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NAWS raising

funds for its

medical programs,

Page 3

Jeannine Huck (left), board president

of NAWS, holds Moses while Stacy

Gaskins, founder of NAWS, holds Tilly at

the NAWS shelter in Mokena Saturday,

July 13. NAWS is holding fundraisers

throughout the area to raise funds

for its depleted medical fund. Mary

Compton/22nd Century Media


speak out Village

Board faces criticism

over Confederate group,

Page 4

Bridging hearts

and minds

Mokena activist

group protests immigration

policies, Page 5


retiring State

Rep. McDermed

announces she won’t

seek reelection, Page 6

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Make and take tie-dye

T-shirts and hats

10-11 a.m. July 18, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St. in Mokena.

Get creative at the library

and go tie-dye. Go back

in time to make tie-dye T-

shirts and hats. The library

will provide the T-shirt and

hat for each child. Limit of

20 participants in grades

first-third. To register, call

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Women’s self-defense


6-9 p.m. July 18, New

Lenox Village Hall. State

Rep. Margo McDermed,

together with One Light

Self Defense, is hosting a

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escapes. RSVP by calling

Rep. McDermed’s office

at (815) 277-2079.

Music in the park

7 p.m. July 18, Yunker

Park, 10824 W. LaPorte

Road in Mokena. Join

Mokena Community Park

District for a free outdoor

concert featuring The

Wild Upside. For more information,

call (708) 390-

2401, or visit mokenapark.



Firecracker weekend

July 19-20, Metra parking

lot on Front Street in

downtown Mokena. Join

the Mokena Lions Club

for its annual Firecracker

weekend. This year’s

event will begin on July 19

with a music event sponsored

by the VFW Post

725, featuring students

from All About Music in

Mokena. The Firecracker

Dance will open the gates

at 5 p.m. on July 20, featuring

Johnny Russler

and the Beach Bum Band

& Rendition, and closes

down at 12:30 a.m. Tickets

can be purchased from Lions

Club members, or on

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org for $10 each, or $15

at the gate. Each ticket is

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be redeemed at various

Mokena businesses.

Movie under the stars at

the library

8-10 p.m. July 19, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St. in Mokena.

Grab a blanket and the

family and head to the

Mokena Community Public

Library District for

a free movie under the

stars. Checkout the movie

choices on Facebook or in

the Children’s Department

and vote for your favorite

movie to be viewed. Popcorn

and water provided,

so all you have to do is sit

back and enjoy the show.

To register, please call

(708) 479-9663, or register

on our events calendar



Make and take Legos at

the library

1-1:45 p.m. July 20,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St. in Mokena.

Get ready to have an awesome

afternoon 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



Festa Italiana

11 a.m.-9 p.m. July

21, Metra Parking lon on

Front Street in downtown

Mokena. Festa Italiana returns

for its sixth year. The

fest features music, food,

door prizes and Italian

novelties. Tickets are $10

for adults; children ages 15

and under are free. Ticket

includes admission and an

entry in a raffle. For more

information, call (773)

988-1580, or visit moke


Duffy Hudson as Dr. Seuss

10-10:45 a.m. July 22,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St. in Mokena.

Join Broadway and film

actor Duffy Hudson and

the Mokena Community

Public Library District

in this fast paced romp

through the most loved

and classic works of Dr.

Seuss. Watch beloved

classics come to life as

never seen before in this

unique and lively 45-minute

all-ages show. To register,

call (708) 479-9663,

or register on our events

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Jewelry Making with Liz


6-8:30 p.m. July 23,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St. in Mokena.

Join the Mokena Community

Public Library

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the Garage as she helps

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to craft pieces of jewelry.

Everyone will make

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bracelet using lava beads,

glass beads, focal bead

and a metal hook closure.

Learn a little bit about essential

oils and how they

can benefit you when you

use them on your new diffuser

bracelet. All supplies

and instructions are included.

A limit of 12 participants.

To register, call

(708) 479-9663, or register

on our events calendar



Sensory-friendly dinosaur


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

27, Mokena Community

Public Library District,

11327 W. 195th St. in

Mokena. Join the Mokena

Community Public

Library District as our

sensory-friendly program

goes back in time to locate

and dig up dinosaur

bones. Each child will get

their own sensory friendly

dig site and special dinosaur

to discover. Child

should come with a parent

or caregiver. Limit of

10 children per class, ages

3–9 years old. To register,

call (708) 479-9663, or


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NAWS seeks support

for animals’ treatment

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

With her eyes filling up

with tears, Jeannine Huck,

board president of NAWS

Humane Society in Mokena,

talked about a recent

dog that was brought in.

“Found by garbage

men in a southeast suburb,

Tilly was tied up to

a dumpster,” Huck began.

“Her ribs were sticking

out. She was emaciated.

Despite her condition, she

kept licking the faces of

the men who found her.

Starving, the men knew

they couldn’t leave her

there. They put her into

the truck and took her

to the police station. By

some miracle she wound

up at NAWS.”

So far medical costs just

for Tilly are $8,000. Tilly

was overbred and showed

signs of distress. She has a

mass cell tumor.

“I don’t know how anyone

could treat an animal

like that,” Huck said.

There are more stories

like Tilly’s. There are more

needs. NAWS right now is

looking at $50,000 in medical

bills for immediate

medical costs for animals

suffering from various


“There are a couple of

ways people can help,”

Huck said. “Obviously

financial contributions

to help medical costs for

Tilly and animals such as

Sun, Wind and Rain, who

are kittens all born without

upper eyelids.”

NAWS is a no-kill shelter.

The pets are located

at the NAWS Campus in

Mokena, in foster homes,

NAWS Humane Society volunteer Brooke Miller (left)

holds Keno the dog while Emily Linz pets her at Kick

the Keg fundraiser Crafted in Mokena Saturday, July 13.

Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

and some of the cats are

housed in partner stores,

such as PetSmart in Mokena

and Petco in Downers


“We are always in need

of foster homes,” Huck

said. “They need foster

homes for senior pets,

for hospice pets and animals

needing a temporary

home. For the older animals,

we want them to live

out their days with a family

that loves them. We are

in need of cat volunteers,

as well, looking for people

to help maintain them at

the facility. From the first

of the year until June we

adopted out 375 cats. The

year before that overall we

adopted out 602.”

A few businesses have

stepped up to help. On Saturday,

July 13, Crafted in

Mokena held a Kick the

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Responding to the incidents

of vandalism in

Mokena over the last two

years, Fleischer said the

Village immediately responded

by removing the

defaced property “because,

albeit a rare occurrence,

the Village was prepared

and takes concerning act

like this seriously.”

“Each member of this

board condemns such acts

and will prosecute the responsible

individuals to

the fullest extent of the

law,” Fleischer said.

He added that those random

acts are difficult to

prosecute if the offenders

are not caught in the act.

But he said the Village will

continue to investigate the


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Mokena Board of Trustees

Residents ‘hurt’ by Confederate group in Fourth of July event speak out

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

Concerns from residents

regarding the participation

of a pro-Confederacy

group in the recent Fourth

of July festivities was top

of mind July 8, during the

Village of Mokena Board

of Trustees meeting.

Mokena residents and

members of the Southwest

Suburban Activists spoke

during the public comment

portion of the meeting to

register their complaints

and ask Village officials

for answers — as well as

action. This came after the

2nd Kentucky Cavalry,

Company D group participated

in the Village’s Independence

Day festivities.

Emily Biegel, president

of Southwest Suburban

Activists, said the group

attended because Mokena

residents asked them to

get involved “because they

were outraged, and the

Village of Mokena was not


“Historically, [the Village]

has not responded

when requests are made

for changes in the Village,”

Biegel said. “For

evidence, you can see

things like swastikas spray

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in public.”

Biegel said when elected

officials don’t listen and

don’t respond to the needs

of their residents, “their

residents organize without

them — and, in many

ways, against them.”

Another reason Biegel

said she was attending was

to request that Daniel Ray,

a member of the Village’s

Planning and Zoning

Commission and the Zoning

Board of Appeals, be

removed from his duties.

Biegel claimed that after

the group made its concerns

known on Facebook

about the Village hiring “a

neo-Confederate group to

come and be part of the

Fourth of July Celebration,”

Ray responded with

a “wildly inappropriate”


“So much so, that when

he and four other people

made threats against us …

we took all of those threats

to the police, and a police

report has been made,”

Biegel said. “It has been

fully documented, and we

expect action be taken.”

After her comments,

Mayor Frank Fleischer

provided a brief comment

on Ray.

“In the decision with Mr.

Ray, the Village is reviewing

the matter,” Fleischer

said. “We will get back to

you when it is appropriate

[and] we research it ourselves.

So, the residents

will get an answer on that.”

Three others spoke, including

Bill Walsh, who

wanted answers as to who

invited the 2nd Kentucky

Cavalry group to participate.

Fleischer responded

by stating the group has

been participating for 15


Walsh followed by asking

how much was paid to

the group. Assistant Village

Administrator Kirk

Zoellner said the group

was paid $875.

Walsh, who detailed his

family’s deep roots in the

military, said he was “hurt”

by the inclusion of the pro-

Confederacy group.

“I’m hurt by a number

of different things because

the history of the

Confederacy is they were

anti-black, anti-Jew and

anti-Catholic,” Walsh said.

“The neo-Confederates

will add anti-brown and

anti-Muslim to that group.

