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Former Bolingbrook Mayoral Candidate Cheats Death .................................................... Ralph LaPorte – rlaporte@theweeklyreporter.com

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You may recall Bonnie Kurowski-Alicea who unsuccessfully challenged Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar in the Tuesday April 7th election. Bonnie as we have referred to her for convenience, was attempting to enter I-90 North Bound from Ohio

Street in Chicago when her 2007 Nissan Altima was hit from the rear by a 2004 Lexus at about 3:35 p.m on Friday April 10th. Firemen on the scene said she was fortunate to be alive. They commented that if any passengers had been inside they would likely have been killed. Chicago Fire Department paramedics offered to

transport Bonnie to the John H. Stroger Hospital in Chicago but she declined the offer. She was driven by her husband to Edward Hospital in Naperville. Her examination showed no broken bones or internal bleeding and she was released. The driver of the Lexus, Gregory J. Pine of West Hubbard Street in Chicago, was reportedly not injured in the crash but that has not

been confirmed. Unofficial estimates placed the speed of the Lexus as high but no details of the crash or the speed of the Lexus have been released by the State Police. Upon impact, Bonnie’s car was thrown into another vehicle driven by Malettia Albury Washington of Kissimmee, Florida. Damage to Washington’s 2005 Chevrolet Impala

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was confined to the driver’s side of the rear of her car when Bonnie’s car struck it a glancing blow as it careened into Washington’s Chevrolet after the Lexus crashed into her’s.

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ALS Across America ................................................................ John Gabriel, Award Winning Writer jgabriel@theweeklyreporter.com

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The ALS Association’s St. Louis Regional Chapter Honors Florissant Man and His Family for Their Efforts in Spreading Awareness of Lou Gehrig’s Disease Florissant, MO (April 8, 2009) – For more than seven years, Florissant resident Kenny Alber worked with his hands as a carpenter and construction worker building new houses for two home builders. Today, the neurodegenerative muscular disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) has robbed him of his talent, yet Alber re-

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fuses to allow ALS to keep him inert. Commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS usually has a survival rate of two to five years from the time of diagnosis. Alber, 37, has lived with ALS since February 2003. Despite experiencing difficulty with his speech, he remains active and relies on a motorized wheelchair for mobility. Alber’s family members assist him with daily living activities. His wife Darcy, 45, who has worked in the medical field for 17 years, serves as his primary caregiver. The Albers also work closely with The ALS Association’s St. Louis Regional Chapter in fundraising efforts and in spreading awareness of Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The St. Louis Regional Chapter has proclaimed the Albers the family that best exemplifies the spirit of “ALS Across America” for the chapter in Eastern Missouri during ALS Awareness Month in May. The “ALS Across America” national campaign recognizes courageous individuals with ALS and their caregivers who are role models to people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  These special individuals reflect the spirit of the organization as they make a positive difference in their community by expanding awareness of ALS and embodying the spirit of living life to the fullest. “Kenny has a strong determination to ‘live’ life with ALS,” said Sharon Gacki, the chapter’s education, awareness, and advocacy director. “He inspires others because of his ability to continue to be upbeat and personable. He is a friend to many. Fighting for a cure and possible treatments of ALS is his purpose; it is what keeps him going.” Alber has received assistance for breathing from a ventilator since June 2008. He and Darcy have two children their son, Josh, 8, and daughter, Kency, 5. Alber received his ALS diagnosis when his wife was pregnant with their youngest child. The youngsters help their parents either in spreading awareness of ALS or in taking care of their dad. Josh presented a report to his fellow grade school students in 2008 about ALS and his father. In addition, Josh’s school, Russell Elementary School in Hazelwood, did a fundraiser to support the Albers last year at McDonald’s in Florissant .   Kency works as her dad’s “little nurse.” She feeds Alber through a

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feeding tube and knows how to assist her father when his ventilator’s alarm sounds. Since 2003, the Albers have lead a walk team for the chapter’s annual Walk to Defeat ALSTM,  which raises funds for local patient services programs and research to find the causes and a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The family has also worked with local companies to get fruit donated to the Walk. In addition, the Albers participate in the chapter’s “S.O.S. List” which provides their contact information to other patients and caregivers for assistance and support and have  distributed the red rubber ALS awareness bracelets to Darcy’s co-workers as well as to other family members and friends. “Darcy told me a story of a man recently stopping to talk with her in a grocery store where he asked her about the ALS bracelet that she was wearing,” Gacki noted. “It turned out that this person’s father had died of ALS. Darcy and this man talked for about 30 minutes about living life with ALS and the impact the disease has on people and their families.” Throughout May, The Association and its nationwide network of 42 chapters will reach out to communities across the country to educate the public about Lou Gehrig’s Disease and urge people to join The Association in the fight to make ALS a disease of the past. The Association’s National ALS Advocacy Day and Public Policy Conference, which has grown to be the single largest gathering of the ALS community, and is part of ALS Awareness Month, will be held this year on May 10-12 in Washington , D.C. The Albers plan to continue their year-round awareness efforts on a local level in May. “Kenny and Darcy are more than willing to go the extra mile for ALS education and awareness,” added Gacki. “They are always ready to educate others about the disease and the challenges they and their family face daily.”   The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with READ STORY ON PAGE 15 >

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$6 Million+ Your Tax Refund: Invest Today for Tomorrow’s Goals ................................................................ Mary Jo Ardizzone Maryjo.ardizzone@edwardjones.com Edward Jones | www.edwardjones.com ................................................................

The tax-filing deadline arrives this week. Will you be getting a refund? If so, take the time to consider how best to use it — because, when used wisely, your tax refund can give you a few added steps on the road toward achieving your financial goals. Of course, if you filed your taxes weeks ago, you might have already received a refund. But given the current economic environment, you might have kept the money in a “holding place” while you waited for an uptick in the financial markets.  At any rate, if you have access to a refund this year, you now have the opportunity to put that money to good use. How? Here are a few ideas: • Help fund your IRA. In 2008, the average federal tax refund was $2,429, according to the Internal Revenue Service. If you were to receive that amount, it would cover almost half of your IRA contribution for this year, as the annual limit is $5,000. (You can put in $6,000 if you’re 50 or older). A traditional IRA grows tax deferred, while a Roth IRA grows tax free, provided you have held

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your account for at least five years and don’t take withdrawals until you reach age 59-1/2. Your IRA may have taken a hit last year, but if you fund it with quality investments and avoid making withdrawals until retirement, you can take important steps to help rebuild your portfolio. •  Help build an emergency fund. You could use part of your refund for an IRA and part to help build an emergency fund. Ideally, you should have six to 12 months’ worth of living expenses in a liquid account to help pay for unexpected costs, such as a major car repair, a new furnace or a costly medical bill. Without such an emergency fund, you might be forced to dip into your long-term investments to pay for these costs — and that can hurt your progress toward your financial objectives. •  Help rebalance your portfolio. Based on your risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term goals, you may have decided to put a certain percentage of your assets in “growth” vehicles and a certain percentage in income-oriented investments. At that point, your portfolio was in equilibrium. But during the long bear market, your portfolio may have sustained enough losses to become “unbalanced.” In other words, some of your investments may have lost so much value that they no longer make up the percentage of your holdings that you had originally intended. Of course, you could wait for these investments to bounce back — and they may, given enough time — but if you wanted to speed up the rebalancing process, you could use your tax refund to add the right types of new investments to your mix. Ironic as it may seem, there may not be a better year in which to invest your refund. You can find many quality investments at reasonable prices today, so your refund can help you add extra shares to your accounts — and the more shares you own, the better off you may be when the market turns around. So put your refund to work soon.

