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Lawsuit Filed Against Will County Sheriff, Warden and Prosecutor .................................................... John Gabriel, Award Winning Writer jgabriel@theweeklyreporter.com

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Richard Strom has fought back bravely in each and every instance in which he says he and his family have been subjected to harassment by law enforcement officials. That gutsy willingness to resist what he views as corruption within the entire system from the local Romeoville Police Department to the Judge who is hearing his son’s case in the County Court, has now spilled over to the Will County Adult Detention Center where he said his son was abused. A federal lawsuit has been filed by Civil Rights Attorney Scott Skaletsky on behalf of Strom’s son Ricky Strom a mentally handicapped individual who suffers from a bipolar disorder and who takes prescribed medication for his mental disorder. In the current matter Ricky was arrested and charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse in 2006. He was accused of engaging in sex with an underage girl. That case has dragged on in the Will County Court ever since and seems not to have progressed since its inception. If Strom is accurate the case

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County Program to

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This summer, up to 300 low-income young people ages 16-24, and local governments and non-profit agencies will have the opportunity to benefit themselves and their communities.      Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Workforce Services Division of Will County will administer a Summer Youth Program. This is not a new idea.      The National Youth Administration was created as part of the New Deal’s Work Projects Administration in

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the 1930s, designed to provide jobs for heads of households. The youth arm of the program lasted from 1935 to 1943, helping hundreds of thousands of young people from relief families during those troubled economic times. Some earned anywhere from $6 to $40 a month for “work study” projects at their schools. Others earned $10 to $25 monthly for part-time work and job training. The youths were limited to 30 hours of work per week.       More than seven decades later, we are again aiding agencies who need extra help and young people who need jobs through a similar endeavor, the Summer Youth Program.       Currently, Workforce Services is taking applications from both those seeking employment as well as those who wish to have help from young workers. Opportunities will be provided throughout Will County.      Susan Flessner, our administrative manager at WSD, said there will be many types of jobs available. The young workers will be paid $8 an hour for approximately 30-35 hours per week.      Applicants must be between 16 and 24 years old, legal residents of Will County, and be considered low income based on family size. Eligible veterans will be given top priority for positions.      Registration packets for the youth program are available at several places. They can be downloaded from WSD’s website at www.jobs4people.org/youth. Packets will also be available at the WSD office, 214 N. Ottawa St., Joliet, and at many schools, libraries, village/township offices and social services agencies throughout Will County.      To have one mailed, call (815) 7274208 and leave a name, phone number, and address.      Registration packets must be returned to the Workforce Services Division at the address given.      WSD staff members will process the registrations and contact the applicants

at the telephone number they provide and schedule eligibility appointments. Appointments will be held in April and May throughout the county.      Not-for-profit agencies, municipalities, townships, libraries, schools and

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park districts are needed to serve as worksites and provide supervised, safe and meaningful employment opportunities.      Workforce Services will pay all wages and fringes, including workers compensation coverage. Jobs are to begin on July 6 and last for six to 12 weeks.  Young workers will attend a Work Readiness/ Orientation session and be assigned a career adviser from the WSD staff.      “I urge everyone with any interest to get in touch with Workforce Services’ staff. We’re all facing funding constraints. This program is one answer for cash-strapped non-profit groups and governmental entities that aren’t sure how they’ll accomplish all of their summer projects. At the same time, it will benefit the young workers needing summer jobs,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh.      To have a worksite application mailed to you, call (815) 727-4444, Ext. 118. Applications can be downloaded from the WSD website by going to www.jobs4people.org/youth.


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Treasurer Giannoulias promotes financial literacy ................................................................ info@theweeklyreporter.com

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Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias’ office wants to return lost, forgotten, and abandoned funds to Frankfort-area residents and teach them smart credit card management skills. The “Credit Cards – Avoid the Debt Trap” presentation and Cash Dash searches will be conducted from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 in the Conference Room at the Frankfort Public Library, 21119 Pfeiffer Road. The Treasurer’s office presentation teaches adults and students how and when to use credit cards. Participants will learn how to evaluate credit card op-

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Invest in Your Goals .............................................................. Mary Jo Ardizzone Maryjo.ardizzone@edwardjones.com Edward Jones | www.edwardjones.com ..............................................................

During difficult times in the financial markets, it can be hard to stay committed to investing. After all, if many of your investments have lost value, you might be tempted to just put your money under your mattress. But that’s not really a productive use of your funds, and it almost certainly won’t help you achieve your objectives. So instead of choosing the mattress route, try changing the way you look at your financial situation — by focusing more on your long-term goals and less on the day-to-day performance of your individual investments. In other words, you’re not only investing in “Investment A” — you’re investing for a comfortable retirement. And you’re not just putting money away in “Investment B” — you’re saving for your child’s college education. Once you realize that you are actually investing in these longterm goals, you may find it easier to cope with the ups and downs of investments A, B, C and all the others you own. Of course, this doesn’t mean you never have to adjust your portfolio, but if you are investing in your goals, and not

just individual vehicles, you’ll find it easier to maintain the focus you need to employ suitable investment techniques. What are some of these techniques? Consider the following: • Invest appropriately for your stage of life. The long and steep stock market decline of recent months has been especially painful for investors within a few years of retirement. Not only have these people sustained losses, but they also have only a limited amount of time in their working lives for their portfolios to recoup value. Unfortunately, to help pay for living expenses in retirement, they may eventually have to sell investments whose values are down.  To avoid this problem, you will need an adequate amount of cash instruments and fixed-income investments available during your retirement.  • Look for quality. Market downturns can hurt most types of investments, but quality stocks usually lose the least in value and recover the quickest. To find these quality stocks, look for companies with superior track records of performance, strong management teams and competitive products. Also, study the industry to which these firms belong.  While past performance is not an indication of future results, some industries have

better prospects for growth than others.  • Buy and hold. After you’ve built a portfolio of quality investments, hold them until either your needs change or the investments’ fundamentals change. By purchasing quality investments, and holding them for the long term, you can help boost your chances for success while cutting down on the costs — both financial and strategic — associated with frequent buying and selling. • Maintain reasonable expectations. Back in the 1990s, many investors got used to average annual returns of 15 percent or more. But these returns were more of an aberration than a representative sample. For a variety of reasons, most investment experts foresee more modest returns in the near future. Once you accept this premise, you are far less likely to be disappointed with your own returns, and you will be less prone to make hasty decisions that may also prove to be bad ones. • By following these suggestions, and by always remembering that the goals for which you are investing are more important than shortterm investment returns, you can stay on track toward the future you’ve envisioned.

This article was written by Edward Jones on behalf of your Edward Jones financial advisor. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors do not provide tax or legal advice. You should consult with a qualified tax or legal specialist for professional advice on your specific situation.

State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias tions, maintain a good credit score and more. “In this era of easy credit, home foreclosures, and record bankruptcy filings, we need to give consumers the tools to make smart financial decisions,” Giannoulias said. The Cash Dash program reunites Illinois residents with hidden wealth legally known as “unclaimed property.” This wealth can be anything from longlost bank accounts to entire estates that never made it to a rightful owner. The Treasurer’s Office is holding this presentation as one of the more than 450 free classes, seminars and activities promoting financial education that will take place during Money Smart Week Chicago which runs Saturday, April 18 through Saturday, April 25.


