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FRIDAY

Friends of the Library

winter book sale

Noon-5 p.m. Jan. 24;

9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 25,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena. The

Friends of the Library is

hosting its first book sale

of the year to support the

Mokena Community Public

Library District. The

sale is held downstairs in

the library’s community

room. The members of

the Friends of the Library

are allowed early into the

pre-sale on both Friday

and Saturday. Membership

forms are available at

the circulation desk in the

library. Annual membership

dues are: Single - $10;

Family – $12; Student - $5;

Senior - $3; Senior Couple

$5. For more information,

call (708) 479-9663.

Sunday

Open house

Noon-2 p.m. Jan. 26,

Noonan Elementary Academy,

19131 Henry Drive

in Mokena. Noonan Elementary

Academy is

an independent Catholic

school in Mokena serving

preschool through eighth

grade. It will be hosting its

annual Open House to any

new or prospective families

wishing to learn more

about Noonan. For more

information, call (708)

479-8988, or visit noonan

academy.org.

#GirlGoals

1-4 p.m. Jan. 26, Bloom

Art Studio, 11110 Front St.

Sponsored by Jean Lachat

Photography and Bloom

Art Studio in Mokena,

#GirlGoals is an empowerment

event for tween

girls, ages 9-12. This event

requires pre-registration,

and a suggested donation

of $20 benefitting the Mokena

Intermediate School

girl’s running club, Rocket

Runners. Participants

will create meaningful art

projects with Emily Peace

Franz, owner of Bloom Art

Studio, listen to an inspirational

keynote from Amy

Cavanaugh, a mom and

Lincoln-Way East English

teacher, have some great

food, and become art as

they are photographed by

Jean Lachat Photography.

To register or to sponsor

this event, please contact

Jean Lachat at (708) 296-

2170.

Monday

Village Board of Trustees

meeting

7 p.m. Jan. 27, Village

Hall, 11004 Carpenter St.

in Mokena.

Wednesday

First time homebuyer

seminar

6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 29,

Guaranteed Rate, 19235

Wolf Road Suite 100 in

Mokena. Join Roy Lux

and Brian Godlewski for

this informative seminar

to help you navigate

buying your first home.

Learn the ins and outs of

the purchasing process

and ask all your questions.

Be sure to enter

the raffle for a chance to

win a Yeti Tumbler or the

Grand Prize Yeti Roadie

20 Cooler. Learn about

$7,500 of down payment

assistance. For more information,

Email lauren.

mitchell@rate.com.

UPCOMING

LWSRA Jumpfest

Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 1,

Lincolnway Special Recreation

Association, 1900

Heather Glen Drive, New

Lenox. The first hour is

for individuals with special

needs. Cost is $10 per

jumper. The event includes

seven jumpies. All children

must be accompanied

by an adult. For more information,

contact (815)

320-3500 or email keh

rman@lwsra.org.

Brian Ostrega — violin

and piano duo

1-2 p.m. Feb. 1, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena. Mokena

Community Public

Library is happy to welcome

Brian Ostrega and

his violin and piano duo.

For more information, call

(708) 479-9663, or visit

mokenalibrary.org.

Valentine’s dinner and ride

6-8 p.m. Feb. 7 for

adults, 4-6 p.m. Feb. 8 for

families, Nova Quarter

Horses, 10129 W. 187th

St. in Mokena. Grab a

sweetie and join us for

an evening to remember.

Horseback riding and a

delicious homemade Italian

meal. Reservations are

required. The cost is $105/

pair and includes riding

and dinner. Additional riders

from the same family

are $45. Children must be

6 years old or older. Beginners

always welcome.

To make a reservation, call

(708) 479-3696. Pre-payment

with cash or check is

required.

100+ Women Who Care of

Will County

6-7 p.m. Feb. 11, P.B.

Mulligan’s Restaurant and

Bar, 19433 Renwick Road

in Crest Hill.

You can be involved in

greatness this year. Why?

Because every donation

100+ Women Who Care

makes has an immediate

and positive impact

on our community. In one

hour we nominate, present,

vote, and donate. That’s

it. No event planning, no

committees, no raffle prize

solicitation, no telemarketing,

no volunteering — just

a group of charity-minded

women working together

to give back to our own

community. We give 100

percent to the charity. For

more information, visit

100wwc-will.org.

ONGOING

LWABWO Meetings

6-8 p.m. on the third

Tuesday of each month

Sept. through June, Gatto’s

Restaurant, 1938 E.

Lincoln Highway, New

Lenox. The Lincoln-Way

Area Business Women’s

Organization is a non-profit

club formed in 1971 to

provide scholarship funds

to graduating female high

school seniors and adult

women for the purpose of

continuing education. We

are always looking for new

members. For more information,

visit LWABWO.

org.

We are Lions

7 p.m. first Thursday

of each month, Doc’s

Smokehouse, 19081 Old

LaGrange Road #105 in

Mokena. The Lions Club

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of Mokena hosts is monthly

meeting. For more information,

email Mokena

LionsClub@att.net.

Al-Anon

6 p.m. Sundays, Mokena

Fellowship Center, 11137

W. 191st St., Mokena; 7

p.m. Mondays and 6 p.m.

Thursdays, Old Plank Trail

Bank, 20012 Wolf Road,

Mokena. Meetings are

open to anyone who feels

their life has been affected

by a problem drinker.

There are no dues or fees.

All meetings are confidential.

For more information,

call (815) 773-9623.

Mokena Fire Protection

CPR Class

6-9:30 p.m. First and third

Mondays of the month. Mokena

Fire Station 1, 19853

S. Wolf Road in Mokena.

The MFPD offers monthly

CPR classes for the public.

Students are instructed in

adult, child and infant CPR

and AED. The cost of the

class is $40 for Community

CPR and $50 Healthcare

CPR. Register at mokena

fire.org.

Mobile Workforce Center

1:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays,

Mokena Community

Public Library, 11327 W.

195th St. in Mokena. The

Mobile Workforce Center

travels to communities

throughout Will County

assisting residents who are

looking for a job.


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LW East associate

principal resigns

following DUI arrest

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

The associate

principal

at Lincoln-Way

East High

School has

resigned, effective

Jan. Petrakis

15, after details

of an arrest for DUIalcohol

were made public.

Alexander J. Petrakis,

39, of Bolingbrook, was

arrested Nov. 23, 2019, in

Lockport and charged with

DUI-alcohol and DUI-BAC

over .08, according to a

Lockport police report. The

From Jan. 17

report also shows Petrakis

was ticketed for improper

lane usage and speeding (51

mph in a 35 mph zone).

Lincoln-Way Community

High School D210

Board of Education accepted

Petrakis’ resignation

at its Thursday, Jan.

16 meeting.

A representative from

The MacNeil Firm Ltd,

the law firm representing

Petrakis, declined to comment

on whether Petrakis’

resignation was related to

his pending charges.

Petrakis is scheduled to

reappear in court on Monday,

Jan. 27.

Burglary suspects flee, police seek public’s help

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

At approximately 3 a.m.

this Wednesday, Jan. 15,

Mokena Police and Will

County Sheriff’s Police

actively engaged vehicle

burglary suspects in the

Foxborough and Rivendell

subdivisions, according to

a press release sent out that

day by the Village.

It was reported that the

suspects fled in stolen vehicles

and on foot. Two

black males reportedly occupied

a silver 2017 Jeep

Cherokee that was reported

stolen out of Joliet, according

to Mokena Police

Commander Chris Carlson.

A third black male

suspect was in a white Kia,

which crashed into a ditch

near the scene, Carlson

said. That suspect fled on

foot and evaded capture

by reportedly stealing an

unoccupied car left running

in a driveway off of

Schoolhouse Road.

Police pursued the suspects

in the Jeep to LaPorte

and LaGrange Roads,

where the pursuit was then

called off, Carlson said.

Mokena Police Chief

Steve Vaccaro said no arrests

were made.

The release went on

to recognize the ongoing

concerns tied to vehicle

burglaries and thefts that

are occurring in Mokena

and neighboring communities,

and stated police are

“continuing to dedicate a

high level of resources and

attention to this activity,”

pledging “to continue to

give this criminal activity

our full attention.”

Residents are being encouraged

to stay vigilant,

locking their vehicles, and

remove any keys and valuables.

Residents are also being

asked to become a part of

Mokena Police Department’s

Neighborhood

Watch Program and voluntarily

participate in its

video surveillance registry.

For questions or to participate

in the Neighborhood

Watch Program or

video surveillance registry,

call (708) 479-3912.

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D210 officials: District on 'right path' financially, academically

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Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

As Lincoln-Way Community

High School District

210 heads into 2020,

its focus lies in continuing

to improve the district's

financial situation while

maintaining its students'

strong academic performance,

D210 officials said

during a Jan. 16 State of

the District presentation at

Lincoln-Way Central High

School.

While D210's deficit

spending reached just over

$41 million from 2010

to 2016, in the past three

years the district has been

able to successfully replenish

37 percent of the

funds that were spent, Assistant

Superintendent of

Business Bradley Cauffman

said. The D210 Board

of Education approved a

budget with a $5.9 million

surplus for the 2020 fiscal

year, which will bring the

recovery of funds to just

over 51 percent in four

years, he added.

Cauffman said the

district also achieved a

$19.14 million combined

surplus in operating funds,

which includes all funds

except for debt service and

capital projects, in the last

three years.

"The Board of Education

has set a goal to achieve a

33 percent operating fund

balance to expenditure ratio,"

Cauffman said, adding

D210 is expected to

reach this goal in 2024.

"By achieving this goal,

the district will increase its

financial health, bond rating

and eliminate the need

for cash flow borrowing."

Cauffman noted that the

district's bond rating was

Aa2, or investment highgrade

bonds, prior to July

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2pm to 5pm at Jamos Live!

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School District 210 assistant superintendent of

business, discusses district finances Jan. 16, during

the State of the District at Lincoln-Way Central High

School. Nuria Mathog/22nd Century Media

2014 and hit a low of Ba1,

or junk speculative bond

status in December 2016.

In 2019, D210's bond rating

experienced two consecutive

upgrades, rising

to Baa3 in August and

Baa2 in December.

"While we still have a

long way to go, receiving

two bond upgrades in one

year is amazing progress,"

he said. "The district is on

the right path to returning

to a double A bond rating

in the near future."

Measuring student success

Brian Murphy, D210 director

of data, assessment

and innovation, shared

some of the district's academic

highlights from the

past year.

In 2019, all three Lincoln-Way

schools received

a designation of "exemplary"

— the highest possible

designation — in

the Illinois State Board of

Education's Illinois Report

Card. This designation is

calculated according to

multiple factors, including

academic components

such as schools' graduation

rate and students' proficiency

in science, math

Round it up

A brief recap of items discussed at the Lincoln-Way

Community High School D210 Board of Education

Jan. 16 meeting.

• After returning from closed session, board

members voted to approve the sale of about 72

acres of property located at 7551 W. 191st St. in

Tinley Park. The district will accept bids until 3 p.m.

Feb. 18, and the board is expected to decide which,

if any, bid to accept at the Feb. 20 regular meeting.

• The board approved an interfund loan resolution

authorizing the transfer of $400,000 from the

District’s education fund to its operations and

maintenance fund to defray expenses.

• Assistant Superintendent of Business Bradley

Cauffman announced that the 2009 bond debt

restructuring sales results were better than

anticipated because of good market conditions and

positive investor outlook.

and English language arts,

as well as school quality

and school success, Murphy

said.

"This designation of

exemplary really puts all

three of our high schools

in an elite group," Murphy

said. "Only 10 percent of

the high schools in the state

of Illinois have earned this

designation. Our task will

be to continue to strive for

this designation year after

year."

Murphy said all three

Lincoln-Way schools

currently have graduation

rates of 95 percent or

higher and equally high

ninth-grade on-track rates,

meaning students cannot

fail more than one semester

of a core curriculum

class.

"Knowing this information

allows us to identify

those students that are potentially

off-track early

... The ultimate goal is to

have a graduation rate that

is equal to or greater than

our freshman on-track

rate," Murphy said. "And

we are right there."

Students participating in

the Advanced Placement

program at Lincoln-Way

are enrolled in an average

of two or more AP courses,

Murphy said. Students

have the potential to earn

AP credit, which translates

into college credit if

they score a 3 or higher on

the corresponding exam,

and more than 4,000 exams

were given this past

spring.

"There were more than

2,800 students — about

68 percent of the students

who took the test — that

passed and earned that 3,

4 or 5," Murphy said. " ...

The trend that we see here

is that by the time we get

to looking at our seniors,

just over 40 percent of our

student body has earned a

3 or above on at least one

AP exam."

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Caterpillar dealership deal contingent on new incentives

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

The Village of Mokena

Board of Trustees may

soon approve an increased

incentive package to keep

a licensed Caterpillar dealership

from looking at other

towns.

During a work session

discussion Jan. 13, the

trustees heard from representatives

of Altorfer Inc.

— a company that sells,

rents and repairs CAT

equipment — regarding

the company’s need for

an increase in a proposed

economic incentive agreement

with the Village for a

site located in the Mokena

Point business park.

