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he day was growing bitterly cold and dainty, wisps of snow began to fall while I traversed a brick path hugging the Fox River. Looking for something – ANYTHING – that could merit a quality photo and allow me to get back to the comfort of the warm indoors, I spotted a goose near a group of ducks also bearing the wintry weather. A delicate drop of water on the tip of the goose’s beak along with its seemingly morose state made for a perfect depiction of the day.

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• On page 10 of the March 14 edition of the Kane County Chronicle, an incorrect location was listed for Kaneland School District 302’s public hearing Monday on an application for a charter school. Incorrect information had been listed on the district’s website. The correct location is Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. Accuracy is important to the Kane County Chronicle. Please call errors to our attention by phone, 630-845-5355; or email,

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St. Charles, Aurora lawyers are finalists for judge post KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE GENEVA – Two Kane County lawyers will square off for an appointment to be the county’s next judge. Thursday, the office of the chief judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit, Judge Judith Brawka, said the circuit judges within the circuit, which presides over cases in Kane County, have selected Robert K. Villa of St. Charles and Mark K. Wade of Aurora as finalists to be appointed associate judge. The two lawyers were

selected out of a field of 31 candidates, the news release from Brawka’s office said. The release stated that the two men will vie for the position when the circuit judges in Kane County vote in coming days. The votes of the judges will be tallied by the Illinois Supreme Court. The state high court then will notify Brawka of the result. Villa has practiced law since 1995, beginning in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. He has practiced as a private litigator since 1998, most recently as a partner in

the firm of Griffin, Villa and Williams in Geneva. Wade has practiced law since 1983, beginning in private practice in Sandwich. He served as assistant corporation counsel for the city of Aurora from 1986 to 2005, and as a prosecutor in the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office from 2006 until earlier this year. He left that position in January to start a private practice, according to the release. Both lawyers were recommended for the position by the Kane County Bar Association.

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Where did you grow up? Bronx, N.Y. Who would play you in the movie of your life? Gary Sinise First job? I went out as a kid around the neighborhood and shoveled snow and sold Christmas cards. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Forest ranger. I became a chemical engineer instead. A movie you’d recommend? “Forrest Gump” Favorite charity? Fox Valley Crisis Pregnancy Center in Elgin, South Elgin and St. Charles Hobbies? Birding Do you have a favorite bird? Canvasback duck Favorite local restaurant? ZaZa’s Trattoria in St. Charles What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I was a manager in sales. I still do part-time consulting. I teach people how to sell and how to teach people how to sell.


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Second ‘Out on the Town’ episode to air on BATV WHAT: Taped on location at Open Range American Grill, the Batavia Academy of Dance and the Batavia Creamery, the second episode of “Out on the Town” will be premiering on BATV this weekend. In this episode, follow co-hosts Jeff Matter and Joi Cuartero as they get their fill of smoked meats at Open Range American Grill, then head over to Batavia Academy of Dance for a salsa lesson, and finish the night with some sweet treats at Batavia Creamery. WHEN: Showing starts at 1 p.m. Friday and will be shown at 1 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. INFO: Call 630-937-5413.

‘The Force Within Us’ red carpet event in St. Charles WHAT: “The Force Within Us” will have a red carpet event at the Arcada Theatre. Filmmakers Chris Macht and Ian Vacek worked

on the documentary on location from “Star Wars” filming locations. The event is free and open to the public. Cocktails and food will be available for purchase. The evening will finish with a meet-and-greet event with cast and crew, as well as live music. WHEN: 6:30 p.m. March 22. The movie will be shown at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles INFO: Visit

Teen Chef Competition at Batavia Public Library WHAT: A Teen Chef Competition is set at the Batavia Public Library. Teens will be asked to create a tasty, good-looking dish using ingredients provided by the library. Prizes will be awarded. Registration is required. WHEN: 1 p.m. March 23 WHERE: Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. INFO: Register at www.BataviaPublicLibrary.

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St. Patrick’s Parade set for Saturday in St. Charles WHAT: The Downtown St. Charles Partnership has announced that McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub and the city of St. Charles will be co-presenting the St. Patrick’s Parade. Other sponsors include Advanced Disposal, Onesti Entertainment, St. Charles Veterinary Clinic, AHC Advisors and Doc Morgan. Sponsorship levels range from $750 to $7,500. Available opportunities are listed at www.downtownstcharles. org/stpats. WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Main Street from Sixth Street to Fourth Avenue INFO: Call 630-4433967 or email info@ downtownstcharles. org.

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Making ‘free money’ Schools reap benefits of box tops, Target REDcard By ASHLEY RHODEBECK


s a Wredling Middle School PTO member, Mary Shaffer has spent the past two years collecting box tops from the school office and mailing the bundle to an organization that will turn the clippings into cash for the St. Charles school. Her most recent batch totaled about 2,100 box tops, she said, noting each stub is worth 10 cents. “To me, it’s free money,” Shaffer said. Many schools in and near the Tri-Cities are taking advantage of the revenue-generating opportunities presented by Box Tops for Education and Target REDcard’s Take Charge of Education program. The fundraising initiatives generally are spearheaded by

On the Net To view your school’s earnings through Target’s REDcard program, visit com/redcard/tcoe/home. Information on money generated through Box Tops for Education is available at

PTOs and directly benefit the schools, PTO members and district administrators said. Gail Krawczykowski, who chairs the Target REDcard Committee for the Lincoln Elementary PTO in St. Charles, said its funds increase classroom allowances. “It’s been a huge benefit to the school,” Krawczykowski said. “Kudos to Target for doing that.” Nor is it an extra burden on families because the donations are based off the purchases made by REDcard

holders enrolled in the program, she said. “It’s so easy,” Krawczykowski said. “I can’t stress enough how easy it is.” In St. Charles School District 303, school budgets have remained flat for many years although expenses have risen, Chief Financial Officer Brad Cauffman said. In fiscal 2010-11, site allocations were reduced by 6 percent because of districtwide budget reductions. “While I do not work with the Box Top or Target programs directly, any extra revenue the school [sites] collect is put to very good use and offsets [costs] that the district – taxpayers – would need to provide or staff members pay for personally,” Cauffman said in an email. Every box top and swipe of the REDcard add up.

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The Box Tops for Education program at Wredling Middle School in St. Charles earned more than $200 since November.

SAMPLES OF TARGET REDCARD FUNDING School Ferson Creek Elementary School (D-303) Wredling Middle School (D-303) St. Charles North High School (D-303) Harrison Street Elementary School (D-304) Geneva Middle School North (D-304) Geneva High School (D-304) Alice Gustafson Elementary School (D-101) Rotolo Middle School (D-101) Batavia High School (D-101) John Shields Elementary School (D-302) Harter Middle School (D-302) Kaneland High School (D-302)

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Candidates for library board debate space issues By BRENDA SCHORY GENEVA – Voters in the Geneva Public Library District will have a choice among six candidates vying for three four-year terms in the April 9 consolidated election. Three are incumbents: Esther Barclay-Steel, Steven Andersson and David Creighton. Newcomers are Robert Mann, Mark Adams and Jay Moffat, who also is a candidate in the park board race. Barclay-Steel, 51, will have served 10 years in April and currently is president. She supported the library board’s vote to buy the Cetron property, 7 Richards St., for $2 million as a new library site. The closing still is pending during an environmental assessment. “Without question, we need to do something about the physical side and provide for the community,” Barclay-Steel said. “The building we’re going to build will be very flexible. … Someday ... maybe all books will be electronic. But in the foreseeable future [books] are a huge part of what we do.” Andersson, 48, has been a board member for four years and treasurer for two. “I served in a strong capacity, sometimes being the per-

Mark Adams

Steven Andersson

Esther David Barclay-Steel Creighton

Robert Mann

Jay Moffat

son who questions conventional wisdom,” Andersson said. “[But] the Cetron site could prove to be a good site.” Andersson cast the lone “no” vote when the board approved buying the Cetron property because he is not convinced the current building is inadequate – if the collection becomes more electronic than physical. “Libraries and books are in a sea change of experience.

Right now, the library is full of books and running out of room,” Andersson said. “We don’t know where this is going to go. I voted ‘no’ because it was premature. We’ll know more in five to 10 years.” Creighton, 46, is seeking his third term, and said he offers continuity while the library faces challenges. “I’ve got a passion for libraries, and I want to give back to the community,” Creighton said. “I have a passion for a vision of the future of the library, and I want to see us execute the long-term vision of what we want to do – build the library that Geneva deserves.” The three incumbents noted the library board lowered its levy this year. Moffat, 56, questioned whether electronic books existed when customers were last surveyed, and a new survey should be done. “On the issue of space, my question is, is the issue truly a problem of space or is it an issue of the status quo that we have a space problem?” Moffat said.

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Moffat said he would be interested to find how many books have been on the shelf for two to five years without being checked out because removing them would open up space in the current location. Moffat said he was not in favor of buying the Cetron property, but voters will decide whether a library will be built. Mann, 75, would like to serve on the board to steer the district away from completing the Cetron purchase and concentrate more on better use of existing space and expansion possibilities. “The city of Geneva does not need to take any more property off the tax rolls,” Mann said. “One option [for

more space] would be to expand into that alleyway between the library and City Hall and build a two- or three-story high-rise right there.” Mann said the library could expand its services toward directing adult patrons about where they could take Spanish or fine arts classes. Mann said the lower-level conference room is underused. “It should be alive with groups every night,” Mann said. Adams, 60, said he wants to be on the library board to see it continue to serve families. Adams also disagrees with the Cetron purchase because it would move the library from the core of Geneva’s downtown to a few blocks away. “Everybody I talk to says they want the library to stay where it is,” Adams said. But Adams agrees the library is small for the population it serves. He said he wants a new survey about library services.

8LOCAL BRIEF Batavia Public Library to offer practice ACT test BATAVIA – High school juniors and seniors can take a free practice ACT test from 1 to 4 p.m. April 7 at the Batavia Public

Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Registration is required. Register online at or call 630-879-1393, ext. 200.

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8LOCAL BRIEFS School PTO plans fundraiser at golf club ELBURN – The Blackberry Creek Elementary School PTO has planned an adult dinner dance and silent auction fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Hughes Creek Golf Club, 1749 Spring Valley Drive, Elburn. The event includes a raffle, dinner, and cash draw down. For information, visit

Get picture taken with the Easter Bunny in St. Charles ST. CHARLES – The Easter Bunny is making his rounds through the St. Charles Park District. Each registered participant, ages 1-7, will have the opportunity to get a picture taken with the Bunny and receive a chocolate treat. Parents, the Bunny will call when he is on his way. The fee for one child is $17 for residents and $25.50 for

nonresidents. Additional child fee is $3 for residents and $4.50 for nonresidents. Choose Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon, or March 23 between noon and 3 p.m. Advance registration is required. For information, visit www.

