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The wonder of the goldenrod gall fly VIEWS Pam Otto Let’s face it, fruit flies have an image problem. Some are serious agricultural pests (remember California’s infamous medfly infestation?) and others, namely the Drosophilidae, are primarily known for the way they hover around overripe fruit. (Who hasn’t swatted away these tiny creatures as they’ve swarmed over a bowl of browning bananas? People raising tiny toads, that’s who. But that’s another story for another day.) However, there is another type of fruit fly living in our midst, one that goes about its business quietly, aiding several other beneficial species along the way: the goldenrod gall fly. If you’ve ever walked past a field of goldenrod, you’re probably familiar with this industrious creature. Or at least the products of its industry. In late spring and early summer, females of the species Eurosta solidaginis lay individual eggs in the terminal buds of goldenrod, or Solidago spp., plants. The eggs hatch in a week or so, and the wee larvae burrow their way down into the pith, or spongy middle part of the stem. Once ensconced, they go about their business of feeding on plant juices and growing. As they expand, so too does the plant tissue around them, probably in response to chemicals emitted by the baby bug. This time of year, the immature flies, for the most part, are safely insulated within the plant’s stem, nestled in their homes that by this point have swollen to roughly the size and shape of a gumball. I say “for the most part” because not every goldenrod gall fly lives this life of luxury. Some are parasitized by beetles and wasps, while others are consumed by chickadees and downy woodpeckers.

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The next time you’re tempted to dismiss a growth on a plant stem as “just another goldenrod gall,” remember that it’s the work of E. solidaginis – a fruitful fly indeed. Those that do survive will go on to wake from diapause in spring, then pupate and emerge as adults that will begin the cycle all over again. (Here’s a fun fact: Adult gall flies do not have the proper appendages to engineer an escape and hence would be helplessly trapped inside their former safehouses, were it not for one amazing feat. Driven by instinct, and a pair of mouth hooks, the gall fly larva excavates an exit tunnel in fall, stopping just short of the thin epidermal layer of the plant. Post pupation, all the adult fly needs to do is ram through the fragile skin, like a football player breaking through a banner on game day, and it’s free to take wing. Go team Gall Fly!) At this point, you may think we’ve come to the end of the Tale of the Gall.

Successful emergence means the gall’s usefulness is over and done with, right? Well, not quite. Like so many other fascinating facets of nature, the end of this story actually is the beginning of several others. Provided they weren’t excavated by bird beaks, or chewed upon by rodents, those galls have plenty of utility left. The tough, corky interior still can protect inhabitants from intruders, and the chambers that once housed gall fly larvae can provide roomy, even spacious, accommodations for a new round of occupants. Scientists investigating secondary uses of goldenrod galls have discovered all sorts of creatures holed up inside these sturdy, readymade structures. Small species of wasps, bees,

spiders and beetles – many that are important parasites or predators of pest species – take advantage of the space inside the galls’ nearly impenetrable walls. Wasps will cover the chamber’s exit hole with a tiny bit of mud; bees will fill it with a parchment-like plug; and spiders may add a dollop of silken web as a door. The next time you’re tempted to dismiss a growth on a plant stem as “just another goldenrod gall,” remember that it’s the work of E. solidaginis – a fruitful fly indeed.

• Pam Otto is the manager of nature programs and interpretive services at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, a facility of the St. Charles Park District. She can be reached at 630-5134346 or

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Where did you grow up? Worth Pets? A Boston terrier named Chloe, black lab/Australian shepherd

mix named Shelby, a Havanese named Melody and two cats, Molly and Sunkit. None of them are mine – they belong to other people in the family. Who would play you in the movie of your life? Kevin James First job? White Castle As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Accounting. In high school, I wanted to go into accounting, and I became an accountant. I worked in finance for 20 years, and now I opened the business. A book you’d recommend? Anything by Vince Flynn Favorite charity? American Cancer Society Hobbies? Anything outdoors. I just love being outside. And I fly freestyle tricking kites. Favorite local restaurant? Szechwan in St. Charles What is an interesting factoid about yourself? My father was the youngest of 11 children, and he came through Ellis Island before World War I.


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Applicants welcome for Jeff Baurer scholarship WHAT: The Jeff Baurer Geneva High School Memorial Scholarship, funded by The Jeffrey W. Baurer Three Star Family Foundation, is now available. Geneva High School seniors with a weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher and who plan to attend a four-year college or university are invited to apply for one $2,500 scholarship. Students must submit an application, an unofficial copy of the high school transcript and letter of recommendation. WHEN: Applications are due April 15. The scholarship winner will be announced at the May 15 GHS Senior Awards Night. INFO: Applications and information can be found at and in the Geneva High School Guidance Office, 416 McKinley Ave., Geneva.

Touch a Tractor set at Farm Bureau WHAT: The Kane County Farm Bureau’s eighth annual Touch a Tractor event is set. The event benefits the Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation. Kids can sit in the seat of an antique tractor, see modern farm equipment,

participate in hands-on activities, ride pedal tractors, shell corn, see farm animals and enter for a free chance to win a pedal tractor. Bringing nonperishable food items to donate will earn visitors an extra entry in the pedal tractor drawing. Scholarship recipients for 2013 will be announced at a ceremony April 7. WHEN: The event goes from noon to 4 p.m. April 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 and 7. WHERE: The front lawn of the bureau’s office at 2N710 Randall Road, St. Charles. INFO: Visit or call 630584-8660 for details.

Easter program at Elburn library WHAT: Natasha Lehrer, from Esther’s Place in Big Rock, invites youths to come to the Elburn Public Library to make fuzzy Easter eggs. Kids will use colors and sparkles to decorate their eggs. Each person will make three eggs. The program is for youths in kindergarten through fifth grade. Participants should register. WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday WHERE: Elburn library, 320 E. North St., Elburn INFO: 630-365-2244 or

Egg hunts in Batavia WHAT: The Batavia Park District has planned its annual Easter Egg Hunt. Families are encouraged to come early to take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item or paper product to be donated to the Batavia Food Pantry. The Easter Egg Hunt is free and will be rain or shine. Also, dogs can hunt for treat-filled eggs at noon at the Bark Park at West Main Community Park at the second annual Doggie Easter Egg Hunt. For the Doggie Easter Egg Hunt, registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Owners are invited to come early to browse pet-friendly booths. The cost is $10 a dog, and 50 percent of the proceeds benefit Anderson Animal Shelter. WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday. Staff will divide kids into age groups at 9:45 a.m. WHERE: West Main Community Park, 40W101 W. Main St., Batavia. INFO: For information or to register for the Doggie Easter Egg Hunt, call 630-8795235 or visit www.

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8LOCAL BRIEFS Talk at museum to cover structures, technology GENEVA – Mark Nussbaum of Architectural Consulting Engineers will present his talk on Historic Structures and Green Technology on April 13 at the Fabyan Villa Museum, 1511 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva. The program will be at 10 a.m. at the Fabyan Villa, where a geothermal system was installed this past fall. Nussbaum is a mechanical engineer specializing in the preservation, restoration and adaptive reuse of historical buildings. Space is limited. Call 630-377-6424 or email to reserve a seat. Admission is $5; Preservation Partners members are free. For information, visit www.

Bar foundation accepting scholarship applications The Kane County Bar Foundation is accepting applications for law school scholarships. Through the generosity of Kane County Bar Association members, the foundation has awarded at least two scholarships of $1,500 each year. Qualified applicants are 16th Judicial Circuit (Kane County) residents (or whose parents reside in the 16th Judicial Circuit). The scholarship application deadline is April 30. Information and applications can be obtained on the Kane County Bar Foundation’s website, scholarship-information.

Orion Ensemble to hold folk concert in Geneva GENEVA – The Orion Ensemble’s “Folk Inspirations with a Mexican Flair” concert program will be at 7 p.m. May 5 at 7 p.m. at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive in Geneva. Single tickets are $26, $23 for seniors and $10 for students; admission is free for children 12 and younger. For tickets or information, call 630-628-9591 or visit www.

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Cafe doing steady business at new home By ERIC SCHELKOPF BATAVIA – Aurora resident Jeff Walan was enjoying a cup of coffee and reading Friday in the newly reopened Limestone Coffee & Tea. Limestone reopened Monday at its new location at 8 W. Wilson St. in downtown Batavia, in the former home of Lane Allen Architects. Walen had been a regular at Limestone’s previous location at the corner of Wilson and North River streets, which closed in November 2011. “I like this space better,” Walan said. “It’s bigger. It’s more open. It’s a nice space.” The cafe has been doing brisk business since reopening, said Maureen Mares, who runs Limestone Coffee with her daughter, Kendall Ertz. The space is 525 square feet larger than Limestone’s old space, Ertz said. She said the cafe has been seeing “a lot of old customers and a handful of new customers.” Limestone has expanded its breakfast and lunch menu, including healthier options, such as a homemade vegetarian soup and a chicken salad wrap. “Our chicken salad wrap is a very popular sandwich,” Ertz said. Kari Kraus, co-founder of Water Street Studios in Bat-

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Limestone Coffee & Tea owner Maureen Mares (right) serves Kari Kraus, co-founder of Water Street Studios, on Friday in Limestone’s new location at 8 W. Wilson St. in downtown Batavia. The coffee shop reopened Monday after being closed since November 2011. avia, was a regular customer at Limestone’s former location, and was making herself at home in the new location. “It still has the Limestone vibe it had in the old space,” Kraus said. “Every time you come here, you run into someone you know. It has a nice hometown vibe.” The cafe is open from 7 a.m.

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37/26 McHenry Statistics through 4 p.m. yesterday Belvidere 38/27 Temperatures Waukegan 38/27 36/26 High/low ....................................... 36°/15° Normal high ......................................... 49° Rockford Crystal Lake Deerfield Record high .............................. 82° (2012) Algonquin 38/27 37/26 38/29 38/27 Normal low .......................................... 32° Hampshire Record low ............................... 12° (2002) Schaumburg 38/27 Elgin 39/29 Peak wind ................................ W at 7 mph 38/28 DeKalb Precipitation 37/26 Tri-Cities Chicago 24 hours through 4 p.m. yest. ........... 0.00” 37/26 39/29 Month to date ................................... 2.13” Normal month to date ....................... 1.63” Oak Park Year to date ...................................... 7.58” 39/30 Aurora Normal year to date .......................... 5.03” Dixon 38/27

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Fox River Stages 0-50 Good; 51-100 Moderate; 101-150 Unhealthy for sensitive groups; 151-200 Unhealthy; 201-300 Very Unhealthy; 301-500 Hazardous Source: Illinois EPA

Weather History Record floods hit the Midwest on March 23, 1913, with major rainstorms adding to snowmelt. This prompted the federal government’s first widespread flood control projects.

Fld: flood stage. Prs: stage in feet at 7 a.m Friday. Chg: change in previous 24 hours. Station Fld Prs Chg Station Fld Prs Chg Algonquin................. 3....... 1.62...... -0.16 Montgomery........... 13..... 12.34...... -0.08 Burlington, WI ........ 11....... 7.64....... none New Munster, WI .... 19....... 8.10...... -0.55 Dayton ................... 12....... 8.48...... -0.20 Princeton .............. 9.5....... 5.92....... none McHenry .................. 4....... 2.92...... -0.57 Waukesha ................ 6....... 3.37..... +0.12

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Candidates talk fiscal responsibility By BRENDA SCHORY

Election Central GENEVA – Eight candidates for Geneva School District 304 board presented their positions on fiscal issues this week at a forum that focused on fiscal responsibility, co-hosted by Geneva TaxFACTS. Incumbents board President Mark Grosso and member William Wilson (not pictured) along with challengers Leslie Juby, David Lamb, Daniel Garrett, Jeff DiOrio, Fred Dresser and Robert Cabeen are seeking four, four-year terms in the April 9 consolidated election. Current board members Timothy Moran and Matt Henry did not seek re-election. The eight appeared before more than 100 residents Wednesday at Williamsburg Elementary School. Grosso and Wilson pointed to their experience – Wilson is seeking his fourth term, and Grosso is seeking his second. Juby, who served one term and lost a re-election bid in 2011, said her experience and background in education would make her a strong choice for school board. Juby noted her volunteerism for Geneva schools, serving on a statewide task force and now working as a substitute teacher in a neighboring district as strengths for serving on the District 304 board again. As a substitute teacher, “I experience first-hand the board members and how they have an effect on students and

Robert Cabeen

Daniel Garrett

Jeff DiOrio

Mark Grosso

education in the classroom,” Juby said. “My goal is for all students to receive a well-balanced education that prepares them for their future success,” Juby said. “And a new common core standard will provide an opportunity for new curriculum and raise our expectations.” Lamb, who has a degree in finance and a background in municipal bonds, said the school district provided great educational opportunities for his children. But he said the school district had too much debt. “I believe in spending what I can afford. I do not like debt,” Lamb said. “I have no personal debt. I think that approach to fiscal responsibility has to occur at the school district level.” Garrett, also with a financial background in municipal bonds, also spoke to the district’s debt.

Fred Dresser

Leslie Juby

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“We have 9 percent bonds when the rates are 2 percent on that debt service,” Garrett said. Garrett noted the district was not growing as fast as it was when the bond decisions were made, and now officials face different challenges. “You have to change gears,” Garrett said. “I think it takes a different mindset, different ideas in the next four years.” DiOrio, who is working on a Ph.D. in educational administration, is a teacher in a Naperville district. He noted being a first-time home buyer in Geneva, expecting his first child and planning to live here the next 40 years. “We really do need to run our school finances the way we run our homes and be fiscally responsible,” DiOrio said. “One other thing that kind of sets me apart is my knowledge of education.” Dresser, who is retired, said

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through his work travels, he learned to work with groups of people from all backgrounds – a skill he would bring to the board. “I feel a school board member is really accountable – No. 1 – to the taxpayers,” Dresser said. “We are charged with looking after the money that you provided to us. And we are responsible and accountable to the school district as well. ... Some of the decisions the board has made do not rest well with everybody. Well, you can’t please everybody.” Grosso said when he ran for election in 2009, it was on a platform of fiscal responsibility. “After four years, I’ve had a lot of experience,” Grosso said, recounting that he has served as a board member, vice president and now president. He served on committees and negotiated every contract with the district’s employee groups, and improved the district’s transparency. A notable achievement under his leadership was the district’s $8 million tax abatement and reduced debt by $2 million by repurchasing bonds, Grosso said.

Wilson, a graduate of Geneva High School, said while serving on the teachers contract negotiating committee, the most important thing they achieved was “sustainability.” “Our taxes, curriculum and the levy – they all go hand in hand and they all have to be sustainable in and of themselves,” Wilson said. “We cannot levy more than the people can pay. We cannot run budgets that are not affordable and not sustainable, and we can’t let our curriculum slip.” Wilson said all three components need to be balanced equally. “As a school board, we continue to offer programs that enrich our children without taxing our taxpayers to death,” Wilson said. “We have one of the top performing schools in the state of Illinois. In the last four years, the amount of money that has been spent in the operating fund has decreased and the last time we did the levy, we elected to not go after the full amount. ... That was the right thing to do. None of the others [school districts] did that.” Cabeen, who ran and lost in 2011, said his background flying jets for the Air Force in Vietnam and then later as a commercial airline captain gave him a lot of opportunities to make decisions. “I am one person who can look at all the information and make good choices,” Cabeen said. “Like all of us here, I don’t want to raise taxes. And like all of us here, I value education.”


