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Leoni takes charge of housing agency By DAVID THOMAS DeKALB – Carl Leoni retired this month after 33 years as a DeKalb police officer, but he’s still on the front lines of community policing. This time, he is doing it as DeKalb’s crime-free housing and inspections coordinator – a new position created by the city to implement the housing rules the City Council passed in October. “I enjoy the aspect of helping people. I enjoy the aspect of fighting crime,” said Leoni, who held the rank of patrol

and inspectors who will join the bureau over the next four months or so. As the housing bureau coordinator, Leoni is a liaison for city officials, DeKalb police and local landlords. One of his responsibilities is the disorderly house provision. Under this provision, the city could prohibit a landlord from renting a certain property if that property is the site of three or more unlawful activities in a certain time frame. If the landlord reaches “strike three,” they could face fines and interior inspections of their property, in addition

lieutenant and operations commander when he retired. “I saw this as a way to ease out of police work. I did it for 33 years, pretty much my whole adult life, and it’s hard to give it up. “ This month, Leoni became the first employee in a new bureau city leaders created after two years of discussing ways to reduce crime and poor property maintenance in the city’s rental and owneroccupied housing. He’s building relationships with local landlords, who didn’t always support the new measures, as officials work to hire a clerk

to the prohibition. Leoni said he would review police calls to rental properties from the night before and notify landlords of any crimes that occurred there. “I follow it up with a letter that explains what happened ... they, in turn, will send me a reply on how they decided to deal with it,” Leoni said. “The thought process here is, if you develop a pattern with a certain tenant, we will work with the landlord to get that tenant evicted.” Leoni clarified that the

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Carl Leoni, seen Wednesday in front of the DeKalb Municipal Annex building, started a new job this month as the crime-free housing and inspections coordinator for the city of DeKalb.

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Rifkin re-indicted in sex assault case By JEFF ENGELHARDT

Chicago. In Chicago, at the second of a series of Illinois House Judiciary Committee hearings, word of the court’s decision seemed to change the tenor of various speakers’ comments. Advocates who for years have fought for gun control legislation took turns urging lawmakers to make sure the bill they pass prohibits guns in places such as schools,

DeKALB – Rape charges have been reinstated against the former Northern Illinois University police officer whose case originally was dropped after a judge ruled NIU police intentionally mishandled evidence. A DeKalb County grand jury indicted Andrew Rifkin, 25, of Northbrook, on Friday on a single count of a criminal sexual assault. He is Andrew accused of forc- Rifkin ing a sex act on an NIU student with whom he had an ongoing relationship. The incident allegedly happened in October 2011 while he was off-duty and off-campus; he was fired the same day the woman reported her allegations. NIU officials cited Rifkin’s case as the main reason they fired NIU police Chief Donald Grady on Tuesday. Grady, who has questioned if race played a role in his dismissal, denied any knowledge that Lt. Kartik Ramakrishnan placed two witness statements favorable to Rifkin in Rifkin’s personnel file rather than turning them over to prosecutors. But DeKalb County Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert ruled Nov. 9 that NIU police had intentionally withheld

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DeKalb students Nolan Valdivia (from left) and Danny Lamansky and teacher Ryan Bounds work in the DeKalb High School greenhouse’s ornamental pond during class Friday. The pond was created over the winter break by Valdivia, Lamansky and other students with the help of Bounds.

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fect gun laws in other states. It also came on the same day that state lawmakers held a hearing on the issue in Chicago – a city that’s drawn national attention for its gun violence and rising homicide rate, including last month’s death of a 15-year-old honor student a mile from President Barack Obama’s home. Madigan said in a statement she has not yet decided whether to appeal. But she said a dissent written by four

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8 DAILY PLANNER Today Weight Watchers: 7:15 a.m. weigh-in, 7:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. meetings Weight Watchers Store, 2583 Sycamore Road (near Aldi), DeKalb. Overeaters Anonymous Walkand-Talk meeting: 8 to 9 a.m. at The Federated Church, 612 W. State St., Sycamore.; Contact: Marilyn at 815-751-4822. NICE Food and Clothing Center: 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, by appointment other days, at 346 S. County Line Road, Lee. This nondenominational food pantry serves the southwest part of DeKalb County and the southeast area of Lee County. 815-824-2228. It Is What It Is AA(C): 9 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Church, 340 S. Stott St., Genoa. 800-452-7990; www. North Central Illinois Wild Rose Chapter of Women on Wheels: 9 a.m. at Elburn Town and Country Library, with breakfast at Papa G’s restaurant in Elburn. All women motorcycle riders are welcome.; Gigi Beaird at or 815766-1206. As Bill Sees It AA(C): 9:30 a.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800-452-7990; Learning to Live Al-Anon group: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Newman Catholic Center annex, Normal Road, DeKalb. Narcotics Anonymous: 10 to 11 a.m. at United Church of Christ, 615 N. First St., DeKalb. www.; 815-964-5959. Knights’ Saturday Burgers and More: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DeKalb Knights of Columbus Club, 1336 E. Lincoln Highway. Open to the public. Burger buffet: Noon to 2 p.m. at Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St. The public is invited for lunch. Group Hope: Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 511 Russell Road, DeKalb. This free support and discussion meeting is for NIU students and DeKalb community residents. Community facilitators are sought to volunteer to help others. Call Dr. Charles Smith at 815-398-9628 or visit or www. Lightning games: 1:30 p.m. at Genoa Veteran’s Club, 311 S. Washington St. or contact Cindy at crmcorn65@ or 815-751-1509. Back to Basics AA(C): 6:30 p.m. at Cortland Methodist Church, 45 Chestnut St., Cortland. Last Saturday is open meeting. 800-4527990; AA Speaker Open Meeting: 8 p.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800-4527990; Saturday Night AA(C): 10 p.m. at 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800452-7990; www.dekalbalanoclub. com. Sunday Monthly Breakfast: 8 to 11 a.m. at the Sycamore Vet’s Club, 121 S. California St., Sycamore. Open to the public. Menu includes omelets, eggs to order, sausage, bacon, potatoes, pancakes, french toast, biscuits and gravy, toast, juice, coffee and milk. $7 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12. 24 Hours a Day AA(C): 9:30 a.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor St., DeKalb. 800-452-7990; Memories of DeKalb Ag: 2 to 4 p.m. at Nehring Gallery, Suite 204, 111 S. Second St., DeKalb. Free. Open to all. www.dekalbalumni. org. Society for Creative Anachronism armored fighting practice: 4:30 p.m. behind Stevenson North at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. For Middle Ages-Renaissance history re-enactors. Visit or call 815739-5788 or 815-986-5403. Bread & Roses women’s chorus practice: 5:45 to 8 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb. For information, call Patty Rieman at 815-758-4897 or visit www. Steps And Traditions AA(C): 6 p.m. at Masonic Hall, Route 23, Genoa. 800-452-7990; www. No Longer Hopeless AA(C): 7:30 p.m. at DeKalb Area Alano Club, 312 E. Taylor, DeKalb. 800452-7990; www.dekalbalanoclub. com. Any Lengths AA(C): 8 p.m. at Federated Church, 612 W. State St., Sycamore, DeKalb. 800-452-7990;

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Big numbers, problems in Ill. finances Illinois’ fiscal crisis can be tough to wrap your head around. It involves numbers that are unfathomably large, a problem dizzying in its scope. It’s not as sensational as a giant meteor crashing to Earth, the latest nuclear test in North Korea, or the Academy Awards coming up this weekend. Seriously, how did Quentin Tarantino and Ben Affleck not draw best director nominations, anyway? State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka isn’t as easily distracted from the state’s financial crisis. Her office is knee-deep in it. Topinka says it stands to have a tremendous effect on the everyday lives of people – and sooner rather than later. When I spoke to her Monday, her office had almost 170,000 unpaid bills totaling about $6.3 billion, going back to September. “That’s strictly the day-to-day, what we owe, and we go back to September of last year, so I haven’t made Christmas yet,” Topinka said. “I celebrate holidays at different times than other people.” Topinka, a Republican has held elected office in Illinois since 1980, spending four years as a state representative, 10 years in the state senate, and then three terms as state treasurer. She also mounted a failed run for governor against Rod Blagojevich in 2006. Too bad she didn’t win that race. Since 2011, she’s been in charge of paying the state’s bills at a time when there’s not money enough to pay them. Not that the state isn’t taking in any money. In fact, the state has seen huge increases in the revenue it collects per person in the past two years. But the state’s pension funds are gobbling up all the money. And no matter how much money is diverted their way, it’s still not enough to fulfill the promises to retired government workers. Depending on how you account for it, the state is $96 billion or $200 billion behind. Either way, they’re big, ugly numbers. Our state’s lawmakers don’t like the story either. They’ve been putting off this reckoning for years now, but they can’t put it off much longer. A solution is going to affect all of us. “It will affect how much they have to live on in the future, it will probably affect what their taxes will be,” Topinka said. “There is a major hook here on a number of fronts which could really hurt our people pretty severely. “ One point of view says that the pensioners have done their part and it is the irresponsible legislators who have raided the pension funds who are to blame. The state needs to do its part no matter how much the working people and businesses must be taxed to do it. The other viewpoint says we can’t afford these extravagant promises; pensions are impractical and are no longer available to anyone who works outside government. Some pensioners gamed the system to secure ridicu-

EDITOR’S NOTE Eric Olson lously outsized pensions, some collect their pensions while working at other jobs, others collect multiple pensions. We can’t allow the entire state to be bankrupted and its residents taxed into oblivion to make six-figure tax-free pension payouts that increase each and every year. There is going to be a fight over this, both in the legislature and probably in the courts as well. “These are going to be terrible votes,” Topinka said. “People are going to lose elections over this. People don’t like to lose elections, but it has to get done. Illinois is just in a whirlpool, and the whirlpool is just sucking us under. “By law, we cannot declare bankruptcy. If we could, we would. Any other entity would be bankrupt by now. No one would do business with them.” The unpopular proposals are starting to trickle in. On Wednesday, State Rep. Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, proposed making the 67 percent income-tax hike passed by lame-duck legislators in 2010 permanent, and dedicating that money to pension payments. Of course, that’s where it’s already going and then some. The tax hike was supposed to expire in 2014, but then again, the tollway system was supposed to be a temporary solution, too. There will be more. Until we get some kind of solution, Topinka said her office will continue to try to pay what it can, when it can on the state’s bills. “I move the non-for-profit agencies up to the front because they have no options and they’re dealing with our most vulnerable citizens,” Topinka said. “Some of them are just hanging on by a thread, they’ve borrowed until they have no credit left. “… Otherwise, how could they do business?” Parting shot: Our state government really is a mess. We should be ashamed we’ve let it come to this. More to the point, we should be ashamed we continue to re-elect the people who’ve let it come to this. ••• Capt. Hood’s life: We’ve received a few copies of a biography of a famous resident of 19th century Sycamore, James Madison Hood, who served as President Lincoln’s consul to Siam (modern-day Thailand). The book, simply titled “James Madison Hood,” is 210 pages from preface to epilogue, and although I haven’t read all of it, the parts I’ve sampled give a good look into the life of a man who left no memoirs but had a fascinating life story. The writer, George C. Kingston, is a historian and geneologist who lives in Massachusetts. Hood first settled in Sycamore

around the start of the Civil War in 1861, with his second wife, a 17-year-old, whom he married at age 46. Hood was an interesting and complex man who knew how to work the legal and political systems of his day. He was an early supporter of Lincoln and the Republican Party, and his political connections helped him secure a post as the U.S. consul to Siam in 1864. The man lived large, and after some adventures across the globe (and a couple of bankruptcies) he eventually returned to Sycamore and became involved in several businesses, as well as celebrations like the Fourth of July, which the Sycamore True Republican said he “celebrated like a regular Kentucky Colonel.” The newspaper account went on to detail how Hood fell off a horse cart and into a puddle because he’d celebrated a little too enthusiastically. Hood’s home was at 614 Somonauk St. in Sycamore, and his monument still stands in Elmwood Cemetery. The book’s cover photo is a group shot of several people around the King of Siam, and one of whom is presumed to be Hood. The book’s not cheap – $38 for a paperback copy – but then, reconstructing the life of a man who didn’t make a habit of journaling about his life takes work, folks. You can order it online at, or by calling 800253-2187. ••• Election Central: The DeKalb mayoral race is shaping up to be an interesting one, with four candidates – John Rey, Mike Verbic, Jennifer Groce and David Jacobson – all looking to become the next leader of the City Council. There are many other local races where voters will have choices to make. Often we don’t vote in these elections. By “we” I mean almost 9 out of 10 of us. The last municipal elections in DeKalb County drew 11 percent of registered voters to the polls. One reason people give for skipping these elections is that they don’t know anything about the candidates. But as your local news outlet, we want to help remedy that, both by providing news coverage and by giving the candidates a chance to speak to voters. On our Election Central website, candidates in these races have a chance to share their reason for running for office as well as their opinions on issues germane to the governments they seek to serve. We’ve notified the candidates about the site and asked them to respond to our questions, most by Monday. Early voting begins Thursday. You can view Election Central from our home page,, or just go directly to

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Alaska or Russia for warmer climates. Almost the entire population of Pacific brant descends on Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, foraging a mile or so offshore. The small sea geese watch for bald eagles launching attacks from bluffs. Endangered Steller’s eiders feed on tiny invertebrates. Tundra swans, emperor geese and countless shorebirds make appearances. Murkowski, generally an advocate for environmental issues, has argued that people should come first in this particular case. Coast Guard helicopter crews answered five emergency calls in King Cove last year. Murkowski said they regard the King Cove airport as the most dangerous in the state. A 1981 crash out of King Cove killed a pilot, a nurse practitioner, a health aide and a crab fisherman who was being evacuated because his foot had been severed.

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Random acts of kindness a memorial to couple Two killed in 2011 car crash Dawn Weber had pizzas delivered to Sycamore’s fire stations Friday night for the shifts on duty when her daughter and boyfriend were killed in a crash two years ago. It was among the random acts of kindness she performed this week in honor of Timothy Getzelman’s and Lexi Weber’s memory. The pair were both 2 1 y e a r s o l d Lexi when they were Weber killed Feb. 21, 2011, at the intersection of Peace Road and North Main Street. A vehicle driven by Patricia L. Schmidt of Sycamore collided with Getzelman’s vehicle; witnesses said Getzelman had the right of way. Getzelman was from Sycamore, Weber from Maple Park.

Instead of hosting a blood drive, as they did on the first anniversary of the couple’s death, Dawn Weber and Tamara Getzelman, Timothy’s mom, reached out to their family and friends – and complete strangers on Facebook. They asked them to do something nice for someone else in their children’s memories. With help from Dawn Weber’s niece, Meghan Dienst, they created a Facebook event and watched Thursday as Timothy one person afGetzelman ter another admitted to committing random acts of kindness. “It helped us a lot,” Tamara Getzelman said. “I really enjoyed reading all the posts. I’ve had people text me today and say, ‘I did this today. I feel so good.’ ” Theanniversarywastinged with sadness, not only because

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Tamara Getzelman smiles as she listens to Justin Stafford (not pictured) describe Timothy Getzelman during a dedication ceremony July 15 honoring Timothy Getzelman, Tamara’s son, and Alexi Weber at the Sycamore Fire Department Fire Station No. 2. of the unexpected loss of their children, but because criminal charges against Schmidt remain pending, with a trial scheduled to start Sept. 30. Schmidt, 48, is charged with reckless homicide, aggravated reckless driving and aggravated driving under the influence of drugs. An analysis of Schmidt’s blood by the Illinois State Police crime lab showed the presence of mul-

DeKalb police officer accused of driving drunk on paid leave By JILLIAN DUCHNOWSKI DeKALB – A DeKalb police officer accused of hitting a pedestrian while driving drunk has been placed on paid leave, DeKalb police Chief Gene Lowery said Friday. Darrick L. Wesson, who has received several commendations since joining the DeKalb force in June 1999, was charged Wednesday with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane use, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office news release. If convicted of the most serious charge, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, he would face probation or up to 3 years in prison and would be ineligible to work as a police officer. “I take these allegations extremely seriously,” Lowery said. “If these allegations are founded, they are going to have extremely serious consequences. However, it’s premature for me to comment until I know all the facts.”

Wesson posted 10 percent of his $5,000 bond this week and is due in court March 27. Lowery said after sheriff’s police told him about the crash Wednesday evening, he immediately relieved Wesson, 39, of his police powers and suspended him. Lowery plans to meet with the city attorney and other staff early next week to ensure the department cooperates quickly and appropriately with the criminal investigation and an internal investigation. According to the news release, Wesson allegedly was driving his Ford F-150 pickup east on South Malta Road about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when he hit a 26-year-old DeKalb man walking on the road’s south shoulder. The victim was taken to Kishwaukee Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He told police he saw the truck slow down, then continue east after hitting him, court records show. The man has been treated and released from the hospi-

tal. A Malta man who saw the crash gave police a partial license plate number of the truck and noted the crash had destroyed the truck’s passenger-side mirror. Sheriff’s officers met with Wesson, who told them he had been driving on South Malta Road near Devonaire Parkway at the time of the accident, court records show. Wesson told police that he thought he struck a sign and stopped but didn’t notice anything. The sheriff’s deputy smelled alcohol on Wesson’s breath and Wesson told him he had been drinking alcohol before the crash, court records state. Wesson, who also is an Army reservist, was not on duty at the time of the crash or immediately before it, Lowery said. Lowery also expressed concern for the victim. “Regardless of the allegations, this is a tragic situation, an unfortunate situation for all parties concerned,” Lowery said.

tiple prescription drugs, including the anti-anxiety drugs lorazepam and phenobarbital, the sedative mephobarbital, and three others at the time of the accident, authorities have said. The lingering court case extends the grieving process, sometimes leaving Getzelman weary at the end of an emotionally trying day. Thoughts of her son tend to come around

5:05 p.m., the last time she talked on the phone with him. It was about 25 minutes before the crash. Some of her friends have told her they don’t know what to say to take away her pain, but she’s grateful for her faith in God and the support her family and the Webers have received from the community. “Our lives have totally changed,” Getzelman said. “We’re trying to acclimate to this new way of being. It’s really hard. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like your life.” The families attend court for Schmidt’s routine status hearings, but Getzelman knows watching the trial will be more stressful. The trial is scheduled to start just weeks before Getzelman’s daughter

is to be married in November. Although Timothy Getzelman and Lexi Weber weren’t engaged, their family and friends expected they, too, would be planning a wedding eventually. “I wonder what they would be doing right now,” Tamara Getzelman said. “You think about all those things. It was a privilege and honor to be those kids’ parents.” For her random act of kindness, Tamara Getzelman took donuts to Sycamore firefighters Thursday. Dawn Weber, aside from making pizza delivery plans, also bought chair massages for several coworkers Friday. Some people left comments promising to perform their random acts of kindness this weekend. As she read the posts, Tamara Getzelman figured Tim and Lexi would have loved the idea. “They would be getting everyone fired up,” she said. “They would be out there.” The Facebook event page is available at

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Lexi Tosh, 12, (top) and her sister, Cameryn Tosh, 10, both of Alton sled down the hill Friday in Haskell Park in Alton. Schools in southwestern Illinois were closed for a second day Friday following the winter storm Thursday that brought sleet, snow and freezing rain to the area.

