look great, according to Hayes. Hayes loaned the soldiers for the exhibit, but Shanahan said the exhibit went beyond artifacts on display, because people who lived in the area like to share memories of the one-of-a-kind castle and amusement park. Hearing the stories, the director said, just shows how everybody’s got a connection to this. “We put a lot of time and effort into the business to make it successful,” John III said. “I’m just committed to trying to preserve the family business history … [some] that people may not know [about].” He added that his family was locally famous for being pioneers in the toy and amusement park industry. For more information about Dispensa’s Kiddie Kingdom and Castle of Toys, visit

A public hearing to approve a proposed property tax increase for School District No. 45, DuPage County for 2019 will be held on December 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Westmore Elementary School, 340 South School Street, in Lombard, Illinois.


The corporate and special purpose property taxes extended or abated for the year 2018 were $ 35,108,960.12. The proposed corporate and special purpose property taxes to be levied for 2019 are $ 36,874,123.00. This represents a 5.03% increase over the previous year.

III. The property taxes extended for debt service and public building commission leases for 2018 were $2,936,177.79. The estimated property taxes to be levied for debt service and public building commission leases for 2019 are $ 3,027,690.43. This represents a 3.12% [increase] [decrease] over the previous year. IV. The total property taxes extended or abated for 2018 were $38,045,137.91. The estimated total property taxes to be levied for 2019 are $ 39,901,813.43. This represents a 4.88% increase over the previous year.

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Police Reports Area police departments recently reported the following arrests and citations. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a conviction, and that suspects are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. Persons charged with domestic battery are not named in order to protect the privacy of victims. Juveniles age 17-or-younger are not named.

no valid driver’s license and several other traffic violations subsequent to investigating a hit-and-run accident near Lake and Marcus at around 12:01 a.m. Police said Ramos-Ramos was charged with failure to give information after striking an unattended vehicle or other property, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to give aid or information. Nov. 22 Darwyn K. Ordonez-Rivas, 25, and Maricela Garcia, 24, both of Addison, were charged with child endangerment in the 400 block of W. Stevens at around 5:20 p.m.

rocks at the victims and striking a victim with a piece of wood. A 60-year-old Addison woman was charged with domestic battery in the 400 block of Cherry Hill Drive at around 4:26 p.m. Police said while investigating an unknown problem, the suspect was charged with domestic battery for striking the victim in the face with her hand and elbow.


Addison Nov. 26 Jose R. Aparicio, 39, of Streamwood, was charged with DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and no insurance near Lake and Itas116 ca at around 8:33 p.m. S. Main St. Lombard, IL 60148 Cecilio Delacruz,627-7010 58, of Addison, Nov. 21 Fax: 627-7027 was charged with DUI in the 1000 Robert J. Schumacker, 53, of Adblock of N. Rohlwing at around 1:33 dison, was charged with aggravated a.m. battery in the 900 block of E. Babcock at around 5:45 p.m. Police said Nov. 24 that while investigating a fight in Cecilio A. Ramos-Ramos, 26, of progress, Schumacker was charged Bensenville, was charged with DUI, with aggravated battery for throwing

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Villa Park Nov. 23 Jacob Hamilton, 20, of Elgin, was charged with battery, retail theft under $300 and criminal trespass to real property at a local store Oct. 2. The original complaint and arrest warrant were issued Nov. 23. Suzy Juarez, 36, of Melrose Park, was charged with two counts of retail theft at a local store at around 4:54 p.m.


Park, was charged with aggravated driving while license suspended near Roosevelt and Summit at around 7:30 a.m.

Nov. 18 Meghna Kulkarni, 26, of Lakewood, was charged with DUI, transportation of open alcohol by the driver and driving with only one headA visit to Cosley Zoo during the light near North and Yale at around holidays has become a family tradi1:41 a.m. tion for many. From the Festival of Lights and Tree Sale to Santa’s Craft Nov. 17 Corner, there are holiday activities to Theft of mislaid property was redelight all ages. ported at a local store at around 3:53 During the Festival of Lights and p.m. Tree Sale, Cosley Zoo is transformed Police said an unknown suspect into a winter wonderland with thoutook a cell phone that was left unatsands of twinkling lights and an tended on the counter. amazing selection of Christmas trees and greens for purchase. Guests can Nov. 12also enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas Nov. 20 music and a wide variety of holiday Criminal damage was reported in gifts. the 1-100 block of N. Wisconsin. Police said an unknown suspect entered a greenhouse and damaged multiple The support we pots, plants and trees sometime bereceive from this event tween the above dates.

Nov. 22 Tammy Johnson, 50, of Westmont, was charged with DUI, driving on the center median and disobeying a stop sign near Butterfield and Meyers at around 9:45 p.m. A 28-year-old Villa Park man was July 1-Oct. 24 charged with two counts of domestic Burglary was reported in the 400 battery in the 800 block of W. North block of S. Addison. Police said an from the at around 6 a.m. unknown suspect entered a shed that LOMBARDIAN/VILLA PARK REVIEW was unsecured and stole gardening 116 S. Main St. Lombard, IL Nov.60148 20 tools sometime between the above Lawfette Johnson, 34, of Villa dates. 627-7010 Fax: 627-7027

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Now through Dec. 30, families can enjoy an animal-themed display of lights throughout the zoo and take home a beautiful Fraser fir, Canaan fir, Douglas fir or Scotch pine as well as wreaths, garland and other seasonal greens. All proceeds from the sale of trees benefit the zoo’s conservation and educational efforts as well as exhibit development and care for the animals. “The support we receive from this event is so very valuable, making it possible for the zoo to pursue and accomplish so many wonderful things,” Zoo Director Sue Wahlgren said. “But even more impactful for myself and staff is the absolute joy that we are so fortunate to be able to take part in as families come together to enjoy the holidays at the zoo.” In addition to the lights, more than 30 trees are on display as part of Christmas Tree Lane. The 5-foot lit trees were decorated by area organizations, families and businesses. Families can also skip the long line at the mall and bring their children to visit Santa at the zoo on Saturdays of Dec. 7 or Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafts, refreshments and a visit with the man in red will take place on the second floor of the barn in the Kiebler Room. Cosley Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with the light show beginning at 3 p.m. The zoo will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days, and will be open 9 a.m. to noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Zoo admission is free during the Festival of Lights and Tree Sale. Santa’s Craft Corner is $10 per family and $3 for a printed photo with Santa. No registration is required. Cosley Zoo is located at 1356 N Gary Ave. in Wheaton.

