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Life without screens Mokena Community

Park District unveils Unplug Mokena campaign, Page 4

And the winner is... 22CM takes home 16

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Study time D161 board authorizes plan to

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THURSDAY

Story Time in the Park

10-10:45 a.m. June

20, Mokena Community

Public Library District,

111327 W. 195th St. in

Mokena. Join the Mokena

Community Public Library

District for some fun in the

sun as we go mobile and

take our stories to the park.

Our story hour will meet

at the library and walk to

Willowview Park for some

morning sunshine, stories

and playtime. Parents and

caregivers must accompany

their children. Bring

a blanket to sit on and enjoy

the fresh air. Ages 3-9

years old are welcome to

attend. In order to attend

all summer events, children

must also sign up for

our summer read program.

Stop in at the children’s

desk to register for summer

read any time from

June 7- July 30.

Mokena Park’s Music in

the Park

7 p.m., June 20, Yunker

Farm Bandshell, 10824 W.

LaPorte Road in Mokena.

Join Mokena Community

Park District for an outdoor

concert featuring The

Walk-Ins. For more information,

visit mokenapark.

com.

SATURDAY

Create with Legos at the

Library

10:30-11:15 a.m. June

22, Mokena Community

Public Library District,

111327 W. 195th St. in

Mokena. Get ready to

have an awesome morning

at the Mokena Community

Public Library

District. It is make and

take Lego Day. Bring a

friend to share and create a

fun Lego design. Limit of

25 participants. Ages 3-9

years old. To register, call

(708) 479-9663 or register

on our events calendar at

mokenalibrary.org.

Monday

Unscrupulous Individuals

and How to Avoid Them

6:30-8:30 p.m., June 24,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St., Mokena. Join

the Mokena Community

Public Library District for

an educational program

about strategies for seniors

and their families on how

to avoid financial exploitation

scams aimed at elders.

Today’s seniors are

at greater risk than ever

before to be taken advantage

of by unscrupulous

individuals. These exploitations

can include: charity

scams, prize and sweepstakes

scams, predatory

lending policies, counterfeit

dug scams, Medicare

discount cards scams, and

dreaded sales calls. This

presentation will provide

you with tips on how to

spot a scam and what you

can do if you think you

have been the target of an

unscrupulous individual.

To register, call (708) 479-

9663 or register on our

events calendar at moke

nalibrary.org.

Village Board Meeting

7 p.m. June 24, Village

Hall 11004 Carpenter St.

in Mokena. For more information,

visit mokena.

org.

Wednesday

Mokena Park District

Foundation Golf Outing

11 a.m. check in, 1 p.m.

shotgun start, 5:30 p.m.

dinner, The Sanctuary

Golf Course, 485 N. Marley

Road in New Lenox.

Mokena Community Park

District Foundation sixth

annual golf outing. Single

player $130, or foursome

$520. Fee includes golf,

carts, lunch, beverages

on course, dinner (open

bar). Dinner only attendee

$50 per person. Become

a sponsor. Hole Sponsor:

$150/each. Flag Sponsor:

$250/each. Beverage Cart

Sponsor: $500. Lunch

Sponsor: $500. Dinner

Sponsor: $500. For more

information, contact Mike

Selep at (708) 390-2410,

mselep@mokenapark.

com, or mokenapark.com.

UPCOMING

I pledge for Ice Cream

11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 27,

The Creamery, 19100 Wolf

Road in Mokena. Children

12 years and younger who

can recite the Pledge of

Allegiance by memory can

receive a free kid cone.

Free movie in the park

8:15 p.m. June 27, Yunker

Park, 10824 W. LaPorte

Road in Mokena. Mokena

Community Park District

will show “Mary Poppins

Returns.” Rain date is July

2. Visit mokenapark.com

for more information.

LincolnWay Foundation’s

SummerFest

6 p.m. June 28, CD &

ME, 23320 S. LaGrange

Road in Frankfort. This

year’s event features Chicago-based

cover band

Maggie Speaks and opening

band CK and the Gray.

Tickets are $30 tickets and

are available for purchase

at CD & ME, Ticketmaster

or any main office of

the three Lincoln-Way

schools. Tickets can also

be purchased at the door

for $35. Tickets include

music, heavy appetizers

by Gatto’s Italian Restaurant

& Bar, plus access to

raffles/prizes. Desserts by

Nothing Bundt Cakes will

be available for purchase

with profits split with the

Foundation. Proceeds

from this event help fund

scholarships as well as

grant requests for educational

enhancements made

on behalf of the students at

Lincoln-Way Community

High School District 210.

This rain or shine event is

for ages 21 and older. For

event information, tickets,

table reservations and

sponsorship opportunities,

visit lincolnwaysummer

fest.com, or call Executive

Director Bob Kennedy at

(815) 462-2976.

ONGOING

Kindergarten Registration

Drive

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Ongoing.

District Administrative

Center, 20100 South

Spruce Drive in Frankfort.

Summit Hill School

District’s 2019-20 kindergarten

registration drive

continues. Parents may

access studentregistration.

org to review the checklist

of documents needed

for registration. Parents

have the option of enrolling

their kindergartener in

the extended day program

or the half-day program.

Registration fee for extended

day is $150. Registration

fee for half day is

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Mokena Fire Protection

CPR Class

6-9:30 p.m. Ongoing.

Mokena Fire Station 1,

19853 S. Wolf Road,

Moknea. The Mokena

Fire Protection District

offers monthly CPR

classes for the public.

Students are instructed

in adult, child and infant

CPR and AED. The cost

of the class is $35 for

Community CPR and $40

Healthcare CPR. Register

for specific dates at moke

nafire.org.

Lincoln-Way Toastmasters

7:30 p.m. Thursdays,

Frankfort Village Hall,

432 Nebraska Street,

Frankfort. Meets the 1st

and 3rd Thursday of each

month. Toastmasters is a

community based organization

whose primarily

goal is to help people

overcome their fear of

public speaking while

also developing leadership

skills.

3D Printer Class

10-11 a.m. every third

Saturday of the month,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St. Visit the YA

Computer Lab to create

3-D nameplates with our

Makerbot 2x 3-D Printer.

Call (708) 479-9663 for

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Horses bring families together at Nova

Yasmeen Sheikah

Freelance Reporter

Families were saddled up and

ready to ride on Saturday, June

15, at Nova Quarter Horses. The

Ranch held its annual “horsing

around” event in honor of Father’s

Day.

Families had the opportunity

to have an hour-long riding lesson

to get up close and personal

with the horses. Other activities

at the event included take home

crafts, pictures with the horses,

grooming horses and touring the

barn.

The property is owned by

Lorri and Sam Ebeling, who

were unable to attend the event

this year. The owners have been

on the Mokena property for 25

years and counting. “Horsing

around” has been an annual

event for 15 years and is one

that it celebrated for Mother’s

Day, as well.

Stepping in for the Ebelings

was Pam Ensley, who has been

involved in the event for quite

some time.

“This is such a family-friendly

event that kids can come to with

their dads to create memories together,”

Ensley said.

Ensley added that some of the

children had been riding on the

ranch for years and bring their

dads with them to learn how to

ride themselves.

“It’s something the kids can

do, rather than going to a restaurant,

that is still celebrating

dads,” Ensley said.

Jen Winefka, Frankfort Square

resident, said that the event is

something the children always

look forward to.

“It’s an awesome experience

that allows kids to be hands-on

with horses and other animals,”

Winefka said. “We offer many

summer camp options and riding

lessons, as well.”

Some parents had a rocky

start getting on the horses, but

their children were there to

support them, such as Brandon

Cisasik and his daughter Brooklynn.

“She’s been riding here for

years and comes multiple times

a week, and she helps out with

grooming the horses and showing

other people how to ride, as

well,” Brandon said.

Brandon said that Brooklynn

has changed a lot since coming

in for lessons.

“She even helps me out by

showing me how to ride. Her

whole attitude changed since she

started here, and we will continue

coming of future events, as

well.”

Abigail Tabor, 8, of Lockport, grooms a horse at Nova Quarter

Horses’ Father’s Day event, Saturday, June 15. Yasmeen

Sheikah/22nd Century Media

Brooklynn said she loves

the horses and encourages

everyone to try and

come out and experience the

ride.

Other families were emotional

while talking about their love

for Nova Quarter Horses. Mike

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Park District rolls out ‘Unplug Mokena’ campaign

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Mokena Community

Park District wants residents

to disconnect from

the digital and power up

for playtime this summer

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more time experiencing

the great outdoors that is,

frequently, right in their

own backyards.

It’s all part of the park

district’s “Unplug Mokena”

campaign this summer.

The topic was featured

at Mokena Chamber

of Commerce’s monthly

meeting June 11.

Mike Selep, the park

district’s executive director,

said residents should

put away their phones,

step away from the computers

and laptops, turn off

the gaming systems, and

ask themselves, “What’s

one thing you really liked

to do as a kid?” and then

go do it.

“The thing that I think

we have the biggest challenges

with is that we sit.

We sit a lot,” Selep said.

“We sit at our desks. We sit

at our computers. We sit at

home and watch TV. We’re

not really up and about as

much as we used to be.”

Selep cited the national

rise in obesity and the

health risks associated

with it as the main danger

in not spending 30 minutes

a day of moderate activity,

such as taking a walk in

the park, taking one’s children

or grandchildren to

the playground and engaging

in some playtime with

them, or getting together

with friends for a round

of disc golf or some other

light sporting activity.

The park district has a

full lineup of summer activities

planned for the Village.

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NOVA

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Ochs and his daughter

Emma live in Aurora but

have been coming out to

the barn for years since it

has such a dear place in

their hearts.

“My daughter is 9 years

old, and she has been riding

horses for years. We

drive about 45 minutes at

least twice a week after

school,” Mike said. “People

ask why we come so

far out here when there

are plenty of places

similar near Aurora, and

the answer is we did,

but they’re not like this

one.”

The Ochs’s previously

used to attend a Plainfield

location until it caught fire

and 18 horses, including

the one Emma would ride,

did not make it.

“After the fire, Emma

and I were devastated

and did not even know

what to say to the owners

who had become family,”

Ochs said, wiping tears

from his eyes. “Lorri and

Sam were so welcoming

and told us to bring

Emma back here to ride

again. I’m so glad we did

because there truly is no

place like this one, and it

is worth the travel.”


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Investigative, sports reporting among 22CM’s 16 national awards

Staff Report

From an “inspirational”

obituary to “engaging”

breaking news to a “haunting”

and “exceptional” investigation,

22nd Century

Media publications earned

a company-record 16

awards for journalistic excellence

from the National

Newspaper Association.

It is the seventh year of

national competition for

22nd Century Media, parent

company of The Mokena

Messenger, and the 16

awards top the company’s

previous high of 14 (2015).

The National Newspaper

Association boasts more

than 2,000 members, and

And the winners are ...

