What Made Headlines From Jan. 9-15
A cook at Green Garden Country Club filed a discrimination suit, Ditka visited New Lenox, and tax payers were told to dig deeper into their wallets by the General Assembly.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"During my employment, I was subjected to racial slurs and different terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to being denied vacation time, vacation pay and being forced to work as an Executive Chef with excessive work hours."
--George Dover, a former executive chef and current line cook at Green Garden Country Club in Frankfort, in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint he filed, claiming he was discriminated against at the Frankfort country club and golf course because of his race.
IN THE NEWS
- Violinist Rachel Barton Pine talked about Beethoven & Pine, her concert with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra.
- We learned a little bit more about controversial burlesque dancer Gypsy Lee thanks to author Karen Abbott and her visit to the Frankfort Public Library.
- Lincoln-Way East High School jazz instructor Ben Clark showed us how he's taken his love of music from the classroom to the state.
- In another management reshuffling, Sun-Times Media announced that SouthtownStar publisher Jerry Alger will be the new publisher for the Joliet Herald News, the Naperville Sun and the Aurora Beacon News.
- The Village Board confirmed that the bid letting process for the U.S. Route 30 widening project was scheduled for Jan. 21.
- We featured two Will County organizations that are turning Monday's Martin Luther King Day into a day of service, not just a day off.
- Tim Rogers, owner of Rogers Towing Service, discussed how his uncle was an inspiration when it came to donating the proceeds to his Winter Burnout Charity Car Show to the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association.
- Although we caught him during his sleepy time, we introduced you to Sid, a playful cat up for adoption at NAWS.
- Helping Hands columnist John Petrosky featured Michael Nowakowski, leader of the local Knights of Columbus and a man dedicated to serving his community.
- A 48-year-old Tinley Park woman committed suicide by jumping from the 80th Avenue overpass onto Interstate 80 during rush hour.
- In the area police blotter, six GameStop gift cards totaling $200 were stolen from a Frankfort resident's bedroom.
- We updated the details on the car that flipped over along Lincoln Highway recently.
- Legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka visited Charley Horse in New Lenox.
- The Lincoln-Way North boys team couldn't recover from a strong quarter by Tinley Park on Tuesday, falling to the Titans.
- L-W North's girls team had mixed results this weekend. The Phoenix lost to Andrews on Tuesday, but bounced to defeat division rival Lincoln-Way West on Thursday.
- Jelani Yanci and Matt Spudic led Lincoln-Way East to a victory over Sandburg on Friday.
- The Lincoln-Way East wrestling team took fifth place at its inaugural invitational meet Saturday.
NUMBER OF THE WEEK
Donation by the Joliet Bicycle Club to the Village of Frankfort to go toward maintenance and improvements of Breidert Green. The club uses the green as a rest stop during rides along Old Plank Trail.
GOOD WEEK FOR ...
The 13-year-old Summit Hill Junior High student suffers from a rare thyroid cancer, but the Orland Hills Police Department where her dad works is helping her out by holding a benefit for her next month.
BAD WEEK FOR ...
The Illinois General Assembly passed a 66 percent tax hike on Wednesday, raising the state personal income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent. Given how this upset so many residents, we almost decided this was a bad week for the state legislators who voted for the increase.