Round it up

A brief recap of other items discussed during the

July 8 Board of Trustees meeting.

• The Village Board members voted 5-0 to

approve the appointment of Mike Lief to the street

maintenance worker position. The position was

previously held by Ryan Petrow, who was recently

promoted to be a wastewater plant and water


• The board members also voted 5-0 to update

the Village’s sign code regarding temporary

promotional and window signs. The new temporary

sign regulations include: allowing businesses to

have up to two signs with a total not to exceed 32

square feet, and allowing businesses to hold up to

six promotions of 15 days each in a calendar year.

The new window sign ordinance includes limiting

those signs to no more than 25 percent of the

window area, and signage must allow for a clear

look into the business.

• Two newly hired police officers, Sean Bolton and

Gregory Anicich, were introduced to the Village

Board at the meeting. The two new officers both

graduated from the Suburban Law Enforcement

Academy at the College of DuPage on July 3, and

they are replacing officers who recently resigned.

This is really a disgusting

group. I have no problems

with Confederate cemeteries

and appropriate statues

honoring the passing of a

fellow person. But we have

no business honoring basically

what I call a treasonous

group of people who

wanted to secede from the

union. I’m hurt by it.”

Walsh also said he was

upset that when he saw

newscasts about the matter,

the reports said no officials

from the Village were

available for comment.

“You guys have got to

step up,” Walsh said.

Later, during his comments

to the Village Board,

Fleischer addressed the

Fourth of July concerns,

as well as comments made

about previous acts of vandalism

and possible racism

in the Village.

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Mokena protestors demand change in immigration

Yasmeen Sheikah

Freelance Reporter

Protesters rallied on a bridge

at 12063 Prestancia Drive in Mokena

Friday, July 12, taking part

in Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to

End Human Detention Camps.

Approximately 60 people

were in attendance on the warm

evening chanting phrases, holding

signs and expressing their

feelings toward Immigration and

Customs Enforcement, a law enforcement

agency for the United

States that has recently been under

mass amounts of criticism.

The demonstration came after

evidence of inhumane conditions

at the southern border surfaced

of men, women and children being

separated from their families

and forced into inhabitable conditions

after the government discovered

they reside in the United

States without proper paperwork

and citizenship.

Demonstrations were coordinated

to take place all over the

country at 7 p.m., and the Southwest

Suburban Activists decided

to stay local in the hopes of gaining

the attention of those in the

suburbs to join.

Director of the Southwest

Suburban Activists Emily Biegel

read out loud one of the 50

handouts containing information

and phrases protesters were given,

saying: “We must do better,

don’t look away.”

Another quote in the handout

read: “Having these protests locally

in the not-so-open-minded

far south suburbs has an impact

and forces people out of their

comfort zone.”

“We want those seeking asylum

to know that we have their

backs,” Biegel said. “Here, we

all help and support each other.

We want them to know they’re

not alone, and people all over the

country are protesting for their

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Southwest Suburban Activists Director Emily Biegel (with megaphone) chants during a protest against

immigration policies Friday, July 12. Approximately 60 protestors showed up on a bridge over Lincoln

Highway in Mokena for the nationwide Lights for Liberty campaign. Yasmeen Sheikah/22ndCentury Media

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Keg fundraiser for NAWS.

The humane society is

looking for more businesses

that can step up and

hold a fundraiser or donate

materials, such as cat litter,

bleach pet food and more.

Paula Rogers, from Mokena,

has been a volunteer

with NAWS for six years.

This day she is the lead

coordinator for the Crafted

event. Rogers grew up with

dogs and cats all her life,

and said she believes it is

important to help animals.

“Having a fundraiser,

such as today, is critical to

our success,” Rogers said.

“Without events like this,

we can’t get the word out

about NAWS, we can’t get

the animals adopted and

we can’t get the funding

for the shelter that is so

desperately needed.”

While patrons stopped

in at Crafted, they came by

to pet a dog and hold a kitten.

Paula’s husband, Tim,

held one kitten for most of

the fundraiser.

“He’s the dad to our

three cats,” Paula said.

Tim, who recently retired

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Right now NAWS has

several cats and kittens

ready for adoption. People

can view the cats at the

NAWS Campus located

at 9981 W. 190th Street in

Mokena. Viewing hours

begin at noon daily until

7 p.m. weeknights, 4 p.m.

Saturdays and 2 p.m. on


Adoptions for dogs is

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parties in adopting

a dog need to make

an appointment with an

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“We want to find these

animals homes and we

want to save their lives,”

Huck said.

face incident at a gas station

in the Village by teenagers,

Fleischer said the

participants were minors

and are protected by the Illinois

Juvenile Court Act.

“I think it is important

to stop and understand

that an incident like this

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State Rep. McDermed announces retirement

Staff Report

State Rep. Margo McDermed announced

through a press release July 10

that she would not be seeking reelection

in November 2020.

“If I were to win reelection next year, I

would turn 70 years old shortly after being

sworn in,” the statement read. “After

30 years as a corporate lawyer, followed

by 14 years as an elected official, it’s time

to retire again.”

After finishing her corporate career in

2006, McDermed was elected to a series

of offices including Frankfort Township

Clerk, Will County Board and finally as

State Representative for the 37th District,

which covers portions of Mokena, Frankfort

and New Lenox.

“It has been an honor to serve and

get to know the residents of the 37th

District,” McDermed wrote in her announcement.

“I will continue to call it

home and be its staunch advocate, but

the time has come for me to take a step

back. After serving out my current term

should not be used for

an ulterior motive or to

define a village, and certainly

not the Village of

Mokena,” Fleischer said.

“How should Mokena be

defined? We know that

we are blessed with a

phenomenal place to live,

raise a family, and grow

old with our loved ones

and friends.”

When it came to the

topic of the Fourth of

July inclusion of the 2nd

Kentucky Cavalry group,

Fleischer said “the Village

of Mokena has never and

will never condone action

that threatens the safety of

our residents.”

“Further, as the Village’s

motto says — ‘Pleasant

living through planned

progress’ — [that] requires

all of us, elected officials

and residents alike, to

work together when there

is an issue that could interfere

with our pleasant living

or planned progress,”

he said.

State Rep. Margo McDermed

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that ends in January 2021, I plan to travel,

quilt, volunteer and spend more time

with my two granddaughters and all my


Fleischer said the 2nd

Kentucky Cavalry is a war

re-enactment group, and

they always fly the American


“As we all know, that

group did not conduct a

war re-enactment in the

Village,” Fleischer said.

“What they did was provide

a realistic sound effect

in support of our

community band during

the band’s musical presentation.

I believe that the

group has provided this

service for nearly 15-plus


Fleischer also stated that

in the late ’60s and early

’70s, “people protesting

the Vietnam War attacked

the soldiers who fought in

that war.”

“With time and perspective,

we as a country

have seen that attacking

the soldiers was wrong,”

Fleischer said. “Now, we

celebrate their service to

our country because that

recognition honors the soldiers.

That understanding

is relevant here because

our celebration in Mokena

is about country. Our citizens,

our soldiers — it is

not about politics.”

Fleischer said there are

residents who object to

groups like the 2nd Kentucky

Cavalry because

of their association to the

Confederate army and its

relation to slavery.

“There is no doubt that

the Village of Mokena does

not and will not associate

with any group that has

such a purpose and certainly

those concerned residents

agree with that,” he said.

“The Village will meet with

these concerned residents to

listen to concerns.”

Fleischer concluded by

stating these would be the

last comments he would

make publicly about the

matter, but that he would

be “more than happy” to

meet with individuals to

discuss it further. mokena

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From Page 5


Biegel said her motivation

to become active

in issues of social justice

came after attending the

2016 Women’s March and

meeting five other women

who wanted to push for

change in legislation and

politicians. The women,

who were strangers at the

time, exchanged postcards

and became friends.

“I really don’t believe

there is such a thing as

someone else’s children,”

Biegel said. “I am a teacher

and I am in charge of

other people’s children all

the time. My students are

aware of what I do after

school and they know my

teaching doesn’t stop after

I leave the classroom.”

Protesters came from

all over as they held their

handmade signs and chanted.

Tim and Pam Good

came out to Mokena from


“Theses are our same

signs from last year,” Pam

said. “These demonstrations

are all about how we

can make a difference and

what we need to do to step

up and make it happen.”

“Regardless of your

stance on immigration,

these are children and it is

a matter of how they are

being treated,” Tim said

while holding a sign that

read “Jesus was a refugee.”

“People need to be more

informed,” he said. “It is

our duty as Americans to

care about our votes. It is

frustrating to see weeks,

days and months go by

without effective change.”

Other protesters, such as

Lisa and Tim Wiencek, of

Mokena, held lit candles

in silence. The two had

sad looks upon their faces

as they circled around

with Lisa’s brother, David

Ginsburg, discussing their

thoughts on the vigil.

“Something really needs

to change,” Lisa said. “We

need to stop putting kids

in cages and stop tearing

families apart. So many

people are here today and

we want our voices to be

heard. Let people live their

lives peacefully and let

them feel safe.”

Jeremy James, of Mokena,

played a tune for peace

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on a small hand drum accompanied

by family,

friends and his girlfriend.

“It is important that we

come together even in

small communities like

ours,” James said. “It

makes an impact on a bigger

scale and we are fighting

for peace.”