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Green Jobs, Energy Projects on the Horizon Over $6 million will be distributed in our district,” added Halvorson. throughout the 11th District for ener- “We’re creating jobs and decreasing gy efficiency and conservation, Con- energy costs for those in our commugresswoman Debbie Halvorson (IL- nity.”  11) announced today.  The funding, Other activities eligible for use of which totals $6,272,300, is part of the the energy grant funds include transEnergy Efficiency and portation programs Conservation Block that conserve energy, Grant Program from projects to reduce and the U. S. Department capture greenhouse of Energy. gas emissions, renew “Green jobs and reable energy installatooling energy is vital tions on government to the district - and buildings, energy effithese energy grants cient traffic signals and will definitely help us street lights, deployadvance our commument of Combined nities as we work to Heat and Power and rebuild our economy,” district heating and Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson (D-11) said Halvorson. “Not cooling systems, and only will these funds others. give us the ability to For more informahelp create ‘green’ jobs in the district, tion on the Energy Efficiency and but they will also help decrease our Conservation Block Grant Program, dependence on foreign oil.” go to www.eecbg.energy.gov. Recipients of the grant includes: the City of Bloomington , $746,400; Town of Normal , $488,500; City of Joliet , $1,346,400; Village of Plainfield , $143,700; Village of Tinley Park , $537,600; and the County of Will , $3,009,700. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program focuses on projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions, as well as the overall improvement of energy efficiency nationwide. The funding can be applied in a variety of ways that include: energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits in residential and commercial buildings; the development and implementation of advanced building codes and inspections; and the creation of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements.  -------“This is just another example of how the economic recovery package is making a positive impact


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Senior Services Center Hosts 19th Annual Dinner and Auction ................................................................. info@theweeklyreporter.com .................................................................

The Senior Services Center of Will County is hosting its 19th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction entitled “Young at Heart” to be held on Friday April 24, 2009 at the Harrah’s Joliet Hotel & Casino. The event is open to the public of all ages. The evening will feature a silent auction, dinner, music provided by Da Fellas Band, and a special performance by the 2008 Senior Idols Winners. Tickets are $80 per person. The evening will include a presentation of the Center’s Shining Star Award which is presented to an individual whose is caring and has shown commitment to help make the community a better place to live. This year’s recipient is Sister Ellen Thomas r.c. who has served on the Board of Directors of the Senior Services Center for 14 years. She is a member of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Cenacle and will celebrate 45 years as a Cenacle Sister this August. Sister Ellen founded St. Elizabeth’s Home and worked tirelessly

and proudly to maintain this home for senior women who wish to live commonly and share a faith based life. The second award is the Friends of the Center Award which recognizes an individual or organization who has strongly and continually supported the Center and aging programs in general. This year’s recipient is the United Way of Will County in recognition of their on going support of the Center’s programs and services. The Senior Services Center is a multipurpose senior center which provides such vital services as home delivered meals, investigation of elder abuse and neglect, information and assistance, congregate meals, and educational opportunities just to name a few. The Center annually reaches over 52,000 individuals with one or more services. For more information on the dinner or to find out more about the Center, please contact Carletta Seay, Director of Development at 815-723-9713 or toll free at 1-800-892-1412. The Senior Services Center is a United Way of Will & Grundy Counties agency.

Will County Board Promotes Local Tourism County features affordable vacation opportunities

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JOLIET, IL- The Will County Board recently discussed ways to better promote its tourism industry.  In an effort to stimulate the local economy and help small business owners, members believe it is important to encourage local families to look into the many vacation opportunities in their own backyard.  Will County’s expansive geography offers a unique opportunity to experience both small town charm and big city fun. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 >

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Five Tips for Retirement Planning in a Challenging Economy ................................................................. ARAcontent info@theweeklyreporter.com .................................................................

(ARA) - “What do I do now?” This is the question that is being asked by everyone from baby boomers on the cusp of retirement to 20-somethings who have just started their retirement savings. Today’s volatile market has left everyone in the dark. “Challenging economic times call for a return to basic principles, like a commitment to personal savings, seeking professional advice to help investors assess their personal situations, and employing a holistic approach to retirement planning,” advises Christine Marcks, president of Prudential Retirement. A thoughtful approach to preparing for retirement is important for all individuals, no matter how far off retirement might be. Prudential has developed “The Four Pillars of U.S. Retirement” as a framework to discuss how Americans can prepare for and live in retirement. For most Americans, no single pillar will be sufficient to meet retirement income needs. Now more than ever, to save and plan effectively for a secure retirement, individuals should consider how Social Security, workplace-provided programs, personal savings, and retirement choices will affect their ability to live comfortably in the future. Here are five back-to-basics tips to help Americans get their retirement plans back on track in this challenging market: 1. Know the options and outcomes for drawing your Social Security benefits. If you are nearing retirement, be sure to understand your options and how you can maximize your Social Security benefits. Be clear about the tax implications of early or delayed benefits. 2. Continue to leverage and maximize your workplace-provided programs. If you aren’t already, enroll in your workplace-sponsored defined contribution plan --401(k), 403(b), etc. -- if one is available. You should contribute at least enough to get the full benefit of a sponsor match. This is not the time to “leave money on the table.” Also consider in-plan investment options, such as target-date funds, automatic asset-allocation programs, and

even guarantee-based vehicles that can protect savings and income and offer a guaranteed retirement paycheck. 3. Make the most of your personal savings. Despite the uncertain economy, remain calm. Follow the basic principle of investment diversification, which continues to be an important element

of any financial plan. Work with a financial advisor to appropriately allocate assets based on age, risk tolerance and years to retirement. 4. Assess -- and maybe reassess -- your retirement choices. The current downturn may require you to re-examine key retirement choices, such as when to retire or where to live. A tax-efficient approach to taking retirement income can play a big part in how long your retirement assets will last. Understand the financial implications of your desired lifestyle and consider which choices make sense for your personal situation. 5. Seek advice from a financial professional. If you don’t already have a financial advisor, a trusted friend or peer can be a good source for referrals. Schedule a time to have a conversation with a professional who can provide you with detailed advice about planning for your future retirement. “Planning for retirement now by taking the back-to-basics approach is very important,” says Marcks. “In a down economy we must all take a realistic position on how different areas of our retirement are affected in order to have a bright financial future.” Take the first step today and visit www.prudential.com. Prudential Retirement is a Prudential Financial business. Retirement products and services are provided by Prudential Retirement Insurance and Annuity Company, Hartford, Conn., or its affiliates.