Astronomical society to host free Public Star Party GENEVA – The Fox Valley Astronomical Society will host a free Public Star Party at 7 p.m. Saturday at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. The evening will begin with a short presentation in the Orientation Barn titled, “The Fate of Our Sun.” Then you’ll head outside to see the moon, Jupiter, the Pleiades, and the Orion Nebula through group members’ telescopes – or bring your own. For information, visit www. – Staff reports

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GENEVA – Northern Illinois Jobs With Justice will host an informational meeting on a company seeking to establish a virtual online charter school serving 18 Fox Valley school districts. The forum is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church of Geneva, 321 Hamilton St. K12 Inc., a Wall Street-traded company, is the company that Virtual Learning Solutions contracts with to provide the educational content of its online schools. The forum is in advance of public hearings scheduled at 18 Fox Valley school districts, including two Monday in Kaneland District 302 and St. Charles District 303 and one Tuesday at Batavia District 101. The applicant seeks to have a single joint charter

school established for all 18 districts. It would be funded from the local districts. While researching K12, Jobs with Justice found a story from Tennessee about K12 telling teachers to “delete bad grades.” The lawmaker featured in the story, Tennessee State Rep. Gloria Johnson, has agreed to join the group in launching a campaign to keep K12 from receiving Illinois school taxes. After the informational meeting, Jobs with Justice will work with people who want to attend school board meetings and hearings and speak against K12. Randall Greenway, vice president of school development for K12, said after staff from the school testified at a legislative hearing, “all accusations were dropped” in Tennessee. “The company does not remove failing grades,” Greenway said.


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8LOCAL BRIEFS Conservation @ Home set at Batavia City Hall BATAVIA – An event, Conservation @ Home, is set for 7 p.m. April 4 at City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia. The event is an extension of the Conservation Foundation’s existing homeowner education and watershed protection effort – the Conservation @ Home program, which encourages and recognizes property owners that protect and create yards that are environmentally friendly and conserve water. Homeowners participating in Conservation @ Home can have a personal visit to their yard to offer specific advice. Qualified participants can become a C@H member, earn a yard sign and a one-year membership to The Conservation Foundation for $50.

American Cancer Society to hold 42nd walk in Elgin ELGIN – The American Cancer Society’s 42nd Annual Walk and Roll event will be at 9 a.m. May 11 at Festival Park in Elgin. Registration for the event starts at 8 a.m. Participants can choose to walk five miles, skate 10 miles or bike 15 miles to raise money to fight cancer. There is a registration fee of $15 for all participants 18 and older, and participation can be in teams or individually. Participants who raise $100 will receive a T-shirt and could win additional prizes. Wagons, strollers, tricycles and wheelchairs are welcome. Walkers with leashed dogs can walk the “puppy path.” The goal is to raise $1 million statewide to help the American Cancer Society provide free



BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP resources and support to cancer patients. For information, visit or call 630879-9009, ext. 3.

Law group to host 3-part series on family planning ST. CHARLES – A three-part series on family legacy planning is set for April at Strohschein Law Group, 2455 Dean St., Suite G, St. Charles. The sessions run from noon to 1 p.m. April 16, 23 and 30. In the first session, learn how proper trust funding, ethical wills and a family legacy notebook will add value to your legacy. In the second session, learn how an “ethical will” documents personal and enduring communications, preserving your “legacy” of values to the next generation. In the third session, learn how planning ahead and coordinating your plan with a Legacy Notebook can help organize all of estate planning documents, identify preferences for your loved ones and helps you keep track of the funding and financial issues. The sessions are free. For information, call 630-3773241.

Official talks referendum meant to resurface roads By NICOLE WESKERNA BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – Residents of Blackberry Township had a chance to learn about a township road district referendum Thursday that would nearly double the taxes they pay to the township’s road district if it passes next month. The April 9 referendum will ask residents to approve raising the limiting tax rate for the township road district from 16.5 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation to 30.26 cents. The Blackberry Township Road District has operated under the same 16.5 cent tax levy for more than 35 years without an increase, according to meeting documents. Highway Commissioner Rod Feece said the referendum

would help change the road resurfacing schedule from once every half a century to once every eight to 10 years. Two road district referendums failed to pass by narrow margins in 2003 and 2004, he said. Feece said about 95 percent of the township’s road district budget comes from property taxes. He said about 1.9 percent of a resident’s tax bill goes toward the township. A person with a home worth $300,000 would pay about $140 more a year more in taxes if the referendum passes. “Most people probably spend that on plowing their driveway every year,” he said. Residents wouldn’t see the change reflected in their tax bills until April 2014, Feece added. The township is responsible for maintaining 58 miles of roadway.

Should the referendum pass, Feece said referendum funds would not be used to purchase equipment, hire personnel or make any salary adjustments. Feece said the township has applied for grants in the past and secured funds for a building and a bridge, but hasn’t secured a grant for blacktopping roads. “If this doesn’t pass this time, there’ll be some great deterioration of the roads to a point where I don’t know what we’ll do,” he said. The next opportunity to hold a referendum would be in April 2014. Thursday’s meeting was the second held this week about the referendum, and Feece said he plans to talk about it again at Monday’s Elburn Village Board meeting.

Compassionate Friends plans potluck dinner ELGIN – The Compassionate Friends, a group that provides comfort, hope and support to families experiencing a death, will mark its 30th anniversary with a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 1 at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren Fellowship Hall, 783 W. Highland Ave., Elgin. For information, call 847-289-4265.

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8POLICE REPORTS • An iPhone 4 valued at $500 was reported taken Monday, March 11, from Goodwill, 450 N. Randall Road. • A Batavia High School female student was charged Friday, March 8, with unlawful possession of alcohol by a minor while on the campus at 1201 Main St. She admitted to police she was drinking on school property. St. Charles

Masseuse charged with prostitution at parlor

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By ASHLEY RHODEBECK ST. CHARLES – A Chicago woman working at a massage parlor in St. Charles has been charged with prostitution after offering clients “extras” for more money, St. Charles Police Department spokesman Paul McCurtain said. Jing Zhang, 50, of the 200 block of West 23rd Street in Chicago, is due in Kane County Branch Court, 530 S. Randall Road, on March 28

on charges of prostitution and keeping a place of prostitution, both Class A misdemeanors. Her arrest March 7 stemmed from an anonymous letter the police department reJing ceived from Zhang a concerned resident, McCurtain said. He said the citizen wrote that he went to

Marigold Massage, 2075 Prairie St., and was offered extra services if he paid more. Investigations began a follow-up, McCurtain said, and an officer agreed to go undercover. The officer, who was given cash for the assignment, received a massage from Zhang, who asked if he wanted to pay for additional services of a sexual nature. The officer called the detectives on surveillance and told the woman she was under arrest, McCurtain said.

8FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Jacqueline Hill-Busby-Cordray: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles (corners of Routes 64 and 25). Burial will be private. Tracey Lynn Madden: A memorial gathering will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 15, with a service at 4 p.m. at the Well Church, 33W835 Cherry Lane, Geneva. A celebration of life will be at North Point Marina in

Winthrop Harbor this summer, date to be announced. Alex N. Makaroplos: The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia. Interment will be private. Donald “Harvey” McClurg: There will be a celebration of life service at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Portage United Methodist Church in Portage,

Wis. Arsenio G. Sala: A memorial celebration of Arsenio’s life will be Memorial Day weekend at Garfield Farm Museum. Adolph “Bud” Shulske: A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St. (corner of Routes 64 and 25), St. Charles. Interment will be private in Union Cemetery in St. Charles.

and three runners-up will be announced. For information, including full entrance instructions, visit https:// art-competition. To submit an entry, 11th District residents can call 331-431-3328.

and cash/check purchases can be brought to the Conservation @ Home program at 7 p.m. April 4 and placed directly with the Conservation Foundation representative. The Conservation Foundation Rain Barrels are 55 gallons each and made from recycled food grade plastic. To place an order, visit rainbarrels. The orders will be delivered from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, to Clark Island Skate Park located along the Fox River off Route 25 at approximately 411 S. River St. For information, call 630-5530687, ext 302.

8LOCAL BRIEFS Students can participate in U.S. art competition U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, invites students from the 11th Congressional District to participate in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. This year’s contest, titled “An Artistic Discovery,” will feature young artists from across the country working in a variety of media. The competition is open to any high school student from the 11th District. Entries can be submitted through April 15. Contestants’ artwork will be displayed in a district gallery between April 20 and 27, ending with a reception where the winner

Batavia to host fourth annual rain barrel sale BATAVIA – The city of Batavia will host its fourth annual rain barrel sale with The Conservation Foundation and will take orders for rain barrels during its pre-sale, available now until the end of the business day April 25. The orders placed online are for credit card purchases only

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KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE ST. CHARLES – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the St. Charles Police Department is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and to never drive drunk, according to a news release. Officers will be on alert for intoxicated drivers as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over public safety campaign. The St. Charles Police Department also will conduct a roadside safety check Saturday night. It is in continuing support of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program, STEP. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records indicate more than 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunken drivers during the St. Patrick’s Day holidays from 2006 to 2010. The St. Charles Police Department recommends these steps to have a safe St. Patrick’s Day: • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin. • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home. • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation. • Call 911 if you see a drunken driver. • If you know someone who is about to drive a car or ride a motorcycle while impaired, take the keys and help that person make other transportation arrangements. • Wear a seat belt.


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• Azucena Contreres, 33, of the 600 block of North Lincoln Avenue, Aurora, was charged Tuesday, March 5, with driving without a license and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after an accident in the 1100 block of Geneva Road. • Julie Anne Curran, 42, of the 3N900 block of Emily Dickens Lane, St. Charles, was charged Wednesday, March 6, with driving under the influence of alcohol. • Ashley Conde, 21, of the 900 block of North Fifth Avenue, St. Charles, was charged Thursday, March 7, with driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance, disobeying a stop sign and failure to stop or yield at an intersection. She also was arrested on warrants from St. Charles and DuPage County for failing to appear in court. • Ever R. Arriaga, 28, of the 700 block of Main Street, West Chicago, was charged Friday, March 8, with driving without a license, driving without insurance and improper lighting. He also was arrested on a Kane County warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of retail theft. • Graffiti was reported at the East Side Sports Complex, 3565 Legacy Blvd., on Saturday, March 9. • William N. Carperos, 49, of the 500 block of School Street, Geneva, was charged Sunday, March 10, with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent, improper lane use, disobeying a traffic control device and driving without lights when required. • Miguel Proa, 58, of the 700 block of West Forest Avenue, West Chicago, was charged Sunday, March 10, with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane use. • Christopher M. French, 23, of the 2800 block of Stockberry Lane, St. Charles, was charged Monday, March 11, with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding.


