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Fire department obtains new emergency devices

Firehouse Subs foundation provides grant
of almost $12,000

The Villa Park Fire Department acquired
some state-of-the-art life-saving equipment
last week.
A grant of nearly $12,000 from the Firehouse
Subs Public Safety Foundation allowed
the department to obtain four video laryngoscopes.
The items, which help paramedics intubate
patients who aren’t breathing, arrived at
the department on Aug. 9.
According to Villa Park Fire Chief Ron Rakosnik,
the video laryngoscopes are on the village’s
two front-line ambulances, as well as its
two fire engines.
“You typically intubate someone who’s in
full arrest,” said Rakosnik, who noted that Villa
Park’s first responders previously used a blade
to intubate a patient. “It’s always been a tough
thing to do. These [video laryngoscopes] will
make our job a lot easier, and a lot quicker.”
The new items contain a camera and a small
video screen that allows first responders to see
into a patient’s throat during the intubation process.
Members of the fire department joined village
officials at the Firehouse Subs location at
298 W. North Ave., on Aug. 10, to recognize the
grant. Since opening last August, the restaurant
has made a few donations to the Villa Park Fire
“Firehouse Subs has been terrific,” said Rakosnik
of the North Avenue location. “When
they opened they gave us four monitors—two
for each station. When a call comes in, a map
and information about the call come up on the
Rakosnik also noted Firehouse Subs gave
the department money to purchase two automated
external defibrillator (AED) units. One
of those units is at Villa Park Village Hall,
while the other is at the village’s police department.
The co-founders of Firehouse Subs—Chris
Sorenson and Robin Sorenson—are former
firefighters. Their business is based in Jacksonville,
Florida. They founded the Firehouse
Subs Public Safety Foundation in 2005, after
traveling to Mississippi to respond to Hurricane
Katrina. Since 2005, the foundation has
granted over $28 million to fire departments,
police departments and public safety organizations.
Kelli Krupa, a Villa Park firefighter/paramedic,
wrote the grant to request the video laryngoscopes.
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety
Foundation approved the grant in July.
“Every second without oxygen, your brain
and other body tissues are dying,” said Krupa
during a brief demonstration at last week’s
event at the Firehouse Subs location on North
Avenue. “These video laryngoscopes will definitely
make it easier for more challenging intubations.
This will make a huge impact for us
and the citizens we are here for.”

Michael Lay named police chief

Served as acting chief since May; a 26-year
veteran of the village’s police department

The Village of Villa Park announced
last week the promotion of
Michael Lay to Chief of Police. Lay
had been serving as acting police
chief since May. Robert Pavelchik,
the village’s police chief for about
five years, resigned on May 19.
Lay was sworn in as the village’s
police chief during the Villa Park
Village Board meeting on Aug. 14.
Lay has spent 26 years with the
Villa Park Police Department. He
joined the department as a patrol
officer. Lay spent five years as a
deputy chief of police. In that role,
he was responsible for the direction,
control and review of the daily activities
of personnel assigned to the
patrol and investigative divisions.
He was also responsible for budget
preparation, union contract negotiations
and preparation for special
“I’ve been here almost 27 years,”
said Lay, who learned of his appointment
on Aug. 7. “I really enjoy
working for the Villa Park Police
Department, and being involved in
the community.”
Lay earned his Bachelor of Science
degree in marketing from Illinois
State University. He has completed
several law enforcement certifications,
and he completed training
at the FBI National Academy in
Quantico, Virginia.
Lay is an active member of the
Villa Park Kiwanis Club, and will
take over as the club’s president in
October. He is an active member of
St. John Lutheran Church in Lombard.

Tri-Town Toast fundraiser Sept. 9

Tri-Town YMCA will be raising
glasses and raising funds for program
scholarships at its ninth annual
wine-tasting event on Saturday, Sept.
9, 1-5 p.m.
The event, open to the over-21
public, will be held at and hosted by
Famous Liquors, located at 105 E.
Roosevelt Road in Lombard. For $20
at the door, attendees will be able to
sample spirits, wines, and beers, including
some local favorites. Early-
bird tickets are available for $15
online at www.tritownymca.org. All
attendees will receive 12 tasting tickets.
“This is a great event for friends
to enjoy together while supporting an
organization that really makes a difference
on a local level. Many families
benefit from Y scholarships or
subsidies,” said Whitney Cimaglia,
Tri-Town YMCA Board president
and Toast event chair.
Vendor tasting booths will be set
up inside Famous Liquors. Cheese
samples and appetizers will also be
available from Trader Joes and Old
Town Pizza. Raffle prizes and silent
auction items, featuring local establishments
as well as Cubs jerseys
signed by Joe Maddon and Kyle
Schwarber, will complete an action-
filled afternoon. The silent auction
is open online at www.cherryfish.
com/tritowntoast or is available
by downloading the Cherryfish app.
“We are so excited to have handcrafted
beers from Noon Whistle and
spirits from Burke Beverage, along
with premium wines from Quara,
Scotto Cellars and Quintessential.
We will feature 90-plus wines and
wineries that have been seen in
‘Wine Enthusiast’ and ‘Wine Spectator,’”
said Jeff Sukowski, owner of
Famous Liquors.
The event is also sponsored by
Republic Bank, Terra Vista of Oakbrook
Terrace, Hidden Key Escapes
of Naperville and Jim Hendry, MLB
executive with the New York Yankees.
“This is the second year that
we have partnered with Tri-Town
YMCA,” said Sukowski. “They’ve
worked to make this event better than
ever with the addition of some great
auction items and baseball memorabilia.
It’s a pleasure to be associated
with an organization that has been
serving this area for more than 50
For more information, contact
Tri-Town YMCA.