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Letters to the Editor “Leftist Loonies Like You Are Dangerous”

Leftist loonies like you are more dangerous than right wing loonies....lefties coming to mind..Stalin,Mao,Pol Pot...et al..NWO moving along at breakneck pace..J.Napolitanos latest Bravo Sierra...defining terrorists and terrorism comes to mind as well. Guess this is the sort of- \”change \”you envisioned ey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I know you are glad you voted for this Prez.........leftie!!!U looking forward to a despotic gov. correct?   Please stop spouting the Constitution- as well you know it is all a sham. What court in any courtroom

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Bravo Sierra....There is no constitution for us; we did not listen to the framers... Know guns, know peace, know safety...../No guns /no peace/no safety. How does this grab you?????Leftie!! Geno Balavender grampagenie@yahoo.com 

Editor’s Note: What an advertisement for his party! Whatever it is?? He must spend a lot of time in front of judges.

Letter From A Reader in Taiwan Dear Sir. Since [I] accept order[s for] ribbons via e-mail I express heartfelt to thanks. Because, The original e-mail address leuhand@ebtnet.net contact to connection and delivery had problems. I will to do ended use that. We had attached other e-mail address leu. ribbons@msa.hinet.net and leuhand@msa.hinet,net and leuhand@so-net.net.tw accept order ribbons. Also, Attached my website www.ribbons.com.tw visit that please. I hope so forever to do service for you. Thank you very much! Sincerely, Leu’s Handicraft Co. P.O.Box 521 No. 1-2 Lane 23 Han Sheng E. Road Pan Chiao City, Taipei. Taiwan PH:(886)2-2259-0152 Fax:(886)2-2257-2122

E-mail: leuhand@so-net.net.tw  or leu.ribbons@msa.hinet.net www.ribbons.com.tw Editor’s Note: This letter is probably a response to our article in Fall Out For Reveille on how to obtain medals and records. We are happy to be read in Taiwan.

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(ARA) - As we approach the April 15 income tax deadline, most people are focused on how to save money on their returns. But they shouldn’t lose sight of how the tax decisions they make today can affect their retirement plans tomorrow. If you are within five years of retirement, tax season should serve as a reminder that it’s time to fine tune your future finances. For example, have you thought of how taxes will affect you after you say goodbye to the nine to five? Securing retirement income and understanding how taxes apply to your money is crucial so you can afford to live the life you want throughout your golden years. “When you look at retirement assets through a tax lens, it becomes clear that decisions regarding whether you have an appropriate level of guaranteed lifetime income, how to maximize Social Security, whether you should work in retirement and how you deploy your assets are very much linked,” says Robert Fishbein, vice president and corporate counsel for Prudential Financial. “You should consider all of these elements in a holistic manner because, ultimately, the goal is to make sure your assets support your desired standard of living for the rest of your life.” Here are Fishbein’s top tax considerations for those planning for retirement: 1 -- Personal income tax Most people assume their personal income taxes will be lower after retirement because they won’t be generating as much income and, therefore, will be in a lower tax bracket. But due to the recent economic downturn and losses in retirement assets, the dismal personal savings rate over the last decade -- which has only just recently begun to rise -- and the decline of traditional pension plans, and the increase in the full retirement age under Social Security for those born after 1954, many retirees are choosing to take on part-time jobs. Regardless of the reason for working in retirement, the income earned, combined with use of retirement savings, might create a situation where you will be taxed at the same level or an even higher rate than when you were working full time. Keeping this in mind, it’s important to have both taxable and nontaxable retirement assets upon which

you can draw in retirement so that you can manage taxes and maximize your income in the long term. Talking with a financial advisor is the best way to create a custom plan that will help you maximize the number of years you can generate income to maintain the same standard of living you enjoy today. 2 -- State and local taxes There’s a reason, besides warm weather, that people retire in states like Florida and Texas. Where you retire can have a significant impact on your after-tax income because state and local taxes can affect how long your retirement savings will last. Florida and Texas have a state income tax rate of zero, so they are attractive to many retirees who want to maximize their retirement assets. California, on the other hand, has the highest state income tax; residents there are taxed at 9.3 percent. In addition to state income taxes, there are sales and property taxes to consider. Some states derive more of their revenue from these taxes than from income taxes. You should understand how all of the taxes in the state and town in which you plan to retire will affect your income. 3 -- Future tax rates Another thing to consider when figuring out your post-retirement income is how federal and state taxes might change in the future. It’s hard to predict whether they will remain the same, be lower or increase. A good indicator of future federal income taxes is to look at history and take an educated guess. Doing so suggests that rates are at historic lows right now, which likely means an increase in the near future. An indicator of future state taxes might be the current budget position of the state, which, at the moment, suggests that many states may be looking to increase their income, sales and/or property taxes in the short term. What does this mean for retirement planning -- especially in those critical five year periods just before and just after retirement? Basically, if federal or state taxes go up, your retirement savings and assets will be depleted sooner. You will have to save more to make your money last longer or you will have to adjust some of your spending habits. As you finalize your taxes for this year, think ahead to how taxes will affect you down the road when you retire. Visit www.retirementredzone.com to learn more about planning for retirement.


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Evenflo Recalls Defective High Chairs

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(ARA) - A group of amateur and professional athletes, many of whom have diabetes, is touring the country, hoping to inspire and motivate others with the condition to take a proactive approach to managing their health and strive for blood sugar control. The team of athletes, called Team Type 1, will take their personal messages of hope to audiences across the country this year. Their goal: to encourage others to be proactive in managing their condition through a healthy diet, regular exercise, monitoring their blood sugar levels, taking their insulin as prescribed, and working closely with their healthcare team. “The members of Team Type 1 challenge one another on multiple levels -- as athletes, but also as people living with diabetes striving for better blood sugar control,” says Phil Southerland, founder and chief executive officer of Team Type 1. “I consider proper blood sugar management to be a journey, just like our races, with a lot of little challenges, obstacles and victories along with way.” Founded in 2004 by friends Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge, both diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as children, Team Type 1 is the first professional cycling team dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes. Team Type 1 has evolved over the years and expanded to include a diverse group of 46 athletes from around the world. Since 2006, the team has competed in and twice won the 3,052 mile-long Race Across America (RAAM).

In 2009, Team Type 1 is sponsored by the long-acting insulin Lantus (R) (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection), and rapid-acting mealtime insulin Apidra (R) (insulin glulisine [rDNA origin] injection), which are both manufactured by sanofi-aventis. As a result of this sponsorship, Team Type 1 has expanded its roster and fielded a total of five athletic teams including a men’s professional cycling team and a women’s professional cycling team, both featuring a mixed roster of riders with and without type 1 diabetes; an elite cycling team for the 2009 RAAM comprised entirely of riders with type 1 diabetes; and a triathlon team whose members all have type 1 diabetes. In addition to its type 1 roster, Team Type 1 also launched Team Type 2, a team of amateur cyclists living with type 2 diabetes, sponsored by Lantus (R). Members of Team Type 1 with diabetes use Lantus (R), Apidra (R), or a combined treatment regimen of both insulins to help control their blood sugar as part of their overall diabetes treatment plan. The members of Team Type 2 manage their blood sugar through their own individualized diabetes treatment plan, which, for some members, may include Lantus (R) other diabetes medications, diet and exercise. As part of an effective diabetes treatment plan, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) encourages people living with diabetes to track their blood sugar levels with daily self-monitoring and by taking an A1C test, which measures average blood sugar levels over the past two-to-three-month period. To keep blood sugar levels under control, the ADA recommends striving for an A1C of less than seven percent. Unfortunately, more than 40 percent of all patients with diabetes in the United States are not achieving this target with diet, exercise and oral medications alone. It is important for patients with diabetes to talk to their treating healthcare provider about an appropriate A1C goal for them. For more information on Lantus (R) and Apidra (R), please visit www.Lantus.com and www.Apidra.com.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Evenflo Company, Inc. of Miamisburg, Ohio has recalled about 643,000 high chairs that were sold between December 2002, and April 2006. The product, manufactured in China, was marketed for $80 to $110 through juvenile product and mass merchandise stores nationwide including, To y ” R ” U S , Babies”R”US, K-Mart and Burlington Coat Factory. Recline fasteners and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, allowing the seatback to detach or recline unexpectedly. Children can fall backwards

