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Leslie Sulla chosen as 2015 Lombard Woman of the Year
by Bonnie MacKay                                     
Once again, the Lombard Service League pulled it off and was able to surprise another Woman of the Year.
On Thursday, April 9, Lombard resident Leslie Sulla was shocked to hear that she was not a guest speaker at the Lombard Service League’s meeting, but actually the guest of honor as she was named the 2015 Lombard Woman of the Year.
“I went to speak about the Lombard Historical Society’s (LHS) loaning the [first Lilac Queen’s silver] crown to the Driehaus Museum,” said Sulla, president of the Lombard Historical Society.
She said although she recognized some people from the LHS in the audience, she thought they had come to hear her speak. However, once she was named as the Woman of the Year, she said looked around and was shocked to find a number of family members and friends had snuck into the back of the room.
“It was very generous and nice,” Sulla said of her recognition, adding that it was a great surprise.
She added that she was so pleased that her parents and other family members were on hand to share the moment with her. However, she did say that a sister, who lives in Seattle, did not make the trip.
Not wanting to miss out on the festivities, Sulla said her sister secretly sent a package to Sulla’s husband.
And the package contained? A DVD of the 1942 movie, “Woman of the Year,” starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
Sulla, a 27-year resident of Lombard, has helped at all the schools her daughter attended including most recently at the Willowbrook High School Music Department’s Market Day.
“To stay in touch with her college years, she devotes many hours to being a dedicated member of AAUW, editing the newsletter, attending the state convention, and, my favorite because I consider it a sin to throw away a book, the AAUW Used Book Sale,” said Kathy Noble of Lombard Service League.
Sulla’s nomination letters cited her biggest contribution to the community as her work with the Lombard Historical Society, where she was responsible for streamlining the selection process for executive director.
In fact, Sulla served as the “unofficial” executive director for LHS when the society was between directors. In addition to providing service to the Personnel Committee, Sulla makes quarterly reports to the Lombard Historical Commission.
“She is a good friend to so many, including myself, and I cherish that friendship,” one nominator wrote.
“You don’t volunteer for recognition,” Sulla said. “You volunteer for something you love and are passionate about.”
As for the first Lilac Queen’s crown, which was designed by Lombard’s Christia Reade and fashioned from silver spoons donated by women of Lombard, the crown is on loan to the Driehaus Museum until Jan. 3, 2016.
Lombard’s first Lilac Queen’s crown is part of an exhibit, “Makers & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry.”
“It is worth a trip just to see the mansion, and the jewelry exhibit is fantastic,” said Sulla in an e-mail, adding that the museum is located at 40 E. Erie St. in Chicago, just a few blocks west of Michigan.
According to Sulla’s presentation, it was built in 1883 by Samuel Nickerson, president of the First National Bank of Chicago, it was the largest private residence in Chicago at the time. The Nickerson Mansion was purchased by Chicagoan Richard Driehaus, an avid art collector, who restored the building.
For more information on Driehaus Museum and the exhibit, visit www.driehausmuseum.org.

The Clean Slate makes statement about election
Following their clean sweep victory in the April 7 election, the Clean Slate for COD candidates Charles Bernstein, Frank Napolitano and Deanne Mazzochi released the following statement:
“First we would like to thank the voters for the trust that they have placed in us. They saw, like we did, the need for change and reform on the Board of the College of DuPage.
“They saw that Kathy Hamilton needed reinforcements.
“They saw that the Breuder era of [alleged] corruption needed to end.
“Tonight, they gave us a clear mandate to clean up the College of DuPage. To put an end to the attitude that has persisted there that taxpayers don’t count and insiders rule. To finally stop the waste, fraud and abuse. To end business as usual and to truly put taxpayers, students and faculty ahead of the insider interests that have dominated this board and this school for too long.
“With this historic victory, the Clean Slate for COD joins Kathy Hamilton in forming a new majority on the board at the College of DuPage that will deliver the reform that voters are demanding.”

Lombard resident competes for title
Jennifer Ruhl of Lombard was recently selected to participate in the 2015 Miss Teen Chicago pageant competition that will take place Sunday, April 19.
Ruhl learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced its selections following interviewing in the local Chicago area. She submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Chicago pageant coordinator.
Ruhl will be competing for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. She will be competing in the Miss Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages 7 through 19 competing in modeling routines, which include casual wear and formal wear.
Most important, Ruhl will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing this year with Chicago’s judging panel. Personality is the No. 1 aspect by which each contestant is judged during all phases of competition.
If Ruhl were to win the title of Miss Teen Chicago, she would represent Chicago and the surrounding communities at the national competition that will take place in Orlando, Fla. Over $30,000 in prizes and awards will be presented at the national competition while each winner enjoys this expense-paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando.
Community businesses, organizations and private individuals will assist Ruhl in participating in this year’s competition by becoming    one of her official sponsors. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals and financial support, which will allow Ruhl to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year’s Chicago pageant.
Any business, organization or private individual who may be interested in becoming a sponsor may contact the Miss Teen Chicago pageant coordinator at 877-403-6678.

