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Mixed results at local high schools as PARCC fades Next year, students will take the SAT exam By BOB SKOLNIK Contributing Reporter

In the final year that the PARCC Exam will be given to high school students in Illinois, test scores rose at Riverside-Brookfield High School and fell at Lyons Township High. Both RBHS and LTHS did better than the average for the state of Illinois on the 2016 exam, given last spring. Statewide only 34 percent of students taking the PARCC exam met or exceeded state standards. PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and is a nationwide consortium. At RBHS 37 percent of students met or exceeded state standards in 2016 compared to just 26 percent last year. Another 29 percent of RBHS students fell into the middle category of approaching state standards. At LTHS 43 percent of students who took the PARCC Exam met or exceeded state standards compared to 52 percent last year. An additional 29 percent of LTHS approached state standards in 2016. Students at RBHS made big gains in math. Forty percent of RBHS students met or exceeded the state standards in math and another 34 percent approached the state standards in math in 2016, compared to just 21 percent meeting or exceeding the state standards in math in 2015. See PARRC EXAM on page 9

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SPEAKING UP: Students at a Unity Rally on Nov. 22 hold signs in protest of racist graffiti found in a bathroom at RiversideBrookfield High School a week earlier.

Racist graffiti prompts protest at RBHS Administrators say school should be safe and respectful for everyone By BOB SKOLNIK Contributing Reporter

A racist statement reportedly written on a bathroom stall at Riverside-Brookfield High School two weeks ago prompted about 25 or so students to stage a silent protest at a RBHS student assembly last week. On Nov. 16, the words “Whites Only” was written on a girls bathroom stall at RBHS, confirmed District 208 Superinten-

dent Kevin Skinkis. The graffiti was not reported to the Riverside Police Department, but was removed by school staff. “This type of behavior will not be tolerated at Riverside Brookfield High School,” Skinkis said in response to the graffiti incident. “Our first priority is to continue to provide a safe and respectful learning environment for every student and staff member.” No official announcement was made to students or parents about the graffiti

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The Landmark, November 30, 2016

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The Landmark, November 30, 2016

Grand painted lady earns accolades Riverside home was painted by Oak Park’s Ronbo’s

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rom 1888 to 2016, the Vilas Residence on Herrick Road has been celebrated as a grand dame of Riverside. Recently it acquired one more accolade. The Queen Anne Victorian was recently awarded the grand prize in the annual Chicago’s Finest Painted Ladies & Her Court contest, sponsored by the Chicago Paint & Coatings Association. Owners Dawne and Scott Totorella, who have lovingly restored the home they purchased in 1987, say the award and the satisfaction of maintaining their landmark home are well worth the effort. The home was built in 1888 for Henry C. Vilas, the first of 16 owners. Appropriately enough, Vilas owned a paint store in Chicago, and Dawne Totorella imagines he would have been pleased to know the house’s latest paint job earned an award. In 1993, the village of Riverside designated the Vilas Residence a Riverside landmark. At more than 6,000 square feet, the threestory Victorian is representative of the Queen Anne-style of architecture. It has a steep, irregularly shaped roof with cross gables, center front gable and dormers. The porch runs the full width of the house and there are balustrades on the first and second floor. A Palladian window graces the front entrance, and a bay window adorns the west façade. The exterior is sided in clapboard with shingled dormers.

Totorella restoration When Dawne and Scott Totorella purchased the home in 1987, they knew the house was a major restoration project. “We found a photo of the original exterior of the home at the Riverside Historical Society and tried to recreate everything according to that,” Dawne said, Her parents, Barney and Imo Barnewolt, both newly retired teachers, spent three summers restoring the house with their daughter. They were aided by Barney’s colleague, Tom Baker, a master carpenter, and Tom’s uncle, Bob Drobing. Totorella recalls working with her parents to retain and restore the home’s original style. “We chose the paint colors according to guidelines in Victorian Exterior Decoration How to Paint Your 19th Century House Historically,” she said. Many of the balusters on the front porch needed to be replaced, and the Totorellas used original pieces found under the porch as a template for the new balusters created by George Pagels Column Company. They also used historic photos to guide the recreation of the large columns on the front porch.

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ALL DRESSED UP: The Vilas House on Herrick Road in Riverside won the grand prize in the Chicago’s Finest Painted Ladies & Her Court contest in October. The home is owned by the Totorella family.

Ronbo’s to the restoration After almost 30 years weathering the elements, Totorella knew her home was in need of a complete exterior touch up. She turned to Ron Feley of Ronbo’s Fine Painting Inc. for help with both the paint job and a lot of underlying prep work. Originally operating out of the Oak Park house he grew up in on Ridgeland Avenue, Feley has been running his painting business in the area since 1991. He recalls going out to provide the estimate to Totorella during a February snowstorm. “More and more people go to the internet and want to get pricing online,” Feley said. “It’s hard to do. You can’t get an idea of condition of the walls and previous paint job without being there. Square footage is not enough to go by.” Feley calls the Vilas Residence the largest house he’s ever worked on and admits that providing an estimate in a snowstorm for a summer painting job meant he wasn’t able to get up on his ladders and inspect the fine details of the house’s 48-foot peaks, but he knew the home hadn’t been painted in almost 30 years, which told him to expect plenty of prep work. Don Bloomer, Feley’s son-in-law, who now manages the painting jobs, says the prep work on the Vilas Residence was as extensive as the paint job itself. “First we power wash,” he noted, “and then we scrape off the old paint. On this house, we had a lot of carpentry work to do, too. Paint is a protector for the wood on the house, so when the paint is flaking away, the wood underneath is no longer protected.”

Bloomer said a team of up to 10 experienced painters worked 12-hour days, six days a week on the project. Prep work took approximately three weeks, and the paint job took three weeks as well. Of the approximately 200 balusters on the porch, Totorella recalled, 60 had to be replaced. She again turned to the Pagels company for the work. “He did a lot of research,” she said, “on how to best treat cedar balusters with a special top coat and primer to withstand the Chicago weather.” Since the house was last done, painting technology has come a long way, and Totorella was happy to try the new products on her house. Feley said that the historically accurate colors chosen in 1991 do not look the same a quarter-century later. “What was red had faded to lobster pink,” he said. “Paints have come far now where they don’t fade like they used to.” Bloomer said Totorella went back to her original color scheme but changes in texture added a new look to the house. “We changed the sheens to make it look more elegant. Before, the whole house was flat, it needed to be dressed up a bit.” Others agreed that the face-lift to the grand lady was award-worthy, and in October the house was awarded grand prize in the Chicago Painted Ladies & Her Court Contest, sponsored by Chicago Paint & Coatings Association. The winners were feted with a dinner at Maggiano’s, and Totorella and Ronbo’s Fine Paining Inc. received a plaque for the best use of color for a Victorian home painted by professionals.

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The Landmark, November 30, 2016

Demopoulos to challenge for North Riverside mayor Two-term trustee fielding full slate for 2017 election By BOB UPHUES

over privatizing firefighting services. It’s unclear exactly how much the battle has cost the village, but records indiIt’s been seven years since H. Bob De- cate the village, by the end of the 2016-17 mopoulos first threw his hat in the ring fiscal year, expected to spend more than as a political candidate in North River- $500,000 in legal fees since 2014 on matside. He ran as an independent for the ters pertaining to the fire department. “The legal stuff with the fire departvillage’s top spot, mayor, and lost by a whopping 71 percent to 21 percent mar- ment has to end,” Demopoulos said. “It’s a losing battle.” gin. Joining the 44-year-old Demopoulos A lot has happened in the village since that time. The village struggled on the MVP slate are four political novthrough the economic recession that hit ices, three of whom are school teachers. Running for village clerk as voters cast their ballots in is Virginia Rodriguez, 34, a 2009, and Demopoulos later third-grade special educaemerged as a competitive cantion teacher in Cicero School didate, winning two elections District 99, who wants to that followed. work with neighboring In 2011, he ran again as an towns to increase special independent and was elected education offerings, create a trustee. He won re-election a tutoring center for local to the job in 2013 at the top of students and ensure a secure a slate of candidates, calling computer network at the Vilthemselves Save Our FireBOB DEMOPOULOS lage Commons, including fighters, which nearly pulled Wi-Fi availability, according off an upset against the VIP to a press release issued by Demopoulos. Party. Trustee candidates include Lawrence He’s seeking the mayoral post again in 2017 at the top of another slate, which Manetti, 31, a longtime friend of Demohe’s dubbed the Municipal Village Par- poulos and a physical education teacher at St. Richard School in Chicago. Maty, or MVP. “Our main focus is fiscal responsibil- netti is also a former summer seasonal ity,” said Demopoulos, who is calling for employee of the North Riverside Recreany year-end budget surpluses to go to- ation Department. Kevin Melvin, 37, a physical educaward paying long-term liabilities such as pensions and post-retirement health tion teacher at Morton East high School in Cicero, and Pricilia Runquist, 37, a insurance obligations. “A certain faction of the budget needs radiologic technologist round out the to be earmarked toward paying off our slate. Demopoulos said he believes Mayor debt,” Demopoulos said. The village has earmarked certain Hubert Hermanek Jr., who was elected funds toward such purposes. Red-light in 2013, has instituted a number of fiscamera revenue in recent years has cal reforms to stabilize the village’s figone toward paying police and fire pen- nancial outlook. In October the village sion obligations. Meanwhile, sales taxes saw its bond rating improve for the first have been pledged to pay off debt issued time since 2011. But Hermanek’s VIP Party needed to finalize a deal that brought Costco to North Riverside and more recently have a late-night result in 2015 from the vilbeen pledged to finance bonds sold this lage’s lone Proviso Township precinct to fend off a challenge from the slate led fall to fund road improvements. But the village doesn’t have a dedicat- by Demopoulos, which included two ined stream of revenue other than general experienced opponents. “It told me the Riverside [Township] operating funds to pay for post-retirement health insurance costs, for which end is completely with us and against the village will be on the hook for many VIP,” Demopoulos said. “Proviso is their years at an estimated total cost of more stronghold. We need to focus some on than $35 million, according to the vil- Proviso as well. That [2015 election] was probably the closest election VIP has lage’s most recent financial audit. Demopoulos also said he wants to end ever seen.” Candidates for the April 4, 2017 Conthe infighting between village government and the North Riverside firefight- solidated Election must file nominating ers union, which have been locked in petitions with the village clerk’s office a more than two-year-long court battle between Dec. 12 and 19. Editor

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Riverside OKs sales tax rebate for La Barra Estimated $100,000 to be returned to the business in first 3 years By BOB UPHUES Editor

Two days after La Barra Ristorante opened at 2 E. Burlington St. in Riverside, the village’s board of trustees on Nov. 17 voted to rebate sales tax revenue generated by the business for a period of three years, beginning Dec. 1. The economic incentive package was passed as part of the village board’s omnibus agenda at its regular business meeting last week and was not unexpected. The village board discussed such an incentive in late 2015 and early 2016 when the partners in the venture, Riverside resident Patrick Leone and restaurateur Rich Labriola first pitched the idea. When trustees last discussed the possibility of a sales tax rebate back in March, village officials estimated it could result in about $100,000 being rebated to the business over the three-year period. At the time, some trustees sought for the village to impose a cap on the rebate amount, but there was no such cap in the resolution passed by trustees on Nov. 17. According to the terms of the agreement, the village of Riverside will rebate 100 percent of the local share of state sales taxes the business pays to the Illinois Department of Revenue and 100 percent of the 1-percent places for eating tax that the village has had on the books since 2006. The business will still collect the sales tax, but La Barra’s owners will annually and in writing be able to request that money be rebated. Riverside is responsible for rebating the money within 60 days of getting such a request and a letter from the Illinois Department of revenue confirming the amount.