Cathy Griffin, treasurer

of the Southwest Suburban

Activists, resides in New

Lenox and recently moved

from Rogers Park in Chicago.

“It was a culture shock

to move out here because

Rogers Park is full of so

much diversity,” Griffin

said. “We are horrified

by what we are seeing on

the southern border and

we are trying to progress

our towns into speaking

for change, as well. This

is something we wish we

didn’t have to believe, but

it is real and it is happening.

Children are in cages

and being separated from

families. This is a humanitarian

crisis and we can’t

stay quiet about it.”

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Say ‘Aloha’ to the return

of Tinley’s block party

Tinley Park will celebrate

its 21st annual Block

Party from noon to 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 21. This

year’s theme is tropical,

and will continue to be for

the following years.

Guests can enjoy free

entertainment along Oak

Park Avenue from 171st to

Hickory streets. Residents

can enjoy new vendors

such as 350 Brewing, The

Open Bottle and Parmesan

Station. Food and drinks

can be purchased with


There will be two stages,

one to the south and one

to the north. The concerts

will begin at noon with

The Walk-ins on the south

stage and South of Disorder

on the north stage. The

Walk-ins are a local Tinley

band made up of teachers

who play a variety of music,

and the South of Disorder

play music inspired

by Jimmy Buffett.

The band Johnny

Russler, a tropical-sounding

artist, will perform at

4 p.m. on the south stage

– while Arra, a classic rock

band, plays on the north

stage. Among the crowd

there will be soloist, duos

and DJs set up to play in

between the main stage


There will be two areas

for children of all ages

that include bumper cars,

inflatables and mini golf.

Starting at 1 p.m., people

can sign up for the bean

bag tournament that will

begin at 2 p.m.

All activities will be free

except for the Odyssey

Fun World zipline ride,

which will be $8.

People who come to the

Block Party are encouraged

to dress up.

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Providence alum Kotowski

the Missouri Valley

Freshman of the Year in


The only two players in

Missouri State history to

put on a bigger power display

during their freshman

seasons than Providence

Catholic alum Dakota

Kotowski both went on to

play in the Major Leagues.

That’s quite elite company

Kotowski — a 2018

Providence graduate — is

now in. He joins Jason

Hart, who hit 15 home

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runs in 1996 and had a cup

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National League Rookie

of the Year with the Phillies

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a ridiculous season of 58

home runs and 149 RBI.

“I didn’t think about any

of the stats until after the

season because I was focused

on my game play,”

Kotowski said. “When my

mom pulled me aside and

told me I got named first

team all-conference, it was

something mind-blowing

to me because I didn’t play

in the first 20 games of the


Kotowski slugged 12

home runs to tie for the

lead in the Missouri Valley

Conference with Illinois

State junior outfielder

John Rave, who was taken

in the fifth round of the

Major League Baseball

Draft on June 4 by the

Kansas City Royals.

Kotowski, an outfielder/

first baseman, certainly

caught the attention of

opposing pitchers as well

as coaching staffs — and

those sitting behind the

fence — as he was named

Freshman of the Year in

The Valley.

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Freelance Reporter . For

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Man shot through door in

alleged targeted attack

An Orland Park man

reportedly was in stable

condition Monday, July

15, after being shot twice

in the abdomen the prior


The 20-year-old man or

his family are believed to

have been the “intended

target,” according to a

press release from the Orland

Park Police Department.

As of press time, Lt.

Ken Rosinski said a motive

was not yet known,

but the manner — the offender

rang the doorbell

and did not enter the home

— suggests it was targeted.

The incident occurred

at 9:11 p.m. in the 9600

block of Kris Trail.

The weapon, a 40 caliber

semi-automatic gun,

was fired through the

still-closed door, which is

glass, Rosinski noted.

“We do believe that this

house and/or family was

the intended target,” Rosinski

said. “Whether or

not it’s the actual victim

was the target we do not


Rosinski said police did

not believe there was any

danger to the public.

The victim was transported

to Christ Hospital

and reportedly was in stable


The alleged offender

was described as a black

male in his mid-20s who

may have been driving a

silver, older model sedan.

Anyone with information

is asked to call (708)

349-4111 or email cri

Reporting by Lauren Coughlin,

Contributing Editor. For

more, visit


Eagle Scout recognized by

Village for service project

The Homer Glen Village

Board recently recognized

Homer Glen resident

and Lockport Township

High School student Alex

Worachek, who received

his Eagle Scout award on

April 25.

While many Scouts do

not achieve Eagle status,

the highest rank in the Boy

Scouts of America, until

their junior or senior year

of high school, Worachek,

15, received his just before

completing his freshman


“They’re suggesting

the boys try to get them a

little earlier now so they

can continue working with

the younger Scouts in the

troop before they go off

to college and disappear,”

said Alex’s mom, Jennifer.

“It gives them time to give

back to the troop, and that

was important to Alex.”

In order to achieve the

rank of Eagle, a Scout has

to be active as a Life Scout

for at least six months, receive


from family and community

members, collect at

least 21 merit badges and

complete a service project

within the community.

For his service project,

Alex decided to pass on a

kindness that was given to

his younger brother, Justin,

when he had medical

problems as a child by collecting

stuffed animals for

children receiving treatment

in the hospital.

“I’ve personally seen

the comfort [stuffed animals]

bring to children,”

Alex told the Village

Board when he was presented

with his plaque last


“When he was picking

his project Alex wanted

to do something a little

different,” Jennifer explained.

“A lot of the

boys will do projects that

revolve around building

something, but he wanted

to do something that

hadn’t been done before.”

Throughout the month

of April 2018, Worachek

collected 1,818 stuffed

animals, which he sorted

through with his fellow

members of Troop 318 and

delivered to Stroger Hospital

in Chicago on July

10, 2018.

Reporting by Jessie Molloy,

Freelance Reporter . For more,



Lockport police officer

surprises community with

friendly gesture

The day before the

Fourth of July was a

scorcher, but one Lockport

Police Department officer

took the chance to brighten

the day in a cool way.

On that Wednesday afternoon,

Lockport Township

Park District Camp

Counselor Stephanie Dinolfo

said the summer

camp children had just settled

into their “free-choice

time” playing games or

water activities at Willow

Walk Park in Lockport

when she noticed an officer

nearby was monitoring

a stop sign. Residents in

the neighborhood claimed

to be having trouble with

the intersection and speeding


Not long after, the officer

drove into the parking

lot of the park, announced

something on his loud

speaker and according to

Dinolfo, the campers took

off running toward the officer.

“Free ice cream,” Officer

Vince Vitacco announced

on his speaker.

He brought Bomb Pops

popsicles for all the kids at

camp to cool off with under

the pavilion.

Dinolfo said, “I guess

Officer Vitacco just

thought it was an extremely

hot day and in the spirit

of Independence Day he

wanted to be patriotic and

do something nice for the

kids to show them police

are there as friends and allies.”

Dinolfo said the kind

gesture really stuck with

her and the other camp


“We just want to say

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Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From as of Monday,

July 15

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Become a member:

“Walking my dog in Grasmere and noticed

a neighbor’s garage door open. Called the

non-emergency number at 1:27am and

police on their driveway within 5 minutes!!

Thank you Mokena PD!”

Karen Lynch posted this to Mokena Neighborhood

Watch’s Facebook page July 10.

From the Editor

On the value of representation

TJ Kremer iii

The Illinois General

Assembly will be

welcoming in a

new member representing

the 37th District come

2020 since current State

Rep. Margo McDermed

announced she will not be

seeking reelection. (That

news is on Page 6.)

She said she plans to

spend more time with her

family and do some travelling

in her retirement, and

I’d like to wish her the best.

I’d just like to take a moment

and thank McDermed

for all she’s done in the

community. Putting politics

aside, McDermed has long

been an active member of

our community in Mokena,

as well as the surrounding

Lincoln-Way area.

It is not uncommon to

see McDermed out and

about at events around

town, chatting with residents

and enjoying whatever

particular festivities

are going on.

And then there are the

many programs and events

she regularly has sponsored

in our community,

from senior driving classes

to women’s self-defense

classes — both of which

were scheduled to be held

earlier this week, on July 17

and July 18, respectively.

The thing is, whenever

I have had the opportunity

to cover one of

McDermed’s events, I

never got the impression

that playing politics was

her game. She didn’t seem

to care if attendees were

Republicans or Democrats.

All were equally welcomed

and treated with the

dignity that any human being

deserves. She seemed

to just want to do what she

could to help others in our


She even began a

citizenship workshop to

help immigrants navigate

the path to citizenship —

something some might be

surprised that a republican

would do. But, again, for

McDermed, doing what is

right in her heart seems to

trump doing what is politically

popular, even among

members of her own party.

So, I don’t know who

will end up replacing

McDermed in the General

Assembly, but I hope it’s

someone who demonstrates

the same passion for being

a civil servant that she has

during her tenure in politics.

We need more politicians

who are willing to work

with and provide services

for all their constituents, not

just the ones who check the

desired box at the polls.

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From Page 12

thank you to Officer Vitacco

for acknowledging

us and being a good role

model,” Dinolfo said.

Vitacco has been with

the Lockport Police Department

for 17 years. He

said he saw that the popsicles

were on sale at Jewel

and once he drove around

and saw children everywhere

playing outside in

the heat, he knew what he

wanted to do.

