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Fifty Six brave, bold, and daring men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All of the signers of the Declaration knew they could face death by hanging for treason to the Crown. John Hancock, the first to affix his bold and brazen signature to the document, in addition to his life, had more to lose than any of the others. He was wealthy, in fact the wealthiest man in New England. But he dared to be the first to demand his liberty. Those stalwart first Americans were willing to sacrifice their property, their money, and their lives if necessary, to achieve the liberty they so heartily desired. Do you recall what Patrick Henry said? “Give me liberty or give me death.” Or recall Nathan Hale the Revolutionary War soldier who was hanged as a spy, his

last words? “I only regret that I have but one life to give my country.” Thomas Jefferson is credited with actually writing the document but he was part of a five man committee that had been delegated to write it. Four others contributed to the document in some small ways; the Congress made some word changes. On Saturday, July 4th we Americans will celebrate our 233rd birthday as a free nation. We are a nation of liberty lovers, freedom fighters, and courageous people who have resisted domination since the original thirteen colonies rebelled against King George of England. Our Freedom has been won with the blood of many brave men and women. People who endured terrible suffering, deprivations, and death to preserve our individual rights. Sadly, even to this very day there are those who would

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Happy Birthday Mr. Mayor! .................................................... John Gabriel, Award Winning Writer jgabriel@theweeklyreporter.com

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Happy Birthday Your Honor! Happy 76th Birthday to Mayor Arthur “Art” Schultz whose birthday coincidentally falls on July 4th – the same day we celebrate our Independence. It is certainly significant that the great leader of a great city, a very good American, turns 76 when we are celebrating the anniversary of our Declaration of Independence that was signed on July 4, 1776. That number 76 must have

something magical about it; it certainly does when it comes to Mr. Mayor Art Schultz. Last Saturday the Mayor attended Taste of Joliet at Joliet Memorial Stadium in the company of his wife Fran, daughter Nancy Schultz Voots our fine County Clerk, son Art Schultz and granddaughter Maggie. It was hot and sunny at 5 pm when he and his family were enjoying the event but

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sion. A five term Mayor, he has no intention of quitting just yet, but with a coy glitter in his eye he confides, “But you never know.” Those who truly know the Mayor would like to see him serve indefinitely because he is good for Joliet and Joliet is good for Mayor Schultz. A few years back County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots, revealed that the Mayor will not take his vacation outside of Joliet because he loves the city so much. During one visit to his office a large Continued on

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Strip Search of 13 Year Old In School Was Illegal .................................................... Ralph LaPorte rlaporte@theweeklyreporter.com

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On June 25th in Safford Unified School District v Redding, 557 U.S. ______ (2009), the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the 4th Amendment rights of children to be free from unreasonable searches in their schools. The case of Savana Redding stemmed from a strip search that was undertaken by school personnel in an Arizona middle school in October 2003. Savana apparently drew attention to herself partly because of schoolmates with whom she associated. On that October day, the assistant principal, Kerry Wilson, went to the classroom of Savana Redding and asked her to accompany him to his office. Savana was shown an open day planner in which there were several knives, lighters, a permanent marker, and a cigarette. Wilson asked Savana if the planner was hers. She said it was and added that she had lent it to a friend a few days earlier. Savana said none of the items in the planner were hers. The assistant principal produced four 400-mg ibuprofen pills and one blue 200-mg naproxen pill, all of which were banned except with express school permission. Savana denied knowing any-

thing of the pills. Savana gave Wilson permission to search her belongings after which an administrative assistant, Helen Romero, entered. Together with Wilson they searched her backpack and found nothing. Wilson told Romero to take the girl to the nurseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office to search her clothing for pills. The nurse, Peggy Schwallier â&#x20AC;&#x153;asked Savana to remove her jacket, socks, and shoes leaving her in stretch pants and a T-shirt (both without pockets), which she was then asked to remove,â&#x20AC;? Finally she was told to pull her bra out to the side and shake it and to pull out the elastic on her underpants, â&#x20AC;&#x153;thus exposing her breasts and pelvic area to some degree.â&#x20AC;? No pills were found. School officials were led to search Savana after another student was caught with some pills and claimed she had received them from Savana Redding. The Supreme Court said that raised sufficient suspicion to justify a search of her backpack and outer clothing. The search in the presence of Savana of her bag â&#x20AC;&#x153;in the relative privacy of Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office was not excessively intrusive any more than Romeroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s search of her outer clothing.â&#x20AC;? The Court then found that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wilson knew beforehand that the pills were prescription- strength Ibuprofen and overthe-counter naproxenâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wilson had

no reason to suspect that large amounts of the drugs were being passed around or that individuals were receiving great numbers of pills.â&#x20AC;? Wilson could not have suspected that Savana was hiding common painkillers in her underwear. Wilson argued that students hide contraband in their underwear. The court condemned the strip search as illegal, in violation of Savanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches, saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think that the combination of these deficiencies was fatal to finding the search reasonable [by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals]â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Śthe Fourth Amendment places limits on the official, even with the high degree of deference that courts must pay to the educatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional judgment.â&#x20AC;? The Court continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do mean, though, to make it clear that the T.L.O. concern to limit a school search to a reasonable scope requires the support of reasonable suspicion of danger or of resort to underwear for hiding evidence of wrongdoing before a search can reasonably make the quantum leap from outer clothes and backpacks to exposure of intimate parts.â&#x20AC;? The decision raises the bar on such searches and has reinforced a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to resist similar searches under the Fourth Amendment.

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Qualifying for a handicapped license plate or a handicapped placard is not a privilege it is a small way in which the state and local governments show empathy for those do suffer some incapacitation. It is a measure by which the lives of those who must live with pain and other limitations are made just a bit easier; it assures those folks who must endure some form of mobility restriction that they will be able to park a little closer to the places they must go. Too often inconsiderate people, probably just too lazy to walk a little farther to an entrance, park in handicapped parking places. That is illegal, it is inconsiderate, and it certainly shows a total lack of respect for others we ought to be assisting not harming. On Friday June 26, 2009 there were no available parking spaces close to the entrance of “A Taste of Joliet”. Lots of really great Joliet residents and others were enjoying a good time. But, they had to park first and the only parking available was at the far south end of the parking lot. There big as life, was a black 4 door 2008 Hyundai Sonata parked in a space that was clearly reserved for persons with handicaps. Checking the front, the rear, and peering inside the vehicle it became obvious that the car had neither license plates marked handicapped nor a placard hanging from the mirror that would indicate the person is handicapped or transporting someone who is. A check of the license plate, Illinois G87 9006 indicates that it is owned by a young Joliet woman. There is no way to know if she was the driver at the time. State records indicate that the owner is not handicapped, she just turned 30 years old, she is 5 feet 5 inches tall and 117 pounds, by all indications an able person. According to the law that vehicle was prohibited from being parked in that handicapped space. This will be a long, perhaps hot, summer. Please don’t park in handicapped spaces. While you may think it is nothing, parking in one of those reserved spaces can make it painful, perhaps impossible, for some handicapped individual to make it to the entrance. Be decent, be kind, and be a good citizen, think about others and let your conscience be your guide. You can also avoid a large fine by obeying the law. Continued on

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Can Felons Be Paid With Gasoline Tax Funds? Reprinted by popular demand

.................................................... John Gabriel, Award Winning Writer jgabriel@theweeklyreporter.com

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Roger Claar likes the Palumbo’s, they have given him substantial campaign contributions. Claar’s buddy, Romeoville Mayor Jo h n