Village Administrator

John Tomasoski said he and

Director of Economic and

Community Development

Alan Zordan spoke with

representatives from Altorfer

on Jan. 10 to discuss

new challenges facing the

project. Tomasoski said the

meeting also brought forward

the amended request

from the company regarding

the economic incentive

agreement — increasing it

from $980,000 to $2 million

“to offset additional

costs” that include wetland

mitigation, removal of bad

soil, relocation of utilities

and work to contain a jet

fuel pipeline that is on the

property. Tomasoski said

there were no requests to

change the 15-year term

or sales tax split formula,

meaning a 15-year sales

tax sharing or $2 million

rebate, whichever comes

first.

Dave Hixson, vice president

construction product

support at Altorfer, said

the company has been in

business for 63 years and

has 23 locations in 18 cities

throughout Iowa, Missouri

and Illinois.

“We’re not like a car

dealership,” he said. “We

are a dealership to the

manufacturer, but we’re

a territorial dealership …

that is ours and ours solely.

We are the only ones able

to sell and service CAT

equipment in that territory

for Caterpillar.”

After recently acquiring

a different company, Altorfer

opted to not utilize

the acquired company’s

Elmhurst location. Instead,

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it conducted research and

found a location in Mokena

that could fit the company’s

needs. The company

made an offer on the

property in May 2019. But

since then, the site has had

obstacles.

“We want to cover this

area,” Hixson said, stating

the company projects $17

million in sales. “We know

that the potential is here.

“This Mokena site is

very strategic to our success.”

But Hixson said the additional

problems with the

site have caused the company

to have to look at

other sites “without some

additional incentive for

tax relief to help us recoup

some of these costs.”

“If we can come to an

agreement and grant these

additional incentive requests

over the 15-year

period, we are going to

commit to this site and

make it work,” he said. “If

additional costs come up,

[it will be] totally on us.”

Trustee George Metanias

asked if Altorfer has

gone back to the property

owner to ask for some financial

relief given the

challenges. Hixson said

the property owner has not

at this point helped, despite

communication from

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Staff Report

Round it up

A brief recap of other items discussed at the Jan.

13 Board of Trustees meeting.

• In a 4-2 vote, the Village Board members

approved the findings of fact and a

recommendation from the Planning Commission

to deny a special use request from Firestone

to construct a 5,798-square-foot facility in the

Mokena Marketplace at Wolf Road and Route 30.

Trustees Joseph Budzyn and Jim Richmond cast the

dissenting ballots.

• Trustees voted 6-0 to approve a special use

permit for motor vehicle sales for Import Exchange

in order to relocate the applicant’s existing Mokena

business to a new site at 19118 S. 104th Ave.

• The Village Board welcomed new Mokena police

officer Courtney Sepolio, who was hired as a patrol

officer.

Altorfer. Hixson said the

contracted price that had

been agreed to was already

lower than what the property

owner had wanted to

start at, “and he was not

willing to go any lower.”

Ultimately, Metanias

said he was in favor of

the increased incentive —

with a caveat.

“If we agreed to this

incentive, I don’t want

us getting into a bidding

war with another village,”

Metanias said.

Trustee Joseph Siwinski

also was in favor of the increased

incentive.

“I’d love to have you in

The 2020 Census is

coming soon. Stand up and

be counted. It’s the only

way to ensure Mokena

gets appropriate legislative

representation based

on population and its fair

share of many of the federal

resources our community

is entitled to by law.

By April 1, residents’

homes will receive an invitation

to participate in the

2020 Census. Residents

can respond either online,

by phone or by mail.

The 2020 Census marks

the first time residents will

the community,” he said.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing

because it is more

money. But, in reality, that

is what incentives are for.

Incentives are for extraordinary

measures we have

to make in order to bring

quality businesses to our

community that can help

fund our community.”

Trustee Joseph Budzyn,

however, was skeptical

about a few items in

the Altorfer presentation.

Budzyn said when he initially

saw this additional

request, he thought it was

a “bait and switch.” After

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have the option to respond

online. Residents can even

respond on their mobile

devices.

Additionally, the U.S.

Census Bureau is looking

for temporary, part-time

workers. For more information,

visit 2020census.

gov/en/jobs.


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Sodium 200mg

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SWSA, politicians join together for Women’s March rally

4

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Members of Southwest

Suburban Activists

members attended a pre-

Women’s March rally and

fundraiser at Crafted 1979

Bottle Shop and Tap Room

in Mokena Thursday, Jan.

16, hosted by Emily Biegel

and Amanda Koch.

Joining SWSA were two

Democratic candidates for

public office who are endorsed

by the nonprofit

organization: Michelle

Fadeley, who is running

for State Representative in

the 37th District, and Nick

Palmer, candidate for Will

County Executive.

Emily Biegel, founder of

SWSA, said the event was

organized to promote awareness

of the Women’s March

in Chicago, which took place

Saturday, Jan. 18, as well as

to support both candidates’

run for office.

“The weather is not going

to stop us; it will make

us freezing, but it’s not going

to stop us,” Biegel said.

Fadeley, who co-founded

ERA Illinois in 2016

and has been an active

member of the National

Organization for Women’s

Illinois chapter, said the

Women’s March was an

opportunity to continue a

recent trend of women being

elected to public office.

“When I first started out

in activism, the kind of sizes

of marches were not happening

on a regular basis,”

she said. “We did have,

maybe once a decade maybe

1.2 million who would

show up in D.C. But, to

Candidate for Will County Executive Nick Palmer (left)

speaks with Bill Thoman, chair of the Will County

Democratic Central Committee.

have a growth and this reinvigoration

of energy and

activism, it is just incredible

to see people actively

participating in the process

and wanting and demanding

that change.”

Palmer said he was

motivated to support the

march because “women’s

issues are all of our issues.

“Women, just like guys

— hopefully — care about

safe communities or having

the ability to make your

own decisions about health

Candidate for 37th District State Representative

Michelle Fadeley speaks with Lockport resident Daniel

Mastantuono Thursday, Jan. 16, at Crafted 1979 Bottle

Shop and Tap Room in Mokena during a rally and

fundraiser attended by Southwest Suburban Activists

prior to the Women’s March in Chicago.. Photos by T.J.

Kremer III/22nd Century Medi

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Mokena D159 Board of Education

MIS to get new gym floor

because of water damage

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Over the winter break,

while children slept with

visions of sugarplums

dancing in their heads,

not a creature was stirring

at Mokena Intermediate

School.

But, Mokena D159

Board of Education members

were informed at

their Jan. 15 meeting that

sometime on Dec. 24 a

water leak from a sink in

one of the handwashing

sinks of the school began.

Because faculty and staff

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were out of the building

for Christmas, the leak

was not detected until

Dec. 26.

“We were hoping that

it would dry out and the

boards might return to

their normal state, but it

doesn’t sound like that’s

going to happen; it’s not

drying out as they had

planned, and to make

sure that the air quality

is high-quality, they decided

they are replacing

the entire gym floor,”

said Superintendent Don

White.

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4

The replacement is

covered under the district's

insurance, White

said.

“And that gives us another

opportunity to redesign

the basketball court,

which was shorter than

it should be, and move

some hoops around to

make it regulation size.

It’s kind of a win for us.”

The replacement flooring

is expected to be completed

by mid- to late-

March, MIS Principal

David McAtee said.

Policy revisions get closer

examination

Please see D159, 12

Round it up

A brief recap of other

items discussed during

the Jan. 15 D159 Board

of Education meeting.

• Students from

Mokena Elementary

School Student Council

led the Pledge of

Allegiance.

• Lunch and milk fees

will remain the same

as 2019-2020 school

year.

• The annual Volley for

a Cure volleyball game,

in which Mokena D159

play against Mokena

firefighters and

police to raise funds

to support cancer

research, is to be held

at Mokena Junior High

at 7 p.m. Thursday,

Jan. 23.

Summit Hill D161 Board of Education

K-12 feasibility study report ‘not complete’

Derek Swanson

Freelance Reporter

As the first board

meeting after the winter

holiday, the Summit Hill

D161 Board of Education

met Jan. 15 to discuss

the status of the District

Leadership Solutions,

LLC report, as well as

the validity of Illinois

Assessment of Readiness

scored.

The report from DLS

was found to be incomplete

by the board, though

Section 1A of the report

will be kept and paid for

as it offers information

on demographics and enrollment.

Any following

sections will not be paid

for, as the report did not

answer necessary questions

on tax impacts and

the possible purchase of

Lincoln-Way North High

School. No new contract

has been put into place

following the termination

of the DLS contract.

“It is not accepted by

us as complete; it did not

answer those questions

we had,” said Board President

Rich Marron.

Testing methods in

question

Marron later presented

issues on the Illinois Assessment

of Readiness

test using one of the new

Smart Boards provided

by the Summit Hill Educational

Foundation. The

presentation showed discrepancies

between the

scores students earned

on the test and their actual

level of success at

the collegiate level. Additionally,

it was revealed

that IAR contained many

of the same questions that

were previously in the

PARCC text, which was

Round it up

A brief recap of other items discussed at the

Summit Hill D161 Board of Education Jan. 15

meeting.

• Kindergarten registration fees for the 2020-21

academic year were approved to remain at $150

for full-day kindergarten and $125 for half-day.

Parents will have an opportunity to save $30 on

enrollment if paid from Feb. 3 to the 28.

• Other student’s registration fees will remain at

$150 with the option to save $30 if paid between

Mar. 16 and April 30.

• The yearly cost of milk was voted to be $52.20

and mileage reimbursement for staff was voted to

be $.575 cents per mile.

• Board member Joy Murphy was absent.

eliminated in 2018.

“It’s the same test, just

a shorter version,” said

Marron, adding later that

the issues with the test

have “become toxic for

those this is reaching.”

Based on Marron’s research,

IAR could only

accurately predict college

GPA scores for math

16 percent of the time,

whereas ELA could be

predicted a dismal 1.7

percent of the time. Marron

also presented data

that showed that lowincome

students on average

earn lower scores

than children from highincome

homes.

Marron proposed that

the board vote to eliminate

IAR testing, though

the vote was tabled until

the next meeting, to be

held on Feb. 8. The meeting

was then adjourned

after the discussion, leaving

the Superintendent,

Staff and Board Member

Reports to be discussed at

the Feb. 8 meeting.

Steve Cook, who is

on the D161 Feasibility

Study Committee, said

after the meeting that “I

believe Mr. Marron gave

us an in-depth accurate

analysis of the many

variables involved in assessment

testing. As a

community member, I believe

he is absolutely correct

in his analysis of the

“value”or more the “lack

of value” of PARCC/IAR

testing. If the State of Illinois

is moving away from

it and the high school district

doesn’t focus on it,

then what is it’s value?

Some community members

need to understand

this.”

Board issues apology

Vice President Stacey

Borgens began the meeting

offering her apologies

for an incident at the

Dec. 18 meeting, where a

public commenter made

inappropriate remarks.

Borges stated, “As vice

president, it is my responsibility

to stop the

disparaging remarks from

being made.” She ended

with, “Just as you cannot

shout fire in a crowded

theater… you cannot use

this platform against an

individual.” No public

comments were offered

at the Jan. 15 meeting.


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What is one essential you

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When is your dream job?

School News

DePauw University

Mokena resident makes

dean’s list

Allison Bebar has been

named to DePauw University’s

fall 2019 dean’s list. The

dean’s list recognizes students

who achieve a semester

grade point average of 3.5

or higher on a 4.0 scale.

D210

From Page 4

trict has made significant

strides toward improving

security at the three high

schools, including installing

secure entrances, eliminating

outside keys and

completing a "key project"

over the summer that allows

all doors to be locked

from the inside with a

master key.

"When a lockdown is

announced, [teachers are]

able to grab any students,

anyone nearby, bring

themselves into a classroom,

lock themselves

in that room," Tingley

said. "In all the unfortunate

violent incidents that

have happened in schools,

there have never been any

fatalities where students

have been locked in a secure

area. So, this was an

initiative we thought was

A principal.

Cherry Hill Studio

What is one thing people

don’t know about you?

Pensacola Christian College

Mokena resident makes

dean’s list

Emily Boril was named

to the dean’s list at Pensacola

Christian College

for academic achievement

during the 2019 fall semester.

This was a result of

earning a semester grade

important."

Other notable capital

improvement projects include

the purchase and installation

of more than 320

security cameras, resurfacing

the tracks at Central

and East, and redesigning

and resurfacing the parking

lot at Central. The

district also had new turfs

installed at Central and

East, with West slated to

receive the same upgrade

this summer.

"We're the first schools

in the Midwest to get

this new system, where a

new turf is placed on top

of the existing system,"

Tingley said, adding this

move saved approximately

$500,000 per field.

Tingley also said the

State of Illinois has

shown interest in the former

Lincoln-Way North

facilities, adding that

several State agencies

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My mom because she

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he made me in his

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What do you keep under

your bed?

Dust bunnies.

What is your favorite class

point average of 3.00 or

higher.

Saint Mary’s University

Mokena resident named to

dean’s list

Jacob Mayer made

the dean’s list at Saint

Mary’s University in Winona,

Minnesota, for the

have toured the building

and that the district

has provided the State's

architects and engineers

with blueprints of the

building.

"They're doing their own

feasibility study to determine

a cost and whether

or not that would be an appropriate

use for some of

their organizations, whether

it be emergency management

services, the state

police, natural resources,

human services," he said.

"Several agencies have

walked through and they

have expressed an interest.

We'll continue to monitor

that discussion as we move

forward. If there is a proposal

that is financially viable

and would be of benefit

to the community, I'm

certain that it's something

the board would consider

as we move forward."

and why?

