The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 102
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 102

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
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Don't be late Did you remember to spring your clocks forward? ===== Naperville area & Lisle | Daily Herald Hometown hero Candace Parker in USA Weekend Sunday, March 9, 2008 PADDOCK PUBLICATIONS • 1.% n i YI-.AR • No. 147 • TEN sr.c: i IONS $1.50 03 Democrat to fill remainder of Hastert's term Foster, Oberweis to battle again for 2-year tenure in November Democrat Bill Foster, left, narrowly defeated Jim Oberweis, according to unoffical vote totals. BY SUSAN SARKAUSKAS ssarkaushas@dnilyhernld. com A Democrat is taking over the 14th Congressional District seat long held by Republican Dennis Hasten. In a rare special election Saturday, Democrat Bill Foster of Geneva was elected to fill the remaining 10 months of Hastert's seat. Foster defeated Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove, 52,010 to 46,988, according to unofficial totals. "Back in the lab, this is what we would say is a pretty suc- cessful experiment," Foster, a former Fermilab scientist, told his supporters at a banquet hall in Aurora. "Tonight our voices are echoing across the country and Washington will hear us See ELECTION on PAGE 5 Obama wins Wyoming caucus Democrat Barack Obama beat rival Hillary Clinton in Wyoming's nominating contest Saturday, bouncing back from a string of losses that gave Clinton new life in their hotly contested presidential battle. Obama's victory in the nominating caucus PRIMARY*2008 in sparsely populated Wyoming slowed Clinton's momentum after she won three of four contests Tuesday in their duel to face Republican John McCain. See story on Page 2. "A very quiet humble man, but yet so wise.' Man was one of first Mexicans in Aurora lOfry ear-old came here more than 80 years ago BY MELISSA JENCO mjtiico@ilail\lietnM.roin When Senobio Nila put down roots in Aurora more than 80 years ago, he was one of the first Mexican immigrants to do so. Today, more than one-third of Aurora is Hispanic, and Nila is credited for helping spark that transformation. "They were risk-takers coming to our country and ._._,. _. not speaking the language, and hard workers," said Nila's niece Delia Nila Basile. "It was all to do with their family and to have a NUa's niece better life." Delia Nila Nila died Basile Friday at age 106. His family says they are celebrating a life well-lived. "He was so gentle, and you just looked at him and saw a twinkle in his eye," Basile said. "A very quiet humble man, but yet so wise." Nila and nine family members immigrated to the United States in 1923, finding work on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and a home in its boxcars. They became the first inhabitants of a boxcar camp that grew to 20 cars along the railroad as more workers began moving in with their families. In 1934, Nila moved into his home on Indian Avenue, where he spent the rest of his life with numerous family members as his neighbors. He worked for the railroad company for 45 years until he retired in 1968. Nila's youngest son, Bob Nila of Barrington, still recalls taking train trips into Chicago every Saturday with his father. However, his father's favorite mode of transportation was simply to walk, and those who knew him say he'd walk for miles — to church, restaurants and family members' homes. "That's probably why he had such a strong heart to the end," Bob said. But what most impressed Bob about his father was his See SETTLED on PAGE 4 A SONG FOR GAYLE 'Hey Love you can hardly imagine' how much you're missed down here' PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DUBOWSKI FAMILY Alisha Balogi, right, with Gayle Dubowski is one of three cousins who wrote, performed and produced a tribute song to the slain NIU student. The song soon will be for sale online with proceeds going to European orphanages where Gayle had hoped to work one day. Love's reach Song honoring slain student wtt benefit orphans she wanted to help BY JAKE GRIFFIN For four semesters Gayle Dubowski studied the intricacies of the Russian language. Even her professor at Northern Illinois University didn't know why the 20- year-old Carol Stream woman was learning the complex sentence structures and tongue-tying words. But her father knew. to the Ukraine to do work with a church over there and she was particularly interested in helping out at the orphanages in Kiev and Moscow," Joe Dubowski said. "She was learning Russian so she could speak to the children." Gayle never got to make that trip. She and four classmates were shot and killed by a gunman who burst into a lecture hall on the DeKalb campus Feb. 14. Three of her cousins aren't letting Gayle's dream of helping the orphans die with her. They hope a song they wrote in honor of Gayle will soon be available on a variety of Web sites. BEV HORNE/ A performance by George and Alisha Balogi of the song ftf *"*• in honor of Ga V le Dubowski can be viewed at Money generated by downloads of the song will help fund volunteer programs at the orphanages that intrigued Gayle. "It's a tragic story, but it sounds like Gayle was an incredible kid," said David Blenko, a spokesman for HOPE Worldwide, the beneficiary of the song's profits. "It's encouraging to hear her cousins' plans." It also combines Gayle's other passions. She was regarded by her family and friends as an extremely gifted singer and pianist. But that wasn't all. "She always wanted to make a difference in the world," Gayle's mother, Laurel, said. "And by her death and what people will remember of her, she is going to make a big impact, and that is amazing." 'Hey Love' Struggling with the emotions he felt in the wake of his cousin's untimely death, George Balogi sat down with his guitar. The music came to him quickly; in a half hour, "I had the whole song written for guitar," he said. Balogi talked to his sister, Alisha, about writing lyrics to a song that honored Gayle's memory and performing it at a private funeral service. "I'm not a lyricist, but I knew they were," he said. Alisha passed the tune along to their cousin, Christian Ramaker, in an e-mail with the subject heading: "Hey Love." No particular reason for that, Alisha said, but it proved serendipitous. "They were words that just got See REACH on PAGE 4 Torture ban is booted Bush vetoes anti-torture bill, cites CIA successes Associated Press WASHINGTON — Democrats and human rights advocates criticized President Bush's veto Saturday of a bill that would have banned the CIA from using simulated drowning and other coercive interrogation methods to gain information from suspected terrorists. Bush said such tactics have helped foil terrorist plots. His critics likened some methods to torture and said they sullied America's reputation around the world. "This president had the chance to end the torture debate for good, yet he chose instead to leave the door open to use torture in the future," said Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. She said Bush ignored the advice of 43 retired generals and admirals and 18 national security experts, including former secretaries of state and national security advisers, who supported the bill. "Torture is a black mark against me United States," she said. The bill would have limited the CIA to 19 interrogation techniques that are used by the military and spelled out in the Army Field Manual. Bush said he vetoed the measure because it is important for the 'CIA to have a separate and classified interrogation program for suspected terrorists who possess critical information about possible plots against the United States. Bush, who used his weekly radio address to announce the veto, said the program had helped stop plots against a Marine camp in Djibouti and the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, and plans to fly passenger planes into a Los Angeles tower or London's Heathrow Air- See TORTURE on PAGE 10 SWEET TASTE OF THE PAST AT MAPLE SUGARING DAYS' — Page 3 President Bush Weather Wintry A bit of snow; high of 31. Sat tlie back uf Business. Business KimMikus delves into one area's smoking squabble in her Around the Malls column Section 3. Let It grow In a dicey economy, think again before you borrow from your retirement plan. Wall Su'eetjoumal Sunday, Section 3. , Home & Garden Think spring The Chicagoland Flower and Garden show returns to Rosemont. We tell you all you need to know. Section 4. y. Index Crossword 4-5 Garden 4-1 Help wanted Sec 6 Homes ' 8-1 Horoscope 4-5 Monies 5-3 Obituaries 3-7 ServiceDir 6-7 Travel 7-1 Watt St. 3-3 Contact us • Want to subscribe? Missing a paper? 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