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Voters not supportive of spending $105 million on six projects

9 at 7 p.m. at the District’s administra- 100th anniversary to celebrate 100 years,” said Rogers. plan for the south end of Wilder Park tive office at 375 W. First St. At that celebration planned “In addition to a number of celebra- and demolish the Lizzadro Museum Aside from the survey results, El- tory events planned throughout the building, and continue our conversatime, the Board will contine its review and discussion of the results and the mhurst Park District plans a big year year, we will be getting ready to open tions with the school district on the future of the six proposed projects. as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. the first new park in decades at the future of The Abbey.” “We continue to have a lot to look former Redeemer property, demolTo stay up-to-date on the status of All Park Board meetings are open to By Dee Longfellow the public. Residents are welcome to forward to as we move into the Park ish the 135 Palmer Drive building to Vision 2020, visit vision2020.epd. FOR THE ELMHURST INDEPENDENT District’s second century and prepare expand Glos Park, review a master org. At the Nov. 25 meeting of the El- attend to offer feedback. mhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners, the Board heard results of a voter survey conducted by aQity Research & Insights regarding the District’s Vision 2020 large-scale projects. The survey was designed to gauge voter support for funding the following capital projects: 1.) acquiring land and building an indoor sports facility; 2.) replacing the Wagner Community Center and Eldridge Park recreation buildings; 3.) building a dog park; 4.) creating a new adult center; 5.) designing a new parks maintenance facility; 6.) acquiring open space for new and expanded parks and improving maintenance at new and existing parks. The approximate capital cost of the six projects is $105 million. Based on the results of the survey, voters do not currently support the projects at that funding level, the Board learned. “For the past few years we’ve been listening to the community and working to figure out how to give them what they’ve been asking for, but last night we heard that they’re not willing to fund it at the level proposed,” said Executive Director Jim Rogers. “So SUBMITTED PHOTO Elmhurst Independent the next step is for the Park Board and staff to do a thorough examination of the survey results and work to refine The York JV Hockey Team were champions of the Stevenson Thanksgiving Hockey Tournament. They defeated Deerfield by a score the plans.” of 7-1; NW Chargers, 3-2; Glenbard, 5-0; DuPage Stars, 3-1; Rock County Raptors, 9-0; and Stevenson, 5-0. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held on Monday, Dec.

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

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 Jan. 19, 2017, following a sixday-long trial, a jury found Rainey guilty of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault with a Firearm, Home In-

vasion 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. Details of the crime On Jan. 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 to Rainey who was found to be already in police custody on unrelated charges. About the appeal In his appeal, Rainey challenged his sentence for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault with a Firearm claiming it was the result of an improper double enhancement because the Court considered the victim’s age 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 mitiga-

tion. 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, which statutorily subjects a defendant to an extended term. Regarding Rainey’s second argument, the Appellate Court held that the sentence “was not an abuse of discretion” because Rainey’s 100year sentence was still 20 years less than the maximum allowable under the law. Berlin praises decision Berlin thanked the Court for its indepth review of the case. “Last Friday, the Appellate Court 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 of his sentence.” Justice Bridges delivered the judgment of the Court with Justices Jorgensen and Hudson concurring.

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The Little Gym with a Big Heart How members rallied together to save FITT-RX

In early October, FITT RX owner Jen Knuth started calling her longtime clients to break the news that their beloved studio was closing its doors on Saturday, Dec. 7. “It was a very painful and difficult decision for me,” said Knuth. “FITT RX is more than a fitness studio - it has been a family. I was overwhelmingly devastated to be losing this amazing family that I cherish so much.” Founded in 2012, FITT RX was one of the first independent group fitness studios that opened in Elmhurst. Members enter through the alley off of Schiller and, when weather permits, can usually be spotted doing burpees outside the police station or lunging down First Street. In addition to supporting each other’s fitness goals, FITT members and staff have contributed to the Elmhurst community by raising funds for local charities and hometown schools. “We were heartbroken that FITT was closing,” said Dean Petrulakis. “The FITT family is tied together by culture, community and camara-

I am deeply humbled that the FITT family will continue to grow and share in friendships. I will forever cherish this little studio with its huge heart and the impact it has made on the community.” — Jen Knuth, owner FITT RX, now FITT 60126

derie -- there is a true sense of belonging and family. FITT is simply a place with a collective huge heart that you just can’t find at big fitness chains.” Indeed, members refer to the studio as the ‘Cheers’ of gyms – “where everybody knows your name.” FITT Trainer Bridget Draz elaborated. “We couldn’t imagine another place that could replicate our tightknit community,” she said. “We knew we had to find a way to keep FITT going.”

And that’s exactly what a group of members and trainers did. Longtime FITT member Corey Gunn explained. “In true FITT fashion, the idea took root as people hung out together after class looking for options,” Gunn said. “We found a way to pool our collective resources and talents and keep our gym running. It’s a unique and heartwarming resolution.” FITT manager and trainer Antonette Carfagnini agreed. “It is the amazing and generous spirit of this unique community that

saved our gym from closing,” she said. The studio will reopen on Monday, Dec. 9 as a not-for-profit entity managed by a small group of its members. In keeping with the communal spirit, clients voted to rename their club FITT 60126, representing its roots and commitment to the Elmhurst community. As part of the celebration and re-opening, all classes will be free from Dec. 9 through Dec 31 and all are invited to give FITT 60126 a try. FITT 60126 will continue its mission of welcoming and supporting men and women of all ages and fitness levels. Classes offer a mix of strength training and cardio and range from Spin Bootcamps to TRX to Circuit Intervals. All classes are taught by certified instructors, who ensure that each workout is safe and effective. “I am deeply humbled that the FITT family will continue to grow and share in friendships,” Knuth said. “I will forever cherish this little studio with its huge heart and the impact it has made on the community.”

Obituary Thomas Leo Quigley, 76 Brother of John R. Quigley Thomas Leo Quigley passed away on November 15, 2019, at the age of 76. He was born on August 31, 1943. Loving father of Lisa Datzman of Villa Park, Michelle (Keith) O’Halloren of Colorado and Nicole Quigley of Chicago’s north suburbs. Dear grandfather of Lindsay, John Cody,

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Corey, Carson & Sophie. He is survived by siblings Trudy Zakowski, Janet James and John R. Quigley. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Barbara, Edward and Patricia. Graveside service was held Thursday, Nov. 21 at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1400 S. Wolf Road, Hillside. Information provided by the family.

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The start of the 36th annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28. Thousands of runners and walkers participated to raise funds for the fight against hunger.



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Police beat

Nov. 21 Brian A. Stollings, 31, of Palatine, was issued citations for speeding and possession of drug paraphernalia subsequent to a traffic stop near North and Melrose at around 11:09 p.m.

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

Domestic battery, domestic incident, disorderly conduct Nov. 25 A reporting officer responded to Elmhurst Hospital at around 8:27 p.m. for the report of a domestic battery. Upon arrival, the officer learned that a juvenile suspect punched his brother in the head after a verbal argument. The suspect was taken into custody and later released pending charges.

DUI, illegal transportation of alcohol, open alcohol in public, consumption of alcohol by a minor, public intoxication Nov. 24 John C. Hadawi, 19, of Elmhurst, was issued a citation for consumption of alcohol by a minor in the 700 block of Hawthorne at around 2 a.m. Arthur H. Renier, 19, of Elmhurst, and David B. Hicks, 19, of Mercer Island, Wash., were issued citations for consumption of alcohol by a minor near Hawthorne and Crescent at around 2:19 a.m. Brenda Vargas, 27, of Chicago, was charged with DUI, driving the wrong way on a oneway street and no insurance subsequent to a traffic stop near York and Cayuga at around 1:26 a.m. Jonathan Robinson, 36, of Chicago, was charged with DUI, illegal transportation of alcohol, improper lane usage and failure to signal subsequent to a traffic stop near Route 83 and St. Charles at around 4:09 a.m. Sarah Vannoy, 35, of Villa Park, was charged with DUI, possession of cannabis and parking on the roadway subsequent to a report of a motorist asleep at the wheel near Van Buren and York at around 6:31 p.m. Nov. 23 An unnamed suspect was determined to be DUI and was transported to Loyola Medical Center due to injuries from a crash in the 400 block of W. Butterfield at around 4:26 a.m. Police said it was determined that the suspect was involved in a single-car crash after his vehicle left the roadway westbound on Roosevelt Road, drove through a fence and came to rest in a parking lot. Nov. 22 Karen M. Mondo, 61, of Westchester, was charged with DUI in the 900 block of Swain at around 9:33 p.m. Police said that subsequent to the report of a vehicle driving on a school playground, an officer observed Mondo walking away from a damaged vehicle. According to police, Mondo admitted to consuming alcohol, driving and being on the playground. Nov. 21 Henry J. Garcia, 32, of Northlake, was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident near North and Walnut at around 11:50 p.m.

