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turnout was many more than typical with presentations on the state of a pump, due to sinking from the poVillage Manager Richard Keehner meetings draw: an estimated crowd Lufkin Pool and another on Village rous ground to grinding down buck- and Finance Director Kevin Wachtel of 200 people attended. finances. Parks and Recreation Di- led decking that can cause a tripping then showed a presentation on fundKeehner, Gola, Wachtel paint rector Greg Gola showed several hazard for pool-goers. By Paul DelGuidice grim picture photos maintenance issues at Lufkin. “The pool is built on top of a FOR THE VILLA PARK INDEPENDENT See BOARD, Page 3 Village staff began the meeting These ranged from the need to ‘shim’ swamp,” Gola said. Turns out the third time was not the charm. At least when it came to funding maintenance requirements that are needed before Lufkin Pool could open for another swimming season. Since an early November, 2017 vote to not fund needed repairs, including a new liner, followed by a reconsideration vote two weeks later that also failed, a group calling themselves ’Save Lufkin Pool’ has attended meetings, distributed information via Facebook and even placed yard signs throughout the Village. Their goal was to get the Board of Trustees to approve a stop-gap measure to fund those repairs, estimating that approximately $450,000 could keep Lufkin open for another 5 to 10 years while the Village seeks funding for a new pool and/or recreational facility. “Villa Park was recently rated the 8th best place to live in America [according to Money Magazine],” said one resident. “But we won’t stay there long by taking away amenities like Lufkin Pool and baseball fields.” The matter of fixing Lufkin Pool appeared to be over when a new Resolution was added to the Monday, Feb. 26 Board Agenda. This item proposed $200,000 be spent for the new liner, pump house maintenance and other critical repairs. The next item on the agenda was a Resolution to spend $77,000 to demolish the pool. The regularly scheduled Formal Board of Trustees meeting was moved to the Iowa Community Center from the regular venue of VilPAUL DELGUIDICE PHOTO Bensenville Independent lage Hall to better accommodate an Princess Moana leads all the “Princesses” in the song “How Far I’ll Go” at the Princess Ball held on Friday, March 2 at an area Park expected large number of residents. District. A wise move, considering the actual
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The Villa Park Board of Trustees formal meeting was moved to the Iowa Community Center on Monday, Feb. 26 to accommodate a higher than usual expected number of residents. The Board once again addressed saving Lufkin Pool.
Continued from page 1 ing options for a new recreation center, public pool or both. Ignoring cash reserves, TIF funds, referendum seen as only option The Save Lufkin Pool group had earlier proposed dipping into the Village’s 130-plus day fund reserves to pay for the repairs. (Most municipalities keep 90 to 120 days on hand.) The financial presentation indicated that a bond referendum or extending the Ovaltine TIF district would be the only viable options to pay for an estimated $6 million to $23 million pool/rec center. “Going to the voters with a bond issue question, either during the 2018 or 2020 election, would be one way,” said Keehner. “Once approved, we would have five years to (secure the bonds).” About 30 people addressed the Board during the public comments portion of the agenda. Most of the commenters were in favor of funding the repairs, but several residents including one former ‘Villa Park Mariners’ swimmer asked the Board to vote ‘no’ and move for-
ward with finding ways to fund a new pool and/or recreational facility in the Village. Elected officials weigh in before vote Trustee Chris Aiello was the first elected official to address the audience after public comments. “I’ve said it before. I loved Lufkin Pool,” Aiello said. “But it wouldn’t be a responsible use of Village money to keep maintaining it. I’m voting against funding the repairs.” Trustee Bob Wagner said he admired the residents who organized to save the pool and he agreed that spending the money to fix up Lufkin should be approved. Many residents in the crowd gave Wagner a standing ovation. Village President Al Bulthuis said spending the $200,000 was no guarantee the pool would last another 10 years and, due to the uncertainty of a property tax freeze and other financial projections, he could not justify spending the money. The Board voted 5-2 against the
Resolution. Trustees Nick Cuzzone and Wagner voted for the measure. Trustees Aiello, David Cilella, Don Kase and Cheryl Tucker joined President Bulthuis in voting ‘no.’ (A press release from the Save Lufkin Pool group outlining their thoughts on the Monday vote appears elsewhere in this issue of The Villa Park Independent.) Resolution to demolish tabled The Board then discussed the next item, which was a Resolution to spend $77,700 to have American Demolition Corp. of Elgin demolish the Lufkin Pool site. Trustee Aiello introduced a motion to table the item until November, stating he felt that leaving the facility vacant for a season could give the Save Lufkin Pool group as well as the Village to explore any other opportunities to fix the pool. “Three months is a short time to come up with all possible solutions,” he said. “The pool stays closed eight months of the year anyway. Let’s see if anything comes up
and we can look at this [demolition issue] again in November.” In an unusual move, after electing to spend the money to save the pool, Trustee Wagner voted for the pool’s demolition. “I’m basing it on staff recommendations, it could be unsafe,” he said. “It could be an eyesore. We’ve disappointed the people who want to keep Lufkin open and I don’t think that keeping the shell of the pool around is going to make them feel any happier, so that is the reason I’m going to vote to demolish.” A motion to table the resolution calling for demolition of the pool was then considered and approved 4-3. Trustees Aiello, Cuzzone, Kase and Tucker voted yes. Trustees Ciella and Wagner joined President Bulthuis in voting against tabling the resolution. “We can give the Save Lufkin group time to come up with the money to repair the pool,” Aiello said. “They may find a solution that doesn’t use Village funding.”
‘Save Lufkin Pool’ group issues statement about Village Board decision to not fund pool repairs The Save Lufkin Group of Villa Park is disappointed with the Village of Villa Park Board’s decision to not sanction the $200,000 resolution in repairs to Lufkin Pool. On January 8, 2018, the Village Board asked the Save Lufkin Group to come up with a plan on how Lufkin could be saved and how to fund the repairs. We researched and clearly delivered a strong case for saving Lufkin, along with a funding plan utilizing a small portion of the Village’s surplus funds. We communicated several times and included in our business plan, that if the Board were to approve funding for the repairs, the Save Lufkin Group would then establish a 501c3 and become the “Friends of Villa Park Pools Group” to partner with the village in fundraising and support efforts for both of our existing pools and advocating for a future Community Pool and/or Rec Center. While the $200,000 resolution repair amount was less than their failed Nov. 6th, 2017 resolution for $450,000 in repairs that we petitioned to be reconsidered, we were willing to make that compromise to save Lufkin. However, even with all the promises the Save Lufkin group made regarding future support of the pools and a new Community Pool and/or Recreation Center if the repairs were funded, the Board’s vote against funding any PAUL DELGUIDICE PHOTO Villa Park Independent repairs for Lufkin, and the directive to try and raise the necessary funds to repair the pool by ourselves, was disheartening. We remain extremely proud of what we have accomplished in the short These young residents attended Monday’s meeting in support of two months since Save Lufkin was formed and will be rethinking our stratsaving Lufkin Pool. They were seen finishing school homework at egy moving forward so that we can help Villa Park maintain its position as the Iowa Community Center before the meeting began. an outstanding community and improve our recreational opportunities.
