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Paone’s Blackhawk Lanes, Inc. has been sold.
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Sterling, Illinois – October 1, 2005 – After 25 years of ownership by Tony Paone, Paone’s Blackhawk Lanes, Inc. has been purchased by his son, TJ Paone. Tony Paone will remain on through the end of 2005, to help aid in the transition.

Paone’s Blackhawk Lanes, Inc. was originally built in 1959 by Wilfred “Coo” and Donna Glick and consisted of eight lanes. In 1961, the Glick’s expanded the facility by adding twelve more lanes. And in August of 1981, Tony Paone purchased the center and has continued to improve and update the condition and quality of the facility with many renovations and improvements.

When talking about the sale of the center, TJ Paone stated that, “Throughout the last twenty-five 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. This has truly been a dream of mine, since I was eight years old, to one day own Blackhawk Lanes and be able to leave my mark on it and the community. One of the greatest assets that I have are the valuable employees. They help to provide a high level of quality services to our customers and I view that as one of the most important aspects of this business. 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.”

Paone’s Blackhawk Lanes, Inc would also like to announce the premier of their website which is located at This website contains valuable information on the center, as well as the local bowling associations and much more.

TJ Paone will also continue to own and operate Paone’s Computer Creations, for a list of products and services please visit us at

Paone’s Blackhawk Lanes, Inc is a 20 lane bowling entertainment center with a full-service bar, pro shop and restaurant, located at 2325 East Lincolnway in Sterling, Illinois.


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TJ Paone
Paone’s Blackhawk Lanes, Inc.
2325 East Lincolnway
Sterling, Illinois 61081
Phone: (815) 625-0771
Fax: (815) 625-0482