Prior to the business opening, Riverside’s village board approved an initial incentive package that included waiving up to $35,000 in building, plumbing and electrical permit fees and also waived the cost of architectural and plan reviews, which is typically passed along to developers. Additionally, for the first three years the business is open, Riverside waived fees for the Cook County-provided health inspec-

tions, business license fees and liquor license fees. And earlier this month, the village board voted to waive the fees for a new add-on liquor license that allows La Barra to include alcohol sales with takeout and delivery orders. In all, that package of incentives will waive about $50,000 in fees over the threeyear period.

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The Landmark, November 30, 2016

North Riverside to extend tax levy by 1.9% Increasing pension obligations loom large for the future

By BOB UPHUES Editor

North Riverside will continue its recent practice of annually increasing its share of property taxes when trustees vote on Dec. 12 to extend the tax levy by 1.9 percent. State tax cap laws limit annual levy increases to 5 percent or the rate of the consumer price index (CPI), whichever is less. In 2016, the CPI is 0.76 percent. However, new construction in the village, such as the new AAA Car Care Plus, which was built in 2016 on one of the Costco outlots along Harlem Avenue and Miller Ale House at the North Riverside Park Mall, is not subject to tax caps. As a result, the village will ask for more than the level of the CPI in order to capture as much of the value of the new construction as possible. But the 2016 levy will reflect new construction value of about $300,000, compared to the 2015 levy, which included redevelopment of the Costco outlots and other improvements that added $1.4 million in new construction value. According to Scarpiniti, North Riverside should see about $10,000 more in property taxes collected as a result of the 1.9 percent extension. The impact to the owner of a home in

North Riverside valued at $200,000, said Scarpiniti, is about $2 more. For homeowners with a senior citizens’ exemption, the increase will be even less. North Riverside’s share of the average property tax bill is less than 3 percent of the total. The reason for such low local property taxes was a policy that froze the local tax levy for more than two decades. Scarpiniti said that the average North Riverside homeowner pays about $108 per year to the village out a total tax bill of between $4,500 and $5,100, depending on which township the resident lives in. The amount is less, about $84 annually, for those with a senior citizens’ homeowner exemption. While that kept taxes low for local homeowners, it meant that the village banked on local sales tax revenues to pay the bills. The recession of 2008-09 hammered sales tax revenues and also depressed local property assessments. North Riverside has seen eight straight years of declining equalized assessed value of its property. Its gross equalized assessed value has fallen from $374.5 million in 2008 to about $227.6 million in 2016 – a drop of 39 percent. At the same time, the village has seen its police and fire pension obligations rise, in part because of a decision by past village boards to

balance annual operating budgets by failing to adequately fund pensions. In addition, the village is seeing even more pension pressure because of new state laws changing the way actuaries calculate pension obligations. As a result, North Riverside expects to see its pension obligations climb by about $400,000 for fiscal year 2017-18 compared to the amounts the village contributed in 2015 and 2016. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, North Riverside expects to have to pay $2.6 million combined for police and fire pensions. That’s almost five times what the village levies in property taxes each year. The village is allowed to levy taxes for the purposes of funding pensions, but it has not done so in the past. And in order to do it now, according to Scarpiniti, the village would have to pass a referendum allowing it. “With pension costs increasing by $400,000 next year, if the village board should wish to explore a public referendum to fund either the police and/or fire pension funds, a separate discussion outside the tax levy process would need to be held for inclusion of the referendum question at the next general election,” Scarpiniti wrote in a memo to Trustee Vera Wilt, the village board finance committee chairwoman on Nov. 14.

D96 acquires home next to Ames School District was the only bidder at last week’s auction

By BOB SKOLNIK Contributing Reporter

It took a little longer than expected, but Riverside Elementary School District 96 has purchased the house at 92 Repton Road, which is located just east of Ames School. And the district saved a few dollars in the process.

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District 96 entered the only bid for the house last week at a foreclosure auction held in downtown Chicago by Judicial Sales Corporation. District 96’s bid of $339,100 was accepted by JPMorgan Chase, which had foreclosed on the home’s former owner. The district is paying an additional $300 in fees to complete the purchase. In August, District 96 had entered a contract to pay the former owner $343,822.18, but a judge ordered the foreclosure auction to proceed because the bank had apparently already taken possession of the house. “I think we got a pretty good deal,” said District 96 school board President Jeffrey Miller who attended the auction with a district lawyer. “We’re very excited. No one else bid, so we were very lucky to get it. We saved a little bit of money.” Miller said the district will save a few additional dollars because it had agreed to pay all the seller’s closing costs under the August agreement. The school district plans to demolish the house sometime next year but the school board has yet to determine how it will use the new property. Options include building an addition to Ames, expanding the Ames playground, some combination of the two,

or some other use. District 96 recently hired a new architectural firm, DLA Architects, to undertake a master facilities planning process for the school district. “What buying this property does for the district is it gives us options,” Miller said. “Because the district is landlocked, previously if we decided to expand a bit it would have been very hard to do because we didn’t have many good places to do that.” DLA and the district will seek community input by holding focus group meetings at each of the district’s five schools in the next few months. Previously, the district had planned to create a district-wide committee to consider facilities usage and needs, but ultimately decided to seek community input through focus groups and meetings instead. “Partially it was recommendation from DLA and it makes sense to me because it’s really a way of bringing more voices to the table,” said District 96 Superintendent Martha Ryan-Toye. “We think we can get more people to turn out for a particular evening or to complete a survey or both than to sit on a committee for an extended period of time.”

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The holiday sprint commences

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he race is on officially for holiday preparations and shopping. As always, I get an early start and then find myself at the 11th hour becoming frazzled. The opportunities are there for shopping -- black this day, black that day and cyber whenever. When all else fails -- gift cards. My favorite things to shop for are toys, because that is what I liked as a child (still do). One of the last dolls I received was from my mother. It was a Ken doll. She felt sorry for me that Christmas, because I didn’t have a boyfriend. Well, I have the “boyfriend” now – Husband Joe -- and I still have the doll. When our children were growing up, it seemed as if each year there was “the toy” advertised highly and wanted by all. Of course, there was a limited supply. I think it was done on purpose. My standout recollection was Evel Knievel on a motorcycle. There were a few of us in hot pursuit for that little guy, and each of us knew that if we found it we would by at least three, as time drew near cost became no object. If we wound up with extras, we could easily sell it to some other person who was on the hunt. Happily we made all of the boys happy, and my son played with it long past Christmas. Thank goodness, after what his mother went through. The Cabbage Patch doll was another search, but not as dire or critical. She is still here sitting on a chair in a bedroom. Today’s toys are electronic, more expensive and require more batteries than I have in my refrigerator. The saying “Santa is watching you,” which my mom always used as a threat starting around July, has been replaced by the Elf on the Shelf and the Mensch on the Bench. There is still nothing better than seeing the look on a child’s face at Christmas, even after you try to account for the 105 pieces of Legos that have scattered. OK, it is Cyber Monday and there are still a few hours left to “shop,” so I will continue my quest. Then I can send my mail orders from Aunt Diana’s and start the Christmas cards. I will start at the end of the alphabet this year, so those folks are sure to get their cards on time. Or, I can kick back, have a glass a wine and contemplate all there is to be done. Sounds good.

JOANNE KOSEY


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“Red Rubber Bands” by Jesse Seay

Technology and art intersect at RAC

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents a new group exhibition, “Good Machines,” featuring work that explores how we can use technology to better connect to others and create new experiences for ourselves. The works of Taylor Hokanson, Richard Holland, J. Stephen Lee, Eric Lunde, Nikki Passath, Jesse Seay and Philip von Zweck are featured. The show runs from Dec. 4 to Jan. 7 with an opening reception of Sunday, Dec. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Closed, Sunday, Monday and major holidays.

Masonic lodge blood drive

The Riverside Masonic Lodge, 40 Forest Ave. in Riverside, will host a blood drive on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling LifeSource Blood Services at 847-8037943. Walk-ins are also welcome. Donors should bring ID showing name, date of birth and one of the following Social Security ID, driver’s license, state ID or passport.

And more Lyons Township High School students are invited to stop by the Corral for Open Fun Nights on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Play the latest video games, ping pong, pool, board games and meet with friends. Movies, bands, dances are in the works. The Corral is next to the South Campus at 4940 S. Willow Spring Road in Western Springs. ■

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Write to Santa at LTHS

Lyons Township High School invites all kids kindergarten through third grade for its Beary Merry Holiday Write Night event on Tuesday, Dec. 6 between 4 and 7 p.m. in the South Campus Discovery Center and surrounding classrooms, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs. Kids will be able to write letters to Santa on the computer and receive an immediate response from the North Pole. Participants are asked to bring one non-perishable food item, which will be donated to a local food pantry. Those interested are asked to register by Dec. 2 online at www.lths.net/HolidayWriteNight, by calling 708-579-7434 or 708-579-7436 or emailing dcochran@lths.net or bsalutric@lths.net.

Holiday music at For the Birds

Enjoy holiday music from Brookfield orchestra musician and teacher Carolyn Krizek, including selections from Haydn’s “Toy Symphony,” Handel’s “Messiah” and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” on violin, clarinet, recorder and guitar on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. at For the Birds, 9207 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield during the village’s holiday celebration. In addition to the classics, Krizek will play carols ranging from the familiar to the more unusual, including international carols and Renaissance music. The public is welcome to attend this free event.

Theater troupe stages Elf Jr.

The Children’s Theatre of Western Springs presents the new holiday classic Elf Jr., featuring a cast of more than 50 local children on Dec. 2-4 and 9-11 at the theater, 4384 Hampton Ave. in Western Springs. Based on the 2003 movie, the musical debuted on Broadway in 2010. Elf Jr. tells the story of Buddy, a human orphan who crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole, where he’s raised as an elf. Tickets are $15 ($9 for 18 and under). Friday performances are at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For more information and to order tickets call 708-246-3380 or visit www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.

