Carol Sink named Lombard Service League’s ‘Woman of the Year’
By Jane Charmelo LOMBARDIAN-VILLA PARK REVIEW STAFF REPORTER
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 friend.” 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 volunteers. “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 evening.”
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 Arts. “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 scholarships. 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 LOMBARDIAN-VILLA PARK REVIEW STAFF REPORTER
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 queens. “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 taken.” 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 important.” 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 junkie.” “Maybe one day I can be a Disney princess,” she stated. 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 said. “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 technology.” “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 solution. “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 legislation. 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 allows. “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 levels. “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 deadline. “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 consideration.