Computer science because

you get to play fun

games.

What’s your morning

routine?

Wake up, see what my

dad is doing, watch the

news, eat my breakfast,

change my clothes, brush

my teeth, do my hair, get

my shoes on, get my backpack

ready, go to school.

What extracurricular(s) do

you wish your school had?

A hockey team.

2019 Fall semester. Mayer

is a psychology major

with a minor in music

and also is in the honors

program.

D159

From Page 10

If you could change one

thing about your school,

what would it be?

I wish we could have

computer science class

five hours a day.

What’s your best memory

from school?

I will remember having

my “Buddies” each year.

Standout Student is a weekly

feature for The Mokena

Messenger. Nominations

come from Mokena-area

schools.

University of Iowa

Mokena students earn

degrees

Dylan Cox and Brendan

McGinnis earned

their bachelor’s degrees in

December from University

of Iowa. Both earned a degree

in business administration.

School News is compiled by

Editor T.J. Kremer III, tj@

mokenamessenger.com.

Two State of Illinois

school board policies

were pulled for further

discussion and review.

At issue was Policy

2:110, which would have

officers of the board

serve for two-year terms.

D159’s current policy has

officers serving a oneyear

term.

“Quite honestly, [when

board members] sign up

for a four-year tour of

duty, I think it’s more

fair to everybody to do it

in one-year increments,”

said board member Jim

Andresen. “That way

you’re not obligated to

serving two years. And

it also gives other people

the opportunity [to serve

as officers], if they want

to.”

The policy would not affect

board members’ elected

overall four-year terms.

The board voted 7-0 to

have a resolution approving

the board’s current

one-year policy brought

forth at its Feb. 20 meeting.

Also at issue was Policy

4:20, which changes

the way fund balances

are measured. The suggested

policy from the

State would require the

year-end fund balance to

revenue ratio of no less

than 15-20 percent. The

board’s current policy

states that it must maintain

a year-end fund balance

of 33-65 percent of

expenditures.

Board members also

voted 7-0 to direct staff

to come back to the Feb.

20 meeting with more information

as to how the

change would look as

presented.

GFWC offers

scholarships

for Mokena

women

Submitted by Mokena

Woman’s Club

The GFWC Mokena

Woman’s Club is once

again offering scholarships

to graduating Mokena

high school students

pursuing higher education.

The application is available

on the Lincoln-Way

and Providence Catholic

High Schools websites.

It is also available at the

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena, and

Frankfort Public Library

District, 21119 S. Pfeiffer

Road in Frankfort, for other

Mokena students.

The completed application

— along with an official

transcript, a letter of

career goals and a letter of

recommendation — must

be postmarked by March

7 at: GFWC Mokena

Woman’s Club, Scholarship

Committee, P.O. Box

1008, Mokena, Illinois,

60448.

The funds for the scholarships

were raised at the

Club’s 46th Annual Holli-

Daze Art and Craft Show,

which is the Club’s major

fundraiser and a yearround

project. Over the

past 57 years, the Club

has awarded 236 scholarships

totaling more than

$167,000.

Established in 1960, the

Club opened Mokena’s

first kindergarten the same

year and began offering

scholarships to students in

1962. The Club is a member

of the General Federation

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Tips on diet, exercise, mindfulness and more highlighted at annual Healthy Living Expo

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Whether attendees were

interested in diving into

a new exercise regimen,

trying the latest diet or

simply tweaking their

wellness plan to make it

more effective in 2020,

22nd Century Media’s

fourth annual Healthy

Living Expo had something

for everyone.

Held Saturday, Jan. 18,

at the Tinley Park Convention

Center, the free

event featured 70-plus

vendor booths, health

screenings, healthy cooking

demonstrations,

workout classes and

much more. The first 300

attendees were rewarded

with free tote bags and

stress balls.

Heather Warthen, chief

events officer for 22nd

Century Media, explained

that the event included

a complete approach to

wellness, highlighting

mental health, medical

services, mindfulness and

more, along with the staples

of diet and exercise.

“We brought back all

of our cooking demos and

we have a couple of great

speaker sessions with

Kimberly Kramer — who

is a registered dietician

with UChicago Medicine

— so those are really

exciting,” Warthen said.

“We also brought back

our workout classes again

this year.”

Heidi Richard, of UChicago

Medicine Ingalls

Memorial, and her team

spent the day sharing information

about the organization’s

primary care

locations, same-day mammogram

appointments,

innovative treatments and

UChicago Medicine’s

brand new podcast.

“We’ve just launched

a new podcast called

Mokena resident Mike Holstrom (left) stops by the Elite

Rehabilitation Institute to get a massage from Amber

Snapp.

‘Things You’re Too Embarrassed

to Ask a Doctor,’”

Richard said. “It

covers things that you

might not feel comfortable

asking like, ‘Why

do I have adult acne?’

or ‘Is stomach gurgling

normal?’ and a few topics

that may be embarrassing.

[The expo] gives

us insight into the voice

of what people are really

interested in to help us

inform what are activities

will be and to help us promote

people living well

and being healthy.”

Along with UChicago

Medicine, several Healthy

Living vendors shared information

about fighting

and treating the flu.

Physicians Immediate

Care’s Jimmy Quattrocki

explained that Alere, a

rapid flu testing device,

allows doctors to test for

A and B strands and diagnose

whether or not a

patient has the flu within

three minutes of the test.

“We have 43 urgent care

locations open in Illinois

and Northwest Indiana,”

Quattrocki said. “We’re

open seven days a week in

all of our clinics. We treat

anything from common

colds and flu to broken

limbs. We treat children

from two months of age

up to the oldest adults. We

take pretty much all the

major insurance plans —

we’re in network with all

Blue Cross Blue Shield of

Illinois plans — and patients

that want to see us

can make an online appointment.”

Newer wellness trends

also were showcased,

with several vendors offering

oils and products

made with cannabidiol

— a chemical found in

cannabis plants — to relieve

everything from

inflammation to anxiety.

Oils, edibles, smoking

products, inhalers and

more were available at the

booth of the Homer Glen

shop Hempology CBD

Store.

“CBD oil is going to

give you the medical benefits

without the high,”

Hempology owner Mark

Diorio explained. “It’s

non-psychoactive, so you

can take it and actually go

to work, function and do

your tasks, and get relief

for your anxiety or inflammation.

You can get a

better night’s sleep without

actually getting high

or stoned. If people come

to Hempology, they’re

going to find very good,

clean products that are

third-party lab tested, effective

and studied very

thoroughly by us.”

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22nd Century Media’s Healthy Living Expo at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

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car, ready to fight any symptoms.

Homewood resident

Claudia Montejano and

her sister Lorena Lira, of

East Chicago, Indiana,

were motivated to attend

the expo to connect with a

wide variety of vendors to

find what best suits their

lifestyles.

“I recently joined

Weight Watchers, so I

want to see how I can

incorporate some of the

cooking techniques ... to

revamp my whole eating

lifestyle,” Montejano

said.

Lira added, “I wanted

to see what workouts

work and try to get a little

bit healthier, because I sit

at a desk all day.”

Along with sampling

fitness classes and cooking

courses, attendees

were also able to taste

products from a variety

of brands, and She 100.3

was on-hand with its popular

prize wheel.

Following the Healthy

Living Expo, 22nd Century

Media is gearing up

for its Lady Expo on May

2 at the Tinley Park Convention

Center.


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FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Student wows guests

with his knowledge during

annual GeoBee contest

Good growing conditions

near Bogota have

helped what country become

the world’s second

largest exporter of cut

flowers?

This is the question that

nearly stumped Homer

Jr. High School’s newlycrowned

National Geographic

GeoBee champion

Jack Cunningham on Jan.

15.

But Cunningham concentrated.

He asked for the

question to be repeated.

Standing before the top social

studies students at his

school and their parents,

he delivered the correct

answer: Colombia.

Cunningham will now

advance to the next round

of this annual geography

knowledge competition

between students from

thousands of schools in all

50 states and the five U.S.

territories. He will take

an online state qualifying

test, and if he scores high

enough he will be invited

to compete in the state

GeoBee alongside 100 of

the top scorers from Illinois

schools.

Cunningham, who answered

every question correctly,

said he is more excited

about the next rounds

than he is nervous. The

eighth-grader can point to

the exact moment he became

infatuated with history

and geography.

“My love for history

started when I was at my

aunt’s house and I found

a book on the Titanic,”

Cunningham said. “I was

just hooked the second I

started reading it. That led

to my interest in maritime

history, which led to my

interest in other history,

too. Because I had to learn

geography hand-in-hand

with history, the rest is history.”

Reporting by Benjamin

Conboy, Assistant Editor. For

more, visit LockportLegend

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FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Proposed 220-unit

residential development

leads to density debate

Traffic and housing density

was a core concern

among members of the

New Lenox Village Board

during a Jan. 13 meeting.

The trustees — minus

Keith Madsen, who was

absent — and Mayor Tim

Baldermann heard the

first reading of a proposed

220-unit residential development

on a 15.1-acre

lot called Lincoln Station,

adjacent to the New Lenox

Metra train station.

Trustees called into

question what they deemed

to be too many units for

the size and location of the

proposed development,

which would be accessed

via Prairie Road and jut

up against the train station

parking lot, according to a

presentation by Chicagobased

architectural firm

Bailey Edward and Wheaton-based

developer Next

Generation Development.

Trustee David Smith

said he worried that the

number of units — 44 for

each of the five buildings

— would impact the traffic

flow going in and out of the

Metra station, and extend

to Prairie Road and Route

30. He expressed concern

that a few years after the

development is completed

the Village would have

to expand Prairie Road to

handle increased traffic.

Despite those concerns,

the issue “boils down to

that parcel being what it

is; that’s all it’s good for,”

Baldermann said, referring

to its proposed future as

the home of rental properties.

A residential development

on that plot of land

is the “ideal use, but it

doesn’t have ideal traffic,”

he added.

The land has not attracted

commercial intrigue nor

single-family homes.

Reporting by Kyle LaHucik,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit NewLenoxPatriot

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FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

‘Cans’ Film Festival

features food drive, movie

screening

When the Homer Glen

Junior Woman’s Club

wanted an additional way

to pay it forward, they

thought of a new idea focused

on kindness and diversity.

That idea was to co-host

a “Cans” Film Festival,

which included a food

drive and film screening

event on Jan. 13 at Homer

Township Public Library.

From Dec. 16 through Friday,

Jan. 17, the library

was a collection site, accepting

nonperishable donations

for the food drive.

“This is the first time

we’ve done this food drive

this way,” said Mary Lee,

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a Homer Glen resident and

secretary for the HGJWC.

“We’ve done food drives

in the past at some of

the local businesses. We

thought it would be a good

idea to do this at the library

in conjunction with a

movie. The inspiration for

this event is Martin Luther

King Jr. Day, kindness and

diversity.”

The movie screening

that took place in line with

those themes in the Community

Room was “Remember

the Titans.”

“The real life [former]

coach of the Titans Herman

Boone [portrayed

by Denzel Washington in

the film] passed away last

month,” Lee said. “In the

spirit of coach Boone and

Martin Luther King Jr.,

who strived for kindness

and diversity, we dedicated

the movie to them.”

The food drive was a

natural extension of that

theme, Lee said. The food

collected is to be donated

to a local food pantry late

this month.

Reporting by Mary Compton,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit HomerHorizon

Daily.com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

D228 teachers, School

Board reach tentative

contract agreement

The Bremen High

School District 228 Joint

Faculty Association

and Board of Education

reached a tentative contract

agreement Thursday,

Jan. 16, according to a

statement released by the

district.

The agreement comes

just three days after the

JFA announced that the

teacher’s union was set to

strike on Monday, Jan. 27.

“To our students, staff

and community, we are

happy to provide you with

another negotiation update,”

D228 posted on its

Facebook page the morning

of Jan. 16. “As of this

morning, the Board of Education

and JFA negotiation

teams have officially

reached a tentative contract

agreement. Details

will become available to

the public after the contract

has been voted on and

finalized.”

The District 228 Educators

Facebook page

also shared an announcement

updating community

members and parents

about the progress made.

“As a result, the work

stoppage scheduled for

Jan. 27, 2020, is suspended

pending potential ratification

by the D228 School

Board and the entire membership

of the JFA,” the

post read.

As previously reported

by The Junction, the union

members have been working

without a contract

since July 31, 2019, and

negotiating with the BOE

since December 2018. On

Oct. 3, 2019, the JFA voted

“overwhelmingly” to authorize

a strike.

“The educators of District

228 are relieved that

we may continue focusing

all of our efforts at

this time on our students’

instruction without the

immediate concern of a

potential work stoppage,”

the District 228 Educators

Facebook post concluded.

“Hopefully this

announcement provides

our community with

some peace for the time

being.”

Reporting by Jacquelyn

Schlabach, Editor. For more,

visit TinleyJunctionDaily.

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FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

DUI charge dropped

against retired priest

accused of fatal hit-andrun

The aggravated DUI

charge has been dropped

in a case against a retired

St. Michael priest allegedly

responsible for a hitand-run

that killed one of

the parish’s teachers and

injured another.

Paul Burak, 73, of 82

Canterbury Court in Palos

Heights, was charged in

early December with aggravated

DUI and leaving

the scene of a fatal

accident, both felonies,

but the former charge was

dropped, while the latter

stands, as of Jan. 14.