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Viewpoint Slices of life I have much to be thankful for. I am a strong advocate and overall supporter of thankfulness. When the kids were younger we even had a gratitude wall in our kitchen where we listed the many things we had to be grateful for – things we call blessings. I believe thankfulness should be a part of each day. This is the season of giving thanks. I am a proponent. A columnist might even be expected to write about gratitude this time of year. But what happens if you’re just not feeling it? I have a confession: This is the situation I found myself in this Thanksgiving. I just wasn’t feeling it. I had

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no reason for my glass half empty attitude. Things were going well. The kids hadn’t broken anything major recently – no car crashes or broken bones. My husband and I were in a happy groove. Our goldfish appeared content. Even the cat seemed happy. Life was good. It should have been. But something

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Statement of Interest (SOI) IL- 83 (Foster Ave to Bryn Mawr Ave) Shared Use Path Project – Phase III Engineering Services The Village of Bensenville is in need of professional construction engineering services for the Village’s IL-83 Shared Use Path Project – Foster Ave to Bryn Mawr Ave. The Village has secured both CMAQ and TCM funds for this project. The qualified firm should be IDOT prequalified in Special Services - Construction Inspection, should have ability and experience in construction observation, and provide staff that has experience in the federal aid documentation process. Please submit SOI electronically to Mehul Patel ( and Joseph Caracci (jcaracci@bensenville. no later than 12:00 pm on Dec 20, 2019. The electronic submittal should have the following subject line: Statement of Interest – IL-83 (Foster Ave to Bryn Mawr Ave) Shared Use Path Project All questions shall be submitted electronically to Mehul Patel on or before 12:00 pm on Dec 16, 2019. A response to all written questions received will be posted on the Village’s website, no later than 3:00 pm on Dec 17, 2019. Project Information: The Village of Bensenville is proposing an off-street shared use path (0.38 miles) along IL-83 from Foster Ave to Bryn Mawr Ave. The scope of work includes culvert extension, shared-use path construction, driveway R&R, C&G installation, storm sewers, drainage ditches, ADA ramps, landscape restoration, and other miscellaneous items as necessary to complete the project. The cost estimate for the construction is $1,200,000. Construction Engineering scope of services includes: • Providing contract management including but not limited to all contractor communications, utility coordination, and the preparation and processing of all pay requests and change orders. • Providing construction inspection services to ensure that the project is being built to specifications. • Detailing the limits of curb and sidewalk replacement • Verification of construction layout performed by contractor. • Preparation of daily and weekly work reports per IDOT requirements. • Construction documentation per IDOT requirements.

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• Reviewing all necessary shop drawing reviews. • Providing construction materials testing to verify compliance with specification The project is anticipated to be on the April 24, 2020 IDOT letting. The tentative completion date is estimated around Nov 20, 2020 plus 5 working days. The pre-final plans are available on Village website. SOI Submittal Requirements: The following information shall be included to help the Village of Bensenville select consultant(s) for the above referenced project(s). 1. Name, contact person, address, and brief history of firm. 2. Project(s) that the firm is submitting the SOI for. 3. Name and resume (limit resume to three pages) of the Resident Engineer to be assigned to this project. 4. Related experience during the last five years by the proposed Resident Engineer. 5. Project Understanding/approach and Critical Project Components 6. Information that would differentiate your firm from others The SOI shall be no more than two pages (double sided) total, not including resume of the Resident Engineer. The Village of Bensenville does not intend to conduct interviews as part of the SOI for this project. Ranking and Selection Information It is the intent of the Village of Bensenville short list three firms based on review of the SOI. From the top three, the Village will then select one consulting engineering firm for this project. Once a firm is selected, the Village will request a proposal from the selected firm and enter into contract negotiations with the top ranked firm. If an agreement cannot be reached with the top ranked firm, the Village will start negotiations with the next highest ranked firm. The selection of the top three firms will be listed on the Village website by Jan 3, 2020. Consulting firm ranking will be based on the following criteria: • (15%) - Technical Project Approach • (30%) - Firm Experience/Similar Project Experience • (40%) – Proposed Project Staff Capabilities • (15%) - Work Load Capacity (Published in the Addison Independent, Bensenville Independent & Villa Park Review Dec. 5, 2019) 362931

about me was off kilter. I found myself pulling the turkey out of the oven. We sat down to a wonderful meal. Everyone had plenty to eat. We were all together. And I should have been exploding with gratitude. Instead I fizzled. It wasn’t coming naturally, like it usually does. It’s embarrassing to admit – not feeling grateful when there is so much to be thankful for. I’d been riding along smoothly, when inexplicably I fell off the gratitude train. There was no good reason for my lack of balance. Nothing pushed me off. I guess I wasn’t paying attention and just fell. When I realized my predicament, I knew exactly what I should do. Get the heck up and get back on. Gratitude is a choice. Sometimes – most times – it comes easily for me. Like breathing. I am thankful for that. I see gratitude in the everyday and the mundane. But I also believe it is my choice. To see beauty – or not. To choose gratitude – or not. Some days it’s easier than others: to see the mostly clean carpet and ignore the stains. Other days, the stains seem glaring and it’s hard to be grateful for stains. I suppose it’s difficult to be grateful 100 percent of the time. We’re only human – me included. So when the glass seems half-empty maybe we simply have to practice redefining it and call it half-full. Habits build with time – gradually, and if we practice positivity over and over and over it just might become a habit. Many of us spend a significant

amount of time practicing various life interests – sports, hobbies, education. Maybe we should see gratitude in the same light. Maybe we need to practice that, too. It’s politically correct, this time of year, to be grateful. I suppose it’s PC all year long, but we’re more focused on it during the holidays and one day in November in particular. But if we want to make our own gratitude a habit – something as much a part of us as breathing – perhaps we’d benefit from practice.