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(ARA) - Asthma and allergies strike nearly one in four Americans, almost 60 million people, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Both conditions cause adults to miss work, children to miss school, and are a leading cause of emergency room visits and hospital stays. Allergies and asthma don’t only affect those suffering from the illnesses, but family members and loved ones as well. So whether you have asthma and allergies, live with someone who does or have frequent asthmatic or allergic visitors, how do you make your home a safe environment? Eco-friendly practices and environmentally sensitive products can not only help minimize the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but also make your home healthier in general for you and your family. The experts at the asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program offer some tips on how to keep your home healthy and free of allergens and irritants: Cleaning People with asthma and allergies often have “triggers” that can set off a reaction in the lungs, according to the American Lung Association. Often those triggers are particles carried in the air. Other common triggers include smoke, perfume and products with heavy fragrances, dust mites, mold, pollen and more. Look for fragrance-free, natural cleaning products that do not contain toxic chemicals. While more expensive than a traditional vacuum cleaner, a High-efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum contains a special filter that traps very fine particles and keeps them from getting back into the air. While HEPA vacuums can help people breathe easier, it is still very difficult to keep pet dander, dust mites and other triggers out of carpeting. So for people with asthma and allergies, carpeted floors are not recommended. Flooring Solid surface floors should be at the top of the list for people with asthma and allergies. Hardwood, laminate and tile are all options, but the more natural a flooring product is, the better its

health and hygienic qualities tend to be. Marmoleum click, for example, is made of natural linoleum with a cork backing for a warm and comfortable floor that is also eco-friendly. The flooring panels and squares simply click together for an easy, glueless installation so there are no harmful chemicals or coatings necessary. The anti-static properties of the materials repel dust and dirt making it easy to clean, reducing exposure to allergens and contributing to better indoor air quality. Marmoleum click is the first flooring product to be awarded the asthma & allergy friendly certification mark. “The asthma & allergy friendly certification mark indicates that a product or environment has been scientifically tested in our global network of state-of-theart, accredited laboratory facilities and has proven more suitable for people with asthma and related allergic sensitivities,” says Dr. John McKeon, CEO of Allergy Standards Limited. Your home may have cleaner air, but it doesn’t need to look sterile. Click comes in 24 colors from neutrals to brights and is suitable for every room in the house. For more information visit themarmoleumstore.com. Bedding The average bed is home to millions of dust mites, which feed off dead skin. Breathing in dust mite waste particles can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Dust mite covers for mattresses and pillows provide a barrier to keep out the microscopic critters. Organic cotton or bamboo bedding is not only stylish and earth friendly but is made without chemicals that can irritate airways. Other factors Whether you’re trying to make your home friendly for people with asthma and allergies or just generally trying to improve your indoor air quality, keep in mind that the smallest things can make a difference. Stuffed children’s toys can hold dust mites and allergens. Bedding, blankets, pillows, furniture coverings and more should be washed weekly in hot water as an allergen control measure. Paints should be nontoxic and zeroVOC to prevent harmful off-gassing. For more information on how to make your home safer for those with allergies and asthma, visit AsthmaAndAllergyFriendly.com.

(ARA) - Families today tell many different stories. Each is comprised of different cultures, ancestry and heritage and because of this, many parents today want their children to celebrate their heritage and to grow up with a natural appreciation for different cultures. But for an infant or toddler, how does a parent open the door to understanding how groups of people who are different, are also very much alike in many very important ways? According to Dr. Karen Hill Scott, renowned child development expert, there are many ways to develop a positive awareness of culture. “We show

our children pictures of family members, we sing songs, and share toys that babies enjoy. Incorporating similar content from other cultures will also be fun for baby,” she explains. Dr. Hill Scott recommends beginning with baby’s natural interests -- listening to music, handling toys and clothing, and looking at pictures of people and places. To help parents introduce their children to different cultures and to de-

velop an appreciation for the world, Dr. Hill Scott shares the following tips. Music Time From Africa to Australia, music is a universal language, a common thread that ties us all together. Incorporate music from around the world into daily activities by introducing your baby to the sound of different languages, rhythms and instruments from around the globe. Whether you are putting away toys, rocking baby to sleep or even running errands, try playing a CD that exposes your little one to acoustically diverse cultural experiences specially created for a baby’s ears. Baby Einstein’s World Music CD introduces several differ-

ent kinds of baby-friendly songs that incorporate culturally inspired instruments, such as bells, drums, wooden flutes or rain stick, that engage, delight, and capture a baby’s attention. Singing and Language Time The foundation of human language is expressed in communication by making sounds and inflections that CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 >

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Will County Board Promotes Local Tourism “As families look to save money during these difficult economic times, many will decide to take vacations closer to home,” said Chairman Jim Moustis.  “These local vacations are a win-win situation, as families can save money by not traveling out of the area and, in turn, stimulate the economy by spending their dollars in Will County.” Will County offers many attractions and recreational activities for the budget conscious.  From the Rialto Theater providing arts and culture to the I&M Canal and Route 66 offering historic adventures to the Bolingbrook Promenade’s great shopping to a Joliet Jackhammers baseball game, Will County has a little bit of everything to offer its residents. “As a small business owner, I understand the trickle-down effect tourism can have on an area,” said Katrina Deutsche (D-Crete).  “From restaurants to convenience stores to gas stations to hotels, families staying local and vacationing in Will County will have a positive impact on all of them.” Last September, board members

fought to keep Channahon State Park open because of the enormous economic impact it has on the local community.  Despite their success, 7 other state parks and 12 historic sites throughout the state closed in December because of former Governor Blagojevich’s budget cuts.  Recently, Governor Pat Quinn reopened all the sites.  If they had remained closed, this could have resulted in a $1 billion annual loss to the Illinois tourism industry that provides hotels, restaurants, and retail stores to the countless individuals who visit those sites every year. “We worked to keep Channahon State Park open because of its vital role in that community and the important significance it plays along the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail,” said board member Don Gould (RShorewood). Board member Cory Singer (RFrankfort), who is President of the Forest Preserve District of Will County, also emphasized the countless recreational opportunities available. “Our many preserves, trails, and parks offer great opportunities for visitors and residents to experience unique educational and cultural programs, in addition to camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and picnicking,” said Singer.