Parts of Illinois begin winter storm cleanup By JIM SUHR The Associated Press ST. LOUIS– Portions of Illinois spent Friday digging out after a winter storm dumped more than a half-foot of snow in some areas while caking others with a mix of sleet and freezing rain. All of it snarled air traffic and forced school cancellations. The National Weather Service said the west-central Illinois town of Rushville was among the hardest hit, with 7.5 inches of snow. Things in the slow-paced rural town, known for few things other than being the hometown of Miss Illinois 2012 Megan Ervin, became glacial. “It came pretty quick. Within two or three minutes, the road was covered,” Rushville City Clerk Stacey Briney said Friday. Schools remained closed there a day after being shuttered early. After a drought-plagued 2012, she said, “we definitely needed the moisture, that’s for sure. It was nice to see, but it was kinda hard to get around.” Other portions of Illinois

didn’t fare much better. Much of the state’s midsection got 4 to 6 inches, including the capital city of Springfield. The St. Louis suburbs east of the Mississippi River received roughly a half-foot of snow, while the southern portion of the state got what National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Meffert labeled “a potpourri of precipitation” that included bouts of snow, sleet and freezing rain. The Chicago area got roughly 3 inches, with the heaviest snowfall in northern Illinois – 5 inches – reported around Woodstock. Many schools in the state were closed Friday, and the storm’s aftermath continued crimping air travel. More than 300 flights in and out of Chicago’s two airports were canceled Friday morning, the city’s aviation department said. But the winter ground cover won’t stick around for long. Temperatures are expected to rise by Sunday into the midto upper 30s in central Illinois and into the 50s farther south, forecasters said.

8POLICE REPORTS Editor’s note: Information in Police Reports is obtained from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and city police departments. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court.

DeKalb city Regina K. Harley, 20, of the 800 block of Janmarie Lane in Elgin, was charged Wednesday, Feb. 20, with consumption of alcohol by a minor. Patrick L. Thompson, 25, of the 14000 block of Arthur Court in

Dolton, was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 20, on a failure-to-appear warrant for criminal trespass and charged with criminal trespass.

DeKalb County Tyler A. Allen, 22, of the 1800 block of Old Chicago Road in Ottawa, was charged Thursday, Feb. 21, with driving under the influence of drugs.

Genoa Cody R. Hughes, 20, of Belvidere, was charged Tuesday, Feb. 19, with criminal damage to property.

GENOA – Thomas H. Greenawalt, 77, of Genoa, Ill., passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Born Nov. 30, 1935, in Aurora, son of John and Esther (Rush) Greenawalt, Thomas married Marilyn Rice on Feb. 9, 1955, in Aurora. He grew up farming and did so until he started working for Liberty Trucking. In the latter years, he owned and operated a gravel hauling business before retiring in 2000. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW in Sycamore. His family and friends will remember Thomas for his great sense of humor and as a hardworking family man. Tom was a collector of toy trucks and tractors and enjoyed fixing lawnmowers and selling them at garage sales. Survived by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn; sons, Thomas (Elizabeth), Ken (Lydia) and Tod; daughter, Kerry (Bruce) MacKenzie; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, John (Stena); and sisters, Barbara (Richard) Bannister and Jean (Terry) Spices. Memorials can be directed to the family. A celebration of Tom’s life will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the VFW, 121 S. California St., Sycamore. Cremation Society of Illinois assisted the family. To extend condolences, visit www. To sign the online guest book, visit

E. ‘NELSON’ JAMES Born: Aug. 31, 1919, in Chicago, Ill. Died: Feb. 19, in Torrance, Calif. TORRANCE, Calif. – E. “Nelson” James, 93, long time resident of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Feb. 19, 2013, in Torrance, Calif. Nelson was to all who knew him a gentleman, gentle man, humanitarian, distinguished scholar, theater expert, veteran, friend, man of faith and loving family man. Born Aug. 31, 1919, in Chicago, to Eugenia and Charles James, he developed his love for learning and the theater at an early age. A graduate of Morton High School, he obtained his undergraduate and master’s degrees in English from The University of Chicago. Interrupted in his studies and dreams of a life in the theater

by World War II, he served his country on Iwo Jima – an experience that taught him the value of peace. He started teaching in the English Department at Northern Illinois State Teacher’s College (Northern Illinois University) in 1948 as the 17th and 18th Century (English Restoration) Theater specialist. He got his doctorate from the University of Iowa while teaching in DeKalb. His doctoral work on “The Development of George Farquhar as a Comic Dramatist” is used by many theater companies when producing Farquhar’s plays, including The Royal Shakespeare Company. Beloved by his students over the years, he was devoted to them. His contributions to Sigma Tau Delta, the international honorary society of students of the English language and literature, will always be remembered. The scholarship started in his name honoring his service as its national secretary has supported the education of students for more than two decades. He continued to teach after his retirement, focusing on teaching English to DeKalb’s newest citizens. For this and many other contributions to this community, he was given the Northern Illinois University Humanitarian Award in 1987. Nelson loved the theater and contributed to it as an actor, a playwright, a director, a critic and an avid theatergoer. A much lauded member of The Stage Coach Players, he will be remembered for his many contributions there. His works as a playwright have been produced in many theaters, including The Goodman. He was particularly proud of “Lurewell and Wildair Live,” a theatrical farce written in the manner of George Farquhar. Along with Willard Welsh and Oscar Haugland, he created the original musical, “Jane,” based on the life of Jane Addams. Many in DeKalb will remember his bringing local history to life with his dramatizations of many local heroes and heroines, including Dr. Leticia Westgate. He also wrote the pageant for the sesquicentennial of DeKalb County. He led alumni theater tours to London for many years, as well as teaching at Oxford for several summers. A man of faith, he created many interesting plays to be performed in churches. Many congregations shared in these special works of theater, including his own beloved parish, First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb. For more than 50 years he enjoyed being a member of the congregation where he served as a moderator, Sunday school teacher, chairman and member of several committees and member of the choir. No one was a bigger Cubs fan. An avid gardener, he loved his roses and took pride in having “the best borders in DeKalb.” He loved to swim, to walk and ice skate. In fine weather, he could be seen walking from his house

in Tilton Park to his office at the university along the river. His family was everything to him. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn. He was preceded in death by infant daughter, Laura Ellen in 1955. Living children include Jim (Angela) of Dixon, Mark (Christine) of St. Paul, Minn., Katherine (Alan) of Culver City, Calif., and Caroline (Nick) of Los Angeles, Calif. Grandchildren are Amy, Jordan (Eleni), Nathan (Ariana), Jonathan (Katie), Jessica (Raymond), Chloe and Harry. Great-grandchildren are Kaitlynn, Payton, Jacob, James, Rayden, Shayla, Lily and Persephone. A memorial service in his honor will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at his new and wonderful church home, Seaside Community Church, in Torrance. His cremains will be brought home to DeKalb by his loved ones this summer. At that time there will be a celebration of his life for all those who love and remember him here, as he did them. If you would like to honor his life, the family asks that you do so by contributing to one of three organizations that meant so much to him: • Sigma Tau Delta – Department of English , Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115, • Stage Coach Players, P.O. Box 511, DeKalb, IL 60115, • To further research to battle the disease with which he lived for the last decade and a half of his life, a fund has been set up in his name (E. Nelson James): National Parkinson Foundation Inc., 1501 N.W. Ninth Ave./Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 331361494, “Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” To sign the online guest book, visit

VICTORIA LYON Born: Oct. 29, 1950, in Sycamore, Ill. Died: Feb. 21, 2013, in Kirkland, Ill. KIRKLAND – Victoria Lyon, 62, of Kirkland, Ill., died at 9:25 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at her home. Born Oct. 29, 1950, in Sycamore, the daughter of Victor E. and Helen E. (Gleason) Willit, Vicki graduated from Hiawatha High School in Kirkland. She loved children and her last position was at First Step Day Care in Belvidere. The love for her family was her reason for living, which was demonstrated in her devotion to her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Kevin Lyon of Kirkland; five children, Scott Powell of Rockford, Wendy Schwenke of Buffalo, Minn., Kevin Powell of Kirkland, Jeff Phen of Marengo and Michael Powell of Kirkland; grandchildren Scott, Erick, Brandon, Arianna and Jessica; mother, Helen Willit of Belvidere; siblings, Barb Friday

of Sarasota, Fla., Lori (David) Finkle of Kirkland, Garry (Linda) Willit of Kirkland, Tim (Denise) Willit of Kirkland and Jackie (Cliff) McDowell of Belvidere. She leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Victor E. Willit. A special thank-you from Vicki’s family to OSF Cancer Center, DeKalb County Hospice, Walgreens Pharmacy in Cherry Valley and the First United Methodist Church in Kirkland for all their loving support, care and service. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at First United Methodist Church, 300 W. South St., Kirkland, IL 60146, with the Revs. Kyeong-Ah Woo and Todd Johnson officiating. The visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd., Quiram Kirkland Chapel, 309 S. Fifth St., Kirkland. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family. To share a memory or condolence, visit To sign the online guest book, visit

MICHAEL R. SHERRILL Born: Nov. 7, 1966, in Hinsdale, Ill. Died: Feb. 6, 2013, in DeKalb, Ill. DeKALB – Michael R. Sherrill, 46, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Born Nov. 7, 1966, in Hinsdale, the son of Lindell and Judie (Shipp) Sherrill, he married Susan M. Stewart on April 25, 1992, at Trinity Lutheran Church, DeKalb. Mike was a truck driver most of his life. He had traveled through 16 states and always enjoyed the western and southern states the most, because of their beauty and warmth. Mike was an avid reader of military history; books about World War II and Vietnam were his favorites, particularly memoirs of soldiers. Mike’s family will always remember his sense of humor and the fun they had with him. Mike loved amusement-park rides, camping, water parks and football games, and he loved sharing these fun times with his wife and daughters. He is loved and will be missed. He is survived by his wife, Susan, of DeKalb; two daughters, Taylor and Brianna; sister, Tamme Sherrill of Arkansas; and father, Lindell, of California. He was preceded in death by his mother and both maternal and paternal grandparents. A private memorial service was Feb. 13, 2013, at Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the Michael R. Sherrill Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, visit www. or call 815-756-1022. To sign the online guest book, visit



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Kishwaukee College plans for financial future By STEPHANIE HICKMAN MALTA – Kishwaukee College students may see an increase in tuition costs for the next few years. The school’s decreasing revenue projections for the next five years was the main topic of discussion at the Board of Trustees’ special meeting Friday. “We’re going to have to operate this college on less mon-

ey for the foreseeable future,” said Rob Galick, vice president of finance and administration at the college. “There’s no way around it.” Galick said the school’s revenue comes from three main sources: property taxes, tuition and state funding. Assuming the school’s enrollment numbers remain constant and the college raises tuition by $8 a credit hour and the technology fee by $1 a credit hour next year, the

school will still come up short, Galick said. While Galick said the college could control tuition, it can’t continue to raise it significantly every year. The increasing costs would impact enrollment. “There’s only so much you can do,” he said. Galick projects tuition and fees, which currently bring in about 40 percent of revenues, will make up more than half of their revenue in fiscal 2018.

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“Students will be paying more and more of the way in order for us to operate this college,” said Galick. Kishwaukee College President Tom Choice said the community college system has been state-funded at the same level since 2002. But that shouldn’t stop them from trying to grow from the current enrollment of 7,696 students. “We have to prioritize what little resources we have,” he said.

By JEFF ENGELHARDT SYCAMORE – A late-night burglary and auto theft spree has led authorities to file multiple charges against two DeKalb men, police said Friday. DeKalb police said Daniel Taylor, 33, and Timothy Schabow, 47, both of the 800 block of Kimberly Drive in DeKalb, stole a Dodge Caravan, Ford F-150 pickup truck and a Chevrolet Equinox early Thursday, and burglarized other cars around the Heatherstone subdivision near DeKalb High School. The pair face multiple charges, including felony burglary and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, which carry sentences of up to 7 years in prison for each count. According to court documents, Schabow said he was walking outside with Taylor

early Thursday when Taylor said he would give him a ride home. Taylor returned with the Ford truck, which he said he stole. Schabow then entered the vehicle and stole a bluetooth device. Daniel D e K a l b Taylor police Cmdr. John Petragallo said the two left that vehicle and stole another before entering various parked vehicles and takTimothy ing items from Schabow some. All of the vehicles the pair are accused of stealing had keys inside, police said. Petragallo said most burglaries happened in the Heatherstone subdivision and some occurred in the neighborhood

just south of it. When police saw the men using flashlights to look into a Dodge Caravan, the suspects ran off. Police, with the help of a canine unit, found Schabow hiding in a cornfield near the high school and found Taylor at his apartment later that day. When officers entered Taylor’s apartment, they found keys belonging to the stolen cars as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Taylor’s wife had a bruised eye, according to the documents, leading Taylor to be charged with domestic abuse. Taylor is being held in DeKalb County Jail on $200,000 bond and Schabow is being held on $50,000. All the vehicles and items were recovered. Petragallo urged residents to lock car doors and never leave keys inside their vehicles.

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to other community colleges in the area. “We are significantly on more solid ground than most,” he said. Regardless of the smaller budget, Choice said the school can’t lose focus on the big picture. “We are in the business of providing education and services to students in our community,” said Choice. “And everything we do should be done with that in mind.”

Drew Peterson begins sentence, enters Joliet’s Stateville prison By MICHAEL TARM The Associated Press

Assistant Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness Kevin Fuss said the school needed to market themselves in the most cost-effective ways possible. The board’s student representative Gladys Sanchez suggested using current students to market the school to area high schools, which many board members supported. Financially, Galick said, the college is doing well with their limited funds compared

CHICAGO – Less than 24 hours after screaming out his innocence in court, Drew Peterson was transferred to an Illinois prison to begin serving his 38-year sentence for the murder of this third wife. The former suburban Chicago police officer, whose case attracted widespread media attention and inspired a TV movie, entered the maximum-security Stateville prison outside Joliet early Friday. Prison officials said he could eventually be moved

after an evaluation period. A judge sentenced him Thursday for the 2004 drowning death of his fourth wife, Kathleen Savio. He’s also a suspect in the disappearance of his third wife, Stacy PeDrew terson. Savio’s Peterson death was originally ruled an accident, but it was re-examined after Stacey Peterson vanished in 2007 and eventually ruled a homicide. Peterson, 59, had faced up to 60 years in prison. He will

get four years’ credit for time he already served in jail. “I had prepared him for 60,” one of his attorneys, Joe Lopez, said Friday. “He felt good ... He thought he might get more.” Peterson will likely remain at a maximum-security facility because he was convicted of first-degree murder, but his fame and status as a former police officer, which could make him a target of fellow inmates, may factor into a decision about where he is housed, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano said Friday.


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Obama, Republicans see no need to stop the cuts By DAVID ESPO The Associated Press WASHINGTON – Unlike in earlier rounds of budget brinkmanship, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans both seem content to fight out their latest showdown on the current terrain, let across-the-board spending cuts take effect March 1 and allow them to stay in place for weeks if not much longer.

This time, there is no market-rattling threat of a government default to force the two sides to Barack compromise, Obama no federal shutdown on the short-term horizon and no year-end deadline for preventing a tax increase for every working American. The rhetoric is reminis-

cent, for sure. “So far at least, the ideas that the Republicans have proposed ask nothing John of the wealthiBoehner est Americans or the biggest corporations,” Obama said this week as he campaigned to pin the blame for any negative effects on his political opponents. “So the burden

is all on the first responders, or seniors or middle class families,” he said in comments similar in tone to his re-election campaign. Republicans, standing on political ground of their own choosing, responded sharply to the president’s fresh demand for higher taxes. “Spending is the problem, spending must be the focus,” said House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, while Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell

of Kentucky declared, “There won’t be any easy off-ramps on this one. The days of 11th hour negotiations are over.” A crisis atmosphere could yet develop this spring, when hundreds of thousands or even millions of threatened government furloughs begin to take effect and the spending cuts begin to bite. Already, Republicans are considering legislation to give the administration greater flexibility in making the cuts, a step that

Aspiring rapper ID’ed in fiery Las Vegas crash By KEN RITTER and MICHELLE RINDELS The Associated Press LAS VEGAS – The Maserati driver who died after being peppered with gunfire from someone in a Range Rover SUV, sparking a fiery crash that killed two others, was identified Friday as an aspiring rapper originally from Northern California. The Clark County coroner confirmed that Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr. was killed, although the cause of death was still being investigated. It wasn’t clear Friday if Cherry died of gunshots or the crash. The coroner hasn’t identified the taxi driver and his female passenger who died when the cab exploded early Thursday, but a family member identified the cab driver as Michael Boldon, 62. Boldon’s older sister, Carolyn Jean Trimble, told The Associated Press that Boldon was a father and grandfather who was born and raised in Michigan and had been driving taxis

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Tow truck drivers clean up and tow away cars involved in a drive-by shooting on Las Vegas Boulevard on Thursday in Las Vegas. since he moved to Las Vegas about 1½ years ago. Boldon loved watching car races and drove a Mercedes when he wasn’t in a cab. “Everybodyjustlovedhim,” Trimble said. “When that car

hit that cab, Mike had to be in there talking and laughing.” Police were searching for the Range Rover with dark tinted windows and custom rims that set off the fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip. Besides

the three people killed, six other people were injured in what marked the latest in a series of violent episodes in Las Vegas in recent months. Cherry’s great aunt, Patricia Sims of Oakland, Calif.,

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. and its NATO allies revealed Friday they may keep as many as 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends next year, largely American forces tasked with hunting down remnants of al-Qaida and helping Afghan forces with their own security. Patience with the 11-year-old war has grown thin in the U.S. and Europe, yet Washington and its allies feel they cannot pick up and leave without risking a repeat of what happened in Afghanistan after Soviet troops withdrew in 1989: Attention turned elsewhere, the Taliban grabbed power and al-Qaida found refuge.