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Candidates field questions at forum Aldermanic hopefuls talk ethics ordinance, former mall site, businesses By ASHLEY RHODEBECK ST. CHARLES – Six of the nine candidates running in contested races for St. Charles alderman spent Thursday night fielding questions from a few dozen residents gathered at a forum sponsored by the Concerned Coalition for Sensible Spending of St. Charles. The candidates – Justin Osborne and Ron Silkaitis for the 1st Ward; Art Lemke for the 2nd Ward; Mario VanDerHeyden for the 3rd Ward; and incumbent Maureen Lewis and Kim Malay for the 5th Ward – crowded around a table at Bridges Montessori Academy on Howard Street. Incumbents Jon Monken of the 1st Ward, Cliff Carrignan of the 2nd Ward and Bill Turner of the 3rd Ward were not in attendance. Encouraged to keep their

answers short, the candidates covered topics including vacant and struggling retail properties, how they would prepare for meetings and their stance on apartments. When asked about priorities if elected, Osborne said he would reinvigorate communication with 1st Ward residents. The other non-incumbents – Silkaitis, Lemke, VanDerHeyden and Malay – shared a desire for an ethics ordinance. “The city has an ethics ordinance,” Lewis said. “Could it be improved upon? Sure.” Malay said most of the existing ordinance is state statute, and the city can improve and personalize it. The candidates’ dreams for the former St. Charles Mall site along Route 38 also were similar. Malay wants, on a smaller scale, to replicate Oakbrook

Election Central To learn more about the candidates in the April 9 consolidated election, visit the Kane County Chronicle Election Central website at Center and suggested it use the north and south sides of the properties along Route 38. “The more mass the better,” she said. While Lewis would love to turn the property into a park, she said that’s not possible. She envisions retail, medical and office space and an education component, she said. VanDerHeyden would support a CarMax there and retail with strong anchors, he said. Lemke, who earlier spoke

about the importance of having critical mass retail, said he would want retail on that property. Silkaitis said he doesn’t want housing there. He would support tax-generating businesses. As alderman, Osborne said he would ask his constituents what they wanted. As a resident, he would want retail and a large attraction that would draw people to St. Charles, such as Dave & Busters. To reinvigorate other, smaller shopping centers such as Tin Cup Pass, Osborne said foot traffic must be generated. Silkaitis said improving Charlestowne Mall – the east side’s retail anchor – would affect neighboring retail spaces. “Synergy is the key issue there,” said Lemke, describing the business that a mall automotive center could

bring to other stores. VanDerHeyden said he would work first with the landowners to learn about their needs, such as rezoning. Until the construction is done on Route 64, the business climate won’t improve on the east side, Lewis said. St. Charles also must ensure its policies are business friendly because businesses don’t want to go through a lot of red tape to open. St. Charles should have incentive packages for businesses and a strong economic development department that aggressively markets the city, Malay said. According to the Kane County clerk’s website, about 13 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the consolidated election two years ago. “Whoever you vote for, just vote,” Silkaitis said. The election is April 9.


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By ASHLEY RHODEBECK CAMPTON HILLS – Chris Durkop doesn’t view his efforts last week to clear snow and ice from fire hydrants as anything special. As a paid oncall firefighter with the Fox River and Countryside Fire/ Rescue District, he said, the task was part of his job. But Campton Hills resident Patrick Parsons was impressed when he came home from work the afternoon of March 8 to find Durkop and firefighter Chris Wampnar hunched over, shoveling snow

from a hydrant on Herman Melville Lane. He offered to shovel so they could rest, but “they wouldn’t let me do it,” Parsons said, noting they gave him a tour of their paid on-call vehicle. Fire Chief Greg Benson said it’s common for firefighters to clear hydrants after a snowfall because plows usually push the precipitation around them. Because the firefighters can’t get to all of the district’s hydrants, they focus on key areas, he said.

“It’s a long process,” Benson said. Durkop, a 20-year-old December graduate of the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy, said he and his coworkers – he also shoveled March 7 with another firefighter – cleared hydrants in the Fox Mill, Bell-Graham Elementary School, Wasco Elementary School and Campton Crossings areas. “You always want to be prepared for [an emergency],” Durkop said.

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much more significant,” Parsons said in an email. “It would look like the telltale stories told of heroes geared up in their firefighter outfits doing what needed to be done without hesitation or questioning why. It would have looked like two leaders trying to make their community as safe as possible for all who lived there, regardless of whether or not they knew them or went to school with them or were even their really close friends.”



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Residents greeted the firefighters as they worked, Durkop said. He said one generous family even gave them Gatorade and Coke. Parsons said it was good to see the firefighters working in the neighborhood and talking with passers-by, including children. “They may have been doing the simple task of removing the three feet of snow that built up around the fire hydrants from snow plows, but to passersby it would have looked

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Some schools use box tops for recess materials, events for students • MONEY Continued from page 4 According to their websites, Box Tops for Education has generated more than $475 million for schools nationwide since 1996, and Target has donated more than $354 million to schools since 1997. Locally, donations vary. Since 2004, box tops have generated $6,869 for Wredling; $21,407 for Harrison Street Elementary School in Geneva School District 304; $15,097 for Alice Gustafson Elementary School in Batavia School District 101; and, among other examples, $32,693 for John Stewart Elementary School in Kaneland School District 302. Shelley Hueber, principal of John Shields Elementary School in Kaneland, said the PTO uses box tops funds to

buy recess materials, such as balls and jump-ropes. At John Stewart, the parent group uses the money to support events it puts on for the kids, such as spaghetti nights, principal Laura Garland said. Meanwhile, the principals said, the Target funds are managed through the schools. By letting the money accumulate over a couple of years in a technology account, Hueber said, John Shields bought 14 SMART Boards. John Stewart puts its Target money in the student activity account and has used it on incentives for the positive behavior program, assemblies, iPads and a writing presentation by an author, Garland said. According to Target, John Stewart has raised $583.18 toward its next donation, and John Shields has accumulated $753.61. Elsewhere, St.



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Charles North High School has earned $2,537.97; Geneva High School has accumulated $1,886.29; Batavia High School has earned $2,455.69; and Kaneland High School has built up $813.70. Krawczykowski promotes the REDcard program in Lincoln’s weekly newsletter, especially before a big holiday. Participation at the school

has nearly doubled in recent years, she said, noting the school has 68 cardholders. In 2009, she said, the school received nearly $500; in August, it got nearly $2,000. “It’s grown over the last few years exponentially because of this awareness we’re raising,” she said. Box Tops for Education is more complex because it of-

fers bonus points and opportunities to earn eBoxTops. And, as Shaffer said, the clippings expire. As Wredling’s box top coordinator, it’s her job to sort the submissions, bundle them in batches of 50 and mailing them before the two deadlines, Nov. 1 and March 1. The PTO decides how to spend the money, she said.


The Aurora Junior Woman’s Club and Aurora Children’s Dental Service will present “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale” at 7 p.m. today and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at West Aurora High School Auditorium, 1201 W. New York St., Aurora. The cost is $5. For information, call 630844-3040, 630-897-2835 or visit hour because they are aimed at children. “In ‘Rapunzel,’ we start the show with a chase scene in the castle, choreographed to, ‘Moves Like Rider,’ a spoof of Maroon 5’s ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ ” Nitsche said. Stephanie Leo, a second-grade teacher at Fearn Elementary School in North Aurora, plays Rapunzel. Tickets are available by calling 630-844-3040 or 630-897-2835. Tickets also can be purchased at Deja Vu Thrift Shop, 427 S. Fourth St., Geneva. For information, visit


8LOCAL BRIEFS ‘The House I Live In’ to be shown in Geneva

Volunteer hospice offers pet loss coping program

GENEVA – A documentary, "The House I Live In," is to be shown at 7 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 110 S. Second St., Geneva. The film is part of a free monthly third-Friday Film Program. Refreshments are served.

AURORA – Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is offering a program to help people cope with the loss of a pet. The group meetings are designed for individuals who have experienced the significant loss of one or more companion animals, including dogs, horses, rabbits, cats, birds, rodents and reptiles. Loving Legacies will provide mutual support for members and will provide valuable tools to successfully navigate the grief process. The group will meet Tuesdays through March 19 at Fox Valley Welfare League, 11 John St. in Aurora. For information or to register, contact Christy Pitol at Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice at 630-232-2233, ext. 230. All programs are free, but registration is required. – Staff reports

‘The Believers’ presented at Ramsey Auditorium BATAVIA – The Fermilab Lecture Series presents a program, “The Believers: A Science Documentary,” at 8 p.m. today at Ramsey Auditorium at Fermilab, which is at Pine Street and Kirk Road in Batavia. The cost is $7. Reserve tickets by calling 630840-2787 or purchase online with no additional fees at

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North Aurora resident Ann Marie Decker said she relishes the role of the “bad guy” in an upcoming presentation of “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale.” Decker is among a group of local performers in the Aurora Junior Woman’s Club presentation of the play, which takes place at 7 p.m. today and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at West Aurora High School Auditorium, 1201 W. New York St., Aurora. The cost is $5 a ticket. Decker, who has been with the club for 25 years, will play the role of Mother Gothel. “Sometimes, it is fun to be the ‘bad guy,’ ” Decker said. The performance features four performers from North Aurora, three from Sugar Grove and one from Batavia. Sugar Grove resident Madelyn Weed is the president of the club, and she also will play Attila. Another Sugar Grove resident, Amy Nitsche, is the play’s co-chair, and she plays a guard. Nitsche said the performances are limited to about an


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OPINIONS Women’s expectations different from men’s Not long ago, before leaving for school one morning, my wife, Tia, announced, “You’re responsible for dinner tonight.” I knew she must be feeling crummy because putting me in charge of dinner was commensurate to putting Jefferson Davis in charge of uniting the country. “No sweat,” I thought, and that afternoon stopped at Trader Joe’s, the one-stop shopping place for completely cooked, microwaveable meals and meats. After cruising by the frozen bins, although tempted by several airbrushed color box tops worthy of framing, I ogled the plastic-wrapped meats. “Take me! Take me!” a small ham shouted, doing a spot-on impression of Daniel Day-Lewis at the end of “Last of the Mohicans.” At home, I threw the pink mini-football in the fridge, and waited to surprise my bride. “I got a ham!” I shouted when she walked in, holding it like a diamond-encrusted ruby. “Great,” she said in the same tone of voice used on laundry day when hearing another white blouse had snuck into the pile of reds when my back was turned. Dinner came and went without ham. Instead, Tia served the Blue Goose chicken soup and Sugar Path cupcakes dropped off by friends Jackie and Jenny who heard she was feeling glum. Over tea, Tia shared the story of my preparing “dinner” by plopping a ham in the fridge. “They laughed so hard,” Tia reported later, as if the best thing about husbands was a source of amusement for wives. Later, Tia revealed to neighbor Jeanne my doltish move. “I hope you didn’t share the chicken soup and cupcake with him,” Jeanne said, kidding. I think. “Sweetie,” Tia explained the next night when slicing the ham into the crockpot’s pea soup, “when I said you were re-

VIEWS Rick Holinger sponsible for dinner, I didn’t mean just buy a piece of meat.” “Oh.” “I wanted you to make dinner, not throw something in the refrigerator.” “Oh.” Hello? When did the rules for the hunter spouse change from “bring home a fresh carcass” to “bring home a fresh carcass; sprinkle on spices; grill, bake, wave or sauté it; add carb and veggie sides; serve it family style with napkin, silverware and potable?” See, our usual plan stipulated one spouse cooked and the other did dishes. This blueprint, apparently, did not account for a spouse too exhausted to make dinner. I mistakenly thought my buying the ham magnanimous, the purchase an extracurricular act of love meriting anything from a, “Thank you, darling, for the ham,” to an Amazon gift card. Did I learn from this incident? You bet. Next time she says I’m responsible for dinner, I’m calling the Gratto and ordering its scallop hors d’oeuvre and a white fish dinner to take out. This hunter has learned how to gather. Moreover, Tia has a birthday soon, but says she doesn’t want any presents. Good thing I listen to her now and do what she wants. She’ll totally love it when I just buy her a card. Who says men aren’t sensitive to women’s expectations?