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(ARA) - Wouldn’t it be nice if adding style, curb appeal and energy efficiency to your home actually saved you money? In 2009 and 2010, it can. Thanks to the new 2009 stimulus legislation, American homeowners can earn up to a $1,500 tax credit for buying qualifying insulated garage doors. The recent stimulus legislation signed by President Obama on Feb.17, ex-

tax credit that a taxpayer may claim from all qualifying improvements combined is a whopping 30 percent of the cost of each product and $1,500 over the lifetime of the tax credit periods (2009 and 2010). To be eligible for the tax credit: * The door must be an insulated residential garage door, installed on an insulated garage. * The door must have a U-factor equal to or less than 0.30, even if the door contains windows. * The door perimeter must have a

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The First Presbyterian Church of Du Page will hold an “All you care to eat” spaghetti dinner on Saturday April 18, 2009. The Dinner will be held between 4:40 pm and 7:30 pm. The church has noted that gluten-free pasta is available. First Presbyterian Church of Du Page is located at 180 North Weber Road in Bolingbrook and welcomes all who wish to enjoy a fine affordable dinner. Meals for adults cost $6.25, children 3 to 10 eat for $ 5.00, and youngsters under 3 eat for free. It is a great opportunity to eat out with the family, have a good time together and do it at an affordable price. Rub shoulders with some fine folks just like you and your family while you enjoy a delicious meal. Please call the church at (630) 759-8843 for additional information.

tends and significantly increases these tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements. Adding a new garage door in 2009 or 2010 can save homeowners money by not only helping lower energy consumption and costs, but also by paying for itself through the tax credit incentive. A tax credit is more valuable than an equivalent tax deduction because a tax credit reduces tax dollar-for-dollar, while a deduction only decreases the amount of income that is taxed. More details on the tax credit, along with information about garage door styles and local dealer installers, can be found at GarageWowNow.com, a non-commercial Web site. If your home has an attached garage, the room next to the garage is often the coldest room in the winter. Cold air in the winter, and warm air in the summer, can enter the house through the garage, increasing the amount of energy the home needs for heating and cooling. Insulated garage doors not only make a noticeable difference in the temperature of a home, but now can also save you money off the bottom line of your income taxes. The new tax credits are available for qualifying garage door purchases placed in service from Jan.1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2010. The maximum

means to control air infiltration. * The door must be expected to remain in service for at least five years. * The garage must be part of the taxpayer’s principal United States residence. In addition to saving money and energy, installing a new garage door also improves a home’s appearance and value. The garage can comprise a third or more of your home’s front appearance. A new door that is quickly, safely and correctly installed by a local professional will differentiate your home and add style, value and curb appeal. Even in today’s tough economic times, replacing your garage door with a new upscale model can boost the resale value of your home. A recent online survey revealed that 71 percent of homeowners who recently replaced their garage door believe it definitely increased the value of their home. To find a professional dealer/installer and the garage door style that’s right for you, visit GarageWowNow.com. The site’s ZIP code search function will help you find a professional in your area who can install your door in a few hours. The site also features before and after images of new garage doors that have dramatically changed the appearance of homes.


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Spring is a great time to renew our spirits and recommit to our well being. America has nationally adopted curricular health standards. Parents should be aware of them so that healthy lifestyles can be developed and reinforced at home. Leading by example is the most effective way to teach a child, so make sure you take care of yourself. The following are guidelines that districts use when designing and delivering content to students, they are followed by some ways you can incorporate them into your home. Promotions that highlight healthy

lifestyles; this includes concepts about disease prevention and good habits. Exercise with your child. Show them as many types of sports and programs that you can find, from tennis to yoga to walking, you never know what might stick. Lessons that demonstrate and define ways to find health information like effective internet and journal searches. Research and have conversations with your child about medical studies or specific conditions that are common in your family. Practicing behaviors that lead to good health and avoiding risks. Learn with or teach your child about disease prevention, the earlier the better. Do not focus on developing a fear of conditions but instead use this mantra: Knowledge IS Power.

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Visit to Dubai ROMEOVILLE— The City of Dubai’s rapid economic growth in recent years inspired the Lewis University College of Business and Graduate School of Management to sponsor its first travel study trip to the City

visits to several economic and cultural centers, including the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, the Dubai Financial Markets, Dubai Mercantile Exchange, local businesses (including a ceramics, environmental technologies and

of Dubai. The trip was during spring break, Feb. 28-March 8, 2009, as a part of the College’s Study Travel program. “It was a good learning experience for all. It let them (students) see that part of the world, and it was not what they expected,” commented Dr. Rami Khasawneh, dean of the College of Business & Graduate School of Management. He led the trip that included

pharmaceutical companies), and Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven Emirates and the capitol of the United Arab Emirates. Bashir Zayid, a chemistry major from Palos Park, commented, “I learned more about the different culture. It is quite different from here.” The trip also inspired the CONTINUED ON PAGE 15>

Practice analyzing the influence that society, friends, family, and media have with your child. Use television and movies or books to have conversations about the fact that being absolutely committed to a good choice is hard. This will help prepare them. While you are having these conversations brainstorm with them about ways to reduce risks, this does not only mean exercising and eating well, it also means choosing to participate in safe activities and wearing protective gear.


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To the people of Bolingbrook ................................................................ By Rhonda Reed-Slaughter info@theweeklyreporter.com

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Now that the voters have spoken and the election is over, I wanted to take a moment to thank all those who voted for me and lent their support to my campaign for Bolingbrook Village Trustee. This has been a very gratifying and humbling experience for me. As a candidate, I got the opportunity to meet and talk to hundreds of Bolingbrook residents and their families; people who graciously gave up their time to share both their hopes and concerns with me. I want to thank them again for their time and for the education they gave me about the issues that so concern

them. Those conversations we shared our community. And I look forward in have only reinforced in me the belief the months ahead to seeing and hearing that the right to vote from you all. Please feel is the most precious free to contact me at 630gift any American 536-6344 or send me an can have. Because in e-mail at electrhonda@ America, every voice yahoo.com. counts— even those Once again, to everywho don’t come out one who took the time and vote. to vote for me, volunteer Although my camtheir time or contribute paign was unsuccessto my campaign I want ful this time, I want to to offer my most heartassure those who so felt thanks. enthusiastically supported me that they Rhonda haven’t heard the Reed-Slaughter last of me. I intend Former Trustee to remain an active Candidate Lockport Alderman Tom Kelly (3rd) and visible part of