List and details of the 16 national awards for 22nd Century Media

this year, its annual Better

Newspaper Contest welcomed

more than 1,300

entries from 36 states.

Winners in the competition,

judged by esteemed

journalists from across the

country, will be honored at

an Oct. 5 banquet in Milwaukee.

Of the 16 awards won by

22nd Century Media, two

were first-place and seven

were second-place honors.

22CM also earned three

third-place nods, and four

were honorable mention.

The Homer Horizon, the

first newspaper launched

by 22nd Century Media,

earned both first-place

awards: one for a feature

written by Editor Tom Czaja

and the other for an investigative

piece produced

by a team of reporters.

Four of the honors went

to The Orland Park Prairie,

which was recognized

for two editorials by Managing

Editor Bill Jones,

a sports column by Jeff

Vorva and an obituary tribute

by reporter Meredith

Dobes.

Other awards were won

by: The Tinley Junction (a

review and a sports feature

each by Sports Editor Jeff

Vorva), The Lockport Legend

(sports story by Editor

Max Lapthorne), The

Frankfort Station (sports

photo by Julie McMann).

Paper Category Author(s) Description of work

The Homer Horizon Investigative Story Max Lapthorne, • Report from a four-month investigation on a former Lockport Township

Thomas Czaja,

High School student who said she was sexually abused by her teacher

Joe Coughlin

The Homer Horizon Feature Story Thomas Czaja • Exploratory profile of a religious icon that appears as if it is crying

Malibu Surfside News Breaking News Lauren Coughlin, • In-depth coverage of a disastrous and deadly wildfire

Joe Coughlin, Bill Jones,

Barbara Burke

Malibu Surfside News Sports Story Chris Megginson • Recap of Olympic bobsledder Lauren Gibbs’ silver-medal performance at

the 2018 Winter Olympics

Malibu Surfside News Feature Story Lauren Coughlin • In-depth look at the disappearance and search for Elaine Park,

one year after she went missing

The Orland Park Prairie Sports Column Jeff Vorva • Local angle on a historic high school football win by Brother Rice

The Orland Park Prairie Editorial Bill Jones • 1. A rallying cry to push voters to the polls, and 2. How some missed

the point of a student walkout

The Orland Park Prairie Obituary Tribute Meredith Dobes • Honoring the life of a local Congressional Medal of Honor recipient

The Tinley Junction Review Jeff Vorva • Recap of a head-banging show by Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson

The Tinley Junction Sports Feature Jeff Vorva • Story of a senior resident running a race just months after a heart attack

The Northbrook Tower Education/Literacy Story Martin Carlino • The stories of a high school’s walkout and a district’s handling of the walkouts

The Northbrook Tower Sports Feature Martin Carlino • Profile of pitcher Michael Oh, who after two surgeries was back on the mound

The Northbrook Tower Sports Story Michal Dwojak • Looking at the career, influence of Hall-of-Fame basketball coach David Weber

The Lockport Legend Sports Story Max Lapthorne • Report on a youth baseball team’s blow-torch- and triple-play-aided victory

The Frankfort Station Sports Photo Julie McMann • Cover photo of leaping, horizontal touchdown catch by football star AJ Henning

Mokena Village Board

‘Conservative’ budgeting pays off for 2020

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

The Village of Mokena

Board of Trustees moved

a step closer to adopting

its fiscal year 2020 budget

June 10, when staff

presented the preliminary

draft during a work session.

According to the budget

presentation that was

given by Village Administrator

John Tomasoski,

total anticipated revenue

for the FY 2020 budget

would be in an amount of

$27,937,909, an increase

of about 2.14 percent from

the FY 2019 budget. An-

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Round it up

A brief look at other items discussed at the June 10 Mokena Village Board

meeting.

• As part of the consent agenda, the trustees voted 6-0 to repeal the Village’s

previously adopted prevailing rate of wage ordinance, as the Illinois Department

of Labor will now be tasked with handling it.

• Trustees also voted 6-0 to approve the appointment of Ryan Petrow, an

employee of the Village since 2007, to the position of wastewater plant and

water operator.

• During the work session that followed the regular meeting, the Village Board

heard about a proposed amendment to the Village’s tobacco ordinance that

will raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21. This will be done

to conform to Illinois Public Act 101-002, which will become effective on July 1.

Among other things, the new law defines electronic cigarettes.


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Summit Hill D161 Board of Education

Study for K-12 district gets green light

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

After nearly an hour of

debate, Summit Hill D161

Board of Education voted

6-1 to go ahead with a feasibility

study that could

put the district on a path to

secede from Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210 and create its

own K-12 district.

Board member Joy Murphy

cast the lone dissenting

vote.

The vote authorizes the

Unit District Feasibility

Committee to begin negotiations

and sign a contract

with District Leadership

Solutions LLC in

an amount not to exceed

$35,000 for Phase 1 of the

group’s proposal.

Phase 1 will consist of

four parts: a student enrollment

study, which will

examine issues surrounding

facility usage, staffing,

curriculum offerings, State

aid and facility planning;

an examination of the overall

tax impact that will assess

issues of debt, provide

a comparison of financial

profiles for each district,

estimate tax rates for each

district, provide five-year

financial projections and

examine fund balances; an

examination of the tax impact

on providing a baseline

high school experience

to that of D210, including

curriculum and extracurricular

opportunities for

students; and an examination

of the final tax impact

on D161, including the purchase

of the currently underused

Lincoln-Way North

building.

The first two parts are

expected to be completed

by Sept. 30. It’s anticipated

that the second two

parts will be presented by

Nov. 1.

Board President Rich

Marron said that, in addition

to the many public

comments the committee

heard at its June 5 meeting,

the board received

169 emails in favor of going

forward with the study,

as opposed to 13 against.

“A count of 169 is what

it is, but I can tell you that

in my six years that is the

most emails we have ever

gotten on a topic,” Marron

said.

Murphy said she would

rather see the funds to be

used on the study come

from community fundraising,

rather than through

the district’s funds.

“As much as I do agree

with a [feasibility] study,

I’m so apprehensive to

spend the current students

money for the study,”

Murphy said. “The enrollment

study I’m 100 percent

for. The other three

[parts of Phase 1] — I

suggest, I will work hard,

I will do whatever it takes,

but I would love to see that

money being raised by a

group of people who live

in the community.”

But Marron countered

that the money had already

been raised by the community

in the form of taxes

that individuals pay to the

district.

“I think that what is

forgotten here in the proposal

that was thrown out

to say that people within

the district should raise the

money, they have; this is

their money,” Marron said.

“To say that we should ask

Round it up

A brief recap of other items discussed at the June

12 D161 School Board meeting

• The board voted 7-0 to approve a contract to TIRA

Architecture for a 10-year life safety survey of Hilda

Walker Elementary School and Summit Hill Junior

High in the amount of $18,271.68.

• The board voted 7-0 to approve the

intergovernmental agreement with Union School

District 81 for lunch program services.

• In another 7-0 vote, the board approved a

resolution to declare unneeded items as surplus.

• The board set eighth grade graduation for May

29, 2020, with the caveat that the date may shift

to accommodate the number of snow days used in

2019-20.

someone to raise money if

they wish to control how it

is spent, that is why we’re

elected to represent them,

and this is everyone’s

money.”

Murphy went on to say

that she had a conversation

with LW D210 Superintendent

Scott Tingley that

raised additional concerns.

“[Tingley] told me that

Mokena, Manhattan, Frankfort

and New Lenox will not

vote for this,” Murphy said.

When asked after the

meeting, Tingley said that

he told Murphy that a referendum

to split D161

from D210 would be “difficult”

because the end

result would be that D210

would be forced to close

one of its remaining three

schools if it were to lose

the revenue and population

that D161 would take with

it in a split.

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Tomasoski said.

He noted that the FY

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work to contractors

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into the FY 2021 budget.

The Village anticipates

opening the budget year

with an operating fund

balance of $55,701,244

and finishing the budget

year with a fund balance

of $54,029,788.

Tomasoski said staff expects

that at the end of FY

2019 the Village will be

able to transfer an approximately

$3.325 million surplus

fund balance to the

capital infrastructure fund

for the FY 2020 budget.

In the general fund, the FY

2020 budget projects revenues

at $11.29 million and

expenditures of approximately

$10.5 million.

Tomasoski also noted

some key points regarding

the general fund.

“No. 1, we do project

minimal sales tax growth

in fiscal year ‘20 and have

planned for it,” Tomasoski

said. “No. 2, I know it has

been the long-serving history

here of the Village to

have that very conservative

fashion when it comes

to budgeting. It’s always

important. Politics aside,

where the State is headed

and where this budget

is and what it’s going to

mean to not only us but

other municipalities going

forward, I think you can

make a strong argument

that [this conservative approach]

is as important as

ever.”

Tomasoski said the

Village also is “risk-protected”

with its projected

end-of-year FY 2020 general

fund balance sitting at

about $3.64 million.

“It’s [the] seventh consecutive

year of net positive

operating results,” Tomasoski

added.

Tomasoski noted the

continued reductions in

State-shared revenue,

pointing out that the Village

anticipates it will

lose about $100,000 from

the local government distributive

fund and approximately

$37,781 from the

half-percent sales tax administration

fee.

“Unfortunately, it was

not discussed a lot when

you go through the budget

presentation with the State,

but their actions will lose

us an anticipated $138,000

for [FY 2020].”

Tomasoski said the

plan is for the budget to

be voted on for approval

at the June 24 board

meeting. There would be

two recommended transfers

from the surplus —

$325,000 to the water

operating fund and the $3

million to the capital fund

— as well as approval of

FY 2019 budget amendments.

After the budget presentation,

Trustee Joseph

Budzyn expressed dissatisfaction

with the process.

“We’ve had a few presentations,

and they are

sort of canned, 15-minute

presentations leading up

to this point, but there has

never been an opportunity

to really discuss things,”

he said. “I see nothing in

the budget where we’re

setting aside for capital

improvements.”

Budzyn said the Village

has a “woefully inadequate”

police facility, as stated by

a 2007 consultant’s report,

and wanted to know when

those long-range plans

could be discussed.

Further discussion about

the FY 2020 budget is expected

to be part of the

board’s June 24 meeting.


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FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

TPHS students, teachers

moved by promise-keeping

initiative

Back in March, fellow

teachers Maureen Koce

and Rebecca Haustein attended

a conference and

walked away so inspired,

they returned to Tinley

Park High with a simplebut-radical

idea: Getting

students and teachers to

make promises — and

keep them.

The duo, along with an

enthusiastic group of about

10 students, started the

school’s Because I Said

I Would program with

the goal of improving the

school, one promise at a

time.

Because I Said I Would

is an international nonprofit

with a straightforwardyet-profound

mission: Improving

humanity through

accountability. The organization

was started by Alex

Sheen in 2012 after he delivered

the eulogy for his

father, a man known for

keeping his word.