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Brookfield Zoo kicks off Holiday Magic Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic, the Chicago area’s longest-running lights festival is back again from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays on Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 and the week of Dec. 26-31.

demonstrations, visits with Santa (through Dec. 18) and more. Festivities begin with an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 and close on Dec. 31 with the annual Zoo Year’s Eve, featuring a kidfriendly New Year countdown at 8 p.m.

In addition to enjoying the spectacle of millions of twinkling lights throughout the For more information visit www.czs.org/ zoo, visitors can carol to the animals and enjoy HolidayMagic or call 708-688-8000. Admislive entertainment, professional ice carving sion and parking fees apply.

Mailboxes for letters to Santa are ready to receive children’s letters in both Riverside and North Riverside. In Riverside, the mailbox is located on the east side of the historic water tower, 10 Pine Ave. Letters received before Dec. 22 will get a note back from Santa.

North Riverside Recreation hosts a free family movie night with a screening of The Santa Clause on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym of the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. Popcorn and concession available.

In North Riverside, the mailbox is inside the Village Commons at 2401 Desplaines Ave. Deposit letters before Dec. 21 with a

North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., continues its Wednesday Movie Matinee on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

return address so Santa may respond. ■

with The Caine Mutiny featuring Humphrey Bogart and Van Johnson. Free. St. Hugh Church will hold its Christmas Bazaar in Keating Hall, 7939 43rd St. in Lyons, on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The extravaganza includes games and prizes at booths plus lunch and dessert. Sponsored by the St. Hugh Society of Catholic Women. Call Nicki Mendez at 708-539-6575 or email skahler@avma.org for more info.

Carolyn Krizek

CALENDAR EVENTS ■ As you’ve likely noticed,

our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can’t publish everything, but we’ll do our best to feature the week’s highlights. Email calendar@wjinc.com.


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The Landmark, November 30, 2016

Riverside train station roof repair a go in 2017

Village board awards $886,190 contract for project By BOB UPHUES

per flashing, gutters and downspouts. The village received four bids for the work; Bennett and Brousseau was the low bidder. A long-anticipated project to repair the clay The bid process was handled by the Illinois tile roof on Riverside’s landmark downtown Department of Transportation, because the train station will finally move ahead early in majority of the work is being funded via a 2017 now that the village board has awarded a $757,560 Illinois Transportation Enhancecontract for the work. ment Program (ITEP) grant, which was On Nov. 17, as part of the board’s omnibus awarded in 2014 by then-Gov. Pat Quinn. agenda, trustees voted to award an $886,190 Riverside also received a grant from the Mecontract to Bennett and Brousseau Roofing tra commuter rail service in an amount up to Inc. of Romeoville to replace the century-old $173,500 to put toward the roof replacement tile roof. program, which the village can put toward its Plans call for the company to replace about required 20-percent share of the project cost. 60 percent of the existing tiles and reuse 40 In the end, Riverside ought to responsible for percent. All of the clay tile ridges, finials and about $100,000 of the total cost. The roof replacement project has been in hip tiles will be replaced. According to village officials, the station’s new clay tiles will be au- the works for a decade, but languished for thentic, because the company that produced lack of funding until 2014, when the state the existing tiles, the Ludowici Roof Tile Com- came through with its transportation grant. pany, is still in business and can manufacture However, the work was delayed even longer because the state would not seek bids until exact replicas of the train station tiles. In addition, Bennett and Brousseau Roof- Riverside secured a new lease agreement on the station with the Burlington Northerning will replace and paint deteriorated roof FHS_2015_JournalAd_Oct_R4.pdf 10/14/15 AM Santa9:58 Fe Railroad. decking, soffit and fascia and install new1 copEditor

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A pre-construction meeting involving Riverside officials and representatives from Bennett and Brousseau will take place in January. It’s unclear exactly when work will start on the roof, but it can be done in cold weather. The contract calls for the work to be completed within 65 working days. Village Manager Jessica Frances said commuters can expect some disruptions during construction; details will be released closer to beginning of the project. The work will be phased to minimize inconveniences, Frances said.

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PARCC EXAM

Not taken seriously from page 1 RBHS Principal Kristin Smetana said that it is difficult to compare 2016 test results to 2015 results, because the PARCC exam was changed and shortened in 2016. “It is very difficult to draw conclusions between PARCC scores from the last two years,” Smetana said in an email. “The first year of the assessment, baseline data was collected. There were very few practice test questions and both teachers and students had limited information about the assessment. “During the second administration at the high school level, the test was significantly shortened, which most likely led to the increase in test scores.” But Smetana said that a new math curriculum implemented at RBHS also could have played a role in the big jump in math scores. “This new curriculum exposed students to problems that were more similar in format to the PARCC test, which also could have also led to increased scores,” Smetana said. Scores at RBHS also improved in English and language arts (ELA). In 2016, 35 percent of RBHS students met or exceeded state standards compared to 31 percent who did so in 2015. Another 24 percent of RBHS students approached the state standards in 2016 compared to 22 percent who did so in 2015. At LTHS 50 percent met or exceeded the state standards in ELA in 2016 while 60 percent did so in 2015. Another 26 percent approached the state standards in ELA at LTHS in 2016. However, after just two years the PARCC exam will no longer be given to high school students in Illinois. Instead, in the spring of 2017 the state will require high schools to administer the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) as the state-mandated test. High school administrators are happy to see the PARCC exam go and believe that the SAT will provide a better gauge of student learning. “Since it was a standardized test that could not be used for college entrance, many students did not take the test seriously, despite the incentives we put in place to encourage students to give their best effort,” Smetana said. “As a result, the scores on the PARCC tests do not accurately represent the students’ skills and abilities.” Two years ago, the PARCC exam replaced the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), of which the ACT was a part, as the state-mandated test for high school students in Illinois. PARCC scores were difficult to compare, because each individual high school could choose which grade level to test. RBHS gave the PARCC exam to primarily sophomores, LTHS mostly tested freshmen while other schools chose to give the test to juniors. Whatever grade level was tested received a test appropriate to their grade level in math and ELA. Some freshmen at RBHS, those enrolled in geometry or honors geometry, took the math portion of the PARCC Exam.

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Village ‘very optimistic’ on RBHS parking lot deal The village of Brookfield’s Nov. 23 deadline may have passed a week ago, but officials for the village and Riverside-Brookfield High School say they are confident a deal can be reached to settle a pending lawsuit over a parking lot on the high school’s campus. “Consideration of a motion regarding settlement discussions” with the high school was on the Brookfield Village Board’s meeting agenda Monday night, but it was pulled from the agenda following a meeting of the board in executive session. But Village President Kit Ketchmark

after the meeting said the removal of the item from the agenda was not a sign that a deal wasn’t happening. On the contrary, Ketchmark said, he was “very optimistic” that a deal regarding a parking lot at RBHS could be reached in December. “There are a few details that need to be worked out,” said Ketchmark, who said language is still being tweaked by attorneys for both sides. “We’re very optimistic, but the timing [of the Thanksgiving] holiday didn’t allow it to happen by the deadline.”

The Brookfield Board of Trustees meets again on Dec. 12, the day before the Riverside-Brookfield High School District 208 board is scheduled to meet. RBHS filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court in May 2015 after the village board denied a special use permit and zoning variations to allow a 91-space parking lot on school-owned land located immediately north of Hollywood School. The school district’s suit seeks to have a judge overturn the village board’s decision, which is called “capricious.” — Bob Uphues

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Brookfield murder suspect freed on bond

A man suspected of being at the center of an alleged murder-for-hire scheme that took the life of a Brookfield resident in January is back on the streets after posting bond last week. Comfort K. Robinson is charged with firstdegree murder in connection with the plot to kill 33-year-old Michael Smith, who was slated to testify against Robinson in another criminal case on the day he was gunned down in front of his Forest Avenue home. Robinson and two others were charged with the killing on Nov. 21. Robinson’s bond was set at $250,000, and he posted the required 10 percent last week and was released. The other two suspects remain at Cook County Jail. At a court hearing Nov. 29, a judge did not change the terms of Robinson’s bond, choosing to continue the matter until Dec. 9.

Meth bust in Brookfield Brookfield police assisted Chicago Ridge police in serving a search warrant at a residence in the 9400 block of Ogden Avenue on Nov. 22 at about 7:45 p.m., reportedly seizing 99 grams of methamphetamine. According to Brookfield police, John E. Birch, 63, was taken into custody at the scene, along with evidence. LaGrange Patch reported that Birch was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Birch, who reportedly has no criminal background, appeared Nov. 23 at the Bridgeview courthouse for a bond hearing at which he denied the allegation.

Vehicle break-ins ■ A resident of

the 8900 block of Southview Avenue, Brookfield, called police to report that during the overnight hours of Nov. 21-22, someone rifled through his vehicle. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle, which apparently was unlocked. ■ A resident of the 9100 block of Sherman Avenue, Brookfield, reported that during the overnight hours of Nov. 21-22 someone entered his apparently unlocked vehicle, which was parked at the rear of the property and stole about $10 in loose change. ■ A resident of the 400 block of Desplaines Avenue, Riverside, reported that during the overnight hours of Nov. 20-21, someone entered her apparently unlocked vehicle, which was parked in the driveway, and removed her purse containing a gold iPhone 6, $20 in cash, a phone charger and IDs.

Residential burglary Riverside police responded to the 700 block of Arlington Road on Nov. 26 after a man sent

to check on the house for the ailing owner called to report it had been burglarized. The man told police that he arrived at the home and observed the front window was removed and that the interior appeared to have been ransacked. Police reported observing small pry marks on the front window frame and reported recovering for evidence a brown jewelry box and a small white box that might have been touched by the offender.

Garage burglary ■ Brookfield police responded to the 3600 block of Park Avenue on the morning of Nov. 22 after a resident called to report that someone had stolen a blue and black 16-speed Trek Cross Rip Elite bike, a bag containing bike tools and two Garmin GPS units along with a black 21-speed Trek bicycle from his garage. The loss was estimated at $2,000. ■ A resident of the 3600 block of Blanchan Avenue, Brookfield, called police to report that between 10 and 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 24 someone entered his garage and removed a black Marin mountain bike valued at $1,000. ■ Brookfield police responded to the 4000 block of Raymond Avenue after a resident called to report that during the overnight hours someone had forced open the side service door of his garage and removed an air compressor and a wooden tool case containing numerous tools.