Lockport Alderman Says, “Thank You” For Your Vote people to know they have someone on the City Council who represents them. ................................................................ Now I am only speaking for myself when I say that and I want everyone to Tom Kelly is a familiar name in Lock- know why I am sitting in that seat. I do port where he won re-election as Alder- not want to see more tax giveaways and man for Lockport’s 3rd Ward. Tom KelI do want to see new ly a firm and ethics reform for all lodiligent leader cal governments. I see a man who is it as a must. willing to turn “Once again I want to the page before tell everyone thanks for he casts a vote. their vote and for the Tom wants to confidence they have have all of the put in me. I will do my information bevery best to serve everyfore him so he one and that includes can make an those who did not vote intelligent vote for me. I represent all that will favor of the people in the the people of Ward and that includes the community. those who thought Prior to the someone else was the April 7th elecperson for them. That tion Tom made Lockport Alderman Tom Kelly (3rd) is okay. This is America it clear that he and that is what deis a strong supmocracy is about; the porter of new right to speak your mind when you vote. legislation for the control of contribu- I strongly defend that right and I honor tions that can be made into the cam- it.” Tom smiled and added, “I must conpaign war chests of local politicians. He fess I do like to win.” noted that he finds it offensive for devel- Tom confided that he does wish more opers, and others who do business with voters would attend the City Council local communities, to gain favor from meetings because when the public is local government by making significant present it is a reminder to the elected ofdonations to official’s campaign chests. ficials that their first duty is to the public Kelly garnered over 43% of the votes and that they are under scrutiny. cast for his 3rd Ward and it was because A brief conversation with Tom makes he was not satisfied to rest on his laurels, it clear that he has only one mission in he worked hard asking for the people’s mind, he wants to serve his community vote. and that is a refreshing idea coming from Kelly said, “I want to thank everyone any elected official. who voted for me. The reason I run to Congratulations to Alderman Tom be an alderman is because I want the Kelly for another win. ................................................................ info@theweeklyreporter.com


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Helping others makes him feel good ter why they need it, they just do so I want to help.� .................................................... That is not the extent of his willingness to be a good neighbor. John volunteers to as He is only fourteen years old but John sist in cleaning and sweeping his school after Holloway has some very mature ideas con- the school has closed for the day. While he cerning life and what being a good citizen waits for a ride home from a family memreally means. John was noticed as he helped ber he prefers to help rather than idle away distribute food from a semi-trailer in Rome- the waiting time. oville early one Saturday morning He also assists at home with some chores John ably pitched in and worked with- and offers companionship to his two youngout prodding to stack the cases and carry er brothers, Joe 9, and Josh 7. John noted, food from the large trailer to a line of ta- “Younger kids don’t like to do any one thing bles where fresh fruits and vegetables were for very long so they get tired of doing awaiting distribution. The expression on things pretty fast.� John’s face told it all; he obviously liked While he seems just as ordinary as any what he was doing. other teen his age John is a student John has developed at Aurora Christian a maturity that is unSchool in Aurora usual in a time when and attends the Sulso many youngsters livan Campus where are fooled into the he is in 8th grade. pursuit of so many He loves sports and injurious endeavors. has inclinations of John proudly lives the becoming a sports beliefs he has learned writer. He enjoys from a strongly replaying the outfield ligious upbringing. in baseball. He conA brief conversafessed that second tion with him makes base was just a bit it clear that he has too hot for him so he not only learned his made the switch to academics well while where he believes he developing some plays a better game. John Holloway a really Good Neighbor athletic prowess, he John said he loves has also learned that helping with the food the inner self needs distribution for people who, for any num- nurturing too. Congratulations John! Keep ber of reasons, need a helping hand in a up the good work. failed economy. John said, “It doesn’t mat.................................................... info@theweeklyreporter.com

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(ARA) - American households are rediscovering the art of cooking at home. More than 35 percent of consumers are cutting back on their restaurant dining, according to a recent American Research Group study. As many of us make this shift away from our favorite eateries, you may be tempted to turn to fast food rather than your kitchen. Sixty-three percent of Americans believe that healthy foods cost more than unhealthy, and almost half think it may be cheaper and faster to go for the drive-through than to prepare a wholesome meal at home, according to an October 2008 CIGNA Healthcare survey. So if you’re a little rusty at healthy cooking on a budget, you’re probably not alone. It’s time to take a look at strategic grocery shopping and healthy meal preparation to better survive the recession and keep you and your family healthy in the process. Plan Your Meals As you begin to reduce costs by cutting out trips to restaurants, fill the void with a meal plan and a well- thoughtout grocery list. A big concern for many busy families is having enough time to actually cook the meal before all of the ingredients spoil. One way to avoid this is to make a calendar of meals that will fit your schedule and to use ingredients that you can keep at hand in your pantry. Have the whole family help in planning and preparing the meal. In the end, you’ll be healthier and have more time together. Choose Ingredients that Fit Different Dishes Many of the key items that are used to create a host of meals are found in the canned and packaged food aisles of your favorite grocery store. These aisles provide a plentitude of ingredients for most of your favorite recipes, while offering both convenience and nutrition

at a great value. “A great way to make sure you maximize the value of your purchases at the grocery store is by going to Web sites beforehand that offer coupons and multiple recipe ideas for one type of product,” says registered dietician Stephanie Clark. “I like the BumbleBee.com Web site because you can stock up on their healthy, protein-packed seafood items and never run out of delicious recipe ideas. The site has a user-friendly recipe finder that allows you to search by meal type, ingredient, and even special dietary considerations. It is a great tool for planning out your shopping list.” Use the Food Pyramid The food pyramid has been a meal planning tool seemingly forever, and with good reason. The new MyPyramid food guidance system is another great way to help you identify how much to consume from each food group in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle that balances nutrition and exercise. As a key building block of the MyPyramid system, proteins, particularly those like chicken and fish, can provide the basis for many healthy meals. A wide variety of these meals can be prepared for a couple of dollars. With just a few cans of tuna and a bag of whole grain pasta you can make meals rich in protein and heart-healthy omega-3s. When you add in a glass of milk, some vegetables and a side of fruit, you’ve got that trusty pyramid on the table in minutes. Get creative. Lean protein, such as tuna, does not have to be limited to traditional tuna sandwiches, but can be played up into low-fat meals with a twist. Here is a recipe that takes just minutes to make and is fun to eat. Serve it with chopsticks to add some extra flare to your table. Teriyaki Tuna Bowl Servings: Serves 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 >


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Many dog owners will tell you their pet has some habit that just irks them to no end and often that same trait is common among other pets. There are three habits people find particularly annoying that most dogs seem to find great joy in performing. In this article, we will discuss the three worst behaviors for annoyance factor and how to stop them. When you ask what the most annoying dog behavior is, this one is sure to come up. Dogs are known for this behavior around the world and still they persist. Dogs like to drink from the toilet and just do not seem to grasp the point that you find this behavior disgusting.