Sheen, on that day,

handed out for the first

time what went on to become

known as Promise

Cards — little reminders

to follow through. His

message has blossomed

since, reaching a global

audience across more than

153 countries.

Koce and Haustein recruited

students involved

with the already-established

Say Something initiative,

a violence-prevention

program, and

the poms team, of which

Haustein is a coach, and

got to work.

They held meetings,

planned a school-wide

campaign and, in early

May, made their presence

known in a big way.

Wearing T-shirts emblazoned

with Because I Said

I Would, the students and

teachers took to all corners

of the school, handing out

Promise Cards and spreading

the word about the new

effort, day after day.

After a week of distributing

and collecting cards,

the club organized the

hundreds they received in

a mural just outside the

cafeteria, a heavily trafficked

area where the cards

could be read and have an

impact.

Reporting by Will O’Brien,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit TinleyJunction.

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FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Library board member

leaves after over three

decades

Lou Broccolo spent the

last 34 years on the New

Lenox Public Library

Board and his time on it finally

came to an end at the

June 10 meeting.

He joked that he started

on the board when he was

10 years old. Broccolo, a

retired middle school social

studies/history teacher,

started on the board in

1985, long before the current

library was built in the

New Lenox Commons.

He saw the library

through many changes, including

the new building

process that was completed

in 2001.

Broccolo lost the first

time he ran for a board position

and he did not think

it would bother him much,

but it did, he said.

“When I ran the first

time, I never said ‘I’m

going to do this, this and

this,’” he said. “I was

just encouraged to run by

Georgia Madden, who has

passed away since then.

She worked here and said

‘you’re in here all the time,

why don’t you run for the

library board.”

Part of what Broccolo

was known for was his

sense of humor, so that

shined through at times.

The second time he ran

unopposed and told Madden

if he somehow lost that

time, he was going to put a

“for sale sign” in front of

his house because he could

not be a “nobody.” And

that was the start of a 34-

year tenure.

Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Editor. For more, visit New

LenoxPatriot.com.

FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Art on the Green highlights

creativity, community

Downtown Frankfort

was even more alluring

than usual on June 9 as

Art on the Green brought

the creative community together

to celebrate artistic

expression.

More than 30 local artists

exhibited their work at

Frankfort’s Breidert Green

Park, and attendees had the

opportunity to purchase

everything from paintings

to photography to jewelry.

As a juried show, the event

showcased a high level

of fine art, and the artists

were in the running to win

prizes for the top three artists

as well as two honorable

mentions.

Since forming in 2018,

The Frankfort Arts Association

has worked to bring

area artists of all mediums

together. The Village of

Frankfort — a major sponsor

of Art on the Green —

handed off its Fine Arts

Fair to the association

to host the renamed, revamped

event for the first

time this year.

New Lenox ceramicist

Nicholas S. Eckmayer

combines originality and

functionality with his creations.

“Everything is functional

ceramics, and I try my

best to make each piece

individual and unique, just

like a person,” Eckmayer

said.

Reporting by Laurie Fanelli,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit FrankfortStation.

com.

FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

Girl, 14, suffers broken

bones, bruised liver after

being struck by car

A 14-year-old girl was

riding her bicycle with a

friend when she was struck

by a car and suffered broken

bones and a bruised

liver the evening of June

9 in Homer Glen, according

to Will County Sheriff’s

Office spokeswoman

Kathy Hoffmeyer.

At 8:47 p.m., deputies

responded to the intersection

of Bell Road, north of

143rd Street, about the girl

being struck, according to

police. When they arrived,

they found the driver of a

Mazda 6 at the intersection

with the teenage girl lying

in the street.

The girl was responsive

but had difficulty speaking,

police said.

The Northwest Homer

Fire Protection District arrived

and transported her

to Silver Cross Hospital,

per Hoffmeyer. The teen

was later transferred to

Christ Hospital to be treated,

and initial reports have

indicated her injuries as

being non-life-threatening.

Witnesses stated the girl

and her friend were crossing

Bell Road on their

bikes against a red light

when the 14-year-old was

struck, according to Hoffmeyer.

The injured girl is a

Homer Glen resident.

The accident remains

under investigation.

No tickets had been issued

initially following the

accident.

Reporting by Thomas

Czaja, Editor. For more, visit

HomerHorizon.com.

FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

LGBTQ support

organization comes to

Lockport

People in the LGBTQ

community are constantly

battling ignorance and discrimination,

and the fight

for equality is currently

ongoing in the Lockport

community.

The PFLAG organization,

which was founded in

1973 by Jeanne Manford,

is an active organization

with 400 chapters across

the country. PFLAG stands

for Parents, Families, and

Friends of Lesbians and

Gays. PFLAG’s mission is

to “build on a foundation

of loving families united

with LGBTQ people and

allies who support one

another, and to educate

ourselves and our communities

to speak up as advocates

until all hearts and

minds respect, value and

affirm LGBTQ people.”

Michelle Eckmayer,

president of the chapter in

Homer Glen and Lockport,

is confident that PFLAG is

contributing to the communities

by positively

affecting the push for

equality for the LGBTQ

community and making

discrimination less and

less prevalent.

“Really, there [are] three

basic things that we try to

do,” Eckmayer said. “That

is support, educate and advocate.

Those three things

are what we basically

stand for. There is much

more to fight for because

ignorance still surrounds

us. This is why we educate,

because some people

just do not understand it

and get afraid of what they

do not understand. Once

you educate people, they

are more informed and less

likely to discriminate.”

The chapter in Homer

Glen/Lockport is to officially

begin having meetings

the last Tuesday of

every month that will be

open to anyone who wants

to support the LGBTQ

community.

Meetings are to be held

from 6:30-8 p.m. at Cross

of Glory Lutheran, 14719

W. 163rd St., Homer Glen.

Reporting by Christian Villanueva,

Editorial Intern.

For more, visit LockportLeg

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Top Web Stories

From MokenaMessenger.com as of Monday,

June 17

From the Editor

Hooray for local journalism

1. Sunshine and pride cast upon Mokena

at festival

2. Summit Hill D161 Board of Education:

Study for K-12 district gets green light

3. Mokena Village Board: ‘Conservative’

budgeting pays off with State-shared

revenue in doubt

4. Mokena warehouse where the sausage

gets made

5. Moving on up: Mokena chamber’s new

office draws community’s attention

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“Happy last day of school! We wish all of

you a wonderful summer and can’t wait to

see your kids again in the fall. Good luck to

all of the incoming freshmen!”

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tj@mokenamessenger.com

In case you missed

our article on it, our

parent company, 22nd

Century Media, took home

16 National Newspaper

Association awards for

journalism. (That story

was on Page 6, in case you

missed it.)

The 16 awards sets a

new high bar for the company,

and it is something

each of us here is proud of.

Now, I cannot speak for

my colleagues here, but it

is not so much the actual

awards I’m most proud

of, as those are more or

less pretty subjective, but

proud of the fact that local

journalism got the attention

and credit it deserves.

Many of the winning

articles were about stories

that came right from our

backyards and, in many

cases, flew right under

the radar of larger media

networks.

And those that the larger,

national media outlets

did pick up also started

right in our own backyards,

reported on by the

local journalists who have

as their beats the streets,

governments, schools

and businesses that most

directly affect you and me,

dear reader.

There is a saying in the

media that all government

is local. It certainly does

not feel that way with the

dominance of the 24-hour

news cycle and the everincreasingly

biased political

coverage on either side

of the spectrum, but here’s

the thing: Those qualities

that mainstream society

professes to hate about the

“news” are almost always

absent from quality, local

journalism, and, yet, it

is exactly that kind of

local journalism that is

rapidly disappearing from

America’s landscape.

Local journalism is about

telling a community’s

story. It is about informing

the public on the issues that

directly affect them, not in

some abstract, politicallymotivated

ideological way,

but in concrete terms of

what is happening in our

streets, our governments,

our schools and our businesses.

So, it is nice to be

recognized. My hope is

that local journalism is

recognized more thanks

to the efforts of the local

journalists working tirelessly

to keep local news

relevant.

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police

From Page 10

ports, an officer was dispatched

to the 11300 block

of West Lincoln Highway

in response to a theft by an

employee. The complainant

told the officer that

Lester had been the subject

of an internal investigation

for stolen items totaling

$148.54 on May 23. He

was placed under arrest.

license came back as being

suspended in Illinois.

Moore was placed under

arrest.

June 10

• Feliciano Victor Hugo Lopez-Meija,

28, of 1817 57th

Ave. in Cicero, was charged

with having no valid driver’s

license and speeding.

According to police reports,

an officer spotted

Lopez-Meija on LaPorte

Road reportedly traveling

at 48 mph in a 30 mph

zone. The officer initiated

a traffic stop, at which

point Lopez-Meija presented

the officer with a

passport and Guatemalan

identification card, but

no valid driver’s license.

He was placed under

arrest.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The

Mokena Messenger’s police

reports come from the

Mokena Police Department.

Anyone listed in these reports

is considered to be innocent

of all charges until proven

guilty in a court of law.

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June 5

• Christopher M. Moore,

20, of 598 Vigo Place in

Gary, Indiana, was charged

with driving on a suspended/revoked

driver’s license

and speeding.

According to police reports,

an officer performing

stationary radar in the

11600 block of Francis

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A cut above LW grads team up

to open new salon, Page 18

The pie nearby Wooden Paddle

moves from Orland Park to Lemont, features

new dine-in and liquor options, Page 22

Library’s Teddy Bear

Picnic success despite

rain, Page 17

Tina Kruspe, of Mokena, helps her 20-month-old son James get his dance moves

on during Mokena Community Public Library District’s Teddy Bear Picnic on

Saturday, June 15. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media


16 | June 20, 2019 | the mokena messenger faith

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Faith Briefs

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515

115th Ave., Mokena)

Church Service

5 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m,

9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6

p.m. Sundays

Adoration

Wednesdays following

8 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

Holy Rosary

7:30 a.m. daily; 7 p.m.

Tuesday evenings.

St. John’s United Church of Christ

(11100 Second St., Mokena)

Traditional Service

8 a.m. traditional service,

9:45 a.m. contemporary

and traditional music

in a service of praise and

reverence. Supervised

childcare available. For

more information, call

(708) 479-5123.

Cards for a Cause

7 p.m. the second Monday

of each month. Bring

your tape, scissors and colored

pencils, if you have

them, and plan for a creative

evening with lots of

fun.

Bundles of Love

7 p.m. the second and

fourth Tuesday of each

month. Enjoy fun and fellowship

while making

baby quilts for infants baptized

at St. John’s and lap

quilts for shut-ins.

Mokena United Methodist Church

(10901 LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Service and Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

Church service and children’s

Sunday School will

be held. For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays at the

church. For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Community Prayer

Gathering

2:30 p.m. every fourth

Sunday.

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Breakfast

9 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month.

Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Newcomers welcome.

