Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Plenty of online resources offer suggestions for dealing with grief and its related emotions when people experience loss, as happened in Saturday’s deadly crash in Campton Hills.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one, whether family member or friend, is never easy and might be more difficult when the death is an accident or appears senseless. The deaths of Jennifer Liston, 30, of Madison, Wis., and Zachary Bingham, 18, of Maple Park, on Saturday night, Dec. 1, certainly have elicited an array of emotional reactions, including anger toward Liston, who was driving at speeds of more than 100 mph before the accident along Route 38 in Campton Hills. Liston was driving a car stolen in Wheaton. She was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Geneva before the deadly crash, and fled when a Kane County sheriff’s deputy began to pursue her. The deputy ended the chase when Liston hit speeds of more than 100 mph. Witnesses said …
Watershed 1969 book transformed the medical community’s approach toward dying patients. It identified five key steps that are a part of the grieving process among the dying but which since have gained broader acceptance.
In her 1969 book, On Death and Dying, Elizabeth Kübler-Ross detailed the five stages of grieving she observed during her work with dying patients. In her book, Kübler-Ross not only identified the characteristics of those emotional reactions to impending death, but she also noted they occur in no particular order, and that the individual may revisit the stages from time to time. Since the publication of her book, the five stages she described have become more broadly known as the grief cycle in any situation involving loss. Such a grieving process is ongoing for those mourning the loss of two people killed in a fatal car accident in Campton Hills last weekend. The five stages are fairly simple and are noted in the Elizabeth Kübler-Ross …
Police trying to learn why Wisconsin woman was in Wheaton where she stole the car she later crashed, killing a Maple Park man and herself, and leaving two people injured.
Authorities in Wheaton are continuing their investigation into the circumstances in which a Wisconsin woman stole a vehicle in the 1900 block of East Illinois Street that later was involved in a high-speed crash that killed her and a Maple Park man, and left two other people injured, according to the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Wheaton police are trying to determine what brought Jennifer Liston, 30, of Madison, Wis., to Wheaton, where she stole a car whose theft was reported at 8:34 p.m. Saturday, just 11 minutes before the deadly crash, the Daily Herald reports. Also, Geneva police told the Kane County Chronicle on Monday that prior to the fatal accident, Liston was involved in a hit-and-run crash in the 1300 block of West State …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
A Wisconsin woman was driving a car stolen in Wheaton when it collided with a Maple Park man’s vehicle. Both were killed in the four-vehicle crash.
After being involved in a minor hit-and-run accident in Geneva, the driver of a car stolen in Wheaton fled on Route 38 at speeds in excess of 100 mph and struck another vehicle head-on, triggering a four-car crash that killed her and another driver Saturday night. Authorities have not determined whether alcohol played a role in the accident. Police said an incident that transpired in the 1900 block of Illinois Street in Wheaton before the accident is still under investigation. Jennifer Liston, 30, of Madison, Wis., and Zachary Bingham, 18, of Maple Park, were both killed in the accident at 8:45 p.m. Saturday near 42W761 Route 38, Campton Hills Police Chief Dan Hoffman said in a release. Liston was pronounced dead at the scene by the Elburn…
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Another Batavia police officer suspension and a controversial St. Charles development gets approval from P&D committee.
The Batavia Police Department might want to consider requiring their officers to take a driver’s ed class, as a second officer is suspended for involvement in a car crash. And one Geneva mom gets national attention from MSNBC with her blog criticizing her daughter’s school for forcing her to expose her Facebook page. What follow is a lot of discussion on just how far school officials should go and are legally entitled to go in questioning kids and checking cell phones. More news from around the ‘burbs this week: Batavia —Second Batavia Police Officer Suspended for Separate Crash — An officer was suspended for two days following his collision with a police vehicle in April. Another officer received a suspension for an unrelated crash on…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Does it make sense for the Bears nemesis to take over as quarterback this late in the season? Would it be a miracle, a sideshow or something in between?
ESPN Chicago says Brett Favre will listen if the Chicago Bears want to make him an offer to play quarterback for the balance of the season—and, who knows, beyond? As Adam Jun points out in his blog, there's been a lot of talk lately about the Bears seeking some veteran help, either in the form of Favre or Donovan McNabb, the Chicago native and former Pro Bowler. But it's the Favre connection that perhaps is most intriguing. How many times have we watched Bears-Packers games in the past when we thought, "Boy, if that guy was our quarterback, we'd be going to the Super Bowl." On the flip side is the Bears-Packers rivalry (Do we really want the legendary Packers QB doing the signal calling for Da Bears?) and the possible humiliation of a …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Put Steve Jobs in the same category as Walt Disney. They were magic-makers of the first order.
When the world found out in February 1999 that Walter Payton needed a liver transplant, I was not particularly moved. It just didn’t pertain much to my life. Then, a few weeks later, film critic Gene Siskel died. “I am so very, very sad,” I told my husband when he delivered the news. “That’s the way other people feel about Walter Payton,” he said, mildly, but with import that has stuck all these years. That sadness I felt when Siskel died doesn’t BEGIN to cover how I felt when my middle daughter, the child who loves all things Apple, who convinced me that giving her dad an iPad for Christmas would be a fabulous, if extravagant gift, who couldn’t wait to order the MacBook she received for her high school graduation, called Wednesday …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Am I the only one with a keen perception of the obvious?
I’ve gotta stop reading that Chicago Tribune op-ed page because it’s making me crazy. There was a time when, of the five newspapers arriving daily on my driveway, the Trib would be the first freed from its overstretched plastic prison. Now the Sun-Times is No. 1. And here’s one of the reasons for that top-five shift. In a Nov. 18 editorial, the Tribune tackled the touchy topic of Internet sales tax by coming out in support of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s “Marketplace Fairness Act,” which mandates attaching sales tax to every Internet purchase. Considering individual states’ prior boondoggle-ish attempts to collect that tariff, the editorial did manage to get one thing right. Durbin’s streamlined bill is head and shoulders above anything …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and a lot to do, with all those relatives coming over the river and through the woods. What could go wrong? Take our Patch poll.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Let's face it, moms get the brunt of Thanksgiving. While the men folk watch football and await their annual, carefully prepared sumptuous feast, moms are—still too often—the ones stuck with the cooking and cleaning and happy hosting. Yes, there are men folk, lumpier than your worst mashed potatoes. Yes, there are noisy children. Yes, there are siblings and in-laws. They are company—and with company, there is angst. What could possibly go wrong? Right? Take our Patch poll or share your pet peeves, anecdotes and legendary family tales in the comments field.
Friday, October 14, 2011
A commuter tax? What will they think of next?
I refuse to set foot in the city of Chicago. Even if it means having to endure a decade long yearning to gaze upon that Wrigley Field ivy, I won’t do it. That’s how serious I am. I may miss the Lyric and long to see Mr. Muti and his crew, but they, the Planetarium and the Field Museum will just have to get along without me. My aversion to the “City that Works” started with the installation of 200 red-light camera intersections, most of which have seen their yellow light times reduced to the legal three-second minimum—or less! It continued with privatized street parking rates that make the most hardened loan shark blush, and it ended with a 10.25 percent sales tax, the highest in the nation. The only force on the planet that can make me …