Officially, Burak was indicted

on charges of leaving

the scene of a motor

vehicle accident involving

death, leaving the scene

of a motor vehicle accident

involving injury and

two counts of accident

involving injury or death,

according to a spokesperson

for the Cook County

State’s Attorney’s Office.

Burak on Jan. 14 pleaded

not guilty to those charges.

“After a thorough review

of the case, we did

not seek an indictment for

the offense of aggravated

DUI, as the evidence and

facts were insufficient to

support that charge,” the

State’s Attorney’s Office

said in a statement. “The

defendant was indicted

with the most serious offenses,

including leaving

the scene of a motor vehicle

accident involving

death, based on the law

and supported by the evidence.”

Burak is next to appear

March 8 for a status hearing

before Judge Kerry

Kennedy, Room 110, at the

Cook County Courthouse

for the Fifth Municipal

District in Bridgeview.

Reporting by Bill Jones, Editor.

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Enough is enough.

That is what appears

to be the sentiment

of the entire village when

it comes to the increased

crime we have been experiencing.

What started as burglaries

— mostly to unlocked

vehicles left running or

parked — has now escalated

to residents in the Lincoln-

Way community being

abducted at gunpoint, armed

robberies at local shops and

people being shot at while

driving to or from work.

There may not be an easy

answer as to why suddenly

this particular area has

become a target, but there

might be a less complicated

solution to help take the

target off our backs.

I support our Mokena

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From Page 6

that, he went to the site to

conduct his own analysis.

“I actually continue

to have that feeling, because

that pipeline is well

marked,” Budzyn said.

“There are markers every

100 feet or so that tell

you that there is a pipeline

there. I don’t know how

over the six months you

couldn’t anticipate some

type of cost with that. The

part of my job as editor

of The Messenger, I often

have the opportunity to

speak with law enforcement

officers, and I can tell

they are as frustrated as the

rest of us about the crime

happening now. They do

not want these crimes taking

place in our community

any more than we do, and I

truly believe they are doing

as much as they can with

the resources that we have.

Which begs the question:

Can our Village provide

them more resources?

Our Village has done

a magnificent job over

the years of being fiscally

sound and adopting

a philosophy of spending

conservatively — just ask

them. They would be happy

to tell you so.

Mokena has seen its fair

share of growth, both in

terms of population and

the number of businesses it

attracts, which is good.

And it would be unfair

to not acknowledge that

crime happens everywhere,

regardless of how well- or

ill-prepared any particular

city, village or town might

be prepared for it.

wetland is well visible

… and that should have,

again, been an anticipated

cost to you, I thought.”

Hixson said the “unknowns”

regarding the

pipeline were in its depth,

and the challenges its

depth provided.

The consensus from the

Village Board was to move

the item forward and vote

on it at a special board

meeting, which was tentatively

scheduled for 6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 20.

“There may not be an easy

answer as to why suddenly this

particular area has become a

target, but there might be a less

complicated solution to help

take the target off our backs.”

But not every town,

city or village is in as an

economically beneficial

position as ours to lend

additional support to its law

enforcement.

So, is it not unreasonable

to ask if the Village could

spare a little more money

to invest in additional officers

and resources to help

protect its residents? Yes,

the Village recently hired

another officer, which was

announced at the Jan. 13

Board of Trustees meeting.

(That story is on Page 6.)

But, with as much territory

as officers have to cover,

and given the often latenight

nature of the crimes

being perpetrated, one has

to wonder if digging deeper

into the coffers to hire more

officers isn’t the prudent

thing to do.

Police “have recognized

the ongoing concerns tied

to vehicle burglaries and

thefts that are occurring in

Mokena and neighboring

communities,” (as reported

on Page 3), and are

“continuing to dedicate a

high level of resources and

attention to this activity,”

pledging “to continue to

give this criminal activity

our full attention.”

Perhaps the Village does

have a plan. Perhaps this

recent criminal wave will

dissipate on its own. Or

perhaps we not rely on

hopes and assumptions,

but instead demand that

we — the Village and its

citizens — ask what more

we can do to help support

our police officers.

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515

115th Ave., Mokena)

Church Service

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

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

p.m. Sundays

Adoration

Wednesdays following

8 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

Young at Heart Senior Club

1 p.m. the first and third

Wednesday of the month.

Join the senior club for activities

and outings Sept.-

June. For more information,

call (708) 699-5018.

Holy Rosary

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

Tuesday evenings.

St. John’s United Church of Christ

(11100 Second St., Mokena)

Church Service

8 a.m. traditional service,

9:45 a.m. contemporary

and family service

with children’s bible lesson

during adult worship

service. For more information,

visit stjohnsmokena.

org

Bundles of Love

7 p.m. the second and

fourth Tuesday of each

month. Enjoy fun and fellowship

while making

baby quilts for infants baptized

at St. John’s and lap

quilts for shut-ins.

Mokena United Methodist Church

(10901 LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Winter Italian dinner

4-7 p.m. Jan. 25. Tickets:

adults $14; children

12 and under $5; children

under 5 eat free. Menu

includes: mostaccioli and

homemade meatballs;

choice of sauce (traditional

red sauce or pesto); salad

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Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays at the

church. For more information,

call (708) 479-

1110.

Breakfast

9 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month.

Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare

is provided.

Sunday School

9-10 a.m. Sundays.

Senior High Youth Group

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information,

email marleycommu

nitychurch@gmail.com.

Junior High Youth Group

6-7:30 p.m. Fridays.

For more information,

email marleycommunity

church@gmail.com.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

Worship

5 p.m. Saturdays and 9

a.m. Sundays.

God’s Kids Club

10:15 a.m. Sundays in

Sept.-May.

Adult Bible Study

10:15 a.m. Sundays in

Sept.-May.

Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th

St., Mokena)

Sunday Services

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

more information, call

(312) 350-2279.

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

Mokena Baptist offers

Sunday School classes

for all ages. For more information,

call (312) 350-

2279.

Parker Road Bible Church (18512

Parker Road, Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be

sure to arrive early for our

Sunday Worship Service

to enjoy a hot, complimentary

cup of coffee every

week at the church. Following

the Christian Education

Hour (9:15-10:15

a.m.), all beverages can

be found just outside the

sanctuary.

Grace Fellowship Church (11049

LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Narcotics Anonymous

7-9 p.m. Mondays. All

those struggling or who have

struggled with a narcotics

addiction are welcome. All

meetings are confidential.

For more information, call

(708) 479-0300.

Spanish Church

12:30 p.m. Sundays.

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays. All are

welcome.

Women’s Bible Study

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

and 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays.

Victory Baptist Church (13550 US Route

6, Mokena)

Sunday School

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Morning Worship

10:45 a.m. Sundays.

Evening Worship

6 p.m. Sundays.

Weekday Worship

7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Have something for Faith

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Kremer at tj@mokenames

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the mokena messenger | January 23, 2020 | 27

Woman’s grief turns into

inspiration to help others cope

3

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

When Rachael and David

Fedor lost their son

Jason in May 2010, the

grief was almost unbearable.

Jason was born with a

rare condition called Trisomy

13, a chromosomal

condition associated with

severe intellectual disability

and physical abnormalities

in many parts

of the body, according

to the National Institute

of Health. Only 5-10

percent of children born

with this condition survive

past their first year

of life.

Jason lived to be only 6

weeks old.

“After he passed it was

really hard on our family,”

Rachael said. “We

had our 3-year-old son,

who all of a sudden had a

brother and then all of a

sudden he’s gone.”

And that’s when the anger

set in.

Rachael began attending

bereavement counseling,

which helped

some, but something was

still lacking on her path

to finding some kind of

peace.

“As I was going I kept

saying, ‘I want to do

more. This can’t be the

end of my story,’” she

said.

It was the bereavement

coordinator who told Rachael

to “turn your anger

into something good, turn

it into something beautiful.”

“I will never forget

that because that was, I

think, the stepping stone I

needed. I needed to find a

way to turn my anger and

sadness into something

more,” Rachael said.

And so Rachael began

collecting materials she

had received after Jason’s

death from friends and

family and she put them

in boxes. Then she took

those boxes and offered

them to hospice workers

to pass along to other

families who had lost or

were in the process of

losing a child much too

soon.

With that gesture,

Heavenly Brothers NFP

was born.

On Jason’s first birthday,

Rachael delivered six

of the boxes; today, Heavenly

Brothers has handed

out more than 1,100

boxes via approximately

15 hospitals, women’s

centers and hospice centers,

as well as individual

requests that are sent directly

to the nonprofit organization.

The boxes are free of

charge and include items

such as candles, books,

seeds to plant in remembrance

of the child, music

and special keepsake statues

to help others cope

with their loss and remind

them that there can be a

path toward inner peace.

But Rachael didn’t stop

there. She also started a

group for other mothers

to meet and share their

feelings together.

“I wanted more than

just sending out a box; I

wanted to create a friendship

or a place for people

to come and feel safe as

they grow through loss,”

she said.

Rachael said that creating

those bonds with

other families also helped

strengthen her bond with

her faith.

“My faith grew more

after I lost my son,” she

said. “And one of the reasons,

I feel, is because

without knowing there’s

hope, that God does hold

him in heaven with him,

then what’s the point of

everything.

“Originally, yeah, I

blamed God. I questioned

him. I was angry with

him. I had all that anger

and I didn’t know what

to do with it. And I gave

it to God. … He took that

anger and he made me see

that his goal was not to

take my son at 6-and-ahalf

weeks and bring him

to heaven, but his goal

is to take me through the

loss and bring me hope

knowing that he is healing

my broken heart. …

Without faith, I wouldn’t

know how to deal with

loss.”

Rachael said she plans

to continue reaching out to

more hospitals and families

in order to see Heavenly

Brothers grow “and

to continue to see more

families find comfort in

that and finding a way to

give back to others.”

In previous years,

Heavenly Brothers has

held an annual fundraiser;

however, this year Heavenly

Brothers is teaming

up with Emily and Frank

Smith’s Stephen Smith

Family Fun Run at Union

Creek Park in Tinley Park

May 2, which will also

mark the ninth anniversary

of Jason’s death.

For more information on

Heavenly Brothers NFP,

visit heavenly brothers

boxes.com.

Mokena resident Rachael Fedor sits with a photo of her late son Jason, who died

at 6 weeks old. Fedor now runs Heavenly Brothers NFP, an organization that

creates free boxes for memories for families who have lost a child. T.J. Kremer

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Art association’s first pastel exhibition highlights area artists

Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter

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The work of three awardwinning

local artists — Mokena

resident Ted Fuka, Frankfort

Square resident Mary Ann Trzyna

and Chicago Heights resident

Marikay Peter Witlock — will

be on display the Frankfort Arts

Association gallery through late

February as part of the organization’s

inaugural Pastel Invitational

Exhibition, “Journey into

Pastels.”

The show’s opening reception

on Jan. 12 gave members of the

community a first look at the engaging

collection of works that

captured everything from landscapes

to still lives. Frankfort

Arts Association Vice President

Kristin Murphy curated the exhibition

as a way to highlight

both the versatility of pastel as a

medium and the talent of artists

living in the Southwest suburbs.

“We’re so proud to showcase

these artists here,” Murphy

said. “It’s an amazing medium

that they work in. The series by

Marikay shows the same scene

with different lighting, just like

Monet’s ‘Haystacks.’ It’s captivating

because they all look so

different, and yet they show such

a range of color and spectrum.

Ted has more of that realistic

feeling, and Mary Ann’s work

includes landscapes and still

lives. Her still lives are incredible

with how they blend color,

pattern, lighting and shape.”

When choosing which of his

pieces to feature, Fuka decided

to share some of his favorites

he has created over the years,

including a 2009 piece titled

“Brothers,” which depicts his

two sons enjoying a winter walk

along the Hickory Creek Preserve

Trail.

“That’s one of my favorites,”

Fuka said, adding that winter is

his favorite season to capture

with his artist’s eye. “That means

a lot to me, so I thought I would

bring it out to share.

“The snow adds so much,” he

Featured artist Marikay Peter Witlock, of Chicago Heights, connects

with Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland Jan. 12 during the opening

reception of Frankfort Arts Association’s Pastel Invitational

Exhibition at the organization’s downtown Frankfort gallery.

continued. “In the summer, it’s

more of a challenge, because

you walk in there and all you

see is green. There’s a lot more

color in the fall and winter. Even

in the grasses there’s a variance

of color that’s pretty incredible.”

Witlock explained that her series

depicting the intersection of

Vollmer Road and Central Avenue

originated when she was

commuting to a job in Tinley

Park.

“I drove through there everyday,

at all different times of day,

in different seasons for several

years and it just captivated me,”

Witlock said, noting that while

only five pieces were on display,

she has created approximately 15

pieces in the series to date. “The

whole change every day – every

time it was so different – I had to

start painting it. If we open our

eyes to all of this beauty around

us, then we can share it with other

people.”

Trzyna’s aim was to highlight

what pastels can do by showing

a wide variety of paintings at the

Frankfort Arts Association Gallery.

“Marikay, Ted and I are all

landscape artists, but I also do a

lot of still lives, so I decided to

show a variety by pulling the still

lives and different landscapes,”

Trzyna said. “These are not a

group of pieces that I would normally

put together, but I knew

that they were mixing the three

of us up, so I thought it would

work.”