Reporting by Alex Ivanisevic,

Editor. For more, visit


Frankfort families

celebrate summer at Party

in the Park

It was an evening filled

with flying frisbees,

bounce house jumping

and music provided by DJ

Keith Wallace — who also

serves as the executive director

of the Lincolnway

Special Recreation Association.

The Frankfort Park

District’s second Party in

the Park of the year, held

at Heritage Knolls Park,

brought families together

for a night of games

and activities. The series

kicked off in June with the

“Fortnite Dance into Summer”


A third party, “Dog Days

of Summer,” is scheduled

for Aug. 12 at Jackson

Creek Park.

“Tonight is about awareness,”

said Karyn Reczek,

LWSRA marketing,

fundraising and outreach

coordinator. “We go to

different parks and throw

a pop-up party. It’s about

getting people out into the

parks. The Frankfort Park

District hosts these events,

so it gets moved around

the district. We’re in different

parks throughout


Along with the LWS-

RA, Corona Realty Group

and Riverside Health Care

helped sponsor the party,

which had a Crosstown

Classic theme.

“We do three of these a

year,” said Gina Hassett,

Frankfort Park District executive

director. “We try

and keep them the second

Monday of the month. We

were here last year at Heritage

Knolls, but we just replaced

the playground and

wanted to have this party

as part of a dedication to

the park. It’s always exciting

to update the playgrounds

for the neighborhoods.”

Reporting by Mary Compton,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit FrankfortStation.


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‘Tangled’ featured as Mokena Park’s

Movie in the Park, Page 20

Family-made flavor

El Motor Mexican Restaurant features

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Curtain Call to

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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


Wednesdays following

8 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

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.

Mokena United Methodist Church

(10901 LaPorte Road, Mokena)


10:15 a.m. Sundays.

For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays at the

church. For more information,

call (708) 479-


Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays.

Childcare is provided.

Sunday School

9-10 a.m. Sundays.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Robin’s Nest

Reclaim your resilience

Robin Melvin

Contributing Columnist


started six documents

on my computer, got

frustrated, scrolled

through Facebook, replied

to comments, checked

email, replied to emails,

swept the floor, shook out

the kitchen rug, stared at

my computer, fed the cat,

vacuumed, checked the

weather, stared at the computer,

texted cute emojis

to Jeff, made my bed and

thought about mopping


Maybe now I can write.

Or stare. Either way, I

gotta sit here until I break

through. Resistance bites

me on the blog I want to

write and the book proposal

I need to edit.

Resistance has many

names: fear, blocked, lazy,

procrastination, or slimy

little devil. It slithers in

when we decide to move

forward with any good

thing. All our fears and

excuses show up and bring

their evil, menopausal

stepmother with them.

What were you thinking?

You can’t do this.

It’s an all-out battle with

our thoughts, isn’t it? We

want to start a hobby, a relationship,

a conversation,

or a whole new career.

We want to stop overspending,


over-drinking, or overthinking.

We simply aim to

be healthy in body, mind

and spirit. And boom.

Resistance shows up.

Then we resist change

because status quo seems

safer and way more fun,

right? Biggest lie ever.

Staying safe shuts us down

and keeps us small. It robs

us of becoming who God

created us to be.

My 9-year-old grandson,

Braden, loves puns. At the

playground, he saw steps

standing a few feet above

the ground and shaped like

big, green leaves. With

wide spaces in between,

they stood between him

and the spiral slide. “It

will take a leaf of faith to

get there.” With his little

sideways smile and laser

focus, he jumped from leaf

to leaf to wobbly leaf.

What stops us from taking

a leap of faith?

Fear is a liar and selftalk

is sneaky. Left alone,

they continue to boss us

around and tell us who we

are. Too late. Stupid. Incapable.

Impostor. Unworthy.

Unlovable. And they

tell us what to do. Give up.

Turn around. Don’t even


Stop right there. We’re

created on purpose and for

good purpose. “God did

not give us a spirit of fear

but of power, love and a

sound mind [self-discipline].”

2 Tim. 1:7

He designed us with

resilience. We reclaim our

power, sit with resistance

and pray. We tell it, “Nope.

Not today. Jesus and me.

We got this.”

We are on the verge of

breakthrough, my friend.

Step before you’re ready.

Courage will catch up.

Take your leap and keep

on leaping as many times

as it takes to shut hell up.

“So let God work his will

in you. Yell a loud no to

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‘Working: A Musical’ explores what ‘work’ means to others

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Work: For many, it’s a

four-letter dirty word.

But when Studs Turkel

wrote his 1974 book,

“Working: People Talk

About What They Do All

Day and How They Feel

About What They Do,”

readers caught a glimpse

at what work meant to different

people of different

professions from all walks

of life.

Now, Curtain Call Theatre

is scheduled to perform

an adaptation of Terkel’s

book, “Working: A

Musical,” July 25-28.

The musical follows

more than 20 individuals

in different professions as

they explain the joys, complications

and hardships

involved in their working

lives through a series of

monologues and songs.

Some of the characters

are humorous, such

as Candy Cottingham

— played by 15-year-old

Frankfort resident Olivia

Ernst — a fundraiser and

socialite who enjoys mingling

with others. Some

of the characters reveal

a darker side to their nature,

such as Edna Jaffe

— played by 15-year-old

Frankfort resident Sara

Glass — a publicist who

feels as though she’s spent

her career giving attention

If you’re going…

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to others and not enough

to herself, which leads her

down a path of depression

and substance abuse.

New Lenox resident Jacob

Dorris, 17, plays Frank

Decker, an interstate truck

driver who rarely gets to

see his family. Dorris said

the loneliness his character

experiences because of the

amount of time that he has

to put in to his job to provide

for his family — as

is the case with people in

many professions — was,

“Emotionally striking.”

Joseph Kotze, a 15-yearold

from Frankfort, plays

ironworker Mike Dillard,

one of several blue-collar

professionals the musical


“I feel like a big theme

of the show, and a big

theme the character is centered

around, is the idea

that being a laborer is sort

of a lower status, job-wise;

it’s a very blue-collar job,

and we just associate that

with having a lower status

in society,” Kotze said.

But, after going through

his character’s monologue,

Kotze realized there was

a lot about being an ironworker

that maybe wasn’t

quite as simple as he first


“There’s so much more

that people never really

take the time to recognize,”

Kotze said, which

leads to an “inability to

know what other people go

through, what other people

have to do to make a living,

to provide for their

family. That’s what the

show’s about: It’s about

understanding, relating.”

When Kaitlyn Lee, 16,

of Frankfort, was looking

for someone to relate

to for her character, union

organizer Ellen Epstein,

she found that she needed

to look in a different direction

to relate because she

noticed that a lot of the

people who had been suggested

to her to model her

character after were men.

“Ellen is doing a traditionally

guy’s job, and

The cast of Curtain Call Theatre’s production of “Working: A Musical” pose during

rehearsal. The show is scheduled to run from July 25-28 at Curtain Call Theatre in

Mokena. Photo submitted

I thought that was something

I could use because

it makes her want to work

even harder to prove that

she can do what any guy

can do,” Lee said.

Then there are the professions

that take on the tasks

that others seemingly don’t

want to do, such as Theresa

Liu, a nanny played by

18-year-old Mokena resident

Eva Comerford.

“[Liu] takes care of this

little girl from the time she

wakes up until the time

she goes to bed,” Comerford

said. “A nanny is

kind of like a kid’s parent;

if you have a nanny, then

you don’t know your kids

sometimes. … She views

[her job] as she’s replacing

the parents because the

parents aren’t getting to

know their child.”

And then there are those

at the far end of the spectrum:

the retirees.

New Lenox resident

Joshua Stefans plays the

role of Joe Zutty. Stefans

said he found that people

can sometimes lose part of

their identity after they retire,

as if they were, “being


“I’ve noticed there’s this

issue out there where when

people retire they just kind

of waste away. And it’s really

sad,” Stefans said. “Seeing

that side of things made

me embrace the role differently

in a positive way.”


From Page 16

the devil and watch him

scamper. Say a quiet yes to

God and he’ll be there in

no time.” James 4:7-8a.

He wired us with spirit,

spunk and moxie. Whatever

you call it, it’s resilience.

Reclaim it today.

“To yield to Resistance

deforms our spirit. It stunts

us and makes us less than

we are and were born to

be. If you believe in God

(and I do) you must declare

Resistance evil, for it

prevents us from achieving

the life God intended when

He endowed each of us

with our own unique genius.”

~ Steven Pressfield

For more with Robin,


tact or on Facebook, Robin

Melvin, Author.

The thoughts and opinions

expressed in this column are

those of the author. They do

not necessarily represent the

thoughts of 22nd Century

Media or its staff.


From Page 16

Parker Road Bible Church (18512

Parker Road, Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte

Road, Mokena)

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@mokenames or call (708)

326-9170 ext. 29. Deadline

is noon Thursday one week

prior to publication.

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Disney’s ‘Tangled’ brings families together at Yunker Park

Yasmeen Sheikah

Freelance Reporter

People of all ages headed

out to Yunker Park,

10925 W. La Porte Road,

on Thursday, July 11, for

a free movie at sundown.

This night’s theme was

Disney and “Tangled” was

the selected film.

The park was full of

families with picnic blankets,

pillows and snacks.