Habitual DUI offender arrested Frank Y. Oppong Jr, 34, of Chicago faces felony drunken driving charges after Riverside police stopped him for reportedly driving the wrong way on Pine Avenue from Longcommon Road on Nov. 25 at about 1 a.m. Oppong, appeared to be intoxicated, according to police, and told them he was driving home from a Thanksgiving party and thought he was driving through Maywood. Police reported that Oppong has two prior DUI convictions and that his driver’s license was revoked. They reported recovering a half empty bottle of cognac from the area between the driver and passenger seats. Riverside reportedly has filed paperwork to seize Oppong’s vehicle, a 2008 Nissan. These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 2127, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

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PROTEST

‘Ultimately helpful’ from page 1 At the fall sports pep assembly held at the end of the last day of school before Thanksgiving break, on Nov. 22, some students held up protest signs with statements such as “I stand up against hate.” “We wanted to point out the discrimination that goes on within the school and we wanted to call attention to the issues that are being faced by certain minority groups in our school, students and faculty alike,” said Rosie Nolan, a RBHS senior from Riverside. A few minutes into the assembly a few students stood up holding signs, but they and their signs were removed from the gym by RBHS security personnel. They were apparently taken to the school’s auditorium and asked to fill out a survey. “Some students who held up a sign were pulled down so we could have a conversation with them, just inviting them to stay after school so we could address their concerns,” said RBHS Principal Kristin Smetana. “So once we told students about that, those students were permitted to go back into the gymnasium. When the assembly was over at the end of the school day about 25 students stood together on the gym bleachers silently holding up their signs. After a few minutes RBHS Assistant Principal of Student Affairs Dave Mannon went over to students and began a discussion with them. After five or 10 minutes, Mannon told the students that they needed to leave the gym but invited them to continue the discussion in the school’s Little Theater. The students took Mannon up on his invitation and had an approximately hour-long discussion with him, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction Kylie Gregor and Dean Neil Dughetti. A few teachers were also present. When a Landmark reporter tried to enter the Little Theater to observe the discussion, Mannon told him that the meeting was private and that he would be not be permitted to observe the meeting. “It was just an event that was not open to the public because of concerns about student privacy, and we wanted students to be able to express their thoughts freely,” Smetana said on Monday. After the meeting, a few students who were at the meeting spoke to the Landmark. “It was ultimately helpful,” Nolan said of the meeting. “I think it will be the start of something that will continue to be productive, but so far it’s only the beginning. We want them to address the issues that have been going on rather than just brush them under the rug or not mentioning it.” Students described the meeting as emotional and respectful. “I feel like they listened to us more than they usually have,” Rosicky said. Smetana, who sent out an email to parents on the evening after the protest on Nov. 22 mentioning the graffiti, said that the adminis-

tration couldn’t say much about the incident because it was the subject of an ongoing investigation. “Just like any other graffiti we find we immediately take it down and address it to try to find the person that was responsible for it,” Smetana said. The students said that hateful statements are a problem at RBHS and that racial and other tensions have become worse since the presidential election. “I see people using racial slurs in the hallway and using other slurs … that I don’t feel comfortable repeating,” Nolan said. Nov. 22 was declared to be Pride and Positivity Day at RBHS. Smetana said that the decision was made to have an assembly before the graffiti incident to honor fall sports teams. She said that Erika’s Lighthouse, a student group that tries to bring attention to depression and suicide prevention always does an event to promote positivity, and the decision was made to combine the two events. Sticky notes with positive, caring statements were placed on every student’s locker before the start of school on Nov. 22. During the morning announcements Smetana made a special announcement listing things that she was thankful for. A group of students, many from the student group Association of Students for Tolerance (AST) had met that morning with RBHS administrators, including Smetana, who thanked the students for the discussion and briefly addressed diversity issues. “I am thankful to be a principal at a high school whose culture and practice is to accept all aspects of every student, including race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, age, religion, and ability,” Smetana said. Shalah Russell, an African-American freshman from North Riverside, said that she appreciated the oblique response to racist graffiti but that the graffiti was troublesome. “The school tried to apologize for it with many things like sticky notes on everybody’s locker, but it still kind of made us, as AfricanAmerican girls, targeted because we go to a predominately white school and we feel targeted,” said Russell, who did not participate in the protest. Russell and a couple other students said that she believes some students have been emboldened by Donald Trump’s victory in the Nov. 8 presidential election. “They’re acting differently now that he’s elected,” said Russell who said no one at RBHS has ever made a racist statement directed at her. Russell said that she believes the assembly helped, but can only do so much. “I feel like they tried to make it better, but you can tell it’s not going to fix everything,” Russell said. “They can’t erase someone’s feelings. They’re still going to have that opinion about that race.” Another meeting was held with students Monday. “It was a very positive, productive meeting,” Smetana said. “Students felt their voices were heard and were very appreciative of the opportunity to continue collaborating to ensure every student feels valued and respected at RB.”

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Opinion

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ou might think that it’s not such a big deal. That people are overreacting. One instance of graffiti – some have said it was written in pencil, maybe in Sharpie – in a bathroom. “Whites only.” Remove the graffiti and move on, right? Here’s the problem. Since Nov. 8 there have been numerous reports of hate crimes and racist graffiti nationwide. Ugly behavior once kept private is apparently making its way back in to the public spotlight, as if permission has been given. For anyone who belongs to a group that traditionally has been marginalized – whether it’s Muslims, African-Americans, Latinos or gay, lesbian and transgender people – this new freedom to hate represents a real threat and they feel its weight. So one instance of graffiti in a bathroom stall at Riverside Brookfield High School in an atmosphere charged by the election of a man cheered by this nation’s most vile racists isn’t just overreaction – it’s an example of hate revealing itself at home. It’s unnerving. We think the high school’s response to the incident was good, but officials need to reinforce that message often and in no uncertain terms. We also think officials ought to get ahead of such incidents, which will surely make their way around the student body and to families and onto social media. They need to address and condemn such incidents and set the record straight, so parents know what’s going on without having to speculate about it on Facebook. Permission for hatred is given only if people look the other way and allow it to be given. The temptation to knuckle under to this apparent new reality can be strong. No one wants to be on the receiving end of someone’s bile and no one except a bully wants incidents to escalate into something violent, so they can point and say, “See, we told you about these people.” The students who stood silently and held up signs of protest in the wake of the graffiti incident ought to be commended for their courage and for helping shine a light on what appears to be an isolated, so far, incident at the high school. Maybe a reaction like this will help keep it isolated.

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Meanwhile, in both downtown Brookfield and downtown Riverside, the calls for economic development that people in both villages have made for years look like they’re being heard. Certainly, a rebound from the recession is part of the reason for some of the business activity. But it’s also a direct result of attention both village governments have given to economic development in recent years. Riverside’s uptick in new businesses follows in the wake of a comprehensive planning process that the village board has taken to heart and has begun implementing. The investment in the downtown infrastructure was a beginning, and a new marketing plan is in the works. Brookfield is just beginning its comprehensive planning process while updating its zoning code and adding a third TIF district to spur redevelopment. Economic development does not happen by magic. It takes constant effort and planning, and locally that’s now beginning to pay off.

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PILE UP

Brook Park School students participated in the World Sport Stacking Association’s Stack Up challenge on Guinness World Records Day, Nov. 17. More than 40,000 schools and youth organizations participated in the event. As of Nov, 29 WSSA indicated it was still tabulating the numbers.

LETTERS

Not perfect, but bike trail a win I walked the new First Avenue bike/walking trail on Nov. 20. It is close to completion as all pavement is in. Topsoil, sod and markings/signs are coming. The sewer project has a short section near Golfview closed off. It will serve the purpose of connecting Riverside-Brookfield High School to North Riverside for students and many others. Some of us were asking for more of a forest preserve trail with more distance away from roadway and a break from a uniform alignment. My dog was spooked when big trucks roared by. Five feet away from a fast-moving semi is frightening. But I think the Olmsted Society,

Brookfield Zoo, Cook County Forest Preserve District, the county road department and our leaders couldn’t make it happen. So I have regrets. But, it is a big asset to our communities. Commissioner Tobolski, Mike Zalewski, Arnold Randall and the Forest Preserve District staff, Doug Chien, Doug Hoogstra, Michelle Ryan, Rob Dixon, Mike Welch, Kevin Skinkis and mayors of Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield all deserve credit. It was a long time coming, but we got it done.

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Tommy Twister once again entertaining at Burlington Realty, 21 E. Burlington St. New events for the little ones include candy cane coloring and raffles all evening at Skills Tutoring Center, 39 E. Quincy St., and a special meet-and-greet with Pikachu from the popular Pokemon franchise from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Athletico Physical Therapy, 51 E. Burlington St. At Riverside Garage, 18 East Ave., the entire family can once again enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides and an old-fashioned train display. For those who like suspense, head on over to Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, and see one of Chicagoland’s most famous illusionists, Mr. D, with performances at 7 and 8 p.m. Mr. D’s Magic Show has wowed Riverside audiences at the Holiday Stroll for more than 15 years. If staying inside and watching festive Continued on page A4

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RIVERSIDE HOLIDAY STROLL Music, treats and more from page A3 holiday movies is more to your liking, walk on into the Arcade Building at Riverside Road and Quincy Street, where the Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity will be showing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 6:45 p.m., “Frosty the Snowman” at 7:30 p.m. and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 8:15 p.m. The evening will be far from short on musical entertainment, with Riverside’s Suzuki Strings violin players kicking off the evening at Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road and the bell choir of the Riverside Presbyterian Church making music across the street at First American Bank, 15 Riverside Road. New this year on the musical side are the District 96 school band, orchestra and choir singing at the Riverside train station, 90 Bloomingbank Road, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without sweet treats, and the Holiday Stroll will have plenty of them. At 10 Pine Ave. in front of the water tower, Riverside Parks and Recreation will have cookies and other baked goods for decorating and munching. Riverside’s favorite candy shop, Aunt Diana’s at 29 E. Burlington St., will have a plethora of holiday snacks for sampling and sale. And, for the adults, Riverside Foods, 48 E. Burlington St., will have beer and wine samples at an outdoor tent. Annual, artsy offerings include the Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., welcoming all to the Freeark Gallery’s pop-up art show and neighbor Jeff ’s Auto and Truck Repair at 20 E. Quincy St. having an extreme wood carving demonstration.

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Friday, January 20, 2017, 7 PM, at the Riverside Public Library. We’ll learn about our Arboretum and the status of plantings for Swan Pond.

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All evening, Riverside businesses new and old will host open houses, introducing the community to their services and products and offering samples and freebies. And, for those looking to get a jump start on their holiday shopping, look no further than St. Mary’s Church, 97 Herrick Road. The church is once again throwing their “Mingle and Jingle Shop,” with tables of unique holiday gifts and rare vintage treasures.