And when we do fall off the train, and find the glass looking more empty than full, maybe we get back up, take a refreshing sip from said glass and realize we aren’t alone. Just about everyone falls off the gratitude train at one time or another. What we do next is what defines us. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright, author and member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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Community calendar Friday, Dec. 6 Baby and toddler play stations at the Library From 10-10:45 a.m. at the Addison Public Library, stop by for a sensory play experience. We’ll have all sorts of different stations filled with activities for children and caregivers to enjoy together. For birth to 3 years with a caregiver. Info: or call 630-4583338. Monday, Dec. 9-Thursday, Dec. 13 Hive Lab: It’s electric at the Library From 3:15-4:30 p.m. each day at the Addison Public Library, earn credit in your Indian Trail science class with these STEM events. We’ll give you everything you need to build a simple circuit and light up a card, house, or toy. Each project takes about an hour and we’ll have something new each day of the week. Drop in for one day or all four. Info: or call 630-458-3320. Monday, Dec. 9 Ransom E. Olds: Automobile history at the Library From 7-8:30 p.m. at the Large Meeting Room of the Addison Public Library, RJ Lindsey portrays Oldsmobile founder Ransom E. Olds narrating a slide program about automobile history: early inventors including Benz, Studebaker, Chevrolet, Dodge and early racing teams of men and women crossing the country. Info: or call 630-458-3320. Tuesday, Dec. 10 • Winter-themed paint-along for teens at the Library From 3-5 p.m. at the Creative Studio of the Addison Public Library, relax and paint a fun winter scene with guidance from an artist. No experience or registration necessary, but please bring an apron or smock. Info: addisonlibrary. org or call 630-458-3320. • Book Bunch book discussion at the Library From 7-8 p.m. at the Addison Public Library, we’ll discuss Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg. Info: or call 630-458-3320. Wednesday, Dec. 11 • Christmas classics story time at the Library From 10-10:30 a.m. at the Addison Public Library, listen to classic Christmas tales and do a fun activity. All ages with caregiver. Info: or call 630-458-3338. • Holiday cards at the Library From 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Addison Public Library, create beautiful holiday cards using a Polish style with Krystyna Jaro. All ages. Registration is now under way. Info: or call 630-458-3338. • SCORE Roundtable: Cash flow vs. profits—which is important at the Library From 6:30-8 p.m. at the Adult Programming Room of the Addison Public Library, SCORE is a network of mentors and consultants who offer education workshops on a wide range of topics. In this discussion, SCORE mentors will explore the difference between cash-flow and profits and explain how to improve your return on investment. Info: or call 630-458-3320. Friday, Dec. 13 Crochet 101: Leg warmers at the Library From 10 a.m.-noon at the Creative Studio of the Addison Public Library, join us as we learn basic crochet skills to make some cozy leg warmers. We’ll show you how to make a

chain, single crochet, and double crochet. No experience necessary. All materials provided, but you are welcome to bring your own so that you may finish your project at home. Info: or call 630-458-3320. Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 Giving crafts at the Library From 2-4 p.m. each day at the Addison Public Library, stop by and create a project that will be donated to a local organization. All ages. Info: or call 630-458-3338. Sunday, Dec. 15 Winter-themed paint-along for adults at the Library From 2-4 p.m. at the Creative Studio of the Addison Public Library, paint a stunning winter landscape with the guidance of an experienced artist. No experience necessary. Please bring a smock or apron. Info: or call 630-458-3320. Monday, Dec. 16 • Early science stations at the Library From 10-10:45 a.m. for children 18 months to 5 years old with a caregiver, join us at the Addison Public Library for preschool science fun. Rotate through different stations filled with science experiments and hands-on activities. Registration is now open. Info: or call 630-458-3338. • Crafty Crew at the Library From 7-9 p.m. at the S10 First Floor Study Room of the Addison Public Library, why craft alone? Bring your own project to work on and meet other crafters. Info: or call 630-458-3320. Monday, Dec. 16-Thursday, Dec. 19 Art studio for teens at the Library From 3:15-4:30 p.m. each day at the Addison Public Library, stop by after school and make something beautiful in our pop-up studio. We’ll bring out all our art supplies so you can work with whatever tools you want or follow along with a daily project. Info: addisonlibrary. org or call 630-458-3320. Tuesday, Dec. 17 • Cartooning for teens at the Library From 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Addison Public Library, professional cartoonist Mark Anderson will help you draw your own cartoons and then bring them to life on the screen. Beginners welcome. Info: or call 630458-3320. • Book a trip: Holidays around the world at the Library Explore the world from 4-5 p.m. for grades K-5 at the Addison Public Library. In this special edition of Book a Trip, we will learn about how countries around the world celebrate during the winter. Info: or call 630-458-3338. Wednesday, Dec. 18 Ornament decorating at the Library From 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Addison Public Library, decorate a traditional Polish ornament with local artist Krystyna Jaro. For all ages. Registration is now open. Info: addisonlibrary. org or call 630-458-3338. Thursday, Dec. 19 • Board game blast at the Library From 4-4:45 p.m. for grades K-5 at the Addison Public Library, play your favorite board games and learn about some new ones. Info: or call 630-458-3338. • Las Posadas Craft/celebración de Las Posadas at the Library From 6-7 p.m. at the Addison Public Library, let’s celebrate Las Posadas with a fun craft. Drop-in; everyone is welcome. ¡Celebremos