People were arriving as

early as 7 p.m. to get good

parking, as well as preferred

seating. Concessions

were available, including

popcorn, peanuts

and snow cones.

Event coordinator

Rebbcca Phetteplace said

that Mokena Community

Park District, the host of

Movies in the Park, chose

“Tangled” as the movie

for Disney night because

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New Lenox residents the Carter family and neighbor

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“We wanted to switch it

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“We typically get about

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Phetteplace said. “Kids

and families are always excited

because this happens

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a fun way to bring families

and friends together.”

Joanne Carter, a New

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Erica Giuliani and daughter Mia Giuliani, 4, or Tinley Park, get ready for Mokena

Community Park District’s Movie in the Park, “Tangled” to begin Thursday, July 11, at

Yunker Park. Photos by Yasmeen Sheikah/22nd Century Media

vorite movies.

“It was either ‘Tangled’

in Mokena or ‘Space Jam’

in New Lenox,” Carter

said. “I came out here

with my kids, husband and

neighbors. We brought a

lot of snacks and blankets

with us because it’s a great

event to socialize and have


Some attendees came

out just to see old friends.

Zahia Kasem, of Tinley

Park, said “Tangled” is her

all time favorite Disney


“Even though it is fairly

new, ‘Tangled’ has been

my favorite movie for

years because I feel that

I relate to Rapunzel the

most out of every princess,”

Kasem said. “It is

such a beautiful day out

for a movie outdoors, and

it is my first time out here

in Yunker Park. I will definitely

come again.”

Leeann Hussien, of Tinley

Park, who just completed

her degree in education,

said Tangled was

People arrive early for “Tangled” to make sure they get

the best spots.

her previous elementary

school students’ favorite

movie to watch.

“Although I finished

student teaching, I miss

my students, and this

movie always reminds me

of them,” Hussien said.

“I came here with some

friends and family, and

seeing so many happy

children reminds me why

I wanted to be a teacher in

the first place.”

Erica and Mia Giuliani,

of Tinley Park, were nestled

up on a picnic blanket

and cuddled up with a Rapunzel

doll eager for the

movie to begin. “We are

so excited to be here and

watch the movie,” Erica

said. “It is a great family

event.” dining out

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The Dish

Flavor, homemade food key to Frankfort’s El Motor

Nuria Mathog, Contributing Editor

At El Motor Mexican Restaurant,

the focus is on family.

The four members of the Martinez

clan who run the Frankfort

restaurant are united by a common

goal: encouraging area

families to keep coming back for

flavorful Mexican cuisine made

from scratch.

“My dad has been cooking for

more than 25 years,” El Motor

owner Ernesto Martinez said.

“He’s always been our cook, so

about two years ago he wanted to

start up his own restaurant, and

we’ve all worked in the restaurant

industry — me and my sister

and my brother.”

Each member of the family

plays a different role at the restaurant,

Martinez said. His father,

Gabriel, cooks up the dishes

in the back, while his brother

Valentine and sister Gaby help

out as servers.

“We’ve always been familyoriented

people,” said Martinez,

who added that working with his

father and siblings has been a

great experience.

Frankfort’s location and business

community made it an ideal

site for the restaurant, Martinez


“We knew people that started

businesses here,” Martinez said.

“And we live close, 10 to 15

minutes from here.”

El Motor offers traditional Mexican

staples, such as tacos and tostadas.

Many of the items can be

purchased as standalone dishes,

as well as part of a dinner option

that includes rice and beans on the

side, and the restaurant also offers

specials such as half-price margaritas

from 4-8 p.m. Fridays.

The tacos, fajitas, burritos

and quesadillas are among the

restaurant’s most popular items,

Martinez said.

The fajitas de res ($12.95)

feature steak strips cooked with

tomatoes, green peppers and onions,

and are plated with rice,

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beans and salad, then served

with the customer’s choice of

tortillas on the side.

“With every table, we bring out

our own chips and salsa,” Martinez

added. “We make our own

chips here, our hot and mild sauce

also, we make it here, and our

pico [de gallo]; it’s very popular.”

All of the items on the restaurant’s

menu are made from

scratch, including the drink selection,

which includes horchata,

a strawberry lemonade and agua

de jamaica, as well as two types

of licuados, or smoothies.

“We don’t make it with ice

cream,” Martinez said, of the

licuados. “We make it with real

strawberries or bananas, real

fruit, and then we mix it with ice

and milk.”

Martinez said the restaurant

began offering delivery services

through Doordash two months


“It’s really helping us grow

and gain new customers,” he


Ultimately, Martinez said, the

restaurant’s goal is to create a

family-friendly environment.

Many of the restaurant’s customers

are families who drop by

after their child’s baseball game,

and El Motor also offers a 10

percent discount to customers

with a Supporters in Area Music,

or SIAM card, which benefits

At El Motor Mexican Restaurant in Frankfort, the fajitas de res ($12.95), made of steak strips cooked

with tomatoes, green peppers and onions, are plated with rice, beans and salad and served with the

diner’s choice of tortillas on the side. Photos by Nuria Mathog/22nd Century Media

The steak tacos are sold for $2.20 each with lettuce, cheese and tomato.

the Lincoln-Way Community

High School District 210 Music

Booster organizations, he said.

“I like seeing that people love

our food, and they keep coming

back,” Martinez said. “They

kind of became like family, because

they know my dad, they

know it’s a family restaurant.

... It’s the relationship that you

build with people in Frankfort,

that we build with them.”

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CRM system and report on your results.

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- Expert in Microsoft Office

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Small Cleaning Company

looking for P/T Help for

Commercial & Residential


Are you a person with

attention to detail?

Hiring P/T House Cleaners

No Evenings/Weekends

Will Train

(815) 464-1988


Real Estate Receptionist

Looking for a P/T, long-term

receptionist for our front desk

that can handle a wide variety

of administrative duties.

We would like this candidate

to have prior real estate

knowledge and demonstrate

professionalism as the

first point of contact.

If you are hard-working,

reliable, and honest and have

a willingness to work in the

real estate industry -

please call me, Julie Carnes,

office manager/broker at

(708) 906-3301

Position available for a full

time water treatment

technician for south

suburban company.

On site job training provided.

Job includes product delivery,

installation and/or equipment

repair. Must be able to lift and

move heavy products for

delivery. 40 hour week plus

occasional Saturday work.

Benefits include vacation,

health insurance and 401K

contributions. Email resume

to or

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needed for local business

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The Village of Mokena has an

opening for a Customer Service

Representative. The successful

candidate will have an extensive

background of customer service, a

thorough knowledge ofMicrosoft

Office and the ability to perform

their duties with minimal supervision.

Duties include but are not

limited to: answering and directing

phone calls, waiting onresidents at

the service counter, maintenance of

various databases, data entry of

water bills and building permits,

etc. Municipal experience preferred

but not required. Salary

range upper 30s. Please send your

resume w/cover letter tothe Mokena

Village Hall, Attn: Finance Director,

11004 Carpenter Street,

Mokena, IL 60448 or electronically

to .

Position open until filled. EOE No

phone calls.

Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!

Sterling Site Access

Solutions LLC.

Located in Phoenix, IL

(near Harvey, IL)

Seeking: Manufacturing

Operators (2 years exp.) &

Manufacturing Maintenance

Technicians (8 years exp.)

Submit resumes to:

Van-Go Transportation

Looking for Drivers and

One-on-One Aids

for Special Needs Van

Bus Driver permit a plus,

but will train

Great part-time job with

great pay: $14-$18/hour

(815) 931-2880

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping


Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Alvernia Manor

Senior Living - Lemont

Part-Time Cook

Call for Details

(630) 257-7721

P/T Podiatric Assistant

needed for Homer Glen &

Burbank offices.

Days & Evenings 20-30 hrs/wk

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1010 Sitters


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Loving mom in New Lenox,

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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.


Heaven Sent Caregivers

Professional caregiving

service. 24 hr or hourly

services; shower or bath

visits. Licensed & bonded.

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2900 Merchandise

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Certificate 32961 was filed in the

office of the County Clerk of Will

County on July 12, 2019 wherein

the business firm of SIN’SA-


Located at 18811 Marjorie Parkway

Mokena, IL 60448 was registered;

that the true or real name of

the person owning the business,

with their respective post office address,

is as follows:

Yolanda M. Buick

18811 Majorie Parkway

Mokena, IL 60448


hereunto set my hand and Official

Seal at my office in Joliet; Illinois,

this 12th day of July, 2019.

Lauren Staley Ferry

Will County Clerk

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

Back issues of Corvette

Magazine. Issues 24 thru 123.

$1 each Call 815-485-3524

Complete lamppost with light,

new in box, cost $129 Selling

for $60 Call 630-542-8207

Craftsman 10” table saw on

stand with wheels needs motor

$50, Sears Craftsman router

1hp on Craftsman table $50

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Craftsman router’s 1HP $10,

1.5 HP $15, Router table $15

Call 708-478-0582

Dog kennel in good condition

5’x10’ with dog house $75


Doggie potter pick-up $6,

gasoline container one gallon

$8, basketball $3, golf clubs $2

a piece 708-349-3258

Emerson “Dorm” style mini

fridge like new separate

freezer/cooler 3” tall $50 Call


Equilizer weight transfer hitch

for trailer all hardware included

$100 815-592-9474

Free used VHS tapes various




Gal. car de-bug solution $2,

digital tire gauge $8, Blue

Coral 23oz upholstery cleaner

$5, car cover lock kit new $12

Call 708-460-8308

Golf bag $20, Golf cart (pull)

$25, Canon color printer never

opened $35 Call 708-204-9962

or 708-403-9962

Hugo rolling walker fully adjustable

w/seat &storage 7”

wheels, hand brakes, never

used outside $80

Dean 70-275-5643

LED bicycle light set frt/rear

$8, 2-pak 60w bulbs $4, new

portable Sears lamp $20, misc.

tomato plants $1-$2ea.

