Marquette offers prizes to schools

Bank to give away $200 gift cards to 23 classrooms

  Marquette Bank, a locally-owned neighborhood bank, is holding its fifth annual Adopt-a-Classroom prize drawing.
  Since Monday through Saturday, Sept. 14, Marquette Bank customers, local teachers and parents can enter at any Marquette Bank location for a chance to win a $200 gift card for any Illinois elementary, junior high or high school classroom of their choice.
  Teachers of the winning classrooms can use the gift cards to purchase supplies for their students. There will be one winner at each bank location, and 23 Chicagoland classrooms will be selected at random in the drawing.
  “As a neighborhood bank, we want our children to have all of the tools in order to succeed because they are the future of our local communities,” said Betty Kosky-Harn, Executive Vice President. “The Adopt-a-Classroom prize drawing is a fun way we give back to our local schools every fall.”
  In past years, teachers have used the prize money to take special field trips, create special craft projects or purchase books, educational games and equipment for their students.
  The Adopt-a-Classroom prize drawing is part of the Marquette Neighborhood Commitment’s efforts to support education. Each quarter, the bank focuses on a different area of need: shelter, hunger, education and health/wellness as part of the Marquette Neighborhood Commitment.
  For more information about Marquette Bank and its Neighborhood Commitment, visit
hood or call (1-888) 254-9500.

SXU golf classic next month at Silver Lake Country Club

  Saint Xavier University will hold its 17th annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park.
  Check-in begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Silver Lake is at 14700 S. 82nd Ave. The day will conclude with a reception and dinner.
  Registration for individual golfers is $300 which includes green fees, cart, continental breakfast, lunch on the course, beverages, reception, and dinner. Participants can register at, keyword: golf, by mail using a downloadable printer-friendly form available on the site, or by calling (773) 298-3748. All proceeds support SXU student scholarships.
  The event includes the Cougar Classic and Pick Your Prize raffles. Raffle tickets are available by calling (773) 298-3940. Winners need not be present. Pick Your Prize tickets are $50 each or five for $200. Participants can choose from the following packages:
  “Downtown” includes a trip for six on a sailboat, an overnight stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, a $150 gift card to Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse, and a $300 Broadway in Chicago Theatre Ticket gift certificate.
  “Weekend Escapes” includes golf for two at Eagle Ridge’s The General course, a three-day weekend stay at a three-bedroom vacation home in Galena Territory, four box seats with stadium club passes and preferred parking to the Milwaukee Brewers v. Los Angeles Angels game at Miller Park on Sept. 1, golf for four at Long Beach Country Club in Michigan City, Ind., and a $100 gas card.
  “Chicago Sports & Tailgate” includes four Chicago White Sox Golden Box Seats with parking (White Sox v. Royals on Sept. 19), two Chicago Cubs Club Box Seats (Cubs v. Brewers on Sept. 6), two Chicago Bears tickets (date to follow), an overnight stay at the Hilton Chicago, an autographed Dan Hampton Bears jersey and Hank Aaron baseball, a cooler on wheels, and two bag chairs.
  “Golf” includes golf at LaGrange Country Club (for three plus member), Ridge Country Club (for three plus member), Silver Lake Country Club (for four with carts), Beverly Country Club (for three plus member), Oakley men’s sunglasses, and a Garmin Approach SI Golf Watch.
  Cougar Classic tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Prizes include the following: flat screen TV, JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker, Beats Solo HD headphones, Nikon Coolpix 18.1 megapixel camera, iPad with retina display, Kindle Fire HD, Nike+ SportWatch GPS, Trek mountain bike, TaylorMade Driver, Weber Liquid Propane Portable Grill, and more.
  Last year’s Golf Classic raised more than $112,000 for scholarships. For more information contact the Office of Special Events at (773) 298-3748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  Eight Chicago-area golf courses managed by Billy Casper Golf, including the Water’s Edge Golf Club in Worth, will play host to the third annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing” to benefit Wounded Warrior Project on Monday, Aug. 12.
  The simultaneous golf outing at more than 110 BCG-managed courses in 28 states is open to golfers of all abilities and does not require a USGA handicap. Participating Chicago-area courses are River Oaks Golf Course in Calumet City, Chick Evans Golf Course in Morton Grove, George W. Dunne National Golf Course in Oak Forest, Highland Woods Golf Course in Hoffman Estates, Indian Boundary Golf Course in Chicago, Orchard Valley Golf Course in Aurora, Water’s Edge Golf Club in Worth, and Whisper Creek Golf Club in Huntley.
  Golfer check-in is at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at most courses. Entry fees vary by location and include a $5 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, round of golf, cart rental, range balls, lunch, awards reception, on-course contests and prizes. All donations and part of the event proceeds benefit the project, a national nonpartisan organization that honors and empowers wounded soldiers, some of whom will play in the outing.
  Golfers Tweeting @BillyCasperGolf should use #WLGO with photos and updates during and after the day. For more information about participating courses and to register visit