or fall out of the high chair and suffer bumps and bruises to the head, abrasions, cuts and bruises. Detached hardware also poses a choking hazard to children. The recall involves all Evenflo Envision high chairs, including model numbers: 2891321, 2891321A, 2891333, 2891351, 2891351A, 2891365, 2891375, 2891403, 2891403A, 2891466, 2891466A, 2891478, 2891536, 2891536A, 2891573, 2891586, 2892351 and 2892351A. The model number can be found on a white label on the seatback. “Evenflo” and Envision are printed on the front of the tray. Evenflo says consumers should immediately discontinue using the high chairs and then contact Evenflo to receive a free repair kit. Call Evenflo Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm E.T. at (800) 233-5921. They have a web site at www.evenflo.com.

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Pacifiers Due To Choking Hazard Healthtex of Miami, Florida has announced the recall of its Zoo Pacifiers in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission because the products can pose a choking hazard for infants. Healthtex said about 40,000 of the pacifiers were made in Spain and were sold at supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide December 2002 through March 2009 for about $1.40 each. The manufacturer announced that the pacifiers failed to meet federal

safety standards. The nipples can easily separate from the base and create a choking hazard for young children. Consumers are urged to take the pacifiers away from children and to contact Healthtex for a refund or exchange at its toll-free number (866) 348-5080 between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can be reached at (800) 6382772.


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Roadside Memorial Program For victims

of DUIs  .................................................... By Mark Goodson mgoodson@theweeklyreporter.com

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JOLIET, IL- The Will County Board today became the first county in Illinois to approve a roadside memorial program for fatal victims of crashes caused by drunk drivers.  The program aims to raise public awareness of impaired driving by emphasizing its dangers and the loss of human life through roadway signs. “We wanted to afford families an opportunity to remember their love ones and send a message to the motoring public,” said Chairman Jim Moustis (R-Frankfort).  “This program also seeks to discourage driving under the influence and will hopefully lower the number of incidents.” The State of Illinois passed the Roadside Memorial Act on January 1, 2008, and Will County will now be known as a “supporting jurisdiction”

with its Department of Highways administering the program for residents.  Families who have lost loved ones on county roads because of impaired drivers on or after January 1, 1990 can now apply for the signage that will be placed at the site of the accident.  A 36-by-24-inch blue sign with white letters will read, “Please Don’t Drink and Drive,” and an optional 36-by-18-inch plaque can be placed below the blue sign stating the name of the victim and the date of the crash. “We are the first county to provide this program because we strongly support all efforts to reduce the number of lives lost every year because of drunk driving,” said Majority Leader Jim Bilotta (R-Lockport), Chairman of the Public Works and Transportation Committee.  “Too many innocent lives are cut short because of DUIs, and these signs will serve as an important reminder of the human costs associated with it.” The highway department will make and install the signs.  The only costs to the families are $150 for the blue sign and $50 for the personal plaque.  After two years, the sign and plaque are taken down and given to the family.  Those interested can contact the highway department at 815-727-8476.

Spring Clean-up Week Spring Clean-Up begins Monday, April 20th through Friday, April, 24th (This will be for Romeoville residents only). Garbage pick-up will be on your regular scheduled day with unlimited pick-up of large items. No tires, hazardous waste or construction materials will be taken.   Make sure any additional items outside of your toter are properly contained in either plastic bags or containers that are no greater than 32 gallons in size and do not exceed more than 50 pounds. Please do not include regular garbage with your grass clippings. (Grass clippings must be in Kraft-Biodegradable Bags or an approved container). Brush, vines and tree limbs must be cut into four-foot lengths and bundled with string or twine.  Each branch should not exceed 3 inches in diameter and each bundle should weigh no more than 50 pounds. Unbundled brush will not be collected by Waste Management. Tree chipper service will be provided by the Village for larger limbs (no appointment necessary).  Limbs must be cut to a manageable length to be fed through the chipper. For more information on disposing hazardous waste materials visit our website at www.romeoville.org.

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Representative Emily McAsey Visits Post 5788 VFW ................................................................. Ralph LaPorte – rlaporte@theweeklyreporter.com .................................................................

State Representative Emily McAsey (D-85) visited with Veterans groups, Veterans, and anyone who was interested in Veterans affairs on Wednesday April 15th. She arrived early for her meeting that was scheduled for 11:00 am and spent the extra time visiting with anyone and everyone who wished to speak with her. The attendees demonstrated a friendly rapport with McAsey who won her legislative seat in the November Election. Since that time she has kept a busy schedule visiting her constituents and learning about concerns they have. The VFW and the American Legion were represented by a large number of members who turned out, most of them in uniform, to hear McAsey and to ask that she address issues for them. The crowd took well to McAsey who has a very earthy manner of addressing folks, a manner that puts everyone at ease. Her approach to the occasion seemed to sit well with the Veterans who questioned her and but who, while they did not pitch softball questions to her showed a great deal of respect. McAsey explained that she has been assigned to a committee on Veterans Affairs. She was accompanied by two distinguished guests who deal matters affecting the lives of Veterans every day. They were Sergio Estrada Illinois Assistant Director of Veterans Affairs, and Tony Kovak Legislative Liaison for the Department of Veterans Affairs. It would have been difficult for anyone who does not know Representative McAsey to have guessed that she was only elected in November. She spoke smoothly, organized and eloquently on a par with someone far more experienced that she herself. Even when she was an assistant State’s Attorney McAsey exuded an air of self-confi-

dence that she surely displayed before the Veterans she visited. As the questions came one after another McAsey quickly sorted out the ones she knew where queries she could not capably respond to and passed them off to either Estrada or Kovak depending on the substance of the question. She promised to listen to the voices of the citizens and that she will be accessible. One thing was for certain. The Vets, a room full of them, were prepared and when they posed a questions they were well-prepared and held out for answers. Although there was no new earth shattering news that came out of the meeting, one thing was surely noticeable. The Vets spoke not for themselves but for their comrades who are currently serving or who have returned and need appropriate state considerations to which they are entitled. Assistant Director Sergio Estrada proved that a rivalry continues to exist between the branches of service when he declared that “At the age of 17 I decided to join the best fighting force the United States Marine Corps.” Of course, that brought some good-natured reaction from the many Veterans that represented all branches of the U.S. Military. Director Dan Grant was scheduled to join Representative McAsey but he was forced to cancel at the last minute. One very important note Representative McAsey made was the assurance that she will make certain that there is funding for legislation that is passed. She noted there have been some measures that were passed into law that have gone unfunded. She ridiculed such failures to make legislations meaningful. Veterans are invited to contact McAsey who is their direct voice to the legislature in her position on the Vets Committee. Her Crest Hill Office is located at 16151 Weber Road. The phone number is (815) 588-0085. Our downstate readers can contact her Springfield office located at 252-W Stratton Office Building, Springfield, IL 62706. That office telephone number is (217) 782-4179.