Call 708-460-8308

Bally Fireball pinball machine

$100 OBO Call 708-460-5624

Lilly plants pink and red $14,

Dogwood shrub potted $15,

Tree wrap 50ft $2, Yellow daffodil

bulbs .50ea

Call 708-460-8308

Local honey from my backyard

no sugar added $15 per quart

Call 708-466-9809

New school supplies $3-$4 (A.

bag), Curio cabinet $50,

Women’s clothes size L-XL

$1, Men’s clothes size

30-32-34 $2

Call 708-429-4327

New woman’s golf shoes size

10 $20, 4piece fireplace tool

set $20, Bocce ball game $20,

Rodeo golf game $20


Nikon FG SLR 35mm w/

50mm lens, plus Tokina

80-200mm lens AT-X F/2.8

with case, Metz 32-C7-4 flash

attach. All manuals included.

All for $75 Call 08-364-9903

Quart Graphite motor oil $1ea,

1gal 8oz new gas can with

spout $9, car cover xl171/2 ft

long 100% polyester $29 Call


Samsonite train/cosmetic case

dark greg 15”x9”x9” excellent

condition $25 OBO Call


Scottie Pippen vintage jersey

like new $33, White Sox 2005

championship Monopoly board

game in plastic wrap $28,

Men’s new baseball cap:

Bears, green Yeti $10 each

Call 224-392-2765

SUV large sun shade $10,

Valve cover gasket Dodge/Plymouth

Slant G $10, Misc. Ford

car 1949-1950 parts 9004 car

GE headlight $12ea

Call 708-460-8308

Used patio set 48” round glass

table 4 chairs with cushions

$50 OBO 708-429-4674 or


Wooden rocking chair $50,

Chicago White Sox Andrue

Jones Bobblehead from

July 11, 2010 $15

Call 708-738-8087

Black with glass entertainment

/TV center good condition $30,

Component stand black $20

Call Debbie @ 815-534-5273


China cabinet excellent condition

3glass shelves 3 drawers

interior light 68”h x24”w x

14”d $70 Northbrook, Photos

on Craigslist 847-272-2252

Closet shelves white wire free

slide shelves with built in hang

rod. 4at 77”x12”, 3t36”x12”

(no hang rod) All for $25 Call


College dorm refrigerator extra

large freezer excellent condition

$50, Craftsmen 16 gallon

wet-dry vacuum $25


Emerson “Dorm” style mini

fridge like new separate

freezer/cooler 3” tall $50 Call


Equilizer weight transfer hitch

for trailer all hardware included

$100 815-592-9474

Free used VHS tapes various

lengths, Lockport


Gal. car de-bug solution $2,

digital tire gauge $8, Blue

Coral 23oz upholstery cleaner

$5, car cover lock kit new $12

Call 708-460-8308

Golf bag $20, Golf cart (pull)

$25, Canon color printer never

opened $35 Call 708-204-9962

or 708-403-9962

Hugo rolling walker fully adjustable

w/seat &storage 7”

wheels, hand brakes, never

used outside $80

Dean 70-275-5643

LED bicycle light set frt/rear

$8, 2-pak 60w bulbs $4, new

portable Sears lamp $20, misc.

tomato plants $1-$2ea.

Call 708-460-8308

Lilly plants pink and red $14,

Dogwood shrub potted $15,

Tree wrap 50ft $2, Yellow daffodil

bulbs .50ea

Call 708-460-8308

Local honey from my backyard

no sugar added $15 per quart

Call 708-466-9809

New school supplies $3-$4 (A.

bag), Curio cabinet $50,

Women’s clothes size L-XL

$1, Men’s clothes size

30-32-34 $2

Call 708-429-4327

New woman’s golf shoes size

10 $20, 4piece fireplace tool

set $20, Bocce ball game $20,

Rodeo golf game $20


Nikon FG SLR 35mm w/

50mm lens, plus Tokina

80-200mm lens AT-X F/2.8

with case, Metz 32-C7-4 flash

attach. All manuals included.

All for $75 Call 08-364-9903

Quart Graphite motor oil $1ea,

1gal 8oz new gas can with

spout $9, car cover xl171/2 ft

long 100% polyester $29 Call


Samsonite train/cosmetic case

dark greg 15”x9”x9” excellent

condition $25 OBO Call


Scottie Pippen vintage jersey

like new $33, White Sox 2005

championship Monopoly board

game in plastic wrap $28,

Men’s new baseball cap:

Bears, green Yeti $10 each

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Natalie Papa

Natalie Papa is a rising

sophomore on the

Lincoln-Way East golf

team. She won an IJGA

event July 10 at Ravisloe

Country Club.

How is golf going for

you this summer?

It’s been pretty good.

I’ve placed in three of the

six tournaments I have

played so far. I won overall

[at Ravisloe] with an

81, which is pretty good.

What was it like to be

a freshman on varsity

last year?

I felt a lot of pressure.

All the girls were either

juniors or seniors and I

thought Kaylie [White]

and I weren’t going to be

accepted. They were older

and could do things that

we couldn’t do.

When did you start

playing golf?

I started playing golf

when I was about 3. My

mom’s dad loved golf and

he passed away before I

was born. So, it was like

something for me to carry

on of him. I started to get

serious about it when I

shot in the 80’s when I

was in seventh grade.

Now it’s something I

want to keep advancing


Are you working

on anything specific

this summer for your




Yes, my short game has

been something I’ve been

working on a lot at Mistwood.

They really help you

with your short game, chipping

and putting, and I’ve

been hitting more putts this


Who is your favorite


I like Rory McIlroy because

I like his swing and

I used to follow him a lot

when I was younger.

What do you enjoy

doing in your free


I like hanging out with

my teammates from the

high school golf team.

I have a real close bond

with Grace Wilk and

Kaylie White, and I love

hanging out with them.

What’s the last thing

you binge watched?

I finished “Grey’s Anatomy”

for the seventh time

last week.

Any specific pregame


Individually, I have to

listen to the same album. I

have been listening to Tyler,

the Creator before every

round. I feel that I shoot better

every time that I listen to

it. I have to wear the same

shoes and use the same balls

throughout the tournament.

If you could meet

anyone from history,

who would it be?

Probably George Washington.

He was the first

president, so he had to deal

with all of the problems of

the beginning of America.

You’re only going to

be a sophomore, but

do you plan on playing

in college?

One of my long-term

goals is to play golf in college,

because I have been

playing for so long and

put so much time into it.

It’s something that I want

to do. My dream school is

UCLA. A couple of weeks

ago, I visited University of

Tampa and I fell in love

with the campus.

Interview conducted by Editorial

Intern Joe Bielanski.


LW East wins sectional,

reaches summer state finals

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Though reaching the

summer state finals doesn’t

have the same feeling as

making it to state in the

spring, the thrill of competition

and the sense of

accomplishment were

definitely there for Lincoln-Way

East last week,

when the Griffins won the

Lockport Sectional title to

put themselves among the

final eight teams alive in

the Illinois High School

Baseball Coaches Association

summer playoffs.

A case in point: when

East walked off against

Sandburg with a 5-4 win

in eight innings on July 9,

the Griffins celebrated on

the field as if they had just

won a state title.

“We dogpiled out there,”

East coach Eric Brauer

said. “Everyone is aware

that these games aren’t as

important as the spring,

but when you win, you still

feel good about it. It’s still

meaningful. You know

it’s not the spring, but it’s

still competition. When

you win, you feel good.

We were down that whole

game against Sandburg

and came back. That was

really fun, it was exciting.”

That victory sent the

Griffins to the sectional

championship game, where

they demolished district rival

Lincoln-Way West 10-0

in five innings on July 10 to

clinch their trip to state.

The Griffins, now 6-0 in

the postseason, opened sectional

play with a 5-3 win

over LW West on July 8.

“Our confidence level

has been high,” rising junior

Tony Panzella said.

“We’re hitting the ball,

we’re doing everything

well. I think we’ll be fine.”

The Griffins were set to

open the eight-team, double-elimination

state tournament

on Monday, July 15

with a game against Jacobs

at Benedictine University

in Lisle. The state tournament

was scheduled to run

through Thursday, July 18

with games at Benedictine,

North Central College in

Naperville and Route 66

Stadium in Joliet.

For a Lincoln-Way East

team that was stunned in its

playoff opener this spring

- the Griffins were the top

seed in their sectional and

fell 2-1 to 17th-seeded Romeoville

- going on a deep

playoff run feels good.

“After the unfortunate

loss in the spring, we’re

glad to bounce back on a

big level,” rising senior

Cael Geijer said.

Geijer drove in a pair of

runs in the championship

game win over Lincoln-

Way West. He started a

four-run rally in the first

inning by drawing a walk

and eventually scoring on

an error.