Weight Watchers

Wednesday

Weigh-ins take place at

6:30 p.m., while the meeting

is at 7 p.m.

Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Vacation Bible School

9 a.m.-noon, July 15-

July 19. Join our “mane”

event ROAR where children

explore God’s goodness

and celebrate a ferocious

faith that powers

them through this wild

life. Registration on-line

at marleychurch.org. $20/

student, $40/2 or more students

per family.

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare

is provided.

Sunday School

9-10 a.m. Sundays.

Senior High Youth Group

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

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Junior High Youth Group

6-7:30 p.m. Fridays.

For more information,

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In Memoriam

Shirlee A. Johnson

Shirlee A. Johnson, 98,

late of Mokena, died June

10.

She was the beloved

wife of the late Lawrence

J. Hansen and the late

Kenneth Johnson; loving

mother of Larry, (Gloria)

and Bob (Judee); caring

sister of David, Geraldine,

Mary and Marge; proud

aunt to many nieces and

church@gmail.com.

Men’s Group

6 p.m. Sunday nights in

the church basement. All

men are welcome.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

Vacation Bible School

9-11:30 a.m. June 17-

21. For children 4 years

old through fifth grade.

3 year olds are welcome

with the accompaniment

of an adult. The theme

is “Miraculous Mission:

Jesus Saves the World.”

Registration is available

online at immanuelmo

kena.org and at the church

office. From the Ministries

link, click Vacation Bible

School for more information

and the registration

form. Fee is $15/child or

$40 for 3 children or more

for one family.

Worship

5 p.m. Saturdays and 9

a.m. Sundays.

God’s Kids Club

10:15 a.m. Sundays in

Sept.-May.

Adult Bible Study

10:15 a.m. Sundays in

Sept.-May.

Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th

St., Mokena)

Please see faith, 18

nephews; proud grandmother

of Joelle (Jeremy),

John (Lisa) and Mike; and

cherished great-grandmother

of four.

Do you have someone’s life

you’d like to honor? Email

Editor T.J. Kremer III at tj@

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information about a loved

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the mokena messenger | June 20, 2019 | 17

Picnic perseveres despite rainy day

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

The weather for Mokena Community

Public Library District’s

return of Teddy Bear Picnic

on Saturday, June 15, may not

have wanted to cooperate, but

that didn’t stop children, their

families and library staff from

going ahead with the planned

event anyway: They just simply

moved the picnic indoors.

Children were treated to an

hour of stories, dancing and, of

course, picnicking with their favorite

stuffed animals. Library

staff even handed out free teddy

bears that wore T-shirts with the

library’s logo on them.

“We made do,” said Emily

Grigoletti, who took over as

head of youth services in March.

“They’re watching videos and

dancing and we got to listen to

Ava Zahara (left), 7, of Mokena, and Reed Helbig, 6, of New Lenox,

dance during Mokena Community Library District’s Teddy Bear

Picnic Saturday, June 15. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

some books.”

Teddy Bear picnic used to

be a regular event at the library

back when it first opened, according

to Office Manager Tracy

Domzalski. Then, the program

was resurrected for the library’s

50th anniversary in 2016. It

rained that day, too, Domzalski

said. But, when Grigoletti took

over youth services, she decided

to bring Teddy Bear Picnic back

once again.

“We’ve decided that we’re going

to keep doing it over and over

again because the kids like it so

much,” Domzalski said. “Hopefully,

next year, the weather will

cooperate with us and we’ll actually

be able to do it outside like

we’re supposed to.”

Teddy Bear Picnic is part of

the library’s annual summer

reading program. During the

program, children are given a

reading log each week where a

certain amount of minutes of

reading are required each week,

depending on his or her grade

level.

“We really encourage reading

over the summer for the kids,”

Grigoletti said.

At the end of the week, children

turn in those logs for prizes,

which include coupons to local

businesses.

“We have a lot of fun stuff

planned for them. Hopefully,

that means that they’re coming

in and reading,” Grigoletti said.

Upcoming programs include:

Storytime in the Park this Thursday,

June 20, next to Mokena Elementary

School; a Lego building

party on Saturday, June 22; a kickball

tournament and other outdoor

games later in the month on June

27; and a water balloon fight in

July. Additionally the library has

scheduled its usual magician and

reptiles shows, which are frequently

a big hit with children.

The Summer Reading program

runs through July 30 and is

open to all children. For more information,

visit mokenalibrary.

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mokenamessenger.com

Lincoln-Way grads open salon

Nuria Mathog, Contributing Editor

Frankfort’s newest salon is

looking to make the cut.

Founded by three area graduates,

Evolve Hair Salon, located

at 301 N. White St., Suite EE in

Frankfort, launched in early January

and began opening its doors to

clients in March.

Each of the business’s co-owners

has ties to the Lincoln-Way

area and the southwest suburbs:

Chicago resident and Lincoln-

Way Central alumna Elise Carlson,

Frankfort resident and Lincoln-Way

East alumna Marissa

Ambrosino and Joliet resident and

Sandburg alumna Erica Stillwell.

The concept for the new salon

came about when the women’s father-in-laws,

both business owners,

approached the group with

the idea.

“We came and looked at the

place, and it needed a little work,

and we looked at a couple of other

places as well,” Carlson said. “We

came back to here because it was

a great location.”

Carlson described the trio as

“basically sisters.” She is best

friends with Stillwell and is married

to Ambrosino’s brother,

and the three women previously

worked together for nearly a decade

at the Mokena-based Planet

Color Hair Salon.

“We knew each others’ work

and how we dealt with clients

and how we dealt with a salon

atmosphere,” she said. “So, it all

worked out well.”

Lincoln-Way Central Alumna Elise Carlson styles a client’s hair.

As a full-service salon, Evolve

Hair Salon offers color, texture

and styling services, as well as

make-up, waxing and eyelash extensions.

On Mondays, the salon

takes men’s walk-ins.

“We have barbers from the old

salon that used to be here — it

was called Antonio’s Hair Salon,”

Carlson said. “So, all the people

from Antonio’s work from us too,

and they were in Frankfort for a

very long time.”

For Carlson, who graduated

from the Saint Xavier University

business school in 2007, salon

work became a way to combine

her field of study with her passion

for the beauty industry.

“I became interested when I

started to play a little bit with

hair color when I was in college,

but I never really thought that I

would be a hair stylist,” she said.

“I ended up being a combination

between a business person and a

hair stylist. It worked out well.”

Stillwell said she found an interest

in the industry as a high

school student, when one of her

older friends participated in a

beauty school program.

“Just by watching what she was

doing, I decided, ‘That’s what I

want to do,’” Stillwell said.

Carlson said the group went

through “millions of names” for

their new business before ultimately

settling on “Evolve Hair

Salon.”

“It kind of goes with how we

want our business to run,” she

said. “We want things to be everchanging

and upbeat and modern.”

What sets Evolve Hair Salon

apart is the business’s focus on all

types of services, both new and

traditional, Carlson said.

“There’s not just one type of

stylist in here,” Stillwell added.

“There’s people who are getting

a weekly roller-set perm to somebody

getting the fashion mermaid

hair that’s out there right now.”

The salon plans to host a grand

opening on Sunday, June 23, to

introduce the Frankfort community

to the new business.

“We’re going to do a day DJ

brunch kind of a thing, with music

and food,” Carlson said. ‘We’ll be

raffling off prizes, all of the new

products we’ll be selling.”

Above all else, Carlson said

she hopes customers have a relaxing

and unique experience when

they walk through the doors at

Evolve Hair Salon.

“If they’re looking for something

specific, if they’re looking

for something that they’ve always

gotten, we just want them to have

exactly what they’ve come in

looking for,” she said.

RIGHT: Evolve Hair Salon

co-owners (left to right) Erica

Stillwell, Elise Carlson and

Marissa Ambrosino launched the

new business in January. Photos

submitted

faith

From Page 16

Sunday Services

11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more

information, call (312) 350-

2279.

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays. Mokena

Baptist offers Sunday School

classes for all ages. For more information,

call (312) 350-2279.

Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker Road,

Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be sure

to arrive early for our Sunday

Worship Service to enjoy a hot,

complimentary cup of coffee every

week at the church. Following

the Christian Education Hour

(9:15-10:15 a.m.), all beverages

can be found just outside the

sanctuary.

Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte Road,

Mokena)

Narcotics Anonymous

7-9 p.m. Mondays. All those

struggling or who have struggled

with a narcotics addiction are

welcome. All meetings are confidential.

For more information,

call (708) 479-0300.

Spanish Church

12:30 p.m. Sundays.

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays. All are welcome.

Women’s Bible Study

8:45-9:45 a.m. Sundays and

2-3 p.m. Tuesdays.

Victory Baptist Church (13550 US Route 6,

Mokena)

Sunday School

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Morning Worship

10:45 a.m. Sundays.

Have something for Faith Briefs?

Contact Editor T.J. Kremer at tj@

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First of four more for the ladies

Summer Social expands upon popular 22nd Century Media

women’s expo as first in series of Ladies Night Out events

ABOVE: Tinley Park

resident Diane Fernandes

(middle) spins the prize

wheel as Women’s

Healthcare of Illinois’

Marisa Calderon (left) and

Vanessa Alvarez cheer

for her.

Personal stylist and image consultant Jenny Applegate, of The Leading Image,

introduces the fashion show featuring looks found at Orland Park Crossing. Photos

by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

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Classic rock

LW Rock Orchestra’s concert reimagines

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The Dish

Wooden Paddle thrives with dine-in experience after move to Lemont

Former Orland Park

business recently

hit six months in

new community

Thomas Czaja

Contributing Editor

The Red State of Mind ($12) is made up of tequila,

Priqly liqueur, hibiscus lime and meringue.

When Jonathan Cowan

was 20 years old, he

bought the struggling Old

Town Pizza business in

Orland Park.

Though he got his first

job at 14 at a pizza place,

Cowan was still inexperienced

as an owner, and he

candidly said he failed for

five years.

Eventually, he and

wife Brianna, whom he

married in 2010, knew a

change was needed. They

switched the name to

Wooden Paddle Pizza in

2013, and made a pledge

to go with fresher ingredients

and a totally new

menu.

Realizing they did not

have the know-how to

compete in making Chicago-style

pizza with area

competitors that have done

so for years, they did research

and began selling

artisan pizza. Still, something

was missing.

“We just didn’t know

enough about our business

yet at that point,” Jonathan

Cowan said. “What I mean

by that is we are more an

experience-based company,

as opposed to a transactional

company.”

He noted the old Orland

Park location only had

four stools, and there was

not much of a chance for

customers to truly have a

dine-in experience. But as

the catering side of their

business began to grow,

they realized they wanted

to focus on that experience.

So, when the lease was

up in Orland, they began

a search and eventually

settled on the location in

Lemont.

Wooden Paddle shut its

doors in Orland in August

2017 and opened up shop

on Dec. 4, 2018, in Lemont.