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Las Posadas con una manualidad divertida! No • Political Discussion Group every first se requiere registro. Info: or Wednesday of the month at the Library The Political Discussion Group meets evcall 630-458-3320. ery first Wednesday of the month from 7-8 p.m. at the Addison Public Library, 4 FriendSaturday, Dec. 21 ship Plaza. Political conversations don’t have DIY snow globes at the Library From 2-3 p.m. at the Addison Public Li- to be scary! We talk about the biggest news brary, create winter magic in a jar. For all ages; stories of each month in a safe space. Check under 6 with a caregiver. Info: addisonlibrary. the online calendar for monthly topics. Articles can be found two weeks before the disorg or call 630-458-3338. cussion either below or at the Adult Services Desk. Info: or call 630Friday, Dec. 27 458-3320. Jr. Inquisitors at the Library Do you often ask “how?” and “why?” about things around you? Do you enjoy experiment- • North Suburban ing and making things? Then, this program Carvers Club meetings Meetings for the North Suburban Carvers is just for you. Join other inquiring minds to find out the answers from 11-11:45 a.m. at the Club are held the first and third Mondays of Addison Public Library. For grades K-2. Info: each month at the Deer Grove Nature Center (The Bensenville Park District building), or call 630-458-3338. 1000 W. Wood St. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Beginning and experienced carvers share Ongoing events and learn sharpening skills, techniques and • Freestyle Fridays at the Library From 3:15-4 p.m. Fridays Dec. 13 and designs in a very informal but informative 20, stop by the Addison Public Library and setting. Visitors of all ages are welcome to atput your own spin on fun Friday crafts after tend all meetings, or contact Paul Gratzke at school. For all ages. Info: or 847-606-2660. call 630-458-3338. • Widows or Widowers (W.O.W.) meet each month • Circle Up at the Library Widows or Widowers (W.O.W.) of the From 3:15-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and 20 at the Addison Public Library, we’ll use fun Western Suburbs will meet on the third Thursgames to help you chill out and connect. Info: day of each month at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 537 S. York Road, Elmhurst, or call 630-458-3338. ing at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $5. Info: (630) 620-4060 or • Chair yoga at the Library From 1-2 p.m. Thursday Dec. 12 and 26 at the Large Meeting Room of the Addison Public • Active Adults Senior Club Adults, ages 55 or better, are invited to Library, a certified yoga instructor will guide you through one of the gentlest forms of yoga, Park District’s Active Adults Senior Club on emphasizing breath awareness and relaxation. Tuesdays from noon-2 p.m. at Community No prior yoga experience is necessary to par- Rec Center, 120 E. Oak Street. For more information, contact Teresa Grodsky at (630) ticipate in this class. 233-7275, option #2. • Homework help at the Library Every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5 • TOPS meetings held on Thursday p.m. at the Addison Public Library through evenings, Friday mornings Remember TOPS? Take Off Pounds SenDec. 19, get help in any subject from teachers, librarians, and college volunteers. Grades sibly is still here helping and supporting K-12. Info: or call 630-458- people to lose weight.  Meetings are held on Thursday evenings at the Addison Park Dis3338. trict building at 120 E. Oak St. Weigh in from 6-6:30 p.m., and then meet from 6:30-7:15 • Get your high school diploma The Addison Public Library is now offer- p.m. Or there is a weigh-in Friday mornings ing adults the opportunity to earn an accred- at 9:30 a.m. followed by a meeting from 10ited high school diploma and career certificate 11 a.m. Info: for Thursday meetings, email online through a new program, Career Online Sandy at; for High School (COHS). The library is providing Friday meetings, email Millie at johnreiter@ a limited number of free scholarships to quali- Clubs and organizations are welcome to fied adult learners who are looking to advance their careers, prepare for workforce entry, or send entries for this column to: Indepencontinue their education. You must live in Ad- Please include a dison and be 21 or older. Call 630-458-3334 or phone number or e-mail address to contact for information. visit 

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This is “Hidden Garden,” a landscape painting by Elmhurst Artist Guild member Fred Moss, whose textural, impressionistic works are currently on display as part of the EAG’s Winter Members Show in the Guild Gallery inside the Elmhurst Art Museum.

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The Elmhurst Artists’ Guild (EAG) is currently hosting its Winter Members Show, featuring a variety of original artwork created by EAG members. On exhibit through Jan. 3, 2020, the show includes this collage work called “Flower Power,” created by artist Terri Shimkus. Terri enjoys collage because there are no rules.


The Elmhurst Artists’ Guild (EAG) will host their Winter Members Show, featuring a variety of original artwork created by EAG members. The exhibit will be held in the EAG Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM) in Wilder Park now through Jan. 3, 2020. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, December 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. “The Elmhurst Artists’ Guild is proud to feature a selection of the latest work by our members in the Winter Members Show, said James Negley, EAG president. “We welcome everyone from the community to join us as we celebrate the holiday season.” Of the many artists that will be displaying works in the Winter Members Show, EAG member Fred Moss will be showing his textural, impressionistic work with “Hidden Garden,” a lush landscape painting that is sure to please the visual senses. Charlene Lee-Freislinger will be showing a pencil portrait of her granddaughter entitled, “Samantha.” She said she is currently working on portraits of her grandchildren and prefers the tender touch of pencil on paper for portraits. “Dreaming Out Loud,” is an abstract mixed media work by Pam Pe-


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Auditions scheduled for GreenMan Theatre Murder Mystery GreenMan Theatre will hold auditions in December for their upcoming murder-mystery dinner theatre “Speakeasy or Die Hard 2.” Auditions will be held Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. They will be held at GreenMan’s performance space at 232 S. York St., inside the First United Methodist Church. Performances of “Speakeasy” will take place at Angelo’s Ristorante in Feb. and March of 2020. No appointments are required to audition.

in Chicago during the Roaring 1920s at the height of Prohibition. Think gangsters, bootleg alcohol, and a speakeasy disguised as a tearoom in the basement of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Add to that a pair of Russian spies, stolen jewels, and murder most foul! What could be better for an evening of entertainment? GreenMan’s popular dinner show offers comic action, songs and dances, and some audience interaction including opportunities to guess the murderer. The show is written and directed by Carolyn Thomas-DaAbout the play… vidoff. There are parts for 9 men and “Speakeasy or Die Hard 2” is set 7 women of various ages. Actors auditioning for the show will read from the script and perform short improvisations, based on the characters. Although not everyone in the production needs to sing, all (Continued from page 10) terson who paints using an intuitive method, gently proclaiming, “the piece paints itself.” Artist Terri Shimkus will be featuring her collaged work, “Flower Power.” She claims to love working Elmhurst Choral Union and Orin collage because “there are few chestra present “The Music of rules, and a lot of fun to be had.” Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 The exhibition can be viewed p.m. in Hammerschmidt Chapel on during regular Elmhurst Art Museum the campus of Elmhurst College. hours. While admission to the EAG Guest soloists Kristin Lelm, KimGallery is always free, regular muse- berly Gunderson, and Melissa Arnum admission applies. Admission is ing join Elmhurst Choral Union and free on the first Friday of the month. a professional orchestra under conMore information is available at elm- ductor Scott Uddenberg for a variety or elmhurstart- of Christmas-themed music.


actors should be prepared to sing a few measures of a song at auditions. Most of the music will come from the ‘20s, so an audition piece from the period is suggested. Some performers may have solos or duets, and there will also be some dancing. Dancers are encouraged to bring tap shoes, if they have them, and be prepared to do a short tap audition. The production goes up Feb. 21 to March 1, 2020, at Angelo’s Ristorante in Elmhurst. There is no pay. Actors will rehearse three or four times a week in January and four times a week in February. For tickets and more information, call 630-464-2646 or visit The dinner production is a popular event and some performances sell out early.

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Pictured is a pencil portrait created by EAG member Charlene Lee-Freislinger of her granddaughter entitled, “Samantha.” Charlene is currently working on portraits of all of her grandchildren and prefers the tender touch of pencil on paper for portraits. An artist’s reception for the EAG Winter Members Show will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

The concert features Vivaldi’s Gloria, along with a jazz-influenced mix of Alfred Burt carols, music from the movie Home Alone, and a carol sing-along. A pre-concert lecture by composer David DeVasto begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $10 for youth (7-22). Tickets are available from elmhurstchoralunion. org , 800-838-3006, or at the door.