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College names winners in American Dream Fellowship Competition Program dedicated to first-generation college students Lillian Rizo-Dubois, a Prairie Ridge High School senior from Crystal Lake, became the firstplace winner of the inaugural Elmhurst College American Dream Fellowship Competition, a scholarship contest that supports and celebrates first-generation college students. Rizo-Dubois, who plans to major in French and return to her high school one day as a teacher, will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to attend Elmhurst College. Elmhurst College’s first-ever She was one of several winners of American Dream Fellowship re- American Dream awards, which ranged from four years’ room and cipient Lillian Rizo-Dubois.
board to a stipend to cover the cost of books and other materials. The winners were announced during an awards ceremony on Monday, Feb. 19, in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel that was attended by more than 500 people, including most of the 155 student contestants and several hundred mothers, fathers, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends. Committed to helping its students achieve the American Dream, Elmhurst College launched the American Dream Fellowship Competition late last year. The scholarship contest was open to all first-generation college students who have been admitted to Elmhurst College for the fall of 2018. To enter, students were asked to submit a video to the College on the topic: As a first-gen-
eration student, what would graduating from college mean to you and your family? Winners included: • Lillian Rizo-Dubois, of Crystal Lake, who will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to attend Elmhurst College. • Michelle Diaz, of Round Lake Beach, and Cassandra Ibarra, of Highwood, will each receive a stipend to cover four years of room and board. • Juan Garcia, of Chicago, Demetrius Johnson, of Chicago, and Christian Sanchez, of West Dundee, received Beck’s Books stipends to cover the annual cost of books and other materials. All of the other students who entered will receive a $1,000 annual American Dream Grant to attend
Elmhurst College. During the awards ceremony, Elmhurst College President Troy D. VanAken, a first-generation college student himself, encouraged the students to “dig deep, work hard” and take pride in how going to college would not only transform their own lives but also shape the future of those closest to them. “When you’re a first-generation college student and drive onto campus, when you look in that rearview mirror you can see the grandparents, and see the sacrifices they made in their journey,” he said. “If you look out the front window, and look well into the future, you’ll see the next generation—your children and the people who come after you. They’re all going to benefit from your education.”
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Police Reports Area police departments recently reported the following arrests and citations. Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a conviction, and that suspects are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. Juveniles age 17-or-younger are not named. Addison March 1 Police said Claudia G. Alonso-Hernandez, 33, of Addison, had an original warrant t out of the Addison Police Department for endangerment of a child. Police said Cristian Roman, 42, of Chicago, had a warrant out of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department. Feb. 28 Oscar Salazar, 29, of Addison, was charged with aggravated resisting arrest in the 1600 block of W. Lake at around 8:31 p.m. Police said that during a minor traffic stop, it was determined that passenger Salazar had numerous active warrants. While being placed in handcuffs, Salazar resisted arrest by pulling away from officers, according to police. Feb. 27 Luis Garcia, 35, of Addison, was charged with DUI and no valid driver’s license subsequent to a traffic stop near Kennedy and Friendship at around 7:39 p.m. A 25-year-old Addison man was charged with domestic battery in the 1-100 block of W. Nevada Ave., Glendale Heights, at around 8:18 p.m. Police said that during an in-
vestigation of domestic battery, the Glendale Heights Police Department was requested to attempt to locate the suspect and take him into custody. The Glendale Heights Police Department located and transported him to the Addison Police Department where he was processed for striking a victim in Addison with his vehicle, knocking victim to the ground. Feb. 25 Edward L. Giese Jr., 55, of Addison, was charged with battery at a restaurant in the 1400 block of W. Lake St. at around 3:23 p.m. Police said officers responded to the restaurant for a call of a subject who was asked to leave, and was attempting to enter a vehicle in the parking lot that was not his. According to police, Giese Jr. threw red wood chips at a police officer, striking the officer on the legs and vest. Feb. 24 A 38-year-old Addison man was charged with domestic battery in the 700 block of W. Lake Manor Drive at around 8:17 p.m. Jan. 23 A 39-year-old Addison woman was charged with domestic battery in the 300 block of W. Army Trail at around 1:04 p.m. Villa Park Feb. 24 William H. Weaver, 51, of Aurora, was charged with two counts of DUI, making an improper turn and no insurance near Roosevelt and Ardmore at around 1:39 a.m.
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Ryszard Wicki, 51, of Wood Dale, was charged with aggravated DUI while license revoked, aggravated driving while license revoked, obstructing identification and no insurance near North and Kramer at around 10:33 p.m. A 42-year-old Villa Park man was charged with two counts of domestic battery in the 300 block of N. Mission at around 2:34 a.m. Feb. 23 Tavaris R. Hayden, 33, of Chicago, was charged with two counts of retail theft at a store at around 6:29 p.m. Nov. 4, 2017. The original complainant and arrest warrant were issued Feb. 23. Feb. 22-Feb. 23 Theft was reported at Rotary Park between the above dates. Police said an unknown suspect stole a backpack that was inadvertently left unattended. Feb. 22 Terry L. Lewis, 18, of Villa Park, was charged with two counts of battery at Willowbrook High School at around 9:33 a.m. Feb. 21 Burglary was reported in the 400 block of W. Elm. Police said that between 11:55 a.m. and 12:50 p.m., an unknown suspect entered a vehicle that was parked secured and unoccupied and stole a piece of survey equipment. Feb. 20 Retail theft was reported at a store at around 1:08 a.m. Police said an unknown suspect removed several
Bose Sound Bars and an Apple TV from the display and left the store without paying for the items. Oct. 10, 2017-Feb. 20 John Ryan, 31, of Woodridge, was charged with two counts of identity theft, four counts of forgery, theft, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended in the 1-100 block of E. Highland between the above dates. Feb. 19 Gema Garcia, 21, of Bellwood, was charged with retail theft and criminal trespass to property at a store between 5:42 and 7:26 p.m. Dec. 22, 2017. The original complaint and arrest warrant were issued Feb. 19. Criminal damage was reported at Lufkin Pool at around 8 a.m. Police said an unknown suspect damaged the gate at the pool. Feb. 16-Feb. 19 Criminal damage to a vehicle was reported in the 100 block of W. Roosevelt between the above dates. Police said that between 6 p.m. Feb. 16 and 9 p.m. Feb. 19, an unknown suspect broke windows on both the driver’s and passenger’s sides of the car as well as the side view mirrors on a vehicle that was parked and unoccupied in the lot. Feb. 18 A 27-year-old Villa Park man was charged with two counts of domestic battery, resisting a police officer and unlawful interference with reporting a domestic violence incident in the 500 block of N. Ardmore at around
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Teen placed on home detention for alleged threat at Lake Park High School He has remained in custody until his hearing this afternoon. “We take any threat to the safety and security of our students, teachers and school personnel very seriously,” Berlin said. “With the recent tragedy of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School still fresh in our minds, we must do everything we can to ensure that students and teachers alike must never fear for their safety at school. With fear in our classrooms, teachers can’t teach and students can’t learn. “The case against this student epitomizes the need for parents to be involved and to monitor their children’s social media use.” Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.