easy to correct as the first problem. Dogs are friendly and gregarious creatures. When they see a new playmate, they immediately want to begin playing. Your welldressed guest however might not be inclined to play with a dog that has just returned from playing in a muddy back yard. Such behavior is correctable. As with everything else it is all about training. Teach the dog good behavior while it is a pup and it will always remember that lesson. If you thought it was cute for a fuzzy little pup to jump up and greet you, guess who is responsible for the one hundred pound mud monster that just ruined your prom outfit. You could have avoided this tragedy by starting small, ignoring the puppy that jumps. After consistently being ignored the animal realizes that this action gets no attention and is not worth doing. Reward the pup for not jumping with generous amounts of verbal praise and treats. That teaches the dog that he will be rewarded for not jumping. Try introducing your dog to new faces while the animal is on a leash or harness as that provides more control for the handler. A properly

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Wisdom Good For The Soul by local writer and publisher Kim Worley is a book of interesting thoughts and inspirational poetry that brings an old-fashioned message to a modernday world in need of hope. Kim has trained her sights on Jesus who is the object of her aspirations, strength, and hope for eternity. Kim Worley has dared to speak her heart with messages of hope and love that are not only devotional but that also offer hope in times of difficulty. This is a handbook of spiritual refreshment for those who have a strong religious belief. It is also a handbook for those in search of peace who may not have opened their hearts to the serenity that comes with faith. The author lives in Joliet and works at the Joliet Job Corps where she is a residential advisor in the female CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 >

Healthy Grocery... Course: Dinner Cooking Time: 25 minutes Dietary Considerations: Good source of omega-3s, Kid-friendly, Low calorie, Low fat, Low sugar Ingredients: 2 cans or pouches (5 ounces) Bumble Bee Tuna, drained and flaked 8 cups cooked rice 1 cup cooked julienned carrot 2 cups cooked broccoli florets 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce (to taste)

Dogs prefer fresh, cool, running water and, unfortunately for those who really wish their pet would find a different fountain, the modern toilet can unfortunately seem to be exactly that. Thus dogs everywhere seem drawn to this bottomless water dish and while, with the exception of cleansers and household poisons, this bad habit is fairly harmless to the dog, humans the world over abhor it. The first step in correcting the problem is an easy one. Break the pattern of the behavior by closing the toilet lid or the bathroom door. This will remove the temptation and force the dog to look elsewhere for water. In conjunction with this step, be sure to provide your dog with lots of clean, fresh water at all times. The dog should always have a readily available water source unless a veterinarian tells you otherwise. By restricting your pet’s access to the toilet while providing an alternate water supply you are teaching your dog to seek the water source you have provided. The second most irritating behavior is that of jumping on guests. Luckily for the trainers of the world, this is almost as

timed “no” will tell the pup that such behavior is inappropriate. If your dog has gotten past the puppy stage before you attempt to correct such behavior, things may be a bit tougher but take heart. With persistence and patience, you can still have a dog that minds its manners. The third most annoying behavior is face licking, which is especially annoying if your pet also has the first behavioral problem. Licking is a way for dogs to show affection and also to be comforting to their masters. This problem can also be corrected. Again the key is consistency and starting with a younger dog will make this much easier. Remember to use your “no” commands and give the dog some other outlet for expressing affection. Perhaps let the dog lick the back of your hand or give the dog treats for not licking. If the dog persists in licking your face, a light but firm slap to the nose should calm the even the most amorous pooch. If it seems the dog will never give up, just smile and be happy that at least he doesn’t drink from the toilet anymore.

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Directions: Prepare rice according to package directions. Set aside. In sauce pan, steam carrots and broccoli in water about 10 minutes until tender crisp. Heat teriyaki sauce in microwave to warm. Serve rice, tuna and vegetables in small bowl with warmed teriyaki sauce drizzled to cover. Nutrition Information for one serving (253 g): Calories 230 (from Fat 10), Fat 1 g (Saturated 0 g), Trans Fat 0, Cholesterol 30 mg, Sodium 1650 mg, Total Carbohydrates 33 g, Fiber 3 g, Sugars 5 g, Protein 22 g

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dorm. Ms. Worley expects to publish a second book sometime this year. In the mean time, she is hoping her Joliet neighbors will support her writing efforts by purchasing Wisdom Good for The Soul. Kim Worley is also available for large or small speaking engagements. Her book Wisdom Good For The Soul is available from Rising Sun Publications, P.O. Box 2877, Joliet, IL 60434 for $9.95. You may contact Kim Worley at (815) 919-8837.


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precede actual words. Even when words are used, moms typically express themselves in a language style called “motherese” or “mom speak” that babies seem to love. Introduce your baby to a variety of musical sounds from around the world -- this can make listening time more creative and interactive because you can sing new songs to your baby from a variety of cultures. If you’re a bit inhibited about singing, think of it as talking to music. Your baby wants to hear your voice and will delight in your playfulness. Whether it’s a baby coo or a smile, it’s such a warm feeling to receive a dose of your infant’s special “mommy and me” conversation. Playtime Aside from eating and sleeping, baby’s most important activities are watching, listening, and playing with you. To expand on this foundation, surround your baby’s world with symbols of other cultures, such as small baby dolls with different skin colors, facial features, and hair textures. You can use textured fabrics from another culture as blanket toppers when your baby is playing on the floor. And you can bring the real world images to babies by sharing books and the Baby Einstein’s World Music DVD with them. The pictures are beautiful and the music is orchestrated so it provides baby with a very pleasurable listening experience. When you watch the DVD with your baby you can express your own appreciation for the beauty found in other cultures. Your tone of voice will let baby know how wonderful it is to see what other babies see and hear in other parts of the world. Dancing and Exercise Time Babies enter the world making their own sounds and movement and as they grow, they not only become more mobile, but they naturally become more explorative and curious. To encourage body movement use a CD that features global sites and sounds. With diverse sounds and rhythms from a variety of cultures, you and baby can march, tap, sway or simply step around to make a dance.

Blended Families? ...................................................... By Lisandra Bernadet teentalk@theweeklyreporter.com Lisandra is a sophomore at Joliet West High School ......................................................

Our country has been built on the strength of diversity. The United States is considered a ‘Great Melting Pot’ which it should continue to be. As Americans we should learn to accept one other as we are, no matter our personal opinion. As I sat in my Health class, I learned that there are different types of families. It is common sense that all families are not the same, but to give a certain type of family a label that makes them inferior to others is

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Christine Will Return Next Week Christine will return next. Her daughter Abbey was hospitalized with a serious appendicitis problem this week. She thanks everyone for understanding. We have substituted an article we believe will interest parents.