Recent articles in The Weekly Reporter have disclosed the willingness of Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar to sanction the services of Orange Crush LLC although it is a spinoff of the Palumbo firm. Some of the Palumbo family members and Orange Crush Asphalt are barred from working on federal highway projects, or from doing work for the State of Illinois or the City of ChiMayor Roger Claar cago, Orange Crush is the successor to the Noak, also likes the former Palumbo Palumbos. They Brothers Inc. that also contributed to was guilty of cheatNoak’s campaign Mayor John Noak ing on weight tickets fund. When a Romefor materials, cheating oville Trustee raised on the materials themselves, and fal- questions concerning doing business sifying the amount of money due to with convicted and admitted felons, unions for work done by union mem- Romeoville Mayor John Noak, Village bers. It is the same Palumbo family. Manager Steve Gulden, and Village

Attorney Richard Vogel gave public assurances that the former Palumbos were a distinctly different group of people than the current Orange Crush Palumbos. That is of course not true. A Palumbo wife serves as President for Orange Crush. Besides raising questions as to why Roger Claar or John Noak might want to entrust village work to convicted thugs whose history is replete with cheating taxpayers, there are additional questions to be asked. The State and Federal taxes on gasoline provide funding for highways and roads. They are called Motor Fuel Taxes. Illinois has such a tax that is authorized under 35 ICS 505 and it is distributed through the 102 Illinois Counties who then redistribute the funds to local cities and villages. The guilty pleas of the Palumbo family, in which they voluntarily admitted their parts in a 37-count indictment, makes it unquestionably clear that (1) they are felons; (2) they admitted to cheating on invoices, weights, and materials. Continued on

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Boomers join the green movement with natural light ................................................................. info@theweeklyreporter.com .................................................................

(ARA) - Older Americans who add more natural light to their living quarters when they move or remodel benefit from improved vision and mood in a safer environment. And daylighting, which utilizes no energy and carries no ongoing costs, is another benefit to the pocketbook of boomers on fixed incomes. Boomers know that as they age their eye lenses thicken and their pupils shrink. This causes their eyes to adapt more slowly to changing light conditions and increases the need for light. According to the Center of Design for an Aging Society in Portland, Ore., older people need about three to five times more light than younger people for both vision and maintaining health. Many seniors don’t get outside

enough; another reason to bring more natural light in, especially when remodeling. Studies show that Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD -- evidenced by emotional depression, a drop in physical energy, increased appetite and need for more sleep -- is directly linked to a lack of sufficient daylighting. Some researchers conclude that light As their eyes age, boomers find that balanced natural lighting from skylights and therapy may help to alleviate SAD windows becomes more important. symptoms faster than antidepressant drugs. In a review of clinical trials of light therapy, Dr. Daniel Kripke at the stretch fixed-income dollars with a oneUniversity of California, San Diego, time purchase that pays benefits over reported that light therapy benefits not time by reducing the need for artificial only SAD patients but also people suf- lighting and cutting energy costs.” In areas where traditional skylights fering from other forms of depression. Sunlight can enter dwellings and be aren’t needed or won’t fit, cost-effective, balanced through the use of windows, passive light to further reduce energy doors and skylights. According to Joe costs is available with models like the Patrick, senior product manager with Sun Tunnel tubular skylight. These less VELUX America, studies conducted in expensive units are particularly useful Denmark show skylights admit 30 per- in hallways, closets, interior baths and cent more light than vertical windows other smaller, confined areas needing more natural light. in dormers, and provide the drama of a sky view that can’t be achieved with For free information on the benefits vertical windows. And balanced natu- of natural light and skylight selection, ral light from multiple sources can or for free house plans incorporating help to reduce glare, a particularly skylights, call (800) 283-2831 or visit disorienting nuisance for people of all veluxusa.com. For government information on window and skylight energy ages with glaucoma or cataracts. “Skylights also offer much more privacy than vertical windows without taking up valuable wall space that can be used for decorating or storage, a real benefit as seniors downsize living spaces,” Patrick says. He points out that venting skylights -- utilizing their natural chimney effect to exhaust rising, stale air containing volatile organic compounds and other indoor pollutants to which older people are particularly sensitive -- can contribute to a healthier indoor environment. “And from an economic standpoint, ENERGY STARBoomers are adding tubular skylights to make qualified venting skyinteriors safer and more attractive. lights admit natural light from above and reduce energy costs while transforming living areas into bright, safer spac- efficiency visit energystar.gov, and for es,” Patrick says. “And they provide independent agency information visit a dose of the medicine that daylight nfrc.org or efficientwindows.org. For and fresh air offer. It’s also a way to information about aging in place, see seniorresource.com

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Congress Answers the Call on UN Funding (Vocus/PRWEB ) June 19, 2009 -Responding to the House and Senate votes to pay back all U.S. debt to the UN since the 1999 Helms-Biden agreement, Mr. Ted Turner, founder of the United Nations Foundation, and UN Foundation President Senator Timothy E. Wirth issued the following statement: “Today, the U.S. Congress renewed the United States’ commitment to the United Nations and international cooperation as an important means of solving global problems. Great nations pay their bills and today’s action will ensure that the United States has honored in full its commitments to the United Nations. Much of the $906 million approved today by Congress will support the lifesaving work undertaken through UN peacekeeping operations. “It is clear and encouraging that President Obama and Congress recognize that international cooperation through the UN helps America share the cost and burden of solving the great global challenges of the 21st Century. The U.S. cannot go it alone in addressing such critical economic, security and environmental problems as poverty, disease, climate change and terrorism. Working with others, and paying our fair share is good for the United States and the rest of the world. By fully funding the UN and other international organizations whose work supports U.S. national security, we create greater legitimacy for our foreign policy and economic goals and empower U.S. diplomacy. “We congratulate President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chairmen David Obey and Nita Lowey on the House Appropriations Committee, Chairmen Daniel Inouye and Patrick Leahy on the Senate Appropriations Committee, as well as their Ranking Members Thad Cochran and Judd Gregg, and their teams for their vision and determination in enabling this U.S. debt to be paid. “But the hard work is not done. It is essential that the United States continues to pay its dues to the UN in full and on time. The next opportunity to do so comes in the fiscal year 2010 budget, in which the President has requested that Congress pay the full amount the U.S. Continued on

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New Allergy Treatment Available in Northbrook ................................................................ info@theweeklyreporter.com

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Northbrook, IL. – June 24, 2009 – Nearly 100 AllergiCare™ Relief Centers in the United States, including a

new clinic in the Chicago area, are successfully treating allergy sufferers with the BAX 3000, a new state-of-the-art laser technology and biofeedback system. Of the more than 2,500 patients who have undergone treatment nationwide, 80 percent have experienced drastically reduced symptoms. Due to its success, and new findings, the technology is now also used to treat a variety of other age-related, reproductive, digestive, skin and respiratory issues. “Immune conditioning”, the groundbreaking treatment that is offered at AllergiCare clinics, is unique in that there are no scratch tests, allergy shots or medication involved. Instead, computer technology and laser therapy are used to eliminate negative reactions to what would ordinarily be harmless substances. Preliminary results have shown that 30 percent of patients have had total relief of symptoms. 80 percent of patients have reported a decrease of more than 60 percent in the severity of their symptoms. “ W h a t makes our method of diagnosis and treatment different from other available treatments for allergy symptoms, such as allergy shots and medica-

tion is that this technique enables us to better identify the specific allergen or sensitivity from our database of over 10,000 different substances,” said Dr. Liselotte Schuster, clinic director of AllergiCare™ Relief Centers of Northbrook. “Through this identification we can relieve the patients’ sensitivities much more precisely, which in turn provides us with greater results.” AllergiCare™ Relief Centers’ system assists the practitioner in the diagnosis and relief of allergy symptoms in a non-invasive, drug-free environment. This system has been shown to be effective with all types of allergies, including seasonal symptoms related to hay fever, pollen, grasses and trees; environmental substances such as pollutants, chemicals, dust and dust mites; food allergens such as fruit, dairy, and nuts; and pet allergens, among others. “An allergy is simply an inappropriate response developed by your body as a result of some negative interaction with a certain substance,” said Dr. Schuster. “This programmed response triggers a reaction within your body.  Common reactions may include sneezing, runny nose, itching, watery eyes, headaches and difficulty breathing.  However, other symptomatic diagnoses such as IBS, acid reflux, fibromyalgia and autism have also been very closely linked to underlying allergic reactions to various substances.  Once a sensitivity to a particular substance is identified, our system works to neutralize that negative response so that future exposure to that substance no longer triggers these irritating reactions.” AllergiCare™ Relief Centers has more than 75 centers located throughout the U.S. AllergiCare™ Relief Centers of Northbrook is now open and  located at 1535 Lake Cook Road, Suite 204. For more information call 1-877-9-SNEEZE (877-976-3393) or visit www.AllergiCare.com.

