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Carol Sink named Lombard Service League’s ‘Woman of the Year’

By Jane Charmelo

Carol Sink has been named the
2018 Lombard Service League
Woman of the Year, which was announced
at the Thursday, April
12, monthly meeting at Lexington
Square in Lombard.
Sink was nominated this year by
Jean Nelson, who was last year’s
Woman of the Year—and who was
nominated by Sink. In her nomination
letter, she stated, “Carol is
the epitome of a fabulous Lombard
community volunteer, neighbor and
The committee looks at nominees
who contribute their “time, talents
and service to benefit others in the
community,” whether it be through
family, church, an organization or
other groups.
Nelson listed Sink’s volunteer endeavors,
such as spending time with
the Humanitarian Service Project
(HSP), organizing a service league
project to wrap Christmas gifts for
needy families through HSP, coordinating
a project to make Veterans
Day cards for Lexington Hospice
and arranging for a village official
to speak to the league about village
projects, to name a few.
Nelson described that Sink had
also organized a performance of
the Glenbard East Madrigals for the
league, and organized a project to
raise funds for Poised for Success,
among other volunteer efforts.
Sink, a mother of three and grandmother
of six, spends time at her
grandchildren’s sporting events, and
is known as the “soup lady,” for
bringing a hot dish to others who
are going through an illness or other
family issue.
“Her positive attitude is a joy to
all who know her,” summed up her
nominator. “We like to think of Carol
as one of Lombard’s Hidden Gems!”
Sink, who is vice president of
programs, mentioned humbly that
women from all over the community
are eligible to be nominated and she
knows there are many worthy community
“I’m still overwhelmed!”she added.
When asked if she had any clue
about being nominated, Sink replied,
“I had no idea.”
For her, though, it was “a very special

Tri-Town YMCA Healthy Kids Day April 21

On Saturday, April 21, Tri-Town
YMCA is holding a free community
event to jumpstart summer plans and
make wonderful family memories at
the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day.
The event will be held at Manor Hill
Elementary School, 1464 S. Main St.,
Lombard, from 10 a.m. to noon.
On the agenda are healthy cooking
demonstrations, lively music, a photo
booth, inflatables and games, fun
giveaways and hands-on opportunities
such as karate with Sky Centers Martial
“We’ve got two hours of drop-in
fun planned for Healthy Kids Day,”
said Deb Allen, executive director, Tri-
Town YMCA, “and there will be plenty
of take-away ideas for families to put
into action and create a healthy, happy
and boredom-free summer.”
In addition, the Y’s Kids participants
will be showcasing their singing talents
in an event performance. Other highlights
include arts/crafts, face painting
and Earth Day stations. Healthy Kids
Day is celebrated at over 1,500 Ys in
49 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico with a
message of getting more kids moving
and learning, creating habits that they
continue all summer long.
As spring turns to summer, Healthy
Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to
let children be glued to their electronic
devices. Instead, the Y wants families
to focus on sparking imaginations,
ramping up enthusiasm and reaching
potential. Walmart is proud to be the
national sponsor of Healthy Kids Day.
Locally, Healthy Kids Day is also
sponsored by Med Express with participation
from Microsoft, Republic
Bank, Entree Kitchen, Smile Dental,
and local businesses and organizations.
Tri-Town will be hosting a “Load
the Bus!” clothing and household item
drive during Healthy Kids Day. The
goal is to raise $1,000 or more in funds
to support after-school and summer
Acceptable donations include clothing,
shoes, accessories, linens, books
and small household items. Tri-Town
is partnering with Savers, which is buying
all donations by the pound.
The community is asked to drop off
donations at the Tri-Town buses, which
will be parked at Manor Hill School,
from 10 a.m. to noon, on April 21.

Meet Lilac Princess Kathleen Gomez

By Jane Charmelo

This is the third in a series of five profiles of the
2018 Lilac Court.

