Meet the Candidates:
Yesterday Act Connect Engage, or ACE, held a meet and greet for some of the women in our area running for office. Candidates vying for county board, Illinois congressional and senate seats, a U.S. representative slot among others gathered at the First Congressional Church to meet the public and answer questions on a wide range of issues. ACE is a progressive grassroots group based in the western suburbs.
Suicide Prevention Fundraiser:
Also yesterday, about 300 people came out for a fundraiser focused on raising awareness about youth suicide and prevention. Local Dairy Queen owner Karen Moloney has made the cause her mission since her employee Jonathan Kaden died by suicide in 2011. Karen was diagnosed with cancer last year, so this year some friends stepped up to help continue her fundraising efforts, hosting a gathering that included Mayor Steve Chirico and WGN’s Tom Skilling, along with a wide offering of sweet treats. The money raised is being donated to Hope for the Day, a Chicago-based suicide prevention program.
Weekend in Football:
A trio of important football games was held on Saturday afternoon. Naperville Central was on the road to face defending state champion Maine South. The Redhawks got off to a great start; with a touchdown pass from Payton Thorne to Jayden Reed to take an early lead. AJ Deinhart also did his part on the ground, running for 227 yards and two touchdowns. But Maine South running back Fotis Kokosioulis scored 4 touchdowns, two of them in the last five minutes to put the game away. Naperville Central’s season comes to a close after the 39-28 loss.
Benet Academy was also on the road at Lincoln-Way Central. After falling behind 10-7 in the 4th quarter, Colin Gillespie found a wide-open Nick Keyes for a 50 yard touchdown to put the Redwings up 14-10. The Benet defense was able to force a turnover on down on the ensuing drive, hanging on to win and advance to the state semi finals for the 2nd straight year. The Redwings will host Batavia at Benedictine on Saturday.
In college football, North Central College won the CCIW championship for the 13th time and the 2nd year in a row in impressive fashion over Elmhurst 49 to 7. Senior running back Austin Breunig broke his own school records by scoring 5 rushing touchdowns in the game and 19 touchdowns on the season. NCC will host St. John’s of Minnesota in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs on Saturday. That game can be seen live starting at noon on NCTV17 and NCTV17.com.