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Election Central To learn more about the candidates in the April 9 consolidated election, visit the Kane County Chronicle Election Central website at Specifically, Bruno said the area of River and State streets was critical for redevelopment to “draw the downtown vitality to the river and across,” as well as the eastside corridor where the city is making significant investments in the industrial park. “I’ve lived and worked here 30-some years,” Bruno said. “I got married here, own a house here, raised a family here, made an investment in our home here, pay taxes here. I’ve contributed here. With your support, I hope to continue con-

tributing.” Both candidates said they would hold the line on property taxes. “It’s a mindset – learning to just say ‘no’ to those tax increases,” Ploppert said. “Nobody has a more vested interest in the future of Geneva than myself. I will raise a family here; I will put down my roots here just as my parents did. … The city’s portion of the tax bill is a small percent. That’s true. That does not mean we should not do everything that we absolutely we can do to make sure that small percent it stays as low as we possibly can. … I’m not simply saying gut the budget to save on taxes. ... We need to look for that revenue in other places.” Bruno said it was not possible to know what is going to come before the City Council in the next four years. He said the city has a very desirable downtown “and we need to



make sure that turns into an economic engine” and invest in the southeast industrial area to increase that tax base. Ploppert said while the occupancy in the downtown area might be up, “anything less than 100 percent is not acceptable to me.” Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns had said the downtown vacancy rate went from 15 percent down to 8 percent. Ploppert said a recent budget presentation showed city spends 1 percent on economic development. “We need to expand on that. Economic development should be more than 1 percent of our spending. … At least we can expand and help bring new businesses in – in addition to helping current businesses,” Ploppert said. “And make sure we do not have to put that burden on the backs of residents.”

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GENEVA – First Ward hopefuls Zac Ploppert and Mike Bruno drew distinctions between their candidacies in the April 9 consolidated election this week at a forum that focused on fiscal responsibility, co-hosted by Geneva TaxFACTS. The two appeared before more than 100 Mike r e s i d e n t s a t Bruno Williamsburg Elementary School, seeking to win the aldermanic seat currently held by Sam Hill. Hill is not seeking re-election. Ploppert, 22, made a pledge of no new taxes or fees, to increase Geneva’s revenue through economic development not increased taxes and to support personal property

rights “at all costs” in connection to restrictions in the city’s historic district. “These are the mindsets that I have,” Ploppert said. “These are the mindsets that we, as the City Council, need to have.” Bruno, 53, a member of the Historic Preservation Commission for 11 years, said he was not a fan of pledges. “Everybody wants to deliver Zac quality services at low cost,” Ploppert Bruno said. “My pledge will be to use all prudence in … deliberating and thinking about how things will affect you now and in the next 20 years. … Historic preservation in our downtown is one of our most cherished virtues. If you like downtown, then I am clearly the best candidate to give voice to that.”

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Man gets 12 years for sexual assault, domestic attack By ERIC SCHELKOPF BATAVIA – A 55-year-old Batavia man was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a woman in 2012 and a domestic attack in 2011. Michael L. Jett received nine years in prison for last year’s attack and three years in prison for Michael the 2011 domes- Jett tic battery. The sentences must be served consecutively. Kane County Judge John Barsanti accepted the plea

agreement last week. Jett received 286 days credit for time he spent in the Kane County Jail. In the 2012 incident, he had been charged with 14 felony charges related to aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault. The incident occurred at his address between May 29 and June 1. Jett had been charged with six counts of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony, and eight counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony, police said. The 48-year-old woman involved in the incident had been treated at Provena Mercy Medical Center, police said.

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Bruno says industrial tenants will grow city’s economic base • 1ST WARD Continued from page 7 Bruno noted a recent analysis of city spending and effectiveness, saying “Geneva basically pretty much shined across the board in terms of quality of service we provide and what we spend for it.” Bruno said the biggest opportunity for growing the city’s economic base is industrial tenants. As to the historic preservation versus personal property rights issue, Bruno said he would be “playing the long game.” “We look at the facts: Geneva is envied by every community that knows of us,” Bruno said. “That is in large mea-

sure due to historic preservation. I know how it works. … There are guidelines to historic preservation [that] we are bound to follow. … I would have to look at each individual case.” As to his pledge not to raise taxes, Ploppert was asked whether he would break his promise if the city’s infrastructure was in sudden need of repair. Ploppert said, “No.” He said the city’s older water and sewer lines need to be replaced, but the cost should not come from taxes or an increase in rates. To a question of which mayoral candidate they would work well with, Ploppert said challenger Bob McQuillan, and Bruno said Burns.

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McArdle Ltd. also are named as defendants. “I doubt the accuracy of the complaint that has been filed,” said Patrick Fanning, attorney on behalf of Zurich North America, the resort’s insurer at the time of the incident. Fanning said it would be inappropriate to comment further because the matter is in litigation. The plaintiff’s attorney did not return a call seeking comment. Gonzalez’s mother, Ilba Barraza, filed a lawsuit against Pheasant Run Resort in 2009, claiming a lack of life-saving equipment contributed to her son’s death. Court records indicate the case is unresolved.

parents, Sylvester and Elizabeth; sisters, Phyllis Drake and Joan Guest; and his brother, Jim, who died serving our country in the U.S. Navy. Bob was born to Sylvester and Elizabeth Kuhn on Aug. 25, 1930, in Osage, Iowa. His upbringing on a farm helped form his strong character, but his wandering spirit prompted him to begin his career as a pilot at the age of 16. Bob graduated from Osage High School in 1948 and from Loras College in 1956. He served his country in the Air Force, was a veteran of the Korean War, in which he flew 97 missions and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a commercial airline pilot for TWA for 30 years. Always the life of the party, Bob loved a competitive card game, a good story and of course, the latest joke. His life revolved around serving family and friends, and he never missed a family celebration. His sense of humor peppered his conversations, and when he saw a need, he met it, be it fixing a cabinet, visiting a friend in the hospital or serving at the food pantry.

Bob’s life was characterized by love – for his family, for God expressed through his Catholic faith and practical service to others, and for life itself. His legacy of devotion to family is cherished by all of us. He was a loving, generous, and faithful man, fondly known by his family and friends as “Mr. Wonderful” and “Captain Bob.” A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 25, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2900 E. Main St., St. Charles. The visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday March 24, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E. Main Street (corner of routes 25 and 64), St. Charles. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hope for Haitans, P.O. Box 5647, Rockford, IL 61125, or To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral home’s obituary page at www.yursfuneralhomes. com. For information, call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles at 630-584-0060 or like us on Facebook. Please sign the guest book at

• Shaw Suburban Media reporter Nicole Weskerna contributed to this report.

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8FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Paul M. Cook: A memorial visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. in Geneva, with a celebration of life service at 6 p.m. Private interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Geneva. Marilyn J. Fedtke: A memorial visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at Yurs Funeral Home Geneva, 1771 W. State St., Geneva. Doris Dredge Lufkin: Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Flanner and Buchanan – Washington Park East, 10722 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, Ind. 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. Marilyn Snow: The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Hosanna! Lutheran Church, 36W925 Red Gate Road, St. Charles. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Desserts to follow.

8OBITUARIES ROBERT MICHAEL ‘BOB’ KUHN Born: Aug. 25, 1930; in Osage, Iowa Died: March 21, 2013; in Geneva ST. CHARLES – Robert Michael “Bob” Kuhn, 82, of St. Charles, flew west Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Delnor Hospital, surrounded by family. His quick passing was caused by an undetected and aggressive form of leukemia. Bob will be greatly missed by his family, Kathye (Burke), wife of 55 years; sons, Bob (Jane), James, Mike (Jennifer) and the Rev. Chris; grandchildren, Katie, Mary, Lizzy and Michael; his brother and sisters, the Rev. Richard Kuhn, Kay Peterman, Sr. Jeanine Kuhn and Betty Lovejoy (Ron); and his sister-in-law, Mary Versackas. His nieces and nephews, who knew him as Uncle Bob, were precious to him, as well. He was preceded in death by his

FRANK L. LAROCCA Born: Aug. 11, 1931; in Chicago Died: March 21, 2013; in Geneva GENEVA – Frank L. Larocca, 81, of Geneva, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Delnor Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born Aug. 11, 1931, in Chicago, the son of Frank and Emily Larocca. Frank proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He started his career as a draftsman for Fridstein and Fitch in Chicago. He then was the proud owner of Larocca Associates in Chicago for many years. Frank enjoyed his work so much that even after retiring, he began working for Ghafari Associates. Frank also enjoyed gardening, especially planting tulips, and he took great pleasure in feeding the birds. His greatest enjoyment in life, however, was spending time with family and friends. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife of 59

years, Gloria (Tracy); two children, Tracy (Kevin) Serra of Geneva and Tyler (Lynda) of Crystal Lake; five grandchildren, Lauren, Ally, and Nikki Serra, and Frankie and Becca Larocca; and two siblings, Tom (Pat) of Homewood and Luke (Nada) of Crete. Frank also is survived by many dear nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Emily Larocca. Funeral prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Malone Funeral Home, 324 East State St. (Route 38) in Geneva, proceeding to St. Peter Catholic Church, 1891 Kaneville Road in Geneva, for Celebration of funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m., with Father Martins Emeh as celebrant. Entombment will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Malone Funeral Home. Memorials to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese, 721 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654, would be appreciated. For information, call 630-2328233 or visit Please sign the guest book at

• Saturday, March 23, 2013

ST. CHARLES – On behalf of her son, the mother of a teenager who witnessed a drowning at Pheasant Run Resort five years ago is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, according to Kane County court documents filed this month. The lawsuit asserts the Belvidere teen suffers from “extreme and severe emotional distress” because of the Dec. 28, 2007, drowning of 21-year-old Garden Prairie resident Javier Gonzalez. The teen, then 12, had been throwing a foam football and playing splashing games with kids and Gonzalez when the 21-year-old sank face down to the bottom of the indoor-outdoor pool at the main drain, according to the lawsuit.

The teen reportedly screamed for help. While the other children rushed upstairs to get their parents, he stayed near the pool trying to find help for Gonzalez, according to the lawsuit. He was “forced to watch decedent drown, unable to offer assistance due to the absence of appropriate rescue equipment,” according to the lawsuit, which lists his mother, Carmen Gant, as a plaintiff on behalf of her minor son. The lawsuit further asserts the teen suffers from “persistent and severe inability to sleep and mood changes in that [his] cries for help to save decedent were unanswered and he feared for his own safety.” According to the lawsuit, Pheasant Run Resort was in violation of the Pool and Beach Code. Oakbrook Hotels and

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Students have fun ‘internationally’ Mill Creek Elementary School celebrates third Who’s Your Neighbor Day By NICOLE WESKERNA GENEVA – Students at Mill Creek Elementary School in Geneva got a dose of global perspective Friday during the school’s third annual “Who’s Your Neighbor Day.” This year, students explored how people in other countries have fun by highlighting popular sports and recreational activities, such as making and flying kites. Principal George Petmezas said last year’s theme centered on understanding the differences between cultures. “It’s important to know we’re part of a larger world and society,” he said. “Understanding different cultures is absolutely important in understanding how we fit into a larger world.” Older students were paired with younger students as they explored the day’s activities, which included presentations by Geneva Middle School North students, a movie and an all-school assembly to watch an African dance troupe. Each student got a “passport” that they had stamped after they “visited” a country. Kristin Briner, a sev-

enth-grader at Geneva Middle School North, put together a presentation about Jamaica. She said she told younger students who watched her presentation about how Jamaicans enjoy reggae music, such as Bob Marley, and some of their favorite sports include track, cricket and soccer. A shoe drive coincided with the Who’s Your Neighbor Day, and students have spent the past month collecting hundreds of pairs of shoes. The school plans to donate them to Soles4Souls, an organization that recycles shoes for people in need. Another student, who made a presentation about Chile, said dominoes and cards are popular games there, along with soccer. At an all-school assembly later that morning, students learned African dance moves with the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. Petmezas said teachers have been adding international themes to their curriculum throughout the year. “One of the best parts about putting on an event like this Nicole Weskerna – is the cooperation of all the staff,” he said. “This has been Students, including third-grader Joelle Snyder (front), fly kites Friday in the hallway at Mill Creek Elemena topic in classrooms since the tary School in Geneva during the third annual Who’s Your Neighbor Day. This year, it explored how people start of the school year.” have fun in other countries.

8LOCAL BRIEF Arbor Day event to include live music, tree in STC ST. CHARLES – St. Charles’ annual Arbor Day event featuring live music, a tree raffle and tree care demonstrations is set for 4 p.m. April 26 at Lincoln Park, which is at Fourth Street and Route 64 in St. Charles. Children in fifth grade and younger may enter an art contest. Draw or create artwork all about trees. Sixth-graders through adults may enter a writing contest. The subject is “trees in my life” and essays should be no more than 300 words. Winners

will receive a prize and special recognition at the Arbor Day festivities. Winning submissions will be displayed at the St. Charles Municipal Building

through April. Submit entries no later than April 5 to the Public Works office at pw@stcharlesil. gov, with the subject “Arbor Day Contest.” Entries can be

mailed to or dropped off at the city of St. Charles, Attn: Public Works – Arbor Day Contest, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Photos are welcomed but

optional. Include your name, address, phone number and current grade level, if applicable.

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Many in Kane County still live in poverty after economic downturn years ago By NICOLE WESKERNA

• Saturday, March 23, 2013

Within a year’s time, Pete Schaefer watched as the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s demand for services surged 44 percent. To put that in perspective, the organization had helped distribute 1.8 million meals in the last six months of 2011. In the last six months of 2012, the organization had helped distribute 2.5 million meals. “Unfortunately, the need is great, and it’s growing,” said Schaefer, president and CEO of the Northern Illinois Food Bank. “In 2008 and 2007, [the economy] went down hard, and we’re just not seeing it recover.” More employers appear to be hiring, but leaders of nonprofit organizations that offer social services believe it will take a while before some Kane County residents climb out of poverty. In 2000, Kane County’s poverty rate was 6.7 percent, according to a report by the Kane County Housing Coalition. Six years later, the poverty rate hit 8.3 percent. Poverty rates climbed to 11.1 percent in 2010, according to the most recent Kane County Community Health Assessment. According to the Social IMPACT Research Center – a division of the Heartland Alliance that releases an annual statewide report on poverty – living below the poverty line is defined by an income of $11,484 for an individual; $14,657 for a family of two; $17,916 for a family of three; and $23,021 for a family of four. Liz Eakins, executive director at the Lazarus House homeless shelter in St. Charles, said people still are reeling from the economic downturn of 2007 and 2008, when people were “blindsided by job loss.” She said employment continues to be a challenge for many Lazarus House clients. In fiscal 2012, which ended in June, Lazarus House served 488 individuals. That was down from 2011, when the or-

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Volunteers Carol Ahmad of Batavia (left) and Barb Hoffman of St. Charles help a client Tuesday select meat and cheese at the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

By the numbers Percentage of people whose income in the past 12 months was below the poverty level: Kane County: 11.4 percent St. Charles: 4 percent Batavia: 8.3 percent Geneva: 2.2 percent South Elgin: 4 percent North Aurora: 4.5 percent Elburn: 6.8 percent Sugar Grove: 2.1 percent Kaneville: 5.6 percent Blackberry Township: 2.1 percent

Source: U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 census ganization served 525 people. In 2010, 464 individuals were served, which was down from 2009, when 607 people used Lazarus House services. Eakins said last year, the number of women served increased by 33 percent, and the number of children served in-

creased by 15 percent. Women are tipping the poverty scales, according to the Heartland Alliance’s Social Impact Research Center’s Report on Illinois Poverty published in January. The report showed almost 42 percent of households headed by a female with children and no spouse qualifies as poor in Illinois. Hunger goes hand-in-hand with poverty. Rita Burnham, director of the Countryside Food Pantry in Elburn, said the pantry served 490 people in February and 675 people in January, which she noted may have been higher because it has one extra week. She said she noticed an increase in clients when the economy turned, but it wasn’t as drastic in Elburn as it was in other areas. She said another food pantry opened nearby in Sugar Grove within the past few years, which may have caused

the Countryside Food Pantry’s numbers remain somewhat stable. “We saw an increase, but we didn’t see, like, 100 more people coming every week or anything like that,” she said. “We’ve maintained. We didn’t have a huge jump, but I’m sure others have.” Demand for services have more than doubled in the past four years at the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, director Linda Dahms said. On average, the pantry serves 370 families, or 1,400 people, each month. Schaefer said one in five children in Kane County, or 30,000 children, will go hungry at some point this year. In affluent areas such as Kane County, where the medial household income in 2011 was more than $66,000, Schaefer said most people might think of Chicago when they think of poverty.

