A new chapter in family ownership began last week as
T.J. Paone bought Blackhawk Lanes Inc., 2325 E.
Lincolnway, from his father, Tony Paone.
The senior Paone will remain on until the end of the
year to assist in the transition.
Blackhawk Lanes was built in 1959 by Wilfred "Coo" and
Donna Glick. In 1961. The Glicks expanded from eight to
20 lanes. Tony Paone has owned the bowling alley since
"Throughout the last 25 years, I have watched the sport
of bowling and the environment change dramatically. I
have grown up in this center, and everyone here is like
family," T.J. Paone said. It has long been a dream of
his to one day own Blackhawk Lanes and to be able to
leave his mark, he said.
"My only hope is that I can continue on in this
tradition. I am looking forward to accomplishing this
goal, and hope to be able to offer new and exciting
opportunities to the area,” said Paone, who also owns
and operates Paone's Computer Creations.
For online information on local bowling associations and
the center itself, visit
Reprinted from the October 9, 2005
issue of the Sauk Valley Sunday