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To shuttle visitors around the events, the village is once again sponsoring a trolley between 5:30- and 8:30 p.m. for people to hop on/hop off at various stops across Burlington Street, Quincy Street and Harlem Avenue. While the Holiday Stroll has been around for over four decades, Brennan hopes both longtime Riverside residents and residents of neighboring suburbs checking out the event for the first time

come to have a good old time. “It’s just a fun event in Riverside,” he said. “We like other communities to see Riverside and what we have to offer. I always tell people to please support our businesses in town [because the event] wouldn’t be possible without them or the police and public works.” For more information about the Holiday Stroll, contact Brennan at 708-4472946.

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very year when the first weekend of December rolls around, kids and adults both share in excitement and growing anticipation for all the fun the holidays bring — food, friends and a break from school and work. Before the frenzy of the season totally kicks in, the village of Brookfield and Brookfield Chamber of Commerce are glad to collaborate in providing locals the chance to come together in celebration of the season of love and community with their annual Holiday Walk on Saturday, Dec. 3. Michelle Ryan, village trustee and chamber member, says the event is special because it brings various members of the community together. “The Brookfield holiday celebration is a wonderful, small-town holiday celebration with lots of family-friendly activities,” Ryan said. Betty LeClere, owner of Betty’s Flowers & Gifts and chairwoman of the Chamber Holiday Walk committee, agrees with Ryan the event is the perfect way to start winter with friends and neighbors. “Our community is like a close-knit family,” LeClere said. “They come to support and they know each year, we try to help

start their holiday season with a day filled with Christmas cheer and togetherness.” From 2 to 7 p.m., village officials, residents and 30-plus businesses will all join together to sprinkle a little holiday magic in the Grand/Prairie and Broadway Avenue business districts as well as at the village hall and Grossdale Station. Event highlights include a visit from the North Pole’s most famous residents at Irish Times’ Cottage, a model train exhibit at the Prairie Avenue Metra Station, live music and dance performances at the Brookfield Village Hall, holiday snacks and raffles and, of course, the concluding Christmas caroling and Brookfield’s annual tree lighting extravaganza at the Veterans Memorial Circle. For the second year in a row, the Holiday Walk will feature an outdoor display of public artwork. More than a dozen handcrafted reindeer figures decorated by sponsors of the event and Brookfield residents will be on display throughout the village. As always, the Holiday Walk includes a jam-packed schedule of events with plenty of activities for family members of all ages. Due to the expansive nature of the event, there will be a complimentary trolley running from 2 to 6 p.m. to shuttle patrons across various celebratory points in town. Continued on page A11


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BROOKFIELD HOLIDAY WALK Tree lightning at 5 p.m. from page A8 At the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., from 2 to 5 p.m., there will be entertainment from local schools and residents. In the boardroom there will be a magic show by Grant McKenzie at 2:30 p.m., a performance the St. Louise Men’s Club singers at 3:30 p.m. and a musical performance by the RiversideBrookfield High School Madrigal Singers at 4 p.m. In the lower-level recreation hall, the walls will vibrate with the song and dance. The Lincoln School and S.E. Gross Middle School choruses will perform at 2 and 2:30 p.m., the S.E. Gross band at 3 p.m. and a showcase by the Elite Dance School at 4 p.m. Local children’s choirs sing holiday songs from 4 to 5 p.m. For holiday magic at the historic Grossdale Station, 8820½ Brookfield Ave., head on over between 2 and 5 p.m. to catch live woodcarving, a reindeer File 2015 art display and the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce’s The lighting of the village’s Christmas tree at Eight Holiday Warmth Drive. At the Corners. drive, members will collect new or gently used winter and Lego building station from 2 to 3:30 p.m. clothes for locals in need of warm winter After goofing around at the library, famiapparel. lies are welcome to interact with animals Venturing over to the 3700 block of Grand at the petting zoo at the Veterans Memorial Boulevard, visitors will be able to pop in Circle at Eight Corners from 3 to 6 p.m., and out of businesses for food events and jam out to tunes by Carolyn Krizek from fun activities. 3 to 5 p.m., be amazed with balloon art at Inside the Cottage at Irish Times, 8869 Tischler’s Finer Foods, 9118 Broadway Ave., Burlington Ave., kids and adults can share from 4 to 6 p.m., and meet everyone’s favortheir wish lists with Santa and Mrs. Claus ite snowman, Olaf, from Disney’s Frozen from 2 to 5 p.m. and enjoy food and drink over hot chocolate and cookies at Betty’s specials all day long. Flowers & Gifts, 9138 Broadway Ave., from Other events along the Grand/Prairie 3 to 5 p.m. corridor from 2 to 5 p.m. include entertainTo end the evening’s festivities, all are ment and open houses at Zoo City Treats, welcome to the Brookfield tree lighting 3748 Grand Blvd.; holiday cookies and cider ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Circle at Emerald Bay Jewelers, 3738 Grand Blvd.; from 5 to 6 p.m. To ring in the Christmas seacookie decorating at Burger Antics, 3740 son, there will be caroling accompanied by Grand Blvd.; and a bonfire and marshmal- Brookfield business owner Clara D’Onofrio low roast with elves at Brennan Massage of Ms. Clara’s Joyful Learning Center and and Spa, 3700 Grand Blvd. Brookfield resident Joe Lugay. Brennan Massage and Spa is also hostThere will also be a holiday raffle basket ing a holiday toy drive, collecting new toys drawing and sing-along with the RBHS Madon behalf of the Community Nurse Health rigals around the same time Santa makes Center in LaGrange for low-income fami- his big entrance to help light the tree. lies in the area. Several other restaurants Ryan says the event will be an unforgetand businesses will have open houses, re- table experience for locals to enjoy. freshments and food and drink specials “There will be much to see and do at the well into the evening. holiday celebration [and] this is definitely a A little farther north, at Grand Boulevard year you won’t want to miss,” she said. and Lincoln Avenue, kids will be all set to For more information about the Holiday have a blast at the Brookfield Public Li- Walk, including a list of all businesses and brary, 3609 Grand Blvd., at the hot chocolate trolley times, call the Brookfield Village and holiday selfie station from 2 to 6 p.m. Hall at 708-485-7344.

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Do you think outside of the box?! Miss Elizabeth definitely does. In this class, Miss Elizabeth is going to help participants turn old/unused items into functional pieces of art. Ages 8 to 14 years Tuesdays, 6:15 – 7pm (4 weeks) • January 3 - 24 Historic Water Tower, 10 Pine Avenue Instructor: Mrs. Elizabeth Fee: $25/$30 NON-RESS Program #: 317300A

If you like to play volleyball and are interested in fun and exercise, sign up as a team in our recreation league. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 1 – First come, first served. Men & Women 18 years + Starting Wednesday, February 15 St. Hugh Gym, 7939 W. 43rd Street, Lyons $400 resident team, (75% residency) $450 non-resident team, (less than 75% residency) Min/Max: 6/10 Program #: 332400A (RES), 332400B (NON-RES) Manager’s meeting Wednesday, February 8, 5:30 pm at the Historic Water Tower.

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Develop your child’s intellect through the royal game of chess! Each camper will take home a chess set and an award. Please bring your own snacks. Ages 6 to 13 years Tuesday – Friday, Dec. 27 to Dec. 30 • 9am - 12pm Historic Water Tower, 10 Pine Avenue Instructor: Chess Scholars Inc. $125/130 NON-RES • Min/Max: 5/20 • Program #: 317500C

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RBHS Madrigals Singing their hearts out – Santa Claus Arrives – Centennial Plaza – between 5:30 pm – 6 pm for the Tree Lighting Ceremony – along with local grade school students from District 96 & St. Mary’s. He will then travel to Riverside Bank, 17 Burlington St., where all are invited to Have Pictures Taken with Santa and enjoy Holiday Music by the Western Suburban Symphony Players - 6 to 8 pm. Riverside Historical Museum – Centennial Plaza – Open 6 pm - 8:30 pm. Giving away a Historical Mementos to celebrate the season. Riverside Parks and Recreation – 10 Pine Ave. – Decorating Christmas Tree Treats. Riverside Masonic Lodge – 40 Forest Ave. – Come visit us for our Open House with Holiday Music and Hot Chocolate, Gluten-Free Smores, and Chocolate Covered Fruit by Mason Youth Groups. Mollie’s Public House – 31 Forest – Live Entertainment and Pop Corn on the Patio! There will also be a Special Auction of Memorabilia Jerseys (Cubs, Sox, Bears and Blackhawks) with all proceeds going to support the Riverside Chamber of Commerce. 34 East Lounge – 34 East Ave. – Warm up at 34 East with Cider for Big Kids and Little Kids. Riverside Garage – 18 East Ave. – See the Famous Train Display, along with Petting Zoo & Pony Rides, sponsored by Wright Services, Ivins/ Moravecek Funeral Home, LaBarra Restaurant, and Strohecker Insurance. And, have your Picture Taken as a Holiday Cartoon Cutout Character. The Young Life group from RBHS will also be on site. Local Boy Scout Troop will be serving Holiday Treats. Train Station – It’s “All Aboard” at Chocolate Twist’s Pop-Up Shop where you’ll find some Tasty Holiday Treats and Holiday Music performed by the Hauser Chamber Orchestra, Choir, and Band from 6:30 - 8 pm. Riverside Township Hall – 27 Riverside Rd. – Stop in to Hear the Suzuki Strings at 6:00 pm along with the District 96 4th & 5th grade Choir. You will enjoy Dr. D’s Magic Show, sponsored by Riverside Township,

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performs at 7 pm and 8 pm. Holiday Themed Handouts for kids, Hot Chocloate will be sold by Girl Scout Troop 41020, plus Face Painting sponsored by Costco. Plus the Riverside Arts Weekend (RAW) committee will be on hand to give out some Candy Treats and “Save the Date” reminders. First American Bank – 15 Riverside Rd. – Ring in the Season with the amazing Bell Choir 7 pm - 8 pm and Face Painting 6 pm – 8:30 pm. Pony Rides on Quincy – Across from Jeff’s Auto – See the sights from 4-seat Pony Drawn Carts sponsored by sponsored by Wright Services, Ivins/ Moravecek Funeral Home, LaBarra Restaurant, and Strohecker Insurance. Gaslight Realty – 33 E. Quincy – Put your Holiday Smile on with Face Painting from 6 to 8:30 pm. Higgins Glass Studio – 33 E. Quincy Rd. – 6 pm – 9 pm. Come in and Start Your Holiday Shopping. Quincy Street Distillery – 39 E. Quincy Rd. – That’s the Spirit! Celebrate the Season with Caroling and 19th Century Style Holiday Punch. Skills Tutoring Center – 39 E. Quincy Rd. – Get a Smart Start to the Holiday Season with Candy Canes and Coloring Sheets and do a little shopping with Artisan Soaps and Bath Bombs by Wanderlust and one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted Jewelry by Isabella Jewelry. Plus a Holiday Raffle with a chance to win a $250 Tutoring Certificate, Soap Set or a Unique Piece of Jewelry.