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From May 4 through May 8, some Illinois schools will celebrate Olympic Week in America. The Olympic Week in America program helps schools and youth to embrace the Olympic Movement in its entirety—the lesson plans and activities address education, environment, sports, and arts and culture. The themed five-day program will unite Chicagoland and suburban elementary and high schools in an educational effort to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Schools can participate at either the Gold, Silver, or Bronze levels. Illinois schools applied to the Chicago 2016 Committee by April 16th to be included in this free program. Levels are determined by the school’s commitment with the top level, Gold, receiving a visit from an Olympic or Paralympic Athlete. All schools that signed up will receive a Chicago 2016 Olympic Flag to fly proudly during Olympic Week and during the games

– should Chicago be chosen – as well as lesson plans, an event calendar, and other tools for instruction. On April 14, 2007, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) selected Chicago as the U.S. Bid City for the 2016 Games. Chicago is now competing with other international cities for the honor of being the official 2016 Host City. The final decision on which international city will host the 2016 Games will be made in October 2009. Chicago is built on a bold tradition of dreams that its citizens turn into reality. Dreaming and achieving is part of Chicago: rebuilding the city after the 1871 Fire, hosting the World’s Fair in 1933, and the creation of Millennium Park on what used to be an old rail yard. Chicago is a beautifully diverse city that celebrates a multicultural spirit of brotherhood. The Chicago 2016 Committee says, “In the words of Daniel Burnham, the pioneering architect of the World’s Columbian Exposition who embodies the spirit of Chicago, ‘Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood. Make big plans; aim high in work and hope. Remember that our children and grandchildren are going

Kindergarteners Serving Others The Kindergarten classes at St. Andrew the Apostle wanted to serve others during Lent. With the helpful donations of their families, they assembled birthday bags for the We Care food pantry located on the property of St. Andrew the Apostle on Arlington Ave. in Romeoville, IL.

to do things that will amaze us.’ As the grandchildren and great grandchildren of the Burnham generation, it is our time to build a legacy for Chicago that will stand the test of time for the next 100 years.” The International Olympic Committee will choose the location of the 2016 games on October 2, 2009. The committee members represent the 107 countries that participate in The Olympic Games. Hosting the 2016 Olympic Games will, no doubt, provide great learning opportunities for our students while bringing great pride to all Illinoisans. Lessons can be applied now too regarding the selection process and Olympic history.

The bags were filled with supplies ( cake mix, icing, paper plates, paper napkins, candles, table clothes, even birthday hats) for a fantastic birthday party including a toy. The Kindergarten wanted to share their experiences of a good birthday party with all! Please contact St. Andrew the Apostle School at 815 886-5953 or www.standrewromeoville.com. Editors Note: Good citizens are made, through good works at a young age.

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Romeoville campus.  “Ninety-eight percent of a computer is recyclable. The Will County electronic recycling programs give our residents a chance to save the precious resources these items are made from while at the same time saving equally precious space in our landfill,” said County Executive Larry Walsh, who oversees the Land Use Department.  Since 2000, Will County has been providing one-day electronic collection events, recycling nearly 580,000 pounds of equipment. In 2007, the County began offering permanent sites in partnership with a variety of communities and townships, recycling an additional 667,000 pounds of household electronic items. 

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Susan Boyle Taught Us It is Wonderful To Be Human How easy it to place one’s self high above others, to judge them by their appearance, to frown upon their choice of clothing. How comforting to mislead one’s self into believing that “I am outstanding, head and shoulders above all others.” Yet a gifted woman named Susan Boyle of Scotland has humbled the entire world with her astonishing singing performance; a totally unexpected surprise for all, especially for those who watched her anticipating something laughable, nothing really artistic. Susan Boyle, if she does nothing else has, or should have, brought us all down to earth. She has proven that to be human is wonderful and that it does not depend upon designer clothing, professional making up or any other artificial maneuvering to conceal one’s real self. Susan Boyle has stunned the world with a real life demonstration of God’s amazing artistry. Susan is a shining reminder of how wonderful it can be to be simply you, the person you truly are without the concealment of makeup or other disguises. She has proven that reality not vanity is all that really matters. Such an

old and simple lesson, yet, it took Susan, a very ordinary person, to remind us all to be ourselves, not pretending we are someone or something we are not. What a wonderful message from a very special human being. Perhaps Susan is herself a message intended to make us think.

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Halvorson Visits Troops and Medical Facilities in Afghanistan Washington, DC –  With a desire to better understand medical care systems available to injured troops overseas, Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson (IL-11) spent the past week in Afghanistan and Germany, returning to the United States today. As a member of the House Veterans Committee, Halvorson along with other members of the committee, traveled to a number of locations to explore the military medical care system while visiting with military leaders and medical personnel.  A bipartisan effort, the group sought a greater understanding of necessary infrastructure, operations and support for the success and health of our troops in Afghanistan .  The Congresswoman especially enjoyed visiting with troops on the ground and in medical facilities.  “I can’t begin to express how honored I am for the opportunity to visit our service men and women in Afghanistan. All of us personally thanked them for what they do for our Country,” said Halvorson. “Our soldiers give so much of themselves to preserve our freedom and security – we must make sure we’re there to take care of them if they need us.”  While there, the group also had the chance to speak with various commanders in Afghanistan and visited various sites such as a military hospital in Arifjan, Kuwait; the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; a hospital complex in Bagram, Afghanistan; a Forward Operating Base and medical facility in Jalalabad, Afghanistan; a medical facility in Kalagush,

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Afghanistan; Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, German. It was very beneficial and informative to see the military medical care system for ourselves, said Halvorson.“Our troops deserve the best we can give, so do our veterans – and I  will continue to work toward that goal.” The highlight of the trip for Halvorson was the presentation of letters and cards to soldiers from 11th district students at Seneca Grade School – North Campus and St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Kankakee. She also passed out phone cards donated by AT&T. “Those letters and cards meant so much to the soldiers,” said Halvorson. “I want the students to know that they really made a difference.” Although her first trip to Afghanistan, Halvorson felt a personal tie there as well. In 2008, her stepson, Jay Bush, Army Special Forces was injured in Afghanistan. Much of the route traveled mirrored Jay’s experience after he was injured – and while in Landstuhl, his doctors and other medical staff met with Halvorson. “I was very impressed with the medical staff and the care they give to our injured soldiers,” said Halvorson. “My husband Jim and I know this very well because of the road we traveled with Jay. Thanks to these professionals, our son is doing so much better. It was an honor to be able to personally say thank you to those who helped with his care and assure them that good health care for our soldiers and veterans is a priority”.