“In Kane County, I don’t think we were originally set up to deal with hunger issues,” he said. “We’ve got transportation issues. Not all of them can get to our pantries. ... Even an issue like that severely impacts their ability to get food.” There are signs that poverty may not be growing as rapidly as it had been during the Great Recession. Dahms said demand for services at the Batavia food pantry has slowed slightly in the past few months. And Eakins said she’s “cautiously optimistic” that things will turn around, adding she’s noticed more clients re-entering the job market. “There are people who have found a new way of living,” she said. “They’ve downsized. Maybe they’ve lost their home and now they rent. They’ve started a new normal with lower pay, less benefits. But they seem to be finding their way and they’re doing OK, now.”

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BATAVIA – Rotolo Middle School students weren’t just acting silly when they wore brightly colored mismatched socks to school Thursday. Sixth-grade student Katie Michel asked her friends via text message and Instagram to wear “brightly colored crazy” mismatched socks to bring awareness to World Down Syndrome Day. World Down Syndrome Day is March 21 to symbolize a third copy of the 21st chromosome in people with Down syndrome. “When someone asks you why, you can say for Down syndrome,” Katie said in her message. Her mother’s best friend, Tammy Moratti, had a baby, Giada, in November that was born with Down syndrome. Giada also was born with two holes in her heart and had to have two heart surgeries in December. “I wanted to show awareness for Down syndrome and show support for my mother’s friend,” Katie said. “It made me feel good to spread the word.”

GENEVA – Grace period registration for the April 9 Consolidated Election will be available in the Kane County Clerk’s Office until April 6. The office is at 719 S. Batavia Ave., Building B, in Geneva. Two forms of current identification are required. Early voting will take place Monday through April 6. Visit the Kane County Clerk’s website at for details. To register, a person must be a United States citizen, 18 years old on or before the date of the election, a resident of the precinct for 30 days before the election, and provide two forms of identification, one of which shows a current name and address. Kane County residents may check their registration online by going to www.; click on “Are you registered” and follow the directions on the page. For information, call 630-232-5990.


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Gaming not safe bet Less than three months ago, the Sugar Grove Village Board voted to legalize video gambling within the village, overturning a previous decision. We consider any expansion of gambling in the area to be undesirable, but the good news is village residents who opposed the measure do not have to wait long to express their disapproval. On April 9, an advisory referendum will be on the ballot that asks Sugar Grove voters whether they want to allow video gambling. Some village trustees and both candidates for village president – incumbent Sean Michels and current Trustee Kevin Geary – have said they will take the public’s wishes into account when revisiting the ordinance. Bars, truck stops, social

clubs and veterans organizations in communities with video gaming can have up to five machines each. While it is true that there are nearby communities that offer video gambling options – an understandable source of frustration for Sugar Grove businesses that want a piece of the action – any venue that requires the typically modest payoff from video gaming machines to remain viable likely is not on healthy footing in the first place. Gambling often preys on those who can least afford it and is highly addictive. We hope video gambling turns out to be a short-lived experiment in Sugar Grove. A decisive vote April 9 would put pressure on village leaders to ensure that is the case.


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Time not ideal for road referendum On April 9, voters in Blackberry Township will be asked whether to approve raising the limiting tax rate for the township road district. The measure would take the existing 16.5 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation and nearly double it to 30.26 cents. That would result in the owner of a $300,000 home paying about $140 more a year in taxes. According to meeting documents, the Blackberry Township Road District has operated under the same 16.5 cent tax levy for more than 35 years. Fifty-eight miles of road are maintained by the township. A successful referendum would see the road resurfacing schedule go from once every 50 years

to once every eight to 10 years. Despite that fact, it is difficult to support so sharply raising taxes on homeowners at this time. Blackberry Township residents voted down similar referendums in 2003 and 2004. Families are watching their pocketbooks more closely these days. The next opportunity for a referendum would be in April 2014. If the current measure does not pass, Highway Commissioner Rodney Feece has said the department will continue to do the best it can. That likely will mean more patchwork on township roads, but we believe residents are willing to live with that during the next year.

By JONATHAN CAPEHART The Washington Post Despite the slaughter of 20 innocents in Newtown, Conn., a little more than three months ago, a proposed ban on assault weapons was stripped out of Senate legislation against gun violence this week. That doesn’t mean nothing is being done in response to the horrific crimes. The Senate bill would expand background checks on prospective buyers and would make gun trafficking a federal crime. Still, Wednesday’s front page of The New York Daily News – “Shame on U.S.” – says it all. “It’s heartbreaking that this tragic incident can’t get some common sense laws passed, such as the assault weapons ban,” Jim Wiltsie told the Daily News. Wiltsie’s cousin, Victoria Soto, a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, died trying to protect her students Dec. 14. Unfortunately, as my colleagues at the

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630.232.7733 Extra activities like band should come out of the parents’ pocket book. I had music lessons, and my parents paid for that. This would cut back on all the unnecessary things. I believe gym and music are important, but parents should show responsibility and pay for that.

I can’t see real estate taxes going up when I can’t even sell my property for what I bought it for 10 years ago. How sad this is. Kane County, wake up.

There’s a lot more to high school than football I’m calling about the Sound

Politicians are a joke I’m sick and tired of these politicians going on the news and in newspapers, talking about Social Security and Medicare being entitlement programs. People pay into that every week out of a paycheck. You want to talk about entitlement programs? How about these obscene incomes that politicians are paid? And they don’t do their jobs right. And then there is the pensions they receive and the grade A health care they get from the time they are in office until the time they die. Those are entitlement programs. Those are not deserved, and they’re not earned. These politicians are a joke. It’s all of them, as a whole.

Addresses I really like it when Realtors put addresses on their homes for sale. I wish all Realtors would do that.

Three beautiful deer I’m calling from St. Charles. I have lived in the Surrey Hills subdivision for about 47 years, and on Wednesday, March 20, I was in the living room, and

there were three beautiful young deer that walked down the street on Tyler Road. And then they crossed the street and went on the other side of Tyler Road and went in between two other houses. And they were so pretty. And I thought, for all the years I’ve lived here, I never saw anything as nice as that. I wanted to know whether that could go into the paper.

Supply and demand Massachusetts’ Democratic senator, Elizabeth Warren, has proposed raising the minimum wage to $22 an hour, almost $46,000 per year. Senators earn $174,000 a year. Using her logic, her salary would have to be increased to almost $700,000 to make up the difference in pay rates. What would teachers and union trades be making with Warren’s idea of a minimum wage? If Warren’s rate is approved, the unemployment rate of 8 percent would be reversed, to only 8 percent employed. No employer could afford such a ridiculous pay increase. Minimum wages cannot be governed by federal, state or city government, but only by supply and demand of the employer, looking for employees, and a pay rate that will attract and maintain these employees.

An expensive dinner I’m calling about an article that was in the paper about board members, administrators and family members going to an extremely expensive dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse on the Batavia taxpayers. And Tina Bleakley brushed it off as if it was nothing. I would like to see somewhere that those people who attended that dinner, family members included, reimburse the Batavia taxpayers for that rather large, expensive dinner that they all shared at Morton’s Steakhouse.


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Off about students not showing up in support of the basketball players in Geneva. I have a suggestion. As soon as those basketball players and all those football players start showing up for all the musicals and the band concerts, choir concerts and orchestra concerts and show support for the other students in that building, perhaps they’ll get a little more support from the student body. There’s a lot more to high school than football. Praising all the jocks, when often they are the ones who are rude and disrespectful to the kids who aren’t playing sports, isn’t exactly something they should be expecting.

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I believe that the writer of “Take the blinders off” needs to realize there is more information out there than he is considering. I do believe that we should love our neighbors, as ourselves, and help those in need. However, I think we need to keep it personal, not governmental. I do give weekly to my church food pantry, serve dinner at Lazarus House and give to local charities. But I work at an area school that is considered impoverished, so taxpayers are providing breakfasts for every child, no questions asked. Today’s breakfast included string cheese, juice, milk, and a chocolate Pop Tart. Seventy-five percent of our students receive free and reduced lunches, but you would be appalled to see how much ends up in the garbage. Many of our students are children of single moms, even though there are men living in the home. Our government makes it more beneficial for single moms not to marry or for married couples to lie. As our welfare benefits increase, our adoption possibilities are often left to stealing babies from other countries or costly adoption processes with no guarantees. I agree with being charitable, but not funding big government programs.

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Coroner receives support to inter unclaimed cremains

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By ASHLEY RHODEBECK GENEVA – Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said he knows there’s a lot of good in people, yet he still was surprised by the public’s willingness to find proper resting places for the 47 unclaimed cremated remains he found on a storage room’s corner shelf. “The good p e o p l e r e a l l y Rob Russell shine when things are dire,” he said. “But I didn’t think we’d have the outpouring that we had.” Russell this month invited reporters to see where the cremated remains – or cremains – have been kept: next to boxes of old files in a storage room crowded with such objects as furniture, shovels, typewriters and holiday decorations. Finding a more proper resting place for the remains is part of his mission to restore

Know more Nearly 50 unclaimed cremation remains are being stored at the Kane County Coroner’s Office. Coroner Rob Russell urges the next of kin to claim them. Contact him at or 630232-3535.

integrity to the office, which he was elected to in November, he has said. Since the stories were published, Russell said he has received calls from individuals and cemeteries offering their support. A veterans group has offered to claim veterans as well as veterans’ spouses and children. Plans also are being finalized to inter the remains in a vault at a township cemetery in Kane County, he said, not wanting to reveal the location until plans are set. “We’re going to be in good shape, I think,” he said. “It couldn’t have worked out any better.” Two of the remains have

been claimed or are in the process of being claimed, Russell said. An Australian woman said she is the cousin of one of the remains on the list. The coroner’s office is working to confirm the lineage, and it will send the remains to Australia upon confirmation. A man also claimed the remains of his 2-month-old daughter, who died of sudden infant death syndrome 26 years ago. The man and his then-wife moved from Carpentersville to Florida, left the remains in a storage unit and lost the unit when they fell on hard financial times, Russell said. “They figured they lost the baby forever,” he said. Although the man now lives in Wisconsin, his mother lives in Kane County and saw the girl’s name on the list. The man picked up the remains the next day, Russell said. “It was very emotional for him,” Russell said, adding the father had his daughter’s name tattooed on his leg as a memorial.


2 charged with DUI in traffic campaign KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE ST. CHARLES – Two motorists were charged with drunken driving this month during the St. Charles Police Department’s traffic safety campaign centered on St. Patrick’s Day. The two-week campaign also netted two citations for safety belt violations, two for driving with a suspended or revoked license, 14 for driving without insurance, 11 for speeding and three for other

violations. Officers also issued 39 warnings. The initiative, which ended Sunday, was part of a state-

wide program to reduce the number of traffic fatalities. It was done in cooperation with and funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE AURORA – Marmion Academy headmaster James Quaid will step down at the end of June to become the principal at Gordon Tech College Prep, a Catholic high school on Chicago’s James north side. Quaid “We are so thankful for the dedication, guidance, leadership and expertise that Dr. Quaid has shared with Marmion Academy during the past two years,” Abbot John Brahill O.S.B., president of Marmi-

on, said in a news release Friday. “We wish him God’s blessings on the next phase of his career as a Catholic educator.” Brahill will be engaged in the process of choosing the next headmaster during the coming weeks, the release stated. As headmaster, Quaid enhanced Marmion’s Student Services Department; expanded the summer school program; increased technology in the classroom by giving teachers access to computers and increasing available bandwidth; revised the freshman orientation process; and offered additional support and education in regard to behavioral health, Brahill said.

8LOCAL BRIEF County citizens invited to join voluntary program Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez announced that Kane County citizens are being invited to become associate members of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association. Membership appeals go out in the mail shortly. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for $20, while businesses can show their support for a $50 contribution.

The funding provides technical resources, training, and legislative support on key criminal justice issues. Contributions are tax-deductible. Individuals not receiving a membership appeal or desiring more information can obtain information by contacting the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association at 401 E. Washington, Suite 1000, Springfield, IL 62701, call 217-753-2372 or visit www.

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Former Batavia standout Mike Garrity continues his pursuit of playing in the NFL with the AFL’s Iowa Barnstormers, who open the season today against the Rush. PAGE 20

St. Charles North senior boys basketball player Quinten Payne will not play for the Loyola men’s basketball team after he was released from his letter of intent. PAGE 23

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Batavia freshman Megan McEachern takes a shot on goal during Friday’s practice at Mooseheart. McEachern scored both goals in the Bulldogs’ 2-0 victory over Wheaton Warrenville South on Saturday. The game was McEachern’s first with the Bulldogs, and the team’s first of the season.



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McEachern scores two goals in first varsity game By JAY SCHWAB


ATAVIA – Batavia freshman soccer player Megan McEachern is keeping her game plan simple in the early stages of her high school career. “Just don’t get nervous and just go hard every play, and not freak out, basically,” McEachern said. So far, McEachern’s straightforward approach looks like a winner. McEachern scored both Batavia goals March 16 in the lone match the Bulldogs have played this season, powering Batavia to a 2-0 win against Wheaton Warrenville South. Batavia coach Mark Gianfrancesco doesn’t want the hype machine to hit overdrive – there’s only been one game, after all – but he nonetheless is enthused about the lone freshman on the Bulldogs’ roster. “She’s quick with the ball, she’s a forward or center-mid, so she’s used to distributing, so even up top she’s looking to set others up,” Gianfrancesco said. “ … It could have been 4 or 5 to 0 [against Wheaton Warrenville]. She set up another two that other girls should have probably finished. Just with that attitude, where she’s willing to score when she has to, but yet she’s willing to distribute, that makes her better and it makes everyone else on the team better.” One of McEachern’s goals in the opener came when she deposited a deflection of her own shot. Scoring two goals the first game of her freshman year caught McEachern off guard, let alone the rest of the Bulldogs. “I was actually pretty

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Batavia freshman Megan McEachern fields a corner kick during Friday’s practice at Mooseheart. McEachern scored two goals in her first game in the Bulldogs’ 2-0 win March 16 over Wheaton Warrenville South. shocked,” said McEachern, who came off the bench in the match. “I didn’t know if I would score and stuff. I knew I’d probably have chances but I didn’t know if I’d be able to finish them.” McEachern’s older sister, Lindsay, played softball at Batavia, and McEachern also played softball and basketball leading up to high school before opting to specialize in soccer.