It was not an easy process.

Jonathan said the new

72-seat location required

extensive work inside and

that they needed to switch

contractors when the first

one they hired got behind

schedule. They were able

to keep up their busy catering

schedule in between

restaurants to help pay the

mortgage on the new spot.

Now, more than six

months in, the Cowans,

who also moved to Lemont

and live less than a

mile away from the business,

have seen plenty of

old customers visit and

new local ones stop in, too.

“I’m very happy with

how everything is going,”

Jonathan said. “Everyone

is very open in this community.”

Wooden Paddle sits on

the corner of Stephen and

Illinois streets on the edge

of the downtown. Some

people thought “oh, another

pizza place” upon

their arrival, Jonathan said,

which is why they took

“pizza” out of the name of

the restaurant, preferring

to go simply by Wooden

Paddle. While pizza is no

doubt a focus of the menu,

the owners view what they

offer as more than just that.

“We added on a lot of

small plates and fancy ourselves

more a tapas restaurant

now,” Jonathan said.

“Pizza is like the ultimate

tapas food — a very shareable

dish for people.”

And the wood-fired,

artisan pizza at Wooden

Paddle is more New Yorkstyle

by nature, he said.

“It’s wood-fired, so it is

cooked a lot quicker,” he

noted. “There is more air

in the dough with our pizza.

... So, our pizza has a

little bit of crispness to it.”

And all pizzas are made

with fresh mozzarella.

One of the popular pizzas

is the Gettin’ Figgy

Wit It ($14), which is

baked with mozzarella and

The fried meatballs ($10) at Wooden Paddle in Lemont feature chuck beef, marinara,

freshly grated Parmesan and basil chiffonade. Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd

Century Media

Wooden Paddle

212 Stephen St. in

Lemont

Hours

• 4-10 p.m. Tuesdays

through Thursdays,

Sundays

• 4-11 p.m. Fridays

and Saturdays

• Closed Mondays

For more information

Phone: (630) 326-

8150

Website:

woodenpaddle.com

mascarpone cheeses, and

topped with thinly sliced

prosciutto and a fig jam

also made in-house. Mascarpone

provides a richness

to the pizza, the prosciutto

a saltiness and the

fig jam a sweetness.

“It is hitting a lot of sensory

things, and that’s what

we are looking for when

making food items,” Jonathan

said. “How do we hit

a few different things?”

While many classic pies

transferred with the restaurant

from Orland Park,

there is now a new “Beginnings”

section on the

menu, including the fried

meatballs ($10). Those are

four all-beef meatballs.

Again, nothing touches the

freezer, and Wooden Paddle

works in a mix of fresh

herbs, cheese and spices.

In the future, the menu

is expected to seasonally

rotate some items.

Wooden Paddle has expanded

its offerings to

craft cocktails at the new

location, as well. Pressing

their own lime, lemon

and grapefruit daily and

making their own syrups

has made all the difference

there.

“Just that little extra effort

makes us have a very

elevated drink compared

to buying store-bought

mixes,” Jonathan said.

For dessert, the housemade

gelato flight ($10)

includes five small samples

of salted caramel,

pistachio, olive oil, vanilla

and chocolate gelato.

“We make extremely

small batches of gelato, so

it’s extremely fresh all the

time,” Jonathan said. “We

are literally roasting pistachios

in the oven in back

and cutting them.”

Whether customers are

trying an long-standing

pizza or recently unveiled

salad, a new beginning or

a gelato ending, Jonathan

said the goal of the restaurant

is for family and

friends to be talking about

the experience. The space

has a minimalist design inside,

though the bathrooms

— including flamingos on

the wall in the women’s

restroom, and trees on the

wall in the men’s restroom

— are meant to be another

conversation piece.

The restaurant continues

to grow, but the Cowans

aim to keep a certain feel

they think fits with the

community.

“We like the quaintness

and littleness of Lemont,”

Jonathan said.


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43. Providence basketball

star, Adam

___

46. Visibly tired

48. Hatred

49. Novice

50. Government security

agency, abbr.

51. Part of a pilot’s

announcement

56. “Women Ironing”

artist

59. Earth Day subj.

60. Chitchat

61. Avoid doing

62. Utter

63. Celtic singer

64. Smarter

65. Picnic raiders

Down

1. Letters at Camp

Lejeune

2. Hundred Acre Wood

resident

3. Painter of limp

watches

4. Oil moguls’ org.

5. Graphics machine

6. Take back

7. Billy and namesakes

8. Overzealous

9. Pretend to be

10. Dissonant

11. Individually

12. Tuba note?

13. Compass point

19. Alitalia destination

21. In a short time

25. Drink

26. Having walkways

27. Not necessarily

against

28. Study again

29. In a disturbing

manner

30. Wed

31. DC bigwig

34. Records that may

be broken

35. Defensive barrier

38. Rotter

39. Matador’s accolade

42. False thing to

worship

44. Capital of Zambia

45. Mets general manager

Minaya

47. Stationer’s item

49. One-piece garments

51. Son of Leah

52. Prefix with hertz

53. Words of confidence

54. Pen, with blanc

55. Animals with

antlers

56. Summer at the

Sorbonne

57. Football legend

Marino

58. Morning mist

How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of

3x3 squares. To solve the puzzle each row, column

and box must contain each of the numbers

1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

answers

MOKENA

The Alley Grill and Tap

House

(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708)

478-3610)

■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-

8888)

■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry

Eadie

NEW LENOX

Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-

1099)

■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe

HOMER GLEN

Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-

7000)

■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Trivia

FRANKFORT

Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort

Square Road, Frankfort;

(815) 464-8100)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar Game.

Free to play.

LOCKPORT

Port Noir

(900 S. State St., Lockport;

(815) 834-9463)

■4-7 ■ p.m. Monday-

Friday: Happy Hour

Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive,

Lockport; (708) 301-

1477)

■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Mondays: Quartermania

ORLAND PARK

Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S. Harlem Ave.,

Orland Park; (708) 532-

2220)

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays

and Saturdays: Karaoke

To place an event in The

Scene, email a.ivanisevic@

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May 7

• 10658 Fintan

Court, Mokena,

60448-7603 - Brian

Rutkowski to Vanessa

D. Rojas, Orlando Rojas,

$383,500

• 9048 Liscanor Ave.,

Mokena, 60448-9024

- Frank J. Grygus to

James A. Zintak, Lori B.

Zintak, $348,000

• 10645 Oconnell Ave.,

Mokena, 60448-3311

- Mary Ellen P. Kennedy

to Megan E. Kennedy,

Joseph R. Dellamno,

$260,000

May 8

• 9437 Birch Ave.,

Mokena, 60448-8490

- Craig J. Cieply to Mark

A. Strupeck, Karen A.

Volk, $104,000

May 9

• 18430 S. Pineprairie

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

8430 - First Bank Of

Manhattan Truste to

Kevin Heatter, Michelle

Heatter, $740,000

• 12521 Whisper Creek

Way, Mokena, 60448-

7530 - First Bank Of

Manhattan Trustee to

Larry Blouin, Elizabeth

Gerlach, $579,000

• 12324 Tahoe Lane,

Mokena, 60448-1906

- Chicago Title Land Trt

Co Ttee to Thomas P.

Maher, Amy E. Maher,

$537,500

• 21167 Sage Brush

Lane, Mokena, 60448-

1571 - Hector V. Villa

to Eman Zeidan,

$475,000

• 19950 Newton Way,

Mokena, 60448-7786

- James J. McAllister

Trustee to Merle Dinovo,

Joanne E. Dinovo,

$339,000

• 19119 Midland Ave.,

Mokena, 60448-1012 -

Faith M. Basolo to Brian

W. Johnson, $230,000

• 18019 S. Crystal

Lake Drive, Mokena,

60448-8585 - Kurt

D. Wohler to Witold

Wrona, Ewelina Wrona,

$105,000

May 10

• 19010 Hillcrest Drive,

Mokena, 60448-8680

- Chicago Trust Co Na

Trustee to Matthew

D. McGinnis, Kelly J.

McGinnis, $468,500

• 11438 Stratford

Road, Mokena, 60448-

2013 - Wells Fargo

Bank to Oliver Akano,

$400,000

• 19238 S. Whisper

Creek Circle, Mokena,

60448-8196 - James

J. Roach to Alma G.

Antonetti, Thomas J.

Antonetti, $359,000

• 19912 Pinegrove

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

8946 - Us Bank Na

Trustee to Nabih Awad,

Raneen Hani Jalajel,

$330,000

May 14

• 19602 Foxford Lane,

Mokena, 60448-8635

- Ted D. Camphouse to

Richard Thielen, Jenny

Thielen, $384,000

May 15

• 19131 Loveland

Court, Mokena, 60448-

8247 - Kroll Trust to

Jonathan J. Hofferica,

Jillian T. Hofferica,

$615,000

• 17641 Haas Road,

Mokena, 60448-8512

- William Breese to

Brian E. Landa, Anne M.

Osika, $530,000

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have thoroughly enjoyed living

in downtown Mokena. This

seven-year-old home is nestled

in the quaint part of town and

offers most everything, including

restaurants, flower shops, salons

within walking distance and even

the Metra train station.

Where: 10846 Front St. in Mokena

Amenities: Inside this exquisitely finished home, you will see details that will catch

your eye at every angle. The 10-foot ceilings give an openness and a perfect flow

throughout the main level. The family room has a gas log fireplace, and most

of the rooms have ceiling fans. The floors are hardwood, and the countertops

are granite and stone. The kitchen is a definite gathering area with an island

and a window with a bench for extra seating. The kitchen has all stainless steel

appliances. The master is spacious and all four bedrooms are on the upper level

and carpeted. The bathrooms are finished to perfection. This home feels warm,

has been kept immaculate and still has the new feel. The yard is professionally

landscaped and boasts a private fenced in backyard with a patio.

Asking Price: $349,900

Listing Agent: Joanne

Ketsios (224) 254-6962

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1050 Community Events

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT/CONSULTATIVE SALES

for Custom Rubber Products Company

At Aero Rubber Company, Inc. we value the desire to succeed,

providing a great customer experience, and supporting our teams.

As a business development professional at Aero you’ll receive

in-depth training on our rubber products, so you can actively

identify new targets and establish new business from inception

through to final sale. To succeed, you’ll need to evaluate

opportunities, build relationships, and develop leads with

the support of targeted marketing campaigns. You’ll call on

qualified targets, provide technical sales consultations, develop

quotes, and provide outstanding customer service to ensure

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your leads with our CRM system and report on your results.

This is an inside non-commissioned position;

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Qualifications:

- 3-5 years minimum successful B2B business development and

industrial sales experience

- Prior consultative sales experience and relationship building

(not catalog sales)

- Proven track record of achieving results

- Strong phone presence with excellent verbal communication

and listening skills

- ISO and/or quality system experience a plus

Benefits:

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- 401K

- Performance Bonus

-Relocation Package

About Aero:

Located in SW Suburb of Chicago

46+ Years Strong

ISO 9001:2015

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to: bschatte@aerorubber.com

Kirby School District 140

We are currently seeking

Full-Time Bus Drivers

A CDL License, with current

School Bus and Passenger

endorsement is preferred,

but we are willing to train.