Sen. Cullerton works to streamline state purchases

Illinois now has a streamlined
process to improve the way state
government entities purchase goods
and services.
Villa Park Democrat Tom Cullerton’s
bipartisan initiative, Senate
Bill 8, is a reform aimed at taxpayer
savings that was signed into law recently.
“Eliminating red tape and streamlining
the purchasing process will
make it easier for local businesses
to bid on state contracts,” Cullerton
said. “Our local businesses are
the heart of our economy. It’s our
duty to make this process easier and
more transparent to help encourage
economic development in our communities.”
This new law expands the ability
of state universities to purchase
needed products and services without
having to navigate through costly
and time-consuming red tape. Illinois
would be allowed to enter into
joint purchasing agreements with
other governmental units, and vendors
would be given more flexibility
when registering or submitting a
“This new bipartisan law will
speed up the process and save valuable
taxpayer dollars, all while helping
our local businesses grow and
prosper,” Cullerton said.
This reform was initiated due to
concerns that procurement rules can
be difficult for vendors, state agencies
and universities to navigate.
Cullerton has also been working
to pass a series of structural reforms.
They include a government consolidation
plan, term limits for legislative
leaders, workers compensation
reform and changes to the school
funding formula.
Another bill Cullerton is urging
the governor to sign is Senate Bill
3, a proven bipartisan government
consolidation model to spread DuPage
County’s success throughout the
Cullerton worked with DuPage
County Chairman Dan Cronin to
eliminate duplicative units of government
and simplify the process
that allows government entities to
consolidate. The DuPage County
model is expected to save taxpayers
$100 million, so Cullerton has
worked to make the model available
to other counties throughout Illinois.
Illinois has more than 7,000 units
of government that are often duplicative
and outdated, so Cullerton
envisions large savings to local taxpayers
across the state. Senate Bill 3
would enable Illinois to consolidate
more units of government than any
other state in the nation.
“This one small step will improve
government services and lower
property taxes without making a
sacrifice in services received,” Cullerton
said. “Every day Gov. Rauner
puts off signing this reform is a lost
opportunity to guarantee government
is evolving with the needs of
the people. The time to act is now.”

Elmhurst-Edward Health among Most Wired

For the third year in a row, Edward-
Elmhurst Health has been
named as one the nation’s Most
Wired Hospitals and Health Systems.
The recognition is based on
the 2017 Most Wired survey by the
American Hospital Association and
Clearwater Compliance, a provider
of healthcare compliance and cyber
risk management solutions.
Edward-Elmhurst, a system that
includes Edward Hospital in Naperville,
Elmhurst Hospital and
Linden Oaks Behavioral Health,
also made the Most Wired list in
2015 and 2016. Prior to their recognition
as part of a system, Elmhurst
Hospital made the list in 2013 and
2014, and Edward Hospital was
named in 2014.
The annual Most Wired survey
is a leading industry barometer that
measures information technology
(IT) use and adoption among hospitals
nationwide. Nearly 700 organizations,
representing 2,158 hospitals
(39 percent of all hospitals
in the U.S.), took part in the 2017
According to the survey’s results,
Most Wired hospitals are
using smart phones, telehealth and
remote monitoring to create more
ways for patients to access health
care services and capture health information.
Edward-Elmhurst’s “Most
Wired” efforts include:
• MyChart patient portal (https://
Available online and via mobile
app, patients can communicate
with their doctor, manage appointments,
access test results, request
prescription renewals and more.
• Real-time online scheduling
for doctor visits and tests: New and
current patients can visit www.eehealth.
org/make-an-appointment to
schedule an appointment with one
of more than 120 physicians, physician
assistants or advance practice
clinicians with Edward Medical
Group, Elmhurst Clinic, Elmhurst
Medical Associates and Elmhurst
Memorial Medical Group. Patients
can also schedule lab tests, mammograms,
heart scans and other
• Use of CardioMEMS and Reveal
LINQ, implanted devices that
allow physicians to remotely monitor
the conditions of patients with
heart conditions.
• Real-time Wait Times: Available
for ER, Immediate Care and
Walk-In Clinics at www.EEHealth.
• HealthAware (www.eehealth.
org/health-aware): Free, online assessments
measure risk for addiction,
anxiety, breast cancer, colon
cancer, depression, diabetes, heart
disease, lung cancer, sleep disorders
and stroke.
In addition, Edward-Elmhurst is
enhancing and developing a wide
variety of tools and programs, such
as video and e-visits, price-shopping
tools for health care services
and more.