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Addison Trail looks to keep momentum going Defending conference champion Blazers loaded with talent


New Addison Trail wrestling coach Mike Rosengrant is taking over a program that is the exact opposite of the word barren. Rosengrant, who previously was the head coach at Niles Notre Dame (10 years total there as an assistant and head coach), takes the controls of a Blazers team that won the West Suburban Conference Gold Division title last year and is absolutely loaded with talent once again. How loaded? Addison Trail has 11 returning starters on the roster this

season. “We will have a tough team,” Rosengrant said. “We are ranked in the preseason top 20 and we have three guys in the top 10 and two ranked as honorable mention.” Going through the lineup, Junior Jake Matthews, a two-time state qualifier, returns at 152 and likely will drop to 145. He’s ranked 10th in the state at 152. “We are hoping Jake ends up on the state podium this year,” said Rosengrant. Nick Skamra returns at 182 and was ranked No. 6 in the state in the preseason, while Adam Skrzypek is at 113 pounds and was ranked No. 9 in the preseason at that weight. Xavier Sierra also is back at 220 and he’ll work his way down to a

lower weight, Rosengrant said. Sierra, who has national team experience, had an honorable-mention state ranking to start the season. John Asiuras is back at 120-126 and has an honorable-mention state ranking. Jonathan Chaidez returns at 132/126, while Axel Reyna is back at 145. Giulian Frontier returns at 160, while Noah Almendariz is at 170. Skamra’s younger brother, Seth Skamra, is a freshman and will be at 195 pounds. He’ll split time at that weight with Valentin Soto. Other performers who were in the Addison Trail starting lineup to start the season include Maritza Cervantes and Yousef Farooqui at 106 pounds, Marco Puebla at 120, Francisco Arias and Tyler Hochstatter at 138, and Nate Figueroa at 285

pounds. “The expectations for us are high,” said Rosengrant. “There is great energy in the room. The training has gone really well and the kids are excited. We are ready to compete. We want the kids to go out there and compete hard and give a great effort. We’ll use these first few meets as something to build on.” Rosengrant said the overall vibe in the wrestling room is one of positivity. “I like the effort, the attitude and the chemistry,” he said. “Those are the things you look for as a coach and the kids have delivered. If they keep this up as the season goes on, we are going to be fine. We are at a very good starting point. “I feel like they want to make a

mark on this program. I have already seen the improvement. I’ve implemented a little different training system and the kids have had good energy, they are coachable and they work hard. We will keep getting better as the season goes on.” As far as specific goals, they all involve success. “Our goal is to win the conference,” Rosengrant said. “The regional assignments will be out in a few weeks and we will see where we are at. Last year there were two individual state qualifiers. I want to at least double that this season.” Addison Trail faces District 88 neighbor Willowbrook at home to kick off West Suburban Conference Gold action Friday. The Blazers then head to Glenbard North Saturday.

Addison Trail girls basketball team goes 2-2 at Hinsdale South/Hinsdale Central Koulogeorgas hits 4-point play to win game against St. Francis By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT

Addison Trail senior girls basketball player Demi Koulogeorgas provided some late-game heroics— times two—recently. Koulogeorgas’ play helped the Blazers win a pair of games at the recent Hinsdale South-Hinsdale Central tournament. Addison Trail scored wins over Metea Valley and Wheaton St. Francis, while losing to St. Ignatius and Nazareth Academy. Addison Trail finished in third place on the Hinsdale Central side of the bracket and then lost to Nazareth Acade-

my in the crossover game. In the Metea Valley win, Addison Trail led by a point late. Metea Valley had the ball looking to take the lead, only to have Koulogeorgas steal it and go coast-to-coast for a layup that sealed the game. “In that very first game against Metea Valley we talked about being scrappy and they showed that by buckling down the last couple minutes,” Blazers coach Cory Little said. “We were up by one and they had the ball. We played helpside gritty defense. We talk about that all the time. We got the steal to go up by three and we got a win.” Against St. Francis late in the game, the Spartans missed two free throws and Addison Trail rebounded the ball with eight seconds left in regulation and down by three points. The outlet pass went to Koulogeorgas, who again went coast to coast, stopped and was fouled while sinking a 3-point shot.

She then hit the free throw to win the contest. “That was a crazy game,” Little said. “Demi banked in that 3 and got fouled, went to the line and sealed the win for us. That showed her senior leadership, not only with her scoring, but with her not being afraid to be in the moment to go in there and seal the game She’s been there the last three years on varsity. She showed she can lead by her play and not just by being vocal.” Little also was pleased with the play of post player Mary Velez, a sophomore. She had 18 points and 10 rebounds against St. Francis. “Mary is a force inside,” said Little. “She’s does the dirty work inside.” Little also praised the work of point guard Quiana Birmingham, also a sophomore. “Q is our point guard and another scoring threat,” he said.

Yet another sophomore who played well out of the gates was guard Juliana Nasti. “Juliana comes off the bench and gives us a burst of energy we need,” said Little. “She is scratching the surface of being a quality player in the years to come. She has a lot of energy and gives us that big burst we need. We are riding with her.” Junior Ally Severino, a guard-forward, also is making strides, Little said. “Ally is playing well in spurts,” he noted. “She has shown she can be the ‘X’ factor for us. We just need her to continue to gain confidence when she is out there.” Addison Trail was 2-3 overall through its first five games. “We also lost a battle to DePaul Prep at DePaul by four points,” Little noted. “I’m very pleased with the response the girls have given us. We lost to a real good St. Ignatius team and to Nazareth. We’ll look

at the film and correct the things we are lacking. We are seeing the girls, even though they are adapting to the new style of play and defense we want to do, giving us 100 percent effort every time they step on the floor and in practice. Even if the ball doesn’t bounce in our favor, they keep giving effort.” Addison Trail opened West Suburban Conference Gold Division play this week with games against Morton, Hinsdale South and District 88 neighbor Willowbrook. The Willowbrook game takes place Friday at 6 p.m. in Villa Park. “We’re rocking and rolling,” Little said of having three conference games in one week. “Going into conference, the little things we talk about will be big against teams like Morton, Hinsdale South and Willowbrook. Our conference run could be pretty good if we correct some of the things we do offensively and defensively.”