$13.00/hour for training;

$17.00/hour with CDL and

SBP endorsements.

Benefits offered

Apply at KSD140.org

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping

(Morning)

Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Real Estate

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Homer Glen-Home Office

adding to permanent office

staff. Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm.

Exp in cust serv, computer,

some accting. Start @

$14/hr w/ pd vacation +

raises. Solid work history +

reliability a must.

Only serious need apply.

Send resume to:

apm-resume@comcast.net

Permit Coordinator

Tinley Park Transportation Co.

looking for a full-time

permitting assistant.

Must have experience in

Microsoft Office & possess

good communication skills.

Please forward resume to

recruiting@shipgt.com

SALES SUPPORT

ASSISTANT

Due to our rapid growth and

expansion, Tinley Park

Industrial Manufacturing Sales

office seeks detail-oriented

Sales Assistant for full-time

position. A Sales Assistant at

ARC does both sale’s

administrative and customer

service functions. This is a

very diversified position in our

FAST-PACED office. The

ideal candidate must be

HIGHLY MOTIVATED and

needs to possess strong

organizational &

communication skills.

Excellent computer literacy

needed, including MS Word &

Excel. Industrial customer

service experience a plus.

Repeat customer & supplier

contact. No telemarketing or

cold calling required.

Competitive salary & benefit

pkg incl. 401K.

Send letter & resume to:

cstratton@aerorubber.com

Are you a person with

attention to detail?

Hiring P/T House Cleaners

No Evenings/Weekends

Will Train

(815) 464-1988

Medical Transportation

Drivers Wanted.

Call or email:

708.444.4440

transportationresume4@

gmail.com

Medical Office in

Orland Park seeks P/T,

licensed medical X-ray

technician for 1 day/wk.

Fax resume to 708.460.9254

or email datkenson@aol.com

Alvernia Manor in Lemont

Part-Time Driver

Monday - Friday

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

(630) 257-7721

1004 Employment

Opportunities

BABYSITTER AVAILABLE

LWE Honors Student with

American Red Cross certific.

Flexible schedule -

days, evenings, weekends

Multiple children are OK

Reasonable fees

LW Area preferred

Call (815) 517-6603

NEED BABYSITTER

HELP?

Loving mom in New Lenox,

will provide daily care in my

home, Monday-Friday.

Nelson Prairie School area

and Spencer Kindergarten.

Call Stacy at

630-776-4103.

1023 Caregiver

Caregiver Services

Provided by

Margaret’s Agency Inc.

State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing quality

care for elderly.

Live-in/ Come & go.

708.403.8707

Heaven Sent Caregivers

Professional caregiving

service. 24 hr or hourly

services; shower or bath

visits. Licensed & bonded.

Try the best! 708.638.0641

1037 Prayer /

Novena

PRAYER TO THE

HOLY SPIRIT

Holy Spirit, you who solve

all problems, light all roads so

that I can achieve my goal.

You who give me adivine gift

to forgive and forget all evil

against me and that in all my

life are with me. Iwant this

short prayer tothank you for

all things you confirm once

again that Inever want to be

separated from you, even in

spite of all material illusions. I

wish to be with you in eternal

joy and thank you for your

mercy towards meand mine.

The person must say this

prayer for 3consecutive days.

After 3 days the favor requested

will be granted even if

it seems difficult. The prayer

must be published immediately

after the favor is granted without

mention ofthe favor, only

your initials should appear at

the bottom. S.S.

1052 Garage Sale

Homer Glen 13730 W Cavecreek

Ct. 6/21-6/23 8am-4pm

APICKER’S DREAM! Vintage

signs, clothes, toys, sports

equip, collectibles, tools, Holiday,

housewares, office &

school items, books, CDs,

DVDs, records & more!

Homer Glen 14057 Camdan

Road. Fri. 6/21, 9-3pm. Rain or

shine - lots of fun stuff!

Mokena 19457 Stonehenge Dr

6/20-6/22 9-2pm Empty nest

special! 3 kids & 30 years

worth of stuff must go!

New Lenox 1267 Edmonds

6/21 & 6/22 9-3pm Tools!

MCM furniture, wood stove,

crib, bumper pool, toys, tools

Tinley Park 17700 Bayberry

Ln. Fri. 6/21 & Sat. 6/22,

9-2pm. Tools, Xmas decor., hh

goods, sports, accessories, etc.

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1053 Multi Family

Sale

Homer Glen 13535 Chippewa

Tr 6/20-6/22 9-4pm 3Families!

Home decor, kitchenware,

toys, jewelry, plants,

shoes

Lockport 805 Maryknoll Dr.

Fri. 6/21 &Sat. 6/22, 9-3pm.

Furniture, lots of baby clothes,

and something for everyone!

Tinley Park 167th and Fairfax

Court, 1 block East of Oak

Park Avenue. Fri. 6/21 &

Sat. 6/22, 8-2pm. Don’t miss!

1058 Moving Sale

Monee 25324 S. 80th Ave 6/21

&6/22 8-3pm furniture, small

appliances, tons of clothing (jr

8towomen 16) shoes, homeware,

lots of .50 items, most

items under $5

Tinley Park 6210 WKimberly

Dr 6/21 & 6/22 9-3pm

furniture and awhole garage

full of stuff

Tinley Park 7431 163rd St

6/22 9-3pm must sell most

furn, Caricao Tivoli fine

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& ASSOCIATES

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1124 Salon For

Sale

2003 Appliance

Repair

2006 Basement Waterproofing

2011 Brick/Chimney Experts

Salon for Sale, Orland Park

2007 Black Dirt/Top Soil

Turn key operation in busy

strip mall. Salon has 5 stations

3 shampoo chairs, 4 dryers

+color station. Cozy estheticians

rm. All fixtures & most

equip. stay. Rental income,

owner would like to stay.

$22,500. 708-577-8211

Rental

1225 Apartments

for Rent

QUALITY

APPLIANCE

REPAIR, Inc.

• Air Conditioning • Furnaces

Refrigeration • Dishwashers

Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals

Washers&Dryers

Family Owned &Operatedsince 1986

Someone you can TRUST

All work GUARANTEED

BEST price in town!

708-712-1392

Sawyer

Dirt

Pulverized Black Dirt

Rough Black Dirt

Driveway Gravel

Available

For Delivery Pricing Call:

815-485-2490

www.sawyerdirt.com

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over 96,000 homes across

the southwest suburbs!

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2011 Brick/Chimney Experts

2018 Concrete Raising

2004 Asphalt

Paving/Seal

Coating

Oak Forest Terrace

15815 Terrace, Oak Forest

2025 Concrete Work

Spacious 1 & 2 Bdrms.

Serene setting & Beautiful

Grounds. Tennis, Pool,

Walking Trails. Near metra.

708-687-1818

oakterrapts@att.net

Mokena/Weber

Wills Apartments

1 Bedroom apt. $ 850

2 Bedroom apt. $ 980

CLOSE TO METRA AND 1-80

708-479-2448

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COMMON AD -

REAL ESTATE SECTION

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 19540 Walnut Street, Mokena, IL

60448 (Residential). On the 11th day of

July, 2019 to be held at 12:00 noon, at

the Will County Courthouse Annex, 57

N. Ottawa Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL

60432, under Case Title: FEDERAL

NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIA-

TION (”FANNIE MAE”), ACORPO-

RATION ORGANIZED AND EXIST-

ING UNDER THE LAWS OF THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

Plaintiff V. GAIL L. FILOMENA;

CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N.A.;

Defendant.

Case No. 18 CH 1585 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

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 tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

JOHNSON, BLUMBERG AND ASSO-

CIATES

230 W. MONROE, SUITE 1125,

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60606

P: 312 541-9710

F: 312 541-9711

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

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Notices

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS

)

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL

)

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE

ASSOCIATION (”FANNIE MAE”), A

CORPORATION ORGANIZED AND

EXISTING UNDER THE LAWS OF

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER-

ICA,

Plaintiff,

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Notices

vs.

GAIL L. FILOMENA; CAPITAL ONE

BANK (USA), N.A.;

Defendant.

No. 18 CH 1585

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 8th day ofApril, 2019,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

11th day of July, 2019 ,commencing at

12:00 o'clock noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, sell at public

auction to the highest and best bidder

or bidders the following-described real

estate:

LOT 75 IN SECOND ADDITION TO

ARBURY HILLS, BEING A SUBDI-

VISION OF PART OFTHE SOUTH-

WEST 1/4 OF SECTION 10, IN

TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH, AND IN

RANGE 12, EAST OF THE THIRD

PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, ACCORD-

ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-

CORDED APRIL 7, 1961, AS DOCU-

MENT NO. 926075, IN WILL

COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as:

19540 Walnut Street, Mokena, IL 60448

Description of Improvements:

Residential

P.I.N.:

19-09-10-305-020-0000

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

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 tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

JOHNSON, BLUMBERG AND ASSO-

CIATES

230 W. MONROE, SUITE 1125,

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60606

P: 312 541-9710

F: 312 541-9711

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

COUNTY OF WILL, STATE OFILLI-

NOIS

NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC

D/B/A MR. COOPER,

Plaintiff(s),

vs.

CAROL J.DELGADO, THE PRIVATE

BANK AND TRUST COMPANY

NOW KNOWN AS CIBC BANK USA,

UNKNOWN OWNERS AND

NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS,

Defendant(s).

19 CH 641

PUBLICATION NOTICE

The requisite Affidavit for Publication

having been filed, notice is hereby given

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Notices

to you: CAROL J.DELGADO, NON-

RECORD CLAIMANTS, UNKNOWN

TENANTS and UNKNOWN OWN-

ERS, Defendants in the above entitled

suit, that said suit has been commenced

in the Circuit Court of Will County,

Chancery Division, by the said Plaintiff,

against you and other Defendants, praying

for foreclosure of a certain Real Estate

Mortgage conveying the premises

described as follows, to wit:

LOT 47 IN UNIT 1 OF

WILLA-BROOK, BEING ASUBDIVI-

SION OF PART OF THE NORTH-

EAST QUARTER OF THE SOUTH-

WEST QUARTER OF SECTION 2,

TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH, RANGE 11,

EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL

MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TO THE

PLAT THEREOF RECORDED NO-

VEMBER 10, 1970 AS DOCUMENT

NO. R70-20639, IN WILL COUNTY,

ILLINOIS.

Tax Number: 15-08-02-310-007-0000

commonly known as 18748 TAMMY

DR MOKENA IL 60448; and which

said Real Estate Mortgage was made by

CAROL J. DELGADO, and recorded in

the Office ofthe Will County Recorder

as Document Number R2014017591;

that Summons was duly issued out of

the said Court against you as provided

by law, and that the said suit is now

pending.