“I feel like it’s important

to get the first run,” Geijer

said. “It boosts your confidence

for the rest of the

game. We have to have the

mindset to jump on them


On a hot day, the Griffins

felt it especially important

to get off to a good start. A

Warriors win would have

forced a second, winnertake-all

game between the

two teams on the same day.

“If we didn’t win the first

game, you’re staring at being

out here five hours in

Lincoln-Way East’s

Anthony Panzella throws

a pitch during the Griffins’

10-0 win over Lincoln-

Way West in the Lockport

Sectional championship

summer playoff game

July 10. Steve Millar/22ND


94 degrees,” Brauer said.

“It was definitely good to

play from ahead. Our pitchers

threw a lot of strikes,

our defense did a nice job.

It’s a really nice recipe that

generally works.”

Rising junior Matt Michaels

cleared the bases

with a three-run triple to

make it 4-0.

Dan DeCero, Alan Cohen

and Nick Merganthaler

all had RBI hits for East.

Panzella, meanwhile, got

the job done on the mound,

allowing just two hits in

four innings. Justin Murray

threw a scoreless fifth


“I let my defense play

behind me and do what

they needed to,” Panzella

said. “I just basically wanted

to throw strikes. It helps

a lot [getting an early lead]

because you know you

can give up runs, let them

hit the ball a little bit. You

don’t feel that much pressure.

Just throw strikes.” sports

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Senior Quinn looks to seize opportunity to start for Griffins

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Kyle Quinn has waited

for his turn to take the

reins of the Lincoln-Way

East offense.

After backing up Jack

Baltz last season, Quinn is

getting his chance to earn

the Griffins’ starting quarterback

spot this fall.

“You have to stay

humble and determined,”

Quinn said. “Once you

have your shot, you have

to take that opportunity

and go with it.

“I looked up to Jack

Baltz. Everything he

taught me, I’m going to

use this season. I learned

a lot from him and I’m

thankful for that.”

East coach Rob Zvonar

is confident in Quinn.

“Kyle’s our leader back

there,” Zvonar said. “He’s

paid his dues. By the end

of the year [last year], if

something happened to

Jack, we would have been

fine going with Kyle.

“We also have [senior

quarterback] Ty Slager

pushing Kyle and we’ll

have a package back there

for AJ [Henning] in the


Quinn got his first varsity

experience last season

and worked closely in

practice with Baltz, who’s

headed to Illinois State this


“It was a learning process,”

Quinn said. “It was

my first year on varsity and

I had to get used to it. The

speed obviously changed

from what I was seeing

sophomore and freshman


“You learn a lot about

the defenses, how they

move and how to read all

that. Everything goes faster

on the varsity level.”

With the Griffins routinely

blowing out opponents

in 2018, winning

by 30 points or more 10

times, Quinn played in six

games in mop-up duty.

He ran 13 times for 92

yards and a touchdown

and completed both his

pass attempts. Both passes

gained 15 yards, one going

for a touchdown in a Class

8A state quarterfinal rout

over Edwardsville.

That was the Griffins’

12th win in a row, but

it was their final one as

Loyola stunned them 24-

16 the following week in

the semifinals.

It’s that defeat that has

East extra fired up for this


“I know this is a big year

for all of us after what happened

last year at Loyola,”

Quinn said. “We’re all trying

to bounce back from

that and go even farther

this year. I’ve been working

really hard all offseason

to be ready to lead this


Griffins fans will likely

be excited to hear Zvonar

draw comparisons between

Quinn and Brendan

Morrissey, who quarterbacked

the Griffins to the

2017 state title with a 14-0


Like Quinn, Morrissey

had to wait until his senior

year to start at quarterback.

“Kyle’s not as big and

physical as a runner as

Brendan was, but he can

beat you with his feet,”

Zvonar said. “He’s got a

good arm, but he’s going

to be just as much of a

threat with his legs.”

Quinn will certainly not

be lacking playmakers

around him.

Henning, the state’s top

recruit who recently committed

to Michigan, is a

threat to score any time

he touches the ball and

can make plays out of the

backfield or as a receiver.

Senior Devon Williams

ran for over 1,000 yards

last season and junior running

back/receiver Jamal

Johnson flashed his potential

at the end of the 2018

season and is already receiving

plenty of Division

I looks.

“As the field general

of this team, I just feel

like I have a lot of great

weapons to use,” Quinn

said. “AJ, Jamal, Devon.

There’s some other guys

you may not have heard of,

but they’re going to step

up this year.”

Johnson said he’s developed

a rapport with Quinn,

though there is certainly

some adjusting in going

from a 6-foot-5 gunslinger

like Baltz to the 5-foot-10


“It’s different from having

Jack Baltz out there

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throwing the ball 100

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really like playing with

Kyle, though. He can run.

He’s a dual threat.”

Zvonar said East may be

more of a run-first offense

as opposed to the passheavy

attack it presented

in 2018. Whatever the

case, opposing defenses

will have their hands full.

“There’s a lot of areas

teams are going to have to

try to cover with us,” he


Quinn hopes to be one

of the players giving opponents

fits. While he knows

some may doubt his abilities

to fill Baltz’s shoes,

he’s used to being overlooked.

“I’m undersized, but I

have that underdog mentality,”

he said. “Whatever

the coaches ask me to do,

I’m able to do it.”



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Former Lincoln-Way East coach writes about triumphs after being written off

JON ZAGHLOUL, Freelance Reporter

With a 3-0 lead in Game 5 of

the 1993 NAIA National Baseball

Championship, the University

of St. Francis was prepared

to cruise to a program-altering


For starters, the Saints, then

known as the College of St.

Francis, had won 37 of their previous

38 games entering this decisive

contest, riding a momentum-filled

wave that enraptured

the Joliet campus. In addition,

future NAIA Player of the Year,

Paul Chovanec, had been in the

midst of another flawless outing,

holding the Southeastern Oklahoma

Savages scoreless through

the game’s first five innings.

However, the Saints’ seemingly

inevitable National Championship

chances morphed into

feelings of uncertainty, as the

Savages began to mount a comeback

in the fifth inning. As pressure

continued to escalate, a Savage

batter had launched a fly ball

into left-center field, initially

clearing the way for the tying

run to score.

Paul Babcock, however, had

other plans.

Starting in left field on that

day, he tracked the ball off of the

bat, ran with all of his might toward

the gap, and made a catch

that would later be described as

the sole reason behind St. Francis’

eventual national title.

Paul Babcock, an assistant baseball coach at Andrew and former

Lincoln-Way East head coach, peruses a book he wrote about his

career at the University of St. Francis. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Ironically, Babcock’s gamesaving

play almost never happened.

In fact, his collegiate

baseball career altogether is one

that significantly defied the odds,

and challenged prevailing expectations.

“At first, I was told by assistant

coach Tony Delgado that I

would never play at St. Francis,”

Babcock said. “I was more than

welcome to be part of the team

as a courtesy runner, but that is

the only time that I would have

played, at least, according to a

decision made by the coaching


Instead of accepting defeat,

however, and resigning to a diminished

role, Babcock made

the most of his limited opportunities.

The Frankfort resident, currently

an Andrew assistant

baseball coach and formerly the

Lincoln-Way East head coach,

turned his story into a book,

“The Team” and he details his

miraculous journey, from being

the youngest of 10 siblings

growing up on a northern Illinois

farm, to making a game-saving

catch that would later guide St.

Francis to their first baseball national


“Although the championship

was something that I’ll never

forget, especially when winning

it for coach [Gordie] Gillespie,

I think the main takeaway from

the book is that it’s not necessarily

all about talent. It’s about


“Look, we were one of the

worst teams that Gordie had

ever had. But we had enough

guys who were selfless; guys

who cared about one another.

It’s amazing what can be accomplished

when nobody cares

about who gets the credit.”

Before that amazing 1993 season,

Gillespie had appeared in

six NAIA National Tournaments

throughout his St. Francis tenure,

yet had failed to capture that first

title. Although he had won three

national championships at Lewis

University, prior to his time with

the Saints, Babcock expressed

the importance of winning Gillespie

a title while at St. Francis.

“We all knew that Gordie had

come so close to winning it all

at St. Francis,” Babcock said.

“Of course, he had won three

over at Lewis University, and

he’s a Hall of Fame coach, but

we really wanted to win one for

him over at St. Francis. Ninetynine

percent of the people who

played for that man felt better

as human beings because they

played for him. That’s why we

knew that we needed to win

a national championship for


The Saints had honored their


As meaningful as that feat

was, Babcock’s story, which involves

a gloomy prophecy and

multiple midseason injuries, is

just as extraordinary. For someone

who was told that he’d never

see the field, Babcock pushed

his critics aside, and eventually

played a substantial role in St.

Francis’ success.

“I really think this is like a

‘Rudy’ story. If somebody didn’t

tell me that I wasn’t going to

play, maybe I don’t work that

hard. Maybe we don’t win the

national championship. But instead,

after being told that, I put

in the work, and hopefully inspired

my teammates to do the


Therefore, Babcock’s story,

and prevailing message, should

strike a chord with those who

read about it. Because for someone

who was essentially written

off from the beginning, Babcock

made an impact that will go down

in collegiate baseball history.

“To me, the greatest success

stories start with, ‘You can’t do

this.’ People that decide to quit

won’t end up being successful.

But those that listen to that, and

say, ‘Okay, I’ll show you,’ end

up making it happen.”