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Normal Trash Pickup In Romeoville for Holiday As you are aware, the 2009 Independence Day Holiday will fall on Saturday, July 4th. Waste Management will maintain a normal collection schedule during the week of June 29th through

July 3rd. There will be no interruption or delay of collection service for the Independence Day Holiday this for this year.

US Businesses Responding to E-Waste Challenges Peabody, MA (PRWEB) June 29, 2009 -- A growing number of U.S. enterprises are adopting clean, secure, affordable disposal practices for their unwanted computers, cell phones, monitors and other IT assets. Last week’s PBS “Frontline” documentary “Digital Dumping Ground” showed graphic images of toxic e-waste dumps in Ghana, China, India and other developing nations. “The ‘Frontline’ expose did a fantastic job of bringing to light all that is bad in this space and the terrible consequences of illicit e-waste disposal. That said, there are also extraordinary success stories of companies that have a solid IT asset disposal process in place and are doing it right,” says Frank Cavallaro, CEO of Converge. Using advanced IT asset disposition services from Converge, these organizations not only avoid environmental hazards but also reduce costs through remarketing of still-viable computers and components. “IT asset disposition has become a very complex business process,” says Chris Adam, director of IT asset disposition services for Converge. “The cost of doing it right pales in comparison to the damage that can be caused by doing it improperly. Obviously, there are clear environmental risks, but throwing old computers into the Dumpster also poses

serious financial and data security risks as well.” A recent IT disposal market study by Converge revealed that IT managers at medium and large U.S. companies are very aware of the e-waste problem. Their overriding concern, according to the survey, is data security. “As the ‘Frontline’ piece pointed out, the amount of private data left on computer hard drives is shocking,” says Adam. “It is very difficult for companies to completely erase these devices. And trying to verify data erasure on thousands of devices across a large organization is beyond the in-house capabilities of most IT departments. That’s where a specialized provider with global infrastructure like Converge is a real value to an enterprise.” Converge provides its clients with real-time tracking of every single IT asset flowing through the disposition process, along with certificates of destruction and certificates of recycling in accordance with the treatment of each device. Unlike typical recovery and recycling vendors, Converge has decades of experience in electronics distribution and can assess global market prices and resell computers and key components such as CPUs, memory and properly prepared Continued on

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Deceased Vets Entitled to Free Flags .................................................... info@theweeklyreporter.com

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A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran who served honorably in the U. S. Armed Forces. It is furnished to honor the memory of a veteran’s military service to his or her country. VA will furnish a burial flag for memorialization for each other than dishonorable discharged • veteran who served during wartime • veteran who died on active duty after May 27, 1941 • veteran who served after January 31, 1955 • peacetime veteran who was discharged or released before June 27, 1950 • certain persons who served in the organized military forces of the Commonwealth of the Philippines while in service of the U.S. Armed Forces and who died on or after April 25, 1951 • certain former members of the Selected Reserves

Who Is Eligible to Receive the Burial Flag?

Generally, the flag is given to the next-of-kin, as a keepsake, after its use during the funeral service. When there is no next-of-kin, VA will furnish the flag to a friend making request for it. For those VA national cemeteries with an Avenue of Flags, families

of veterans buried in these national cemeteries may donate the burial flags of their loved ones to be flown on patriotic holidays.

How Can You Apply?

You may apply for the flag by completing VA Form 21-2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes. You may get a flag at any VA regional office or U.S. Post Office. Generally, the funeral director will help you obtain the flag.

Can a Burial Flag Be Replaced?

The law allows us to issue one flag for a veteran’s funeral. We cannot replace it if it is lost, destroyed, or stolen. However, some veterans’ organizations or other community groups may be able to help you get another flag.

How Should the Burial Flag Be Displayed?

The proper way to display the flag depends upon whether the casket is open or closed. VA Form 21-2008 provides the correct method for displaying and folding the flag. The burial flag is not suitable for outside display because of its size and fabric. It is made of cotton and can easily be damaged by weather. For More Information Call TollFree at 1-800-827-1000

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Choose Mutual Funds Carefully to Help Diversify Portfolio ............................... By Mary Jo Ardizzone Maryjo.ardizzone@edwardjones.com Edward Jones | edwardjones.com ...............................

If you’re somewhat familiar with investing, you probably have heard that owning mutual funds is a good way to help diversify your portfolio. Is this true? And, if so, how should you go about selecting the right mutual funds? To begin with, let’s quickly review the importance of diversification. By owning a variety of investments— such as stocks, bonds and government securities — you can help reduce the effects of volatility on your portfolio. And while diversification by itself cannot guarantee profits nor protect against a loss, a diversified portfolio can help you reduce the impact of market downturns that may hit one asset class particularly hard. Because an individual mutual fund invests in many different securities, it automatically brings a certain degree of diversification to your portfolio. And yet, you can’t just purchase any combination of mutual funds and expect good results. Consider this: There are more than 8,000 mutual funds in the financial marketplace, according to the Investment Company Institute, the trade group for the mutual fund industry. About 60 percent of these funds are stock funds, with the rest being “hybrid” or “balanced” funds (which invest in a mix of stocks and bonds), taxable bond funds, municipal bond funds, and money market funds. With such a large number of funds available, and with a finite amount of stocks, bonds and other securities in which these funds can invest, it’s easy to see that there is going to be considerable duplication among many of these mutual funds — and duplication is the opposite of diversification. Consequently, when you invest in mutual funds, you can’t just adopt a philosophy that can be boiled down

to “the more, the merrier.” Furthermore, it isn’t just a matter of one “large-cap growth” fund looking like another. You might find that the large-cap fund (a fund that invests in stocks of large companies) is also quite similar to a “technology” fund. So, what’s the solution to avoiding “overlapping” funds? There’s no magic formula — you have to do your homework. Before purchasing a new fund, look closely at its holdings, which will be posted on the fund’s prospectus. (Also, while you’re looking at the prospectus, make sure you understand the fund’s investment objective, risk, charges and expenses.) Then compare these holdings to the ones listed on your existing mutual funds — if you see too many redundancies, you may want to take a pass on this particular fund. Ultimately, your first step in diversifying a mutual fund portfolio is to identify your individual risk tolerance and investment objectives. Are you a conservative, moderate or aggressive investor? Do you need growth, income or a combination of both? Once you’ve answered these questions, you can then begin selecting the right mix of mutual funds to help you achieve your financial goals. Of course, with all the variables involved, both in your personal situation and in the funds themselves, you may want to enlist the help of a professional financial advisor — someone with the experience to help you choose those funds that are right for you. Many people have successfully incorporated mutual funds into their investment strategy — and with the proper effort and assistance, you can too. Mutual funds are offered and sold by prospectus. You should consider the investment objective, risks, and charges and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information. Your Edward Jones financial advisor can provide a prospectus, which should be read carefully before investing.


