ticipated FY 2020 expenditures

are estimated in the

amount of $29,609,365,

an increase of about 12.26

percent from the FY 2019


“From an untrained eye,

it could say it is an unbalanced

budget, but the real-

6 | June 20, 2019 | the mokena messenger news

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


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-

Please see village, 8

Round it up

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


• 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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