Cruise Nights back for 17th season
Lombard Cruise Nights will return to downtown Lombard for its 17th season  beginning Saturday, June 13.
Cruise Nights offers a unique combination of classic cars and live musical performances. Cruise Nights will be held in downtown Lombard every Saturday from June 13 through Aug. 29, except for July 4.
Cruise cars are invited to park along St. Charles Road from Main Street to Elizabeth, which also is the main thoroughfare for the event. Cars are also invited to park along Park Avenue and in several parking lots within the “Cruise Zone” along St. Charles Road. Event volunteers will assist with designating parking spots.
The Village of Lombard and the Lombard Police Department ask that Cruise Nights attendees and cruise cars do not park in the designated spots before 4 p.m., as many of these parking spots are used as customer parking for local businesses. The village also asks patrons of the event to avoid blocking entryways to businesses that remain open during the event.
Cruise nights run from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday nights and will feature the following entertainment in 2015:
June 13: Join radio personality Buzz Kilman as he helps us welcome back Lombard’s Cruise Nights. Start the year off right with rockin’ blues from Buzz Kilman and the Blues Rocket Scientists.
June 20-Flashback 50’s DJ: Tony the DJ plays all of your favorite 1950s hits from the back of a classic car that’s been turned into a DJ booth.
June 27: Evolution: Classic rock cover band featuring songs from the 70s, 80s and today including Bon Jovi, REO, Styx, Boston, Journey and more.
July 4: No Cruise Nights tonight. In honor of the Fourth of July, the Village of Lombard will be holding a fireworks display at dusk in Madison Meadow.
July 11: June’s Got Cash: “Walk the line” with this June and Johnny Cash performance complete with comedy, costume changes and fun banter just like Johnny and June.
July 18: Flashback 50s DJ: Tony the DJ returns for a fun Cruise Nights.
July 25: American English: The area’s No. 1 premier Beatles cover band. Join John, Paul, George, Ringo, your friends and some neighbors for one of the biggest draws of the summer. Dance the night away from Beatles favorites spanning their entire catalog.
Aug. 1: Run Forrest Run: From Gin Blossoms and Pearl Jam to Weezer and Sugar Ray, this 90s cover band plays all the favorite 90s hits.
Aug. 8: Blues Fest featuring Big Dog Mercer: There’s no better way to celebrate Blues than with Big Dog Mercer, so plan to be there as this big blues sound fills the summer night.
Aug. 15: Sonic 7: A classic rock band with two female lead singers who know how to bring the rock to downtown Lombard. Hear covers of popular songs from artists including Heart and Stevie Nicks.
Aug. 22: Lombard Town Centre hosts Family Night.  In lieu of live music, the Lombard Town Centre will be playing a  customized radio program from their storefront location on Park Avenue and will be showing an outdoor movie in the open space behind the water spray park on St. Charles Road.
Aug. 29: 7th Heaven will close the season out with a party in downtown Lombard as 7th Heaven returns to Cruise Nights. Last year, this band attracted one of the biggest crowds in Cruise Nights history. Plan to get there early to celebrate the end of summer with this Lombard favorite.
The village is also seeking additional volunteers for its 17th anniversary season. Since Cruise Nights’ inception, dedicated volunteers have helped the village with the event. The village is looking to expand its volunteer base in order to make sure downtown Lombard stays clean and cruise cars park legally in the downtown. To volunteer at any of the upcoming summer’s Cruise Nights, e-mail communications @villageof lombard.org.   
For information, go to www. villageoflombard.org/cruisenights or call communications coordinator Avis Meade at 630-620-5718. Cruise Nights schedules are available in the main vestibule at the Lombard Village Hall, 255 E. Wilson Ave.

Former associate pastor pleads guilty to criminal sexual assault charges
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced April 9 that a former associate pastor of the West Suburban Community Church in Elmhurst has been sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for having inappropriate sexual contact with a minor girl he met through a church-sponsored youth group.
Darin Evans, 43, entered a plea of guilty to one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony, in front of Judge Daniel Guerin, who accepted Evans’ plea and handed down the sentence.
The sentencing is the result of allegations that Evans sexually assaulted his victim over a four- to five-year period while he served as his victim’s youth minister and counselor. The assaults, which began when the victim was 16 years old, took place on multiple occasions at multiple locations including his vehicle, public places and even on a church-sponsored youth retreat.
In February 2013, the assaults came to light when the victim, no longer a minor, came forward. On March 19, 2013, Evans was charged with the offense. He has been out on bail after posting the necessary $30,000 of his $300,000 bond. He was taken into custody following last week’s proceedings to begin serving his sentence.
“For five years, Mr. Evans used his position as a trusted authority figure to sexually assault a young innocent girl,”  Berlin said. “He manipulated his victim in a most vile manner and for that he will spend the next 10 years of his life behind bars, unable to prey upon unsuspecting young girls. I would like to thank the Elmhurst Police Department for their outstanding work on this very disturbing case. I would also like to thank assistant state’s attorney Cathy DeLaMar for her work not only on this case but also for her continued efforts in seeking justice for the victims of sexual assaults.”
Evans will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.