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Wish you could have been there To the Editor: Snow is God’s way of pulling a comforting blanket over his sleeping babies of farmland, open spaces and family lawns during January, February and March. But, for many of us, more than three inches presents challenges of getting to and from work and getting kids to their many scheduled activities. On Feb. 26, I had the privilege to ride along with Bill Edwards, the crew supervisor of Kane County’s fleet of 30 snowplowing trucks. Plowing west through snow along Keslinger Road from Geneva, the Metra commuter train overtook us on its parallel course taking fathers and mothers, sons and daughters home to their families. With snow and slush billowing away off the huge blade of the yellow plow, you could see the passengers inside the compartments of the train as it cut through the darkness like the “Polar Express.” I wish you could have been there, 10 feet above the road surface, as Bill concentrated on his duties, and we talked. Bill has worked for Kane County’s Department of Transportation for 24 years, where he started as a mechanic, caring for our collective county assets. After 14 years, he was promoted to additional duties, operating a plow in the winter and eventually earned

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further promotion to supervise the entire fleet. Like a modern-day Admiral Nelson, armed with dispatch radio and GPS in the cabin of our frigate, Bill described in the most beautiful terms what it looks and feels like to have three plow trucks clearing waves of snow like schooners running “flying wedges” up and down four-lane county highways, keeping fellow citizens safe. He spoke about his genuine affection for employees whom he supervises. He described his deep respect for Kane County Chief Engineer Carl Schoedel, who recently won rock-star status in his profession as “County Engineer of the Year.” He especially values Carl’s sincere interest in listening and understanding the people he directs. Above the whistling turbo on the powerful diesel engine that Bill and his team take special pride in maintaining during all four seasons, he knows exactly how expensive equipment is and how proper maintenance extends useful life and increases resale value to save taxpayers money. You pay lots of taxes. Our job at Kane County is to hold the line against increases, especially during these harder times, and to deliver the maximum value for your safety and prosperity. Chris Lauzen Kane County Board chairman

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the plan presented by Berger to the County Board. Berger said county officials will decide later this year which vacant, foreclosed properties will be bought. He said they will use several criteria, including how visible the property is within a neighborhood, the condition of the house and how long the home has been on the market. The program also will provide about $400,000 to assist with street projects in St. Charles, Batavia and Carpentersville, and $333,000 to community groups to fund assistance to low-income homeowners to improve their homes. The plan must still be approved by the County Board. The board is expected to review the plan at its meeting in April.

GENEVA – The March monthly meeting of the Kane County Genealogical Society will be held 7:30 p.m. March 28, at the Geneva History Center, 113 S. Third St. The guest speaker for the evening will be Thomas MacEntee, who will present the live webinar: The Genealogy Cloud: Which Online Storage Program is Right for You. Cloud computing is a practical solution of genealogists. Learn how the cloud works, how to keep data safe, and the latest cloud programs. No advance registration is necessary. All are welcome to attend. For information, call 847-6971029 or visit www.rootsweb.

14th annual telethon planned at college SUGAR GROVE – The Association for Individual Development has planned its 14th

annual telethon for Saturday at Waubonsee Community College, which is at Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive in Sugar Grove. Hundreds of volunteers, performers and donors are needed. The AID mission is to empower individuals with disabilities, mental illness and special needs to achieve independence and community inclusion. For information, call 847-931-2294 or send email to

Antique store to host artist Sarahi Rodway GENEVA – America’s Treasures Antique store will host Sarahi Rodway from Color Me Vintage to demonstrate her painting services for antique or upcycled furniture. The event takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the store, which is at 34 N. Bennett St., Geneva. There is no cost for the program. For information, call 630-208-1003. – Staff reports

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GENEVA – By mid-2014, Kane County officials hope to use more than $2.6 million in federal grant money to make some county neighborhoods, blighted by foreclosures or a lack of maintenance, better places to live. According to a plan made public this week, the county will use the federal money to buy and rehabilitate foreclosed homes, help low-income families improve their homes, help homeless shelters and help three county communities pay for street work. The plan spells out how the county intends to use the money it hopes to receive through the federal HOME and Neighborhood

Stabilization programs later this year. The work then would be carried out between mid-2013 and the middle of next year. The county has used the money since 2010, in part, to buy, renovate and then resell about 30 homes that had been abandoned and foreclosed upon in various communities in the county, said Scott Berger, director of the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment. The work has been done on homes in Carpentersville, St. Charles, Batavia and North Aurora, among others, according to listings on the Community Reinvestment office website. This year, the county intends to spend about $1.1 million of federal money on buying and rehabilitating more homes, according to

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Ribbon cut for Autumn Green Animal Hospital Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns (far left) and Judy Carroll (far right), Geneva Chamber of Commerce membership director, hold the ribbon after owner Dr. Vivian Grant (center) cuts it. They are surrounded by staff, friends and supporters at the Autumn Green Animal Hospital. Autumn Green is located at 39W124 Keslinger Road in Geneva.

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8LOCAL BRIEF Sugar Grove Park District offers retirement seminar SUGAR GROVE – The Sugar Grove Park District is offering a seminar on retirement planning from 7 to 8 p.m March 26 at the Sugar Grove Prairie Building, which is to the west of the park district's office at 61 Main St. in Sugar Grove. The seminar explains the basics of the most common retirement plans, and the investment opportunities and tax and other rules associated with those plans, with an emphasis on traditional and Roth IRAs. Sample documents will be discussed, and there will be plenty of time for questions. The presenters are Sugar Grove attorney Bill Durrenberger and MetLife financial planner Mark Durrenberger. Anyone interested in attending should call the park district at 630-466-7436, go to the park district's website at or visit the park district's offices. – Staff report

QUICK READ Longtime rowing enthusiast Jotham Stein, who is campaining for St. Charles Mayor, is eager to speak at the upcoming meeting of the St. Charles Rowing Club, writes sports reporter Kevin Druley. PAGE 22



St. Charles East senior Olivia Lorenzini takes batting practice inside the school’s athletic complex Thursday afternoon.

SHOOT ‘EM UP Wheaton Academy sophomore Josh Ruggles swished 13 of 15 treys in his preliminary round Thursday to advance to today’s Class 3A ThreePoint Showdown state finals at Carver Arena in Peoria. PAGE 19

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Saints ready to dominate

Men’s basketball Big Ten tourney, Illinois vs. Indiana, 11 a.m., ESPN

By KEVIN DRULEY ST. CHARLES – Senior right fielder Olivia Lorenzini scanned over her St. Charles East softball teammates before practice recently and hardly could fathom her spot at the head of the stretching line. Lorenzini jokingly fancied herself “the one bossing everyone around or whatever,” but that’s not truly the spirit of how she and senior shortstop Lexi Perez aim to lead this team. Entering their third full varsity seasons, Lorenzini and Perez have channeled their experiences as underclassmen to foster a more business casual atmosphere than past springs. They want to mix openness with dedication. In their minds, that can only lead to more victories. “We all have the same attitude, which is we want to be here to win,” Lorenzini said. “We’re so ready to just dominate this season. Our lightheartedness is more the types of things before practice. We know what we have to do once we get going.” High-fiving whenever possible or reaching out to freshmen – this season’s crop includes outfielder Katie Kolb and infielder Kelly Rinker –sounds simple enough and largely amounts to being a teammate. Still, the Saints struggled with some of those basic gestures two seasons ago, when Lorenzini and Perez began finding their way as sophomores. Neither player let personality clashes affect her play, ultimately using the lessons of a 16-16 campaign to invest for the future. Travel teammates with the Wasco Diamonds before playing together in high school, Lorenzini and Perez began talking about their plan for their senior softball season when classes started in the fall. They wanted something as fluid as an easy walk down the hall. So far, so good. “The older you get, the more relaxed you get playing. The more you know the

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St. Charles East senior Lexi Perez takes batting practice inside the school’s athletic complex Thursday afternoon.

“We all have the same attitude, which is we want to be here to win. We’re so ready to just dominate this season. Our lightheartedness is more the types of things before practice. We know what we have to do once we get going.” Olivia Lorenzini Senior right fielder St. Charles East senior Olivia Lorenzini throws to teammate Lexi Perez. team and the people, you get more comfortable playing at a higher level,” Perez said. “So, I just want to show the girls that they can have fun, too, while you’re playing.” Off-field initiative certainly wasn’t a problem for the Saints during the winter on the heels of a 20-13 season in 2012. While East coach Kelly Horan keeps in touch with players throughout the school year, she can’t fully see the development of the Saints’ softball skills until the first spring workouts.

“So when they come in and they’re in shape, and they throw harder than they did last year, and they’re faster and they swing better, I know that they spent a lot of time on their own working on their skills,” Horan said. “And as a coach, that makes things so exciting. And just the character of these young women, it’s just a pleasure to coach them.” Horan is eager to see Lorenzini and Perez develop as more vocal leaders after watching them grow as underclassmen. Perez contributed

as a freshman in 2010, Horan’s second season, playing second base before standout shortstop Jenny Niemiec graduated. Perez finds “time really has flown by since then,” in large part because she has enjoyed herself. She wants the Saints to keep that going and use the atmosphere to their advantage. “Sometimes if you tense up, you can play worse,” Perez said. “So if you try to loosen yourself up but still have that mentality of getting gameready.”

To continue their quest of winning the conference tournament for the first time since the Big Ten started holding the event in 1998, the third-ranked Hoosiers (26-5) must get past an Illini team (22-11) – seeded eighth – that handed them one of their four league losses this season. Also on TV... Pro basketball Bulls at Golden State, 9:30 p.m., WGN Pro baseball Cubs vs. White Sox, WGN, 2 p.m. Men’s hockey Hockey East Tournament, quarterfinals, Vermont at Boston College, 6 p.m., NBCSN Golf PGA Tour, Tampa Bay Classic, second round, 2 p.m., TGC Tennis ATP World Tour/WTA, BNP Paribas Open, men’s quaterfinal, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2; women’s semfinal, 10:30 p.m., ESPN2 Golf PGA Tour, Tampa Bay Classic, second round, 2 p.m., TGC Tennis ATP World Tour/WTA, BNP Paribas Open, men’s quaterfinal, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2; women’s semfinal, 10:30 p.m., ESPN2

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LANIE CALLAGHAN Kaneland, Jr., CF Callaghan will be looking to build off a sophomore season in which she batted .500 with 28 RBIs for the Knights, who had 31 victories in 2012.

1. Can Kaneland build on last season’s breakthrough? Absolutely. The Knights return a strong nucleus of talent from last season’s 31-7 Northern Illinois Big 12 East champion, and players such as Allyson O’Herron (shortstop), Lanie Callaghan (center field), Lexi Roach (left field) and Paige Kuefler (third base) are poised to surpass a 2012 run to the sectional semifinals. “Hopefully, we have developed some confidence from last season that will carry over to this season,” Knights coach Brian Willis said. “We learned how to play as a team and win the close game last season, and hope we haven’t forgotten.”

PAIGE KUEFLER Kaneland, So., 3B Kaneland isn’t banking on a sophomore slump from Kuefler, although slouching even a little from a .541, 51RBI season still would be pretty solid. ALYSSA FERNANDEZ St. Francis, Sr., SS Spartans coach Ralph Remus touts Fernandez as one of the top shortstops around. She batted .571 with nine home runs and 44 RBIs in 2012.