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Lewis Students Go To Lexington for Habitat Project

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Romeoville— Sixteen students, faculty and staff members of Lewis University recently lifted hammers and shovels to contribute some sweat equity to the Habitat for Humanity project underway in Lexington, Ky. Every year, Lewis University organizes a Habitat for Humanity trip for students, faculty and staff in unity with the university’s mission values of knowledge, fidelity, wisdom, justice and association. “We moved a lot of dirt,” described Sabrina Poulin, university minister. The coordinator of the mission trip listed some of the tasks the group completed. It included backfilling dirt toward the house’s foundation, moving other building materials, and disassembling flooring and a pool to prepare it for resale. “For the students that have gone on other trips, I think this trip increased their desire to serve others. For those that were new, they connected well with us and discovered a passion to serve others,” added Poulin. “I definitely want to do this type of trip more. I am able to appreciate so many things in life, like a roof over my head,” acknowledged first-time participant, Stephany Gran. A senior Lewis student from Doha, Qatar, anticipates that she will encourage others to complete some type of community service experience in the

San Diego, CA (Vocus/ PRWEB ) June 19, 2009 - If sales of drug test panels are an indicator, then it could mean that prescription drug abuse among teenagers is on the rise. TestCountry.com, a leadabuse among teenagers. The need to ing online distributor of drug testing fit in and to perform well, coupled by kits, recently announced an increase in peer pressure and lack of guidance their sales of drug test panels, particu- from parents or guardians, can cause larly those used for determining pre- teenagers to cope by using prescription scription drug abuse in teenagers. drugs. Topping the list is the sales figures for Prescription drugs are the ones most opiate panels. Opiate drugs are often readily available to teenagers. They prescribed to relieve pain. Examples can get their dosage from the mediinclude Vicodin, OxyContin and Per- cine used by their parents and siblings. codan. They can also persuade friends with Closely following sales figures for conditions such as ADHD to give them opiate panels are those for benzodiaz- some of their medicine. epines and buprenorphine. Benzodi- Despite the concerns raised by preazepines like Valium, Ativan and Hal- scription drug abuse among teenagers, cion are used to treat sleep disorders NIDA has stated that there is a steady and anxiety. On the other hand, drugs decline in substance abuse in that age containing buprenorphine are actually group. Past-year use of illegal drugs used for treating opioid addiction with- aside from marijuana is down from drawal. 13.1% in 2007 to 11.3% in 2008. The These trends coincidentally paral- same goes for the use of crystal meth, lel the 2008 results of the annual sur- from 1.6% to 1.1%. vey made by the National Institute on In NIDA’s prescription drug abuse Drug Abuse (NIDA) through its Moni- research, parental supervision is named toring the Future (MFT) program. as one of the factors deemed crucial The survey revealed that the sub- towards the prevention of non-medi   Romeoville—The Lewis Universistances being taken non-medically by cated use of prescription drugs among ty Library received a $2,500 Library these teenagers continue to be tran- teenagers. At home drug testing kits Acquisition Grant from the Institute quilizers, barbiturates, amphetamines, continue to be one of the most comof Turkish Studies. It was the first opiates and sedatives. Other drugs be- mon methods by which parents can time Lewis received a grant from the ing abused are those readily available determine if their teenager is taking institute in Washington, D.C.  at drugstore counters, such as cough drugs without prescriptions. “We’re very grateful for this grant medicine. that will enhance our resources For more information on prescrip While the numbers describing pre- tion drug abuse among teenagers, available to students. This grant is scription drug abuse among teenagers please visit testcountry.org. Continued on is considered alarming, this percentage is still thought of as lower when compared to that of teenagers struggling with the use of marijuana 1063 E. 9th Street 14126 S. Bell Rd. and other cannabis-derived drugs. Marijuana is the most commonly abused substance among teenagers in the United States. Of the teenagers surveyed by the MFT in 2008, 26.9% have • Check cashing reported using it. • License Plates - Drive today! • County vital records The TestCountry.com sales re- • License Plate Renewal Stickers Birth, death & Marriage certificates ports indicate that sales of drug No waiting- we can do any month! • Utility Bills - comed, comcast, At&t, test kits for marijuana are three • Titles times the figures posted for pre- • BOAT & SNOWMOBILE TITLES & REGISTRATIONS nicor, peoples gas, northshore gas, talro & Active insurance, sprint pcs, scription drug test panels. • Money orders verizon wireless, direct tv, dish, NIDA has reported that stress • Western union ford credit, jc penny, old navy, is one of the contributing fac- • Visa gift cards & Pre-paid debit cards cricket wireless & more tors behind prescription drug • Notary Public • Copies • Postage

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years ahead as a professional in elementary education. Gran added, “Everyone should be able to have a chance to go on such an amazing trip that will enable you to not only help others but also get to know others and discover more about yourself.” Faculty and staff participants included: Elizabeth Hoppe, associate professor of philosophy, Sabrina Poulin, university minister, Rukiya Johnson, secretary of the Graduate School of Management, Brother Thomas Dupre, FSC, chair and associate professor of Math/Computer Science, and Jonathan Dackow, graduate assistant for University Ministry. Students trip participants included: Meg Angellotti of Grant Park, Ross Filip Goers of Hoffman Estates, Kailin Continued on

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Fans who attended the King of The Ring Mixed Martial Arts Championships on Saturday June 27th in Romeoville’s International Ice Centre came out expecting thrills and excitement but they went away with more than they could ever have anticipated. It was a memorable night that saw action inside and outside the cage when tempers flared and tough men grew even tougher. The evening did not begin as planned. The first scheduled fight was cancelled for unknown reasons and the scheduled start time of 7:00 pm was delayed for a short time as MMA fight fans poured

into the huge center. Fans did not seem to mind the late start perhaps because they were being entertained by a talented group who call themselves JC and the Flock. As the National Anthem ended, the tuxedoed announcer Kieron Davis who hails from Gurnee quickly aroused the crowd with the announcement of the first two fighters to enter the cage for the evening. They were featherweights Omar Diaz at 145 lbs with a record of 0-0 and Matt Mikulak 145 lbs with 5 wins and 6 losses. Two minutes and 46 seconds later Omar Diaz proudly held his hand high hailing his very first win against a formidable opponent. But if fans got excited for the Diaz victory they were really stirred up as lightweights Charles Mooney 155 lbs, 5 wins 7 losses, and Joal Turrentine “An-

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ger Management” 155 lbs with a record of 5 and 9 entered the cage. Mooney fought hard against a truly tough Anger Management who is mean even to interview. He was just too much for Mooney who was beaten two minutes into the fight. While the crowd roared and whooped it up, undoubtedly getting every bit as much action as they had been promised, two more fighters entered the cage. The fans wanted tough, they wanted mean and they were getting it. Then Announcer Kieron Davis brought in two more lightweights Josh Pemble at 155 with a 1 and 1 record and Ryan Beery who was fighting for the first time at 155 pounds. Beery immediately went after Pemble and dominated their fight. He threw Pemble to the matt with a crash that might have broken the back of a novice. From that point on Beery was in command. He stayed atop his opponent and 7 minutes into the fight he began pummeling Pemble with a merciless series of blows to the head. Pemble would not recover from that punishment and only moments later Beery was declared the winner. He had won his first fight in his first official appearance. The fans welcomed a break and the attention they were receiving from many attractive, aah, appropriately clad young women who circulated among the throng fetching and serving drinks for those who did not want to miss any action. JC and the Flock quickly struck-up their music to fill in as the crowd readied itself for two 140 pounders who were waiting anxiously in the locker room. Joe Voitik, 3 and 5, gained five pounds since he was interviewed on May 22nd. That was slightly more than a month before the June 27th match. That extra weight may have helped him as he faced off with Darwin Hill 5’8 140 with a 2-2 and record. Hill the only AfricanAmerican on the card fought vigorously but Voitik overpowered him. After the fight Hill sat dejected as he was routinely examined by medics. He was hurting more emotionally than from the physical pain he must have been feeling. The atmosphere became electric when Announcer Davis introduced the first of the Title contenders. The first