She’s played travel soccer since third grade, and her transition to high school was eased by familiarity with some of her older teammates through the Tri-Cities Premier club. “I’ve got seven sophomores on this team and then her, so it’s eight girls out of 19 girls [that are underclassen],” Gianfrancesco said. “That’s a lot of girls, so the transition has been easier I think for her

because the girls last year, because it was my first year and I called all those girls up, they had it rougher. … They kind of paved the road for her to come in and just play, whereas last year they kind of had to take the ‘Well, you’re the freshmen, you’re playing over me.’ “That doesn’t happen this year.”

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“Just with that attitude, where she’s willing to score when she has to, but yet she’s willing to distribute, that makes her better and it makes everyone else on the team better.” Mark Gianfrancesco, Batavia girls soccer coach on freshman Megan McEachern

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Batavia freshman Megan McEachern passes the ball during Friday’s practice at Mooseheart.

Batavia scheduled to face Glenbard South today • McEACHERN Continued from page 18 One of McEachern’s older teammates, senior midfielder Shelby Stone, is confident McEachern will deal with her early success constructively. “I think her personality is very level-headed,” Stone said. “Before the game she told me that she was nervous, so I know that she’s going to stay calm and be a good teammate. I’m excited for her.” The Bulldogs, like every outdoor spring team in the area, have had a slow start to the season, but they’re scheduled to return to action against Glenbard South

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By KEVIN DRULEY The menus at Montana Mike’s Steakhouse and Gianni’s Dining Retreat almost entice Mike Garrity to stick around Des Moines, Iowa, for longer than he hopes to. When last he visited the Hawkeye State, Garrity was on a football recruiting visit to Iowa City from Batavia. He remembers remarking about the perceived lack of activity and being in no hurry to return. Five years later, Garrity is starting at right guard for the Arena Football League’s Iowa Barnstormers. He has recovered from a spate of recent injuries and aims to secure another shot at an NFL tryout, Mike Garrity beginning with tonight’s season opener against the Rush at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. “Since there’s not a big expansion program or anything like a developmental league for the NFL, a lot of guys look to the AFL for that next shot to perfect their game, get enough tape to get a portfolio and get noticed again.” Garrity said. “It’s big for me, because that’s exactly what I plan on doing.” Garrity spent part of this week coordinating what could be a sizable cheering section at Allstate. Both the Iowa and Rush rosters feature their share of former Chicagoland prep athletes, and former Bears quarterback Mike Hohensee – a replacement player during the 1987 strike – coaches the Barnstormers. Garrity initially joined the Barnstormers near the end of last season

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Former Batavia football standout Mike Garrity is the starting right guard for the Arena Football League’s Iowa Barnstormers, who open the season tonight against the Rush at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the heels of a short stint with the Bears. He was granted a workout with the Bears in April 2012, then earned an invitation to a rookie minicamp the next month. Although the club did not retain him, Garrity remembers an encouraging speech from offensive line coach Tim Holt to the group of minicamp cuts, including the assertion they were “very close” to being pro-caliber. Those words helped fuel Garrity when he sprained the ball of his right foot while dropping into pass protection in a May 25 home game against Spokane (Wash.) He recovered from that injury and resumed a regular regimen at Batavia-based ProForce Sports Performance Training before signing a

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one-year deal with the Barnstormers in November. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder enters the season feeling stronger about both his body and his frame of mind. “It’s not about how big and strong you are anymore. It’s about how well you know the game and how fundamentally strong you are,” Garrity said. “Everybody is that big and everybody is that strong and we’re all there for a reason.” The arena game provided the most famous former Barnstormer with an accelerated view of offensive football. There’s a flag at the team facility commemorating the career of Kurt Warner, who starred in Iowa before becoming an NFL and Super Bowl MVP quarterback with the St. Louis Rams.

While Garrity sees an unconventional incarnation of his sport in principle – AFL games are played 8-on-8, and there are four players on the line of scrimmage – his objective doesn’t change. “You’ve got one job to do,” he said, “and that’s protect the quarterback at all costs.” Initially an Illinois recruit, Garrity redshirted in his first collegiate season of 2007, but did not appear in a game in 2008-09. In May 2009, thenIllini coach Ron Zook temporarily suspended Garrity after Garrity was linked to a bar fight in which a man was hospitalized. Garrity transferred to Eastern Illinois the following season, but played in just seven games from 2010-11 because of injuries. Also a former Batavia track thrower, he remained close to Bulldogs coaches and often visited campus on visits home. “Whenever he’s been around, he’s been a real good friend to our school and our kids, and every time you see him he just seems to be doing better and better,” Batavia football and boys track coach Dennis Piron said. Garrity estimated he attended only a few indoor football games growing up, watching the Rush or the Hoffman Estates-based Slaughter only if his parents or neighbors scored tickets on a whim. While he hopes today is the start of his first and only full season in the AFL, he appreciates the full-circle significance of this homecoming either way. “It’s crazy to think now that I went to those games as a kid and that’s me now,” Garrity said. “And now some other kid might be up there, see me and one day think the same thing.”

PREP ZONE Jay Schwab nent, scheduling adjustments will need to be made. Hickman expects that to be especially difficult in football. The Knights’ powerhouse football program already has trouble finding two nonconference opponents that want to play, and locating a third that makes sense is a daunting prospect. Adding an additional intraconference crossover game would have made matters easier on the Knights. The conference currently has five conference games, two crossovers and two nonconference games for football. “It was a challenge for Kaneland under this model but I respect the decision that was made of the conference and I think we all have to be aware of all the pressures that other schools, other administrators and other head coaches are under to schedule wins, so for a smaller school to be mandated to have crossovers against larg-

er, successful opponents like Kaneland, it does not make the conference appealing for expansion,” Hickman said. Kaneland’s two football nonconference foes for the coming fall – Brooks and Immaculate Conception – are not contracted to play the Knights beyond this season. That means Kaneland will need to scramble to find three football nonconference games for the following year, and Hickman joked – or was he joking? – that “We’ll be driving to Ohio” in the future. Hickman said few programs want to risk a likely loss in scheduling Kaneland. “The consequences [of the new structure] are Kaneland will have difficulty in finding three nonconference opponents,” Hickman said. “I don’t think we’re alone with that. I think Morris is going to have a challenge as well.” Aside from the Northern Illinois Big 12’s current membership challenges, Hickman has broader misgivings about the state of high school athletics in Illinois. Hickman, who worked at Batavia before becoming

“The consequences [of the new structure] are Kaneland will have difficulty in finding three nonconference opponents. I don’t think we’re alone with that. I think Morris is going to have a challenge as well.” Chip Hickman Kaneland principal

principal at Kaneland, cited longtime former Batavia football coach Mike Gaspari – who struggled in his early years before turning the Bulldogs into a powerhouse – as an example. “If Mike Gaspari started his career in today’s environment, he would have been done after year 5,” Hickman said. “We don’t have the patience to allow high schools to build a culture and sustain the ups and downs. It’s like a college environment.” Those pressures have contributed to an unstable environment for high school conferences in Illinois that extends well beyond the NI Big 12. Schools around here

have been on the front lines, with Kaneland, Batavia and Geneva switching conferences three years ago, only to see their new conferences already facing membership changes. “The entire landscape of athletic conferences in northern Illinois is under reconstruction,” Hickman said. “It’s [volatile] every year and it’s unfortunate because it’s so consuming for administrators and it detracts from the mission, but it’s part of our business now.”

• Jay Schwab is the sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5382 or jschwab@

PREP SCHEDULE TODAY Baseball: Geneva vs. Danville (at Jacksonville), 10:30 a.m.; Geneva vs. Buffalo Grove (at Jacksonville), 1 p.m.; St. Charles East at Glenbard East, noon; Freeport at Kaneland, 11 a.m.; St. Francis at Lisle, noon Softball: Kaneland at Oswego, 10 a.m. (DH); Rosary at Sycamore, noon. (DH); Burlington Central at West Aurora, 11 a.m. Girls soccer: Batavia vs Glenbard South at Lake Park Invite, noon; West Aurora at Geneva, noon; St. Charles East at St. Edward, 12:30 p.m. Boys track and field: Aurora Christian, Burlington Central at Illinois Prep Top Times Girls track and field: Aurora Central Catholic, Aurora Christian at Illinois Prep Top Times, 10 a.m.; Burlington Central at Sterling Invitational, 9 a.m. Boys volleyball: St. Charles

East at Marist Invitational, 9 a.m. Girls badminton: Geneva at T.F. South Invitational, 9 a.m. Boys water polo: St. Charles East at Schaumburg Invitational, 8:30 a.m. SUNDAY Softball: St. Francis at Orlando, Fla., Tournament, TBA MONDAY Baseball: Sycamore at Batavia, noon.; St. Charles North vs. Warren, 9 a.m. (at Marion); St. Charles North vs. Lockport, noon (at Marion); Marmion at Guerin Prep, 4:30 p.m.; Burlington Central at Centralia, 4:30 p.m.; St. Francis at Tuscola, 4 p.m. Softball: Zion Benton at Geneva, 11 a.m. (DH); St. Charles East at Burlington Central, 10 a.m.; Newark at Rosary, 4:30 p.m.; St. Francis vs. Springside Academy at Orlando, Fla., Tournament, 10 a.m.

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Kaneland principal Chip Hickman isn’t a fan of the two, five-team divisions format the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference is moving toward, but he understands there was no perfect solution to be had. For a conference with relatively far-flung geography and a wide gulf in athletic performance – most notably in football – finding an arrangement that satisfies each of the current members, let alone entices potential replacements for departing Dixon and Streator, is quite an undertaking. The conference announced this week that starting with the 2014-15 school year, Kaneland, Morris, DeKalb, Sycamore and Yorkville will be the only five teams in the NI Big 12’s East Division, with Rochelle shifting to the West Division to help compensate for the departures of Dixon and Streator. The Northern Illinois Big 12 is continuing its search for prospective new members, but that’s proven to be a slow, difficult process. In the meantime, by each side losing a divisional oppo-

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What’s been the key to the whole hot start for this team?

You’re also on the swim team. Do polo and swimming always dovetail?

Have you ever played other positions? Solid goalie. Never play anything else. As soon as you put me in the field, I’m like, ‘Whoa, what’s going on?’

Talk a little Xs and Os on the best way to defend in this sport. When the ball’s on one side, you have one of your defenders slough, so that when they throw it to the middle, then they can crash and keep it away from them. Which is really important with really fast teams, because if it gets to them, then it’s going in the goal, because they’re going to get up and they’re going to shoot. And from the middle, you kind of have to guess where they’re going to shoot.

How much, if at all, did you play water polo as a kid? Never did. My freshman year, everyone was like, ‘You’ve got to do it, you’ve got to do it,’ and my mom was like, ‘No. It’s your freshman year. You should take a break, make sure you focus on your schoolwork,’ because I had just moved here and didn’t know anyone. And so my sophomore year I went for it, and I’m really glad that I did. … This is my second year on varsity, and my first year [in the program], I started on the JV as the sophomore goalie. And they originally told me that I would

never get to varsity, because the varsity goalie was the same year as me, but she had gotten injured so then I was moved up. That was unfortunate for her, but good for me.

There’s occasionally a few girls that don’t swim but do play water polo, but Engel really stresses that it’s really important to do both, because if you can’t swim, then you’re not going to get down the pool.

What’s your preference between playing goal in the shallow or the deep? I prefer the deep. We practice in the deep for varsity, so I have a much better sense of where I am in the water. Versus in the shallow end, it’s really hard to judge when you don’t practice down there where your body is going to go in the limits of the goal. … I think I feel less in control, actually, in the shallow end, because in the deep end, I really know how to push my body out of the water. Even though it’s less strenuous, I guess [in the shallow end], the timing is just so off. It’s really confusing.

How have you seen the program progress since your sophomore season? We were just awful [back then]. We tried really hard and we really wanted to do it, but it takes a lot of time for your team to get synched with each other and get used to playing a good group effort. … Last year we made it to sectionals and we played through our first game, but we lost to Neuqua Valley.

Are you looking to play collegiately? I’m looking to, yeah. I want to play on a club team. Because I want to be an engineer, and most of the places in the Midwest don’t have division-ranked teams, so I’m hoping to play club.

Payne brothers cut ties with Loyola By JAY SCHWAB St. Charles North senior Quinten Payne spoke earlier this month about how much he looked forward to being pushed by big brother Cully Payne once he begins his college basketball career later this year. It now appears the brothers will not have the chance to suit up alongside one another – at least not at Loyola. Continuing what has been a remarkably twistfilled transfer history for the Payne clan, Loyola announced Friday that Cully Payne, a junior guard for the Ramblers this season, will not return for his senior year, and that Quinten Payne will be released from the letter of intent he signed with the Ramblers. Reached Friday night, Kent Payne, the boys’ father and athletic director at Elgin Community College, confirmed it was the Paynes’ decision to sever ties with Loyola. “Very few kids get to play Division I athletics, but the ones that do, it’s quite chal-

lenging,” Kent Payne said. “Finding the right situation and putting that all together is a beautiful thing. Sometimes it just doesn’t work like you kind of planned it.” Kent Payne declined to discuss the reason behind the change but said “it’s been a history” as opposed to a recent incident that prompted the decision. He said he is “appreciative” that Loyola let Quinten Payne out of his letter of intent, which allows him to pick a new school without having to Quinten Payne sit out. Quinten Payne was the Kane County Chronicle Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a senior. The explosive, 6-foot-4 guard led the area in scoring at 19.8 points a game. Cully Payne, whose high school career was split between Burlington Central and Schaumburg, averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 assists in his lone season playing for the Ramblers. “Cully has indicated to

me that he will not return for his senior season and subsequently, Quinten has asked for a release from his NLI,” Loyola coach Porter Moser said in the school’s statement. “We wish Cully and Quinten nothing but the best in their future endeavors.” Kent Payne said the family informed Loyola of its intentions the day after Loyola’s season ended in March. The news surely will raise eyebrows in light of the family’s history of transfers – especially for Cully. Cully Payne committed to DePaul as an eighth-grader, then de-committed and chose Alabama before landing at Iowa and then transferring to Loyola. Kent Payne noted that coaching changes at Alabama and Iowa factored heavily into Cully Payne’s previous moves. “If people could walk in his shoes and our shoes, then they can make assumptions,” Kent Payne said. “Division I athletics is a different world, man.”

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Defense. Defense, defense, defense, that’s all [coach Nick] Engel ever says, is your defense will lead to your offense. So if they leave me on an island and they don’t play good defense, there’s there’s not much I can do. So it’s all really good teamwork.




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St. Charles North senior Hannah Horsfall moved from Fort Wayne, Ind., before her freshman year of high school. At that point, she only had been a swimmer. Water polo was a foreign game. A little cajoling from friends changed that, ultimately paving the way to Horsfall becoming the goalie for North’s girls water polo team. Kane County Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley addressed Horsfall’s beginnings in the sport in the latest edition of the Weekend chit-chat, while also touching base on North’s 10-2 start. The following is an edited transcipt:

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Brothers might not end up at same school • PAYNE Continued from page 23 Quinten Payne was a starter for the North Stars each of the past three seasons after playing his freshman year in Florida. The boys’ sister, Katlyn Payne, is also a Division I basketball player; she is a redshirt sophomore at Eastern Illinois after beginning her college career at Florida Gulf Coast. Kent Payne said Cully Payne should be eligible to play one more season this winter provided he graduates from Loyola this summer. Quinten Payne, meanwhile, “is going to be pretty valued out there” on the recruiting trail, Kent Payne said. Kent Payne said the brothers will not necessarily end up at the same spot.