Bolingbrook – Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital is hosting a free smoking cessation program geared toward teen smokers looking to kick the habit. The class meets from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays May 12 to June 30 at the hospital, 500 Remington Boulevard, Bolingbrook.  To register, call (630) 856-7525. The class is spon-

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preposterous. A ‘Blended Family’ is the title they give to a non-traditional family whose parents are not of the same race. The way the health book portrayed this type of family upset me. The book made it seem as if a ‘Blended Family’ is not equivalent to a family with parents of the same ethnicity. My perspective on this matter, is that a traditional family is a family with both biological parents, regardless their ethnicity. People should not be stuck with the social stigma that degrades their family make up. It does not matter whether or not a father is black and the mother is white, a family is a family. Of course, there are the labels of

a single family home and a family with both parents of the same sex. Although many may not agree, I believe those are non-traditional families. A traditional family should not be based on the ethnicity of the parents, but on the parents’ compliance of their children’s basic needs. The happiness of a family is not based on race, but as to how the family functions as a familial unit. Parents who are of the same ethnicity may be far more dysfunctional than parents who are from two totally different ethnicities. Traditional or nontraditional a family is a family. It is agreed that no family is perfect, but do not discriminate or label a family due to different ethnicity.

sored by the Will County Health Department. According to the American Lung Association, cigarette smoking during childhood and adolescence produces significant health problems among young people, including cough and phlegm production, an increase in the number and severity of respiratory illnesses, decreased physical fitness, an unfavorable lipid profile and potential retardation in the rate of lung growth and the level of maximum lung function. Each day, nearly 6,000 children under 18 years of age start smoking; of these, nearly 2,000 will become regular smokers. That is almost 800,000 annually. It is estimated that at least 4.5 million U.S. adolescents are cigarette smokers. Approximately 90 percent of smokers begin smoking before the age of 21. If current tobacco use patterns persist, an estimated 6.4 million children will die prematurely from a smokingrelated disease. According to a 2001 national survey of high school stu-

dents, the overall prevalence of current cigarette use was 28 percent. Nearly 20 percent of 12th graders, 12 percent of 10th graders and 5.5 percent of 8th graders smoke ciga-

rettes daily. Adolescents who smoke regularly can have just as hard a time quitting as long-time smokers. Of adolescents who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime, most of them report that they would like to quit, but are not able to do so. Tobacco use in adolescence is associated with a range of health-compromising behaviors, including being involved in fights, carrying weapons, engaging in high-risk sexual behavior and using alcohol and other drugs.

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Dear Lindsey: Dad died when I was little. After a few years my mother met this guy Ed. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been dating him on and off. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it is anything serious but they do go out to dinners and stuff. I think Ed is about 40 but he runs around in jeans and sneakers. The problem is his sneakers must be a hundred years old! Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dirty and worn out and they stink terrible. Really the smell from them is enough to make you throw-up. Anyway he has this habit of coming in the house and leaving his rotten sneakers at the door. Then he goes to the couch and puts his feet on a hassock and plays video games while he waits for mom. Well his feet stink just like his shoes stink. If you wear skunky shoes your feet have to smell skunky too. How do I tell him? Mom says Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m exaggerating she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t smell any odor. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a cover for stinky Ed. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ready to puke. Dear Ready to Puke: I would suggest that you leave the room when Ed comes but then, if the odor is as bad as you say it is, that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work because the smell of filthy old shoes will still be in the hassock and the carpet. You need to tell mom that not only is the smell bad but dirty sneakers that are bad as you say his are, must be germ city. Unless your mother has a defective nose she is simply ignoring the truth. If she does not have the courage to deal with Edâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problem you can do it on your own. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how. The next time he visits and has to wait for your mother to get ready ask him to go to the door with you. Explain that you have to tell him something. Get him to step outside with you and then say: Ed I know you like my mom a lot but there is something that is going to ruin it between you and her if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do something about it. He will naturally ask what and then nicely explain that his sneakers have gotten pretty old and they smell from age. Explain that women have more sensitive sense of smell than men (true). Tell him that the fastest way to turn a woman off is to have any bad odor no matter where it comes from. Put it nicely and make it sound like you are helping him not complaining.

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Former Bolingbrook Mayoral Candidate Cheats Death mail message that was left for him. Ms. Washington said she is visiting relatives and will be in the area for a couple of months. She said she was not injured in the crash and confirmed Bonnie’s report that her car was struck a glancing blow

when Bonnies car was pushed into hers. On Saturday morning Bonnie said she was resting, suffering pain and soreness, but was reluctant to seek additional medical attention at this time. She did say she would seek medical attention if her pain becomes

more severe or does not diminish within a few days.

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Why Won’t Somone Enforce The Law In Will County? “I called the police they re- The Will County Clerk’s office He had no judges to confirm fused to help. I called the States confirmed that Laffoon worked that and he said he did not have Attorney and was told to call for them but he was sent home the name of the person who the police. No one would en- after the irregularities were was lodging the complaint. He force the law.” That is Bonnie reported to the Clerk’s office. said Bonnie had intimidated Kurowski-Alicea’s complaint County Clerk Nancy Schultz the judges at 11:15 am. Bonnie about law enforcement in Will Voots said the man was sent produced receipts for food she County. On Election Day, April 7th, Bonnie says she was travelling about Bolingbrook watching for voting irregularities and encouraging people to write-in her name on the ballot. Bonnie, as we call her for brevity, was not on the ballot in Bolingbrook although she was running for Mayor. An individual named Christopher Mathis filed formal Objections to her nominating petitions. Christopher Mathis was Literature Laffoon said he trashed because it was too close to polling place. represented by Richard Kavanagh, Chairman of the Will Country Republican home because he became “too had purchased at McDonald’s Central Committee. Bonnie personally involved.” He was for election workers during that says he manipulated names to not discharged. time frame and water for them make his case and has made a Coincidentally, the name El- at a Kwik Mart on North Pineformal complaint concerning den Laffoon shows up on the crest Rd. The receipt put Bonwhat she believes was unethical Bolingbrook Treasurer’s pay- nie far away from the Bolingconduct during the hearing on roll records. The name Elden brook School at 11:15. The the objections. Laffoon shows up on those re- deputy told her, “Looks like On Election Day Bonnie and cords as far back as 2002. Bon- someone lied to me.” a man assisting her encountered nie wants to know if Elden Laf- Bonnie learned that it was an individual named Elden foon is the same Elden Laffoon Elden Laffoon who made Laffoon who identified himself who was working that day for the false complaint against as a Field Technician work- the County Clerk’s Office and her. Bonnie complained ing for the Will County Clerk. whether he was also being paid that she could get no one to Bonnie heard reports from her by the Village of Bolingbrook enforce the law. She noted poll watchers that a man in a at the same time. a number of complaints red shirt was intimidating elec- After Bonnie reported the she wanted to make against tion judges and had removed incident to authorities a Will Laffoon but said no law ena campaign banner and had County Deputy Robin Roberts forcement agency would asthrown some of her election assigned to Problem Solving sist her. Among the charges materials in the garbage. Team-2 said he would investi- were tampering with a vot There was a complaint that gate the numerous complaints ing machine for which she this same man tampered with Bonnie was making. Shortly said she had witnesses. The a voting machine that collects afterward, Deputy Roberts County Clerk’s office later ballots and counts them. The contacted Bonnie and asked said nothing was wrong man, allegedly said, “The ma- her to come to the Bolingbrook with the machine and said chine is jammed and the count School. When she questioned the count was accurate. doesn’t match now.” That was his motive he said he was sorry The law does not require after he was allegedly tampered but he was going to have to ar- damage, tampering with the with it. rest her. machine is a crime itself. That man was identified The deputy said someone, Bonnie said, “I am sick and through documents and his li- had made a complaint that tired of people refusing to cense plate HAMWA91QL as Bonnie was intimidating elec- punish wrongdoers because Elden Laffoon of Bolingbrook. tion judges in a polling place. they happen to know them or