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Possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a controlled substance Nov. 26 Alan Sanchez, 18, of Hodgkins, was issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia and disobeying a stop sign subsequent to a traffic stop near Adelia and Poplar at around 4:06 p.m. Corsica Taylor, 20, of Bensenville, was issued citations for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia, while Brandon Kass, 25, of Bensenville, was issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia and no seat belt subsequent to a traffic stop near North and Myrtle at around 12:46 a.m. Police said both were passengers in a vehicle whose driver was stopped for no seat belt. Cynthia Villagran, 20, of Melrose Park, was charged with possession of cannabis, driving while license suspended, failure to yield to a flashing red light, no seat belt and no insurance subsequent to a traffic stop near North and Melrose at around 11:36 p.m. Nov. 24 Chloe J. Exiner, 23, of Wheaton, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, driving while license suspended and expired registration in the 600 block of Berkley at around 12:05 a.m. Police said that subsequent to the report of a stolen vehicle, officers observed the vehicle was parked at the location from where it was stolen. Officers made contact with Exiner, whom police said related that she took the vehicle without permission and admitted she was in possession of heroin. Nov. 23 Rudy I. Martinez, 19, of Elgin, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and no front license plate, while Alexis Salazar-Garcia, 19, of Elgin, a passenger in the vehicle, was issued a citation for consumption of alcohol by a minor subsequent to at traffic stop near York and Industrial at around 12:01 a.m. Police said Martinez was found to be in possession of a clear plastic baggie and a rolled-up dollar bill each containing cocaine residue. Nov. 22 Jose M. Guzman, 35, of Wood Dale, was issued citations for possession of cannabis, tinted windows and no front license plate subsequent to a traffic stop near Lake and Route 83 at around 8:50 p.m. Latisha L. Perkins-Morris, 32, of Bellwood, was issue citations for possession of cannabis, driving while license suspended and tinted windows subsequent to a traffic stop near York and Lake at around 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 26 Police said officers responded to a gas station in the 600 block of W. North at around 2:01 a.m. for the report of a man sitting in his vehicle while pumping gas for 30 minutes. Upon arrival, police said the suspect was found to be unconscious and had a hypodermic needle injected in his hand. The suspect woke up, started his vehicle and fled south on Route 83 at a high rate of speed, refusing to stop for officers. Elmhurst units terminated following the vehicle. Further investigation is pending. Nov. 21 A complainant in the 100 block of Prospect told police at around 11:31 a.m. that her 10-year-old son and three other grade school students were in Wilder Park near the Sunbeams and Rainbows preschool. At that time, the children observed a suspect described as a darker skin colored white male, between 41 and 42 years old standing near the park building. The children observed what appeared to be a gun handle protruding from the suspect’s pants pocket. The children were picked up by a parent and left the area. The incident was not reported to a parent until the above date.

Theft/burglary/attempted theft or burglary/identity theft/fraud/forgery/ deceptive practice/ obstruction/robbery Nov. 26 Police said officers responded to a pharmacy in the 100 block of N. Robert Palmer at around 10:53 a.m. for the report of a retail theft. A complainant told police that an unknown suspect broke a locked shelf and removed merchandise. The suspect left the store with the unpaid merchandise and entered a white Ford Explorer, later found to be stolen out of Joliet. The unknown suspect then fled the area prior to officers’ arrival. Further investigation is pending. Theft was reported in the 100 block of W. Fellows at around 5:28 p.m. A complainant told police that she arrived and found the victim’s items out of place and a rear door left open. Upon further investigation, it was learned multiple items had been taken from the victim’s room. The victim states that the suspect had lived with him but recently moved out; however, she still had keys to access the apartment. This case is pending investigation. Nov. 24 Retail theft was reported at a pharmacy in the 100 block of W. North at around 2:20 p.m. Police said a reporting officer observed a suspected vehicle traveling southbound on York from Palmer. An attempt to stop the vehicle was made; however, the vehicle refused to stop. The suspect allegedly took 12 four-packs of Red Bull valued at $110.03. Nov. 23 Octavia C. Robinson, 29, of Maywood, was charged with retail theft, two counts of failure to properly secure a child in a child restraint, tinted windows and driving without tail lights at a store in the 300 block of S. Route 83 at around 8:56 p.m. Police said after an officer observed the suspect’s vehicle, they conducted a traffic stop and found that Robinson had a

valid warrant out of the Carpentersville Police Department. Robinson also was found to be in possession of the stolen merchandise, according to police. Retail theft was reported at a store in the 200 block of S. Route 83 at around 4:57 p.m. A complainant told police that two suspects placed numerous bottles of liquor into a shopping cart and exited the store with the unpaid merchandise. The suspect left in a tan older model Nissan last seen heading northbound on Route 83. One of the suspects was described as a white male between 50 and 50 years old, around 5-10, 200 pounds with stubble facial hair wearing a light blue and black knit cap, a faded blue jacket, dark pants and dark shoes. The second suspect was described as a black male between 40 and 49 years old, around 6-4, 240 pounds wearing a blue baseball cap with a red brim, a black jacket, black athletic pants with a white stripe on the bottom of each leg and pink/gray black gym shoes. Theft was reported in the 900 block of S. Riverside at around 5:51 p.m. A victim told police that she left her backpack unattended on the sink in the lobby restroom. When she returned to the sink area, the backpack was gone. Total loss of $70.

Nov. 21 Identity theft was reported in the 200 block of Adelia at around 3 p.m. A victim told police that an unknown suspect(s) opened two bank accounts using his personal information in an attempt to obtain a loan. The victim stated that he reported the incident to the bank and was advised the loans were denied. There was no dollar loss. Burglary to a vehicle was reported in the 300 block of W. Grand at around 3:31 p.m. A victim told police that an unknown suspect entered her locked vehicle and removed a Pioneer stereo/DVD system from the dashboard. Damage was located on the passenger side door. Identity theft was reported in the 1000 block of S. Riverside at around 5:05 p.m. A victim told police that an unknown suspect(s) used his credit card in the amount of $75 at a gas station in Michigan. The victim reported the fraudulent activity to his bank and cancelled the credit card. Attempted vehicle theft was reported at a car detail center in the 100 block of W. Diversey at around 5:05 p.m. A complainant told police that he observed three suspects described as black males—one wearing a black ski mask, a dark blue-hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans; the second wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and black pants; and the third wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt and dark blue jeans—enter the warehouse. The first suspect entered a parked white Jeep Cherokee and began to look for the vehicle’s keys, which was unsuccessful. The suspect fled in an unknown direction. An instance of three unknown suspects entering two unlocked vehicles was reported at a residence in the 300 block of Chandler at around 7:57 p.m. A victim told police that the suspects entered the two vehicles that were parked in the driveway. The victim observed papers from inside the glove box were removed and placed on the passenger seat; however, nothing was taken.

Nov. 20-Nov. 21 Two separate instances of unknown suspects entering a total of five vehicles that were unlocked were reported in the 100 block of Elm Tree Lane and the 300 block of Chandler between the above dates. No items were reported missing from the vehicle. Two unlocked vehicles were entered at a residence in the 100 block of Elm Tree Lane, and three unlocked

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(Continued from page 7) vehicles were entered at a residence in the 300 block of Chandler. Burglary to a vehicle was reported in the 100 block of Elm Tree Lane. A victim told police that an unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked vehicle and removed his brown leather wallet containing his Illinois driver’s license, $125 cash and insurance cards. Nov. 12 Identity theft was reported in the 700 block of Saylor at around 1:20 p.m. A victim told police that while reviewing her credit card statement, she noticed a fraudulent charge. The victim stated that she ordered a new card from her bank several months prior, but never received it in the mail. She believes the card may have been stolen from her mailbox or obtained through other means.


Frank J. Schulze, 84 Frank J. Schulze, age 84. Beloved husband of Rose Marie (nee Stanko) for 62 years. Loving father of Robin (Dave) Flando, Katrina Holmes, Mark (Debbie) Schulze, and the late Diana Julison. Devoted son of the late Edward and Elizabeth Schulze. Cherished grandfather of Stephanie, Tara, Allie, Kaitlyn, Kara, Megan, Molly, Michael, Elizabeth and Matthew. Great grandfather of Emersyn, Lyla, Monroe, Andrew and Jayde. Dear brother of Betty Zinni, the late Edward Schulze, and Dorothy Colletti. Frank will also be missed by his best bud Murphy and many dear friends from Courts Plus. Frank was very appreciative of his nurse Jennifer “Red.” He was a member of the Carpenter’s Union Local 1185. Memorial Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elmhurst.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR THE CITY OF ELMHURST, DUPAGE AND COOK COUNTIES, ILLINOIS I. A public hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy increase for the City of Elmhurst, DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois for 2019 will be held on December 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elmhurst City Hall, City Council Chambers, 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst, Illinois. Any person desiring to appear at the public hearing and present testimony to the taxing district may contact Amanda Melone, Deputy City Clerk, 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126; TX: (630) 530-3000. II. The corporate and special purpose property taxes extended or abated for 2018 were $18,181,864.19.

