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Pinoy nurse accused of burglary

A Filipino nurse working at the Lake Forest Hospital has been identified as the prime suspect of a series of burglaries in Lake County, the Chicago Tribune reported.

      According to the report, Raymond Marquez, 32 of the 4400 block of West Hill Avenue, Waukegan befriended patients to get personal information, then burglarized their houses while they were recovering from surgery.
Marquez even burglarized the home of a surgeon attending the hospital Christmas party, the Lake County sheriff's office claimed.

      "In the course of this investigation, one of the things we found disturbing and troubling is that this person, who was entrusted with their care, would take advantage of people who were in the hospital, who came home to find their homes burglarized," Sheriff Gary Del Re said.

      Marquez was arrested last January 15 and has been charged with one burglary and a residential theft. He has confessed to those charges and to other break-ins--in Lake Bluff, Lindenhurst, Libertyville, Highwood, Green Oaks and Waukegan--in which he was a suspect, sheriff's Detective Timothy Jonites was quoted by the Tribune as saying.

More charges could be forthcoming, Del Re said.

      Marquez, who is free on $100,000 bail, could not be reached for comment.

      The robberies took place between July and December, Jonites said. Marquez broke into the houses through rear windows and doors, Jonites said.

      Marquez, who is in the United States on a work visa, had been at Lake Forest Hospital 2 1/2 years without incident and underwent an extensive criminal background check, hospital spokeswoman Anne O'Connell said. He was fired last week when the allegations surfaced, the report said.

Fil-Ams in April 5 elections

Four Filipino Americans have decided to run in various elective positions in the forthcoming local elections on Tuesday, April 5.

      Topping the list are the team of Robert “Bobby” Tolentino and Adeline Fajardo who are running for mayor and for trustee of Glendale Heights respectively.

      Tolentino is a former village trustee while Fajardo is the wife of Ben Fajardo, the first Filipino American mayor of that west suburb.

      In Maine Township, Aurora Abella-Austriaco, was slated to run by the Democratic Party. Austriaco is a resident of Park Ridge, a northwest suburb of Chicago.

      A lawyer by profession, she is a commissioner of Park Ridge Zoning Board and serves as member of Cook County Attorney Dick Devine’s Asian American advisory board. She is also the vice chairperson of the Maine Township Democratic Organization.

      Recently, Austriaco also made history in Chicago when she became the first female and minority to be elected and installed as president of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association.

      In Skokie, Jerry Clarito who presently serves as a village human relations commissioner is actively gathering petition-signatures to get his name in the ballot for commissioner of the Skokie Park District Board. Clarito is active in lobbying for the passage of the Equity bill for World War Filipino veterans.

      One of Clarito’s concerns is the promotion of child care in the village.

      To be able to vote in April, American citizens have to be registered. Deadline for registration is the first Tuesday of March.

      Call your village hall for time and details of how to register.