Ruckman strikes out 10 in MAC opener By ANTHONY ZILIS

“Our guys have been used to being on the road. Our young kids, as many as we have, they don’t know any better, they don’t know what a home game is yet, so they may as well keep having them on the road.” CHICAGO – Freshman starting pitcher Jordan Ruckman and his 13 rookie teammates on the Northern Illinois team have known nothing but life on the road in college baseball. The Huskies played in Texas, Nevada, Minnesota, Kentucky and Tennessee throughout the nonconference portion of the season. By comparison, traveling to the University of Illinois-Chicago for Friday’s Mid-American Conference opener – a 3-2 loss to Kent State – wasn’t so bad, even if the game was supposed to be at home. “Our guys have been used to being on the road,” coach Ed Mathey said with a smile. “Our young kids, as many as we have, they don’t know any better, they don’t know what a home game is yet, so they may as well keep having

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them on the road.” Ruckman struck out 10 batters and only allowed one earned run in 7⅓ innings in a game that would have been his home debut had Ralph McKinzie Field not been deemed unplayable because of recent inclement weather. “This was the best I’ve felt all season pitching-wise, hitting my spots and getting my off-speed pitches over,” Ruckman said. “As the game went on, I felt like I kept getting stronger.” After Ruckman allowed one run in the first, the

Flashes scored on an error in the second inning to take the lead for good. The Huskies (4-15, 0-1 MAC) managed only four hits on the evening, with three coming from junior Jeff Zimmerman. Alex Klonowski scored on a passed ball in the second after reaching base on an error, and Zimmerman drove in Jamison Wells in the eighth after the senior was hit by a pitch. But after Kent State (7-11, 1-0 MAC) added to its lead in the eighth, the Huskies nev-

er could equal the Golden Flashes, who lost only a few key players from a team that played in the College World Series last year. “It was kind of what we expected coming in against Kent State,” Mathey said. “It was a cold day and it’s MAC baseball. It was a good game, and it was a game that we had a chance today.” Mathey didn’t sound frustrated with his young team after the game. But he knows his veterans need to take their games to another level if the young Huskies are going to succeed this season. “It’s not the young kids I’m worried about,” Mathey said. “The veterans have to step up and be who they are. We’re happy with the progress of our young guys. They’re going to make some mistakes, we kind of anticipated that, but the older guys need to do a better job and step up to shepherd them through.”

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DON’T MISS IT Men’s college basketball: NCAA Division I tournament, third round, Virginia Commonwealth vs. Michigan at Auburn Hills, Mich., 11:15 p.m., CBS Didn’t Michigan just look average against South Dakota State? Of course, the Wolverines have looked average since their first loss of the season. Trey Burke’s been not great and he struggled against the Summit League squad Thursday. VCU, on the other hand, put away

Akron easily and didn’t have to worry about this 12-seed over 5-seed typical NCAA bracket pick. The Rams put up 88 points. That’s ridiculous. Oh, and the highest of the tournament, thus far as of press deadline.

Men’s college basketball: NCAA Division I tournament, third round, Wichita State vs. Gonzaga at Salt Lake City, 7:40 p.m., TNT So Gonzaga, a No. 1 seed struggled against 16th-seeded Southern? The reward for the Bulldogs? A Wichita State team that pretty much took care of business against Pittsburgh on Thursday. Rockford Auburn’s Fred VanFleet came off the bench

Murf’s ’Mote Kevin Murphy for the Shockers, who have already beat Virginia Commonwealth and Creighton this season.

SET THE DVR Baseball: Preseason, Cubs vs. L.A. Angels, at Mesa, Ariz., 3 p.m., WGN Yes, it’s spring training. But it’s a welcome, relaxed pace after watching so many college basketball games. Sit back and relax and enjoy the last few innings of spring

Williams’ career stats At some point, the Bears will honor Brian Urlacher as one of the team’s all-time greats. But the process of replacing him at middle linebacker has begun. The Bears agreed to a oneyear contract with veteran D.J. Williams on Friday. Williams, 30, was released by Denver on March 11 after spending nine years with the Broncos. Terms of the deal were not announced. The Bears offered Urlacher a one-year, $2 million contract this week, which the 13-year-veteran referred to as an ultimatum. According to the Chicago Tribune, Williams has a base salary of $900,000 but could earn up to $1.76 million with incentives. Williams was scheduled to make $6 million if he returned to Denver. “We see a player that has very good athletic upside who can contribute immediately at [middle] linebacker,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement issued Friday by the Bears. “He is also a versatile player who has played both outside linebacker positions, giving us flexibility in the draft.” Williams missed nine games last season. He was suspended six games for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy and another three

The Bulls are struggling, but Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich are back just in time against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. And Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler still provide plenty of highlights to make the highlights still watchable this season.

OF NOTE Women’s college gymnastics, 5 p.m., today, BTN Second-seeded Minnesota

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CATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS LATER Pro basketball: Indiana at Bulls, 7 p.m., WGN

goes for a Big Ten title at East Lansing, Mich. No. 14 Minnesota wrapped up one of its best regular seasons in program history Saturday night, as the Gophers defeated No. 20 Ohio State, 197.225-195.050, to tie for the 2013 Big Ten regular-season championship. Minnesota (16-3, 6-1 Big Ten) tied with No. 3 Michigan for the first regular-season title the conference has awarded, and the Gophers’ team total is the second-highest in the program’s history.

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games after being arrested for the second time for driving under the influence. He led the Broncos in tackles in five of his nine seasons in Denver, where he played both inside and outside linebacker. He made 816 tackles and registered 20.5 sacks. He had a career-high 141 tackles in 2007. Williams is a former firstround draft pick in 2004 out of Miami. He is the latest free agent signing by the Bears, who have signed left tackle Jermon Bushrod, tight ends Martellus Bennett and Steve Maneri along with defensive end Turk McBride in the past 11 days. “Chi-Town here I come!,” he tweeted along with including a photo Friday. “I had a great time in Denver these past 9 years i thank #broncocountry for all.”

FIRST ROUND At UD Arena inDayton, Ohio Tuesday N.C. A&T 73, Liberty 72 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 67, Middle Tennessee 54 Wednesday James Madison 68, LIU Brooklyn 55 La Salle 80, Boise State 71

EAST REGIONAL SECOND ROUND Thursday At Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Butler 68, Bucknell 56 Marquette 59, Davidson 58 At HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. California 64, UNLV 61 Syracuse 81, Montana 34 Friday At UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio Temple 76, N.C. State 72 Indiana 83, James Madison 62 At The Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas Miami 78, Pacific 49 Illinois 57, Colorado 49 THIRD ROUND Today At Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Marquette (24-8) vs. Butler (27-8), TBA At HP Pavilion San Jose, Calif. Syracuse (27-9) vs. California (21-11), 30 minutes following Sunday, March 24 At UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio Indiana (28-6) vs. Temple (24-9) At The Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas Miami (28-6) vs. Illinois (23-12) REGIONAL SEMIFINALS Thursday At The Verizon Center in Washington Indiana-Temple winner vs. Syracuse-California winner Miami-Illinois winner vs. Marquette-Butler winner REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday, March 30 Semifinal winners

SOUTH REGIONAL SECOND ROUND Thursday At The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. Michigan 71, South Dakota State 56 VCU 88, Akron 42 Friday At Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Florida Gulf Coast 78, Georgetown 68 San Diego State 70, Oklahoma 55 At The Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. North Carolina 78, Villanova 71 Kansas vs. Western Kentucky (n)

At The Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas Florida 79, Northwestern State 47 UCLA vs. Minnesota (n) THIRD ROUND Today At The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. Michigan (27-7) vs. VCU (27-8), 11:15 a.m. Sunday At Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Florida Gulf Coast vs. San Diego State At The Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas-Western Kentucky winner vs. North Carolina At The Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas Florida vs. UCLA-Minnesota winner REGIONAL SEMIFINALS Friday At Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas Kansas-Western Kentucky-North Carolina-Villanova winner vs. Michigan-VCU winner Georgetown-Florida Gulf Coast-San Diego State-Oklahoma winner vs. Florida-Northwestern State-UCLA-Minnesota winner REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Sunday, March 31 Semifinal winners

MIDWEST REGIONAL SECOND ROUND Thursday At Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Louisville 79, N.C. A&T 48 Colorado State 84, Missouri 72 At The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. Michigan State 65, Valparaiso 54 Memphis 54, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 52 At HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Saint Louis 64, New Mexico State 44 Oregon 68, Oklahoma State 55 Friday At Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Duke 73, Albany (N.Y.) 61 Creighton 67, Cincinnati 63 THIRD ROUND Today At Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Louisville (30-5) vs. Colorado State (26-8), 4:15 p.m. At The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. Michigan State (26-8) vs. Memphis (31-4), 30 minutes following At HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Saint Louis (28-6) vs. Oregon (27-8), 6:10 p.m. Sunday At Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Duke (28-5) vs. Creighton (28-7) REGIONAL SEMIFINALS Friday At Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis

Louisville-Colorado State winner vs. Saint Louis-Oregon winner Duke-Creighton winner vs. Michigan State-Memphis winner REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Sunday, March 31 Semifinal winners

WEST REGIONAL SECOND ROUND Thursday At EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City Wichita State 73, Pittsburgh 55 Gonzaga 64, Southern 58 Arizona 81, Belmont 64 Harvard 68, New Mexico 62 Friday At UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio Ohio State 95, Iona 70 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State (n) At The Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Mississippi 57, Wisconsin 46 La Salle 63, Kansas State 61 THIRD ROUND Today At EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City Harvard (20-9) vs. Arizona (26-7), 5:10 p.m. Gonzaga (32-2) vs. Wichita State (27-8), 30 minutes following Sunday At UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio Ohio State vs. Notre Dame-Iowa State winner At The Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. La Salle (23-9) vs. Mississippi (27-8) REGIONAL SEMIFINALS Thursday At The Staples Center in Los Angeles Gonzaga-Wichita State winner vs. La Salle-Mississippi winner Harvard-Arizona winner vs. Ohio State-Notre Dame-Iowa State winner REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday, March 30 Semifinal winners

FINAL FOUR At The Georgia Dome Atlanta NATIONAL SEMIFINALS Saturday, April 6 Midwest champion vs. West champion, 5 or 7:30 p.m. South champion vs. East champion, 5 or 7:30 p.m. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Monday, April 8 Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.

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Colin Gussman gets his hand raised in victory at the Rochelle Sectional tournament March 2. He was one of two Kaneland Wrestling Club wrestlers to advance to the IKWF state championship March 8 and 9, joining Tommy Kumar in Rochelle. Gussman finished third in the 138-pound senior division while Kumar took third in the 156-pound novice division. KWC had three regional champs in Cayden Parks, Caden Grabowski and Gussman and seven other sectional qualifiers in Jace Black, Brandon Byran, Max Gagne, Kumar, Brendan Parks, CJ Girolamo and Noah Duffey.

SportsNeighbors Bulletin Board Payne’s Nothing But Shooting camp on tap Elgin Community College athletic director Kent Payne will host a Nothing But Shooting camp from 10 a.m. to noon today at ECC as part of his Basketball Skills Academy. The event, catered to boys and girls ages 8 and older, accepts high school players and will be held at ECC’s Event Center Building. Cost is $30. For information or a registration form, email Payne at

Geneva athletic camp registration open Online registration for athletic summer camps is available for all students living within the Geneva school district. Athletic

summer camps are open to boys and girls entering grades K through 12 for the 2013-14 school year. Each camp teaches the skills and strategies of the sport through the demonstration and practice of a variety of techniques and fundamentals. All camps will provide quality

instruction and great facilities to ensure the best learning environment for each camper. Campers are encouraged to work hard and have fun. All camps stress good sportsmanship and the importance of a positive mental attitude. Brochures can be downloaded from the Geneva High School

website at www.geneva304. org/ghs/. The athletic department encourages online registration at

Wasco softball has spots left for upcoming season

spring/summer season. Also, Wasco has spring break “Nothing but Hitting, Hitting, Hitting” clinics at Elite Sports Training Center. Wasco Girls Fastpitch will be hosting the MLB Pitch, Hit & Run competition open to all area females April 27.

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Wasco baseball registration Registration for Wasco Baseball is now open. Wasco Baseball offers opportunities for players ages 5 to 8 as of April 30, 2012. The season begins in April and concludes in June with a league banquet/picnic at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, home of the Kane County Cougars. Games are played at field locations in the Wasco/St. Charles area. Your baseball experience will include: players clinic, enhanced coaching clinics and the opportunity to participate in All Star events. Register online at www., and click the Register Online link in the left margin. Regular registration closes Sunday. Space is limited. For more information, contact the Director of Registration at

Central District softball registration now open Central District Girls Softball is a recreational league open to all girls from kindergarten through 12th grade. Our home fields are located on Route 47 at the Lily Lake School. Practices begin in April, with games starting in May and ending in July. Clinics will go through April. Players can register online or through the mail. For more information to download the form or register online go to centraldistrictgirlssoftball. com.

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The Kaneland SilverStars fifth-grade girls basketball team went undefeated Feb. 23 and 24 at the Grayslake Invitational to end their season with a first-place trophy. Also, the SilverStars fourth-grade team went 3-0 to win the President’s Day Grayslake/Libertyville tournament, while the sixth-grade squad took first and the eighth-graders took second at the SilverStars Annual Holiday tournament. The fifth-grade team as pictured: (front row) Jackie Rose, Kamryn Riggle, Olivia Grytza, Emma Bachio; (second row) Delaney Sheehan, Jenna Redman, Keely Noel, Jessica Muckerheide, Veronica Latka; (back row) Mike Bachio, Dennis Sheehan, Mike Noel.

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The Kane County Cougars organization will host the 2nd annual Ozzie’s Home Run and Walk 5K at 8 a.m May 18. Registration is now open for the event through and The start and finish for the event will take place at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on the Cougars’ field with the finish line at home plate. Participants will be seen on the stadium’s videoboard through a live-feed camera and entrants will also receive a high-five from Ozzie T. Cougar on the final stretch of the race. Other surprises that day include door prizes and raffles featuring ceremonial first pitches, suite giveaways and more. The race is open to competitive runners as well as recreational walkers. The first 300 registrants will receive a commemorative race drawstring bag along with a complimentary ticket voucher for a Cougars game this season. The top three male and female finishers in 14 age division categories will win a customized race medal with the Ozzie’s Home Run and Walk logo. Area businesses interested in race sponsorship opportunities

are encouraged to email ozzie@ Registration is $25 for adults and $12 for children ages 5 through 12. A portion of race proceeds will be donated to Ozzie’s Outreach, the Cougars’ charitable arm that gives back to various causes each year in the community.

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St. Charles North drill team Area athletes to play for 7-on-7 teams continues winning streak KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE

St. Charles East’s Brannon Barry, St. Charles North’s Garrett Johnson, Marmion’s Brock Krueger, St. Francis’ Justin Berry and TJ Jackson, and Aurora Central Catholic’s Kyle Reilly were selected for two teams that will travel the country to compete in the Elite 7-of-7.