OLIVIA LORENZINI St. Charles East, Sr., RF East coach Kelly Horan’s optimism for the season hinges in part on Lorenzini, a seasoned player with an impressive arm and power-hitting prowess. ANGIE MORROW Burlington Central, So., P Wisconsin recruit had 15 wins and a 1.62 ERA in her debut season, helping Central to 28 wins and a 3A regional title. LEXI PEREZ St. Charles East, Sr., SS A varsity contributor since her fresh-

SABRINA RABIN St. Charles North, Jr., OF/P Dual threat committed to Northwestern had 10 wins and a 2.20 ERA in the circle while batting .447 with 36 steals, helping North to last season’s UEC River crown. MAGGIE REMUS St. Francis, Jr., P St. Charles product collected 25 of the Spartans’ 29 wins last season, compiling a 1.35 ERA for the SCC Blue champs. KATIE RYAN Batavia, Sr., OF While Ryan’s home run totals weren’t as prolific in 2012 as in her sophomore season, the Dayton recruit still brings plenty of pop. The Bulldogs should need it as they break in a new pitching staff. KIRSTEN SEARCY Geneva, Sr., 3B Entering her fourth season as a starter, Searcy contributed a program-record 36 RBIs last season. She “looks great in practice,” Vikings coach Greg Dierks said. BRIDGET WEITZEL Geneva, Sr., OF Another four-year starter, Weitzel scored a program-record 40 runs last year, igniting an attack that looks to be just as ripe with run producers in 2013.

2. How does the UEC River race shape up? With returners including Northwestern-bound pitcher/outfielder Sabrina Rabin in tow from last season, St. Charles North likes its chances for a repeat. Equally optimistic St. Charles East and Geneva recognize the North Stars’ depth, but definitely believe they have what it takes to shake things up at the top. Geneva coach Greg Dierks has placed an added emphasis on defense, which has been a trouble spot in past seasons. At East, the Saints are eyeing the fourth season of at least 20 wins under fifth-year coach Kelly Horan. “North is kind of same-old, same-old,” Saints right fielder Olivia Lorenzini said. “They didn’t lose many girls, but I think it’s going to be a good competition.” 3. Who are some of the new coaches in the Chronicle area? The list starts in Batavia, where 12-year assistant Lupe Castellanos ascends to the role of head coach and happily inherits senior leadership that includes Katie Ryan, Sami Villarreal and Seleana Kweder. Burlington Central also finds a familiar face back in the dugout, as former longtime coach Wade Maisto replaces Cray Allen, who stepped down during the summer to take the head coaching job at Harper College. At Wheaton Academy, Paul Gagliano takes over a program that will shift to Class 3A this spring. 4. Is 50 stolen bases doable for any of the area’s top thieves? Fifty certainly is a round number and a benchmark for any player enthused about success in the running game, but a player would need to be part of a club that advances deep in the postseason to threaten it. St. Charles East’s Lexi Perez (40), Wheaton Academy’s Marissa Gagliano (39) and St. Charles North’s Sabrina Rabin (36) were among the steals leaders last season. Rosary’s Samantha Phelps also is a threat to run and is on base often. 5. Where do these freshmen get the nerve? The advent of travel ball and showcases has elevated youngsters’ development throughout the years. A handful of teams have promoted freshmen to begin the season, including St. Charles East, where outfielder Katie Kolb took the initiative to attend summer camp. “Right away, she was on the radar of, ‘Hey, this kid is going to be something special,’ ” Saints coach Kelly Horan said.

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Warriors’ Ruggles in 3-Point Showdown finals KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE PEORIA – Wheaton Academy sophomore boys basketball player Josh Ruggles opened his round in Thursday’s Class 3A Three-Point Showdown state final prelims at Carver Arena by swishing his first five 3s. He closed his turn by making seven in row, finishing with 13 out of 15 makes and entering this afternoon’s four-man finals on a roll. Admittedly antsy when he took the floor for his 45 seconds of fame, Ruggles immediately

released his butterflies as soon as he let fly. “Hitting that first shot really relieves your nerves,” he said. “After that, it’s just grab and shoot, and it really gets easier on yourself.” Ruggles traveled home to Wheaton shortly after shooting Thursday evening and planned to leave for today’s 1:45 p.m. Class 3A finals this morning. Turns out the commute was necessary for his preparation; the family has a regulation basket beneath their basement, an area with 18-foot ceilings that spans

just less than half the court. After traveling to Freeport for the sectional Showdown round – he made 12 shots there – Ruggles is used to a routine of occasional fidgeting during his rides. “They’re long enough where the whole time I’m not thinking about it. I can take a little pre-competition nap along the way,” Ruggles said. “But once you get about 20 minutes away, you start starting thinking about it.” St. Charles East sophomore Cole Gentry, Ruggles’ former

AAU teammate, charted his friend’s explosion while hoping to be part of the 4A championship field. Gentry made nine 3s, and would have been in the championship entering the fourth and final preliminary round of eight shooters. Two shooters had 10 and nine, respectively, at that point. Bradley-Bourbonnais’ Bennet Schimmelpfenning and Mundelein’s Quinn Pokora thwarted Gentry’s bid to advance when they both scored 11. “It was cool to get here and experience it, but I was kind of

disappointed to drive all the way out to Peoria and not make it,” Gentry said. St. Charles North junior Alec Goetz (six) and Batavia senior Mike Rueffer (five) also competed in the 4A prelims. Gentry said he and Goetz – who struck a quick friendship while talking before their sectional round – planned to remain in Peoria for today’s 3A and 4A state semifinal games. Aurora Central Catholic junior Sean Harreld made seven 3s in his preliminary round in 3A.

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MICKEY GOETZ St. Charles North, Jr., SS/P The twin sister of boys basketball player Alec Goetz – who North coach Tom Poulin just coached on the hardwood – brings plenty of versatility to the table.

man season, the Winona State (Minn.) recruit batted .326 and stole 40 bases as a junior.

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Stein approves STC Rowing Club’s message Rowing is far from a platform in Jotham Stein’s campaign for St. Charles mayor, but it remains a longtime passion. To that end, Stein is eager to speak at an upcoming meeting of the St. Charles Rowing Club, set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave. A four-year crew member at Princeton, Stein keeps a rowing shell in the basement of his law offices and Jotham Stein has remained active in the sport since walking on with the Tigers in the early 1980s. “It’s about being in sync with the person in front of you. Putting full pressure on while still being in sync,” Stein said. “That’s the beauty of watching it and the difficulty of doing it.” Club co-founders Chris Meldrum and Dave Miller aim to attract high school and junior athletes to the Fox River with their new venture, an objective Stein feels “could be a wonderful outlet for young people.” That’s exactly what Stein

QUICK READ Kevin Druley discovered in his first few days on the Princeton campus. A high school soccer player in Long Island who knew he lacked NCAA Division I skill, Stein recalls seeing a shell propped against a gymnasium wall as he perused an activities mart during “freshman week.” Crew took him to a number of the sport’s storied venues, including the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames in England. Stein later befriended Darryl Strickler, a St. Charles resident who operates Rowable Classics, a not-for-profit operation for wooden rowing shell enthusiasts. Meldrum and Miller recently launched a club website,, on the heels of a preliminary meeting in December. “Hopefully, we’ll start rowing as soon as we can,” Meldrum said. “As soon as the weather breaks and the water’s safe and there’s no ice floating in it, we’ll take the kids who

are interested and be ready to go.” Those interested in more information can email david@ Hockey, here he comes: Batavia senior Matt Koske imposed a fluid trading deadline on himself when he traveled to Springfield, Mo., to watch his brother play hockey Matt Koske this week. A forward for the Fox Valley Hawks, Koske arranged to see older brother Mark skate for Iowa State in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III nationals before the Hawks embarked on their ongoing, upset-laden postseason. Koske and his father, Kevin, left for southwest Missouri after school Monday, hours before the Hawks defeated Maine Township, 1-0, to advance to Thursday’s state quarterfinals against Bartlett. With Iowa State losing the first two of its three guaranteed games, Koske planned to reverse course and arrive in time to play in

the Hawks’ game at 8:25 p.m. Thursday in Bensenville. “I want to leave everything out on the ice, you know. Just want to play my best,” Koske said. “It could potentially be my last game, you know. It’s sad, but it was worth it.” Koske does not intend to pursue collegiate club hockey, and plans to major in digital film at DePaul. He left this week knowing his teammates understood his situation, and is hopeful his return adds a spark to the attack. Years of travel tournaments with Geneva-based Cyclones Hockey familiarized Koske with the narrative of lengthy game-day travel. Once, he and the Cyclones played shortly after flying to a tournament in New York. An eight-plus hour commute of homework and napping in the family SUV didn’t figure to be so bad. “Sometimes you go straight to the game and don’t have the night in between,” Koske said. “You do have the jet lag in between, but if you get a good stretch in, you’ll be fine.” Snow day for Saints: The following was part of a snowy postgame exchange between yours truly and St. Charles

East girls coach Paul Jennison after the Saints’ 1-0, season-opening loss at Fremd Tuesday. Neither Paul Jennison Jennison nor the Saints took the loss particularly hard considering the conditions and white turf. KD: Now, you know your beautiful game [soccer]. How often have you seen it played in the snow? PJ: I won’t lie. When we were warming up and that snow flurry hit and all this turned up, I was thinking, ‘Bloody, this is the first time I’ve ever seen this. This is crazy.’ But, no, it was a lot of fun and they looked good out there. It’s going to be a great season. No doubt in my mind we’re going to get far and we’re going to push our depth. It’s going to be very exciting to play against top competition moving forward, you know.

• Kevin Druley is a sports writer for the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5347 or kdruley@



North girls soccer takes opener

Illini seniors embrace final run

KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE HOFFMAN ESTATES – Hannah Durocher scored a pair of first-half goals Thursday to boost the visiting St. Charles North girls soccer team to a 2-0 victory against Conant in its season opener. “It was a great first showing,” North Stars coach Ruth Vostal said. “It was the first time we’ve been outside. We’ve been playing in the gym for the past couple weeks, so to get out and be able to spread people out, I thought we did a good job of moving the ball around and connecting.” Durocher, who did not start the match, scored her first goal about 20 minutes into the contest, then

struck again about 10 minutes later. Alex Gage and Elizabeth Parrilli provided assists. Goalkeeper Shelby Stitz had the shutout.

BOYS BASKETBALL Payne honorable mention all-state: St. Charles North senior guard Quinten Payne was an honorable mention selection on the Illinois Associated Press Class 4A all-state boys basketball team. The Loyola-bound Payne averaged 19.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals a game for the North Stars this season.

BOYS WATER POLO Lockport 12, St. Charles North 5: At Lockport, North fell to 3-3 despite three goals from Ross


GIRLS WATER POLO St. Charles North 12, Lockport 6: At St. Charles, Sarah Stern contributed five goals, four assists and three steals for 5-1 North. Nicole Guyett had a hat trick.

BADMINTON Lake Park 12, St. Charles East 3: At St. Charles, Vicki Banas won a three-set singles match for East. The Saints’ other victories included a win from Lauren McNally and Hannah Larry at No. 3 doubles.

Geneva 14, East Aurora 1: At Aurora, Ann Green and Nicole Schneider were double winners for Geneva, which improved to 2-0. The Vikings swept the five doubles matches.

