TribLocal - Wheaton /wheaton TribLocal – Chicagoland's local news community Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:42:11 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Man gets 120 years for 2005 sex assault of mother and infant daughter /wheaton/2012/06/18/man-gets-120-years-for-2005-sex-assault-of-mother-and-infant-daughter/ /wheaton/2012/06/18/man-gets-120-years-for-2005-sex-assault-of-mother-and-infant-daughter/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:01:01 +0000 Kara Silva /wheaton/?p=55935 A man was sentenced to 120 years in prison Monday for a 2005 attack in Wheaton in which he sexually assaulted a young mother and her infant daughter, “an act the devil himself would be loath to commit, ” according to the DuPage judge who handed down the sentence.

Judge Daniel Guerin gave the maximum possible prison term to James P. Murphy, who was found guilty in May of home invasion and a raft of sex charges for the break-in and assault at the woman’s apartment.

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Some Illinois state parks could close without new revenue /wheaton/2012/06/18/some-illinois-state-parks-could-close-without-new-revenue/ /wheaton/2012/06/18/some-illinois-state-parks-could-close-without-new-revenue/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:13:00 +0000 Mary Rakoczy /naperville/?p=81821 One of Gov. Pat Quinn‘sfirst acts after assuming office in 2009 was reopening seven state parks that predecessor Rod Blagojevich shuttered in a cost-saving move.

At the time, Quinn argued that closing the parks cost Illinois more in lost tourism dollars than the move saved.

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Hot, but high temperature falls short of hottest day of year /wheaton/2012/06/18/monday-could-be-hottest-day-so-far-this-year/ /wheaton/2012/06/18/monday-could-be-hottest-day-so-far-this-year/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:09:03 +0000 Mary Rakoczy /naperville/?p=81819 Temperatures today at O’Hare International Airport hit 94 degrees briefly, three degrees shy of tying the warmest day of the year so far. Tuesday and Wednesday could be hotter than today, but it’s unlikely we’ll reach record highs.

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Fans could see the next Pujols or Maddux as Cougars host Midwest All-Star Game Tuesday /wheaton/2012/06/15/fans-could-see-the-next-pujols-or-maddux-as-cougars-host-midwest-all-star-game-tuesday/ /wheaton/2012/06/15/fans-could-see-the-next-pujols-or-maddux-as-cougars-host-midwest-all-star-game-tuesday/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:53:27 +0000 Jeff Vorva /geneva/?p=30557

Time will tell if fans will be watching future Major League impact players such as Albert Pujols or Greg Maddux play Tuesday, June 19 in Geneva.
The Kane County Cougars host the Midwest League All-Star game at 6 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark and more than 65 players have been invited. In the past, stars such as Maddux, Pujols, Prince Fielder and several other major league stars played in the game.
When the Cougars last hosted the game in 2007, Clayton Kershaw was on one of the rosters and worked his way to the majors and won the Cy Young Award in 2011 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
This year’s marquee players include Cleveland Indians’ top prospect Francisco Lindor and Minnesota Twins minor league standout Miguel Sano.
Kane County’s coaching staff, led by manager Brian Buchanan, will lead the Eastern Division team.
Cougars invited to the game are outfielders Lane Adams, Jorge Bonifacio, infielder Danny Mateo and pitcher Matt Ridings.
The Cougars will host a Fan Fest at 11:30 a.m. leading up to the game.
The event will feature a variety of fun including music, food and drink, and opportunities to take batting practice and play catch on the field from noon to 2 p.m. A rock-climbing wall, trackless train and plenty of kid-friendly attractions such as face painters, jugglers, magicians and balloon artists will all be part of the event. The first 1,500 fans through the gates that day will receive a commemorative All-Star Game aluminum sports bottle.
Before the game, there will be an autograph session from 5:10 to 5:40 p.m. and will feature both All-Star rosters.
Entertainment that will be featured during the game includes in-game performances by the Zooperstars, live organ music during the game by former Chicago White Sox organist Nancy Faust, music by the Chicago Cubs Dixieland Band, a post-game performance by the Jesse White Tumblers, and a fireworks show. Wayne Messmer will perform the National Anthem before the game. Fans may run the bases after the game.
Tickets for the Midwest League All-Star Game includes admission to that day’s Fan Fest. A limited number of tickets remain for the contest. Fans may call 630-232-8811 or visit kccougars.com for more information.

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Wheaton-Warrenville teachers to get raises /wheaton/2012/06/14/wheaton-warrenville-teachers-to-get-raises/ /wheaton/2012/06/14/wheaton-warrenville-teachers-to-get-raises/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:38:05 +0000 Mary Rakoczy /wheaton/?p=55847 Retirement payout for teachers in Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 will be scaled back, but they’ll get raises the next three years under a new labor agreement contract.

The three-year contract, approved Wednesday night and which will end in 2015, eliminates a 6 percent retirement salary enhancement that had been available for teachers in each of their last four years prior to retirement, which maximized their salary to impact their lifetime pension, said Superintendent Brian Harris.