because they are friends of a friend. This county has to start operating by the law. If I can’t get the police or the State’s Attorney’s Office to do their duties I will contact the United States Department of Justice and ask for an investigation of the whole rotten system. Someone somewhere will listen and put an end to this political game playing in Will County.” The photographs of the election materials in the trash containers show materials put there by Elden Laffoon who admitted to Bonnie and her witness that it was he who removed her campaign banner and trashed it with other election materials. Laffoon said they were placed too close to a polling place. Bonnie denied that. She said that the materials were exactly 115 feet from the polling place which put it fifteen feet farther than the law requires. She said they were placed on a playground fence. When Elden Laffoon was telephoned concerning Bonnie’s allegations he refused to talk and rudely hung up his telephone. Will County Clerk Nancy

“You know we run a tight ship here John we don’t takesides. We operate honestly and we do it because we know the law and we obey the law as strictly as possible.” State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow’s spokesman Chuck Pelkie was contacted and was subjected to some tough questioning. He said he would investigate and call back. He did. He was contacted early in the morning and called back at 5:11 p.m. Chuck said, “We respond to every call we receive. We understand that people can be very emotional about elections and sometimes they are overly vigorous but we try to resolve every problem on the spot and we actually do resolve 99% of them that way. Look, we try to operate with a commonsense approach. We don’t want to arrest everyone we get a complaint about. We do not operate with zero tolerance.” Chuck Pelkie said their office received complaints from both sides in the Bolingbrook election. He said he had reports that Bonnie or one of her supporters had asked election judges to issue campaign

Banner Elden Laffoon said he trashed for cause.

Schultz Voots was telephoned and said Laffoon had been sent home. Nancy Voots said she had also received a number of complaints concerning Bonnie and her supporters. She said,

literature for her. Pelkie noted that, “Everyone in this building is very aware of people’s rights and we do our best to protect those rights, that is our duty.”


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Attorney In Joe Kral Hearing Responds to ARDC toral Board. Their decision forced Kral to run as a write-in candidate for Frankfort Township Assessor. In an amazing show of support Kral did the impossible, winning that election with 60% of the votes cast. The transcript of that Electoral Board hearing indicates that Attorney Burns was bothered by an article written by Reporter John Gabriel concerning attempts that were made by friends of Paul Ruff to keep Kral from entering the race for assessor. Burns was troubled enough that he subpoenaed Gabriel as a witness at Kral’s hearing. Township Attorney Kenneth A. Carlson narrowed the scope of questioning of witnesses during a prehearing session in which rules relating to witnesses were established. After Attorney Carlson carved out a very restrictive set of rules for the calling and questioning of witnesses, Attorney Patrick Burns and Joe Kral were permitted to only question witnesses about signatures on petitions, the petitions themselves, and the certification of the circulators who collected those signatures. The rules were clear, clear enough so that even a layman unskilled in law could understand them. Attorney Patrick D. Burns stepped outside those rules and chose to subpoena Reporter John Gabriel as a witness for the hearing. Gabriel was ordered to appear at 9 a.m. on the day of the hearing. He was compelled to wait outside the hearing room in a corridor the entire day. After about 7 hours of wasting time Gabriel was called to testify. There were only three persons left to be called, Gabriel was one of them, and 3 investigators that Paul Ruff hired. After Gabriel was sworn in, Attorney Burns did not ask questions that were permitted by the rules established for the hearing. Instead, Attorney Burns questioned Gabriel about the article he had written and asked questions that were not allowed by the rules established by Attorney Carlson. Gabriel refused to answer each question saying that his answer would violate the rules established for the hearing by Attorney Carlson. After Gabriel refused to answer several times the board and Attorney Carlson agreed with him that the questioning was improper. He was dismissed. Subsequently, Gabriel filed a complaint with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) in which he alleged that Attorney Burns had subpoenaed him only to prevent

him from attending the hearing. Gabriel contended that he was kept prisoner for a day by Attorney Burns whom Gabriel alleged kept him confined by virtue of a subpoena. Gabriel charged that Attorney Burns knew the rules; that he knew Gabriel could not sign a petition for Kral, that Gabriel had not signed such a petition, that Gabriel had not collected signatures for Joe Kral and that Gabriel did not attend a Democratic caucus held in Frankfort to select candidates to run for Frankfort Township offices. Consequently, according to the rules, there was nothing about which Gabriel could be questioned at that hearing. Gabriel said, “A first year law student would have known from those rules that he could not ask the questions Attorney Burns was asking. I think it was a ruse used to cover the real motivation for keeping me out of the hearing.” Gabriel said he could think of only one reason why Joe Kral he was detained for an entire day and that was to prevent him from being in the room (witnesses were excluded except to testify) to gather information for a follow-up article on the hearing. The ARDC provided Gabriel’s complaint to Attorney Burns for a response. Gabriel received a copy of that response on Monday April 13. Attorney Burns response denies the allegations, but it is at odds with the transcript of the hearing. Gabriel said he has supplied relevant parts of that transcript to the ARDC and will, if necessary, make the entire record available to them for review. He said he will send his answer to the ARDC by the end of the week. Gabriel concluded by saying, “Making someone a prisoner for any unjust reason is a crime whether the weapon is a gun or a subpoena. In either case you have been deprived of your liberty and the type of weapon used to forcefully detain you is inconsequential. I was a prisoner held for improper reasons regardless of the means used to deprive me of my freedom.”

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