CAIRO – Egypt’s president set parliamentary elections to begin in April – a decision that an opposition leader denounced Friday as “a recipe for disaster” because of the ongoing political turmoil in the country. About 15,000 people took to the streets in the Suez Canal city of Port Said to demonstrate against President Mohammed Morsi, hanging effigies of him in the main square. Residents have been on a general strike for six days, demanding punishment for what they considered a heavy-handed police crackdown during unrest in the city.

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8LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Support for wrestling coach and future policy

However, a well-liked coach and teacher of 25 years was also disciplined and relieved To the Editor: of all coaching responsibilities I am a 50-year resident of in District 428 now and in the DeKalb with two daughters who future after that incident, and I are former DeKalb High School athletes, and a local businessman. respectfully disagree with that Being a retired teacher in DeKalb decision. Many parents and students who attended a recent of 31 years, (29 years coaching school board meeting agree with football, wrestling, and track) I me. have taken many bus rides. I appreciate the administration’s When I asked, I was told to talk to Athletic Director Bryon Houy and school board’s recent and Principal Tamra Ropeter. greatly improved DHS student After a congenial meeting with infraction statistics noted in the Daily Chronicle, and their prompt them I was told they could not discuss specific student or handling of student discipline staff matters. Respecting their after a recent spontaneous, albeit unfortunate and senseless, position, I was directed to contact Superintendent James Briscoe or incident on a bus ride returning the school board if I had further from a wrestling meet.

concerns. Feeling the answer to responsibilities and expected outcomes would rest in a coach’s manual, I was told by Briscoe to get back to Houy. That meeting has not taken place yet, nor have I seen any district guidelines outlining bus supervision. During my 29 years of coaching and field trips I was never told where to sit, or how many coaches/chaperones were required per student. Seemingly there is only one bus driver on most buses every day in every district in Illinois, morning and afternoon. If there is an aide, teacher or coach present on any bus, they generally sit near the bus driver to communicate if an

emergency or other need arises. I hope that such guidelines are written down and reviewed to aid in preventing such outcomes in the future. I would ask the school board and the administration to consider revising their recent staff discipline decision of a freshman coach who again coached his team to a conference wrestling title by 100 points, and except for a few injuries, kept all of his student-athletes participating for the entire season. You are letting go from coaching a good person, coach, and role model who is all about students. Arch Richoz DeKalb

Thumbs up: To Roger Nelson, who took note of a program offered by Monsanto and seized the opportunity to donate $2,500 each to the Malta Township Public Library and the all-volunteer Malta Fire Department. Nelson, who raises corn, soybeans and hogs with his brother on a farm southwest of Malta, nominated the two local agencies for the Monsanto Fund’s Farmers Grow America program online. His neighbors and the community will benefit from the donations. Thumbs up: To Rick Mamoser of Prairie State Winery in Genoa. He was recently named Winemaker of the Year by the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association. Mamoser, a former high school science teacher, started making wine at home. He and his wife, Maria, gave up their teaching careers to open the winery in 1999 and have achieved much success with their award-winning wines. This the second time Rick has won the Winemaker of the Year Award. Congratulations to these two local entrepreneurs. Thumbs down: To making Illinois’ 67 percent income tax increase approved in late 2010 permanent. That’s part of a proposal from State Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat who put forth a plan to fix the pension mess this week. Although it’s a positive sign that lawmakers are putting forth proposals, the tax increase was supposed to expire in 2014 and it’s clear that government’s taking more money from working families and businesses will do little to help residents or create jobs in our state. A tax hike wasn’t the solution in 2010, and making it last even longer isn’t a good idea, either. Thumbs up: And good luck to Enharmonic Fusion, DeKalb High School’s co-ed a cappella group, which will try today for its third trip to the national high school a cappella competition in New York City. Enharmonic Fusion won the Midwest title and one of the 10 slots at nationals in 2010 and 2012, and tonight will compete against other high schools from the region in semifinals at DHS. Coming on the heels of the Marching Barbs’ appearance at the Sugar Bowl in January, it seems music programs at DHS are out to make a national name for themselves. Thumbs up: To Northern Illinois University professor Kurt Thurmaier and his wife, Jeanine, who founded Tanzanian Development Support. They travel to Nyegina, Tanzania, and plan trips in which NIU students and area residents can travel to the area to perform community service. The girls’ dormitory that Thurmaier and his cadre of students and volunteers helped build were the first buildings in the village to feature showers and toilets. This year, he hopes to lay the foundation for a library that will serve the village’s schools. It’s interesting and hard work that enhances not only the Tanzanian village, but the local residents who participate. Thumbs up: And good luck to the more than 20 students who will compete in the annual spelling bee today sponsored by the Daily Chronicle and the DeKalb County Regional Office of Education. The spelling bee for students in third- through eighthgrade will begin at 10 a.m. at Kishwaukee College, Theatre B211, 21193 Malta Road, Malta. The winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to National Harbor, Md., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. The spelling bee is a great tradition and the participating students work hard for their chance to represent our region at the national spelling bee.


Where are the jobs? Head Start program is big government con Please listen up. We are all being conned by the Obama administration. This year, the American taxpayer will fork over about $571 billion to pay for educating children in the nation’s public schools. All told, the country spends close to $16,000 per student every year on primary through college education. That’s the highest perstudent spending rate in the world. However, according to President Obama, it’s not enough. He wants more tax dollars, especially for “early education.” He said so in his State of the Union address, and it drew big-time applause from his crew. Of course we need to spend more on education. And anyone who opposes that hates kids! The centerpiece of the president’s early-education vision is the “Head Start” program, which has been in place since 1965. Over the past 48 years, the feds have spent close to $200 billion on Head Start. But there’s one big problem: The program is not working. According to a recent study by the Department of Health and Human Services, by the end of third grade, Head Start children remain academically disadvantaged compared to their sameage peers. So why did the president not mention that? Why is he still pounding the drum for more funding for a program that is not cutting it?

VIEWS Bill O’Reilly The answer is social engineering. Obama will not say this, but one of his devoted followers, Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz, will. What the left really wants is to redistribute income through the public education system. In a recent New York Times column, Stiglitz called for the following: • More spending on preschool education. • More spending on before- and afterclass programs. • More entitlements to ensure that pregnant women are protected from “environmental hazards.” That means increased payments to prospective moms for better food, housing and medical care. And the topper: • Direct cash payments to parents of poor children who make sure their kids participate in school programs and show up for class. If that ever comes to be, America essentially will be paying parents to parent. It is all about control. Obama believes the deck in America is stacked against the poor and wants to get lower-income

citizens as much cash and as many entitlements as he can. Masking those payments under “more money for education” is a clever way to do that. It is certainly true that poor children have a much tougher academic road than affluent kids. And smart educational policy can close that gap. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told me the reason Head Start is not delivering is that it doesn’t concentrate enough on reading. In many school districts, it is primarily a babysitting service. As a former high school teacher and a student in a class of 60 urchins at St. Brigid’s grammar school, I know that education is all about discipline and motivation. Disadvantaged students need extra attention, a stable school environment and enough teacher creativity to stimulate their imaginations. Those things are not expensive. But that’s not all of what federal education spending is about, is it? It’s also about redistributing income. We are being conned big time. And it’s the kids who suffer the most because of it.

• Veteran TV news anchor Bill O’Reilly is host of the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor” and author of the book “Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama.”

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The nation is in the midst of economic recovery which began more than three years ago. Financial markets have revived, home starts and prices are beginning to perk up, and business profits are growing. One part of the economy isn’t faring very well, however, and it is the part that all politicians profess to care about the most: the middle class and those toward the bottom of the economic rung. Job growth is anemic, with unemployment stuck at 7.9 percent. Wage growth is nonexistent, and real median household incomes are falling. ... Why has this recovery been so sluggish? For three years, interest rates have been artificially held at historical low levels. The federal government has spent billions in stimulus programs designed to recharge the economy. Why haven’t hiring and wage growth followed? Many argue that the problem is with government policies that actually inhibit growth, instead of promoting it. With the national elections over, activist regulators are firmly entrenched in Washington for the next four years. The EPA and other agencies are expected to redouble their efforts to use the power of government, in the name of protecting the middle class. As a result, business leaders are bracing for a slew of new rules and regulations that are designed to restrict, control or punish, rather than encourage expansion. Other headwinds include the uncertainty of Obamacare, as the benefit of controlling costs is discredited. Competitive energy costs are vital to manufacturing, but government claims to embrace cheap energy are contradicted by actions that actually impede it. Grand Island (Neb.) Independent

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Warrant issued for Rifkin Gun rights advocates buoyed by court ruling • RIFKIN Continued from page A1 the evidence and that jurors would learn of the police misconduct if the case went to trial. Former DeKalb County State’s Attorney Clay Campbell, who lost a re-election bid by 739 votes, dropped the charges days before he left office at the end of November. State’s Attorney Richard Schmack said charges were refiled after consulting with the victim, who Schmack said had no knowledge the charges would be dropped until she read media reports. “It will always be the policy of my office to consult with victims of violent crime before any dispositions are reached, especially one so drastic as a dismissal,” Schmack said in a prepared statement. A warrant has been issued for Rifkin’s arrest and bond has been set at $75,000. The sexual assault charge is a felony punishable by between 4 and 15 years in prison; probation is not an option. Rifkin’s attorney Bruce Brandwein said Friday afternoon that he would make arrangements for Rifkin to turn himself in to authorities in the next day or two. “Obviously, I’m disappointed based on the circumstances surrounding this case that the state’s attorney would choose to file charges,” Brandwein said. “But here we go again.” Bill Nicklas, acting director of public safety for NIU, said the refiling of charges had no

“I’m disappointed based on the circumstances surrounding this case that the state’s attorney would choose to file charges.” Bruce Brandwein Andrew Rifkin’s attorney effect on the university’s decision to fire Grady. He said the department was not involved in pursuing the charges against Rifkin again. “We just learned of this and of course will cooperate with the state’s attorney in whatever way is appropriate as they prosecute the case,” Nicklas said. Brandwein said he was not sure how Grady’s dismissal would affect the case, but it would likely play a role. “I’m not sure how its going to play out right now,” Brandwein said. “He’s a potential witness in this case and he is no longer in the police department and that may have consequences.” In January, Rifkin sued the university and the police officers involved with withholding evidence, claiming they had conspired against him. Rifkin is seeking more than $50,000 in damages and legal fees from the NIU Board of Trustees and NIU police officers including Grady, Ramakrishnan, Jason John and RaMon Holland. Campbell could not be reached for comment and Schmack declined to comment beyond his official release.

Office in beginning stages • LEONI Continued from page A1 strikes apply to a landlord if they fail to deal with a particular tenant; a landlord would not have five strikes if police are called five times to deal with different crimes happening at a certain property on the same night. Nor would he want to penalize a landlord for a troublesome tenant he or she hasn’t had a chance to deal with yet. “If we go to apartment B three times in one night and arrest those people three times in one night, I’m going to look at that the way I’ve looked at police work my whole career,” Leoni said. “There’s the spirit of the law and there’s the letter of the law. You need to be reasonable in the way you enforce the law.” Leoni also will play a key role in getting crime prevention training for the landlords and their employees as well. “The idea is to move criminals out of the rental properties,” Leoni said. But Leoni’s office is still in the beginning stages. Leoni said they are interviewing for the clerk position next week, and three part-time inspectors who will conduct exterior sidewalk inspections of rental properties will be hired sometime in the summer, City Manager Mark Biernacki said. Leoni himself needs to be



trained, too. He said he knows a lot more about crime than building code, and he will be certified in these areas soon. Communicating with landlords will also mean communicating with the DeKalb Area Rental Association – a group of local landlords that emerged during the two-year discussion on the housing ordinances. DARA supported a number of the initiatives, including the disorderly house provision, registering all landlords in the city, and adding a mandatory crime-free lease addendum into all rental agreements. If a tenant signs it and later is found committing a crime in or around his or her apartment, he or she could be evicted. But they opposed the fees to fund the new bureau. Every landlord pays a fee of $50 for each building they manage, as well as $15.42 for each unit in a multifamily home. DARA President William Heinisch and others have described this as double taxation. A number of mayoral and municipal candidates said at a DARA-sponsored candidates’ night that they opposed the additional fees being placed on the landlords, with some opposing the bureau. Both Heinisch and Leoni all struck diplomatic chords, stating they are working together to the same goal. “We agree that we want a better city of DeKalb,” Heinisch said.

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Continued from page A1 hospitals, restaurants, churches, nursing homes and commuter trains. “It would be a recipe for disaster,” Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool said of allowing guns on public transportation. At the same time, gun rights advocates who crowded into the downtown hearing room were buoyed by the court’s ruling. Many applauded several times and smiled when Todd Vandermyde of the National Rifle Association said the court ruling, along with several previous court rulings, left the state no choice but to enact a concealed carry law. “This is a fundamentally, constitutionally protected civil right,” he said. Madigan had asked for the entire 10-judge federal appel-

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Todd Vandermyde of the National Rifle Association speaks during the second of a series of Illinois House Judiciary Committee hearings Friday on gun safety and concealed carry laws in Chicago. late court to consider the case after a three-judge panel in December gave lawmakers until June 9 to legalize the concealed carry of firearms. She argued that the ruling conflicts with decisions by

other federal appellate courts and goes beyond what the U.S. Supreme Court has held. In a 5-4 decision, with one judge not participating, the court denied Madigan’s request.

The majority did not expand on the opinion written by Judge Richard Posner in December, which said there is “no suggestion that some unique characteristic of criminal activity in Illinois justifies the state’s taking a different approach from the other 49 states.” Richard Pearson, the executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said the ruling makes clear that courts believe the prohibition violates Second Amendment rights. If Madigan opts to appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear the case it’s possible the justices could strike down not only Illinois’ ban on concealed carry, but also gun restrictions in other states, such as New York and Maryland. “If she does [appeal], I would be happy,” Pearson said. “There’s a very good chance they’ll rule in our favor.”

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High pressure will begin to build to our south. This will continue to usher in dry air from the west and southwest. Expect morning clouds to give way to some afternoon sun with cool temperatures. Sunday looks great with sunshine and mild temperatures. It will be cloudy on Monday, with rain changing to snow overnight and into Tuesday. A few inches are possible.









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Precipitation 24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. ......... 0.02” Month to date ....................................... 1.42” Normal month to date ....................... 1.12” Year to date ............................................ 4.15” Normal year to date ............................ 2.60”

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SECTION B Saturday, February 23, 2013 Daily Chronicle

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End of an era for Hinckley-Big Rock By STEVE NITZ

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U.S. joins fraud lawsuit against Armstrong WASHINGTON – The Justice Department joined a lawsuit Friday against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong that alleges the former seven-time Tour de France champion concealed his use of performance-enhancing drugs and defrauded his longtime sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service. The lawsuit alleges that riders on the postal servicesponsored team, including Armstrong, knowingly violated their postal service agreements by regularly using banned substances and methods to enhance their performance. “Lance Armstrong and his cycling team took more than $30 million from the U.S. Postal Service based on their contractual promise to play fair and abide by the rules – including the rules against doping,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen, whose office is handling the case. “The Postal Service has now seen its sponsorship unfairly associated with what has been described as ‘the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.’” In recent weeks, settlement discussions had been under way between the Justice Department and Armstrong’s lawyers. A person familiar with the negotiations said Friday the two sides are tens of millions of dollars apart on how much Armstrong should pay to settle the case. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the private talks. From 1996 through 2004, the postal service sponsored a professional cycling team run by Tailwind Sports Corp., and Armstrong was the lead rider. From 1999 to 2004, he won six consecutive Tour de France titles. The suit also said Johan Bruyneel, the team’s manager, knew that team members were using performance-enhancing substances and facilitated the practice. – Wire report

8WHAT TO WATCH Men’s basketball Detroit at Wichita State, 3 p.m., ESPN2 Detroit (18-9 overall, 10-4 Horizon League) visits Wichita State (23-5, 12-4 Missouri Valley) in one of the day’s more intriguing BracketBusters games.

• The rest of the weekend TV sports schedule on Page B2.

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ELGIN – Hinckley-Big Rock was dominant throughout the 2012-13 season, losing only four times heading into Friday’s Class 1A Westminster Christian Regional final against Mooseheart, and had Little Ten Conference regular-season and tournament titles on their list of accomplishments. However, that list won’t include a regional title after H-BR’s 55-38 loss to the Red Ramblers. The Royals end the season at 24-5. It’s the end of an era for H-BR, a team that had five seniors – Bernie Conley, Jared Madden, Zach Michels, Michael Bayler and Mitch Ruh – in its starting lineup. “That was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was say goodbye to those guys,” Royals senior point guard Conley said. “They’re my family. They’ve been my family for the past 10 years.”

Friday’s Final (at Judson University) (2) Mooseheart 55, (1) Hinckley-Big Rock 38

• Mooseheart advances to the Mooseheart Sectional After the loss, H-BR coach Bill Sambrookes reflected on coaching H-BR’s senior class. Sambrookes remembered having current seniors coming to camps when they were in fifth grade. “They all stayed together, and accepted their roles. Nobody moved in, nobody moved out. It was those 10. Homegrown talent, they played the best that they could,” Sambrookes said. “To get a school like us, to get talent like that at one time, it doesn’t Rob Winner – come around all the time. The last three years have been absolutely phenomenal.” Hinckley-Big Rock coach Bill Sambrookes leads Bernie Conley off the court after the

Class 1A Westminster Christian Regional final Friday night at Judson University in Elgin. Mooseheart defeated H-BR, 55-38.

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VIEWS Tom Musick


Hawks set NHL record

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Sycamore’s Devin Mottet attempts to drive past DeKalb’s Jake Carpenter in the first quarter of Friday night’s game in Sycamore. The Spartans defeated the Barbs, 54-49.