By TOM MUSICK CHICAGO – As soon as Illinois guard Brandon Paul dribbled, stepped back and released a 15-foot shot from near the left elbow, teammate D.J. Richardson knew. Basket. Buzzer. Ballgame. “I’ve seen that look in his eye,” Richardson said. It’s a senior thing. These are some of the most wonderful days of the year to be a college basketball fan. For proof, look no further than Illinois’ thrilling 51-49 win against Minnesota on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament. The Fighting Illini (22-11) probably would have earned a spot in the NCAA tournament anyway, but Paul’s game-winning shot as time expired certainly helped. As the conference’s No. 8 seed, Illi-

nois advanced to play No. 1 seed Indiana (26-5) in today’s quarterfinals at the United Center. Caution: The contest could be low scoring, physical and ugly as a pig. It could be more of a tractor pull than a beauty pageant, as Big Ten games tend to be. And it could be so much fun. That’s how it was on the first day of the Big Ten tournament as Illinois and Minnesota combined to miss 62 of 96 shots from the field. At certain times, it seemed as if nobody was going to make a basket without a 10-foot ladder in front of the rim. Nobody except for Paul, that is. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior from Warren High School in Gurnee served as a mobile hotspot on a day when nobody else could connect. He made 10 of Illinois’ 18 field goals and finished with 25 points while all of his teammates combined for 26.


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Lunch, learn with FVNN club March 20

NEIGHBORS BRIEFS Shine to host vision board workshop

KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE This month, the Fox Valley Newcomers & Neighbors club is hosting an informational luncheon pertaining to puppy mills and high-kill shelter animals saved by the Rescue Warriors. The group will meet March 20 at the Turf Room, 1033 Kilbery St., North Aurora. Join the FVNN club at 11:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet, followed by the luncheon and program at noon. Jessica DiNella will be the luncheon guest speaker. DiNella, along with three others, run a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter in Elgin. The Shelter is called Rescue Warriors. The group rescues puppies and kittens from puppy mills. In the last month, the warriors participated in saving nearly 30 puppies from being euthanized in Kentucky. The warriors rescue from high-kill shelters across the Midwest region of the U.S. For more information or to view a list of donation items needed, visit http:// The Turf Room menu selections will be a mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette followed by a choice of entree. The lunch costs $25 and includes coffee, soda, tea and gratuity. To reserve a seat, and select a menu entrée, call Marge at 630-513-1948.

BATAVIA – A vision board workshop is set from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Shine, 5 N. River St., Batavia. The cost is $45. Vision boards help participants generate an artistic, big-picture representation of what’s truly important in their life. For information, send email to you@

Local author to visit Sugar Grove Public Library on March 16

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This month, the Fox Valley Newcomers & Neighbors club is hosting an informational luncheon pertaining to puppy mills and high-kill shelter animals saved by the Rescue Warriors. The deadline for checks and reservations is March 18. After the deadline there will be no refunds. The Fox Valley Newcomers & Neigh-

bors Club is a social and philanthropic organization for women in the area who are interested in meeting and making new friends through social and fundraising activities.

SUGAR GROVE – Local author Melanie Jane Nicolas will be at the Sugar Grove Public Library on Saturday, March 16, for a presentation and signing of her new book, “Raising Wealthy Kids.” The event starts with a complimentary continental breakfast at 10 a.m., feature Gayle Deja-Schultz, a candidate for Sugar Grove village trustee. The presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited. To register or for information, contact Deja-Schultz at 815-603-0541, info@ or The event will be in conference room B of the library, which is at 125 S. Municipal Drive.

Remembering World War II vets and looking forward to spring Sad news this week as local veterans learned of the passing of one of the few remaining World War II veterans. Walt Grajek lived in Bartlett yet spent much time in St. Charles joining his comrades at both service organizations, the American Legion Post 342 and VFW Post 5026. He was not one to dwell on his war experiences yet most knew he had landed with his 29th Infantry Division at Omaha Beach on D Day. Reaching out to other vets we learned that he advanced across France to Germany and served in the Army of Occupation. He spoke fluent German.

VIEWS Joan Arteberry Walt told his buddies that a high point was the chance to dance with Marlene Dietrich! When his civilian life resumed he worked at the Argonne National Laboratory as an engineering specialist. When Marian, his second wife, passed away he made it a practice to walk to the Bartlett cemetery each day, rain or shine, to visit her grave.

Speaking of The Greatest Generation, the much-respected John Wredling turned 99 this week! There are more episodes of “Off-Shore” ready to go. Got a new printer which, my Geek says, launched a whole bunch of “Trojans”. Apologies to those folks who got the “Marooned in Spain, send money” emails. Actually there was a trip to Barcelona on a teacher’s budget 40 years ago but we got by on cheap Sangria and bus rides. Oh, lost my passport in London too. A great trip nevertheless, and no help needed.

Good news shout out to the pediatric unit nurses at Delnor. Granddaughter Olivia, 3, just spent a week with them. Olivia, who holds a pink belt in Boisterous Resistance, would want me to tell them that she is feeling much better and gives you good marks when she chats with her twin sister, Leia. There’s no talk of a career in nursing like Granny. They are more likely to do the wild animal aping like Grand-Poppy. There are signs of spring everywhere! Curley Burr swears he saw a robin. Nan-

cy McFarland reports a sign counting the days until the Blue Goose outdoor grill lights up. Mister Z is chasing lots of skunks who are emerging from their torpor (they hole-up but don’t truly hibernate). A piece of advice: If he stops to chat with you, stand upwind of his truck.

• Joan Arteberry is a longtime resident of St. Charles. Her columns are featured in the Kane County Chronicle’s Neighbors section every other Friday. Write to her at

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24 Welcome to the Kane County Chronicle Poetry Corner, where original poems by our readers will be featured in the Neighbors section every third Friday of the month. Readers are encouraged to email their own, original poems for consideration to neighbors@ Those who submit poems must include their full name, address and phone number in order for their submission to be confirmed. Submissions also will be accepted in person at our office, 333 N. Randall Road, St. Charles, or via regular mail with attention to the features editor.

‘How Shall I Know Spring?’ By Virginia Kammerer, a St. Charles resident When winter tree’s cold bare arms Are woven with a symphony of robins Or frost bearded grasses lean more urgently Toward their awakening And the river’s frozen face speaks to willows Along its banks As snow’s last luster embraces the sun’s salute Before fleeing in dark ribbons Into the pockets of the warming earth When slender stemmed grasses dance in the wind Among last year’s withered limbs Or on one special day when all the trees Are charmed to green And a single violet shouts its existence from the woodland Then I shall know spring.

Signed McCarthy books offered as part of Bridges Montessori Comedy Night KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE

Jenny McCarthy ST. CHARLES – Bridges Montessori Academy is having a Comedy Night benefit at Zanies in St. Charles in April. The event will take place April 12 at Zanies in Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St. in St. Charles. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The adults-only standup comedy event will benefit the children of Bridges. Tickets are $30 each. The first 50 people to purchase a pair of tickets to the event will receive an autographed copy of Jenny McCarthy’s latest book, “Bad Habits.” There is a two-item minimum purchase of food or drinks during the show. Attendees must be 21 or over and have a valid photo ID. To purchase tickets, contact Bridges Montessori

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Pleasures await owners of Mercedes-Benz GL450 Familiar names of Mercedes-Benz vehicles being sold in the United States start with a letter, such as C, E or S. This year, an A-Class (small) has been added to the list. Less familiar are the Mercedes vehicles with a G in their names. These G-Class vehicles are huge, strong and comfortable. They also cost a lot, such as the 2013 GL450 that arrived recently for a week of test driving. The GL is the company’s largest sport utility vehicle. It carried a sticker price of $63,900 but after 18 packages and standalone options had been added on, the price rose to $95,705. There remained the delivery hit of $905. At $63,900, the essentials are there to keep most buyers happy. All-wheel-drive is standard. The powertrain does not change as it remains a 4.6-liter, 362-horsepower, twin turbocharged V8 engine mated to a shiftable (paddles behind leather-wrapped steering wheel) seven-speed automatic transmission. Alloy wheels are 19- instead of the optional 20-inchers. The electronic suspension provides a seamless ride without the adaptive damping system that costs an extra $6,400. The standard air suspension includes electronic marvels, such as a system to keep leans in turns at a minimum, so that this 5,401-pound, seven-passenger vehicle on an even keel. During the test week with six people aboard, it did just that. Sharp turns are not as menacing to coffee and beverage spills. This is a three-row, fullsized sport utility vehicle with the third row operated by power. After opening the rear power liftgate, controls on the right cargo wall manipulate the third row either up or down. Leather and burled walnut wood trim, carpeting and tight stitching are everywhere. The front bucket seats are heated as well as operated by power. The second row seats

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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 has a bi-turbo 4.6-liter, 362-horsepower V8 engine mated to a shiftable seven-speed automatic transmission.

REVIEWS Jerry Kuyper could be heated if one chose a $620 standalone option. During the test week, lots of sporting equipment got loaded and unloaded into this SUV. The power liftgate and third row seats made everything a bit easier. Little things are almost offhand inclusions in the vehicle. For example, a camera system with a 360 degree angle to help with parking or maneuvering in tight spots and an 80

gigabyte hard drive navigation system are standard. The 360-degree camera angles come from above and on the sides. There is an overhead shot of the vehicle that comes in from a satellite feed. The overhead shot appears on the nav screen. It is like watching yourself drive on TV. Meanwhile, other feeds show where each side of the vehicle is and this info also appears on the split screen. Incredible. The engine can pull a 7,500 pound trailer with a horse or two aboard. Trailer stability assist is a standard feature. It helps keep trailer sway under control. During the test week

with 200 pounds of cargo and four people aboard, it averaged 19.1 miles per gallon on the highway and 15.7 mpg in the city. Premium fuel is recommended for the 26-gallon gas tank. The GL450 has been factory tested in racing from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.2 seconds. The AWD system is always engaged and sends torque to wheels equally but to the ones doing the most work when cornering or driving in slippery conditions. Wheel slip is monitored and at the first sign of slippage, torque goes to the tire or tires with the most grip. A heavy, somewhat boxy

vehicle, the GL450 rides well above the highway and provides a sure feeling of safety. Comforts abound but not all are in the base price. For families with children, rear seat entertainment might be nice. It costs an extra $1,950 but should be worth the price. It was during the test week as two children were entertained in the rear (head sets) while adults got to listen to each other or their favorite choice from the 830-watt, 13-speaker sound system. Big, safe and comfortable, the GL450 is quite the vehicle. For a complete list of safety, comfort and power features, visit








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TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS Judd Hirsch (1935), actor; Phil Lesh (1940), musician; Sly Stone (1943), musician; Mike Tomlin (1972), football coach; Eva Longoria (1975), actress; William “” Adams (1975), rapper/record producer. – United Feature Syndicate

HOROSCOPE By BERNICE BEDE OSOL Newspaper Enterprise Association TODAY – Increased earnings are a strong probability for you in the year ahead. Work hard, but occasionally take some time to enjoy life and smell the roses. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – Even though you’re aware of the right course of action to follow, you might lack the courage to take it. Don’t take the easy way out if you can help it. ARIES (March 21-April 19) – Don’t prolong the agony of an overdue bill; it only gets more pronounced with time. Pay off what you can, no matter how small the amount. It all has a way of adding up. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – At times, you can be opinionated and reluctant to change your mind, even to accommodate others. But it could be worse to change your opinion for the wrong reasons. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – Although your material aspects look very encouraging, you might not make the most of your opportunities. Don’t let all the good things happening slip through your fingers. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – To be successful, you must be hopeful and secure in your situation. Try not to be influenced by the negative opinions of another. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – When you spot a quick victory, you’re likely to handle yourself extremely well. Conversely, when tenacity is required, you might buckle under and make a poor showing. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Instead of telling a friend about the things that could go wrong with his or her idea, you should be supportive. If, by chance, your pal should blunder, an “I told you so” won’t be appreciated. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – Commercial dealings could be somewhat difficult for you at present. In certain situations you should do well, but be prepared for a few failures as well. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – When it comes to an important negotiation, you need to know exactly what you’re agreeing to. Take plenty of time to study things thoroughly in order to spot any flaws. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – Doing business with friends can be more frustrating and less profitable than dealing with strangers. Give your pal the best deal you can, but don’t be taken advantage of. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – There’s a chance you could get drawn into a situation that includes someone you personally dislike. Do your best to hide your feelings from everyone involved. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – You’re inclined to be helpful to another, provided the initiative to do so originates with you. However, anyone who makes a demand on you is likely to see another facet of your personality.