Fenton girls basketball team off to 3-1 start Bison honor late Bartlett coach in first Upstate Eight game By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT

The Fenton girls basketball team had plenty to celebrate to start the season. The Bison, who did not play in a traditional Thanksgiving tournament this year, went 3-1 in their first four games. Fenton defeated Chicago Lake View 5420, lost to Bartlett 85-35 in its first Upstate Eight Conference game, defeated Chicago Curie 62-15 and downed UIC Prep by a score of 70-32. Of note, the game against Bartlett was moved from January to Fenton’s conference opener and Bartlett’s season opener to honor Bartlett coach Brad Hunt who passed away in June. Fenton coach Dave Mello is a teacher at Bartlett and coached the Hawks’ girls basketball team. “The Bartlett game had special meaning,” he said. “Brad was my assistant

when I was there. Figuring I had taught with him for 15 years and he was my assistant for the two years I led the Bartlett program, we thought it would be a great idea to have a memorial game for him to be recognized once again. Both teams wore shirts that were made, and the gym was pretty well-packed. It was a very special night where the game was secondary.” Mello said Fenton has been succeeding due to strong defensive play. “Our strength so far has been our pressure,” he said. “We have forced our opponents into a lot of turnovers. Even in the Bartlett game we were able to force 25 turnovers. In the other three games, our opponents averaged more than 40 turnovers per game. We are understanding how to trap and how to play the passing lane. I wasn’t sure with such a young team how quickly they would understand how the defense is most effective. “We are feeling good about where we are at this time on defense. We could improve the defensive rebounding, but other than that we feel we have progressed well. Our fouls are way down after four games compared to the previous two

seasons.” Speaking of rebounding, Mello said, continues to be a point of emphasis. “We really need to get better at rebounding,” he said. “The past two seasons, despite usually being undersized, we were able to outrebound most teams due to our aggressive nature. So far, we haven’t been nearly as aggressive with our rebounding.” Mello added the team’s offense is still a work in progress. “We are playing at a great pace but are passing up too many shots,” he said. “We have a tendency to get a steal and then turn it right back over to our opponent. We are just under our goals for shot attempts and 3s. Once we eliminate some turnovers, we should be right at our goals.” Individually, Mello lauded the play of senior Becky Millard, junior Nikolina Maric and freshman Kaitlyn Hoffing to start the season. “Becky has played primarily inside the last two seasons,” he said. “This season, she is more of a perimeter player and has responded by leading us in made 3-point shots. She also is very active on defense.”

Mello added Maric was not with the team during summer camp this off-season. “We weren’t sure what to expect because Nikolina had to miss summer camp,” he said. “However, she has come out and plays with no fear. She attacks the basket and can shoot the 3. She has been one of the more consistent scorers thus far.” Hoffing, as a freshman, is one of Fenton’s primary ball handlers. “Kaitlyn has been everywhere on defense,” Mello said. “She has set our shooters up for easy baskets and has competed with girls much taller for rebounds. Eventually, she will be one of our leading scorers as well. She is very talented.” Fenton has games this week against Elgin Larkin and Glenbard South before heading to Chicago Steinmetz and Elgin High next week. “We really like what this team has accomplished in the first month,” said Mello. “We can see the progress on a daily basis. We will have some rough games like the Bartlett game, but it was very encouraging to see them bounce back the very next night and handle Curie like they did.”

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Forest preserves offer outdoor winter fun Sledding, snow tubing, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and more available

Find the sure cure for cabin fever in DuPage forest preserves, which offer residents plenty of reasons to get outside and play this winter. When there’s plenty of packed snow on the hill (usually more than 3 inches), thrill-seekers can snow tube down the 800-foot run on Mount Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville. Only district inner tubes are allowed. If conditions allow, the hill is open Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 7 to Feb. 23; daily over winter break Dec. 23 to Jan. 3 (closed Dec. 25); Friday, Jan. 17 (Teacher Work Day); Monday, Jan. 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day); and Monday, Feb.17 (President’s Day). Inner tube rentals are at the base of the hill and are $10 per tube per day. The tubing hill is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; rentals end at 3:30 p.m. Visitors can also explore the forest preserves by snowshoes. When there’s plenty of snow on the trails, snowshoe rentals are available at three forest preserves December through February for $10 for two hours or $15 for the day. ● Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville at the tubing hill (when open) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ● Forest Preserve District headquarters at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 630-9337248 for availability. ● Fullersburg Woods Nature Ed-

ucation Center in Oak Brook Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1–5 p.m. (rentals end at 2 p.m.). Call 630-850-8110 for availability. Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago is also hosting “Farm Life in Winter” Thursday through Monday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 2 to Feb. 29 with different activities every day. Visitors may be able to harvest ice on Timber Lake, check for new lambs, watch tool repairs in the wagon shed, or enjoy a horsedrawn sleigh ride around the farm when there is at least 4 inches of packed snow. Rides are $5 per person ages 5 and up, and adults must accompany children under 13. Call 630-876-5900 or check Kline Creek Farm’s Facebook page for each day’s activity. Starting Jan. 1, Kline Creek Farm will ask for a suggested admission donation of $5 per person for ages 3 and up (under 3 free). For fans of cross-country skiing, rangers groom more than 70 miles of trails at forest preserves such as Blackwell in Warrenville, Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook, Danada and Herrick Lake in Wheaton, Greene Valley and Springbrook Prairie in Naperville, Mallard Lake in Hanover Park, Meacham Grove in Bloomingdale, Waterfall Glen in Darien and West DuPage Woods in West Chicago. Visitors who aren’t

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Sectional qualifiers Wilson, Placek headline list of returnees for Willowbrook girls gymnastics team The Willowbrook girls gymnastics team has a good place from which to start this season. Coach Deanna Zuchowski has four returners from last year’s squad that took third in the West Suburban Conference Gold Division and scored a 124.1 at regionals, including sectional qualifiers in Karli Wilson (senior) and Tess Placek (sophomore). Both are all-around performers. Also back are junior all-arounders Riley Wieringa and Maeve Costello. Placek qualified at-large for the sectional on vault (9.0 at regionals). Placek (32.250) and Wilson (31.900) were at-large sectional qualifiers in the all-around competition. Zuchowski tabbed Wieringa as the team’s most improved performer in remarks at the end of last season. “Tess Placek already is kicking it into high gear,” Zuchowski noted. “She knows what it feels like to

make it far into the state series and already is looking forward to it again this year. She has upped her skills on each event and always is looking for ways to add bonus into her routines.” Zuchowski also is expecting big things from Wilson, Willowbrook’s other returning sectional qualifier. “Karli always is exciting to watch,” she said. “Her leadership with the newest members of the team is helping mold the team to what it is.” Key newcomers to the team include freshmen all-arounders Sarah Ball, Hanna Mitrick and Molly Morris. “Hanna and Sarah will be pushing the rest of the team to perform at a higher level because of their perseverance they already are showing,” said Zuchowski. In addition to Wilson, Zuchowski is looking to fellow senior Dominique Crowe for leadership. “Karli and Dominique have some

