Palos Heights Public Library’s very own Christine Sankey was born in 1949 in Chicago. Her father, Nick DeLeo, who grew up on Chicago’s Taylor Street, had operated a bakery in Chicago. By the time of Chris’ birth, the family had relocated to Palos Heights, and Nick DeLeo became one of the town’s first police officers, working his way up from volunteer to eventually become chief of police. Chris spent her childhood in Palos Heights: “It was great…my grandparents owned a paint store just three blocks away from us (on Harlem Avenue). So, we’d go over there all the time and visit them. It was wide open around here. We had fields to play in, and we used to play baseball in the streets.” You may recognize the name of her grandparents’ shop: Hillig House of Color on Harlem, which Chris’ brother still operates.