‘Burt Wonderstone’ – a comedy about magicians that lacks magic “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is a comedy about magicians without much magic to it. Steve Carell plays the title character, a Las Vegas headliner with an ego bigger than his billboard on the Strip, someone who must learn humility before finding a happy ending. Five years ago this could have been a Will Ferrell movie; 10 years ago it could have been a Jim Carrey movie (coincidentally or not, Carrey has a key supporting role as a rival magician). Burt shares an act with his boyhood pal Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), who is either the Roy to his Siegfried or the Siegfried to his Roy, in case there’s a difference. Their act is billed as “A Magical Friendship,” which clues us into the major theme. “Burt Wonderstone” has the kind of script that makes sure the audience comprehends every bit of subtext. Burt and Anton have ruled the Strip for 10 years, but their friendship has frayed, mostly because Burt has become so insufferably big-headed that he has a consent form for his groupies to sign. This fragmentation of their relationship coincides with the arrival of “guerilla” street magician Steve Gray, played by a heavily tattooed Carrey. Carrey’s character is obviously modeled on Criss Angel, whose “Mindfreak” slogan has been switched to “Brain Rapist,” a joke more cringe-inducing than funny. Gray doesn’t perform magic so much as maim himself in public for the sake of his highly rated cable program. Grey’s popularity puts pressure on Burt and Anton to update their act. They attempt a publicity stunt that Burt fouls up so horribly that Anton finally quits. Unable to maintain the act as a solo artist, Burt bottoms out and finds work demonstrating Bounty paper towels at a Big Lots (product placement is practically integrated into the plot) before landing a gig entertaining seniors at a retirement home. Does any of this sound familiar? The egomaniacal hero so convinced of his own glory that he drives away the

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Burt (Steve Carell) and Jane (Olivia Wilde) check out a rival magician’s act.

REVIEWS Jeffrey Westhoff best friend that helped him make it to the top? The arrival of an even more obnoxious rival? The hero rediscovering his passion after a series of humiliating setbacks? These are the basic building blocks of “Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (see, I told you this could have been a Will Ferrell movie.) The “Burt Wonderstone” script is credited to Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who became hot comedy writers thanks to “Horrible Bosses.” For “Burt Wonderstone” they took on the arduous task of going through the “Talledega Nights” script, crossing out all references to NASCAR and replacing them with references to magic. “Talledega Nights” is awfully funny, one of Ferrell’s best. “Burt Wonderstone” is only intermittently funny. You can’t put such talented comedians as Carell, Carey and Alan Arkin (who plays a veteran magician who inspired Carell’s career) in a movie and not get any laughs. Most of the time, the laughs come not from the material but how the cast delivers it.

Characterization is random. The film opens with the overused device of introducing the hero as a child, showing how outcasts Burt and Anton bonded over magic in their grade-school cafeteria in 1982 (and by the way, if Carell and Buscemi were grade-schoolers in 1982, their ability to manipulate the aging process is indeed magical). We are left to wonder how such a sweet kid could grow up to be such a colossal jerk. Sure, people change over time, but this transformation happened only because there wouldn’t be a movie without it. Also, through most of the story Carrey’s character exists as a weirdo on the sidelines with no interest in Burt and his imploding career. Then, out of nowhere, he decides to heckle and one up Burt as he performs a lowly gig at a child’s birthday party. And then there is Olivia Wilde’s character, a magician’s assistant who seems to have been inserted into the fourth or fifth draft of the script because the studio wanted more sex appeal. Little she does makes sense. Wilde has beautiful eyes but no personality and amounts to a gorgeous dead zone whenever she appears. Director Don Scardino is a veteran of sitcoms, “30 Rock” in particular, with little experience in feature films. It shows. The biggest reason “Burt Wonderstone” fails is that magicians make poor subjects for movies, whether in a drama such as “The Prestige” or a comedy such as this. A magic act must be witnessed live to truly make you wonder “how did they do that?” Movies are the art of fakery. Scardino tries to create a sense of magic verisimilitude by asking David Copperfield (who appears in a cameo) to design Burt and Anton’s stage illusions. Then Scardino goes against this instinct by having a CGI dove fly out of a character’s mouth. Granted, “Burt Wonderstone” is not intended as a documentary, but that’s really cheating.

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips sex life has been slowing for a long time. We have sex less than 10 times a year. We get along great and are the best of friends. My wife is attractive and fun to be with, and I don’t know what happened to us. What causes women to lose their sex drive? (Then they wonder why their husbands have affairs.) My wife is in good health. There are no medical issues. We are more friends than lovers. I don’t think she’s involved with anyone else. I want a fun, active sex life, but I don’t want to upset her or lose the closeness we have. It’s just that I’m watching our sex life evaporate. Please help. – Mike in Missouri Dear Mike: As women age, their hormone levels decrease, which can cause the sex drive to diminish. The reduced hormone levels can also make sex painful. If your wife would discuss these changes

with her gynecologist or an endocrinologist, there may be a solution that would put some spark back in your marriage. However, that won’t happen unless you are able to speak frankly with her about what’s bothering you. Dear Abby: I have been studying my whole life to become a classical singer. Many people have put great effort into helping me to succeed, especially my mother, who wanted to be an opera singer when she was my age. She is not a pushy stage mother, though. I chose to pursue music myself. However, I have recently realized my heart is not fully in it and that I’d rather go to law school. How do I share the news without breaking my mother’s heart? – Singing A Different Tune Dear Singing: Your mother may be disappointed, but her heart will heal. If your passion is not in opera singing, the truth is you won’t go very far in the field. Wanting to be a lawyer is nothing to be ashamed of. • Write Dear Abby at www.

Removing varicose veins may reduce risk Dear Doctor K: I have unsightly varicose veins and would like to get them treated. But could that lead to venous insufficiency? Dear Reader: To answer your question I consulted with my colleague Dr. Celeste Robb-Nicholson, editor-in-chief of the Harvard Women’s Health Watch. In a nutshell, varicose veins are both a cause and a result of venous insufficiency, and treating them can improve venous insufficiency. What is venous insufficiency? Normally, leg veins return blood from the legs back to the heart. Particularly when you’re sitting or standing, that’s not easy. Your circulation is gently pushing blood in your leg veins up to your heart. When you use your legs, the muscles in your legs also help squeeze the blood upward toward the heart. But at the same time gravity is pulling the blood down, so the circulation needs some help. That’s why your leg veins have a series of one-way valves. These valves open to allow blood to flow upward toward the heart. They close to keep blood from flowing back down into the legs. When the valves are damaged or don’t close properly (as with varicose veins),

ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff blood can pool in the legs. This increases pressure in the veins, causing them to expand. (I’ve put an illustration of this on my website, When something is making it hard for blood to return from the legs to the heart, you’ve got venous insufficiency. It could be caused by varicose veins, or by not using your leg muscles enough, or by blood clots that form in the veins and block blood flow. Whatever the cause, the result is a range of conditions. On one end are tiny spider veins that may be unsightly but cause no discomfort. In the middle are moderate-sized, swollen, twisted varicose veins that cause achy, tired legs and occasional ankle swelling. Finally, there’s severe chronic venous insufficiency. This causes swollen legs, skin color changes, itchy skin, leg cramping, pain and ulcers on the legs and ankles. Having varicose veins removed doesn’t make you more likely to

develop venous insufficiency. In fact, by removing the varicose veins with defective valves – which are a source of increased pressure in the leg veins – it might even help to reduce the risk of developing chronic venous insufficiency. It will force blood to return to the heart through other veins that do not have defective valves. Whether or not you get treatment, try the following to help reduce the risk of vein problems progressing or recurring: • Avoid sitting or standing in one place for long periods. • Wear compression hose. • Elevate your legs a few times each day to reduce blood pooling and leg or ankle swelling. • Exercise your toes and feet while sitting. • Don’t cross your legs. • Take walks to get your leg muscles moving; they help squeeze veins and pump blood back to the heart. • Maintain a healthy weight.

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Dr. Wallace: I’m 13 and live with my aunt and uncle. They don’t have children of their own. My mother has been placed in a nursing home because she has a severe illness. My father was killed in an automobile accident. I’m very fortunate to be able to live with relatives. My aunt is very kind. My uncle is nice most of the time, but he has a very short temper and when he gets mad, he explodes. Yesterday he exploded at me because I had forgotten to do my chores. I never had anyone talk to me that way before, so I started crying. Then my uncle said, “Tears don’t impress me, young lady” and left the room. Now I am afraid of him. My aunt told me to forget his explosion because “in an hour he will have calmed down, and he will be sweet old Uncle John once again.” She said that his “bark is much worse than his bite.” That might be true, but I don’t know if I can take another of his explosions. Help! – Nameless, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada Dear Nameless: Let’s hope your uncle reads this column. The written word can have a powerful and persuasive impact. Maybe it will open his eyes to how frightening he is when his temper takes over. It’s crucial that you not be afraid of him, so I would urge the two of you to talk. When he’s in a quiet mood, apologize for forgetting your chores, and tell him you will do your best not to forget them again. Then ask him if he would please not respond with anger next time he’s displeased with something you’ve done or haven’t

’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace done, but just tell you what’s wrong without exploding. Dr. Wallace: I’m 16, and I have an awesome boyfriend who will soon be 18. I believe with all my heart, mind and soul that we will be married someday. We are both devout Christians and determined to remain virgins until marriage, considering that is the way God intended us to be. We live by the Bible verse, “I am my beloved’s, my beloved is mine (Solomon 6:3).” I have a question regarding cohabitation before marriage. I really feel that living with someone is an excellent indication of what they are really like regarding things like work ethic, prayer life, etc. But I also realize that living with my boyfriend would bring great temptation. Still, I would like to establish somewhat of a home life with him before we are married. What are your thoughts? – Nameless, Hammond, La. Dear Nameless: When the time comes that you want to share your life with your boyfriend, get married. The boyfriend whom you love right now with heart, mind and soul will be the same awesome guy after the wedding vows. Forget about living together before marriage. Almost all couples that live together before marriage have a sexual relationship. That’s one of the main reasons they move in together. • Dr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Email him at rwallace@galesburg. net.