Now, therefore, unless you, the said

named Defendant, file your answer to

the Complaint inthe said suit or otherwise

make your appearance therein, in

the office of the Circuit Court of Will

County, located at 57 N. OTTAWA

STREET, JOLIET, IL 60432, on or before

July 15, 2019, default may be entered

against you at any time after that

day and ajudgment entered in accordance

with the prayer of said Complaint.

YOU MAY STILL BE ABLE TO

SAVE YOUR HOME. DONOT IG-

NORE THIS DOCUMENT. By order of

the Chief Judge ofthe Circuit Court,

this case isset for Mandatory Mediation

on August 1, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. atthe 57

N. OTTAWA STREET, JOLIET, IL

60432. A lender representative will be

present along with acourt appointed

mediator to discuss options that you

may have and to pre-screen you for a

potential mortgage modification.

YOU MUST APPEAR ON THE ME-

DIATION DATE GIVEN OR YOUR

RIGHT TO MEDIATION WILL TER-

MINATE.

LAW OFFICES OF IRA T. NEVEL,

LLC

Attorney for Plaintiff

Ira T. Nevel - ARDC #06185808

Timothy R. Yueill - ARDC #6192172

Greg Elsnic - ARDC #6242847

Richard Drezek - ARDC #6301323

Aaron Nevel - ARDC #6322724

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the mokena messenger | June 20, 2019 | 35

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Trevor Lewis

Trevor Lewis recently

finished his junior season

on the Lincoln-Way East

volleyball team.

When did you start

playing volleyball?

I started playing volleyball

in seventh grade. I got

introduced to volleyball by

my mom. She was a Division

I athlete and played

volleyball at Syracuse

University.

What was your

favorite memory from

this season?

Hands down, winning

our own tournament, the

Lincoln-Way East Tournament.

It was one of the

strongest tournaments

in the state. It felt really

good, especially since it

was our own.

What have you

learned from coach

Kris Fiore?

What he tells us all of

the time is understand your

role and do your job. It’s

one of his main lines that

he tells us.

You play both setter

and right-side

hitter, what would

you attribute your

versatility to?

I mean, basically everything.

I’m not normally

a setter, but coach Fiore

started to slide me into that

position. It was to help out

the team. I love working

out, I’m at the gym all the

time.

What are some goals

you have for next

season?

We lost a lot of seniors.

So, we just have to keep

our heads up and don’t

give up. We have to stay

the course and make sure

we can achieve our potential.

Do you prefer normal

TV or a streaming

service?

Definitely streaming

services, especially Netflix.

I watch Netflix a lot.

“Friends” is definitely my

go-to show on there.

What do you like to do

in your free time?

I’m either out at the sand

courts playing beach volleyball

or I’m at the gym

working out.

GARY MIDDENDORF/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

What is the best part

of being a Lincoln-Way

East athlete?

Definitely playing with

all of my friends from

school. A lot of us play

club together, it’s a great

experience to be able to

play with them all the time.

If you could live in any

time period, which

would you choose?

I’d probably choose to

stay in this time period.

There’s a lot of cool stuff

now.

Who is your favorite

athlete?

I’d have to say Tom

Brady. He’s a six-time Super

Bowl champion, that’s

pretty cool.

Interview conducted by Editorial

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the Orland Park Prairie mokenamessenger.com

| June 20, 2019 | 45

22nd Century Media chose the best girls soccer student-athletes based on coach and writer

recommendations, as well as player statistics, in its seven-town southwest suburban coverage area

to place them on one super team — Team 22. The team features student-athletes from Lincoln-

Way Central, LW East, LW West, Providence Catholic, Andrew, Lockport Township, Tinley Park and

Sandburg high schools.

—Compiled by 22nd Century Media staff

forwarD

MiDfielDer

MiDfielDer

Nicolette Gossage,

senior, LW Central

26 goals, 18 assists.

All-State, All-SWSC Red.

One of the top players in

the southwest suburbs.

Headed to Northern

Illinois for soccer.

Ella Hase, junior,

Sandburg

7 goals, 8 assists. SWSC

Blue Player of the Year.

The verbal commit to

Northwestern scored a

goal in a 2-1 win over

Marist this year for a

regional title.

Sara Loichinger, senior,

LW West

16 goals, 10 assists.

All-State, All-SWSC Red,

All-Tournament (Windy

City). The LW West MVP

and captain is heading

to Olivet Nazarene.

forwarD

MiDfielDer

DefenDer

Megan Hutchinson,

sophomore, LW Central

31 goals, 9 assists. All-

Sectional, All-SWSC Red.

Seemingly scored at will

against most. Committed

to Purdue to continue her

soccer career.

Megan Nemec, senior,

Andrew

23 goals, 13 assists.

SWSC Red Player of

the Year. All-State,

All-Tournament (Windy

City Ram Classic). The

captain of the T-Bolts

was versatile.

Amber Brooks, senior,

LW East

1 goal, 1 assist. All-

Sectional. The hardworking

captain for the

Griffins was a leader,

despite an injury the last

quarter of season.

forwarD

MiDfielDer

DefenDer

First team

Maddie Manzke, senior,

Sandburg

13 goals, 3 assists. All-

Sectional, All-SWSC Blue.

She had the lone goal in

a sectional semifinal win

over LW West, plus two

goals against Downers

Grove South.

Lauren Newton, senior,

Tinley

19 goals, 7 assists.

All-Sectional. All-SSC.

She had two goals in a

regional championship

game against Marian

Catholic.

Natalie Miller, senior,

Lockport

4 goals, 4 assists. All-

Sectional, All-SWSC Blue.

The Porters’ captain

was great in 1-on-1

situations, leading the

attack from the flank. St.

Ambrose next year.

second team

forwarDs

Brooke Johnston, senior, LW East

15 goals, 4 assists. All-Sectional.

All-SWSC Blue.

Sam Koppers, senior, Andrew

13 goals, 4 assists. All-SWSC Red.

Erin Jaskierski, junior, Andrew

9 goals, 7 assists.

MiDfielDers

Abbey Ward, junior, LW Central

15 assists, 5 goals. All-Sectional.

All-SWSC Red.

Alex Dennis, senior, Andrew

11 goals, 6 assists. All-Sectional,

All-SWSC Red.

Kylee Brandau, senior, LW West

5 goals, 2 assists. All-Sectional, All-

SWSC Red.

Cameron Korhorn, junior,

Providence

6 goals, 10 assists. All-Sectional,

All-GCAC.

DefenDers

Samantha Sarna, senior, LW West

3 assists. All-SWSC Red. Involved in

7 shutouts this season.

Lindsay Graham, senior, Providence

3 goals, 2 assists. All-Sectional HM,

All-GCAC.

Jennifer Latoza, senior, Lockport

All-SWSC Blue.

Goalie

Reagan Tompkins, junior, Lockport

15 shutouts, .52 goals against

average.

DefenDer

Nicole Koppers, junior,

Andrew

The top T-Bolts defender

was a strong presence

on the field and part of

15 shutouts in 2019.

Goalie

Gabby Sportiello, senior,

Andrew

15 wins, 11 shutouts, .47

goals against average.

All-Sectional, All-SWSC

Red. The Thunderbolts’

captain might be the

best keeper in Andrew’s

history.

Honorable mentions:

F: Arienne Monteclar, junior, Sandburg; Haley Moustis, senior, LW East; Finley

Travis, senior, Lockport; Gabi Guerra, junior, Tinley.

M: Emma Goyola, sophomore, Tinley; Megan O’Neill, senior, Andrew; Bella

Corluka, sophomore, Sandburg; Erin O’Connor, freshman, Sandburg; RoseMarie

Richardson, freshman, Sandburg; Kayleigh Hanlon, junior, LW East; Chloe Barrett,

junior, Lockport; Anna Waishwell, junior, LW East.

D: Amanda Yaeger, sophomore, LW West; Sarah Matuszek, freshman, Lockport;

Alexa Simonsis, sophomore, Tinley.


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the mokena messenger | June 20, 2019 | 37

Lincoln-Way baseball, softball

players earn All-State honors

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central

pitcher/outfielder Amanda

Weyh was named to the

Class 4A All-State softball

first team by the Illinois

Coaches Association.

Weyh, a Lindenwood

recruit and Mokena resident,

was dominant with

her arm and her bat in her

senior season.

She went 13-1 with a

0.45 ERA in the circle,

striking out 103 in 78 2/3

innings. She also hit .430

with seven home runs, 35

RBI and 25 runs.

LW Central’s Carly Alvers

and LW East’s Danielle

Drogemuller were

named second team All-

State.

Alvers hit .461 with six

home runs and 36 RBI as a

sophomore third baseman

for the Knights.

Drogemuller, a Pitt recruit,

went 16-7 with a

2.01 ERA and hit .333 for

her junior season.

LW Central’s Gabby

Gedville and Ashley

Platek, and LW East’s

Paige Geraghty and Lexi

Krause were named third

team All-State.

Lincoln-Way East’s

Cole Kirschsieper and

Ryan Ritter were named

to the Class 4A All-State

team by the Illinois High

School Baseball Coaches

Association.

Kirschsieper, an Illinois

recruit, went 10-1 with a

0.42 ERA and struck out

70 while walking just 14

in 66 innings pitched.

Lincoln-Way Central’s

Amanda Weyh, a Mokena

resident, was named

first team All-State by

the Illinois Coaches

Association. 22ND CENTURY

MEDIA FILE PHOTO

Ritter, an Austin Peay

recruit, hit .429 with four

home runs, 23 RBI, 41

runs and 10 stolen bases.

Ritter was drafted by the

Cubs in the 33rd round of

the MLB Draft earlier this

month.

BUYING OR SELLING?

CALL CHRISTINE KACZMARSKI

LINCOLN - WAY RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL SPECIALIST FOR OVER 27 YEARS

Big changes ahead for IHSA basketball, football

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

The Illinois High

School Association announced

last week a format

change for the boys

and girls state basketball

finals. Beginning in 2021,

the finals for all four classes

in girls basketball will

be held over one three-day

weekend, with all four

classes of boys being

contested the following

weekend.

In the past, Classes 1A

and 2A were held over

one weekend, with 3A and

4A the next.

Under the new format,

16 games will be played

each week, from Thursday

to Saturday, and the championship

games in all four

classes will be held on the

same Saturday.

The hope is the change

will boost attendance. It

prevents the large-class

boys finals from conflicting

with the highly-popular

opening weekend of

the NCAA Tournament, as

it has in recent years.

“There has been a great

deal of support for this

new tournament format

over the past few months,”

IHSA Executive Director

Craig Anderson said in a

press release. “We tried to

be as transparent as possible,

communicating the

idea and seeking feedback

from basketball coaches

and school administrators

throughout the state

in a variety of ways. It

was fairly unanimous that

most felt like it was {an}

idea worth trying.”