Villa Park briefs

Resurfacing project on Roosevelt
Road begins this week

The Illinois Department of Transportation
(IDOT) stated recently that a resurfacing project
on Roosevelt Road in Villa Park would
begin this week, weather permitting. The project
consists of resurfacing Roosevelt Road
between Summit and Villa avenues, with the
addition of new sidewalks, improved sewers,
curbs, gutters and medians. In order to complete
the work, lane closures will be necessary.
The project has an estimated completion date
of late November. According to IDOT, motorists
can expect delays and should allow extra
time for trips through the are. Drivers should
pay close attention to flaggers and signs in
work zones and obey posted speed limits.

Police to conduct one
more roadside check
this month, on Saturday

The Villa Park Police Department will conduct
three roadside safety checks in August.
The first check took place on Aug. 5, while the
second was on Aug. 11. The final check of the
month will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 19. The
check will run for four hours, until 12:30 a.m.
Police will conduct the check at 807 W. North
Ave. According to the police department, the
safety checks promote the well-being of the
motoring public, as well as providing a deterrent
to those who might violate the law. The
safety checks will be held according to guidelines
set by the courts.

Cullerton hosts job fair on Aug. 23

State Sen. Tom Cullerton and the Illinois
Department of Employment Security will host
a job fair from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday,
Aug. 23, at the Odeum, 1033 N. Villa Ave.,
Villa Park. Veterans can enter the event early,
beginning at 10 a.m. To register for the job fair,
or for more information, call 630-903-6662.

Free August Summer
Concert Series continues

Villa Park Recreation will present a free
August Summer Concert Series at Cortesi Veterans
Memorial Park, 320 E. Kenilworth Ave.
The series of five Thursday concerts began on
Aug. 3. The series continues with tonight’s
concert by Mason Rivers, a high-energy country
band. The Aug. 24 concert features Juke
Box Band, a group that interacts with the audience.
Pirates Over 40 will close out the series
with an Aug. 31 concert featuring renditions of
tropical favorites. Concessions will be available
at 6 p.m. on the night of each show. Each
of the concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Village welcomes submissions
for its August photo contest

The Village of Villa Park held its first
monthly photo contest in May. The contest,
which asks for submissions from village residents,
has continued through the summer. This
month’s theme is “Pets Around Town.” Photos
can be submitted by tagging the village on
Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Residents can
also submit photos by e-mail to Kylie Cerk, the
village’s public information officer, at kcerk@
invillapark.com. The deadline for submissions
is the end of the day on Thursday, Aug. 31. The
photo must be of something in Villa Park. Additionally,
the photographer must be from Villa
Park. Submissions of obscene content are not
allowed. The first-place winner’s photo will be
promoted through the village’s social media
channels. There is no limit to how many photos
one person can submit.

Village offers new
rain barrel program

Earlier this year, the Villa Park Village Board
approved the adoption of a new grant-based
rain barrel program. Residents can purchase a
rain barrel from a store of their choosing, and
the village will partially reimburse the cost.
Residents can fill out an application in person
at the village’s public works facility, or online
at invillapark.com. For more information, call
the public works department at 630-834-8505.

scheduled for Sept. 23

The inaugural Villa Park BREWFEST will
take place from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday,
Sept. 23. The event will take place at Cortesi
Veterans Memorial Park, 318 E. Kenilworth
Ave. BREWFEST will feature craft beers from
area breweries. Tickets are available for purchase,
online only, at $59 for a Gold Pass. The
Gold Pass provides early entrance from 1 to
2 p.m., as well as a food ticket, use of indoor
bathrooms and a commemorative tasting glass.
General admission tickets are $40 (through
Aug. 18), and include entrance from 2 to 5:30
p.m. and a tasting glass. The general admission
tickets will cost $45 as of Aug. 19. Tickets for
designated drivers, which will provide soda
and bottled water, are $15 per person. Designated
drivers must be at least 21 years old.
Several food trucks will offer a variety of food
items for purchase.
There will be free shuttles running from the
Villa Park Metra Station, Jefferson Pool and
Lufkin Pool. BREWFEST is a 21 and older
event. Visit villaparkbrewfest.com for more