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The St. Charles North varsity and junior varsity drill teams placed at the Team Dance Illinois state championship March 3 at the Civic Center in Peoria. The varsity team finished with the state title in the 3A Division lyrical category and third in the open dance category. The junior varsity team finished their season with a state title in the JV Division 1 lyrical category and third place in the JV Division 1 open pom category. The North Stars have now won first place for 14 years. The varsity team is coached by Nancy Franson-Prentiss and the junior varsity team is coached by Colleen Kobler. The varsity team (above) as pictured: (front row, left to right) coach Nancy Franson, Allie Isabelli, Monique Perdue, Michelle Vezina; (back row) Quinn Samanic, Alyssa Arroyo, Isabel Miller, MaryKate Purcell, Lindsey Niemann, Audra Stapella, Alison Meisenheimer, Colleen Lullo, Jamie Beaulieu and Megan Spaniol. The junior varsity team (below) as pictured: (front row) Nikki Arnold, Lexi Artman, Allie Isabelli, Monique Perdue, Michelle Vezina, Kassi Ams, Kaleigh Bull; (middle row) Anna Marie Vivirito, Hanna Dennis, Shelby Kronke, Elleisse Pettigrew, Bailey Moberly, Taylor Hoekstra; (back row) Brittany Allen, Lexi Zocher, Anna Spence, Quinn Samanic, Alyssa Arroyo, Isabel Miller, Audra Stapella, Lindsey Niemann, Jamie Beaulieu, MaryKate Purcell, Colleen Lullo, Megan Spaniol, Alison Meisenheimer and Allie Hursh.

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More than 500 high school football players attended more than two weeks of tryouts at Acceleration in Naperville to become a member of the Midwest Boom. Quarterbacks, wide receivers, linebackers, running backs and defensive backs from freshman to juniors represented more than 100 Illinois high schools. Other players from around the area joining Barry, Berry,

Jackson, Johnson, Krueger and Reilly are: Dre Brown (DeKalb), Keaton Casey (Waubonsie Valley), Mikey Dudek (Neuqua Valley), Thomas Ensminger (Metea Valley), Andy Fraczek (Neuqua Valley), Christian Gibbs (Waubonsie Valley), Nathan Hill (Neuqua Valley), Ryan Kuhl (Neuqua Valley), Jordan Maclin (Neuqua Valley), Evan Moore (Neuqua Valley).

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Taking a little time from everything to do nothing Sick of hearing about my car accident? I sure am. I’ve been up to my eyeballs in doctors visits and insurance forms while also wrestling with the minutia of researching new cars, test-driving them and haggling with their dealers. The whole thing has made me long for the simplicity and freedom of my bike, and a lifestyle where cars are irrelevant. Though it’s only been two weeks, it’s been a bit of a marathon. I’ll be very glad when everything’s settled. Oh, the irony, of needing to test-drive so many different cars while recovering from a concussion! The added mental and physical tension does absolutely nothing to promote healing in my body. As for my psyche, every time I approach an intersection I worry that someone will fly through a stop sign and hit me again. I know it gets better, but I’m tired of it. Of all of it. You know you need a break when the prospect of spending a few minutes stretched out

TALES FROM THE MOTHERHOOD Jennifer DuBose on a table while CT scans are done of your head and neck sounds like a vacation. Thank goodness the kids and I have one coming next week, one that doesn’t require planning or packing. A real vacation. No school, no soccer, no meetings, no nothing. NOTHING. I wonder if I can get away with wearing my pajamas all week? Todd and the kids have been awesome through all of this. They’ve taken the fashion crises that arise from a clean laundry shortage in stride, and been terrific side-kicks on my car-search adventures. Car shopping with a 14-year-old who snagged a cup of coffee at a car dealership while I was in the bathroom was a hoot, and a similar effect

was had a few days later when Holly pleaded for a package of car-dealer-vending-machine-issued gummy worms. (Don’t go there. Yes, the worst of the worst ingredients. I’m not proud, though I can’t say I didn’t thoroughly enjoy our Long-John Silver’s drive-thru meal after we testdrove a Subaru in Joliet. OMG, good thing we don’t happen by those too often.) I could hardly say no to the candy after I hijacked her right after school and announced that she and I were spending the rest of the day car-shopping, when I knew that what she really needed was some down-time. The kid didn’t even bat an eyelash, though, just assumed her position in the back seat of every car I drove, took notes and made helpful observations. They both did, this week. What troopers. And one night, when it got down to the nitty-gritty and I was preoccupied with the chore of reviewing competing “out-the-

door” costs on the phone with two dealers line by line, Holly made dinner. I can honestly say that those were the best scrambled eggs I’ve ever had. I’m grateful, too, for everyone who took the time to send me good vibes or to reach out with kind words of encouragement. Some of you even offered terrific advice. Many thanks! You all made me smile. I have the nicest readers. After my neurologist’s office called Wednesday evening with the news that everything was normal on my CT scans (phew!), I set aside the CARFAX figures and dealer quotes, laid down on the floor beside my desk with the dog, tucked an ice-pack behind my neck and pulled a blanket over us both. The kids would both be at soccer practice for little while. Life is good, I thought, as I took my first deep breath in two weeks, stared at the ceiling and undersides of the bookshelves and enjoyed the fresh perspective my good news afforded. Aches and pains aside,

the rest of my concerns are simply first-world problems, when it comes right down to it. Property settlements, car shopping, interest rates and cloth versus leather (cloth) – all of it. We’re blessed to have such choices, aren’t we? The back door opened and Holly appeared. “We played tug-of-war at the end of practice and I fell back onto someone’s foot,” she announced. “I hurt my tailbone.” “Here kid, have an icepack,” I said, and tossed her mine. It was still cold. She curled up next to us as Jake sighed his satisfied sigh and we had ourselves a moment. PJ’s for a week? Yeah, that’s a challenge I’m up for.

• Jennifer DuBose lives in Batavia with her husband, Todd, and their two children, Noah and Holly. She provides this personal recollection of an event she experienced. Contact her at jenniferdubose@msn. com.

Local guide to weekend Easter egg hunts KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE In celebration of Easter, a slew of egg hunts are taking place across Kane County on Saturday, March 23. The Kane County Chronicle put together a guide to local egg hunts, so families – and, in some cases, their canine companions – can hippity hop to the nearest hunt.

Batavia • The Batavia Park District has planned its free annual Easter Egg Hunt for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at West Main Community Park, 40W101 W. Main St., Batavia. Staff will divide kids into age groups at 9:45 a.m. Families are encouraged to come early to take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Participants are asked

to bring a nonperishable food item or paper product to be donated to the Batavia Food Pantry. • Dogs can hunt for treat-filled eggs at noon at the Bark Park at West Main Community Park during the second annual Doggie Easter Egg Hunt. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., but owners are invited to come early to browse a variety of pet-friendly booths. The cost is $10 a dog, and 50 percent of the proceeds benefit Anderson Animal Shelter. Dogs must be leashed. For information or to register, visit

Elburn • The Elburn Lions Club has planned an Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt event from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Lions Park, 500 S. Filmore St., Elburn.

The egg hunt begins at 10 a.m., with registration starting at 9 a.m. The hunt is for children ages 10 and younger. The cost for the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is $7 for adults, $5 for those ages 4 to 11 and free for those 3 and younger.

Geneva • The Geneva Park District will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, outside the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. The event is free, and the hunt begins at 10 a.m. About 5,000 eggs will be scattered across the soccer fields in two age-specific areas – one for children ages 4 and younger, and one for those ages 5 and older.

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Coffee brewing workshop set SUGAR GROVE – A coffee brewing workshop is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23,

at the Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive. Join Krista Andersen from FreshGround Roasting to learn a little about the history of coffee

and a lot about brewing. Coffee samples will be available. Registration is not required. For information, visit www.

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The Steel Beam Children’s Theatre in St. Charles is presenting the musical “The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny” beginning Saturday, March 23.

Steel Beam to present ‘Peter Rabbit’ musical KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE ST. CHARLES – The Steel Beam Children’s Theatre in St. Charles will present “The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny” – a musical that opens Saturday, March 23. Performances will take place at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23; 1 and

• EGG HUNTS Continued from page 31 Participants should bring a basket and dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, visit

Maple Park • The Maple Park Public Library will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at noon Saturday, March 23, at 302 Willow St., Maple Park. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be separate hunts for youths ages 0 to 3, 4 to 6 and 7 and older. The event is free, and registration is not required. For information, call 815-827-3362.

St. Charles • A free Easter Egg Hunt is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St.

A wonderful buffet to celebrate this blessed day! Come and enjoy with family and friends - meet the Easter Bunny with treats for the children!

3 p.m. Sunday, March 24; 7 p.m. Friday, March 29; and 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Tickets for the event cost $15 for adults and $10 for children. For tickets, visit or call 630587-8521. The Steel Beam Children’s Theatre is located at 111 W. Main St. in downtown St. Charles. Charles. Participants should arrive at least 15 minutes early to receive instructions. Meet at the entrance to River View Miniature Golf.

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Sugar Grove • The Sugar Grove Park District has planned its Doggie Easter Egg Hunt for 2:10 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in front of the park district office at 61 Main St., rain or shine. Dogs must be on a leash for the entire time, and no retractable leashes are allowed. • The Sugar Grove Park District has planned its annual Easter Egg Hunt for Saturday, March 23, at Volunteer Park, which is at 61 Main St., Sugar Grove. The event is for children ages 10 and younger. For children 1 to 3 years old, the hunt starts at 1:30 p.m. For those 4 to 5 years old, it starts at 1:40 p.m. Those 6 to 7 years old will start at 1:50 p.m. Children 8 to 10 years old will start at 2 p.m.

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS Ric Ocasek (1949), musician; Chaka Khan (1953), singer; Moses Malone (1955), basketball player; Jason Kidd (1973), basketball player; Keri Russell (1976), actress; Maurice Jones-Drew (1985), football player. – United Feature Syndicate

HOROSCOPE By BERNICE BEDE OSOL Newspaper Enterprise Association TODAY – If you don’t get upset about not being in the spotlight all the time, you’re likely to find yourself involved in something that’ll be extremely beneficial. Keep in mind the advantages of serving in the rear ranks. ARIES (March 21-April 19) – It could pay to take a spontaneous break, especially if there is nothing to prevent you from doing so. Chances are, you’ve already done more than your share at work. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – This could be a perfect day to work on all those projects that need some finishing touches. You could be unusually good at closing deals. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – Your imaginative and creative instincts are likely to be more pronounced than ever. Take advantage of this and finish all the projects you’ve left dangling. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – There are times when it may be necessary for you to be frugal and there are times when it’s OK to splurge. You should be able to combine the two extremes without abusing either. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – It might be wise to step in and take control of a matter that, in your opinion, hasn’t been handled too wisely. Others will most likely thank you for the intrusion. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – It won’t take some kind of obvious action to make your presence felt. Function from behind the scenes, where you’re capable of being an effective force. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – Social involvements won’t be a frivolous waste of your time. On the contrary, you might be able to do yourself the most good at a friendly gathering rather than a business meeting. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – Good tactics and great style could be more significant than usual. The nature of your accomplishment will not be as meaningful as how you go about it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) – Much can be accomplished, provided you honestly believe in the positive ideas that you espouse. If you don’t, others will easily perceive your doubts. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – You should be able to derive some material benefits from other than your usual sources. It behooves you to begin looking for opportunities in fresh fields. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – To advance a personal ambition, it might be necessary for you to make some compromises when dealing with others. Be pliable for best results. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – You’re likely to have a slight edge in any competitive situations, mostly because you’ll be far more imaginative than your adversaries.

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The Crood brood inhabits a beautiful but scary prehistoric world of dangerous critters and shifting continents. “The Croods” is light, fun fare, with a serious theme that younger viewers might miss.

‘The Croods’ – mammoth fun, with a message By MICHAEL O’SULLIVAN

‘The Croods’

The Washington Post Think of “The Croods” as the back story of “The Flintstones,” before that modern Stone Age family got, well, modern. Like Fred, Wilma and Pebbles, the heroes of this cute animated comedy are animal-pelt-wearing proto-humans. Unlike the protagonists of the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon, however, hunter-gatherers Grug Crood (voice of Nicolas Cage) and his wife, Ugga (Catherine Keener), don’t live in an amenity-filled house but in a dark, depressing cave. They’re raising their kids – Eep (Emma Stone), Thunk (Clark Duke) and Sandy (Randy Thom) – as best they can, considering there’s no Internet. Rounding out the clan is Ugga’s elderly, unpleasant mother. Voiced by Cloris Leachman, the character contributes nothing to the evolution of the shrewish mother-in-law stereotype of sitcom fame. This world is a scary place, filled with saber-toothed tigers and other dangerous beasties. That’s one nice thing about this film. Because of the prehistoric setting, the filmmakers were free to imagine all sorts of wondrous, extinct critters, of which there is no evidence in the fossil record.

Stars: Two and a half Rating: PG Runs: 92 minutes A swarm of tiny red birds, for example, whose carnivorous appetites seem to place them as closer cousins to piranhas than to parakeets, figures prominently in the plot and is a visual treat. So is a colony of angry blue monkeys. At times, the film’s 3-D vision of the so-called “Croodaceous Era” resembles the fantastical, candy-colored jungle of “Avatar.” When the Croods, who have spent too much time in a cave, discover rain and stars for the first time, there’s a sense of discovery for us, too. In other words, it’s a good-looking story. Driving that story forward is the character of Eep, a restless teen who chafes at her father’s dictum, “Never not be afraid.” Sneaking out of the cave one night, Eep encounters Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a more advanced, Homo-sapiens-like adolescent who has already discovered such conveniences as fire, shoes, pants

and a belt. Actually, that’s Belt, a sloth-like pet whose long, lithe arms Guy uses to keep his pants from falling down. Guy has discovered something else, too: The world as Eep knows it is coming to an end, thanks to shifting continental land masses. That leads the sloping-foreheaded Grug and his family of knuckle-draggers – for whom brawn has always compensated for their distinct lack of brains – to throw in their lot with the more fearless Guy, after an earthquake destroys their home. Off they all go, in search of the Dawn of Man. “The Croods” is light fare, but it explores a serious theme, if only superficially. That’s the importance of cooperation – and the evolutionary advantage of altruism — in the formation of human society. Will that notion occur to anyone among the film’s target demographic of crumb-snatchers and rug rats? Probably not. “The Croods” is also just good, goofy fun, for a generation too young to have met Bamm-Bamm. But for those of more precocious intellects, it offers a little something extra to chew on besides rock-smacking slapstick and a brontosaurus burger.

DEAR ABBY Jeanne Phillips does Mark. After the holidays, she left without wishing us “Happy Holidays” or even giving us a card. I had a present for her, but didn’t give it to her because I decided I wouldn’t go out of my way for a person who ignores me. I want my son to move out. I do not want this girl sleeping over or staying under my roof anymore. I don’t like her. What should I do? My mother says I should put my foot down and send my grown son out the door. She says I need to grow a spine, but I’m afraid! – Mama In Ohio Dear Mama: You are dealing with two separate issues. Your son is seriously involved with a girl who either never learned basic good manners or who

may be pathologically shy. You and your husband should talk privately with Mark and find out exactly what her problem is. You also need to establish some ground rules for when she visits, so you don’t feel shut out under your own roof. Adult “children” live with their parents for various reasons. Some can’t afford to live independently; others are trying to save money to buy a home of their own. I don’t know Mark’s reason and neither will you if you don’t address this with him. Your mother may be right. It may be time for him to move. But what concerns me about what has been going on is the lack of communication and a certain lack of respect. And nothing will change unless you and your husband insist upon it. • Write Dear Abby at www.

Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur after event Dear Doctor K: A few months ago I was in a serious car accident. Since then I’ve been incredibly jumpy and have trouble sleeping. My wife thinks I may have PTSD. Could she be right? Dear Reader: Post-traumatic stress disorder – PTSD – is a condition in which distressing symptoms occur after a major trauma. PTSD is often discussed in the context of troops who have served in war zones, but you don’t have to see battle to get PTSD. For example, one of my patients with PTSD, like you, was in a terrible auto accident as a young man. The accident, which broke many bones and caused him to be hospitalized for many weeks, occurred at a particular intersection not far from his home – a drunk driver ran a red light. For years afterward, every time he came near the intersection, his heart raced, he broke out in a sweat and he felt like he was going to die. Finally, he stopped driving anywhere near that intersection. But he still had bad dreams. Fortunately, with treatment his PTSD became much less of a problem. About 10 years ago, though, just after he retired, the bad dreams came back. His explanation: “When I no longer had to

ASK DOCTOR K Anthony L. Komaroff worry about work, I was free to worry about other things.” An aggressive schedule of church work, book clubs and travel helped beat back the PTSD. A single crisis (such as a serious car accident) or a series of events – as long as they are severe enough – can cause PTSD. You could also have PTSD following: • Airplane accidents; • Physical assaults, robberies or kidnappings; • Fires; • Heart attacks and other major physical illnesses; • Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. It’s normal to experience fear, shock, helplessness, stress and extreme sadness soon after a traumatic event. But if you’re still experiencing these reactions more than one month after the event, that might indicate a problem. I’ve put a brief questionnaire on my website, Your responses to these questions might help you determine if you’re suffering from PTSD. When diagnosing PTSD, doctors often look for three things:

• Hyperarousal. This is an ongoing state of tension that resembles a “fight or flight” response to danger. You may experience insomnia, angry outbursts, an exaggerated startle response and hypervigilance. Headaches, trembling, diarrhea and fatigue are common. • Avoidance. You may feel detached or numb. You may be unable to talk about the traumatic event or revisit the place where it occurred. PTSD patients also often withdraw from people and social events, particularly those even remotely associated with the trauma. • Re-experiencing. This is the worst symptom. You may have unwelcome and disruptive thoughts about the event that interfere with normal concentration and function. Recurrent nightmares are also quite typical. In extreme cases, you may mentally relive the traumatic experience. Talk to your doctor. Whether or not you have PTSD, you clearly need support to recover from your experience. If it is PTSD, psychological support, drug therapy or a combination should help.

• Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. Visit www.AskDoctorK. com to send questions and get additional information.

Dr. Wallace: I help people in distress, and I love my job very much. I am a 911 operator and would like to pass along some tips that will bring assistance as soon as physically possible. I would suggest that your readers clip these tips out of the newspaper and place them near the telephone! They might also carry a copy in their wallets or purses. After dialing 911 and reaching an operator: 1. Stay calm: Speak slowly and clearly. 2. Be exact about your location: Give your name, phone number, address, apartment number, city or town and directions, including landmarks or cross streets. 3. Describe the type of help you need: Is it medical, police or fire assistance? 4. Give details about a victim’s condition: Is a person bleeding severely? Choking? Unconscious? 5. Describe any first aid that’s been given: Has the person received cardiopulmonary resuscitation or other emergency care? 6. Describe a victim’s location: Is he or she in the upstairs bedroom? Downstairs on the bathroom floor? 7. Listen carefully, and then write down instructions. Ask the dispatcher to repeat information if necessary. 8. Don’t hang up too soon; wait until the dispatcher tells you to. 9. Make sure your house number is clearly visible. If it’s after dark, turn a light on outdoors to show your house number. – 911 Operator, Wichita, Kan. Dear Operator: Thanks for this important information. Dialing 911 has helped millions of people in harm’s way and saved many lives. Words can’t adequately describe your value to citizens.

’TWEEN 12 & 20 Robert Wallace Dear Teens: If you maintain high grades, you probably limit your time watching television. Research reaffirms TV’s negative influence on the educational process. Indeed, three separate findings on this issue were published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. A study of 400 students in Northern California found that those with TVs in their bedroom scored eight points lower on math and language-arts tests than students without bedroom televisions. Another study of 1,000 adults in New Zealand found lower education levels among 26-year-olds who had watched a lot of television when they were young. A third study of 1,800 U.S. children found that those who viewed at least three hours of television daily before age 3 scored slightly less on academic tests at age 6 than those who watched less television. The effect was modest but worrisome, according to researchers. Data suggest that American children up to age 6 watch about an hour of television per day, while teens sit in front of the television an average of three hours daily. Not all television can be labeled as a waste of time. Many educational programs (History Channel, Public Broadcasting, and selected network programs, for example) can be beneficial to the overall learning process. It’s the addictive quality of junk TV that regresses learning. • Email Dr. Robert Wallace


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Dear Abby: My 25-year-old son, “Mark,” lives at home, has a full-time job and dates a girl, “Julia,” who is a minister’s daughter. He keeps bringing her to our home on occasions when she’s “sick” or needs to catch an early flight and he needs to drive her to the airport. They are seeing only each other. Julia is in pre-med and Mark thinks she’s wonderful and smart. Abby, when she’s here, she holes up in his room and never comes out. She’s as quiet as a mouse. I am boisterous, and I get the feeling I turn her off. The last time she stayed over was before an out-of-state interview Mark was driving her to. Abby, she never even said hello or goodbye. He made her breakfast in bed, and they sat there laughing and eating with the door shut. When she visits she stays down in our den and ignores the rest of us the entire time, as

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Thank you to everyone who entered my latest Christmas Competition. This was the second-biggest entry ever (behind 2000, the year with the senryu element), with emails and mail being received from around the planet, which was fun. The best entry came from Craig Cordes of Baton Rouge, La. He finished just ahead of too many people to name here, but who can be found on my website at Now to today’s deal, which could have the heading, “If partner does something weird, do not assume innate lunacy; instead, look for his reason.” West was defending against four hearts. He took the first two tricks with high spades. What did he do at trick three? When South rebid hearts to guarantee at least a six-card suit, North was worth a shot at game. West realized that given the point-count, his partner could have only one useful card. If that were the diamond ace, he could shift to a diamond now and defeat the contract. (Note that this does not work here if South starts trumps by leading low from the board.) However, if East’s card were the heart ace, a different defense would be required. Which way to turn? Eventually West decided that he wanted to try to get into the newspapers. He led the spade queen at trick three. This puzzled East. Why set up dummy’s long suit? There seemed only one logical explanation. So, East ruffed with his heart ace. And later West took a trick with the heart jack to defeat the contract. West got into the papers but remained anonymous.

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POLICE RECORDS SPECIALIST The City of St. Charles seeks a PT Police Records Specialist to work M-F 7PM to Midnight. Requires admin exp and strong computer & communication skills. $18.46/hr. EOE. For details & to apply go to by 3/31. Having a Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation or Event Coming Up? Share It With Everyone by Placing a HAPPY AD!

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Geneva Mill Creek Follow the signs.

1302 Fox Glen Dr. Sat, March 23rd 9am - 5pm

DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center EOE

39W508 Newton Square

St. Charles

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Call 630-443-3607


Excellent benefits Retention bonus Uniform allowance


Early morning delivery 5 days per week. No delivery on Sunday and Monday. Must sign a contract and have valid license and insurance.


Kathy's Estate Sales 847-363-4814

HUNTLEY 2 ESTATE SALES IN HUNTLEY Fri-Sat March 22nd & 23rd 10am-4pm 11876 Borhart, Huntley 13069 Crestview, Huntley See Pics & Details at www.somethingspecial

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Woodworking Tools, Over 400 items, New and like new. Delta table saw, Planer, Jointer & Band saw. Hardwoods, 135 Bridge City Tools, Clamps, Dust Collection, Incra, Freud Bosch Porter Cable, Router Tables, Drafting Table and Instruments and lots more. Credit cards and cash accepted. Rain or Snow.

Bedroom Set Basset. Queen. Beautiful Cherry/Mahogany. 4 Poster, Triple Dresser, Night Stand, Mirror. $800 OBO. 630-584-0662 COUCH & LOVE SEAT - Burgundy leather couch and love seat, good condition. $399. 630-443-9110

Air Cleaners (2) Oreck

Very good condition! $125/both. 630-232-1080

Custer's Last Fight

By Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association, $200. 630-232-1080


White, top-loader, works perfect! King Sz Capacity Plus Quiet Pak. $325 847-830-9725

1900 Antique Kitchen Utensils Wooden, (9), $225/all. 630-232-1080 MINIATURE BASEBALL BATS 16 bats - $50 for all. 847-515-8012 Huntley area SUPER BOWL SHUFFLE Album in sleeve. Great condition. $25 each. 2 available. 847-515-8012 Huntley area

GOLF CLUBS Men's, Callaway X-20 Irons, 4 thru sand wedge, regular steel shafts. All in good condition! $90.00. 630-677-1002


WILL BEAT ANY QUOTE GIVEN!! $400 - $2000 “don't wait.... call 2day”!! * 815-575-5153 * Breaking News available 24/7 at

2001 Chevy Prizm, Detailed New tires -Air -Cruise -CD 212,000 mi. $1600 OBO 815-754-4407

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$$ WANTED $$ Cars, Trucks & Vans $500 Cash. Free Towing. 815-739-9221

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5X10 enclosed cargo trailer $1250/obo. 815-356-9940


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RECORDS – Box of 30 60's Rock/Pop Elvis, Beatles, etc. $25. Good cond. Mike 847-695-9561


Dryer. Maytag Atlantis. Oversize cap. Intellidry. 240v. Electric. $195 OBO. 630-277-1602 Dryer. Maytag. Gas. White. Great condition. $299. 630-973-3528


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Kane County Chronicle / LOOKING for a farmhouse with out


or garage. Will pay $600 ST. CHARLES 1st MO FREE! building - $1000/mo. Prefer Kane or far

BATAVIA 1 BR starting at $760 2 BR starting at $950 3 BR TH starting at $1255

Lrg 1BR $769, Lrg 2BR from east DeKalb County. Have cats & Public notice is hereby given that $829/mo. Incl heat, water, cook- dogs. Call Gary, 630-365-0853. on June 4, 2013, in Courtroom ing gas, Appliances & laundry. No. 110, of the Kane County 630-584-1685 Courthouse, 100 South Third, ST. CHARLES ~ 2 BEDROOM Geneva, Illinois, at the hour of 9:30 W/D in unit, all utilities and cable A.M. or as soon thereafter as this included. No pets, no smoking. matter may heard, a Petition will be $1150/mo + sec. 630-232-7535 heard in said Courtroom for the change of name of KADENCE PAST. CHARLES, 2 bedroom, 1 TRICIA KETZEL to KADENCE PAbath, laundry, air, heat incl. No TRICIA KETZEL-GAUDETTE purpets + security deposit. $875/mo. suant to 735 ILCS 5/21-101 et Avail. now. 630-289-7484. seq.


Cortland Estates

Dated March 15, 2013 at Geneva, Illinois.

St. Charles 1407 Indiana St.

2BR, 1.5BA TH, appl, W/D, gar. Pets neg, no smoking, $1250/mo. Agent Owned 630-965-4620


/s/ Kim Ketzel-Gaudette Petitioner IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT (Published in the Kane County KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS Chronicle, March 16, 23 & 30, 2013.) 13 MR 241

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ELBURN - 3 BR $1,200 & Sec., plus utilities. Washer/Dryer, AC, and basement. No Pets / No Smoking! Close to Train. 630-365-6887 ST CHARLES - Charming Bungalow. 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath. $1800/mo. Available now. Call 319-541-6129

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ELBURN 2BR CONDO STYLE Appliances, W/D, A/C, extra storage. No pets, $875/mo, utilities incl. 815-375-0132

PEPPER VALLEY APARTMENTS 2 BDRM ~ 2 BATH $1020 - $1030 Fireplace, heat, gas, water incl. A/C, D/W, disposal, microwave, blinds, patios, clubhouse, pool. Garages available, small pets OK.

630-232-7226 St. Charles - Newly Renovated 1BR $650 and 2BR $850. NO PETS! 630-841-0590

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GENEVA, ELGIN, OFFICE / WAREHOUSE, 1500 sf. 10x12 overhead door. For sale/lease, $1200/mo. Dearborn, 630-894-1277 ext 11 Chronicle Classified 877-264-2527


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No. 0310 CONDENSATION By Finn Vigeland / Edited by Will Shortz






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1 Direct descendant of the Mayflower Pilgrims, e.g. 5 Way up a mountain 9 Dutch flower

14 Humorist Bombeck 18 Sun Valley locale

20 Tony of the Dallas Cowboys 21 Lancaster County folk

22 Kings of ___ (“Use Somebody” band) 23 Claw

24 Puccini piece

25 Prop in many an action film

27 Subject of big 1970s headlines 30 Elliptical

31 Adriatic resort

32 Western nickname 33 Exchange

35 The second AfricanAmerican, after Hattie McDaniel, to be nominated for an Oscar 37 Completes at the request of

39 Old TV’s ___ Club

40 Hero of a Hindu epic 42 Zip

43 Papal court 45 Ape

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46 ___ Bo 47 Enjoy

50 Seltzer

53 Many altar paintings of the Middle Ages 56 Long-distance letters

57 Onetime art glass manufacturer 61 Rock subgenre 62 Not loco

63 Some college dorm rooms 65 Pickle juice 66 Bud

67 Best Picture inspired by a Pulitzer-winning series of newspaper articles 71 Sporty cars

72 In other words 75 Book after II Timothy

76 Sitcom diner 78 Quipster

79 Femme fatale of cartoons

82 Director Van Sant

83 Ignite

85 Necklace decoration that’s not from the sea

88 Pressed upon 89 20-20, e.g.

91 Places to eat a late breakfast, maybe 92 Nitpick

95 Sound at a checkup

96 Means of inheritance

97 Unilever soap brand

98 Auto-shop offerings 102 Coastal structures countering erosion 104 Tale written in runes, perhaps

106 Unconvincing reason, informally 107 ___ Islands

108 Pong maker

109 Historic event on June 18, 1815

112 Like many Playboy Playmate photos 117 Certain nest eggs, for short

11 D.M.V. issue

12 Relative of -esque 13 Symbol of the golden ratio 14 Last possible moment

15 Robes, scepters and such

124 Leaves used in Mediterranean cuisine 125 Chop ___

126 Hens and vixens Down

1 Refuse to hand over 2 Slowly

3 ___ niçoise

4 Software for touch-up artists 5 Gothic window ornamentation 6 Cleansing agent

7 Bygone Ugandan tyrant 8 MG, e.g.

9 Marvin Gaye’s record label 10 Actress Thurman



28 Adaptable aircraft, for short 29 Cobbler ’s tool

41 Doc grp.

95 102

45 Recurring ideas 47 Intervene 48 Fleet

49 N.Y.U. athlete

51 Where people are always changing? 52 One coming out

54 N.B.A. star Ming

55 “AC360” channel 58 Nabob

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69 Kind of income 70 Antique restorer ’s “touch,” in brief 73 Sanctuary


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81 Word on either side of “to”

90 “Amen to that!”

83 Pivotal point

94 Dolt

of the theme from “Star Wars”

86 Cupcake

63 Frame jobs

77 Coach Don with two Super Bowl victories 80 “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” song

89 Open-faced

68 What an optimist has



74 Old Dungeons & Dragons co.

64 Horn of Africa resident



59 Unabridged

60 Like matryoshka dolls



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87 Swimming, diving, etc.

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26 Japanese drama

36 “Be quiet,” on scores

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17 Queen ___ lace

34 HP product

121 Irish county


16 Ski-mask feature

118 Actress Eleniak

119 Greek war goddess



93 It’s clear

97 N.Y.C. airport

99 Early stone tool 100 First-year 101 Toasts

102 Responded sheepishly?

103 Wine aperitif

105 Former “American Idol” judge


106 Irish county 110 Drop ___ 111 Coup de ___ (gunshot: Fr.) 113 Kind of connection from a mobile device to a PC 114 Doo-wop syllable 115 Suffers from 116 U.K. record co.