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Hypothetical football

districts

Last month, the IHSA

released proposed districts

for football, which

is slated to switch to the

new format - in which the

IHSA will schedule seven

or eight of a team’s nineregular

season games

based on location and enrollment

- in 2021.

Under the proposal,

Lincoln-Way East would

be in Class 8A district

with Belleville East, Edwardsville,

Joliet Central,

Joliet West, Lockport,

Minooka and O’Fallon,

meaning the Griffins

would have to take two

trips to the St. Louis

metro area every other

year, and one in other

seasons.

Lincoln-Way Central is

slated to play in a 7A district

with LW West, Bradley-Bourbonnais,

Thornton,

T.F. South, Plainfield

Central, Romeoville,

Thornwood and Yorkville.

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One LW grad is good, two is better for UIC baseball

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Mokena native and LW

East graduate Ryan

O’Reilly was one of the

most-used pitchers in

UIC’s bullpen. PHOTOs

COURTESY OF UIC ATHLETICS

Lincoln-Way North graduate Ryan Fredrickson had a memorable final collegiate season at UIC.

Ryan O’Reilly persevered

through the setbacks

and kept working hard to

make his baseball dreams

come true.

The Mokena native and

Lincoln-Way East graduate

met one of his ultimate

goals this spring: pitching,

and having success, at the

NCAA Division I level.

O’Reilly helped Illinois-

Chicago win the Horizon

League and play in the

NCAA Tournament. In

his first season with the

Flames, he became a mainstay

in the bullpen and one

of the most dependable relievers

on the team.

“I felt like if I came in

here and was able to do

whatever was asked me of

to the best of my abilities,

that good things would

happen,” O’Reilly said. “I

feel like for the most part

I’ve done a great job with

that. I’ve had great support

from my coaches and

teammates and that’s made

things a lot easier.”

Joey Fredrickson, a Lincoln-Way

North graduate,

also played a prominent

role on the team as a starting

pitcher. Lincoln-Way

East graduate Jake Pomykalski

was also a part of

the Flames’ staff but made

just one appearance during

his redshirt freshman

season.

For O’Reilly, developing

a big role at UIC was

a huge step on a journey

which began with two

seasons at Triton College,

a junior college in River

Grove. O’Reilly became

Triton’s top pitcher in

2018, leading the team in

innings pitched (57 1/3)

and strikeouts (60), and

compiling a 3.30 ERA. He

pitched eight scoreless innings

and struck out 11 in

a regional championship

win over South Suburban

to send Triton to nationals.

All that attracted the attention

of the UIC coaching

staff.

“It’s always been a goal

of mine just to compete at

this level,” O’Reilly said.

“It feels really good. Going

from high school, to

the grind through junior

college, to here, it’s nice

seeing all the hard work

pay off. It’s satisfying. I’m

really proud of all the hard

work I put in to be able to

play at this level.”

O’Reilly ranked third

on UIC in appearances,

pitching 21 times out of

the bullpen. He had a 4.10

ERA and struck out 19 in

26 1/3 innings pitched.

He made the transition

from junior college to Division

I pretty smoothly.

“It’s a big change,” he

said. “The talent got a

lot better. My teammates

pushed me to a higher limit.

The biggest challenge

was just adapting to more

games, more practices,

workouts, 5 a.m. lifts. At

the junior college, it just

didn’t really compare to

the grind that there is here.

“It’s a lot tougher, but it

made me better.”

The Flames had a tough

start to the season, winning

just one of their first eight

games. They rebounded

late in the season, entered

the Horizon League Tournament

as the No. 2 seed,

and won the championship

to earn their spot in the

NCAA Tournament.

“To come back and do

what we did is great,”

O’Reilly said. “No one

thought we were capable

of doing this, but everyone

on the team believed we

could compete and make it

to a regional.”

UIC’s season ended at

the Louisville Regional, as

the Flames went 0-2 with

losses to the host Cardinals

and Indiana.

A memorable final chapter

Fredrickson was a fifthyear

senior who made the

most out of his final season

of college baseball.

In his second year with

UIC, the Lincoln-Way

North graduate cracked the

starting rotation.

“All through my baseball

carer, I’d never been

a reliever up until last season,”

he said. “I knew I’m

at my best when I’m starting.

Last year was a big

transition. I knew going

into this year that I had to

fight for that starter’s role

and I knew I wanted it.”

Fredrickson finished

second on the team in wins

as he went 6-5 with a 4.57

ERA.

He was also second in

innings pitched with 84

2/3.

“I like being a guy

coaches can depend on,

getting into later innings,

they won’t have to worry

about if they should put

me in for another inning,”

he said. “I think I’ve

shown there’s not going to

be a lot of things that are

going to get to me during

the game.’’

Like O’Reilly, Fredrickson

began his career at a

junior college, pitching

two seasons at BlackHawk

College in Moline.

“It’s been a really great

ride,” he said. “Out of high

school, I had aspirations to

play at the highest level of

college baseball. I would

have liked to take that

route out of high school.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t

work out, but I knew going

the junior college route

wasn’t the worst thing in

the world. I knew I just

had to work even harder,

and my work ethic went

up while I was at juco and

helped me get here.”

Fredrickson continued a

family tradition. His parents,

Jim and Wendy, were

both gymnasts at UIC.

“It’s cool to hear the

stories about what it was

like when they went to

UIC and how things have

changed so much,” Fredrickson

said. “There are

some things that haven’t

changed, too.”


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fastbreak

Girls Basketball

Lincoln-Way Central looking for summer improvement

steve millar/22nd Century

Media

1st and 3

THREE YOUNG STARS

WITH BRIGHT FUTURES

1. Megan Hutchinson

Hutchinson (above)

had a huge first high

school season as

a sophomore for

Lincoln-Way Central

soccer, pouring

in 31 goals and

adding nine assists

despite missing

several games due

to an injury. She’s

already committed to

Purdue.

2. Ryan Kraft

Another LW Central

star who’s already

committed to a Big

10 school despite

just finishing his

sophomore season.

Kraft, who’s headed

to Indiana, hit .365

with four home runs

and 25 RBI and went

4-0 as a pitcher.

3. Erika Ho

Ho, a LW East

student, was second

in goals on the

Lincoln-Way co-op

girls lacrosse teams

as a freshman this

spring.

JOE BIELANSKI, Editorial Intern

The Lincoln-Way Central

Knights look to use

the summer to build off of

last year. In 2018-19, the

Knights girls’ basketball

team went 13-15 overall

and 5-7 in conference

play while battling injuries

most of the season. They

lost their playoff opener, a

regional semifinal against

Homewood-Flossmoor.

The summer league is

a great way to build team

chemistry and iron out any

wrinkles going into the

season.

Central coach Dave

Campanile understands

the importance of these

offseason games to get the

team ready to start off on

the right foot.

“The summer is big for

us,” Campanile said. “We

always talk about the first

day of camp, and the first

thing I say is, ‘The 2019-

2020 season starts today.

It doesn’t start in October,

it doesn’t start on November

first, it starts June

first.’”

Campanile plans to

use the summer season to

evaluate the team and help

determine its strengths and

weaknesses.

“Summer basketball is

very big for us, to be able

to get that momentum

and give us a better idea

of who we can count on,”

Campanile said. “We really

want to build on our

league, when we go away

to team camp and figure

Lincoln-Way Central’s Regan LoConte hopes to continue to develop as a team leader

over the summer.

out our identity.”

Campanile hopes leadership

will continue to develop

over the summer.

“We had some good senior

leaders here,” Campanile

said. “Not even

just senior leadership, but

returning varsity leaders.

Haley Stoklosa and Regan

LoConte did a really great

job.”

The Knights will also

rely on some newcomers,

as well as underclassmen

who are moving into a bigger

role.

“We have had a couple

of young players step up,”

Campanile said. “It’s good

to have that competition

during the summer and

have players be competing

against each other.”

Returning senior and

leader Regan LoConte

looks to have an even bigger

impact with the team.

LoConte is a sharpshooting,

three-point specialist

who hit 79 shots from

beyond the arc last season.

She averaged 12.4 points

per game and 1.8 steals.

“I would say since I’m a

senior, I feel like I have to

step up for us as a leader,”

LoConte said. “I want to

make sure my teammates

feel comfortable and I

want to get the ball to my

teammates when they’re

open and be more of a vocal

leader.”

Also looking to be a

leader on the team, returning

junior Haley Stoklosa

looks forward to the season

ahead and the challenges

it will bring.

One of the Knights’

toughest tasks will be filling

the void left by Abi

Baumgartner, who was

the inside complement to

LoConte’s outside game

last season. Baumgartner,

who’s headed to play

basketball at Wisconsin-

Whitewater, averaged 10.3

points and 6.4 rebounds

last season.

Stoklosa had a big

sophomore season and is

a versatile player for the

Knights.

“Definitely these games

allow us to see how our

team plays, since a lot

of seniors left this year,”

Stoklosa said. “Playing

against these teams in the

future, we can see how we

are able to get open to be

able to score.”

The Knights opened the

summer schedule with a

win over crosstown rival

Providence and look to

use that momentum going

Rising junior Haley Stoklosa will be counted on heavily

by Lincoln-Way Central next season.

22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTOS

into the rest of the summer

season.

“[These games] also allow

us to see how we will

play defense on them,”

Stoklosa said. “There’s

only four seniors on the

team this year, it helps us

get to know the team and

be able to bond like we did

last year.”

This summer, LoConte

hopes that playing together

can help create a chemistry

that will help the Knights

in the regular season.

“Last year we were able

to know what our teammates

were saying without

them actually saying anything,”

LoConte said. “We

became that close, so we

just want to be able to get

the plays down and work

as a team more since there

is new players.”

LISTEN UP

“It feels really good. Going from high school, to the grind through

junior college, to here, it’s nice seeing all the hard work pay off.

It’s satisfying.”

Ryan O’Reilly – Mokena native and LW East graduate, on pitching at UIC this

spring

Tune In

Football, Saturday, June 22

Richards 7-on-7

• Get your first glimpse of the 2019 Lincoln-Way East

football team at the annual 7-on-7 competition.

Index

36 - Team 22 Girls Soccer

35 - Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar, s.millar@22ndcm.com.


mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | June 20, 2019

SUMMER KNIGHTS

LW Central girls basketball team

hopes to make strides in summer

league, Page 39

SOCCER STARS

The area’s top players form

our Team 22 for girls soccer,

Page 36

Mokena’s O’Reilly,

LW North grad

Fredrickson thrive

on UIC pitching

staff, Page 38

Mokena native and Lincoln-Way East

graduate Ryan O’Reilly was a dependable

option in the bullpen for UIC this spring.

INSET: LW North graduate Joey Fredrickson earned

a spot in the starting rotation with UIC this spring.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF UIC ATHLETICS

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