  • Written by Jason Maholy and Kevin M. Coyne

COLOR hawks3 3colChicago resident Mike Kruzel waves a Blackhawks’ championship flag while his friend, Marcus P, hoists a homemade Stanley Cup replica during the rally. Photo by Jason Maholy


After the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup four seasons ago victory, fans who had not so much as thought about NHL hockey for several years – possibly ever -- started coming out of the woodwork to support a team that in the early years of the new millennium was regarded as one of America’s worst-run professional sports franchises.

The Hawks prior to the 2010 playoffs had qualified for the postseason twice in the past 11 seasons, and there was a time in the not so distant past that tickets could not be given away; literally, an ESPN Chicago promotion during those lean years once found no takers for free tickets.

COLOR hawks7 4colA sea of Hawks’ fans takes up a good portion of Grant Park during the celebration last Friday of the Blackhawks’ 2013 Stanley Cup championship. An estimated 2 million people turned out for a parade and subsequent rally. Photo by Kevin CoyneThose dog days are over. All but forgotten. History. The previous two paragraphs may be the last time that era is ever mentioned in print.

Amazing what two championships in four seasons will do.

Today, after bringing Lord Stanley’s Cup home to Chicago in both 2010 and 2013, the Hawks are the toast of the town; and the exponential growth of the team’s fan-base contributed last week to one of the largest championship celebrations in Chicago history. An estimated 2 million people – which if accurate would represent more than 20 percent of the population in the Chicago metropolitan area --  descended on downtown Chicago last Friday for a parade and rally held to honor the guys Hawks’ goalie Corey Crawford called “the biggest bunch of beauties in the league.” Old fans, new fans and bandwagon jumpers alike, some wearing No. 7 for Chelios or Seabrook or No. 27 for either Roenick or Oduya, were draped in black and red and constituted a sea of people that cheered on Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Stanley Cup heroes Brian Bickell and Dave Bolland and the rest of the crew.

For Chrissy Sipla, 24, of Chicago, there was never a doubt in her mind the Hawks would come home from Boston with the Cup.

“I’ve been a Hawks fan my entire life, even when tickets were $10 a piece,” Sipla said. “I know there are a lot of new fans since the Hawks won the Cup in 2010, but it’s still great to have such good fans in Chicago.” 

COLOR hawks2 3colR.J. Puoli of Schaumburg cheers on the Hawks during the celebration in Grant Park. Photo by Jason MaholyR.J. Puoli of Schaumburg was cheering on the Hawks amidst fans’ chants of winger Marian Hossa’s name and renditions of the introduction to The Fratellis’ “Chelsea Dagger.” Puoli either watched or listened to every game this abbreviated NHL season, he said. He recounted how he had chills before the decisive Game 6, and the excitement of the Hawks winning the contest and clinching the Cup with two 17 goals seconds apart late in the third period.

“I’m still trying to actually comprehend it right now to this day,” he said of the tallies by Bickell and Bolland, the latter’s coming with 58 seconds remaining in regulation. “Me and my buddies were all there sitting at the bar, we see two minutes left and we’re down a goal and that’s just to tie it. I got the chills, and boom-boom, there we go and there we win it.

“I feel like a part of the team, I wish I could be of the team,” he continued. “I’m just happy to be part of this. It’s a heck of an experience, not just for me for Chicago, for everyone.”

Chicago resident Megan Meo never stopped believing in the Hawks, the NHL’s best team from the season-opening points streak to the Finals – even when the squad was down three games to one to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals.

“I kept saying during the Finals, ‘you can’t stop believing,’” said Meo, 25. “From start to finish the Hawks were the best team this season. I knew we were going to pull it out in Game 6 with the Cup, it was a crazy game and I was on the edge of my seat, but I knew somehow we’d walk away with the Cup.”

Mike Kruzel and Marcus P of Chicago’s South Side came to the rally with an oversized Stanly Cup Champions flag and a homemade Stanley Cup built from cardboard and duct tape. P had stayed up until 3 a.m. the morning of the celebration making the trophy, which featured a red plastic bowl that contained a curious residue .

 “You can drink out of it,” P said his Cup, adding that he had, in fact, been drinking “everything and anything you can think of” out of it. Should the Hawks win the Cup again next season, he plans to house a mini-keg in the replica’s bottom.

For 26-year-old Val Neuzali, the Stanley Cup is representative of all Chicagoans.

““I’m from right here, baby. I’m from the city with the Cup,” Neuzali said emphatically. “This is the greatest city in the world with the greatest hockey team in the world.”