Along with participating in

the Pastel Invitational Exhibition

– which runs through Feb. 22 –

Trzyna also joined forces with

the Frankfort Arts Association to

teach a pastel basic workshop on

Jan. 15. There is also a children’s

class available on Jan. 29, during

which Lisa Podlesak will lead

a snow day craft at KidsWork

Children’s Museum in Frankfort.

Frankfort Arts Association

board member Katie Stempniak

said she encouraged people to

get involved with the organization

as an artist, student, volunteer

or supporter.

“We’ll have six shows

throughout the year, and we’ll

also have classes ranging from

children’s classes to adults’

classes,” Stempniak said. “You

can sign up to be a volunteer,

or you can sign up to be a member.

We have member meetings

on the second Tuesday of every

month, and anyone can drop in

and get involved.”

The Pastel Invitational Exhibition

will be on display at

the Frankfort Arts Association

“Brothers” by Mokena resident Ted Fuka showcases the artist’s love

of family and nature. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Frankfort residents Charlese (left) and Katie Stempniak admire the

work showcased at the exhibition.

Gallery – located at 21 Ash St.,

Suite 7 –through Feb. 22, and

the gallery is open to the public

from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday

through Saturday. More information

about getting involved

with the Frankfort Arts Association

can be found at frankfortarts

association.org or by following

along on Facebook or Instagram.


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LWMB alum marches

in second Rose Parade

Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

Participating in the

Tournament of Roses Parade

in California is an

experience most marching

band members can

only dream of.

Zac Stairs has done it

twice.

A freshman electrical

engineering major at the

University of Wisconsin

at Madison and a 2019

Lincoln-Way East graduate,

Stairs returned to

Pasadena this winter as a

member of the University

of Wisconsin Marching

Band. Stairs was a tuba

player in the Lincoln-Way

Marching Band for all

four years of high school

— including last year,

when the band was selected

to march in the famous

parade — and plans to

continue with marching

band throughout his time

at college.

His favorite part of the

initial trip to California

was going to Disneyland

— his first time visiting

the popular theme park.

“It was a really great

trip,” Stairs said. “It felt

like a vacation ... seeing

the parade itself was really

fun because there were

a lot of fans there. It was

really exciting to see how

we were performing.”

This year’s parade was

not quite as memorable

as the 2019 Tournament

of Roses Parade, where

the LWMB encountered

an unexpected challenge

in the form of a float that

caught on fire, but a disabled

float still caused a

delay two miles into this

Lincoln-Way East

alumnus Zac Stairs

participates in his

second Tournament of

Roses Parade Jan. 1 in

Pasadena, California,

as part of the University

of Wisconsin Marching

Band. Photo submitted

year’s route, Stairs’ mother,

Deanne, wrote in an

email.

Stairs and his fellow

band members had an

extremely busy schedule

this time around. Because

the University of

Wisconsin Badgers faced

off against the Oregon

Ducks at the Rose Bowl,

the University of Wisconsin

Marching Band

was involved in a number

of Rose Bowl-related

events, including a halftime

performance at the

game. The show, a nod to

7

the various branches of

the U.S. military, featured

choreographed formations

such as an anchor

for the U.S. Navy and an

airplane for the U.S. Air

Force.

The band also gave

performances at the Los

Angeles Regional Food

Bank, Disneyland and a

pep rally at LA Live in

downtown Los Angeles.

“It was like a concert in

the middle of LA,” Stairs

said. “They had the players

come up, and they’d

talk a little bit about how

the game was going ... We

had a couple of the players

from our football team

come up and talk, we had

our volleyball team come

up and talk about their

season. There were a lot

of people there.”

Stairs, who has participated

in band since he was

a fifth-grader at Chelsea

Intermediate School, said

being part of a collegiate

marching band has been

a much different experience

than being in a high

school marching band.

“I feel like it’s way

more easygoing, and it’s

also just better,” he said.

“Part of it is that there are

more experienced people

going, so they don’t have

to be as serious about it in

terms of their attitude.”

More than anything,

he said, he enjoys making

friendships through

marching band and

spending quality time

with them on and off the

field.

“We’re pretty connected

at the end of the day,”

he said.

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Quick Bites

Treats, not trends: Cupcake creativity still strong in SW burbs

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

People love to talk about

trends in food.

Cupcakes were the next

big thing, and then (depending

on who you ask)

cupcake shops were overbaked

and ready to be

tossed by the early 2010s.

Some would argue they

saw a resurgence near the

end of the decade, while

others say their moment

has passed.

But we say a well-crafted,

tasty personal treat never

really goes out of style.

(And we’re usually right

about these things.)

The proof is in the pudding

— or, batter.

What’s in a name?

Doughs Guys, 12248 S. Harlem

Ave. in Palos Heights

Owner Sharon O’Neill

said Dough Guys’ name is

a tribute to her husband and

son. But that has not always

sat well with everyone in

the family.

“My daughters felt

slighted,” she said of the

decision.

And so: Dough Girls

Cupcakes — a brand within

a brand for the bakery’s

roster of single-serving

treats that have grown to

roughly 40 jumbo varieties

($3.50 apiece). And all of

the names that precede the

selections are tributes to

real people.

It all started with Sharon’s

Strawberry Sensation — a

vanilla cupcake with fresh

strawberries inside, topped

with a strawberry frosting

and garnished with a chocolate-covered

strawberry

— and cupcakes with the

namesakes of her daughters.

The Kelsie’s Karmel Apple

original remains, while

Claire’s evolved into Crazy

Confetti.

The list has continued

to grow exponentially

— “the majority are relatives,”

Sharon said — each

cake filled with flavors

complementing the theme,

sometimes handpicked by

the named parties. Plus,

Doughs Girls presents four

special cupcake selections

around Christmastime, and

the treats go mobile for a

number of benefits.

Reporting and photo by Bill

Jones, Managing Editor

Flourless, gluten-free

chocolatey fun

Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza,

10235 W. Lincoln Highway in

Frankfort

Das German Chocolate cupcake (left) at Fleckenstein’s in New Lenox is geared toward coconut-lovers. Sharon

O’Neill (right), owner of Dough Guys in Palos Heights, shows off her Strawberry Sensation cupcake.

When Parmesans owner

Michael Papandrea came

up with the concept for his

restaurant’s flourless chocolate

fan cupcake, he had

a vision: to create “something

great.”

The resulting creation,

which happens to be entirely

gluten-free, surpassed

his expectations by quickly

becoming one of the restaurant’s

most popular cupcakes.

“This is like a risen and

fallen souffle,” Papandrea

said. “We have another

version that’s the full cake

that’s the same. You know

when something is good

for you, it sells anyway. So,

it became one of these bestsellers

because of the fact

that it’s gluten-free.”

Made with chocolate,

eggs and sugar, and paired

with a generous portion

of the restaurant’s glutenfree

chocolate mousse, this

concoction is designed to

appeal to chocolate aficionados

with and without

special dietary needs.

The flourless chocolate

fan cupcake can be purchased

for $2.95 at the restaurant’s

bakery counter.

Parmesans also offers several

other cupcake flavors,

including turtle cheesecake

and strawberry cheesecake

varieties.

Reporting and photo by Nuria

Mathog, Contributing Editor

A delicious swirl of cotton

candy, nostalgia

Artesa Bakery, 14045 S. Bell

Road in Homer Glen

One of the 30 unique

cupcake selections at Artesa

is the cotton candy cupcake

($3 for regular size),

which is pink and blue vanilla

cake that comes frosted

with a pink and blue cotton

candy buttercream. The

dessert is garnished with

cotton candy, as well.

Artesa co-owner, baker

and cake decorator Mikayla

Machlet said the vanilla

cake is dyed blue and pink

and swirled in the cupcake

liner to form the distinctive

cotton candy look.

“I like it because it makes

me think of all the summer

festivals,” Machlet said.

“There is more of a childish

fun to them.”

Those nostalgic memories

make the cotton candy

cupcakes most popular in

the summertime, though,

like all of the cupcakes at

Artesa, they are available

year-round.

Those interested should

note most flavors have to

be pre-ordered. The bakery

needs at least 24-hour notice

for cupcake orders.

For more information

on various flavors, sizes,

prices and pre-ordering

for Artesa’s cupcakes, visit

artesabakery.com or call

(708) 645-4850.

Reporting by Thomas Czaja,

Editor

Holding on to German roots

Fleckenstein’s Bakery, 352

West Maple St. in New Lenox

The paw-fect dessert for a pooch

Smallcakes,

14225 95th Ave.,

Suite 414, in

Orland Park

Abhinanda Datta

Contributing Editor

Priding itself as a family-friendly

business, Orland

Park’s Smallcakes

caters to the furry companions,

too, with a delicious

treat.

The Pupcakes have a

simple carrot cake base

with peanut butter icing,

topped with a dog bone.

According to Smallcakes

Orland Park owner Matthew

Hackney, these special

cupcakes are “more

basic than the ones we

make for humans.”

“The Pupcakes are devoid

of ingredients we

usually put in our carrot

cakes — such as cinnamon,

pecan or coconut

Fleckenstein’s Das German

Chocolate cupcake is

perfect for coconut lovers.

The devilish chocolate cake

is filled with chocolate buttercream,

topped chocolate

shavings and Ray Fleckenstein’s

own Das German

Chocolate icing, producing

an intense coconut taste.

It also contains pecans.

As with all of Fleckenstein’s

cupcakes, the Das

German Chocolate cupcake

($2.49) has filling inside

that reflects what customers

see up top.

And Ray makes fullsized

cakes similar to the

cupcakes. Employee Debbie

Buckley said if people

are looking to purchase a

cake for a party and are unsure

of the flavor, the cupcake

is a great way to get an

idea of the taste.

“It’s the same concept,”

she said.

And coming up, for

Valentine’s Day, Fleckensteins’s

will be selling

a variety of heart-shaped

— since we do not want

the dogs to ingest them,”

he said. “We make everything

from scratch in our

kitchen, except the bone,

which is your usual storebought

dog treat.”

Dog owners can ask for

the frosting to be customized

in honor of a special

occasion.

“Our customers often

come in with special requests

when celebrating

their dogs’ birthdays,

and we can put a design

on top or even the dog’s

name,” Hackney said.

Hackney is a dog owner

and understands that sugar

can be detrimental to canine

health. With that in

mind, the Pupcakes have

a cream cheese-based

frosting that has low sugar

content.

The Pupcakes — sold

in packs of four for $5

— are always available at

the store because of their

immense popularity.

cheesecakes, cupcakes

with heart toppers and other

heart-shaped pies with

messages on them. The

store also is to sell special

donuts and cookies.

Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Contributing Editor


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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Minute bit

5. Senior on the

Lockport Township

boys swimming

team, Augusto ___

10. “Combat”

painter, William

14. Carbonated drink

15. Necklace item

16. Wine aroma

17. Top

18. Yes or no follower

19. Bark

20. Regulated diet

22. Grotto sound

24. Mountains, abbr.

25. Caution light

29. Enters the freeway

33. Family that

produces the Lit

Lockport Christmas

Light Show

36. Nondairy spread

37. Place for pizza

38. Commuting option

39. Utter in a grating

voice

40. Kind of daisy

42. Soft drink

43. Shackle

44. Humming sound

45. Cultivator

46. Critical examination

48. Lilliputian

50. Slot-machine image,

sometimes

51. Sugar ___

52. Cold powder

55. Elevated regions

60. Collaborative

website open to editing

by users

63. Valentine’s Day

shape

65. What mobsters

pack

66. Have ___ for

67. Bone: Prefix

68. City in Italy

69. Glitch

70. Exorbitant

71. Have the lead

Down

1. Rent-___

2. Binge at the bar

3. First name in fashion

4. Very long skirt

5. Angers

6. Trammels

7. Aural device

8. Tarzan’s home

9. Actor Baldwin

10. Bury

11. Grind ___ halt

12. Kitchen meas.

13. All right!

21. Overseas Mrs.

23. Cole ____

26. Mandrill, for one

27. Studious compositions

28. Roman Catholic

prayers

29. Like a serious sin

30. “Seinfeld” role

31. Do some tailoring

32. Dems.’ foes

33. Active, energetic

people

34. Leafy climber

35. “Didn’t I tell you?”

40. Cries at a circus

41. Top of a clock dial

42. Boat or car perhaps

44. Baseball Hall of

Famer Early

47. Behind

48. Perfect

49. Slippery one

51. Strain

53. Cries of surprise

54. Bridge position

56. Cries of discovery

57. Woodpecker pad

58. Just the facts,

ma’am

59. Pother

60. Mich. neighbor

61. BBC rival

62. ____ Sedona

64. Dug into

How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids

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

column and box must contain each of the

numbers 1-9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

answers

MOKENA

The Alley Grill and Tap

House

(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708)

478-3610)

■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-

8888)

■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry

Eadie

NEW LENOX

Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-

1099)

■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe

HOMER GLEN

Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-

7000)

■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Trivia

FRANKFORT

Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort

Square Road, Frankfort;

(815) 464-8100)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar Game.

Free to play.

LOCKPORT

Port Noir

(900 S. State St., Lockport;

(815) 834-9463)

■4-7 ■ p.m. Monday-

Friday: Happy Hour

Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive,

Lockport; (708) 301-

1477)

■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Mondays: Quartermania

ORLAND PARK

Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S. Harlem Ave.,

Orland Park; (708) 532-

2220)

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays

and Saturdays: Karaoke

To place an event in The

Scene, email b.conboy@

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SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

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IL 60448 (Condo/Townhouse). Onthe

30th day of January, 2020 to be held at

12:00 noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case

Title: U.S. Bank National Association

Plaintiff V. Douglas Blevins; et. al. Defendant.