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It is often difficult to find a really good attorney. One major problem is that of having judges and lawyers in the courthouse who face one another day after day. Each morning the judges know who they will see, not necessarily who the defendants will be, but the lawyers who will be representing them. The same prosecutors will appear who worked there the day before, months before, sometimes for years before. That creates problems. It makes it difficult, often impossible, for a lawyer to really become a fighter, someone defiant who knows the law and who is willing to risk contempt of court charges to see that it is obeyed. Such lawyers, who practice in courthouses where everyone knows everyone else, are strapped into a system that prevents them from exercising their talents to the fullest. They have to remember each time they represent a client that while the client may go home, or may be headed off to jail, they have to return to face that same judge and that same prosecutor tomorrow. That can, it should not but it can, lead to poor lawyering. It can lead to a courthouse where no one but an unfamiliar attorney comes to court armed with law books. It can lead to a yes-man mentality where the attorney stands silent when he knows all the while he ought to be speaking out loudly to defend his client. There is a cure for such unfortunate situations such as that scenario. The solution is simple. If you are in search of an attorney do not only search for a competent attorney, shop for a competent attorney who has an office outside your county, one who does not have an office close to the courthouse. Find an attorney who does not sip coffee with, or eat lunch with, the judges and the prosecutors; one who does not attend the same political meetings. Being a member of the clique does not help, it hampers justice. Go outside the county. Get a fresh face. Keep in mind that this is not advice for those who live in the huge metropolitan regions such as New York, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc. where the judges see the same faces but very infrequently because thousands of attorneys are prac-

JOLIET -- Don’t toss those old, smelly gym shoes in the trash. Recycle them instead. Will County will host its fourth annual shoe collection event from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, through Friday, May 8. Collection containers will be in front of the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., and everyone is welcome to deposit unwanted athletic shoes. “This annual event benefits those less fortunate and gives people an alterna-

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tive to just tossing their old sneakers into a garbage bag that then ends up in our landfill,” said County Executive Larry Walsh, who oversees the Land Use Department. “It is amazing how many school children participate, excited to pass on outgrown shoes that are still in good shape to those who need them and demonstrate their concern for our environment by contributing their worn out shoes for recycling.” Nearly 4,000 pairs of shoes were recovered during the 2008 event, with several local schools holding their own collections, then turning the shoes into the County.  This year, even more schools are participating. Shoes should be tied together by their laces. They should not be wet or muddy. Metal parts, including grommets and cleats, should be removed from

ticing law in that same courthouse before many judges. If your town is smaller than 200,000 consider an attorney from outside the county. Consider an attorney who is not beholden to the local system. Now it could be there is a rogue in your town, an attorney who will fight the judges, who will fight the prosecutor vigorously. Fine, if there is such a brave attorney about, you will surely hear about him and he will probably not be favored by his fellow attorneys, the judges or the prosecutors. He doesn’t fit, he won’t go along; he makes waves. Too often however attorneys are willing to take the easy path to profits while they avoid making waves to win a case. Too often such attorneys will readily encourage a client to enter a plea of guilty in exchange for a sentence he considers light. Of course, even 20 years does not sound ominous to someone who does not have to spend them in prison. Still, such an attorney can earn a comfortable living charging his clients as much to have them plead guilty, which they could have done without him, as he would have charged to defend them. The solution is, of course, seek legal counsel from outside the county far from where the court is located. Ask tough questions such as what is your win loss ratio? Attorneys know what it is. Whether they happen to practice in civil law or in criminal law they know what percentage of cases they win. Obviously, you want an attorney who is a consistent winner not a Boardwalk pleader. If he can’t or won’t anFinancial swer that question, leave Group and search for someone who is proud to tell you about his record. There are Leecourt Consulting many really good attorneys 630.986.5967 ext102 available and, unfortunately, there are many who are not. You are the boss, you are hiring the attorney, and most state canons of ethics require an attorney to defend you the way you want even if he disagrees.

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shoes too worn to pass on. All zippers and metal eyelets must be also cut off before the shoes are donated. No sandals, boots, water “socks,”

dress shoes or flip-flops will be accepted.   Tara Neff, Environmental Educator for the Land Use Department’s Waste Services Division, explained that shoes that once were used to run in could be turned into something to run on. Silence Breaking Story Continued

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(ARA) - In Mexico, the heart of the family resides in the kitchen where friends and family share the comforts of great, flavorful meals. A number of influences from Mexican and Latin culture have affected Americans in how we celebrate, cook and eat. And more of us, no matter what heritage, are spending more time dining at home with our families. With the popularity of Mexican and Latin dishes on the rise, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to celebrate spending time with family while enjoying an authentic Mexican meal in your own kitchen. “When I am not in one of my restaurant kitchens, I love creating a meal with my husband using authentic ingredients from our Latin heritage to create approachable and comforting meals to share with our family and friends,” says Michelle Bernstein-Martinez, James Beard award-winning chef and author of Cuisine A Latina. “As a chef, I like to use local ingredients, as well as foods from other cultures, or inspired by other cultures, to create a layer of flavors. Incorporating Latin cheese varieties is one way I add layers in rich authentic dishes.” Bernstein-Martinez has a few tips and suggestions on how you can create your own Cinco de Mayo experience: * Add your own twist. To take a traditional meal and make it your own, incorporate traditional Latin ingredients such as chilies and Mexican cheeses, then add your favorite in-season go-to ingredients. For example, tortilla chips may be a great traditional accompaniment to a cheese dip, but consider adding fresh green onion sticks or sweet potato fries alongside a basket of chips to add variety to your typical chip and dip platter. * Use authentic ingredients. Luckily, many cultural influences have made an impact at local grocery chains. Now you can find unique blends of

spices, produce and other fresh ingredients without making a special trip to a boutique market. For example, cheeses such as Manchengo, Queso Quesadilla and Anejo Enchilado can be found in Sargento Artisan Blends Shredded Authentic Mexican Cheese. The combination of these cheeses offer great melt and flavor to deliver a comforting and delicious dish. * Offer a mix of dishes. To keep conversation lively and guests satisfied, offer an array of dishes and build on each one. 1. Offer a mix of spicy and mild dishes as well as a mix of cold and hot. 2. Keep one or two guest favorites on the table throughout the party. 3. A good table staple should not need reheating or should be kept in a hot-dish to avoid extra work to replenish. This recipe for a Spicy Cheese Fondue by Bernstein-Martinez is the perfect dish to keep on the table throughout the evening and offers a nice blend of traditional authentic ingredients to serve with tortilla chips or your favorite appetizers.

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JOLIET – Pastors, church leaders and organizations are encouraged to attend a free seminar on “A Faith Response to Family Violence” scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 12-noon on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at Eastern Will County Senior Services, 25864 S. Chestnut Street in Monee, Il. It is sponsored by the 12th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council. In conjunction with child abuse awareness month, this seminar will focus on a variety of issues involving: child abuse, domestic violence, senior abuse, senior scams and identity theft. Samantha Mosher, Prevention Coordinator at the Guardian Angel Family Service Center will address the staggering number of growing incidents and affects of child abuse. A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds, and while 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States, experts estimate that the actual number of incidents of abuse and neglect is 3 times greater than reported. Rev. Tim Filkins, Pastor of Lighthouse Fellowship Church in Frankfort will speak on “A Faith Response to Domestic Violence”. He served in the USMC for 6-years and then as a police officer for 12-years. Pastor Filkins resigned from police work in order to enter full-time ministry and regularly teaches an 8-hour domestic violence response course to police officers. He also teaches clergy response to domestic violence and has written numerous op-ed pieces on the subject. Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Pastor Filkins says that “domestic violence is a problem for the whole family, but it isn’t a family problem. The abuser alone is at fault and must be dealt with.” Herb Brooks Jr., Pastor of St. John M. B. Church in Joliet will address “A Faith Response to Elder Abuse”. Pastor Brooks has served on numerous committees including the Senior Service Center and Senior TRIAD, Silver Cross Hospital’s