COLOR hawks1 3colChicago residents Mike Lowe (from left), Pete Rose, Tommy Brodie and Nikki Rose were among the fans who attended last Friday’s celebratory events in downtown Chicago.  Photo by Jason Maholy

Sexton fired up to get Plaza conversion rolling

  • Written by Bob Rakow


A commercial developer’s plans to acquire the Plaza andPAGE-5-2-col-plazaEvergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton want to see changes to the old Plaza as soon as possible. Photo by Jeff Vorva. build a build a new mall on the site will happen sooner rather than later, Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton said.
“I’m not going to wait until summer,” Sexton said Tuesday. “Summer’s upon us.”
Evergreen Park trustees last week discussed the possibility of using powers of eminent domain to acquire the mall and the remaining businesses: Carson Pierre Scott and Planet Fitness.
Sexton said DeBartolo Development, the company that plans to convert the Plaza into a “lifestyle center,” is in negotiations with Carson’s to acquire the store lease.
Carson’s has indicated that it wants to stay at the redeveloped mall, Sexton said.
“The bottom line is to get the developer and Carson’s close on a deal,” Sexton said. “Everybody is slow to make a deal. We’re closer.”
Planet Fitness, which currently is located at the north end of the mall along 95th Street, also has indicated it wants to stay at redeveloped version of the mall.
Representatives from the fitness center attended the April 7 village board meeting to question the village’s

Hickory Hills resident unleashes complaints about loose dogs

  • Written by Kelly White


The law in Hickory Hills is that dog owners need to keep their dogs leashed.
But resident Beth Medeiros is claiming that law isn’t being enforced and brought her complaints to the Hickory Hills City Council last Thursday, two weeks after she said he had a frightening experience with a large dog that bit her right hand.
“There are too many loose dogs roaming the neighborhood,” said Medeiros of 9100 block of South 88th Avenue. “I walk my dog frequently, and on more than one occasion, we were confronted by what I would consider to be a either a stray or loose dog.”
Medeiros said she was attacked by a neighborhood dog two weeks prior to the meeting and said after police did not issue a citation was issued to the attacking dog’s owner.
“I have a 22-pound little dog and I was walking my dog past a home nearby my house when a large dog charged out at me from a house without a fenced-in yard,” she said. “I then went to pick up my dog because it is so little, I didn’t want to see it get hurt, and that is when the larger dog bit me on my right hand.”
Medeiros added that one of the dog’s owners, a young girl, was calling for the larger dog to return to the yard but the dog failed to respond to the child, and continued charging forcefully at Medeiros and her dog.
Medeiros said she instructed the child to go inside and have her parents call the police to report the attack. The police spoke with Medeiros and an adult owner of the dog and left after giving the owner a verbal warning, Medeiros said.
“The dog’s owner did take responsibility for the attack, knowing that he did not have a fenced-in yard and was not outside properly watching the dog,” Medeiros said and added that a citation should have been issued at the time of the attack instead of a verbal warning.
Police Chief Alan Vodicka said he will look into why no further action was taken.
This is not the first time Medeiros said she has come across problems with unleashed dogs in her neighborhood. She said other residents have similar complaints. Unleashed dogs have been reported on Maple Lane and Forest Lane, and 88th Avenue.
Medeiros also told the council that some residents ride their bikes with their dogs walking alongside without a leash. The dog may appear to be well-behaved but if natural instinct strikes or an unfamiliar person or animal appears, the dog may attack, she said.
“It is simply neglectful owners,” Medeiros said, “Dogs need to be behind fenced-in yards or on leashes while walking with their owners. I worry about when school gets out for the summer and more kids will be walking their dogs. What if a child is walking a dog and an unleashed dog approaches them with a similar situation as to what happened with me?”

Rice honored
Hickory Hills said goodbye to their deputy director of publicPage-5-3-col-riceHickory Hills Mayor Mike Howley, Regan Rice and City Clerk D’Lorah Catizone celebrate Rice’s retirement after 39 years with the Public Works Department. Submitted photo. works this month. After 39 years of service, Regan Rice officially retired.
Rice retired on March 15, leaving the city council and public works department with nothing but kind words to say about him.
“We are losing a very valuable employee and he will be missed,” Larry Boettcher, director of public works said.
Rice began his career with the public works department in 1974, while still attending Stagg High School. He would come in before and after school as a part-time employee. After graduating from high school, he joined the public works department fulltime and rose quickly through the ranks to become a heavy equipment operator and a certified water operator before advancing to become the assistant public works director.
“It was with Rice’s inspiration that public works initiated the public works department to actually do the water-based repairs themselves, rather than taking the repairs out to a private contractor,” Boettcher said and added that throughout the years, Rice’s inspiration has saved the city a great deal of money by completing water repairs this way.