belt was for the featherweight division 135 to 145 pounds and featured Sam “The Sniper” Agushi, 5’10, 145 with 4 wins 4 losses against undefeated Justin Clark 5’10, 145 with a 4 and 0 record. Agushi at 21 years old was 3 years younger than his 24 year old opponent Clark. Agushi with very thin legs looked lighter than his opponent of equal weight when they squared off. Poised, fists raised in a boxing defense both fighters appeared ready to box but suddenly Agushi attacked Clark and hurled him to the mat. The fighters wrestled into the blue corner with Agushi dominating from an on top-of-Clark advantage position. In 1:04 of the first round Agushi was the winner and Featherweight Champion for 2009 but not without some minor damage to his face. Little did the fans know the next to last fight, the fight for the Welterweight Title, the 155 to 170 pound class, would be the most controversial, the meanest, toughest fight of them all. It was a fight that would bring the entire crowd to its feet and have the Romeoville Policemen racing in to take control. Chris Sizemore 22 years old, 5’11, 170 with a 6 and 1 record was featured on the front page of the May 28th edition of the Weekly Reporter. He was called “One tough cookie” and he lived up to the press he received that day. His opponent 27 years old, standing 5’7, Miguel Quinonez brought a powerful build and a 5 and 5 record into the ring with him. In a pre-fight interview Quinonez was confident and sure of himself. He was determined but not cocky, certainly someone to be reckoned with. The fighters squared-off at 9:32 pm. Their eyes bored into one another. Quinonez led the attack and immediately went after Sizemore but Sizemore quickly retaliated by delivering hard direct blows to the ribs of Miguel. They were hurting blows; he was taken off his feet and raised off the mat and against the cage. A loose headlock was his only defense. But he was dropped to the floor with Sizemore on top of him. Continued on

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Suddenly there were shouts of pain from Quinonez who lay on the floor in a fetal position grasping his testicles. He had been enduring hard knee-kicks to his ribs only seconds before and it seemed no one had seen a kick or a blow below the belt. The referee halted the fight and sent Sizemore to a neutral corner. Quinonez recovered and refused to concede the fight. He came back with anger and hatred emblazoned on his face. But again Sizemore took control and began punishing him. Moments later Quinonez again lay writhing on the floor in agony gripping his testicles. The angry referee shouted at Sizemore to move away. The tough, now enraged Quinonez took several minutes to recover and again he stormed Sizemore like a bull

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but it was futile. The fight ended quickly and Sizemore was declared the winner and Welterweight champion. That would not end the fray. Quinonez was led off to the locker room, broke away and raced back to attack Sizemore but he was stopped a few yards short of reaching him. Quinonez was furious, outraged, and repeatedly attempted return to attack his opponent but the Romeoville Police Officers who were on duty throughout the arena quickly took control and escorted one mad fighter to the locker room where he was finally contained. Chris Sizemore said he has never kicked or punched an opponent in the groin and if that occurred during this fight it was purely accidental. The crowd momentarily joined the fracas shouting and booing it was impossible to know who was cheering for whom. The Romeoville officers stood by anticipating a problem but order came quickly when the final two fighters appeared in the cage. The final fight of the night was a thriller between Light heavyweights Adam Agushi 24, and Daniel Vizcaya 23. Agushi at 6 feet one, 205 pounds brought a 3 and 0 record into the ring as he faced Vizcaya an even 6 feet and 205. Vizcaya came with a 9 win and no losses record. Vizcaya quickly showed why he had a 9-0 record. First lashing out with a sweeping kick he then rushed Agushi and knocked him to the mat. Vizcaya wrapped him up in his legs and began throwing a series of punches to the face of Agushi from which he would not recover. One minute and forty-four seconds into the first round Vizcaya was the winner and winner of the Light Heavyweight Title. Master Mark Caruso of Phoenix Martial Arts in Plainfield said Miguel Quinonez will be suspended by the commission for 3 months as a result of his unsportsmanlike conduct.

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The nation is mourning the sudden death of King of Pop Michael Jackson a man loved by millions around the world. Michael Jackson’s death reminds us of how small this world really is. Michael who was 50 years old (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) launched his career in 1968 as a member of the Jackson Five and reached his greatest heights as a solo entertainer although

he never officially removed himself from the family singing group. Jackson was born in Gary , Indiana . At the age of only ten it was clear that he was destined for certain success—no one could have guessed the enormity of that success. While he was always known as a great entertainer Jackson was also a businessman and raised millions of dollars for 39 charities through his own foundaContinued on

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* Expand your repertoire: With a little experimentation, you can discover many ways to create a memorable meal of grilled beef that is sure to delight your family and friends. So, if you’ve never ventured beyond cheeseburgers, try a skirt steak marinated and served fajita-style. If you always grill steak, try preparing it in new ways, such as in beef kabobs or as the main component in a crisp steak salad.

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(ARA) - It’s that time of year when enticing smells from the grill waft from yard to yard, tempting taste buds. When it comes to selecting what type of meat to grill for your friends and family, beef ranks supreme. Not only are hamburgers and steaks the two most popular foods for grilling, according to research conducted by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, but beef is also one of the most versatile kinds of food to grill. Grilling beef offers endless opportunities to create a variety of delicious and flavorful dishes -- from mouthwatering kabobs to tender baby back ribs and juicy steaks. Yet many outdoor chefs stick with foods that are most familiar to them. Whether you’re new to the grill or just want to “beef up” the options in your recipe box, the good news is that beef is available in so many economical, sim-

ple-to-grill cuts that it’s easier than you might think to impress your family and friends, and to add some sizzle to your summer meals. “With beef, outdoor chefs have a lot of different options from which to choose to create delicious and interesting grilled meals all summer long,” says Genie Nicholas, culinary development manager at SUPERVALU. “In addition, with more people opting to cook at home because of the economy, grilled beef provides one of the easiest ways to enjoy a restaurant-quality meal at home, at an affordable price.” Tongs up! Tips for grilling beef with confidence * Help is just around the corner: You don’t have to know everything about beef to try something new on the grill. You just need to know where to look. Many grocery stores have sections in the meat department stocked with varieties of beef specially cut for grilling, along with easy cooking instructions right on the packages.

* The right ingredients: Great chefs know the importance of starting with the freshest, highest quality beef. Look for premium beef, such as USDA Choice Angus Beef, at your local grocery store. * Liven it up: Even with less tender cuts of beef, there are lots of ways to create a delicious meal. Adding kosher salt or a variety of spices to grilled beef 10 minutes before grilling is an easy way to enhance the natural flavor. Or use a marinade for additional flavor and tenderness. * Not too hot: Most beef cuts should be placed 3 to 6 inches from the heat source and cooked over medium heat. Thicker cuts should be placed farther away from the heat to prevent the outside from getting cooked too fast, before the inside reaches the desired doneness. * Perfect doneness: An instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally is the best judge of beef perfection. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association advises cooking steaks to 145 F for medium rare or 160 F for medium, and to always cook burgers to at least 160 F. * Savor the juices: Resist the temptation to flatten or pierce the meat while grilling, or the flavorful juices will be lost. Here’s a grilled beef recipe so easy it can make even a novice outdoor chef look like a pro. This colorful entree features boneless sirloin and ready-made marinade sauce, simplifying prep time

so you can relax and get to the table faster. It’s one of many easy-to-prepare beef recipes available at www.StockmanAndDakota.com.

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Ingredients: - 1 (1 1/2 pound) Stockman & Dakota Boneless Sirloin Steak - 1 red bell pepper, cut into 24 chunks - 3/4 cup Culinary Circle Shanghai Five Spice Teriyaki Marinade & Dipping Sauce - 16 chunks fresh pineapple - 8 wooden skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes - Cooked rice, optional

Directions: Trim the fat off the steak; cut into 24 cubes. Place steak, peppers and marinade into a reclosable food storage bag and seal. Toss to coat. Place in refrigerator and marinate a minimum of 45 minutes or up to overnight. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Thread three beef, three pepper and two pineapple chunks onto skewers in desired pattern. Place skewers on the grill. Cook, turning occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes or until desired doneness is reached (145 F for medium rare, 160 F for medium). Additional marinade may be brushed on during grilling, if desired. Remove from the grill. Serve kabobs over cooked rice, if desired.