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Dear Abby: I am a young woman on a predominantly male college campus. One morning, while walking to a class, I had the misfortune of walking a few feet ahead of a pair of boys who were having an incredibly offensive and loud conversation about their sexual interests. It was extremely derogatory toward women, and just plain disgusting. In a situation like this, would it have been inappropriate for me to turn around and say something, or was it better to just hold my tongue and walk faster? – Offended in Georgia Dear Offended: You were right not to challenge them. Because this isn’t an isolated incident, what you have described could be considered a form of sexual harassment. You and your sorority sisters should – as a group – bring this to the attention of the dean because you are a minority on that campus and the boys apparently haven’t learned to function in an integrated environment. Dear Abby: Can a sexless marriage last? My wife and I have been married for 17 years and our

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Use an opponent for your entry


William Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances.” In a bridge contract, having no entry often results in an exit with a minus score. And sometimes you need to use a defender for an entrance. How does that apply in this deal? South is in four spades, and West leads the diamond 10. When East opened one diamond, South just closed his eyes and blasted into four spades, hoping that if his partner had a weak hand, the penalty conceded would be less than his opponents could have obtained in their best contract. If West had been psychic, he would have led either the club 10 (immediately giving the defenders three clubs and one heart) or the heart nine (East wins with his ace and returns the suit to kill the dummy). But since East had opened one diamond, selecting that suit was normal. The original South won trick one with dummy’s ace and discarded a heart from his hand. Then he called for a low heart. East went in with the ace and led the diamond king. Now declarer had to go down two. (Yes, East might have returned a heart, which would have been right if West had begun with a singleton heart. But East thought that his partner would have led a singleton initially.) South should have left the diamond ace on the board and ruffed the first trick in his hand. Then he draws trumps and plays on hearts. East may duck the first round and take the second, but then he must put declarer into the dummy. The contract makes with an overtrick instead of going down two.

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pur foreclosure sale, other that a mortgagee shall pay the assessments P.I.N. # 09-07-228-004 and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 Sale terms: 10% down of the ILCS 605-9(g)(1) and (g)(4). highest bid by certified funds at the close of the auction. The balance, IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR in certified funds, is due within (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE twenty-four (24) hours. The sub- RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION ject property is subject to general FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN real estate taxes, special assess- ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACments, or special taxes levied CORDANCE WITH SECTION 15against said real estate and is of- 1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTBATAVIA fered for sale without any represen- GAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. 1 BR starting at $760 tation as to quality or quantity of ti2 BR starting at $950 tle and without recourse to Plaintiff For information, contact the 3 BR TH starting at $1255 and in "AS IS" condition. The sale Plaintiff's attorney: Peter Vucha, is further subject to confirmation by ROESER & VUCHA, LLC, 920 Davis 630-879-8300 the court. Road, Suite 100, Elgin, IL 60123, 847-888-1820. Questions about your subscription? If the sale is set aside for any reaWe'd love to help. son, the Purchaser at the sale shall Peter Vucha Call 800-589-9363 be entitled only to a return of the Roeser & Vucha, LLC deposit paid. The Purchaser shall 920 Davis Road have no further recourse against Suite 100 Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Elgin, IL 60123 Mortgagee's attorney. 847-888-1820


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y ST. Order Admitting the Will of HELEN DELORES SODERQUIST dated March 23, 1994, to Probate and P.I.N. # 09-07-228-004 Appointing the Executor was entered by the court. Sale terms: 10% down of the 5. Within 42 days after the effechighest bid by certified funds at the tive date of the Order Admitting the close of the auction. The balance, Will to Probate, you may file a Petiin certified funds, is due within tion with the court to require proof twenty-four (24) hours. The sub- of the validity of the Will by testimoject property is subject to general ny of witnesses to the Will in open real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied Court, or other evidence, as providagainst said real estate and is of- ed in Section 6-21 of the Probate fered for sale without any represen- Act (755 ILCS 5/6-21). 6. Within six months after the eftation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff fective date of the Order Admitting and in "AS IS" condition. The sale the Will to Probate, you may file a is further subject to confirmation by Petition with the court to contest the validity of the Will as provided unthe court. der Section 8-1 of the Probate Act (755 ILCS 5/8-1). If the sale is set aside for any rea7. Claims against the estate may son, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the be filed on or before September 10, deposit paid. The Purchaser shall 2013. Any Claim not filed within have no further recourse against that period is barred. Claims may Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Mortgagee's attorney. Court, 540 South Randall Road, St. Charles, Illinois. Copies of any Upon payment in full of the Claim filed with the Clerk must be amount bid, the purchaser will re- mailed or delivered to the attorney ceive a Certificate of Sale that will of the estate at the address given entitle the purchaser to a deed to above within ten days after it has the real estate after confirmation of been filed. sale. 8. The estate will be administered without court supervision unThe property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no less an interested party terminates representation as to the condition of independent administration by filthe property. Prospective bidders ing a Petition to Terminate Indepenare admonished to check the court dent Administration under Article XXVIII 5/28-4 of the Probate Act file to verify all information. (755 ILCS 5/28-4). If this property is a condominium /s/ James D. Skaar unit, the purchaser of the unit at the Counsel for Executor foreclosure sale, other that a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The James D. Skaar (#06180405) Condominium Property Act, 765 Law Office of James D. Skaar ILCS 605-9(g)(1) and (g)(4). 220 South Third Street Geneva, IL 60134 IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (630) 232-6000 (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION (Published in the Kane County FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN Chronicle, March 1, 8 & 15, ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN AC- 2013.) CORDANCE WITH SECTION 151701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTPUBLIC NOTICE GAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, contact the Plaintiff's attorney: Peter Vucha, ROESER & VUCHA, LLC, 920 Davis Road, Suite 100, Elgin, IL 60123, 847-888-1820.

The County of Kane is seeking to retain the services of a qualified agency for the provision of both brokering and consulting services for its health care and benefit insurance packages.

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legally Lot 1 in Tyler & 64 Business park, being a subdivision of part of the southwest quarter of section 26, township 40 north, range 8 east of the third principal meridian, City of St. Charles, Kane County, Illinois. All persons who want to attend the public hearing are welcome to do so. Anyone wishing to be heard for or against the special use request may submit statements orally or in writing or both. A copy of the petitions are on file and are available for inspection during normal business hours at the St. Charles Planning Division, 2 E. Main Street, 2nd Floor, St. Charles, Illinois and at the St. Charles Public Library, 1 South 6th Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois. Dated this 15th day of March, 2013. Plan Commission of the City of St. Charles, Illinois. Todd Wallace, Chairman (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, March 15, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE FY 2013-14 UNDERGROUND ELECTRIC CABLE REPLACEMENT CONTRACT NOTICE TO BIDDERS Duplicate sealed Proposals submitted in a sealed envelope with the words "FY 2013-14 Underground Electric Cable Replacement Contract" clearly marked on it, will be received by the City of Geneva, Illinois on or before eleven o'clock a.m., local time, April 11, 2013, at the office of the City Administrator, 22 South First Street, Geneva, IL 60134, at which time they will be publicly opened and read for the construction, including the supply of necessary labor, materials and equipment of all related work thereto for the Project known as "FY 2013-14 Underground Electric Cable Replacement Contract". Any Proposal received subsequent to the time specified will be promptly returned to the Bidder unopened. Description of Project: The project will consist of:

Proposals are due in the Kane County Purchasing Department by The abandoning of old cable 2 p.m., April 4, 2013, when they and the installation of primary cawill be publicly opened. ble through conduit in various areas around Geneva. The installaChristopher Rossman tion of new conduits (poly, pvc & County Purchasing Director rigid), primary cable, splicing etc (Published in the Kane County to replace existing distribution cirChronicle, March 8, 15 & 22, (Published in the Kane County cuits as well as transformers, 2013.) Chronicle, March 15, 2013.) pedestals, modcans and street lights.


1#06180405 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE 16th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF HELEN DELORES SODERQUIST, Deceased. General No. 13 P 102 NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS, CREDITORS, AND INTERESTED PARTIES 1. Notice is hereby given of the death of HELEN DELORES SODERQUIST, who died on January 8, 2013, a resident of St. Charles, Kane County, Illinois. 2. The Executor for the estate is DAWN SODERQUIST OKANO. 3. The attorney for the estate is: James D. Skaar, Law Office of James D. Skaar, 220 South Third Street, Geneva, IL 60134. 4. On February 25, 2013, an


There will be a pre-Bid meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING at 10:00 a.m. at Geneva Public BEFORE THE ST. CHARLES Works, 1800 South Street, Geneva, PLAN COMMISSION IL 60134. All Bidders are required to attend or to request copies of Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the meeting minutes. Plan Commission of the City of St. Charles, Illinois on Tuesday, April This work shall be done in accor2, 2013 at the hour of 7:00 p.m. dance with the Specifications as in the City Council Chambers of the prepared by the City of Geneva Municipal Building at 2 East Main Electric Utility. Copies of the plans, Street, St. Charles, Illinois, at which Specifications, and construction time and place the Commission will drawings together with all necesconsider, for the purposes of mak- sary forms and other documents for ing a recommendation to the City Bidders may be obtained via the web. Contact the City of Geneva Council, the following: Public Works Department for inPetition filed by Joseph Conti ap- structions on how to do so. The plicant, representing Cadillac Build- plans, Specifications, and construcing of St. Charles owner, requesting tion drawings may be examined at amendment to a Special Use for the Public Works Department locatand Planned Unit Development re- ed at 1800 South Street, Geneva, garding the required front yard set- IL. 60134. back. The site is located at 1611 E. Main Street, St. Charles, Illinois The Contractor and Sub-Contracand is legally described as follows: tors shall pay not less than the pre-

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pay pr vailing rate of wages as found by /s/ John A. Cunningham the Department of Labor or as deKane County Clerk termined by the Court of Appeal, to all laborers, workmen and mechanics performing work under the (Published in the Kane County Contract. A signed certification Chronicle, March 15, 22 & 29, stating the above as well as the fact 2013.) that the Bidder is not barred from PUBLIC NOTICE Bidding as a result of a violation of either Section 33E-3 or 33E-4 of ASSUMED NAME Chapter 38, Illinois Revised StatPUBLICATION NOTICE ues, 1987 (as amended) must be submitted with the sealed Bid. Public Notice is hereby given that on February 27, 2013 a certifiEach Bid must be accompanied cate was filed in the office of the by a Bid bond signed by a Surety County Clerk of Kane County, Illicompany authorized to do business nois, setting forth the names and in Illinois, or by a cashier's check addresses of all persons owning, or certified check in the amount of conducting and transacting the ten (10) percent of the base Bid. business known as LAW OFFICE OF Any Bid not accompanied by a re- EDWARD A PERRY JR located at quired Bid deposit will be rejected. 527 Illinois Ave, St Charles, IL 60174. The City of Geneva, IL reserves the right to reject any or all Bids Dated: February 27, 2013. and waive technicalities. /s/ John A. Cunningham The City of Geneva, Illinois Kane County Clerk Mary McKittrick City Administrator (Published in the Kane County March 15, 2013 Chronicle, March 1, 8 & 15, 2013.) (Published in the Kane County PUBLIC NOTICE Chronicle, March 15, 2013.) ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on March 6, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as CREDIT REPAIR ENTERPRISE located at 14 N Riverside Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174. Dated: March 6, 2013. /s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, March 8, 15 & 22, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Public Notice is hereby given that on March 13, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as J.A.S. LAWN SERVICE located at 128 Elm Ave, North Aurora, IL 60542. Dated: March 13, 2013.

Public Notice is hereby given that on March 13, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the County Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as SIMPLY DESSERTS located at 1429 Patterson Avenue, North Aurora, IL 60542. Dated: March 13, 2013.


/s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk

(Published in the Kane County Chronicle, March 8, 15 & 22, 2013.)

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