Thomas Ernest Tourlas, 89 Thomas Ernest Tourlas, passed away on Nov. 23, at the age of 89. He was the proud father of William (Erica) and loving grandfather to Alexandra, Ariana and Annika. Tom was a loving, long-time partner to Marlene Furman and a beloved godfather to Mary Zouras. He is also survived by his sister Mary Arnos. He was an IHSA wrestling champ, honorably served and wrestled in the US Navy, graduated from the University of Illinois, where he also wrestled NCAA. He taught PE for 39 years at The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, coached numerous sports, and served as athletic di-

rector. He was an avid tennis player and talented potter. He is preceded in death by his parents Pagona and William, siblings Beatrice Perkins, Nick and Jane Gagomiros. He will be missed by many friends and family. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 2, at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 2501 S. Wolf Rd., Westchester. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements provided by Ahlgrim Funeral Home, 567 S. Spring Rd, Elmhurst. Info: 630-8343515 or

52. Member, WSAD; loving mother of Jordan (Gary) Jessen, Dennis, Alexandra and Cody Sieber; proud grandmother of Shaun Hammerle and Mason Sieber; cherished daughter of Kay and Sally, nee Zuetel; dear sister of Timothy Hammerle. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road, Elmhurst. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chicago Hearing Society, 1444 W. Willow St., Chicago, IL 60642 or WSAD, P.O. Box 3712 Oak Brook IL 60522. Kris K. Hammerle, 52 Kris K. Hammerle, of Elmhurst, Info: call 630-832-0018 or visit gibpassed away recently at the age of

Business license renewal carries no fee through Dec. 9 By Dee Longfellow FOR THE ELMHURST INDEPENDENT

According to a release issued by the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ECCI), Elmhurst businesses that received the City of Elmhurst’s annual business license renewal and registration application

letter without a renewal/application form enclosed need only call the City Clerk’s office at 630-530-3015 to either renewal or apply by phone. There is no fee is renewal/application is completed on or before Monday, Dec. 9. After that time, the fee is $25.

After Dec. 31, 2019, the license is considered late and additional fees will apply. This information was provided in a letter from Deputy Clerk Amanda Melone at the City of Elmhurst. For more information, call 630530-3000 or visit

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 February and March of 2020. No appointments are required to audition. About the play… “Speakeasy or Die Hard 2” is set 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-Davidoff. There are parts for 9 men and 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 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 630-4642646 or visit The dinner production is a popular event and some performances sell out early.

The proposed corporate and special purpose property taxes to be levied for 2019 are $19,246,349.00. This represents a 5.85% increase over the previous year. III. The property taxes extended for debt service and public building commission leases for 2018 were $0.00. The estimated property taxes to be levied for debt service and public building commission leases for 2019 are $0.00. This represents a 0.00% increase over the previous year. IV. The total property taxes extended or abated for 2018 were $18,181,864.19. The estimated total property taxes to be levied for 2019 are $19,246,349.00. This represents a 5.85% increase over the previous year. Amanda Melone Deputy City Clerk (Published in The Elmhurst Independent Dec. 5, 2019) 362589

Visitation hosts Toy Drive

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Visitation’s Student Council, pictured here along with their teacher advisors, organized a Toy Drive to support children who are currently staying at Loyola Hospital. Families were asked to bring in new, unwrapped toys and their generosity and support was outstanding. Visitation families brought in more than 260 new toys that will help to spread some Christmas joy.

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Slices of life

Gratitude train

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 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 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.

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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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Bethel UCC announces holiday events

Draws more than 7,000 participants to downtown Elmhurst

By Dee Longfellow

Tuesday, Dec. 24. At 4 p.m., the Christmas Eve family service takes place, and the traditional Christmas Eve service begins at 10 p.m. Both of these services will include traditional carols, reading of the Christmas story, and candlelight. The family-oriented service at 4 p.m. is planned for all ages, filled with familiar and well-loved songs and stories. At the 10 p.m. Service of Lessons and Carols, the Bethel adult voice choir will sing traditional and contemporary pieces. Both services will end with the traditional singing of “Silent Night” by candlelight. Bethel United Church of Christ is located at 315 E. St. Charles Rd. in Elmhurst. Church facilities are fully accessible, and parking is available behind the church. Please enter from St. Charles Rd. or Huntington Lane off Poplar. Call the church office at 630-279-4040 for more information.

On a chilly Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 28, there were 7,012 Turkey Trotters filling the streets of Elmhurst to benefit the needy in DuPage County, according to race founder and organizer Dan Gibbons. At this year’s 36th annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot, the “Men of Spirito” performed their spectacular anthem medley; Jim Cornelison sang his well-known rendition of the National Anthem; and Mayor Steve Morley welcomed everyone to Elmhurst, just prior to the kick-off of the race. Honored guests included three veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces: Richard Rentner, Sergeant, U.S. Army, World War II Ammunitions, Japan; Patrick Windsor, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Vietnam, Military Intelligence; and Bill Brown, U.S. Coast Guard, and family patriarch who named the DGTT mascot Oglethorpe in 1992. As the gun sounded, Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World,” a tradition, boomed over the crowd. At the same time, the Lima Lima Flight Team began their aerobatics, entering from the east with smoke and lights—the fanfare that has become a tradition for the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot. Race officials reported the top three finishers were: Male 1.) Chris May, Elmhurst, time 15:40; 2.) Brendan Christian, Sunnyvalle, Ill., time 16:41; and

Female 1.) Marin Lindberg, Elmhurst, time 18:51; 2.) Melissa Javest, West Lafayette, Ind., time 19:32; and 3.) Ashley Tucker, Villa Park, time 19:42. Of the 7,012 participants, 775 cities outside of Elmhurst and 30 states, including the District of Columbia, were represented at the fun run, according to Gibbons. “On a day that many have so much to be thankful for, there are families and individuals struggling for their next meal,” he said. “Many are one paycheck away from needing help. It’s why we do what we do. “Our organization receives great support from the City, the community and more than 200 volunteers on race day, not to mention the support throughout the year.” The main beneficiaries of this year’s Turkey Trot are United Community Concerns Association, People’s Resource Center, Catholic Charities-DuPage County, West Suburban Community Pantry, Loaves and Fishes Community Services and DuPage PADS. Other local beneficiaries include Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network, Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry, IC Food Pantry and York Township Food Pantry. Gibbons also stated that plans for the 37th annual Turkey Trot will begin as soon as January. Net proceeds will be announced at a later date when finalized.

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Bethel United Church of Christ invites everyone to attend its special programs and worship services during Advent. On Sunday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m., Bethel welcomes the Austin Neighborhood Choir of the renowned Chicago Children’s Choir for a morning of worship and celebration. The children of Bethel will present the Christmas story as part of the service. The following Sunday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m., Bethel offers its annual Christmas Music Sunday, when the adult voice and handbell choirs, along with soloists, will present “Christmas Around the World,” featuring both traditional and contemporary music. This worship service of beautiful Advent and Christmas songs is a highlight of the season at Bethel. Led by its Senior Minister Rev. Gretchen Sylvester, Bethel will hold two worship services on

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Join us for a fun evening to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior!

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Jim Cornelison (left) stands next to Dan Gibbons as he performs the National Anthem before the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

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Men of Spirito! perform

The Men of Spirito singers entertained Turkey Trot-ters with a medley of patriotic songs, including “America the Beautiful.” It was a suitable kick-off to the 36th annual event.

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Families in Elmhurst have turned the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot into an annual tradition along with stuff-ing and football! It’s the best way to walk off those calories before a big dinner.

Community calendar Pick of the Week – The Elmhurst event NOT to be missed! Friday, Dec. 6 Reindeer Route Housewalk

The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (EMH) Foundation will host its 43rd Annual Reindeer Route Housewalk, with two sessions – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m. It will feature five Elmhurst homes decorated for the holidays by local florists. Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased through 3 p.m. on Dec. 5 at or at Bread & Butter Home, Phillip’s Flowers, Carousel Flowers, The Uptown Shop, The Wild Rose Floral & Gift Shop at Elmhurst Hospital. On the day of the Housewalk, tickets will be available for $40 at Guaranteed Rate, 115 W. Adelaide St. in Elmhurst from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the featured homes on the day of the event. Info: or call (331) 221-0388. Friday, Dec. 6 • At 4 p.m. and at 7 p.m., Elmhurst College will present the annual Festival of Lessons & Carols at Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus. Includes nine Scriptural readings that tell the story of the birth of the Messiah, interspersed with choral music. Free and open to the public Info: (630) 6175186 or • From 4-9 p.m., the Jingle & Mingle Marketplace will take place at the McCormick House at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Features designer goods from local artisans. Tickets: $15 each. Info: 630-834-0202 or • At 6:30 p.m., the Elmhurst History Museum celebrates the sixth annual Jolly Old St. Nicholas Concert at the Yorkfield Presbyterian Church, located at 1099 S. York. Kids invited to wear pajamas. Admission is free, and no reservations are needed. Participants urged to bring cash donations for the Yorkfield Food Pantry. Doors open at 6 p.m. Info: or 630833-1457. Saturday, Dec. 7 • At 9:30 a.m., York Theatre will

Sunday, Dec. 8 From 1 – 3 p.m., the public is invited to a McCormick House “Open House” Tour with Mary (Sladek) Dreiser, a former resident of the home. See Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House fully furnished for the first time in the museum’s history. Free with Museum admission. Saturday, Dec. 14 • At 9:30 a.m., York Theatre will present a free holiday movie “The Polar Express.” Doors open at 9 a.m. and there will be free conductor hats for all the kids, while supplies last. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., head across the street to City Centre Fountain Plaza, where Santa will appear. • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Spring Road will host its Sleigh Rides & Ice Sculptures event. There will be old-fashioned sleigh rides (or wagon rides, in the event of no snow), as well as hot chocolate and cookies. Santa will also be on hand at the Gazebo. Info: • From 1-4 p.m., join Family Holiday celebration at the McCormick House at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, hands-on activities. Santa will visit beginning at 2 p.m. Free with museum admission. Kids are always free.