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Boise, Idaho (PRWEB) June 28, 2009 -- Good news for dogs and their owners: this month, Pfizer Animal Health Inc. announced that the FDA has for the first time ever approved a cancer drug for canines. This groundbreaking treatment, known as Palladia, comes in pill form and has shown to be effective in fighting mast cell tumors, the second most com-

mon type of tumor found in canines. In a clinical study, Palladia caused mast cell skin tumors to disappear, shrink or stop growing in approximately 60% of the dogs tested. Cancer treatments can be expensive, but if you have Pets Best Insurance and your dog develops this type of tumor, the treatments, including Palladia, are eligible for coverage. Under Pets Best Basic, First and Premier plans, cancer treatments for your dog and cat are covered per incident up to $2,500, $7,000 and $14,000, respectively, after a one-

time deductible. “Treatments for pet cancer are becoming more the norm and are typically the highest payments we make,” states Dr. Jack Stephens, President of Pets Best Insurance. “No one expects their pet will get cancer or that they will pay thousands of dollars for a treatment, but they do, especially when they have pet insurance that reimburses them 80% like Pets Best Insurance.” Pets Best Insurance administers an insurance plan that reimburses pet owners for a straightforward 80% of veterinary services after a deductible, with no benefit schedules or fee restrictions. Pets Best plans do not include age restrictions and allow the pet owner to choose their veterinarian. Any pet has guaranteed acceptance for accident-only policies, ensuring that even seriously ill pets can be insured against unexpected costs from accidental injury. The Pets Best Insurance team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. As the creator of the oldest and largest pet insurer in the United States, Jack Stephens DVM is the pioneer of pet health insurance and brings nearly 30 years of experience in helping pet owners afford quality care for their pets. Insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best are underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut (AICC) and recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association Group Health and Life Insurance Trust (AVMA GHLIT). In some states plans may be underwritten by North Pointe Casualty Insurance Company or North Pointe Insurance Company. This material describes Pets Best insurance plans in general terms. Eligible expenses and coverage may vary, depending on your plan selection. All pet insurance plans have limitations and exclusions. Information is believed to be accurate as of the production date; however, it is subject to change. For more information about Pets Best plans, visit Pets Best Insurance at petsbest.com or phone 877-PetsBest (738-7237).

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Something Strange Over The Taste Of Joliet .................................................... John Gabriel, Award Winning Writer jgabriel@theweeklyreporter.com

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Friday June 26th was the first day of the Taste of Joliet. The temperature and humidity fell to something that made it comfortable, even nice. In the course of taking photographs of the people, the exhibits and entertainers there was a sudden unexpected event that took place in the western sky. After having made several rounds of the grounds it was time for a cold bottle of water and to listen to some of the great music that came from the huge stage at the south end of the stadium. There were throngs of people, youngsters, teens, moms, dads and even older great Joliet residents crowed before the stage to take in the rhythmic strains being churned out by the live performers on stage. Then shortly after taking a photo of a young lady who made a diving catch of a red tee-shirt hurled from the stage something strange came into view in the northwest sky. Whatever it was proceeded due south and at a rather slow speed. Actually it seemed to travel about as fast as a small private Piper Cub might fly. The object was incredible. It was bright orange. It appeared as though it was an object on fire. There was a center that seemed almost cupcake shaped at the bottom. That part was bright fiery orange. There were strands of bright light that shot upwards away from the object as slight angles, yet they did not move, they seemed fixed in their positions. The strands stood out similar to the spines or quills on the back of a porcupine. The strands of light did not move with the wind. Strangely they did not trail the object as one might expect had it been a meteorite or something crashing through the atmosphere. The

bright spines stood erect not affected by the forward movement of the object. The first photo was taken at 9:02 pm. The sky was dark and the object was high in the sky so it was difficult to capture a decent photo of it, but what was taken is provided to you with apologies for the poor quality of the picture. Nine photos were captured in all and the last photo was taken at 9:05. The object was in sight for more than 3 minutes because the first picture was shot several moments after it came into sight. It is notable that there were no fireworks. The object maintained a level altitude never rising or falling as it travelled and it flew almost casually on its way. There is a bank of flood lights in the photo. Just after that picture was taken the object turned to the west and proceeded away from the camera in a straight course on a level plane. It was a striking sight and something this reporter has not seen before during his 74 years. While it would be reckless to speculate about what the object might be, it could have a very logical explanation for what it is. Nevertheless, the photos and a full report of the incident have been sent to the Center for UFO Studies. Many people stood gazing into the sky as the object passed. One other person is known to have taken photos but that person departed while additional photos were yet being taken.

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Andy and Kimmy felt embarrassed but relieved when Father and Grandfather explained that the scary ghost they thought they saw and heard was actually the wind blowing a broken bough from a nearby tree so that it was brushing their bedroom window screen. Early in the morning after a sound

sleep, Andy and Kimmy devoured a small bowl of oatmeal, some hotcakes and crispy bacon that Grandma and Mother worked together to prepare. They knew the children would need a good breakfast to hold them over once they began the day’s activities. The youngsters said they were “not really hungry” when Grandma announced that breakfast was almost ready, but when the tantalizing aromas reached them they did not hesitate to eat heartily. Breakfast was well-behind them when the children and their parents arrived along with Grandma and Grandpa at the clearing outside the dense forest where they planned to hike that day. Grandpa drove his old weather-beaten pickup truck next to the family car from which the Aston’s were exiting. “Everyone, check to be sure you have your canteen of water with you,” Father cautioned. “Running out of water can be dangerous, always remember that.” Andy and Kimmy drew their utility belts about their waists from which their canteens dangled. Each of them had a flashlight with fresh batteries and some sugary snacks that might be needed in case of any sort of emergency. Father had a habit of saying, “Be like a good scout, always be prepared.” Grandpa and Father each had a strong rope attached to their belts. Father’s belt also held a hand axe and a hunting knife in a sheath. Andy proudly attached his scout knife to his belt. When they had inspected their gear Grandpa waved his hand for everyone to follow. Mother and Grandma were right behind the men and they too had strapped on utility belts with their own equipment on them. The woods were thick with wild growth and tall trees that shaded everything below them from the piercing rays of the sun. They began a gradual upward assent as Grandpa veered to his left on a path that went off on an angle. “About a half mile ahead there’s an old mine shaft that’s been closed for almost a hundred years. They say outlaws used to hide out there when posse’s were on their trail.” Father looked back and asked, “Are you kids okay?” “Sure,” Kimmy and Andy called back. The path was becoming steeper and to their left it dropped off sharply into an area that looked as if the earth had been removed by a giant ice cream scoop. From that point it had a sheer drop for about fifty feet or so that was carpeted with beautiful green grass that looked as neat as a carefully mowed lawn. Suddenly there was a scream! It was Mother. She tripped over a tree root that emerged from the earth, crossed the path and then disappeared beneath the soil again. When she tripped Mother lost her balance and fell to her left right off the path and was now rolling swiftly down the scooped out grassy area that was really one side of the hill. Father and Grandfather, always in complete control stopped dead in their tracks; they had looks of shock on their faces. In less than a second Father was making his way down the embankment to where Mother was now lying in the high grass. Grandfather, somewhat slower than Father but still agile, was not far behind as he went to assist Mother. “Everyone stay where you are, we’ll take care of Mother,” Father called out.