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DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced last week that a 16-year-old male Lake Park High School student is now facing two felony charges for a threat he allegedly sent via Snapchat directed at the school. The juvenile appeared at a detention hearing, where Judge Robert Anderson ordered that he be released from custody and placed on home confinement until at least March 12, 2018. In all, the juvenile has been charged with two counts of Disorderly Conduct, a Class 4 Felony. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 12, 2018. It is alleged that On February 23, 2018, the teen sent the threatening message. Authorities were made aware of the message and the teen was taken into custody yesterday.
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To raise awareness and support survivors of sexual violence, state Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, introduced a measure to declare April 4 “Start By Believing Day” in Illinois. “I am so proud to stand with an organization like Start by Believing, who for years have been working to change the culture that has kept victims of sexual assault from speaking out,” said Conroy. “It is important that the legislature shows leadership
6:38 p.m. Theft was reported at a restaurant at around 5:52 p.m. Police said an unknown suspect stole a purse, which was concealed by jackets in a booth. Feb. 4-Feb. 18 Criminal damage was reported near Vermont and Ardmore. Police said that between 12 noon Feb. 4 and 12:36 p.m. Feb. 18, an unknown suspect had scratched the passenger side of a vehicle, stole fog light covers and cracked the windshield of a vehicle. Feb. 15 Karol N. Binkul, 31, of Addison, was charged with identity theft/possession of another person’s credit card, in the 300 block of W. St. Charles at around 8:21 a.m.
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WBHS takes first and third at UTI Top Tech Challenge Willowbrook seniors Christian Dublin and Matthew Seymore recently earned 1st place at Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) High School Top Tech Challenge. That event took place on Feb. 15 and involved hands-on and written automotive testing on vehicle parts, brakes, diagnostics and electrical systems. As the champions, Dublin
and Seymore each earned a $10,000 scholarship to UTI and a tool set, and Willowbrook received a tool set valued at more than $2,300. Senior Sean Olson and junior Zachary Groleau finished in 3rd place and each earned a $5,000 scholarship to UTI, and Willowbrook received a tool set valued at more than $1,300.
Community Calendar Sunday, March 11 PIE Foundation fundraiser The Partnership for Inspired Education (PIE) Foundation will host its 7th annual din-ner/theater/auction fundraiser featuring Drury Lane’s pro-duction of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” A 2 p.m. mat-inee performance is followed by dinner, silent auction, and prize drawings. Proceeds serve to enhance student learning and education explo-ration in School Districts 4, 45, 48, and 88, including Addison Trail and Willowbrook high schools. Monday, March 12 Art Starts! Program at the Library All children in grades 2-5 are invited to come to the library for Art Starts from 3:45–4:45 p.m. Children will learn the basics of art, different artists and art styles. They will then do a fun project based on the featured style. Registration is required. Info: visit the library’s website at vppl.info or call 630-834-1164. Wednesday, March 14 • Therapy dogs visit the Library Dogs love books, too! The Villa Park Public Library will hold Bark for Books from 6:30-7:30 p.m. A variety of dogs, certified by Therapy Dogs International to be gentle listeners, will be at the library, waiting for a reader. Children of all ages are invited to sign up for a 10-minute session with a furry companion. Those under the age of 7 must attend with an adult. All participants should choose a book to read to in advance. Registration is required. Info: visit the library’s website at www.vppl. info or call 630-834-1164. • S.A.L.T. meeting The Villa Park Police Department’s next scheduled quarterly meeting for S.A.L.T. (Seniors And Law Enforcement Together) is being held at the Wildwood Community Center, 320 E. Wildwood Ave., starting at 11 a.m. Residents and guests are invited to arrive at 10:30 to gather and enjoy some coffee, pastries, and fellowship prior to the presentation. Chief Mike Lay and officer Sonia Bregman have announced that there will be a presentation by Pam Del Principe, a Young Living Distributor. The Villa Park Senior Concerns Commission will again be sponsoring a lunch for all of its guests immediately after the presentation. Info: call 630-8348507. • Library hosts storytimes The Villa Park Public Library is presenting Preschool Palooza! at the Oakbrook Terrace Park District from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Filled with stories, songs and movement geared for young children exploring their world, this special storytime is open to children ages 3-5 and their adults. Registration is not required. Info: visit the library’s web-
site at vppl.info or call 630-834- 1164. Wednesday, April 4 Therapy dogs visit the Library Dogs love books, too. The Villa Park Public Library will hold Bark for Books from 6:30-7:30 p.m. A variety of dogs, certified by Therapy Dogs International to be gentle listeners, will be at the library, waiting for a reader. Children of all ages are invited to sign up for a 10-minute session with a furry companion. Those under the age of 7 must attend with an adult. All participants should choose a book to read to in advance. Registration is required. Info: visit the library’s website at www.vppl. info or call 630-834-1164. Library offers help for job seekers Need help writing your résumé or guidance in preparing for a job interview? Attend Résumé Review and Interviewing Strategies at the Villa Park Public Library from 7-8:30 p.m. The program is designed to help job applicants write résumés that stand out and also learn valuable interviewing strategies. Registration is required. Info: visit the library’s website at vppl.info or call 630-834- 1164. Wednesday, April 11 Library hosts storytimes The Villa Park Public Library is presenting Preschool Palooza! at the Oakbrook Terrace Park District from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Filled with stories, songs and movement geared for young children exploring their world, this special storytime is open to children ages 3-5 and their adults. Registration is not required. Info: visit the library’s website at vppl.info or call 630-834- 1164. Ongoing events Upcoming Salvation Army events • A free youth concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace Corps , 1S415 Summit Ave., Villa Park. Youths from states all over the Midwest will be performing. Band, chorus, solos and drama—a great opportunity for young people to learn and get to know other students. • Join the Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace Corps for the following events: --A free Easter party starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 at The Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace Corps Fun for all ages, games, crafts and snacks. --Youth Councils at Camp Wonderland, Camp Lake, Wis., which is open to grades 6 and up from April 6-8. Go online to metroyouthnetwork.org for more information. --Summer Day Camp begins June 11 through July 27 for ages 4-12 and a bridge program for ages 13-and-up. For more information about any of the upcoming events and camps, visit saobt. org or call 630-629-4948.