VIPs oversee the starting line

Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley, State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (47th), Blackhawks hockey singer Jim Cor-nelison join Dan Gibbons, founder of the Turkey Trot Dan Gibbons, as he addressed the crowd before the 5k race on Thursday, Nov. 28.

present a free holiday showing of the movie “Elf” (rated PG), starring Will Fer-rell. Doors open at 9 a.m. and there will be free Elf hats for all the kids, while supplies last. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., head across the street to City Centre Fountain Plaza, where Santa will appear. • From 3-4:30 p.m., Jingle Fest will be held at Courts Plus. Enjoy games, dancing, snacks and a visit from Santa. Create holiday ornaments and other craft projects. Admis-sion is $8 Courts Plus mem-bers/$15 non-members. Visit to register or call (630) Sunday, Dec. 15 993-8902. At 3 p.m. in Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus of Elmhurst Saturday, Dec. 7 College, the Elmhurst Choral Union and Orchestra present “The Music Sunday, Dec. 8 On Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 8 at of Christmas.” Features Vivaldi’s 3 p.m., Spirito Singers will hold it Gloria, a jazz-influenced mix of carWinter Concert, Balulalow ~ Cradle ols, music from the movie “Home Lullabies at Elmhurst Christian Re- Alone,” and a carol sing-along. A formed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Rd. pre-concert lecture by composer Dain Elmhurst. The concert will feature vid DeVasto begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for the high school Bravura Ensemble, the 5th-8th grade Ragazze Ensemble and seniors and $10 for youth ages 7-22. Father James Corona (left) and Father Tom Paul, pas-tor, from Ima performance by the Men of Spirito! Tickets are available from elmhurstFor tickets, visit, 800-838-3006, or at maculate Conception Church came out to offer blessings on the Dan the door. Gibbons Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. winter-concerts.

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Programs coming to Elmhurst Public Library Friday, Dec. 6 from 2-4:30 p.m. Holiday Features: The Family Stone Enjoy an afternoon at the movies. No registration required.

Saturday, Dec. 7 and Monday, Dec. 9 from 9:30-9:50 a.m. Chicka Chicka Baby Drop-in Twenty minutes of songs and rhymes perfect for infants. Make visiting the library a regular part of your baby’s week. No registration required. Monday, Dec. 9 from 10 -11 a.m. Senior Technology Series: Downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks Learn about ebooks and audiobooks available for downloading to mobile devices. This class covers the services available with your Elmhurst Public Library card. Registration required. Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 12-2 p.m. In Stitches Needleworkers Knitters, crocheters, and needleworkers of all skill levels: Bring a project on which to work, share knowledge with others, and have fun! No registration required. Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 6:30-9 p.m. The Shakespeare Project of Chicago Presents: Christmas Comes But Once a Year Current day: A trio of squabbling academics attempt to unlock an ancient puzzle box containing the script for a long-lost holiday extravaganza penned by a quartet of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Past and present collide messily in this rollicking world-premiere original holiday comedy, written by longtime Shakespeare Project sound designer George Zahora. Directed by Peter Garino. The performance is preceded by a program of holiday music performed by award-winning vocalist Danni Smith, accompanied by Martin Monahan. Registration required. Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. American Mah Jongg: Open Play Gather every Wednesday for American Mah Jongg, a game of skill, strategy, calculation and a certain amount of chance and luck. Mah Jongg originated in China about 2,000 years ago. Come and play with others who enjoy this competitive game. No registration required. Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Forms of Business Organization: Legal and Financial Considerations This workshop reviews the various forms of business organizations and their characteristics with an eye toward analyzing different types of business structures. The entrepreneur’s goals determine what type of business classification will work for them. Financial and tax considerations of each type of business are discussed. Registration required. Friday, Dec. 13 from 2-4:30 p.m. Holiday Features: The Man Who Invented Christmas Enjoy an afternoon at the movies. No registration required. Info: (630) 279-8696 or

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Like their parties in Washington, Illinois congressional delegation split on impeachment By Peter Hancock CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS

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

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 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.

Model Rail Road Club plans open house

The Elmhurst Model Rail Road Club has announced its upcoming Open House events at the Club’s location at 111 First Street (first building, west of the police station). Families and kids of all ages are invited to visit the Club on Friday evenings from 7-10 p.m. and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. When they visit, kids ages 12 and younger will receive tickets to a free drawing to win a train set. The set is a Bachmann® Canyon Chief H.O. scale electric train set, complete and ready to run. It includes an F7 diesel locomotive with operating headlight, three detailed freight cars, 36” circle of snap-fit track and other accessories. Railroading enthusiasts who are not members of a club are encouraged to visit and see what is available at the Elmhurst club. The Open House is a great way to interest children in the joy of model railroading, which can be a hobby for the whole family. The drawing for the train set will take place before Christmas Day.

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EAG Winter Members Show features local talent 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, Dec. 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 Peterson 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 in collage because “there are few rules, and a lot of fun to be had.” The exhibition can be viewed during regular Elmhurst Art Museum hours. While admission to the EAG Gallery

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Above: 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

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Gallery inside the Elmhurst Art Museum. Above right: 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.

Pictured at left is a pencil portrait created by EAG member Charlene Lee-Freislinger of her granddaughter titled, “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.

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Area museums recall Kiddie Kingdom, Castle of Toys By Jane Charmelo CORRESPONDENT

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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 Nicholas Dispensa, founder of the carnival business that led to the toy store’s existence, had heard about the soldiers, and stopped by to check them out.

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. 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

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Elmhurst native May preparing for Olympic Trials Former York cross country runner heads to Atlanta in February with shot at Tokyo at stake


Most athletes never get close to the phrase “a shot to go to the Olympics.” For Elmhurst native and York graduate Chris May, that’s exactly what is happening. May, who ran collegiately at Division II Grand Valley State in Allendale Michigan, will head to Atlanta on the last Saturday in February to compete in the Olympic Trials for marathon. May qualified for the trials after running 2:18.32 at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon earlier this fall in the 25-29 age division. It was his debut in the 26.2-mile race (his first time running a marathon as well). He took 41st place overall (40th male runner to cross the line) and was the sixth athlete from Illinois to cross the finish line. May noted an Olympic Trials spot was available to those who ran faster than 2:19 in the marathon or 64 minutes for the half-marathon. “Alan Peterson (former Grand Valley State runner and a coach at Loyola-Chicago now) was someone I looked up to as a mentor. He was a senior my first year of college,” May explained. “He talked about achieving that goal (Peterson did indeed run in the 2016 Olympic Trials). It sounds crazy when you tell someone that’s the goal. It never entered my mind until Alan did it.” May’s eyes were opened when he ran in the Garry Bjorklund half marathon in Duluth, Minnesota where he hit 64:49. Remember, 64 or under is the trials ticker-puncher. “You have to believe in something to achieve it,” he said. “Up to that Duluth race, I didn’t believe in myself. I didn’t believe I was someone who was capable of performing at that level. The Duluth race kind of told me that the goal was achievable.” May has been getting after it on the training circuit since summer. “Since late July I’ve put in 100-120 miles a week. I’m still in school working on my doctorate in physical therapy. I’m training a lot and working four

10-hour days. Before the marathon, it was an hour commute to work (May did his clinicals at a location in a small town that was 50 miles one way from his residence), so that’s really four 12-hour days. I leave at 6 a.m. and do my clinicals. I get home at 7 p.m., and run for two hours, and then come home and eat dinner and go to sleep. When I was getting back into it at first, I was at 70 miles and then working my way slowly back up to 120. I’ve added in workouts. I’m doing all the little things necessary.” May, a Grand Rapids, Michigan resident who now does clinicals much closer to home since the Chicago Marathon, said he’s all-in on this quest, despite the hectic schedule. “You have to go after it and commit wholeheartedly,” he said. “You have to commit to make that dream come true. I didn’t want to leave myself asking if I could have done more in the aftermath. I wanted to give myself a shot and give it everything I have.” May is scheduled to get his doctorate in July and should get his license to practice physical therapy in August. “It’s been a long road,” May said of his studies. “I’m definitely looking forward to getting out there and getting the chance to practice physical therapy. This journey has been a very rewarding experience. I’m able to help people return to their prior level of function and getting back to doing regular things in their life.” May, whose brother, Jon, and younger sister, Sarah, both ran cross country and track at York, is a former Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standout in both sports. He earned seven All-American awards, including a third-place finish in the 10,000-meter distance at the 2018 national championships. May was a two-time recipient of the GLIAC Commissioner’s Award, as well as the 2017 track and field GVSU team MVP honor. He won the 2018 GVSU athletic department Senior Legacy Award given to a graduating athlete who made the greatest

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Four 3-pointers!