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Riverside Arts Center – 32 E. Quincy – Visit our Holiday Gift Shop for a special something that is creatively unique. Jeff’s Auto and Truck Repair – 20 E. Quincy – See a Stroll Event that’s a cut above... Northern Exposure Extreme Wood Carving and Ice Sculpturing by Johnson Studios. Friend Investment Group Inc. – 12 E. Quincy Rd. – Open House Holiday Party. Colorsmith Stained Glass Studio – 8 E. Quincy – Open House – Hot Cider and Cookies, and a Stained Glass Demonstration. Flur Bakery – 1 Riverside Rd. – Stop in and Shop for some Tasty Holiday Treats while you enjoy our Holiday Musical Entertainment. Arcade Building Lobby – 1 Riverside Rd. – Meet your Local Reps Senator Steven Landek and Representative Mike Zalewski. They will be handing out Holiday Treats. And Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity will be fund raising and Showing Classic Holiday Movies: 6:45 - A Charlie Brown Christmas, 7:30 Frosty the Snowman, 8:15 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Riverside Plumbing, Heating and Cooling – 3 Longcommon Rd. – Warm up at their Open House. Pre-Hop Cleaners – 9 Longcommon – Face Painting by Rosie the Elf. Empanadus – 7 E. Burlington – Meet the Empanada for Holiday Treats and Promotions. Burlington Realty – 21 E. Burlington – See famous balloon maker Tommy Twister Perform his Balloon Magic. Landmark Kitchen Design – 39 E. Burlington – Visit our recently updated showroom and enjoy Wine, Grappa and NEW Cream Limoncello Tasting featuring Pisoni Organic Wines. Athletico – 51 E. Burlington – Kick off a Healthy Holiday Season. Stop by, Meet our staff, and tour our facility. Plus Meet a Pikachu from 6:30 to 8:30 pm!

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Comic Collector – 3246 S. Harlem Ave. – Meet Captain America! 6-8 pm St. Mary’s – 97 Herrick Rd. – Mingle, Jingle & Shop – One of a Kind Gifts and Vintage Treasures. Salon D’Amore – 52 E. Burlington – Come and Enjoy the Live Atristic Music of Matthew Scharpf. Riverside Foods – 48 E. Burlington – Adult Baby Sitting… Beer, Wine and Open Tent. Horse Drawn Rides – will start at Riverside Foods. Sponsored by the Chew Chew, Sawmilly, and State Farm Insurance/Denny Georgopulos. Shamrock Garden Florist – 18 E. Burlington – Light Refreshments and Holiday Music. Place your orders for Christmas arrangements. Arcade Jewelers – 16 E. Burlington – Get that special someone a Beautiful Gift to Remember... Vintage Jewelry from Arcade Jewelers, Unique Clothing by Etcetera, and Creative, Deck-Those-Dolls Gifts by Karen Mitchell.

• Place Your Order for Holiday Treats at Aunt Diana’s Candy Maker. • Enjoy the Chicago Metro Chorus “Strolling Carolers” as they spread holiday cheer singing their way through downtown Riverside. • A Courtesy Trolley will run from downtown Riverside to Harlem Avenue from 5:30pm - 9pm. The Trolley will pickup at various locations, sponsored by H & W Ingredients. • And, A Special Thanks to the following for their donations to this Special Event… • Ralph O’Donnell Family • Brian Brennan Family • Riverside Swim Club • Joseph Dvorak Family • Matt Connelly Family • Senator Steven Landek

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William Shotola, 88

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James Sullivan, 80

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AT&T technician

Coached World Series softball team

William Shotola, 88, of Elmhurst and formerly of LaGrange Park, died on Nov. 22, 2016. He was born on November 7, 1928 and served in the U.S. Army. He was the former owner of Shotola’s Certified Foods in Berwyn. Mr. Shotola is survived by his wife, Dorothy Shotola (nee Silhan); his children, Carol (Jim) Cermak WILLIAM SHOTOLA and Diane (Edward) Zanghi; his grandchildren, Christa Scott, Sandra (Rich) Munizzo, Jeanine (Bill) Schmidt and Elyse (Galen) Lundin; his great-grandchildren, Hannah Scott, Max Scott, Tommy Munizzo, Gianna Munizzo, Olivia Schmidt and Mila Schmidt; his niece, Susan (Eugene) Erisman; and his nephews, Steven (Pam) Shotola and Scott (Kim) Shotola. Services have been held. Interment was private. Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.

Daniel M. Gonzalez, of Brookfield, died on Nov. 23, 2016 at Loyola University medical Center in Maywood, on his 56th birthday. Born in Chicago, Daniel was retired from his job as DANIEL GONZALEZ a technician for AT&T. Mr. Gonzalez is survived by his wife Maria (nee Lopez); his children, Clarissa (Akaxe Gomez) Gonzalez, Monica Gonzalez and Daniel Gonzalez; his siblings, Mary Naomi-Vela, Marcos David (late Vicki), Jaime (Judy), Javier (Hilda), Elizabeth (Gil) Barreto and Bertha Eunice; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Marcos and Bertha Gonzalez. Services have been held. Interment was at Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park. Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, North Riverside, handled arrangements.

James P. “Sully” Sullivan, 80, of Westchester and formerly of Brookfield, died on Nov. 23, 2016. He was born on March 17, 1936, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked as a maintenance manager for a transJAMES SULLIVAN portation company, and was well-known locally as the head coach of the Brookfield National Little League softball teams that played in – and won -- the 1985 Little League World Series. Mr. Sullivan is survived by siblings, Dennis (Gwen) Sullivan, Mary (John) Maher, Joan (John) Miller, Daniel (Mary Margaret) Hull, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen Sullivan (nee Chambers); his daughter, Kellie Sullivan; and his brother, Edward (the late Barbara) Sullivan. A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 29 at St. Louise de Marillac Church in LaGrange Park, followed by interment at Queen of

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Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Memorial donations are appreciated to St. Barbara Food Pantry, 9300 47th St., Brookfield, 60513. Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.

Bernard Klimas, 83 Longtime NHL official scorer Bernard J. “Bernie” Klimas, 83, a 47-year resident of North Riverside, died on Nov. 23, 2016 at Cantata Adult Living Services in Brookfield. He was born on Jan. 7, 1933 in Chicago and served 12 years in the U.S. Naval Air Reserve. He was a retired insurance adjuster and was an official scorer with the National Hockey League and worked for the Chicago Blackhawks for more than 30 years. Mr. Klimas is survived by his wife Arlene (nee Shubert); his sisters-in-law Beverly Shubert and Dorothy (Robert) Hovan; and his nephews, Jason and Alex. Visitation is Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9:30 a.m. followed directly by funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Mater Christi Church in North Riverside. Interment is at Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park. Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, North Riverside, handled arrangements.

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states have up to four years to initiate an audit. Most experts recommend keeping returns and supporting documents for at least five years. Warning: the IRS has up to six years to snoop around if you’ve neglected to report more than 25 percent of your income. Also, keep records showing the basis of real estate, stocks and such, plus Form 8606 documenting nondeductible IRAs.

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NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX INCREASE FOR RIVERSIDE BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 208 I. A public hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy increase for Riverside Brookfield Township High School District 208, Cook County, Illinois for 2016 will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 201 of the high school at 160 Ridgewood Road, Riverside, IL 60546. Any person desiring to appear at the public hearing and present testimony to the taxing district may contact Scott Beranek, Chief Financial Officer, Riverside Brookfield Township High School, 160 Ridgewood Road, Riverside, Illinois, telephone number 708-442-7500. II. The corporate and special purpose property taxes extended for 2015 were $19,452,010. The proposed corporate and special purpose property taxes to be levied for 2016 are $19,820,276. This represents a 1.9% increase over the previous year. III. The property taxes extended for debt service and public building commission leases for 2015 were $4,408,194. The estimated property taxes to be levied for debt service and public building commission leases for 2016 are $5,206,525. This represents a 18.1% increase over the previous year. IV. The total property taxes extended for 2015 were $23,860,204. The estimated total property taxes to be levied for 2016 are $25,026,801. This represents a 4.9% increase over the previous year. All hearings shall be open to the public. The corporate authority of the taxing district must explain the reasons for the proposed levy and shall permit persons desiring to be heard an opportunity to present testimony within reasonable time limits as the authority determines.

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NOTICE OF THE PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX INCREASE FOR THE VILLAGE OF BROOKFIELD, COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS I.

A public hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy increase for the Village of Brookfield for 2016 will be held on December 12, 2016, at 6:15 p.m. at the Edward Barcal Hall in the Municipal Building of the Village of Brookfield, 8820 Brookfield Avenue, Brookfield, Illinois 60513. Any person desiring to appear at the public hearing and present testimony to the taxing district may contact Brigid Weber, Village Clerk, 8820 Brookfield Avenue, Brookfield, Illinois 60513, (708) 485-7344.

II. The corporate and special purpose property taxes extended or abated for 2015 were $10,176,806. The proposed corporate and special purpose property taxes to be levied for 2016 are $10,606,474. This represents a 4.222% increase over the previous year. III. The property taxes extended for debt service and public building commission leases for 2015 were $1,436,703. The estimated property taxes to be levied for debt service and public building commission leases for 2016 are $2,729,803. This represents 90.005% increase over the previous year. IV. The total property taxes extended or abated for 2015 were $11,613,509. The estimated total property taxes to be levied for 2016 are $13,336,277. This represents a 14.834% increase over the previous year. NOVEMBER 30, 2016 Riverside Brookfield Landmark

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Host Bulldogs lose to OPRF in final

RBHS wins three games, sets record for 3-pointers (20) in single game at VandeMerkt tourney By MARTY FARMER

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egardless of Saturday’s result in the Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic final, host RiversideBrookfield was going to go out shooting against highly touted Oak Park and River Forest. Why wouldn’t they, considering the Bulldogs made a school-record 20 treys in a win over St. Laurence earlier in the tournament. Unfortunately, the visiting Huskies had plenty of length and athleticism throughout its lineup to bother the Bulldogs’ offensive flow and shooting in the championship game. Employing its “Huskie Havoc” defense, OPRF cruised past RBHS 79-62 Saturday night. “I think we shot the ball extremely well the first three games,” RBHS coach Tom McCloskey said. “We had 16, 20 and 10 3-pointers in those games. We also had a nice comeback against Rich East, battling back from 15 points down. “OPRF is a really good team. We didn’t match up very well against them. Congratulations to them for playing very well and going 4-0 for the week.” OPRF senior forward Jared Scott (24 points, 9 rebounds) set the tone early, scoring the Huskies’ first seven points. He added a 3-pointer and post up basket to power OPRF to a 17-12 lead after one quarter “I’m glad we’re gelling this early in the season,” Scott said. “We believe in each other. Our defense was great against RB. We like to push the ball, but we also can play offense in the half court and be patient, smart with our possessions.” Midway through the second quarter, the 6-foot-6, 210-pound Scott threw down a twohanded dunk to cap off a 13-2 run, which extended the Huskies’ lead to 32-17. RBHS senior center Calvell Randall played well in the paint, scoring nine of his 11 points in the second half to keep the Bulldogs within striking distance at 36-25. The Bulldogs’ only lead of the game occurred on senior swingman Jalen Brooks’ layup to go up 6-4. The teams also tied twice, but OPRF essentially controlled the game

such phenomenal shooters. We had to make sure to chase them off the 3-point line.”