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Pictured here at Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) High School Top Tech Challenge are (from left): Willowbrook seniors Christian Dublin, Matthew Seymore, junior Zachary Groleau and senior Sean Olson.
Parks and Rec announces Easter programs Villa Park Recreation is offering special Easter programs for kids in April. Baking with the Bunny is Wednesday, March 21, 2-4 pm. Kids ages 4-10 will bake delicious good-
ies, participate in Easter-themed activities and visit with the Villa Park Bunny. Egg Coloring will be held Friday, March 30, 9-10 am for ages 4-10. Kids will color eggs to take
home for their own at-home egg hunt. Pre-registration is needed for both programs which will be held at the Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa.
Breakfast with the Bunny March 24 Hop over to the Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa and enjoy VILLA PARK • Parks and Recreation’s Breakfast with the Bunny on Saturday, March 24 at 9 am. Enjoy breakfast, an outdoor egg hunt and a visit with the bunny.
After breakfast everyone will head outside (rain or shine) for an egg hunt. A special prize will be awarded during each hunt, in each age group, to the child who finds the golden egg: under age 2; 2 to 4; 5 to 7 and ages 8 and older. Parents may
assist children ages 4 and younger. Priority registrations are being accepted now. Day of event registration will be accepted pending availability. Call 630-834-8970 or visit invillapark.com for fees and details.
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An estimated crowd of nearly 200 came to the meeting. Most were in support of saving the pool, but several residents spoke to the Board in favor of closing the pool and speeding up pursuit of a new pool and/or rec center.
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Nybo-sponsored Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act approved by Senate In light of the growing number of mass shootings and perpetrators of senseless violence in the United States, State Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) is cosponsoring a public safety measure to prevent potentially dangerous individuals from self-harm or
endangering others with a firearm— approved by the Illinois Senate on Feb. 28. “In some cases of these tragic shootings we’ve seen, family members and people who knew the shooter noticed signs of unstable or reckless
behavior,” said Nybo. “The Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act creates an official process and outlet for anyone to speak up, identify and prevent a troubled individual from hurting themselves or committing a horrifying act. It’s my hope we can begin to stop future tragedies before they start.” House Bill 772 establishes the Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act, which allows family members, acquaintances or law enforcement to petition the court to identify and issue an ex parte order for an individual who
poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to one’s self or another with a firearm. The Act will establish a number of factors and types of evidence that the court must consider before issuing a lethal violence order of protection. The legislation aims to help identify individuals who display signs of dangerous behavior and remove their FOID card and any firearms in their possession prior to a possible shooting. It also outlines suspicious behavior that may not be covered under tra-
ditional protective orders. “With help from the public in identifying dangerous individuals, this initiative allows for law enforcement to temporarily remove the individual’s FOID card and firearms until the court determines they are no longer a present danger to others,” said Nybo. “It’s a preventative measure that could save lives in Illinois.” Following its approval by the Senate, the legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.
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State Senators Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) and John Curran (R-Downers Grove) meet with Moms Demand Action members Kelly Albright and Alicia Schemel. Nybo is cosponsoring a public safety measure to prevent potentially dangerous individuals from self-harm or endangering others with a firearm.
Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DuPAGE COUNTY, ILLINOIS WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, PLAINTIFF, VS. GINA ROSERO A/K/A GINA BARBARA ROSERO, A/K/A GINA B. GERTZ; ELIAS ROSERO A/K/A ELIAS FABRICIO ROSERO; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, DEFENDANTS. 15 CH 1024 320 SOUTH IOWA STREET ADDISON, IL 60101-3716 NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered by the Court in the above entitled cause on December 13, 2016, Sheriff of DuPage County will on March 27, 2018, in 501 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187, at 10:00 AM, sell at public auction and sale to the highest bidder for cash, all and singular, the following described real estate mentioned in said Judgment, situated in the County of DuPage, State of Illinois, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said Judgment: LOT 6 IN BLOCK 26 IN HOME ADDITION TO ADDISON, A SUBDIVISION OF PART OF THE EAST 1/2 OF SECTION 28, TOWNSHIP 40 NORTH, RANGE 11 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED ON JUNE 15, 1926 AS DOCUMENT 215640, IN DUPAGE COUNTY, ILLINOIS. TAX NO. 03-28-422-015 COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 320 SOUTH IOWA STREET ADDISON, IL 60101-3716 Description of Improvements: SINGLE FAMILY HOME, NOT FOR SALE, UTIL ON, 1.5 CAR DET GAR The Judgment amount was $173,024.16. Sale Terms: This is an “AS IS” sale for “CASH”. The successful bidder must deposit 10% down by certified funds; balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. NO REFUNDS. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate, water bills, etc., and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to plaintiff. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the bid amount, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a
Deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. The successful purchaser has the sole responsibility/expense of evicting any tenants or other individuals presently in possession of the subject premises. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For Information: Visit our website at http://ilforeclosuresales.mrpllc.com. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only - McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC, Plaintiff’s Attorneys, 1 N. Dearborn St. Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60602. Tel. No. (312) 3469088. Please refer to file# 12189 PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT, THE PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Plaintiff’s attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale. I3077149 (Published in the Addison Independent, Bensenville Independent & Villa Park Independent Feb. 22, Mar. 1 & 8, 2018) 307951 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Board Of Education of Bensenville Elementary School District No. 2 of a PUBLIC HEARING to be held at 7:00 p.m. on March 21, 2018 at the offices of Bensenville Elementary School District No. 2, 210 South Church Road, Bensenville, Illinois, to consider the transfer of $3,800,000 from the Education Fund to the Bond Fund to make regularly-scheduled bond payments on November 1, 2018 and May 1, 2019 and to redeem debt certificates. s/ Katie Krajecki Secretary, Board of Education (Published in the Addison Independent, Bensenville Independent & Villa Park Independent March 8, 2018) 309467
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Steps to Town!
Steps to Town!
On the fringe of downtown Elmhurst, this American 4Square sits on a premium 65 x 190 lot & was completely renovated w/ 2-story addition in 2010. Large front porch to open concept first floor - family rm w/ surround sound, fireplace, built-ins, entertainer’s kitchen w/ island, butler’s pantry, full bath, separate formals & 2 fireplaces. 4 beds up w/ master suite, spa bath & laundry. Finished basement - office, 5th bed, & rec room. Outdoors- new Trex deck, 190’ deep lot, playset & 2.5 car garage. Improvements include hardie siding, Pella windows, electrical/plumbing, & 3-zone HVAC. Walk to everything! $889,900
On the fringe of downtown Elmhurst, this American 4-Square sits on a premium 65 x 190 lot & was completely renovated w/ 2-story addition in 2010. Large front porch to open concept first floor - family rm w/ surround sound, fireplace, built-ins, $889,900
Rare Oversized Ranch!
Rare Oversized Ranch!