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Junior Sophia Schoonveld (No. 20) of the York girls basketball team made four shots from 3-point range to help the Dukes beat Glenbard East 46-22 on Saturday in Elmhurst. Schoonveld is pictured after launching her fourth successful 3-point attempt of the game. Schoonveld’s long-range shots provided 12 points in the win, which raised York’s season record to 5-0. Junior Kaitlyn Kjome scored a team-leading 14 points. Senior Sara Krissinger added 10 points.

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IC Catholic Prep boys basketball wins Coal City tournament York boys basketball team reaches Palatine final


The IC Catholic Prep boys basketball team came out of the Thanksgiving break a big winner. The Knights headed down to the Coaler Invite hosted by Coal City and won the tournament with a perfect 4-0 mark. IC Catholic Prep defeated Morris 57-51 in the final held at Coal City. Morris led the game 13-10 after the first quarter, but the Knights turned the tables quickly with a 21-5 run in the second quarter to go up 31-18 at halftime. Morris came back to cut the lead to 42-37 after three quarters. Chauncey Lee led the Knights with 17 points. Dom Gaudio added 12 points, while Zach Jordan finished with 11 points. Michael Hilgart had seven points and Johnny Falduto had six points.

IC Catholic Prep hit seven 3-pointers in the game with Lee and Jordan each making three. IC Catholic Prep opened the tournament with a 55-45 win against Beecher in a game played at Manteno High School. Again, IC Catholic Prep trailed out of the gates, 11-8 after the first quarter, but came back to take a 19-18 lead at intermission. Beecher led 38-36 heading into the fourth quarter before the Knights went on a 19-7 run to close things out. Jordan and Gaudio each had 12 points. Falduto and Lee each finished with 11 points. Danny Cronin had five points. Jordan hit two 3-pointers in the game. The Knights were 59-53 winners over site host Manteno in their second game. IC led 14-12 after the first quarter and 36-28 at halftime. Jordan led the Knights with 19 points, while Gaudio added 13 points. Rashad Sbeih had 10 points and Danny Roberto finished with eight points. Jordan hit two 3-point-

ers in the game. IC Catholic Prep reached the title game after a 64-52 win over Peotone. Peotone led 13-12 after the first quarter, but IC Catholic Prep scored 20 points in the second quarter to take a 32-27 lead into halftime. The Knights used an 18-11 run in the third quarter to pull away. Jordan led the way with 20 points. Falduto finished with 14 points and shot 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. Lee added 10 points, while Sbeih had eight points and Gaudio had seven points. Jordan made three 3-pointers.

York boys basketball The York boys basketball team reached the title game of the Palatine Thanksgiving tournament, finishing with a 3-1 mark. The Dukes lost 52-39 to Stevenson in the championship game. York defeated Cary-Grove to reach the title game. Nate Shockey led the way with 22 points. Jake Brandolino had 10, while Jeff Grace finished with seven points. In a 47-45 win over Maine West in the second game of the tournament, Shockey had 22 points, while Grace

finished with nine points. York opened the season with a 41-40 win over Hersey at Palatine. Shockey had 19 points. Nick Hesch added eight, while Brandolino had six points. “What a great start to our season,” said York coach Vince Doran. “We played four very tough opponents and were able to come out 3-1. It was a really valuable experience to work end-of-game situations this early in our season. This tough schedule can only help us to become more competitive down the road.”

Timothy Christian boys basketball team reaches Fenton title game Trojans off to hot start against steady diet of Class 4A schools By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT

The Timothy Christian boys basketball team opened its season by taking on a new challenge. And it passed said challenge with flying colors. The Trojans reached the title game of the Fenton Thanksgiving tournament in Bensenville, losing to Rolling Meadows 70-48 in the finale. Rolling Meadows was one of four Class 4A teams the Trojans played in the tournament. Timothy is a Class 2A school. In addition to playing Rolling Meadows, a Mid-Suburban League squad, the Trojans defeated Palatine Fremd (49-38), a fellow MSL entrant, Wheaton-Warrenville South (46-43) and West Chicago (57-46). “We have been playing some pretty good basketball,” Trojans coach Scott Plaisier said. “With Fremd and

Wheaton-Warrenville South, those are two pretty storied schools that win a lot of games and have great coaches. West Chicago has had some pretty good success of late as well. We’re happy with the boys and how resilient they are and how well they have played defensively. We also had guys step up and hit big shots, which is good to see.” Plaisier saw plenty of good on the defensive end. “Defensively we have been able to rebound the ball well,” he said. “We have been able to play good, long possessions defensively and we have been able to force a few turnovers with our zone as well, which has kind of sparked a little offense for us.” Plaisier lauded the offensive prowess of both Matt Owens and Josh Harris in the Fenton tournament. “Matt Owens has been playing pretty high-level basketball and Josh Harris has been consistent as well,” the coach noted. “Those are a couple of guys who have been scoring for us, and that’s good to see.” Plaisier said the fact Timothy

played four Class 4A schools out of the gates is part of the grand plan. “We welcome the challenge. It’s kind of why we went to Fenton—to play high-level competition,” he explained. “We want to put ourselves in a position to compete every night whether that’s in our league, in games like this in a tournament and into the postseason. If you go out and compete as hard as you can and play good, quality basketball, you hope you can be in these types of games. It comes down to making plays and having balls bounce in your direction. We’re always excited to play against high-quality basketball teams.” While Plaisier noted Harris and Owens have been the team’s two most consistent scorers, he said the Trojans have been getting plenty of help elsewhere. “We have seen some really good minutes from Ben VanderWal, our sophomore. He’s played very well. We also are getting quality minutes from Jack Baldridge who has been able to knock in some shots, and that’s good for us when he does that. AJ Vos played very well in our first two games as well.”

Timothy Christian girls basketball team kicks off season at Hinsdale tournament SUBMITTED PHOTO Elmhurst Independent

Former York cross country runner Chris May will head to Atlanta in February to get ready for the Olympic Trials.

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impact on a sports program during their tenure. He was a volunteer assistant coach for the men’s and women’s cross country national-championship teams in 2019. But for May, all his running success traces back to the late Joe Newton’s vaunted York programs. “Joe was a huge inspiration for me,” said May, who also referees soccer in the local Grand Rapids area. “Joe set me on a path to running. Him and my parents were huge inspirations early-on. He kept us all driven every day as part of the Long Green Line. I cherish those years.” May was an alternate on the 2010 York team that won the state title and was a member of the 2012 champi-

onship team. His brother, Jon, went on to run at Bradley University in Peoria, while sister, Sarah, is a current runner at Grand Valley State. “Each of us had a unique experience at York,” he said. “We all had good experiences running at York, for sure.” Looking ahead to February, May plans to go into Atlanta with an open mind. “I’m going there to compete,” he said. “The chances of me qualifying for the Olympics are pretty slim. I’m going down there do my absolute best and leave nothing on the table. I plan on enjoying the experience and make the most out of it. I have absolutely nothing to lose.”

Schuringa scores 26 points in win against Hinsdale South


The Timothy Christian girls basketball team kicked off its season in the Brenda Whitesell tournament hosted by Hinsdale South and Hinsdale Central. The Trojans went 1-3 in the event, beating Hinsdale South and losing to Stagg, Chicago Jones and Hinsdale Central. Timothy opened the tournament with a 72-41 loss to Stagg out of Palos Heights. Stagg led 18-13 after the first quarter and 41-19 at halftime. Hannah Schuringa led the Trojans with 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting. Sureya Alex added eight points, while Greta Hoogstra finished with seven points. Timothy shot 53 percent from the field. Hoogstra had six rebounds, while Schuringa had five rebounds and two steals.

In a 56-43 win over Hinsdale South, Timothy led out of the gates 20-10 after one and 30-27 at halftime. The Trojans outscored Hinsdale South 17-6 in the third quarter for added breathing room. Schuringa was key for the Trojans scoring 26 points on 11 of 15 shooting. Alex had eight points, while Maddie Drye and Christina Swiech each had six points. Timothy shot 48 percent from the field and made 13 of 18 free throws. Hoogstra had five rebounds. Alex had four assists, while Drye and Schuringa each had two steals. In a 67-52 loss to Jones, the Chicago-based squad broke a 17-17 first-quarter deadlock by outscoring Timothy 13-6 in the second quarter and 14-11 in the third quarter. Alex led the Trojans with 17 points, while freshman Grace Roland and Schuringa each had 11 points. Hoogstra had seven points. Alex shot 6-for-8 from the field. Timothy shot 42 percent as a team. Alex also made four 3-pointers in six attempts. Timo-

thy hit six 3s in the game, but shot 8 of 18 from the foul line. Roland had eight rebounds, while Schuringa had five. Roland added three assists and Schuringa had two steals. Timothy committed 22 turnovers. In a 48-45 loss to Hinsdale Central to close out the tournament, Timothy led 14-12 after the first quarter and 25-20 at halftime. The Red Devils outscored Timothy 14-11 in the third and 14-9 in the fourth. Schuringa and Hoogstra each had 12 points, while Roland had eight points. Timothy shot 50 percent from the field and hit 6 of 9 free-throw attempts. Roland added nine rebounds, while Schuringa had six. The Trojans return to action Tuesday in Palos Heights against Chicago Christian to open conference play. The Trojans host Elmwood Park Friday in another conference game before hosting longtime rival Illiana Christian in a non-conference game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