Willowbrook girls bowling team has high hopes once again Warriors out to defend WSC crown; Sights set on another state berth By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT

The Willowbrook girls bowling team has built itself quite the body of work in recent times. The Warriors have qualified for the state bowling meet in each of the last two years, while a year ago they also won the West Suburban Conference title with an 8-0 mark and went 12-1 overall in dual meets. And coach Kevin Allen’s squad would like to see the good times keep rolling. The Warriors return standout senior Makaylah Jones, an all-WSC bowler the last three seasons. Jones won an individual regional title last year (her second individual regional crown) and averaged 180 in conference play. “Makaylah has been working very hard in the offseason on her game,” Allen said Senior Ashley DeLeon also is back. “Ashley had a very impressive day last year with her high game of 210 during state competition,” Allen said. “She has been working on her game throughout the offseason and it has shown the first week of practice. She is throwing the ball very well and showing that she is going to have a great season ahead of her.” Allen also is high on sophomore newcomer Taylor Balslew. “Taylor has shown some great talent and shot-making ability during practice,”

The team this year is a great mix of seasoned veterans and young bowlers.”

big leadership roles to fill after losing two key seniors last year,” she noted. “I am excited to see what the girls have in store for us.” Zuchowski also is encouraged by the team’s willingness to learn. “We have another great team to start the season,” said Zuchowski, who is assisted by longtime Willowbrook gymnastics coach Andy Isaacson, along with 2019 Willowbrook graduate Caitlyn Owen. “We are expecting this team to push each other, not only from our top returning gymnasts, but from our newcomers. “The girls are taking the excitement from the football team’s push to the state series into the gym and working to fulfill their goals of making their own run.” Zuchowski added Willowbrook’s strengths in the early going look to be on floor and beam. “We have a lot of great routines this year that the girls are not only

excited to watch, but to work through their own routines,” she said. “The keys for us to have a successful season will be to push to our limits. Each of these girls comes with a unique set of skills. They have the power to complete these, but we will see how they put them together to make their routines whole.” In terms of the West Suburban Conference Gold Division, Zuchowski noted Downers Grove South now has entered into a coop agreement with town neighbor Downers Grove North. “Now that Downers Grove South has a co-op with North they will be the team to beat,” she said. “We are excited to add to the competition and see what Downers Grove South has in store for everyone this year. “We are very excited about our outcome for this year’s season. We have a great group of returning upperclassmen and a few newcomers


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who will round out our team. They push each other and help each other overcome obstacles that are in the way. “This is such a nice, down to earth group that we have in the gym. They all are excited that the season has started and they are ready to push their limits.” Willowbrook opened the 20192020 season at the Hilltopper Quad Meet hosted by Glenbard West. The Warriors took third at the varsity level with a score of 119.150. Willowbrook third as a team in all events: vault (32.400), bars (28.900), beam (28.800) and floor (29.050). Placek led the way for the Warriors. She won the vault competition and ended in fifth in the all-around scoring. At the junior-varsity level, Willowbrook was second at 107.100, punctuated by a 30.700 on vault and a 29.700 score on floor exercise. 362744



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Warriors come together quickly to start the season Boys team wins two of four games, takes second at tournament in St. Charles


The Willowbrook boys basketball team didn’t have much time to prepare for its season-opening games at St. Charles East’s Ron Johnson Thanksgiving Tournament. Several of the team’s top players were members of the football team’s playoff push into the IHSA Class 7A semifinals. The Willowbrook football team’s season ended on Nov. 23. Three days later, the boys basketball team played its season opener. The Warriors won two of four games at the eight-team tournament in St. Charles. Willowbrook went 2-1 in pool play and claimed first place in the Orange Pool. The Warriors faced a familiar foe—West Suburban Gold Conference rival Proviso East—in Saturday night’s championship game. The Pirates, who earned three narrow wins to win the Black Pool title, defeated Willowbrook 69-57 in the title contest. Willowbrook will begin its conference season with this Friday’s home game against Addison Trail. The football standouts who joined

the basketball team at the beginning of last week included seniors Everett Stubblefield and Sam Tumilty and junior Haven Pryor. Senior Deandre Holliday, another football standout, did not play in the tournament in St. Charles, but he should be available to play this week. The Warriors played three competitive games in pool play at St. Charles East. Willowbrook opened the event by rallying for a 57-55 victory over East Aurora on Nov. 26. One day later, the Warriors dropped a 75-65 decision to Plainfield East. On Nov. 29— the day after Thanksgiving—Willowbrook edged St. Joseph 56-51 to earn a berth in the championship game. “I like what I saw,” said Willowbrook coach Chris Perkins after the completion of the tournament. “I like our chances going forward. This was a great experience for us. We got some close-game situations. There was a lot of parity here.” While several other teams had a couple of weeks of practice to get ready for the basketball season, the full Willowbrook team had only a Nov. 25 shoot-around session to prepare for its season opener one day later. “We technically had one practice together as a team,” said Perkins. “For those guys to come in and play four games in five nights, and give ourselves an opportunity to win a cham-

pionship, I’m proud of them.” Willowbrook and East Aurora both went 2-1 in pool play, while St. Joseph and Plainfield East each went 1-2. The Warriors won the tiebreaker over East Aurora by prevailing in the head-tohead battle between the two teams. Proviso East won the Black Pool title with victories by margins of one, two and three points. The Pirates began the tournament by beating South Elgin 55-54. They then defeated Hampshire 62-60. Proviso East closed out pool play with an 82-79 win over the host school—St. Charles East. Proviso East enjoyed a fast start to the championship game, taking a 2210 lead over the Warriors by the end of the first quarter. The lead grew to 26-10 through the opening minute of the second quarter. The Warriors trimmed the Pirates’ lead to 36-25 by halftime. A baseline basket by Tumilty reduced the Pirates’ lead to 42-36 with four minutes left in the third quarter. The Pirates scored four points in the next 30 seconds to raise their lead to 46-36. Baskets from Tumilty and Stubblefield cut the margin to 46-40 with a little more than two minutes to play in the quarter. A free throw from Pryor sliced Proviso East’s advantage to 47-41 with 1:29 left in the period. The Pirates responded with a 5-0 run to take a 5241 lead. Proviso East’s lead stood at