The 20 year owners have lovingly & meticulously maintained this home & newer features include theses: WINDOWS, FENCE, CONCRETE WORK. 1st Floor has hardwood throughout, Living & Dining Rooms with lots of natural light, 3 $420,000 FIRST OFFERING! W NE
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The 20 year owners have lovingly & meticulously maintained this home & newer features include theses: WINDOWS, FENCE, CONCRETE WORK. 1st Floor has hardwood throughout, Living & Dining Rooms with lots of natural light, 3 generously sized bedrooms, Eat in Kitchen, Full Bath + Half Bath offers convenience & just needs new owner’s style/updates to call it home. Fully Finished Basement w/ a 4th Bedroom option, HUGE recreation room & a wet bar w/ endless potential, PLUS a Full Bathroom & lots of storage space gives the lower level over 1500 sf which you can customize to meet your needs. Fenced in yard & walk to school/parks location! $420,000
Heart of Elmhurst
Heart of Elmhurst
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/inlaw arrangement. Bathrooms on each level, including basement. Hardwood floors, updated kitchen with granite counter-tops and stainless steel appliance package. 2 car attached garage. The lot could be subdivided into two 50x150 lots with a Cottage Hill address! $675,000
$675,000 COTTAGE HILL DOUBLE LOT
New Jefferson Build
New Jefferson Build
Great location & opportunity to work with Elmhurst’s finest custom home builders. Walking distance to top rated public or private schools -Jefferson or Visitation & to newly renovated Butterfield Park. Top flight finishes, millwork, ceiling details & $1,039,000 WISE INVESTMENT BUILDERS
Elmhurst Starter Home
Elmhurst Starter Home
Nicely updated ranch in Elmhurst SD 205. Laminate wood flooring throughout, 6-panel doors, 2 updated full baths w/ granite tile, & jacuzzi tubs. Master bedroom has a walk in closet & attached master bath. 2nd bedroom has double
Curb appeal, beautiful landscaping, Location all included in this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Tri Level located just steps away from Visitation Grade School. Huge kitchen w/ large eat in area & bay window that can be used as a dining room
Curb appeal, beautiful landscaping, Location all included in this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Tri Level located just steps away from Visitation Grade School. Huge kitchen w/ large eat in area & bay window that can be used as a dining room interchangeably. Family room is an addition which gives you a total of over 1650 sq ft of living space! 2 oversized bedrooms on 2nd level, 3rd floor master wall divider was just taken down to free up more space. Full bathrooms located on 2nd and 3rd levels. Outdoor deck is great for large family gathering! $355,000
Nicely updated ranch in Elmhurst SD 205. Laminate wood flooring throughout, 6-panel doors, 2 updated full baths w/ granite tile, & jacuzzi tubs. Master bedroom has a walk in closet & attached master bath. 2nd bedroom has double wide, 6-panel closet doors. kitchen features 42” custom cabinets with slow close and stainless steel appliances. newer roof, siding, windows & HVAC. Walking distance to Crestview park and Marianos and LA fitness. $239,900
Great Value & Location!
Great Value & Location!
Great location & opportunity to work with Elmhurst’s finest custom home builders. Walking distance to top rated public or private schools Jefferson or Visitation & to newly renovated Butterfield Park. Top flight finishes, millwork, ceiling details & craftsmanship throughout. Main level offers hardwood floors, butler & walk-in pantry, office, separate dining room & eat-in kitchen with island overlooking family room with fireplace. 4 generous bedrooms up - all with attached bathrooms & 2nd floor laundry. Luxurious master suite with his/hers walk-on closets & spa bath with soaking tub & separate shower. Oversized attached 2.5 car garage. $1,039,000
Danby Woods Colonial
Danby Woods Colonial
You’re sure to be impressed w/ this ‘Southern Living’ gem w/ custom fluted trim on all 3 floors, separate formals, 1st floor laundry/mudrm, eat-in kitchen, 1st floor family rm, & custombuilt fireplace mantels. 4 BRs up, 3 w/ direct bathroom access, $699,900
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You’re sure to be impressed w/ this ‘Southern Living’ gem w/ custom fluted trim on all 3 floors, separate formals, 1st floor laundry/mudrm, eat-in kitchen, 1st floor family rm, & custom-built fireplace mantels. 4 BRs up, 3 w/ direct bathroom access, 3 fireplaces, one w/ dual exposure to the master BR & master bath. 2 magnificent libraries, a lower level in-law arrangement w/ private bath & wet bar w/ sink, fridge & dishwasher. Covered porch & 2nd floor veranda overlooking a expansive paver brick patio & large yard w/ irrigation & impressive landscaping, a heated 2 car attached garage w/ epoxy floors, & charming Coach House! $699,900
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Newer Construction < $650k!
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Great value South Elmhurst! Main level features hardwood floors throughout, 2 panel solid core white doors, wrought iron railings on staircase & 2 story foyer. 1st floor living room, formal dining room, kitchen, family room w/ direct vent $639,000 NEW PRICE!
Great value South Elmhurst! Main level features hardwood floors throughout, 2 panel solid core white doors, wrought iron railings on staircase & 2 story foyer. 1st floor living room, formal dining room, kitchen, family room w/ direct vent fireplace, laundry/mudroom & powder room. Beautiful maple cabinets w/ walnut stain & dark glaze in kitchen w/ SS appliances & granite countertops. 4 beds on 2nd level w/ shared hall bath. Private master suite w/ whirlpool tub & large walk in shower. Dual zone HVAC & roughed in central vac. Partial finished basement w/ r/o plumbing for future bath. Fenced in yard with gas line for grill and much much more! $639,000
New Build on Sunnyside
New Build on Sunnyside
Great opportunity to build on one of best streets in the Lincoln school district. Steps from blue ribbon Lincoln school, York HS, the Prairie Path, and the Spring Rd business district. 3880 SF, first floor office, over-sized mudroom, chef’s kitchen with $1,099,000 CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY!