Bulldogs set shooting record Despite the disappointing loss in the finals, the Bulldogs played well overall at their season-opening home tourney. In fact, RBHS won in a variety of ways to punch its ticket to the championship game. Trailing Rich East by as many as 15 points in the first half, the Bulldogs bounced back for a 74-71 comeback victory. Trelenberg and Clanton finished with 20 points apiece and Clanton contributed 17 points and eight assists. The Bulldogs’ best performance was the aforementioned 85-56 win against St. Laurence. RBHS made a school record 20 3-pointers (breaking the previous record of 19 in 2009) en route to an impressive victory against the Vikings. Trelenberg (19 points, 6 assists), Clanton (18 points, 6 assists) and Ryan Cicenas (15 points, 5 assists), collectively, accounted for 16 treys. Randall chipped in nine points and eight rebounds. The Bulldogs defeated Rich Central 89-72 in their tourney opener as Clanton turned in a terrific effort with 25 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals, while Cicenas scored 21 and Trelenberg had 18. Randall recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. The VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic all-tourney team includes Trelenberg, Clanton, Scott File photos (MVP), Fuller, Rich Central’s Glen Abram, Rich East’s Antron Jalen Clanton and Henry Trelenberg were selected to Washington and St. Laurence’s the Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic all-tournaJustin Wierzgac. ment team. Calvell Randall (#44) is a solid scorer and “Jalen (Clanton), Henry and rebounder for the Bulldogs’ new-look frontline. Ryan all had good tournament performances,” McCloskey said. from start to finish. “Jalen (Brooks) and Calvell did a sity level. The Bulldogs are undersized as Ignited by three consecutive layups by junice job rebounding for us. The majority of well with only two players 6-4 or taller. nior Isaiah Fuller, OPRF had an 11-6 spurt Conversely, OPRF boasts eight players the team got some good minutes which will to push the lead to 56-42 in the final minute help us moving forward.” who are 6-4 or taller. of the third quarter. The 6-1 guard, who is a Since the tournament’s inception in 2003, The Huskies, who played primarily manvery good passer as well, keep the decision to-man defense, played excellent defense RBHS has won the tournament six times making simple. (2015, 2014, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2003). against RBHS. Up 58-44 entering the fourth, the Huskies RBHS (3-1), which has won 15 straight conSenior forward Jalen Brooks led the Bullbuilt their advantage to 73-50 causing RBHS dogs with 15 points, while senior guards ference championships, opens league play at coach Tom McCloskey to pull his starters Jalen Clanton and Henry Trelenberg scored Immaculate Conception Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 midway through the quarter. 12 apiece. p.m. Led by Jake Vaia, Zach Vaia, Alexander “Our No. 1 goal was to make them count by “This is a huge game coming up against Meindl and Tremaine Conley, the RBHS two not three,” OPRF coach Matt Maloney Immaculate Conception,” McCloskey said. bench has talent albeit unproven at the var- said. “Cicenas, Clanton and Trelenberg are “We need to have a great week of practice.”


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RBHS makes mark at Maine East Invite Hoyd & Bloom plus role players fuel Bulldogs’ 4-1 start By MARTY FARMER Sports Editor

Four-year starting guards Lyndsey Hoyd and Samantha Bloom are known commodities when it comes to scouting the Riverside-Brookfield High School girls basketball team. The talented tandem provides the Bulldogs g with essentially everything including leadership, hip, toughness, scoring, playmaking and defense. Through five games, Bloom is averaging 14.8 points, 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. Hoyd’s numbers are very similar at 12.4 ppg, g, 3.2 apg, and 1.4 rpg. While coach Dallas Till is still figuring uring out the best combinations for the rest of the lineup, neup, the veteran coach is encouraged by what he’s seen five games into the season. RBHS is 4-1 after the Maine Eastt Invite with ample room for growth. “I’m proud about the way we have ave played the first five games,” Till said. “I’m m still assessing our team dynamic at this point oint and roles of our newcomers. Our free throw shooting hooting has been a pleasant surprise. “We need to work on consistency y and rebounding and better efficiency in our halfcourt offense. Till praised Sarah JnoBaptiste,, Maggie Shereck, Maddie Meehan, Coco Murray, urray, Va-

sara Kulbis, Sophia Bolton and Therese Hanley for their contributions this season. Meehan, a sophomore who cracked the starting lineup last season, has been a godsend on the boards for the undersized Bulldogs. She’s pulling down 10.2 rebounds and scoring 6.4 points per game. JnoBaptiste has also played well as a freshman, scoring 6.2 points per game. Shereck and Murray gained valuable experience last year g on the varsity. After a 2-1 start at a the Maine East Invite, RBHS (4-1) picked up a pair of o victories at the tourney last week. The Bulldogs blasted North Chicago 62-27 (Nov. 23) b behind 14 points apiece from Bloom and Hoyd. Meea han excelled on the t boards, with 15 rebounds including nine on the offensive glass. RBHS also earned a 66-46 win against Maine East (Nov. 21). Bloom led aga the victors with 22 points, six assists and three w steals. JnoBaptiste had a breakout game with JnoB 22 points (8-for-17 shooting) and seven rebounds. Hoyd chipped in 10 points and four assists. Meehan finished with six points and 14 rebounds. r Sam The Th Bulldogs also played their cusBloom tomary up-tempo style against Maine tom East with 16 fast break points and 25 E points off turnovers. RBHS hosts its next couple of games, against Wheaton Academy

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RBHS forward Maggie Shereck (#23) has helped stabilize the Bulldogs’ starting lineup. on Thursday, Dec. 1 and Immaculate Conception on Thursday, Dec. 8. Both games tip off at 7 p.m. The team will also be home for Christmas as hosts of the Riverside-Brookfield Holiday Classic, held from Dec. 26Dec. 30. “We love hosting our Christmas tournament,” Till said. “It’s great for our players and fans because everything is so convenient. And the other teams and their fans get to see different opponents. The field of teams is competitive and we hope to play well at our home tournament.”

Trinity takes aim at more success

Led by Lee and Fanning, infusion of new talent has Blazers looking formidable again By LAUREN RECCHIA Contributing Reporter

Courtesy Trinity High School

Trinity’s Lauren Lee (center) is the lone returning starter off last year’s third-place team in the Class 4A state playoffs.

Despite a tumultuous regular season that included Mike Valente replacing Eddie Stritzel who resigned as the head basketball coach at Trinity, the senior-led Blazers put it all together down the stretch. Led by seniors Annie McKenna and Kaitlin Aylward, Trinity (30-6) defeated Whitney Young to finish third in Class 4A last season. While the Blazers return a nice mix of varsity players and promising newcomers, the program was hit with several losses. In addition to McKenna and Aylward, fellow starters Alisa Fallon and Daliyah Brown have transferred out of Trinity. Super sophomore Annie Stritzel has joined her dad, Eddie, who is the head coach at Nazareth. Alyssa Geary and Kennedy Williams have also left Trinity. Nevertheless, Valente is optimistic the Blazers still have plenty of talent to do some major damage. “Last year we knocked on the door, and this year we’re going to kick it in,” Valente said. “That’s our motto this year. We’re planning on big things with this team. We really like our chemistry and our depth, and we’re still young.” Junior guard Lauren Lee, the lone returning starter from last year’s team, is a Division I recruit with tremendous versatility. She can play multiple positions and has a wealth of talent and experience. Other key returners include 6-foot-2 junior center Alex Fanning, senior swingman Sinead Molloy, senior guards Sheahen Dowling, and Emma Hayes. Junior Kelcie Leyden

will also contribute this season for the deep Blazers. “Lee and Fanning are both division one players that have been recruited pretty hard,” Valente said. “Lee will be one of the top players in the state this year. She is a phenomenal defensive player that’s smart and athletic. “Fanning is back on the court after having foot surgery in March. She looks great. She scores really well down low and is a fantastic rebounder.” Immediate contributors are common at Trinity. Valente cited freshmen Dayjah Chmielewski and Zyerra Stafford as particularly promising. “(Chmielewski and Stafford) both played in some big time AAU programs, so they are very experienced coming in,” Valente said. “Stafford is quick and very smart. We’re really excited about her coming in. Chmielewski does a little bit of everything and she plays with a mean streak. “I think both girls will be four-year varsity players. They’ll have their choice where to play in college. We are excited about what they’ll bring to our program.” Trinty lost to Benet Academy 68-51 in the 4A state semifinals last season. Valente and the players believe another deep run in the postseason is possible. “We’re deep and we have a ton of experience,” Valente said. “The thing with Trinity is that we always have great younger players that get a ton of varsity playing time early on. Even though we graduated two outstanding players in Aylward and McKenna, we won’t miss a beat with the girls we have coming in and returning.”


