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John Doolis an Oak Forest resident South Divisiadvertising 
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John Doolin is an Oak Forest resident and the South Division advertising director for Sun-Times Media.

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We have closed the book on 2012, but not without reflecting on some highlights, lowlights, smiles and tears ...

Southland native Mona Purdy, founder of Share your Soles, continued her life’s mission to put shoes on the feet of everybody around the world who needs them.

Rasul “Rocky” Clark, of Robbins, died after an 11-year battle with a debilitating injury suffered during a 2000 high school football game.

The Mount Greenwood and Beverly communities said their final goodbyes to Marine Cpl. Conner Lowry, who was killed while serving overseas, and we welcomed home from Afghanistan Army Chaplain Father Chris Doering, who served at St. George Parish in Tinley Park until 2004.The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade returned to Western Avenue, minus the drunken revelry.

We were introduced to 2-year-old Henry Dobrovits, of Frankfort, who never spoke a word or took a step but whose story stole our hearts in his short time among us.

We cried as we learned that Kody Stoginski, of Steger, lost his courageous battle with a rare form of brain cancer.

France bestowed upon Orland Park resident Ray Waller the French Legion of Honor medal for his role in helping liberate the country in 1945.

The NATO Summit rolled in and out of Chicago with unprecedented success in terms of security.Marist High School student Dan McHale, working in conjunction with the Oak Lawn Park District, formed a new 16-inch softball league of his own, and the Northern Illinois Huskies earned a bid to the BCS Orange Bowl.

Korie Kellogg, the ex-wife of NBA player Eddy Curry, is working toward a league of her own as well in forming the Chicago Crave bikini basketball team.

Carousel Checks in Bridgeview, R.W. Advertising in Lemont, Intercon Solutions in Chicago Heights, Spi Healthcare in Tinley Park, and Intelligent Solution in Mokena were five Southland companies that made Inc. Magazine’s “list” of companies to watch based on their revenue growth over the past four years.

We closed the book on impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who began serving his 14-year prison term in a federal penitentiary in Colorado; Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned his 2nd Congressional District seat; and State Rep. Derrick Smith, who was re-elected to the Illinois House despite being indicted on bribery charges, and then was expelled.And we still don’t have a third airport.

The Southland was chock-full of events and figures who touched our lives and our hearts in 2012, and we look forward to the stories and people who will tell the story of the Southland in 2013.

As we enter a new year full of the unknown, take a moment to reflect on the past year. And for the coming year, find your passion. Find something that will make a difference in the community in which you live. There are numerous opportunities to lend a hand, a hammer or a shoulder.

John Doolin is an Oak Forest resident and South Division advertising director for Sun-Times Media.



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