In the home stretch! A month out from completion for this rare, new construction home in Crescent Park. Steps from the IL Prairie Path and walking distance to Washington Park and Blue Ribbon Edison Elementary and Sandburg JRHS. This
In the home stretch! A month out from completion for this rare, new construction home in Crescent Park. Steps from the IL Prairie Path and walking distance to Washington Park and Blue Ribbon Edison Elementary and Sandburg JRHS. This Craftsman style home features an inviting front porch, hardwood floors throughout, 1st floor office, 3 car attached garage, a huge master suite with his/hers walk-in closets and spa bath, and unique smart home features you won’t find in other new builds in town. Delivery March 2018. $1,199,900
Close to everything, offering a private, professionally landscaped backyard complete w/ lighting, 2-level deck, pergola & fire pit. Perfect retreat for entertaining/relaxing. Family rm features gas fireplace & raised hearth surrounded
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Town Homes of Fountain Pointe
Town Homes of Fountain Pointe
Come see this one of a kind luxury townhouse development in Elmhurst by outstanding Island Construction. This 3 bedroom / 4 bathroom with 2 car heated attached garage will give you 2,400SF+ of high end finishes, a beautiful open floor plan, and $650,000
Come see this one of a kind luxury townhouse development in Elmhurst by outstanding Island Construction. This 3 bedroom / 4 bathroom with 2 car heated attached garage will give you 2,400SF+ of high end finishes, a beautiful open floor plan, and perfect for entertaining. Enjoy the gorgeous views of the Prairie Path landscape while living less than one mile from downtown Elmhurst’s restaurants, shopping, museums, library, theater & Metra. Situated in a friendly community with award winning schools & parks just 17 miles from downtown Chicago. Phase II is ready for occupancy with selection of your own custom finishes. Call today for a private showing. $650,000
Great opportunity to build on one of best streets in the Lincoln school district. Steps from blue ribbon Lincoln school, York HS, the Prairie Path, and the Spring Rd business district. 3880 SF, first floor office, over-sized mudroom, chef’s kitchen with island, butler pantry, formal dining, huge family room with fireplace, 3 car garage, 4 large beds up, master suite with his & hers walk-ins, master spa bath with over-sized shower and soaking tub. Ability to finish attic with additional 300 SF of 8 ft height ceiling as well as basement. In for permits. Perfect timing to fully customize everything! Summer 2018 delivery. $1,099,000
Close to everything, offering a private, professionally landscaped backyard complete w/ lighting, 2-level deck, pergola & fire pit. Perfect retreat for entertaining/relaxing. Family rm features gas fireplace & raised hearth surrounded by beautiful custom cabinetry & glass tiling. Other features include custom wood cabinets & new SS fridge in kitchen; formal dining room; 1st floor full bath; spacious master bedroom w/ vaulted ceilings, huge closet & attached bath w/jacuzzi tub; a huge finished basement w/ kitchenette, office & 1/2 bath! Heated 1.5 car attached garage w high ceilings. Paver extensions on both sides of cement driveway for double wide car parking. $494,000
Great Value in South Elmhurst
Great Value in South Elmhurst
Walk to Lincoln grade School, Bryan Middle School and York High School. Steps to Illinois Prairie Path/Spring Road shopping district. 75x140 Lot. Unique open floor plan. 4 car garage. 2 attached/2 detached. 3800 sq. ft on 1st/2nd floor. $965,000
Walk to Lincoln grade School, Bryan Middle School and York High School. Steps to Illinois Prairie Path/Spring Road shopping district. 75x140 Lot. Unique open floor plan. 4 car garage. 2 attached/2 detached. 3800 sq. ft on 1st/2nd floor. Finished basement w/ traditional pub style wet bar, workout room & bedroom. Whole house back up generator system. Irrigation system. Mature landscape. Fenced in yard. Paver patio. Solid brick construction. This beautiful home has many upgraded amenities. 4 beds on 2nd floor with 4 full private baths. Bedroom/office on 1st floor with 1/2 bath connected. Recently updated kitchen with white cabinets and grey island. $965,000
Oversized ranch on a 1/2 acre parcel with a premier cul-desac location in south Elmhurst. Over 3,200 SF + a finished basement & 2.5 car attached garage that backs up to Butterfield Park. The breathtaking views of the backyard $699,900
Sprawling Ranch Oversized ranch on a 1/2 acre parcel with a premier cul-de-sac location in south Elmhurst. Over 3,200 SF + a finished basement & 2.5 car attached garage that backs up to Butterfield Park. The breathtaking views of the backyard oasis are captured in every room. Huge master suite & family room additions on back with vaulted ceilings, skylights, & direct access to wrap-around deck. Professionally manicured grounds w/ lush, mature landscaping/irrigation system. As spacious as they come, this ranch offers 4 BR’s, 4 full baths, a formal dining room w/ wet bar, 1st floor laundry, tons of storage, & can entertain the largest gatherings all year round. $699,900
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Ending on a high note Timothy Christian girls basketball IC Catholic Prep’s Joey Bianchini gets team places two on all-state team another state wrestling championship
By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT
IC Catholic Prep senior Joey Bianchini leaves the wrestling program with two state titles. He also leaves as a wrestler who helped build a Knights program that in its short timeframe of existence found itself wrestling in the Class 1A dual-team state finals this season. “It’s been quite a wild ride to say the least,” said Bianchini. “We started as a small team my freshman year and built the program off that. It’s been an amazing experience. I accomplished most of what I wanted to accomplish and we made state as a team. It’s been crazy.” Bianichini said the minute he hit IC Catholic Prep as a freshman he wanted success. “My career has been a success,” he said. “I have never not been hungry for more success. My goal coming in was to win four state championships. I got two. I’m happy with my highschool career. I’d love to do it all over again, but it’s over and done with. I had a great career.” The last two years, he said, are filled with great memories. “They are very special,” he said. “Freshman year I didn’t get what I wanted and sophomore year it happened again,” he said. “Junior and senior year I worked hard every day to get what I wanted. It’s extremely special.” Bianchini, who finished with 150 wins in high school, said repeating as state champion took some work. “There was a little pressure this year,” he said. “It was a little more than last year. I had a target on my back because I was the top guy out there. I took it one match at a time. I didn’t think about anything else but my opponent. It was one at a time. They come at you one at a time and you have to get it done.” As for the future, Bianchini has not made a decision on his college future. “I’m uncommitted, but I’m wrestling for sure in college,” he said. Bianchini will take part this weekend in the Illinois-Indiana dual meet in Springfield that pits the state champions of both states against each other in a dual-meet format. He also is continuing his training at the Izzy Style club. Looking back, Bianchini said another key memory he will take with him is the growth of the Knights’ wrestling program. “Freshman year we had like six or seven guys in the program,” he said. “We had faith in the program for sure. As a freshman, I didn’t think we’d be in the dual-team state finals my senior year, but we had the work ethic and the ability and we made it happen.”
Strube, Schuringa earn spots after helping lead Trojans to sectional title game
By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT
The Timothy Christian girls basketball team’s successful season was punctuated by the recent announcement Jordyn Strube and Olivia Schuringa made the Class 2A allstate honorable-mention team. Strube and Schuringa helped the Trojans go 20-10, finish 8-4 in Metro Suburban Conference Red Division play, win a Class 2A regional title and advance to a Class 2A sectional title game. “The fact we won regionals made our season special,” said Strube. “We played very well. We played some close games and won some close games we weren’t supposed to. The regional title and everything else
and keep things under control. Last year I had some crazy passes. This year I was more under control.” Strube noted the all-state honorable-mention award she received with Olivia Schuringa has strong meaning. “I didn’t expect to receive that,” she said. “I’m only a junior and to receive that is a nice accomplishment that I’m thankful for.” Strube, who would like to play the sport in college, will be one of many returning players for the Trojans next season. “Almost everybody is coming back,” she said. “Besides Olivia and Emily graduating, the two freshmen will be sophomores and they were big contributors. Our big thing is we need to get our turnovers under control and stop turning the ball over. Turning the ball over during important times leads to extra points for the other team. We lost several games because of that. If we keep working hard, we can be just as good as this year. We’re so excited for next year.”
