ticipated FY 2020 expenditures are estimated in the amount of $29,609,365, an increase of about 12.26 percent from the FY 2019 budget. “From an untrained eye, it could say it is an unbalanced budget, but the real- 6 | June 20, 2019 | the mokena messenger news mokenamessenger.com 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- Please see village, 8 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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