Spartans start streak Win 2nd straight against Barbs, finish as NI Big 12 runners-up By ANTHONY ZILIS

Online extra SYCAMORE – Sycamore ended its 11-game losing streak against DeKalb last month with a resounding win at the Convocation Center. On Friday, they started a winning streak of their own with a 54-49 win in front of a packed home crowd. “We knew this was going to be a much tougher game this go-around,” Sycamore coach Andrew Stacy said. “I’m just proud of our guys, they found a way to win, they made some big plays down the stretch.” The Barbs had won three out of four games heading into Friday’s contest, so a closer game than Sycamore’s 23-point blowout in January was expected. Sycamore took an eight-point lead into the second quarter after beginning the game with an 8-0 run But this time, DeKalb didn’t let the Spartans pull away. Junior Justin Love, playing for starter Jake Smith, who was out sick, brought the Barbs back with 11

Check out the video highlights of Friday night’s DeKalb-Sycamore game online at first-half points. After closing out the half with a 5-0 run, the Barbs trailed just 28-25 heading into the break. “Justin Love played outstanding,” coach Dave Rohlman said. “He got a lot more minutes tonight than he’s been getting. I thought he played great defense, and I thought he was exceptional.” The Barbs took their first lead of the game, 38-37, with 7:10 left in the fourth quarter, but it was shortlived. Four free throws and a layup by Ben Niemann in the next two minutes put the Spartans back in the driver’s seat. Niemann scored 10 points, eight of which came after the Barbs took the lead.


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DeKalb’s Justin Love puts up a shot in the third quarter against the Spartans on Friday night in Sycamore.

CHICAGO – Really, Blackhawks? Another one? I mean, really? It wasn’t enough for you to share the greatest start in NHL history with the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks. No, no, no. Heaven forbid that you teach kids about sharing. Instead, you just had to seize the record all for yourself. You had to beat the San Jose Sharks, 2-1, to set the all-time record with 17 games Next (and counting) without a loss in regulation. vs. Columbus, You had to 6 p.m. Sunday, happily skate to CSN, AM-720 center ice after the game and salute a sellout crowd of 21,760 fans by lifting your sticks toward the rafters. This is just ridiculous. I mean, this really has gotten out of hand. Is starting the season 14-0-3 really necessary? OK, OK. We get it. You’re good. Every game, you lace up your hockey skates and showcase your all-world ability. You skate forward and sideways and backward at blistering speeds, all while somehow dodging opponents and controlling a puck with the blade of your stick. You want to know about my latest encounter with ice? I spent 10 minutes scraping it off of my car’s windshield. After I forgot my gloves. But I finished scraping the windshield and stepped out of the slush and into my car because people apparently want to read about the hottest team in hockey. As I drove in to and

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Territory familiar, foe is not By JAMES NOKES Experience will provide the Sycamore wrestling team with vast knowledge. But it will only go so far. The Spartans will know their way around U.S. Cellular Coliseum at the Class 2A team duals state tournament quarterfinals at 11 a.m. today. Four consecutive trips to team state, highlighted by a thirdplace finish in 2011, make the

tournament seem like a berth rite for most in the Spartans’ lineup. Nerves shouldn’t be a factor because Sycamore has been in a massive arena where all eyes follow their every move. Lockerroom locations, weigh-in stations and the trip to and from the hotel are part of the Spartans’ rote memory by now. What won’t be familiar is Sycamore’s quarterfinal opponent: Taylorville. “It’s tough to find film on

wrestling teams,” Sycamore coach Alex Nelson said. “It’s not like football where there is a film exchange. We don’t see a lot of southern teams and don’t have any common opponents. So I’ve looked at the tournaments they’ve been in to develop a plan.” The upstart Tornadoes are Rob Winner – in the Central State Eight and Sycamore’s Martin Malone holds the leg of Yorkville’s Tyler Caldwell in have racked up a 62-5 record their 220-pound match during the Class 2A Rochelle Dual Team Secover the past three seasons.

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tional on Tuesday. Malone won the match with a 10-5 decision and Sycamore defeated Yorkville, 30-28.


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8UPCOMING PREPS SPORTS SCHEDULE TODAY Wrestling Team state finals in Bloomington Boys Swimming State finals in Winnetka

MONDAY Boys Basketball Class 3A Burlington Central Regional: Genoa-Kingston vs. Burlington Central, quarterfinal, 5:30 p.m. Class 3A IMSA Regional: Kaneland vs. IMSA, quarterfinal, 7:30 p.m. Class 4A Rockford East Regional: DeKalb vs. Belvidere North, quarterfinal, 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY Boys Basketball Class 3A Burlington Central Regional: Sycamore vs. Rochelle, semifinal, 7:30 p.m.

8SPORTS SHORTS Cornerstone Christian to host 3-on-3 hoops tourney

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Bulls rout NBA’s worst team By STEVE REED


The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Taj Gibson scored 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and the Bulls beat Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats, 105-75, on Friday night. With Jordan looking on from the end of the Charlotte bench, the Bulls jumped out to a 38-19 lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back. Jordan, the Bobcats’ owner and former Bulls star, left his seat with about 3 minutes left in the first half and didn’t return. The Bulls had failed to score 100 points in their previous six games and were held to 67 by Miami on Thursday night, but found their groove against the NBA-worst Bobcats.

at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, WGN, ESPN, AM-1000 Carlos Boozer had 10 points and 10 rebounds as eight Bulls finished in double figures. Luol Deng added 14 points, Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli and Richard Hamilton all had 12, and Joakim Noah finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Kemba Walker had 27 points to lead Charlotte, which shot 33 percent from the field. It was the 10th time this season the Bobcats lost by 20 or more points. The Bulls had lost five of their past seven games, includ-

ing a 19-point rout at home to the Heat on Thursday. But it was the Bobcats who looked as though they were on the tail end of a back-to-back. Charlotte shot only 31 percent from the field in the first half and trailed 51-37 at the break. The Bulls played with energy from the start, forcing four quick turnovers to build an early 10-point lead they never relinquished. The Bulls scored 52 points in the paint and shot 51 percent from the field to win going away. They committed only six turnovers in a dominating performance against the outmatched Bobcats. Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for Charlotte.

Coach is brilliant. Stars are incredible. Depth reliable. • MUSICK

Cornerstone Christian Academy is hosting its annual “Nothing But Net” 3-on-3 basketball tournament open to all community teams at 9 a.m. March 23. The tournament will be at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Sycamore. The competition will be separated into the following divisions: Boys 12-13, Boys 14-18, Men 19 and up and Girls 12-18. There also will be 3-point and free-throw shooting contests. The top two teams in each division will be awarded medals and prizes. Teams can register at until March 19. Early registration by March 8 is $40 a team. After March 8, the cost to register will be $50. For more information, game rules and registration, contact Julianna Ladas at 815895-8522. All proceeds benefit Cornerstone Christian Academy Sports Boosters. – Staff report

Continued from page B1 out of the city’s finest potholes, I couldn’t help but notice that my pants felt a little tight. You wouldn’t know. You’re terrific athletes. You probably run like six-minute miles. Anyway, I made it to the game on time, only to see you win again. What a bunch of showoffs. Don’t you know what sells newspapers? Negativity! Controversies! Scandals! But you just had to keep winning. Heaven forbid you help a fledgling sportswriter. I mean, honestly. Everything about you is just… so… perfect. Your coach is brilliant. Your star players are incredible. Your depth players are reliable. Your fans are loyal and ecstatic. Even your goaltending has been great. What’s worse, you’re really nice people. I’ve seen Patrick Kane scoop pucks over the plexiglass and drop them to young fans after practice at Johnny’s IceHouse West. Those kids will treasure those gifts forever. I’ve seen Jonathan Toews sit at his locker and patiently answer countless questions from know-nothing reporters, even after we – um, they – aren’t paying close enough attention and start to repeat the same questions. I’ve seen Patrick Sharp the hockey player quickly transform into Patrick Sharp the father. Whenever his daughter is around, he looks as if he scored about seven hat tricks. By the way, Mr. Sharp, my wife thinks you’re extremely good looking. So thanks for that. You’re a millionaire professional athlete. The most recent place I took her was Quiznos. Anyway. I see a team embracing its fans, and I see fans embracing their team. I see no real weaknesses on the roster. Trust me, I’d be writing all about them otherwise. And now, Blackhawks, I see that you stand alone in NHL history. Great. Super. Good for you. You’ll probably go on to win the Stanley Cup. As for me, it’s time to make the long walk back to my car. I really wish I hadn’t forgotten my gloves.

8UP NEXT FOR NIU MEN’S BASKETBALL WHO Eastern Illinois (8-20) at Northern Illinois (5-19) WHEN 3 p.m. today WHERE NIU Convocation Center RADIO AM-1360, 98.9-FM LAST MEETING EIU defeated NIU, 67-55, on Nov. 20, 2011 SCOUTING THE PANTHERS EIU is fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference West Division standings at 5-10, though the Panthers did beat OVC West leader Murray State, 79-70, on Feb. 16. EIU junior forward Sherman Blanford leads the Panthers in scoring and rebounding with 10.8 points a game and 6.5 boards a contest. He’s one of three players averaging double figures in scoring, along with junior guard Morris Woods (10.6) and sophomore forward Josh Piper (10). OUTLOOK This afternoon’s game will be the Huskies’ ninth BracketBuster appearance. It also is NIU’s annual Huskie Alumni Day, with the alumni game beginning at 12:30 p.m. A week ago, NIU held an eight-point lead with four minutes left at Western Michigan, but the Broncos scored the final 16 points of the game to get the victory. Freshman point guard Travon Baker had a career-high five assists, and has had eight assists and only two turnovers in the Huskies’ past two contests. – Steve Nitz,

Bobcats center Byron Mullens came in averaging 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds over the past nine games, but was held to two points on 1-of-12 shooting and had just four rebounds. Charlotte’s three highestpaid players – Ben Gordon ($12.4 million), Tyrus Thomas ($8 million) and Gana Diop ($7.4 million) – didn’t play. Gordon had been a regular reserve but fell out of favor with coach Mike Dunlap before the All-Star break after being disruptive in practice. The team attempted to trade him but was unable to unload his contract. Gordon is due $13 million next season, while Thomas is under contract for the next two years at $8.7 million and $9.4 million.

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Viktor Stalberg (center) celebrates with Blackhawks teammates Andrew Shaw (left) and Pat• Shaw Media sports columnist Tom Murick Kane after scoring a goal in the second period of Friday night’s game against the Sharks sick can be reached at tmusick@shawmedia. com and on Twitter @tcmusick. at the United Center.

8WEEKEND TV SPORTS SCHEDULE TODAY’S LINEUP Men’s basketball Iona at Indiana St., 10 a.m., ESPNU Clemson at Maryland, 11 a.m., ESPN2 Eastern Kentucky at Valparaiso, noon, ESPNU South Carolina at Georgia, 1 p.m., CBS Oklahoma St. at West Virginia, 1 p.m., ESPN2 Montana at Davidson, 2 p.m., ESPNU Georgetown at Syracuse, 3 p.m., CBS N.C. State at North Carolina, 3 p.m., ESPN Bradley at Illinois-Chicago, 3 p.m., CSN New Mexico at Colorado St., 3 p.m., NBCSN Baylor at Oklahoma, 4 p.m., ESPNU Creighton at St. Mary’s (Calif.), 5 p.m., ESPN Marquette at Villanova, 5 p.m., ESPN2 Nevada at San Diego St., 5 p.m., NBCSN Arkansas at Florida, 6 p.m., ESPNU South Dakota St. at Murray St., 7 p.m., ESPN2 Missouri at Kentucky, 8 p.m., ESPN

Providence at Rutgers, 8 p.m., ESPNU Ohio at Belmont, 9 p.m., ESPN2 Washington at Arizona St., 10 p.m., ESPNU Golf PGA Tour-WGC, Accenture Match Play Championship, quarterfinal matches, 11 a.m., TGC; 1 p.m., NBC Pro hockey Winnipeg at Philadelphia, noon, CSN Auto racing NASCAR, Nationwide Series, DRIVE4COPD 300, 12:15 p.m., ESPN Women’s basketball Wisconsin at Northwestern, noon, BTN Indiana at Illinois, 2 p.m., BTN Soccer Premier League, Stoke City at Fulham, 6:30 a.m., ESPN2 MLS, preseason, Desert Diamond Cup, championship match, Charleston Battery vs. Houston Dynamo, 7 p.m., NBCSN Men’s hockey Minnesota-Duluth at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m., BTN Men’s lacrosse Maryland at Loyola (Md.), 12:30 p.m., NBCSN Women’s gymnastics Minnesota at Iowa, 5 p.m., BTN

Cincinnati at Notre Dame, 1 p.m., CBS Michigan St. at Ohio St., 3 p.m., CBS Northwestern at Purdue, 5 p.m., BTN Florida St. at Virginia Tech, 5 p.m., ESPNU Long Island at Wagner, 7 p.m., ESPNU Golf PGA Tour-WGC, Accenture Match Play Championship, semifinal matches, 8 a.m., TGC; SUNDAY’S LINEUP championship match, 1 p.m., Pro hockey NBC Columbus at Blackhawks, Women’s basketball 6 p.m., CSN Purdue at Minnestoa, noon, Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, ESPN2 6:30 p.m., NBCSN Michigan at Penn St., noon, BTN Pro basketball N.C. State at North Carolina, L.A. Lakers at Dallas, noon, ABC 12:30 p.m., ESPNU Memphis at Brooklyn, 6 p.m., Iowa at Nebraska, 2 p.m., BTN ESPN Duke at Maryland, 2 p.m., ESPN2 Bulls at Oklahoma City, Notre Dame at DePaul, 2:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., WGN, ESPN ESPNU Auto racing Texas A&M at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m., NHRA, Arizona Nationals quali- ESPN2 fying, midnight, ESPN2 (delayed Men’s lacrosse tape) Michigan at John’s Hopkins, NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Daytona 10:30 a.m., ESPNU 500, 11 a.m., FOX Bowling NHRA, Arizona Nationals, 7 p.m., PBA, USBC Masters, 2 p.m., ESPN ESPN2 (same-day tape) Rodeo Men’s basketball PBR, Built Ford Tough Invitational, Illinois at Michigan, noon, ESPN noon, CBS

Boxing Middleweights, J’Leon Love (140-0) vs. Derrick Findley (20-8-0); champion Cornelius Bundrage (32-4-0) vs. Ishe Smith (24-5-0), for IBF junior middleweight title, 8 p.m., Show Junior welterweights, Chris Algieri (15-0-0) vs. Jose Peralta Alejo (10-1-0); heavyweights, Vyacheslav Glazkov (14-0-0) vs. Malik Scott (35-0-0), 9:30 p.m., NBCSN

EASTERN CONFERENCE Central Division W L Pct Indiana 34 21 .618 Bulls 32 23 .582 Milwaukee 26 27 .491 Detroit 22 35 .386 Cleveland 17 37 .315 Atlantic Division W L Pct New York 32 20 .615 Brooklyn 33 23 .589 Boston 29 26 .527 Philadelphia 22 30 .423 Toronto 23 33 .411 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 38 14 .731 Atlanta 30 23 .566 Washington 16 37 .302 Orlando 15 40 .273 Charlotte 13 42 .236

GB — 2 7 13 16½ GB — 1 4½ 10 11 GB — 8½ 22½ 24½ 26½

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 44 12 .786 Memphis 36 18 .667 Houston 31 26 .544 Dallas 25 29 .463 New Orleans 19 37 .339 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 40 15 .727 Denver 34 22 .607 Utah 31 24 .564 Portland 25 29 .463 Minnesota 20 32 .385 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 39 18 .684 Golden State 31 23 .574 L.A. Lakers 26 29 .473 Sacramento 19 37 .339 Phoenix 18 38 .321

GB — 7 13½ 18 25 GB — 6½ 9 14½ 18½ GB — 6½ 12 19½ 20½

Friday’s Results Bulls 105, Charlotte 75 Toronto 100, New York 98 Indiana 114, Detroit 82 Washington 119, Denver 113 Atlanta 122, Sacramento 108 Houston 106, Brooklyn 96 Memphis 88, Orlando 82 Dallas 104, New Orleans 100 Oklahoma City 127, Minnesota 111 Boston 113, Phoenix 88 San Antonio at Golden State (n) Portland at L.A. Lakers (n) Today’s Games Denver at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Cleveland at Orlando, 6 p.m. Houston at Washington, 6 p.m. Miami at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m. Indiana at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Atlanta at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m. Utah at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games Bulls at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas, noon Golden State at Minnesota, 2:30 p.m. Sacramento at New Orleans, 5 p.m. Cleveland at Miami, 5 p.m. Philadelphia at New York, 6 p.m. Memphis at Brooklyn, 6 p.m. San Antonio at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Boston at Portland, 8 p.m.

NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts Blackhawks 17 14 0 3 31 Nashville 18 8 5 5 21 St. Louis 17 9 6 2 20 Detroit 17 7 7 3 17 Columbus 17 5 10 2 12 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts Vancouver 17 10 3 4 24 Minnesota 16 8 6 2 18 Colorado 15 7 7 1 15 Edmonton 16 6 7 3 15 Calgary 15 5 7 3 13 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts Anaheim 15 12 2 1 25 San Jose 16 8 5 3 19 Phoenix 16 8 6 2 18 Dallas 17 8 8 1 17 Los Angeles 15 7 6 2 16

GF GA 57 35 39 39 53 51 45 51 39 53 GF GA 49 40 36 39 38 43 37 44 40 54 GF GA 53 39 40 36 44 41 44 47 36 38

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA New Jersey 17 10 3 4 24 45 40 Pittsburgh 18 12 6 0 24 60 45 N.Y. Rangers 16 8 6 2 18 41 41 Philadelphia 19 8 10 1 17 53 59 N.Y. Islanders 17 7 9 1 15 50 60 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Montreal 17 11 4 2 24 49 39 Boston 14 10 2 2 22 41 33 Ottawa 18 10 6 2 22 43 34 Toronto 18 11 7 0 22 51 41 Buffalo 18 6 11 1 13 48 59 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Carolina 15 8 6 1 17 44 44 Tampa Bay 16 8 7 1 17 61 51 Winnipeg 16 7 8 1 15 41 50 Florida 17 5 8 4 14 41 61 Washington 16 5 10 1 11 43 54 Two points for a win, one point for OT loss. Friday’s Results Blackhawks 2, San Jose 1 Pittsburgh 3, Florida 1 Vancouver 1, Nashville 0 Today’s Games New Jersey at Washington, 11 a.m. Winnipeg at Philadelphia, noon Phoenix at Edmonton, 2:30 p.m. Colorado at Los Angeles, 3 p.m. Nashville at Detroit, 6 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 6 p.m. Toronto at Ottawa, 6 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Montreal, 6 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Buffalo, 6 p.m. San Jose at Dallas, 7 p.m. Columbus at St. Louis, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Calgary, 9 p.m. Sunday’s Games Columbus at Blackhawks, 6 p.m. Boston at Florida, 2 p.m. Vancouver at Detroit, 4 p.m. Winnipeg at New Jersey, 4 p.m. Carolina at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m. Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m. Colorado at Anaheim, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Calgary, 7 p.m.