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Positive signs for IC Catholic Prep girls basketball team Knights wrap up tournament play with win against Evergreen Park


For an opening body of work, IC Catholic Prep girls basketball coach Todd Fisher was pleased. The Knights went 3-1 in their own Thanksgiving tournament and finished fifth based on a poolplay logjam tiebreaker. The team stands at 3-2 overall heading into December. IC Catholic Prep finished pool play with a 2-1 record, but so did two other teams in its pool. On tiebreakers, Chicago Resurrection finished first, Lemont second and the Knights third. That put the Knights in a fifth-place game against Evergreen Park, which they won 40-30. “If you look at the first five games we played, against Lisle we were up at halftime, up by I believe three going into the fourth and then we couldn’t hold the lead,” Fisher said. “Against Res, we led the entire game. Bremen we basically led the entire game and we didn’t knock down shots against Lemont and that hurt us. And after Evergreen Park, we are pleased with what the girls have done and where we are at right now.” Fisher, in his first year at the helm at IC Catholic Prep, said a learning curve out of the gates was to be expected. “We knew that going into the season and we see it,” he said. “They are doing a lot of good things right now. We talk about the good things we do and the things we need to work on. The last two games against Lemont and Evergreen Park, our emphasis was that we need to rebound better. The first three games we rebounded pretty well, the last few games that was one aspect of the game that can get better. Overall, we’d like to be 4-1 and all that, but the girls are working hard and they are doing a lot of good things on the court.” One area Fisher pointed to as a bright spot is the team’s execution of its press defense. “Defensively, the press has been good the last four games,” he noted. “We pressed a lot of the tournament. Against Evergreen Park we forced 36 turnovers. We forced a lot of turnovers against Bremen and Res. Defensively it’s a work in progress

and our offense, too. We are trying new things. We are trying to find offenses that fit our style the best. Defensively, we are forcing those turnovers and are doing a great job with that. But one thing we talked about, we scored only 40 points against Evergreen Park and forced 36 turnovers. We need to capitalize on the turnovers, especially where we can get those easy buckets.” Fisher also likes the fact he is seeing contributions throughout his roster. “If you look at the box score, Claire Wagner and Alia Johnson are leading us in scoring. They have been significant scorers,” he said. “But it seems like every game there are a couple of kids where you go, ‘Wow. She’s doing well.’ Becca Cash had a couple of nice games at the beginning. Annie Guinan is coming back at point guard after hurting her knee is soccer. She’s back and having her back helps. Gia Gaudio has been playing well. Statistically, Claire and Alia are the leading scorers, but there are many other kids helping us. Hannah Johnson is out there. She’s like a spark and a firecracker. A lot of kids are doing a lot of good things.” IC Catholic Prep opened Metro Suburban Conference Blue Division play earlier this week against Elgin St. Edward. “We just got done playing three games, back-to-back-to-back,” Fisher said. “They were long days and we had late games on two of those games. These are building blocks, absolutely. We will go back and look at these games and watch film and see what we need to work on. These are building blocks to what we hope will be a lot of good things to come for this group.” In the win against Evergreen Park to close out the tournament, IC Catholic Prep led 14-5 after the first quarter, 26-19 at halftime and 31-23 heading into the fourth. Alia Johnson led the Knights with 12 points and shot 5-for-6 from the foul line. Wagner had eight points and was 4-for-4 from the line. Guinan had two 3-pointers for six points. In a 44-37 loss to Lemont, Lemont led 1110 after the first quarter, 19-15 at halftime and watched IC Catholic Prep come back to tie the game at 26-26 heading into the fourth. Lemont then went on an 18-11 run in the fourth. Wagner led the way with 14 points, while Alia Johnson had seven points, Gaudio hit 6 of 8 free throws for six points and Hannah Johnson sank two 3-pointers for her six points.

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The IC Catholic Prep girls basketball team won three of four games in its own eight-team Thanksgiving tournament. The Knights opened the event with wins over Resurrection and Bremen. IC Catholic Prep completed play in its pool with an overtime loss to Lemont. The Knights, Resurrection and Lemont all went 2-1 in Pool A. IC Catholic Prep wound up third in its pool by virtue of a tiebreaker. The Knights faced Evergreen Park (the third-place team in Pool B) in the crossover game on Nov. 27. IC Catholic Prep defeated Evergreen Park 40-30. The win gave the Knights an overall season record of 3-2. Junior Alia Johnson (No. 20) of IC Catholic Prep scored a team-leading 12 points against the Mustangs.

York girls basketball team off to hot 5-0 start Dukes win own Thanksgiving tournament for the first time; Krissinger all-tournament


The numbers don’t lie, and defense tends to win games. That pair of axioms has held true for the York girls basketball team, which is off to a hot 5-0 start after winning its own Thanksgiving tournament for the first time and then following that up with a 46-22 non-conference win against Glenbard East. “We picked up the pressure with some full-court traps,” York coach Brandon Collings said of the team’s performance in the tournament. Collings noted in the first four games, York averaged about 15 assists and committed 13 turnovers (anything close to or above the 1.0 ratio is considered good). On the flipside, York’s first four foes averaged only six assists, but committed on averaged about 22 turnovers a game. “We were getting some easy buckets off our press,” said Collings. “It’s something

we realized we could this year even more than years past.” Collings lauded the defensive play of junior Amaya Rufus. “A big part of that is Amaya Rufus, who is a junior for us,” he said. “She’s an incredible athlete. She’s probably the best athlete on the floor in most games we will play this year, and she is the best on-ball defender I have ever coached. She’s definitely one of the best in the area for that, for sure. Amaya allows us to play at a different speed.” Offensively, Collings explained York simply took what other teams gave them in the tournament. “Three of the four teams played zone and we shot the ball well,” he said. And scoring has been a community effort to start for the Dukes. Sara Krissinger averaged 14 points in the tournament, while Kaitlyn Kjome was at 10 points. Sydney Fuglsang and Carley Schwartz were at nine points, while Rufus and Sydney Molis were at six each. Schwartz averaged three 3-pointers a game in the tournament, Collings pointed out. “We have balanced scoring,” he said. “We returned our top eight from last

year and one of them is still injured (Megan Juneman who is expected back by Christmas). So our top seven are back playing and then Amaya is starting for us. The last half of last year we started two sophomores and three juniors and had a sophomore and two juniors coming off the bench. We had a lot of seniors injured last year so we had a chance to get a lot of the underclassmen good minutes last year.” Krissinger, who had 22 points in the championship game against Conant, was named to the all-tournament team. Kjome added 17 points in the title game, drawing further praise from Collings, who also lauded Fuglsang’s play. “Sydney is taking care of the ball and scoring defensively. She’s doing a great job,” the coach said. York opened West Suburban Conference Silver Division play earlier in the week against Proviso West. “In terms of the conference, I think it’s going to be Downers Grove North, who has good players, Glenbard West returns a couple very good players, and then LT (Lyons Township),” Collings said. “I think those could be the top four this year along with us.”

Now, Collings would like to see his group continue building the momentum it gained in the first five games. “We are excited to see what we are capable of,” he said. “Our first goal was to win the tournament, so we’re excited that we did that. We really took some strides this summer. We were 18-13 last year and lost some close games. That can happen when your top eight girls are five juniors and three sophomores. We struggled to close games out last year. “And then in the summer we only lost once and that was to Fremd by three points. In our tournament, I think we won games by an average of 28 points. We pulled starters midway through the third quarter against Downers North and we were up 50-12. We have some high expectations as a team. We are hoping this tournament starts to turn some heads with what we are capable of.” In the win against Glenbard East, York led 12-6 after the first quarter and 23-11 at halftime. Kjome led the Dukes with 14 points, with six coming in each of the first and third quarters. Sophia Schoonveld added 12 points thanks to four 3-pointers made. Krissinger had 10 points.


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Knights win three of four games at their holiday tournament

Senior Hannah Johnson (31) CHRIS FOX PHOTOS Elmhurst Independent launches and makes a shot Sophomore Claire Wagner (15) during the second quarter. IC Catholic Prep led the Mustangs provided eight points in the win over Evergreen Park. 26-19 at halftime. Junior Gia Gaudio (35) of the Knights fires an outside shot. Senior Annie Guinan (10) drives toward the basket. Guinan con- Gaudio scored all five of her tributed six points in the victory. points during the second half.

Senior Abi Wagner (12) heads toward the hoop to attempt an inside shot.

Senior Cate Radoha (25) defends an Evergreen Park opponent. Radoha scored five points against the Mustangs.

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(Continued from page 18) 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

Public Notices STATE OF ILLINOIS CIRCUIT COURT DUPAGE COUNTY PUBLICATION NOTICE OF COURT DATE FOR REQUEST FOR NAME CHANGE (ADULT) Request of: Ollie Laversa Henderson 2019MR001256 There will be a court date on my Request to change my name from: Ollie Laversa Henderson to the new name of: Ollie Laversa Muhammad. The court date will be held on 1-6-20 at 9:00 a.m. at 505 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187 DuPage in Courtroom #2007. /s/Ollie Henderson Ollie Henderson Your Current Name (Published in The Elmhurst Independent Nov. 21, 28 & Dec. 5, 2019) 361462

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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.”

in the area like to share memories Hearing the stories, the director of the one-of-a-kind castle and said, just shows how everybody’s amusement park. got a connection to this.