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HEARING DATE: December 15, 2016 TIME: 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the Agenda permits. LOCATION OF HEARING: Room 201 (Council Chambers), Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison Street, Oak Park, Illinois, 60302 APPLICANT(S): John C. Schiess, 400 Ashland Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305 OWNERS OF RECORD: 717 South Boulevard, LLC, 3528 Walnut Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091 SUBJECT PROPERTY ADDRESSES: 715-717 South Boulevard, Oak Park, IL 60302 LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Parcel 1: The North 31 feet of the West 35.55 feet of lot 4 and the North 31 feet of the East 24.45 feet of Lot 5 in Block 3 in Blackstone Addition to Oak Park in the West ½ of the Southeast Âź of Section 7, Township 39 North, Range 13 East of the Third Principal Meridian, In Cook County, Illinois. Parcel 2: The West 35.55 feet of Lot 4 (except the North 31 feet thereof) and the East 24.45 feet of Lot 5 (except the North 31 feet thereof) in Block 3 in Blackstone Addition to Oak Park in the West ½ of the Southeast Âź of Section 7, Township 39 North, Range 13 East of the Third Principal Meridian, In Cook County, Illinois. PINs 16-07400-025 and 16-07-400-026 REQUEST: The Applicant seeks approval of a planned development for a mixed use project consisting of approximately 900 square feet of first floor commercial space, 14 condominium units, and 20 enclosed parking spaces. The applicant is requesting an allowance to increase the building height from 45 feet as required in Section 3.8.1 A(2) of the Zoning Ordinance to a height of 60 feet, an allowance to increase density from the allowed 10 dwelling units as regulated in Section 3.8.1 A(1)b of the Zoning Ordinance to 14 dwelling units, and a request to reduce the number of required parking spaces from 30 as stated in Section 6.2.2(D) of the Zoning Ordinance to 20 parking spaces, but received administrative approval to use the allowed 25% reduction provision which would reduce the request to three (3) parking spaces. Copies of the application and each of the applicable documents are on file and are available for inspection at the Village Hall, Development Customer Services Department, 123 Madison Street, Oak Park, Illinois 60302, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Persons with disabilities planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact the Village Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office at 123 Madison Street, Oak Park, Illinois 60302, or call (708) 358-5670. ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THESE PROCEEDINGS ARE INVITED TO BE HEARD. David Mann, Chairperson OAK PARK PLAN COMMISSION, Sitting as a Zoning Commission Oak Park, Illinois 60302 Published in Wednesday Journal 11/30/2016

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PUBLIC NOTICES PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State,â&#x20AC;? as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County. Registration Number: D16148657 on November 4, 2016. Under the Assumed Business Name of PAPERIKA with the business located at: 14416 S. HARRISON AVENUE UNIT 2, POSEN, IL 60469. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owner(s)/partner(s) is: LAUREN AREBALO 14416 S. HARRISON AVENUE UNIT 2 POSEN, IL 60469. Published in Wednesday Journal 11/16, 11/23, 11/30/2016

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State,â&#x20AC;? as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County. Registration Number D16148718 on November 14, 2016 Under the Assumed Business Name of FRESH SENSATIONS CLEANING SERVICE with the business located at: 4545 S. DREXEL BLVD. #3B CHICAGO, IL 60653. The true and real fulll name(s) and residence address of the owner(s) is: SIMONE THORNTON 4545 S. DREXEL BLVD. #3B CHICAGO, IL 60653. Published in Forest Park Review 11/16, 11/23, 11/30/2016

PUBLIC NOTICE Invitation to Bid The Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 (â&#x20AC;&#x153;the School Districtâ&#x20AC;?) invites the submission of bids from firms (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Biddersâ&#x20AC;?) that wish to provide Fence Padding for Stadium and Practice Field (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Productâ&#x20AC;?) to the School District. The District reserves the right to (i) select one or more Bidders to provide the products outlined herein; (ii) reject any and all bids, including the lowest bids; (iii) to waive immaterial technicalities or minor variances in the bid; and (iv) to accept the bid(s) deemed most favorable to the interest of the District after all bids have been examined and evaluated. The Bid and Exhibits are available for download from the Oak Park and River Forest High School District web site at: 1. www.oprfhs.org 2. Under about us, click on services 3. Then click on Business Office 4. The link for Bids and RFPs will be on the left pane of the page Bidders can attend the Pre-Bid Site Visit held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Park & River Forest High School, 201 N Scoville Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302. Attendees are to gather and obtain ID badges at the Welcome Center located at Scoville Avenue Entrance 4 near Ontario Street. Bid submissions are due by Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM. Bids received prior to the date will be secure until the Bid submission date. Bids are to be submitted electronically using the districts online system that is used to obtain the specifications and documents. Published in Wednesday Journal 11/30/2016

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Chertkow and Chertkow (22019) Attorneys for Petitioner 1525 East 53rd Street Chicago, Illinois 60615 STATE OF ILLINOIS) COUNTY OF COOK )ss Circuit Court of Cook County, County Department, Domestic Relations Division. In re the marriage of Jose G. Torres, Petitioner and Juanita Andrade, Respondent, Case No. 2016D-002033. The requisite affidavit for publication having been filed, notice is hereby given to you, the above named Respondent, that a Petition has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, by the Petitioner, for Dissolution of Marriage and for other relief; and that said suit is now pending. Now, therefore, unless you, the said Respondent, file your response to said Petition or otherwise make your appearance therein, in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Room 802, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, in the City of Chicago, Illinois, on or before January 3, 2017, default may be entered against you at any time after that day, and a judgment for Dissolution of Marriage entered in accordance with the prayer of said Petition. DOROTHY A. BROWN, Clerk. Published in Wednesday Journal 11/30, 12/7, 12/14/2016

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Any individuals or political parties wishing to file nominating petitions for election of offices for Oak Park Township, to be conducted in the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Elections, may do so at the Oak Park Township Hall, 105 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL. Petitions may be filed with Township Clerk Gregory White beginning at 9:00 a.m. Monday, December 12, 2016, through the close of business hours at 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 19, 2016. No petitions may be accepted after that time. Persons having questions regarding the filing of petitions may contact the Township Clerk at 708-383-8005, or the Illinois State Board of Elections at 312-814-6440. Published in Wednesday Journal 11/30/2016

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO BIDDERS Processed USDA Commodity Foods and Selected Commercial Foods The Northern Illinois Independent Purchasing Cooperative will be receiving Offers on its Request for Proposals for: Further processed USDA Commodity Foods and Selected Commercial Foods and for provision of Commercial Equivalents when USDA Entitlement is Exhausted. RFP’s must be received by Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM, in the Business Office, Room 270A, of Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 North Scoville Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois. RFP’s should be placed in a sealed envelope marked:

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The requisite affidavit for publication having been filed, notice is hereby given to you, the above named Respondent, that a Petition has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, by the Petitioner, for Dissolution of Marriage and for other relief; and that said suit is now pending. Now, therefore, unless you, the said Respondent, file your response to said Petition or otherwise make your appearance therein, in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Room 802, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, in the City of Chicago, Illinois, on or before January 3, 2017, default may be entered against you at any time after that day, and a judgment for Dissolution of Marriage entered in accordance with the prayer of said Petition. DOROTHY A. BROWN, Clerk. Published in Wednesday Journal 11/30, 12/7, 12/14/2016

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PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State,” as amended, that a certification was regisered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County. Registration Number: D16148791 on November 22, 2016 Under the Assumed Business Name of BENZKOFER COMMUNICATIONS with the business located at: 201 N HARVEY AVE., OAK PARK, IL 60302. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owner(s)/partner(s) is: STEPHAN BENZKOFER 201 N HARVEY AVE. OAK PARK, IL 60302 Published in Wednesday Journal 11/30, 12/7, 12/14/2016

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION NRPL TRUST 2015-2 MORTGAGE-BACKED NOTES SERIES 2015-2, BY WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTINA TRUST, AS INDENTURED TRUSTEE Plaintiff, -v.ALAN M. GLAVANOVITS, ALEGNA COURT CONDOMINIUMS, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 16 CH 002470 1209 N. HARLEM AVENUE UNIT #8 OAK PARK, IL 60302 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on September 20, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on December 22, 2016, at The

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Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive–24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 1209 N. HARLEM AVENUE UNIT #8, OAK PARK, IL 60302 Property Index No. 16-06-120-044-1006. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook

County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 1416-00154. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-16-00154 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 16 CH 002470 TJSC#: 36-12701 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I707555

the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real estate: P.I.N. 16-07-323-055-1020. Commonly known as 1041 Susan Collins Lane, Unit 505, Oak Park, Illinois 60302. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a condominium residence. The purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by subdivisions (g) (1) and (g)(4) of Section 9 of the Condominium Property Act Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. For information call The Sales Department at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Anselmo Lindberg Oliver LLC, 1771 West Diehl Road, Naperville, Illinois 60563-1890. (630) 4536960. For Bidding instructions visit www.fal-illinois.com 24 hours prior to sale. F13020314 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

655 SOUTH BOULEVARD CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.; TD AUTO FINANCE LLC F/K/A DIAMLERCHRYSLER FINANCIAL SERVICES AMERICAS LLC D/B/A CHRYSLER FINANCIAL; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF TEODORA AGUILAR IF ANY; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; Defendants, 15 CH 2853 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Friday, December 16, 2016 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real estate: P.I.N. 16-07-401-030-1007. Commonly known as 655 South Boulevard, Unit 301 North, Oak Park, IL 60302. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a condominium residence. The purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by subdivisions (g) (1) and (g)(4) of Section 9 of the Condominium Property Act Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. For information call the Sales Clerk at Plaintiff’s Attorney, The Wirbicki Law Group, 33 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603. (312) 3609455 WA14-0494. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT–CHANCERY DIVISION GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, Plaintiff, -v.MATTIE BURRELL, MARCUS BURRELL, GENERAL ELECTRIC CAPITAL CORPORATION, DELL FINANCIAL SERVICES LLC, 320 N. AUSTIN CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 14 CH 18854 320 N. AUSTIN BLVD., APT. 1 Oak Park, IL 60302 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on January 14, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on December 15, 2016, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive–24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 320 N. AUSTIN BLVD., APT. 1, Oak Park, IL 60302 Property Index No. 16-08-305-025-1001 VOL. 142. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $69,522.88. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS”

condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/ 9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact Plaintiff’s attorney: JOHNSON, BLUMBERG & ASSOCIATES, LLC, 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1125, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 541-9710 Please refer to file number 14-0832. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. JOHNSON, BLUMBERG & ASSOCIATES, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1125 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 541-9710 E-Mail: ilpleadings@johnsonblumberg.com Attorney File No. 14-0832 Attorney Code. 40342 Case Number: 14 CH 18854 TJSC#: 36-13066 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect

a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I707839

to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-13-22714. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650

(312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@ il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-13-22714 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 14 CH 000292 TJSC#: 36-13141 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I708078

twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-15-09789. THE

JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@ il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-15-09789 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 15 CH 009679 TJSC#: 36-12160 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I708371

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO WILMINGTON TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR STRUCTURED ASSET INVESTMENT LOAN TRUST MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-1 Plaintiff, -v.ELIZABETH L. PURNELL, KENNETH PURNELL JR. A/K/A KENNETH PURNELL, STATE OF ILLINOIS, CITY OF CHICAGO Defendants 14 CH 000292 110 S. HUMPHREY AVENUE OAK PARK, IL 60302 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 2, 2015, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on January 4, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive–24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 110 S. HUMPHREY AVENUE, OAK PARK, IL 60302 Property Index No. 16-08-305-003-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT– CHANCERY DIVISION CAPITAL ONE, N.A. SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO ING BANK, FSB Plaintiff, -v.STEVEN C. RUECKERT, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. Defendants 15 CH 009679 1323 ASHLAND AVENUE RIVER FOREST, IL 60305 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on October 4, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on January 6, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive–24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 1323 ASHLAND AVENUE, RIVER FOREST, IL 60305 Property Index No. 15-01-113-006-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within

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