MLB SPRING TRAINING Friday’s Results Detroit 2, Atlanta 1 Cleveland 11, Cincinnati 10 San Diego 9, Seattle 3 Texas 5, Kansas City 5 Today’s Games White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers, 2:05 p.m. Cubs vs. L.A. Angels (ss), 2:05 p.m. Houston vs. Philadelphia, 12:05 p.m. St. Louis vs. Miami, 12:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees vs. Atlanta, 12:05 p.m. Minnesota vs. Baltimore, 12:05 p.m. Toronto vs. Detroit, 12:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay (ss), 12:05 p.m. Washington vs. N.Y. Mets, 12:10 p.m. Tampa Bay (ss) vs. Boston, 12:35 p.m. Seattle vs. San Diego, 2:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (ss) vs. San Francisco, 2:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Cincinnati, 2:05 p.m. Texas vs. Kansas City, 2:05 p.m. Oakland vs. Milwaukee, 2:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Arizona, 2:10 p.m. Sunday’s Games L.A. Dodgers vs. White Sox, 2:05 p.m. San Francisco vs. Cubs, 2:05 p.m Baltimore vs. Toronto (ss), 12:05 p.m. Boston vs. St. Louis, 12:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. Pittsburgh, 12:05 p.m. Toronto (ss) vs. N.Y. Yankees, 12:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Houston, 12:05 p.m. Miami vs. Washington, 12:05 p.m. Philadelphia vs. Detroit, 12:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota, 12:05 p.m. Kansas City vs. Texas, 2:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs. Cleveland (ss), 2:05 p.m. San Diego vs. Seattle, 2:05 p.m. Oakland vs. L.A. Angels, 2:05 p.m. Cleveland (ss) vs. Milwaukee, 2:05 p.m. Arizona vs. Colorado, 2:10 p.m.


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Castro focused in on improving defense Shortstop hopes to win a Gold Glove like Barney The ASSOCIATED PRESS MESA, Ariz. – The Cubs are convinced Starlin Castro can hit. They showed that much when they signed their All-Star shortstop to a seven-year, $60 million contract last summer. The big question for the 23-yearold Castro to answer as he enters his fourth season in the major leagues is whether he can cut down on his errors and headline-making mental lapses in the field. “I like the way he’s been going about his business defensively,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “It’s one thing I challenged him to do: ‘Your next step now in all this is to win a

Gold Glove.’ Obviously, that takes a lot of focus and hard work and being focused for 150 pitches a game and 162 games. He’s got the ability to do it. The rest is up to him.” Castro, who has led the National League in errors each of the past two seasons, said that is his major goal this season – to match the defensive achievement of teammate Darwin Barney, who won a Gold Glove at Starlin Castro second base last year. Castro said he focused “much time” over the winter on his fielding. “When I went (home to) the Dominican (Republic), I worked hard every day on my defense, because I want to be better. I want to be like Barney and win a Gold Glove. And it’s going to be fun to win Gold Gloves at shortstop, second base and first base – because (Anthony) Rizzo is

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very good, too,” he said. That’s not only Castro’s view. That’s a vision the defensive-minded coaching staff has in mind for the infield. After Rizzo showed exceptional skills around the bag at first in his half-season debut for the Cubs last season, it might be up to Castro to make that threesome as formidable as he thinks it can be. “I know I can be like those guys,” Castro said. Last June in San Francisco, Castro forgot the number of outs on a possible double-play ball with the bases loaded and began jogging off the field after getting only the first out on the play. “That was obviously a noticeable

one,” Sveum said, even as he defended Castro for general improvement in that area throughout last season. Indeed, there were no repeats last season of the 2011 incident at Wrigley Field, when Castro was caught on camera daydreaming, with his back to the plate, spitting seeds, as the pitcher delivered the ball. “I will eliminate those, eliminate everything,” Castro said. “This year it’s gonna be where those things don’t happen that happened those couple of years ago. Each game, I’ll concentrate, and [stick to] my game plan. It’s going to be perfect.” The Cubs don’t need perfection. They say they’ll settle for the improvement they saw last season. “I wasn’t here before [2012]. All I know is what other people have told me,” Sveum said, “that he improved tremendously throughout the season. And I saw it. So hopefully, he just keeps improving. That’s all we’re asking out of a guy like him, that he

just keeps growing. But the rest of it now is pretty much up to him, with the experience he already has in the big leagues.” If the seven-year deal wasn’t enough to convince people of the Cubs’ faith in their shortstop as a long-term part of their rebuilding plans, team president Theo Epstein gave Castro a strong vote of defensive confidence as spring training opened this year. “I thought he made significant strides defensively last year and still has more room for improvement in that area,” Epstein said. “Certainly, he has all the physical tools to play shortstop. He’s always going to be able to make plays at the extremities of his range. He’s very athletic. He’s got a strong arm. As we sat here last year, it was a bit of an open question in the organization whether he could stay at shortstop long term. And I think now we all feel he definitely can, and be a real good one.”


Hein just misses the cut By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF

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Sycamore’s Jacob Winters drives to the basket as DeKalb’s Rudy Lopez defends during the first quarter of the Spartans’ 54-49 victory Friday night in Sycamore.

Spartans open postseason vs. Rochelle • SPARTANS-BARBS Continued from page B1 “We weren’t really playing our best basketball or playing as hard as we could,” Niemann said. “When they took the lead, we kind of woke up and I said, ‘Hey, we’ve got to play, we can’t let this game slip through our fingers.’” The Spartans went on a 12-2 run, and the Barbs couldn’t respond. With two starters out sick, coach Dave Rohlman was en-

couraged by Friday’s performance. “I thought we did everything to win the game,” DeKalb coach Dave Rohlman said. “[The Barbs’ recent stretch has] been really encouraging. Honestly, it doesn’t surprise me because I knew we had this ability and talent, and it took us a lot longer to get it rolling. I’m very pleased with our effort tonight going into Monday’s game.” Sycamore ends up second in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East after Kaneland defeated

Rochelle, 69-66, to win the division title. The Spartans will play Rochelle in the Class 3A Burlington Central Regional on Tuesday. Just to be in the running for a conference title was an accomplishment for a team that won just nine games a season ago. Sweeping their rival was pretty special, too. “In the second half, we picked it up and pulled out the win … At the beginning of the season, we weren’t winning these games,” Mottet said. “This program has come a long way.”

DeKalb-Sycamore co-op’s Daniel Hein finished 15th in the 100-yard butterfly Friday in the boys swimming and diving state meet with a time of 50.89 seconds, just 0.4 seconds shy of the cut for today’s finals. Hein was the top freshman finisher in the event after winning a sectional title last weekend. Hein also finished 19th in the 100 backstroke in 52.47 seconds at New Trier High School in Winnetka. He was also the top freshman finisher in the event. The co-op medley relay of Hein, Ryan Schultz, Dylan Powers and Marc Dubrick finished 24th in 1:38.21. Ryan Schultz finished 51st and Jacob Bjork took 56th in the 100 breaststroke.

BOYS BASKETBALL Kaneland wins conference title: The possibility of Rochelle shifting to the Northern Illinois Big 12’s West Division surfaced earlier this week. The Kaneland boys basket-

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DeKalb-Sycamore co-op swimmer Daniel Hein swims the backstroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay during the boys swimming and diving state meet preliminaries Friday at New Trier High School in Winnetka. ball team probably would hate to see that happen. The Knights have made some sweet memories on the Hubs’ home court, the most recentcomingFridayasKaneland rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat the Hubs, 6966, in the regular-season finale. The Knights (15-11, 7-3 NI Big 12 East) needed the win to take the conference title outright with second-place Sycamore defeating DeKalb.

The win gave the Knights their second conference title in three years. “We won the conference two years ago, we won a regional here – it always seems like we come to Rochelle and play a big game,” Kaneland coach Brian Johnson said. John Pruett (19 points) and senior Matt Limbrunner (16) were instrumental as Kaneland used a 10-0 run at the start of the third quarter.

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Michels Royals’ leading scorer with 12 • ROYALS Continued from page B1 With a big crowd expected, the game was moved to Judson University to accommodate the large number of fans from both schools. Both sides were loud, but it was the Mooseheart section cheering after the buzzer. The public address announcer even had to tell fans three separate times not to storm the court following the win. Often throughout the game, specifically the first half, H-BR had good looks but the shots just didn’t fall. The Red Ramblers (24-5), who played a man-

to-man defense in a loss to the Royals in December, went with a zone. It was tough for H-BR to get past Mooseheart’s length. The Red Ramblers feature a trio of South Sudanese players 6-foot-7 or taller – Mangisto Deng, Makur Puou and Akim Nyang. Mooseheart coach Ron Ahrens said his team ran the 1-3-1 zone better than it has all season. “Not to take anything away from them, we’re so long, it’s just hard to shoot. I know people say, ‘Hey, if you can hit a 3 against us, you’re gong to be able to beat Mooseheart,’ ” he said. “I’ll tell you what, we de-

fend the 3 pretty well. There’s not many uncontested 3s that kids get off against us.” H-BR got off to a slow start, scoring only four points in the fist quarter and nine in the second. The Royals made a run in the third, getting to within 11. But the Red Ramblers responded. “I thought we came out in the second half with a lot of good energy and fought all the way to the end,” Sambrookes said. “Kids showed their heart and their character in that second half, and they would not go away.” Michels led H-BR with 12 points. Conley and Bayler each had seven.

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Taylorville making 1st dual team appearance • SPARTANS Continued from page B1 While Sycamore has a lineup of 2013 state champion Kyle Akins (113), runner-up and 2012 state champion Austin Culton (152) and 2013 thirdplace finisher Jake Davis (195), Taylorville makes its first appearance at team state. Brock Letcher (34-3) won the Tornadoes’ first sectional championship two weeks ago and finished 1-2 at the individual state tournament as their lone state qualifier. It’s been an impressive three-year run for Taylorville under coach Lee Mateer, and the Tornadoes are ranked No. 14 amongst 2A teams on Even though No. 2 Sycamore won’t know much about the upstart Tornadoes, the Spartans have honed

their craft against top-tier competition all season. “We wrestle a tough schedule and our guys participate in a lot of offseason tournaments and face many different styles, so there shouldn’t be any surprises,” Nelson said. “I think we’ll be well prepared. It comes down to wrestling the guy in front of you, hard, for six minutes.” An opening-dual win could set up a potential meeting with five-time defending state champion Montini. The Broncos are No. 11 on the Inter Mat Fab 50 National Rankings, despite not having a nationally ranked wrestler. Montini qualified eight wrestlers in last week’s Class 2A individual state tournament and has stood in the way of the Spartans’ advancement in the state football playoffs

for several years now. There’s a budding rivalry and motivation for Sycamore. But Taylorville is senior Marty Malone’s first focus. The 220-pounder doesn’t want to repeat last year’s 36-29 quarterfinal loss to Yorkville. “We definitely want to walk away with some hardware this year,” Malone said. “Our loss last year to Yorkville definitely motivated us to beat them on Tuesday. It was a letdown last year to lose in the opening dual. We didn’t want our season to just end after one match.” A win against Taylorville could set up a potential No. 1 vs. No. 2 semifinal dual by’s Class 2A rankings. If that situation emerged, too bad a state title wouldn’t be at stake.

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Sox acquire 3B from Giants The ASSOCIATED PRESS SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The San Francisco Giants traded third baseman Conor Gillaspie to the White Sox for minor league pitcher Jeff Soptic. The 25-year-old Gillaspie spent parts of three seasons with the Giants, hitting .205 with a home run and four RBIs

in 29 games and 44 at-bats. San Francisco selected Gillaspie with the 37th overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft from Wichita Conor Gillaspie State. He made his major league debut that Sept. 9.

Soptic, a 21-year-old righthanded reliever, was 3-2 with an ERA of 5.40 with Class A Kannapolis last year. The Sox took him in the third round of the 2011 amateur draft out of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. The trade was announced Friday.


Watson last top 10 seed left By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press AP photo

Danica Patrick signs autographs for fans Friday after qualifying for today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Patrick is the first woman in history to earn the top starting spot in a race in NASCAR’s elite Sprint Cup Series.


Patrick brings new eyes to NASCAR, Daytona Danicamania in full bloom as she starts beside Gordon in front row By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The big boys brought their little girls to see NASCAR’s shining star. Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson all took their daughters to meet Danica Patrick this week at Daytona International Speedway. It was the ultimate backstage pass. Patrick dropped to one knee, wrapped her right arm around Ella Gordon’s waist and posed for pictures as the 5-year-old flashed an endless grin in Victory Lane last week. Every day since, Patrick’s crew has handed out dozens and dozens of lugnuts to little girls clamoring for souvenirs. Annie Edwards wore GoDaddy green shoes for the special occasion. Evie Johnson recognizes only two cars, her dad said – his and the green one. “Carl was saying it’s good that she sees me in real life and in person because ‘To her, you are like some mythical creature that doesn’t exist,’ ” Patrick said. “Then after qualifying, Jimmie Johnson brought his little girl over. That’s three pretty big drivers who have little girls that wanted to meet me.” Danicamania is in full bloom at Daytona – and with a brand new audience. The first woman in history to earn the top starting spot in a race in NASCAR’s elite Sprint Cup Series, Patrick will bring new eyeballs to Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500. She’ll lure in casual sports fans, women who don’t know a muffler from a manifold, and little girls in awe of the glamorous driver and her fast green car. It’s an ambassador role Patrick has played since her 2005 debut at the Indianapolis 500, where she became the first woman to lead laps in the biggest race in the world. But it’s so much more now. “You can only lead by example and I don’t necessarily want my example to step outside the box and be a girl in a guy’s world. That’s not what I am trying to say,” Patrick said. “But if you have a talent for something, do not be afraid to follow through with it and not feel different. Do not feel like you are less qualified or less competent to be able to do the job because you are different. Ignore that and let it be about what your potential is.”

And right now, she believes her potential is to win “The Great American Race.” Patrick starts first Sunday, next to four-time champion Gordon, and after running 32 laps in Friday’s practice and mixing it up with NASCAR’s biggest stars, she was more convinced than ever that she can be a player in the race. “Can I win? Yeah. Absolutely,” Patrick said. “I feel comfortable in this kind of race situation. I feel comfortable in the draft. I feel comfortable that the speeds are not a problem. I know I am inexperienced. I know I am rookie out there. I will do the best job I can to win. I do believe I have a chance to win. I do believe experience would help, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a chance to win.” Crew chief Tony Gibson was even more convinced he’s got a winner for Sunday. He was part of Derrike Cope’s improbable 1990 victory, when Cope inherited the win when the late Dale Earnhnardt blew a tire on the final lap. “She has got the talent,” Gibson said. “She’s already proven in the Nationwide Series, from what I’ve seen on the speedway stuff, she definitely gets the respect. People know she’s fast. She can draft. She knows how the air works. She gets a lot of that from IndyCar. So I have 100 percent confidence she can win the Daytona 500. “I remember Derrike Cope, nobody gave him a chance, either, but I saw him in Victory Lane. I know it can be done.” But the Daytona 500 is a pressure-packed race unlike anything except the Indy 500. Some of the best drivers never win it – it took seven-time champion Earnhardt 20 tries to finally get his lone win – and Tony Stewart, Patrick’s teammate and car owner, goes into Sunday’s race seeking his first victory in 15 tries. He’s been quiet all week, except, of course, for the nine-car accident he started in an exhibition race last weekend. He lamented afterward, “That is why I haven’t won a Daytona 500 yet. I’m not quite sure exactly which move to make.” Don’t be fooled, though, by the three-time NASCAR champion. Stewart might just like being out of the spotlight as he heads into one of the few races missing from his resumé, and being the favorite for the 500 never has worked out for him before.

He wrapped up his practice with one final run Friday to test his race engine and wound up on top of the speed chart. It was Stewart’s intention to sit out today’s final day of practice. “I’m excited we’ve made it through the whole week without a scratch on the car,” he said. “We are as ready as you can get for the 500. I feel like we’ve got a car capable of winning the race. It’s just a matter of whether the driver does a good job with the steering wheel.” The title of favorite this year goes to Kevin Harvick, who has two wins in two races so far at Speedweeks. The driver has dominated in his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, led 63 of a possible 135 laps and didn’t even bother to take the cover off his car in Friday’s two practice sessions. Harvick, the 2008 race winner, has come into the year with both focus and some inner peace after a pair of life-changing moments. His first child, son Keelan, was born after last July’s race at Daytona. Then, in November, Harvick made the difficult decision to leave RCR after his 13th season with the organization that brought him into NASCAR and gave him his Cup ride the week after Earnhardt was killed in the 2001 Daytona 500. He’ll drive for Stewart next season at Stewart-Haas Racing, but is determined to make this last year with RCR count. “Everybody is just working toward the same goal, that’s winning the races,” Harvick said. “We have to be professional anyway, whether it’s lame duck or not. You can call it whatever you want. We’re going to have a helluva lot of fun racing, having a good time, doing our jobs.” The 500 will be the first with a full 43-car field racing NASCAR’s new Gen-6 car, which was designed all last season with input from teams, drivers and the manufacturers. Part of the intent was to design a car that more closely resembled what the automakers sell in the showrooms, and NASCAR succeeded in that area. But NASCAR also needed a car that produced better on-track racing, and the verdict is not in yet. There’s a lot of unknowns with the Gen-6 heading into Sunday, partly because drivers spent Speedweeks learning as much as they can about how it handles on the track. All three races so far have been largely uneventful, resembling something closer to a long parade rather than a high-speed spectacle.

MARANA, Ariz. – Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods now have plenty of company – somewhere other than the Match Play Championship. One day after the best two players in the world went home, more top seeds followed Friday when golf’s most unpredictable tournament served up another reminder that the only time the word “upset” should be used is to describe the guys who no longer are playing. Luke Donald, the No. 3 seed who is regarded among the best in match play, suffered his worst loss in 25 matches in this tournament. Louis Oosthuizen (No. 4) and Justin Rose (No. 5) never even reached the 17th tee when it was time for them to leave. When another wild day ended at Dove Mountain, Masters champion Bubba Watson was the last man standing

among the top 10 seeds. “This game ... it’s a tossup,” Watson said after going 22 holes to beat Jim Furyk. “You can’t really judge who’s going to win, or bet who’s going to win. It really means nothing, is what I’m saying.” At least he still is playing, even though he made it hard on himself. W a t s o n missed a 5-foot Bubba Watson birdie putt on the 18th hole that would have won the match. He missed another 5-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole. He had to stand to the side of the green as Furyk stood over a 12-foot putt to win the match. Given new life, Watson finally advanced to the third round. It was the first time since this World Golf Championship began in 1999 that only one top-10 seed was remaining after two rounds.