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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 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


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Real Estate/Business Pick area citizens receive Citizen Initiative Award CAC honors community activism, plans open house

The Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC) will recognize its 2019 Citizen Initiative Award recipients on Monday, Dec. 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at their offices at 188 Industrial Drive, Suite 106. Since 1997, CAC has honored local community activists and community groups who inspire democratic participation and use civic, legal, and community organizing tools to advocate for a self-identified issue of public concern. “Citizen Initiative Award recipients are proactive in addressing problems they identify in their neighborhoods,” said CAC’s executive director Maryam Judar. “They organize, advocate, and make a difference in their communities. The award recognizes the crucial role of the citizen in everyday democracy. Because of their activism, democracy thrives, even in the face of adversity.” Among the award recipients were Elmhurst’s Pick neighborhood residents for successfully organizing neighbors around a common cause. The award reads as follows: “Being located behind one of the busiest intersections in Elmhurst, the residents of the Pick Neighborhood are mindful of balancing the need

for development and preserving their small subdivision’s unique character. When residents learned of a proposed development to build a large gas station and convenience store on a lot adjacent to their neighborhood, they had environmental concerns that included potential noise, fumes, traffic, and impact on the Salt Creek. “Working with a CAC community lawyer, residents dove into learning about zoning applications, requirements, public hearings, their rights at public hearings, and how to organize neighbors. The Pick Neighborhood packed the public hearing at the Elmhurst Planning and Zoning Commission and methodically presented their concerns. Their advocacy was successful as the proposed plan was rescinded. “Residents in the Pick Neighborhood remain organized and are proactively working with the City of Elmhurst to plan for how to develop the vacant property.” The event is open to the public and free of charge with a $10 suggested donation. Reservations are not required but RSVPs are appreciated. Please call 630-833-4080 or email to reply.

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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Kinder Concert Series presents ‘Nutcracker’

Familiar and well-loved music from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite will be featured in the second performance of a new Kinder Concert Series at Bethel United Church of Christ in Elmhurst on Friday, Dec. 20 from 4-4:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. A special invitation is extended to children and their families as well as members of the community of all ages. Bethel’s Minister of Music, pianist Jeffrey Panko, and narrator Jenny Riddle, well-known performer of dramatic book reviews, will bring the story of The Nutcracker to life through word and music, a perfect way to celebrate the season. Admission is free, but a free will donation of $5 per family is suggested. Monies donated will go toward scholarships for BLC students. Bethel United Church of Christ is located at 315 E St. Charles Rd. Church facilities are fully accessible, and parking is available behind the church; enter from St. Charles Rd. or Huntington Lane off Poplar. For more information, call 630-2794040.

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Pianist and Bethel UCC Minister of Music Jeffrey Panko will join well-known local performer Jenny Riddle to bring the Kinder Concert Series performance of The Nutcracker Suite will take place on Friday, Dec. 20 from 4-4:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Riddle is known throughout Chicagoland for her dramatic book reviews.

Forest preserves offer outdoor winter fun 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 630-933-7248 for availability.

● Fullersburg Woods Nature Education 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 1:303:30 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 horse-drawn 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, Water-

fall Glen in Darien and West DuPage Woods in West Chicago. Visitors who aren’t classic skiers should use the inside of the trails to avoid damaging the set tracks. Ice fishing, ice skating and sledding are allowed at most forest preserves, although never at Spring Creek Reservoir in Bloomingdale. Additionally, sledding is not allowed at Mount Hoy at Blackwell or at the closed landfill sites at Greene Valley and Mallard Lake. The Forest Preserve District does not monitor ice conditions, so visitors go on ice at their own risk. As a guideline not a guarantee, there should be at least 4 inches of clear ice for any activity for one person; 8 inches of clear ice for a group. Anglers can find complete regulations in the fishing guide (PDF). A complete list of winter programs and activities is available on the district’s website or in the quarterly Conservationist. Print subscriptions are free for DuPage County residents and $5 per year for nonresidents; email subscriptions are free for all readers. Subscribe online or by emailing For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the district’s e-newsletter, blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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201 S. York, Elmhurst

201 S. York, Elmhurst

In-town beautifully updated 3 bed/2.1 bath townhome just steps to Restaurants, Metra Train, Wilder Park, AwardWinning Library/Museums & Elmhurst College. $100k in updates include luxurious custom kitchen (2016) with Jenn$485,000 OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-3PM

In-town beautifully updated 3 bed/2.1 bath townhome just steps to Restaurants, Metra Train, Wilder Park, Award-Winning Library/ Museums & Elmhurst College. $100k in updates include luxurious custom kitchen (2016) with Jenn-Air/Bosch appliances & Cambria quartz counters. Master bath (2019) features oversized shower and exquisite tile work. Light-filled open floor plan featuring family room with 11ft ceilings that opens up to large deck, spacious bedrooms with walk-in closets, and large unfinished basement that could turn into your dream man cave/rec room/play room. $485,000

Stunning Newer Construction

Stunning Newer Construction

Freshly renovated & offering everything new construction has but w/ the price tag & tax bill nearly HALF OFF! The lucky new owner of this home will enjoy all the hard work & financial investment of the freshly refinished dark hardwood floors, new $549,900 FIRST OFFERING!

Build to Suit

Build to Suit

Amazing opportunity to work with one of Elmhurst’s top custom home builders. Steps from award winning Jefferson Elementary and the IL Prairie Path, in one of Elmhurst’s hottest neighborhoods. This generous plan offers ceiling detail

Amazing opportunity to work with one of Elmhurst’s top custom home builders. Steps from award winning Jefferson Elementary and the IL Prairie Path, in one of Elmhurst’s hottest neighborhoods. This generous plan offers ceiling detail throughout, exquisite millwork, a large mudroom, 1st floor office, huge kitchen with 2-tier island for prep sink/area and separate eating space. Open family room with gas fireplace overlooks 160’ deep yard. Superb from the curb with covered front porch and patio in the rear. Too many other details to list! Builder is also willing to build to suit at different price points. $1,175,000

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Over 4,900 sf of finished living space - fully finished basement w/ exercise room, rec room, bedroom, full bath, and custom bar & walk-in wine room! 10 ft 1st floor ceilings and wide-plank HWF’s, 1st floor office, walk-in pantry, extensive trim and


The home you have been waiting for is finally available & under 400k! Completely updated interior of this 4 bedroom / 2 bath brick Ranch beaming w/ natural light. New eat-in kitchen featuring quartz counters, stainless appliances w/ beautiful $399,000

Over 4,900 sf of finished living space - fully finished basement w/ exercise room, rec room, bedroom, full bath, and custom bar & walk-in wine room! 10 ft 1st floor ceilings and wide-plank HWF’s, 1st floor office, walk-in pantry, extensive trim and ceiling detail throughout, 5 beds, 4.5 baths, 3 car garage, custom kitchen with huge island & Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances open to family rm with stone fireplace, master suite w/ spa bath and custom closets, surround sound, irrigation system, central vac, vinyl privacy fence, and paver patio! All this within walking distance to Jefferson GS & the Prairie Path. $1,210,000


Completely Renovated Ranch!

Completely Renovated Ranch!

Freshly renovated & offering everything new construction has but w/ the price tag & tax bill nearly HALF OFF! The lucky new owner of this home will enjoy all the hard work & financial investment of the freshly refinished dark hardwood floors, new gray paint & white crown/ base moldings, freshly redone kitchen w/ White Cabinets, Subway Tile Backsplash & Stainless Steel Appliances, All new Bathroom Vanities, & a fantastic floor plan featuring 5 Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms & a HUGE Rec & Play room in your almost 1,500 sq ft finished basement. Private & Lush Backyard w/ Mature Landscape, Fully Fenced In Yard w/ sprinkler system. $549,900

The home you have been waiting for is finally available & under 400k! Completely updated interior of this 4 bedroom / 2 bath brick Ranch beaming w/ natural light. New eat-in kitchen featuring quartz counters, stainless appliances w/ beautiful farmhouse sink, family room w/ wall-towall windows, refinished hardwood floors, new recessed lighting, 2 new bathrooms, freshly painted, huge lower level rec room & ample storage throughout. Enjoy your fabulous newly landscaped outdoor space w/ great brick paver patio overlooking your 1/3 of an acre backyard. Just steps from beautiful Eldridge Park, Oak Brook Mall, Timothy Christian & much more! $399,000

Best in Brynhaven!

Best in Brynhaven!