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At 22 He Was A Tough-Mean Millionaire Drug King Now Free From Federal Prison He’s Talking Some readers may not recall the name of drug kingpin John Cappas; some may not have been born when he ruled the drug trade in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago but now everyone will have the opportunity to hear John Cappas baring his soul, hiding nothing as we learn about his multimillion dollar drug enterprise. John Cappas agreed to a series of no- holds-barred interviews with The Weekly Reporter on only one condition—that he be given a chance to tell his story to you from his own perspective. Cappas was a tough guy who ruled with an iron fist because he had fists of iron and a kick that could kill a man. He won his black belt by defeating a man considered to be the best in the state; it was supposed to be a setup to teach Cappas a lesson—he taught one instead. John Cappas thumbed his nose at authorities, but while he was living it up making millions, spending $300,000 on cars, purchasing property, and lavishing jewelry and furs on his girlfriend, the federal government was building its case against him—a case they would win—a case that would get him a 45 year federal prison sentence. It seems so long ago, but prison would not break John Cappas, the never-say-die fighter who knew only one way of life—fight for what you want continued his fight in the courts and finally returned to the streets after 15 years of hell in the Federal Penitentiary at Lewisburg Pennsylvania. Learn what took place on April 21, 1988 when the government pulled two vans onto his Homer Glen driveway and seized his property, including a 35-foot powerboat and four luxury automobiles. You will get an insider’s view of Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary 2400 Robert F. Miller Drive, Lewisburg,

PA, a maximum-security prison where only the strongest survive unharmed. John Cappas will tell you how tough guys were held down and gang-raped in a prison where death lurks behind every set of eyes. John said, “In Lewisburg you couldn’t just pretend to be tough, that didn’t work.” John Cappas survived, and now a free man he has laid it on the line for The Weekly Reporter. He opens the doors for those who do not understand, what lies ahead for those who wallow in the muck of the drug un-

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derworld. John Cappas speaks out to the weak and to the strong, to the honest and to the dishonest in a language you will understand as he tells the truth about the real rewards of drug trafficking. Think you’re tough? John Cappas a real life enforcer might change your mind about that. Our series begins next week, don’t miss it!

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Dear What Can I Do: Have you talked with your neighbor about this problem? The smartest way to address any issue is to communicate. Your neighbors, although they should, may not realize the dog is keeping anyone awake. There may be others too. Your first step should be to visit the neighbors and nicely and politely explain what is happening. State you case but do not be angry or upset. That would only make the neighbor defensive and nothing will be resolved it will just create a larger problem. If the neighbor fails to agree to make some attempt to control the dog you may have recourse though your city or village hall. Ask if there is an ordinance covering how long a dog may bark and what the limit is. You must have evidence that the dog is barking such as recording the barking and writing down when it occurred and the length of time it continued. Then you can lodge a complaint with authorities. I would only do that as a last resort if the neighbor is simply uncooperative because you do have to live side by side and this seems like an issue that should be solved without destroying a neighborly relationship.

     

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Happy Birthday 233rd Birthday America rather see liberty taken away from you, from your family and from your neighbors. Even today while our brave servicemen and women serve us gallantly around the world, risking their lives for our liberty, there are those who would steal our personal freedoms and compel us to be slaves to our government. But with your dedication it will continue to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Probably the most serious threats to our freedoms exist in small communities across the country where smalltime politicians, mentally crippled by their own superegos, prefer to impose their own rule of law upon citizens. They pigheadedly believe they are superior to

the rest of humankind just because they are in charge of the affairs of a small village or city. They see the village finances as their personal piggybank and sell favors, contracts, and jobs for kickbacks, and for the worst kickbacks of all, contributions to their campaign funds donated by those to whom they give contracts. Decent honorable men would decline contributions from any person or firm who either wishes to or does business with the community over which they preside. Decent, honest men would not solicit money in exchange for an opportunity to profit from the village or city coffers. Decent, honorable men put the citizens first. They put their

Constitution, their Flag, their Nation, above all person profit because they are individuals who have assumed their position not for personal gain but to assure that the rights and privileges of the citizens they work for will be protected. On this wonderful anniversary of our liberty it behooves us all to take stock in ourselves, to recommit ourselves to serving this great nation so that our children, our posterity, will be assured their fair share of the freedoms we continue to enjoy because so many have sacrificed so much so that we may. Be a good American. Teach your children about America, about their wonderful, beautiful heritage. Teach them the importance of standing up for

what is right. Teach them that is proper to defend someone with whom we disagree so that our freedom to think, to write, to read, to speak and to create may be preserved for future generations. Do not tolerate corrupt public servants regardless of their title, regardless of their position within the community. You are and you will continue to be the real power. Oh yes, they want you to believe they are all powerful, that they are all important, but they are nothing of the sort—they are your paid public servants and when they forget that you ought to remove them. If you love America, if you love our dedicated servicemen and women who risk so much

for us everyday be strong, be bold—dare to speak out. Dare to challenge those who fail to properly serve the community. Dare to challenge those who have come to believe they are king of the hill. If you must, challenge them silently by voting against them at the very next opportunity you have to enter the voting booth. Your vote is secret and you can vote against such people without them knowing it. May God Bless America and may you stand tall to preserve our liberty by reporting all wrongdoing and by insisting that those whose duty it is to enforce our laws do so without exception for friendship or favor.

the Empress Casino on Route 6 and Empress Drive, two,first class speedways, fine restaurants, excellent shopping, fine golf courses and more, there are many reasons why people want to visit Joliet. Mayor Schultz has helped preserve the old historic landmarks and encouraged the preservation of important artifacts. Want to know how special Joliet was and is, then visit the Joliet Museum and be

amazed. Mayor Schultz said, “We have many new residents in Joliet and we want them to know and enjoy their city. We are continuing to grow as we attract more families to our fine city. I hope they will spend their free time in Joliet enjoying all of the wonderful things we have here that so many others travel long distances to enjoy. I just want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and summer.”

Happy Birthday Mr. Mayor! We wish you 76 more wonderful years. It makes no point to ask you to keep up the good work—that is just something you do naturally. With a City Council that respects you deeply and whose members also love this fine city the people of Joliet cannot help but be proud of how far we have come under your direction.

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Happy Birthday Mr. Mayor! box of caps were spotted; they were embroidered with, what else? JOLIET. A few minutes with him will convince anyone that Mayor Schultz is Joliet’s number one citizen. There is no doubt that he loves this great city and the many wonderful residents who make it what it is. When he won his first election as Mayor, defeating then Mayor Charles Connor, the Joliet economy had slowed

and the population was on the downturn. Under his direction new life was breathed into the city. The old image as a prison city, because it was home to nearby Statesville Prison and the Old Joliet Prison on Collins Street, was set aside and Joliet became known as a tourist attraction. Now with so much to offer, including Silver Cross Stadium, the JackHammers, The Harrah’s Casino downtown and

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Can Felons Be Paid With Gasoline Tax Funds? Three Palumbos went to prison as a result of their guilty pleas. Those were not coerced admissions, they were calculated options; a choice the Palumbos reasoned would bring them less prison time than they might receive if they faced trial and were found guilty by a jury. They were fined $15 million dollars. The question is whether it is legal for Roger Claar and John

Noak to use Federal and State tax dollars to fund projects they have awarded to a company that cannot do business with the State or Federal Government because of its criminal history. The Palumbos are banned from doing business with the State of Illinois. That means they are banned from receiving state funds for work they do. They signed a voluntary

order that prohibits them from working on Federal highway projects. That means they cannot do roadwork that is funded with federal tax dollars. Legally, Bolingbrook and Romeoville might be required to repay any money they pay to the Palumbos, or Orange Crush LLC that comes from federal or state gasoline tax revenues. If Bolingbrook and Romeoville wish to hire ex-cons to perform

public work that is certainly up to those villages to decide. But, when it comes to using state or federal gasoline tax revenues to fund those Palumbo projects, that is everyone’s business. This issue is far from over. There is more to be investigated, and there is more to be reported as the layers unfold one by one. If the rest of the world refuses to trust the Palumbos what motivates Roger Claar

and John Noak to disregard their felonious pasts and risk public money with them? They repeatedly cheated taxpayers. Is it money? What is it Roger, John? The voters deserve to know. You know they have a past history of bidding low and then cheating.

those charges and the trial he never seemed to be himself after the traumatic experience of being indicted and tried. Michael’s death is under investigation and no official cause of his demise has yet been established. Morrison Security Corporation has played much more dramatic roles around the world. Morrison provided Security for

the Radio Music Awards, and for many renowned celebrities including Elton John, Paris Hilton, Nikki Hilton, and Tommy Lee. Morrison has offices in Las Vegas , Orlando , and Alsip . They regularly have an ad in the Weekly Reporter where they offer economical services to those who are not celebrities.