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Illinois foreclosures rise 29 percent in May /wheaton/2012/06/14/illinois-foreclosures-rise-29-percent-in-may/ /wheaton/2012/06/14/illinois-foreclosures-rise-29-percent-in-may/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2012 13:19:32 +0000 Mary Rakoczy /elmhurst/?p=48781 Illinois home foreclosure activity rose 29 percent in May compared to the previous month and is 54 percent higher than May of 2011.

A report released Thursday by Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac shows Illinois with 16,318 foreclosure filings last month. Filings include default notices, auction-sale notices and bank repossessions.

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Area sophomore basketball teams get a summer workout at USF shootout /wheaton/2012/06/13/area-sophomore-basketball-teams-get-a-summer-workout-at-usf-shootout/ /wheaton/2012/06/13/area-sophomore-basketball-teams-get-a-summer-workout-at-usf-shootout/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:31:10 +0000 Jeff Vorva /lincolnshire/?p=18795

The first tipoff was at 8 a.m., and 13 hours later a champion was crowned.
And in the middle was nonstop basketball featuring several TribLocal-area sophomore boys basketball teams with players trying to hone their skills for next November.
The University of St. Francis hosted a 16-team shootout for high school sophomores. Thornton beat out Neuqua Valley for the title with Stevenson and Providence Catholic making it to the semifinals and Marist claiming fifth.
Other TribLocal-area teams that participated were Aurora West, Hinsdale Central, Joliet West, Hoffman Estates, Marian Central Catholic and Niles West.

Niles West's Nick Kanjou lets a 3-pointer fly against South Elgin in the sophomore shootout in Joliet. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Teams played five or six games on the day but the format featured 12-minute halves with a running clock. During the regular season, sophomores play seven-minute quarters with a stopped clock during fouls, turnover, free throws and out-of-bounds plays.
USF coaches and players helped run the tournament. The Saints came off a 15-16 campaign in 2011-12 a year after one of its best recent campaigns – 21-10 in 2010-11.
Coach John Baines enters his third year at the helm and nine players are eligible to return including Andrew Lerg, who averaged 10.2 points per game. The Saints are also welcoming St. Xavier University transfer Mark Peters of Aurora, Plainfield’s Edvinas Presniakovas, Joliet’s Brian Edwards and Florida’s Logan Timmons.

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Craft brewery opens in Naperville /wheaton/galleries/2012/06/craft-brewery-opens-in-naperville/ /wheaton/galleries/2012/06/craft-brewery-opens-in-naperville/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:08:24 +0000 Melissa Jenco /naperville/?post_type=gallery&p=81424

John Barley of Geneva has opened Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville, where he and head brewer Tim Marshall are creating Belgo-American craft beer that is now being served in bars around Chicago and the suburbs. Full story.

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New Naperville brewery experimenting with craft beer /wheaton/2012/06/13/new-naperville-brewery-experimenting-with-craft-beer/ /wheaton/2012/06/13/new-naperville-brewery-experimenting-with-craft-beer/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:08:17 +0000 Melissa Jenco /naperville/?p=81422

Like many of his classmates at DePaul University, John Barley spent his breaks living with his parents.

But for Barley, that meant staying at their home in Belgium, where he spent weeks at a time touring breweries and developing a passion for beer.

“At that time you kind of realize it’s not all light beer. …. The only option isn’t Harp if I want to get exotic,” said the 31-year-old Geneva man.

Barley himself is now adding to the options available for craft beer drinkers with the opening of his Solemn Oath Brewery on Naperville’s west side.

What was once an auto body shop in the industrial park is now a 7,000-square-foot warehouse brewing Belgo-American beers that already are being distributed around Chicago and the suburbs. (See photos)

The beer, said Barley, president and CEO of the brewery, “will have Belgian malts and yeast characteristics and then we still hop them with an American style, so really aggressive flavors.”

“We’re really looking to push the limits with people with what their experiences are,” he said.

For instance, there’s Kidnapped by Vikings, which the brewery describes as “featuring distinct caramel sweetness dominated by grapefruit, tropical fruit and piney hop nodes” and the Oubliette, with “aromatic Belgian malts balanced by bold tropical fruit/ripe citrus hop presence and fruity Belgian yeast.”

The recipes come from the creative mind of head brewer Tim Marshall, 33, of Romeoville, who spent 12 years honing his knowledge of hops while brewing beer at Rock Bottom locations around the country.

Marshall said he constantly has beer on the brain, always looking for inspiration for new brews. He currently is aging several of his creations in barrels that once held Jack Daniels, chardonnay and cabernet.

“That’s just going to add another depth of flavor that we can’t achieve otherwise,” he said.

Barley, who previously had been working in marketing at a non-profit, started thinking about opening a brewery nearly two years ago and said he began formulating a serious business plan in January 2011. Reaching out to other in the industry, he found “business plans started falling on my lap” and said he considers other local brewers like Two Brothers in Warrenville, Half Acre in Chicago and Three Floyds in Munster, Ind. to be friends, not competitors.

“It’s a pretty cool collaborative effort,” he said. “There’s lots of room for all of us to grow.”