Want to walk to EVERYTHING Elmhurst has to offer? Then this is the right home for you! This meticulous 3 BR Split Level has been lovingly cared, features include: WHITE Eat In Kitchen w/ open concept, Gorgeous Hardwood Floors, Fresh $377,500

Want to walk to EVERYTHING Elmhurst has to offer? Then this is the right home for you! This meticulous 3 BR Split Level has been lovingly cared, features include: WHITE Eat In Kitchen w/ open concept, Gorgeous Hardwood Floors, Fresh Paint & Cozy Fireplace. 3 BR’s & Full Bath UP. HUGE Lower Level Rec Room has wet bar perfect for entertaining plus full bath & tons of natural light overlooking your fenced in yard. Backyard offers so much w/ 2 decks & tons of greenspace PLUS a storage shed. Arterial Location w/ both privacy & ease of walking to K-8 schools & Park! $377,500

320 S Kenilworth, Elmhurst

Welcome to 320 S Kenilworth, a classic English Tudor set on a premium 90 x 190 lot within blocks of downtown Elmhurst, its Metra station, Museum campus, Wilder Park, and awardwinning schools. Designed with the materials and attention to $1,199,900

320 S Kenilworth, Elmhurst Welcome to 320 S Kenilworth, a classic English Tudor set on a premium 90 x 190 lot within blocks of downtown Elmhurst, its Metra station, Museum campus, Wilder Park, and award-winning schools. Designed with the materials and attention to detail expected with this architecture, the owners have pulled off an exceptional expansion and restoration of this timeless home. All the modern amenities were put into place – multi-zone HVAC, chef’s kitchen with high-grade SS appliances, Pella windows, master suite with spa bath, heated floors, heated sunroom, 2nd floor laundry, and attached 2.5 car heated garage. In keeping with the home’s original character, you will find vaulted barreled ceilings with wood beams, an impeccably maintained slate roof, restored original doors, exquisite millwork, custom built-in’s, 3 fireplaces, french doors, a vined courtyard, two 2nd story balconies and multiple paver brick seating areas overlooking lush, professionally landscaped grounds. $1,199,900 362493


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Spacious All Brick Home

MUST SEE enormous custom designed home! Unparalleled full brick and stone custom designed home in central Elmhurst has mammoth spaces & luxury features. Unique, elegant atmosphere w/ over 6000 sq. ft. finished living space on $1,150,000

Spacious All Brick Home MUST SEE enormous custom designed home! Unparalleled full brick and stone custom designed home in central Elmhurst has mammoth spaces & luxury features. Unique, elegant atmosphere w/ over 6000 sq. ft. finished living space on corner lot w/ 85-foot frontage in school district 205. Dramatic 2 story entry w/ granite floor opens to generous living & dining rooms & massive gourmet kitchen w/ walk in custom built pantry, double oven, 5 burner cooktop, double refrigerator, & large island, open to soaring family room w/ fireplace & wet bar. Huge 1st floor bedroom suite, office, laundry, mud room, & 3 car garage. Spectacular central double entry stairway leads to inviting library/seating area & 4 bedroom suites, each w/ a full bath. Enjoy your private retreat in the separate 2nd floor master wing w/ enormous bath featuring custom built curved shower wall w/ full body shower, double Jacuzzi spa tub, double sink granite top vanity, full wall mirror, & huge custom designed walk in closet adjacent to giant laundry/sewing room. $1,150,000

Charming New England Cape Cod

Well Maintained by longtime Homeowners that hate to leave! 3 Bedrooms - 2 upstairs with a bathroom attached, 1 on main level. Spacious pass through Office on main level can easily be converted in a 4th Bedroom. Long winding driveway to 2 $369,900 NEW PRICE! OMS HRO BAT / 3.5 S D 5 BE

Charming New England Cape Cod Well Maintained by longtime Homeowners that hate to leave! 3 Bedrooms - 2 upstairs with a bathroom attached, 1 on main level. Spacious pass through Office on main level can easily be converted in a 4th Bedroom. Long winding driveway to 2 car garage. Walkout of Family room to deck with overhead coverage. Located a chip shot away from Jefferson School, Prairie Path, Washington Park, and much more! $369,900

Amazing Value!

Amazing Value!

Don’t miss out on this center of town Colonial situated on a double lot and walking distance to downtown Elmhurst, Metra, Award winning schools, and all Elmhurst amentities! Separate formal dining room and living room with fireplace. First floor

Don’t miss out on this center of town Colonial situated on a double lot and walking distance to downtown Elmhurst, Metra, Award winning schools, and all Elmhurst amentities! Separate formal dining room and living room with fireplace. First floor family room addition. 4 bedrooms up plus a first floor office or potential 5th bedroom/in-law arrangement. Bathrooms on each level, including basement. Hardwood floors, updated kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliance package. 2 car attached garage. 100x150 Lot! $499,900

SET ON$499,900 A 100x150 WALK TO TOWN LOT!

Classic Brick Bungalow

Classic Brick Bungalow

This totally renovated home has gorgeous newly refinished Hardwood Floors, New lighting/Copper plumbing, GORGEOUS Kitchen features: cork flooring, granite countertops, NEW stainless steel appliances, pub style $2,100/mo FOR RENT

Ready for Christmas!

Ready for Christmas!

Set on one of Lincoln school’s most desirable streets, prepare to be wowed with Wise Investment Builders latest new home. Unparalleled quality with high end finishes and over 5,100 sf of finished living space with 10’ first floor ceilings and a

This updated ranch sits on a 60X137 shaded lot. Inside the elegant interior are red oak hdwd floors spanning the LR, 3 BR & kitchen complemented by stately crown molding! The kitchen is loaded with high-end updates:Custom Cupboard $435,000


This updated ranch sits on a 60X137 shaded lot. Inside the elegant interior are red oak hdwd floors spanning the LR, 3 BR & kitchen complemented by stately crown molding! The kitchen is loaded with high-end updates:Custom Cupboard softclose kitchen cabinets, under cabinet lighting w/ dimmers,Cambria quartz countertops,a 48” Viking 6-burner stove & double oven, a built-in Viking refrigerator & microwave,& a deep Elkay stainless steel kitchen sink. The bathroom boasts porcelain tile,Kohler sink & toilet,& high end faucet. Electrical has been updated. high-end Pella windows w/inset blinds. $435,000

Set on one of Lincoln school’s most desirable streets, prepare to be wowed with Wise Investment Builders latest new home. Unparalleled quality with high end finishes and over 5,100 sf of finished living space with 10’ first floor ceilings and a finished lower level with large garden window for tons of natural light throughout. 5 beds, 4.5 baths, a heated 3 car garage and set on an oversized 63 x 140. Within walking distance to the Prairie Path, the Spring Rd Business District, York HS, and soon to be brand new Lincoln Elementary. Christmas delivery! $1,349,900

$1,349,900 Wise Investment Builders

South Street Ranch!

South Street Ranch!

This totally renovated home has gorgeous newly refinished Hardwood Floors, New lighting/Copper plumbing, GORGEOUS Kitchen features: cork flooring, granite countertops, NEW stainless steel appliances, pub style seating area, loads of custom cabinets space. Lovely Formal Dining Area, totally renovated Bathroom. Outdoor features: Screened in Porch, New Deck and Fantastic backyard with garden & TONS of greenspace, beautiful landscaping & brand new SHED. NEW- Washer & DryerRoof/Driveway, PLUS HUGE unfinished attic just awaiting your ideas/or great use for storage. $2,100/mo

Villa Park Rental

Villa Park Rental

Clean, move-in ready home for rent in S. Villa Park. 1 block from Prairie Path and Villa Ave business district. Cute Queen Anne with front porch, eat-in kitchen, back deck, 2 spacious bedrooms and loft/office/tandem bedroom on 2nd floor, and $1,850/mo

Clean, move-in ready home for rent in S. Villa Park. 1 block from Prairie Path and Villa Ave business district. Cute Queen Anne with front porch, eat-in kitchen, back deck, 2 spacious bedrooms and loft/office/tandem bedroom on 2nd floor, and potential inlaw/teen living space in fully finished basement with full bath and separate entrance. 2 remodeled bathrooms and oversized 2 car garage with walk up storage. Available immediately, pets negotiable. $1,850/mo

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547SHILLSIDE.INFO Maria Gracik

ELMHURST $1,299,000


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The Elmhurst Independent - Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 • 31 NEW LISTING

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4 br, 3.1 ba $968,500

4 br, 3.1 ba $829,900

4 br, 2.2 ba $785,000

Steve & Juliet - The Mills Group 630.834.0582

Diane M. Karpman 630.834.0582

Karyn Wilson 630.834.0582






4 br, 2.1 ba $725,000

4 br, 3.1 ba $624,900

2 br, 2 ba $619,000

3 br, 2.1 ba $600,000

4 br, 2.1 ba $529,900

Steve & Juliet - The Mills Group 630.834.0582

Carrie Kenna 630.325.7500

Nellie & Ed McCarthy 630.325.7500

Marilyn Kosik 630.834.0582

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4 br, 2 ba $499,999

3 br, 2 ba $450,000

5 br, 2.1 ba $445,000

4 br, 2.1 ba $399,900

3 br, 2 ba $379,900

Natalie Ryan 630.325.7500

Sabine Rolnick 630.884.2070

Julie Falduto Hurt 630.834.0582

Katy McDonough 630.834.0582

Pattie Murray 630.469.7000








3 br, 2 ba $349,000

3 br, 2 ba $332,000

3 br, 2 ba $258,500

2 br, 1 ba $149,000

1 br, 1 ba $120,000

Fran Mizzi 630.834.0582

Pattie Murray 630.469.7000

Jo Ellen Stella 630.834.0582

Diana Ivas 630.325.7500

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