Willowbrook’s Jack Jessen reflects on his state wrestling championship
By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT
How does it feel to be a highschool wrestling state champion? “There are no words that can describe it,” said Willowbrook senior Jack Jessen, who recently won the Class 3A 182-pound state title. “I feel like I came here to do what
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made it such a good season.” Strube said the team’s attitude played a big role in what was accomplished. “We all got along very well,” she said. “We all worked very well together and that makes everything work out well. When we got into the post, our post players caught the passes, especially Liv (Olivia), Emily (DeBoer) and Hannah (Schuringa).” Strube noted the Trojans also excelled thanks to the contributions of freshmen Sureya Alex and Hannah Schuringa. “The two freshman helped us big-time,” she said. Strube said she had an inkling this year’s group could have success. “I definitely expected us to do well,” she said. “I’m happy we did as well as I expected.” On the individual front, Strube said passing improvement helped her take the next step. “I got better at passing,” she said. “My ball-handling skills also improved. There were times I had to take the ball up
I was supposed to and did what I wanted to accomplish. It’s a sense of accomplishment, pride and a sense of happiness. I finally got there and put all that hard work in and it finally paid off. It’s an unspeakable moment.” Jessen, headed to Northwestern to wrestle, said the state title weighed on his mind a lot this season. He finished in the top three in the state his previous three seasons, including a runner-up finish as a junior. “There is no doubt it was on my mind,” he said. “I knew I wouldn’t end my season without a state title.” And Jessen did it without losing a match this season while wrestling an extremely demanding schedule. “Going undefeated definitely is a tough thing to do,” he said. “It’s a nice accomplishment to get done and it’s something I feel really good about.” Jessen also surpassed 200 wins for his high-school career. “I never thought that could happen,” he said. “Freshman year, stepping in there, I never thought I would be in the 200-win club, no sir.” Jessen said what he’s been able to accomplish the last four years was not a singular endeavor. “A lot of people helped me whether it was coaches, teammates and especially my family,” he said. “Everybody helped out. There were a lot of huge contributors. A lot of people devoted a great amount of time and effort to get me where I am at right now.” Jessen admitted going into Champaign a few weeks ago carried a tad bit of pressure. “There was a little pressure,” he said. “But I went in there confident and I was going to leave no stone unturned and when it came to the state finals
I was going to lay it out there and hopefully get the title at the end.” When Jessen reached the final match, he said nerves did not creep into the picture. “The final match I was more laidback,” he said. “I was more confident in what I needed to do. I laid it out there.” Just because the high-school season is over doesn’t mean the competitions stop for Jessen. This week he will be part of the Illinois vs. Indiana state duals in Springfield, an event that pits state champions from both states against each other. Next week, he’ll represent Team USA at the Pittsburgh Classic and then it’s off to Cedar Falls, Iowa for nationals. “I just love wrestling,” said Jessen. “I can’t get enough of it. With college coming up I want to compete with the guys I will be competing against from other states.” Jessen took little time off between the state finals and training for this upcoming string of events. “I took a week off and started back up with a couple practices and lifting,” he said. “It was a quick turnaround. I don’t need much time off. I don’t know what to do when I have time off.” Jessen, who would like to study economics or pre-med at Northwestern, did what he did this year after suffering an ankle injury during the Willowbrook football season. Jessen was a key contributor to the football team’s success this season. “I came off football where I had a severely sprained ankle and some torn tendons,” he said. “It healed itself and I went full throttle. This has been amazing. We had a great year in football and then I had an amazing year in wrestling and winning the title puts the cherry on top of my high-school career.”
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Hoops, there it is!
Besides food, dress-up, music and dancing, the Princess Ball featured a hula hoop contest! Yes, dads got in on the hula-hooping as well.
Get ready to spin out! Hula fun This little Princess waits for the music to start so she can try out the hula hoop. Hula-hooping was just one of the activities at this year’s Princess Ball held Friday, March 2.
Taking a break
Playing dress-up with Daddy
This little Princess shows off her hula hoop skills on Friday, March 2 at the Princess Ball at the Iowa Center.
These four Princesses take a rest after winning their round of the hula hoop contest. It was all part of the Princess Ball held on Friday, March 2 at the Iowa Center.
Dustin Fitzgerald and daughter Kenzie, 4, wear mustaches and glasses into the Dress-up Photo Booth at the Princess Ball held at the Iowa Center on Friday, March 2.
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Prince Charming of a dad
Mike Delgado of Villa Park gets a peck on the cheeks from his two favorite girls: daughters Maddie, 2, and Bridgette, 3, during the ‘Princess Ball’ held at the Iowa Community Center on Friday, March 2.
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Christian Congregation Church
Worship Services for Lent: Every Wednesday thru March 28th 12:00PM and 7:00PM Maundy Thursday 12:00PM and 7:00PM Good Friday 12:00PM and 7:00PM Easter Sunday 6:00AM, 8:30AM, and 11:00AM
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We are a family friendly non-denominational Bible church with an outreach in your neighborhood! Volunteer musicians are welcome to audition. See our website for more information on contemporary and traditional services. We hope to see you soon! 120 S. Mill Street, Wood Dale, IL
BETHEL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 315 E. St. Charles Rd., Elmhurst www.bethel-ucc.org 630-279-4040
You are invited to experience the Love of God during this Season of Lent. From 12 noon to 10:00 pm on March 9 and from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on March 10, priests will be available to hear confessions in English. Select times will be offered for Polish and Spanish speakers.