54-44 at the end of the third quarter. The Pirates maintained a double-digit lead throughout the final period. Proviso East held a 67-51 cushion with three minutes to play. Willowbrook then scored six straight points to cut the deficit to 10 points. Willowbrook made only one of nine attempts from 3-point range. The Warriors connected on 20 of 35 freethrow attempts in the championship game. “We just had a lot of missed opportunities,” said Perkins after the title contest. “We really should have won tonight’s game. We had great looks. We won the turnover battle. We attempted more free throws.” Perkins noted that the Warriors will face Proviso East twice during the conference season. The teams will square off in Villa Park on Jan. 21. The Warriors and Pirates will play at Proviso East on Feb. 18. Stubblefield, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored 15 points in Saturday’s title game. Pryor added 13 points, while Tumilty scored 12 points. Sophomore Sean Paige added eight points and 15 rebounds. Stubblefield scored 25 points in the tournament opener against East Aurora. He poured in 22 of his 25 points during the second half. Paige added 12 points. The Warriors trailed the Tomcats 15-4 after one quarter and 27-

19 at halftime. East Aurora held a 40-35 lead after three quarters, but a 3-pointer from Stubblefield and two free throws from Pryor tied the game at 40-40. Stubblefield sank another 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 43-40 lead. East Aurora took a 53-52 lead with about one minute to play, but Stubblefield scored a few seconds later to give the Warriors a 54-53 advantage. A steal and basket by senior Brenton Jones pushed the lead to 56-53. Stubblefield turned in another 25-point output in the loss to Plainfield East. Paige and senior Mike Hay both contributed 12 points. Willowbrook held a 34-30 halftime lead, but the Bengals went on a 26-15 run during the third quarter to seize a 5649 lead. Stubblefield made seven of 12 shots from 3-point range and poured in 31 points in Friday’s win over St. Joseph. Tumilty added nine points. The Warriors held a 27-14 halftime lead. Their lead stood at 47-38 at the end of the third quarter. St. Joseph battled back in the fourth quarter and grabbed a 51-50 lead with about 30 seconds to play. Stubblefield made two free throws with 24.3 seconds to play to give Willowbrook a 52-51 lead. Senior Isaac Gaines and Stubblefield added two free throws each in the closing eight seconds.

Former Willowbrook boys hoops standout Masys making contributions at MIT Warriors girls basketball team 3-3 after first 6 games

quad. Vinny Suehiro, David Kapica, Wyatt Borri, John Peterson and Elijah Brockie each won all their matches.

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Girls basketball The Willowbrook girls basketball team came out of its first six games of the season with a 3-3 mark. After opening its season with a win over Glenbard North, the Warriors went 2-3 at their own six-team, round-robin Thanksgiving tournament. Willowbrook completed the event with last week’s losses to Lockport and Stevenson. Lockport beat the Warriors 56-50 on Nov. 25. Stevenson defeated Willowbrook 66-53 on Nov. 26. Junior Stephanie Dasbach scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Warriors in the loss to Lockport. Senior K’Aliyha Herron added 11 points. Junior Abbey Spada provided seven points. Herron poured in 23 points and snared nine rebounds in the loss to Stevenson. Dasbach contributed 11 points and nine rebounds. The Warriors trailed Stevenson 37-17 at halftime. Willowbrook outscored the Patriots in both the third and fourth quarters. Dasbach was named to the event’s all-tournament first team. Herron was selected to the all-tournament second team. Willowbrook jumps into West Suburban Conference Gold Division play this week with games against Proviso East, Addison Trail and Leyden. The Warriors host Addison Trail this Friday at 6 p.m. for a Pack the Gym night. Leyden comes to town Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. start. Chris Fox contributed to this report.


Former Willowbrook boys basketball standout Matas Masys is a freshman on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) men’s basketball team. Masys, who graduated from Willowbrook earlier this year, played in the team’s first seven contests and was averaging 6.4 points per game while playing an average of 25 minutes a night. In those first seven games, the Oakbrook Terrace native shot 15-for-37 from the field and was 12-for29 from the 3-point line (41.4 percent). He had 13 rebounds, nine assists and five steals in those first seven games. Masys, whose major at MIT is currently undecided, had 17 points in the team’s 95-49 win against Pine Manor College out of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He also had eight points in a victory against Lasell University out of Newton, Massachusetts.. Wrestling The Willowbrook wrestling team hosted its own quad on Saturday and went 2-1 against the likes of Chicago Noble/Gary Comer, IC Catholic Prep and Hinsdale Central. The Warriors were 62-16 winners over Chicago Noble and downed IC Catholic Prep 51-30. Willowbrook lost 41-27 to Hinsdale Central. Willowbrook had five wrestlers go 3-0 at the

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The Willowbrook girls basketball team won two of five games at its own sixteam, round-robin Thanksgiving tournament. The Warriors finished the event with two games last week. They lost 56-50 to Lockport on Nov. 25. One day later, Willowbrook dropped a 66-53 decision to Stevenson. The Warriors’ overall season record stood at 3-3 at the end of the tournament. Junior Stephanie Dasbach (No. 30-above left) of Willowbrook was named to the event’s all-tournament first team. Dasbach poured in 34 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in the Warriors’ third game of the tournament—a 64-46 win over Plainfield Central on Nov. 23. Senior K’Aliyha Herron (also pictured above right) was named to the all-tournament second team. Herron scored a team-leading 23 points in the Warriors’ loss to Stevenson. Dasbach and Herron are both pictured in the contest against Stevenson. Montini went 5-0 to win the tournament title. Stevenson went 4-1. Willowbrook begins West Suburban Gold Conference play with this week’s home games against Proviso East, Addison Trail and Leyden.

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Thanksgiving tournament action The Willowbrook boys basketball team began its season by playing four games in five days at St. Charles East’s eight-team Thanksgiving tournament. The Warriors won two of three games in pool play to advance to Saturday’s championship game against Proviso East. The Pirates defeated Willowbrook 69-57 in the title game. Senior Everett Stubblefield (No. 3-above left) scored 24 points per game in the tournament and was named to the all-tournament team. Junior Haven Pryor (No. 25-above middle) scored

13 points in Saturday’s game, while senior Sam Tumilty (No. 5-above right) added 12 points. All three players are members of Willowbrook’s football team, which completed its season with a loss to Mount Carmel in the IHSA Class 7A semifinals on Nov. 23. Three days later, Stubblefield, Pryor and Tumilty were on the court for first game of the basketball season.


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