Case No. 18 CH 1292 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

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ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

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if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

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15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

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COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

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INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

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COUNTY OF WILL

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

U.S. Bank National Association

Plaintiff,

vs.

Douglas Blevins; et. al.

Defendant.

No. 18 CH 1292

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 23rd day of October,

2019 ,MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

30th day of January, 2020 ,commencing

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

County Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction tothe highest and

best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

19-09-07-303-052-1019 UNIT 11608-1

AND P-19 TOGETHER WITH ITS

UNDIVIDED PERCENTAGE IN-

TEREST INTHE COMMON ELE-

MENTS IN ARROWHEAD CON-

DOMINIUMS OF MOKENA, AS

DELINEATED AND DEFINED IN

THE DECLARATION OF CONDO-

MINIUM RECORDED AS DOCU-

MENT NUMBER R98-144071, AS

AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME,

IN THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER

OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER

OF SECTION 7AND THE NORTH-

EAST QUARTER AND THE

NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SEC-

TION 18 ALL IN TOWNSHIP 35

NORTH, RANGE 12, EAST OF THE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as:

11608 Roberts StApt 1, Mokena, IL

60448

Description of Improvements:

Condo/Townhouse

P.I.N.:

19-09-07-303-059-1001

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

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

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

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

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

LEGAL NOTICE

The Mokena Fire Protection District

(MFPD) is seeking sealed bids

for the purchase of a 2021 Freightliner

M2 106 Conventional Chassis

per MFPD specifications. Detailed

specifications for the proposed purchase

are on file with the MFPD at

19853 S Wolf Rd, Mokena, IL

60448. Bids will be accepted until

11:00 AM on February 7, 2020.

The sealed bids will be opened ata

public bid opening at 12:00 PM on

February 7, 2020 at 19853 SWolf

Rd, Mokena, IL 60448; after which

time no additional bids will be accepted.

The District reserves the

right toreject any and all bids and

is not required to accept abid that

does not meet its established specifications,

terms of delivery, quality

and serviceability requirements.

McKinstry Essention, LLC on behalf

of the Mokena School District

#159 is seeking and accepting proposals

for work at Mokena Intermediate

School. This will beasingle

prime contract based on a

stipulated price. The work includes

replacement of roof

mounted condensing units, evaporator

coils, and unit ventilators at

Mokena Intermediate School. All

questions will be due Friday January

31st and bids will be due

Thursday February 6th. A mandatory

meeting will beheld atMokena

Intermediate School on

Wednesday January 22nd at 3:30

PM. Bidding documents in electronic

format (.pdf) for this work

are free and will be available on

Tuesday January 21st bycontacting

McKinstry Essention, LLC

at ryanb@mckinstry.com

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$20, 18” cast iron pipe wrench

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candelabra bulbs $10. Call

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bulbs $3, 2pk 40w appliance

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Bird cages $12.50 each Call

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Church pew $65 Call

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Metal tool cabinet 1shelf, 1

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708-535-9354

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815-838-3182

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HotPoint gas stove works

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volt lantern $2, 1gal red plastic

gas can $5, Men’s caps

White Sox or AZ Wildcats $3

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Knee scooter $45, Oak swivel

bar stools $25 ea. Call

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Ladies long blk coat with hood

size 2xl never worn $50, Mens

leather suburban jacket 44 lg

$25, tan suburban with hood xl

$15 Call 815-478-3870

Ladies winter coats -long red

lrg $15, long black lrg $25,

black leather $50. All in excellent

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Jacob Falejczyk

Jacob Falejczyk is a

senior swimmer and water

polo player at Lincoln-

Way East.

The team is doing

tremendous this

season. What are your

impressions of the

season so far?

It’s been really great to

see. We lost a lot of good

guys from last year’s team

but we came into the season

working hard and it’s

been really cool to see the

team come together.

How did you first

start getting into

swimming?

I started swimming in the

third grade and I haven’t

stopped since. I saw a flyer

for the Gators swim team

and figured, ‘What’s the

harm?’ Now there’s just a

bond and I love it.

Do you play any other

sports?

I played football in

grade school. But I pretty

much got into swimming

so I stopped that after seventh

grade. But then I got

into water polo through

swimming.

So what do you like

better, swimming or

water polo?

Early on it was swimming.

But I love the physicality

of water polo, so now

it’s that. I’ve broken my

nose twice playing water

polo. But I just enjoy everything

about it, especially the

bond with your teammates.

What have you

learned from East

boys swimming coach

Steve Anderson?

He’s pushed me far beyond

what I’ve thought I

could do. He’s a great motivator.

He doesn’t give up

on us and we don’t give

up on him. He’s taught me

that hard work pays off

outside the pool, too.

What’s your favorite

event in swimming?

The 100-yard butterfly is

my favorite. It’s definitely

the most difficult but I like

to push myself and see how

much I can improve. I went

to state last year in the 400-

yard freestyle relay and it

was great to share that with

my teammates.

Speaking of going to

state, what was it?

Like to not only go to

state in water polo but become

the first Griffin team,

boys or girls, to bring

home a trophy in the sport

with a fourth-place finish.

It was very humbling to

get to state and to thrive

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off each other there. It was

great to make history at the

same time, too.

If you could be any

superhero, who would

you be and why?

Batman. Because he

doesn’t have any superpowers.

He gets his power

from his character. He’s a

high-character guy.

Are you planning to

play water polo or

swim in college?

As of now, no. I’m going

to major in chemical

engineering and plan to go

to the University of Dayton.

But if the opportunity

to play water polo or swim

on a club team there was

available, I’d probably

take it. These sports are

my passion.

What is the best thing

about being an athlete

at Lincoln-Way East?

Being able to be on a

team. You get to be part

of a new community and

school. You form a bond

and become great friends

with different people.

Interview conducted by

freelance reporter Randy

Whalen.

Mokena’s Knight continues strong

play as Celtics split pair of games

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Providence senior

guard Lauren Knight says

the Celtics have a great

team bond.

That was apparent when

Knight hit a 3-pointer to

top the 1,000-career point

mark in a Jan. 9 win over

De La Salle. The referees

briefly stopped the game

so Knight could be recognized,

and Knight was

swarmed by her teammates,

including the Celtics

reserves who stormed

the floor.

“It was awesome,”

Knight said. “I was so

excited. My teammates

were really great. They

were all so excited for

me. That’s really awesome.

“Everyone is always

happy for each other. No

one is selfish.”

Knight, a Mokena resident,

was hopeful that

team chemistry could

help the Celtics bounce

back from a tough 58-42

home loss in a Girls Catholic

Athletic Conference

crossover Jan. 14.

Ashley Raymer led the

Celtics with 17 points.

Knight added 13 and Annalise

Pietrzyk scored

seven.

The Celtics got back

in the win column with a

66-32 road win over St.

Joseph on Thursday, Jan.

16.

Providence improved

to 16-5 and 5-0 in the

GCAC White.

Knight led the way

with 19 points while her

younger sister, Kelly,

scored 13. Raymer contributed

14 points.

LW East graduate

Allegretti headed to the

Super Bowl

In his first NFL season,

Nick Allegretti will

play in football’s biggest

game.

Allegretti, a Lincoln-

Way East graduate, is

headed to Super Bowl

LIV in Miami with the

Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs beat the

Tennessee Titans 35-24 in

the AFC Championship

Game on Sunday, Jan. 19,

to seal their first trip to

the Super Bowl since the

1969 season.

Allegretti, an offensive

lineman out of the

University of Illinois,

has played in both of the

Chiefs’ playoff games,

primarily on special

teams.

The Chiefs will take on

the San Francisco 49ers

in the Super Bowl at 5:30

p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at

Hard Rock Stadium.

Henning takes on Hawaii

Lincoln-Way East’s AJ

Henning played his final

high school football game

in paradise.

Henning played in the

Polynesian Bowl, featuring

dozens of the top

players in the country, on

Saturday, Jan. 18, in the

Honolulu suburb of Halawa,

Hawaii.

He had one catch for

seven yards to help Team

Mauka beat Team Makai

20-13.

It was Henning’s second

All-Star game as he

also participated in the

U.S. Army All-American

Bowl, recording one

catch for three yards.

Fans can next expect to

see Henning on the track,

as he said he plans to

compete for the Griffins

in the spring. He finished

fourth in Class 3A in the

100-meter dash last year.

Griffins, Knights finish

second at SWSC dance

competitions

The Lincoln-Way East

competitive dance team

put up a score of 83.65 to

finish as the SouthWest

Suburban Blue runnerup

at the conference

meet Jan. 15 at Lockport.

Sandburg won the championship.

Lincoln-Way Central,

meanwhile, finished second

in the SouthWest

Suburban Red competition,

which was won by

Andrew.

Both teams are set to

compete in the Normal

Sectional on Saturday,

Jan. 25.

LW co-op gymnasts win

Neuqua Invite

Lincoln-Way won the

Neuqua Valley Invitational

on Saturday, Jan. 18,

scoring 141.775 to edge

Andrew co-op (141.5).

Allie Reis won the

floor exercise (9.575),

took third on vault (9.4)

and was fourth in the allaround

(35.725).

Korina Jarosz was

the winner on the uneven

bars (9.35) and the

runner-up on the balance

beam (9.3). Skylar Koczor

(9.45) was second on

vault, while Olivia Gonda

(8.75) took fourth on

bars.


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Boys Bowling

Knights looking for another state trip after taking fourth at regional

Four LW East

bowlers also

advance

RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

For Lincoln-Way Central,

the mission heading

into the Joliet West Regional

was simple: survive

and advance. That is

exactly what the Knights,

who have made it to state

the past two seasons, did.

Central took the fourth

and final advancing spot

out of the regional Saturday,

Jan. 18, at Town and

Country Lanes in Joliet.

The Knights (6,184

pins over six games) held

off Bradley-Bourbonnais

(6,009) for fourth. They

finished behind champion

Joliet West (6,402),

Lincoln-Way West (6,333)

and Minooka (6,282).

Those four teams will

be at what is probably the

toughest sectional in the

state, the Lockport Sectional

on Saturday, Jan. 25,

at Strike and Spare.

The state finals are set

for Friday, Jan. 31, and

Saturday, Feb. 1, at St.

Clair Bowl in O'Fallon.

Lincoln-Way East

(5,952) placed sixth but

qualified four individuals

for the sectional. Providence

(5,833) was seventh

and had three of the 10

qualifying individuals.

Lincoln-Way West’s

Cameron Jablonski

(1,420) was the individual

champion.

"You can be fourth [at

the regional] and then [the

next week] be first [at the

sectional]," Knights coach

Coley O'Connell said. "We

went with our starting five

for the first five games but

then we subbed in Jack

[McCabe] in the last game

and he came through with

a 202.

"All season, we've been

bowling for the playoffs.

The kids battled through

some things and prevailed.

It feels good."

Seniors Tyler Misch

(5th, 1,304) and Alex Nolan

(9th, 1,273) led the

Knights. Freshman Ryan

Marszalek (1,256) and

senior Tommy Martini

(1,186) also bowled all six

games for the Knights, and

Lincoln-Way Central’s Alex Nolan, seen bowling at the

SWSC meet, finished ninth at the Joliet West Regional

on Saturday, Jan. 18, and helped the Knights advance

to the sectional round as a team. 22ND CENTURY MEDIA

FILE PHOTO

senior Austin Zaker (963)

bowled the first five. Then

he was replaced by Mc-

Cabe, who finished out

with a 202.

"It feels good to make it

back to sectional," Misch

said. "We've done that every

year I've been here on

the varsity.

"Personally, I made a

couple of adjustments,

After the second game, I

switched to my new thug

life bowling ball and got

a 250 in the third game.

Our fifth and sixth games

were down for us. But, as

long as we bowl over a

thousand in every game at

the sectional, we should be

good."

Lincoln-Way East is still

looking for its first trip to

the state finals since 2012.

The Griffins didn't find it

this season either. But they

are sending four bowlers

to the sectional.

They are all seniors:

Luke Mittler (12th,

1,248), Anthony Bria

(1,234), Nick Signore

(1,225), and Demitri

Przybylinski (1,206).

While it was nice to get

most of the team through,

the Griffins were right

there after the morning

session. They were tied for

the fourth and final qualifying

spot with Minooka

at 3,083 pins. But a 928 in

the fourth game, coupled

with a 1,130 score for Minooka,

dropped East to

sixth and 155 pins out of

qualifying.

"We finished off the

morning session tied with

Minooka," Mittler said.

"We got on it and tried

our best, we just couldn't

keep up [in the afternoon].

There's not much you can

do.

"I just continued to try

my hardest to make it

through. I did and I'm glad

I got three other teammates

with me."

All three of East's morning

games were at least

a 992, and a 1,050 in the

second game was the high

mark. A 2,869 afternoon

total was not enough to get

the Griffins through, however.

"We were right there,"

East coach Dan Galligan

4

said. "We got off to a great

start. We just weren't able

to maintain that pace. After

the fourth game, we realized

we weren't going to

make some of those scores

and get out as a team. So,

we wanted to qualify as

many as we can.