“I think we’re beyond surprises, in this event especially,” Graeme McDowell said after needing 20 holes to beat Alex Noren. “Anybody can have a great day and anybody can have a tough day. It’s what makes the game exciting, and it’s what makes this game extremely fickle and extremely frustrating.” And fun? “Yeah, it’s fun when you’re sitting in a car coming back from a second playoff hole having won,” McDowell said. “I drove past Alex Noren in the car park and he’s dragging his flight bag to the locker room. And he’s not having fun.” Donald, who birdied his last two holes Thursday to win his opening match, didn’t know what hit him. Scott Piercy won the first three holes, and if that wasn’t enough, he hit a 4-iron into the cup for eagle on the fifth hole and was on his way to a 7-and-6 win.

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Parents new to gardening often ask how they can get their children interested in the activity. Industry reps usually suggest growing plants that have multiple uses, flavors or fragrances, such as pumpkins, strawberries, sunflowers, radishes and marigolds, along with others.

New gardeners come with a basketful of questions By DEAN FOSDICK


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eople new to gardening ask the darndest questions: about how seeds work, about growing the perfect tomato, about waging war with insects (many of them beneficial). No question is a bad question, though, since good gardening requires a neverending supply of information. Beginners can find it by talking with neighborhood gardeners, nurseries, extension agents or by looking online. “I often get questions dealing with garden problems like, ‘I planted my winter squash in the winter so why didn’t they grow?’” said Rose Marie Nichols McGee, owner of Nichols Garden Nursery in Albany, Ore. That one developed into a long conversation about plant hardiness. Fertilizer is a topic that intimidates many gardeners, McGee said. “I usually tell them to put in a cover crop. It adds a great many nutrients when you turn it over in the spring. I’m also a great champion of using seaweed,” she


them a good base and it’s a good way to start.”

everything doesn’t work out, you’ll learn from your mistakes.”

For more how-to-garden advice, see the fact sheets at Renee’s Garden website:

Where should I plant?

What can I plant that will interest my kids?

said. “It’s the least likely (fertilizer) to burn plants.” McGee recommends against using cattle manure to fertilize vegetable gardens, citing its potential to be infected with harmful strains of E. coli bacteria. “I fertilize organically,” she said. “Fertilizers are expensive but composts are cheap.” Some other frequently asked gardening questions:

“The proximity to the kitchen when they get started makes it easier to bring in fresh edibles, plus it provides a strong incentive to make gardening a daily habit,” Doiron said.

When to plant? “Beginners know it’s sometime in the spring, but there’s no good sense about what that means,” Doiron said. “There’s no single answer, either, so I suggest they connect with other gardeners in the area or go online.”

How to begin?

What are some easy vegetables to grow?

“They usually start by saying. ‘I’ve got some lawn,’” said Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International in Scarborough, Maine. “I generally tell them to get started by using layers and layers of organic mulch. Smother it with organics. That will give

“Start small, with perhaps salad greens and herbs,” said Renee Shepherd, president of Renee’s Garden Seeds in Felton, Calif. “Grow mixed baby lettuce, chives, parsley and dill. Then, as you learn more, you can expand into other vegetables. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Even if

“Anything that makes gardening fun,” Shepherd said. “Grow plants with playful appeal and multiple uses and flavor or fragrance.” Favorites include radishes, pumpkins, sunflowers, zinnias, Alpine strawberries and marigolds.

What’s eating my plants? “I had a woman call asking what disease or insect could strike overnight and completely destroy her vegetable plants,” said Donna Coffin, an educator with University of Maine Extension. “I asked what the symptoms looked like and she said the plants were gone. I asked if she had deer or woodchucks in the area and she said no. I suggested she spread flour or cornmeal around the edge of the garden to see what comes in to eat the rest of her veggies. When she called back, it was evident she had deer, and we had a discussion about control options.”


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FAMILY TIME | Money advice for expectant, new parents

Tip of the week New parents don’t always prepare for the expenses associated with having a baby. A survey by Redbook Magazine and Visa found that less than 50 percent of expectant parents create a new budget that includes baby expenses. And while 76 percent of parents-to-be felt financially prepared for a baby, after the tyke arrived, 41 percent of new parents said they weren’t as prepared as they had thought. Taking steps like clipping coupons and buying secondhand clothes can help new parents save cash, but other important financial considerations – such as protecting their credit scores – require advanced planning. Here are some tips to help expectant and new parents to look after their finances: Before the baby arrives • Review your health insurance and what it covers. The full costs of prenatal care, maternal care and delivery are not always covered by all insur-

ance plans. As soon as you know you are pregnant – or when you make the decision to conceive – contact your insurer and ask for a detailed explanation of benefits. The Redbook survey found that unexpected hospital costs – things that couples thought their insurance would cover – cost one in four new parents more than $2,000 from their own pockets. Knowing what’s covered, and what’s not, can help you determine how much cash to set aside for hospital expenses. • Review your credit. One way or another, you will be spending money – a lot of it – when the new baby arrives. Whether you need to tap credit to buy nursery furniture or need a good credit score so you can get a better auto policy that costs less, it’s important to understand this aspect of your financial well-being. Enrolling in a product such as can help you understand your credit score and status, which can help you make informed decisions about how you will use credit during this potentially financially challenging time. • Create a spending plan. Your overall spending plan should not only include a budget for day-to-day costs like diapers, but a long-term plan for larger expenses such as nursery furniture, day care, and college savings. It’s important to estimate not only how much you’ll spend but when you’ll spend



95th birthday

Registration open for summer camp

Amos Andrew Tilton of Sycamore will celebrate his 95th birthday on Feb. 25. He has two children, Cheryl Ziegler and Mark Tilton, and seven grandchildren. Birthday wishes can be sent to 1151 Rose Dr., Sycamore, IL 60178.

8NEW ARRIVAL Kelley Brian and Amber (Hillman) Kelley of Peosta, Iowa, announce the birth of a daughter, Isla Christine Kelley, born Feb. 17, 2013, at Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and was welcomed home by Mason, 4, Brody, 2. Grandparents are Mike and Darlene Hillman of Sycamore and Dave and Debbie Kelley of Nora Springs, Iowa. Great-grandparents are Lester and Carol Sanders of Defiance, Ohio, Roger and Donna Bertelsen of Mason City, Iowa, and Gertrude Kelley of Rockwell, Iowa.

8IN UNIFORM Cutsinger receives ROTC award Army Cadet David M. Cutsinger has received the George C. Marshall Award during an awards ceremony at the Marshall Center, Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. The award is named in the honor and legacy of General of the Army George C. Marshall, who served in World War II as the Army Chief of Staff and in the post-war era served as secretary of state and secretary of defense. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior Army ROTC cadets in military science studies and leadership values in each battalion at host universities or colleges. Top cadets from each cadet battalion represent the very best of a highly selective organization. This is a national award and the highest award an ROTC cadet can receive. The cadets participate in focus groups and round table discussions and lectures on the theme of the national security of the U.S. and the Army’s security role in the international arena. Cadets receive formal speeches from the highest echelons of the U.S. Army’s leadership ranks, scholars and experts in the area of national defense. Cutsinger is a student at Northern Illinois University. He is the son of Donald Cutsinger of Waterman and a 1999 graduate of Somonauk High School.

it, too. For example, your short-term budget may include the cost of a crib – an item you will need immediately – but you may be able to postpone other furniture purchases like a dresser or changing table. When you’re new parents • Buy wisely and frugally. From clipping coupons to buying off-brand names or purchasing from secondhand stores, it’s possible to equip your baby with everything he or she needs at a fraction of the cost of buying brand new, brand-name retail products. It’s normal to feel pressured to buy new, top-of-the-line luxury items for your baby, but used items and off-brand products can be just as good. Check out online ratings for a used item’s durability before you buy it, and see what other consumers have to say about cheaper brands of diapers, baby wipes and clothing. • Continue to keep an eye on your credit; it’s a key element of your financial health. Good credit directly affects your ability to buy that bigger house you need as Junior starts to grow, get an auto loan for a minivan, or secure a new job in some cases. – Brandpoint

Family movie night “Struck by Lightning” Rated: PG-13 Length: 90 minutes

SOUL 4-H Camp is set for June 10 through 14 at Camp Benson in Mount Carroll. Camper registration is now being accepted. SOUL 4-H Camp is a five-day, four-night residential camp conducted cooperatively by University of Illinois Extension staff in Unit 1 (Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago) and Unit 2 (Boone, DeKalb, Ogle) and the staff at Camp Benson. Campers will engage in activities that challenge, educate and entertain. Two or three free choice periods will be offered daily and will include such options as hiking, nature study, rock climbing, rappelling, arts and crafts, shooting sports, tubing and kayaking, field games, crate stacking, teambuilding challenges, camping skills and GPS scavenger hunts. Evening activities will be provided by teen 4-H camp counselors and include campfires, a dance and a talent show. 4-H Camp is open to all youth, ages 8 to 14 by June 10. 4-H membership is not required; however, all participants will be expected to comply with the same high behavior standards expected of 4-Hers. Participants who register before March 1 will pay $235. Those who register on or after March 1 will pay $250. A minimum $75 deposit is required with registration. A camper T-shirt is included in the cost. Scholarship rebates are provided for enrolled 4-H club members in some counties. Check with your local Extension office to learn what monies may be available to help offset camp costs for your family. For information or an application, call University of Illinois Extension – Ogle County at 815-732-2191 or visit http://web.extension.illinois. edu/bdo/ and click on SOUL 4-H Camp.

Ryan returns from deployment

Pfund receives St. Louis Business Journal Award

Army Spec. Tyler M. Ryan has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe. Ryan is an infantryman assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for two years. He is the son of Mike Ryan of Sycamore and a 2008 graduate of Leland High School.

Matthew Pfund was recently named as one of the top 40 businessman in the St. Louis area. Pfund, vice president and project director for Tarlton Corp., was a 1992 graduate of Sycamore High School and 1996 graduate of Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville. Most recently, he was in charge of the $130 million St. Louis Art Museum expansion and is currently working on the $90 million expansion of the Olin Business School at Washington University. Pfund lives in Edwardsville with his wife and three children. He is the son of John and Sue Pfund of Sycamore.

Synopsis: After being struck and killed by lightning, a young man recounts the way he blackmailed his fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine. Violence/scary rating: 3 Sexual-content rating: 3.5 Profanity rating: 3 Drugs/alcohol rating: 3.5 Family Time rating: 3.5. This is definitely a teen movie, probably better handled by older teens. (Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Book report “Lenobia’s Vow: A House of Night Novella,” by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast Ages: 12-17 Pages: 160 Synopsis: Evreux, France, 1788: Before she is Zoey’s favorite professor and the House of Night’s powerful horse mistress ... Lenobia is just a normal 16-year-old girl – with enough problems to last a lifetime. As the illegitimate daughter of a powerful baron, she has never quite belonged, and instead has to watch her spoiled half-sister, Cecile, get anything she wants. As if that’s not enough, her remarkable beauty draws unwanted attention wherever she goes. For once, she would like to just fit in. But when fate intervenes, Lenobia suddenly finds

herself surrounded by other girls, on a ship bound for New Orleans, where they will be married off to the city’s richest Frenchmen. And they’re not alone. ... An evil bishop who is skilled in Dark magic makes the same journey. His appetite for lovely young women makes him dangerous – most of all to Lenobia, who caught his eye back in France. So she remains hidden, making secret visits to the ship’s stables, where a handsome young man and his beautiful Percheron horses soon capture her attention. Will they make it to land before the bishop discovers her true identity and a powerful evil breaks loose? And will Lenobia follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? Find out more about one of your favorite professors in Lenobia’s Vow, the next heart-thumping House of Night Novella by PC Cast and Kristin Cast. – St. Martin’s Press

Did you know? Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23) is an ideal opportunity to take stock of the potential hazards that can be found in a home – many of which can’t be seen or sensed but can be deadly. First Alert reminds families to be aware that poisoning can take many forms, including carbon monoxide and radon poisoning.

– GateHouse News Service

Karate belt promotions

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Belt promotions were the focus this week for the students at Midwest Shotokan Karate in Genoa. Eight students received promotions. Five are pictured (from left) with Sensei Bernard Ray: Jason Gooley, Rebecca Brown, Timmy Piper, Denzel Allen and DeMarcus McFadden. Not pictured are Kayla Gurnitz, Gracie Nelsen and Jacqueline Jacober. Midwest Shotokan Karate meets Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at J’Studio in Genoa. For information, call 815-751-5673.

8PRAIRIE FLOWERS G-K baseball a great experience To the Editor: Baseball tryouts are next weekend and I was starting to think about the great times I’ve had before in baseball. This definitely makes me want thank a few people who are responsible for them. First, I want to thank all of the coaches who volunteer their time to create a league that all the boys in Genoa and Kingston can play in. I’ve personally had many good experiences with coaches Chris Bradshaw, Paul and Jamie Connell, Jerry Busse, John Mangum, Kevin Sosnowski and Pat Murphy. Second I would like to thank the park district of Genoa and Kingston for allowing use of their many baseball fields for practice and games. I’d also like to thank a few people in my family for keeping me involved at home and for coming to all my games. My thanks to my grandpa, Tom Nelson, for always being at my games and of course my parents for helping me to stay involved and practice whenever I can. I’ve met some of my best friends throughout the course of my time playing in G-K baseball and I honestly think it is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Jack Daurer Genoa

Thanks for helping with Eagle project To the Editor: I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the communities of Sycamore and DeKalb and the many people and businesses for the tremendous support received for the “Instruments for Children” Eagle Scout Project. The project collected instruments that were repaired, cleaned and donated to the Sycamore School District Music Department for the purpose of loaning them to students that cannot afford to rent or own a musical instrument. Due to an overwhelming response, the project donated 55 instruments to be used by children for many years to come. None of this would be possible without the help of

many individuals and organizations. I’d like to thank Mr. Scott Mertens, Sycamore Music Department chairman, for helping organize and carry out this project; his commitment to music and children made this project possible. Mr. Mertens along with the Sycamore Music Department will make sure that these instruments will be well-used by children in need, and will greatly benefit the community. Additionally, thank you to the Sycamore School District for their support of this project. I would like to thank DeKalb County Community Foundation - Youth Engaged in Philanthropy for their generous grant. These funds made it possible to repair many instruments and get them to a playable condition, as well as the ability to purchase a few more used instruments to donate for this project. Thank you to Tom and Nancy Lowe for sponsoring this project. Their donation helped repair six instruments. I extend my gratitude to each individual that donated instruments or money. This project would not have been possible without these donations. My appreciation is extended to the following businesses and community members for their contributions: Roger Morgan of Roger’s Instruments, Wendy Tritt of Trittenhaus Design, InVironments Magazine, Tom Asher, Ken Hirschbein of Hirschbein Trophies, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Tom Peterson of the UPS Store in Woodstock, John McCartan of the UPS Store in DeKalb, Austin’s Violin Shop, Ax In Hand, Daily Chronicle, The MidWeek, Poc’s Music, Salem Lutheran Church, and especially BSA Troop 2810 scouts and leaders for their support and help throughout the project. Many scouts and committee members helped during instrument collection, cleaning and donation. Lastly, I would like to thank the community. The incredible generosity of our community was overwhelming. The “Instruments For Children” Eagle Scout Project would not have been a huge success without their support. Kevin Loitz Boy Scouts of America Troop 2810 Sycamore


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Galena set for Museum has educator resources Wine Lover’s Weekend event Teachers, home-school parents, scout leaders, teachers’ aides, school administrators and area educators are invited to an open house at the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Attendees can explore the museum, enjoy refreshments, meet animal ambassadors and learn about the educa-

Wine Lover’s Weekend has blossomed into one of the state’s premiere wine events. A pair of Grand Tastings at the Galena Convention Center and a plethora of events are the ideal way to kick off spring.

Winemaker spotlight The Grand Tastings at Wine Lover’s Weekend will have 45 wine vendors packed into the Galena Convocation Center. They are the star attractions in a weekend loaded with events. Now in its eighth year, Wine Lover’s Weekend continues to grow. The Friday Grand Tasting has already sold out. Tim Althaus, president of Family Beer and Liquor, which sponsors the Grand Tastings, expects an imminent sell-out of Saturday’s Grand Tasting. The weekend’s popularity stems not only from the great wine, but the way the entire business community in picturesque Galena comes to life. “It’s great when you get a group of couples or friends at the event just getting away and enjoying what is a great event and beautiful and romantic location,” said Althaus, who also is a member of the Wine Lover’s Weekend Committee. “Just this week 10 ladies that are wine lovers from central Illinois called to share they were coming up for a weekend getaway. “It’s a great event with a vast selection of wines. It’s a fun chance to educate your palate and really find out what you like or don’t like. We will have a large variety of red, white and sweet wines. People are amazed at the large amount of wines that are open to taste,” he said. Galena Cellars spokeswoman Janelle Keeffer marveled at the repeat attendees she’s noticed at Wine Lover’s Weekend. “It’s been great to watch the event grow throughout

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tional opportunities the museum offers, including field trips, outreach programs and new Educator Resource Boxes. Each Educator Resource Box focuses on a different area of natural history, such as Native American culture, life cycles or dinosaurs. They are filled with a range of artifacts, activities and replicas, all carefully selected to facilitate learning and meet state standards.

Boxes can be checked out by DeKalb County educators free of charge to enjoy with their students in their own classrooms. The Educator Resource Box project is made possible by a grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation. The open house is free, but RSVP by calling 815-895-9777 or email

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the years,” she said. “Wine lovers of all backgrounds come together. There are novices, experts and people just looking to enjoy the company of friends. It’s fun to see after eight years we have some of the same groups of people coming year after year.”

Where to go Wine Lover’s Weekend, Galena, March 22 to 24 More than just the pair of Grand Tastings, Wine Lover’s Weekend has become a phenomenon that encompasses restaurants, wine stores and wineries in the Galena area. “It seems like there are events added daily as the weekend approaches,” Althaus said. “There are winemaker dinners, seminars and meet-and-greets with winery owners all weekend.” Fried Green Tomatoes and Frits and Frites serve delectable dinner dishes. Be sure to make reservations. Also, make your way to the Galena Cellars 2013 Vineyard Opening from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a series of events, tours and tastings. Situated high above downtown Galena, amidst the sprawling countryside, there’s not a better vista in which to enjoy a glass of wine and the company of good friends in the entire state. Tickets are available only online this year; no tickets will be sold at the door. Visit www.wineloversweekend. com for an updated event list and more information.

