Pulse: Wait a minute!
September 8, 2013 9:20PM
Joliet Slammers CEO Josh Schaub at Silver Cross Field Monday, May 6, 2013, in Joliet. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 10, 2013 6:26AM
Joliet Junior College officials say the downtown campus building still is first on a list for future state spending on capital projects at Illinois community colleges. So, it was interesting that Gov. Pat Quinn was in Cicero last week to announce $4.5 million in state “Illinois Jobs Now!” funds to build an addition for more classrooms at Morton College.
The Morton project is a “reappropriation from a prior year,” JJC spokeswoman Kelly Rohder said. She added that the $25.5 million for the dowtown Joliet project remains the top spending priority in a list of capital projects developed by the Illinois Community College Board.
Perhaps we should not resent the funding for Morton College. The governor’s office said the 10-classroom addition is the first new facility built at the Cicero campus since it opened in 1975.
Call an inning
Ever want to be a baseball radio announcer? Joliet Slammers’ fans may get a chance next year to test their radio voices.
Josh Schaub, one of the team owners, said the Slammers may make the opportunity of an inning on the air part of season ticket packages in 2014.
Slammers management, new in 2013, is looking for ways to boost attendance, which was down from 2012, according to the Frontier League list of team attendance. But Schaub said much was accomplished, including getting to know Slammers’ fans better for the sake of marketing the team next year.
“It was a year of measurement for us,” Schaub said. “It was a year to gather data, and we accomplished that.”
Close to home
Former Will County Auditor Dan Maher remembered how easy it was to get the kids off to school when he and wife, Mary, lived so close to now-closed St. Patrick’s Grade School.
“We were so close to the convent that when the school bell rang we just had to kick them out the back door,” Maher said.
St. Patrick’s Parish celebrated its 175th anniversary Saturday.
It’s been three months since the plan to build an immigrant detention center in Joliet was declared dead. Concerned Citizens of Joliet, the organization that led the opposition, now plans to celebrate.
Residents of Joliet and surrounding communities are invited to the celebration 5:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at the Azteca de Oro banquet facility, 1013 Collins St. It’s a potluck event. Those who come are asked to bring a dish. Donations will be accepted to cover expenses. Music will be provided.
Bob Okon contributed to Pulse.