"Of course, the goal

was the entire team, but to

qualify four guys out of a

loaded regional is great."

Providence, which has

only had a varsity team

for the past five years,

qualified three guys for

the sectional. They are

junior Sean Fitzgibbon

(1,262, 10th overall), junior

Carson Pass (1,238),

and senior Andrew King

(1,205). Also bowling for

the Celtics were juniors

John Ruppel (1,065) and

Cain Headrick (1,063).

The Celtics were consistent

all day, shooting a

2,922 which placed them

seventh in the morning,

and following that up with

a 2,911 in the afternoon to

stay in seventh. They had a

high game of 1,021 in the

fourth but followed that up

with a low of 939 in the

fifth game.

This Week In

KNIGHTS VARSITY

ATHLETICS

BOYS BASKETBALL

■Jan. ■ 24 – at LW West,

6:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 28 – hosts Hinsdale

Central, 6:30 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

■Jan. ■ 23 – hosts Stagg,

6:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 28 – at Bradley-

Bourbonnais, 7 p.m.

BOYS BOWLING

■Jan. ■ 25 – Lockport

Sectional at Strike and

Spare, 9 a.m.

GIRLS BOWLING

■Jan. ■ 25 – SouthWest

Suburban Conference meet

at Bowlero Woodridge, 9

a.m.

CHEERLEADING

■Jan. ■ 24 – hosts

SouthWest Suburban

Conference meet, 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 25 – at Fremd Invite,

9 a.m.

DANCE

■Jan. ■ 25 – at Normal

Sectional, TBA

BOYS SWIMMING

■Jan. ■ 24 – at Lockport

Invite, 4 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 25 – at Lockport

Invite, 9 a.m.

WRESTLING

■Jan. ■ 24 – Tom Lahey

Invite at Stagg, 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 25 – Tom Lahey

Invite at Stagg, 9 a.m.

■Jan. ■ 29 – at T.F. South,

5 p.m.

GRIFFINS VARSITY

ATHLETICS

BOYS BASKETBALL

■Jan. ■ 24 – hosts

Homewood-Flossmoor, 6:30

p.m.

■Jan. ■ 28 – at Shepard, 7

p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

■Jan. ■ 23 – hosts Sandburg,

6:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 28 – hosts

Bolingbrook, 6:30 p.m.

BOYS BOWLING

■Jan. ■ 25 – Lockport

Sectional at Strike and

Spare, 9 a.m.

GIRLS BOWLING

■Jan. ■ 25 – SouthWest

Suburban Conference meet

at Bowlero Woodridge, 9

a.m.

■Jan. ■ 27 – hosts Downers

Grove South at Thunder

Bowl, 4:30 p.m.

CHEERLEADING

■Jan. ■ 24 – SouthWest

Suburban Conference meet

at LW Central, 5 p.m.

DANCE

■Jan. ■ 25 – at Normal

Sectional, TBA

BOYS SWIMMING

■Jan. ■ 23 – at Homewood-

Flossmoor, 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 28 – at Sandburg,

5 p.m.

WRESTLING

■Jan. ■ 24 – Tom Lahey

Invite at Stagg, 5 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 25 – Tom Lahey

Invite at Stagg, 9 a.m.

■Jan. ■ 29 – hosts Joliet

West, 5 p.m.

LINCOLN-WAY CO-OP

ATHLETICS

GIRLS GYMNASTICS

■Jan. ■ 29 – SouthWest

Suburban Conference meet

at Andrew, 5:30 p.m.


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Boys Basketball

4

Romeoville edges LW Central in overtime

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central

coach Bob Curran is a veteran

whose head coaching

experience goes back to

2002 and includes stops at

Thornwood and Lincoln-

Way North prior to Central.

He coached in a state

championship game in his

first season at Thornwood,

finishing as the state runner-up.

Still, there is always

room for anyone to learn,

and Curran said he took

a lesson away from the

Knights’ 66-62 overtime

loss to Romeoville.

Central, which fell to

12-6, had the ball and a 62-

61 lead in the final minute

when Curran’s son, Sean,

got trapped and was called

for travelling.

“That was my fault,”

Bob Curran said. “I should

have called a timeout. I

was sitting on four timeouts.

Sean got the ball in

the corner, they’re yelling,

‘Trap,’ and I don’t know, I

froze.

“I told the guys in the

locker room that it was

my fault. I should have

called a timeout, started

fresh with the ball out of

bounds, because nothing

good was going to happen

there.”

On the ensuing possession

for Romeoville, Destin

Whitaker buried a goahead

3-pointer with 11

seconds left. Sean Curran

was off the mark on

a 3-pointer on the other

end, and Whitaker hit two

free throws with three

seconds to go to seal the

win for Romeoville (13-

10).

Before his 3-pointer,

Whitaker drew a foul on a

3-point attempt and hit all

three free throws to cut a

four-point Knights lead

down to one.

“The kid made a good

shot,” Bob Curran said,

“It’s tough because he

kicks his feet out, so he

gets the foul call if you’re

up on him, and then you

give him space so that

doesn’t happen and he

makes the shot.”

Whitaker finished with

24 points.

Junior guard Nick

Tingley led the Knights

with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Sean Curran added

14 points, while James

Ogrodnik (six rebounds)

and Matt Maloney scored

11 points each.

Tingley said Central executed

defensively in the

final minute and tipped his

cap to Whitaker.

“The kid hit a good

shot,” he said. “We contested

it, did what we

wanted to do defensively,

and it just didn’t go our

way.

“In close games, we

have to stay together,

play good team defense.

I thought we did that. It’s

good experience for the future.

Closing out games is

something we need to do.”

Down 27-26 at halftime,

the Knights heated up with

a 21-point third quarter as

they jumped to a 47-41 lead.

Tingley scored seven

points in the third, while

Maloney knocked down a

pair of 3-pointers.

Central led 53-47 with

four minutes left in regulation,

but Romeoville went

on an 8-0 run to take the

lead in the final minute.

Sean Curran tied it 55-

55 on a drive to the basket

with 38 seconds left, and

both teams missed shots

in the closing seconds to

force overtime.

“We have guys that

didn’t play their best

game, so we have some

more out there,” Bob Curran

said. “Guys missed

some wide-open shots that

I know they can make. It

was a good game. It could

have gone either way.”

The Knights beat Bradley-Bourbonnais

67-59 in

their SouthWest Suburban

Red opener Jan. 14. Tingley

scored 13 points, while

Ogrodnik and Sean Michalak

added 12 each.

Boys Basketball

Griffins’ nine-game winning streak snapped by Bolingbrook

5

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way East executed

its offense beautifully

early on in a hostile

environment at Bolingbrook

on Friday, Jan. 17.

All five starters got in

on the scoring as the Griffins

put up 19 first-quarter

points.

As good as East looked at

the start, though, it was the

opposite at the start of the

second half. Bolingbrook’s

pressure defense took over,

and the Raiders pulled

away for a 79-66 win in the

SouthWest Suburban Blue

opener for both teams.

The loss snapped a ninegame

winning streak for

East (12-3, 0-1) and was

its first defeat since falling

to Andrew on Dec. 6.

“We look at this game,

the start of conference

play is almost like the

start of a new season,”

East coach Rich Kolimas

said. “We had been playing

fairly well, and it was

surprising that when we

saw a little pressure that

we didn’t handle it better.”

Ty Slager led the Griffins,

pouring in 20 points.

Myles Olagbegi added 14

points and five rebounds,

Jhei-R Jones had eight

points and five rebounds,

and Ryan Sucha chipped

in seven points.

“I have to credit everybody

[for his 20-point

performance],” Slager

said. “It was tough for

Jhei-R to bring up the

ball with the heavy press

they were bringing. Sean

[McLaughlin] and Nate

Lincoln-Way East’s Ryan Sucha throws a pass during

the Griffins’ 79-66 loss to host Bolingbrook on Friday,

Jan. 17. Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

[Seputis] were setting

good screens. Guys did a

good job cutting, creating

space for everybody else.”

Bolingbrook star senior

guard Darius Burford

continued a huge start to

2020 with 31 points for

the Raiders (15-4, 1-0).

Burford is averaging 29

points over five games in

January.

After a frenetic, backand-forth

first half,

Bolingbrook led 31-29

and the game had all the

makings of one that would

come down to the wire.

Slager scored nine firsthalf

points and Sucha

scored all seven of his

points before halftime.

In the third quarter,

though, the Griffins got

sloppy as the Raiders

turned up the defensive

intensity. East turned it

over 10 times in the period,

and Bolingbrook consistently

made the Griffins

pay with easy buckets on

the other end.

Bolingbrook outscored

East 21-11 in the third to

take command.

“Bolingbrook played

really good defense,”

Slager said. “We kind

of got frazzled by it. We

weren’t really playing as

a team. It was stuff we

haven’t been doing lately.

“We’ve been playing

really well together on

our nine-game winning

streak, so I’m not really

worried about it going forward.

We’ll get it fixed.”

Looking forward

Slager said taking on a

team as talented as Bolingbrook

will help the Griffins

down the line.

“Seeing this early in the

season definitely helps,” he

said. “In our sectional, we

have Bloom, [Homewood-

Flossmoor], teams like

that. We have to be ready

for that. I think we’ll be

prepping for that and we’ll

be more prepared next time

we face Bolingbrook.”

East has another big test

Friday, Jan. 24, as it hosts

H-F (14-2).

The rematch with

Bolingbrook is set for Feb.

11 in Frankfort.

“We’ll have an opportunity

to see them again,”

Kolimas said. “Let’s hope

by that time we’ll have

some things together.”


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Wrestling

4

LW Central’s Hesse a surprise runner-up at Illini Classic

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

The biggest Cinderella

run of the Illini Classic at

Lincoln-Way Central belonged

to junior Andrew

Hesse of the host Knights.

Hesse was unseeded at

182 pounds and drew topseeded

Liam McDermott

of Providence in the first

round.

Hesse upset McDermott

5-2, then won two other

matches to reach the final,

where he was pinned by

Minooka’s Justin Lechelt

on Saturday, Jan. 18.

“It was very exciting,”

Hesse said. “I worked my

way up, got to the championship

round and had a

couple mistakes with my

technique and movements,

but there’s always next

time. Conference and regionals

are right around the

corner.”

Hesse (20-17) seemed to

get the unlucky slot in the

draw, matching up with

McDermott right away, but

he was ready for the challenge.

“It was very challenging,”

he said. “I was a little

intimidated, but I know

I’ve gone into really tough

matches in my life. I just

put my mind to it and was

ready to move forward.

“This definitely gives me

a confidence boost. It’s going

to make me think a lot

about technique and how I

can move forward through

regionals, sectionals, into

state.”

Central sophomore Joey

Malito took third at 106.

Malito (26-10) won his

first two matches by pin

and technical fall before

he was pinned by Washington’s

Kannon Webster.

Webster, who is ranked No.

1 in Class 2A by the Illinois

Wrestling Coaches and Officials

Association, went on

to win the tournament and

improve to 34-0.

Malito bounced back

to beat Providence’s Billy

Meiszner 7-4 and Lincoln-

Way West’s Karter Guzman

2-0 in the third-place

match.

“It went pretty good

overall,” Malito said.

“I thought I could have

done better in the semifinal

match, but I just had

to keep my mental game

strong and come back hard

for that next match.”

M.J. Hollingsworth (4th,

120) and Fabian Villasenor

(6th, 195) were the

other medalists for Central

(71.5), which finished 12th

in the 19-team tournament.

Minooka (198) won

the team title, followed

by Washington (187.5),

Lincoln-Way West (182),

Marist (166.5), Bloomington

(145.5), St. Charles

Lincoln-Way Central’s Andrew Hesse locks up Minooka’s Justin Lechelt’s leg during

their 182-pound championship match at the Illini Classic on Saturday, Jan. 18, at

Lincoln-Way Central. STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

East (141.5) and Providence

(121.5).

Lincoln-Way East (72)

was 11th, led by fourthplace

finishes from AJ

Lizak (132) and Jake

LaMonto (195).

Lizak (23-8) had three

pins. He fell to champion

Brody Norman of Washington

by technical fall in

the semifinals and lost 6-3

to Minooka’s Michael Reuttiger

in the third-place

match.

“I just put a lot of effort

in over the offseason to be

ready for this year,” Lizak

said. “I feel like I’m in a

good spot. I want to make

it downstate.”

Lizak knows he may see

Reuttiger again at sectionals.

“It’s going to take me

beating that kid to make it

to state,” he said. “I’d rather

lose to him now than at

sectionals.”

LaMonto (25-4) had

a pair of pins, but lost to

champion Robby Bates of

Morris 7-1 in the semifinals

and was pinned by Reavis’

Jake Villoria in the thirdplace

match

“I feel like I still have

things to improve on, but I

think overall I’m just going

to get better from here,” he

said. “I just need to be consistent

with my offense and

defense.”

LaMonto felt taking on

such tough opposition in

the tournament will prepare

the Griffins with the postseason

around the corner.

The Lincoln-Ways and

Providence are in the Lockport

Regional on Feb. 8.

“As a team, I feel like we

have a lot to improve on,”

LaMonto said. “We have

to make bigger strides as

we get into conference and

regionals.

“This helps us. It gives

us a goal of what to shoot

for and it gives us a guide

on what to improve on.”

East’s Dominic Adamo

finished fifth at 170.