It sounds like Kathleen Margaret Gomez had
a childhood premonition about one aspect of her
future: She wore a T-shirt during Lilac Time that
had “Future Princess” written on it.
And become a princess she did. The Willowbrook
High School senior recalled with a chuckle how she
told her mother, “Mom, I’m going to be a princess.”
The Lilac Princess has received several honors
while attending the Villa Park high school, including
the Human Relations Award both last year and this
year; and was named Outstanding Freshman.
Princess Kathleen is very involved in music at
Willowbrook: both concert and show choirs, and
was named to the All-District Choir through the
Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and earned
a Division I rating at the IHSA solo and ensemble
contest. She has served as vice president of the
Tri-M Music Honor Society.
She also participates in theater and is a member of
the Thespian Honor Society.
The princess said that for her, music and theater
are endeavors in which anyone can participate, and
it doesn’t matter whether she is the star of the show
or the choir soloist.
“I really love the opportunity,” Princess Kathleen
continued, adding that she believes these are
activities where anyone can belong.
She is also secretary of the National English
Honor Society, and is a member of the CIVITAS,
National and World Language honor societies.
Outside of school, the Lilac Princess works at
Adored Salon and Von Maur, and also has been a
community volunteer with the Lombard Historical
Society, Easter Seals DuPage Fox Valley and Trinity
Music Center Summer Theatre Camp. She also
participates in Schaumburg summer theater.
Prediction aside, as for becoming a member of the
2018 Lilac Court, Princess Kathleen wants to live up
to the impressions she had of former princesses and
“I thought they were the coolest thing ever,” said
Princess Kathleen, but beyond the gowns and tiaras,
she came to realize that “there’s responsibility to be
That is, she added, it’s important to strike a
balance between the two.
“I’ve kind of always felt that way,” the princess
continued, saying that now she gets to demonstrate
what being a role model is about.
She wants to help younger girls and boys learn
right from wrong, and send a message that it’s about
“doing what you love most in the best way possible,
being happy where you’re at.”
“You don’t have to be No. 1. I love my place in
everything. You can be happy in more ways than
one,” added the Lilac Princess. “Life is a journey,
not a competition.”
Princess Kathleen also emphasized the important
role Lombard plays in the Lilac Court, describing
how “a small town can make five girls feel
With that in mind, she hopes to use being a
member of the court to send positive messages.
“I like the idea of having a platform,” noted the
Lilac Princess.
“Setting a good example in this day and age”
is a priority, and she observed that as teenagers in
today’s complex society, “We know enough about
things going on in our country.”
After graduation, the princess plans to attend the
University of Missouri at Columbia to major in
journalism, where she hopes to study abroad.
The princess also enjoys traveling, dancing,
singing and acting, and is a self-described “Disney
“Maybe one day I can be a Disney princess,” she
Princess Kathleen is the daughter of Mary Ann
Irvine; and sister of Elizabeth, 21, and Timothy, 19.

Governor signs bill to bring
5G wireless technology, jobs,
economic growth to Illinois

Breen a chief co-sponsor of the bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently
signed Senate Bill 1451 to standardize
and streamline regulation of
small wireless cell facilities, paving
the way for 5G wireless and other
technology in Illinois.
“This legislation sends a strong,
competitive message that Illinois is
open for business. We want to make
Illinois a leader in wireless technology.
We are working to grow jobs and
our economy and set our community
up for future success,” Rauner said.
Small cells are lower-profile wireless
signal alternatives to traditional
cell towers that can be attached to
existing structures. Their deployment
will help lay the foundation
required to support the technologies
of the future, such as the next generation
wireless systems known as 5G.
Besides faster internet and devices,
Accenture has forecast that 5G
and smart cities investments will
create nearly 100,000 jobs and bring
in nearly $9 billion in investment to
Illinois over the next seven years.
“We are building a future where
our economy booms, job creation
soars and our Midwest neighbors
watch in amazement as Illinois takes
the lead in innovation, job growth
and economic opportunity,” Rauner
“As technology continues to advance
and smartphone data use continues
to increase, it’s important that
we have the infrastructure in place to
support those advancements,” said
Sen. Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills),
who sponsored the legislation. “This
measure will help ensure a smooth
transition to 5G and allow Illinois to
stay at the forefront of new wireless
“The Small Cell Wireless Bill
ensures that consumers in Illinois
stay on the forefront of wireless
technology,” said Rep. Peter Breen
(R-Lombard), a chief co-sponsor of
the bill. “Illinoisans will now have
greater access to 5G technology,
allowing for more data to be transferred
faster than ever before.”
“As demand grows, small cells
can help bring Illinois consumers
a faster and more efficient wireless
internet experience. This legislation
is a balanced approach to making
progress for technology advancements
in our state,” said Rep. Kelly
Burke (D-Oak Lawn).
Wireless demand is expected to
increase five times by 2022.
“This legislation will benefit
businesses, employers and job
seekers throughout our state, while
providing valuable services for our
citizens. Wireless technology is essential
for small and start-up businesses
that are the core of our economy.
We are happy the governor and
the General Assembly made this
step forward for our community,”
said President & CEO of the Illinois
Black Chamber of Commerce Larry
D. Ivory.
Small cell technology will help
provide Illinoisans with faster
download speeds, improved call
quality and support Telemedicine,
connected cars, distance learning,
smart homes, smart farms and Smart
Cities, creating a more connected
network across the state.
The bill will also help improve
wireless service in areas where
large cell towers are not the best
“This is about communities
across Illinois—ensuring they have
access to cutting edge technology
and equal opportunity to compete
for jobs in tomorrow’s economy,”
said Illinois Chamber of Commerce
President & CEO Todd Maisch.
The bill still ensures local governments
retain their role and authority
in the permitting process
of telecommunications equipment
by allowing them to exercise their
zoning, land use, planning, and permitting
authorities within their territorial
boundaries, including with respect
to wireless support structures
and utility poles.
“Illinois retailers need next generation
telecommunications infrastructure
to provide the customized
offerings and services our customers
expect. The same infrastructure
other states and much of the world
already enjoys,” said President &
CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants
Association Rob Karr. “This legislation
makes that possible and propels
Illinois into the 21st Century.”
Texas, Florida, Arizona, Kansas,
Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, North
Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut,
Rhode Island, and Vermont have
already passed similar technology
The Illinois bill will compensate
local governments at a higher rate
than any other state’s small cell law.