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Michael Jackson’s Local Connection tion. In 1993 Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse. He hired Morrison Security Corporation, Sean Morrison President, Alsip , Illinois to protect him and to supply personal body guards for his safety. The investigation was finally dropped and the case was closed for lack of evidence. While Morrison Security

Corp. was guarding Jackson in 2003 and 2004 they used many deceptive means to keep the curious, reporters, and photographers away from him. They used limousines as decoys and then hurried Michael off in older vehicles with darkened windows. They successfully protected him and concealed him as he wished. Jackson was later indicted,

and ended his contract with Morrison. He engaged the Nation of Islam in Chicago to provide security for him. Over time he became a devotee of the Nation of Islam. In 2005 Michael Jackson stood trial on new charges and a jury determined that he was not guilty. The harm had been done and Michael seemed to suffer greatly as a result of


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Lewis Students Go To Lexington for Habitat Project Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell of Batavia, Nina Jokubauskas of Lockport, Anna Di Cosola in Bloomingdale, Christopher Hueg of Roseville, Minn., Jordan

Olson of Morris, Stephany Gran, Elaine Felten of Glen Ellyn, Gurajit Gill of Westmont, and Hadija Welch of Woodridge.

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Grant Brings More Turkish Heritage To Lewis the latest example of how we are continually addressing the needs of our students,â&#x20AC;? commented Mary Hollerich, director of library services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These new books will help to internationalize the library collection at Lewis particularly in reference to Turkey and Central Asia. It also allows students to research these geographic areas without completely relying on interlibrary loan,â&#x20AC;? commented James Tallon, assistant professor of

-XO\ history. He applied for the grant in the spring.  The new materials are expected to be utilized primarily by students enrolled in Middle Eastern History and Culture and Civilization class-XO\ es. However, the list of proposed titles could  potentially be useful to students in other history courses, such as Literature, Political Science, and Contemporary Global Studies.

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La adición y actualización del deck es una gran alternativa a los gastos para vacaciones Cortesía de ARA content (ARA) - Cada vez más residentes americanos están recurriendo a alternativas de ahorro en sus patios en vez de invertir en unas vacaciones costosas. La adición o actualización de una plataforma o deck es una forma ideal para aprovechar los espacios al aire libre. En la actualidad, los propietarios de casas consideran los espacios al aire libre como extensiones de sus viviendas. Según una encuesta de marca de Glidden, menos de la tercera parte de los 40 millones de propietarios que cuentan con espacio disponible al aire libre, prepara adecuadamente sus plataformas para su uso en temporada. Si usted tiene

ya sea exteriores y/o de sustitución les proporcionan a los propietarios la mejor recuperación de su inversión. “La vida al aire libre se ha transformado en una tendencia cada vez más popular en los últimos años”, afirma Stephen McNally, vicepresidente de Ventas y Mercadotecnia de TAMKO Building Products, Inc. “A la hora de seleccionar el material para revestir su futuro deck, investigue todas sus opciones, a fin de garantizar que está comprando el material más idóneo para satisfacer todas sus necesidades”. Cuando vaya a tomar una decisión referente a las opciones disponibles de remodelación o adición de plataforma, es probable que desee considerar los tres materiales comunes para realizar esa tarea: Material Compuesto

en proyecto disfrutar de su espacio al aire libre en esta estación, no deje de considerar el mejoramiento o actualización de su deck. Aunque pudiera parecernos un momento difícil para realizar inversiones en el hogar, el ensalzamiento de su espacio al aire libre, en efecto puede resultar mas económico de lo pensado. Según el informe “Cost vs. Value” (Costo vs. Valor) de la revista Remodeling, los proyectos para mejoramiento del hogar

El compuesto o resina compuesta representa del 40 al 60 por ciento de los materiales de las nuevas plataformas, y es la tendencia más reciente en la creación de espacios al aire libre. El revestimiento del compuesto es una mezcla de maderas y plástico reciclado, vinilo o acrílico, materiales que prolongan la vida del deck. Aunque el precio inicial del revestimiento de material compuesto para plataformas, pudiera ser más alto en comparación con otros tipos de madera, a la larga, la vida útil del mismo constituye un ahorro. Numerosos propietarios de viviendas se sienten atraídos por el revestimiento de material compuesto porque les proporciona una apariencia de madera real, requiere poco mantenimiento, y por lo general cuenta con un período de garantía más extenso.

Por ejemplo, el producto EverGrain de TAMKO está respaldado por una garantía limitada de 25 años. “El revestimiento con material compuesto no necesita pintura ni tinte. A lo cual los dueños de viviendas pueden dedicar mas tiempo para disfrutar de sus plataformas, en vez de destinarlo a trabajar en su mantenimiento”, añade McNally.

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otro material que se usa comúnmente en la creación de plataformas porque es atractivo, fácil de trabajar, y resistente, por naturaleza, a la podredumbre y la acción de los insectos. El revestimiento de cedro sufre menos de la mitad de las tendencias de abultamiento y encogimiento, en comparación con otras maderas blandas. Si el cedro no es sometido a un tratamiento sistemático, perderá con el tiempo su color dorado natural, y podría adoptar un color gris plateado. La vida útil del cedro es aproximadamente 10 años. Para duplicarla, se recomienda aplicar regularmente tinte e impermeabilizante. Cuando usted esté listo para acometer la creación o el mejoramiento de su espacio al aire libre, investigue sus opciones. Asegúrese de escoger el mejor material disponible, para garantizar que la duración de su deck se prolongue para muchos veranos venideros.

Los residentes disfrutieron de Joliet el “Sabor de Joliet” que tuvo lugar el pasado viernes, sábado y domingo. El “Sabor de Joliet” se ha convertido en un evento anual que sigue atrayendo a más personas cada año. Empresas hispanas necesitan para participar en estos eventos para hacer sus empresas más exitosas. Los propietarios de las empresas deberían animar a todos a comprar en sus tiendas no sólo los latinos. Los latinos, especialmente mexicanos-americanos deben darse cuenta de que son una parte importante de la comunidad americana. Los estadounidenses pueden aprender mucho de las comunidades Latinas. Pero es importante para la comunidad latina a familiarizarse con la gente de todas las culturas. América no es una nación de gente perfecta, pero es cierto que todo el mundo puede tener éxito en este país si así lo desean. Cada año vemos más y más gente hispana iniciar nuevos negocios, pero no pueden depender sólo de su propio pueblo para que tengan éxito. Tal vez más las empresas que son propiedad de latinos estarán representados en el “Sabor de Joliet” el próximo año. Esperamos que sí.

Madera tratada a presión La madera tratada a presión contiene conservantes que la protegen de las termitas, los insectos y el deterioro ocasionado por los hongos. El producto de madera se coloca en un cilindro depresurizado, al cual se le incorporan los conservantes a alta presión, que los introduce profundamente en la madera. Cuando termina el proceso, se drena el cilindro y se vuelve a usar el conservante sobrante. La aplicación de conservantes es una especie de secado lento, lo cual implica una menor contracción y garantiza que la superficie permanezca Route 53 & 135th St. lisa por más tiempo. (Romeo Rd.) Aunque generalmente la madera tratada a presión está disponible a un precio relativamente bajo, la misma corre mayor riesgo de daños a causa de la humedad. Para proteger una plataforma de madera tratada contra los efectos del clima y el envejecimiento DO prematuro, es necesario lavarla a presión con regularidad, y (LIMIT UN CUPON POR VISITA EXP. 7-31-2009) aplicarle tinte e impermeabilizante una vez al año.

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