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Inventory Control & Purchasing Manager

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, March 23, 2013.) KANE COUNTY, ILLINOIS 13 MR 703 NOTICE OF PUBLICATION REGARDING NAME CHANGE Public notice is hereby given that on May 13, 2013, in Courtroom No. 110, of the Kane County Courthouse, 100 South Third, Geneva, Illinois, at the hour of 9:30 A.M. or as soon thereafter as this matter may heard, a Petition will be heard in said Courtroom for the change of name of TREVOR LEE BRYANT to TREVOR LEE BILLETER pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/21-101 et seq. Dated March 14, 2013 at Geneva, Illinois. /s/ B. Billeter Petitioner (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, March 16, 23 & 30, 2013.)

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids will be received at the Office of the Inventory Control & Purchasing Manager, Two East Main Street, St. Charles, Illinois no later than 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 8, 2013 for 2013/14 Hauling/Excavating. Bids will be opened publicly and read aloud in the Council Chambers at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 8, 2013. Specifications and bidder information may be obtained at the Office of the Inventory Control & Purchasing Manager City of St. Charles, 200 Devereaux Way, St. Charles, Illinois. All sealed envelopes must be clearly marked for which proposal they pertain to. CITY OF ST. CHARLES Michael W. Shortall C &


Public Notice is hereby given that on March 21, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the STATE OF ILLINOIS) County Clerk of Kane County, IlliCOUNTY OF KANE ) nois, setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning, TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: conducting and transacting the Petition No.: 2013-0003 business known as BERNABE CONCRETE located at 412 Hoover Public notice is hereby given to Drive, Carpentersville, IL 60110. all persons concerned that on the 9th day of April 2013, A.D. at sev- Dated: March 21, 2013. en o'clock (7:00 P.M.) Central Time, in the evening of said day, a /s/ John A. Cunningham public hearing will be held at the Kane County Clerk Kane County Government Center, Bldg. A, 719 S. Batavia Ave., (Published in the Kane County Geneva, IL, to consider the petition Chronicle, March 23, 30 & April 6, of Myron Dvorak, et ux, appealing 2013.) from the ruling of the Enforcing Officer of the Kane County Zoning OrPUBLIC NOTICE dinance, refusing to allow a home to be rebuilt closer to the public ASSUMED NAME right-of-way than allowed (9.67', PUBLICATION NOTICE 25.33' variance) on the following described property: Lots 2550, Public Notice is hereby given 2551, 2552, 2553 and 2554 of that on March 11, 2013 a certifiMap 2 of the Fox River Heights, in cate was filed in the office of the the Twp of St. Charles, KCI. The County Clerk of Kane County, Illiproperty is located at7N042 Jacknois, setting forth the names and son Avenue . All interested persons addresses of all persons owning, and especially those owning adjaconducting and transacting the cent and adjoining property are rebusiness known as GALL REMODquested to attend said hearing. ELING located at 1954 CobbleKANE COUNTY ZONING stone Dr, Carpentersville, IL 60110 BOARD OF APPEALS Mark D. VanKerkhoff Dated: March 11, 2013. Zoning Enforcement Officer /s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk DATED at Geneva, Illinois, this 23rd day of March, A.D., 2013 (Published in the Kane County KANE COUNTY Chronicle, March 16, 23 & 30, DEVELOPMENT DEPT. 2013.) BUILDING & ZONING DIVISION PUBLIC NOTICE 719 BATAVIA AVENUE GENEVA, IL 60134 ASSUMED NAME (630) 232-3492 PUBLICATION NOTICE (Published in the Kane County Public Notice is hereby given Chronicle, March 23, 2013.) that on March 08, 2013 a certificate was filed in the office of the WE'VE GOT IT! County Clerk of Kane County, IlliKane County nois, setting forth the names and Chronicle Classified addresses of all persons owning, 877-264-2527 conducting and transacting the business known as GORDY'S CATERING located at 776 Fox Run Visa, Mastercard and Drive, Geneva, IL 60134. Discover Card accepted


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Dated: March 08, 2013.

AT YOUR YOUR SERVICE /s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk

/s/ John A. Cunningham SUPPLEMENTAL ASSUMED NAME PUBLICATION NOTICE Kane County Clerk (Published in the Kane County Chronicle, March 9, 16 & 23, Public Notice is hereby given that 2013.) (Published in the Kane County on March 7, 2013 a certificate Chronicle, March 16, 23 & 30, was filed in the office of the County 2013.) Clerk of Kane County, Illinois, concerning the business known as PUBLIC NOTICE TWIZTED IMAGES located at 5 S. Washington Street, Batavia, IL Call to advertise ASSUMED NAME 60510 which certificate sets forth 815-455-4800 PUBLICATION NOTICE the following changes in the operation thereof: Having a Birthday, Public Notice is hereby given I, Keith F. Nelson, do certify that I Anniversary, Graduation that on March 21, 2013 a certifi- have a financial interest in the busior Event Coming Up? cate was filed in the office of the ness being conducted and transactCounty Clerk of Kane County, Illi- ed in Kane County, Illinois under Share It With Everyone by nois, setting forth the names and the above named business and that addresses of all persons owning, the address of such business is listPlacing a HAPPY AD! conducting and transacting the ed above. business known as GREENSCAPE CLASSIC LANDSCAPING located Dated: March 07, 2013 at 315 Amarillo Dr., Carpentersville, IL 60110. /s/ John A. Cunningham Kane County Clerk Kane County Chronicle Dated: March 21, 2013. Classified (Published in the Kane County /s/ John A. Cunningham Chronicle, March 9, 16 & 23, 877-264-2527 Kane County Clerk 2013.) Have a news tip or story idea? Call us at 630-845-5355 or email

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Kane County Chronicle / Bethlehem Lutheran Church 1145 N. 5th Ave. St. Charles, IL 60174 1 mile N. of Rt. 64 on Rt. 25, (630) 584-2199 Sunday Worship: 8:00 a.m./ 9:15 a.m./ 10:30 a.m. Adult Learning, Sundays: 9:15 am/10:30 am Worship on Saturdays 5:30 p.m. Uplift on Saturdays 6:30 pm Teen led Praise Gathering Bethelem Preschool Center: Full Day Child Care/Half dayPreschool 630-584-6027

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Faith Baptist Church at Mill Creek 01S455 S Mill Creek Drive, Geneva, IL 60134 Phone: (630) 845-2532 Website: E-mail: Sunday: Coffee & Fellowship - 8:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:00 a.m. Worship - 10:30 a.m. Pastor Grant Diamond

First Baptist Church of Geneva “Reach. Connect. Equip. Serve” East Campus (EC) 2300 South Street, Geneva Sunday: Traditional – 9:15 & 10:45 AM Worship Café – 9:15 AM West Campus (WC) 3435 Keslinger Road, Geneva Saturday Worship - 5:00 PM Sunday, Contemp. 9:15 & 10:45 AM Hand in Hand Christian Preschool: 630-208-4903 (630) 232-7068


Holy Cross Catholic Church 2300 Main St., Batavia (630) 879-4750 Saturday Mass: 4:15 p.m. Sunday Masses: 6:30, 8:00, 9:45 & 11:15 a.m. Weekday Lenten Masses: 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Holy Day Masses: 7:00 p.m. Anticipatory, 6:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. Confessions: Sat. After 8:30 a.m. Mass & 3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 7:00 a.m. - 7:55 a.m. Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy: Tues. 8:30 a.m. & Sat. 4:00 p.m. Eucharistic Healing Service & Chaplet, Tues. 6:00 p.m. Rosary for Life: 1st Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Sun. to Sat. 1:00 p.m. Msgr Daniel Deutsch - Pastor

St. Peter Catholic Church 1891 Kaneville Rd., Geneva (630) 232-0124 Weekday Masses Monday-Thursday 7AM & 8AM Friday during Summer 7AM & 8AM Friday during School Year 7AM & 8:45 AM Saturday 8AM Weekend Masses: Saturday 4:30PM Sunday 7AM, 9AM, 11AM, 5PM Holy Day & Holiday Masses Call the church for Mass times on these special days Confessions: Monday through Friday, 7:30 -7:55 AM Saturday, 8:30-10:00 AM & 3:15-4:15 PM

St. Patrick Catholic Church

(downtown) 408 Cedar St., St. Charles, IL 60174 Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & Noon (Crane Road) 6N491 Crane Rd. St. Charles, IL 60175 Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, 8:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., & 11:30 a.m.


Batavia Covenant Church, Preschool

1314 W. Main St., Batavia. (630) 879-3721 Sunday Worship Hours: • 9:00 am Contemporary Worship Service • 10:00 am Coffee (Fellowship Hall) • 10:35 am Traditional Worship Service Preschool: (630) 879-3795


Bethany Lutheran Church

8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia (corner of Lincoln and Wilson) (630) 879-3444 9:00 am Traditional Service with Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, plus Festival Sundays 11:00 am Contemporary Service with Holy Communion on each Sunday Education Hour takes place between the two services from 10:00 am to 11:00 am for ages 3 years old-adult Nursery care is available throughout the Sunday morning. Monthly Last Friday Community Supper 5:00-7:00 pm Free to the Community

LC-MS and full of Holy Spirit fire! Vibrant worship Sundays 9:00 a.m. Nursery open during worship Education Hour 10:30 a.m. 1745 Kaneville Rd., Geneva (630) 232-8420

Geneva Lutheran Church “Serving Christ in the Heart of the Community” 301 South Third St., Geneva (630) 232-0165 Communion Worship Schedule Saturday – 5:30pm in Chapel Sunday - 9:00am in Sanctuary 10am - CoffeeHouse - free treats/beverages 10:15 am - Education Hour for ages 3 yrs.-adult Parents’ Day Out Program ages 2-5yrs. - M-F, 9:30am12:30pm or 10am-1pm age 4yrs., 12:30-3pm Building is ADA compliant.

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School (Missouri Synod) 950 Hart Rd., Batavia (630) 879-7163 - Church Office (630) 406-0157 - School Pastor Ronald Weidler Pastor William Beckmann Pastor Donald Moll Principal Glenn Steinbrenner Saturday Worship: 5:30 p.m. (Traditional) Sunday Worship: 8:00 & 9:30 a.m. (Traditional) 10:45 a.m. (Contemporary) Monday Night Worship: 7:15 p.m. (Traditional), June 13-August 15. Holy Communion will be celebrated the first and third weekends of the month at all services. Nursery Care Available Immanuel Lutheran School Preschool 3’s to 8th grade.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church & Preschool

(Missouri Synod) 101 S. 6th Ave., St. Charles (Just South of St. Charles Library) (630) 584-8638 The Rev. Timothy P. Silber, Sr. Pastor Saturday – Traditional Worship at 5:30 p.m. Sunday – Traditional Worship at 8:00 a.m. Sunday – Traditional Worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday – Contemporary Praise Worship at 11:00 a.m. All services elevator access St. Mark’s Nurturing Center Preschool for ages 2 – Pre K (630) 584-4850


Baker Memorial United Methodist Church Fourth Ave. & Main St., St. Charles Join Us for Traditional Worship 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary 9 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 10:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School Nursery Care Available Senior Pastor: Rev. Ronni Sue Verboom 630-584-6680


Fox Valley Presbyterian Church (USA) A Welcoming Church 227 East Side Dr., Geneva (630) 232-7448 (1 blk. N. of Rt. 38.) (630) 232-7448 8:30 a.m. Worship (informal) 10:00 a.m. Worship (traditional) 10:00 a.m. Church school Nursery Care Provided 8:30-11:00 a.m. Adult Breakfast Club 8:30 a.m. Confirmation (7-8th grd.) 4:00 p.m. Youth Group 7:00 p.m. The Growing Place Weekday Preschool We are a Stephen Ministry Church


Congregational Church of Batavia

21 S. Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31) Batavia 630-879-1999 Interim Pastor, Greg Skiba Sunday Worship 9:00 & 10:30 am Nursery care available Sunday School 10:30 am for age 3-12th grade Wednesday 5-8 pm: LOGOS Children and Youth program Batavia Nursery School 630-879-9470


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360 N. Rte. 31 • Crystal Lake, IL

118 Route 173 • Antioch, IL

111 S. Rte 31 • McHenry, IL

Barrington & Dundee Rds. • Barrington, IL

360 N. Rt. 31 • Crystal Lake, IL


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MOTOR WERKS BMW Barrington & Dundee Rds. • Barrington, IL


REICHERT CHEVROLET 2145 S. Eastwood Dr. • Woodstock, IL



800 Dundee Ave. • East Dundee, IL


KNAUZ BMW 407 Skokie Valley Hwy • Lake Bluff, IL



13900 Auto Mall Dr. • Huntley, IL

ST. CHARLES CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP 1611 East Main Street • St. Charles, IL

(630) 513-5353

AUTO GROUP - GARY LANG BUICK Route 31, between Crystal Lake & McHenry


REICHERT BUICK 2145 S. Eastwood Dr. • Woodstock, IL





(630) 513-5353



5404 S. Rt. 31 • Crystal Lake, IL

130 Cedar Ave. • Lake Villa, IL




AUTO GROUP - GARY LANG CHEVROLET Route 31, between Crystal Lake & McHenry


AL PIEMONTE CHEVROLET 770 Dundee Ave. (Rt. 25) • Dundee, IL 847/426-2000



Route 31, between Crystal Lake & McHenry

MOTOR WERKS HONDA Barrington & Dundee Rds. Barrington, IL






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CLASSIC KIA 847-CLASSIC (252-7742)



1119 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL

RAYMOND KIA 119 Route 173 • Antioch


LIBERTY NISSAN 920 S. Milwaukee Ave. • Libertyville, IL


360 N. Rt. 31 • Crystal Lake, IL

GURNEE VOLKSWAGEN 6301 Grand Avenue • Gurnee, IL

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Land Rover Lake Bluff 847-604-8100



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1035 S. Rt. 31, One Mile South of Rt. 14 Crystal Lake, IL



Route 31, between Crystal Lake & McHenry

920 S. Milwaukee Ave. • Libertyville, IL

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RAY SUZUKI 23 N. Route 12 • Fox Lake

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River Rd & Oakton, • Des Plaines, IL

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5220 Northwest Highway Crystal Lake, IL






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1611 East Main Street • St. Charles, IL

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225 N. Randall Road, St. Charles



200 N. Cook St. • Barrington, IL





130 Cedar Ave. • Lake Villa, IL


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409 Skokie Valley Hwy • Lake Bluff, IL






Route 31, between Crystal Lake & McHenry


206 S. State Street • Hampshire, IL


1035 S. Rt. 31, One Mile South of Rt. 14 Crystal Lake, IL

1611 East Main Street • St. Charles, IL








2950 N. Skokie Hwy • North Chicago, IL

1320 East Chicago Street The Mazda Machine on Rt. 19, Elgin, IL






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2525 E. Main Street St. Charles, IL 60174

105 Rt. 173 Antioch, IL





Barrington & Dundee Rds., Barrington, IL


River Rd & Oakton, • Des Plaines, IL







1460 S. Eastwood Dr. • Woodstock, IL

771 S. Randall Rd. • Algonquin, IL



39 N. Rte. 12 • Fox Lake, IL





200 N. Cook Street • Barrington, IL


300 N. Hough (Rt. 59) • Barrington, IL


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