Healthy Community Commission, IL Health Cares Authority Coalition, Joliet Herald News Editorial Board and an Organizer of the Building Bridges Project in Joliet. He is President of JECA, President of Rainbow PUSH, board member of NAACP, Organizer of the Building Bridges Project in Joliet and recently elected to the Will County Board as Commissioner for District 8. More than half a million reports of abuse against elderly Americans reach authorities every year, and millions more cases go unreported. “Every year, tens of thousands of elderly Americans are abused in their own homes and we need to break the silence now”, said Pastor Brooks. Detective Pete Piazza and Crime Prevention Director Jenn Cain, both from Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow’s Office, will address the ever growing problem of scams and identity thefts that affect senior citizens. State’s Attorney Glasgow, who also will be a featured speaker at the seminar, established a Financial Crimes Prosecution Unit in 2008 to untangle complex cases of financial exploitation and identity theft. In many of those cases, senior citizens fall victim to scammers and unscrupulous financial planners. “I formed the Financial Crimes Prosecution Unit to crack down on swindlers who try to take advantage of trusting senior citizens,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “But the best way to fight off con artists is through education and prevention. Pete Piazza, who heads my investigations unit, and Jenn Cain, who is my office’s crime prevention director, provides senior citizens with the tools they need to keep their savings secure.” “We held a similar seminar in Joliet last year and had a request to do the seminar in south-east Will County, so this is it” said Tony Ray Coordinator of the 12th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Pastors, church leaders and organizations to obtain valuable information and resources about these important issues facing society today” said Ray. For more information and to RSVP for this seminar please call: (815) 774-4587

Pancake Breakfast at St. Mary Immaculate Good Shepherd Council #5573 of the Knights of Columbus will serve a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 26th, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in the St. Mary Immaculate Gym. The menu includes Pancakes, Sausage, Orange Juice, Coffee or Milk. A free will donation is requested. The net proceeds will be given to Fr. Dan Hoehn in appreciation for all he has done for the parish and the community. For more information call Steve Zimmer at 815-436-0458 or Fred Kunst at 815-254-7123.

St. Mary Immaculate Parish is located at 15629 S. Rt. 59, Plainfield, IL 60544. With nearly 7,000 member families, St. Mary Immaculate is one of the largest Roman Catholic parishes in the US. It is a vibrant, welcoming community with over 100 ministries serving God’s people in the Plainfield area. For more information, go to www.smip.org Good Shepherd Council #5573 of the Knights of Columbus was founded in 1964. For more information on the many services provided by the K of C in Plainfield, visit www.kofc5573.org.

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When you brought him home, you just knew that cute little puppy was going to brighten your family’s life in many different ways! You visualized him running with the children in the backyard, curled up at your feet on a winter’s night in front of the fire, and as an always-cheerful companion for everyone in the house. You didn’t expect biting. You certainly didn’t anticipate his aggressive personality. You never dreamt he would make it his life’s mission to destroy clothing and furniture. You didn’t plan for the random barking or the wanton disobedience. Whether you were ready for it or not, you own a difficult dog. There is undoubtedly a temptation to give up. You may feel you are simply trapped with a “naughty dog.” Some may even consider the highly inappropriate route of abandoning a pet under these circumstances. Neither of these solutions, however, is good for the dog or the owner. Instead, one must be determined that they will work with their difficult dog to improve the situation. Making that commitment is the essential first step in dealing with any difficult dog. There is no single solution for handling a difficult dog. Like people, each dog’s personality and needs are unique. There are four things you need to do, however, if you want your dog to live a happy life and to be a pleasurable companion for you. Seek Out Information That small ten-page dog-training pamphlet you picked up at the pet store along with the leashes is not going to be enough of a guide to training your difficult dog. Seek out detailed and expertly written information about dog training and specific methods to assist you in training your difficult pet. Canvass the library, bookstores and the internet in the pursuit of knowledge and tips that can help you deal with your specific pet problems. Although one must avoid researching at the expense of doing, it is important to have a strong understanding of your dog, his problems, and means of addressing his behavior.

Make Sure Your Dog Is Healthy Often, behavioral problems can be a manifestation of an underlying health problem. Consider the possibility that your dog’s behavior issues could be symptomatic of a physical problem. Make sure your dog is thoroughly checked out by a veterinarian. If a medical issue is underlying his poor behavior, proper treatment can rectify many of his problems-as well as helping to insure a long healthy life for your dog. Too often, medical causes of poor behavior go overlooked. Be Patient Don’t expect your problem dog to transform overnight. Changing the behavior patterns of difficult dogs can take some time. If you expect the quick course that worked in training

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Riley Runs Away HE’S GONE! RILEY’S GONE! OH NO, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? WE HAVE TO FIND HIM!! WE WERE IN THE BACKYARD WITH MOM AND DAD AND THEN…(GULP) RILEY RAN AWAY! I just don’t understand. I thought we had fun together…but maybe he didn’t have fun with me. I don’t get it, today was a normal day and then all of a sudden - he’s GONE! I have to think…maybe I did something to make him upset and that’s why he left. OK, let me remember…First we got up this morning, had breakfast and then played with our toys. I played with my ball and he played with his rope. I remember that he wanted to play tug-o-war with me, but I didn’t want to. I just wanted to play all by myself. Do you think that’s why he left? Because I didn’t want to play with him? Oh, I really hope I didn’t make him run away…I like playing tug-o-war, but I just didn’t want to play this morning. But WAIT! Riley knows how much I like playing with my ball and that I’m not trying to be mean – so I don’t think that’s the reason why he ran away. It has to be something else. All right. Think – think - think! What happened next…let’s see…In the afternoon I thought it would be fun to sit in the window and watch the cars drive by. I like to do that and sometimes Riley will do it too. But today, all he wanted to do was take a nap. I was so excited to see the cars and I really wanted Riley to take a look – so I kept barking and barking until he paid attention. I even kept barking when mom came in and told me to be quiet! And you know what Riley did? He left and went into another room! Do you think he was mad? HUH! Maybe that’s why he left! He just wanted to sleep and I was being so loud! Oh Riley, if you come home I promise I’ll be so quiet! HOLD ON…he wouldn’t leave because I was barking…I bark all the time! And sometimes he even barks with me! That can’t be why he left! But if it’s not that, then what is it? Why would you run away Riley? Did I upset you? I know when you first came to our house I wasn’t excited to be a big sister, but I am now! You’re my little brother and I miss you. I promise I will be the best big sister. Oh where, oh where has my Riley gone? Oh where, oh where can you be? (Stay tuned to next weeks issue to find out where Riley went and why he ran away)

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(ARA) - Just one day after the premier of “Fast & Furious,” a movie that spotlights the world of street racing, a mother and her 2-year-old child died in Charlotte, N.C., when their vehicle was caught in the middle of an apparently illegal street race. A 13-yearold passenger in one of the racing vehicles also died, and the driver of that car now faces three murder charges, police say. It’s the kind of tragedy that illustrates the need to get young would-be racers to pursue their interests safely - off the streets and on a secure track instead, says Steve Meade, a top Denver, Colo., radio personality known as “Willie B.” Meade co-stars on SPEED’s “PINKS All Out” drag racing lifestyle series, which will premier its third season in July. Meade himself witnessed a similar tragedy as a young man when he watched an illegal street race go awry. Years later, the experience inspired him to participate in the Colorado Highway Patrol’s “Take It to the Track” program, a drive to encourage street racers to race on private tracks instead of public roads. “When a young person is about to participate in a street race, they’re always going to have that one moment of reflection when they think ‘Should I really be doing this,’ “ Meade says. “We want to catch them in that moment and let them know that there is

a safe alternative.” The premier of the third “Fast & Furious” move may well inspire some young drivers to think they can race like actor Vin Diesel’s character, narrowly escaping death and avoiding harm to innocent bystanders. Meade hopes “Take It to the Track” will help aspiring racers to realize the difference between fiction and reality, and pursue their interest in a safer setting. “If a young person has that desire to race, they’re going to find a way to do it,” Meade says. “If there’s no safe alternative for them, they’re going to race on the street.” Parents who see the drive to race in their teens and young adult children should take steps to help ensure their passion is fueled in a positive, safe environment, Meade says. If the community has a local race track, parents can contact managers to see if a drag racing program is available. If not, they should encourage the track to found one. Local law enforcement can also be a resource for establishing and supporting safe racing programs in communities, he notes.