The book, which was released

in May, is available for $15.95 as

a paperback or $9.99 in Kindle

format at

Sports Briefs

Currans both Top 10 at AJGA


Grace Curran, a 2019 Lincoln-

Way Central graduate who’s

headed to the University of Minnesota

to continue her golf career,

finished third at the American

Junior Golf Association’s

D.A. Points Championship in

Pekin last week.

Curran finished the threeround

event at even par 216,

two strokes behind the champion,

YanJun Liu of Canada.

Natalie Cao from Sugarland,

Texas, was second at one-under.

Curran’s brother, Sean, meanwhile,

tied for sixth in the boys

event. Sean Curran, a rising junior

at LW Central, shot 3-over

219, eight strokes behind champion

Brett Reid of Spicer, Minn.

Dwyane Wade camp coming to

LW Central

The Dwyane Wade Celebrity

Sports Academy is set for Friday,

July 19 and Saturday, July 20 at

Lincoln-Way Central.

Basketball, football, soccer

and cheerleading camps will be

held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each

day. Along with Wade, Bears

star Khalil Mack is set to attend

along with players from the Fire

and Sky. Visit celebritysports for more information.

Locals a part of Midwest

Collegiate All-Star Game

Mokena resident Nate De-

Loian – a Lincoln-Way West

graduate - and Frankfort resident

Max Malley were selected

to the East Division squad for

the Midwest Collegiate All-Star


The players were honored before

the game on Saturday, July

13, but strong storms forced the

game to be canceled after just

an inning at Oil City Stadium in

Whiting, Ind.

DeLoian, a left-handed pitcher

coming off his freshman season at

Carson-Newman University, has

been a fixture in the Northwest Indiana

Oilmen’s pitching staff.

Malley has been a force for the

first-place Southland Vikings.

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Baumgartner ready for ‘fresh beginning’ at Whitewater


Freelance Reporter

Abi Baumgartner, an All-Conference selection as a junior

and senior at LW Central, is prepping for her career at

Wisconsin-Whitewater. 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO

Rebounding was one of

Abi Baumgartner’s specialties

at Lincoln-Way Central.

As she prepares for the

start of college, Baumgartner

continues to rebound -

this time from an ankle injury

suffered during her senior

season with the Knights.

The 5-foot-11 Baumgartner

is headed to Wisconsin-

Whitewater. To ready herself

for the challenge, she

is playing in the Fast Break

summer league at Elmhurst

College, competing against

incoming, current and former

collegiate players.

“It’s kind of getting me

used to the speed of college

ball and seeing what I

have to work on against the

bigger girls, or the quickness

of the game and stuff,”

Baumgartner said. “So, it’s

giving me a feel for how

next year will go.”

Baumgartner was a threeyear

starter for Lincoln-Way

Central, earning all-conference

honors in the South-

West Suburban Red as a

junior and senior.

Last season, playing forward,

Baumgartner averaged

10.3 points and 6.4


“She was kind of an undersized

big and she was

kind of an oversized guard,”

Lincoln-Way Central coach

Dave Campanile said.

“She can handle the ball;

we would run a lot of stuff

for her, and when she was

guarded by a big, she’d be

able to get to the rack.

“So, she had great versatility,

always led us in rebounds,

had a real knack for

going to find the ball. Just a

lot of great basketball skill,

and it really, really elevated

her game between her junior

and senior years.”

Baumgartner’s statistics

came despite missing five

games after severely spraining

her left ankle against

Thornton in early January.

She wore a soft cast on the

ankle for three weeks, then

played the rest of the season

with the ankle taped and in

a brace.

“I kind of rushed back into

playing,” Baumgartner said.

“I was not 100 percent at all.

By the end of the season, I

had to go back in a soft cast

because it never healed.”

Baumgartner took a

month off with no physical

activity, then underwent two

weeks of physical therapy

in May. The summer league

games are her first since

Lincoln-Way Central’s season

ended in February.

While saying the ankle

is “definitely better than it

was,” Baumgartner conceded

she is still working her

way back into form.

“I definitely cannot push

off as hard as I could have

driving to the basket,”

Baumgartner said. “Then,

my explosiveness and ... the

constant pounding on the

ankle and jumping off of it,

is really weak.”

Still, she is ready to make

an impact and contribute to

the ongoing success at Wisconsin-Whitewater,


went 18-10 last season in

qualifying for the NCAA

Division III National Tournament

for the fourth consecutive


“Coming into college,

a lot of the girls have been

playing at this level for so

long,” Baumgartner said.

“So, I feel I have to prove

myself to the upperclassmen

and to the coaches and make

a name for myself again.

“It’s like a fresh beginning,

a new start, and hopefully,

it will go well.”


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Future Knights pack LW Central youth camp

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor



1st and 3





1. Cael Geijer

Geijer (above), a

rising senior, had

big hits throughout

regional and

sectional play. He

drove in five runs

in the regional final

win over Chicago

Christian and

knocked in two

in the sectional


against LW West.

2. Nick Merganthaler

The Griffins’ leadoff

hitter set the table

for a prolific offense,

getting on base often

throughout regional

and sectional play.

3. Tony Panzella

Panzella, a rising

junior with just one

game of varsity

experience, threw

four shutout innings

in the win over LW


Lincoln-Way Central football coach Jeremy Cordell

demonstrates block-shedding techniques to

participants in the Knights’ youth football camp July 9.

Over 140 grade school

kids participated in Lincoln-Way

Central’s fourday

youth football camp

last week.

Central coach Jeremy

Cordell was thrilled to see

so many eager campers,

ready to compete and learn

even on some of the summer’s

hottest days.

“It’s a great turnout,”

Cordell said. “Every year,

it’s grown exponentially.

This year is no different

with 140-plus kids. The

kids love it. It’s an opportunity

for them to be with

their buddies, work with

our kids.

“We just want to give

them something to hold on

to and to get them excited

for Lincoln-Way Central

Knights football.”

The campers split into

age groups and rotated

through various drills and

competitions, each directed

by a few Knights players

and a coach.

All the Central players

who helped run the camp

thus had an opportunity to

work with each age group.

“It’s a lot of fun,” senior

offensive lineman Ricky

Dobson said. “We get to

interact with them, see

who the upcoming future

Knights are and see how

they work.

“It’s great because I get

to enjoy playing the game

of football and then I have

a bunch of kids in the community

looking up to me.

That means a lot to me.”

Senior linebacker Mason

Lyons said he enjoyed

interacting with some of

the kids he sees cheering

on the Knights in the fall.

“These kids are always

out here watching us,” he

said. “They see us get to

go out there and do our

thing. That’s really cool.

So, to be able to play football

with them and teach

them some things is really

fun for us.”

The youth players had a

chance to test out Central’s

brand new field turf as

they went through a wide

variety of drills designed

to improve their all-around


Dobson and Lyons, both

captains for the Knights,

encouraged kids to be vocal.

“The main thing I want

to tell them is, ‘Don’t be

scared to be a leader,’ Lyons

said. ‘Get out of your

comfort zone. Everyone is

here for the same reason.

If you be a leader, people

follow you and it’s great to

have that feeling.’”

Lyons felt both sides

benefitted from the camp.

While he hopes the campers

learned a lot from him

and his teammates, the opportunity

to coach gave the

Knights a chance to perfect

their own techniques

as well.

“It helps us a lot because

we’re just reteaching what

we already know to the little

guys,” he said. “They’re

younger so they don’t understand

things as fast as

we do so when we have

to really break it down for

them that helps us, too.”

Participants in Lincoln-Way Central’s youth football camp

receive instructions from Knights players and coaches

July 9. Photos by Steve Millar/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

The camp was just one

of many opportunities

Central football players

have taken to give back to

the community this summer.

“We’re big on service

and being leaders,” Cordell

said. “The guys are on sort

of sub-teams over the summer

and part of the competition

with each other is

doing community service.

“We’ve had guys working

in food pantries, one

team did a [Lincoln-Way

Special Recreation Association]

softball tournament.

Our guys see that there are

a lot of ways you can help

out and give back, and

they enjoy doing it.”

The service time also

provides opportunities for

team bonding, a major

point of emphasis over the


“It’s important to get

closer as a team because

when it comes to game

time, everyone has to be on

the same page,” Lyons said.

Dobson sees his team

coming together.

“It’s been a good summer,”

he said. “I think

we’ve grown a lot as a

team and individuals and

we’re ready for the season.”

One day, some of the

kids who attended the

youth camp will likely be

preparing for their own

season with the Knights.

“We told our guys that

these are the kids that are

going to fill their shoes one

day,” Cordell said. “We

told our players, ‘These

kids really look up to you

and you’re carrying on that

legacy of Knights football.’”


“I feel I have to prove myself to the upperclassmen and to the coaches and

make a name for myself again.”

Abi Baumgartner – 2019 Lincoln-Way Central graduate, on returning from an

injury and preparing for her freshman season at Wisconsin-Whitewater

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LW Central football team hosts

popular youth camp, Page 39


baseball reaches summer

state finals, Page 34

Lincoln-Way Central

2019 graduate Abi

Baumgartner is preparing

for her collegiate career

at Wisconsin-Whitewater

after injuries shortened

her senior season with

the Knights. 22ND CENTURY


LW Central grad Baumgartner works back from ankle injury to get ready for college career, Page 38

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