Breen speaks out against graduated income tax

State Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard) joined House
Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs)
and other House members on April 10 in filing HR
975, a measure that opposes a proposed “graduated”
income tax on Illinois residents. Breen is the leading
chief co-sponsor of the resolution.
“Illinois taxpayers in general and taxpayers in my
district in DuPage County are already significantly
overburdened by the combined weight of every
taxing body at the state and local level,” said Breen.
“I’m constantly encountering people who tell me
they plan to leave this state as soon as the opportunity
“Taking hard-earned money from our residents has
a negative effect on the incentive to grow companies
and even enhance or choose a career in this state.
Our residents don’t require more fiscal discipline, our
government does.”
Breen pointed to a recent WalletHub study
indicating that Illinois already has the worst state and
local tax burden in the nation.
“Leading Democrat proposals would raise income
taxes on DuPage County residents to 6 percent, 7
percent, 8 percent or more, with no end in sight,”
said Breen. “The politicians who have overspent our
money, overtaxed our residents and overregulated
our businesses will take more and more from us
until we’ve got nothing left. Instead of this proposed
‘graduated’ income tax and other tax increases, we
need to reduce the tax burden on our residents, at
every level.”
There are currently two graduated income tax
proposals pending in the Senate and one proposal
pending in the House.

Nybo votes to support Equal Rights Amendment

State Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst)
voted to support the Equal
Rights Amendment (ERA) following
a meeting in March with League
of Women Voters representatives
from Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and Elmhurst
to discuss the proposal.
The state Senate passed the
amendment on April 11.
Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional
Amendment (SJRCA 4),
which ratifies the ERA to the United
States Constitution, has spurred
many debates in the Illinois Senate
and House of Representatives, and
drawn attention on the local and national
“After hearing from many residents
in the 24th District, I am convinced
that our communities want
their legislators doing everything we
can to ensure equal rights for women,”
said Nybo. “I am a strong advocate
for protecting women’s rights,
access and opportunities, and this is
a proposal whose time is long overdue.”
As SJRCA 4 is an amendment to
the U.S. Constitution, it will require
a two-thirds majority vote in both the
Illinois Senate and House of Representatives
to pass. The Equal Rights
Amendment provides that “equality
of rights under law shall not be denied
or abridged by the United States
or any State on account of sex.”
The ERA takes effect two years
after the date of ratification by threefourths
of the states (38 states).
Congress passed the Equal Rights
Amendment in 1972 and gave seven
years for three-fourths of the states
to pass the amendment. Thirty-five
states passed the amendment before
the original deadline.
In 1978, the deadline was extended
until 1982. Five states moved
to rescind their ratification of the
amendment. No other states ratified
the amendment before the 1982
“I am delighted that I was able to
play a role in helping this measure
finally pass the Illinois Senate,” said
Nybo. “I would like to thank the
League of Women Voters for taking
time to discuss the amendment and
help me understand why it was worthy
of support.”
SJRCA 4 (ERA) will now move
to the House of Representatives for