Barley chose Naperville for his endeavor due to its reputation as the nightlife hub of the western suburbs and worked with the city to create a new liquor license classification for his facility. Last summer, he brought Marshall on board, then recruited his brother Joe Barley, 35, in November.

The entrepreneur gave the brewery a moniker with ties to his own name, drawing inspiration from a Robert Burns poem in which three kings swear a solemn oath John Barleycorn had to die.

“What they were doing is personifying the grain essentially and vowing to cut it down and make bread and … beer to provide nutrition and food for their families,” Barley said.

Likewise, he said he and his partners are making “a vow to create quality things … for our friends and family.”

The brewery officially debuted in mid-May during Chicago Craft Beer Week. Working with Windy City Distribution, Solemn Oath brews already are being served at the likes of Bad Apple, DMK Burger Bar, Map Room and Owen and Engine in Chicago; Front Street Cantina and Heaven on Seven in Naperville; Tap House Grill in Westmont and the Geneva Ale House.

When Heaven on Seven in Naperville tapped its first keg of Solemn Oath beer, Barley and Marshall were on hand to introduce it to customers. General Manager Russ Hillard said the restaurant likes to offer a local selection and it plans to feature the fledgling brewery in one of its upcoming beer dinners. In the meantime, he said people already are asking to try more of the brewery’s creations.

“You can tell Tim puts a lot of effort into it and obviously has years of experience brewing beer,” Hillard said.

Barley expects to roll out about two dozen different styles of beer in the first year and rely heavily on feedback from customers to decide which ones to keep around.

“We think all our beers are pretty good, but we really want to find the great ones people are going to be after on a constant basis,” he said.

They can get instant feedback from patrons right in their own taproom in the brewery where guests can sit and have a beer or two and purchase a 64-ounce growler to take home. Visitors have a front-row seat to the production with little separation between the solid walnut bar and the stainless steel tanks where beer is fermenting.

“To be able to have this experience for people to come to essentially a warehouse and be able to drink beer and be 20 feet from where we’re actually making it, it doesn’t get more fresh than this,” Barley said.

The taproom at 1661 Quincy Ave., Suite 179, is open from noon to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. It does not serve food.

For more information, visit http://solemnoathbrewery.com/.

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Arrogance ‘in a good way’ helps Oak Park win first state baseball title since ’81 /wheaton/2012/06/11/arrogance-in-a-good-way-helps-oak-park-win-first-state-baseball-title-since-81/ /wheaton/2012/06/11/arrogance-in-a-good-way-helps-oak-park-win-first-state-baseball-title-since-81/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:08:25 +0000 Jeff Vorva /oak-park-river-forest/?p=59573

Oak Park River Forest High School’s baseball team needed a seventh-inning single from Mike Brennan to score Jack Picchiotti to set off a wild celebration as the Huskies won the Illinois High School Association Class 4A title Saturday night.
The Huskies nipped defending state champion Lyons Township, 4-3, at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. Lyons was denied the opportunity to become the first team since Maine in 1958 and 1959 to win back-to-back baseball titles.
The Huskies have a rich baseball history but only won titles in 1942 and 1981.

Oak Park fans had a lot to cheer about over the weekend as the Huskies won the Class 4A state baseball title. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Still, they came into the 2012 postseason ready for a title.
While many strong programs were upset in regional and sectional action, the Huskies won three wild postseason games heading into the state semifinals including a 2-1 win over Evanston, an 8-7 win over New Trier, a 10-8 slugfest over Maine South and a 2-0 pitcher’s dual win over Highland Park.
“They were very confident and arrogant in a good way not in a negative way,” Huskies coach Chris Ledbetter said. “They knew they couldn’t overlook anybody. They were mature week in and week out about it.”
The Huskies finished the season at 30-9-1.
Other members on the Huskies roster include seniors Jack Belcaster, Dan Shinsako, Joe Romoro, Jack Johanesson, Zach Weigel, Max Guzzetta, Colin O’Brien, Joe McKune, Matt McCormack and Mike Adams plus juniors Charlie Fencik, Henry Pine, Dain Mrozek, Henry Cappel, Patrick Clifford, Ryan Nelson, Nick Kowalczuk and Sam Munno.

Matt McCormack, 21, kicks up a load of dust on a play at the plate against Grant. He was ruled out but the Huskies still won the game and the state tournament. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

Sophomores Sam Cottingham-Beard and Alex Rice were also on the roster.
Lyons was a fifth seed in its sectional and wasn’t expected to return to the final four. But the Lions made it to the title game and played even with the Huskies for six innings.
Evan Booth, pitcher Steve Heilenbach and Brad Taylor each had two hits for the Lions in the title game.
Grant finished third thanks to a 7-1 victory over Minooka to finish 26-12 and to bring home the baseball program’s first state trophy. Tino Torres had two hits in a six-run fourth inning to help the Bulldogs to the victory.
In Class 3A, Nazareth Academy claimed third place with a 2-1 victory over Troy Triad.
Ryan Marske homered for the Roadrunners (31-10) and Dominic Purpura pitched the victory. Last year, the Roadrunners finished fourth.
Marian Catholic won the state title in 3A with a 10-2 victory over LaSalle Peru.

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