Fast cars and racing are an integral part of the American psyche, Meade says. Millions of Americans avidly follow NASCAR racing and millions more are classic car devotees, collectors or just enjoy working on cars in their spare time. “If your child has that passion for cars and racing, you either help and

encourage him to do it the right way, or you risk finding out about it by a knock on the door in the middle of the night telling you that he’s been involved in an illegal race or worse,” Meade says. “PINKS All Out” airs 9 p.m. EST Thursdays on SPEED. To learn more about the “Take it to the Track” campaign, go to www.csp.state.co.us.

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your neighbor’s non-problem dog to be successful for your difficult pet, you will be disappointed. Brace yourself to commit a great deal of time to correcting your dog’s errant behavior. Additionally, impatience increases the risk of inconsistency in training and the likelihood you may lose your temper

Seek Assistance Sometimes a dog simply requires professional training assistance. If you have tried to manage the situation unsuccessfully and feel you are at a dead end, you must consider utilizing a professional dog trainer. Quality professionals have wide-reaching experience and may be able to isolate training methods that will be effective for your particular dog. You may need

to hire a trainer on a regular basis. By learning more, keeping a close eye on your dog’s physical health, remaining patient and seeking professional guidance when necessary, you can improve the quality of life for your behaviorally challenged dogs. The little puppy you brought home in hopes of having the perfect pet still has a chance at that happy life if you follow these recommendations and commit to treating the dog properly and training him effectively. By committing yourself to your dog’s training and well being you may end up with just the happy, content and cheerful companion you wanted all along.


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Dear Lindsey: My younger sister, I am 17, wants my parents to buy her a dog. I told them I think that is a dumb idea. Dogs just make a mess. They make the house stink. They chew on stuff and they leave hair all over the house. I don’t want all that yuk in my room so I told my parents I have rights too and I don’t want a dog. What do you think? Dear What do you think? I think you are a real stinker! Maybe I am wrong but you do sound bratty. The fact that you made it clear that you are 17 years old makes it clear to me that you attach some sort of value to that. It seems as though you believe that gives you some sort of status your younger sister does not have. WRONG! Everyone in a family, everyone in a household is important so are their thoughts, their needs and their wants. I don’t know who you have been talking to but a properly trained and properly cared for pet is not smelly, dirty and undesirable as you make them out to be. Yes there are pets that fit your description exactly but don’t blame the pet, blame the owner. Pets only do what they do naturally. Most are intelligent and really want to please their masters but if that master fails to teach them the behavior that is expected of the dog the pet will never know how to please his owner. Let sis have her dog and tell her she has a responsibly to train it properly.

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Dear Lindsey: My brother always comes home and takes his shoes off at the door. He also takes off his socks and walks around the house barefoot. I don’t have a problem with that. I wouldn’t do it cause I would feel uncomfortable but that’s up to him. But here’s my thing with him. When we have supper he comes to the table with bare feet and I think that is disgusting. I have a new boyfriend I just started to date. I want to invite him over to our house for a birthday party in a couple of weeks but I don’t want to bring him over if my brother is going to sit at the table without something on his feet.

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Complaint Filed Against County Judge Policandriotes ................................................................ By Ralph LaPorte rlaporte@theweeklyreporter.com ................................................................

Is Will County Circuit Judge Carla Ales- tion that doctors and two hospitals told Mr. sio Policandriotes biased; biased to the point Strom would show up for someone taking the that she would practice vindictiveness from medication Ricky was taking. the bench? Richard Strom of Romeoville Ricky was arrested and confined to the says yes. He has accused her of intention- Will County Adult Detention facility when ally punishing his son because of him, Strom the test showed positive for PCP. He was alSr., and frequent articles that have appeared legedly forced to sleep on a concrete floor in The Weekly Reporter about him and his and was deprived of his medication accordson. ing to a separate law suit that has been filed Richard Strom has filed a formal complaint for that incident. Strom said Ricky should with the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board alleg- have been placed in a medical unit but was ing that Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes instead placed with the general population in has wrongfully subjected his Son Richard the jail. (Ricky) Strom to unnecessary drug testing Mr. Strom was forced to put up additional at the whim of an Assistant State’s Attorney bond money to have his son released. Matthew Guzman solely as punishment. Ricky must continue to submit to the drug Strom has alleged that the testing despite the fact that judge’s bias stems from a the judge knows of the relationship that he has esconflict created by his contablished with reporter John sumption of the prescribed Gabriel over the course of a medication. Strom says it is number of articles that have only a way to punish Ricky been written since 2006 conand to make it seem that he cerning him and his family. is an addict. Strom has alleged that he Strom believes Judge Poliand his family has been subcandriotes is prejudiced jected to police harassment by his association with this since 2000 when he reported newspaper. He said he has a Romeoville police officer strong reason to believe that for spending working hours Judge Carla Alessio Policanin a gentlemen’s club. After driotes is the well-known that officer received a 28 day Smudge about whom John suspension for that activity Gabriel wrote on three ocRichard Strom. Strom says he and his family casions last year. He’s tired of abuse. were subjected to continuous Those articles accused an harassment on the part of some Romeoville police officers. In 2006 Ricky Strom was accused of engaging in sex with a minor who later gave birth to a child. Ricky was arrested and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. That case has dragged on and continues to be in the preliminary stages more than two years later. If the information Strom provided about that case is true the case should have been thrown-out a long time ago. During that time Strom Sr. said he decided that he and his family has taken enough alleged abuse and filed a law suit against Romeoville and certain police officers alleging that his civil rights were violated. Later, the prosecutor, Matthew Guzman, asked Judge Policandriotes to order Ricky to begin taking drug tests each week. Ricky Strom has no history of using drugs and has never been arrested for a drug violation. The judge ordered the testing. His attorney did not speak up in opposition to the order or the motion made by the prosecutor. Ricky Strom is handicapped. He suffers from a bipolar mental disorder and takes prescribed medication to control his behavior. The medication he takes can produce positive results in tests that are done to detect drugs in a person’s system. Strom said Judge Policandriotes and prosecutor Matthew Guzman were aware that Ricky takes such medication. When Ricky submitted to such a court ordered tests the results showed positive for a drug commonly known as PCP. That is precisely the reac-

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unidentified judge, whom Gabriel dubbed “The Smudge” of stealing papers on three occasions that contained articles criticizing a man named Dan Kennison who was campaigning to run for the county executive’s seat. Strom said Judge Policandriotes was openly a strong supporter of Dan Kennison and she resented the articles that contained negative information about him. Those articles appeared on October 9, 16, and 23, 2008. Strom said it would be a disgrace to the Will County Court if one of its judges was proven to be a thief. John Gabriel was asked if Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes is in fact The Smudge but he would not answer, he said, “I cannot jeopardize the people who were witnesses and who supplied the information to me. I only know that somehow justice eventually causes the truth to surface.” Assistant Will County State’s Attorney Matthew Guzman has been named in a lawsuit that has been filed against the Warden of the Will County Adult Detention facility as a result of Ricky’s confinement there. Usually prosecutors have immunity except in cases where they violate the law. That suit was filed in federal court in Chicago and alleges violations of federal civil rights. There is a new twist in this story that will appear in next week’s issue of The Weekly Reporter. Two affidavits have been obtained that contain absolutely shocking information and which, if they are accurate, ought to call for the dismissal of a county employee.