• James Nokes writes a biweekly wine column for the Daily Chronicle. He’s been tasting, touring and collecting in the wine world for several years. Contact him at news@

Sustainable landscaping is part of a growing national effort in the landscaping industry. Sustainable landscapes conserve and improve the environment, are esthetically pleasing and save money. Why not think about making the landscape of your home more sustainable? Come join University of Illinois Extension Educators for a series of programs focused on various aspects of sustainable landscaping. The series, which begins March 7 at Kishwaukee College, will cover five different sustainable landscaping topics. 1. Introduction to Landscape Planning and Design: 6 to 7 p.m. March 7 Join an Extension educator and a local landscape professional for an introduction into basic landscape design techniques and sustainable hardscapes installation. Personalized advice will be given throughout the series on creating your own landscape plan. 2. Right Plant, Right Location: 6 to 7 p.m. March 21 Learn how to achieve energy efficiency in your home through proper planting, wind break installation and more. 3. Sustainable Landscap-

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ing 101: 6 to 7 p.m. April 4 Learn about various aspects of sustainable landscaping including low energy landscaping and sustainable weed control techniques, among others. 4. Water Efficient Landscaping: 6 to 7 p.m. April 18 Learn how to install a rain garden and plant a xeriscape. Proper mulching

techniques for water conservation and water storage irrigation options will also be discussed. 5. Gardening for Pollinators: 6 to 7 p.m. May 2 Sustainable gardening can help attract and retain our native pollinators in the garden. Learn how to select and retain the right plants for attracting pollinators

– especially butterflies and hummingbirds – in your garden. While these programs are designed for home gardeners, landscape professionals also can gain valuable knowledge. Cost for the program is $36 for the series or $12 per session. To register, call 815825-2086, ext. 2040.

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Join Hercules, Vladimir, Jill, and Twitch for turtle trivia, races, and turtle care. Designedd for ages 6-10, but all ages are welcome. No registration required. Included in Museum admission: adults $6 and kids and seniors $5. Fun is from 11 a.m. to noon. February 23 Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertt Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU, DeKalb This is the annual Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition Winner Concert with competition winner Kelly Talim, the DeKalb Festival Chorus and members of Rockford’s Mendelssohn Chorale. GA tickets, on sale 30 minutes prior to the concert, are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors 62 and over, and $5 for children under 12. Starts at 7:30 p.m. February 23 The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion Sandwich Opera House, Sandwich






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8ASTROGRAPH By BERNICE BEDE OSOL Newspaper Enterprise Association

TODAY – You might have to shoulder more responsibilities in the year ahead than what you’re accustomed to handling, but don’t be dismayed – with enhanced duties come greater rewards. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – If you have a bad attitude, unplanned developments could become overwhelming. Try to roll with the punches and hope for the best. ARIES (March 21-April 19) – There is a strong chance that you could run into one of your least favorite people at a social gathering. If you allow your dislike to surface, the event is likely to lose its luster. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – A disagreement between you and your mate could turn into something serious if neither one of you shows a willingness to compromise. Be the one who offers the olive branch. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – Criticism of someone’s work will not necessarily help enhance his or her performance. To encourage this person, your comments must be constructive and positive. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – If you haven’t been too good about managing your money lately, you won’t have the funds you need to do or buy that something you want. Plan better for the future. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – Any restrictions to which you might be subjected are not likely to be the fault of others, but will be a product of your own mismanagement. Be careful where you point the finger of blame. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – If you’re too self-involved, your efforts aren’t likely to bring you much satisfaction today. This malady can easily be cured, however, by putting the needs of others ahead of your own. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – Allowing friends to pressure you into spending more money than necessary could cause you to resent them instead of yourself. You must be the one who has the willpower to abstain. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – Because you’re likely to do everything the hard way, you may not be able to achieve all of your objectives. Try to use your time wisely. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – Guard against a tendency to anticipate negative outcomes. If you think you might fail, you’ll make sure to find a way to prove yourself right. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – Do not allow yourself to get into a situation that would put you in a bad financial position with another. Don’t start borrowing from friends if you’ll have trouble paying them back. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – Be careful, because your colleagues could have a stronger influence over your doings than you’d like. Their aims might not be in harmony with yours.


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Parents’ hair-trigger anger keeps teens away Dear Abby: I’m a 15-yearold student who reads your column every day, and I hope you can help me. I want to be closer to my parents. They yell at my siblings and me and call us names. It hurts me very much. If we make a mistake – even a little one – or forget our chores, we can expect to be insulted, yelled at, etc. I have learned to tune them out, but I don’t understand how such intelligent people like my parents can act this way. Years ago, I decided to talk to them about it, but that was seen as an act of defiance. My parents, especially my father, can’t take constructive criticism and respond with more yelling. Each of our arguments leaves me upset for days. But I still believe I need to do something. I want to be close to them before it’s too late, but I have lost so much respect and trust for them, and they probably feel the same. Please, Abby, I don’t know what to do. I would greatly appreciate your advice, although I know you are very busy. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. – Hopeful in New York Dear Hopeful: You have my sympathy. Harsh words can leave wounds that last longer

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips than physical bruises. Some parents develop hair-trigger tempers when they are under financial pressure. Others, without realizing it, model their behavior on the way their parents raised THEM and overreact when their children make mistakes. Because you haven’t been able to get through to your father, talk to a trusted adult relative about the fact that you would like to be closer to your parents but don’t know how. If they hear it from another adult, they might be more open to the message. Dear Abby: I am a 26-yearold mother of a 13-month-old daughter, “Lissa.” I am a “by-the-book” mom. I’m still breastfeeding and I am strict about what I allow my daughter to eat. She has just barely started to eat table food. I don’t want my child to have bad eating habits, so I try to give her only healthy items at dinnertime. Her dad, on the other hand, thinks it’s funny to give her junk, including sugar. When she was only 2 months old, I caught him giving her licorice. The other day, it was soda and

ice cream. I don’t agree with this, and it’s causing us a lot of fights. When we sit down to dinner, I have Lissa’s meal set aside. But before I can sit down, her dad starts giving her things off his plate and then she won’t eat her dinner. I have told him I don’t like it, but he doesn’t understand that I want to teach her good eating habits. Am I wrong in trying so hard? Or should I just give up and let her eat junk? – Trying My Best in California Dear Trying: Parenting is supposed to be a team sport and I’m more concerned about the fact that Lissa’s dad is undercutting you than what’s going into her mouth right now. If he continues, in another year or two, your little girl will regard him as a pushover and you as a big meanie. You may need an impartial mediator to get through to Lissa’s father, and the perfect person to do that is your child’s pediatrician. Let the doctor tell Daddy that the more she is given sweets, the more she’ll crave them. The only thing about your approach that might be of concern to me is your calling yourself a “by-the-book” mother. A conscientious parent not only goes by the book

and is consistent, but she also uses her head and listens to her heart. I hope you will remember that. Dear Abby: I have been in love with “Richard” for 14 years. We broke up after we dated for a while because my alcoholic mother kept interfering. She kept telling me how “bad” he was for me – and I, thinking my mother had my best interests at heart, believed her. After a divorce on my part and a breakup on his, we are now in a long-distance relationship. We hope to make our relationship permanent after getting to know each other again. My problem is, when Richard is unhappy or upset with someone else, he takes it out on me. It doesn’t seem to matter what happened, he’ll pick a fight over something inconsequential. It drives me crazy. I know what he’s doing; I just don’t know how to stop it. The latest flare-up involved the fact that his dog was missing, so he picked a fight with me because I “always tell him how nice the weather is where I live.” He refuses to get counseling. What do I do? – Pulling My Hair Out Dear Pulling: Your problem isn’t that Richard uses you

as a scapegoat for his frustrations; it’s that you tolerate it. It’s possible that because of your mother’s alcoholism and the unpredictable behavior you were subjected to during your formative years, you have accepted Richard’s behavior. Because he refuses counseling, YOU should get some. What he’s doing is not acceptable. It is emotional abuse. From my perspective, the healthiest thing you could do for yourself besides break up with Richard would be to keep the romance longdistance. Dear Abby: A good friend of mine gave me some books – books she didn’t like! My question: Why would you pass on something you did not enjoy reading? – Theresa in San Diego Dear Theresa: Perhaps she thought you would like them. Because she didn’t care for the books didn’t mean you automatically wouldn’t. Or, having paid for them, she didn’t want the money she had spent to go to waste. My thought: Give her the benefit of the doubt and stop looking a gift horse in the mouth.

• Write Dear Abby at www. or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Red yeast rice is unregulated and little studied Dear Dr. K: My last two blood tests showed that my cholesterol is too high. My doctor wants me to take a statin drug, but I’d rather use a natural remedy. I saw an ad for red yeast rice that says it’s as effective as statins. What do you think? Dear Reader: “All-natural” products have an obvious appeal. “Natural” chemicals have been on earth for as long as we have – in fact, much longer. It seems logical that since we have coexisted forever that we should tolerate natural chemicals better than those humans have created in just the past century or so. Most pharmaceuticals fall into that category. Many of my patients think

ASK DR. K Anthony L. Komaroff that if God put a chemical in our environment, it must be safe. But if clever humans put it there – maybe it’s dangerous. Maybe we’re not as clever as we think. It surely is true that most of the “unnatural” drugs created by humans can have side effects along with their benefits. But it also is true that many “natural” chemicals in our environment – such as arsenic – can be toxic. Red yeast rice is an example of a natural treatment that can have benefits ... and

risks. It is formed by a chemical reaction between rice and a particular type of yeast. The reaction produces a family of chemicals called monacolins, which lower cholesterol by inhibiting the liver enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. That’s exactly what the cholesterol medicines, statins, do. Red yeast rice does, indeed, lower blood cholesterol levels. But it also could produce the same side effects as the statin drugs, including muscle damage and liver inflammation. Given that you need a statin to reduce your cholesterol and cardiac risk, should you get it from red yeast rice or a prescription medication? In my view, the answer is clear: Use a prescription statin.

Because red yeast rice is sold as a dietary supplement, the FDA does not regulate how it is manufactured. No one besides the manufacturer is assuring that it is free of dangerous impurities that could lead to serious health problems. In addition, the monacolin content can vary from brand to brand and batch to batch of red yeast rice. So, unlike a statin pill, you may be underdosing or overdosing – and you won’t know which. Either could adversely affect your health. Maybe more important, there are few scientific studies of the possible benefits and side effects of red yeast rice. Statins have been carefully studied in hundreds of thou-

sands of people over many years. We have solid scientific evidence of their benefit, and a solid idea of how often they produce side effects. We just don’t have any such evidence with red yeast rice. And if cost is on your mind, consider this: Many insurance plans cover statins. I’m not against natural remedies; I’m against any type of treatment – natural or unnatural – that has not been scientifically validated. In the case of cholesterol, there are several natural remedies that have been solidly validated: diet, exercise and weight control.

• Visit www.AskDoctorK. com to read more.

8TODAY’S WEEKEND PUZZLE ACROSS 1 Cross one’s heart 6 Denmark’s — Islands 11 Customs 16 Lower the lighting 21 Antique brooch 22 Change a bill 23 Dickens’ — Heep 24 Basketball venue 25 Turn away 26 “— — fast!” 27 River formation 28 Like fleabag hotels 29 Bias or Dawson 30 Charmed snake 32 Vermont syrup 34 Stir-fry pan 36 Narrow inlet 37 Ring earth goddess 39 Diver’s find 41 Rodeo gear 43 Crete’s sea 45 Whale diet 47 Very quickly 49 Updates 51 Encompassing 54 Be gracious 55 De Gaulle’s topper 56 Polite cough 60 Give comfort 61 Subatomic particles 62 Debutante’s bow 64 Perfume label word 65 Civil rights activist — Williams 66 Wilkes- —, Pa. 67 Turkish coins 68 Pull — — one 70 Buckeye’s sch. 71 Ludlum’s “The — Identity” 73 Joins metal 74 Hedge shrub 75 Ark. neighbor 77 Ties the knot 78 45 players (hyph.) 79 Folly 80 Boudica’s people

82 “— luego!” 83 Oregon Trail town 84 Pinatubo, for one 87 Labyrinths 88 Put up pictures 89 Vegas rival 93 UFO passengers 94 Entrance hall 95 Preserved salmon 97 Part of LAX 98 “Violet” lead-in 99 Ballet leaps 100 Artful dodges 101 Honshu volcano 103 Rumor, perhaps 104 Let borrow 106 Profits 107 “New World Symphony” composer 108 Semester 110 Youngsters 111 Held on tight 112 Former British colony 113 Marshy hollow 115 Seal a tub 116 Tibet’s capital 117 Extra wary (hyph.) 120 Take the car 122 Kind of thief 124 Sales slip (abbr.) 128 Goat’s-hair garment 129 Tenet 131 Spit out 133 Dangerous curves 135 “Go, team!” 136 Thick, woolen carpet 138 Ike’s opponent 140 Cook slowly 142 Archaeology find 144 “Moonlight Gambler” singer 145 Discover 146 Pentium producer 147 Suit material 148 Famed violin 149 Deep fissure 150 Rock-strewn 151 Chili-pepper dip

DOWN 1 Map feature 2 Vacillate 3 Make changes to 4 — Lingus 5 Univ. marchers 6 Engine component 7 Ethically neutral 8 Patch the pavement 9 Switch positions 10 Genesis kingdom 11 Beauty treatment 12 Familiar threat (2 wds.) 13 Rubs the wrong way 14 Don the feedbag 15 Journalist Bernard — 16 Picnic hamper

17 Before 18 Tractor pioneer 19 Buddha’s land 20 Pyramid builder 31 Comment 33 Rickman and Arkin 35 Watering hole 38 “Go fly — —!” 40 Punjab capital 42 Met productions 44 Cookie-selling org. 46 Fix up an old house 48 Window part 50 Makes a decision 51 It’s worth — — 52 Elk kin 53 Warrant officer (var.) 54 Chances to play 55 Some Iraqis 57 Pant

58 Slackens off 59 Mongrels 61 — Gras 62 Small hairs 63 Linear units 66 Good, to Juan 67 Boxing jabs 69 Less coarse 72 Track great Jesse — 73 Older but — 74 Hurler Satchel — 76 Friendlier 78 Light fogs 79 Friars or lamas 81 Artificial waterway 82 Put up alfalfa 83 Gulls’ perches 84 Arched ceiling 85 Stan’s partner 86 Metric quart

87 Dust particles 88 Indochinese people 90 A moon of Jupiter 91 Tent dweller 92 Japanese port 94 Warded off 95 Creeps 96 Brubeck and others 99 Jug or slammer 100 Radio’s — Harvey 102 Bat’s navigational system 105 Gives a thumbsup 106 Sticks together 107 Male duck 109 Future bks. 111 Mine mishaps (hyph.) 112 Awful

114 Complained 115 Tobacco products 116 Dwindle 117 Exasperates 118 WWII movie staple (hyph.) 119 Zenith opposite 121 Deliver a message 123 Groovy 125 Fish carrier 126 Shows fright 127 — Bara of the silents 130 Actress — Powers 132 Baseball’s Speaker 134 Former JFK arrivals 137 Bambi’s aunt 139 Cotillion honoree 141 Ottawa’s prov. 143 Glasgow pair


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 23rd JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DEKALB COUNTY ILLINOIS OLD SECOND NATIONAL BANK, Plaintiff, vs. PETER A. HOYE, GUADALUPE HOYE, DONALD OETTER, UNKNOWN OWNERS, UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION and N ON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, Defendants. IN CHANCERY Case No. 11 CH 592 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is given that pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure entered by this Court in the aboveentitled action, the property described below, or so much of it as shall be sufficient to satisfy the judgment, shall be sold to the highest bidder. Further notice should be taken of the following: 1. The name, address, and telephone number of the person to contact for information concerning the property is: SMITH & MEYER LLC, 1958 Aberdeen Ct., Suite 1, Sycamore IL 60178, (815) 7877033. 2. The common address and other description, if any, of the property is: 215 St. Andrews Drive, DeKalb, Illinois 60115. 3. A legal description of the property is: LOT 4 OF SOUTH POINTE GREENS P.U.D. UNIT ONE, A SUBDIVISION OF PART OF THE EAST HALF OF THE NORTHWEST FRACTIONAL QUARTER OF SECTION 3, TOWNSHIP 39 NORTH, RANGE 4 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED SEPTEMBER 11, 2003, IN PLAT CABINET 9 AT SLIDE NO. 75-A AS DOCUMENT NO. 2003026998 AND CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION RECORDED OCTOBER 16, 2003 AS DOCUIVIENT NO. 2003030653, ALL SITUATED IN THE CITY OF DEKALB, DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS. 4. P-I-N: 11-03-126-004. 5. A description of any improvements on the property is: Singlefamily residential dwelling. 6. The time, date and place ofthe sale are: March 28, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the DeKalb County Sheriffs Office, 150 N. Main Street, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. 7. The terms of the sale are: Purchaser shall pay ten (10%) percent



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Daily Chronicle / pay (1 ) pe down by certified check on the date of the sale, the balance in cash at the time of closing. Closing shall take place within thirty (30) days after the date of sale at Chicago Title Insurance Company, 2128 Midlands Ct., Sycamore, IL 60178. Purchaser shall be furnished with a commitment for title insurance in the full amount of purchase price subject to all easements, covenants and conditions of record; right-ofway for drainage tiles, ditches, feeders and laterals, if any; real estate taxes and penalties and interest thereon for the year 2011 and all subsequent years, and existing unrecorded leases and all right there under of the lessees and of any person or party claiming by, through or under the lessees. Rents of current tenants will be prorated to date of closing. Subject to the rights of tenants, the Property will be available for inspection prior to the date of sale at stated times on reasonable request. Property will be sold subject to all current leases. Copies of leases and title commitment are available for inspection at the offices of Smith & Meyer LLC, 1958 Aberdeen Ct., Sycamore, IL 60178; telephone (815)787-7033 and, facsimile (815)748-1020. All bids shall be payable at closing with interest thereon at the rate of Nine percent (9 %) per annum from the date of sale to the date the purchase price is paid in full. Possession and a certificate of sale shall be delivered to the purchaser at closing. The sale will not be complete until payment in full is made and received and entry of an order confirming the sale. 8. Title will be conveyed subject to all general real estate taxes for the years 2011 and subsequent years, including penalties and interest, special assessments, if any, easements, covenants and conditions of record, and rights of way for drainage tiles, ditches, feeders and laterals, if any. Dated: February 20, 2013. SMITH & MEYER LLC By: /s/ Peter Thomas Smith Peter Thomas Smith, one of its attorneys Peter Thomas Smith SMITH & MEYER LLC 1958 Aberdeen Ct., Suite 1 Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 787-7033 - phone (815) 748-1020 - fax (Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 23, March 2 & 9, 2012.)

PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 23rd JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DEKALB COUNTY ILLINOIS OLD SECOND NATIONAL BANK, Plaintiff, vs. PETER A. HOYE, GUADALUPE HOYE, DONALD OETTER, UNKNOWN OWNERS, UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION and N ON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, Defendants. IN CHANCERY Case No. 11 CH 592 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is given that pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure entered by this Court in the aboveentitled action, the property described below, or so much of it as shall be sufficient to satisfy the judgment, shall be sold to the highest bidder. Further notice should be taken of the following: 1. The name, address, and telephone number of the person to contact for information concerning the property is: SMITH & MEYER LLC, 1958 Aberdeen Ct., Suite 1, Sycamore IL 60178, (815) 7877033. 2. The common address and other description, if any, of the property is: 215 St. Andrews Drive, DeKalb, Illinois 60115. 3. A legal description of the property is: LOT 4 OF SOUTH POINTE GREENS P.U.D. UNIT ONE, A SUBDIVISION OF PART OF THE EAST HALF OF THE NORTHWEST FRACTIONAL QUARTER OF SECTION 3, TOWNSHIP 39 NORTH, RANGE 4 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED SEPTEMBER 11, 2003, IN PLAT CABINET 9 AT SLIDE NO. 75-A AS DOCUMENT NO. 2003026998 AND CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION RECORDED OCTOBER 16, 2003 AS DOCUIVIENT NO. 2003030653, ALL SITUATED IN THE CITY OF DEKALB, DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS. 4. P-I-N: 11-03-126-004. 5. A description of any improvements on the property is: Singlefamily residential dwelling. 6. The time, date and place ofthe sale are: March 28, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the DeKalb County Sheriffs Office, 150 N. Main Street, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. 7. The terms of the sale are: Purchaser shall pay ten (10%) percent down by certified check on the date of the sale, the balance in cash at the time of closing. Closing shall take place within thirty (30) days after the date of sale at Chicago Title Insurance Company, 2128 Midlands Ct., Sycamore, IL 60178. Purchaser shall be furnished with a commitment for title insurance in the full amount of purchase price subject to all easements, covenants and conditions of record; right-ofway for drainage tiles, ditches, feeders and laterals, if any; real estate taxes and penalties and interest thereon for the year 2011 and all subsequent years, and existing unrecorded leases and all right there under of the lessees and of any person or party claiming by, through or under the lessees. Rents of current tenants will be prorated to date of closing. Subject to the rights of tenants, the Property will be available for inspection prior to the date of sale at stated times on reasonable request. Property will be sold subject to all current leases. Copies of leases and title commitment are available for inspection at the offices of Smith & Meyer LLC, 1958 Aberdeen Ct., Sycamore, IL 60178; telephone (815)787-7033 and, facsimile (815)748-1020. All bids shall be payable at closing with interest thereon at the rate of Nine percent (9 %) per annum from the date of sale to the date the purchase price is paid in full. Possession and a certificate of sale shall be delivered to the purchaser at closing. The sale will not be complete until payment in full is made and received and entry of an order confirming the sale. 8. Title will be conveyed subject to all general real estate taxes for the years 2011 and subsequent years, including penalties and interest, special assessments, if any, easements, covenants and conditions of record, and rights of way for drainage tiles, ditches, feeders and laterals, if any.

any Dated: February 20, 2013. SMITH & MEYER LLC By: /s/ Peter Thomas Smith Peter Thomas Smith, one of its attorneys


Peter Thomas Smith SMITH & MEYER LLC 1958 Aberdeen Ct., Suite 1 Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 787-7033 - phone (815) 748-1020 - fax


(Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 23, March 2 & 9, 2012.)

NOTICE IS GIVEN of the death of Frances P. Pesut of DeKalb County, Illinois. Letters of Office as Administrator were issued to Anna Marie Coveny on February 13, 2013, whose attorneys are KLEIN, STODDARD, BUCK & LEWIS, LLC, Attorneys at Law, 2045 Aberdeen Court, Sycamore, IL 60178. Claims against the estate may be filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court at the DeKalb County Courthouse, 133 West State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178, or with the representative, or both, within six months from the date of issuance of Letters of Office and any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within ten days after it has been filed. DATED: February 20, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTY-THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF ASHLEIGH N. BRAUN Petitioner vs DAVID J. FIELD Respondent Case No. 12 D 306 LEGAL NOTICE STATE OF ILLINOIS SS COUNTY OF DEKALB IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTY-THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS Ashleigh N. Braun, Plaintiff, David J. Field, Defendant Case No. 12 D 306 PUBLICATION NOTICE The requisite affidavit having been duly filed herein, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL DEFENDANTS IN THE ABOVE ENTITLED ACTION, that said action has been commenced in said Court by the plaintiff, naming you as defendant therein and praying For Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage and for relief; that summons has been issued out of this Court against you as provided by law, and, that this action is still pending and undetermined in said Court. NOW, THEREFORE, unless you file your answer or otherwise make your appearance in said action in this Court, by filing the same in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court on or before March 7, 2013, AN ORDER OF DEFAULT MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF. DATED: FEBRUARY 14, 2013, DEKALB, ILLINOIS, DEKALB COUNTY CLERK OF THE TWENTY-THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT. KIRSTEN R. BECKER, ATTORNEY AT LAW, 921 LEWIS STREET, DEKALB, IL 60115 (Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 16, 23 & March 2, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TWENTY-THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF RINEHOLD O. DAHMS, DECEASED. NO. 13 P 21 NOTICE FOR PUBLCATION CLAIMS INDEPENDENT EXECUTOR NOTICE IS GIVEN of the death of Rinehold O. Dahms of Sycamore, Illinois. Letters of Office were issued on February 13, 2013, to Danny R. Walker, 1165 Arneita St., Sycamore, IL 60178, as Independent Executor, and whose attorney is Gary E. Lothson, Attorney at Law, 203 Grove Street, DeKalb, Illinois 60115. The estate will be administrated without court supervision, unless under Section 5/28-4 (755 ILCS 5/28-4) of the Probate Act, any interested person terminates independent administration at any time by mailing or delivering a petition to terminate to the Clerk. Claims against the estate may be filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of DeKalb County, 133 W. State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178, or with the Executor, or both, on or before August 28, 2013. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the Executor and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed. DATED: February 13, 2013 Danny R. Walker, Independent Executor By: /s/ Gary E. Lothson Attorney at Law Prepared by: GARY E. LOTHSON Attorney at Law Atty. Reg. No. 6193083 203 Grove Street DeKalb, IL 60115 815-756-1436 815-756-4958 (Fax) (Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 16, 23 & March 2, 2013.) All NIU Sports... All The Time


/S/ Maureen Josh CIRCUIT CLERK OF DEKALB COUNTY, SYCAMORE, ILLINOIS Ronald G. Klein Attorney for the Estate of Frances P. Pesut KLEIN, STODDARD, BUCK & LEWIS, LLC 2045 Aberdeen Court, Suite A Sycamore, IL 60178 (815) 748-0380 (Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 23, March 2 & 9, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 23rd JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DEKALB COUNTY, ILLINOIS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM E. HERIAUD, Deceased Case No. 2013 P 16 INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION PUBCLICATION NOTICE TO: CREDITORS, CLAIMANTS, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES 1. Notice is given of the death of William E. Heriaud, who died on December 20, 2012 a resident of DeKalb, Illinois. 2. The Representative for the estate and his address is: Richard D. Heriaud, 316 W. Fifth Street, Sandwich, IL 60548. 3. The attorney for the estate and its address is: Krentz & Salfisberg, P.C., 100 W. Main Street, Plano, IL 60545. 4. Claims against the estate may be filed on or before 6 months from the date of first publication. Claims against the estate may be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, 133 W. State St., Sycamore, IL 60178, or with the Representative, or both. Any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the Representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed. 5. On January 20, 2013, an Order Admitting the Will to Probate and Appointing the Representative was entered. 6. Within 42 days after the effective date of the original Order Admitting the Will to Probate, you may file a petition with the Court to require proof of the validity of the Will as provided under section 621 of the Probate Act (IL Rev. Stat. Ch. 110 1/2, Par. 6-21). 7. Within 6 months after the effective date of the original Order Admitting the Will to Probate, you may file a petition with the Court to contest the validity of the Will as provided under Section 8-1 of the Probate Act (IL Rev. Stat. Ch. 110 1/2, Par. 8-1). 8. The estate will be administered without Court supervision unless an interested party terminates independent supervision administration by filing a petition to terminate under Section 28-4 of the Probate Act (Ill. Rev. Stat. Ch. 110 1/2, Par. 28-4).

ppr y of athletic wood flooring and replacement of telescoping bleachers at Indian Creek High School at 506 S. Shabbona Road, Shabbona, Illinois 60550. Contract Type: Single prime lump sum contract. Submission of Bids: Bids will be accepted until 2:00 P.M., March 14, 2013 at the office of Basalay, Cary & Alstadt Architects, Ltd., 620 W. Lafayette St., Ottawa, IL. Bids will be publicly opened at that time. Pre-bid Conference: February 26, 2013, 10:00 A.M. at Indian Creek High School, 506 S. Shabbona Road, Shabbona, Illinois. Sign in at the School Main Office. The gymnasium will be available for viewing at this date. Owner reserves the right to disqualify bidders that do not attend the pre-bid conference. Additional visits will be at the convenience of the Owner. Contact Dr. Pamela Rockwood, Supt., CUSD No. 425, (815-824-2197) to schedule visits other than pre-bid conference. Site visits that are not pre-arranged with the school district representative will not be permitted. The site will not be available for visits after March 11, 2013 Availability of Bidding Documents: Bidding Documents will be available on and after February 18, 2013 and may be examined at the office of the Architect; at the office of the Board of Education, Indian Creek CUSD #425; at the office of Northern Illinois Building Contractors Association, 1111 S Alpine St., Rockford, IL, McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge, and at Illinois Valley Contractor's Association, 1120 First St., LaSalle, IL. Prospective prime contract bidders may obtain Bidding Documents at the office of the Architect on or after above stated date by request, and by depositing $100.00 per set in the form of cash or check made payable to the Architect. Bidders will be limited to two (2) sets. Requests for mailed sets of Bidding Documents must be accompanied by a non-refundable remittance of $15.00 per set to cover mailing and handling costs. Such remittance must be in the form of a separate check made payable to the Architect. Deposits will be refunded upon return of the Bidding Documents in good condition, without markings, notations or other defacings, within ten (10) days after bid opening date. Bid security in the amount of five percent (5%) of the Base Bid amount proposed, in the form of a certified check or cashier's check made payable to the Owner, or a Bid Bond, must accompany bids. Selected bidder is required to provide a satisfactory performance bond and labor & material payment bond covering the full performance of the contract, irrevocable letter of credit or other security. The costs of the bonds are to be included in each contractor's bid proposal. Selected Bidders must assure that all persons employed by Bidder, and all applicants for such employment, will not be discriminated against because of their race, creed, color, sex, age or national origin. Selected Bidder will be required to pay prevailing rates of wages to all employees engaged in the project work and to provide the Owner with Certified Payroll documents indicating such compliance. Prevailing rates to be as determined by the U.S. Dept. of Labor for the area in which project is located. All bidders will be required to provide updated references, with contact information, for comparable projects within the past five years. Owner reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive any irregularities in the Bidding, and to award contract in Owner's best interests. Board of Education Indian Creek CUSD #425 506 S. Shabbona Road Shabbona, Illinois 60550

gi en Years Plaza located at 507 E.Taylor Street, DeKalb, Illinois, 60115 All principal subcontractors are strongly encouraged to visit the site to review the scope of work. Interested parties are to call the office of the Architect (574-288-2052) to confirm attendance. CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS Drawings, specifications and other bidding documents will be available starting at noon on February 21, 2013, at Alliance Architects, 929 Lincolnway East, Suite 200, South Bend, Indiana, and may be inspected during normal business hours at this location. There will be a refundable deposit charge of seventy-five dollars ($75.00) for every set of documents for all bidders. Deposits shall be made payable to the Owner and will be refunded in full if the following conditions are complied with, viz: 1. Return of the Project Manual and Drawings in good reusable condition within ten (10) days after the date of receiving bids and, 2. The delivery of a bonafide bid at the time and place fixed for receiving bids. Should any bidder fail in the observance of either condition, he shall forfeit the full amount of his deposit. Note: Subcontractors submitting bids to General Contractors who, in turn, submit a bonafide bid do not meet the requirements stated above and, as such, do not qualify for deposit refunds. Each contractor may obtain a maximum of three sets of Contract Documents. No partial sets will be issued. Instructions to Bidders and Plans and Specifications are on file in the Offices of the Architect, the Owner and as follows: Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb 310 North 6th Street DeKalb, Illinois 60115 Alliance Architects 929 Lincolnway East, Suite 200 South Bend, Indiana 46601 McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge 4300 Beltway Place Suite 180 Arlington, Texas 76018 Illowa Builders Association 520 24th Street Rock Island, Illinois 61201

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BPI Inc. 11331 West Rogers Street West Allis, Wisconsin 53227 Contractors Association of Will & Grundy Counties 233 N. Springfield Ave. Joliet, Illinois 60435 Northern Illinois Bldg. Contractors Inc. 1111 S Alpine Rd. Suite 202 Rockford, Illinois 61108 Hispanic American Const. Industry Assoc. 901 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 205 Chicago, Illinois 6060 Bids must include a bid guarantee made payable to the Housing Authority. Bid guarantees will be returned within 10 days of official bid opening, if requested, except for 3 selected qualified bidders. The unsuccessful bidders will have their bid guarantee returned after award of contract, if requested. The successful bidder must be fully insured and provide an assurance as required by Instructions to Bidders. Additional bid requirements are outlined in Section 00210 SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTIONS TO BIDDERS. All contractors and subcontractors must be in compliance with: Equal Opportunity Employment, Executive Order 11246 and DavisBacon wage rates as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor and adopted by the Housing Authority and as set forth in the Project Manual. Submission of U.S. Dept. of Labor payroll forms is required on a weekly basis. Contractors and subcontractors will commit themselves to making a good faith effort to meet the 10% goal of employing minorities and 5% goal of employing women. This publicly funded project is subject to the requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. The Housing Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to award the contract to the lowest, responsible and most responsive bidder and to waive any formalities or irregularities in the bids received. No bid shall be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days subsequent to the opening of the bids without the consent of the Housing Authority. The Housing Authority reserves the right to award a contract in the best interest of the Housing Authority. Furthermore, the Owner encourages Minority Business Enterprises -O ed Busi to and Wo

ty pr age and Women-Owned Businesses to submit a proposal for this project. To obtain contact information for Illinois MBE businesses, contractors are encouraged to contact: Mr. Ruddy Ortiz, Deputy Director Business Enterprise Programs Central Management Services 100 W. Randolph Chicago, Illinois 60601 Phone: (800) 356-9206 Fax: (312) 814-5539

pa Genoa, Illinois to consider proposed amendments to the text of the City of Genoa Unified Development Ordinance. All interested persons are invited to attend and to be heard. Jennifer Creadon, Chair Genoa Plan Commission (Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 23, 2013.)

(Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 23 & March 2, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING MILAN TOWNSHIP ELECTRIC AGGREGATION PLAN Notice is hereby given pursuant to Chapter 20, Act 3855k, Illinois Compiled Statutes, that the Township of Milan, Illinois will hold two separate public hearings for public comment on the Milan Township Electric Power Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance for the Municipal Electrical Aggregation Program to be held on March 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM and at 7:00 PM at the Milan Township Building located at 14989 Shabbona Rd, Shabbona, Illinois. The Milan Township Electric Power Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance describes the policies and procedures by which the Milan Township will carry out its Municipal Electric Aggregation Program, including those policies and procedures which relate to rates and customer service. The Plan includes information on member education, opt-out procedures, billing, obligations of an electric supplier solicitation of bids, changes and termination of service and selection of an electric supplier. A copy of the proposed plan is available for inspection by contacting the Milan Township Supervisor at 815-824-2570. MILAN TOWNSHIP ILLINOIS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the DeKalb Planning and Zoning Commission at its regular meeting on March 13, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, Illinois, on a proposal by Westminster Presbyterian Church on a Special Use Permit for a church campus signage plan at 830 North Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb. The property is legally described as Lot 1 in Westminster Subdivision, (a resubdivision of outlots "A" and "B" of Block 8 in the First Addition to Rolling Meadows Subdivision, as per the plat recorded in Book "M" of Plats, Page 17), according to the plat thereof recorded in Book "S" of Plats, Page 27, on September 25, 1979, as Document Number 424078, in DeKalb County, Illinois. PIN (08-15-152013) The property is commonly known as Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 830 Annie Glidden Road. All interested persons are encouraged to submit written or emailed comments to on this proposal to the City of DeKalb by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, and are invited to appear and be heard at the time and place listed above. Further information is available from the Planning and Development Division, (815) 748-2060.

(Published in the Daily Chronicle, February 23 & March 2, 2013.)

Michael Welsh, Chair DeKalb Planning and Zoning Commission City of DeKalb

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the City of Genoa Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon after 7:00 p.m. as may be possible, in the Genoa Municipal Center, 333 East First Street, Ge Illinoi id

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PUBLIC NOTICE SECTION 00 10 00 REQUEST FOR BIDS Bids are requested by the Board of Education of Indian Creek CUSD 425, 506 S. Shabbona Road, Shabbona, Illinois 60550 for 2013 Gymnasium Athletic Wood Flooring & Bleacher Replacement at Indian Creek High School. Work is to be carried out in accordance with Bidding Documents prepared by Basalay, Cary & Alstadt Architects, Ltd., 620 W. Lafayette St., Ottawa, IL 61350. Project Description: The work consists of removal and replacement of approximately 9,000 S.F.


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Sealed bids will be received by the Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb at their administrative offices located at 310 North 6th Street, DeKalb, Illinois 60115, until 2:00 p.m., local time, on March 21, 2013, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the following:

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SCOPE OF WORK Proposals are desired for a single, lump sum General Construction contract which shall include all work related to the following:

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