The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 105
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Don't be late Did you remember to spring your clocks forward? Elgin & the Fox Valley DailyHerald Around town Image Awards to honor Elgin's best — Page 3 dallyherald.com Sunday, March 9, 2008 PADDOCK PUBLICATIONS • 130iiiYiv\K» No. 147«TEN.SF.<:noN.s $1.50 A SONG FOR GAYLE COURTESY OF TMK DUI1OWSKI 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. Love's reach Song for slain student to benefit orphans 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. "We had been interested in going as a family 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. 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 Mends 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, See REACH on PAGES Foster takes Hastert's seat F1 I'AUI. M 1CHNA/pmichn!i@dai!ylicrald.com Democrat Bill Foster is all smiles while surrounded by supporters at Long Island Sound in Aurora after winning Saturday's special election for the 14th Congressional District seat. Oberweis to meet Democrat again in November election BY SUSAN SARKAUSKAS 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 successful experiment," Foster, a former Fer- milab scientist, told his supporters at a banquet hall in Aurora. "Tonight our voices are echoing across the country and Washington will hear us loud and clear. It's time for a change," Foster said. Oberweis, addressing supporters and media in St. Charles, said when he called Foster to concede, he "encouraged him to remember our hopes of lower taxes rather than higher taxes. "I'm really disappointed that we came up second but that's where we're at," said Oberweis, who had Hastert's backing in the race. Voters were wooed intensely for a month following the Feb. 5 special primary. And Foster, Oberweis and the voters get to do it all again in November, as the two men face each other for a full 2-year term. MARY BETH NOLAN/mnolan@dailyherald.com Republican candidate Jim Oberweis delivers his concession speech Saturday, with his wife, Julie, at his side, after losing the special election for the 14th Congressional District to Democrat Bill Foster. The 14th Congressional District is in parts of seven counties, and stretches from Carpentersville south and west to the Mississippi River. Hastert held the seat for 21 years. From January 1999 to the end of 2006 he was speaker of the House. Both Foster and Oberweis spent Page 2 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. U-46 suit price tag close to million Experts say it's only the beginning of legal process BY KERRY LESTER klesterfMailyhmitil.com Elgin Area School District U-46 has spent $4.6 million fighting a discrimination lawsuit over the past 3'/2 years. That could be just the tip of the taxpayer- funded iceberg, legal experts say. "That's a tremendous amount to spend this early in the case," said John Elson, a civil law professor at Northwestern University. "There's still a lot more to come." Filed in February 2005, the lawsuit claims U- 46 violated the rights of black and Hispanic students by placing them in crowded, older schools; busing them farther and more often than white students; and providing them inferior opportunities. In a Feb. 7 memo, U-46 attorney Pat Broncato detailed the legal expenses billed by the district's two law firms from April 2004 through November. Washington, D.C.-based Hogan & Hartson billed $2,819,368. Fees from Chicago-based Franczek Sullivan totaled $1,690,718. Adding to defense costs are the services of Beatriz Arias, an Arizona State University professor who audited the district's bilingual program. The district says Arias was employed as a litigation consulting expert in the fall of 2004 and has remained in that capacity. As of March 4, Arias' total consulting fees were $114,330, Broncato said. With the total now pressing $5 million, die federal case still has a long way to go. The district and the lawyers for the Elgin families suing the district are only partially through the discovery phase. This is when the two sides exchange evidence. And while the discovery portion dealing with paper and electronic documents was supposed to end Nov. 30, the chapter was only formally closed this week with a judge's ruling. The two parties now are in the process of taking depositions from a number of key "information custodians," or potential witnesses. Magistrate Judge Michael T. Mason has not yet issued a deposition deadline. Civil law permits 10 custodian depositions to be taken by each party. Each additional See CLOSE on PAGE 6 GRAND VICTORIA TAKES IN LESS, FIGURES SHOW — Page 3 iNovemoer, as me iwo men race ; nrpsiripntial hattlp faLlfC each other for a full 2-year term. See ELECTION on PAGE 7 ! P resldential battle ' A a & C Defendant paying for big 'mistake' that really was a shake down BY ROB OLMSTEAD of mail fraud. Not only is the tence from a possible 12-18 Research Institute, or GRI, a suggested GRI/GTI fi mimtmd@daiiyhemid.com business he was trying to keep months to two years proba- Des Plaines company. It's sue- another study on how BY ROB OLMSTEAD nilmiteud@iliiilyheniUl.com Call it a cautionary tale of going with the flow. The only thing Shyam Singh did wrong was get shaken down, his lawyer said. But instead of going to the FBI, the 56-year-old Rockford entrepreneur, scientist and owner of two companies played along. Now Singh's a felon, guilty of mail fraud. Not only is the business he was trying to keep for his company gone, but he'll be prohibited from working on any government contracts in the future. He also is on the hook for $325,000 that prosecutors say a Bartlett man, Saverio "Peter" Barone, stole. "It's clear that you have lived a very honorable life," Judge Joan Lefkow said Friday when she reduced Singh's sen- tence from a possible 12-18 months to two years probation. Even the U.S. attorney's office, which is not prone to attacks of sugar-coating defendants' criminal involvement, signed off on the wording of Singh's plea agreement, which noted he agreed to pay Barone only because he feared his companies would lose business if he did not. Barone worked for Gas Research Institute, or GRI, a Des Plaines company. It's successor company is Gas Technology Institute, or GTI. Here's how Singh got stung: Singh had previously done a research project for GRI/GTI analyzing the toxic properties of certain chemicals emitted in the coffee-bean roasting process. The work was on the up-and-up, and Singh submitted a complete report on his work. Later, in 1999, Singh suggested GRI/GTI fund another study on how to reduce those toxic emissions. Barone, a manager at the company, agreed, but demanded a kickback of $12,000 of the $80,000 project, the plea agreement said. Not only would Singh not get the contract without the kickback, but he believed he would lose other future GT1/GRI busi- See LESSON on PAGE 7 Weather Wintry A bit of snow; high of 31. Sea III* back of Business. Business Matt squall Kim Mikus delves into one area's smoking squabble in her Around the Malls column Section 3. Ut If grow In a dicey economy, think again before you borrow from your retirement plan. Wall Stteet Journal Sunday, Section 3. Home & Garden Think spring The Chicagoland Flower and Garden show returns to Rose- niont. We tell you all you need to know. Section 4. Index Crossword 4-5 Garden 4-1 Help wanted Sec 6 Hmnes 8-l_ Horoscope 4-5 Movies 5-3 Obituaries' 3-7 ServiceDir 6-7 Tmvd 7-1 Wall St. 3-3 Contact us © * Want to subscribe? Missing a paper? Call (847) 427-4333 by 9 a.m. or go to dailyherald.com and click on Customer Services. • Contact us with tips at news@dailyherald.com or call (847) 427-4300 during business hours.

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