Providence’s Ryan

Boersma (31-1), the state’s

top-ranked heavyweight,

rolled to the title with two

pins and an 18-4 major

decision over St. Charles

East’s Xander Song in the

championship match.

“There’s not any extra

pressure,” Boersma said

of his ranking. “It’s a great

honor, but it doesn’t mean

too much.

“It’s been good. I’ve

had a great season so far,

with only one loss and that

guy was from Detroit, so I

won’t see him again for a

long time.”

McDermott and Kevin

Countryman (145) both finished

third for the Celtics.

Meiszner and Jack Bruno

(152) had fifth-place finishes,

while Aidan O’Connor

(170) was sixth.

“I had a minor setback

over the summer,” Boersma

said. “I dislocated my

[right] elbow, missed out

on summer nationals, but

the elbow feels good now

and the season is going

great.”

bruns

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perience and something

I’ll always remember.

“We talked about the injury

and how unexpected

everything was. And then

I gave them a little bit of

smack talk about their

game.”

A new perspective

Payton is still going

to physical therapy five

times a week, but it is getting

easier.

“At first, rehab was really

tough,” he said. “It

was always tiring me out.

After one hour, I was exhausted.

As my endurance

and stamina built

up, it got easier. Lately,

I’ve done six-hour days

of nonstop therapy and

it’s really helped a lot. I

couldn’t thank the therapists

enough for everything

they’ve done.”

Payton wants to study

physical therapy in college.

Although he will not

be able to play hockey in

college as he had planned,

he hopes to stay around

the game. One of his major

goals is to get back to

ice skating.

While things return to

normal, they have also

changed forever.

“You don’t want to go

back to normalcy where

you take things for granted,”

Bryan said. “You’ve

seen how quick things can

get taken away.

“Seeing him get excited

to go back to school, or to

lace up his skates because

he wants to try to skate in

a few days, those things

are fun because we didn’t

know if they’d ever come

again.”

Payton has also learned

to appreciate every

day.

“Never take a day for

granted,” he said. “Nobody

ever should, because

you never know

when it’s going to end.

Even the little things,

like being able to get out

of bed and go to school

and see my friends, I’ll

never take those for

granted again after one

night that changed it all

for me.”


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Bruns getting ‘back to reality’ after scary hockey injury

6

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Payton Bruns has never been

more excited about going to

school than he was on Jan. 7.

Bruns, a senior at Lincoln-

Way East, returned to school

that day for the first time since

a life-changing hockey injury

Sept. 29 that cast into doubt

whether he would ever be able

to walk the halls at East, or anywhere

else, again.

A little more than three

months after Bruns broke the C5

and C6 vertebrae in his cervical

spine, he is getting back to his

normal life.

He will never play hockey

again, but he is thankful to be

able to do just about anything

else he wants.

“I’m pretty much back to normal,”

Bruns said. “The only restrictions

I have are no contact

sports. Other than that, it’s back

to normal and that feels amazing.

“It was really nice to go back

to school, just to kind of be back

to reality and feel more like a

normal 17-year-old kid.”

That marked a symbolic closing

of a chapter in the Bruns

family’s lives, which started

when a nightmare began in the

blink of an eye.

‘One bad night’

Payton Bruns remembers it

all.

Bruns was playing for the

Chicago Young Americans 18U

team in a game at Orbit Ice Arena

in Palatine when he lost his

balance while skating toward a

loose puck.

“I slid head-first into the

boards,” he said. “I didn’t go unconscious

at all. I just remember

laying there not able to move.”

Payton and his three brothers

all play hockey, so their parents

Kristen and Bryan have seen

plenty of injuries, but both immediately

knew this was not like

those.

“It was tough,” Bryan said.

“You’re kind of almost in shock

with what’s going on and obviously

scared to death. He’s laying

on the ice, you’re standing

next to him and you know he

can’t feel much, or really anything

at first, and he can’t move

anything.

“You try not to look too frantic

or scared for his sake.”

Kristen was in shock.

“I stood up and I felt all the

blood draining out of my face,”

she said. “Then I sat back down,

and I slowly stood back up. By

then, the coach was calling an

ambulance.

“My mom mode sort of kicked

in and I was talking to him in a

calm voice, just saying, ‘Keep

breathing, you’re going to be

OK.’ I could tell that mentally

he was all there. That helped because

I was like, ‘OK, no matter

what happens physically, he’s in

there and he’s good.’”

An ER doctor happened to be

at the game and tended to Payton

almost immediately. Payton

was taken to Lutheran General

Hospital in Park Ridge and

rushed into emergency surgery.

Kristen and Bryan were told

there was a chance their son

would be paralyzed. There was

also a risk of him suffering a

stroke during the surgery.

“They had to see if the spinal

cord was severed, because

then you’re talking paralysis

right away,” Bryan said. “Even

if it’s not, there’s no guarantee

the movement is going to come

back. They were pretty upfront

with us. They told us they had

seen people near Payton’s age

come back from this kind of injury,

but until they did the surgery

they had no clue.

“We tried to stay positive in

the moment. In the back of your

head, you’re just thinking, ‘Is

my son going to be able to walk

again? What kind of life will

he have?’ All those things go

through your mind.”

Kristen was particularly worried

about the stroke possibility.

Lincoln-Way East senior Payton Bruns is back to school and is

walking on his own after a hockey injury led to paralysis fears.

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“There was lot of crying,” she

said. “It was a seven-hour surgery

that went all night, and we

were all very concerned.

“It was one bad night.”

The road to recovery

The surgery went well, but the

next morning Payton was given

the news that he would never

play hockey again. He was unable

to move, and his ability to

do so in the future was in question.

Still, he took an optimistic

approach.

“It was really tough to hear

it all, but I’ve always been the

kind of kid that if someone tells

me I can’t do something, I’m going

to try to do it,” Payton said.

“Knowing there was a chance I

couldn’t walk again was really

something that pushed me to be

like, ‘I’m going to walk in two

weeks,’ or ‘I’ll be running in

three months.’”

The Bruns family made their

motto “one positive thing a

day,” and Bryan said that, even

on bad days, they always got

that one positive.

The first big one was the best

thumbs-up of their lives.

“This was day three, and the

doctors asked me to try to move

my fingers,” Payton said. “I got

my thumb up, and it was just

pure shock. That’s kind of when

I realized that everything was

going to come back and I was

eventually going to be able to

move everything again.”

Payton stood up on the ninth

day and was walking on the

10th.

“I told the doctors I’d be walking

by day 12, and everyone said

it wasn’t possible,” Payton said.

Payton defying the odds did

not surprise his father.

“He’s always been the type

of kid that if you tell him he

can’t do something, he’s going

to work at it and prove you

wrong,” Bryan said. “It got him

to a high level in hockey and in

school.

“When he was really young,

our first house, we had all these

funky light switches because

the electrician built the house.

He’d push a stool to every light

switch just so he could do it on

his own.”

Immediately after Payton’s

injury, support began pouring in,

from the Chicago Young Americans

across the hockey community

and beyond. A GoFundMe

account to help the family, set

up by the Orland Vikings, another

of Payton’s teams, has raised

over $94,000.

“It’s been incredible,” Bryan

said. “It’s been overwhelming

in a very positive way. It came

in from everywhere. The hockey

community’s support has been

phenomenal, our neighbors and

the Frankfort community have

been phenomenal. Lincoln-Way

East has been so supportive. You

realize how many good people

are out there who care about

others.”

The most famous people to

offer support were Chicago

Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane

and Jonathan Toews, who visited

Payton while he did physical

therapy at the Shirley Ryan

AbilityLab in Chicago.

“That was a lot of fun and very

unexpected,” Payton said. “I had

no clue that they were coming

that day. It was a very cool ex-

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Media

1st-and-3

THREE postseason

events to watch

saturday, jan. 25

1. Boys bowling

Lockport Sectional

Lincoln-Way Central

will look for its

third straight trip to

state. Seniors Alex

Nolan (above) and

Tyler Misch have

led the way of late.

LW East will have

four individuals

competing.

2. Competitive dance

Normal Sectional

LW Central and

LW East were both

runners-up at the

SWSC Red and Blue

meets, respectively.

The Knights hope

to make their third

straight trip to state,

while East is looking

to go for the first

time since 2015-16.

3. Girls bowling SWSC

meet

The Knights and

Griffins chase the

conference crown.

Girls Basketball

LW Central beats rival Griffins for first time in 12 years

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

When Lincoln-Way

Central senior Regan

LoConte hit her first

3-pointer early in the game

against Lincoln-Way East

on Thursday, Jan. 16, she

had a feeling it was going

to be a good night.

“When I hit the first few

shots, I just feel unstoppable,”

LoConte said.

LoConte hit three

3-pointers in the first quarter,

and her and her teammates

were indeed unstoppable

the rest of the way.

The Knights rolled to a 42-

31 win over the Griffins

in a SouthWest Suburban

crossover in New Lenox.

It was the first win for

Central (11-8 through Friday,

Jan. 17) over East

(11-5) since the 2007-08

season.

“All of us are pretty excited

since they’re our rival

team,” LoConte said.

“We all feel really good

about it.”

LoConte led the Knights

with 19 points. Azyah

Newson-Cole added 10

points, Haley Stoklosa

had seven points and eight

rebounds, and Megan

Hutchinson pulled down

13 rebounds.

Olivia Molnar led the

Griffins with 17 points, but

no one else on East topped

the five put up by Brianna

Primus. Andie Perch had

seven rebounds.

“We try to talk about

this game as a great rivalry

Lincoln-Way Central’s Regan LoConte looks to shake Lincoln-Way East’s Morgan

Montaque on Thursday, Jan. 16, in New Lenox. LoConte scored 19 points in the

Knights’ 42-31 win. Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

game, but we don’t want

it to be our Super Bowl,”

Central coach Dave Campanile

said. “We don’t

want to build it up too

much. There are a lot of

other big games going forward,

but we told the girls

to enjoy the night. We’ve

got a big crowd out here,

the pep band, so have fun.

I’m proud of our girls that

the moment wasn’t too big

for them.”

East could never get on

track offensively against

the stingy Central defense.

The Knights shut out the

Griffins over the first fourplus

minutes, jumping

to an 8-0 lead, and never

looked back.

“The ball didn’t go in

too often,” East coach Jim

Nair said. “It was a little

frustrating, the girls got

frustrated. We did a little

bit better in the second

half as far as the angles

we were attacking, but

Lincoln-Way Central did

a good job defending some

of our key girls, and we

didn’t step up.”

East was held to seven

field goals in the game,

with 15 of its points coming

at the free-throw line.

Molnar hit 13 free throws.

“Our scouting report

was good,” LoConte said.

“We knew what was coming,

so we just stuck to our

scouting report.”

While Campanile, who

coached at East for 12

years, felt his team did a

good job of following the

coaches’ plan, he felt they

deserved most of the credit

for their play.

“I tell the girls as the

season goes on, coaches

become less important and

players become more important,”

he said. “Coaches

are going to out-scout

each other and cancel

each other out, so it comes

down to the players.”

Typically a strong outside

shooting team, East

got few looks on jumpers

and hit just two 3-pointers.

“[Theresa Snaidauf] did

a great job on Lilly Genis,”

Campanile said. “She’s

shut many people down

with her face-guarding.

Haley [Stoklosa] did a

great job on Andie [Perch].

We tell the girls that the

way we defend, if we can

just a hit a few shots on the

6

other end, we’re going to

have a chance to win the

game.”

Despite their shooting

struggles, the Griffins were

still right in the game down

just 17-11 at halftime, but

Central extended the lead

to 32-20 after three and

cruised from there.

It was the third loss in

four games for East, including

defeats to Homewood-Flossmoor

and

Bolingbrook.

“We’ve got to do a better

job getting everyone

involved and setting other

kids up,” Nair said. “I

think we can get easy baskets

off our press and our

fast break. We haven’t got

that the last couple games,

and the scores have reflected

it.”

On the other hand, it

was the fourth win in five

games for the Knights.

The only loss was a 66-41

defeat to a powerful Lincoln-Way

West squad on

Jan. 14, when the Knights

trailed by just two at halftime.

“The West game got

away from us in the second

half, but that was a great

half of basketball,” Campanile

said. “Between that

half and this game, those

three halves against the

Lincoln-Ways should be a

great confidence builder.

“We’ve been waiting

for a signature win to put

Knights basketball on the

map and I think this is one

of them.”

Listen Up

“Never take a day for granted. Nobody ever should, because you never know

when it’s going to end..”

Payton Bruns – LW East senior, on his new perspective after a hockey

injury brought fears of paralysis

tunE in

Boys Basketball, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24

LW Central at LW West

• The Knights will look to fight off upset-minded

West in a crosstown showdown.

Index

42 - This Week In

41 - Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

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


mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | January 23, 2020

LONG TIME COMING LW

Central girls beat Griffins for the

first time in 12 years, Page 47

MOVING ON Knights bowling

team, four Griffins individuals

advance to sectional, Page 42

LW East senior Bruns returns to school

with a new perspective after horrific

hockey injury, Page 46

Lincoln-Way East senior Payton

Bruns (middle) was visited

by Blackhawks stars Patrick

Kane (left) and Jonathan Toews

while rehabbing from his injury.

Bruns, who broke the C5 and

C6 vertebrae in his cervical

spine in September, is walking

on his own and has returned to

school. Photo submitted

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