Lawsuit Filed Against Will County Sheriff, Warden ... doned his defense of Ricky Strom. Strom says Leinweber would not support the complaint against Guzman because he must practice in the Will County Courthouse every day. He said maybe getting along with the prosecutors is more important than representing a client. Mr. Leinweber removed himself from Ricky’s case saying there was a conflict of interest. Strom alleges it was because Leinweber wanted to impress upon the judge and prosecutor that he was on their side. Guzman probably should have asked to be removed from the case after that but he did not. Instead according to Strom, Guzman became vindictive and later motioned the court to compel Ricky Strom to submit to drug testing on a bi-weekly schedule. Ricky does not have any history of drug abuse. He said he has never been arrested on a drug charge and complains there was no reason for compelling him to submit to drug testing other than vindictiveness on the part of Mr. Guzman. He says Guzman knew Ricky takes medication for his mental handicap so when Ricky was tested the results showed positive for PCP. Such a result is to be expected when one takes the medication that is prescribed for Ricky, according to doctors and hospital reports Strom has gathered. Strom said Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes ignored those reports as if she did not want to know the truth.

Nevertheless, young Strom was ordered into jail where he spent about a week. The lawsuit charges that Ricky Strom was forced to sleep on a concrete floor, was deprived of his medication, and was assigned to the general population rather than to a medical unit where he should have been held. The complaint alleges that he was not permitted to shower or to brush his teeth. The lawsuit has been filed in the Federal Court in Chicago as a result of that confinement. The complaint alleges civil rights violations by The State of Illinois, Matthew Guzman, Sheriff Paul Kaupas and Michael O’Leary Warden of the Will County Adult Detention Center and Will County. The suit asks unspecified damages for the deprivation of civil rights and punitive damages. Wellknown civil rights Attorney Scott Skaletsky of Chicago said he could not comment on the case because of its pending statis. Mr. Strom said, “I’m sick and tired of them picking on my son and I am not going to stand by and let them do these things to him. I know what is right and I will not let them continue punishing Ricky for no reason at all.” Strom requested that if any other people have complaints about treatment in the Will County Adult Detention Center they should leave a message for him and a phone number where they can be reached at: federallawsuit@yahoo.com.

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On April 2nd it was reported that Frankfort Township Assessor Paul Ruff was being sued for $15 million dollars after a letter sent over his signature allegedly defamed resident David Ho. Frankfort Township, Ruff ’s employer is named as a co-defendant in the complaint. Today The Weekly Reporter was informed that Paul Ruff had been properly served and on Friday the Township was served. There is sometimes a lag between the filing and serving of a suit depending how readily the defendants can be served. The law suit arose from a letter mailed by Assessor Ruff as an official Township Assessor’s docu-

ment but which attacked resident David Ho for exercising his right to appeal the assessments levied against his property. Information contained in the letter and cited in the complaint tag Ho as a troublemaker. David Ho, an Asian-American stock trader, was offended by Ruff ’s reference to “slanting” in the letter. Ho said any Asian-American would find such a reference insulting and offensive when used in conjunction with the criticisms Ruff directed against Ho in the letter. The letter, published on a official Assessor letterhead and sent in an official envelope that stated “Important Assessment Information Enclosed” was really an illegal attack paid for by the citizens of Frankfort Township. Silence Breaking Story Continued

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Monday, June 15 is St Mary Immaculate Night at Silver Cross Filed when the Joliet JackHammers host the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Game time is 6:05pm. Fans can get a special reduced admission price of $5.00 per ticket when they buy their tickets at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 S. Rt. 59 in Plainfield. Tickets are pre-sold at the Parish Commons area (Building B) through May 10, after all Masses: Sunday, April 26, May 3 & May 10 and t the Commons desk Weekdays from 9:00am to 9:00pm, Saturdays from 9:00am to 6:00pm and Sundays from 7:30am to 7:30pm. Please have cash or check made payable to “SMI Parish” and write in Memo space “Jackhammers Game.” Then pick-up your tickets at the will call office at Silver C r o s s Field on game day, June 15. S t . Mary Immaculate Parish groups will lead a short pre-game devotional, the national anthem and the 7th inning stretch. It will be a great family fun evening at the ballpark as we cheer and watch the Jackhammers hammer the Goldeyes. For more information, contact Cathy Cushing at 815-436-2651 ext 847 or email ccushing@smip.org The “St. Mary Immaculate/Jackhammer’s Night” is a St. Mary Immaculate Parish “Family of Faith Evening”, one of a series of social activities including concerts, dances and parties designed to provide an inexpensive evening out for the entire family. The next “Family of Faith Evening” is Ask a Priest Trivia Night on Friday, May 15th at 6:30pm in the Parish Gym. St. Mary Immaculate Parish is located at 15629 S. Rt. 59, Plainfield. For more information about any “Family of Faith Evening”, St. Mary Immaculate Parish or any of its many services, please call 815436-2651 or go to www.smip.org

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Bolingbrook— March for Babies, the walk to save babies, is taking place on Sunday, April 26th at The Promenade Bolingbrook, 631 E Boughton Road ; ABC’s Jim Rose will emcee. March for Babies supports the March of Dimes fight to save babies from premature birth and other serious threats to infant health. More than half a million babies are born too soon every year, and many of them die.  More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. March for Babies began in 1970 and is the March of Dimes largest national fundraiser. To date, March for Babies has raised more than $1.7 billion dollars, and takes place in 1,100 commu-

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and infant mortality.  For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. For more information about March for Babies, or to join the event at The Promenade Bolingbrook on April 26th, visit www.marchforbabies.org or call (800)525-9255.

Earth Day

Celebration Go Green become an Environmental Volunteer for the May 17, 2009,  Earth Day Celebration. Join us for this Fun & Educational Environmental Event for all ages. Whatever your interest - phone calls, emails, internet, advertising, writing, fund raising, creating or distributing flyers, baking or try something new. Students receive community or school credits. Exhibitors bring your ecology, nature, water, air, schools, scouts, science, horticulture, energy saving, educational, health related, community organization & eco-business exhibit.  Meetings are held the 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5-7 at Lockport’s City Hall, 222 E. 9th, 2nd FL Lunchroom or contact Ellen Meeks Rendulich 815-834-1611, Jeri Gray 708-301-9292. Citizens Against Ruining the Environment~C.A.R.E. an all volunteer non-profit org. PO Box 536, Lockport, IL 60441.

(815) 723-4880 P.O. BOX 2761 / JOLIET, IL 60434


The Weekly Reporter April 23 2009 issue