Immaculate Conception Church 132 Arthur St., Elmhurst IL 630-530-8515
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Willowbrook girls badminton team has experience on its side Warriors return six conference medalists By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT
The Willowbrook girls badminton team is not hurting in the experience department. The Warriors have six conference medalists back from a 2017 team that went 13-7-1 overall and took second in the West Suburban Conference Gold Division with a 4-1 mark. Back for the Warriors are junior Hanna Konrath, seniors Hailey Vogt and Millie Zachariah, junior Charlotte Dewyer, senior Luz Alcala and junior Grace Wachholz. Konrath is a returning state qualifier, while Wachholz is a returning conference champion. Konrath, Vogt, Zachariah, Dewyer and Alcala are returning conference medalists. Key newcomers to the team include seniors Leah Gensel, Taylor Scheelk and Leksi Daskiewicz, along with juniors Katie Karcz, Sydney Wilson and Sania Irfan. “The strength of this team relies on its experience,” said Willowbrook coach Brandon Murphy. “We have
more than 10 girls with varsity experience returning to the lineup. We will be relying on that experience to carry us through the ups and downs that come within a season. Many of the varsity girls have been in big matches and know what they need to do to be successful. This team knows how to work hard and have fun while doing it. It’s going to be another fun and successful season.” Murphy said there will be good balance between his doubles and singles lineups this season. “With many young ladies having experience in both, I feel confident the girls who will represent us in singles and doubles will be successful.” Individually, Murphy noted Konrath has been hard at work during the offseason. “She is motivated for another state-final run,” he said. Dewyer and Wilson also will help on the singles front. “Charlotte is another junior who has put in a lot of work since last season,” said Murphy. “I’m excited to see her compete with the state’s best. She is going to open some eyes this season. I’m also interested to see Sydney’s impact on the team. She was at the top
of the JV team last year and won the conference championship. In the first week of practice, she already is showing she has what it takes to be successful at the varsity level.” Murphy said the team will benefit from the doubles experience Zachariah, Vogt and Alcala bring to the table. “They are ready for their senior seasons,” he said. And Wachholz, Murphy noted, is poised to make another strong post-
season run. “Grace is a returning conference champion who knows how to compete and win,” he said. “She is a tough competitor who is working on repeating as the conference champion and making it downstate this season.” With the amount of experience returning, Murphy said team chemistry will not be a problem. “The team is just that, a team,” he said. “They work well together. They know when
it is time to be serious and when it is time to be relaxed.” Murphy added the team would like to improve its standing in a pair of areas this season. “They are looking to leave their mark,” he said. “Last season we finished second in conference and second in sectionals. They are working hard to change that result.” Willowbrook opens play Monday at Wheaton-Warrenville South.
Fenton’s Fischer swims in state meet Fenton boys basketball team loses in regionals By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT
Fenton’s Nik Fischer recently competed in the IHSA boys state swimming finals at Evanston Township High School. Fischer finished 38th in the state in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.39. Fischer qualified for state in the 100 out of the Deerfield sectional and is Fenton’s first swimmer to qualify for the state meet in many years, the school noted.
Fischer also was a medalist at the sectional in the backstroke where he established a new school record. The 200 medley relay team of Fischer, Conrad Oberski, Matt Janovsky and Lucas Feddersen also were medalists and broke a school record. Also at the sectional, Matt McElroy, Jason Gasior, Maciej Sporna, Jordan Loyola and Paul Sofineti contributed key points for the team. Fenton finished eighth at the sectional with 69.5 points.
At the conference meet, Fischer, Oberski, Janovsky and Feddersen had two medal-winning third-place finishes. Fischer won the 100 backstroke and took third in the 100. Feddersen and Oberski were second and third respectively in the 50 and medalists in their other events. Janovsky was a medalist in the 100 butterfly. McElroy, Sporna, Ivan Golovin and Loyola also had strong
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By Mike Miazga CORRESPONDENT
The drought is over. The Willowbrook boys basketball team recorded a recent 61-56 win over West Suburban Conference Gold Division foe Hinsdale South to win the Class 4A Hinsdale South regional title in Darien. It was Willowbrook’s first regional title since 2004. The Warriors advanced to the Class 4A Glenbard East sectional this past Tuesday in Lombard where they faced Naperville North. If Willowbrook won that game, it will play for the Glenbard East sectional title Friday in Lombard against either Benet Academy or Bartlett. Willowbrook had split the regular-season series with Hinsdale South, winning at home and losing in Darien. Willowbrook is the No. 5 seed in the Glenbard East sectional. Hinsdale South was the No. 4 seed. Naperville North is the No. 1 seed, while Benet is the No. 2 seed and Bartlett is the No. 12 seed. The Warriors also will have four individuals competing in the sectional round of the Class 4A state 3-point shooting contest this week at Glenbard East. Willowbrook’s Scott Tumilty won the Hinsdale South regional portion of the contest by sinking 13 three-pointers. Matas Masys and Sikander Zafar each made 12, while Levi Bentsen made 10.
Willowbrook advanced to the regional title game after recording a 71-46 win against Metea Valley in the semifinals. Addison Trail boys basketball The Addison Trail boys basketball team wrapped up its 2017-2018 season after a 51-44 loss to Downers Grove South in a quarterfinal game of the Class 4A Addison Trail regional. Addison Trail’s Connor Palesch advanced in the Class 4A three-point shooting contest. He’ll shoot in the sectional round this week at Glenbard East in Lombard. Rothmund at IllinoisSpringfield Willowbrook graduate Michael Rothmund is off to another strong start on the baseball field for the University of Illinois at Springfield squad. Through the first nine games of the season, Rothmund was hitting .364 with 12 hits in 33 at-bats. He has scored 13 runs and also had five doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI. Rothmund had a slugging percentage of .879 and an on-base percentage of .500 thanks in part to nine walks on his record. The senior first baseman is coming off a 2017 season where he was a D2CCA second-team all-region pick after belting 24 home runs to go with 68 RBI. He led the conference last year in home runs and RBI, as well as slugging percentage (.789).
The Don of a New Day in Sports By Don Figarelli COLUMNIST
Josh Stubbs bowls a 300 game Yes, on January 25 at Stardust Bowl, Josh Stubbs, with concentration and accuracy, bowled a 300 game. His father Bob, who is the League’s treasurer and bowls on the Mack’s Golden Pheasant team, was excited, along with most of the other bowlers. A 300 game is the goal of every bowler but it is not easy. What is wrong with the Black-
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swims to help Fenton take fifth at the varsity level, more than doubling last year’s point totals. In earlier action, Fenton lost 8784 to the Addison Trail-Willowbrook co-op team in a non-conference dual meet. Feddersen and Janovsky each took first in two events and were part of two firstplace relay teams. Fischer, Oberski, Brendon Dal, Gasior, Loyola, McElroy, Sofineti, Sporna and Brandon Stiltner also contributed to the team’s scoring. In Fenton’s 97-77 non-conference win over South Elgin, the relay team of Fischer, Oberski, Janovsky and Feddersen won two events. Gasior, Loyola, Joe Mazariegos, McElroy, Sofineti, Sporna and Stiltner also were key point contributors.
On the junior-varsity front, Dal, Zahn Kahn, Daniel Roucka and Daniel Wiecorek all had personal-best swims against South Elgin. Fenton boys basketball The Fenton boys basketball team wrapped up its season after a 51-41 loss to Proviso West in a quarterfinal game of the Class 4A Fenton regional in Bensenville. Fenton was the No. 19 seed in the Class 4A Riverside-Brookfield sectional, while Proviso West was the No. 13 seed. Fenton’s Amari Reed was one of four individuals to advance out of the Fenton regional in the Class 4A state 3-point shooting contest. Reed will compete in the sectional round this week for an opportunity to advance to the state finals. Reed will shoot at the Riverside-Brookfield sectional.
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